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Dutch Ambassador visits KF Bioplants in India

Dutch Ambassador Mr. Marten Van Der Berg recently visited KF Bioplants in India. The Indo-Dutch association is pretty long; to be precise, the Netherlands was the third largest investor in India during the years 2018-2019 and still the investment figures are rising. Indo-Dutch collaborations have opened up gates for…

Ireland: Greenscene at 40

Greenscene based in Kilpedder, Co. Wicklow is celebrating 40th anniversary in April. Here is their story.   "Greenscene was established in 1980 following a chance meeting between our founder and current Managing director…

Veiling Rhein-Maas auctions on Friday 3 April 2020

Last week, Veiling Rhein-Maas has announced to auction on three weekdays from 30 March 2020 onwards. However, due to the current market situation and multiple customer…

5 years of Westland Horti Tours ambassadors for Dutch horticulture

Westland Horti Tours celebrated its 5th anniversary on April 1st. 5 years ago, Aad Verduijn started guiding mainly foreign visitors in greenhouses and companies in the…

Veiling Rhein-Maas increases capacity of Remote Buying by 25%

Veiling Rhein-Maas does everything to ensure that the customers of the auction can purchase as well as currently possible at the market place in Straelen-Herongen. Hence, you can still use all of their purchasing channels: Auction clock including Remote Buying and Clock pre sales, Clock Service and the…

NZPPI publishes COVID-19 Safety Plan template

Many plant producers and garden retailers are registering with the Ministry for Primary Industries to maintain existing plant stocks during the Level 4 lockdown. To stay open,…

Eelco Wolthuizen, Metazet FormFlex:

"We are increasingly seeing large horticultural projects in China"

Metazet FormFlex has now been active in the Chinese market for more than ten years, with a local Chinese team and its own office and production facility in Beijing and Xi’an. The Coronavirus currently still has the world in its hold and this also affects the activities in China, but the expectation is…

Japanese autotech giant Denso invests in Certhon

Denso, the second largest advanced automotive technology supplier in the world, has announced its investment in Certhon, to expand horticulture business in the global market. Denso and Certhon will collaborate to develop and provide greenhouse solutions. Through this capital alliance, and combined with…

Marco Brok, Golden Scorpion the Netherlands:

The grower decides about his lighting, and it helps if he knows us

It's a beautiful name, yet it's virtually unknown in the horticultural sector. While the company has been on the market since 2012, and since 2017 in the Netherlands in Monster, as GS NL. How is this possible? "It's quite simple, actually", explains Marco Brok, Managing Director of GS NL. "Our parts are…

A Hill and Sons

UL: North Yorkshire grower reaches 100 year milestone

At the beginning of the Roaring Twenties, 1920 was ground-breaking in many ways: Middlesbrough won the Northern Victory League,  Rupert Bear first appeared in the Daily Express and The Crown on Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough originally opened as a cinema. And in a small corner of Loftus between Saltburn-by-the-Sea…

Due to COVID-19

Oboya's subsidiary in Denmark files for bankruptcy

Oboya's sales on the Danish market are heavily weighted towards the flower industry, which, with COVID-19, has shown a very sharp decline in demand for the past two weeks. As…

Growing Media Europe welcomes four new members

Growing Media Europe (GME) keeps growing with four new members having joined the association since the beginning of 2020. The companies Eifel-Holz AG, Floragard and Hawita as…

US (TN): Random Acts of Flowers taking time off to move

Since mid-March Random Acts of Flowers has stopped its service following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s directives. Every week close to 1,500 lightly used flowers were delivered to seniors around East Tennessee before the coronavirus swept across the country. The nonprofit collects…

CAN (ON): Ag Energy Co-operative partners with Hensall Co-operative

Ag Energy Co-operative are partnering with Hensall Co-operative to offer natural gas and electricity to their members. Hensall Co-operative is the 8th largest non-financial…

UK: David Tristram passes away

David Tristram died peacefully at home with his family last weekend. He leaves behind a breeding legacy of world-class garden plants which began with Scabious Butterfly Blue. It was launched in 1985 as the UK’s first, truly co-ordinated plant promotion and its immediate and lasting success transformed the way we sell plants to…

NL: Signify expands Philips certified horticulture partner network in Quebec

Signify has signed a partnership agreement with Dubois Agrinovation, allowing Dubois to provide Philips GreenPower Lighting to growers in the eastern provinces of Canada. Dubois Agrinovation, located in St- Rémi, Quebec, has been providing a wide range of horticulture products and systems for large…

Sakata Seed America donates masks and gloves to support COVID-19 response

Sakata Seed America is doing their part to support medical professionals and the healthcare system amid the COVID-19 crisis. The company utilizes respiratory masks and gloves…

also during COVID-outbreak, Biobest advisors help growers

“Personal advice is a standard”

