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"Protect your business and personal property"

It’s not uncommon for a garden center, greenhouse, or nursery owner to have their personal residence on the same property as their business. If that’s your situation, protecting your personal property is a little easier thanks to a special coverage plan from Hortica. HortAdvantageHome is designed for…

US: AFE awards more than $42,000 in 2019 scholarships

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) has awarded 15 students with scholarships totaling $42,300. Seventy-four applications were received for this 2019 scholarship cycle. "We had many outstanding students apply for scholarships this year, which is why some scholarships were awarded to two recipients," said…

Korean Air Cargo expands in America but cuts domestic services

Korean Air Cargo has announced it will expand its services in the Americas with an additional weekly frequency. However, according to aircargonews.net , reports suggest it…

cooperation Griffoen Wassenaar and Modiform

Dutch grower to supply plants in pots & trays made from recycled refrigerators and consumer waste

From spring next year onwards, Dutch plant grower Griffioen Wassenaar will be supplying perennials in pots and trays made of 100% recycled plastic. This avoids new plastics to get into the productionchain. Due to the Modiform´s ‘designed to recycle’-principle both pots and trays will be fit for re-use.…

India: Karuturi initiates insolvency proceedings

Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) has been initiated against Bengaluru-based Karuturi Global, which owns large rose farm holdings in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Pune and Bengaluru. Karuturi Global announced that CIRP has been initiated in respect of the company under the provisions of the…

German grower becomes a member of Decorum

As of September 1st, a new member will join the Decorum growers' association, namely Eurofleurs-Elbers from Kevelaer, Germany. This grower is specialized in growing Calluna and Erica Gracilis. Eurofleurs-Elbers has just started delivering these popular autumn products. The Calluna and Erica are grown in…

combining LED and conventional lighting

25-hectare greenhouse to house largest US LED project

The 25-hectare greenhouse currently being built by AppHarvest in Morehead, Kentucky, will be equipped with a hybrid LED lighting system utilizing Signify’s Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact and Agrolux high-pressure sodium lighting. The $15 million hybrid LED lighting system will be the largest…

UK: Southampton gets country's first highways living wall

Biotecture and Balfour Beatty Living Places are set to deliver a UK first on behalf of Southampton City Council, as works to install the first hydroponic living wall on a highways scheme commenced this summer. Hydroponic living walls are sustainable, vertical installations containing living plants and…

US (CA): San Diego County Flower & Plant Association installs 2019-2020 officers and board of directors

The San Diego County Flower & Plant Association (SDCF&PA) announced its 2019-2020 slate of officers and board of directors. The swearing-in ceremony took place at the associations’ recent annual dinner meeting. “I am very excited about our group of officers and board members for the coming year,”…

CAN (ON): Call for donations after 30-40 migrant workers displaced by greenhouse fire

No one was injured in all the destruction resulting from Saturday's greenhouse fire in St. Catharines, but the flames spread to four of five residential buildings that housed…

Syngenta starts work on world's biggest chemical IPO

ChemChina has started gearing up for a listing of Syngenta, which it acquired for $43 billion, in what could become the chemical industry’s biggest-ever initial public offering, people with knowledge of the matter said. Top executives have begun internal work to prepare for a listing as soon as mid-2020,…

US (MI): Help name a peony book

Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum are working with the University of Michigan Press on a book about peonies. It’s part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden in 2022. The book will show how people around the world—and in Nichols Arboretum—have celebrated peonies over the…

Dümmen Orange Kenya acknowledged for sustainability

The Kenyan team of Dümmen Orange operates in a sustainable way. Recently they were successfully audited and received the MPS-GAP and MPS-Socially Qualified certifications. The MPS-GAP certificate consists of a series of production requirements regarding traceability, sustainability, safety and hygiene.…

DSV completes acquisition of Panalpina

DSV expects to settle the previously announced public exchange offer for all publicly held shares of Panalpina. The settlement will be carried out during the course of today in accordance with Swiss market practices. With the settlement, the previously announced board changes in Panalpina will come into…

CAN (ON): Air quality a concern after fire engulfs flower farm

A "significant" fire at a flower farm in St. Catharines, Ont., has been contained, but residents in a large area northwest of the massive greenhouse operation are being asked to stay inside, an official says. No one was injured in the blaze at Pioneer Flower Farms that began late on Friday night,…

UK: Dura-ID to move to new Sheffield premises

Dura-ID's Sheffield branch will be moving sites in January 2020. Dura-ID have invested in a new 41,500 square foot warehouse on the Tankersley industrial estate in Sheffield. This new warehouse is three times larger than its predecessor and will allow Dura-ID to stock all its product, raw and cut, on one…

