Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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Greenhouse grown strawberries with chocolate flavored dip at Fresh Summit

Later this week, four products from Mucci Farms will be on display in the New Product Showcase at PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando. One of them is the company’s latest release: CuteCumber™️ Poppers, which are one-bite miniature cucumber half the size of the company’s original cocktail size CuteCumbers™️.…

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Mexico starts with butternut squash

Production of imported butternut squash is just getting underway. “We just started production out of Sonora, Mexico,” says Raquel Espinoza of the Produce House, LLC in Nogales, Ariz. With…

APAL: US apple imports to be considered

APAL has been advised that the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will begin an import risk analysis for apples from the Pacific Northwest States (Oregon, Idaho and…

Fyffes' 130 year celebration to continue at PMA

This year, Fyffes is celebrating its 130th year of shipping bananas. The company has arranged a number of celebratory activities this year to commemorate the anniversary. One of these will be at PMA Fresh Summit this week, but the company wishes to wait until the show to reveal all the details of the…

Citrus shipper launches limited edition label for Florida citrus

Greenyard USA/ Seald Sweet announced a new label design for this upcoming Florida Citrus season, using historic vintage labels. “We are creating a collage utilizing old Florida vintage style labels to celebrate our 110th year anniversary and to embrace our history” says Mayda Sotomayor, CEO of Greenyard…

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California table grape industry moves record volumes

Setting a new five-week record, the California table grape industry shipped over 23 million boxes into the worldwide marketplace September 8 through October 12, according to…

New leadership at the NMB to begin terms January 1, 2019

USDA appoints new board members to the National Mango Board

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue has appointed six members to serve the National Mango Board (NMB). The appointees include three new members and three returning members.…

New CEO for Michigan blueberry grower

First Pick Farms announced Wednesday, October 10th the election of Scott Nagelvoort to Chief Executive Officer. Scott joined First Pick Farms July 1, 2018. He has worked in…

Also introducing a new brand tagline. "Powering You"

Dole Food Company launches new logo

Dole Food Company announced today the launch of a refreshed logo and brand identity for the iconic 160-year old produce company. Dole strives to more thoughtfully connect and understand consumers,…

High temperatures favor Chile's blueberry harvest

Chile's blueberry harvest is progressing positively, especially in the northern part of the country, where producers have reported high temperatures and higher output volumes than in the previous season. Blueberry exports up to week 40 amounted to 174 tons, much higher than the 64 tons exported by the same week last…

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Chloe Rutzerveld reflects on 4 years of her mini 3D printed vegetable garden

“Imagine not only holding a tiny ecosystem in your hand, but then eating it, in just a bite or two.” That’s the concept behind Edible Growth, a 3D printed ‘mini vegetable garden’ created by Eindhoven-based designer Chloé Rutzerveld. Rutzerveld designed the idea back in 2014, and since then, Edible Growth has grown…

NOT YET JJ Fuego volcano continues to threaten Guatemala

The Fuego volcano erupted in Guatemala last weekend. This eruption wasn't as violent as last year's eruption, which caused the death of many people, but its damage was also considerable. The explosions, which ranged from mild to moderate, sent smoke 940 meters above the crater and the lava flow reached 1,200 meters.…

Bugs threaten billion-dollar kiwifruit industry New Zealand

An increase of 260% in the number of brown marmorated stink bugs found at New Zealand's borders has heightened the billion-dollar risk to the economy of the Bay of Plenty. Ministry for Primary…

Boulder, Colorado

US: Kale burgers are coming

Osaka’s is a new restaurant, opening on October 30 at 2460 Canyon Boulevard. It will serve a special, easy-to-eat Okonomiyaki-style burger. The burgers are not quite burgers. They are various forms of meat, fish, and noodles, sandwiched between savory pancakes made of shredded kale or cabbage, topped with vegetable fixings, maybe a fried egg, sometimes…

Waikato region

Residents fear compost stench from New Zealand mushroom farm

Mercer Mushrooms, one of the largest New Zealand mushroom producers, has applied for consent to build an on-site composting facility, but the Waikato District Council has…

California - USA

San Mateo County: Mediterranean fruit fly eradicated

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the USDA and the San Mateo County Agricultural Commissioner’s office have eradicated a Mediterranean fruit fly…

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Enthusiasm for the results achieved with a view to the future

