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AFE

New Board appointments

AFE Chairman passes the gavel

Due to COVID-19, AFE’s Annual August Board Meeting like the 2020 Annual Dinner was held fully virtually unlike prior years, but that didn’t stop the annual passing of the gavel. Outgoing AFE Board Chairman, Jim Daly of Floralife/Smithers-Oasis, passed the gavel to incoming Chairman, Laura Shinall of Syndicate Sales, Inc. in a…

Netherlands: Further development of integration between Bloom, Greenex and Green Partners

At the beginning of this year, three of Dutch Flower Group’s multiple retail supply specialists announced their intention to work more closely together. Bloom and Greenex,…

Matt Roney new Lumileds CEO

Lumileds announced the appointment of Matt Roney as the company’s Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1, 2020. Roney most recently served as President of Lumileds’ Automotive Business Unit and succeeds Dr. Jonathan Rich who will continue with the company as Executive Chairman of the Board. “Speaking on behalf of the…

In case no trade deal is reached between UK and EU

UK supermarket group Morrisons anticipates border delays

Morrisons is the UK’s fourth largest supermarket group. On Thursday, a statement went out saying it anticipated delays at borders in the event of the UK failing to reach a…

BioTherm's journey: 40 years and counting

It all started with two teenagers and one invention

From heating to air and water optimization solutions, used by growers in at least 20 countries. Today’s BioTherm encompasses it all - and to think that this journey all started with two teenagers and one invention in the 80s. We had a talk with one of the owners, Jim Rearden, about their journey, the…

Valoya

Valoya launches two new greenhouse LED grow lights

Valoya has expanded its RX-Series line of greenhouse LEDs with two new models – RX500 and RX600. The new models are higher power, higher efficiency versions of the existing RX400 model and can be used as true 1-to-1 HPS replacements. RX500 and RX600 produce up to the staggering 1700 µmol/s of uniform…

US: Express Seed Company names Scott Valentine as Chief Executive Officer

Express Seed Company announces that its Board of Directors has appointed Scott Valentine, Ph.D., MBA as Chief Executive Officer. Scott Valentine previously held the position…

OrderEase and GardenWorks

New partnership streamlines ordering process and service

OrderEase announces a new relationship with a garden and kitchenindustry leader, Garden Works and Star Kitchen & Home. Known for providing high quality gardening and…

UK: Expanding Provender Nurseries team roles to encompass biosecurity

Provender Nurseries prides itself on having stringent procedures in place for managing incoming stock and plant health and to reflect this Provender Nurseries are changing their Nursery managers role to encompass biosecurity procedures now in place through the industry.  Stuart Stuart Tickner has been the…

Ridder launches HortOS

Keep control over large-scale horticulture businesses

Ridder’s new ecosystem, HortOS, will help horticulture businesses scale up, harness data to generate knowledge and be part of the digital transformation. "We want to give businesses even more control by enabling partnerships, unlocking data and sharing relevant, accurate information. The aim is to…

Brandkamp joins Fleuroselect

Brandkamp is joining Fleuroselect. Its membership application has been unanimously approved by the Fleuroselect members during the Annual General Meeting, which took place online on 1st of July 2020. Founded in 1960, Brandkamp is an international young plant producer with 10 hectares of mother plant facilities in Kenya and…

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo named “Cargo Airline of the Year 2020”

For the second consecutive year, Air France KLM Martinair Cargo has been named “Cargo Airline of the Year” by Air Cargo Week/World Air Cargo Awards. “We extend sincere thanks to our customers and industry colleagues for their trust, support and great partnership during this uncertain time. Based on…

Hawthorne Gardening provides Gavita and Agrolux with new premises

Hawthorne Gardening will soon move its Gavita International offices and the production facilities of both Agrolux and Gavita to a new location at Naritaweg 6-8 in Rozenburg (Netherlands). With an adapted sales office, Agrolux will also remain located in the Westland. GrowthFred Bosch, General Manager of…

by adding Yunnan AiBiDa Greenhouse Technology Co., Ltd.

Signify expands Philips Horticulture research partner network in China

Signify signed a cooperation agreement with Yunnan AiBiDa Greenhouse Technology Co., LTD, to formally become a research partner using Philips GreenPower LED products as supplementary lighting for its greenhouse floriculture production improving crop growth efficiency and quality in western China. AiBiDa…

Colonial Chapel

Rita Van Namen passes away

Rita Storm Van Namen, 98, passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at Palos Community Hospital, Palos Heights, IL just a few days before her 99th birthday. Formerly of Flossmoor and Palos Park IL, Rita was a native of The Netherlands until 1955, when she immigrated to Chicago with her husband Jacob and sons Jack and John.…

Metamorphosis for De Gier Drive Systems

"We have laid the foundation for making a huge leap forward in the field of innovation and valuable partnerships", Rob Sandberg of De Gier Drive Systems tells us. The company's production hall had already been expanded considerably. The purchase of new machines and the optimized internal logistic route…

