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Floriculture Sustainability Initiative welcomes three new members

FSI announces the addition of 3 new members from different stakeholder groups to their growing network of members:Holla Roses is a rose grower based in Ziway, Ethiopia. Currently they are increasing their focus on sustainability, future-proof floricultural management and trading with respect for people and.....

Royal FloraHolland secures €195 million loan

Royal FloraHolland has concluded a new credit facility worth €195 million. This will allow them plenty of opportunity to invest over the coming years in digitalisation and daily service provision, among other possibilities.Steven van Schilfgaarde, Chief Financial Officer at Royal FloraHolland, explained. "We.....

NL: Last window pane placed on Daylight Greenhouse Ter Laak Orchids

Last week, Eduard ter Laak and Tim van den Boogaard placed the last roof pane in the new Daylight Greenhouse of Ter Laak Orchids. With this action, the owner of Ter Laak Orchids and the project leader of Technokas officially completed the construction of the main structure for the new Daylight Greenhouse. In.....

Jiffy Speedypot nominated for innovation award

The Jiffy Speedypot is selected by industry professionals as a finalist for the AgriExpo 2017 i-NOVO Awards.Product: Speedypot Biodegradable poti-NOVO category: EcoPublic voting will begin on November 20th and AgriExpo visitors will vote for the final winning products.You can vote by clicking on the.....

US: Smithers-Oasis matches donations to AFE Endowment

This year, Floralife, a division of Smithers-Oasis, is partnering with the American Floral Endowment to support AFE’s work.Smithers-Oasis Matching Gift AFE ChallengeNow through December 31, 2017, Smithers-Oasis will match your donations, dollar-for-dollar, up to $20,000. In other words, when you give your.....

Prins Group introduces new brand image

'Prins Group' has used for a long time 'The Total Growing Solution' as a slogan for the company. To make this slogan bigger and more recognizable, they have developed a brand image in collaboration with 'Panorama Studios'. Geert van Veen, Prins Group: ”This brand image shows what Prins Group stands for. We.....

Growers Supply announces largest sales of the year

With the holiday season in full swing, Growers Supply announces their largest savings of the year with the Black Friday Sale and the Cyber Monday Sale. The sales can be used on any of Growers Supply’s 30,000+ products.The Black Friday Sale will run from Wednesday, November 22nd through Friday, November 24th,.....

UK: Historical herbarium meets modern plant archives

Botanists from the University of Lincoln are part of a new three year project which will help to safeguard our understanding of plants and the environment for the future, while inspiring a new generation of botanists.Funded by a £499,000 grant awarded to The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust by The Heritage.....

Phil Griffiths appointed Sales Manager UK & Ireland at Desch Plantpak

Phil joined Desch Plantpak in September 2016 and has been responsible for the North West area. He brings to the role extensive business experience within the industry with more than 10 years as Sales & Marketing Manager with R.A. Meredith (Nurseries) Ltd and a similar period as Managing Director of.....

US (MI): Walters Gardens nears completion of Acclimation Range

Walters Gardens are coming close to completing their Acclimation Range expansion. The Acclimation Greenhouse will add approximately 1½ acres of greenhouse production space and be used to propagate recently stuck URCs and tissue culture.The new range will have a number of new features, including a roof of.....

Netherlands: Sjaak Langeslag joins Agrinetwork Alliance

Sjaak Langeslag has joined Agrinetwork Alliance. Agrinetwork Alliance is a cooperative aimed at helping foreign companies and authorities find their way in Dutch horticulture and agribusiness. Langeslag is well known both nationally and internationally for his presidency of the Royal Dutch Flower Bulb.....

CARGOBOSS & Van Daalen Transport open new logistics center in southern Germany

At the end of 2015, the companies of Zweckverband Gewerbepark Breisgau in Eschbach bought a plot of land of 8,000m2. The Gewerbepark Breisgau with a total area of 564 ha is a former French military airfield built in 1951. After the reunification of Germany in 1990, the German government decided to develop.....

