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Javo celebrates 50 years of innovation

50 years ago, the first Javo potting machine was designed. Since then Javo has set a standard in horticulture automation. The first Javo prototype Arnold van Nobelen, the founder of Nobels, designed the first potting machine for Javo in 1969. This new type of machine was equipped with a conveyor and…

FTD provides update on court-supervised restructuring process

FTD provided an update on its court-supervised restructuring process. The company has: Entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement with PlanetArt to acquire Personal…

Change in the Board of Directors of Panalpina World Transport

In connection with the public exchange offer by DSV A/S for all publicly held registered shares of Panalpina World Transport (Holding) AG published on 13 May 2019, the Board of Directors will propose at the Extraordinary General Meeting scheduled for 16 July, 2019, the election of the following persons…

Vestaron hires Ash Patel as COO

Ash Patel is the most recent hire as Vestaron continues to round out its corporate leadership team. “With a background including global manufacturing and supply chain management experience in…

Rolls-Royce and Yuchai Machinery broaden their collaboration

The Rolls-Royce Power Systems division and its Chinese partner Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company intend to further intensify their collaboration in the construction and sale of engines. A corresponding agreement was signed by representatives of both companies during the visit to Friedrichshafen by a…

Edwin Dijkshoorn

WPS appoints Director of Business Development North America

Edwin Dijkshoorn has taken a new position as Director of Business Development North America at WPS Horti Systems BV. WPS (We Prove Solutions), located at De Lier, The Netherlands, has been designing and manufacturing state of the art automation and logistical systems for growers and agricultural research…

Hilverda De Boer takes over Swedish Gustafssons Blommor

Hilverda De Boer will take over the activities of Swedish wholesaler Gustafssons Blommor on 1 July. The activities are transferred to subsidiary Hilverda De Boer Sverige in…

Netherlands: MPS-GAP for FlorXL

This week OZ Planten went to Decorum grower FlorXL to congratulate them with the MPS-GAP certification. Last year, Decorum also joined the FSI 2020 standard. E-commerce manager and CSR manager Ramon van Kessel handed the cake to managing director Sjef van Wijk on behalf of the team of OZ Planten. FSI 2020 "We’re happy to see…

“This is just the beginning with much more to come”

In 2017 Holland Screens International started a collaboration with Powerplants Australia. This partnership enables Holland Screens to gain ground in Australia and to grow the company’s international projects. With already 5 projects together in the past year, Holland Screens is very happy with this…

A1 Tuinbouwtechniek opens office (A1 Horticulture) in Australia

"International push for independence is favorable for Dutch horticultural technology"

You get far with a lot of effort and energy. As a newcomer, A1 Tuinbouwtechniek has been able to conquer a place in the market. That happened in a relatively short time. The company deals with the total technical interior of the greenhouse. Currently that mainly concerns screen installations and water…

New company Two Chiefs Trading distributing African Papyrus and cut cattails

Kenya: From natural flora to ornamental product

Creating an ornamental product out of natural flora and use it for export purposes. This what Tom Finlay and Waiyaki Ngugi are doing for about 6 months now, when they established their company Two Chiefs Trading. They gather African papyrus and cut cattails from the wild in a sustainable manner and have…

Greenport West-Holland and Végépoly are intensifying their cooperation

French-Dutch horticulture cooperation

The horticulture clusters Greenport West-Holland and Végépolys are going to cooperate intensively. To this purpose, Greenport and the French horticulture cluster have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Greenport West-Holland is the regional network organisation of the government, industry, educational…

Dümmen Orange welcomes new Chief Financial Officer

Dümmen Orange has welcomed Arjan Kaaks to the Dümmen Orange Board as Chief Financial Officer, a role he already fulfilled ad interim since 1st April 2019. Arjan Kaaks served as executive board member and CFO for several businesses since 2005 when he joined the listed Royal Grolsch brewing company, after…

New Zealand: Tulip grower expands with purchase of 162 ha dairy farm

Horizon Flowers New Zealand, one of the ‘‘big five’’ in Southland’s flourishing tulip bulb export business, has paid $7.8million for a 162 ha dairy farm at Mabel Bush. The Dutch-owned company gained ministerial approval for the purchase in April, which would allow it to effectively increase its planting…

"A good logistics network is important for logistics service providers"

More and more greenhouse builders and installers are aiming to do business abroad, but shipping abroad requires a lot of focus. All of the materials need to be delivered on time in order to keep up with the deadlines, so a logistics service provider is usually called upon. Martin van Dueren-den Hollander…

