Re-cap of panel discussion at Organic Produce Summit

Controlled Environment Agriculture expected to rapidly grow in the next 10 years

Last week, one of the educational sessions at the Organic Produce Summit included a panel discussion on the Growth of Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA): What’s Real and What’s Hype? One thing all participants agreed on, is that CEA is here to stay. Moderated by Walter Robb, former co-CEO of Whole Foods…

Photo report Horti China: Market for high-end greenhouse crops has great potential

Last week the 2021 Horti China exhibition took place. The show was combined with many events such as the large-scale Venlo Greenhouse Operation Seminar, the Kingpeng Interactive Greenhouse Salon, the Dutch Protected Greenhouse Technology Forum, and the 2021 Plant Factory Trial Production Technology…

Construction work starts on new Rijk Zwaan Trial Center

Rijk Zwaan is building a new High Tech Trial Center for fruit crops close to its headquarters in De Lier, the Netherlands. It is scheduled to open for growers and other visitors in the second half of 2022. The new High Tech Trial Center will be completely up to date and will support the very latest growing…

From the farm to the table:

Southern European solar greenhouses commit to transparency

Around half of German consumers are increasingly demanding transparency with regard to the origin and production conditions of their food. This is the result of the current…

An intensive and sustainable citrus fruit cultivation starts in the nursery

Azienda agricola Vivaistica Terre Bianche is located at the foothills of Mount Etna, on the Catania plain. The company boasts an experience spanning four generations and specializes in the production of citrus fruit and olive trees for Sicilian, national and foreign intensive groves. Giuseppe Crisafulli (in…

“Potential tomato greenhouse projects halted due to Russian uncertainty”

The Azerbaijan tomato industry has been hit hard by the sanctions and restrictions from Russia, says Ilyas Ahmadov, General Director with Azerbaijan greenhouse company Zira Agro. “Growers try to adapt to the changing market conditions.” Zira AgroAbout 60 kilometers from the Azerbaijan capital Baku the greenhouse…

Mucci Farms expands West and starts exclusive marketing agreement

Mucci Farms is excited to announce it has entered into an exclusive marketing agreement with Casey Houweling to market all produce grown in the Camarillo, CA facility under the Mucci Farms brand and trademarks.  As part of the agreement with Casey Houweling, Mucci Farms will also open two new distribution…

Horti China takes place in Qingdao, China

China: Rapidly developing greenhouse industry looks for more technical solutions

The Horti Asia is currently taking place in the Qingdao World Expo. The expo is smaller than in previous years because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. This year, there are about 50 companies with display stands. In addition to the Chinese suppliers of greenhouse installations and related technologies,…

Carpenteria Fossano

Electric 'umbrella' that can be operated remotely

The innovation presented at Macfrut by Carpenteria Fossano is an actual automatic 'umbrella' that can be opened and closed via an electric motor. Detail of the steel truss with the chain system to rewind the cover Opening and closing operations only take a few seconds and can be controlled remotely to be…

Russia: Tomato greenhouse of 100 hectares under construction

A greenhouse complex of 100 hectares is currently under construction in the Russian region of Kabardino-Balkaria. The agro-industrial holding ECO-culture plans to grow in it…

Ben Meadows - Edison

Good results in the glasshouse and strong take up from customers led to triple Tomberry production

Australian greenhouse grower Edison have just started to harvest their new summer crop of Tomberries. The Tomberry is billed as the world’s smallest ‘big’ tomato. Based in Victoria, Edison also grows the Piccolo cherry tomato and the Tinkerbell mini capsicum. “This is our summer crop which will run until…

Retail demand of greens picking up in the fall

Red greenhouse grown Batavia lettuce increasingly popular

Supplies of greenhouse greens from Canada are strong. Rindi Bristol, senior director of Lethbridge County, AB-based Whole Leaf notes that the company recently reevaluated its leafy greens assortment and adjusted volumes in certain varieties. “Our volume is actually on pace or even a smidgen better than…

