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PlantResponse closes $6.9 million funding

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

Google to take Wing delivery drones to Europe in 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emirates SkyCargo: Fifth anniversary of Ecuador freight operations

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

J. Erik Fyrwald to join Bunge board of directors

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

Mauro Gómez Alvarado new country manager of Top Seeds Mexico

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

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

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

Four-Time NBA champion invests in foliar spray producer

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

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

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

The goal: Accelerate and strengthen its presence in South America

Sakata Seed opens commercial offices in Argentina

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

Victoria Lawrence joins Germains Seed Technology as Managing Director

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

Royal Brinkman official Grodan dealer in Turkey

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

New Zealand: New HortNZ president excited about the future

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

Bosman Van Zaal on the move

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

New President and Vice-President elected to HortNZ board

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

Vertical ventilation can not cancel out vertical temperature gradient

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

California Giant Berry Farms says expansion on track

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

Driscoll's announces leadership change

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

New Smithfield Market -The market that opens while Manchester sleeps

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

MYM announces $25,000,000 CDN equity investment

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

Living greens company launches organic red butter lettuce and spring mix

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

Aphria share price plummets

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

Microgreens more than just a garnish

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

New headquarters of Interfel and Ctifl

Inauguration of the House of Fruits & Vegetables

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

Kaufland to expand its assortment

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

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

Fresh garbanzo beans from North America available year round

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

England’s oldest wholesaler gets new Birmingham market home

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

Australian company expands into the UK gardening market

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

Marketing agency launches 2019 calendars

Now in their fifth annual instalment, DMA Solutions, Inc. announced the release of its 2019 Social Media and Produce Marketer’s Calendars. The calendar's are free and include…

New greenhouse, lower quarterly results for Swedish tomato grower

After investing in a new greenhouse, the Swedish tomato grower Peckas Naturodlingar reported a significant decrease in turnover and profits for the last quarter. As a result of replanting and increased competition during the summer months, sales fell by 36 percent in the third quarter compared to the…

Horconex celebrates first pile of new premises with an eye on growing market

"You just can’t copy the Dutch one-to-one approach to France"

"I think we are better known in France than in the Netherlands", says Albert Haket, head of the sales department of the greenhouse builder Horconex. "People in France also rather see us as a French company that mainly uses Dutch technology than a Dutch company that builds greenhouses in France." But the…

Russia: X5 Retail Group interested in Lipetsk fruit and vegetable producers

In X5 Retail Group have declared interest in cooperation with manufacturers of the Lipetsk region. This was announced at a meeting between Igor Artamonov, acting head of the Lipetsk region, with local retail chains. "The intention to develop mutually beneficial cooperation with Lipetsk commodity producers during the…

Focus on Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Health and Crop Science

Bayer to cut 12,000 jobs

In a meeting on Thursday, the Supervisory Board of Bayer AG discussed the plans laid out by the Board of Management and unanimously expressed their support. “We have made very good progress with Bayer’s strategic development in recent years. As we now proceed with these measures, we are laying the foundation to sustainably…

VividGro returns manufacturing of LED fixtures to the United States

VividGro has relocated production and assembly of all of its product lines to Rockledge, Florida. With the needs of indoor agriculture driving design and pricing, VividGro has…

US (CA): Greengro Technologies strengthens Board of Directors

GreenGro Technologies announced the appointment of Marisela Nuno, the Commissioner of Real Estate Management for the City of Los Angeles, to its recently expanded Board of…

Mexichem launches Israel tech hub, building on Netafim deal

Mexican industrial group Mexichem is establishing an innovation hub in Israel, building on this year’s acquisition of Israeli drip irrigation pioneer Netafim. The company has a team…

New Crop Association Executive for British Growers

Pauline Sutton has joined the British Growers Association as Crop Association Executive. She will join the team at British Growers which provides the secretariat and a range of executive services for a number of the UK’s leading crop associations in the fresh produce industry. Coral Russell, Crop Association Manager, said: “Pauline will complement…

Emerald Health Therapeutics CEO Chris Wagner steps down

Dr. Avtar Dhillon, Executive Chairman, has been appointed President of Emerald. Chris Wagner has stepped down as CEO. “Emerald’s board of directors thanks Chris for his numerous contributions during…

Christian Kruse, Haygrove GmbH:

"Our systems are making producers more interesting as employers"

