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Spanish retailers follow the trend

Lidl trials its first shop to have an urban garden

A few weeks ago people were talking about the plans of El Corte Ingles to install a vertical garden in their store in Valladolid, now their focus is on Lidl, which has put into operation its first store in the world with an urban garden. The discount company has opened this pioneer establishment in the…

AgSafe bullying and harassment video helps address serious workplace safety issue

Bullying and harassment pose a potential safety risk to the physical, mental and emotional health of agricultural workers. To help employers and workers address this issue AgSafeBC has produced an informational video titled, “What is Bullying and Harassment” . The short video, available in English and…

Girlsday: a glimpse into the Syngenta Flowers lab

A group of 25 girls from Martinus College secondary school in Grootebroek, the Netherlands visited the Syngenta Flowers lab on Thursday 11 April. At the Syngenta location in Enkhuizen, the girls experienced the world of phytopathology and cell biology up close. It was Girlsday, an international day where…

TerraLink to distribute Regalia Maxx Biofungicide in Western Canada

Marrone Bio Innovations announces distribution partnership in Western Canada

Marrone Bio Innovations has appointed TerraLink as a distributor of the Regalia Maxx Biofungicide in Western Canada. TerraLink has been a supplier of crop input products to…

OptiFreeze introduces board of directors

The strategic partnership with Syngenta means that OptiFreeze enters an entirely new phase. OptiFreeze now enters a commercialization phase which is also reflected in the…

UK: Perennial team grows to support 180th anniversary goal

Perennial appointed Phil Swainston as Corporate Development Manager to further develop partnerships within the industry. Phil joins from the HTA (Horticultural Trades Association) and will focus on building new relationships with manufacturers and suppliers to the sector to raise funds and awareness of…

Inside Dillewijn Zwapak’s new sustainable head office

Florint partner Dillewijn Zwapak has erected a new, state-of-the-art office building in Amstelveen, The Netherlands. Florint visited the company, and were impressed by the stylish showroom and sustainable technology underpinning the building. All the latest in technology and design has been incorporated…

Canada: Government awards $1.9M in financial assistance to Lambert Peat Moss

Lambert Peat Moss is one of the key players in the peat moss industry in Quebec. To ensure its growth, the company is receiving a repayable contribution of $1.9 million from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions. With this financial assistance, the SME will be able to improve its productivity…

Royal Brinkman and Moleaer join forces

Nanobubble technology to 'significantly improve water quality'

Royal Brinkman and Moleaer join forces to significantly improve the water quality for the horticultural sector with a new 'Nanobubble' technology. Nanobubbles increase the oxygen content in irrigation water. Oxygen enrichment of the irrigation water significantly improves the quality and production of…

Increasing demand for alternative resources in substrate

Netherlands: New building Klasmann-Deilmann in Schiedam

In April, substrate supplier Klasmann-Deilmann Benelux starts building their new production hall for the GreenFiber wood fiber product. The first phase of the new production hall will measure 4,000 m2. Because of the advanced automatization, Greenfiber will be produced 24 hours a day, seven days a week.…

Fluence adds Theo Tekstra as EMEA Product Marketing Manager

As Fluence continues to expand across Europe, the ability to properly support and communicate specific benefits of LED lighting solutions for European growers is a top concern to their team. To that end, Theo Tekstra, is joining Fluence by OSRAM as Product Marketing Manager for the EMEA region. Theo has…

American Floral Endowment annual report

US: $600,000 in research, scholarships and internships

This year alone, over $600,000 in research, scholarships and internships, and in educational grants was distributed to promote and build the floral industry through the American Floral Endowment. This funding will go on to impact thousands. Tax-deductible contributions to the AFE support: Bringing Top…

May 11, Bleiswijk

Netherlands: Havecon opens doors at new facilities

Saturday May 11th Havecon opens the doors of their new facilities to the public from 13:00 till 17:00 together with Voorwinden Group. A lot of construction work has been going on in the recent years at the Lorentzstraat in Bleiswijk. The new facilities, with a total surface of about 1.5 hectares, are now…

Hilverda De Boer contract supplier Interflora Norway

From April, Hilverda De Boer has been certified as a contract supplier of Interflora Norway. Interflora works with a small number of wholesalers, where the 400 affiliated Interflora stores can buy their fresh cut flowers and potted plants. Hilverda De Boer opened offices in January 2018 in Oslo,…

Quick Plug North America announces new Managing Director

Quick Plug announces a change in leadership as Bill Maartense expands his role to Managing Director for North America. With over 25 years of industry experience, Maartense has…