US (IA): Plantpeddler starts 100,000 square foot expansion

Plantpeddler broke ground Monday for a 100,000 square foot addition to their operation in Cresco. The new space will accommodate a state-of-the-art greenhouse, new shipping and dock facilities, and an expanded genetics trial garden. Plantpeddler started operations in Cresco with just 12,000 square feet…

Kenya: Company introduces employee outsourcing in the flower industry

Flower farms can now outsource employees from a pool created and managed by The Manpower Company. The outsourcing model creates work opportunities for employees while affording employers flexibility; an invaluable benefit for industries that experience seasonality. “Our wide database of experienced human…

The Sun creates the biggest flower show display Britain has ever seen to mark our 50th birthday

Our gardening expert Peter Seabrook has created a 30ft display with 4,000 blooms. Peter, 83, said: “It’s unique.” The SunBelievable exhibit is at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live show in Birmingham this weekend. It will then be replanted at Hyde Hall in Chelmsford, Essex. There are almost 100 of these new…

UK: Walberton’s Crop Protection Team back up to full strength

After a few years of high staff turnover in the area of Crop Protection, Walberton Nursery’s Technical Department are now in a very strong position. Crop Protection is a very specialist area and finding staff to fill these positions can often be difficult. Following the appointments of Paul Dyer…

US (CO): Changes coming for Welby Gardens

Welby Gardens will be moving its headquarters to their Arvada location at 17201 W 64th Ave, due to the sale of the 74th Ave property in Denver. This change will allow them to streamline and cultivate stronger relationships with their customers and vendors. Hardystarts, liner program, will be focused on…

Kasey Cronquist stepping down as administrator of Certified American Grown

Kasey Cronquist is stepping down as administrator of Certified American Grown. His last day will be July 12. The Certified American Grown Council will be working closely with the board of the California Cut Flower Commission to help with the transition of the program’s leadership. It’s expected that an…

US (FL): Passing the big shoes

Once upon a time, there was an association called FNGA. FNGA was made up of many hard-working volunteers who did lots of great things for Florida’s nursery and landscape industry. These volunteers were led by a new volunteer president each year. The president had a big job, visiting members, attending chapter meetings and…

"CalFlowers supports Certified American Grown"

In light of CalFlowers' recent public position on state and national legislative issues, some might conclude that CalFlowers does not support the Certified American Grown…

UK: Blue Diamond targets £200 million turnover within five years

Blue Diamond is targeting further UK expansion – including the construction of new garden centres – and aiming for turnover approaching £200m. within the next five years. The…

Fifty Ontario companies awarded seed funding

Fifty Ontario companies have been selected to receive seed funding from Bioenterprise Corporation and its delivery partner Innovation Guelph, through the most recent round of…

Treiber will support greenhouse and nursery growers in California

US: Mike Treiber joins Syngenta as ornamental territory manager

Syngenta has announced the appointment of Mike Treiber as ornamental territory manager for California, effective June 17, 2019. In this role, Treiber will assist greenhouse…

Frank Hoogendoorn sends a message from Mexico

Frank Hoogendoorn, agricultural assistant in Mexico, is the go-to person for the horticulture sector and works on the veterinarian and phytosanitary issues in that country. In a video on Agroberichten Buitenland, he highlights the possibilities of Dutch agricultural techniques in the Mexican agriculture…

Construction for Koen Pack’s new showroom in full swing

The team of Koen Pack designers develops their many collections all year round. From covers, pegs, and hardware for all seasons, holidays and year-round collections, to customer specific designs. “We develop so many new products that we can rearrange our showroom every year, and we are very proud of this…

Netherlands: New Opti-flor location festively opened

Opti-flor officially opened its seventh cultivation location in a festive manner. The opening was done, with personnel and other invitees present, by the mayor of the Westland, Bouke Arends. With the 2.5 hectare extension, Opti-flor now has 17 hectares in total of horticulture land for growing the…

Javo USA puts focus on Solutions

Horticulture growers in North America face new challenges every day. From market and labor pressures, to keeping up with the latest trends in landscaping, the problems can be almost overwhelming. This led Javo USA, Inc. to look for a new approach to help its clients and the new Javo USA website ( http://javousa.net/ ) is part…

"NGIA members show overwhelming support for Greenlife Industry Australia"

Members of Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) have given their resounding support to establish Greenlife Industry Australia, voting overwhelmingly in favour of the change. The historical decision received unprecedented engagement by Members with non-compulsory voting increasing significantly…

