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Innovative Growers Equipment acquires Tank-Mart

Innovative Growers Equipment of Sycamore, Illinois, USA has acquired Tank-Mart, Texas, USA. Future orders for tanks and related equipment will be fulfilled under Tank-Mart, an…

Codema is opening its first office in Asia

Codema will be opening the doors to its new office in Beijing, China, in November 2019. How did Codema develop from a small company, which improved the logistics in horticulture at the end of the nineteen fifties, to a leading player which is now designing, developing and supplying all technical aspects…

New management at Veiling Rhein-Maas as of 1 January 2020

On 1 January 2020, Günther Esser and Cees Hoekstra will jointly take over the management of Veiling Rhein-Maas. Günther Esser, most recently Managing Director of Landgard Fachhandel GmbH & Co. KG, will assume the role of Spokesman and Cees Hoekstra, formerly Managing Director of the auction in Eelde of…

"Insights offers growers more knowledge of the market"

Insights, the replacement of FloraneXt, provides users with real-time insight into price and market developments, making it easier to set a good price for clock presales and direct trade. Insights allows users to view sales orders, find clock data and (soon) direct data. The clear, graphic presentation…

Ocado uses Machine Learning to reduce food waste

Globally, food waste is a massive problem. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, around 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted globally every year. That’s believed to be enough to feed the world’s 815 million hungry people, four times over.  Now, grocery technology pioneer…

Heat supply equal to annual use 300 residences

Dutch young plant grower receives sustainable heat from HVC

Dutch young plant grower, Gootjes AllPlant BV has been connected to the heating grid of waste and energy company HVC on Wednesday 6 November 2019. This makes it the third greenhouse horticulture company in Alton which is heated completely sustainably. NH Paprika was the fist to be connected at the…

help needed finding milling machine and tractor

Dutch chrysanthemum grower robbed of special tailor-made milling machine

From the 17th of August, the Dutch chrysanthemum grower River Flowers from Gelderland has had to work without its special tailor-made milling machine. That evening, after forcing the entrance door of the nursery, two unwanted visitors took the milling machine together with a small red tractor.Photo:…

José Carretero joins 'internationalizing' Stolze

Internationalization is currently taking place within the Stolze Group, where focusing on a number of markets may be optimized further. This will be achieved by, among other things, a strengthening of the sales department. José Carretero is one of them: "I am honored to be able to join this team and to…

Ex-managers of DLV Greenhouse Horticulture back in the greenhouse together

Recently, tens of ex-managers of DLV Greenhouse Horticulture visited the Delphy greenhouses. They were given a tour by Jacco van der Wekken and Arlet Dechering. But why exactly did the ex-managers visit Delphy? From the former DLV, DLV Plant and DLVge were formed back in 2005, after which DLV Plant and…

Dutch exporting company Holex to participate in HortEx Vietnam 2020

From 26-28 February 2020, the 3rd edition of HortEx Vietnam is being held in the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC), Ho Chi Minh City. HortEx Vietnam is a unique B2B platform for the Horticulture and Floriculture sector. HortEx Vietnam has seen a significant increase in the number of…

Bosman Van Zaal extends ISO and HortiQ certificates

Also with new premises and new machines audit successfully passed

It's always exciting, an audit. Last week it was time for Bosman Van Zaal. Two auditors from the Dutch inspection company Kiwa examined the processes in Aalsmeer and checked whether sufficient quality is being delivered. This turned out to be the case, because the extension of both certifications is…

Agricultural Projects Holland moves to De Lier

"Our office in particular became too small"

By the time this article is online, the desks at Agricultural Projects Holland have been disassembled and if all goes well, they have been put together again. The team, about…

Kenyan court delays flower farm layoffs

A court has temporarily stopped multi-national flower firm Finlays from laying off 1,100 workers by December 25. The Employment and Labour Relations Court yesterday ordered Finlays not to implement a notice dated October 18, in which it had announced it would close Chemirei and Tarakwet flower farms.…

FloraLife presents "Sustainability Plan 2025"

FloraLife, a division of Smithers-Oasis Company, presents a long-term sustainability plan targeted for 2025 that implements the reduce, re-use, recycle and respect principles in four areas: water, innovation, production and consumption, and climate action. “We created this plan to address our impact on…

