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Fresh produce no longer on sale at FICO

Although spring is in full swing, there is very little fresh produce at FICO Eataly World, the large food park in Bologna inaugurated a year and a half ago. While the FICO acronym stands for Fabbrica italiana contadina (Italian farming factory), visitors can find processed products at most. Inside Fico…

Lulu launching ‘Festival of Premium Qatari Vegetables’

Under the patronage of the Qatari Ministry of Municipality and Environment, a festival of local vegetables under title ‘The Festival of Premium Qatari Vegetables and Qatar Farms’ opened at Lulu Hypermarkets. The inaugural ceremony held at Lulu Hypermarket, Al Gharafa, was attended by Sheikh Dr Faleh bin…

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory announces exclusive license with plant breeding start-up Inari

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) announced an exclusive licensing agreement with partner Inari, a company that is advancing plant breeding by tapping nature's genetic…

MSC to pioneer digital industry standards in new container line association

After gaining regulatory approval from the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) last month, four container shipping companies – MSC, A.P. Moller – Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean…

Qatar Airways to source locally-grown fresh produce

Qatar Airways is partnering with Qatarat Agricultural Development Company (QADCO) to supply Qatar Aircraft Catering Company (QACC) with fresh produce to be served onboard Qatar Airways flights from Doha and at Doha Hamad International Airport (HIA) lounges. QACC will purchase fresh fruits and vegetables,…

Angel Capital Raise supports KropTek

£3 million capital raise for LED supplier

At the recent opening ceremony of KropTek’s new production facility in Shenzhen (China), Wissam Farah, Director and Managing Partner announced KropTek’s capital raise milestone. KropTek, an LED grow light and grow system provider from the UK, has successfully completed its £3 million angel investment…

Cimcorp enters Russian distribution market and aims to boost grocery freshness

In response to growing demand for increased speed in fresh produce logistics, leading automation supplier, Cimcorp, is entering the Russian distribution market. Being…

Agrochemical Group wants to stay as a tenant

Basel-Stadt buys up Syngenta Kleinbasler plant area

Syngenta is selling its remaining factory premises in Basel to the canton of Basel-Stadt and its pension fund. The canton has been awarded the contract in a bidding process;…

Spanish retailers follow the trend

Lidl trials its first shop to have an urban garden

A few weeks ago people were talking about the plans of El Corte Ingles to install a vertical garden in their store in Valladolid, now their focus is on Lidl, which has put into operation its first store in the world with an urban garden. The discount company has opened this pioneer establishment in the…

PlantArcBio and ICL Innovation collaborate to develop crop enhancers

PlantArcBio and ICL Innovation have signed a collaboration agreement for the development of innovative crop productivity enhancers for agriculture. The agreement was signed…

Blueberries grown in polytunnels

Kenya: Kakuzi ventures into blueberry production

As it seeks to grow earnings and expand its portfolio of produce, Kenyan agro firm Kakuzi has diversified into production of blueberries. The company has been producing tea,…

UK: Waste food project can turn out to be a growth industry

A YMCA in Newcastle is turning waste coffee grounds and recycled cardboard into oyster mushrooms. But they need funding. The YMCA runs an urban farm at its Walker base, with young people helping to grow oyster mushrooms on used coffee grounds. They collect the waste grounds from local coffee outlets.…

Louise O. Fresco joins Syngenta Board of Directors

Following the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on Friday, April 12, it was announced that Louise O. Fresco will join the Board of Directors as an Independent…

Karin Barendse steps down as liaison and promoter

Orange bell pepper season starts

Orange bell peppers, grown in Dutch soil, are available from March to October. Every year, the farmers of the Orange Bell Pepper Association (OPV) set up a promotion plan. This plan is set up to inform consumers and retailers about this tasty, and most importantly, super-healthy fruit-vegetable. At the recently held AGM, the…

Campbell sells Bolthouse Farms for $510 million

The Campbell Soup Company announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement for the sale of Bolthouse Farms to an affiliate of Butterfly Equity, a Los Angeles-based…

Royal Brinkman and Moleaer join forces

Nanobubble technology to 'significantly improve water quality'

Royal Brinkman and Moleaer join forces to significantly improve the water quality for the horticultural sector with a new 'Nanobubble' technology. Nanobubbles increase the oxygen content in irrigation water. Oxygen enrichment of the irrigation water significantly improves the quality and production of…

Canada: Government awards $1.9M in financial assistance to Lambert Peat Moss

Lambert Peat Moss is one of the key players in the peat moss industry in Quebec. To ensure its growth, the company is receiving a repayable contribution of $1.9 million from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions. With this financial assistance, the SME will be able to improve its productivity…

Berry Gardens implements AI for cyber defence

Berry Gardens, working with the Darktrace AI supplier Darktrace, the world’s leading AI company for cyber defence, has today announced that Berry Gardens, the UK’s leading…

Noodles and rice and risotto - or cauliflower, zucchini and carrot?

