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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 producer. Vitroflora, a Polish company established in 1977, is one of the largest producers of ornamental plant cuttings on the domestic…

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 and Ernest established Danziger more than 65 years ago. At that time, they could not have imagined that in 2019 their farm would…

Fun and football at Plantec's employee appreciation day

On the eleventh of January Plantec hosted its annual employee appreciation day. It is one of the ways that Plantec tries to show their employees how much they are valued. During the event there were championship soccer matches between the different teams from the company for both the women’s league and…

US (NC): Hoffman Nursery grows management team

Hoffman Nursery has expanded its management team. The market for grasses and sedges continues to grow, and customers rely on the nursery for expertise and support to meet the demand. Rounding out the management team will give the nursery more resources for customers and continual improvement in…

Udo van Slooten, Signify:

"We sold over 100 hectares of toplighting compact grow lights in the first year alone"

Signify has expanded its Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact range to give growers more choices tailored to different crops and cultivation set-ups. Whether they want to decrease running costs for lettuce or chrysanthemum crops or increase light output for light-loving crops like roses and…

Kuehne + Nagel to accelerate development in Asia Pacific

Following the combination of the former three European regions into one Europe, the significant growth and integration of three major acquisitions in the North America region, the focus at Kuehne + Nagel for the years to come is on Asia Pacific. In order to target an even stronger role in logistics all…

Biobest displays entire product range at IPM Essen

The International Trade Fair for Plants (IPM) in Essen has become one of the most important dates in the horticultural events calendar. An appointment that Biobest has been sure to schedule in its agenda. From 28 to 31 January, the Belgian specialist in sustainable and biological crop protection will…

Royal FloraHolland Members' Council looks back and ahead

The new year is a good moment to take stock. What kind of year was the first Members' Council year? Members’ Council members Ben Olsthoorn, Rieneke van der Houwen and Marco Mol talk about how they look back on 2019. They also discuss their plans and resolutions for 2020. Ben Olsthoorn | T. Olsthoorn en…

Mike Suyeyasu passes away

Mike Suyeyasu, AAF, former President of Bill Suyeyasu Wholesale Florist in Fremont, California, passed away on Wednesday, January 1, from complications of West Nile Virus. He was 85. Mike worked in the family flower business for 47 years. He was honored as Wholesaler of the Year from Michigan State Florist Association, California…

"We are going for better market operation in South America"

Bercomex opens business establishment in Colombia

Bercomex Flower Processing Solutions expands. The Dutch family company starts an establishment in Bogotá, Colombia from January 2020. This new company will be called Bercomex…

US (CA): Westerlay Orchids leases 4-acre Carpinteria greenhouse

Following the new lease of a 4-acre greenhouse in coastal Carpinteria, California, Westerlay Orchids announces an expansion that will enable the company to increase production and explore exciting new varieties just in time for Mother’s Day. The company’s move to increase production initiates a planned…

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 2nd, 2020. "Located in Swanton Ohio, Schmidt Bros. has been a successful grower in our industry for over 80 years", the Foertmeyer…

Robert B. Miller elected President of 2021 Tournament of Roses

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Board of Directors has confirmed Dr. Robert B. Miller as President and Chairman of the Board for the 2021 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, providing leadership for the 132nd Rose Parade and 107th Rose Bowl Game on January 1, 2021. Miller announced “Dream. Believe.…

Destructive swarm of desert locusts entering Kenya

After destroying horticultural lands in Ethiopia and Somalia, a destructive swarm of desert locusts have moved south to Kenya. Last week, they entered the country, and they're making their way south. Actions are being taken to control the situation, but the threat is not over, explains Martin Dyer, owner…

Rough Brothers, Nexus & Thermo Energy Systems

Gibraltar acquires assets of Thermo Energy Systems

Gibraltar Industries today announced it has acquired the assets of Canadian-based Thermo Energy Systems in an all cash transaction. Thermo Energy Systems is expected to…

Herbs and vegetable branch sold to Xfresh

Xpol will again focus 100% on the trade in flowers and plants

From the 1st of January, Xpol has sold their vegetables and herb branch to Xfresh, a new company set up by Marcel Schers and a few new agri business partners. Xpol will again…

Cerdys to launch new logistic platform in 2020

The Cerdys Company, which sells potted plants to the garden centers and other customers on the French market, is launching a new logistic platform to process orders. This new service aims at making Cerdys’ catalogue more accessible, by offering the entirety of its range from one place, simplifying the…

Visiting Alumat Zeeman, the ‘well known unknown’

"Horticulture is not lacking a distinctive character"

It’s been five years since Bert Strikkers became co-owner of Alumat Zeeman. Together with Hans Zeeman, third generation in the family business, he now runs the well-known but also unknown company. Bert Strikkers and Hans Zeeman at their office Bert comes from outside horticulture and sometimes takes a slightly…