Komet Sales and Bloomy BV announce marketing agreement

Komet Sales and Bloomy BV of Aalsmeer, Holland today announced a joint marketing agreement to give Komet Sales users access to BloomyPro software. BloomyPro is a 3D design and modeling software designed specifically for floral products. Subscribers to this service are able to create and edit flower…

Bellaflor first Ecuadoran flower farm to get lactation room

Last Friday, November 8th, Bellaflor inaugurated its Lactation Room, becoming the first flower farm in Ecuador to fulfill the interministerial agreement 003-2019. This agreement was created by the Public Health Ministry and the Labor Ministry and its objective is to promote a private space where a…

Kyle Edmiston, West Coast Sales Manager

Svensson expands Americas sales team

Kyle Edmiston joins Svensson’s North American sales team with a strong background in the sales industry. He brings a wide range of professional skills to the company, including experience selling software to medical device companies and working for NASCAR. “Kyle will play a key role in the American and…

Holstein Flowers new branding at Trade Fair

New corporate identity to remain distinctive

At the Trade Fair in Aalsmeer, gerbera grower Holstein Flowers from De Lier, the Netherkands, was presenting their brand new corporate identity last week. With this new look Holstein Flowers wants to emphasize its position as leading gerbera grower and remain distinctive. Image: Gert van Santen During a…

Darwin Perennials invests in the future

Since acquiring the Darwin Colombia farm in 2014, Darwin Perennials has made several changes. They are investing in new facilities to ensure they can supply a robust, clean stock program consistently for healthy cuttings and AutoStix inputs. In addition, they are investing in their people, too. They have…

Kenya: Flower Business Park to double production

The largest flower business park in Naivasha has announced plans to expand and double its production starting from next year.  Currently, Flower Business Park (FBK) which is home to seven flower farms produces one million stems of roses every day, all destined for the international market. The move comes after…

Colours of Nature finishes cycle tour on the exhibition floor

The trade fair week, last week, started in a sportive way for Colours of Nature. A couple of growers and employees of the mini gerbera cooperation got on their bicycles Wednesday morning the 6th of November and cycled to the Dutch town of Aalsmeer. Special actionWhereas most exhibitors where stuck in traffic…

John Proven, CEL COO

New president of Argus Control appointed

The Board of Directors of the Controlled Environments Limited Group of Companies (CEL), owner of Winnipeg-based Conviron and British Columbia-based Argus Control Systems Ltd., announced the appointment of John Proven as the company’s President. John retains his role as CEL’s Chief Operating Officer.…

Mayesh launches new eCommerce website

"Quick and easy access to blooms from our inventory and farms"

Mayesh Wholesale Florist is inviting florists to explore its newly redesigned website and ecommerce flower tools. The updated site has been created to provide a user-friendly experience with improved navigation designed to assist clients in finding quality flowers and educational resources. Walter St.…

US (NE): Williams Flowers celebrates 30th anniversary

Thirty years ago, Mike and Sandy Williams built their flower business and greenhouse literally from scratch. When the business expanded and more greenhouses were needed, Mike Williams and Juan Partida built them. Partida has been a part of the Williams Flower Co. now for more than 20 years and manages…

Netherlands: Havecon has moved offices

Over the past three-quarters of a year, Havecon with some regularity has kept everyone informed about the progress of the construction of the new office building, right next to the factory. The past weeks have been dominated by finishing works and many finishing touches. But recently, the day had…

Zantingh service branch in Mexico officially launched

Zantingh recently launched its own service point in Mexico. The service location is based at the premises of the Mexican company Asesores en Invernaderos in Querétaro, which has been the Zantingh service agency in this region for a long time. The cooperation between Zantingh and Asesores en Invernaderos led…

DSV CFO Jens Lund turns 50

Jens Lund joined DSV as Group CFO in 2002 – at the age of 32. In 2000, he was working for Carnegie Investment Bank and was the lead corporate finance advisor for DSV on the acquisition of DFDS Dantransport. He did such a good job that then CEO Kurt K. Larsen eventually asked him to become the CFO of the new (DSV) DFDS Transport…

dnata joins forces with leading air-cargo road feeder services provider Wallenborn

dnata has strengthened its position in the cargo logistics industry in the Middle East by joining forces with Wallenborn Transports, Europe’s largest air-cargo road feeder services (RFS) operator. Wallenborn Transports has completed the acquisition of Agility Global Logistics’ interest in dnata PWC…

