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Friday, February 23, 2018

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“Consumer willing to pay more for bananas”

They’re all yellow, curved, and Cavendish; a banana is a banana, isn’t it? Yet banana giant Fyffes sees opportunities to provide the category with new zest. To that end, the company started a campaign with the slogan ‘Fyffes. Discover more.’ What are some of the things to be discovered in the banana category?.....

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Excess hot peppers seen on US west coast

Hot peppers are seeing an extra boost in volume this season. “We’re having an abundance of supply,” says Ely Trujillo with Superior Growers LLC of Las Vegas, Nev. who is currently loading its variety of peppers including Jalapenos, Serranos, Habaneros, Thai chillies and more out of Nogales, Ariz. “It’s.....

Northeast operations give locals reduced food miles

Locally sourced food popular across the commodity line

Storage crop commodities continue to see good sales move well past the holidays and into 2018 and sufficient supplies. Offering food locally remains a high priority for consumers.Growers attribute the increase to people getting more educated on what actually defines ‘local’. “You can look at several national.....

Poor table grape market in North America

"Berlin's Fruit Logistica came to a close a week ago and exhibitors and visitors are back home." Those from the North American table grape sector who participated in the event, including producers, shippers or receivers, had some weak hope that they could return to an improved and revitalised table grape.....

Organic mangoes from Mexico on the rise

With Costco’s expressed desire to convert suppliers to organic production, more and more mango growers have added organic production to their arsenal and organic Mexican mangoes are increasing in volume.“Right now we are packing organic Honey mangoes (formerly called the Ataulfo) in clamshells. We’re looking.....

Colombia expects a large increase in avocado exports in 2018

According to statistical data from Agronet, Colombian avocado exports increased by 51%, going from 35.04 million to 52.9 million FOB dollars. In 2017 Colombia exported 28,487 tons of avocado. The three main destinations in terms of volume were: The Netherlands with 35.7% of total shipments, Spain with 24.2%,.....

Tiny crop, huge value, no virgin soil, big trouble

North America's battle for spinach

In the Pacific Northwest, spinach seed is a tiny crop with huge value. And it’s in big trouble.Northwest farmers grow the seeds that fuel the fast-growing baby leaf spinach market. But they’re increasingly burdened by a devastating disease that takes their fields out of commission for decades at a time.Lindsey.....

Canadian farmers and marketers highlight importance of NAFTA

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has created a vital trading relationship for both Canadian and Californian agricultural and food businesses. Today, at a trade panel discussion hosted by the Canadian consulate, both the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) and the Canadian Produce Marketing.....

US (LA): Cold snap will delay strawberries and increase costs

The recent cold snap is causing strawberry growers to go into babysitting-mode, using cloth covers to save their early crop.Many farmers double-covered their strawberries to hold warmer air near the plants and keep the frigid temperatures out, said Whitney Wallace, LSU AgCenter agent in Tangipahoa Parish......

Asda put ‘Perfect for Proposal’ stickers on avocados

Millennials are taking their love for avocado to the next level by using hollowed out avocados as engagement ring holders. To help these people find the perfect avocado to put their rings in, Asda’s store in Clapham has introduced a ‘Perfect for Proposal’ sticker system, labelling those avocados that are just.....


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Fruit Logistica 2018 - France

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Visit to Hansen Orchards 2018

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Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market 2017

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Welsh grower breaks record

Earliest ever British strawberries on supermarket shelves

This Thursday, the very first UK strawberries of 2018 went on sale. A Welsh fruit grower has broken the record for picking the earliest ever British strawberries -greenhouse grown- and getting them on the shelves.The strawberries, grown by Springfield Nursery near Cowbridge (south Wales), went on sale in.....

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Howard Hansen - Hansen Orchards

AU: "There are just too many January cherries around"

Howard Hansen, Managing Director of Hansen Orchards is a 4th generation fruit grower. His great grandfather was a Norwegian merchant seaman who stopped off in Tasmania, liked what he saw and was granted his first piece of land in 1887, which he planted with apple trees. He had six sons, all of whom became.....

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US demand grows strongly for organic sweet potatoes

Organic sweet potatoes in the United States are in good supply. After a solid but short growing season in the late summer in California, growers continue to ship them out of storage for the majority of the year. The favorable conditions have ensured good supply and quality to meet the growing demand."The.....

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SpartanNash: distribution drives Q4 and full fiscal year

Brookshire's to acquire 8 Winn-Dixie stores in Louisiana

CA: Loblaw Q4: profits hit by new loyalty launchLoblaw’s fourth quarter retail sales fell by 1.2% to $10.7bln, reflecting the divestment of its gas bar business. Excluding this impact, sales improved around 2.1%. Food retail same-store sales were up 0.5%, while drug retail saw a 3.6% improvement. Operating.....


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