Elgon Kenya Director honoured for role in agricultural transformation in East Africa

Agro input company Elgon Kenya’s Director Bimal Kantaria has been feted with a Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree by the United Graduate College and Seminary International, a US-based theology college, for his efforts at promoting the agriculture sector in East Africa, working with the youth in…

OrderEase announces partnership with Marketing Garden

OrderEase (formerly LinkGreen) announces a new partnership with Marketing Garden - the distributors of a platform for garden retailer websites and in-store customer…

Cor-Jan van der Elzen joins PlantPaper as Sales Manager Europe

PlantPaper, manufacturer of biobased paper and machines for paper plugs, hired Cor-Jan van der Elzen as Sales Manager to expand the markets for PlantPaper in Europe. Formerly of Modiform and Carbon Gold, Cor-Jan van der Elzen brings a wealth of horticultural sales experience and green knowledge to…

Oregon Lean Consortium open to new members

After another successful program year, the Oregon Lean Consortium is now open to new members for 2020. The Oregon Lean Consortium is a tight-knit group of companies that learn Lean principles and methods, then apply them in each other’s businesses. Each company engages three people who are trained and serve…

Rolls-Royce takes majority holding in power storage specialist Qinous

Rolls-Royce will hold a 73.1% majority stake in Berlin-based electricity storage specialist Qinous GmbH from 15 January 2020. The Group is acquiring the shareholdings of all other current financial investors, including that of investment holdings company IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH (Berlin). The…

Ryan Merryfield, Clifty View Nursery, passes away

The Merrifield Family announces with great sadness the sudden loss of their beloved Ryan Lee Merrifield, age 30, passing away from heart complications Friday January 3, 2020 in Pūpūkea, Oahu. Service will be held Saturday January 25, 2020 at 11 AM at the Bonners Ferry High School Auditorium. A meal, fellowship…

Linking the new greenhouses of Ammerlaan-Sosef: a challenge for screen installers

The new greenhouse for pot plant nursery Ammerlaan-Sosef in Honselersdijk, the Netherlands, is not even in place yet, but preparations for the screen installation have been underway for quite some time. And they have to be, says Ruud den Engelsman of Luiten Greenhouses, because 'it's going to be quite a…

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 enable them to better satisfy customers’ needs, thanks to a wider product assortment and a higher service level. The letter of intent…

DSV opens new office in Oman

DSV's expansion in the Middle East continues and, effective 13 January, their new office in Muscat, Oman is fully operational. “Oman has distinct advantages as a trans-shipment hub for Qatar,”…

‘Lean’ nurseries boost productivity

Mateusz Perkowski of the Capital Press newspaper recently highlighted ways nurseries have effectively applied Lean principles in the past year. The story quoted three businesses who have deployed Lean principles to identify and reduce waste in processes: Peoria Gardens of Albany, Weyerhaeuser Turner…

Veiling Rhein-Maas: "Successful launch of our Webshop"

In the first week of January, Veiling Rhein-Maas has officially launched the new Webshop. "With the introduction of the Webshop, Veiling Rhein-Maas is responding to the wishes…

US (IN): Great Lakes Floral Association adds new region

On the evening of Tuesday, January 7, 2020 florists from the State of Indiana voted to join forces with the Great Lakes Floral Association (GLFA) and form a new Indiana Region, GLFA Region 7.  The members of the new region are very excited to now have access to the full slate of member benefits, which offered by…

Martin Stolze renews partnership with AgriNomix in USA

Martin Stolze b.v. is excited to announce their renewed partnership in North America with AgriNomix. AgriNomix is now officially the preferred dealer for Martin Stolze b.v. in the USA and Canada. AgriNomix staff and Martin Stolze Sales Managers. As one of the leaders in horticulture automation, AgriNomix…

Plantipp expands with new perennial specialist

Tieme van den Haak will start working as Plantipp’s perennial specialist on 20 January. Tieme has 18 years of experience with perennials and also knows the retail business very well. With Tieme's experience, Plantipp can provide its network of breeders, growers, traders, retail and garden centres even…

8-10 April 2020, Kyiv

Flower Expo Ukraine heading for its 14th edition in April 2020

Dates for Flower Expo Ukraine, which takes place annually at the International Exhibition Centre (IEC) in Kyiv, are set from 8-10 April 2020 and will mark its 14th edition. During the last edition the exhibition welcomed 97 companies from 7 countries and during the 3 days of the exhibition 9.155 visitors…

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, Tanacetum and Trachelium. This acquisition considerably strengthens Evanthia’s position as breeder of cut flowers from seed. Our focus is on creating…

