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Friday, April 28, 2017

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Mid-May to mid-June is sweet spot for Michigan asparagus

The state of Michigan is just getting into asparagus production; no promotable supply is available just yet. John Bakker says harvest is just getting underway in the southern regions of the state.Weather good; crops on scheduleThings seem to be on track for a good season. “We’re actually kind of surprised by.....

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Mexican import mango market starts up as Guatemala winds down

As it comes off a period of demand outweighing supply, imported mangoes are rebalancing the market with the Mexican market ramping up in production.“Guatemala has peaked and is starting to dwindle down a bit while Mexico is starting up,” says Andres Ocampo of Pompano Beach, Fl.-based HLB Specialties. “These.....

Weaklings and Unappealings

North Carolina company introduces new sweet potato product

In hopes of tapping into industry trends around sustainability and eliminating food waste, Wayne E. Bailey Produce Co. of Chadbourn, NC is pushing a new type of potato product. “We’ve got some product that doesn’t quite have the look some people want,” says George Wooten of Bailey Produce. “So we have.....

Summer Citrus from South Africa hosts 2017 planning session

This year’s Annual Planning Meeting, hosted by Summer Citrus from South Africa (SCSA) brought members from across the U.S. and Western Cape together to review sales and marketing plans, production volumes, shipping schedules, and category trends to support the 2017 season. Seald Sweet International’s Mayda.....

Retailers requesting larger sized seedless grapes

There’s a change in seedless grape production. With the US being a major market for seedless Chilean grapes, Ignacio Vidales says most supermarket buyers are requesting bigger sizes of 19mm and larger. “Currently Chile produces varieties like Thompson, Flame and Perlett in sizes of 16-17mm,” he said. “The.....

Mayra Velazquez de León, President and CEO of Organics Unlimited

“Organic farming and sustainability go hand-in-hand”

Organics Unlimited, a San Diego-based grower and importer of organic fruit, is producing quality organic bananas for present and future harvests through its sustainability program, seeking to improve the health of the agricultural ecosystem for future generations.“Organic farming and sustainability go.....

Canadian fresh-cut processor launches organic product line

Freshline Foods, one of Canada’s premier processors of fresh-cut, value-added fruits and vegetables, has introduced a new customized packaged organic program offering traditional and non-traditional certified organic fruits and vegetables.Freshline Foods’ certified organic, value-added program is branded with.....

Overview of damage by country

Frost hits European fruit and vegetable sector hard

The night frost has wreaked havoc in the European fruit and vegetable sector. A lot of early estimates have been made, but the real damage won't be known for another few weeks. A lot also depends on the weather in the coming weeks. In some countries it will continue to be cold and even snow. Other countries.....

NAFTA is of great value to US apple industry

Food & Ag groups urging Senate to expedite Lighthizer confirmation

A total of 138 food and agriculture trade associations and companies, including the U.S. Apple Association, working collectively through the diverse and broad-based U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade, urged the U.S. Senate to expeditiously vote to confirm Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade.....

Avocado category reflects a unique demographic profile

Hass Avocado Board study reveals Top Spenders

The future of the avocado category is shaped by the actions of today’s shoppers. Understanding avocado shoppers and how their actions impact the category can help marketers optimize strategies aimed at building avocado sales. To help marketers and retailers understand these shoppers and their purchase.....

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Medfel 2017

Medfel 2017

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Viva Fresh Tradeshow 2017

Viva Fresh Tradeshow 2017

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Viva Fresh Welcome Reception 2017

Viva Fresh Welcome Reception 2017

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Opening Retail Center Rijk Zwaan

Opening Retail Center Rijk Zwaan

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Global Berry Conference Rotterdam 2017

Global Berry Conference Rotterdam 2017

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Photo Report: Medfel

PHOTO REPORTWith a fresh setup at the exhibition, Medfel opened its doors on Tuesday. Like every year the forecasts of the melons, apricots, peaches and nectarines are announced at the show. This year it was the same, but the peaches and nectarines forecast was only for France. Italy and Spain have decided to announce.....

European Apricot harvest higher than average

At the Medfel in Perpignan the forecast for apricots has been announced. These data had been compiled around 20 April, on the eve of a cold spell announced in France and Italy, so they don’t take any damage caused by this into account. For the third consecutive season, the 2016 campaign has been marked by a.....

