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Horticultural AI developer raises $7.5 million

iUNU has raised an additional $7.5 million from BootstrapLabs and NCT Ventures, among others, to bring a severely practical and a critical commercial application of AI and…

US (OR): Bower & Branch welcomes Oregon Pride Nurseries to its network

Bower & Branch, the e-commerce brand consisting of a network of independent growers and garden centers across the United States, expanded their grower network with the…

Syngenta Flowers:

"Full of energy and ready for 2019"

Syngenta Flowers is looking back at a fruitful IPM 2019 in Essen, Germany, amid an impressive display of novelties, brands and initiatives. One of the introductions is Poinsettia Mirage Red, a true grower’s poinsettia. Easy production is a definite advantage but it also wins the hearts of retailers and consumers for…

See their products at the Myplant & Garden in Milan

Flora Toscana reflects on a sparkling Valentine's Day 2019

"We sold 3 million stems of flowers and over 40,000 packaged potted plants for Valentine's Day", says Luciana Romiti of Flora Toscana, a cooperative of growers based in Pescia in Tuscany. "Red Roses were among the best-selling flowers but many requests also for roses in pink and blue as well as…

CAN (ON): Taking standardization of greenhouse cogeneration to the next level

When in 2010 Gruppo AB, together with a few former Jenbacher employees, created AB Greenhouse Power Netherlands (ABGPN), it was with a vision of taking cogeneration in the greenhouse sector to a whole new level. Over a period of more than 2 decades, Jenbacher in the Netherlands had continually updated and optimized their…

SAP managed services weed out IT complexity at Ball Horticulture

Managing an SAP environment can be daunting, particularly for small and medium-sized companies. Now, as the SAP technology stack expands, the task is getting even harder. Ball Horticultural Co.…

UK: FEC Energy rebrands to NFU Energy

FEC Energy has officially rebranded as NFU Energy, bringing together the NFU’s leading role in the farming industry with the company's engineering and energy expertise. Tim Crocker our Managing…

UK: GCA announces Chairman Elect for 2020/21

Mike Burks, who is the Managing Director of The Gardens Group, was elected as the Garden Centre Association's Chairman Elect for 2020/21 during the annual conference, which took place at Luton Hoo Hotel, Luton. Mike said: “I am greatly looking forward to my chairmanship and am lucky that the GCA has been in excellent hands with…

Brandkamp takes over neighbor, expanding into hydrangeas

Recently, Brandkamp took over their neighboring company, a breeder and propagator of hydrangeas. It is a 2 ha company with 4,000 square meter under glass and – more importantly – it has its own distinctive assortment of hydrangeas. “For us, it is about the mother plants , the varieties. Martin Wilkes…

Bain Capital and Carlyle Group considering takeover of Osram

Osram confirms market rumors that Bain Capital and Carlyle Group are considering a joint acquisition of up to 100% of the company's shares. In this context, the company is currently engaged in…

Australia: Feedback on draft qualifications & units

Skills Impact is seeking industry feedback on draft qualifications and units, that have been developed as part of the horticulture technology review project. These new units…

Dick van Regteren, Genap Waterproof Solutions:

"Acting globally but staying active locally"

“Our foils for water storage are used all over the world. In new market areas, we first start by exporting our product there. Then, when we see that the market is promising, we quickly try to find a local contact, because export is good but temporary. I truly believe in the power of doing business…

SePRO secures private equity investment

Bill Culpepper, President & CEO of SePRO Corporation announced that Excellere Partners, a private equity firm focused on partnering with entrepreneurs and management…

US: Farm Bill implementation comments invited

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey announced that USDA is hosting a listening session for initial input on the 2018 Farm Bill. USDA is seeking public input on the changes to existing programs implemented by the Farm Service Agency,…

Ecoligo wins German Entrepreneurship for Development Prize

German solar company ecoligo has been awarded the German Entrepreneurship for Development Prize for 2019 in the category of “Innovation for Development” for its commitment to promoting sustainable growth in emerging markets. The prize was awarded on Tuesday at the German-African Business Summit held in…

US (NH): Pleasant View Gardens adds Tom Pierro to sales team

With 2018 just barely in the rearview mirror, the folks at Pleasant View Gardens have strengthened its sales team by adding seasoned professional, Tom Pierro, as a new Territory Manager. With nearly three decades of sales and management experience under his belt, Pierro brings with him a vast understanding of how to make customers…

Syngenta Flowers joins Club of 100 Greenhouse Horticulture

Syngenta Flowers joins the Club of 100 Greenhouse Horticulture. This Club of 100 is part of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in the Netherlands. For Syngenta Flowers the membership offers an opportunity to contribute to the continuous innovation in horticulture. Head Marketing EAME Mark Schermer and Sjaak…

