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IS(MI): DeWys Manufacturing acquires American Grower Resource

DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West – Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce the acquisition of an agricultural resource company called American Grower Resource, also known as A.G.R. The addition of A.G.R. will allow DeWys to further explore the agriculture industry while also becoming.....

Dutch Flower Group launches new sustainable construction

Recently, the ceremonial first pile was driven for the new 10,000 m2 building that will be used as processing space next to the existing Bloom and Greenex building at the Betula in De Kwakel, The Netherlands.At the construction, the highest sustainability requirements are being used. Examples include:.....

Netherlands: New truck for Jarini

This week a new asset was delivered to Jarini Dienstverlening. The company has become the proud owner of a new MAN TGX 26.360 truck with an XLX cabin and a euro 6C engine. An XLX cabin was chosen so that two extra seats could be installed instead of the bed, thus allowing four occupants.For Jarini, the.....

New miracle chrysanthemum Kennedy

NL: Flower magic at Dekker Chrysanten

The new white single-flower spray chrysanthemum 'Kennedy' is now being supplied at the Dutch auction. This 'First Lady of Chrysanthemums', as breeder Dekker Chrysanten calls the flower, has excellent breed qualities that are clearly obvious, but the flower is able to perform a special trick as well. The.....

Royal FloraHolland:

Mother's Day and two extra auction days increased revenue by 2.5%

Period 4 (24 April - 21 May 2017) closed with a turnover of €483 million. This is €12 million more than in period 5 of 2016 and reflects an increase of 2.5%.The increase is the result of a 3.2% higher average price. In contrast, the supply was 0.6% lower than last year. As Pentecost and Ascension Day fall this.....

90,000 Royal Lilies in honor of Memorial Day

US: ProFlowers and Sun Valley Floral Farms partner to donate flowers to veterans

To honor the brave men and women who have served our country, leading online floral gifting brand ProFlowers® (NASDAQ:FTD) and Sun Valley Floral Farms will donate and deliver 90,000 Royal Lilies to charities, veteran's hospitals and centers around the nation. Random Acts of Flowers, ProFlowers charity.....

Beijing Oriental Technologies becomes Philips Lighting partner

Philips Lighting signed a partnership agreement with Beijing Oriental Technologies on 11 May 2017 at the 19th Hortiflorexpo IPM show in Shanghai, China. The partners will cooperate closely on projects in the greenhouse segment. The partnership agreement was signed by Wu Shao Juan, vice general manager of.....

Proactive support of PlantConnect order response stopping

From 1 June 2017 Royal FloraHolland will no longer provide the service that pro-actively alerted growers by telephone of open orders in the PlantConnect webshop.Royal FloraHolland is striving to have a reliable digital platform with a correct and available supply. The digitisation of the order process allows.....

US (MI): Bay College introduces seed library

A new initiative at the Bay College Library will give members of the community a chance to grow vegetables, fruits, flowers, and more while saving money on seeds. The Bay College Seed Library officially opened for business after materials for the program arrived at the library earlier this month.The seed.....

First noticeable change in Royal FloraHolland reorganisation

Royal FloraHolland wants to achieve better digital services and more modern logistics (involving robots) for its members and their buyers. This means that they shall change, terminate, initiate or outsource activities, services or processes. The first changes are now noticeable. For example, the 'Sample Bus'.....

NL: Technical developments in cultivation table systems

For about ten years, the technique of forcing tulips has been developed quite well. At KG Systems, they know everything about it. Bernardo Greeve: "We were the first to introduce the possibility of forcing tulips in a multi-layer system, and now it's even possible for up to 10 layers."In such a system, the.....

US (CA): Sun Valley tulips now Rainforest Alliance Certified

Sun Valley's Arcata Farm has just been Rainforest Alliance Certified. While their certification services have been exercised around the world, they have just begun including United States farms in their certification process and Arcata is the very first American Grown flower farm in the US to gain.....

CIOPORA elects Steve Hutton of Star Roses & Plants as president

CIOPORA, the International Association of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Ornamental and Fruit Varieties, held elections for a new Board and President during the association’s 56th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held April 24-28 in Toronto. Steve Hutton, President and CEO of Star Roses &.....

Dennis Seriese, Agro Supplement:

NL: "Better root system and less failure"

Agro Supplement is a liquid and 100% natural (biological) supplement that can be used for many crops. It is also the name of the company that supplies the fertilizer. Recently, Dennis Seriese became a partner in the company. He tells us more about the product and how he and his partner Mustafa hope to.....

