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South Africa: Northen Cape growers - so far, so good
South African grape growers have been taking advantage of the good European market and have been picking for a couple of weeks now. The grapes are looking very good with nice shelf life and brix levels.FreshPlaza is visiting the Northern Cape, Namibia and the West Cape this week and we will give you updates.....

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New brand of strawberries in North America
With their Mexican partner from Michoacán, Don Limón has launched a new product line: strawberries.New brand for North AmericaThis season a new brand is being introduced: VITA MÁS; breaking into the North American market with fresh strawberries. "Our supplying capacity is steady and reliable. The produce is.....

Market report by Mark Greenberg, CEO Capespan North America
Light Chilean white seedless table grape crop expected
The California table grape season is winding down with only a week or two of white seedless grapes left to move. Red seedless will continue to be available through Christmas. At the end of Week 48, California white seedless grapes are selling in the range of US$ 28.00 – 32.00, size depending, on sluggish.....


Turkish company continues to drive growth in Europe
The Turkish produce exporter, Finkum, is actively developing its presence in Europe. The company has already opened a European office in the Netherlands and is now applying for the GlobalGAP certificate in order to supply directly to European retail chains. Finkum has also struck up a partnership with the.....


Ser.mac’s technologies to serve chilean cherries
Ser.mac continues to achieve important goals at the international level in improving fresh fruit and vegetable selection processes, confirming its drive towards internationalization.The company, Vista Hermosa, has chosen to maximize and improve their cherry processing line, adopting the latest Ser.mac’s.....

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From growing citrus in Valencia to switching to apricots, walnuts, kakis, papayas and guava
Spain: "Fully red apricots will replace the traditional ones in Europe"
Vicente Benavent, a young Valencian who grew up in Morocco and studied in universities in America and Madrid, decided to undertake a unique project in Valencia with the production and sale of profitable alternatives to the traditional citrus crops."My grandparents have cultivated citrus their whole lives;.....


Upul Rajapakse, CBL:
“We cultivate the best pineapple in the world in Sri Lanka”
“We mostly export processed fruit to Europe, but we want to grow in the sales of fresh fruit in the coming years. Here in Sri Lanka we have many different kinds of exotics. One example is the Queen pineapple: it looks different and smaller, and it has the best flavour in the world. This is due to the correct.....


The emphasis on customised solutions
The need for outstanding integrated cold chain logistics
"We are different from other companies in China that specialise in cold chain logistics for transport and storage. As a branded food industry, we have our own processing base. As a supply chain enterprise, we have our own storage logistics centre, where we provide a sound network of storage services all over.....

AU: Grape prices may rise and a new variety enters the market
A grape farm in Central Australia has begun harvesting for the year and along with its usual crop is a new variety. The new variety, known as sweet black seedless, have been trialled on the farm for a couple of years now and are turning out alright according to the farmers. Farm manager Bevan Ball said.....

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Dixy's share of Russian veg increases - As part of its program of developing active cooperation with local enterprises, DIXY has increased the share of Russian vegetables and fruit in its turnover. Compared to last year, the share of local cucumbers increased by half, reaching 89%, the share of tomatoes was.....



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Ensuring consistent Polish apple quality from orchard to delivery
It is crucial for those in the industry to be constantly looking into innovative tools and methods to guarantee its clients the best service, from the field to the table, and to ensure timely and fresh deliveries strictly according to each client's requirements. Real-time shipments monitoringIn order to be.....


Plant material: soon the former USSR countries will be independent
At Interpoma, the fair dedicated to apples, we talked to Silvia Salvi, owner ofSalvi Vivai, specialising in the production strawberry plants as well as apple, pear and cherry trees. It was the perfect occasion to make an assessment on how the fruit tree sector is evolving both in Italy and abroad.Apples -.....


Hayo Binken, Welwaij Belting:
“New generation PU Needle Belt ideal for optical sorting machines”
During the Interpom|Primeurs, Wellwaij Belting introduced the new generation PU Needle Belt. “We developed this one especially for the transport of vulnerable products. This is suitable for optical sorting machines in particular. The flexible needles ensure a soft landing, safe transport, and a good.....

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‘White bears’ could make companies future-proof
Richard Hooijdonk is living the future. He has an RFID chip in his hand that opens the door to his house and starts his car. The technology is not quite there yet, but in half a year, he will also have a chip to pay with. As a futurist, he is following developments closely, and he prefers entering the future.....


