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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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Alex Madrigal with Covilli Brand Organics

"First season of organic pineapple sales is off to a strong start"

Mexico is transitioning its supply regions for organic imported pineapples after wrapping up a longer than expected season. “We’re receiving our last load of organic pineapples this week for the season. Our grower confirmed that the season rarely extends this far into July. Historically he’s sent his last load.....

Specialty root vegetables see increasing consumer interest

Supplies of specialty root vegetables look consistent as the domestic season hits its peak. “Supplies are steady and the overall quality looks very good,” says Ande Manos with Babé Farms Specialties, Inc. in Santa Maria, CA. Manos adds that supplies of the root vegetables (including beets, carrots, kohlrabi,.....

US: Third vessel with South African citrus begins unloading

The third shipment of citrus from South Africa has just been discharged, a month after the first shipment arrived for the season on the East Coast. Many of the arrivals come via the port of Philadelphia, but others arrive at other points along the East Coast as well as Houston."Another vessel of citrus from.....

Soft fruit suffers in Montreal’s heat wave

The heat wave that the Montreal area has felt for most of July and that has caused more than 70 deaths in the province of Quebec is also causing some rapid change in key Quebec commodities. “We’re seeing crops move ahead faster than normal,” says Joe Lavorato of Fruits et Legumes Gaetan Bono Inc. in Montreal......

US: "Mini pepper category is now a core commodity"

As summer provides greenhouse bell peppers with additional light and warmth, growers are maintaining that demand is outpacing supply. Despite the fact that greenhouse bell pepper volume has grown over the years, demand has grown even more, leaving plenty of room for more production."The growing conditions for.....

Predicted shorter supplies give hope for better cranberry prices

Cranberry growers in Michigan are hoping for a much improved market as they look ahead to the 2018 season. Previous years have resulted in an oversupply and subsequently lower prices. Forecasts suggest that this year's supply might be shorter, leading to a belief that prices will be firmer."There has been a.....

Christian Harris joins Sunkist as COO

Sunkist Growers announced a significant addition to its senior staff with Christian Harris joining the cooperative as C.O.O.Chris comes to Sunkist from US Foods, Rosemont, IL where he was Vice President Fresh Produce overseeing 60 distribution centers in the U.S. His career in produce has ranged from growers.....

Key Technology appoints Alvaro Nunez as Area Sales Manager

Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, announces the promotion of Alvaro Nunez as Area Sales Manager for Central and Northern California. Nunez is responsible for bringing Key’s digital sorters, vibratory conveying solutions and other automation systems to food processors and.....

New crop of Wisconsin celery begins harvest

Alsum Farms & Produce grower partner, Trembling Prairie Farms Inc. has been harvesting new crop Wisconsin Celery since July 16th with the season expected to go through the first week of October. Located in the muck soils of Green Lake County, Trembling Prairie Farms, a family farm owned and operated by.....

CAN (ON): Cigarette blamed for million-dollar blaze

A discarded cigarette likely started the fire that caused $2.3 million in damages at a produce plant on the weekend, Leamington Fire Services Deputy Chief Mike Bradt said Monday.The damage estimate at TopLine Farms at 500 County Road 18 includes about $300,000 for the building and about $2 million potentially.....

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In Berlin without a stand: trend or a one off?

Yesterday, the Staay Food Group announced that after 14 years, they won’t be participating in the Fruit Logistica. Is this a one off or will it become a trend? We asked a number of permanent exhibitors at the fair in Berlin. Ger van Burik who takes care of stand arrangement of the Holland Fresh Group in hall.....

Efficient disinfection of salads, vegetables and packaging materials with UVC technology

Shelf life and food safety is a major requirement in the salads, vegetables and fruit processing Fresh-cut industry. Now, Kronen has further developed its UVC disinfection lock adapting it to the needs of the users. By means of Ultraviolet-C radiation technology the surface of vegetable and fruit products as.....

Tackling plastic waste

UK: Iceland supermarkets to trial paper bags

Across the Merseyside region, British supermarket chain Iceland is set to trial paper bags in an effort to replace single-use plastic bags. During the trial, which will run for a period of eight weeks, the retailer will offer customers an option to choose between a paper carrier bag and a version made using.....

Spain: Canary bananas reinvented by two Michelin star chefs

In late June, the renowned Spanish chefs Sergio and Javier Torres opened Cocina Hermanos Torres, a tailor-made restaurant that, in a short time, has become a stage for their gastronomic experiments. The latest? A reinvention of Canary bananas."We want to show that this fruit can be perceived as a healthy.....

