Hishtil and Limex announce intensive collaboration

"Result of this collaboration is optimal sanitation and propagating material"

Hishtil, a global producer of grafted vegetable seedlings and vegetative herb cuttings, uses the washing process to ensure cleaner trays leading to reduced plant loss and a drastically lower risk of contamination in nurseries. The collaboration included the design phase as well as laboratory tests which…

Horticulture held together with wire

“Everything affects that 'crazy' clamp,” says Jan van Gaalen of Blok's Draadvorm with a cheerful smile on his face. Over the years, various pieces of innovative wire products have been introduced in horticulture. Consider, for example, the wire truss clamp that was conceived and produced in The Hague in…

Belgian and Australian biological solutions provider join forces

Biological Services, a biological pest control company in Australia and Biobest Group NV today announced that the parties have concluded an alliance. Biobest has acquired a…

in collaboration with Nature Fresh Farms

Canada: Cielo Vista expands strawberry production

Nature Fresh Farms is moving forward in expanding its commodities into the berry category with more acreage dedicated to a strawberry program. With help from its longstanding growing partner Cielo Vista, the greenhouse grower will expand its strawberry farm from one to 16 acres, planned to be completed…

Berry growers work with new solutions to fight crop loss

Bee Vectoring Technologies International Inc.today announced that the Company has tripled its sales commitments among blueberry growers in the US Midwest, signing nine…

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France: Les Nouvelles Fermes raises €2 million to build large aquaponic farm

Les Nouvelles Fermes, a Bordeaux-based startup, has announced that it has raised €2 million to build one of the largest urban aquaponics farms in Europe. In 2019, the 5 founders launched “Pauline”, their experimental farm located in Lormont in the Bordeaux area, which produces 20 tons of fresh vegetables…

Affinor Growers provides greenhouse project and market update

Affinor Growers provides a market update on the new Abbotsford 15,000 square foot leased greenhouse building. On Dec. 1, 2020, new management was installed and has been…

Tozer Seeds hires new sales director for Northern Europe

Tozer Seeds is pleased to announce the appointment of Marcel Bloemendaal as their new Sales Director for Northern Europe.Marcel will be based in the Netherlands and will be responsible for sales to distributors throughout Northern Europe. He will head up the newly created branch of the business, Tozer…

April 15-17

China: Busy start to Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai

Whereas many exhibitions and other in-person events are being cancelled or postponed, the 23rd edition of the Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai is in full swing at the moment. The 3-day event took off today, and it already seems to become a busy show. This year, 700 exhibitors from 18 countries are…

On the eve of the Japan-US summit

Japan: Kagome Co. stops tomato paste imports from Xinjiang region

Yesterday, Kagome Co, Japan’s biggest producer of ketchup and vegetable juice, said it had halted procurement of tomato paste from China’s Xinjiang region. The reason for this…

McDonald’s France: cucumber in the Happy Meal

In order to diversify its offer, McDonald’s France has decided to add cucumber sticks to its Happy Meal menu. The company has therefore bought 50 tons of cucumbers from…

Strawberry cultivation in southern Italy

Marisol strawberries perform well in soilless crops

When you grow 80 thousand soilless plants, you truly get an idea of how a crop reacts. Stefano Agnello's company planted Marisol strawberries five years ago "and will continue doing so for a long time, as results when it comes to yields and quality are extremely satisfactory. What is more, shelf-life is…

New program for grower’s imperfect produce

A recent loss conscious program focuses on selling Nature Fresh Farms imperfect produce to reduce food waste. The Waste Me Nots program was created to leverage Nature Fresh Farms’ tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers that don’t meet the criteria of its Quality Control team. As most greenhouses hope to grow…

Italian breeding company Fenix

"We're breeding for the Mediterranean countries"

The Italian breeding company Fenix is settled just below the Etna volcano, in the eastern part of Sicily. They have been active for 9 years by now and select, test and develop vegetable varieties for the Mediterranean countries. "We improve the growing techniques of commercial varieties by relying on a…

Ridder welcomes new member to its sales team

Said El Ouakili started work as EMEA sales manager climate screens at Ridder on 1st April. “I’m very pleased to welcome Said to our team. He will help us to meet the increasing demand for Ridder's climate screens,” said Ridder’s managing director climate screens Niels Lünnemann. In his new role, Said El Ouakili…

US agtech company appoints new CEO

GreenVenus, LLC, an agricultural technology company, today announced the appointment of Sebastian Langbehn to the role of Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Mr.…

LA nanobubble company to combat Californian droughts

Moleaer, a nanobubble technology company, announced a new distribution agreement with Irrigation Design and Construction (IDC) to expand access to its award-winning and…

