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Andres Frey, Gemüsebau Frey, on lamb's lettuce:

"The price must remain stable even in the face of highly fluctuating demand"

Autumn and winter stand not only for products such as mushrooms or citrus fruits, but also for lamb's lettuce. At the Karlsruhe wholesale market, we met Andreas Frey from Gemüsebau Frey Ltd. The company has developed from a grower to a real wholesale company in Karlsruhe. We talked to him about the…

Netafim South Africa appoints new managing director

Adriaan de Lange has been appointed as Managing Director of Netafim South Africa, effective 24 November 2021. Adriaan takes over the reins from Etienne Erasmus as he enters…

Hort Innovation announces new Board Directors

Two new Directors joined the Hort Innovation Board as the grower-owned Rural Research and Development Corporation gears up for its next phase of growth. At the organization’s virtual Annual General Meeting, voting members elected Catherine Oates and Robert Mullins and re-elected Julie Bird to the Hort…

Australian Agritech association appoints CEO

Australia’s peak body for agritech, the Australian Agritech Association (AusAgritech), has appointed Tracey Martin as its new Chief Executive Officer. Tracey brings over twenty years of experience in strategic policy development and execution and stakeholder engagement in various industries, as well as…

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Agricultural technology company expands into African cannabis and blueberry market

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies is expanding into Africa through a Letter of Intent with irrigation company Cherry Irrigation SA. Under the deal, Roots will provide exclusive marketing, sales, and installation rights to Cherry Irrigation for its Root Temperature Optimisation (RTZO) and Heat…

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Regional development project BioGemüse Seeland becomes a fact

The project for regional development (PRE) BioGemüse Seeland can now be implemented after more than six years of preparation. Vegetable producers and actors in local tourism have initiated the project in order to secure the regional added value or to increase it significantly in the coming years. Fritz…

UK fungicide business bought by French group

A Hampshire-headquartered fungicide development and supply business has been snapped up by French agriculture and crop disease prevention company DeSangosse, with Quantuma advising on the deal. Agronaturalis supplies powder, granule, and sprays containing potassium bicarbonate to control a range of…

Berry production in full swing to meet high summer demand

An Australian berry producer is expecting plenty of its berries to be on retail shelves this summer, as two of its growing locations were taken into use this month. Piñata Farms harvests strawberries and raspberries year-round and is currently finishing off the winter-spring program in Wamuran, near…

Global paper company supports children in vulnerable communities in Texas

Smurfit Kappa has partnered with San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries to donate $155,500 to help vulnerable families to break the cycle of poverty. The investment will allow the expansion of the Children’s Enrichment Center's (CEC) existing facilities to increase the number of families supported. The San…

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Using smart agriculture to grow clean, fresh food in the Emirates

Farm Fresh Harvest is the brainchild of Ashok Doshi, brought to life by Ibrahim Gadiwala and Arva Gadiwala, full-time parents, company executives, and now business owners. The company was born from a passion for agriculture and farming, especially hydroponic farming. What started as a small award-winning…

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"It’s terrible that these two aquaponic idealists should have their company destroyed over a patent-battle"

Two organic farmers from Nimbin, Andrew Bodlovich and Hogan Gleeson, invented a sustainable food production system that they hoped would help feed the world. Now they say they risk losing 20 years of work owing to a legal battle with "big business interests" that backed the technology, Hans Lovejoy…

VertiKit:

Everything a grower needs, including guidance

“Vertikit aims to offer a solution to the issue of access to technology, which can be challenging in the CEA sector," says Dr. William Stiles, director of Vertikit, a one-stop-shop for growing technologies. "There are numerous companies that offer bespoke or turnkey solutions, but it is possible to buy…

Eurofins starts independent horticulture division

"Worldwide horticultural growth requires regular analyses of the water, soil, and crop"

"The number of greenhouse horticulture samples at Eurofins Agro has grown significantly in recent years. As Business Unit Horti, we have invested heavily in professionalization, so it's time to continue as an independent business line under a recognizable name," says Theo Aanhane, director of the new…

Canadian horticultural providers grow solutions offering

PIPP Horticulture, a provider of multi-level mobile cultivation systems, has acquired Vineland, Ontario-based GGS Structures. GGS is a manufacturer of greenhouses and turnkey…

Tropical cultivation project in Maldives in the starting blocks: Who else is investing?