"We have been active in the German market since 2000 and have made a significant contribution to the fact that film tunnels are now operational. Through our experience and knowledge, we not only shaped the German market, but we also shaped it in a trend-setting fashion. Our managing director Maria Mauel…

Israeli bell pepper producer eyeballing niche markets

The capsicum season started in Israel about a month ago. “So far, it is going in the same direction as last year”, says Eyal Sahar, CEO and founder of the Israeli growers' association, Gilad Desert Produce. He is also a bell pepper farmer. “Our main market is Russia, seventy percent of bell peppers being…

China: Shanghai supermarket manager fired for food label scandal

The general manager of Hema Fresh Shanghai was sacked on Wednesday after an employee of the Alibaba Group food retailer was found replacing old labels on food with new ones showing a later date. Hou Yi, CEO of Hema Fresh, apologized and said inspections have been conducted at all outlets of the food retailer to improve…

CAN (BC): Daniel Burns joins Zenabis Global as independent director

Bevo Agro and Sun Pharm announce that Daniel Burns, on completion of the Bevo-Sun Pharm transaction, will be an independent director of Zenabis Global. Mr. Burns is an experienced lawyer and…

Spain: Agrupalmeria declared bankrupt

The Commercial Court of Almería has declared the bankruptcy of the company Agrupalmería SA, a company that was mainly active in the municipality of Níjar. This is the second…

Australia: Hort Innovation members elect new directors

Voting members of Hort Innovation, Australia’s national horticultural Research and Development Corporation (RDC), elected three new board directors at their Brisbane AGM,…

Hidden in produce

US: One million dollars worth of narcotics seized at Pharr International Bridge

This week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility arrested a man from Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas after discovering $953,000…

US (SC): Twilley Seeds celebrates 20 years in Hodges

A seed company with over a century of experience is a rarity. One of those is the Otis S. Twilley Company, which has been active for over 103 years. During this period, they’ve moved several times. It was originally founded in Salisbury, Maryland by Mr. Twilley himself. In the mid 1990's, lifetime…

Theo Kleijweg, TK-Topboiler, happy with spontaneous discovery:

"The youth has the future"

You just got lucky. You walk through the World Horti Center and bump into your new job. And perhaps your own future business. That happened to Tom van Reeven. Tom spoke to Theo Kleijweg of TK-Topboiler. Theo saw in Tom a future for his company. And that’s what happened. Tom is now accompanying Theo. In order to introduce him to…

Wim van der Burgh starts with Mucci Farms

"My goal is to stay in Canada permanently"

After having worked in the Dutch vegetable sector, Wim van der Burgh has crossed the ocean this month to start working for the Canadian greenhouse vegetable giant Mucci Farms. In October, his immigration request was granted by the Canadian government, and it became possible to work for Mucci Farms. Wim, when asked…

Victor Wever, Allport Netherlands:

"Real-time tracking and tracing saves greenhouse suppliers money"

Greenhouses are being constructed all over the world, and components such as climate control systems, screen installations and LED lighting are shipped all over the place. It's a great development for the greenhouse horticulture sector, but with it comes a number of challenges. For shipping all the…

Production and trade in rocket salad, Vreugdenhil Vegetables:

“We actually just rolled into it and joined in on the growth of the market”

Originally it’s a Mediterranean vegetable that has been grown in the Mediterranean since the Middle Ages: rocket salad. Yet this vegetable, also called arugula or garden rocket, now also grows in the Netherlands. In greenhouses, but also in supermarkets increasingly often, where the narrow, dark green,…

Dutch-based produce packaging machine company opens in Richmond, Virginia branch

JASA, a Dutch-based company that specializes in weighing and packaging machines for fresh produce, is opening its U.S. branch in Richmond, Virginia. The couple who operate JASA noted after…

Green Sky, Mexico

“Persian cucumber demanded by Europe”

“The export of Persian cucumbers is new for us as a company. We started to receive demand from Europe, so we started the export to London, UK. It has been a well-known product in Mexico for years, but now we have clients who are interested in oriental vegetables as well”, explains Arturo Hernandez Campos…

Van der Waay is building new business premises and a test center

"Testing of greenhouse roof cleaners and chalk machines around the corner"

In June , Van der Waay started with the construction of the new business premises. Meanwhile, the work is progressing steadily. The finishing of the outer facades is in full swing and the workshop halls are nearing completion. At the moment, lots of work is being done on the finishes of the offices and…