"An optimized environmental friendly clip"

During the crop rotation of greenhouse vegetables, a considerable waste stream is released. Royal Brinkman intends to make the crop rotation as sustainable as possible. Think of materials that can be sustainably processed by the waste industry or solutions for reuse. Due to the smart design of the Valent…

Dilution Solutions welcomes new technical sales representative

Dilution Solutions LLC, with corporate offices in Clearwater, Florida, is excited to announce our new team member Corey Schortzmann as a Technical Sales Representative. Corey Schortzmann was born and raised in the rural town of Chowchilla, CA, where he comes from a family rooted in agriculture. After high…

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How a pandemic survival strategy birthed Bengaluru startup Deep Rooted

Sometimes, it takes a pandemic to start a brand. Until early last year, Gururaj Rao, Arvind Murali, Avinash R, and Santosh Narasipura were managing 100 acres of greenhouses, supplying vegetables to 130 restaurants in Bengaluru, and were happy that their farm-to-fork business was growing, when the…

Construction begins on cold storage facility for Mexican-based produce distributor

A M King has begun construction of a south Texas distribution center for Mexico-based GAB Operations, LLC (GAB). The new 45,590-sf facility, when complete, will provide increased cold storage capacity for fresh produce and will serve as a hub for the company’s U.S. and Canadian customers. The project is…

Braga Fresh promotes senior director of sales

Braga Fresh promoted Heather Fuller to vice-president of sales.Fuller joined the company more than five years ago and most recently was the senior director of sales. In her…

AgSafe elects new board of directors

AgSafe, British Columbia’s agricultural health and safety association, held their first-ever election for directors of the Board at the April 8th annual general meeting. Interim Board Chair, Don Dahr and Executive Director, Wendy Bennett, presented a slate of seven candidates to AgSafe members. The…

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How Algae can benefit the food production industry

TrueAlgae is a U.S.-based biotech company focused on providing micronutrient dense algae products to nourish the soil and reduce the need for chemical fertilizers. Angela Tsetsis, TrueAlgae’s Chief Commercial Officer, is a lifelong algae enthusiast.  TrueAlgae’s agriculture product, TrueSolum, helps to regenerate…

New role in Canadian business development generates expansion opportunities

Oppy freshens up product line in time for CPMA Fresh Week

As the industry anticipates the return and revitalization of Canada’s primary produce event in its new form, Oppy adds Canadian category development to the role of one of its most valued veterans. Having spent the last 13 years building Oppy’s North American greenhouse business within the sector’s…

Insight into all service and maintenance of technical installations

bQurius chooses Royal Brinkman's Service Engine to coordinate and manage all maintenance at twelve nurseries of five tomato growers, including Schenkeveld Tomatoes, Greenvalley, and Van der Voort. Richard Schenkeveld: "Due to growth, we were looking for a modern system to monitor maintenance activities.…

Optimizing insights in business activities with new software ABS

ABS Production is new, web-based software solution for seed production and multiplication companies developed by Agro Business Solutions (ABS). "With ABS Production one can manage relations like customers and growers, contracts, fields, varieties, lots, field inspections and quality results," the team…

Facility expansion for manufacturer of retractable roof greenhouses and cooling houses

In response to increases in global demand for its retractable roof greenhouses, cooling houses and field covering systems, Cravo is expanding its production, warehouse, outdoor storage and shipping facilities. “We have seen a dramatic increase in the number and size of new projects especially after the…

"Floaters with the right growing media is key for the lettuce industry"

As systems builders based in Horst (the Netherlands), founder and CEO of Light4food Rene van Haeff was convinced that the horizontal and vertical controlled growing systems in combination with light were to be the future solution for growing crops sustainably. Light4Food is a turnkey system builder for a…

USDA restricts PACA violators in California and Texas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on five produce businesses for failing to meet contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased and…

Flexibility in commercial irrigation made easier with new mist controller

Link4 Corporation, manufacturers of cloud-based irrigation, fertigation, and environmental controllers, continues to bring new products to growers with the introduction of their Sapphire Commercial Irrigation/Mist cloud-based controller. The Sapphire is a commercial irrigation controller that can be programmed…

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Enza Zaden:

"Breeding will play an important role in the future of indoor farming"

“In general, at Enza Zaden we see a difference between genetics for greenhouses and vertical farming, especially for high yielding required products,” says Anh Nguyen, Portfolio Manager at Enza Zaden. “It depends on the growing setting of the crops. We think that improved varieties, specifically for…

