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TR: Van der Knaap reopens Antalya Substrat

Earlier this Month, the Turkish production site Antalya Substrat celebrated its grand reopening in the presence of customers, suppliers, staff, local government officials and partners from the foreign branches. Van der Knaap has a production site in Turkey since 2012. In recent years, the company had been working hard at this…

FreshPlaza launches French edition

For our French-speaking readers, Uitgeverij Boekhout launches  www.freshplaza.fr . In this brand-new edition, the editors will keep readers up to date about the fruit and vegetable…

Mike Allan takes the helm for North American business at Certis USA as Tim Damico retires

Effective November 1, Mike Allan, Certis USA Vice President, North America, will assume the responsibilities for Certis USA’s North American business as Tim Damico, Certis USA Executive Vice President retires after 20 years with Certis USA and its predecessor company, Thermo Trilogy. Mike Allan, Tim Damico Jow-Lih Su,…

US: Bailey Nurseries to acquire Carlton Plants

Bailey Nurseries is acquiring Carlton Plants as of October 31, 2018. “Carlton Plants is very fortunate to have so many great employees, customers, and colleagues with whom strong relationships have been developed over the past 128 years. Carlton remains very strong and healthy because of them,” said Carlton General Manager…

US: Sugarmade acquires hydroponics supplier Sky Unlimited

Sugarmade signed a binding Letter of Intent to acquire Sky Unlimited, a California-based supplier of cannabis cultivation materials to wholesalers and large commercial cannabis cultivators. Sugarmade's revenue within the cannabis cultivation supply sector is primarily derived from online sales, whereas Sky Unlimited's…

NL: Alkemade extends product range with assortment from South African growers Zuluflora and Arnelia

Since this year the flowers from South African growers Zuluflora and Arnelia are unpacked and processed exclusively at Alkemade International. The products of these growers, like Waxflower and Nutans, are very popular and highly in demand. The season, which is now coming to an end, has been very…

ClockOnline will start the clock on October

ClockOnline will be launched October 25, 2018. This independent digital platform promisses to provides an efficiency boost within the ornamental plant sector. Thanks to the one-stop-shop method, growers…

Denmark: Desch Plantpak acquired Sky-Light's horticulture activities

Desch Plantpak has reached an agreement with Danish Sky-Light to acquire their assets that were used for the production of horticultural trays. Jan Willem Wieringa holding D-Grade Fibre and recycled plastic trays Desch Plantpak has 3 factories in The Netherlands and one in the UK and is a large producer of pots and trays for…

Toni Bucci joins AgBiome Innovations team

AgBiome Innovations, the commercial arm of AgBiome bringing innovative plant protection solutions to market, announces that Toni Bucci has joined the team in the role of Chief…

Joris Elstgeest leaves Royal FloraHolland Supervisory Board

Joris Elstgeest is resigning from the Supervisory Board of Royal FloraHolland for personal reasons. Joris will bid farewell during the General Members' Meeting on 6 December 2018. Jack Goossens, chair of the SB, says, "With Joris's departure we are losing a strong and committed supervisory director with a good…

US (KY): EHR promotes Charlie Standish to Nursery Department Manager

Eason Horticultural Resources has announced the promotion of Charlie Standish to the position of Nursery Department Manager. Charlie is a 13 year veteran of EHR, managing their Foliage Department, a position that he will continue to be responsible for. Nursery products are an integral part of EHR’s business, and the company represents a…

US: AFE appoints new Chairman and Trustees

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) announced that Jim Daly, VP of Floralife/Smithers-Oasis has been elected to serve a two-year term as AFE Chairman. His appointment began…

Gems Group and Jardines de los Andes form equity partnership

Gems Group and Jardines de los Andes announced a new equity partnership. “This is an exciting move to formalize our strong relationship as ‘grower’ and ‘marketer’, and one that we feel is ideally set for the age before us”, said Carlos Oramas, CEO at Gems Group. Shared purpose “We believe the future of our dynamic…

Wafex expands South American operations

Wafex opened its doors in South America 14 months ago under the leadership of Andrea Hidalgo. Thanks to good results, a decision has been made to expand their operations and commitment to this region. On September they welcomed Esther Cabezas to the company. Esther comes with extensive experience in…

Hatenboer-Water appoints two new managers

Following recent internal changes, Hatenboer-Water has made the decision to enable the appointment of two new managers. These nominations will come into effect this month.  Hans Poot: Manager Purchasing & Logistics Over the last years, Hans has been a highly valued member of the team of Purchasers. He fulfilled this role with great…

Royal Brinkman

Horti Experience 2018 focuses on international knowledge transfer

For the sixth year in a row, Royal Brinkman employees from all over the world visited the headquarters in 's-Gravenzande, the Netherlands, for the Horti Experience. The international knowledge event was held on October 3-5 this year, while the three-day training sessions focused on knowledge exchange…

