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Low supply of illuminated beefsteak tomatoes results in unrealistic prices

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

Spain: Edible micro vegetables without soil or sun

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

Werder Frucht GmbH brings three varieties of cucumbers onto the market

Cucumber harvest started at the Bralitz site last week

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

About 20% of German strawberries already from protected cultivation

German tunnel cultivation is developing at a rapid pace

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

Equilibrium Capital on Revol Greens & Houwelings investments

“Access to equity capital is a competitive advantage”

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

Rindi Bristol with Whole Leaf in Alberta, Canada

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

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

Israel: Fresh cut peppers from the Arava area

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

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

Hydroponic vegetable farms on Johannesburg’s rooftops

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

With Taiwanese Collaboration

Honduras will have four mega greenhouses to produce avocados

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

Grower Martin Appler from Thaur, Austria:

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

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

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

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

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

Greenhouse grower doubles organic production in Canada

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

North American growers coping with the polar vortex

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

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

US: Equilibrium invests in Houweling’s Group

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

Spain: Investigation into death by poisoning of greenhouse worker

The Spanish National Police has opened an investigation to clarify the circumstances of the death of a 27 year old worker who died of poisoning after having been handling…

Egypt: Agriculture Minister signs MoU to build greenhouses in Zambia

Egyptian Agriculture Minister Ezzeddin Abu Steit, currently visiting Lusaka, signed a memorandum of understanding to build a new joint farm specializing in greenhouse…

Driven by berry and cherry sectors

Demand for retractable roofs is through the roof

“Although we’ve been in business for 42 years, we doubled the size of the company in 2018,” says Richard Vollebregt, President of Cravo Equipment. This dramatic growth is driven by a combination of geographic as well as crop expansion. When the company started building retractable roofs back in 1981, the…

Packaged salad grower expands customer base

BrightFarms, a brand featuring locally grown packaged salads, is expanding its customer base to new stores and markets around the country. The company grows salad greens and herbs in hydroponic greenhouses to supply consumers with year-round local produce. BrightFarms produce will now be available at…

Shouguang

China: Production resumes in major vegetable supplier region

This Tuesday, the local agricultural department has stated that China's major vegetable producer, Shouguang city, has resumed production after last summer's typhoon, Rumbia. Among 106,700 greenhouses flooded by the typhoon in Shouguang, over 94 percent have been restored, and the remaining 5,981…

Turkey: Geothermally heated greenhouses to be built in three cities

Ali Kindap, head of the Geothermal Power Plant Investors Association (JESDER) announced that 165 hectares of greenhouse fields will be built in Manisa, Aydin and Denizli.…

Dominican Republic will build greenhouses for 350 producers evicted from Constanza

Last Friday, President Danilo Medina visited the greenhouses for  production in semi-protected environment that will be executed for the benefit of 350 producers of Constanza, who were evicted in 2017. The initiative will contribute to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants of the communities around the Juan Bautista…

Geo-thermical heated greenhouse is currently bearing fruits

Spar Austria: Domestic tomatoes cultivated in climate-friendly greenhouses

The winter temperatures are usually too cold for tomatoes in Austria. SPAR PREMIUM Blue Cherry Tomatoes mature in Bad Blumau in winter - in a greenhouse heated by geothermal heat, which is proven to be climate-friendly. In the Styrian Bad Blumau, even when it is freezing cold outside, the tomatoes ripen,…

Horticultural insurance: Over 1,000 claims reported so far

Alpine foothills: Situation has worsened

Heavy snowfall in the Alpine foothills has led, as was reported earlier, to snow damage at several greenhouses in early January. The horticultural insurance sector has reported a good deal of damages from insured businesses. Due to further snowfall and rain, the situation was even more acute for the…

Spain: Syngenta presents the Pollinator Operation for greenhouses of Almeria and Murcia

Syngenta presented the 'Pollinator Operation' for greenhouses, seeking to take advantage of existing aid to promote biodiversity. The project has been implemented in European extensive crops for ten years. 'Pollinator Operation' is an international project that has been on-going in Europe for 10 years, mainly in…

