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Former Potveer Sales team joins Bercomex

Former Potveer representatives Piet Stroet and Mathijs van Langen have joined the Bercomex Sales team. Following the recent bankruptcy of Potveer, Bercomex announced the take-over of the Potveer brand, services and part of the product range. Former Potveer owner Piet Stroet is pleased with this development:.....

KFC Chairman elected President of Union Fleurs

The Kenya Flower Council has been elected to hold the Presidency of the Union Fleurs for 2 years.Kenya Flower Council Board of Directors Chairman, Mr. Richard Fox is now the president of Union Fleurs, where the Council is a member, following an election held during the Union Fleurs General Assembly in San.....

Syngenta Flowers to acquire dahlia assortment from Verwer Dahlia

Syngenta Flowers has reached an agreement with Verwer Dahlia to acquire its dahlia assortment and breeding program. Both companies expect to finalize the acquisition in the coming weeks. Terms have not been disclosed.Brandon Willis of Syngenta at the California Spring Trials 2018.Verwer Dahlia was.....

NL: Holland Bulb Market celebrates 150th anniversary

With a Royal Visit, nice music and summer-like temperatures, Holland Bulb Market celebrated its 150th anniversary last Friday, April 20.Dutch Princes Margriet received flowers from the daughter of Joris van der Velden, the director of Holland Bulb Market. Director Joris van der Velden gives a summary of the.....

Karuturi to start afresh in Ethiopia

Passing through turbulent years in Ethiopia, Karuturi Agro Products PLC – a subsidiary of the Indian based Karuturi Global Ltd (KGL) – said it is about to recommence the troubled commercial farms they were forced to abandon in Ethiopia, last year.Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi aka Ram Karuturi, Chief Executive.....

Marginpar expands business with $17 million investment

Marginpar Flower Group strengthens its cooperation with East-African producers through an integration with Kariki Ltd Kenya, Carzan Flowers Kenya and Marginpar Ethiopia. This new consortium has been made possible through a $17 million investment made by Agri-Vie Fund II and the Norwegian Investment Fund for.....

Florentaise hires Kenneth Laming as export manager

With this international growth, reaching 5 619 k€ in 2017 (+ 53%), and 6 factories abroad representing 47% of its sales volumes, Florentaise continues to increase its export team to promote raw materials, 100% renewable, to European substrates manufacturers.On 19th March, Kenneth Laming joined the.....

NL: Jan Bakker new CEO of Eurogroep and TTA

On the 2nd of April, Jan Bakker took over from Simon den Hartigh as CEO of Eurogroep and TTA. Jan Bakker is the company’s former Technical Director and will be responsible for the operational activities of the Eurogroep companies and TTA from this moment forward.Jan BakkerWith Bram Verschoor as Commercial.....

Koppert Biological Systems expands board

Koppert Biological Systems has increased the size of its board in response to the projected growth of the Dutch family company.The new composition allows for more focus on specific areas of operation. The original board that includes CEOs Paul Koppert and Henri Oosthoek, and CFO Robert Pathuis, has grown to.....

Priva appoints Bram Koppert as General Manager Asia

On 16 April 2018, Priva announced the appointment of Bram Koppert as General Manager Asia. In Bram’s previous role as Manager Asia Pacific at Koppert Biological Systems, he was responsible for the management of the Asia sales and development teams.Bram Koppert about his choice to accept the position: “It’s.....

ScottsMiracle-Gro to acquire Sunlight Supply

Scotts Miracle-Gro has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Sunlight Supply, in a transaction that will greatly enhance the ability of SMG’s wholly-owned subsidiary, The Hawthorne Gardening Company, to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving hydroponic products marketplace.The.....

UK: Chessum Plants goes into administration

A Bedfordshire-based rose growing specialist, Chessum Plants Limited, has fallen into administration and is being sold with the help of Begbies Traynor.The move follows both the firm’s sister companies, Home and Garden garden centres and Green Moon Plants also going into administration earlier this year.The.....