Vestaron raises $40 million in Series B Financing

Vestaron announces its $40 million Series B Financing, led by Novo Holdings A/S. Novo Holdings joins continuing investors Anterra Capital, Cultivian Sandbox, Open Prairie…

Jamie Kitz of Sakata Seed America honored by American Academy of Floriculture

Jamie Kitz, Key Account Manager and Corporate Citizenship Specialist of Sakata’s corporate giving program, Sakata Gives, has received a prestigious American Academy of Floriculture (AAF) designation. The American Academy of Floriculture carries out the efforts of the Society of American Florists (SAF), a…

Valoya marks 10-year milestone with new brand image

Since 2009 Valoya has been committed to discovering and bringing to the market finely balanced LED light spectra that feed the plants with just the information they need and thus help growers reach their cultivation targets efficiently. The first ones to see the value in Valoya’s offering were…

Mexico: Greenleaf opens first international operation center

Greenleaf Flower Growers and Distributors announces the opening of its 10th location and its first international operation center. This 20,000 square ft facility is located within a 20-hectare flower farming complex and becomes home of the company’s Mexican Flower entity (Four Brothers Farms) near…

This is what working in the high-tech crop production looks like

Finding staff in greenhouse horticulture is quite a challenge. More and more companies are therefore choosing not only to focus on their own company, but to promote the industry as a whole. After all, if the sector is in a good place, then everyone benefits. Also at Bosman Van Zaal they show the cool…

Teleflora acquires Interflora UK from FTD

Teleflora has acquired Interflora UK. According to the former company, the business models of Teleflora and Interflora complement one another, as both have been connecting…

Fully integrated credit card transactions on Komet Sales

Credit Card Transactions are now fully integrated with Komet Sales. Komet Sales teamed up with Clearent, a card processor, a few months ago to help make credit card payments easier, faster and secure within our app. This means that your company will be able to sign up and start taking advantage of this…

Kenya: Greenlife participates in Rhino Charge

Last weekend, the Rhino Charge (an annual off-road 4×4 competition) took place in Oldonyiro, Kenya. The event is organised in order to raise funds to support the activities of the Rhino Ark Charitable Trust, an NGO which works towards a noble cause: the conservation and protection of Kenya’s mountain…

Kenya: Magana Flowers rebrands with target on new markets, customers and staff

Magana Flowers has announced a series of business realignments as it rebrands in time for its 25th birthday by building on a resilient past while repositioning itself in the international flower markets. Team of Magana Flowers at the IFTEX 2019. By Bob Koigi The rebrand that includes a change of logo,…

PanAmerican Seed acquires celosia breeding from Celex

PanAmerican Seed has purchased the complete celosia assortment and breeding research from Celex, a breeder/selection subsidiary under the Dutch cut flower company Fa. Van Der Boog & Van Den Bosch. PanAmerican Seed has collaborated with Celex for more than 25 years on cut-flower celosia series, such…

Implantex AG to become Florensis Schweiz AG

Starting week 24, the name of Swiss company Implantex AG from Thun is changed to Florensis Schweiz AG. Florensis recently acquired a majority stake in Implantex, and according…

"I remember starting work without agreeing on the price"

Stolze celebrates 50-year anniversary

In 1969, the year man first set foot on the moon, Teun Stolze started a company that provided household maintenance in the field of electrical engineering. After three years, Bram van den Ende became his first employee, and Bram and grower's son Teun started working in the horticulture sector. Teun…

United Fresh bi-annual compensation report now available

The United Fresh Produce Association has published the fifth edition of its Produce Industry Compensation & Benefits Report, a research resource it says assists produce…

Hem Genetics and Ameriseed enter into an exclusive partnership

Ameriseed and Hem Genetics enter into an exclusive partnership for the distribution of Ameriseed varieties in European countries and the Middle East. Ameriseed-AFM group,…

Melissa Bond, ScottsMiracle-Gro:

"Gardening is an opportunity for our associates to get their hands into the dirt"

Gardening is what they do at ScottsMiracle-Gro, so it may come as no surprise that they have one of the largest corporate garden programs in the US. They encourage associates to garden because the company wants them to experience its multitude of health and wellness benefits, such as increased physical…

Deforche team rides against cancer

During the Ascension Day weekend the combined team from the Deforche Construct Group rode 1000 km in four days to raise money for cancer research. With riders from all the branches of the DCG group and multiple countries the diverse team had riders from Thermoflor, the Garden Centre Specialist. "Raising…

