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Andreas Pellens, Pellens Hortensien:

"Better roots for Hydrangeas with container mulch"

How can we achieve better rooting for hydrangeas in the early stages of cultivation? This year, German hydrangea young plant and finished plant grower Pellens Hortensien focused on this question and already gained good success. The results will be presented at the IPM in Essen (Germany) from 22 till 25.…

Will Womack, FNGLA:

"'Thank you' is the best prayer one can recite"

I have heard it said, “thank you” is the best prayer one can recite. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility and understanding. In that vein, thank you, Lord, the elections are over (even though at times I feel I understand less about Florida's political landscape)!!! I can say no more, no less than others,…

Video: New developments in indoor growing

Priva's CEO Meiny Prins shares the following important announcement: "When we look at the indoor growing business, we see a lot of developments going on. And there’s one major innovation we've been secretive about for quite some time. An innovation that affects Priva, and our role in the world of indoor growing. Today,…

Sri Lanka: Mike Biotech Asia wins National Business Excellence Awards 2018

For the second consecutive year, Mike Biotech Asia, the Plant Tissue Culture Lab of Mike Flora Group was adjudged a winner of 3 Gold awards in the sectors Agriculture and Plantation, Excellence in Business and Financial results, and Overall Small Category. The awards were presented during the National Business Excellence Awards ceremony on…

Alan “Buddy” Jacobson: 1931 –2018

Alan “Buddy” Jacobson, the former president and chairman of Jacobson Floral Supply in Boston, died Nov. 29. He was 87 years old. Jacobson joined the now 75-year-old family business in 1955 after earning his business degree in marketing from Boston University and completing military training with the Army. During his…

Mid-Florida Research and Education Center commemorates 50th anniversary

This month’s FNGLA column is adapted from a speech delivered at the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center’s 50th anniversary celebration on Nov. 7. Fifty years ago, a group of people a lot like us gathered right here, and they dedicated this research center. One of the speakers that day said the center, “represents the…

Bosman Van Zaal on the move

Until today they were still spread over two production locations, but now moving day is here. In the coming days, all Bosman Van Zaal employees will take their belongings to the new premises. From today until Monday, December 10, it might be a bit harder to reach the company.     Bosman Van Zaal is moving to Green Park Aalsmeer, where construction on the new facility started in March of this year.…

Two new faces at MNP Flowers

Maxime de Witte is the new (Online) Marketing & Communication Specialist at MNP Flowers. “I am very happy to work at the marketing department of MNP flowers! It’s a little marketing paradise. There is so much to discover and learn around here – from making beautiful catalogues to introducing completely new brands and varieties. The sky is the limit!…

NL: Van Nifterik Holland takes over Bambooexporter’s activities

Van Nifterik Holland B.V. from Ede has taken over all activities from Bambooexporter (Nooit Gedagt Import & Export B.V.). This was after an agreement with the Bankruptcy trustee on 22 November 2018. Nooit Gedagt Import & Export B.V. was declared bankrupt on October 23, 2018. They mainly supplied bamboo racks and sticks to…

Australian company expands into the UK gardening market

Launching in the UK in May 2018, an Australian company supplying innovative raised garden beds has reported exceptional sales since first appearing at the Chelsea Flower show in May 2018. Owned and operated by husband and wife team Neil Urry and Alex Allen, Vegepod UK Ltd are now looking to expand into…

Beekenkamp Plants Ornamentals welcomes new EMEA sales manager

Marja Vonk-Noordegraaf joined the Beekenkamp Plants Ornamentals as Sales Manager Europe on 15 October. Marja has been working as a Sales Manager for a large part of her career. Over the past 9 years she has gained experience in sales and relationship management throughout Europe and in Africa. At Beekenkamp Plants Ornamentals, Marja will be…

Tomato stalks as a building material

Acoustic panels in meeting unit thanks to greenhouse horticulture waste streams

Stichting Innovatie Glastuinbouw Nederland (SIGN), which is the Dutch Foundation for Innovation in Greenhouse Horticulture, has started a project with Gispen to use waste streams from greenhouse horticulture as circular building material. Gispen is a market leader in the field of office design and has,…

Focus on Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Health and Crop Science

Bayer to cut 12,000 jobs

In a meeting on Thursday, the Supervisory Board of Bayer AG discussed the plans laid out by the Board of Management and unanimously expressed their support. “We have made very good progress with Bayer’s strategic development in recent years. As we now proceed with these measures, we are laying the foundation to sustainably…

Florius to start flower farm in Colombia

Under the patronage of President Ivan Duque of Colombia and Minister-president Mark Rutte of The Netherlands, Florius Flowers directors Bas Vloet and Julian Perez have signed an agreement with the Colombian Special Asset Company SAE for the long-term lease of a flower farm situated in Valley del Cauca,…

