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Monday, November 12, 2018

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USA

Crossover imports on ginger means lots of product

Imported ginger into the US is undergoing a crossover right now which is pushing on pricing. “There’s a lot of product right now and the quality is so-so,” says Juan Pablo Lozano of Miami, Fl.-based Garland, LLC. “The Chinese ginger is at the end of the season so it’s finishing up and the prices are very cheap. The…

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Challenging start to desert lettuce season

It has not been the smooth start to the desert deal that lettuce growers had hoped for. Reports are that cooler weather has not yet arrived in either Yuma or the Imperial Valley, with the former also experiencing storms in places. Mark McBride, of Coastline Family Farms, said the warm weather and storms…

USA

Busy time of the year for chestnut suppliers

It's peak time for the chestnut season as supplies and demand both peak during the month of November. Chestnuts have been arriving from Italy on the East Coast for about a month now, with some importers bringing early product in by air freight. "Generally, the chestnut harvest in Italy begins during the last week…

Canada: rain worries potato growers

Fall weather complicated the harvest of potatoes in Canada, which is not yet over. Indeed, in order to harvest, potatoes must be dry and not too cold. On Prince Edward Island,…

Canadian grower slips into sweet potato production

In the month of February, greenhouse vegetable propagator Roelands Plant Farms Inc., from Lambton Shores, Ontario, is usually shipping the last of its orders for the year’s…

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Mushroom supplies tight in busy time of year

Mushroom suppliers are in the midst of their busiest time of the year. Demand is high and supplies are barely keeping up, resulting in a rather active market. Growers say this is a typical pattern every year as the fall season brings the dual factors of cooler weather and Holidays, both of which drive…

Canada: Prince Edward Island farmers say 15% of crops still in ground

Last week, Bryan Maynard, the co-owner of Farm Boys Inc. was waiting for fields to dry enough so that his crew could get back to harvesting the 30% of their potato crop that's…

Wet year for the state

US: Wisconsin potato crop facing 12 percent decline

It’s been a wet year for many parts of the eastern US; numerous regions are approaching record precipitation numbers. One state that’s experienced a much higher-than-normal…

University of Georgia

US researchers discover genes that define a vegetable’s shape

From time immemorial, vegetables have come in almost every size and shape. But now, researchers at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have found the genetic mechanism that controls the shape of our favourite fruits, vegetables and grains. In article published Nov. 10 in…

US: Fruit fly findings lead to extra precautions at LA-Long Beach port complex

The California Dept. of Food & Agriculture has announced that fruits being imported through the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex will be subject to extra safety precautions for at least the next few months due to an ongoing quarantine. As part of the quarantine, which was imposed November 6 by the CDFA due…

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Europe

Ten new ‘Demain la Terre’ eco-friendly fruits and vegetables

The list of eco-friendly fruits and vegetables ‘ Demain la Terre ’ (Tomorrow’s Earth)  is growing with the arrival of 10 new products. In mid-May, Fruits Rouges & Co. added Mirabelle plums to…

How to prevent the appearance of 'creasing' in Navel oranges

The application of the Harpin αβ protein, marketed as ProAct®, prevents the appearance of creasing in Navel oranges. That is the conclusion of a study recently published by the Institute for Agricultural Research in Valencia (IVIA) after four years of testing in trees while the production was in full…

Moldova: New standard labeling and sorting system for fruit and veg

Fresh fruits and vegetables sold in Moldovan markets and stores will be sorted according to varieties and sizes, and they will be given labels. The National Agency for Food…

Moldova exporting apples to Saudi Arabia for the first time

The Republic of Moldova is exporting apples for the first time to Saudi Arabia. The first 18 tons were expected to reach their destination last week. The exporters are six…

Benny Cuypers, BelOrta

“Belgium greenhouse vegetables start to experience competition from the South”

