Breeding innovations ensure sustainable food
The world of food, fibre and farming will come together this month to focus on global food security, and Rijk Zwaan will demonstrate our corporate social responsibility through innovations in vegetable breeding that are helping to sustain cucumber production and increase lettuce consumption.
Sharing secrets from Europe
From convenience foods and technology that tracks consumer behaviour, to eco-friendly and ‘flavour’ packaging, there is a lot to learn from our counterparts in Europe, according to Nicky Mann of Family Fresh Farms who recently returned from an AUSVEG European Industry Leadership and Development Mission.
Phytopathology testing facility with local expertise
A dedicated laboratory and phytopathology scientist based at Rijk Zwaan Australia’s head office addresses the need for speed and local expertise in plant pest and disease management.
Apply now: Protected cropping Europe tour
Australian growers have the opportunity to visit Rijk Zwaan’s state-of-the-art facilities in Holland, as well as a protected cropping demonstration greenhouse in Spain, as part of the AUSVEG European Industry Leadership and Development Mission in February 2019.
An Australian glasshouse pioneer
Sitting in an accountant’s office, Mark and Gabrielle Millis were told their tomato business wasn’t viable. They were juggling five young sons, multiple bank loans and while they weren’t losing money, they weren’t making much either. But, luckily for the Australian hydroponic vegetable industry, Mark had a dogged determination and a fierce belief in quality produce, and so began the foundations of Flavorite Tomatoes, the country’s largest, family owned glasshouse fresh produce business.
Salad cabbages make a good point
A new cabbage variety will make a point of transforming the Australian fresh cabbage market by offering more opportunities for growers and a sweeter product for consumers.
New build increases R&D capabilities
Rijk Zwaan is committed to innovation and improvement and spends 10 million euros on research and development (R&D) each month. As a further investment, an extension of the R&D facility at Fijnaart, The Netherlands, creates a dynamic environment for collaboration, growth and modern research activities.
Crop innovations on show at Asia Fruit Logistica
A year on from the introduction of the award-winning Knox™ trait, there’s more good news for the entire chain as the delayed pinking characteristic is now bred into an a new range of Salanova lettuce – meaning fresher leaves for longer and potential export opportunities.
Braham Produce: "It’s not just a job, it’s a lifestyle"
The dynamite couple behind Braham Produce are at the cutting edge of farming. From state-of-the-art irrigation to climate controlled greenhouses and IPM, Andrew and Zurri Braham combine this with continual learning to ensure they’re getting the most out of their capsicum crop. Since 2002, they have operated a family farm in Virginia, South Australia, and established a reputation for producing fruits of the highest quality.
Under cover but in the spotlight
Dubbed one of the world’s healthiest foods due to its high vitamin and mineral content, the humble eggplant is gaining momentum and innovations in breeding are making eggplants even better.