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Protected Cropping Australia appoints new board

The PCA has elected the following new board members for the period of 2017-2019:PCA Chair, Nicky Mann - Roses & Berries to Go P/L - F&V Berry Grower SectorEmily Rigby, Cedar Hill Flowers - Floriculture Grower SectorNam Ly, Stoller Australia - Allied Trade SectorPCA Treasurer - Folco Faber, Apex.....

Veiling Rhein-Maas publishes initial results of 2017 suppliers’ survey

At Veiling Rhein-Maas they are constantly seeking to improve their performance, which is why they conducted another suppliers’ survey in June and July of this year. The objective of this brief survey is to find out how satisfied suppliers are with the various sales channels and what their future expectations.....

CEO Lucas Vos leaves Royal FloraHolland

Lucas Vos, CEO of Royal FloraHolland, has decided to step down. In his place, the Supervisory Board will appoint Steven van Schilfgaarde, currently CFO of the cooperative, as new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2018.Lucas Vos: "I enjoyed the past four years, and I'm very proud of what we've.....

Cargolux passes ‘Enhanced IOSA’ audit

Cargolux Airlines International S.A. today announced that the airline has passed its sixth IOSA audit with an exceptionally good result. The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) program is an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control.....

Trapping more bugs and thrips

With better insect traps an infestation can be detected earlier. Insects can be captured better and rendered harmless. As a result, less crop protection products are needed to fight the infestation. Earlier this year, the public-private collaboration ‘Visuele attractie van plagen’ (‘Visual Attraction of.....

US (FL): Dosatron International receives Exceptional Employer Award

Dosatron International are one of ten businesses in the State of Florida to be recognized for being exceptional employers of people with special abilities.The 12th annual celebration was held at Tallahassee City Hall and was part of the October Disability Employment Awareness Month. Margaret Cote, from The.....

UK: Repotting the New Covent Garden Market

Filmed over three weeks, Repotting the Flower Market tells the story of the move of an icon to its new home. Follow the journey of the incredible traders, florists and customers as they share their feelings, memories and hopes for the future of this very special market.Source: New Covent Garden Market

1-800-Flower.com now available via the Google Assistant

1-800-Flowers.com announced that customers can soon enjoy the ease and convenience of ordering floral gifts, and select gourmet food offerings, directly via the Google Assistant. A quick menu of gifting categories allows on-the-go customers to select gifts and place orders, for delivery nationwide, using the.....

NL: Plantion donates ten thousand euro to charity foundation

On the 11th of October, Plantion donated a check for ten thousand euro to the Gelderland region 'Stichting Ambulance Wens' (Ambulance wish foundation). This amount was collected by Plantion during activities to mark their hundredth anniversary. Stichting Ambulance Wens with its volunteers fulfills last.....

Royal FloraHolland

Yme Pasma succeeds Marcel Claessen as COO

After over 11 years as chief operations officer (COO) in charge of our Operations and Logistics, Marcel Claessen has decided to leave Royal FloraHolland on 1 December 2017.Marcel Claessen, COO:"I look back at 11 great years. Together with my team and all of the people in the departments associated with.....

Boy de Nijs joins Ridder group

The Ridder Group is expanding its team with the appointment of Boy de Nijs as Content Marketeer. On 1 December, Boy de Nijs will join the Ridder Group to strengthen their marketing team. In his new role, Boy will operate at the interface between technology and marketing to create valuable content for the.....

Dash Dream Plant to pay $110,000 to settle lawsuit

Don't get pregnant or you're fired, orchid grower told employees

A Merced County orchid grower will pay $110,000 and provide other relief to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.According to the EEOC's lawsuit, Dash Dream Plant held staff meetings in which female employees.....

Kuehne + Nagel reports increased dynamics in volumes and results

In the first nine months of 2017, the Kuehne + Nagel Group’s growth momentum accelerated sequentially in the quarters. All business units recorded significant market share gains. Compared to the previous year’s period, net turnover increased by 10.4 per cent to CHF 13,525 million and gross profit by 4.8 per.....

