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Dutch retail chain Jumbo MPS certified

The flowers and plants of Dutch supermarket giant Jumbo have attained the MPS Florimarkt GTP certification mark. That means that they are grown with respect for people and nature and meet all requirements in terms of sustainability, fair trade, quality and that Jumbo will provide information about the origin.....

HortiDaily & FloralDaily Greenhouse Guide available online

The second edition of the HortiDaily & FloralDaily Greenhouse Guide is now available online. The buyer's guide contains contact details of greenhouse constructors, screen installers, energy experts, seed suppliers, breeders, consultants and all other companies for your horticultural needs. Whatever you.....

Colorado State University and Philips Lighting convene Research Summit

US: Horticulture researchers explore tech innovations

Philips Lighting announced that Colorado State University (CSU) and the horticulture LED lighting group from Philips Lighting recently collaborated to host the first ever LED Horticulture Lighting Research Summit. The inaugural event, held on CSU’s campus, assembled a group of university researchers and.....

André Vreugdenhil

NL: Koppe appoints Commercial Manager

As of 3 April 2017, André Vreugdenhil will be joining the team at M. Koppe BV as Commercial Manager. He will be responsible for the production and sale of Begonia cuttings and, over time, will assume certain tasks currently handled by the general manager. With the appointment of André Vreugdenhil, Koppe has.....

Anthura joins Floriculture Sustainability Initiative

Sustainability in the ornamental horticulture sector is becoming increasingly important. Corporate social responsibility and respect for people and the environment may well become a 'license to produce'. Anthura therefore joins the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI).Over a year ago, the MPS GAP.....

Parfum Flower Company organizes trip to Kenya for florists

Parfum Flower Company is organizing an all-inclusive 5-day trip to Kenya for coming June. It includes a return flight and is specially intended for florists. Planned are two nights in a 5-star hotel, a visit to the Tambuzi farm to see the fragrant roses and a safari with overnight stay to look for the Big 5,.....

GASA Group continues positive sales development

GASA Group continues its positive development with pre-tax earnings (EBT) of DKK 28 mln (3.8 million euros) in 2016 - 1 mln (135,000 euros) greater than last year. The DLG-owned company improved turnover at the same time, which rose by DKK 65 mln (8.7 million euros) to DKK 2.4 bln (323 million euros).The.....
March 14, 2017

FTD to report annual results

FTD Companies will report results for the fourth quarter and full year ending December 31, 2016 on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 after the market closes. The company will host a conference call to discuss these results with additional comments and details provided at that time. Participating on the call will be.....

New greenhouse for Gebr. Grootscholten

NL: Unique 'home match' for Prins Group

Recently Prins Group completed a greenhouse project for Handelskwekerij Gebr. Grootscholten in Kwintsheul. The realization took place a stone’s throw away from the Prins Group company. This nearly 75-year old family nursery is run by brothers John and Mark Grootscholten. Since January 2017 Remy van der Knaap.....

Farmgirl Flowers sees e-commerce success

Farmgirl is an e-commerce flower store that was started by Christina, popularly known as the farm girl. Christina was brought up by her parents, who grew corn and soybeans. She grew up with a passion for running an innovative business.Through her passion, she discovered an opportunity in the flower market......

No auctioning at Royal FloraHolland on King's Day

At the start of this year, Royal FloraHolland reported about their plan to conduct a pilot of auctioning on the King's Day holiday (27 April 2017). This created quite a stir among buyers and suppliers. Therefore they have decided to review the decision.After reviewing the project and consulting the members.....

Cécile Duval, Les pépinières de France:

French growers defy Brexit

Shall we continue focusing on the UK market or shall we search for another main market? This was one of the questions that Les pépinières de France (Nurseries of France) asked themselves after the Brexit in June 2016. This young cooperation was established by nine growers in April 2015. By means of uniting,.....

Royal Brinkman launches online knowledge center

Royal Brinkman is launching a new part of the webshop, the "Knowledge Center". This is a significant improvement for Royal Brinkman's shop. Growers can not only order products, but also find all their needed information on the Royal Brinkman webshop. This additional knowledge brings an extra service where.....

"Innovation a key factor for the Brazilian market"

Until 2007, the gypsophila market in Brazil had been decreasing. A no change, stuck-in-time period, was the main reason. With only one variety and no awareness in growers about the importance on producing high quality products under standard procedures and strict protocols; and a common thought, of post.....

