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Duijndam Machines continues the remarkable growth story with second generation

What started in the seventies with the emergency sale of some agricultural machines by Dutch vegetable grower Bert Duijndam, has now grown into a large international trading company in used agricultural and horticultural machinery. The company supplies used machines suitable for sowing till packaging of…

US (CA): FPFC Apprentice Program attends virtual tours at Pyramid Flowers, Pete’s/Hollandia Produce

The Fresh Produce & Floral Council’s 2020 Apprentice Class attended two tours in the last week to wrap-up the virtual tour sessions included in programming. On Tuesday,…

UK: Flowers from the Farm diversity scholarship launches

As a not-for-profit co-operative of British flower growers, Flowers from the Farm is a growing and important part of UK small-scale flower farming and they want their…

AHBD:

"Ornamental grasses suitable for use as ‘fillers’ in mixed bouquets"

Trials undertaken at the CFC in 2016 and 2017 set out to assess the potential of ornamental grasses as a ‘seasonal filler’ to add structure and bulk to cut flower bouquets.…

Royal FloraHolland

Royal FloraHolland:

"Entering quantities becomes the norm"

With Nationwide Auctioning, Royal FloraHolland is concentrating the supply and demand of flowers and plants on a nationwide digital clock. "By doing so, we will be optimising pricing. In the future, there will also be auctioning independent of location. We are harmonising the various auctioning methods…

CambridgeHOK to offer Fargo's horticultural product solutions to customers

CambridgeHOK has confirmed a new partnership with leading West Sussex-based horticultural products, energy services and consultancy services specialist Fargro Ltd.  The wholesaler, supplier and distributor of horticultural products to commercial growers will use the expertise of the CambridgeHOK team to bring…

following the trend of upscaling and chain shortening

Schoneveld Breeding and Beekenkamp Plants start partnership

Beekenkamp Plants has taken a minority share in Schoneveld Breeding. Both companies continue to operate independently in the field of breeding, production and sales. They see joint opportunities in exchanging knowledge of innovative breeding techniques and research. Why this collaboration?For both family…

MSC tipped to overtake Maersk at the top of the liner rankings

Maersk, the world’s largest container line for the past quarter century, could soon lose its top spot on the global liner rankings list to its alliance partner, MSC. MSC has…

Royal FloraHolland

Royal FloraHolland launches One Clock Support team

2021 shall focus on Nationwide Auctioning (One Clock). The program has already hit its stride. The first information sessions took place in October, and a support team has been launched. Eight buyers and seven growers make up the One Clock Support Team. But what does a support team entail exactly? And…

Growing Media Europe welcomes two new members

Growing Media Europe (GME) keeps growing strongly with two new members having joined the association in November 2020. We are pleased to announce that the German company COMPO…

New head of business development at Hydro-Québec

Hydro-Québec has appointed Pierre Despars as Vice President – Corporate Strategy and Business Development, effective immediately. Mr. Despars takes over the duties of Martin…

Chad Underwood appointed as Head of Sales for North America.

North America: Syngenta Flowers strengthens leadership team

Syngenta Flowers, LLC, announces the appointment of Chad Underwood as Head of Sales North America. "Chad brings a tremendous amount of industry knowledge and experience in various business roles with breeders, brokers, growers, and retailers for over 20 years. As Head of Sales, Chad will lead our…

Guatemala: Vita Farms receives MPS A+ certification

Vita Farms, ForemostCo Inc.’s production facility in Guatemala, achieves an A+ rating in the MPS-ABC registration system showing its complete dedication to sustainable production. Click here to learn more about Vita Farms  Vita Farms, a 50-acre nursery (with an additional 185 acre expansion underway) and part…

Plantech opens Plantech West: Ontario location

Plantech, a Canadian leader in greenhouse electrical systems, controls and automation, has opened a location in Southwestern Ontario. In addition to their HQ in Vineland, Plantech West is now officially operating in Leamington. Jeff McFadden will be operating the new location "With a new office and…

UK: "Further your professional development with the Ball Colegrave Scholarship"

Ball Colegrave is encouraging the continuous professional development of young people in our sector with a travel scholarship. The £1,500 Ball Colegrave Sponsored Travel Scholarship is on offer as part of the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) Scholarship Season. The award funds travel across the UK and…

Florabundance becomes Certified American Grown Wholesaler

Florabundance has received the designation as a “Certified American Grown” flower distributor/wholesaler. Our team here at Florabundance has noticed an increasing interest and…