Inochio new Bosman Van Zaal partner in Japan

The sale of Bosman Van Zaal horticultural projects in Japan will be handled by the Japanese company Inochio from now on. The agreement was signed online on Friday 11 September by both boards in Japan and in the Netherlands. Left: Marco Braam, CEO Bosman Van Zaal. On screen: Nobuo Ishiguro, Managing…

New building VB Group shows "that things can be done differently"

“Look”, Edward Verbakel points outwards from his new office, “the containers on the ships sailing on the Nieuwe Waterweg. They could contain our products, only the boats then have to go in the other direction.” In the distance, looking out over the greenhouses, you can see the container ships sailing…

IGS senior team expands further as technology innovator welcomes Head of HR

Senior HR leader, Donald Mackenzie, has joined IGS, the Scottish-based agritech and smart spaces business, as Head of HR. His appointment is the latest in a series undertaken…

September 23-24, Naivasha

Select Breeding to organize Open House

Select Breeding is organizing an Open House at their breeding facilities in two lakes flower park, Naivasha, Kenya. Next week, Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th of September, customers are welcome to admire and get acquainted with all there is to know about all (new) commercial varieties the breeder has…

Werner Baumann

Board of Management at Bayer keeps its chairman

The Supervisory Board of Bayer AG has unanimously decided to extend the contract of Werner Baumann, Chairman of the Board of Management, until April 30, 2024. Before the extension, Baumann’s contract would have expired at the 2021 Annual Stockholders’ Meeting. Baumann, 57, has worked for Bayer since…

Webinar Cut Waste Not Cost - Kenya Flower Council Edition

Kaizen culture builds resilient companies

How to improve by utilizing what you have? That's the principle of Japanese "Kaizen", which literally means change for the better and is also referred to as continual improvement. It is a culture that has been implemented by several farms in Kenya already (for example at Rift Valley Roses and Marginpar)…

Lansen Nursery

UK: Morrisons announces acquisition of Lincolnshire outdoor plant business Lansen Nurseries

Morrisons is acquiring Lansen Nursery, a supplier of outdoor plants. The acquisition means that Morrisons will offer more locally sourced and homegrown British horticulture whilst becoming more competitive for customers. Lansen Nursery has been a long standing supplier to Morrisons with over 20 years…

A.D.R.

US (NY): Bumper crop of Darwin tulip bulbs available this fall

As fall bulb planting season begins in the US, A.D.R.'s farm in the Netherlands is winding down their harvest season. Running three digging machines simultaneously, the company can harvest up to 18 acres of flower bulbs a day, splitting time between their primary farm in the Dutch Bollenstreek of South…

Acniti cooperates with Vsquare:

Japan based company brings nano bubble solutions to the Netherlands

Osaka Japan based Acniti LLC announces its partnership with Vsquare Holding B.V. in Vollenhove, the Netherlands. The company specialises in developing and producing nano bubble technology systems.  The partnership will be on exclusive basis for sales and development in the Benelux and eventually bound to expand…

Louis Kester will be appointed as Commercial Director at Evanthia

Evanthia is strengthening its organisation with the appointment of Louis Kester as Commercial Director as of 1 November 2020. Over the past few years, Louis has completed a number of projects at Evanthia via Florpartners and has supported the management team in its strategic planning and roll-out. This…

Desch Plantpak acquires IPP factories

On September 9th 2020, Desch Plantpak acquired all of IPP’s commercial activities. This acquisition is a significant boost to Desch’s position in thermoformed and injection moulded products for the horticultural industry. IPP operates two factories; IPP Holland BV in the Netherlands, and Interplast…

UK: BOPP changes its name to OHAS

The HTA has announced that it is changing the name of its British Ornamental Plant Producers’ (BOPP) Certification Scheme to the Ornamental Horticulture Assurance Scheme…

US (VA): Bloomaker breaks ground on 22,000 square foot warehouse expansion

Bloomaker is anticipating its largest holiday season in company history. Starting in September, they will produce and ship nearly 1.5 million amaryllis bulbs to major retail customers across the US and Canada from their production facility and headquarters just outside Waynesboro, VA. Bloomaker has seen…

Russia: A peek at FlowersExpo 2020 in Moscow

FlowersExpo in Moscow, Russia, is in full swing. At first glance, it does not seem to differ that much from previous years - over 4,000 visitors yesterday - but this year, there are hardly any foreigners. Therefore, also less booths and visitors. However with an online format, the exhibition still…

Alexander Bergmann appointed to Head of Sales at Mayer

Since September 1st , 2020, Alexander Bergmann has taken over as Sales Director of Mayer Planting Systems. Together with his team and the large Mayer dealer network, he is now responsible for national and international customers. “Mr. Bergmann has been working in the sales department of Mayer Planting Systems…