Baldor Specialty Foods, an ingredient source for NYC’s top chefs, announced the expansion of its retail line of Urban Roots Veggie Side Kits that the company premiered last year. The new kits, which are set to appear on produce shelves later this month, include a new line of veggie noodle sides as well…

Rabobank agrees sale of former ACC Loan Portfolio

Rabobank has agreed the sale of the secured loan portfolio formerly owned by ACC Loan Management (ACC) to a consortium of Goldman Sachs and CarVal Investors. It has also…

“We’re like an extended family”

Canadawide wins inaugural Corporate Culture Award at CPMA

Three months ago, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) shared the introduction of a Corporate Culture Award. The organization teamed up with Waterstone Human Capital to give CPMA members an opportunity to participate in their corporate culture exercise. From all members who participated,…

Taylor Farms acquires Earthbound Farm

Taylor Farms has announced the acquisition of Earthbound Farm from Danone, SA, effective today. "We are grateful for Danone’s stewardship of Earthbound Farm during the past…

New commercial agreements for Enrosadira raspberries

After promoting the remontant Enrosadira variety, Vivai Molari is now looking into the concession of exclusive authorizations for its commercialization as part of its raspberry genetic improvement program. Jamie Sawday, Gilberto Molari and Alessandro Gualandi In Morocco , Enrosadira is managed and…

Win €500K to develop your sustainable business

Green-minded entrepreneurs and sustainable start-ups are being urged to apply for this year’s Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge . The winner of the competition, which is open for entries until 12:00 noon on 1st of May, will win €500,000 of funding to develop their business. The runner up will win…

Increasing demand for alternative resources in substrate

Netherlands: New building Klasmann-Deilmann in Schiedam

In April, substrate supplier Klasmann-Deilmann Benelux starts building their new production hall for the GreenFiber wood fiber product. The first phase of the new production hall will measure 4,000 m2. Because of the advanced automatization, Greenfiber will be produced 24 hours a day, seven days a week.…

Quick Plug North America announces new Managing Director

Quick Plug announces a change in leadership as Bill Maartense expands his role to Managing Director for North America. With over 25 years of industry experience, Maartense has…

Fluence adds Theo Tekstra as EMEA Product Marketing Manager

As Fluence continues to expand across Europe, the ability to properly support and communicate specific benefits of LED lighting solutions for European growers is a top concern…

Marco Kübler, Fruchtgarten Bayreuth GmbH:

"Asian cuisine is an interesting growth market for us"

In Upper Franconian Bayreuth, since about two years there has been a new wholesale company with a focus on gastronomy. In addition to the wide range of fruit and vegetables, rice, dried goods and various additional products are also supplied to regional restaurateurs of all kinds. Owner Marco Kübler sees…

Grodan sees an increase in logistic and production costs

Grodan, part of the Rockwool Group, announces a price increase. "In recent period the economic growth peaked and has been accompanied by an increasing global inflation. As a…

Gert-Jan Slobbe, Fortuna Frutos:

"Satisfactory Canary tomato season, dramatic cucumber season"

The Canary tomato season has reached its last phase at Fortuna Frutos. "We will certainly continue until week 20/21," expects Gert-Jan Slobbe. "We have sufficient supply of good quality loose and plum tomatoes available to supply the European retail and processing industry until mid May. The prices are…

How to efficiently classify blueberries?

Worldwide, blueberry is a very popular product. In recent years the production of blueberry also increased and with the bigger production a good grading of the different sizes also becomes more important. A company that is specialized in processing fruits and vegetables is Zhengzhou First Industry, they…

"Accelerating innovation in a changing world"

Farmers today face increasing challenges including climate change, soil erosion and biodiversity loss, as well as having to manage changing consumer expectations and views on agricultural technology. Syngenta's new approach aims to support farmers by further improving the way crops are grown and…

Growing lettuce in gutters in the open air and in the soil in the greenhouse

It looks great: heads of lettuce in rows in various shades of green and red. As soon as the sun starts shining and temperatures start rising, Belgium growing company Dejonghe Salads expands their production of lettuce outside, where it is grown in gutters. After some weeks, the lettuce is harvested, and…

