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Further severe weather damage to North German horticulture

Hail smashes greenhouses

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

Redpath's custom built greenhouses made to suit any climate

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

Max Kipiatkov, Hanita Kibbutz about the TAPKIT

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

The Hanita Kibbutz in Northern Israel may be more than 80 years old, but their cultivation methods are certainly not outdated.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

Mexico: Phase 1 completed of 13 hectare blueberry greenhouse site

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

Culinary cook-off highlights greenhouse produce

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

Peter Quiring, NatureFresh™ Farms:

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

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

Nursery farm Rusthoeve

Busy Open Day at Rusthoeve despite rain and thunder

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

Bowery Farming: expanding assortment outside lettuce and leafy greens

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

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

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

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

Strong period for greenhouse tomato production in Mexico

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

New plastic support for hydroponic crops such as basil

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

Future of indoor grown food discussed at Indoor AgTech

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

New greenhouse for Dalmonte Vivai

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

South Hessian season for outdoor herbs in full swing

"Greenhouse cultivation will never replace open fields"

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

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

Negative balance for Almeria's greenhouse melon and watermelon campaign

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

Leamington Fair

Leamington greenhouse growers take home awards

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

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

"We have been lucky with the weather so far"

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

Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico

Planasa opens a new strawberry and raspberry plant nursery

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

Essex County, Ontario

Canada: Hydro One to boost Leamington greenhouses power supply

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

To increase international agricultural exports

Jordan: King Abdullah II inaugurates pioneering agricultural project in Mafraq

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

'Fresh Grocer' talks about greenhouse tomatoes

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

The Agroecology Service will help improve waste management

Almeria's greenhouses as a model for sustainability

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

Qatar takes on boycott with greenhouses and vegetables

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

Rabo AgriFinance funds MightyVine expansion

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

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

Veetaste grows microgreens with high nutritional properties

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

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

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

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

Dutch cluster tomato imports remain stable

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

Hungarian greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers may be cheaper this year

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

“The Open Greenhouse Operation 2019 was a real success”

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

Planet Farms announce largest vertical farming facility in Europe

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

Ecuador's first certified organic pitahaya reaches international markets

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

Sustainability at the forefront for Canadian greenhouse grower

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

Spain

Experimental cultivation of local tomatoes to boost their value

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

Fully recyclable packaging extends from organic to conventional items

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

Dense greenhouse cucumber supplies affect pricing

Supplies of greenhouse cucumbers appear to be ample. Genci Kutrolli of Wilson Farm, Inc. in Lexington, MA notes that at this time of year, the greenhouse grown seedless cucumbers for their wholesale and retail business come from Canada. “Our supplier in Canada has product year round, however the…

Philip van Geest, Van Geest International:

“Dutch greenhouse vegetable market not great, tomato growers in particular getting a rough deal”

The tomato market is currently very mediocre with kilo prices between 15 and 25 cent. “There’s a lot of product on the market, and demand isn’t optimal,” says Philip van Geest of Van Geest International. “Aubergines might be selling like hot cakes, but prices aren’t great either, their price level is…

Tomatoes grown at 1800 meters asl thanks to Idromeccanica Lucchini

Idromeccanica Lucchini has bet on twenty hectares of greenhouses in Armenia to produce at 1800 meters above sea level. The company continues to be contacted from businesses all over the world, especially when it comes to real challenges. "We covered 20 hectares in two steps and now the production of…

Arizona greenhouse grower expands organic tomato production

Wholesum has announced their greenhouse expansion, adding six acres of 100 percent organic tomato production to the existing 18-acre facility. Wholesum said the new greenhouse will hold the latest technology for innovative and sustainable production. The expansion will also bolster their commitment to…

Chicago show coincides with new greenhouse opening

For one greenhouse company, having a major trade show located in the city you’re about to open your next greenhouse in is proving perfect timing. Brooklyn, NY-based Gotham Greens broke ground last spring on its second urban greenhouse in Chicago, Ill. (Its first 75,000 square foot Chicago greenhouse…

Auction at opening bash nets €74,085

Koppert Cress opens new 'Cas Spijkerskas' greenhouse

On Friday, 24 May, Koppert Cress opened its new 7,000m2 Cas Spijkerskas. More than 350 guests from the horticultural sector, government, politics, and healthcare attended. An auction was held at their, charity event, Het Goede Doelen Gala. It yielded €74,085. The event was a great opportunity to collect…

Big Marble Farms expansion: 10 acre greenhouse and 6MW cogeneration facility

In a continuation of our growth journey, Big Marble Farms Inc. is pleased to announce their next expansion. "We are adding 10 acres of vegetable greenhouse and a state-of-the-art 6MW cogeneration power plant", they say. This will take Big Marble Farms to a total of 45 acres in production to support the…

Aquaponics is coming to France

Widely used in Africa or the United States, aquaponics is now arriving in France. It is a form of market gardening that consists of growing vegetables in water that comes from fish farm tanks. It…

