Greenhouse

China: Qingdao gets rooftop greenhouse for research purposes

Imagine building a greenhouse on a roof in your city. In Qindao, it is coming and will be put into use in few months. The research and isolation greenhouse project, designed and constructed by Kingpeng, will then be put into use. The project is located in Qingdao, China, and the main body of the project construction…

Simply Fresh receives ‘Telangana Best Brand Award’ from CMO Asia

Indian greenhouse growers Simply Fresh, has been awarded the ‘Telangana Best Brand’ award by CMO Asia ‘2020. The award was presented at a virtual ceremony. The awards recognize, identify, and celebrate outstanding brand building & marketing initiatives by organizations, individuals, and teams for their…

Russia bans greenhouse tomatoes & peppers from Uzbekistan’s Fergana region

Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, Rosselkhoznadzor, has issued a statement that is amounting to a ban on the import of greenhouse…

Nicole Kiemle (Gärtnerei Kiemle) on the current herb market

"Closure of hospitality industry affects unusual herb varieties more than anything"

Over the years, freshly cut domestic herbs have gained a high status in the German specialized trade. Parsley, chives, basil, etc. are becoming more and more popular both in the wholesale and the retail trade. However, the current closure of the hospitality industry has a noticeable effect on wholesale…

Nature Fresh Farms wins Presidents Choice Fresh Product of the Year Award

This year, Nature Fresh Farms proudly accepted the PC Fresh Product of the Year Award for their Ontario Greenhouse Mixiany Cherry Tomatoes.  Each year, the award is distributed by Loblaw Companies Limited to one of their nominees. The criteria requires the product to be unique and stand alone as first to market…

Mathias Hundhausen (Euromeridian BV) on the start of the Moroccan berry campaign

"Good yield and quality expected"

The Moroccan berry campaign is currently ready to go. The first strawberries from the northern production facilities have already been on the market for two weeks; raspberries are expected to be added in week 49. According to current information, good yields and great fruit quality are expected, says…

RotoGro International to raise $1.53M for vertical farming

RotoGro International (RGI) has received firm commitments to raise $1.53 million through a placement. More than 38.2 million fully-paid shares will be issued to professional and sophisticated investors at 4 cents each. "This raise is an important step forward for RotoGro as the company welcomes a number of…

Jeff Cady, Tops Friendly Markets

"We're selling 25 to 35% more greenhouse-grown produce than five years ago"

Food retailers from coast to coast are increasingly turning to indoor, vertical and greenhouse farming to meet the demand for locally grown produce, reduce food miles and offer the freshest product possible. Some, such as Tops Friendly Markets in Williamsville, N.Y., are partnering with greenhouse…

Mr. Jack Ma: "Chinese agriculture currently goes through a similar development as the internet did in 2002"

Mr. Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group, visits largest AI greenhouse in Asia

Mr. Jack Ma, the founder and former CEO of Alibaba Group, visited the largest AI greenhouse in Asia on the 10th of October. He personally carried out the inspection of Kaisheng Haofeng (Dezhou) AI Agriculture Co., Ltd. in Dezhou, Shandong. Mr. Jack Ma visits the production service area at Kaisheng Haofeng…

Vilmorin-Mikado on their leafy range adapted to hydroponic cultivation

"More companies are looking for products dedicated to hydroponics"

With hydroponics and vertical farming gaining popularity around the world, growers are increasingly interested in finding crop varieties with a proven track record in controlled environment system. To meet this, Vilmorin-Mikado has positioned itself as a leader in plant breeding and the provision of…

Kees Havenaar: "I don't think it's been this bad across the board before"

"The 'perfect storm' hits Spanish greenhouse vegetable sales

"I was just wondering whether it has ever been this quiet and negative in the trade in the past 25 years." Well, the tone has been set, but it is clear that Kees Havenaar of Frutas Luna is concerned. And to ask the question is to answer it: "I don't think it has been this bad before, at least not across…