NL: 50th anniversary Dümmen Orange cut chrysanthemum

In 1967, Fides, known today as Dümmen Orange, was founded by Flikweert, Van Dijk and Van Steekelenburg. In fifty years, the organization has become a major player in the chrysanthemum market. On Friday, October 6th, Dümmen Orange celebrated this milestone with customers and business relations. During the.....

NL: Certhon builds own Innovation Centre

Next to their office in Poeldijk (the Netherlands), Certhon is building its own research facility: the Certhon Innovation Centre. Certhon is conducting pioneering research on optimizing the technology of growing without daylight for the last two years. The facility will accommodate eight growth cells where.....

UK: Flamingo Horticulture acquires Butters

The Flamingo Horticulture Group have finalised the acquisition of Butters Group Ltd with effect from 18th September 2017. The Flamingo Horticulture Group has businesses in the UK, continental Europe and Africa whilst in parallel working with a number of supply partners across the globe. Flamingo is a major.....

Karuturi demands compensation from Ethiopia for failed land deal

Karuturi Global Ltd., an Indian flower grower, demanded compensation from the Ethiopian government for a series of failed land deals as it prepares to exit the Horn of Africa nation.The company wrote a letter to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn accusing the state of nationalizing its farming investments.....

Royal FloraHolland boosts German market through collaboration with BGI

Royal FloraHolland will become a Fördermitglied - literally a supporting member - at the Verband des Deutschen Blumen Gross- und Importhandels (BGI). This membership will enable Royal FloraHolland and its partners to work towards developing and stimulating the German market. Royal FloraHolland announced.....

First phalaenopsis plants at VW Orchids

NL: Former rose grower transitions to orchids

The first Phalaenopsis came rolling from a brand new conveyor belt last week: the cherry on the cake after 14 months of hard work. During this period, VW Orchids had been busy with a conversion to a completely different cultivation. With years of experience in roses and the knowledge and expertise in the.....

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AVIV to conquer the market in Guangzhou, China

With years of leadership in Israel’s cut flower exporting business, AVIV is now trying to extend their reach into the Chinese market via Flower Expo China 2018 (China International Floriculture & Horticulture Trade Fair 2018).With an impeccable logistics system long-developed by the company, AVIV is able.....

UK: GrowSave celebrates ten years of helping horticulture save energy

Ten years ago, and just like today, energy saving was vitally important for successful greenhouse businesses. However, in addition to the problem of volatile and increasing energy costs, growers were starting to face new challenges, such as energy saving legislation and consumers who want produce grown with.....

Vlog #17 Lucas Vos:

“Do you benefit from our growth strategy?”

Growth strategy and Cooperation 2020 – these are the most important subjects in this new vlog by Lucas Vos.The growth of floriculture products is happening not so much in Europe as in plenty of other places. The Netherlands fulfils the role of 'hub' very well, but that growth has not yet trickled down to the.....

Veiling Rhein-Maas: "Physical auction remains relevant"

The auction with a physical presentation of the products in the hall remains important to Veiling Rhein-Maas, even though the increasing importance of the digital sales channels is showing a slowly changing user behaviour. "Both the results of the customer research 2016 and the first results of the just.....

UK: Buyout tycoon Hands digs deep to seal £100m Wyevale debt deal

Sky News has learnt that Wyevale Garden Centres, which is owned by Guy Hands' Terra Firma Capital Partners has struck an agreement with Hayfin, a specialist lender, after months of talks.Barclays and Lloyds Banking Group are also said to be involved in the refinancing, which will come as Wyevale narrowly.....

Marsha Bro named Executive General Manager for Kemin Crop Technologies

Kemin Crop Technologies, a venture business initiative of Kemin Industries focused on providing solutions for commercial horticulture, has appointed Marsha Bro to the newly created role of Executive General Manager.In this role, Bro will be responsible for growing the Crop Technologies portfolio while.....

US: Field to Vase Dinner Tour wins Marketer of the Year

Here's a question some U.S. flower growers have been wrestling with for years: How do we get consumers — who already are thinking about product origin and growing conditions with food — to bring that same level of awareness to flowers and plants? Since 2015, the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour has.....

