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"Italian technology is the best in the world: we must have faith in ourselves"
"We did not expect such a flow of visitors, and this amply repays us for all the efforts made. But above all I am positively amazed at how this group of companies share the same goal, namely that of collaborating to try to reach the markets around the world without setting limits". Massimo and Emanuele…Miguel López, of Costa de Níjar: "We have lost 50% of the eggplant production"
1,000 hectares of greenhouses affected by hail in Almeria
"First a flood in September and now this hail storm. The truth is that this is becoming a very difficult campaign. The weather is not giving us any rest," says Miguel López, manager of the production and marketing company Costa de Níjar. The firm's producer-partners who escaped the floods have now been…
How television helped develop the Polish industry from potatoes to microgreens
Eight years ago, Polish restaurant menus mostly featured potato dishes. All that changed with the appearance of TV shows like Top Chef and MasterChef. Being a chef suddenly became a prestigious profession. "Polish restaurants delight in their innovative approach and sophisticated taste. Also, Michelin…VOEN Vöhringer sees great potential for "Zip it" system in international commercial fruit growing
"Growing interest in our zipper"
For many years, the VOEN company has been an internationally recognized supplier of protective solutions for commercial fruit growing. Since 2014, the 'protective cover' solutions of the traditional company -located in the heart of the Lake Constance area- are also equipped with modern zippers. The efficient and user-friendly procedure…
REO Veiling sells first cucumbers of the season
On Friday 17 January, the first cucumbers of the new growing season were sold by REO Veiling. With the sale of the first cucumbers, the new growing season has now completely kicked off. The product will remain available at the REO Veiling until the beginning of November. Grower Jasper Haghedooren…
Greenhouse growers in legal dispute over "Mighty" tomatoes
MightyVine, a Chicago greenhouse grower on 22.5 acres is suing Ontario greenhouse grower Mastronardi Produce over the use of the term ‘Mighty’ in its branding. MightyVine, which grows hydroponic tomatoes in a greenhouse in suburban Rochelle IL, has filed a federal lawsuit against Canadian grower…Henk van Doorne, Van Doorne Imex:
"In the Netherlands, things seem to get more difficult every year for lettuce"
"A wily crop," is how grower/trader, Henk van Doorne, describes Dutch greenhouse lettuce cultivation. "It seems as if things get a little more difficult every year. I do not…Agriculture Minister Owusu Afriyie Akoto:
“Ghana to boost vegetable and flower business through greenhouse construction”
The Ghanaian government has started constructing more greenhouses to start the development of vegetable seeds, in an effort to help boost Ghana’s vegetable cut flower production sector. Three of the greenhouses are at various levels of completion, with the first one located at Akumadan in the Offinso…"Vertical Farming meets the demand for more sustainability and regionality"
Migros Basel and Growcer launch joint vertical farming project
Together with the Migros Basel cooperative, Growcer is developing the first "Robotic Vertical Farm" in Switzerland, in order to grow regional foodstuffs there in the future, independent of weather conditions, pesticide-free and water-saving, and - thanks to the shortest transport routes - to deliver them…Olivier Barlaguet, Saveurs des Clos:
“The French lettuce production continues to decline”
Just as in he previous season, this year seems to be a good year for lettuce producers. “There is a very good flow for all species: lettuce, batavia, oak leaves but also chicory (curly/escarole),” explains Olivier Barlaguet of the cooperative group Saveurs des Clos. “Prices have been good since November.…Guy Deryckere, Van Lier
“Spanish tomatoes having a tough time on the market due to competition"
“Spanish greenhouse vegetable supplies had a hard time of it recently. This was during the festive season. It was due to a few transportation issues. It gets more difficult…Jim Westhoff, Valstar:
"Greenhouse vegetable market stable at too low a level for weeks"
The day trade in greenhouse vegetables has been going very smoothly over the last few weeks. "The hope is now mainly focused on the lower temperatures, causing production to decline and there would normally be higher prices in January and February, but for the time being it is calm and prices across the…Cucumbers, zucchinis and pumpkins in danger