20 September - 1 October

"A new highlight at this autumn demo is cos lettuce for hydroponic production"

A warm welcome to Rijkzwaan's Hydro Demo, which is taking place from 20 September to 1 October 2021, close to their open-field demo in Fijnaart. "We are expecting it to attract just as much interest as our very first Hydro Demo that was held in June of this year. A new highlight at this autumn demo is…

Nature Fresh Farms doubles Ohio operations with more organic acreage

Nature Fresh Farms has confirmed the expansion of its Ohio operations increasing its organic acreage as well as a plans to build a new distribution center. The property expansion will include doubling the greenhouse acreage from the current 45 acres to 90, with the future extension to be dedicated to…

Mastronardi Produce announces partnership with Colorado solar powered greenhouse company

Mastronardi Produce and VetaNova, operator of solar powered greenhouses, have announced a long-term exclusive distribution agreement of all fruits and vegetables from the…

Controlled Environment Agriculture

New inspiration to increase high tech food production in Wales

A new way to increase high tech food production in Wales has been launched by the Welsh government. It should also have a positive impact on climate change. The new Controlled…

Greenhouse grower partners with California Bluehouse Greenhouse, Inc.

Longvine Growing Co. (formerly known as Houweling's) signed a strategic partnership with Bluehouse Greenhouse Inc., the Southern California Agri-tech firm, who agreed to market greenhouse vegetables produced in the 38-acre high-wire house at the 58-acre, Los Angeles, CA greenhouse and energy campus. “We…

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S. Abraham & Sons launches to-go salads

“Fresh and convenient are two words that we believe should go together"

S. Abraham & Sons, a convenience distributor to approximately 3,500 retailers in eight states throughout the Midwest, is switching its Fruit Ridge Farms brand salads to locally-grown lettuce from Revolution Farms, Michigan’s largest year-round lettuce farm. The Caledonia, Mich.-based hydroponic…

Longvine Growing Co invests in LA based Bluehouse Greenhouse Inc.

Rebranded Houweling's Group partners with new California greenhouse company

Today a new partnership was announced in the US horticultural industry. Bluehouse Greenhouse Inc, which recently revealed their plans for a 2.8 million square feet greenhouse and energy agro-park, signed a strategic partnership with Longvine Growing Co, the rebranded Houweling’s Group, to market its…

Aad van Dijk, The Greenery Growers:

"Retailers' move to year-round Dutch soft fruit is great news for our growers"

Aad van Dijk has years of experience in the greenhouse vegetable sector. Last year he took on the role of Fruit sales manager at The Greenery in the Netherlands. And his first year was certainly one to remember. "There were heat waves, cold weather, and extreme rainfall. As well as times with overall shortages and…

Leaders of Mexico’s horticultural industry come together in person

The AMHPAC Annual Convention in its XIII edition was held with great success, from September 1 to 3 in Los Cabos, BCS, Mexico. 300 people participated in this event, representatives of 142 companies, which greatly exceeded the goal set by the national organization. Without a doubt, there was great…

El Ejido: 13,100 hectares of greenhouses

Spanish growers looking to upgrade their greenhouses

Agriculture continues to be the cornerstone of the economy of Almeria's municipality of El Ejido, which leads the province in terms of the number of agricultural holdings. The…

First planting begins in new California greenhouse

Revol Greens’ national growth strategy continues to germinate with the inaugural planting at its recently completed Tehachapi, CA greenhouse. In mid-September, the first harvest of a wide variety of organic baby leaf and head lettuce will follow inside the first phase of Revol Greens’ 64-acre greenhouse.…

Caribbean’s largest fresh berry farm will come to Tobago

As a 12-acre climate-smart hydroponic greenhouse farm, located on Cove Estate in Tobago, is said to be specializing in fresh organic berries and greens for local consumption,…

