Company News

Jan van der Kaden, StC International:

"Moroccan tomato prices reaching a healthier level"

In the winter, many Dutch companies focus on Spanish greenhouse vegetables. At StC in the town of De Lier, however, the emphasis is on Moroccan production. "We work closely with our growers whom we use to fill our programs. These programs are mainly for importers in the Netherlands," says Jan van der…

Taco van der Louw, Up & Up:

"There is much to be achieved but the fresh produce sector has to get moving"

With over 20 years of experience in various quality and commercial positions and three years of recruitment experience within the fruit and vegetable sector, Taco van der Louw is ready for the next step: full independence with his own company Up & Up. In collaboration with international strategic…

Dutch court acquits KUBO and RedStar of fraud

A court in The Hague has acquitted RedStar of all charges of fraud with MEI subsidies (subsidies for energy innovation market introductions in greenhouse horticulture). KUBO…

New members appointed to National Organic Standards Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the appointment of five new members to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). “We appreciate the great work of the outgoing board members,” said Deputy Administrator Jennifer Tucker, who heads the USDA National Organic Program. “We know that these…

Polish greenhouse supplier expands into steel

The Jaksa company, which provides services in the field of design, assembly and comprehensive equipment for greenhouse facilities, has expanded its activities in the steel constructions industry. The offer includes all stages necessary to create complete projects, from purchasing and processing…

Technician Keith Allen retires from Javo USA after 38 years

In August of 1981, Rubberen Robbie topped the Dutch pop charts with "Der Nederlandse Sterre Die Strale Overal,” Ronald Reagan was in the White House and Keith Allen started working on potting machines at Javo USA, Inc. Now, more than 38 years later, he is set to retire in Dec. 2019. Over the ensuing 38 years…

Brazil: Young Ag leaders receive support to fight food insecurity

Bayer announced that it will be funding several projects, aimed at tackling how to feed a growing population without starving the planet. Three young agricultural leaders who attended the 2019 Youth Ag Summit have been awarded EUR 5,000 each in funding to develop projects tackling food insecurity in the…

The Netherlands: Dutch soccer player in between cultivation gutters

At Metazet FormFlex, 'straight as a line' is normally their thing, but this week, there was a one time exception. Dutch soccer player Willem van Hanegem, who was well known for his curved free kicks, visited the company in Wateringen for the farewell of Jan de Jong. And for the occasion, he was even…

NASA awards second contract to "tailor the solar spectrum for enhanced crop yield for space missions"

UbiQD, a New Mexico-based nanotechnology development company, announced today that it has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The 24-month contract provides $750,000 in funding for UbiQD's collaborative…

Netled partners up with Contain Inc.

Netled announced that they have started a financing collaboration with US based company Contain Inc. Contain Inc. will start offering financing services for Netled’s customers in North America. Contain Inc. works with private lenders facilitating leases for indoor growers and creating custom insurance…

Viva Agriculture New Trends, New markets

Amos Betzer has extensive knowledge of the Israeli agricultural export sector. In 1999, he joined one of the very first private Israeli exporters of cut flowers and foliage. He created this company’s fruit and vegetables division. Ten years later, he left this company and founded his own business, Viva…

RF Agriculture launches agronomy consulting services division

In the operation of a commercial greenhouse, there are many people that play key roles in the growing of crops on a seasonal basis. One of the important positions is an agronomist. An agronomist can be referred to as a crop scientist who specializes in the production and improvement of crops grown for…

US (GA): Hydroponic school garden feeds Sumter County Elementary students

Students at Sumter County Elementary School in Americus, Georgia are learning how plants grow and where food comes from, thanks to a new hydroponic school garden. ScottsMiracle-Gro have partnered with No Kid Hungry to increase access to healthy food for kids who need it the most. This garden is part of…

US (MD): Chinese Government delegation visits aquaponics installation

Last month, Anacostia Aquaponics hosted a delegation of 20 researchers from the Chinese Government for two days of lectures on aquaponics. We also arranged a tour of Bella Vita Farm in Brookeville, MD. The delegation is travelling the U.S. for three weeks to study modern agriculture technology. They are…

New building will not come to pass, due to investor withdrawal

Spreetaler Früchte GmbH insolvent

Nursery "Spreetaler Früchte LLC" in Spreewitz has filed for insolvency. Originally, the company wanted to grow vegetables in greenhouses on a 16-hectare site. According to the…

Start-up Food Fellows heads towards break-even point in 2020

3 million excess tomatoes processed in blend, sauce and soup

During the biennial inspiration trip to New York four years ago, Harvest House members saw a considerable share of processed products on the shelf. "If this is the way the market is going, why don't we process our residual flows," the tomato growers wondered. Food Fellows was born a few Friday afternoons…