May 11, Bleiswijk

Netherlands: Havecon opens doors at new facilities

Saturday May 11th Havecon opens the doors of their new facilities to the public from 13:00 till 17:00 together with Voorwinden Group. A lot of construction work has been going on in the recent years at the Lorentzstraat in Bleiswijk. The new facilities, with a total surface of about 1.5 hectares, are now…

Au bout du Champ

France: “Here, it is the producer who sets the price”

Au Bout du Champ was born when two friends, Julien and Joseph, decided in 2013 to meet the challenge of offering, in the heart of Paris, fresh, seasonal and 100% local products in order to meet a growing demand. Today, the company has about 60 associates and 40 producers working together to offer more…

Dry summer affects The Greenery’s 2018 results

In 2018, fruit and vegetable company The Greenery reported a net turnover of EUR 991.9 million (EUR 1,003.2 million in 2017). Net profit in 2018 was EUR 2 million (2017: EUR…

Bayer shareholder Deka joins chorus of complaints over Monsanto

One of Bayer’s largest shareholders tore into the company’s management on Wednesday for underestimating the legal risks of its takeover of Monsanto, setting the stage for a fiery annual general meeting after a 30 percent plunge in the shares. Bayer has seen about 30 billion euros ($34 billion) wiped off…

"Bayer to cut 4,500 jobs in Germany"

Bayer confirmed on Tuesday that they would be slashing about 4,500 jobs in Germany, affecting 1 in 7 members of its workforce in the country. The company had already announced in December that it would cut 12,000 jobs internationally. The number revealed on Tuesday indicated that its German workers, who…

"Within minutes, I knew where to go"

Dutch horticulture suppliers can, internationally oriented as they are, be found all over the world. They raise new projects from scratch, or provide maintenance. Organizing all this traveling takes a lot of time, and that is why companies often turn to Pack & Go. Conny Kleppe and Mandy van Tetering…

Kenyan greenhouses enables scholars to become self-sufficient

Dutch wholesaler, Levarht, and vegetable grower Brazander, also from the Netherlands, have joined forces with the non-profit organisation, ChildsLife. They have been working together on a number of greenhouse projects in Kenya for two years now. These projects were set up by ChildsLife to enable scholars…

The Franco-Hispanic-Italian tomato contact group analyzes the perspectives of the campaign

Representatives of the tomato sector from France, Spain, and Italy, including FEPEX and the people responsible for their respective administrations, are meeting in Ragusa,…

Royal ZON's annual report released

ZON sells Fresh Park Venlo, but has a moderately positive annual result

Looking back on the 2018 horticultural year, many of Royal ZON's products' prices fluctuated or were disappointing. There were a few exceptions. ZON will continue to follow…

US (KY): Hydroponic operation raises money for new greenhouse through crowdfunding

Kentucky Fresh Harvest, a hydroponic greenhouse operation based in Stanford, Kentucky, has successfully completed an equity capital raise totaling $520,000 on Harvest Returns' investment platform. The funding raised will help the Kentucky Fresh Harvest team support its rural community by adding nearly 75…

Arjen Bouma, Gilad Produce:

“Best start of Dutch pepper season in years”

The Dutch pepper season has once again started for Gilad Produce in De Lier. “Red, green and yellow peppers, but we also have specialities of our Dutch market gardeners available,” says Arjen Bouma. According to the salesperson, the market is exceptionally good at the moment. “We haven’t had such a start…

Dilution Solutions welcomes Lori Donnell as Technical Sales Representative

Dilution Solutions, with corporate offices in Clearwater, Florida, has named Lori Donnell as a Technical Sales Representative. Lori brings 20 years of experience working in…

Mucci Farms wins Freggie Approved Award at CPMA

Mucci Farms has announced that they have won the Freggie Approved Award once again, with CuteCumber Poppers collecting the top prize at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s 2019 Annual Convention & Trade Show. The Freggie Approved Award recognizes an exhibitor for their innovative product…

NL: 100th cloth wiper means good reason for cake

Last week, the 100th Stefix 135 cloth wiper was delivered by Steenks. Hünnekens, supplier of garden, park, and agricultural machines, was the lucky recipient. The Stefix is a machine especially developed by Steenks to meet a client's wish, because there was no machine yet to effectively wipe the ground…

Qatar Academy visit Dutch greenhouse tech firm

Eight students of the Qatar Academy for Science and Technology (QAST), a new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) school visited Certhon recently. The students visited the Dutch company because of their curriculum focus on reducing the need for imported food with a specific focus on…

Pomodoro di Montagano products from Molise

"Processed tomatoes from Montagano constitute our leading products and are a true local delicacy," explains Giovanni Palumbo, owner of the Molise Goloso family business, which was established in 2012 as a simple website for the promotion of regional product and was then turned into a processing facility.…