Lourdes Reyes joins Broekhof USA sales team

Broekhof USA announces a new addition to the sales team. Mrs. Lourdes Reyes has been appointed Sales Agent for the West Coast. Lourdes has extensive experience in the flower industry with over 20 years spent in the breeding part of the industry in senior management positions. In her new role, Lourdes…

UK: Eden Project submits case for Government funding for northern vision

The Eden Project has submitted a business case for £70m of UK Government funding to help make Eden Project North in Morecambe a reality. Eden Project North will be a major new exemplar attraction in Morecambe, Lancashire that seeks to reimagine the British seaside resort for the 21st century. The plan is…

New address Schneider youngplants as of December first

As of December 1th, both production facilities and offices of Schneider youngplants will be transferred from Ridderkerk to Woudrichem, the Netherlands. New address (correspondence, shipments) will be: Almkerkseweg 4A, 4285 WZ Woudrichem, The Netherlands.  Over the last weeks, all glass and screens were installed. A…

Eden Project New Zealand feasibility study bolstered by new investment

The Eden Project has received fresh investment for its work on a feasibility study for a new attraction on the banks of the Avon River in Christchurch. The NZ$152,500 inward…

Roses Forever celebrates 25 years of rose breeding

After working for a pot rose grower in Denmark for several years and  starting up and running an own pot rose nursery, Rosa Eskelund's passion for breeding was born. She wanted to achieve a large head compact pot rose and achieved it in 1995 and immediately established breeding company Roses Forever. After…

Management buyout of Oprins Plant creates Plant Select

Group MC in Hasselt, Belgium together with Oprins Plant's management, acquire the shares of the Oprins family. Oprins Plant is a nursery in Rijkevorsel, Belgium with a strong position in non-invasive bamboo, remarkable hydrangeas, and Ilex crenata as an alternative to Buxus. The company was founded in…

Green Partners:

Cut flower supplier saves £48K p.a. by switching to Rotech direct carton printing

European supplier of cut flowers and bouquets, Green Partners, has reduced its annual carton printing costs by £48K by switching from hand labelling to using Rotech direct carton printers. “The cost-savings have been significant for us," said Operations Manager, John Berry. “A price per print study was…

Xizhe Hu, Agricultural Advisor, explains:

Pandemic opens new doors for Chinese flower industry

Due to Covid-19, the Chinese flower industry has gone through some changes, which may turn out to be positive in the long run. Flowers, which were in the past mainly used for events are now also more used in the household, which in turn seems to increase the demand for higher quality products. In turn,…

Horticoop in transformation: “We will take on the role of investment and development fund"

The Dutch horticultural cooperation Horticoop expects to formalize the transition, which began this year, by the end of the year. In close consultation with the growers, the members have strengthened their ties after the transactional relation was taken due to the rejection of wholesale activities by the…

Landgard comments on allegations from Der Spiegel

"Alleged escapades at Landgard agricultural cooperative"

On Saturday, an article was published on the online Der Spiegel edition, allegeing serious accusations against the Landgard agricultural cooperative: How officials would spend…

Collaboration of Unger Maschinenbau and Flier Systems

Unger Maschinenbau and Flier System, both family businesses, announce that they originated a collaboration. Because of the tightened Covid-19 measures, a joint contract signing moment is not possible. However, both parties would like to explain the partnership and elaborate on this. Walter Unger, Co-owner…

Agrivaldani

Ecuadorian rose grower expands assortment with summer flowers

"For a long time, we have wanted to offer more than roses, and now it's a reality", says Daniela Lobato Jarrín , Project Director at Agrivaldani. Besides roses, they are now also producing and exporting scabiosas and limonium at their farm that is located in the North of Ecuador. Soon they will also…

RHP certification for SQM Holland

The company SQM Holland is RHP Horticulture certified with the product inorganic, water soluble substrate fertilizers. Based on research and checks executed by ECAS, the…

Florabundance becomes Certified American Grown Wholesaler

To Joost Bongaerts, choosing to go into the flower business shouldn’t be taken lightly. “I like to joke that once you’re in the flower business, you never leave,” he said.…

Dreamstime

US (TX): Nocona greenhouse blossoming with potential

Color has begun to peek through the glass of the new state-of-the-art Colorchids greenhouse recently completed in Nocona, as plants have arrived and are being shipped out. The…

UK: RHS receives record £1.8m donation to RHS Garden Bridgewater

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is delighted to announce the receipt of a £1.8million gift from retired Hong Kong businessman and philanthropist Dr. Lee Kai Hung DL to RHS Garden Bridgewater. The generous donation comes as the charity begins the 6-month countdown to the grand opening of the garden…

