Greenhouse

Snacking trend leads to increased year-round production of mini cucumbers

Canada’s summer sunlight hours make the country very suitable for greenhouse vegetable production about nine months out of the year. “In winter, roughly from the end of November until the end of January, we just don’t get enough sunlight,” says Jeff Richardson with Great Lakes Greenhouses. Canadian…

SITIF: the Hydroponic school by AgeonTech

AgeonTech is the oldest hydroponic advisory company in Italy. A team of five agronomists specialized in high tech greenhouse advising, working in Italy and with experiences in some other countries like Switzerland, France, Romania, Lebanon and few others. "AgeonTech has a data driven approach with a well…

Louisiana scientists work to grow citrus indoors

The number of commercial citrus growers is still decreasing in south Louisiana, with saltwater intrusion making citrus cultivation all but impossible in some areas. For…

Lighting system from C-Led for Profarms

Microgreens from South Tyrol sold to the local market

'To bet on microgreens is to bet on the winning ticket', although that's what this company sees. Ulrich Kager and Patrick Sanin founded Profarms three years ago, which built a vertical farm to supply microgreens to the northern Italian province of Bolzano.  Ulrich Kager Kager is 23 years old and began thinking…

A Chilean startup develops an intelligent lighting system for crops

"Agribusiness requires easy-to-use technology that provides quick, efficient, and sustainable responses." The agrotech startup Paraled has developed intelligent, tailor-made…

GrowTech keeps up the momentum during second exhibition day

With the first day now in the books, exhibiting companies and visitors are today appreciating the second day of the GrowTech in Antalya, Turkey. Today, more people are flocking to the venue of the show.  Walking around the different aisles and booths, conversations can be picked up on how many Russian companies…

Emirati fruit and vegetable producers are favored by the local market

In a country that is a hub for imported produce, Emirati fresh produce growers are banking on consumer behavior. We spoke with Mr. Ali Aljararwah, CEO of Ghalya Farms, a 30-hectare plantation located in the Al Ain area of Abu Dhabi. Mr. Ali describes his activities: "I have a very diversified production.…

GrowTech off to a good start

Amidst the energy crisis, inflation, and other unprecedented challenges, the horti world has gathered for the new edition of the GrowTech in Antalya, Turkey. Interestingly enough, however, the energy crisis is not much felt in Turkey, with many growers using geothermal energy. Despite everything, a positive energy can be felt…

Harold Paivarinta with greenhouse grower Red Sun Farms

“Cost increases are an opportunity to identify efficiencies”

The most popular product for North American greenhouse grower Red Sun Farms is their Sweetpops. “They are quickly redefining our snacking tomato standards,” says Harold Paivarinta with the company. “This variety is all about delivering an explosion of flavor in a snack-size tomato,” he added. It is a…

"They've already lowered their production and expectations are it'll remain low in the coming months"

Dutch greenhouse blackout expected to boost prices of exported Spanish vegetables

The upcoming fall in production in Central European countries, such as the Netherlands, because of the increase in gas prices is expected to lead to an increase in purchases…

Tomato demand slowing down in the short term

At the beginning of November, retailers were actively filling their stores with tomatoes. However, demand is slowing down going into American Thanksgiving. This is a trend Jaap Dane, Director of Procurement for Windset Farms, expects to continue for the next two or three weeks. The weather conditions in…

"The mobility of our robot saves growers from this burden"

Mobile aeroponic system requires less maintenance and guarantees even irrigation

Everyone is talking about sustainability and ways to reduce operational costs while doing – possibly – more. A cultivation method that addresses all of that is aeroponic. At the same time, setting up a large-scale aeroponic greenhouse is a huge task. That’s where the Swiss company CleanGreens Solutions…

Learning how to be a grower:

“You don’t only have to be knowledgeable about the crop, but you also have to know how to work with others"

HAS green academy has made the headlines quite a few times, with its many research partnerships with different horti suppliers. For instance, we reported some time ago about a joint research effort with Fluence to explore dynamic lighting. At the same time, the University of Applied Sciences also allows…

France: Ombrea signs partnership with Banque des Territoires for 350 MW of agrivoltaic projects

Banque des Territoires has signed an innovative and ambitious partnership agreement to develop and finance 350 MW of agrivoltaic projects by 2027, equivalent to the annual consumption of 100,000 households. The partnership agreement was signed on November 16th 2022 in Aix-en-Provence by Christian Davico,…

Antoine Fuyet, co-founder:

Bioponics: Champerché will soon open five urban farms

Champerché, the smart urban farms developer, continues to grow. After the first fundraiser raising 3.5 million euros [3.64 million USD] for its urban farm of 1,300 m² in Sartrouville (Yvelines), the start-up will now raise 85 million euros [88.34 million USD] to open its next five farms in the Paris…

