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Tyfu Cymru News Round-up

28th January – 3rd February 2019

As we wave goodbye to the first month of 2019 and as #veganuary and #DryJanuary come to end, we move in to February by bringing you our favourite horticulture news items from the week.

Houseplants and Garden Centres on the Rise

After three years of big growth, indoor plant sales are continuing to boom at garden centres - and suppliers expect the boom to continue. This week it was reported by RHS that houseplant sales have increased by 50% with an 80% increase in fern sales and 150% rise in sales of Monstera.

It was also reported by the Garden Centre Association (GCA) that there was almost a 7% increase in sales in garden centres for December. But what can garden centres do to attract new customers? Horticulture Week provided some great insights in a recent article, which highlighted the fact that promotion of local plants is expected to become more important.

The RHS has reported a 50% rise in houseplant sales, with an 80% increase in fern sales and 150% rise in sales of Monstera, which remain in short supply.https://t.co/tCZzoJyRXA

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) February 1, 2019

Garden centre sales up 7% in December - Latest figures show an almost 7% increase in sales for December.

Houseplant sales were up 8.12%, seed and bulb sales were up 3.64%, and Food hall and farm shop sales were up 9.9%...https://t.co/k2gdvF8k11? https://t.co/H7GmRx1Xkj

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) January 29, 2019

"Promotion of local plants is expected to become more important..."

What steps can garden centres take to attract new customers?https://t.co/jiBThs1ssR

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) January 29, 2019

 

Will Vertical Farming be the Future?

This week new research suggested that a growing population and urbanisation are likely to support growth of the vertical farming industry, it claims the industry is expected to expand by 25% by 2024. We wonder what other technology advances could bring to horticulture industry…?

…On that note, leading experts in agri-tech, robotics and automation are set to highlight new technologies, such as lettuce peeling robots, in light of current labour shortages in horticulture at SmartHort 2019, a two-day conference taking place on 6 and 7 March at Stratford-upon-Avon

And a bit closer to home, RWAS are hosting their very first Demonstration and Innovation Day which will be held at the Royal Welsh Showground on Friday 1 February, showcasing some of the latest technologies available to farmers and the wider agriculture industry.

A growing population and urbanisation are expected to support growth of the vertical farming industry, new research suggests. Are vertical farms a sustainable solution? https://t.co/JhTbESVzdK

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) January 31, 2019

Experts in agri-tech to highlight new technologies amid labour shortages...

Topics will include sensors, data use and connectivity, vertical farming, soft robotics for delicate crops and precision weed control:https://t.co/LDGoTZzpNh

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) January 31, 2019

Showcasing some of the latest technologies available to farmers and the wider agriculture industry @rwas https://t.co/1PCbV18ZMB

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) January 31, 2019

 

Biosecurity in Horticulture

Trade bodies the HTA and Grown in Britain have launched a self-assessment tool for horticulture organisations to improve the biosecurity of their systems. The website provides tools and resources to help plant growers, retailers and landscapers play their part in avoiding the import and spread of damaging plant pests and diseases. Check it out here!

New website launched for growers to check biosecurity...

The website provides tools and resources to help plant growers, retailers and landscapers avoid the import and spread of damaging plant pests and diseases. https://t.co/N6oqoAIIBC

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) February 1, 2019

 

Making Vegetables the Star

Mintel have spoken about the future of vegan innovation. In 2018, the UK became the vegan NPD capital of the world. But with as many as one in every six new products making animal-free claims, how can food makers differentiate in the race for shelf space? 

Mintel Analyst Edward Bergen believes trends will see innovation moving vegetables in to the centre stage, rather than plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy products.

Speaking of innovation in fruit and veg, have you seen the launch of edible teas? A drink and snack in one! A UK manufacturer of air-dried fruit crisps has launched a range of infusions that can be both served as a hot cup of loose leaf tea and once the tea has been consumed, the fruit and veg have been fully re-hydrated and can be enjoyed as a healthy snack!

 

Mintel Analyst Edward Bergen believes trends will see innovation moving vegetables in to the centre stage, rather than plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy products....https://t.co/csLDtho4P6

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) January 29, 2019

An interesting use of #fruit and #veg...

‘A drink and snack in one’: Nim’s launches Edible Teas - made from dried fruit and vegetables, once the tea has been consumed, the fruit and veg have been fully re-hydrated and can be enjoyed as a healthy snack!https://t.co/QuOunII7Br pic.twitter.com/7ceucnqjsL

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) January 30, 2019

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