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GIMA holds virtual AGM and elects Simon McArdle of Westland Horticulture as President

GIMA has announced the election of Simon McArdle of Westland Horticulture as GIMA President, following its rescheduled AGM held on Friday 10th July, 2020. Following the…

Valoya

LED growth light company Valoya:

Built on the curiosity to explore the possibilities of light

“We were founded back in 2009, when there was only a handful of LED companies on the market, and the technology itself was still raising eyebrows,” says Nemanja Rodic, Marketing Director of Valoya. “In those days, LED meant only piercing, purple light. We changed that by introducing the first white light…

Royal FloraHolland

Royal FloraHolland:

Review of online member sessions in 4 minutes

In June and July, the Royal FloraHolland Members' Council organised for the first time online member sessions to discuss some topics with the members. These sessions provided valuable input. The sessions focused on the crisis and its impact on our companies and the cooperative. Members were also brought…

BioTherm celebrates 40th anniversary

A lifetime ago, BioTherm started with two teenagers and a startup – today they’re celebrating their life’s work with a 40th anniversary. “Our first invention was microclimate heating,…

brings total area within Hasfarm Holdings Group to 227ha

Vietnam: Dalat Hasfarm's 14ha expansion on schedule

The 14 hectare expansion at Dalat Hasfarm Vietnam is nearing completion, the expansion will take the total area under production in Vietnam to 190 hectares and the total area within the Hasfarm Holdings Group to 227 hectares. ​"We commenced the expansion in January and despite Covid-19 we have managed to…

MOU signed by Haifa and AgrIOT

Haifa Group signed a MOU with AgrIOT. According to the MOU, Haifa Group will invest in AgrIOT, a company that develops innovative technology which monitors nutrient deficiencies and provides recommendations for treating agricultural crops via smartphone. The unique technology will be added to Haifa Group’s product mix, which is…

US (MI): Four Star Greenhouse denies allegations in recent lawsuit filed by H-2A migrant workers

In an article published by Detroit Free press earlier this week, it was reported that six H-2A migrant workers from Mexico allege that Four Star Greenhouse and the agent it…

Flier Systems joins forces with Ideaal

Flier Systems has projects all over the world with professional young plant growers and regularly comes into contact with another global player: Ideaal, a supplier of spacing machines. These contacts have resulted in a collaboration between the two companies that was formalized with a contract at the…

CAN (ON): Royal Botanical Gardens CEO Mark Runciman to retire

After fifteen years as the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) and thirty-six years with the organization, CEO Mark Runciman will be retiring. His last…

François Mazellier appointed country head for SBM Life Science France

In the continuity of its development and in order to support its ambitions on the French market, SBM Life Science entrusts the responsibility for its France subsidiary to…

LEDs do this!

Henk Eleveld new manager production and quality at Oreon

Henk Eleveld has been part of the Oreon team since the beginning of June. After a long journey from the military to manager operations in rail freight and his own employment…

GE Current and Royal Brinkman enter exclusive partnership in the UK

GE Current, a Daintree company, and Royal Brinkman have entered an exclusive partnership together in the United Kingdom. Under the agreement, Royal Brinkman will have the…

Plantec on how growers are handling the present, preparing for the future

South American growers bounce back from pandemic woes

In spite of the COVID-19 situation affecting the global flower market, a large number of rose farms in Ecuador and Colombia are confident that the demand for flowers, especially roses will return in 2021, and are therefore taking this time of uncertainty to shore up their portfolio. This is explained by…

UbiQD partners with Solvay to distribute luminescent greenhouse covers

UbiQD, Inc., an advanced materials company powering product innovations in agriculture, clean energy, and security, and the Solvay Group, announced that they have agreed to…

Colombia: Verdissimo joins Asocolflores

Verdissimo is one of the largest producers of preserved plants and flowers and they have different production plants distributed in different countries. One of the most…

Chrysal has partnered with Dr. Hans de Ruiter to introduce Chrysal N’Fuse

US: Partnership leads to the usage of less PGRs for growers

Plant growth regulators are very important for growers to ensure a consistent output of a uniform and healthy crop to ensure maximum sales. Chrysal now introduces N’Fuse in…

Operational Director (COO) Antoine Kapteijns on Codema's approach to securing quality in customized horticultural solutions

Developing horticultural expertise worldwide

How does the Dutch specialist in horticultural solutions ensure that the same high-quality customization is provided worldwide? Codema's COO tries to standardize processes and components as much as possible while remaining room for customization. Though still maintaining people at the centre. In this…

Published by The Manpower Company

Kenya: Guide to re-opening your office during COVID-19

Re-opening your office during COVID-19 is already intimidating and confusing. To ease your burden The Manpower Company, an East African HR and Manpower Services provider, published a breakdown of the ‘Post-COVID return to work advisory’ by the Directorate of Occupational Safety and Health Services. The…