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"Requests mainly for single greenhouses as most large producers are waiting for a drop in the price of raw materials"

The greenhouse sector has endured shocking increases over the past few years: the main one concerns the cost of steel, which has skyrocketed. However, the prices of raw materials seem to have decreased over the past few months, so there might be a reason to be optimistic for 2023. (Photo by: CO.SER) "The…

Vertical farming underway in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, soon expanding to the Mekong Delta

"Our top contribution to Vietnam's agricultural industry is providing clean, safe, stable jobs in communities where this is typically not the case. Secondly, we are setting a better standard of production with zero chemical residues and net zero greenhouse gas emissions that we hope will encourage other…

Fatih Kördemirci, Kurt Group of Companies

“Here in Türkiye, we heat greenhouses with geothermal water, which is much cheaper than gas”

In Europe, many greenhouse growers have stopped winter production because of high gas prices. "Nobody is going to put extra gas to heat up tomatoes or peppers, so to say, because the EU needs to provide heating to private citizens first," says Fatih Kördemirci from Kurt Group of Companies. That is one of…

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Survey results confirm:

"Growers are facing significant labor constraints and current policies need reform"

The 2022 Greenhouse and Nursery Labor Employment Survey was conducted in collaboration between AmericanHort, a trade association for the green industry, and researchers from the University of California Davis, and Michigan State University to help understand the depth of labor scarcity impacting the greenhouse and nursery…

Switzerland: High degree of self-sufficiency for popular lamb's lettuce

Over 40 percent grown in greenhouses

In Switzerland, lamb's lettuce is one of the most popular winter salads and, fortunately, the majority of the greens sold are grown domestically. Swiss vegetable producers grow lamb's lettuce all year round. The hardy lettuce can withstand temperatures as low as -15 degrees. For vegetable growers, lamb's…

To-go tomato snack debuts in Mexican 7-Eleven® stores

NatureSweet® is introducing its To Go product in Mexico. Cherubs® To Go are washed and ready-to-eat snacking tomatoes in a palm-sized container. Beginning this week, the snack pack will be available in all 7-Eleven stores throughout Mexico. The snack pack will be available in all 7-Eleven stores throughout…

Belgian Horticultural Cooperatives Association figures, week 44

Tomato prices plummet, (organic) cucumber prices peak

Belgian tomato prices have been in free fall since mid-October. But that stopped last week. That is according to figures from the Belgian Horticultural Cooperatives…

Purple greenhouse-grown tomato Yoom launches

Nature Fresh Farms has launched Yoom® , a two-bite, deep purple tomato that is full of flavor and ideal for tomato enthusiasts. The variety was launched at IFPA’s Global Produce & Floral Show in Orlando two weeks ago. “With an intensity and range of flavor from savory to fresh and a hint of plum-like…

Tecnocom will be exhibiting at Interpoma, booth AB 06/10

Strength is a core factor for prestressed poles

The success of a modern orchard depends on the right pre-stressed concrete poles, which are structures that support the protective sheeting. A new orchard, especially a high-density one, is a major investment, and the protection must ensure durability, stability and allow the entrepreneur to sleep…

Mucci Farms to use dynamic grow lights for strawberry trials

Mucci Farms is looking to hone their expertise in strawberry cultivation by conducting onsite experimental lighting strategies under Sollum's unique dynamic LED grow light fixtures at their 72-acre Boemberry location. A trusted source for quality strawberries grown in Kingsville, Ontario, the team at…

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Singapore: "Rooftop greenhouse made more sense due to lower energy requirements"

“At ComCrop, our mandate is to grow cost-effective vegetables and bring these into Singapore’s food chain to offset the volume of imports,” says Peter Barber, CEO, and co-owner of ComCrop. Peter Barber ComCrop is reportedly the first and only commercial rooftop farm in Singapore, with 5 CEA greenhouses…

Construction begins on hi-tech £5m facility to store millions of tomatoes and cucumbers each year

East Yorkshire-based hi-tech horticultural specialist CambridgeHOK has started construction of a huge new packhouse in a £5m project which will see a hi-tech facility built able to package and store millions of tomatoes and cucumbers per year. As part of the project, the specialist business was tasked…

Dynamic grow lights chosen as solution for strawberry trials

Mucci Farms are looking to hone their expertise in strawberry cultivation by conducting onsite experimental lighting strategies under Sollum's unique dynamic LED grow light fixtures at their 72-acre Boemberry location. A trusted source for quality strawberries grown in Kingsville, Ontario, the team at…

