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Kenya: Crowdfunded solar panels provide 50% of rose grower’s energy

Rift Valley Roses is about to meet 50 percent of their electricity demand with solar energy. The costs to realize this project at this 22ha farm is 94,000 Euro and will be financed through the crowdinvesting platform of ecoligo.investments. Berlin-based solar company ecoligo will manage the project, which is.....

US (OR): Griffin achieves coast-to-coast coverage with new DC

Griffin will open an all-new distribution center in Salem, Ore., in the coming months. The 24,000 square-foot facility will become the sixteenth branch location for Griffin, and the company’s first hard-goods warehouse on the West Coast.“The Oregon distribution center fulfills our longtime goal of achieving.....

Oboya launches new e-commerce platform with partner in China

Oboya has together with the Haier Group RRS, through previous cooperation agreements, launched a new e-commerce platform through Haier Group's RRS distribution channels.The new e-commerce platform is the first step of a cooperation agreement signed in May 2018. Through e-commerce cooperation with Haier.....
For better debt monitoring for Colombian flower exporters

Asocolflores and AgroCheck start partnership

Asocolflores, the Association of Colombian Flower Exporters, and AgroCheck, credit information supplier and international debt collection agency for the floriculture industry, recently started an exclusive partnership to improve the debt monitoring for Colombian flower exporters.The arrangement will.....

PlantPaper teams up with AgriNomix and Smithers Oasis

With the increased request for PlantPaper's products in the United States, the company decided to forge a North American partnership with AgriNomix and Smithers Oasis.AgriNomix will be handling sales of machine & service on the North American market, and Smithers Oasis will keep on expanding paper and.....

Will Womack, FNGLA President:

"The Amigos will ride again"

For starters, it is with the humblest of hearts and deepest appreciation I serve as your 67th president", Will Womack, FCHP, FCLC of Tampa Bay Landscaping writes in his President's letter to the FNGLA. "And, the highest praise to FNGLA staff and FNGLA’s Frontrunners Chapter - with help from the Royal Palm.....

at Cultivate '18

US (OH): Vitro Plus presents new cultivation system for ferns

Vitro Plus will exhibit at Cultivate '18 in Columbus Ohio from Sunday July 15th until Tuesday July 17th in booth #1651. They are attending this show to connect with existing customers who exhibit there as well or visit the show, but also to find new customers for the hardy ferns that Vitro Plus is now.....
Adds distributor partners for cannabis, greenhouse, ag

US: Greenspire Global expands distribution network

Greenspire Global has expanded its distribution network in response to growing product demand.“As part of our ongoing effort to provide growers options to grow crops more naturally,” says Steve Knauss, “we’ve partnered with additional distributors to make our products more readily available across the.....

Italy: Verisem Distribution acquires Franchi Sementi

Franchi Sementi, an Italian specialty seed distributor and one of the oldest continuously operated independent seed companies in Italy, has opened its capital to acquisition by Verisem Distribution. Combining Franchi Sementi with Verisem’s distribution businesses will create a platform in the specialty seed.....

All-America Selections releases Annual Report

All-America Selections (AAS) has just released the 2017-2018 Annual Report reflecting the group’s activities from the past 12-18 months. For the past eight years, AAS has prepared a yearly statement of organizational updates including those of sister organization National Garden Bureau. This Annual Report is.....

Netherlands: Logiqs building new headquarters and production facility

Logiqs has acquired a 6,250 m2 plot of land in the Honderdland business park in Maasdijk. Located just a few hundred meters down the street from their current headquarters, this plot of land will house the new Logiqs headquarters and state of the art production facility.This new office building and.....

PlantHaven welcomes Augustus Green

PlantHaven welcomes Augustus Green, who is joining the PlantHaven Plants Team from Santa Barbara City College. He will be recording all the activity at the "2018 Go Trials". This year's trial will include many new candidates. The team is hard at work getting them ready for their premier North American.....

Vietnam: Dalat Hasfarm opens first retail shop in Binh Duong

Every year since 1994, Dalat Hasfarm keeps on investing in farms, packing and distribution facilities. With a straight and fast supply chain from Production to Shops, they are able to bring every day high quality flowers into the market. And now they've added a 13th outlet to their blooming flower shop.....

