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Fennels: the added value of correct processing in the field

"Looking after more than 50 hectares of horticultural production in  open fields can be challenging but they can be very satisfying if they are treated with care”. Giuseppe Leone is an agricultural entrepreneur in Siracusa, Sicily, where the plain and fertile fields have become a landmark for international…

Germany: Edeka grows some products in stores

Vertical farming is meant to make the climate-damaging part of agriculture a thing of the past. Fruits and vegetables could also be grown in the supermarket, manufacturers promised. Customers can spot a large black box with Plexiglas windows stands in the middle of the vegetable department of the Oberhausener Edeka market.…

ImpacTrack data logger wins Gold at LAMMA 2019

ImpacTrack is a new, low-cost data logger with a family of synthetic food shapes, developed by Martin Lishman Ltd. The innovation has impressed the judges of the Innovations Awards at LAMMA 2019 who have awarded it a Gold Medal in the Future Innovations category. Using low-cost digital Agri-Tech solutions to meet…

East-West Seed Thailand goes solar

At its main seed processing facilities, tropical vegetable seed company East-West Seed has made the move towards clean energy with the installation of a 774-panel solar power project that produces approximately 364,500 Kw of electricity per year, helping power its seed processing facilities including the…

US: Green Thumb Industries enters Connecticut market with acquisition of Advanced Grow Labs

Green Thumb Industries, a cannabis consumer packaged goods company and owner-operator of retail chain RISE, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Advanced Grow Labs and…

Canada: AgraFlora and Blox to form cannabis operations management company

AgraFlora Organics International, a growth oriented and diversified international cannabis company, and Blox Labs announced a letter of intent to negotiate in good faith a…

California berry company taking steps towards sustainability

Many companies have noted that changing industry trends, food forecasting and technology advancements, have been trending, along with another - sustainability. For California Giant Berry…

Organic grower hires David Arana as Strategic Sourcing Manager

Jacobs Farm Del Cabo, an organic and sustainable grower of fresh herbs and vegetables out of the Central Coast of California and Mexico, has hired David Arana as its Strategic…

Ronald Valentin joins BioWorks as Director of Technical Business

Ronald Valentin has been named Director of Technical Business at BioWorks, home to the RootShield, BotaniGard, BotryStop, CEASE, Molt -X, MilStop, NemaShield, PreFence and SuffOil-X brands of biopesticides and Verdanta and ON-Gard brands of biofertilizers. In his new position, Mr. Valentin will be…

AgroSavfe appoints Adrian Percy as new independent board member

AgroSavfe welcomes Dr Adrian Percy to its Board of Directors in his new role as an Independent Board Member. Dr Percy brings with him over 25 years of international experience…

Fluence selects Urban-Gro as a horticulture system integrator in the Americas

Fluence Bioengineering has selected urban-gro of Lafayette, CO as an authorized system integrator for Fluence LED lighting solutions in North and South America. “As a result of our…

CAN (ON): Durham College receives $1 million to support farming operations

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation (the Foundation) has donated $1 million to fund the expansion of farming operations at the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food (CFF) to support experiential learning opportunities for Durham College students. The success of the Horticulture Technician and Horticulture – Food and Farming…

"Taiwan arrests BASF staff for selling secrets to China"

Taiwanese authorities on Monday announced they had arrested six current and former employees of German chemicals giant BASF for passing trade secrets to a Chinese company. The Taiwan Criminal…

Co van Es (Milestone Fresh): "Schiphol air cargo location meets one need"

"Lack of air and seafreight capacity quickly becoming dire"

This past summer, Milestone Fresh's air cargo division moved to a new location at Schiphol in the Netherlands. According to Director, Co van Es, the new building has proved to be an immediate success. "It is a nice-looking location, you can see from the A4 and N201. You can also see it if you are sitting…

Accused of polluting a local creek

Monterey Mushrooms responds to lawsuit

California-based Monterey Mushrooms is facing a $67 million lawsuit, accused of polluting a local creek with manure, according to officials with the Santa Clara County…

Aaron Aliotti promoted to Assistant General Manager for tomato division

Integrated Fresh Solutions announced that Aaron Aliotti has been promoted to the role of Assistant General Manager for the Fresh-Link Tomato division in Monterey, CA. In this…

Sofruce: a fast-growing family business

With more than 50 years of experience in the import and export of fresh fruits and vegetables, Sofruce is undergoing a period of important development. This year, the multinational currently managed by Grégory Cebrian, grandson of the company’s founder, generated a record revenue of 93 million euros [105…

The lawyer Roveda: "Extreme attention is necessary"

