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Brussels sprouts see sharp increase in demand pre-Thanksgiving

Imported Brussels sprouts are arriving with decent supplies, though as Thanksgiving nears, that’s changing shortly. “We’re bringing in Brussels sprouts from Guatemala and so far, so good. Everything is fine coming in and there’s no shortage or anything like that,” says Pedro Rodriguez with Panamerican Farms, Inc. in…

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Snug supply scene for greenhouse tomatoes in North America

Supplies of greenhouse tomatoes are quite tight. “November for tomatoes in general is the tightest month in North American production every year,” says Jeff Madu of Windset Farms in Delta, BC. And 2018’s November is looking no different given November is when a crossover of supply regions takes place. “Our Canadian operations have probably…

Chilean cherry arrivals to US on the way after slow start

Arrivals of Chilean cherries into the US are imminent, with some fruit already reported to have arrived. While shipments of cherries from Chile to China have already started, arrivals to the US are slow in coming. Additionally, the crop will be a little smaller than the record crop last year of 39…

US: Florida orange production down 3 per cent from October forecast

The USDA released some interesting numbers on their Twitter today, stating that all orange production is down three per cent compared to the October forecast. When breaking it down, Valencia orange production remains unchanged, but non-Valencia orange production is down by six per cent. All Florida grapefruit production has…

Dole Food HQ expected to reopen after fire evacaution

The massive Woosley Fire that has destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands of residents to flee, caused the temporary shutdown of Dole Food Co., Westlake Village,…

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Village Farms reports 11% decrease in sales

Village Farms International announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018. Highlights for the Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2018 Sales of US$39.7 million, a decrease of (11%) from…

US potato exports down: Retaliatory tariffs blamed

The first quarter of the July 2018 – June 2019 marketing year saw significant declines in U.S. potato exports compared to the same time frame the previous marketing year. In a…

Start-up Augean Robotics

Burro helper robot Increases productivity by 20 to 30%

Robotics start-up Augean Robotics from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has come up with Burro, a robot version of a small donkey that can haul up to 500 pounds, improving…

California Giant expands Mexican raspberry season

California Giant's Mexican raspberry season has started a month earlier this year with production beginning in September. The company grows in a number of regions in Mexico, with the variety grown allowing them to enjoy a lengthier window lasting from fall right through to the middle of next year. "We have been picking…

World Pear Day set for December 1

To kick off the 14th year of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proclaiming December to be National Pear Month, Pear Bureau Northwest/USA Pears said it is implementing…

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European Food Safety Authority

EFSA expands simplified food safety management system

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has expanded coverage of a “simpler” food safety management approach to help small retailers and food donations. The approach uses flow diagrams to…

Lidl Poland launches promotion to encourage healthy eating

A new promotion is underway at Lidl Poland. For every 50 zloty (about 11.62 Euro) spent in the store, customers will get a sticker. With six stickers, they will be able to…

Contraband from Poland via Belarus stopped

Belarusian financial authorities have stopped the supply of banned goods to Russia, which for two years had been handled by a group of Russians and Ukrainians, reports the…

China declares openness to Polish imports, including fruit and veg

"China has confirmed that it is now more open to imports, I talked about expanding our export range with many products, including fruit and vegetables," said the Polish…

Poland: Free apples handed out in Warsaw and Lublin

On 9 November, free apples were handed out in Warsaw and Lublin with the idea of encouraging people to consume patriotism and eat 100 apples in 100 days for Independent…

Poland: Lower availability and smaller-sized onions this season

"Despite the slight expansion of the acreage (according to data from the Statistics Agency - GUS), Poland's onion harvest will be almost 14% lower than in the previous year…

Italy and Brexit drag European currencies down, US Dollar at a 1,5 year high

The U.S. dollar took flight on Monday, hitting its highest level in about 1 ½-years, as political uncertainties in Europe— Italy’s budget dilemma and Brexit—drove the British…

The signing of a master license with Sapo Trust

New dynamic in South Africa for Agro Sélections Fruits

Agro Sélections Fruits (ASF) - also known as «Maillard genetics» - has been working for decades to obtain new and improved varieties of peaches and nectarines with round and flat fruit, with white, yellow and highly pigmented flesh as well as cherries, apricots and apples. Recognized for its worldwide development of varieties…

