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“We combine that Dutch know-how with the North American construction approach”

Large-scale horticultural installations are on the rise around the globe, and North America is no exception to this trend. Ready to meet the increased demand for horticultural installations is PB tec and its North American subsidiaries.

PB tec is an international horticultural design and project management firm specializing in complete horticultural installations for greenhouses and indoor farms alike (see video below). More specifically, the company focuses on engineering and installation of water, electrical and climate systems. Aside from climate control and ozonation units, PB tec builds all of its own water units and electrical panels. PB tec is also a dealer of greenhouse management system Priva, of Hortimax systems and of Oreon, Fluence and Industria lighting.

In 2018, the company acquired the horticultural section of Armada Electrical Service Inc. to form its Canadian subsidiary PB tec Projects Inc., based in Edmonton, Alberta. PB tec North America offers all of the same services as its Dutch parent company and does so for the North American market.

“With more and more American states legalizing cannabis, we are starting to see some growth in that area. That said, cannabis is not our sole focus. Our focus as a company is to enable sustainable food production, so we work on an increasing number of greenhouses and growers in order to ensure we are meeting their needs and providing the most advanced and innovative systems to their facilities,” explains Rob Wiese, COO of PB Tec North America.

Rob also explained that with more large investment funds becoming involved in the agrifood sector, large-scale horticultural projects are popping up more frequently and benefit from PB NA’s connection to the Dutch horticultural sector and its understanding of North American construction norms.

“We bring that Dutch know-how to a project and combine it with the North American construction approach, which gives us an advantage. We’re used to working with general contractors in North America and understand the way that the region’s construction projects flow,” says Rob.

As such, PB tec NA has been quite busy with projects in Québec (Canada) and northeastern US, primarily, both for vegetable and cannabis production. The company has also noticed an increased demand of indoor farms, whose unique lighting and climate control needs make the projects unique and interesting. By providing both design and installation services, PB tec acts as the single entity to which growers and vendors can refer, allowing all parties involved to have a global view of the project rather than having information siloed by different stakeholders.

With the demand for high-quality food never higher, the global agrifood sector seemed to recover relatively quickly during the pandemic. PB tec had a busy 2020 and while the company is having a busy 2021, it has noticed changes to the supply chain as non-agricultural sectors begin to bounce back from the pandemic-induced standstill of 2020.

“2020 was slow but it didn’t seem to hurt the agricultural sector as badly because there was always demand and other sectors were quiet. But as other activities ramp up, we’re noticing differences in the shipping and supply chain,” says Rob. “Everything is backed up, so there are going to be some supply chain challenges in 2021.”

Further expanding its presence in North America, PB tec has also established operations in Dallas, TX to better serve the United States. Between the Dallas- and Edmonton-based divisions, and technicians located throughout both countries, PB tec has a fully functioning team ready to install large-scale horticultural projects across North America.

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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
This special also offers an opportunity to put your company in the spotlight with a banner in this special box. This banner can be booked until December 24 on our newsletters. For more information, feel free to send an email to: 

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