Produce ladies hiked Peru’s Inca trail

“A break from day-to-day work had a wonderful effect on us”

This fall, both Stephanie Cutaia with EarthFresh and Nancy Pickersgill with Sunset/Mastronardi took a break from their busy Marketing jobs and traveled to Peru to hike the Inca trail. Nancy and Stephanie became friends through their work in the produce industry and although they didn’t travel to Peru at…

Spanish cooperative Vicasol inaugurates its new facilities in El Ejido

The first-degree Almeria-based cooperative Vicasol has recently inaugurated its new facilities in El Ejido, Vicasol 3. They are intended as a commercial and service area for its agricultural partners, their families and for the entire region. The event has been chaired by the Councilor of Agriculture of…

Autogrow appoints two product specialists for growing market

Autogrow has appointed Steve Gardner - Head of Product and Sophie Stanley - Head of Product Marketing, to support the company’s continued global growth. Both are members of the Senior Leadership Team. “It’s great to have someone with Steve’s experience joining us. He will lead customer conversations and engagement…

US: Vestaron taps Eric Hammons as Southeast Sales Manager

Eric Hammons joins Vestaron as Southeast Manager to manage sales efforts and distribution relationships throughout Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Eric brings more than…

Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment appoints new President

The Governing Board of RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) has appointed Megan Provost as the association’s new President. Provost brings a strong background…

Little Leaf Farms goes on expansion spree

As Little Leaf Farms rapidly expands from its Massachusetts base, doubling in size in 2020, and then into New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, Bank of America has stepped in with over $18 million of financing, to be followed by another $20 million to help finance the company’s growth. Little…

Year overview February

North American expansions, tomato agreement cancelled

February saw several major expansions in North America, in part made possible with private equity funding. Two companies had a party that month celebrating their anniversaries, and there was plenty to see and do at the Fruit Logistica in Berlin and HortiContact in the Netherlands. The biggest news,…

Mucci Farms sponsors Huron Memorial Stadium

Mucci Farms announced that they have partnered with the Huron Athletic Booster Club to finance a new turf at Huron Memorial Stadium, home of the Huron Tigers High School Football team.  The $400,000 (USD) sponsorship includes an 8-year naming rights agreement which will officially rename the venue to “Mucci…

KPN raises its profile at GreenTech

GreenTech is the most important platform for professionals in horticulture, with a strong focus on technical innovation. As an innovation partner in data and technology, KPN is keen to position itself in this sector and GreenTech offered an ideal opportunity to come into contact with an interested…

FreshDirect will deliver fruit within hours

New York grocery deliveries go high-tech

In the bustling city of New York, grocery shopping can be time consuming. But now, grocery company FreshDirect promises to deliver within mere hours fruit, fish and bottles of…

Autogrow appoints two product specialists for growing market

Autogrow has appointed Steve Gardner - Head of Product and Sophie Stanley - Head of Product Marketing, to support the company’s continued global growth. Both are members of the Senior Leadership Team. “It’s great to have someone with Steve’s experience joining us. He will lead customer conversations and…

Smart water monitoring technology ensures water and food safety

Water intelligence innovator Ketos and Dramm Corporation announced a strategic partnership to empower growers across the United States and Canada. Understanding the correlation between water quality and food safety, Dramm will use Ketos water monitoring solutions to provide growers with mission-critical…

Violet from The Growers - From Field to Client LTD

"We only sell herbs, so we focus entirely on these products"

A couple of years ago, seven Israeli fresh herb growers decided to join forces. Thus, The Growers - From Field to Client Ltd was born. The growers all own shares in the company. “The growers decided to this after Agrexco’s collapse,” says Violet. Agrexco, Israel’s largest exporter of agricultural…

Annie van de Riet new president AVAG Greenhouse Technology Center

Annie van de Riet is the new president of AVAG. The appointment of Van de Riet as successor to Harm Maters was unanimously approved by the members of AVAG during the general meeting of members at the World Horti Center. During the meeting, Harm Maters symbolically presented the new president with the…

Lidl’s purchases of Romanian fruit and veg increased by 19.42% in 2018

Last year, the German retailer Lidl facilitated Romanian product exports worth over 28 million Euro, 40% more than in 2017, as revealed by a statement from the company. Those…

Special Year Overview: all major happenings in a row

Ho ho ho ho! It is almost that time of the year again and being in full holiday spirit already, we will start with our Special Year Overview today. In this special, we will look back at 2019 and we will highlight the most important news that impacted the industry. New greenhouses, events, shows,…

Digital salad bar expands into France

Greenfood’s digital salad bar Picadeli is already available in over 2100 locations in Europe. Its success now continues, as Picadeli enters into an agreement with the French premium chain Monoprix.  There is a big trend towards convenience in France: consumers demand delicious, fresh and healthy food-to-go. So…

