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Greenhouse grower offering two new tomato recipes

Village Farms said it is offering consumers two new recipes for their spring table this year. The recipes feature two of Village Farms’ most loved tomato varieties, Maverick Mix® and the 100 percent authentic Heavenly Villagio Marzano®. “We are focused on bringing the fun into food this year,” said Helen…

Discussion on Tomato Suspension Agreement to be held at Viva Fresh

The 2019 Viva Fresh Produce Expo will host a workshop on Friday, April 26 focusing on the Tomato Suspension Agreement, an item that has become a hot topic during the last six months. Moderated by Dante Galeazzi, President & CEO of the Texas International Produce Association, a panel of experts will…

It's the third container farm made by US manufacturer

Swedish supermarket opens onsite container farm

US container farm manufacturer Freight Farms has built and opened a new container farm at a Swedish supermarket through their Scandinavian distributor Futufarm. Located in Halmstad Sweden, Freight Farms customer ICA Maxi Högskolan is one of ICA Gruppen's 1,300 grocery stores in the country. This month,…

DTPH-60 : Promising tomato hybrid for protected cultivation

India is the second largest vegetable producer in the world - after China - with a total production of 180 million tonnes from an area of 10.4 million hectares with the…

Burglar caught and sentenced after taking a bite from grower's tomato

What do you do when you get hungry during a burglary? You just take a bite of a tomato of course, there are plenty of them in the greenhouse. A 37-year-old burglar paid dearly…

Italy: Thirteen hectares of lettuce grown on a floating system

All types of lettuce are grown with the floating system on an area of 13 hectares. The whole system is automated to produce salad marketed under the brand name Ninfa. The location is Standiana, (Ravenna), near the large amusement park Mirabilandia, famous in Italy. "Here we also have fun with water - and…

Hailstorms hit Puglia

FreshPlaza talked to a few producers after the heavy hailstorms that hit Puglia on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April 2019. Francesco D'Urso, a producer located in Crispiano (Taranto), says that "there was a heavy storm on Sunday afternoon which has caused a lot of damage in the vineyards." "Hail stones were as big as…

Savéol new energies

France: Inauguration of energy advances in Savéol greenhouses

In 2018, the Savéol cooperative of French tomato and strawberry producers launched the project “Savéol new energies”. As part of this project, the growers Michel Le Hir and Cathy Nlot inaugurated several energy advances in their greenhouses in Plabennec, Brittany. The inauguration of energy advances “We…

Johan Vrijland, JNV Produce:

"The UK is never the first to switch to Dutch greenhouses vegetables"

"People in the UK make decisions quickly but when it comes to prices, they do not make a move quickly. Winter contracts are often fixed up to week 17. This includes Easter," says Johan Vrijland of the Dutch company, JNV Produce. This marketing company focuses solely on exports to the United Kingdom. "The…

Berlin start-up brings "small garden in the supermarket" to NRW

Infarm installed greenhouses at 2 Edeka stores in Münster

Grow herbs and salads locally in the market and get them, freshly harvested, in the shopping cart. With the "small garden in the supermarket", the word "freshness" takes on a new dimension. The department stores in Loddenheide and Gievenbeck welcome a new farmer in the city: start-up company Infarm from…

Domestic tomato production building as industry eyes May 7th

As North America undergoes the crossover from winter tomato production to spring, supplies look good and are expected to build. “When it comes to field-grown tomatoes, South Florida still has product. They’re going to start their spring crop within the next 10 days as they finish up their down south…

Böttcher Gartenbau supplies ingredients for popular Easter specialty

Seven herbs for green sauce - now with German herbs

Parsley, chives, chervil, sorrel, pimpinelle, borage and watercress: "Every connoisseur knows that these are the necessary ingredients for the green sauce." The well-tried specialty is a seasonal highlight, especially in Southwest Germany, and especially at Easter," says Hendzel, responsible for…

France: Tomatoes “Made in Manche”

Produced in the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel, in Brecey, on 17 hectares, the tomatoes “made in Manche” have been harvested for the first time. The project was conceived at the end…

