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UK: Raoul Curtis-Machin leaves HTA

HTA has announced that it will be adding to its horticultural expertise and industry experience with the appointment of two new posts in the coming months. A Horticulture Manager and a Policy Executive will build on the lobbying success achieved by Director of Horticulture, Raoul Curtis-Machin that has.....

NL: Dümmen to build "world’s largest Breeding Technology Centre"

Dümmen Orange, leading breeder and propagator, kicked off the start of the construction of its new Breeding Technology Centre (BTC) for flower research. With the centre, Dümmen Orange centralizes facilities (labs and offices) for all fields of technology that will speed up breeding and selection processes to.....

Kenya: Karuturi liquidation battle set to take longer

The battle surrounding the debt-ridden Karuturi flower farm in Naivasha continued with the Court of Appeal stopping the planned sale of its assets.This came a month after the bank, which has appointed a liquidation manager, listed assets to be sold to recover the debt that the once leading rose producer.....

"This rose farm in Kenya is an ideal workplace"

Kenya has a huge and beautiful landscape with an extreme climate, unpredictable drought or floods adversely affect every farm and small holding. But there is one gently sloping plain on the border of Laikipia and Meru counties that has been blessed with the perfect altitude, temperature and daylight to grow.....

Koen Pack Kenya expands

Kenya: "Five new halls, double the production"

In recent months, the people at Koen Pack Manipal's production facility in Kenya got a lot done. Five new halls were built and the existing machines have been transferred. In addition, several new printing machines have been purchased so that the production has now doubled, according to the supplier of.....

Kenya: Court stops CFC Stanbic from selling Karuturi assets

CFC Stanbic's bid to sell Karuturi’s assets has been halted by the High Court.High Court Justice Francis Tuiyott (on Tuesday 22nd May 2018) allowed CFC Stanbic receivers to continue evaluating the Expression of Interests proposals from applicants but not sell the assets as earlier advertised.“…the process of.....

A step closer to growing roses under full LED

In the past years important steps have been made in the research into growing roses under LED-lighting. It started with growing under traditional lighting (HPS 200 umoll) together with various systems to close the greenhouse as much as possible, but now they want to make the next step to the future of.....

Kenya: Sustainable ventures catch eye of investors

Companies building businesses through supporting employee wellbeing initiatives as well as maintaining a zero-tolerance on pollution are the most sought-after by foreign companies seeking local trade linkages.Netherlands-based renewable energy firm, EcoZoom has done business with two companies operating in.....

Oboya appoints Robert Wu as new CEO

Robert Wu has been appointed new CEO of the company, which is a strategic decision by the Board of Oboya Horticulture Industries AB. The main purpose of the decision is to strengthen Oboya's growth and profitability in the coming years, as well as to increase growth rates in the Chinese market through.....

Anat Moshes, Danziger"

"Kenya a major segment at the global floriculture market"

“Kenya is becoming indispensable for the global cut-flowers market” says Anat Moshes, VP Cut flowers sales at Danziger. “From year to year we witness the impressive development in capabilities of Kenya growers: Professional growing and handling, stronger connections with Europe largest wholesale companies,.....

AIPH new owner of FloraCulture International

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has taken over the ownership of FloraCulture International (FCI) from Royal FloraHolland (RFH). This in an agreement made between the two organisations last week, reports FCI in a newsletter. Royal FloraHolland CCO, Mr. Servaas van der Ven said.....

New geothermal doublet in Pijnacker

Huisman has recently signed a contract to supply a geothermal doublet in Pijnacker. The drilling of wells has started at the end of April. The installation will heat a large area of greenhouses, a neighboring residential area, and the local swimming pool. The wells will be drilled to depths of about 2300.....

Dutch Flower Group sounds the gong

Dutch Flower Group CEO Marco van Zijverden celebrated winning the Family Business Award 2018 by sounding the gong, together with colleagues. The family business was picked from a select group of five companies that were nominated for the award.These companies were selected from hundreds of family businesses.....

