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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…

What opportunities are there in Russia for Italian businesses?

Russia is increasing the areas destined for greenhouse cultivation. Natalia Rogova, general director of the Russian greenhouse producer association, illustrated the current situation, but what opportunities can there be for Italian companies in the large Russian market?  Consultant Evgeniya Kravchenko Evgeniya…

FruitHydroSinni opens sorting facility in Germany

Interest towards fresh produce for people with food intolerances or allergies is increasing considerably, so much so that an Italian company specializing in the production of produce free from nickel, histamine and other heavy metals is opening a new sorting facility in Germany. Ivan Santarcangelo is the…

Spain

El Ejido already has over 13,000 hectares of greenhouses

The greenhouse fruit and vegetable production continues to gain ground in the Spanish municipality of El Ejido, where the number of applications for licenses for the construction and modernization of greenhouses has grown by 20% in the first half of the year, compared to the same period of the previous…

Vivianna Greene and Brittney Bubb

North Shore Greenhouses names new Marketing Manager and Creative Director

With overall growth at the forefront of their plans for 2021, North Shore Greenhouses, Inc. named Vivianna Greene as Marketing Manager and promotes Brittney Bubb to Creative…

Towards self-sufficiency - Russia reaches three thousand hectares of greenhouses

Ever since Russia introduced the ban on European fresh produce, it has been focusing on its own domestic production. But the Russian climate does not always favor long production cycles, so the country is mainly focusing on greenhouse production. It mainly grows tomatoes and cucumbers, followed by bell…

PMA webinar event

How consumer flavor preferences drive breeding technology

On Thursday, August 27th, PMA hosted a free webinar that focused on understanding consumer tastes and preferences and how these drive plant-breeding technologies. The webinar featured speakers from different levels of the supply chain to provide an overview of the process: Dr. Chow-Ming Lee, who is the…

High flavor, high production, and labor efficient

New high-tech tomato varieties hitting the market

Sakata Seed is continuously working on developing new vegetable varieties with improved eating experience for the consumer while including extended shelf life. In addition, the breeding process focuses on improved labor efficiency and increased productivity for growers. Recently, an exciting new range of…

Naturelle

"Cucumbers, snack and plum cherry tomatoes doing very well"

Organic greenhouse vegetable market continues positive trend in spring

The demand for organic as a consequence can be called 'good' this year, as a result of the coronavirus. While peak demand in spring already generated positive reactions, this trend has continued unchanged through the summer. On the contrary, the warm weather only further increased the consumption of organic cucumbers, snack and plum cherry tomatoes, as Cees van Vugt of Na…

Consumer preference for microgreens

Microgreens are tender immature greens of wild species, herbs, grains, or vegetables, harvested upon the emergence of the first pair of true leaves. Microgreens are analogous in size to sprouts but are eaten without the roots and require additional days to thrive and acquire larger, colored, and…

The UAE starts exporting hydroponic lettuces

The lettuces from the vertical garden of the Emirati start-up Smart Acres are almost ready to be sent to the different international markets. The vegetables are grown in…

Solutions provided by Idromeccanica Lucchini

Strawberry cultivation in Vestenanova

Vestenanova's experience enabled Idromeccanica Lucchini to gain knowledge it can apply to similar situations in the future. One of the best characteristics of strawberries is their texture, which denotes high quality. In order to obtain it, crops may be shifted to land at a high altitude that guarantees…

Wageningen University Alumni Chapter China organized online symposium on horticultural installations

Chinese and Dutch horticultural industries continue to cooperate during pandemic

China has seen a growth in high-tech greenhouses in the last few years. The demand for innovative technology is becoming widespread. Chinese companies are looking for automated solutions, whether in terms of plantation or management, and they often turn their attention to the Netherlands. The Wageningen…

Educating consumers through a channel growing faster than YouTube

Mucci Farms launches podcast

To connect the dots between greenhouse operations and their customers, Canadian Mucci Farms is launching a podcast called Spill the Greens. “We think it’s important for people to know who we are, and see this platform as an opportunity to introduce retailers and consumers to our amazing team through education and information…