US (NY): Raymond Fox ’47, emeritus professor of floriculture, dies at 96

Raymond T. Fox ’47, M.S. ’52, Ph.D. ’56, professor emeritus of floriculture and ornamental horticulture and renowned for his elaborate campus floral displays and floriculture expertise, died March 31 in Ithaca, New York. He was 96. Fox was born Aug. 31, 1922, in Corning, New York, the son of Joseph and…

US (NH): Fire tears through greenhouses in Concord

After an early-morning fire destroyed the main building at Murray Farm and threatened his greenhouses, David Murray knew there was no time to panic, reports Concord Monitor. He couldn’t afford to – the building housing the business’s water pumps, boilers and generators was nothing more than a twisted…

Dilution Solutions welcomes Lori Donnell as Technical Sales Representative

Dilution Solutions, with corporate offices in Clearwater, Florida, has named Lori Donnell as a Technical Sales Representative. Lori brings 20 years of experience working in…

US (MA): Pioneer Gardens sells greenhouse, land for $3M

Pioneer Gardens, owned by Arjen Vriend and Jaap Molenaar, sold to GOGRIZ, LLC a 114,000-square-foot greenhouse, two houses at the front of the property and additional parcels of agricultural land expected to be leased back to Pioneer Gardens for agricultural use. The plan is for GOGRIZ to lease the…

Nutrien announces board leadership succession

Nutrien announced its Board of Directors leadership succession in connection with its upcoming annual meeting of shareholders to be held on May 9, 2019. Nutrien’s Board…

UK: Bransford Webbs appoints Adrian King as new Sales Representative

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company announced the appointment of Adrian King as their new Sales Representative for the Northern territory, caring for and improving on an existing portfolio of accounts throughout the North of England and Scotland. Adrian, formerly of Wyevale and Blue Diamond, has retail…

US (MD): Nursery & garden center to shut down after 89 years

Stephanie Fleming, VP at Behnke Nurseries, announced that this 2019 Spring season will be their last. "My family has been discussing what to do with our aging property and, for many reasons, the ultimate decision was to close the nursery", she writes in a statement. "The Behnke family and I would like to…

PMA celebrates its member-volunteers

This year, more than 640 member-volunteers shared their knowledge, time and talents to help the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and Center for Growing Talent (CGT) achieve…

Dümmen Orange appoints Keith Cable as president of North American region

Keith Cable has assumed leadership of the North American region for Dümmen Orange, as the breeding company continues to expand its product portfolio and explore new opportunities to engage with a wider range of growers and retailers. With its global headquarters located in the Netherlands and the North…

Ethiopia Cuttings receives Gold award for social standards and environmental performance

The Syngenta Flowers cuttings production location Ethiopia Cuttings is awarded with a gold level for social standards and environmental performance in the sector. The site is running business that meets the standards of the Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association. The Ethiopian Horticulture…

US: Ag robotics startup raises $1.5 million seed round

Augean Robotics, a Philadelphia-based startup developing a collaborative robotic platform for the agriculture industry, has raised a $1.5 million seed funding round. The round was led by ffVC, with participation from S2G Ventures, Radicle Growth, and several others. As part of the round, the company has…

Australia: Nursery growers encouraged to apply for a Churchill Fellowship

Hort Innovation has partnered with the Churchill Trust to offer three 2019 Fellowships to participants in the Australian horticulture sector. Each valued at around $26,000,…

Photo Report: California Spring Trials 2019

California was the center of the US floriculture sector last week, during the California Spring Trials. Growers, distributors, retailers and more found their way to 15 locations. There were tons of varieties on display and the participating companies did their utmost best to show the potential of their…

Bradley A. Andersen, Veteran Consumer Packaging Company Executive, Named CEO

Nursery Supplies Holdings Inc. Announces CEO Succession

Nursery Supplies Holdings, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high quality, ecofriendly plastic containers that meet the rapidly growing needs of the wholesale nursery industry,…

Photos: Powerplants Australian 25 year celebration

Here's a little fact about Marcus van Heijst with Priva Oceania that you didn't know. When racing on Green Machine Trikes, he beats everybody. During the festivities for the 25th celebration of Powerplants Australia, he became the overall winner. The 35 employees of Powerplants, a Australian turnkey…

Senmatic enters into partnership with Penny UK

A new dynamic partnership has been agreed between Senmatic of Denmark and Penny UK. Senmatic have been active in the UK for many years, especially with their brand DGT Volmatic. Official signing of the partnership at IPM Essen 2019, with Mads Sckerl, CEO of Senmatic, and Stewart Penny, Commercial…

