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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Exceptionally high US freight rates set to ease

Freight rates have been a hot topic in the fresh produce industry across the United States recently. Growers and shippers have expressed their concerns about having to pay exceptionally high rates to get their produce to the market. Availability of trucks has been cited as both a cause for the high rates,.....

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Tough, and likely shorter, season for Florida grapefruit

After Hurricane Irma swept through Florida late last summer, grapefruit growers in the state are now feeling the effects. “We were devastated by the storm and were expecting a good solid year—at least a good year in the sense of where we’d been in the last two years,” says G.T. Parris of Vero Beach, Fl.-based.....

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CAN (ON): Aphria partners with Double Diamond to grow cannabis

Aphria has entered a strategic relationship with Double Diamond Farms to provide an additional 120,000 kgs of annual cannabis production. The deal accelerates Aphria’s capacity increase by over a year versus building out its existing 100-acre site. Combined with Aphria’s existing expected cannabis production.....

US cauliflower suppliers hope to stabilize the market

After thinner supplies and inconsistent demand, the domestic cauliflower market is looking to even out again. “We had a hard cold snap in Florida right after New Year’s and it warmed back up just to get cold again this week so trying to get back up to normal volumes down here,” says Tara Smith-Vighetti of.....

Berry grower promotes berry combo with social media sweepstakes

Naturipe Farms is using social media to encourage berry fans to try the new Braspberry and enter into the Naturipe Braspberry Sweepstakes for daily prizes and to support hurricane relief efforts.“We are excited to promote Braspberries. It is a new delicious treat you get when pressing a plump, fresh blueberry.....

Trump promises farmers that he will improve the NAFTA

US President Donald Trump told a federation of US farmers that he was working to improve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada.The threats issued by Trump since he became president about the possibility of withdrawing from the NAFTA have not been good for US farmers, and the.....

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Possible strike looming at Hunts Point Market, NY

Quite possibly, workers and drivers at the Hunts Point Market in the Bronx will be walking the picket line this week.The market - one of the largest food distribution centers of its kind in the world - provides most of the fruit and vegetables to stores and restaurants around the city.Ny1.com reports how the.....

Produce veteran Jimmy Tadano retires

Duncan Family Farms, a grower of organic baby lettuces and greens, kales, and herbs with operations in Arizona, California, Oregon and New York, has announced the retirement of Grower Relations Manager Jimmy Tadano. Jimmy’s career in agriculture spans his entire adult life, and as an employee at Duncan Family.....

NatureFresh offers tomato lovers 'guide to every type of tomato'

With countless varieties and a range of delicious flavor profiles, there’s no question that tomatoes are the perfect addition to just about any dish. Tomatoes are extremely versatile and are great for grilling, roasting, sautéing—even on their own as a healthy snack. Whether it’s a meaty Beefsteak or a small.....

More mango exports needed to relieve local market of large supply pressure

South African litchis made hay in Europe this season

In what has generally been an off year for South African litchi producers, one farm considers themselves fortunate for a number of reasons. Not only did their litchi harvest exceed the already large crop of last year, but they had a relatively empty market in Europe for the start of their season with.....

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Fresh Line Fruit Services GmbH launches Reclamation Trading 2.0

“Our job is to ease the pain”

Sooner or later, every fruit and vegetable supplier will have the experience when a delivery, for some reason, does not arrive at its destination and -after a detour and at double the cost- ends up at the waste disposal center. This is not the case at Fresh Line Fruit Services GmbH: for several years, the.....

Hans van Kemenade, Jakova:

"Opportunities with ready made vegetable packets are endless"

Ready meals don't have a good image, but the opportunities with ready made vegetable packets are endless, says Hans van Kemenade of Jakova. It's a trend that plays into both convenience and conscious and healthy eating. "There is always the interest in food, but these days consumers are more conscious about.....

Stable market for Sicilian lemons

The citrus fruit campaign is in full swing. We talked to Salvatore Scarcella, President of one of the leading cooperatives dedicated to lemon production.Archive photo"The citrus fruit campaign started around one month ago and is going smoothly. The production and commercialisation of Interdonato lemons has.....

Poland: Edible plates mean no more plastic

VIDEOFestival grounds no longer have to be left strewn with plastic disposable plates and rubbish bags. The Polish company, Biotrem has developed edible plates using wheat bran. So, these plates are not only good for the environment but also ensures you ingest more fibre.The wheat is heated under high pressure and.....

The challenges for the professional fresh produce market according to ESASEM

"The weather is strongly affecting the single crops. While 3-day weather forecasts are extremely precise, they can't be for 3-6 months, which is the average period between sowing and harvesting."ESASEM company managers also added that: "an important objective of our research is to supply products that adapt to.....

