Unfold names Sonia Lo president and CEO

Unfold announced Sonia Lo has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, and as a member of the company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. She takes over from John Purcell, who will remain with Unfold but who has stepped down from the CEO role to support his family. Lo is a agtech…

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We got through the heatwave but the summer for us has just started. VerticalFarmDaily takes the usual two-week summer break: no newsletter will be sent for the next two weeks.  On behalf of all the team,…

Canobi AgTech partners with lighting manufacturer Grow The Jungle

Canobi AgTech announces their partnership with Spanish lighting manufacturer Grow The Jungle. Grow The Jungle is a premiere supplier of quantum LED grow lamps to the indoor…

Rupert Mayer, managing director of Lubera Edibles

“Leaf Carrier brings significant space savings”

“For us, the main driving force to introduce the Leaf Carrier into our process was the very significant reduction of space,” says Rupert Mayer, managing director of Lubera Edibles GmbH. “In daily operations, we realized the many other advantages.” The company, therefore, continued to expand the number of…

Kalera

Kalera and Agrico merger values $375mln

“Time in the market, better than timing the market”

Kalera officially debuted on Nasdaq under the ticker KAL on June 29 after its merger with Agrico Acquisitions Corp, in a deal valuing the combined business at around $375mln. “Time in the market is better than timing the market,” says the CMO of US vertical farming company Kalera, which has recently gone…

Februari 2023

Joe Sbrocchi to retire

The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) announces that Executive Director / GM Joe Sbrocchi will be retiring from his position effective February 2023. Mr. Sbrocchi took over his role in…

Cultivatd hires new business development manager

Cultivatd has hired Adam Abadi as their new Business Development Manager. Adam will focus his efforts on growing unique sales channels and leading large corporate accounts. "Our company is seeing more interest in complex and large-scale projects – we are looking forward to having Adam fully dedicated to…

Paolo Sardella joins Nordic Harvest as Project Manager

Nordic Harvest A/S, a Danish vertical farming company, hired Paolo Sardella as its newest Project Manager. Paolo will work on how to constantly develop sustainably plant growth in vertical farms. Given his thorough background in Engineering, Business and Sales development, this could be the perfect fit…

University of Florida surpasses $1 billion in research spending for the first time in 2022

University of Florida faculty surpassed $1 billion in research spending for the first time in 2022, developing treatments for diseases, new agricultural products, engineering solutions, and countless other advancements. With $1.076 billion in research expenditures, UF joins an exclusive group of about 15…

Resource Innovation Institute hires new technical director

Resource Innovation Institute (RII), an energy and water benchmarking organization providing resource efficiency best practices for CEA producers, has appointed seasoned…

Edema development in brassica crops

Edema is often expressed as off-color swellings or galls that appear on leaves and stems. Edema develops when epidermal cells hold excessive water due to a slowing of evapotranspiration when hot, muggy days are followed by cooler, wetter weather. Edema develops because the plant takes in more water (due to…

Innovation Agri-Tech Group & University of Essex

UK: £3.5 million funding secured for new vertical farm

Agricultural technology company, Innovation Agri-Tech Group (‘IAG’), announces it is further cementing its relationship with the University of Essex, as the university receives a major funding boost from The Wolfson Foundation, to continue its plant productivity research.  The Wolfson Foundation, an independent grant-making…

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US (IL): 'Crops are thriving in Chicago's former pork processing facility'

It’s like no other farm you’ve ever seen. The crops are lettuce, basil, and microgreens — young vegetables that are 1 to 3 inches high. They grow in trays that stretch across an enormous room. LED lamps cast their eerie light on the plants. Most amazingly of all, these crops are thriving in a 97-year-old…

Cultivation systems for new and existing markets

As a supplier of cultivation systems, many tend to focus on developing cultivation systems that enable crops to achieve optimum production, and that production is influenced…

CAN: Fieldless Farms raises $17.5 million to expand operations

Fieldless Farms, a Candian vertical farming company, raised $17.5 million in equity and debt to expand operations at its Cornwall facility by 10 times. The expansion will help Fieldless better meet demand for its cut lettuce mixes, and introduce new products in high-volume grocery categories.  “Since launching…

SmartyCoir:

Saving time, costs, and labor

Coconut coir is rapidly gaining popularity as a substrate for crop cultivation. This growing media provides excellent aeration, drainage, and water retention while being more environmentally friendly than the alternatives. According to several studies on different crops, coconut coir substrate is showing results similar to, and…

New partnership announced

US: Modular RO and filtration systems

Dramm is pleased to announce their partnership with HANS™ Premium Water. “HANS has reinvented filtration and pumping to offer intelligent, space-efficient devices that are designed to work together in modular, scalable systems,” they say. According to the team of HANS, one of the most important decisions…