Austria: Kwizda Agro and SBM Life Science enter into strategic partnership

The family companies Kwizda Agro and SBM Life Science will add a strategic partnership in the home and garden sector to their cooperation in the agrochemical field: as of January 1st 2019, Kwizda Agro will receive the rights to the exclusive distribution of SBM products (including former Bayer Garden…

Certified American Grown Leadership invited to White House Economic Summit

Certified American Grown (CAG) was recently invited to participate in the White House Economic Summit on September 26. CAG was represented by Certified American Grown Administrator Kasey Cronquist, Council members Andrea Gagnon of LynnVale Studios, Ko Klaver of Botanical Trading Co. and Jumana Misleh,…

Australia: Bryony Hackett appointed General Manager at AIS Greenworks

AIS Greenworks, a division of ICI Industries, announces the appointment of Bryony Hackett to the position of General Manager. Bryony commences her new role in mid-October and…

Australia: Hort Innovation Board candidates announced

At Hort Innovation’s 2018 Annual General Meeting in November, voting members will elect three directors to the Hort Innovation Board. Seven candidates for the positions have now been announced, with voting members encouraged to get to know the candidates in the profiles listing their past and current…

US (FL): Ball Seed moves garden mum production in partnership with Syngenta

Ball Seed will move production of its Garden Mums (Ball Mums) for the 2019 season to a farm in Alva, Fla., owned by Syngenta Flowers. For the past 10 years, Ball Mums have been produced and supplied out of Oxnard, Calif. This new partnership expands both Ball Seed and Syngenta’s production capabilities, as these…

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is now Nouryon

The former AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is being relaunched as Nouryon. The move follows the recent acquisition of the business by The Carlyle Group and GIC and marks the…

US (TX): A fresh face on the farm at J. Berry

A new addition to the J. Berry team has been announced: Tom Bloomer, the new General Manager.   Tom comes to the grower from Paris Island, South Carolina but grew up a Buckeye in Niles, Ohio before heading to the Naval Air Technical Training Command to study avionics. He has served as the COO of Definitive Design…

Thermoflor B.V. declared bankrupt

Thermoflor B.V., part of Grimbergen Group and builder of garden centers, was forced to declare bankruptcy last week. The main reason for this turn of events was a decrease in…

Ellepot and TTA enter strategic alliance

Global suppliers to the horticulture industry, Ellepot and TTA, have formed a partnership to better serve professional forest nurseries. The partnership is a formalization of many projects which already have been executed in good cooperation. The announcement comes at a time when both companies are…

CAN (ON): OSCIA names Straathof as Program Director

Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) welcomes Angela Straathof as Program Director. The Program Director position was created when two former program development and delivery…

New cold room opens at Darwin Colombia

Darwin Perennials officially opened a new cold room at its Darwin Colombia production farm near Bogota, Colombia. In late-September, Ball Horticultural Company President and CEO Anna Ball was on-site, along with Mike Klopmeyer, former General Manager of Darwin Perennials and current President of Ball…

"Consider your nursery its own microclimate"

Twenty years ago, the Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) launched on the premise that weather information from the airport isn’t enough for those in distant rural areas whose livelihoods depend on dew points and wind speed. by Jack Payne The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension has long recognized…

Combined entity will have 3.5 million square feet of growing space

CAN (BC): Bevo Agro taken over by cannabis grower, changes name to Zenabis

Bevo Agro has signed an Arrangement Agreement dated October 4, 2018 with Sun Pharm for a reverse take-over of Bevo. The Transaction involves three main elements: the amalgamation of Sun Pharm with a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bevo, with Sun Pharm shareholders receiving Bevo shares representing 86% of the outstanding Bevo shares (the expected exchange…

Desch Plantpak nominated for the 2018 ESF award

Each year, the European Social Fund allocates subsidies to projects that promote people's development and health in a distinctive way. Ten projects were again nominated for the 2018 ESF Award this year, including Desch Plantpak, which is competing with its 'Veilig en vitaal’ project. All ten nominees…

Florensis Kenya celebrates 20th anniversary with expansion

Florensis Kenya exists for 20 years and last weekend this was celebrated with all employees in Kenya. For Florensis Kenya, the 20th anniversary is also the starting shot for the new construction of an Elite greenhouse to be ready for a sustainable future and a structural high quality level. Rian Hamer…

OZ Planten Nursery of the Month

NL: Aphrodite Orchidee closes Amstelveen nursery

The most recent Nursery of the Month at OZ Planted, Aphrodite Orchidee, has a professional, modern nursery. The company, which has been around for 80 years and is led by the third generation of the Weerdenburg family, has two locations: in Rozenburg and in Amstelveen. In Rozenburg 12cm potted…