Quebec greenhouse producers want preferential electricity rates

Greenhouse producers in Quebec are asking the government to allow them to take advantage of some of the electricity surplus it is trying to sell to the United States. The producers are proposing to Hydro-Quebec, electricity provider of the province, to sell them the terawatts at the preferential rate of…

Greenhouse grower discusses tomato season and value of United Fresh

Supplies of greenhouse tomatoes look good given the multiple regions currently producing them. “There’s production in all areas right now. Volume is good in tomatoes out of Canada and our California operations. Canadian volume is up. California is mid-stream. And Mexico is finishing,” says Jeff Madu of…

Mastronardi unveils new European venture

Mastronardi Produce® has announced it is investing in Europe through a partnership with Dutch vegetable exporter Soho Produce. “This partnership will allow us to expand our…

Katrien De Backer, LAVA

"Miserable weather causes low prices and limited demand for greenhouse vegetables"

It is quite quiet on the greenhouse vegetable market. Due to the miserable weather the demand for many products is lacking and this isn't benefiting the price. "At the moment there is an increasing demand for cucumbers and the prices are slightly on the rise. There is a considerable supply, but we expect…

Greece: Hydroponic workshops launched in Corfu

Hydro Fresh Produce announces the launch of Hydroponic Workshops in sunny Corfu, Greece. The workshops will take place at their hydroponic farm in central Corfu, Greece. The farm is located just 5 km from Corfu International Airport and 7km from the historic UNESCO city centre. Accommodation is available…

250,000 sq. foot greenhouse breaks ground in Pennsylvania

BrightFarms, a supplier of locally grown salads for supermarkets, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new 250,000 sq. foot greenhouse in Snyder County, Pa. on Monday, May 20. Dozens gathered at the construction site before attending a celebration at Susquehanna University, including Pennsylvania’s…

Engineer Paul Zabel pleased about cultivation project in the Antarctic

"Vegetable farming on the moon is possible, as the past months have shown"

At some point, people will grow their own vegetables on the moon. There are already concrete experiments for this: in a greenhouse in the Antarctic, Paul Zabel planted cucumbers and tomatoes for a year. Germany's Deutschlandfunk Nova inquired about the results of the cultivation. Exclusively minus…

Turkey takes initiative on hi-tech greenhouses

In order to prevent high prices in fruits and vegetables and to increase productivity throughout the year, Turkey will launch hi-tech greenhouses. In the first stage, hi-tech greenhouses will be constructed in an area of 2 thousand hectares. Nine cities will benefit from the project due to their…

The first vegetables from robotic orchards are now on sale in the US

Iron OX, a startup located in California, has begun to market vegetables from robotic orchards. The orchards, managed entirely by robots, were inaugurated last October and, after eight months of cultivation, they have produced three varieties of vegetables: lettuce, sorrel, and basil, which are sold as…

Trailblazing partnership brings local produce to Appalachia

Mastronardi Produce and AppHarvest have announced construction of a high-tech greenhouse in Morehead, Kentucky, which will bring an infusion of jobs and award-winning produce to the Appalachian states. “The 60-acre, state-of the-art facility will be one of the most sustainable, efficient, and…

Can California cherries be protected against rain events?

In the past week, California cherry trees have been hammered with rain. It’s a disaster for cherry growers as it causes the cherries to split. Although it is unusual for California to receive so much rain this time of year, it is a global development as cherry growers in Italy, Greece and Chile have been…

With crops "only a touch away"

South Korea and smart farming

Lim Ju-wan is the representative of a floriculture cooperative of nine farms based in Goyang, north of South Korea’s capital Seoul, that raises roses at smart greenhouses covering a combined 44,000 square meters of land. Lim normally starts the day by taking out his smartphone to check his greenhouse instead of going outside to…

Sweet fruits at a manageable height:

Rack cultivation on the rise in Germany

Within professional cultivation, strawberries no longer just grow in the soil in the field. More and more often, growers also have them one floor up, on so-called racks. Does not it look appetizing though, when these red, juicy fruits are hanging down on either side of the troughs, at one meter high? It…

Swiss Producer Cooperative has dropped mega-project

No giant greenhouse in Seeland

Cooperative Vegetable Producers Seeland (GES) has stopped the project. The resistance to the largest greenhouse in Switzerland was too great. In 2017, GES announced plans to build a greenhouse…

Decontamination chamber provides solution against tomato virus

A virus inflicting tomatoes that has spread from Israel to Europe and North America in the last five years is showing no signs of stopping, especially in warm climate tomato production areas. The Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) causes yellow to brown colored wrinkled, necrotic spots on the…

Can organic tomatoes be grown in heated greenhouses?

