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Japanese grocer crafts cardboard boxes into anime figures

Customers stopping by the Okabayashi Shoten produce market here might wonder about the creativeness of the store owner: an array of popular anime characters is on display in and outside the shop, along with the various fruits and vegetables. Masamichi Okabayashi, 63, the store owner, whose hobby is…

California salad grower hires Jennifer Osborne as new Director of Sales

San Miguel Produce, Inc., has announced the hiring of Jennifer Osborne as their new Director of Sales. Osborne will be responsible for managing new and existing accounts,…

UK: Vertical Future completes £4m seed funding

London-based food technology company Vertical Future has announced a £4m seed round of equity finance, with further investment expected in the coming months.‍ Vertical Future…

Austrian start-up tackles energy use in greenhouses

The Austrian start-up company Etagrow has invented a lighting system for greenhouses and vertical farming. LED-based, it not only emits light, but can also create the right kind of climate. When co-founders Stefan Huebl and Florian Ablinger first tried to make it through the winter with their own…

2019 Tour de Fresh underway!

The 6th annual Tour de Fresh organized by the California Giant Foundation commenced its long journey down the California coast on Sunday. Tour de Fresh is a four-day cycling event that raises funds to benefit the national Salad Bars to Schools initiative. FreshPlaza's North America editor Marieke Hemmes is participating in the…

The Last Harvest documentary screening at PMA Fresh Summit

After more than 25 film festival screenings, Driscoll’s documentary, The Last Harvest, aims to invoke discussions around labor shortage and immigration reform through a grassroots strategy of partaking in high-profile community-led forums. This month, the documentary is set to screen at the PMA Fresh…

US (CA): Mavericks Renewables selects Procurant for greenhouse IoT solution

Procurant, a Silicon Valley technology company transforming the global food supply chain, today announced that Mavericks Renewable Energy, an energy-as-a-service provider for…

Philip Van Overbeke, Aardbeien Van Overbeke

“Rising strawberry supply lowers prices in Belgium”

The last tunnel of strawberries has been picked. Glasshouse cultivation is also slowly drawing to a close. "This means the strawberry supply on the market is increasing," says Philip Van Overbeke of the Belgian strawberry farm, Aardbeien Van Overbeke. "Prices have been falling for a while now too. At the…

Five years of lighting innovation

The company Light4Food exists 5 years. What started as an experiment, has grown into a thriving company nowadays. This milestone was celebrated at the Light4Food premises in Horst, the Netherlands. Peter Christiaens started more than 10 years ago with an experiment in a shipping container. He bought LED…

Award week for A.M.A. Horticulture

Talk about a good week for the team with A.M.A. Horticulture. Last week started for them officially launching their organic cultivation container, gaining them a lot of attention at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference. Then, during the show, there was the best booth award for a technology company that…

Rick Russo joins Church Brothers Farms

Church Brothers Farms hired Rick Russo as the company’s vice president of strategic growth and planning. The focus of the new position will include building competitive…

US (IN): Agriculture-technology company bringing new food system to Electric Works

Electric Works is adding a Commercial Regenerative Agriculture (CRA) technology company to its expanding list of tenants. Muncie-based agriculture technology firm Balance Holdings, Inc. will locate one of its Environmentally Controlled Sustainable Integrated Agriculture (ECSIA) systems at Electric Works.…

Wouter Willems, ZON:

"On average, the bell pepper season has been just right for Dutch growers"

The Dutch bell pepper season is in full swing at Royal ZON. "The green and yellow season ends in week 43. However, we will continue on until week 45 or 46 with the red and orange varieties," says ZON's Sales Manager, Wouter Willems. "The market really collapsed last week. Germany is our most important sales…

UK: £1000 grants aim to promote women leaders in UK agriculture

Globally, women are still an enormously under-utilised resource, especially when it comes to management roles. This is perhaps even more the case in agriculture than in other sectors. But now an international organisation, Women & Leadership International (WLI), is looking to redress the balance. WLI has…

Marco van 't Hart starts working at Luiten Greenhouses and Saarlucon

Starting October 1st, 2019, Marco van ‘t Hart will begin working as the new Export Manager Turn-key at Luiten Greenhouses and Saarlucon. He will be focusing on the sales of…

North Bay Produce, Inc. awarded for financial excellence

Beginning October 2019, North Bay Produce, Inc. has been recognized as a Trading Member with Blue Book Services, Inc. By becoming a Trading Member, North Bay is recognized as…

Gene Akins awarded Florida Tomato Man of the Year

Gene Akins of Catalytic Generators was announced Florida Tomato Man of the Year at the annual Florida Tomato Committee Conference October 4, 2019. Board members of the Florida…

