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Shortage of tomatoes in US market

There is great pressure on tomato supplies in the US market at the moment due to a number of factors. One of these is the transition of seasons, with several growing regions finishing up for the season, while others are either suffering from cold weather or they simply haven't started yet. Florida is…

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Organic grape sales triple with creative merchandising

New Season Market, a Portland-based 14-chain natural foods market, recently held a merchandising sales contest with Sun Pacific®’s Air Chief® organic grapes, and the result was far more than they could have imagined for their sales, according to the company. Overall, New Season Market stores increased organic grapes sales…

Commissioner Black testifies to International Trade Commission on NAFTA 2.0 concerns

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black traveled to Washington, DC last week to testify on behalf of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA)…

United Fresh names BrandStorm 2019 advisory committee

United Fresh Produce Association has named the 2019 BrandStorm™ Advisory Committee, or “Brand-bassadors,” as they call them. These produce industry marketing leaders work to…

...and try to hold on to them longer

US farmers seek more temporary H-2A workers

When US farmers are unable to find the labor they need, the federal ‘H2A visa program’ allows them to bring in workers from foreign countries. The visas are costly and the process is time-consuming, yet the number of visas granted continues to climb. For more than 100 years and five generations, Bruce Talbott’s family has…

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Significant shift to retailers partnering with major internet players for fresh deliveries

Every year there is something new and innovative in the Chinese produce and E-commerce markets, making it an exciting place for retail, according to Loren Zhao, co-founder of Chinese company Fruitday, speaking at last week's Amsterdam Produce Summit.. The business started 10 years ago, and Loren Zhao told the Amsterdam…

Citrus brand invests in brand awareness ahead of California season

Cuties® mandarin brand said it has invested in marketing efforts to increase brand awareness and excitement in anticipation of the California Cuties season. In an effort to generate brand engagement…

Canadian company’s fruit and vegetable labels to fit America’s buy-local mentality

Canadian firm Accu-Label Inc., located near Windsor, Ontario, can hardly get any closer to the United States. That is why the latter nation accounts for half of the market for…

US: Minneapolis may adapt rules about healthy food convenience stores

Minneapolis passed an ordinance in 2014 that required licensed grocery stores to stock healthier foods in their stores. But the city is now proposing to amend its ordinance. In 2017, only 10 percent of the stores complied with the ordinance. And some store owners say no one is buying the items that the…

Red Delicious dethroned

Canada's favourite apples are sweeter and more juicy

Fruit breeder David Bedford has been breeding apples for 40 years, perhaps making him one of the leading authorities on the contentious question: What's the best apple? According to Bedford, it's certainly not the Red Delicious. "It's a big let-down in the world of apples. I mean, in the U.S., it's been the No.…

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Top fruit estimates adjusted: regular season expected

The season for Dutch top fruit started a few weeks ago. For most varieties, such as Elstar and Conference pears, the new season started in week 40. The first Kanzi and Migo were on the shelves in week 40. This year, FruitMasters is dedicated to the promotion of Migo. This pear is seen as an innovation in…

Top fruit season has difficult start

The harvest of the new season started exceptionally early this year. Because of the warm weather, however, colouring fell a bit behind. Quality is generally good, according to Miet Gerrits of Gerrits Fruit. Gerrit Fruit from Belgium has been active in the top fruit sectors for three generations, and the company has…

Perfect Uni-Grader

More efficient and specific trading with optical sorter

The Netherlands is a strong player in the global trade of top fruit, particularly in the production and export of Conference pears. To retain this position, while being able to offer continuity in quality, is of great importance. Developments have been rapid, particularly in the field of sorting in…

Loren Zhou - Fruit Day

Significant shift to retailers partnering with major internet players for fresh deliveries

Every year there is something new and innovative in the Chinese produce and E-commerce markets, making it an exciting place for retail, according to Loren Zhao, co-founder of Chinese company Fruitday, speaking at last week's Amsterdam Produce Summit.. The business started 10 years ago, and Loren Zhao told the Amsterdam…

Opportunities for Greek grapes in October/November

Wake-up call for Greek grape growers: investing necessary

If the increasing Spanish competition hadn’t startled the Greek grape growers yet, last season would have been a wake-up call for the sector. Investments are necessary to remain competitive in the near future: new varieties, better irrigation and, most of all, covers. But how to do this in a country in…

Luc Vanoirbeek, VBT

“Belgian growers in dire straits, but entire European fruit sector is suffering”

Belgian fruit growers are in deep trouble. The last ten years have changed this sector dramatically. This change is due to the Russian boycott and the ever-increasing, intense…

Fred Jacobs, KCB:

'Not the greatest quality strawberries and top fruit'

Greenhouse strawberries' growth conditions have not been the best lately. As a result, their quality is under slight pressure. In the past week, fruit with growth defects and…