US: Flower delivery startup raises $12M to fund national expansion

UrbanStems has raised $12 million in Series B funding. CEO Seth Goldman said the startup has already been using the money to expand nationally. He explained that UrbanStems now has two delivery models — there are bike couriers who deliver plants and flowers within two hours in New York City and…

Bosman Van Zaal tells the story behind the Naivasha Horticultural Fair

Dutch suppliers preparing for Kenyan trade fair

The Naivasha Horticultural Fair is one of the largest horticultural trade fairs in Africa and is annually being held in September. This year it is held on the 20th and 21st of September. What's the story behind it? Bosman Van Zaal participates at the show for many years and explains. The 'NH Fair' was…

UK: Highest market share ever for discount giants Aldi and Lidl

The supermarket sales in the UK declined by 0.5% in the 12 weeks leading up to July 14 compared to the same period last year. The discount giants Lidl and Aldi and online supermarket Ocado were an exception to this trend. This was reported by Kantar Worldpanel. Image: Kantar Worldpanel The…

Horticultural Research Institute celebrates donor commitment at Cultivate’19

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the AmericanHort foundation, received $240,000 in donations during its summer reception, held in conjunction with Cultivate’19 in…

“There is no future without sustainability”

Sustainability is at the heart of the Dutch Flower Group (DFG). It has been fully integrated in the company's strategy. “We believe that we have to take responsibility”, says corporate social responsibility manager Raimon Loman. How does the world’s largest export company in flowers and plants do this?…

US (VA): Bloomaker brings production in-house

Bloomaker will bring its production of amaryllis bulbs in house for quality-control purposes after previously relying on third-party suppliers for sourcing, planting and harvesting. The company will source the bulbs from its farm in Peru, where 50% of the world’s amaryllis crops are grown. The bulbs are…

This is what the Dezhou Horti Center in China will look like

Following the World Horti Center in the Dutch Westland, the initiative to realize the Horti Center in Dezhou has been taken. Dezhou is a city in the northwest of the Shandong province of China, where a lot of horticultural and agricultural developments are taking place. AAB has been called upon to be the…

NL: 1,430 solar panels on the roof at greenhouse building Voorwinden Group

For the past couple of weeks, the people at Voorwinden Group and SolSolutions have been working hard on their part for a greener future. On the roof of the greenhouse builder's new building, 1430 solar panels have been placed. Preceding the installation, an extensive analysis was conducted to see which…

US: SNA’s Sidney B. Meadows Fund awards $18,000 in scholarships

The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Fund, created in 1989 by the Southern Nursery Association (SNA), has announced the names of twelve students from nine southeastern…

Reinoud Nuijten New Agricultural Counsellor in Ukraine

Before his posting in Kyiv, Mr. Nuijten worked as International trade and development specialist with extensive experience in value chain development and export promotion projects. Particular experience in public-private cooperation and institutional capacity development. Over 10 years of experience in…

NL: Caparis nursery 90 years

In Drachten, Friesland, one can find the remotely situated (for a greenhouse horticulture company) nursery Caparis Hederaculturen. Since 2002, dozens of varieties of hedera are grown at this location, by employees who face difficulty on the labour market. There is a party this month as the plant supplier celebrates its 90th…

New corporate company video for KG Systems

KG Greenhouses launched a new company video recently. In this 2-minute video, they explain - among other things - that they have been helping to bring knowledge and technology together since 1970 and that they have grown to a provider of turnkey greenhouse solutions. "Control from A to Z with short lines…

US: Jim Monroe Joins the EHR Sales Team

Eason Horticultural Resources (EHR) is pleased to announce that Jim Monroe will be joining our team as an independent sales specialist covering selected grower and retail accounts in various parts of the US. Jim Monroe Jim is an experienced plantsman that will work in conjunction with EHR sales reps and…

"A controlled misting system increases the crop productivity"

“High pressure misting systems allow growers to humidify the greenhouses, but also to control the temperature better,” says Alexander Ievgeniuk with Lubing. “It’s a tool used in warmer climates, but also in cooler climates growers can benefit from the extra control they gain over their crop.” In order to…

Flamingo Holland:

From cut flowers to potted plants: diversification pays off

Flamingo Holland has traditionally been supplying to cut flower growers across the US, with a focus on the Californian market. Now the company also supplies to the potted plant market. "About a decade ago, we saw a shift in the production of cut flowers, like lilies, to southern countries like Colombia,…

US: All-America Selections honors two industry achievers

All-America Selections recently honored two iconic journalists with the AAS Medallion of Honor at the annual AAS/NGB Awards Banquet. This year’s banquet was held at Cantigny Park and Gardens in Wheaton, Illinois, one of the two hundred AAS Display Gardens across North America. The AAS/NGB Awards Banquet…