Efficient water management is crucial for future world food production

CODEMA’s knowledge of critical cultivation systems travels around the world. Under the leadership/direction of the Project Management Team, Codema simultaneously realizes horticultural solutions on 4 continents. The team has grown significantly in recent years. How does Codema maintain the level of…

Theelers:

Healthy tea launched by Dutch growers

Four Dutch growers ('Telers', in Dutch) launched on Sustainable Tuesday (September 1), a tea with the taste and power of bromelia, basil, curry and laurel: Theelers. According to the growers, the herbal blend is not only very tasty, but is also very suitable for people who want to keep their sugar levels…

UK: Alex Curran joins the HTA Council

Alex Curran has joined the HTA Council as the Representative for the South East region. Alex is the Head of Horticulture at Primrose.co.uk and as recent joinees of the HTA, they have been impressed with the provision of information and sense of community within the organisation. Alex wants to add to the…

Samwel Orioki, Progeny Ventures Ltd.

New Kenyan flower exporter gets off to a challenging start

With growers spreading their risks more often and with the idea of creating employment opportunities in Kenya, Samwel Orioki and his partner started a flower export company late last year, namely Progeny Ventures Ltd. Even though the new startup was received with open arms, it was the worst time to tap…

UK: Management reshuffle at Covent Garden Market Authority

Covent Garden Market Authority (CGMA), the organisation that owns and runs New Covent Garden Market (NCGM), has today announced a restructure of its management team as it aims…

Passion Roses

US (OH): Passion Growers to get new flower sortation center

Air Transport Services Group subsidiary, TriFactor Solutions, has been awarded a contract to design and install a multi-divert sortation system in Xenia, Ohio, for Passion Growers of Miami. The project includes the design and installation of an automated system to sort inbound cases for Passion Growers’…

Oktober 9, 1 PM AEDST

Extraordinary meeting of Horti Innovation members

An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of Hort Innovation members has been called and will be held virtually on Friday 9 October 2020 at 1pm AEDST. This meeting is taking…

May 10th -12th, 2021 in Guangzhou, China

Flower Expo Asia preparing for 2021 edition

Flower Expo Asia, the show upgrading from the former Flower Expo China, established from Year 2009, is committing to being the most professional flower expo in Asia and unveiling post-pandemic industry trends for worldwide flower planters/growers, distributors, floral product suppliers, grow media…

James Kapombe, Cocogrow, nominated for Foya Awards Agripreneur of the year (under 30, Kenya)

"Our major focus is to be a plant propagation company offering propagation solutions"

The combination between making good use of the high amount of coconut husk waste that is being produced in Coastal Kenya and the need for coco peat among horticulture growers. That was the reason for James Kapombe to establish his own company Cocogrow in 2018, sourcing coco peat locally. Right after the…

Harry Dullemans passed away

Harry Dullemans passed away on September 1, he was 78 years old. Harry was the founder of Agrolux based in De Lier, the Netherlands. He will be greatly missed at the company. Last year, as part of…

Royal FloraHolland

"The Glazen Tulp Award is a wonderful recognition for an innovative company"

Royal FloraHolland introduced the Glazen Tulp Award to encourage growers and breeders. This is an award for the best market introduction in terms of flowers and plants. How does Jaap-Jan Uittenbogaard, Director of Retail Sales NL & Europe of JUB Holland, view the introduction of new innovations? "JUB…

Montera Techniek becomes SERCOM dealer

By taking over all activities of VNA Installatietechniek, Montera Techniek from Pijnacker in the Netherlands has become the official dealer of SERCOM Regeltechniek B.V., in addition to the Ridder program. Left to right: Laurens van Es from Montera Techniek, Gerard Alsemgeest from VNA Installatietechniek…

Connie Bradt and Elise Johnson with A.M.A. Horticulture

"We want to cultivate a culture of collaboration and long-term thinking"

A.M.A. Horticulture Inc. was founded in Kingsville, Ontario, Canada in 1982. Although Connie Bradt, daughter of company founder Allen Monsma, officially joined in ’96, she has been actively involved with horticulture and the family business for longer than she can remember. “I still have pictures of when…

David Colegrave Foundation (DCF):

UK: Scholarship Season open for horticulture students

Five scholarships are available from the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF). Students can get up to £2,500 to put towards their studies.  DCF has awarded almost £100,000 over the past…

Hortus Supplies International and Holland Web join forces

Hortus Supplies International and Holland Web joined forces in August this year. Holland Web has been doing business in Japan for approximately 17 years with its own offices in Aalsmeer and Tokyo. With a headquarters in the Netherlands, an entity in Kenya and one in the United States, Hortus Supplies International…

BioTherm expands sales team

Rob Dimino has joined BioTherm as the regional sales representative for the Mountain Region. Based in Colorado, Rob will serve customers from Arizona to Texas and north to Idaho and the Dakotas. “As BioTherm scales up to meet growing demand for our innovative products, Rob’s ambition and service-oriented attitude matches well with…

