Gerrit van Gelder, Van Gelder Groente & Fruit:

"Finally, we can use our entire building"

Gerrit van Gelder could not be happier. His story is all too familiar: In 2020, the hospitality supplier just moved into their new premises in the Netherlands. It has an automated warehouse and Experience Center. Then COVID-19 struck, and sales lagged considerably for a long time. "Now we can finally use…

Using spare parts to grow in Quebec

Les Serres Demers was founded in the 1960s in Saint-Nicolas. Nowadays, the company has two sites, one in Lévis and one in Drummondville, both situated in Quebec, Canada. The site in Lévis is 17 hectares, and in Drummondville, 10 hectares. The family business has grown enormously over the years, from 25…

UK fund invests invests in Australian propagator

The Cibus funds, which specialize in sustainable food and agriculture investments, have acquired a majority stake in an Australian vegetable seedlings business, Withcott Seedlings, through their Cibus Fund II LP. Withcott Seedlings is a producer and supplier of vegetable seedlings to both field and…

"Two key factors for success in the packaging industry are product diversity and environmentally-friendly materials"

"The food boxes we produce are often made of food-grade PP and food-grade PET, but we also customize our packaging to meet the specific requirements of our clients for materials and colors." That is according to Ms. Li Lu of Zhejiang Qunlu Innovative Materials Co., Ltd. She recently introduced their food…

OnePointOne:

“Vertically farmed strawberries aren’t easy, but automation is set to solve the economics issue”

“As soon as vertically farmed strawberries are on the market for a lower price, it’s a no-brainer for the market to shift over to the consumption of vertical farming products. It’s just the question of how quickly this industry can scale and how quickly the requisite technologies can be commercialized,"…

VLAM reflects on successful royal mission to the UK

From May 8 to 12, HRH Princess Astrid led the Belgian economic mission to the United Kingdom. The agri-food sector was strongly represented. The Flanders' Agricultural Marketing Board (VLAM) had prepared a jam-packed program for the agri-food and floriculture companies that had come along. Afterward,…

Rijk Zwaan highlights the importance of shared entrepreneurship in cucumber breeding

"You can plant the seed yourself, but true growth is achieved together"

Vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan has been active in cucumbers since 1937, and partnerships have always been of paramount importance, ensuring continuous innovation and new cucumber varieties with the right resistances and agronomical traits. That is the key message in Rijk Zwaan’s first video in its…

Cor Bremmer joins ErfGoed as Head of Commerce

ErfGoed announces that Cor Bremmer, former Commercial Director at Beekenkamp Plants Ornamentals, joins the company. Born in a grower's family, Cor was destined for a career in horticulture. He studied Horticulture and built his expertise in nursery stock and starting material of Chrysanthemum cut…

Vitensa continues with new cultivation and in new style

"The transition to organic cultivation has brought back the bond with the customer"

Vitensa in Vierpolders, Netherlands, became an official organic tomato and cucumber grower at the end of April. The company of Dennis van der Knaap and Robin Grootscholten has switched from the regular snacking tomato crop. After the 2.8 hectares of tomatoes and 2.8 hectares of cucumbers, another 1.4…

AdeptAg created from acquisition of AgriNomix and Zwart Systems

“Our goal is to put together a North American platform to better serve growers”

The North American horticulture market can now rely on a one-stop irrigation and automation supplier since the newly formed AdeptAg acquired AgriNomix and Zwart Systems. “Our goal is to put together a North American platform to better serve our customers’ needs,” says CEO Rick Parod. Private equity LLR…

More sustainable seed enhancement to come under Incotec’s Mission Zero

There is an array of technologies and products shown at the Incotec booth. This preview includes a few of the highlights that are part of the company’s sustainability…

Funding pulled for New South Wales crop research jobs?

Sources claim that approximately 30 research jobs across New South Wales developing climate change resistant crops might be axed due to the government pulling funding. The…

AgriFORCE Growing Systems provides update on acquisition of Delphy

AgriFORCE Growing Systems announced that following the recent definitive agreement to acquire Delphy Group, the parties have mutually agreed to extend the closing date until…

Seipasa will invest 4 million euros in the new facilities of its industrial complex in L’Alcúdia

Seipasa, a Spanish company specializing in the development, formulation, and manufacture of bioinsecticides, biofungicides, biostimulants, and fertilizers, has started…

NL: 100 years of Hordijk awarded with Royal predicate

Since Wednesday morning, 11 May, Hordijk has been known as Royal Hordijk. A great honor and culmination of their centenary. The King's Commissioner in South Holland, Mr. Smit, presented the 'Royal' designation to CEO Rik Hennink at 11 a.m. This happened at Hordijk in Delft, under the watchful eye of,…