AU: Quindalup flower farm up for sale

Located in the Dunsborough region, this lifestyle property has provided the owners with a profitable living for many years. The owners established a viable cut flower enterprise on the property and it is now put up for sale. The property comprises 11.37 hectares which is mostly planted with various…

UK: Celebrating over 100 years of service at Ashwood Nurseries

Husband and wife team Tony and Barbara Cartwright are celebrating over 100 years of combined service at Ashwood Nurseries. Both have been honoured with a Long Service Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) for 50 years of service to horticulture. Nursery owner John Massey VMH presented Barbara…

totaling $145,688 dollars

US: Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation, Inc. elects new Officers and awards 16 grants

2019 is a milestone year for the organization. Since the Foundation was established in 1960, the Gloeckner Foundation’s support of floriculture research has totaled over $7…

US: Ball Seed enters into new partnership with ForemostCo Inc.

Ball Seed, North American horticultural distributor, recently announced a new co-exclusive agreement with ForemostCo, Inc., a young plant supplier for foliage, tropical and succulent plants. The partnership meets the growing market demand for houseplants and other trending plant genetics. The team of…

Artemis announces key hires to accelerate growth

Artemis announced key additions to its technology and executive teams. Specifically, Artemis named Eric Clark as Vice President of Revenue, Sebastian Delmont as Principal…

Royal FloraHolland appoints new Manager Grower Services and Cooperative Affairs

As of 1 September 2019, Claudia Hölzel will be appointed Manager Grower Services and Cooperative Affairs. In this role, she will also join the Management Team of Royal…

September 9 -13th 2019

CAN (ON): J.C. Bakker & Sons celebrates 70th anniversary with open house week

​J.C. Bakker & Sons Ltd. (Bakkers) announces an open house week celebrating 70 years in business. “​We look forward to hosting many customers and industry partners during…

Echinacea Sombrero Baja Burgundy, Rudbeckia x American Gold Rush

Two herbaceous perennial varieties earn AAS winner designation

All-America Selections, North America’s oldest and most well-known non-profit plant trialing organization is thrilled to announce the first winners from their three-winter Herbaceous Perennial Trial. This trial, in partnership with the Perennial Plant Association (PPA), was launched in 2016 with five…

In memory of Mario Scherpenzeel

It is with great sadness that Ridder must announce that their dear and valued colleague Mario Scherpenzeel passed away on Saturday July 20th. After a short period of illness, Mario left us as the…

Westland starts cooperation with China’s leading agricultural city Yangling

A government delegation from the Yangling Agricultural High-tech Industrial Demonstration Zone, located in China’s leading agricultural city, visited Westland on Friday, July 19. Mayor Bouke Arends and Li Jiuhong, deputy director of the Agricultural High-tech Industrial Demonstration Zone, signed a…

US: The ASCFG launches localflowers.org

The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG), a non-profit trade association dedicated to educating and uniting commercial cut flower growers, recently launched localflowers.org . This enhanced site profiles its member growers, wholesale and retail florists, and floral designers across the…

Including AquaPots self-watering containers

Proven Winners adds Michael Carr Designs Pottery to the brand family

Proven Winners is entering the pottery market by adding the full line of Michael Carr Designs Pottery, including the new AquaPots line of luxury grade, self-watering containers, to its brand family. Under this new partnership, which is effective immediately, all Michael Carr Designs Pottery will be…

US: BloomyPro launches 3D virtual bouquet design platform at IFE in Miami

BloomyPro was invited by IFE (International flower Exhibition) to do a 3D virtual Bouquet session at their Education day. IFE 2019 was held in the always sunny, Miami City. Even though BloomyPro is being used in the Netherlands by Bouquet operations and customers with great success, it is something new…

Andermatt Biocontrol acquires 22% shareholding in Agricheck SRL

The Swiss-based company, Andermatt Biocontrol, took 22% shareholding stake in the Argentinian company Agricheck SRL. Agricheck is a leading provider of biological solutions…

What does Koen Pack do about sustainable and circular?

Koen Pack notices their customers consider a "switch" to sustainable packaging. The company has been going through this transition for much longer. In this article, they explain more about their vision on sustainability. Koen Pack works according to the standard that we have agreed with each other from…

Kenya: 110 kWp solar system to power United Selections farm

At the Nakuru farm of United Selections, the installation of a solar system has started. The planned photovoltaic system with a total capacity of 110 kWp will power the 4 ha farm. As a result, not only the electricity costs but also the company's CO2 emissions are reduced by up to 113 tonnes of CO2 per…

Next newsletter on Monday August 5:

FloralDaily Holiday!