Ingersoll Rand introduces cold plasma technology at Cultivate ‘22

Global manufacturing leader Ingersoll Rand is revealing a revolutionary alternative to traditional disinfection and oxygenation technology at AmericanHort’s Cultivate ’22 event. Ingersoll Rand Ion Solutions is the first system to apply cold plasma technology for boosting plant health and yield sizes in…

Three indoor farms listed on Best for the world B Corps

Harvest London, Area 2 Farms and rotterzwam were listed as the only two indoor farms for 'Best for the World B Corps in Environment'. This year, the British, American and…

Urban Crop Solutions sells new project

Saudi Arabia: New farm site to extend footprint in Arabian Gulf

Urban Crop Solutions have sold their first ModuleX plant factory project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in an exciting new move into the Arabian Gulf, a region with a particular climatic and strategic interest in indoor vertical farming. The agreement comes after Urban Crop Solutions successfully carried…

ONO/EF makes Cultivatd strategic partner

Ono Exponential Farming (ONO/EF), design-manufacturer of advanced AI driven, fully-autonomous robotic farming systems, has selected Cultivatd Indoor Farming Brokerage to lead their market expansion into The Americas geo region. “Cultivatd partners with the most innovative and robust companies in the…

Ben Hogervorst joins Affinor Growers as chairman

Affinor Growers announces Ben Hogervorst as Chairman of its Board of Directors. Mr. Hogervorst is owner and CEO of Britespan Building Systems the supplier and Partner in the…

CEA Advisors:

France: New BioTech facility built in Strasbourg, researching cell treatment

Founded by Dr. Chouaib Meziadi and Alexandre Reeber in May 2020, Core Biogenesis produces key molecules for cell therapy that accelerate the development of cells involved in the treatment of neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases and certain cancers. In December 2020, the startup raised 2.6…

Affinor Growers announces resignation of chairman

Affinor Growers, a vertical farming technology and operations company with a commercial production facility in Abbotsford, BC, announces that Rick Easthom has resigned as…

Eclo raises €4.7M to create circular mushroom substrate factory

Eclo has raised 4.7 million euros to install a 4,200 sqm factory in Villers-le-Bouillet in the province of Liège at the beginning of 2023. This will position Eclo as a key player in the exotic mushroom industry in Europe, with an annual production of 7,000 tons of mushroom substrate from recycled organic…

70 years of greenhouse growing in Spain

The province of Almería in southeastern Spain has some of the driest conditions in Europe. Yet, with access to groundwater and an abundance of sun, it has become a major hub of greenhouse agriculture. On May 24, 2022, the Operational Land Imager-2 (OLI) on Landsat 9 captured these natural-color images of…

Developing sustainable packaging for CEA-produced leafy greens

There’s no doubt the produce industry has undergone a few years now of rapid change, development, and pivoting to the evolving needs and interests of retailers and consumers. As Joost Somford with JASA Packaging Solutions notes, as a packaging solutions manufacturer, historically, the company has focused…

i-Plant Nutrition announces software update

YB AgTech's cloud-based precision plant nutrition recipe division, i-Plant Nutrition, has announced new updates to their software. These updates allow i-Plant Nutrition to not…

Innovation Agri-Tech Group:

Duncan Bannatyne joins as Non-executive Director

Duncan Bannatyne brings his expertise and entrepreneurial skill to an agricultural technology company, Innovation Agri-Tech Group ('IAG'), having joined the Board of the…

DryGair to present innovative growing concept at Cultivate ‘22

Dehumidifier manufacturer, DryGair, will be presenting their new concept for greenhouse growing, ‘A New Way to Grow,’ at Cultivate ’22 in Columbus, Ohio. DryGair develops high-capacity, efficient dehumidifiers for commercial horticulture in greenhouses, indoor grow rooms, and drying rooms. ‘A New Way to Grow’…

FAO director-general Qu Dongyu calls for investment in agriculture and infrastructure

FAO director-general Qu Dongyu called for investment in agriculture and infrastructure in the countries most in need to prevent the acceleration of acute food insecurity trends in the coming months and years. “The current levels of food lost and wasted could feed around 1.26 billion people per year. The…

Biotech food colorant startup Phytolon raises $14.5 million

Phytolon, a developer of fermentation-based natural food colors, announced that it has secured $14.5 million in funding, led by DSM Venturing, to further progress its technology towards commercialization. Phytolon’s proprietary technology is based on licensed technology from the Weizmann Institute of…

New cold storage and research rooms put into operation at Proeftuin Randwijk

The cold storage rooms have been built by a consortium with the company Van Amerongen as the main contractor and are located on the grounds of Proeftuin Randwijk, the partnership of the practical researchers for fruit cultivation and tree nursery of WUR, the Dutch Fruit Growers Organisation (NFO) and the…