"Within minutes, I knew where to go"

Dutch horticulture suppliers can, internationally oriented as they are, be found all over the world. They raise new projects from scratch, or provide maintenance. Organizing all this traveling takes a lot of time, and that is why companies often turn to Pack & Go. Conny Kleppe and Mandy van Tetering…

Ireland: JZ Flowers signs €70m flower supply deal with Aldi

JZ Flowers and Aldi Ireland have agreed a new €70m deal that will see the Co-Kildare based company provide 33 million fresh flower stems to Aldi stores around the country. Aldi sold almost 4.2 million bouquets last year and is the country's biggest retailer of fresh cut flowers, with one in four flower…

US: Applications now available for therapeutic garden grants

Once again, National Garden Bureau , American Meadows and Sakata Seed America are uniting to provide $5,000 in grant money for three well-deserving therapeutic gardens in North America. In addition, Corona Tools will provide a generous set of quality gardening tools to each of the three winning…

Geurt Heimensen new manager of Wageningen Academy

As of the 1st of March Geurt Heimensen is the new manager of Wageningen Academy. "My name is Geurt Heimensen (47) and I have been working for Wageningen University & Research for almost twenty years. During this period I gained valuable experience at several departments, which are now known as the…

Bayer board says pursuit of Monsanto was done diligently

Bayer’s non-executive board reaffirmed its support for top management’s decision to acquire Monsanto last year, after losing high-profile lawsuits to U.S. plaintiffs who…

Belgium: Union Fleurs celebrates 60th anniversary

Union Fleurs has celebrated on 28 & 29 March its 60th Anniversary on the occasion of its Annual General Meeting. "Our most sincere thanks to all our members, partners, friends & network who travelled from Japan, Colombia, Kenya and all over Europe to celebrate together this milestone in Brussels,…

NL: Van der Waay starts working from new company building which includes a test center

On the 27th of March, Van der Waay started working in their new company building which includes a test center. The new location leads to an increase in the production for the roof washer and chalk machine manufacturer. The modern test center also offers opportunities for the relations of Van der Waay.…

In the Bloom with Maria:

US: Tips for reducing your business tax bill

Tax Day is the day no one looks forward to. As you collect your receipts, statements, and forms, you may also want to put together a list of questions for your tax preparer…

International interest in Wageningen Summer School

Most schools and universities in the Netherlands empty out during the summer holiday, but the Wageningen Campus is anything but empty. Every year, professionals and young people from all over the world participate in various Summer School programs. "The teachers are the best and you can take a look…

Rise n' Shine to sell Schneider BV assortment on the Indian market

Schneider BV from The Netherlands and Rise n’ Shine from India signed an agreement, allowing the latter to sell the Schneider assortment in the Indian market. Mrs. Bhagyashree Patil, Chairperson & Managing Director of Rise n’ Shine group India, and Jacob Schneider, Managing Director of Schneider BV,…

Jan Edelman sells Edelcactus

Peter Begemann and Leo Dekkerbij to lead Dutch cactus company

Jan Edelman decided to sell his company Edelcactus BV. Peter Begemann has now taken over as general director and Leo Dekker is the new financial and operational director. Jan Edelman will remain closely involved with Edelcactus as a full-time advisor and will familiarize the new management with the…

Panalpina and DSV agree to join forces

DSV and Panalpina have reached an agreement on the terms and conditions of a combination by way of a Public Exchange Offer to all Panalpina shareholders. If the offer is successful, DSV and Panalpina will become one of the world’s largest transport and logistics companies with a pro forma revenue of…

Photos: Bosman van Zaal celebrates opening new headquarters

On 15 March Bosman van Zaal held the long awaited opening day of the new headquarters at Braziliëlaan 4 in Aalsmeer, The Netherlands. "In total we received over 2,000 people and we raised over €21,000,- for foundation Het Vergeten Kind: Hotel Heppie . "The party went great, the demonstrations were…

HortiDaily starts MMJDaily.com

Normally we’re happy to publish all the news from the horticultural industry. Today we’ve got news for you. Our newest publication MMJDaily.com will be launched today! This publication is all about…

Syngenta Flowers to represent Varinova Cyclamen in the United States & Canada

Varinova Operations B.V. and Syngenta Flowers, LLC announce a new agreement with Syngenta Flowers becoming the exclusive sales and marketing channel for Varinova Cyclamen…

Royal FloraHolland changes organizational structure

Royal FloraHolland is amending the organizational structure. The original Commerce department will be divided into two departments: Services for Growers and a new Commerce department, integrating the digital platform and channel activities. Works Council Advice The proposals have been presented to and…

