Suppliers

Ottone Marco:

"Fewer root diseases since the roots are no longer in contact with the drain water"

"Since the substrate slab is raised, the humidity in the slab is lower and the drainage is better. The roots remain in the slab and are not in contact with the gutter's drainage, resulting in fewer root diseases. To us, those are the main benefits of the Spacer Premium piece, which raises the substrate…

J.H. Leavy & Co

Brisbane wholesaler able to significantly boost operations since moving into new warehouse

A major Brisbane wholesaler says it has been able to provide a significant increase in capacity across a number of its current service offerings, since launching its new facility. J.H. Leavy & Co. invested in a new $19.5million dollar purpose designed warehouse, which was opened in August, 2020. CEO Ben…

New year, new Dutch office for Paskal located in Central Europe

The start of a new year this year also meant the start of a new chapter for Paskal Nederland BV for Central Europe. The innovative producer of (covered) horticulture or greenhouse solutions was slowly but surely outgrowing their office and wanted to settle in a more central location. They succeeded:…

“Everything came together during our final year”

In July 2019, Dutch pepper grower Léon Barendse sold his company Barendse-DC in Middenmeer to neighbor Agro Care, who made him an offer too good to refuse. Until then, he hadn't even considered the option of selling the company, and neither did Léon want to hear about quitting in 2019. After careful…

Bio-solutions in controlling insect pests in strawberry

"Biocontrol of key pests in strawberries more important than ever"

Bioline Agrosciences is a provider of biological crop protection technology: Bio-solutions, including macrobiologicals, pollination and associated products. “Through our distribution network we supply technology, advice and products to help growers produce a world leading product.” The adoption of…

Update to GB special requirements concerning tomato plant imports

Further information related to special requirements needed for imports in to GB now include some further clarifications. The attached special requirements will apply with…

Germany increased tomato imports from Morocco by 246.1%

According to data from Hortoinfo based on the Euroestacom statistical service (Icex-Eurostat) data for the January-November period of the last five years, Germany has…

Four strategies for overcoming greenhouse labor challenges

The greenhouse labor shortage is affecting businesses across the industry. Companies are under more pressure than ever to discover how to make their labor dollars stretch the furthest,…

Large funds likely to make early-stage UAE-Israeli agritech deals

As the UAE and Israel explore opportunities for collaboration in achieving food security, the first deals in agritech and food technology are likely to be made by the larger…

US: Cultivating beautiful flowers and greenhouse vegetables at Castle Hayne Farms

Growing up in the Netherlands, Mark Hommes was raised on horticulture and a love of Dutch iris. Current co-owner of Castle Hayne Farms, Mark always knew he would become a commercial-flower grower, learning the trade from his father, but what he didn’t realize is the amount of rich history both his…

"The coco-peat industry in India has a bright future"

As the COVID-19 pandemic has placed a spotlight on resilient food systems and sustainable business practices, many horticulture companies are viewing these challenging times as an opportunity to implement more sustainable solutions. Evergreen Exports is one such company and specializes in the production…

Ghana: More greenhouses to be installed for all-year-round vegetable production

Preparatory works have started for the second instalment of 100 greenhouses for all-year-round vegetable production in parts of the country. This follows the successful…

Hans van der Waal: "I am, and always will be, a CEO with a green thumb”

His father owned a cow farm in the United States, but after 1970 he started getting back into the cultivation business. In the Dutch town of Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, they grew cauliflower and broccoli outside and green peppers in the greenhouses. In 1990 the company moved to Zevenhuizen, where Hans and his…

Molari Berries & Breeding take stock of a good 2020

"You now can grow small fruits all over the world"

This year many events took place in a digital setting, including the Global Berry Congress. The Italian Molari Berries & Breeding also attended the special event. "It is interesting to see how, despite the pandemic, the sector was able to keep up with a remarkable trend. Consumers' lifestyles have…

Polish grower Pawel Karpinski on his journey from 100% HPS to 100% LED use

"I believe you should look for the newest solution to be ahead of the market"