Fluence

webinar, August 27

Exploring the impact of light on tomato plants and yield

It's time for another Fluence research webinar, August 27 at 3 PM CEST, 8 AM CST. In this episode, Fluence experts from the Horticulture Service and Research teams will discuss two crucial experiments - conducted in collaboration with Wageningen University in the Netherlands - that improve our collective…

Hydroponic tomato grower expands year-round offerings and organic varieties

The fresh produce market, like all grocery categories, is experiencing new challenges relating to the COVID virus. Alejandro Santander, Vice President of Sales and Operations with Globalmex International, and their Magic Sun-branded hothouse tomatoes, indicates that there are always challenges in the ag…

"Getting to zero waste by 2040"

New Zealand’s first food waste-to-bioenergy facility gets underway

New Zealand’s first large-scale food waste-to-bioenergy facility gets underway at Reporoa, in the central North Island. Following the blessing of the land by Ngati Tahu-Ngati Whaoa, construction will begin on the new anaerobic digestion facility which is owned by Ecogas – a joint venture between Pioneer…

Linde Gastechnik sees great potential for BANARG Control in tomato cultivation

"With annual product losses of more than 1,700 EUR, the use of ripening gasses pays off"

Ripening gas BANARG® has been known for several years as an agent for the optimal ripening of bananas and citrus fruits. However, the innovative process from the Linde Gases Division is now also being used more and more frequently during the production of tomatoes in greenhouses. The advantages for the…

Joint project of Chinese company and Dutch university underway

Greenhouse production management supported by greenhouse crop models

People’s living standards rapidly improve because of the development of economy in China , consumers demand for high-quality and safe agricultural products. Shanghai Lankuaikei Technology Development Co., Ltd. and Wageningen University in the Netherlands started a 4-year cooperation project “Big Data…

Fluence

Leo Lansbergen, Fluence, explains

Winter trials show promising results for LED in cucumber cultivation

LED lighting has been proving its worth in the cultivation of various crops. From tomatoes and herbs to strawberries and cannabis, many growers have already made the switch from HPS (SON-T). One crop that's still lagging behind a bit in this development is the cucumber, where growers still mostly favor…

Jorge Brotons, manager of Bonnysa: "We are growing table grapes again after 25 years"

"We try to be quick choosing varieties that allow us to continue being innovative"

The European tomato market is undergoing important changes, both in the productive potential and in consumer trends and preferences. How do you survive in an increasingly competitive market? Product diversification and the constant selection of varieties is one of the keys for Bonnysa, which in addition…

Two years growing tomatoes in the United Arab Emirates

"When I talked about growing tomatoes in the desert, people thought I was crazy"

"When I started telling people that I was going to grow tomatoes in the desert, everyone thought I was going crazy," Sky Kurtz, founder of Pure Harvest Smart Farms, recalls in an interview with DW.com. The United Arab Emirates is not exactly what is commonly understood as  an ideal location for agricultural…

"Consumers and politicians want regional, CO2-neutral vegetables - but they don't want greenhouses on the edge of town"

"It's a paradox - everyone wants organically, regional and CO2 neutral vegetables, but the vegetable farms needed for this should not be near their own village," laments Peter Höfler junior, partner of Höfler Gemüse. It is a problem that is prevalent not only for vegetable greenhouses, but for other…

Minnesota greenhouse grower releases three new products

Revol Greens announced the launch of three new products. These include Baby Romaine Twins, Arctic Crunch and Power Up blend, bringing back an original favorite and introducing two new salad blends. This announcement follows the news of Revol’s recent greenhouse expansion from two to 10 acres. “We are…

After the cases on the tomato, the virus hits another vegetable

First report of the ToBRFV on the bell pepper

In January 2020, about 85% of a bell pepper cultivation in a greenhouse located in the province of Ragusa showed symptoms similar to those of a virus. These consisted of a slight mosaic, a yellowing of the young leaves and a brightening of their veins, the browning of the stem with strong necrosis at the…