FreshPlaza November Special on the greenhouse sector

In November FreshPlaza will be focussing on the greenhouse sector. Are you involved in the greenhouse sector? We would love to hear from you. You can send us some information or we can call you for an interview, just let us know. You can contact info@freshplaza.com     MarketingWould you like to get some extra promotion for your…

Denmark: Large tomato grower to install high voltage electrode boiler

PARAT Halvorsen AS will supply a 10MW 10kV, High Voltage Electrode Boiler for hot water with a control cabinet and control system to the Danish tomato producer Alfred Pedersen & Søn. The grower announced back in September that they were halting winter production because of the skyrocketing energy prices.…

UK growers stop planting and put nurseries up for sale amidst energy crisis and labour shortage

Another sign of UK growers struggling came up last week when the Lea Valley Growers Association shared that they were putting a nursery on sale. “We have five nurseries for sale at the moment,” says Lee Stiles, secretary of the association. “The energy crisis has hit growers hard, making them unable to…

Moroccan tomato producers have the potential to double their export volumes

Although they seem to have reached a glass ceiling, Moroccan tomato producers say they have the potential to double their export. How to reach this level of efficiency while…

Taking a peek into how CEA is developing

Local Bounti is expanding its space in the value-added category and helping forge a new path for the future of indoor farming, known as controlled-environment agriculture (CEA). "We're bringing the customer a healthier, longer-lasting, fresher, and more sustainably-grown product," says Brian Cook,…

Jussi Alitalo, CEO of Greenfood Ibérica:

"Consumers must understand the effort that sustainability entails"

"Greenfood Ibérica is part of a Scandinavian group called Greenfood, which has three business pillars: Picadeli, a salad bar with fresh food in over 2,200 stores in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, France, and the United States -where the company recently arrived-; supplying fruits and vegetables for…

Canadian greenhouse season transitions into Mexico

One of the segments Oppy highlighted at last week's Global Produce & Floral Show was the greenhouse category. With the season transitioning to Mexico, Oppy's Aaron Quon was able to provide some insights into the dynamics in the industry. "Right now, we are finishing up our Canadian greenhouse season out…

Growing Australian horticulturalist counts on strength of greenhouse

Australian grower Flavorite is already Australia's largest greenhouse grower, but they aren't stopping at 64 hectares. This summer, it was announced that another 12 hectares are being added. A good reason for ABC News to visit the growers is to make a 15-minute video item in which the growers explain why…

José Blanco, of Cristalplant:

"The start of the campaign is proving to be especially difficult in Eastern Almeria for zucchini and tomato"

"The campaign has had a very difficult start because of the exorbitant amount of pests and viruses that producers are dealing with. Many tomato plantations are being uprooted…

What's new at Macfrut - Italy

For the first time at the fair, an exhibition on innovations in nursery gardening

The Exhibition of Nursery Gardening and Varietal Innovation will debut at Macfrut 2023 (Rimini Expo Center May 3-5, Italy). It will be an international and specialized meeting point for nursery growers, breeders, producers, technicians and researchers in a field that is strategic for the development of…

Ruud den Boer: "A good post-season significantly changed growers' sentiment from early in the year"

Dutch coop adding 110 hectares to its greenhouse vegetable acreage

The Dutch greenhouse vegetable season is quickly nearing its end at Oxin Growers. The open field season is, however, ongoing, and the new top fruit season is gaining momentum. "Open field and greenhouse vegetables all got off to a tough preseason start," begins Ruud den Boer, who has now been this…

'Brazil has large market opportunities for vertical farming'

“We're looking for investors to help us expand into 10 additional cities in Brazil. We have a big population to feed and with these 10 new farms, we plan to reduce our production costs even further to become even more competitive,” says Diego Gomes, founder and CEO of 100% Livre, a Brazil-based vertical…

Breeder to showcase melon and lettuce varieties at Asia Fruit Logistica

At Asia Fruit Logistica in Bangkok from 2-4 November, Rijk Zwaan is showcasing new varieties, such as the Salanova lettuce, and the Finura RZ and Sagami RZ melon varieties.  Champ Fungi is expanding its processing activities in the lettuce segment. “We use the colourful Salanova® in our leaf mixes,” explains…

GroGrace filling market gaps aiming to expand throughout Asia

Indoor farming in Singapore is a tough business requiring a robust business case

"Our main strategy for the next few years is to build GroGrace in other parts of the world. Expanding our current farm allows us to reach economies of scale to prove our value. With the proof of concept and proof of value, we will be able to attract impact investors. At this point, we're raising a few…

