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Renko Schuil, Phormium:

"It is possible that focus in screen cloths will shift from light to energy"

More and more customers want to see changing conditions translated into available screen cloths, the people at Phormium notice. That is why the company has been investing heavily in data collection and R&D for years, says Renko Schuil. "At the same time, we can always fall back on the reliable and…

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Horticulture recyclability: what are the eco-friendly alternatives?

Eco-conscious customers demand a reduction in plastics and an increase in sustainable packaging that does not damage the environment. After all, horticulture in itself is the preservation and beautification of the environment, so why damage it through lazy packaging? There are a lot of products that are…

US grocery store expands offering of indoor grown lettuce

Springworks Farm announced that it is now the exclusive provider of whole-head romaine lettuce to Hannaford Supermarkets in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Springworks Farm’s certified organic lettuce travels just 34 miles from its aquaponic greenhouse facilities in Lisbon to Hannaford’s…

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RABI launches Big Farming Survey results

One out of three UK farmers and growers experience depression

RABI’s Big Farming Survey results have revealed that, despite the farming community facing significant mental and physical health challenges, more than 50% remain optimistic about the future of their farm businesses.  The results, which are based on over 15,000 survey responses, were launched on 14 October…

"Unexpected increase in demand for Refresh nets after the summer"

"It could be because of the results we have obtained over the past few months or due to the sunny and dry summer; anyway, we have registered a booming demand for our Refresh white nets. They are recommended for fresh-cut vegetables, i.e. delicate crops with a short cycle, and they create a favorable…

René Eekels, Baskin:

"Wicker display baskets will boost any fruit and vegetable aisle's look"

During the lockdown, many retail chains put many ideas on hold, including implementing fruit and vegetable aisle innovations. That was also the case for wicker display baskets. Baskin makes these Smart Edge Baskets (SEB), and interest has now returned in full force. "We should roll out these baskets at…

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Shade cloths: a short overview

Consumers want vegetables, herbs, and blooms at every time of the year, not just in season. Luckily, growers can grow the entire year, thanks to, among other factors, shade cloths. Shade cloths function like sunscreen, preventing the plants from being overexposed to the sun’s rays, especially during the summer months.  The use of…

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Former Welsh Secretary claims UK supermarkets are ‘disguising’ EU food

John Redwood, the Tory MP for Wokingham in Berkshire, has stated that supermarkets have a ‘keen enthusiasm to display the Union flag’, coupled with a ‘marked reluctance to…

Alice Zaslavsky - Interacting with your Consumers

How developing a better connection with consumers helps boost fresh fruit and vegetable consumption

One of Australia's leading food writers says growers need to connect with consumers not only to push the message surrounding their produce, but also to listen to what is important to them, as the appetite grows for healthy eating. Alice Zaslavsky, author of the book "In Praise of Veg" says she interacts…

Agriplast

Recycled plastic films for greenhouse coverings

Agriplast is a company that produces plastic films for the Italian agricultural and horticultural industry. They are currently using 7 and 5 layer blown film systems and the entire chain is controlled by IT systems.  "Our machines are not only concerned with the quality aspect of the product, they also influence environmental…

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Denmark announces 1 billion kroner for plant-based foods

The Danish government has announced over 1.25 billion kroner (€168 million) in funding to advance plant-based foods, as part of an unprecedented climate agreement for food and agriculture. This funding is the largest investment in plant-based research and development by any EU country to date.  The agreement,…

Fanell, a new mini plum tomato, launched

The Italian division of Top Seeds International, the vegetable seed company that specializes in the development, production, and distribution of hybrid varieties, is launching its first mini-plum tomato, Fanello, on the market, which is the outcome of more than four years of research. TSI Italia has…

Houweling-Dutch Plantin now providing full line of hygiene products

“With all of the crop clean-outs happening, we’ve developed the full program"

“With all of the greenhouse clean-outs happening at this time of the year, we’ve developed a whole hygiene program to facilitate crop rotations,” says Jake Houweling, VP of Sales and Business Development at Houweling-Dutch Plantin (H-DP), an Ontario-based company providing hygiene products,…

