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Marco Stolze, ClockOnline:

NL: "In fact, we're skipping some links"

Traditional auctioning would be a thing of the past, if it were up to Marco Stolze, owner of online flower and plant auction ClockOnline. With the independent digital platform, in his own words, a lot of time and money is saved by delivering fresh products directly from the grower.Marco says that the.....

AFE announces new officers and appointments

American Floral Endowment (AFE) Chairman Dwight Larimer of Design Master color tool, inc. announces the appointments of new officers and committee chairmen. Jim Daly of Floralife/Smithers-Oasis in Walterboro, S.C. has been named Chairman-Elect and Laura Shinall of Syndicate Sales, Inc. in Kokomo, Ind. was.....

Frans-Peter Dechering Commercial Director at Schoneveld Breeding

On 1 October 2017, Frans-Peter Dechering will take up the position of Commercial Director at Schoneveld Breeding. He will succeed Louis Kester who will be leaving the company on 1 November. The coming weeks Frans-Peter and Louis will work together to familiarise Frans-Peter with the work and to ensure.....

Upgrades for El Oasis:

Despite political tension, Mexico continues to grow

Mexican young plant nursery El Oasis has invested in new technology to upscale and maximize its efficiency.Located in Tunas Blacas near the greenhouse horticulture hub of Queretaro, El Oasis is one of the more advanced nurseries in the Mexican greenhouse industry. The company is specialized in vegetable.....

‘Colour Your Story’ Spring/Summer 2018

Desch Plantpak inspires with a pre-taste of summer 2018

‘Colour Your Story’, the Spring/Summer edition 2018, has just arrived; the colourful booklet chock-full of trends, ideas and information that Desch Plantpak uses to inspire growers, breeders and retailers in their quest to market their products ever more successfully. ‘Colour Your Story’ is free upon.....

“Aruna Holland HPS lamps tested with roses: Better quality and long lifetime”

It is not the first time that a new brand enters the market of High Pressure Sodium lamps. “Obviously, with all the prior experience we have, we were quite critical when we started, however, we become more and more enthusiastic”, says rose grower Frans van Os, owner of BN Roses from De Lier. His company is.....

Svensson welcomes new Climate Consultant in Latin America

Ludvig Svensson announces the new addition of Alejandro Medina to their Americas team.Alejandro Medina recently joined Svensson's Latin American team on September 4th, 2017 as a Greenhouse Climate Consultant in Mexico.With a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology Engineering, Alejandro's education and.....

NL: Certhon builds own Innovation Centre

Next to their office in Poeldijk (the Netherlands), Certhon is building its own research facility: the Certhon Innovation Centre. Certhon is conducting pioneering research on optimizing the technology of growing without daylight for the last two years. The facility will accommodate eight growth cells where.....

UK: Flamingo Horticulture acquires Butters

The Flamingo Horticulture Group have finalised the acquisition of Butters Group Ltd with effect from 18th September 2017. The Flamingo Horticulture Group has businesses in the UK, continental Europe and Africa whilst in parallel working with a number of supply partners across the globe. Flamingo is a major.....

Karuturi demands compensation from Ethiopia for failed land deal

Karuturi Global Ltd., an Indian flower grower, demanded compensation from the Ethiopian government for a series of failed land deals as it prepares to exit the Horn of Africa nation.The company wrote a letter to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn accusing the state of nationalizing its farming investments.....

Royal FloraHolland boosts German market through collaboration with BGI

Royal FloraHolland will become a Fördermitglied - literally a supporting member - at the Verband des Deutschen Blumen Gross- und Importhandels (BGI). This membership will enable Royal FloraHolland and its partners to work towards developing and stimulating the German market. Royal FloraHolland announced.....

First phalaenopsis plants at VW Orchids

NL: Former rose grower transitions to orchids

The first Phalaenopsis came rolling from a brand new conveyor belt last week: the cherry on the cake after 14 months of hard work. During this period, VW Orchids had been busy with a conversion to a completely different cultivation. With years of experience in roses and the knowledge and expertise in the.....