Biological crop protection is a total package. In addition to the products, a large part of it is the service. With more than 30 years in the sector, Biobest is convinced that there really is more to it than just sales and delivery. “For us, custom advice, personalised for each customer, has become the standard,” says Martin…

Oboya appoints Martin Dahlberg as new CEO

The Board of Directors of Oboya has appointed Martin Dahlberg as new CEO and take over with immediate effect and on March 27, 2020. In addition, the Board of Directors…

CAN (ON): Steven vanderZalm joins Zwart Systems

Zwart Systems is excited to introduce the newest member of our sales team, Steven vanderZalm. Steven brings a lifetime of knowledge and experience to our company having been raised and worked in his family’s greenhouse in St. Catharines, Ontario. Steven’s education and experience in mechanical design…

UK: The HTA announces a subscription payment holiday for all members

Recognising the difficult period for garden industry businesses through this unprecedented time the HTA has announced a 3-month subscription payment holiday for all members.…

Virtual Keukenhof:

Gardener André takes you to the lake garden

Because you cannot visit Keukenhof right now, the park decided to bring Keukenhof to you, showing the most beautiful places of the park. In this video, gardener André takes you to his favorite place in Keukenhof: the lake garden. Everything comes together there: ancient trees, a big lake and beautiful…

FTD appoints new CEO

FTD announced the appointment of Charlie Cole as its Chief Executive Officer. "We are excited to have Charlie join FTD at this critical time", said Jeff Clarke, FTD's Executive Chairman. "As FTD…

"And still Growing”

DeVroomen Garden Products celebrates 95th anniversary

DeVroomen Garden Products is a family-oriented company that has taken great pride in being one of the leaders in the flower bulb and perennial industry for 95 years. Below, a…

"Buy your flowers at shops"

Donations, no direct sales from the nursery: Danish grower PKM supports partners

March, April and May are some of the most important months for Danish nursery Gartneriet PKM A/S, but like almost all other industries, they are struggling due to the COVID-19 crisis in Europe and therefore need to discard many of their plants. They are touched by the friendly calls and emails they…

Mycorrhizal Applications hires new Midwest Sales Account Manager

The team at Mycorrhizal Applications (MA) has recently gained a new Midwest Sales Account Manager, Melissa Flora. Melissa will support the continued growth and development of this Southern Oregon based manufacturing company. Melissa is based in the Detroit, Michigan region, and will support growers and…

InstantHedge announces new distributor program, innovative MiniHedge line, and green industry award

InstantHedge launches a new distributor program, a MiniHedge line to complement its existing boxwood and full-sized hedges, while also winning industry recognition for its outstanding European Beech InstantHedge. Increased availability through distributor partnersTo make its high-end line of hedges more…

MPS' policy regarding the coronavirus

Various horticultural sectors are hit unprecedented by the coronacrisis. MPS empathizes and does everything it can to continue to support growers together with all links in…

Wageningen University & Research again ranked best agricultural university in the world

Wageningen University & Research has been pronounced the world's best agricultural university for the fourth consecutive year. WUR outranks American university UC Davis and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences on the QS World University Ranking list. In the field of environmental studies (8th)…

Koen Groot

Groot & Groot offers employees work and housing year round

Groot & Groot is intending to, in cooperation with two production companies in the vicinity, offer a group of employees work and housing year round. For this purpose, a new office and studio complex has been built and which has recently been commissioned. This complex offers room to 28 people. "Labor is…

NL: Qualily buys greenhouse from chrysanthemum grower Laurens van der Lans

Qualily, the company of Ruud van der Hoeven and Raymond Vijverberg, had already for some time the ambition to centralize further and to grow more. After visiting various nurseries, they came in contact with Laurens van der Lans, a chrysanthemum grower in 's-Gravenzande, the Netherlands. After several…

DVFlora temporarily closes down

DVFlora has decided to temporarily shut down due to the measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the US. Jack Chidester, President and CEO of DVFG, announced this in a statement that was shared…

Update of Dutch Ministry of Agriculture shared by Royal FloraHolland

Impact COVID-19 per exporting country

The impact of COVID-19 on the flower industry is serious. Flower exports from Colombia and Ecuador decreased by 80% and are expected to be 100% in the coming week. In Europe, several garden centers are forced to close their doors, but fortunately there are still points where flowers and plants can be…

Annual report American Floral Endowment

The American Floral Endowment released its annual report, in which research projects, education and travel grants and scholarships are named, and new projects are announced.  Read the report here.  For more informationAmerican Floral EndowmentT: +1 (703) 838-5211www.endowment.org