CAN (QC): Lambert celebrates 90 years

Lambert Peat Moss Company is celebrating its 90th anniversary of premium peat moss production. Now with four generations in the business, Lambert still operates from the original location, along with a number of additional peat bogs.“My grandfather helped pioneer the development of peat moss production in.....

Geoffrey Denton joins Tozer Seeds as Plant Pathologist

Dr. Geoffrey Denton recently joined Tozer Seeds as Plant Pathologist. He will be involved in disease resistance breeding programs and his role will include developing new tests for analysing diseases in seed.Dr. Denton is a highly experienced plant pathologist with a PhD in Biology from Imperial College.....

UK: Hartley Botanic celebrates 80th anniversary at RHS Chelsea

Greenfield-based greenhouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic is celebrating its 80th anniversary as well as communicating the history of plants at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.Hartley Botanic, which was founded in 1938 by brothers Vincent and Norman Hartley, has been making its handmade and bespoke.....

Nursery Roobeek and Dutch Garden Plant merging

As of April 1 2018 Nursery Roobeek is part of Dutch Garden Plants BV from Deurne (DGP). DGP will, in the future, conduct part of its activities from this location. Nursery Roobeek had two options, either to be taken over or to go out of business, and the employees are very happy with the choice of DGP. The.....

Green Career Consult 10 years in business

In April 2018 Green Career Consult celebrates its ten-year anniversary. Green Career Consult has grown into a middle sized agency which brings together organisations and candidates, and which offers support in developing careers.The service provider in a press statement: "We are proud that in spite of the.....

NL: Parfum Flower Company becomes part of Dutch Flower Group

Dutch Flower Group recently acquired Parfum Flower Company (PFC), a market leader in the field of fragrant roses. Based in the Netherlands, they export to many destinations worldwide.For Dutch Flower Group it is the third acquisition in a short period of time. Last month My Peony Society became part of Dutch.....

Video: Royal FloraHolland Members' Council meeting

In a documentary series, Royal FloraHolland provides a peek behind the scenes at the pilot Members' Council. In the second episode, the topic is the Members' Council meeting.In this episode, Royal FloraHolland member Job van Egmond examines the relationship of the pilot Members' Council with the MT and the.....

Former Potveer Sales team joins Bercomex

Former Potveer representatives Piet Stroet and Mathijs van Langen have joined the Bercomex Sales team. Following the recent bankruptcy of Potveer, Bercomex announced the take-over of the Potveer brand, services and part of the product range. Former Potveer owner Piet Stroet is pleased with this development:.....

KFC Chairman elected President of Union Fleurs

The Kenya Flower Council has been elected to hold the Presidency of the Union Fleurs for 2 years.Kenya Flower Council Board of Directors Chairman, Mr. Richard Fox is now the president of Union Fleurs, where the Council is a member, following an election held during the Union Fleurs General Assembly in San.....

Syngenta Flowers to acquire dahlia assortment from Verwer Dahlia

Syngenta Flowers has reached an agreement with Verwer Dahlia to acquire its dahlia assortment and breeding program. Both companies expect to finalize the acquisition in the coming weeks. Terms have not been disclosed.Brandon Willis of Syngenta at the California Spring Trials 2018.Verwer Dahlia was.....

NL: Holland Bulb Market celebrates 150th anniversary

With a Royal Visit, nice music and summer-like temperatures, Holland Bulb Market celebrated its 150th anniversary last Friday, April 20.Dutch Princes Margriet received flowers from the daughter of Joris van der Velden, the director of Holland Bulb Market. Director Joris van der Velden gives a summary of the.....

Karuturi to start afresh in Ethiopia

Passing through turbulent years in Ethiopia, Karuturi Agro Products PLC – a subsidiary of the Indian based Karuturi Global Ltd (KGL) – said it is about to recommence the troubled commercial farms they were forced to abandon in Ethiopia, last year.Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi aka Ram Karuturi, Chief Executive.....