New commercial director HilverdaFlorist

Bart Sneek has been appointed as the new commercial director of HilverdaFlorist and thus joins the management team. Bart Sneek succeeds Melchior Moen, who recently left HilverdaFlorist.  Bart Sneek is no stranger to the company and has worked for HilverdaKooij before. After a period of working at PanAmerican…

Netherlands: Amevo enters the new year digitally

As of January 1st this year, Amevo has been completely redesigned. A new look, a new logo and a new website with webshop are combined with a general digitization. "We are experiencing considerable growth," says director Folke van Dorp. "We also have a wide range of products and can serve many different…

Middle East online floral marketplace closes $3 million Series A round

Business-to-business (B2B) online floral marketplace Floranow has closed a $3 million Series A round, co-led by Wamda and Global Ventures. The round includes previous investors Dash Ventures, Jabbar Internet Group, as well as new investors Sirocco Holdings, Adamtech Ventures, Zuaiter Holding Capital, HB…

Royal FloraHolland formulates 2020 sustainability ambitions

Sustainability is one of the pillars of Royal FloraHolland’s strategy. It offers members the opportunity to distinguish themselves and strengthen their competitive position. In addition to that, of course, it contributes to making the market place and sector as a whole future proof. In 2019, they already…

Peter Lommerse, Nord Lommerse, about BulbStar Havatec

"Higher capacity with fewer people"

“You have to look at it this way. It is not a machine that shoots out the bad bulbs, it is a relief of labor. We can just have a lot more capacity with a lot less people. That’s where the big profit is." Peter Lommerse from Nord Lommerse in Hillegom is speaking. The company is, with an annual production…

Germany: Major fire at Jan Reijnders Blumengroßhandel

The German flower wholesaler Jan Reijnders Blumengroßhandel in Gildehaus was hit by a fire last Monday (January 6, 2020). Several neighboring companies have been evacuated, as a precaution. The reason for the fire is still unknown. No one got injured due to the fire, but the company manager was brought…

Jorg Swagemakers, Van Krimpen

'Sustainable plastic pots do exist'

If you want to be sustainable, you have to get your hands dirty. At Van Krimpen, one of the major suppliers of cultivation pots in the southern region of the Netherlands, they started collecting and recycling plastic themselves seven years ago. Trucks full come in every day, while on the other hand large…

Rush hour at Ron van den Bosch

NL: Christmas tree makes way for green plants

He's having a hard time getting out of the garden these days. Garden centers follow the pattern of 'Christmas tree out, green houseplant in'. At the same time, the holes have to be filled again and plenty of new plant material comes in at the front that needs to be potted up. In short, Ron van den Bosch…

Verano365 adds horticulture industry veteran as Account Director

Verano365 is enhancing their team by appointing Herbert Rabalais as Account Director. The Texas-based horticultural innovations company creates specialty products for…

Marcel Pennings starts as Manager Procurement and Global Sourcing at Holex Flower

2019 has been a very successful year for Holex Flower, with a record revenue of €77 million in the Netherlands and €10 million for the department in Miami. And the new year…

The Amazing Flowers of Victoria spreads wings globally

Thai orchids conquering the world

It all started with exporting all kinds of orchid plants and flowers supplied by several growers in Thailand. Then, in addition, he started to grow the most popular varieties in his own greenhouse in Thailand and now, 2 years later, he grows almost all orchid species in this greenhouse, and he recently…

Plant List Committee welcomes new member: Taylor Lewis

PlantRight welcomes the newest member of their Plant List Committee, Taylor Lewis, Nursery Manager at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. Taylor will be taking the place of Ellen Zagory, former Director of Public Horticulture at the UC Davis Arboretum, who served on the Plant List Committee for…

Tips for making sure safety training is understood by everyone

No matter the workplace, safety is key. But for your employees to follow safety rules, they have to understand what needs to be done. That’s where multi-lingual warnings and signs come in. In the article, “Safety is a common language,” for The Trade School at SBE website, author Chad Scott points out…

"drawn together by a passion for innovation and customer focus"

Legro acquires 50% stake in Botanicoir

Two producers in the substrate industry will join forces. The Dutch substrate producer and supplier Legro has purchased 50% shares in Botanicoir, the British/Sri Lankan coir manufacturer. "This partnership will enable Botanicoir to make the necessary investments to cater to the increasing global demand…

"Those techniques save our customers, and us, thousands of dollars per shipment"

Van Belle Nursery was recently recognized by the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce for its business excellence in corporate social responsibility. The award, along with other local business award recipients for various categories, was presented during the 24th annual Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards…

Two new members join the GRC Board of Directors

Geothermal Resources Council announces new Board of Directors

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is governed by a Board of Directors, elected by the general membership to 2-year terms. To provide continuity, an election is held every…

