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US (MI): Fire destroys Spring Meadow Nursery's office building

Early Sunday, a fire broke out in the office building of Spring Meadow Nursery. "Around 3 am, a fire broke out in our office building, completely destroying it. We are fortunate that no one was hurt and damage to our growing structures was minimal. We can replace things, we can replace walls, but we.....

Koen Pack joins BSCI program

Since January 1, 2017, Koen Pack has become a member of the BSCI program. BSCI is an initiative of the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) and stands for Business Social Compliance Initiative. The initiative was established to improve working conditions among others in the supply chain worldwide."We think equal.....

Ruigrok introduces fall wholesale catalog 2017

Have you met Ruigrok's puppy Ozzy? He just loves tulips! You can find him on the cover of the company's Fall Wholesale Catalog 2017 in a field of tulips Cape Town. In this new catalog they have listed their assortment of bulbs available in the United States and Canada, with more than 400 varieties to choose.....

Joe Cimino joins Sakata as Senior Sales Manager

Sakata Seed America has appointed Joseph “Joe” Cimino to the position of Senior Sales Manager of Ornamentals NAFTA, effective January 4th 2017.Joe comes to Sakata with extensive marketing and management experience in the North American ornamentals industry, serving most recently as Western Area and Key.....

sustainable cultivation according Stolk Flora

Macro-mites, essential oils and vital water for the orchid

At Waterdrinker’s Cash & Carry, in the coming weeks the spotlight will be on growers that contribute to a sustainable and healthy world in one way or the other. This has resulted in a story series, including this one: an interview with Jan Stolk and Marco Hartensveld of nursery Stolk Flora about their.....

Flower bulb specialist JUB Holland wins Horticultural Entrepreneur's Prize 2017

PHOTO REPORT The ambassador of the horticultural sector in 2017 is JUB Holland. This flower bulb specialist from Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands, takes up the title on 11 January 2017. They are this year's winner of the Horticultural Entrepreneur's Prize as they perfectly suit the theme of the award: ‘Family-run.....
Andy Renz:

Vestaron Corporation announces new VP Business Development

Vestaron Corporation is pleased to announce that technology acquisition and business development expert Dr. Andy Renz joins Vestaron’s Executive Team.Andy has more than a decade of experience in international deal making for agricultural solutions companies – both from a multi-national corporation and a.....

Interplant Roses opens new facility in The Netherlands

Dutch rose breeding brothers, Robert and Martijn Ilsink of Interplant Roses, are expanding their activities with the opening of a brand new facility in Harmelen, centrally located in The Netherlands only a short distance from the main flower centre of Aalsmeer. Robert Ilsink, father Mr Gerrit Pieter Ilsink,.....

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Danziger announces new Director of Sales

Danziger is pleased to announce the appointment of Anna Chernyavsky as Director of Sales for Bedding Plants and Perennials. In addition, she will also be directly in charge of the USA and UK markets.Chanochi Zaks Anna Chernyavsky“We are sure that with her experience, knowledge and sharp business skills, Anna.....

Koos de Vink

Jano Holding announces new board member

Jano Holding, which comprises the companies Javo, Nobels Machinefabriek, Agro Techniek Holland and Javo International, has a new board member. From 1st February 2017, Koos de Vink will join the current directors Ber van Nobelen and Cees Bouwmeester.Owner Ber van Nobelen (left) welcoming Koos de Vink.....

Texas Nursery and Landscape Association receives AgriLife Extension Partnership Award

The Texas Nursery and Landscape Association received a 2017 Partnership Award from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.The award was presented Jan. 10 during the Texas A&M AgriLife Conference on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.AgriLife Extension first conferred its.....

Overlapping portfolios clog Syngenta - Chemchina merger

ChemChina and Syngenta AG have submitted formal remedies to the European Union in a bid to win regulatory approval of the Chinese state-owned company's $43 billion planned takeover of the Swiss pesticide-and-seed maker. DowJones.com reports that the EU opened an in-depth review into the merger in October. At.....

NL: Construction of new Bercomex premises is progressing

The construction of the Bercomex premises is in full swing. Both office and new production facility to produce systems for flower processing systems get more shape rapidly.The construction is on schedule. Both the construction of the new production hall and the renovation of the existing office are well on.....

SNA past president Richard L. "Dick" Ammon passes away

Richard L. "Dick" Ammon, age 87 died January the 1st at St. Elizabeth Hospice Unit in Edgewood. He was the founder of Ammon Landscape, Inc. in Burlington where he also resided. Richard was a member of Burlington Baptist Church.Richard was born April 10, 1929, in Covington, Kentucky. He attended high school.....

