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World's first "vegetable-based" energy drink with real cucumber juice

Vegetable Energy from Austria

An energy drink brand from Austria is presenting the world's first vegetable-based energy drink with the full power of green cucumbers and mint. The cucumber energy drink from PURE BIO ENERGY draws its power from super caffeine, coming from organically grown coffee beans. "Nothing picks you up quicker and longer than concentrated…

Pepper, tomato, strawberry, persimmons, etc.

"Advancing the coloring of fruits and vegetables helps producers"

"Producers can improve the commercial category of their products by using one of our nutritional products that improve the ripening of fruits and vegetables to advance the…

Bejo introduces purple broccoli

Dutch seed producer Bejo has developed Redi, a purple broccoli that meets many consumers' demand for a healthy vegetable that is easy to prepare. The broccoli is packaged in recyclable cardboard. This broccoli with its tender stalk and small florets can be prepared in a wide variety of ways, from raw to roasted, steamed or…

US (WA): LED fixture certified for state and national rebates

Hawthorne’s Gavita 1700e LED lighting fixture has been certified by the DesignLights Consortium (DLC). "This listing status means growers who purchase the fixture are now eligible for state and national rebates—potentially cutting upfront equipment costs by as much as half and making it increasingly…

Udo van Slooten, Signify:

"We sold over 100 hectares of toplighting compact grow lights in the first year alone"

Signify has expanded its Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact range to give growers more choices tailored to different crops and cultivation set-ups. Whether they want to decrease running costs for lettuce or chrysanthemum crops or increase light output for light-loving crops like roses and…

Akebi; the purple exotic fruit that smells like chocolate

Akebi is a mysterious fruit that has a pretty purple hue. It's not a common fruit that one can find in any supermarket. The plant is native to the north of Japan, China and the Korean Peninsula. Because its flowers smell like chocolate, the plant is also called the chocolate vine. Akebi's beautiful…

Controlling basil downy mildew in the greenhouse

Basil downy mildew (BDM) can cause significant losses in the greenhouse. Once introduced into the greenhouse it can be very difficult to manage and eliminate. In the past few years, a vast amount of research has been done on understanding BDM biology and controlling it in the greenhouse using different…

Size of tomatoes from Yunnan this year smaller

In the winter, tomatoes are not only a key commodity in the market but also one of the purchasers’ favorites. In China, tomatoes with their red color, are associated with good…

Ellen van Kester (Horticola Guadalfeo) about new Maximo tomato:

"Besides blue and greenish-pink, we now have brownish-black tomatoes in our range"

Until Christmas, the Spanish greenhouse vegetable season appeared to be progressing normally. This is according to Ellen van Kester of Horticola Guadalfeo from Motril, Spain. "There were no large surpluses or shortages, and prices were reasonable. However, right before Christmas, production increased…

Question: Why does toothpaste makes orange juice taste terrible?

For those among us that ever drank a glass of orange juice in the morning after brushing our teeth: that was a lesson learnt. And it’s a lesson most of us learn as young kids — orange juice and toothpaste just don’t mix. But why? In fact, it is all in the taste buds. Our taste buds can detect different…

How tomato, a tiny Andean fruit, conquered the world

Tomato, the second most important vegetable in the world after potatoes, arrived in Europe relatively recently. Hernan Cortes conquered Tenochtitlan in 1521 and it is likely that a member of that expedition was responsible for introducing in Spain the yellow tomatoes that the Aztecs consumed. However, it…

Purple cocktail tomato nominated for Fruit Logistica Innovation Award

The Yoom tomato has been nominated as one of the 10 most innovative products presented at the forthcoming edition of the international Fruit Logistica 2020 trade fair. From 5-7 February, visitors will be able to discover and enjoy first hand #TheFlavourExperience offered by Yoom in exhibition halls…

600 bars of a peach-scented soap

Canadian company launches impeachment soap for American market

The owner of the Potato Soap Company on Prince Edward Island has come up with a new soap he thinks will appeal to some customers from the US. Pieter IJsselstein has produced 600 bars of a peach-scented impeachment soap, intending to inject some humour into the political news coming out of Washington. The…

