New hot honey product features datil peppers

St. Augustine, Florida is known for growing some of the hottest chili peppers in the country, including the fiery datil pepper. Traders Hill Farm, in partnership with World…

Waste-me-not program launched to promote 'imperfect produce'

A recent loss-conscious program focuses on selling Nature Fresh Farms imperfect produce to reduce food waste. The Waste Me Nots program was recently created to leverage Nature Fresh Farms Tomatoes, Peppers, and Cucumbers that do not meet the criteria of their Quality Control team. As most greenhouses…

Sustainable punnet film for strawberries introduced

Soft fruit marketing group Berry Gardens has partnered with packaging manufacturer Coveris to launch a new printed lidding film that contains more than 30 percent post-consumer recyclate (PCR). The PCR film is now available nationwide across lines including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries,…

"An optimized environmental friendly clip"

During the crop rotation of greenhouse vegetables, a considerable waste stream is released. Royal Brinkman intends to make the crop rotation as sustainable as possible. Think of materials that can be sustainably processed by the waste industry or solutions for reuse. Due to the smart design of the Valent…

Giant pepper of 555 gram grown in the Arava desert

When sorting the peppers in the packing house in the Arava, Israel, a huge pepper of 0,555 kg was found. Shoham Ben-Ezuz, manager of the packing house, says: “This humongous pepper came from the greenhouse of an outstanding, experienced farmer, Moti Levi. We sort 40 tons of peppers a day here, coming…

Flexibility in commercial irrigation made easier with new mist controller

Link4 Corporation, manufacturers of cloud-based irrigation, fertigation, and environmental controllers, continues to bring new products to growers with the introduction of their Sapphire Commercial Irrigation/Mist cloud-based controller. The Sapphire is a commercial irrigation controller that can be programmed…

Launch of Africa - Middle East mobile app

"As we start a new year, we are cognizant of the fact that online presence is increasing. Communities throughout the globe have been forced to spend more of their time online…

"A custom light optic provides extra-wide, uniform light dispersion over the grow area"

GE Current, a Daintree company, has launched the Arize Factor Multilayer (ML) Series, the latest addition to its lineup of horticulture fixtures for indoor farms and greenhouses. "Assembled in the USA, the Arize Factor packages improved optics and optimized light spectrums to become an industry-leading,…

Lipman Family Farms to showcase compostable packaging at Southern Exposure

New packaging makes sustainable shopping easier

Lipman Family Farms will showcase new compostable clamshell packaging at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure conference next week, reinforcing the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainable practices across the supply chain. Curated for Lipman’s organic grape tomatoes, the packaging offers…

Mr. Green by TSI Italia

Versatile tomatoes that add value and capitalize investments

Blossom-end rot is a problem that affects table tomatoes. Finding a variety with a good tolerance can be hard, especially if it needs to combine resistance to TYLCV, TSWV and Cladosporium. When these characteristics must go hand in hand with the need of producing oblong tomatoes that are appealing,…

Revolution farms launches new products

“Variety is the spice of life"

Revolution Farms, an indoor greenhouse farm in Michigan, is launching four new products in independent grocery stores in the Detroit Metro area and West Michigan this month, including three bold salad mixes and a whole head, living lettuce. The three new salad mixes include: BAM! Baby Kale, POW! Superfood Mix and Zesty Zing…

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Cheers! Greenhouse grown banana's used for craft brewed IPA

Ever knocked back a pint of ale and thought, what this needs is more bananas? Probably not, but if you have then you are in luck, as a tropical garden and a craft beer maker on Japan's Izu Peninsula have teamed up to brew up a banana-accented IPA. Atagawa Tropical & Alligator Garden in Higashiizu,…

Lettuce grower launches new product line

"Consumers demand for a safer alternative"

Expanding what is already one of the most diverse greenhouse baby leaf and head lettuce portfolios on the market, Revol Greens is adding a large-scale chopped romaine program with three new retail varieties available at select retailers throughout the Midwest. There also will be channel-specific…

Blackmore company launches Air Tray line of root air pruning trays

"Healthier plants that transplant faster"

Blackmore Company is announcing the official launch of their Air Tray line of patented root air pruning trays. The cornerstone of this technology is a tray design that maximizes air flow around the root zone, optimizing root air pruning, and closely simulating natural root development in container…

Hazera launches crop advisor app

"Assistance always and everywhere"

"Supporting growers during the full crop cycle is of utmost importance for us," says Hazera. " In all of our activities, we are always looking at ways we can grow together and…

