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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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Increased packing line efficiency for Washington apple grower

The technology for automation and sorting capability in the apple industry keeps improving and results in improved production as well as fruit quality.Suzanne Wolter, of Evans Fruit Company in Yakima, Washington, shared how recent updates in their automated packaging and sizing operations have increased.....

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Peru sweet onion season winding down

The Peruvian sweet onion season is close to finishing up, as growers are seeing the last of the supply come through. It will then transition to the Mexico season, where weather has been on the cooler side, but otherwise well set for a smooth transition. Suppliers are expecting a good supply of Mexico.....

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US: Next generation of pre-packaged snacks adds fresh fruit and vegetables

Pre-packaged snack/lunch options have been around for some time but their contents are less than healthy and most often include processed meats and candy. Customizable options are made more appealing for a wider age group with the use of fresh fruits and vegetables as the “next generation of.....

Interview with Melanie Murk - EFMI Business School

Lidl formula is becoming more and more like the local corner shops

Lidl started 2018 with a marketing campaign in which they once again make use of their title of the best vegetable department in the Netherlands, which they won for the sixth time in September 2017. The discounter boosts its fresh produce image with huggable fruit and vegetables, called Vitaminies. Nowadays,.....

Takeover discussions between Total Produce and Dole began early in 2017

About a year ago, the first meeting between Dole and Total Produce regarding a potential takeover took place. These discussions were “in an early stage, and it took Dole a year to complete the process,” said Rory Byrne, manager of Total Produce, in an interview with Produce Business UK. That was before Dole.....

Manila expects export boost

Philippines hopes for Free Trade Pact with US

Secretary Ramon Lopez of the Department of Trade and Industry has expressed hope for the start of formal negotiations for a free trade agreement with the United States in one to two years, noting that talks have so far remained “exploratory.”During the Philippine-US Trade and Investment Forum on Tuesday, Lopez.....

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Port Tampa Bay: Banana shipments resume after 21 years

Port Tampa Bay has a new refrigerated warehouse cold storage facility and last week, Port Logistics Refrigerated Services, which operates the state-of-the-art cold storage facility, received its first shipment of perishable products. Just under 4,000 pallets of bananas were unloaded adjacent to the.....

Value-added fresh produce company centralizes re-distribution centers

Taylor Farms, producer of value-added healthy fresh foods, continues to offer its customers an unparalleled experience with centralized re-distribution centers to help establish greater efficiencies and higher inventory turnover.Over the next year, Taylor Farms will be leveraging the rapid expansion of more.....

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Second educational session at Organic Produce Summit announced

The second of six educational sessions to be held at the Organic Produce Summit 2018 will provide a data dive into sales, trends and analysis of organic fresh produce, while examining consumer behavior and attitudes of the multi-billion-dollar category. “Organic Sales, Analysis and the Why Behind the Buy” will.....

Marketing company expands and positions for growth

Moxxy Marketing has hired sales and marketing expert and wine industry veteran Megan Murphy to the team in the newly created position of business coordinator, and has added 1,000 square feet of space to its office on the top floor at 380 Main Street in downtown Salinas, California."Moxxy now has the entire top.....


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Fruit Logistica 2018 - France

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Reid Fruit visit 2018

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Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market 2017

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Interview with Melanie Murk - EFMI Business School

Lidl formula is becoming more and more like the local corner shops

Lidl started 2018 with a marketing campaign in which they once again make use of their title of the best vegetable department in the Netherlands, which they won for the sixth time in September 2017. The discounter boosts its fresh produce image with huggable fruit and vegetables, called Vitaminies. Nowadays,.....

Frans Buijsrogge:

"Good pears will make money in time, but it's calm at the moment"

The price of pears took a dive in recent weeks. "We hope we're moving towards the level of the third week of January again. Since then the price level has calmed down with the fair in Berlin and Carnaval. It's a difference of 13 cents," says Frans Buijsrogge of the eponymous fruit cultivation, cooling and.....

Resistance improvement is important for entire fresh produce sector

Brassicas grown on 4.5 million hectares globally

The estimated area of brassicas is 4.5 million hectares globally, and the largest area by far is in Asia, with 3.6 million hectares. In Europe, the area consists of nearly half a million hectares (450,000). Commercially, brassica is therefore an important crop. Last January, 200 stakeholders from the cabbage.....

Michael Brinkman:

“European model has to be adjusted to be successful in Asia”

San Lucar started the year with a changing of the guard at management level. Founder and CEO Stephan Rötzer passed the baton to Michael Brinkmann, the company’s former CFO and CEO for the international production. The international company, with headquarter in Spain, wants to continue growing in the coming.....

Italy: Marisol strawberries could provide a great opportunity for producers

The Marisol strawberry variety has confirmed expectations and revealed its high productive capabilities and organoleptic level in central-southern Italy crops.Marisol strawberries produced by Francesco Polito in Pizzo Calabro, February 2018"Things were improved by the fact that plants were very uniform with.....

Spain: Daikon radish, black radish and purple turnips grown in Galicia

The Daikon radish, black radish and purple turnips, which are originally from Japan, have managed to adapt to the weather and soil conditions of north-western Spain. This has been achieved by the Galician producer Diego Geada, who runs both open ground and greenhouse farmsin Lugo. He has been growing these.....

Popularity of coconuts rising, but freezing remains a challenge

Coconuts are one of the fastest growing food products on the market, in fact sales have been growing year after year and the market trends project a steady growth into the future. Perhaps the secret behind its success is that in can be consumed in a wide variety of ways, such as food, sugar, a baking.....