Claris Wanjohi

Wafex appoints new Global Export Manager

Claris Wanjohi has recently joined Wafex as the company's GlobalExport Manager out of their Kenyan office. Claris has a Bachelor in Management & Mass Communication and brings with her over 10 years of experience in the flower industry with 7 of those years in senior management at large flower corporations.…

Al Davidson appointed President

"Newly created position at Ball fortifies its future and strengthens leadership"

In these extraordinary times of growth and opportunity, Ball Horticultural Company has taken measures to strengthen its leadership in anticipation of industry and company progress. Anna Ball, CEO and Chairman of the Board for Ball, has created the new position of President within Ball Horticultural…

servicing the UK, Netherlands and Belgium greenhouse markets

CO2 GRO signs exclusive marketing agreement with UK based Rika

Toronto based CO2 GRO (GROW) has signed an exclusive marketing agreement with UK based Rika to market and sell GROW’s aqueous CO2 Delivery Solutions systems into the United…

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UK's favourite Christmas Houseplant 2020: Paper Whites

Plants@work is kicking off Christmas Week by announcing the results of this year's Favourite Christmas Houseplant.  This Year's Favourite Christmas Houseplant - Paper WhitesIn a…

Terra Nova Nurseries announces key Management promotions

Terra Nova Nurseries announces the promotions of Rebecca Orr to marketing manager and Chris Park to research and development administration and contracts manager. Orr joined Terra Nova Nurseries in May 2017 as a customer service representative. She will retain her current role as a key account representative…

Cooperating to strengthen the floriculture industry’s innovative power

Waterdrinker, OZ Planten and Hamiplant join forces to become Dutch Plant Group

As of 11 November 2020 Waterdrinker will join forces with OZ Planten and Hamiplant (both part of Dutch Flower Group) to form the Dutch Plant Group. By sharing knowledge and international network of plant breeders and growers, Dutch Plant Group aims to accelerate the flow of innovative new products from…

McHutchison and Vaughan’s Horticulture expand teams, announce extensive slate of new hires

McHutchison and Vaughan’s Horticulture are proud to announce the recent promotion and addition of horticulture experts from throughout the U.S. to their organizations. Nathan Lamkey has been promoted to president to oversee both McHutchison and Vaughan’s Horticulture. With 20 years of industry experience,…

Daan de Vries appointed as General Director of the MPS Group

Daan de Vries has been appointed to the position of general director (CEO) of the MPS Group, effective 1 December 2020. He takes over from Dirk Hogervorst, who had been serving as interim director since 15 June 2020. De Vries (47) has worked for more than 15 years on sustainable chains in the agriculture,…

CPVO Europe

CPVO seeks new President

We would like to inform our stakeholders that the vacancy notice for the role of President of the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union.  The post is available from 1 September 2021 for an initial mandate of 5 years, with a possible extension for a maximum period of…

Career goal setting and development in the green industry

Who wants to be President?

Do you have a specific career vision of being the President of a company someday? Are you working on adding professional skill sets that will enable you to take on a C-Level role? Do you have a career dream? As a company, have you invested in a definitive training and development program aimed at developing your next leaders?…

Thomas Bauer starting with Bosman Van Zaal

Thomas Bauer has started as senior technical sales consultant with Bosman Van Zaal, where he will support the international sales team of the Dutch specialist in horticulture…

Kimberly Pearson

US: FNGLA Certified Professional elected ISA COR Chair

Kimberly Pearson, FCHP & FWS, has been elected Chair of the International Society of Arboriculture’s International Council of Representatives Executive Committee.  “It wasn’t until after the election I was recognized as being the first female CoR EC Chair in its history!” explained Pearson. Prior to this election,…

Turkish Cargo

Turkish Cargo receives “Best Cargo Airline – Europe” award

Turkish Cargo is chosen as the best cargo brand of Europe and received “Best Cargo Airline – Europe” award during the Air Cargo News Awards 2020 which was organized for the 36th time this year. Organized on a digital platform for the first time due to the global pandemic, 12 awards met with their…

Fargro to distribute Ridder's range of environmental control, water treatment systems

Fargro announces its partnership with international horticultural supplier, Ridder. They will distribute Ridder's extensive range of environmental control and water treatment…

Codema achieves certificate on the CO2 Performance Ladder

Codema recently received the CO2-conscious certificate for achieving level 3 on the CO2 Performance Ladder. It makes the company one of the first companies in the…