Modiform and Thomsen to merge

On 26 April 2018, French company Thomsen will join Modiform. Both companies develop and produce growing, transport, and packaging systems for the horticultural sector and beyond. Thomsen and Modiform have maintained close relations for a long time. Their activities and product ranges complement each other.....

Clement Tulezi, Kenya Flower Council CEO:

"KFC label will reduce burden of multiple certifications"

Last February, Clement Tulezi succeeded Jane Ngige as CEO of the Kenya Flower Council. There are plenty of challenges and opportunities ahead for the new chief executive. A major focus for the organization and its members in the coming years will be sustainability. We spoke to Clement about this important.....

Subati Flowers recorded a drop in absenteeism from 9% to 4%

Kenya: There is such a thing as a free lunch

Over 60 companies across major Kenyan cities have embraced an innovative digital lunch scheme for their staff in a low cost arrangement hailed as pivotal in boosting staff productivity, retention and companies’ profitability.Dubbed M-Kula, the innovative application has been developed by Sodexo Kenya, an.....

Magical hydrangea 150-day challenge rolls out internationally

An average indoor hydrangea blooms about 60 to 80 days. The Magical indoor hydrangea lives up to its name and exceeds that period as it claims to have a blooming time of 150 days. In addition, the flower of the plant changes color during the season.Winning hydrangea blooms 182 daysWith the 150 days.....

Wyevale Nurseries

British nursery sees highest sales week in history

Members of staff at Wyevale Nurseries are celebrating this week after announcing its highest sales week in the company’s history.Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford beat its previous record breaking sales week, which was in 2008 by 17%. Adam Dunnett, Sales and Marketing Director at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “We are.....

Jane Ngige looks back at 14 years as Kenya Flower Council CEO

For 14 years, Jane Ngige was the CEO of the Kenya Flower Council, the floriculture umbrella responsible for this success. She retired a few months back. She now heads the Kenya Horticultural Council. She met Jackson at Nairobi’s Sankara Hotel. When someone Googles you, they just find tons of stuff to do with.....

Lufthansa Cargo increases sales in 2017

Sales of Lufthansa Cargo rose by 21.1 per cent over the previous year to EUR 2.5 billion with 8,886 million FTKT sold. Average revenues, especially in the express business, went up considerably. Total operating income increased by 21.2 per cent to a total of EUR 2.6 billion. Adjusted EBIT improved by EUR 292.....

NL: Dutch nursery WBD adds new products to ‘Liv in Wax’ concept

A bulb in wax, we are already familiar with it, but a bulb with roots in the wax is unique. Dutch nursery WBD has developed and patented a technique to do just that, and recently even added a green houseplant, the zamioculcas, to the ‘Liv in Wax’ concept.Sales are particularly good, according to Fred.....

ZimTrade scoops top award at SADC Quality Awards

Zimbabwe’s trade development and promotion organisation, ZimTrade, took home top honours at the Sadc Quality Awards held in Johannesburg last week.At Sadc level, ZimTrade was the overall winner for the Company of the Year – Small and Medium Enterprise (comprising companies of less than 100 people), Category.....

NL: Royal FloraHolland as tourist attraction

Each year the Visitors Department of Royal FloraHolland in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands, welcomes thousands of guests and takes them on tours. Natascha, staff member of the Visitors Department: "The gigantic sea of flowers visible as I look down from the bridge is truly a pleasure. The visitors are full of.....

UK: Evergreen to distribute Romiti Vivai's plants

A future collaboration between Evergreen Exterior Services and Romiti Vivai of Pistoia has now been confirmed. Surrey based Evergreen will distribute Romiti's plants to Garden Centres in the South of England.Romiti Vivai is one of the major plant producers in Pistoia with a large production of plants.....

Kenya: Karuturi, Stanbic trade fraud claims in debt war

Troubled flower firm Karuturi has accused a local lender that assumed control of the company during receivership of using the receivers and managers to suppress its sales by more than Sh2 billion [19.8 million USD] to justify disbursement of more loans and prevent it from coming out of forced.....