At his farm in Zuromin, Pawel Karpinski grows tomatoes in 3.5ha of glasshouses but found it difficult to expand due to rising production costs, stagnating prices and growing international competition. In 2017, Karpinski started hydroponic production of lettuce in a new 6200m² greenhouse. Phase 2 in 2019…

Murcia is Spain's leading lettuce exporter

Lettuce is the third most exported vegetable by Spain. In 2019, exports were worth 721 million Euro, while between January and October of last year their value totaled 530…

Adapt8 brings Louver manufacturing back to US

"Pandemic-related supply chain delays spur production change"

Adapt8, maker of durable and efficient greenhouse and agricultural products, brought the manufacturing of louvers used in Adapt8 greenhouse kits, sheds and other outbuildings…

Research into organic residues as potting soil constituents

Potting soil consists of a mixture with, for example, peat, coconut or wood fibers. Organic residues may also be added to this, but according to industry regulations up to a certain maximum. This is because residues such as compost, roadside grass and other organic residuals can have negative effects on…

Gerold Wilms, bekuplast LLC:

"This year will certainly hold one or two more challenges for all of us"

The bekuplast company, a leading supplier of reusable plastic containers, has faced previously unknown challenges as a result of the Corona pandemic last year. However, due to the broad product range in both the food and non-food sectors, the impact was less severe than initially feared, says Key Account…

Arthur van Marrewijk, product specialist at Syngenta:

Tomato Vision looks back on successful and educational unlighted cultivation period

The unlighted department of Tomato Vision, Syngenta's new demonstration greenhouse in Maasland, the Netherlands, has planted a new crop. How does the Tomato Vision team look back on the first few months in the new greenhouse?  "I can proudly say that it has gone very well," says Arthur van Marrewijk with a…

Amevo presents sustainable lightweight BJA binding pliers

With the new BJA TB-SI blue binding pliers, Amevo presents a lightweight set of pliers. At just 421 grams it's a real lightweight, yet extremely durable.  Espen Zecha, sales representative at Amevo, is very proud of this expansion to the well-known BJA programme. "BJA has been a guarantee for high quality…

100% of the shares

Horticoop acquires Smartcoat

Horticoop B.V. will take over Finoxa’s shareholding in Smartcoat B.V. (20%) by the end of 2020. The producer of shading agents will be wholly owned by Horticoop B.V. Smartcoat, with its brands Reducsystems and Sudlac, is active in more than 50 countries and produces innovative coatings and cleaning agents that enable growers to…

Transition to a plastic free crop clip system: now or later?

Many horticultural businesses are in the middle of the crop change or it has already been done. This also means that the used crop gets shredded and removed. These crop remainders often contain plastic. Dutch tomato growers have over two billion plastic clips and 864,000,000 meters of plastic rope per…

Gregor Ziegler launches Timpor Hydrofibre

"New peat substitute is aggregate for substrates"

"We're stirring up the market of peat substitutes once again," Matthias Ziegler with Gregor Ziegler announces. With Timpor Hydrofibre, Ziegler expands, as of now, the wood fibre range with a particularly water-storing variation. “The product innovation promises to bring further momentum in the area of…

CeeGreen Owner Peter Hendriksen on enhancing energy investment:

“Ontario is great at generating power but is terrible at distributing it”

"The mismanagement of power in Ontario is a decades-long saga that continues to plague households and businesses alike. In short, collective poor planning and lack of adequate speculation by the provincial government, bureaucrats and municipal utilities providers have created a system in which the…

A view inside the parts warehouse at Steenks Service

Parts used to be ordered mainly by telephone and by mail. The process of digitisation pushes on, and that is also the case for the many webshops that are arising. Webshops fulfil a need. Because of those technological developments in the past years, Steenks Service decided, at the beginning of 2019, to…

Russia allows tomato imports from Azerbaijani company Agroterm LLC

Russian agriculture watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has allowed tomato imports from one Azerbaijani enterprise, while considering giving a nod to another two greenhouses of that…

Gerrit Staal, Elpress:

“Food safety increasingly important in greenhouse horticulture”

