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Greenyard Horticulture announces new name AGARIS!

Ghent, 21st March of 2019

A new spring, a new name

At the start of this new spring, we are proud to announce that from now on Greenyard’s former Horticulture division will be named Agaris. The Greenyard Horticulture division became a stand-alone organisation in the autumn of 2018. Agaris will continue to develop high-quality growing media. Together with the new family shareholder Straco, Agaris will focus on an ambitious strategy of growth.

May you be grown

Agaris finds its basis in Latin and comes from the verb ‘agere’ (do, make, act). It means as much as ‘it will be done for you’, or in the case of plants, ‘may you be grown.’ Moreover, the name sounds international, is language-neutral and can be easily pronounced anywhere, which is a plus for a company operating in 6 countries and exporting its products worldwide. The new logo combines the leaf of a plant and the cap of a mushroom and symbolizes as such the two Agaris divisions: Horti (growing media for plants) and Myco (growing media for mushrooms)

A range of growing media

Agaris creates growing media for different sales segments. Professional growers from all over the world can count on specialized growing media for a sustainable and performant cultivation. The growing media of Agaris are essential for the cultivation of mushrooms, fruits & vegetables and ornamental crops. Agaris has also a leading position in the hobby markets and is partner of the biggest European retailers. Finally, Agaris has a wide offer of growing media for urban green applications. Together with architects, contractors and local governments, Agaris creates in this way a more green and sustainable environment.

“We are pleased to share our new name and identity with you. With our extensive range of constant quality growing media, we wish to make an important contribution to a sustainable growth, performing and with respect for people and the environment. We want to grow with our customers and partners thanks to our personalized solutions, efficient supply chain and hands-on approach.” says Stefaan Vandaele, CEO of Agaris.

About Agaris

Agaris develops and commercialises yearly 3 million m³ growing media, which are exported to more than 60 countries worldwide. Agaris consists of two divisions, Horti and Myco, and has in total 14 production sites and more than 800 staff members. By focussing on innovation, quality and service, the growing media of Agaris are at the basis of a sustainable and performant growth.

Horti-BlueC

Greenyard Horticulture is an important partner in the European Horti-BlueC research project. The project will investigate the upcycling of residues from agriculture and fisheries for use in horticulture.

The Horti-BlueC project was approved in February and will receive European funding within the Interreg 2 Seas Program. Greenyard Horticulture is a partner within the consortium that was established for the project, alongside TNO (the Netherlands), Université de Lille (France), ILVO (Belgium), PC Hoogstraten (Belgium), ADAS (UK), Cato Engineering (the Netherlands), University of Portsmouth (UK) and NIAB EMR (UK).

The project investigates the possibilities to recycle side streams from agriculture and fisheries as environmentally-friendly and circular economy resources for sustainable growing media, replacing peat, coir or stonewool. Residues from shellfish contain chitin which can be used in substrates, while wood remains or used substrates can be transformed into plant fibers and biochar. Released gases can be used for the production of CO2 to optimize growth in greenhouses. In addition, both chitin and biochar are natural crop protection agents, avoiding the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

Horti-BlueC will focus on the cultivation of strawberries and tomatoes. The research project maps both the practical implications and the economical balance for the use of the side streams. The project will run from February 2018 to October 2021 and has a total budget of 3.35 million euro.

This project has received funding from the Interreg 2 Seas programme 2014-2020 co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund under subsidy contract No 2S03-046.

Greenyard Horticulture develops new substrate for the cultivation of blueberries in containers.

Blueberry growers are more and more switching from full soil cultivation to container growing, an evolution we have previously seen in other red fruits such as strawberries, and even raspberries.

Growing out-of-the-soil has many advantages for growers, since they can gain much better control of growing conditions, with improved watering and better fertigation strategies. In response, and in close partnership with growers, Greenyard Horticulture has developed an innovative substrate specially designed for blueberry cultivation in pots. Depending on the growing conditions at the blueberry growers, the composition of the substrate can be adapted and fertilizers and microbial biostimulators can be added to fully adapt the substrate to their requirements. The container substrate is also stable for the whole cultivation.

Greenyard Mycoculture Poland pioneer of mushroom substrate for organic farming in Poland

Ghent, Belgium, 6 February 2019

Greenyard Mycoculture Poland, formerly known as Mykogen that was part of the Greenyard Group until mid-December, is the first mushroom substrate manufacturer to offer substrate for organic farming in Poland. Polish growers had until now to import this type of substrate from Germany or the Netherlands.
The logistically well-located Wola Makowska production facility was certified for the product by Bioekspert, an official Polish certification body for organic farming. Greenyard Mycoculture Poland also helps clients to obtain certificates for organic farming for their mushrooms, with four of them already being granted certificates for their mushrooms grown on substrate for organic farming supplied by the company.
The first batches have already been delivered and the customers were very satisfied with both the quality of the substrate and the cultivation results.
In the spring of 2019, Greenyard Horticulture will unveil its new company name and identity.
Greenyard Mycoculture (substrates for mushroom growing) was part of Greenyard’s Horticulture division until mid-December and has facilities in Poland and Ukraine. In September 2018 it was announced that the entire Horticulture division would become an independent organization. With a total of 13 production sites and 800 employees, the company exports to more than 60 countries worldwide. In the spring of 2019, the new company name and identity will be revealed in the market.