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Netherlands: abc westland expands business park after greenhouse demolishment

Hines abc westland will expand the business park by 5.5 hectares in 2020 and 2021. In recent years abc westland has purchased various greenhouses. Now that the access road to this expansion area is ready, the area is being prepared for sale. "It brings hope to see that these kinds of developments continue…

India: Solar-powered vegetable vending vans help out during lockdown

In this time of solitude and lockdowns, a solar-powered vegetable and fruit vending van designed by the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) has come in handy for them to buy fresh vegetables near their houses in a few districts where such vans are deployed by the Horticulture Department.…

German wholesaler on emergency measures during the Corona-crisis

"We are minimizing our inventory"

In the urban agglomeration of the Rhine-Ruhr area, the Corona-crisis has hit hard. With the highest number of fresh food markets and an early closure of the gastronomy sector there, the fresh food trade had been severely affected. "In the first weeks of the crisis, there was a considerable upswing in the…

Hydrofarm names B. John Lindeman as Chief Financial Officer

Hydrofarm has appointed B. John Lindeman as its new Chief Financial Officer, effective March 16, 2020. Bill Toler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are…

'Many customers take advantage of having internet gateway installed in their machinery'

Proseal’s network of service engineers is proving to be an invaluable lifeline to customers as they battle to minimize downtime and maintain their production output during this period of greatly increased demand. As well as designing its machines for long-term durability, reliability and efficiency,…

Eco-kultura launched greenhouse complex Tulsky

In January 2020, AIH Eco-kultura has conducted a festive opening ceremony of the first phase of the greenhouse complex Tulsky, covering the acreage of 26 ha. The overall budget for the project is 109.6 million euro, announced the representatives of the company. The project GC Tulsly presupposes three…

Trials with bees in horticultural crops take off in Morocco

Bee Vectoring Technologies will start conducting trials in Morocco, a significant market opportunity for its proprietary bee-delivered crop productivity system. The company is also in discussions with well-established commercial partners in the region who have expressed interest in collaborating with BVT…

Tebarex celebrates fifth anniversary

On April 1st, Tebarex celebrated its fifth anniversary. Tebarex started five years ago, with five former employees of Arend-Sosef and Tebarint.  Tebarex focuses on international high-tech horticulture. The international focus is a conscious choice. The Dutch market requires a different business model in which…

Marcel Koolen, Codema;

"Food safety, automation and reliability are more critical than ever"

Since 2017, Marcel Koolen has been at the head of Codema as CEO. He took over from founder Maarten de Jager, who meticulously merged various horticultural specialists into the Netherlands' leading supplier of horticultural solutions. It is his task to realize the international ambitions and at the same…

Gerben van der Knaap, Bosman Van Zaal:

"Soil energy system certificate prevents people from tinkering around"

The BRL6000-21 certificate gives Bosman Van Zaal the authority to design and install the above-ground part of a soil energy system. The certification, required by the Dutch government, must guarantee the quality of soil energy systems. "It prevents people from tinkering around," says Engineer Gerben van…

Malaysian company invents new, durian-scented deodorant

Says.com yesterday released a report about Malaysian company Hello Natural Co. that just released their latest deodorant scent. It guarantees ‘you will surely make you leave an impression everywhere you go’. The company is introducing its limited edition durian all-natural deodorant balm. Aside from…

Leamington amphitheater to be named SUNSET® Stadium

Giving back to the community in which its own roots are planted has always been something Mastronardi Produce holds close to its heart. As a fourth-generation family-owned…

UK: Vertical Future raises additional £1.1 million

Vertical Future raised an additional £1.1 million of equity investment from Earthworm Group. "Many thanks to their team for the continued commitment", said Jamie Burrows, Founder & CEO of Vertical Future. "At such a turbulent and uncertain time for the U.K. population and economy, it's important that we…

Marten Barel still going strong:

"The transition that horticulture has seen is truly impressive"

Last year, we started our series 'Andere Tuinbouwtijden' featuring industry veterans. Many a seasoned worker reminisced on times long gone, and most are still very active, even after their retirement. Marten Barel is one of them, and after reading all his colleagues' stories, he knew he has even older stories.…

Gregor Mendel’s historic greenhouse will get a 21st-century reboot

Prague-headquartered architecture and urban design studio CHYBIK + KRISTOF has unveiled plans to resurrect a historically significant yet long-forgotten greenhouse on the grounds of St. Thomas’s Abbey, a 14th-century Augustinian monastery in the Czech city of Brno. The original greenhouse, which was…

5 years of Westland Horti Tours ambassadors for Dutch horticulture

Westland Horti Tours celebrated its 5th anniversary on April 1st. 5 years ago, Aad Verduijn started guiding mainly foreign visitors in greenhouses and companies in the…