GME and CSPMA sign Memorandum of Agreement

During a bilateral meeting in Brussels, the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA) and Growing Media Europe (GME) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) on their future cooperation. Jointly representing the Canadian and the European growing media industry, the associations commit to promoting…

US (FL): Sunburst Farms acquires assets of DVFlora Miami

Sunburst Farms has reached an agreement to acquire certain assets of DVFlora Miami, a division of Delaware Valley Floral Group (DVFG). The acquisition will be completed on…

dnata expands into Belgium; opens state-of-the-art cargo facility at Brussels Airport

dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, continues to increase its global footprint and launches operations in Belgium by opening a new cargo centre at Brussels Airport. dnata’s expansion into the Belgian capital represents an investment of EUR 8 million and creates up to 100 local jobs…

UK: National Garden Scheme announces £130,000 to support people in horticulture

The National Garden Scheme (NGS) has announced its annual donation to Perennial of £130,000 following another year of open gardens and fundraising for a range of health and…

US (CT): Roses for Autism to close due to financial troubles

Roses for Autism will be closing on June 15 due to financial troubles, which has families associated with this Shoreline workplace concerned about their children’s futures. Work has already begun to dismantle the rose-growing business at 929 Boston Post Road. Rose bushes are for sale and a dumpster is…

TreeTown USA acquires Midas Nursery Solutions

TreeTown USA has acquired horticulture automation company Midas Nursery Solutions of Hillsboro, Oregon for an undisclosed amount. The agreement represents TreeTown USA’s first acquisition that doesn’t consist of a nursery operation and further solidifies its continuing commitment to deploying advanced…

US (FL): Jet Fresh Flowers to distribute Rosa Flora flowers

Jet Fresh Flower Distributors in Miami, Fla. is now an authorized distributor of Rosa Flora Limited flowers from Canada. RosaFlora Limited is a grower of flowers for wholesale and events including Gerbera Daisies, Lisianthus, Snap Dragons and more. Rosa Flora Limited, located in Ontario, Canada, is known…

Belgium: VLAM appoints Filip Fontaine as its new general director

As of 1 July, Filip Fontaine will become the general director of VLAM, Flanders’ Agricultural Marketing Board. Fontaine succeeds Frans De Wachter who will retire on 1 July…

Dutch graphic group in new building at Fresh Park Venlo

“We grew large by staying small”

Not all of the boxes have been unpacked yet, but the Dutch graphic group is up and running in their new building at Fresh Park Venlo. “Finally,” Nino Venezia sighs. “We’re already noticing the benefits of one large building. We should’ve done this ten years ago! All those trips between the two locations can be skipped now,…

Canadian Horticultural Council premieres new documentary to honour international farm workers

On Wednesday night, the Canadian Horticultural Council showcased a new documentary to honour international farm workers at a premier held in Ottawa. The screening of ‘Heartbeat – A Celebration of International Farm Workers’, was attended by foreign dignitaries, government officials and leaders, farmers…

US (NC): Vandals do thousands of dollars in damage to commercial greenhouses

Authorities are asking for help in searching for people responsible for vandalizing two commercial greenhouses at 2894 Belgrade Swansboro Road in Maysville. Onslow County Sheriff's deputies say the greenhouse business experienced extensive damaged. The greenhouses are on farmland located a few yards…

MOST and Absortech have a go at it:

New exclusive partnership to detect and prevent moisture damages in shipping

MOST (Mobile Sensory Technologies Sweden AB) a company within 'real time monitoring' and Absortech Group a company within moisture prevention in shipping containers have…

Resource-saving products for commercial horticulture

Pöppelmann expands selection of completely recyclable plant pots

Pöppelmann blue® is the name of the company-wide initiative of the Pöppelmann Group, which is committed to a closed material cycle. Last year, Pöppelmann Teku® presented innovative, completely recyclable plant pots for the first time. This year the specialist presents an extended assortment for products…

Is FTD really going to go out of business?

