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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.....

Sheridan Nurseries again named one of Canada's Greenest Employers

Sheridan Nurseries has been recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers, for the second year in a row.“Receiving the Canada’s Greenest Employers award for the second year in a row is a great honour. This award is a result of the dedication and commitment by our entire team to achieve our environmental.....

Emerald Coast hires Jonathan Babikow as head grower

Emerald Coast Growers announces that Jonathan Babikow has joined the family business as general manager/head grower for the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, location.“We’re so pleased that we can now count on Jonathan’s 40 years-plus experience among the many resources we can offer our customers,” says Paul Babikow,.....

USDA presents list of genetically engineered varieties:

US: Unauthorized GE petunias withdrawn from distribution

The orange-colored petunia story has reached the United States. Several distributors are currently destroying and withdrawing the petunias from sale that are found to be genetically engineered (GE) and do not have a proper authorization. This was reported by the USDA in their stakeholder announcement. They.....

CAN (QC): Berger acquires Tourbière H. Théberge

Berger announces the acquisition of Tourbière Henri Théberge & Associés Inc., a peat producer near Berger’s harvesting site in Saint-Modeste, Québec. This alliance will take effect on May 31st. This is Berger’s second acquisition in 2017.Berger has been growing steadily over the past few years and this.....

Israel: Danziger looks ahead at annual convention

Production sites managers, as well as planning, logistics, lab and other supporting departments’ management teams, gathered for a week to discuss and present major challenges, achievements and goals.“As a global company, supplying from 4 different locations, we need to make sure our protocols and working.....

US (MI): Vestaron wins small business of the year award

Vestaron has won the SmartZone Small Business of the Year award from the State of Michigan. The State is divided into 20 Smart Zones, and a representative from each was vying for the title. Vestaron was presented with the award at a gala in Lansing with several hundred attendees on May 4, 2017.CEO of.....

United Selections promotes Jelle Posthumus to CEO

Jelle Posthumus has been appointed to the position of United Selections CEO.Jelle has been with United Selections for the last 5 years, during which time he has held positions in sales and marketing. In his new role, Jelle will be ultimately responsible for all United Selections activities worldwide.Ahmed.....

PlantPaper goes to China

PlantPaper announces a large cooperation with OBOYA in the Chinese market. With this cooperation, PlantPaper will be very well grounded in China, one of the largest markets worldwide.The first step for PlantPaper was to participate at the IPM Shanghai together with OBOYA group. Soon there will be a local.....

New Zealand Commerce Commission investigates unapproved merger

United Flower Growers (UFG) and FloraMax merged on March 31. Some florists suggest the arrangement, combined with seasonal changes and periods of high demand, was creating noticeable price hikes.One florist had even considered shutting up shop for Mother's Day, worried she would not be able to provide good.....

NL: Foundation laid for Schoneveld Breeding PlantXperience

On May 9th, 2017, the first (ceremonial) pile was driven for the new building of Schoneveld Breeding PlantXperience. The lack of space at the current location and the growth of the company demanded a necessary expansion. After 10 years of research, planning, applications and permits, it was finally possible.....

Canada: Ray Houweling joins Philips Lighting

Philips Lighting announced the recent addition of Ray Houweling as a Key Account Manager for Canada for the horticulture LED lighting segment.With a long history in horticulture, Houweling has held a number of positions including most recently with Agrozone International, in which he sold Ozone systems to.....

Jan van Heijst, Plantenkwekerij Vreugdenhil:

"Successful plants need to be 'foolproof'"

For more than ten years, Plantenkwekerij Vreugdenhil has been producing ready-to-pick vegetables in the Netherlands. Not only through cultivation and sales, but breeding as well. "The segment is too small for large seed companies, but big enough to be distinctive with our own breeds," according to Jan van.....

University researchers shift from ornamentals to food crops

University of Arkansas horticulture professor Mike Evans said that he has seen a shift in interest by growers and students from greenhouse floral crops to food crops.“As the ornamental side of the greenhouse industry has been undergoing consolidation with fewer but larger operations, we have seen an.....

Emirates SkyCargo and Cargolux announce partnership agreement

Emirates SkyCargo and Cargolux Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a strategic operational partnership in air cargo transportation. This agreement, the first of its kind in the air cargo industry between a mainline airline and a specialised freighter operator, will allow cooperation.....

Cultilene launches new corporate video

Who is Cultilene, what do they stand for and what products and opportunities does Cultilene offer the modern glasshouse grower? That's Cultilene's new business movie in a nutshell. This film, which can be viewed at www.cultilene.com, shows what Cultilene does. The core message: Cultilene provides innovative.....