UK: Local MP pays visit to Light Science Technologies

A local Member of Parlement of South Derbyshire (UK) Heather Wheeler has paid a visit to Light Science Technologies, as it enjoys a buoyant period of growth. Heather met with Innovation Director John Matcham and the rest of the team, where she had the opportunity to see the company's state-of-the-art…

Stabilized organic substrates now TŪV biobased certified

Since this week, Organic Shapes BV has been the first in the world to obtain the "OK biobased" 4-star certificate from TŪV AUSTRIA for its stabilized organic substrates. This certification system is based on the European standard EN 16785-1, which provides for an independent assessment of the claims for…

Cultivatd hires Daniel Penn for strategy and partnerships

Cultivatd has hired former Forbes 30 Under 30 award winner Daniel Penn. His arrival brings a wealth of experience with early-stage companies. In 2012, Daniel co-founded his first company – Tickit Health, which he grew from two to 20 employees. He accomplished this growth while recruiting key clients,…

FlexFarming partners with British supermarket to grow local strawberries

Somerset-based indoor vertical farm FlexFarming is redefining the future of fresh food production with its 500m2, 10-ton strawberry production facility. The facility has produced its first crop of Class 1 strawberries, with the quality being verified by a large UK supermarket. It is setting out to grow…

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Wales: introducing Signal Box Farm, bringing vertical growing to Splott

There is a new resident in the BoneYard containers at Railway Gardens: Urban-Vertical CIC. They have just launched a crowdfunder offering everyone the opportunity to be part of their adventure. Signal Box Farm is a community urban vertical farm and, together with The Green Room next door, it forms a creative…

Freight Farms hires Ralph de Vries for Business development and Senior board advisor

Freight Farms, a Boston-based company in the US, hired Ralph de Vries as their newest Business development and Senior board advisor for Europe. Ralph will be focusing on the European branch to further develop the company's efforts in the region.  "I'm super excited to start as Business development Europe and…

Ewout Valstar uses growing experience in new job: "Looking for opportunities to save energy"

At the HortiContact horticultural fair last month, we came across Ewout Valstar in a different role. Ewout is no longer a pepper grower; he is now a planner. He has fulfilled this role for Vyverberg Advies & Begeleiding since 1 January. Moving just down the road in De Lier, he started work after he and…

US: Expanding uses of edible flowers help fuel strong demand

Edible flower demand has come back strong as the world continues to make its way out of the pandemic. "Demand is significantly stronger than last year at this time," says Norma St. Amant, Chief Executive Officer of Fresh Origins based in San Marcos, California. "Last year, we were still recovering from…

Jan Doldersum celebrates 25 years at Rijk Zwaan

Last year December 2021, Jan Doldersum, Chain & Retail Manager at Rijk Zwaan, celebrated a special milestone, 25 years at the company. How has Jan experienced this quarter century? What changes has he seen in the production and value chain of fresh produce, and what have been the highlights of his career…

Bioline Agroscience is launching the first rhizobacterial-based biostimulant

The beneficial bacteria contained in Zeamax create optimal conditions for plant growth in the growing media and can be applied to multiple different crops: berries, vegetables, ornamentals, herbs, tree fruits, and in propagation; multiple different cropping systems and in both conventional or organic…

Ecoation to partner with Mexican University

As a Canadian organization committed to higher education as well as advancing agriculture and food production worldwide, Ecoation is proud to announce it has signed a partnership agreement with one of Mexico's most prominent and well-respected agricultural universities, Ceickor Centro University, located…

Urban Crop Solutions and Mayer Planting Systems join forces

Urban Crop Solutions (UCS) and Mayer Planting Systems (Germany), a supplier of automation solutions for substrate preparation as well as for the filling and handling of pots, have agreed on a partnership. With this, Urban Crop Solutions goes one step further in offering its customers' automation…

Yara Philippines and Urban Farmers partner on promoting urban farming

Yara Philippines and Urban Farmers Philippines have signed a memorandum of agreement to support and help promote urban agriculture in the metro. Yara Philippines’ Country Manager Toby Goodroad and Urban Farmers Philippines Farmer in Chief Louie Gutierrez were present during the signing ceremony at BGC…

UK: Strawberry yields doubled in controlled environments

Commercial strawberry yields have been doubled using Total Controlled Environmental Agriculture conditions, indicating a huge potential for utilizing plant material of leading everbearing varieties in new vertical farming practices, says crop research organization NIAB. Using the variety Malling…

Instar Asset Management partners with indoor mushroom grower

Instar Asset Management announced it has partnered with management to invest in Greenwood Mushrooms Development, a controlled environment agricultural producer of mushrooms, previously a portfolio company of Canadian private equity firm Novacap. The Company’s experienced management team will continue to…