“Focused on getting IFS certified during the quieter winter period”

"We mostly sell Elite TOV but there is more demand for specialities too"

“Here, at our company, the demand for tomatoes is starting. In the winter, we usually sell fewer tomatoes. This is because lit cultivated tomatoes are quite a lot more expensive than the Moroccan or Spanish product," says Mr Akarca of the Belgian company, Elite Foods. “In past while, we have been selling…

EurMix project advances risk assessment of chemical mixtures

Human biomonitoring studies show that people have a considerable number of human-made chemicals in their bodies. European regulations stipulate the need to consider the…

RIO Investment Partners launches new agri-food venture capital fund

Rio Investment Partners is launching a new venture capital fund focused on Agri-Food investing across the North American ag-tech and food-tech value chain. RIO invests in…

"Strengthening market focus and commercial effectiveness"

Ton den Boer is Total Produce Haluco holding's new Sales Director

TP Haluco Holding has hired Ton den Boer in order to expand its commercial team. Ton will take up his post as Sales Director from 8 April. In this capacity, he will strengthen…

Geurt Heimensen new manager of Wageningen Academy

As of the 1st of March Geurt Heimensen is the new manager of Wageningen Academy. "My name is Geurt Heimensen (47) and I have been working for Wageningen University & Research for almost twenty years. During this period I gained valuable experience at several departments, which are now known as the…

2019 California Growing Season:

Bonduelle Fresh Americas institutes agricultural water safety plans

In the wake of recent outbreaks involving leafy greens and possibly linked to agricultural water, Bonduelle Fresh Americas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bonduelle, today…

Myanmar: Modern seed processing facility opens in Yangon

East-West Seed inaugurated a 4,500 square meter commercial seed processing plant, the first of its kind in Myanmar. This investment is seen to contribute significantly to improving the availability and access to quality seeds for the country’s smallholder farmers. The $1.05 million facility (Phase 1) is…

Senmatic enters into partnership with Penny UK

A new dynamic partnership has been agreed between Senmatic of Denmark and Penny UK. Senmatic have been active in the UK for many years, especially with their brand DGT Volmatic. Official signing of the partnership at IPM Essen 2019, with Mads Sckerl, CEO of Senmatic, and Stewart Penny, Commercial…

China: KropTek opens new production factory in Shenzhen

KropTek, an LED grow light and container farming company, held its new factory opening ceremony in Shenzhen, China on 4th April 2019. Attended by over 50 key investors, suppliers and clients, the ceremony marks a major milestone for KropTek. Kroptek Leadership Team - from left to right: Wissam Farah,…

Spring artichoke promotion launched

Ocean Mist Farms has announced the launch of its spring campaign, "Reach for the Gold", to support sales of its spring artichokes. The brand’s "Peace, Love & Artichokes" promotion that wrapped up March 1, was Ocean Mist Farms’ first-ever marketing campaign aligned with their winter growing region in…

Wim Bouden, Kiem-X:

“Besides leek sprouts, red radish sprouts are currently very popular”

“It’s noticeable that red radish sprouts have recently been selling very well. This is fairly remarkable, because leek sprouts have been the absolute number one in sales for years. Some major customers currently even buy as many red radish as leek sprouts,” says Wim Bouden of Kiem-X. “I’ve noticed that a…

Finished by end 2020

Coöperatie DOOR to get new offices, packing centre, and one-stop shop for clients

On Friday, 29 March, Coöperatie DOOR signed a deal for the transfer of a building site. This 3.6 ha plot of land is located at the Honderdland Business park in the Netherlands. Over the next 18 months, new business premises will be constructed there. Chairperson, Jack Groenewegen, and treasurer, Pleun…

Solarenn maintains its growth

France: “Solarenn kicks off season without pesticides and with HEV certification”

The cooperative Solarenn (Ille-et-Vilaine) continues to grow with a revenue of 50 million euros [56 million USD], a 12% increase. 30,000 tons of tomatoes, 80 tons of Gariguette strawberries and 30 tons of mini bell peppers were sold. Solarenn ranks fifth on the French tomato market and third among…

CEO Tommie van Zyl

South Africa: ZZ2 addresses local farmers

Speaking at the invitation of Haenertsburg Rotary at the Village Hall, Tommie van Zyl, CEO of ZZ2, said: “Farming has a bright future in South Africa. We are however threatened by an economy that’s not growing properly. Hence we’ve moved into super fruits to counter this.” Tommie’s father began ZZ2 and…