Canadian testing of high-yield ToBRFV-resistant tomatoes could be two years away

Nearly 10 years ago, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) initiated, in collaboration with the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), a greenhouse tomatoes-on-the-vine (TOVs) breeding program in Canada. As the majority of tomato varieties…

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New packaged salad kits unveiled

Misionero, a grower of organic and conventional leafy greens, will showcase two new packaged salad kits at the International Fresh Produce Association’s (IFPA) Global Produce & Floral Show on October 27–29. The new products include a Buttery Simple Salad kit and a Miso Caesar Simple Salad kit that will be available for purchase…

Website for grower's brand gets a fresh new look

The website for Mastronardi Produce’s Backyard Farms brand got a fresh look this week, putting the Maine-based greenhouse tomato brand on a colorful and immersive new platform. Users can look forward to a more intuitive experience featuring motion design and product imagery. “We wanted a website redesign…

Greenhouse grower moves beyond tomatoes

NatureSweet is doubling down on the company’s commitment to transforming the agricultural industry by partnering with more retailers and selling high-quality produce beyond…

Highlighting growing greenhouse presence at IFPA's Global Show

Returning to Oppy last summer after nearly 12 years, category director of greenhouse Kevin Batt came aboard to further enhance the company's greenhouse category through his network and expertise. Just months later, as IFPA approaches, the team looks toward showcasing its trusted greenhouse offerings…

Finnish greenhouses will turn off their lights this winter

The producer organization ÖSP has estimated that half of the greenhouses in Finland will be dark this winter and is already talking about the biggest crisis in this sector.…

Greenway Vegetable greenhouse acquisition opportunity

620 Essex County Road 37 (the “Property” or “Site”) is a fully automated, turnkey vegetable greenhouse facility that is now available for sale in Leamington, Ontario. The Property is comprised of a +/-14.86-acre site currently improved with over 431,664 square feet of improvements, including 404,928…

Alexander Kappes, founder and CEO of Greener Crop

"We are proving that desert greenhouse production is of better quality"

While the trend of greenhouse-grown produce demand is becoming  increasingly widespread, there are a few places where consumers have yet to go through such a culture change. “We have certainly done our part in bringing attention to hydroponic farming here,” says Alexander Kappes, founder, and CEO of Greener…

With cherry tomatoes to blossom

Are strawberries the cash crops for the Singapore market?

"As our crops are sold at a premium price, we're already at the top of the supply chain. With our margins, we can luckily still withstand cost increases. Although the business model is not to grow, we're more interested in supplying the entire ecosystem to other growers. That's why we offer a franchising…

Almeria concentrates 90% of the area devoted to greenhouses

Eastern Andalusia has almost 37,000 hectares of greenhouses

According to the new mapping of greenhouses in Almeria, Granada, and Malaga, prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development based on the most…

Combimetal Carrera has already installed almost 20 hectares of soil-less strawberry crops

"Despite the great uncertainty that has characterized 2022, we introduced a new soil-less strawberry system with three adjustable eaves that have achieved results we would never have expected. We installed approximately 20 hectares in various Italian regions, including Basilicata, Calabria, Marche,…

New greenhouse grown Alonna Canary melon launched

After the successful launch of Solara, North America’s first commercial greenhouse-grown melon, Pure Flavor, is set to unveil Alonna Canary Melons at the upcoming IFPA Global Produce & Floral Show in Orlando, October 27-29. “We are excited to introduce our second greenhouse-grown melon this year. Our…

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US (NY): Mexican workers accuse Putnam greenhouse of labor trafficking

Three weeks after their boss stopped paying them, two Mexican seasonal laborers claim, they escaped from a Putnam County nursery and greenhouse compound and sought legal help to recover lost wages. Victor Alvarez Garcia and Martin Magallon Del Rio accused their boss of luring them to America with a…

Gilad Produce introduces new greenhouse vegetable brand: House of Greens

"Our Dutch growers will add 9 hectares this coming season"

Despite the tough Dutch horticulture situation, Gilad Produce plans to expand its acreage anew in the upcoming greenhouse vegetable season. "Our growers are expanding their acreage by nine hectares, including six hectares of large cucumbers." begins Frank Mosterd. "We're once again extending our range…

Local hydroponics grower drops transport time to seconds with indoor farm at New Sendik’s

Ernessi Farms has partnered with Sendik’s Food Market to create a small indoor farm in their new Oconomowoc Pabst Farm location. This Stand Alone Growing Enclosure (SAGE) Farm will grow two different lettuce varieties, thus reducing harvest time to the consumer to less than 10 seconds. Ernessi Farms,…

