Company News

Edwin Dijkshoorn

WPS appoints Director of Business Development North America

Edwin Dijkshoorn has taken a new position as Director of Business Development North America at WPS Horti Systems BV. WPS (We Prove Solutions), located at De Lier, The Netherlands, has been designing and manufacturing state of the art automation and logistical systems for growers and agricultural research…

“This is just the beginning with much more to come”

In 2017 Holland Screens International started a collaboration with Powerplants Australia. This partnership enables Holland Screens to gain ground in Australia and to grow the company’s international projects. With already 5 projects together in the past year, Holland Screens is very happy with this…

Strong period for greenhouse tomato production in Mexico

Growers of greenhouse tomatoes are reporting strong production in the Mexican growing regions thanks to abundant sunshine and warm to hot weather. The hotter temperatures are finally settling into the regions, causing some transitions to take place between different sites, as explained by Jaime Garcia of…

UK: Dr Natalia Falagán appointed to Food Standards Agency Scientific Advisory Committees

Dr. Natalia Falagán, a research fellow in food and science technology at Cranfield University, has been appointed to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) Scientific Advisory…

Greenport West-Holland and Végépoly are intensifying their cooperation

French-Dutch horticulture cooperation

The horticulture clusters Greenport West-Holland and Végépolys are going to cooperate intensively. To this purpose, Greenport and the French horticulture cluster have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Greenport West-Holland is the regional network organisation of the government, industry, educational…

California-based tech company Full Harvest

Can you solve food waste through an Airbnb model?

A recent study from Zest Labs about produce shelf life found that freshness varied significantly among products and stores. Furthermore, the study showed that the primary…

Berry grower teams up with food bank

Grower and marketer of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, Wish Farms, has announced a summer partnership campaign with Feeding America®. The company said it has worked with Feeding America member food banks in Florida over the years. But this seasonal campaign marks a new…

Food industry expert joins Benson Hill as Chief Operating Officer

Benson Hill Biosystems has named Chris Wilkins, a food industry executive with more than 25 years of industry experience, as Chief Operating Officer. Wilkins will manage the company’s rapidly emerging relationships with food and ingredient companies as well as grocery retailers. These companies, which…

Vestaron hires Ash Patel as COO

Ash Patel is the most recent hire as Vestaron continues to round out its corporate leadership team. “With a background including global manufacturing and supply chain management experience in…

EIT Food Accelerator Network announces second cohort of agrifood start-ups

54 high-impact agrifood start-ups have been selected to join the EIT Food Acceleration network (EIT FAN). The chosen start-ups will benefit from world-class mentorship,…

CompanyBox introduces Subscription Box using HP Digital Corrugated Print

Great Lakes Growers is an Ohio-based hydroponic produce provider that is using a packaging innovation by CompanyBox and HP to deliver fresh leafy greens and herbs directly to customers through e-commerce subscription services. Snap2Pack was developed especially for direct packaging of fresh produce by…

Rolls-Royce and Yuchai Machinery broaden their collaboration

The Rolls-Royce Power Systems division and its Chinese partner Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company intend to further intensify their collaboration in the construction and sale of engines. A corresponding agreement was signed by representatives of both companies during the visit to Friedrichshafen by a…

Intention is development of own breeding programs

KWS expands to vegetable seed breeding with acquisition of Pop Vriend Seeds

Seed specialist KWS has signed a binding agreement to acquire Pop Vriend Seeds. Pop Vriend Seeds is market leader in spinach seeds and offers a portfolio of other vegetable seeds. The company, founded in 1956 and strongly growing, achieved a turnover of around 75 million euros in the 2017/2018 financial…

"A good logistics network is important for logistics service providers"

More and more greenhouse builders and installers are aiming to do business abroad, but shipping abroad requires a lot of focus. All of the materials need to be delivered on time in order to keep up with the deadlines, so a logistics service provider is usually called upon. Martin van Dueren-den Hollander…

'Worker exploitation unacceptable'

Australia: Coles aligns with unions for safer work environments

There seem to be indications that the Australian food supply chain is increasingly taking worker exploitation seriously. Now, a major supermarket is aligning with key union…

Driscoll's launches its mobile berry campaign in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Driscoll’s 3D Berry Picnic Mobile has been launched in time for International Picnic Day, which the brand says kicks off the next phase of its #BerryTogether campaign, starting with a tour through Minneapolis-St. Paul. This picnic basket on wheels will deliver shareable treats to Twin Cities residents…