Introducing new HTA Board members

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has announced the appointment of three new board members as non-executive directors: Jane Lawler, Lawler Associates; Vicky Nuttall, The Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association (GIMA); and Ken White, Frosts Landscape Construction. Jane Lawler said:“Having spent…

Kevin Helash new CEO of Marrone Bio

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc., an international leader in providing growers with sustainable bioprotection and plant health solutions to global agricultural needs, today…

"Everything which can be automated in water, is automated"

Ball valves for irrigation used to be manually operated, but nowadays this is increasingly more automated. Someone who knows all about water technology in the greenhouse, is Hein Braaksma. "Everything which can be automated, is more and more often automated. The water-technical installation in a…

Germany: Gustav Zeitheim passes away

One of the best known hydrangea gardeners in Germany died. Gustav Zeitheim, born on September 8th, 1931, said goodbye to his family and friends on June 21st, 2020.  Gustav Zeitheim had…

NL: Rose prices are high, but not as spectacular as expected

Due to the decrease in supply as a result of the unrest in Ethiopia and the bad weather in Kenya, a significant increase in rose prices was expected for today. However, this…

Unrest in Ethiopia keeps flowers grounded

NL: "Flower prices will be high on Monday"

Unrest in Ethiopia is keeping flowers grounded since last Tuesday. On top of that, supply out of Kenya is lower due to the weather. In turn, it is expected that the prices,…

SBM Life Science confirms acquisition of BHS's garden business

SBM Life Science is confirming the acquisition of BHS's Garden business, specialized in Fertilizers, Soil, Lawn Seeds, Plant Protection Products, Outdoor Maintenance products,…

45 years Logiqs: From container systems to vertical farming and warehouse automation

45 years ago, on July 1st, 1975, the Logiqs journey began, together with the founding of Intransit B.V. (the company’s initial name). And even though the company name and shareholders may have changed since then, they still look back at this date as the very beginning of the company. "At the start, the…

$50 mln venture launched: 1868 Ventures

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products, as well as hydroponic and indoor growing products, announced today the launch of 1868…

Mayer establishes central marketing department

Since 1st June Katharina Eitel has been a new team member of the Mayer Group. As part of the newly established central marketing department “Mayer Marketing Solutions”, she will be working with Florian Läpple to design and drive forward the Mayer Group’s marketing initiatives for the company’s Steel- &…

Wilbur-Ellis

Wilbur-Ellis celebrates 100 years in business, raises funds for Red Cross

Only a handful of companies last 100 years, and Wilbur-Ellis is beginning the celebration of its 100th anniversary, as they count down to that milestone on June 29, 2021. The celebration will continue over the next 12 months and includes a new 100th Anniversary website and a new Giving Program that will…

Greenhouse builder provides employees with reusable water bottles

CambridgeHOK has taken a significant step towards cutting the use of single use plastics across the business by buying every employee a reusable insulated water bottle as part of a wider environmental plan for 2020. The move has been spearheaded by the firm’s Business Development Manager for Energy,…

Ethiopian farms shut down amid unrest following murder

Since Tuesday farms in Ethiopia have been closed due to the chaos in the country that arose after the murder of singer and activist Hachalu Hundessa, Monday night. On Tuesday,…

Continental Floral Greens taking over Oregon Roses farm and operations

A new alliance between Continental Floral Greens and Oregon Roses was announced on June 30, 2020. "The goal is to combine product lines and increase distribution and production capabilities to create a one-stop shop for current and new customers of both companies, that will be serviced by Continental…

Sunshine Bouquet acquires Esmeralda Group

On June 26, the Esmeralda Group and Sunshine Bouquet Company entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Sunshine Bouquet will acquire all the operations of the Esmeralda Group in Ecuador, Colombia and the United States. This was announced by the two companies in a letter they've sent to their…

Managing director Bonny Heeren leaves Saint-Gobain Cultilene

Bonny Heeren has announced he will leave Saint-Gobain Cultilene. As managing director, he spent more than ten years at the helm of the company, which grew into a leading supplier of substrate and horticultural glass under his leadership. Bonny Heeren started working for Cultilene in 2009, at a company that…

International customer base and distribution rights transferred

Bol Peat takes over Shakti Cocos distribution

Bol Peat B.V. has taken over the operational business of Shakti Cocos B.V. With effect from 1 June 2020, Shakti Cocos transferred the exclusive international distribution rights and the existing customer base to the Dutch trading company. The agreement also includes the acquisition of the Shakti Cocos…

US (IN): Michelle Herr elected to Great Lakes Floral Association Board of Directors

Michelle Herr, co-owner of Banner Flower House, Kokomo, IN, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Great Lakes Floral Association. Elected by her peers, Herr will…

"We are seeing prices we've never seen before"