The HC Companies

"Automation friendly containers are critical in getting the job done"

Labor shortages continue to remain an issue in the horticulture industry, and automation-friendly containers are looked upon as the solution. Many greenhouses and nurseries are turning towards contract employees to fill the labor void. But while they provide the physical assistance required in the…

Saunders Brothers, NewGen Boxwood supply boxwood for White House Rose Garden renovation Piney River

Saunders Brothers, Inc. and NewGen Boxwood, introduced by Saunders Genetics, LLC, were instrumental in the renovation of the White House Rose Garden, unveiled to the public by First Lady Melania Trump on Saturday, August 22, 2020. The iconic space had changed very little since 1962 and a major overhaul…

"No more tulip fingers and other skin irritations, thanks to Marly Skin"

"Marly Skin forms an invisible layer on the skin within minutes of application. All the while, maintaining the skin's elasticity and sensitivity. This layer protects the skin against irritating and abrasive substances. It doesn't affect the skin's respiration and perspiration. You also still have a sense…

UK: AHDB pledges to reform in response to request for views

A new strategy and improved communication with levy payers on how their money is spent are just two of the significant changes AHDB has pledged to make. This follows the…

Coco fiber and coir production facility joins the Fibredust family

Fibredust announces new Mexican operation “Costa Sur”

US based Fibredust announced the expansion of their Mexican operation to include the production facility in beautiful Jalisco Mexico. This 10 hectare facility offers a new avenue for coir and fiber made and shipped from Mexico. “The addition of Costa Sur to the Fibredust family enables efficient shipment…

FloraLife Express products now available in Fairtrade-certified formats

FloraLife is announcing the availability of its FloraLife Clear ULTRA 200 and FloraLife Express Universal 300 products in Fairtrade-certified formats. FloraLife received…

Andermatt Romania: a new subsidiary in the Andermatt Biocontrol Group

Andermatt Biocontrol has established a new subsidiary in Bucharest, Romania, called Andermatt Romania SRL. Andermatt Biocontrol is pleased to announce that Felix Dubach will…

NL: Hilverda De Boer Group takes over activities of Van Dijk Bloemen

The Aalsmeer companies Hilverda De Boer Group and Van Dijk Bloemen have reached an agreement to transfer the activities of Van Dijk Bloemen to the Hilverda De Boer Group. Activities…

Syngenta Group shares first half year report

Syngenta Group Co., Ltd. today announced the Group’s first half year results after its formation on June 18, 2020. The Group increased sales by 2 percent to more than $12…

Informing potential clients about the certification program

NL: MPS on tour

MPS is organizing information sessions in different parts of the Netherlands to inform potential clients about the certification program of MPS ABC. The first session kicked off yesterday, by Raymond Scheepens, Area Manager at MPS, in the reception area of Waterdrinker in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands. Raymond Scheepens What does…

UrbanStems

Affirm partners with UrbanStems 'to bring people a better way to buy fresh flowers'

Affirm, which provides an alternative to credit cards, announced a partnership with UrbanStems, a floral and gifting company. Now UrbanStems customers can make someone’s day by sending expressive bouquets and plants, as well as reason-specific gifts, same-day or next-day nationwide, and split the cost of…

Serres Frank Zyromski

CAN (QC): Young plant producer attracts $1 million investment

The Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ Laurentides (FRS) have invested $1 million in Serres Frank Zyromski, a Rivière-Rouge-based company specializing in the production of young plant cuttings – geraniums, calibrachoas, vegetative petunias, rieger begonias, fuchsias and companion plants – that are sold to…

Q7 Air Cargo

Dutch Flower Group welcomes new partner in Airflo

Dubai based perishable logistics company Q7 Air Cargo is to acquire an interest in the Dutch holding company of Airflo, the specialised perishable logistics group of companies with operations in Kenya and the Netherlands. Airflo’s owner, Dutch Flower Group (DFG), who themselves recently completed the…

1-800-FLOWERS.COM amends credit agreement

1-800-FLOWERS.COM entered into a First Amendment to its Existing Credit Agreement on August 20, 2020 with its existing syndicate of banks led by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as…

Fresh Forward Breeding joins Breeding Accel

Breeding Accel was founded in 2014, when KP Holland, Schoneveld Breeding, Sion Orchids and Interplant Roses joined forces in order to minimalize the “Time to Market” for new products. This collaboration in research and innovation has proven fruitful by enabling all parties involved to effectively use the…

NL: De Jong Plant B.V. acquires garden-hydrangeas' Royalty Collection brand

As of 2021, Dutch plant growers De Jong Plant B. V. and André van Zoest B.V. came to an agreement to transfer the production of the well known brand of garden-hydrangeas 'Royalty Collection'. The plant breeding and the novelties of RoCo Young Plant B. V. will also be added to the Royalty Collection…