Kenya: Primarosa Flowers moves to Nyahururu as water dries up

Primarosa Flower Limited has moved all its operations to its Nyahururu firm even as it projects a 20 percent growth year on year.According to the company’s Chief Executive, Virag Joshi, the move has been influenced by the recent drought situation that has seen the company suffer from acute water shortage,.....

Netherlands: CBI appoints new Managing Director

CBI is pleased to announce that Hans Obdeijn has been named its new Managing Director, starting April 15th, 2017. He will replace Max Timmerman, who has been the head of CBI for the past three years.Obdeijn brings a wealth of experience and skills in the fields of management, strategy, policy, and.....

US (NC): Bayer Bee Care Center celebrates 10,000 visitors

It's not just the beehives at the Bayer Bee Care Center that are buzzing with activity today. The Center celebrates the more than 10,000 visitors who have passed through its doors in just three years. The Center recognized a group of 75 fourth-graders and their teachers from Ravenscroft School in Raleigh,.....

SAF leader appointed to USDA advisory committee

A longtime volunteer leader with the Society of American Florists has been named to an influential committee that provides insight and advice to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Dr. Marvin Miller, AAF, of Ball Horticultural Company in West Chicago, Illinois, recently was named to the National Agricultural.....

Ralf Koedijker, Glastuinbouwshop:

New crop protection supplier enters Dutch market

With the Glastuinbouwshop, the Dutch market has one more new supplier of crop protection products. The company was founded by Klaas Lusthof, who, from his experience with biocide and material protection products at wholesalerQ-chem, discovered that his suppliers also had products available that were suitable.....

US: Monsanto surpasses pollinator habitat goal

Monsanto announced that it has reached key milestones in protecting species and promoting sustainable landscapes, two major components of its biodiversity strategy.In fiscal year 2016, Monsanto established 72 habitats at company sites across the U.S. for monarch butterflies and other pollinators. The company.....

UK: Thompson & Morgan commits to retailers after takeover

Following the recent purchase of Thompson & Morgan by multi-channel retailer, BVG, the horticultural firm is reinforcing its commitment to the many retail outlets that stock its seeds and other products.Chief executive, Iain Burgess, said, “BVG is a truly multi-channel retailer and 33% of our business is.....

Martin Donnelly joins ICL as UK sales development manager

With forty years practical growing and technical sales experience, Martin Donnelly has joined the ICL team as UK sales development manager.In this new role he will be advising ornamental growers in the NE Midlands on growing media and nutrition, while working alongside Andrew Wilson to provide UK-wide IPM.....

UK: BPOA presents 10-year vision

The BPOA recognised the need for a periodic review of its activities in December, which it presents today.Greg Hill, chairman of the BPOA, said: “With many changes occurring in the industry and the needs of our members changing, we thought it was a good time for a long look at the operation of our.....

Behind the scenes at Veiling Rhein-Maas quality control

At Veiling Rhein-Maas, the Cut Flowers Quality Control department ensures that customers are able to make their purchasing choices based on the right information. With a team of five employees, a quality inspector compares the quality of the flowers supplied to the clock.The methods of the Cut Flowers.....

Kenya: Oserian signs employees to mobile health insurance

Oserian Development Company has signed its workers to a mobile health insurance scheme becoming the first flower firm globally and large employer in the agricultural sector in Kenya to embrace e-health.The signing coincides with a visit to the country by Dutch investors seeking investment opportunities in.....

A fog system for every kind of situation

Microcool has updated its catalog with several new features tailored to specific growing situations such as small propagation areas and low tunnels. One of these products is a 360° Directional Fog unit. The 4 nozzles of this system provide an even fog distribution in areas where conventional fog cannot go......

US (IA): Brett Cranston joins Kemin Crop Technologies

Kemin Crop Technologies, an initiative of Kemin Industries focused on providing solutions for commercial greenhouses and commercial horticulture, has named Brett Cranston to the role of sales manager, effective immediately.Cranston will be responsible for the direct sales of Kemin products to commercial.....

US (NC): HIP Labels adds Tyler Brown to sales team

HIP Labels announces the hiring of Tyler Brown to its staff as Sales Associate. Brown will work on behalf of HIP to develop new accounts and to enhance sales services for existing clients. Brown’s addition to HIP comes in part to the continued growth of HIP into nursery, greenhouse, and retail segments......

