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US domestic blackberry season extending longer

The timeframe for the US domestic blackberry season is increasing each year as growers work with new varieties and the plants themselves to stretch production. Currently, the California and North Carolina seasons are still going, although it is now approaching the end. Both of these states have a spring…

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Idaho onion producer chooses an optical grading line for new packing station

Every single day, optical sorting proves its worth for onion sorters in the US. That is why Eddie Rodriguez of Partners Produce did not hesitate before choosing an optical onion sorting machine. Starting this summer, a fully automated packing station has been running in Idaho, with a Ellips - Elisam…

Yamil Farah of Rinursa and Jorge Briones of Kuehne + Nagel

Ecuadorian mango campaign kicks off

“Despite the market, demand has been consistently increasing and offering a much wider range of countries but the United States still represents the main destination for our best mangoes. Earlier this month we shipped Ataulfo mangoes to Los Angeles. It was the first shipment of the season among all…

More domestic pistachio promotions expected this year

With the North American pistachio season in full swing, many are turning their attention to the California crop. While it's true that California produces about 98 percent of the pistachios in the United States, there are also commercial crops in both Arizona and New Mexico. This season's growing…

First Midwestern harvest of Smitten apples

Smitten® North America has announced the first Midwestern harvest of Smitten® apples. “The growing popularity of this apple at retail has been impressive”, says Don Zornes, North America Marketing Director. “Expanding production is a necessary and exciting response to meet that popularity”. BelleHarvest, of Belding…

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Eric Biddiscombe joins Polymer Logistics

Polymer Logistics, a reusable packaging and merchandising systems company, announced today that Eric Biddiscombe has joined the company as Country Manager, Canada. In his new…

Gilroy garlic ranch fully supports trade war

Breaking away from the position of many US farmers, Christopher Ranch, the nation's premier garlic company, fully supports the imposition of a 10% tariff on imported Chinese…

Ross Williams receives Southeast Produce Council’s Next Generation Award

Ross Williams, director of packing operations and food safety at Titan Farms, received the Southeast Produce Council’s Next Generation award at this year’s Southern…

FDA releases statement on ongoing efforts to prevent Cyclospora outbreaks

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., made a statement regarding the FDA's ongoing efforts to prevent foodborne outbreaks of Cyclospora. His statement can be read below: "The safety of…

Grower roundtable keynote presentation announced for OGS 2018

Organizers have said the first of three keynote presentations during the 2018 Organic Grower Summit will offer an international overview of the organic produce industry – exploring the opportunities, challenges and issues facing the growing organic fresh fruit and vegetable marketplace. The Grower…

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Potatoes / Onions 2018

Idaho russet prices have halved in six weeks

After a lively start to the Idaho russet potato harvest, the market has fallen dramatically as supplies come on strongly. Prices have fallen by half since the start of August and growers are discounting to help move stock. Quality is excellent however, which has become both a blessing and a problem.…

Mexico: Chili and potato grafts in Aguascalientes

Araceli Guadalupe Mendieta Vazquez, who has a masters in Agronomic Sciences from the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes, carried out a research project to graft Chili and…

Mexico: Researchers develop an improved potato variety

The National Forestry, Agriculture, and Livestock Research Institute (INIFAP) developed the Citlali potato, an improved variety that is more tolerant to diseases. This…

Potato producer expands tray line with new flavors

Tasteful Selections®, a specialty potato brand from RPE Inc., has expanded its mini sweet potato tray line. The company has introduced new flavor options as well as a new…

Cloudy weather means slow start for Peru sweet onion season

Sweet onion supply has now transitioned to Peru, after the US began imports from there less than a month ago. The Peru season will continue until February next year, before turning to Mexico for the two months before Georgia starts again. Volume in Peru is down slightly as cloudy weather prevents more…

Potatoes USA change the spud story as new 'fuel for athletes'

A new US marketing campaign, focusing on real science, is attempting to change the spud story by billing it as a vital ingredient to people’s workout/diet plan and a fuel for…

Quebec onions feel summer’s heat

Onions from Quebec are predicted to look slightly smaller in size this season. “In Quebec, due to the really hot weather that we got in July, the total volumes are there. But the difference this year is the onions will be smaller than normal. It’s from that heat and the onions got less water than normal in July,” says Mario…

Peru expects potato production to increase this year

Peru expects to produce 4.77 million tons of potatoes in the 2018/2019 campaign, which goes from August 2018 to July 2019, more than the 4.45 million tons it produced In the…

White onion demand strong in good start for Northwest season

A steady start to the season has Northwest onion growers pleased with the way things have started. After the harvest began on time, the weather has also been very cooperative, with few issues to report. As a result, growers say supplies are good on all colors so far. The only notable factor is that there…

Picture report: 29. Wilhelm Weuthen Potato Day

Germany: Despite difficult season there's a good mood in potato industry

During the 29th edition of the Wilhelm Weuthen potato day, the focus was on modern potato varieties and utilization techniques. A large number of German and Dutch breeding companies, machinery and packaging suppliers as well as other relevant players in the industry were present at the potato field close…

