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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.....

NL: Javo breaks ground on new site

Jano Holding, the parent company of Nobels Machinefabriek, Javo, Agro Techniek Holland and Javo International, broke ground on its new, state-of-the-art factory and sales office on March 3, 2017. The 3.7 hectare (9 acre) site includes manufacturing space of more than 13,500 m2 (145,300 ft2) and total office,.....

CAN (BC): New Regional Extension Coordinator at FCG

Flowers Canada Growers announces that Laura Bryce has accepted a position as a Regional Extension Coordinator for British Columbia. In this role Laura will be managing a biocontrol project intended to increase adoption and technical comprehension of biological control agents in greenhouse floriculture.Laura.....

UK: Garden centre e-commerce platform for sale

An opportunity has arisen to purchase the website platform of W Crowder & Sons Ltd. Since the sale of Crowders Garden Centre in 2016, the company has decided to focus on its core wholesale nursery businesses and is therefore offering their award nominated website for sale.Built by a specialist contractor.....

Dümmen Orange to distribute for Jan Spek Rozen

The partnership between Olij Breeding BV and Jan Spek Rozen was recently extended with the signing of a new contract. Following the integration of Olij Breeding BV into Dümmen Orange, this expands the two companies’ collaboration into even more areas of expertise.Under the new contract, Dümmen Orange is now.....

Robin van Dijk, Nursery Dijk van Dijk about WPS system:

"It makes our organisation manageable and efficient"

Dijk van Dijk Hydrangea and garden plant nursery recently invested in a SmartFlo and delivery system for transporting, cleaning, sorting and delivering hydrangeas. Robin van Dijk worked with WPS to create an effective system with the aim of optimising operations in the nursery and achieving cost and.....

Hofland Flowering Plants

NL: New corporate identity for Hofland Flowering Plants nursery

After 36 years Hofland nursery has given itself a new corporate identity. "With a modern look and a name that can be used internationally, we want to adapt to the present times", says Annemiek Hofland. The new name is Hofland Flowering Plants.From left to right: Frank Hofland (5th generation), Frans Hofland.....

US: $100,000 for AFE floriculture programs

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) announces a $100,000 contribution from Egon and Laina Molbak to support AFE's floriculture programs. Egon and Laina Molbak at their 90th birthday celebration"I am thrilled to continue supporting the American Floral Endowment with this latest contribution," said Egon."We.....

Brazil: VMP certificate for MasterPlanti

On February 24 Brazilian MasterPlanti is the first in Brazil which obtained a Floricode certificate of conformity for the implementation of the VMP standards.The Cooperativa Veiling Holambra - also user of the Floricode standards - responded enthusiastically: "Very good news! This is an important step in the.....

UK: Wyevale Nurseries' Transplant Division celebrates 30 years

Staff at Wyevale Nurseries’ Transplant Division recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of the company’s opening. A celebration was held to mark the occasion with special cakes and attendees included Steve Ashworth, Director at Wyevale Nurseries and Ray Jenkins, Production Director Transplant Division.(From.....

Dutch carnation growers Martin Zwinkels, Nieuwland merge as Divine Flowers

As of April 6, 2017 Carnation Nursery Martin Zwinkels and Carnation Nursery Nieuwland will join forces under the name Divine Flowers. Focus for this cooperation is combined sales, both by auction well as in day trading.Dianthus is the Latin name for carnation. The name Dianthus comes from the words Dios.....

Altman Plants purchases EuroAmerican inventory, in escrow on property

The Vista, California-based wholesale nursery Altman Plants has purchased plant inventory from the property of EuroAmerican Propagators, a young plant and retail-ready producer that filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection at the end of January. The $200,000 cash sale, which also includes pots, trays and.....

"Demand grows radically in run-up to Women’s Day"

Russia: DIXY convenience store chain to offer flowers and plants

As we approach the International Women’s Day, the Russian DIXY convenience store chain is going to offer fresh tulips. Moreover, since mid-February the chain enriched its assortment with 6 articles of flowering potted plants – orchids, violets, kalanchoe, etc. – supplied by a Moscow Region manufacturer,.....