Poorthuis Packaging launches new items

NL: New snack tomato and blueberry shakers

The Dutch company, Poorthuis, has expanded its paper container range considerably. It's added items like snack tomato and blueberry cups. These are in 175 and 200g shaker format. Both can be automatically processed on existing filling machines. There are also 200, 300, 400, and 500g variants available.  Each…

"Sales of delicate tomatoes remain unaffected by the pandemic"

Delicate tomatoes can be used in cooking as a vegetable, but also eaten as a snack. These small tomatoes contain 1.7 times the vitamins of regular tomatoes. The outside is delicate and the sugar content is high. The delicate tomatoes are fragrant and taste delicious. Their flavor is unique. They have…

New brand launched by Vitacress

"Best possible growing experience for both seasoned and novice gardeners"

Herb grower Vitacress has announced that it is unveiling a new herb brand in the horticulture sector this month. The Season range, which is grown in West Sussex within an indoor food grade environment, is available all year round. Offering an assortment of different herbs, the range includes 48 products…

Bayer crop science names Inci Dannenberg global head of vegetable seeds

Recently, Bayer announced a leadership change in its Crop Science Vegetable Seeds business. Inci Dannenberg has been named the new Global Head of Vegetable Seeds. She replaces Jackie Applegate who is now the Head of Commercial Operations North America for Bayer Crop Science. Dannenberg was formerly the Head…

The new generation of greenhouse fans

Multifan Greenhouse fans have been known for years for their robust character, easy installation and extremely long service life. The new generation also has low noise levels and improved energy efficiency. The new fan is up to 45% more energy-efficient and considerably more quiet, without compromising…

"Always looking for solutions to packaging problems"

The A TOP team is always on the lookout for unsolved packaging problems. A TOP develops sustainable and circular packaging innovations, particularly for the AGF sector. The four-strong team consists of two Dutchmen, a Briton and a German, who together have more than 100 years' experience in the packaging…

Launch of the new MiniGu brand of mini-cucumbers

MiniGu®, a mini cucumber brand from the Almeria-based company Ecoinver, has just been launched with the support of Enza Zaden and its EasyQs® line. "The launch of MiniGu has happened after extensive experience growing the product," says Ismael Segura, CEO of Ecoinver, talking about the first steps in launching…

New resealable snacking tomato line introduced

Kaliroy Fresh LLC is launching a new top-seal resealable snacking tomato line this month. The mixed medley and grape tomatoes are part of a larger line that includes orange grape, organic grape and more. The full lineup includes red grape, mixed medley, orange grape, yellow grape, cherry and organic grape tomatoes.…

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Herb Saver that keeps produce fresh for longer goes viral

On TikTok, there is a video about a viral herb saver that may be just what you need to keep your cilantro, chives and dill fresher for longer. So if herbs are hard for you to keep fresh for long periods of time, this herb saver from Amazon is a tool you will adore in the kitchen. The viral video showcasing…

BE: BelOrta introduces new Scarlet Red beef tomato

BelOrta has further expanded its tomato assortment. This Belgian cooperative has introduced the Scarlet Red. This tomato is immediately recognizable. It has dark red flesh, a good shelf life, and an aromatic character. The first of these tomatoes will be sold today, Wednesday, 10 March. BelOrta's tomato range…

Ark Foods’ Clean Label Salads

New salad line celebrates the unsung heroes of the veggie world

The consumer demand for healthy and convenient food options has been on the rise over the years, and with the onset of the pandemic – which was quickly followed by meal fatigue – the demand is higher than ever. Ark Foods is looking to fill the demand with their new salad line: Clean Label Salads. Melanie…

"Bright red colour and excellent firmness in this new tomato"

This is a great year for the Durillo cherry tomato bred by Top Seeds International, the global vegetable seed company which specialises in the development, production and distribution of innovative hybrid varieties. "February in Italy is a crucial time for the harvest of Durillo, the Top Seeds International…

The Brassica season has started

Brassica young plant delivery season has started in week 7 and continue until week 32. For the coming season, more than 200 million brassica plants are scheduled to be produced. The Beekenkamp Plants team is ready and energetic. Marc Balemans, Cultivation Coordinator of Brassica Crops, tells: “After a quieter period, the…

Green life farms launches butterhead lettuce

"Florida currently has a limited selection of hydroponic whole-head lettuce"

Green Life Farms recently launched a new product: Butterhead Lettuce. As Green Life Farms’ first whole-head lettuce variety, this new product diversifies the company’s product line-up, while offering an opportunity to work in the Florida market, which currently has a limited selection of hydroponic…