US: SAF leaders express gratitude to longtime CEO

Among the many celebrations planned for SAF Palm Beach 2017 but thwarted by Hurricane Irma: A fond, industry farewell to Peter Moran, the Society of American Florists' longtime CEO who will retire at year's end. "Few people spend their entire for just one cause," said former SAF Chairman Shirley Lyons, AAF,.....

UK: Volmary builds new 15,000 cubic metre reservoir

Volmary, at Delamore Nursery, has recently had a new water capture built which will provide 100 per cent of the company’s irrigation water.The reservoir catches the rainfall from over 60,000 square metres of glasshouse, before the water is then sterilised and fertilised using electromagnetic plate.....

Grigg Brothers re-brands as Grigg

Grigg Brothers, the turf nutrition brand, is being re-branded as simply GRIGG.With a modern, updated look, GRIGG will remain the premier golf and sports turf brand in the BRANDT product portfolio. BRANDT, who bought Grigg Brothers in 2014, is a manufacturer of specialty products for the turf and ornamental.....

IBMA Kenya receives innovation award

In the last 10 years biocontrol in Kenya has grown from a concept and wish, to a major crop protection strategy in reality. This transition has occurred as a result of various driving forces including consumer demand, overcoming pesticide resistance and environmental concern. However, the wide spread.....

30 year Biobest celebrations spark enthusiasm

During the weekend of September 8-10, Biobest celebrated its 30 year anniversary with a series of events in and around its Westerlo headquarters. Jean-Marc Vandoorne, Biobest CEO: “We’ve organized this celebration in honor of all the people who helped build Biobest into a leading global pollination and.....

NL: New Management at Van Dijk Flora

On 1st October 2017, Van Dijk Flora will undergo some management changes.Van Dijk Flora’s current Managing Director, Marcel van der Hoeven, will be responsible for the Blueroots digital platform, which is a joint initiative by Dutch Flower Group and FleuraMetz. This development has led to a decision to alter.....

Thermotraffic UK Obtains ISO 22000:2005 Certification

Thermotraffic has significantly expanded its quality management once again and has had its UK site in Rainham certified for the first time. Following an in-depth audit, the certification company Kiwa Nederland B.V. concluded that Thermotraffic meets the requirements of the standard being tested for. The.....

Dutch King opens new Koppert Experience Centre

King Willem-Alexander opened the new information centre on the occasion of Koppert Biological Systems’ jubilee anniversary on Thursday. The Dutch family company this year celebrates 50 years as a leading force in biological crop protection and sustainable cultivation.Following the opening ceremony, directors.....

UK: New President for the HTA

Adam Taylor from Taylors Bulbs was elected as President of the HTA at the Association’s AGM which took place on 12 September at Glee.Adam takes on the role from Adam Wigglesworth of Aylett Nurseries who has completed his two-year term of office to become the Immediate Past President. In other appointments.....

New state-of-the-art operational site for Ball Australia

Powerplants recently completed the construction of a brand new operational site for seedling producers, Ball Australia.The new state of the art 1.5 hectare site was delivered as a turnkey project by Powerplants to enable Ball to increase their operational capacity.Ball Australia – under constructionBall had.....

Evan Kerkhoven joins PMA Floral Council

Evan Kerkhoven, Bloomia USA’s sales manager, has been selected by the chairs of the PMA Floral Council to join them as a volunteer leader.The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) is a trade organization representing companies from every segment of the global fresh produce and floral supply chain. PMA helps.....

UK: Businessman opens cash and carry chain

A businessman from Lincolnshire is to launch a series of flower cash and carry outlets across the UK.The new venture is the brainchild of Scott Lewis, who has 30 years’ experience running multi-million pound horticultural businesses supplying some of the UK’s biggest supermarket chains.Mr Lewis, 45, is a.....

Proven Winners hires new Retail Account Manager

Proven Winners is boosting its support of independent garden centers by increasing the level of service provided to ICGs, which comprise roughly 80% of their total customer base.Meghan Owens has joined the Proven Winners team as Retail Account Manager. In her new role, she will serve as a business.....

