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Friday, September 21, 2018

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Plenty of fields still water-logged in North Carolina

The sun is finally out in North Carolina, but the ground is still very wet as the state slowly starts to recover from ex-Hurricane Florence. Many sweet potato fields are still underwater, and growers have not have not had a chance to formally assess fields. The general consensus is that there will be…

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Some peaches and plums remain for California stone fruit

The California stone fruit season has just about finished for the year. Growers are now picking and packing remaining fruit, bringing the harvest season to a close by the end of next week. Out of all the varieties, there will likely be some late season plums available for another five or six weeks, after…

Lighter demand for rhubarb this season is against trend

As the season for domestic field rhubarb comes to an end, supplies look light. “Field rhubarb starts around April 1st and runs until mid-October while our hot house rhubarb goes from mid-January to March,” says Roger Knutson of Knutson Farms Inc. in Sumner, Wa.  This puts an end to a lighter demand for field rhubarb this year. “The demand…

Grower sues Miami competitor over hot-selling avo

In a remote valley in the Dominican Republic, the discovery of a single special tree spawned a new species of avocado. Called the Carla, it has since emerged as a rock star of…

Regarding $12 bln aid package:

WTO members demand more clarity on US farm spending

Trading partners will demand more details from the United States at the World Trade Organization next week about its planned $12 billion aid package, destined for US farmers…

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California melon supply starts to dip

Watermelons in California have been in ample supply this season. “I feel like there’s been a good supply and that’s driven the price down—because there’s been an oversupply,” says David Vierra of Vierra Farms in Sacramento, Ca. “It’s a combination of extra plantings and good weather. Anytime you come out of a…

California to build first large-scale water storage after 40 years

Last week the U.S. Senate and House passed a funding bill addressing “water storage, drought preparedness and water infrastructure needs for the Bureau of Reclamation and Army Corps of Engineers” in the 2019 Energy and Water Bill. Also included in the bill is a package of spending bills that also contains funding for…

United Fresh appoints McDonald’s supply chain leader to Board of Directors

United Fresh Chairwoman Cindy Jewell, from California Giant Berry Farms, has appointed Sarah Grady to fill an open seat on the United Fresh Board of Directors. Grady is the…

Currency crisis unfolding – Will it catch up to the US?

A review of the values of 143 global currencies indicates that so far this year, more than 80 percent have fallen in value. Another 11 appear to be pegged to the dollar and 13…

For September 20, 2018:

US Market and Crop update onions

New York: Michelle Gurda, with A. Gurda produce in Pine Island, told us on Sept. 19 that demand has been steady. “We are still shipping a few onions out of the West, but we started harvesting our New…

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Potatoes / Onions 2018

“Our onions will fill the gap that Holland and Poland have left behind”

The drought in Europe made sure the onions’ crop and sizes are less than ideal this year. The big European powerhouses like the Netherlands and even Poland and Germany might have to get some help to meet the usual demand. Ukraine seems eager to step in. Ukrainian onion exporter Desento has been watching the European market closely. Most…

Summer weather takes its toll on fall onions

Thanks to Mother Nature, domestic onion supplies may be less than anticipated. “It looked like onions were going to be plentiful but where we are, the Columbia Basin, Washington and the northern part of Oregon, we had a lot of heat in the summer months,” says Jared Gutierrez of Columbia Basin Onion LLC., a grower/shipper…

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…

Watch the video of the machine in operation

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

Special offers in supermarkets do not push sales

For those with good yields, 2018 will be remembered as a positive year when it comes to profit. However, average yields weren't satisfactory. Summer fruit must taste good and…

The new concept launched by LiPa Piantine at the Sana fair

Organic edible flowers in pots: maximized freshness at one's fingertips

The concept is to offer not only edible flowers and edible organic products, but also an entire plant that will reproduce itself if handled with appropriate care. This will maximize the plant's freshness at the time of harvest, without the need of further packaging. The concept of organic edible flowers…

Spain: A system to trace stolen fruit

A group of Andalusian entrepreneurs has developed Olidetec, a system that is able to warn of a theft in the countryside and trace the stolen fruit. The service offers 24/7…

Spain: EU to continue monitoring Turkish lemon arrivals

The European Commission has decided to maintain the special controls for Turkish lemons in the 2018-2019 campaign to verify that they comply with European regulations on…

Castellon

Given the increased production of citrus, Spain plans to increase exports outside Europe

