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Monday, August 21, 2017

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US: Pure Flavor breaks ground for 75 acres in Georgia

While many North American greenhouse produce giants have been focusing on adding acreage in the Midwest, Pure Flavor is the first greenhouse grower to break ground on a gigantic greenhouse project in the Deep South in the state of Georgia. The company will built a 75 acre facility in three phases of 25 acres.....

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Chibante's Kingsville operation to also join Mastronardi

Sunset expands local Canadian program

Mastronardi Produce is continuing to expand their local program, this time with an exclusive partnership with Golden Acre Farms. The greenhouse facility, located in Kingsville Ontario, will bring SUNSET® brand cucumbers to more Canadians year-round.“This local partnership right here in Kingsville will enable.....

US: NatureFresh puts Ohio expansion on hold

NatureFresh is holding back the expansion of their operations in Delta, Ohio. During a recent Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum, founder and CEO Peter Quiring expressed his concerns about finding the right qualified workers to pick their tomatoes. While business has been good for NatureFresh ever.....

British Columbia sweet corn strengthening in August

Despite a slow start to the season, British Columbia corn is coming on strong.“Supply of corn has been outstanding,” says Brian Faulkner of Delta, BC-based BCfresh. “It was slow to start in terms of how it matured. But once it got going and the weather turned and we had some good opportunities for irrigation,.....

Sweet Juillet variety did very well

A sweet apricot summer for Washington growers

Apricot growers in Washington are reflecting in delight on the season just past. The apricot season, which typically runs from early June to mid-August, has largely concluded in the region and conditions and market demand have ensured a sizeable crop this year.One Washington producer has seen an increase this.....

A visit to Mans Organics in Coaldale, Alberta:

Canada: The challenge of running a small scale family farm

More demand for locally grown organic produce creates opportunities for small-scale family farms in Canada. Yet, increasing minimum wages and rising energy costs also make it a challenging adventure for some.The day to day operations at the organic farm of the Mans family in Coaldale, Alberta, is a good.....

NOSB picks up hydroponics discussions again

Last week the National Organic Standards Board held a teleconference webcast in which they once again discussed hydroponics. And once again there was no consensus whether they can or can not be certified USDA Organics.The meeting was open for members of the public to listen to NOSB board members discussing the.....

"The Maluma is the only cultivar capable of competing with Hass" - Dr André Ernst, Allesbeste Boerdery

Maluma commercialisation imminent in Chile & Israel with trials in the USA

The Maluma avocado, commercially launched in 2007, is an alternative to Hass in areas where Hass struggles with its size count distribution. The Maluma, a chance selection originating in the Levubu area of Limpopo Province, thrives under hot conditions. It is currently commercially cultivated in South Africa,.....

SnapDragon® crop

Crunch Time Apple Growers report positive forecast for 2017

Due to favorable weather conditions during the spring and early summer months, Crunch Time’s apple growers have released a positive forecast for this year’s SnapDragon® crop production – which is expected to produce 60% more apples than its 2016 harvest.“Because of abundant rain this growing season, we expect.....

US scientists use new technique in hopes of lifting blackberry production

Researchers with the University of Arkansas' System Division of Agriculture’s Fruit Research Station are looking at the potential for an innovative trellis system to increase overall blackberry production in the state.Amanda McWhirt, extension horticulture crop specialist for the Division of Agriculture, is.....


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Tomatoes for hanging, the true flavour of Spanish cuisine

"Back when there were no refrigerators or large-scale farms, like those in Murcia or Almeria, our ancestors, after harvesting tomatoes in the field, sewed them on a rope and hung them in the attic, so that they had better ventilation and remained in good condition for longer. By doing this, they also had.....

Wholesale Market of Barcelona:

"All activities have continued as they usually do in August"

The terrorist attack that took place last Thursday in the Ramblas of Barcelona, which took the life of 14 innocents and left more than 100 wounded, ​​has heavily hit the heart of all Spaniards.Thousands of people, including the highest authorities, filled the Plaza de Catalunya on Friday to pay.....

WDP construction work for Total Exotics in Bleiswijk

"More spending on real estate in the fruit and vegetable sector"

Construction work was recently started in Bleiswijk for a new WDP customer, Total Exotics. It concerns an investment budget of 6.5 million Euro and a surface of 4,700 square metres and 1,150 m2 office. WDP is supplying the building 'bare'. "An advantage is that we don't supply standard real estate. We look at.....

Bernard Breman:

“Ready for start of kiwi berry season despite frost damage”

Kiwi berries and tayberries, these aren’t the most obvious cultivations chosen by Bernard Breman when he switched careers and started growing fruit in 2010. “Of course I could’ve started growing apples or pears, but there are already so many of those. I wanted to do something different. That’s why I started.....

Oron Ziv from Befresh Europe:

“Mango season going well so far”

The mango season in Israel is in full swing. According to Oron Ziv from Befresh Europe, the early varieties will finish in the next two weeks. The later varieties, such as the Kent and Keitt, are also already available. They should last until the end of September.“There has been a good crop”, says Oron. “July.....

Germany: Frost decimated apple harvest

Frost during blossoming and other weather events have taken their toll on European apple trees: The harvest is going to be significantly lower than it used to be. The region around the lower Elbe, the largest continuous fruit cultivation area of Nothern Europe, got off comparatively lightly. According to.....

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Signs point to an early and extended avocado harvest in Queensland

Early indications are pointing to an extended Queensland avocado season next year, with some fruit already appearing on trees in the far north. It follows an average harvest this year.Avocados Australia chief executive John Tyas said north Queensland yields were strong, but were offset by a sub-standard crop.....

New planting technique could help solve avocado shortage

Queensland researchers are developing world-first plant production techniques that would dramatically boost the number of avocado trees and potentially solve a world shortage.Single avocado tree cuttings are being used to grow 500 new plants in eight to 10 months under a growth technique created by University.....

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On-the-go produce industry growing by 10% each year

On-the-go produce snacking has become a billion-dollar business, and while some areas of the grocery store have struggled to find growth, that hasn’t been the case for this sub-category of the larger “snackable” fruit and vegetable segment, according to a new Consumer Insights report from The Nielsen Co.In its.....

The irresistible rise of Bitcoin

The value of Bitcoin and other digital coins is rapidly skyrocketing. There’s more behind that rise than just speculation. There’s much demand for cryptocurrencies in countries that have a high inflation.Bitcoin, Ethereum and other digital coins — also called cryptocurrencies — are getting more and more.....

September 6-8, Hong Kong

Rijk Zwaan presents retail opportunities at Asia Fruit Logistica

From 6-8 September 2017, Rijk Zwaan will once again be exhibiting at Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong. At its stand, the breeding company plans to show visitors how expanding and broadening the fresh produce range in store can help to stimulate overall consumption.Rijk Zwaan regards Asia Fruit Logistica as.....

The world's shipping companies keep growing

The hulking container ships that transport sneakers, bananas and Barbie dolls around the world keep getting bigger. So are the companies that own them.A massive consolidation is underway in the $500 billion global industry and the survivors now enjoy big economies of scale and increased demand, one year after.....

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Misfits moves to Market 32, Price Chopper

Raley’s wants more Fresh Produce

Walmart says it has gained market share in CanadaWalmart says its Canadian stores gained market share against rivals during its fiscal second quarter. “We further improved our price position against competitors, which contributed to market share gains in key traffic driving categories such as food and.....


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