Qatar Airways Cargo increases flights to the Netherlands

Qatar Airways cargo has increased its freighter flight frequency to The Netherlands, from 9 to 34 flights per week. The carrier is using Boeing 777 and 747 aircraft to operate…

CEO Transition at Certis USA

Certis USA president and CEO Jow-Lih Su, PhD, will transition his duties this year after nearly 20 years. Amy O’Shea, a veteran of the agriculture, food and pharmaceutical industries, joins Certis…

Fall Creek expands outside board of directors with appointment of Kevin Murphy

Fall Creek Farm & Nursery has announced that Kevin Murphy has joined its professional board of directors. Most recently, Murphy served as chief executive officer of Driscoll’s, before retiring in 2018 after 13 years in the company’s leadership. His appointment brings the Fall Creek board to nine…

"Plenty in talks to raise cash"

Indoor farming startup Plenty is in talks to raise $100 million or more in a fresh round of funding, according to people familiar with the matter. SoftBank’s Vision Fund is in discussions to lead a new fundraising round for Plenty at or below the $1 billion valuation that was ascribed to it in its most recent round, said the…

Italian growers deal with Covid-19

"Work shifts and breaks have been staggered to favor social distancing"

"We need to carry on with determination to ensure essential food supplies, but of course we changed the way our work is organized," reported Gino Caggia from Produttori Associati Citrosol. Gino Caggia "Work shifts and breaks have been staggered to favor social distancing. We applied the protocol signed…

Nature Fresh Farms welcomes new team member

Nature Fresh Farms Sales expands its team, welcoming Retail Sales Account Manager, Zanelle Hough to their sales department. Zanelle Hough began her career 14 years ago in…

Matsui and Nanto become part of joint venture with JVS

Two new breeding specialists, Matsui and Nanto, have joined JVS Japan Vegetable Seeds, the joint venture established in 2017 by Nippon Norin Seed Co. Ltd, Kurume Vegetable…

Due to COVID-19

Oboya's subsidiary in Denmark files for bankruptcy

Oboya's sales on the Danish market are heavily weighted towards the flower industry, which, with COVID-19, has shown a very sharp decline in demand for the past two weeks. As…

Japanese autotech giant Denso invests in Certhon

Denso, the second largest advanced automotive technology supplier in the world, has announced its investment in Certhon, to expand horticulture business in the global market. Denso and Certhon will collaborate to develop and provide greenhouse solutions. Through this capital alliance, and combined with…

Coop Denmark and Lidl Sweden aid local growers

Coop Denmark and Lidl Sweden want to support the Danish and Swedish growers and producers in order to help as many companies as possible through the corona crisis and to keep food available for the Danes and Swedes. Coop DenmarkCoop is opening a sales channel with Coop Crowdfunding that small and…

Matsui and Nanto become part of Japan Vegetable Seeds

Two new breeding specialists, Matsui and Nanto, have joined JVS Japan Vegetable Seeds, the joint venture established in 2017 by Nippon Norin Seed Co. Ltd, Kurume Vegetable…

Eelco Wolthuizen, Metazet FormFlex:

"We are increasingly seeing large horticultural projects in China"

Metazet FormFlex has now been active in the Chinese market for more than ten years, with a local Chinese team and its own office and production facility in Beijing and Xi’an. The Coronavirus currently still has the world in its hold and this also affects the activities in China, but the expectation is…

"COVID-19 wake-up call for local food production"

Pure Harvest Smart Farms in the United Arab Emirates grows tomatoes hydroponically. Sky Kurtz is co-founder and CEO, and spoke about their expanding plans on Dubai Eye. The…

Growing Media Europe welcomes four new members

Growing Media Europe (GME) keeps growing with four new members having joined the association since the beginning of 2020. The companies Eifel-Holz AG, Floragard and Hawita as…

NL: Signify expands Philips certified horticulture partner network in Quebec

Signify has signed a partnership agreement with Dubois Agrinovation, allowing Dubois to provide Philips GreenPower Lighting to growers in the eastern provinces of Canada. Dubois Agrinovation, located in St- Rémi, Quebec, has been providing a wide range of horticulture products and systems for large…

Oppy expands partnership with Perpetual Vegetable Co.

