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Oasis Grower Solutions introduces precision propagation media

To succeed in today's market, commercial growers need every competitive advantage, including a precision propagation substrate that channels success. To address that, Oasis Grower Solutions (OGS) is launching OASIS® RhizoPlug™ Sheet, a new engineered foam growing media designed especially for precision…

Solar panels in greenhouses are not profitable for the time being

The energy market is in full swing. Energy prices are rising, and there is a transition from fossil fuels to alternative energy sources with a focus on electricity. For this reason, large areas covered with solar panels have been increasingly constructed across the country in recent years. Could those…

Canada winding down bell pepper production soon

At the moment, the greenhouse supply of bell peppers is normal for this time of year. “The supply is also comparable to last year with a slight few more around,” says Ray Mastronardi, VP of Sales, DelFrescoPure®. Right now, the supply is coming from Canada, though the season from there ends at the end of…

Juanmi Romera, from Romenatur: “The harvest in our high-tech greenhouses has increased by up to 30%”

“We are only producing first-class products”

The high-tech greenhouses of Romenatur, with which they have managed to significantly increase the volume and quality of their cucumber crops, are among the greenhouses of Paraje la Cumbre, in El Ejido. "We have a total of 12 hectares: 5 of them in these new greenhouses, another 5 being transformed into high-tech…

Introducing North American consumers to greenhouse-grown radishes

Greenhouse production of radishes in Quebec, Canada is getting ready for the winter season. Alex Zenebisis of Eagle Export, Inc./Alcaro Farms is two months into working with the greenhouse grower Les Serres Bertrand in Mirabel, Quebec to ship three varieties of radishes--conventional red radish, the…

Ceickor and Blue Radix integrate autonomous farming into Mexican education

The greenhouse industry is experiencing significant growth in Mexico. The greenhouses' daily operations need to be continuously improved but greenhouse owners are struggling with a shortage of skilled producers and labor. To face this issue, the Ceickor University Center, the only university specialized…

“We’re matching import prices to break into the market”

"Given its fluctuation, we are matching the imported products to break into the market. In Norway, supermarkets and wholesalers are all privately owned. These families are dictating the fruit and vegetable market, with price as their main objective. In October, we sold salads for 1 EUR, whereas next…

TİKA installed two greenhouses in Somalia, each with a 250 sq meters area

To strengthen Somalia’s agricultural infrastructure, two agricultural training and practice greenhouses were installed in the National University’s (UMMADA) Department of Agriculture in Mogadishu, each with a 250 sq meters area. The opening ceremony of the greenhouses was attended by the Provincial…

Strawberries are increasingly a greenhouse crop

Strawberry farming has noticeably shifted from open to covered cultivation in recent years. Along with tomatoes, bell peppers, and cucumbers, strawberries are now a fully-fledged greenhouse crop. There are notable expansion projects with high-tech glass greenhouses. For several reasons, that is, however,…

Czech Republic: Farmer pivots to indoors, yields 500kg cucumbers weekly

"I have been making a living from agriculture for about 14 years, trading in fruits and vegetables. Yet, climate change has brought a lot of weather extremes here, making food scarcity visible in periods when what were formerly local products are now imported from the other half of the world. Therefore,…

Canadian greenhouse grower expands production to California

Nature Fresh Farms® is expanding production to the West Coast, partnering with grower Millennium Pacific to bring California-grown Hiiros™ Tomatoes to the market. With the expansion of production to the West Coast, the company will first introduce conventional California-grown Hiiros Tomatoes to market.…

Where the Namib Desert blooms:

Namibia: 3 hectare greenhouse grows hydroponic tomatoes and cut flowers

Upon hearing the word ‘agriculture,’ one rarely conjures images of a sandy desert but rather of green fields with a lot of rain or perennial rivers. But coastal-based AvaGro has proven that technology can be harnessed to produce high-value crops even on the most arid, inhospitable land. Leonie Hartman,…

Supporting Texas veteran with military makeover

Village Farms Fresh recently partnered with the home improvement series Military Makeover hosted by Montel Williams. The company is featured in episode 2 of season 36, which airs on Lifetime TV beginning Friday, November 17 at 7:30 am ET and PT. Decorated U.S. Army veteran Carlos Colón-Ruiz, who resides…

Marco Bergman, Harvest House:

"The whole Dutch bell pepper season was good, price, and quality-wise"

The season is over for most of Harvest House's bell pepper growers. "It was an extraordinary one that started later than we've become accustomed to in recent years. That was because of the higher energy cost with many growers, thus deciding to cultivate differently. For example, some growers started planting a lot later. Others didn't use some of the available bell pepper gr…

US veteran and urban groups team up to grow produce and peace of mind

University of Missouri Extension, the Missouri Institute for Defense and Energy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the Veterans Community Project are working on a problem shared by deployed military personnel and urban residents: access to fresh food. The partners are looking at…