March 21-23, Guangzhou

AVIV to conquer the market in Guangzhou, China

With years of leadership in Israel’s cut flower exporting business, AVIV is now trying to extend their reach into the Chinese market via Flower Expo China 2018 (China International Floriculture & Horticulture Trade Fair 2018).With an impeccable logistics system long-developed by the company, AVIV is able.....

UK: GrowSave celebrates ten years of helping horticulture save energy

Ten years ago, and just like today, energy saving was vitally important for successful greenhouse businesses. However, in addition to the problem of volatile and increasing energy costs, growers were starting to face new challenges, such as energy saving legislation and consumers who want produce grown with.....

NL: Louis Kester leaves Schoneveld Breeding

Louis Kester, commercial director of Schoneveld Breeding is leaving the company. That is announced by the breeder in a press release.Director/owner of the company Peter van der Pol: "In recent years, our commercial director Louis Kester has made a huge contribution to expanding our strategy ‘bringing the.....

NL: Bunnik Creations opens new Green Event Centre

Last week Bunnik Plants and Bunnik Creations celebrated the opening of their new, completely restyled Green Event Centre, a showroom that stimulates ideas for creative plant and pot combinations. They were joined by more than 250 customers. Thomas Bunnik giving a speech and welcoming the guestsBunnik Plants,.....

Nufarm donates $150,000 in GreenCare for troops

Making a difference on the home front for the families of deployed service members and post-9/11 disabled veterans with service-connected disabilities is what the GreenCare for Troops initiative is all about.That job is a little easier now with the generous support of Nufarm following its $150,000.....

Royal FloraHolland delays image auctioning of plants

Yesterday a fruitful discussion was held between a delegation from Royal FloraHolland and the 'Keep the plant clock' action group. The attendees acknowledged the usefulness and the necessity of digitalisation. Royal FloraHolland understands that the deadline of October 4 2017 is too soon to stop the physical.....
Silver Level

Ethiopia: New standard added to hallmark EHPEA

Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) has successfully finalized the benchmarking of its flowers & ornamentals and plant propagation material scheme, the EHPEA Code of Practice for Sustainable Flower Production - Silver Level. This standard, which is open for certification of.....

New Calocephalus brand launched: Silvercalos

The Silvercalos is a selection of Calocephalus from Dutch breeding company Jonge Planten Grünewald. The Silvercalos has a unique plant structure and a distinctive silver color. Seven growers in the Westland are offering Silvercalos, and it's available in the following pot sizes of 10.5, 12, 17 and 23 cm.The.....

US: New Succulent Program from Tagawa Greenhouses

Ball Seed Company in West Chicago, IL and Tagawa Greenhouses in Brighton, CO are excited to bring you a fresh new, cutting-edge assortment of Succulents chosen to cover a range of colors, forms and textures to build a comprehensive succulent program. An expert succulent production team at Tagawa Greenhouses.....

NL: Stolze installs first Opticlear Diamond H4 at orchid nursery

Dutch orchid nursery Sanfiero cultivates cut Cymbidium on just 2.5 hectares. The new national legislation about the discharge of residual water was reason for entrepreneurs Johan and Lennart Stolze to map the water flows of the company again. In addition to complying with the forthcoming regulations, they.....

EU has concerns about BaySanto

Will Monsanto need to find a new Bayer?

Bayer and Monsanto will have to wait for a couple more months, before they can start 'advancing together'. The European Commission has expressed concerns that the super agro-chemical giant will most of all advance the benefits of its shareholders instead of the marketplace. A new investigation will need.....

Roger Gerritzen, Dümmen Orange:

"The acceptance of private equity is increasing market-wide"

Dümmen Orange’s growth path started in 2010 when H2 Equity Partners acquired the predecessor company Agribio from the Japanese firm Kirin. Five add-on acquisitions were made followed by the merger with Dümmen in 2013. The company was subsequently rebranded Dümmen Orange. Since then, there have been six more.....

