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Greenhouse industry mourns loss of leading figure

It is with great sadness that the Richel Group announces the passing of its founding father. Pierre Richel passed away on Wednesday 23 January 2019, aged 92, after what he himself described as a fulfilling, colourful career. Standing among those visionaries who are always ahead of their time, Pierre Richel recognised the need to…

New Zealand: Tomato rootstock seed imports resume

Tomato rootstock seed imports into New Zealand came to a halt in spring when MPI was notified that a hybrid rootstock seed parent species was not on their allowed imports list (the Plant Biosecurity Index or PBI). TomatoesNZ agreed with MPI’s assessment that the hybrid did not pose a risk to NZ’s biosecurity, as the…

US (CA): Germains Seed Technology opens new Gilroy facilities

On January 22, 2019, Germains Seed Technology held a Grand Opening to celebrate the completion of their new organic automated processing facility and Research and Development Lab in Gilroy. Germains invested over $7 million in the construction of a new 37,500 sq ft certified organic facility. In addition to the new processing operations,…

CAN (BC): Zenabis acquires greenhouses to ensure continuity for Bevo customers

Zenabis, through its subsidiary Bevo, completed the acquisition of Topgro for consideration of $12 million.  The Topgro Acquisition includes 10.4 acres of greenhouse on 50 acres of land in Aldergrove, British Columbia, which Zenabis intends to use for vegetable and floral propagation. This will ensure continuity for existing Bevo…

Italy: Bad season for the Sicilian artichokes

The main Sicilian artichokes producers are facing a very unpleasant situation. Enzo Nisseno invited us to the Maas in Catania to tell us about the current campaign trend, which is indicative of a bad season for the second year in a row. Enzo Rametta Rametta explained, “For the second year in a row, the artichoke campaign is just a…

Chris Higgins, Hort Americas:

"Labor is the number one topic in all the conversations we are currently having"

As we begin 2019, the moment is here to take a general look at the industry, and who better to discuss today’s topics with than Chris Higgins? With Hort Americas continually competing to be one of the leading wholesalers in North America, and Chris being a complete horti-geek, he’s on top of the…

East-West Seed Thailand goes solar

At its main seed processing facilities, tropical vegetable seed company East-West Seed has made the move towards clean energy with the installation of a 774-panel solar power project that produces approximately 364,500 Kw of electricity per year, helping power its seed processing facilities including the…

“Developing new grow bags for the ever increasing blueberry market”

US based FibreDust LLC has announced the expansion of operations to include a warehouse and office in Cd Guzman Mexico. New operations commenced in 2018 with the goal of not only showcasing the True Blue blueberry grow bag, but to serve as R&D for development of new growing bags for the ever…

New Zealand: Peter Holwerda celebrates 30 years for Faber/Apex Greenhouses

"Essentially we are still building greenhouse businesses like we were thirty years ago"

Last week in New Zealand at Apex Greenhouses Head Office in Waiuku, South Auckland, a small celebration was held for Peter Holwerda to celebrate 30 years working for Faber Glasshouses/Apex Greenhouses. Current director of Apex Greenhouses Folco Faber says the following “Peter started working together with my father…

PlantoSys opened new building

"Salicylic acid as a 'flu shot' to the plants"

"I started from home, just in my garage", says Alwin Scholten of PlantoSys, a company that produces plant-strengthening (fertilizer) substances of natural origin. "That was ten years ago. Because I know from experience the importance of good substantiation and measurable results, I have invested a lot in…

USDA grant to develop reliable biocontrol for Fusarium wilt of tomato

Heavy reliance on pesticides to manage plant diseases has degraded the environment, negatively impacted human health and accelerated the emergence of pesticide resistance. A…

Omega Group:

"Chinese horticulture can't grow without construction machines"

Greenhouses are being built all around the world and those greenhouses are getting bigger and taller. That's good for the growing climate, but before cultivation can start, that extra high greenhouse must first be constructed. Greenhouse builders need special equipment to get that high up. That's why…

A.A.M. van der Voort & A.A.M. Grootscholten (Globe Plant)

Happy new crop cake

For 25 years AAM v. Voort & Zn. from Honselersdijk has bought his young plants from Globe Plant. Maybe it's because the founders of the two companies have the same initials? John v.d. Voort and Johan Grootscholten got to know each other on the management board of "Jongeren LTB Westland", which Vera Grootscholten later also joined. Working…

Vincent van Bentum hands over the baton to Allison Thomas

Changes in the Board of Enza Zaden

“For almost 37 years I have been working with great pleasure for Enza Zaden.” These are the words of Vincent van Bentum, Managing Director Seed Operations at Enza Zaden. Vincent will retire as of 1 January 2019. His successor, Allison Thomas, already joined Enza Zaden to make the transition as smooth as…

Paul Breukel, Allport Netherlands:

"In Mexico, you do business with persons, not with companies"

If the greenhouse horticulture is on the rise in a country, logistics freight forwarder Allport Netherlands usually immediately notices this in the number of requests and the…

Houweling's Group JV to focus on cannabis flowering in 2,200,000 sq.ft. greenhouse

CAN (BC): "We have discovered the cannabis industry is not quite ready for outsourcing plant propagation"

AgraFlora Organics (formerly PUF Ventures), announces its joint venture company Propagation Services Canada is to focus on the cultivation of cannabis flowering plants and conduct propagation for its own internal needs. "and therefore will move to cultivate cannabis flowering plants due to the superior economics," said…

“Mergers raise concern in seed market”

A new OECD report on the latest developments in seed markets provides an in-depth assessment of structural changes in global markets for seed and biotechnology based on new…

Mauro Gómez Alvarado new country manager of Top Seeds Mexico

Mauro Gómez Alvarado has been appointed as the new country manager of Top Seeds Mexico, effective 26th November 2018.  ​Mauro is 53 years old and has a long experience in agriculture and in the…

HM.Clause India holds first open day in Hyderabad region

On 21 November 2018, HM.Clause India held its first ever open day at one of its ten local experimental stations in India, near Hyderabad. Nearly 200 customers from all over India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka came to discover nearly 90 varieties of more than 20 different vegetable species. The visit of the area was…


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