Canadian company launches all-paper label and waste liner

LABELPAC, a Canadian-based company that designs and manufactures individual fruit labeling machines and PLU labels, has announced an all-paper label applicator and waste liner. According to the company, it is the only system that uses the biodegradable paper for both the label and the waste liner. Sam…

Scholarships address need for horticulture apprentices

Primary ITO is responding to the urgent need for skilled workers in agriculture and horticulture by launching a scholarship programme for apprentice fees. Applications for the…

Kees de Groot and Shaniel Raghoenath drive first pile Dutch Agro Systems

Their systems can be found all over the world, but the Dutch Agro Systems team itself is not often in the spotlight. However, they are happy to make an exception for driving the first pile of the new building. From next year Kees de Groot and Shaniel Raghoenath will supply horticulture from their own…

Leo Alsemgeest, Alweco:

"Bit by bit a step back"

Leo Alsemgeest is the man behind Alweco. After 33 years he transfers the baton to the younger generation. “I am leaving behind a strong team. So I am confident that the future will be good for Alweco. On the other hand, it is also difficult. Alweco is my child. It is a part of myself. I am really going to let that go bit by…

Brandon Yott joins A&L Canada

Canada: A&L Canada Laboratories takes on new business development manager

A&L Canada Laboratories Inc., an agricultural services and technologies company, announced that Brandon Yott has joined the company as Strategy & Business Development Manager…

Leidy Calderon, from Fresiagro:

Colombia: “We can harvest up to 400 boxes of strawberries a day”

Leidy Calderon Gonzalez is the creator and administrator of Fresiagro, a Colombian strawberry production company that began as a family initiative in the Sena and that…

US (WI): OMRI board welcomes Deirdre Birmingham

Deirdre Birmingham of The Cider Farm in Mineral Point, WI, has joined the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) Board of Directors. As a nonprofit organization, OMRI relies on its Board to oversee policy development and governance for the organization. The OMRI Board is comprised of volunteer…

California Giant Foundation gears up for sixth annual Tour De Fresh

The sixth annual Tour de Fresh ride, presented by the California Giant Foundation, is set to commence in a matter of days and there is still an opportunity to support the cause ahead of PMA Fresh Summit. Each year, nearly 50 riders embark on a four-day cycling event to raise funds benefiting the United…

Barn2Door raises $3.4 mln to help farmers connect with customers

Janelle Maiocco is the CEO of Barn2Door, a Seattle start-up that makes e-commerce software for farmers. The start-up just raised a $3.4 million investment round and is now…

Rob de Wit joins Bom Group

Bom Group has strengthened its organization. Rob de Wit started as export manager on October 1. Rob has very broad experience in the development and sale of (large) turnkey projects worldwide. In his new position, Rob de Wit is responsible for sales, relationship management and strengthening and developing new markets at home and…

Havecon adds Ricky Elz to North American Sales Team

Havecon Horticultural Projects welcomes Ricky Elz to the North American Sales Team. Ricky will be working out of the Niagara on the Lake, Ontario office. According to the company, Ricky is a dynamic team player who exhibits strong leadership, creative thinking and is performance driven. Ricky brings with…

Ecoation 2.0

New headquarters, robots all over the world and an enhanced executive team

In September 2019, Ecoation opened its brand new headquarters in North Vancouver, BC. The new location can house 70 employees and has a fully functional assembly line and manufacturing workshop that can support the rapid growth of the company. In October 2019, the company opened its joint office at…

Mucci Farms gearing up for Fresh Summit

The largest trade show for fresh produce in North America is coming up and provides many companies with an opportunity to present their latest products. The team at Mucci Farms has been busy with innovations and show attendees will be able to see them firsthand in the New Product Showcase or in the…

Noémie Dorion, Martin Emballage:

France: “Demand for wood packaging increases as plastic becomes less popular”

Located in the Deux-Sèvres department, Martin Emballage was originally a family sawmill. Created in 1947, it started designing cheese crates in the 1950s. In the 70s, the company became specialized in light wood packaging. “We can make 13 million packagings per year, all products combined. We make mostly…

Pallet and container pooling service provider innovates to increase sustainability

For many businesses, the task of maintaining steady and strong growth in an environmentally sustainable way, while also keeping costs under control, is a great challenge. However, it is a necessary one as consumers are increasingly showing interest in how companies operate their businesses to minimize…

Farmshelf CEO counts on manufacturing scale to become big hydroponic feeder

These days, Farmshelf basically is only helping grow basil in the back rooms of some of America’s best restaurants. But Founder and CEO Andrew Shearer is pursuing a vision of using manufacturing scale to bring down the cost of his hydroponic horticultural systems to transform his Brooklyn-based startup…

Association of Organizations of Fruit and Vegetable Producers of Almería

Juan Antonio González Real, new president of COEXPHAL

At the 42nd General Assembly of the Association of Organizations of Fruit and Vegetable Producers, COEXPHAL, held in an event with more than 150 guests, including presidents…