Seven years into their successful collaboration, Oppy has extended its partnership with British Columbia-based greenhouse grower Randhawa farms, owners of the Perpetual Vegetable Co. brand. Perpetual Vegetable Co. specializes in the production of high-quality pepper and long English cucumbers that are grown…

CAN (ON): Steven vanderZalm joins Zwart Systems

Zwart Systems is excited to introduce the newest member of our sales team, Steven vanderZalm. Steven brings a lifetime of knowledge and experience to our company having been raised and worked in his family’s greenhouse in St. Catharines, Ontario. Steven’s education and experience in mechanical design…

Pepijn de Jong, Levarht:

"There is still a lot of potential in Asia"

"Our company grew nicely in Asia in 2019. It was a good year for us," says Pepijn de Jong. He is responsible for Asian sales at the Dutch company, Levarht. "This expansion was mostly thanks to our fixed retail clients. They are in Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore. There we enlarge our assortment every…

Sakata Seed America donates masks and gloves to support COVID-19 response

Sakata Seed America is doing their part to support medical professionals and the healthcare system amid the COVID-19 crisis. The company utilizes respiratory masks and gloves…

Local farmers giving free lettuce to community

Like many others in the food service industry, local lettuce farmers who supplied local restaurants found their business drying up due to COVID-19 restrictions. But they're not letting their recent harvest go to waste. Emerge Hydroponics is giving away fresh lettuce twice a day in Black Forest. They…

Rovensa expands its biocontrol business unit by acquiring Grupo Agrotecnología

Idai Nature, the biocontrol business unit of Rovensa, announces the acquisition of Grupo Agrotecnología. Based in Orihuela, Spain, Grupo Agrotecnología is specialized in…

Mycorrhizal Applications hires new Midwest Sales Account Manager

The team at Mycorrhizal Applications (MA) has recently gained a new Midwest Sales Account Manager, Melissa Flora. Melissa will support the continued growth and development of this Southern Oregon based manufacturing company. Melissa is based in the Detroit, Michigan region, and will support growers and…

Largest union in UK demands agricultural migrant workers' rights to be respected

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union, with members working across all sectors of the economy. On Tuesday, it made a statement saying the rights of thousands of migrant…

Maraldi Sementi confirms commitment to innovative baby leaf varieties

After the field days at the beginning of December in the Piana del Sele at Valcalcer company, Maraldi Sementi presented his range of materials for Spanish and international markets. On the days of 3rd, 4th and 5th March at Pareje Santa Rosalia, Torre Pacheco (Murcia), Maraldi Sementi, in collaboration…

Ireland: Keelings announces first Irish strawberry harvest of 2020

Irish supplier and producer of fresh fruit Keelings has announced the arrival of the first Irish strawberry harvest of 2020, with punnets now available across supermarkets…

Chinese tech giant invests $85 million in farm produce platform

Wangjiahuan, a Chinese B2B portal for agricultural produce, has raised 600 million RMB ($85 million) in a funding round led by ‘super app’ Meituan Dianping. A Meituan…

Coles and Woolworths relax fruit and vegetable specifications

Major supermarkets in Australia have relaxed specifications for fruit and vegetables in an effort to get more fresh produce onto shelves during the COVID-19 pandemic. Coles has stated that it was working with farmers every day to ensure it could get as much of its produce to customers as possible. "We…

Alberto Palmí, director of Fedemco:

"We continue to supply wooden containers to the sector, despite the Covid-19"

Production has slowed down in Spain due to the conditions in which pickers must work in the field, as well as those of workers in the plants. The cost of transportation…

Mike Vallafskey joins AgriNomix as Vice President - Sales

Mike Vallafskey joins AgriNomix of Oberlin, Ohio as Vice President - Sales. Mike brings more than 25 years of experience and knowledge serving the horticulture industry including 18 years at T.O. Plastics, his last 12 years as President. Mike’s extensive background in contract manufacturing is also…

NORPAC sued for $7 million by buyer National Frozen Foods

National Frozen Foods, the company that won the right to purchase some of the assets of NORPAC Foods in bankruptcy court has sued the farmer-owned cooperative for $7.1 million. National Frozen Foods is a vegetable processing company that is owned by entrepreneur Frank Tiegs. It filed suit in bankruptcy…

Luc Monden (De Kruidenaer) seeks sales alternatives and limits imports:

“As things stand, we have to do something with our herbs, and fast”

“You do not want to throw anything away if you do not really have to," says Luc Monden of the Dutch herb nursery, De Kruidenaer. Yet, that may well happen if a sales alternative is not quickly found. This is needed for the herbs standing in this company's greenhouse in Etten-Leur, the Netherlands. “With…

New CEO for Freight Farms

Freight Farms has hired veteran consumer brand executive Rick Vanzura as CEO who will also join the company's Board of Directors, while cofounder Brad McNamara will remain as Freight Farms' President. The company also welcomes automation and robotics specialist Jake Felser as Head of Engineering.  "What excites me about Freight Farms…

Spain

Florette to build its seventh production center in Tarragona

Florette has announced the construction of a new production center in the municipality of Tortosa, in Tarragona. With this new plant, the seventh in Spain, the Navarrese…

University of Lincoln breaks ground on Centre of Excellence in Agri-food Technology

Ground has been broken and main construction will now start on the University of Lincoln's bespoke agri-food research and development facility at the new Food Enterprise Zone (FEZ) in Holbeach, Lincolnshire - in the heart of the UK's £100bn food and drink sector.The milestone represents the next phase of…

The AHEIA – a voice for Australian horticultural exporters and importers

There's never a dull moment for Australian horticultural exporters and importers. By its nature, the sector is at the frontline for all issues impacting the value chain…

Slight drop in demand and prices reduced by half

What is the impact of the pandemic on strawberries?