Netherlands: Completion of World Horti Center in sight

The international knowledge and innovation center for horticulture is almost ready, Smiemans reports. The company's work is almost done, and the World Horti Center will be officially opened in March 2018.Smiemans Projecten builds the superstructure of the knowledge and innovation centre “World Horti Center”......

Members of Royal FloraHolland want extra GMM over continuation of auction clocks

A group of growers and traders fighting to maintain the physical auction clock today handed over a demand to Royal FloraHolland tocall an extra General Members Meeting. This was reported by various sources.The group of advocates for maintaining the clock fears that if closed the existence of the cooperation.....

NL: FleuraMetz to partner up with Takii and Van Gogh Museum in spreading fame Sunrich

“I have the sunflower, in a way”, Van Gogh wrote to his brother. This flower, with its majestic head and summer-yellow petals was a rich source of inspiration for the master painter and great nature lover. For this reason, Takii and the Van Gogh Museum created the ‘Sunrich – Van Gogh’s Favorite’ quality.....

Why outsource image editing?

When promoting your flowers and plants online, impressing your potential buyers visually is essential. However, putting the emphasis on the product itself is not always that easy and is often a time consuming job. Therefore, many seem to outsource this job. Smartclipping 24, for example, is a image editing.....

Dutch king to attend Koppert Biological Systems’ 50th anniversary

The king of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, will be present at the celebration of Koppert Biological Systems’ jubilee anniversary at Berkel and Rodenrijs on Thursday, 14 September. To mark the occasion, the king will officially open the newly constructed ‘Experience Centre’.Fifty years ago, the family.....

Harnois updates house style, unifying divisions

Harnois Industries reveals its new logo as well as those of its divisions: Harnois Greenhouses, MegaDome Buildings and Agrisys Agronomy. This change is motivated by Harnois Industries desire to unify and merge its brands in its different markets."The integration of the brands will thus reflect the synergy.....

UK: Simon Fraser appointed to HTA Board

Simon Fraser, Managing Director of Ben Reid & Co in Aberdeen, has been appointed to the HTA Board.With a Diploma in Horticulture and an HND in Commercial Horticulture Simon has worked for a number of nurseries and garden centres in Aberdeen, Lincolnshire, Kent and New Zealand. This was followed by a.....

ICL welcomes new UK growing media technical manager

On the retirement of Dr Jim Smith, ICL’s long standing UK technical manager for growing media, Dr Eleni Siasou has been appointed to take over the role.With a PhD in block propagation of lettuce, Dr Smith set out on a technical career in horticulture that saw him manage ADAS experimental glasshouses at.....

Bakir Lashkari, Vluchteling & Carrière:

NL: "You just have to start at the bottom"

A refugee isn't pathetic. If you can run, you can take care of yourself. Status holders that can work, just need a bit of a helping hand. This is the opinion of Bakir Lashkari of Vluchteling & Carrière (Refugee & Professional). In March he started a pilot enterprise to place status holders with agri.....

UK: Bridge Farm expands after private equity buyout

NorthEdge Capital has invested in Bridge Farm Nurseries (Bridge Farm), a producer of ornamental plants, flowers and herbs in the UK, backing a management buyout from its family shareholders. It is the first deal for the firm’s recently opened Midlands office.Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Spalding in.....

Dümmen Orange hires new Western US sales manager

Dümmen Orange announces that Angela Storm, an industry veteran, has joined the sales team to support customers and brokers in the western United States. She will serve western-region customers as the primary point of contact, providing tailored support throughout the entire customer journey.Angela brings.....

Kenya Horticultural Council officially launched

The Kenya Horticultural Council (KHC) has officially been launched in a colourful event held on July 21, 2017 at Pride Inn Hotel, Nairobi. KHC is mandated to champion the Kenya horticulture industry growth and development by providing high level lobbying and advocacy services for the industry with the aim of.....