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A visit to Herbivore Farms

Philippines: Manila has a great distribution network to deliver products

“We started this farm as proper, quality products were missing here. Most products available are full of pesticides, and all are imported from nearby countries. A vertical farm was the best option, as it’s one of the most robust ways to farm given the external challenges we battle here,” says Robin Kwee,…

Alfred Pedersen & Søn to do 25% winter production after announcing a stop back in September

"There's so much demand that we decided to do some winter production"

Alfred Pedersen & Søn, one of Denmark's largest tomato greenhouse growers, is starting up winter production again. "We have so much demand from our customers who want our produce in the stores that we decided to do some winter production," says Mads Pedersen, CEO of Alfred Pedersen & Søn. Back at the beginning…

New greenhouse grown products in the spotlight

Windset Farms began as a four-acre bell pepper greenhouse in Abbotsford, B.C., in 1996. In 25 years, the company has grown to more than 1,000 acres of Controlled Environmental Agriculture (CEA) with production facilities across North America. "We are one of the largest (CEA) producers and marketers of…

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Photo report of visit to Future Fresh

Philippines: New farm and products to be added as demand rises

“Fortunately, there is a continued interest in next-generation and modern farming globally. The problem is clear. The Philippines has a chronic dependence on food import. A goal of mine is to have every fridge in the Philippines stocked with  Future Fresh product. We want to build the largest farming network…

New restaurant-quality grab-and-go salads to be showcased

Local Bounti Corporation, an indoor agriculture company, will showcase its recently launched chef-inspired, grab-and-go salads at The International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) Global Produce & Floral Show in Orlando, Florida on October 27-29. "We are excited for IFPA attendees to sample our new…

14 hectares of retractable roof cooling house technology installed in Saudi Arabia

Green Riyadh project has selected Cravo to supply 14 hectares for a state-of-the-art nursery complex. It is one of the most ambitious urban forestation projects in the world, launched by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, on 19 March 2019. The project will be a milestone…

Great Lakes Greenhouses begins new chapter with new dynamic LED grow lights

The team at Great Lakes Greenhouses takes pride in their list of firsts: first to use CO2 enrichment in the greenhouse, first to grow cucumbers year-round, and first to propagate cucumbers from seed on site to prevent disease. Welcoming innovation with open arms, the company is now embracing Sollum…

New campaign highlights the nutritional heroes of produce

If there's one thing consumers have on their minds right now, it's their health. As a result, it's only timely that a produce marketer and grower is introducing a new campaign connecting produce and health for today's shoppers. Michael DuPuis of Divine Flavor. At the upcoming IFPA's Global Produce &…

Municipality of Lakeshore officially opposes commercial greenhouse development

At its last regular meeting this term, the Municipality of Lakeshore’s council voted 5 to 2 in favor of taking an official stance of opposition on the matter of commercial greenhouse development. It’s a hot debate in the community that’s only gotten hotter as the end of a moratorium on any greenhouse construction…

Postharvest quality solution for tomatoes-on-the-vine

Windset Farms and Verdant Technologies announce a partnership for the use of Verdant’s postharvest shelf-life extension solution, HarvestHold Fresh. The companies will partner on a retail pilot for tomatoes-on-the-vine supplied from Mexico into select retailers in the U.S. with the intent to expand into…

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Grant helps greenhouses meet seedling products demand

One of Queensland’s herb and vegetable seedlings suppliers will expand their business and meet consumer demand with a Rural Economic Development (RED) Grant of up to $200,000. Zoom Garden in Burpengary has seen a 30% increase in demand for the seedling products, inspiring the need for a new specialized…

Focusing on a complete retailer partnership and servicing full sections of the produce department

After a global pandemic and a few years of virtual shows, excitement is building up for IFPA’s Global Produce & Floral Show. “We are excited to return to the new and improved version of the biggest show of the year,” says Emily Murracas, Director of Marketing with Mucci Farms. At the event, the company’s…

Jörn Reimers, Managing Director of ARUS August Reimers & Sohn Ltd:

"Volumes out of the Netherlands will most certainly be down this winter"

Sufficient volumes of white and pointed cabbage - as well as other cabbage varieties - can be offered by ARUS August Reimers & Sohn Ltd, Managing Director Jörn Reimers tells us. Due to the drought, however, he expects more smaller sized produce. "We are sourcing this produce from northern Germany.…

Resilient Harvests Conference prepares practical insights for all facets of CEA business

This year, LEDs Magazine’s parent Endeavor Business Media announced the Resilient Harvests Conference in collaboration with nonprofit consultancy Resource Innovation Institute (RII), writes Carrie Meadows, Managing Editor, LEDs Magazine. A broadened focus on the policies, programs, and best practices…