Strawberry picking still persists in the Metapontino, despite the health emergency. "Our strength is our workforce. The workers, moved by a great sense of responsibility, continue their work in the fields, fully equipped with all the preventive measures. Everyone must feel safe." This was reported by…

Limgroup and Fresh Studio join forces in Vietnam

When you think of Vietnam you will probably not directly think of asparagus production, but asparagus production in Vietnam is on the rise. Increasing demand from local consumers and good prices, results in an increasing asparagus production area with currently several thousand hectares. In Vietnam the…

Microgrow adds Daphne Brogdon for National Sales and Marketing

Microgrow Control Systems, an industry leader in environmental controls, announced that former TV host Daphne Brogdon has been elevated to National Sales and Marketing. “Daphne has years of experience marketing on different platforms and her years in broadcasting makes her a great communicator," said Tom…

Claire Malgorn, Savéol:

“We now offer a range of seven cardboard trays for export”

Savéol has decided to “commit to export” in 2020. Therefore, the cooperative launched a range of seven cardboard trays for its export clients. “This new range with a multilingual design (eight languages) promotes the taste quality of the products and their French origin,” explains Claire Malgorn, head of…

Chris-Hans van der Hout, Freight Line Europe:

"Unmanned ferry transport is the safest option"

This week, Freight Line Europe decided that, until further notice, to offer only unaccompanied transport for shipments to the United Kingdom. This was done due to the coronavirus protocol. "I am incredibly proud of all our employees and charters. They work hard, every day, to ensure that the transport…

Rob Bekkering to focus on commercial management at Van der Valk Horti Systems

Van der Valk Systemen, and its sales organisations, have decided to adjust their organizational structure. Arno van Deursen, Managing Director of Van der Valk Systemen, is transferring the commercial management of the sales organisation Van der Valk Horti Systems to Rob Bekkering. Customer focus and…

Bayer donates one million euros for hospitals in Lombardy

Bayer is supporting hospitals in Lombardy, Italy, with a donation of one million euros. The money is being added to an aid fund that the regional authorities in Lombardy have set up to help procure urgently needed equipment for intensive care units in hospitals with the greatest needs. “Our colleagues in…

Wageningen University & Research again ranked best agricultural university in the world

Wageningen University & Research has been pronounced the world's best agricultural university for the fourth consecutive year. WUR outranks American university UC Davis and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences on the QS World University Ranking list. In the field of environmental studies (8th)…

Yara publishes 2019 Annual Report

Yara has published its 2019 annual report, which is available here.  It represents Yara’s first step in integrated reporting, building on the guiding principles set out in the International Framework from the International Integrated Report Council (IIRC). The report outlines Yara's business model and strategy,…

“Warm winter makes regular boiler maintenance possible”

Wintertime is usually a period of running around from one malfunction to another for boiler mechanics. This year is no exception, although the 'summer-like winter' does decrease the amount of malfunctions and makes more room for regular maintenance, says Erwin van der Mark of boiler maintenance firm Van…

Kuwait LuLu Hypermarket charters special flights to bring in Indian fruit and vegetables

'We will ensure there is no shortage of foodstuffs in the country'

LuLu Hypermarket has chartered special flights to bring in tons of Indian fruits and vegetables to Kuwait in order to meet the urgent needs of the market. The first chartered flight with 16.5 tons of fruits and vegetables touched down at Kuwait International Airport on 15 March. The 'SpiceXpress' jet…

Dolav Germany GmbH focuses on large producers and processors with Alto 1400

"New large box is especially suitable for use under difficult conditions"

The presence of new exhibitor DOLAV Germany LLC at Fruit Logistica was focused on the new harvest box: the Dolav Alto 1400. The large boxes made of HDPE and special additives have a total volume of 1,400 litres and can be used without problems, even under difficult conditions in the field or in the warehouse.…

Oboya increases sales of environmentally friendly cultivation products

Oboya has received several inquiries regarding environmentally friendly cultivation products made from Swedish biomaterials. During the upcoming peak season, the company has taken several orders from customers and growers of fresh herbs and salads in the Scandinavian market. Oboya expects sales of…

"Demolishing a greenhouse is extremely personal"