As our long-time readers know, this time of the year means it's time for our summer holiday. For the next two weeks, we will not publish any news and will not send out any newsletters. In the next…

US: SAF’s new strategic plan emphasizes education, connections

The Society of American Florists will unveil its new strategic plan this September during SAF Amelia Island 2019 , the association’s annual convention. The plan, the result of…

Oserian alert/warning to the general public

Oserian Development Company Limited wishes to inform the general public, traders and suppliers that it has become aware of instances whereby persons with no known affiliation…

Bayer relocates North American Crop Science Division to Missouri

During a press conference, Governor Mike Parson of Missouri announced that Bayer’s North American Crop Science Division is relocating 500 new, high-paying jobs to Creve Coeur, Missouri, with an average wage of $110,000 and a capital investment of $164 million. The announcement comes after Governor…

Dümmen Orange's future Breeding Technology Centre reaches highest top

Dümmen Orange reached the highest point of their future Breeding Technology Centre in De Lier, Holland. Together with all the builders, representatives of the construction firms and colleagues, they celebrated this ‘topping out ceremony’ over a nice lunch. After lunch, they continued working on the next…

Job Roskam:

"In Australia, they are cultivating in the Dutch way more and more”

Although he is saying goodbye to Royal Brinkman Australia, his heart remains in this country filled with horticultural possibilities. Back in 2000, Job Roskam moved to the Land Down Under and since then has seen the greenhouse horticultural industry develop at a rapid pace. “Especially the vegetable…

Letter of intent signed for construction Chinese Horti Center

On the 18th of July 2019, an agreement was signed between a Chinese company and several Dutch horticultural suppliers for the construction of the Dezhou Horti Center in China. Several governmental officials, as well as the board of HortiTech were present during the signing ceremony. HortiTech is the…

Aris Horticulture appoints new Director of Sales and Marketing

Aris Horticulture has hired Pat Canfora as the Director of Sales and Marketing. Pat will be in charge of implementing and managing the sales and marketing activities across Green Leaf Plants and Keepsake Plants divisions, including identifying new market opportunities. Prior to joining Aris, Pat has held…

Ecoligo closes financing round of EUR 2.5 million to expand solar-as-a-service solution

The Berlin start-up ecoligo will receive EUR 2.5 million of funding from Saxovent, an investor specializing in ecological investments. Since its foundation in 2016, ecoligo has opened up the solar market for commercial and industrial businesses in emerging markets, driving the energy transition in these…

Royal FloraHolland looks into cause of disruption

Customers of Royal FloraHolland may have been negatively affected by a disruption to their services recently. Message traffic was affected on Tuesday 16 July 2019 due to the failure of one of the glass fiber connections to data storage. As a result, no EKT messages were sent for a certain amount of time.…

US: Judge criticizes Monsanto, but lowers Roundup damage award

The judge in the first federal court trial of lawsuits by cancer victims who used Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide criticized the company’s apparent indifference to health and…

Local lighting support in BC and Alberta

Canada: LumiGrow adds Gold Leaf Technologies to partner network

LumiGrow has signed a partnership agreement with Gold Leaf Technologies for local horticultural lighting sales and support for British Columbia (BC) and Alberta, Canada. Gold…

Fire quickly extinguished thanks to swift fire brigade intervention

Fire brigade at Landgard Lüllingen

On Saturday, July 13, 2019, around 3:30 pm the fire brigade had to spring into action in building D of the Landgard Lüllingen location. A smoldering fire, which had broken out…

Morel Diffusion celebrates 100th anniversary

2019 is a memorable year for French breeding company Morel, as they celebrate not only the 30th anniversary of their F1 hybrids, they also celebrate 100 years of cyclamen breeding. Pierre Morel and Charles Morel In 1919, Pierre Morel began growing cyclamen. He passed on his passion to his son Charles…

Boiler maintenance company Van der Mark celebrates 50th anniversary

“The first boilers from the 1990s-era expansion are already getting on in years”

In what little free time they have, a lot of work is currently being done in the warehouse of boiler maintenance company Van der Mark in the Dutch town of De Lier. There is an old boiler in there that needs to be spic and span by the end of the year. By that time the new building, located a bit further…

Nicaragua: Las Limas production farm achieves MPS-GAP certification

MPS, the organization that manages sustainability certification for the international flower and ornamentals industry, awarded MPS-GAP status to the Ball FloraPlant Las Limas production farm in Nicaragua. With MPS-GAP, facilities can promote their “Good Agricultural Practices” through the requirements of…

