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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Alumat Zeeman's new webshop:


The COVID-19 pandemic gave 'quite the digital boost' to not only consumers' buying habits, but also the buying habits of the B2B horticulture market. Alumat Zeeman's new webshop is visited a lot, tells Bert Strikkers, one of the company's directors.? "It's increasingly normal to purchase items via a webshop,??


During the corona crisis, it's a challenge for growers to sell not only a quality product, but also to be uncompromised with regards to food safety. ?°Being fresh herbs exporters ourselves allows us to follow our vision to control our product development and marketing from the seed to the customer site. In??

Willem Kea, Greenfresh:


Dutch herb specialist, Greenfresh, has always focused strongly on cultivation in Eastern Africa. Kenya is their top country of origin, supplemented by Tanzania and Uganda. The limited airfreight capacity hasn't made things easy recently. That's resulted in sharp price increases. This was a turning point??

"Certain varieties in semi-commercialized promotion stage"

"Big development in Chinese tomato breeding industry"

?°The current acreages dedicated to tomatoes in China are about 16 million mu, of which more than 9 million mu are for pink tomato, a main product that we breed. Currently, pink tomatoes in the north mainly face diseases where the whole plant becomes dead or where new leaves turn yellow. Against this??

Aldo van Os and The Conscious Farmer, more than one year underway

"Integration of practical experience and science, a golden combination"

How are things going with Aldo van Os, the organic grower who stopped last year to start coaching (organic) growers, with his partner Mark Velders of The Conscious Farmer? Good, as it shows after reading the story below in which both gentlemen share their experiences. "Organic crop protection and??

Startup pioneering vertical agriculture in Latin America raises close to one million dollars

AgroUrbana completed the second round of funding, raising close to one million US dollars to finance the company??s plans for developing and optimising their technology, opening up the market and developing its first commercial plant, and consolidating their place in the market as pioneers in Vertical??

Daniel Mosquera of MamaMia Produce:

?°Demand for our mini cucumbers is higher now than it was pre-pandemic?±

Snacking products have become increasingly popular in recent years, but MamaMia Produce has been supplying the market with their mini cucumbers for the past 15 years. Daniel Mosquera says: ?°We were actually one of the first companies to get the item into retail stores, when it was still relatively??

Scandinavian countries have discovered Sicilian aromatic herbs

Mountain air and unspoiled soil are essential to cultivate high-quality aromatic herbs in the same environments where they grow spontaneously. Concetto Dinatale "We just sow plants using geometry where they would grow anyway. We reorganize nature in tidy rows of oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, bay and??

Growing media sector presents ambitious agenda for the future

With the policy ?°A strong, indispensable basis?±, the Dutch Potting Soil and Substrate Manufacturers Association (VPN) has presented the agenda for the future. An 'ambitious agenda' according to the VPN. The substrate sector is committed to continuous improvement with regard to quality, safety and??

Maarten van Hagen joins Holland Gaas

Maarten van Hagen has started working at Holland Gaas and will contribute to the success of mesh systems for growers. Maarten introduces himself: "I have a great passion for horticulture and have already been wor??

Robert-Jan de Goeij appointed as commercial director (CCO) Codema

Recently Robert-Jan de Goeij joined as commercial director (CCO) and shareholder to the management of Codema. The total supplier of essential horticultural solutions was not unknown to De Goeij. As an industry partner from previous positions at Dalsem and Megaphoton, he already had a link with Codema.??

Greenhouse more »

What will the urban greenhouse of the future look like?

The market for fresh produce in China is looking very interesting. With a growing middle class, and safely produced, healthy food being high on the agenda in light of the current pandemic, all the ingredients are there for growth. So it's no surprise that China was chosen as the location for the second??

Open Field more »

30% of raspberries destroyed by hail and rain in Serbia

The bad weather has so far destroyed 30% of raspberries, and purchasers are already offering a price of RSD 250 per kg (?2.10), while last year, the price ranged between RSD 65 and RSD 170, the President of the Association of Raspberry Growers of Serbia stated. He recalled that last summer cold storage??

Technique more »

Cascades Fresh

New environmental packaging line for the fresh fruit and vegetable industry

Cascades, a company who works with eco-friendly recycling, hygiene and packaging solutions, announced the launch of its new range of Cascades Fresh packaging products for??

New X-ray inspection system for beverages, liquids and solid foods

Mekitec Group, a global manufacturer of food quality control systems based on X-ray technology, announces the launch of a completely new X-ray inspection system, Sidemekitm, targeted for the product safety and quality control needs of food and beverage producers worldwide. Mekitec describes their newest??