South Africa: SIZA joins the FSI Basket for Social

On Monday, 20 May 2019, the FSI Board approved the addition of SIZA, the South African Standard for Sustainable Agriculture to the FSI Basket of Standards for Social. SIZA has previously completed the benchmarking process against the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP), the FSI benchmarking partner…

André Vreugdenhil managing director Koppe Begonia

André Vreugdenhil has been appointed as managing director of Koppe Begonia on 1 June 2019. This makes him responsible for the daily business within the company. André takes over the management duties from Bert Koppe, who will remain involved in the company as a shareholder. This gives Bert the…

PB Tec and Moleaer partner to expand nanobubble technology in horticulture

Moleaer and PB Tec have entered into a distribution agreement to promote nanobubble technology in the horticulture market. PB Tec develops innovative and advanced horticultural solutions in the field of electrical engineering, lighting, water engineering and automation combined with services ranging from…

Jeroen Ravensbergen new director Floritec

As of June 12, Jeroen Ravensbergen (51) will be the new general director of Floritec. He will be the successor of René le Clercq, who fulfilled this position on interim basis…

FTD obtains interim approval to access up to $47 million in DIP financing

FTD has received approvals from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware for "First Day" motions related to the voluntary Chapter 11 petitions filed on June 3,…

Chris Allenas becomes President of North America Region at SBM Life Science

In keeping with their development strategy worldwide, SBM Life Science entrusts the management of North America Region to Mr Chris Allen. Chris Allen has over 30 years’ experience in the consumer products industry and is an experienced leader in the lawn and garden industry with 20 years in the category.…

ScottsMiracle-Gro sees sales outlook improve for U.S. Consumer and Hawthorne

The ScottsMiracle-Gro Company announced that it now expects company-wide sales to improve 13 to 14 percent for the full-year, higher than its previous guidance, based on…

Syngenta Flowers acquires Dutch cyclamen breeding company Varinova

Syngenta announces today, that it has successfully completed the acquisition of Varinova’s Cyclamen business. Varinova is a Dutch company that is fully dedicated to the breeding, production and commercialization of Cyclamen. The combination of technical expertise and the innovative varieties from…

FloraHolland intensifies inspection on proper use of trolleys

At Royal FloraHolland, they noticed that people do not always use the auction trolleys for their intended purpose. This puts pressure on the number of auction trolleys available for the logistics processes. In order to prevent this, supervision and enforcement pertaining to the proper use of auction…

China to build four horticulture knowledge and innovation centers

For years there has been an exchange between Chinese and Dutch greenhouse horticulture in terms of knowledge and high-tech innovations. This cooperation will be intensified in the coming years through the development of no fewer than four knowledge and innovation centers along the lines of the World…

Jeroen Ravensbergen new CEO Floritec

Jeroen Ravensbergen MSc. (51) will be Floritec's new CEO per June 12th. He succeeds René le Clercq, who held this position on an interim basis since the beginning of 2018. After studying plant breeding in Wageningen, Jeroen gained extensive experience in the breeding of ornamental products. Jeroen also…

Uralchem recognised as victim in major criminal association case

The Chairman of the Management Board of Russia’s Togliattikhimbank Alexander Popov has been arrested in Moscow on charges of 'serious economic crimes'. Allegedly the bank is…

"Our new 30,000 square meter plant will soon be up and running"

In the fruit and vegetable industry, there are two main developments going on. For the international market, more investment is being put in obtaining better growing technology, post-harvest techniques and cooling systems. For the imported products, more is invested in developing a better cold chain.…

Dutch suppliers improve storage, production and logistics with expansion

Last week the first pile for the expansion of Honderdland 30 was driven. With this, construction was officially started and the companies can look forward to a larger building that will be ready in early 2020. Additional space Because of the need for more space, an additional 4,600 m2 is created at the…

US: Shelby Shy memorial tribute established

A memorial tribute has been established by industry members Lori, Brian and Tanner Wheat from Lafayette Florists in Colorado, Charles Ingrum of Dr. Delphinium in Dallas, Texas, and the Midwest Group to honor Shelby Shy who passed away May 8, 2019, at the age of 38. Shelby was a beloved member of the…

FTD Companies files for bankruptcy

FTD Companies has filed for bankruptcy. The flower and gift delivery company has been struggling with debts now surmounting to $200 million, ever since the buyout of rival…

Moleaer secures additional $5 Million Funding

"Financing allows for production scale-up and commercial expansion"