UK: Garden Organic appoints new Director of Organic Horticulture

National horticultural charity Garden Organic has appointed Donald Murray as its new Director of Organic Horticulture.  Donald Murray Don will be responsible for the development and implementation of an organic horticultural strategy for the charity. He will be the lead spokesperson for the charity’s campaigning…

8ha parcel acquired for future development of HQ Havecon North America

Today is the 14th birthday of the Dutch based company Havecon Horticultural Projects. Current times make it hard to host a party, but still the company has something festive to share. Their subsidiary Havecon North America Inc, founded in 2011, has purchased a property to build their new North American…

US (NJ): John Peter Langeveld, of Seabrook Village passed away

Sadly, John Peter Langeveld, of Seabrook Village, Tinton Falls passed away early on the morning of Friday, October 30, at the age of 96, an incredibly interesting, full, long…

Vietnam: Dalat Hasfarm's Thomas Hooft Foundation supports poor families and students

In its 26 years of sustainable development, Dalat Hasfarm has been producing high quality flowers and plants and reducing the effects on the environment. Corporate Social Responsibility is an important aim for the company. In line with this vision, Dalat Hasfarm has established the Thomas Hooft…

Maryna Yermakova joins Ridder Group

Maryna Yermakova has joined Ridder as Sales Manager. Starting November 1, Maryna Yermakova will use her knowledge and expertise to support growers and investors with the fast-growing range of digital solutions and services in the Ridder portfolio.  The appointment of Maryna Yermakova is the next step in Ridder's strategic…

Hortilux

PCF Greenhouse Technologies and Hortilux are expanding their cooperation during the COVID-19 pandemic

"This year has been a test of strength for many manufacturers"

PCF Greenhouse Technologies - a Russian company for the design, construction and engineering support of greenhouse complexes - is implementing a number of greenhouse complex construction projects in Russia in 2020. According to General Director Vladimir Tsanava, it is very important for the company to…

Taylor Sorenson joins BioWorks as Biological Solutions Advisor

Taylor Sorenson has been named Biological Solutions Advisor at BioWorks. In his new position, Mr. Sorenson will be increasing BioWorks ability to deliver personalized…

Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services wins ‘Best Cargo Airline – Africa’ award

Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services, Africa’s largest network cargo operator and multi-award winner, has been crowned with the ‘Best Cargo Airline – Africa’ Award at the Air…

Ken Sharpe (New Century Glasshouses) passes away

After a short illness, we are sorry to announce the sad passing of Ken Sharpe. Some will remember him from his days at the Hull company Westdock, starting there in 1959 selling glasshouses across the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands. After only 3 years and staying within horticulture, he started his…

US (AZ): BioSafe Systems expands with facility in Yuma

BioSafe Systems has partnered with Zafar Produce to sign a lease on a new production and warehouse facility in the city of Yuma, AZ. Zafar Fresh has been an integral partner…

International online business increases in French horticulture

"In the horticultural industry we tend to work together with a limited number of suppliers of choice with usually longtime relationships and why change if things run well? Developments like the Corona crisis change the settings of doing business. Just as in the consumer world also in the B to B world the…

ScottsMiracle-Gro announces record fourth quarter and full year results

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company released record fiscal fourth quarter and full year financial results that were driven by the continued strength of both its U.S. Consumer and…

UK: New Covent Garden Flower Market will remain open as usual

The New Covent Flower Market will open during the national lockdown starting this Thursday, 5 November, the organization announced.  "New Covent Garden Flower Market will remain…

Quinton Edwards

UK: Lincolnshire nursery for sale

Quintons Edwards are marketing a property which offers fully operational nursery buildings, and a tied 4-bedroom house set in over 14 acres of land. The nursery offers A-road frontage, has good quality glass and substantial room for expansion if required. The business is currently moving to closure as…

World Horti Center

Mexican Ceickor, World Horti Center and Koppert sign MoU

In the presence of Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Carola Schouten, Agricultural Minister Villalobos Arámbula of Mexico, Ambassadors Zabalgoitia Trejo and Wilfred Mohr, Felix Tarrats of Ceickor, Joep Hendricks of World Horti Center and Peter Maes of Koppert Biological Systems…

CambridgeHOK and Protium Green Solutions

"Transforming UK horticulture sector through use of Hydrogen-as-an-energy-service"

CambridgeHOK have signed an agreement with London-based Protium Green Solutions to work together and help speed up the decarbonisation of the UK horticultural sector through the increased use of green hydrogen energy solutions. Charlotte Penn & the CambridgeHOK headquarter The move sees two UK based energy…