UK: Change of ownership but business as usual for Bransford Webbs

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company announced a change in the ownership of the company in order to ensure the security of the business for the future. Will Tooby, the current chairman, whose father established the business, has been keen to secure the future of the company, whilst retaining an interest in a nursery…

Belgium: Fertile soil for Smithers-Oasis in Houthalen-Helchteren

At Europark in Houthalen-Helchteren, the groundworks for the brand-new Smithers-Oasis plant will start at the end of this month. The producer of the Oasis floral foam products for cut, silk and dried flowers and Floralife care products for the entire floriculture chain, plans to move into this area in…

US: Mycorrhizal Applications expands West Coast sales team

The team at Mycorrhizal Applications (MA) has recently grown with the addition of Alex Way as a West Coast Sales Account Manager.  MA is a major supplier of mycorrhizal inoculants, and with the growing interest and demand for these sustainable soil solutions, Alex will support the continued growth and development…

Ontario Flower Growers starts new sales channel:

CAN: A marketplace for buyers that are looking for smaller quantities

This coming mid-November Ontario Flower Growers Co-op (OFG) will start the OFG Marketplace. Within this they will offer smaller quantities than what is offered through their other avenues of sale. “We want to maximize our growers exposure to different market buyers”, says Michelle Sloot, responsible for…

A.M.A. Plastics becomes A.M.A. Horticulture

A.M.A. Plastics Ltd., a solutions-focused distributor, has changed its corporate name to A.M.A. Horticulture Inc., announced at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference. The name…

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Modiform expands paperpot tray assortment

With the introduction of the two latest paperpot light trays, Modiform expands its light range trays. The trays are suitable for cultivation of young plants in paperplugs. Matthijs Plas (Sales Manager Propagation Modiform); “The light series provides customers a strong yet light tray”. The new products (product number 1307 and 1310)…

Kenya: Subati buys Suera Flowers

Suera Flowers has sold assets to the Subati Group, according to a notice in the Kenya Gazette, an official government publication. The notice reads: "Notice is given under the Transfer of Business Act, that Suera Flowers Limited (registration number C 63154) (the "Transferor"), has pursuant to an agreement for sale dated 31st August, 2018…

Daikin Reefer celebrates 50th anniversary

Daikin Reefer, a global supplier of container refrigeration equipment, is officially celebrating its 50th anniversary this month. From fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, to wine, dairy products,…

Horticoop divests wholesale activities

Horticoop, a cooperative and one of the biggest horticultural suppliers in the Netherlands for more than 100 years, especially in greenhouse supply, is shifting its focus more on development and greenhouse technology and therefore decided to sell their wholesale activities in the Netherlands in…

Grodan opens its first production facility in Russia

Grodan, part of the Rockwool Group, opened a new production facility in Elabuga. In the presence of Aleksey Pesoshin, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan, the production facility was opened by means of a symbolic ceremony. After being present in the Russian market for more than 20 years, Grodan opens its…

ERP software gives growers full view of operations

ET Grow is a simple, yet sophisticated ERP software solution designed for the Agri-Tech industry, supporting all parts of the business, not just one. Allowing users to access, view and update their daily operations on the go, ET Grow works with businesses from seed to sale.  The company's development team are constantly working to improve…

Australia: Busy month for NGIA

September has been another busy month for NGIA with a Board meeting, progress being made on the development of the business plan for their Future Model and the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) in Italy. In the latest CEO update, Peter Vaughan talks about the following subjects: NGIA Board Meeting NY Project Portfolio Proposed new Nursery Communications Program…

New CFO strengthens Biobest management team

The Biobest Group management team has reached full strength with Erik Vanderhaegen recently appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO), following the earlier appointment of Kristof Truyens to head up the HR team. Erik was previously CFO and a member of the Executive Board of several multinationals in various sectors, including fruit and vegetables.…

"Growers have expanded their crop protection products beyond standard chemical controls"

The Canadian Greenhouse Conference, one of Canada’s most important horticultural events, kicks off next week in Niagara Falls Ontario and Kam’s Growers Supply, long time conference sponsor and exhibitor, will be there in full force. The Kam’s team of technical sales representatives view this as one of…

Australia’s only flower auction recognised for innovation with award

Christensen's Flower Auction has been recognised for its commitment to digital innovation and the transformative impact it has had on the industry with a Westpac Businesses of Tomorrow 2018 award. The award highlights the work that it has continuously undertaken since its aggressive move into the digital age in…

Sobolj and Flowers by Macheliuk seal strategic collaboration

You don’t read good news about business strategic partnerships between Dutch and Russian parties often. Many think that it is difficult to do business with the Russians. But the contrary is proven by several years of fruitful relations that Sobolj and Flowers by Macheliuk have developed. This…