British nursery supplies £1m plants to holiday park

Johnsons of Whixley, BALI Registered Affiliate member, will help people enjoy even happier holidays after supplying plants to a £1m transformation scheme at a holiday park. North-Yorkshire based Johnsons supplied more than 4,000 plants worth a total of £22,000 to the Hoburne Naish Holiday Park in Hampshire.…

Southern California Flower Market development greenlit by planning committee

A plan proposed by the longtime owners of the Southern California Flower Market to redevelop the wholesale and retail floral marketplace in Downtown LA into a residential and mixed-use complex received the green light Tuesday from a city planning committee. The Los Angeles City Council’s planning and…

ScottsMiracle-Gro announces strong fourth quarter results

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, the world’s leading marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden as well as indoor and hydroponic growing products, today released record…

AFE Challenge enters third year of gift-matching

Smithers-Oasis/Floralife is partnering with the American Floral Endowment (AFE) for the third year in a row to support AFE’s work for the cut flower industry, for the Matching Gift AFE Challenge.Now through December 31, 2019, Smithers-Oasis/Floralife will match your donations, dollar-for-dollar, up to…

Royal FloraHolland makes environmental certification mandatory by the end of 2021

Royal FloraHolland will require phased environmental registration and certification for all growers (members and non-members) supplying flowers and plants to the marketplace. By 31 December 2021 at the latest, all suppliers must be in possession of a market-compliant environmental certificate. This is a…

Trends and champagne: Koenpack opens new showroom

Yesterday, Koen Pack festively opened a new showroom in Amstelveen, the Netherlands. Before the official opening, Sandra Könings presented a seminar for the hundred guests about the trends and collection for 2020. 1000 m2After having used the old showroom for 12 years, it was time for a new one. Besides the…

Aleia Roses continues production and business

Aleia Roses has voluntarily applied on October 16th, 2019  for a legal procedure called “Voluntary Creditor Contest”, of which the main objectives are the protection of the business and the company and the continuation of business. The operation at the greenhouse is running normally, trucks are arriving daily…

Codema Kronenberg moving to modern premises in Venlo

Codema will officially start using the new premises at the beginning of November. Manager Sjak Selen is very happy with the possibilities this new building will offer: "This building is much more easily accessible than our previous building in Kronenberg. We are going to be located near the motorway and…

Nieuwkoop enter exclusive distribution agreement

Nature’s Green B.V. has decided to shift its strategy and focus entirely on vertical products for the interior landscaping market. The company has therefore revised its distribution strategy and opted to have all planters exclusively distributed by one pan-European partner. From January 1, 2020, BALI…

UK: JZ Flowers has expansion plans approved

Plans to expand a major East Yorkshire flower manufacturer have been given the green light. JZ Flowers, in Newport, previously submitted plans to add a new storage building to its site, to meet growing demand for its products. The business produces around 12 million flower stems every week, and supplies…

Russian vegetable grower goes into tulips

"We're looking for a Dutch partner with broad experience in tulip cultivation and export"

A vegetable grower expanding into tulip cultivation - it may sound like an unusual combination, but for GH Botanica it makes perfect sense. The greenhouse complex 'Botanica' plans to produce cut flower tulips in the new propagation facility, which will be opened in 2020. The South Russian company from Volgograd…

KUBO tops Dutch award list

On Friday, November 1, the winner of the Hillenraad100 - 2019 edition was announced during the Hortigala of the Year in the Ridderzaal in The Hague. To the great surprise of the more than two hundred attendees from the entire horticultural sector, KUBO Group took to the podium as the new number one. The evening, which was…

Tips for conducting effective employee safety meetings

No matter the workplace, safety is key. But in order for employees to understand safety measures, they have to be taught. There’s some belief that a safety meeting is sitting employees in front of a television and watching a safety video, but it’s just part of the puzzle. While a video can support a…

Benary's Matthias Redlefsen awarded as Entrepreneur of the Year

Dr. Matthias Redlefsen, Managing Director of Ernst Benary Samenzucht GmbH, accepted his award as entrepreneur of the year during the gala of the TASPO Awards in Berlin. During his acceptance speech, Matthias pointed out the positive power of the company's products and invited the entire industry to make…