UK: Perennial helps children of horticulturists with Fund and Bursaries

Perennial, the only charity in the UK dedicated to helping all those who work in all branches of the horticulture industry, wants more horticulture professionals to know that funding is available to help their dependent children should they need it.Perennial has recently launched a new Child Bursary scheme.....

"Renewed recipe is well received"

NL: Plants from SV.CO in a new, durable packaging

Last October, flower grower SV.CO changed their appearance. The changes are becoming increasing more visible, and the company reports positive reactions."The new design is more illustrative with natural colors. Almost all SV.CO products are currently being packaged in the new look and the reactions from the.....

NL: Nieuwkoop Europe builds an additional 2.5 ha

On Wednesday 13 June, the first pile of Nieuwkoop Europe's new construction project was driven in. The company, which both imports, cultivates and trades in hydroponics, pot plants and planters, is going to expand its floor area by approximately 25,000m2, adjacent to the current location of 75,000m2 in De.....

US: Justin Wisniewski joins Must Have Perennials as General Manager

Must Have Perennials announces the hiring of Justin Wisniewski as General Manager effective immediately.Justin has had a wealth of experiences preparing him for this position, which includes operating his own consultation firm. He has a B.S. in Education and holds teaching certificates in both Pennsylvania.....

Vietnam: Agricultural Counsellor Arie Veldhuizen awarded honorable Medal

On 14 June 2018, Dutch Agricultural Counsellor Arie Veldhuizen received a Medal from the Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Le Quoc Doanh for his contributions to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between Vietnam and the Netherlands in agriculture development in Vietnam. In his.....

Steam boiler leaving on a jet plane to Kenya

Last weekend, Agricon Horty Projects B.V. from Monster (Netherlands) transported a steam boiler to Kenya, destined for P van der Haak Handelskwekerij."We regularly supply steam boilers to Africa", says Johan van der Wel, "but so far never by plane." Robert Zuyderwijk of P van der Haak Handelskwekerij is.....

UK: New recruits strengthen HTA’s Horticultural team

HTA has appointed two new recruits to strengthen the policy and horticulture teams. Sally Cullimore joins as Policy Executive and brings many years of experience from the grower sector after completing her studies at Pershore College. Sally has spent time at Ball Colegrave and the Newey Group in sales and.....

Kenya: Oserian Two Lakes Flower Park signs new France flower breeder

Naivasha based flower company Oserian Development Company Ltd has signed French flower breeder George Delbard to set up a show house at its new Flower Park, as part of the company’s diversification plan into an industrial park and real estate. This has seen the company establish an investment arm named.....

Guatemala: Two Dümmen Orange employees still missing

Two employees of Dümmen Orange have been missing for ten days now, since volcano Fuego erupted in Guatemala on June the 3rd. "Because their homes are buried under the ash, it's a very dark scenario," Nicolette Straver, Corporate Communication Specialist at the Dutch breeder, told Dutch newspaper AD. She.....

Dekker Chrysanten launches new corporate identity

The Netherlands is worldwide the biggest player in the ornamental horticulture. We owe that position to companies that keep on innovating. Dekker Chysanten is one of them. This breeder is internationally one of the largest breeders of the chrysanthemum.That focus on the chrysanthemum is held onto, not only.....

PL: Robotics Center of Excellence will open in Warsaw in 2020

A new Robotics Center of Excellence in Warsaw will help DSV optimise data intensive business processes and relieve employees of repetitive manual tasks.Since the industrial revolution, there has been an increasing demand for efficient production and consequently for automation. By the 1970s, industrial.....

US (OH): Corso's hires PR firm in wake of arrests

Corso’s Home and Garden Center hired a public relations firm in the wake of last week’s raids that led to the arrest of more than 100 of its employees.Corso’s chose Dix & Eaton to provide communications support during the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).....

Australian Made Board of Directors meet for the 100th time

The Australian Made Campaign has celebrated the 100th meeting of its Board of Directors, underscoring the longevity of the not-for-profit organisation that administers the famous Australian Made, Australian Grown logo (AMAG logo). Senior members of the businesses community attended the milestone assembly.....