"You have to have some experience to be able to give good advice for tearing down a greenhouse", according to Jan van Beusichem. With his twenty years of experience, there's no question about it. Under the name J.B. Sloopadvies he recently started giving advice. "There's a lot of demolishing nowadays and…

Plant Products hires new technical sales representative for the Midwest

Plant Products has hired Alan Cartwright as the technical sales representative for the Midwest region. Alan lives in Southeast Michigan, and is a graduate of Ferris State…

FEFCO is pleased with new Circular Economy Action Plan

FEFCO welcomes the new Circular Economy Action Plan published by the Commission today. The circular economy is vital for achieving the Green Deal ambition for climate…

Lennart Middelburg leaves VMP

Gert and Lennart Middelburg have mutually agreed to separate. This means that Lennart will leave the Vegetables Market Place (VMP) from the end of March. Gert will continue at VMP with a focus on services delivery, existing lines and programs. Lennart and Gert Middelburg Gerard Burger, who has been with Quality Queen for the past…

PB Tec opens new building

The Grand Opening of the new building took place at PB Tec on Saturday 7 March. Employees, customers, partners and family were present to celebrate the growth of PB tec. The opening of PB tec was celebrated with approximately 350 (international) guests. The evening was opened by the brothers Koen and Paul Brabander; Paul took the guests back in time: from 1987 to 2020. From the grinding of skis in an old gar…

15 months of jail after being caught with drugs in the greenhouse

A funny chemical smell, lights in the greenhouses in the evening and loading trucks in the middle of the night... The neighbours got a little suspicious. At the end of January…

"Relevant data will appeal to the imagination"

Triple Group launches new company: Horti Analytics

Along with Ricardo Prins, Triple Group starts a company in Business Intelligence and Business Analytics in the greenhouse horticulture sector. The company is called Horti Analytics. By applying Business Intelligence, relevant data will appeal to the imagination and the data will become really usable by,…

More and more automation in growing, harvesting and processing radishes

"We have been operating on the foreign markets for around 20 years and are very proud with what we have done so far. We started off with Poland, then we started cooperating with German retailers, which led us to change our assortment focusing mainly on three winter vegetables - radishes, Trocadero…

Californian fruiting tree stock grower invests in new greenhouse

Californian fruiting tree stock grower Dave Wilson Nurseries have taken steps to provide a consistent quality product for their customers. They invested in a new greenhouse. The new technology and automation are put to use to ensure quality trees for their growers.  The new greenhouses provides a controlled environment…

The Spanish firm expects to market over 80,000 tons of berries this season

Fresón de Palos launches its new Sustainable Fresón line in biodegradable packaging

The situation is normal at the start of the 2020 campaign for Fresón de Palos, which expects its production to peak in spring and the total volume until early June to exceed 80 million kilos. These figures will help the company consolidate as a leader in the strawberry sector, while continuing to become…

GrowGeneration opens largest hydroponic store in the US

GrowGen has officially opened its 2nd Tulsa operation. The ribbon cutting, in order to signify that the store was officially opened for business, took place Saturday, March 7th at 10 a.m. at 5566 S Garnett Rd, Tulsa OK. 74146. This 40,000 square foot retail location will serve as the central division's…

British property group diversifies into hydroponic vertical farming

Trafalgar intends to add an additional business unit to operate alongside the company's existing property development operations.  The company intends to invest in the hydroponic…

Doug Barrow joins Bioworks as Biological Control Advisor

Doug Barrow has been named Biological Control Advisor at BioWorks. In his new position, Mr. Barrow will be increasing BioWorks ability to deliver personalized programs and support to customers in North America. Mr. Barrow has over 20 years of experience in the horticulture industry, with his most recent experience…

UK Ministers appoint Nicholas Saphir new Chair for Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

The UK Government has appointed Nicholas Saphir as the new Chair of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) with effect from 1 April 2020 for a three-year term. Mr Saphir will take over the role with AHDB from Sir Peter Kendall who completes his second term in office at the end of…

Codema appoints three new salespeople

On March 1, 2020, Codema welcomed two new Account managers and a new Commercial Representative APAC. Martijn Egberts is the new Account manager Software, Remco Meewisse is appointed as Account manager Water solutions and Amanda Liu is Commercial Representative APAC. Martijn Egberts is 34 years young and has…

CAN (QC): Premier Tech acquires Éconeau and AgroEnviroLab

Premier Tech ended its Fiscal Year by announcing the acquisition of two Québec companies. A first acquisition, that of the Québec company Éconeau, was concluded by PT’s business group Water and Environment (PTWE). Active in the field of rainwater harvesting in Québec, Éconeau leverages sustainable and accessible…