US: Gloeckner Foundation awards 14 grants totaling $145,710.00

The Board of Directors and Officers of the Gloeckner Foundation held their annual meeting on June 3, 2017. A new Board member, Mr. Shayne Johnson was elected. Shayne, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, is a Field Representative for the Fred C. Gloeckner Co. and lives in Lakeville,.....

UK: Wyevale Nurseries helps restore Page Park

Wyevale Nurseries was recently selected to provide plants to help restore a community park in South Gloucestershire.The first planting party at Page Park in Staple Hill took place last Wednesday, September 6 and Gareth Withers, Amenity Sales Executive at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, attended. Gareth.....

Philips adds BWI Grower Technical Sales to North America Partner Network

Philips Lighting has signed a partnership agreement with BWI Grower Technical Sales. BWI Grower Technical Sales, a division of BWI Companies, provides BWI customers with technical sales and support in the areas of greenhouse design and construction, irrigation design, automation, and greenhouse equipment......

US (AL): Auburn University teaching garden plans finalize

Several members of Auburn's College of Agriculture are finalizing the master design for an 11.3-acre teaching garden to be located next to the Old Rotation on Lem Morrison Drive.As part of the University's master plan, the "Field Lab No. 1" will enhance the Old Rotation by growing crops, trees, turf grasses.....

Michael Warren confirmed as CEO at Earth Alive

Earth Alive Clean Technologies announces that Mr. Michael Warren has been confirmed in his role as President and Chief Executive Officer, following his interim nomination, and, Ms. Liette Nadon has been appointed Interim Chief Financial Officer, to replace Earth Alive’s former Chief Financial Officer.Robert.....

Rose breeder WAC International now WAC BV

Rose Breeder WAC International has announced that all its activities are now taking place under the new entity WAC BV.WAC are the breeders of Catch, Coma, Weaver, Love Bird and many other varieties. Their African showcase is in Naivasha, Kenya, and they are present at a stand at this week's, Naivasha.....

Australian flower importer grows exponentially

The desire to be closer to family and a lack of fulfilment in her chosen career have led to a blossoming new direction for Janki Shah.The founder of wholesale flower business Profresh, Ms Shah was initially focused on building a career in corporate law.“I got a scholarship to go to the University of.....

Leo Ammerlaan, Van der Lugt and the Grow Group

Dutch propagators announce merger plans

Three Dutch plant growers have announced their intention to merge with effect from 1st January 2018.This involves the plant nurseries Leo Ammerlaan, Van der Lugt (both from Bleiswijk / Berkel & Rodenrijs) and the Grow Group (from Naaldwijk, with sites in Bergschenhoek, Baarlo and Kessel). They will.....

Ethiopian rose grower John Magara, Roshanara Roses:

'Drop in auction prices red roses affects industry'

"The auction prices for roses were very good over the last weeks, but suddenly dropped this week, and particularly the prices for the reds", says John Magara of Roshanara Roses. He grows roses in a 15ha rose farm in Holeta, Ethiopia and sells directly to the Europe market. Even though, Roshanara is not on.....

Kenya: Takeover of perishables forwarders to go ahead, with conditions

Kenya’s competition watchdog has approved “with conditions” the takeover of two specialist perishables forwarders in the African country by European logistics giants Kuehne+Nagel (K+N) and Panalpina.The Competition Authority of Kenya has approved the acquisition of Air Connection by Panalpina Airflo Ltd,.....

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Our 3rd Greenhouse Guide is in the pipeline

In 2018, HortiDaily and FloralDaily will print the third edition of their biannually published Greenhouse Guide. This directory, also known as the Yellow Pages for the Greenhouse Investor, includes contact details of internationally active companies in the field of greenhouse construction, consultancy,.....

US: Nufarm Rewards Program adds buying power

Nufarm announces a new rewards program for the 2018 season designed to provide both distributors and end users with enhanced opportunities to save using performance-proven Nufarm products.Key programs, including the Distributor 2018 Early Order Program and NP3 Portfolio Performance Plan, and the Nufarm.....

NL: Van Uffelen Flowers enthusiastic about Next Generation Growing

Around Christmas of 2016, Dutch grower Van Uffelen Flowers installed air treatment units at their chrysanthemum nursery. Although they have worked with them for only half a year, the results of Next Generation Growing are very positive so far, according to Kees, Marco and Jeffrey van Uffelen. "We now can.....