Robert Morris of Galilee Export:

“Our advantage is that our DNA is grower-driven”

The Dutch bell pepper season has come to an end but the Spanish and Israeli seasons are still going along at full speed. Robert Morris of Israel-based Galilee Export says: “We are seeing high volumes coming out of Israel every week. Even though the Spanish season is in full swing as well, we have been…

Next project: new packaging warehouse

Den Berk Délice continues to build: 10-hectare greenhouse officially opened

"We haven’t built enough yet," Paul van de Mierop told us last December during the opening of a 7 hectares greenhouse. He was clearly telling it as it is, because last weekend the opening of another 10 hectares was celebrated with around 500 attendants. The new location will be named Salmmeir. It is a…

Republic of Georgia

Kareli-based company exports 100 tons of berries to US

A fruits and vegetables storage complex was opened in the village of Qvenatkotsa, in Georgia’s Kareli Municipality, in 2018. The Glenberry Refrigerator Complex was established…

Protected Cropping Australia turns 30 years old

On Wednesday 27th November, 2019 at 5:30pm – the Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) conducted its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and then straight after the meeting went on to hold a celebratory dinner for its Board, Members and Allied Trade to acknowledge the achievement of 30 years of serving the…

Royal Brinkman and Weterings extend collaboration

Re-entering of volume order for Bio Chopper series

Royal Brinkman and Weterings will continue their international cooperation in 2020. The cooperation mainly revolves around machines that are used during the busy crop rotation period: the Bio Chopper and Bio Hopper. From left to right: Stevie de le Cluse, Rob van den Berg, Igno Weterings and Bas Brinkman…

Taiwan and Thailand sign agreement deal on agricultural cooperation

A Taiwanese university inked a cooperative deal with a Thai farm located near Bangkok on Sunday, inaugurating a new time for agricultural cooperation between the two countries. For the initial phase of this cooperation, National Chung Hsing University’s Global Research & Industry Alliance (GRIA) will…

Scott Sterling and Marc Radsma join Dramm as regional technical representatives

Scott Sterling and Marc Radsma are joining Dramm's Commercial Sales Team as regional technical representatives. Scott Sterling started his career as a grower for Sedan Floral in Kansas. Scott worked for and managed Oglevee Ltd. in Pennsylvania for many years before moving into plant sales with Eason…

US (WI): Superior Fresh expanding their aquaponics operation

Superior Fresh utilizes aquaponics to raise seafood and leafy greens for retailers across the Midwest. They are now expanding their greenhouse footprint from six acres to 13 acres and their aquaculture center from 40,000 square feet to 100,000 square feet. “Most people wouldn’t think that you could grow…

Wilbert van Oers joins Horti-Consult International

Wilbert van Oers recently joined the advisory team of Horti-Consult International B.V. as a cultivation consultant. His core responsibilities are guiding new international projects and advising on cultivation under glass and indoor farming, both national and international. Wilbert is specialized in…

South Africa: Zaad is seeing good international growth

Stellenbosch-based Zeder Investments, which has just clinched a deal to sell its valuable stake in consumer brands giant Pioneer Foods, looks set to accelerate the growth of its 95.3% controlled seed development business Zaad Holdings. Over the past number of years Zeder has ploughed money into…

New Board members join Hort Innovation

New and returning board members will help oversee Australia’s horticulture Research and Development Corporation (RDC), Hort Innovation, following an election at the…

Prison for two Spanish berry producers for illegal extraction of water from Doñana

Two administrators of an agricultural company in Almonte, in the Spanish province of Huelva, have been sentenced by the Criminal Court 4 of Huelva to 1 year and 6 months in jail for illegally extracting groundwater from aquifer 27, which supplies water to Doñana, for the irrigation of their berry…

Netherlands: Wageningen for 15th time in a row number one in the Netherlands

Wageningen University & Research has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 15th consecutive time. With a score of 74 points, the assessments of students from Wageningen of their Bachelor's programme surpasses those from other Dutch universities even more than last year. Of the…

US: New wellness center added to farmer care network

UnitedAg announced it is adding the fourteenth wellness center to its network that serves California and Arizona farmworkers and their families. Together in partnership with three agricultural employers, the new wellness center will provide healthcare access to farmworkers and their families in the City…

Entrepeneur of the year award for Bom Group

Bom Group announced that they have attained first place at the entrepreneurial gala the ‘Hoekse Entrepreneur of the Year’. Every year, on the last evening of November, ‘The networking evening for 'entrepreneurial Hoek van Holland’ takes place. And every odd year, the ‘Hoekse Entrepreneur of the Year’ is…

South Essex Fabricating announces comprehensive Group Retirement Plan for all employees