Marginpar expands business with $17 million investment

Marginpar Flower Group strengthens its cooperation with East-African producers through an integration with Kariki Ltd Kenya, Carzan Flowers Kenya and Marginpar Ethiopia. This new consortium has been made possible through a $17 million investment made by Agri-Vie Fund II and the Norwegian Investment Fund for.....

Florentaise hires Kenneth Laming as export manager

With this international growth, reaching 5 619 k€ in 2017 (+ 53%), and 6 factories abroad representing 47% of its sales volumes, Florentaise continues to increase its export team to promote raw materials, 100% renewable, to European substrates manufacturers.On 19th March, Kenneth Laming joined the.....

NL: Jan Bakker new CEO of Eurogroep and TTA

On the 2nd of April, Jan Bakker took over from Simon den Hartigh as CEO of Eurogroep and TTA. Jan Bakker is the company’s former Technical Director and will be responsible for the operational activities of the Eurogroep companies and TTA from this moment forward.Jan BakkerWith Bram Verschoor as Commercial.....

Koppert Biological Systems expands board

Koppert Biological Systems has increased the size of its board in response to the projected growth of the Dutch family company.The new composition allows for more focus on specific areas of operation. The original board that includes CEOs Paul Koppert and Henri Oosthoek, and CFO Robert Pathuis, has grown to.....

Priva appoints Bram Koppert as General Manager Asia

On 16 April 2018, Priva announced the appointment of Bram Koppert as General Manager Asia. In Bram’s previous role as Manager Asia Pacific at Koppert Biological Systems, he was responsible for the management of the Asia sales and development teams.Bram Koppert about his choice to accept the position: “It’s.....

ScottsMiracle-Gro to acquire Sunlight Supply

Scotts Miracle-Gro has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Sunlight Supply, in a transaction that will greatly enhance the ability of SMG’s wholly-owned subsidiary, The Hawthorne Gardening Company, to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving hydroponic products marketplace.The.....

Modiform and Thomsen to merge

On 26 April 2018, French company Thomsen will join Modiform. Both companies develop and produce growing, transport, and packaging systems for the horticultural sector and beyond. Thomsen and Modiform have maintained close relations for a long time. Their activities and product ranges complement each other.....

Clement Tulezi, Kenya Flower Council CEO:

"KFC label will reduce burden of multiple certifications"

Last February, Clement Tulezi succeeded Jane Ngige as CEO of the Kenya Flower Council. There are plenty of challenges and opportunities ahead for the new chief executive. A major focus for the organization and its members in the coming years will be sustainability. We spoke to Clement about this important.....

Parfum Flower Company joins Dutch Flower Group

Another expansion for Dutch Flower Group. Parfum Flower Company (PFC) joins the club. PFC is based in the Netherlands and is a major player in the field of fragrant roses. The company supplies to many worldwide destinations.This is the third takeover for the Dutch Flower Group. Last month they announced My.....

Marcel van den Bogert, Lightshine

NL: Spring cleaning for reflectors starts

Saving energy and improving light output are important topics in horticulture. People are constantly looking for improvements, but sometimes they forget that a lot of profit can be achieved with relatively obvious, easily to be anticipated factors. An example is cleaning and keeping the light fixtures in the.....

Perry Dekkers, Commercial Director, Dümmen Orange:

"Innovative products and services are driving success"

Dümmen Orange aims to offer effective marketing and good services. They have introduced several initiatives to improve these services. In an interview with Plant Profit, Perry Dekkers, Commercial Director for Plants, tells about his favourite subject: customer focus.How important is the alignment of data for.....

Bloomon expands to France

Bloomon, online bouquet delivery service and lifestyle brand, has just expanded its business in Europe. After launching in Belgium, Germany, United Kingdom and Denmark, bloomon now delivers fresh bouquets and related products to customers all over France. Bloomon will continue the European expansion.....

Dutch Flower Group best Dutch family company of 2018

Dutch Flower Group was recently honored with the 2018 Family Business Award. CEO Marco van Zijverden was given the award by Jan Kees de Jager, former Dutch Secretary of State and Minister of Finance. The winner was picked from a select group of five nominated companies.The companies were selected from.....