SBM Life Science appoints Scott Lazarczyk as president of North America region

As SBM Life Science continues its North American growth strategy, the company entrusts the leadership of its North America Region to Mr. Scott Lazarczyk. Scott has over 20…

Veiling Rhein-Maas: Auction will be held until further notice

In the fight against the spread of the Coronavirus, the Federal and State Governments have agreed on uniform rules for all of Germany. From Monday, 23 March 2020, a comprehensive contact ban has come into force, which prohibits meetings and gatherings in public of more than two people. Exceptions to this…

Veiling Rhein-Maas taking short term measures to secure business and marketing activities

There is a high probability of further curfews being imposed locally (e.g. as toady in Leverkusen), state or even nationwide with reference to the Infection Protection Act within the coming days in Germany. All employees of Veiling Rhein-Maas whose presence on site in Straelen-Herongen is absolutely…

A message of hope: Eufloria Flowers

Wednesday Morning, March 18, 2020, J Schwanke got a text from his friend Chad Nelson at Eufloria Flowers, sharing their decision to close down Eufloria Flowers due to the current situation with COVID-19 and additional challenges both personal and industry based. "It was a very sad day", J writes, "and I…

Microgrow adds Daphne Brogdon for National Sales and Marketing

Microgrow Control Systems, an industry leader in environmental controls, announced that former TV host Daphne Brogdon has been elevated to National Sales and Marketing. “Daphne has years of experience marketing on different platforms and her years in broadcasting makes her a great communicator," said Tom…

US: Natural Fragrance Rose available soon at retail stores nationwide

Just 9 months after its release, eco-friendly Natural Fragrance Rose will soon be available in every US state, reaching shoppers in over 2,000 retail stores nationwide - and just in time for Mother’s Day. Developed by third-generation Dutch florist Peter Persoon, Natural Fragrance Rose is a real,…

BloomyPro offers their service free of charge

We are truly living in strange times. The coronavirus is impacting everyone from our families and friends to our businesses. As the situation continues to affect our world,…

France: Garden centers can only open animal and general food departments

Following the Prime Minister's announcement to "close all places receiving the public that are not essential to the life of the country" on Saturday March 14 at 8 p.m., the…

Oboya increases sales of environmentally friendly cultivation products

Oboya has received several inquiries regarding environmentally friendly cultivation products made from Swedish biomaterials. During the upcoming peak season, the company has taken several orders from customers and growers of fresh herbs and salads in the Scandinavian market. Oboya expects sales of…

"Relevant data will appeal to the imagination"

Triple Group launches new company: Horti Analytics

Along with Ricardo Prins, Triple Group starts a company in Business Intelligence and Business Analytics in the greenhouse horticulture sector. The company is called Horti Analytics. By applying Business Intelligence, relevant data will appeal to the imagination and the data will become really usable by,…

Bayer donates one million euros for hospitals in Lombardy

Bayer is supporting hospitals in Lombardy, Italy, with a donation of one million euros. The money is being added to an aid fund that the regional authorities in Lombardy have set up to help procure urgently needed equipment for intensive care units in hospitals with the greatest needs. “Our colleagues in…

Rob Bekkering to focus on commercial management at Van der Valk Systemen

Van der Valk Systemen, and its sales organisations, have decided to adjust their organizational structure. Arno van Deursen, Managing Director of Van der Valk Systemen, is transferring the commercial management of the sales organisation Van der Valk Horti Systems toRob Bekkering. Customer focus and…

US (CA): A-ROO Company California Office and Warehouse moved to Vista

The A-ROO Company California office has grown quite a bit since they opened the doors in 2004. The company quickly outgrew its original location's available warehouse space and purchased the available suite next door shortly thereafter. They’ve continued to grow over the past years and have now…

Oboya strengthens management team with COO

Oboya has over the past 18 months focused on adjusting the cost base to continue streamlining working practices and strengthening the revenue side. Hence, Oboya strengthens…

Veiling Rhein-Maas: Current info Coronavirus

The development and spread of the Coronavirus is currently receiving a lot of attention in the media. Veiling Rhein-Maas is in close contact with both parent organisations Landgard and Royal FloraHolland in order to protect the health of all employees, customers and suppliers. Sale of horticultural…

Plant Products hires new technical sales representative for the Midwest

Plant Products has hired Alan Cartwright as the technical sales representative for the Midwest region. Alan lives in Southeast Michigan, and is a graduate of Ferris State…

Veiling Rhein-Maas to remain open until further notice

The auction at the Veiling Rhein-Maas marketplace in Straelen-Herongen will remain open and carried out until further notice. This means that the auction will take place on Monday 16 March. In order to continue to protect the health of all employees, customers and suppliers at the location, it is…

