Grower in the Spotlight

Nijs van Zuilen (BerryBrothers) about the current soft fruit market:

"Dutch red currant market recovers, blueberries have frost damage, and good raspberry demand"

At Berrybrothers, the Dutch redcurrant market begins in mid-May. Then they harvest the first of these berries from their greenhouses. The first Rovadas have now been picked too. "The berries look good, and we expect an excellent harvest. Last year, we had quite a lot of loss due to the heat," says Nijs…

Jorge Brotons, manager of Bonnysa: "We are growing table grapes again after 25 years"

"We try to be quick choosing varieties that allow us to continue being innovative"

The European tomato market is undergoing important changes, both in the productive potential and in consumer trends and preferences. How do you survive in an increasingly competitive market? Product diversification and the constant selection of varieties is one of the keys for Bonnysa, which in addition…

New Ivorian-Dutch horticulture project officially launched

A new project to support horticulture students and young vegetable growers in Yamoussoukro District was officially launched in July. The Ambassador of the Netherlands in Abidjan, Ms. Yvette Daoud, launched the four-year project, called HortIvoire, in a virtual kick-off meeting between the main players in…

Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit

Robert Colangelo and Matt Roy

Exploring the costs and benefits of indoor agriculture

Yesterday, the Indoor Agtech kicked off its virtual event, joined by many participants. One, of the many seminars, was about 'Exploring the costs and benefits of indoor agriculture'. Robert Colangelo, Founding Farmer at Green Sense Farms, kicked off the seminar by asking what CEA means to Matt Roy, VP…

Sachin Darbarwar, Simply Fresh

Indian grower capitalizes on market opportunities with AI

Things are looking up for the greenhouse produce market in India. "We see an increase in demand in the Indian market, especially in many cities where we supply", says Sachin Darbarwar, founder of Simply Fresh. Last year, the grower invested $30 million in expanding the greenhouse operation, and that…

Russian grower issues branded bank cards to employees

One of the biggest vegetable greenhouses in the Urals, LLC Agrocomplex Churilovo, in cooperation with JSC Rosselkhozbank have released special debit cards for the greenhouse complex associates. Unique photographs of the greenhouses and nursery were used for the design. Any associate of the company can…

Thijs van de Westelaken becomes co-director and shareholder of Globe Plant

Thijs van de Westelaken (34) has become a shareholder at Globe Plant nursery in Vierpolders, the Netherlands. On June 30, 2020 he signed for this, together with the other three shareholders, Johan, Paul and Vera Grootscholten. “With this step, we ensure that the continuity of our company is guaranteed,”…

Churilovo

Russian grower recollects memories

"In the 1990s, our salary was paid in foodstuffs"

Natalia Mikhailovna Morozova has been working as a vegetable grower for 50 years. She was 16 when she first came to the collective farm that was further converted into the modern Agrocomplex Churilovo in Russia. Growing up in a village and having graduated from agricultural college, she started working…

Frank Royen, Welroy Fruit

"Just enough supply to meet the strawberry demand"

“The strawberry season has been very positive so far. We got off to a good start, although we were concerned that the corona crisis would have an impact on the strawberry market. Fortunately, this has not happened and we have had a good season so far,” says Frank Royen of Welroy Fruit. The growing season…

US (TX): Kalera to open Texas’ largest vertical farming facility in Houston

Kalera announced that it will open a new state-of-the-art growing facility in Houston, Texas in the spring of 2021. The new Houston facility — which will be the largest vertical farming facility in Texas — is the next step in Kalera’s rapid domestic and international expansion plan to bring consumers…

Piet Rensen (PDI) 65, but he is far from done:

"Suddenly the chef pulled a gun from under his apron"

He raises his hand to just above his head: "Two meters leg height used to be high, but nowadays six meters is already common." Piet Rensen will be with Peter Dekker Installaties for thirty years next year and will celebrate his 65th birthday on July 18. This brings the retirement age close, although Piet…

Young horticulturalists pay digital visit to greenhouse

They like to get together, the Tuinbouw Jongeren Oostland, a group of young Dutch growers. For the enjoyable drinks, but mostly to share knowledge about the cultivation and all kinds of affairs going on in the sector. And if that is not possible due to Corona measures, it does not mean no information can…

Stephen McCormack - McCormack Farms

McCormack has first commercial crop of Irish basil

Consumers look more and more for locally produced produce and retailers are keen to promote it on the shelves. Irish baby leaf and herb grower McCormack changed from growing vegetables to growing produce which would normally have been imported back in 2000, buoyed by the fact that Ireland was going…

Twenty years ago, the radish got its face

The very first Dutch radish concept came out twenty years ago, and today Red Swing is still available. While the packaging tray is transparent now instead of black, and the radishes also come in white, purple or white-red, the sticker with the smiling radish wearing sunglasses has remained the same. At…