Van den Bos Flowerbulbs and Beekenkamp Verpakkingen to push back plastic waste

Van den Bos is shipping nearly 1 million crates around the world filled with flower bulbs, packed in plastic bags yearly. Together with our customer Van den Bos, we have examined what we can do better to attain sustainable packaging. The key developments towards sustainable packaging over the past 3 years are: For the crates…

Takeaways from Florint’s 2018 General Assembly

At the beginning of November, Florint held its annual General Assembly and Florist Conference with its members in Poland. A new President was elected for International Florist Organisation, and the vision and plans for the coming years were clarified. To learn more about everything that was discussed and…

Flower breeder and seed producer seeking investor/partner

"A highly specialized flower breeding and seed production company is seeking an investor/partner to enable the company to grow at a faster rate and take advantage of its…

Jiffy reorganizes marketing department

Jiffy has reorganized its Sales and Marketing structure. To shorten reporting lines, the Marketing department which had the responsibility for Product Management globally and the previous two Sales entities (JPI; Europe Asia Africa Pacific and JPA; the Americas) have been combined into one global Sales…

Intergreen puts philosophy into the US Market

“With the current airfreight situation, many just drop flowers in a container to transport them by sea freight, but then without the knowledge and good handling, the quality of the flowers decreases.” For years Dutch company Intergreen ships flowers from Kenya and Colombia to Europe. Four years ago they put their…

NL Queen Máxima visits the greenhouses of the Horticultural Centre

As part of the state visit of Singapore, Queen Máxima visited the greenhouses of the Horticultural Centre in Bleiswijk together with President Halimah Yacob of Singapore yesterday. Photo: Twitter Royalty Tweets The visit was focused on sustainable (city) agriculture. Ben Geerlings, international communication adviser of WUR, present at the visit: "Singapore…

Oboya initiate sales of production facility and land in China

Oboya initiates the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary Oboya Metal Products Co., Ltd.'s production plant and land in Qingdao, China. The underlying market valuation of the building and the land amounted to between approximately CNY 35 - 45 million, corresponding to approximately SEK 46 - 59 million. The production plant and…

Theo Kleijweg, TK-Topboiler, happy with spontaneous discovery:

"The youth has the future"

You just got lucky. You walk through the World Horti Center and bump into your new job. And perhaps your own future business. That happened to Tom van Reeven. Tom spoke to Theo Kleijweg of TK-Topboiler. Theo saw in Tom a future for his company. And that’s what happened. Tom is now accompanying Theo. In order to introduce him to…

Finnish wholesaler Helle showing strong growth

Helle Oy, a Finnish wholesaler for the horticulture industry, is growing steadily. Both revenue and the number of employees have increased significantly. In the past three…

Australia: Hort Innovation members elect new directors

Voting members of Hort Innovation, Australia’s national horticultural Research and Development Corporation (RDC), elected three new board directors at their Brisbane AGM,…

Netherlands: Pommeron platform to connect farmer and customer

Although productivity has always been central within Dutch agriculture, at present, other aspects of food production are receiving increasingly more attention. One of the more problematic aspects is the length of current supply chains, For this, the Pommeron platform seeks to find a solution. Pommeron is an initiative…

"Central Bank of Kenya seeks answers about Karuturi saga"

CFC Stanbic bank has been asked to explain a debt it is owed by struggling Naivasha-based Karuturi flower farm. The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) wants Stanbic to address the issue of the over 3,000 Karuturi workers who were laid off when the farm went under. The workers petitioned CBK over the operations of Stanbic, which they said…

NL: Zyon Group joins Floral Trade Group

Zyon Group is joining Floral Trade Group from January 1 2019. The cooperation with the export company fits Floral Trade Group´s ambitions for the future. General director Wim van der Plas: "This development is in line with Floral Trade Group's strategy for 2020, in which it is determined we want to grow…

Ecuador: Week in and week out bouquets to North America

Although known for the large numbers of calla lilies that they produce, Sande Flowers now has an extensive assortment including lilies, roses, larkspur and bells of Ireland. Recently, the company has been supplying bouquets from their two nurseries in Ecuador, the majority of which are destined for the…

Michael Heaven appointed Vice-President & General Manager at Argus

Conviron has announced the appointment of Michael Heaven as Vice-President and General Manager of Argus Control Systems Ltd. With over 20 years’ experience in leadership roles for companies specializing in process control and optimization, Michael has extensive senior leadership experience in the application of measurement…

Ferry Breugem joins team Smiemans Projecten

For almost half a century Smiemans Projecten has been an internationally operating family business, which develops and builds many high-profile projects for commercial garden…