Dümmen Orange and Hishtil join forces for Basewell promotion

Dümmen Orange and Hishtil recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for joint collaboration on promoting bare-rooted cuttings under one single brand: Basewell. Left to right: Eyal Inbar, Export Sales Manager Hishtil and Arjan Kaaks, CFO Dümmen Orange Dümmen Orange made its Basewell annual and…

Wyevale Nurseries to go more eco

Wyevale Nurseries has this month (July, 2019) linked with a plant information company to offer its customers a more environmentally-friendly point of sale option. Wyevale Nurseries has recently been looking at ways to help reduce the amount of single-use plastic in garden centres and can now do so by working with Joy of Plants…

Sales Colours of Nature more efficient via Floriday, fulfilment and HortiHeat

"We can serve our customers within 90 minutes"

The Colours of Nature growers' association uses Royal FloraHolland's stock and order picking services to sell its products. It does so via Floriday in combination with the HortiHeat app. Edwin Erwich, responsible for sales at Colours of Nature: "This is the perfect combination for selling our products.…

AI-enabled freight platform for overland shipments in Asia Pacific

Launching first in Thailand, a market where the road freight industry is projected to grow to a market size of over USD 31 billion by 2023, the technology-led platform will eventually be rolled out across 2019 and 2020 to India, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia. With etrucKNow,…

Javo USA and Mosa offer combined solutions

Javo USA and Mosa Green announced a collaboration - they will work together at Cultivate ’19 and beyond, according to both companies. “This is a natural partnership for us,” said Javo USA General Manager Michiel Vanderwaal. “Mosa’s seeding lines are a complement to all we do at Javo USA and, like us,…

UK: Pallet pooler seals long-term deal with flower wholesaler

Coventry-based IPP is developing a blossoming relationship with Redford Flowers of Spalding, which will see them help deliver the grower’s range of tulips and irises to Morrisons. Thousands of IPP’s wooden pallets have so far transported Redford Flowers to the supermarket giant as part of a sustainable…

US (AK): Peony farmer Rita Jo Shoultz appointed first chair of Certified American Grown Council

Flower Farmer Rita Jo Shoultz of Alaska Perfect Peony has been appointed the first-ever volunteer chair of the Certified American Grown Council. Rita Jo Shoultz of Alaska Perfect Peony has been a staunch advocate for American flower farms, taking the lead on vital issues in Washington, D.C., during the…

US (CA): How CalFlowers provides support for the floral industry

Hortica's Key Partner for the month is a leader in bringing fresh-cut flowers to the U.S. market and promoting the benefits of flowers to new generations of American consumers. The California Association of Flower Growers & Shippers (CalFlowers)—formerly known as NORCAL—was founded in 1941 by a small…

US (WI): Dramm hires Peter Haakman as sales/irrigation specialist

Dramm announced that Peter Haakman has joined the company as an irrigation and sales specialist operating out of their Canadian office. Peter has more than 35 years of…

US (TX): Gary Hickman joins J. Berry as General Manager

Gary Hickman has joined J. Berry as their General Manager. Gary owned and operated his own sales and green industry merchandising business and software companies in Florida before moving on to run container growing locations in Florida for Holmberg Farms and Flowerwood Nursery. "We are confident that…

Hasfarm and FleuraMetz join forces in China

A broader assortment for wholesalers, and a better chain from wholesaler to florist, using modern technology. At Hasfarm, they had been striving for this for years, but the final piece of the puzzle fell into place when they bumped into FleuraMetz in Shanghai two years ago. That’s when they saw the…

Danziger creates a local sales & marketing division in China

“Expanding our activity in China is a part of our global strategy,” says Ori Danziger, Deputy CEO. “We are proud to welcome Liya Donde to our global team as the Market Manager…

David L. Pruitt named interim CEO, ambassador of California Cut Flower Commission

David L. Pruitt, a horticulture consultant and former flower farmer, has been named the interim CEO and ambassador of the California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC) by the organization’s board of commissioners. Pruitt, a past chair and one of the founders of CCFC, will take the helm on July 15. Dave Pruitt…

Royal FloraHolland investigation confirms theft of 4.3 million euros

Early May Royal FloraHolland disclosed a case concerning theft of funds that occurred at the company. Hence an employee from the financial department was arrested by the police. In order to clarify the exact nature and extent of the case, a forensic investigation was conducted commissioned by Royal…

Royal FloraHolland to implement Warehouse new Management System

Dutch auction Royal FloraHolland is implementing a new Warehouse Management System (WMS), which offers customers digital insight into the position the 'package' within the logistics process as well as the required service provision. The WMS roll-out will be implemented in phases. Mid-July 2019, a start…

US: Three floral businesses to receive SAF Century Award

The Society of American Florists will celebrate the longevity of three floral industry businesses with the SAF Century Award during SAF Amelia Island 2019 the association’s 135th Annual Convention in Amelia Island, Florida. The Century Award recognizes companies that have been in business for 100 years…