Biobest acquires Real IPM Kenya

Biobest and Real IPM Kenya have entered into an agreement with a view for Biobest to acquire Real IPM Kenya Ltd. Real IPM is active in biological control in East Africa. Its broad market presence ranges from the export driven flower market to the smallholder cereals farmer. Biobest, headquartered in Belgium.....
Frans Nugteren (15 September 1928 – 29 November, 2016)

Frans Nugteren, founder of Ridder Group, died aged 88

The farmer's son who only remained on the farm, because he didn't want to let his father down, used his farming experience to set up the business. One of his first projects was to develop a ditching machine, simply because he hated having to dig ditches manually. The ditching machine soon became a.....

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Colombia: Over 150 hydrangea ideas at FlorAndina's Open House

Three days filled with colors and trends. Earlier this week, Colombian hydrangea grower FlorAndina held its open house. At their farm in La Ceja, Antioquia, the variety of colors, combined with the innovative tinting techniques formed more than 150 Hydrangea ideas and arrangements."The afternoons were.....

December 7, Zwijndrecht

NL: Jiffy opens new substrate mixing facility

On Wednesday December 7th, Jiffy’s new 1Plant will be officially opened by Dagfinn Andersen, CEO of Jiffy International AS, parent company of Jiffy Products International BV. Many of Jiffy’s customers and business relations have been invited to participate in the festivities around the official.....

Two Dutch chrysanthemum growers start with Next Generation Growing

The Dutch chrysanthemum growers Arcadia and Van Uffelen will apply the Next Generation Growing. Technokas has been asked to install the necessary climate installations in both nurseries.Two years ago, the greenhouse of Uffelen was designed and built by Technokas. The Chrysanthemum nursery is therefore, to a.....

US: Becky Sheehan to leave FTD Companies

FTD Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq:FTD), a premier floral and gifting company, today announced an executive leadership transition with Becky A. Sheehan, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, leaving the Company on December 31, 2016 to pursue other opportunities. As a result of Ms. Sheehan's.....

NL: Royal FloraHolland to roll out MPS-ProductProof

Sustainability service provider MPS and Dutch flower auction cooperative Royal FloraHolland have finalized and are rolling out MPS-ProductProof. This new product guarantee tool raises the standard on floriculture sustainability, by making transparent which active substances are present in ornamental.....

Milestone opens office at Schiphol Airport

Early December, Milestone will complete its relocation to Schiphol Rijk. The new location at the Cessnalaan 2, provides space for the air cargo import and export departments of both Milestone Logistics and Milestone Fresh. With a view to strategic growth and further professionalization of its services,.....

Vineland appoints new members to Board of Directors

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre has appointed three new members to its independent Board of Directors.Karen BelaireKaren Belaire is President and Chief Executive Officer of Shared Services West and was previously Chief Operating Officer at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. Ms. Belaire has an.....

Cindy Cruz

New sales representative for Selecta Colombia

Cindy Cruz is the new sales representative for Selecta Colombia, a sales division of Selecta Cut Flowers. In her new role, Ms. Cruz. will support Selecta's activities in Colombia, to provide better service and support market development activities.Cindy is an Agronomist graduated from UDCA (University of.....

America in Bloom contracts with New Management Company

Professional management of America in Bloom (AIB) is transitioning from AmericanHort to Second Wind Management effective January 1, 2017. Since AIB’s founding in 2001, OFA (now called AmericanHort) has served as AIB’s “home” and has provided administrative leadership and support. Now that AIB has reached.....

Elite Cert Africa 10 years in business

Elite Cert Africa celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. It was founded in 2006 as a sole proprietorship registered in Kenya and in July 2014 it was incorporated as a limited liability company. Since the very beginning, Elite Cert Africa is committed to offering intervention driven solutions that are.....

US (NH): Pleasant View Gardens names first General Manager

Since opening its first greenhouse in 1976, Pleasant View Gardens (PVG) has been one of the country’s top-performing wholesale growers of annuals, perennials, and herbs – most notably Proven Winners plants. One of its employees is long-time staffer, Barry Vater, who PVG recently appointed as the company’s.....

Beijing IEDA opens European office in Westland

The Chinese agricultural company Agrigarden has officially opened an European office in Westland. AgriGarden is the European headquarters of Beijing IEDA, a high-tech agricultural company in the Chinese market. Although the company has successfully cooperated with Dutch partners in China for a number of.....