Salad producer joins blockchain-based platform

BrightFarms announced it is incorporating blockchain technology as a member of the IBM Food Trust network. Food Trust, a blockchain-based information-sharing platform, connects supply chain data across the ecosystem. In addition to providing provenance insights, network members such as BrightFarms, say…

Netled to supply SweGreen with production units

Netled have signed a distribution agreement with Swedish technology company SweGreen. They will start providing Vera Compact Production Units for SweGreen’s urban farming destinations in Sweden. SweGreen is an innovation and technology urban farming company based in Stockholm. The company provides…

December 3-5, Kiev

Ukraine: Fresh Business Expo welcomes Danish Greenhouse Supply

Fresh Business Expo 2019 welcomes Danish Greenhouse Supply (DGS) as a new participant. Danish Greenhouse Supply (DGS) is a modern, experienced and specialized engineering…

Boomaroo Nurseries renews strategic partnership with AUSVEG

Boomaroo Nurseries has renewed its strategic partnership with AUSVEG for another year. Boomaroo Nurseries supplies over 300 million seedlings to growers around Australia. It has been a Strategic Partner of AUSVEG for many years and has supported the Australian vegetable industry, both through its…

In memoriam: Henri Marchal, promoter of glass greenhouses in France

Entrepreneur invested on many fronts, Henri Marchal passed away on September 13th at the age of 86. Born in a family of vegetable growers, Henri Marchal discovered heated…

Freight Farms welcomes Sam White as new Chief Innovation Officer

Freight Farms has expanded its executive team as it looks to expand globally. The company has appointed Sam White as Chief Innovation Officer. White was the co-founder of…

A report of the Cropex Group Day

"To acquire knowledge, you have to share it"

On September 27, Cropex Group organized the Cropex Group Day. Thirteen cultivation advisers visited growers to learn. Cropex Group reports the day. For several years, the greenhouses are used for the cultivation of vegetables and flowers. In recent years, we see a new 'green' landscape unfolding.…

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Three Dutch propagators join forces in mega merger

"To make the merger a success, we had to move from three family businesses to one family"

At the push of a button, three Dutch propagators officially merged into one new company last Tuesday. Under the Plantise flag with a combined greenhouse acreage of 56 hectares, the company has become one of the biggest players in the propagation industry. "To make the merger a success, we had to move…

Russia: Biggest grower in Primorsky area went bankrupt

The federal state unitary enterprise Dalnevostochnoe has been declared bankrupt by the arbitrary court of Primorsky area. The bankruptcy procedure was initiated by the Rosselkhozbank, to which Dalnevostochnoe enterprise owes about 1.4 million Euro. The bankruptcy procedure of the state enterprise began…

Limgroup to present 2nd breeding program strawberry variety at next Fruit Attraction

“With the Limvalnera, we focus solely on the Mediterranean growing areas”

The Limgroup is going to present its newest strawberry variety. This will be done at the upcoming Fruit Attraction. This strawberry was grown as part of the Limgroup's own breeding program. This Dutch breeder will launch this second variety under the name, Limvalnera. This strawberry follows up on the Limalexia.…

FAO trains Syrian refugees in Turkey

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has organized vocational training for the Syrian refugees in cooperation with the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The training program was provided for Syrian refugees and the local people in Sanliurfa to acquire skills and…

Lettuce demo days, BASF Vegetable Seeds

"No simple task to familiarise all in the chain with the variety of salads"

For breeding companies, it is of course all about developing and improving varieties. New varieties are introduced every year. In the case of lettuce varieties with new resistance, varieties specifically for lettuce cultivation on water, vertical farming or under LED lighting. Nevertheless, attention is…

Dutch produce wholesaler's MD steps down

Edwin Vanlaerhoven will step down as one of Valstar and Best Fresh's Managing Directors. He will leave these Dutch companies on 31 October. Vanlaerhoven announced this on his…

Jepco secures GBP900,000 in funding

UK Open field grower expands hydroponic installation in answer to Fusarium

British lettuce grower Jepco will be expanding their growth season thanks to a GBP900,000 funding package provided by the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) Debt Finance, managed by Maven Capital Partners (Maven). With the money, they will acquire the hydroponic technology and equipment needed to…

Lucrative turnaround of community’s blueberry and snack pepper venture

Throughout 2017 the Upper Gxulu community in Keiskammahoek, Eastern Cape, worked without pay to keep their blueberry project alive. Ten hectares of blueberries had been established under shade netting, but without the necessary operating capital, the project’s future was in jeopardy. Their efforts to…

Newly launched Singapore-based agrifood fund secures $22m in conditional capital

Israel and Singapore-based Trendlines Group has secured up to $22 million in conditional capital for its newly launched Singapore-based Trendlines Agrifood Pte Ltd (Fund). The fund will be managed by Trendlines via its wholly-owned subsidiary, Trendlines Agrifood Innovation Centre Pte Ltd.  As a vehicle born…