Second generation to lead Garden Media Group

The mother-daughter duo of Suzi McCoy and Katie Dubow are well known in the horticultural industry. From representing first-class clients to speaking on the latest gardening trends, the two have built the PA based Garden Media Group into one of the top marketing firms in the garden industry. “Today we…

National Garden Bureau celebrates 100th anniversary

A century ago, National Garden Bureau (NGB) was conceived by James Burdett in the wake of World War I. Because of his unique background as both a former journalist and as a seed company’s advertising manager, he appreciated the role of the media in public education. He pioneered the idea of enlisting…

Sander van Koppen (Rabobank) points to Dutch company for Horticultural Business prize:

“Do not underestimate how much it takes to run a company like SK Roses"

At the end of each year, the Dutch bank, Rabobank's Sander van Koppen always reflects on whether there is another suitable candidate for the Horticultural Business Owner's Prize. At the end of 2019, he chose SK Roses. “What struck me is how this young new generation works together within the sector. They…

Boxwood breeder looks forward to 2020

As the decade comes to a close, the team at NewGen Boxwood sets their sights to the future and the opportunities presented in the new year. Last month they looked at the official launch of the NewGen brand in 2019. Now they share the plans they have and how they hope to expand and connect with the…

Peter Holla (67) passes away

At the age of 67, Peter Holla of Holla Roses passed away. In 1986, he started a rose nursery in the Dutch town of Luttelgeest, and in 2005 Holla Roses expanded with a nursery in Ethiopia: Ziway…

US (CA): Kendra Minkler joins BioTherm

BioTherm Solutions announced that effective Jan. 6, 2020, Kendra Minkler has been appointed to the company’s Business Development and Regional Sales position. Over the last five years, BioTherm has steadily increased its sales initiatives, and Kendra Minkler represents another step in this expansion.…

Svensson introduces

2020: the Year of the Grower

In line with tradition, Svensson released a film during the festive period. Not a Christmas film this time but a New Year’s film. Svensson proudly presents ‘2020: Year of the Grower’. Its message goes well beyond New Year’s wishes. It also sees Svensson announcing that the film is just one part of what is planned for 2020 within…

Coco coir company finds new operating help in India

Shakti Cocos B.V. originated from Van der Gaag Potgrond B.V., a family business with several generations of experience in potting soil and substrates for professional horticulture. With the emergence of coco as a substrate in the 1980s, the need arose to have control over quality, product developments…

Holly jolly holidays - Season's greetings from the industry

Flowers and plants are inextricably linked to the holiday season. Christmas trees, poinsettia, helleborus, amaryllis, holly... the list goes on and on, and so does the list of companies that send their season's greetings. Here's a selection. Van Belle Nursery is celebrating the birth of a new liner,…

Our daily newsletter will be back on January 2, 2020

Happy Holidays!

We can hardly believe it ourselves, but it's that time of the year again. We'll be taking a few days off to enjoy the holidays. We would like to thank you for all of your continuous support and feedback. On behalf of our entire editorial staff, we would like to offer you our season's greetings! The horticultural team.

Bill Whittakker new sales manager Oreon

As of January 1, 2020, Bill Whittaker will strengthen Oreon's sales team. Together with Arnold de Kievit and our local installers, Bill will storm the North American greenhouse horticulture market. Bill's roots lie in the North American greenhouse horticulture for over 20 years. As a commercial account…

US (CA): $100,000 pledge benefits horticulture students

Cuyamaca College is naming a classroom in the Ornamental Horticulture Complex after a longtime benefactor which recently endowed the college district’s Promise Plus program $100,000 for student scholarships. The Governing Board approved the classroom dedication Friday in recognition of the decades-long…

Shakti Cocos increasing capacity

Shakti Cocos B.V. originated from Van der Gaag Potgrond B.V., a family business with several generations of experience in potting soil and substrates for professional horticulture. With the emergence of coco as a substrate in the 1980s, the need arose to have control over quality, product developments and delivery reliability.…

Haket turns 40: "The market is sometimes fickle, but we are stable"

Some milestones simply cannot be ignored. The Haket brothers of the horticultural supplier of the same name from Wateringen thought so too. “We are proud of our company and our employees and we wanted to show this. We celebrated the anniversary in the form of a company weekend with the staff, and with…

Ethiopia: Lafto Roses sold to Ethio Vegfru Group

Gerard van der Deijl reached an agreement with Ethio Vegfru Group Plc regarding the take over of his company Lafto Roses in Ethiopia. According to van der Deijl, his age is the main reason to say goodbye to the Ethiopian business and his children have no interest in further exploiting the company. Over the…

The great Mukono clean-up

Royal Van Zanten colleagues from the farm in Mukono have committed themselves to the community by collecting litter. On the photos below you can see the access road to Mukono. There are two small villages along the road and in particular the villages do not know what to do with all that waste. Unfortunately, it keeps roaming…