Peruvian government greatly values quality control in own country

Groen Agro Control opens branch in Peru

As of January 1, Groen Agro Control has been expanded with a branch in Peru. And now, because sometimes things can go quickly, already fifteen people are working for the…

Germany: Mayer Customer Center West reopened

One of the most famous horticultural areas in the world is located on the Lower Rhine in Germany. On an area of only a few square kilometers, one can now find a variety of…

Kenya: Entrepreneur wins Commonwealth Award for connecting farmers to global markets

A Kenyan social entrepreneur whose company is connecting smallholder farmers across Africa into global supply chains has won the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Innovation Award for Sustainable Development. John Oroko, the co-founder of Selina Wamucii, received the recognition for the work his…

Festive opening of Royal van Zanten in Uganda

The symbolic ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the two new greenhouses at Royal van Zanten in Uganda was conducted by Sjoukje Heimovaara, Managing Director. And to make things even more festive, one of the two greenhouses is already in production, and the first harvest is expected in the second greenhouse…

FSI welcomes 5 new members

The FSI network is expanding. Five new members representing Retail and Production have joined FSI since the beginning of the year: Blomsterlandet AB is a garden centre chain with 61 shops in Sweden. Their policy is to buy only certified products, and internally they are dedicated to improving logistics, finding low-carbon…

Vitro Plus to introduce over 25 new varieties

At the end of this week, Vitro Plus will again take part in Cultivate '19, in Columbus, Ohio (booth 1651). The moment is seized to promote about 25 new varieties the fern company is adding to its assortment. This year eleven tropical- and fifteen hardy varieties will be introduced In this catalog you…

Sakata Seed America announces strategic alliance with Floragard

Sakata Seed America announces the formation of a strategic alliance with major European substrate producer, Floragard Vertriebs GmbH, for exclusive distribution of substrates throughout North America. The alliance will be branded under Sakata Solutions in the NAFTA region and offer a variety of premium…

50 years of Smithers-Oasis Germany GmbH celebrated in style

For the 50th jubilee of Smithers-Oasis Germany GmbH, 121 employees celebrated one of the biggest Smithers-Oasis plants in the world with a colourful party. Smithers-Oasis Germany organised a family feast for employees and their families. The party was about one thing only: enjoying yourself and…

Javo USA, Steenks Service combine forces

Sweeping 100,000 square feet per hour

At Cultivate ’19, visitors will find something new in Javo USA’s booth: The Stefix 135, a sit-aboard greenhouse and nursery sweeper that can clean 100,000 square feet per hour. Javo USA and Steenks Service will work together at Cultivate ’19, scheduled for July 14-16, 2019 at the Columbus Convention…

Van der Hoeven Horticultural Projects and Patron Agri Systems join forces

The executive boards of Van der Hoeven Horticultural Projects and Patron/Enthoven Techniek have agreed that Patron/Enthoven will become a division of Van der Hoeven. Last Friday, Peter Spaans and Martin Steentjes from Van der Hoeven and Ronald Begelinger from Patron/Enthoven informed the employees of…

Carl Atwell

US: New owner on the acquisition of Gempler's

This year Gempler’s, that is celebrating its 80th year in business, was bought by Carl Atwell. His vision is clear: “We believe we can rebuild a great company based on bringing forward great product and excellent service and make a difference in the lives of customers, employees, and in the communities…

Vegepolys Valley

France: Vegepolys and Céréales Vallée-Nutravita form Global Plant Cluster

On Thursday, 27 June, the competitive clusters, Vegepolys and Céréales Vallée-Nutravita, finalised their merger process. This rapprochement, which began in October 2018, was…

US (CA): Mayesh acquires Brannan Street Wholesale Florist

Mayesh Wholesale Florist announced its acquisition of Brannan Street Wholesale Florist in San Francisco, California. A 40-year old company, Brannan is a supplier of high-quality flowers to top florists, event professionals and high-end grocery stores throughout Northern California and beyond. Mayesh CEO…

UK: Getting children gardening this October

As part of their centenary celebrations, Taylors Bulbs are launching a nationwide campaign to get children planting bulbs this October. The ‘Little Daffodils’ initiative will…

Flamingo Horticulture Investments wins Best Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2019

The vertically integrated agribusiness Flamingo Horticulture won the Best Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the Biz4Biz Awards 2019. “Flamingo demonstrated that they have an ongoing CSR commitment to their employees, their families and their business locality. Handling one billion flower stems…