New organic snacking tomato line to be launched at PMA

Wholesum, Fair Trade certified growers and shippers of organic produce, have announced the launch of their snacking tomato lineup that comes in top seal packaging. They will feature the line at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in October in Anaheim, CA. “At Wholesum, we have always…

Grupo Projar will present its new sustainable substrates and pots at Iberflora 2019

At the 48th edition of Iberflora, which will take place from October 1 to 3 at Feria Valencia, in Spain, Grupo Projar will present its latest innovations in substrates and sustainable pots. The company's Desch sustainable pots, the market leader, are customizable and 100% biodegradable thermoformed pots.…

Things made even easier for loose-leaf lettuce

Eazyleaf has a lot of potential. This loose-leaf lettuce is not only an attractive convenience product for the hospitality industry. Nowadays, there is a growing demand in supermarkets for pre-packaged lettuce mixes. Paul Huijs of Enza, on the left, and Tim Hurks from Abemec, harvesting the Eazyleaf. "Mechanical harvesting…

Monterosa tomatoes distributed in Italy

Farmersgroup has recently signed an agreement with seed company Semillas Fitò that will enable it to exclusively grow and distribute Monterosa tomatoes.  Being dynamic and innovative is essential to compete on the domestic and foreign fresh produce markets, so it is no surprise that companies are set up precisely…

Plastic free living herbs in UK supermarkets

Asda has announced it will be launching a supermarket first - a range of plastic-free living herbs. All of the company’s living herbs, which are currently sold in a plastic pot with a plastic wrap, will be moving into a new, more sustainable container called a 'plug'. The plastic wrap will also be replaced…

another £1.6 million raised

Intelligent Growth Solutions attracts further US AgriTech investment to Scotland

Intelligent Growth Solutions announced a further raise of £1.6 million in the second and final close of its Series A funding. The £1.5 million received from globally established agri-investor Ospraie Ag Science (OAS), coupled with an additional £100k from Agfunder, brings IGS’s total Series A fundraise…

Australia: Nutrien announces close of Ruralco acquisition

Nutrien today announced the close of its acquisition of Ruralco Holdings Limited (Ruralco) in Australia. The combination of Ruralco’s business with Nutrien’s Landmark operations is expected to provide significant benefits for all stakeholders and enhance the delivery of products and services to…

Fresh look at marketing and communication for breeding company

Ilona Smith starts working at ABZ Seeds

Ilona Smith has been working as Marketing & Communication Officer for ABZ Seeds since 9 September. Ilona does not come from the agricultural sector, but has many years of marketing experience. With a fresh perspec…

Two new flavors for salad brand

Ready Pac Foods, a brand of Bonduelle Fresh Americas, has announced the introduction of two new Ready Pac Foods Bistro® flavors: Slider and Reuben salads. These salads combine the Slider and the Reuben salads with the brand’s Bistro Salad. “We are always looking for new ways for people to eat healthier, and that means extending…

US (SC): Groundbreaking ceremony held for Valagro plant

Valagro is commencing the construction of its Orangeburg, South Carolina plant in the United States, with a groundbreaking ceremony, which was attended by members of the local community, esteemed guests, state representatives, as well as members of the federal government. The plant will introduce cutting-edge…

Houweling’s Group and Apeel Sciences

Replacing single-use plastic cucumber wraps by plant-based products

Apeel Sciences announced an agreement with Houweling’s Group, greenhouse grower and marketer fresh tomatoes and cucumbers. The Houweling’s Group will have access to Apeel’s…

Asia & Pacific Seed Association delegation visit Hazera

The visit to Israel of the Asia & Pacific Seed Association’s delegation, comprised of delegates from Japan, China, Hong Kong, India, Thailand and even Indonesia, was intended to expose visitors to advanced Israeli technologies, and in particular to the development of seeds for agriculture. One of the highlights…

Chinese consumers are looking for variety in the vegetable market

"Consumers have always been drawn to vegetables in fancy packaging. These days, however, consumers are beginning to turn their attention back to the vegetable products themselves. Suppliers are working hard to simplify their packaging and give prominence to the product quality and freshness of their…

Bayer to invest more than 25 billion euros in Crop Science R&D

Bayer welcomed farmers, academics, leading global industry experts, journalists and other stakeholders for its 2019 Future of Farming Dialogue, to engage in a collaborative…

Nufarm South America sold to Sumitomo for $1,188 million

Nufarm Limited ("Nufarm") today announced it had entered into an agreement to sell its South American crop protection and seed treatment operations in Brazil, Argentina,…

Photo report

"New greenhouse equipped with all the conveniences needed to grow herbs"