Fiore and Kwekerij Bosbloemen

NL: Decorum expands with two new members

On April 1 2019, two new members will join the grower's association Decorum, Firore and Kwekerij Bosbloemen. Fiore is a well-known name in cut Anthuriums and Kwekerij B osbloemen will expand the assortment with Celosias. Fiore Anthuriums Fiore grows 12 varieties of Anthuriums, of which they exclusively cultivate 4…

Ethiopian recognized as top performing cargo airline by Guangzhou Airport

Ethiopian Airlines has been awarded gold prize as the top performing cargo transportation airline at the Customers Annual Meeting organized by Guangzhou Bayiun International Airport on 30th January 2019. The award was handed to Ethiopian for being the first airline among top ten cargo operators to Guangzhou Bayiun International…

Greenhouse industry mourns loss of leading figure

It is with great sadness that the Richel Group announces the passing of its founding father. Pierre Richel passed away on Wednesday 23 January 2019, aged 92, after what he himself described as a fulfilling, colourful career. Standing among those visionaries who are always ahead of their time, Pierre Richel recognised the need to…

Karol Pawlak new Fleuroselect President

Fleuroselect, the international organisation for the ornamental plants industry, is delighted to announce that Karol Pawlak has taken on the role of President from 1st January 2019. Left Karol Pawlak, right Marc Driessen. Karol Pawlak is the founder of Vitroflora, a Polish young plant producer of starting material for pot and bedding…

Robin van der Meer and Lisanne Fabriek, Florist Holland:

"Merger will bring us a lot of advantages"

From September 2019, Florist Holland and HilverdaKooij will merge. The new name isn't clear yet (although it will probably be a combination of both names). What is clear, is that the merger should increase the sales and market share of their own varieties and that florists will have to play a major role…

US: BioSafe Systems adds to their horticultural sales team

BioSafe Systems has hired James Atkins as their new Technical Sales Representative. Based out of his home in South Carolina, James will be responsible for generating distribution and sales opportunities in the greenhouse, nursery, turf, and ornamental industries throughout the Mid-Atlantic region of the…

UK: New Covent Garden Market wins Best Wholesale Market Award 2019

New Covent Garden Market has been named the Best Wholesale Market at the Great British Market Awards 2019. "Whilst we always knew the market was special, it’s a proud moment for us all to have that recognised by NABMA (the National Association of British Market Authorities) as it celebrates excellence in both wholesale and retail…

UK: Perennial pledges to reach more people than ever during its 180th anniversary year

Perennial kicked off its 180 th anniversary in style this week with the annual Party for Perennial at La Goccia in Covent Garden on Tuesday 29 January. Over 160 people from across the industry came together for an evening of networking and fundraising in support of the horticulture industry’s only social…

US: David Kirby appointed executive VP of TreeTown USA/Village Nurseries/Hines Growers

TreeTown USA CEO Jonathan Saperstein announced David Kirby has been appointed to the position of executive vice president of TreeTown USA/Village Nurseries/Hines Growers. ​ Kirby will report directly to Saperstein in the newly-created position while based at the company’s Western Division headquarters in Orange, Calif. ​His career…

US: Horticultural Research Institute announces 2019 funded research projects

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the foundation of AmericanHort, announced the portfolio of research projects to be funded in 2019. Projects range from innovations…

US: PPC Flexible Packaging acquires HFM Packaging

PPC Flexible Packaging announced the acquisition of Pewaukee, Wisconsin – based HFM Packaging. PPC, headquartered in Buffalo Grove, IL, is active in flexographic printing and converting of…

Texas Superstar Festival Strawberry available for Valentine’s Day

Strawberry plants are an edible gardening gift that keeps on giving well beyond Valentine’s Day, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension…

Opening party new building for Doek en Draad

Dutch horticulture supplier looking for a new partner

For Doek en Draad it all started six and a half years ago in a barn of a grower in 's-Gravenzande, the Netherlands, and now Cees and Colin van der Kaaij are back again in 's-Gravenzande. The building at Honderdland in Maasdijk, the Netherlands, was exchanged last December for a 2.5 times larger building…

UK: Hackers target Great British Florist

Hackers have stolen the card details of thousands of customers buying flowers for loved ones over the busy festive period from UK commerce site the Great British Florist. The firm says…

"Real-time insight enables growers to directly improve their cultivation practices"

Corporate StartLife partner Klasmann-Deilmann and StartLife startup Sigrow collaborate in commercial horticulture. Their co-operation is resulting in insights and benefits for greenhouse growers. StartLife-startup Sigrow is working together with greenhouse growers to provide more insights in their growing environment. At one grower, they…

US: Syngenta celebrates new year with new pest management support

To better support Pest Management Professionals (PMPs) and their businesses, Syngenta has hired Craig Valentine as the newest member of the Professional Pest Management (PPM) territory manager team. He will be assisting customers with their pest management needs in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and…