Erwin Savenije (Emsland Gemüse) has a positive 6-month balance sheet

"It looks to become a good tomato year in Germany, despite the corona crisis“

Alarming reports about the greenhouse vegetable market, especially for tomatoes, were rife during the height of the corona crisis. The direct effects of the crisis were noticeable at Emsland Gemüse too. This is Emsbüren, a German mega horticultural company's, vegetable branch. But, they anticipated the…

An increase in imports into the European Union from Morocco and Turkey

Italy ranked fourth among European tomato producers

Tomato prices are currently low, due to an oversupply that exceeds the demand. Also, the market situation is not as usual and foreseeable as the coronavirus has undermined any stability. As a matter of fact, the European Commission has forecast a 2% reduction in tomato quantities in 2020. "Tomato production…

Lorenzo Franchini and Guido Medici say.

"We want to raise awareness on vertical farming in Italy"

“As we’re located in Italy, a country with great farming traditions, some people would think that we don’t need indoor farming. But, especially today, this is wrong. In fact, we import a great part of our food, and while adverse climate events are always more frequent, the fertility of the soil is…

Isijet is also used at Ortomad

A new technology that raises the quality of baby leaf seeds

The ISI Sementi research aims to raise the qualitative and quantitative standards of its own varieties, in this case of baby leaf, with Isijet technology, as attested by the Ortomad company. Ortomad, a company of the La Linea Verde group, was founded in 1998 and represents one of the first sites in the…

Covid-19 sparks discussions on local produce supply

Hi-tech greenhouses to play bigger role in produce supply in China

During the Covid-19 pandemic that has been ongoing for months, various issues in the produce supply chain have been brought under the spotlight. How to ensure production and supply capacity and provide consumers with sufficient agricultural products against inconvenient logistics and shortage of workers…

Vertical agriculture in Chile

Urban agriculture is beginning to take off in Chile, where the AgroUrbana start-up has just closed a $ 1 million seed capital round, raising its total capital to $ 1.5 million, to create a vertical…

Spain

New zucchini variety for raw consumption to be cultivated in greenhouses of El Ejido

In a recent visit to the facilities of the Cohorsan cooperative, owned by Unica Group, the mayor of El Ejido, Francisco Góngora, had the chance to take a first-hand look at…

University of Osnabrück is dedicated to vertical farming

"AgrarCycle": highly innovative network working with science and industry

In the coming months and years, a research team at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences wants to establish a highly innovative network of science and industry under the name "AgrarCycle" in order to sustainably promote vertical agriculture in Germany. The project is being funded with more than…

This vertical farm could be the answer to a future without water

You wouldn't expect to find a farm in an industrial park in the middle of New Jersey. Specifically, you wouldn't expect to find a farm down the road from Newark Airport, where it's 100 degrees in the shade and the scenery consists of trucks and parking lots. But I haven't come here to find a bucolic…

Torrington, CT

Ground broken on new hydroponic facility to serve marginalized communities

June 30, 2020 was an exciting day for local Connecticut organization, New Opportunities. After years of planning, ground was broken on a new hydroponic farm project called "CT Food4Thought" that is going to bring fresh, nutritious, pesticide free food to local food banks, shelters, soup kitchens, and…

Cravo retractable peaked roof greenhouses turn 30 years old

It was all the way back in 1990 when Donald Layser from Layser’s Plants and Flowers in Myerstown Pennsylvania wanted to protect his outdoor spring crops from the frost and rain. The retractable flat roof houses had already been in operation for 8 years but they were not capable of keeping rain off the…

Kevin Jühlcke (Munich Micros) on the marketing of regional microgreens:

"Corona has also created new opportunities for us"

The marketing of regional cresses was almost completely paralysed by Corona and the subsequent closure of the gastronomy industry. Nevertheless, the management of innovative cultivation company Munich Micros looks back on the past few months with a predominantly positive outlook. "The overwhelming…


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