FairPick registration system seeks European distributors

BCON Instruments, in the Netherlands, has been importing and distributing 2nd Sight Bioscience in Europe for several years. This American company supplies innovative equipment and software for growers. This is in the field of labor registration and stock management. They have a product for the fruit and…

"baseline of harvesting support"

US grower AppHarvest buys robot making company

The US greenhouse company AppHarvest has acquired Root AI, an artificial intelligence farming startup that creates intelligent robots to help manage high-tech indoor farms. "The acquisition of Root AI and its robotic universal harvester, Virgo, is expected to provide us with a baseline of harvesting…

24 acre greenhouse to rise in Georgia

Pete's plans project in Peach County

Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that Pete’s, a long-time, California-based greenhouse grower, will invest $18 million in opening their first eastern U.S. indoor, controlled environment agriculture facility in Warner Robins in Peach County, Georgia. “Agriculture is our top industry, and Pete’s will…

Target, Instacart and Amazon rank high for online shopping

Whole Foods Market turns spotlight on responsible sourcingWhole Foods Market is making responsible sourcing stand out at the shelf. The Amazon-owned specialty grocer on Wednesday launched Sourced for Good, an exclusive third-party certification program through which customers can identify responsibly…

At its second meeting, the Brexit Channel analyzes the evolution of Spanish trade with the UK after it departed the EU

Yesterday, the Brexit Channel, a forum for collaboration between the administration and companies to analyze the evolution of trade with the United Kingdom after it left the…

Swiss industry software Frutico gains importance

"We don't just offer an ERP, we offer full process optimization"

Just under a year ago, the innovative ERP software Frutico from  Swiss software developer Deep Impact AG had its market launch. The flexible and future-oriented software system has already made waves in the domestic fresh produce industry. The solution is designed to enable goal-oriented work and to make daily…

Women in Produce honoree recognized for product development work

Nature Fresh Farms’ product development specialist, Luci Faas, has been recognized for her excellence in the produce industry. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association, in partnership with Grocery Business Magazine, has developed the Women in Produce initiative recognizing the achievements of…

New start-up Protealis to support European plant protien production

"Europe needs home-grown, sustainable proteins"

Ghent-based company Protealis, a new spin-off from VIB and ILVO, is making its debut today in the plant breeding industry. Inspired by the mission to grow more sustainable plant-based proteins locally, Protealis aims to harvest the full potential of legume crops. With breeding technologies and seed…

Farmers file antitrust lawsuit against big ag companies

A group of farmers has filed an antitrust case against several big agricultural companies, contending the companies worked together to ban e-commerce sales in order to keep…

Four years of PB tec with Sam: "The more complex the projects, the better"

Sam van der Knaap started working at PB tec four years ago. After a technical education and a first job with a grower in the United States, he chose a job in line with his education. At the age of 23 he came on board at PB tec, ready to get to know the technical profession in practice. After a period of…

Industrial scale 3D food production to start in 2022

Gastronology - refined gastronomy, 3D technology linked to create 3D food solutions with fresh ingredients

For some people, dinner is a tasteless, albeit practical, affair. Older people and those with dysphagia, who battle to swallow, often have blended foods. This aids in swallowing but doesn't taste or look appetizing. 'It doesn't have to be that way,' thought Peter Nieuwkerk, owner of the Budelpack Group…

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CAN: Hydroserre chooses digital partner

Hydroserre today announced the selection of Artemis as its technology partner for providing cultivation management software for its locations. Hydroserre is one of the largest greenhouse companies in Quebec. Hydroserre produces local vegetables in greenhouses year-round. They have two major brands on the…

Netherlands: Rapid development of Soft Fruit Research Location ISFC

The construction of the Delphy ISFC, the research location for soft fruit, is progressing well so far. The greenhouse has been constructed and the screens installed. In addition, the basic installation in the corridor and technical area for the installation of water, electricity, and heating systems has…

New innovation partnership to advance automation for vegetable growers

A new collaboration between Vineland and INO, the nation’s largest technology centre in optics and photonics will make innovative automation technology available for Canadian…

Dutch Tomatoworld to become data-driven showcase

Tomatoworld was founded 12 and a half years ago. This Dutch company has decided to transform its demonstration greenhouse. It's to become a data-driven farming field lab. They're doing so with the future in mind. And in collaboration with Hoogendoorn Growth Management, LetsGrow.com, and its other…

Design company Freshmade wins awards

Sunset's Queen of Greens website and social media recognized by advertising awards

Mastronardi Produce’s website and social media design work for their new Queen of Greens line has been recognized in the American Advertising Awards. Recognized as the advertising industry’s largest national competition, the American Advertising Awards recognizes excellence in design and advertising.…