Peter Quiring, owner and CEO of South Essex Fabricating (SEF) announced the newly implemented Group Retirement Plan for the Quiring Family of Companies. Offered to SEF’s 112 employees, this plan is designed to support the long-term, retirement goals of the employees by matching dollar for dollar their…

Nearly $3 million awarded by Supreme Court of British Columbia

“Sellers of blueberry farm destroyed crop with herbicide”

When Malkiat and Satwant Baring were preparing to buy a 24-hectare farm in Langley, B.C., in July 2017, "the blueberry bushes were laden with ripening fruit," according to a…

Hutton scientist appointed first-ever female chair of influential soft fruit group

James Hutton soft fruit breeder Dr Dorota Jarret has been appointed chair of the International Society for Horticultural Science’s (ISHS) Rubus and Ribes Species and Management working group - the first female scientist, and the youngest, to ever take up the position. The ISHS is a global horticultural…

Houweling’s European patent reinstated

On November 13, 2019, the Boards of Appeal for the European Patent Office (EPO) reinstated Houweling’s European patent directed to its Ultra-Clima Semi-Closed Greenhouse. The Ultra-Clima European Patent was opposed by eleven greenhouse manufacturers, who combined efforts to challenge the patent. The…

UAE: Minister of Climate Change inaugurates Carrefour’s in-store hydroponic farms

Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, has inaugurated the region’s first hydroponic in-store farms at Carrefour, operated by Majid Al Futtaim. Located at Carrefour’s stores in Abu Dhabi’s My City Centre Masdar and Yas Mall, the hydroponic farms are part of the…

Fruit and vegetable grower caps $176m raising as 'challenging' year tipped for key crops

Fruit and vegetable giant Costa Group has closed off a bumpy period with the completion of a $176 million capital raising, but Citi analysts have warned of a "challenging…

Emirates: Minister inaugurates Carrefour’s in-store hydroponic farms

Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, inaugurated the region’s first hydroponic in-store farms at Carrefour. These farms, operated by Majid Al Futtaim, are located at Carrefour’s stores in Abu Dhabi’s My City Centre Masdar and Yas Mall. They are part of the company’s…

important development for sector in Southeast Asia and Australia-Pacific region

PB tec acquires Powerplants Australia

On November 22nd, 2019, PB tec acquired all shares of Powerplants Australia through its subsidiary, PB tec Australia. The acquisition was the next logical step in the strategic cooperation between the two companies, which had been agreed upon earlier this year. This is an important development in the…

Levarht announces Bram Hulshoff as Commercial Manager Mexico

Levarht has announced that Bram Hulshoff will be joining their team as of the 25th of November. Bram will become Commercial Manager Mexico, located in Querétaro. He will be…

Microsoft launches tech project to tackle food security in South Africa

Microsoft recently launched agriculture research platform FarmBeats, aiming at making the benefits of artificial intelligence available to farmers. FarmBeats tracks soil temperature and moisture levels with the use of solar-based cloud computing models, taking the guess-work out of farming. By 2050 there…

New 160 meter factory hall for Hendic

What a length...160 meters. Bas van der Elst is very happy about it. "This is working so well. We are now producing liners in continuous parts of 160 meters. Less lifting is required and we are welding less. That saves on material and benefits the quality." Nicolle Peetoom and Bas van der Elst. Space for…

US (FL): Tomato grower gets honored for charity work

Lipman Family Farms’ commitment to community, especially to school children, resonates throughout the company. That desire to give back and help those in need is being recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Collier/Lee, naming Lipman the “Outstanding Philanthropic Organization for…

Lufa Farms announces expansion

"Montreal will be the home of the world's largest rooftop greenhouse"

Lufa Farms has announced the construction of their fourth commercial rooftop greenhouse, soon to be completed in the borough of Saint-Laurent, Montreal. The greenhouse will measure 163,800 square feet (about 3 football fields), making it the largest rooftop farm in the world. Construction began in…

Netherlands: Powerhouse takes over gas portfolio of Gas Natural Europe

As of January the 1st, 2020, Powerhouse, a large energy-tech company in the Netherlands, will take over the Dutch gas portfolio from Gas Natural Europe. With the agreement,…

‘Clean Tech’ firm building indoor farming lighting, plant monitoring, and data science platform

G2V Optics, an Edmonton-based firm developing smart lighting technology around the world, is embarking on several new commercial agricultural partnerships after closing a round of seed financing that raised CA$1.875 million (US$1.4 million). “Our technologies optimize the nutritional efficiency and…

SUNfarming wins Eurosolar Award 2019

SUNfarming received the Eurosolar award for their work on programs such as their Food & Energy greenhouses, photovoltaic agriculture plants, and educational Solar Traning Centres - all of which are specifically designed for rural development. According to Eurosolar, the reason that SUNfarming received…