Shine Wax Farm

New wax farm established in Israeli Arava Desert

Shine Wax Farm is a new wax farm established by two young farmers in the Arava region in Israel. This area is considered unfit for growing wax because of extreme hot weather during the summer months and poor water quality, but these entrepreneurs succeeded to grow a product with large buds, big flowers and.....

Premier Tech Horticulture opens new US facility

Premier Tech Horticulture announces the opening of a new production facility located in Mattaponi, Virginia.This facility now produces new PRO-MIX bark-based growing media products for both professional growers and retail markets.For commercial greenhouses and nursery growers, we offer a choice of three.....

US (TN): Dreisbach Wholesale Florists opens in Nashville

Established in 1911, Dreisbach Wholesale Florists, Inc. is a full-service wholesale floral distributor offering an extensive product line including domestic and internationally sourced fresh cut flowers, greenery, potted plants and hard good items.They have grown to become one of the most prominent wholesale.....

US: Supreme Court won't review online florist sales tax

An online florist’s sales tax challenge won’t ripen at the U.S. Supreme Court, where the company’s attorneys urged justices to reshape sales tax law for the e-commerce age.American Business USA Corp., which has its headquarters in Florida, argued that the state Department of Revenue couldn’t require sales.....

HOSA International launches platform for wholesalers

The floral industry is changing for wholesalers, who need more convenience, flexibility, and sourcing options. Reacting to that demand, HOSA International, an independent grower, importer, and distributor of fresh-cut flowers, recently relaunched their website, giving wholesalers the opportunity to browse.....

US: Complying with the revised Worker Protection Standard

In 2015, EPA revised the Agricultural WPS originally enacted in 1992 to increase protections and reduce risks for agricultural employees and their families exposed to pesticides on farms, in forests, greenhouses and nurseries. This brief introduction will help determine if you fall under the revised WPS.....

Aqua-Hort announces new agent for Holland and Belgium

Aqua-Hort is proud to announce that Ron van der Hoeven of VDH Water Systemen has been appointed as a new representative in The Netherlands and Belgium. Effective immediately, Ron van der Hoevenwill serve as the new contact person for installation and service of Aqua-Hort in Holland and Belgium. Aksel de.....

US: McHutchison announces new leadership structure

McHutchison Corporation announced a new structure across its operating units, McHutchison Horticultural Distributors and Vaughan’s Horticulture.“Today’s announcement outlines important enhancements to our operating structure across our two divisions that will better support our evolving businesses and.....

US: Horticultural Research Institute recognizes leaders, donors

The Horticultural Research Institute announced the recognition of volunteer leaders and recent donors as it enters its 55th year of service to the green industry.Officers for 2017 are President Jon Reelhorn, Belmont Nursery, Inc. (Fresno, CA); Immediate Past President Karl Losely, Herman Losely & Son,.....

Saudi Arabia: New 55,000 sqm young plant nursery for Al Bustan

In Saudi Arabia, Prins Group and their partner Stolze are building a project for Al Bustan Nurseries. The client is one of the leading companies in the production of all vegetable plants and bedding plants in Saudi Arabia. These products are completely grown with the use of Dutch techniques and comply.....

AFE highlights industry efforts in annual report

AFE has released its annual report detailing program successes and funding for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.Thirteen new research projects were funded and more than $135,000 was awarded through scholarships, grants and internships. In addition, several new videos were created to highlight how Endowment programs.....

Harry Rooijakkers, Blooming Innovations

The rise of the Kenyan delphinium

"The market for delphiniums is not saturated yet", says Harry Rooijakkers of Blooming Innovations. Together with his companion Bert Louwerse he grows hydrangeas and delphiniums in Gilgil, Kenya and decided to double the delphinium production in 2016. In December, they harvested their first flowers. Now, a.....

A look behind the scenes at Continental Flowers

VIDEO The majority of the flowers consumed in the USA come from Ecuador and Colombia and are imported and distributed by companies like Continental Flowers. This company imports and distributes the cut flowers that they grow at several farms in Bogota and Medellin, Colombia. All flowers are imported into the Miami.....

