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  • 2018
    05-16
    Departure Time: May 9th, 2017 9:00am Pick Up Location: Main entrance of Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai (No.1108 Meihua Rd. Pudong District) Route: Brief Introduction:   1、Shanghai Sunqiao Agriculture Technology Co., Ltd Agricultural Exhibition Center 3000 square meters of modern agricultural landscape exhibition hall 4500 square meters of intelligent agricultural production and agricultural base 4500 square meters of new agricultural development base with modern technology   2、Shanghai Sunqiao National Modern Agricultural Park 20000 square meters of efficient facility agriculture base, tissue culture center, testing center, science and technology exhibition center, strange fruits orchard and desert plant garden   3、Shanghai-based Shang Fang Horticulture Co., Ltd Menghuayuan Club Various Display of Tailoran; Rose Garden, Rock Garden’s Succulent, Garden Farm Vegetables & Herbal Medicinal Plants, Classical Garden Place Bonsai, New Variety Showcase, etc. Case Studies: special three-dimensional green carving, roof garden, water landscape, Rock Garden, Vanilla Garden, Gaodi Garden and other new special cases of landscape garden.   Qingcun Nursery With 280 acres of seedling base, there are about 500 species of new plant, which mainly planted in the potted container. The varieties include the perennial plants, ornamental grass, flower shrubs, rock and three-dimensional green plants. In addition, there are 3800 square meters of greenhouses, 8,000 square meters of shade houses, and more than 100 single greenhouses.   Charge: RMB150.00 for each person, includes water, a simple lunch, bus fee and admission ticket   Remarks: Registration deadline: April 15, 2017 Get the visiting badge by submitting the application form and invoice on May 8th at the Entrance Hall No.2   
  • 2018
    05-16
    Organized by China Flower Association, Shanghai Intex Exhibition Co Ltd and China Great Wall Exhibition Co Ltd, the 19th Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai 2017 is held from May 10-12th in Shanghai New International Exhibition Center. The show is held alternatively in Shanghai and Beijing each April or May. Due to the support by the Ministry of Agriculture and State Forestry Administration of the People’s Republic of China from 1998, it is now the most well-known and popular trade show in Asia. While attracting new products and technology from overseas during almost 20 years, this fair is not only the essential stage for industrial companies, but also the overseas enterprises’ first step to Chinese marketing.   A Trade Platform for Horticultural Industrial Chain According to preliminary statistics, there are almost 600 companies that are going to be participants of the show, from more than 20 countries and regions. Companies from Netherlands, Germany, France, Ecuador, Colombia, Korea, Japan and Taiwan Province will exhibit in the form pavilions. The showground will be nearly 40000m2. Products range from gardening machinery/tools, green roofing, irrigation systems, vertical greening, water plants, ground cover, green house, horticultural materials, home gardening, bulbs, seeds, seedlings, floral supplies, cut flowers etc. Professional forums that stimulate industrial communication and development  During the fair, there are various forums and professional fringe programmes that aim to discover the trend of industrial development. It also offers a great platform for professions from horticultural and floricultural industry to exchange their ideas and seek opportunities. 1.Chinese Technology and Application Research Conference for New Garden Products and Young Plants 2017 Cooperated by Old and Valuable Trees Committee of Chinese Society of Landscape Architecture, this forum aims to explain the specialty, application, management and theory of garden plants to industrial professionals. 2.Holland Day Conference Organized by Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, this conference is going to show professionals how to breed new horticultural products from the Netherlands and build a communication bridge between China and overseas countries. 3.Vertical Greening and Sponge City Forum With the cooperation of China Green Roof Council, this forum focuses on the attractive field of “Sponge City”, with both theoretical and practical content. Together insiders will discuss the utilization of plants, vertical greening and sponge city and discover its future prospect. 4.Transformation Green House Technology Achievements and Opening Industries Forum Organized by Green House Horticulture Magazine, Facility Agriculture Sub-Association of China and the organizer, this forum will gather principals, specialists, professionals of agricultural technology and industrial companies from mainland China as a forum and salon to talk about the future trend of green house technology. 5.Modern Greenhouse Equipment and Technology Innovation Forum Supported by Richland Sources, this conference will combine green house technology and modern planting, offers industrial professionals and lovers better service, products, ideas and technology! 6.New Flower and Nursery Plant Technology Promotion Conference In order to stimulate the development of floral young plant industry as well as the application of new technology, the organizer plans to cooperate with Modern Garden Magazine and ask leading industrial specialists and companies to come to the scene. Conference topic will focus on cultivation, marketing advertisement as well as the utilization of new garden plants.   7.Special Consumer Forum for Home Gardening Cooperated with Better Homes and Gardens, this forum will let people who are interested in home gardening, industrial manufacturers and sellers to discuss face-to-face about home gardening. 8.Micro Bonsai Conference The conference, held by the organizer and 《China Flower and Penjing》, will focus on the traditional culture of Chinese Bonsai and discover current status of its marketing. Manufacturers and wholesalers will have a face-to-face opportunity which may help to develop the future industry of micro Bonsai. 9.Fringe Seminars Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai 2017 offers a perfect platform to all the exhibitors as well as industrial professionals to exchange their ideas and latest trends of technology. Great Stage for the Great Flower Arrangement Show While living standard is improving, increasing number of people are fond of flower arrangement. During the fair, Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai 2017 will also hold a great arrangement show for three days. This show, organized by Retail Trade Committee of CFA and CNFloral, gathers more than 10 world leading florists and will give audience a great opportunity to enjoy the flower arrangement arts. Besides, there will be five show areas which present various styles of flower arrangement and Bonsai. They are free for people to learn and explore, are aiming to encourage people to achieve a new idea of green living and future trends of the industry. More information is available on our website (www.hfexp.org) and our Wechat account (Hortiflorexpo). Audience is free to register on the website in advance. At the scene, there are wonderful events and games waiting for you to discover!   See you in May!