Moleaer, manufacturer of industrial-scale nanobubble generators, announced recently that they have raised $5 million in funding. The investment was led by London based ADM…

Greenyard debt increases significantly

Greenyard’s debt has increased to seven times the amount of its gross profit. The company released its full year report of 2018/2019 and although Greenyard is trying to reform…

Savio Ma chief representative for Armada China

By founding Armada China and the assignment of Savio Ma as chief representative, Armada has made an important step in the development of the company. The demand in China for new chrysanthemum varieties and young plants has been growing for many years and is still increasing. Armada’s Dahui Flower…

NL: BVB Substrates to build new warehouse

On May 27, under the watchful eye of Mart van Buuren and the Van Buuren family, grandsons Douwe jr. and Sebas drove the first pile of the new modern warehouse of BVB Substrates in De Lier. The warehouse is the first in the substrate sector where products are stored vertically, with a particular focus on…

New HQ, CEO and Global Director of Sales for LumiGrow

LumiGrow today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Jay Albere II as Chief Executive Officer and member of the board effective immediately. Jay Albere previously held positions as COO and Vice President of Sales and Marketing at LumiGrow. “During this time of rapid change in the industry,…

DHL starts regular autonomous drone deliveries in China

Like most of its competitors, the German-based international shipping giant DHL is very active on the autonomous drone front. This week, the company had some big news: it will start a regular drone delivery service in China. DHL partnered with the drone specialists at EHang, the same company that broke a…

Syngenta Flowers to exclusively market, sell Royal Van Zanten pot mums in the US and Canada

Syngenta Flowers, LLC, and Royal Van Zanten today announced a new agreement for the exclusive production, marketing, and sales of their pot mum varieties by Syngenta Flowers in the United States and Canada. Building on Syngenta’s current portfolio as the North American market leader in pot mums, the…

Bradt's Brains

Rick Bradt's Brain Tumour Walk 2019

Rick Bradt of A.M.A. Horticulture is a Brain Tumour Survivor . "I'm one of the lucky ones who now lives a normal life (I had brain surgeries for a Pituitary Macro Adenoma in 2000, 2002, 2004). So many brain tumour patients are permanently disabled from their tumours (there are over 100 different types of…

NL: André Vreugdenhil managing director Koppe Begonia

André Vreugdenhil has been appointed as managing director of Koppe Begonia on 1 June 2019. This makes him responsible for the daily business within the company. This step offers the company the opportunity to develop further and to guarantee continuity for the future. André Vreugdenhil André takes over…

more flexible and more efficient

Royal FloraHolland to renew its services

Royal FloraHolland is going to renew its services extensively in the near future. "We will do so in order to continue to successfully meet the increasingly diverse needs of growers and customers", the auction states on its website. "These changes will lead to a more flexible and efficient service…

Ethiopian Cargo sent 4,700 tons of fresh flowers for Mother's Day

Ethiopian Cargo and logistics services transported more than 4,700 tons of fresh flowers from Addis to the Europe, Asia, Middle east and America specifically to Liege, second cargo Hub and Brussels during International Mother’s Day. During the last three weeks before Mother’s Day the demand of flowers…

Powerfoil D

New overhead fan designed for harsh industrial environments

Powerfoil D, the product of 10 years’ experience and purpose-built design. The exceptionally engineered Powerfoil D is the first and only direct-drive overhead fan designed for harsh industrial environments - including many horticultural enterprises. "By maintaining consistent temperatures from ceiling…

LetsGrow.com and Gearbox make data-driven cultivation possible

Data-driven cultivation, also known as Data Driven Growing, is a common concept. How can greenhouse growers respond to this? LetsGrow.com and Gearbox Innovations work together…

New accreditation and markets ahead for industry organization

It’s a year for expansion and building name recognition. Those are two critical goals for the Equitable Food Initiative, a labor and supply chain certification body based in Washington, DC. The organization, whose standards and certification is designed to apply to fruit and vegetable crops and includes…

US: Profile Products hires national sales manager for horticulture

Profile Products has announced the hiring of Ken Fisher as a national sales manager. Fisher will focus on growing sales, building awareness, securing key accounts and strengthening customer relationships in the horticulture market. “Ken is a proven performer in the areas of process engineering, product…

Experts from WUR visited Zhongnong Futong and gave Lecture

Senior researcher and horticultural expert Feije de Zwart from Wageningen University & Research Center (WUR), accompanied by Dr. QIU Yutong, China business development manager of Plant Sciences Group, visited Zhongnong Futong on May 20 while the National Science & Technology Week began, and he…