Van Vugt Kruiden's newly constructed building has been a long time coming. The journey began as far back as 2007 for this herb grower from Ridderkerk in the Netherlands. Back then, they were informed that their current site would be appropriated. It had to make way for the Nieuw-Reijerwaard business…

Following in forefather's footsteps

Marcel van der Pluijm starts Feeling Fresh

Tuesday, 1 October, sees the official start of Marcel van der Pluijm's business, Feeling Fresh. "With it, I will be doing what I love best. Selling vegetables with passion," says Marcel. In doing so, he is following in the footsteps of his forefathers. "In the 1920s, my great-grandfather sold citrus and bananas…

BASF becomes shareholder of Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo

BASF Vegetable Seeds signed an agreement to become a shareholder of Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo B.V. on January 1, 2020. The Brightlands campus is at the heart of the North-West European agrifood scene, focusing its research on healthy and safe food, future farming and biocircular economy. BASF…

CEO of Tesco says No-Deal Brexit is a real issue for fresh food in Britain

Speaking with Bloomberg’s Francine Lacqua at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum 2019 in New York, Tesco CEO Dave Lewis says the issue in case of a no-deal Brexit is fresh…

NatureFresh Farms

"Strong start with new 32-acre greenhouse"

NatureFresh Farms is celebrating a 20-year growing milestone with what they describe as a strong start to the first season at their newly developed 32-acre greenhouse in Leamington, ON. After nine months of construction, the facility measures 32 acres in total area and, to the gutter, is 7.3 meters tall.…

Partnership for strategic growth

BOAL Group acquires Holland Group

BOAL Group, together with its strategic partner Equistone, has invested in Holland Group Westland, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-quality screening and netting…

with the annual HAVEBBQ

Arjan Koene starts new job at Havecon

Arjan Koene is the new Project Manager Export at Havecon Horticultural Projects. He was ready for a new challenge after having spent seven years with his previous employer, where he worked as a Work Planner and Maintenance Engineer. "Beautiful Dutch industry"He found his challenge in the role of Project Manager…

plans for major greenhouse complexes

Huafa Group acquires 25% of MegaPhoton

A large collaboration is announced in the horticultural industry. The Chinese Huafa Group is making its way into horticulture. Not only are they planning to build 500 hectares of greenhouses in China within the coming years, but they are also active in the lighting industry now. They acquired 25% of…

Netherlands: Subsidy for new training system

HortiTech, based in Naaldwijk, The Netherlands, is one of the five companies selected by the Westland municipality to receive a subsidy from ‘Subsidieregeling Kennis en Innovatie Westland’ (subsidy program for knowledge and innovation in Westland) to finance their innovative training system. The Westland…

Agritecture and AgTech Insight announce strategic alliance

AgTech Insight, Salinas, CA and Agritecture, Brooklyn, NY announced the formation of a strategic alliance between the two firms. In its simplest form, AgTech Insight will advise and provide services to Agritecture clients in the large scale outdoor agriculture industry while Agritecture will advise and…

Rodrigo Santana

CAN (BC): CubicFarm announces new interim CFO

CubicFarm Systems Corp. welcomes Rodrigo Santana as the Company’s interim Chief Financial Officer.  CubicFarms welcomes Rodrigo Santana as its interim CFO. Supported by the rest of the CubicFarms finance team, Rodrigo will continue his role as Chief Operating Officer. Rodrigo is very experienced in the dual…

Square One Farms welcomes Oswaldo Silva

Oswaldo Silva joined the team at Square One Farms in September 2019 as Vice President/Chief Procurement Officer. Silva brings more than 25 years of extensive international…

Atrium new headquarters VB Group becomes 11 meter high glass greenhouse

Working on glasshouse horticultural projects from under glass

In the spring the new building started with a symbolic first pile: the planting of eight large oak trees. The new head office of VB will be energy neutral, in line with the company's philosophy. In addition, the company will have an atrium in the form of an 11-meter-high glass greenhouse construction…

Phormium appoints Marta Gentile as new sales manager

On the 16th of September, the Phormium sales team was reinforced with a new sales manager: Marta Gentile.Marta is Italian and has been living in Belgium for almost 9 years now. She can rely on several years of experience from her previous jobs at Capsugel and Atlas Copco. At the pharmaceutical company…

Packaged salad producer expands Midwest distribution

BrightFarms has partnered with Crosset Company to distribute its products into over 100 new independent retailers in the Midwest, a majority of which are based in Ohio. BrightFarms’ newest greenhouse in Wilmington, Ohio will supply the new retailers with the company’s core portfolio of baby greens. In…

CAN (QC): Financial aid needed for Les Serres Lefort

Canadian greenhouse grower Les Serres Lefort is in financial trouble. Due to problems in both the organic production and the ability to make money with organic products, they were urged to file for bankruptcy protection. The major greenhouse grower is now in strategic negotiation to ensure the continuity…

