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Remy 108 Ltd:

Customer support from fixture selection to growing

“In industrial lighting installation, the excitement is in the planning and installation. But in agronomic lighting, the most exciting part is post-installation,” says Elad Toby, the founder, chief business development and technology officer at REMY 108 Ltd. (REMY), an Israeli provider of advanced LED…

"Without container steaming, year-round strawberry cultivation would not be possible"

If you want to cultivate strawberries year-round, you must regularly steam your containers. They do this every two months at Kwekerij Loos in the Netherlands. Wymo Venlo steams the containers. Before they arrive, the soil is tipped out, and the containers neatly stacked. Everything is then ready before the…

Elita gives birth to daughter

A new flower is blooming!

Today we have the best news to share with you all. Yesterday, FloralDaily editor Elita Vellekoop gave birth to her beautiful daughter Lua Nicole Daemen. The brand new family is doing very well.  We are beyond proud of our dear colleague and little Lua and wish them all the best.  Want to congratulate Elita, Pascal, and Lua? Send them a…

Way to Grow

Athena continues exclusive partnership with Way To Grow

"We’re excited to continue expanding our brands together in offering premium products"

Athena, a vertically integrated formulator, manufacturer of liquid and dry fertilizer blends designed for commercial cultivators, announces their continued partnership with Way To Grow, a Fort Collins, Colorado-headquartered chain of hydroponic and organic gardening supply stores. Athena is distributed…

Agricultural biotechnology center being built in Almeria

Kimitec, a company dedicated to researching, developing, and commercializing biopesticides, prebiotic biostimulants, and probiotics, has invested 50 million euros in expanding…

US company provides high-tech growers with plant-based packaging

The North American provider of earth-friendly plant-based products, good Natured Products,  continues to grow its market traction with food producers who are taking a fresh approach to supplying plant-based, nutritional foods to communities across North America.  Heron Farms product in good natured® packaging (CNW…

SA Harvest: "Solving hunger at South Africa's scale boils down to logistics"

Food insecurity in South Africa: closing the gap between farm and fork

Twenty million South Africans face food insecurity, which prompted an organization to gear up its logistics network to place food where it’s most desperately needed. Right: Leonard Nkwalese of Community KidsPot, a Gugulethu-based beneficiary In almost two years, SA Harvest has moved over 2.9 million…

Mucci Farms expands West and starts exclusive marketing agreement

Mucci Farms is excited to announce it has entered into an exclusive marketing agreement with Casey Houweling to market all produce grown in the Camarillo, CA facility under the Mucci Farms brand and trademarks.  As part of the agreement with Casey Houweling, Mucci Farms will also open two new distribution…

NPM Capital acquires minority share in KUBO

Investment company NPM Capital has acquired a minority share in KUBO, developer of high-tech greenhouses for horticulture.  "A year and a half ago we realized that we could use some help to further develop our leadership in state-of-the-art greenhouse concepts. We carefully looked for a partner that really…

Valoya appoints Mr. Tuukka Parviainen as new CEO

"We provide LED-solutions to help customers consume fewer resources"

Valoya, the research-driven manufacturer of horticultural LED lighting solutions announces the appointment of Mr. Tuukka Parviainen as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Parviainen will take on the CEO role starting from October 1st, 2021. “Tuukka is an experienced leader with a strong track record of…

Bosman Van Zaal builds cultivation system for high-tech indoor farm

Dutch greenhouse builder to install new cultivation system in South Carolina

Bosman Van Zaal from the Netherlands is installing a cultivation system and a plant handling system for Shenandoah Growers, a company specializing in commercially advanced indoor agriculture, in their 100,000-square-foot indoor ‘Biofarm’ in Anderson S.C.. The Anderson farm, which is expected to be…

Ecoation appoints Mauricio Manotas as chief revenue officer

"We're on the path towards advancement in the robotic market"

Ecoation anno unces the appointment of Mauricio Manotas in the key position of Chief Revenue Officer (CRO), effective November 2021. Manotas brings more than 20 years of…

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Affinor Growers hires local nursery for strawberry seedlings

“This should be the first of many turnkey strawberry facilities"

Affinor Growers has hired a Fraser Valley, BC nursery for commercial propagation of its first strawberry seedlings. Delivery of the Fragaria Ananassa “Delizzimo” strawberry seeds from the Netherlands is scheduled for this Friday. Affinor expects seed propagation to begin immediately upon receipt of the…

Belgian coop markets tomato specialties as a unit

The Belgian cooperative, BelOrta, has updated nine of its specialty tomato varieties packaging. In doing so, the cooperative wants to market a unified, recognizable premium concept. Click here to enlarge. Contemporary packaging lineBelOrta's assortment has more than 50 kinds of tomatoes. Many are specialties, available…