While it was clear that FTD was having severe financial problems these last two years losing over $500 million dollars alone since 2016, not many people believed a company that was almost 100 years old would disappear overnight. FTD Management has made it very clear in this last week, that they will not…

Svensson Americas doubles office in size

Svensson’s Americas subsidiary is undertaking a major expansion at its Charlotte, North Carolina location. The expansion, which is expected to be complete by the end of the summer 2019 will add an additional 30,000 square feet of warehouse space to Svensson’s existing 28,000 square feet of warehouse and…

Taizo Chinju named president of Suntory Flowers

Suntory Flowers has named Taizo Chinju president, effective April 1. Taizo has spent nearly half his career with Suntory Holdings in the Suntory Flowers division, starting in 2004. In 2013 he became managing director of international business, spanning both the bedding plant and cut flower businesses…

Uber Freight launches in Europe

Since launching in the US two years ago, Uber Freight has worked to revitalize the trucking industry and bring new opportunities to the entire logistics ecosystem. The Uber Freight app connects trucking companies of any size with loads to haul, giving drivers upfront pricing, fast payment and the ability to book a load with the…

North America: Beekenkamp signs agreement with SlijkermanKalanchoe

Beekenkamp Plants and SlijkermanKalanchoë have agreed to a cooperation effective immediately for the North American market. SlijkermanKalanchoë, a family owned company,…

Bloomon dismisses 11 employees

Bloomon is laying off 11 of their 130 employees to reduce expenditures. The online flower service reports to Dutch financial newspaper FD that the redundancies are the result of the rapid growth the…

US: Jamie Mattikow named President and CEO of Burpee

W. Atlee Burpee Company has named James (Jamie) Mattikow, President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Mattikow formerly served as Chief Commercial Officer at Ferrara Candy Company, where he led the Illinois based company's everyday and seasonal category and marketing teams and was responsible for…

March 28-29, Brussels

Union Fleurs celebrates 60 years at Annual General Meeting

On 28 & 29 March, Union Fleurs members and network will gather in Brussels, Belgium for the 2019 Annual General Meeting. 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of Union Fleurs,…

Greenyard Horticulture changes name to Agaris

Greenyard's former Horticulture division will be named Agaris. The Greenyard Horticulture division became a stand-alone organisation in the autumn of 2018. Agaris will continue to develop growing media. Together with the new family shareholder Straco, Agaris will focus on a strategy of growth. 'May you…

reducing delivery times for customers in the US and Canada

Horti LED production line added to Signify factory in Camargo

Signify will significantly reduce delivery times for Philips GreenPower LED customers in North America as it adds a horti LED production line at its existing luminaire factory in Camargo, Mexico for the LEDs that so far were only manufactured in Sucha Beskidzka, Poland. The move helps the company to…

Powerplants Australia marks 25 years with green race

The factory at Powerplants Australia has been transformed into a race track ahead of celebrating their 25th Birthday Party this Saturday. Carl van Loon started the business in 1994 installing high quality European screens. 25 years later Powerplants has a team of 35 employees and has become a turnkey…

ScottsMiracle-Gro Sells 30% Ownership Stake in TruGreen

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has sold its approximate 30 percent stake in TruGreen to the majority owner in a transaction in which ScottsMiracle-Gro received approximately…

US (WA): Mayesh Wholesale Florist brings floral presence to Seattle

Mayesh Wholesale Florist will open a new wholesale floral distribution business in Seattle, Washington this coming fall. The Seattle branch will be the 18th wholesale location…

Syngenta increases support for UK growers with Ornamental Controls

Growers of protected and outdoor ornamentals can look forward to more plant protection products and technical support with the UK launch of Ornamental Controls, part of Syngenta. “It makes us the only fully dedicated ornamentals control business to offer a global range of products combined with local…

Maarten de Jager presents 8000 euro cheque to Ronald McDonald House

On Tuesday, 12 March 2019, Maarten de Jager, former director of Codema Systems Group, handed over a check for 8,000 euros to the Ronald McDonald House in The Hague. This amount of money was donated by all the partners, customers, employees and family who attended his farewell party . Support The Ronald…

Meindert Klem joins Thermoflor as International Account Manager

Meindert Klem has been appointed as the new International Account Manager at Thermoflor. He introduces himself: "My name is Meindert Klem, 31 years old and recently moved to…

UK: Star Plants purchased by Fleurie Nursery Limited

As of 15th March 2019 James Turner and Mike Tristram have signed a deal such that Fleurie Nursery Ltd have purchased the site, stock and assets of Star Plants. All Star Plants staff, many of whom are very experienced and have served Star Plants loyally for years will be welcomed into the Fleurie Nursery…

US (FL): FNGLA hosts student landscape installation project

FNGLA’s goal of reaching tomorrow’s industry leaders extended into the realm of building construction in March as landscape professionals and students came together at the 2019 Future Builders of America Leadership Summit. Aptly named FNGLA's "Education Czar,” Stefan Liopiros of Lawn Enforcement Agency…

UK: Online Budgeting Tool offers financial confidence and control to people in horticulture