UK Ministers appoint Nicholas Saphir new Chair for Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

The UK Government has appointed Nicholas Saphir as the new Chair of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) with effect from 1 April 2020 for a three-year term. Mr Saphir will take over the role with AHDB from Sir Peter Kendall who completes his second term in office at the end of…

GrowGeneration opens largest hydroponic store in the US

GrowGen has officially opened its 2nd Tulsa operation. The ribbon cutting, in order to signify that the store was officially opened for business, took place Saturday, March 7th at 10 a.m. at 5566 S Garnett Rd, Tulsa OK. 74146. This 40,000 square foot retail location will serve as the central division's…

from National Horticulture Board in India:

India: Rise n' Shine authorised as official training center for floriculture crop

Indian breeder, tissue culture producer and exporter Rise n' Shine is the first from the private sector to be authorised as official training center for floriculture crop from National Horticulture Board of India (NHB), they announced in a press release.  National Horticulture Board in India are giving subsidy to…

Hark Orchids takes 50% stake in Sion

As of March, Hark Orchids acquires 50% of the shares of Sion. With this step, the German orchid laboratory Hark and the Dutch Phalaenopsis breeder, Sion, intensify their long-term collaboration. Hark and Sion joining forces“Joining forces is a very logical step: the different specialties of the two…

Chrysal analyzes carbon footprint with Ecochain

Chrysal has fully analyzed their carbon footprint through Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). The company Ecochain has measured the impact of all of the company's products and…

Update:

Beekenkamp, Monrovia, ABZ, and Takii cancel CAST participation

Yesterday, Sakata Seed America and Syngenta Flowers North America announced the cancellation of their CAST participation, and today, Beekenkamp, Monrovia, ABZ Seeds, and American Takii also announced their decision to cancel their participation, erring on the side of safety and limiting the risk of…

Gertjan Roelands joins AFKLMP Cargo as SVP Sales & Distribution

With immediate effect, Gertjan Roelands is appointed senior vice president of Sales & Distribution of Air France KLM Martinair Cargo. As such, he will be in charge of all global commercial activities, including digital services. He succeeds Christophe Boucher, who has been appointed EVP of Air France…

Christine Nowicki joins Danziger's North American team as product manager

Danziger has added a new North American team member. Christine Nowicki is joining the company as product manager. Christine will develop and maintain grower relationships,…

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre hires VP of Operations

Chris McQueen is the newest member of the senior management team at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland). As the new Vice President, Operations, McQueen reports directly to President and CEO Ian Potter and is responsible for operations, safety, human resources and facilities, including…

Codema appoints three new salespeople

On March 1, 2020, Codema welcomed two new Account managers and a new Commercial Representative APAC. Martijn Egberts is the new Account manager Software, Remco Meewisse is appointed as Account manager Water solutions and Amanda Liu is Commercial Representative APAC. Martijn Egberts is 34 years young and has…

BioSafe Systems adds to Engineering Team

BioSafe Systems has hired Don Hobro as the new Chemical/Project Application Engineer. Don currently lives in New Hartford, Connecticut and will be working out of headquarters to oversee the OxyFusion process and its development, a point-of-use chemical generator for peroxyacetic acid. Don was involved with…

Matt Hutchins celebrates 5 years with Millcreek Gardens

Matt Hutchins joined the Millcreek team in the Spring of 2015. He learned about Millcreek by watching a live tv segment with Tom Wood of NBC4 in Columbus on an early Saturday morning. He began working in the Quart Perennial Department where he pulled orders. In the summer he was promoted to Section…

CAN (QC): Premier Tech acquires Éconeau and AgroEnviroLab

Premier Tech ended its Fiscal Year by announcing the acquisition of two Québec companies. A first acquisition, that of the Québec company Éconeau, was concluded by PT’s business group Water and Environment (PTWE). Active in the field of rainwater harvesting in Québec, Éconeau leverages sustainable and accessible…

Doug Barrow joins Bioworks as Biological Control Advisor

Doug Barrow has been named Biological Control Advisor at BioWorks. In his new position, Mr. Barrow will be increasing BioWorks ability to deliver personalized programs and support to customers in North America. Mr. Barrow has over 20 years of experience in the horticulture industry, with his most recent experience…

Jan van Nieuwenhuizen to leave Rabobank

Jan van Nieuwenhuizen will step down from the Managing Board of Rabobank this summer, ending a 35-year banking career. After working in the financial sector in the Netherlands, London and Frankfurt, he joined the Executive Board of Rabobank in March 2014 where he was responsible for the Dutch and…