Aldi signals charge for fruit and vegetable bags in Australia

Keen to ban the over-use of plastic in their stores and just a week after it was announced that Aldi would be charging for their fruit and vegetable bags in their German stores, it seems there are now plans to introduce the same rule in Australia. There is a lot of talk about the bargain supermarket…

Support for NDP commitment to payment protection for produce sellers

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) and Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) said they recognize the commitment made on Sunday by the New Democratic Party (NDP)…

RedStar tomatoes will soon be on Dutch shelves as an AH house brand

Until recently, RedStar sold very few tomatoes in the Netherlands. That is, however, about to change, according to the Dutch newspaper, the Financieel Dagblad . These TOVs…

Uzbekistan Agro Expo

"Uzbekistan is a rapidly growing market for vegetable greenhouse projects"

For an internationally operating horticultural supplier to not take part in the GreenTech exhibition, is a remarkable decision - and also one not to make without good arguments. AgrowTec Greenhouse Projects BV decided already long ago to go for local exhibitions in the countries where they are active and…

Scottish vertical farm looking to go global with £5.4 million funding boost

Intelligent Growth Solutions, the Scottish-based vertical farm technology business, announced a £5.4 million Series A funding round led by US-based S2G Ventures. IGS opened its first vertical farming demonstration facility in August 2018. Since that announcement, the company has received significant…

Location was changed and modernized whilst operational

Successful opening of the first Landgard Fresh Market Fruit & Vegetables in Dresden

Landgard pulls some very positive conclusions after the opening of the first fresh market fruit & vegetables in Dresden on June 13. "During the past few weeks, we have been using our current operations to visually and structurally change, to modernize and bring the market forward. It's great that our…

USDA approves Food Waste Inc. to process “Regulated Garbage”

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has approved Food Waste Inc. “Gaia” Dehydration Technology…

Fifty Ontario companies awarded seed funding

Fifty Ontario companies have been selected to receive seed funding from Bioenterprise Corporation and its delivery partner Innovation Guelph, through the most recent round of…

Bernd Jäger, Jäger GmbH:

"Reichenau cucumbers are cheap, but tomatoes are quite high priced"

In the far south of Germany, on the island of Reichenau, locally-grown vegetables are currently harvested in large quantities. Bernd Jäger, owner of the same name wholesale, which offers the Reichenau products on the open market: "Cucumbers are cheap, but tomatoes are in the high-priced segment and are…

US: Senior Grassroots staff member steps up as new Coalition Director for National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Chair of the Organizational Council of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), Eowyn Corral, announced the selection of the organization’s new Coalition Director. Sarah Hackney, NSAC’s current Grassroots Director, was the Council’s unanimous choice for the position. Hackney will assume the…

Ontario announces Excellence in Agriculture Award recipient

Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, announced Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO) as the first recipient of the inaugural Excellence in Agriculture Awards. The Excellence in Agriculture Awards recognize agri-food businesses, individuals and organizations that…

Agronico: "A lot of people know that we produce seed, but don't know that we do minitubers."

Raising the profile of its minituber production will be one of the main aims for Tasmania's leading seed potato and agronomy businesses at this month's Hort Connections in Melbourne. Agronico was one of the first companies in Australia to introduce its own tissue culture lab, as part of its quality…

Werner Freese, ELO Producer Wholesale Market Langförden-Oldenburg eG:

"We have been lucky with the weather so far"

Heavy rainfall and corresponding damage to the fruit growers endanger the berry producers in various parts of Germany. In contrast to the eastern and southern German wine-growing regions, the region of Oldenburg - one of the most important growing areas in the republic - was spared hail and heavy rain.…

PS Food Logistics GmbH celebrates its 10th anniversary

"Over the last three years, we have grown by 30-40%"

PS Food Logistics GmbH based in Neckarsulm is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The express company has grown a lot since its founding in 2009. "Especially in the last 2-3 years, our company has a significant expansion and our customer base has grown by 30-40%," says CEO Konstantin Popov. In…

Full programming makes this smaller show attractive

It’s an all-around draw that brings one vegetable grower/packer/shipper to Monterey, Ca. for the annual Organic Produce Summit. “We find that going to a 100 percent organic show provides us the best opportunity to meet our existing and potential new customers,” says Dominic Etcheberria of JBJ…

Scandinavian Airlines takes up Farm-to-Tray table menus

In 2017, SAS unveiled its ‘New Nordic by SAS’ concept, introducing passengers on some 80,000 short-haul Scandinavian and European flights to seasonal dishes made with ingredients sourced from regional farmers. New Nordic by SAS this month expands its vision of healthy, sustainable eating with the…

Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico

Planasa opens a new strawberry and raspberry plant nursery

Planasa has recently inaugurated the farm ‘El Esfuerzo’ in Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico. It is a new strawberry and raspberry plant nursery that will create 800 direct jobs in this area. With these new facilities and more than 1,500 hectares worldwide, Planasa consolidates its leading position as one of the…

Netherlands: Greenhouse horticulture gets chair at university to secure position

To guarantee and stimulate the position of horticulture in the Westland, the Dutch municipality is funding a special chair for greenhouse horticulture. The chair, which…

UK: Consultation on plans to move New Spitalfields, Billingsgate and Smithfield markets to Dagenham

In April, Barking Reach at Dagenham Dock was chosen as the preferred site to "consolidate and relocate" the world-renowned Smithfield, Billingsgate and New Spitalfields…

To increase international agricultural exports

Jordan: King Abdullah II inaugurates pioneering agricultural project in Mafraq

On Wednesday, June 12, his Majesty King Abdullah II inaugurated the pioneering agricultural project of the international company Del Monte Food which is part of the Sobha Development Project in Mafraq Governorate. The project is implemented in partnership with the Hashemite Fund for the Development of…

Gary Lee - Proseal Australia

"Purely by weight the amount of plastic saved is typically 35-45% in comparison to a clam shell."

As pressure mounts on all sectors to reduce the amount of plastic used in packaging Gary Lee​, Sales Manager at Proseal Australia explains how the company's top seal solution can reduce the plastic. "A considerable amount of the current packaging of fresh produce uses clam shells which include a base…

Javo USA puts focus on Solutions

Horticulture growers in North America face new challenges every day. From market and labor pressures, to keeping up with the latest trends in landscaping, the problems can be almost overwhelming. This led Javo USA, Inc. to look for a new approach to help its clients and the new Javo USA website ( http://javousa.net/ ) is part…

Six new WOW™ berries in less than a week

The wait is almost over. In less than a week, SUNSET® will reveal the six new berries that make up their new line-up of WOW™ berries. True to WOW’s new tagline, Berries Elevated™, this premium line promises to change expectations for how a berry should taste. The company asserts that each of the six WOW…

Driscoll's announces two new limited edition berry varieties

Driscoll’s has announced there is more than one way to enjoy rosé season this summer. Beginning today, the company has introduced two new berry offerings, describing them as "high flavor". The berries are now available for a limited time, features Rosé Berries™, described by Driscoll's as "beautiful…

Belgium: Mudslide in greenhouse destroys strawberry harvest

Last week, heavy rainfall caused a mudslide which hit the greenhouses of fruit grower Guy Beeckmans in Strijtem (Belgium). "Around 25 liters of water per square meter fell during Wednesday night last week. From the higher situated potato field, the water flowed into my lower situated greenhouse, which…

Innovation Awards winners announced at United Fresh 2019

Seven Produce Innovation Awards winners were recognized at United Fresh 2019. This year’s honorees were voted on by show attendees from a total of 48 contestants across seven categories: Best New Food Safety Solution; Best New Fruit Product; Best New Packaging; Best New Packing/Processing Equipment; Best…

New packaging center and office building to be finished at the end of 2020

Construction started on new building for Cooperation DOOR

Cooperation DOOR celebrated the start of construction for their new office and packaging center in business park Honderland II in the Dutch town of Maasdijk on Wednesday the 29th of May. All the employees, members, construction partners, and other involved parties were there to celebrate. During the…

New appointed director for Horticulture New Zealand Board

Horticulture New Zealand’s Board has appointed Dr. Bruce Campbell, of Tai Tokerau Northland, as an appointed director. Dr. Campbell is experienced in governance, innovation, talent development and the future development of a wide range of horticulture sectors and was, until 2018, the Chief Operating…

Hort Connections 2019

AHR launches Soil-Borne Disease in Vegetable Crops – a practical guide to identification and control

Dr. Gordon Rogers heads a multi-disciplinary team of skilled professionals, well-respected in the horticulture industry for their knowledge, experience and research projects helping to solve emerging industry challenges. With a commitment to communicating results and information to industry members, the…

Australia: Incitec Pivot Fertilisers steps up in horticulture

Incitec Pivot Fertilisers is aiming for growth in the horticulture market, with two key appointments to marketing and agronomy roles to support horticultural growers and their dealers. Alexander Papas is enjoying meeting growers and dealers in his role as segment manager for horticulture and sugar, like…

Valoya marks 10-year milestone with new brand image

Since 2009 Valoya has been committed to discovering and bringing to the market finely balanced LED light spectra that feed the plants with just the information they need and thus help growers reach their cultivation targets efficiently. The first ones to see the value in Valoya’s offering were…