Ceres Greenhouse Solutions

A pandemic, a Canadian greenhouse, and training consumers to buy local

All around the world, the food industry has been affected by COVID-19 in one way or another. Fortunately, there have been some positive food-related trends from the pandemic like local and urban farms becoming more popular, and more individuals and families growing their own food. It is at least…

Dutch lettuce grower cultivates throughout the summer

Grower Jan de Winter from the Dutch town of Ridderkerk started the cultivation of a patch of lettuce of a new, fusarium resistant variety so he can cultivate throughout the summer without having to steam the soil. “Last week, the demand was quite high due to the warm weather, so I have high expectations for…

Kevin Jühlcke (Munich Micros) on the marketing of regional microgreens:

"Corona has also created new opportunities for us"

The marketing of regional cresses was almost completely paralysed by Corona and the subsequent closure of the gastronomy industry. Nevertheless, the management of innovative cultivation company Munich Micros looks back on the past few months with a predominantly positive outlook. "The overwhelming…

Creative grower walks on stilts to reach top leaves

In the recent rainy season, there are often sudden heavy rains, which have a great impact on agriculture. Farmer Ke Jingfa has mechanical expertise. He cooperates with agricultural companies to develop automatic control instruments. Storage, filtration, purification, and sprinkling of water can be…

Farmers welcome airfreight boost for Australia’s fruit and vegetable exports

The Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA) welcomes the Australian Government’s new $240 million commitment for Australia’s airfreight exporters, which will allow the…

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Florette starts with the lettuce and endive harvest in Soria

Bagged salad manufacturer Florette Ibérica has recently started with the lettuce and endive harvest in the municipality of Olmillos, in the province of Soria. The process had…

Dutch grower paving the way with a mix of three colored pointed peppers

After years of searching for three uniform sweet pointed pepper varieties to put in their three-color mix, grower Thimo van Marrewijk of nursery Het Westland has finally found the right combination this year. So now, it’s time to really start rolling out the mix that could already be found on the shelves…

Looije presents Minerva, its new premium cherry tomato brand

Looije has presented Minerva, its new premium cherry tomato brand, which will be used to market two different products: round cherry tomatoes and plum tomatoes, similarly to…

Taking care of the soil makes a real difference when growing vegetables

"Our company is located in the Pachino area (SR) and covers around 20 hectares of our own and partner greenhouses. We are growing and we focus on a high quality standard," reports Santo Zara, administrator of Cuore Verde, a company boasting years of experience in the production and commercialization of…

France: High Environmental Value for tomatoes in Arques

In April 2018, as part of a promising partnership, BUFL started marketing the first tomatoes produced in greenhouses in the Hauts-de-France region. This project, set up by producer Kevin Vandevelde, is consistent with a logic of sustainable development, with the creation of about 40 local jobs (full-time…

Florian Steiner takes positive stock of the first year of the BIOhof:

"Great taste and quality always come out on top"

One year ago, BIOhof in Kirchweidach was ceremonially opened under the direction of Florian Steiner. It was an exciting year for the young entrepreneur who grows organic tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers on 60,000m² of land. Although the Steiner family has been active in greenhouse cultivation for a long time,…

UK growers seek views on ‘outdated’ compulsory levy body

A group of professional growers based in Lincolnshire is organising a ballot to obtain views on the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). The three growers collectively grow potatoes, vegetables and flowers across 2,025 ha (5,000 acres) of land, and 5.6 ha (14 acres) of glasshouses;…

Summer vegetables: courgette and cucumber in the spotlight

The campaign of summer vegetables has been going on for a while at the Italian company F.lli Napolitano, whose fields are in full operation. "The dark courgette is a product that we propose every year and that performs very well on the internal market. The campaign began a few days ago with the product…

Italian tomato grower thinks Covid-19 outbreak may have brought some opportunities

The Covid-19 crisis has been a shocking event for people everywhere, for the public health systems, for the economy and for us all as consumers. The food supply-chain reacted responsibly, aware of its crucial role in people’s day-to-day life. However, such a disruptive event can bring opportunities for…

Almeria, Spain

Authorities arrest two people for trying to burn down a greenhouse while its owners slept on the premises

The Civil Guard detained two people in El Ejido for trying to set fire to a greenhouse twice while their owners slept on the premises. The detainees, A.E.S. a 32-year-old…

Matt O'Hara

Hydroponic, aquaponic and aeroponic growers wanted for USDA-funded research

For the research project, “Systems Analysis of Hydroponic, Aquaponic, and Aeroponic Food Production in the United States," which is funded by the United State Department of Agriculture and administered by Dr. Blaire O’Neal, a postdoctoral fellow at San Diego State University, a survey is currently being…