Meet & Greet at Hoven & De Mooij:

Owner Bloomingdale Roses visits Netherlands to introduce new rose

On Wednesday morning, January 18, about 150 to 200 people found their way to the presentation area of Hoven & De Mooij in Aalsmeer, The Netherlands. Bunty Shah, the man behind the Kenyan nursery Bloomingdale Roses (currently 38 hectares), was present at a Meet & Greet and to introduce his newest.....

in collaboration with Martin Groen

Flower Circus in Moscow again

Last week the Flower Circus was in Moscow again for another flower show. This time Martin Groen was the ‘flower magician’ in charge of the show. Martin Groen is a multiple Dutch champion who has had the honor of doing the flower decorations for four royal weddings. So it’s not surprising that florists.....

Sudlac expands with a global vision

Sudlac wants to hit the ground running in the new year, with the goal of developing into a leading player in the international greenhouse horticulture. This is noticeable from the complete restyling of the brand and the fast-growing team. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, everyone is working hard to build a.....

Danish herb grower trials multi layer unit

Danish herb grower Rosborg Gartneriet has carried out special trials to research the potential of herb cultivation in the multilayer growing system from Viemose-Driboga. Over the last six months, Rosborg used the Multi Green Grow unit of Viemose to grow Basil, chives and parsley in an automated multilayer.....

DSV open for business in Cambodia

With the acquisition of UTi Worldwide, DSV gained activities in nine new countries – among them Cambodia.As of January 2017, the DSV Phnom Penh office is in full operation, headed by MD Kanyarad Julhiran who is also the managing director of DSV Air & Sea in Thailand.DSV Cambodia is a fully integrated.....

Dutch tulip production to surpass 2 billion this year

Recent data from the trade association KAVB shows that the production of tulips in the Netherlands will surpass the 2 billion mark this year. Last year production came to 1.9 billion cut tulips with an export value of 250 million euros. Next to that there are also the tulip bulbs sold for use in gardens and.....

Eden greenhouse coming to Dutch royal estate

Palace Soestdijk Estate in the Netherlands will soon be transformed into an experimental garden and greenhouse. Mecanoo unveiled plans for Eden Soestdijk, which will take visitors on an interactive, educational tour of several spectacular landscapes, in partnership with the Eden Soestdijk foundation, Eden.....

Gerben Ravensbergen, Lilies of Life

How a greenhouse became a hen house

Chickens in the greenhouse? Yes, Dutch Lily grower Gerben Ravensbergen picked them up from the chicken shelter and is using them to control weeds in the greenhouse. Thanks to his chickens, he has become famous in the Netherlands. A regional magazine picked up the news two weeks ago, and since then his.....

NL: Dutch Flower Group adds 10,000 m2 of cold store

A 4% turnover increase in 2016. With its 30 independent trading companies in flowers, bouquets, plants and decorative greenery, Dutch Flower Group (DFG) is continuing to grow, in line with recent years. With this growth, occurring with both large-scale retail clients (supermarkets, chain stores) and.....

NL: VDR Bouwgroep builds sustainable Deco Wraps distribution center

Deco Wraps is having a new distribution center built at Green Park Aalsmeer, The Netherlands. The American company has hired VDR Bouwgroep to realize this project and for guidance towards the BREEAM certification of the new construction. The ambition is a BREEAM**** (Excellent) certification.Deco Wraps is a.....

first cart auctioned for € 3.355,00

Hyacinth growers take action for young cancer patients

4500 bunches of hyacinths have been prepared in Rijnsburg, The Netherlands, and will be sold in eleven academic hospitals. A cart of hyacinths was auctioned as well. The proceeds from this cart were € 3,355.00 and the biggest buyer was C. Leeuwenburg BV. The entire proceeds will go to AYA, the platform for.....

New name in the transport world: VDH The Freight Managers

As of January 1st, 2017 the companies A. van Dongen & Heerschap, Heestermans Logistiek, Fruit Forwarders and VDC Logistics have merged under one name: VDH The Freight Managers.The four companies had already been working together for some time. Together they cover the entire supply chain from shipping to.....

