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Humus - an ancient remedy still used today

New problems solved with ancient revisited remedies - this is the philosophy at Albertoni, one of the few businesses in Italy producing humus from earthworms. In Italy, almost all agricultural lands are poor in organic matter. In some cases, they are near the first stage of desertification. And the…

Less meat, less waste and a more sustainable agriculture

Consuming less animal products, reducing global food waste and obtaining a more sustainable agricultural production are essential conditions to meet the planet's food demand by 2050 without irreversibly damaging the environment. This is the main conclusion of an international study published by Nature, which has…

"Insect pests will increase due to climate change"

Climate change is behind the increase in insect pests, which are expected to cause more damage to crops worldwide. This was said in Rome by various experts in the field of…

Cleaner, fresher and more exotic foods the trend for 2019

The NLS Food Evolution Summit was held in San Diego last month. At the event, produce professionals discussed the up and coming food trends that the industry can expect in the…

Australian agriculture groups join together to voice concerns over harvest workforce plans

Several major farming and horticulture industry representative groups have raised concerns with the Australian Government's new initiative to get unemployed workers to fill the labour shortage gap in harvesting. Under the new plan announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, farmers have to register their need and…

Associate professor at the Education University of Hong Kong:

"Air-freighted fruit at Hong Kong supermarkets disastrous for the planet"

Air-freighted produce has been available in Hong Kong supermarkets for at least a couple of decades. After all, air-freighting fruit and vegetables such as blueberries and asparagus, which are highly perishable, seems to make sense. However, other fruits - like apples - don’t fall into this category. There is a…

Yellow leaf curl virus found

Egypt stops tomato exports due to TYLCV

This Sunday, the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture ordered a ban on  the export of tomatoes after the infection of thousands of acres with yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) was confirmed.…

Peru: Non-traditional exports expanded 10.9% in August 2018

Peru's non-traditional exports amounted to $1.13 billion in August 2018, up 10.9% compared to the same month a year before. This was according to Central Reserve Bank of Peru…

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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,…

Australian summerfruit growers exporting to China receive extra funding

The Victorian state government is helping summerfruit growers with $454,000 in grants to more successfully tap into the booming Chinese market for high-quality produce.…

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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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Dutch ripening technology expert will share most recent innovations at PMA Fresh Summit 2018

Interko to bring latest fruit ripening advances to the Americas

Interko, designer, manufacturer and installer of fresh fruit ripening technology, will present its latest cutting-edge advances during next week’s PMA Fresh Summit, taking…

Greek participation in Madrid three times larger than last year

Top Greek fruit and vegetable enterprises will be participating in ‘Fruit Attraction’, a large international trade fair to be held from 23 to 25 October 2018 in Madrid that…

Citrus more »

Maturity test results and fruit size

USDA Citrus forecast October

The 2018-2019 Florida all orange forecast released today by the USDA Agricultural Statistics Board is 79.0 million boxes, 76 percent more than last season’s final production. The total includes 34.0…

Drought still affects other sectors negatively

Australian orange exports increasing

Although Rabobank’s agribusiness October outlook indicates growth in Australia’s wine and fruit exports, meat and grains are falling short. The monthly report shows that fresh…

Citrus Research Board announces interim president

The Citrus Research Board (CRB) announced that Franco Bernardi will serve as the organizations interim president. As of October 15, Bernardi will lead daily staff operations…

Justin Chadwick:

“Southern African citrus reached a record volume of production in 2018”

Yesterday, Justin Chadwick, CEO of the Citrus Growers’ Association (CGA), tweeted that Southern African citrus reached a record volume of product packed for export in 2018.…

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Chinese kiwi prices on a roller coaster ride

This is the time when Chinese kiwis enter the market in large volumes. In some production areas the early-season varieties like Hongyang [red sun] have already been on the market for some time, while mid-season varieties such as Xuxiang [gentle aroma] and Cuixiang [emerald aroma] also approach the end of…

Ana Beltrán, manager of Hispalco:

"Kiwis are going to be a growing crop in Valencia"

Not many know about the existence of kiwi crops in the province of Valencia, which is better known for products such as citrus fruits or kakis. Kiwis have not been grown in Valencia for very long and the production volume is still small, but the truth is that it offers great advantages at an organoleptic…

South African off-season avocados: “There are a lot of hectares coming”

The temperate southern coast of the Western Cape stands on the cusp of a big avocado expansion, says Dr Guy Witney, independent agricultural consultant and avocado project manager for Moolman Farms, as the revenue potential of off-season avocados from late areas becomes clear. “A twelve month supply to the local…

Mango industry in Australia expected to produce more than 10 million trays

Australia's mango industry is on track to once again produce more than 10 million trays of the tropical fruit. In its national crop forecast for 2018/19, the Australian Mango…

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Availability of organic products on the rise in Bulgaria

Bulgaria has a small, but rapidly growing organic sector. The acreage that has been transformed or is in the process of restructuring for organic farming has tripled in two…

Health more »

The Chiquita blue sticker turns pink for a good cause!