Braunschweig researchers isolate cucumber virus for the first time in Germany
Plant virologist Dr. Wulf Menzel from the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen in Braunschweig, together with colleagues from Nuremberg and Freising, has isolated "cucumber virus" cucurbit aphid-borne yellows virus (CABYV) for the first time in Germany. The…
US: Massive greenhouse operation still expanding in Madison County
Canadian company Mastronardi Produce that sells its fruits & vegetables under the SUNSET brand, is a prominent greenhouse vegetable company on the continent, and the Oneida…Ministry of Municipality and Environment also supported farmers installing greenhouses
Qatar exceeds 2019 target of food self-sufficiency
Qatar, represented by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), has exceeded its target in achieving self-sufficiency regarding various fresh food products in 2019. The achievement of the target of 2019 set under the National Strategy for Food Security 2019-23 is seen as a big step by the…dozens of greenhouses being realized nearby Shanghai
"With an ROI of 3-5 years, Venlo Greenhouses are only built with strong financial backing"
“In Shanghai, there’s huge consumer demand for cherry tomatoes, but due to the limited acreage in an around the city only about 20 per cent of the demand can be filled in by local growers." Speaking is Mr Wang Jinhua, head of the Guangming Group. The company is building dozens of greenhouses in Shanghai…‘Micro-green’ technology inside military bunkers
India: Troops to get fresh veggies with help of new tech
Tinned food will be a thing of the past for soldiers patrolling the Siachen Glacier, considered the world’s highest battleground: Soon they will be able to munch on a variety of fresh vegetables grown inside their bunkers within a span of 10-12 days. This year, more than 1000 posts along the Siachen Glacier…
Major movement in organic greenhouse vegetable market does not materialize
December is not the busiest month for organic greenhouse vegetable growers, so it is also quieter at the sales offices. That, however, does not mean people sat still in the run-up to Christmas. The 2019 balance sheet was drawn up, and last-minute plans for 2020 were made. Across the board, 2019 was…
Greenhouse leafy green growers maximize opportunities
An increasing interest from consumers in local produce as well as growing concerns over food safety are two trends leading to increased opportunities for greenhouses growing leafy greens. Little Leaf Farms in Shirley, MA, is seeing consistent growth thanks, in part, to these two consumer trends. Since…
LG presents a smart greenhouse to grow vegetables in the kitchen
Due to the upcoming edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), one of the main fairs and congresses on consumer technologies that will take place in Las Vegas (Nevada, United States), LG has presented its first intelligent greenhouse, a new type of appliance that can be installed in the kitchen to…
UAE: Pure Harvest to add berries and lettuce
Ever since they started harvesting their first tomatoes in November 2018, the team with Pure Harvest has been battling the temperatures in Abu Dhabi (UAE), that reach up to 53 degrees Celcius. Now that they've managed to find their way around, it's time for a new challenge: growing leafy greens and…
Profitability and competitiveness: crucial concepts for Spanish greenhouse vegetables
The lack of profitability and competitiveness of the Spanish greenhouse vegetable production was one of the key points discussed at the meeting of the protected vegetable sector, held with the presence of the Director General of Agricultural Productions and Markets, Esperanza Orellana. She acknowledged…Ecological treatments with ozone are gaining ground
“Keeping greenhouses healthy can be simple and cheap”
Ecological treatments with ozone are gaining ground for their safety, but also for the high demand for organic or zero waste fruit and vegetable products. “Ozone is an effective natural disinfectant formed by three oxygen atoms. Its main advantage in agriculture and the food industry is that it…Koppert also advises the use of blue colored traps
Orius and Cucumeris stop thrips in pepper crops in winter
The pest known as thrips (Frankiniella occidentalis) is becoming increasingly present in greenhouses in the winter. This is mainly due to the fact that the cold slows down the flowering of peppers. Due to the lack of flowers, there is not enough pollen to feed the Orius laevigatus (marketed by Koppert as…
US: Little Leaf Farms doubling hydroponic, greenhouse-growing operations in MA in 2020