Spain, Italy and Greece not included

French peach and nectarine forecast slightly higher than in 2016

This year the forecast of the peaches and nectarines was different than in other years. Usually Europech’s harvest forecast was announced at the end of April or in early May. The four main European producer countries, Italy, Spain, Greece and France, centralise the information of their respective territories.....

German retailers require recyclable biodegradable packaging

"Many German retailers are requiring European packagers to use wooden and pulp cells for summer products like peaches and nectarines. The material is 100% recyclable and biodegradable and prolongs shelf-life as it lets more air through. In addition, it can also make the produce stand out as the company message.....

Overview of damage by country

Frost hits European fruit and vegetable sector hard

The night frost has wreaked havoc in the European fruit and vegetable sector. A lot of early estimates have been made, but the real damage won't be known for another few weeks. A lot also depends on the weather in the coming weeks. In some countries it will continue to be cold and even snow. Other countries.....

2017 Freskon Tradefair and Kiwi Congress in Thessaloniki

"Sector shouldn’t lose courage in the face of challenges"

On the afternoon of the 27th of April, the Freskon conference in Thessaloniki was officially inaugurated by the Greek Minister of Rural Development and Food, Evangelos Apostolou.At the opening ceremony, Apostolou spoke about the importance of Freskon and how the conference has developed throughout recent.....

First Flemish open ground asparagus harvested

"Asparagus was grown here in Roman times"

At grower Marc Goossens in Malderen the open ground season for asparagus was officially opened on April 25. He has an area of 15 hectares and supplies his asparagus to BelOrta and sells part through the farm shop. The event was organised by LAVA. Ilse Ceulemans indicates that this is the second time LAVA has.....

Fresh fruit and vegetables

Spain: 30% longer shelf life thanks to new cardboard box

The company Saeco and the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) have developed a cardboard box with antimicrobial properties that makes it possible to extend the shelf life of fresh fruits and vegetables by more than 30 percent.It is a box made with a type of "active cardboard" that has been developed by.....

Potatoes are not a cheap crop to grow

Winter reminded us that ‘it hasn’t gone away you know’ courtesy of the Arctic blast we endured over the past couple of days. But let’s hope that’s the end of that and normal service will be resumed – at least as far as the weather is concerned – as we head towards the weekend. When the weather deteriorates,.....

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Golden Bay send first pallets of new apple variety

There are many apple varieties coming on the market these days, many of them full colour and bred with the Asian market in mind. At the moment there are only a few which are available in full commercial volumes.One new variety, so new it has yet to be named, is the Prem34, grown by Golden Bay Fruit in New.....

Friday 19th May

AU: US onion expert to visit growers in Devonport

US onion expert Dr Bill Dean is synonymous with the name River Point Farms, a family farm, fresh, sustainable, grower, packer, fresh-cut processor, shipper, and year-round supplier of onions.He will be visiting Devonport on 19 May to meet with growers; this will be followed by an information session a the.....

AU: Index predicts continued slowing in retail sales growth

Published today, the 25th edition of the AFGC CHEP Retail Index has pointed to a return to slowing retail turnover growth in 2017. In January, the previous Index predicted that the upturn in retail turnover growth experienced in late 2016 would not be sustained into early 2017. This situation appears to be.....

Backing statewide ban campaign

Harris Farm Markets asks customers to #BANTHEBAG

Family-owned grocer, Harris Farm Markets, announced this week a partnership with Clean Up Australia on its campaign to reduce the use of single-use, lightweight plastic bags across its 23 stores in New South Wales. Firmly supporting the campaign to ban single-use plastic bags in NSW, Harris Farm Markets will.....

AU: Mango conference still on for Bowen

In a boost for cyclone-ravaged north Queensland, the 11th Australian Mango Conference will go ahead in Bowen next week.Event organisers have stuck to their plan to host the event in the horticultural town which was scheduled long before Topical Cyclone Debbie crossed the coast earlier this month.The Australian.....

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Currently, the South African grape season is as good as over, and the largest part of South America's production has already been shipped. India is still on the market and Egypt is ready to start. In various production countries, the acreage devoted to table grapes has expanded. The most noteworthy case in.....


Another big investor tells Whole Foods to explore sale

Amazon's sales soar | Lidl confirms Ohio growth plans

US: Whole Foods recognizes Rainier Fruit as Supplier of the YearWhole Foods Market has revealed the two recipients of the Supplier of the Year award in its 2017 Supplier Awards. Rainier Fruit received the Supplier of the Year award as well as one for Excellence in Product Quality. The company is recognized for.....

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