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Alice van Veen is new Flower Council of Holland board member

On 1 November 2019, the Flower Council of Holland welcomes Alice van Veen as a new board member. With over 20 years’ experience at Royal Lemkes, she brings a great deal of large-scale retail experience to the board. Linking and collaborating​Alice currently works as Commercial Manager at Royal Lemkes which…

Mayer's Hungarian production site celebrates 25th anniversary

A large party tent on the plant grounds not only provided the right atmosphere to celebrate, but also created the necessary space for the approximately 200 visitors. Almost all employees and their families were present. In addition, many former employees found their way to Kisfalud. The official program focused…

Construction started at new HilverdaFlorist office

This week the first pile was driven for the new office building of HilverdaFlorist at the Dwarsweg in De Kwakel. In the upcoming period, the extension of the office will be started on the site. This is the first phase of the construction, after which the expansion of the greenhouses will be started. Jan…

Marco van 't Hart starts working at Luiten Greenhouses and Saarlucon

Starting October 1st, 2019, Marco van ‘t Hart will begin working as the new Export Manager Turn-key at Luiten Greenhouses and Saarlucon. He will be focusing on the sales of…

Ruud Knorr leaves Dutch Flower Group

Ruud Knorr has left Dutch Flower Group. For the immediate future, companies within DFG’s Retail division and the Wholesale and Retail Plants division will report directly to the Executive Board. Ruud Knorr joined the board of DFG back in January 2017, in the capacity of director of Plants. In April 2018,…

Leo Alsemgeest, Alweco:

"Bit by bit a step back"

Leo Alsemgeest is the man behind Alweco. After 33 years he transfers the baton to the younger generation. “I am leaving behind a strong team. So I am confident that the future will be good for Alweco. On the other hand, it is also difficult. Alweco is my child. It is a part of myself. I am really going to let that go bit by…

US (HI): Ex-bookkeeper sentenced for stealing $1.3M from plant nursery

A federal judge on Monday sentenced a former bookkeeper who embezzled more than $1.3 million from a Maui plant nursery, nearly bankrupting the business. Thelma Pascua-Suyat, 64, worked at Ki-Hana Nursery in Kihei for about 12 years. When the business started to struggle financially the owner thought the…

Flower distributor upgrades warehouse with eco-friendly LED light system

Jet Fresh Flower Distributors is lowering its carbon footprint with a freshly installed LED-lighting system that’s reducing energy consumption and creating a more sustainable…

Dümmen Orange welcomes new Chief Executive Officer

Hugo Noordhoek Hegt will become Dümmen Orange's next Chief Executive Officer, effective 1st January 2020, at which point the incumbent, Biense Visser, will retire having ensured a seamless transition. Hugo formally joins the company on the 1st of November, allowing him time to deepen his knowledge of the…

Gasa needs to pay former director Jon Smits 550,000 euros

A financial windfall for former director of GASA Group Holland Jon Smits. Several years ago, he was fired because of losses made by the company - which is the Dutch division of Danish international trading company GASA Group. According to the company, it was his fault, but according to the Dutch court,…

Three Dutch propagators join forces in mega merger

"To make the merger a success, we had to move from three family businesses to one family"

At the push of a button, three Dutch propagators officially merged into one new company last Tuesday. Under the Plantise flag with a combined greenhouse acreage of 56 hectares, the company has become one of the biggest players in the propagation industry. "To make the merger a success, we had to move…

Havecon adds Ricky Elz to North American Sales Team

Havecon Horticultural Projects welcomes Ricky Elz to the North American Sales Team. Ricky will be working out of the Niagara on the Lake, Ontario office. According to the company, Ricky is a dynamic team player who exhibits strong leadership, creative thinking and is performance driven. Ricky brings with…

Rob de Wit joins Bom Group

Bom Group has strengthened its organization. Rob de Wit started as export manager on October 1. Rob has very broad experience in the development and sale of (large) turnkey projects worldwide. In his new position, Rob de Wit is responsible for sales, relationship management and strengthening and developing new markets at home and…

€250,000 investment for developer of insect control drones

Insects are a huge problem in greenhouse horticulture. Pest control costs growers enormous amounts of money and energy and causes the sector much concern. Currently, pests tend to be controlled with biopesticides and chemical pesticides. But there is now a chemical-free solution and it comes from the…

"Special panels use broader light spectrum for more stable yields during winter"

NL: 1661 solar panels for Diamond Flowers

1661 solar panels are not easy to capture in one image, but it can be done with a drone, and so they were used to fly over chrysanthemum grower Diamond Flowers in Bruchem to capture the shed with solar panels. Or where they will be placed, because the panels are installed one by one. According to Koen…

Schouten moves in with Bercomex and Invaro Service & Supplies

Three companies in one building, so three flags are now flying

Schouten, a sister company of Bercomex, has officially moved from Kampen to Hoorn in the first week of October. Now that the Schouten employees are settling in the building where Bercomex and Invaro Services & Supplies were already located, it was a suitable moment to realize the new outdoor advertising…