Netherlands: Scarcity sends chrysanthemum prices through the roof

Even though the high temperatures, the prices for chrysanthemum cut flowers are high. The reason is scarcity. Due to the uncertain market situation and the decreased supply for the summer season, the supply is much lower than usual during this time of the year. "By about 30 percent", chrysanthemum grower…

With or without corona

Production and transport of fertilizers continue as usual

The border controls are more strict than ever, due to the Corona crisis. India is even in the largest lockdown in the world, 1.5 billion people who are afraid for more outbreaks. To send a ship there at this time means even more administration than usual, but it does continue, tells Dave Pinxteren with…

UK: Plants@Work elects a new committee

Here are details of the new committee who were elected yesterday at our virtual AGM. This will be sent out as a release to the horticulture trade press. Following plants@work's virtual AGM yesterday, we are pleased to announce the election of a new committee to lead the association out of lockdown. AGM…

In collaboration with a leading global industrial gas supplier

CO2 GRO announces commercial feasibility project at Colombian rose greenhouse

Toronto based CO2 GRO (GROW) will be installing a CO2 Delivery Solutions VCO2 system at a Colombian rose greenhouse in collaboration with a leading global industrial CO2 gas supplier. The VCO2 system will be evaluated for its effects on faster time to flowering, greater flower bud production and…

Ben van der Heide new Chief Sales Officer at Bosman van Zaal

Ben van der Heide recently joined Bosman Van Zaal in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands, as Chief Sales Officer. In this capacity he is, together with Manager Sales & Marketing Ronaldt Thoen, responsible for the commercial activities of this turnkey greenhouse builder. Van der Heiden is an experienced horticulturalist,…

Bayer

Bayer pays over $10 billion in Roundup settlement

Bayer announced a series of agreements that will substantially resolve major outstanding Monsanto litigation, including U.S. Roundup product liability litigation, dicamba drift litigation and PCB water litigation. The main feature is the U.S. Roundup resolution that will bring closure to approximately…

Royal FloraHolland strategy, what was it like again?

Would you like to know what Royal FloraHolland's strategy looks like? In a handy animated film they explain the strategy in 3 minutes. "Today, we find ourselves in unprecedented times, as coronavirus continues to disrupt the global economy. Royal FloraHolland is doing everything within its power to…

AU: Overview of the sustainable packaging workshop

On Friday 19 June, over 60 industry stakeholders attended the first industry-wide workshop on sustainable packaging in horticulture. The workshop, which was successfully…

Telrol and Kolibri Labels become part of Optimum Group

Telrol Group, consisting of the specialists in self adhesive labels Telrol and Kolibri Labels, becomes part of Optimum Group. The addition of Telrol Group fits within the…

Netherlands: Dames Plants joins Hamiplant

Plant export company Dames Plants B.V. (of Honselersdijk) has merged with Hamiplant, a member of Dutch Flower Group. The two businesses, both operating from Venus in Trade Parc Westland, have a long-term history of close communication, sharing the motto "better to be good neighbours”. The decision to…

Robert-Jan de Goeij appointed as commercial director (CCO) Codema

Recently Robert-Jan de Goeij joined as commercial director (CCO) and shareholder to the management of Codema. The total supplier of essential horticultural solutions was not unknown to De Goeij. As an industry partner from previous positions at Dalsem and Megaphoton, he already had a link with Codema.…

Maarten van Hagen joins Holland Gaas

Maarten van Hagen has started working at Holland Gaas and will contribute to the success of mesh systems for growers. Maarten introduces himself: "I have a great passion for horticulture and have already been wor…

Taylor Clark

US (AK): Peony farmers experiencing slowed business due to pandemic

Even in places as peaceful as a peony farm in the Valley, the pandemic continues to make things difficult. However, at some locations, like Champion Peonies in Wasilla, operations are adapting to still make some sales. For those that don't know, Alaska has a reputation for being one of the few places in…

Sakata Seed America welcomes Michelle Miller as Ornamental Key Account Manager

Sakata Seed America has announced the addition of Michelle Miller, a horticulture and substrate industry veteran, to the company’s ornamental group. With over 30 years of experience in the wholesale nursery industry, Miller brings a robust background of greenhouse production, plant health & nutrition,…

KUBO exists 75 years: Full-service grow concepts

KUBO exists 75 years. Wouter Kuiper: "Ten years ago, KUBO made the transition from supplying hardware to offering turn-key solutions such as the Ultra-Clima. That’s a proven standard. The step we are taking now is to offer Full-Service Grow Concepts. This means that we will be offering many more services…

Delphy opens location in Rwanda

As of June 1, 2020, Delphy has opened its own office in Rwanda. Delphy was already active in Rwanda, but is taking the next step in development by opening its own office. In particular, due to the…