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Aquaponics lettuce grower supplies major retailer in Namibia

In Okahandja, 70km north of Windhoek, Namibia’s newest aquaponics facility has just started supplying Freshmark’s Namibian DCs with all of their pillowpack and mixed lettuce requirements and other leafy greens for sale at Checkers stores across the country. “When you look at aerial photos, you can see…

YUM YUMS cherry tomatoes unveiled

Not only did Windset Farms® greenhouse company win the Best Island Booth in Produce award at the IFPA Global Produce and Floral Show, but the company also unveiled the latest addition to its snacking line: YUM YUMS™ Cherry Tomatoes. "These exceptionally sweet tomatoes were a hit at the show, and visitors…

From open-air to greenhouse: The strawberry story of the Low Countries

The Dutch area of covered strawberry cultivation in greenhouses and permanent tunnel greenhouses has almost doubled in 10 years. A steady increase in acreage can also be seen in Flanders. In recent years, Flemish statisticians consistently point to a shift in cultivation from open-air to covered…

Hybrid farm harvests 500kg strawberries daily, triple that in 2024

"We've noticed a large demand from the market for strawberries, especially during the summer season. Unfortunately, the prices of imported strawberries have been incredibly volatile in the past five years, meaning that customers never know what they will pay for it on a weekly or even daily basis. This…

The New Green Expò fair is born

Must the promotion of fresh produce start from the production areas?

Sicily is once again the protagonist when it comes to the promotion of fresh produce with a fair dedicated to the segment's main topics. It is an innovative format in line with the philosophy of Food Innova, a company that deals with the organization of promotional events. The event will take place on November…

Oasthouse Ventures:

Plans for 40 hectare greenhouse in Essex

Oasthouse Ventures (OHV) Limited has unveiled plans to develop a 40-hectare greenhouse project named 'Rivenhall Greenhouse' on previously quarried land to the east of Braintree, Essex. OHV is partnering with Wren Renewables as the landlord and the Indaver Integrated Waste Management Facility, which is…

British scientist in China seeks to enhance tuber productivity

In the greenhouse of the China Center for Asia and the Pacific (CCCAP) of the International Potato Center (CIP), Philip Kear closely monitors the growth of disease-resistant…

Major price changes in greenhouse horticulture

In recent years, greenhouse horticulture has faced significant price increases in durable production assets, interest rates, energy, and labor, amongst other factors. In Quantitative Information for Dutch Greenhouse Horticulture 2023, 126 different balance sheets have been prepared for 60 crops. For…

Product innovation continues in greenhouse industry with new pepper variety

It's no secret that the development of a new fruit or vegetable variety takes years and is a collaboration between the breeder and the grower. At the recently held IFPA Global Produce & Floral show in Anaheim, Nature Fresh Farms launched a new pepper variety, Sweet S'NAPS. The product has been in the…

Aqua-Fong Project

Electrolyzed water to fight fungal diseases in protected crops

Losses caused by pathogens and the supply of plants potentially infected by fungi and oomycetes cost nurseries additional expenses. They also cause additional expenses for producers, who must replace the sick plants and have to deal with the consequent labor and loss of production costs. Aqua-Fong…

Ton van Dalen, Oxin Growers: "Bell pepper, tomato, and eggplant prices recovered, but cucumbers lag"

"This season, our lit cultivation was back at half the pre-high energy price level"

The Dutch greenhouse vegetable season is nearing its end. Thus, time to reflect with Oxin Growers' commercial director, Ton van Dalen. "Bell pepper, tomato, and eggplant prices were good, but, unfortunately, cucumber prices were much lower than last year," he begins. "Our bell pepper acreage grew substantially,…

Long Island-based R&D greenhouse begins first harvest

Ark Foods has begun its first harvests at a new Eastern Long Island R&D greenhouse. “Our mission at Ark Foods has always centered around a deep dedication to farming, and part of that commitment extends into the curiosity of exploring beyond conventional growing practices,” shared Noah Robbins, CEO and…

Rooftop greenhouses boost Montreal local food production

Lufa Farms is an urban agriculture company out of Montreal. Their specialty? ‘Occupying’ rooftops with greenhouses. “We have five greenhouses so far,” says Callie Giaccone from Lufa Farms. “They are all different sizes. One is as big as three football fields. Additionally, we have a fifth one coming…

Storms Aline and Bernard caused serious damage to the nursery sector in the provinces of Cádiz, Seville, and Huelva

The two storms that crossed Andalusia last week - Aline on Thursday, 19 and Bernard on Sunday, 22 October - have caused considerable damage to Andalusia's nursery sector,…

With funding from the South Korean government:

Multi-country project should help boost Kenyan tomato production

The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), with funding from the South Korean government and collaboration with 10 other African countries, has…