Anecoop diversifies in France with the acquisition of Floren'Sud

The company Floren'Sud, devoted to the design and manufacture of flower bouquets, is already part of Anecoop, after being acquired by the group through its French holding Mundus Naturalis. With an annual turnover of 6.5 million Euro and more than 50 employees, the bulk of the supply of its raw material…

Hasfarm and FleuraMetz start Joint Venture in China

Hasfarm and FleuraMetz start a joint venture in China. By combining products from Hasfarm’s Asian farms with products from FleuraMetz’s suppliers in Europe, South America and…

After a 15 year career at the company

Lourdes Reyes is retiring from Ball SB

Lourdes Reyes is retiring from Ball SB following a career at this breeding company of over 15 years. Started as Sales Director and finally as a Marketing Director, she has been instrumental in the path Ball SB has followed over the years, introducing new and innovative products to the cut flower industry…

New player in greenhouse horticulture foil focuses on international market

In Grou, Friesland, they are working hard at the moment to build a bigger shed to start producing larger foils this fall. Annemieke Aal and Martijn Riewald of Gauris, a company that was founded last year, are building a shed of twenty by forty meters. Martijn: "We both have a background in water storage…

WPS ventures into Plant Phenotyping research

Bas Millenaar joined the WPS team to strengthen the knowledge pool in molecular plant biology, genetics and plant phenotyping. He will be able to assist and advise on which…

More flowers in your world with new app

This week Chrysal released their updated Flower & Plant care app with some new features. One of these new features is a new AR experience: "More flowers in the world. With it, you can add more flowers to your world in Augmented Reality." When you start the "More flowers in the world" experience in…

Italy: Barile Flowers Service gets Fairtrade certification

Italian company F.lli Barile spa has been awarded the Fairtrade certification. "Many times," says the company's CEO Nino Barile, "during the long trips I take to select the…

UK: Ecoflora receives 2019 global Biopesticide Award

Gowan Company announced that Ecoflora, its newly formed division dedicated to biological development and innovation, received the award for “Best New Biofungicide Product” for its botanical fungicide, EcoSwing, at the 2019 Biopesticide Summit in the UK. Jim Petta, Ecoflora President, said, “It is very…

CAN (BC): Nursery shut down due to phytophthora ramorum

On Friday, June 21, Island View Nursery underwent a randomly selected inspection by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for Phytophthora ramorum (an airborne spore-producing plant pathogen that is transmitted through wind, animals, soil and water that may impact certain host-type plants). "This national…

Sustainability through private electricity generation

Mayer Group wants to reduce their energy costs and at the same time make an important contribution to the regional energy revolution. Using renewable energy saves carbon dioxide and thus contributes to climate protection. “With the help of our photovoltaic systems, we produce about 60% of our electricity…

Oboya's principal owner requests conversion of all his A-shares to B-shares

Oboya Horticulture Industries AB's principal owner, Robert Wu, has requested the conversion of all its A-shares in Oboya Horticulture Industries AB ("Oboya" or "the Company")…

Powerplants Australia and PB tec announce strategic partnership

PB tec and Powerplants Australia have announced their strategic partnership. Their mission is to provide the world with a high-quality food supply, with a strong focus on creating sustainability and minimizing needed natural resources. Both companies develop horticultural solutions for companies around…

Jaap van Staaveren, UFO Supplies

Zimbabwe: Old legs finish their tour at Mt Kilimanjaro

Jaap van Staaveren, director & founder of UFO Supplies, pedaled from Harare to Mt Kilimanjaro with the Old Legs Tour to raise money and awareness for ZANE, a charity dedicated to changing Zimbabwe pensioners' lives. "To ride to Tanzania and Africa's most famous mountain to support them is a huge…

Robots arranging flowers

Every day, companies around the world, in practically every industry, are automating specific tasks in their production processes to save on labor costs or address labor shortages. We in the flower industry are known for our creative capability, but no one wants to make 500 of the exact same arrangements every day. That is…

Peter Robinson strengthens ICL's UK technical area sales team

ICL has welcomed experienced nurseryman and precision irrigation and fertigation specialist, Peter Robinson, to its UK technical area sales team to work with growers in the North West. With an HND in commercial horticulture from Writtle Agricultural College, Peter gained nearly 20 years’ practical…

Syngenta Flowers team welcomes Varinova during FlowerTrials

During FlowerTrials, Syngenta Flowers welcomed hundreds of visitors. The event was also the introduction of the Varinova team, which became part of Syngenta Flowers at the start of June. The Varinova Cyclamen got their own spot during FlowerTrials. This is where Bart Kuijer, Sr. Product Specialist, and…