Cybercrime hits fruit and vegetable companies too

A recent study by Surrey University illustrated that cybercrime is not only an illegal practice that exploits the internet, but it has also become a proper economy that generates 1.5 trillion dollars of income every year. The Washington Research Institute indicated Italy as one of the 10 countries most…

Eisberg Österreich GmbH & Bell Food Group open modern production plant

New competence center for fresh convenience products in Austria

Swiss food company Bell Food Group is strengthening its investment activities in Austria. Following the purchase of the Upper Austrian poultry specialist Huber in March 2016,…

Reawakening chilli genes could result in spicy tomatoes

In the journal Trends in Plant Science , an article by Agustin Zsögön outlines how tomatoes could be genetically engineered to produce capsaicinoids, the spicy compound found…

CAN (ON): Canopy Rivers secures funding to acquire 1.3 million sq.ft. greenhouse

Canopy Rivers' 49%-owned joint venture PharmHouse has entered into a syndicated credit facility with the Bank of Montreal, as agent and lead lender, and with Canadian Imperial…

Freight shipping operator Ro-Ro to launch operations from Antalya

A ro-ro company operating in the intermodal transportation sector, Ro-Ro, will be initiating operations from the southern province of Antalya as of the new year. The new operations from Antalya Port, which serves container, general and bulk cargo, project cargo and cruise ships, are expected to contribute to Antalya's…

Paul Demyttenaere, REO Veiling:

“Despite particularly difficult first quarter we’ll realise best annual turnover ever”

“The year 2018 started under particularly difficult market circumstances in the fruit and vegetable world. We came from an incredibly productive year, and as a result, the market situation for all winter vegetables was plain bad in the first quarter, including for leek and greenhouse lettuce, REO…

Spain: International Paper acquiring packaging producer, Envases Grau

International Paper is in the process of taking over Envases Grau in Spain, a company with four packaging plants and capacities of around 15,000 tpy. As International Paper continues to grow…

Slicing vegetables scaringly thin

On boingboing.net , Italian knife dealer Giacomo Giovannitti shows his skills using a Japanese chef's knife to cut transparent slices of tomatoes, potatoes, zucchini,…

US (MN): Revol Greens announces facility partnership to expand operations

Revol Greens, a Minnesota greenhouse farm that supplies fresh, locally grown lettuce and greens, announces a facility equity partnership with Equilibrium Capital to drive expansion in 2019. Although plans are still in development, Revol Greens plans to at least double the size of its Medford, Minnesota…

Original owner reopens Burris Farm Market

Greg Burris is back doing what he loves. The former building contractor who turned to farming decades ago and made a name for himself doing it, has reopened the landmark…

Spain: Unica Group has marketed 120 million kilos

Unica Group has managed to market 120 million kilos of products since the start of the 2018/19 campaign on September 1 up until December 31, which entails an increase of 30.7% compared to the same period of the previous year. It has been reported in a statement that all the cooperatives integrated in Unica Group have…

Casino wants to develop new Marché Frais stores

Founded by the Quatrucci family, Marché Frais is a network of a dozen of convenience stores specialized in the distribution of fresh products. For the moment, the brand is…

AVF introduces Peter Lane as interim vice chair

I don’t think there is a farmer’s son on the planet that hasn’t thought: there must be an easier way to make a living. I was no different- that is why, approximately 55 years ago, at the age of 10, I designed my first farm-engineering solution. And ever since leaving school in 1969, I have been in the…

Arjan Heemskerk: "Product is gaining popularity"

Impex Heemskerk buys first pickles of the season at ZON

On Friday, 28 December, ZON sold its first pickles of the new season. Impex Heemskerk from the Netherlands bought these first pickles. They paid EUR6.65 per kg for them. "The demand for pickles is increasing", says Arjan Heemskerk. "We are one of the larger daily buyers of pickles at the ZON auction." "Pickles' popularity is…

Varying results per product

BelOrta reaches more than 450 million euro product turnover

In 2018, BelOrta reached a turnover of 450 million euro. Because of this, the cooperative realises a slight growth of 2.4% compared to 2017 with branches in Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Borgloon and Zelik. The sold volume decreased slightly to 635 million units, amounting to 475 million kilos. The difficult…

Greenyard in Uzbekistan?