Eason Horticultural Resources hires new IT support specialist

Eason Horticultural Resources is pleased to announce the addition of Aidan Castori as IT Support Specialist. Prior to coming to EHR, Aidan spent 12 years in the Horticultural Industry, where he was responsible for systems updates and managing vendor data. During this time he pioneered data translation tools,…

Africa.com

Hydroponics Africa wins award for initiative to create employment opportunities

The Ministry of ICT, Innovation, and Youth Affairs and the World Bank have today awarded KSh 120 million to Afya Research Africa, Hydroponics Africa Limited, Life In Abundance-Kenya and TakaTaka Solutions Limited, the four organizations that emerged winners of the Future Bora Grant competition. The…

New chief executive appointed at World Horti Center

Since 1 September 2021, Puck van Holsteijn has been chief executive of World Horti Center. As director of their partner HortiHeroes, Puck is familiar with the building and its organization. "The potential is enormous,” according to Puck. "In the near future, we will once more show that a visit to WHC is…

US (NC): Plant Science Initiative hires executive director

Adrian Percy is set to become the first executive director of the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative (N.C. PSI): a research and innovation effort. On November 1, Percy will begin leading the N.C. PSI, which uses interdisciplinary, team-based research to address challenges intersecting agriculture…

Elpitiya Plantations launches locally harvested ‘BerryMuch’ fresh berries

Fresh berries lovingly nurtured in Sri Lanka under the brand name, ‘BerryMuch’ will be launched in Sri Lanka. Harvested in the salubrious environs of Elpitiya Plantations PLC, the leading plantations company brings the fresh goodness of ‘BerryMuch’ to all Sri Lankans. Initially, ‘Berrymuch’ will offer…

Wholesaler turns 15: from bike deliveries in the Netherlands to truck deliveries from Spain

It was around 1980 when Thomas Bos first came into contact with the fruit and vegetable world. The local greengrocer was opposite his childhood home in the Dutch village of Zeddam. The many crates of fresh fruit and vegetables made an impression on Thomas as a small child. He helped out at the store…

Two branches of plant immune response closely linked

Like animals, plants need to be on a constant lookout to recognize and respond to invasion by microbes. Plant immunity consists of two branches – the initial defense begins with the detection of invaders by receptors at the cell surface, while a second alarm pathway is triggered by receptors within the…

Ferry-Morse launches Fall Plantlings collection

Extending the gardening season with cool weather products

Ferry-Morse, a US-based home gardening seed packet company, is helping extend the gardening season with the introduction of its Fall Plantlings Collection. With Fall offerings for both warm and cooler-climate gardeners, over 40 varieties of flowers, succulents, vegetables, and herbs are now available for…

Director, John Willems, leads Dutch cooperative on a new GMO path under

"We want to help more growers, individually, and respond to client wishes with a wider range"

"If you think about it, everything in life is temporary," mused John Willems last year. That was when he joined the Dutch cooperative, ZON, as interim director. That interim position has now become permanent. This week, ZON's employees and members were told he is staying on. "My probationary period is…

Revol Greens launches new line of premium greenhouse-grown salad kits

"Busy consumers have driven an increase in demand for salads"

Revol Greens enters a new category in the greenhouse arena with their line of salad kits featuring their premium whole leaf lettuces. Revol Greens’ premium salad kits include four custom-curated salad varieties boasting popular and on-trend flavors paired with a mix of ingredients and dressings. The line…

Nature Fresh Farms doubles Ohio operations with more organic acreage

Nature Fresh Farms has confirmed the expansion of its Ohio operations increasing its organic acreage as well as a plans to build a new distribution center. The property expansion will include doubling the greenhouse acreage from the current 45 acres to 90, with the future extension to be dedicated to…

Thirteen new pipe rail trolleys for Vitom cucumber nursery

Westland cucumber grower Vitom recently made a move  by purchasing no less than thirteen new Berkvens GL-D pipe rail trolleys from Steenks Service. Vitom, located at the Kreekrug in De Lier, now has a brand new fleet. In 2017, this cucumber grower switched from cherry tomatoes to cucumbers and is now also…

Damion Schwarzkachel and Edwin van Laerhoven, Certhon:

‘Lots of interest in innovative horticultural technology in the Gulf region and beyond’

Damion Schwarzkachel and Edwin Vanlaerhoven from Certhon feel the possibilities for making the population eat healthier and turning the world into just that little bit more of a beautiful place with the help of modern greenhouse horticulture are literally endless. Also in markets outside of the current…

Leadership change within Svensson USA

After 18 years with Svensson, Mauricio Manotas has decided to pursue a new opportunity. "During this time, Mauricio has built a strong team and business in the Americas.…

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"We are developing a testbed for future space missions”

Population projections stress the need for sustainable living on our planet and on others. FII Institute announces today an investment in Interstellar Lab, a space technology company designing closed-loop biodomes for sustaining life on Earth, the moon, and Mars. FII Institute is a global non-profit…