Autonomous robots can pick up to 25,000 raspberries per day

University of Plymouth spinoff Fieldwork Robotics has commercially deployed its raspberry picking robots in two locations in Portugal. The autonomous robots feature four arms for picking, using sensor technology and grippers to curb harvesting times and reduce slippage.  Fieldwork is now working to accelerate…

Dutch pepper grower invests in own accommodation for employees

There is a significant shortage of quality housing for international employees in the horticultural sector. 4Evergreen, a specialist in sustainably grown peppers, is working hard to find a solution to this. In April, they started the construction of 20 studios at the Zoekweg in Steenbergen. A total of 40…

Christian Gimperlein, Bio-Maintalkresse, on the current season

"With outside temperatures rising, the restaurant business is noticeably picking up"

Cress traditionally enjoys a rapid increase in demand around the Easter holidays. But this year, Easter business was a little bit below average, reported Christian Gimperlein, co-managing director of the specialized grower Bio-Maintalkresse in Albertshofen. "Easter sales were not as good as in other…

"We have no successor, so it has to happen one day"

Grape garden for sale, but growers aren't stopping (yet)

Hilde and Arnold Jansen of Druivenkwekerij Tuinzight in Midden-Delfland are going to say goodbye to their beloved garden. They are doing so with conviction and nostalgia. We spoke with Hilde. What stands out in the first few minutes of the conversation is their love of nature. Working biodynamically in…

Successful start for the e-commerce site of the Rungis market for professionals

More than three months after its launch, rungismarket.com is experiencing a successful start and is already seeing promising results. Designed in partnership with Califrais,…

Ausveg: Horticulture Supply Chain and Traceability Solutions

This webinar talks about horticulture export and supply challenges. It was organized by the Export Council of Australia and by Ausveg. 

EFSA postpones its glyphosate assessment after receiving an avalanche of comments

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) received so many comments in its public consultation on the evaluation of glyphosate, in parallel with the European Chemicals Agency…

AFPA Board appoints new CEO to lead industry growth

Today the Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA) Board has appointed Claire McClelland as CEO of the AFPA to deliver improvements in export market access, sustainability,…

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"Greenhouse horticulture can be further optimized as AI increases in the industry"

Fluence, a global leader in energy-efficient LED lighting solutions for commercial cannabis and food production, announced its sponsorship of Wageningen University &…

Brightseed closes $68M

Brightseed, a biosciences company and creator of Forager, a computational platform that illuminates the connections between nature and human health, announced $68 million in Series B funding led by…

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US (IL): Yorkville City Council approves agreement for BrightFarms' greenhouse

The Yorkville City Council on Tuesday voted to approve a development agreement that paves the way for the construction of an industrial greenhouse that will produce lettuce at Eldamain and Corneils roads. The agreement lays out how the city and lettuce producer BrightFarms will split the cost of…

Gotham Greens to build high-tech indoor farm in Monroe

Gotham Greens will invest $34 million and create 45 new jobs at the company's first Southeast greenhouse facility in Monroe. The Development Authority of Walton County…

Produce companies make Canada’s Best Managed Companies list

Oppy, Mastronardi Produce, Red Sun Farms, and Fresh Direct Produce have been included in the annual Canada’s Best Managed Companies list. Canada’s Best Managed Companies program recognizes excellence in private Canadian-owned companies and elevates the entrepreneurial spirit, determination, and…

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Not now: Lockdrives: We provide professional drive technology solutions

"Lockdrives is headquartered in Germany and has been a local family business for more than 175 years. The current owner, Mr. Frank Lock, is the company's fifth generation. We have branch offices in China, the United States, and the Netherlands, which can provide fast and convenient services to customers…

International events bring the Plant Empowerment principles to growers around the world

A number of live international events are helping growers around the world to learn more about the Plant Empowerment philosophy. The series kicked off with a presentation in Kazakhstan in mid-April. The next stop for the Plant Empowerment roadshow will be Canada in mid-May, followed by two sessions in…

European Union: Commission launches public consultation on genome editing

On April 29, 2022, the European Commission launched a public consultation on "Legislation for plants produced by certain new genomic techniques" to seek stakeholders’ views on…

Dutch Agricultural Counsellor for the UK and Ireland visits Tangmere

Tangmere was also pleased to welcome LEAF’s new Director, Technical, Vicky Robinson, who arranged the visit to the program and will play a pivotal role in delivering the LEAF Marque certification and promoting knowledge exchange across the industry. During the tour, the guests saw some of the practical…

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Peter Pane focuses on indoor farming

"Growing lettuce directly in the restaurant itself is an absolute megatrend"

Peter Pane likes it crunchy: The popular burger grill chain is the first German system gastronomer to roll out its indoor farming concept. After a test phase in Lübeck, the Leipzig location is now enjoying freshly harvested greens. Together with start-up Mana Farms, Peter Pane is integrating its…