Idromeccanica Lucchini

Strawberries for Finland

Demand for red fruits, strawberries in particular, is growing on the north-European market. The harsh climate, short summers and little sunlight mean volumes, even those grown in greenhouses, are more limited than those obtained at more favorable latitudes. The Finnish caseIn Finland, Idromeccanica Lucchini developed a study to…

Chicago proposed home of second Second Chances Farm

Garfield Produce, located in the East Garfield Park area in Chicago, is working together with Second Chances Farm to establish the Second Chances Farm Chicago in the Windy City. Garfield Produce is an indoor vertical farm and a licensed wholesale food establishment whose mission, values and passion…

Increased demand for specialty leafy greens drives creation of indoor vegetable division

Recently, Sakata Seed announced the start of a division for indoor grown vegetable varieties. “Given the rapid growth in vertical farming as well as the development of additional opportunities for leafy greens, we felt it was important to place additional emphasis on serving controlled environment…

Christian Kruse, Haygrove LLC:

"Protected cultivation is an important growth market in Germany and still has great potential"

Berry growers in Germany are already in full preparation for the 2021 season, and the trade fair duo expoSE/expoDirekt is usually a good opportunity for the sector to exchange ideas and find out about the latest trends. For this very reason, the cancellation hits the sector hard: "For us, an important…

Edible Garden

US: Crowdinvesting campaign to scale greenhouse grower

Greenhouse company Edible Garden® today announces the launch of an equity crowdfunding campaign via crowd investment platform Republic, which will help fund the commercialization of the company's  greenhouses. "This will further reduce our carbon footprint and expand access to its USDA-Certified Organic, sustainable…

LGV Sonnengemüse starts fresh winter vegetables cultivation trial

Cooperative expects 25-ton total yield

At LGV Gärtnergemüse, they are at the start of the harvest for local winter fresh vegetables from Vienna and Burgenland. Together with horticultural school Schönbrunn -under the direction of DI Wolfgang Palme-, LGV Sonnengemüse has started a cultivation trial with fresh winter vegetables. Six growers and…

Situation of the 2020/21 campaign in Almeria

Rijk Zwaan's Thelma aubergine is one of the most cultivated in the greenhouses of Almeria's Poniente

The first quarter of the 2020-2021 campaign is already coming to an end in Almeria. In this period, there has been an overall rise in the price of greenhouse crops, although…

Netherlands: Good price prospects for lighted tomato growers

Dutch tomato growers that are starting production are looking at good price prospects, says Ronald van der Knaap of sales organization Haluco. "Currently, the prices are good, and we hope that this will continue until the end of the year.” "The production of lighted TOV will start a couple of weeks later…

Grower educates podcast listeners on greenhouse farming

How do you build a greenhouse? Why are trade shows important? These are just a few of the topics covered on the Mucci Farms “Spill The Greens” podcast which has, to date, been better received than anticipated. “All the reactions have been very positive. We’ve had more than 2,500 streams so far for the…

Subtropical sweet potatoes locally produced in Canadian greenhouses

Over the past few years, sweet potatoes have risen in popularity among Canadian consumers. Ontario production meets just over 50 per cent of the province’s demand for the…

Retilplast

Three types of coverings for fruit and vegetables

The vast catalog of Retilplast, a company specialized in the production, transformation and marketing of nets, sheets and tarpaulins, includes fruit and vegetable covers that generate different types of light, such as diffused, jagged diffused and more diffuse diffused direct light. "The needs of the market…

Earlier than ever

The Greenery auctions first Dutch lit cultivation cucumbers

The Dutch nursery, Qcumber's first cucumbers from lit cultivation, were auctioned yesterday. That was at The Greenery Growers. This year, for the first time, there's an overlap between conventional and lit cultivation at The Greenery. Last year, Qcumber's crop came into production on 27 November. This…

Sunfresh growers introduce Formosa papayas from Dutch greenhouse

Several years ago, the Sunfresh growers from Venlo were involved in a trial with Wageningen UR in a test greenhouse in Bleiswijk to see which exotics can be grown in the Dutch greenhouses. In the end, exotics such as mangos and avocados were dropped, but from a botanical point of view the Formosa papayas…