Germany: Varied first quarter Veiling Rhein-Maas

The auction Veiling Rhein-Maas started an excellent month of January with all sales channels this year. Compared to January of last year, in 2018 cut flower prices at the auction clock and in presales increased by 27.9%, and in clock service 28.6% was achieved.Unfavorable weather conditions in February and.....

Ellepot to start new setup in South Africa

Ellepot is proud to present its new setup in South Africa. The local office will bring new products and opportunities to the horticultural market in South Africa.The demand for sustainable and customized propagation products has risen in the African continent in recent years, as has the focus on “NO plastic.....

US: HRI opens grant submission process for 2019

The Horticultural Research Institute, the AmericanHort foundation, is actively seeking research proposals for projects that will produce new knowledge and lead to applied advice for the green industry.Researchers are encouraged to submit proposals for research in the areas of horticultural marketing and.....

UK: Phillip Davis leaves Stockbridge

After five years working on LED lighting technology with core funding from the Horticultural Fellowship Fund sponsored by HTA, The East Malling Trust and AHDB (HDC) inspired by Neil Bragg, Phillip is moving on.In 2012 STC built a large closed environment insulated facility constructed by Cambridge HOK and.....

Delta Cargo wins Gold Award at Air Cargo Excellence Awards

Delta Cargo won the Air Cargo Excellence Gold Award in the up to 999,900 tonnes category. This is the first time that Delta Cargo has received this award, as a result of recognition by customers for exceptional customer service, performance and value. Delta's joint venture partner Air France-KLM won the Gold.....

Construction of new logistics center begins

NL: Dillewijn Zwapak expands to keep up with growth

In the company of Dillewijn Zwapak, employees and invited guests, director Mark de Krosse and major shareholder Peter Vlug ceremonially kicked off construction of their new office and logistics center. The building is only a stone's throw away from the Aalsmeer flower auction."Today is not just the first.....

Svensson hires Account Manager and Climate Consultant

Svensson has been further strengthened as a global organization with the addition of two new colleagues. Mark van Dijk is the Account Manager for Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese greenhouse builders and installers. He works closely with Nelson Perez, who serves as Svensson's Climate Consultant for growers in.....

US (OH): A-ROO hires Tammi Olle as account manager

A-ROO Company welcomes Tammi Olle to their Ohio headquarters, as Specialty Products Account Manager. Tammi brings with her several years experience in the packaging materials industry. She keeps busy with her family, sports, cooking, and gardening.For more information:A-ROO Companywww.a-roo.com

US: American Coolair adds sales representative

Bryan Rast II has joined American Coolair as a sales representative in the Farm Sales Division.Rast works with American Coolair customers in greenhouse, poultry and dairy industries.A 2016 cum laude graduate from the University of Florida, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Food and Resources Economics with a.....

US: Plant-Prod hires Karen Cords as sales manager

Karen Cords has joined the Plant-Prod team as their new US Technical Sales Manager. Karen has over 20 years of experience in the industry, working with a range of products and crops. She earned a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, and an MBA from American.....

Netherlands: Dekker Chrysanten fourth partner GenNovation

The collaboration GenNovation welcomed a fourth member on 11 April 2018, Dekker Chrysanten from Hensbroek (NL). The initiating companies Anthura, Florensis and Gebr. Vletter & Den Haan are very pleased with this entry.Henk Jacobs, Director of Dekker Chrysanten, is convinced that the GenNovation.....

Benary celebrates 175 years of breeding

Could you imagine riding your bike through Europe collecting seeds? This is how it all began anew with Benary after World War II.After the family had lost all of their company and personal belongings Friedrich Benary decided to start from scratch in the western zone of divided Germany in 1946.Friedrich.....

Ridder Climate Screens adds Global Account Manager

Following the rapid growth of their export activities, Jose Carretero has joined Ridder Climate Screens as Global Account Manager. The hiring of Jose enables Ridder Climate Screens to better serve and support the increasing global demand for greenhouse climate screens.José Carretero is a familiar name in the.....