Hortifrut and IG Berries join forces to create a new partnership in India

The new partnership between Hortifrut and IG Berries is set for significant growth with a US$20 million investment commitment by Hortifrut, world leader in berries production…

Force Group is in new "fists"

Ron van der Helm and Barry de Bruin took the helm of the Force Group as of 1 January 2022. As of this date, they took over Force Greenhouse Demolition BV and Force Renovatiesloop BV from Jan Olsthoorn jr. According to the company, a long and thorough preparation process preceded this step.  The mix of executive and operational leadership…

Citronex shows 80 hectare tomato acreage in new video

What's happening in Poland? A lot! Last year only, Citronex, the largest Polish tomato grower, expanded their high-tech cultivation acreage, ensuring the company now has 80 hectare of high-tech greenhouses. The company grows year-round with lights on a large part of that acreage.   In a recent video, they show…

Nijs van Zuilen (Berrybrothers) about early start of Dutch redcurrants, blackberries, and raspberries

“Ever-rising demand for Dutch redcurrants and other soft fruit”

The Dutch redcurrant, raspberry, and blackberry season has begun at Berrybrothers. "It's the second consecutive year that we're already harvesting our first soft fruits in early May. This early start is due to us purchasing a new greenhouse for our red berries in 2021. A great development that's…

Launching North America's first commercially grown greenhouse melon

Greenhouse company Pure Flavor has launched a greenhouse-grown melon, which will be branded under the Solara name. “After many years of research and development, we are excited to bring the first commercially available greenhouse-grown melons to market,” said company president Jamie Moracci. While many…

Patrick Gerritsen, Bio4Pack:

"World first with EN-certified 3-layer film for home composting"

"With the introduction of a 3-layer film that meets the European standard for home composting, Bio4Pack has a world first with which the company confirms its leading role in the market for sustainable packaging solutions. The new 3-layer film, recognizable by the compostable logo with code 9P0044, has…

Cucumber growers successfully take step towards doubling acreage

Not really a 'regular cucumber grower' anymore, is how Jan Reijm describes the company he runs together with his father Piet and uncle Jaap Reijm in a story by Alfa…

2Grow brings production and R&D in-house

The signatures were recently placed for the takeover of Phyto-IT by sensor producer 2Grow. Phyto-IT, a spin-off of the University of Ghent, was a supplier of 2Grow until recently. With this takeover, 2Grow will have the entire chain in its own hands. The takeover means that the sensor producer from…

Belgian coating manufacturer Acotec launches one-coat PFP

Humidur Char, launched by Acotec, is a two-component, solvent-free, 100% solids, polyamine cured epoxy PFP system, which offers anti-corrosion and fire resistance properties by intumescent action in just one coat. A significant difference from the traditional PFP coating process, which requires up to 5…

Freshlogic continues Strategic Partnership with AUSVEG

AUSVEG is pleased to announce that leading food market research organization Freshlogic will continue to be closely aligned with the Australian vegetable and potato industries…

Production is expected to reach two and a half million kilos

Barbastro's first pink tomatoes will hit the markets in June

Barbastro is expected to start marketing its pink tomatoes in mid-June. According to the Brand Association, the region is expected to produce two million million kilos of Pink…

Fall Creek promotes two employees to leadership team

Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, an international blueberry breeding and nursery company has announced the promotions of two long-tenured employees to its executive leadership team, further strengthening the company’s breeding, variety development, and production quality assurance functions. Paul Sandefur has…

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France: €40 million agreement to fund research into climate change resistant plants

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and family-owned group Florimond Desprez have announced, with the European Commission’s support, the signing of a €40 million finance agreement. This loan will be used to fund research, development, and innovation activities focusing on breeding new crop varieties…

5 benefits of remote CHP monitoring for growers

As growers look to shield their operations from rising energy bills, more and more are turning to on-site power generation. With the pandemic accelerating the trend of remote working and companies looking for new ways of keeping their workforce safe, remote engine monitoring systems have also grown in…

Small tomatoes leverage a big industry in the Baiyin Haisheng Smart Greenhouse Industrial Park

According to Jinxing Li, the director of the Rural and Agriculture Bureau of Jingtai County, the Baiyin Haisheng Smart Greenhouse Industrial Park is a key project that attracts investment in Jingtai County, covering a total area of 500 mu (202.4 hectares), with a total investment of 703 million yuan. It…

StraBerry founder will face trial for exploitation in Milan area

StraBerry is a start-up with photovoltaic greenhouses near Italy's northern city of Milan. Guglielmo Stagno d'Alcontres, the founder of the StraBerry start-up, will face trial…

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Zayndu extends ‘try before you buy’ offer to on-site evaluations of new Aurora Z25