The media in Uzbekistan have reported that the Uzbek ambassador to Belgium has been in discussions with Greenyard. The talks were to have been held on 24 December last year. This Central Asian…

Gaston Opdekamp, Coöperatie Hoogstraten:

“2018 was a difficult year with a lot of unexpected turns”

“A year is often measured by the turnover of a company. Our turnover was six per cent lower than last year,” says Gaston Opdekamp of Coöperatie Hoogstraten. “I don’t think just us, but everyone in the sector was considerably affected by the long-lasting heatwave and the accompanying dry weather this…

Productive peak expected in the next weeks

Italy: this will be an excellent year for the Adelita raspberry

The Basilicata region, in Southern Italy, is renowned for strawberry farming. Recently, raspberry farming represented an excellent idea not only from an agronomic standpoint but also in terms of business. FreshPlaza interviewed Carmela Surian, CEO of Compagnia Delle Primizie – a company famous for…

Italy: "Choosing the right variety is crucial to the companies' succes"

The Cocktail Plum tomato variety represents a substantial segment of the table tomato production in Italy. Because of climate change – with rather sudden temperature oscillations – and plant diseases, it is becoming increasingly urgent to farm varieties better suited for modern horticulture. Rocco, Lino and Salvatore…

Levarht welcomes Desmond Jas to the company

From January 7th, Desmond Jas will be part of the commercial team at Levarht. As Commercial Developer Desmond will focus on commercial opportunities, advising the sales team…

US: Californian farm workers now eligible for overtime

Starting January 1st, Californian farm workers are now eligible to receive overtime pay. Many advocacy groups say this is long overdue, but some in the agricultural community caution this could cause a rise in the costs of fruits and vegetables at the grocery store. For Santa Maria farm worker Reina Mendoza, her workday…

F.lli Valcalcer: Logo and packaging restyling

Italy: Customers choose the ingredients for the wild salads

Domenico Bosco is the marketing manager for F.lli Valcalcer from Battipaglia. The company is specialised in baby leaf produce, grown in the fertile land of the Piana del Sele – a place particularly suited for the farming of this produce. He states, “Our motivation and will to improve pushed us to opt for the restyling…

Nigerian tomato growers happy with assistance of Dangote

Tomato growing farmers in the Nigerian state of Kano have expressed satisfaction with their cooperation with the Dangote Tomato Company which they said has helped them to boost their production and cut post-harvest losses. Chairman of Togan Tomatoes Production of Nigeria, Sani Danladi and the Chairman of Water Users…

Canadian cannabis company expands in Australia and Portugal

Flowr, a Canadian Licensed Producer of cannabis products, has acquired a 19.8% interest in Holigen Limited (Holigen). Flowr will provide, among other things, its cultivation,…

Marcel van der Pluijm starts Feeling Fresh

Marcel van der Pluijm recently founded the company, Feeling Fresh. "I actually considered taking this step a few times over the last ten years. But there was always a reason not to do it. This year, I turned 48." "It became time to follow my dream before I would regret never doing so at a later stage. After years of…

Turkish company exports 20 varieties of miniature vegetables

Erust Tarim, based in the southern Turkish city of Antalya, has started to export miniature vegetables. Russia and some Arab countries are among the first buyers. Erust Tarim is a family-run fresh produce business based in Antalya's Serik district The company have been growing miniature vegetables for ten years. Since…

T&G Global profit dented by cheaper tomatoes & small grape harvest

T&G Global says its annual profit will more than halve this year after cheaper tomatoes and a weather-affected grape harvest in Peru dented earnings. Net profit will be $8-10 million this…

Greenhouse grower employees support Make-A-Wish® in Southwestern Ontario

Once again, Red Sun Farms is spreading holiday cheer in support of Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario. In 2017, The team at Red Sun began a program to promote healthy lifestyles in the workplace, by providing produce boxes for their employees for the mere cost of five dollars per box. The large boxes would contain ample…

US (IL): Innovative Growers Equipment purchases commercial growing bench division of Midwest GROmaster

Innovative Growers Equipment in Sycamore, Illinois, USA has acquired the Ebb and Flow tray inventory and customer information of the commercial plant growing bench division of…

Codema says goodbye to former director Maarten de Jager

For 24 years, Maarten de Jager has been a part of, the face of and the heart of Codema. Last week the company celebrated the farewell of its former CEO. He already took a step back last year and with a signature at the end of August he renounced his shares in the company, but a real goodbye to Maarten de Jager as…

Royal Brinkman intensifies activities in Russia

In order to give further substance to the general credo 'Local-for-Local', Royal Brinkman is currently setting up a local Russian organisation in Moscow. With the establishment of Royal Brinkman Russia, the international horticultural supplier is now locally represented in twelve countries where it has…

Gardener's Pride gets started with ProCC

Labor registration systems for temporary production locations

Gardener's Pride, a tomato cultivation company, has teamed up with ProCC. An important reason is, according to Marco van Overbeek, that his company can also use this flexible cultivation and labor registration system at temporary rental locations. In order to register and monitor the production on those temporary locations,…