For many business owners, Paul Sellew has a good problem to solve. The founder and chief executive officer of Little Leaf Farms is producing one million boxes of fresh greenhouse-grown baby green lettuce a month, delivered to every major supermarket chain in New England usually within 24 hours,…
Japanese strawberry growers combat effects of typhoon
The Tochigi Prefecture (Kantō region) on Honshu is the biggest strawberry producer in Japan. Now, farmers there are working at a fever pitch to prepare for the Christmas season. And there is much work to do: When Typhoon No. 19 hit in October, it flooded the Omoi River that runs through Kanuma, one of…
The first Chilean greenhouses with real-time climate monitoring are ready
The Region of Valparaiso already has the first Chilean greenhouses equipped with technological sensors that will allow monitoring different environmental variables inside…"In November, the price of tomatoes was 38% lower than in 2018"
Spanish greenhouse vegetables: excess supply and low prices
“The average price of tomatoes this season is 29% lower than in the previous one. In November, Moroccan exports caused prices to fall by up to 38% compared to 2018, bringing them 7% below the average of the last 8 years,” said representatives of several Andalusian cooperatives. In the case of tomatoes,…Organic vegetables from own greenhouse in Brazil
Sustainability: Daimler now grows vegetables as well
Urban farming has recently come into play at the Mercedes-Benz do Brasil truck and bus plant in São Bernardo do Campo. According to the company, organic vegetables are grown in a greenhouse next to the main restaurant, in accordance with organic farming guidelines. This is used for the customers of the factory…Inaho - Kamakura
Japanese firm fields autonomous vegetable harvesting robot
Japanese high-tech start-up company Inaho has launched an autonomous robotic harvester that picks greenhouse vegetables. It has also begun leasing the machine to an asparagus farmer in Saga Prefecture, southwestern Japan. According to Inaho, this is the first time that an autonomous harvester robot has…Packages range from 12 to 15 euros
Fortuna strawberries ensure continuity in the market
"Returning to early season strawberry varieties after so many years was a choice encouraged by my clients. Despite our wide range of fruit and vegetables, we were asked to supply strawberries between November and January. Because of this, and given the variety of requests and our intention to meet our…
Kenya: New strawberry variety from Japan grown in Nakuru
Nakuru County has introduced a new variety of strawberries from Japan, which is fast maturing, bigger in size and has more weight that the local variety. Project coordinator Grace…Krzysztof Sak, Agronom Berries:
"Hydroponics help us guarantee constant soft fruit supply"
Only a couple of years ago the team with Agronom Berries, one of Poland’s biggest soft fruit growers, started growing strawberries hydroponically instead of in the open field. “We thought we'd better start learning since we believe that it would become a necessity within the next decade”, says Krzysztof…Urban farming concept also well received abroad
Berlin Start-up Infarm conquers USA
Fresh herbs and lettuce, available to the customer without long delivery routes. This is Infarm's idea. With the Urban Farming concept, the German start-up is currently conquering the USA. A far-reaching partnership with supermarket chain Kroger is planned. Click here for a short clip (German spoken). 'In the…
Interest and availability of organic greenhouse cukes grows
Greenhouse cucumbers look steady right now. “At this time of year, Canadian crops are finishing off,” says Jeff Madu of Windset Farms in Delta, BC. “Most of the Mexican crops started a few weeks ago and they’ll go right until May. There are good supplies on Mexican crops right now so the market seems…
Spain is sandwiched between increasing competition from the North and South
There are early starters and late starters. But by the time November comes around, most traders in the Netherlands switch to Spanish products. This is the way things have been done for years, and it will not change any time soon. What does change every year is the acreage and competition from other…Natalie and Marcel Zuidgeest talk over the '3D-puzzle in 40 trailers'
Zuidkoop already busy building almost 5,000 m² of stands for Fruit Logistica Berlin
Once the three busy Fruit Logistica trade show days in Berlin are over, most exhibitors do not have to think about the next edition. Not so for Dutch stand building company, Zuidkoop. "We actually start again from the moment we return," says Natalie Zuidgeest. "However, preparations only begin in earnest…E.coli recall in US