The walking library of the Venlo greenhouse

Debets Schalke says goodbye to Kees van Dijk

After starting in November 1994, Kees van Dijk spent the next 25 years at Debets Schalke as a work planner and buyer. Now he bids farewell to the greenhouse building company to enjoy his well-deserved retirement. "For a quarter of a century Debets Schalke was lucky to enjoy this walking library, with his extensive knowledge of the…

Darwin Perennials turns 10

It was February of 2009 when Mike Klopmeyer was given the responsibility of proposing a way to organize the perennials business for Ball Horticultural Company. As a company, Ball had been involved in perennials breeding for many years. However, a more formal structure was needed. Over the course of a few months (and some…

LiveTrends Design Group is now active in India

LiveTrends Design Group announces the expansion of its international footprint by entering the India retail market. The new business entity was formed as a joint venture with local partners, under the name of LiveTrends India LLP. The main office of operations for LiveTrends India is in the city of Mumbai.The company has…

Steur♦Vyverberg

New partnership to offer service to horticultural entrepreneurs

Jeroen Noordermeer, owner of Steur, and Huib Herbert, owner of Vyverberg, have joined forces to provide lasting service to horticultural entrepreneurs. Steur ♦ Vyverberg is a recently established partnership between Steur Technisch Adviesbureau from Rockanje and Vyverberg Advies & Begeleiding from De…

Huge efficiency step in water-cooled led grow lights of Oreon

Oreon, Dutch-based innovative developer of high-end LED grow lights, presents its new fixture at the Fruit Logistica exhibition in Berlin, Germany. This latest model produces a light output up to 2080 μMol/s with an efficiency of 3.1 μMol/J. The Oreon Grow Light 3.0 is therefore one of the most efficient…

Online service for growers and agronomy experts aims to optimize fertilization programs

Haifa launches NutriNet, an online expert system which aims to support and optimize the process of creating customized fertilization programs. The service is free of charge for users. The new NutriNet platform was developed at the Haifa Group Innovation Center. It incorporates plant nutrition related knowledge that was…

Ecuador: Flower export will grow by 7% for Valentine's day

Ecuador will send abroad 15,000 tons of flowers to meet the demand of Valentine’s Day. The sector also has a new boarding point this year thanks to the resumption of cargo flights at the Cotopaxi International Airport.  The export increased of 1,000 tons in relation to the shipment that was made for the same holiday, in…

with expansion plans

Riococo celebrating 15 years in business

There's a party going on at Riococo. The provider of 100% organic coir based growing media solutions is celebrating 15 years of service to agriculture and horticulture industry. Nowadays the company is serving over thousands of acres in 52 countries across 6 continents. For the upcoming year, a new…

Bas Bakker joins Van den Bos Flowerbulbs

Van den Bos Flowerbulbs has a mission to have the best flower bulb team in the world. In order to achieve this mission, this Dutch company has appointed a new COO, Bas Bakker.…

Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation announces grant proposal deadline

April 1, 2019 is the deadline for submission of grant proposals for research and educational projects in floriculture and related fields such as plant pathology, plant…

Powerplants Australia celebrates 25 years

Powerplants are celebrating their 25th Anniversary this February. Founder Carl Van Loon, whilst working in his family’s nursery business, realised that people who understood greenhouse technology were very rare, giving him the inspiration to solve this problem for the Australian horticulture industry. Carl studied Mechanical…

Greenhouse research facility constructed in Taiwan

Bosman Van Zaal is currently adding the finishing touches at the turnkey research facility for CH Biotech in Nantou, Taiwan. CH Biotech develops and innovates agrochemical products to meet the challenges of climate change and a growing world population. Turnkey biotech centre In collaboration with the Westlandse Project Combinatie BV (part…

Freight Line Europe to construct a new building in Honderdland

The construction of Freight Line, Europe's new business premises is set to start within six weeks. This Dutch logistics service provider's new building will be in the Honderdland business park in Maasdijk.  Along the business park's central axis,  there will be a state-of-the-art, multi-layered Crossdock Centre. It will have,…

Primeur Special Fruit Logistica Edition online now

Fruit Logistica will be held in Berlin, starting the 6th of February and ending on the 8th. For the event, a Special Edition of Primeur has been released in both English and German. The magazines will be distributed during the exhibition, but you're welcome to pick up your copy at our stand (Hall 3.2…

US: Cannabis company files bankruptcy

A Denver-based company that builds greenhouses for marijuana growers and has raised more than $15 million from investors, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, BusinessDen.com reports. Denver-based GrowCo Inc, a majority owned subsidiary of Two Rivers Water & Farming Company, said in the filing last week that…

Top 5 Komet tools for the Floral Holidays

Floral Holidays are just around the corner. And working on the best deals for all your flowers and supplies is the most important aspect to consider before the rush. Ordering early will help you save money and obtain the best selections according to the styles of each season. To accomplish that goal you need a…