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OESO)

Report about concentration in the seed market

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OESO) has, because of recent large movements between quoted companies (Dow/Dupont, ChemChina/Syngenta and…

Power Plastics and Rutec Engineering under one roof

"Nowadays it's not enough just to be a wholesaler"

Rutec Engineering, producer of horticultural technology, and Power Plastics, wholesaler in horticultural technology, will serve their customers from a single location in early 2019. Mutual benefits is what motivates the two companies to operate from under one roof. Operational director Maurice di…

Svensson and Elektravon Haket receive HortiQ quality label

"We are an international player on the horticultural market. Especially for long physical distances, HortiQ offers certainty and a proof of quality," says Remko Noordermeer of Svensson. The company received the HortiQ certification on Monday, December 10, along with Elektravon Haket. Roelof Haket: "We…

Research focused on plant health, lighted cultivation, flavor and content substances

Dutch growers unite in Strawberry Innovation Cluster

Four leading strawberry growers in the southeast of the Netherlands have joined forces. Under the banner of Innoveins, an ecosystem where innovations at the intersection of plant and technology are realized, they are going to work together with other interested parties in the coming months to establish…

New York City's only mushroom farm gives new meaning to 'locally grown'

If you search around New York City for a mushroom farm, you might think it's impossible for one to fit there. Well, in fact, there is one mushroom farm in the city. Not only that, but it's the only organic farm as well. Located near the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Smallhold mushroom farm is the creation of Adam…

How an Italian textile supplier helps the Amazonian rainforest

After the achievement of Xixuaú receiving protected reserve status, it is now spawning season for river turtles in the Amazon rainforest. And Aduno continues to support the work of Amazônia Onlus. Amazonia is the largest rainforest on the planet. It boasts the longest river and provides a habitat for one in ten…

US: Mycorrhizal Applications expands sales team coast-to-coast

The team at Mycorrhizal Applications (MA) continues to grow with the addition of Gabe DeRosa as an East Coast Sales Account Manager, and Michael Hull as a Midwest Sales Account Manager. MA is one of the world’s biggest suppliers of mycorrhizal inoculants, and with the growing interest and demand for…

Biobest and Australian company Bugs for Bugs team up through equity deal

Biobest Group NV and Bugs for Bugs Pty Ltd announced the finalization of an equity transaction whereby Biobest Group NV acquires a stake in Bugs For Bugs Pty Ltd. Bugs for…

United Fresh applauds congressional support for farm bill

The United Fresh Produce Association applauds the House and Senate for approving a Farm Bill, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. Today, the House voted on the Farm Bill…

Canadian greenhouse grower gives back to local communities

During the 2018 holiday season, the NatureFresh™ Farms team was busy spreading good will by volunteering with local partners, spreading cheer at holiday events, helping deserving families, and donating food to feed people in need. The company said that giving back to the communities they grow in is an…

Aleafia to buy Emblem in $173M all-stock deal

Aleafia is acquiring Emblem in an all-stock deal worth $173 million, a deal that marks the first significant cannabis industry takeover since Canada legalized recreational pot in October. ​The deal will combine two mid-tier cannabis producers into a significant player in the medical marijuana space while providing Aleafia…

Quick Plug and Van der Knaap Group end dispute

Quick Plug and Van der Knaap Group have come to an amicable solution that has resulted in the termination of the pending patent infringement proceedings, which Quick Plug…

Gregg Curwin steps down as CEO of TruLeaf

Gregg Curwin has stepped down as CEO of AgTech company TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture, paving the way for McCain Foods to steward the company through a phase of expected…

REO Veiling meets and informs its future generation of producers

On Saturday December 1, REO Veiling organised a meeting with its future generation of producers. Both young producers and children working in their parents' companies and their partners were welcome at Geert Neerinck and Els Dendauw's horticulture company in Ingelmunster. The inspirational initiative…

There's a grower in your tomato packaging

This extraordinary container is a very good example of agricultural producer promotion. Cristóbal Casillas Silva, Senior Director of Production Mexico at Nature Sweet, has posted a video on LinkedIn where he presents it. The packaging is shown by Pablo, a producer of Planta San Isidro. In Silva's post, he mentions…

Financing of the cooperative secure until 2023

Landgard completes long-term refinancing

Cooperative Landgard now has completed a new, significantly improved, long-term refinancing two years before the current financing was up for expiration. This means the…