UK seed technology company welcomes new head of commercial

Germains Seed Technology announced that the company has hired Kevin Walsh as Head of Commercial, North America. Acting as a member of Germains' North America senior management…

WUR sells last remaining shares of spin-off Bio-Prodict

The last remaining shares that Wageningen University & Research (WUR) possessed of its spin-off Bio-Prodict are to be sold in the early weeks of April. The biotechnology business specialises in calculating changes in protein, such as mutations in the coronavirus from the original strain into the South…

New partnerships for Agbiome

"The combination of conventional crop protection and bio solutions is the way forward"

AgBiome has developed and commercialized its biological agricultural products by striking up alliances with larger companies in the industry. Now the company has two more…

BASF to publish pesticide labels in Spanish

BASF’s entire Greenhouse & Nursery product portfolio will now be available in both English and Spanish. While no law requires manufacturers to provide Spanish versions of a…

500,000 sq. ft.

Expansion amidst the pandemic for aquaponic grower

Springworks announced plans to add 500,000 additional square feet of greenhouse space. The sizeable expansion will sustainably serve the Maine farm’s largest customers, Whole Foods and Hannaford Supermarkets, as well as a wide range of local restaurants, stores, and other outlets Springworks supplies…

"IPM Scoutek provides real-time pest management information"

Tech company accepted into Canada’s tech network’s Soft Landing

A local tech company focused on providing digital pest management services for the greenhouse industry has been accepted into Canada’s Tech Network’s Soft Landing: Scale from Home program. IPM Scoutek, co-founded by Brian Hendel and Carrie Iszak of Splice Digital, provides real-time pest management…

Growing seeds with Solar Innovations

On March 15, 2021, members of the Solar Innovations team planted 12 varieties of seeds from Fruition Seeds and Sustainable Seed Company in preparation for Pennsylvania’s three to five month growing season. "Since planting, the growth of these plants has been good. As of March 29, at least one cell in…

HydraFiber celebrates 100th machine installation

HydraFiber, in partnership with AgriNomix, a supplier of greenhouse automation solutions, is celebrating the 100th installation of HydraFiber processing equipment, just a few years after a successful market launch. The installations span across North America and abroad, serving growers of all sizes with…

"Dutch-style greenhouse vegetables will create a lasting impact on Chinese market"

Jaguar The Fresh Company is proud to announce that with immediate effect, Leopard Fruit Trading (Shanghai), a 100% subsidiary of Jaguar, and FoodVentures China have entered into an agreement for the marketing and sales of fresh produce grown by a new FoodVentures project in Shanghai. FoodVentures will…

P.L. light systems celebrates 40-years in business

"Our dedication to provide lighting solutions and support has never changed"

P.L. Light Systems has reached an exciting milestone, as the company celebrates 40 years of delivering professional grow light systems to the horticultural industry. The company distributes products across Canada, the USA and South America from its manufacturing facility in Beamsville, Ontario,…

Baby spinach to grow in new high-tech US greenhouse

Element Farms has completed all phases of construction and onboarding at its first facility and has revealed its plans for expansion: a 2.5-acre spinach greenhouse designed with the exact specs for growing free baby spinach all year round. Element Farms already grows over half a million pounds of…

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"Travel restrictions don’t have to slow down international horticulture projects"

All of the regulations involved in acquiring a visa to travel or work abroad are enough to cause companies a headache even during regular times. With the current corona crisis, the situation regarding travel has not become any easier. In horticultural companies active in Canada and Australia, it has…

Heliospectra's board nominates new members

Heliospectra announces the nomination of two new board members, Ljubo Mrnjavac and Bonny Heeren. They are set to replace Staffan Hillberg and Martin Skoglund. The nomination committee will officially present the nominations at the annual general meeting on May 20th, 2021.  As Heliospectra turns focus towards…

Hortivation appoints two new board members

Berg Hortimotive has always aimed to be a frontline player in the field of horticultural innovation. With the parting Chairman of the Board Bas Lagerwerf, former CEO of Berg Hortimotive, there were two vacancies to be filled. Martin Steentjes Martin Steentjes, director of Van der Hoeven Horticultural…

The importance of a well-maintained climate (energy) screen

A perfect functioning screen installation is essential for achieving the right climate for your crop. “We regularly see that insufficient attention is paid to the maintenance of the screen installation with the result that malfunctions may occur when the use of the screen installation is necessary. The…

Letsgrow.com celebrates 20th birthday

Twenty years of working with data in horticulture

2021 is a special year for LetsGrow.com. The company from Vlaardingen, specialized in collecting, visualizing, and analyzing crop data, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year! The entire year 2021 will therefore be dedicated to this anniversary. Has LetsGrow.com really been working with data in…