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Bulltec introduces an innovative sorting machine for potatoes and onions

As far as the selection of potatoes, sweet potatoes and onions is concerned, a great novelty has been introduced. The Bulltec company has recently developed a very simple yet effective technology calibrator. The most innovative aspect is the two-dimensional electronic calibration, i.e. the operator can…

Eqrader improved for optimal sorting

The Eqrader is a newly developed machine that sorts products quickly and automatically by internally and externally inspecting for quality, shape, weight and color – and even rot. The first model was installed at HOZA, a Dutch onion seed propagator. Advancements have been made over the past year based on…

Skagit Valley potatoes are business as usual

Consistency is the name of the game in the Pacific Northwest’s Skagit Valley when it comes to potatoes. “Supplies will be about normal for our area and the volume will also be normal,” says Tony Wisdom of Valley Pride Sales in Mount Vernon, Wa. “We’re a very consistent growing area in terms of volume on…

Europe

Germany: Scarce cucumbers and high prices - but things are getting better

"Cucumber prices have risen by 130%", "Cucumber prices are exploding in Germany" - these are just two of the headlines featured in the media this week. For the marketers,…

Italian trade with North Africa:

President of Accsea: “Naples and Salerno must work together on trade”

According to Ermanno Giamberini, the president of Accsea  (Campania’s Couriers, Forwarders and Hauliers Association), trade with North Africa has been “one of the most important…

“Gap in the strawberry market makes for very high prices”

“A gap has been created in the strawberry market. This is because the summer crops were picked so quickly. Now we have to wait for the new harvest. This shortage will last for about three weeks", says Frank Royan of the Belgian company, Welroy Fruit. Due to this low supply, strawberry prices have shot…

Mooy Logistics sold for 3.96 million euros

The curators of Mooy Logistics, Martijn Vermeeren and Bas Ebels, have submitted their first bankruptcy report to the courts. This progress report indicates that Mooy…

Albert Schulp, Schulp Vruchtensappen:

Demand for cherry juice seriously increasing”

From juices to seaweed and a programme filled with sustainability and flavour. Last weekend, the ‘foodies of Foodlog’ met at Schulp Vruchtensappen. The company built a reputation for itself with fruit juices. “Demand for cherry juice is seriously increasing, probably because it’s known to improve your…

Danish producer saves 75 tons of 'ugly' tomatoes

The healthy production of Danish tomatoes, boosted by this year’s warm summer, has not been allowed to go to waste by a producer in Odense. Alfred Pedersen & Son is one of two producers taking part in an initiative set up earlier this year by NGO Stop Wasting Food ( Stop Spild Af Mad ) in an effort to cut…

New French research:

‘Agroecology can feed Europe pesticide-free in 2050’

European agriculture can phase out pesticides, reduce its impacts on climate and biodiversity while ensuring food security for Europeans, French researchers Pierre-Marie…

After Brexit:

British farms may get special pass to hire migrant workers

British farms have been struggling to find enough seasonal workers since the June 2016 referendum, as EU citizens previously attracted to such work shun the UK for more attractive opportunities elsewhere. Couple this with a likely change in access to EU workers once the UK leaves the EU and hundreds of…

Ulster: Canker attacks gas-stored apples

In recent years the Ulster apple crop - on average worth €845 million to the Northern Ireland economy - has in recent years been suffering mounting losses as a result of a…

Scottish farmers attack report belittling fresh fruit industry

Scottish farmers have strongly criticised a report - commissioned by the government - that diminishes the importance of the fresh fruit industry. The Migration Advisory…

"First Spanish mandarins eagerly snatched up after messy overseas season"

Early this week the first Spanish mandarins from the Filosofo brand have been unloaded at Willem Dijk AGF. Ronnie Moorman states they're arriving just at the right time. "In my view, the overseas mandarin season was quite messy, with few fixed lines and size agreements. Despite it all, high prices were still seen.…

EU frozen fruit production shrank considerably over the past year

Frozen fruit market in the EU: Germany remains the largest importer

According to the report " EU: Frozen Fruits - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025 ", recently published by IndexBox, the production of frozen fruits stood at 799K…

"Higher autumn prices won't compensate for poor eggplant season"

Over the past few weeks, eggplants in the Netherlands were selling for up to 2.5 euros per kg. While that's not unusual for the time of the year, it's high in comparison with the rest of the season, according to says Michel den Ouden from Purple Pride. "The days are getting shorter and the yield is going…

"Major lack of space for logistics in the Rotterdam region"

"Only 40,000 square meters of good logistic space are currently directly available in the Rotterdam region, which represents 2% of the total stock in the region," says Jim Orsel of real estate advisor Colliers International. Demand for good logistics space is growing, but availability is minimal. "If we look at…