DV’s John Smith retiring after 43 years

There’s a famous quote by Gretchen Rubin that goes, “The days are long, but the years are short.” Most of us in the flower industry would agree that although the days are long, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day feel like forever. John Smith has been lucky enough to endure 43 of those major holidays, all…

Denmark: Logistics campus will help produce cleaner air

Recently, the first of four warehouse buildings to be erected on the Hedeland plot next to the DSV Panalpina headquarters in Denmark was completed with environmentally friendly NOXOUT roofing. A special mineral-based coating helps to break down NOx particles emitted from the cars and trucks that pass…

Kuehne + Nagel joins Development and Climate Alliance

Kuehne + Nagel has announced its accession to the Development and Climate Alliance. The Alliance was launched in 2018 by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in cooperation with the Research Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing and the German Society for…

Profile Products welcomes Andrew Yablonski as Northeast regional sales manager

Profile Products has hired Andrew Yablonski as  regional sales manager for the Northeast region. His territory will include West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New…

13 new members joined FSI in 2019

In their last update FSI presented 5 new members (Aldi Netherlands, AIPH, Syngenta Global Flower Business, Kuehne + Nagel and Blomsterlandet), and now they can present another 8 new members who joined their active network. JUMBO is family business and leading supermarket chain in the Netherlands. As such, it…

Beneficial Insectary introduces newest IPM Specialist

Erik van der Sluys received a degree in Ecological Systems and minor in Biology in 2014 from Seattle University. Since then, he has worked as a Farm Manager for Seattle University, a Grower for TKO Reserve, and an IPM Technician for Iwasaki Brothers INC using BCA releases on a wide variety of crops. He…

CalFlowers installs new officers

At the December quarterly board meeting, the CalFlowers board installed the new officers for the coming year:  Frank Biddle, President Steve Dionne, Vice President Marc Robinson, Treasurer Ben Dobbe, Immediate Past President Passing of the gavelFrank Biddle leads the board in thanking Ben Dobbe for his energy and passion over the past two…

ABB Head of Corporate Communications leaves company for Syngenta

Christoph Sieder (49) is stepping down from his position as Head of Corporate Communications at ABB to take on a new role as Head of Communications at Syngenta, on March 1, 2020. Sieder will leave ABB on February 29. A successor will be announced in due course. Sieder, an Austrian national, joined ABB in…

Kenya: Nakuru firm ensures employees' safety at work

Employers are required to ensure their staff work in safe and healthy environments. However, cases of employees being retired due to injuries at work places are increasing as…

Mike Biotech Asia scoops up Sri Lankan business awards

The 16th Annual National Business Excellence Awards ceremony was held at Colombo Hilton on Dec 13th. The Chief Guest was the High Commissioner for South Africa in Sri Lanka, Ms Robina P. Marks, and the pageant was held amidst a distinguished gathering of Top Businessmen, Leading Organizations, Diplomatic…

FreshPortal now links to Floriday

Links between packages and Floriday have been created in conjunction with the various software suppliers. The first software supplier, FreshPortal, has recently been connected, with the first growers already successfully using the link. Floriday is in talks with dozens of software suppliers about a link…

Vitroflora Producer Group cooperate with Gebr. Alkemade

The Polish company Vitroflora Producer Group Ltd. and Gebr Alkemade B.V., a Dutch perennial young plant producer, have made an agreement for intensive cooperation. Wil Alkemade, Tomasz Michalik, and Theo Alkemade. Vitroflora, situated in Trzesacz in the north of Poland, is one of Europe’s largest and…

Syngenta Flowers presents latest developments

Cyclamen young plant producer opens new office in China

Dahan is one of China's most important distributors of soil media, fertilizers and young plants of begonia, poinsettia and cyclamen. The company distributes products all over China. For the special occasion of opening the new offices, Dahan organized a "Chinese Cyclamen Symposium". For this event they…

New Globe Logistik and Easyfresh team up in India

Easyfresh has appointed New Globe Logistik as the new and exclusive representatives for Easyfresh in India. The company was initiated in 1950 under the leadership of Mr C.…

Germany: Kowert GmbH filed for bankruptcy

Kowert GmbH, a renowned company in gardening and landscaping, has filed for bankruptcy. On December 10, 2019, the Bielefeld District Court ordered the preliminary proceedings…

Newcomer #98

Desch Plantpak enters top 100 manufacturing companies in the Netherlands

Desch Plantpak is a newcomer to the list of top 100 manufacturers in the Netherlands (Maak Industrie Nederland) announced in early December by MT MediaGroep (Management Team).…

Canada: The ins and outs of the AgriHR Tool Kit

Flowers Canada Growers (FCG) has recently signed up for the AgriHR Tool Kit – which means all of FCG’s Members across the country now have free and unlimited access to this tool.Do you find yourself asking: “How do I attract the skilled workers I need?” “What’s the best way to discipline an employee?”…