Hand cleanser gets patent after research

The cosmetic product NzymRugo, a hand cleanser from the Dutch producer Natural Plant Nutrition International (NPNI), was patented this summer. The patent was obtained after research at Wageningen University & Research and a laboratory in Italy. Roel Huisman of NPNI says the studies showed that all three…

Jeanne Gautier, Gautier Semences:

“We are launching an innovative range of lettuce, red to the heart”

The start of school traditionally marks the unveiling of creations as well as new fashion and design collections. At Gautier Semences, the autumn of 2021 is taking on crimson and garnet colors with the Red Crush, an innovative brand of lettuce, red to the heart. Red color combined with good agronomic qualitiesUnique…

Authorities in the Region of Murcia detected the first case of ToBRFV in Spain since 2019

The Plant Health Service of the Region of Murcia reported that a case of rough tomato virus (ToBRFV) was detected in isolated tomato plants in a greenhouse in Cañada de…

“Now is the time the industry must come together for change”

Two new events have been developed by the UK's Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) to educate and arm the industry in terms of tackling the challenges faced in all areas of the supply chain. "We all saw this coming," explains FPC's chief executive, Nigel Jenney. "As many have echoed, it's largely the result…

Fall medley tomato packs launched

NatureSweet® launches its new Fall Medley packs and continues to expand its portfolio. NatureSweet introduces CONSTELLATION™ Fall Medley 10oz and 24oz packs to the lineup for tomato lovers looking to add sweetness and vibrancy to their fall snacking and mealtimes. The Fall Medley packs are a bright mix…

Lamboseeds

New tomatoes selected from 'ancient' genetic material

Lamboseeds has introduced new tomato varieties over the past few months, developed thanks to breeding activities that lasted a decade. At Macfrut, Sandro Colombi represented the company with an exhibition that impressed operators. "We eliminated the distance between researchers and consumers. For our latest…

Pepperstorm F1, the strong and productive grafting for sweet pepper

Fenix proposes a new grafting for sweet peppers crops, which improves the quality of the fruits. We’re talking about Pepperstorm F1, a sweet pepper intraspecific hybrid (Capsicum annuum L. X Capsicum anuum L.) characterized by the strong, productive push it brings to the plant. It can suit with different…

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Top 7 indoor farming startups by latest deal size

How much has been invested into these companies yet?

As of late August 2021, $5.6 billion of venture capital had been invested into startups in agtech, a sweeping industry vertical that consists of more than 6,000 companies. Within that broader vertical, there are sub-categories of agtech and indoor farming.  Note that clicking on a company or investor name…

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Ida damage to growers estimated at $584 million

Hurricane Ida did at least $584 million in damage to the Louisiana agriculture industry, according to a new report from the LSU AgCenter. Timber damage makes up about half that amount, economist Kurt Guidry said. Another 35% is attributable to the loss of infrastructures such as fences, machinery,…

Ketchup bottles enriched with plantable tomato seed labels

Heinz is offering condiment consumers in Sao Paulo the chance to grow tomatoes from a plantable label. Reinforcing tomatoes as the main ingredient of Heinz Ketchup in the minds of South American consumers, the limited edition packaging encourages customers to head to the garden for homegrown fruit. As…

Greenhouse wins award for sustainable design

The Global Flora Conservatory at Wellesley College already holds several design awards, including the 2021 Architizer A+ Awards Jury Winner for Architecture + New Technology. After several years of planning and construction, it is nearly complete. Designed by Boston-based Kennedy & Violich Architecture,…

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What if food could build biodiversity and tackle climate change?