Netherlands and Morocco up

Lower pepper exports for Spain

In 2017, Spain exported 717.57 million kilos of peppers, 2.48% less than the previous year. In the same period, the Netherlands exported 474.07 million kilos (+17.93) and Morocco 114.53 million kilos (+3.26%). Spanish peppers exports fell by 2.4% in 2017, reaching 715.57 million kilos. Of that amount, 664.39 million kilos were…

New buildings for Hoogsteder Group: First pile driven into the ground

By mid-2019, the Hoogsteder Group, part of fruit and vegetable company The Greenery, will move into a new distribution center of approximately 8,000 m² (with 1,250 m² of office space) in the Prisma Bedrijvenpark in Bleiswijk. The first pile of the new building was hammered into the ground on Saturday…

UK: LEAF welcomes launch of new Agriculture Bill

LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) welcomes the launch of the new Agriculture Bill, which sets out the Government’s vision for post-Brexit farming. Caroline Drummond, CEO at LEAF…

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Does this video show a Lemon-Pomegranate hybrid?

According to a viral video, home farmers can succeed in growing lemon-pomegranate hybrids in their kitchens through simply planting a capsule containing a seed of each fruit into a pot of soil. Although this video is often shared along with comments suggesting that the creation of this lemon-hybrid fruit is on the up-and-up, this…

Christophe Couteleau, Le Rouge Gorge:

"The French melon market has been in crisis for 10 years"

With 30 thousand tons of melons marketed, Le Rouge Gorge is the leading producer of melons in France. Christophe Couteleau: "The market for French melons has been in crisis…

Wilf Whittle - Sharrocks Fresh Produce

Large pumpkins may be in short supply

As Autumn approaches the first pumpkins are hitting the shelves. Wilf Whittle from Sharrocks Fresh Produce visited growers in Lancashire to see how this season's crop was coming along. "We reckon that some producers in other regions will be struggling with large sizes, due to the heat and dryness in the summer, these…

Growers located in South America, sales reaching European market

Organto commences sales of organic asparagus

Organto Foods Inc., an integrated provider of value-added organic vegetables and fruits, announced that it has re-established and expanded its year-round supply of organic…

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Some 35 place names in Iceland

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Idaho onion producer chooses an optical grading line for new packing station

Every single day, optical sorting proves its worth for onion sorters in the US. That is why Eddie Rodriguez of Partners Produce did not hesitate before choosing an optical onion sorting machine. Starting this summer, a fully automated packing station has been running in Idaho, with a Ellips - Elisam…

Oceania

Australia: Intensive mango planting trial at Katherine

A new project promising to transform the productivity and profitability of the north Australian mango industry has been unveiled. A three year, $1.3 million research…

Australia: Costa Adelaide Mushrooms expansion progressing at Monarto

A $71 million expansion of Costa Adelaide Mushrooms at Monarto is on track. Production is expected to start in January. The expansion, announced in 2017, will double the mushroom farm's capacity to 240 tons per week, creating 200 jobs. It is to reach full production in the third quarter of next year, according to Costa's…

New Zealand fears for world trade in wake of Trump's tariffs

Trade Minister David Parker and his National Party counterpart Todd McClay are predicting that New Zealand faces risks rather than opportunities from the Trump administration's escalating trade war with China. Parker said New Zealand was dependent on "rules-based trade agreements" and rising protectionism around the…

New Zealand: Native birds as potential alternative to pesticides

A team led by Plant & Food Research will undertake a pilot study this summer to determine if native birds can potentially function as nature’s pest control. With the blessing of iwi,…

Australian avocado season - Far North Queensland

The avocado season in Far North Queensland has smashed all records, with the highest production to date. Growers in the Mareeba, Dimbulah and Atherton Tableland areas yielded…

Ian Locke - Tasmanian Fruit & Vegetable Export Facilitation Group

Helping growers become more trade aware and to add value

The Tasmanian fruit and vegetable industry has welcomed new funding from the Australian Federal Government, saying it will help the state's fruit and vegetable growers explore…

World

USDA report 'World Markets and Trade'

Fresh Peaches and Cherries:

According to a recent USDA report, world peach and nectarine production is forecast down 1.3 million metric tons (tons) to 19.9 million as adverse weather conditions impact output in top producers China and the European Union. Global trade is expected to contract on reduced global supplies. China’s production is forecast down 800,000 tons…

Maersk to change fuel adjustment surcharge ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap

The new BAF surcharge aims at recovering the Maersk Line costs of compliance with the global sulphur cap which enters into force on 1 January 2020. This regulation has been developed and adopted by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), a specialised agency under the United Nations (UN). Whereas…

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Does this video show a Lemon-Pomegranate hybrid?

According to a viral video, home farmers can succeed in growing lemon-pomegranate hybrids in their kitchens through simply planting a capsule containing a seed of each fruit into a pot of soil. Although this video is often shared along with comments suggesting that the creation of this lemon-hybrid fruit is on the up-and-up, this…

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