Industry News
  • 2018
    05-16
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel today joined Gotham Greens founders Viraj Puri and Eric Haley and community leaders in Pullman to break ground on what will be Chicago’s largest agricultural greenhouse. The 140,000- square-foot Gotham Greens greenhouse near 107th Street and Doty Avenue will create approximately 60 permanent and 70 construction jobs and strengthen Pullman’s ongoing renaissance.   “Gotham Greens’ decision to double down and build a second greenhouse is a vote of confidence in Chicago and another sign of the economic renaissance underway in the historic Pullman community," Mayor Emanuel said. “Pullman's historic past is matched only by its growing economic resurgence today, thanks to partners like Gotham Greens.”     The new facility will produce local, premium quality vegetables and herbs year-round for retailers, restaurants and institutional foodservice customers. Using state-of-the art growing methods that include hydroponics, evaporative cooling systems and renewable energy resources, the $12.6 million complex is expected to produce approximately 30 times the yield of conventional agriculture per acre while using 10 percent of the water.   The expansion reflects the company’s success growing and selling premium quality produce year-round in technologically advanced indoor farms. Besides its Pullman locations, Gotham Greens currently owns three greenhouses in New York City and has several facilities in development in other US cities. Gotham Greens employs over 160 people and partners with community organizations to support job training, wellness, and environmental education programs in both Chicago and New York.   “Thanks to the leadership and hard work of Mayor Emanuel, Alderman Beale, the City of Chicago, CNI, and all of our community partners, Pullman has been a great place to innovate and do business,” Viraj Puri, cofounder and CEO at Gotham Greens said. “We’re producing millions of pounds of fresh produce annually for national and local grocery stores and foodservice operators across Chicagoland, far exceeding our expectations. This is the ideal time for us to expand our presence in the Midwest, and Pullman is the ideal place for us to do so.”   The project will be Gotham Greens’ second greenhouse in Pullman. The company currently operates a 75,000-square-foot greenhouse on the roof of the nearby Method Products factory, which opened in 2015.   “Pullman’s renewal is growing stronger than ever before,” Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) said. “Since taking shape in 2013, today Pullman Park is drawing more than two million consumers annually, Whole Foods is distributing fresh food across North America and Gotham Greens is putting fresh greens on grocery shelves across the region, right here from the Pullman neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.”   The 6.2-acre project site was occupied until 2008 by a Ryerson Steel plant and later acquired by Pullman Park LLC. Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives plans to acquire and prepare the site for $3.68 million and subsequently sell the property to Gotham Greens, which will complete the greenhouse’s vertical construction. Approximately $3.4 million in Tax Increment Financing assistance for the site preparation work is pending City Council approval.   “These are exciting days for Pullman,” David Doig, President of CNI said. “With unparalleled road, rail infrastructure, abundant vacant land, 20-minute proximity to the Loop, complemented by the venerable housing stock and historic buildings, Pullman is becoming the destination where more people are choosing to go to live and work. Along with great leadership from Alderman Beale and a great partnership with Mayor Emanuel, Pullman is the ‘ultimate comeback’ community.”   The new greenhouse adds to the $250 million in recent public and private investments in Pullman, including the 150,000-square-foot Whole Foods Midwest Distribution Center, the 135,000-square-foot Pullman Community Center, the Pullman Park retail center, the 111th Street Gateway retail complex, ArtSpace live/work lofts, and recently designated Pullman National Monument.   ABOUT GOTHAM GREENS   Gotham Greens is a global pioneer in the field of urban agriculture and a leading producer of year-round, hyper-local produce and fresh food products. Gotham Greens’ premium-quality produce is grown using ecologically sustainable methods in technologically-sophisticated, 100% clean energy powered, climate controlled urban greenhouses. Gotham Greens provides its diverse retail, restaurant, and institutional customers with a reliable, year-round supply of produce grown under the highest standards of food safety and environmental sustainability. The company has built and operates 4 greenhouse facilities spanning over 170,000 square feet in New York City and Chicago and has several projects under development across the US. Gotham Greens was founded in 2009 in Brooklyn, New York. www.gothamgreens.com 03/19/2018 - Gotham Greens 