New Colombian Trial and Growing location for Royal Van Zanten

At the moment, a long cherished wish of Van Zanten Breeding B.V. comes true in having one location in the ‘Sabana de Bogotá’ in which we can show and grow all our flowers and young plants. This location is located on the farm of the carnation specialist, Colibri Flowers S.A. Recently Mr. Andres Toro from Colibri Flowers S.A. and Mrs. Sjoukje Heimovaara…

OAT Agrio Ltd acquires Chrysal International from Nordian Capital Partners

OAT Agrio Japan Ltd (OAT) will acquire 100% of the shares of Chrysal from Nordian Capital Partners and management. The transaction is subject to approval by the relevant…

UK: Garden nursery unveils £1m expansion

As part of a major investment programme, supported by First Trust Bank, Dundonald Nurseries has increased the size of its garden centre and warehouse capacity as well as opened a new gift shop. In addition the business, founded by the McCully family in 1963, has enhanced its wholesale nursery offering, following investment…

Netherlands: Orchids4all declared bankrupt

The court of Amsterdam has declared Orchids4All, an orchid nursery in Amsterdam, bankrupt. Orchids4all began growing orchids in 1967. The plants were marketed under various brands. Only recently,…

Isolcell in Bolzano to present its sanitizing and ethylene-reducing solutions

After attending Fruit Attraction with the aim of strengthening its position in the Mediterranean and finding new partners,  Isolcell  will attend Interpoma (Bolzano, 15th-17th November 2018 - Section CD, Stand D24/04). It is the perfect occasion to celebrate the company's 60th anniversary after the celebrations at…

Van Herk Investments buys Ceradis from investment company Value8

Investor moves into Dutch greenhouse horticulture

The listed investment company Value8 announced on Tuesday 6 November that Van Herk Investments in Rotterdam has taken over the majority interest in Ceradis from Value8. The…

Hayley Campbell-Gibbons

UK: First impressions count for the new AHDB Horticulture Chair

They say first impressions count. In my first week as an AHDB Sector Board Member I joined the November meeting of the Horticulture Board, of which I am the new Chair. I came away from that meeting inspired by the calibre of growers around the table, enthused by the knowledge and expertise of the AHDB…

Netherlands: VB plans move to new office

From 2019 VB will invest in a new sustainable office building with associated atrium and industrial building at the Galgeweg in Naaldwijk (Westland). The current building, at Jogchem van der Houtweg in De Lier, reaches the limits of its capacity and with a view to further growth it has been decided to…

UK: Vintage seed catalogues discovered

During cupboard clear-outs, staff at Thompson & Morgan recently came across a rare vintage archive of Thompson & Morgan seed catalogues, including those that were printed during the First World War. Thompson & Morgan, which is one of the UK’s largest mail order seed and plant companies, was…

US (PA): PHS to honor devoted board member, greening champions

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will present the PHS Awards during a celebration on November 15 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Presented annually since the 1950s, the…

Canadian middleman swindles Gakon out of 550,000 euros

Construction of a greenhouse project in Kazakhstan took a nasty turn for Gakon this summer. In a Dutch TV show on internet swindlers, journalist Kees van der Spek visited the Dutch greenhouse builder in connection with a 'mysterious mega fraud'. A Canadian middleman swindled Gakon out of 550,000 euros,…

US (VA): Premier Tech invests in Horticulture and Agriculture Group plant

Premier Tech has announced a brand new modernization initiative for its Horticulture and Agriculture Group plant in Mattaponi, Virginia, in the United States. When Premier Tech acquired the facility in 2016, the company undertook major improvements right away to meet its standards for occupational health and safety…

Thermoflor restarts after takeover by KSPL Holding

KSPL Holding, the parent company of, among others, the companies and brands Deforche, Deforche Construct and Forzon has reached an agreement with the curator of the Grimbergen…

Oboya signs major strategic cooperation agreement in China

Oboya Horticulture Industries has signed a major strategic cooperation agreement with Hubei Nongqing Technology Co. Ltd. in China. The value of the agreement is estimated to amount approximately USD 35 million, corresponding to approximately SEK 321 million, spread over three years from 2019. Oboya is currently participating at China International…

Farewell to construction worker Juup Bosman after fifty years of service

On Friday 9 November Bosman Van Zaal celebrates the special anniversary of Juup Bosman. He has been with the company for 50 years this year and will now enjoy his well-earned retirement. As a construction worker Juup has worked on many greenhouses, and national and international projects at the…

US: Oregon Lean Consortium open to new members

After another year together, the Oregon Lean Consortium is now open to new members for 2019. The Oregon Lean Consortium is a tight-knit group of companies that work together to learn Lean principles and methods, and then apply them to processes in each other’s businesses. Each company engages three people who are…

