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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Mango season ending in Mexico; just getting started in Brazil

The Mexican mango season is coming to an end according to Tom Hall of Freska Produce. He hopes to be able to pack Mexico’s fruit through September and according to him. “ And as we finish the season, sizing will be predominantly large,” he says. Peaking on 3s, 4s, 5s, and 6s of Keitt mangos. Tropical storm.....

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Farm Fresh Produce congratulated by GLOBALG.A.P for taking pioneering step in sweet potato industry

Farm Fresh Produce, Inc. is fully compliant on the GLOBALG.A.P. GRASP assessment, a social management system, as third-party verified by WQS, LLC. “It has become common in the industry to state that you have the highest quality or an innovative approach. Quality is relatively simple to measure, to prove. That.....

Hot summer delays California table grape harvest

California has endured a long, hot summer. Not only has the heat been close to breaking 100-year records, the drawn out summer has also had a negative effect on the table grape season. The harvest is delayed this year and volumes are down as grapes take longer to achieve optimum color, particularly the darker.....

Bumper crop floods bell pepper market in northern US

A mild summer with moderate temperatures has resulted in a bumper bell pepper field crop across the northern United States growing regions. The season is holding on in the north while southern regions have already finished their crop for this season.Todd Van Solkema, of Van Solkema Family Farms in Michigan,.....

2017 California persimmon crop welcomes big bump

California persimmon growers could be looking at a healthy-sized crop this fall/early winter. “Our fields were pruned very hard last year because of some big wind storms that had happened the previous winter. There were a lot of broken branches,” says Susan Bidvia-Kragie of Madera, CA’s Western Fresh Marketing.....

Celebrating 20 years

Honeycrisp wasn’t an overnight success, but took off like a rocket

The University of Minnesota’s Honeycrisp apple has now risen to #6 in national apple production. Except that its success didn’t happen overnight, and its story almost didn’t happen at all, reports a Minnesota apple grower who was in on the ground floor.Pepin Heights Orchards, Inc., is celebrating 20 years.....

Hurricane Irma devastates citrus and pecan crops across US east coast

Hurricane Irma has caused widespread devastation across the east coast US. With much of that damage hitting Florida and Georgia, farmers are just now counting the damage to their citrus, vegetable and pecan crops, which took the biggest hit.While not directly affected by the hurricane, others states like New.....

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Highline Mushrooms supports Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation

At its annual family picnic, Highline continued its support of local community initiatives with a $50,000 donation to the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation (WECAF). This pledge will be allocated towards WECAF’s Leamington Homework and Back to School Programs, which provides children in southern Essex.....

Rice Fruit Company announces new leadership

Ben Rice and Brenda Briggs are the new leaders of Rice Fruit Company. At the company’s September 14th Board of Directors’ meeting, Ben was elected President, succeeding his father, David Rice. Brenda, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, assumed the leadership of sales at the company earlier this year when.....

US: Connecticut could see record breaking apple season

Connecticut's apple harvesters are anticipating a nice rebound after last year's disappointing growing and picking season.In fact, this year's harvest could be record breaking, growers and authorities say.Last year's drought and spring frost hurt apple growers, but this year is proving far better, with all.....

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Spain: Start of quince season

Quinces, which usually hit the market at the start of autumn, are beginning to arrive. It is a fruit that, because of its flavour and texture, is mostly consumed in processed form."This is an advantage for its producers, who are not burdened by the need to sell it quickly to prevent it from spoiling," explains.....

Italy: Grapes taste better when they're sustainable

The harvesting campaign of the Italia and Red Globe variety is in full swing at Fichera & Torrisi (Sicily). Company agronomist Sergio Rizzo reports: "despite the early ripening due to the high temperatures and lack of rain, bunches have a good quality with high sugar content and a great muscat aroma for.....

What does the future of peppers look like?

PHOTO REPORTAre peppers a superfood? Which pepper goes best with drinks? Is there such a thing as 'beer peppers'? The consumption of peppers is on the rise. How do we best play into this as a sector to guarantee a healthy future. Are we all offering a super healthy and super fresh product? How do we ensure that the.....

Clubfruit - fruit and technology in the heart of Sicily

VIDEO"Our company was established over a century ago in the heart of Sicily. Our history coincides with the history of our territory and its economy, which went from cereal cultivation and livestock farming to fruit cultivation," explains Francesco Cucurullo.Pomegranate plants with, in the background, the.....

Fyffes granted reprieve from expulsion from Ethical Trading Initiative

Dublin-based tropical fruits company Fyffes has secured a reprieve from being expelled from an influential ethical body as the firm and its new Japanese owners entered talks with unions over a dispute with Honduras melon farm workers’ rights.The UK government-sponsored Ethical Trading Initiative, which Fyffes.....

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“As long as harvests are unpredictable, the need remains”

Closing contracts on the potato futures market has been common for years. Besides, the futures market is an indicator of the mood on the actual market. Especially the rise of the chips industry caused a major change. According to broker De Vries & Westermann, growers, but also users, can gain much on the.....

Decrease in French peach, nectarine and pavie prices this year

According to Agreste, peach, nectarine and pavie turnover is 2% below that recorded last year and 4% below the 5 year average. The increase in quantity did not make up for the decrease in prices.Volume was up 4% compared to 2016 but 5% below the 5 year average due to a 10% decrease in acreage. Production.....

UK students are buying 266% more avocados than their predecessors

Millennials, or Generation Y, were known for their love of avocados, but their younger counterparts appear to be even more obsessed with the fruit.According to a study by Barclays, Generation Z – the generation after Millennials – are buying and consuming 266% more avocados than their predecessors.The study,.....

WUR releases report on Ethylene Postharvest Gas Analyser

The MACView Ethylene Postharvest Gas Analyser is independently evaluated and tested on its performance by Wageningen University and Research. The test report is now released by the WUR and the report is published by EMS and publicly available.The Ethylene Postharvest Gas Analyser is tested on several important.....

Accredited Dutch food and food-related laboratories for Japan

In order to streamline and accelerate food import procedures in Japan, MHLW has an obligatory approval program for foreign official laboratories who perform analysis of food and food-related products to be exported to Japan. The MHLW quarantine stations at the Japanese ports of entry only accept test reports.....

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Senior MPI staff take the stand at the Kiwifruit Claim hearing

Senior Advisors at New Zealand's Ministry of Primary Industries have taken the stand in the Kiwifruit Claim at the High Court in Wellington, as the case enters its seventh week.The case was brought following the outbreak of the disease Psa in November 2010 which spread throughout the industry. 212 claimants.....

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Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic on its path

Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Dominicana

Countries still recovering from Hurricane Irma, have taken another hit with Hurricane Maria making landfall last night in the Island Dominicana as a category 5 storm. It weakened to a category 4 storm after landfall said the US National Hurricane Center early Tuesday. The hurricane continues its path over the.....

Veteran mushroom grower to launch new product at PMA Fresh Summit

Phillips Mushroom Farms was founded 90 years ago in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The family business now distributes more than 70 million pounds of mushrooms in the United States annually. They have been a regular exhibitor at the PMA Fresh Summit event for over 30 years now and are looking forward to this.....

Idaho potato grower looking forward to tenth PMA Fresh Summit

For participants at the PMA Fresh Summit, gathering together and networking at the event is and has been a valuable part of their year. As vendors see the opportunity to present new products as well as to connect with customers and suppliers, they continue to attend year after year to take advantage of this.....


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