UAE: Plans unveiled for region’s 'largest' high-tech' fresh produce farming hub

ADQ on Tuesday unveiled its plans to launch the UAE’s first fresh produce AgTech Park to accelerate sustainable innovation-centric food production and distribution. The new AgTech Park project in Al Ain Industrial City (AAIC) under Abu Dhabi Ports’ Industrial Cities & Free Zone Cluster will also help…

Full lineup of organic greenhouse grown vegetables on display at OPS

Pure Flavor® is bringing its full lineup of organic greenhouse grown produce to the 2021 Organic Produce Summit in Monterey, CA this September. Left: Chris Veillon; right: Pure Flavor's organic tomatoes. Photo credit: Pure Flavor. The grower’s organic offerings include a variety of fresh products from…

Dutch grower places solar panels over strawberries

Fruit cultivation is undergoing a transition. The weather is changing, and there is an increasing focus on sustainability. These factors are leading growers to 'future-proof' their operations. That is the case at Theo Swinkels and Carina Manders' strawberry farm too. They run the De Zijp horticultural…

'Greenhouse technology of specific interest'

Jamaica Promotions Corporation encourages investments in vegetable farming

Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is encouraging entrepreneurs to invest in vegetable cultivation to supply the hospitality sector. Marlene Porter, the manager for…

Bart Wehman - a man with extensive agricultural experience from “seed to ready-to-eat”.

Bart Wehman is passionate about introducing products and technologies that can make a difference. He is a true business development manager. In a nutshell, his experience ranges from “seed, to ready-to-eat”. It includes all facets of the horticultural supply chain. For almost a decade Bart has resided…

Nature Fresh Farms adds to sales team

The greenhouse growing company Nature Fresh Farms has expanded its sales team with two new hires and is excited to announce the addition of Brenda Necic and Pam Cherwak to the team. In recent years Nature Fresh Farms has grown exponentially with new facilities and expansions across North America. In…

“red flag” to increase transparency of food systems

Study assesses risk that fruits, vegetables sold in U.S. are products of forced labor

A new study in Nature Food calls attention to the need for better systems to track forced labor in food supply chains. The study — a methodological advance —reports on the…

Taylor Farms announces investment with Pure Green Farms

Another major North American open field grower enters the CEA industry

One of the biggest open field growers in North America, Taylor Farms, enters the greenhouse growing market with an investment in greenhouse company Pure Green Farms. "This expansion into greenhouse grown fresh offerings will complement our existing 122,200 crop acre field grown program and 16 salad…

Greenhouse grower receives category leadership award again

Grocery Insight announced that NatureSweet has received recognition in the tomatoes category in its 8th Annual Grocery Insight Category Leadership Awards 2021 grocery industry…

Uno Bites are back-to-school ready

As society gets ready for back-to-school season, parents are sending their kids to class with a fresh snack they love to eat by the handful: Uno Bites™ Nano Cucumbers from Pure Flavor®. These super small, one-bite Nano Cucumbers aren’t the result of a science fair shrink-ray experiment gone awry – Uno…

Mucci Farms adds to sales team

Mucci Farms announces the hiring of Ken Paglione as sales account manager. Joining Team Mucci with more than 15 years of experience in greenhouse produce, Ken brings a diverse set of skills, having…

The dome: a potential game-changer for vanilla supply

“I could get as much vanilla out of five geodesic greenhouses as I would out of one hectare,” says David Soo, CEO of Australian Vanilla Plantations. This innovative greenhouse company is currently producing vanilla in New South Wales, Australia, in its prototype geodesic greenhouse that is automated and…

Hurricane and earthquake proof greenhouses to be built in the Caribbean

The teams at Alquimi Renewables and Island Growers Caribbean© are implementing a unique business model to radically improve and protect how fresh produce is grown in the…

Grönska Stadsodling:

Sweden: Increasing orders for growing systems in retail- and catering industry

“We see a huge demand coming from supermarkets and restaurants,” says Robin Lee, co-founder and CEO at Grönska Stadsodling. “Now, we’ve reached the point where we cannot supply that demand. The demand isn't from Sweden only but also from overseas.” Grönska is currently providing growing cabinets to…