Italy: Modì apple destocking has reached 60%

Modì apple destocking has reached 60% and it may very well be that all the produce will have ended by April/May.Around 15,000 tons of Civg198*/Modì® were produced in 2017 in the northern hemisphere. Around 70% of these comes from Modì Europe, while the remaining 30% was grown in Turkey, Serbia and the.....

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Catering discovers fruit and vegetables, purchasing rose by 13%

In restaurants in particular the trend towards a higher share of fruit and vegetables in meals is continuing. This is positive because more and more people are eating outside of the home. In stores consumers spent two percent more on fruit and vegetables. They bought the same amount of fruit and vegetables per.....

2017: Both import and export value of fruit and vegetables on the rise

More peppers to the UK and a larger role for the Netherlands in the banana trade

The total import value of fruit and vegetables in the Netherlands was €6 billion. Extreme winter weather in Southern Europe caused less supply, higher prices and temporary shortages in the first quarter of 2017.The Dutch production had varied successes in 2017. Growers of aubergine and tomatoes can review a.....

After fire at Sint-Maartensdijk

Lion Foods building new factory in Kapelle, the Netherlands

The management of Lion Foods has decided to rebuild the factory,which burnt down in St. Maartensdijk, in Kapelle. In the past two months, there were intense talks with the municipalities of Tholen and Kapelle regarding the rebuilding. Both municipalities have, in compliance with the possibilities, shown their.....

French professor explains: eat these foods to prevent depression

Have you been feeling a bit under the weather for a while? The food you buy has more influence on how you feel than you might think. Various scientific studies show there’s a clear connection between food and gloominess. There’s even an anti-depression diet.

Innovation and sustainability: Smilesys reclosable systems fight waste

The fight against food and plastic waste is an evergreen topic among governments, universities and companies, as it is in our everyday lives. In this globalized world, virtuous companies propose new solutions that are intended to combine flexibility and efficiency, to provide a new approach to the way people.....

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AU: Innovation and diversification the way ahead for Tasmanian growers

Day two of the Tasmanian tour started at the Huon Valley an area with a very unique micro climate, only 20 kms from the South sea but sheltered by mountains which protect it from winds.Growing conditions have been very good in the valley and the growers are expecting a good harvest season. These growers don't.....

AU: Simpson Farms puts award down to consumer-based focus

One of Queensland's leading Avocado and Mango producers Simpson Farms says its strategy to focus on the end customer was what helped it take the Woolworths Fruit Supplier of the year award for 2017.The company won the award, after working closely with the supermarket giant for a number of years."We are excited.....

Tests in New South Wales, Australia:

Cold plasma used to kill pathogens on fresh produce

At the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries laboratory, a new test device is being trialled. A German built, custom-made 250 kilogram produce sanitisation machine , dubbed the “Food Safety Supercharger”, has been developed to try to eliminate microbial contaminants such as Salmonella, Listeria and.....

Research in Tasmania:

Green potatoes safe for consumers to eat

So many people are suspicious of any sign of a greenish colour on their potatoes. But now PhD candidate Sabine Tanios is working on research into why and how potatoes develop this green colouring.Her work at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture looks at the wide range of factors that cause undesirable.....

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Spain: Canary organic bananas to be promoted in French market

After consolidating its position in the Swiss market, Europlátano is already facing its next internationalization challenge: tackling the French market. The firm started selling its fruit in France last November in partnership with Biocoop, a leading company in the distribution of organic food. The challenge.....

Amerfruits to show off black garlic at Fruit Logistica

Amerfruits will be showing off their Black garlic "Amefruits gourmet" at Fruit logistica this year. It is made with Spanish purple garlic grown in Las Pedroñeras."The selected bulbs are fermented for approximately 40 days at controlled temperatures between 65°C and 80°C and a specific humidity level. The.....

New machine offers automatic cucumber sorting

The integrated SortiFlex pack robot from Christiaens Agro Systems, a specialist in grading lines for long-shaped vegetables, enables its customers to sort, grade and pack cucumbers automatically and without human assistance.SortiFlex Pack RobotThe robot was developed in cooperation with experts at Beltech, a.....


Symphony Retail Ai: key grocery reinvention trends

Fairway preparing line-free checkout app

US: Analysts confirm produce woes and stock issues at Whole Foods storesBarclays analysts reported finding "entirely empty" shelves and deteriorating produce at two Whole Foods Market stores last week, one in the Midwest and one on the East Coast, according to Business Insider. In a note to investors, they.....

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