UK: T&M’s new Product Development team boasts 140+ years’ experience

With 140 years of horticultural experience between them, Thompson & Morgan’s newly formed new product development team is able to boast a rich diversity of expert horticultural knowledge. L to R: Peter Freeman, Paul Masters, Charles Valin, Colin Randel Paul Masters, who heads up the horticultural team at.....

Helen MacDonald appointed HTA Council representative for Scotland

Helen MacDonald of Merryhatton Garden Centre in East Lothian, near Edinburgh, has been appointed to the role of HTA Council Representative for Scotland. Helen replaces Simon Fraser who stepped down at the last meeting following his appointment to the Board.Helen’s interest in plants began at an early age.....

Golden medals for HBA at IGA Berlin 2017

On the final day of the IGA Berlin on October 15, the Hydrangea Breeders Association (HBA) received the State Award in Gold for the best plant breeding efforts. With as many as five gold medals for individually awarded novelties, HBA was by far the lead-winner of all contenders at the novelty contests of the.....

CAN (AB): Thiel's Greenhouses ventures into hydroponics

Greenhouse owner Nadine Stielow started testing hydroponic growing technology last spring and saw the fruits of her labour come to life literally in the form of lettuce and other vegetables this summer.With the successful testing, the next step launching campaign to raise $25,000 this fall, which helps the.....

UK: Allensmore Nurseries breaks ground on expansion

Work has started on the development of a further 9 acres of outdoor production at Herefordshire-based Allensmore Nurseries’ Madley site.This latest development is in response to current and anticipated increased demand for the company’s expanding range of high quality perennials.Commenting on their latest.....

US: Oregon Lean Consortium now open to new members

After a successful year of improvements, the Oregon Nursery Lean Consortium is now open to new members. Greenhouse and nursery growers — and their suppliers — are invited to join the 2018 program year.The consortium brings together improvement leaders from multiple companies to learn and apply Lean.....

Protected Cropping Australia appoints new board

The PCA has elected the following new board members for the period of 2017-2019:PCA Chair, Nicky Mann - Roses & Berries to Go P/L - F&V Berry Grower SectorEmily Rigby, Cedar Hill Flowers - Floriculture Grower SectorNam Ly, Stoller Australia - Allied Trade SectorPCA Treasurer - Folco Faber, Apex.....

Veiling Rhein-Maas publishes initial results of 2017 suppliers’ survey

At Veiling Rhein-Maas they are constantly seeking to improve their performance, which is why they conducted another suppliers’ survey in June and July of this year. The objective of this brief survey is to find out how satisfied suppliers are with the various sales channels and what their future expectations.....

Lucas Vos steps down as FloraHolland CEO

Lucas Vos, CEO of Royal FloraHolland, has decided to step down. In his place, the Supervisory Board will appoint Steven van Schilfgaarde, currently CFO of the cooperative, as new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2018.Lucas Vos: "I enjoyed the past four years, and I'm very proud of what we've.....

Cargolux passes ‘Enhanced IOSA’ audit

Cargolux Airlines International S.A. today announced that the airline has passed its sixth IOSA audit with an exceptionally good result. The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) program is an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control.....

Trapping more bugs and thrips

With better insect traps an infestation can be detected earlier. Insects can be captured better and rendered harmless. As a result, less crop protection products are needed to fight the infestation. Earlier this year, the public-private collaboration ‘Visuele attractie van plagen’ (‘Visual Attraction of.....

US (FL): Dosatron International receives Exceptional Employer Award

Dosatron International are one of ten businesses in the State of Florida to be recognized for being exceptional employers of people with special abilities.The 12th annual celebration was held at Tallahassee City Hall and was part of the October Disability Employment Awareness Month. Margaret Cote, from The.....

UK: Repotting the New Covent Garden Market

Filmed over three weeks, Repotting the Flower Market tells the story of the move of an icon to its new home. Follow the journey of the incredible traders, florists and customers as they share their feelings, memories and hopes for the future of this very special market.Source: New Covent Garden Market

1-800-Flower.com now available via the Google Assistant

1-800-Flowers.com announced that customers can soon enjoy the ease and convenience of ordering floral gifts, and select gourmet food offerings, directly via the Google Assistant. A quick menu of gifting categories allows on-the-go customers to select gifts and place orders, for delivery nationwide, using the.....