Young talents grow at Pro Manager Mastercourse

Ridder is a partner of the Pro Manager Mastercourse; a two-week program that provides young horticulture entrepreneurs with the opportunity to discuss the future of their greenhouse business with the captains of the Dutch horticulture industry.     The Mastercouse group consists of 15 inspiring horticultural managers between 25…

US (NC): Bayer Environmental Science opens new headquarters

The Environmental Science business unit of the company's Crop Science division has officially moved its Environmental Science US headquarters to Centre Green Office Park,…

IPHandlers' new warehouse is almost complete

The Dutch town of Aalsmeer is mere minutes from Schiphol Airport. Here, the finishing touches are being added to IPHandlers' extension. This air freight handler is constructing a brand-new warehouse, right across the street from their head office. This new 6,000m2 building will mainly be used for handling fruit and…

"Further expand our share in the international horticultural sector"

PB tec opens branch in North America

PB tec, supplier of electrical, water technology and automation for international horticulture, has established a new company in the United States. The company from Maasdijk…

Takeover of Limex completed, continuity safeguarded

"A host of opportunities for washers and cleaning concepts in horticulture"

Joep Janssen has taken over Limex Machine Exploitatie BV from his parents. The company was founded almost 30 years ago by his father who started cleaning vegetable crates at auctions using mobile crate washing installations. This soon led to in-house engineering and production of washers and the…

US: Historic cold forces businesses to modify operations, close

Some floral industry businesses in the Midwest were forced to modify operations or temporarily close their businesses on Jan. 30 in the face of bone-chilling, historic cold…

Houweling Groep achieved three ISO quality marks

In January 2019, the Houweling Groep achieved three ISO quality marks. A successful audit has shown that the company met the quality standards. The following three ISO certifications were acquired:…

Dramm partners with Vifra to offer humidity management to North American market

Dramm partners with Vifra, specialists in humidity management, to offer their solutions to North American customers. Vifra focuses on helping growers optimize their greenhouse humidity. Founded in 1994 by Vincenzo Russo in Rome, Italy, Vifra produces high quality systems designed for easy maintenance and long life.…

Codema strengthens sales team in German-speaking countries

As of 1 January, Codema has strengthened its international sales team with Thomas Bauer. In his role as Account Manager for the DACH countries (Germany, Austria and Switzerland), he will be working to strengthen Codema’s position as a full-service system integrator. Thomas Bauer has been working at another international horticulture supplier for over…

Growers take center stage in new De Ruiter strategy

De Ruiter Innovations kicks off the new year with a lot of plans. "We are going to build an office in Ecuador, and various introductions are at hand, and a new website will soon go online. Moreover, we will roll out our new slogan: 'Meet my roses'." Team of De Ruiter at the IFTF in Vijfhuizen, the Netherlands. This is…

SAIM-Weber attends Fruit Logistica with vacuum cooling

Vacuum cooling is based on the low-temperature evaporation of a small percentage of water in a product. "We thus obtain quick stress-free pre-cooling that guarantees reduced weigh and sales times. For example, leaf vegetables can be cooled in 20-30 minutes, taking them from 25 to 3-5°C. Products with a high surface/weight…

Cooperation Fairways and KWE

Large and small learn from each other in international perishable transport

Fairways Logistics recently announced a partnership with the Japanese company Kintetsu World Express (KWE). Unlike Fairways, which has been in existence for 20 years but is relatively modest in size, KWE operates worldwide in land, sea and air transport. We spoke to Hans Blauw, who's worked at the…

33,000 square meters for DSV in Poland

DSV in Poland started the new year by moving their operations into a new 33,000 square meter facility in Błonie Park near Warsaw. The new facility meets the increasing demands for comprehensive logistics solutions in the region. The new DSV location in Błonie covers an area of over 33,000 square meters, including approx. 900 square meters…

Denmark: TGOD and Knud Jepsen complete cannabis joint ventures

The Green Organic Dutchman has entered into a definitive Agreement with Queen Genetics/Knud Jepsen to establish two 50/50 joint ventures; the first for the purpose of producing commercial cannabis and cannabis oils and the second for developing and patenting innovative and commercially valuable elite…

Australia: Advancing the reinvention of NGIA

Late in December 2018, a transition team of NGI members was to be identified to advance the reinvention of a hybrid national body. This team will work to produce an Information Memorandum that articulates the proposed model and provide a basis for members to make a decision in June this year. The Team were nominated for the task…

Han de Groot director Vereniging Potgrond- en Substraatfabrikanten Nederland

The Verening Potgrond-en Substraatfabrikanten Nederland has, in the person of Han de Groot, a director as per January 1, 2019. Han de Groot has earned his merits in the business world, consulting industry, and at…

Marcel van Tol chair of Royal FloraHolland Members' Council

On 17 and 18 January 2019 the newly formed Members' Council had its first meeting during a two-day session. Besides a personal introduction, the Members' Council discussed the detailing of its tasks, the structure of its committees and ways in which the dialogue with the cooperative members can be conducted. Furthermore, an…