Omar Hariri/LinkedIn

SkyTeam Cargo announces Omar Talal Hariri as Chair of its Executive Board

SkyTeam Cargo, the airline cargo alliance, has announced Omar Talal Hariri, CEO of Saudia Cargo and Saudi Arabian Logistics, as the new chairperson of its executive board. The…

Florists Supply

Florists Supply celebrates 85 years: A conversation with Audrey Finch

Meet Audrey Finch, a Florists Supply Cut Flowers Customer Service Representatives (CSR) at the company's Winnipeg branch for 22 years. As a CSR, she provides personalized service to customers. Audrey is the first interview in a series featuring some of the company's valued and experienced team members in…

Important announcements from the online 2020 General Assembly of International Florist Organisation

Florint organised its annual Members’ Congress in the form of an online conference on Friday, 16 October. With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging in many countries, an…

USDA files action against California company for alleged PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative complaint against Kendall Frozen Fruits Inc. for alleged violations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities…

Royal Schiphol Group takes full ownership of airport cargo information platform Cargonaut

Royal Schiphol Group has acquired additional shares in Cargonaut B.V and now has full ownership. Cargonaut, which was incepted in 1986, is responsible for information…

US(CA): Steve Dionne named Executive Director of CalFlowers

CalFlowers, the leading floral trade association in California serving growers and the entire supply chain in 48 states, is pleased to announce the hiring of Steve Dionne as executive director. Dionne, who starts the new position November 2, says he is thrilled to be appointed and looks forward to serving…

Noel Yan

Flamingo Holland appoints new Director of perennials

Flamingo Holland Inc. is proud to announce the hiring of Noel Yan as the new Director of Perennials.  Noel YanNoel will start Monday, November 2nd, and will start immediately in maintaining and developing our perennial division. Noel has great plant knowledge, is detail-oriented, and has worked in the Horticultural…

Gordon Robertson, Verdant Technologies, on HarvestHold:

New post-harvest solution extends life by up to 25 percent

"It depends on the floral type, but overall we see an up to 25 percent increase in the life of cut flowers and potted plants," says Gordon Robertson, Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer of Verdant Technologies™ on the company’s recently introduced product, HarvestHold™. This new post-harvest product life…

Harm Ammerlaan new commercial director Hortilux

On 1 November 2020, Harm Ammerlaan will start as the new commercial director at Hortilux. As sales manager at BASF Vegetable Seeds and prior to that as general manager of LetsGrow.com, Ammerlaan built up a wealth of experience and a broad network in international horticulture. Hortilux is therefore…

WIPO\BERROD

Daren Tang appointed as new UPOV Secretary-General

On October 25, 2020, the Council appointed Mr. Daren Tang as the Secretary-General of UPOV for the period from October 30, 2020, to September 30, 2026, in a procedure by correspondence. In an intervention made by Mr. Tang, at the opening of the Council of UPOV, held by virtual means on October 30, 2020,…

1-800-Flowers.com reports Q1 loss, tops revenue estimates

1-800-Flowers.com (FLWS) came out with a quarterly loss of $0.10 per share versus the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of $0.12. This compares to loss of $0.24 per share a…

Royal FloraHolland

Seven new Royal FloraHolland Members’ Council candidates selected

The Nomination Committee nominated Matthijs Barendse, Uri Bruck, Rotem Dvir, Martien Kroon, Arno van der Maarel, Mirjam van der Meer and Karolien Tesselaar for appointment as Royal FloraHolland Members' Council members starting 1 January 2021. In addition, five Members' Council members will be nominated…

Monash University

Nufarm appoints Paul Townsend as Chief Financial Officer

Nufarm Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Greg Hunt, announced the appointment of Paul Townsend to the role of Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Townsend’s 30-year career includes CFO roles with Asaleo Care, Pacific Hydro, Futuris Automotive Group and most recently, Monash University. Mr. Hunt…

Anthura

Anthura celebrates reopening of Chinese market

Summer has turned into autumn. With its colour combination of purple and green, the Anthurium cut flower Jumbo suits this season, as does the copper-brown Phalaenopsis pot plant Anthura Monaco. The good news is that China is slowly resuming its commercial activities, so we have organized a successful…

Kerala Agricultural University

India: Floriculture centre to be opened in Wayanad

A Centre of Excellence for Vegetables and Flowers being established at Ambalavayal in Wayanad district with technical guidance from the Dutch government is set to be inaugurated on November 5. Coming up on the Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS), Ambalavayal campus, with technical hand-holding…