Paul Schockman and Niels-Peter Klapwijk (Nature Fresh Farms) about developments in the North American greenhouse vegetable market:

"More and more US foodservice and retail chains moving from open field to greenhouse farming"

It has been two years since Paul Schockman moved with Niels-Peter Klapwijk from the Netherlands to Canada. There, they started working for the greenhouse giant, Nature Fresh Farms. FreshPlaza asked Sales Office Manager Schockman about the most important developments in the American market. "In general, the demand…

Henk van Doorne, Van Doorne Imex:

"Scandinavia and the Middle East in the market for Dutch greenhouse lettuce"

Dutch greenhouse lettuce is fetching good prices at the moment. "Butterhead lettuce is selling for about EUR0,50. Jumbo lettuce is going for around EUR0,90 to EUR1,10. There…

'Farm to air': Philippines AirAsia sources vegetables from Silang for inflight salads, wraps

‘Farm-to-table’ is a popular dining concept used by restaurants that source ingredients directly from farms. It's an efficient supply system that also assures freshness of ingredients, whether be it vegetables or animal meat. Now, AirAsia Philippines is ready to take the concept to a different level, specifically to the…

Stephan Kohn, Heinrich GLAESER Nachf. GmbH:

"Our solutions make a valuable contribution to increasing yields and earlier harvests"

A sudden frost in April, hail, heavy rainfall and other weather capers, or the unwanted visit of insects in the fields make life always difficult for fruit and vegetable producers. "In order to ensure healthy growth and a good harvest even under extreme conditions, we work together with our customers on…

At its Huron, Ohio facility

Mucci Farms responds to public’s concern about grow lights

Mucci Farms, with the support of Huron City Manager Andy White, would like to issue a statement with reference to the story written by Andy Ouriel of the Sandusky Register on Sunday, January 20th titled “Huron bans Mucci from expanding”. The story suggests that the city of Huron prohibits Mucci Farms’…

The latest miniature food to be grown in Australia

To some it would appear as if farmer Stewart Gow is growing chillies. But instead of these spicy vegetables, they are in fact capsicums; a new variety called Baby Sweet Capsicums. They are grown in red, yellow and orange. The farm in Amiens is in its second year of producing the fruit, with 100,000 plants for Kalfresh…

Agricool: Green initiatives and container reuse

Companies like Agricool are leading the way regarding Green initiatives with its plan to  revolutionize urban agriculture while giving containers a second life. Tihs is done with the aid of the CMA CGM Group, one of the world’s largest containershipping companies, which is supporting Agricool not only with recycled containers, but…

Greenhouse in an Auchan hypermarket

In Italy, Auchan is testing the installation of a greenhouse in a hypermarket. Fresh herbs and salads grow directly on the shelves and customers do their own “harvesting”. Agricooltur, a young company from the Turin region, is the originator of this scheme. The neighboring Auchan hypermarket placed the installation in its market area…

Display contest encourages retailers to highlight bell pepper brand

According to Oppy, creative pepper displays can earn cash in more ways than one. The company says that sweet bell peppers are the second most popular vegetable behind potatoes, and they are now partnering with Divemex to sponsor a display contest early in the new year. Running from mid-January to the end of March,…

Reducing plastic: A priority for Canadian greenhouse grower

Inspired Greens living lettuce has made it a priority to reduce the use of plastics since its inception, it states. The company has operated since June 2017, and has reduced its plastic use by packaging its living lettuce in a sleeve rather than the domed clamshell. According to Inspired Greens,…

T.A.P. finishes installation in South Korea and Philippines

"Greenhouse kit proves its worth in various climates"

Exciting times beckon for Teshuva Agricultural Projects Ltd. At the end of December they finished the installation of their TAPKITs in South Korea and the Philippines. “Those are our first ones outside of Israel”, says CEO Avner Shohet. South Korea In South Korea Teshuva Agricultural Projects installed two TAPKITs, side by side.…

As well as tomatoes in greenhouses

Northern Uganda: Innovative farmer took matooke to West Nile region

An innovative farmer has found a way for introducing new crops in the area. Farida Lutaale, aged 42 is growing bananas locally known as matooke. This food crop yields well in most central districts of Uganda but a look at Lutaale’s farm shows that she is ready to beat all odds to grow these crops in Arua…