Farmie GmbH

farmie - Berlin pioneers of the Vertical Farm-To-Table Concept in Europe

"Self-sufficient and easy supply of nutritious food in the urban habitat"

Growing and offering trendy Asian mustard vegetables, unusual herbs, edible flowers, or rare salads regardless of season and location; that is the dream of an innovative business. However, if the selection and yield exceed the possibilities of the average balcony or garden, this dream quickly ends for…

Strawberry robot for greenhouses and vertical farms

Less work, more BERRYs

Organifarms has been developing BERRY for almost two years. The harvesting robot was presented for the first time at Greentech in Amsterdam. BERRY is now ready for order. A behind-the-scenes interview with the founding team. How did the idea for Berry come about? Dominik: "When we met at a hackathon, we were sure that we wanted…

Plant Factory

Approximately 13,000 sq.ft. vertical farm under construction at mall in Istanbul

Timfog has partnered with Plant Factory to build a vertical farm in the basement level of the parking lot of a shopping mall in Istanbul. Timfog is handling the Vapor Pressure Deficit (VPD) based climatization of the indoor vertical farm with its Greenhouse Air Handling Unit machine. Alongside Plant…

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Photos of the official opening

UK: Infarm starts operating vertical farming facility in Bedford

Infarm officially opened its Bedford farm on Monday in the UK. This will be their first high-capacity Growing Centre in the country. The facility is 10,000m2 and has up to 40 Infarm units, each 10m high, which are all cloud-connected farming units. Each unit can grow more than 500,000 plants annually.…

Sprout AI announces partnership with Active 20-30 Las Cumbres

Sprout announces it has signed an agreement as of June 8, 2022, to partner with Active 20-30 Las Cumbres, Rep. of Panama, on their Rice, Beans, and Greens initiative. Through…

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Scotland: £200m fund to help launch 150 agricultural projects

Projects which aim to boost food security in Scotland while improving the environment will benefit from a major funding program worth £200m. The £200m funds will be invested in a variety of innovative studies, including research centered on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture. Researchers…

Australia: Stacked Farm completes $56M funding round

An Australian vertical farm, Stacked Farm, has just secured $56m in funding from a range of investors, with the transaction managed by SeventyTwo Capital. The Gold Coast City Council has also provided incentives through its Economic Development Program to facilitate Stacked Farm's commercial operations,…

Urban Health Farms and Botany Group partner to expand R&D campus

Urban Health Farms Group B.V. (UHF), an indoor vertical farming company in Europe, announced an expanded partnership with the Botany Group and the founding of The UHF Campus through the acquisition of BrightBox facilities in Venlo, the Netherlands. The UHF Campus will be a center for education, training,…

Upward Farms scales its packaging automation

Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit Harpak-ULMA announced its collaboration with indoor aquaponic vertical farming company Upward Farms to launch fully automated, scalable packaging operations in support of the company's growth and expansion plans. Brooklyn-based Upward Farms' 250,000-square-foot facility in…

Re-Nuble partners with circular materials company to create growing media

Re-Nuble announces an exclusive partnership with a Santa Cruz, California-based circular materials company, Cruz Foam, which offers companies a frictionless transition to circular materials. As Re-Nuble pioneers the reutilization of localized and food safe, vegetative food waste into sustainable growing…

Bowery Farming and Unfold partner to create locally produced veggies

Bowery Farming and Unfold announced a partnership to create locally produced vegetables through new seed varieties.  Controlled environmental agriculture needs deep collaborations to unlock the potential value of the industry. The lack of broadly available industry expertise has caused many vertical farms…

IGS

IGS to deliver vertical farm tech to East Coast USA through partnership with CubicAcres

Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) has announced a new strategic partnership agreement with Long Island-based CubicAcres, which will see the grower expand its commercial operations to deliver high-quality, sustainably grown crops for consumption on the East Coast of the USA. Founded by entrepreneur Ryan…

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June 27

GrowGeneration announces Jackson, Mississippi store opening

GrowGeneration, a chain of specialty hydroponic and organic garden centers, announced the opening of a new hydroponic garden center to serve the emerging Mississippi market. The new store at 4251 Industrial Drive in Jackson becomes the first in Mississippi, and the Company’s 64th store nationwide will…

Brooklyn-based mushroom farm supplies restaurants and stores

On a small street tucked away in Bedford-Stuyvesant, thousands of mushrooms grow in climate-controlled rooms. Smallhold is a Brooklyn-based specialty mushroom farm that uses patented technology to produce the crazy, colorful, and cartoonish toadstools that later end up in grocery stores and restaurants.  Smallhold…

Vertical Harvest Farms appoints new chief of farm operations

Vertical Harvest, architects, and operators of the first vertical hydroponic greenhouse in North America, announced Michael Chin as their Chief of Farm Operations. This new…