UK: New appointments to the AHDB Horticulture team

Two new faces will be leading AHDB’s IPM and crop health work in Horticulture. Don Pendergrast is to take up the position of AHDB Head of Crop Health and IPM on 30 November…

Francisco Javier van Engelen Sousa new CFO of Signify

Signify announced that the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders (EGM) appointed Francisco Javier van Engelen Sousa as a member of the Board of Management, effective…

USDA cites National Produce Sales Inc. in Illinois for PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on National Produce Sales Inc., Lake Zurich, Ill., for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. These…

Keukenhof

7 million flower bulbs arrived at Keukenhof

22 million visitors enjoyed Keukenhof Virtually Open last Spring. They made 4 new behind the scenes videos to show you what is happening in the park this Fall. Watch the new video about the Beatrix Pavillion. The orchids are replaced for the arrival of 7 million flower bulbs. For more information:Keukenhofkeukenhof.nl

US (PA): PHS receives major grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) is the recipient of a project grant of almost $480,000, 20% of which is designated as general operating support, from The Pew…

Harrison Downing

US: New stakeholder brings a fresh perspective to BEST Human Capital & Advisory Group

Join BEST Human Capital & Advisory Group in welcoming Harrison Downing to the BEST team. The addition of Harrison brings a new industry focus to the BEST portfolio. Harrison Downing Harrison joined the BEST team as a Human Capital Advisor in the fall of 2020 after investing the previous five years in…

Provender Nurseries

UK: Lizzy Patterson joins Provender Nurseries

Lizzy Patterson is the new Online Sales Manager at Provender Nurseries and will be strengthening their online presence and managing the website.  The position is new to Provender Nurseries and has been created in order to improve the customer journey on Provender Nurseries’ website. The role involves close…

The Bloom Project

The Bloom Project announces permanent closure

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that most of their volunteers fall into the “vulnerable to virus” category, the organization of The Bloom Project has not been operational since mid-March. Given the conditions of the patients TBP supplies flowers to, many of whom also fall into the category of…

KETOS closes $18 million in Series B funding

KETOS has closed on $18 million in financing. The round was led by Motley Fool Ventures with participation from Citi and Illuminated Funds Group as new investors. They join…

Myra Kokke

New marketing expert at Plantipp

Myra Kokke will join the Plantipp team in the field of marketing and communication on 1 November. Myra is a copywriter, storyteller, marketer and branding creative and also loves plants and flowers.…

Certified American Grown becomes an independent trade association

Certified American Grown, a diverse and unified coalition of small to large cut flower and greens farms across the United States, has transitioned from a marketing and…

Oro Agri taken over by Rovensa

Oro Agri, known for the orange oil growers use all over the world as an insecticide and fungicide, is being taken over by Rovensa Group. The group of suppliers of biological crop protection agents…

Netherlands: Marco Geeratz new general director Joop Alsemgeest Installatie

After having started his company more than 30 years, Joop Alsemgeest of the similarly named installation company decided to take it easy and spend more time on his hobbies. As…

NL: Anthura finalist Koning Willem 1 Award SMEs

The Koning Willem I Award is the National Enterprise Award and is awarded in two categories: large scale companies and SMEs. Companies that have shown guts, vigour, sustainability, perseverance and good entrepreneurship in recent years are the first to be considered. By awarding the Prize, the Koning…

Kuehne+Nagel moves its India Head Office

Kuehne+Nagel India announces the office move of its India Head Office to AIPL Business Club at Golf Course Extension Road, Gurgaon. Designed to reduce the building’s carbon footprint, the AIPL Business Club uses solar panels and efficient double glazing with less solar gain. It also uses 100% recycled…

USDA files action against NC company for alleged PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative complaint against Imperial Frozen Foods Op Co LLC for alleged violations of the Perishable Agricultural…

DeCloet

CAN (ON): DeCloet wins Chamber of Commerce award

The Delhi & District Chamber of Commerce has awarded its 2020 Business of the Year Award to DeCloet Greenhouse Manufacturing. "Ben DeCloet diversified into the greenhouse sector in 1986 and hasn’t looked back. The company is a leader in the design and manufacture of high quality greenhouses covering the…

UK: AHDB CEO to step down

After almost six years as CEO at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), Jane King has decided that the next 12 months will be her last in the role. Now that the new five-year…

Growing Media Europe elects new board members

During a General Assembly held on 29 September 2020, the members of Growing Media Europe (GME) unanimously elected Mr. Moritz Böcking, Mr. Sander van Golberdinge and Mr.…