Rootstock specialist experiencing substantial growth now

The Rootstock Company. The name says it all, this Dutch breeding company with international ambitions develops rootstocks. From the moment that growers started grafting fruit vegetables in the 1990s, this has been a crucial part of the plant. Yet for a long time there was no player who focused…

First harvest of tomatoes on the vine

AppHarvest announced that its first harvest of Tomatoes on the Vine from its indoor farm is shipping to Kroger grocery stores this week. This harvest marks the second tomato variety to be distributed to grocery stores since the controlled environment ag company first harvested Beefsteak tomatoes in…

Screen companies to continue together under one banner

Doek en Draard has acquired Screen4seasons with effect from January 1, 2021. Both BVs keep their own identity. The two companies decided to start working together last year to get used to each other. "The goal is to offer our screen services together; stronger, better and not too expensive," Colin van…

J&J Family of Farms launches new facility

J&J Family of Farms, a Florida-based grower, packer and shipper of field-grown vegetable commodities and value-added produce, announced strategic infrastructure investments and new grower relationships that further expand its capacity to deliver premium quality produce throughout the year to retail and…

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Tomato grower president on labor shortage and future of indoor farming

When Chuck Tryon took over as president of Owatonna-based Bushel Boy Farms in early October 2020, the U.S. was still a couple of months away from an approved Covid-19 vaccine. Like virtually every business at the time, Bushel Boy faced a great deal of uncertainty. But that’s not just because of the…

Russian startup tests natural pollinators platform

Russian startup company BumbTech has started pilot testing of the natural pollinators management platform in the university’s greenhouse of RSAU-Moscow Agricultural Academy named after Timiryazev. The BumbTech station and the cloud-based BumbTech platform allow greenhouse companies to automate controlling…

ReduSol produces better-tasting tomatoes in Beijing

"Healthier and bigger production with new coating"

Without protection, greenhouse tomatoes in Beijing are quickly affected by sunburn. Tecai Daguanyuang Farm benefits a great deal from the ReduSol coating. The crop stays healthier and production is as much as 5% higher. Beijing has a continental climate with harsh winters and long, hot summers. That…

Green Life Farms

Green Life Farms builds hydroponic greenhouse in Lake City

"This new facility will serve North Central Florida"

Green Life Farms announced it has commenced construction on its second hydroponic greenhouse in Florida on a 24-acre parcel of land in Lake City. Using hydroponic technology, Green Life Farms will grow leafy greens, then harvest and package them. Green Life Farms is constructing a 400,000 square foot…

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"NFC single-use thermometers save on the cost of cloud storage"

It has been a year since the outbreak of Covid-19 and consumers pay more and more attention to food safety. This also means that people in the fruit industry need to pay more attention to track-and-trace technology for fruit and vegetables. Thermometers play a vital role in the cold supply chain of…

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Saying goodbye to a family farm after 60 years

In the final days of family-run Oh Chin Huat Hydroponics Farms in Singapore, there was lots to do. From wrapping up the last harvests to dismantling large structures and equipment, it was a race against time to prepare the 2.4ha farm for its closure on June 30 last year. "We work so closely together,…

Growing Media Europe welcomes new member

GME is pleased to announce that the company Premier Tech Horticulture France has joined the association as a new member in March 2021. Premier Tech Horticulture France will…

Coöperatie Hoogstraten opens Belgian strawberry season

"Nice weather made it a top strawberry week"

On Wednesday, 31 March, Coöperatie Hoogstraten officially opened the Belgian strawberry season. That was from their new office building. Via a live stream, Wim Peeters of wholesaler Delidis bought the first of these soft fruits. The cooperative doubled the amount he paid to €8,000. They will donate that…

PMA and United Fresh to create new global trade association

The Boards of Directors of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh) have reached an Agreement in Principle to create a new global…

The opinion of an influential producer

The Veneto radicchio season is doing better than in 2020

After a quite good season, the winter radicchio campaign is approaching its end with prices clearly more remunerative than last year. "We are currently supplying very high-quality products in terms of freshness and shelf-life. The winter campaign will continue for another month with all the references,…

"Our new hydroponic strawberry line sets the table for category growth"

Expectations are high for the first-ever Ocean Spray® specialty berry pack which debuts this fall, backed by a trio of partners intent on elevating the category with a unique tabletop strawberry proposition. New Wave Berry, LLC is a joint venture formed by grower, marketer and distributor Oppy,…

Produce industry comments on merger between PMA and United Fresh

Yesterday, the Boards of Directors of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh) announced they reached an Agreement in Principle to create a new global trade association. Both organizations will combine their resources and expertise to enhance member…