"In the past year and a half, many things have come to a halt, but precisely because of that, a lot has happened for us." That might sound contradictory, but in the case of Resilient Island, a company that is working on a tropical cultivation project, it summarizes the past year and a half well: the…

From student project to successful start-up

What began as a student project has now developed into a successful start-up. In 2015, co-founders William Simmonds (CEO) and Lucien Fesselet (CTO) started experimenting with drones in greenhouses to collect data about crops under the name Applied Drone Innovations. During the trials, they realized that…

PMA’s Virtual Town Hall Series scores awards

The Produce Marketing Association’s Virtual Town Hall Series, which began in March 2020 and has continued as a weekly broadcast into 2021, has won recognition in three…

Groen Agro Control appoints Business Development Director

On January 1, Jelger de Vriend will start as Business Development Director at Groen Agro Control. In this role, he will be responsible for developing markets and for the…

US indoor grower closes business combination

Local Bounti Corporation announced the successful closing of its approximately $1.1 billion business combination with Leo Holdings III, a publicly traded special purpose…

Dutch breeders have created a new deep-red and sweet strawberry

There is a new strawberry variety called Inspire, which Greenery growers Rob van der Wouw of Jong Fruit and Jan van Meer grow in the Netherlands. We wondered what preceded the first harvest of these strawberries, and so, we asked. "We were looking for a different, consistently well-performing strawberry variety.…

Società Egiziaca

Mechanization makes the difference when it comes to crop planning

"We have to deal with the lack of labor every day, so we have adjusted our plans with other products that enable the whole production process to be mechanized, converting strawberry and bell pepper crops into fresh-cut crops," reports Maria Pezone, a technician from Società Egiziaca. "Between October and…

Roadblocks challenge to food industry

Canada: Prins Greenhouses back in business after BC floodings

"There is and will be much work to be done to get the BC Farming industry back on its feet," the team with Prins Greenhouses shares. Last week, during the floods in British Colombia, their company was damaged severely, and they are working hard to get back on their feet. Canadian company Prins Greenhouses…

Irrigation industry body elects youngest president ever

Michael Esmeraldo, Netafim South Africa’s sales manager for the northern regions of the country, was elected as president of the South African Irrigation Institute (SABI). He has been serving as vice-president of the organization since 2019 and before that served as chairman of the Mpumalanga branch.  “We…

High-pressure aeroponics to cultivate with air at 70 bar and water mist

FRM produces vertical aeroponic cultivation systems that can be installed in all kinds of buildings and structures. "The high-pressure aeroponic Vertical Farming system has a series of considerable advantages. Plant roots are sprayed with water, so the quantity of water necessary is really low. This is…

Michael Mastronardi joins Ecoation

Ecoation is appointing Michael Mastronardi as General Manager of  Ecoation’s Ontario office. “Michael’s dedication and understanding of our customers in the region plays a key role…

Online auction of crate wash installation

Troostwijk Auctions organizes an online auction of a complete crate washing installation of Agrarisch Logistiek Centrum IJsselmuiden due to renovation. Until Monday, November 29, bids can be placed on, among others: 2x Nufama crate washing installation, Nufama pallet dispenser, ULO refrigerated lifting and…

Next generation to lead Koppert

Koppert Biological Systems will be welcoming the next generation of leaders for the first time in over twenty years. CEOs Paul Koppert and Henri Oosthoek and CFO Robert Pathuis of the biological crop protection company will hand over the reins on 1 January 2022, after which the five other board members will be in charge of the…

Update on European PlantLab patent after objections

The years-long dispute between Certhon and PlantLab has come to an end now that the European Patent Office has revoked PlantLab's European patent. PlantLab's patent EP2348841 was directed to the application of LED lighting in climate chambers in combination with controlled leaf and root heating. Certhon…

Bayer announces strategic partnership with Microsoft

Bayer is entering into a strategic partnership with Microsoft to build a new cloud-based set of digital tools and data science solutions for the agricultural and adjacent…

NRGene and Top Seeds International collaborate

"We are at the technological forefront to optimize breeding processes"

NRGene and Top Seeds International have signed a collaboration agreement to develop and commercialize new and improved cherry tomato varieties. Based on the agreement, NRGene…

Signify

Virtual Center of Excellence launched for smarter farming in Asia

Signify is launching its first global virtual horticulture knowledge center. The center will provide research insights and advanced lighting solutions for growers in Singapore and the region that will help Singapore and Asia produce local, pesticide-free vegetables grown in a sustainable way.  The center aims…

New hydroponically grown specialty berry pack launches next month

Rooting thousands of strawberry plants on elevated tables the first week of October, Oppy will launch its first-ever specialty berry pack in the Happy Berry label mid-December under the Ocean Spray license. The hydroponic tabletop strawberry concept was developed by New Wave Berry, LLC, a joint venture…