Plug and play lighting controls with sensor feedback works with any light

GrowFlux’s new Precision PAR® dynamic lighting control is an easy-to-install monitoring and control solution that allows growers to build automated control systems that work with any light. Much like a thermostat, Precision PAR detects light levels near the crop and automatically adjusts any dimmable…

Current phytosanitary status of greenhouse tomatoes in the province of Almería

According to a recent report by Andalusía's Alert and Phytosanitary Information Network (RAIF), the dominant phenological state of greenhouse tomato cultivation in the…

“A bright future ahead for Brazil’s vertical farming industry”

Aiming to have three farms up and running, and 80 different products in 2024

São Paulo-based vertical farm Pink Farms has finalized their Series A round funding and received just shy of 2 million dollars for the implementation of their second farm, which is now in its final phases, and a new addition with mushroom production in a third farm. “The full area of our second farm is…

Low-cost hybrid farm setups eyeing great potential in LATAM

“Our system and vertical farming could work very well in Mexico as it uses so little water and other resources compared to traditional agriculture. That’s due to the lack of access to fresh food, which makes it rather appealing to local communities. The social impact of it as well, it could be a good…

Italy's Agricooltor looks to the future:

"A business model for the delivery of a fresh produce with the roots intact to end consumers"

Climate change, global warming, and water scarcity are forcing us to rethink the technological agenda. Aeroponic agriculture is an innovative growing technique that promises great results in preserving resources and environmental sustainability. Founded in 2018 on the idea of Marco Bartolomeo Divià,…

VBT data for week 42:

Tomato prices continue to rise; strawberries also recovering

The median price for a kilogram of vine tomatoes increased to just under 2 euros per kilogram last week. This puts the price at a higher level than the already high prices…

Bio.Fru.Pro

Bio.Fru.Pro wants to strengthen communication with the trade

"We as farms are already organic - now it's time to make the customers organic too"

Bio Fruchtgemüse Produzenten e.V. wants to extend its quality lead and enter into an even closer exchange with its trade partners in the future when communicating the advantages of regionally produced association goods. On Oct. 10 and 11, 2023, members met for their second official meeting since its…

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FVGC expresses disappointment over senate amendment excluding greenhouses from full carbon pricing exemptions

The Fruit and Vegetable Growers of Canada (FVGC) expressed their profound disappointment regarding the Senate amendment to Bill C-234. The amendment, put forward by Senator Dalphond, removes the heating and cooling of agricultural buildings, including greenhouses, from the full carbon pricing exemptions…

Gärtnerei Oellbrunner

Munich-based market gardener Oellbrunner on the marketing of greenhouse spinach and lettuce:

"Due to the weather, the campaign of our greenhouse spinach is only now really taking off"

Persistently high temperatures have led to a significant delay in the glasshouse spinach harvest. "Due to the heat, we had major problems with pests, which have never been experienced to this extent before. Some of our plants were completely eaten away, which is why we were able to harvest the first set…

Status of Almeria's greenhouse crops in mid-October

In mid-October, the number of pepper greenhouse plantations being harvested in Almeria increased. Later plantations are in their blooming, setting, and fattening phases.…

Findings of Botany trial aiming for energy reduction in the greenhouse

“Many growers worldwide are affected by increasing energy prices, making it an important topic within the industry. As a vegetable breeding company, we collaborate with research companies such as Botany in finding innovative ways to support growers to face this challenge,” explains Marcel van Koppen,…

"We used to rent greenhouses in the winter, but it's the other way around these days"

Start of German demand stirring things up again at Daily Fresh Radish

The Dutch radish market has been very quiet. That is nothing unusual, says John Grootscholten of Daily Fresh Radish. "Many customers have been actively selling radishes all spring and summer. Then in September and October, they focus on other fruits and vegetables and don't run any more radish…

Norway: First sprouts and herbs delivery for aquaponic farm

"This is an important milestone for us, given the facility construction in Fauske just began this spring. Back then, we sowed the seeds for watercress, radish, broccoli, and borage, which we have been delivering to clients ever since six days ago," says Marius Johansen, Founder and Co-owner of Grønt Fra…

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'50-gram salad blends are booming, reducing food waste immensely'

"The vertical farming industry has overly focused on the technical aspects of the business while overlooking the sales and marketing side. VAXA has built a strong brand presence in Iceland and conducted extensive market research to understand its customer's needs, which has influenced our business…

Lower cost automated rain shelter introduced

Growers of high-value field and orchard crops like cherries, seedless table grapes, kiwi fruit, apples, berries, and flowering crops have always loved the idea of automatic retractable roofs to protect their crops against the impact of extreme weather. “However, they’ve frequently found available models…

Ever Tru Farms enters the US market with Bosch Growers collaboration

Ontario-based indoor hydroponic strawberry farm, Ever Tru Farms, is set to debut in the US market with a new venture in Kentucky. After acquiring AppHarvest's vast 30-acre berry farm in Somerset, Kentucky, Bosch Growers, based in the Netherlands, will partner with Ever Tru Farms to distribute premium…