Dümmen Orange acquires Quick Plug

Quick Plug, known as a producer of stabilised sowing and cutting composts for the professional horticulture sector, became part of Dümmen Orange on 1 January 2017. The directors of Quick Plug have decided to transfer the shares to Dümmen Orange.This is the fifth takeover since DNA Green Group changed its.....

Hishtil takes over Ringel's Dianthus activities

Hishtil Nurseries announced that a deal has been agreed for the acquisition of of the Dianthus activities of Ringel Nurseries. Founded in 1958, Ringel Nursery had specialized in the production of unrooted & rooted Dianthus cuttings for the European market, introducing the successful ‘Roselly’ range of.....

US (VA): DVFG opens Richmond distribution center

Delaware Valley Floral Group (DVFG) has announced the opening of a new Sales & Distribution Center in the Richmond, Virginia area. The new facility is located just east of Richmond in Sandston, Virginia, in the Woodland Business Center at 510 Eastpark Court.Operating out of a 10,000 sq ft facility, the.....

Fresco Flowers introduces The Flowerbag

At the Floradecora, Fresco Flowers will introduce the new Flowerbag, flowered by Fresco. The Fresco flowerbag is a cool and easy way of carrying flowers: "it’s the perfect gift".The Flower bag will be available in 4 different themes: Merry Christmas, Happy Valentine, Happy Mother’s day and Happy Birthday......

Koen Pack introduces app during TPIE

During the upcoming TPIE Show in Fort Lauderdale from January 18-20 Koen Pack launches a new B-to-B app that allows customers to view and purchase the complete range of packaging products. In this app you can find sleeves, sheets, seasonal picks, bouquet holders, bags, pots and much more to give flowers and.....

Hans van der Meijs does the job

NL: P. van Dam & Zn expands cooling cells from 400 to 1800 m2

The company P. van Dam & Zn. BV is located on the grounds of the world's largest flower auction Flora Holland in Honselersdijk since 1999. The location of this Westland based company covers an area of more than 5000m2 and 2017 is the year to expand the cooling system. It was decided, in cooperation with.....

Broekhof participates in BSCI

From the 1st of January this year, Broekhof is an active participant of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). The BSCI is a Supply chain management system that supports companies to drive social compliance and improvements within the factories and farms within their global supply chains.At.....

Netherlands: Plantion celebrates centenary

Plantion has been around for 100 years. In the very early morning, at 06.00 am last Wednesday, the fact that precisely 100 years ago a couple of growers in Utrecht laid the foundation for the current cooperative and company Plantion, was commemorated at the Plantion clock. CEO Peter Bakker gave a speech and.....

OZ Planten is Decorum plants dealer 2016

Decorum has rewarded OZ Planten for best Decorum plants dealer in 2016. "We are thrilled with this beautiful award and are looking forward to many more years of good cooperation," OZ Planten writes in a reaction.For more information:OZ PlantenMagnolia 11 VBA Zuid1424 LA De KwakelPostbus 10761430 BB.....

'Damage could have been worse'

US (MI): Fire destroys Spring Meadow Nursery's office building

Early Sunday, a fire broke out in the office building of Spring Meadow Nursery. "Around 3 am, a fire broke out in our office building, completely destroying it. We are fortunate that no one was hurt and damage to our growing structures was minimal. We can replace things, we can replace walls, but we.....

Koen Pack joins BSCI program

Since January 1, 2017, Koen Pack has become a member of the BSCI program. BSCI is an initiative of the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) and stands for Business Social Compliance Initiative. The initiative was established to improve working conditions among others in the supply chain worldwide."We think equal.....

Ruigrok introduces fall wholesale catalog 2017

Have you met Ruigrok's puppy Ozzy? He just loves tulips! You can find him on the cover of the company's Fall Wholesale Catalog 2017 in a field of tulips Cape Town. In this new catalog they have listed their assortment of bulbs available in the United States and Canada, with more than 400 varieties to choose.....

Joe Cimino joins Sakata as Senior Sales Manager

Sakata Seed America has appointed Joseph “Joe” Cimino to the position of Senior Sales Manager of Ornamentals NAFTA, effective January 4th 2017.Joe comes to Sakata with extensive marketing and management experience in the North American ornamentals industry, serving most recently as Western Area and Key.....

sustainable cultivation according Stolk Flora

Macro-mites, essential oils and vital water for the orchid

At Waterdrinker’s Cash & Carry, in the coming weeks the spotlight will be on growers that contribute to a sustainable and healthy world in one way or the other. This has resulted in a story series, including this one: an interview with Jan Stolk and Marco Hartensveld of nursery Stolk Flora about their.....