First harvest of Luther strawberries planned in Wittenberg

'It could already be happening In July'

With tomato specialties like the Capricia, Brioso and Bellastar, within a few years Wittenberg Gemüse GmbH has made a name for itself in the German specialist trade. Since last year, many different types of peppers have been bred in their greenhouses, after which they were marketed under the Luther…

Together with Berlin Start-Up

Edeka and Metro are joining the growers

Vertical farming is a way to put an end to the climate-compromising import of vegetables from all parts of the world. Fruits and vegetables can also be grown in the…

Japan: Study checks how global warming affects Aomori apples

Researchers are growing apples in artificial environments to gauge the expected impact of global warming on the prefecture’s famed fruit. The rare study is being undertaken by an eight-member team led by Daiyu Ito, professor of agrometeorology and fruit cultivation at Hirosaki University’s Agriculture and Life Science…

Canadian greenhouse grower gives back to local communities

During the 2018 holiday season, the NatureFresh™ Farms team was busy spreading good will by volunteering with local partners, spreading cheer at holiday events, helping deserving families, and donating food to feed people in need. The company said that giving back to the communities they grow in is an…

First strawberries harvested from Boem Berry Farms phase 3

"No guts, no glory"

With a soft sound the speed roller door opens and reveals a brand new greenhouse. We're entering the third phase of Boem Berry Farms. The 5 hectare expansion was completed this year, and the first strawberries were harvested from this greenhouse on November 1st. With this latest addition, Boem Berry Farms is now completed. Being 15 hectares…

Bowery Farming raises $90 million

“Indoor farming is about producing an economic product by using technology”

"The mistake many in our industry make is to attribute the success of indoor farming solely to LED. LED makes indoor farming viable. But if you want to make indoor farming scalable, you have to think in trends that are happening in robotics, automation, computer vision and machine learning." So says…

Urban farm in Brooklyn looking to attract young farmers

So-called 'urban', or 'vertical', farms have been making their way into some US cities over the past few years. With limited land in major metropolitan areas, indoor urban farms offer the chance for city stores and restaurants to get their hands on locally-grown produce. Square Roots in Brooklyn, New…

“Prices of lettuce varieties doing well"

"On the Belgian market, alternative lettuce varieties and head lettuce did well", Ortwin Ceulemans from Crotoni told us. "Green garden lettuce went for €1 apiece, red garden lettuce for €0.85, Lollo Rossa €0.75, Lollo Bionda €0.45 and head lettuce went towards € 0.80 apiece. This is a very good for the…

"Stackable Snackables" wins Joe Nucci award at the New York Produce Show

Village Farms Stackable Snackables™ series of specialty tomatoes in new top-seal packaging won the Joe Nucci Award for Product Innovation at New York Produce Show and Conference last week held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Village Farms describes the new packaging as featuring bold,…

Comparison between open field and greenhouse tomatoes

A Spanish study on the adaptation of long shelf-life Mediterranean tomatoes grown in greenhouses and open fields was issued on 4th December 2018. Long shelf-life tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) landraces, characterized by carrying the alc allele in the NOR.NAC locus, have been traditionally cultivated in…

Greenhouse acreage expanding faster in Morocco than in Spain

The development of greenhouse cultivation in Morocco is taking place at a much quicker pace than in Spain, and particularly in Almeria. This growth is being followed up by the Andalusian Council of Agriculture with the help of modern satellite image analysis techniques. The latest report issued by the Council highlights the…

Red and yellow are the colors of the exhibition

Macfrut 2019 first: Green House Technology Village shows greenhouse cultivation

The exhibition halls of Rimini Fiera will be renewed on the occasion of the 36th edition of Macfrut, which will take place from 8 to 10 May 2019. The design of the exhibition center will feature the colors of the two main fruits, the red of the "Mela Rossa Cuneo PGI" and the yellow of the pineapple. The…

Avner Shohet, TAPkit:

"Every time we are surprised by the ideas of our clients"