Bayer investor sues top officials for ‘disastrous’ Monsanto deal

Bayer’s board and other top officials were sued by an investor who claims the “disastrous” 2018 acquisition of Monsanto saddled the company with potentially billions of dollars in costly lawsuits over Roundup herbicide. The German chemical giant “has been engulfed by a tsunami” of litigation alleging…

Mary Frances Bennett named COO at Greenleaf

Mary Frances Bennett has been appointed as Greenleaf's new COO. Originally drawn to the field of interior design, Mary Frances’ interest in the floral industry did not fully take shape until the start of her college career. When researching potential career paths, she found herself immediately captivated…

BE: Elien Pieters, CEO Gediflora, named ‘Best female entrepreneur of the year’

Last Wednesday the presentation of the Women Award took place in Brussels, Belgium. The winner of this year's edition is Elien Pieters, CEO of Gediflora, world's biggest breeding and propagation company of ball-shaped chrysanthemums.The winner has the privilege to be called 'entrepreneur of the year' for…

US (MN): Fire at Monticello garden center destroys greenhouses, thousands of plants

A fire engulfed a garden center in Monticello on Thursday.Smoke and flames were seen coming from Dan & Jerry's Garden Center shortly before noon. Two-and-a-half greenhouses were lost in the fire and thousands of plants were destroyed. Nobody was hurt. "There was a lot of heavy black smoke, the wind was…

Cargolux celebrates 50th anniversary

Cargolux is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Exactly half a century ago, Luxembourg’s national carrier Luxair, Iceland's national carrier Loftleiðir, the Swedish shipping company Salén and some private investors, founded Cargolux. With a single aircraft and a handful of employees, these…

Jan Voshol takes a step back in the Netherlands, Wilco and Lennert at the helm

"I just keep getting myself involved in everything," says Jan Voshol with a wink. He just explained that last year he has transferred the shares of his company in the Netherlands to son Wilco and son-in-law Lennert. With that, both men are now officially at the helm at Voshol Warmte- en Elektrotechniek…

Arjan Pauw on board at Dutch Lighting Innovations

DLI is currently experiencing strong growth and it is expected that this will continue in the coming years. The company announced that Arjan Pauw has strengthen their team…

Anthura nominated for ‘Koning Willem 1’ Award

On Monday, March 2nd Anthura was nominated for the biennial Koning Willem I Award SME (King William I Award SME, named after King Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands) at the nomination event of the Koning Willem I Foundation. A total of twelve companies from all regions of the Netherlands are…

Dilpack Kenya manufacturing facilities to be integrated into facilities of ElgonElgon Kenya

Van Dillewijn Group (mother company of Dilpack Kenya) and Elgon Kenya Ltd. have decided to combine strengths. As of March 2020 parties will jointly serve the East African market with packaging solutions for the horticultural and floricultural industries. Dilpack’ s manufacturing facilities will be integrated…

DoekenDraad.nl and Screen4seasons to collaborate

"The profession is way too enjoyable"

The screening companies DoekenDraad.nl and Screen4seasons from the Westland are going to collaborate. The ‘old-timers’ in the business, Cees van der Kaaij from DoekenDraad.nl and Ron Groenewald from Screen4seasons, have decided this with effect from 1 February. In order to allow both companies to grow…

Smithers‐Oasis appoints new Vice-President Central and Eastern European Operations

Julij Brinc has been appointed by Smithers-Oasis, a long-term strategic partner of Florint, as the new Vice-President for Central and Eastern European Operations. In his new role, Julij Brinc has responsibility for the Smithers-Oasis operations in Germany, France, Belgium and Slovenia, which serve…

Merger HilverdaFlorist captured in new identity

On March 1 2020 the merger between HilverdaKooij and Florist Holland is legally a fact. Since 1 September 2019 both organizations have been operating together under the name…

Obituary for William "Pete" Pike, founder of Pike Nurseries

William L. "Pete" Pike, the founder of Pike Nurseries, died on Friday, February 28, 2020 at home surrounded by his loving family at the age of 90. A native of Hogansville, GA, Pete Pike was a pioneer in Atlanta's lawn and garden industry. With the support of his wife, Jerri, the Pike's started their…

Yme Pasma is leaving as COO

Ruud Knorr new Chief Commercial Officer Royal FloraHolland

Ruud Knorr was appointed Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Royal FloraHolland with effect from 1 April. As CCO he is also a member of the Management Team of Royal FloraHolland. Ruud Knorr (52) has more than 25 years of experience in the floriculture sector. He was Business Unit Manager at Landgard,…

Saunders Genetics announces European partner

Saunders Genetics of North America and Dutch company Van Vliet New Plants have agreed to a joint venture that begins a process that will lead to the eventual sale of Saunders Genetics’ patented NewGen Boxwood in the European consumer market. Bennett Saunders, General Manager, Saunders Genetics, and Peter…

There is gold in lilies!