Urban farm in Brooklyn looking to attract young farmers

So-called 'urban', or 'vertical', farms have been making their way into some US cities over the past few years. With limited land in major metropolitan areas, indoor urban farms offer the chance for city stores and restaurants to get their hands on locally-grown produce. Square Roots in Brooklyn, New…

"Stackable Snackables" wins Joe Nucci award at the New York Produce Show

Village Farms Stackable Snackables™ series of specialty tomatoes in new top-seal packaging won the Joe Nucci Award for Product Innovation at New York Produce Show and Conference last week held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Village Farms describes the new packaging as featuring bold,…

Retail executive Michael Kramer joins MedMen as CFO

A veteran finance executive with more than three decades of experience in the retail industry, Michael Kramer has a proven track record at retailers such as Apple Inc., Abercrombie & Fitch, and Forever 21. Now he will bring that knowledge to MedMen, where he is tasked with advancing the company’s growth plan, focusing…

UK vegetable firm attempts world record for number of sprouts eaten per minute

Veg UK Ltd, based at Cherry Trees Farm in Ham, near Deal, has teamed up with The Crown Inn in Finglesham in a bid to be crowned the masters of the festive favourite. Staff at…

“Even for the mini-vegetables, consumers prefer seasonal products”

The Christmas period is special for the sale of mini-vegetables. “Their consumption always increases around the holidays. People want to get out of the ordinary and bring a touch of originality and a maximum of flavors to the table,” explains Nawel Boucetta, from the Estivin Group. “The most popular products during the…

Greenyard completes sale of Horticulture segment

Greenyard announces it was able to close the disposal of its Horticulture segment well ahead of the end of its accounting year 2018/2019. The Horticulture segment (including Mycoculture) was…

New facilities for Koppert Canada

Koppert Canada officially opened their new local facility in Leamington, Ontario, on 4 December. This new building marks a culmination of 25 years of continuous growth and…

PB Techniek announces expansion plans

Another private equity invests in a horticultural supplier

Once again, private equity funds have been invested in a Dutch horticulture supplier. Investment company Victus acquired a majority interest in PB Techniek from owners Koen, Paul and Mark Brabander. This step is to enable further growth, according to Koen Brabander. "We've got pretty big plans - and now…

Girò focuses on sustainability with resistant and recyclable packaging

Franco Locati, sales manager of Girò Italia (in the picture): "Our qualified R&D team is focusing a lot on research, in order to improve the consumables in terms of environmental sustainability".   "With regard to innovation, our goal is to develop new packaging systems involving sustainable technology and materials to produce…

PB Techniek acquired horticultural section of Armada Electric Services

PB Techniek, supplier of electro- and water technology solutions, lighting and automation for the international horticulture sector, has acquired the horticultural activities of the Canadian company Armada Electrical Services Inc. The acquisition took place in October, with a transfer of shares via the…

Henry Friesen acquires 25% of JV Energy Solutions shares

JV Energy Solutions, located in Kingsville, Southern Ontario, Canada, is owned and operated by the Voshol Group. With over 20 years of greenhouse heating experience, JV Energy Solutions aims to promote sustainable energy in the greenhouse cultivation sector in North America. Due to their large stock of European heating…

UK Government highlights horticultural innovations

The UK government’s modern Industrial Strategy is a long-term plan for boosting the productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK. A new interactive map showcases some of the many innovative, cutting-edge small businesses and organisations employing thousands of people in high-quality jobs and working…

Spain: Mercabarna opens up to organic produce

Mercabarna is to open the first market for organic produce in the whole of Europe in 2020, responding to the growing public demand for this type of produce as well as the…

US hospital prescribes and supplies healthy food

Along with prescriptions and appointments for follow-up visits, patients can now leave Rex Hospital with bags of groceries to tide them over for a few days. UNC Rex Healthcare has opened the Triangle’s first hospital-based food pantry for patients who may need help eating well in the first days after…

Vincent van Bentum hands over the baton to Allison Thomas

Changes in the Board of Enza Zaden

“For almost 37 years I have been working with great pleasure for Enza Zaden.” These are the words of Vincent van Bentum, Managing Director Seed Operations at Enza Zaden. Vincent will retire as of 1 January 2019. His successor, Allison Thomas, already joined Enza Zaden to make the transition as smooth as…

Turkish producer of sticky traps becomes part of Biobest Group

Biobest Group NV of Belgium, IVOG Gmbh of Germany, BKS A.S. and Antilsan A.S. of Turkey, jointly announced a transaction, which further strengthens the position of Biobest Group with regard to sticky traps, sticky rolls and pheromones. BKS A.S., based in Antalya, manufactures sticky traps and rolls and…