LinkGreen at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference

Delivering a connected supply chain

An efficient supply chain benefits everyone from growers to the consumers and industries like the automotive sector have widely adopted systems that connect their supply chain and help build efficiencies into their operations. Meanwhile the greenhouse, horticultural, and now cannabis industries continue…

November 21-23, Shanghai

SFAEA calls on members to participate in 2018 Horti China

With the aim of building an international stage for Shanghai's agriculture industry, the Shanghai Facilities and Agricultural Equipment Association (SFAEA) will bring its members to participate in the 2nd Horti China held at the Shanghai National Exhibition & Convention Center on November 21-23. The…

US (FL): Dilution Solutions welcomes Dennis Hyde as National Sales Manager

Dilution Solutions, with corporate offices in Clearwater, Florida, has named Dennis Hyde as a National Sales Manager - Irrigation. Dennis brings extensive experience in the irrigation and plant management field. Starting as a teenager with a parks and recreation department, building his own contractor business with a…

Dramm includes QR code to scan for manuals, videos, FAQs and service

In an effort to help growers get the most out of their spray equipment, Dramm now includes two QR Codes on each machine. These QR Codes will automatically take the user to…

Færch Plast acquires recycler 4PET Group

Færch Plast is closing the loop on plastic food trays with the acquisition of Dutch 4PET Group, sheet manufacturer with far-reaching recycling capabilities. With this…

Vestaron appoints Ben Cicora as SVP Sales & Marketing

Vestaron announces the appointment of Ben Cicora as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. With more than fifteen years of commercial experience across large and small…

Servaas van der Ven (CCO) is leaving Royal FloraHolland

At the beginning of the year Royal FloraHolland fine-tuned its strategy and decided to position itself as a service provider. The structure of the organization will be adjusted to reflect this change. The Commerce Department will be discontinued and will be replaced by a Growers' Services department and a Market…

Coir supplier celebrates 3 decades in business at CGC

Many years ago, the owner of Millenniumsoils Coir moved to Canada with the intent of supplying Coconut Coir from Sri Lanka to the North American market.  In those early years Millenniumsoils Coir had gone through many years of trials with universities, growers, and researchers to prove the benefits of coconut coir. However, this…

Ellepot AIR

New tray prevents root circling

With the new patent pending Ellepot AIR tray assortment for jumbo-sized paper pots, growers can now put an end to root circling and reduce root defects in their production. With focus on the optimization of airflow and drainage, the Ellepot AIR Tray is an alternative to other containerised systems for cultures that needs larger…

Mike Garganta joins Excalibur Plastics

"Helping growers with innovative products is at the heart of the company"

A new chair is added to the Excalibur Plastic conference table. With the addition of Mike Garganta the team has grown even further – and also expanded geographically. The US market is to be included in its scope and to be serviced even better by the enlarged team. Mike Garganta has gained his experience in the heating industry and…

Greenyard to sell horticultural division

Today the Belgium company Greenyard has signed a share purchase agreement with Belgium investment fund Straco to sell its Horticulture segment for EUR 120 million. The horticultural segment is known for its growbags, primarily sold under the Peltracom brand. Greenyard has been under pressure after this…

UK: Paul Alexander joins Bulrush

Bulrush Horticulture announces the appointment of Dr. Paul Alexander as Technical Support and Product Development Manager. Paul will also work closely with parent company Pindstrup Mosebrug. Paul leaves his position as Head of Horticultural and Environmental Science at RHS. He knows Bulrush and the Pindstrup Group well, based on more than 10 years…

Share Logistics expanding in Europe and The Americas

Share Logistics has strengthened itself with multiple international offices in Spain, Italy, Germany and North & South America. Guided by the cargo flows of clients the…

Belgium: Biobest receives Export Lion 2018 award

Biobest Group was voted as winner of the Export Lion 2018. Flemish Minister-President Geert Bourgeois awarded the prestigious prize to Jean-Marc Vandoorne, Biobest Group CEO, at the closing event in Antwerp. Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), the Flemish Agency for International Business, has been…

Vietnam: Dalat Hasfarm opens fourth Hanoi City flower shop

Every year since 1994, Dalat Hasfarm keeps on investing in farms, packing and distribution facilities. With a straight and fast supply chain from farms to shops, they are able to bring every day high quality flowers to the Vietnamese consumers. Now they've added a 14th outlet to their blooming flower…

US (FL): Tecogen adds new service center to support growing fleet in Southeast

Tecogen announces the opening of a new factory service center located in Tampa, Florida. This is the 10th service center for the company and will provide service for Tecogen’s growing fleet of equipment and installations in the Southeast portion of the United States. Tecogen has grown the population of installed systems…

Honduras: Home to one of the largest tropical botanical gardens in the world

Founded in 1925 by the United Fruit Company as the “Lancetilla Agricultural Experimental Station,” a research station dedicated to studying the adaptability and market potential of bananas and plantains, Honduras’s only botanical garden is likely the largest experimental botanical garden in Latin…