Clean seed and rapid germination – Zayndu to present new data at CEA 4.0

Successful customer evaluations have brought forward the launch of Zayndu’s Aurora Z25, which uses 'activated air' to disinfect seeds without water or chemicals. The company is also extending its ‘try before you buy’ offer to enable customers to see the benefits of the complete system running in their…

"Communication is crucial in freight forwarding"

The cost precedes the benefit. This well-known Dutch adage is something with which the folks over at Share Logistics agree. As a forwarding agent, you are always a cost item for clients. But, partnering with those customers and using smart solutions, knowledge, and speed keeps the end costs within…

US (CO): New Nutrien building shows the future of agriculture lives here

For more than 150 years, the future of agriculture has been cultivated at Colorado State University. With the opening of the Nutrien Agricultural Sciences Building, that future now has more space and resources to grow and thrive.   After nearly three years of construction, the new home for state-of-the-art research,…

Andero Keronen, No Bananas, Estonia:

“It’s been our best season in the past three years. Our strawberries are as good as ever.”

Despite the war, rising input costs, and delayed spring, “The show must go on,” as the saying goes. That is exactly what the team at No Bananas, with their quality tasting berry pop-up stores across 100+ stores in Estonia, is doing. According to the founder and owner of No Bananas, Andero Keronen, they…

Fresh Express celebrates National Salad Month

Fresh Express® is celebrating National Salad Month with a series of promotional activities throughout the month of May, anchored by an online and social contest that provides…

"Passion for perfection isn't something that happens overnight"

Last summer, tomato grower, Schenkeveld's third brand story showed at a Dutch movie theater. The growers want to use this movie, specifically not a typical corporate film, to give the company a face and bind people to it. They are now also sharing bloopers on social media because, as the growers put it,…

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Hortibest: Our Jellyfish range is perfect for converting from HPS to LED lights

We have rich experience in the lighting industry. Since our establishment in 2002, we have nearly 20 years of experience. Mr. Wang, the head of Hortibest, said, "We have been focusing on the research and development of artificial lights for plants since 2017 and established our own brand Hortibest to…

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India: Polyhouse farming finds many takers

Siju Sivanandan, a Kollam-native who was in the Navy, is now enjoying his retirement days by doing something productive. In 100 square meters of land, Siju has set up a kitchen garden with long beans, cucumber, tomato, green chilies, ladies finger, and amaranthus. Three months into polyhouse farming — a…

“TempU08 Disposable USB temperature data logger with LCD Screen is better at recording temperature changes during transport”

The ability to accurately monitor temperature and humidity levels in storage or during transport is of the utmost importance to manufacturers, suppliers, importers, and exporters. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, with transport costs rising, a shortage of shipping containers, delays in distribution…

Lidl brochure annoys and worries customers

Discounter offers cucumbers for €4.65 per kg

Cucumbers are a popular feature in many salads or as a raw food. However, in the current brochure of the discounter Lidl, they are offered for the steep price of 4.65 euros…

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Seed treatment laboratory opens in Rosslyn, South Africa

Corteva Agriscience has officially opened its Centre for Seed Applied Technologies (CSAT) laboratory in Rosslyn, Pretoria, one of only six worldwide. This modern facility will utilize industry-leading equipment and focus specifically on recipe development and safety testing of seed-applied solutions. The…

Priva North America introduces Tyler Sarner

Tyler Sarner has joined Priva North America as the newest member of their sales team in Camarillo, California. "With our continued growth in the Americas, Tyler is responsible for commercial activities together with our west coast sales and service team to support our partners and customers in Western…

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CAN (BC): New funding sprouts more growth for B.C. seeds

The Province is increasing support for British Columbian (B.C.) seed growers to enhance and expand their operations, bolster food security and create a thriving food economy. “There’s so much potential contained in the thin coat of a seed. From an apple tree to winter squash, seeds can grow into…

VB Climate t deliver and install complete climate system

Germany: Wittenberg Gemüse expands residual heath greenhouse project

Wittenberg Gemüse is located in Lutherstadt Wittenberg and specializes in the cultivation of fresh fruits and vegetables, including peppers, tomatoes, and strawberries. The greenhouse complex currently consists of 32 hectares. VB climate, part of Atrium Agri, has been asked for the third time to deliver…

Aquaponics facility goes solar

The Blue Acre Appalachian Aquaponics Facility recently completed the installation of 164 solar panels onto its greenhouse through a project with Solar Holler. Solar Holler works to make clean energy affordable, rebuild the Appalachian economy and spread the benefits of clean energy to those who need it most. “Right from the…

Japanese travel agency looks for growth in agriculture

Japanese travel agency H.I.S. Co. has decided to move into agriculture to diversify its revenue sources after a tough period due to the pandemic. H.I.S. Farmers Co., a wholly…

Tianjin Renjuda Steel Co.:

"We provide accessories for all kinds of modern agricultural facilities"