Record-breaking domestic expansion for Mastronardi Produce

Mastronardi Produce has added more domestic acreage in one year than ever before in the company’s 70-year history. In 2022 alone, Mastronardi has grown its local network by…

Portuguese agribusinesses deplete soil and water in Alentejo Region

Alentejo Region is one of the seven NUTS 2 regions of Portugal. In the 1960s, a dam was built there under the Estado Novo dictatorship, with promises that irrigation would…

The greenhouse industry has become key to food security and survival

The greenhouse industry continues to undergo rapid changes in North America. Demand has increased significantly in recent years, consumers have become more demanding, gas prices are up, and climate changes are noticeable around the world. “It is an exciting time to be in the greenhouse world as we play a…

Status of Almeria's greenhouse crops at the end of September

The Agricultural and Fisheries Information Service of the Andalusian Ministry of Agriculture published its latest report on the state of crops in Almeria's greenhouses,…

Photo report Canadian Greenhouse Conference 2022

The Canadian Greenhouse Conference took place in Niagara Falls on October 5th and 6th. About two hundred exhibitors showcased their products, and many more companies had people walking around the fair, visiting growers in the region and exploring the market. During the conference, there was also an…

South Korea: How vertical farming can tap into foreign markets actually adding value

“We might be one of the largest vegetable producers in Korea currently, supplying the major retailers and food companies. Our B2B business model of supplying big food companies in Korea helps us to stay upfront,” says Yong Park, Global Business Operations at PlantTFarm and Chief Marketing Officer at…

The SDGP project supports Rwanda growers with seeds and knowledge

Mega aeroponic greenhouse multiplies potato seeds in Rwanda

The SDGP Potato Value Chain Project Rwanda was launched to support the entirety of the Rwandan potato supply chain, from seed to table. "Our job is to optimize and maximize the potato value chain," says Aimable Uwihanganye, project manager Rwanda from Delphy. "This project involves many different…

Dominik Gedon and Michael Bandel from CompoPac:

Fully compostable and 100 percent climate-neutral nets and vine climbing aids made of cellulose

What France started with its nationwide ban on plastic is now gradually gaining a foothold in other countries. In view of this, TVU Garnvertrieb Ltd from Leutershausen is now offering a solution with its CompoPac cellulose nets, which are intended to cover the increasing demand for sustainable, but…

A nursery located in one of the driest areas in Europe has successfully produced kiwi

Producers have accomplished growing kiwi outside its growing area for the first time

"We are the southernmost nursery in all of Europe that has grown kiwi in the driest conditions to date," stated Didier Diaz, the director of Diego Díaz Viveros. Facing the challenge of cultivating this species for the first time and in extreme latitudes required a positive attitude. The nursery, located in…

The area cultivated under biological control increased

The 2022/23 campaign kicks off in the solar greenhouses of southern Europe

As autumn begins, the solar greenhouses of south-eastern Spain, located in the provinces of Almeria and Granada, take over the summer supply and get ready to supply Europeans during the colder months, when continental production becomes more difficult due to low temperatures. This year, the high price of…

Italy's C-LED

New lighting system at the University of Bologna's experimental greenhouses

Distal, the Department of Food Sciences and Technologies at the Italian University of Bologna, one of the largest centers in Europe in the field of agricultural research, has chosen the company C-LED to completely renew the lighting elements in its experimental greenhouses. The greenhouse complex in Bologna,…

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Prickly pears grown in greenhouses to reach the markets early

The current Sicilian prickly pear campaign is going well in the San Cono area (CT), with volumes in line with the previous year despite the summer drought affecting the grades of the first productions. "It started raining again a couple of weeks ago, and the plants and fruits are benefiting from it. The…

Heiner Rothkopf on this year's marketing of greenhouse strawberries

"Due to the drought, we are facing crop losses of 30% in the fall harvest"

At Heiner Rothkopf's modern greenhouse facility in Euskirchen, regional strawberries grow and thrive from April until November. In this interview, he talks about this year's harvest, which will be remembered as particularly challenging, and about the longer-term prospects of protected cultivation. Since the…

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Anne Dingstad, CEO Saga Robotics:

"Increasing adoption of ag robots as more growers ‘get it’"

According to Anne Dingstad, the brand-new CEO of Saga Robotics, the time for ag robots is now. “The technology delivers, the numbers stack up.”  In 2021, Saga Robotics launched Thorvald, an autonomous robotic platform that focuses on reducing powdery mildew through UV-C treatment. In August of this year, Anne…

Pleun van Malkenhorst, Rainbow UK Trading & Growing:

"Labor and energy, the biggest challenges for British greenhouse horticulture"