UK: AHDB to recruit new sector board members

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is looking to recruit up to 15 new board members across its six sectors. AHDB Horticulture Sector Board is looking for one specialist…

Innio completes carve-out from General Electric

Jenbacher gas engine supplier continues as stand-alone company

Advent International has completed the acquisition of GE’s Distributed Power business and is now a stand-alone energy company rebranded as Innio. The transaction includes the Jenbacher and Waukesha product lines, the digital platform and related services offerings, with main operating sites in Austria,…

Open day at J.P. Hogewoning during Trade Fair Aalsmeer

Parallel to the annual Trade Fair Aalsmeer, horticultural company J.P. Hogewoning organizes an open day. The company imports products from South America, Africa and Italy and sells these to export companies and floral delivery services who are located at the various auctions of Royal FloraHolland. Always…

Syngenta adds new directors to the Board

Following an Extraordinary Meeting of Shareholders, it was announced that ChemChina has appointed two additional Directors to the Board of Syngenta. Following these appointments the Board comprises six ChemChina appointed Directors and four Independent Directors. Paul Fribourg Paul Fribourg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of…

Rene Ratterman and Martin Cromwijk, Nifterik

"Holding on to bamboo turned out to be the right decision"

Bamboo can be used for thousands of different applications and Van Nefterik is aware of that like no one else for the last 25 years. `Before the company began selling bamboo plant support, we were mostly trading in wooden poles to support trees in the fruit cultivation, but this was only the beginning.…

Breeder and producer expands Bed & Balcony product team

Dümmen Orange welcomes Chris Berg to Integrated Product Team

Dümmen Orange welcomes Chris Berg to the North America team as Senior Product Manager for the Bed & Balcony category. Chris brings over 15 years of industry experience to the organization, including product selection, global product placement, channel development, and marketing. A well-established network along the value chain,…

Armin Rehberg receives Taspo Award 2018

Landgard CEO is 'Entrepreneur of the Year'

His high level of personal commitment, a strong entrepreneurial sense, strategic insight and his open, direct, motivating way of dealing with customers, producers, employees and partners within the industry were the decisive factors for the members of the renowned jury of experts. Last Friday, Steven…

US: Verdesian announces four new vice presidents of sales

Verdesian Life Sciences has announced the addition of four new vice presidents to lead growing demand for nutrient use efficiency (NUE) and sales of Verdesian technology solutions across the United States. Verdesian is focused exclusively on nutrient use efficiency products and technologies that help…

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre announces CEO departure

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) announced that Dr. Jim Brandle has resigned from the organization effective November 9, 2018. Dr. Brandle assumed the role of CEO during the organization’s 2007 start-up and spent the last decade positioning Vineland as a leading centre for horticulture innovation in…

“The future is what I'm going to deal with from now on”

This week a group of 16 international floriculture professionals discussed their business strategy and future vision during a visit to Ridder. The Pro Manager Mastercourse program, organized by Jungle Talk and co-hosted by Ridder, Koppert Biological Systems and Rabobank, provided the young entrepreneurs…

New varieties, new show & trial facilities at Select Breeding

Select Breeding will be present at IFTF Vijfhuizen, held from 7th to 9th of November. Besides new varieties Select Breeding will also present their existing varieties including the white T- hybrid variety Queen of Africa. Since January this year Select Breeding has their own test and show facility at…

US (LA): Ag inputs provider makes donation to Botanic Gardens at Burden

The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden recently received a $25,000 donation from Nutrien Ag Solutions, a provider of crop nutrients, inputs and services. Jeff Kuehny, resident director of the AgCenter Botanic Gardens, said the company’s support will help provide educational opportunities for the public to learn…

Industry honors legacy of Gus De Hertogh

A memorial tribute has been established by members of the current AFE board honoring August (Gus) De Hertogh, Ph. D., who passed away October 26, 2018, at the age of 83. Dr. De Hertogh was an internationally renowned researcher and expert in the industry, specifically, revolutionizing forcing bulbs as pot crops on…

Royal Brinkman acquires Berg Hortimotive

It was a bit too early for champagne when the contracts were signed yesterday morning, but the takeover of Berg Hortimotive by Royal Brinkman was suitably celebrated with cake. "What we're seeing is that logistics and labor are increasingly important themes. With this step, we're strengthening our base…

US: Mayesh CEO talks about how it all began

Mayesh has been celebrating their 40th Anniversary this month. Yvonne Ashton, Director of Marketing, recently sat down with CEO, Patrick Dahlson, to ask him a few questions about how Mayesh came to be the company it is today. For more information: Mayesh www.mayesh.com