Los Cabos, Baja California Sur

Mexican Association of Protected Horticulture will get together on September 1-3

In two weeks, the 13th edition of AMHPAC’s (Mexican Association of Protected Horticulture) annual convention will take place in Los Cabos, Mexico. The event was born from the need of growers to meet and conduct business together. It is aimed at national and international leaders of the fruit and…

Cool summer delays Belgian grape harvest by a week

Belgian grape farmer, Ronald Vanderkelen, would usually have begun harvesting his roughly 4,000kg of grapes by now. But the cool summer and heavy rain have delayed that by more than a week. Ronald cultivates his grapes in greenhouses so they remained dry. Thus, fortunately, the large amount of rain has not directly…

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Infarm's Bedford (UK) farm

“This location enables us to serve 90 per cent of the UK population rapidly"

Pentadel Project Management, based in Promenade, has worked with Infarm on the design and construction of one of Europe's largest indoor vertical farming facilities. It is located in Bedford and is expected to be up and running in the autumn of this year. Infarm is behind the new growing center in…

Pogona Barbata to receive $58m for high tech glasshouses and sustainable water management

South Australia is set to gain ten new water projects, with an overall value of $90 million, to enhance water security, help stimulate regional economies and create hundreds…

Mucci Farms welcomes retail executive to leadership team

Mucci Farms has hired retail supermarket executive Dan Branson as senior director, business and product development. A third-generation produce professional, Branson joins Mucci Farms after a notable 15-year stop at Canada’s largest grocery chain, Loblaw Companies Ltd. Starting in procurement and…

California

Ventura County: 486 workers to lose jobs when tomato growing facilities switch to cannabis

A fast-growing cannabis company has signed a contract to buy a huge greenhouse south of Camarillo, that is currently operated by Houweling’s Tomatoes. Former owner of the…

New bell pepper line looks to be established

For one grower, supplies of greenhouse-grown bell peppers are steady following the introduction of the new line of produce. Magic Sun Farms of Richmond, VA is an established greenhouse organic and conventional tomato grower and wanted to extend its product line to bell peppers. Pepper production began in…

Houwelings rebrands as Longvine Growing Co.

Houweling US Holdings, Inc. is launching the Longvine Growing Co. as the company rebrands. The rebranding project was initiated in early 2020 as the Houweling Family exited…

Driven by tremendous consumer demand

From zero to 72 acres of greenhouse-grown strawberries in five years

Back in 2016, Mucci Farms innovated the North American greenhouse category by entering the controlled environment strawberry market with large scale production. “After a successful two-year trial and the support of a major retail partner, we partnered with two experienced Dutch growers to build the…

Canadian lettuce grower Vegpro builds first greenhouse

Canadian company Vegpro International announced a $55 million investment for the construction of its first greenhouse complex, as well as packing lines within the complex, in Sherrington, Montérégie. Covering four hectares (10 acres), this greenhouse complex will allow the company to produce lettuce…

New 2.8 million sq ft greenhouse operation to set new sustainability standards

"California does not have the climate to grow many commonly consumed vegetables outdoors"

Something special is happening in Southern California. Bluehouse Greenhouse (BHGH), an Ag-Tech company that focuses on the development and operation of commercial-scale, high-tech greenhouses, and energy centers, is establishing a project that will provide high-quality produce from a highly efficient and…

Intergrow Greenhouses announces newest expansion

"New York is ideally suited for greenhouse production"

Intergrow Greenhouses is excited to announce the opening of its newest expansion in Upstate, NY. The 10-acre project will produce over 3 million pounds of fresh produce a year, feeding millions across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic all of the way down to the Southeast.  “We’ve been operating in the US since…

UN IPCC report

"Climate change widespread, rapid, and intensifying"

Scientists are observing changes in the Earth’s climate in every region and across the whole climate system, according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change…

Long English cucumbers

Canadian greenhouse grower teams up with Apeel to eliminate single-use plastics

Westmoreland and Apeel are proud to announce they have joined forces to eliminate single use plastics from Long English Cucumber packaging. This is Apeel’s first Canadian…

How much did it cost to produce a hectare of aubergines in a greenhouse in Almeria this campaign?