US: Trailer hauling celery bursts into flames in Washington State

Yesterday, a semi truck hauling celery caught fire along I-5 in Washington State. The truck was heading north near SR-512 just before 10:30 am when it burst into flames, according to trooper Johnna Batiste with the Washington State Patrol. According to komonews.com ¸ the driver managed to get out but the firefighters stated that the…

Finnish wholesaler Helle showing strong growth

Helle Oy, a Finnish wholesaler for the horticulture industry, is growing steadily. Both revenue and the number of employees have increased significantly. In the past three years, six new employees were hired and sales rose to 28 million euros. Now a total of 85 people work at Helle and the company has a…

China Eastern Airlines hopes to increase fresh produce transport to 10 thousand tons this year

Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines reported that their transport of fresh produce has increased in the last 5 years from 2 planes per year to more than 200 this year. The…

Hazera celebrates 20 years in Polish market

"Our efforts are focused on both red and pink tomatoes"

Hazera Poland is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The company was officially registered in September 1998 and has operated on the Polish market to the present day. Hazera Poland started its operations with very limited staff and by offering 16 varieties of vegetables. Now, after 20 years of business activity, Hazera Poland…

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Five large shipping companies want to create an association

Five container transport companies want to create an association with the purpose of paving the way for the digitalization, standardization, and interoperability of the container transport industry. The executives of AP Moller - Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC, and Ocean Network Express are discussing the creation…

Levity CropScience moves into Chinese market

Bilsborrow-based agronomy specialist, Levity CropScience, has secured both a partner and its first order for the Chinese market. Sobel Crop Nutrition Co. has agreed to work as a partner and to distribute Levity’s innovative products; Lono, Indra, Sulis, Albina and Damu to growers across the country. The products will…

Canadian company’s fruit and vegetable labels to fit America’s buy-local mentality

Canadian firm Accu-Label Inc., located near Windsor, Ontario, can hardly get any closer to the United States. That is why the latter nation accounts for half of the market for…

Kenya: Small fertiliser factory takes on the big boys

Heaps of cow dung drawn from cattle ranches and farms in parts of Laikipia County is what hit you as you enter Mr Kuria Kiboi’s farm. There are also mountains of chicken, goat and rabbit waste. Mr Kiboi’s business is to turn the waste into manure. He is the founder of Agri-Flora Organic Fertiliser Company in Nyahururu…

Netherlands: Pommeron platform to connect farmer and customer

Although productivity has always been central within Dutch agriculture, at present, other aspects of food production are receiving increasingly more attention. One of the more problematic aspects is the length of current supply chains, For this, the Pommeron platform seeks to find a solution. Pommeron is an initiative…

Westland Horti Tours

Dutch greenhouse horticulture increasingly a tourist attraction

An increasing number of business people and tourists from at home and abroad are taking a peek inside Dutch greenhouses. The demand for tours with a professional guide is growing fast. Aad Verduijn and Wilma Verkade of Westland HortiTours started almost four years ago with organizing tours to the greenhouse industry led…

Michael Heaven appointed Vice-President & General Manager at Argus

Conviron has announced the appointment of Michael Heaven as Vice-President and General Manager of Argus Control Systems Ltd. With over 20 years’ experience in leadership roles for companies specializing in process control and optimization, Michael has extensive senior leadership experience in the application of measurement…

Maersk’s turnover 31 per cent higher in Q3

A.P. Moller-Maersk saw its turnover increasing by 31 per cent to 10.1 billion dollar in the third quarter. Without the increase as a result of the takeover of Hamburg Süd, the shipping company reports an increase in turnover of 12 per cent. The rising line can be seen throughout all segments. The Non-Ocean segment grew…

King Courgette launches new organic zucchini range in Europe

The insistence of many of its customers during the previous campaign has convinced the brand to end up offering a line of organic zucchini to complement its supply of conventional zucchini. From now on, King Courgette will be giving its customers the chance to buy both conventional and organic zucchini, as confirmed by the commercial…

Strategic review readies NZ horticultural innovator to go global

New Zealand Frost Fans is the clear leading supplier of frost fans protecting horticulture from cold weather in Australia and New Zealand, and has a growing international…

Hayley Campbell-Gibbons

UK: First impressions count for the new AHDB Horticulture Chair

They say first impressions count. In my first week as an AHDB Sector Board Member I joined the November meeting of the Horticulture Board, of which I am the new Chair. I came away from that meeting inspired by the calibre of growers around the table, enthused by the knowledge and expertise of the AHDB…