“The previous tomato season was very mediocre. We experienced long periods with low prices even for the specialties. The market now seems to have recovered and the prices for tomatoes are better than before”, according to Benny Cuypers of BelOrta. “The tomatoes are starting to get competition from the…

Producing off-season green beans is not enough

Marco Mazzota has a degree in law but he is deeply in love with his agricultural entrepreneurship. His company is situated in the countryside of Siracusa, “The crop diversification allows us to improve and to keep safe our finance in a structured way. Our company is made up of three different areas…

The Greenery responds to big data and robotisation

The Greenery’s mission is to make fruit and vegetables affordable and attainable for consumers. The company does so by being active throughout the supply chain with their own growers, their own distribution centres, self-developed packaging, a professional marketing department and European retail…

High level conferences at 12th edition of Blueberries consulting seminars

"Spain must face challenges of growing blueberry sector"

The sustained growth in the supply and the global expansion in the acreage devoted to blueberries have resulted in greater competition. Consequently, the training of those engaged in the fruit's cultivation has become a key factor. After all, it is also a sector which relies on the handling of extremely…

BayWa reports higher turnover but lower EBIT

BayWa closes its books over the first nine months of the year with a turnover of 12.2 billion euro (2017: 12 billion euro). The EBIT shows a slight decrease to 28.3 million…

Mustapha Chihabi, Tomoor:

“Demand for organic dates increasingly rapidly”

Date importer Tomoor has supplied date paste for the food processing industry since September. “Date paste is a booming product on the rise, which we offer in various amounts, structures and flavours. Date paste can be used as a sugar replacement,” says Mustapha Chihabi of Tomoor. “Our premium date paste…

Guy de Meyer, Demargro:

“With supply of local leeks we respond to demand of French customers”

“The French prefer French and local products, and we, some producers and the auction of Roeselare, responded to this by starting to sell French product. We currently work with 42 producers in France,” says Guy de Meyer of Demargro. “Every weekend, three trucks filled with French leeks arrive, which we…

Jos Schӧnhage:

“It is becoming increasingly hard to find Dutch grapes"

G.Schӧnhage & Zn. are trying to keep it going with Dutch grapes until Christmas. It, however, remains to be seen whether this Dutch company will succeed in this. “We are one of the few wholesalers who still trade this product," says Jos Schӧnhage of the wholesaler with the same name. "It is becoming more and…

Wilko van der Zwaard, Wilko Fruit:

"Good harvest of, somewhat smaller, Berkane Clementines"

Last week, the first Berkane clementines arrived from Morocco at Dutch fruit wholesaler, Wilko Fruit. "The temperature in Berkane is perfect. During the day, it is about 20 degrees, and at night it is around ten degrees", says Wilko van der Zwaard. "These temperatures are good for the clementines' color and high…

The current placement of the Italian produce

Italian pear season going as expected

According to an expert, the new Italian market season for the Italian pear is going as expected, regardless of the competition coming from the Conference variety – which is produced in the Benelux area and is marketed at low prices. Except for the William and the Max Red Bartlett varieties, the Italian production is…

First impressions on the Italian kiwi season

The Italian harvesting of the Hayward kiwi started later than usual, especially in the northern regions. The temperature was higher than the average in October, thus preventing the increase of sugar levels in the fruits. The average size is bigger than we expected. This is caused by the fact that plants…

Good volumes and quality regardless of the bad weather

The Sicilian PGI Red Orange campaign has officially started

Giovanni Selvaggi is the president of the Consorzio di Tutela dell’Arancia Rossa Igp. The company is officially starting the 2018/2019 citrus fruit campaign, “For this campaign, we are marketing a produce the organoleptic characteristics of which are widely acknowledged by the retailers, the MMRs and the…

Spain: Plants with greater resistance to drought and no impact on growth

Researchers led by Ana Caño-Delgado, scientist of the Center for Research in Agrigenomics (CRAG), have managed to develop plants with a greater resistant to drought by…