Lidl signs £11 mln supply deal with open field grower

Lidl Northern Ireland has awarded Newtownards fresh food producer Willowbrook Foods an expanded supply deal worth £11 million. The deal is nearly double its previous contract.…

Fieldin

Fieldin raises $30M to make commercial farms autonomous

"We're reinventing agricultural management methods and digitizing operations all the way"

American-Israeli AgTech startup Fieldin has completed a $30 million Series B funding round, led by Fortissimo Capital, with the participation of Zeev Ventures, ICON Accelerator, Luxembourg-based Maor Investments, and Akkadian ventures. Series B funders join early-stage investors Terra Ventures, Gal…

Hishtil introduce their new UK representative

“Organic production and new genetics; we have much to achieve in the UK market”

“After more than two decades as our UK representative, Peter Collins will be succeeded by Bob Askew,” says Israeli propagator Hishtil. “Because of Peter’s wide knowledge and network, his work has contributed to making Hishtil a dominant vegetative herbs supplier in the UK.” The UK market has become…

Globe Plant celebrates 60th anniversary - with a treat

On 15 September 1961 Albert Grootscholten started propagating vegetable plants. Initially this was planting material for cold crops (leafy plants such as lettuce, endive, etc.) and later for hot crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. Sixty years later, his children Johan, Paul and Vera continued the…

Tozer Seeds joins Veg Power's membership program

"We are keen to help children increase vegetable consumption"

Veg Power, the not-for-profit aimed at increasing vegetable consumption in the UK, announced today that Tozer Seeds, the independent vegetable seed breeding company, will be…

The Europa Florece campaign disseminates the benefits of aromatic plants in Spain and Germany

Aromatic plants offer a wide range of benefits for homes, gardens, urban gardens, and the environment. Sometimes these plants are overlooked because they are so present in the fields and in our kitchens, where they provide their flavoring and preservative properties. The Europa Florece campaign aims to…

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S. Abraham & Sons launches to-go salads

“Fresh and convenient are two words that we believe should go together"

S. Abraham & Sons, a convenience distributor to approximately 3,500 retailers in eight states throughout the Midwest, is switching its Fruit Ridge Farms brand salads to locally-grown lettuce from Revolution Farms, Michigan’s largest year-round lettuce farm. The Caledonia, Mich.-based hydroponic…

Modern Plant-Based Foods receives purchase order from Aldi supermarket chain

Modern Plant-Based Foods Inc., a well-known plant-based food company, is pleased to announce that it will be listing its plant-based snacks, Snacks from the Sun's, "Popped…

AgroUrbana:

South America: Leveraging vast distribution networks to build larger facility

“We’re building relationships and distribution channels that will allow us to grow into other regions. Latin America, from Mexico to Chile, we all speak the same language and share the same culture,” says Cristián Sjögren, co-founder and CEO of AgroUrbana.  AgroUrbana was the first vertical farm established…

Dutch Strawberry Demo Day 2021 photo report

Last Friday, a new edition of the Dutch Strawberry Demo Day took place in Horst on the grounds of the Limgroup breeding company. Last year, the day was cancelled due to Covid, but now it was possible again to organise a day especially for strawberry growers in the Netherlands. The event was visited by…

Up close and personal: getting closer to the horticultural sector on matters of sustainability

Whether it’s designing packaging for sustainability or keeping the growers, packers, and distributors aware of the fast-evolving packaging legislation, Stockport-based packaging manufacturer Macpac has launched a dedicated campaign delivering a personalized and key sustainability message to their…

Vertify sells World Horti Center Expo share

On September 1st, Vertify (formerly Proeftuin Zwaagdijk / Demokwekerij Westland) sold its 50% share of the World Horti Center (WHC) Expo division. This was to co-owner Greenport Food & Flower Xperience (GFFX). That makes GFFX 100% owner of the Dutch WHC Expo. Vertify's research activities at the WHC will…

Hans van der Salm new COO Havecon Horticultural Projects

Due to the growing size of the company and the increasingly larger projects they are involved in, Havecon has decided to expand their management team. Hans van der Salm (48) will join the international greenhouse builder as COO as of August 2021. "The developments in the sector call for a solid…

Genes can respond to coded information in signals – or filter them out entirely

New research from North Carolina State University demonstrates that genes are capable of identifying and responding to coded information in light signals, as well as filtering out some signals entirely. The study shows how a single mechanism can trigger different behaviors from the same gene – and has…

Robert Wu, Founder of Oboya:

“After Oboya Horticulture Industries Sweden’s bankruptcy, we are focusing on improving our services”

When Oboya Horticulture Industries Sweden announced its bankruptcy on August 16, 2021, the company was met with lots of questions and uncertainties from customers, says Robert Wu, Founder and Chairman of Oboya. “In the last 15 months Oboya has gone through an extraordinarily turbulent period, but we are…

Vincent Jalink, UPRTek:

“We are helping the increasing demand from growers to do their own LED research”