Kalter Aardbeien happy with new variety Sonsation

"Switching in one go was the right choice"

Kalter Aardbeien has been growing Sonsation strawberries since this spring, a step they are very happy about at the company in the Koekoekspolder in IJsselmuiden (Netherlands). Richard Kalter, from the company that changed more than just the variety this year: "It is a  beautiful, shiny, and very important,…

A total of 6 projects receive 28 million euros

Netherlands: Research grants awarded for stronger lettuce and smarter agrofood robots

Research grants were recently awarded to more than 75 scientists, along with the business community and various organizations in the Netherlands. Subsidies from NWO (the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research) will go to six major research programs that were approved on November 8. The research will…

Shipping company records turnover of 8.4 billion euro

Hapag-Lloyd grows thanks to takeover

Hapag-Llyod have presented their figures for the first nine months of the year. The shipping company reports a turnover of 8.4 billion euro (2017: 7.3 billion euro). The…

SFI Rotterdam warns of fraudster ordering on behalf of a German client

SFI Rotterdam wants to warn colleagues in their branches of a scammer. "There is a fraudster busy ordering goods on behalf of one of our German clients. He is using the number, +49 157 8370 5058, and calls himself “Kai Henning” of “Kruse Frucht.” He orders loads to be sent to northern German locations such as Bremen,…

Crisis officially over but Greeks hardly notice it

Greek exporters endured the crisis years well in this Southern European country. Despite the focus on export markets, the decline on the domestic market passed by these companies. However, the exporters have also noticed the consequences indirectly, and these are most visible on the citrus market.…

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Bulgarian pear production 2017/18 - 42 percent increase

In marketing year (MY) 2017/18, Bulgarian pear production increased by 42 percent. Table grape production also increased by 42 percent due to favorable weather conditions. Apple production was stagnant. Assuming normal weather, prospects for MY 2018/19 are favorable and Post expects pear, table grape,…

Ireland: Soaring potato costs create pressure for food processors

Food suppliers and processors in Northern Ireland could be heading for a clash with supermarkets over the soaring cost of potatoes. One food processing firm stated that the…

Ireland: Domestic potato market report

The high levels of rainfall in the past week has made ground conditions more challenging for digging crops of potatoes and many growers have been stopped up for the past week.…

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Convincing your Christmas guests to eat sprouts

As sprout season is in full swing, Liz Connor finds reasons to pile more of these nutrient powerhouses onto your dinner plate this winter. They're the divisive festive…

Kiremko appoints General Sales Manager

As of December 1st 2018, Ton Hendrickx (52) is appointed as General Sales Manager at Kiremko. Ton Hendrickx has been associated with Kiremko since 2013 as external strategic…

UK: Should plastic-free packaging for fresh fruit and veg be mandatory?

The United Kingdom House of Commons will debate a petition on Nov. 12 urging the government to make supermarkets offer plastic-free packaging for fresh fruit and vegetables. Signed by…

Vermeersch Vegetables means to also expand further

Vergro celebrates its 50th anniversary

Last Saturday evening saw the big celebration of Vergro's 50th anniversary. More than 400 guests celebrated this auspicious occasion with this Belgian exporting company in the town of Meulebeke, Belgium. After the reception, a jubilee show was given. Here, sports reporters, Martial and Noël, took a humorous look at…

Rob Euser, Capespan:

“Uncertainty about grapes Peru will send to Europe”

Demand for Brazilian grapes is starting to improve now. “It was still calm because of the European grapes that were still on the market, but retailers that hadn’t switched yet, are now switching. This is the result of the quality of European grapes decreasing rapidly,” says Rob Euser of Capespan…

Discussions on how to avoid waste

Pink Lady Day at Mazzoni Group

A plant management that wants to avoid waste. This is the message sent during the Pink Lady Day held at the Gruppo Mazzoni on Friday 9th of November 2018. After the welcoming speech by the manager Luigi Mazzoni, the CSO president Paolo Bruni took the stage. From the left: Luigi Mazzoni, Sergio Trevisan, Paolo Bruni, Monica Artosi, Eleonora Barbero,…