Van Schie Potlelies becomes Van Schie

Since the summer of 2018, the pot chrysanthemum Chrysanne Grandezza has been added to the assortment. Reason for Van Schie Potlelies to change the name of the company and to choose a new corporate identity. "Van Schie Potlelies now stands for more than just lilies. Given the name recognition in the…

UK: £100,000 given to horticulture students by David Colegrave Foundation

In the last ten years, the David Colegrave Foundation has awarded almost £100,000 through scholarships, trip bursaries and other educational initiatives. Applications for…

December 3-5, Kiev

Ukraine: Fresh Business Expo welcomes Danish Greenhouse Supply

Fresh Business Expo 2019 welcomes Danish Greenhouse Supply (DGS) as a new participant. Danish Greenhouse Supply (DGS) is a modern, experienced and specialized engineering…

Germains Aalten has been around for 50 years

If it can be done with cigars, then why not with seeds?

September is the anniversary month of Germains Seed Technology. The seeds treatment company has now been active in the Netherlands for fifty years and will end their ‘anniversary month’ during Seed Meets Technology. This will be where the company shows the latest developments, among which a new type of…

Polish clematis ‘Maria Skłodowska Curie’ claims second place in People's Choice Awards

Clematis ‘Maria Skłodowska Curie’ took second place in this year's People’s Choice Awards competition organized by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in Great Britain. As many as 28 new cultivars of ornamental plants from around the world entered the competition and were presented at Garden Harlow…

Members elect new representatives to SAF board and councils

Members of the Society of American Florists elected three new leaders — one from each segment — to serve on its Board of Directors during SAF Amelia Island 2019, the…

Bay City Flower Co. will shut down Nov. 10

The Bay Area’s hot economy claimed another casualty this month when Bay City Flower Co. in Half Moon Bay said it will shut down Nov. 10, laying off 195 workers. “It has become increasingly difficult to run a flower farm and compete nationally while operating in the costliest place in the nation,” Bay…

Cultivate receives trade show accolades

AmericanHort's signature event, Cultivate, is being recognized in the trade show industry for the event’s excellence by two leading industry organizations – Trade Show Executive (TSE) and Trade Show News Network (TSNN). Cultivate, a trade-show event for the green industry, has been named to the Trade…

US (MI): MSU hires new weed specialist for ornamentals

The Michigan State University Department of Horticulture hired a new assistant professor specializing in weed science in ornamental crop production. Debalina Saha joined the department in July of 2019 and is serving the landscape, nursery, greenhouse and Christmas tree industries. She has a 50%…

Uralchem moves into retail segment with consumer fertilizers

Uralchem signed an agreement with Strada at the FlowersExpo in Moscow (September 10-12). The agreement will see the two companies working together on the development of the project “Small packaging”, aimed at meeting the demand of clients in the retail sector. The brand 'Joy', the trademark used by Strada…

‘Sustainable Relationship’ theme celebrates 20 years of DFG

Nominees for Dutch Flower Awards 2019 revealed

With the Dutch Flower Awards 2019 fast approaching, Dutch Flower Group (DFG) has announced this year’s nine nominees in the categories of Cut Flowers, Plants and Foreign Growers. This is the 18th time DFG has shone the spotlight on its supply chain partners through these Awards. To mark DFG celebrating…

Maurice Govers new sales manager at Evanthia

On 23 September, Maurice Govers joined Evanthia as sales manager for ornamentals. He has spent a large part of his career working as a sales manager and has gained a lot of experience in the ornamental horticulture chain. In his new role, Maurice Govers will be responsible for acquisition, sales, customer…

Partnership for strategic growth

BOAL Group acquires Holland Group

BOAL Group, together with its strategic partner Equistone, has invested in Holland Group Westland, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-quality screening and netting…

A tasty SvenSun beach event

Ludvig Svensson recently hosted a party at the beach of Hook of Holland. Many relations enjoyed a beverage and a nice snack beneath the shining September sun. Wouter de Jong, managing director, recalled in short the important steps of the past years. And the most recent step is the launch of PARperfect. It is a screen solution which,…

Atrium new headquarters VB Group becomes 11 meter high glass greenhouse

Working on glasshouse horticultural projects from under glass

In the spring the new building started with a symbolic first pile: the planting of eight large oak trees. The new head office of VB will be energy neutral, in line with the company's philosophy. In addition, the company will have an atrium in the form of an 11-meter-high glass greenhouse construction…

BE: Phormium adds sales manager to sales team

On 16th of September, the Phormium sales team was reinforced with a new sales manager: Marta Gentile.Marta is Italian and has been living in Belgium for almost 9 years now. She can rely on several years of experience from her previous jobs at Capsugel and Atlas Copco. At the pharmaceutical company…