“Within two weeks I was back home.” Gerrit Staal, who since March 1st is Export Manager Horticulture Sector at Elpress, can laugh about it, but it took some getting used to. He had imagined his first steps in the world of hygiene in greenhouse horticulture differently. For business the coronavirus, the 'culprit' of working from home, is not bad. “Elpress is doing well, also in green…

Ana Cristina Garcia, Plantlogic

"Pyramid base of our pots ensures airflow to the roots and drains water at the edges"

While many growers may view the substrate, nutrients and water as the major determinants of crop success, we may overlook the very thing that holds it all together: pots. Aiming to provide growers with innovative potting solutions that favor root health, Plantlogic is constantly finding new ways to…

HUB Cycling gives back to local greenhouse workers

Members from the cycling advocacy and education group, ‘HUB Cycling Tsawwassen Delta’, recently donated more than 170 rechargeable bike light sets and reflectors to migrant greenhouse workers In addition, Tony Dales of The Rusty Nut Cycle and Mobility, Cap’s South Shore Cycle and Karon Trenaman of ICBC…

Biostimulants fighting drought and heath

Drought costs farmers around the world £10bn in crop losses every year – but new trial results show that combining biostimulants with micronutrients could be the answer to food security. The study, by researchers at Nottingham Trent University in collaboration with Micromix, looked at the effect of a…

Howicover: “Much more than just a frost protection cover”

Now that the cold months are nipping at our heels and plants need protection from the frost, the demand for climate netting is increasing. Horticultural fleece used to be the most common crop covering, but in the past few years Howicover, a multifunctional climate netting from Howitec Netting in…

Paul Brentlinger, chief executive officer of CropKing:

"Passion is the biggest determinant of a grower’s success"

“Over the last 5-7 years, universities’ interest in greenhouse and hydroponic training has exploded. Getting involved with the education community has been great; it used to be only a specific group that liked hydroponics, but now everyone seems to,” says Paul Brentlinger, chief executive officer of…

Cajamar's analysis of the 2019/2020 horticultural campaign

The value of Almeria's horticultural exports grew by 21.3% in five years

According to the recently presented analysis of the 2019/2020 fruit and vegetable campaign prepared by Cajamar, the prices at origin of most of the products of Almeria's fruit…

Investment for producer of greenhouse coverings UbiGro

UbiQD today announced the close of a $7M Series A funding round. UbiQD will deploy the capital raised in this round to continue scaling the rollout of its first commercial product, UbiGro®, a layer of light that helps plants utilize sunlight more effectively. The round was co-led by Scout Ventures and…

Netherlands: 9 meters for House of Representatives, 12 meters for Bosman Van Zaal

Who's got the tallest? That question is fitting for a 'competition' that Bosman Van Zaal and the Tweede Kamer (the Dutch House of Representatives) in The Hague are having. At the door of the policy makers there's a Christmas tree of 9 meters tall, while at Bosman Van Zaal there's one that's 12 meters…

Greater supplies of assorted greenhouse tomatoes

Supplies of greenhouse tomatoes are up. “Overall, supply has been greater this year compared to last. Our production in Canada ran three to four weeks longer than the previous year due to favorable weather, and the fall crops being planted have ensured secure supply,” says Marc Danner, general manager of…

Iwan van Vliet, Westland Seeds:

"The foundation has been laid for the next step”

Breeding company Westland Seeds will celebrate its 12.5 years anniversary on February 21st, 2021. In August 2008, bell pepper grower Wim Grootscholten officially decided to also be involved with the breeding of different varieties of peppers (bell peppers, pointed peppers, mini bell peppers, and chili…

Food waste to indoor farming input: Re-Nuble raises $1.1m seed funding

The organic cycling science leader Re-Nuble closed a $1.1 million seed round. Re-Nuble's core technology upcycles organic compounds from unrecoverable vegetative food waste, generating water-soluble, organic hydroponic nutrients for soilless farms. The invested seed round monies will expand their team,…

"Investors are looking for sustainable, complete solutions"

Why the food and agri sector is hot for investors

Codema, PT Tec, Van der Hoeven, Certhon, Stolze, Prins Group, Taks Handling Systems, Berkvens - the list of horticultural suppliers currently fully or partially owned by investment firms grows longer and longer and includes also growers, like Agro Care. "Our food and agri sector is hot with investors,"…

