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Cheers! Greenhouse grown banana’s used for craft brewed IPA

Ever knocked back a pint of ale and thought, what this needs is more bananas? Probably not, but if you have then you are in luck, as a tropical garden and a craft beer maker on Japan’s Izu Peninsula have teamed up to brew up a banana-accented IPA.

Atagawa Tropical & Alligator Garden in Higashiizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, joined forces with Hansharo Beer Brewing in nearby Izunokuni to create Izu Banana-wani IPA (Izu banana-alligator IPA), set to go on sale on March 15 at the garden’s “fruit parlor” and other locales. The project was intended to inject some life into Izu tourism, badly hobbled by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Atagawa garden has 120 banana trees in 20 varieties growing in its greenhouses. When the fruit ripen, they are carefully harvested one-by-one, before appearing on the fruit parlor menu. Hansharo brewing, which turns out about 50 kinds of beer per year, approached the garden with the idea of making a banana brew — a first for the maker — and Atagawa signed on to the project.

According to head brewer Junpei Yamada, 12 kilograms of bananas were turned into juice and then mixed into the wort — beer before the yeast is added — to make one 1,000-liter tank of the IPA. He says the result is a creamy beer with a soft banana flavor.

Hansharo produced 1,500, 330-milliliter bottles, each priced at 950 yen ($8.70) including tax. The IPA is also scheduled to go on sale at the brewery’s restaurant and on its online shop.

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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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