American Industrial Partners to acquire Current, powered by GE

GE has signed a proposed agreement to sell its Current, powered by GE business to American Industrial Partners (AIP), a New York-based private equity firm that focuses on buying, improving and growing industrial businesses. The proposed transaction is expected to close in early 2019, subject to customary…

Van Herk Investments buys Ceradis from investment company Value8

Investor moves into Dutch greenhouse horticulture

The listed investment company Value8 announced on Tuesday 6 November that Van Herk Investments in Rotterdam has taken over the majority interest in Ceradis from Value8. The…

The Greenery responds to big data and robotisation

The Greenery’s mission is to make fruit and vegetables affordable and attainable for consumers. The company does so by being active throughout the supply chain with their own growers, their own distribution centres, self-developed packaging, a professional marketing department and European retail…

Talking taters at Fairfax School salad bar celebration

This week, the National Potato Council and United Fresh Start Foundation joined students, teachers and school administrators at Lemon Road Elementary School in Falls Church, VA for a “Celebration of Potatoes” lunchtime event. Kindergarten students learned how and where potatoes are grown, about different…

US (NV): Green Thumb Industries acquires cannabis operator for $290 million

Green Thumb Industries has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of Integral Associates. The acquisition includes: Integral Associates’ retail brand Essence, which currently operates three high-traffic locations across the Las Vegas Valley Desert Grown Farms, a 54,000 square foot state-of-the-art cultivation and processing facility with an award-winning genetics…

NetBeat, a smart irrigation system

Drip irrigation was used by ancient civilizations when they buried clay pots filled with water which would gradually infiltrate the soil, but it was not until 1965 that the modern technology of this irrigation was invented in Israel by Simcha Blass, a water engineer, who designed a tube that worked as a…

Supreme Cannabis acquires communications firm Bayfield Strategy

Supreme Cannabis has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire communications and stakeholder relations firm Bayfield Strategy. Bayfield's CEO, founder and shareholder,…

Netherlands: VB plans move to new office

From 2019 VB will invest in a new sustainable office building with associated atrium and industrial building at the Galgeweg in Naaldwijk (Westland). The current building, at Jogchem van der Houtweg in De Lier, reaches the limits of its capacity and with a view to further growth it has been decided to…

Enza Zaden opens office and storage in Philippines

On 12 November, Enza Zaden opened a commercial office and seed storage building in Manila, the Philippines. With this office, the international vegetable breeding company has 47 subsidiaries throughout the world. Establishing a new office and having a dedicated team in the Philippines will help to identify the needs of the local…

Spain: Police pull over car full of stolen peppers

Police in Spain have detained two women after finding a car loaded with more than 400 kilos of stolen red peppers. The cops were hot on the heels of the thieves and caught them red-handed after a landowner alerted them in Viana in the Navarra region of Spain. Regional police, the Policía Foral, said the two 33-year-olds allegedly stole peppers with a…

UK: BCPC partners with NIAB to boost provision of independent agri-science information

The British Crop Production Council, BCPC, will be joining NIAB in a move that will strengthen their delivery of independent information, products and opinion. Both…

Turkey: Indoor farming lab opened in Antalya

“Many people believe that horticultural lighting can only be relevant in Northern countries, not in Southern ones. But we believe plants in many places need extra light.” Speaking is Hakan Ozturk with Fiberli. The company recently opened its first lighting production facility and Turkey’s first indoor…

Pure Sunfarms expands cannabis production

Village Farms reports 11% decrease in sales

Village Farms International announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018. Highlights for the Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2018 Sales of US$39.7 million, a decrease of (11%) from…

Bayer Crop Science sees increased earnings following Monsanto acquisition

In the agricultural business (Crop Science), Bayer registered sales of 3.733 billion euros. Approximately 2.2 billion euros of this figure related to the acquired business. In…

Aphria announces promotion of Jakob Ripshtein to President

Aphria announced the promotion of Jakob Ripshtein to President of the company. As President, Ripshtein will continue to report to the Chief Executive Officer and have…

Two new chef-inspired salad kit varieties introduced

Fresh Express® adds two new products to their growing selection of flavorful salad kit combinations, the Chopped Caesar Kit™ and a Pumpkin Panzanella Salad Kit™. Fresh Express® continues to make it deliciously easy to enjoy salads you love at restaurants in the comfort of your home. By working with culinary chefs, they've…