The increase in production in all agricultural sectors, which ranges between 15% and 20%, will allow Castellon to harvest around 650,000 tons of citrus this season and force exporting companies to redouble their external presence. Even though the European Union accounts for 93% of exports, which in 2017 totaled 764…

Spain: Murcia demands more control in the arrival of citrus to Cartagena

The Government of Murcia is worried about the threat that imported lemons with black spot, arriving at the port of Cartagena, could pose for the lemon sector. The Minister of…

Jose Manuel Pardo:

"Small sizes affect companies which package mandarins with leaves"

The harvest of early Iwasaki and Okitsu mandarins has started in the region of Safor, Valencia. The yields per hectare are higher, there are also more smaller sizes, which are difficult to market, especially for companies that pack the fruit with leaves. "Despite there being more production this year, I will have 30% less…

Spain: The value of Andalusian strawberry exports decreases by almost 4%

Last season, the value of Andalusian strawberry exports, nearly 95% of which are grown in the province of Huelva, surpassed the 461 million euro, i.e. nearly 3.96% less than…

Spain: Optical techniques know how ripe kiwis are without opening them

Kiwi Atlantico tested at its plant in Ribadumia an electronic calibrator that allows determining the sweetness and degree of maturity of kiwi fruits without having to open…

Spain: Lleida begins harvesting the Golden apple and expects to harvest 113,360 tons

The farmers of Lleida have started to harvest the Golden apple, the most important variety in the province in terms of production volume. They also confirmed the announced…

Spain: An autochthonous mango variety that has no strands, is sweeter, and a smaller caliber

Last season the Lusar Tropical company, a company from Huelva that is dedicated to the plantation of tropical fruits, managed to produce more than 300,000 kilos of a native variety of mango that has been adapted to the climate of the area. According to the company, they expect production will increase by…

Joep Jongmans, Special Fruit:

“Spanish mangoes slightly later because of cooler weather”

“The import mango season is currently in a transitional phase. The final mangoes from Israel are still on the market in small volumes,” says Joep Jongmans of Special Fruit. The first Brazilian mangoes are supplied in limited numbers, but more supply is expected as of mid-October. “There are currently…

Aldi announces two-year deal with Carlow-based mushroom growers

Aldi Ireland has agreed to a new two-year deal with Carlow-based Codd Mushrooms that will see the business provide €9 million worth of mushrooms to Aldi stores. Under the new contract, Codd Mushrooms will supply Aldi’s 133 Irish stores with 13.3 million packs of mushrooms, representing a volume growth of 600% between…

Ljubuski, Bosnia and Herzegovina:

‘All preconditions for potatoes export to EU market fulfilled’

The director of Agricultural cooperative “Plodovi zemlje”, Dubravko Vukojevic, said that all the preconditions and permissions for export of potatoes from Ljubuski to EU countries were provided. In addition to that, customers from Russia are interested in their potatoes as well. “Between 7,000 and 8,000 tons of…

Regal'You sweet apples

Regal'You® is the new bi-color apple variety with a higher-than-average sugar level chosen by Apofruit Italia. It is harvested approximately 7-10 days earlier than Fuji, therefore around mid-September depending on the area. The red color covers around 40% of the peel. It is not a mutation, but rather a stable selection tolerant…

Guido van Veldhoven:

"Lots of pressure on the top fruit market until Christmas, but still lots of opportunities"

There has been a record apple harvest in Europe this year. Despite this, Guido van Veldhoven is optimistic about the season. He is from the growing, cooling, and sorting company of the same name in Meteren, the Netherlands. "I see plenty of opportunities for the Elstar. The size of the harvest was not…

Potato prices soar in Spain

Potato prices in Spain have skyrocketed due to the drought and subsequent rains in Europe. On Wednesday, September 18, potato prices at the Market of Leon ranged between € 210.00 / ton and € 280.00 /…

Eduardo Cifres:

Spain: "In this campaign, persimmon producers mustn't rush to sell their product"

The Valencian persimmon campaign will begin with the first harvests at the end of September. This will also be the first campaign of a new company created by producers who decided to export their product themselves, moved by the disastrous prices achieved in last year's campaign. "The profitability of persimmon has been…

Traces of Listeria and Salmonella found

Tesco, Lidl and Asda food recalls

The Food Standards Agency has added more items to its food recall list after Listeria and Salmonella were found in a number of products. The update comes after Asda, Lidl and Tesco had to recall a number of products after they were found to pose a health risk to consumers. Affected shoppers are being urged not to eat the…