New UK vertical farming consultations launched

Dr. Blooms has over 35 years of experience in hydroponics and specializes in vertical farming systems to grow fruit, microgreens, and vegetables. Our team of consultants…

Vertigo Technologies wins the 2022 Topsector T&U Innovation Prize

On Thursday, 23 June, the fourth Topsector T&U Innovation Prize was awarded. The jury declared Vertigo Technologies the winner, while Planthunters was conferred the audience award. Both winners succeeded in developing an innovative product or service that contributes demonstrably to the optimization of…

LettUs Grow got on their bikes to travel from London to Amsterdam for Greentech

Last week, LettUs Grow attended Greentech, the horticultural event that brings together industry experts and innovators to connect, network, share knowledge and do business. Sustainability is at the core of everything they do at LettUs Grow. So, when it came to organizing transportation to Amsterdam for…

Vegetable pioneer Anders Riemann runs a vertical farm in the heart of Copenhagen Dreamstime

"We harvest every 22 days, which amounts to some 15 harvests a year"

Anders Riemann (r) is the founder and managing director of Nordic Harvest, Europe's largest vertical farm. To ensure that his lettuces and herbs grow and thrive here without…

Natural Grocers

Natural Grocers showcases vertical hydroponic system on Good Morning America show

Good Morning America recently came to Colorado to showcase how businesses and nonprofits are using technology to sustainably grow food near the consumer, year-round. The segment focused on FarmBox Foods and two of their customers: Natural Grocers® and Centura Health. On June 20th at its headquarters in…

Glowfarms builds moving conveyer belt vertical farm

The young vertical farming company Glowfarms has made the leap from small to large. Just like their plants. And just as sustainable. In fact, thanks to their unique cultivation technique - a conveyor belt that moves up and down - their new indoor farm in Leerdam will soon be one of the most advanced…

Kalera

Kalera keeps developing new seed and crop technologies and adding new farms

“We are the only company today that is able to create new plant varieties using artificial intelligence. This allows us to produce any type of leafy green and helps us expand geographically,” says Dr. Cristian Toma, founder, and Chief Science Officer at Kalera, a vertical farming company that has quite…

Affinor hires Grant Writing team

Affinor Growers announced that it has hired Elite Agri Solutions to prepare grant applications for federal and provincial governments. Elite Agri Solutions is a Canadian consulting company…

"Leafy greens are very slow at the moment, with the weather that we have been having"

Some hydroponic lettuce lines still in production in South Australia amid national shortage

A leading South Australian salad producer admits that it has been a weather-affected season production-wise, but it is still able to provide quality produce for its customers. The weather has not only affected the growing conditions where Hi Fresh Salads is based in Virginia, but there have been floods…

Prevention of algae formation with Intra Hydropure

Intra Hydropure is used for the removal of biofilm and elimination of harmful bacteria and fungi in irrigation systems. In greenhouses, algae form another group of organisms that can rapidly multiply and cause different problems like water discoloration, impairing the functioning of irrigation systems,…

Infarm continues US expansion: Infarm growing center will supply the Northeastern US

Infarm announced the establishment of its third growing center in the US and the largest Infarm growing center to date. Alongside the existing vertical farming facility in…

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Vegetables grown in the air: soilless cultivation seen in Weifang

Soilless technology was recently displayed at the 23rd China (Shouguang) International Vegetable Science and Technology Expo held in Shouguang, Weifang, in the Chinese Shandong Province. At the event, vegetables were seen growing on cultivation racks, with spraying devices atomizing nutrient solution and…

New lighting simulation designed with greenhouse growers in mind

“There are no other competitors to HelioSol’s GreenHouseDesigner. No other software is designed specifically for horticultural applications unless the user wants to design the CAD model from the ground up,” says Ian Ashdown, Senior Scientist for SunTracker Technologies (whose software products are…

New installations in Sardinia by Greatit

Container farming gains momentum

Ten more Demetra containers for vertical farming will be installed at the company Eas Tibia in Oristano, Italy. The company already has a Vertical farming container where it grows certified ginger, while in the next facility, it will grow hemp for pharmaceutical use. "This is a unique facility so far, with 5 containers placed in…

Fischer Farms hires new sales director

The vertical farming company, Fischer Farms, has welcomed a new sales director to the team as its approach to sustainable and responsible food production attracts strong…

Swedish grocery retailer starts selling vertically grown greens

Oh My Greens (OMG), opens an industrial-scale vertical farm in Söderfors, Sweden, to produce herbs for ICA, a Swedish grocery retailer. The herbs will be available for consumers in June 2022.   The distributor is ICA, a grocery retailer in Sweden with around 1 300 stores. ICA will be the first private label brand…

Syngenta Group announces leadership transition

Syngenta Group today announced succession plans for its leadership team. Jeff Rowe, currently President of Global Seeds, will take over the leadership of Syngenta Crop Protection, effective July 1, 2022. His former role will be assumed by Justin Wolfe, currently Regional Director North America Seeds. As…