World Soil Day 2020

Growing media helps protecting our soil

Under the slogan “Keep soil alive, Protect biodiversity”, the FAO is celebrating the World Soils Day last Saturday, raising awareness for the value of healthy biodiverse soil…

Qatar greenhouse research

Spectrum selective nanofluid on greenhouse rooftop reduces cooling load by 26%

In hot climatic conditions, the temperature inside a greenhouse is much higher than the ambient temperature and requires significant cooling to maintain the temperature in the…

Turkey exports $280 million worth of tomatoes to 60 countries

In the first 11 months of 2020, Turkey's tomato exports increased by 7.5% compared with the same period last year to reach $280 million. This produce has been exported to 60…

Timo Spruijt 30MHz’s new Chief Commercial Officer

Timo Spruijt is 30MHz’s new Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). Together with 30MHz, Timo wants to take big steps in innovating agriculture and simplify digitalization in the sector. “Growers and partners can use 30MHz to decide which information is valuable to their business.” Ever since he was young, Timo…

BASF introduces ToBRFV intermediate resistant tomato variety in Mexico

For the new season in Mexico, BASF are introducing their first tomato variety with intermediate resistance against Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV). The new hybrid is a cherry plum tomato variety and combines intermediate resistance with strong agronomic and market performance. “The new variety has…

45 years of Globe Plant tomato plants for Dutch grower

When a plant nursery gets to call itself a supplier of 45 years for a grower, that's cause for celebration. Globe Plant thought so too, and threw a party. Tomato grower Van Heijningen got a beautiful cake for this joyful occasion. Johan Grootscholten with Globe Plant: "It sounds so familiar and common,…

January-September 2020

Azerbaijan increases tomato exports

Azerbaijan has increased the export of tomatoes by 15.5 percent in the period January-September 2020. In this period, the country exported 154,980 tons of tomatoes worth…

U.S. Farms: Higher wages, use of Visa program and more women workers in COVID year

Hired farmworkers make up less than 1 percent of all U.S. wage and salary workers, but they play an essential role in labor-intensive industries within U.S. agriculture, such as the production of fruits, vegetables, melons, dairy, and nursery and greenhouse crops. Hired farmworkers are found in a variety…

Between January and September, imports grew by 16% in value and 20% in volume

Morocco positions itself as Spain's leading supplier of fruit and vegetables

Morocco has established itself as the Spanish market's leading supplier of fruits and vegetables. Between January and September 2020, Spanish imports of fresh Moroccan…

Woolworths clarifies "at risk" suppliers

In a response to reports of slavery in the fresh produce chain Woolworths has issued a statement saying that the data in the report 332 sites where workers were reportedly "at…

Uzbekistan exports fruits and vegetables to 80 countries

In 2020, the volume of production of fruits and vegetables will exceed 20 million tons for Uzbekistan, according to numbers from the Uzbek embassy in Italy. The Uzbek soil is…

Demand for liquid shading in North America continues to grow

Twenty years ago, flower grower Peter Heemskerk began importing pallets with coatings for his Canadian colleagues. Since that time, demand has risen exponentially. Today there is a distribution network that covers North, Central and South America. The interest in the ReduSystems coatings has spread from…

"Implementing biostimulants will help minimize the overuse of mineral salts"

In a series published by Re-Nuble, the use of biostimulant products to help save soils are being discussed. "One potential facet for saving soils is utilizing soilless…

This year, the UK imported less fruit and vegetables, especially in Q3

This year, the United Kingdom imported less fresh fruit and vegetables. Based on figures up to September, imports for the whole of 2020 are estimated at 5.7 million tons. That was 6 million tons in 2018 and 2019. In the two previous years, it was also 5.7 million tons. That country, however, imported…

50 years of Gert-Jan Zantingh

Gert-Jan Zantingh, Managing Director of Zantingh B.V., is celebrating his birthday today - and not just any birthday, but his fiftieth birthday! In Rijsenhout, his colleagues are doing everything they can to remind him of this happy event and we're sure this small article and the photo are also a part of that. Happy birthday Gert-Jan! 