On a European Level

Italy: Moldova is a new competitor in the grape sector

Only limited quantities of Italian grapes are exported to the UK, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain. Germany seems uninterested. Additionally, there are quality problems regarding the seedless coloured grapes. Claudio Romano is the marketing manager of the Romaneuro business, which produces grapes. Also, the company…

Switzerland: Fewer apples being sold

The apple sales of this fall, at 13,713 tonnes, are 1,340 tonnes lower than in the previous year, according to Swisscofel and the Swiss Fruit Association (SOV). They are also…

MSC connects Baden-Württemberg with Trieste

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. is pleased to launch a new dedicated train set-up between Giengen and Trieste, starting mid-November 2018. This stand-alone solution finally offers an…

UK: Big chains raise prices at their smaller branches

According to a BBC investigation, shoppers are being charged more for buying from big-chain convenience stores. In one case, a trolley of groceries cost almost £10 more in a…

Robbery investigation in southern Spain bears fruit

Officers from the National Police have arrested a man in Velez Malaga for allegedly stealing 9 tons of fruit from farms all over Almayate. Police claim the man, who has not…

StarMeal and Foodmaker take vegetables one step further

Lieven van Lommel was quick to respond to the desires of millennials and the health trend with a vision. In 1993, when he was 18, he opened a salad bar in Belgium. “I put 250,000 euro in one shop. As second shop of ten square metres was soon added to that, and another one in Brussels followed. In two…

Bart Bruyninckx, Bruyninckx Chiconnettes:

“Demand for mini-chicory peaks during Christmas period”

“Prices for chicory have been low for years, but fortunately, they’ve been slightly better in the past two months. We only sell miniature chicory, although we also offered regular chicory in the past,” says Bart Bruyninckx of Bruyninckx Chiconnettes. “Demand for mini-chicory increases towards Christmas,…

Apofruit to be the exclusive trader of Candine apples in Italy

Concept REGAL'IN TM  recently introduced the new Candine apples. In France, they will be commercialized by Blue Whale, which holds exclusive rights in the country. In Italy, they will be commercialized exclusively by Apofruit in accordance with the agreements signed in 2016.  Apofruit Italia director Ilenio Bastoni ( in the photo above…

Missed Interpoma 2018? Have a look at our photo gallery.

20,000 visitors from over 70 different countries, 489 exhibitors from 24 countries and 150 journalists from all over the world attended Interpoma during the three days of the fair. All the photos can only be found on FreshPlaza! Have a look at our photo gallery! Interpoma is the event dedicated to the cultivation, storage and commercialization of apples that…

The Italian Contec is a leading company in the manufacturing of poles

Innovative poles for orchards

In order to build a modern fruit plant, it is necessary to have a support and/or protection system made with the most modern materials to ensure the greatest efficiency. Contec company participated in Interpoma to promote its equipment for the construction of pre-stressed reinforced concrete poles. Pre-stressed reinforced concrete poles The…

Italy: Agreement for marketing of the Tessa apple

At Interpoma 2018, an agreement was signed for the exclusive marketing in Italy of the Fengapi variety. This term is composed of three words: Feno (the company that developed the variety), Gala and Pink Lady/Cripps Pink (the two apples from which the new cultivar derives). The Melinda and the La Trentina consortia obtained this. At the…

New technologies to classify fruit quality

Fruit baskets usually hid unpleasant surprises: even though they were good-looking, the fruits within were not. The recent technological development has allowed us to avoid such a risk. Angelo Benedetti describes one of the optical selection technology by Unitec. This technology can ‘go beyond’ the…

France: Yellow Vest protest affects the Rungis wholesale market

After a couple of days of protest, there are 1 dead, 409 wounded, of whom 14 in serious conditions and 282 arrested among the lines of the Yellow Vest movement in France. Almost 300.000 people wearing yellow vests stormed in the streets and squares blocking the traffic. This protest has no leader or spokesperson. It started…

More attention should be focused on final consumers

"I'm discovering the world of apples and the entire universe of fresh produce more and more and I am fascinated by it, I think they have an incredible strength," reports Paolo Gerevini,  Melinda  general director, in an interview to FreshPlaza at Interpoma 2018.  He was appointed director a couple of years ago and previously worked for…

Italy: Good market for potatoes

There are two sides to the potato market this year - the produce is lacking and there is the risk of only finding low-quality potatoes on the market as the best produce is being kept in warehouses hoping for the situation to improve. "There is a bit of everything on the market at the moment, though we need to be careful as, at times, the second category…

Spain: Valencian citrus growers, on alert due to flooding

Citrus producers are concerned about the threat of the "pixat" and about the risk of mandarin skins being affected by the excess water; a result of the latest rains. In fact, the harvest has been delayed due to the flooding of fields in the Region of Valencia. The Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA) has…

Creation of the Compañía Aguacatera del Sur

Spain: "We want to work only with the biggest avocado producers"