New gateway to Southeast Asian market?

Thailand: Agricultural Fair gains more international attention

PHOTO REPORT The Agriculture Fair in Hatyai, a city in Thailand's far south, is in full swing. This 10-day event is being organized for the 25th time and is gaining an increasingly more international attention. From August 11-20, 160 companies are presenting their products and the event welcomes over 100,000 Southeast.....

Lucas Vos, Royal FloraHolland:

“Growth is an important condition for survival”

Lucas Vos, CEO of Royal FloraHolland, brings you up to date with the latest developments in his new vlog. Where are we now with ‘Cooperative 2020’? And what is Royal FloraHolland doing to get all its members and buyers into the digital world? And there’s an answer to the question of why growth is so.....

UK: Two new Account Managers joining Farplants

To support growing sales and the demand for their new ranges, leading outdoor plant supplier The Farplants Group, bolsters its team with two new staff members.Zoe Bruce and Lee HopperZoe Bruce and Lee Hopper are the latest recruits to join Farplants; the company has seen significant additions to the staff.....

Heliospectra appoints Peter Nyberg as new Head of Technology and Development Department

Heliospectra is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Nyberg as head of the Technology and Development department, effective August 15, 2017.Nyberg brings more than 15 years of experience in system development. He holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Chalmers University of Technology and has led.....

Kenya Flower Council certification scheme undergoes re-assessment

One of the most effective lobby tools for the flower industry has been the compliance status of the industry in Kenya through the Kenya Flower Council Certification Scheme Quality System Accreditation to ISO / IEC 17065. In order to maintain its integrity, the Kenya Flower Council hosted Lead assessors from.....

UK: Dr. Gracie Barrett joins Tristram Plants management team

Dr Gracie Barrett joined Tristram Plants as Technical Manager (Trials & Lab) in April 2017. Gracie had spent the previous 5 years working at the RHS, where she ran the joint AHDB/RHS project CP095, “Sustainable Resource in Horticulture”. Among other things, this project saw her investigate the impact of.....

US: PlantHaven's marketing efforts awarded

PlantHaven International's efforts in Marketing has been awarded. At the Cultivate'17, that took place last month in Columbus Ohio, they took home the Medal of Excellence Award for Marketing. For twenty years now, Planthaven has assisted international plant breeders and brought their varieties to the North.....

US (CA): Cal Poly aspiring entrepreneur named Shinoda Scholar of the Year

The Shinoda Foundation has awarded its highest honor, the Shinoda Scholar of the Year, to Gage Willey, a senior majoring in Agriculture and Environmental Plant Science at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.“Gage represents the best and brightest of aspiring horticulturalists,” says Bob Otsuka, president of the.....

FTD announces Q2 results

FTD has announced financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2017.John C. Walden, FTD's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "I am pleased with the considerable progress we have made on our strategic review of our business. We remain on-track to complete our review.....

Renown Seed Scientist, Director of seed technology for PanAmerican Seed

Industry mourns passing of Francis Kwong

Ball Horticultural Company mourns the death of Francis Kwong, 65, from colon cancer July 30. Kwong had a 38-year career in the seed industry where he spent a majority of them with PanAmerican Seed Company. His recent title was director of seed technology, where he was known for his passion for agriculture.....

Management change at Pöppelmann TEKU

On 1 July, Sven Hoping took over the sales management at Pöppelmann TEKU. He follows in the footsteps of Hubert Haskamp.Hubert Haskamp (left) and his successor, Pöppelmann TEKU® sales manager Sven Hoping.Pöppelmann TEKU® is regarded as a reference in the field of growing systems for horticulture. Among other.....

“Service and Import Center”

Veiling Rhein Maas: New name for the Import Handling Department

The Import Handling department at Veiling Rhein-Maas is being changed to “Service and Import Center”. This department ensures that flowers and plants arriving from countries such as Israel, Ethiopia, Kenya, Turkey, Spain, Portugal and Italy can be auctioned successfully. The department's work.....