NL: Plantion donates ten thousand euro to charity foundation

On the 11th of October, Plantion donated a check for ten thousand euro to the Gelderland region 'Stichting Ambulance Wens' (Ambulance wish foundation). This amount was collected by Plantion during activities to mark their hundredth anniversary. Stichting Ambulance Wens with its volunteers fulfills last.....

Royal FloraHolland

Yme Pasma succeeds Marcel Claessen as COO

After over 11 years as chief operations officer (COO) in charge of our Operations and Logistics, Marcel Claessen has decided to leave Royal FloraHolland on 1 December 2017.Marcel Claessen, COO:"I look back at 11 great years. Together with my team and all of the people in the departments associated with.....

Boy de Nijs joins Ridder group

The Ridder Group is expanding its team with the appointment of Boy de Nijs as Content Marketeer. On 1 December, Boy de Nijs will join the Ridder Group to strengthen their marketing team. In his new role, Boy will operate at the interface between technology and marketing to create valuable content for the.....

Dash Dream Plant to pay $110,000 to settle lawsuit

Don't get pregnant or you're fired, orchid grower told employees

A Merced County orchid grower will pay $110,000 and provide other relief to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.According to the EEOC's lawsuit, Dash Dream Plant held staff meetings in which female employees.....

Kuehne + Nagel reports increased dynamics in volumes and results

In the first nine months of 2017, the Kuehne + Nagel Group’s growth momentum accelerated sequentially in the quarters. All business units recorded significant market share gains. Compared to the previous year’s period, net turnover increased by 10.4 per cent to CHF 13,525 million and gross profit by 4.8 per.....

NL: 50th anniversary Dümmen Orange cut chrysanthemum

In 1967, Fides, known today as Dümmen Orange, was founded by Flikweert, Van Dijk and Van Steekelenburg. In fifty years, the organization has become a major player in the chrysanthemum market. On Friday, October 6th, Dümmen Orange celebrated this milestone with customers and business relations. During the.....

New high-tech flower, vegetable project in Lam Dong

The People’s Committee of the Central Highland province of Lam Dong has approved a new high-tech flower and vegetable growing project. Da Lat City-based Dalat Hasfarm Company will invest VND337.5 billion (US$15 million) in the agricultural project spread over 29.4ha in Phuc Tho Commune, Lam Ha District.The.....

Albert Heijn provides education in Africa

Albert Heijn Foundation expands to South America

Thousands of children and adults in Africa receive education through Albert Heijn. This is the result of of the Albert Heijn Foundation, which was founded 10 years ago. The Albert Heijn foundation collaborates with development organization ICCO to develop programs for employees of suppliers in Africa in the.....

Flowerbook

"Color picker must-have app for florists"

In October 2014, Flowerbook was launched online, an app that could find the complete flower assortment. Florists, stylists or whoever, can see accurately where what flower variety is available and at which moment. Now, three years later, it is still growing, says co-founder of Flowerbook, Robin.....

Kumar Group & Florist Holland mark 25 years of partnership

KF Bioplants, the joint venture between Kumar Group and Florist Holland B.V., has reached the quarter of a century milestone. KF Bioplants develops and produces quality young plant material for the floricultural, ornamental, forestry and fruit industry for commercial cultivation worldwide. More recently KF.....

Ebtech Glasshouse Systems hires Phil Crocker as UK Sales Manager

Ebtech Glasshouse Systems announces the recruitment of Phil Crocker as their UK Sales Manager.Phil has worked in Horticulture for nearly 40 years, firstly as an experienced grower manager with first-hand practical knowledge in all aspects of growing from seed and cutting propagation, large volume pack.....

Jiffy opens regional office in Sri Lanka

Jiffy Products recently opened a new regional office at the Mirigama Export Processing Zone in Sri Lanka. Jiffy Products S L is the Sri Lankan subsidiary of Jiffy International.JPSL was incorporated in 2003 as a BOI project. The main attraction of Sri Lanka is the availability of coir fiber pith which is.....