Flower Office Holland looking for more effective sector promotion

Bloemenbureau Holland (Flower Office Holland) by means of generic promotion, for many years taken care of increasing the interest in flowers and plants with consumers. For this, Bloemenbureau Holland (BBH) develops targeted promotional campaigns to increase awareness towards flowers and plants. In order to.....

NL: Dutch Nursery Amigra celebrates its fifth anniversary

On September 1 and 2, there was a party at Amigra in Honselersdijk, the Netherlands. The company reached its fifth anniversary and celebrated this on Friday with customers and suppliers. On Saturday, family and friends were invited at the nursery in Honselersdijk. During the anniversary party, guests could.....

The Bloomia Blog is live

Bloomia announces the launch of their blog – Bloomia Behind the Scenes. Here they will share their latest news, along with the stories that are happening on their journey to become the household name for sustainable, joyful and consciously-grown flowers. "Customers trust our flowers to deliver some of life’s.....

Belgium: Denis-Plants expands with 2 ha

Denis-Plants presents its first catalogue. It might seem like an anachronism to publish a catalogue in print in this digital age. But because of its evolution in the perennial plant sector, Denis-Plants made this deliberate choice nevertheless.Along with their website www.denis-plants.com, this catalogue.....
Foreman Capital

Private equity fund buys Van den Bos Flowerbulbs

Dutch private equity fund Foreman Capital has acquired a majority interest in Van den Bos Flowerbulbs. The investment company has bought 60% of the bulb trader's shares. The amount paid for the shares has not been disclosed.SalesFor CEO Hans Kleijwegt, the takeover by Foreman Capital was born of.....

Rijnbeek & Son celebrates 35 years at Plantarium

Rijnbeek & Son recently celebrated their 35th consecutive Plantarium in Boskoop. They are the only nursery from Boskoop to have supported each event. Less than six nurseries have been present at every event and along with these others, Rijnbeek were awarded a certificate to mark the occasion. Both Nico.....

UK: Fairweather’s Nursery celebrates 30 years at Four Oaks

It's 30 years since Fairweather’s Nursery first exhibited at Four Oaks. Production in 1987 was focused on shrub and conifer liners in 7cm pots which were packed into old tea crates for shipping to customers. Plants were delivered on flatbed lorries covered with tarpaulins.The biggest volume lines were.....

C. Raker & Sons acquired by Roberta’s Unique Gardens

Last Friday, September 1, Roberta’s Unique Gardens (“Roberta’s”) of Waldron, Indiana and C. Raker & Sons, Inc. (“Raker”) of Litchfield, Michigan announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Roberta’s to acquire 100% of Raker’s business. The transaction is expected to close in the.....

Industry to support Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas

AmericanHort and Ecuadorian rose farm Rosaprima are offering help to the Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas. AmericanHort urges all AmericanHort members and industry partners to consider making a financial donation and Rosaprima is donating 1 percent of their U.S. Open Market sales to the Hurricane Harvey.....

DowDuPont merger successfully completed

DowDuPont announced the successful completion of the merger of equals between Dow and DuPont, effective Aug. 31, 2017. The combined entity is operating as a holding company under the name “DowDuPont” with three divisions – Agriculture, Materials Science and Specialty Products.Shares of DuPont and Dow ceased.....

Sjoukje Heimovaara new CEO of Royal Van Zanten

Royal Van Zanten appointed Sjoukje Heimovaara to the post of CEO. She succeeds Arie Veldhuyzen van Zanten, who is retiring. Arie Veldhuyzen van Zanten managed the company for more than 15 years during a period in which the company developed into a big player in international floriculture.Sjoukje Heimovaara.....

SBM Company takes over sales activities of Valagro’s gardening products

Valagro and SBM Company have signed a partnership agreement. Thanks to this agreement SBM Company will take over marketing and sales activities of Valagro’s gardening products in the European and the US markets, through its Home & Garden entity, SBM Life Science.The deal, which goes into effect on.....