Signing of membership contracts at IPM 2019 in Essen

Landgard expands international producer network with first members from France

Landgard has used the IPM 2019 Fair schedule for another milestone in the internationalization of the cooperative producer base. To this end, Gaël L'Hour, Export Manager of the French horticultural cooperative Kerisnel, signed the official first membership certificate at the Landgard booth on behalf of…

CAN (BC): Zenabis acquires greenhouses to ensure continuity for Bevo customers

Zenabis, through its subsidiary Bevo, completed the acquisition of Topgro for consideration of $12 million.  The Topgro Acquisition includes 10.4 acres of greenhouse on 50 acres of land in Aldergrove, British Columbia, which Zenabis intends to use for vegetable and floral propagation. This will ensure continuity for existing Bevo…

Dillewijn Zwapak introduces brand ‘Selected'

Dillewijn Zwapak is introducing a series of special items for florists, arrangers and window dressers under the name ‘Selected’. Items not only perfect for your own professional use, but…

Jury praises "ingenious solution":

GERR Industry Association awards prize to Pöppelmann plant pot

For its blue pot PÖPPELMANN blue® from the pro-K Industrieverband Halbzeuge und Konsumprodukte Kunststoff e. V. has been awarded. At the award ceremony in Frankfurt am Main, the TEKU® sales manager for the German-speaking region and the Benelux countries, Arno Zerhusen, and technology scout Benjamin…

BioSafe Systems appoints Jeff Kline as Vice President of Sales

BioSafe Systems has promoted Jeff Kline from Market Segment Manager to Vice President of Sales for Agriculture and Professional Products. Jeff has been working with the company since early 2007. “Jeff has been a valuable part of our business over the past ten years,” Rob Larose, CEO and President of BioSafe Systems says. “We are…

US: Darren Barshaw becomes newest member of EHR sales team

Eason Horticultural Resources has added Darren Barshaw to their national sales team. Darren brings a wealth of experience with him, with over 35 years in horticulture as a retailer, grower, landscaper, manager, and sales specialist. He previously worked with EHR from 2005 through 2012 as a sales rep, before moving to Michigan to…

US (NY): BioWorks renovates facility to support growth

BioWorks has made significant renovations to its facility in upstate New York to accommodate current and future growth. New manufacturing equipment was installed at the end of December to handle increased sales volumes and a second story has been recently added to expand office space for new team…

US (MI): Walters Gardens founder passed away

"72 years ago Dennis Walters married Harriet Knoll and started what is today Walters Gardens. He put his heart and soul into the business. With only an 8th grade education, he was humble and wise to take advice from others and always attributed his success to his faith in God." With those words, granddaughter Karin announced…

US: Oregon Lean Consortium launches new program year

The Oregon Lean Consortium welcomed two new companies as it launched its 2019 program year with a planning workshop on January 15. Seven diverse horticulture businesses will work together on process improvement for the next 12 months: Bailey Nurseries, Yamhill Eshraghi Nursery, Hillsboro JLPN Liners, Salem Marion Ag Service, Saint Paul Peoria Gardens, Albany Robinson Nursery,…

Dwarf Tomato Project results in 24 seed releases

Gary Ibsen, founder of TomatoFest Heirloom Tomato Seeds, grower of more than 650 varieties of certified organic, heirloom tomatoes and co-founder of World Tomato Society, announces the release of rare tomato seeds for 24 “Dwarf Tomato” varieties. Ibsen said, “This is a marvelous opportunity for space-challenged gardeners: those who plant in…

France: Haifa adds 8,000 MTPA to Controlled Release Fertilizer production capacity

Haifa Group announced the expansion of its Controlled Release Fertilizer (CRF) production in Lunel Ville, south France. The total production capacity at the facility is upgraded to 24,000 MTPA of Haifa’s Multicote CRF product range.   Based on Haifa’s proprietary polymer coating technology, the CRF production facility meets the growing…

GeoSeed celebrates 25 years

From home office to germination lab and 5,000 varieties

GeoSeed is celebrating 25 years of providing seed and customer service. George Park, owner and president, grew up in the seed business. From an early age, he worked at various seed companies to learn the trade from the ground up. In the 1970s, George and his wife Barbara worked for Goldsmith Seeds in…

Move to use Air Tanzania Company Ltd for horti exports

Exporters of horticultural products are reaching out to Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) for direct freight services to Europe. Industry sources say the national carrier,…

UK: £1 million for RHS Garden Wisley centre of excellence

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has secured a grant of £1 million from the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership to invest in the future of horticulture at its flagship RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey. The award will go towards the development of the new National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning,…