Vlogging in the greenhouse with a Hololens

This week it is exactly one year ago that John van der Knaap started his weekly vlogs from the De Ruiter Experience Center. John and one of his regular viewers share their experiences. From the De Ruiter Experience Center, John follows the cultivation of the tomato varieties Merlice, Marinice and…

Partnership to help small farmers access better products in Philippines

The agriculture sector contributed 23% of the national labor force in 2020. The majority of the farmers within this sector are smallholders, with farm holdings under one hectare.  Additionally, farmers remain one of the poorest labor forces in the country. They are often living in rural communities with limited…

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Singapore

GKE Corp to expand agri operations with newly obtained farm licence

GKE Corp has been granted a farm licence for its subsidiary GKE Agritech to grow and sell agricultural produce commercially in Singapore. The integrated warehousing and logistics solutions provider has stated it received approval from the Singapore Food Agency for its farm licence application on March…

BASF and AgBiome collaborate on a new biological fungicide for Europe, Middle East and Africa

"Combination of conventional crop protection and BioSolutions is way to sustainable agriculture"

BASF and AgBiome have signed an agreement to bring a new biological fungicide to the market in Europe, and key countries in the Middle East and Africa. Developed by AgBiome,…

Continues investment and expansion into Eastern Canada with key business growth

Taylor Farms acquires FreshPoint Toronto

Taylor Farms announces the acquisition of FreshPoint's Toronto operations, effective March 28, 2021. The fresh cut vegetable operation will continue to serve current…

Enza Zaden joins Tomatoworld again

In the greenhouse of Tomatoworld, there are 18 tomato varieties of Enza Zaden this year. They have once again joined the network of partners. Enza Zaden develops new vegetable varieties that are grown, sold and eaten all over the world. As an independent family company, Enza Zaden has been active for…

Companies receive final decision in patent dispute

Certhon found in favor in proceedings against Plantlab

Is indoor farming patentable or not? That's the question at stake in a legal battle that has raged for several years between Certhon and PlantLab. Last week, the Court of Appeal in The Hague confirmed the annulation of PlantLab's Dutch patent on their indoor farming cultivation system. This is a victory…

Horticulture in Ghana for a brighter future

In the EU Archipelago Project, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and Kwadaso Agricultural College (KAC) in Ghana have teamed up to improve entrepreneurial and horticultural education and create jobs in the horticulture sector. The partnership is focused at the agricultural college and is…

Israeli company Agro Light produces sunlight-like LEDs

"Our premise is that solar sunlight is always the best"

Plants need light to grow. As sunlight is not directly available in the desired amount everywhere, professional growers resort to lighting. Recently, LED lights have gained popularity, but questions arise whether the artificial peak at red frequency that creates the characteristic ‘purple glow’ is…

"The demand for high-quality green compost is growing"

Klasmann-Deilmann and Olde Bolhaar agree joint venture

Klasmann-Deilmann and Olde-Bolhaar are pooling their activities in the field of compost and will work with a joint venture in the future. In the coming years, the company is to be developed into a supplier of high-quality green compost and other raw materials for substrate production. With retroactive…

Demers to build large fruit and vegetable greenhouses in Quebec

"This 70M investment will reduce dependence on imported fresh"

Productions Horticoles Demers, a Quebec greenhouse production company, will more than double its output with the construction of a new, 15-hectare greenhouse In Lévis.…

USDA restricts PACA violators from multiple states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on five produce businesses for failing to meet contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased and…

New foodbank program serves Texas communities

The Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) announced a new partnership with the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley (Food Bank RGV) at last week’s Viva Fresh Expo’s keynote luncheon. Food Bank RGV’s Viva Fresh Produce Pledge “A Gift from Farms to Families” is a new program that will serve as a…

VB turns off the light for Earth Hour

Saturday, March 27 was Earth hour and VB participated. Earth hour is an annual international event that calls on households and businesses around the world to turn off lights and other electrical equipment for 1 hour between 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM. Earth hour takes place every year on the weekend when the…

Greenhouse lettuce grower expands product offering

Expanding its greenhouse baby leaf and head lettuce portfolios, Revol Greens has introduced a large-scale chopped romaine program with three varieties available at select retailers throughout the Midwest: Premium Romaine Salad (chopped romaine and green leaf with carrots and radicchio), Leafy Romaine…

from Van Looveren to De Ruiter Seeds

Steven Adriaense takes on new challenge

In Belgium, Steven Adriaense has left Van Looveren to join De Ruiter Seeds. Last Friday was his last day at the Greenhouse producer. Steven will be De Ruiter's tomato account manager.  "It was a difficult decision, and I have mixed feelings about it. Since I married into the family, Van Looveren wasn't a standard…