United Fresh bi-annual compensation report now available

The United Fresh Produce Association has published the fifth edition of its Produce Industry Compensation & Benefits Report, a research resource it says assists produce…

Peracto to showcase its latest research services at Hort Connections

Major Australian and New Zealand agricultural testing and research company, Peracto, is currently involved in a number of key research and development projects in the agriculture industry and will be exhibiting at this year's Hort Connections in Melbourne. Peracto is an independent contract research…

Vestaron raises $40 million in Series B Financing

Vestaron announces its $40 million Series B Financing, led by Novo Holdings A/S. Novo Holdings joins continuing investors Anterra Capital, Cultivian Sandbox, Open Prairie…

UK: Scotty Brand fruit set to double production for Asda deal

Scotty Brand is set to double its berry production to meet increased demand, after landing a UK-wide listing with Asda. The Scottish food producer announced it will double the amount of strawberries and raspberries grown this year, on the back of a deal which will see the fruits sold in the supermarket’s…

Lock further expands sales in horticulture

To further improve customer proximity and service, Lock is expanding its presence and growing its sales force. Uwe Dornbusch has been responsible for horticulture in the DACH region since September last year. Ralf Steves started as team leader in horticulture in October. As team leader he is responsible…

Ocado joins Priva and 80 Acres Farms in Infinite Acres’ Global Indoor Farming Venture

Infinite Acres today announced that Ocado Group (LSE: OCDO), the world’s largest dedicated online grocery retailer, has signed a memorandum of understanding to partner in a…

European Seeds recognizes the work of Eduardo Fitó, Antonio Villarroel and Vicente Navarro

Three Spaniards among the most influential people in the European breeding sector

The prestigious magazine European Seed has published a list of the 20 most influential people in the world of seeds, based on their breeding work at European level. This list…

ScottsMiracle-Gro sees sales outlook improve for U.S. Consumer and Hawthorne

The ScottsMiracle-Gro Company announced that it now expects company-wide sales to improve 13 to 14 percent for the full-year, higher than its previous guidance, based on…

BerryWorld’s exclusive varieties crowned at prestigious international food awards

BerryWorld® are delighted to announce that they have just been awarded five Superior Taste Awards, gaining global recognition for our strawberries, raspberries, blueberries…

Spain

Unica Group prepares record-breaking gazpacho

On Sunday, June 9, on the occasion of its tenth anniversary, the Spanish cooperative Unica Group has prepared the world's largest gazpacho in Almeria and beat a Guinness World Record. With this challenge, the cooperative has aimed to "showcase Almeria as what it really is: the capital of Spanish and…

California lettuce grower and salad processor enter partnership

Church Brothers Farms and FiveStar Gourmet Foods have entered into a formal partnership. The companies say this will enable them to expand their respective product portfolios.…

Deforche team rides against cancer

During the Ascension Day weekend, the combined team from the Deforche Construct Group rode 1000 km in four days to raise money for cancer research. With riders from all the branches of the DCG group and multiple countries, the diverse team had riders from Thermoflor, the Garden Centre Specialist.…

Natasha Solano, Kuehne + Nagel:

“Cooperation crucial to keep cold supply chain closed”

Kuehne + Nagel originally started with seaborne cargo in 1890 from the German ports of Bremen and Hamburg, and after 1950 they quickly internationalised in all forms of modality. They also offer their services in air freight, for example. The company is one of the larger players in the transport of fresh…

Extensive reconstruction and modernization

Landgard opens first "Fresh Market Fruit & Vegetables" in Dresden

After intensive renovation work, Landgard will open the first new "fresh produce market" on June 13, 2019 in Dresden. On an area of ​​3,100 square meters, customers can expect to see a modern, new market design, a revised customer guidance system in the market, new furniture, attractive thematic product…

Andrew Maiman to helm Berry World America

Mastronardi Produce is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Maiman to the role of President, BerryWorld America (BWA). In this role, Maiman will pilot…

US (MI): Gladstone Land acquires blueberry farms for $7.8 million

Gladstone Land has acquired two farms totaling 516 gross acres near South Haven, Michigan, for approximately $7.8 million. The two farms consist of approximately 383 total…

Awarded by Alibaba's fresh food retail unit Hema

Chinese Weibo user wins 15,000 kgs of watermelons

One lucky user of China’s Twitter-like blogging website Weibo will need to worry about more than likes, in the coming days. Weibo user “Bufuhshu” has won the prize that is ‘15,000 kilograms of watermelons’. The prize is part of an online lucky-draw by Alibaba's fresh food retail unit, Hema; essentially a…