UK: Reynolds invests in high-end greengrocer

Reynolds, the UK’s leading independent fresh fruit and vegetable supplier, has purchased the business and assets of Solstice, a high-end, regional greengrocer based in Wimbledon, in a pre-packaged administration sale. Founded by Philip Britten, Solstice has supplied a range of speciality fruit and vegetables,.....

Secretary of State Dr. Aeikens appreciates the commitment of the German fruit and vegetable industry

The "German Fruit Traders Night" at the world's leading trade fair, Fruit Logistica in Berlin, is now considered the international industry meeting of the fruit and vegetable industry. Over 500 domestic and foreign guests accepted the invitation of the Federal Association of Producer Organizations Fruit and.....

Norma awarded best German organic retailer in 2018

Nobody beats discounter NORMA. This is the eagerly awaited result of the DLG quality test, which has just been announced at the world's leading trade fair for organic products, the Biofach 2018: 1st place and across the board victory for the highest level of organic competence goes to NORMA again - the company.....

Retailer tests innovative CO2 cooling technology

Netto Marken-Discount is working consistently to further reduce its own ecological footprint along its supply chain. As a pioneer in the German food trade, the company has been testing a lorry with particularly innovative CO2 cooling technology since the end of 2016. Since then, the truck has been used by.....

Takeover discussions between Total Produce and Dole began early in 2017

About a year ago, the first meeting between Dole and Total Produce regarding a potential takeover took place. These discussions were “in an early stage, and it took Dole a year to complete the process,” said Rory Byrne, manager of Total Produce, in an interview with Produce Business UK. That was before Dole.....

Ireland: Potato growers receive less than one-fifth of the price consumers pay

One of the speakers on the National Potato Conference in Dublin was Irish Farmers Association President Joe Healy. He outlined how retailers are taking the lion’s share of the margin on potatoes, while farmers bear all of the risk. Participants of the conference - organised by the Irish Farmers Association.....

Spain: Tomatoes grown with half the amount of water without quality loss

Experts from the Faculty of Pharmacy and the Higher Technical School of Agricultural Engineering (Etsia) of the University of Seville have published a study in which they show that after reducing the amount of irrigation water in cherry tomato crops by more than 50 percent, the product not only maintains its.....

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AU: Harvest festival highlights economic value of Stanthorpe's apples and grapes

As Stanthorpe gets set to welcome tens of thousands of visitors to the region for the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival, growers say the contribution of agriculture is what underpins the local economy.The biennial festival, which begins on Friday, has been running for 60 years as a promotion for the two produce.....

Tasmanian fruit fly outbreaks traced back to fumigation fail

Fruit fly infested fruit found in supermarket

A nectarine certified as being "fruit fly free" has been found infected with fruit fly larvae in a Tasmanian supermarket today.The discovery immediately commenced a state-wide recall for all host produce imported from Victoria and certified through a specific accredited treatment facility.At this stage the.....

Italian kiwifruit growers visit New Zealand orchards

An influx of Italian Zespri kiwifruit growers this week will finish up their tour of orchards around New Zealand. The 20 visitors are the first in a series of ‘technical tour’ groups that will bring 120 people from Korea, Japan, China, France and Italy to New Zealand orchards this year.Zespri global production.....

Daikin Reefer’s active controlled atmosphere technology

New Zealand - Avanza: successful trials of Active CA technology for avocados

Avanza, a supplier of premium Hass avocados, has completed a successful trial with Daikin Reefer, a global supplier of container refrigeration equipment. Using Daikin’s Active Controlled Atmosphere (CA) technology, Avanza trialled a proof of concept shipment of 6,500kg avocados between the ports of Tauranga,.....

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Photo report: Organic Route at Fruit Logistica 2018

PHOTO REPORTLast week the Fruit Logistica took place in Berlin once again. The big fruit and vegetable trade fair at which prominent members of the fresh produce sector across the globe come together. Organic entrepreneurs could sign up for the 'Organic Route'. In this way it was clear at a glance where the companies with.....

World population growth 1 July 2016 - 1 July 2017


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10 Health benefits of eating apples you never knew about

An apple a day keeps the doctor away! This is an age-old saying that our parents and grandparents have told to make sure that we eat enough apples. There's a lot of research done on the health benefits of apples and doctors and nutritionists have continued to recommend consuming apples on a daily basis. One of.....

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Global demand for avocados and berries on the rise

The consumption of 'superfruits' such as avocado and blueberries has increased dramatically over the last few years. The demand for frozen fruit is also rising. This is according to Rabobank. What kind of impact will this have on global food supply? Can production keep up with demand?Cindy van Rijswick, Fruit.....

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Water security mapped out

Water security will become an increasingly big geopolitical issue over the next 100 years or so. This map highlights the areas most at risk. These risks range from effects such as inadequate water supplies, to the dangers of flooding.

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Albertsons plans to buy Rite Aid in cash-and-stock deal

Walmart: 4% sales grow in Q4, but e-commerce cools

Walmart sales up 3.4% in CanadaCanada was a bright spot for Walmart in the company’s fourth quarter earnings report. Net sales in Canada grew 3.4% in the three month period that ended Jan. 31. and same-store sales increased 2.9% compared to the year before. Meanwhile, same-store traffic at Walmart’s Canadian.....


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