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Thursday, September 21, 2017

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Smaller sizes, but strong demand from overseas

Canadian cherry season cut short by hot summer

The Canadian cherry season became another victim of the hot summer that has plagued growers in western North America. Yield was up over last year, however, as the main effects were the shortening of the season as well as smaller fruit sizes."Overall, our yield was definitely up over 2016 due to new farms.....

Consumer interest in baby vegetables catches on

Judging by Instagram, pint-sized food is a hit and it seems to be no different with produce. Terra Fresh Foods LLC has a mini-vegetable line that includes a “baby” or small versions of corn, patty pan, green zucchini, beans, Brussels sprouts, carrots that’s targeted to appeal to these very consumer tastes......

Desert Farms announces launch of organic green asparagus line

Desert Farms has announced it will launch an organic green asparagus product for the upcoming season. The Californian/Mexican based asparagus grower will grow the new product line alongside their existing operations in the Sonora region in Mexico and the harvest is expected to last between January and April.....

Interest rises domestically and internationally in California dates

Supplies of dates out of California are looking relatively strong. “We are able to supply customers with high-quality Medjool dates year-round,” says Hope Barbee of Coachella, Ca.-based Double Date Packing. Barbee notes that the new harvest has just begun for both the conventional and organic Medjool dates......

Often a loss leader, bananas show potential as impact driver for retailers

New research from GlobeScan reveals that consumers are ready to reward retailers that stock fair trade bananas. Of consumers surveyed, 64 percent indicated that they would purchase fair trade certified bananas at a differential of 10 cents per pound. “When the price is right, consumers state a strong.....

Expects to lift trade by €12 billion

EU-Canada trade agreement enters into force

On Thursday, 21 September, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada enters into force provisionally.Welcoming this milestone in the EU's trade policy, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said: "This agreement encapsulates what we want our trade policy.....

Craig Slate becomes news President and CEO of SunFed

After a transformational 23 years of emphasizing the “fresh” in fresh produce, SunFed is evolving once again with the appointment of Craig Slate as the company’s President and CEO. Co-Founder Danny Mandel, the company’s most recent President and CEO, has retired; passing the torch to Slate effective August 31,.....

Container-shipping sector making a strong comeback, says CMA CGM

The global container-shipping sector is in its strongest position in years thanks to sweeping consolidation and stronger economic growth, leaving it well placed to withstand competition from trains on major Asia-Europe routes, France’s CMA CGM said.Container lines, which transport everything from fresh fruit.....

Irma could be costly for US growers as only 34% of vegetable crops insured

In the U.S, government-backed insurance plans help compensate farmers for losses after natural disasters. Unfortunately for the produce growers that were ravaged by recent hurricanes, a lot of the nation's vegetable and fruit crops aren't covered.Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, which devastated parts of Florida,.....

Kevin Folta, University of Florida:

“Genetically speaking there’s a lot of potential to change fresh produce flavour”

“In general, consumers aren’t satisfied with the flavours and aromas of fresh fruit and vegetables. Agriculturalists have put the interest of other characteristics first, such as size, yield, and disease resistance. There’s still much room to improve this, and there’s also genetic potential to solve this.....


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World Food Moscow 2017

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Start of Primofiori lemon harvest in Murcia

"We hope the arrival of Spanish lemons will reactivate the market in Europe"

The lemon harvest has already started in Murcia, the main lemon producing and exporting area in Spain."This Wednesday, we started harvesting the first Primofiori lemons in Murcia. After carrying out the degreening processes in chambers, which lasts for seven days, we expect to make the first shipments on.....

Last year 1,200 kilos, now 900 kilos

Belgian man grows giant pumpkins

Last year he achieved a world record with a giant pumpkin of almost 1,200 kilos. This year, his largest pumpkin will probably ‘only’ reach 900 kilos. “Of the giant pumpkins I planted, three unfortunately perished due to the changeable weather this season. I have one left now,” says Mathias Willemijns from.....

Sebastiaan Kennes, Foodwin:

"We saved 8,000 kilos of apples"

There are a lot of organisations that are working against food waste. "An example is the Rotterdam Fruitleather. This company is very innovative and turns discarded fruit into sustainable leathery material," says Sebastiaan Kennes of the Belgian Foodwin. Besides this organisation he names more examples such as.....

Danny Deen, Denimpex:

“Only do what you’re good at”

This summer, Bram Deen passed away at the age of 84. In 1955 he founded Denimpex, which supplied products to the processing industry. Over the years, the Dutch fresh produce company from Amsterdam switched to overseas import and supplier of supermarkets under guidance from second generation Danny and third.....

Expects to lift trade by €12 billion

EU-Canada trade agreement enters into force

On Thursday, 21 September, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada enters into force provisionally.Welcoming this milestone in the EU's trade policy, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said: "This agreement encapsulates what we want our trade policy.....