Iceland importer Jóhannes Þór Ævarsson on market trends:

“The low-carb trend has a big influence on the market”

Iceland’s main supply of fresh produce depends on the import industry, because the country’s climate doesn’t allow enough local production to sustain the country. Jóhannes Þór Ævarsson, managing director of fresh produce for Innnes import and wholesale company, tells us: “Our local greenhouse technology…

United Fresh announces new Produce Safety Immersion Program

United Fresh Produce Association has launched its newest leadership development offering, the Produce Safety Immersion Program, which it says is developed to build the…

Mangochi District - Malawi

Hospital administrator suspended for transporting cabbages in an ambulance

A hospital administrator from the Mangochi District Hospital has been suspended for transporting cabbages from Ntcheu District to Mangochi District, using an ambulance. The vehicle was stopped by community members. The Mangochi District Council has suspended the administrator John Phiri, with pay, after residents…

Tom Lefevre, Tomeco Services/Hortipower

“We don't want to be the biggest, but to grow by joining forces”

A few years ago, four Belgian tomato growers joined forces. They set up the Tomeco partnership. This clustering - which falls under the Hoogstraten Cooperative - now has eight production locations, which together totals 79 hectares. "We have grown tremendously in these last few years. This is why we had…

Production and turnover increase when employees are happy

"We have been working in the production and commercialization sector for years but, in 2010, we realized that our structure did not fully support our excellencies. Thus we needed to make all processes more effective," explains Giovanni Iuvara, administrator at ProAgri, a Sicilian company specializing in…

David Baños and Roque Oller, of CASI:

"Labor costs and pests affect Spanish tomatoes"

“The tomatoes we produce in Spain stand out from the rest. Choosing the right variety and adapted handling make it possible to obtain an optimal quality. However, we must not ignore the need to invest in new varieties in order to open channels,” says David Baños, marketing director of CASI. 44 765 m² handling…

Reemoon launches new sorting technology

This year's Asia Fruit Logistica took place a few weeks ago. Although this year’s edition is different from previous years, as one of the most important fruit and vegetable exhibitions in Asia, the number of exhibiting companies was still satisfactory. Jiangxi Reemoon Technology Holdings Co., Ltd. took…

Beneficial Insectary adds IPM specialist to team

Beneficial Insectary introduces Saul Alba as the newest addition to its IPM specialist team. Saul began his career in agriculture working for winery and vineyard operations on the central California coast. After several years in wine and grapes, he decided to focus on crop protection and obtained his PCA…

Customers discover the underside of the production of their beneficials

On Wednesday the 18th of September, on the sidelines of the Tech & Bio exhibition located in Bourg-lès-Valence, Bioline Agrosciences opened its doors to around a hundred customers during its Open Day. Taking advantage of their visit to the largest exhibition dedicated to organic agriculture and…

Geert van Veen, Prins Group, looks ahead to 80th anniversary in 2020:

"With son and son-in-law in the company, it remains in the family"

Next year, the Prins Group will celebrate its 80th anniversary. That is a good opportunity to look back at beautiful moments in Kwintsheul. At the same time, they are also busy with the future. "Our company is in full swing to realize complete horticultural projects worldwide. We have noticed that market…

Ghana: Vegetable exporters accuse Plant Protection Directorate of thwarting businesses

On Thursday, several Ghanaian fruit and vegetable exporters said they have folded up their businesses because of the undue delays by staff of the Plant Protection and…

Woman makes ultra-realistic miniature fruits and vegetables

Small, smaller, smallest

With over 700,000 people following her online, a woman from central China’s Henan province showed off her skills at sculpting clay into ultra-realistic mini fruits and vegetables. Source: youtube.com

NatureFresh Farms announces internal leadership developments

NatureFresh Farms doesn’t only grow produce – they also grow their people into confident, forward-thinking leaders. Cornelius Neufeld and Frank Neufeld have each been working in the greenhouse farming industry for over 20 years. In recent months, both Cornelius and Frank have taken on more prominent…

New director is Satoshi Yamaguchi

Kagome replaces Representative Director

On September 20th the Kagome Board of Directors passed a resolution to replace the Representative Director. Through the replacement, the company aims to strengthen its management structure in order to accelerate the implementation of medium-term business plans for the achievement of its long-term vision,…

Fruitcase: The world's first fruit on wheels

At York Fashion Week in March 2019, Fruitcase Ltd, a York-based start-up company that has designed a range of suitcases that look like your favourite fruit was launched. Both the concept, a design that looks like fruit not only on the outside but inside too- and the business was founded by friends and…

Marijuana plantation located in tomato greenhouse in Spanish region of Cantabria

The Spanish Guardia Civil have located a marijuana plantation on an 8,000 square meter agricultural plot dedicated to the cultivation of tomatoes in the Cantabrian…