PRNewsfoto/Edible Brands

US: Edible enters the floral market with launch of FruitFlowers

Edible, franchisor of fresh fruit arrangements and other treats, has officially expanded into the floral space with the nationwide launch of FruitFlowers. This new product line adds fresh-cut flowers to Edible's portfolio of gifting options. FruitFlowers is now available from Edible stores either as…

Clement Tulezi, Kenya Flower Council:

Kenya: "Freight capacity available is still too low"

Lifting produce from Nairobi to other markets is still a major challenge due to limited freight capacity. During the holiday season in July and August, as the demand is usually low during this time of the year, growers had less problems shipping the demanded flowers, but as the holiday season is almost…

Australia: Construction underway on new National Herbarium of NSW

Construction of a new state-of-the-art National Herbarium of NSW has officially commenced with NSW Ministers turning the sod at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan during National Science Week. A ground-breaking dayAs Australia’s oldest scientific institution, the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust has spent over…

US: Designers Choice creates Boston Headquarters

As one of the leading distributors of cut flowers in New England that quietly supplies major brands, Designers Choice needed a geographically advantageous location for both retail distribution and employment purposes. A new 52,000 SF Boston-based facility now houses the distribution of a portfolio…

strengthen distribution partnership in Mexico

Grupo AKIKO, Ball Horticultural Company form joint venture

Seed and young plant distributor Flores y Plantas de Calidad, a member of Grupo AKIKO, which serves the Mexican market, has agreed to a joint venture with Ball Horticultural…

Perennial

UK: Sir Roy Strong marks 85th birthday by gifting The Laskett Gardens to Perennial

Historian, writer and garden designer Sir Roy Strong CH is marking his 85th birthday by donating The Laskett Gardens to Perennial. The Laskett Gardens, which cover some four acres, have been described as the largest formal gardens to be created in England since 1945.  Perennial will receive ownership of The…

Heliospectra

Heliospectra releases Half Year Report January-June 2020

Heliospectra presented its Half Year Report for January-June 2020. Net sales amounted to KSEK 19 874 (16 744) which means an increase of 19% compared to last year. Of the period’s sales, the Mitra product group made up 33%. The operating loss amounted to KSEK -22 242 (-20 842) KSEK, signifying a negative…

Ray Austin welcomed to BioSafe Systems team

BioSafe Systems welcomes Ray Austin to the team, a soil treatment specialist based out of Florida. Ray comes with extensive experience as an agricultural consultant, and over…

HTA AGM 2020 Goes Virtual

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) will take place ‘virtually’ this year.  The online meeting will be conducted via webinar on 16 September 2020 at 2pm.   The HTA AGM…

Royal FloraHolland

How is the winner of the 2019 Greenovation Award doing today?

JH van der Vossen B.V. won the Greenovation Award 2019 on November 6th last year. The professional jury and the public both had a 50% share in the overall assessment and chose JH van der Vossen B.V. and their unique ECO concept. The Greenovation Award was a hot topic. In the end, the public cast 2,500…

CambridgeHOK appoints experienced glasshouse grower Alan Frampton to lead sales in south of England

Horticultural engineering, glasshouse and energy specialists CambridgeHOK have appointed highly-experienced commercial grower Alan Frampton to lead the firm’s sales in the south of England. The East Yorkshire firm is a specialist in planning, designing and building commercial glasshouses and indoor and vertical…

US: AAF to induct four honorees in 2021

The Society of American Florists will honor four professionals with induction into the American Academy of Floriculture (AAF) during SAF's Annual Convention in 2021. SAF has made the decision to cancel SAF Phoenix 2020, where recipients would have been inducted, in keeping with government regulations…

Building a future-proof supply chain

Splitting a key role like Head of Supply Chain and Operations into two new roles takes the right people. Syngenta Flowers recently appointed Yigremachew Worku as Head of Production EAME and Leendert Arkenbout as Head of Operations EAME. Leendert will be responsible for overall network design and delivery…

September 8-10, 2020, in Moscow, Russia

FlowersExpo 2020 is preparing to open its physical and virtual doors

FlowersExpo, one of the largest Russian flower and plant exhibition in Eastern Europe, is about to open their doors and this year, it will be held physically and virtually. The exhibition will be held from September 8-10 and since the decision was made to hold the show in 2 formats, it has been a bumpy…

Johan de Hoog, Globe Plant, looks back:

"When a storm hits, we pick up the pieces of glass together"

If he wanted to, Johan de Hoog could easily fill up a book with his experiences in horticulture. Whether he will ever find the time to do so is yet to be seen. Because, although the commercial manager of Globe Plant has already reached retirement age, to stop working is the furthest thing from his mind.…

UK: Ballot provides mandate for change to AHDB

A grower’s ballot of almost 2,000 levy-payers from the Horticulture and Potatoes sectors of the Agricultural & Horticultural Development Board (AHDB) shows the majority of…