De Ruiter launches new "extra red" tomato variety

"We aim for a radient red color with every bite"

Launched under the Fullred banner, De Ruiter announces a new range of varieties, a tomato with deep crimson color both on the inside and outside of the tomato fruit. Ben van…

Purple artichokes back for spring

Ocean Mist Farms, a grower and marketer of fresh artichokes in the U.S., announces the availability of its proprietary purple artichokes. This seasonal, limited addition to the Ocean Mist Farms artichoke family is a colorful variety selected for its flavor and appearance.For nearly 100 years, Ocean Mist…

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One-billion FlexTruss greenhouse supports products sold

This month sees The French company ARaymond celebrate passing the one-billion units sales mark for the FlexTruss greenhouse support product. Launched on the global market in 2014, the FlexTruss was created by ARaymond  to ensure that the support meets the requirements of producers worldwide. Installing the…

Four new hybrid solanum varieties offered

Bakker Brothers is starting 2021 right with the addition of four new products to their hybrid vegetable seeds range of Solanum varieties. Two new hybrid eggplant varieties and two new hybrid determinate tomato varieties are now available for purchase.  VaroA-quality fruits assured Varo is a half-long hybrid…

Genetti Eco now offers commercial horticulture thread from wood fibers

"Compostable eco-strings are recycled within a closed loop"

For the cultivation of tomatoes, high wire cucumbers and the like, growers are still mainly using plastic strings. "However, no grower ultimately wants to be seen as harming the environment. Therefore, we are offering NatureGOLDTwine eco cords to commercial horticulturalists from now on, as  an environmentally…

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"It was love at first sight with this cherry tomato"

“I’ll never forget the day I first put that tomato in my mouth,” Page-Mann said. “Visually, it’s so darling. The shape is just endearing as well. The flavor and the texture -- it’s so creamy and so sweet -- it’s really the best of all worlds.” Looking a bit like a tiny apple, the meaty, blocky and yes,…

Hans Boer, J. F. Boer Aanhangwagens en Stroomaggregaten

"We sell generators from Aalsmeer to Africa"

When it snows like last week, Hans Boer of J.F. Boer from Berkel en Rodenrijs, also known as Boer Berkel, knows what is going to happen. Growers get nervous and call him. "It has always been this way. But things are usually not that bad and we can provide a timely solution. Hans should know, the 'Boers'…

New guide on soilless culture available

Soilless cultivation techniques (including hydroponic systems) have attracted growing attention as a way of growing horticultural crops more efficiently without taking up more land. These controlled environment systems are also less vulnerable to climate change and are particularly suited to urban…

"Old-world goodness with a twist of modern world traits"

New Vitalis Organic Seeds tomato lineup:  Mixologist Collection

Vitalis Organic Seeds announces their newly developed breed of tomatoes in its Mixologist Collection, now available to growers in the United States. "Mixologist offers the perfect mix of old-world goodness with a twist of modern world traits. Explore the myriad of reasons to enjoy the craft and quality…

TR Turoni produces and sells gauges for fruit and vegetables

The right gauge determines the accuracy of the measurement

"I think that the gauge is a simple but fundamental tool for achieving success in the marketing of fruit and vegetables. Our measuring instruments are made of aluminium, because those made of plastic can show inaccuracies due to possible expansion," said Enrico Turoni of the Italian company TR Turoni in…

Arjan van Steekelenburg, Hazera, on new variety Camelot:

"Soundness of new snack tomato is mainly its shelf life"

In European supermarkets, the sales of snack tomatoes are increasing rapidly by approx. 20% per year. In The Netherlands, snack tomatoes have a market share of nearly 38%. “At Hazera we are constantly looking for solutions to tackle the challenges of the supply chain,” says Produce Chain and Business…

"First water cooled multi-layer LED fixture for stable indoor growth"

Oreon, a Dutch developer of LED grow lights for greenhouse horticulture, is introducing the first water cooled multi-layer LED fixture: Embrace. The Dutch Powerhouse Embrace is specially designed for vertical and indoor farming. In multilayer cultivation heat and humidity are very important and Oreon…

The new Mayer TM 1610F: "improved, versatile and compact"

Are you looking for a compact potting machine for your ornamental plant business? The revised Mayer TM 1610F combines the well-known strengths of the previous TM 1610 with even more comfort and user-friendliness. The Mayer TM 1610 has been one of the most frequently used and best-known potting machines…