Plantitalia: the favorite nursery for strawberry producers in the south

The planting of strawberry plantlets in the south and for the  Planitalia Sr l , a nursery company part of the Planasa SA group, is coming to an end. With 105 million plants sold in southern Italy, Plantitalia has been confirmed as the first supplier of nursery material in the strawberry sector for the 2018/19 campaign as…

Mercato ortofrutticolo di Lusia: Slow exchanges and oscillating prices in October

October 2018 was pretty stable. The temperature was good and it did not rain much thus facilitating the harvesting and the usual fruit and vegetable supplying for the Mercato…

Italy: Lower quantities and higher prices for courgettes

The temperature changes over the past few weeks have stressed light and dark courgette plants, meaning there are problems in the production of these vegetables in the Fondi area. "Volumes are much lower than in the past campaign, and things will continue to be so for a few weeks," explains Michele Conti from OP Copla. Prices are…

David Hernández Trujillo, domestic tomato trader at Unica Group:

"We are going to have more kilos of tomatoes and new varieties"

"It is very difficult to determine what this tomato campaign will be defined by, since there are many aspects to take into account, such as the weather, pests, etc. What we do know is that we will have more kilos than last season and that we will have new varieties," says David Hernández Trujillo, a…

Spain: "Citrus volume from South Africa will start falling sharply soon"

The vice president of the Professional Association of Fruit Exporters of Castellón and manager of Nulexport, Pasqual Pla, said that the start of the campaign has been marked…

‘Too Good To Go’ and 'Karma Fridge' projects

Dutch and Swedish retailers tackle food waste in Europe

In the Netherlands, retail chain HEMA has partnered with start-up ‘Too Good To Go’ through which it offers the ‘magic box’. The box contains surplus food that would usually have been thrown away at the end of the day. In Sweden, ICA is trialling the ‘Karma fridge’ in its ICA Kvantum Liljeholmen store. Hema customers can…

Spain: Quality of Cordoba's citrus will be higher this campaign

The agricultural organization Asaja Córdoba has reported that the recently started citrus campaign will be similar to the previous one in terms of prices, but with higher…

Cologne fruit trade draws positive balance at the end of this year's season

'European grape campaign will be over in about 10 days'

The last phase of this year's European grape harvest has been announced. Now, all eyes are slowly turning to the products from overseas and, occasionally, Brazilian grapes are already being offered by German wholesalers. On the Cologne wholesale market area, traders are also preparing for the overseas…

Saving the banana from worldwide disease

They are the world’s most popular fruit – a staple of breakfasts, packed lunches and healthy snacks in kitchens everywhere.But now a virulent disease is threatening to wreak…

Fishes and plants, bred with shared water and nutrient cycle

Unusual, but effective aquaculture in Berlin

A Berlin start-up is breeding bass and basil in the same waters. The fish are providing the nutrients for the plants - an unusual but effective form of aquaculture. Fish…

Scientists find antibiotic-resistant bacteria on fresh produce

Resistant germs: Can raw food and lettuce be health risks?

Salads are popular foods for people who strive to eat a balanced and healthy diet. These consumption goods are often being sold pre-cut and packaged in plastic containers.…

p2raumdesign presents Liftboxx at expoDirekt 2018

Efficient storing and presentation option for loose and ready-made goods at POS

As a Europe-wide trade fair premiere, p2raumdesign will present its Liftboxx at expoDirekt (21 & 22 November, Messe Karlsruhe). The Liftboxx is equally suitable for moving and presenting loose goods (such as apples and pumpkins) or for made-to-order goods (bags, sacks, crates or fruit…

Carrots pull in the tourists for northern Switzerland

The city of Aarau in northern Switzerland always turns into a Mecca for carrot-lovers on the first Wednesday of November. The colourful “Rüeblimärt” (carrot market) has been a rooted fixture since 1982. Carrots extend as far as the eye can see, offered in all colours and shapes and used to make…

Packaging Automation announce major plans to support rapid growth

Packaging Automation Limited (PA), based in Knutsford, are a rapidly growing designer and manufacturer of packaging machinery. PA’s recent success coupled with the company’s continued and ambitious growth plans sees the opening of factory 2 to support the required expansion in manufacturing facilities. Packaging Automation…

Only 2,200 tonnes of apples were exported from Ukraine in October 2018

Critically low prices cause Ukraine to cut apple exports

Ukraine in October cut exports of organic apples for processing by 42% compared to October last year, to 2,200 tonnes due to overproduction and critically low prices of this…