UK: Mollie Higginson joins the HTA Council

Mollie Higginson has joined the HTA Council as the Representative for the West Midlands region.  Mollie grew up in the horticultural industry, from weeding plants at her family…

BG Installatie is preparing for anniversary year

"The challenge is to keep the overview in big horticultural projects"

Freelancers wanted, urgently, Laurens van der Sande of BG Installatie recently proclaimed. In these times of corona, that can be called remarkable, because although plenty of greenhouse horticulture projects are ongoing, it is also difficult and people were (temporarily) unemployed. "We look positively to…

Parfum Flower Company focuses on innovations and introduces Zero Waste Flowers

"We saw sales drop by up to 90% but fortunately a crisis also offers new opportunities"

Parfum Flower Company has been hit hard by the measures taken during the COVID-19 (Corona) situation. The company, which specializes in the marketing of scented roses and garden roses that are often used for special occasions, saw sales drop by up to 90% shortly after the first lockdown took effect at…

New UF/IFAS website helps consumers understand the importance of plant breeding program

Peruse the produce section of a grocery store and you can find citrus, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, sugarcane, corn and lettuce developed by UF/IFAS researchers. Go to…

"Investment provides capital and support for growth"

US private equity Palladin invests in Decowraps

Palladin Consumer Retail Partners (PCRP) (pcrp.com) announced an investment in Decowraps in partnership with Steven Tchira, Founder and CEO. The partnership will provide…

SAF members to elect new leaders

SAF events, ready-to-use marketing tools and membership dues – these are among the many SAF programs that the SAF volunteer leadership influences  – and it’s time to elect the next crop of SAF leaders to help drive those decisions and more.  In August and September, voting members elect nine new members to the SAF Councils and three new…

Ben Molenda & Todd Downing, Best Human Capital & Advisory Group, give advise

"Strategic Human Resource planning is a vital component to successfully navigating this business evolution"

Are you tired of “Work From Home,” “COVID Procedures,” and “New Normal” articles? This article is different. Instead of being advised on how to do something, the goal here is…

New client for British Growers

"We are extremely proud to announce that International Plant Propagators Society (Europe) has chosen to join British Growers for the provision of their business services." Starting in North America…

Thorsten Sander new sales manager Germany Schneider BV

From 1st of August Thorsten Sander (ex-Sales Representative of Raiffeisen Gartenbau, Germany) is the new Sales Manager for the Dutch young plant producing company, Schneider youngplants and will be responsible for customers in Germany. He has been specialising in the distribution and assortment of young…

British greenhouse builder on course for 'best financial performance' despite impact of Covid-19

High-tech horticultural facilities specialist CambridgeHOK is still forecasting to achieve its best ever financial performance this year despite the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown. The East Yorkshire business, which specialises in commercial glasshouses, vertical farming and renewable energy systems,…

Brett Avery joins HTA Board as Vice-President

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is delighted to announce that Brett Avery, Managing Director of Farplants, is to join the HTA Board as Vice-President. Originally…

US (FL): Don Gator joins Oglesby Plants International Sales Team

Oglesby Plants International is pleased to announce the addition of horticulture veteran Don Gator to the Oglesby sales team. Don will be Sales Representative covering the…

UK: GCA and GIMA join forces to enable better communication between garden centres, suppliers

A new joint initiative between the Garden Centre Association (GCA) and The Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association (GIMA) has launched to enable debate and communication…

US: Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation awarded 13 grants totaling $131,440.00 dollars

The Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation, Inc. Officers and the Board of Directors met virtually on June 12th, 2020 and awarded 13 grants totaling $131,440.00 dollars. Since the…

Geert Peters is proud of all team players of Beekenkamp Plants 30 July 2020

"You really are a spider in the web"

Geert started working at Beekenkamp Plants 2 years ago as a Product Assistant and has grown into a Product Specialist within two years. Beekenkamp is a breeding company. This means that we develop new and improved varieties through breeding; the crossing of plants. This is done in the lab and in the…

with ThinkPlants

Terra Nova Nurseries announces role in Beijing Florascape Co., Ltd.’s online broadcast

Terra Nova Nurseries announced its involvement in Beijing Florascape Co., Ltd.’s (BJFC) online broadcast that took place April 25, 2020, during the digital BJFC Spring Flower…

Star Roses and Plants’ 2020 Open House goes virtual

The Star Roses and Plants’ annual Open House is going virtual this year. “Our Open House has always been a way to show our latest products and brands and what we have lined up…

The Posey Patch Flower Farm joins Certified American Grown

When Ashley Bolton decided she wanted to start a flower growing business on the chicken farm she owns with her husband in a rural corner of Alabama, she hit the books. Her only gardening experience up until that time had been at the just-for-fun level, tending gardens on their 60-acre farm in Russellville,…