Carl Van Loon looks back on 28 years of Australian horticulture

After 28 years in the Australian horticulture industry and as of today, Carl van Loon, founder of Powerplants, is taking a well-deserved moment of respite. He has been one of the main drivers behind the rise of high tech horticulture in Australia, and it all started when he was working with his parents…

Cultivatd hires new Director of Sales

Cultivatd announces their newest hire, Kyle Barnett, as Director of Sales and Partnerships. Leveraging his expertise gained through a diversity of experiences with CEA companies, including BrightFarms, Hort Americas, WestRock, CarbonBook, and his own Podcast - Kyle Talks AgTech, Cultivatd believes Kyle…

Bosman Van Zaal enters into Canadian collaboration

During the GreenTech in Amsterdam, CEO Marco Braam of Bosman Van Zaal and Willem Ligthart, director of Dordt Contractors & Water Management from Ontario, signed a collaboration agreement, which stipulates that both parties will bundle their knowledge to support the food and floriculture sector, the…

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JDDK Architects plans visitor and learning centers at UK’s largest urban farm

A hybrid planning application for the UK’s largest urban farm and eco-park, featuring centerpiece buildings by JDDK Architects, has been submitted to Oldham Council. The plans feature detailed design proposals by the Newcastle-based practice for an elliptical-shaped visitor center and a separate learning…

Awaited return to Indoor AgTech New York City for Netled

This year’s Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit is all about optimizing productivity, scale, and sustainability in CEA and vertical farming. The event will see 500+ guests with…

Rijk Zwaan lettuce varieties have resistance against newest Fusarium race

Fusarium is a major threat to lettuce. The fungus can damage the lettuce via the root system in both protected and open-field crops, resulting in a loss of yield. In 2015, a new variant of Fusarium in lettuce, race 4 (Fol: 4), was identified in Europe. In May 2022, the International Seed Federation…

The center of excellence for indoor agriculture announces new water quality and management service

The Center of Excellence for Indoor Agriculture, a U.S.-based company that supports the growth of the vertical and indoor farming industry, announced a new water quality and…

"Innovative solutions for vertical farming"

Grow Glide announces new agricultural vertical: AG Glide

Grow Glide announced a new business vertical: AG Glide. AG Glide will provide vertical racking, tables, workflow, and airflow solutions immediately, tailored to the general horticultural market. The move to agriculture comes as the parent company, Grow Glide, 20x-ed their business from 2020 to 2021,…

Tackling emissions: Infarm partners with carbmee for carbon data management

Infarm integrates carbmee’s carbon management software to monitor and report on its Scope 3 emissions. The company recently stated its vision for the impact of the future of…

Finland: Large scale solar power test at Robbe´s Little Garden

Robbe´s Little Garden, based in Southern Finland, strives to develop and research the sustainability as well as the economic- and practical viability of vertical farming. In order to achieve our goals, we have tackled the issue from multiple points of view. We have installed a 330 kWp -solar photovoltaic…

CubicFarms announces $3.8M HydroGreen sale in West Texas

CubicFarm Systems announced a 10-machine Automated Vertical Pastures™ sale valued at CAD$3.8 million. Owned and operated by Jim Cnossen, the Cnossen Dairy, located in…

US (GA): Vertical farm to put down roots in Newton County

Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that 80 Acres Farms will create 150 new jobs in Newton County. The $120 million investment in Covington, Georgia, will help the company meet growing consumer demand for local, fresh produce.  "We are excited to welcome 80 Acres Farms to Georgia as we continue finding new, exciting…

"We have proven ourselves"

Meteor Systems is celebrating its 25th birthday. The company produces and distributes complete growing systems for greenhouse horticulture, including growing systems, irrigation, pipe rail supports, long beams, scaffolding, fruit covers, and growing solutions for NFT, DFT, and CEA (Controlled-Environment Agriculture). Their…

High-output LED replacement for legacy lighting technology

Fluence has launched RAPTR, the company’s latest high-output lighting solution built to replace 1,000-watt, high-pressure sodium fixtures and maximize energy efficiency. Greenhouse and indoor growers are increasingly seeking more efficient, higher-output lighting solutions to reduce installation,…

Netled opens its North American operations

Netled North America is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. Rambridge Wholesale is an international manufacturer and wholesale distributor of garden and hydroponic supplies. Founded in 1982, the company is a market leader in product innovation. It now forms the team Netled North America and is the site of…

US (GA): 80 Acres Farms to build in Newton County through $120 mln investment

Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that 80 Acres Farms will create 150 new jobs in Newton County. The $120 million investment in Covington, Georgia, will help the company meet growing consumer demand for local, fresh produce.  "We are excited to welcome 80 Acres Farms to Georgia as we continue finding new, exciting…