Kenya: 198 kWp of solar electricity for Penta Flowers

The two solar systems that will supply Kenyan flower farm Penta Flowers with 198 kWp are being installed at the moment. The project costs 260,000 euro and in April 2017 this sum of money was raised, within just 6 days, through ecoligo's crowdinvesting platform.Pictures from the 132 kWp rooftop systemA 132.....

US: Master Nursery Garden Centers adds Griffin to vendor roster

Master Nursery Garden Centers has announced the addition of Griffin Greenhouse Supplies to its vendor roster, effective immediately.Griffin becomes one of five distributors in the MNGC network, and the only supplier with a product mix that spans green goods, hard goods, retail supplies. In total, the MNGC.....

UK: Florismart wants to end Dutch monopoly using tech

Steve France is chief executive of Florismart, a platform that is challenging, and successfully diminishing, the Dutch monopoly on the cut flower trade by culling layers of bureaucracy and middlemen.While visions of vast fields of Dutch tulips hold true, the days of the Netherlands being the world’s dominant.....

Koen Pack USA appoints new West Coast account manager

Danielle Delano has joined the Koen Pack USA team servicing the West Coast as their newest Account Manager. Danielle has over 8 years’ experience in the floral industry with a passion for exceeding customer’s expectations. In her free time, she enjoys growing her own fruits and vegetables, cooking with.....

Vineland celebrates 10th anniversary

It’s been 10 years since a new horticultural research facility in Niagara Region was launched as the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland).Since then, Vineland has been turning heads across Canada and internationally with its needs-based innovations. The organization reflects the entire.....

Finding spare parts just got easier

At the start of this year, Royal Brinkman introduced the spare parts finder. This handy tool allows growers to find the right part for a machine or installation in just three easy steps.When Royal Brinkman introduced the spare parts finder there were around 6,000 parts added to the spare parts finder. At.....

US: Bringing top talent to the floral industry

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) is once again aiming to attract young business professionals to the world of flowers through its Business Internship Program, now in its third year.An Employer Resource Guide that was created to help companies build a successful internship program is also available, with.....

AIPH launches new group for flower auction markets

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) invites the operators of Flower Auction Markets to attend the first meeting of the AIPH Flower Auction Markets Group taking place in Taichung, Chinese Taipei on 29-30 September 2017.Flower Auction Markets have developed in different countries.....

Mexican firm buys 80% of Netafim for $1.5b

Mexichem has agreed to acquire 80% stake in Netafim, from current shareholders Permira funds, Kibbutz Magal and Kibbutz Hatzerim. Completion of the acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals, and expected during Q4, 2017.As part of the deal, Mexichem will acquire all Permira fund's shares (61%), Kibbutz.....

Kenya: New agency to drive export standard compliance

The Kenya Horticultural Council (KHC) has been launched to support the industry’s growth by championing compliance with domestic and international quality standards and other market access requirements.Specifically, KHC will be responsible for enforcing compliance with horticulture standards for flowers and.....

US: Markel acquires majority interest in Costa Farms

Markel and Costa Farms announced have entered into a definitive agreement for Markel to acquire a majority interest in Costa Farms and its related operating companies. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017.Headquartered in Miami,.....

WAFEX spreads its wings to South America

Australian cut flower trading company WAFEX announces the opening of its new office in Quito, Ecuador.WAFEX Ecuador will be managed by Andrea Hidalgo who has been working with WAFEX on an agency basis for the past 12 months.Craig Musson, WAFEX Managing Director said the company is very excited to spread its.....

Cultivate ’17 marks 10 years of MPS certification in the USA

At Cultivate ’17, the trade show where the “green” sector in North America meets from July 15 – 18, MPS also presented themselves. As a worldwide player, and active in the US market for ten years in the field of sustainability certification, MPS doesn’t want to miss Cultivate ’17.D.S. Cole Growers is one of.....