Israel: Scouting for agritech, foodtech startups in the Galilee

Israel-based venture capital firm Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) announced a strategic partnership with Israeli drip-irrigation company Netafim. Together, the two companies…

USDA launches new Farmers.gov features to help with H-2A applications, managing loans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched two new features on farmers.gov to help customers manage their farm loans and navigate the application process for H-2A visas. Navigating the H-2A visa process Focused on education and smaller owner-operators, this farmers.gov H-2A Phase I release…

Mastronardi is first in fresh to join Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Mastronardi Produce continues to lead in sustainability innovation— this time as the first fresh produce company to join the Sustainable Packaging Coalition® (SPC). The SPC is…

Qatarat Agricultural Development Company

Qatar’s biggest vegetable producing firm plans expansion and eyes exports

The largest vegetable producing company in Qatar, Qatarat Agricultural Development Company (QADCO), is planning to expand its production by increasing the area under…

International interest in Wageningen Summer School

Most schools and universities in the Netherlands empty out during the summer holiday, but the Wageningen Campus is anything but empty. Every year, professionals and young people from all over the world participate in various Summer School programs. "The teachers are the best and you can take a look…

CAN (BC): Pure Sunfarms acquires second 1.1 million sq.ft. greenhouse

Emerald Health Therapeutics' 50%-owned joint venture, Pure Sunfarms, has exercised its option to acquire from Village Farms a second 1.1 million square foot (25 acre) greenhouse (Delta 2) adjacent to Pure Sunfarms’ existing 1.1 million square foot cannabis operation (Delta 3) in Delta, BC. Pure Sunfarms…

CO.SER clients now taking part more in the design and investment stages of greenhouse production

Freshplaza talked to CO.SER sales manager Roberto Guarino (in the photo) about the situation after the bad weather with strong winds of a few weeks ago and about trends in the greenhouse sector. "Luckily only 1% of structures were damaged by the bad weather. Of course the main concern for our clients is…

Van der Waay starts working from new company building which includes a test center

On the 27th of March, Van der Waay started working in their new company building which includes a test center. The new location leads to an increase in the production for the roof washer and chalk machine manufacturer. The modern test center also offers opportunities for the relations of Van der Waay.…

Equilibrium closes Controlled Environment Foods Fund I at $336M

Equilibrium Capital Group has closed its Controlled Environment Foods Fund I at $336 million. As a vehicle focused on investment opportunities in fresh food production in North America, Fund I is positioned to capitalize upon shifts that are occurring among U.S. consumers looking for higher quality and…

Greenhouse grower highlights organics and innovations at CPMA

At the Canadian Produce Marketing Association trade show and conference held on April 3rd and 4th, Village Farms is introducing new developments including adding the original and authentic Heavenly Villagio Marzano® and Maverick Mix® varieties to their certified organic offerings. These new items will be…

US (CA): New officers and board members elected to guide LGMA

The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement elected a new slate of officers and welcomed several new Advisory Board members elected by the leafy greens producer to guide the food safety program’s activities. Stepping into the role as Chairman of the Board is Dan Sutton, General Manager of…

Rwanda, Israel unveil Horticulture Centre of Excellence in Kigali

Rwanda and Israel launched a Center of Excellence for Horticultural Development with ambitions to increase production through modern technology and research. Billed as MASHAV’s biggest sponsored project in Africa, the initiative is expected to deploy modern technology and improve the well-being of…

Bayer board says pursuit of Monsanto was done diligently

Bayer’s non-executive board reaffirmed its support for top management’s decision to acquire Monsanto last year, after losing high-profile lawsuits to U.S. plaintiffs who…

Hazera to expand activities on the Polish seed market

Hazera Poland, a subsidiary of Hazera, part of the Limagrain Group, intends to extend the range of vegetable seeds offered to the Polish customers. A new business plan for operations in Poland includes strengthening Hazera’s collaboration within the Limagrain Group. In view of its distribution of…

NatureFresh Farms introduces new sustainability initiatives and team member

On April 3rd to 4th, NatureFresh Farms will be sharing their achievements in sustainable development by featuring their new eco-friendly compostable tray at this year’s Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention & tradeshow. By launching this new compostable packaging for both their…

CAN (ON): Harvest One acquires majority interest in Greenbelt Greenhouse

Last year the team with Greenbelt Microgreens chose their way: it was time for something new and cannabis was to be it. Now Harvest One Cannabis has acquired an initial 52% interest in the company, located in Hamilton, Ontario. This strategic acquisition will supply Harvest One with greenhouse grown…

AREFLH president Simona Caselli unanimously reconfirmed as head of association

"I'm very happy to be able to renew my mandate at the head of AREFLH"