Germany: Reopening Mayer Customer Center West

One of the most famous and important horticultural areas in the world is located on the Lower Rhine in Germany. On an area of only a few square kilometers, one can now find a variety of modern large-scale businesses which have achieved a high degree of automation and produce almost on an industrial…

Best CEO, CFO and Chairman

Denmark: Triple win for DSV

Kurt Larsen, Chairman of DSV’s Board of Directors, is the best Chairman in Denmark according to a new rating. He joins CEO Jens Bjørn Andersen and CFO Jens Lund as best in class, making it yet another triple win for DSV. Chairman Kurt Larsen’s top rating is “unrivalled” in the rating by the publication Økonomisk Ugebrev…

DE: New fleet vehicles equipped with turning assistant

Kuehne + Nagel is optimising its overland transport fleet within the scope of an initiative to increase road safety and reduce exhaust emissions. "In future, the company will only purchase models that come equipped with a turning assistant," the team with the company explains. "All vehicles also meet the…

US (FL): FNGLA awarded FFA's 'Distinguished Service Citation'

Based in no small part on the efforts FNGLA ‘Education Czar’ Stefan Liopiros, FNGLA has earned distinction as one of Florida FFA’s 2019 Distinguished Service Citation…

Mark Schermer new Head of Flowers Europe at Syngenta Flowers

Syngenta Flowers Europe has announced changes within the organization: Mark Schermer has been named Head of Flowers Europe and Olivier Clisson now has the position of Head of Sales Europe. Mark Schermer replaces Michael Kester as Head of Flowers Europe, who held this position on an ad interim basis since…

US (OR): Keeping things moving

Twenty people to five. A quarter-mile span to 20 feet. One week to 20 minutes. What do these all have in common? They are all some of the head-scratching efficiencies that individual nurseries across Oregon have realized since they’ve implemented one key Lean concept — continuous flow. In short, it means efficiently moving…

US (MI): TranscendAHP temporarily suspending quoting and enrollment for new business

Over the past month, there was a court ruling as well as a new Department of Labor (DOL) statement regarding association health plans (AHP). TranscendAHP is in full compliance…

AFE announces winner of 2019 Paul Ecke, Jr. Scholarship

Established in 2002, the Paul Ecke, Jr. fund offers $5,000 a year for two years to one graduate student who demonstrates the skills and passion to become a leading…

AmericanHort welcomes new board members

AmericanHort announces the election of three new members to the Board of Directors, along with the installation of a new slate of officers. These individuals are leaders from…

to further develop ReduSystems brand

Mardenkro expands team with 3 new colleagues

ReduSystems, the horticultural brand of Mardenkro that focuses on coatings and cleaners for greenhouses, delivers liquid coatings in more than 60 countries from factories in the Netherlands, Canada and China. To meet the increasing demand for product advice, the team now has two new account managers and…

Netherlands: Change of directors at Howitec

Howitec announced a change of directors at the company, which will take effect from 1 June. After 27 years, Joop Witteveen will hand over his position to Marco Anneveldt. Marco has broad commercial experience and has also occupied many management roles, including with technical wholesalers. From left to…

Fluence goes Europe

Fluence by Osram LED horticultural lighting has been launched in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), supported by an experienced team of technical advisers to help growers produce the best crops possible to meet market demands in the region. The move follows Osram’s acquisition last year of Fluence Bioengineering. “The…

"Protect your critical information from cyber data extortion"

Customer accounts. Payment information. Inventory. It’s all data you rely upon and often need at a moment’s notice. Thankfully, you can access it all from your computer. But what if someone got into your information system and cut off your access? That’s exactly what’s happening in the disturbing trend…

TreeTown USA sponsors UC Davis SmartLandscape program

TreeTown USA has made a donation to the University of California, Davis’ California Center for Urban Horticulture (CCUH) to help develop water-conserving landscapes under its SmartLandscape Initiative . It is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to support the horticulture industry in providing…

"Help new investors find their way in horticulture"

The horticultural sector is currently on the move. New methods and techniques make professional growing possible all over the world. But also new players appear, expressing…

Australia: Rose grower David Ruston passes away

Well-known rose grower David Ruston has passed away. He will be remembered for his hard work, community involvement and of course, roses. Mr Ruston, who planted the largest…

Highlights of the meeting of the Royal FloraHolland Members' Council

A formal meeting of the Royal FloraHolland Members' Council took place on Thursday 16 May 2019. The Members' Council discussed the state of affairs within the company with the MT and the Supervisory Board. They had discussions with each other on the topics of internationalization, real estate, grower…