Monterosa, a summer flavour tomato grown in winter
"The market doesn't supply the tomatoes that consumers demand"
Winter is coming, and with it we'll also see the start of the Monterosa tomato campaign, which aims to bring a summery touch. This tomato, a cross between an indigenous Catalan variety and the Italian Costoluto Genovese, stands out precisely for being on a par with theMediterranean flavour of the tomatoes.....


Over 100 clients worldwide chose TopControl's FruitManager for process automation
With over 100 installations, both in Italy and abroad, FruitManager is one ofTopControl's top-selling products.Created in 2000, the system has been updated and improved and is very popular among clients, who ask for it to be applied to other crops in addition to apples."We developed FruitManager in 2000 to.....


Pineapples: A year of extremes
After a period of scarcity with significantly higher prices for pineapples, the situation had completely reversed by the end of October. According to Frank Ocampo of Hagé International, the growing juice industry in particular will be of influence on the European pineapple market.“The pineapple market has.....

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Turkish citrus exporters looking to gain market share in Romania
Representatives of citrus exporters in Romania and of the leading retail chains in the country met in late November at the Athenee Palace Hilton with members of the Turkish Citrus Promotion Group, who have showed a strong interest in gaining market share in Romania.The meeting was facilitated by Ali Kavak,.....

Bulgaria losing millions from illegal fresh produce trade
Bulgaria is losing hundreds of millions of Lev due to the illegal trade of fruits and vegetables. Offenders failing to pay taxes undercut prices and badly affect the whole market environment, as reported by Vladimir Ivanov, Chairman of the State Commission on Commodity Exchanges and Wholesale Markets.There.....


Bulgaria stops batches of peppers, lemons and dried apricots from Turkey
Last week, Bulgarian customs services stopped five hazardous batches of fruits and vegetables from Turkey. Two batches consisted of green peppers with an excessive amount of chlorpyrifos insecticide and another one with too much acrinathrin. The volume of these shipments totalled 540 kg, 1650 kg and 940 kg,.....

Improvement of agricultural sustainability with microalgae
The University of Almeria (UAL) is at the helm of the SABANA project, which seeks to obtain new biofertilisers and biopesticides as an alternative to the chemicals currently used in agriculture. The focus is on microalgae, which could help improve both the sustainability and profitability of agriculture.This.....

Spain: Saving of 515 million litres of water in tomato cultivation
Since 2014, the "Solís Responsable" ("Responsible Solis") initiative has allowed Nestlé to save 515 million litres of water in the integrated production of all tomatoes used as raw material at its plant in Miajadas (Caceres), equivalent to the monthly consumption of a population of 118,000 people.Nestlé's.....

Spain: Subtropical crops, an alternative for Huelva
Huelva has a suitable climate, water and soil for the cultivation of subtropical fruits such as mango, avocado and papaya. This is one of the conclusions reached at the technical meeting held last Wednesday by the Palos de la Frontera Irrigation Community (CR Palos), where the potential of subtropical fruit.....

Port of Grangemouth in for record-breaking quarter
With a 30% year over year increase in refrigerated container volumes in October and November, the port Of Grangemouth is on track to see a record breaking quarter. This was helped by a boost in potato seeds this season. Last month alone, it handled a record 1,400 refrigerated containers, known as reefers......

Wessanen acquires Biogran, a distributor of organic brands in Spain
Wessanen and Nazca have signed an agreement for the acquisition of Biogran for a purchase consideration of €67 million on a cash and debt free basis. Closing is expected later today.Biogran owns a distributor of organic brands in Spain, El Granero, and has extended into the Grocery Trade with its Ecocesta.....


Below average vegetable crop in Austria
This year's production of field and garden vegetables (including Chinese cabbage) amounted to 615,800 metric tonnes, (+9% compared to 2015). According to Statistics Austria, this yielded a slightly below-average harvest (down 3% from the five-year average).Regional losses in earnings were mainly due to.....

Start of the harvest significantly earlier than planned
Spain expects iceberg lettuce shortage for Christmas
The production and quality technical services of the Association of Producers-Exporters of Fruits and Vegetables of the Region of Murcia (PROEXPORT) have verified in their visits to various iceberg lettuce producers that the excessive heat recorded in October in the south east of Spain has caused the harvest.....


The fastest pressing machine on the market
Many new products were presented during the Open Days at Urbinati, a company specialising in equipment for the nursery garden sector. (Watch the video below). After the inauguration of part of the new facility and an in-depth analysis of some pieces of equipment, we take the chance to talk about the new.....