US (IL): SBM Life Science opens research and development center

SBM Life Science continues expanding its North American operations with the completion of its first U.S.-based field research station in White Heath, Ill.Located 15 miles west of Champaign, Ill., the SBM Life Science Research and Development Center features turf and ornamental research plots and a.....

US: Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation announces grant proposal deadline

April 1, 2018 is the deadline for submission of grant proposals for research and educational projects in floriculture and related fields such as plant pathology, plant breeding, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, entomology, and plant physiology related to floriculture at universities,.....

Will 1-800-flowers.com, Inc. (FLWS) run out of steam soon?

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.07 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.23, from 1.3 in 2017Q2. It dropped, as 13 investors sold 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. shares while 29 reduced holdings. 17 funds opened positions while 28 raised stakes. 20.24 million shares or 3.67% less from 21.01 million shares in 2017Q2 were.....

US: New PlantHaven welcomes new team member: Tarek Alyusuf

The PlantHaven Team is delighted to welcome their newest team member.Tarek Alyusuf"Tarek Alyusuf joined the plants team on March 1st and over the coming months, we are looking forward to introducing you all to him. Tarek will be focusing on our new woody ornamental introductions. Tarek is extremely.....

UK: HTA Chairman steps down

The HTA Board have announced that Chris Pateman has left his post as Chairman of the HTA due to family reasons.Chris said, “I find a number of family issues are now requiring my attention and the long commute had made it harder than anticipated. As a result, I no longer feel able to contribute to the HTA as.....

PRO-MIX celebrates 50 years of growing

For PRO‑MIX, 2018 means 50 years of growing. Established in 1968, the PRO‑MIX brand provides commercial growers and consumers with a wide range of value-added products in the field of horticulture.More than 30 years after the first growing medium with mycorrhizae, the PRO‑MIX brand is a.....

US (CA): SiteOne acquires three Village Nurseries Landscape Centers

TreeTown USA announced the sale of its Village Nurseries Landscape Centers in Orange, Huntington Beach, and Sacramento, California to SiteOne Landscape Supply, the largest and only national wholesale distributor of landscape supplies in the United States.TreeTown USA CEO Jonathan Saperstein stated, “The sale.....

NL: Let it Grow stops on 1 April 2018

The MT of Royal FloraHolland has taken the decision to end the investment in Let it Grow by the end of March 2018. This was submitted as a request for advice to the Works Council. This will stop the strategic program Let it Grow as of 1 April 2018.On 10 May 2016 the Let it Grow program was started, which was.....

"FTD Valentine’s Day media campaign fell short"

FTD expects consolidated revenues for the first quarter of 2018 to be about $20 million below internal expectations — a shortcoming the company blames on “unfavorable performance from ProFlowers and Gourmet Foods due largely to media campaign investments that generated lower than expected sales.”The.....

UK: Florismart reduced funding of National Florist Trade Association

As of the 31st of March, Florismart will no longer periodically fund the British Trade Association. The reasoning behind this shift in focus lies in Florismart’s upcoming projects with a strong focus to empower local florists all around the UK.Florismart has funded the BFA over the past few years to help the.....

US (CO): WaterPulse Promotes Kegerreis to VP of National Sales

WaterPulse is pleased to announce the promotion of Scott Kegerreis to Vice President of National Sales. “Scott’s knowledge of the horticulture business and his experience within our company will serve our customers very well,” says Jim Heffernan, CEO of WaterPulse. “He knows what our customers need and will.....

New brand identity for Barile Flowers

Over the last few years, the greatest brands in the world have worked to simplify the design of their logo pursuing the concept: less is more. And Barile Flowers Services also changed their logo and brand identity. According to this Italian flower import- and export company, the new logo/brand gives.....

NL: A sustainable packaging for a grateful plant

In the supply chain there is a demand for sustainable products. The consumer is familiar with the images of the plastic debris in the oceans and is becoming more critical on the packaging of products. However the challenge is to package your product in such a way that it is attractive and saleable.Packaging.....

Singapore firm makes investment in Karuturi to restart Kenya ops

Karuturi Global, the world's largest producer of cut roses, said today that Singapore-based Phoenix Group has invested in the company that will help it repay debt and revive the Kenya operations. It did not disclose the investment amount. "Phoenix Group's investment means the firm can repay its debts as.....