Codema celebrates 10 years in China

Codema will celebrate its 60 years of existence at the end of this year and at the same time, its 10th year in China. The past decade resulted in several projects in the field of efficient cultivation and water management systems within modern glasshouses. As an exhibitor (Booth No. 2HE015) of 2018 Horti China this…

US: Former SAF CEO Peter Moran receives Leland T. Kintzele Award

For his commitment to professional development and active leadership in the association community at large, which has benefited the Society of American Florists and the entire floral industry, former SAF CEO Peter Moran received the Leland T. Kintzele Distinguished Service Award, the highest honors…

Hendic joins HortiTechIndia

"Constant water supply is key in greenhouse cultivation and management"

Hendic, a supplier of water storage systems used in agriculture, horticulture, aquaculture, and industry, is joining the HortiTechIndia (HTI) consortium as per October 2018. Hendic supplies storage systems such as steel tanks, reservoirs, plastic tanks/containers and temporary storage. The water storage silos are…

VNU Exhibitions appoints Heiko M. Stutzinger as new Managing Director Asia Pacific

International event organizer Jaarbeurs/VNU Exhibitions has appointed Heiko M. Stutzinger (44) as its new Managing Director for the Asia Pacific region. With more than a decade of experience in senior management positions in trade show business and management consulting, Heiko is a known expert for the development of…

UK: Perennial prepares for busy winter as Universal Credit continues to bite

Perennial is preparing for a busy winter ahead as the roll-out of the government’s flagship benefits programme, Universal Credit, continues to cause confusion and frustration among those it will affect. An estimated 600,000 self-employed people will be worse off under Universal Credit and so our services…

US (CA): Vordale takes helm at Ocean View Flowers, returns to CCFC board

Dan Vordale, a longtime flower industry executive, has taken the helm at Ocean View Flowers, a Certified American Grown farm in Lompoc, California. The past chair of the California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC) also returns as a commissioner for District 3. Dan Vordale, CEO of Ocean View Flowers was recently re-elected to…

CAN (QC): Premier Tech wins job creation award for second year in a row

Premier Tech represented the Bas-Saint-Laurent region to the Prix Créateurs d’emplois du Québec 2018 Gala, where the company received an award in the “Champion” category. This award was created to honour companies from all around Quebec who, through their efforts to create and maintain quality jobs,…

UK: Desch Plantpak celebrates 50 years in Essex

There were celebrations at Desch Plantpak yesterday as the Mundon, Essex, UK site celebrated its 50th birthday. Photographed with one of the celebration cakes are Doreen Thomas (Financial Controller), Phil Griffiths (Sales Manager UK & Ireland) and on the right Martin Shields (Manufacturing Manager). All staff…

Hans van der Meijs

NL: A second life for the sandwich panel

Throughout the whole sector, Hans van der Meijs LLC builds cold storage rooms. When it comes to these storage rooms people mainly look at sustainable production and installation, for this used panels and cooling installation are being reused a lot when making the new cold storage rooms. People are also…

CO2 supply to greenhouse horticulture

Gas fusion Linde and Praxair greenlighted

The American Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved the fusion between Linde and Praxair, two producers of industrial gasses. The American Praxair is taking over Linde…

NL: Holex Flower to open new office in Shanghai

In the near future Dutch flower export company Holex Flower is due to open a third trade office in Shanghai, China. Through a physical presence in the far east, it is hoped…

82 ha farm in Cotopaxi for sale

Unique chance to start your Ecuadorian adventure

The Cotopaxi region in Ecuador is known for its agriculture. The climate conditions make it perfect for growers of roses, but also a lot of cattle farmers are located here. One of them, Diego Leíva, is selling his farm in Latacunga (Cotopaxi, Ecuador).     “The 82 hectare farm, with 3.000 square meters of buildings, is 55 miles away from the capital Quito, 6 miles away from…

Moller Maersk ready to invest in Ethiopia

For a while now, Ethiopia has been taking over in East Africa as the region’s top preferred investment hub. The 8th largest economy in Africa in 2017 registered a foreign direct investment decline of 10 per cent to $3.6 billion as compared to 2016, according to a United Nations report. However, since the…

NL: Nursery Michel Grootscholten joins Zentoo

At the start of next year, Nursery Michel Grootscholten will officially be part of Zentoo. Michel Grootscholten has already been a Zentoo supplier for the Baltica variety since 2017, in order to meet the growing demand in the Zentoo webshop. Now Grootscholten goes from supplier to full Zentoo member. Patrick van Uffelen…

Four new products at Seed meets Technology

Incotec celebrates its 50th anniversary with a lot of innovation at Seed meets Technology