AC Foods chooses blueberry vision from Unitec for quality sorting of blueberries

The results achieved by several US fruit and vegetable packing houses, thanks to UNITEC technologies, have been constantly improving our satisfaction, gratification and trust in their technological innovation which leads to concrete results for our customers. These results have been achieved particularly in California,…

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Spain: Nazca private equity becomes majority shareholder of aromatic herbs company

The Spanish private equity management company Nazca has become the majority shareholder of Herbex, the number one fresh herbs company in the European market, based in El Ejido, Almeria. In a statement, the heads of Nazca have pointed out that the founder of Herbex, Jaime Visquert, will retain a "significant" share and…

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Onions Australia 2018 Annual Conference and AGM coming up

The Onions Australia AGM and Conference is on in Ulverstone on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 October. There is an exciting program on offer including a not to be missed…

New season smoothie "Winter Magic" coming to Madrid

SanLucar will exhibit at the Fruit Attraction fair in Madrid once again. This time, the company will present itself with a novelty: The seasonal smoothie “Winter Magic”. Two years ago, the premium brand for fruits and vegetables launched the new product line consisting of smoothies and natural juices for the German…

FreshPlaza special Fruit Attraction edition available

From 23 to 25 October, in Madrid, the Fruit Attraction event will take place for the 10th time. On the occasion of this fair, Primeur, in collaboration with FreshPlaza, has once again released an edition in both Spanish and English. In addition to a selection of the best articles from 2017/2018, more…

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Juan Bautista Juan, of Frutas Tono:

"Going for China without good planning just because it pays well is very risky"

With the Spanish mandarin harvest already underway, the campaign ahead appears to be different compared to the previous one in terms of production, with challenges such as the increasingly tougher competition from Egypt, but also with opportunities in markets like the Chinese. FreshPlaza learned this…

Texas grapefruit grower launches new trade newsletter

Texas-based grapefruit grower-packer-shipper Lone Star Citrus, owner of Winter Sweetz, is excited to announce the launch of its bi-monthly newsletter as a resource for the…

Citrus shipper launches limited edition label for Florida citrus

Greenyard USA/ Seald Sweet announced a new label design for this upcoming Florida Citrus season, using historic vintage labels. “We are creating a collage utilizing old Florida vintage style labels to celebrate our 110th year anniversary and to embrace our history” says Mayda Sotomayor, CEO of Greenyard…

Maricopa, California

US: Asian citrus psyllids found in Kern County

A growing population of Asian citrus psyllids was found at four sites in the city of Maricopa, California. This is the first detection of the psyllids in Kern County this…

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New Zealand: Kiwifruit sales to boost horticulture exports

According to Government forecasts, horticulture, led by continuingly high kiwifruit sales, is expected to be New Zealand's fastest-growing primary export sector in the year…

Agrumi-Gel starts the pomegranate processing campaign

Antonino Imbesi, owner and marketing manager of Agrumi-Gel, told  FreshPlaza, “We've installed two shucking machines that allow us to separate the arils from the white part of the pomegranates. In this way, we obtain a juice with excellent organoleptic characteristics. We use a highly specialised Israeli technology…

United States

Scientists to domesticate more varieties of Physalis through genetic editing

Growing cape gooseberries (Peruvian Physalis) isn't very different than growing tomatoes. Both plants are members ​​of the solanaceous family. A group of researchers in the…

Jürgen Weiler, Fruchtprofis Karlsruhe / Rolf Koch GmbH:

''Tropical fruit and mango season do not overlap too much''

This year's campaign of Spanish tropical fruits - like kakis and pomegranates - has now definitely started in Germany as well. Everywhere on the local wholesale markets, large quantities of Spanish products have been arriving. At the same time, the pure specialists' lists still offer customers exotic…

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Candid conversation with National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) members

An educational session at the 2018 Organic Grower Summit will provide attendees an opportunity to hear from two members of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), providing an overview of the agency responsible for recommendations on a wide range of issues involving the production, handling, and…

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This is how eating mangoes might cure wrinkly skin

Who needs botox?