UK: Blue Diamond Group to donate £6,000 to the Rose Society

The Blue Diamond Group of Garden Centres is donating £6,000 to the Rose Society at this year’s Malvern Autumn Show (28th and 29th September). Blue Diamond, who own Fryer’s…

plans for major greenhouse complexes

Huafa Group acquires 25% of MegaPhoton

A large collaboration is announced in the horticultural industry. The Chinese Huafa Group is making its way into horticulture. Not only are they planning to build 500 hectares of greenhouses in China within the coming years, but they are also active in the lighting industry now. They acquired 25% of…

Flowers Australia announces closure

The Flower Association of Qld Inc (FAQi), also known as Flowers Australia, has posted the following announcement: "Flowers Australia has a long history of providing valuable…

Agrifirm acquires Dutch supplier to the flower bulb sector GMN

Two suppliers in the Dutch flower bulb sector will be working together: GMN and Royal Agrifirm Group. Following an integration process, Agrifirm will acquire the GMN family…

DSV is now DSV Panalpina

On 24 September, DSV A/S held an extraordinary general meeting. All points on the agenda were approved, resulting in the following changes: New Group nameThe Group name was changed from “DSV A/S” to “DSV Panalpina A/S”, with “DSV A/S” as new secondary Group name.  English is now also officially the company’s corporate language for…

UK: Living wall welcomes 4 million visitors every year

On the opening day of Sibos, the world’s premier financial services event, ExCel has unveiled a new Living Wall arrival experience. The venue commissioned Biotecture to create a sustainable, hydroponic structure, to run from Custom House Station to the entrance of the venue. Over 9,500 plants have been interspersed…

Phormium appoints Marta Gentile as new sales manager

On 16th of September, the Phormium sales team was reinforced with a new sales manager: Marta Gentile.Marta is Italian and has been living in Belgium for almost 9 years now. She can rely on several years of experience from her previous jobs at Capsugel and Atlas Copco. At the pharmaceutical company…

Netherlands: Subsidy for new training system

HortiTech, based in Naaldwijk, The Netherlands, is one of the five companies selected by the Westland municipality to receive a subsidy from ‘Subsidieregeling Kennis en Innovatie Westland’ (subsidy program for knowledge and innovation in Westland) to finance their innovative training system. The Westland…

Industry honors Dr. Paul Thomas through AFE

A memorial tribute has been established with the American Floral Endowment by the University of Georgia Department of Horticulture to honor Paul Thomas, Ph.D. who passed away September 14, 2019, at the age of 65. Paul was a renowned researcher, prolific speaker and champion of budding horticulturists. He…

Customers discover the underside of the production of their beneficials

On Wednesday the 18th of September, on the sidelines of the Tech & Bio exhibition located in Bourg-lès-Valence, Bioline Agrosciences opened its doors to around a hundred customers during its Open Day. Taking advantage of their visit to the largest exhibition dedicated to organic agriculture and…

US (IL): The 2019 Proven Winners $25,000 scholarship winners

Proven Winners believes it is their responsibility to look to the future of not only their own brand, but the green industry as a whole. In their pursuit of ensuring its success and growth, they can’t help but seek out the next generation of innovators and leaders that will usher the industry into the…

Ellepot and PROPTEC partner up: Ellepot Australia

New partnership to provide integrated paper-pot solution to Australian growers

As part of Ellepot's vision to be active in key regions globally, Ellepot is proud to announce its partnership with PROPTEC and Brad Skinner in Australia. Ellepot Australia will be supplying the market with the latest technology from Ellepot to provide a fully integrated paper-pot solution including…

AFE appoints new Trustees

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) appointed Dr. Megan Bowman of Ball Horticultural Company and Gustavo Gilchrest of Kennicott Brothers Company to join the AFE Board of Trustees. Both will serve a three-year term starting in September 2019.  AFE Trustees are industry leaders who volunteer their time and talent to help guide Endowment…

Meet the new NGIA Plant Protection Officer

Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Celeste Cook as its new Plant Protection Officer based in Queensland and Northern NSW, under the levy-funded (NY15004). With a background in animal and plant biosecurity, horticulture and teaching, Celeste has 10 years’…

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Groenland acquires Spira Blommor AB

Spira Blommor, a Ratos group company and a subsidiary of Plantagen, is one of the leading providers of flower services. It provides them to large retail chains within grocery stores, private shops and wholesalers…

Who gives them an assignment?