Rob 'connects' two Dutch horticultural companies

In the Netherlands, Martin Stolze and Koat have been Kind Technologies subsidiaries since November 2020. Although the two companies' product portfolios differ, they both want to strengthen their synergy. To connect the two companies, an account manager was hired to represent them. By now, Rob van Adrichem (in the…

US: Western Growers names new COO

Steve Mangapit has been named the first Chief Operating Officer in Western Growers history, and in the new role, he will be focused on operational efficiencies, improvements,…

UK: LEAF invites the industry to help shape the future of the LEAF Marque Standard

LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), which runs the global environmental assurance system, LEAF Marque, has announced the start of a public consultation on its LEAF Marque…

Saudi startups combine to win NASA's deep space food challenge

Two King Abdullah University for Science and Technology agricultural technology startups, Natufia and Edama, are among the 10 international winners in NASA’s competitive Deep Space Food Challenge. NASA and the Canadian Space Agency jointly recognized Natufia and Edama for bringing innovative food…

HortiQ Next Level: an end-to-end quality label for the greenhouse technology sector

Research shows that the global demand for high-tech greenhouses will continue to grow strongly over the next five years. In order to further improve its ability to meet that demand, it is important that the Dutch greenhouse technology sector reinforces its international reputation for quality. On…

GreenPeak-IT continues with Polariks sensor technology

GreenPeak-IT, a sister company of Dutch Bosman Van Zaal's, has acquired sensor technology company Polariks' assets on October 25. Polariks is a technology company that focused on visual recognition systems using hyperspectral images. Earlier this year, GreenPeak-IT introduced a pruning robot, and the…

Asai Nursery, Japan:

"Our goal is not only more production, but also to provide an excellent quality product"

Asai Nursery, a tomato grower, is a household name within the Japanese horticultural world. They aim to be a role model for the next generation’s large-scale greenhouse farming and want to increase agricultural competition and vegetable production in Japan. How it beganThe family business began in 1907…

NL: Two new R&D farms opened

Urban Health Farms has opened two R&D Farms, with production beginning in Venlo, the Netherlands on 1 November 2021 and in Brussels on 1 January 2022. At the first Research & Demonstration Farm, UHF will be testing more than 20 different crops under 4 different growing environments, as well as developing new salad mixes with…

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US (KY): 151 acre hemp greenhouse complex for sale

AgTech Scientifc Group is selling its 1.87 million-sq.-ft., 151-acre greenhouse complex based in Lexington, Kentucky. The assets, which are being offered separately, were previously used as part of AgTech Scientific's large-scale hemp-growing and CBD-production operations in Kentucky.  Although there is no…

"The Chinese berry industry is gradually changing"

Although China started rather late on greenhouse agriculture, the government introduced several policies that support the development of this industry in more recent years. Moreover, the living standards of people are rising, and so is their attention for food safety and demand for high-quality…

CEA Food Safety Coalition appoints new executive director

The CEA Food Safety Coalition, comprised of (CEA) leafy greens producers, has announced that Elisabeth Hagen is the organization's second Executive Director, effective…

Valmont opens two offices in Latin America

Valmont Irrigation is opening two new strategic offices in São Paulo, Brazil, and Monterrey, Mexico. Renato Silva, general manager of Valmont Irrigation in Brazil, says the…

Forwarding company uses digital platform for structure and transparancy

Two experienced freight forwarders sold their business to a young, fast-growing company, which turned out to be able to build a platform that the experienced brokers were unable to. Milestone Group owners Juri Falandt and Co van Es put aside their personal feelings and chose the future of their company.…

The Sicilian growers' association OP Platinum launches the project Coltiviamo Salute

"We have invested in research and development to obtain a truly healthy and nutritious crop"

The cooperative OP Platinum launched a new project based on the increasing attention of consumers to healthy eating. The project is called Coltiviamo Salute. Salvatore Astuto This is not just a consumer trend, but the growing desire on the part of consumers to seek only the best for their own well-being through…

Cultivating cost-efficient with hybrid growing solutions

“After we developed a container farm, we noted that there is a lack of small start-up systems to start with," says Anthoney Lacey, Founder and CEO of Kalliergo Micro Acre Farming. "Therefore, we decided to develop kits for every budget. People can expect a high return on their money eventually, depending…

3.6 million punnets of strawberries

20% increase for Scottish berry specialist

Scottish berry brand AVA Berries has enjoyed a 20% increase in sales for the year. This means the berry specialist sold over 3.6 million punnets of its premium AVA…

Canada’s Top 100 Employers recognizes Oppy for second time

Oppy, a grower, marketer, and distributor of fresh produce from around the world, was selected as one of Canada’s Top Employers for the second year in a row. Mediacorp Canada Inc., which manages the national competition, along with 19 special-interest and regional competitions, recognizes employers that…

