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New Zealand Fuyu persimmon filling gap before California season starts

The persimmon season has just started in the United States, with harvest of the early season varieties underway. This year, the US market will see some New Zealand Fuyu available for the next few weeks. California Fuyu is not due for another week or two, and New Zealand has decided to try and fill the…

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Rain in Mexico threatens steady lime supplies

Lime growers in Mexico are reporting that heavy rains in Veracruz are starting to create difficult conditions for trucks. Although the rain has stopped this week, it's a situation that lime producers are monitoring. Supplies have been steady for several weeks now but if they become interrupted because of…

China hits back at Trump: Tariffs on $60 billion of US goods

China has hit back at US president Trump by announcing new trade tariffs on $60 billion of US goods. This is certainly a reaction on the US slapping duties on $200 billion of…

Costa Rica's exotic fruit has opportunities in Canada

According to the Exotic Fruit Market in Canada study, carried out by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotora (PROCOMER), Costa Rica has the opportunity to market exotic fruits…

US: Gala at top of the apple popularity charts in 2018

There’s a new apple variety predicted to be at the top of the harvest charts. Gala has overtaken Red Delicious as the leading variety by production volume forecast for the…

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Mexico: "6 out of every 10 papayas consumed in North America are from Colima"

The papaya crops located in the lands of the coastal municipalities produce 2 thousand tons of fruit, which are mainly exported to the United States and Canada. The Secretary of Rural…

University of Wisconsin -Madison

University specialists and apple growers bring data to the orchard

A robot weather station stands watch above the fences of an apple orchard in the Richland County hills. The device, a  21st-century enhancement of the ancient weathervane, is measuring wind, rain, humidity, temperature and sunlight duration and intensity. Installed this spring, the weather station is part of a system…

Farmers struggle to legally bring in workers:

US crops threatened

Research concludes that the farming economy in the United States is at the mercy of a quickly shrinking pool of foreign, often undocumented labour. Researchers estimate at least half of America's farmworkers are in the country without authorization. And with increased security at the border and more deportations of undocumented…

Wisconsin: Cranberry farmers will dump 25 percent of their harvest

While cranberry farmers expect a good harvest, they are to dump 25 percent of their crop. It's because of a late ruling by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to get supplies under control. Tom Lochner, Executive Director of the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association, said the problem is simple. "We are growing…

North Carolina

US: Agri losses from Florence will be extensive

North Carolina farmers will suffer some heavy losses from the effects of Hurricane Florence. Preliminary reports from the state Agriculture Department show heavy hits to peanut, soybean, cotton and sweet potato crops. Wunc.org  quoted spokeswoman Heather Overton with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services…

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Potatoes / Onions 2018

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…

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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

Who is buying the most organic groceries?

The global market for organic food has grown rapidly, already surpassing the $60 billion mark in value in 2012. While organic supermarkets have become increasingly common in developed countries, many regular supermarkets have also started offering an increasingly wide range of organic produce. For some people, the…

Excellent quality but lower yields for pomegranates

While Spain is having grade problems due to the unfavorable weather in some production areas, Italy has to deal with lower yields. FreshPlaza talked about it with three operators from three different regions. Calabria Quantities are rather low due to the alternating hot weather and rain. "Various producers have 1-2 hectares destined to…

Hofer saves on packaging through laser labeling of fruit

HOFER discounter launches offensive to reduce packaging waste

Hofer has decided on an ambitious packaging strategy. - Reduction in packaging volume by 30 percent by 2025 - Recyclability of 100 percent of its packaging by 2022 For several years now, Hofer has been working on reducing the use of packaging materials, or making them more sustainable. This is a part of the "Project 2020" sustainability…

Matthias Bartels, FreshField GmbH:

"Cabbage industry has some windfalls again, after difficult years''

On the northern fields of the Dithmarschen region, the peak season for cabbages is gaining momentum. The season in this cabbage stronghold is traditionally inaugurated through…

Italy: Romagna Mia white nectarines

A series of measures can ensure that producing peaches and nectarines in September can lead to great satisfaction. Especially as the fresh produce available is very limited. So far, however, there were no varieties suitable for late cultivation. Romagna Mia white nectarines with a characteristic red pit have been…

