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Sales pushed on by health and premium

In an established market there’s still room for growth, heard the British Tomato Conference. There’s one undeniable advantage in the business of growing fresh produce – the end product promotes good health. And that’s the reason behind 70% of tomato purchases made this year, according to Kantar Worldpanel’s consumer research, an increase of 5% over...

Nov 30, 2018
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New priorities for the proving ground

Growers were updated on research into disease control and the flower lines under trial at this year’s Cut Flower Centre’s open day. Fusarium control in column stocks has been one of the research interests for the AHDB-supported National Cut Flower Centre in Lincolnshire for several years. The soilborne disease, caused by F. oxysporum, is an...

Nov 30, 2018
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21 years of continued success

The British Tomato Growers Associations’ technical officer, Dr Phil Morley has pretty much seen it all in the sector over the past decade. Here, he talks to Adrian Tatum about the success and development of the association and some of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing growers now and in the future. This year the British Tomato Growers Association (TGA) is...

Oct 31, 2018
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Positive and Optimistic – Four Oaks Trade Show review

Veteran Four Oaks exhibitor Simon Earley of Earley Ornamentals, said that the first day of the show this year was simply the best he had ever had, and there was no doubt the mood among exhibitors and visitors was positive and optimistic. Despite worrying times for businesses of all kind, Four Oaks 2018 will remain in memory as an even better-than-expected...

Oct 31, 2018
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How low can we grow?

Whatever industry you are in, reducing carbon and improving sustainability remains a priority. The horticulture sector is no different. Adrian Tatum reports on recent developments across the UK. As the UK heads faster towards a low carbon future, the horticulture sector has been ahead of the game over the last few years with growers reducing...

Sep 30, 2018
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Make sure you have sufficient cover

Almost two years ago, in June 2016 the Dutch greenhouse sector was left reeling after a massive hailstorm, when hailstones the size of golf balls, hit the Brabant region, causing some €130 million of damage to the industry and destroying some nurseries completely. Two years earlier in January 2014 growers near Arnhem suffered damage worth...

Sep 30, 2018
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A student resurgence

A rise in interest in food and how and where it is produced has led to an upturn in horticultural related university and college courses, as Adrian Tatum finds out. Education is the lifeblood of any industry. Without it there is no direction and ultimately no start in life for the thousands of students looking to pursue a career. Industries...

Aug 31, 2018
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Chelsea 2018

Runaway Bride Snow White, an interspecific hydrangea variety, was chosen as this year’s Chelsea Show Plant of the Year. Three months earlier, in the March issue of Commercial Greenhouse Grower, this variety – introduced by Cultivaris –  was singled out for its special promise among the novelties at IPM in January. Flowers are borne on...

Jul 31, 2018
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Task force calls for wider support for south-east growers

Growers in the south east of England, and particularly those around London, are facing a ‘triple threat’ of a shortage of land for growing, a shortage of workers, and the ‘just-in-time’ approach to production being taken by the supply chain, according to the final report of the Lea Valley Food Task Force. It recommends the...

Jul 31, 2018
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Spring Trials 2018

Ten years ago the Flower Trials in June in Holland were still in their infancy. The spotlight of publicity was then very much more on the Spring Trials of the leading companies that met the needs of the European producers of bedding and patio plants. These trials were – and still are – held in...

Jun 30, 2018
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