US: BioSafe expands Turf & Ornamentals team

BioSafe Systems has hired Maxwell Gilley. He started his career with BioSafe Systems on January 2, 2019 as the new Technical Sales Representative for Turf & Ornamentals in California. Max grew up in Jefferson City, Missouri and attended the University of Missouri where he earned his B.S. degree in Plant Sciences with…

Royal Van Zanten expanding in Uganda

Demand for Royal Van Zanten’s chrysanthemum varieties continues to rise. To meet this growing demand, two additional greenhouses with a total floor area of 22,116 m2 are currently being built in Mukono, Uganda. These greenhouses will be supplied complete with LED lighting for night breaks and are…

Danziger and Terra Nova Nurseries announce creative collaboration agreement

Terra Nova Nurseries and Danziger jointly announced this week the two companies are entering into a new alliance, whereby Danziger will become a dedicated licensee and producer of vegetative cuttings from Terra Nova Nurseries’ stock in Europe, Asia and Africa. Danziger will produce the Unrooted Cuttings…

Aleia Roses receives MPS SQ Certificate

Tuesday the 22nd of January 2019, Aleia Roses received the MPS SQ (Socially Qualified) certificate of "Millieu Project Sierteelt" (MPS). Mr. Gerrit Jan Vreugdenhil, Commercial Director of MPS, handed the document over to María del Mar Parra, Agricultural Engineer at Aleia Roses. This festive event took…

Kekkilä-BVB

"We provide access to a more sustainable way of growing"

Finnish Kekkilä and Dutch BVB Substrates have come together, combining decades of horticultural know-how to create a leader in the European growing media sector “Thanks to smart technology, vast…

Vestaron appoints Sherry Mitchell as Director of Marketing

Vestaron has appointed Sherry Mitchell as Director of Marketing. Sherry most recently was North America Director of Communications for Nufarm Americas, a developer and marketer of crop protection and enhancement products, for its agriculture and turf segments. She also has strong brand and creative…

Toy plants made out of plants

Last year, Lego introduced plant-based plants, bricks that a re made of sugar cane. While producing from oil costs CO2, the sugar cane absorbs CO2. According to the Danish toy production company i t is a step in Lego's plan to make every brick from sustainable material by 2030. Check out this unboxing video to see what it is…

Bucon Industries has moved to Bergschenhoek

"Rust on the silos is the nightmare of every grower"

The past year was completely dominated by major developments at Bucon Industries. For example, Peter Bulsing transferred his position as Managing Director to Erik Passchier. Both gentlemen are well known in the horticultural sector, and from Bergschenhoek Erik is now in charge of Bucon Industries -…

Labor solutions: 6 ideas from Four Star

As the United States economy has improved, it has become more difficult and expensive to find and keep good employees at all levels.  Add to that the challenges with immigration, and this becomes even more complicated. Tom Smith, president of Four Star Greenhouse, has some ideas that may help growers and retailers navigate this issue. 1.…

Australia: Hort industry seeks your say on new strategic direction

As Hort Innovation leads the way into a new age of horticultural research and development, they have called out to industry stakeholders to get involved and provide their input on the direction of the new corporate strategy. Under the leadership of CEO Matt Brand, a national roadshow of consultation workshops will kick…

SBM Life Science appoints Nick Walton as Head of Business for UK and Ireland

SBM Life Science has appointed Nick Walton as the new Head of Business for the UK and Ireland. Having previously held senior positions at Briers, Strata and the Garden Leisure Group, Nick…

Roots secures US$200,000 sale from Dagan for second China project

Roots has received a second sale and installation agreement from Dagan Agricultural Automation, its exclusive distribution partner in China. The A$278,000/US$200,000 purchase order from the sale is payable to Roots in instalments during 2019, with the first instalment to be paid immediately. Installation will be…

UK: Fargro announces partnership with Hortec to provide automation solutions to growers

Fargro announced a partnership with Hortec that enables the provision of bespoke automation to UK growers. Fargro and Hortec will combine their expertise and in-depth knowledge of each…

“Use of coco coir to grow substantially over the next decades”

With a history of only 25 years, coco is a relatively new product in the horticultural industry. Its popularity has been on a continuous rise and is expected to keep on growing over the next couple of years. “The European growing industry was very peat minded, but this has changed. Nowadays peat and coco…

Certified Category 5 hurricane resistant growhouse systems launched

Alquimi Renewables and its technology group Island AgTech, together with its strategic engineering partner Sprung Structures, based in Calgary, Alberta, have finalized development of the first fully certified Category 5 hurricane resistant greenhouse and blackhouse applications. Greenhouse project in the Caribbean: Each…

LandscapeHub partners with Manor View Farm

"We see the needs of growers, landscapers, and landscape architects and can think big picture"

One stop shopping for green goods buyers in the Mid-Atlantic just got easier with the addition of Maryland-based Manor View Farm as a LandscapeHub Fulfillment Partner. Now customers of both Manor View and LandscapeHub can source, pay, schedule delivery, and pick up products for entire projects from…