Andrew Morse, FCO:

"Overall outlook for 2020 looks promising"

Flowers Canada (Ontario) Inc. (FCO) held its 53rd Annual General Meeting and Winter Event at the Holiday Inn Conference Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario on December 4th,…

The whereabouts of the FloraHolland Members’ Council

The Members’ Council has four committees, each with its own specific focus: strategy, finance, member loyalty and the cooperative. The committees research issues to be dealt with and advise the Members’ Council. But what exactly goes on in the committees? What do they talk about and how much influence do…

Noelia Mansilla new President EMEA region at Dümmen Orange

Effective of November 1, Dümmen Orange has appointed Noelia Mansilla to the new position of President for EMEA Sales. Thereby Noelia will become member of the Dümmen Orange Global Executive Committee. In her new role as President EMEA, Noelia takes the overall responsibility for the sales and financial performance…

Harm Maters looks back at the AVAG presidency

"Strong companies unite"

‘Top-level entrepreneurs’ is what Harm Maters calls the greenhouse builders and technology companies that he has represented during the past sixteen years as chairman of AVAG. The sector is united in this club in which the competition can be felt clearly. How does he look back at his presidency term? As a grower's son, Harm has always been involved in the sector. He attended the advanced horticultural…

A.M.A. launches new website

"The horticulture industry continues to evolve"

“The horticulture industry continues to evolve, with new technologies coming into use, new niche markets opening up and next generation growers joining family farms. At A.M.A., we embrace change and growth, and we want our website to reflect that,” says Connie Bradt, who co-manages A.M.A. together with…

They separate from Dutch Flower Group

Rosalink continues independently

Erik Bruine de Bruin, General Director of Rosalink, currently co-shareholder, buys back the majority of the shares of Dutch Flower Group (DFG). As a result, the company separates from Dutch Flower…

Bluelab wins another Innovation Award

"Accessible solutions to help growers with better insight into substrate or water"

“Excellence in Innovation”. That’s what Bluelab was awarded last week at the New Zealand International Business Awards 2019. It’s the second innovation award the team won this year: earlier they won the Excellence in Innovation award at the Bay of Plenty Export New Zealand Awards. “A rapid, serial…

Dave Captein elected as President of Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance

The Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance announced that Dave Captein was elected as President for a two year term. Dave has served as a Director on the COHA-ACHO Board since 2014 and as Vice-Chair since 2017. Dave is a flower grower from British Columbia where his family operates Blue Magic…

Royal FloraHolland introduces WhatsApp after successful pilot

After a successful pilot, Royal FloraHolland is deploying WhatsApp as a fully viable service channel for its customers. In this way, Royal FloraHolland is one of the first B2B parties to add WhatsApp to its busine…

Certis Europe parent company Mitsui & Co., Ltd. to Invest in Belchim Crop Protection

Mitsui & Co. Ltd. has reached an agreement to acquire a controlling interest in Belchim Crop Protection NV/SA (BCP) through Mitsui’s affiliate, Mitsui AgriScience International SA/NV (MASI). The agreement, signed on 6th December, means that MASI will acquire 62% of BCP shares from BCP’s founder, Belchim…

Carel Zwinkels says goodbye with 40 years of horticultural techniques on the counter

“A grower needs to keep on developing in order to stay afloat in this market”

He started his career in the world of cars, but soon found himself hooked on horticultural techniques. Carel Zwinkels recently waved goodbye to AAB nl, but it can’t be called a real farewell. “I have almost 40 years of horticultural techniques on the counter. I will keep on following the developments in…

OASIS Grower Solutions moves Florida manufacturing

To gear up for 2020, OASIS Grower Solutions has moved its Florida offices and manufacturing from Mt. Dora to a much larger and more modern facility at 5454 Foliage Way, in Apopka, Florida. This new facility gives the company 30% more space, providing for anticipated growth in the southern region of the…

Rinehart Poinsettias by Danziger available for 2020 season

Danziger announces NA partnership with Rinehart Poinsettias

Danziger announces a new partnership with Rinehart Poinsettias. The two companies are joining forces to bring “Rinehart Poinsettias by Danziger” to the North American market. Seven varieties, including five reds and two clean whites, will be available for the 2020 season, with additional introductions…

Netherlands: New location for Armada Young Plants

From 1st December 2019 all activities of Armada Young Plants and Armada Breeding will be continued at a new location: Nieuwveens Jaagpad 472441 EK NieuwveenThe Netherlands The phone number will not change: 0174-520713. The head office has already moved to the new site. All motherplants and breeding trials…

UK: Rotary recognition for horticulture journalism veteran

At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Ipswich UK, Horticultural Photo Journalist Michael Warren FCI Hort. was surprised by being made a Paul Harris Fellow for his services through the Rotary International organisation. Michael, with 51 years service to horticulture, has been a Rotarian for over 30…