According to an analysis carried out by Hortoinfo, based on the data of the Observatory of Prices and Markets of the Junta de Andalucía, the cost of growing one hectare of…

Salmonella outbreak in US greenhouse:

"Besides a greenhouse, good growers and good protocols are also needed for food-safe production"

"Mapping and standardizing business protocols are becoming an increasingly important issue, both in terms of food safety and operational security. At the same time, a…

Canadian grower featured in children’s TV show about greenhouse growing

Nature Fresh Farms joins YTV’s Kid Food Nation: The Show to educate children on greenhouse growing and fresh vegetable production. Nature Fresh Farms will be featured in an episode during the second season of Kid Food Nation: The Show, giving the cast and the viewers a peek inside greenhouse and…

"Water footprint in solar greenhouses 20 times lower than national agricultural average"

It is paradoxical that three-quarters of our planet is covered with water and that less than 1% is suitable for living beings. As a result, water is a scarcity that must be used meticulously in the sectors where production depends on its use. This is the case of agriculture, the sector that consumes the…

Thierry Julien, Les Crudettes:

“We will create a greenhouse of 7,000 m² of salads and aromatic herbs in aeroponics”

At the Vivatech Fair 2021 held mid-June in Paris, the company Les Crudettes attended with its partner CleanGreens, in order to present its Cap Vert project. “It is an aeroponics production system, which consists of spraying a nutritive solution on the roots of our salads and aromatic herbs. It is a…

Midwest Apple Improvement Association expands its team

The Midwest Apple Improvement Association (MAIA) is strengthening the support it provides to its more than 1,000 members by adding two industry veterans to its team. With his deep background in horticulture, Bill Pitts joins as horticultural consultant and will work with growers as they increase…

Spring Born: Fully automated greenhouse delivering leafy greens to Denver region

"I wanted to build a business that doesn’t overpromise"

Located on a 254-acre ranch in Silt, Colorado, Spring Born is a newly established greenhouse company that will be providing organic leafy greens to the Denver market. Spring Born currently has 2.5 acres under glass and another 1.5 acres for processing, with a fully automated production system provided by…

The early pepper campaign begins to take shape in Almeria

The 2021-2022 horticultural campaign is already beginning to take shape in some locations in the province of Almeria. This is the case in the highest areas of west Almeria and…

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"Tutoring system saves labour"

"Thanks to our efficient, time-saving and cost-effective plant management, greenhouse plants can be kept in excellent condition at all times," says Alessandro Avarino of SIA Sicilia Group. He claims that his guidance system, Ideal Tutor, is the simplest and most cost-effective system for correct plant management in intensive…

Excellent strawberry season at La Piacentina

"Thanks to the excellent results achieved this year with Marisol, we will increase our strawberry investments and go from 45thousand to 70thousand plants, 90% of which will be Marisol. In 2020/21, we had 45 thousand plants, 60% of which were Marisol. Harvesting started in late February and ended on June…

Greenhouse watermelon: fun, educational, and tasty

Is the watermelon from the greenhouse here to stay? "Who knows?" Grower Lynn Vermeiren and brand manager Tom Verdonck of Tomeco laugh mysteriously. From week 24 they have been harvesting mini watermelons every week in the greenhouse in Meer. And in Loenhout, the plants for a new crop, planted on 7 July,…

Dutch-Canadian investor Ralph Birkhoff

Agri innovator invests in Barbados

Dutch-Canadian investor Ralph Birkhoff is the founder and chief operating officer of Connecticut-based Alquimi Renewables and co-founder of its farming operations group Island…

Haygrove’s climate-controlled automated polytunnel venting solutions

Haygrove is South Africa’s leading manufacturer of field-scale polytunnel and shade net structures and has been operating in South Africa since 2001. Haygrove was originally established in the UK in 1987 and is actively protecting crops in 57 countries worldwide. Due to the specific needs of local…

"The innovative technology will help provide throughout winter months."