A new agreement kicked off the expansion in Kenya

Dümmen Orange and ProRoot expand collaboration for cut roses

Dümmen Orange, the world’s largest breeder and propagator, and ProRoot, breeder of rose rootstocks, signed an agreement for collaboration in Kenya. To strengthen the market position of revolutionary varieties and rose rootstock even further. Left to right: Peter van de Pol Jr. (MD and Partner at PRO),…

US: Costa Farms acquires Bromeliad and Orchid grower DeLeon’s Bromeliads

Costa Farms acquires Florida grower DeLeon’s Bromeliads, one of the largest growers of bromeliads and orchids in the United States,  DeLeon’s Bromeliads has been providing its customers…

Royal FloraHolland

Howard Misser, Manager Digital:

"Royal FloraHolland can expand trade through digitisation"

Royal FloraHolland, together with all growers and buyers, is about to take a big step in digitisation. A step towards a new world in which the services provided by Royal FloraHolland as a company are guided not by physical processes, but by advanced information provision. Howard Misser has been Manager…

Syngenta

Syngenta Group officially launched

Syngenta Group announced its official launch. Under a single entity, it unites Syngenta AG, headquartered in Switzerland, ADAMA, based in Israel, and the agricultural businesses of Sinochem, based in China. The new entity, headquartered in Switzerland, has 48,000 employees in more than 100 countries, and…

Marko Pomerants new President of the International Peatland Society

The Annual Assembly of National Representatives has elected Marko Pomerants from Estonia new International Peatland Society (IPS) President for the period 2020-2024. Mr. Pomerants will start his position on 18 June 2020. Photo by Ain Liiva / Virumaa Teataja The Assembly, which was held by email during 10…

Social distancing greenhouse dining rooms

The Cartford Inn in Little Eccleston, Lancashire, has installed greenhouse-like dining pods that allow social distancing while having dinner. Sitting in the greenhouses with up to four people, you'll always be two metres apart from the people next to you.  British people are eager to get back to the pub, as…

Veiling Rhein-Maas

Adjustment of auction start

Modernisation of the auction clock front at Veiling Rhein-Maas

As previously announced, Veiling Rhein-Maas will start to modernise the auction clock front on Monday 22 June 2020. After analysing the expected supply quantities and the required auction length, Veiling Rhein-Maas has decided to start auctioning both cut flowers and potted plants at 05:30 am from the…

Superplant joins OZ Planten

Aalsmeer-based Superplant B.V., a trading team specialised in indoor and garden plants, has merged with OZ Planten. For over a decade, Superplant has been fully focused on supplying wholesalers in various countries around Europe with plants procured either via the daily auctions or directly from leading growers. Superplant owner-director…

June 30, 2020 at 16:00 CEST

Webinar to support growers coming out of the COVID-19 crisis

Taking place on Tuesday 30 June at 16:00 Central European Summer Time (CEST), this free, 1.5-hour webinar will provide listeners with anecdotes from industry leaders about overcoming the adversity brought on by Covid-19 protection measures. Ornamental growers from around the world are invited to join a free…

Bluelab strengthens Americas team with Lori Kunz

Bluelab has appointed Lori Kunz as sales manager for the company’s Americas division. Kunz contributes 15+ years of greenhouse technology experience with leadership roles, most recently in horticultural LED lighting, and, prior to that, with Roots Nantucket and Bartlett’s Farm, where she began her career…

How Four Star responded to the COVID-19 outbreak

"Employee safety is job #1"

The threat of COVID-19 hit Four Star right at the peak shipping weeks. Quick response and real teamwork brought about dramatic changes to ensure employees continue to be safe and healthy. The ideas they share in this article can help any grower make the workplace safer for years to come. Just as Four Star and other small plant…

Arvesta invests in Van der Hoeven Horticultural projects

Arvesta, full-service partner of farmers and horticulturists, based in Belgium, continues its international growth and takes a minority shareholding in Van der Hoeven Horticultural projects, a Dutch company that provides state-of-the-art solutions in the area of horticultural technology and globally one…

Dirk Hogervorst appointed as interim director of the MPS Group

As of 15 June 2020, Dirk Hogervorst has been appointed interim director of the MPS Group. He succeeds Yolande van den Boom, who announced her departure on 25 May. Dirk is certainly no stranger to the horticultural sector; he has held various positions at large organisations in the sector and has a lot of…

collaboration Takii & Muller Seeds

New boost for Sahin garden seeds

More than 10 years ago, in 2007, the Japanese breeder Takii took over the Dutch flower seed company K. SAHIN, Zaden. Since that time the collection, also a brand with a renowned name in the home garden world, has been a permanent part of the Takii range. Wim Zandwijk and Ton Kuipers (managing director Takii Europe) Since May 1,…

"For breeding with the most advanced tools and people"