On the 27th of March, the annual meeting of AREFLH, the association of European fruit and vegetable regions and producers, was held in Bordeaux, at the headquarters of the…

AU: Hailstorm Heroes back in full force as nation encouraged to tackle food waste

Now in its second year running, the Hort Innovation developed campaign “Hailstorm Heroes” is back in full swing to support apple growers hard hit by damaging weather. Launched this week in South Australia, the campaign urges the community to support growers by purchasing apples that were slightly marked…

Photos: Bosman van Zaal celebrates opening new headquarters

On 15 March Bosman van Zaal held the long awaited opening day of the new headquarters at Braziliëlaan 4 in Aalsmeer, The Netherlands. "In total we received over 2,000 people and we raised over €21,000,- for foundation Het Vergeten Kind: Hotel Heppie . "The party went great, the demonstrations were…

Grocery store secrets & techniques for year-round strawberries in Britain

This year ‘summer berries’ have been spotted on shelves earlier than ever — with Waitrose stocking berries grown and harvested in the UK from the start of March. How do they…

Focusing on sustainability initiatives

NatureFresh introduces new team member

NatureFresh™ Farms are expanding their facilities, providing year-round Ontario grown produce and introducing their new sustainable practices along with their most recent addition to the NatureFresh™ Farms team. On April 3rd to 4th, NatureFresh™ Farms will share their achievements in sustainable…

US (WI): Urban farmer Will Allen launches CBD business

Urban farmer and longtime Growing Power leader Will Allen has launched a new venture in the growing industrial hemp market. Based in Oak Creek, Will Allen’s Beyond Organic produces USDA-certified organic products, including CBD oil, lotions, soaps, dog treats and protein powder. Allen founded and ran…

BrightFarms’ founder joins United Fresh Produce Association Board

Paul Lightfoot, founder and CEO of BrightFarms, has joined the United Fresh Produce Association’s Board of Directors. Lightfoot’s two-year term began in Nashville, Tennessee at the board’s spring meeting. The body serves as the senior volunteer leadership group for the association. “I’m honored to be…

Nutrien announces board leadership succession

Nutrien announced its Board of Directors leadership succession in connection with its upcoming annual meeting of shareholders to be held on May 9, 2019. Nutrien’s Board…

Letter from Mark Borman, President - Taylor Farms California

"We source exclusively from growers using treated water"

"During the last year, the Romaine lettuce markets have been shut down two separate times by the federal government following epidemiological links of certain Romaine products…

Sanctions imposed on Spanish company for extracting more water than needed for irrigation

The company Hortifrut España, which is currently extracting underground water from two places in El Alamillo de Almonte, Huelva, in the vicinity of Doñana, will have to pay a 97,723 Euro fine for exceeding the maximum annual water volume allowed for irrigation. This has been revealed in a resolution from…

Belgium: VLAM appoints Filip Fontaine as its new general director

As of 1 July, Filip Fontaine will become the general director of VLAM, Flanders’ Agricultural Marketing Board. Fontaine succeeds Frans De Wachter who will retire on 1 July…

Kenya: Farm2Fam brings microgreens to people’s doorsteps

Microgreens are all the rage especially when people are realising their nutritional value. Making these accessible to the city of Mumbai, Farm2Fam is a company that delivers…

Flavorite’s leap into the blueberry market

Flavorite, one of the largest glasshouse fresh producers in Australia, is known for its tomatoes, capsicums, eggplants and cucumbers. A company started by two close mates has reached international supermarkets over the past decades. Now, growing into the blueberry market, Flavorite is projecting an…

Randhawa family launches new BC greenhouse brand

After more than a quarter century of growing and packing for others, the Randhawa family of greenhouse growers has stepped purposefully into the spotlight with a brand of its own. Moving forward, peppers and cucumbers grown by the Randhawas under 76-plus acres of glass in Abbotsford, BC will bear the…

Heliospectra opens location in Canada

Heliospectra announced the formation of Heliospectra Canada, Inc. The business entity will open doors with a physical corporate location in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on 15 April 2019. The company also continues to scale Heliospectra’s teams with business units dedicated to commercial food producers and…

Ikea harvest first lettuce from stores Helsingborg and Malmö

We're not going to make jokes about putting your own salad together at Ikea, but it can be done from now on. The furniture giant has been growing lettuce in a container farm near their stores in Helsingborg and Malmo sinds early this year. Yesterday Catarina Englund, global sustainability innovation…

The speech of the Chairman of the Strawberry Product Committee Pietro Ciardiello

Strategies based on the consumer to enhance the value of made in Italy strawberry