NatureSweet’s commitment to their worker-centric approach:

“Our employees earn almost 40% above the median wage of agricultural workers in Mexico”

Finding enough workers can be a challenge in the greenhouse industry, but also the working conditions for agricultural employees are often the talk of the town. NatureSweet has been working for 30 years to transform the lives of agricultural workers in North America. The company is driven by the…

Aiming to breed fish, plus grow tomatoes, peppers, and basil:

Aquaponic project worth $950k launches in Iran

"The first aquaponics unit for breeding ornamental fish with the capacity to produce 35 thousand pieces of fish was launched in Ravand region," shares the head of the…

New greenhouse grown melon launched and award for new tomato

As consumers continue looking for unique snacking options, Pure Flavor®’s innovation pipeline is yielding fresh results. The Tiki Tomatoes™, a cosmic-colored, tropically sweet and juicy cherry tomato, and Oronai™ Sweet Charentais Melons, a personal-sized French-inspired melon that is the third…

Largest lit vegetable greenhouse in Western North America

Canadian greenhouse grower expands in Delta, British Columbia

Greenhouse produce grower Windset Farms® announces its latest expansion, providing year-round lit greenhouse production at scale in Delta, British Columbia, for Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. This expansion, along with enhancements to existing infrastructure, numerous technological…

Lettuce brand extends with new salad kits

Mastronardi Produce is ramping up its award-winning Queen of Greens® lettuce brand with a new line of salad kits. The kits feature the brand’s lettuce blends and toppings that create four SKUs of vibrant flavors and textures. Queen of Greens Salad Kits will make their premiere at the IFPA Global Produce…

Vertically farmed strawberries sold at 50% of imported ones

"Our current farm's capacity is maxed out, and there's an increasing demand for our produce: we are able to sell more berries and other crops than we can produce. This expansion aims to cater to existing and potential partners. Depending on the space allocated for each crop, we can optimize production…

Nijs and Teun van Zuilen, BerryBrothers:

"By growing blackberries in a greenhouse, we're extending the 2024 Dutch season from May to early November"

The last Dutch blackberries and raspberries spell the end of the harvesting season at BerryBrothers. Cousins Nijs and Teun van Zuilen reflect on that and consider the weeks ahead. "Our customers are increasingly moving toward a year-round, premium soft fruit package," begins Nijs. "A wet, cold spring meant…

Producing according to the needs of foreign markets:

Fresh produce: only following the Italian tradition is limiting

Agriculture 4.0 is not only possible, but it is feasible in Sicily too, when most resources come directly from the sun, i.e., not only the long days and mild winter weather that make greenhouse cultivation the state of the art of Euromediterranean production but also the generation of energy from solar…

Lit tomato cultivation heading back to…?

Last summer, people feared a return 'to the old ways': Dutch tomatoes in the summer, Spanish ones in the winter. Last year's unusual energy situation considerably affected lit tomato cultivation, though some growers dared leave their lights on. That will happen more often this winter despite much…

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Vertical Farming World Congress wraps up

As many have wandered the streets of Soho, Camden, or Hampstead, it's that time of the week again. The photo report of the Vertical Farming World Congress after 120+ attendees came down to London and others tuned in online for some spicy discussions. Click here to view the photo report. Ahmad Mohseni…

US (GA): Gotham Greens expands into the Southeast with Georgia greenhouse opening

Gotham Greens has opened its first high-tech hydroponic greenhouse in the Southeast region and the company’s twelfth greenhouse nationwide. The 210,000 square foot facility in Monroe, Ga., located between Atlanta and Athens, Ga., is the company’s second of three new greenhouses opening in 2023. The…

Wendy's looks to move lettuce into greenhouses due to climate change

Wendy’s Co. is trying to shift more of its US lettuce supply to greenhouses amid climate change and bad weather that’s hurt the crop’s quality and availability. “We are seeing more extreme weather events,” Chief Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Officer Liliana Esposito said in an interview. “It’s…

Danny Mucci, Managing Partner with Mucci Farms

Focusing on a new tomato variety and sustainable packaging options

Earlier this year, the first harvest of Savorries sweet strawberry tomatoes took place in Ontario, Canada. It’s a tomato shaped like a strawberry. “In just a short amount of time, Savorries have already made a big impact on consumers,” says Danny Mucci, Managing Partner with Mucci Farms. “They are our…

Collaboration between C-Led and Azienda ortofrutticola Francescon:

How the right lighting has a positive effect on plant growth

The right light at the right time: that is how to obtain excellent plantlets. Over the past few months, Azienda ortofrutticola Francescon completed the setting up of new greenhouses, some of which feature C-Led lights. The purpose is to produce melon and watermelon plants, as these fruits represent the…

Kees Havenaar, Frutas Luna:

After two good springs, Spanish growers are gambling on the first months of 2024"

In Spain, Almerian greenhouse products, except melons, had an exceptional spring. Spanish exporters are, thus, eager to see how the year's final months will unfold. "It's the same game every year," laughs Kees Havenaar of Fruit Luna. "Two big producing countries are on the market at the same time. One…

Extreme weather in Morocco: are Canarian greenhouses out of date?