Tianjin Renjuda Steel Co., Ltd. is a large-scale steel enterprise integrating scientific research, production, and trade. The company is located in Daqiuzhuang, Tianjin, covering an area of ​​more than 8,000 square meters and a building area of ​​7,500 square meters. According to Wang Qiang, the…

Organic lettuce heading back to Salinas

Organic lettuces are transitioning from Yuma, Arizona, back to Salinas, California, at the moment. Organic lettuce is transitioning back to Salinas from Yuma.  “In general, lettuce seems to be in good supply and widely available. Chard supply is tight while spinach and arugula are very difficult to get right…

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New study reviews anti-cancer activity of sustained release capsaicin formulations

A study by a team of researchers at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine provides the first published in-depth description of the anti-cancer activity of capsaicin sustained release formulations. Capsaicin is naturally found in chili peppers and is the agent that provides the hot…

Carlos Masiá, of Masiá Ciscar:

"The lower supply of strawberries is causing prices to remain stable"

The strawberry campaign in the Spanish province of Huelva is reaching its production peak with lower volumes compared to last year. "We still have lower production levels than last season, about 15-20% less, due to the high number of cloudy and rainy days this year. The lower supply is also partly…

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Inosselia-Greenbelt greenhouse farm exports cherry tomatoes to DRC

Inosselia Agro and Greenbelt Authority (GBA) greenhouse-based vegetable farm, which is near Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe, last week exported its first…

New Zealand brand Wattie's sees bumper tomato crop

Heinz Wattie's Limited (Wattie's) is a well-known New Zealand-based food producer of frozen and packaged fruit, vegetables, sauces, and more. The company has had a bumper…

Jack Vickery joins Light Science Technologies as new National Account Manager

Jack Vickery has joined Light Science Technologies (LST) as National Account Manager. The new addition to its sales team is the latest in a string of appointments at the Derbyshire-based company. Jack’s first step into the industry was as a commercial graduate at Philips Lighting before working for the…

OP Albani will be exhibiting at Macfrut 2022

Half a century of experience in the cultivation and marketing of fruit and vegetables

Thanks to more than half a century of experience in the fruit and vegetable sector, the Albani family founded a growers' association in 2016, which currently includes around 60 Sicilian cultivation companies. "We have always believed in the collaboration between cultivation companies," said Salvatore Albani,…

Connecting greens to the zodiac for National Salad Month

Dole Food Company Inc. has added another selection criteria to the 12 recipes featured during its “Healthier by Dole” recipe series in May. The alignment of the stars. In honor of National Salad Month in May, and in the spirit of encouraging more Americans to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables on the…

Green Life Farms

Donald Grandmaison appointed as GM of Green Life Farms' Babcock Ranch facility

Green Life Farms is pleased to announce the addition of Donald Grandmaison as General Manager of Green Life Farms’ Babcock Ranch facility. Mr. Grandmaison brings more than 20 years of experience to the role. Most recently, he served as Sales and Marketing Manager for BrightFarms/Lef Farms Corp. Mr.…

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John Day greenhouse may be headed to private managers after $122,000 loss

After losing $122,000, the city-owned greenhouse in John Day could soon be under new management. City Manager Nick Green said he plans to propose that a private corporation run the greenhouse at the Tuesday, May 10, City Council meeting. Green declined to disclose the company's name at this point but…

Instructional video program launches to help industry new hires

Blue Book recently launched New Hire Academy 2.0, a refreshed suite of online instructional videos to help industry new hires. “Sourcing, selling, and transporting fresh…

US (TX): Agriculture teachers in high demand

According to experts, agriculture teachers are in high demand as a number of contributing factors are making it difficult to fill positions in classrooms across Texas and abroad. Offering real-life experiences and exposure to the immense variety that is Texas agriculture, Texas A&M University‘s…

Delphy gets research facility in North America after takeover:

"We want to replicate how we do it in the Netherlands"

Earlier this year, Delphy was taken over by the Canadian AgriForce. Now that the first of the 'takeover dust' has settled, we take stock of the situation with Jacco van der Wekken, managing director of Delphy. A new shareholder on board, what's that like? "It takes some getting used to. We are an…

Young entrepreneurs successfully start growing loquats in greenhouses

Carmen and Juan Diego are two young entrepreneurs used to working with open field cultivation who have decided to grow 17,000 loquat plants under a technological greenhouse for the first time. Carmen and Juan Diego in the greenhouse developed by Novagric.  Have you ever had to leave your comfort zone? That…

Italy's Ecofarm will be exhibiting at Macfrut at stand B5 151

Sanitizing greenhouses with ozone

The precautionary environmental disinfection of greenhouses, water and irrigation systems for plant nurseries and conventional horticultural cultivations are carried out by the Italian company Ecofarm Storti in both Italy and Europe. By applying the traditional management of environmental preventive…