37th edition of the IKO Conference

The annual IKO ( International Kiwifruit Organization ) convention was held in Bordeaux (France) on September 9-12. The main global producers took part - Italy, Chile, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Greece and France.     As usual, the event was an occasion to discuss the various topics involved in kiwi cultivation such as production, commercialization and plant health. CSO…

Patrick Ktorza, Bio Garonne:

France: "There is a serious shortage in organic producers"

There is a lack of organic goods in France. "Every day I have to turn down sales because I do not have enough products,” says Patrick Ktorza from Bio Garonne. "It's a shame, because customers and demand are there." The situation described by Patrick is repeated throughout France. "Only 7% of French agriculture is organic.…

Nathalie Casal, Distrimex:

"Geopolitical issues require a presence in all markets"

The French importer-exporter Distrimex is becoming more and more international. Recently, the company opened offices in Chile and South Africa. Nathalie Casal, business…

Overview European potato market week 38

"Potato markets supported by confirmation of low yields throughout Western Europe"

Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Industrial conservation varieties: Bintje: €25,00 to €27,00/qt; most common price €25,00/qt; stable market. Supply increases due to increasing quality problems (EPS, being loose,…

Italy: 2500 tons expected of Dori' kiwis

Covering golden kiwis with anti-rain and anti-hail nets enables producers to lower the risk of bacteriosis in many areas and safeguard their income. The third Dorì Day was held on 13th September in Latina. The event was organised by Consorzio Dorì Europe to promote the Ac1536 variety. This early golden…

CREA-Nuvaut agreement for table grapes in Puglia

"When a producer sows, he doesn't always know whether he'll harvest. However, he certainly won't harvest if he doesn't sow" - this is the metaphor which Giacomo Suglia, sole administrator of   Consorzio Nu.Va.U.T (Nuove Varietà di Uva da Tavola), used to explain why 24 companies decided to collaborate with the CREA research center…

Spain: A project to fight against fraud and varietal piracy in citrus fruits

A few weeks before the most intense period of the citrus season starts, the first deals achieved between farmers and businesses show that mandarin prices are somewhat lower…

Italy: Demand increasing for organic sprouts

Summer was positive for sprouts, especially for the new products introduced before the summer season, reports Andrea Farnedi from Vivo. Sandra Fiumana and Andrea Farnedi ar SANA 2018 "Feedback was excellent for melon sprouts, perfect if paired with cured ham and melon slices. But the sales of all sprouts increased. As usual in summer,…

Spain: Castellon will harvest nearly 15% more citrus

The citrus harvest campaign of the earliest variety, the satsuma variety, is about to start and expectations are good. The Ministry of Agriculture is expected to release the…

Greece: “Our kiwis are much bigger in size this year”

The kiwi season is taking off and after a fantastic season last year, Greece prepared to do even better this year. Tomas Moulias from Froot says the Greek kiwis of 2018 are even bigger than they were previous year, although the prices are lower. Greek exporting company Froots had an amazing kiwi-season last year,…

Preliminary talks on zoning laws start this week

Plans to rebuild Munich wholesale market hall picks up again

As reported by Abendzeitung, Münchner Merkur and the Wochenanzeiger, the planned rebuild of the wholesale market is to pick up again after a short summer break. "There are regular exchanges with politicians and the administration, who continue to be very positive about the project," says Christa…

Claas van Os leaving Levarht

After eight years building on and increasing visibility of Levarht, Claas van Os, director of Marketing and New Business Development, and Levarht’s management think it’s time to hand over the…

Hansa Green Tour, Iceland Green Tour, 24-29 November

Growing exotic fruit during cold, dark Icelandic winters thanks to geothermal energy

From 24 to 29 November, Hansa Green Tour organises the Icelandic Green Tour, a networking trip for sustainability professionals who want to learn about geothermal initiatives in Iceland and who want to share their knowledge with each other. Geothermal energy is the most important source of sustainable…

Fruit variety and convenience for your winter wine

Jaguar TFC introduces a new concept for the winter months. A warm wine package under the name Simply... Infuse. A small package with fruit and spices to add to your (winter) wine. During the winter months, mulled wine is consumed by the litre. With this concept, Jaguar TFC offers a warm wine variation on the traditional…