Eco-friendly photovoltaic solutions that also work as greenhouse covers

Building integrated photovoltaics is a new way to conceive of photovoltaics that becomes useful in agriculture and consists in the design of innovative solutions to integrate devices that convert solar energy into electricity directly into the building.   Transparent pane The Italian team includes researchers from…

Hemp, the "new gold" in the greenhouses of Almeria

With prices ranging between 600 and 800 Euro per kilo, hemp is rapidly gaining ground in the Spanish province of Almeria. The acreage has increased tenfold in the past year to…

Driven by investment companies in desert and tropical climates

Demand for retractable roof cooling houses increasing

Retractable roofs are being used to protect fruit and vegetable crops from losses due to extreme weather conditions, providing increased quality and yield. “When we started in the retractable greenhouse segment, most of our business came from Canada, the US, Mexico,” says Richard Vollebregt, President of…

Wolfgang Steiner, Gemüsebau Steiner LLC & Co.:

"Last week we harvested the first tomatoes in Germany's largest LED greenhouse"

Greenhouse production is becoming more and more an integral part of cultivation in Germany. Winter production is often still a problem, as high energy costs deter producers in many places from lighting their products. Wolfgang Steiner, managing director of Gemüsebau Steiner LLC & Co. put one of the first…

fenaco and YASAI invest in vertical farming

"Advance performance and decision basis for future investments of our producers"

fenaco Landesprodukte, a strategic business unit of the fenaco cooperative, and the ETH spin-off YASAI jointly are working on a pilot facility for vertical farming in Switzerland. With an investment of CHF 500,000 in YASAI AG, the fenaco cooperative is participating in the construction of the pilot…

Kompany's autumn TOV season starts in week 48/49

"This year, Dutch cucumbers available year-round for the first time"

Kompany has wanted to supply cucumbers to its clients year-round for some time now. This year will be the first time it'll succeed in that. "We'll be starting new cultivation within the collective within a few weeks. That enables us to guarantee year-round production of our own cucumbers," says the Dutch…

Alibaba and Sunac explore research and development of intelligent agriculture

Ma Yun, the founder and CEO of Alibaba, and Zhangsun Hongbin, CEO of Sunac, met in Dezhou to discuss financial investment in the research and development of an intelligent farm. They were joined by representatives of the Dezhou Financial Investment Group, Qingdao Haofeng Food Group, and Kaisheng Haofeng…

First semi-closed greenhouse completed in Shanghai in late October

With a permanent population of 24 million, the average daily consumption demand for vegetables in the international metropolis of Shanghai amounts to about 18,000 tons. However, due to the limited planted area in the urban region, the city’s current vegetable production is far below the market demand. To…

Sayuri hothouse complex

Republic of Yakutia expects a record harvest of cucumbers, tomatoes and greens

Yakutia -also known as Sakha- and officially known as the Republic of Yakutia is a federal Russian republic. It had a population of 958,528 at the 2010 census. This republic…

Melons ripe in unheated greenhouse in the Arctic region

Scientific Secretary Yulia Ukhatova from the Vavilov Russian Institute of Plant Genetic Resources reports that the Institute’s researches have managed to grow melons and…

New compostable cucumber wrap to be highlighted at Fresh Summit

PMA's virtual Fresh Summit has kicked off over the past few weeks, many companies made the decision to exhibit at the event. For Nature Fresh Farms, there was no question about it: “Our goal is to continue to support the produce industry while remaining visible to our current and potential customers, so…

Serroplast

Covers for small fruit cultivation

In a global scenario where the supply of fruit of various origin is high and where there is demand for healthy produce, there is the need to employ new cultivation technologies. Especially over the past ten years, covers have been used to protect fruit, improving its quality and guaranteeing production…

Federal energy efficiency program continues:

Focus on the use of regenerative energies

Agricultural and horticultural businesses can again receive funding from the Federal Energy Efficiency Program. The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) is…

Driscoll’s and Plenty agree to grow strawberries indoors

Driscoll’s and indoor vertical-farming company Plenty Unlimited Inc. announced a joint development agreement to grow Driscoll’s proprietary flavorful strawberries year-round…