Building Ultra-Clima greenhouses in China

Joe You is the manager of the Chinese branch of the greenhouse company KUBO. "I have been working at KUBO since 2018, and I returned to China in 2020 to continue to be in charge of KUBO's business in China. Before that, I had lived in the Netherlands for nine years," Joe told us. "KUBO entered the…

FtsSort launches sweet potato washing and sorting machine on South American market

FstSort provides a wide array of automated selection equipment and other solutions for the selection and processing of fresh fruit and vegetables. Their washing equipment can handle the majority of fruits and vegetables, including sweet potatoes, apples, oranges, avocados, and blueberries. FstSort…

Frutura thermal vegetables again available at Spar Austria

"Climate-friendly and economically viable production of fruit & veg in Austria is possible"

Dispensing with fossil fuels and using geothermal heat: Styrian family business Frutura is a pioneer in climate-friendly agriculture and supplies regional fruit and vegetables to some 3 million Austrians daily, even in winter and spring. This increases the country's self-sufficiency while reducing…

Sole Source Capital portfolio company Worldwide Produce acquires Chef’s Choice Produce

Sole Source Capital LLC, an industrial-focused private equity firm, today announced that its portfolio company, Worldwide Produce, one of the largest fresh produce and dairy…

Fruit retailer Shenzhen Pagoda files for IPO in Hong Kong

China's largest fruit retailer Shenzhen Pagoda Industrial has filed for an initial public offering in Hong Kong yesterday. Founded in 2001, the Shenzhen-based firm mainly sells fruits and fruit-based products such as dried fruits and juice. It was ranked first among all retailers that sell fruits in…

NatureSweet Tomatoes announces new chief scientific officer

NatureSweet® Tomatoes appointed seasoned consumer R&D and product strategy executive Martin C. Ruebelt, Ph.D., to its newly created position of chief scientific officer. The…

Vince Wheller - New Forest Fruit

"Volumes are building up nicely, we harvested 165 tonnes this week"

Situated between the Solent and the New Forest National Park, New Forest Fruit enjoys one of the earliest growing seasons in the UK.  Glass house picking started 25th March, French tunnels (unheated) started 10th April, and some Spanish tunnelled Everbearers are just starting now. "Volumes are building up…

Improving growers' understanding of their irrigation water

Water certainly is one of the most precious resources, not only because it’s crucially important but also because it can be rather scarce. That’s why it’s essential for growers to understand how to use it more efficiently. On the one hand, this would reduce water consumption and thus operational costs;…

Gideon launches Trey, the autonomous forklift for trailer loading and unloading

Today, Gideon, the robotics and AI solutions company, announced a pioneering new solution – Trey, an autonomous forklift for truck trailer loading and unloading operations. Trey loads and unloads pallets entirely autonomously, saving more than 80% of a worker's time. It operates safely, consistently, and…

High tomato costs impede set-up of processing units in Solan

The unavailability of low-cost tomatoes has become a hurdle in the setting up of processing units in Solan, in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Baldev Bhandari, chairman, HP…

Online auction of Dutch company's fruit and vegetable processors, rolling stock, and inventory

J.M. Levarht & Zonen B.V. has gone belly-up. Troostwijk Auctions is therefore auctioning the entire company inventory online - all machines, equipment, forklifts, trucks, refrigerated trailers, cars, computers, and office furniture. All these items belonging to this Dutch company specializing in…

Dutch newly organic growers place first plants in greenhouse

It has been a bit of a wait, but since Tuesday, April 26, the Vitensa greenhouse has been green again. The Dutch company's owners' fathers planted the first tomato plants. It was a special moment; the greenhouse had to remain empty for six months due to an accelerated switch to organic cultivation. It…

Netherlands: Codema Systems Group declared bankrupt

The Rotterdam District Court today declared the bankruptcy of Dutch greenhouse supplier Codema Systems Group bv. Today, the 140 employees active in the fields of design,…

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Pinduoduo and WUR team up to research sustainable growing methods for tomatoes

Pinduoduo has teamed up with Wageningen University & Research (WUR) of the Netherlands to study ways to improve the quality of greenhouse-grown tomatoes. WUR is widely regarded as one of the world’s top agricultural research institutions. The study will experiment with varying nutrient concentration…

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US (RI): Lawyers for Exeter's mall-sized greenhouse project ask judge to lift stop-work order

Twenty-five acres of weeds are sprouting this spring where farmer Tim Schartner hoped to be growing two-story-tall tomato plants under glass.  When, or if, construction of his mall-sized greenhouse gets approval to move forward again – after the town shut down the 1-million-square-foot project last October…

Ulanqab Hongfu Modern Agriculture Industrial Park purchased the Trutina crop scale to realize multi-base collaborative, in-depth management