Australia: Government backs bumblebee pollination of Tasmanian tomatoes

The Australian government has agreed with a Senate committee recommendation to use Tasmania's feral bumblebee populations for a two-year trial for pollination purposes. The…

New Zealand cherry grower hosts open house in retractable orchard cover

Central Otago based cherry producer Clyde Orchards recently hosted an educational field day under their new 3-hectare Cravo retractable roof X-Frame. The field day gave leading cherry and berry professionals from across New Zealand, Australia and the UK a chance to connect with both current users and…

Benny Cuypers, BelOrta

"Product from the south makes it difficult for Belgian cucumbers and courgettes"

"The situation is quite difficult for cucumbers, courgettes and aubergines at the moment. There are already large volumes of Belgian cucumbers and aubergines on the market, but there is also still product from the south present. This is causing pressure on the price at the moment," says Benny Cuypers of…

Coert Lamers, Nautilus Organic:

Dutch organic greenhouse vegetables soon completely available again

Nautilus Organic is, compared to other cooperatives, unique in the Netherlands because they’re completely focused on 100% organic fruit and vegetables. For the organic growers of greenhouse vegetables, the new season is about to start. In March, the first cucumbers and aubergines were marketed, and red…

10 hectare expansion for Den Berk Délice

"Thanks to LED lighting we can supply speciality tomatoes all year round"

Last December, Den Berk Délice opened a new cultivation location in Merksplas, ‘Den Horst’. The company is currently investing in a further expansion of 10 hectares of greenhouses with LED lighting to deliver the same taste and quality 365 days a year. “In Rijkevorsel, 10 hectares are being added and the…

Moldova needs to invest in development of greenhouse agriculture

The Republic of Moldova produces only 4 percent of its vegetables in greenhouses, although this sector could become a strategic one for Moldova, according to experts from the…

France: “Heated greenhouse production not organic”

On the 3rd of April, the National Committee of Biological Agriculture (CNAB) was supposed to decide on the ban on heated greenhouses to produce organic fruits and vegetables off-season. Fnab and Synabio, reported on organic conversion projects in heated greenhouses in Brittany and Pays de la Loire and,…

Maximilian Reuhl, Wetterauer Früchtchen: "Good prices and quality"

Hessian strawberry producers start the season with good prospects

In Wetteraukreis, in the heart of Hesse, the heated film tunnel strawberry harvest started this week. "The crops are doing quite well and so far we have seen no damage. We assume it will be a normal season opener," said Maximilian Reuhl of production company Wetterauer Früchtchen based in Münzenberg.…

Rik Decadt, REO Veiling:

“Volume of beefsteak tomatoes in Europe drops while demand rises”

“The situation on the tomato market is currently fair. Demand for beefsteak tomatoes is very good, and regarding price levels they’re doing better than the vine tomatoes, seasonally. The number of beefsteak tomatoes in Europe isn’t as high as in the past, and that’s why they’re slowly becoming…

Greenhouse grower highlights organics and innovations at CPMA

At the Canadian Produce Marketing Association trade show and conference held on April 3rd and 4th, Village Farms is introducing new developments including adding the original and authentic Heavenly Villagio Marzano® and Maverick Mix® varieties to their certified organic offerings. These new items will be…

CO.SER clients take part in design and investment stages of greenhouse production

Freshplaza talked to CO.SER sales manager Roberto Guarino (in the photo) about the situation after the bad weather with strong winds of a few weeks ago and about trends in the greenhouse sector. "Luckily only 1% of structures were damaged by the bad weather. Of course the main concern for our clients is…

Visit sustainable ECO lounge at CPMA

Mucci Farms trialing new compostable and recyclable packaging options

An exciting week lies ahead with CPMA’s annual tradeshow and convention taking place in Montreal, QC. At this year’s show, Mucci Farms will be focusing on its Cutecumber Poppers, Fresh Mix and a new packaging series called Simple Snack. “We are trialing and will be soft launching our Simple Snack Series…

Focusing on sustainability initiatives

NatureFresh introduces new team member

NatureFresh™ Farms are expanding their facilities, providing year-round Ontario grown produce and introducing their new sustainable practices along with their most recent addition to the NatureFresh™ Farms team. On April 3rd to 4th, NatureFresh™ Farms will share their achievements in sustainable…