PB Tec and Moleaer partner to expand nanobubble technology in horticulture

Moleaer and PB Tec have entered into a distribution agreement to promote nanobubble technology in the horticulture market. PB Tec develops innovative and advanced horticultural solutions in the field of electrical engineering, lighting, water engineering and automation combined with services ranging from…

David Busby joins Canadian vegetable supplier

Peak of the Market has announced that David Busby has joined the team as Director Business Development. David was with Richardson International for 11 years. He held…

Stolze celebrates 50 year anniversary

"Only when you look back, you see how far you have climbed"

In 1969, the year man first set foot on the moon, Teun Stolze started a company that provided household maintenance in the field of electrical engineering. After three years, Bram van den Ende became his first employee, and Bram and grower's son Teun started working in the horticulture sector. Teun…

Netherlands: BVB Substrates to build new warehouse

On May 27, under the watchful eye of Mart van Buuren and the Van Buuren family, grandsons Douwe junior and Sebas drove the first pile of the new modern warehouse of BVB Substrates in De Lier. The warehouse is the first in the substrate sector where products are stored vertically, with a particular focus…

"Flavor notes of berries are better than chocolate"

Next week in Chicago, Sunset® will unveil their full line-up of premium berries, which includes the newly rebranded WOW™ berries. “We can’t wait to share our new WOW™ berry…

National distributor strengthens presence in Mid Atlantic

PRO*ACT and The Coastal Companies have announced a partnership with the intent to expand their respective footprints in fresh food distribution in North America. For The…

Dutch suppliers improve storage, production and logistics with expansion

Last week the first pile for the expansion of Honderdland 30 was driven. With this, construction was officially started and the companies can look forward to a larger building that will be ready in early 2020. Additional space Because of the need for more space, an additional 4,600 m2 is created at the…

Netherlands: Growers become shareholders of their cooperative

Since this spring, Prominent's tomato growers are, besides being members of their cooperative, also shareholders in the cooperative. As a result, the individual entrepreneurs at Prominent benefit not only from mutual knowledge sharing, joint purchasing and packaging, but also from the developments at…

CubicFarms receives conditional approval to list on TSX Venture Exchange

CubicFarms has received conditional approval to list the common shares of the company on the TSX Venture Exchange as a Tier 1 issuer. The listing is subject to the company…

Moleaer secures additional $5 Million Funding

"Financing allows for production scale-up and commercial expansion"

Moleaer, manufacturer of industrial-scale nanobubble generators, announced recently that they have raised $5 million in funding. The investment was led by London based ADM…

Horticulture in the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative

In 2013, China formally put forward the cooperative initiative of building the Belt and Road Initiative, a global development strategy adopted by the Chinese government involving infrastructure development and investments in 152 countries and international organizations in Asia, Europe, Africa, the…

Spain, Canary Islands:

Organic tomatoes, safe from the "Tuta absoluta"

25 years ago, there was hardly anyone interested in growing organic fruit and vegetables in the Canary Islands. Nowadays, however, 90% of the starting young producers do so in this sector. "They tend to opt for organic farming because of the clear production costs and the sustainability," says Paco…

Costa Group shares plunge after 'crumbly' raspberries hit profits

Shares in agribusiness Costa Group plunged 27.6% on Thursday, wiping $458 million off its value in a single session. The reason was the company lowering its profit forecast…

Bradt's Brains

Rick Bradt's Brain Tumour Walk 2019

Rick Bradt of A.M.A. Horticulture is a Brain Tumour Survivor . "I'm one of the lucky ones who now lives a normal life (I had brain surgeries for a Pituitary Macro Adenoma in 2000, 2002, 2004). So many brain tumour patients are permanently disabled from their tumours (there are over 100 different types of…

Armenia: Growing tomatoes at 1800 meter above sea level

Growing tomatoes 1800 meters above sea level. In Armenia, that's what they're about to do. Idromeccanica Lucchini has completed a on twenty hectares project there. "We covered 20 hectares in two steps and now the production of cherry and beefsteak tomatoes is in full swing. We opted for hydroponic…

New seasoning mixes launched for summer

Concord Foods announced it will be launching three new Fresh Success vegetable seasoning mixes just ahead of the busy summer season. The three new mix flavors include Garlic & Parmesan Sauce, Buffalo Cauliflower and Street Taco, and are expected to hit the shelves July 2019. The company said the…

"Our new 30,000 square meter plant will soon be up and running"