“Spectrometers used to be about five times as expensive, so it is exciting that growers can now have an affordable, handheld sensor,” says Vincent Jalink, Technical Sales Manager of PhenoVation. Jalink explains that there is an increasing demand from growers to do their own research, but that many are…

Chair is touring to address food insecurity

SF Market hosts Chairman of House Rules Committee James McGovern

The SF Market – the Bay Area's source for fresh produce, welcomed Congressman James McGovern (D-MA), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, to its Bayview Hunter's Point facility on Thursday, August 19 during the Representative's national listening tour to help advance a comprehensive nationwide plan to…

Elpitiya Plantations present locally harvested ‘BerryMuch’ berries

Fresh Sri Lanka berries under the brand name ‘BerryMuch’ are coming onto the market. They are harvested from the fields of Elpitiya Plantations PLC. Initially, ‘Berrymuch’…

AUSVEG to undertake new pilot Food to Market program

Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas today announced $8.4 million as part of the first tranche of the Food to Market program, with 13 key industry and regional peak…

'Solid start for Greenyard with continued high sales'

Greenyard’s first quarter sales have further increased to €1,170.8m, implying an additional growth of 2.3% on a Like-for-Like basis*, and 1.9% on a reported basis, versus the…

John Innes Centre

UK: Funding boost to scope zero-carbon hub for plant and microbial science

The John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory have been awarded £1m to progress plans to develop a world-leading plant and microbial research hub on the Norwich Research Park. The award, announced by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), is part of a £50m investment in more than a dozen science and…

US (RI): Governor McKee announces $250,000 in grants to spur growth of agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood sectors

Governor Dan McKee and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced $250,000 in grant awards aimed at spurring growth in the agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood sectors of the economy. The grants are funded by the state through the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act…

Gruppo Libretti at Cibus 2021

Horticultural sector feeling somewhat optimistic

"We decided to take part in Cibus with a stand of over 40 sq m because we want to restart and go back to normality. The entire area is dedicated to our products, starting with the premium range," explains Giuseppe Libretti, CEO at Gruppo Libretti. Giuseppe Libretti at the center "This year, we opted for…

CubicFarms presents FreshHub, a 96 module system

Large indoor growing system introduced after CAD$1,2 mln investment

CubicFarm announced a new project to deliver a new commercial-scale FreshHub with 96 CubicFarm System modules, the company’s largest project to date. This next generation high-density system, called FreshHub, is the next level of indoor growing aiming to significantly localize food production. Leveraging…

US (FL): Hydrobuilder appoints Carl Hauch as COO

Hydrobuilder Holdings has appointed Carl Hauch as Chief Operating Officer (COO). "Carl has been recognized throughout his career for outstanding financial, people and customer…

Erwin van den Oever, Veiling Zaltbommel, the Netherlands:

"Good strawberry summer, very challenging raspberry supply"

It has been another unusual summer for soft fruit in the Netherlands, especially concerning supply patterns. "There were many delays. Then, suddenly, everything came onto the market at once. So, the market and prices came under some pressure. That requires flexibility from both growers and buyers," says…

Full lineup of organic greenhouse grown vegetables on display at OPS

Pure Flavor® is bringing its full lineup of organic greenhouse grown produce to the 2021 Organic Produce Summit in Monterey, CA this September. Left: Chris Veillon; right: Pure Flavor's organic tomatoes. Photo credit: Pure Flavor. The grower’s organic offerings include a variety of fresh products from…

China-based greenhouse to install LEDs into cultivation and research facility

Fluence and HortiPolaris, a Beijing, China-based greenhouse producing 20 varieties of tomatoes and eight types of lettuce, have implemented Fluence LED lighting solutions into HortiPolaris’s cultivation and research facility. HortiPolaris is a science and technology leader in the region, standing on the…

Theo Sanders says goodbye after 18 years at Alcomij

On the 1st of January 2022, Managing Director Theo Sanders, of his own accord, will be saying goodbye to Alcomij after 18 years. Theo will pass the baton onto Marco Koese. The…

Tongs new MonstaFill transforms box filling worldwide

Since its launch in 2019, the MonstaFill box filler from Tong Engineering has proved very worthwhile in transforming post-harvest box filling for growers worldwide, from the UK and Ireland, to Australia and the USA. And now several new models of the MonstaFill twin-head box filler are in production at…

New on-farm technology speeds up supply

Barden Produce is a vegetable and herb producer with operations throughout Eastern-Australia. They have just commenced their first production cycle using a newly established Redpath Greenhouse at Gatton in the Lockyer Valley. The fully automated protected cropping structure will see the first harvest of…

Pinduoduo says it will help farmers to bring out “full value” by building agriculture brands

Pinduoduo, one of China’s largest agriculture platforms, said it will help promote geographical indications and work with farmers to build agricultural food brands so that they can bring out the full value of their labors. The company will promote more than 1,000 agricultural food products covering more than…