Kenya: FlowerWatch to provide training program in Naivasha

FlowerWatch Kenya, a company specialized in monitoring and ensuring the quality and vase life of cut flowers during transport, designed a series of training modules both on-farm and at a central location.Over the coming months, FlowerWatch will provide a series of trainings in Naivasha, Kenya. These.....

Changes to the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo

Alexis von Hoensbroech, currently Chief Commercial Officer of Lufthansa Cargo, is to become the new Chairman of the Executive Board of Austrian Airlines. Dorothea von Boxberg is to become the new Executive Board Member Product and Sales (Chief Commercial Officer) at Lufthansa Cargo following approval of the.....

BloomyPro to present innovations at the world’s largest industrial trade show

Young Tech Enterprises (Hannover Messe), the world’s largest industrial trade show, is the place where Eric Egberts will be launching BloomyPro’s new innovation, BloomyPro Florist, with an entirely new platform specially developed to unite florists and their craft with customers. At their stand they will.....

Bercomex takes over Potveer activities

Following a recent bankruptcy, some of the activities of machine manufacturer Potveer will be continued by Bercomex. This means that the Potveer brand, service and a number of their products will be integrated into the family-owned Bercomex company.'Bercomex plans to ensure ongoing good service to the.....

Anthura joins trade mission to China, signs important MoU

Dutch Prime Minister M. Rutte, accompanied by several of his ministers including the Dutch minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Mrs. C. Schouten, is on a trade mission from April 8 to April 13 2018 to China. Mr. H. de Boer, chairman of VNO-NCW is the business mission leader of this trip. Over.....

US: Hina Ahmed joins SAF as membership specialist

On Monday, March 19, Hina Ahmed joined the Society of American Florists staff as membership specialist.Since 2013, Ahmed has served as membership coordinator at the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, the professional organization for hematologists. There, Ahmed played a central role in.....

DFG sees turnover of 1.5 billion euros in 2017

Dutch Flower Group achieved a turnover of 1.5 billion euros last year, according to Dutch newspaper Financieel Dagblad. Although sales to the UK were down, overall sales increased by 7% due to 'some minor acquisitions and increased sales in Germany and Asia, among others'. The net profit for 2017 came to 33.....

US: How the 'Uber of flower delivery' overcame disaster

It was around 3 a.m. on Feb. 14, 2017, when Ajay Kori and Jeff Sheely knew things were starting to go wrong. Three years earlier, the two college buddies — along with friends Jereme Holiman, Chetan Shenoy and Scott Simpson — had set out to upend the stodgy, low-tech world of flower delivery with a sleek,.....

Ellepot and FloriPartner launch Scandinavian partnership

A new alliance between two Danish suppliers to the horticulture industry, Ellepot A/S and FloriPartner A/S brings new and existing propagation products and tailor-made solutions to nursery growers in Scandinavia.Ellepot has formed a strong partnership with FloriPartner, which is headed up by Torben Fisker.....

Carnation breeder Gianfranco Fenoglio of La Villetta explains

The 'secrets' of Colombian competitiveness

The Colombian floriculture industry has been flourishing for several years now. The ability to supply large quantities, the current exchange rate between the dollar and Colombian peso, low labor costs, the altitude and stable year-round climatological condition, seem to make Colombia a strong player and.....

UK: Tristram Plants continues support of Community Playcentre

The Community Playcentre at Walberton is a purpose built childcare setting nestled in the heart of Walberton village. It caters for children from very young babies to secondary school age.Chilly plant sales at the Arundel Farmer’s MarketAt the heart of its ethos, the Community Playcentre is a charity.....

Highlighted: Mayra's Roses Garden Roses and Bellalinda Spray Roses

A look inside Continental Breeding's showroom in Ecuador

VIDEO In the spirit of the wedding season, Jet Fresh Flower Distributors gives a closer look at the Mayra's Roses Series Garden Roses and Bellalinda Spray Roses from rose breeder Continental Breeding. Michael Black of Jet Fresh Flower and JFTV visited the breeder's showroom in Cayambe, Ecuador where Esteban.....