United Fresh encourages quick passage of Farm Bill this week

The United Fresh Produce Association applauds the House and the Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee for approving a Farm Bill conference report, the final report to H.R. 2,…

Series B funding round

Chinese e-commerce App just raised $100M

Among the many up-and-comers, jostling for a spot in China’s massive e-commerce industry, there are a few that pick a niche market and present a novel business model different…

Vitacress announces new senior appointments

Vitacress, one of the UK’s largest growers and suppliers of fresh herbs and salads to supermarkets has appointed two new members to its senior team. Mike Sheldon joins as Managing Director of…

Argus appoints new Strategic Supply Chain Manager, Cindy Sonnenberg

Argus Controls has hired Cindy Sonnenberg as their new Strategic Supply Chain Manager. Cindy has over 30 years’ experience streamlining supply chain business processes and practices for all types of companies – from fast-growing small businesses to Fortune 100 enterprises. She is experienced in all aspects of materials…

Italy: the growing aromatic herbs sector

Massimo Gambuzza is the technical and marketing manager for the Azienda Giudice Martina Franca, “We can count on a covered surface of 16 hectares. Thanks to this, our company is one of the most important in the basil production sector in Sicily. We have grown by 4 hectares in only 2 years – as a…

“Mergers raise concern in seed market”

A new OECD report on the latest developments in seed markets provides an in-depth assessment of structural changes in global markets for seed and biotechnology based on new…

Alibaba's world electronic trading platform in Europe for the first time

On December 5th, the Alibaba Group and the Belgian federal government signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation, marking the European arrival of the world e-commerce…

PlantResponse closes $6.9 million funding

PlantResponse announces the close on the first round of their Series B investment. The $6.9 million dollars raised will support further growth of the global company through its new commercial headquarters in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Yara Germinate and iSelect join Bayer Ventures,…

Australia: Chinese horticulture company brings solar-powered facility to Whyalla

Whyalla is embarking on the most significant transformation in the history of the city. This was announced at Whyalla’s Big Reveal as Mayor Clare McLaughlin revealed three ground-breaking initiatives as part of the Whyalla City Transformation Blueprint. Working with key partners - GFG Alliance, Beijing Enterprises Clean…

Google to take Wing delivery drones to Europe in 2019

Next year, Google's parent company Alphabet will test its drone delivery service in Finland. It announced that Helsinki will be the first European location for Wing, which has been testing drones in Australia. Its aircraft will deliver packages weighing up to 1.5 kg within minutes of an order being placed. Several companies,…

Chinese retailer closes chain with opening 'largest plant factory in China'

JD.com is the largest online retailer in China. With over 300 million customers, they are known to have a vast network of warehouses and delivery stations, and deliver most orders in less than a day. Now they're expanding in the fresh industry as well. The company partnered with Japanese chemical…

Altria invests 1.8 billion USD in Cronos

Cronos Group has entered into a subscription agreement with Altria, pursuant to which Altria has agreed to make an approximately C$2.4 billion equity investment in Cronos Group on a private placement basis in exchange for common shares in the capital of the company. “Altria is the ideal partner for Cronos Group, providing…

Willem Kea (Greenfresh): “Ready to meet demand for Christmas herbs”

Metamorphosis of purchasing and sales organisation into direct partnerships from the source

The approaching holidays always cause some busyness on the herb market. “Herbs are typically a product group that’s supplemented at the last minute. Fortunately we know what to expect regarding orders from permanent customers and relationships. We’re already seeing considerable demand, and we’re ready to…

The new 250 gr cherry tomato mix boxes

Italy: Festive packaging for the Fellini Patrizio company

Christmas will soon be upon us and the Fellini Patrizio company has recently started using a festive packaging. This is characterised by white and red colours and festive greetings. But this is not the only novelty: for these two weeks, a new produce has been launched. Lamberto Giovanardi – marketing office – explains, “The new…

Emirates SkyCargo: Fifth anniversary of Ecuador freight operations

This December, Emirates SkyCargo is completing five years of freighter operations to the Ecuadorian capital Quito. The freight division of Emirates commenced its freighter operations to the Ecuadorian capital in December 2013 with a once-a-week service. Now, with the growth in demand, the frequency has been increased.…

J. Erik Fyrwald to join Bunge board of directors

J. Erik Fyrwald has been appointed to the Board of Directors at Bunge. Mr. Fyrwald, 59, is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Syngenta, a position he has held since 2016. Mr. Fyrwald is also an Executive Director on the Syngenta Board of Directors and Chairman of the not for profit Syngenta…