Mastronardi Produce

New sweet-like-candy yellow tomato to be revealed at PMA Fresh Summit

For weeks, Mastronardi Produce has been hinting at the news of a flavorful new product launch and promising to reveal the next one at this year’s PMA Fresh Summit. Now, the…

BASF Vegetable Seeds

Bengala F1 watermelon remains leader in the early greenhouse segment in Spain

After more than eight years in the market, Bengala F1, the watermelon variety from Nunhems® (BASF's horticultural brand), continues to lead the early and extra-early…

Mucci Farms discusses product innovations, year-round program and expansion

With just a few days to go until Fresh Summit kicks off, most of the preparation work has been done for exhibitors. “We’ve had a lot of fun preparing for a completely different type of show,” says Emily Murracas, Director of Marketing with Mucci Farms. With a fully digital platform, the main focus has…

Roland Bötz on organic cress marketing

"Due to Corona, 2020 has been a sluggish marketing year so far"

The marketing of cresses traditionally takes place in autumn in a rather quiet way. This gives us the opportunity to look back on the past, eventful months. "Due to Corona, 2020 has been a rather sluggish marketing year for us so far. In my opinion, it is also difficult to make a forecast for the…

Richie Keirouz of Mastronardi Produce on new BC distribution center:

“We’re now strategically located to serve all of North America and beyond”

Mastronardi Produce recently announced the establishment of a new distribution center which will be located in Surrey, British Columbia, in Canada. “The building is completed…

Demand is softening slightly

Multiple greenhouse tomato growing regions in production

Supplies of tomatoes in North America are good however demand is softening slightly. Windset Farms in Delta, BC is in good production with its three regions going: British Columbia (Abbotsford, Delta); California (Santa Maria) and Mexico. “Canada comes out in mid-November but production starts declining…

Another 20 hectares of high-tech greenhouses for tomatoes

"We currently own 10 hectares of greenhouses, which will become 20 in 2021 and 30 in 2022. We are also focusing on widening our tomato range," explains Alessio Orlandi, sales manager of Fri-El. Click here for the photo gallery Greenhouses being built on 10 hectares, which will be ready for production in…

KU Leuven

Belgian researchers test agrivoltaic power generation in pear orchard

A Belgian energy research team -led by the KU Leuven- has developed an agrivoltaic pilot project in Bierbeek. They specifically designed the system for orchard crops. The pilot is of the first outcome of a  technology transfer project funded by the Flemish government and co-funded by 20 unspecified companies.…

Finland: Hattula berry farm made raspberry cultivation a top business

Thanks to new cultivation techniques applied in Finland, domestic raspberries will start to be picked at the end of September. At the end of September, the strawberry…

Greendomo project

Tecnova promotes the development of greenhouses for intensive crops in urban environments

The Tecnova Technological Center is working with the Novagric, Polímero Gestión Industrial, Alarcontrol, and Induser companies in the Greendomo project to develop an intensive…

Red Sun Farms

Bringing year-round local supply to Canada by lighting up greenhouses

Red Sun Farms, a North American greenhouse grower with locations in Canada, USA, and Mexico, are embracing technology by lighting up a high-tech greenhouse to bring a year-round supply from Canada. There are three distinct projects underway in support of year-round Ontario grown produce: First, a new state of…

Mastronardi Produce to release new lettuce line: Queen of Greens™

It is a little-known fact that Mastronardi Produce, the company behind the world’s first branded tomato, actually has its roots in lettuce. In the 1940’s, when Armando…

Difficult first year for America exporter

The corona crisis has wreaked considerable havoc in many markets. This certainly applies to the export of European greenhouse vegetables to North America. Feeling Fresh serves precisely this market and is celebrating its first anniversary in these difficult times. Still, the future is hopeful. "We…

Greenhouse grower broadly expands across the US East Coast

Little Leaf Farms, which grows crunchy baby green lettuce in the United States, is doubling its sun-drenched, greenhouse-growing capacity to 10 acres of lettuce fields under glass, producing more than two million packages of lettuce each month, and broadening distribution of the fan-favorite greens to…