Philips Lighting expands North America Horticulture LED team

Philips Lighting announces the addition of two staff members to its Horticulture LED Solutions business unit in North America. Ries Neuteboom and Jan Chechalk both focus on high-wire fruits and vegetable food crops as part of the North America support team. Neuteboom is working as Key Account Manager and.....

Scotts Miracle-Gro passes tax cut benefits on to employees

In response to passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in late December, the head of a Fortune 1000 company sent a staff-wide email announcing the positive impact the bill would have on the company and how he planned to invest the projected savings in a host of employee benefits.“Our tax rate should decline.....

UK: Plant Heritage unveils new brand to widen appeal of plant conservation

Plant Heritage has launched a fresh new brand, including new visual identity and strapline, to widen the appeal of plant conservation to all.Plant Heritage is building a community of people to work together to grow, share and save the diversity of the nation’s cultivated plants - the plants that as a nation,.....

Freek Langstraat, Sjaak van Schie

"Hy-pe is rapidly gaining popularity"

Sjaak van Schie is a large Dutch hydrangea grower. Literally, because he has more than 35 hectares of production in the Netherlands, and in addition to that the grower also has another 25 hectares in Portugal. The grower specializes in the production of hydrangeas, and they know how to distinguish themselves.....

Netherlands: New business premises Verver Export opened

On Good Friday, March 30, the official opening of the new Verver Export building took place. "A great opportunity for family, friends, business relations and everyone who helped with the construction and furnishing of the property on the Hasselaarsweg in Heerhugowaard to see the result. Many people visited.....

Heliospectra appoints Magnus Svensson as new CFO

Heliospectra has announced the appointment of Magnus Svensson as new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective May 2, 2018.Bringing more than 16 years of experience in finance and accounting to Heliospectra, Svensson currently serves as Finance Director at Car-O-Liner Group AB and held senior positions at.....

US (PA): Dillon Floral joins International Floral Distributors

Dillon Floral, Bloomsburg, PA has become the newest member of International Floral Distributors, Inc (IFD). Dillon Floral is headquartered in Bloomsburg, PA where the company was established in 1875. Dillon Floral has grown and distributed flowers for five generations providing exceptional personal care to.....

USA Bouquet Company joins forces with Dutch Flower Group’s Retail Division

On April 1, 2018, The USA Bouquet Company (USA Bouquet), with their corporate office located in Miami, Florida will join forces with the Dutch Flower Group Retail Division (DFG Retail), based in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands. DFG Retail is the global market leader in the supply of flowers, bouquets and plants to.....

Kenya: Oserian Flowers diversifies commercial activities

Oserian Development Company, one of the largest flower growers and exporters in Kenya has embarked upon a plan to diversify its commercial activities.Consequently, the farm has been subdivided and Change of use amended to Industrial, Commercial and Residential uses in support of the diversification.....

Kemin Crop Technologies and Plant Products announce new partnership

Kemin Crop Technologies, an initiative of Kemin Industries focused on providing solutions for commercial horticulture, announced a new relationship with Plant Products, a distribution company within the specialty horticulture industry with presence in both Canada and the U.S.“We chose to work with Plant.....

NL: Coloríginz opens new office

At the end of last year, Green Connect, Rose Connect and OZ Import announced that they would combine the supply of their growers on one platform. Coloríginz, a union of Color and Origin, would be a 'logical next step' in view of an ever-increasing cooperation between the three parties. Now, a few months.....

Plant Trend

Combining ideas, inspiration, decoration materials and plants

OZ Planten supplier of the month April 2018 is Plant Trend. Plant Trend has been working for years on designing and producing plant arrangements. OZ Planten visited the company that was founded in 2001 by René van Zanten and is located in Aalsmeer, just one kilometer away from FloraHolland Aalsmeer. Plant.....