UK: Flower wholesaler expands in Salford

International flower and plant distribution firm Clog Flower Wholesale Limited is set to establish a new base in Salford.The 20,000 sq ft unit on building firm Barnfield Construction’s 11.4-acre Evolution scheme at Agecroft Commerce Park in Salford has been handed over to Rawtenstall-based property developer.....

Global Growing Support

NL: New consultancy company offers international advice for growers

Global Growing Support is a new company established in the Netherlands. The company offers international advice for professional growers and was founded by Han Duijndam, who has over 30 years of experience with growing and managing greenhouse projects. The past 7 years he worked as a project manager in.....

NL: Dekker Chrysanten has major plans for expansion

Dekker Chrysanten has major plans for expansion in Hensbroek. The company initially requires 5ha of land for the construction of new greenhouses and on the long run more land to add to it. This is evident from project plans that the breeder has submitted to the municipality, so reports the Noord-Hollands.....

New Board for Horticulture Innovation Australia

The nation’s horticulture Research and Development Corporation welcomed new members to its Board as the organisation enters into its next phase of growth.Paul Harker has more than 20 years of retail experience spanning store operations, supply chain, and buying and marketing, including four years heading up.....

UK: Ansell Garden Centre opens five days after it was destroyed by fire

Less than a week after it was destroyed by raging flames, the British Ansell Garden Centre is open for business.It opened doors on (November 25) to clear stock and will start selling Christmas trees today (November 28).The news has been welcomed by loyal customers, who are eager to return to their favourite.....

Bioline AgroSciences acquires Certirol from Certis Europe

On November 15th Bioline AgroSciences, a subsidiary of InVivo Agriculture, signed a deal to acquire the Certirol product, IP and manufacturing from Certis Europe.This acquisition adds the Certirol product to Bioline’s portfolio and represents the culmination of a significant year for the company. In March.....

UK: Appointments to the Board of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Lord Gardiner of Kimble has appointed Sarah Flannigan to the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) and reappointed Sir Derek Myers.The appointments have been made in accordance with the Code issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Sarah Flannigan’s appointment will run.....

Kenya: Red Lands Roses puts operations under solar energy

Red Lands Roses' solar energy project is up and running. Since mid-September, French developer Urbasolar had been busy constructing the system. It was completed in early October, and on December 16, the official launch event is planned.Solar project. Self consumption systemAccording to Urbasolar's Vice.....

NethWork sparks first horticultural Master study in Guatemala

NethWork, a Dutch cluster of complementary horticultural companies announces that its educational partner, University Rafael Landivar, is launching a unique Master program on protected horticulture starting from July 2017.ProjectsNethWork supports the sustainable development of the horticultural market in.....

US court upholds $505,000 Dutch judgment against Van Hoekelen Greenhouses

A Dutch grower and exporter of flower bulbs, G. Geerlings Export, sued Pennsylvanian bulb grower Van Hoekelen Greenhouses for not paying in full for a shipment, reports The Legal Intelligencer. For the damage sustained, the Dutch court awarded $505,000 plus interest and the District Judge Richard Caputo of.....

US (OH): Lowe's Greenhouses turns 90

Trudging through Belgium during World War I, the son of a nurseryman from Chagrin Falls pondered a sight that weary comrades ignored: shady fields teeming with tuberous begonias in bloom. Carlton Lowe thought the begonias might sell well back at home, so he persuaded a landowner to send seeds to Chagrin.....

Florismart offers florist opportunity to visit Kenyan rose farms

Florismart offers two florists the opportunity to visit Kenyan rose farms. Between January 30 and February 3 they can join Florismart's Steve and Savannah on their trip to visit the rose farms a couple of days before harvest, between the 30th and 3rd of February. In order to get a change of winning, florists.....

NL: Porta Nova purchases 20 ha

Dutch rose grower Porta Nova has purchased 20 ha of land in Waddinxveen, the Netherlands. Half of the plot is undeveloped and is part of the greenhouse area called Glasparel+. The other half houses pot plant nursery Sjaloom.Last month Sjaloom mentioned that they already had been taken over and that they will.....

NL: Unifan available at Anima Trading

For creating air movement in greenhouses, the Unifan is already used in many countries all over the world. Air movement in greenhouses prevents temperature differences and eliminates an excessive humidity around your plants. The Unifan is specially designed for a maximum and effective airflow in greenhouses......

Klasmann-Deilmann partners with Growcoon

The Growcoon is available exclusively from Maan Biobased Products and Klasmann-Deilmann. This is the result of a partnership both parties officially launched on Thursday, November 17, 2016. The Growcoon is an innovative 100% biodegradable root plug for the horticultural sector, developed and produced by Maan.....