A new company specialized in the importation of avocados has just been founded in Malaga, the province that accounts for most of the production and marketing of this fruit in Spain and Europe. The Compañía Aguacatera del Sur is formed by entrepreneurs with experience in the sale of avocados, as well as…

Israeli bell pepper producer eyeballing niche markets

The capsicum season started in Israel about a month ago. “So far, it is going in the same direction as last year”, says Eyal Sahar, CEO and founder of the Israeli growers' association, Gilad Desert Produce. He is also a bell pepper farmer. “Our main market is Russia, Canada and the U.S , Europe and UK..…

Rewe tests new market concept in Meerbusch

Fresh specialty market with unpacked fruits and vegetables

In Meerbusch-Büderich, near Dusseldorf, under the name "Marktliebe" Rewe has opened a fresh specialty market with a selection of around 4,000 items. At the heart of the 800 m2…

Early detection of storage damage

Laimburg Test Center presents new App 'FrudiStor'

Last Thursday, a new application called 'FrudiStor' was officially presented and activated at the international apple fair INTERPOMA at the Bolzano Exhibition Center. The App…

Strauss Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH:

"From first enquiry to project engineering to the finished product"

"The new partial automation is intended to optimize the transition between the asparagus scale and the downstream packaging unit, where the asparagus is currently still being manually inserted into a flow-pack machine. One will save on personnel as as consequence." This is how the Strauss Buxtehude…

Aberdeen Standard European confident

Two warehouses bought in Netherlands

Aberdeen Standard European Logistics Income PLC has announced it acquired a newly built pre-let warehouse in Zeewolde, the Netherlands, for €29.3 million. In addition to this, the investor said it agreed to buy an existing cross-dock warehouse in Waddinxveen, also in the Netherlands, for €33 million. Aberdeen Standard European said…

Turkish lemon market stable, Spain’s issues create opportunities

The Turkish lemon market seems to be stabilizing after a rocky start. That shift comes just in time, as Spain is having issues with sizes and quality due to the weather. For Turkish exporter Aksun this news comes with opportunities, or at least makes the competition less fierce. Although the Turkish lemon season started…

Netherlands: Pommeron platform to connect farmer and customer

Although productivity has always been central within Dutch agriculture, at present, other aspects of food production are receiving increasingly more attention. One of the more problematic aspects is the length of current supply chains, For this, the Pommeron platform seeks to find a solution. Pommeron is an initiative…

"Some Polish farmers delay selling their onions, hoping for an even higher price"

The onion market is heading towards a bit of a pickle, where some experts expect the onions to run out by March. Although Polish company Green Best isn't primarily focused on onions, it might be the first time they can actually make some money off of the produce. Like in many European countries, the Polish onions are…

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Van Mierlo Plant

Smurfit Kappa’s Van Mierlo plant in Belgium is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The plant, which was founded by entrepreneur Jan Van Mierlo back in 1918 and quickly established itself as a leading supplier of corrugated board in Belgium before extending its reach throughout Europe. The Van Mierlo plant produces corrugated…

EU ministers back 'fair' Brexit deal with UK

In a momentous moment of unity in Brussels, the 27 national European Union ministers backed the draft of the terms of Britain's exit from the bloc. At least that is what the…

Speakers announced for UK Brassica and Leafy Salad Conference

As well as separate technical sessions for brassicas and leafy salads, next January’s UK Brassica and Leafy Salad Conference will feature speakers addressing crucial issues…

USDA GAIN Report

Bulgarian cherry production for 2018 expected to reach record high

Bulgarian cherry production in marketing year (MY) 2018 is expected to reach a record high due to expanded area, favorable weather, and improved average yields. The growth in…

Simplified time and attendance management of pack-line staff improves traceability

Facial recognition feature for seasonal workers launched

To make it easier for fruit and vegetable producers to manage their seasonal workers, Consus Fresh Solutions has developed a new Facial Recognition feature for its traceability software. Machine learning is used to identify staff and permit access, making clocking on and off a thing of the past and…

Oceania

AU: Honey Gold mango harvest gets underway in Katherine

The Katherine mango season has kicked off for Piñata Farms, with weather making harvesting a little slower than expected. Operations Manager Stephen Scurr says the picking teams started working night shifts last week, but it has been hampered by the conditions in recent days. "We had four nights, then it stormed for five nights,…

Australia: Queensland's struggling strawberry farmers get creative

For a while now, Australian growers have been despairing over dumping tonnes of perfectly good fruit that was too small or odd-shaped to find a market. The sad cases of…

New Zealand: Central Otago frost - disaster avoided

Central Otago winegrowers and orchardists are feeling "positive" about the upcoming season and are pleased to have dodged a bullet in the form of a once in a lifetime frost. Central Otago Winegrowers Association president James Dicey said a "huge and highly unusual" frost throughout Central Otago on October 13 could…

Berries Australia Limited:

Australian berry growers unite and give members a strong voice

The peak industry associations representing Australia’s fastest growing fresh produce category – berries – have united to give their members one strong voice. Berries…

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