Finland: Fujitsu's new company to produce year-round vegetables in plant factory
Fujitsu Limited, and Fujitsu Kyushu Systems Limited, have opened a new company in Finland, Fujitsu Greenhouse Technology Finland Oy, which will operate a high-tech plant factory growing completely by artificial-light. Using the technology the company plans to grow and sell produce. It is schedulued to begin.....


Oceania

Australia: Summer mangoes at perfect price
Summer mangoes are at a sweet spot price for consumers and producers this season. While the production of Kensington Pride is down, the lack of supply has led to this perfect price. Some are ready to pay the price for the KP as well. About half of the expected 7.8 million trays produced nationally this.....

New Zealand P.M. announces his resignation
John Key, the Prime Minister of New Zealand has announced that he will be resigning in seven days' time. He made the announcement at a press conference today and stated in the briefing: “It has been an enormous privilege to be Prime Minister of New Zealand, and these last eight years have been an incredible.....

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Australia: AGRO Merchants Group acquires Doboy Cold Stores
Doboy Cold Stores has been acquired by AGRO Merchants Group in Brisbane, Australia. Doboy was founded in Australia in 1979 and was a small family-owned business. Over time it became a successful cold storage operator in the country.The Doboy acquisition is a continuation of AGRO’s strategy of global growth.....

West Australia using origin stickers to combat eastern imports of stone fruit
In West Australia a majority of stone fruits this season are going to have a sticker showing their State of origin. The plan is to help defend the local industry by allowing locals to support locally grown fruit instead. Stone fruit grower and Western Australian Stone Fruit committee member, Bruno Del.....

Australia: Bananas could make a comeback at Lambells Lagoon
It has been two years now since thousands of banana plants were destroyed to meet requirements set by the banana-freckle eradication program. Since then, a farm at Lambells Lagoon, near Darwin has changed owners and, rather than growing bananas, the farm has switched to passion fruits, pineapples and.....

Scales prepared for Christmas freight challenges
Scales Corporation isn't expecting the coastal Kaikoura road route to be fixed for many more months and it is making alternative plans for shipments.The fruit exporter's freight division will transport cherries and apricots to export markets via the already full Lewis Pass route to Wellington and Auckland.....

New scholarship for citrus leaders
A supplier of machinery, packaging and labelling solutions to the Australian fresh produce industry, J-Tech Systems, is supporting the citrus industry through sponsorship of a new emerging leaders scholarship.J-Tech Systems will work with Citrus Australia to provide one future leader with the opportunity of.....


World

Seatrade chooses Maersk to manufacture 4,000 integrated reefers
Seatrade has chosen the Maersk Container Industry to supply its' reefer container fleet of 4,000 with the latest technology to keep their perishables fresh over long journeys. The President of Seatrade commented on the choice and the reasons for it.“It is essential that our reefer container equipment.....


Fastest growing religions by country
This map shows which religions are growing the fastest in each country around the world. The data was found in Pew Research Center's "The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050". The growth is relative, however. To see a full size map, click here.

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Revolution in food dehydration started in Seville
The Seville-based technology company Irconfort is devoted to the design, development, manufacture and marketing of the heat generating equipment used in far infrared systems. Its factory in the municipality of Gelves is shipping new machines which are revolutionising food dehydration in agro-food industries.....

Creation of robot bee to pollinate crops
Scientists at the Polytechnic University of Warsaw have created the first robotic bee designed to pollinate artificially; a miniaturised drone that is able to find a flower, collect its pollen, and transfer it carefully from the male to the female flower to fertilise it.This robotic insect has already been.....


Papayas are gradually adapting to the conditions of the Peninsula
Spain: "We seek to come close to the quality of Brazilian papayas"
The papaya campaign has officially started in Malaga and Almeria. The harvest kicked off in the second week of November after a hot summer with many hours of sunshine which has resulted in papayas with high Brix degrees. The season will last until April, although this will also depend on the weather.....


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Asian grocery boom predicted by IGD | Supervalu completes sale Save-A-Lot
Amazon unleashes plan that will revolutionize supermarkets
Dixy's share of Russian veg increases - As part of its program of developing active cooperation with local enterprises, DIXY has increased the share of Russian vegetables and fruit in its turnover. Compared to last year, the share of local cucumbers increased by half, reaching 89%, the share of tomatoes was.....



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