BioSafe Systems adds to Engineering Team

BioSafe Systems has hired Don Hobro as the new Chemical/Project Application Engineer. Don currently lives in New Hartford, Connecticut and will be working out of headquarters to oversee the OxyFusion process and its development, a point-of-use chemical generator for peroxyacetic acid. Don was involved with…

The Spanish company expects to harvest 5 million pieces this campaign

Bio Campojoyma is the world leader in the production of organic Chinese cabbage

Bio Campojoyma has become the world-leading producer of organic Chinese cabbage, with a production of 5 million pieces in this campaign. The organic farming company has 35…

Official opening with UK Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris

Maritime’s strategic rail freight interchange opens

UK Rail Minister Heaton-Harris officially opened the new strategic rail freight interchange, observing it as “demonstrating that Britain is open for business and our commitment to boosting jobs and trade while cleaning up our air.” The freight interchange has been officially opened at the SEGRO Logistics…

Kapiris Bros drive for a sustainable future. From pulp to packaging

Kapiris Bros has begun rolling out an innovative initiative in sustainable packaging practices this week by replacing plastic trays and punnets with home compostable sugarcane pulp solutions.Kapiris Bros belief in eliminating packaging harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources is the…

Jan van Nieuwenhuizen to leave Rabobank

Jan van Nieuwenhuizen will step down from the Managing Board of Rabobank this summer, ending a 35-year banking career. After working in the financial sector in the Netherlands, London and Frankfurt, he joined the Executive Board of Rabobank in March 2014 where he was responsible for the Dutch and…

PAC Global Leadership Awards recognizes Sunset® Sprinkles®

Sunset® Sprinkles® Tiny Mighty Tomatoes™ has been recognized on the global stage for its packaging and branding. The product was awarded Best New Brand in the Food & Beverage…

Bayer investor sues top officials for ‘disastrous’ Monsanto deal

Bayer’s board and other top officials were sued by an investor who claims the “disastrous” 2018 acquisition of Monsanto saddled the company with potentially billions of dollars in costly lawsuits over Roundup herbicide. The German chemical giant “has been engulfed by a tsunami” of litigation alleging…

Yara to sell its 25% share in Qatar Fertiliser Company

Yara has signed a Share Purchase Agreement with Qatar Petroleum (QP) to sell its 25% share in Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO) for USD 1 billion. Since the establishment of…

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre hires VP of Operations

Chris McQueen is the newest member of the senior management team at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland). As the new Vice President, Operations, McQueen reports directly to President and CEO Ian Potter and is responsible for operations, safety, human resources and facilities, including…

Wouter Voortman and Bram Heemskerk co-shareholder Boeters Ketel Constructie

Boeters Ketel Constructie BV welcomed Wouter Voortman and Bram Heemskerk as co-shareholders on 13 February. Together with the Groeneveld family (Grovo Tuinbouw) and Rob…

Aimed at getting and processing green byproducts, and plant and farming waste

Dutch company takes a step further by starting Circular Centre

The Dutch company, Kompany is an active cooperative of and for its growers. As such, it focuses on continuity for its members. In doing so, Kompany follows social developments surrounding…

Piet Meerkerk: "Difficult blueberries sales due to many origins on the market"

First Dutch strawberries at Angus Soft Fruits Europe

At Angus Soft Fruits Europe, the season for the Dutch strawberries from the illuminated cultivation has started. Grower Alfons Diepstraten from Etten-Leur, The Netherlands, himself delivered the first pallets of strawberries. "The first Dutch strawberries always meet a need," says Piet Meerkerk. Piet Meerkerk…

Women in technology

Yesterday was International Women's Day. Reason for Bosman Van Zaal to put four female colleagues in the spotlight to show that women are equal to men and are also doing the technical jobs in the sector.

Matt Roy joins Tanimura & Antle

Tanimura & Antle has announced the hiring of Matt Roy. Roy joins the company in the role of Vice President of Business Development CEA (Controlled Environment Agriculture), reporting directly to Scott Grabau, CEO & President of Tanimura & Antle. Roy will focus on developing customer relationships and creating new business…

CubicFarms Systems appoints interim Chief Financial Officer

Tim Fernback has joined CubicFarms as its interim Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Fernback replaces outgoing interim CFO Rodrigo Santana as he resumes his role as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Fernback has over 25 years of finance experience as a director and officer of public and private…

Plant-based biostimulant positively affects tomato plants grown at elevated temperatures

Abiotic stresses can cause a substantial decline in fruit quality due to negative impacts on plant growth, physiology and reproduction. The objective of a new study was to verify if the use of a biostimulant based on plant and yeast extracts, rich in amino acids and that contains microelements (boron,…