Flower bulb specialist JUB Holland wins Horticultural Entrepreneur's Prize 2017

PHOTO REPORT The ambassador of the horticultural sector in 2017 is JUB Holland. This flower bulb specialist from Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands, takes up the title on 11 January 2017. They are this year's winner of the Horticultural Entrepreneur's Prize as they perfectly suit the theme of the award: ‘Family-run.....
Andy Renz:

Vestaron Corporation announces new VP Business Development

Vestaron Corporation is pleased to announce that technology acquisition and business development expert Dr. Andy Renz joins Vestaron’s Executive Team.Andy has more than a decade of experience in international deal making for agricultural solutions companies – both from a multi-national corporation and a.....

Interplant Roses opens new facility in The Netherlands

Dutch rose breeding brothers, Robert and Martijn Ilsink of Interplant Roses, are expanding their activities with the opening of a brand new facility in Harmelen, centrally located in The Netherlands only a short distance from the main flower centre of Aalsmeer. Robert Ilsink, father Mr Gerrit Pieter Ilsink,.....

for bedding plants and perennials:

Danziger announces new Director of Sales

Danziger is pleased to announce the appointment of Anna Chernyavsky as Director of Sales for Bedding Plants and Perennials. In addition, she will also be directly in charge of the USA and UK markets.Chanochi Zaks Anna Chernyavsky“We are sure that with her experience, knowledge and sharp business skills, Anna.....

Koos de Vink

Jano Holding announces new board member

Jano Holding, which comprises the companies Javo, Nobels Machinefabriek, Agro Techniek Holland and Javo International, has a new board member. From 1st February 2017, Koos de Vink will join the current directors Ber van Nobelen and Cees Bouwmeester.Owner Ber van Nobelen (left) welcoming Koos de Vink.....

Texas Nursery and Landscape Association receives AgriLife Extension Partnership Award

The Texas Nursery and Landscape Association received a 2017 Partnership Award from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.The award was presented Jan. 10 during the Texas A&M AgriLife Conference on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.AgriLife Extension first conferred its.....

Overlapping portfolios clog Syngenta - Chemchina merger

ChemChina and Syngenta AG have submitted formal remedies to the European Union in a bid to win regulatory approval of the Chinese state-owned company's $43 billion planned takeover of the Swiss pesticide-and-seed maker. DowJones.com reports that the EU opened an in-depth review into the merger in October. At.....

NL: Construction of new Bercomex premises is progressing

The construction of the Bercomex premises is in full swing. Both office and new production facility to produce systems for flower processing systems get more shape rapidly.The construction is on schedule. Both the construction of the new production hall and the renovation of the existing office are well on.....

SNA past president Richard L. "Dick" Ammon passes away

Richard L. "Dick" Ammon, age 87 died January the 1st at St. Elizabeth Hospice Unit in Edgewood. He was the founder of Ammon Landscape, Inc. in Burlington where he also resided. Richard was a member of Burlington Baptist Church.Richard was born April 10, 1929, in Covington, Kentucky. He attended high school.....

Benary announces joint venture in China

Ernst Benary Samenzucht GmbH are partnering with Jintian Seedling Company and ICAN Seed to create a new company focused on providing young plants to the rapidly growing Chinese bedding plant market. This new joint venture, called Jinpin Flower Seedling Company (Jinpin means “golden quality” in Chinese), is.....

Berger acquires Specialties Robert Legault

Berger announces the acquisition of Specialties Robert Legault (SRL), agreement effective since January 1, 2017.This agreement reinforces the long-standing business relationship between the two companies; Specialties Robert Legault was until 2016 the exclusive distributor of Berger products in Canada for.....

US (MD): Bell Nursery sustainability efforts recognized

Bell Nursery has been recognized by the Green Business Certification Program and has earned a listing in the Montgomery County Green Business Directory. The Green Business Certification Program is a voluntary recognition program managed by the County's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in.....