Queen of England finds dead slug in her salad, leaves brutal message for chef

Cooking for the Queen and members of the royal family would be an anxious job for most. Failing to deliver a delicious meal would have you walking on eggshells, or out of a…

Unique varietes of potatoes shown at Agrico

“This is my 30th season at Agrico, but I have never experienced something like this.” That is how yesterday, Thursday 8 November, Jan van Hoogen opened the annual varieties and seedlings presentation at the Agrico Research's breeding and research station in Bant. The Managing Director of Agrico was…

Meet the man behind the mushrooms in new Wicked Kitchen range

New Wicked Kitchen products appearing in store feature Smithy Mushrooms who've been working with Tesco for over 20 years, explains grower John Dorrian. “It’s a real family affair, we all love mushrooms! My sister is in the office and my nephews are out in the loading bays. My mum is 78 and still here, working in the…

Macron: "Euro is not a clear alternative to US Dollar"

French President Emmanuel Macron said that the euro is not “a clear alternative” to the dollar thanks to the U.S. currency’s international “strengths.” “Until now, we fail to make the…

Turkey: “The climate is very suitable for apple production"

The apple harvest has started in Civril, Denizli, a city located in southwestern Turkey. Denizli is very well known for its apple production and the production area spans across 5,470 hectares where 120,839 tons of apples are grown annually. 70 % of the production is immediately sold to wholesalers…

Turkey: Tomato prices and production

Tomato harvest has started in Antalya, the center for greenhouse tomato production in Turkey. Tomato seedlings were planted during the month of August and the growers have started receiving products in 3 months. Tomatoes were sold at Antalya wholesaler market for 0.50 USD per kg which is a strong…

Oceania

AU: Strong season ahead for Calypso® Mangoes

Calypso® Mango season is officially underway with more than 50 million are expected to be picked this summer. Second generation Calypso® Mango grower Daniel Niceforo says excellent weather conditions has brought a great crop to the top end. "Australians love their mangoes and there is always great demand for fresh and delicious Calypso®…

Cherries to be flown directly to Chinese markets

Australian cherry growers expecting to see profits soar

New South Wales cherry growers have the advantage of being one of the first states able to harvest in Australia, allowing those growers to be the ‘cherry on top’ in China.…

Australia: Stonefruit growers look forward first full export season to China

The GACC (General Administration of Customs People’s Republic of China) have on Friday 9th November 2018 published the lists of businesses that are accredited for exports of…

NZ: Kiwifruit orchards being sold, Seeka selling $16 million worth of orchards

New Zealand‘s largest kiwifruit producer, Seeka, has agreed to sell five Northland kiwifruit orchards for nearly $16 million. Seeka said the agreements include the purchasers…

NZ: Further growth planned for Port of Tauranga

Port of Tauranga is budgeting on moving more than 1.2 million containers across its wharves in the current financial year. The company, which reported 8 percent cargo growth in the September quarter, handled the equivalent of 1.18 million 20-foot containers in the June year, almost 9 percent more than a…

Michael Every of Rabobank:

'New Zealand could be forced to pick a side between US and China'

The US-China trade conflict is developing into a ‘cold’ war for global economic supremacy and could result in New Zealand being forced to pick a side between the two global…

World

Precipitation in India

Precipitation in India

Fight disease with an anti-inflammatory diet

Inflammation is the body’s response to illnesses including infections or injuries. When you get an injury, the immune system sends an increased number of white blood cells to the area to fight off the bacteria. This then results into healing. There are several chronic inflammatory diseases however, such as arthritis,…

Surviving hard potato times

After rough times, one thing is certain. Somebody will design a T-shirt to reflect on those times. This man has survived the horrific Pei Potato Harvest in 2018 and claims it's a lot healthier to look at these issues with a sense of humor.

Video Interview: Enabling visibility of cargo flow

MSC is increasingly introducing smart container solutions for customers at many locations around the world, using IoT solutions developed by its partner TRAXENS. In this interview at the…

A healthy alternative to antibiotics

The world is facing "one of the biggest threats to modern medicine." In fact, a recently conducted study says by 2050, thousands of people all around the globe will die…


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