Baby leaf sector is growing

"Thanks to the latest investments, we reached 220 hectares in greenhouses, so we can supply our clients even in difficult periods such as full winter or summer," reports Santo Bellina, administrator of Op La Maggiolina, a leader in the cultivation of organic baby leaves.  Santo Bellina "Thanks to the wide area available and the historic…

New Canadian technical sales specialist for Paul Boers Greenhouse Manufacturing

Paul Boers Greenhouse Manufacturing welcomes Richard van de Waart to its sales team. In July 2019, Richard joined the sales team as technical sales specialist. Richard will be working closely with the other members of the sales team serving customers throughout Canada. Born in the Netherlands, Richard has…

US (WA): Jeff Bezos-backed vertical agriculture startup Plenty ‘hibernates’ plans for Seattle farm

The indoor agriculture startup Plenty, backed by high-profile tech executives — including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos — has canceled plans to open a major Seattle-area farm. Plenty said it changed plans because the Kent, Wash., facility could no longer accommodate its next-generation vertical farm. The company…

"double-digit growth of Chinese horticulture"

Codema opens first office in Asia

Today Codema is opening the doors to its new office in Beijing, China. The official and festive opening took place this weekend already. The office is installed to help growers in the growing Chinese market.  How did Codema develop from a small company, which improved the logistics in horticulture at the end…

South African Airways affected by strike

Last Friday, South African Airways workers embarked on an indefinite strike for higher wages and against the national carrier's overhaul plan, forcing the cash-strapped…

Don Marshall - Exporta

"Fruit and vegetable growers moving away from wooden crates to clean, lightweight and durable plastic crates"

Plastic is not exactly in vogue at the moment but it does have its advantages in transportation and storage environments. Don Marshall Head of Ecommerce & Fulfilment at Scottish based company Exporta believes it is a much better material for pallets and crates than wood."Fruit and vegetable growers are…

Innovative Growers Equipment acquires Tank-Mart

Innovative Growers Equipment of Sycamore, Illinois, USA has acquired Tank-Mart, Texas, USA. Future orders for tanks and related equipment will be fulfilled under Tank-Mart, an…

Food & Energy PPP training center ceremoniously opened in Turkey

On the 13th of November the ribbon was cut in Cevdetiye in Osmaniye for the opening of the first SUNfarming Food & Energy Training Center in Turkey. On 25,000 square meters, the latest SUNfarming Food & Energy Training Center offers highly interesting development prospects for the region. Near the Syrian…

Greenyard publishes half-year results

On 18 November Greenyard announced its first Half-Year results. "As you all know, Greenyard has been through one of the most difficult periods in its entire history. 2018 was something of a perfect storm as a number of events conspired against our company, leading to a financially difficult situation.…

José Carretero joins 'internationalizing' Stolze

Internationalization is currently taking place within the Stolze Group, where focusing on a number of markets may be optimized further. This will be achieved by, among other things, a strengthening of the sales department. José Carretero is one of them: "I am honored to be able to join this team and to…

Spain's Grupo Agroponiente starts marketing its Raf tomatoes

Given its commitment to the marketing of tasty products and aiming to meet the growing demand for such fruits and vegetables, Grupo Agroponiente has once again launched its…

Markus Heldt receives Crop Science Award for Lifetime Achievement

Markus Heldt, former president of BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Agribusiness Intelligence Crop Science Awards held in London on November 12. Heldt was honored for his achievements in the agricultural industry after a career spanning almost 40…

Blueberry packaging machine to help clients' needs year-round

The international trading company, Gottmann, has a new BBC Curo 12 blueberry packaging machine. They have had this device since the end of August. "We considered developments in recent years. We also took the constant demand into account. This comes from our clients as well as producers. We, therefore,…

1,720 solar panels for Dutch pepper growers

960 solar panels were already installed on the roof of the Westlandpeppers packaging hall, but there was still space left. Recently, another 380 solar panels were added and, to top it all off, another 380 units will be added next year. The 960 solar panels in 2018 generated approximately 218,000 KWh of…

Green light for green fingers research investment

Permission has been granted to deliver the Advanced Technology Horticultural Zone – the first phase of an Innovation Campus at NIAB EMR in East Malling. Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council has given the planning go-ahead for the new science buildings which includes the multi-million pound development of…

Bosman Van Zaal extends ISO and HortiQ certificates

It's always exciting, an audit. Last week it was time for Bosman Van Zaal. Two auditors from the Dutch inspection company Kiwa examined the processes in Aalsmeer and checked whether sufficient quality is being delivered. This turned out to be the case, because the extension of both certifications is…

Netherlands: Bankrupt 58 ha organic facility acquired by Best Fresh

Best Fresh has reached an agreement with the administrator handling the bankruptcy of greenhouse horticulture company A.C. Hartman on acquiring its assets. The 58-hectare greenhouse facility was declared bankrupt almost two weeks ago. "The purchase is a logical next step for Best Fresh in its strategic development…