Dramm promotes Schoenberger to Director of Sales

Dramm announced the promotion of Casey Schoenberger to Director of Sales, Fertilizer and Farm. In addition to the oversight of all aspects of Drammatic Fertilizer sales, Casey’s expanded responsibilities include the sales growth to the farm/agricultural sector.“Casey has been a key contributor to the success.....

US: Florabundance acquires GardenRosesDirect.com

Florabundance, Inc., a wholesale flower distributor serving the USA and Canada, has purchased the site GardenRosesDirect.com. “We are thrilled to make GardenRosesDirect.com part of our portfolio of websites dedicated to serving high-end designers and retail florists,” said Joost Bongaerts, President and.....

Foremostco and Corn.Bak partner for bromeliad production

Foremostco, a Florida based producer and distributor of young plants, and Corn.Bak, based in Assendelft, the Netherlands, one of the four largest breeders and producers of Bromeliads in the world, announce an agreement of cooperation for the North American market. Effective immediately, Foremostco will begin.....

US: Griffin expands in Colorado

Griffin will open an all-new service center in Aurora, Colo., early this year. The 18,500 square-foot facility will become the fifteenth branch location for Griffin, and the company’s first hard-goods distribution center west of Pennsylvania.“For several years, Griffin has been working to bring our complete.....

US: New videos promote AFE's Ball internship program

AFE has announced the release of three new videos promoting the Vic & Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship Program.This paid internship program gives students, who are studying floriculture or horticulture at a college or university, the opportunity to train for three, four or six months at a commercial.....

Veiling Rhein-Maas under new management

As of January 1st 2017, Uwe Bedenbecker and Marc Schax have become the interim joint heads of Veiling Rhein-Maas GmbH & Co. KG.Mr Bedenbecker, 51, has extensive sales and marketing knowledge. After graduating in Economics (majoring in Marketing and Management), he became Head of Marketing at Wolf-Garten.....

Interflora España expands to Portugal

The Spanish subsidiary of Interflora announces its arrival in Portugal in January 2017.The company expects that a network of 150-200 Portuguese florists will join the system, in short or medium term.With a network of 1,600 associated florists, in 2015, Interflora España had a turnover of €15 million (+5%),.....

Flower Council Holland 2016 captured in pictures

VIDEO The Flower Council of Holland works enthusiastically to keep flowers and plants constantly top of mind with the consumer. "We ensure that consumers become and remain inspired to buy flowers and plants." Their most eye-catching activities in 2016 are summarized in this 3-minute video below.For more.....

Kenyan bank refuses to disclose information on disputed flower firm loan

A bank has appealed against a decision of the high court that it manufactured statements of accounts of a company it advanced a loan 27 years ago to finance a flower project in Nyandarua County.The Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), which advanced a loan to Benjoh Amalgamated Limited in 1989, is asking the court.....

Shaun Cavanagh retires after 40 years at Fisons and ICL

After clocking up forty years with ICL and its former companies, Shaun Cavanagh − Sales and Business Development Manager for the Professional Horticultural division − has retired.A particularly well respected figure in ornamental growing circles, including the plant raising sector, Shaun.....

Our 10 most read articles of 2016

The new year has started, but before looking forward to what 2017 has to offer, we would like to reflect on 2016. What were the most popular news articles? Which were the most read articles? Below an overview.1. Esmeralda Farms burns down in EthiopiaPhoto credits: Dutch broadcast NOS. (Pictures were.....

Michiel Kuipers, Floraconcepts;

The ideal plant and pot combination

Which plant to combine with what pot and how should I display it in my shop? There is so much on offer and making the right choice is more difficult. Both provider and buyer sometimes seem to drown in the options. Tools that make smart selecting and preferably also visualization possible can help. And.....

Uganda: Floritec celebrates Christmas with orphanage

This Christmas, Floritec's XClusive facility in Uganda celebrated Christmas with the Jinja based orphanage of 'sister Agnes'. At this yearly event they lunched and played games.For many years, the farm sponsors the orphanage and offers jobs to young people.For more informationFloritec TradingElzenlaan 1a.....
Garden mums and potted mums

Dümmen Orange releases new digital catalogs

Dümmen Orange releases its digital catalogs for garden mums and potted mums. Both catalogs, the Garden Mums 2017 Collection and Potted Mum 2017 Collection have a new, easy-to-navigate format with response time and vigor clearly noted. Besides that, nine introductions are presented. Click here to view the.....