Canada: Steve Boekestyn joins Priva as Sales Account Manager

Priva has appointed Steve Boekestyn as Sales Account Manager. Steve will be working from the branch office in Vineland, Ontario together with the company's North American team. Steve will be focusing on the mid-market floral industry, as well as managing accounts for indoor growing, including vertical.....

US: Syngenta increases GreenTrust Rewards for hurricane-affected growers

In the wake of recent hurricanes that have impacted several parts of the country, Syngenta is offering customers in affected areas an extension to earn more GreenTrust Rewards points as part of the GreenTrust 365 program. This extension aims to give affected customers additional time to deal with any.....

US (CA): Taylor Farms and Sakata Seed participate in Petal It Forward

Taylor Farms, North America’s largest producer of salads and healthy fresh foods, and Sakata Seed America, a world leader in breeding and producing vegetable and flowerseed, partnered together this afternoon in participation of the Society of American Florist’s Petal It Forward flower giveaway event in.....

US (NY): Delaware Valley Floral Group acquires Nathan James Wholesale

The Delaware Valley Floral Group (DVFG) acquired certain assets of Nathan James Wholesale (NJW), on October 2, 2017. Located in Newark Valley, New York, NJW is an 9 year old company, which has been serving florists in the Central, Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions of New York. The business will be.....

Geerlofs provides climate rooms for Schoneveld Breeding PlantXperience

Schoneveld Breeding was established in 1930 and specializes in breeding cold-loving pot plants such as Cyclamen, Primula, Ranunculus and Campanula. The company has grown into a major player. And is growing further: the existing location is now too small to house the future. A completely new building is being.....

Leo van der Zon appointed new Floritec GM

Leo van der Zon (59), will start as Floritec’s General Manager as of October 23rd 2017. Floritec is a breeding company of cut flowers (chrysanthemum) and pot plants (chrysanthemum, aster, celosia). Leo: "I'd really like to develop this interesting and promising company."During the Trade Fair Aalsmeer, you.....

NL: Groenland BV expands on Green Park Aalsmeer

Groenland BV expands and develops its new business premises next to the current business building of Celieplant and Bouquetnet at the Japanlaan at Green Park Aalsmeer. On October 3rd, the festive start of the construction works was held. On a parcel of 23,800 m2 a building of 12,130 m2 will be.....

Menno Ammerlaan, The Green Innovator

"Geothermal problems were miserable, but now we see opportunities"

Next year they’ll take a step back in time at Ammerlaan The Green Innovator. Just like in 2010, a large installation will be placed at the potted plant nursery to drill a geothermal doublet. Due to a break in the supply line, the current installation is unusable. "Miserable," according to Menno Ammerlaan......

Belgium: Star & Van der Gugten takes over De Rijcke

Dutch wholesaler Star & Van der Gugten has acquired the shares of Belgian wholesale company De Rijcke BVBA. There were already close links between the two companies who approach their customers in the same manner. Bart and Sophie de Rijcke believe that this step offers optimum opportunities for the.....

US (FL): BloomsyBox launches subscription-based flower delivery

BloomsyBox has announced its new floral initiative called BloomsyChef. The Miami based company has taken this initiative with an aim to build a much better floral system. In order to achieve this goal, BloomsyBox has also started a crowdfunding campaign at Kickstarter and it will offer many perks along with.....

A visit to PlantLab:

Vertical farming's best kept secret?

Stacked layers with leafy greens in fully controlled units; some call it the future of farming. While opinions are divided if all that fancy lettuce will indeed solve world hunger, at PlantLab they are convinced that controlled environment agriculture can introduce groundshaking revolutions to our food.....

Vitro plus

NL: New fern named after the former chairman

Last week the former chairman (Mr. Nicolaas Ruiten) of the greenhouse horticulture association in the Netherlands stepped down. His board was looking for a suitable gift to offer to Mr. Ruiten at his farewell reception. Because he is known to be a real fern lover, his board asked Vitro Plus to name a new.....