US: Worker Protection Standard training requirements for growers

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is designed to reduce the risk of pesticide accidents with workers in agriculture. Some of the requirements set forth in the 2015 revision of the WPS were selected for delayed implementation to give growers time to ready themselves.....

UK: HTA introduces Recycling Scheme for members

The HTA has launched a Recycling Scheme for its members which will enable businesses of all sizes to responsibly recycle their plastic and other waste and enhance their green credentials.Partnering with Ecogen, based in Winchester, the scheme will provide a cost saving solution for most by reducing the need.....

10th anniversary of brand

"Air So Pure doing very well"

Air So Pure has been around for 10 years. The concept is a keeper. With the concept of green-plants-purify-air, people were able to hit the right social note. In the new office of the recently opened World Horti Center, in which it forms an advert for the Dutch horticultural sector, this fact was celebrated.....

NL: New Bamboo Orchid unveiled at the Seasonal Trade Fair

The new Bamboo Orchid was recently unveiled at the Royal FloraHolland Seasonal Trade Fair. Wooning Orchids spent more than a year developing their new flagship flower. With a 12m long booth, entirely in the Bamboo Orchid house style, they introduced visitors to the new product. This is how the Dendrobium.....

"partnership for strategic growth"

NL: Equistone acquires BOAL Group

Funds managed by Equistone Partners Europe have invested in BOAL Group. Equistone will acquire a majority stake in BOAL Group from its current CEO Ronald Boers and the founder of the business, Marinus Boers, both of whom will retain a minority shareholding. BOAL’s management team will.....

DowDuPont Executive Chairman to retire

DowDuPont announced that Andrew N. Liveris will be transitioning out of the role as Executive Chairman, and then retiring as the Materials Science Division of the company progresses on its succession process. Mr. Liveris has informed the Board that he will no longer serve as Executive Chairman of DowDuPont.....
Products continue to bear Philips name

Philips Lighting to change company name to Signify

Philips Lighting announced its intention to change its name from Philips Lighting to Signify. The choice of the new company name originates from the fact that light becomes an intelligent language, which connects and conveys meaning.The company will continue to use the Philips brand under the existing.....

Plans for CAU Futong establishment in South Holland

Chinese delegation visits World Horti Center

Less than one week after the official opening of the World Horti Center in the Netherlands, a delegation from the Chinese company Futong visited the brand new international greenhouse horticulture center on Tuesday 13 March 2018. High-tech company Futong, part of the China Agricultural University, works on.....

China conditionally approves Bayer-Monsanto deal

Bayer has secured conditional approval from China’s commerce ministry for its planned acquisition of Monsanto, chalking up a victory in the onerous struggle to win over watchdogs across the globe. The ministry also ordered the German drug and crop chemicals maker to spin off some businesses globally,.....

US: Bell Nursery acquired by Central Garden & Pet

Central Garden & Pet Company, a producer and distributor of branded and private label products for the lawn & garden and pet supplies markets, has purchased Bell Nursery Holdings, the largest commercial grower of flowers and plants in the mid-Atlantic. Bell is headquartered in Maryland and has.....

FTD Companies announces 2017 results

FTD Companies announced preliminary financial results for the full-year ended December 31, 2017. The company also updated its 2018 business outlook and provided an update on certain financing initiatives.John Walden, President and Chief Executive Officer of FTD, said, “Preliminary 2017 financial results are.....

US: Earth Alive appoints new sales director

Earth Alive has appointed Matt Shanks as the Director of Sales for the United States, with an initial focus on the Pacific Northwest.Mr. Shanks has been specialising in the sale of organic inputs and biostimulants in the US, Mexico, and Chile for over 21 years. In his career he has collaborated with.....

Potveer BV declared bankrupt

The Dutch manufacturer and supplier of machines and processing lines for the floriculture industry Potveer BV was declared bankrupt yesterday. The bankruptcy follows a suspension of payment, ruled by the local court only three days earlier, on March 9, 2018.The bankruptcy seems to come like a bolt from the.....