Dillewijn Zwapak moves to new head office and distribution centre

Dillewijn Zwapak will move to its new head office and distribution centre in Amstelveen on 4 February 2019. “It has really become a great place for our employees to work, with a hypermodern central warehouse and a stylish and spacious showroom for our customers,” says Mark de Krosse (Managing Director).…

NL: Focus on Gerbera continues as cooperation Summit Gerbera

As of January 1, 2019, Focus on Gerbera is a cooperation under the new name of Summit Gerbera. The purpose of the new structure is to intensify the cooperation between growers and to prepare for the future. Summit Gerbera consists of nine growers of large-flowered gerberas and mini-gerberas. In total,…

Hortinergy wins Sival d'Or

"Calculating how various decisions will influence the climate in the greenhouse"

Energy is one of the largest expenses in greenhouse growing. Today, there are many technical solutions to help drastically cut the power bill. And yet, identifying the best possible setup among the many technical and climate solutions available, is still a huge challenge that needs to accommodate…

Gowan creates new business unit dedicated to biologicals

Gowan Company announced the creation of a new business unit dedicated to biological development and innovation. As part of this initiative, Gowan has purchased the remaining…

Takii Europe’s changes organizational structure

Takii Europe has made changes to its organizational structure. The main changes are found at the top of Takii Europe’s organization. Ton Kuipers, Managing Director of Takii Europe, has assembled a new ‘Business Team’ that is focused on achieving sustainable business growth and value creation. Ton Kuipers In light…

DSV looking to take over Panalpina

The Board of Directors of Panalpina announced that it has received an unsolicited, non-binding proposal from DSV to acquire the company at a price of CHF 170 per share, comprising a mix of cash and DSV shares. According to its fiduciary duties, the Board of Directors of Panalpina is reviewing the proposal in conjunction…

US: Plant health companies merge, uniting under one banner

Douglas Products announces the formation of a new Plant Health Division following the addition of two companies known for innovation in Biological plant nutrition and soil…

UK: Westland Horticulture acquires Gardman Group

Dungannon-based Westland Horticulture has completed the acquisition of a rival company in England, with support from Danske Bank. Established in 1990 in Co Tyrone, Westland is now one of the fastest growing consumer garden product companies in Europe, supplying a range of gardening products including lawn care, plant…

US: SAF welcomes three new team members

In January, SAF welcomed three new staff members — Membership Specialist Kimberly Hay, Member Services Coordinator Claire Meskers and Director of Finance and Administration Lynn Craig. “Kim, Claire and Lynn bring a wealth of talent, expertise and enthusiasm to the SAF team and will help us deliver even more value…

Uralchem reaches agreement with Zimbabwe

Uralchem, JSC and the Republic of Zimbabwe signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the presence of the Russian and Zimbabwean Presidents in the Kremlin, on 15 January 2019. Dmitry Mazepin, Board Chairman of Uralchem, Deputy Board Chairman of PJSC Uralkali and Perrance Shiri, the Minister of Foreign…

US (FL): University of Florida ag department welcomes new research dean

My new right-hand man for Florida agriculture R&D has been shopping at the UF/IFAS poinsettia sale for years, so he’s a green industry customer as well as its new…

UK: Sam Rivers joins ICL Professional Horticultural team

ICL has welcomed Sam Rivers to its technical area sales team to advise customers in the home counties to the west, north and east of London. Sam has a National Diploma in Horticulture, a BSc in Horticulture from the University of Essex and an MSc in Entomology from Harper Adams in 2018. In addition, over the past nine years…

New Global Marketing Manager and Sales Director for Bedding Plants at Danziger

Danziger announced two additions to its global management team. Liat Shemer is the new global marketing manager and Amir Dor is the new sales director for bedding plants outside of the U.S. The two new team members started with the company at the end of 2018. Liat Shemer brings more than 15 years of consumer packaged goods…

New light producer to shake up the market

MegaPhoton appoints Robert de Goey as new CEO

A new player is about to shake up the market for horticultural light assimilation. MegaPhoton offers both HPS and LED fixtures. The company has been producing these for many years already – but always as private label for other brands. Now they’re approaching the market directly, with Robert de Goey as…

France: Premier Tech acquires TerreauxSTAR

Premier Tech announces the acquisition of TerreauxSTAR through its Business Unit Premier Tech Horticulture France. Located in Forges, western France, this company is a player in the production of growing media intended for professional markets. TerreauxSTAR offers sustainable, high-efficiency and innovative solutions. The acquisition is an…

Hortica names Tim Noble as new President

Tim Noble has been named President of Hortica, a brand of the Sentry Insurance Group. He replaces Mona Haberer, who retired at the end of 2018, following a 30-year career with…

Chris Higgins, Hort Americas:

"Labor is the number one topic in all the conversations we are currently having"