All-America Selections honors Industry Achiever at Summer Summit in Rochester, NY

All-America Selections recently honored a horticulture luminary at their annual Awards Banquet, held this year at The Penthouse in beautifully reinvigorated downtown Rochester, New York. The banquet was a mid-event celebration where industry representatives, judges, breeders, growers, retailers and.....

Colours of Nature celebrates 12.5 year anniversary

VIDEO Over the past period, the 12.5 year existence of Colours of Nature has been central for the Dutch cooperation of mini Gerbera growers. Last Thursday, September 28 2017, the day finally arrived. The anniversary was celebrated in style on this afternoon, where customers and other contacts present were thanked.....

Miniplanten.nl starts supply platform for day to day trade

Consumers throughout Europe show a growing interest in mini plants. Retailers in living green love to play into this. The Dutch supply and assortment of mini plants has grown strongly, but bringing together supply and demand is relatively complex and time consuming for wholesale.Miniplanten.nl offers a.....

UK: Fleurie Nursery joins Tristram Plants

After many years building up a very successful nursery, Chris and Martine Tellwright have sold the operating company, Fleurie Nursery Limited to Mike Tristram. Chris and Martine had both formerly worked for David Tristram at Walberton Nursery, so selling Fleurie to his son Mike is a bit like keeping it in.....

The Proud Turkish-Belgians, Belgian-Turks of Gediflora

The headquarters of Gediflora is located in Oostnieuwkerke. Every day, a motivated team of 32 permanent employees works with the mums that makes the company one of the most important breeding and propagating companies. One group of employees stands out in this respectThere are seven of them. Turkish.....

The long journey of a rose, from seedling to commercial product

At Interplant's headquarters in Harmelen, the Netherlands, rose seedlings with the best potential are being tested over two years within the company's specially designed greenhouses where they use advanced computer technology to optimize growing conditions.After the two years, a selection of the most.....

Jean-François Bonal joins Biobest Canada and USA as GM

Effective September 25th, 2017, Jean-François Bonal has joined Biobest as General Manager Biobest Canada Ltd. and Biobest USA Inc. This key hire at the helm of the leadership team in North America will enable Biobest to continue its rapid growth and to further strengthen its contribution to sustainable.....

Bloomia USA drafts Sustainability Manifesto

"At Bloomia, we believe in doing things better and bettering the things we do", the company's CEO, Nico Botman, says. "For us, that is sustainability – the challenge of always improving the product, people and environment. Sustainability is neither optional nor just a checklist, but an ongoing responsibility.....

Koen Pack appoints new general manager Koen Pack US

Koen Pack BV of Amstelveen, the Netherlands has promoted Pieter L. Sluiter to General Manager of Koen Pack USA in Miami, FL. In his previous role as Sales Manager since 2016, Sluiter has been instrumental in leading the company’s efforts to dramatically expand market share in new and existing markets.....

e-Flora

Dutch Flower Group brings all e-fulfilment activities together

For several years now, a number of Dutch Flower Group (DFG) businesses have organised all E-fulfilment activities for their clients who sell bouquets and plants online. This has seen them taking complete care of the online floral category on behalf of clients who offer delivery of bouquets, plants and often.....

Floritec appoints new local representative for Russia

From September 1st, Floritec has a new local representative for Russia: Sergey Tarasov. Sergey will position Floritec varieties into the Russian market. He also has sales and marketing support tasks.Sergey Tarasov can be reached by e-mail. Floritec will soon add a new Russian part to its website.For more.....

Philips Lighting adds Ball Seed to North America Partner Network

Philips Lighting has signed a partnership agreement with Ball Seed, one of North America’s leading wholesale horticultural distributors. Ball Seed will now offer Philips GreenPower LED lighting as a compliment to their liners, plugs, unrooted cuttings, seed and prefinished products.Jason Hough, President of.....

TreeTown USA to acquire Village Nurseries

TreeTown USA has announced a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Village Nurseries, a specialty grower for landscape professionals, re-wholesalers and retailers, for an undisclosed amount. The deal represents one of the largest strategic nursery acquisitions in recent history and creates a nursery with a.....