US (RI): Gotham Greens expands to New England with 110,000 sq. ft. greenhouse

On the banks of Providence's Woonasquatucket River, Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor, and community leaders joined Viraj Puri, co-founder and CEO of Gotham Greens, to officially announce and preview construction…

Perpetual positivity fuels new BC greenhouse brand

After more than a quarter century of growing and packing for others, the Randhawa family of greenhouse growers has stepped purposefully into the spotlight with a brand of its own. Moving forward, peppers and cucumbers grown by the Randhawas under 76-plus acres of glass in Abbotsford, BC will bear the…

Ton de Jong, FruitMasters:

“Sales of greenhouse strawberries primarily focused on Dutch and German markets”

The Dutch greenhouse strawberry season has started again. “The Dutch strawberry season will be officially opened during the Red Cross Blossom Walk on Saturday 13 April. We’ll spare no expense to inform consumers the new Dutch strawberry season will have opened. The majority of greenhouse strawberries…

Australian grower uses hydroponics for a unique crop

Dean Wakefield has recently set up a new business called Hortipride and they are growing a unique crop in Western Australia that might be a world first. Dean originally grew Cape Gooseberry (Physalis Peruviana) in Zimbabwe in late 90s in the open field before starting trials in some basic tunnels. While…

North American tomato supplies set to improve

Tomato supplies remain light as the transition of a number of growing regions takes place. In Mexico, the winter crop is nearing its end and in the US, Florida supplies are also waning before the spring crop starts. As a result, suppliers are feeling a tightness in the market. "We still have some…

Total vegetable yields also under last year's level

Thuringia: Vegetable harvest under-glass declining

According to information from the Thuringian State Statistics Office, a total of 11,150 tons of vegetables were harvested in 2018 in the Thüringer Greenhouses. That was around 100 tonnes or 1 percent less than the year before. With a total of 34 hectares, the greenhouse area was 3 hectares or 8 percent…

Etagrow wants to revolutionize indoor vegetable farming with its LED-based system

Tyrolean start-up brings us winter tomatoes with heating function

Start-up Etagrow from Telfs (Tyrol) wants to revolutionize indoor vegetable cultivation with its LED-based system. The waste heat of the water-cooled lamps is used for heating. How the innovative process would work is explained by the founder. "The world population continues to grow; at the same time the…

Event on Thursday March 28

Rhode Island Governor to welcome new urban greenhouse farm in Providence

Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, Rhode Island Secretary of Commerce Stefan Pryor, and other members of the community will join Viraj Puri, co-founder and CEO of Gotham Greens, for an official announcement and construction preview at its first urban greenhouse farm…

Kimbal Musk's urban farm announces new Michigan location

Gordon Food Service® and Square Roots today announced plans for their partnership’s first urban farm campus location, to be constructed on the site of Gordon Food Service’s headquarters in Wyoming, Michigan. Even as media and the marketplace responded to the companies’ initial March 6 announcement of…

Largest tomato and pepper growing facility in Central Europe to be built in Hungary

The largest pepper and tomato-growing garden in Central Europe is to be built between Hegyeshalom and Bezenye, following a one-billion Euro investment. It will provide jobs…

Scherzer Gemüse starts with mini cucumber cultivation for the first time

Tomatoes made in Dinkelsbühl

In the greenhouse facility in Waldeck, a district of Dinkelsbühl, the Gemüse Scherzer family business is now harvesting tomatoes for the fifth year. Dinkelsbühl's Lord Mayor Christoph Hammer made a company tour, also talking about "five years of tomatoes made in Dinkelsbühl". In recent years, a lot has happened at Gemüse…

An experimental system reduces water consumption by 28% in berry cultivation

The Project for the Promotion of Efficiency in Irrigation (Ferdoñana), an initiative of the SAI platform (Sustainable Agriculture Initiative), has launched an experimental plan to demonstrate the benefits offered by a innovative irrigation technique called on-demand irrigation on substrate. This method…