AdTec Systems

Greenhouse systems in the hands of a single interlocutor

AdTec Systems provides a team of experts to set up greenhouse systems and continue with their management, monitoring and maintenance. It works with top-level partners such as Bogaerts GL for internal handling and Priva and Anjou Automation for climate control and irrigation. "We are a young company, but we…

USDA cites North Carolina frozen food company for PACA Violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on Imperial Frozen Foods Op Co LLC, Wake Forest, N.C., for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.…

Biotherm expands sales team for Midwest region

BioTherm has expanded its sales team with the addition of Jesus Martin as its regional sales representative for the Midwest Region. “Jesus’ ambition and service-oriented attitude match well with our company culture,” says Jim Rearden, BioTherm’s President. “It’s refreshing to add a new member to the team…

Livekindly

Livekindly raises capitol to make plant-based meat global

Livekindly collective, a collection of heritage brands and startups, has announced today a successful capital raise of $335 million. This brings its total raise in its first 12 months to $535 million. The Rise Fund, an investment firm that invests in companies that are driving measurable social and…

GreenLight partners with Fraunhofer IME

GreenLight Biosciences will work with the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME to research new and promising RNA-based advances for…

Dutch ag-tech company enters Frankfurt stock exchange

Bedford Row Capital, a non-bank structuring specialist, today announces that it has been mandated by Smartkas B.V, for a listed ICMA- compliant green bond offering of EUR 25…

The goodness of healthy tomatoes thanks to brackish water

"Our crops have that extra something thanks to brackish irrigation water, which conveys extraordinary organoleptic properties," explains Angelo Barone, who owns a company together with his father Francesco, located a stone's throw from Scoglitti (Ragusa). Francesco and Angelo Barone The family business…

The Greenery, James Hutton Limited to partner and breed redcurrants

James Hutton Limited and The Greenery are expanding their partnership. They're going to breed redcurrants together. This program aims to result in new, improved varieties. These will be made exclusively available not only to The Greenery. This Dutch cooperative's growers and its clients should benefit…

Virtual wellness series supports industry careers program

Center for Growing Talent (CGT) continues its three-part Virtual Wellness Series on Tuesday, March 30th at 5pm Eastern with a live chef demonstration to support the Career Pathways program.  The session, titled “Healthy, Delicious Eating” is the second in the series and will welcome Chef Vincent “Vinny” Cani…

Dutch semi-processed specialist keeps investing in its vegetables' freshness

There's a striking blue building in the Netherlands, near Westland. This recently expanded premises houses a company called Snijpunt. Every week, it processes 100,000kg of bell peppers and 35,000kg of other fresh vegetables into semi-finished products. "We've worked hard to optimize processes and…

Hydrofarm

Hydrofarm highlights new products for indoor farming

Hydrofarm Holdings announced the release of new products this month from GroStar, Autopilot, Plant Success King Crab, Rock Rootinator, and Roots Organics. These products aim to further expand the Hydrofarm's portfolio of innovative and proprietary branded products in the lighting, climate control,…

AeroFarms

Estimated equity value of approximately $1.2 billion

AeroFarms to become publicly traded

AeroFarms announced that it has entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger with Spring Valley Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company. Upon closing of the transaction, AeroFarms will become publicly traded on Nasdaq, with an estimated equity value of approximately $1.2 billion, under…

French launch of the strawberry season

"It is a nice product, tasty and quite feminine, both delicate and fragile"

The strawberry season has started for Delphine Diot, strawberry grower in the French town of Chavagne. For Delphine, her team and the Solarenn cooperative (Saint-Armel), the strawberry marathon has begun in order to harvest the 42 tons of Gariguette strawberries between March and July. Delphine Diot,…

Using intra eco shield to protect your crops

Intrahorti, a department of Intracare, is making way in the horticultural sector. In addition to Intra Hydro pure, which growers can use for cleaning and disinfection to guarantee the purest irrigation water, the company is taking a broader approach, for instance adding nutrients to her product range.…

WayBeyond creates five global partnerships

"Partnerships allows us to present everywhere"

Following the launch of the business on 1 February, WayBeyond is announcing the first five global partnerships as part of a push to create AgTech collaborations and accelerate new offerings to customers. “These five partners are just the beginning. We have another 30 we are in discussions with, allowing…