First strawberries from Huelva already on the market. Raspberries record better demand and prices this year

"We are committed to entering the market as early as possible"

The first early strawberries from Huelva have already reached the Spanish market, although in still very limited quantities. “We already have some San Andreas strawberries in Huelva, which for now are going to the domestic market. Last week, we sold about 1,800 kilos, and little by little, our daily…

Are broad spectrum disinfectants safe for both plants and humans?

Economic uncertainty in the restaurant and hospitality sector and the increased sanitation protocols for staff caused by the pandemic has acutely affected the horticulture industry. As we have seen, a single case of COVID-19 can result in a quarantine and testing requirements that can lead to a costly…

Syngenta launches Spiropidion: a new insecticide active ingredient

Spiropidion is an innovative new technology that can be used to protect a wide array of crops from some of the most damaging, and difficult to control, sucking pests.…

Plantech opens Plantech West: Ontario location

Plantech, a Canadian leader in greenhouse electrical systems, controls and automation, has opened a location in Southwestern Ontario. In addition to their HQ in Vineland, Plantech West is now officially operating in Leamington. Jeff McFadden will be operating the new location "With a new office and…

2020 season was not easy for Polish strawberry producers

Poland is the largest producer of currants, gooseberries, raspberries and the second largest producer of strawberries in the EU. With a share of over 50%, Poland is an…

Speak out and be 'deleted': Suppliers fear supermarket retribution

Some supermarkets are threatening to "delete" suppliers' products from shelves if they speak out about tactics like 45% margins and billing for thefts, a supplier industry group says. The accusations come as the government orders its promised year-long Commerce Commission market study into supermarkets…

Ninjacart in association with Kilofarms successfully produces first set of residue-free tomatoes

Ninjacart, India’s largest B2B fresh produce supply chain company furthered its vision of, ‘Safe food for billion people’ with its first set of Residue-Free Tomatoes, produced…

Trianum: Not a picky fungus

Trichoderma harzianum T-22 is not a selective fungus and thrives on pretty much anything that grows and flowers and has roots. This makes Trianum a very rewarding product for many growers, both in the greenhouse and outside. The biological fungicide Trianum is registered in many countries for use in numerous crops, including…

Prevention of droplets inside plastic greenhouse results in 80% reduction of fungicide use

Large condensation droplets cause loss of light in any greenhouse. Furthermore, in plastic greenhouses and tunnels they cause disease-related problems. These problems can be controlled to a large extent by using the AntiCondens coating. "In a plastic greenhouse of one my customers, I once saw a crop…

Facebook: &ever

High-tech vertical farms to begin operations next year and bring fresher leafy greens to S’poreans’ plates

&ever to supply 1,25 tonnes of leafy greens a day to Singaporeans

From next year, Singaporeans can expect more of their favorite Asian vegetables to reach their plates quicker and fresher, thanks to a slew of high-tech urban farms that are set to begin operations. For vertical farming company &ever, it can even sell its vegetables “while they are still living,” said…

Morocco exported a higher volume of tomatoes than Almeria for the first time

According to data from the Estacom statistical service processed by Hortoinfo, the province of Almeria exported 418.64 million kilos of tomatoes in the 2019/2020 campaign. This export volume is 11.3% lower than the volume shipped in the previous season and 25.2% lower than in the last five seasons.…

Bernd Jäger (Jäger Gemüse LLC) on the situation on the free market

"Reichenau tomatoes on home stretch, lamb's lettuce harvest picks up speed"

Despite the current circumstances, the German greenhouse vegetable harvest has gone according to plan so far. On the island of Reichenau - one of the most important growing regions in Germany - the traditional switch from summer crops to the winter range is now taking place. "Reichenau tomatoes are…

Rijk Zwaan at Asia Fruit Logistica

Responding to a changing market

The coronavirus outbreak appears to be reinforcing four key consumer trends in particular. At Asia Fruit Logistica ON 2020, Rijk Zwaan will be sharing details of solutions that respond to those trends. Consumers both in Asia and worldwide are making new and different choices. They are buying their groceries through alternative sales…