Incotec is one of the initiators of the Seed meets Technology trade fair and a participant from the very beginning. This year Incotec celebrates a double anniversary: the 5th edition of Seed meets Technology and an Incotec anniversary year - 50 years of growth and innovation. The Incotec stand shows how…

UK startup seeks partners for co-funded trials in DWC hydroponic growing system

Phytoponics, an award winning AgTech start-up, has developed new Deep Water Culture hydroponic technology that has been used to grow a large crop of tomatoes, resulting in…

Cornelia Bradt-Monsma, A.M.A. Horticulture:

"We help growers when they knock on our door"

Rooted in Dutch horticulture, established in North America and focused continuously on the ever-changing solutions needed by growers. That’s the company known before as A.M.A. Plastics. Cornelia Bradt-Monsma explains why they’ve changed their name to A.M.A. Horticulture, what’s going on in horticulture…

Plant propagators plug gap left by Nordic Ornamentals ApS bankruptcy

Over a month ago, the only young plant grower in Scandinavia, Nordic Ornamentals ApS, was declared bankrupt. This has been confirmed by Danish trading company GASA Young Plant, which exclusively marketed Nordic's assortment. The grower's assortment consisted of a wide range of perennial plants. The…

TR: Van der Knaap reopens Antalya Substrat

Earlier this Month, the Turkish production site Antalya Substrat celebrated its grand reopening in the presence of customers, suppliers, staff, local government officials and partners from the foreign branches. Van der Knaap has a production site in Turkey since 2012. In recent years, the company had been working hard at this…

FreshPlaza launches French edition

For our French-speaking readers, Uitgeverij Boekhout launches  www.freshplaza.fr . In this brand-new edition, the editors will keep readers up to date about the fruit and vegetable…

Mike Allan takes the helm for North American business at Certis USA as Tim Damico retires

Effective November 1, Mike Allan, Certis USA Vice President, North America, will assume the responsibilities for Certis USA’s North American business as Tim Damico, Certis USA Executive Vice President retires after 20 years with Certis USA and its predecessor company, Thermo Trilogy. Mike Allan, Tim Damico Jow-Lih Su,…

US: Bailey Nurseries to acquire Carlton Plants

Bailey Nurseries is acquiring Carlton Plants as of October 31, 2018. “Carlton Plants is very fortunate to have so many great employees, customers, and colleagues with whom strong relationships have been developed over the past 128 years. Carlton remains very strong and healthy because of them,” said Carlton General Manager…

US: Sugarmade acquires hydroponics supplier Sky Unlimited

Sugarmade signed a binding Letter of Intent to acquire Sky Unlimited, a California-based supplier of cannabis cultivation materials to wholesalers and large commercial cannabis cultivators. Sugarmade's revenue within the cannabis cultivation supply sector is primarily derived from online sales, whereas Sky Unlimited's…

NL: Alkemade extends product range with assortment from South African growers Zuluflora and Arnelia

Since this year the flowers from South African growers Zuluflora and Arnelia are unpacked and processed exclusively at Alkemade International. The products of these growers, like Waxflower and Nutans, are very popular and highly in demand. The season, which is now coming to an end, has been very…

ClockOnline will start the clock on October

ClockOnline will be launched October 25, 2018. This independent digital platform promisses to provides an efficiency boost within the ornamental plant sector. Thanks to the one-stop-shop method, growers…

Denmark: Desch Plantpak acquired Sky-Light's horticulture activities

Desch Plantpak has reached an agreement with Danish Sky-Light to acquire their assets that were used for the production of horticultural trays. Jan Willem Wieringa holding D-Grade Fibre and recycled plastic trays Desch Plantpak has 3 factories in The Netherlands and one in the UK and is a large producer of pots and trays for…

Toni Bucci joins AgBiome Innovations team

AgBiome Innovations, the commercial arm of AgBiome bringing innovative plant protection solutions to market, announces that Toni Bucci has joined the team in the role of Chief…

Joris Elstgeest leaves Royal FloraHolland Supervisory Board

Joris Elstgeest is resigning from the Supervisory Board of Royal FloraHolland for personal reasons. Joris will bid farewell during the General Members' Meeting on 6 December 2018. Jack Goossens, chair of the SB, says, "With Joris's departure we are losing a strong and committed supervisory director with a good…

US (KY): EHR promotes Charlie Standish to Nursery Department Manager

Eason Horticultural Resources has announced the promotion of Charlie Standish to the position of Nursery Department Manager. Charlie is a 13 year veteran of EHR, managing their Foliage Department, a position that he will continue to be responsible for. Nursery products are an integral part of EHR’s business, and the company represents a…