"There are three attributes of great quality (healthiness, environmental protection and ethics), so it would be appropriate to activate institutional campaigns by the whole Italian "Strawberry System", aimed at informing and raising awareness among consumers. We want to show the commitment made by our…

Spain: "We are barely affected by price fluctuations"

For some small producers, the greatest challenge is to deliver quality while respecting the environment. For them, profits are stable, as they are not subject to market fluctuations. Small horticultural volumes translate into price stability. "Not only do we make a profit, but we obtain excellent quality…

Morten Hansen to keynote United Fresh

Morten Hansen will set the stage for this year’s United Fresh Convention & Expo as keynote speaker during the United Fresh Breakfast General Session, Tuesday, June 11 at…

US (RI): Gotham Greens expands to New England with 110,000 sq. ft. greenhouse

On the banks of Providence's Woonasquatucket River, Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor, and community leaders joined Viraj Puri, co-founder and CEO of Gotham Greens, to officially announce and preview construction…

Dru Montri elected Secretary of the Commission

US (MI): Ag Commission elects officers, awards grants to food and ag projects

The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development elected new officers and voted to approve Food and Agriculture Investment Fund grants for 11 food and agriculture…

US: Ag robotics startup raises $1.5 million seed round

Augean Robotics, a Philadelphia-based startup developing a collaborative robotic platform for the agriculture industry, has raised a $1.5 million seed funding round. The round was led by ffVC, with participation from S2G Ventures, Radicle Growth, and several others. As part of the round, the company has…

Director’s interests are important for Costa Group Holdings

Costa Group Holdings is a large grower, packer and marketer of fresh fruit & vegetables in Australia. On the Australian Securities Exchange or ASX, the company is listed…

Kimbal Musk's urban farm announces new Michigan location

Gordon Food Service® and Square Roots today announced plans for their partnership’s first urban farm campus location, to be constructed on the site of Gordon Food Service’s headquarters in Wyoming, Michigan. Even as media and the marketplace responded to the companies’ initial March 6 announcement of…

CA (BC): Village Farms to start hemp cultivation

Village Farms plans to commence hemp cultivation in a portion of its Monahans, Texas, greenhouse operation upon a State Hemp Plan in Texas becoming effective, or earlier if permitted by Texas law. In anticipation of the Texas legislation passing, Village Farms has begun design and development of the…

Italian company Vivo has increased its turnover in 2018

The success of the sprout market: new mixes to come soon

Thanks to the growing interest that the sprout sector is having among consumers, the company "Vivo" has benefited from this, consolidating its turnover and registering a slight increase also in 2018, as stated by Andrea Farnedi. Additionally, he affirms: "We are satisfied with how 2018 ended, with an…

"Individualism is not rewarding in horticulture"

"Once again, we are only focusing on organic products this year. We grow vegetables in greenhouses and open fields," explains Vittorio Gona, president of Sicilian PO Alba Bio. "Prices have been very low lately due to the competition from Spain and Morocco. In addition, the weather in January means we…

US artist’s incredible makeup

Nowadays, the art of makeup isn’t just restricted to regular lipstick and foundation. From airbrush to HD, the everyday makeup has transformed the way women style themselves. Some people have transformed makeup into a true art form. Vanessa Davis is one such artist who has taken makeup from boring and mundane to exciting and…

Macfrut puts horticultural innovation in the spotlight

Greenhouse horticulture will be one of the hot topics of the 36th edition of Macfrut, 8-10 May in Rimini, with the Greenhouse Technology Village and an international conference. By 2050, the world’s population will reach 10 billion and, as a result, the fruit and vegetable demand will amount to 3.5…

US (MN): Aquaponics grower on a mission to promote local food

Controlled Environmental Farming (CEF), a corporation registered in Minnesota, USA, is looking for investors for its mission: to engineer, construct and operate agricultural facilities that contain the optimum growing environment for the cultivation of locally grown fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs and…

reclamation 43 million in subsidies justified

No mercy for Dutch producers organisation

The Dutch producers organisation FresQ will have to pay back 43 million euro they unjustly received in European support. That's according to the verdict of the CBb (the Dutch…

Oreon is gathering extra knowledge and experience

Due to the exponential global demand for water-cooled LED Grow Lights, Oreon has strengthened its team with three new employees. Wouter Staats has been hired as the new Sales Manager Europe. Being an agronomist, Wouter has years of experience with the cultivation of a variety of crops under LED lighting…

From UKRI Strength in Places Fund

UK greenhouse growers unite to drive innovation

NIAB EMR has been awarded £50,000 in funding from the UK Research and Innovation’s Strength in Places Fund. The funding is meant to develop a full business case for the…