Two new team members join AmericanHort

Management changes announced for Cultivate’22

In an effort to continually improve the event and experience for our exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees, AmericanHort is pleased to announce Cindy Lee and Bill Behrens have…

Delphy:

Expansion of management board at Delphy

On 1 September 2021, Derk Rademaker started as Director of Knowledge and Development at Delphy. Within the management of Delphy, Rademaker will be responsible for the further expansion of Delphy in the field of research, innovation and projects. Rademaker will also be responsible for the direct…

Caribbean’s largest fresh berry farm will come to Tobago

As a 12-acre climate-smart hydroponic greenhouse farm, located on Cove Estate in Tobago, is said to be specializing in fresh organic berries and greens for local consumption,…

September: Special GreenTech Live & Online

You might have seen it popping up over the last couple of weeks, but we want to introduce it to you properly as well. With the GreenTech coming up this month, we will give…

Affinor Growers:

Patent issued for automated vertical growing towers

Affinor Growers Inc, a vertical grower, announced it has been issued Patent No. 38806 by the Superintendencia de Industria y Comercio (Industry and Commerce), Republica de Colombia for “vertical growing towers for automated horticulture and agriculture”.  Affinor’s vertical farming towers can be used to sustainably…

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US (OR): OSU Berry Initiative, funded by Oregon Legislature, gets a new leader

Erica Chernoh, Oregon State University Extension Service horticulturist, is the new leader of the OSU Berry Initiative at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora. Chernoh, an assistant professor of practice in Lane County, is responsible for commercial and community horticulture in…

Czechs protest Polish greenhouse over light pollution

It’s much ado about a greenhouse. A huge and well-lit greenhouse opened last year on the Polish side of the border with the Czech Republic. The light helps tomatoes grow, and…

From now on, Den Berk Délice will have CO² neutral packaging in their new packaging plant

Den Berk Délice wants to let consumers enjoy the most flavorful tomatoes that have been sustainably cultivated and packaged year-round. To fulfill this mission, Den Berk Délice has moved to a new packaging plant at business park ‘De Kluis’ in the Belgium town of Hoogstraten. The new building will serve…

PerfoTec gets new commercial director

As of September 1st, PerfoTec welcomes Martin van Lier as its Commercial Director. Martin has many years of experience working in a wide range of jobs within the fruit and…

Thermo King to deliver all-electric, zero-emission solutions for end-to-end cold chain by 2023

Thermo King, a brand of global climate innovator Trane Technologies, has announced that it will invest more than $100 million over the next three years to deliver a fully…

Agriplace chain makes lab analyses more transparent

AgriPlace, an international platform for managing a safe and sustainable supply chain, now also automatically retrieves information for users from their laboratories. In addition to information such as supplier agreements and certificates, lab analyses are now collected and checked. The connection with…

Yara acquires Finnish Ecolan to expand its organic fertilizer business

Yara Suomi has acquired Ecolan Oy, a Finnish producer of recycled fertilizers. This is Yara’s first acquisition in the organic fertilizer segment and reflects our commitment…

Avalo uses machine learning to accelerate the adaptation of crops to climate change

Climate change is affecting farming all over the world, and solutions are seldom simple. But if you could plant crops that resisted the heat, cold or drought instead of moving a thousand miles away, wouldn’t you? Avalo helps plants like these become a reality using AI-powered genome analysis that can…

US (FL): Library wins 'Plant the Moon Challenge'

The Hugh Embry Library’s effort to grow plants in simulated lunar soil took home a big prize in the Plant the Moon Challenge, according to a press release from Pasco County. The branch’s Project Moonraker took home “Best in Show: Evaluation of Results.” “Our team is blown away and very thankful for such…

Caterer

Pure Harvest partners with sustainable UAE-based restaurant

DIFC restaurant Boca has partnered with local vegetable producer Pure Harvest Smart for a wide-range of locally-sourced tomatoes. Boca’s menu will now use up to 13 different tomato varieties, including heirloom, yellow, orange, candied and black loom for the upcoming season. All the produce comes from a…

PMA and United Fresh announce industry officers of new association

Future Co-CEOs Cathy Burns of PMA and Tom Stenzel of United Fresh have named the Executive Committee that will serve as officers for the new association. Bruce Taylor, CEO of…

Construct Connect

Greenhouse plastic sheets become brick system

Dustin Bowers is scouring the farms of the Atlantic Provinces for recyclable plastic waste to reuse in a line of interlocking plastic bricks and wall panels. The 33-year-old, who has spent close to three years developing the Lego-like bricks for buildings, says when they are ready for market they will be…

Trustee investigates restarting Eden Advanced Tech after bankruptcy

"Not possible to market our vertically grown vegetables in a financially attractive way"

To prevent crops from going to waste, the Dutch bankrupt greenhouse company Eden Tech was allowed to continue operating for a few more months. Now the trustee investigates a…

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Scotland: Construction kicked off for plant science innovation centers