UK: BOPP achieves Resembling Status to GlobalGAP

The British Ornamental Plant Production (BOPP) Certification Scheme has recently once again been recognised as a Resembling Scheme to the GlobalGAP Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) Standard.This means that growers who gain certification to the BOPP Grower Standard in the UK conform to a large extent to the.....

Heliospectra's turnover increases by 75%

Heliospectra has presented its annual results for 2016. Staffan Hillberg, company CEO who departed 31 January 2017, comments:"Heliospectra continues to develop well. Turnover increased by 75% from 2015 to 2016 while there was an increase in marketing efforts and strategic product development continued. The.....

Emirates SkyCargo honoured again at Air Cargo Africa

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, was named the ‘Highly Acclaimed Global Cargo Airline of the Year’ at the Air Cargo Africa awards held in Johannesburg on 22nd February 2017. The award was accepted by Khalid Al Hinai, Emirates Vice President, Cargo Commercial Africa at the ceremony held at.....

Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation proposal deadline approaching

April 1, 2017 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,.....
accurate response prevents extensive damage

Belgium: Fire in climate room at Biobest

On Saturday evening, fire erupted in a climate room at the Biobest headquarters in Westerlo, Belgium. The fire was presumably caused by a defective switchboard. Biobest has staff on-call 24/7. Their fast and accurate response and the rapid intervention of the local fire brigade, prevented expansion of the.....

US: David Jewell joins EHR national sales team

Eason Horticultural Resources announces the addition of David Jewell to their national sales team.David Jewell comes with a wealth of experience within the industry, having spent several years with Syngenta/Goldsmith Seeds, Sakata Seed, and, most recently, with Illumitex. His expertise in flowering annual.....

Emirates SkyCargo appoints Ross Barnett as UK Cargo Manager

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has announced the appointment of Ross Barnett as Cargo Manager in the UK.Ross, who will now be based in London, has over 30 years’ experience in the cargo industry. He joined Emirates in 1995, holding a number of positions in the company, most recently.....

NL: New 3 ha greenhouse for Ovata

Dutch succulents Nursery Ovata is going to build a 3 hectare greenhouse. This greenhouse will be built on the site where a greenhouse burned down on October 1, 2012. "With the new greenhouse we also come to a closure of this terrible happening in the past," director Hans Ammerlaan says.The plot on which the.....

Cargolux receives fourth STAT Times Africa award

For the fourth time, Cargolux Airlines was honored with The STAT Times’ International Award for Excellence in Air Cargo in the category International All Cargo Carrier of the Year in Africa at the Air Cargo Africa 2017 conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.The award was accepted on behalf of the airline.....

Qatar Airways voted Global Cargo Airline of the Year

Qatar Airways Cargo received the Global Cargo Airline of the Year award at a grand gala held last week at The Barnyard Theatre, Johannesburg, as part of Africa’s biennial air freight industry trade exhibition and conference, Air Cargo Africa, that took place from 21 to 23 February.The cargo carrier was.....

Esther “Grandma” Gerace, matriarch of Welby Gardens, passes away

The matriarch of Welby Gardens, Esther “Grandma” Gerace, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her children on Monday, February 20th, 2017. She was 96 years old.Esther and Alex were the foundation of the Gerace family business, Welby Gardens. Esther’s love for flowers inspired Welby Gardens to grow.....

director of the Floral Agency

Nico de Jager (54) passed away

Due to a tragic accident, the co-owner of the marketing company the Floral Agency passed away. Nico de Jager and Francine van Wijk, his wife and co-owner of the company, were on holiday in Belgium. Nico will be brought back to the Netherlands next week where the funeral will take place. More details about.....

Sjaak Bakker appointed CEO of HortiMaX

On 1 March 2017, Sjaak Bakker (age 47) will be appointed CEO of HortiMaX and will step down as Commercial Director of Flier Systems in Barendrecht, the Netherlands.In his new position, Sjaak Bakker will lead HortiMaX's management team. He will take over the role from Joep van den Bosch, who will shift his.....