"Students offer free advice to horticultural company

Renate, Jorg, and Jasper are fourth-year students of Business Administration and Agribusiness from the HAS Hogeschool in Den Bosch. For their specialization International Business Management, they are looking for a horticultural company in Europe (but outside the NL) with at least 50 employees. "With our…

Netherlands: New headquarters for family company LC Packaging

On Friday 20 September 2019, LC Packaging celebrated the start of the construction project for the new, sustainable, state-of-the-art headquarters and warehouse at Logistiekpark A12 in Waddinxveen, The Netherlands. Celebrating their 95th anniversary only last year, the family company is currently…

Paul Thomas passes away

The Georgia Green Industry Association reports: "We are very saddened to report that Dr. Paul Thomas has passed away while traveling to visit with former students and industry colleagues.  "Dr. Thomas was a staple in Georgia and beyond, having mentored and influenced countless students who are now involved in the industry. He had…

DVFlora celebrates 60 years

On Sunday, September 22nd, 2019, DVFlora celebrated its 60th year in business. What started as Delaware Valley Wholesale Florist in 1959 actually has roots much deeper than that. 12 years earlier, Bob Sr. and Doris Wilkins operated a small retail flower business and grew his own flowers and plants in a small greenhouse not too…

NL: Mykali Orchids to stay in business up to December

On 17 September 2019, the Rotterdam District Court declared Mykali Orchids Int. B.V. bankrupt. The court appointed Mr. M.S. Breeman as trustee in bankruptcy. The trustee in…

Dirk Sprangers

Argus Controls announces new Technical Sales Manager for the Australian market

Argus Controls welcomes Dirk Sprangers as their new Technical Sales Manager for Argus Controls for the Australian market. Dirk has been in the Greenhouse industry since the age of nineteen where he began as an all-rounder with a focus on installing and commissioning heating systems and controllers in…

Colombia: Yasa joins Florverde Sustainable Flowers community

A new FSF certified company has been announced: Yasa is a floricultural company in the municipality of Funza, Cundinamarca. It has more than 14 hectares in production of Chrysanthemum and Fuji. Yasa employs 182 flower workers. For more information:yasacisa.comflorverde.org

Germany: Mayer opens Customer Center West in Kevelar

Since September 1, Mayer's Customer Center West in Kevelaer shines like a new rock. Under new management and with trained qualified personnel, western Germany will be provided with service and spare parts. To celebrate the opening, Mayer is offering an exclusive welcome offer. Until December 12, 2019, you…

Geert van Veen, Prins Group, looks ahead to 80th anniversary in 2020:

"With son and son-in-law in the company, it remains in the family"

Next year, the Prins Group will celebrate its 80th anniversary. That is a good opportunity to look back at beautiful moments in Kwintsheul. At the same time, they are also busy with the future. "Our company is in full swing to realize complete horticultural projects worldwide. We have noticed that market…

Floricultura signs partnership with OGG in Mexico

Floricultura and Ornamental Growers Group (OGG) formally ratified their partnership at the OPF trade fair in Mexico City. OGG now acts as a sales agent for Floricultura's Phalaenopsis and Spathiphyllum young plants in Mexico. Marco Heijnen, Floricultura's area manager Latin America and Tammo Hoeksema,…

Fred Strijk new account manager at Lentse & Slingerland Potgrond

On September 1st, Fred Strijk started as Account Manager at Lentse & Slingerland Potgrond. In this position, he will focus primarily on the export of substrates. Fred Strijk (53)…

Dümmen Orange North America appoints new Marketing Director

Dümmen Orange, North America has appointed Chris Berg as its Marketing Director. This new position is a part of the company's drive to develop a more robust regional team located in and focused on North America.  Berg takes on this role with 13 years of experience marketing horticultural products and companies on…

Kerklaan Greenhouses and Mustang Demolition:

"Building with the materials we've gotten from used greenhouses, closes the circle”

What once started with Joost Kerklaan tearing down some greenhouses, has grown into two serious companies active in greenhouse demolishing and building all over the world. Kerklaan Greenhouses and Mustang Demolition, where, since January 1st 2019, Rick van Buijtene and Hans Kerklaan became in charge.…

Greenhouse drone manufacturer selected as StartLife startup

Biological approaches to treat aquatic pests and diseases or an aerial scout in the greenhouse: just two examples of the eight food & agtech startups selected to participate in the fall edition of StartLife Accelerate. From the fifty early-stage food and agtech startups who showed interest in the…

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society names Andrew Bunting VP of Public Horticulture

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has named Andrew Bunting its Vice President of Public Horticulture, a new position that will lead PHS’s Urban Design, Public Landscapes, PHS Pop Up Gardens, and PHS Meadowbrook Farm. Bunting returns to Philadelphia after four years away where he held senior leadership…

DVFG opens Long Island DC, acquires C.P. Flowers Direct

Delaware Valley Floral Group (DVFG) has announced the acquisition of certain assets of C.P. Flowers Direct, Inc, and has opened a new Distribution Center on Long Island in New…

Dümmen Orange teams up with Bremkens Orchids

Dümmen Orange and Bremkens Orchids signed an agreement for exclusive rooting of Dümmen Orange phalaenopsis products for the European market at the Bremkens production facility in Germany. In addition, the sales teams of both companies will team up to create services to support growers. Left to right:…