Building work is underway on the International Barley Hub (IBH) and Advanced Plant Growth Centre (APGC) at the James Hutton Institute. To mark the commencement of the works formally, a breaking-ground ceremony was held at the James Hutton Institute campus in Invergowrie, led by both Mairi Gougeon MSP,…

Award for Canadian LED supplier

Sollum Technologies is pleased to announce that its smart LED lighting system has been awarded the prestigious 2021 Sapphire Award in the horticultural lighting category by LEDs Magazine. The Sapphire Awards winners were revealed at the end of day one of the Strategies in Light conference, held on August 24-25, 2021. "Receiving…

Verdelab Bioscience inaugurates its new headquarters

Verdelab Bioscience inaugurated its new headquarters in Rimini, near the Agri-Food Centre and the Rimini Nord highway exit on 25 August 2021. "We are opening the doors to the new phytosanitary laboratory, which is about 1500 square meters, compared to 300 at the previous location. Not only does it comply…

Huisman

NL: Huisman doubles slew bearing production capacity in the Netherlands

Huisman has doubled the slew bearing production capacity of its facility in Schiedam, the Netherlands. "With this significant increase in production capacity, Huisman is able to meet the growing demand for large diameter slew bearings, an integral part and key component of its Heavy Lift Cranes," the…

Opening on September 10, 2021:

New Landgard-Cash & Carry Market Linz

On September 10, Landgard Cash & Carry Market Linz will open its doors as a new hub for florists, flower stores, garden centers, nurseries, landscape and cemetery gardeners, weekly markets as well as cities and municipalities in Upper Austria. Photo: Landgard "The new combination store marks the latest…

Wholesum names new marketing manager

Wholesum, a grower and shipper of Fair Trade Certified, 100 percent organic farm-fresh vegetables, recently promoted Joanna Jaramillo to marketing manager. In her new role,…

Nino Venezia, Dutch Graphic Group:

"Turnover isn't growing this year, it's exploding"

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the labels, cards, and other graphics markets. "Turnover isn't growing; it's exploding this year. Last year was already a top year. But, this year's sales are much higher," says Nino Venezia, the Dutch Graphic Group's patriarch. This company is located in a new…

BioAgri Input producers Association joins CABI BioProtection Portal as associate

We are delighted to announce that the BioAgri Input Producers Association (BIPA) has joined the CABI BioProtection Portal as an Associate. Based in India, the BioAgri Input Producers Association is a body of corporates and professionals engaged in the manufacturing, marketing, research and academic…

Blockchain-powered grading machine for UK-based food marketplace

HashCash Consultants, a global blockchain development company, announces the commencement of a new combined cooperation effort with a UK-based Food marketplace. HashCash is to…

US (CA): State awards $400,000 to promote safer and sustainable pest management practices in California

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced more than $400,000 in Alliance Grants awarded to two projects that accelerate the transition to safer and sustainable pest management across the state. DPR’s Alliance Grant program funds projects that promote the adoption of integrated…

Nature Fresh Farms adds to sales team

The greenhouse growing company Nature Fresh Farms has expanded its sales team with two new hires and is excited to announce the addition of Brenda Necic and Pam Cherwak to the team. In recent years Nature Fresh Farms has grown exponentially with new facilities and expansions across North America. In…

Fruit Attraction 2021

Sun&Vegs to unveil fresh-cut line

Sun&Vegs, a brand that specialises in the production and preparation of fresh and healthy foods, will once again feature in the Fruit Attraction trade fair in 2021, which will…

AI & computer vision company continues expansion in greenhouse market

iUNU hires Alex Tokman and Dennis Riling

iUNU, a Seattle based developer of the leading AI & computer vision greenhouse management system, announced a new company President and a new company VP of Sales & Marketing. As President, Alexander Tokman will be responsible for delivering on the company’s operating plan and leading day-to-day…

Ridder

Greenhouse technologies used to develop resilient maize and wheat varieties

Controlled Environment Agriculture contributes to global food security in many ways. Besides the sustainable production of locally grown fresh produce, greenhouse environments are also very suitable to create and simulate growing climates for research and development practices of new improved varieties.…

"New horticulture technical representative a welcome addition to Southeast region"

Devin McCaffrey joins the BioSafe Systems’ team as a new Technical Sales Representative for the Horticulture Division. He is in the Raleigh, North Carolina area, and will serve the surrounding regional states including NC, SC, GA, VA, WV, KY, and TN. "Devin will be working with the rest of the…

Mucci Farms adds to sales team

Mucci Farms announces the hiring of Ken Paglione as sales account manager. Joining Team Mucci with more than 15 years of experience in greenhouse produce, Ken brings a diverse set of skills, having…

Joop Zwaan, Dutch hospitality wholesaler

"Bean sprouts: our market's bread"