Everyone working in the Dutch lily sector will tell you that these are not easy times. Bulb prices are under pressure, and the global demand for lilies seems to be stagnating. Thus, the title of this article, ‘There’s gold in lilies’, appears a bit strange given the current state of the market. But for 2020 it’s really true.…

Holland Flower Alliance freshens up leadership team

The Holland Flower Alliance’s (HFA) leadership team has gained new blood after KLM Cargo’s alliance member Wico Santbulte, who has played a key role in its development retired. Wico has left his role as Director Cargo Development of KLM Cargo, and was part of the HFA since the launch in 2016, but has…

Greenlife Industry Australia appoints new Member Engagement and Partnership Manager

Sonya Gifford has joined Greenlife Industry Australia (GIA) as the new Member Engagement and Partnership Manager. Sonya comes from an associations background, formally as the…

US (OH): Jim Palmer celebrates 5 years at Millcreek Gardens

On February 23, 2020, Jim Palmer celebrated his 5 year anniversarywith Millcreek Gardens. Jim joined the Millcreek team in the Spring of 2014 as a seasonal employee and helped in the Quart Perennial Department pulling orders. He left at the end of the season and returned in February of 2015 in a…

Ethiopian wins ‘International Air Cargo Marketer of the Year’ award

Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services has won the ‘International Air Cargo Marketer of the Year’ Award at the 2020 STAT International Award for Excellence in Air Cargo which…

How Royal FloraHolland is handling the coronavirus

At the moment, there is a lot of attention in the media about the development and spread of the coronavirus. In this news item, you can read more about preventive measures against the coronavirus at Royal FloraHolland. Royal FloraHolland is closely following all developments regarding the coronavirus in…

CAN (AB): Cheyenne Tree Farms celebrates 40th anniversary

Cheyenne Tree Farms is a family owned and operated Nursery & Tree Farm, established in 1980. Cheyenne, proud to be a part of the Beaumont Community, celebrates 40 years of…

US (MN): Scott Wagner of Wagners Greenhouses dies in plane crash

A man killed in a plane crash near Rogers on Saturday is being identified as Scott Wagner, CBS Minnesota reports. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s office says a single engine plane crashed around 11 a.m., inside the Crow-Hassan Park Reserve in Rogers. "It is with deep sadness that we share the unexpected…

‘Bringing the right balance between great genetics and commercial success’

Martijn Kuiper new Head of Product Management Syngenta Flowers Europe

Syngenta Flowers has appointed Martijn Kuiper (MBA) as new Head of Product Management Europe. The company has been focusing on growth and innovation in recent years and Kuiper is determined to drive that focus, bringing the right balance between bringing great genetics to the market with a commercial…

Germany: Mayer grows service team

With the opening of the new Customer Center West in Kevelaer in 2019, Mayer has taken another step towards expanding their service network. They will continue to grow in 2020 and welcome Pierre Dorißen and Felix Voss to the service team at the Mayer Customer Center West.Pierre DorißenAfter his first…

Record number of projects for Agrikol

Serbian greenhouse constructor spans the globe

From the singeing sun in Abu Dhabi to the harsh circumstances in Volzhsky, Russia and from a Japanese F-clean project to a glass greenhouse in Australia. There’s greenhouses being built all over the world and the types of farms are diverse. Yet, many of the projects have something in common: the people…

BioSafe Systems hires Great Lakes sales representative

BioSafe Systems has hired Jon Konya as a Technical Sales Representative in the Great Lakes region. Jon currently lives in Southwest Michigan but has done quite a bit of traveling. He studied Botany and Forestry in Wyoming and Florida. He has a degree in Commercial & Industrial Photography. His past work experiences…

UK: NFU elects officeholder team

Minette Batters has been re-elected as President of the NFU to represent the interests of more than 46,000 farmers and growers across England and Wales. Mrs Batters, a beef farmer from Wiltshire, will serve as President for another two years alongside Stuart Roberts as Deputy President and Tom Bradshaw as Vice President. The…

Norbert Winkeljohann to succeed Werner Wenning as Chairman of Bayer’s Supervisory Board

Prof. Dr. Norbert Winkeljohann, 62, is to become Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bayer. As decided at the Supervisory Board meeting, Winkeljohann will succeed Werner Wenning, 73, who is to step down with effect from the end of the Annual Stockholders’ Meeting on April 28, 2020. Winkeljohann served…

Kuehne + Nagel improves result in 2019

The Kuehne + Nagel Group once again reports a considerable improvement to its results in the 2019 business year. Net turnover increased by 1.5% to CHF 21.1 billion and gross profit also increased by 3.5% to CHF 8.0 billion against the previous year. EBIT was up 7.5% at CHF 1.1 billion, exceeding the…