US: UnitedAg expands service hours

Starting January 1st, UnitedAg will be expanding its hours of service from Monday through Saturday to serve the needs of its unique community. “We are so excited to be able to provide this…

Canadian middleman swindles Gakon out of 550,000 euros

Construction of a greenhouse project in Kazakhstan took a nasty turn for Gakon this summer. In a Dutch TV show on internet swindlers, journalist Kees van der Spek visited the Dutch greenhouse builder in connection with a 'mysterious mega fraud'. A Canadian middleman swindled Gakon out of 550,000 euros,…

UK importer looking to expand exports

"There are so many ways to supply fruit and veg these days"

Davis Worldwide moved into a brand-new office in Spalding a couple of weeks ago. The company was founded in 1999 in Louth before opening offices in Stamford and Boston. Spalding is now the head office for the UK, Louth will still operate but with reduced activity, the company HQ is in Barendrecht in the…

Canadian produce industry hosts meetings with Parliamentarians

Recently, industry leaders representing the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) met with over 50 Parliamentarians and…

US (VA): Premier Tech invests in Horticulture and Agriculture Group plant

Premier Tech has announced a brand new modernization initiative for its Horticulture and Agriculture Group plant in Mattaponi, Virginia, in the United States. When Premier Tech acquired the facility in 2016, the company undertook major improvements right away to meet its standards for occupational health and safety…

Verdesian grows in Latin America with new local experts

Verdesian Life Sciences is strengthening its commitment to bring proven nutrient use efficiency technologies used in United States agriculture to Central and South American…

Spanish season off to a quiet start at P. Zuijderwijk Import

"Hospitality industry and processors make good use of Intense plum tomatoes"

The Spanish Intense plum tomato import season is slowly getting started at the Dutch company, P. Zuijderwijk Import. "Small volumes are coming in now. I have already contracted the largest part", says Paul Zuijderwijk. He supplies the tomatoes under the Roxy label. These are available in M, MP, and MM…

Durell Strouse joins California hydroponic herb grower

North Shore Living® announces that Durell Strouse has joined the southern California based hydroponic greenhouse grower of fresh living herbs and microgreens. Durell Strouse…

Higher sales, operational loss for Hawthorne following Sunlight Supply acquisition

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company announced fiscal year 2018 financial results in line with the company’s guidance and highlighted by strong operating cash flow. “There is little doubt that fiscal 2018 was one of our most challenging years in recent memory,” said Jim Hagedorn, chairman and chief executive officer. “Our…

New courgette variety by Gautier

The Twitter courgette

Thanks to endless research and fieldwork, Gautier Sementi can now present its new courgette variety, the Twitter F1. It is suitable for summer and fall transplants both in greenhouses and tunnels. The Piritore Angelo company is one of the businesses farming this courgette. Gautier's Twitter F1 The development manager Fabio Firrincieli, “Twitter F1 is a…

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UK: Aldi to donate leftover festive food on Christmas Eve

ALDI has announced its festive food donations scheme. The supermarket giant, which has four stores in Warrington, aims to redistribute all surplus fresh food from its stores to local charities on Christmas Eve. It is calling on charities and food banks in Warrington to register, so that they can receive…

Nominations now being accepted for 2019 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program

United Fresh is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program. This program recognizes 25 outstanding retail produce managers for their…

New location in Munich-Freimann offers optimal conditions for future growth

Landgard opens new modern warehousing and logistics center

With a new location in Munich's Freimann district, Landgard eG will more than double its storage and logistics capacities in the Munich area for region South. At the same time, the new modern location has numerous other advantages, as Jürgen Hübner, Managing Director of Landgard Obst & Gemüse GmbH…

UK: Russell IPM receives Queen's Award for enterprise in Innovation

Russell IPM have been awarded the prestigious Queen's Award for enterprise in Innovation this year. The products that have earned this accolade are the Optiroll Super Plus blue rolls with pattern and pheromone. Left to right: Russell IPM MD, Dr Al-Zaidi, Lord Lieutenant Fetherstonhaugh To celebrate this accomplishment, the company gathered its…

Farewell to construction worker Juup Bosman after fifty years of service

On Friday 9 November Bosman Van Zaal celebrates the special anniversary of Juup Bosman. He has been with the company for 50 years this year and will now enjoy his well-earned retirement. As a construction worker Juup has worked on many greenhouses, and national and international projects at the…