Patrick Stoffels, Stoffels Foods:

"Israeli yellow zucchini will only become profitable once Dutch and Spanish varieties are off the market"

In the Netherlands, Stoffels Foods received the first yellow zucchini of the season from Israel two weeks ago. "This variety's cultivation in Israel has expanded slightly in…

15 years Havecon, an interview with Henk Verbakel

"Havecon turned out somewhat differently than I expected"

In 15 years, Dutch greenhouse builder Havecon has grown into an international player in the realization of Turn-key horticultural projects.  In this interview, CEO Henk Verbakel looks back on 15 years, but of course also ahead at the future and the latest overseas development. Did you ever think, when you…

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Italy: Fri-El adds another twenty hectares

The Italian greenhouse growers of Fri-El expanded their greenhouse hub. In the presence of customers and friends, this week they inaugurated half of their most recent 20 hectare expansion project. With this expansion, the company reaches a total of 31.1 hectares of iron-glass greenhouses. The story…

US tomato grower launches new e-commerce site

AppHarvest announces the launch of its new e-commerce site, shop.appharvest.com, and Fight the Food Fight campaign along with the first harvest of its second season of…

Priva

ALPS and Priva have joined forces

ALPS, AUDACIOUS's subsidiary, and Priva have joined forces. The partnership will focus on the joint marketing of ALPS' advanced compliance and maintenance service solution, APIS, across the global horticulture industry. Compliance and risk reduction are increasingly becoming standard requirements for the…

Data platform 30MHz raises 6.5 million

"Our business model enables horticulture to achieve global climate goals"

Data platform 30MHz has raised €6.5 million in a second round of investments from Rubio Impact Ventures, PDENH, Rabo Food & Agri Innovation Fund, SHIFT Invest II, and Het Goeie Grutten Impact Fonds. The money will be used for the growth of the company and to accelerate technological developments. 30MHz gives…

Calabrese (OP Fonteverde): "A year marked by high price increases"

Courgette and bell pepper season kicks off in Sicily

The first green courgettes and peppers from the Fonteverde growers' association in Ispica, Italy, are on the market. Like many other companies in the supply chain, Fonteverde is dealing with the ever-increasing prices of raw materials. The slowdown in the flow of goods in the main Chinese ports is…

US agscience company hires new sales director west

Verdant Technologies announces Harlan Ewert as new Sales-Director West, effective immediately. Mr. Ewert comes to Verdant from The Kroger Co, where he worked for more than 30 years. He has spent his career in the retail grocery business and brings procurement, leadership, lean process improvement, and…

"COP26 a crucial catalyst for UK’s sustainable farming revolution"

As COP26 enters its second week, today’s agenda will focus on ‘Science and Innovation, demonstrating that research and technology can deliver climate solutions to meet, and…

Industry veteran joins Mastronardi Produce

JC Myers has joined Mastronardi Produce as senior director of West Coast operations to help support its recently expanded Western business operations.   “We’re excited about the addition of…

Cees Damen celebrates 40 years with Elektravon Haket

On 2 November 1981, Cees started his working life at Elektravon. He cycled to the company to start work as an apprentice electrician in a non-residential building. In time, 'chopping boxes' lost its charm for Cees, and horticulture beckoned. Some 7 years later, Cees took the step to become a service…

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Voronezhsky greenhouse in Central Russia to grow 12 tomato hybrids

GC Voronezhsky is a high-tech greenhouse located not far from Bobrov city, in the center of Russia. Like all other greenhouses by Eco-kultura, Voronezhsky is equipped with IoT instruments, supporting an ideal microclimate for proper plant growth and development. The enterprise makes use of bio protection…

Sakata

New mid-cycle bell pepper for cultivation in Almeria launched

On November 3, Sakata Seed Ibérica held an open day at a facility in Balanegra, Almeria, where it presented Juma, the seed company's new addition to the bell pepper program that is being developed for Almeria. Sibac, the early red bell pepper that has been a success in its first year after launch, was…

First Dutch lit-cultivation cucumbers delivered

On November 6, Qcumber Optimize Nature delivered its first lit-cultivation cucumbers to The Greenery in the Netherlands. The Greenery offers a complete assortment of fresh fruit and vegetables. To be able to supply this to customers year-round, The Greenery works closely with its growers. "We enter the…

Switcheroo in Dutch organic greenhouse market

Harvest House's grower Tabos Eco has always had an organic fruit-vegetable acreage of 7.9 hectares. Now, with the arrival of two new members - BioVerbeek and Horticultural Company Frank de Koning - and Vitensa's switch from cherry tomatoes to organic cultivation, Harvest House's organic acreage has grown…