Canada: Topline Farms starts production and new 25 acres expansion

Westmoreland/Topline Farms is excited to announce their latest 25-acre expansion at their Flavor Fresh Farms greenhouse, located in Leamington, Ontario. Flavor Fresh began production in June 2021, helping Westmoreland/Topline meet the growing demand for greenhouse-grown produce.  The combination of their state-of-the-art…

Ontario greenhouse grower announces 25-acre expansion

Westmoreland/Topline™ Farms is excited to announce a 25-acre expansion at their Flavor Fresh Farms greenhouse in Leamington, ON. Flavor Fresh began production in June 2021, helping Westmoreland/Topline meet growing demand for greenhouse-grown produce. The combination of their state-of-the-art packing…

Kyrgyz Agriculture Ministry:

‘Increase in exports of fruits and vegetables to China can hike GDP’

According to spokespeople from the Ministry of Agriculture of the Kyrgyz Republic, increasing the exports of fruits and vegetables to China may become a potential source of…

Uncertainty for New-Zealand growers after PepMV outbreak

Whereas most tomato growers currently fear ToBRFV deeply, in New Zealand it is PepMV that is looming over the industry. Recently, the virus was detected in several greenhouses. Vaccines available in Europe, Canada, and Great Britain, are not approved for use in New Zealand. “As we have tomato growers…

Aralux by Agriplast

Mineral loads for diffused light films

Diffused light films are a popular way to obtain optimal temperature control in climatic areas characterized by high solar radiation. "Diffusion has various positive effects on cultivation, especially that of reducing the active energy of incoming radiation. Reducing active energy is in fact what enables…

Price increases also for iron, wood and paper

Prices of agricultural plastics have almost doubled in Italy

“It is almost impossible to build greenhouses these days. Due to the rising cost of raw materials, plastic has now increased from 2.20 to 4 euros per kg. In other words, it has almost doubled. It's not my supplier's fault, as he earns as usual. It is the cost of the raw material that has gone up,”…

More peppers growing in Almeria

The greenhouses in Almeria ended June with some activity. In Nijar, where there are already few tomato plantations, the price was defended, especially of the Cherry tomatoes, while some of the…

Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit

An Indoor AgTech panel

Mapping a pathway to competitive production

"We believe CEA will be fuelled by the diversity of crops. We need to focus on products for consumers and food producers, looking forward to other stable crops we can produce. We have to break the perception of what can be grown and what cannot be grown in CEA as we believe it's the future of growing…

VB ready to double capacity for Little Leaf Farms again

Devens, Massachusetts-based Little Leaf Farms' mission is to provide fresh, locally grown lettuce grown sustainably all year round to their New England consumers. To be able to achieve this goal, it is extremely important to grow and supply products in a sustainable way all year round. This is why Little…

Greenhouse building of the future on Discovery Channel’s "How Do They Do It"

The greenhouses building of the future is within range and has actually already started. In this season of ‘’How Do They Do It’’ on Discovery Channel, host Tim Senders visited innovative companies that all operate sustainably in their own way. In the fourth episode of the season, greenhouse horticulture…

US: Living herb greenhouses to expand in California

Rocket Farms, a grower of indoor flowers, fresh-cut herbs, and potted edibles, is announcing Phase 1 construction of their facility expansion in Half Moon Bay, CA. The company is currently rebuilding 128,000 square feet of existing space and implementing a new living herbs greenhouse. "We aim to grow…

TomaTech – advanced genetics

State-of-the-art breeding at the disposal of tomato growers

Israeli grower and breeder Assaf Eybishitz recently visited Sicily. He was full of praise for the tomato growers there. Assaf Eybishitz He was invited as a speaker on the occasion of a thematic conference on tomato traceability (see Freshplaza of 06/27/2021). "TomaTech has devoted its energy, time and, resources…


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