Looking back at January 2020

A good start to 2020

Acquisitions, mergers, expansions, awards and exhibitions. The first month of 2020 was full of it and the year started well for many companies. Below are some of the major happenings in a row. 

Colombia: Casablanca to start up gerbera production again

After a break of 10 years, one of Benchmark Growers' farms -  Casablanca Farm - started to grow mini gerberas again on about 1ha. They harvested the first flowers in week 45. Now,…

"Flower industry has heroes"
Colombia: Ayura SAS goes solar

Increasing production and reducing costs. Over the years, many techniques have been developed for this purpose which can boost fresh-cut flower businesses. Colombian carnation…

January 8-10 in Baltimore:
US (MD): Festive 50th edition of MANTS comes to an end

Today is the last day of the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade show (MANTS), also known as The Masterpiece of Trade Shows. This three-day exhibition started on January 8 and is held…

Evanthia acquires Enviro
Evanthia BV, in Monster, has acquired the breeding company Enviro BV, from Rijnsburg per January 1st, 2020. Enviro is active in the breeding of Antirrhinum, Celosia, Dianthus,…

French greenhouse industry back in business

The Sival exhibition kicked off this morning in Angers, France. The show was well visited already, especially compared to some years ago, when rockets could be fired in the…

Dimitris Dimitrou, Fleurizon:
Pot calla: "The new 'Money Maker'"

"Calla is well known for its colors and flower shape. In the past it was mostly used as a cut flower, but recent genetics have created a wide range of compact cultivars which…

Three major Dutch Lily Producers Investigate merger

Dutch lily producers Paauw Lilies, Imanse Quality Lilies and Dutch Lilies signed a letter of intent to intensify their cooperation. They believe further cooperation will…

Neil Alcock, Seoint Nurseries, on storm Brendan
"Fortunately it did not affect the production"

After storm Brendan razed over the nursery and damaged the roof of the glasshouse of Caernarfon based Seoint Nurseries on Monday, things have calmed down and all is just like…

Glass Tulip 2020
Video Royal FloraHolland: These are the five best introductions of last year

Five new products stood out in the past year. For this reason, the Dutch floriculture sector and the professional jury of Royal FloraHolland crowned them the winners of the…

US (OH): Foertmeyer & Sons purchases Schmidt Bros.

As of December 27th, 2019, Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouse purchased the greenhouse facilities and property of Schmidt Bros., and assumed operations at their facility on January…

Brandkamp grabs a bigger piece of the hydrangea pie

Last year, Brandkamp expanded their portfolio with hydrangeas by taking over their neighboring hydrangea breeder and propagator Wilkes Jungpflanzen Kulturen. In just one year,…

United Selections holds open day in Nakuru, Kenya

Last week United Selections held their first open day of the year in Nakuru, Kenya. The theme of the day was “breeding a colourful future sustainably.” The event was well…

Fashion Flowers adds new crop
“Yes we canna”

Danish Jakob Christensen of Fashion Flowers is still in the middle of his aeschynanthus season, and when it ends in April, he usually shifts the production of bedding plants.…

Syngenta Flowers to exclusively sell and market HI Breeding Hydrangea in the US and Canada

Syngenta Flowers and HI Breeding announced a new agreement, where Syngenta Flowers will exclusively market and sell HI Breeding Hydrangea varieties in the United States and…

Danziger founders receive Lifetime Achievement Award

A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Zehava and Ernest Danziger, founders of 'Danziger Dan Flower Farm', at the Israeli Agricultural Committee in Jerusalem. Zehava…

Vitroflora acquires Dutch young plant producer Gebr. Alkemade

On 27 January 2020, the Polish company Vitroflora Grupa Producentów purchased 100% of the shares of Gebroeders Th. en W. Alkemade, B.V, a Dutch perennial young plants…

Anthura wins AIPH International Grower of the Year 2020

Anthura has been awarded the accolade of International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) 2020 by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH). Anthura won the…

Sustainability continues to be a hot topic at IPM Essen

Recyclability is again an important topic at the show. But more sustainable initiatives are on display. Varieties that require less usage of  PGRs, energy and substrates with less…


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