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NGS-berry oscillating strawberry system in Canada

"We can market our berries before anybody else can"

Maan Farms, Canadian growers with a long history as local suppliers of Abbotsford, Fraser Valley, and Greater BC, began operations with the production of cole crops, but they soon changed to berries, mainly strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Nowadays, the company has diversified and covers a…

“You can never be too precise”

A new WYSIWYG grow light controller with research in mind

“Our goal was to create a lighting control solution for research purposes with unlimited possibilities,” says Csaba Mesterházy, Owner of Ledium. The company has just recently started installing their products at the ATK Research Institute in Hungary after dealing with delays due to the well-known chip…

Midstream Lighting to acquire Hyperion Grow Lights

Midstream Lighting has announced an agreement to acquire Hyperion Grow Lights as part of a strategy to dramatically enhance support for greenhouse growers within the European and international horticulture sectors. The acquisition underlines Midstream's commitment to leveraging the latest technology,…

Oasis Grower Solutions hires new product manager

OASIS Grower Solutions (OGS) has recently bolstered its product management team to include Mary Bruns as its new Global Product Manager. As the Global Product Manager for OASIS Grower Solutions, Mary will be responsible for guiding a cross-functional team charged with developing the OASIS Grower product…

Signify celebrates 15 years of developing horticulture LED grow lighting

Signify is celebrating 15 years of Philips LED lighting solutions for horticulture. The Philips Horticulture LED Solutions team was formed in 2007 and has demonstrated the advantages of LED solutions to the industry. LED as a production tool"In the early 2000s, LED technology was developing rapidly. We…

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UK: Plans submitted for a 9100m2 vertical farm in East Yorkshire

Plans have been lodged for a vertical farming facility at an East Yorkshire business park that could support the creation of hundreds of jobs. Key Growing, supported by Geoffrey Prince Associates, has submitted an application to East Riding of Yorkshire Council for an extension to Woodmansey Business…

Cracking the code for aeroponics in greenhouses

After years of R&D, the Swiss scale-up CleanGreens Solutions SA sees a strong commercial upswing with the unique positioning of its mobile aeroponic system designed for growing leafy greens in greenhouses. So far, hydroponics imposed itself commercially for CEA growing as aeroponic technologies were not…

Making fertilizer from tomato plant waste

Can tomato plant waste be repurposed into agricultural fertilizer? Yes, it can. But how can you optimally recover the plant waste's nutrients and energy? That question is at…

Dutch scale-up presents new lineup of growing substrates

Dutch scale-up Growfoam will present its completely new lineup of growing substrates at Greentech Amsterdam this year. The well-known foam growing plugs are redesigned from the ground up with even softer foam and improved cutouts, allowing roots to penetrate easier and leading to higher fresh weights. Also new…

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Svensson acquires Hinova

In 2021, AB Ludvig Svensson and Beektech Industries BV (from here on Hinova) started a distribution agreement and collaboration. Svensson introduced ClimaFlow, a solution that combines Hinova’s VentilationJet System and Svensson’s Climate House advisory service. What began as a partnership between two innovative brands has led…

Australian lettuce producer predicts prices will fall

One of Australia’s big lettuce producers forecasts that prices for the in-demand vegetable will begin to ease from next week. John Said, the chief executive of vegetable…

"In Asia, local partnerships are key to growth"

DanDutch is a Dutch-Danish company with strategic international partnerships that offers specialized horticulture solutions to improve yield. One of its largest applications is ebb and flow irrigation equipment from its Danish partner manufacturers, Staal&Plast, Danvan, and FGM. These are frequently used…

Bram Tjalma appointed as Sales Manager at GlowFarms

On the 1st of June, Bram Tjalma started his new position as Sales Manager at Glowfarms, a Dutch vertical farming company. Previously Bram worked as International Food Trader at Gourmet B.V., a Dutch company involved in the onion trade, growing, packaging and distribution. Bram said, "I am looking forward…

Innovation Agri-Tech Group welcomes new non-executive director

Duncan Bannatyne brings his expertise and entrepreneurial skill to agricultural technology company, Innovation Agri-Tech Group ('IAG'), having joined the board of the company…

British salads cultivated at low-energy consumption at reasonable prices

Grahame Dunling and his son Matthew, who is the CEO of WorldWide Local Salads, own and operate their family business continuing their tradition of Hull-born family growers. For the last 10 years growing inside a warehouse has been the normal way for them, also being in some of the harshest climates in…

UK: LettUs Grow & Vertically Urban partner to light up container farms

LettUs Grow has partnered with light provider, Vertically Urban, to use their ultra-slim Horti-Blade LED light in Drop & Grow container farms.  Drop & Grow container farms are vertical farming systems inside a shipping container. This modular solution allows growers to pilot test their business plan, create…