Greenhouse tomato production spans most US states

While Florida and California accounted for 76 percent of US production of field-grown tomatoes in 2016, greenhouse production and use of other protected-culture technologies help extend the growing season and make production feasible in a wider variety of geographic locations. Some greenhouse production…

Cucumbers: German harvest begins

Cucumbers are available all year round, but fresh cucumbers from local farms only start their new season in March. To produce high-quality fruits, the heat-loving plant grows in Germany and Central Europe, predominantly under protection in film tunnels or greenhouses. At home, it should not be kept below 10°Celsius. Cucumbers…

South Korea: First crops harvested in hydroponic units

In South Korea the first lettuce and herbs have been harvested in the TAPKIT units that EZfarm purchased. Harvesting under these cold conditions is the first for the relatively new greenhouse kit. Teshuva Agricultural Projects (T.A.P.) supplies the TAPKIT - a 500 m2 hydroponic unit, in three different…

Greenhouse Technology Village

Opportunities for evolving horticulture

Macfrut (8th-10th May 2019) introduces the Greenhouse Technology Village, showcasing the producers of technologies, materials and technical means, seed producers and specialized nursery gardeners with the aim of increasing protected crops to extend the supply calendars and defend them against extreme…

Romeo Ceroni, etter & berno AG:

"The season for spinach has just started here in Seeland"

"The season for protected cultivation spinach has just started here in Seeland", says Romeo Ceroni, managing director of the fruit and vegetable company etter & berno AG, from Ried/Kerzers in Switzerland. "We try to source our products as regionally as possible, and if no spinach from Seeland or…

Munich gastronomy supplier Früchte Feldbrach scores with regional cress varieties

"With Munich Micros we have an interesting USP on the market"

Since mid-November, Früchte Feldbrach GmbH from Munich has been offering a diverse range of regionally cultivated cresses. Under the label Munich Micros, the sprouts are offered on the wholesale market. At that time the product line was only available on pre-order, while various processes were optimized.…

Landgard starts the domestic greenhouse season

Regionally cultivated vegetables available from now on

With tomatoes and peppers from unexposed cultivation, Landgard is bringing the first fresh summer vegetables from the region on the market in Germany in the middle of March. Due to the sunny weather in February, member companies of the producers' cooperative in northern Germany and the Lower Rhine will…

Manche: production of 520,000 tomato plants

Opened in February 2019 in Brécey (Manche), a greenhouse of 17 hectares will produce 520,000 tomato plants. This project of the Maraîchers du Mont-Saint-Michel was the wish of…

Bellomo continues experimenting with vegetables and niche specialities

Bellomo is a company run by the third generation of a family but which took on its current form only in 2010, yet maintaining the essential principles of traditional farming typical of southern Italy. "We cover 11 hectares and the proximity to the sea combined with the exposure to wind from the west…

Job van den Berg, Bioworld:

“Currently, in organic greenhouse vegetables, continuity overrides prices when necessary”

It happened a few times in the past organic campaign - organic greenhouse vegetables that had to be sold at lower prices to retailers. This, despite the market prices being…

Gemüsering Thüringen GmbH:

"2,800 tons of Brioso tomatoes expected"

In the giant greenhouses in Alperstedt, 2800 tons of cocktail and 3500 tons of vine tomatoes are ripening. The harvest will begin at the end of March. There are bell peppers as well. The farmers expect a yield of 1200 tons, it says in an edition of the Thüringer Allgemeine. The Gemüsering Thüringen team…

Brooklyn urban indoor farm goes national with partnership

Square Roots, a Brooklyn-based urban indoor farming company, and Gordon Food Service, have officially joined forces to bring locally-grown food to customers across North America, all year-round. The partnership will ultimately see new campuses of Square Roots’ indoor farms built on or near Gordon Food…

"Greenhouse aid package is a great opportunity for Turkish agriculture!"

