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Dümmen Orange hires new Western US sales manager

Dümmen Orange announces that Angela Storm, an industry veteran, has joined the sales team to support customers and brokers in the western United States. She will serve western-region customers as the primary point of contact, providing tailored support throughout the entire customer journey.Angela brings.....

Kenya Horticultural Council officially launched

The Kenya Horticultural Council (KHC) has officially been launched in a colourful event held on July 21, 2017 at Pride Inn Hotel, Nairobi. KHC is mandated to champion the Kenya horticulture industry growth and development by providing high level lobbying and advocacy services for the industry with the aim of.....

New gateway to Southeast Asian market?

Thailand: Agricultural Fair gains more international attention

PHOTO REPORT The Agriculture Fair in Hatyai, a city in Thailand's far south, is in full swing. This 10-day event is being organized for the 25th time and is gaining an increasingly more international attention. From August 11-20, 160 companies are presenting their products and the event welcomes over 100,000 Southeast.....

Lucas Vos, Royal FloraHolland:

“Growth is an important condition for survival”

Lucas Vos, CEO of Royal FloraHolland, brings you up to date with the latest developments in his new vlog. Where are we now with ‘Cooperative 2020’? And what is Royal FloraHolland doing to get all its members and buyers into the digital world? And there’s an answer to the question of why growth is so.....

UK: Two new Account Managers joining Farplants

To support growing sales and the demand for their new ranges, leading outdoor plant supplier The Farplants Group, bolsters its team with two new staff members.Zoe Bruce and Lee HopperZoe Bruce and Lee Hopper are the latest recruits to join Farplants; the company has seen significant additions to the staff.....

Heliospectra appoints Peter Nyberg as new Head of Technology and Development Department

Heliospectra is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Nyberg as head of the Technology and Development department, effective August 15, 2017.Nyberg brings more than 15 years of experience in system development. He holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Chalmers University of Technology and has led.....

Kenya Flower Council certification scheme undergoes re-assessment

One of the most effective lobby tools for the flower industry has been the compliance status of the industry in Kenya through the Kenya Flower Council Certification Scheme Quality System Accreditation to ISO / IEC 17065. In order to maintain its integrity, the Kenya Flower Council hosted Lead assessors from.....

UK: Dr. Gracie Barrett joins Tristram Plants management team

Dr Gracie Barrett joined Tristram Plants as Technical Manager (Trials & Lab) in April 2017. Gracie had spent the previous 5 years working at the RHS, where she ran the joint AHDB/RHS project CP095, “Sustainable Resource in Horticulture”. Among other things, this project saw her investigate the impact of.....

US: PlantHaven's marketing efforts awarded

PlantHaven International's efforts in Marketing has been awarded. At the Cultivate'17, that took place last month in Columbus Ohio, they took home the Medal of Excellence Award for Marketing. For twenty years now, Planthaven has assisted international plant breeders and brought their varieties to the North.....

US (CA): Cal Poly aspiring entrepreneur named Shinoda Scholar of the Year

The Shinoda Foundation has awarded its highest honor, the Shinoda Scholar of the Year, to Gage Willey, a senior majoring in Agriculture and Environmental Plant Science at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.“Gage represents the best and brightest of aspiring horticulturalists,” says Bob Otsuka, president of the.....

FTD announces Q2 results

FTD has announced financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2017.John C. Walden, FTD's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "I am pleased with the considerable progress we have made on our strategic review of our business. We remain on-track to complete our review.....

Renown Seed Scientist, Director of seed technology for PanAmerican Seed

Industry mourns passing of Francis Kwong

Ball Horticultural Company mourns the death of Francis Kwong, 65, from colon cancer July 30. Kwong had a 38-year career in the seed industry where he spent a majority of them with PanAmerican Seed Company. His recent title was director of seed technology, where he was known for his passion for agriculture.....

Management change at Pöppelmann TEKU

On 1 July, Sven Hoping took over the sales management at Pöppelmann TEKU. He follows in the footsteps of Hubert Haskamp.Hubert Haskamp (left) and his successor, Pöppelmann TEKU® sales manager Sven Hoping.Pöppelmann TEKU® is regarded as a reference in the field of growing systems for horticulture. Among other.....

“Service and Import Center”

Veiling Rhein Maas: New name for the Import Handling Department

The Import Handling department at Veiling Rhein-Maas is being changed to “Service and Import Center”. This department ensures that flowers and plants arriving from countries such as Israel, Ethiopia, Kenya, Turkey, Spain, Portugal and Italy can be auctioned successfully. The department's work.....