US: Springworks products now available in Hannaford supermarkets

Springworks, the largest aquaponic greenhouse operation in New England, announced that its Green Leaf and Boston Bibb products are now available in all Hannaford Supermarkets stores. The increased distribution to the retailer’s Scodac, NY distribution center comes just ten months after Springworks…

Willem Kea, Greenfresh:

"We're only going to compete for quality, no longer for price"

Dutch herb specialist, Greenfresh, has always focused strongly on cultivation in Eastern Africa. Kenya is their top country of origin, supplemented by Tanzania and Uganda. The limited airfreight capacity hasn't made things easy recently. That's resulted in sharp price increases. This was a turning point…

“Corona helped us to reach a new breakthrough”

During the corona crisis, it's a challenge for growers to sell not only a quality product, but also to be uncompromised with regards to food safety. “Being fresh herbs exporters ourselves allows us to follow our vision to control our product development and marketing from the seed to the customer site. In…

"Crop technician apprenticeship could benefit wider industry"

A bespoke apprenticeship for crop technicians has proved so successful for the APS Group that the company is keen to share its benefits across the commercial growing industry. One of the UK's leading suppliers of British tomatoes, the APS Group realised it needed a career route for talented employees to…

Joost van Luijk (Hot Pepper King) launches webshop:

"I see a future in direct sales to consumers”

The first orders have been picked up and sent out, and with that, the webshop set up by Dutch grower Joost van Luijk of Hot Pepper King is now officially launched. “It is a fun way for us to supply the ‘pepper diehards’”, says the pepper grower, who doesn’t see pricing in the market as all that good yet.…

Growing in Italy's tomato heartland

"Our company is located in Portopalo di Capopassero (SR), in south-east Sicily, on a strip of land between the Ionian Sea and the Strait of Sicily. It produces vegetables on sandy soil and irrigates them with brackish water," explains Beppe Signorello, sales manager of a company named after him. This…

Dutch tomato grower on its way to 44 hectares

On the 11th of June, the documents were signed for the purchase of land for the construction of greenhouse West and greenhouse South at nursery Schenkeveld Schiphol. It is the continuation of the construction of two 11-hectare projects from 2017 and 2018. "With this purchase, we have all the land we need…

After the harvest, Almeria's greenhouses are getting ready for the next campaign

For many agricultural producers in Almería, such as José Antonio Ramos, the 2019-2010 season has already come to an end and now is the time to clean and prepare the farm for…

Vertical Farming exclusively for Migros Basel

First products available in MParc Dreispitz

After several months of construction, the Vertical Farm on the Wolf site is ready for production. Here, Growcer produces regional foods in a weather-independent, environmentally friendly and water-saving manner exclusively for Migros Basel, delivering them quickly to the branch thanks to the shortest transport…

Chinese shoppers tune in to watch the tomatoes grow

"They are really beautiful, like a string of gems, green and red. Hello, friends in this live room. This is the Suning Carrefour Beijing Tianzhu store live room, I am in Beijing Hongfu Agricultural Daxing Modern Intelligent Park." On May 30, following the success of the first live broadcast event, Hongfu…

Controlling growth with light: more in winter, diffuse in summer

For a grower, every ray of sunlight entering the greenhouse in winter is a bonus. Light is also welcome in summer, provided it is properly distributed throughout the crop. This can be achieved by combining coatings. Two vegetable growers are leaders in this field in the Netherlands. Mardenkro has…

TEKNOSERA, highest high-tech greenhouse in Turkey, expands

"Lowering our cost price thanks to expansion"

With a height of almost 10 meters, the greenhouse that Richel built for Teknosera two years ago was the highest one in Turkey. It still is, and it will also be one of the largest: the geothermally heated greenhouse is being expanded to almost ten hectares. “Since the installation is prepared for it and…

"We never took the easy way"

Belgian grower continues to combine peppers and eggplants in new expansion

The plans for the new building at pepper and eggplant grower Stannuco in the Belgian town of Wommelgem have already been around for about five years, but since March this year, construction of the six-hectare greenhouse has really begun. The grounds next door have been acquired as well as the…

Luca Locatelli

International photo award for hydroponic lettuce at Dutch grower

On June 9th, the World Photography Organization presented the winners of the Sony World Photography Awards 2020. The photograph "Siberia Lettuce" by the Italian photographer Luca Locatelli was awarded won third place. The photo shows lettuce cultivation on water at grower Siberia in Maasbree, the…

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Russian greenhouse tests new cucumber variety

The greenhouse complex TyumenAgro have tested a new variety of a short cucumber, Valigora, in the new premises of the third greenhouse phase. Valigora is an early-ripening seedless salad cucumber, planted by the greenhouse growers specifically for the dwellers of the Tyumen region. Therefore, the…

Canadian Nadine Stielow, Thiel's Greenhouses, checks it out

Hydroponically grown edible ornamentals, an untapped market?