Kenya: Subati Group to get $11 million loan for expansion

The World Bank’s private lending arm International Finance Corporation is in negotiations to lend Kenyan rose flowers farming company, Subati Group, Sh1.2 billion (EUR 10 million).Subati Group is owned by a scion of the wealthy Chandaria family that is also associated with plastics manufacturer KenPoly and.....

Anderson MacGyver guide Royal FloraHolland IT spending

Last week it was announced that Royal FloraHolland had selected Conclusion as their partner to support their digital strategy. As a part of the long collaboration agreement, the IT service provider will modernise and control the primary IT processes and the application landscape for the flower auction.....

US: QuickFlora introduces on-demand flower lockers

QuickFlora announced the availability of BloomHouse flower lockers for the US market.Alex Frost, CEO of QuickFlora, explains the idea behind BloomHouse. “We introduced this new concept as a way for flower companies to expand sales with minimal variable costs”. “Using our ICON software technology, any company.....

UK: Bransford Webbs pleased with first Proven Winners year

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company has had a successful first year supplying Proven Winners shrubs to the UK garden centre market. For the first time, all plants were sold in white branded Proven Winners pots, with new style bespoke labels and POS.Proven Winners is the no. 1 selling brand in the US,.....

Panalpina to acquire Interfresh

After the successful acquisition of Kenya-based forwarder Air Connection, Panalpina is now to acquire the Dutch company Interfresh Airfreight Handling. Interfresh specializes in the customs clearance and last-mile distribution of imported perishables from Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. With the.....

How FleuraMetz and Preferred Suppliers increase transparency

FleuraMetz, the full-service partner in flowers, plants and hard goods, wants to increase the transparency in the supply chain together with its Preferred Suppliers. Preferred Suppliers receive 24/7 access to the central stock of FleuraMetz. This is connected to all the web shops, Cash & Carries, Sales.....

Sobolj at FlowersExpo Moscow

Flower shows prove effective marketing strategy

From September 12-14 Sobolj participated in the FlowersExpo in Moscow for the first time with its online platform Flower Experience. At this stall Sobolj, together with partners JustChrys, HydrangeaWorld and Flowers by Macheliuk, brought their ideas on promoting decorative cultivation in Russia to life. This.....

Bayer appoints Mark Schneid to Head of Environmental Science

Environmental Science, a business unit of the Crop Science division of Bayer, announced that Mark Schneid, former Chief Marketing Officer of the Environmental Science business unit, has been appointed Head of Environmental Science North America. In this new role, Schneid will be responsible for leading the.....

Cargolux wins Best Freighter Operator Award

Cargolux Airlines International S.A. was named Best Freighter Operator by Freighters World, a quarterly trade magazine issued by the publishers of UK’s Air Cargo News. Cargolux accepted the award from Roger Hailey, Editor of Air Cargo News and Freighters World, during an awards dinner at the 17th Freighter.....

Royal FloraHolland with Milgro on their way to zero waste

Royal FloraHolland selected Milgro, a large player in the area of waste and raw material management as outsourcing partner for waste management. This means that Milgro is managing the internal waste flows and processes and the external waste service suppliers. Together, they hope to realize the 'zero waste.....

Germany: Restart for Terracult, founding MD returns

After its insolvency in May this year, the day to day management of German substrate manufacturer Terracult has come back into the hands of its founder and previous owner Rainer Lindner. The returning managing director announces that he has joined the Aquarius Limited Group (AQL) who recently acquired the.....

Dutch Flower Group appoints CIO

Dutch Flower Group (DFG) has responded to the development of digitalisation within the floriculture sector by strengthening the digital and IT expertise within its Executive Committee.On 1st January 2018, DFG will welcome Michel van Hout (50) as its Chief Information Officer (CIO). Michel has some 25 years’.....

Jeroen Logtenberg joins PMA Floral Council in October

Jeroen D. Logtenberg, Key Account Manager USA, Colombia and Ecuador at Koen Pack USA, has been selected by the chairs of the PMA Floral Council to join them as a volunteer leader.Produce Marketing Association (PMA) is a trade organization representing companies from every segment of the global fresh produce.....