May 13, 2014
The Top 100 Growers Find Diversity Provides More Security
Growers continue to broaden their crop offerings, provide more retail merchandising and market their own crops through social media, in an effort to increase sales.
September 18, 2014
The Top 100 Growers Talk Pollinator Health
The panel of experts at Greenhouse Grower’s 2014 Top 100 Growers Breakfast offered insight on how the industry is addressing the public scrutiny on neonicotinoids, research that still needs to be done and what growers can do to promote their operations’ responsible practices.
May 6, 2013
Top 100 Growers 2013: The State Of Production
As part of Greenhouse Grower’s 30th Anniversary, we reviewed the state of production among the nation’s largest operations. Our 2013 Top 100 Growers Survey, sponsored by Becker Underwood, asked three big questions to get a feel for where they see the biggest developments in greenhouse production. Innovations First, we asked them to identify the most important innovation in the greenhouse industry in the last 30 years. We got a variety of opinions, including integrated pest management, bottom heat and heat curtains, open roof greenhouses, plugs and other growing techniques and computer-based environmental controls. Most commonly cited were breeding improvements, hydroponic production and the big winner, automation and transplanters. “It’s not even close,” one respondent said. “Transplanters are the best innovation we’ve seen. To plant at the speed we do now, we would have to put 30 people on each production line.” Improvements Next, we asked them to tell us […]
May 6, 2013
Top 100 Growers Whitepaper [Download]
The 2013 Top 100 Growers report focuses on production. How do the largest greenhouse operations in the country handle fertilization, irrigation and propagation? Take a look at the full results of our survey in our Top 100 Growers whitepaper. Download the Top 100 Growers whitepaper by clicking here.
May 4, 2012
Delray Plants Says Marketing Is Now A Must
The Top 100 Growers were production-driven businesses just a few years ago. Many grew seemingly endless products and had the good fortune of finding buyers even in a pinch. Discounting was an option to keep product moving, and margins were favorable. Fast forward to today’s Top 100, and it’s a sales-driven group that talks largely about tighter margins and the need to have the right product on the right shelves at the right time. The truth is today’s industry is vastly different than the one many of the Top 100 originally experienced. And the strongest growers are the ones adapting their operations and tailoring products to the retailer’s needs. “You just can’t overproduce something today,” says Randy Gilde, an owner at Delray Plants. “You can move some of it, but generally if your product isn’t positioned at the right time and place for the store and its customers, you can’t […]
June 12, 2008
Top 100 Growers
Growers are taking charge with production, transportation and vendor management, meaning they look after their crops from cradle to grave, in many instances. This year, we take a look at changes in this market segment, including how these growers deal with challenges, including tight margins and rising fuel and energy costs, all while keeping retail customers and their customer’s customers–consumers–happy. Read on for details on how the largest growers in the country are dealing with transportation, brand demands including the sustainability movement, and the labor drain. Bigger, Faster, More The growers on our list are controlling more square footage than ever before. These operations are now looking after 2.5 million more square feet of environmentally controlled greenhouse area compared to last year (see The Big Get Bigger). A few new growers jumped up on our radar screens and a few list veterans made some major moves to change square footage in […]