Selling 5 million Ugandan Fairtrade poinsettias

In the Fairtrade Cents pilot project launched last year, Wagagai (a nursery for young plants in Uganda), import partner Selecta One and Fairtrade International want workers on the farm to earn a 'fair' wage. For each sold Fairtrade poinsettia, a few cents go into a separate bonus fund, which supplements the.....

Bayer closes Monsanto acquisition

Bayer successfully completed the acquisition of Monsanto on Thursday. Shares in the U.S. company will no longer be traded on the New York Stock Exchange, with Bayer now the sole owner of Monsanto Company. Monsanto shareholders are being paid 128 U.S. dollars per share. J.P. Morgan assisted Bayer with.....

NL: Rose grower says goodbye to Myrna rose

"On June 5, 2018, the Myrna+ rose was traded for the last time." After more than 6 years, Fransen Roses has ended the cultivation of this beautiful red rose. "Of course we’ll still have the beautiful Red Naomi roses."The rose grower has made a farewell video in which all the highlights of the rose can be.....

France: Beekenkamp expands sales presence with Ducrettet partnership

The ornamentals division of Beekenkamp Plants and the French company Graineterie A. Ducrettet, have agreed to a cooperation from the 11th of June 2018. A. Ducrettet is active in the sales of seeds (flowers and vegetables), as well as young plants to French growers. With this cooperation, Beekenkamp.....

Stable turnover and more profits for Royal Lemkes in 2017

In 2017 Royal Lemkes delivered nearly 97 million plants to 2,600 stores in 30 countries, lowered CO2 emissions by 65% and saved 40,000 km in transport. Michiel de Haan, Managing Director Royal Lemkes: “We look back on a successful 2017 filled with many unforgettable moments: intensified.....

FleuraMetz changes its management structure

Changes in the global floriculture sector are gathering pace, with sustainability the new norm. FleuraMetz wants to make a difference by excelling in HR (the best people), marketing (the best customer approach and services) and IT (the best digital channels, data and logistics). From left to right: Martin.....

Kenya: Former Karuturi workers petition Treasury to probe bank over dues

Former employees of flower firm Karuturi Ltd have appealed to the government to facilitate their benefits after the company was put under receivership.The 2,500 workers who were rendered jobless in 2014 want Treasury, Central Bank of Kenya, Kenya Revenue Authority and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption.....

US (OH): Corso's comments on arrest of employees

On June 5, 2018, Federal investigators executed a search warrant at Corso’s Flower and Garden Center locations in Sandusky and Castalia, Ohio. In the process of executing that warrant, the investigators arrested more than 100 Corso’s employees. Corso’s is fully complying with the government’s investigation,.....

collaboration Zentoo and BloomyPro

The chrysanthemum from A to Z in 3D

The whole chain is involved with the shelf. Starting from that idea, Danny van Uffelen from Zentoo and Eric Egberts from BloomyPro collaborated, and as a result the chrysanthemum club can now present the entire chrysanthemum assortment digitized in 3D, including the varieties from Floritec, Royal van Zanten,.....

NL: Maarel Orchids sells De Lier nursery

Maarel Orchids has improved the company strategy for the future, and the focus is mainly on delivering large uniform batches to garden centers and retailers throughout Europe via specialized exporters. Maarel Orchids wants to distinguish itself with its service, and for this purpose a specific software.....

US (FL): MedMen buys Treadwell Nursery

MedMen has signed a definitive agreement to acquire dispensary and cultivation assets from Florida based Treadwell Nursery.As part of the transaction, MedMen will acquire Treadwell Nursery’s cultivation facility situated on 5 acres in Eustis, Florida and the right to open 25 medical marijuana dispensaries in.....

FloraHolland employee sacked over anniversary party

An employee of Royal FloraHolland was fired because the celebration of his 12.5-year anniversary at the job crossed quite a few lines. A Dutch court judged that a speech laced with criticism, and a scantily-clad lady, were justified grounds for dismissal.Imagine working at the auction for 12.5 years. Reason.....

US (FL): Jet Fresh Flower Distributors moves to new location

Jet Fresh Flower Distributors, the importer, distributor and grower of fresh-cut wholesale flowers in Miami, Fla. is moving to a new facility directly across the street from their current location near the Miami International Airport.The family-owned and operated supplier of wholesale flowers is relocating.....