Scott's Nursery

CAN: Fire in electrical room damages New Brunswick nursery

A well-known business in Lincoln, N.B., near Fredericton, is closed Saturday due to fire. Firefighters from nearby Oromocto, Fredericton and New Maryland responded to a call at Scott's Nursery at 7:30 a.m. George Scott, one of the owners, discovered the fire when he arrived at work. He could see flames…

Biobest in partnership to serve Norwegian growers

Biobest Group NV of Belgium and VekstMiljø AS announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Norway’s Pollinering AS. Pollinering AS, founded in 2003 by Mr. Karl-Ivar Stangeland, is a local Norwegian producer of bumblebee hives for pollination. In the light of the decision of the Norwegian authorities…

1-800-Flowers.com reports revenue growth

1-800-Flowers.com reported results for its Fiscal 2020 first quarter ended September 29, 2019. Chris McCann, CEO, said “Our strong revenue growth and improved bottom-line results for the first quarter are a continuation of the positive momentum we saw throughout last year. These results reflect the…

Dutch greenhouse horticulture consortium signs agreement with Kazakhstan in the presence of prime ministers

A consortium of seven Dutch Greenhouse Delta partners concluded an agreement to develop the first phase of a large-scale agricultural park in the south of Kazakhstan. Recently the ceremony took place in the presence of Prime Ministers Mamin and Rutte during the Kazakh-Dutch business forum at WTC The…

Australian growers urged to participate in 2019 Statistics survey

Collection for the 2019 Nursery Industry Statistics survey is underway. During the month of November, production nurseries are urged to make an appointment to participate in the voluntary survey, if called upon. The independent research agency leading the survey, Down To Earth Research (DTER), are aiming…

Houweling's keeps UltraClima Semi-Closed Greenhouse patent

On October 11th 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the validity of the U.S. patent directed to the UltraClima Semi-Closed Greenhouse. The Ultra-Clima Patent was opposed by eleven greenhouse manufacturers, who combined efforts to challenge the patent.  However, the U.S.…

Floranova appoints new Commercial Director

Floranova has announced the appointment of Tim Evans, as Commercial Director, reporting to Dominic Lacey, Managing Director, and based in Foxley, Norfolk. Tim will be…

Patrick van Horne, greenhouse builder and dismantler

"Fortunately I can 'split myself up'"

These are busy days for Patrick van Horne of P. van Horne BV from Vlierden, the Netherlands. Sometimes, everything comes all at once then it's time to buckle down for him and his team. Demolishing in BoxtelIn the region of Brabant, the Netherlands, the men demolished a 18,000 square meter greenhouse. A…

Dutch import and export company P. van Dam joins DFG

As of 1 January 2020, cut flower import and export company P. van Dam & Zn. B.V. (Van Dam) will become part of Dutch Flower Group (DFG). P. van Dam & Zn. B.V. (Van Dam) has been supplying fresh cut flowers to wholesalers in Western Europe since 1973, with 80 employees providing customised service from…

American ambassador Pete Hoekstra visits Certhon

On Wednesday, October 30th, the American Ambassador Pete Hoekstra visited Certhon. The Ambassador has attended numerous events in the past year due to the recent boom in demand for high-tech agricultural solutions with US growers. As Ambassador, Mr. Hoekstra realizes the importance of strengthening relationships…

NL: Dillewijn Zwapak presents new edition of DZ Magazine

Dillewijn Zwapak presents the new edition of DZ Magazine, an inspirational magazine containing new packaging products, trends and interesting stories. DZ Magazine will come out 4 times a year. DZ Magazine and the new catalogue with more than 2000 basic items for growers, retailers and florists are both available…

Mark Loos, IP Handlers

Netherlands: Brand new 6,000 m2 cooling rooms put into service

With the now 16,000 m2 of acclimatized cooling rooms, IPHandlers is truly one of the largest players in the handling of flowers, plants and other fresh products in international air freight traffic. An important part of the trade that passes through the halls of this ‘Amsterdam Perishable Center’ is…

Bay State Farm Direct Flowers & Bill Doran Company

US flower distributors announce merger

Bay State Farm Direct Flowers and Bill Doran Company have announced a merger of their two companies. With a combined 26 branches serving customers across 38 states, the companies are positioned to serve an extensive market. The integration of best practices from both entities is expected to bring…