Ulanqab Hongfu Modern Agricultural Industrial Park is located in Chahar Right Front Banner, Ulanqab City, Inner Mongolia. The total planned area of ​​the project is more than 30 hectares. It is one of the core planting bases that Hongfu Agriculture invested in and constructed in 2020. Aerial view of…

Biotalys obtains new fungicide resistance class for its first biofungicide

Biotalys announces that the Fungicide Resistance Action Committee (FRAC) granted an entirely new class for the active ingredient of its first biofungicide, Evoca™. This new…

Fossa Eugenia celebrates its silver anniversary

On Friday, Fossa Eugenia celebrated its 25th anniversary in style. Ton Holthuijsen, the Dutch growers' association's figurehead, handed over the chairmanship to Peter van Dijck and was himself crowned honorary chairman. The association is grateful to Ton Holthuijsen for all his work in the past…

Oppy makes first-ever tech investment

Initiating their partnership at the beginning of 2021, Bloomfield Robotics and Oppy commenced tech trials in its California grape vineyards which revealed quick success. Just one year later, Oppy is investing in its first-ever technology venture. The Oppy team testing the Bloomfield Robotics technology.  Bloomfield…

Saving on labor with strawberry spraying

Within strawberry cultivation, growers are looking for ways to save on labor, and automating crop treatment is one of them. For this purpose, two strawberry growers have chosen an automatic spraying robot that is able to spray several paths at the same time. The robots can be found at WestBerry De Lier…

Signify completes acquisition of Fluence

Signify has completed the acquisition of Fluence from ams OSRAM. Fluence will operate with a separate go-to-market as an integrated business unit within Signify’s agricultural…

Infrascreen secures $1.5 million to advance carbon neutrality for greenhouses

Infrascreen, provider of nanotech solutions for energy-efficient climate control, announced that it has secured $1.5 million in seed funding from Investbridge Capital and ACE & Company. Infrascreen uses nanotechnologies to produce smart materials for greenhouses, helping to increase their energy…

Aurora: Our new circular array zigzag plant growth lamp improves energy efficiency by 25%

Shenzhen Aurora Technology Co., Ltd is a company specializing in LED lighting. The company is located in Shenzhen, covering an area of ​​more than 10,000 square meters, and has over 400 employees. Bob, the general manager of the company, said. "We develop, design, produce and sell lamps and lights by…

Herb specialist Frank Steinki at the start of the outdoor harvest

"Herbs have evolved from a niche product to a highly competitive market segment"

For about 80 years, the production and own marketing of leafy vegetables and herbs have been the core competence of the Steinki family business in Korsenbroich. However, the fierce competition from cheaper imported goods from southern Europe makes the general marketing conditions more difficult. Added to…

Ultramins 1 year later:

"From the killing of algae to the most stubborn of tobamoviruses"

The technology used by Ultramins has existed for some time, but the company itself celebrated its first anniversary in March. In March 2021, Robert de Hoo and Kees Luijkx decided to put their heads together and fully commit to disinfecting horticultural water with USAF ultrasonic transmitters. "We…

Certhon Group

High-tech greenhouse company looks to increase presence in Oceania through robotics

An international greenhouse solutions company hopes to expand its presence in Australia and New Zealand with the latest automation projects for fruit and vegetable production in greenhouses. Certhon Group Business Development Director Edwin Vanlaerhoven says that one of the company's main focuses is to…

Israeli startup SunDo connects farmers and locals

Israeli startup SunDo strives to connect farmers and consumers living close to each other, working on short circuits and affordable prices. Yaron Waxman, the company's CTO and…

New U of G director brings industry expertise to laboratory services

Dr. Rafikali Momin has been named the new director of the Agriculture and Food Laboratory and co-director of University of Guelph’s Laboratory Services Division as of April…

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US (MT): Local Bounti issues 2021 sustainability report

Local Bounti Corporation has issued its full year 2021 Corporate Sustainability Report. The report, which follows standards set forth in the Global Reporting Initiative ("GRI") and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board ("SASB") and aligns with the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals ("UN…

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Preserving the produce: Indian fruit importer partners with protected cultivation systems developer

IG International, a fruit importer in India, has announced that it has entered into a joint venture with Aatregreen, a steward in protected cultivation systems facilitated by their extensive range of shade net houses and tunnel systems. The partnership would establish the consortium, IG Aatreyas, as a…

Fresh produce from Dutch growers central in Aldi's Net Zo campaign

On Monday the 2nd of May, Aldi has launched its new Net Zo campaign in the Netherlands, focusing entirely on potatoes, fruit, and vegetables from Dutch growers. It will be the first time that fresh produce are central in a campaign of the discounter. Strawberry grower Jan van Genderen from Bemmel With…

New York

Hunts Point Produce Market gets $100 million makeover

The 105-acre Hunts Point Produce Market is the largest facility of its kind in the US. Unfortunately, it is the filthiest and most congested as well. That should change via a…