The science behind greenhouse growing

Food science is the study of the physical, biological, and chemical makeup of food, the causes of food deterioration, and how best to get your produce from farm to table as…

Fresh Del Monte commits to reducing Scope 1, 2, and 3 Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2030 ahead of COP26

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc's emissions reduction targets were approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as consistent with the levels required to meet the goals…

"Aerodynamics is often undervalued"

After studying for 5 years, Robin wanted nothing more than to put his knowledge into practice. An open application in 2013 turned out to be the golden ticket to Vosterman Ventilation's Research & Development (R&D) department. But why is someone with a University Aerospace Engineering background working…

Does the Plantalyzer beat human intelligence?

The Plantalyzer is a system with a fully automated process, consisting of intelligent logistics, data acquisition, image analysis and assessment, data transfer, modeling, and dashboarding. Thanks to the affiliated renowned companies Berg Hortimotive, LetsGrow.com, Wageningen UR, and Royal Brinkman, the…

Bushel Boy Farms

Owatonna grower known for tomatoes adds indoor strawberries

With more space to test new crops, Bushel Boy Farms is now growing and selling strawberries — its first attempt to market anything other than tomatoes in its 30-year history. The Owatonna-based company specializes in greenhouse farming that allows it to grow produce all year in Minnesota. A recently…

Producing tomato ketchup under Martian conditions

The global pursuit to grow fresh, tasty food has reached dizzying new heights. Heinz’s Tomato Masters and a team from Florida Tech’s AldrinSpace Institute have successfully grown Heinz tomatoes in Martian soil conditions. The project was created to enhance knowledge of growing tomatoes in a sustainable…

Bayer hires new president of crop science division

The Supervisory Board of Bayer AG has appointed Rodrigo Santos (48) to the company’s Board of Management and the position of President of the Crop Science division, effective January 1, 2022. Santos will succeed Liam Condon (53). Santos is currently Chief Operating Officer of the Crop Science Division of…

US food tech company opens new research facility

Benson Hill has opened its new crop accelerator, a controlled environment research facility located near the company’s St. Louis headquarters. The Crop Accelerator is operational ahead of schedule and under budget, with the facility’s first soybean and yellow pea seeds planted on September 17. The 47,000…

Recycled packaging ensures sustainable strawberry production

Hoogstraten is putting sustainability first by using recycled carton punnets for their strawberries, which are available all year round and supplied directly to the UK. With this switch, they are making a big step in reducing plastic waste, as the new carton punnet is made from more than 90% recycled…

Intelligent Growth Solutions:

Scottish firm raises £42.2 million in funding

Intelligent Growth Solutions Ltd, a Scottish agritech business, has announced the conclusion of its Series B funding round with a total raise of £42.2 million ($58 million). The announcement was made at its COP 26 exhibition site and welcomed by First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon MSP. The latest…

Produce groups issue joint statement on supply chain disruptions

The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing on the challenges facing the entire agricultural supply chain. As part of the hearing, a joint statement representing North…

Carlos Herrerías, Enza Zaden

"The acreage continues to grow and the conical bell pepper market is far from saturated"

The bell pepper acreage in Almeria, which exceeds 13,000 hectares, continues to grow every year, to the exclusion of other crops, such as tomatoes. Although most planted peppers are bell-type ones, the growth rate is higher in the case of conical peppers, with over 20% per year. "The bell pepper acreage and…

"Members, our companies, and the sector will soon see results"

Dutch horticulture cooperative becomes investment cooperative

After two years of preparation, Horticoop's start as an investment cooperative is almost here. The festive kick-off will take place on 1 December. As a formal act, the first member participations will also be registered shortly, thus completing Horticoop's transformation from a traditional horticultural…

Israeli startup closes funding round to expand gene editing technologies

BetterSeeds (formerly CanBreed), Smart Agro's Fund first portfolio company (Smart Agro specializes in Agritech investments and the growth of Agritech companies), has closed a $2 million investment led by A-Labs Advisory & Finance investment bank via their “12.64 Fund” that primarily invests in upcoming…

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"There are no local suppliers of planting pots and clips"

"There are no local suppliers of planting pots and clips. We had to purchase them in European or Asian countries, or in Moscow and Saint Petersburg," the team with NK Lotus says. They started collaborating with the Russian company NK Termo, which started producing polymer cucumber clips. The executive…

"Small coconut farmers are key drivers of economic growth and value chains"