In March 2009, Thanet Earth harvested its first cucumbers, tomatoes, and bell peppers in the UK. That was done by Kaaij, A&A, and Rainbow Growers. We asked Pleun van Malkenhorst, Rainbow UK Trading & Growing Ltd, and Thanet Growers' Managing Director about the British market's developments. How has the greenhouse…

UK energy support for businesses is welcome, but more details are needed

On Thursday, the 22nd of September, Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg told the House of Commons that the government will discount energy for businesses: “The government…

European problems offer opportunities for Turkish agriculture sector

The looming energy crisis in Europe and the war in Ukraine that hampers production are two factors that offer huge opportunities for Turkish agri exporters. While some…

US (KY): AppHarvest announces fall planting progress for salad greens, strawberries, and tomatoes

AppHarvest announced it has completed calibration of its “touchless growing system” for salad greens at its 15-acre Berea, Ky., indoor farm by having grown more than 20 varieties of lettuce and is approximately 80% complete with the planting of its 30-acre AppHarvest Somerset Farm. The company’s 60-acre…

Bushel Boy Farms launches year-round, greenhouse cucumbers in Midwest

Bushel Boy Farms, a producer of fresh, local, greenhouse-grown produce year-round in the Upper Midwest, now grows cucumbers at its Owatonna greenhouse. The first harvest will hit shelves at major retailers throughout the Twin Cities in October. Bushel Boy Farms is the first company in Minnesota to…

Nature Fresh Farms discusses Ohio expansion

Eight years ago, in the fall of 2014, Canadian Nature Fresh Farms opened its first greenhouse outside Canada in Delta, Ohio. “Based on research we had done, the demand for local Ohio produce offered a new and exciting challenge,” said Matt Quiring, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing with the…

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"We encase greenhouses in a layer of intelligence"

Earlier this year, Dutch tomato grower, Agro Care, expressed its desire to expand to a 1,000-hectare greenhouse by 2030. This Dutch company, which turns 25 this year, is distinct in this ambition and with its 261-hectare acreage, spread over four countries. Last month, Agro Care took another noteworthy…

France: Start-up growing fruit and vegetables in empty offices at Rungis

Independent Living Base will install an indoor farm in some empty offices at the Rungis market to produce a dozen tons of fruit and vegetables per year. © Independent Living Base  Created in 2019, the start-up specializes in the construction of above-ground, self-sustaining growing rooms and has signed a contract…

New Zealand growers intend to meet year-round market demand for berries

Kiwis have been enjoying fresh, locally grown strawberries in the depths of winter this year thanks to a high-value berry grower filling the market gap left by a strangled…

Cucumber prices Ukraine up due to cold and rainy weather

This week, prices for greenhouse cucumbers in Ukraine have gone up sharply. Due to the rainy and cold weather, cucumber deliveries from Ukrainian farms of all categories have…

Proving the potential of vertical farming by introducing added value crops

“We’re looking at what’s most important to add to the UK food system turning weather limitations to our advantage to grow local products indoors. By replacing crops that are normally imported, we can create more potential by farming vertically here,” says Graeme Warren, CEO of Vertegrow. Moving from a…

Visit of the Cermac - Macfrut delegation

High-tech greenhouses in Saudi Arabia

After presenting Macfrut 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the delegation of Italian entrepreneurs and technicians visited some local businesses, including a complex of hydroponic greenhouses. The cycle was almost at the end, so production was rather scarce "Dava Farms, located approximately 80 km south of…

Energy costs will restrict Finnish tomato and cucumber crops this winter

The high price of electricity is already posing a challenge to the viability of Finnish commercial greenhouses. But, according to the nation's Glasshouse Growers' Association,…

Niina Kangas, The Finnish Glasshouse Growers’ Association:

"There'll be fewer Finnish tomatoes on the market"

Winter is coming and greenhouse growers are especially feeling that. How do you keep operating lit cultivation in a relatively cold location while utility bills show no sign of going down? “So far, we can say that there’ll be fewer producers of tomatoes and cucumbers, but it’s still a little unclear how…

Director of Bionext shares thoughts on sub-labels, visibility and the future

Europe: Vertical farming deserves recognition from the market

“Over the past decade we have had numerous discussions about vertical farming and specifically why products can be labeled as organic in the US but not in the EU. Although I am convinced that vertical farming has an important role to play when it comes to feeding a growing global population sustainably,…

Combimetal Carrera

Installations of soilless strawberry crops to continue until mid-October

Combimetal Carrera, a company located in southern Italy specializing in the processing and manufacturing of steel structures, has recently installed a two-hectare soilless strawberry crop in Sardinia.  Operations will continue until early October in other regions such as Basilicata, Calabria, and Apulia in…