New range of powerful medium speed V-Engines

Rolls-Royce has launched a V-line version of the new B33:45 liquid fuel and B36:45 gas engine series. This completes the new engine family, following the launch of the first variants three years ago. “This is an important milestone for us. The new V-Engine series is truly an outstanding product and we believe that the new platform…

US: Pleasant View Gardens adds Kevin McDonald as Territory Sales Manager

Pleasant View Gardens (PVG) announces the addition of Kevin McDonald to its growing sales team. With more than two decades of sales and management experience, McDonald brings with him a vast understanding of how to make customers more successful. And he’ll be able to apply that insight as PVG’s Northeast…

Sakata Seed America celebrates Grand Opening of Woodland Innovation Center

On Thursday, September 13 FreshPlaza attended the grand opening of Sakata Seed America’s new Woodland Innovation Center. The new research and production facility is located in Woodland, in Yolo county of Northern California. The grand opening ceremony started with speeches from Sakata’s Executive Management. Dave Armstrong, President of Sakata…

Retaining strong position of Westland by means of expansion and accessibility

The merger of auctions strongly contributed to the development of ABC Westland. The Dutch business park was full in just a few years, and the land bought later is now also practically fully occupied. Yet ABC Westland isn’t done growing.   ABC Westland was started in 1999. After The Greenery was founded, many buildings became vacant, including the auction…

Sobolj and Flowers by Macheliuk seal strategic cooperation

Good news about business strategic cooperations between Dutch and Russian parties is not something you read about every day. Many think the Russians are hard to do business with, but the long and fruitful relation between Sobolj and Flowers by Macheliuk have developed, proves differently. Yesterday this…

NL: DFG one of the 'Brexit-buddies' in new program

Harry Brockhoff, CFO Dutch Flower Group, hosted a visit of Mona Keijzer, Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and Jacco Vonhof, president MKB-Netherlands about Brexit. From left to right: Lyne Biewinga, Harry Brockhoff, Mona Keijzer and Pieter van den Berk. Discussion, with…

US: McHutchison and Vaughan’s strengthen sales teams

McHutchison Horticultural Distributors and Vaughan’s Horticulture announced the hiring of five new sales representatives to add to their North American sales teams. Chris…

Public Auction former Brown Coir Export properties

In Sri Lanka, a public auction has been announced of on of the properties of Brown Coir Export. The company is still in production from the other locations and is currently…

Hartmut Awißus: 20 years Javo dealer in Germany

For two decades, Harmut Awißus, a specialized machinery company from Augustfehn II, has been a household name when it comes to Javo dealers in the North-Western German Alps, providing custom-made solutions to nurseries all over Germany. Hartmut Awißus: "In May 1998, I started a garage with only a small…

UK: Board appointments ratified at HTA AGM

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), that took place at Glee on 11 September, saw the strengthening of the Board with several key appointments being ratified.   The following appointments were made: Boyd Douglas-Davies from Hillview Garden Centres as Vice-President of…

UK: Florismart and Floral Frog will enter into partnership

Florismart and Floral Frog will be entering into a partnership. Steve France, CEO of Florismart, comments: "At Florismart we have always been passionate about creating a support system for professional florists that will help you in every aspect of your business. Florismart was built by florists for…

US (WA): Scott Crownover joins Skagit Horticulture

Scott Crownover has joined Skagit Horticulture as of September 1st, 2018. A native of the Seattle area, Scott has worked in the commercial horticulture industry for 34 years,…

Royal FloraHolland:

Next step in selection Members’ Council

The members of the Royal FloraHolland cooperative were able to register as a candidate for the Members’ Council until August 31. A total of 66 members signed up and this group is a good reflection of regions and products. During the General Members' Meeting (GMM) on May 31, members of Royal FloraHolland…

NL: Berg Roses invests in cooling buffer space

This year cold storage and panel builder Hans van der Meijs BV started building a large expansion and modification of the existing spaces for Berg Roses in Delfgauw, the Netherlands. In total, almost 3,000m2 of floor space will be realized. In the first instance an extension of about 2,250m² has been…

Welding award for KUBO

Last June the Canadian Welding Bureau, CWB, conducted an audit in the KUBO Group’s production department. The welders and welding processes were tested according to the Canadian welding standard, CSA Standard W47.1. The results proved to be outstanding, with all welders coming through the tests with flying colours. The Canadian…

Beekenkamp plants continues to invest in open-field crops

The press line that was installed last week at Beekenkamp Plants is one of the newest of its kind, the PP24. This installation is suitable for the efficient production of press pots with an excellent quality. With this new press line, Beekenkamp Plants produces press pots with perfect growth…

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NL: How Bunnik Plant went from fossil fuel to sustainable energy