Kenya Power picks insider as CEO yet again

Kenya Power has once again locked out outsiders from its top job after the utility monopoly promoted Bernard Ngugi to be the new CEO. Mr Ngugi, previously in charge of supply chain, takes over from Ken Tarus who was kicked out in July after being charged with conspiring to commit an economic crime and…

Final two directors appointed to Greenlife Industry Australia

Davina Boyd and Alistair Hill have been appointed by the Board Nomination Committee for Greenlife Industry Australia to complete its complement of seven directors. Both Davina…

Central American growers kick off training program

Dümmen Orange's Central American team of growers kicked off their new bi-annual training program in Amatitlán, Guatemala under the guidance of Professor Paul Fisher from the University of Florida. Goal of the program is to help the growers in their personal and professional development and at the same time…

Danziger becomes exclusive Montiplanta Gerbera distributor

Danziger will become the exclusive worldwide distributor of Montiplanta Gerbera varieties, and the supplier of plant material worldwide. The agreement was signed between Danziger and Rise and Shine, an Indian Biotech company that acquired Montiplanta’s genetics as a part of their floriculture activities.…

Arendcactus growing steadily

Dutch cactus grower operation doubled

In the last few years, Arend Cactus has experienced significant growth. At the end of 2017, the grower took over the cactus cultivation of Gebr. v.d. Burg. Then a second location was acquired, a more than 2 ha greenhouse around the corner in Berkel en Rodenrijs. A large assortment of plants in pot sizes…

China: Grand opening factory D&D Production & Sourcing

The opening of the new factory of D&D Production & Sourcing is planned for October 31st by Wim van de Donk, His Majesty’s Governor of the province North Brabant in the Netherlands. D&D Production & Sourcing is a Dutch company that produces machines and equipment for customers with their own sales…

Vestaron adds Scott Jackson as Director of Regulatory Affairs

Industry veteran Scott Jackson, PhD, has been added to the executive team for Vestaron Corporation as its new Director of Regulatory Affairs. Jackson brings more than 20 years…

US: Shinoda Foundation announces recipients of annual scholarship awards

Elite students from some of the top floriculture programs in the US received awards totaling $23,500 as the Shinoda Foundation Board of Trustees presented its annual…

UK: Nursery expands, reporting "exceptional demand for British-grown stock"

Wyevales Nurseries says it is investing in the future and has seen exceptional demand for British-grown stock. The company says it’s able to supply British-grown plants from its extensive production facilities in Herefordshire into a market struggling to secure its supply-base for the next season and…

Uralchem to build complex for fertilizer production in Angola

Within the framework of the Russia – Africa Economic forum, a Memorandum of understanding was signed between URALCHEM and Grupo Opaia SA which provides the creation of a joint ammonia and urea production complex. The ceremony was attended by Dmitry Konyaev, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of…

CAN (AB): Holes sell greenhouse business after 68 years

A remarkable era is ending, with the Hole family getting out of their farming and greenhouse business after an inspiring 68 years run. The era started in 1952 when Ted and Lois Hole bought a 80 hectare farm with no gas, phone or running water at the end of a dirt road near St. Albert. It ends with Ted…

Comparing Florverde Sustainable Flowers and GlobalGAP + GRASP

In the world of certification standards, new initiatives appear or are being promoted by different markets that aim to become regional or global references. This generates…

Martin Zuijderwijk new Director Technical Support Services at Biobest

As of October 1, 2019 Martin Zuijderwijk joined the Biobest group as Director Technical Support Services. Born and raised in the heart of the greenhouses sector in The Netherlands, Martin services the horticultural crop protection industry since 1992. In the last 20 years, he has been working in global…

US: Former Panalpina offices onboarded to DSV

As part of the integration within Air & Sea, freight forwarders from Panalpina are currently undergoing training in Air & Sea’s transport management system – with the US taking the lead. Ultimately, the goal is to transfer all customers and volumes from Panalpina’s system to DSV’s system and to have all…

A.M.A. wears #HatsForHope in support of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

October 24 was Brain Cancer Awareness Day in Canada, a day that means a lot to the team at A.M.A. Every day in Canada, 27 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour, 8 people learn they have brain cancer, and 19 people learn they have a non-malignant brain tumour, like Managing Director Rick Bradt did in…