Polish greenhouse supplier expands into steel

The Jaksa company, which provides services in the field of design, assembly and comprehensive equipment for greenhouse facilities, has expanded its activities in the steel constructions industry. The offer includes all stages necessary to create complete projects, from purchasing and processing…

Van Belle Nursery honoured by Chamber of Commerce for corporate social responsibility

Van Belle Nursery was recognized by the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce for its business excellence in corporate social responsibility. The award was presented during the 24th annual Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards gala, along with other local business award recipients for various categories. “On behalf…

Jan van Dam becomes new Dutch Flower Group CCO

As of 1 January 2020, Jan van Dam will become the new Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Dutch Flower Group (DFG). With that, he will also be a member of the DFG Executive Committee. Following the completion of his studies in business administration, Jan van Dam embarked on his career at Ahold, where he…

Technician Keith Allen retires from Javo USA after 38 years

In August of 1981, Rubberen Robbie topped the Dutch pop charts with "Der Nederlandse Sterre Die Strale Overal,” Ronald Reagan was in the White House and Keith Allen started working on potting machines at Javo USA, Inc. Now, more than 38 years later, he is set to retire in Dec. 2019. Over the ensuing 38 years…

Stolze Mexico has been around since 2012

"We could start working with 12 hectares of greenhouse heating right away”

Fifty years ago, Teun Stolze started his company in the Dutch town of Maasdijk, and his customers were all located in the Dutch Westland. Back then, he couldn’t have imagined that fifty years later, Stolze would be working globally and even have locations abroad. Among others, Stolze has a location in…

UK: Polycrub pioneer joins SAC Consulting’s Oban team

An enterprising SAC Consulting advisor, who pioneered the use of the robust Polycrub polytunnel for numerous island businesses, has moved from Stornoway to join the Oban-based team. Rob Black, who worked for SAC Consulting on the Isle of Lewis for four years, successfully applied for grant funding from…

The Netherlands: Dutch soccer player in between cultivation gutters

At Metazet FormFlex, 'straight as a line' is normally their thing, but this week, there was a one time exception. Dutch soccer player Willem van Hanegem, who was well known for his curved free kicks, visited the company in Wateringen for the farewell of Jan de Jong. And for the occasion, he was even…

Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment appoints new President

The Governing Board of RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) has appointed Megan Provost as the association’s new President. Provost brings a strong background…

Jens Bjørn Andersen is Air Cargo Executive of the Year

“Andersen’s leadership of DSV through its acquisition of and merger with Panalpina led the readers and editors of Air Cargo World to recognize him as the Air Cargo Executive of the Year for 2019.” So begins Air Cargo World’s article showcasing this year’s Air Cargo Executive of the Year. In the article, he…

GardenChoice: Born from 4 horticulture industry leaders

US: How a cup of coffee can lead to a new company

It all began with a cup of coffee at the California Spring Trials in 2015. Jim Eason (EHR), Ko Klaver (BTC), Arjen Vriend (PG), and Rick Grazzini (G2) met and each had a business need that the other independent companies could meet, with a goal of working together more effectively to improve the products…

Autogrow appoints two product specialists for growing market

Autogrow has appointed Steve Gardner - Head of Product and Sophie Stanley - Head of Product Marketing, to support the company’s continued global growth. Both are members of the Senior Leadership Team. “It’s great to have someone with Steve’s experience joining us. He will lead customer conversations and engagement…

US (TN): Hermann Holtkamp Greenhouses receives MPS-A+ certificate

From now on, Hermann Holtkamp Greenhouses belongs to the select group of growers that hold the MPS-A+ status. Director and owner Reinhold Holtkamp Jr. received the certificate from MPS-coordinator North and Central America Arthij van de Veer at Cultivate’19. Hermann Holtkamp Greenhouses, an MPS member…

UK: Dobbies garden centre chain considering return to stock market

The UK’s largest garden centre chain, Dobbies, is gearing up for a return to the stock market after posting a jump in sales. Sales were up by 2 per cent to £166 million in the year to the end of February on the back of six new stores while like-for-like sales rose by 5 per cent. Underlying earnings grew…

Veiling Rhein-Maas releases information on auction regulations and fees for 2020

From 1 January 2020 onwards, there will be a new version of the auction regulations in place. The auction regulations relate to the general terms and conditions of Veiling Rhein-Maas GmbH & Co. KG and are available in German. Please note in particular the newly created Article 7 of the Webshop. In addition,…

CAN: Marie-Claude Bibeau is re-appointed as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Marie-Claude Bibeau is re-appointed to her role as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. On behalf of fruit and vegetable farmers across Canada, CHC is please to…