The company Agrial is settling in England

Known for its Florette lettuce, Agrial has just acquired the company Angflor, an old supplier based in Colchester. “We were already buying products from Angflor for many…

Dutch graphic group in new building at Fresh Park Venlo

“We grew large by staying small”

Not all of the boxes have been unpacked yet, but the Dutch graphic group is up and running in their new building at Fresh Park Venlo. “Finally,” Nino Venezia sighs. “We’re already noticing the benefits of one large building. We should’ve done this ten years ago! All those trips between the two locations can be skipped now,…

Marco Bergman, Harvest House:

"Most large European retailers switch to Dutch bell peppers around week 16"

The Dutch bell pepper season has started again. "The bell peppers are, once again, of excellent quality. They are also ready for the general public," says Harvest House's…

Keeping fruit alive for future generations

Brazilian fruit collector preserves over 1,300 rare types

How many different kinds of fruit can an average person name? Maybe a few dozen, but ask Helton Muniz for the names of all the fruits he has in his orchard and he will list at least 1,300 varieties. He’s been planting since 1995, add to that a couple hundred seedlings still sitting in his greenhouse.…

Six-week trial will save half a ton of plastic

Aldi supermarkets to sell unwrapped vegetables in UK

Aldi has started selling vegetables without plastic packaging in a bid to cut waste from all Glasgow stores. The trial, which is now underway, focuses on five veg lines: savoy…

Svensson Americas doubles office in size

Svensson’s Americas subsidiary is undertaking a major expansion at its Charlotte, North Carolina location. The expansion, which is expected to be complete by the end of the summer 2019 will add an additional 30,000 square feet of warehouse space to Svensson’s existing 28,000 square feet of warehouse and…

Environmentally friendly packaging for agricultural use

Th e use of protective, textile screens in agriculture entails advantages at least in terms of: · increase in the yield of cultivated land by multiplying cycles per season and protecting from atmospheric agents · reduction of pesticide use, with equal protection against the most aggressive insects for…

GlobalData:

“Marks & Spencer faces uphill food challenge”

According to GlobalData, Marks & Spencer faces an uphill battle to win over weekly food shoppers. M&S is planning to expand the number of stores offering the full…

Driscoll's Inc. files complaint against California Berry Cultivars

Driscoll’s, Inc., has filed a complaint in federal court against California Berry Cultivars (CBC), a strawberry breeding company, as well as the company’s co-founder, Douglas…

Two importers fined $9,000 for illegally importing 1,000kg of fresh vegetables

Two importers were fined a total of $9,000 (€5,800) in court on Wednesday for illegally importing about 1,000kg of fresh vegetables. These were capsicums and leeks, among others, which did not conform to the import permit requirements. According to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA), Seng Lee…

"Bayer's blind spot on Monsanto's roundup may cost billions"

A second U.S. jury has linked Roundup weedkiller to cancer. The uphill battle Bayer Chief Executive Officer Werner Baumann is fighting just got steeper. The company has lost more than $30 billion in market value since the first defeat last August, raising fresh questions about a deal he spearheaded.…

First Belgium radishes of 2019 sold

Late last week, the first radishes of the season were sold at REO Auctioneers in Roeselare, Belgium. Last year, growers sent 454,000 bushels of radishes to this auction house. REO producers, Kristof Rabaey and Michelle Desnouck are the first suppliers of 2019. They are based in the Belgian town of…

Uber Freight launches in Europe

Since launching in the US two years ago, Uber Freight has worked to revitalize the trucking industry and bring new opportunities to the entire logistics ecosystem. The Uber Freight app connects trucking companies of any size with loads to haul, giving drivers upfront pricing, fast payment and the ability to book a load with the…

PanAmerican Seed buys Kitchen Minis program

PanAmerican Seed has purchased the Kitchen Minis program from Dalina Genetics, a Danish breeder of ornamental and edible plants. The purchase includes breeding lines, as well as commercial products of compact tomatoes and cucumbers. This announcement comes only a few years after PanAmerican Seed’s…

Mexico: Zacatecas seeks designation of origin for its Guajillo chili

The state government announced that it will seek the denomination of origin of the Guajillo chili to give added value to the chili from Zacatecas. Alejandro Tello Cristerna,…

“The lettuce market has been tensing up for a month”

" This winter was good for the lettuce sector, with good prices until mid-February,” reports Ghislain Rachet of the company BRM Production Agricole. “Because of the high temperatures, the market has been tensing up little by little for a month. We had 25 degree days, so some parcels arrived at the same…


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