As we begin 2019, the moment is here to take a general look at the industry, and who better to discuss today’s topics with than Chris Higgins? With Hort Americas continually competing to be one of the leading wholesalers in North America, and Chris being a complete horti-geek, he’s on top of the…

Finland: DSV's operations in Vantaa move to new premises

From 1 January 2019, Road and Air & Sea in Vantaa (Finland) will operate out of a new DSV facility in Vantaa. The new logistics centre comprises a total of 64,000 sqm and consists of three buildings; an office of 4,000 sqm, a terminal of 10,000 sqm and a warehouse of 50,000 sqm. It will accommodate approximately 500…

Video: Behind the scenes at TTA

The TTA machines for handling and selection of young living plants are known by many nurseries. Less well-known is the production process behind those machines. High time to change that, the supplier must have thought. The machines are produced completely in-house, and the video below provides an overview of this process. Tuinbouw Technisch Atelier Van Beukelaarweg 45…

NL: Oerlemans Plastics will be working together with Ecolon

Oerlemans Plastic has gone into strategic cooperation with Ecolon, who deliver foil for the packaging of foods, starting January first, 2019. With this cooperation, Oerlemans…

UK: New Chair for Covent Garden Market Authority

David Frankish has been appointed the new Chair of Covent Garden Market Authority (CGMA) and will take over from Pam Alexander OBE on 1 February 2019 as she steps down at the end of her second term after six years. David Frankish David has extensive board level experience of the UK grocery logistics sector and food manufacturing. He…

"Optimize your water content in berries, cannabis, leafy vegetables and nurseries"

DrainVision floor-scale weighting system was recently developed by Paskal Monitoring Solutions. The system enables the grower the ability to control water content in the root-zone, improve growth process and reduce fertigation costs, whether your crop is soft fruits, cannabis, or flowers. The new system is available…

Tyne Moulds & Machinery invests in solar panels for their factory roofing

"Small changes make a big difference"

When your production is all about sustainability, then it must also be visible from the outside. With that in mind at the end of 2018 Tyne Moulds & Machinery had solar panels installed on the roof of their factory, now creating their own electricity. Ramy Zack and James Sword of Tyne Molds at the IPM Essen 2018.…

US (TX): J. Berry hires two new managers

J. Berry announces the following individuals who have recently joined.   John Wilson is the new Young Plants Division Manager. John brings over 40 years of experience in the horticulture field to J. Berry, from being Operations Manager at one of the early young plant companies, Colorado Cuttings in Lafayette, CO,…

Kenya: United Selections holds Open Days in Nakuru

United Selections kicked off the year by hosting their first open day in Nakuru at their Ngata Facility. The event, held on 10th and 11th January, 2019, was well attended with several of their varieties getting positive feedback from the clients. Some of these varieties included well established varieties in the market such as Madam Red, Adalonia and New…

UK: David Chilvers promoted to Sales Manager at Bransford Webbs

After fourteen years working with both independent garden centres and group accounts, David Chilvers, Bransford Webbs' current northern area sales executive is taking on the role of Sales Manager. His new role will see him lead the sales team, whilst continuing to build the company’s relationships with…

Dennis Tuk, ViVi:

"We can advise in any crop to be micropropagated in a safe way"

Taking cultivation to the next level - whether it's for a tissue culture laboratory or a multi layer grower system. That's what can be done with ViVi, the growing method developed to grow products in the final packing. Recently turn-key projects at Shandong D&F Agriculture and AgriGarden have been…

What are your green resolutions for 2019?

Good resolutions are part of starting a new year. Examples are attention for sustainability and contributing to a better environment. In 2019 Royal FloraHolland, too, will be working on a broader sustainability agenda for the future. This is what CEO Steven van Schilfgaarde said in the latest GROW: "We need to…

Netherlands: Construction started for new Havecon office

The construction works have begun for the new Havecon office. The factory next door has been used to full satisfaction for two years now. After months of designing and drawing the moment was finally here. The first pile was driven into the ground under the watchful eyes of the employees and there was a…

Denmark: New headquarters for GASA Group

2019 literally means a fresh start for the GASA Group. This international trading company started off the year in a brand new HQ in Odense, Denmark. "We are investing in the future as our goal is to be one of the leading European suppliers of floral solutions", says Daniél Vesterlund, Group CCO. Building stronger relationships The new building…

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Netherlands: Anthura wins Horticultural Entrepreneur Prize 2019

Anthura won the Horticultural Entrepreneur Prize 2019. With this prize, the orchid and anthurium breeder is entitled to call themselves Ambassador of the Dutch horticultural sector for a year. For this 33rd edition, the other nominated companies were Dekker Chrysanten, Opti-flor and Wim Peters…

New app connects beekeepers and growers

Pollination Network, a mobile app that helps local farmers and growers find bees and beekeepers, launched this week in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The app helps…


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