January 2018

Storm, exhibitions, awards, acquisitions and more...

Except for heavy winds in the Netherlands and the UK, 2018 started off well for many. The month took off with Royal Lemkes winning the Horticultural Entrepreneur's Prize and ended with the Floradecora exhibition in Frankfurt am Main. In the meantime, shows like MANTS, TPIE and IPM Essen took place, Ball and KeyGene unraveled the impatiens genome and PanAmerican Seed acquired Golden state Bulb Growers begonia lines. But more happened, below the complete overview.

Netherlands: Royal Lemkes wins Horticultural Entrepreneur's Prize

The 32nd edition of the Tuinbouw Ondernemersprijs (Dutch Horticulture Entrepreneur Prize) was won by Royal Lemkes from Bleiswijk. The trader is thus ambassador of the horticultural industry for one year. The company received the award on January 10...

US (MD): Positive vibes at MANTS 2018

The Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade show (MANTS) is in full swing and today is the second day of the three-day exhibition in Baltimore (MD). "The first day was visited well and the atmosphere among the visitors is positive says Nico Rijnbeek of Rijnbeek and Son, one of the exhibitors...

"A breakthrough year in the making"

Ball and KeyGene unravel impatiens genome

Ball Horticultural Company announces a breakthrough year in the making. Through a collaborative effort with KeyGene, the companies announce the successful sequencing and assembly of the Impatiens walleriana genome. This first-of-its-kind project creates a highly accurate tool for breeders looking to provide new solutions to the industry in Impatiens...
 

PanAmerican Seed acquires Golden State Bulb Growers begonia lines

PanAmerican Seed has purchased the Begonia product lines from Golden State Bulb Growers, one of the oldest growers and breeders of tuberous begonias in North America. The acquisition includes genetics of released varieties, breeding rights and seed bank, intellectual property, and marketing assets for the commercial AmeriHybrid and On Top begonia product lines...
 

TPIE exhibitor Frank de Greef of Fleurizon International:

"US (FL): "We welcomed more interested contacts than ever before"

The Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE) is coming to an end today (January 19). It took off on Wednesday January 17 and is showcasing the latest trends in foliage, floral and tropicals in the Broward County Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. in South Florida. On nearly 5 acres (17,000+ square meters), 400 exhibiting companies are together displaying a wide array of resources for foliage and tropical plant to the wholesale buyers. Over the year, the show has become one of the most important tropical shows in the USA with attracting visitors from all over the world....
 

Greenhouses evacuated

"Storm in the Netherlands: Gakon becomes "On Projects"

A storm hit the Dutch office of greenhouse builder Gakon quite hard this morning. "A gust of 119 km per hour did the job. Our façade was blown out, and our new logo also had to pay for it", says Olaf Mos from Gakon. Now there is only a small part of the slogan remaining. "On Projects", the building says. "The slogan still fits our company though, we are always active 'on projects'", Olaf observes...
 

High freight rates, devastating mood swings of Mother Nature

Logistical challenges for US growers

Freight rates have been a hot topic in the floriculture and perishable industry across the United States recently. Growers have expressed their concerns about having to pay high rates to get their products to the market. Tough regulations and a shortage of truck drivers are the major causes for the high rates. On top of that, the devastating mood swings of Mother Nature have resulted in more logistical challenges...
 

Pöppelmann blue starts with plant pots made from PCR

Pöppelmann blue is a new strategic Pöppelmann-wide initiative which brings together projects involved in a continuous recycling economy. Using this slogan, Pöppelmann TEKU is now presenting innovative plant pots made from PCR which are 100 per cent recyclable, thus ensuring a closed material cycle. Greater sustainability is an important issue in horticulture, too. After all, consumers are increasingly opting for environmentally friendly and climate change-mitigating products...

Photo Report: Ter Laak Orchids crowned International Grower of the Year 2018

Ter Laak Orchids, The Netherlands, has been crowned International Grower of the Year 2018. The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) awards the prize every year at the IPM Essen. FloralDaily was also present to make a full photo report of the evening...

Photo Report IPM Essen 2018

The international floriculture sector once again gathered in Essen last week for the 36th edition of the IPM Essen. With 1,564 exhibitors, it is one of the biggest events on the floriculture calendar. It concluded last Friday and welcomed a total of 54,000 international trade show visitors. As usual our editors walked the show to learn about the latest developments in the industry. As well as this we made our traditional photo report of all the exhibitors...

Photo Report Floradecora 2018

Flowers, plants and home decor are more often combined. In order to link them, seasonal decoration show Christmasworld has been extended with a new show last year, namely Floradecora. This year, it was held for the second time and the change of location within Christmasworld seem to have worked. The fair started last Friday, January 26, and is coming to an end today, January 30. FloralDaily was present in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, to make a photo report...
 

Klasmann-Deilmann takes over international distribution of Growcoon

The Klasmann-Deilmann Group has placed the distribution of the Growcoon propagation system on a fairly long-term basis. The agreement with Netherlands-based manufacturer Maan BioBased Products is initially for a three-year period, with an option for extending the contract. “We’re proud that an innovative business like Maan has entrusted our company with the selling of a forward-looking product like the Growcoon,” said Norbert Siebels, Klasmann-Deilmann’s Managing Director...



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