March 14, 2017
Expanded Customer Footprint, E-Commerce, Succession Key Aspects of Delray Plants Purchase by Costa Farms
Costa Farms' acquisition of indoor foliage producer Delray Plants rocked the industry, but the story behind Delray Plants' sale is the same as for many growers struggling with succession planning. For Costa Farms, the strategic purchase expands its customer footprint and also fast tracks its foray into e-commerce.
March 10, 2017
Costa Farms Expands With Purchase of Indoor Houseplant Grower Delray Plants
Costa Farms annnounced March 10 that it has acquired Delray Plants, one of the leaders in the indoor houseplant industry. The two operations are committed to the same values, principles, and goals to grow the industry, and will fit well together to accomplish this, say Randy Gilde, CEO of Delray Plants, and Joche Smith, CEO of Costa Farms.
March 7, 2017
Altman Plants in Escrow to Purchase EuroAmerican Propagators for Plug Connection Facility Expansion
Ken Altman, a co-owner of Altman Plants based in Vista, CA, has confirmed that the operation is currently in escrow to purchase EuroAmerican Propagators, the Bonsall, CA-based young plant and finished plant grower that filed Chapter 7 Bankruptcy on Jan. 23, 2017. Ken and Deena Altman are co-owners of Altman Plants and The Plug Connection, along with their son Matthew, who has recently bought into the family business. The 55 acres of land and all of the facilities on it, which were previously owned by Jerry Church, a partner in EuroAmerican Propagators, are part of the purchase agreement currently in escrow, Altman says. However, it would not be absorbed by Altman Plants, which in 2016 was number 3 on Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers list with more than 11 million square feet of environmentally controlled greenhouse production, 62 acres of shade production, and 400 acres of outdoor field production. Altman Plants’ property […]
July 19, 2016
Top 100 Growers Talk Labor, Automation, And Sustainability
More than 60 growers got up with the sun at Cultivate’16 to hear a four-person panel discuss hot topics such as labor, automation, and sustainability at Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers Breakfast, sponsored by BASF.
May 23, 2016
What’s Good For The Environment Is Good For Business [Opinion]
Investing in technology to become more sustainable “always goes hand in hand,” says Abe VanWingerden, co-CEO of Metrolina Greenhouses. “If it is good for the environment, it normally is good for business over the long term.” That connection was abundantly clear in the responses we received to this year’s Top 100 Growers Survey. VanWingerden points to three investments Metrolina has made as good examples of how technology can reduce an operation’s carbon footprint and pay dividends financially. Its biomass system burns locally sourced waste wood — a renewable resource; its ozone water treatment system cleans irrigation water, reducing the need for fertilizers and pesticides, and improving plant quality and precision growing; and electrostatic sprayers reduce water and chemical use, and provide more targeted chemical applications. Other Top 100 Growers have found VanWingerden’s theory to be true, as well. Costa Farms’ investment in solar energy panels on three buildings at its […]
May 16, 2016
Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers Talk Technology, Automation, Sustainability, And Marketing
The Top 100 Growers are already by nature some of the most technologically advanced greenhouse operations, due to their sheer size and need for efficiency. Many of the largest growers also serve big box merchandisers and home improvement chains, where prices are dictated, so producing plants at the lowest possible cost is essential to growers not only staying in business, but also profiting and expanding their operations. This year’s survey focused on the automation and technology the Top 100 Growers are investing in, and how these advancements have improved their operations, as well as how they have affected growers’ labor issues. We also asked growers about how they’re solving labor issues, where they’re recruiting new hires, and how they’re keeping their people committed. Lean management programs and sustainability certifications have become higher priorities in the past several years, due to growers’ needs to run efficiently and focus attention on sustainable […]
May 10, 2016
Reading The 2016 Greenhouse Grower Top 100 Rankings: The Big Keep Getting Bigger
Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers survey reveals continued growth among the nation’s largest operations.
May 10, 2016
2016 Greenhouse Grower Top 100 Growers: The Complete List
Check out the full list of Greenhouse Grower's 2016 Top 100 Growers, which includes nine newcomers and more growth in square footage at the top.
May 9, 2016
Top 100 Growers: Make Plans To Attend Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Breakfast At Cultivate’16
This invitation-only event is aimed at the nation’s largest greenhouse operations. The focus of this year’s breakfast presentations is new technology.
April 22, 2016
New Aris CEO Scott Schaefer Looks Forward To Dealing With Greenhouse Industry’s Challenges And Opportunities
Schaefer, who has been with Aris for 15 years, grew up working at his family’s greenhouse operation in Illinois.
March 8, 2016
Large Growers: Please Take Greenhouse Grower’s 2016 Top 100 Growers Survey
Has your operation grown in size over the past year? How have you changed your approach to investing in technology to ensure that your operation remains as efficient as possible? How are you recruiting labor and qualified growers? How can large growers work together to promote the benefits of plants, flowers, and gardening? These questions and others like them are waiting for your answers in Greenhouse Grower’s 2016 Top 100 Growers Survey. If your greenhouse square footage is 400,000 square feet or larger, you are eligible to take the survey. Putting together our Top 100 Growers report has always been a great way to track industry trends and get an overview of changes among the biggest players. Your cooperation in filling out this short survey will help make our Top 100 Growers coverage a success. The deadline for completing this survey is Friday, March 18. The Top 100 Growers report […]
January 29, 2016
Costa Farms Named International Grower Of The Year
Costa Farms was the night’s biggest winner during an awards gala presented by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) and held at IPM Essen in Germany. (Read more about the business culture that’s driven Costa’s success in Greenhouse Grower’s January 2016 feature story.) The Florida-based grower was named the International Grower Of The Year, and was chosen from a group that included eight other international companies. “This award is a reflection of our entire team, and we are all dedicated to being the best at what we do and making this company successful for the long term,” said Jose Costa, Executive Vice President of Costa’s foliage division. The AIPH awarded gold, silver, and bronze awards in three categories — Finished Plants And Trees, Young Plants, and Cut Flowers — prior to naming the big winner. Costa was the gold winner in the Finished Plants and Trees Category. Each of […]
January 20, 2016
Color Point Creates New Marketing And Communications Department, Hires Naomi Maloney As Its Director
According to Color Point co-owner Ken VanWingerden, Maloney’s leadership in the new department will help the company better manage its recent growth both internally and with the entire industry.
January 13, 2016
Costa Farms Wins With Its Emphasis On Team, Solutions, Growth
Based in Miami, FL, Costa Farms has gone global by focusing on strategy, systems, and vertical integration. See how the operation continues to expand through its emphasis on team, solutions, and growth.
December 7, 2015
Sustainability Is Key To Your Operation’s Future
During Greenhouse Grower's 2015 Top 100 Growers Breakfast at Cultivate'15, Arthij ven der Veer of MPS (More Profitable Sustainability) discussed crop protection trends in Europe, Latin America, and around the world, and what to expect on the horizon.
November 30, 2015
Why Smith Gardens’ Marysville, WA, Facility Is A Great Place To Work
Labor rates in Washington State are some of the highest in the nation, making competition for labor fierce. This is why Smith Gardens in Marysville, WA, wants to strengthen its reputation as a great place to work.