Currently, to obtain the Organic designation, a tomato must have been grown in the soil, without synthetic pesticides and must not have been grown in a heated greenhouse. The…

"Fewer natural resources will be used, but greater income will be achieved"

Greenhouse with Spanish technology opens in Peru

For the first time ever, a greenhouse that will allow the planting of high quality fruits for international markets has opened in Piura. This will improve the quality of life for the region's peasants and training students. The inauguration of the greenhouse, which covers eight hectares of crops, was…

Rougeline relies on greenhouse crops

In the south of France, the 230 members of the Rougeline cooperative grow 340 hectares of tomatoes, strawberries and cucumbers under glass. In comparison, 700 hectares of…

Criminal damage

France: Tomato greenhouse destroyed in Brittany

In Paimpol, in the department of Côtes-d'Armor in the Brittany region, a greenhouse of more than 3 ha of tomatoes was destroyed by a weedkiller in what could be a criminal…

Qingdao, China - September 19th - 21st, 2019

Horti China exhibition further strengthens cooperation with Dutch delegation

Horti China will take place in the Qingdao World Expo City Hall N4 and Hall N5 on September 19th to 21st, 2019. The conference is expected to cover an area of 20,000 square…

Northern Italian trial greenhouse to test floating systems in winter

"Water temperature essential element in growing on floating systems"

"Growers have been using floating systems for years, but not always in the right way. We verified that an essential element is the temperature of water." Speaking is Gian Paolo Menarello with Idromeccanica Lucchini. The company set up a testing area in a company located in northern Italy to grow lettuce…

15 acre Randhawa Farms greenhouse put into production

"Benefit of late planting is it all goes very fast"

"The benefit of late planting is that heat and light are abundant and it all goes very fast." Speaking is Business Director Vijay Randhawa with Perpetual Vegetable Co, the brand of Randhawa Farms. The company recently put a new 15 acre greenhouse into production and Vijay tells all about this expansion.…

Wendy's is advertising greenhouse-grown tomatoes

Remember how last year Wendy's, the US's third-largest fast-food burger chain, said it would only be sourcing vine-ripened greenhouse-grown tomatoes for use in its US and Canada locations? It seems they've succeeded: This year they are promoting their new burgers with 'greenhouse-grown' tomatoes. Tomato…

Area of fruit cultivation in greenhouses rises by 30 percet

The NFO reports that the total area of fruit grown in greenhouses in 2018 grew by almost 30 ha to 123 ha. In the province of Gelderland the area was more than doubled to 35 ha. Noord-Brabant remains the largest province with 57 ha fruit in greenhouses. The area of fruit in greenhouses is 30 ha of…

Elmar Gimperlein: Demand for organic cress is booming in winter and spring

"Between Christmas and Pentecost, our sales go up to 120%"

Locally cultivated organic cress is now available all year round at the Bio-Maintalkresse company. At the moment, however, a lot of effort is put on the greenhouse system of the Gimperlein grower family. In winter and spring, their organic vegetables are seeing an increasing demand, particularly when it…

New greenhouse to open in Pennsylvania

BrightFarms has announced plans to build a 250,000 square-foot greenhouse in Snyder County, Pa. The company will break ground on the new greenhouse this month, with production starting in early 2020. The greenhouse will produce more than two million pounds of leafy salad greens and herbs per year while…

North America mini sweet pepper production transitioning

Supplies of mini sweet peppers are expected to transition to different regions over the next month or so as the major Mexican growing region of Sinaloa begins to slow down. Production will move to milder climates and volume is expected to remain steady. Companies like Divine Flavor are about to start…

More and more protective cover in vegetable gardens Lower Saxony

Largest harvest of root and tuber vegetables

In 2018, 861 farms in Lower Saxony cultivated vegetables in the open ground on an area of ​​around 20,300 hectares, and nearly 450,000 tons were harvested. As reported by the…

Pfalzmarkt eG launches this year's strawberry campaign

"This year we expect very good volumes and top quality"

As "Pfalzmarkt für Fruits und Gemüse eG" reports, the first strawberries of the new season are being harvested in the Palatinate. True to the motto "Strawberries - ready -…

Salad producer wins Walmart produce innovation award

BrightFarms, a supplier of locally grown salads for supermarkets, was recently awarded the Innovation Award (Produce) at Walmart’s 2019 Supplier Growth Forum in Rogers, Arkansas. The Innovation Award follows the launch of the company's salads in Walmart stores in Ohio. BrightFarms said its produce…

Alberta greenhouse grower rejuvenating interest in red lettuce

Following its first expansion since it began harvesting in 2017, one Alberta, Canada-based greenhouse grower is anticipating now producing some 18-20 million heads a year. Coaldale, Alberta-based Whole Leaf began seeding an additional five acres in the middle of February and it now has 11 acres in…

Innovative display at Viva Fresh

Shortage of colored bell peppers to ease after holiday pull

The US market is currently seeing a shortage of colored bell peppers coming in from Mexico. Demand is reported to be strong for yellow bell peppers in particular, and growers have been trying to balance out production for the different colors. "The small shortage that we are seeing on yellow bell peppers…

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,…

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…


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