Dümmen Orange’s Breeding Technology Centre virtually opened by Dutch Minister of Agriculture

Dümmen Orange’s new Breeding Technology Centre in the Netherlands, has been virtually opened. Carola Schouten, the Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (and vice Prime Minister), contributed to this milestone with a video message for all employees. The Breeding Technology Centre (BTC) is…

British flowers celebrated as New Covent Garden Flower Market reopens

After being closed to the public for nearly 3 months, New Covent Garden Flower Market re-opened yesterday, and at the same time, their British Flowers Week campaign took off. The opening of the Flower Market was celebrated by a flower installation created by designer Simon Lycett. And to make the…

Pentalayer films for greenhouses

TEHMCO S.A. is a 40-year-old Chilean company specialized in the manufacture of plastic solutions, through its wide range of products, for the mining, health, agricultural and construction industries, among others. Having established a well-earned reputation of world-class service and developing state of the art products, Tehmco…

Syngenta appoints new global head of Flowers business

Michael Kester will retire at the end of 2020 after 42 years at Syngenta. Mark Schermer is appointed as his successor as global head of Syngenta Flowers from September 1, 2020. Michael Kester has dedicated his entire career to Syngenta. He has held senior roles in the Crop Protection business in Africa,…

Royal FloraHolland

Royal FloraHolland introduces Crisis Recovery Coordination Team (CRCT)

From the moment the corona crisis first hit Europe, Royal FloraHolland's Crisis Management Team (CMT) has been meeting almost every day in order to be able to react quickly to acute developments. Now that the market is somewhat recovering, at the beginning of this month the CMT was transformed into the…

March 16-18 2021

Greentech Americas rescheduled

GreenTech Americas is moving from 25 - 27 August 2020 to 16 - 18 March 2021. The current health situation in Mexico, due to COVID-19, does not provide the optimal conditions to organize GreenTech’s…

Saving costs while saving the environment with reusable trays

A tray producing company that tries to urge growers to buy fewer trays. That might seem strange, but the view of the HerkuPlast team is set on the long term. “The future growth of the horticultural industry depends also on the sustainability of the industry. Using durable trays when possible and…

CIOPORA elects President and new Board in its first electronic elections

CIOPORA held its first electronic President and Board elections by secret ballot as a part of the virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2020 on June 3-5. The new CIOPORA Board is comprised of ten individuals from breeding and licensing companies active in a broad range of horticultural cultivars: Steven Hutton…

NL: Digital open days at Kolster BV and Horteve Breeding in Boskoop

Normally Kolster BV together with Horteve Breeding has planned their open days this week (9 – 12 June) for the (hydrangea) breeder or otherwise interested parties. An event organised to take a look at our breeding greenhouses and to admire the novelties and innovations. Due to the coronavirus, all these…

Interplant Roses B.V. and Kolster B.V. strengthen their partnership in East Africa

Not wanting to waste any time, Kolster B.V. and Interplant Roses B.V. have already made a big step to strengthening their partnership in East Africa by adding more crops to their basket! Interplant Roses will now represent Kolster in both indoor and outdoor crops, these will now include: Hydrangeas Scented…

Ludvig Svensson

Ludvig Svensson opened a new production facility

"The longtime dream to expand the Mexican office was made a reality"

Svensson announces the opening of Ludvig Svensson SA de CV, its newly established production facility in Mexico, which officially began operations in March 2020, becoming the companies sixth office worldwide. The company expands its footprint with the formation of the newly established office and the…

Fowler Welch

UK: Fowler Welch adds 45 New Carrier Transicold Vector HE 19 MT units to improve fleet efficiency

Cold Chain Federation member, Lincolnshire-based Fowler Welch has taken delivery of 45 new trailers mounted with new another Cold Chain Federation member Carrier Transicold Vector® HE (High Efficiency) 19 multi-temperature (MT) refrigeration units, forming an integral part of the company’s continuing…

Codema and Gideon de Jager part ways

Codema announces to go into the future without commercial director Gideon de Jager. De Jager had worked for Codema for a total of 17 years. During these years, De Jager has held various positions within the company. "Codema shows respect for the work ethic and boundless energy with which he has committed…

New online News & Inspiration Portal: via crossovers the best possible solutions

Viscon Group is proud to introduce a new online News & Inspiration Portal at www.wehaveanidea.eu. After decades of designing, innovating, and building projects, Viscon Group is full of ideas and passionate about turning ideas into reality to continuously improve the Agro and Food system. Topics and…

SBM Life Science reinvents marketing strategy, announces key appointments in Europe

