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Baby spinach to grow in new high-tech US greenhouse

Element Farms has completed all phases of construction and onboarding at its first facility and has revealed its plans for expansion: a 2.5-acre spinach greenhouse designed with the exact specs for growing free baby spinach all year round.

Element Farms already grows over half a million pounds of pesticide-free and local baby spinach, arugula, lettuces, beet greens, pea shoots, and more each year in its current 1.5-acre facility. The new spinach greenhouse will allow the team to take a bigger bite out of the local baby greens market.

“Baby spinach makes up 40% of the baby greens market in the United States, while local, pesticide-free, year-round spinach is practically unheard of in most of the U.S.,” said Serdar Mizrakci, the Element Farms founder and CEO. “We have served customers in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania for the last three years and understand their insatiable appetite for a tender, safe, and premium baby spinach product. Our new greenhouse will serve that demand.”

Element Farms uses proprietary technology and processes to grow its greens in hydroponic ponds in glass greenhouses. Seeding, growing, harvesting, packing, and delivery happens in a continuous cycle, and produce is harvested in an average of 14 days versus 30 in the field. The company eschews the unnecessary energy expenditures found in many controlled environmental agriculture ventures and instead relies on solar energy to power most of its plants’ growth. This sustainable approach is not only good for the planet, but for customers too because it is a cost-effective way to grow.

With the completion of its spinach greenhouse in late 2021, Element Farms will be on track to grow and ship 2 million pounds of greens per year. But the second Lafayette greenhouse is just one part of Element Farms’ growth plan. The company is currently pursuing greenhouse projects in other states.

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Israel announces creation of global seed company

Two Israeli seed producers, Nirit Seeds and TomaTech, have joined forces to create Israel’s largest vegetable seed company. This synergy will enable unique seed breeding research and development that will accelerate the company’s growth in the international seed markets.

Upon completion of the merger, the company will have more than 80 employees worldwide, including molecular biologists, breeders, agronomists, and others.
The company will improve its breeding activities in Israel, Spain, Mexico and Italy, as well as significantly expand its representation in the Netherlands and North America, with a particular focus on growing vegetables in high-tech greenhouses.

Nirit Seeds is one of the most successful internationally traded tomato and pepper seed producers, investing in the development of revolutionary genetic technologies. TomaTech is one of the leading tomato seed companies in Israel, developing premium varieties, including those resistant to the dangerous Tomato Brown Ruffle Virus (ToBRFV).

The production of crop seeds is one of the most advanced and high-tech sectors in Israel. According to the Seed Department of the Federation of Israel Chambers of Commerce, seed exports currently generate $200 million in annual revenue. There are about 25 large and medium-sized companies in the local industry.

For reference. According to market research, the global vegetable seed industry is valued at $8 billion a year and is growing at a CAGR of 8%.

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Karachay-Cherkessia became one of the leaders in the production of greenhouse vegetables at the end of 2021


Greenhouse vegetable production in 2021 reached a record 1.4 million tonnes. According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the leaders among the regions in this segment are the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Lipetsk, Moscow, Kaluga, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Saratov, Chelyabinsk regions, Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories, the Republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan. These regions account for more than 60% of the total production in the country. The intensive development of greenhouse projects in our country helps to provide Russians with fresh vegetables all year round. Last year, the harvest in winter greenhouses updated the 2020 record – more than 1.4 million tons of products were received. Including the production of cucumbers amounted to at least 830 thousand tons, and tomatoes – 590 thousand tons. It is expected that by 2025 the volume of vegetable production in year-round greenhouses will be at least 1.6 million tons of vegetables.


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December: Special Year Overview

In 2022, it will be 22 year since the new millennium started. Can’t believe it? Neither can we, but it is true. Before we go there, it is time to reflect on what has happened this year. Over the next couple of weeks, we will look back at 2021 and we will highlight the most important events that impacted the industry.

New greenhouses, events, even a few shows, technical novelties, and all other relevant news will pass by, offering you something other than Covid to talk about during Christmas and New Years’.


Wish your customers Happy Holidays
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