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David Perie, chain manager at Rijk Zwaan USA:

"Cayucos Beach combines the best of both worlds"

A tasty, juicy and aromatic melon with a longer shelf life – that’s the ideal Cantaloupe melon for consumers and retailers in the USA. Rijk Zwaan introduced the Beach melon concept, which was launched in a summery beach-themed setting during the PMA Fresh Summit in New Orleans in October 2017. Interest has.....

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Last Argentine organic pears arriving before California begins

The Argentine organic pear season is drawing to a close as the remainder of the later varieties are currently being shipped, before supply transitions to California. Supplies have been good but overall numbers were down slightly from last year."We are still receiving organic pears from Argentina but now in.....

Lychee growers in Florida feeling effects from weather events

The short Florida lychee season is almost over for the year, as the last varieties are being picked off the trees and sent to market. Damage from Hurricane Irma last year, along with cool winter temps has meant numbers are down this year compared with previous years. Some growers had a good crop, while others.....

Pricing and demand of Romaine lettuce are off

Leafy green growers seem to be frustrated with the ongoing issues around food safety and romaine. The leafy green and Caesar salad staple has made numerous headlines since April over E. Coli outbreaks which were ultimately connected with Romaine lettuce coming from the Yuma, Ariz. region. That said, with the.....

Pomegranate teas target millennial consumer

Since 2006, the Wonderful Company has been offering teas. The product was relaunched in the Fall of 2014 with the company’s current line of POM Antioxidant Super Teas. They are available in Pomegranate Peach Passion White Tea, Pomegranate Sweet Tea, Pomegranate Honey Green Tea and Pomegranate Lemonade Tea......

2017 - 15 workers sick due to negligence

US: Santa Cruz County penalizes firms in pesticide incident

Los Amigos Harvesting, which had a worker accused of exposing 15 nearby raspberry harvesters to harmful pesticides on June 29, 2017, owes Santa Cruz County $56,000. It is the largest fine issued by Agricultural Commissioner Juan Hidalgo in his 13 years of service.Hidalgo is fining Los Amigos Harvesting with.....

US-China trade war targets iconic Idaho potatoes

The Idaho potato is quite iconic. For many Americans, it’s Idaho’s only notable characteristic. Whether or not one relishes Idaho’s reputation as the land of potatoes, the vegetable remains an important pillar of the state economy; a resilient export backed by proven quality and true marketing power.That.....

Eight students awarded Californian agricultural scholarships

California’s table grape growers recently awarded scholarships to eight students in grape-growing regions of the state. All recipients will be attending California universities or colleges.Five field worker scholarships were awarded in 2018: two $3,500 two-year scholarships to community colleges, and three.....

Washington’s surplus apples could harm Michigan’s prices

Mexican tariffs might affect Michigan

Michigan might be caught in the midst of an international tariff battle. Mexico has placed a 20 percent tariff on US apples, among other things, in the wake of president Trump’s tariffs on Mexico’s imported steel and aluminum, undercutting the long-standing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).Mexico is.....

Due to multistate outbreak of Cyclospora

Del Monte Fresh Produce recalls vegetable trays

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. today announced the voluntary recall of a limited quantity of 6 oz., 12 oz. and 28 oz. vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots, and dill dip sold to select retailers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Del.....

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Piet Meerkerk, buyer Special Fruit:

“Organic blueberries have to be just as good as conventional ones”

“The share of organic blueberries compared to conventional ones has grown considerably,” says Piet Meerkerk, buyer for Special Fruit. “Right now, 12 per cent of our blueberries are organic compared to four to five per cent four years ago. We’ve seen total consumption of blueberries rising, but organic is.....

Sjaak Verploegen, Scherpenhuizen:

“Difficult Dutch tomato market, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel”

In the past few weeks, the tomato market was difficult, price-wise. “The large harvests in particular resulted in this price level. All of Europe is now in production, and we’ve seen very high productions across the line,” says Sjaak Verploegen of Scherpenhuizen. Prices for vine tomatoes are around 20 cent,.....