Change in organizational structure at Floritec

The Floritec management has recently decided upon an adaptation in the company organization.After appointing René le Clercq as general director a.i., a transfer of responsibilities and tasks have been agreed upon. Purpose was to create a more transparent structure both internally as well as for clients.Frank.....

Bailey Nurseries rebrands as Bailey

Bailey Nurseries is updating its corporate identity to a more modernized brand position: Bailey. Along with a fresh and modern look, Bailey reaffirms its commitment to Growing What’s Next, the company’s drive to constantly evolve and innovate.The Growing What’s Next theme will be carried across all.....

Kenya: The ripple effect caused by the closure of a flower farm

A walk through the withering and dilapidated flower farm depicts the sad state of affairs at the Sher Karuturi Flower Farm.The lives of more than 3,000 people came to a standstill when the Flower farm shut its doors in May 2015 after being placed under receivership over accrued debt.Where a multibillion.....

Paula Arango, DVFG:

"Allocation management can be extremely tricky"

In the new installment of the “DV Employee Spotlight”, DVFlora features Paula Arango. She has a very unique role with the company and serves as their Farm and Logistics Coordinate out of South America.The interview provides some great insight on how DVFlora interacts with farm partners and the coordination.....

US: Delta Cargo appoints Lindsey Jalil as new Managing Director - Commercial

Delta Air Lines Cargo has appointed Lindsey Jalil as Managing Director — Commercial, a role previously held by Kristin Colvile, who was recently promoted to Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of SkyTeam.Effective June 1, Jalil leads Delta Cargo's commercial activities including: Alliances,.....

"The flower business is becoming faster and more transparent"

Royal Flowers opens sales office in the Netherlands

It is actually a logical step, explains Wilco Visser, the new branch of the Ecuadorian Royal Flowers company in the Netherlands. "More than 60 percent of production is exported to Canada and the US. From the Netherlands we can better serve the European market, allowing us to diversify our customer base. Our.....
HortiMaX company name discontinued

Ridder Group unites brands under one banner

Starting 11 June, the Ridder Group will have one brand. Its existing range of brands will make way for one umbrella brand, Ridder, to enhance their profile and name recognition on the international market. The company name HortiMaX B.V. will be discontinued. All contact and address details will remain.....

Ralph Koopman joins Armada Young Plants as Commercial Director

As of June 1st 2018 Ralph Koopman is appointed as Commercial Director of Armada Young Plants. Ralph will be responsible for all commercial affairs of the company and will focus on the development of Sales & Marketing activities in the most important (license) markets of Armada Young Plants and its.....

Royal FloraHolland members give green light for Members' Council

During the General Members' Meeting (GMM) on 31 May 2018, a majority of 79% of the members of Royal FloraHolland voted to introduce a Members' Council from 1 January 2019. The new structure – in which the GMM will no longer be organised – is intended to improve the quality of decision-making within the.....

Australia: A new voice for horticulture

With the recent announcement of the new National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) Horticultural Council, you could be forgiven for wondering if the horticultural lobby is growing top-heavy. So what is different with this new forum?by Gabrielle StannusSpeaking on this topic during his “State of Play” address at the.....

September 24-26, Raleigh

US (NC): ASCFG celebrates 30 years at National Conference

The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers will hold its National Conference and Trade Show September 24-26, 2018 at the North Raleigh Hilton in Raleigh, North Carolina.The event will kick off with a one-day Growers’ School at Sassafras Fork Farm, with sessions directed at new and beginning cut flower.....

UAE: Forever Rose London announces international expansion

Forever Rose London, part of the Al Samadi Group, continues its international expansion plans in 2018 to further branch its presence within the GCC as well as into new European markets, including London, Paris, and Milan, due to the brand's continual growth year on year. Since its opening in 2014, Forever.....

UK: Nursery plant centre for sale

Quinton Edwards are selling an established nursery and plant centre which benefits from a four bedroom period house.The business has been operating for circa 15 years and is a traditionally run nursery and plant centre which relies heavily on repeat custom and is favoured by keen gardeners. The majority of.....

UK: Mass summer displays herald new home for National Wildflower Centre

The wonder of wildflowers will be coming to the Eden Project this summer with mass displays around the gardens and approaches.Grand displays of the UK’s best known wildflowers including poppies, cornflowers, daisies and corn marigolds outside the famous Biomes at Eden’s site in Cornwall will mark a new.....