In the fruit and vegetable industry, there are two main developments going on. For the international market, more investment is being put in obtaining better growing technology, post-harvest techniques and cooling systems. For the imported products, more is invested in developing a better cold chain.…

Updated online PrimusGFS3 Training launched

The Produce Nerd has launched an online PrimusGFS Version 3 Training. The company said this online training is garnered towards auditees that are: In need of a full PrimusGFS…

Experts from WUR visited Zhongnong Futong and gave Lecture

Senior researcher and horticultural expert Feije de Zwart from Wageningen University & Research Center (WUR), accompanied by Dr. QIU Yutong, China business development manager of Plant Sciences Group, visited Zhongnong Futong on May 20 while the National Science & Technology Week began, and he…

Smallhold: Distributing fresh produce

New York’s hottest food trend can be spotted anywhere from Mission Chinese to Whole Foods… The tech masterminds at Smallhold are changing the distribution chain when it comes to fresh produce. Smallhold is the first, and only, organic farm in NYC. It’s also the only mushroom farm. This farm isn’t in one…

DHL starts regular autonomous drone deliveries in China

Like most of its competitors, the German-based international shipping giant DHL is very active on the autonomous drone front. This week, the company had some big news: it will start a regular drone delivery service in China. DHL partnered with the drone specialists at EHang, the same company that broke a…

Launch of year-round organic mini cucumber program

Wilson Produce recently announced the addition of a new consumer package program for organic mini cucumbers. The company says this is another step to support the fourth generation family farm’s previously announced growth plans. The production of organic mini cucumbers means that Wilson Produce can…

Salad bar donated to local Dallas school

The Dallas Fresh Food Association (DFFA) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 21, 2019, to donate a salad bar to Faith Family Academy-Oak Cliff, a local school in Dallas. The salad bar will ensure the students have access to fresh fruits and vegetables during school hours and will educate them on the…

Hort Connections 2019

JAIN launches field monitoring solutions

Officially launching at Hort Connections, Jain Logic provides a rich set of agronomic tools and analytics for the Australian Horticultural sector, through an expanded suite of field monitoring solutions that growers can trust. ● Soil Moisture Readings ● Weather Analytics ● Irrigation Infiltration ●…

Powerfoil D

New overhead fan designed for harsh industrial environments

Powerfoil D, the product of 10 years’ experience and purpose-built design. The exceptionally engineered Powerfoil D is the first and only direct-drive overhead fan designed for harsh industrial environments - including many horticultural enterprises. "By maintaining consistent temperatures from ceiling…

International Finance Corporation supports Kazakhstan horticulture

The International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, is providing a $10 million financing to Phoenix Fruits LLP for establishing greenfield fruit orchards…

Bionema raises £180,000 for ongoing development bio crop protection

Bionema Ltd., a biotech company, announces the completion of £180,000 equity investment, led by private investors with co-investment from the Development Bank of Wales. The…

State of Punjab, India

Machhiwara soon to have vegetable processing industry

A vegetable processing project, having capacity of 80,000 tons per year, will come up in Machhiwara, in Punjab’s Ludhiana district. The first stone of the facility is expected…

Boggiatto Produce rebrands as Hitchcock Farms

Boggiatto Produce, located in California's Salinas Valley, has announced its May 2019 rebrand as Hitchcock Farms with Jeff Hitchcock maintaining his leadership role. The…

Munich gastronomy supplier Hermann Fischer KG celebrates its 50th anniversary

"Greatest growth potential in hospitality"

Hermann Fischer KG celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019. Company founder Hermann Fischer was one of the first dealers on the Munich wholesale market in 1969, specializing in gastronomy. He supplied the city's inns, restaurants and hotels with fresh fruits and vegetables from selected growers and…

Artichoke grower announces results of spring promotion

Ocean Mist Farms has announced the results of its 'Reach for the Gold' promotion. The company said that rather than a traditional sweepstakes approach, the Reach for the Gold campaign leveraged weekly email trivia with the brand’s existing database of over 63,000 shoppers that included four key areas of…

Five WUR researchers receive Vidi grants

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) will award €800,000 each to Wageningen University & Research (WUR) researchers David Ludwig, Annemiek ter Heijne, Chiel van Heerwaarden, Vera Ros, and Emilie Wientjes. They will be able to use this money over the next five years to develop…

Fennel and celery are performing well in the Italian company of Fellini Patrizio

The fennel grown in Romagna is entering its full production phase. The company "Fellini Patrizio" has a big advantage: thanks to the farm "67", the company produces fennel and vegetables, just two kilometres from the processing plant. Emile Fellini: "This allows us to have a product always fresh,…