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US (IL): Large lettuce greenhouse close to being brought to city

The Yorkville City Council and the developer of a proposed greenhouse lettuce production facility are close to an agreement. Council members are expected to approve the deal at their May 10 city council meeting. Lettuce grower Bright Farms plans to bring the facility to a 100-acre site at the northeast…

WUR

WUR gets 12 to 17M euros for research on horti robots

Wageningen research into smart agricultural and horticultural robots will receive 12 to 17 million euros from the NXTGEN HIGHTECH program. The contribution from the National Growth Fund of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate is intended to give a major boost to agri-food technology. The…

Nova Siri Genetics at work to penetrate other foreign markets

Nova Siri Genetics, a breeding company that has selected and spread successful strawberry varieties, is looking to expand to other continents, introducing its selections already known in Italy and various Mediterranean countries.  FreshPlaza has talked about it with Carmela Suriano, the group's EMEA director.…

Enza Zaden

Enza Zaden opens 20 ha R&D farm in Malaysia

"We needed to do research and breeding under local conditions"

The latest investment in Sauk has been made to produce a conducive working environment, along with state-of-the-art R&D seed processing and research facilities. “Establishing a new office and having a dedicated team of R&D with local experience and knowledge will help identify the needs of the local…

BFG Supply acquires Green-tek

BFG Supply, a technology-enabled distributor to the green industry, has acquired Green-tek, a provider and manufacturer of greenhouse components. "The acquisition of GT significantly expands BFG’s…

Yara

Svein Tore Holsether, President and CEO of Yara

Yara: "Impact of the Ukranian war on global food security will be dramatic"

Yara delivers improved returns in a tight market situation, where higher prices more than offset higher feedstock costs and lower deliveries. First-quarter operating income1 was USD 1,039 million compared with USD 322 million a year earlier. “Yara’s business model is robust and performs well even in a…

Soilless cultivation of Chinese herbal medicine is an important direction in the future

Fulan: Our wood fiber formula-based substrate makes production easier and more reliable for growers

Soilless cultivation has developed rapidly in China in recent years, and more and more growers have chosen substrate cultivation. Florentaise, a leading French formula-based substrate company, entered the Chinese market in 2015 and established a joint venture, Fulan Agriculture, in China. Recently, Liang…

New Chief of Staff, and Vice President of People

Kathy Flores and Amanda Crews join Revol Greens

Kathy Flores has been appointed as Chief of Staff and Amanda Crews as Vice President of People (Human Resources) at Revol Greens. Both bring decades of experience and proven results to the company. “I admire their impressive backgrounds and the impact they will make within our rapidly growing…

Strawberry supply hits peak production for California grower-marketer

Naturipe’s California strawberries are in peak production now, and volumes are expected to last through June. This season, Naturipe Farms is set to have its highest volumes of…

P&O Ferries forced to reverse attempted pay cut

P&O Ferries has been forced to reverse an attempt to pay its new, cheaper agency workers even less money after the RMT Union received reports of agency workers at Dover being…

'100%' packaging solution for fresh produce supplier

100% Pure New Zealand is the country’s long-standing marketing slogan. And Best Berries are growers and suppliers of 100% pure fresh strawberries and raspberries in New Zealand. So, when they were seeking a packaging solution for their produce, it had to be 100% suited to their requirements for supply to…

The updated Coviro catalogues can be picked up at Macfrut, stand D1 - 198

New varieties for asparagus and strawberries

Coviro Azienda Vivaistica, based in the Italian province of Ravenna, in Cervia, which specializes in the production of strawberry and asparagus plants, is about to introduce two new varieties in both segments for the upcoming Macfrut event. "We have several new products that we will be presenting at the…

Elite Global Fresh brings UAE blueberries to new international markets

Elite Global Fresh Trading (EGFT), a subsidiary of Yas Holding’s Food & Agriculture division, Elite Agro (EAG), has secured export agreements to take their blueberries to Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong. EAG grows four varieties of blueberries at their Al Foah farm in Al Ain, which covers an area of…

Australia: LPG Partners with Le Fresh Hydroponics

It’s a family affair at the Le Fresh farm, where husband and wife duo Van and Tracey Le and their daughter Teresa grow crunchy cucumbers and succulent cherry tomatoes. Located just north of Adelaide in Virginia, SA, Le Fresh Hydroponics incorporates a 3-hectare protected greenhouse and a packing…

US (WI): Dramm saves 90% of energy at new headquarters with solar panels

The Dramm Corporation completed the installation of 286 solar panels at the new headquarters in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The 18,000 sq. ft. ground-mount solar panels produce an annual energy savings of 161,990 kilowatts. "Dramm Corporation is very excited to include a large solar photovoltaic (PV) array on…


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