"In fact we have always been involved with sustainability", says Frans Bunnik from Bunnik Plants. Whether it concerns a new construction, an investment or setting up of new plants, always a question arises regarding operating the most sustainable way. Frans Bunnik in front of the biomass incineration…

Must Have Perennials features Penstemon ‘Prairie Twilight’

In a recent blog post o n Must Have Perennials, Penstemon ‘Prairie Twilight’ was featured, which comes to Rozanne and Friends from Dr. Dale Lindgren at the University of…

Dreer Award offers opportunities to pursue horticultural interests abroad

The Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science offers a wonderful opportunity once a year, the Frederick Dreer Award , that allows one or more students to spend 4 months to up to a year abroad pursuing his or her interests related to horticulture. See the application and instructions…

Horticoop takes over Bloom Trade Center

Horticoop invests in a new platform that facilitates a direct connection between growers and florists. “The takeover of Bloom trade Center, the organization exploiting the…

US (NJ): Cannabis company takes over 135,000 sq ft orchid greenhouse

In rural South Jersey, in a huge greenhouse that was custom-built for delicate, brilliantly hued orchids a decade ago, more than 35,000 cannabis plants are expected to be nurtured from seed as early as next spring. Acreage Holdings, a New York-based cannabis company, purchased the vacant,…

New Dutch Agricultural Counsellor, Arie Veldhuizen was introduced in Bulgaria

The New Dutch Agricultural Counsellor, Arie Veldhuizen went to his first visit to Bulgaria. He was introduced to the local agricultural network at a reception in the residence of the Netherlands Ambassador, Mrs Bea ten Tusscher. Among the official guests were representatives of agriculture and business,…

Gé Bentvelsen, ABZ Seeds

"Summer Breeze Rose both looks and tastes good"

This spring ABZ Seeds introduced the new strawberry Summer Breeze Rose and from day 1 it received a lot of attention. The reason is that the plant combines decorative qualities with an excellent flavor. "The consumer can therefore enjoy it twice," says Gé Bentvelsen, director ABZ Seeds. "In addition, it…

US (NH): Pleasant View Gardens expands sales team with addition of Terasa Asselin

Even as the end of the 2018 season draws near, things continue to grow at Pleasant View Gardens (PVG) with the addition of its newest Inside Sales Rep, Terasa Asselin.   Terasa Asselin “We were looking for a polished sales pro who could help us build and maintain strong relationship with our new and long-standing customers”,…

Running 28 floors in a 20 kg suit - who and why?

Can you guess who's in the suit, climbing up the 28 floors of the Melbourne Crown Towers in a 20 kg suit? It's Genesis Horticultural Solutions Director, Tony Bundock. He swapped his horticulture boots for a set of firefighter gear at the weekend when he and 650 other career and volunteer firefighters…

Bayer sees earnings lower after $63 billion Monsanto deal

Bayer AG’s $63 billion Monsanto purchase has suffered regulatory delays, mounting legal claims and now will yield lower earnings for the year than earlier forecast. Still, the company’s CEO says he has “no regrets.” The German company lost out on revenue from the new agricultural unit’s busy spring…

Rose nursery Bernhard is ready for reentry with Avalanche+

After a period of seven months in which the nursery and the crop Avalanche+ have been renewed, it is about to happen. On Monday September 3, rose nursery Bernhard brings its renewed Avalanche+ roses on the market: Premium Avalanche+. "Years of knowledge and experience from earlier Avalanche+ cultivation…

NL: New paperpot machine in operation at Optiplug

For a couple of weeks now, a new machine from Ellepot is running at Optiplug, with which the trays can be automatically filled completely. It also optimizes the irrigation. "We now have less waste of soil, the plugs stay nicer and we can provide water more accurately", Rico Scheffers summarizes the…

Boyd Douglas-Davies

UK: New Vice-President for HTA

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is delighted to announce that Boyd Douglas-Davies, CEO of Hillview Garden Centres, is to join the HTA Board as Vice-President. Boyd Douglas-Davies A well-known figure in the industry, Boyd has over 30 years of garden retail experience, and is currently CEO of Hillview Garden Centres.…

NL: Board of Directors changes at Hilverda De Boer and Anton Spaargaren

In order to support the ongoing changes at Hilverda De Boer, the current CEO at Anton Spaargaren, Cees Bakker, will transfer to Hilverda De Boer. Cees was employed at Hilverda De Boer from 1990 to 2009 as Senior Sales Manager. As of September he will return to familiar grounds, this time as Commercial…

anticipating population growth of industrial park taking shape

Oserian Flowers invests in social amenities

As part of the farm’s business diversification strategy, Oserian Development Company has embarked on expansion of its key facilities in readiness for an envisaged increase in population as its industrial park takes shape. “We want to be ready to offer people who will settle here basic facilities…