'Horticultural Exceptional Payment Scheme'

Ireland: Payments started to growers in horticulture scheme

On Friday, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) announced that payments have started to issue under the Horticultural Exceptional Payment Scheme (HEPS) to…

Strawberry grower has greenhouse ready in time for winter crop under LEDs

"Cultivating an expensive crop like this; do it right or not at all"

With all that's going on at the moment, these are already very trying times for growers. However, growers who are in the middle of building a new greenhouse as well, are going through an even more intensive time. Jan van Genderen of Royal Berry is one of those growers. Before the energy crisis hit, he…

Dror Erez, CEO of Automato Robotics:

"Auto sprayer robot allows for greater precision, with no steep learning curve"

There’s still some time to wait before robot pickers become commercially available for greenhouse growers, meanwhile the labor shortage continues to be the greatest difficulty for growers. “This is especially true for growers in passive greenhouses,” Dror Erez, CEO of Automato Robotics says. “While the…

Cole Mucci with Mucci Farms

“Bell pepper expansion allows us to meet increasing demand for regionally grown product”

In the fall of last year, Mucci Farms announced it was nearing completion of a 30-acre bell pepper expansion. The development was driven by rising demand for the commodity, in particular for controlled environment products. “Amongst many factors, we believe the growing demand for bell peppers is mainly…

VBT figures week 35

Belgian greenhouse vegetable prices on the rise

At VBT - the Belgian Horticulture Cooperatives Association - auctions, most greenhouse vegetables' average prices increased last week. Eggplants' kilo prices climbed…

OGVG working with Highline Mushrooms to create a regional circular bioeconomy

The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) would like to announce a strategic alliance with Highline Mushrooms that will assist the mushroom growers in obtaining raw…

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Arizona company using new technology to help solve water crisis

Sam and John Bertram want to change the world, and they’re off to a good start. Their tech company OnePointOne is looking to renew global food production by creating a new way to grow fruits and vegetables. “I want to channel whatever power I have towards improving humanity,” said Sam Bertram. “The best…

The bulk of Grufesa's partners already use the new material

A berry company from Huelva reduces the use of plastic on its greenhouses' roofs by almost 50%

"Grufesa, a firm in Moguer (Huelva) that produces and markets berries, has reduced the use of plastic on its greenhouses' roofs by almost 50% in recent years. With this action, the company is fulfilling its commitment to environmental sustainability, one of the pillars on which its production model is…

Why Australia's biggest glasshouse grower is expanding its cultivation

Australia’s largest glasshouse producer of fresh fruit and vegetables is carrying out a 12ha glasshouse expansion at their Tatura site in Victoria, building upon their tried-and-true long-term strategy. “When we bought this block of land, we immediately planned on doing an 18ha expansion, commencing with…

Including market update

Greenhouse vegetable industry continues capitalizing on snacking trends

Snacking options continue to trend on grocery store shelves which have growers and shippers exploring new snacking product combinations. With that in mind, Windset Farms® is launching a new product, the Greenhouse Party Tray, a three-compartment punnet with a lidding film that contains greenhouse Cameo®…

Status of Almeria's greenhouse crops at the end of August

The Agricultural and Fisheries Information Service of the Andalusian Ministry of Agriculture has published a new report on the state of crops in the community, corresponding…

US (NC): For sale: 14-acre property with 14k square feet hydroponic greenhouse for $800,000

Blue Thumb Farms is selling a 14,000 square feet two-bay greenhouse, including 10,000 square feet of deep water culture ponds, operational space, a germination room, refrigerated storage, and a bathroom, for $800,000 USD. The greenhouse is situated on 7 acres of cleared land with an additional 7 wooded…

Arie Middelburg, GreenMatch:

"Dutch greenhouse vegetable season: cucumbers successful, bell peppers disappointing"

"Dutch greenhouse vegetable season: cucumbers successful, bell peppers disappointing" High costs are currently a major concern for the Dutch greenhouse vegetable market. Prices differ considerably per product. Tomato prices, for example, have dipped significantly recently. Bell pepper pricing has been…

Wasabi grower discovering new greenhouse crops

Sander van Kampen's Dutch-grown wasabi has become well-known among chefs and hospitality wholesalers. Nowadays, his company, Dutch Wasabi, can offer them several products, including ginger. He cultivates this Asian product in a greenhouse, and it is not, by any means, the grower's last innovative…

Níjar will have a plant for the production of fuel from greenhouses' plastic waste

The Governing Council took note of the allocation to the Project Accelerator Unit (PACU) of the initiative promoted by the company Setraoil to build in Níjar (Almeria) a plant…


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