Garden centres want fresh produce, but it’s not easy

The Dutch municipality of Duiven wants garden centre Intratuin to close its fruit and vegetable shop within six weeks. If they don’t, the garden centre will be forced to pay penalties amounting to 5,000 euro per week. The garden centre wants to keep De Groentetuin, as the sales outlet is called. “It’s…

Syngenta adds new directors to the Board

Following an Extraordinary Meeting of Shareholders, it was announced that ChemChina has appointed two additional Directors to the Board of Syngenta. Following these appointments the Board comprises six ChemChina appointed Directors and four Independent Directors. Paul Fribourg Paul Fribourg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of…

Fortuna Frutos starts with fruit department

Five years ago, Fortuna Frutos Continental, together with Stephane Rion, started with the separate company Fortuna Frutos International to expand the package for its retail and foodservice customers with the import of vegetables from the Mediterranean area, in addition to the import of Canary Islands…

Revamped ‘trio of lettuces’ concept holds varieties that grow at the same rate

The lettuce team at Nunhems® has managed to achieve what seemed to be impossible. The specialist in horticultural seeds at the BASF® Group has managed to revamp the ‘trio of lettuces’ concept thanks to the development of new varieties that grow at the same rate, regardless of their colour or type. This…

Results out from Village Farms' tomato taste challenge at PMA

During PMA 2018 in Orlando, Florida October 18-19 where more than 20,000 participants from all over the world attended the Fresh Summit Convention & Expo visitors to…

AU: Buying a packet of tomatoes will continue the fight against Bone Marrow Failure

There is an extra reason to get behind Flavorite tomatoes in November, with a percentage of all Cherry Burst and Cherry Vine products going to "Maddy's Month". One of the nation's leading glass-house tomato producers is donating 10 cents from each specially marked pack of tomatoes sold at Coles to Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision.…

Voorwinden Groep is building its own future, both in The Netherlands and Canada.

"Building yourself remains very special"

It has already been seven months since the Voorwinden Groep laid the first brick under the watchful eye of employees and family. The company has been completely transferred to the new location. "We have no shortage of projects this year, but building ourselves remains special." The new construction is only a couple of hundred…

#MOKUMATO campaign kicks off for the fourth consecutive year

SUNSET® reaches $80,000 in donations to Movember Foundation

For the fourth consecutive year SUNSET® has partnered with the Movember Foundation to raise funds and awareness about men’s health. This year’s $20,000 donation brings the total amount raised by SUNSET® for the Movember Foundation to $80,000. “In 2014, our Kumato® tomato was named one of the healthiest foods for men by Men’s…

US: Land O'Lakes expands Cooperative Farmer Member Health Plan into Nebraska

Land O'Lakes is the first organization to sponsor a self-insured multi-state group health plan under new Association Health Plan (AHP) Regulations that were issued this past…

Stichting d'Ons gives out award

Grower of bitawiri, soup vegetables, pumpkins and peppers wins sustainability award Suriname

During the agricultural conference, held at the end of October by Stichting d'Ons, the awards have been given to the three most sustainable SME agricultural companies of Suriname. Stichting d'Ons advocates sustainable agricultural development in Suriname. The winner of 2018 is Saching Autar, Payals…

Joakim Hauge resigns as President of Sahara Forest Project Foundation

The Sahara Forest Project was presented to the world at the UN Climate Negotiations COP 15 in Copenhagen in December 2009. Following the warm reception from global leaders combating climate change, Joakim Hauge was crucial in establishing the Sahara Forest Project Foundation in January 2010 as its first…

Terra Tech invests $5 million in Hydrofarm

It seems that cannabis companies are looking to take the entire chain into their own hands as much as possible, taking over horticulture industry suppliers. The latest example of this is Terra Tech, which announced it has made a $5 million investment in Hydrofarm. Hydrofarm was founded in 1977 and is…

US: Verdesian announces four new vice presidents of sales

Verdesian Life Sciences has announced the addition of four new vice presidents to lead growing demand for nutrient use efficiency (NUE) and sales of Verdesian technology solutions across the United States. Verdesian is focused exclusively on nutrient use efficiency products and technologies that help…

Swiss plant supplier relies on high-yield autumn raspberries

"High demand for Enrosadira raspberry at home and abroad"

Within commercial cultivation there is still a search going on for good varieties that can close the gap between the harvest window of the summer raspberry varieties and the autumn raspberry varieties. From the next planting season/spring of 2019 onwards, Swiss plant supplier Hengartner GmbH will be able…

Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers directors elected

During the 51st Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) Annual General Meeting, members elected three directors to represent District 1 through an online voting system that resulted in a record-setting voter turnout. Over 80% of eligible voters cast ballots in advance of the meeting that resulted in…

New Georgia distribution center for greenhouse vegetable growers

With fresh tomatoes coming to life in its new Fort Valley, Georgia greenhouse, Pure Flavor® announced recently that they have broken ground on a new 60,000 sq. ft distribution center just 10 minutes away from their new greenhouse facility off of I-75 in Peach County, GA. “We are strategically growing our business across…

Royal Brinkman acquires Berg Hortimotive

It was a bit too early for champagne when the contracts were signed yesterday morning, but the takeover of Berg Hortimotive by Royal Brinkman was suitably celebrated with cake. "What we're seeing is that logistics and labor are increasingly important themes. With this step, we're strengthening our base…

Russian tomato grower to invest $550 million in Uzbekistan project

Russia’s biggest vegetable producer, Eco-Culture, will invest over $550 million into a project in Uzbekistan. This was reported in a recent statement by company CEO Alexander…

Spanish intrigued by new products

White zucchini, snack peppers, yellow plum tomatoes as well as the "Ne abbiamo di tutti i colori" range were all displayed at Fruit Attraction by  Southern Seed . "Our white zucchini have a shiny color and are very resistant to manipulation. There is a lot of interest from Spain," explained Vincenzo Cassibba and Jonny Proietto. Jonny Proietto…

VNU Exhibitions appoints Heiko M. Stutzinger as new Managing Director Asia Pacific

International event organizer Jaarbeurs/VNU Exhibitions has appointed Heiko M. Stutzinger (44) as its new Managing Director for the Asia Pacific region. With more than a decade of experience in senior management positions in trade show business and management consulting, Heiko is a known expert for the development of…

US: Vegalab signs multiyear distribution agreement with Van Iperen

Vegalab has signed a distribution agreement with Van Iperen International. According to the agreement, Vegalab will begin to distribute Van Iperen International’s high tech Dutch agricultural products beginning calendar year 2019. Erik van den Bergh, CEO and Managing Director of Van Iperen International, stated, “We…

The Haisheng Group

"We bring our fruit and veg to the consumer through various retail channels"

"Up until now, we have constructed more than 70 plantations in 16 provinces in China, including Shaanxi, Gansu, Shandong, Yunnan, and Hebei. We always follow European Union standards in the construction of orchards, and we import the young trees from abroad. The overall surface area exceeds 6,667…

NL: Brightlands Agrifood Ventures grows to € 20 mln in a second closing

Brightlands Agrifood Ventures has realized a second closing of its fund with three additional funding parties, each with a commitment of € 1 million. The three parties are LLTB (Limburgse Land- en Tuinbouwbond), Van Herk Ventures and an undisclosed private individual active in modern greenhouse farming.…

Even though the production is slightly behind schedule

Excellent quality of Sardinian artichokes

The artichokes are of excellent quality, even though they are slightly behind schedule. The La Colletta cooperative participated in the Fruit Attraction Madrid. Through the fair, the company wants to expand its customer base abroad. The manager Giorgio Ionta said, “The production of this year is slightly behind schedule and it will…

Ethylene generator manufacturer celebrates over 30 years at PMA

Catalytic Generators exhibited at the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Summit Convention & Expo for the 37th year in Orlando, Florida October 18-20th. “The PMA gives us a great opportunity to solidify existing relationships and to also communicate the benefits of our ethylene production…

United Fresh Start Foundation - names FreshStart 2019 advisory board

The United Fresh Start Foundation has named members of the newly formed FreshStart 2019 Advisory Committee. These industry leaders will work with the Foundation staff to…

MSC orders record 5,000 Carrier XtendFRESH Systems for perishable shipments

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is expanding its fleet with a record-setting order of 5,000 refrigerated containers equipped with Carrier Transicold’s XtendFRESH™ atmosphere control technology, as part of a larger order. The system manages oxygen and carbon dioxide levels within refrigerated…

Rabo Frontier Ventures invests in Agtech company ProducePay

Rabo Frontier Ventures (RFV), Rabobank’s strategic investment arm, invested in Agtech company ProducePay. This Los Angeles based company provides fresh produce farmers with…


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