"Outbreaks like these are another confirmation that the future of the industry will be indoors"
The FDA has not yet linked any specific romaine lettuce grower, supplier, distributor, or brand to the E.coli outbreak in Salinas, California. Last week the outbreak spread further with 67 people reported sick in 19 states. Just like last year around Thanksgiving, the advice is not to eat Romaine…Böttcher Gartenbau also offers regionality in winter
German winter chives: produced fresh daily
Most German pre-cut herb cultures will inevitably disappear from the market by November at the latest. Not so with Böttcher Gartenbau : The herb expert with its seat in Bürstadt in south Hessen offers year German chives from its own greenhouse all year round. "When the open-air season ends in late…Grower, Kees Hendriks, explains how he managed that
First Dutch lit-cultivation cucumbers earlier than ever
Kees Hendriks is a cucumber grower in the Netherlands. His first crop of lit cultivation cucumbers has been early for years. He has, however, never been able to harvest in November. Until now. Something extraordinary happened yesterday, on 27 November. The first Qcucumber cucumbers could already be sold…Mastronardi Produce
Largest single-build greenhouse in North America nears completion
Havecon Horticultural Projects is nearing completion on the construction of Green Empire Farms (GEF), a high-tech greenhouse located in Oneida, NY. Seven locationsThe new industry-leading greenhouse brings Mastronardi Produce Ltd.’s internal greenhouse network to seven locations across the United States. Family…
Houweling’s European patent reinstated
On November 13, 2019, the Boards of Appeal for the European Patent Office (EPO) reinstated Houweling’s European patent directed to its Ultra-Clima Semi-Closed Greenhouse. The Ultra-Clima European Patent was opposed by eleven greenhouse manufacturers, who combined efforts to challenge the patent. The…New requirements for fruit and vegetable greenhouses in January
Changes to safe food regulations Canada
New requirements to the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) will begin January 2020, and greenhouses should ensure that they comply with these regulations ahead of…new Scherzer & Boss greenhouse
Growing with screens and windows closed thanks to heat exchangers
There's a lot of expansion going on in the Germany region Knoblauchsland. One of the expanding companies is Scherzer & Boss Fruchtgemüse. They're already deep in the second and final construction phase of their latest expansion project. This will increase the existing greenhouse area of 9 hectares in…
UAE: Minister of Climate Change inaugurates Carrefour’s in-store hydroponic farms
Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, has inaugurated the region’s first hydroponic in-store farms at Carrefour, operated by Majid Al Futtaim. Located at Carrefour’s stores in Abu Dhabi’s My City Centre Masdar and Yas Mall, the hydroponic farms are part of the…
Emirates: Minister inaugurates Carrefour’s in-store hydroponic farms
Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, inaugurated the region’s first hydroponic in-store farms at Carrefour. These farms, operated by Majid Al Futtaim, are located at Carrefour’s stores in Abu Dhabi’s My City Centre Masdar and Yas Mall. They are part of the company’s…Red Sun Farms Ontario
New Ontario partnership to build 27 acre greenhouse in Kingsville
Red Sun Farms Ontario LP is the new partnership between Jim DiMenna, of Red Sun Farms, and Jeremy Capussi, of JC Fresh. This new company will be constructing its first 27 acres of high-tech greenhouses in Kingsville, Ontario, Canada. Havecon, will be responsible for the construction of this new facility.…Kuqo Paulin on his partnership with CO.SER
Italian technology in Albanian greenhouses
In Kucove, in the district of Berat (Albania), growing tomatoes, courgettes, cucumbers and peppers in greenhouses, is made possible by the use of Italian technology. Greenhouse farmer and entrepreneur Kuqo Paulin disposes of 2.5 hectares of greenhouses for the production of these vegetables,1 hectare of which…
First lit cultivated strawberries available at The Greenery
From this week, there are once again plenty of strawberries, grown under lights, available. "These strawberries come from Dutch greenhouses. They have high Brix levels," says The Greenery's soft fruit salesperson, Marin Robbertsen. The Greenery has grown strongly in the area of specialized winter cultivation.…Visiting herb producer Johannes Dick: "Everyone has to fight for their survival"
