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Kristi Hocutt with Triple J Produce on the sweet potato market

“If prices don’t improve, we will be forced to cut off our export program”

North Carolina’s sweet potatoes are in the ground and growing well. It was very dry between June and the first half of July, but some much needed rain since the second half of July offered relief. “Since then, we’ve had rain on and off,” says Kristi Hocutt with Triple J Produce, Inc. “We’ve had some good.....

US: One supplier named in separate salad and pre-cut fruit outbreaks

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed a total of 476 cyclospora illnesses in 15 states linked to salads sold at McDonald’s restaurants in an August 16th update. According to FDA, the salad ingredients were supplied by a company that has also been implicated in a separate fruit-related outbreak.....

Month-long program raises awareness for social responsibility

Organics Unlimited, San Diego-based grower and distributor of organic tropical fruit, will celebrate its 13th annual GROW Month throughout the month of September.Starting September 1, the initiative focuses on partnering with retailers and media to create consumer awareness of GROW’s social responsibility.....

Week 33 market report by Mark Greenberg

Offshore easy peeler supply transitioning, lemon prices remain high

Citrus – Easy Peelers:The easy peeler market continues to absorb the substantial volume of fruit that has arrived in the last few weeks from Peru, Chile and South Africa. Inventories of soft citrus on the USEC are declining to more manageable levels and the market is dominated by the last of Chile’s.....

Organic supplier announces new Senior Account Manager

Homegrown Organic Farms, an organic fresh produce marketer in the United States, is excited to announce Mark Sandell as a new member of the Homegrown team. He was recently hired and is now operating as a Senior Account Manager for the company’s sales team.Scott Mabs Homegrown Organic Farms’ CEO, said, “We are.....

Financial experts:

'US-China trade talks will focus on weakness of yuan'

The Chinese currency has been weakening against the dollar, due to both escalating trade tensions as well as rising interest rates in the US driving up the value of the dollar.On Friday morning, the dollar traded around 6.89 against the Chinese yuan; just a whisker away from 7.00, a level last witnessed in May.....

‘Annual Crop Drop’

US: Jackson State University students pass out 20,000 sweet potatoes

This Saturday, Jackson State University students held their annual Crop Drop event. Students distributed over 20,000 sweet potatoes to the community. "We pass them out to people in the community because they look forward to this every year really. Sweet potatoes are versatile you can make pies, yams put sweet.....

Indian e-commerce giant

US: Walmart completes deal to acquire 77 percent of Flipkart

This Saturday, US-based retail giant Walmart Inc said it has completed its $16 billion deal with Flipkart and now holds a 77 percent stake in the Indian e-commerce player. The Bentonville giant's investment includes $2 billion of new equity funding to help accelerate the growth of the Flipkart business.The.....

Penn State's College research

Button mushrooms as treatment against diabetes?

According to a team of US researchers, eating white button mushrooms can create subtle shifts in the microbial community in the gut, which could improve the regulation of glucose in the liver. The researchers also suggest that better understanding this connection between mushrooms and gut microbes in mice.....

Canada: Potato producers are looking ahead

For a century at least, potatoes have been one of Alberta’s staple crops. More recently, they’ve become a pillar of southern Alberta’s economy. And now producers prepare to grow the industry still further, university researchers are on hand for support. With a major potato processing plant now under.....

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New GmbH in Hamm focuses on diversity and flexibility

'Dutch Natura vine tomatoes are selling quite well'

High-quality products from regional fields, year-round supply capability as well as exotic rarities: those who want to establish themselves in today's fruit trade need a clear strategy and good business relationships in several countries. The new wholesaler Westfalen Frischdienst has made it: This new GmbH.....

Maikel Stam, Stam-Schaap Agro:

“Naturally growing conventional beets is never mentioned”

The organic beetroot is on the rise. In 2017, nearly half the total production of red beets in the Netherlands was organic. “However, conventional beets are also grown in a very natural way, and that’s actually never mentioned,” says Maikel Stam of Stam-Schaap Agro in Ursem, the Netherlands. The company is.....

VOG Consortium

'After an abnormal year, this season returns to a full harvest of quality apples'

The VOG Consortium has just ended an absolutely abnormal apple season: after a three-year cycle of difficult “post embargo“ seasons, the 2017/2018 season ended prematurely as product ran out.Director Gerhard Dichgans comments: “This is an absolutely unheard-of situation. I can’t remember it ever happening in.....

James Hutton Institute looks to New Zealand to help improve fruit flavour

Delytics Ltd is helping the globally recognised James Hutton Institute research organisation understand how to develop resilient flavour characteristics in raspberries that UK consumers will enjoy eating.Delytics Ltd specialises in increasing the consumer acceptance and repeat purchase frequency of fruit by.....