The global transformation of the gardening market, coupled with an unprecedented situation that has deeply changed the daily lives of European consumers to seek the benefit of gardening and home activities, leads SBM to reposition its marketing strategy. The group aims to reinvent the consumer experience…

to send thousands of blooms to COVID-19 frontline workers

US (CA): Westerlay Orchids partners with FPFC and PMA

Westerlay Orchids is pleased to announce their partnership with two of the industries largest organizations, The Fresh Produce, Floral Council, and the Produce Marketing Association to send thousands of blooms to COVID-19 frontline workers. Committed to show their appreciation to the essential workers,…

US: HIP Labels hires industry veteran Bryan Bravenec for Business Development and Account Management

HIP Labels Hires Industry Veteran Bryan Bravenec For BusinessDevelopment And Account Management Greensboro, NC (June 9, 2020) – HIP Labels, LLC, Greensboro, NC, is pleased to announce the addition of horticulture business veteran Bryan Bravenec to the company, starting July 1, 2020. Bravenec will work nationwide…

Valoya licenses patented LED grow light spectra to other manufacturers

Valoya has announced a spectrum technology licensing program making their patents available to LED manufacturers and horticultural LED fixture providers. Valoya’s extensive patent portfolio in the field of horticultural LED lighting is a result of significant innovation and investments into R&D over the…

"We need the growers and the growers need us"

It is often said that flowers are particularly susceptible to crises. The moment the consumer has less to spend, plants get crossed off the shopping list. "But what we've seen recently is actually what a wonderful product we have", says Wim van der Plas, CEO of Floral Trade Group (FTG). "As illustrated…

Robert Wu replaces Martin Dahlberg as CEO at Oboya

Martin Dahlberg, interim CEO at Oboya Horticulture Industries AB, resigns with immediate effect and Robert Wu is appointed as CEO. Martin Dahlberg was appointed as CEO in…

"I see so many great opportunities to contribute. I can't wait to get started!"

New director for agricultural experiment station at UNH

Dr. Anton Bekkerman, associate director of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and associate professor of economics at Montana State University, has been named the next director of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station (NHAES) and associate dean in the College of Life Sciences and…

Oboya: Correction of earlier press release regarding risk for write-downs debts

The management of Oboya Horticulture Industries AB (”Oboya” or ”Company”) has after that the press release regarding potential impairment charges for bad debts of about 53 MSEK on 4th of June, 2020, together with the Company’s auditors taken on a thorough analysis of these debts. Altogether, the…

Gloeckner appoints national Sales Manager for the USA

Mr. Ricardo Campos, residing in Encinitas, CA, has been appointed the North American National Sales Manager for the Fred C. Gloeckner & Co. Inc. Gloeckner, an international supplier of horticultural products with a nationwide sales force in the North America and sales representatives in Central and South…

Australia: Selwyn Snell to retire as Chair of Hort Innovation

After 11 years, Hort Innovation Chair Selwyn Snell is set to retire from horticulture’s research and development corporation in November this year. The change comes as the company’s Constitution calls for three of its nine sitting Directors to retire from office in 2020. The three positions will be…

Heather Poire joins Bailey brand management team

Heather Poire is joining the Bailey brand management team in the newly-created role of Brand Representative, supporting Bailey’s consumer brands: Endless Summer Hydrangeas,…

Royal FloraHolland

Royal FloraHolland's turnover increased to € 4.8 billion in 2019

In the marketplace of Royal FloraHolland, 12.3 billion flowers and plants were traded in 2019, an increase of 1.5%. Product turnover was € 4.8 billion, an increase of 3.1% compared to 2018. There were both higher volumes and higher prices. The flowers and plants were supplied by 5,406 suppliers and…

Oboya risks impairment charges for bad debts of SEK 53 million

Oboya Horticulture Industries AB has updated the Group's assessment of current receivables in China. Due to that the Group identified the risk of a write-down of SEK 53…

Gakon installs 1,088 solar panels

Gakon has placed 1088 solar panels on the roof of the factory, the office and the expedition. The construction of no less than 1088 solar panels went through two phases. During the first phase, the mounting systems were installed by partner Van der Valk Solar Systems from Monster. The solar panels were…

New chief financial officer for Earth Alive

Earth Alive Clean Technologies, a Canadian soil health company that develops and manufactures advanced microbial technology products, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Frédéric Beausoleil as chief financial officer, effective June 8, 2020. Ms. Liette Nadon, who has served as Earth Alive’s…

Dart Group sells Fowler Welch division for £98 million

Dart Group Plc, a holding company based in Leeds, England, has completed the sale of its distribution and logistics business Fowler Welch to Culina Group for gross cash of £98 mln. This was announced on Monday. The AIM-traded firm described Fowler Welch as one of the UK's leading providers of food…

CEO Yolande van den Boom leaves MPS after four years

These are incredibly challenging times for the horticulture sector. The corona crisis has hit many companies hard, and we are all making a concerted effort to get our sector flourishing again. Transparent, sustainable practices are just as important as ever, and certification plays a part in that. Over…