In the 80s, Chinese and Asian restaurants sprang up all over the Netherlands. Many people were introduced to the then relatively unknown Oriental cuisine. "Now, there are far more diverse Asian restaurants," says Joop Zwaan of hospitality wholesaler, Sunda. "It used to be mainly Chinese-Indian cuisine,…

Greenhouse grower receives category leadership award again

Grocery Insight announced that NatureSweet has received recognition in the tomatoes category in its 8th Annual Grocery Insight Category Leadership Awards 2021 grocery industry…

USDA lifts PACA reparation sanctions on three produce businesses

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has lifted PACA reparations sanctions on three produce companies. Arizona Marketing Produce Distributors Inc. satisfied a $12,100…

Sananbio:

"The base of our technology is R&D in product development"

“We’ve sold many products such as LED lights, growing modules, and container farms internationally. However, running a farm abroad wasn’t something we were very well-experienced at", says David Li, VP of Sananbio. “We started to look at the investments and decided to focus on R&D more intensively, rather…

Belgium: Tomato Masters starts new expansion this year

Tomato grower Tomato Masters will have a new greenhouse constructed in Deinze in November. The growers will add 5 hectares, bringing the total to 21 hectares, divided over 4 greenhouses. With this new expansion step, the Vlaemynck grower family is completely filling in an acreage of 32 hectares acquired…

Ecologists in Action warn:

"Murcia consumes more than double the water it produces naturally"

"Desertification in itself isn't caused by climate change, it's caused by the misuse of land and water. Global warming only intensifies it," stated Ruben Vives, one of the…

Pinduoduo pledges $1.5 billion to Chinese farmers

Pinduoduo, one of China’s biggest agriculture platforms, has pledged to contribute $1.5 billion to Chinese growers and the agricultural industry. The company explained they want to promote environmentally sustainable practices and invest in the agri-food system. The company announced the creation of a…

September 28-30. 2021

NL: Seed meets Technology 2021 to take place as planned

After a period of uncertainty the decision was finally taken: Seed meets Technology 2021 will not be cancelled or postponed. Following close consultation between the organisation and the municipality, Seed meets Technology has been deemed COVID-proof and guests will be permitted to attend this event at…

Bee Vectoring Technologies

US: Bee Vectoring Technologies to terminate equity financing agreement with Alumina Partners

Bee Vectoring Technologies International has mutually terminated the definitive agreement with Alumina Partners that secured a commitment for up to $6,000,000 CDN in a financing facility. Pursuant to the Agreement, the Company successfully completed four separate draw downs from the Facility that totaled…

GrowGeneration

US (WA): GrowGeneration purchases gardening store in Washington state

GrowGeneration announced the acquisition of Hoagtech Hydroponics. This acquisition brings the total number of GrowGen hydroponic garden centers nationwide to 59 stores. "We're thrilled with our acquisition of Hoagtech Hydroponics, which boasts a strong commercial customer base and a talented team of grow…

Uno Bites are back-to-school ready

As society gets ready for back-to-school season, parents are sending their kids to class with a fresh snack they love to eat by the handful: Uno Bites™ Nano Cucumbers from Pure Flavor®. These super small, one-bite Nano Cucumbers aren’t the result of a science fair shrink-ray experiment gone awry – Uno…

Rosselkhoznadzor hold negotiations with the food safety agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan on fruit and vegetable supplies to Russia

The Rosselkhoznadzor held video negotiations with the Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan on July 27, 2021. The Rosselkhoznadzor mentioned two cases of detection of the potato consignments infected with Ralstonia solanacearum (Ralstonia solanacearum (Smith) Yabuuchi et al), quarantine pest…

“Introducing cress and sea grapes now shows we have guts”

As a grower focusing on the market's upper end, with herbs and special cress - in itself, a niche product - some varieties will, invariably, not make the cut. That is no different at Koppert Cress, in the Netherlands. Especially during the past 18 months of the global pandemic.  Moai Caviar What is different…

Taylor Farms announces investment with Pure Green Farms

Another major North American open field grower enters the CEA industry

One of the biggest open field growers in North America, Taylor Farms, enters the greenhouse growing market with an investment in greenhouse company Pure Green Farms. "This expansion into greenhouse grown fresh offerings will complement our existing 122,200 crop acre field grown program and 16 salad…

"Organic herb sector growing better than expected"

Organic herb sales are going well. Consumers making more conscious, healthier choices certainly contributes to this. And there is still much more to come, according to Wilco Heemskerk of Fresh Organic Choice. "These products' visibility and distinctiveness in the supermarkets can be improved. That's…

Looije Agro Technics is building for the future

Since last year, the management team of specialized consultancy bureau for the greenhouse horticulture sector Looije Agro Technics (LAT) no longer consists of one but of three members. In addition to the familiar face of Martin Looije, who has been at the helm since the company's establishment in 1999,…

US (TX): New department head joins College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Aimed at helping Texas’ producers of fruits and vegetables with enhanced nutrition and value, Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Horticultural Sciences will be led by Amit Dhingra, Ph.D., who successfully forged relations with pear producers and other agriculture…