  • 2018
    05-16
      The Dutch agrofood sector needs to change its mindset if it is to capitalize on one of the biggest opportunities of the 21st century: feeding the growing cities of emerging economies. This was one of the main conclusions of an expert roundtable organized as part of the Innovation Network Feeding Cities. Held on February 15 at the F&BKP offices, the roundtable brought together four leading experts from policy, practice and research for an open discussion on opportunities for the Dutch Agrofood sector and strategies on how to stimulate investments and partnerships to engage with these opportunities in emerging economies.     Providing sufficient and healthy food for the rapidly urbanizing world population is a global challenge. With the world population set to grow to 10 billion by 2050, this challenge is increasingly moving to the growing cities – that bring with them unique challenges and enormous opportunities alike. Identifying trends and how these connect to solutions of Dutch companies and knowledge institutions is a crucial stepping stone for the sector to continue to build its global brand.   Just imagine, a city like Dhaka with nearly nineteen million inhabitants, a potential market larger than the entire population of the Netherlands that grows at a significant pace every year. It is estimated that by 2050 the world will number over 100 of such cities, of ten million and up. At such scales innovative logistical solutions are crucial to keep populations fed and healthy, and food systems effective and sustainable.   CHANGE OF MINDSET IS NEEDED TO SUCCEED   The Dutch sector is well placed to provide solutions for these challenges, yet needs to change its mindset of exporting what works in the Netherlands. Traditionally it has been focused on intensive, sustainable food production. However for these growing cities it is not just about production, it is about how you get your product from the field onto the plate. One of the key trends identified during the group discussion is that of radically different and ever changing food systems and consumption patterns in these cities.   For example, in Bangladesh getting your product to the consumer means ensuring that lower income strata are able to buy products on their doorsteps every day. In Kenya it means making available products to micro-entrepreneurs online via mobile payment systems such as M-Pesa. This signifies another important trend, the reliance of these cities on highly diffuse and informal systems of distribution. In many of these cities, after all, supermarkets only occupy a marginal space in the local market.   COMPANIES SHOULD LINK UP WITH WHAT IS HAPPENING ON THE GROUND   Linking up with what is happening in these cities and to the different and changing consumer preferences that go along with that is thus key. What would you prefer? A chicken still warm after just being slaughtered in front of you, or a cold, pre-sliced chicken breast that was frozen – perhaps multiple times – before ending up on the supermarket shelves. Such choices about healthy and safe food can be culturally informed, but attempts by cities to improve health conditions – for instance by banning wet markets – can actually decrease access to healthy food for lower income consumers.   So if we are talking about improving value chains or food systems what companies need to think about is how these solutions match with the complex demands of specific cities. Going on a trade mission to market these products without a vision on how they will be embedded in a local system is doomed to failure. Identifying demands and market entry points is thus crucial and the discussion highlighted several. One key piece of advice was to look to local municipal corporations to help them address demands that are focused around concerns for public health.   INNOVATION AND ADAPTATION: A COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGE   Luckily the Dutch agrofood sector has ample experience with adapting to changing demands and consumer preferences, which should be seen as one of its biggest comparative advantages. Just imagine how much has changed in the past thirty years. A fair share of Dutch consumers today want to know where a product originated, how animals were treated, if a product was produced sustainably – while society demanded a shift to more ecologically friendly production methods. Yet the sector thrived, on a global scale.   The Innovation Network Feeding Cities (INFC) will continue to organize activities to capture these lessons and help build an environment that allows the Dutch sector to contribute to solving these global issues. To learn more about the INFC, read the meeting reports of the January 2018 meetingand the meeting that launched the network in April 2017. 03/19/2018 - Food & Business Knowledge Platform   
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