Ceyhinz Link/Riococo awarded with three prestigious Stevie awards in 2019 International Business Awards

Shan Halamba, CEO of Ceyhinz Link/RIOCOCO was named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Executive of the Year, Bronze Stevie Award in the Entrepreneur of the Year and Ceyhinz Link International, Inc/ RIOCOCO was named the winner of Bronze Stevie Award as the Company of the Year categories in the…

Johan van de Graaf new Commercial Director Metazet FormFlex

Johan van de Graaf started as Commercial Director with Metazet FormFlex b.v. in Wateringen. After a comprehensive induction programme, he will lead the sales team that consists of several product specialists, and he will dedicate himself to the further growth and marketing of the Metazet FormFlex…

operational profitability of 11.0% and free cash flow of EUR 45 million

Signify reports third quarter sales of EUR 1.5 billion

Signify announced the company’s 2019 third quarter results. “We are pleased with the comparable sales growth and improved operational profitability of our growing profit engines in the third quarter, against the backdrop of ongoing economic headwinds across the world. In the first nine months, we…

Oboya carries out relocation of operations and warehouses

Oboya, through wholly-owned subsidiaries in Sweden and Denmark, carries out relocation of operations and warehouses. The change entails an annual cost saving of MSEK 5.0…

"Garden centers want black chalk, and the greenhouses get cleaned again."

NL: Contractors live along with the weather forecast

When applying chalk, Dennis van Veldhoven prefers to do it on a sunny day, but the rain is more than welcome to help wash it off. Machine Contractor Van Veldhoven is currently working on removing the chalk they applied on the greenhouses at the beginning of the season. After spraying the chalk with a…

HilverdaFlorist starts construction of new office building

The construction of the new office building of HilverdaFlorist on the Dwarsweg in the Dutch town of Kwakel has begun. In the period to come, the expansion of the office spaces on the grounds will start. This way, all of the colleagues can quickly begin to work from one location. This is the first phase…

Delta-LATAM joint venture has strong cargo upside

The joint venture between Delta Airlines and LATAM Airlines proposed last month, has analysts also seeing attractive opportunities to extend cargo reach, make money and…

UK: Fletching Flowers to close down

After six years of growing and selling seasonal flowers, the decision was made to close Fletching Flowers to concentrate on their main plant gift business.  Pale Green Dot Food will be taking over the land and growing pesticide-free veg and salad for local restaurants and over the next few weeks, they will…

Tulip Display of the Year

World Tulip Society Honors Longwood at the World Tulip Summit

Longwood Gardens’ Spring Blooms display was named the 2019 Tulip Display of the Year by the World Tulip Society. The World Tulip Awards are presented to organizations and individuals who have distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of tulips as part of their community celebrations and…

Steenks Service expands with new webshop

In recent months, the people at Steenks Service have been busy working behind the scenes on the development of their new webshop where they will sell parts. The webshop is online now, says Wouter Steenks. “In our webshop, you can find a variety of parts for a wide range of machines. We have everything…

A&L Canada Laboratories announce facilities and staffing expansions

A&L Canada Laboratories Inc., a provider of analytical services and technologies, announces the addition of new 4000 sq. ft facility to increase services and capabilities to clients in the area of precision agriculture and core analytical testing services. This investment complements the recent…

"Help prevent fires and injuries by using your extension cords safely"

Many of the lights you’ll see on decorations this upcoming holiday season need electricity to power them. Often, decorators and designers turn to extension cords for help.…

Van Hall Larenstein and Inholland join forces for lasting sustainable pollination

Bee researchers work together on practice-oriented research

To improve the health of bees and pollinating insects in general and to strive towards lasting sustainable pollination of crops, the colleagues of Van Hall Larenstein and Inholland join forces in the upcoming years in terms of practical research. The initiators of this project are lecturer Frens Pries…

Ireland: Kildare flower business closes after 23 years

Customers have been left shocked and saddened this week after a popular flower supplier in Naas was forced to close its doors.  Eirflowers, based near the NCT Centre in Naas Enterprise Park, announced on Sunday that it was calling it a day. The owners John Hamilton and Liam Mulread said that the business 'in…