The cooperative will be a leading international supplier of this variety

CASI and Vilmorin: a taste revolution with Rebelión tomatoes

This campaign, the Cooperativa Agraria y Ganadera San Isidro (CASI) has strengthened its commitment to flavor with its wide range of tomatoes. The ribbed ones are the most important in this regard. CASI has green, red, black and pink tomatoes of this type, adapted to the tastes and needs of all its…

Oppy announces new VP of operations, Steve Roosdahl:

"I look forward to supporting growth in my new role"

With a tenure of 24 years working up through the ranks at Oppy, Steve Roosdahl takes on his new role as vice president of operations. Starting as an application developer in…

British hort students get opportunities to work and study in Morocco

CHAP partners Cranfield University and Rothamsted Research are continuing their joint collaboration with Morocco’s Mohammed VI Polytechnic University. A dozen postdoctoral research posts are now available, building on the previous collaboration for 10 four-year PhD studentships which will start later this year. Professor Leon A. Terry, Director of…

UAE and Saudi Arabia

Russia: Eco-culture goes East

In 2020, Russian greenhouse company Eco-culture are intending to enter the markets of Asian countries, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia. In November 2019, the holding begins direct shipments to Uzbekistan and in spring, they will start supplying tomatoes in Dubai. This was announced by the company's president, Aleksandr…

US (NE): Defendant dismissed from trial over O'Neill immigration raid

One defendant was dismissed from a complex trial Wednesday over an alleged conspiracy that led to one of the state’s largest immigration raids. An Atkinson businessman, had been accused of money laundering and two charges related to harboring illegal immigrants in connection with a staffing agency…

Sakata Seed America

New senior plant breeder to strengthen sweet pepper breeding program

Sakata Seed America is proud to announce the addition of well-known industry plant breeder, Brian Just, as the company’s new Sweet Pepper Lead and Senior Plant Breeder. Brian…

Nature Fresh Farms celebrates 20 years and announces new employee benefit

On November 8th Nature Fresh Farms celebrated its 20 years of growing with an anniversary event that marked a major milestone for the company along with the announcement of an addition of a Group Retirement Plan to their existing benefits plan. The special event was organized at their Phase 3 facility where…

Are Venlo-greenhouses feasible in China?

The Chinese horticultural industry develops at a rapid pace. "Everybody is aware of the importance of hydroponic growing for the quality and efficiency of tomato production. What people do not agree upon, is whether Dutch Venlo-style greenhouses are feasible in a Chinese context", says Zhang Tianzhu,…

Church Brothers Farms announces new VP of food safety and quality

Church Brothers Farms hired Grace Ho as the company’s new vice president of food safety and quality (FSQ). “This role is critically important and we wanted to hire the right…

Omar Ehab, O'berries:

"We expect about 8,000 boxes of Egyptian strawberries this season"

This week, the Egyptian strawberry season will start at O'berries in the Netherlands again. "We get daily arrivals. We are expecting to receive about 8,000 boxes of these fruits from Egypt. On Friday, 15 November, the first of these will arrive in the Netherlands," says Omar Ehab. "We are currently harvesting…

Eurofins BioDiagnostics joins the International Phytobiomes Alliance

Eurofins BioDiagnostics (EBDI) has joined the International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research as a sponsoring partner. “Eurofins BioDiagnostics is enthusiastic to join the…

Crop Trust appoints new Executive Director

The Global Crop Diversity Trust announced the appointment of Dr. Stefan Schmitz as its next Executive Director. Dr. Schmitz will take up his position in early 2020, succeeding Marie Haga who has led the Trust for the past seven years and who will leave the position in December. Sir Peter Crane, Chair of the…

Maersk to pilot a battery system to improve power production

A containerized 600 kWh marine battery system will be installed in a trial on board the Maersk Cape Town in December 2019 to improve vessel performance and reliability while reducing CO2 emissions.“This trial will provide a greater understanding of energy storage that will support Maersk in moving…

Netafim LLC presents complete systems at the Agritechnica 2019

Irrigation solutions for sustainable agriculture

One thing is for sure: the way humanity will deal with resources in times of climate change will have to change significantly in the future - away from the naked consumption of resources, towards sustainable solutions. While this idea is only gradually spreading, NETAFIM is several steps ahead of the rest.…

Good weather helps fall strawberries

Thanks to the weather in October with temperatures above average, the production of fall strawberries grown by Michieli using the Up&Down system was good. Brix level was high and prices hovered around €3/kg.  "We still have no definitive data when it comes to quantities, but we can say we are satisfied. Most of…

Moroccan tomato season kicks off at Vegimex

"We want to become a hub for Moroccan tomatoes"