Fast-moving consumer goods companies (FMCGs) and retailers have the power to make nature-positive food that's good for farmers and business mainstream, writes the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. FMCGs and retailers have a substantial influence on the food system. For example, in the EU and UK, 40% of…

Biota Nutri nominated for Innovation Award

Fertilizer calculator helps growers reduce environmental impact

On September 28th, 2021, the Innovation Award will be presented during the GreenTech fair at the RAI in Amsterdam. This is one of the leading horticultural fairs in the world. Biota Nutri is a Dutch company that develops and produces liquid organic fertilizers for growers worldwide. They are competing…

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Financing a sustainable global food system

The global food system is unsustainable. While it is worth approximately $8 trillion annually, its negative impact is valued at roughly $12 trillion. And this is not the system’s only contradiction. Around the world, food systems are affected by climate change (due to disruptive weather and rising…

Village Farms rebrands

"Our branding represents an evolution to a plant-based, consumer products company"

Village Farms International, Inc. has unveiled new corporate branding and launched its new corporate website. The new branding embodies the company’s evolution over the last…

New baby iceberg lettuce debuts

Braga Fresh will debut Josie’s Organics baby iceberg lettuce in a two-count retail bag at the 2021 Organic Produce Summit, Sept. 16 in Monterey in booth #204. The Josie’s Organics baby iceberg is a bit larger than an apple or avocado, about the size of a large hamburger bun when halved, and easily fits in an adult’s hand. The…

To be presented at Greentech:

Market introduction for tomato leaf-cutting robot Kompano

Remember Kompano, the autonomous, fully automated leaf-cutting robot for tomato crops introduced by Priva a couple of years ago? Well, it's ready for it's market introduction. Priva will introduce Kompano on September the 28th during the Greentech. "The Kompano is the first robot on the market that can…

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Texas growers lose millions following weather challenges

The Texas agriculture industry has been hit hard by the pandemic and the February freeze. Now, the recent summer storms haven't made their recovery easy. Southeast Texas farmers say they're constantly having to adapt to the changing climate and conditions, but 2021 has been one unlike any other. A…

Modular living system for living plants indoor and outdoor

When new urban farming setups are created they integrate either individual proprietary solutions or standard horticulture components to set up grow spaces that are originally meant for large-scale and commercial operations. Urban farming can come in very diverse forms, contexts, and locations, and…

"Make fruit and vegetables cheaper," advised Dutch board

Introduce levies on added sugar, salt, and red meat in the Netherlands and make fruit and vegetables cheaper. That is what a report from the country's Scientific Council for…

"We aim to bring growers the best for hydroponic propagation"

At this year’s GreenTech Amsterdam on 28-30 September, Ellepot will be bringing their technologies for the hydroponic segment. "It is our highest priority to get out there and talk to the growers who are looking to increase the sustainability of their businesses. We aim to bring growers the best of…

Bever Innovation introduces an improved 7-layer leaf carrier

"Technical optimizations offer even wider deployment and greater usability"

Bever Innovations introduces its updated 7-layer Leaf Carrier. "This grow cart incorporates a number of new and very interesting technical features, which make the cart even more user-friendly and more widely applicable," the team says. The water-resistance of the bottom side has been increased to IP65,…

Cairo Scene

From seed to plate, Nabat farms introduces Cairo to new lettuce flavors

A hydroponic farm in Cairo farming lettuce and a range of leafy greens, Nabat Farm is the definition of farm-to-table, integrating all of their own locally-grown vegetables into their menu. Their offerings are simple yet vibrant and teeming with a medley of flavors. Their salads all have quirky names…

Singaporean infectious disease experts:

‘Handling vegetables at market could have led to COVID-19 spread’

Experts claim that people who contracted COVID-19 at Bukit Merah View Market and Hawker Centre in June typically had three things in common: They were unvaccinated, did not…

Farmworkers in the US more likely to die from extreme heat

Many people will not know that in the US, extreme heat kills more people each year than floods, hurricanes and tornadoes. An average of 702 heat-related deaths takes place…

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…

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Salad dressing made by Des Moines urban farmers is hitting Hy-Vee shelves

After six growing seasons, a Des Moines urban farm known for its salad greens is putting products on the shelf at Hy-Vee stores across the Midwest. Jenny Quiner, owner of Dogpatch Urban Gardens, 5085 Meredith Drive, has expanded the farm's offerings to include salad dressings designed to complement its…