Ozer Matli, Bursa Commodity Exchange Chairman at The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) said that the new greenhouse aid package is a great opportunity for Turkish agriculture. Matli evaluated the new credit scheme for greenhouse investments and said: "In Turkey, 75% of bananas,…

Regional and fossil fuel-free vegetable cultivation

Geothermal energy is on the rise in vegetable production

The first German geothermally heated greenhouse is located in Kirchweidach; it belongs to the Steiner vegetable farm. All heating is supplied by the neighboring geothermal…

Greenhouse grower to focus on new Georgia facility at Southern Exposure

Now almost 3 months since their first picks of fresh greenhouse grown vegetables from their new Fort Valley, GA greenhouse facility, Pure Flavor® said it has started to change the landscape in the southeast. “When we put the first shovel in the ground 18 months ago, we knew we had our work cut out for us…

“We are exploring locations for further expansion in the US”

After commencing operations at their new USA Headquarters in Huron, Ohio mid last year, Mucci Farms is reporting a successful start to the venture. The entire project encompasses 75 acres of greenhouses including a 70,000 square foot distribution facility. The first phase is complete and operational…

There are 6,517 hectares of greenhouse intensive crops in Argentina

According to statistics of the Argentine Committee of Plastics for Agricultural Production, Argentina has 6,517 hectares of intensive crops in greenhouses. Vegetables occupy…

Good supplies and lower prices for greenhouse tomatoes

Supplies of a variety of greenhouse tomatoes are strong right now. “Normally in February, the majority of tomatoes--grape, tomatoes on the vine (TOV), beef, roma and all of the medleys--come out of Mexico. From the end of January until March is Mexico’s high season for production,” says Jeff Madu of…

Nijs van Zuilen, Berrybrothers:

"Demand for Dutch redcurrants has grown a lot "

"The demand for Dutch redcurrants has increased significantly over the last few weeks. This means the availability of this product has rapidly decreased. We expect to be able to provide this Dutch product to our clients until about the end of March," says Nijs van Zuilen of the Dutch wholesaler,…

A productive and attractive-looking vegetable

Leonardo zucchini adapting to greenhouse cultivation

Nearly 350 agricultural producers, technicians and cooperative members of the Campo de Cartagena attended the Zucchini Conferences of Semillas Fitó, where the quality and the huge potential of the new Leonardo zucchini have been demonstrated. The conferences were held in mid-January in a greenhouse in…

Kees Havenaar, Frutas Luna:

"Good quality, but modest prices for Spanish greenhouse vegetables"

"The quality of greenhouse vegetables from Almería and its surrounding regions is good. There has been no rain over the last two months and there is enough wind, says the Spanish company, Frutas Luna's, Kees Havenaar. "This all benefits the products' quality. However, ask me how the price is and how…

Agtech company announces next generation container farm

Freight Farms, a Boston Massachusetts-based company that manufactures hydroponic vertical farms in shipping containers, today announced the launch of their new farm - the Greenery. The new design is meant as a successor to the company's Leafy Green Machine, which has been delivered to 15 countries and 38…

Spain: El Hierro will have specific line to adapt greenhouses to pineapple cultivation

This Saturday, it was announced in El Hierro that the Government is working on a new line of aid from the Rural Development Program of the Canary Islands, which will help pineapple growers on the Islands adapt their greenhouses to this crop, or fund the construction of new ones. Fernando Clavijo,…

More greenhouses along the East Coast for company's aggressive expansion

BrightFarms has announced plans for expansion with new greenhouse farms in New England (Central MA), New York (Hudson Valley) and North Carolina. The new greenhouses will each be 280,000 square feet and sit on 20 acres of land. According to the company, each greenhouse is expected to create around 55…

Column Frits van der Meulen (KCB)

Dutch greenhouse production off to a careful start

February is not yet over, and people are already eagerly awaiting Dutch products. It is still very early in the season, but the first Dutch cucumbers and, especially,…

Low supply of illuminated beefsteak tomatoes results in unrealistic prices

The Belgian tomato season has had a good winter period. “Demand for Belgian tomatoes was good, but we’ve noticed the supply of Spanish and Moroccan product also affects the…

Spain: Edible micro vegetables without soil or sun

One day, Juan Naudín, a native of the Spanish city of Zaragoza, decided to dedicate himself to agriculture. But he did it with a very innovative project: the cultivation of edible micro vegetables, young plants that are born from vegetable seeds and which are picked after only 10-18 days. This product is…