NL: Hobaho sells Machines & Materialen service

Hobaho by Dümmen Orange is selling the online service Machines & Materialen (Machines & Materials) on 31 August 2018. This step provides more focus on the further growth of the online activities as well as the brokerage and breeding of flower bulbs and tubers. The new owner of the digital platform is HB…

New Veiling Rhein-Maas management as of 1 September 2018

On 1 September 2018 Franz-Willi Honnen and Cees Hoekstra will take over the management of Veiling Rhein-Maas ad interim. Franz-Willi Honnen, who has been Managing Director of Landgard Blumen & Pflanzen GmbH since 2013, will assume the role of Spokesman and Cees Hoekstra, currently Manager Digital…

NL: Kapiteyn group to build new storage & preparation facility

Kapiteyn group started building a brand new location for storage, treatment, preparation and sales of Callas near the main export location in Breezand, the Netherlands. "At this new location we are able to store and prepare the Callas according to the latest techniques, in the most efficient and…

US (TX): BioSafe adds new horticulture technical representative

BioSafe Systems has recently expanded its horticulture team with the addition of Clint Medlen. Clint joins BioSafe as the T&O and Horticulture Technical Representative for Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Born and raised in Texas, Clint currently lives in Dallas. A graduate of Texas A&M University’s…

Investor helps Codema achieve further international growth

Codema is looking to achieve further international growth with a new partner: investment company Nordian Capital. The company’s board, with CEO Marcel Koolen, CFO Lennard van der Ham and CCO Gideon de Jager, will remain unchanged. “In recent years, Codema has achieved significant growth, but now is the…

US (MI): Plant Products announces opening of new facility

Plant Products USA will begin serving their US customers from our location at 39035 Webb Drive in Westland Michigan in the coming months. The 12,000 square-foot facility will be the first company-owned warehouse in the US.   “The facility fulfills our long-term goal of having our own building to serve and support…

Dutch breeders HilverdaKooij and Florist Holland to merge

HilverdaKooij and Florist Holland are going to merge. Both companies from De Kwakel have individually been active in the field of breeding and propagation of flowers and plants for more than 40 years. By combining knowledge and resources, the breeders are able to further improve and expand their…

German Nursery Federation withdraws from German Horticultural Association

The German Nursery Federation (Bund deutscher Baumschulen, BdB) will be withdrawing from the German Horticultural Association (Zentralverband Gartenbau, ZVG) at the end of…

UK: HTA strengthens grower representation at Board level

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has announced the appointment of Brian Fraser, General Manager and Director of Oakover Nurseries near Ashford, Kent, to the HTA Board as a non-executive director. Commenting on the appointment Adam Taylor, HTA President, said: “We are very pleased to announce…

Elise Johnson

A.M.A. hires new Marketing & Communications manager

A.M.A. has added Elise Johnson to its team as new Manager of Marketing & Communications. Elise is a creative and strategic communications professional with a broad spectrum of experience, working in sectors from health to horticulture and in settings from retail to membership associations. Elise holds a…

Thailand: Dutch companies well represented at Horti Asia

The sixth edition of Horti ASIA, the region’s largest trade exhibition for Horticulture in Asia, is wrapping up. The event, held in Bangkok, Thailand, emphasizes agricultural solutions that are both relevant and important to the development of agriculture in the Asian markets. The expo therefore attracts…

US (OH): New Garden and Greenspace Fund to benefit Union County

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation announced the creation of its Hometown Community Garden and Greenspace Grant Fund with The Union County Foundation. The fund was opened to mark the 150th anniversary of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and to further support the development of thriving gardens and…

Jesper Skjellerup Slot joins in the establishment

Graff Kristensen establishes new joint company: Graff Young Plants A/S

Gert Graff, o f Danish company Graff Kristensen A/S reports: "It is with great pleasure that we today can announce the establishment of our new joint company, Graff Young Plants A/S. "In connection with the implementation of Graff Kristensen A/S's new strategy, it has been our longterm goal to strengthen…

Scott Zoch named as new CEO

US (CA): Color Spot Nurseries emerges from bankruptcy

Color Spot Nurseries, one of the largest greenhouse operations in the US, has named Scott Zoch as its chief executive officer effective August 17, 2018, contemporaneous with its emergence from bankruptcy. Zoch joined Color Spot in 2001 and has held key positions at the company in sales, marketing,…

Belgicactus launches new concept

Succulents are your new Fabulous Fat Friends

"'Fabulous Fat Friends' intends to bring people and plants together," explains Jan Gielis, salesman at Belgicactus nursery, about their new succulent concept. "The quality of our plants is excellent and the plant is hip, but we lacked a theme that would bring the product and consumer closer together. We…

Andres Romero, High Control Group

"Quality control bridges the gap between producer and buyer"