At Vegimex in Poeldijk, the export season of the round Moroccan tomatoes has kicked off. "Due to the local market in Morocco that is doing very well, we have started exporting a month later than initially expected. We are really looking forward to bringing our tomatoes to the European market. The quality…

Gert-Jan Slobbe, Fortuna Frutos:

“Optimistic outlook for the Canarian tomato season”

Gert-Jan Slobbe from Fortuna Frutos in Barendrecht, the Netherlands, is optimistic. Two weeks ago, this company started importing tomatoes from the Canary Islands. "The…

50 years of strawberries from Huelva

50 years ago, the CSIC facilities located in the municipality of Algarrobo, in the province of Malaga, started the development of the strawberry varieties that are currently grown in the fields of Huelva. In the mid-1950's, the German engineer and economist Dieter Wienberg made a proposition to his…

Calavo Growers - CEO Lee Cole retiring

Calavo Growers President and CEO Lee Cole has announced plans to retire in early 2020, kicking off a search for his successor by the Santa Paula avocado growing and packing…

$300 million investment boost for Quebec agricultural cooperative

La Coop fédérée, the largest agri-food enterprise in Quebec and the only Canada-wide agricultural cooperative, announced that Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ),…

Octinion Agriculture presents versatile platform for greenhouses

ExpoSE 2019: Modular platform Xenion with the Curion scouting device

At the expoSE, the Belgian Octinion company introduces the Xenion modular platform to the market. Xenion is a versatile platform for greenhouses. It can work completely autonomously…

Pedro Parente joins as a Non-Executive Director

Changes to the Syngenta Board of Directors

Following the Meeting of Shareholders held in October 2019, it was announced that Mr Pedro Parente joined the Board of Directors as a Non-Executive Director, effective…

Ex-managers of DLV Greenhouse Horticulture back in the greenhouse together

Recently, tens of ex-managers of DLV Greenhouse Horticulture visited the Delphy greenhouses. They were given a tour by Jacco van der Wekken and Arlet Dechering. But why exactly did the ex-managers visit Delphy? From the former DLV, DLV Plant and DLVge were formed back in 2005, after which DLV Plant and…

Kyle Edmiston, West Coast Sales Manager

Svensson expands Americas sales team

Kyle Edmiston joins Svensson’s North American sales team with a strong background in the sales industry. He brings a wide range of professional skills to the company, including experience selling software to medical device companies and working for NASCAR. “Kyle will play a key role in the American and…

John Proven, CEL COO

New president of Argus Control appointed

The Board of Directors of the Controlled Environments Limited Group of Companies (CEL), owner of Winnipeg-based Conviron and British Columbia-based Argus Control Systems Ltd., announced the appointment of John Proven as the company’s President. John retains his role as CEL’s Chief Operating Officer.…

Tom De Winter & Peter Parms, Rotom:

"We added lighting for the yield and for the quality"

After a good summer season with good prices, the situation on the European tomato market has changed. The autumn is a little more difficult and the prices are lower. "The market is quiet at the moment because of the Spanish and Moroccan tomatoes that are back on the market, but the supply is also fairly…

Europe Retail Packing takes over Van der Linden

As of the 1st of January 2020, Europe Retail Packing will take over the packing company Van der Linden from Poeldijk. "Van der Linden has been a specialist in packaging vegetables and fruit for more than 40 years. Europe Retail Packing and Van der Linden mostly perform the same service, and therefore we…

Delivering organic seeds for varying climates and legislation

Bejo Seeds Inc. has a robust network of organic dealers. In 2019 there are 25 dealers purchasing organic seed. These dealers cover the US and Canada with a geography of 18 million square kilometers, 6 time zones, and a 50 degree swing in latitudes from 25 up to 75 degrees, with countless biomes in…

CAN (BC): Indoor, vertical style a growing success for this west coast grower

West Village Farms, based in East Vancouver, is about a year into selling its lettuce and microgreens at high-end grocers in Oregon and Washington, including New Seasons and Chuck’s Produce, where a plastic container retails for $4.99. The young company is in a state of rapid growth as it works its way…

UK: Natural Light Growing Centre open for business

Agri-tech innovation centre Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) and its greenhouse innovation partner RIPE Building Services, have officially opened their new high-tech greenhouse facility at the University of Warwick’s Wellesbourne Campus. The structure, named the Natural Light Growing (NLG) Centre, has…

Tomatoworld welcomes new Asian partner Cau Futong

On 24 October, a partnership agreement was signed by education and information centre for greenhouse horticulture, Tomatoworld and Cau Futong from Beijing. In addition to three European companies (Novarbo Oy, Huhtamaki and Surplus Systems GmbH), Tomatoworld is now also partnering with an Asian partner.…