FloralDaily is back

After our two-week summer break, FloralDaily is back in your inbox. If you've been on vacation, we hope you've had an enjoyable time, and if you continued working, we hope it's been a successful…

She will help coordinate expanding online community outreach efforts during COVID-19

Westerlay Orchids welcomes Ecommerce Specialist Grace Hanna

As their Box of Orchids program and community outreach initiatives rapidly expand, Carpinteria-based Westerlay Orchids responds by adding Ecommerce Specialist Grace Hanna to the team. For three generations, Westerlay Orchids has proudly cultivated some of the Pacific Coast’s finest blooms while remaining…

Regina Coronado

North America: Dümmen Orange adds growing specialist to organization

Dümmen Orange is proud to announce the hiring of Regina Coronado as product specialist for Basewell Perennials. She brings her vast experience in growing annuals and perennials to the Dümmen Orange team. A graduate in agronomy from the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Coronado has spent over 20 years in…

Kenya: Ksh. 8 million aid worth to cushion flower workers from COVID-19 effects

Civil Society Organisations under Hivos East Africa’s Women@Work Campaign and the Kenya Flower Council (KFC) dispatched food packages and mobile money transfers worth approximately Ksh8million to workers in selected flower farms. Kenya Flower Council’s CEO Clement Tulezi (Centre) and Membership Manager…

Orance points to lack of independent system approach in horticultural lighting market:

"Well-founded, independent selecting in horticultural lighting market increasingly difficult"

The current lighting market is still very product driven. Understandably, given the number of product suppliers of luminaires who all want to profile and position themselves in the market. The extreme increase, especially of LED products, is in itself good for the end customer, because it stimulates…

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FloralDaily Holiday!

As our long-time readers know, this time of the year means it's time for our summer holiday. For the next two weeks, we will not publish any news and will not send out any newsletters. We will be…

Death of Art van Duijn - Co-founder of Dutch Flower Group

Horticulture entrepreneur and co-founder of Dutch Flower Group, Art van Duijn, passed away in his sleep on Saturday morning (25 July 2020). Art was one of the leaders under whom…

Peter van der Klift: "The goal is to produce 10% more clear air than we put out"

"Milestone Fresh wants a sustainable future with share in bamboo nursery in Guatemala

"We want to go into the future sustainably," says Peter van der Klift of Milestone Fresh. Big words for a freight forwarder? "Not if we live up them. We are at the forefront of a new project in Guatemala in which the goal is to deliver 10% more clean air than we currently emit thanks to bamboo…

Walter Bruins Slot new COO at Bom Group

Bom Group strengthened their organisation. As of the first of July they have employed Walter Bruins Slot as new COO to succeed the current one, Rob Grootscholten, who will retire in 2021 after more than 43 years of employment at Bom Group. Walter has a lot of experience in the construction, production…

Dümmen Orange and Yellowstone Forever kick off new petunia branding

Dümmen Orange and Yellowstone Forever, the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park in the United States, signed an agreement for joint branding of a new yellow…

Expoflores has launched its new official video

Expoflores has launched its new official video: Flor Ecuador Certified, “Next time, don’t camp in the rain. Just call us”. Expoflores believes that the essence of sustainable floriculture lies within the sustainability of its production processes. In 2005, Flor Ecuador Certified was created by Expoflores…

Hendriksen ready for the future with new building

Dutch cutting supplier ready to get started with new facility

D.J. Hendriksen & Zn BV have had a brand new facility built. The existing building, which father Hendriksen built in 1990, was in need of replacement; everything was outdated and especially the increasing amounts of cuttings, as well as the staff, were lacking sufficient space. Thanks to the builders and…

Control Dekk celebrates 7 years of innovation

The story that started with: “There’s got to be a better way to water hanging baskets”

Control Dekk, a greenhouse automation company based in western Michigan, celebrates seven years of their OASIS system, which is their innovative hanging basket irrigation technology. What started in 2013 with the simple statement – “There’s got to be a better way to water hanging baskets” – has since…

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The story of Andrea and Lou Gagnon, LynnVale Studios

Starting a flower farm in Washington D.C.

What happens when an architect and a former Walt Disney imagineer start farming? If they’re Andrea and Lou Gagnon, they can’t help but make art – even in the fields. When the couple returned to the family farm to raise their children and establish a new way of life on 10 acres of agricultural land, the…

HortiDaily editor Arlette gives birth to son Mauk

A Horti-baby is born!

