Poor ventilation at BC greenhouse blamed for carbon monoxide poisoning

According to CTV News: Poor ventilation at a Delta, B.C., greenhouse is to blame for sending dozens of workers to hospital for carbon monoxide exposure, a fire chief said. Delta fire battalion chief Neil Shuster said an emergency call came in Saturday afternoon that at least 12 people at Windset Farms were suffering from inhalation of […] Read More

Morocco: Strawberry acreage grows from 10 to 3660 hectares in 27 years

According to freshplaza.com by Yassin Madihi:  The increase in the number of hectares planted with strawberries (of the Camarosa, Festival, Splendor and Fortuna varieties) in Morocco has been more than significant in recent years. From just 10 hectares in the 1980’s, the acreage expanded to 290 hectares in 1992 and reached 3,360 last season. Its growth has […] Read More

Houweling’s hires sales veteran for Western US, Canada

According to the  The Packer; Todd Plaxton has joined greenhouse grower Houweling’s Group, servicing retail customer accounts in the Western U.S. and Canada. Plaxton comes to … Before that, he was with Nestle Canada Inc. and the Star Group, which includes Canadian greenhouse grower BC Hot House. “Todd brings the … Continue […] Read More

Sunset, You Make Me Hungry

According to thepacker.com by Chris Koger: Mastronardi Produce, through its Sunset brand, is releasing four “You Make Me Pasta” value-added meal kits at retailers nationwide. The Kingsville, Ontario, greenhouse grower’s kits include fresh tomatoes, noodles, spices and infused olive oil. Sunset’s culinary director, Roger Mooking, developed the pasta kits, according to a news release. The […] Read More

Scotts Miracle-Gro Beefs Up Cannabis Industry Exposure with $72.2 Million Acquisition of Can-Filters

According to newcannabisventures.com; Scotts Miracle-Gro (NYSE: SMG) continues to aggressively consolidate the fragmented hydroponics industry through its Hawthorne operating unit. Since 2015, it has acquired leading brands Agrolux, Botanicare, Gavita, General Hydroponics and Vermicrop to capitalize on cannabis legalization. On November 7th, the company announced financials for its 4th quarter ending September 30th and hosted a conference call, revealing […] Read More

Double Diamond Farms Expands Organic Acreage, Launches Organic Cucumber Facility, and Increases Production and Distribution

According andnowuknow.com by Robert Schaulis: KINGSVILLE, ON – Greenhouse grower Double Diamond Farms is expanding significantly with the addition of a new organic cucumber facility in Canada, bringing more sustainably-sourced cukes to the North American market—with additional certified organic items set to follow soon. The new Kingsville, Ontario, facility will expand Double Diamond’s acreage and significantly increase the […] Read More

$30 million greenhouse project planned in Pleasant Prairie

According kenoshanews.com By TERRY FLORES: PLEASANT PRAIRIE —Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and strawberries could soon be grown in hydroponic greenhouses that operate year-round in the village. The Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission voted 6-0 Monday night to approve plans from Prairie Produce Farm LLC to build two high-tech hydroponic greenhouses. They will be built in multiple phases, on about […] Read More

Whole Foods Ups Christina Minardi to EVP Ops

According to progressivegrocer.com: Whole Foods Market has promoted Christina Minardi to EVP of operations from Northeast regional president, effective immediately. Minardi, who previously oversaw 40 stores in three states, now leads four regions while co-leading the integration with Amazon, reimaging the customer experience and driving ecommerce initiatives, among other key store and regional programs. She joins […] Read More

Florida strawberry supplies to increase over the next month

According to freshplaza.com by Dennis M. Rettke: Strawberry supplies out of Florida are expected to hit the market over the next month as the season there gradually gets underway. Production is expected to accelerate now that the cooler weather has arrived and will continue until Spring arrives and hot weather creates unsuitable conditions. “Our season in Florida […] Read More

Generation Next: It takes a Village to be successful, says Krysten DeGiglio

According producenews.com BY MAGGIE GIUFFRIDA: Growing up, Krysten DeGiglio was admittedly not a huge fan of tomatoes, but oh, how the times have changed now that the 30-year-old Holmdel, NJ, resident works as a regional sales manager for Village Farms — the oldest greenhouse grower in the United States, specializing in exclusive varieties of tomatoes, as […] Read More