Biotecture serves up ace with Wimbledon living walls

Biotecture has won the Living Walls Installations Award from the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) for its green walls which delighted players and visitors at The Championships, Wimbledon this year. To see a full list of this year's award winners you can visit the BALI website. Biotecture…

Svensson celebrates 30th anniversary in the Americas with the grand opening of newly completed warehouse expansion

Svensson’s American subsidiary celebrated 30 years in operation with the official ribbon cutting ceremony of its newly completed warehouse expansion on Thursday, October 3rd, 2019. Over one hundred customers, partners, industry suppliers and employees from both near and far attended the commencement and…

Kees de Groot and Shaniel Raghoenath drive first pile Dutch Agro Systems

Their systems can be found all over the world, but the Dutch Agro Systems team itself is not often in the spotlight. However, they are happy to make an exception for driving the first pile of the new building. From next year Kees de Groot and Shaniel Raghoenath will supply horticulture from their own…

The new Ranunculus catalog is here

In this catalog, you will find professional photography of our beautiful products, but the catalog is also filled with other pictures. On which we see the Butterfly and Romance varieties in a whole different setting. Through the product pages of the Ranunculus Butterfly and Ranunculus Romance you can…

UK: Investment firm buys online garden centre

Kester Capital has backed the MBO of YouGarden, one of the UK’s biggest multi-channel home shopping retailer of horticultural products. The business operates through its direct-to-consumer brand YouGarden as well as acting as a gardening category manager for a number of high profile retailers including…

UK: JZ Flowers expected to get green light for expansion

A trio of applications to support the further expansion of a company that produces flower bouquets for retailers including Aldi and Tesco look set to get the go-ahead. Newport Buildings, a company connected with JZ Flowers, submitted an application to East Riding of Yorkshire Council earlier this year…

McQueens Flowers gains Positive Luxury Butterfly Mark

McQueens Flowers has been awarded the revered Positive Luxury Butterfly Mark demonstrating its sustainable qualities as a company. The business is the only floral brand to have achieved this accolade and carry the logo as a result of its corporate and social responsibility plan.    Every member of the McQueens Flowers family…

Uralchem: "False allegations spread through the media"

Over the past week, a number of media outlets published materials containing false allegations that aim to damage the business reputation of Uralchem JSC and its management, according to the company. "In those pu…

Kenya: Finlays to close two flower farms

Multinational flower firm Finlays will close its two farms by December 25 due to the increasing cost of doing business. According to a statement by General Manager Stephen Scott dated October 18, the directors said they reached the decision since rose prices are dwindling because of oversupply in the…

Book release

Achieving sustainable greenhouse cultivation

A new book has been published by award-winning Cambridge-based publisher, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited. Achieving sustainable greenhouse cultivation provides a comprehensive review of key advances in greenhouse and other forms of protected and controlled environment cultivation. Chapters…

US: Greenville plant grand opening to host Nufarm CEO Greg Hunt and Mississippi Governor Bryant

Nufarm Americas Inc. announced plans to host a Grand Opening Event at its Greenville, Mississippi, manufacturing facility on October 23, 2019. The event will welcome Nufarm channel partners and several Greenville, Washington County and Mississippi officials, including Commissioner of Agriculture Andy…

UK: Major expansion work at Bransford Webbs

Following months of detailed planning, work is now underway on a major expansion at The Bransford Webbs Plant Company. Building has begun on a new production area, which covers 18,000m2 and will consist of 49 low polytunnels. This new development will increase our production capacity by 20%, enabling us…

Nuclear DNA testing and multiplex analysis of orchid plants

Dümmen Orange signs technical service contract with NCKU Orchid Alliance

Dümmen Orange signed a technical service contract with the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Orchid Biotechnology and Creative Industry-University Alliance (Orchid Alliance) in Taiwan on 2 October 2019. Under this contract, NCKU will provide nuclear DNA testing and multiplex analysis of orchid…

Fresh look at marketing and communication for breeding company

Ilona Smith starts working at ABZ Seeds

Ilona Smith has been working as Marketing & Communication Officer for ABZ Seeds since 9 September. Ilona does not come from the agricultural sector, but has many years of marketing experience. With a fresh perspec…

Andermatt Biocontrol becomes majority shareholder in ABiTEP

Swiss-based company Andermatt Biocontrol has increased its shareholding in the German biotech company ABiTEP GmbH from 24% to a majority stake of 78%. ABiTEP GmbH is based in…