Mauro Gómez Alvarado new country manager of Top Seeds Mexico

Mauro Gómez Alvarado has been appointed as the new country manager of Top Seeds Mexico, effective 26th November 2018.  ​Mauro is 53 years old and has a long experience in agriculture and in the…

Leading US herb producer transitions to Good Natured(R) plant-based packaging

Good Natured Products Inc. has announced that one of the largest herb growers in the Midwest US, Mariposa Farms, has made the switch away from petroleum-based PET packaging to…

John Grootscholten, Daily Fresh Radish:

“Dutch radish market completely changed in two weeks”

While the last two months were bad on the radish market with a large supply and low prices, the market situation has completely changed in the past two weeks. “Radish grew rapidly everywhere in recent months because of the high temperatures and the large amount of sunshine in September and October. But…

Four-Time NBA champion invests in foliar spray producer

Four-time NBA Champion John Salley has joined the PureCrop1 team in an undisclosed equity position and business development program. Salley will utilize, promote and share the PureCrop1 story. "I am really happy and excited to have John part of our team," explained Ray Drysdale, Founder of PureCrop1. "John is well…

US (OR): New shared leadership announced at Fall Creek

Fall Creek Farm & Nursery has announced succession of its top leadership. After forty years, company co-founder and blueberry industry innovator Dave Brazelton will step aside as chief executive officer (CEO) to assume a new role as executive chairman of the privately-held global company’s board of…

The goal: Accelerate and strengthen its presence in South America

Sakata Seed opens commercial offices in Argentina

The Sakata Seed Corporation, a Japanese vegetable and flower seed company, inaugurated its commercial offices in Argentina, which required an initial investment of more than $40 million. The objective is to accelerate and strengthen its presence in South America. The inauguration was attended by the President of the…

Victoria Lawrence joins Germains Seed Technology as Managing Director

Germains Seed Technology announced that Victoria Lawrence has joined the company as the new Managing Director. In this role, she will lead Germains’ business operations and sales across all key markets and facilities in the UK, Netherlands, Spain and the United States. Before joining Germains, Ms.…

Royal Brinkman official Grodan dealer in Turkey

Royal Brinkman's partnership with Grodan for the Turkish market was officially launched during the Growtech Eurasia exhibition, which took place from the 28th of November until the 1st of December. By handing over the “support” suitcase, filled with promotion and demonstration material, Royal Brinkman…

New Zealand: New HortNZ president excited about the future

According to new president and chairman of Horticulture New Zealand Barry O'Neil, he is taking over at an exciting time for the sector. The HortNZ board has elected O'Neil to the positions, replacing Julian Raine who has stood down to pursue other business interests. Mr O'Neil has been a grower since 1984, owning kiwifruit and avocado…

Bosman Van Zaal on the move

Until today they were still spread over two production locations, but now moving day is here. In the coming days, all Bosman Van Zaal employees will take their belongings to the new premises. From today until Monday, December 10, it might be a bit harder to reach the company.     Bosman Van Zaal is moving to Green Park Aalsmeer, where construction on the new facility started in March of this year.…

New President and Vice-President elected to HortNZ board

The Horticulture New Zealand board elected Barry O’Neil as its new President and Chairman. Mr O’Neil replaces Julian Raine, who has been President and Chairman for six years. Mr Raine has stood down to pursue other business interests. Bernadine Guilleux was elected Vice-President, with both positions…

Canadian cannabis company enters Asia-Pacific market with Australian acquisition

Wayland Group is expanding into Australia, through entering into an agreement to acquire 50.1% of Tropicann, a newly formed, privately owned Australian company located in…

Vertical ventilation can not cancel out vertical temperature gradient

Tomato nursery Gardener's Pride in Beetgum invested in a Ventilation Jet and a second screen installation. Researchers of Wageningen University & Research have monitored the climate and crops in the winter of 2018, with particular attention to the vertical air temperature profile, the tomato…

Syngenta gathers in one place the main players of the courgette supply chain

Italy: the present and the future of the courgette

In Sicily, Syngenta organised “A day about the present and the future of courgettes in Italy” with the participation of producers, technicians, retailers and nursery farmers. During the day, many topics were discussed such as varietal innovations, plant diseases, genetic research and consumption trends.   Visiting…

California Giant Berry Farms says expansion on track

It’s been a year full of development and expansion at California Giant Berry Farms – and not just internally with their growing team. This year, the berry company has expanded their raspberry…

Driscoll's announces leadership change

J. Miles Reiter has reassumed the position of Chief Executive Officer for Driscoll’s, the market leader of fresh berries, as part of planned leadership restructuring announced…