Smithers-Oasis promotes Riffey to general manager, grower operations

Smithers-Oasis announced the promotion of William (Bill) Riffey to general manager, grower operations – Americas, Europe and Africa. The organizational change is part of a strategic plan to significantly increase Smithers-Oasis’ brand Oasis Grower Solutions’ sales through a channel-focused effort.Bringing.....

US (FL): Henry Gonzalez joins Costa Farms as CMO

Seasoned executive Henry Gonzalez has been named chief marketing officer of Costa Farms. Gonzalez will oversee Costa Farms’ marketing, research and category management teams.With more than 25 years of experience in brand and retail marketing, Gonzalez has worked on both the client and agency sides of.....

Next step in the development of Floriday

In the past few weeks, more flower growers have signed up to Floriday. Thus, Floriday is taking the next step as the long awaited platform for flower and plant growers. The test growers, including those associated with Decorum, can now enter their flower supply on Floriday and make it immediately available.....

FSI welcomes 3 new members

Three new members representing production and trade were introduced at FSI's General Assembly: BGI the Association of the German Flower Wholesale and Import Trade; Expoflores, the Association of Flower Growers and Exporters of Ecuador and their sustainability Standard, FlorEcuador Certified, and Dutch.....

NL: Delphy buys plot for new research location for tree and perennial cultivation

On Wednesday 21 February 2018, Delphy signed the purchase agreement for a plot of land at the Dijkgraafweg in Hazerswoude-Dorp. At this location, the construction and development of a new research site for tree and perennial cultivation will start later this year. The plot was purchased from Kavelcoöperatie.....

US (KY:) Look for ambrosia beetles as spring begins

As spring approaches, nursery and orchard managers will want to keep a close watch on their woody plants for potential damage from ambrosia beetles, said Zenaida Viloria, University of Kentucky extension associate for nursery crops.The camphor shot borer, left, and the granulate ambrosia beetle are two insects.....

Pearse Lyons, Alltech's president and founder, dies (73)

Dr. Pearse Lyons, the Irish entrepreneur whose vision for improving global agriculture built a multibillion-dollar international business, died March 8. He was 73.In the late 1970s, Lyons immigrated to the United States with his young family — Deirdre, Aoife and Mark — and a dream. His vision — to sustain.....

Omnia Group to acquire 100% of Oro Agri

Omnia Group, an international player in the AgriBio and water soluble nutrient markets, has agreed to acquire 100% of the ordinary shares of Oro Agri SEZC and 52% of the ordinary shares of Oro Agri SA, not already owned by Oro Agri SEZC, for a total consideration of USD100 million. Omnia will fund the.....

US (WA): Marrone Bio Innovations hires new territory sales manager

Marrone Bio Innovations announced that Evan Carlisle has joined MBI as Territory Sales Manager, serving eastern Washington.For more than 20 years Evan has worked in the crop protection industry in the Pacific Northwest. Evan grew up in agriculture in the California delta in his family’s orchards and walking.....

Economic Development Australia partners with Australian Made

Economic Development Australia (EDA) and the Australian Made Campaign have formed a new partnership to help strengthen the connection between economic development professionals and local growers and manufacturers.EDA is the peak national body for economic development practitioners, strengthening and.....

US (MI): New hire, promotion at Walters Gardens

Aren Phillips has joined the Walters Gardens team as Lead Grower. In addition to overseeing growing operations for the North Section of the Walters Gardens greenhouse complex, he will also be managing inventory.Phillips most recently served as Assistant Propagation Manager for Spring Meadow Nursery, where he.....

Impression of first day in production:

Jet Fresh Flowers now growing roses in Ecuador

VIDEO US distributor Jet Fresh Flowers is now growing premium Ecuadorian roses in Cotopaxi, Ecuador and established their own farm Jet Fresh Flowers Growers S.A. March 1 was their fist official day on the farm, and they captured some of the moments of their first day in production. See the video below. "By.....