Marco van der Velden new director of Berg Hortimotive

Since February 2020, Marco van der Velden has been Managing Director and CEO of Berg Hortimotive Group. With a background in the metalworking industry and general machine building, he has the broad base required to lead this group - consisting of Berg Hortimotive BV and HortiKey BV. The companies…

Russian company buys 11 ha greenhouse complex in Leningrad region

One of the biggest vegetable producers in Russia, GK Rost (earlier known as Technologii Teplichnogo Rosta), enters the Leningrad region. The company, owned by Mr. Sergey Rukin, purchased the greenhouse complex project from the owner of Sun Development Company, Mr. Kyrill Vyazovsky. The complex, growing…

New office and Public Affairs Advisor for Growing Media Europe

Eugenia Arcos Messana has started her position as Public Affairs Advisor on 2 March 2020 and will strengthen the GME team. Eugenia will be replacing Cecilia Luetgebrune during the time of her maternity leave from mid of May until beginning of September 2020. Eugenia has a background in law and a proven track…

Colruyt grows basil in self-developed vertical farm

On Tuesday March the 3rd, Colruyt Group introduced home-grown basil from a vertical farm. The fresh basil from the private label Boni Selection can be purchased from today in all 31 stores of Bio-Planet. Bio-Planet will also market fresh coriander within months. Fabrice Gabbato According to Fabrice Gobbato, director…

US: Dr. Eric Deeble joins National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition as Policy Director

Following a rigorous national search, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) announced the hiring of Dr. Eric Deeble to serve as the 30-year old organization’s…

Biotalys announces second closing of €45 million Series C financing round

Biotalys announces the second closing of its Series C financing round with €10 million, bringing the total amount of capital raised through its Series C to €45 million. The…

Jan Voshol takes a step back in the Netherlands, Wilco and Lennert at the helm

"I just keep getting myself involved in everything," says Jan Voshol with a wink. He just explained that last year he has transferred the shares of his company in the Netherlands to son Wilco and son-in-law Lennert. With that, both men are now officially at the helm at Voshol Warmte- en Elektrotechniek…

CAN (QC): Hydroserre Mirabel acquires Serres Lefort

The president of Hydroserre Mirabel, Sylvain Terrault, has announced the acquisition of Les Serres Lefort. The latter had been placed under the protection of the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-36) a few months ago. Many discussions were required with all parties involved to…

Johannes Adams (Adams Herb Garden) at the beginning of German herbs season

"The herb market has reached its peak"

While shipments from Kenya and Israel determine the current herb market, the domestic season is already about to start. The first freshly cut herbs (salad burnet and common sorrel, for example) are already being cut, and the commercially available outdoor herbs (such as mint, oregano) will arrive on the market…

Arjan Pauw on board at Dutch Lighting Innovations

DLI is currently experiencing strong growth and it is expected that this will continue in the coming years. The company announced that Arjan Pauw has strengthen their team…

The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance elects new leaders

The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA) recently elected the board of directors for 2020, including the officers and four members to serve on the board. Elected to serve as…

Kalera opens new vertical farming facility in Orlando

Kalera announced the opening of its new state-of-the-art growing facility in Orlando, Florida. This new facility complements Kalera’s initial HyCube growing facility located at the Orlando World Center Marriott and is centrally located in the heart of Florida. The new facility has the capacity to supply…

Japanese vertical farm Spread brings large-scale expertise to the AVF

Established in 2006, Spread has grown to become a leading Japanese vertical farm operator, with two farms capable of producing over two tons of lettuce per day. By focusing solely on large scale vertical farming systems, they are leading a huge domestic industry in terms of production and profitability.…

Graines Voltz to acquire HILD Samen business from BASF

Graines Voltz, a French floral and vegetable seeds distributor, signed an agreement with BASF to buy its HILD Samen business in Marbach, Germany. Currently, it is part of the vegetable seeds business of BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division. The HILD portfolio divestiture includes its seeds business and…

Development of urban greenhouses in Belgium

In Brussels, fish and vegetables go hand in hand. BIGH (Building Integrated Greenhouses), the largest urban product farm in Europe since 2015. With a surface of 4,000 m², this…

Andermatt Iberia subsidiary established in Spain

Andermatt Biocontrol has established a new subsidiary in Barcelona, Spain, called Andermatt Iberia S.L.U. Juan Rodriguez Martin will be joining Andermatt Iberia as CEO of this…

Aaron Bickell joins Ecoation as Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Ecoation has appointed Aaron Bickell as its new Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Aaron joins the Ecoation executive team following his role as a business advisor to the company over the past 3 years. Aaron brings more than 24 years of experience in Agriculture, Leadership, and Commercial…

Bayer agrees to voluntary special audit of due diligence procedures

Bayer has reached agreement with Prof. Christian Strenger, a stockholder of the company, on a voluntary special audit of due diligence procedures. The agreement provides,…

