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Fresh produce commemorates Robert R. Hathaway

“Our deepest condolences go out to the friends and family of Robert R. “Bob” Hathaway who passed away on March 13. Bob was a former leader of the West Mexico Vegetable Distributors Association, now known as the FPAA. He was awarded the Pillar of the FPAA Award in 2013 for all his hard work in elevating the association and developing strong ties to Washington, DC, Phoenix, Mexico City, and growers’ associations across Mexico. The FPAA is the association it is today in strong part because of the leadership of Bob Hathaway. Following is the obituary from his family. He will be missed by many,” states Fresh Produce Association of the Americas.

Robert R. “Bob” Hathaway, 90, of Nogales, Arizona, passed away peacefully at home March 13, 2021. A second-generation Arizona cattle rancher from a large pioneer ranching family, Bob was born on July 31, 1930. In fact, he was born and died in the same house. He was the fifth of seven boys. Bob served and was honorably discharged from the Nogales unit of the Arizona National Guard.

Bob held various other positions during his life including Santa Cruz County Assessor and Board member of the Arizona Liquor Board along with serving in various capacities for Governors Castro, Bolin, and Babbitt. He also headed the West Mexico Vegetable Distributors Association, a position he loved, and was later honored to be named FPAA Pillar of the Industry by the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas.

He was preceded in death by his youngest daughter, Rosalie, his parents, Will and Lucille Hathaway, and 5 of his 6 brothers: Gaynor (Dorothy), Greg (Betty), Lincoln (Virginia), Jim (Carolyn), and Gilbert (Joyce).

Bob is survived by Laura Hill Hathaway, his high school sweetheart turned wife of 70 years. He is also survived by four of his five children, his brother Paul Hathaway and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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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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