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Sfera Agricola: the revival of Italian tomatoes

The largest hydroponic farm in Southern Europe can be found in Tuscany. Launched in 2015 by Luigi Galimberti, Sfera Agricoa grows plants above the ground and pesticide-free,…

Jim Westhoff, Valstar:

“Aubergines and loose tomatoes currently outliers on Dutch greenhouse vegetable market”

Despite the supply of Dutch greenhouse vegetables not being too large, demand has fallen behind a bit in recent weeks, according to Jim Westhoff of Valstar. “As a result, all prices except those of aubergines aren’t skyrocketing. That would’ve been different if demand had been good. This is in contrast…

Mucci Farms acquires Orangeline Farms and announces expansion plans

Mucci Farms has announced that it has acquired controlling interest of Leamington, Ontario based Orangeline Farms, including its existing greenhouse and warehouse facilities, and additional land with plans for expansion. Subsequently, the company also announced additional expansion plans in Canada and…

Organic vegetable greenhouses in the Jordan desert

The Costa Group, owner of the Costa Cruceros company, has undertaken a project with the Sahara Forest Project Foundation, under the auspices of King Abdullah II of Jordan and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, for the production of organic vegetables in Jordan. Through this initiative, 20 hectares of…

Christian Kruse, Haygrove GmbH, on the advantages of tunnel cultivation for berries:

"Extended season, better taste and coloring, reduction of pesticide use"

"Our new substrate hanging systems offer a more comfortable method of working with berries: no one wants to work on ground level, and at the same time necessary work, such as mowing under the gutters, is facilitated by the suspension system. We would like to show this installation to new and existing…

Russian growth

“Another 260 hectares of greenhouses planned in 2019”

“The greenhouse industry in the Russian Federation has demonstrated a significant growth during the past 5 years, due in no small part to the boycott,” says Elvira Sakhabutdinova of Vostock Capital. “The market of protected ground vegetables grows annually, and greenhouse area increases by 1-4% every…

Idromeccanica Lucchini

Nanotechnologies and semi-closed greenhouses for protected cultivation

Nanotechnologies too can be applied to regulate the protected environment in a greenhouse, especially in places with difficult weather conditions. Idromeccanica Lucchini, a specialist in the design and manufacture of greenhouses, can do just that. "A lot of elements must be considered when a greenhouse…

Georg-August-University Göttingen observes:

Fifty percent of consumers would buy 'vertical agriculture' products

Rising populations and worsening weather conditions due to climate change make it difficult to produce enough healthy and fresh food. A contribution to solving this problem could be provided by so-called vertical agriculture. Here, the vegetables and fruits are grown on floors one above the other. This…

"Spain has the largest area with biological control in Europe"

In certain areas of Spain, pesticides are being replaced by small workers who do the same job in a very efficient manner: insects. "They work for me day and night," says Antonio Zamora with a smile while standing in his greenhouse. Its tiny employees are bugs that feed on the parasites that threaten his…

Zollner high-tech greenhouse in operation since recently

2.5 million cucumbers per year from Bavarian greenhouses

Cucumbers have been harvested in the state-of-the-art greenhouse of Zollner Gemüsegärtnerei in Eitting since February, being marketed in Bavarian Rewe stores, these companies…

Mexican producers export tomato specialties to beat the increase in tariffs

The Mexican state of Queretaro's tomato production and commercialization generates 789,000 million pesos in income a year. Despite the 17.5% tariff established on tomato…

Christian Drechsler, Gemüsebau Bernd & Christian Drechsler:

"Better prices for vegetables would be very important"

"We have had greenhouses since 1973 and we were one of the first horticultural companies in Bavaria that switched to growing in substrate gutters," says Christian Drechsler of Gemüsebau Bernd & Christian Drechsler. Since then, there have been many extensions and the Drechsler family now grows produce…

"Effective screens for high-tech greenhouses are becoming increasingly important"