Royal FloraHolland

Members’ Council working to achieve professionalization during two-day session

The two-day session of the Members’ Council of Royal FloraHolland on September 4 and 5, 2019 was characterized by the quality of the discussions with the Management Board and the Supervisory Board, and their role as sparring partner. What are the most important issues that the Members' Council needs to consider…

UK: New greenhouse ready for date palm tissue culture

When thinking of a greenhouse in the United Kingdom, the production of date palms probably doesn’t come to mind. However, this is what a new greenhouse in Glastonbury, built by Bridge Greenhouse, will be used for. Date Palm Developments produces high quality, virus-free date palms by tissue culture, which…

US (WI): Hollingsworth Peonies expands with legacy nursery

Juergen Steininger, owner and operator of the famous Hollingsworth peony collection, hosted a press conference on September 5 with several renowned breeders in attendance from the midwest as he announced the acquisition of the peony seedling program and a cross-section of the commercial program from…

Smithers-Oasis joins quest to return fragrance to flowers

Floralife, a division of Smithers-Oasis, has entered into an exclusive technology evaluation agreement with FloraScentials, a company developing products to restore fragrance to cut flowers. With this agreement, Smithers-Oasis will have first rights to evaluate and enter into a commercial transaction for…

Dilution Solutions welcomes Jose Rodriguez as Business Development Manager

Dilution Solutions, with corporate offices in Clearwater, Florida, announces that Jose Rodriguez has joined their team. Jose brings to Dilution Solutions a background in Irrigation and Agriculture Engineering along with experience in Food Processing and Sanitation. He earned his Ph.D. in Engineering…

Boyd Douglas-Davies appointed as HTA President

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), which took place at Glee on 11 September, saw the appointment of Boyd Douglas-Davies as HTA President. Boyd Douglas-Davies, CEO of Hillview Garden Centres, has taken over the Presidency from Adam Taylor of Taylors Bulbs who has…

New service vans for Javo

This week, 10 new service vans have been delivered to Javo in Noordwijkerhout (Netherlands). With the vans, customers throughout Europe can be visited and provided with fast service. Javo can also serve its customers even better with the efficient implementation of tools and repair material. Key transfer with Koos de Vink,…

New Project Manager Export at Havecon

Arjan Koene starts working with 'beautiful Dutch products'

Arjan Koene is the new Project Manager Export at Havecon Horticultural Projects. In his own words, he was ready for a new challenge after having spent seven years with his previous…

September 16, Seattle

US (WA): Mayesh Seattle celebrates opening

 Earlier this year, Mayesh Wholesale Florist revealed its intentions to open a new wholesale floral distribution business in Seattle, Washington. The Mayesh team has been hard at work and is excited to announce that Mayesh Seattle will be opening its doors on Monday, September 16. Mayesh Seattle is located in…

Partnership Oreon and Lumex M for the Russian market

Oreon and Lumex M are joining forces. The two companies signed a letter of intent during the FlowersExpo in Moscow this week, agreeing upon working together to provide LED solutions to the Russian market.  Lumex M has been helping growers in Ukraine and Russia with advice on greenhouse lighting for many years, and…

Bayer reduces size of Board of Management from seven to five members

The Supervisory Board of Bayer AG on Tuesday decided to reduce the size of the company’s Board of Management from seven to five members effective January 1, 2020. Dr. Hartmut Klusik (63) and Kemal Malik (56) will leave the company as of December 31, 2019. As part of the previously communicated efficiency…

Metrolina Greenhouses keeps on growing

Metrolina Greenhouses keeps on growing. A new 40-acre greenhouse is well underway. “We have our own construction crew so we are able to build it ourselves from the ground up. The new space will increase production by at least 7%”, says Julie Colon, Communications Manager for Metrolina. The greenhouse will…

Michèl de Wit new managing director Hortilux

Since 1 September, Michèl de Wit is managing director at Hortilux. De Wit has been working at Hortilux as Commercial Director since 1 April and is now taking overall management of the company. He is a familiar face in the industry: as commercial director of Ridder Growing Solutions, he has built up a…

Sjoukje Heimovaara is leaving Royal Van Zanten

Sjoukje Heimovaara has indicated that she is leaving Royal Van Zanten. After working as R&D director for 14 years, Sjoukje took on the role of CEO 2 years ago. "During that time, she has been fully committed to prepare Royal Van Zanten for the future. Recently, discussions have been held about the distribution…

Royal FloraHolland:

"Challenging circumstances on the labor market"

Now that trade is starting up again in September and the vacation period has not quite ended, many service providers in transport and logistics are facing the challenge of maintaining adequate staffing. Royal FloraHolland is also pulling out all the stops to achieve a good logistic result for its…

