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Klasmann-Deilmann and Olde Bolhaar agree joint venture

Klasmann-Deilmann and Olde-Bolhaar are pooling their activities in the field of compost and will work with a joint venture in the future. In the coming years, the company is to be developed into a supplier of high-quality green compost and other raw materials for substrate production.

With retroactive effect from 1 January 2021, the Klasmann-Deilmann Group is acquiring 50% of the shares in both Olde Bolhaar Eco-Service GmbH, based in Gildehaus/Bad Bentheim, and Olde Bolhaar Eco-Service B.V., based in Zelhem and Duiven. At the same time, Klasmann-Deilmann is contributing its own composting plants in Geeste and Dörpen to the companies of the Olde Bolhaar Group. In the future, the company will be managed by Christiaan Olde Bolhaar, Managing Partner of the Olde-Bolhaar Group, and Ted Vollebregt, Managing Director of Klasmann-Deilmann Benelux B.V.

“In Germany, the Netherlands and many other countries, the demand for high-quality green compost is growing,” say Moritz Böcking and Bernd Wehming, managing directors of the Klasmann-Deilmann Group. “Together, we will now vigorously expand this business area and extend it to all major horticultural markets in northwestern Europe. For Klasmann-Deilmann, the transaction now completed is a step of strategic importance. By 2025, we aim to increase the share of renewable raw materials in our group-wide substrate sales to 30%. The joint venture makes a significant contribution to expanding our raw material resources to this end and securing the growing demand for green compost for our growing media.”

“Olde Bolhaar and Klasmann-Deilmann have enjoyed a close and successful working relationship for many years,” says Christiaan Olde Bolhaar. “We value the shared innovative strength and the common high quality standards. Our goal is to expand the joint venture into the leading supplier of substrate-ready green compost and other alternative constituents in northwestern Europe over the next few years. In particular, the Duiven site is of strategic importance due to the expansion possibilities for the production of renewable raw materials for the substrate industry and the favorable location for logistics.”

Ted Vollebregt adds: “The developments in the European commercial horticulture and substrate sectors create a solid starting point for our joint activities. We are bringing together our respective competencies and strengths and can exploit synergies. In this way, we will ensure that the increasing demand for organic and high-quality raw materials for the production of growing media can soon be served on an even larger scale.”

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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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