Netherlands: Van der Ende Groep to relocate

Van der Ende Groep, currently established at Maasambacht in Maasdijk, will soon be relocated to Aartsdijkweg at the Coldenhove business park (Maasdijk). Owing to the company’s strong growth, its premises at Maasambacht had become too small and a new location had to be found.This location, in the building.....

Floricultura expands with anthuriums

From week 26 onward Floricultura expands its assortment with anthurium. In cooperation with Van der Voort Young plants a beautiful new assortment is ready to enter the market. In first instance it will involve 30 to 40 large flowered and compact varieties. In the next phase this will be expanded. The.....

Netherlands: Fachjan installs 270 solar panels on roof

Fachjan is taking more and more steps to work climate-neutral. Recently, solar panels have been placed on the roof of the warehouse and quarantine rooms for a next step in making the company more sustainable.In total, 270 solar panels have been installed that will provide the largest part of the electricity.....

new Elite location Dümmen Orange opened

"Our whole plant library under one roof"

A speech by the mayor of the local town, a proud CEO, suppliers and toasting with champagne. Those were the main ingredients needed to open the new, state-of-the-art breeding facility Elite in Rheinberg, Germany. Paradoxically, the opening was symbolized by an (orange) key closing the doors,.....

US (MI): Dr. Kristin Getter hired as Garden Director at MSU

Dr. Kristin Getter has been hired to replace retiring MSU Horticulture Gardens Director Dr. Art Cameron. Her first official day as the new Garden Director will be August 15, 2018. Kristin has been with MSU Horticulture since 2011 where she started as an Outreach Specialist working with the east-Michigan.....

Kenya: Homa Bay geothermal firm gets exploration millions

Kenya renewable energy firm Capital Power has secured $720,000 (about Sh72.6 million) from the African Union Commission (AUC) for a 140 megawatts (MW) geothermal prospect in Homa Bay County.Director Tony Wanyama said the funds will be used to conduct a surface study and infrastructure upgrade.....

Pico Bello Hortensia opens new 6.1 ha nursery

Dutch grower transforms pepper to hydrangea nursery

With a festive day, the new Pico Bello Hortensia location in Bleiswijk was opened on May 3rd. The nursery of 6.1 hectares has been converted from a pepper nursery to a hydrangea nursery over the past few months. Entrepreneur Paul Kouwenhoven manages the company together with his sons Richard and Bob.From.....

U.S. Department of Justice conditionally approves Bayer-Monsanto

On Tuesday, Bayer obtained conditional approval from the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) for the proposed acquisition of Monsanto. “Receipt of the DOJ’s approval brings us close to our goal of creating a leading company in agriculture,” said Bayer CEO Werner Baumann. “We.....

Australian Made Campaign Chief Executive to step down

The Australian Made Campaign’s Chief Executive, Ian Harrison, has announced he is stepping down at the end of July this year, after 14 years at the helm of the organisation responsible for promoting and administering the nation’s iconic green-and-gold Australian Made, Australian Grown logo. “After 14 years.....

Texas A&M AgriLife Research director steps down

Dr. Craig Nessler, director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research since 2009, will return as a faculty member in the department of horticultural sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station on June 1.“We commend Dr. Nessler for his many contributions to the agricultural research enterprise during his.....

Senmatic strengthens efforts in Chinese market

As part of Senmatic's new 2020 strategy, China has become an important focus area. The company has opened its own sales office in Shanghai, where 3 sales persons with many years of sales experience within the sensor area make up the new sales team.One of the business areas, in which Senmatic's sales team in.....

How do you celebrate a 60th anniversary?

Generous donations to 60 good causes, one for every year they've been in business. That's what they're doing to celebrate their 60th anniversary at ErfGoed, the international leader in the manufacturing and installation of cultivation floors. The staff was asked to suggest socially involved and idealistic.....

NL: Floranti obtains Floricode certification

Floranti recently obtained the Floricode conformity certificates for the APIs. Which means the software meets the sector standards.Director Maurice van Winden (Floranti): "If you want to play an important role in a chain of companies, then cooperation and communication are essential. This means that software.....

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.....

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.....