Surna Cultivation Technologies

Surna expands HVACD products portfolio

Surna Cultivation Technologies has expanded its HVACD product portfolio. “We’ve seen code requirements in several states where variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technologies are required. To serve customers in these states, we have added this technology to our portfolio,” said Troy Rippe, Surna’s Vice…

UK Salad company wants to increase growth with 'performance nutritionist'

Prepared salad brand Steve’s Leaves is using an experienced Performance Nutritionist to promote the benefits of watercress in a new campaign targeted towards a younger consumer. "The latest campaign, featuring Ed Tooley, will target under 45s interested in fitness, sport and nutrition via social media…

Salad probably caused 2019 E. coli outbreak in the UK

A recent study presumes that more than 30 people were part of an E. coli outbreak in the United Kingdom linked to salad in sandwiches in 2019. It was the first UK-wide…

"Assessing health benefits of tomatoes can only be reached with all players of the chain"

The health benefits of tomato, a vegetable consumed daily in human diets, have received great attention in the scientific community, and a great deal of experiments have…

Transplanting multiple commodities: a demo of the versatile PlantTape system

PlantTape recently did a field demo to showcase the versatile nature of their system. They loaded six different commodities into our transplanter and planted them all simultaneously. The commodities they chose for the demonstration were: romaine lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, leeks, broccoli, and…

Grower rid of Pythium in no time

Controlling algae, bacteria and fungi with ultrasonic transmitters

USAF ultrasonic transmitters are excellent at combating algae, something that can actually be seen with the human eye. However, this does not apply to fungi, and even PCR tests of water samples only show whether the DNA of a fungus is present, and not whether the fungus is functional or not. To know for…

Brazil startup focuses on tomato molecule to treat bad cholesterol

Researchers from the São Paulo startup Crop Biotecnologia have developed a platform to express peptides (amino acid molecules that make up proteins) in tomatoes for the…

Veg Power joins forces with Love British Food

Veg Power, the industry-backed not-for-profit alliance, which aims to increase vegetable consumption in the UK, has announced that it is joining forces with Love British Food…

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…

ToBRFV found in France

The French Ministry of Agriculture and Food confirmed presence of ToBRFV in the the farm of the agricultural high school of Sainte Livrade sur Lot (47110) on July 29, 2021. Samples were taken and…

The Compostable Company, Guy Sampson:

Agri-tape extends the benefits of compostable plastic products

Novamont’s Mater-Bi resins and products have been available in the South African marketplace since late 2018, sold by The Compostable Co into the retail, manufacturing and agricultural industries, although disruptions to supply channels and the advent of the Covid pandemic has set the market penetration…

Mondoverde Semilla - Italy

"Harmonizing cultivation and marketing is not easy, but certainly not impossible"

The choice of variety is often the difference between success and failure, not only in a given growing season, but also for a company as a whole. In the tomato segment, the choice of varieties is widening and the companies that produce and distribute seeds are increasingly specialized in offering…

"Our update empowers users to make impactful decisions regarding water quality"

Addressing global water management issues, KETOS, a water intelligence innovator, announced enhancements to its cloud-based KETOS Smart Water Intelligence Platform. Key…

Organics response to Health Canada postponement of pesticide increases in food

The Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) is pleased, yet cautious, that Health Canada is postponing the Pest Management Regulatory Agency’s consultation proposing to…

Microplastic-free lettuce pellet: first to market in North America

Incotec is offering the first microplastic-free seed coating for lettuce in North America. This is the first of a new range of seed coatings that provide customers with products that are ready for anticipated regulatory changes and meet sustainability requirements with no compromise on quality. These…

Indian ‘Bhut Jolokia’ chilis underway to London

One of the hottest chilis in the world, known as the ‘Bhut Jolokia’ is underway from Guwahati to London for the first time. The produce was declared the hottest chili pepper…


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