June 2019 was the hottest June ever in Europe, but the trend is certainly towards new records. For this reason, effective screens for high-tech greenhouses are becoming increasingly important. Arrigoni offers two solutions that can help farmers adapt to climate changes in recent years, to produce more…

New mini cucumber line launched

Canadian-based greenhouse grower NatureFresh™ Farms has launched a new line of mini cucumbers. The company says the 'Unveiled Mini Cucumber' offers extra crunch. They have a pale complexion and are considered mid-sized beauties, making them good for snacks or appetizers. NatureFresh™ Farms said that by trialing unique varieties…

Photo report: Visiting Franken-Gemüse Knoblauchsland

"Cooperatives have more innovative power"

Regional goods are booming in the German retail sector and so the big chains are trying to secure their share of the cake by contracting and gaining foreign investors through major projects. Florian Wolz, Managing Director of Franken-Gemüse Knoblauchsland eG advocates the preservation of structures:…

Northland to become hydroponic fruit growing capital of NZ

Northland’s future is looking fruitful as the hydroponic horticultural capital of New Zealand. A $2.37 million Provincial Growth Fund partnership today announced by the…

Debate over heated greenhouses heats up in France

France: No more heated organic greenhouse crops sold in winter

Growing organic vegetables in a heated greenhouse. According to various French organizations this is a complete contradiction, but according to the European organic certification rules there's nothing wrong with it. Today the French decided it will remain possible to grow organic in heated greenhouses -…

Photo report: German greenhouse relies on high-tech cultivation technology

Emsland Gemüse GmbH based in Emsbüren has been successfully using modern production ways for modern, high-quality greenhouse products for many years. The high-tech producer and 100% subsidiary of Emsflower GmbH currently produces three different varieties of tomatoes under glass growing and is constantly…

Photo report: Peak season at Emsland Gemüse

"Planning to extend the season so that we can still harvest by the end of November."

The domestic season for fruit vegetables is currently in full swing. In all major growing areas in Germany tons of cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers are harvested. This goes for Emsland Gemüse as well. Since its founding, the farm has been entirely dedicated to the production of tomatoes in three…

Oppy's branded organic line to be featured at the Organic Produce Summit

A cornerstone of Oppy’s branded organic produce line, OriginO tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers will be featured at the fresh produce marketer’s booth at the upcoming Organic Produce Summit in Monterey, Calif. Oppy announced that visitors to booth 407 can catch up with grower Raymond Wong and sample new…

Successful South African herb farmer knows no boundaries

Nestled between the slopes of the Simonsberg mountain in Stellenbosch and the Haweqwa Nature Reserve next to Groenberg, you’ll find the ever busy agripreneur Basil Williams tending to his crop. When speaking to the CEO and founder of Herbal View Hydroponics, you’d think that you’re in conversation with…

Massive growth in attendance as Protected Cropping Australia Conference gets underway on Gold Coast

"Everyone within the industry is expanding because there is demand for their product"

More than 575 delegates are expected to attend the Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) Conference 2019 on the Gold Coast, which began on Monday, which is a significant increase on the previous event. One of the organisers and PCA Chair, Nicky Mann says last conference there was only 468, which shows an…

Networking a key component at Organic Produce Summit

While all trade shows provide the chance for companies to network with each other and help create a foundation for great partnerships, the Organic Produce Summit’s focus on the organic category emphasizes this even more. This is also how Mucci Farms, a greenhouse grower with operations across North…

Liliana Esposito, Wendy’s:

“Our greenhouse grown tomatoes started with a quest for flavor and quality”

It took a crisis and dissatisfaction with the tomatoes being served in their restaurants for burger chain Wendy’s to switch their tomato supply to indoor, hydroponic grown tomatoes. Nowadays a dozen greenhouse companies supply the 6,000 Wendy’s restaurants, and all burgers are made with greenhouse grown…