US (OH): ONLA launches executive director search

Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association announced has opened its search for a new executive director.Reporting to the ONLA Board of Directors, the executive director is…

UK: HTA’s Ornamentals Management Committee welcomes new appointments

Following a unanimous vote at the last meeting of the HTA Ornamentals Management Committee (OMC), the main sector group for UK growers, HTA is pleased to announce the…

Veiling Rhein-Maas

Positive third quarter at Veiling Rhein-Maas

In the third quarter of 2020, Veiling Rhein-Maas was able to build on the good results of the second quarter and achieved a significant increase in product sales compared to the previous year. Overall, Veiling Rhein-Maas achieved product sales that were around 13% higher than in the same period of the…

USDA cites VA company and files action against FL company for PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on Benny F. Hall & Sons LLC, Oak Hall, Va., for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. These sanctions…

Greenlife Industry Australia

Australia: Hans Van Schaik (76) passed away

Hans Van Schaik sadly passed away on 31st August 2020 at the age of 76. Greenlife Industry Australia honours a gentleman and a visionary who changed the way future generations approach soil health. Hans and his wife Marjan started a small earth moving business in the South East of South Australia 50…

US: McCoy joins BioTherm sales team

BioTherm has expanded its sales team with the addition of Ryan McCoy as its regional sales representative for the Central Region. “As BioTherm scales up to meet growing demand…

Hillier

UK: Hillier Nurseries joins fight against climate change with The Planet Mark

This is the first year of Hillier’s business carbon footprint reporting and certification to The Planet Mark. From September 2018 to August 2019, the carbon footprint of Hillier has been calculated to be 1,865.3 tCO2e and the relative carbon footprint was 4.8 tCO2e per employee. In calculating the carbon…

GreenTech Award winners announced

Today the winners are announced at the virtual opening of GreenTech Live & Online. The winners in 3 categories – out of a total of 26 entries – of the GreenTech Innovation Awards 2020 are: ISO Grade 8000 by ISO Group, Nexus High Performance Reverse Osmosis by Van der Ende Groep and CELINE by CE-Line BV.…

Carolina Díaz

Asocolflores Asocolflores appoints new head of marketing and communications

Asocolflores welcomes Carolina Díaz, who will lead the association’s marketing and communications efforts going forward. Ms. Díaz holds master’s degrees in marketing and…

Rovensa to acquire Oro Agri

Rovensa has agreed to acquire Oro Agri, a provider of environmentally friendly biocontrol solutions with international reach, from the Omnia Group. The acquisition of Oro Agri reinforces Rovensa as…

American Floral Endowment

A letter from AFE’s incoming Chairman, Laura Shinall

"I am honored to begin my term as Chairman of the AFE Board of Trustees. The Endowment has been a part of my life for many years. As I follow in the footsteps of my father, Del Demaree past Chairman (1992-1993), I’m reminded how he instilled in me and our company, Syndicate Sales, the importance of…

Quebec grower, Les Serres Frank Zyromski, on Biotherm's bottom-heat carpet

Canada: "Even when it is -30° C outside, I can keep the soil at 22° C"

Les Serres Frank Zyromski, producers of 8 to 10 million cuttings annually, have found a way to maintain soil temperatures and reduce production time – even while temperatures dip as low as -34° C. “We save time with our crop – almost two weeks,” says Frank Zyromski, owner of the Rivière-Rouge,…

UK: Specialist in Priva climate management systems joins growing southern team at CambridgeHOK

CambridgeHOK has appointed experienced Priva climate systems specialist Elliot Court to add to its growing team supporting the horticultural sector across the south of England. Mr. Court has spent the past four years working for a West Sussex-based automation company, where he has installed, commissioned…

A northern Sri Lankan coco peat factory launches products, helps rebuild community

From war zone to award-winning coconut coir factory

Raj Janan “Janan” grew up in Northern Sri Lanka and fled the country when the civil war broke out in 1984. He met business partner John Tastad back in 2001. Over the years, they’ve started three different ventures together, ranging from technology companies to rebuilding houses after the 2004 Sri Lanka…

Schiphol appoints new management team and integrates all airline and cargo related activities to Airport Operations

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is implementing a reorganisation, which will see changes in its management structure as a result of the coronavirus crisis. In the first phase of the reorganisation, they have implemented changes to the senior management and organisational structure, leading to the merger of a…

Morel Diffusion continues in the hands of investment company Evolem

The French investment company Evolem took over cyclamen breeder Morel Diffusion on September 22. The talks between the two companies, uninterrupted even during the health crisis, were based on the mutual need for a continuity of the work carried out, but also on exciting development prospects for the…