Prebona and Syngenta sign global Distribution Agreement

On February 24th, 2020 Prebona signed an exclusive global distribution agreement with Syngenta Flowers, for Prebona proprietary products. Prebona is an early stage company based on proprietary and patented nano silica technology. Prebona is headquartered in Sweden and develops, produces and markets high…

Siebrand Broens, Planasa:

“We are investing heavily in new soft fruit varieties for North-Western European cultivation”

In December 2019, Siebrand Broens was appointed as Planasa’s Fresh Produce Sales Director for the EMEA region. This company, which started 47 years ago in Navarra (Spain) with the aim of improving the asparagus crop - its CEO, Alexandere Darbonne, represents the family’s fifth generation - is now leading…

Ecuador: Expoflores and AgroCheck start partnership

Expoflores, The Association of Flower Producers and Exporters in Ecuador, and AgroCheck, credit information supplier and international debt collection agency for the…

Changes in the Board of Directors at Kuehne + Nagel

Dr. Thomas Staehelin, whose mandate after forty-two years as a member of the Board of Directors of Kuehne + Nagel International AG ends with the Annual General Meeting on 5…

Villa Curcuma becomes a member of Decorum

From March 1st, Villa Curcuma from Honselersdijk will join Decorum Plants & Flowers. Owners André and Mike Zuidgeest are specialized in growing Curcuma cut flowers, making the company the only one in the Netherlands to do so. André Zuidgeest: "We strive to cultivate high quality and long shelf life for…

Dramm Echter Farms moves farm operations to Baja California

Dramm Echter Farms has announced plans to transition their floral production to Baja California. “My desire to continue growing quality flowers competitively has created an opportunity to move our farming operation to Baja California over the next two years,” said Dramm Echter Farms President and Owner Bob…

"BIS certification will ensure quality of greenhouse films"

Essen Multipack Limited became the first recipient of BIS certification for greenhouse covering films in the world. This certification is awarded to those greenhouse film manufacturing companies who follow stringent quality standards, safety and durability protocols in manufacturing of films confirming…

Behind the scenes with the Royal FloraHolland Members' Council Finance Committee

The Members' Council Finance Committee takes a critical look at the annual figures and budget of Royal FloraHolland. What does the Committee do exactly? And do they really have a say? The Members' Council has four sub-committees. Each committee has its own area of focus, namely: Strategy, Finances,…

Illumitex terminates LED lighting operations, shifts focus to AI

Illumitex terminates its LED lighting operations, aiming to become a pure AgTech computer-vision AI company that deploys edge vision systems, edge AI, and cloud services to provide visualization and augmented intelligence for controlled environment agriculture. “With installations ramping, we are seeing…

Veiling Rhein-Maas opening times around Carnival

There will be an auction at Veiling Rhein-Maas on Carnival Monday (24 February 2020) as usual. Regular delivery and opening times will also apply during the other days of carnival. Please click here if you are looking for an overview of all special auction days in 2020.You can find the opening hours of the Import…

New Oboya sales manager focuses on Scandinavia

"Urban cultivation increasingly popular in Scandinavian market"

Oboya has decided to invest in urban cultivation in the Scandinavian market. The measures mean that Oboya strengthens the sales organization with a new sales manager in Sweden. The decision was made in light of the increased number of inquiries the company received from this new customer segment.…

HRI celebrates the Gunter Mecking Memorial Scholarship Fund

Hans Gunter Mecking was one of those people in the green industry who, if you knew him, you knew he was salt of the earth. He knew the meaning of hard work and valued the relationships he built over a lifetime working side by side growers. Gunter had an impeccable reputation and his commitment to honesty…

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New membership model in development at Royal FloraHolland

Members will work together with Royal FloraHolland on a new membership model next year. They discussed the reason for this, and the process, with Members' Council member Walter Straathof (Gebr. Straathof) and Claudia Hölzel (Services for Growers and Cooperative Affairs Manager at Royal FloraHolland).…

Svensson supports school for students with intellectual disabilities

Svensson supports local Charlotte, NC Webb Street School, helping to enrich their special needs developmental program, with the contribution of Harmony light diffusing screens for the school’s greenhouse which aims to teach students important life skills. Located near Svensson’s Charlotte, North Carolina…

Cleanfarms puts feet on the ground in Alberta with new Lethbridge office

Cleanfarms, a Canada-wide stewardship organization best known for its ag-plastics recycling programs for pesticide and fertilizer jugs and totes and grain bags has opened an Alberta office in Lethbridge. “Alberta’s importance as an executive hub for agricultural industry is growing. That combined with…