Great Limber, Lincolnshire

UK pub swaps homegrown vegetables for pints

The New Inn, in Great Limber in Lincolnshire, has launched a new concept called a Barter Board. This allows visitors to swap home-grown fruit and vegetables for pints or…

Mastronardi unveils new European venture

Mastronardi Produce® has announced it is investing in Europe through a partnership with Dutch vegetable exporter Soho Produce. “This partnership will allow us to expand our…

Italy: the hidden important steps of production at IFCO

The logistical cycle of reusable plastic packaging seems trivial at first glance: the boxes are sent by IFCO to the food producer, who uses them to deliver his products to the distributor. Then, the seller returns the empty packaging to the Distribution Centre and, from there, back to IFCO, so that it…

A biomass plant also in the works

Spain: The Frutilados plant starts operating

The Frutilados plant, located in the municipality of El Ejido, in the Spanish province of Almeria, has started transforming vegetable waste from the handling plants into sheep feed. With this new activity, the waste generated by vegetable by-products will increase in value and a profitable solution will…

Lome Super Fruit products now available on Amazon

"We grasped the opportunity offered by Amazon Prime Now to make our products part of their range" explained Dario De Lisi, sales manager for Masseria Fruttirossi, a business specializing in the production, processing and commercialization of soft fruit. "As of last Friday, Lome Super Fruits are part of…

New Zealand: Horticulture research centre PlantTech launched

New Zealand industry representatives all gathered for the today’s launch of multimillion-dollar horticulture research institute PlantTech. PlantTech will focus on applying cutting edge artificial intelligence and machine learning to the scientific challenges in New Zealand's horticulture industry.…

Industry veteran named 2019 honoree at United Fresh

With 27 years in the produce industry behind her, Jan Berk, chief operating officer of San Miguel Produce, Inc. more than earned her nomination as the United Fresh Show’s 2019 Women in Produce Breakfast honoree. Berk began with San Miguel in 2002 and was tasked with marketing and rebrand the Cut ‘N Clean…

UK: Pret buys 'Eat' in vegan deal

The Pret a Manger company, which has 400 stores in the UK, is buying food chain ‘Eat’. Its chief executive claims this is an effort to "turbo-charge" its Veggie Pret chain. Four establishments branded as Veggie Pret and aims to convert as many of the 90 Eat stores as possible to the new brand. Clive…

Warmer weather this week to boost Baja tomato production

Production of tomatoes in Baja California is expected to increase with warmer weather due to arrive in the next week. Just like its neighbor to the north, Baja California has been experiencing cooler than normal temperatures in recent weeks, resulting in a slowdown in production. Growers are expecting…

Growing Media Europe publishes sustainability agenda

Growing Media Europe (GME) presents today its first Sustainability Agenda. To download the document from the GME website, click here . The Sustainability Agenda serves as a general policy guideline, describing GME´s vision on sustainability and setting out the way forward for the growing media sector.…

Netherlands: Change of directors at Howitec

Howitec announced a change of directors at the company, which will take effect from 1 June. After 27 years, Joop Witteveen will hand over his position to Marco Anneveldt. Marco has broad commercial experience and has also occupied many management roles, including with technical wholesalers. From left to…

Zurich gastronomy supplier Marinello relies on redesign

"I wanted to set an example for the Zurich market hall"

After a comprehensive redesign and reconstruction, the new sales stand of the Zurich-based wholesaler Marinello was inaugurated on March 9th. The first feedback is promising, according to a FreshPlaza interview. Marinello & Co AG primarily markets specialties in the fruit and vegetable sector, as…

ICA responds to increasing demand for this Swedish product

Swedish supermarket chain switches to local Roma tomatoes

The Swedish supermarket chain, ICA, is to switch to Swedish Roma tomatoes shortly. They will do so in partnership with the growers' organization, Sydgrönt. The association is based in the Swedish province of Skåne. To this end, Sydgrönt will deliver about 500 tons of these tomatoes this season. The…

Red Sun Farms introduces Sweetpeps

“We see a rise in snacking and specialty varieties every year”

Following their Sweetpops snack tomato assortment the team with Red Sun Farms recently introduced Sweetpeps: greenhouse-grown mini peppers in a convenient pouch. Carlos Visconti CEO of USA and Canada Operations and Harold Paivarinta Senior Director and Head of Sales for North America, explain how the…

Expansion plans for year-round raspberry grower

While the North American raspberry season heads northwards, one company is continuing its year-round production in Mexico. Meridian Fine Foods is a grower, packer and shipper of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, as well as offering avocados and mangos. The company produces…