Importers cooperate to absorb impact of extreme weather

Rain brought an early end to the mango season of Ivory Coast. Peruvian export halted due to rain and landslides. In January, Spain was hit by extreme cold, followed by extreme heat in June. According to the models of meteorologists, we should take more changeable weather into consideration as a consequence of.....

Why we cling to plastic buckets of snack vegetables

“Consumers want to see snack vegetables through packaging”

For about ten years now, the shaker has been a much-used packaging for Dutch snack vegetables. There’s also an abundance of small buckets with little cucumbers, carrots or tomatoes. But shakers appear to be on their way out, according to rumours at the Tomato Forum in Düsseldorf. This is mainly caused by the.....

Italy: Infia presents CUBO, the fruit and vegetable pot

It looks like a pot and has a lid as well as a handle - it's called CUBO, and it's the new PET product byINFIA, a company specialising in the development and manufacture of packaging solutions for fruit and vegetables.There are two versions available - 500 and 250 grams. The pots are different from other.....

UK organic sales will reach £2.2bn this year

The organic market continues to grow, up 6.3% in the 52 weeks to August 13 [Kantar Worldpanel], attendees to the Soil Association’s annual trade briefing in London yesterday heard. Over 130 guests attended the event, which announced that the organic market is expected to exceed £2.2 billion in sales by year.....

From October

Spain: Imported organic products to require electronic certificates

Imports of organic products should have, as of October 2017, the compulsory electronic certificate of control provided by Traces, which will replace the traditional paper control document in force until now.This measure follows the implementation of Action 12 of the Commission's Action Plan for the future of.....

Photo report: World Food Moscow

The World Food trade show was held from 11 to 14 September in Moscow. The fair welcomed 1,433 companies representing 65 countries and about 30,000 visitors. Sixty-one percent of these were Russian. There were three exhibition halls filled with fresh produce from all corners of the globe. There were many stands.....

Italy: Amazon Food to become available in Bologna

8 thousand square metres that should become operative on October 3rd. It's the new warehouse that Amazon will open in Crespellano, near Bologna, to deliver food (probably fruit and vegetables as well) within the hour.Marco Ferrara, City ManagerAmazonPrime NowAfter the success of Amazon Prime Now in Milan, the.....

Shawn Harris invests 5mln Euro in international roll out of The Avocado Show

"This step gives me a better balance in my life. It gives me the opportunity to, based on my own experience as an entrepreneur, advise and guide a number of start-up companies that I am involved with. I remain involved in the further development of Nature's Pride, but with more distance." With these words,.....

Maarten Zwaan passes away

Maarten Zwaan passed away on Monday 18 September at the age of 82. Maarten was on the Board of Directors at Rijk Zwaan from 1988 to 2000 and was co-shareholder of the company.Maarten had been seriously ill for some time, but he continued to dedicate himself to the company, and in particular to its employees,.....

One grower granted exemption

“Greenhouses in Dutch Westland lend themselves to large-scale cannabis cultivation”

The controlled, legal growing of medicinal cannabis is suitable for large-scale cultivation in Dutch greenhouses in the Westland, according to the Bench of Mayor and Aldermen of the Westland in a letter. But there’s one important condition: it’s only allowed with an exemption from the Dutch Ministry of Health,.....

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AU: Rainbow Silverbeet sales growing steadily for one Australian producer

A major Victorian Silverbeet producer says its decision to produce the rainbow variety is paying off, with the vegetable steadily growing a market in Australia.Corrigan's Produce Farms grow Silverbeet year-round from its base south-east of Melbourne, and Managing Director Deborah Corrigan says that it was a.....

Worldmore »

Kevin Folta, University of Florida:

“Genetically speaking there’s a lot of potential to change fresh produce flavour”

“In general, consumers aren’t satisfied with the flavours and aromas of fresh fruit and vegetables. Agriculturalists have put the interest of other characteristics first, such as size, yield, and disease resistance. There’s still much room to improve this, and there’s also genetic potential to solve this.....

Fruitsapp officially launches its platform

This online marketplace officially launched its platform on Monday. “We have made some adjustments and created new features. So far we have received good feedback, as companies have noticed the new features and experienced the improved version as easy to work with for both seller and buyer”, states Elena.....

Global trade potatoes increasing

The global trade in potatoes, including potato products, had a value of more than 11 billion euro in 2016. Globally, the Netherlands is the most important exporter, with an export valued at 2.4 billion euro last year. Belgium is in second place with an export value of 1.9 billion euro in 2016. Regarding value,.....

Retail


First supermarket launches fingerprint payment service

US Albertsons buys meal-kit delivery provider

US: IGA hires a new CEOIndependent Grocers Alliance has named John Ross as the new president and CEO of IGA, succeeding Mark Batenic effective in mid-October. Batenic will remain chairman of the board until his retirement Dec. 31, 2018 and transition to a non-executive chairman role in 2019......


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