Approval of organisational changes for Royal FloraHolland

Royal FloraHolland wants to improve the margins for its growers and their buyers. To realise increased revenue and lower costs, they need to re-organise the company. Royal FloraHolland informed all of its employees what precisely that will mean for them.A careful process preceded this decision, during which.....

founder and owner of Lake County Nursery UpShoot

Jim Zampini passes away at 85

Jim Zampini passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 85 years on April 15, in the afternoon. Jim was the founder and owner of the former Lake County Nursery, Inc and formed UpShoot LLC in 2009. "As many of you know he has had a multitude of health problems since 1982 so we knew he was a ‘bionic man’.....

Royal FloraHolland posts turnover increase

Royal FloraHolland traded a total of 12.5 billion products in 2016, an increase of 0.3%. The company has posted turnover of €4.6 billion, up 3.8% from last year.The auctions in Aalsmeer, Naaldwijk, Rijnsburg and Eelde, along with the online FloraMondo platform, process more than 100,000 transactions a day,.....

US (CA): Monrovia partners with Ecology Action’s WaterLink program

Building on a 50-year commitment to water conservation, Monrovia has partnered with Ecology Action’s WaterLink program to provide plants that will replace 50,000 square-feet of unused, water-guzzling lawns throughout Santa Clara County. Turf replacement with Monrovia waterwise plants will take place at up to.....

Calculating emission incentive for others

NL: Tesselaar Alstroemeria calculates CO2 footprint

Tesselaar Alstroemeria is using the EcoChain application to calculate its CO2 footprint. As the first alstroemeria grower in the Netherlands the company now knows of each flower species, 18 in total, how much CO2 is emitted in their production.What does that mean exactly, to say "we know our CO2 footprint”?.....

First Aleia Roses at the Dutch auction

The first roses of Aleia Roses have been auctioned last Friday. A few months ago the Spanish grower opened the doors of a hypermodern, 14-hectare greenhouse complex in the Spanish countryside. Red Naomi is grown there and they hope to produce 40 million stems annually. The release of the first stem (as yet.....
FloralDaily will be back on Tuesday April 18

Happy Easter!

Dear readers, on behalf of the FloralDaily team, we wish you a very Happy Easter! On Easter Monday, no newsletter will be sent. We will be back on Tuesday April 18 with our daily newsletters. Happy Holidays, The team of FloralDaily.com.

Ad Kranendonk takes over from Sjaak Bakker at Flier Systems

Starting April 2017, Ad Kranendonk will be in charge of the departments of sales, marketing and business development. He will take over the responsibilities of Sjaak Bakker, who recently started as managing director at HortiMaX.Ad Kranendonk has been employed at Flier Systems since 1988 and has proven to.....

FleuraMetz opens 10th North American branch in New Jersey

FleuraMetz, a native Dutch distributor for floriculture products, sets up its 10th North American branch in Rochelle Park, New Jersey. On April 18th, FleuraMetz will open the doors of its new cash & carry to numerous professional traders in the Garden State.Branch Manager Tom Pavlin and his team provide.....

US (NH): Nisbet promoted to Product & Program Specialist at Pleasant View

Pleasant View Gardens announces that Abigail Nisbet has been promoted to Product & Program Specialist. Nisbet’s multiple years of employment Pleasant View Gardens provides her with the industry knowledge needed to excel in managing product development and programs, as well as developing strong.....

US (MI): Four Star Greenhouse adds high-tech growing space

Just two years ago, Four Star completed a 76,000 sq.-ft. greenhouse to add room for growing more Proven Winners shrubs and perennials.Since then, increased demand for Proven Winners shrubs and perennials has encouraged them to expand again, and their new five-acre greenhouse (200,000+ sq. ft.) recently went.....

Lucas Vos, Royal FloraHolland:

"We are well underway"

Lucas Vos, CEO of Royal FloraHolland, updates you in his latest vlog about the most recent developments. The focus in the coming period lies on the digitisation of processes. For example, you will see the first images of the robots they are testing in a pilot.Frontrunners are working hard on the development.....

Japanese flower firm to invest in Da Lat

Japan’s Kawasaki Flora Auction Market Company Limited plans to invest in Da Lat floriculture to supply flowers to Japanese and European countries.Chrysanthemums harvesting in Ha Dong flower village, Da Lat City. – VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen DungThe company wants to co-operate for up to 50 years in Da Lat and the.....