Observers agree that climate change has become the biggest challenge facing Moroccan agriculture, an assertion confirmed by professionals who are already suffering from climatic disruptions on the ground. Constant drought, acute water stress, and extreme temperatures have become a given in many parts of…

Canadian greenhouse grower expands grape tomato line

DelFrescoPure® is set to debut the G.R.EAT! Grab.Rinse.EAT!® tomato line expansion at The Global Produce and Floral Show (IFPA) in Anaheim, California, October 19 to 21, 2023. The G.R.EAT! Grab.Rinse.EAT! lineup will include red, yellow, and orange grape tomatoes. The greenhouse grower will offer yellow…

70% of tomato crops might go unharvested in southern Israel

The war in southern Israel might jeopardize the collection and transport of fruits and vegetables from farms there, the Agriculture Ministry says in a statement. Currently,…

Local Bounti recently celebrated its 5th anniversary:

Greenhouses, a little from vertical farms, and leafies: 5 years in the US CEA industry

CEA operator Local Bounti has recently celebrated its 5th anniversary, which is not an easy feat in such a challenging industry. “At the very beginning, I had experience in plant propagation, vertical farming, and greenhouse production,” says David Vosburg, Chief Innovation Officer at Local Bounti. “When…

VBT figures week 40:

Large Belgian greenhouse product price margins on the low side

In Belgium, median prices for both loose tomatoes and TOVs rose slightly in week 40. For vine tomatoes, that still means a price that is below the five-year average. This…

Greenhouse grower focuses on product innovations and sustainability at global show

Windset Farms is gearing up to make waves at the IFPA Global Produce & Floral Show. With exciting new offerings and a dedication to sustainable farming, the company promises an impactful presence at the event. Ryan Cherry, Windset Farms Director of Sales, shared his enthusiasm, saying, "We're excited to…

Blueberry nursery expands through strategic partnership

Island Grove is thrilled to announce the creation of Island Grove Blueberry Nursery and the expansion of its nursery operations through a strategic partnership with MBG Marketing and its plant genetics affiliate, Berry Blue. This alliance will bolster the existing portfolio of plant varieties available…

Growing market for vertical farm setups in hospitality and retail industry

"There is absolutely a great potential market out here for the Spots given Space Farms is the first to introduce such a product nationally and because of that people are taking notice. More and more are seeing the benefits of fresh and sustainable produce, and we're here to deliver just that. We're…

Elevating the fresh snacking industry

Snack time is about to get sweeter with Nature Fresh Farms® as it focuses on fresh snacking at this year’s IFPA – Global Produce & Floral Show. “We’ve always been focused on elevating, enhancing, and evolving the categories we support,” says Matt Quiring, senior vice president of sales and marketing.…

Mastronardi adds two Kentucky greenhouses to US network

Mastronardi Produce is adding two high-tech greenhouse operations in Kentucky into its US farm network. The high-tech greenhouse facilities – separately located in Richmond and Morehead, Kentucky – represent a combined 120 acres of fully lit production. “We are very proud to keep the Morehead and Richmond…

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Algae grower pivots from hybrid to growing indoors without daylight

Anyone in De Kwakel who gets a chance to look inside Lgem soon sees algae moving around through glass tubes at a fast pace. The systems are fully automated algae cultivation systems, developed in-house. Available in various sizes, starting from 2.5 meters in tube length to systems that can hold tens of…

Strong market for greenhouse cucumbers

Demand is strong for greenhouse cucumbers at the moment. “While supply is normal, with strong demand, it’s a very tight market that’s causing a rise in prices on the long English cucumber and the mini seedless cucumber,” says Dino DiLaudo, vice president of sales & marketing at Westmoreland Sales. Generally,…

BioWorks launches new insecticide for greenhouse and outdoor crops

BioWorks launched EpiShield, a miticide and insecticide that is formulated for grower ease of use and delivers strong efficacy. Benefits of the EpiShield liquid formulation…

Evja closes a 4.2 million euro investment round:

"We are ready to expand into major international produce markets"

Italian agri-tech startup Evja recently closed a € 4.2 million Series A round led by Cdp Venture Capital through its Italia Venture II fund, SEFEA Impact fund, and partner Startupbootcamp Foodtech. Founded by Davide Parisi, Antonio Affinito, and Paolo Iasevoli, Evja provides farmers with a patented…