"Producer cooperatives are acting less and less in the interest of producers"
Producers in Germany and across Europe face increasingly stringent consumer policies and criticism. At the same time, trade is exerting pressure on prices, and so in many places vegetable growers have had to give up their businesses. For others the existential crisis is still pressing. It is important to…Controllable LED lighting at Biological Youngplants
“We're going for summer quality products even in winter”
There are an impressive 56 different mother plant varieties in the greenhouse of Biological Youngplants, from which over 13 million SKAL certified cuttings are being propagated each year. To improve on both the quality and the cultivation speed of the cuttings, the company uses LED lamps. The lights are…
Bud Holland installs 1,600 solar panels
Recently, the team of Wattco NL and Elektravon have been working hard on the realisation of solar panels on the roof of Bud Holland. With the installation of more than 1600 solar panels by Wattco, Bud Holland is able to generate around 25% of their annual energy consumption. The total installation took…Signify and Fragaria Innova join forces
Innovative cultivation concept for lit strawberry cultivation
Signify Horticulture LED Solutions and Fragaria Innova are joining forces. In the coming years, both parties will be working on the creation of a new cultivation concept for the lit production of strawberries in which the latest technologies in the field of LED go hand in hand with production, taste,…Haygrove LLC at the upcoming expoSE in Karlsruhe
"Tunnel cultivation is of strategic importance for our planet"
Berry fruit is booming - and has been for several years. Accordingly, local cultivation is becoming increasingly important in order to combine the ubiquitous idea of regionalism with the superfood 'berry'. There are several ways to make growing easier and more productive for producers. With these solutions,…
Netherlands: Organic 58 ha facility acquired by Best Fresh
Best Fresh has reached an agreement with the administrator handling the bankruptcy of greenhouse horticulture company A.C. Hartman on acquiring its assets. The 58-hectare greenhouse facility was declared bankrupt almost two weeks ago. "The purchase is a logical next step for Best Fresh in its strategic development…
Are Dutch Venlo-style greenhouses feasible in China?
The Chinese company Beijing Zhongnong Futong Gardening Co., Ltd. and the Dutch company Tomato World signed an agreement on October 24th, 2019. The Dutch subsidiary company of Zhongnong Futong will become a golden member of Tomato World in 2020. This makes Zhongnong Futong the first Asian member of Tomato…
RAIF warns about presence of tomato russet mite in greenhouses of Almeria
The Phytosanitary Warning and Information Network, RAIF, has reported that the Australian mite Aculops lycopersici, known as the tomato russet mite, has been detected in the province of Almería in most of the plots where the crop's setting and harvest are already starting, and with an increase observed…Frans Lommen, Certification Specialist at ZON:
"This Dutch greenhouse vegetable season had its highs and lows"
Frans Lommen is a Senior Certification Specialist at the Dutch cooperative ZON. The greenhouse vegetable season is drawing to a close in that country. There are a few exceptions. Some growers cultivate lit tomatoes year-round. ZON magazine interviewed Frans. Frans Lommen What does a Certification…
Spanish PO Looije inaugurates 19 hectares of state-of-the-art greenhouses in Murcia
On Tuesday, November 5, the Looije Producers Organization inaugurated its new state-of-the-art multi-tunnel greenhouses at the Don Alfonso farm, in the Murcia town of Águilas, with which the entity will have 19 new hectares for crop cultivation. The facilities, built by the Murcia-based company Novedades…
Papayas to be grown in Iceland
The company Paradise Farms and Ölfus municipality (southwest Iceland) have decided to sign a letter of intent involving the leasing of 50 hectares of land for organic food production, mainly in large…
LED Lighted greenhouses shown in new photography project
In a newly presented project, German aerial photographer Tom Hegen focuses on greenhouses in the Netherlands growing crops with LED lights. The project, called THE GREENHOUSE SERIES, shows the effect of illuminated greenhouses in the early morning. With his series, the photographer wants to show the…
Bulgaria’s greenhouse veg production grew by 28.1% in 2018
Bulgaria's total greenhouse vegetable production increased by 28.1% last year compared to 2017. This was reported by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry,…