Zantingh service branch in Mexico officially launched

Zantingh recently launched its own service point in Mexico. The service location is based at the premises of the Mexican company Asesores en Invernaderos in Querétaro, which has been the Zantingh service agency in this region for a long time. The cooperation between Zantingh and Asesores en Invernaderos led…

Netherlands: Havecon has moved offices

Over the past three-quarters of a year, Havecon with some regularity has kept everyone informed about the progress of the construction of the new office building, right next to the factory. The past weeks have been dominated by finishing works and many finishing touches. But recently, the day had…

Frans Lommen, Certification Specialist at ZON:

"This Dutch greenhouse vegetable season had its highs and lows"

Frans Lommen is a Senior Certification Specialist at the Dutch cooperative ZON. The greenhouse vegetable season is drawing to a close in that country. There are a few exceptions. Some growers cultivate lit tomatoes year-round. ZON magazine interviewed Frans. Frans Lommen What does a Certification…

BVB Substrates and Mertens expand partnership to German market

BVB Substrates has been producing substrates for the world market for over 100 years. BVB Substrates has also acquired a good position on the German market over the years. To further strengthen this position in Germany, BVB Substrates and horticultural supplier Mertens have extended their intensive…

Patrick van Horne, greenhouse builder and dismantler

"We ensure to be ready for storm damage"

These are busy days for Patrick van Horne of P. van Horne BV from Vlierden, the Netherlands. Sometimes, everything comes all at once then it's time to buckle down for him and his team. Demolishing in BoxtelIn Boxtel, in the region of Brabant; the men demolished a 18,000 square meter greenhouse. A job…

Ocado uses Machine Learning to reduce food waste

Globally, food waste is a massive problem. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, around 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted globally every year. That’s believed to be enough to feed the world’s 815 million hungry people, four times over.  Now, grocery technology pioneer…

US (CA): Vertical farming company plans to open 2nd location in Compton

After launching the South San Francisco farm this summer, vertical farming company Plenty announced recently that it has inked a deal to open a second vertical farm, this time in Compton. It will take just a few months to get the 95,000-square-foot facility up and running, but the farm is not expected to…

CubicFarm Systems enters reseller agreement with Groviv

CubicFarm Systems announced that it has entered into a global reseller agreement with Groviv, a science and technology of controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) company. Groviv, a division of Nu Skin Enterprises – a minority investor in CubicFarms – will lead global sales for CubicFarms and has…

Bowery grows with new facility in Maryland

Bowery announced its new indoor farm in the Baltimore-DC area - the brand's first farm outside the tristate region - with distribution of leafy greens and herbs to local retailers starting early next year. This new farm is 3.5x larger than Bowery's last facility, and the urban density of the new farm's…

Produce Lovers

Mexican blueberry facility almost ready

Produce Lovers is a vertically-integrated grower that ships blueberries from the Mexican state of Jalisco. It is shipping conventional and organic berries through mid-June.…

Lennart Middelburg, Vegetables Market Place:

"We wondered if we could fill the warehouse, now it's empty again by the afternoon"

In April 2018, Vegetables Market Place (VMP) moved to a new location. This site is in the Dutch area of Poeldijk. It entails 1,600 m2 warehouse space, four loading dock, and three cooling cells. There is also storage space for more than 1,000 pallets. "When we walked in for the first time, we asked…

Cucumber flavoured leaves

Koppert Cress launches Cuzco Leaves

Koppert Cress presents Cuzco Leaves, a cucumber-flavored leaf. According to the company, when used raw, it is a visually appealing ingredient. The stem can have too strong a taste, so only (parts of) the leaves can be used. The leaf can be used in cocktails, with fatty fish, tuna tartare, steak tartare and…

Lowpad wins Logistica Award

Eurotec has won the Logistica Award 2019 with the Lowpad. The jury was really excited about the Lowpad. "Eurotec has in a remarkably short time succeeded in developing a fleet of autonomous mobile robots that works seamlessly together and can be used for the autonomous movement of many types of load carriers. Eurotec has…

Italian pepper grower expands thanks to exotic peppers

"We started out as a small family-owned business in 2012 in Vittoria (Ragusa), the heart of Sicily's horticultural production and, in a few years, we have become a role model in the vegetable industry. We are constantly growing, and we ended last season with 3,000 tons of packaged horticultural…

Meteor Systems strengthens its position in China

Meteor Systems is expanding in China. The company will set up a permanently stationed roll forming machine and storage space to deliver better service for Chinese customers. The family owned Dutch company brings more than 20 years of experience to the Chinese market. They are specialized in manufacturing…

papaya and mango

Plans for 50 hectare greenhouse project in Iceland

The company Paradise Farms and the municipality of Ölfus have decided to finalize their intention to lease up to 50 hectares intended for green food production and especially…


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