Preparing to grow bananas in Tajikistan greenhouses

Members of the “Dustobod 2” farm in the Spitamen district of the Republic of Tajikistan intend to build four innovative hectares of hydroponics on 4 hectares by 2021. There,…

SalaJoe brings out innovative salad trio

Three salads in one, hydroponically produced The special feature of SalaJoe salads: they are offered as a trio - three salads in one, either in single colors or as tricolors - with the root included. Another plus is that Haubners produces the lettuces hydroponically in a resource-saving way. Fully…

Fruchthof Hensen relies on various cultivation techniques

Photo report: From spring to winter - fresh strawberries for food retail

On production farm Fruchthof Hensen, in the deep south of North Rhine-Westphalia, fresh strawberries will thrive for about 8 months a year. Whether in the field, tunnel, greenhouse or on racks: there is a suitable cultivation technique for every season and weather type. Despite the many challenges of…

... and why hydroponic grown lettuce is the answer

"Food safety has a different meaning in Europe than in America”

“When you talk about food safety in America, you talk about a different topic than when you talk about food safety in Europe. In Europe, growing safe is about growing without residues of plant protection products, whereas growing safe in America is defined by the absence of pathogens in food.” That’s…

Further severe weather damage to North German horticulture

Hail smashes greenhouses

Heavy storms have again caused significant damage in the past few days. "Hailstones almost as big as chicken eggs" dropped down in Müden on the Aller in Lower Saxony, smashing the greenhouses of a…

Redpath's custom built greenhouses made to suit any climate

Leading manufacturer of horticultural and agricultural buildings, Redpath Greenhouses Australia, which is exhibiting at Hort Connections in Melbourne, says many outdoor growers are starting to look at indoor growing as a bit of insurance, especially with the extreme weather conditions in Australia and…

Max Kipiatkov, Hanita Kibbutz about the TAPKIT

"We can grow all year around with a continuous supply"

The Hanita Kibbutz in Northern Israel may be more than 80 years old, but their cultivation methods are certainly not outdated. They have chosen to use a TAPKIT instead of a low-tech greenhouse. TAPKIT is a complete, relatively low-cost hydroponic production system. Teshuva Agricultural Products (TAP)…

Mexico: Phase 1 completed of 13 hectare blueberry greenhouse site

US-based FibreDust announces the expansion of operations to include a facility in Cd Guzman Mexico. FD Berries in Cd Guzman, Jalisco under the name of FD Berries S.A de C.V began operations in 2018 with the goal of not only showcasing the popular True Blue blueberry grow bag, but to serve as a proving…

Culinary cook-off highlights greenhouse produce

An evening of culinary artistry is hard to pass up, and recently the third annual United Way Battle of the Growers was held. This was the inaugural year for Red Sun Farms’ participation in this friendly competitive event. For the past two years local greenhouse growers have been paired up with a local…

Peter Quiring, NatureFresh™ Farms:

“Our goal is to be building 200 to 300 acre farms”

The market is not there yet, but according to Peter Quiring, CEO with NatureFresh™ Farms, the greenhouse industry needs to be building 200 or even 300 acre farms very soon - and growing one crop in those farms. “In the end, it comes down to price. Large scale investments are the answer to this.” Peter…

Nursery farm Rusthoeve

Busy Open Day at Rusthoeve despite rain and thunder

On Wednesday June 19 it was once again time for the annual Open Day at nursery farm Rusthoeve in Colijnsplaat in Zeeland. Despite the rainy weather that afternoon it there was a relaxed atmosphere and a good sized crowd. "We might have started the day with thunder storms, but the attendance was higher…

Bowery Farming: expanding assortment outside lettuce and leafy greens

"Just because it's possible to grow a crop indoors doesn't mean you should do it"

It is one of the favourite topics for critics of indoor farming: how will you feed the world with lettuce? The team with Bowery Farming doesn’t see it as its primarily goal to feed all of the world, but is expanding its produce assortment anyhow. Yesterday at the Indoor AgTech in New York, Bowery Farming…

Spain: "Hydroponic cultivation of red fruits increases yields by 17%".