Trying to further improve in-flight meals

Singapore Airlines partners with high-tech urban farm

Singapore Airlines is getting ready to launch a new ‘farm-to-plane’ dining program, using vegetables grown at a local farm in Newark, New Jersey, on its flights from the New York City area. AeroFarms, the company supplying the greens, is a high-tech "vertical farm," which uses a controlled climate, LED…

Berry portfolio expansion for Australian fresh produce company

Perfection Fresh has significantly expanded its berry portfolio with the acquisition of Queensland-based Berry Yummy Marketing, one of Australia’s foremost strawberry marketing businesses. The company says it will now be responsible for around 10 per cent of the Australian strawberry market, including a…

Dirk Sprangers

Argus Controls announces new Technical Sales Manager for the Australian market

Argus Controls welcomes Dirk Sprangers as their new Technical Sales Manager for Argus Controls for the Australian market. Dirk has been in the Greenhouse industry since the age of nineteen where he began as an all-rounder with a focus on installing and commissioning heating systems and controllers in…

Fargro becomes co-sponsor of NextGen Fruit Group

Fargro has become a co-sponsor of networking and education organisation NextGen Fruit Group, alongside its partner 30MHz. The two companies will both become AgriTech Partners…

Salera owns 30 hectares destined to the fresh-cut industry

Bonduelle Italia CEO Andrea Montagna has no doubt: Azienda Agricola Salera is one of the best in the field when it comes to fresh-cut products. On 17th September 2019, the company opened its doors to showcase how it produces 2000 tons of vegetables for the fresh-cut industry every year.  Click here for the…

Plant waste as raw material

From a lettuce to a fruit container

The food and agricultural system generates a large amount of plant waste, whose handling is costly and requires a management effort. However, that waste can also bring opportunities. "The parts of lettuce or artichoke we don't eat, as well as other sorts of plant waste, go through an industrial process…

Almost 200 hectares worldwide

Further growth for biggest Dutch tomato grower

Agro Care, the biggest tomato grower in the Netherlands in terms of acreage, has acquired Greenco's cultivation location in Wieringermeer. The greenhouse, with 10 hectares of illuminated acreage and 10 hectares of undeveloped land, will handle illuminated cultivation for Greenco for the coming season.…

Kimitec

Almeria to host the largest center of biotechnology applied to agriculture in Europe

In October, the Almeria-based manufacturer and marketer of fertilizers Kimitec, based in Roquetas and with a factory in La Mojonera, will open the largest center of biotechnology applied to agriculture in Europe. The state-of-the-art facilities have more than 5,000 square meters dedicated to R&D&I in…

United Fresh announces Smart Pass Education Package for 2020

United Fresh Produce Association has announced the member-exclusive Smart Pass Education Package for 2020. The package offers members access to three core annual events with a…

Sunfarming wins innovation award

Sunfarming was awarded the innovation prize for intelligent energy solutions at the CHINT Group conference with over 600 participants from 140 countries. The Global Summit on Market Innovation and Development, hosted by CHINT, China's leading smart energy solution provider, held in Wenzhou from 9-11 September, focused on…

Daniel Malechuk

Vertical farming company Kalera names new CEO

On Sept. 17, technology-driven vertical farming company Kalera announced that it has hired veteran foodservice and grocery industry executive Daniel Malechuk as CEO. Kalera’s co-founder and current CEO, Cristian Toma, will move to the role of chief technical officer. The company also announced that J.…

Urban farming start-up to open Michigan farm on September 30

On September 30th, Square Roots will cut the ribbon and officially open its newest indoor farm on the Gordon Food Service headquarters in Wyoming, Michigan. The company said this is the beginning of a strategic partnership that will see Square Roots’ high-tech farms built on or near Gordon Food Service…

Using fully retractable greenhouses to protect its crops

UK: Charlton Farms cashes in on £5m strawberry farm investment

One of the UK’s biggest strawberry producers is cashing in on a £5 million investment to deliver top Kent fruit to leading supermarkets. Langley-based Charlton Farms, one of the county's largest family-owned soft and top fruit producers, provides stores like Sainsbury's and Marks & Spencer with their…

IFOAM - Organics International elects new Vice President

Karen Mapusua has been unanimously appointed as IFOAM - Organics International's newest Vice President. Karen will assume the role straightaway as the successor to current Vice President and Executive Board Member, Frank Eyhorn. In her new capacity, Karen will serve alongside President Peggy Miars and…

Greenhouse drone manufacturer selected as StartLife startup

Biological approaches to treat aquatic pests and diseases or an aerial scout in the greenhouse: just two examples of the eight food & agtech startups selected to participate in the fall edition of StartLife Accelerate. From the fifty early-stage food and agtech startups who showed interest in the…