Super-sweet baby plum vine tomato

UNICA FRESH has begun production of the Baby Plum Vine Tomato variety called Sugarino RZ, after signing an exclusivity agreement with seed producer Rijk Zwaan. For the next three years, UNICA will be the only producer and distributor of this tomato that guarantees a minimum 7,5-8ºBx sweetness level.Perhaps one.....

New pear varieties introduced

The University of Bologna, together with Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti (CIV) from San Giuseppe di Comacchio (Ferrara), is proud to announce the new initiative with respect to the following new UNIBO-CIV Pear Varieties: Lucy Sweet® PA1UNIBO*, Early Giulia® PA1UNIBO*, Debby Green® PA1UNIBO*, and Lucy Red®.....

Egyptian ARRA™ Open Field Day

VIDEOEarlier this month the 2018 ARRA field day, hosted by NFC, ARRA varieties agent in Egypt, was held at Technogreen's El Katta Farm. The field day was organized and coordinated by NFC's Ali Shahata, ARRA coordinator in Egypt and ARRA agronomist, Osama El Shazly. We make a great team; AVI and European delegation,.....

'Tropic Biosciences'

UK scientists scramble to stop bananas being killed off

A British company has joined the race to develop a banana variety resistant to diseases and climatic changes that threaten to disrupt the availability of the country’s favourite fruit, or even kill it off altogether. The UK alone consumes more than 5 billion bananas a year, while the fruit is a staple food in.....

Carbon footprint SIM study

How to save 60% more CO2 in the fresh supply chain

Reusable containers for fruit and vegetables result in no less than 60% lower CO2 emissions than cardboard packaging. This is the conclusion of an extensive European study commissioned by the German organization Stiftung Initiative Mehrweg (SIM).The independent German research institute Fraunhofer carried out.....

Spain: End of Canary tomato campaign with lower exports

The 2017/2018 export campaign has come to an end in recent days for the Federation of Horticultural Producers of the province of Las Palmas (Fedex) and the Association of Producers and Exporters of Tenerife (Aceto). The season's results are considered average when it comes to aspects such as yields and market.....

Poland already set for the World Cup

Poland is firmly in the grip of soccer fever. There is just enough time -before the first game takes place on June 19th- to buy some healthy snacks.

Review of Bell Pepper Event:

What does the future hold for bell peppers?

The second edition of the Syngenta Bell Pepper Event was held last week. Entitled "What does the future hold for Bell Peppers", it was held at the ADO The Hague Stadium, in the Netherlands. The first edition of this conference was a resounding success.Four speakers provided a varied programme. There were talks.....

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Hort Connections 2018 gets under way

Monday evening saw the start of the second edition of Hort Connections, a union of AUSVEG and PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited (PMA A-NZ). Hort Connections 2018 will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre 18-20 June. The theme of this year's event is ‘halving waste and doubling productivity.....

Autogrow welcomes technology focused CFO

Rod Britton has been named Chief Financial Officer at global AgTech company Autogrow to help drive its ambitious growth plans. Rod has worked for over 30 years in technology-led businesses in the United Kingdom, Europe and the U.S. His experience spans operational, strategic and corporate finance as well as.....

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Modernisation creating good competition on the pepper market

The warm weather and new modern growing facilities in Poland, has brought an early start to the bell pepper season. Last season, exports did not start until mid-July and Agnieszka Arcimowicz from Targban said that they are already able to load full trucks of green peppers, with yellow and red peppers to follow.....

Italy: Peach and nectarine campaign started at Gruppo Mazzoni

The new peach and nectarine campaign has started atGruppo Mazzoni. As usual, the produce is entirely Italian, certified and of high-quality.Over ten years ago, the production area extended to include Emilia-Romagna and Calabria and especially the Sibari Plain, one of the leading peach producer areas in.....


Google: investment in Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com

Wegmans: best grocery store chain in America for 3rd consecutive year

US: Tops expands same-day grocery delivery in 9 NY communitiesTops Markets has expanded same-day grocery delivery to nine more locations in New York State, bringing the total number of stores offering the ecommerce service to 125. Through its partnership with third-party delivery service Instacart, Tops is now.....

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