At the V International Congress of Red Fruits of Huelva, hydroponics was discussed as an alternative to conventional cultivation in the production of red fruits. Currently in…

Strong period for greenhouse tomato production in Mexico

Growers of greenhouse tomatoes are reporting strong production in the Mexican growing regions thanks to abundant sunshine and warm to hot weather. The hotter temperatures are finally settling into the regions, causing some transitions to take place between different sites, as explained by Jaime Garcia of…

New plastic support for hydroponic crops such as basil

Rosa Plast has introduced a new support to grow basil using hydroponic cultivation techniques that increases productivity by 25% developed in collaboration with Cammelli . "Thanks to our lengthy experience and our collaboration with Cammelli, we developed a panel for the cultivation of basil. The great…

Future of indoor grown food discussed at Indoor AgTech

What role will indoor-grown food be playing in the future and how will the vertical farming industry develop? There’s a lot going on: Investors find their way into the industry, growing facilities are scaling up and collaborations are being formed these days. On the other hand, companies go out of…

New greenhouse for Dalmonte Vivai

17th June 2019 was a historic day for Dalmonte Guido and Vittorio Vivai, as they inaugurated the new 5,000 sq m greenhouse that will enable the company to produce other types of plants, explore new potential markets and have greater control over all production phases. Click here for the photos! The…

South Hessian season for outdoor herbs in full swing

"Greenhouse cultivation will never replace open fields"

The season for German outdoor herbs is nearing its peak: At present, large volumes of native varieties as well as special herbs are arriving at wholesalers and in the retail trade. The campaign is also gaining momentum in southern Hesse, says Kai Reinheimer, owner of the vegetable farm that bears the…

Bad weather in Europe causes consumption to fall and brings prices down

Negative balance for Almeria's greenhouse melon and watermelon campaign

With the greenhouse melon and watermelon campaign about to end in Almería, the season's balance is turning out to be negative. The weather in Europe has been quite cold and rainy, so the consumption of these fruits, which strongly depends on the temperature, has not been high. The consequence is that…

Leamington Fair

Leamington greenhouse growers take home awards

Sunset® won awards in nine categories at the 12th Annual Leamington Greenhouse Competition, earning it the most accolades of the two-day competition. In addition to receiving Best Overall Strawberry for the dreamberry™, part of the new WOW™ berry line, Sunset® Qukes™ was named best cocktail cucumber and…

Werner Freese, ELO Producer Wholesale Market Langförden-Oldenburg eG:

"We have been lucky with the weather so far"

Heavy rainfall and corresponding damage to the fruit growers endanger the berry producers in various parts of Germany. In contrast to the eastern and southern German wine-growing regions, the region of Oldenburg - one of the most important growing areas in the republic - was spared hail and heavy rain.…

Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico

Planasa opens a new strawberry and raspberry plant nursery

Planasa has recently inaugurated the farm ‘El Esfuerzo’ in Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico. It is a new strawberry and raspberry plant nursery that will create 800 direct jobs in this area. With these new facilities and more than 1,500 hectares worldwide, Planasa consolidates its leading position as one of the…

Essex County, Ontario

Canada: Hydro One to boost Leamington greenhouses power supply

Leamington, a municipality in Ontario, Canada, has an ever-expanding greenhouse industry. In the very near future it will get a major power boost with a new 230-kilovolt…

To increase international agricultural exports

Jordan: King Abdullah II inaugurates pioneering agricultural project in Mafraq

On Wednesday, June 12, his Majesty King Abdullah II inaugurated the pioneering agricultural project of the international company Del Monte Food which is part of the Sobha Development Project in Mafraq Governorate. The project is implemented in partnership with the Hashemite Fund for the Development of…

'Fresh Grocer' talks about greenhouse tomatoes

We follow 'Fresh Grocer' Tony Tantillo to the vegetable aisle, where he talks about greenhouse tomatoes.