Research efforts continue

Downy mildew resistant sweet basils available around the world

After a decade’s worth of research and breeding efforts Rutgers Downy Mildew Resistant (DMR) sweet basils are now available to commercial and organic growers as well as home gardeners around the world. Since 2007, when basil downy mildew (BDM) was first identified in FL, the disease has caused…

SN!BS revealed as Rijk Zwaan’s new snack brand

At this year’s Fruit Logistica (5-7 February 2020), vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan is presenting its new snack brand: SN!BS. “With the launch of SN!BS, we aim to inspire retailers and traders worldwide to drive further growth of the snack category and help consumers make healthy choices,” comments…

The 'Omakase Berry'

New York restaurants paying $50 for strawberries

A new variety of berry has been trending in restaurants around New York, as chefs are taking advantage of the grower’s proximity to serve up something very special to guests.…

Sakata to showcase oriental range

Sakata is will highlight oriental crops for the 2020 Fruit Logistica edition. For 3 days, visitors will be invited to taste all Sakata’s varieties on show as well as other products (butternut, snack tomato, cabbage, snack pepper…) in Sakata’s extensive range. One chef will propose live cooking session to…

UK organic audio – Using carrots as audio couplers

When people have too much time at their hands, they might decide to take a baby carrot and simply plug audio connectors into its flesh, discovering an audio connectivity…

Iceland’s vegan steaks made from mushroom

Supermarket chain Iceland has just starting selling mushroom steaks that look like real ones - but contain zero meat. Despite being made from mostly mushroom, they truly look…

Sigrid Hansen-Catania, Fertil:

“Our new pot is natural, plantable and made of 100% wood fiber"

Fertil has been proposing its Fertipot in horticulture for nearly 70 years, but the company now targets arboriculture and market gardening with a range of products specifically adapted to the needs of these sectors.“Fertilpot has always been mostly made of wood fibers. But for 5-6 years, we have invested…

Pleasing peppers for garden and plate

John Stommel is a plant geneticist, but he should probably be known as Professor Pepper. Stommel has devoted much of his 30-year career at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to breeding and releasing unique pepper varieties for both the kitchen and the garden. One of his latest achievements is a series of…

Twinkle Khanna was gifted onion earrings

Onions getting more and more valuable?

Sky-rocketing onion prices have made the vegetable, once considered basic, a luxury. Memes mocking the vegetable have been floating on social media, in addition to the debates that have surrounded the soaring prices. And now, the vegetable seems to have turned into jewellery for actress-turned-author…

Ellepot introducing new paper for organic production

Ellepot has developed and patented a new technology for their Ellepot propagation papers, and the first product in a new line to come is Ellepot Organic 2.0. New patented technologyThe new propagation paper - Ellepot Organic 2.0 consist of 100% fully compostable and degradable materials. The new patented…

Mexican growers hooked on tomato clip

The latest member of the ARaymond’s innovative Easy Family, the Easy Clip 23mm, has been making a name for itself on a global scale. Created by the ARaymond Research and Development team as a value-added solution for growers of tomato and pepper crops, the Easy Clip 23mm is specifically designed for use…

Rijk Zwaan launches new snack brand SN!BS

Rijk Zwaan has a clear long-term goal: a healthy future. To achieve maximum impact in the chain, the vegetable breeding company based in the Dutch town of De Lier is a strong advocate of working in close collaboration with partners. The company has therefore chosen ‘Stronger together’ as the theme for…

"Ultimately, the whole industry will switch to water-cooled LED lighting"

He's convinced that ultimately, the whole horticulture industry will switch to water-cooled LED lights. Being a producer of the product that doesn't come as a surprise, but Jan Mol of Oreon has a story behind the products. "It originated in the search for a more sustainable alternative. We succeeded in…

During IPM 2020, Pöppelmann TEKU® focuses on more transparency regarding the recyclability of its plant pots

4-step model provides information on origin and proportions of material used

At the IPM 2020 in Essen, Pöppelmann TEKU® is focusing on even more transparency regarding the recyclability of its plant pots: a 4-step model provides information on the exact origin and proportions of the material used and provides an overview of the recyclability of the articles. 4-step model makes recycling…