In 2018, Perennial helped people in horticulture access nearly £4 million in financial assistance – more than any other year in its 180 year history. A recent financial wellbeing survey of working-age people found that 94% worry about money and of this group over three quarters say it impacts their work.…

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre announces new CEO

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Dr. Ian Potter as Chief Executive Officer effective April 1, 2019. Mr.…

FTD sees revenues slip

FTD Companies announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018. “We are disappointed we did not achieve our financial objectives for the fourth quarter and full year 2018. The shortfall was largely due to business performance during the fourth quarter holiday period,” commented Scott…

Saudia Cargo appoints new Executive Director for worldwide operations

Saudi Airlines Cargo Company has appointed Per Hojland to the position of Executive Director, Cargo Operations Worldwide. Per, a Danish national, took up his new position in…

US: Bayer establishes Western Region for Sales Team

The Turf and Ornamentals (T&O) business of Bayer, within the company's Crop Science division, has realigned its sales team, creating a new western sales region as part of its continued efforts to better meet the needs of its turf management customers across the United States. With this announcement,…

United Selections becomes a Master Florist Partner

United Selections recently became a Master Florist partner by supporting the initiatives in the industry to better serve the needs of florists and flower consumers. As a premier rose breeder, including a strong portfolio in reds, they do have a long history of supporting florists worldwide and the…

Australia: Roadmap towards a stronger and more sustainable workforce

In partnership with Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA), the Review of Nursery Industry Career Pathways (NY17002) project is delivered by RM Consulting Group (RMCG), and works towards attracting, developing and retaining the right kind of people into our thriving and dynamic industry. The next…

US: William H. Preston continues legacy with endowment support

William “Bill” Preston passed away peacefully February 18 after a long, happy, and accomplished life surrounded by family and friends. He was a lifelong resident of the Bowie area and contributed much to the community and environment he loved. He was an alumnus of U.Md., achieving his Ph.D. in…

March 16, Aalsmeer

Bosman Van Zaal hosts Open Day at new headquarters

On Saturday 16 March from 13:00 to 17:00 the long-awaited Open Day of Bosman Van Zaal's new headquarters will take place at Braziliëlaan 4, 1432 DG in Green Park Aalsmeer. Relocation After the merger of Bosman and Frans van Zaal in 2014 and the unfortunate fire in the De Kwakel office in May 2017, the…

UK: Bransford Webbs is now a zero to landfill business

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company have achieved the BS8555 accreditation for environmental management for ten consecutive years, having first achieved this certification back in 2008. Their environmental objectives are reviewed and updated on an annual basis. Among other targets, they have reduced their…

NI: National Horticultural Research Institute paves the way for innovation

The National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT), Ibadan, has blazed the trails in horticultural research, technological development, extension services and product development. The institute’s mandate is to conduct research into the genetic improvement, production, processing, storage, utilisation…

Elisa Markula new Secretary General of CIOPORA Germany

As of March 31, 2019, Ms Elisa Markula will become CIOPORA Germany's new Secretary General managing the affairs of the national association in the framework of CIOPORA Germany's associate membership at the German Horticultural Association (Zentralverband Gartenbau e. V. - ZVG). Elisa's appointment was…

Colombia: Manufacturing plant opened for flower and plant packaging

PPC Flexible Packaging, announced the completion of a new manufacturing plant in Bogota, Colombia. The Colombia plant will be occupied by Temkin PPC, a division of PPC Flexible Packaging. Temkin PPC designs and manufactures flexible film packaging for fresh-cut flowers and potted plants including…

Opening on March 18, 2019

Italian grower Eurosa opens warehouse at Royal FloraHolland

"Fulfilling smaller orders with fresh products", this was the idea of Italian nursery Eurosa when deciding to invest in a warehouse inside the FloraHolland site in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands. The warehouse will open its doors on Monday March 18, will remain open all spring, and indoor plants, cactus,…

Australia: Hort funded Fellowships now open for application

Applications are now open for three Hort Innovation funded Churchill Fellowships that will enable recipients to travel the world for 4 to 8 weeks to access industry related…

Jon Trujillo to be next President of Geothermal Resources Council

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced the election of Jon Trujilloas President-Elect. He will become the 27th President of the global geothermal energy…

Australia: Leading towards greener futures

Applications for the 2019 Green Industry Growing Leaders Program (MT16002) are closing Friday 8 March 2019 5pm AEST. The Green Leaders program has been funded by Hort…

dnata appoints Dirk Goovaerts as Regional CEO for Asia Pacific

dnata announced the appointment of Dirk Goovaerts as the company’s Regional Chief Executive Officer for the Asia Pacific region. In his role, Dirk Goovaerts will oversee dnata’s operations at 10 airports in three countries, including Australia, the Philippines and Singapore, managing a workforce of 6,000…