Just before our summer break, we've got some wonderful news to share with you all. HortiDaily editor Arlette Sijmonsma gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on July 22: Mauk. The brand new family are doing very well. Check out a photo of the new Horti-baby below: Want to congratulate Arlette? Send her a message at arlette@hortidaily.com 

“We have made progress and develop new screen fabrics in-house”

Five years of Ridder screens

Five years ago, Ridder added screen fabrics to its portfolio. They decided to take up this challenge after their existing clientele expressed a clear need for an additional screen supplier. Johan van Erven, commercial product specialist at Ridder, explains: "From that starting point, Ridder started to explore the opportunities…

Thijs van de Westelaken becomes co-director and shareholder of Globe Plant

Thijs van de Westelaken (34) has become a shareholder at Globe Plant nursery in Vierpolders, the Netherlands. On June 30, 2020 he signed for this, together with the other three shareholders, Johan, Paul and Vera Grootscholten. “With this step, we ensure that the continuity of our company is guaranteed,”…

IPP looks east with expansion into Poland

IPP, one of Europe’s leading poolers of sustainable wooden pallets into the retail and FMCG supply chains, has announced the first steps of its broader expansion into Eastern Europe.The long-standing, family-owned specialist business, which has seen steady growth across its diverse sectors, said the…

John Greenwood, Suzanne Swane and Barry Teese

Greenlife Industry Australia directors share news of the passing of these industry icons

Sadly, July has seen the passing of a number of industry greats. John Greenwood, Suzanne Swane and Barry Teese have all, in their specialist areas and unique ways, largely contributed to the growth and promotion of the industry, and it is with great regret we share the news of their passing. Greenlife…

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Royal FloraHolland Members’ Council meeting:

"Trade should commit to environmental certification"

During the additional Members’ Council meeting on 16 July 2020, the Members’ Council of Royal FloraHolland discussed two fundamental pillars for the future of the cooperative: the membership of tomorrow and enforcing environmental registration. The Members' Council was also updated on the progress we are…

Vietnam: Dalat Hasfarm opens first retail shop in Can Tho

On July 17, 2020, Dalat Hasfarm officially held the Grand Opening Ceremony for the new flower shop at 22 Mau Than street, Ninh Kieu district, Can Tho city. As other shops in their Retail Chain, Dalat Hasfarm Flower Shop Can Tho offers many types of flowers including cut flowers, pot plants, bouquets, flower…

Leadership changes at SePRO Corporation

SePRO Corporation has established itself as an innovator of specialty products and services in the aquatics; turf, landscape and ornamental (TL&O); and specialty segments of the Agrichemical industry. Since its f…

From ornamentals to hemp: the story of AgTech Scientific

The level of knowledge required to run a large-scale agriculture operation is high. A high knowledge level is even more necessary when it comes to growing hemp at scale. Although the history of this crop is very well known; only recently, research has been able to properly pick this plant up and started…

MM Flowers

UK: Outbreak of Covid-19 at flower distributor

Fresh fruit and flower suppliers to major supermarkets in the UK have had an outbreak of Covid-19, public health officials have confirmed. MM Flowers and AM Fresh UK, based on one site in Alconbury, Cambridgeshire, have seen 26 employees test positive. The firms, which employ 550 full-time staff and 300…

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society fills senior leadership positions

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has filled four senior leadership positions to continue driving the organization’s vision of using horticulture to advance the health and well-being of the Greater Philadelphia region. The leaders include: Patti Gregory as VP of Human Resources; David Chrystal as…

Flower Circus

UAE's largest floral company takes the Flower Circus spotlight

Friday’s Flower Circus Talks featured Mr. Imran Khan, director operations of Black Tulip Group. They talked about their incredible story; from a small flower shop to a world player within the floral industry within 30 years. Next to that, they spoke about what they did during Covid-19, and what their…

New Heuchera Frilly set for 2021

Genesis Plant Marketing are pressing ahead with the launch of the New Heuchera Frilly for 2021. "Frilly is perfect for Patio containers but equally at home in the perennial border. Its unique colourful foliage giving interest throughout the year as the colours change from caramel through to red." Support Planned at Chelsea 2021The…

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AmericanHort

Thank you for joining us at #Cultivate20Virtual! We are proud to be able to continue to bring the industry together, even in these times of social distancing. But now that the online fun is done, we're looking forward to seeing everyone at #Cultivate21, July 10-13, 2021! pic.twitter.com/HkBuXOzK5k — AmericanHort (@American_Hort) July…

Eden Project

UK: Eden Project facing major restructure

The Eden Project has informed staff that job losses are sadly inevitable due to the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on its finances and scale of operations. Eden’s Biomes were closed for more than three months during national lockdown and reopened on July 4 with significantly reduced…

Online platform still available till September 1

Cultivate'20 Virtual: It's a wrap!

Yesterday, Cultivate'20 Virtual closed its doors of the live event. After organizing a physical exhibition in the USA for nearly 100 years, the organization, AmericanHort, had to adapt quickly to the situation that turned everything upside down. In just three months, they created an online platform; the…

In memoriam Harry Kloppenburg

Dümmen Orange announces with great sorrow that Board Member, Harry Kloppenburg, unexpectedly passed away on July 15. "He was a great leader in the transformation of the global horticultural industry", the company shares in a statement. "Harry was one of the founders of Dümmen Orange and a breakthrough businessman looking for new…


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