Drop in Sicilian citrus fruit production for processing expected

"This campaign was characterized by unfavorable weather in spring. Except for the Blonde orange, Lemon and Pink Grapefruit productions - with volumes in line with the previous season - a 20-30% drop is expected for the 2018 industry citrus fruit campaign, at least when it comes to Blood oranges,…

Excellent quality but lower yields for pomegranates

While Spain is having grade problems due to the unfavorable weather in some production areas, Italy has to deal with lower yields. FreshPlaza talked about it with three operators from three different regions. Calabria Quantities are rather low due to the alternating hot weather and rain. "Various producers have 1-2 hectares destined to…

Prosecutors ask for five years in prison

Spain: Man is accused of defrauding citrus owners of 200,000 euros

The fifth section of the Provincial Court of Valencia will hold, between Tuesday and Thursday of this week, the trial of a 41-year old man who is accused of defrauding more…

Masia Ciscar will grow exclusively three Chilean raspberry varieties

Masia Ciscar has obtained the license to grow exclusively three new raspberry varieties developed by the genetic improvement program of Chile's Technological Fruit Consortium, in collaboration with the Faculty of Agronomy and Forestry Engineering of the Chilean Catholic University. This agreement allows them to…

El Niño is looming again

Most computer forecast models continue to suggest an El Niño event will begin evolving in September and it may be a significant event for a few months. This year already has been an interesting year for crop weather with drought still lingering in Europe, and dryness from eastern Ukraine into Russia’s Volga River Basin and in…

Oceania

Young boy arrested by police

Australia's strawberry needle scare spurs proposal for 15-year jail term

Police in Australia have arrested a young boy who admitted to inserting needles into strawberries as part of an apparent prank. New South Wales Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Stuart Smith would not release further details. "Obviously in the last few days we found a young person that admitted to playing a prank,…

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group:

Support package for customers impacted by fruit contamination

ANZ has shown its support for the strawberry industry by offering a financial assistance package. It announced a package for customers affected by the fruit contamination…

Australian cherries entering Asian markets

Antico International Pty Ltd, was established in Sydney in 1958. Antico International remains an Australian owned and family operated company dedicated to the export, import and wholesale of unrivalled quality fresh fruit and vegetables. “We have a long-standing association with the Young District,…

Australia: Report on blueberry rust Tasmania

A Legislative Council committee, that investigated the 2014 and 2016 incidents, has criticised Biosecurity Tasmania’s response to two outbreaks of blueberry rust in the state.…

New Zealand kiwifruit growers experience a bumper Hayward crop

New Zealand kiwifruit growers have experienced a big season, with volumes of the Hayward (Green) variety up significantly. "There is a lot of fruit to sell," New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc. CEO Nikki Johnson said. "The Green is probably the talking point because it has just bounced back from last year. So, there…

AU: Odeum Farms helping to restore confidence in WA's strawberry industry

Major Western Australian produce company Odeum Farms is taking measures to reassure customers that the state’s strawberries are safe, and restore confidence in the industry. In light…

World

Who is buying the most organic groceries?

The global market for organic food has grown rapidly, already surpassing the $60 billion mark in value in 2012. While organic supermarkets have become increasingly common in developed countries, many regular supermarkets have also started offering an increasingly wide range of organic produce. For some people, the…

A.P. Moller - Maersk takes next steps in integration to improve customer experience

On January 1st, 2019, Damco’s Supply Chain Services and Maersk Line’s Ocean Product will be integrated and their respective value-added services will be combined and sold as Maersk products and services. This will ensure an improved customer experience with fewer touchpoints and a more comprehensive…

How cauliflower took over your pizza, your kitchen, and the world

First came the cauliflower steaks, thick vegetal slabs, roasted and served like cruciferous T-bones. Then there was Buffalo cauliflower, breaded and fried and generally…

El Niño is looming again

Most computer forecast models continue to suggest an El Niño event will begin evolving in September and it may be a significant event for a few months. This year already has been an interesting year for crop weather with drought still lingering in Europe, and dryness from eastern Ukraine into Russia’s Volga River Basin and in…


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