Kyle Barnett and Rob Spivock talk Ag Tech

In a new two-part episode of the CropTalk series, #KyleTalksAgTech, Kyle Barnett speaks with Robert Spivock, Director of Technology at GE Current about what makes an LED horticulture light truly reliable, using cars as a reference point for the listeners. Listen to the podcast here.?

Company News more »

Jason Bull new Chief Technology Officer at Benson Hill

Benson Hill, a crop innovation company dedicated to unlocking the natural genetic diversity of plants, has named Jason Bull as Chief Technology Officer to oversee all platform and product development. Bull is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of industry experience unlocking synergies between biology??

Fabio Formaggio

Bananas: Walmart's bestselling product did a report on Walmart, stating: ?°You may associate the world??s largest retailer with toys and tires and the occasional leather thong, but Walmart is also the??

Market Information more »

Freshfel Europe calls for EU and UK negotiators not to let the fresh fruit and vegetable sector down

Freshfel Europe calls for EU and UK negotiators not to let the fresh fruit and vegetables sector down and to allow businesses to recover after COVID-19 before major changes??

LDC launches corporate venture capital program

Louis Dreyfus Company B.V. (LDC) launched its corporate venture capital program, ??LDC Innovations??, as an essential element in LDC??s strategic plans to reinforce its position as a key value chain participant. ?°This program is another positive step in our strategic growth plans, as part of which we are??


Rain doesn??t end problems for Irish vegetable growers

There may have been rain over the past few days, but vegetable growers will be counting the cost of recent drought conditions for a long time to come. Over the past three??


Self-isolation exemption for seasonal agricultural workers UK

Seasonal agricultural workers arriving in the UK will not have to self-isolate for 14 days, as long as they follow specific instructions, the government has said. Those??

Statistics Canada: Retail sales fell by more than a quarter in April

Angelo Caputo's Fresh Markets has chosen Locai

US: Union demands food retailers reinstate hazard payThe United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), which represents 1.3mln workers in grocery stores and other businesses, has called on major supermarket chains such as The Kroger Co. to reinstate hazard pay following news reports that??

Fertilizers more »

What makes a fertilizer high-grade?

Quality is highly important to Prayon, a fertilizer producer. More fertilizers have been sold than in recent years, so it is important to keep stock and quality at a high??

Machines more »

Leon Schrijnwerkers:

"I don't want weeds in my nursery"

Recently an industrial floor sweeper was delivered to Schrijnwerkers. Schrijnwerkers is one of the largest blueberry plant nurseries in Europe. Located in Overloon, the Netherlands, it consists of a five hectare container field and a five thousand m2 greenhouse in which multiplication and propagation of??

Packaging more »

Hungarian exporters react to requirements of the German market

"Sustainable packaging management is decisive for us as well"

Germany and Austria have always been the most important sales markets for the Central European growing regions. This is also true for Hungary, where tons of plums, sweet and sour cherries, and fruit vegetables - such as tomatoes and peppers - are produced annually for the German-speaking market.??

Substrates more »

Sri Lankan coir industry is resilient in the wakes of the Covid-19 pandemic

Due to the growing popularity of coco substrates in the horticultural industry and the quality of the Sri Lankan coco products, the industry has seen rapid growth. That means that the effects of the lockdown were also very big, both for the horticultural supply chain as for the 20,000 people working in??

Cooling more »

Green refrigeration system

At A.C. Hartman in the North of The Netherlands, mainly tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers are grown for customers like the premium supermarket chain Albert Heijn and Bakker Barendrecht, one of the largest fruit and vegetable companies. Recently Hartman was acquired by Best Fresh Group. The ambition of Best Fresh is to market??

Food Safety more »

FDA warns to avoid certain ?°Garden Salad?± products from 3 Midwest retailers due to cyclospora

The FDA issues a warning to consumers to avoid certain store brand packaged and labeled ?°Garden Salad?± products from three retailers in the Midwest due to Cyclospora. Frank??

Events more »

Labinot Elshani, Landgard eG, to participate in the Fruit Attraction in Madrid

"We welcome the restarting of the trade fairs"

2020 promises to be an exceptional trade fair year. Since many events have already been cancelled or postponed, others are switching to virtual solutions. One trade fair that will continue to be held on its original date is the Fruit Attraction that will take place in Madrid at the end of October. Some??

Retail more »

UK: Morrisons selling 11kg fruit and vegetable boxes

Morrisons has launched new fruit parcels packed full of fruits and vegetables. The new boxes contain no less than 135 portions of fresh produce. A typical box weighs in at??

Vertical farming more »

Launch and sale of new CubicFarms control room system

CubicFarms announces the launch of its new Control Room system for sale to growers looking to grow crops more efficiently by controlling every aspect of the growing environment. CubicFarms?? Control Room is assembled inside its proprietary stainless steel, fully insulated growing chamber with the option??


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