Ifapa researchers

Spain: 40% water can be saved with 30% increase in raspberry productivity

Researchers from the Institute of Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training (Ifapa) have released the results of their research on the cultivation of red fruits in…

Organic range in fresh produce departments increasing

Switzerland: Sales of organic products are growing strongly

Sales of organic vegetables and organic fruits in the retail sector are growing strongly. Most popular are carrots and tomatoes as well as bananas and apples. From September…

Ideal conditions for Ready-2-Eat exotics in the North region

Landgard opens new service center with state-of-the-art ripening technology

The new service center of Landgard Nord Fruit & Vegetables in Neu Wulmstorf, south of Hamburg, is scheduled to start operations in December. The new location lies directly on the A1 and has a total area of ​​more than 13,000 square metres. The hall features 23 state-of-the-art ripening rooms for…

Picard grows its organic product range

The Picard brand specialized in frozen products announced it will “expand its organic, local and sustainable" product range. Indeed, the organic product offer of the French…

Bonduelle: slight drop in turnover

When the time for statement of accounts for food groups came, the French brand Bonduelle took stock of the first quarter of its non-calendar fiscal year, which started in…

Vincent Guérin, ANPP:

"Balanced and favorable prospects in the apple market"

France is still harvesting late varieties of apples. "The Pink Lady, for example, is picked during the month of November, so we do not yet have a complete picture of the harvest. According to the latest estimates, we will harvest about 2% less than what was announced by Prognosfruit, "says Vincent Guérin…

Greek exporter feels Turkish competition

Devaluation of Turkish lira puts pressure on citrus market

The expectations for the Greek citrus season are high. The harvest is looking well, and unlike last year, hail didn’t damage the fruit. The only thing that could cause problems for the exporters on Eastern European markets is the devaluation of the Turkish lira. Poland is the largest export market for the citrus. “The distance from Spain is…

Recall at Aldi Nord: Asparagus could contain glass splinters

Aldi Nord supplier “MERKUR Aussenhandel” is recalling “King’s Crown Asparagus Sections” in the 314 ml jars. The best before date is 30.06.2021 and the products have batch…

BioFach

Organic products still on growth track worldwide

There’s a good outlook for the international organic food industry – both in Europe and worldwide. European and international markets remain on a growth track. Experts currently put global revenues above USD 95 billion; Europe accounts for more than EUR 33 billion. The market is now growing very…

Noli, Italy

Scuba company grows produce in world's first underwater farm

One hundred meters off the coast of Noli, Italy, scuba divers can find pods of 2,000-liter acrylic demi-spheres that resemble giant jellyfish standing at the bottom of the ocean. Anchored to the ocean floor by ropes, chains, and screws, the biospheres surround a half-ton metal tree that serves as a…

UK: Man accused of stealing over £120,000 worth of bananas

David McGivena has been accused of stealing bananas from Gateshead wholesaler JR Holland between 2007 and 2016. McGivena, 52, appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court for…

Fresh Produce Consortium welcomes two new team members

The Fresh Produce Consortium is pleased to welcome two new members to the team. Cristina Melenchon joins as Events Manager and Jenny Palmer takes on the role as Membership…

Xavier Forline, Les Jardins d’Aquitaine:

"We employ as many people as possible"

Les Jardins d'Aquitaine (The Gardens of Aquitaine) specializes in the development and marketing of pre-packaged fresh fruits and vegetables, such as sliced ​​squash, leek whites, hotpot, stew or ratatouille. The company employs 71 permanent staff including 63 disabled workers, with up to 40 seasonal…

Oceania

Seeka announces $50m rights offer to fund expansion

Seeka Limited has today announced a new capital raising strategy to be implemented over the course of the next 3 years, including a Rights Issue, an issuance of shares under a…

Australia: Farm worker put needles in strawberries over workplace grievance

This Monday, a former strawberry farm supervisor was accused in court of retaliating over a workplace grievance by putting needles into the fruit. The woman’s actions sparked…

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