The Agroecology Service will help improve waste management

Almeria's greenhouses as a model for sustainability

Almeria's greenhouse system has improved its energy processes and resource management, increasing the sustainability of its facilities. Its main source of energy is solar,…

Qatar takes on boycott with greenhouses and vegetables

The small but wealthy country of Qatar has been under a trade and transport boycott by Saudi Arabia and its allies since June 2017. Qatar is the world's top liquefied natural gas exporter but a net importer of nearly everything else. This event forced it to retool an economy once heavily reliant on…

Rabo AgriFinance funds MightyVine expansion

US (IL): Tomato greenhouse to double in size to 30 acres

MightyVine announced a deal with Rabo AgriFinance to expand its production capabilities. Financing from Rabo AgriFinance will allow MightyVine to expand its 15-acre greenhouse in Rochelle, Ill. to a total of 30 acres by 2020. The expansion is driven by demand from MightyVine’s current retail partners for…

Veetaste grows microgreens with high nutritional properties

"Our company was established in 2017 and uses simple and extremely functional systems to produce over 60 varieties of innovative foods defined as microgreens," explains Francesca Palermo, CEO of Veetaste Urban Agriculture, a business located in Puglia that uses vertical farming as an alternative to…

Aix en Provence: 1,100m² of organic greenhouses to supply a school canteen

After the inauguration of a grain library, Negrelian officials have opened greenhouses near Château de Châteauneuf-le-Rouge. Covering an area of 1100 m², these greenhouses…

The cluster tomatoes are marketed in Italy with the "Cuori Rossi" brand

Dutch cluster tomato imports remain stable

The cluster tomatoes grown in hydroponic greenhouses represents almost half of the imports from the Netherlands into Italy. Approximately 51,406 tons were imported in 2018. One of the Italian companies which maintains one of the longest and most professional relations with the Netherlands is Cherry…

Hungarian greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers may be cheaper this year

Despite this year's smaller production area, the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Product Board (FruitVeb) has predicted that producers will obtain between 5 and 10 percent more…

“The Open Greenhouse Operation 2019 was a real success”

From May 22nd to 25th, the 4th edition of the Open Greenhouse Operation was held at the national level, coordinated by AOPn (Association of French Tomato and Cucumber Producers). For the occasion, 23 greenhouses opened their doors to schools and to the general public. “The first year, we had 800…

Planet Farms announce largest vertical farming facility in Europe

Planet Farms , a company established in Milan by Luca Travaglini and Daniele Benatoff, have announced the largest and most advanced vertical farming facility in Italy and…

Ecuador's first certified organic pitahaya reaches international markets

Organic pitahaya is a product that is increasingly demanded in international markets, and even more if it has the German BCS certification, which is why an Ecuadorian company decided to invest in this much appreciated product a few years ago, using family greenhouses that were not being used to grow…

Sustainability at the forefront for Canadian greenhouse grower

Ontario-based greenhouse grower NatureFresh Farms said it has been increasingly looking towards growing and shipping its produce more sustainably. The company sees this as a critical step moving forward and believes more consumers are also looking to companies to demonstrate these values. A big part of…

Spain

Experimental cultivation of local tomatoes to boost their value

The Center for Integrated Training and Agrarian Experiences of Torre Pacheco has already obtained the first results from its experimental cultivation of local tomatoes in coconut fiber. The crops have been grown between January and July in unheated greenhouses, with a coconut fiber substrate that has…

Fully recyclable packaging extends from organic to conventional items

With its new SIMPLE Snack series, Mucci Farms is one of the finalists for the United Fresh 2019 Innovation Awards in the category of Best New Packaging. The company’s CuteCumber Poppers packaging won the award last year. SIMPLE is an acronym for Sustainable Innovation Made Purposely for our Living…


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