H2Orto by Fri-El: geothermal energy and photovoltaic to collect rainwater

Snack cucumbers to become available over the next few months

"We have started to grow a new product - snack cucumbers, which we will produce thanks to an agreement with Italian and foreign operators," announces Florian Gostner, owner of Fri-El and of the H2Orto brand. Thirty hectares of greenhouses will be dedicated to the new crops, which will be grown using…

Providing a unique greenhouse experience and launch of new sweet pepper variety

Red Sun Farms™, located at booth 957 at the upcoming Global Produce & Floral Show, is dedicated to providing a unique greenhouse experience. This booth, recognized as the 2022 Best of Show Island Booth, offers fresh ideas, exciting developments, and distinctive features. This year, the company is…

Plus expanded offerings with salad kits

Indoor-grown leafy greens brand surpasses traditional field-grown brands

Two milestones for Little Leaf Farms this week. The company announced to be the #1 best-selling packaged lettuce in New England1, and is expanding their offerings with new salad kits. According to the most recent Nielsen data available in the category, the brand has seen a 46% increase in total dollar…

Steve Zaccardi with Mucci Farms:

“We are constantly trialing 200+ snacking vegetable varieties”

Nowadays, it is hard to imagine the tomato section of a grocery store without snack-size options like grape tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. They have gained so much popularity and have become a staple item in a relatively short amount of time. "We were an early adopter of snacking vegetables as it was…

Philippines: Farmer makes it big with lettuce

In a country where agriculture plays an important role in ensuring food security and driving economic development, programs that support and empower young farmers are nothing short of essential. The Department of Agriculture's Young Farmers Challenge Program (YFC) stands as a beacon of hope, offering…

Due to a combination of scab fungus and the slashing of import duty on US apples:

Kashmir apple growers might face heavy losses

The apple growers in Kashmir might be facing heavy losses due to outbreak of scab fungus in their orchards, combined with the slashing of import duty on US apples. The apple…

Snacking tomatoes now available for food service

NatureSweet®, a greenhouse grower of fruit and vegetables, is now providing the food service industry with several snacking tomato products. Handpicked off the vine, NatureSweet Cherubs®, Glorys®, and Constellation® are bite-sized snacking tomatoes that can be added to salads, pasta dishes, charcuterie…

AI powered greenhouse outperforms Dutch growers

It comes as no surprise to Dutch greenhouse owner Frank van Kleef that an AI-powered greenhouse outperforms the benchmark Dutch grower - after all, there's a reason he left his own greenhouse company to join the British/Dutch company, Optimal, which is pioneering AI-powered greenhouse cultivation. In…

Emsland Gemüse's Erwin Savenije about tomato cultivation:

"This season, we managed residue-free cultivation on 13.5 ha"

In Germany, the peak time for tomato cultivation is gradually winding down at Emsland Gemüse. "Pricing-wise, we're catching up with last year. It's a pity, in a way, that we're approaching the season's end; prices have genuinely been on the rise recently," begins managing director Erwin Savenije. "We're…

Barry Michiels, Gebroeders Michiels:

"Belgian greenhouse vegetable prices have nosedived since Spanish supply's arrival on the market"

In Belgium, the greenhouse vegetable season is transitioning from summer to fall. "Now that Spanish vegetables are coming on the market, people increasingly opt for these, so…

Vivaio La Quercia Kiwi Plants

New greenhouses covering 6000 sq m to grow Kiwi Plants

The new greenhouses of La Quercia Kiwi Plants, a company owned by Denis Magalotti, were completed a few weeks ago. They are located in Cesena, at the border with Cesenatico (Forlì-Cesena), and they cover 6000 sq m in addition to the over three existing hectares. New greenhouses, September 2023 "It's a…

80 Acres Farms on its newest 18,500 m2 Florence farm

"This farm was sold out as soon as it opened"

"Vertical farming works. You have to grow crops effectively, operate efficiently at the right cost, and deliver on your promises to consumers. If some of those components aren't there, then, sure, the business model doesn't work. That's true in any industry. But we're building a sustainable business, and…

"We're going to Madrid also to collect news and rumors"

Fewer investments in covers despite climate change

The entire world is dealing with various crises - the war, higher prices, climate change and social and geo-political tension. A series of risks and difficulties that inevitably have a negative impact on companies, including those in the primary sector. Retilplast production plant in Campagna (Salerno) "We…

Profiting from sales of excess electricity to the grid:

“Geothermal energy will stabilize energy and retail prices throughout the year”

"At this point, most folks know of the advantages of marrying vertical farming with greenhouses, year-round production capability being one of the top. By combining vertical farming and greenhouse crop production, we can take farming to another level in this partnership with Affinor. Once the facility is…

Totam Seeds introduces TopGun in the high-tech greenhouse market

Dutch seed company Totam Seeds is introducing its new rootstock named TopGun. "Through multiple years of trials conducted under high-tech greenhouse conditions, we are thrilled to officially introduce TopGun to our valued customers worldwide," states Pieter Vermeulen, Product Development Manager at Totam…