Business Alliance for Secure Commerce:

BellaRosa receives award for accomplishing international security standards

Yesterday, BellaRosa was awarded the best company in the Ecuadorian floriculture sector, in the category big enterprises, for accomplishing the international standards of security established by Business Alliance for Secure Commerce (BASC). BellaRosa's team in charge of BASC processes, leading by Gonzalo.....

Joost Roorda, Growfun:

NL: Scented flower pot gaining momentum

Growfun’s new brand, Scentsation, represents something wonderful: pots with all kinds of nice smells. Last year, the company presented the idea for the first time, but this year the idea really seems to be picking up, especially after the FloraHolland Trade Fair earlier this month. "Then we only had some.....

US(CA): Orchids form tropical wonderland in desert

VIDEO Growing orchids in the desert? Yes, Gubler Orchids is doing so. In the high desert community of Landers, California, they have been growing thousands, and all kinds of orchids for over 40 years now. In this video below, made by Palm Springs Oasis, you can see how the tropical wonderland is surrounded by.....

10,800m2 glasshouse in Cheshire

British Forestry Commission invests in new nursery

The British Forestry Commission has appointed CambridgeHOK to design and build their new nursery facility at Lobslack Nursery near Delamere Forest in Cheshire. This new glasshouse will contribute to the development of the UK’s woods and forests for people, wildlife and timber. This project will include the.....

Toine van de Ven elected new EFSA chairman

EFSA, the European Floral and Lifestyle Product Suppliers Association announces that Toine van de Ven was elected as new Chairman of EFSA. The 21 members unanimously voted for his nomination during the General Meeting in October. Van de Ven, who is the Director of Capi Europe, has already been a member of.....

Stakeholder comment period announced for Veriflora Sustainably Grown Standard

SCS Global Services announced today that its hallmark certification standard for cut flowers and potted plants, Veriflora Sustainably Grown, has been updated, and that the 60-day stakeholder comment period is now underway. All interested stakeholders are invited to submit comments.The Veriflora Sustainably.....

NL: Plantion replaces packaging washing machine with Limex washing line

Plantion wants to provide its customers with flower buckets that are free of stickers and are microbiologically clean. Moreover, Plantion strives to make all of its processes sustainable, with a focus on Planet, People and Profit. This was one of the key factors in selecting a new washing line.In the picture.....

Ecuador: BellaRosa celebrates 20th anniversary

BellaRosa is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Since 1996, the years of this Ecuadorian rose grower have been marked by hard work, with successes and difficult times. "The experience gained combined with the vision of our leaders, Gonzalo Luzuriaga (Executive President) and Santiago Luzuriaga (General.....

Floritec organizes business party for employees in Uganda

Last weekend, Floritec organized a business party at the production location XClusive in Uganda. In appreciation of their efforts, the employees were welcomed to the party. In addition to a professional dancing team, inflatable pillows and children with faces painted, there was popcorn, ice cream, drinks,.....

René Fransen, Ai2

NL: "Trading can be done online, why still auction?"

The rate with which the market is changing is greater than ever. And change means both opportunities and the need to adapt. At least, that is the conviction of René Fransen, who is stirring things up with his company Ai2.In a nutshell, Ai2 regulates payments between producer and buyer more efficiently than.....

Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day

Dramm & Echter donates thousands of pink Gerbera daisies

On Saturday, November 19th, during the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day, Dramm & Echter, a locally owned flower farm in Encinitas, CA, will hand out pink Gerbera daisies to thousands of Komen San Diego 3-Day participants. According to Amber Livingston, Susan G. Komen 3-Day Specialist, "The Susan G. Komen.....

UK: iFlowerGift.com launches rainbow flower subscription service

In time for Christmas, iFlowerGift.com is launching its quirky rainbow-coloured flower subscription. The blooms are real flowers infused with the colours of the rainbow. The first flower delivery contains 20 rainbow roses and is followed by single-variety rainbow blooms such as rainbow lilies, rainbow.....

Emirates SkyCargo clinches top recognition at Global Freight Awards 2016

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has been named Air Cargo Carrier of the Year at the 20th edition of the Global Freight Awards ceremony held in London. The award was accepted by David Taylor, Emirates Cargo Sales Manager - Key Accounts in front of an audience of more than 500 guests from.....

Photo Report open days at Urbinati

"Started from a small toolbox"

Growers, distributors, partners and propagators from various parts of the world visited the newly opened premises of Urbinati in Italy on November 8 & 9 during the open days in San Mauro Pascoli.The Italian manufacturer of nursery equipment used the open days to combine the introduction of several new.....