US: AFE appoints new Chairman and Trustees

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) announced that Jim Daly, VP of Floralife/Smithers-Oasis has been elected to serve a two-year term as AFE Chairman. His appointment began…

Gems Group and Jardines de los Andes form equity partnership

Gems Group and Jardines de los Andes announced a new equity partnership. “This is an exciting move to formalize our strong relationship as ‘grower’ and ‘marketer’, and one that we feel is ideally set for the age before us”, said Carlos Oramas, CEO at Gems Group. Shared purpose “We believe the future of our dynamic…

Wafex expands South American operations

Wafex opened its doors in South America 14 months ago under the leadership of Andrea Hidalgo. Thanks to good results, a decision has been made to expand their operations and commitment to this region. On September they welcomed Esther Cabezas to the company. Esther comes with extensive experience in…

Hatenboer-Water appoints two new managers

Following recent internal changes, Hatenboer-Water has made the decision to enable the appointment of two new managers. These nominations will come into effect this month.  Hans Poot: Manager Purchasing & Logistics Over the last years, Hans has been a highly valued member of the team of Purchasers. He fulfilled this role with great…

Royal Brinkman

Horti Experience 2018 focuses on international knowledge transfer

For the sixth year in a row, Royal Brinkman employees from all over the world visited the headquarters in 's-Gravenzande, the Netherlands, for the Horti Experience. The international knowledge event was held on October 3-5 this year, while the three-day training sessions focused on knowledge exchange…

Austria: Kwizda Agro and SBM Life Science enter into strategic partnership

The family companies Kwizda Agro and SBM Life Science will add a strategic partnership in the home and garden sector to their cooperation in the agrochemical field: as of January 1st 2019, Kwizda Agro will receive the rights to the exclusive distribution of SBM products (including former Bayer Garden…

Certified American Grown Leadership invited to White House Economic Summit

Certified American Grown (CAG) was recently invited to participate in the White House Economic Summit on September 26. CAG was represented by Certified American Grown Administrator Kasey Cronquist, Council members Andrea Gagnon of LynnVale Studios, Ko Klaver of Botanical Trading Co. and Jumana Misleh,…

Australia: Bryony Hackett appointed General Manager at AIS Greenworks

AIS Greenworks, a division of ICI Industries, announces the appointment of Bryony Hackett to the position of General Manager. Bryony commences her new role in mid-October and…

Australia: Hort Innovation Board candidates announced

At Hort Innovation’s 2018 Annual General Meeting in November, voting members will elect three directors to the Hort Innovation Board. Seven candidates for the positions have now been announced, with voting members encouraged to get to know the candidates in the profiles listing their past and current…

US (FL): Ball Seed moves garden mum production in partnership with Syngenta

Ball Seed will move production of its Garden Mums (Ball Mums) for the 2019 season to a farm in Alva, Fla., owned by Syngenta Flowers. For the past 10 years, Ball Mums have been produced and supplied out of Oxnard, Calif. This new partnership expands both Ball Seed and Syngenta’s production capabilities, as these…

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is now Nouryon

The former AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is being relaunched as Nouryon. The move follows the recent acquisition of the business by The Carlyle Group and GIC and marks the…

US (TX): A fresh face on the farm at J. Berry

A new addition to the J. Berry team has been announced: Tom Bloomer, the new General Manager.   Tom comes to the grower from Paris Island, South Carolina but grew up a Buckeye in Niles, Ohio before heading to the Naval Air Technical Training Command to study avionics. He has served as the COO of Definitive Design…

Thermoflor B.V. declared bankrupt

Thermoflor B.V., part of Grimbergen Group and builder of garden centers, was forced to declare bankruptcy last week. The main reason for this turn of events was a decrease in…

Ellepot and TTA enter strategic alliance

Global suppliers to the horticulture industry, Ellepot and TTA, have formed a partnership to better serve professional forest nurseries. The partnership is a formalization of many projects which already have been executed in good cooperation. The announcement comes at a time when both companies are…

CAN (ON): OSCIA names Straathof as Program Director

Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) welcomes Angela Straathof as Program Director. The Program Director position was created when two former program development and delivery…

New cold room opens at Darwin Colombia

Darwin Perennials officially opened a new cold room at its Darwin Colombia production farm near Bogota, Colombia. In late-September, Ball Horticultural Company President and CEO Anna Ball was on-site, along with Mike Klopmeyer, former General Manager of Darwin Perennials and current President of Ball…

"Consider your nursery its own microclimate"

Twenty years ago, the Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) launched on the premise that weather information from the airport isn’t enough for those in distant rural areas whose livelihoods depend on dew points and wind speed. by Jack Payne The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension has long recognized…