SIAT Group's Deroose Plants acquires Exotic Plant

Belgian young plant company Exotic Plant has been acquired by DeRoose Plants' SIAT Group. After years of severe competition, in which DeRoose was even accused of infringement of EP's breeding patents, the companies now bury the hatchet and join forces as part of the SIAT Group.With locations in Europe, the.....

ScottsMiracle-Gro completes sales of European and Australian businesses

ScottsMiracle-Gro has completed the previously announced sale of most of its International consumer businesses to Exponent Private Equity, LLP.The transaction includes ScottsMiracle-Gro operations in Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Poland and the U.K.“This transaction marks the end of the major.....

Canada: Peter Berkhout turns off the lights

After decades of serving the Canadian greenhouse industry, Peter Berkhout is retiring at the end of September. Spending the last 15 years as the General Manager at Gavita Canada, Peter is about to turn off the lights for the last time. "It has been a great pleasure to work in this industry, but now it's.....

Royal Brinkman again nominated for Taspo Award

The German webshop of Royal Brinkman GmbH in Straelen has been nominated, for the second year in a row, for the Taspo Awards. Royal Brinkman is nominated in the category best website for the horticultural and agricultural industry in Germany. Royal Brinkman is nominated together with four other companies......

US: AmericanHort hires Tal Coley as director of government affairs

AmericanHort announces the addition of Tal Coley as director of government affairs based in its Washington, D.C. office.“AmericanHort is delighted to welcome Tal to further advance our strategic advocacy and outreach efforts,” said Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Research......

Dutch plant growers build new 9 hectare nursery

Plant growers Van Son & Koot and Baanplant want to start a new, 9 hectare arboriculture company opposite their existing nurseries in Kaatsheuvel, the Netherlands, Dutch newspaper BD reports. About 30 people will be employed at the new nursery.Photo: Van Son & KootThe company already has 14 hectares.....

Funding will boost Canadian flower exports

Flowers Canada Growers (FCG) is receiving a $393,070 funding under the Growing Forward 2, AgriMarketing program. This was announced by Chris Bittle, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, at Colonial Florists on August 29. Click hereto view the announcement, that was posted on the Facebook page of.....
Seasoned employee Damarys Mora Crawford promoted

US (FL): Costa Farms appoints new Marketing Director

Costa Farms, the largest grower of ornamental plants in the world, has promoted Damarys Mora Crawford to marketing director. Crawford brings more than 20 years of experience in consumer product marketing. Her background includes high-profile consumer brands such as L’Oréal, Schwinn and Black & Decker. In.....

Certified American Grown Flowers selects Where Food Comes From as official third-party certifier

Certified American Grown Flowers has selected Where Food Comes From Inc. (WFCF) as its official exclusive third-party certifier.The new partnership will be launched via video conference on September 14, introducing the team at WFCF and highlighting program improvements as well as the new benefits of the.....

Fluwel

NL: The journey of bulbs in pictures

How are bulbs harvested, are they peeled and sorted? In their latest newsletter Fluwel looks at the process. "It is no longer done by hand. Machines are used for all jobs these days. But what kind of machines are they and how are they used?photo: FluwelUsing a series of great photos you are lead through all.....

NL: New cultivation floor for BENS Young Plants

In the Netherlands, BENS Young Plants is busy expanding. Last year, two new greenhouses were built: one of 1,000m2 for cuttings and a 1,500m2 shaded hall, where cuttings can harden for customers who grow in the open field. During the last few weeks, a new cultivation floor of 4,000m2 has been installed in.....

New Zealand: Kerepehi chrysanthemum nursery for sale

One of New Zealand’s most productive chrysanthemum hothouse nurseries has been placed on the market for sale.GAIT Flowers nursery in the Waikato township of Kerepehi produces 17 varieties of chrysanthemum – encompassing yellow, white, pink/mauve, red and green colourings.In the just completed 2016/2017.....

NL: Flower Factor to extend activities to French market

With Frédéric Dupré, Fleuriste Meilleur Ouvrier de France, on board, Flower Factor hopes to reach the French florists with inspiration and education. During his recent stay at the Flower Factor studio he showed his skills in six brand new video tutorials. Time to find out a little bit more about this.....