200 million Chiquita bananas will be wearing the special pink-colored sticker. For the whole month of October, Chiquita’s iconic Blue Sticker will turn bright pink to contribute to raise awareness on the pressing topic of breast cancer. Many people have been touched by this illness  and Chiquita is committed…

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Port of Dover: Sanderson Group IT solutions chosen for new Refrigerated Cargo Terminal

Sanderson Group has been appointed to supply the Warehouse Management and Cargo Terminal Management software for the new Refrigerated Cargo Terminal (RCT) as another step in…

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System to be officially launched and demonstrated at Fruit Attraction

"FruitCheck enables efficient quality controls at all stages of the value chain"

Digitization is progressing rapidly, and so is the modern fruit trade. At the upcoming Fruit Attraction trade fair in Madrid, the developer of test equipment, Dr. Lippert Instruments, will be launching and demonstrating its app-based system for optimizing and accelerating quality controls. The technology…

An investiment of 1.5 million euros

The walnut supply chain works: new plant inaugurated

On the 11th of October 2018, New Factor inaugurated their new walnut processing plant, costing 1.5 million euros. A zero-km supply chain, with the walnut plants just a few meters away, by the San Martino di Forlì company. The harvesting process at the San Martino company Davide Drei, mayor of Forlì, cut the inaugural ribbon of…

Italy: Innovative plant for dates by Elisam

Dates are extremely delicate and they require exceptional and specific care. The Elisam company aims at offering an alternative for the processing of fruit and vegetable. The company has developed a system focused on reliability, delicacy and speed. Elisam can provide its clients with innovative solutions for the…

Aerobotics presents AI app to identify crop problems

Aerobotics, a South African precision agriculture tech company, have launched their new drone scouting app which is able to see whatever a human, standing close to a tree, would - and come to the same conclusions. James Paterson, co-founder and CEO of Aerobotics The company's agronomists have labeled and classified hundreds of thousands…

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Spain: Experts from eight countries analyze fruit preserves market

Food industry experts from eight different countries will meet in Murcia to analyze the development of the fruit canning market and the latest technologies to improve the quality of these products, while studying alternatives to reduce the costs of the disposal of waste and brines. They will do this in the framework…

Cooling more »

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…

Food safety more »

New study:

Africa: Irrigating vegetables with wastewater may spread disease

Urban farmers growing vegetables to feed the millions of people in Africa's ever-growing cities could unwittingly be helping to spread disease by irrigating crops with wastewater, a new study reveals. Experts discovered that wastewater collected from canals used for urban agriculture in Burkina Faso was rich in…

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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.…

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Spain: New packaging format that reduces plastic use by 99%

Mans, the brand for organic fruit and vegetables at Bonpreu and Esclat stores, has just launched a new, more sustainable packaging for organic products that reduces plastic…

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Mushrooms are the summer surprise: an increase in consumption

The mushroom season started very interestingly. Despite being an autumn-winter product, both the demand and the consumption were high during the summer months. The climate was very good, and the product aroused more curiosity than expected. These are the thoughts of Marina Sesuru, owner of the Sardinian…

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Netto: first Swedish 100% R290 store

Aldi and Dachser: UK and Irish partnership extended with 5-year deal

Italy: Gruppo VéGé gets two new partners Italian retailer cooperative Gruppo VéGé will expand its company structure with the incorporation of two new members on 1 January 2019, the company has announced. Vega Società Cooperativa is a cooperative based in Northeast Italy (Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia)…

King Kullen: website now offers improved customer engagement for brands

Amazon: $80mln distribution center

US: Walmart to invest $250mln in joint venture with content firm Eko: source Walmart Inc has signed a joint venture with Eko, a developer of interactive video content, to attract shoppers and boost customer engagement, and will invest $250mln in the venture as well as a funding round, a source with…

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Corn and tomato crops flattened by Hurricane Michael

The Florida panhandle and southern Georgia won't be functioning normally for several weeks after Hurricane Michael caused widespread destruction to the region. The storm crossed the coast as a category 4 hurricane and has been labeled as the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida panhandle. As a result,…

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