UK vegetable whisperer strokes his leeks to help them grow

A gardener says the secret to growing his giant vegetables is stroking them. Vegetable whisperer Chris Evans says he is ‘obsessed’ with growing giant leeks, onions and tomatoes. The young gardener has had a lifelong passion for his allotment in Wednesbury, West Midlands – but he won’t eat any of the…

Selling more produce:

Tips for grocers to overcome barriers

Eating fruits and vegetables regularly is a common element of some of the most healthful diets in the world when it comes to promoting longevity, increasing cognitive and emotional well-being, and preventing chronic diseases — including reduced risk for coronary artery disease, stroke and certain…

Sunburst volume triples in second season

British-bred Sunburst apples are back on the Waitrose shelves this month and volume is set to triple in the exciting variety’s second commercial season. The first commercial crop of the pink-fleshed Sunburst made a big impression last season, when just 500 12kg boxes were available. Bred and grown at NIAB EMR in…

First French organic bananas for sale in Paris

French organic bananas from UGPBAN are now available in Parisian stores. The banana trees are grown in Martinique by Michel Blondel La Rougerie, who’s the largest producer of…

Good expectations for Angeleno plums

The harvesting of Angeleno plums in Emilia-Romagna is in full swing. Cristian Moretti, director of Agrintesa, is optimistic about it as quality is very good and quantities aren't high.   Cristian Moretti   "As regards our cooperative, we will have 10-15% less produce. In other areas, there is even fewer fruit. Grades are good and so is quality - things are looking excellent."     The high temperatures…

Table grape cracking problem now stable

The harvesting of PGI table grapes has started in Mazzarrone (Sicily). "September is the ideal month to harvest Italia grapes, and our produce is already available both in…

Italy: Violì artichokes

The artichoke segment is pretty fragmented and that is why Apofruit Italia, Cericola and La Mongolfiera have combined their strengths to create the Violì project from hybrids selected by Nunhems. The initiative was presented on 19th September 2018 at FICO in Bologna. The purpose is to create a high-end product that is…

Compagnie Fruitière

Commitment to produce bananas in a way that is more sustainable

After a year of collaboration with WWF France, Compagnie Fruitière has presented its commitments to produce bananas in a more sustainable way. Their main challenge is reducing…

Small traders’ revenue drops as shoppers avoid plastic packaging

As scrutiny increases on plastics use across all industries, new research* from Paymentsense reveals over half (54%) of small retailers have seen sales of plastic packaged…

Croatian government want to halve VAT on fruit & vegetables

On Thursday, the Croatian government proposed cutting value added tax (VAT) on fresh meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, eggs and diapers almost by half starting next year. This…

Oceania

OZblu uses DNA testing to enforce plant breeders rights

A farmer based in Mpumalanga, South Africa, growing premium blueberry varieties sold under the OZblu brand, grown under license from the United Exports Group of Companies, is…

Australian Prime Minister: ‘Drought summit not just quick fixes’

Prime Minister Morrison insists next month's national drought summit won't just be about quick fixes. While the situation in rural Australia is urgent, Morrison believes there…

Thousands of trays head south to markets

Australian mango season heats up in Northern Territory

In the Northern Territory, the mango season is ramping up,  with growers sending thousands of trays to markets around Australia this week. Australia produced more than 10 million trays for the first time last season, with 48 per cent of the national mango crop produced by the Northern Territory. Farmers and…

OZblu blueberries sold out on Beijing market at 300kg/hour

OZblu blueberries do not only hold the record for the world’s heaviest blueberry but are now chasing speed records as well. Arriving in China from Chile, OZblu blueberries hit the local market on the morning of 19 September 2018 in Beijing, and were sold out by mid-morning: that is at a speed of about…

NT's biggest citrus farm permitted to trade interstate

Australia: Canker breakthrough

The Northern Territory's biggest citrus farm has finally received permission to sell fruit interstate. It is five months after the plant disease citrus canker was first detected in Darwin. The Nutrano farm, which…

Jeftomson brings new Dazzle apple to Australia

Goulburn Valley grower, packer and marketer Jeftomson will manage the new Dazzle® apple in Australia, in its first foray into managed-varieties. The New Zealand-bred PremA129 variety, fruit…

Measure taken to keep South Australia fruit fly free

Millions of sterile fruit flies are set to be released in two areas that have witnessed an outbreak of the Mediterranean fruit fly, in a bid to eradicate the horticultural…

Potato virus detected in Canterbury

Biosecurity New Zealand is working with Potatoes New Zealand to respond to a detection of Potato mop-top virus (PMTV) in potato tubers in Canterbury. Incident controller, David Yard, says…

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