BE: Investment company takes minority share in Microflor

Smile Invest recently acquired a substantial minority stake in Microflor N.V. alongside the family Floré, who remains on board as a majority shareholder. Reason for the merger is 'an ambitious growth strategy', which needed 'an experienced partner with whom to realize this ambition'.  Febe Floré, CEO Microflor…

1-800-FLOWERS.COM to nearly quadruple its workforce

1-800-FLOWERS.COM has unveiled plans to hire more than 8,000 seasonal associates for various positions across its gourmet food brands for the holiday season. Hiring is now underway for seasonal roles at Harry & David, Cheryl's Cookies and The Popcorn Factory. "As a company, we are deeply focused on…

Richard Pryor joins BON as Agri-Tech Engineer

BON welcomes Richard Pryor to the newly created position of Agri-Tech Engineer. Richard will be responsible for the design and project management of customised horticultural technology solutions to West Australian producers ranging from pack floor automation, green/glass house advanced enviro control,…

AmericanHort formalizes partnership with consulting firm

AmericanHort has announced an expanded service agreement with K·Coe Isom, LLP, a food and agriculture consulting and accounting firm. “We’ve partnered with K·Coe Isom for…

US: Krissy Doyle memorial tribute established

A memorial tribute has been established by staff members of the Society of American Florists to honor Krissy Doyle.  Krissy worked for nearly two decades as SAF’s manager of Member and Data Services before passing away in the summer of 2019 at the age of 49 after a valiant fight with cancer.   Born in San Diego, California, Krissy…

US (FL): Oglesby Plants International hires Lee Streitenberger as General Manager

Oglesby Plants International has added horticulture management expert Lee Streitenberger to the team as General Manager. Streitenberger will manage key elements of Oglesby’s young plant production and distribution. Before joining Oglesby, he was Site Manager for the Syngenta Flowers Alva, FL operation.…

SAU: Contracts signed for a 100 hectare landscape nursery

A 100 hectare nursery will be part of the Red Sea Project, an ultra-luxury tourism project that will be developed over 28,000 km2 of pristine land on Saudi Arabia’s west coast. The Nursery will be one of the largest in the region and will provide more than 15 million plants for landscaping by 2030. The…

Kenya: Oserian Two Lakes Industrial Park signs up Maxim Agri

The journey towards realization of a business park at flower grower Oserian Development Company’s expansive farm in Naivasha has kicked off in earnest following the signing of a $10 million investment by Dubai-based Maxim Agri. Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui who presided over the signing of an agreement…

Dutch ambassador opens Royal Van Zanten's location in Colombia

Royal Van Zanten's new location in Colombia is now officially open. This was carried out on the 4th of September by Jeroen Roodenburg (Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Colombia), Sjoukje Heimovaara (CEO, Royal Van Zanten), Andres Toro (owner, Colibri Flowers) and Augusto Solano (President,…

American Floral Endowment announces 2019 Educational Grant funding

Thirteen organizations will receive funding through the Endowment to support educational training, conference program support, and industry resources for floral industry members, students, and faculty. Through AFE’s Educational Grants programs, organizations, universities, or industry groups can apply…

US: Funding awaits student horticulturists

The David Colegrave Foundation scholarship season is open. If you’re a student, who’s passionate about horticulture, you can apply for one of their scholarships.   Nursery work placements. Production and marketing experience. Access to plant research and sustainable horticulture. These career driven opportunities are…

CAN (ON): Fernlea Flowers celebrates 80 years

Fernlea Flowers, a third-generation family-owned and operated company, celebrates 80 years of growing great gardens. Founded in 1939 by Lloyd and Mary Veit, Fernlea took root in 2 greenhouses filled with vegetables and branched out to cut flowers with the opening of their first flower shop in Delhi, ON.…

Oboya sells production property in China

Oboya has, through its wholly-owned subsidiary in Qingdao, China, signed an agreement to sell the company's production property. The sale has a positive effect on profit of…

UK and European biochar companies join forces

Biochar companies Carbon Gold and Carbofex have signed an MOU to establish a commercial agreement that will strengthen both companies’ position in the UK and European markets.   Carbon Gold, the world leading supplier of biochar to commercial crop growers, tree care specialists and sports turf professionals in…

Hoogendoorn opens new office and training center in Mexico

On September 3, 2019, Hoogendoorn Growth Management officially opened its new Mexican office and training center. During the opening ceremony the new Dutch agricultural counselor, Mr. Erik Plaisier, officially opened the new office. Mr. Erik Plaisier expressed the importance of local presence and…

Sigrow at work at Kentia Palms

How modern growers push their plants to their full potential

What do modern growers do, when their plants are facing problems? With state of the art sensor technology, growers measure climate variables to discover problems, and improve the cultivation process and plant health effectively. That’s how Blom Kentia Palmen, a Dutch grower and family business led by the…