New Smithfield Market -The market that opens while Manchester sleeps

East of Manchester’s city centre, tall, imposing brick buildings, fronted by huge green shutters, loom large out of the darkness. Inside, there are pallets full with every conceivable fruit and vegetable, delivered from every corner of the world, piled high as far as the eye can see. There's an unmistakable smell of…

Backyard Farms expands with high-tech greenhouse in the Northeast

Mastronardi Produce is expanding the Backyard Farms brand with the introduction of a high-tech greenhouse in New York, which according to the company is the largest-ever single build in North America. “This expansion allows us to meet the incredible loyal consumer and retailer demand for this brand," says Paul Mastronardi,…

MYM announces $25,000,000 CDN equity investment

MYM Nutraceuticals has signed a term sheet for a $25 million equity investment by Alumina Partners, a New York based private equity firm that has made substantial investments…

Guyra, New South Wales

Australia: Costa tomato farm starts AU$67 million expansion

Wednesday, the first sod of soil was turned on Costa Group’s $67 million expansion of its tomato glasshouse operation at Guyra. The current facility already is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. The new expansion will grow snacking and cocktail tomato varieties. Costa Group’s senior management were joined by…

Living greens company launches organic red butter lettuce and spring mix

Pete’s, the California-based produce company specializing in hydroponically grown, non-GMO verified living lettuces and living cress varieties, will introduce their newest…

Aphria share price plummets

Bragar Eagel & Squire, P.C. is investigating potential claims against Aphria. The investigation concerns whether Aphria has violated the federal securities laws and/or engaged in other unlawful business practices. On December 3, 2018, Hindenburg Research released a report titled, “Aphria: A Shell Game with a Cannabis Business on the…

Microgreens more than just a garnish

“Over the last few years, we have been focusing on introducing consumers to microgreens. This is because they are healthy”, says Avner Shohet from Teshuva Agricultural Projects Ltd. (TAP). “This is our main strategy. It is a combination of what is good for the business but also what is good for the…

New headquarters of Interfel and Ctifl

Inauguration of the House of Fruits & Vegetables

The House of Fruits & Vegetables was inaugurated on Monday, November 26th, at the new headquarters of Interfel and Ctifl. The House of Fruits & Vegetables is an initiative led by the respective chairmen of Interfel and Ctifl, Mr Bruno Dupont and Mr Jacques Rouchaussé. Because of its unitary nature, it is…

Organic farming increases despite the greater effort required

"We have been growing organically since 2004 and back then we were a rarity in the area around Vittoria, in Sicily. We have been certified by the BioAgriCert already for a while and, despite being a small-medium company, we are able to defend our revenue". Thus says Salvatore Modica , whose homonymous…

France: Agricool raises 28 million US dollars for urban farming

With the announcement of a new funding round of $28 million, in addition to the $13 million previously raised, Agricool pursues its ambition to make pesticide-free fruits and vegetables accessible to all. Through its innovative concept, the company has paved the way for a new form of urban and…

Rocket from Piana del Sele

"We started sowing, producing and commercializing various rocket varieties in the 1990s and have always searched for seeds that could reduce the incidence of fungal diseases to the minimum," explains Luca De Martino, producer from Pontecagnano (SA). Due to its soil and weather conditions, Piana del Sele is defined as the leading domestic (and European) area for…

Kaufland to expand its assortment

Germany: Gemüsering Saxony-Anhalt starts year-round tomato cultivation

Tomatoes from German cultivation year-round, even in the winter months, are now available in all Kaufland branches. The grocer offers nationwide panicles, cocktail and snack tomatoes from Saxony-Anhalt's Gemüsering company. Source: obs/Kaufland/Kaufland/Gemüsering "Our gardeners and their teams rely on manual labor, for the…

Fresh garbanzo beans from North America available year round

Fresh garbanzo beans might not be the first item you come across in the produce department, however they are available year round. Currently, the Mexican growing season has just started, taking over for the winter months from California. Califresh, based in Sanger California, is one of a handful of…

England’s oldest wholesaler gets new Birmingham market home

Birmingham’s original fruit and vegetable wholesale market opened in 1883. Another site was built to replace it in 1973, and served the city until April this year. The new £50 mln Birmingham Wholesale Market is run as a 50-50 partnership between the traders –of whom there will eventually be 78 on site–…

Australian company expands into the UK gardening market

Launching in the UK in May 2018, an Australian company supplying innovative raised garden beds has reported exceptional sales since first appearing at the Chelsea Flower show in May 2018. Owned and operated by husband and wife team Neil Urry and Alex Allen, Vegepod UK Ltd are now looking to expand into…


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