British sauce maker Sauce Shop partners with Amazon

New: Brussels sprout ketchup

Brussels sprouts is a vegetable that is generally either loved or hated. People who fall into the former category will be thrilled to know that Amazon has launched a limited-edition Brussels sprout…

Lynn Jackson -RK Drysdales

Shredded swede 'swoodles' the latest carb replacement

With the increased demand for convenience food and ready-prepped vegetables, more and more producers have made this a standard part of the business. RK Drysdales located in the Scottish borders is one such company. A well-established grower of swede, Brussel’s sprouts, leeks and more recently Kallettes®…

Rosé berry is a hit

Driscoll’s released new line of strawberries and raspberries with millennial twist

Driscoll’s, a California-based seller of fresh strawberries and other berries, has released a new line of strawberries and raspberries with a decidedly millennial twist. Instead of the traditional red color and sweet flavor profile, the berries were light pink and had notes of floral and peach. Frances…

The Australian tomatoes continuing to raise valuable money for charity

Flavorite's Cherry Burst tomatoes are proving to be more than just a snack, but rather a fundraiser for Australian charity, Maddie Riewoldt Vision and an educator for clean eating. As in every November, Flavorite has begun donating 10 cents from each pack of Cherry Burst Tomatoes sold through Coles…

Japan’s $50 strawberries that New York’s chefs are looking for

At the end of October, diners at New York restaurant Sushi Ginza Onodera could have ended their 19-course meal with a pair of whole strawberries. They are presented to the…

Aniplast latest technological solutions

Innovative covers for actinidia and cherry orchards

The newest trends that will impact the agriculture net and tarp sector will be related to covers that reduce the use of pesticides. This is why Aniplast's efforts are focused on the research and development of new technological solutions aimed at organic products supplied by the fruit and vegetable chain…

New wireless and cloud connected CO2 sensor for growers

CO2Meter has partnered with GrowFlux to create an innovative partnership for indoor growers. "The partnership combines CO2Meter's position in CO2 measurement with GrowFlux's technological innovations in designing growth monitoring devices," the team with the company explains. "The partnership will create…

Phormium develops 'coolest' ground cover

Growers understand that at high solar radiation, traditional black ground covers tend to become overheated. This has a negative influence on plant development. That’s why Phormium, Belgian producer of professional ground-and screen covers, developed PhormiCool 200 GK. This is a grey ground cover enriched…

Shelf-life extension of 21 percent

Package with avocados in different ripening stages launched

Happy Chameleon® Daily ’Dos™ from Robinson Fresh® are the latest innovation on the avocado market. It’s a package with four, 70 count avocados in different stages of ripening. “The idea is for consumers to use it throughout the week and have an avocado at ideal ripeness available when they need it,” says…

Indian Army has weaponized ghost peppers

The Indian Army just weaponized one of the world's hottest peppers. The newest biological weapon on the market is a homegrown substance for India: Ghost Peppers. The army has…

Looye launches

Moyo: new snack tomato brand for children

In addition to the existing Honeytomatoes and Joyn brands, Looye Growers are now introducing Moyo, a brand aimed at children. "Moyo is a combination of the words; motivation and joy. It stands for your inner strength, self-assurance or your sparkle. When you are motivated and do what you enjoy to do, you…

Sutherland Seedlings – Shaun Biggs

New Eastern Cape avocado nursery to unlock potential in southern provinces

Avocado expansion in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape is being limited by access to trees – current waiting lists for clonal avocado seedlings run to 2025 in South Africa at the moment – but a new avocado nursery under construction just north of Gonubie, in the Eastern Cape, aims to address the need.…

Shadehouse grown watermelons that never make contact with soil

Pacific Trellis Fruit®, the California-based produce company, has debuted its newest product shadehouse grown Dulcinea® Brand PureHeart® Seedless Watermelon that never make contact with soil. Pacific Trellis Fruit®, in conjunction with its long-time grower/partner Agroexport de Sonora, is currently testing…


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