Scott Sterling and Marc Radsma join Dramm as regional technical representatives

Scott Sterling and Marc Radsma are joining Dramm's Commercial Sales Team as regional technical representatives. Scott Sterling started his career as a grower for Sedan Floral in Kansas. Scott worked for and managed Oglevee Ltd. in Pennsylvania for many years before moving into plant sales with Eason…

Smart water monitoring technology ensures water and food safety

Water intelligence innovator Ketos and Dramm Corporation announced a strategic partnership to empower growers across the United States and Canada. Understanding the correlation between water quality and food safety, Dramm will use Ketos water monitoring solutions to provide growers with mission-critical…

Entrepeneur of the year award for Bom Group

Bom Group announced that they have attained first place at the entrepreneurial gala the ‘Hoekse Entrepreneur of the Year’. Every year, on the last evening of November, ‘The networking evening for 'entrepreneurial Hoek van Holland’ takes place. And every odd year, the ‘Hoekse Entrepreneur of the Year’ is…

Green sky vision set by Australian urban greening initiative

Greener Spaces Better Places is the new name for 202020 Vision. Greener Spaces Better Places’ mission is to ensure that as urban places grow, so do green spaces in Australia’s towns, suburbs and cities, and in doing so, make Australia’s urban areas the greenest in the world. The program will continue to…

Wilbert van Oers starts working at Horti-Consult International

Wilbert van Oers recently joined the advisory team of Horti-Consult International B.V. as a cultivation consultant. His core responsibilities are guiding new international projects and advising on cultivation under glass and indoor farming, both national and international. Wilbert is specialized in…

Oserian Scholarships for top candidates

Oserian Development Company will offer full secondary school scholarships to eight top candidates from two primary schools within its farm. The eight, six boys and two girls studied at the Oserian Primary school, a public institution and the private wing, Hilltop Primary. It was the first time in the…

South Essex Fabricating announces comprehensive Group Retirement Plan for all employees

Peter Quiring, owner and CEO of South Essex Fabricating (SEF) announced the newly implemented Group Retirement Plan for the Quiring Family of Companies. Offered to SEF’s 112 employees, this plan is designed to support the long-term, retirement goals of the employees by matching dollar for dollar their…

important development for sector in Southeast Asia and Australia-Pacific region

PB tec acquires Powerplants Australia

On November 22nd, 2019, PB tec acquired all shares of Powerplants Australia through its subsidiary, PB tec Australia. The acquisition was the next logical step in the strategic cooperation between the two companies, which had been agreed upon earlier this year. This is an important development in the…

Dave Wilson Nursery announces acquisition of Fredriks Nursery

US (CA): "The acquisition is better than new build construction"

Effective today, Dave Wilson Nursery has announced the purchase of the assets of Fredriks Nursery in Ripon, CA. The acquisition will increase environment controlled greenhouse tree farming by thirteen additional acres, allowing for significant growth within the Dave Wilson Nursery potted tree division.…

Merger of De Bonfut and Dijk van Dijk becomes The Mastergrowers

During an energetic (literally) staff meeting last week, the merger of two Dutch hortensia growers, Dijk van Dijk and De Bonfut, launched their new name: The Mastergrowers. The name is meant to underline the ambition both nurseries share to grow and become one of the market leaders in the field of indoor…

Interview with chairman Marcel van Tol

The first year of the Royal FloraHolland Members’ Council

On 1 January 2019, the Members’ Council was installed in replacement of the General Members Meeting (GMM) of Royal FloraHolland. Chairman Marcel van Tol talks about the past year. The first Member Sessions since the Members' Council started in January were held in June. How did these go?'They went well.…

CAN (ON): Royal Botanical Gardens presents master planning initiative

Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) together with primary consultant MT Planners, shared new developments of its 25-year master planning initiative as part of the Seeding our Future Public Open House. RBG’s impact and value to southern Ontario was made clear along with the critical role RBG plays in addressing…

Ireland: Minister launches plant health and biosecurity strategy

The Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle, T.D., last week launched DAFM’s Plant Health and Biosecurity Strategy. This strategy outlines the importance of plant health biosecurity for Ireland, as well as ensuring that all relevant stakeholders are aware of the risks to plant…

DSV Panalpina makes voluntary offer of social plan to Basel head office employees

DSV Panalpina has decided to offer a voluntary and unilateral social plan to all Panalpina head office employees in Basel affected by the announced redundancies to take place in Q4-2019 and H1-2020. While both intent and hope were to arrive at a mutually agreed social plan within the announced timeline,…

Florensis Kenya fostering responsible citizenry

"Every year, a great percentage of our hardworking and dedicated employees entrust us with their children right from the daycare till they develop early learning at our Early Childhood Development School. Last week, we were privileged to facilitate an annual graduation ceremony for our employees’…


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