Combined entity will have 3.5 million square feet of growing space

CAN (BC): Bevo Agro taken over by cannabis grower, changes name to Zenabis

Bevo Agro has signed an Arrangement Agreement dated October 4, 2018 with Sun Pharm for a reverse take-over of Bevo. The Transaction involves three main elements: the amalgamation of Sun Pharm with a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bevo, with Sun Pharm shareholders receiving Bevo shares representing 86% of the outstanding Bevo shares (the expected exchange…

Desch Plantpak nominated for the 2018 ESF award

Each year, the European Social Fund allocates subsidies to projects that promote people's development and health in a distinctive way. Ten projects were again nominated for the 2018 ESF Award this year, including Desch Plantpak, which is competing with its 'Veilig en vitaal’ project. All ten nominees…

Florensis Kenya celebrates 20th anniversary with expansion

Florensis Kenya exists for 20 years and last weekend this was celebrated with all employees in Kenya. For Florensis Kenya, the 20th anniversary is also the starting shot for the new construction of an Elite greenhouse to be ready for a sustainable future and a structural high quality level. Rian Hamer…

OZ Planten Nursery of the Month

NL: Aphrodite Orchidee closes Amstelveen nursery

The most recent Nursery of the Month at OZ Planted, Aphrodite Orchidee, has a professional, modern nursery. The company, which has been around for 80 years and is led by the third generation of the Weerdenburg family, has two locations: in Rozenburg and in Amstelveen. In Rozenburg 12cm potted…

UK: Change of ownership but business as usual for Bransford Webbs

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company announced a change in the ownership of the company in order to ensure the security of the business for the future. Will Tooby, the current chairman, whose father established the business, has been keen to secure the future of the company, whilst retaining an interest in a nursery…

Belgium: Fertile soil for Smithers-Oasis in Houthalen-Helchteren

At Europark in Houthalen-Helchteren, the groundworks for the brand-new Smithers-Oasis plant will start at the end of this month. The producer of the Oasis floral foam products for cut, silk and dried flowers and Floralife care products for the entire floriculture chain, plans to move into this area in…

US: Mycorrhizal Applications expands West Coast sales team

The team at Mycorrhizal Applications (MA) has recently grown with the addition of Alex Way as a West Coast Sales Account Manager.  MA is a major supplier of mycorrhizal inoculants, and with the growing interest and demand for these sustainable soil solutions, Alex will support the continued growth and development…

Ontario Flower Growers starts new sales channel:

CAN: A marketplace for buyers that are looking for smaller quantities

This coming mid-November Ontario Flower Growers Co-op (OFG) will start the OFG Marketplace. Within this they will offer smaller quantities than what is offered through their other avenues of sale. “We want to maximize our growers exposure to different market buyers”, says Michelle Sloot, responsible for…

A.M.A. Plastics becomes A.M.A. Horticulture

A.M.A. Plastics Ltd., a solutions-focused distributor, has changed its corporate name to A.M.A. Horticulture Inc., announced at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference. The name…

Two paperpot tray series available

Modiform expands paperpot tray assortment

With the introduction of the two latest paperpot light trays, Modiform expands its light range trays. The trays are suitable for cultivation of young plants in paperplugs. Matthijs Plas (Sales Manager Propagation Modiform); “The light series provides customers a strong yet light tray”. The new products (product number 1307 and 1310)…

Kenya: Subati buys Suera Flowers

Suera Flowers has sold assets to the Subati Group, according to a notice in the Kenya Gazette, an official government publication. The notice reads: "Notice is given under the Transfer of Business Act, that Suera Flowers Limited (registration number C 63154) (the "Transferor"), has pursuant to an agreement for sale dated 31st August, 2018…

Daikin Reefer celebrates 50th anniversary

Daikin Reefer, a global supplier of container refrigeration equipment, is officially celebrating its 50th anniversary this month. From fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, to wine, dairy products,…

Horticoop divests wholesale activities

Horticoop, a cooperative and one of the biggest horticultural suppliers in the Netherlands for more than 100 years, especially in greenhouse supply, is shifting its focus more on development and greenhouse technology and therefore decided to sell their wholesale activities in the Netherlands in…

Grodan opens its first production facility in Russia

Grodan, part of the Rockwool Group, opened a new production facility in Elabuga. In the presence of Aleksey Pesoshin, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan, the production facility was opened by means of a symbolic ceremony. After being present in the Russian market for more than 20 years, Grodan opens its…

ERP software gives growers full view of operations

ET Grow is a simple, yet sophisticated ERP software solution designed for the Agri-Tech industry, supporting all parts of the business, not just one. Allowing users to access, view and update their daily operations on the go, ET Grow works with businesses from seed to sale.  The company's development team are constantly working to improve…


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