A study in UC Davis’ dermatology and nutrition departments is testing the effect a mango-rich diet has on facial wrinkles and redness in postmenopausal women. Click here for a short clip

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New data loggers introduced at PMA

DeltaTrak will introduce the next generation FlashLink Mini PDF In-Transit Logger at PMA Fresh Summit, Booth 1562, October 19 - 20, 2018, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando Florida. According to Frederick Wu, President and CEO of DeltaTrak, “The FlashLink Mini PDF has been upgraded to…

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Post-harvest solutions company presents protection technology

Hazel Technologies, Inc., a USDA-funded post-harvest solutions company, said it continues to gain traction in the fresh produce industry with its post-harvest quality-protection technologies. According to the company, the technologies improve arrival quality and reduce shrink during distribution. “Many post-harvest solutions…

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Big hit in Japan: Black garlic molasses

In recent years, Japan's government has increased its funding to producers of black garlic. The main reason for this is the assumption, bolstered by scientific studies, that garlic can help ward off cognitive diseases. All this has led to a growing number of products, including a black garlic glaze, now for sale…

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Maersk container industry secures historically large reefer order from Hapag-Lloyd

Hamburg-based global container line Hapag-Lloyd has recently announced new reefer bookings of 11,100 units and awarded Maersk Container Industry (MCI) a huge order totalling 8,600 units, of which 2,000 will be Controlled Atmosphere (CA) reefers. The company has already commenced production of the 8,600…

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Kazakhstan bans import of 20 tons of Kyrgyzstan grapes

From October 10 to 12, quarantine inspectors of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan have foiled 29 attempts to illegally send 165.5 tons of products of a high…

Queensland police scale back Australian strawberry investigations

“A lead investigator is coordinating the ongoing QPS investigation with the support of a number of officers attached to the Drug and Serious Crime Group within State Crime Command,” the QPS said in a statement. Which means the investigations have been scaled back to quite an extent. The Queensland Police Service remains…

Austrian Hepatitis 'A' cases match strains of Swedish outbreak

Austria has become part of a multi-country Hepatitis A outbreak with 31 confirmed cases linked to frozen strawberries imported from Poland. The Austrian outbreak of hepatitis A virus…

Health citations in Houston restaurants: “Roaches in bags of onions”

As Health Inspectors found food debris and improperly stored food at several other restaurants during an inspection tour from October 8 to 15, at least two Houston restaurants…

Risk of Listeria and Salmonella

Prime Deli Corp. recalls 7-Eleven salads

Prime Deli Corp. of Lewisville, Texas, which prepares food for 7-Eleven stores, is recalling more than 200 pounds of ready-to-eat salads because of potential contamination with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Prime Deli produced the salads on October 13th. The salads have the “best-by” date of Oct.…

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Chile is starting to use bees to increase the flowering of almond trees

Chile is starting to use bees to increase the flowering of almond trees The trial use of a bee attractant on almond trees in 10 orchards in October, was a success. This innovative technology, which is widely used in California and widely recognized in the United States, had not been used before in Chile.…

Packaging and Labelling more »

New Tiny Tim's mini avocado bag launched

LGS Specialty Sales (LGS), has announced that its Tiny Tim’s mini avocados are now available in a more economical bag. Tiny Tim’s launched last year, and after receiving…

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Advantages of the Mater-Bi mulch film for processing tomatoes

Commercial tomato cultivation in Navarra is about 2,000Ha. This crop is 10% of the regions total produce output and is the #1 crop to use mulch film. But conventional mulch film is not compatible with mechanical harvesting. There is one solution and Miguelangel Los Arcos shares it in this video. Over the past 14 years, he…

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Leclerc: negotiating takeover of Géant Casino hypermarkets

UK regulator: Sainsbury's-Asda probe will include Aldi, Lidl and Amazon

Poland: Carrefour extends scan and go service Carrefour Poland introduced scan and go in five stores in Warsaw in 2017. The retailer will now roll it out to over 30 new stores across 28 cities, including Bialystok, Kraków and Lublin, among others. Grzegorz Wazowicz, Carrefour Polska’s financial services…

Supervalu's Q2: higher sales & bigger loss

Walmart expects fastest sales growth this decade

US: Supervalu posts higher sales & bigger loss for Q2 Just days after getting the green light to be acquired by United Natural Foods Inc., Supervalu Inc. reported an uptick in sales and a larger net loss for its fiscal 2019 second quarter. In a 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission,…

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El Salvador: Storm Michael affected plantain, vegetable, and bean crops

Tropical storm Michael affected banana, vegetable, and bean crops, according to the head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), Orestes Ortez. "There have been some small effects in vegetable and plantain areas, mainly in the eastern part of the lower San Miguel. Bean crops became a little yellow, but…

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