"You don't know where your next best idea might come from". With this motto, Thiel's Greenhouses' owner Nadine Stielow started a trial in which edible ornamental plants are being grown hydroponically in her greenhouse in Alberta, Canada, this season. The results of the trial are pleasing, the interest of…

Switching grower starts with organic strawberries

A new crop, a new partner and a switch to organic cultivation. For Bart Vromans of Dutch fruit nursery Terravie, 2020 is the year of change. In 2006, Bart started with growing redcurrants in Brabant. The nursery has since grown to 2.7 hectares of redcurrants and half a hectare of cherries. This year,…

Three screens for Belgian bell pepper grower

Double screens are very common in the bell pepper world, but De Groentetuin takes it a step further. Besides a double energy screen, they also use a blind. De Groentetuin grows bell peppers on 13 ha in Merksplas (Belgium) and has made significant efforts in energy saving in recent years, for example by…

Raspberries produce a constant turnover if you work well

Daniele Ciani from Forlì uprooted his peach and nectarine trees to focus on small fruits and is rather satisfied as "the price per kg is rather constant all year round, with a good margin." He grows 3600 raspberry plants and harvesting is in full swing at the moment. Daniele Ciani "I started following…

Finnish micropropagation company turns to LED circular lights for best plant quality

After having worked for 10 years as the manager of the laboratory at Häme University for Applied Science in Lepaa campus, Finland, Tiina Nyman decided to start her own company for micropropagation two years ago. Taimiemo Oy provides its business customers with certified strawberry plant material for…

Even before the first harvest, this Brazilian greenhouse is already unique

Insiders already knew for some time that something was going on, but until this spring the greenhouse horticulture project Fonte Verde Agro in Andradas (Brazil) remained a secret. Now that the greenhouse of initially two hectares is almost finished and the first tomatoes will be harvested this autumn,…

Driscoll’s responds to Rancho Laguna Farms dispute

A dispute has arisen between Rancho Laguna Farms and its employees about the level of wages. Driscoll’s released the following statement about the issue:  “Thank you for expressing…

Sylvie Recouvrot, Midiflore:

“France offers a promising market for edible flowers”

Among its range of colorful products, Midiflore currently offers zucchini flowers. The company is specialized in the production of aromatic herbs and edible flowers. “We started harvesting almost a month ago. The season will end around September/October. The product was in high demand last year, so we…

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CAN (ON): Celebrating local agri-food heroes

The Ontario government is celebrating local agri-food heroes who have stepped up to ensure the province's food supply chain remains strong during the COVID-19 outbreak. Individuals, businesses and organizations are highlighted in 2020 Local Food Report: Ontario Spirit - A Celebration of Local Food…

Tomatoes from Tulsky will squeeze Chinese tomatoes out of the Russian market

The first phase of the greenhouse complex Tulsky with an acreage of 26 ha was launched in the village Rudny of Schekinsky district, Tula region (Russia) in January 2020. The new complex is part of Eco-kultura, the biggest greenhouse vegetable producer in Russia. The budget of the first project phase…

biggest rooftop greenhouse

CAN (QC): First plants in new Lufa Farms rooftop greenhouse

68,700 tomato plants and 4,800 eggplant seedlings have been raised in the new Lufa Farms greenhouse. Literally raised: the greenhouse is located on top of an existing and repurposed office building in Ville Saint-Laurent, a suburb of Montreal, Quebec. The bottom floor functions as a distribution centre…

Italian tomato grower’s testimonial

"Nematodes significantly reduce Tuta larvae"

While the spread of Tuta absoluta continues to seriously damage tomato crops worldwide, Italian greenhouse tomato grower and technician, Vittorio Zoboli, confirms that Koppert’s nematode-based product Steinernema feltiae has significantly reduced these destructive larvae in his crop. ‘This is the first year…

courgette grower Johan Zwinkels;

"Now it's all about cutting courgettes"

The courgette plants in the greenhouse are ready, the growers are ready, and the consumers and restaurants hopefully too, because there are plenty of yellow and green courgettes available due to the nice summery weather. Dutch grower Johan Zwinkels, who is looking at his plentiful crops with plentiful…

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US (NE): Greenhouse fined for role in conspiracy to harbor undocumented workers

A tomato greenhouse and packing plant in O’Neill, Nebraska, was fined Wednesday for its role in a conspiracy to harbor undocumented workers. The company was sentenced to pay $400,000, due immediately. The company agreed to the fine in February as part of a plea deal. The fine exceeded the recommended…

Grahame Dunling, UNS Farms:

"Our aim is to produce quality salads that keep customers coming back for more"

Grahame Dunling with UNS Farms talks about vertically grown vegetables and herbs in the Middle East. Upon asking how UNS Farms is different from other vertical farms, he says: “We are a company that wants to grow food for people, above anything else.” They want to grow and provide more product lines, by…


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