Being the 4th largest coconut producer in the world, Sri Lanka is also the 1st in the world for the exports of brown fiber. Coconut is undeniably among the major sources of income for Sri Lanka traditionally. Coconut husk is yet another source of additional income for coconut farmers, and the manufacture…

New UK vertical farm to create 25,000 m2 of growing space

A vision to feed Britain in a more resilient and sustainable way lies behind multimillion-pound plans to create the world’s largest vertical farm, which has been launched by…

Canadian greenhouse celebrates 25 years as a family company

This fall, Windset Farms celebrates its 25th Anniversary. Started as a four-acre bell pepper greenhouse in Abbotsford BC, the company has grown exponentially since its…

Biobest appoints COO as Chief Technology Officer

Biobest announced that Karel Bolckmans, currently Chief Operating Officer, will soon take up the new position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO). As CTO, Karel will focus on…

Improve greenhouse efficiency with adaptive lighting controller technology

Located approximately 10 miles north of Buffalo in North Tonawanda, Wheatfield Gardens is a 550,000 square feet hydroponic indoor agricultural facility producing high-value crops with energy-efficient technology. Since 2015, Paal Elfstrum, the CEO and founder of Wheatfield Gardens, has worked to…

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How can you make LED grow lights more affordable?

The benefits of using LED grow lights with controlled environment crops are well documented. One of the reasons some growers are reluctant to make the investment in these grow lights is affordability. Horticultural distributor Hort Americas is working with LED grow light manufacturer GE Current, a…

Custom made trailer to transport greenhouses

Steenks Service recently received a request from Dave Storm Hobbykassen to develop a custom-made trailer. Dave Storm Hobbykassen sells a variety of greenhouses to companies throughout the Netherlands, from standard hobby greenhouses and garden greenhouses to roofs and greenhouses that are completely…

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OCP Africa and Syngenta foundation deepen partnership for improved tomato production

OCP Africa, a company that produces and exports phosphate-based fertilizers, has deepened its partnership with Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA), to ensure Nigerians are food secure by enhancing tomato production techniques. The partnership, which is in its second year, has helped to…

Suzanne Wainwright-Evans wins the 2020 ANBP Award of Excellence

The Association of Natural Biocontrol Producers (ANBP) annually recognizes an individual who has made, or is making, extraordinary contributions to the field of augmentation…

Joyn Bio

Ag-biotech company opens new greenhouse to develop engineered microbes

Joyn Bio, the ag-biotech company engineering microbes for more sustainable agriculture, announced the opening of a new greenhouse facility that will enable the company's expansion into pest and disease management. The newly constructed greenhouse will support the screening and discovery of breakthrough…

VEK Adviesgroep celebrates 50 years of existence

The consultancy and engineering company helps entrepreneurs in greenhouse horticulture to achieve their growth and ambition by advising on design and implementation for large-scale horticultural projects. The company, starting in 1971 as a one-man business located in a living room in Maassluis, with a…

Silver Award for new biocontrol product

Certis Europe won second place in the 2021 Bernard Blum Award with its broad-spectrum fungicide, Problad. The award is presented annually by IBMA for Novel Biocontrol…

Opting exclusively for recyclable plant pots

Recyclable plant pots from the Circular360 category Pöppelmann TEKU help companies in the horticultural industry to make a commitment to increasing sustainability. This was…

Hoogendoorn Growth Management receives the GSES sustainability certificate during Dutch Trade mission to Dubai

It has been a very good week for Hoogendoorn Growth Management. After winning the Smart Process Control award at the HillenraadTECH50 event in The Netherlands, another milestone was just around the corner, this time in the area of sustainability. During the Trade Reception of the Dutch Trade Mission to…

Communitas Award for US tomato grower

Equitable Food Initiative announces that EFI-certified NatureSweet Tomatoes has earned a Communitas Award for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility. “NatureSweet has…

Oppy enters first vertical farming partnership

UP Vertical Farms is a new indoor farm and will soon be launching Canada’s first touchless, high-density indoor vertical farm for growing customizable baby leafy greens. Founded by Fresh Green Farms, the company plans to unveil the first phase of operations in the spring of 2022 with the goal of becoming…

‘The autonomous greenhouse is not just a concept anymore’

With the increasing global challenges that our sector faces, the need for technological developments to produce food in a more efficient and sustainable way is growing faster than ever. For the second time, international greenhouse technology supplier Ridder has been supporting agri-tech research teams…

Stainless steel pipe rail carts for virus-free and safe maintenance

No fewer than fifteen brand-new pipe rail trolleys are ready and waiting at PDI. Joris Bogaerts of Bogaerts Greenhouse Logistics, manufacturer of the carts, explains that this is an important innovation: "It is of great importance that all equipment can be 100% disinfected." Maintenance liftsWait a…