Hortilife opens new building

Dutch companies provide Eastern Europe with greenhouses

"We had three small offices, not nearly enough. We work from the Netherlands with around 25 people", explains Pieter Jan Overkamp with Hortilife. The company opened a new building in the Dutch city of Deventer last weekend, but builds greenhouses in Eastern Europe. "Everything is coming from the…

US: Michael Kraft Memorial Tribute established

A memorial tribute has been established by the Next Level Florist Group to honor Michael Kraft who passed away April 25, 2019, at the age of 52. Michael passed away peacefully in his home after an eight-year battle with cancer. Michael was a treasured member of the floral industry from the age of 22 when…

Gerhard van der Bijl (CCO) leaves Royal FloraHolland

Royal FloraHolland's Chief Commercial Officer Gerhard van der Bijl is moving to Albert Heijn, where he will continue his career as of 1 October 2019. He will be succeeded by Fedor Hoevenaars, who will fulfil the role of CCO on an interim basis. Fedor Hoevenaars has been a member of the Royal FloraHolland…

New choices for Priva products in the Australian marketplace

AIS Greenworks have always had a Priva technician on staff, and feedback from growers was that they also wanted an alternative supplier for the product range. Greenworks now offers the full suite of Priva irrigation, fertigation and climate controllers in addition to installation and ongoing maintenance…

Clemens Haskamp, co-founder of Hawita, turns 90

Clemens Haskamp, ​​one of the two founders of the Hawita Group, celebrated his 90th birthday at the end of August. The managing partner Simon Tabeling thanked Clemens Haskamp for the last years, in which he always advised the company. Haskamp and Tabeling handed over a donation to the Anna Wassenberg Foundation…

Nexus Capital Management acquires FTD's Consumer and Florist Businesses

Last week, FTD (the "Company"), one of the largest online florist and gift companies in the world, was acquired by an affiliate of Nexus Capital Management LP ("Nexus"), a Los…

HilverdaKooij and Florist Holland continue as HilverdaFlorist

From September 1st HilverdaKooij and Florist Holland will start to work under the brand name HilverdaFlorist. This step signifies the merge that will be finalized between the two companies by March 2020. During the upcoming season, the name will be implemented in all communication and the company…

Jacques Blanchet appointed General Manager of Premier Tech Horticulture France

Premier Tech has appointed Mr. Jacques Blanchet as General Manager of Premier Tech Horticulture France (PTHF). With over 35 years of experience, Mr. Blanchet will play a key role in the deployment of Premier Tech’s business model in France. He succeeds Mrs. Frédérique Delavaud, who will continue to…

New faces at Greenlife Industry Australia

Shannon Edey started as the Finance Manager for Greenlife Industry Australia.Shannon is a qualified Chartered Accountant with thirteen years of experience. She began her career at a mid-sized accounting firm in Sydney where she worked on tax and account statement preparation for all entity types whilst…

Joint venture to expand distribution of preserved hand-picked roses

4Keeps Roses is a Los Angeles based company that specializes in preserved roses, flowers and associated gift products. Edison Nation is partnering with the company to expand the distribution of their branded flowers that are specially treated to last two or more years. The flowers are currently sold…

Gilbert Heijens just returned from a ‘weekend in China’:

“To ensure good cultivation you need more than just a high-tech greenhouse”

He mainly provides his cultivation advise from a remote distance and most of the growers he advises do their growing in the Netherlands or Belgium. Last weekend, however, Gilbert Heijens was in China. Not on holiday, but to visit a large project in China which he advises on behalf of Horti-Consult…

Emirates SkyCargo had busy summer transporting perishables

The freight division of Emirates moved over 150,000 tons of perishables (as well as 27,000 tons of pharmaceuticals) through Dubai between the beginning of April and mid-August…

Farewell reception on November 15

Netherlands: Carel Zwinkels bids farewell to AAB

After almost 20 years of loyal commitment, Carel Zwinkels, technical project manager at AAB, is almost reaching his retirement. He will occupy his workplace for the last time on Friday, August 30, 2019, and then enjoy his time with other things. Carel will spend more time gardening in his beautiful…

India’s FreshToHome raises $20M to grow its e-commerce platform

FreshToHome is a Bangalore-based e-commerce start-up that sells fresh vegetable, fish, chicken and other kinds of meat. It has raised $20 million in a new financing round as it looks to expand its footprint in the nation. The Series B round for the start-up was led by Iron Pillar,  with Joe Hirao, the founder…

Oboya's chairman resigns due to health reasons

Oboya's Chairman Lars Rosén resigns from the Board due to health reasons. Lars Rosén has asked to resign from the Board of Directors of Oboya Horticulture Industries AB with…

Kenya Plant Inspectorate Services board visits Embu farm

Last month Dümmen Orange's Kenyan team met with the newly appointed board of the Kenya Plant Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS) at their farm in Embu. KEPHIS is responsible for assuring the quality of agricultural inputs and produce in Kenya through inspection and certification. MD Willem Selen, Compliance &…