Ronald Teerds on the New Auctioning at Royal FloraHolland :

"One size fits nobody"

“When we started setting up the programme the New Auctioning, one thing was clear: one size fits nobody.” So says Ronald Teerds, programme director of the New Auctioning at Royal FloraHolland. “There just isn’t a solution available that’s right for everyone.""We're using trials to test what we construct......

NL: The end of Fair Flowers Fair Plants

The Board of Directors of the Fair Flowers Fair Plants foundation has concluded that there are no substantial future possibilities and that the participants' financial contributions are too small to develop Fair Flowers Fair Plants into a mainstream brand. Therefore, the board has decided to withdraw the.....

Is it an UrfGoed, Erfkoet or Efkoe floor?

VIDEO If you have ever visited a propagation greenhouse or container nursery, chances are that you have seen a so-called ebb and flood floor system. Dutch company ErfGoed is one of the companies that designs and installs these systems all over the world. In order to find out how their brand name should be.....

Tulipa Rebel Yellow

NL: New Bloomon tulip ready to conquer the world

Together with the growers of Remarkable Tulips, the Tulipa Rebel Yellow was introduced on May 3: the first Bloomon tulip. This brand new yellow-fringed species comes fresh from the Noordoostpolder, the Netherlands, and is ready to conquer the world.Dutch glory, yellow, with a rebel's edge: the first real.....

Slovenian orchid grower plans geothermal well

Ocean Orchids plans to expand its business further after increasing profit by more than 10% last year.Based in Dobrovnik in NE Slovenia, the company sold EUR 6.7m worth of orchids last year, slightly less than the year before, while raising net profit by EUR 56,000 to EUR 554,000.Employing a workforce of 37,.....

June 12 - 16 ‘s-Gravendeel:

NL: Visser celebrates 50 years with open days in June

Visser will be celebrating their 50 year anniversary and would like to invite you to celebrate. This summer Visser will be hosting a number of Open Days from the 12th to the 16th of June to show what Visser is all about in 2017.In 1967 Visser sold its first machine: the soilblocker. The following years.....

PlantPaper opens company in South America

The demand for an environmentally friendly Paperpot solution is high and this is recognized by PlantPaper, a company that makes paper for Paperpots. Since their establishment in 2016, they are expanding through the world and they just launched a subsidiary in Brazil to supply and serve the South American.....

Smiemans Projecten

Traditional garden center transformed into shopping mall

Smiemans Projecten has completed an interesting project in Dublin, Ireland. A former garden center, previously built by the same company, has been transformed into a modern ‘food and retail experience center’ of Avoca, a well-known Irish retail chain.The structure, as the greenhouse builder informs us, could.....

Johan Jansen, Special Plant Zundert

Dutch grower thrives with tea plantation in Holland

Cultivating tea in Europe? Yes, it's possible. Dutch nursery Special Plant Zundert developed a variety of the Camellia Sinensis, the most important tea plant, which is hardy and also grows and flourishes in the Dutch garden. This company is said to be first nursery in Europe that succeeded in developing this.....

Germany: Jungpflanzen Grünewald facing financial difficulties

German starting material producer Jungpflanzen Grünewald is facing financial difficulties. This was reported by the German website Insolvenzliste.com. On April 27 temporary insolvency proceedings were instituted against Jungpflanzen Grünewald GmbH. The Dutch department Jonge Planten Grünewald in.....

Netherlands: Bosman Van Zaal find their footing after fire

Friday evening at half past 10, a fire broke out in one of the offices of Bosman Van Zaal. The Dutch operations of Bosman Van Zaal are spread across three locations in the Netherlands. The affected location is Bedrijvenweg 10 in De Kwakel. Due to the rapid and adequate response of the fire department, the.....

CAN (QC): Earth Alive CEO withdraws temporarily

Earth Alive announces that David Gilmour, Director, President and Chief Executive Officer, has advised the Corporation that he is taking a temporary medical leave from his day-to-day activities at Earth Alive for an undetermined period of time. Mr. Gilmour expects to resume all of his activities at Earth.....

Klasmann-Deilmann starts partnership with Wageningen incubator StartLife

The Klasmann-Deilmann Group is increasing its activities to develop innovative product solutions for the professional horticulture sector. They have recently begun a partnership with the Dutch Food & Agri Incubator “StartLife”, which is supported by “Wageningen University & Research”. The partnership.....