Verdesian Life Sciences expanding research, headcount, and financing

In September, Verdesian opened a second research and development (R&D) laboratory in Research Triangle Park (RTP). The purpose of the lab, located at 6 Davis Drive, focuses on…

Freight ferry boost for the Channel

P&O adds Tilbury-Calais services

P&O Ferries will strengthen its position on the English Channel by launching a new daily ferry service. The service will end up linking Calais with the Port of Tilbury. The new route launches this month and is designed to give unaccompanied freight a direct route to a port just 25 miles from central London. It further broadens…

Dilution Solutions welcomes Jose Rodriguez as Business Development Manager

Dilution Solutions, with corporate offices in Clearwater, Florida, announces that Jose Rodriguez has joined their team. Jose brings to Dilution Solutions a background in Irrigation and Agriculture Engineering along with experience in Food Processing and Sanitation. He earned his Ph.D. in Engineering…

Israel: Finistere, OurCrowd, Tnuva, and Tempo officially launch consortium activity for $280M FoodTech Incubator

In a ceremony held in Kiryat Shemona, Israel, a consortium consisting of global agrifood investor Finistere, venture investor OurCrowd, Israel’s largest food manufacturer, Tnuva, and leading Israeli beverage company Tempo Beverages officially launched activity for their NIS 1 billion (US$280 million)…

DHL Supply Chain

Spain: Inauguration of the new intermodal service for the export of fruit and vegetables

The supply chain company DHL Supply Chain Iberia has inaugurated an intermodal service for the export of fresh fruit and vegetables to the Netherlands and Belgium, which combines the railway line and its fleets for road traffic. Through this initiative, a reduction of more than 70% of the CO2 emissions…

From local sustainable farming to ready meals and convenience food

Made by Farmdrop is Farmdrop’s new range of healthy, simple and fresh handmade ready meals and convenience food. Every single ingredient is sourced from the company’s existing community of local, sustainable farmers and producers and  the line will also have 100% plastic-free packaging. The line includes nourishing…

Russian grower makes clever use of greenhouse space with tulips

A vegetable grower expanding into tulip cultivation - it may sound like an unusual combination, but for GH Botanica it makes perfect sense. The greenhouse complex “BOTANICA” plans to produce tulip cut flowers in the new propagation, which will be opened in 2020. 3D impression made by Bosman Van Zaal. The…

New service vans for Javo

This week, 10 new service vans have been delivered to Javo in Noordwijkerhout (Netherlands). With the vans, customers throughout Europe can be visited and provided with fast service. Javo can also serve its customers even better with the efficient implementation of tools and repair material. Key transfer with Koos de Vink,…

Big merger in Dutch growers associations

Two Dutch marketing cooperatives, Best of Four and Van Nature, are to merge. These associations' members gave this decision the green light at a recent Annual General Meeting. As of 1 January 2020, these organizations will function as one. From left to right: Jan Oosterom, Ton van Dalen, Aad Sonneveld, and Hans…

Canada: Leamington's Highbury Canco tripled business, renews deal with Heinz

Highbury Canco has renewed a multi-year agreement with Kraft Heinz Canada and has tripled business since forming months after the November 2013 Heinz closure announcement “I think we’ve by far exceeded our expectations in terms of growth, in terms of what we could have dreamed of five years ago, to think…

Vitroplant South Africa: invigoration of established biotechnology company

A strategic equity partnership between plant biotechnology company Vitroplant South Africa, based in Somerset West, and Vitroplant Italia, the South African ZZ2 group and Hishtil South Africa (part of Hishtil International) was announced earlier this week. Rijk Danckwerst remains managing director of…

CaNavis International hires light deprivation and blackout curtain expert James Gomm

CaNavis International has hired James Gomm, formerly of Ludvig Svensson, for the position of North American Project Sales. It is a move that is endorsed by both companies, which have had a long, positive business relationship for many years. Gomm will be responsible for leading the North American sales of…

Partnership Oreon and Lumex M for the Russian market

Oreon and Lumex M are joining forces. The two companies signed a letter of intent during the FlowersExpo in Moscow this week, agreeing upon working together to provide LED solutions to the Russian market.  Lumex M has been helping growers in Ukraine and Russia with advice on greenhouse lighting for many years, and…

Heavy weather to hit Alicante, Valencia en Murcia

A small low-pressure area at a high altitude results in abundant rainfall, and therefore a weather alarm is in place for Alicante, Valencia and Murcia. Today and tomorrow storms, heavy rains and high winds are expected to hit the regions.The fresh fruit and vegetable industry is bracing themselves for…

Giulia Di Tommaso is new CEO and President of CropLife International

Howard Minigh has informed the Board of Directors of CropLife International that he is concluding his tenure as CEO and President of CropLife International after leading the organization for over a decade. Howard installed modern governance, revitalized the crop protection unit, built a global plant…


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