Havecon, VB and PB Tec

VEK Adviesgroep joins investment group Atrium Agri: adapting to changing horticultural industry

VEK Adviesgroep joins Atrium Agri, a partnership in greenhouse horticulture sector that was erected last year. VEK and Atrium will collaborate on horticultural projects both nationally and internationally. Managing Director Willem Nat is proud: "Our entire team stands behind this decision, were excited…

HilverdaKooij Colombia changes name to HilverdaFlorist Colombia

HilverdaKooij Colombia has officially changed the name to HilverdaFlorist Colombia. The name change was initiated due to the merger and reorganization of parent company HilverdaFlorist B.V. "With this step we strengthen our position in Colombia, which is one of the most important markets in the cut…

Frederic Gagnon, Lambert

"We make sure that each cubic foot of your mix is in total conformity with all our specifications"

For over 90 years, Lambert Peat Moss Inc. has been offering a wide range of peat-based products from various grade of Canadian Sphagnum Peat moss to one of its assorted ready to use professional mixes. Lambert Peat Moss has been dedicated to meet the special needs of professional horticulturists, nursery…

Royal FloraHolland

Leendert-Jan Plaisier new COO Royal FloraHolland

Leendert-Jan Plaisier has been appointed Chief Operational Officer (COO) of Royal FloraHolland starting 1 December. As COO, he will be a part of the Management Team. Leendert-Jan Plaisier (47) has more than twenty years of experience in logistics. Right now, he is Director Logistical Solutions Benelux…

Floricultura appoints Milena Bijma-de Oliveira Cardoso as account manager South America and Southern Europe

Floricultura appoints Milena Bijma-de Oliveira Cardoso as account manager for South America (excluding Brazil) and Southern Europe. Milena will be based in Heemskerk and she will commence her role on 1st November this year. As account manager for Southern Europe, she will succeed our current agent Silvia…

Virginia State University welcomes new associate administrator for programs in Cooperative Extension

Virginia State University (VSU) announces the appointment of Dr. Janine Parker Woods as its new associate administrator for Virginia Cooperative Extension programming,…

Rolls-Royce expands Power Systems business unit

Rolls-Royce has announced a $13.9m investment in its Power Systems business unit for the addition of a new research and development building and multi-phase expansion of its MTU power generation manufacturing facility in Mankato, Minnesota, USA. The project is a result of growth in the market – 2019 was…

Closer cooperation HerkuPlast and Hortus Supplies International

With headquarters in Germany, an entity in the Netherlands, HerkuPlast-Kubern GmbH continues to strengthen its position as an international key-supplier for propagation trays. The company has been working with Hortus Supplies International for over 15 years. Hortus Supplies International is an…

USDA files action against Florida company for alleged PACA violations

U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative complaint against Farm Fresh Packers LLC for alleged violations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. The…

New Zealand: Powerplants announces new partnership with Advanced Hort

Powerplants has recently joined forces with Advanced Hort to help service the New Zealand Horticulture Industry. Nathan Hewson, the Managing Director has spent the last 12 months working in Australia, receiving product and technical training from the team at Powerplants. Nathan is responsible for the day…

Australia: Growcom welcomes new Chief Executive

Growcom Chairperson, Ms. Belinda Adams has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer. “It is with pleasure that I announce the appointment of Mr Stephen…

New Chair and Directors appointed to Vineland Research and Innovation Centre’s Board

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) announced the appointment of Karen Belaire as the centre’s Board Chair for a two-year term. Ms. Belaire joined the board in…

11 November - 3 December

Royal FloraHolland's November 2020 Member Sessions

Between 11 November and 3 December the Members' Council of FloraHolland is organizing a new round of member sessions for members in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Kenya, Ethiopia and Israel. "We have been living with the 'new normal' for some time now due to the corona virus. This virus is impacting…

GrowFlux and XtraLight partner on IoT controls for horticultural lighting

GrowFlux has recently partnered with Houston, TX based horticultural lighting manufacturer XtraLight to offer wireless IoT controls alongside XtraLight PowerGrove LED Grow Lights. The relationship expands XtraLight’s horticultural lighting solutions to encompass intelligent lighting controls and allows…

Kenya: A look into how Dudutech use their Packing and Logistics Centre

Rearing biologicals is one thing – getting them around the world, alive and ready to feast, is a whole other challenge. In recent years, a significant amount of R&D focus at Dudutech has been on understanding this challenge and meeting it through innovations in quality control, cold-chain management and…


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