Royal Brinkman Australia celebrates opening

Royal Brinkman Australia opened its doors to customers and friends for the first time. After moving into a larger facility in Braeside, Victoria and appointing a new General Manager David Sobevski, it was time to celebrate recent achievements together with customers. From left to right: Current general…

Allen Olsen joins Dümmen Orange Supply Chain as Regional Director

Allen Olson, previously Head of Supply Chain and Operations in North and Latin America for Syngenta, is joining the Dümmen Orange North America team. Allen will be assuming…

US (FL): FNGLA’s priorities for the 2019 legislative session

FNGLA members understand each Spring represents new opportunities and new challenges - a chance to “grow” your business. Much the same as FNGLA members, newly elected officials arrive this Spring in Tallahassee for the 2019 Legislative Session. by Jim Spratt, FNGLA's Government Affairs Consultant There…

US (LA): Kirk-Ballard named LSU AgCenter state consumer horticulturist

The LSU AgCenter has named Heather Kirk-Ballard as state consumer horticulturist. She started this position in February. Besides doing a heavy amount of extension work with the general public, she is also on the faculty of School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences and performs research in the…

New industry certification

IATA Launches CEIV Fresh

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a new industry certification - the Center for Excellence for Perishable Logistics (CEIV Fresh) - to improve the handling and the…

CAN (ON): Ag Energy Co-operative CEO, Rose Marie Gage, announces retirement

Ag Energy Co-operative announces that CEO, Rose Marie Gage, will be retiring on April 27, 2019. “The Board is grateful for the leadership that Rose has brought to Ag Energy and the agriculture and energy sectors during her nine-year tenure, and for the exceptional team she has developed and left us…

Stefanie Miltenburg, Sustainability Program Manager at Royal FloraHolland:

"Sustainability is not just the latest craze"

"I prefer to speak of sustainable development rather than sustainability. That suggests a proactive and lasting approach. Sustainability is not just the latest craze.” These…

NL: Rabobank invests 7.5 million in flower delivery service Bloomon

Rabobank is investing 7.5 million euros in Bloomon, an online flower delivery service. The bank has confidence in the business model, despite the fact that the Dutch company…

Jim Daly of Floralife:

“This fire is not going to stop our plans to grow”

It was like history is repeating itself on that Sunday night October 21st, when a fire broke out in the production hall of Floralife, a division of Smithers Oasis Belgium. Vice President Floralife/Grower Global Operations and Corporate Research Jim Daly, in Ohio, United States was hoping it was just a…

UK: DCF invests in the future of plant health

The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) is a supporter of the Royal Society of Biology’s (RSB) Plant Health Undergraduate Summer Studentship Programme for 2019. The scheme invites plant health researchers to submit proposals for one of nine available funded studentships for undergraduates to run over the…

New brand identity for the Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance has revealed its new brand identity following its recent merger with UTZ. A product of the close partnership with the creative change agency Futerra,…

Saudia Cargo signs new business deal with Air Charter Service

Saudia Cargo and Air Charter Service have signed a new business deal on the sidelines of the three-day Air Cargo Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa. ACS, which is active in private jet, helicopter, airliner and cargo aircraft charters across Africa and other countries around the world accounting for…

US (NY): After 64 years, Homeside Florist & Greenhouses closes

This time of year, Kris Olsen and his sister, Andrea Hanulec, are usually going full speed at Homeside Florist & Greenhouses in Riverhead, gearing up for Easter and Mother’s Day. But this winter was a little different. The landmark garden center shut its doors Dec. 31. The Olsen family has owned the…

NL : Dillewijn Zwapak opens shop-in-shop in Waterdrinker Green Trade Center

Dillewijn Zwapak’s opens a new shop-in-shop concept in the Waterdrinker Green Trade Center. The opening of this sales location marks the end of the old Dillewijn Zwapak shop at Cultra. "After a year-long trial period at the Green Trade Center, we made a conscious decision to concentrate all of our sales…

Administrative processes in the Import department at Veiling Rhein-Maas

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

plastics thermoformer unveils custom design services

“Need for greater automation pushes our new designs”

T.O. Plastics, a thermoformer for the horticulture industry, is unveiling its products suitable for the cannabis, hemp and microgreens markets, as well as its Customer Design Center services for all horticulture applications. “The horticulture industry is very familiar with our product catalog where…