“Why would you build a greenhouse on a roof in the middle of the city, with all the compromises and investments you have to make? Why not get out of the city, only 10 or 20 kilometers, to have a simple greenhouse with a smaller investment, and it gives the same solution.” Indoor farming With the TAP kit, Israeli company Teshuva Agricultural…

Basilicata is leading strawberry producer region in 2019

Whatever the degree of ripeness or period, strawberries are increasingly appreciated by domestic and international consumers. More and more companies are deciding to start cultivating them, and they are now available on the market 9 months a year. According to the data on Spanish and Italian strawberry plants available on the market,…

REO Veiling meets and informs its future generation of producers

On Saturday December 1, REO Veiling organised a meeting with its future generation of producers. Both young producers and children working in their parents' companies and their partners were welcome at Geert Neerinck and Els Dendauw's horticulture company in Ingelmunster. The inspirational initiative…

First Roma tomatoes shipped from new greenhouse

The Star Group’s new Culiacán growing and packing operation is off and running. Star is producing Big Taste roma tomatoes that will hit the market this week. The packing operations, propagation facilities, greenhouses, and test fields have been in preparation throughout the fall. “We are thrilled to be…

Mexico: First roma tomatoes shipped from new greenhouse

The Star Group’s new Culiacán growing and packing operation is off and running. Star is producing Big Taste roma tomatoes that will hit the market this week. The packing operations, propagation facilities, greenhouses, and test fields have been in preparation throughout the fall. “We are thrilled to be…

Chinese retailer closes chain with opening 'largest plant factory in China'

JD.com is the largest online retailer in China. With over 300 million customers, they are known to have a vast network of warehouses and delivery stations, and deliver most orders in less than a day. Now they're expanding in the fresh industry as well. The company partnered with Japanese chemical…

Mobile greenhouse is financed by Gemüsering Thüringen

Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences conducts research on urban farming in growtainer

The Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences received a growtainer at the beginning of the year, intended for research and teaching purposes. The "Gemüsering Thüringen" company is financing the mobile greenhouse for a period of ten years. This is a fully insulated container that has been…

Alberta greenhouse grower ready for the long cold winter

Now there’s a bigger house on the prairie, and its lights will be on through the long winter. Southern Alberta greenhouse producer Frank & Able shipped the first tomatoes-on-the-vine grown in their newly expanded facility in early November. Having doubled their acreage under lights just ahead of the first snowfall,…

Ohio greenhouses in full production this winter

With the last weeks of 2018 still ahead of us, NatureFresh™ Farms is in the thick of a third winter growing season at their Ohio-based facility. Located in the northwestern community of Delta, OH, the NatureFresh™ Farms USA greenhouse will be picking, packing, and shipping fresh tomatoes throughout the…

Living greens company launches organic red butter lettuce and spring mix

Pete’s, the California-based produce company specializing in hydroponically grown, non-GMO verified living lettuces and living cress varieties, will introduce their newest…

Guyra, New South Wales

Australia: Costa tomato farm starts AU$67 million expansion

Wednesday, the first sod of soil was turned on Costa Group’s $67 million expansion of its tomato glasshouse operation at Guyra. The current facility already is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. The new expansion will grow snacking and cocktail tomato varieties. Costa Group’s senior management were joined by…

Equity crowdfunding campaign opened for Canadian tomato greenhouse

"We aim to displace importers, not existing local growers"

Vermillion Growers, a women-led, family run company out of Manitoba, has opened up the crowdfunding and investment campaign to raise money for what they call Manitoba's first large-scale greenhouse. Vermillion Growers plans to grow tomatoes-on-vine (TOV). "Tomatoes are the largest imported greenhouse…

Canadian government supports greenhouse farming

In Canada, the greenhouse industry has been experiencing the largest and fastest growth within the horticultural sector. Last year, the sale of Canadian greenhouse vegetables…

A greenhouse in the eternal ice: vegetable gardening in the Antarctic

Paul Zabel from the German Aerospace Center is operating a greenhouse in the Antarctic, where tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers flourish. For future space missions, plant cultivation needs to be tested under difficult conditions. Photo: DLR In the past few months, Paul Zabel had to cope with bad weather conditions. For a whole polar…


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