Greenlife Industry Australia proposed constitution

In November 2018, elected NGI members reached a consensus to establish a new national body for the Australian greenlife industry where businesses and associations could be…

OMRI welcomes new board members

OMRI (the Organic Materials Review Institute) recently welcomed Matt Landi of Awe Sum Organics and Beth Unger of CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley to the organization’s Board of Directors. Matt and Beth will both fill seats designated for organic processors / handlers, to round out OMRI’s diverse and representative board. The…

US: Mark Nance AAF, BloomNet, is retiring

Mark Nance AAF, BloomNet’s Special Advisor and Former President, is retiring. Read more about his journey in the floral industry in his article for Floriology: "My floral…

US: National Garden Bureau welcomes 100th member

National Garden Bureau (NGB), the non-profit, membership-based organization that promotes gardening on behalf of the horticulture industry, recently marked a significant…

Chrysal introduces first sustainable flower food sachets

Chrysal is introducing the first sustainable flower food sachet. This powder sachet is made of industrial compostable material. This means the packaging is compostable under high temperatures and will result in a reduction of plastic waste. Peter Vriends, Chrysal CEO: “Our goal is to make our packaging…

Personnel changes at Selecta one

The past few months have brought important personnel changes at Selecta one. Amongst others, the breeding company expanded the management board by an independent Research + Development (R+D) department with effect from 1 April 2019. Since 1 November 2018, Klaus Gaumann is new Director Marketing & Product Management at…

Ted McDonald joins BioWorks as Director of Sales

Ted McDonald has been named Director of Sales, Biological Products, at BioWorks. In his new position, Mr. McDonald will be responsible for managing the BioWorks Biological Products sales organization and growing the BioWorks family of products, services and programs to support its customers in the United…

US: Floral industry mourns loss of ‘bright light’ Shelby Shy, AAF

Smart, forward-thinking businesswoman. Dedicated (and hilarious) friend and colleague. Devoted daughter. Loving mother. All around bright light. These are just some of the descriptions being used this week to memorialize Shelby Shy, AAF, a past president of the Arkansas Florists Association and former…

US: Preparing your business for hurricane season

For six months each year—June 1 to November 30—the watch is on for hurricanes in the Atlantic. That’s when 97 percent of tropical activity occurs. Here are some tips to help you prepare your business if a storm hits: Survey your property: Check all greenhouse bracing to make sure it’s secure. Clear…

US (NC): Profile Products opens new fiber plant in North America

Profile Products recently completed its wood fiber processing plant in Conover, North Carolina, United States as part of a five-phase expansion project that will include more infrastructure for creating new fiber technologies. The investment provides significant capacity to support growth for the…

AGA Agro, Ball Horticultural Company partner across South and Southeast Asia

AGA Agro, a breeder, producer and distributor of garland marigolds across South and Southeast Asia, as well as a distributor of ornamental and cut flower seeds and plugs…

Open access for all ASHS journals

The ASHS Board of Directors approved the transition to full open access for the Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science and HortScience at the spring board…

Monsanto ordered to pay $2 billion in Roundup case

An Alameda jury in the case of Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto Company returned a verdict of $2.055 billion in favor of a husband and wife with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, ordering…

Diana Iacobescu, Sylenco:

"Every product from this range has a specific role"

“Through research and trials, we came to find more efficient ways for the plants to assimilate the nutrients they need.” A group of bioengineers that have worked in the field for many years decided to put their knowledge and experience together. This resulted in a company called Sylenco. Founded in 2017,…

US: Marrone Bio Innovations appoints new sales managers

Marrone Bio Innovations has appointed John Driver as U.S. Great Lakes Territory Sales Manager, and Loys E. Hawkins as U.S. Western Cascades Territory Sales Manager. John brings over 19 years of agriculture technology and portfolio sales experience to Marrone Bio, having been in a number of business sales…

Past ASHS President Charles E. Hess passes away

Dr. Charles E. Hess died on April 13, 2019 at his home in Davis, California after a long illness surrounded by his family and beloved wife Eva of 38 years. Known by all as…

Agriom starts global sales of Bougainvillea cuttings from De Wintertuin

Nursery De Wintertuin in De Lier, The Netherlands, handed over sales of their bougainvillea cuttings to Agriom, in the nearby village De Kwakel. The two Dutch companies have been working together for years. Together they developed a number of new bougainvillea varieties through mutation breeding. Agriom…