Raising a glass for Cultilene's Agnès Robert

After 35 years of being a well-known face in the French horticulture market, Agnès Robert is leaving SG Cultilene. "We are absolutely going to miss her passion and enthusiasm in our company and wish her the very best for the future. At GreenTech, we raised a glass together to celebrate the many years she…

"We will offer our customers an even more complete range"

Bato Plastics acquires Dutch producer of high wire hooks

Bato Plastics, active as a supplier in horticulture specializing in plastic and biodegradable plastic horticultural products, is expanding and taking over Tomatenhakenwikkelbedrijf van den Wijngaart (TvdW). TvdW produces high wire hooks that are primarily used for tomato cultivation. Bato is delighted…

"Taste is more important than mass"

Luc Beirinckx, Hans van Gool, Paul van de Mierop and Koen Lauwerysen have known each other for more than 25 years, and from the very first moment, they had a connection. Four passions and shared visions came together; improving and renewing the tomato assortment, and focusing on know-how, quality, and…

Hillenraad100

Winners of the HillenraadTECH50 competition announced

On Thursday 28 October, Hillenraad100 presented the TECH50. Certhon, a company from Poeldijk with a high profile in horticultural technology, was named overall winner in the Biodiversity Center Naturalis. It has booked success on the international market and is active in the greatest number of tech…

Shenandoah Growers changes name to Soli Organic and announces $120 million funding

Soli Organic, formerly known as Shenandoah Growers, a soil-based, controlled environment agriculture company, announced a $120 million financing arrangement with real estate…

Hydroponic lettuce for pizzerias

As you might have read earlier this month, Pure Green Farms is now supplying its hydroponically grown baby greens to 66 LaRosa pizzerias. The restaurants serve many salads to their guests, and, after experiencing inconsistencies with their previous suppliers, they decided to suppliers. Take a look inside Pure Green Farms to see…

Primaflor growing with 100% renewable energy

Primaflor, the Almeria-based fruit and vegetable company, has achieved a new milestone after implementing the use of renewable energy in its various production centers. The…

US lettuce grower appoints new chief technology officer

Revol Greens is adding Mohammed Oufattole, MBA, as Chief Technology Officer. The ag-tech executive brings over 20 years of experience in life sciences and agricultural biotechnology research, having led a broad range of crop improvement applications and multiple R&D programs. He also has successfully led…

LEAF sets new tar­get that will see 85% of all UK fruit and veg­eta­bles grown more sustainably

LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) has set a new target for 85% of all UK fruit and vegetables to be grown more sustainably. The target will see the amount of UK fresh…

Statement by EcoMark's Richard Neuhoff

"Natural Branding": Made in Germany

On 22 September, an article about Natural Branding in connection with the Laserfood company was published on Hortidaily (the English version can be found here). Now, there is a counterstatement from the EcoMark company itself: The term "Natural Branding" was applied by the Laserfood company as a word…

New technology and investments for UAE tomato grower

Pure Harvest Smart Farms and PlanTFarm announced that they will embark on a joint venture to design, build and operate indoor vertical farms in the Middle East and North…

Rijk Zwaan grows in 2020/2021 financial year

“As new technologies are introduced, vegetable production methods are changing"

Vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan generated a net turnover of €498 million in its 2020/2021 financial year, equating to 4% growth compared with the previous year.  Rijk Zwaan’s turnover grew across almost all its crops and regions.  Rijk Zwaan currently employs around 3,600 people, with 1,550 based in the…

Jack Ma visits Dutch greenhouses

Jack Ma, known as the founder of Ali Baba, and business partner David Yu visited the Netherlands this Monday for research purposes within the horticulture sector. The organizers of the reception, Pierre Bell and Jiayan Cai of the Flexibell Systems Group, speak of a successful visit and thank the receiving companies: World Horti…

Entrepreneurial venture grows in Dutch greenhouse horticulture

From the high rise office tower in Rotterdam, Special Purpose Projects has been overlooking (part of) its working area since June. Since 2019, the Dutch entrepreneurial club has been working intensively with various international horticultural (engineering and development) companies, some of which one…

US (AZ): Organic vegetable grower expands Nogales distribution center

Wholesum, Fair Trade certified growers and shippers of organic fresh produce, has completed a major expansion at its distribution center in Nogales, AZ. “As demand for responsibly grown organic produce continues to grow, it is important to increase storage capacity and bring new efficiencies to the…

De Jong Packaging has new Valmet IQ Quality Control system

"This improves our capability to deliver quality on time"