Perfection Fresh launch a consumer traceability and provenance discovery tool

Perfection Fresh have launched a consumer traceability and provenance discovery tool on its raspberries coming from its farms in Caboolture, QLD. The tool is powered by FreshChain Systems, a fully integrated, blockchain enabled, paddock to plate assurance system that enables traceability from the food we…

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Urban Farming Meme Tournament

"Obtain eternal glory by participating in the August 2021 Urban Farming meme tournament," says Zjef van Acker, Chief Engagement Officer with 12 steps to farming.  Contest ideaZjef says that the company started sharing urban farming memes because they thought it was funny. However, because there are not that many good urban farming…

On-site hydrogen peroxide system makes top 25 in Nordic Cleantech Open

For 10 years the Nordic Cleantech Open competition has served as an observation tower for the up and coming cleantech innovation trends that will support the transition to a low carbon reality. The 10th Edition of the Nordic Cleantech Open received 139 applications from all corners of the Nordics and the…

A peek behind the scenes at Grodan

"It’s a great way for us to feel even closer to our customers"

John Kluytmans joined Grodan in 2016 and is one of the five members of the Customer Support team covering North West Europe: Scandinavia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, France, UK and Ireland. He is personally responsible for approximately 550 customers in the Benelux region. “I work with…

Investment in on-demand breeding platform

Sound Agriculture has secured a USD 45 million investment led by Leaps by Bayer, the impact investment arm of Bayer. Northpond Ventures, a science and technology-driven…

Frigga: Global cold supply chain real-time monitor brand

"We launched a disposable, real-time temperature recorder with global 4G coverage"

Frigga supplies real-time temperature recording solutions. Frigga real-time temperature recorders currently service clients on five continents. These clients are active in a wide range of industries including medicine, foodstuffs, distribution, and supermarket retail. The motto of Frigga has long been to…

Lettuce data set from Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge kick-off now online

This summer the third edition of the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge kicked off with an Online Challenge. The autonomous cultivation of lettuce was the central theme this time. A dataset with images of lettuce used by the participating teams in this online preview is now available for download. One of…

"We handle complete greenhouse projects flexib(el)ly"

In recent years Flexibell Greenhouse Systems has supported the necessary complete greenhouse construction projects with technical support, deliveries and supervision, primarily in China. Flexibell has several of its own production locations there, ranging from greenhouse systems to various other…

US (CA): Live biology company announces agreement with Bayer

Berkeley Lights announced a multi-year agreement with Bayer to develop and perform high-throughput functional screening workflows aimed at accelerating and expanding the…

Lighting for aquariums, mushrooms and red lettuce varieties

LED strip available in new blue sun spectrum

Active Grow, the sustainable horticultural lighting manufacturer, proudly announces the launch of its 22W T5 4FT LED Horticultural Strip Light in the new Blue Sun Spectrum. This versatile, heavy-blue spectrum with an average of 11,500K CCT and a high CRI 85, is designed specifically for growing corals,…

The Med Hermes Vegetable Seeds event took place in the province of Verona

New fresh market tomato line for northern Italy

The technical sales staff of Med Hermes Vegetable Seeds, a seed company independent of chemical and pharmaceutical groups, with its own dedicated genetic research and multinational activity, organized a field day on the afternoon of 20 July 2021 at the greenhouse company F.lli Accordi Renato & Figli, in…

Marianne Koper has passed away

Marianne Koper has passed away. Marianne, who worked in the inside sales department at Zantingh CV-groothandel, was 55 years old. The management and colleagues of the company from Rijsenhout shared the following obituary. On Monday 16 August, we received the sad news that our beloved colleague Marianne Koper had passed away at…

"Shorter panels of silos easier to transport"

There has been a lot of talk about container transport in recent months. There are not enough available containers, with all the consequences that entails. One of those consequences is that overseas transport has become an expensive business. Empty space in the container is, more than ever, a thorn in…

ProducePay launches Online Marketplace to shorten fresh produce supply chain

Los Angeles based Ag-Tech startup ProducePay wants to change the way growers of fresh produce in Mexico and South America transact with distributors in the USA with the launch…

Dutch strawberry farm changes hands

In the Netherlands, APM Berlikum strawberry nursery changed owners on August 2nd. Grower Aart Cornelissen sold his company to tomato grower Cock van Overbeek, along with his daughter Marlies and son-in-law René van Wingerden. The business has 1.8 hectares of strawberries under glass. It also has 1.5 hectares…

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

US (WI): $425k loan approved to launch farm operations

An indoor urban farm planned for Milwaukee’s Century City business park was approved for a $425,000 loan to help launch its operation. Hundred Acre is a food-tech incubator that aims to bring hyper-local fresh greens.  The loan was approved by MEDC, a local lender, to help finance the $855,000 Hundred Acre…


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