CAN (ON): Westbrook Group of Companies is reorganizing

The Westbrook Group of Companies is undergoing significant changes to its operations, labour force and locations in response to major shifts in the Floral Industry."Our industry is changing significantly in response to new consumer buying patterns, including on-line buying, international trade issues and.....

NL: Flower bulb export company Mantel & Mosselman bankrupt

On Monday, June 27, 2017, The Court of North Holland, Alkmaar location, has declared the private companies Mantel & Mosselman Holland B.V., Mosselman Holland B.V. and Mantel Holland B.V., bankrupt. Located and having its principal place of business in Venhuizen (The Netherlands) at the address.....

US (NJ): McHutchison hires Nathan Lamkey as VP of Sales & Marketing

McHutchison Corporation announced a new hire as part of their new management development structure for North America. In his new role, Lamkey is responsible for developing and executing sales strategies to sustain the McHutchison Corporation’s continuing growth, while also managing all aspects of the.....

US: Limited enrollment starts for Bower & Branch

Bower & Branch, Trees for Life, announced kickoff of its annual retailer enrollment period of July 1 to October 31, 2017. Bower & Branch is a group of independent growers and garden centers offering consumers landscape-size trees and plants online and in Member stores. This phase of expansion comes.....

Cargolux named ‘Best Green Airline’

Cargolux Airlines International S.A. was honored with the ‘Best Green Airline’ award at the Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) Awards ceremony, held in Singapore on 29 June 2017. The annual awards is organized and hosted by Asia Cargo News, recognize leading service providers including air and.....

Kurt Schrama joins FleuraMetz Group

In its fortieth year, the Aalsmeer-based flower and plant exporter Kurt Schrama Bloemenexport B.V. is joining the FleuraMetz Group.The good personal relationship between Louis Altena and Rob Schelling, owners of Kurt Schrama, and the board of FleuraMetz has led to the takeover, which applies retrospectively.....
Microflor

Belgium: New online presentation to feature over 100 plant varieties

Plant tissue culture specialist Microflor, based in Lochristi, Belgium, has launched its new website. By integrating a blog, newsletter and social media, the tissue culture expert from Floré Group is on the path of a more dynamic and interactive marketing strategy. The aim is to improve communication with.....

Biobest acquires Mexican distributor IMEX

Biobest and Distribuciones IMEX announced that Biobest has acquired a 100% equity stake in IMEX. IMEX is a well-known Mexican distributor of environmentally friendly solutions for plant health and pollination, serving the country’s growing horticultural industry. Biobest and IMEX started collaborating in.....

Oerlemans Plastics

NL: New packaging potting soil: over 40% biobased material

Oerlemans Plastics, manufacturer of flexible foils and packaging, has together with the raw material supplier Braskem and some potting soil producers contributed to a sustainable concept. Meanwhile, several potting soil producers in the Benelux have already started using biobased packaging from Oerlemans.....

US: New Hampshire growers host open house

Pleasant View Gardens and D.S. Cole Growers announce their 21st annual Open House event on Thursday, August 3rd, opening up their greenhouses and gardens for the day.“We’re thrilled to host industry professionals again this year for a fun, information-packed day in Loudon. They’ll be among the first in the.....

Green roof for Google British headquarters

The new British headquarters of Google next to King's Cross station in London will get a 8,500m² roof landscape park.Building greenThe 7,000 London employees of search engine company Google have something to look forward to: a new green workplace in the middle of the city. The construction of the 11-storey.....

US: Svensson recognized for philanthropic efforts

Svensson’s Americas subsidiary, Ludvig Svensson, Inc. located in Charlotte, North Carolina was recognized as the 2017 small business recipient of the Mayor’s International Community Award (MICA) on Thursday, May 11th at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, NC for its philanthropic endeavors......

US: Griffin announces seminar program for 2017 expos

Griffin recently announced the schedule of educational sessions for its 2017 Griffin Grower & Retailer Expos.The schedule includes two seminars in which attendees may qualify for pesticide recertification credits. The first, “Hot Topics in Pest Control,” is presented by GGSPro Technical Support Manager.....

Richel Group obtains ISO 9001 certification

The Richel Group has obtained the ISO 9001:2015 certification for its activities regarding the design, manufacture and sale of production greenhouses and storage sheds."As a reflection of Richel Group's commitment to the quality of its products and the excellence of its services, this certification,.....