US: Profile Products hires national sales manager for horticulture

Profile Products has announced the hiring of Ken Fisher as a national sales manager. Fisher will focus on growing sales, building awareness, securing key accounts and strengthening customer relationships in the horticulture market. “Ken is a proven performer in the areas of process engineering, product…

Australian farming groups looking forward to Coalition delivering on horticulture promises

After congratulating the Liberal-National parties on their re-election, peak Australian horticulture body Growcom reminded the government that primary producers would have high expectations of a returned Coalition Government and its commitments to horticulture. While the final make-up of the parliament…

Production begun in Ukraine

Agaris Myco expands production of phase 3 mushroom substrate

Agaris's Myco division has successfully begun with the production of phase 3 mushroom substrate. This is being done on this Belgian company's production site in Uman, Ukraine. Building new tunnels is an important next step in Agaris's development strategy. Mushroom cultivation is growing rapidly in…

California Giant expands fresh blueberry program

California Giant said it has been building their year-round berry program over the past several years in response to customer demand for promotable volume of all four berry types. This year the company is very pleased to report they have met a milestone with fresh blueberries. Due to increased customer…

Is the French hypermarché on its last legs?

The sprawling French supermarkets, with their huge selections of fresh fruit and veg and well-stocked wine aisles, have been delighting visitors and locals alike for decades - but are their days numbered? This month French supermarket giant Carrefour announced a major restructuring of its business,…

Fluence goes Europe

Fluence by Osram LED horticultural lighting has been launched in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), supported by an experienced team of technical advisers to help growers produce the best crops possible to meet market demands in the region. The move follows Osram’s acquisition last year of Fluence Bioengineering. “The…

Sri Lanka: Fibredust factory awarded SA8000 certification

Fibredust announces that company owned factory, SP Matpol in Sri Lanka, has received SA8000 certification. SA8000 measures social performance in eight areas important to social accountability in workplaces, anchored by a management system element that drives continuous improvement in all areas of the…

Eric Groenheide, P. Solleveld Export BV:

“Our function is that of a wholesaler’s market more and more”

For years, Germany has been the most important sales market for Dutch greenhouse vegetables. Nowadays, these are available practically year-round, but that doesn’t mean the kick-off of the traditional greenhouse vegetable season isn’t still a benchmark for exporters of greenhouse vegetables to Germany.…

PlantResponse announces addition of Product Development Director

PlantResponse has announced the recent hiring of Dr. Patrick Doyle to its growing North American team. Doyle will lead as the Product Development Director and will work from the PlantResponse Biotech U.S. headquarters in Research Triangle Park. PlantResponse Biotech has secured approximately $8.5 million…

“Growing in hydroponics saves 90% water”

At MedFEL, the company Les Halles Mandar presented aromatic herbs grown in hydroponics and with the label “Zero Pesticide Residue” (ZPR). “The range currently includes four herbs - basil, chives, cilantro and mint - which we started marketing at large retailers in 2018,” explains Camille Le Large,…

Australia: Enevis bets on high-tech LEDs to power turnaround story

One of the oldest listed companies on the ASX, Enevis, is betting on smart lighting technology that can boost agricultural production as a new growth engine for the business, as management tries to return the company to its glory days. The LumiGrow technology, for which audio-visual and lighting company…

Six-fold growth of processing capacity

Seville has been a great bet for the Sugal group, specialized in tomato processing

In 2010, the Portuguese processed tomato specialist Sugal acquired the tomato processing plant of Las Cabezas de San Juan, in Seville, and ever since, the Group's processing…

Brian Jenny joins salad producer as VP of Sales

BrightFarms, a supplier of locally grown salads for supermarkets, is pleased to announce that Brian Jenny has joined the company as Vice President of Sales. Jenny will oversee…

AEssenseGrows wins Red Herring 2019 Top 100 North America Award

AEssenseGrows has won Red Herring’s Top 100 North America award. Winners were selected and announced during a Red Herring ceremony last week in Pasadena, Calif. "Of course, human hunger strikes the most vulnerable countries and the poorest, and technology would not meet its paramount objective if it was…

Loop: the supermarket with zero packaging waste

At first, Loop looks like any other supermarket, but on closer look, one notices the omnipresence of glass or metal packaging. Together with the recycling firm TerraCycle, the…

Monterey Logistics is now Premier Refrigerated Transport

After 34 years in business, Monterey Mushrooms transportation division is now Premier Refrigerated Transport, LLC. “We are the same company and people, but now we have a new…


© HortiDaily.com 2019

Sign up for our daily Newsletter and stay up to date with all the latest news!

Subscribe I am already a subscriber