Werder Frucht GmbH brings three varieties of cucumbers onto the market

Cucumber harvest started at the Bralitz site last week

In the greenhouse in Bralitz (near Bad Freienwalde) in the state of Brandenburg, Werder Frucht GmbH has started harvesting its lettuces and mini cucumbers. This year, too, they expect a profitable and successful season. At the Bralitz site, cucumbers of the varieties "Prolog" and "Lausanna" are grown on…

About 20% of German strawberries already from protected cultivation

German tunnel cultivation is developing at a rapid pace

Domestic strawberries from mid-April and into October; this can only be thanks to modern cultivation methods in film tunnels. Until about 15 years ago, the season for strawberries was relatively short. The weather had to cooperate, so that the fruits in the fields would be ripe in the spring. Foil covers…

Equilibrium Capital on Revol Greens & Houwelings investments

“Access to equity capital is a competitive advantage”

There’s a new kid on the block investing in the greenhouse industry. Early this year, Revol Greens announced a facility equity partnership with Equilibrium Capital - and just two weeks later Houweling’s Group was connected to the same investment company. Then there's a third investment, in a yet…

Rindi Bristol with Whole Leaf in Alberta, Canada

"We grow consistent product no matter what the outside temperature is"

With consumers looking for more from their produce, at least one Canadian greenhouse grower is positioning itself as an environmentally-friendly and safe choice for leafy greens. Coaldale, Alberta-based Whole Leaf is a greenhouse grower of a variety of lettuces including romaine, butter, Batavia and…

Israel: Fresh cut peppers from the Arava area

It seems that the word pepper has become for a long time now, a synonym with the Arava region, and for a good reason. About 70% of the areas designated for agriculture, are used for growing delicious peppers. The agriculture in the Arava region is definitely designated for export: Over 95% of the peppers…

Future Farms offers a dual hydroponic system of containers and tunnels, bringing down costs through their R&D

Hydroponic vegetable farms on Johannesburg’s rooftops

Up amid the skyline of Johannesburg, entrepreneurs, chosen by business incubator WIBC and supported by the Johannesburg Inner City Partnership, are growing salad and vegetables commercially. Future Farms, a company designing and installing dual hydroponic commercial systems of containers and tunnels, was…

With Taiwanese Collaboration

Honduras will have four mega greenhouses to produce avocados

Four mega-greenhouses to produce Hass and Haitian avocado will be installed in the country with the collaboration of the Secretariat of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG) and the…

Grower Martin Appler from Thaur, Austria:

"My goal is to partially cover the regional needs for organic foods"

Sprouts and herbs are among the fastest growing product segments in the fresh food sector. Even in the Austrian specialist trade, sprouts are becoming increasingly important. Recently, the region of Tyrol welcomed a new producer: Martin Appler. And the innovative grower from Thaur has already won over a…

B-Four Agro to supply Koninklijke Vezet and Albert Heijn year-round

First hydroponic lettuce harvested; for now still by hand but soon fully automated

”Soon, I will be able to sit back and relax", answers grower, Willem Bas, of the Dutch company, B-Four Agro, with a twinkle in his eye. He was asked what there would be for him actually to do in his new ultramodern greenhouse. It is, of course, not true that he will have nothing to do. However, almost…

Greenhouse grower doubles organic production in Canada

Consumer demand for organic and locally-grown produce has inspired NatureFresh Farms to expand on their organic greenhouse offerings at their Ontario facility. The company is not only significantly expanding their organic acreage in Canada, but also adding a number of items to their organic list. The…

North American growers coping with the polar vortex

"It definitely costs a lot more to operate a greenhouse"

"This is the number one reason why indoor farming makes sense," says Robert Colangelo from Green Sense Farms as he shows us the difference between dozens of centimeters of snow outside and freshly growing veggies inside his farm in Portage, Indiana. Temperature hits a minimum of -19F and there's a…

US: Equilibrium invests in Houweling’s Group

Houweling’s Group and Equilibrium have partnered to invest in modernizing Houweling’s existing facilities in California, expanding the production capacity at their Utah facility, and accelerating the company’s growth. “We had been seeking a strategic equity partner for the past few years recognizing the…


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