OTC Organics is the first to offer organic passioncuja from Ghana

OTC Organics B.V., distributor of organic fruit and vegetables, is always searching for new products. New (improved) tastes, shapes and colors or improved characteristics of a product. As of September they have a special novelty available: the passioncuja. A delicious fruit with a touch of sour of the yellow.....

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Seeka innovates in Australia

Seeka are now in their third year of Australian fruit production after buying Bunbartha Fruit Packers in 2015, situated near Shepparton in the Goulburn Valley. There has been huge investment in the 565 hectare property, including extending the main packhouse and cold storage. 2018 has been a harder year with a.....

AU: Costa further developing its North Queensland blueberry production

Costa's year-round blueberry supply is going from strength to strength, since it started growing berries in Far North Queensland five years ago. It has had good yields in that region, as well as particularly good seasons in Corindi, Western Australia and Tumbarumba. Since starting the blueberry farms with one.....

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New Zealand’s Te Puke research centre testing the kiwifruit of the future

Standard green or yellow kiwifruit might be a familiar sight, but what if there were thousands more varieties to choose from? Zespri's Te Puke research centre is home to the kiwifruit of the future - and there are over 100,000 varieties.Take a tour through Zespri’s Te Puke research centre, the home of.....

Australian farmer turns to watermelon to feed hungry cattle

The drought conditions across the east of Australia have led to a tripling in the cost of hay. Hay stocks have dwindled across parts of New South Wales and Victoria as the drought deepens. Prices have increased dramatically and some fodder is being sourced from as far away as Western Australia.Michael Sweeney.....

Berry export focus blooms out of industry's sweet success

The rise and rise of the Australian strawberry, raspberry and blackberry industries has seen the sectors redouble their international trade focus, with the release of a dedicated export plan to grow their global presence over the next 10 years.Driven by significant grower input, the Berry Export Strategy 2028.....

Box that transformed Australia's horticulture industry

Mango box wins innovation award

In the early 2000s, a cardboard box emerged from a workshop in the Northern Territory. It had a unique design and would go on to shape the future of Australia's fruit and vegetable industries.One of its developers, David Hoseason-Smith, received due recognition this month, winning an innovation award at the.....

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EU and Japan sign trade deal

On Tuesday, the European Union and Japan signed a huge free trade deal that cuts or eliminates tariffs on nearly all goods. The agreement covers 600 million people and almost a third of the global economy. It's also a major endorsement of a global trading system that is under increasing threat from.....

Students create the first Chilean onion harvest machine

Soledad Navarro and Sebastian Rojas, two mechatronic civil engineering students from the University of Talca, created an innovative project that promotes mechanization in the onion harvesting process.In 2016, they applied to the Corfo regional entrepreneurship support program and were awarded 20 million pesos.....

Australia: Country of origin food labelling surveillance to commence

After 1 July, Australian consumers will have much greater certainty about the origins of the food they buy, due to the introduction of mandatory Country of Origin food labelling. The ACCC will conduct market surveillance checks on 10,000 food products to ensure businesses are correctly displaying the new.....

Plums should be harvested only when ripe not to earn a few cents more

The market is stable, though prices are not particularly profitable. Plum harvesting is in full swing and some varieties are doing rather well."The harvesting of Dofi Sandra is over while sales are continuing. Prices have been rather good from the start, though we have found it hard to place the riper produce......

BC cherry grower expects September finish with new block

The main harvest for British Columbia grower Jealous Fruits is now underway. The start of the season saw lighter volumes as the early season varieties now make way for the main harvest. Growing conditions have been good, with warm days moderated by sufficiently cool temperatures during the evening."Our season.....

British robotics project to develop autonomous systems for soft fruit harvest

An innovative British agri-robotics project is set to develop advanced autonomous systems to support the production of soft fruit. The University of Lincoln, Saga Robotics UK and Berry Gardens Growers Ltd have begun a two-year project called RAS-Berry. The project is the largest of its kind within the EU.The.....


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Albertsons: Q1 ecommerce sales storm ahead

US: FreshDirect opens new state-of-the-art facility revolutionizing the online grocery industryFreshDirect, the Northeast’s leading online fresh food grocer, announced the opening of its FreshDirect Campus (FDC), a brand new state-of-the-art facility in New York City’s South Bronx community. The facility.....

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