Far North grower forced to diversify crops due to strawberry shortage

Far North strawberry grower Kaikohe Berries is a joint venture between the two commercial arms of Te Rūnanga-ā-iwi o Ngāpuhi and the Far North District Council, with 12…

Fraunhofer IKTS

Fraunhofer IKTS develops compact, energy-efficient, and water-saving greenhouses

"We want to bring the greenhouses to the consumers"

Fresh peppers, crisp lettuce, and juicy tomatoes - German consumers take all this for granted. Supermarket shelves are full of them. But most of these vegetables come from far away. According to the German Federal Statistical Office, a good quarter of all vegetable and fruit imports last year came from…

Lettuce industry Florida expands into new production systems

Up to 73% of US lettuce comes from California, being distributed nationwide through extensive retail chains. Lettuce grown in Florida accounts for 3% of the national total and…

Independent investment firm buys NatureSweet

Silver Ventures announced the sale of NatureSweet®. Blue Road Capital, an independent investment firm focused on vertically integrated food and agricultural business, has…

"Our main product is teen leaf, which is a new segment for the European market"

Robots grow, process and package lettuce for Nordic Greens in a high-tech greenhouse

Solar panels, double screens, LED lights, and cameras are used for scouting crops for pests and deficiencies. Several sustainable initiatives are visible in the new Nordic Greens facility, but there's much more happening inside this new semi-closed lettuce facility. "We've created a customized system…

Labor dispute at Turkish greenhouse Agrobay sparks protests and police intervention

A labor dispute at Agrobay Seracilik, one of Turkey's largest high-tech tomato and pepper greenhouse facilities with 320 acres, has ignited protests, worker resistance, and even police interventions in Izmir, Turkey. The conflict, which began with the dismissal of 39 workers, including two engineers, has…

Pure Harvest eyes further growth with $150m strategic Richel Group Partnership

Pure Harvest Smart Farms has entered into a three-year, exclusive strategic partnership with Richel Group. With an immediate focus on the Middle East and Asia, the partnership aims to deploy over $150 million worth of smart growing systems with the flexibility to expand the partnership into new…

Significant growth in Mexico’s greenhouse vegetable industry

According to a new Rabobank report, Mexico’s production and exports of protected-agriculture vine vegetables, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers, have grown…

Status of Almeria's and Granada's greenhouse at the start of September

Even though the planting of greenhouse vegetables has already taken place in many greenhouses in Almería, the nurseries still have significant quantities of zucchini,…

Azienda agricola F.lli Lapietra:

Dutch greenhouses in Puglia? The state-of-the-art of intensive crops

Azienda agricola F.lli Lapietra was set up by brothers Enzo and Lino, who, guided by their older brother Giovanni, decided to start growing greenhouse cucumbers. In 1992, Enzo Lapietra went to the Netherlands as he was interested in the local agronomic techniques and visited the first cucumber hydroponic…

GoodLeaf's Calgary vertical farm in full production

Construction on the 96,000-square-foot indoor vertical farm facility in Calgary is all but complete, and the first test crops have been planted. GoodLeaf Farms planted the microgreens and baby greens to ensure all of the equipment and infrastructure was working with the intent of being in full production…

Canadian greenhouse grower recognized for leadership in career development

Mastronardi Produce, a fourth-generation family-owned business, has been recognized for leadership in career development. At an awards ceremony held on Wednesday, the company received this year's Business Excellence Award for Investing in a World-Class Workforce. The award from the Chamber of Commerce in…

Patented by Dari Ecomeccanica:

New harvesters for produce destined for the fresh-cut industry

"We want to revolutionize how harvesters are conceived. Our new Supreme line is dedicated to companies that need to work in an intensive manner and that want to increase the efficiency of the harvesting process. The new line was created to meet the needs of one of our partners, specialized in fresh-cut…

Vaporizont by Ingauna:

The efficiency of steam for greenhouse disinfection

The disinfection of soil increasingly needs effective technology that is easy to use. That is why Ingauna developed Vaporizont, a machine designed for the agricultural and nursery sectors. "Our technology enables swift and easy heat treatments on agricultural soil, substrates, and compost," explains Sara…

André Busigel, managing director of Reinhard Busigel GbR, grows snake cucumbers in a greenhouse:

"Competition is at a normal level"

In spring, the price of snake cucumbers remained stable for a long time because, among other things, import volumes were significantly lower, according to André Busigel, managing director of Reinhard Busigel GbR in Albertshofen. "The Netherlands came onto the market later with larger quantities, while…

Pepe Blanco, of Cristalplant: “Many have feared the 'Thrips parvispinus' in bell peppers, and the rugose virus in tomatoes is even more feared"

“The 20-day delay in Almeria's plantations has caused a bottleneck for the seedbeds”