Turkey: Grapes from Sultaniye preparing for export

The Sultaniye variety of seedless grapes grown in Alasehir, Manisa, a city located in western Turkey, has started to be harvested and the preparations for exports are about to be completed. Around 90 trucks filled with grapes from Alasehir have left the country and the products are expected to reach consumers.....

Turkey: Cherry exports surpassed 160 million USD in 2018

China, one of the biggest cherry importers in the world, has opened its gates to cherries from Turkey. However China brought in a maximum 16 day cold chain limit to eliminate the possibility of Mediterranean fruit flies (Ceratitis capitate) in Turkish cherries. The project to enter into the China market was.....

Malling™ Centenary is the June bearer to beat

“Definitely the best June bearer variety publicly available” is how Marion Regan, Managing Director at Hugh Lowe Farms in Kent describes Malling™ Centenary. “There are plenty of opportunities for growers to get the optimum from it and learn how to grow it better”, says Marion. Malling™ Centenary plants have.....

October 1-2, Cologne

Harvest failures due to drought: innovations in food production in sight

Food security is becoming an important issue even in Europe, where this year's summer drought has led to significant crop failures. How can future food security be guaranteed in times of climate change? Are digitisation, robotization, biostimulants and new possibilities of food production in cities, seas and.....

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MyFarm Investments:

‘NZ pipfruit industry heading for record 2018 crop’

New Zealand's pipfruit industry is headed for a record crop this year as it benefits from favourable growing weather, low Northern Hemisphere stocks, market changes, premium varieties, and a weaker New Zealand dollar, according to a report published today by MyFarm Investments.The vast majority of the 2018.....

Western Australian blueberries: A growing global market

Premium Western Australian-bred blueberries are being savoured throughout the world.More than 2000ha of Ozblu blueberries bred by David Mazzardis have been planted on 40 farms across 19 countries, bringing a healthy royalty stream back to Western Australia. Mazzardis, who with wife Leasa runs a 10ha breeding.....

Australian drought crisis

Sikh farmers fight to save their crops

The devastating effects of Australia's unprecedented drought are spreading further through the eastern states, with coastal farmers now suffering as well. On the New South Wales mid north coast, time is running out for a group of farmers from the Sikh community to save their crops.Coffs Harbour on the NSW mid.....

Australians explore collaborative export opportunities for horticulture

Western Australian horticulture businesses need to band together to increase exports and build the State’s share of the global market, according to a leading agribusiness consultant.Speaking at the 2018 Western Australian Horticulture Update, David McKinna detailed the benefits and pitfalls of collaborative.....

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José Luís Escobar, of King Courgette:

"We may soon have New Delhi-resistant courgette plants"

For more than six years, courgette and melon producers in Almeria have been fighting against the biggest threat to these crops: the virus known as New Delhi. This voracious virus has caused multi-million losses for the sector and led many growers to switch to other crops to avoid the risk of losing their.....

More than 50 million tons of wonky fruit and veg thrown away each year

More than a third of the fruit and vegetables grown in Europe is wasted because it looks a bit wonky, research says. A study estimated that over 50,000,000 tons of fresh produce is thrown away each year because they don’t meet supermarket and consumer standards. The paper described food loss and waste (FLW) as.....

Jupiter taking ARRA grapes to Asia

Jupiter will be joining other global leaders from the fresh fruit and vegetable industry in Asia where they will be showcasing their pioneering and superior, new varieties of ARRA table grapes. Founder and group CEO Mark Tweddle and Asia Pacific General Manager Allan Lo will be joined by other members of the.....

USDA Gain Report

Chile stone fruit – MY2017/18

Chile’s cherry exports reached a record of 184,741 tons in MY2017/18. Areas planted with cherry trees grew steadily at a 10.2 percent rate, surpassing 30,000 hectares in MY2017/18. Eighty five percent of Chilean cherries are exported to China. Post estimates MY2018/19 cherry exports to remain flat at 185,000.....

Emiliano Andrade, of LandFruit:

"The lack of fruit is not reflected in the prices; the supply is too atomised"

Extremadura's peach, nectarine and Paraguayo peach sales campaign is coming to an end, while plums will continue to be marketed until late October or early November. The season has been marked by the lack of volumes and prices have not been at a level that compensates for this lack of supply, despite the good.....


Meijer: Bridge Street Market concept readies for debut

Tops Markets' grocery business strengthens

U.S. Retail sales rise more than forecast in broad-based advanceU.S. retail sales rose by more than forecast in July as Americans snapped up clothes and headed to restaurants, extending solid consumer-spending gains to the start of the third quarter. The value of overall sales advanced 0.5% from June, whose.....

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