Jo Lambrecht, BelOrta:

"Our cucumbers' lit cultivation acreage has increased for the third year running"

BelOrta has kicked off the start of the new Belgian fruit-vegetable season. At the beginning of February, they sold the first of their Crunchy King mini cucumbers. This Belgian cooperative has also had classic cucumbers available year-round. That's for the third consecutive year. "The addition of lit…

Heart-shaped cucumbers given 'great spot' again this year

They are back again this year: heart-shaped cucumbers. Grower Snack Products from Asten grows the cucumbers exclusively, in the well-known Qutefruit plastic mold that gives the cucumbers their special heart shape. But does the special gift also know how to find its way to loved ones in corona time? "Yes,…

Two new LED-guides for USA and Canada

Heliospectra AB, a supplier of lighting technology for greenhouse and controlled plant growth environments, announces the release of two new guides with focus on…

"With this LED we can supply cucumbers all year-round"

In September last year, three of the twelve hectares of Tielemans' greenhouse complex in Boekel were equipped with Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact in addition to the existing HPS lighting. This increased the light level by almost two and a half times from 100 to 244 µmol/m²/s. Owner René…

Mushroom bricks might replace concrete?

Mushroom bricks are much more than just an alternative building material which has a “greener” carbon footprint. Mushroom bricks are similar to bricks made using hemp and…

"Peroxide made simple"

New irrigation system for water treatment

HPGen I-Series addresses water treatment needs of municipal, industrial, and large-scale agriculture through autonomous, scalable, efficient and safe on-site peroxide generation Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful oxidizer and well-known water treatment agent used across a wide range of applications in…

Studying invasive species in phytotron research chambers

Invasive species threaten waterways, wildlife and native plants throughout North America. Biologists at McGill University in Montreal are examining the characteristics of these invaders to gain a better understanding of their impact on ecosystems. It’s one of several projects researchers have conducted…

Fresh produce distributor launches home delivery produce box

Baldor Specialty Foods has launched a Peak Season Box available for home delivery. Baldor says the box contains the best of the company’s peak season fruits and vegetables. Each week, it will scout and sample seasonal produce items arriving at Baldor to determine the best candidates for the boxes. From…

Paul Heemels, Heemels Agro, the Netherlands

“Cooking shows are making celeriac more popular”

These days, celeriac is sold year-round. You can begin harvesting these in the summer, but this root vegetable sells especially well in the winter. “The colder the weather, the better for celeriac. When it comes to consumption, it remains a true winter vegetable,” says Paul Heemels of Heemels Agro.…

new breed of aubergine "

How vegetable breeding can help to meet consumer demands for sustainability

Nowadays, sustainability is increasingly incorporated into a company’s business operations. Consumers have high expectations in terms of organic produce, low pesticide levels and alternatives to plastic packaging. So how can vegetable breeding companies play a role in offering solutions for ever-more…

Kale continues with steady movement

Even with the recent week of significant rain in California, kale supplies out of the state continue to be very good. “The quality is outstanding right now and we look to have continued good supplies,” says Mark McBride of Coastline Family Farms in Salinas, CA. He notes that as a commodity, the green…

Coming soon: two new Hortiled top fixtures

Hortilux will soon be introducing two new Hortiled Top fixtures to the range. "These LED fixtures are distinguished by their versatile and innovative design, which makes them very flexible and suited for use in both new construction projects and existing grow light installations. Growers who choose a…

CA: New technology helps farmers monitor their mental health

Following a recent province-wide Innovation Challenge, Innovation Saskatchewan, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, unveiled a new tool for agricultural producers…

Transferring excess heat and humidity without gapping

The recently enacted Greenhouse Light Abatement Bylaw in Ontario, but also other light pollution concerns across North America have created issues for growers to choose between light pollution vs excess heat inside their greenhouse. Closing traditional light abatement screens during the night means…

Growing greens and sales in Malaysia

One of the trends that has picked up during the pandemic is, perhaps, an interest in urban farming. As consumers found it a little more difficult to get certain food items at the grocers – and also with time on their hands as they stayed home – they started looking into possibly growing their own food.…

Pure Flavor® receives price for Cloud 9®

Meet the new award-winning grape tomato

While consumers continue to look for more healthy snacks in the fresh produce aisle, greenhouse vegetable grower Pure Flavor® is launching their new Cloud 9® Bite-Sized Fruity Tomatoes to help meet the growing demand for consistently flavorful options. "After extensive product trials and consumer taste…


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