Joe Don Zetzsche to lead 2019-2020 PMA Board of Directors

The 2019-2020 Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Board of Directors took office October 17th during PMA’s 2019 Fresh Summit Convention & Expo in Anaheim, California, USA. New…

The Last Harvest documentary screening at PMA Fresh Summit

After more than 25 film festival screenings, Driscoll’s documentary, The Last Harvest, aims to invoke discussions around labor shortage and immigration reform through a grassroots strategy of partaking in high-profile community-led forums. This month, the documentary is set to screen at the PMA Fresh…

Tour de Fresh riders raise highest amount ever for the event

Wednesday was Day 4 and the last day of the 2019 Tour de Fresh. After breakfast, the van drivers drove the riders to Huntington beach for the start of the stage before making their way to the finish line in Anaheim. Although a short last ride, it took longer than anticipated due to a few flat tires along…

Fransen Orchids joins with Thai breeder Suphachadiwong Orchids

Dutch Dendrobium breeder Fransen Orchids has started a partnership with breeder Suphachadiwong Orchids. Half of the Thai company will partner up with Fransen Orchids, which will continue their activities under the same name. Thai company Suphachadiwong Orchids is owned by Thamlong and Heike…

Greenlife Industry Australia presents overview of 100 day operations plan

The first 100 days of operation culminates with the delivery of the draft strategic plan for Greenlife Industry Australia. The aim is to have the draft plan by 13 November,…

DSV announces plans for Panalpina headquarters and continued presence in Basel, as integration progresses

The DSV Panalpina Group has informed employees at the former Panalpina headquarters in Basel about its plans for the location. As part of the integration, overlapping…

Roots and ClearVue to collaborate on greenhouse opportunities

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies Limited and ClearVue Technologies Ltd have signed a collaboration agreement to explore complementary sales opportunities within the growing greenhouse sector, including the construction of a world-first demonstration greenhouse in Israel. Under the agreement,…

New Esperit head office opens its doors

The new head office of all three companies of Esperit and Ornamentex has been brought together in the new building at Woutersweg 16 in 's-Gravenzande, the Netherlands. This week the company is organizing the Espremière Edition 2019, open days whereby both the new building and the assortment and…

12,5 years is drinks, 25 years is the Wall of Fame

When you work with a company 12,5 year, you deserve to be put in the limelight and be celebrated with drinks. When you work with a company for 25 year, you get put on the Wall of Fame.  Last month no fewer than nine Boman Van Zaal colleagues celebrated their 12.5 years of employment, so it was time for an…

2019 Tour de Fresh underway!

The 6th annual Tour de Fresh organized by the California Giant Foundation commenced its long journey down the California coast on Sunday. Tour de Fresh is a four-day cycling event that raises funds to benefit the national Salad Bars to Schools initiative. FreshPlaza's North America editor Marieke Hemmes is participating in the…

US (CA): Mavericks Renewables selects Procurant for greenhouse IoT solution

Procurant, a Silicon Valley technology company transforming the global food supply chain, today announced that Mavericks Renewable Energy, an energy-as-a-service provider for…

Thomas H. "Tom" DeHaven, Jr. of ForemostCo passes away

It is with great sadness that the family of Thomas H. “Tom” DeHaven, Jr., 67, of Hollywood, FL, formerly of Winchester, VA, announce his sudden passing on October 1, 2019 in…

Greenyard Flowers UK acquired by Yellow Holdings

Greenyard announces it has divested Greenyard Flowers UK to Yellow Holdings, led by Alex Newey (Director of the Pebble Group and long-time partner of the business) and Gilles Deprez (Managing Director of the company). Greenyard Flowers UK was put up for sale by Greenyard earlier this year after having…

Royal FloraHolland Members’ Council meeting

"Achievable steps and a helping hand in environmental registration and certification"

On Thursday 10 October, another meeting of the Royal FloraHolland Members’ Council was held. Among other things, the Member’s Council advised the management on the approach to introduce an environmental registration and certification policy. An informal meeting of the Members' Council took place on…

UK: Major fire at garden nursery near Dereham

Dozens of firefighters were called to a garden centre just south of Dereham last Friday.Neighbour Julie Wilkin said: "We live next door to the nursery and we heard a bang,…

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…


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