Pace 49 announced the launch of their new website, which is divided by products and programs, making it easy to navigate and find info on disease/algae control and water treatment programs for your growing operation.
Grant Kees has joined the Horticulture Division representing BioSafe Systems in Alabama and Florida. He has a background in greenhouse production management, sales, and irrigation system development. Grant earned the Yellow Belt designation for completing training in the Six Sigma quality improvement methodology and holds a Florida Private Pesticide Applicators License.
Grant’s skillset plays into the BioSafe Systems wheelhouse with first-hand knowledge of phytosanitary issues and biosecurity needs affecting growing operations in the ornamental, CEA, cannabis, and turf industry, etc. He has fortified knowledge of biosecurity needs affecting citrus crops in the Southeastern part of the country. His experience is far-reaching and encompasses pest and disease control, and water systems, making him an asset to the Horticulture Division.
"The breadth of Grant’s experience in our core markets provides BioSafe Systems and our customers with a significant resource for crop protection, water treatment, and facility sanitation," says Eric Smith, Horticulture Sales Manager. "We’re looking forward to adding his expertise to the team in our efforts to always improve our customers' experience."
Grant Kees will also be attending Cultivate’22 with the BioSafe Systems team on July 16-19 at booth #3653.
Botanical Solution Inc. (BSI), an innovator of sustainable, consistent and cost-effective Advanced Botanical Materials (ABM) for agricultural and pharmaceutical applications, has won the Best Biotech Startup Business of the Year 2022 Award from the World BioProtection Forum. This award was presented to Diego Ibanez, BSI's CFO, at a gala award dinner and ceremony held on May 23 in Birmingham, UK.
An international panel of 20 senior agricultural executives and research scientists evaluated dozens of successful projects based on a point system. The judges’ collective decision to award this honor to BSI was based on the company’s discovery, field-testing and successful commercialization of its new biofungicide Quillibrium for fruit and vegetable growers worldwide.
BSI discovered that extracts of a tissue cultured tree native to Chile, the Quillaja saponaria, produce a powerful biofungicide that protects a wide variety of fruits and vegetables against a broad spectrum of plant diseases.
For fruit and vegetable growers, BSI’s discovery has been commercialized into a highly efficacious biofungicide known as Quillibrium. Quillibrium is being used successfully throughout Chile, Peru and Mexico on a wide variety of fruits and vegetables through its distributor Syngenta. Quillibrium awaits EPA approval in the US, and will soon initiate registration in additional countries to expand its global footprint.
“The BSI team is honored to receive the Best Biotech Startup of the Year Award from the World BioProtection Forum,” said Gastón Salinas, BSI CEO. “BSI is building strong foundations to deliver the world’s most advanced botanical biopesticides for fruit and vegetable growers everywhere, starting with Quillibrium.”
BSI was also a finalist for the Most Innovative Research Project and the Best Collaboration of the Year for its partnership with Syngenta.
Upward Farms, an aquaponic vertical farm,, announced in a press release two new hires on its marketing
Per the release, Philip McGraw has been hired as Area VP of Customer Development and Kerry Powers as Senior Director of Brand Building. McGraw and Powers, per the release. "both bring a wealth of experience within the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry and will help support greater brand recognition and expansion into new sales channels. Both will report to Eric Greifenberger, the company's Vice President of Marketing and Sales.
“We are thrilled to welcome Philip and Kerry to the Upward Farms Marketing & Sales team,” said Greifenberger. “With more than 20 years of experience in sales and managing cross-functional teams, Philip will help us bolster our marketing efforts and identify new sales opportunities for Upwards Farms’ product line of microgreens and fish.” “Kerry is an expert in eCommerce and Omnichannel marketing and will support the continued growth of wider product availability and direct to consumer brand marketing.”
McGraw served as the Vice President of Sales for the East Region at Sabra Dipping Co., the leading U.S. fresh dips company, for five years before transitioning to Upward Farms. He was responsible for more than half of the U.S. retail sales and led the transformation to direct sales for top grocers in the U.S. Further, McGraw managed a double-digit sales team driving continued U.S. customer growth year over year.
“I’ve always wanted to support a disruptive company and Upward Farms is perfectly positioned to change the way we eat our food. It’s a brand that is ripe for continued growth, and I’m happy to be able to support that scale,” said McGraw.
Before joining Upward Farms, Powers spent more than six years at the management and director-level of the marketing and sales team at Sabra Dipping Co. She optimized and led the eCommerce and Omnichannel team at Sabra, which resulted in double-digit growth for the organization. Kerry also developed strategic partnerships to drive reach and scale for Sabra with other CPG notable brands and full-funnel annual plans for one of the largest grocery delivery carriers in the world.
“Joining an enterprising, start-up like Upward Farms has always been a goal of mine. I now have the opportunity to build with a world-class team, with a purpose-driven mission that also delivers flavorful products,” said Powers.
Bowery Farming, one of the largest vertical farming company's in the U.S, and Unfold, an industry leading seed and digital solutions company advancing the vertical farming industry, announced a partnership "to create great tasting, locally produced vegetables through new seed varieties" per a press release,
“The partnership will give us an even stronger foundation to address the biggest food challenges facing our world, from sustainability and food security to year-round access to nutritious produce,” said Henry Sztul, Chief Science Officer, Bowery. “With our R&D team working alongside Unfold, we will expand the wide variety of crops we can grow in Bowery’s indoor controlled environments, which will ultimately benefit the broader industry.”
The resulting plant varieties, the release says. "will increase Bowery’s produce output while lowering the production costs, making vegetables more accessible to everyone." Bowery has identified two new higher-yielding Romaine varieties available exclusively from Unfold that it aims to trial in early 2023.
“We don’t see ourselves as another seed provider. We strive to operate as a powerful complement to our partners’ R&D teams and provide deep collaborations that will result in quicker, more targeted innovation.” said John Purcell, CEO and President, Unfold. “We are still in the burgeoning stages of vertical farming, but I’m convinced that with industry partnerships like the one between Unfold and Bowery, we’ll improve the long term success of the industry."