"The most effective programs are founded on preventative action"

Traditionally, sanitation in the horticultural industry mainly focuses on eliminating plant pathogenic organisms and their host sites to stave off plant diseases. Sanitizing growing facilities is critical in maintaining clean conditions to improve crop health and quality. However, 2020 has elevated…

South Africa: 'We see hydroponics as the future of farming’

Getting children to learn how to grow vegetables at school is an idea which is growing in popularity across Mzansi. The topic is close to the heart of Branden Gee and his business partner Cameron Blair, who also have a hydroponic set-up in Pinetown outside Durban, as well as an e-commerce business. “Our…

Newly reared Aphidius Ervi strain strong tool against aphids

Aphids are one of the most destructive crop pests; for many growers it is truly their worst nightmare. Throughout the years, Aphid control in many crops has been depending on using chemical pesticides with the active ingredient of imidacloprid. Imidacloprid is currently in the process of being phased out…

Phormium is on the eve of great things

"People have realized that a screen is more than just a cloth for shadow"

Screen cloths have an important role in horticulture. Forty years ago, screen cloths were used to keep the sunlight out, now we see that screen cloths are used to create an optimal climate. Peter Ollevier, Sales & Marketing Director, Phormium: "Ten years ago, there was a turnaround. People started to…

Ken Sharpe (New Century Glasshouses) passes away

After a short illness, we are sorry to announce the sad passing of Ken Sharpe. Some will remember him from his days at the Hull company Westdock, starting there in 1959 selling glasshouses across the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands. After only 3 years and staying within horticulture, he started his…

Field day in Uzbekistan, Betis F1 in the spotlight

Betis F1 was the guest of honour at this field day organized by Sakata Central Asia. Twenty visitors (dealers, growers and nurseries) travelled from the Andijan, Fergana and Namangan regions to admire the brand new Betis F1, a good competitive proposal for both hot and cold seasons. It was an opportunity to…

Torbjørn Tandberg

"Svalbard Global Seed Vault is more secure than ever"

Deep inside a mountain on an island in the Svalbard archipelago, halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, more than one million seeds of crops from around the world are stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The storage facility thus contains the world’s largest backup collection of seed…

Himalaya2Home

The food crusaders preserving India’s heritage

A small army of botanical heritage enthusiasts is spearheading a movement in India for the revival and preservation of the country’s rapidly vanishing food biodiversity by bringing back the rich crop varieties that thrived in the past, but are now on the verge of extinction. Babita Bhatt, a 43-year-old…

Spanish pepper exports have been record-breaking

Spanish pepper exports have reached unprecedented figures in the 2019/2020 campaign with the sale of 869.62 million kilos worth 1,199.02 million Euro, at an average price of €…

Ognjen Stevanovic | Dreamstime.com

Tomato seed value chain analysis and seed conditioning among seed companies in Uganda

Tomatoes increase nutritional food security and income among Ugandan smallholder farmers who have limited access to high quality seed. The objective of a new study was to analyze the current tomato seed value chain for Uganda. Survey responses determined roles of key participants, including Ministry of…

Norway: Successful seed deposit despite the pandemic

In the midst of the ongoing global pandemic, gene banks are sending backup copies of their seeds to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. This week, around 15,000 new bags of seeds from eight gene banks were safely placed on the shelves in the seed vault. "It is impressive that gene banks are able to maintain…

Special: A clean facility

A clean slate is a perfect start for a new crop. But how do you realize the cleanest greenhouse? What kind of schemes will you apply? And what kind of things should you bear in mind when taking the crop out and preparing for a new crop? And what micro materials can also be usefull?  Usually we present to you the special crop rotation…

NSHS

US: NSHS announces new ToBRFV testing protocol for tomato and pepper

Testing tomato and pepper seeds for Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) has become an urgent seed industry need because of import requirements in the European Union (EU) and many other countries. On Oct 28, the NSHS Policies and Procedures Board approved a quantitative RT-PCR method for the…


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