In 2020, De Jong Packaging invested in a Valmet IQ Corrugator Quality Control System. Combining precise online moisture, temperature, and warp measurements together with reliable closed-loop controls and moisturizers, Valmet IQ stabilizes raw material and process variations to optimize both process…

Berry grower-shipper expands into strawberry category

For many years, North Bay Produce has been growing and shipping blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, and now, the company is adding strawberries to its berry lineup. “Over the past few years, we have received many customer requests to round-out our berry program,” says Ryan Lockman with North Bay…

Annual results 2021 show turnover growth

Expansion of research, breeding, and production activities for Rijk Zwaan

Rijk Zwaan’s turnover grew across almost all its crops and regions.  Currently, they employ around 3,600 people, with 1,550 based in the Netherlands and 2,050 employees across its 37 subsidiaries worldwide. Expansion of research, breeding, and production activitiesThe company planned investments in research,…

"If we perform well, member benefits and successful participation will go hand in hand"

Horticoop to continue as an investment cooperative

Tuinbouwcoöperatie Horticoop will be continuing its activities in its new form as an investment cooperative, in which members will receive a share. Horticoop will invest actively in businesses that contribute to the horticultural industry, and will thus become a platform for investment and development…

5G to further develop UAE agriculture

Ericsson has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), and Pure Harvest Smart Farms to deploy 5G smart farming solutions across agricultural sites in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. The 5G solutions deployed will leverage operations…

New Illumina lights up propagation for growers

The Illumina is a rotatable propagation grow light with a 150-degree beam to deliver light exactly where it is needed. At 24 Watts, the Illumina has efficacy of 2.1μmol/s. The…

October 28, 2021

PMA and United Fresh will announce new association live

Chief executives representing the new association being formed by the Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh Produce Association, Cathy Burns and Tom Stenzel, will…

Domaine Bleu Celeste is the new home of Chris Reeskamp, Priva

At the end of October, Chris Reeskamp will leave for France with his wife and three dogs to start a B&B and campsite, marking the end of his career in agriculture and horticulture. He worked in the industry for 35 years, the last 13 of which with Priva as International Account Manager in greenhouse…

James Cornies joins North American seed company

Van den Bosch Seeds announces James Cornies as new crop specialist for Ontario. James Cornies will be responsible for customer relations in his home province of Ontario, and his role will include product and variety technical support to greenhouse vegetable growers. For thirty years, James owned and…

Consorzio del Pomodoro di Pagino Igp

Nutritional aspects of tomatoes

The "Le proprietà nutraceutiche della Igp Pomodoro di Pachino" (The nutritional properties of PGI tomatoes from Pachino) convention addressed various topics, including the 'regulatory aspects of nutraceuticals', which were discussed by Tiziana Pecora, a specialist in Pharmacology and an expert in regulatory disciplines.  The speakers'…

MedHermes announced the new midi plum tomato Imera F1

Open day for the launch of midi plum suitable for central and southern Italy

MedHermes Vegetable Seeds hosted an event for the launch of the new tomato variety midi plum Imera F1 at the Italian farm La Sant'Andrea di Leonardo Capotosto (O.P. Fondana) in Fondi (Lazio).  A moment during the event The representatives from the fruit and vegetable sector, including growers, technicians, and…

Onato

Onato gains seed funding to digitalize fruit & vegetable supply chain India

Onato is a Bengaluru-based B2B online platform for fresh produce that has raised $2.2 million in seed funding. The round was led by Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia & India - an affiliate of Singaporean sovereign fund Temasek - with participation from local agrifood tech VC firm Omnivore. The startup said…

Matt Roy named VP food service for Revol Greens

Revol Greens announced the hiring of produce industry veteran Matt Roy as Vice President of Food Service. Roy brings more than 25 years of fresh produce and controlled…

Hortifrut acquires Spain-based berry grower

Hortifrut, a global business platform in breeding, growing, and marketing fresh and frozen berries, has reached an agreement to acquire 100% of Atlantic Blue. Atlantic Blue is a company working in variety development, growing, and sales of berries in Europe and Northern Africa and is based in Huelva,…

Profile Products acquires controlled release fertilizer manufacturer Florikan

Profile Products announced the acquisition of Florikan, a manufacturer, blender, and distributor of controlled-release fertilizer to ornamental horticulture, agriculture,…

A visit to VB, part of Atrium Agri

The emergence of a horticultural consortium

The Agro Businessclub Westland was updated by host Edward Verbakel on the construction of the new premises of VB and the ambitions of Atrium Agri. Matthijs Jasperse of Florpartners also spoke about visible and invisible relationships within companies and there were drinks and a guided tour. The program…


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