"Chinese surface area devoted to cherry tomato plantation continues to grow"

"The average weight of Ling-long cherry tomatoes is around 7-15 gr. The delicate cherries are named 'ling-long', which is an onomatopoeic  rendering of the delicate sound of jewellery. The Ling-long cherry tomatoes have a higher sugar content than other cherry tomatoes. Their skin is thinner, and they are…

Exotic regional vegetables find their way into D-A-CH

"How climate change affects the vegetables themselves"

The Austrian soil temperature is rising steadily. As a result, farmers are concerned about whether their seed still corresponds to the mean temperature. These considerations are also the basis of Europe's first ginger project, Der Standard knows. The first ginger from Burgenland saw the light of day two years…

2020 Dutch Kwanza season starts

On Wednesday, 26 February, the first Kwanza raspberries were auctioned at Veiling Zaltbommel in the Netherlands. Zachtfruitkwekerij Simons BV supplied this first top-of-the-range box of fruit. Grower, Rene Simons, innovatively cultivates Kwanza. He does so at his soft fruit nursery in the Dutch town of Schijndel. Rene uses LED…

US (NE): Tomato greenhouse pleads guilty for conspiracy to harbor undocumented aliens

A tomato greenhouse and packing plant in O'Neill entered a felony plea of guilty in federal court for conspiracy to harbor undocumented aliens. Agents and officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement executed a search warrant at the greenhouse on Aug. 8, 2018, finding that undocumented alien workers…

Smoky Mountains Family Farms

Two produce companies announce partnership

Two fourth generation produce companies, Pete Pappas & Sons and Sunripe Certified Brands, are announcing their partnership in Smoky Mountain Family Farms of Newport, Tennessee. Smoky Mountain Family Farms was owned by Pete Pappas &Sons, a re-packer and wholesale distributor in the Washington, DC area.…

Go Grocery

Amazon will open its first large supermarket without cashiers in Seattle

Amazon.com Inc. opened in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle the first branch of Go Grocery, a major version of its Go cashless convenience store that offers baked goods, meat, farm products, and household items. The company is betting on capturing a greater part of the grocery market in the United…

BioSafe Systems hires Great Lakes sales representative

BioSafe Systems has hired Jon Konya as a Technical Sales Representative in the Great Lakes region. Jon currently lives in Southwest Michigan but has done quite a bit of traveling. He studied Botany and Forestry in Wyoming and Florida. He has a degree in Commercial & Industrial Photography. His past work experiences…

UK: NFU elects officeholder team

Minette Batters has been re-elected as President of the NFU to represent the interests of more than 46,000 farmers and growers across England and Wales. Mrs Batters, a beef farmer from Wiltshire, will serve as President for another two years alongside Stuart Roberts as Deputy President and Tom Bradshaw as Vice President. The…

Norbert Winkeljohann to succeed Werner Wenning as Chairman of Bayer’s Supervisory Board

Prof. Dr. Norbert Winkeljohann, 62, is to become Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bayer. As decided at the Supervisory Board meeting, Winkeljohann will succeed Werner Wenning, 73, who is to step down with effect from the end of the Annual Stockholders’ Meeting on April 28, 2020. Winkeljohann served…

Chris Bell - InterNatural Marketing

US organic company brings 150 years of experience to the UK

Chris Bell has been in the organic trade for around for 38 years in the US. Chris started InterNatural Marketing initially to export organic products to Europe. “At that time organics was not as big in the US as it was in Europe, so I was involved with IFoam and all those early meetings and sold quite a…

For accusing an Almeria-based company of re-labeling Moroccan products

Andrés Góngora freed after being arrested for more than 5 hours

In an interview with Diario de Almería, Andrés Góngora, secretary of COAG's Almeria delegation, explained his situation after having been arrested for more than five hours by…

US: Paul Kiecker to lead Food Safety and Inspection Service

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of Paul Kiecker to serve as Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Mr. Kiecker will be assuming the role following the departure of Administrator Carmen Rottenberg, who is…

Giaccio Frutta presents its new organic range

"Our organic product range was presented at Fruit Logistica 2020 and feedback was good. So far, it includes strawberries, kiwifruit and stone fruit. The commercialization of organic strawberries will start in a few days' time with the specifically-designed cardboard packaging," reports Antonio Giaccio…

Nick Finbow - Perishable Movement Ltd.

"Last year we handled 58 million kg of airfreight inbound and around 5000 outbound"

17 years ago, Mike Parr started Perishable Movement Ltd (PML), over the years the company has grown quickly and now has a 64,000 ft2 temperature-controlled warehouse and a 200 pallet freezer on site at Heathrow. This year has already seen a few changes at the company, with half million pounds investment…


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