Ausveg

Harvest to Home Covid-19 trends

Fresh produce annual wrap-up of 2020

As part of the Hort Innovation-funded Harvest to Home project, global information and measurement company Nielsen has produced a comprehensive wrap-up of the trends on the fresh produce industry following the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. AUSVEG presents a summary of the report. Fresh produce trends Total…

"Remote advice is direct and future proof"

The single greatest benefit from crop consultancy at a distance? Leo van Uffelen has no doubt: It’s the speed. The crop consultant believes that remote advice is the future in horticulture. Convincing the sector can be tough. But Leo has a weapon: data. Leo works as an independent crop consultant who’s…

Produce grower-shipper surpasses 4,000 employee vaccinations

More committed than ever to ensuring a safe work environment for its employee-owners, Tanimura & Antle is proud to share that by April, more than 4,000 employees will have received the COVID-19 vaccine throughout its operating locations in California, Arizona and Tennessee. Working in coordination with…

"We combine that Dutch know-how with the North American construction approach"

Large-scale horticultural installations are on the rise around the globe, and North America is no exception to this trend. Ready to meet the increased demand for horticultural installations is PB tec and its North American subsidiaries. PB tec is an international horticultural design and project management…

Verano365 promotes Herb Rabalais to president

Verano365, a Texas-based horticulture inputs start-up, has elevated Herb Rabalais to President. Rabalais joined the Verano365 team in January 2020 as an account director, and he takes the reigns as President from John Appel, who will focus on his duties as the President of BPS Agriculture, the parent…

GE Current

Current partners with Wageningen for new interlighting study

GE Current, a Daintree company, today extended its global horticulture lighting research initiative, launching a new partnership with Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in the Netherlands. The new study, led by WUR’s Prof. Dr. Leo Marcelis, will focus on determining the value and uses of…

Investment into "products and people"

Horticultural equipment provider seeks further growth

The owners of a UK-based manufacturer and distributor of horticultural equipment are investing into further product development having seen a surge in winter sales and no negative impact on business as a result of the UK’s exit from the EU. HotBox International, a business which is part of the high-tech…

Indoor AgTech 2021, an evolving landscape

Since the initial release of our Indoor AgTech Landscape in 2019, indoor agriculture has continued to garner tremendous attention and investment because of the compelling benefits of growing food in a controlled indoor environment. Here you can find the updated Indoor AgTech Landscape for 2021 (download…

Dutch chili peppers gaining importance on the European market

In the ten years that Hamid Haddouch has been in the pepper business, he has not yet experienced that the Dutch habanero peppers cultivated in greenhouses are so early. Better techniques and knowledge ensure that good quality peppers can be harvested earlier. This means that Hamid and his company Chili &…

Ontario’s GH growers applaud Ontario budget’s support

Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) are pleased with the Ontario government’s budget released. The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the need for resilient local food…

Lettuce grower launches new product line

"Consumers demand for a safer alternative"

Expanding what is already one of the most diverse greenhouse baby leaf and head lettuce portfolios on the market, Revol Greens is adding a large-scale chopped romaine program with three new retail varieties available at select retailers throughout the Midwest. There also will be channel-specific…

British strawberries hit shelves in March

Dyson Farming has picked the first strawberries from its new 15-acre glasshouse in Carrington, Lincolnshire. In doing so, it supports the advancement of high-tech, sustainable farming in the UK, and avoiding unnecessary food miles that come from imported strawberries at this time of year. Powered with…

Data-driven growing: “But that’s what I’ve been doing, right?”

In recent years, there has been an increase in written articles about data-driven growing. Ton van Dijk with LetsGrow talks about this a lot with growers from all over the world. A common comment he gets is: "But that’s what I’ve been doing, right? How is data-driven growing going to help me?" And of…

Myriam Maes (Maes Wilfried), Belgium:

“Many of our lettuce varieties eventually end up on cruise ships”

From oakleaf and butterhead to Lolla Rossa and Romaine lettuce. There are enough lettuce varieties to choose from at the Belgian horticultural company, Maes Wilfried. "We founded the company in the early 80s. And we've been growing all kinds of lettuce since then," says Myriam Maes. She began the…

Growgeneration.com

GrowGeneration acquires agron.io B2B integrated platform

"Give commercial customers real-time data to manage their purchasing"

GrowGeneration, a chain of specialty hydroponic and organic garden centers, today announced its acquisition of Agron.io, a leading wholesale agriculture platform that allows commercial growers to manage their purchasing and logistics in one platform. Agron.io offers commercial pricing, real-time…

Cirio is best-selling Italian tomato brand in the UK

In 2020, the Cirio tomato conquered the tables of the British. Despite all the Brexit troubles, it has confirmed its first place in the hit parade of the best-selling Italian…


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