NL: IAA-Fresh to sponsor Flower Bulb Junior Tournament

This year, IAA-Fresh again decided to sponsor the HTC (Hillegomse Tennis Club, Hillegom is a village in Holland) Flower Bulb Junior Tournament (ITF Juniors). This tournament, to take place right in the heart of the Dutch main bulb production area, attracts young talent from all over the world, including.....

Azerbaijan: Zagatala revives floriculture industry

Floriculture in Zagatala is being viewed as a high growth industry. Commercial floriculture is becoming important from the export angle, as floriculture has higher potential per unit area than most of the field crops and is therefore a lucrative business.A flower processing plant will soon be opened in the.....

US: Puration to convert First Choice Nursery into MMJ operation

Puration has entered into a letter of intent agreement to acquire First Choice Nursery which has an existing twenty-five greenhouse facility in Texas. The company has the opportunity to expand to an additional 400 irrigated greenhouse pads ready for buildout.Puration has a U.S. Patented Cannabis.....

New 3 ha nursery for Dutch Yucca grower

Thursday, June 15th was an historic day for Luiten Kwekerij. The first pile was driven for the new nursery building in Pijnacker, the Netherlands. Yucca is now grown on about 6,000 m2, next year this will be done on an area of 9,000 m2.Loading is still ongoing at the Anjerweg 4b in Bleiswijk.Luiten Kwekerij.....

goal: a single digital growers’ platform

Royal FloraHolland and FloraXchange join forces

Digitalizing the floriculture sector will get a serious boost now that Royal FloraHolland and FloraXchange have joined forces. The global marketplace for flowers and plants took out a controlling interest in the FloraXchange platform.This cooperation marks the starting point of the creation of one single.....

PDSI Celebrates Partnership with Skagit Horticulture at Cultivate’17

Plant Development Services, Inc. announces a partnership with Skagit Horticulture that will bring Sunset Western Garden Collection and Southern Living Plant Collection branded plants to a broader market. Perennial and annual liners of these well-known brands will now be available to all growers though.....

Danish flower grower misses out on Queen domain

Danish grower Knud Jepsen uses the Queen brand name, but doesn't have the accompanying .com website. This one is owned by a Canadian company. The latter uses the domain name to link to an adult website. Through the World Intellectual Property Organization, Jepsen tried to get hold of the domain name,.....

US: Emily Fuerst named R&D director for Kemin

Kemin Crop Technologies, an initiative of Kemin Industries focused on providing solutions for commercial horticulture, has appointed Emily Fuerst to the newly created role of research and development director, effective immediately.In this role, Fuerst will be responsible for leading the development of new.....

US: Sakata matches AFE donations during '40 Days of Summer Giving'

Sakata Seed America has teamed up with the American Floral Endowment (AFE) for a "40 Days of Summer Giving" campaign in celebration of Sakata's 40th anniversary.For 40 days – July 10 to Aug. 18 – contributions made to AFE will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Sakata up to $10,000. That means up to $20,000 to.....

Germany: VB Group builds 'Elite' greenhouse for Dümmen Orange

At the end of May, a symbolic first spade went into the ground, signaling the start of construction of a new 'Elite' greenhouse for Dümmen Orange at their Rheinberg location in Germany. Here, VB Group's greenhouse and climate companies work together on the complete construction of a modern, 10,000 m2.....

Valoya appoints account manager in the Netherlands

Since the beginning of 2017 Valoya has grown to include 4 more employees including the most recent addition, Mr. Donato Lucia as Account Manager based in the Netherlands. Having been in the LED grow lights market for 9 years now, Valoya has sold in 46 countries and has a global distribution network that.....

US: WaterPulse adds Amatangelo as National Sales Manager

WaterPulse announces that Sue Amatangelo has joined the team as National Sales Manager.“Customers will find a huge wealth of information and knowledge in Sue,” says Jim Heffernan, CEO of WaterPulse. “Her depth and breadth of experience, and her time on both the grower and retail sides of the industry, enable.....

Takii Europe expands into Africa and the Middle East

Takii Europe has recently added Africa and the Middle East to its sales territory. Takii & Company, Ltd. in Japan has transferred these two regions to its European subsidiary. The expansion was officially marked by the opening of a new packaging line.Takii & Company has operated in Africa and the.....

CAN: Brookdale Treeland Nurseries acquires Valleybrook Gardens Ontario

Brookdale Treeland Nurseries has announced the acquisition of Valleybrook Gardens Ontario, in Niagara-on-the-Lake.Valleybrook Gardens will continue to own and operate their location in Abbotsford B.C. All Valleybrook brands for the independent garden centre market will continue to be produced in Ontario.....