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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,…

Seggio Fruit Srl

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…

IFPA announces new council focused on Controlled Environment Agriculture

International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) has formed a new volunteer leadership council focused on Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). The council will focus on opportunities available within the growing market and be led by volunteer leader Abby Prior, chief commercial officer at Bright…

New Zealand tomato growers want to highlight issues that lead to price hikes

Tomatoes NZ is looking for feedback from growers about the issues they're facing, intent on showing both the government and consumers how expensive and hard it's become to…

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Southern European solar greenhouses adapt their production to new consumption habits

Ready-to-eat fruits and vegetables, mini and seedless watermelons, organic produce, and gourmet tomatoes are just some of the trends demanded by shoppers. The production of fruit and vegetables from solar greenhouses in southern Spain is constantly evolving to respond to the changing tastes and needs of…

SIA Group's Ideal Tutor, Italy's patented tutoring system

Greenhouse management to save on labor, time and money

Is it possible to improve the management of greenhouses when dealing with labor shortages? The answer comes from SIA Sicilia Group, which, in its acronym (Innovative Solutions in Agriculture), expresses the DNA of a company devoted to the rationalization and sustainability of production processes. Tutor in…

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Using transparent solar power for cultivating crops

Recent scholarly research highlights the economic and environmental costs associated with greenhouse crop cultivation. However, because greenhouses are crucial for increasing product yield in tightly controlled climates, it’s not a cultivation technique farmers can live without. To shed light on the…

Bringing sustainable greens and pesto products to Italy and beyond

“We created a sustainable and competitive business model producing food that doesn’t have a negative impact on the environment,” says co-founder Thomas Marino, who is also in charge of marketing and sales within the company. Founded in Rome, Italy, The Circle has set its efforts to remedy soil erosion,…

"A generational change is going on in Italy's horti sector"

Even though Italy has a long and renowned agriculture tradition, the sector has been struggling to address the current challenges growers face. Unlike other European countries beyond the Alps, Italy doesn’t have a particularly high-tech horti sector, mainly because the climate has historically been very…

"Kawaguchi tomato variety good option for consumer, but also good for the grower"

An international company. That’s definitely how you can describe FoodVentures, which operates greenhouse in Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan and China. “We take over the complete operation on P&O responsibilities, growing crops like tomatoes, lettuce and leafy greens,” explained Mikel Honders, the company’s…

Canadian greenhouse association hosted ToBRFV Symposium

Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) would like to acknowledge the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada…

AU: Apex Greenhouses to construct 12Ha expansion for Flavorite Group

Building on a two-decade-long partnership, Apex Greenhouses was recently awarded the contract to construct the next phase of expansion for the Flavorite Group at Tatura, VIC. Flavorite is already a large glasshouse grower in Australia with 64Ha under glass over four sites. This 12Ha expansion will bring…

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Spar Austria and BIOhof Geinberg intensify cooperation

"From spring to autumn, we can fulfill the demand for organic vegetables from Austria"

Upper Austria's first geothermal greenhouse is located in Geinberg. Since its completion in 2022, hand-picked organic vegetables have been harvested at BIOhof Geinberg without any additional burden on the environment, even in colder months. The organic tomatoes and organic sweet peppers are delivered to…

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Greens Bali to build 7000m2 farm in Jakarta and growing strawberries in Bali

Indonesia: 'Keeping up with production is hard as market grows way too fast'

Since our last chat with Ivan, he has broken the news on their newest farm in Bali. Founder Helen Hobson and Ivan Valor have been running the business ever since. As Helen has lived in Bali for over six years now, she's been able to help massively deal with local challenges Ivan gives away.  However, the couple…

Jalisco production

Organic bell pepper program expands into summer

Divine Flavor announces its new project of summer organic bell peppers in Jalisco, Mexico. This program will add another of the company’s staple items to its year-round product list. Continuing from its established roots in Sinaloa, Mexico, with veteran producer, Hortifresh, the company will receive its…

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Brazil: $1 mln investment in wasabi greenhouse production

Pilar do Sul, a town about 150 kilometers from São Paulo, has become known among renowned chefs as the only producers of wasabi in the country, considered a Japanese delicacy even in its country of origin. The grower family is known as the Abuno family.  Currently, the family, which created the Minato Wasabi…

Chongming, Shanghai: High-tech produced vine tomatoes arrive at the market

More than 90% of the tomatoes bought on the market in Shanghai are from other places because the natural environment in Shanghai is not suitable for the growth of tomatoes. But with the support of technology, this situation could soon change. Yesterday, the first batch of vine tomatoes from Chongming…

New back-to-school snacks hit the market

With the start of the school year around the corner, Nature Fresh Farms Snack Supplies™ is a solution for busy parents who want to fuel their families with convenient, nutritious snacks. “We wanted to bring something to market that was a fun, high flavor-alternative to sugary snacks that kids and parents…

14th annual AMHPAC convention, a chance to firm up pending business

More than 300 industry leaders are expected to attend this year’s AMHPAC’s (Mexican Association of Protected Horticulture) annual convention. The 14th edition of the show will take place from August 24 to 26 at the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta for representatives of the produce industry and the supply chain,…

David Potereau, producer in Brittany

Improving to advance

David Potereau, a tomato grower near Brest, France, uses e-Gro as a crop prediction tool and to reassure himself about his production choices. Through his observations and exchanges with Grodan, he participates in the improvements of the software platform of his mineral wool slab supplier, whom he gladly calls a partner. David Potereau…

Greenhouse grower purchases 75-acre greenhouse in Jalisco, Mexico

Lipman Family Farms, a tomato and vegetable supplier, further expands its international footprint by closing the deal on a 75-acre greenhouse facility in Jalisco, Mexico. "The purchase is part of our approach to better secure the supply of tomato and fresh vegetable production and fills in appropriate…

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Snacking vegetable market continuing to grow despite global challenges

The snacking vegetable market is continuing to grow despite the recent global challenges across the industry, according to a leading international vegetable breeding and seed production company. Paul Simmonds from Rijk Zwan joined the recent Hydroponic Farmers Federation Conference in Dandenong,…

Ton van Dalen, Oxin Growers:

"One thing's sure: there will be less lit cultivation next season"

The Dutch greenhouse vegetable market situation is very volatile. Local cucumber and eggplant prices might be much higher this year, but bell pepper sales are difficult, and the situation in the tomato market varies considerably per type. Oxin Growers's Commercial Director, Ton van Dalen, takes stock. "With…

Canadian grower adds space to indoor strawberry farm

Ever Tru Farms, a vertically integrated year-round supplier of premium strawberries and a division of Soave Hydroponics, is launching phase two of its expansion. The farm will expand an additional 15 acres (653,000 sq. ft.), bringing it to a total of 40 acres of production. The company begins planting…


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