Greenhouse gang back together again

It might be hard to believe when you look at this photo but it has been almost forty years since these guys took on the hammer and travelled to the United States of America for the very first time to do some serious greenhouse building over there. Back in the eighties Ton Versteeg, Arie Luiten, Gerrit…

Planterra takes highest honor at 2019 International Plantscape Awards

AmericanHort’s International Plantscape Awards bestowed the Diamond Award on Planterra for the installation of the Parkview Cancer Healing Garden in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Diamond is the highest honor given to any plantscaping firm in North America. The atrium space - designed by Landscape Architect…

"Protect your business and personal property"

It’s not uncommon for a garden center, greenhouse, or nursery owner to have their personal residence on the same property as their business. If that’s your situation, protecting your personal property is a little easier thanks to a special coverage plan from Hortica. HortAdvantageHome is designed for…

US: AFE awards more than $42,000 in 2019 scholarships

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) has awarded 15 students with scholarships totaling $42,300. Seventy-four applications were received for this 2019 scholarship cycle. "We had many outstanding students apply for scholarships this year, which is why some scholarships were awarded to two recipients," said…

Korean Air Cargo expands in America but cuts domestic services

Korean Air Cargo has announced it will expand its services in the Americas with an additional weekly frequency. However, according to aircargonews.net, reports suggest it will…

cooperation Griffoen Wassenaar and Modiform

Dutch grower to supply plants in pots & trays made from recycled refrigerators and consumer waste

From spring next year onwards, Dutch plant grower Griffioen Wassenaar will be supplying perennials in pots and trays made of 100% recycled plastic. This avoids new plastics to get into the productionchain. Due to the Modiform´s ‘designed to recycle’-principle both pots and trays will be fit for re-use.…

India: Karuturi initiates insolvency proceedings

Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) has been initiated against Bengaluru-based Karuturi Global, which owns large rose farm holdings in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Pune and Bengaluru. Karuturi Global announced that CIRP has been initiated in respect of the company under the provisions of the…

German grower becomes a member of Decorum

As of September 1st, a new member will join the Decorum growers' association, namely Eurofleurs-Elbers from Kevelaer, Germany. This grower is specialized in growing Calluna and Erica Gracilis. Eurofleurs-Elbers has just started delivering these popular autumn products.  The Calluna and Erica are grown in various…

combining LED and conventional lighting

25-hectare greenhouse to house largest US LED project

The 25-hectare greenhouse currently being built by AppHarvest in Morehead, Kentucky, will be equipped with a hybrid LED lighting system utilizing Signify’s Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact and Agrolux high-pressure sodium lighting. The $15 million hybrid LED lighting system will be the largest…

UK: Southampton gets country's first highways living wall

Biotecture and Balfour Beatty Living Places are set to deliver a UK first on behalf of Southampton City Council, as works to install the first hydroponic living wall on a highways scheme commenced this summer. Hydroponic living walls are sustainable, vertical installations containing living plants and…

US (CA): San Diego County Flower & Plant Association installs 2019-2020 officers and board of directors

The San Diego County Flower & Plant Association (SDCF&PA) announced its 2019-2020 slate of officers and board of directors. The swearing-in ceremony took place at the associations’ recent annual dinner meeting. “I am very excited about our group of officers and board members for the coming year,” says…

CAN (ON): Call for donations after 30-40 migrant workers displaced by greenhouse fire

No one was injured in all the destruction resulting from Saturday's greenhouse fire in St. Catharines, but the flames spread to four of five residential buildings that housed migrant…

Syngenta starts work on world's biggest chemical IPO

ChemChina has started gearing up for a listing of Syngenta, which it acquired for $43 billion, in what could become the chemical industry’s biggest-ever initial public offering, people with knowledge of the matter said. Top executives have begun internal work to prepare for a listing as soon as mid-2020,…

US (MI): Help name a peony book

Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum are working with the University of Michigan Press on a book about peonies. It’s part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden in 2022. The book will show how people around the world—and in Nichols Arboretum—have celebrated peonies over the…

Dümmen Orange Kenya acknowledged for sustainability

The Kenyan team of Dümmen Orange operates in a sustainable way. Recently they were successfully audited and received the MPS-GAP and MPS-Socially Qualified certifications. The MPS-GAP certificate consists of a series of production requirements regarding traceability, sustainability, safety and hygiene.…

DSV completes acquisition of Panalpina

DSV expects to settle the previously announced public exchange offer for all publicly held shares of Panalpina. The settlement will be carried out during the course of today in accordance with Swiss market practices. With the settlement, the previously announced board changes in Panalpina will come into…

CAN (ON): Air quality a concern after fire engulfs flower farm

A "significant" fire at a flower farm in St. Catharines, Ont., has been contained, but residents in a large area northwest of the massive greenhouse operation are being asked to stay inside, an official says. No one was injured in the blaze at Pioneer Flower Farms that began late on Friday night,…


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