Royal Van Zanten

Royal Van Zanten on the impact of COVID-19

The coronavirus is having a huge global impact. Unfortunately, it has claimed many victims and is spreading to every continent. The health of everyone is a top priority, and this includes Royal Van Zanten’s employees and their environment. For this reason, Maarten Goos, Managing Director of Van Zanten…

Smart LED lighting supplier secures CDN $3.9M of funding

Sollum Technologies, a company inspired by nature to offer greenhouse producers smart LED lighting solution that dynamically recreates the full spectrum of the sun’s light, closed a second round of funding of 2.7 million Canadian dollars from Investissement Québec and its initial investors. The first…

Slow Flowers donates May revenue to Equal Justice Initiative

"Along with many friends and colleagues in the Slow Flowers community and the larger horticulture and floriculture community, I feel like I need to do more than speak out. I need to act", Debra Prinzing says, referring to the recent events in the United States. "To start, I’ve decided to donate $5,000,…

Shanghai Yuanyi invests to meet rapid demand growth in Chinese flower consumption

Shanghai Yuanyi Seedling recently opened a brand-new propagation company, equipped with fully automated production lines. This way Shanghai Yuanyi tries to keep pace with the rapidly growing demand in the Chinese flower consumption. The new location covers no less than 20 hectares. On 10 hectares modern…

Carolyn Lange / West Central Tribune file photo

US: Nurseries making overtime to meet demand

As people are home with little to do, gardening has become an increasingly appealing option. So much so, that area nurseries and greenhouses in Minnesota are exhausting their supply and closing for the season, much earlier than prior years. “Flowers are going fast," said Catherine Meder at Green Lake…

UK: New Covent Garden Flower Market to re-open on Monday 15 June

The board of the New Covent Garden Market is delighted to share the good news that New Covent Garden Flower Market is set to re-open on Monday 15 June. To enable the market to open safely we’ve had to make some changes. Click here to see all changes.  Some pictures of last year's British Flowers Week (Photo…

CO.SER's innovative solution to climate change

A new gutter with higher side walls

A new gutter with higher side walls is the latest proposal from CO.SER, a company in Francolise (CE), specialized in the construction of greenhouses. "Due to global warming, the number of extreme weather events, including storms and cloudbursts, has increased in recent years. The cloudbursts, which once had…

New CEO for Agaris

Growing Media Europe elects new chairman

Growing Media Europe (GME)'s Chairman Mr. Stefaan Vandaele ceased his position from 25 May 2020, since he left Agaris Belgium in his function as CEO. In order to make the next…

Greenlife Industry Australia provides Foundation Member opportunity

  Greenlife Industry Australia are offering  the opportunity to become a ‘Foundation Member’.   This is a one time opportunity to become a Foundation Member as this member category will not be offered…

Oboya appoints Peter Wallin as Chief Operating Officer ​​​​​​​

By appointing Peter Wallin as COO, Oboya Horticulture Industries AB intensifies its work towards operational excellence. The position has been open since Martin Dahlberg was…

Georgia Green Industry Association announces new Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA) announces the hiring of Lanie Riner as the next Executive Director of GGIA. Through her time as Owner/Operator of Thunderwood Farms, volunteer service to the Green Industry, and service on other boards and advisory councils, Lanie…

Kenya Airways

Legal framework for Kenya Airways takeover out by August

A legal framework for the nationalisation of Kenya Airways is set for discussion when Parliament resumes next week in what could change stakes for key shareholders that include a consortium of local banks and Royal Dutch Airlines. Parliamentary Transport Committee has come up with the National Aviation…

LATAM

LATAM announces Chapter 11 financial reorganization

LATAM Airlines Group and its affiliates in Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and the United States initiated a voluntary reorganization and restructuring of their debt under Chapter 11 protection in the United States with the support of the Cueto and Amaro families and Qatar Airways, two of the largest…

Veiling Rhein-Maas

Modernisation of Veiling Rhein-Maas auction clock front starts in June

As announced earlier, Veiling Rhein-Maas will start the modernisation process of the auction clock front in June, during which the whole front will be equipped with the latest LED technology. On Friday, 19 June 2020, a scaffold for the conversion works will be set up in the auction room which means that…

Floriday

"Giving webinars instead of on-site workshops has its advantages"

Floriday's implementation consultants used to spend a lot of time on the road. They visited growers throughout the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany to demonstrate the possibilities offered by Floriday and to provide a little help getting started. Diede Barendse of Floriday talked to Laura, Robbert and…

speaking French and English

Hort Americas expands services with Canadian branche

An exciting new step for Hort Americas. Since 2009 the company, headquartered in Bedford, Texas, has been providing leading knowledge in commercial hydroponic production,…