New HQ Havecon & Voorwinden Group opened in style

There aren't many women active in greenhouse building, but last Saturday it was three girls that took care of the most important job of the day. The daughters of Henk Verbakel, Havecon, hit the red button, officially opening the new facilities of Havecon & Voorwinden Group. From the 1.5 hectare HQ,…

US (CA): UnitedAg expands health & wellness centers to Colusa and Napa Valley

UnitedAg is adding two new health and wellness centers to its ever-growing network that serves California and Arizona farmworkers and their families. Together with UnitedAg’s eleven existing Health Centers, these new wellness centers will provide access to thirteen centers across California and Arizona…

Spain: New biocontrol biomanufacturing plant in Almeria

In January, Bioline Agrosciences and the company Biocolor (Spain) announced the creation of a new company “Bioline Iberia”. On Tuesday, 7 May, 2019, this collaboration strengthened with the official inauguration of a new "Biomanufacturing Plant" in El Ejido, a few kilometres from Almeria, attended by the…

Rose companies get awarded for social responsibility

The companies BellaRosa and Rose Connection received a recognition for their work, compromise and dedication in the floriculture sector, in the category of Corporate Social Responsibility (Human Transcendence), bestowed by the National Association of Flower Producers and Exporters of Ecuador Expoflores,…

North America: Sales agency to introduce flower farmers to chain store markets

Floral industry veteran Lawrence Hopman has formed a new company to introduce flower farmers to chain store markets in Canada and the USA. The new venture is called Hopman Flower Farms and operates as a sourcing agency rather than a middleman. Transactions are all fulfilled directly between grower and…

Ball Zhuomei

"Probably one of the most modern flower companies in China"

In Shanghai, a brand-new, ten-hectare complex has been completed, called Ball Zhuomei. The breeder opted for a greenhouse full of technology, supplied by Visser Horti Systems, Logitec Plus and Non Sheng. Not just because finding personnel in the region is difficult due to rising labor costs, but also to…

BASF reports strong earnings development in Agricultural Solutions

“In the first quarter of 2019, BASF Group sales rose by 3% year on year to €16.2 billion,” said Dr. Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF…

Etihad Cargo appoints Emirati leaders

Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of the Etihad Aviation Group, announces several Emirati national appointments within its commercial division, in a further step towards enhancing both its Global Customer program as well as its UAE home market. With a renewed focus and mandate, the UAE Commercial…

US (CA): Linda Giovannozzi appointed chair of CCFC Promotions Committee

Linda Giovannozzi, director of marketing and product development at B-Fresh Floral, has been appointed chair of the California Cut Flower Commission’s (CCFC) Promotions Committee. Giovannozzi, a veteran CCFC volunteer, has served on the Promotions Committee for five years and was elevated to lead the…

"It’s time to think about creating or updating an employee handbook"

As a Hortica Retail Sales Specialist, I’m always surprised to hear when a client doesn’t have a detailed employee handbook or isn’t aware of basic human resources protocols—especially in this lawsuit-happy business climate. Whether you’re insured by Hortica or another insurance company, you should take…

NL: Inochio Seikoen and Floritec sign final agreement on full acquisition

Inochio Seikoen and Floritec announce that they have reached a final agreement on the full acquisition of Floritec. “We consider this acquisition as an added value for both companies and for our customers. Thanks to this joining of forces, Inochio Seikoen and Floritec will together be optimally able to…

'No capacity' not an argument, judge says, but share fairly in case of shortages

Netherlands: Grower has as much right to (extra) electricity connection as data centers

A grower who wants to expand will look for land, for a greenhouse builder who wants to erect the greenhouse, and for electricity. For that, the grower is dependent on the grid…

"The ease of use of ZENSIE should become the market standard"

30MHz receives investment of € 3.5 million

30MHz, the company behind agricultural data platform ZENSIE, will receive an investment of 3.5 million EUR. The amount is used to accelerate product development and to further improve worldwide distribution. It is 30MHz’s vision to create a space where all products and services are digitally accessible…

UK: HTA has appointed James Clark as Director of Policy and Communications

James Clark, who joins the HTA in June, has held a number of public affairs roles – most recently as UK public affairs and advocacy lead at pharmaceutical company Sanofi.…

Smurfit Kappa releases Q1 2019 financial results

Smurfit Kappa plc announced a trading update for the 3 months ending 31 March 2019. Performance Review Smurfit Kappa has delivered a very strong first quarter performance with…


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