New high-tech glasshouse at Marsden Point

Increasing tomato yields in winter - New project in New Zealand

Rohe Produce Limited is planning to build a $70 million, 8.9-hectare, high-tech glasshouse at Marsden Point, focused on growing organic speciality tomatoes. The glasshouse…

"Our customers love fresh herbs and new flavours, so we keep growing our range based on consumer demand"

More New Zealanders set to have access to premium herbs thanks to new online and delivery service

New Zealand's coronavirus restrictions have led to one of the country's leading herb producers to make their range available to more consumers, through the creation of an online store. Superb Herb Sales and Marketing Manager Brigitte Hannett says they can courier all herbs nationwide overnight, and so…

New initiative informs about solar energy in greenhouse cultivation

Launch of new CuTE SOLAR campaign

The CuTE SOLAR (Cultivating the Taste of Europe in Solar Greenhouses) campaign provides information about production methods, quality, traceability, as well as aspects of…

Norwegian researchers develop new cultivation method, inspired by NASA's Mars colonies

Norwegian researchers are testing a new greenhouse cultivation method which emits very little gas. Norwegian, and global food production, is, after all, a major source of emissions. That's mainly because growers use artificial fertilizers and non-recyclable raw materials. Ketil Stoknes very recently…

Arizona tomato grower responds to ToBRV in their tomato plants

Organic certified produce grower and distributor Wholesum Harvest is in the process of burning all the plants inside one of its greenhouses after they were infected with…

Idromeccanica Lucchini

Choosing the best greenhouse film

Choosing the right cover is very important when talking about greenhouses. The most suitable films and technologies must be selected according to specific crop needs or climate conditions.  Thanks to its constant work with agricultural entrepreneurs, Idromeccanica Luchcini can supply the knowledge needed to…

Enrique de los Ríos (Unica) on digitization and agricultural profitability

"Thanks to the data management system we were able to increase production by at least 10%"

The Missing Link in AgricultureUnica Group is the largest independent fruit and vegetable exporter in Spain, generating around 500 million kilograms of fresh produce every year. As the organization announces its aim to reach 1,000 million kilos in the next three years, Enrique de los Ríos, Agro-Food…

Malaga, España

Aquaponics, a sustainable fish and plant culture

La Noria social innovation center has promoted the first aquaponics system in the province of Malaga, a technique that combines aquaculture and hydroponics for the production…

Welcome to Flavorville: Sunset’s virtual take on PMA Fresh Summit

Houston, Orlando, New Orleans, Anaheim, and Atlanta. No matter what city the PMA Fresh Summit is held in, Mastronardi Produce is always known for bringing flavor in a big way.…

Kees Havenaar, Frutas Luna:

"Good start for greenhouse vegetables from Almería"

"When I arrived in Almería 34 years ago, exports often stopped around the end of May and started again sometime in October. For a number of years now, greenhouse vegetable exports from Almería have continued for all twelve months a year," says Kees Havenaar of Frutas Luna. "Large cooperatives can no…

European greenhouse fruit and vegetable producers launch a promotional campaign

The European producers brought together in the organizations APROA, the Association of Fruit and Vegetable Producer Organizations of Andalusia, HORTIESPAÑA, the Spanish Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organization, and EUCOFEL (FruitVegetables Europe) have launched the promotional campaign…

Caucasus Business Week

Republic of Georgia

Glenberries plans construction of 300-hectares hothouse

Chilled fruit and vegetable processing and storage company Glenberries is set to arrange a hothouse on 300 hectares in two years, investing GEL 200 million (€52 mln) in the project implementation. Company founder Rafael Maghalashvili stated that the market demands natural and high-quality products, but…

SIA Sicilia Group

A good greenhouse tutor system helps save on resources

Operators know how expensive it can be to install a suitable tutor system in greenhouses: there are strings and ties everywhere and it takes a long time.  Alessandro Avarino, administrator of SIA Sia Sicilia Group Srl, the company that patented the effective greenhouse tutor system  And what about the time needed…

Aad van Dijk, The Greenery Growers:

