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US: Off-shore grown cutting certification pilot launches in October

AmericanHort and the Society of American Florists are collaborating with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to initiate an offshore certification program for unrooted plant cuttings. A six-month pilot program is expected to be launched on October 1, and will.....

Sri Lanka: Inspection procedures play havoc on perishable shipments

Air Force checks on export shipments introduced during Sri Lanka’s ethnic war, which ended in 2009, are still continuing despite other security measures being removed or reduced, imposing unnecessary difficulties on exporters, according to a study of export competitiveness.Physical inspection procedures at.....

USDA to amend demands for bellflower import from Denmark

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) proposes to amend the plants for planting regulations to allow bellflower (Campanula spp.) plants for planting in approved growing media from Denmark into the United States. The proposed rule would require that.....

NL: Florissant allowed as preservative for Symphoricarpos

From now on, ‘Florissant 520’ and ‘Florissant 500N’ are officially allowed by the Dutch auctions to use as a post-harvest treatment for Symphoricarpos (Snowberry). Growers were already allowed to use it at the farm, but they can now supply with it too. This post harvest treatment ensures better quality.....

Test set-up Hortilux at Agrimarkt

Preventing plants from overstretching in retail

When a plant does not get sufficient light, it goes looking for it. It does this by stretching: a wonderful survival mechanism, but one that causes headaches for many growers, garden centers and supermarkets. This is also the case at Dutch garden center Agrimarkt. "After 1 to 2 weeks, some plants are no.....

Monitoring the cold chain in flower transport

‘Temperature must go down!’ claims FlowerWatch. Flowers need to be kept cool during the long transport within Kenya and to the Netherlands to guarantee quality on arrival and a long vase life. To improve the cold chain FlowerWatch monitors freight facilities and advices the supply chain partners. A Dutch.....
October 10-13, Wageningen University

Promising new technologies in the postharvest domain

At this year's 4-day Postharvest Technology course, Wageningen University highlights new technologies within the postharvest domain that are likely to enter commercial practice within 5 years.Experts of WUR pitch on the use of the following new technologies:LED light treatments before and after harvest to.....

Chrysal Africa 12 years strong in East Africa

‘Improve the quality of flowers exported out of East Africa.’ This has been the goal of Chrysal since they entered this part of the continent 12 years ago. Since the very beginning, they were exhibiting at the IFTEX, which has helped this company to be one of East Africa's largest suppliers of flower food.....

Qatar Airways introduces Climate Control Centre

Qatar Airways Cargo made several key announcements on the first day of Air Cargo Europe 2017, including plans to launch a transit facility for temperature-controlled shipments as well as the scheduled launch of weekly freighter service to London’s Heathrow airport.To perfect its specialist cool chain.....

Hortimat installs 6 new bouquet processing lines:

NL: 4,000 bouquets per hour

Recently, a flower processing company in Aalsmeer received six 'almost' brand new bouquet processing lines. Almost brand new, because Hortimat included used bunch machines in the processing lines.Extended lines are mounted on the frames. The length of the supplied lines ranges between 21 and 23 meters. The.....

Lufthansa Cargo offers real-time tracking

Lufthansa Cargo is now offering an optional tracking service, liveSensor. It allows cargo airline customers to keep an eye on their shipments over the course of the entire transport route, in real time. liveSensor can be used to not only determine where a shipment is, but also whether the transport.....

faster, fresher flowers:

Here's why you should digitize your ordering process

69 percent of U.S. consumers are planning to give their mothers a bouquet of flowers for Mother's Day, according to the National Retail Federation — spending an estimated $2.6 billion on the holiday. In order to enable consumers to surprise their moms with fresh flowers this Sunday (May 14), the products.....

"Heliconias too sensitive for cold storage!"

Green is hip. It's the Pantone color of 2017, and almost every interior and design brand works with shapes and size of flowers and leaves. For Marcel Duijvesteijn of Preferred Supplier of FleuraMetz MDK Flowers & Greens, it confirms: "You gradually see that florists and arrangers dare to distinguish.....