The greenhouse vegetable campaign has been quite delayed this year in Almeria, and this has affected the seedbeds in the province that supply the plants, which have experienced some bottlenecks during these first weeks of planting. "The seedbeds usually start delivering bell peppers and tomatoes in…

CAN (ON): OGVG celebrates region with launch of 'Greenhouse Goodness campaign

The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) has launched the 'This is Greenhouse Goodness' campaign, which has converted the baggage claim area to resemble a greenhouse farm at Windsor International Airport. The campaign is designed to showcase the high concentration of greenhouses, achievements, and…

Brand refresh and new packaging approach for greenhouse vegetables unveiled

Windset Farms®, a producer and marketer of greenhouse-grown produce in North America, is thrilled to announce the launch of its brand refresh and sustainable packaging strategy. Focused on promoting its high-quality products, including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and various specialty products, Windset…

Retractable roof greenhouses withstand cyclone

"Winds of over 100km/hr, and our greenhouse didn't suffer any damage"

“Cyclone Gabrielle is the most significant weather event New Zealand has seen in this century. The severity and the damage that we are seeing has not been experienced in a generation,” said the NZ prime minister, Chris Hipkins earlier this year, mentioning the highest wind speed measured during the storm…

Dutch grower holds Dinner in the Sky with spectacular aerial view of greenhouses

Last week, Looye Kwekers invited guests to a high-end dinner, literally and figuratively. Customers from the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany, as well as influencers, the press, and winners of its consumer campaign, were hoisted up - divided into six rounds - via a platform attached to a crane. They…

Plant-based waste streams beneficial for basil production indoors

“Waste streams are an extra good fit for vertical farming and CEA in general for several reasons. Firstly, CEA has a predictable usage requirement that rarely changes as a result of the highly optimized method of growing. When valorizing a waste stream, it is vital to understand the demand and that the…

County government of Kirinyaga aims at increasing tomato production

The county government of Kirinyaga is hoping to inspire local growers to increase tomato production. Providing farmers with seedlings and helping them construct greenhouses…

Pure Flavor acquires MightyVine

Continuing its growth path fueling significant plans for expansion, Pure Flavor® announces the acquisition of MightyVine®, a Midwest CEA Tomato grower & brand in Rochelle, IL, to add to its expanding portfolio of greenhouses and distribution centers. “We continue to see significant growth and demand for the Pure Flavor brand…

CEA grower continues on 100-acre expansion plan

As the outdoor temperatures cool off this month across North America, one controlled environment agriculture (CEA) leafy greens grower anticipates some evolution of demand for its product. “Looking ahead with demand, we people get back into the rhythm of school, and then with the holidays coming, it’s a…

Two award-winning tomatoes introduced

Lipman Family Farms introduces two flavorful new tomatoes to its family of tomato varieties: the Monet Red™ and Bellavina®. Both tomatoes were recently awarded the International Taste Institute's 2023 Superior Taste Award. "We are excited to introduce these two tomatoes and delighted to receive…

Rubén Ortiz, commercial director of Técnicas Sanjorge: "We advise our clients based on the berry variety they are going to produce"

"The experience acquired in our own land allowed us to become specialists in greenhouses for berries"

Based in the province of Huelva, Spain's main strawberry production area, the company Técnicas Sanjorge has been devoted to the supply of agricultural material since the mid-1980s, managing to grow along with a sector that has positioned itself as a leader in the production of berries in Europe. The firm…

Australia: The future of vertical farming is about right sizing rather than super-sizing

“Instead of rolling out mega-farms, we’d rather build suitably-scaled farms that cater to – and can flex with – regional and seasonal needs. We believe that growing exactly what is needed, where it is needed, and in the quantities needed is going to be the key to the success of vertical farming.…

Suppliers object

Investor firm buys other AppHarvest facilities

AppHarvest's three greenhouses were auctioned last week. In a single bid, the two largest farms in Morehead and Richmond were offered. Investment firm Equilibrium submitted…

Bosch Growers starts US expansion with AppHarvest Somerset acquisition

Pioneering is something they can do at Bosch Growers. Six years ago, the family business started growing blackberries under glass in addition to their bell pepper crop. And now, it's time for a new challenge. Last week, they bought one of the three greenhouses of the American nursery AppHarvest. It's a…

Delhi couple produce 350 lettuce and 250 spinach heads weekly in backyard farm

"We are growing 500 organic crop heads weekly, which are sold for 30 rupees each. That is a total income of 15,000 rupees (~180 USD) per week. That brings the monthly total to 60,000 rupees (~725 USD) Peter shares. It's a great income on the side, with very little work truly. Two people can make this…

Three new varieties introduced after successful product trials

"We're excited to unveil the latest developments in vertical farming, proudly brought to you by us. While certain constraints have previously limited the range of crops in indoor vertical farms, our dedicated team has been diligently exploring new horizons," the Sananbio team shares. Watermelon Sananbio,…


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