Marco Braam appointed CEO at Bosman van Zaal

Marco Braam has been appointed CEO to lead Bosman Van Zaal as per 1st May. This appointment follows Henk Peek’s decision to step aside. Henk will retire as CEO as per 1st May but he will not disappear; he will hold an advising role within the company. Earlier, Gerard Peek exchanged his Board membership to.....

Germany: New cold store and pack house for Pellens Hortensien

After four months of construction, the new cold store and pack house at Pellens Hortensien are finished and put into operation. The facility is 1,100 square meters and located in Geldern, Germany. The almost 1 million euro new cold store has room to stack up to 2,000 carts. "We are investing in the.....

UK: Bedding plant grower lodges plans for expansion

A family-owned Guildford horticultural business which was established in 1945 and supplies local garden centres is hoping to significantly expand its operations with plans lodged for a new development in the Surrey town.RC Kemp and Son is seeking planning permission from Guildford Borough Council to erect.....

US: Dr. Frank Wong named TOCA Environmental Communicator of the Year

The Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) and Project EverGreen announce Frank Wong Ph.D., senior regulatory affairs consultant for Bayer CropScience, as the recipient of the 2017 TOCA Environmental Communicator of the Year Award.Wong received the award, which recognizes individuals in the.....

and receives her own pelargonium

NL: Sally van der Horst celebrates 25 years at FleuroSelect

Sally van der Horst has been with FleuroSelect for 25 years. At Beachclub O, on a Dutch beach at Noordwijk, she was treated to a surprise party, where colleagues and good friends were present. She was also invited to baptize a Pelargonium, from Florensis & P. van der Haak: the Sally.She had no idea (or.....

Germany: Another 12 ha greenhouse for Emsflower

Emsflower is busy expanding its facilities in Emsbüren. There will be another 12 hectares of glass, and according to business manager Bennie Kuipers, about 50 new jobs will be created. The intention is to continue to further concentrate the production in this little German town, just across the border near.....

North America: Benary+ off to a flying start

The first Benary+ orders are in. Last month, Benary and Volmary announced their US joint venture, Benary+. This new venture enables them to supply their North American growers directly and offer them the entire range of Benary seeds and Volmary vegetative cuttings. Now, almost one month later, we are.....

US (OH): Decker’s Nursery joins Bower & Branch

Bower & Branch, Trees for Life, a group of independent family owned growers and garden centers announced that it is continuing expansion with the addition of Decker’s Nursery as a Grower Member fulfilling online consumer orders through its Garden Retailer members.Decker’s Nursery joins Bower & Branch.....

Panalpina to acquire Kenyan freight forwarder specialized in perishables

International freight forwarding and logistics company Panalpina is to acquire Air Connection, a Kenya-based forwarder specialized in the export of flowers and vegetables. The move comes after Panalpina’s acquisition of Airflo in Kenya in 2016 and only two weeks after the company formally announced the.....

UK: Wyevale Nurseries up 14% on March sales

Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford is celebrating after its March sales were up by 14% compared to the same month the year before.Wyevale Nurseries says the sales have been driven by independent garden centres, trade customers and cash and carry.Adam Dunnett, Sales and Marketing Director at Wyevale Nurseries,.....

NL: Students get acquainted with flower processing systems

Technical Business Management students of Hogeschool Inholland had the opportunity to get to know Bercomex during the Mix & Match event. The students displayed a keen interest in traineeships and graduation assignments at Bercomex.Students looking for traineeships or graduation assignments in.....

Lucas Vos, Royal FloraHolland:

''We have to think big, lest we get marginalised”

''If we want to stay a dominant force in international floriculture, we’ll have to bind the international trade channels to us. Even if those channels are in competition with our own growers. We have to think big, lest we get marginalised.''As an example, Lucas points to the growing number of roses coming.....

Jamafa Machinery & Liquidseal:

Collaboration boosts sustainability of ornamental plant products

Two post harvest professionals have decided to collaboratein order to increase the shelf life of ornamental plant products. With the necessary customization of Jamafa Machinery and innovative Liquidseal packaging/coatings, a mayor step forward can be made.This collaboration offers companies like Van Kleef,.....

Flora Späth:

New Grower Division Leader at Modiform

Flora Späth joins Modiform on 1 May 2017 as the new Grower Division Leader. She replaces Jeroen W. Ravensbergen who will take on the daily management of Modiform in the role of General Director with effect from 1 March. With her international experience with leading companies and her background in.....