Interplant Roses represents Kolster BV in East Africa

Kolster BV is proud to announce that Interplants Roses will sell the indoor (greenhouse) crops of Kolsters’ varieties in East Africa. Interplant Roses is an international (rose) breeding company with fifty-six years of experience in the breeding of cut flower roses. Interplant Roses has its own test…

Climate Control Systems acquired by Nebula

Expansion of dealer network

Climate Control Systems is proud to announce the expansion of its dealer network throughout North America for the broader distribution of its products including the fertigation manager, climate manager, ozone pro systems and distribution of Watt’s Water Technologies. Following their acquisition by the Nebula Group, based out of…

@DAustinRoses

David Austin Roses

At this year’s #ChelseaFlowerShow we would have been officially releasing our new 2020 varieties including Silas Marner. As we can’t do so this year, we’re giving one of you the chance to win one for your garden. Simply retweet to enter! #FreebieFriday pic.twitter.com/u0sXy2W7Wo — David Austin Roses (@DAustinRoses) May 22, 2020

Unifortes launch

New hand foam dispenser makes it possible to save 70% on sanitizer

As our economy and society are able to look forward again, Unifortes seeks new safety measures to provide a clean future. "We wanted a long lasting solution that would be able…

Due to COVID-19

US (CA): Sun Valley discontinues growing at Pleasant Valley division in Oxnard

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Sun Valley Group decided to consolidate operations and discontinue growing at their Pleasant Valley division in Oxnard, California. This was announced yesterday by owner Lande DeVries who said that it was a very hard decision made after much thought. "The COVID-19 pandemic has…

FloriWorld opens online on the 21st of May

FloriWorld, the newest flower and plant attraction in the Netherlands, is ready to open! First online and as soon as possible, the doors open for everyone who loves flowers…

Royal FloraHolland

Which corona-related measures have been taken at Royal FloraHolland?

In this episode, Royal FloraHolland auctioneers and the team tell you which measures have been taken in response to the corona crisis. Supply regulation and auctioning on less clocks have been implemented, for example. The situation regarding the auction rooms and the measures taken by Logistics are also…

Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo

US (CA): Fire at Por La Mar Nursery

Santa Barbara County firefighters responded Tuesday night to a greenhouse fire in the Patterson Mesa area near Goleta. Crews were dispatched at about 7:15 p.m. to Por la Mar Nursery at 905 S. Patterson Avenue, according to fire Capt. Daniel Bertucelli. Upon arrival, they found a hoop greenhouse covered…

Tom Piini looks back on 40 years in the horticultural industry

"We've always designed our products around what a grower needs, not what we think he needs"

Tom Piini, founder of Micro Grow has been in the horticultural industry for over 40 years. Raised in the agricultural heartland of Salinas, CA his company Micro Grow designs and builds environmental controls for indoor growing. Piini is well known in the industry for his sharp mind with electal and…

AmericanHort welcomes new board members

AmericanHort announced the election of three new members to the Board of Directors, along with the installation of a new slate of officers. The official welcome will take place during Cultivate’20 Virtual, the online event debuting on July 13. “We are excited to welcome this diverse group of new members…

Bosman van Zaal proud of self-cultivated energy

They might not feel it, but since April, the entire production facility, including office, runs on self-cultivated solar energy. "When you see 2,700 self-installed PV panels covering our entire roof, you just have to feel proud," says Eddy Duijn, Manager Water & Electrical Systems. All solar panels on…

Ingrid Faber joins Supervisory Board of Dutch Flower Group

The Supervisory Board of Dutch Flower Group was strengthened on 7 May 2020 with the arrival of Ingrid Faber, CEO at Faber Halbertsma Group. The Supervisory Board of Dutch Flower Group also consists of Peter Ingwersen and Rob Zandbergen. ​ Faber has been working for Faber Halbertsma Group for over 28…

CambridgeHOK and Havecon celebrate 10 years of partnership:

"Dozens of hectares, 300,000 m2 of glass, and over a million kg of steel"

CambridgeHOK, a company working in design and development of automated vertical farming centres and commercial glasshouses, and Havecon, a Dutch greenhouse builder, are celebrating their ten years of partnership. Over the past decade, glasshouses completed in partnership between the two firms have…

Bridge Farm Group

UK: Bridge Farm Group returning to independent ownership

A remarkable take-over in the UK herbs and cannabis industry. Only 11 months after the ornamental plants, flowers and herbs growing company Bridge Farm was acquired by a Canadian MMJ grower, the company is back in private ownership. Bridge Farm Group has executed a definitive agreement that will return…

Pieter Landman partners with Sande Flowers, launches B2C website

New collection of field bouquets enters the US market

The demand for online sales increased over the last years and the lockdown seem to have fueled this trend. This combined with the passion of sharing his love for flowers with everyone, made designer Pieter Landman decided that the time was right to launch his own collection of field bouquets in the US,…


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