Netherlands: Donation for Anne Frank tree in De Kwakel

On Thursday 14 February, Ramon of OZ Planten handed over a cheque worth €600 to the representatives of the scouting at De Kwakel (Jeanet ten Brink, Jim Raadschelders and Jim Spek). The members of the Scouting Association St. Johannes Group were looking for an appropriate memorial for the commemoration of…

Bert van Geffen is going to coach growers worldwide

"As a grower, I know how important a proper sounding board can be"

No grower can do without a decent sounding board. Even now, when climate computers and automated systems support growers all over the world in various ways, every day many decisions still have to be taken which have a great impact on the healthy growth of the plant. In 'greenhouse horticulture countries'…

Women at A.M.A. share insights on driving horticulture forward

To mark International Women’s Day on March 8th, women at A.M.A. Horticulture Inc. are sharing their insights on how to drive horticulture forward. The company’s female team…

Preparation tips to help protect your business from spring storms

Spring is on its way. And with the warmer temperatures and longer days comes the threat of storms that can bring hail, lightning, high winds, and tornadoes. Any of these can be damaging to your business. But there are things you can do to help lessen your risks. Hortica offers some tips. Be prepared…

Sudlac:

"Record number of orders require organisation optimisation"

Having grown steadily for the last 10 years, Sudlac, supplier of coatings, is reorganising its structure in the production and logistics sectors so that it can meet demands and improve its service. The goal: To triple the volume of products available from stock Mr Reynal, the site manager in charge of…

New Board of Directors at Royal Brinkman

With the appointment of Jan Schuttrups as Commercial Director, the management of Royal Brinkman is complete again. Jan Schuttrups has been with Royal Brinkman for over eight years and was already responsible as International Director for the company's activities worldwide. From his new position he will…

Transitioning to a new generation

Growers are a special breed, and for many people who grow up in the business, it has a special attraction. As many long-time family business owners start thinking about retirement, some of their children are coming home, taking a larger role and adding responsibilities in the family business. Anyone who…

New Managing Director for Svensson in the Netherlands

As of 1st of April 2019, Wouter de Jong will take on his new role as Svensson's Managing Director in the Netherlands. To most relations, Wouter is no stranger, as he started his career at Svensson as an Account Manager. Due to this commercial experience, he became Commercial Director two years ago. Now,…

Evonik sells Plexiglas business to private equity investor for €3 billion

Evonik has signed an agreement to sell its Methacrylates business to Advent International for €3 billion. The selling price (enterprise value) is 8.5 times the business’ EBITDA. The transaction is subject to approval by the authorities in several countries and is expected to close in the third quarter of…

Bas van der Elst, Hendic

"Hendic and DL Plastics turned out to be perfect partners"

At DL Plastics in Sint Annaparochie (in the northern tip of the Netherlands) the trucks drive off and on the lot with materials. The factory that produces storage tanks, silos, liners and so on will be expanded by 2,000 m2. Once construction is completed by summer, the factory will have more than 6700 m²…

Changes in the Board of Directors at Kuehne + Nagel

Mr. Jürgen Fitschen and Mr. Hans Lerch, whose mandates after eleven respectively fourteen years of service as members of the Board of Directors of Kuehne + Nagel International…

UK: IPM Specialist David Hide elected to the BASIS committee to represent Commercial Horticulture

Fargro's IPM specialist David Hide has been elected to represent the commercial horticulture category of the BASIS Professional Register. The main role of the advisory committee is to act as a forum for the two-way exchange of information between BASIS Registration and its membership, as well as to…

US (FL): FNGLA hosts students competing in career development events

Hosted by FNGLA, more than 350 FFA middle and high school students from across Florida convened last week at the FFA Leadership Training Center in Haines City to compete in nursery and landscape career development. The 2019 State Career Development Events in Nursery & Landscape and in Floriculture,…

Canada: Marie-Claude Bibeau becomes Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced the following changes within the Ministry: Lawrence MacAulay, currently Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, becomes Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence. Marie-Claude Bibeau, currently Minister of International…

Growers talk about illegal discharging in the Netherlands

"A real grower doesn't pollute"

Recently a grower was taken to court by the Delfland Water Board for discharging dirty water into the surface water of the Hoefpolder in De Lier (Netherlands). Despite being illegal, discharges still…

NL : Van Dijk Flora implements real-time transport management system of SupplyStack

Van Dijk Flora, one of the largest suppliers of multiple retailers in Europe, has chosen SupplyStack as its partner for real-time transport management and visibility.…


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