13th - 16th of June, Netherlands

Delishow / FlowerTrials again slated for June 2017

At last it’s there: from Tuesday, 13 June through Friday, 16 June, Deliflor Chrysanten will present its Delishow 2017. We cordially invite you to join us for an all inclusive guided tour through these flower trials.This is where you can take a good close look at more than 250 different varieties for.....

Benary+ to sell directly to growers

Benary, Volmary establish joint venture for North America

As the industry has been and is continuing to undergo substantial changes, Benary, as an independent breeder of strong genetics has decided to start offering an alternative way to market its products to growers in North America. To make transactions more direct and efficient, as well as to increase the value.....

FleuraMetz goes Down Under

On May 1, FleuraMetz will open a new Cash & Carry in Brisbane, Australia. It will be housed on the premises of trading company Flowerlink Old, which FleuraMetz has been doing business with for some time. Dutchman Bas Kamp, who led Flowerlink, will be in charge of the new Fleurametz branch. Flowerlink.....

US: PFCI honors Bobbi Ecker-Blatchford with AFE memorial tribute

Professional Floral Communicators - International (PFCI) has established "Bucks for Bobbi," a memorial tribute through the American Floral Endowment (AFE), in memory of celebrated floral designer and mentor Bobbi Ecker-Blatchford, AAF, AIFD, PFCI. She passed away on Feb. 3, 2017 at the age of 85. Created.....

US (CA): Village Nurseries appoints Rick Rehm as CFO

Village Nurseries Wholesale, a specialty grower for landscape professionals, announced Rick Rehm has been named the company’s new chief financial officer, replacing Wayne Johnson, who is retiring after 16 years of service with the company.Mr. Rehm has more than 27 years of wholesale nursery industry.....

European Commission clears ChemChina acquisition of Syngenta

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Syngenta (based in Switzerland) by ChemChina. The approval is conditional on the divestiture of significant parts of ChemChina's European pesticide and plant growth regulator business.Commissioner Margrethe.....

Veiling Rhein-Maas closed on Easter Monday

Auctions will be held at Herongen on 14 April 2017 even though Good Friday is a national holiday in Germany. However, no auctions will be held on Easter Monday, 17 April. The first auctions following Good Friday will therefore be held on Tuesday 18 April.Click here for the overview of Sales and Import.....

ChemChina-Syngenta deal approved by US competition authority

ChemChina and Syngenta announced that they have received approval from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the proposed acquisition of Syngenta by ChemChina. This represents a major step towards the closing of the transaction, which is expected to take place in the second quarter of 2017.In February of.....

Fresh Tulips USA is now Bloomia

Flower company Fresh Tulips USA has recently undergone a corporate brand refresh. The rebranding includes a new trademarked company name, redesigned logo, and optimized website. This initiative is the result of 70 years of sustained growth and wide-reaching changes in the brand’s business context.Now.....

UK: Historic move for New Covent Garden’s Flower Market after 43 years

On Monday April 3rd, the Flower Market at New Covent Garden Market - the UK’s biggest, specialist flower and plant hall - is headed for a new home. Remaining in Nine Elms, in the heart of London, it will relocate half a mile down Nine Elms Lane from its existing site, affording its 21 traders a more.....

US: $20M in funding for biocarbon product supplier

Agriculture technology company Cool Planet has closed on $19.3 million in Series A financing and note conversion to commercialize its Cool Terra and Cool Fauna Engineered Biocarbon products. Cool Planet is focused on developing products that are simultaneously profitable as well as sustainable and has raised.....

Russo hits 5-year mark with Javo USA

Senior Sales Manager Lorenzo Russo celebrated 5 years with Javo USA on April 1,2017 as Javo USA and Javo B.V. staff congratulated the industry veteran.Russo joined Javo USA in 2012 and quickly developed the technical knowledge to match his strong sales and customer service instincts.“Lorenzo loves to spend.....

How can we make millennials purchase flowers again?

In the first of a series of articles detailing the results of a new study from AFE and the Floral Marketing Research Fund (FMRF), called “Marketing Tactics to Increase Millennial Floral Purchases,” major purchasing barriers for millennials and specific ways to overcome those barriers are.....

AmericanHort names new board members and officers

The AmericanHort Board of Directors, which includes leaders from across the horticulture industry covering various experiences and backgrounds, will welcome three newly elected members and a new slate of officers at Cultivate’17 in Columbus, OH, in July.The new Board members are:Steve Castorani,.....