US (IA): Plantpeddler adds liners of Hort Couture

Hort Couture recently announced that Plantpeddler, young plant producer in Cresco, Iowa, will offer liners of Hort Couture vegetative Annual genetics for 2019-2020 season. “Plantpeddler is exactly the type of partner we want for our young plant supply chain. They are quality driven, energetic…

Oboya sells one of its businesses in Denmark

Oboya has through its wholly-owned subsidiary Oboya Danmark in Vejle, Denmark entered into an agreement to sell Combipot in Odense, Denmark to a value of DKK 4.0 million,…

US: Bower & Branch announces new C-Suite additions

Bower & Branch is excited to welcome two new executives to their leadership team, Brian Gerhart and Michael O’Hara. This month, the e-commerce startup announced Brian…

CAN (ON): New office for Koen Pack Canada almost ready

We are proud to announce the completion of our new office building at 4684 Bartlett Rd. in Beamsville. Koen Pack has offered the best in floral and plant packaging in Canada for 9 years. In that time, thanks to our customers, we have experienced significant growth year after year and are thankful to have…

residual heath to greenhouses

Google invests an additional 1 billion euros in new Dutch data centers

In their search for more space to build data centers in Europe, Google has ended up once again in the Netherlands. The internet giant is investing an additional 1 billion…

Landgard 2018/2019: Significantly better developments than in overall market

In 2018, Landgard achieved a new record result with purely organic sales growth for the fifth year in a row. Despite again seeing very challenging general conditions and…

BASF to reshape organization

With an organizational realignment, BASF is creating the conditions for greater customer proximity, increased competitiveness and more profitable growth. BASF is streamlining its administration,…

Expolanka airline division rebrands as EAM

Having arrived at its milestone 25-year mark, Expolanka Airline Division has announced that it will embark upon the new era by rebranding itself as EAM (Expo Airline Management). The fresh new name and logo represents the company’s plans to aggressively expand on its client base, further reaffirming the…

US (MI): Senator Debbie Stabenow inducted to Michigan Floral Foundation Hall of Fame

The Michigan Floral Foundation announced U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow as their 2019 Hall of Fame inductee. While all previous inductees have been floral industry veterans, Senator Stabenow will be the first honoree from outside the industry because of her relentless commitment to the legislation,…

Primary focus: extending the distribution network

Henk passes the baton to Hans: Hinova has a new leader

At the GreenTech, a handshake followed, and as of July 1st it will be definitive. Henk van der Meer will say goodbye as inventor/owner and transfers his work at Hinova to Hans Weisbeek. Henk and Hans shake hands at the GreenTech after the company takeover has been officially signed. In the background the…

Veiling Rhein-Maas: Handling of potted plants at the Import department

At Veiling Rhein-Maas, the Import department ensures that flowers and plants arriving from countries such as Israel, Ethiopia, Kenya, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Italy and other countries can be auctioned successfully. The Import department's work includes e.g. unpacking and preparing products, an initial…

Joep Hendricks new director of World Horti Center

Joep Hendricks will be the new director of World Horti Center Expo B.V. from 15th August 2019. He will be the first director of the newly designed organization. WHC Expo will carry out all business activities in the exposition building. Hendricks will be taking over the duties of Erwin Cardol, who acted…

Tineke Geerlings joins Flower Circus as a Flower Magician

Since last week Tineke Geerlings has officially joined as Flower Magician at Flower Circus. This ceremony took place during the Aalsmeer Flower Festival, where she received the official Flower Circus red nose from the hands of Flower Circus Director John Elstgeest. Tineke, flanked by the Flower Circus…

to increase its international presence

Novagric renews and expands Murcia facilities

Last year Novagric, previously Novedades Agrícolas, S. A, introduced a new corporate identity. The company wants to increase focus on the global market, and is expanding with new facilities in Alhama de Murcia. These facilities have allowed the company a bigger and better capacity to respond to the…

UK: Horticultural nursery for sale in Shropshire

This nursery is located close to Bridgemere Garden World, west of Newcastle-Under-Lyme and Stoke on Trent and south of Crewe and Nantwich with good access to Junctions 15 and 16 of the M6 motorway. The site extends to approximately 3.592 acres and offers circa 14,053 sq.ft. of modern glass including a…

Singapore: Dümmen Orange and Gardens by the Bay to broaden collaboration

Dümmen Orange and Gardens by the Bay, a premier horticultural attraction in Singapore, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on May 27, 2019, to develop and broaden their collaboration. Left to right: Biense Visser (CEO Dummen Orange), Felix Loh (CEO Gardens by the Bay), Harry Kloppenburg (CCO…

"We treat our customers like a neighbor, not a number"

Quality, problem-solving products don’t just find their way to shelves on their own, it’s trained and discerning people that put them there. At least that’s the motto of the…


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