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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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Idaho potato market to climb higher before new crop begins

Idaho potato growers are optimistic about the season ahead, given the ideal growing conditions the state has experienced. Harvest is still a month away, with the western part of the state beginning first, before gradually transitioning eastwards. This is mainly because the eastern part experiences later frost.....

A tour of a California avocado grove

Avocado picking requires highly skilled laborers

The California avocado season is peaking and with June being California Avocado Month, timing is perfect for a tour of an avocado grove. The Golden State has about 2,000 commercial avocado growers who farm 54,000 acres of avocados together. Ranches are based as far north as Monterey county and as far south as.....

First ever red sweet onions out of Walla Walla

The first harvest of red sweet onions ever to come out of Walla Walla is expected to commence in about a month's time. It's been five years in the making, but finally commercial volumes are in the fields and so far conditions have been favorable."This is the first year that Walla Walla will be producing red.....

Canadian growers shake their heads at talk of boycotting US goods

While headlines and social media postings continue to crop up encouraging Canadian consumers to boycott American products, Canadian growers say they feel very differently. Boycott reports and posts have been popping up with an increasing frequency after U.S. president Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister.....

Low supplies of Ontario garlic predicted

Ontario’s garlic season is potentially looking at a small crop this summer. “It was such a cold spring and the plants aren’t the size they normally are. I think we’re going to have 30 to 40 percent less than last year,” says Nathan Teetzel of G & L Farms in Thedford, Ont. The Ontario garlic season, which.....

Apeel Avocados available at Costco and Harps Food Stores

Today, Apeel Sciences announced that Del Rey Avocado Company is supplying Apeel avocados to Costco Wholesale (COST) stores in the U.S Midwest. Additionally, Apeel avocados supplied by Eco Farms are now available at Harps Food Stores, an Associated Wholesale Grocers chain of supermarkets in the Midwest. Soon,.....

Leamington growers take home awards at annual greenhouse competition

This past weekend, Leamington Ontario hosted its 11th annual Greenhouse Vegetable competition at the Leamington Fair. The competition showcases some of the largest greenhouse growers in North America, and awards their produce through various categories including Hottest Tomato, Perfect Pepper and Coolest.....

Bryan Tate with IFCO

“RPCs remove field heat and cool product significantly faster”

With spring being in full swing and summer around the corner, the produce industry has entered the most exciting and productive seasons of the year. From March to September, fields from Mexico to the U.S. and Canada, generate an abundance of fresh produce that enriches and sustains the lives of hundreds of.....

…but imposes tariffs instead

Things China was going to buy more of ...

China will put higher tariffs on many of the goods it had earlier indicated it would buy more of, threatening retaliation against US farmers and energy producers for president Trump’s escalation of the trade conflict.Tariffs on 659 items will be raised by 25 percent, according to a final list released by the.....

Plastic bin manufacturer launches new hybrid bins

Macro Plastics is expanding their line of Hybrid bins. Two new durable agricultural containers have been engineered to satisfy their customers’ needs for a strong reusable harvest bin that the company says protects their delicate produce and maximizes shipping efficiencies for worldwide transportation.These.....

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Gerjan Snippe, Bio Brass:

Organic grower’s staring point is the supermarket shelf

Initially, Bio Brass was founded because organic vegetables were a promising market segment, but Gerjan Snippe is now becoming more and more idealistic. Organic isn’t a ‘value creating trick’ for which you can just slap a certificate on a product, according to Gerjan from Bio Brass, a production company for.....

Fernando Martín, of Procam Bio:

"We hope good weather and the World Cup will give consumption a boost"

The organic yellow and Piel de Sapo melon harvests have started this week in Granada. "The start of the campaign has been slow due to the instability of the weather this past spring. We started with a very high demand, but now it has slowed down as more significant volumes are entering the market," explains.....

Sending fresh produce from Sicily to Russia, the Middle and Far East

Airnautic Italiadeals with the transport of goods by air. It was established in 2015 in Venice with the collaboration of Airnautic France and Airnautic Switzerland. It has recently opened a branch in Milan Segrate and will open another one in Rome Fiumicino soon. Their personnel have thirty years of experience.....

FOOD Freshly met with enthusiasm at European Convenience Forum

German specialist extending shelf life without preservatives

In Europe, the pre-cut fruit market is growing at double-digit rates every year. FOOD freshly® has been specializing since 1994 in extending the shelf life of convenience fruit and vegetables. A classic example is the discoloration of, for example, apples, pears, lettuce and eggplants, which is halted by a.....

Antwerp blockchain pilot pioneers: Secure and efficient document workflow

The Antwerp Port Authority and the Antwerp blockchain start-up T-Mining have developed a solution to make document flows safer and more efficient. Documents, such as certificates of origin and phytosanitary certificates, are transferred via blockchain technology and the document flow is automated by means of.....

For commitment to fairtrade practices banana sector

Fyffes receives CLAC Award

Fyffes, the Dublin-based produce company, was recognized by the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Fairtrade Small Producers and Workers (CLAC) for its commitment to buying bananas from many of the region's small producers and its role as the largest Fairtrade banana buyer. The award was presented at the.....

Ireland: PhD to ensure safer food supply chains

Most people will be familiar with the horse-meat scandal. Could this have been foreseen? Could it have been prevented? In what way was it different to other food safety scandals? Who made money from it? What are the chances of something like this happening again? What can be done to prevent similar incidences.....

Ukrainian cherries may arrive in the Chinese market

China has recently shown an interest in Ukrainian cherries. Since 11 June, specialists from the People's Republic of China have been paying visits to Ukraine to check the fruit's phytosanitary situation before their shipment to China. The mission is working to assess the system that the country has in place to.....

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Mexico, Peru and Chile moving in

New Zealand: Exclusive avocado access to Australia under threat

Mexico, Peru and Chile are large scale exporters of avocados. They have set their sights on selling into the Australian market, threatening New Zealand's exclusive access to this lucrative market. Australia is New Zealand's number one market for avocados, worth $88 million in sales in the 2017-18 year. Total.....

NZ is missing a trick when it comes to export marketing

The NZ government needs to invest in a national food brand in the same way it spends $100 million each year to promote New Zealand as a tourist destination, says agrifood marketing expert and Lincoln University agribusiness management senior lecturer Nic Lees.He claims New Zealand producers are not emphasizing.....

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US nutritionist claims positive effects

Fibromyalgia: Reducing symptoms by eating asparagus

An American clinical health nutritionist has claimed that adding vegetables like asparagus to your diet can reduce fibromyalgia symptoms. Dr. Josh Axe claims sufferers should try “melatonin-rich foods” as this will “help them sleep”. On his website, Axe continued : “As sleep disorders are common among.....

Preventing E.coli O157 outbreaks in leafy vegetables

In April 2018, the CDC reported a multi-state outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections linked to Romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona with five deaths so far reported and hundreds sickened. Here, rapid microbiology finds out from Dr. Rachel Noble, an expert environmental molecular microbiologist, how.....

Early blueberry start pushed Poland into a competitive market

The early start of the Polish blueberry season has had a negative effect on prices for growers, with too much competition on the market."We started picking 3 weeks ago, which means that we entered the market the same time as other European producers in our region. Typically, there is a quiet period of a couple.....


Walmart: smaller format Sam’s Club planned

Sprouts: online delivery is key growth avenue

US: Boxed improves Dallas fulfilmentcenter efficiency with house-developed systemBoxed, the bulk-shopping ecommerce retailer geared toward “updating the Costco experience for Millennials,” is implementing in its Dallas fulfillment center its autonomously guided vehicle (AGV), a lightweight, transportable.....

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