What if the grower's list of criteria doesn't match the buyer's? Claim problems arise, and this usually leads to commercial breaks between producer and buyer. Andres Romero saw this scenario unfold often between South American growers and US buyers and discovered that it is a field that was not working…

International award for Eden’s plant conservation

The Eden Project has become one of the world’s first gardens to receive a prestigious new accreditation for plant conservation. Botanic Gardens Conservation International, which represents botanic gardens around the world, has launched the BGCI Conservation Practitioner Accreditation programme to…

SE: Hilverda De Boer starts cash&carry in Stockholm

Hilverda De Boer will open a second branch in Sweden. After opening Hilverda De Boer Skövde in 2017, they will now start in the Trädgårdshallen in Stockholm. This follows from…

US (FL): Fresh-cut flower provider launches new business

Lexiflor joins the fresh-cut flower industry as the newest provider of consumer bunches and bouquets available to supermarkets and grocery stores in the US. The newly launched company specializes in consumer bunches including: high-volume, seasonal, and novelties, as well as hand-crafted and in-house…

Kenya: Court stops owner of Solai dam from leaving the country

The owner of a dam in Solai that killed 47 people has been stopped from travelling out of the country pending determination of a compensation case filed against him by relatives of the victims. High Court judge Antony Ombwayo barred Patel Mansukhlal Kansagra from travelling although he had been allowed…

The British minister of Foreign Affairs visits Dutch Flower Group

Important visitors at the Dutch Flower Group. On August 16, the United Kingdom’s minister of Foreign Affairs Jeremy Hunt came to visit the exporters. The news was shared by director of marketing at DFG Marcel Zandvliet on LinkedIn. Besides the minister, Nick Heath, Deputy Head of Mission of the United…

US (PA): Applications for Longwood Gardens Fellows Program now open

Applications are now available for the Longwood Gardens Fellows Program, a 13-month residential learning experience focused on building the leadership capacity of high-potential public horticulture professionals. Interested individuals should visit longwoodgardens.org/fellows-program for program and…

Construction to start in spring 2019

NL: Naktuinbouw to construct new lab facilities

In 2020 Naktuinbouw will be working in a completely new laboratory that will house all laboratory equipment for various types of research. This is due to the rising demand for plant disease tests, the use of DNA technology, more efficient design of the accommodation and to be able to continue to meet the…

Netherlands: VDE plant reaches 70 year milestone

Family run company VDE plant blows out 70 candles this year. To celebrate this milestone, the company has issued a magazine in which it reflects on its history and looked forward towards the future. "VDE stands for Van Der Eijk. Our grandfather started with the cultivation of vegetables. After a number…

Fluence appoints David Cohen as COO

David Cohen has joined Fluence as chief operating officer. Cohen will lead the Fluence Marketing, Sales and Operations teams, and he will focus on the creation and execution of the global growth strategy along with defining and executing the digitization strategy for Fluence. “David will be an integral…

Bayer starts Monsanto integration

The seed shift has started

It has been 100 weeks since September 14, 2016, when Bayer signed an agreement with Monsanto to acquire the company for $66 billion, or $128 per share. Yesterday, BASF closed the acquisition of Bayer’s global vegetable seeds business Nunhems, opening the door for the integration of Monsanto into the Bayer group. An expensive…

UK: Assessing financial needs of your horticultural business

Finding the time to properly assess the financial status of your business and knowing where the cash pinch points will be in the future could be the difference between success…

UK: Horticulture specialist joins AHDB Board

UK Ministers have appointed a new member of the Board of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, who will also chair its Horticulture Sector Board. Hayley Campbell-Gibbons will take up her post from 1 November 2018. Her appointment will run until 31 October 2021. This appointment has been…

US (NC): Hoffman Nursery promotes Brice Davis to production manager

Hoffman Nursery has promoted experienced supervisor Brice Davis to production manager. He joined the nursery in 2016 as production supervisor and immediately advanced the department. Having led distribution centers for several major companies, his experience proved invaluable in revising production…

Illumitex expands to Canada

Illumitex recognizes the importance of Canada to the science and business of Controlled Environment Agriculture. As such, the company has created a subsidiary to increase access to Canadian…

Aircargo.nl talks about AEO certification

"Trust from customs will improve customer relations"

The AEO license allows customs officials, together with the business community, to ensure that all international trade securely enters and leaves Europe's borders. The AEO license, which stands for Authorized Economic Operator, has two varieties: the Customs Simplification permit AEO-C (Customs) and the…

NL: Visser Chrysanten joins VannoVa

Visser Chrysanten from Maasdijk, the Netherlands, joined the VannoVa partnership on August 8th. This brings the number of master growers to nine.   The brothers Ferry & René Visser have two greenhouses with a total of 2.2 hectares on the Oosterlijk Slag in Maasdijk. “Because they are two slightly smaller greenhouses, they…


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