"Dutch greenhouse strawberry season starts in this year of extremes"

In the Netherlands, the new greenhouse strawberry season started at the Greenery this week. The first Limalexias are ready. The company's Fruit Commercial Manager, Aad van Dijk - who recently, after 47 tears, switched from vegetables to fruit - looks back on, and ahead to, the season. "In recent months,…

Agriplast

With the right tools, it is possible to grow produce all over the world

"Our company was established in Vittoria (RG), Sicily, in 1975. This is where intensive greenhouse cultivation was born and where new agricultural needs and solutions have been developed, which our company managed to interpret supplying state-of-the-art technologies," explains Emanuele Garrasi, CEO…

Adil Celebiyev

Armenian exports of greenhouse products increasing

Exports of several products from Armenia have increased, despite the COVID crisis that essentially delivered a blow to virtually all sectors of that nation’s economy.…

Wallings Nursery

UK: Boxford Farms Ltd acquires strawberry grower Wallings Nursery Ltd

Boxford (Suffolk) Farms Ltd is a third generation family business that operates in the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley. It is based at Boxford near Sudbury. Now, Boxford Farms Ltd has acquired Wallings Nursery Ltd, for an undisclosed sum. In essence, the fruit growing business on the Suffolk/Essex border…

Red Sun Farms

High-tech greenhouse investments in Canada, the USA, and Mexico

Red Sun Farms, a vertically integrated high-tech greenhouse grower with locations in Canada, USA, and Mexico, responds to customer demands for locally grown produce with investment in all three countries. Red Sun Farms continues to grow year over year, but the investments made in 2020 are outpacing the…

US (IL): BrightFarms celebrates opening of Chicagoland greenhouse expansion

BrightFarms has opened a new expansion to its Rochelle, IL greenhouse. The increase in production will support BrightFarms continued growth in the market, including a 34% jump in year over year sales with Mariano’s. The 160,000 square-foot greenhouse opened in 2016 to provide retailers with a fresher and…

Red Sun Farms announces high-tech greenhouse growth in Canada, the USA, and Mexico

Red Sun Farms, a vertically integrated high-tech greenhouse grower with locations in Canada, USA, and Mexico, responds to customer demands for locally grown produce with unprecedented levels of investment in all three countries. Red Sun Farms continues to grow year over year, but the investments made in…

Pieter de Ruiter, 4Fruit Company:

"Early entry for Spanish cucumbers, peppers and mandarins on the market"

It is still early September, but the first Spanish cucumbers, peppers and mandarins are already arriving on the Dutch market. They share one common denominator; the prices are reasonable for Dutch greenhouse vegetables and overseas citrus on the market, so the Spaniards smell money. But, according to…

Viennese vegetable grower Karl Kasehs jr. on the current cucumber market

"Demand in the catering trade seems to be recovering at present"

Tons of lettuces and vegetables have always been produced for the local market in the vicinity of the Austrian capital Vienna and the family name Kasehs is firmly established in the regional vegetable growing industry: "80 percent of my family business is dedicated to vegetable production," says Karl…

South Carolina: Agriculture Technology Campus establishing 1,000-acre operation

Agriculture Technology Campus, a joint venture project between Mastronardi, Clear Water Farms, LiDestri Food and Drink (LiDestri) and GEM Opportunity Zone Fund, announced plans to establish a state-of-the-art, 1,000-acre agriculture technology campus in Hampton County, South Carolina. The combined $314…

Koppert recommends adapting biological control to the needs of each farm

Greater incidence of thrips at the start of the pepper campaign in Almería

The start of the 2020/21 pepper campaign in the greenhouses of Almería has been marked by a significant growth in the presence of viruses transmitted by thrips (Frankiniella occidentalis). In some cases, the rebound of this pest since the beginning of the new crop cycle has been favored by bad practices…

Growing partner & marketing partner required for a truly unique growing system

Redfox Executive Selection and Beanstalk Global have been exclusively commissioned by a client that develops businesses which have a positive impact on the world to source them two new commercial partners. "Our client’s team is passionate about starting and growing businesses and continues to work with…


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