Perry Wismans

Dümmen Orange welcomes new Director Business Development to the Executive Committee

Dümmen Orange announces that Perry Wismans is appointed as Director Business Development and joins the Dümmen Orange Executive Committee. Perry Wismans In his new role, Perry will focus upon bringing the very valuable Research & Development pipeline of Dümmen Orange to our clients and markets. Perry…

Koen Brabander (PB tec) on private equity

"There is extra cash, but certainly not unlimited funds"

In December 2018, investment company Victus acquired a majority stake in PB tec, a Dutch supplier of electrical, water technology and automation for international horticulture. Koen Brabander shares his experience when it comes to acquiring capital. "For a long time, we turned away calls with offers from…

Screen closed, ventilation system on

Is it possible to bring fresh and dry air into the greenhouse without vents? Yes, with the VentilationJet system, because this greenhouse ventilator takes outside air and brings it into the greenhouse without any holes in the screen. Good for the greenhouse climate and also to prevent light emission, which…

Rob van den Ende, Gakon:

“Screen renovating is a craft”

From mechanic to screen specialist, this is the story of the enthusiastic Rob van den Ende. He is the man who has been taking care of everything screen related at Gakon for the past couple of years. Rob is involved from the early stages in the proposal process including a screen, and then continues to be involved for the…

AU: New Plant Protection Officer appointed to Victoria & South Australia

Greenlife Industry Australia (GIA) is pleased to announce Kimberley Thomas as its new Plant Protection Officer for Victoria and South Australia, under the levy funded…

Jürgen Brokelman appointed as Commercial Manager at HortiPro

HortiPro has developed in recent years as a producer and distributor of biological and natural plant protection products in the European market. Due to the strong growth of the company, the management of HortiPro has decided to strengthen itself with Jürgen Brokelman, who will take up his new task on 1…

Colombia: Government and Asocolflores sign 2020-2030 agenda

For the second time, Colombia’s national government has signed an agenda with an agricultural union, showing the important role that flowers play in its economic, social and environmental development. With the signing of the "Strategic Agenda of the Floriculture Sector 2020-2030", the national government…

UK: George Eustice appointed as new Defra Secretary

George Eustice was appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 13 February 2020. He was previously Minister of State at the Department for…

UK: Farplants become latest Platinum Partner of Perennial

Wholesale nursery co-operative Farplants have become a Platinum partner of Perennial – the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping people who work in horticulture. Perennial is…

NL: Vreugdenhil Bulbs & Plants invests in expansion of internal logistics

Vreugdenhil Bulbs & Plants from 's-Gravenzande, Holland is a grower of a wide range of bulbs and pot plants. They are to invest this year in expanding its internal transport system SmartFlo. From one central pointJochem Vreugdenhil, Managing Director: "The cultivation will be much more central in the new…

Hartman Expeditie and J.P. Vis form partnership

Dutch trucking companies merge

The Dutch trucking company, Hartman Expeditie, has entered into a partnership with another transportation company, J.P. Vis. This business is based in Kwintsheul, the Netherlands. At the end of last…

Ecoligo begins operations in Vietnam

ecoligo has opened an office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, marking the beginning of operations in the country. ecoligo Vietnam will be headed by Country Manager Thuong Duong, an experienced manager with a passion for sustainability. To introduce Thuong and the Vietnamese market, the company asked him a…

Plantpeddler mourns loss of Connie Goodman

"After years of fighting a relentless battle, we lost a long-time team member at Plantpeddler to cancer. Our company would simply not be without her dedication, passion, leadership and knowledge. Connie guided our production, helped create the systems we use, understood plant culture, and most…

Bloom, Greenex and Green Partners get new joint management team

Three of Dutch Flower Group’s companies specialised in supplying multiple retailers are to intensify their shared working relationship. Left to right: Hans van Ree (CCO), Erwin de Klerk Wolters, Fred Slot (COO) and Sjors van Gemert (CEO). All three companies, which are based in Aalsmeer and…

DSV Panalpina releases Responsibility Report for 2019

When DSV joined forces with Panalpina, the tagline was “achieving more together”. That is why the best of both DSV and Panalpina’s corporate responsibility efforts was combined to create a stronger setup and to continue the most impactful initiatives. When the integration of the two companies is…

Van den Berk opens nursery in the UK

After the establishment of BALI Registered Affiliate member Van den Berk in 2019, Van den Berk now announces the establishment of a nursery in the UK. The decision for their own location in the UK was made because of a strong demand from clients and specifiers for their specimen trees and to provide a quality…

New management for FormFlex Canada

Monday 10 February, the board of Metazet FormFlex B.V., the Dutch parent company of FormFlex Canada Inc. has decided to continue the Canadian branch under Dutch management…


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