Register your initiative and get a chance to win the Feike Sijbesma Sustainable Innovation Award

The Wageningen University Fund is pleased to announce the new Feike Sijbesma Sustainable Innovation Award, to be presented annually. This is an incentive award for innovative entrepreneurs who have been focusing on global climate and food security issues for up to seven years. Feike Sijbesma, the…

GoodLeaf Farms partners with juice and superfood beverage brand

Canadian juice and superfood beverage brand Well partners with indoor farming company GoodLeaf Farms. This opportunity marks a significant step toward the brand's mission of bringing fresher juices to Canadians. Based in Guelph, Ontario, GoodLeaf's super spinach will travel the short distance to Well's…

CAN: Ashish Kumar joins Plantech

A lot is going on in Canada, and both automation and crop optimization are hot topics. Growers want to make most of the available resources. Cees de Groot with Plantech Control Systems Inc. has been helping…

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Good hope for sale of Codema irrigation business

Last Wednesday, the 1st of June, it was announced that the cultivation and software activities of bankrupt Codema had been taken over by Kubo. This raised the question of the…

Infarm sets goals on sustainability and volumes

At first, herbs and lettuce were the focus at Infarm, but now the indoor farmers, who are currently active in 11 countries, are literally looking up because they are fully committed to growing crops on high wires—starting with tomatoes. A Vision Paper was published on Wednesday, June 1, and the previous week,…

Red Sea Farms hopes to hit 30 hectares of desert farm operations by the end of 2022

Agriculture technology startup Red Sea Farms is planning to widen the scope of its greenhouse space in Saudi Arabia to 100 hectares in the next three years, said a top executive of the company. Simon Roopchand, Red Sea Farms’ new global COO and regional CEO of the Middle East, said: “We have an expansion…

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Canada: meet the 
micro managers

When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit in March 2020, Chris Shaver found himself temporarily laid off from his job as a welder at the Ekati diamond mine. With free time on his hands, he turned to grow microgreens—young seedlings of vegetables—as a hobby. Two years on, Shaver and his partner, Nicolinea Minakis, are running a…

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"The efficiency is 1 to 400"

The technology of the future for the vertical cultivation of crops indoors - "vertical farming" - has been researched and developed for five years in Dornbirn, Vorarlberg. A functional production…

The Sino-French Eco-city in Caidian District builds a rooftop garden

At present, the Sino-French Eco-City Cultural and Sports Activity Center is under construction on the west bank of the Gaoluo River and on the north side of Qinrun Avenue. It will be completed and opened in 2023, with theaters, libraries, science and technology museums, and cultural centers. By then, it…

Green Simplicity wins Westfriesland entrepreneur prize

Green Simplicity has been named the growing pearl of Westfriesland. On LinkedIn, the company from Andijk shared a video of the entrepreneurs' gala where they were awarded. The jury praised the company of owner Wessel van Paassen for 'more than fulfilling' the promise made five years ago. In recent years,…

US (NY): Farm.One closes Tribeca farm operations

Farm.One's operation facility on Worth Street has closed its operations as of today. As recently shared, Farm.One has run a crowd-funding during covid to remedy the pandemic's setbacks, but unfortunately, that hasn't been successful.  "We're sad to close our Tribeca location which has been an exciting part…

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US: Urban water use is latest target for drought cutbacks

With farmers across California already facing severe cuts in irrigation supplies, state officials are now imposing additional aggressive conservation measures for urban consumers and local water agencies across the state. Emergency regulations, adopted May 24 by the California State Water Resources…

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Inside the effort to unionize Square Roots

In a parking lot off a busy street in Brooklyn, a team of urban farmers weaves in and out of a dozen nondescript shipping containers. Inside, a handful of workers move gingerly through vertical towers growing herbs such as basil and cilantro in climate-controlled conditions, lit by pink LED lights.…

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Foodtech community FoodHack raises $1m to become a new AngelList for climate tech

FoodHack, the fast-growing foodtech community, and newsletter, has raised $1m to develop and publicly launch HackVentures, its investment platform. The Switzerland-based team plans to enable angel investors to write cheques from $1,000 up to around $100k into startups working on “better people and…

France: Agricool joins VIF Systems

The urban farm Agricool has joined VIF Systems (of the EPSA Group), a Lyon-based company that designs and installs vertical farms for controlled-atmosphere crops. Agricool wanted to “accelerate the access to local and pesticide-free food,” but the start-up was placed under judicial review last January.…

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Infarm's vision paper

Putting people and planet first

Infarm published a comprehensive Impact Vision Paper that states the company's vision for the impact of the future of food. Infarm is the first company in the vertical farming sector that has outlined its strengths and challenges, plans, ambitions, and commitment to transparency and sustainability as such. The Vision Paper…


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