PlantPaper takes over largest Scandinavian Ellepot producer

In 2015 the paperpot producer PlantPaper released the first 100 percent biobased paper sleeve to be used in paperpot production. In March 2018 the company expanded by buying Kvistgaarden A/S that has been in the business for 37 years.“Our goal is to be the preferred partner for our customers. Therefore, we.....

US: AFE establishes Gay Smith memorial tribute

A memorial tribute has been established with AFE honoring Gayle (Gay) Smith, 63, who passed away on March 1, 2018.The tribute was established thanks to a generous contribution from Chrysal Americas President Jim Kaplan. Smith served as the technical manager for Chrysal for more than 18 years.“We are honored.....

International Garden Center Association visits Oboya in China

On February 26, 2018, more than 20 members from the International Garden Center Association visited Oboya's facilities in Qingdao, China. The members of the IGCA consist of representatives from various cultivation companies in Canada, Australia, Czech Republic, Japan and other countries.During the visit, the.....

UK: Nurseryman Steve Chapman joins ICL’s technical sales team

Experienced nurseryman Steve Chapman has joined ICL’s expanding Professional Horticulture team as technical area sales manager for the Home Counties in the South East.Former production manager of the highly efficient and renowned Palmstead Nursery − at Wye in Kent − Steve oversaw the production.....

NL: New production facility and office for Bosman Van Zaal

Bosman Van Zaal is proud to confirm the realisation of their new production facility with office at business park Green Park Aalsmeer. The total surface area is 16,266 m². Heembouw has signed the turnkey contract. Habeon Architecten made the design."Thanks to the combination of design and realisation for all.....

NL: Hands-on mentality at Bom Group suits John Meijer well

John Meijer has been working at Bom Group for less than a year. In mid-2017, there was a vacancy for a Commercial Manager at a greenhouse construction company in greenhouse horticulture. This function also included joining the Management Team within Bom. John already worked for a greenhouse construction.....

Raffaele Fina joins Romiti Vivai

Romiti Vivai have announced the appointment of Raffaele Fina to their UK and Northern European team.After a few years spent looking after UK clients for another Tuscan grower, Raffaele has decided to join Romiti Vivai in order to develop this expanding market. With his experience and knowledge of the UK and.....

Kenya: Karuturi faces Stanbic hammer

The High Court has given CfC Stanbic Bank the greenlight to auction the assets of flower farm Karuturi Limited if the owners fail to clear Sh1.8 billion [17.8 million USD] debts owed to the lender in three months.The auction of Karuturi, one of the largest flower firms in the country, marks yet another dark.....

Plant Patrol to offer independent auditing

Plant Patrol is a new organisation in the nursery sector that performs independent audits upon request of, for example, royalty management agencies or breeders. Also for those who wish to know what kind of company their future partner is, Plant Patrol can be of help.With a Plant Patrol audit, a company is.....

Arne Thirup, former President of Pajaro Valley Greenhouses, dies (90)

A dedicated family man and a much-admired industry leader who advocated tirelessly for domestic flower growers died peacefully on Feb. 21. Arne M. Thirup, AAF, the former President of Pajaro Valley Greenhouses Inc. in Watsonville, California, was 90 years old.“Arne was a true pioneer in American cut flower.....

Introducing Clement Tulezi, new CEO of Kenya Flower Council

Kenya Flower Council has a new boss. With an experience spanning 23 years across media, communications, marketing and international mediation, Clement Tulezi now takes charge of the umbrella growers and exporters body, at a time when the country’s flower industry is celebrating major achievements including.....

US: LumiGrow hires Lori Kunz as National Accounts Manager

LumiGrow has appointed a new National Accounts Manager. Lori Kunz will be leading the deployment of smart LED lighting for large scale crop production as the company continues to bring data-centric lighting solutions to the greenhouse. Ms. Kunz offers 24 years of horticulture industry experience to growers.....

Philips Lighting signs partnership agreement for Russian market

Philips Lighting announced the official Philips LED Horti partnership agreement with ST Solution, a Russian specialist in turnkey greenhouse solutions. This partnership, made official at the HortiContact fair (February 20-22) in the Netherlands, came after the two companies worked together on an enormous new.....