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California naval season filled with small fruit

California’s naval orange season is looking to be the opposite of last year’s season. “We’ve got lots of small oranges in this year. Last year’s crop caused a heavier set and we’ve had an unusually warm fall. It’s been hot here in the valley,” says Randy Jacobson of Orange Cove, Ca.-based Cecelia Packing Corp. “We’ve…

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Rand Waddoups - Walmart

Customers value time just as much as money

One of the key themes driving growth in Walmart's omni-channel strategy, is that customers value time just as much as money when it comes to making purchases. Senior Director Omnichannel, Rand Waddoups says the company is no longer just a 'bricks and mortar' or just an E-commerce store - but they have to be both.…

Holiday demand straining US fresh cranberry supplies

The Massachusetts cranberry harvest finished later than usual this year. Growers say a few factors were involved related to the warm summer and fall period, as well as wet and cold weather during the harvest. Patrick Rhodes of Edgewood Bogs explained that the warm end of summer and early fall led to a…

Solid, but fewer, shipments of Peruvian sweet onions

Imported sweet onions from Peru are coming in via good supplies. “We’re around the halfway point of the Peruvian sweet onion season both in volume and on the calendar,” says John Shuman of Shuman Produce in Reidsville, Ga. “The current supplies are good as we prepare for the upcoming holiday and winter demand.” While…

California pomegranate exports performing well this season

As the California pomegranate harvest draws to a close, suppliers have noted the greater proportion of larger sized fruit compared with previous years. Volumes were reported as variable across California, but on balance seemed to be close to the average. "We finished our pomegranate harvest less than two weeks ago,"…

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Florida F&V Association urges FDA to find source of romaine lettuce outbreak swiftly

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are advising consumers to avoid eating romaine lettuce because it may be contaminated…

Celebrating 20 years of citrus exports from South Africa to the US

Next year, Summer Citrus from South Africa (SCSA) is celebrating 20 years of success for providing fresh citrus to the U.S. market. Founded in 1999 and rebranded in 2016, Summer Citrus from…

US closes busiest Mexico border crossing to install security barriers

The United States closed off northbound traffic for several hours at the busiest border crossing with Mexico to install new security barriers on Monday, a day after hundreds of Tijuana residents protested against the presence of thousands of Central American migrants. The U.S. also closed one of two pedestrian crossings at…

Detecting a fly’s DNA in fruit is key to reducing crops destroyed by the pest

Quick and accurate identification is one way fruit growers can stay ahead of Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD). The pest, which the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has been tracking since 2011, affects berry crops and caused significant losses in cherries in 2017. Its impact…

Cranberries are America’s second favorite berry

Cranberries may make a traditional appearance on many tables this Thanksgiving, but strawberries are still America’s favorite berry. According to ERS’s food availability data, 16.8 pounds of berries per person were available for consumption in 2016, up from 6.5 pounds per person in 1990. Improvements in product quality, year-round availability,…

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Fresh produce insights and opportunities in the Chinese market

Kenya’s fresh produce is now very welcome in China. On November 4th Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta met his Chinese counterpart president Xi Jinping in Shanghai and a trade…

Greek fruit and veg exports may break new records this year

According to ELSTAT, in the first nine months of 2018, Greek fresh fruit and vegetable exports increased by 12.4% in terms of value compared to 2017, reaching 794.4 million…

Opportunities for the Greeks in Gulf states and Asia

“The West consumes fruit, in the East fruit can also be a gift or an offering”

Although the majority of the Greek companies are focused on the (Eastern) European market, some companies look beyond that. The export to far-off destinations isn’t easy, but that’s where the opportunities can be found. Nick Nafpliotis of Greek and Fresh facilitates exports to the Middle East and Asia.…

Reduce give-away with this smart scale

In 1998, the Dutch company, LRE, introduced its DTS-III scale. This is a cluster selection scale consisting of various scales and an indicator light. The DTS-III automatically calculates from which scale products need to be removed. It also gives a light indication. The scale was installed at various…

Autonomous asparagus harvesting machine ready for use in 2019

In April this year, an autonomous harvesting machine for asparagus was tested in practice by AvL Motion from Westerbeek, the Netherlands. Evaluations from the past testing period showed that the most important function, the modules that actually harvest the asparagus, function as they should. The next…

Wuppertal wholesaler offers berry fruits from all over the world year-round

"Blueberry volumes are growing, so supply-heavy times are ahead"

During the winter months, berry fruits of exotic origin traditionally flood the Western European market. At Wuppertal's wholesale market, Peruvian blueberry berries are also finding their way to regional retailers. At the same time, Iberian raspberries and blackberries as well as greenhouse strawberries…

Gärtnerei Kiemle relies on year-round availability of own herbs

''Enough of our own herbs to cover Christmas sales spike''

In December, the demand for exceptional products like herbs usually grows. More and more local gardeners and direct suppliers jump on this bandwagon and set themselves the challenge to be able to offer their own aromatic herbs all year round. Nursery Kiemle, which is headquartered in…

Rabobank: Global food price stability in 2019 threatened by trade wars, disease and El Niño

A “melting pot” of risks – including US trade war with China, disease and extreme weather – threaten global food price stability next year, according to research from…

Peter van Pijkeren, IRI:

“The fresh category is changing quicker than ever and is full of opportunities”

Fresh is one of the most important drivers behind the growth of supermarkets in the past 12 years. While turnover within supermarkets was 27.3 billion in 2006, it has risen to 38.5 billion in 2018. The contribution of fresh to total turnover is the largest and increased by 4.7%. “The fresh category is…

Arnoud Klootwijk, Ben van der Waal Zuidvruchten:

"Large surpluses on quiet banana market"

The banana market has been very quiet for some weeks now. "There are more bananas and many inexpensive brands on the market. That is causing enormous pressure on the prices. There have never been so many bananas on the market," says Arnoud Klootwijk of Ben van der Waal Zuidvruchten from Rotterdam. "The green ones…

Limgroup presents breeding program's first strawberry variety at ExpoSE 2018

Will the Limalexia replace the Elsanta?

After more than ten years of extensive testing and numerous market studies, the Limgroup's strawberry breeding program is bearing its first fruit. The very first variety of this strawberry produced in the Dutch province of Limburg was officially presented under the name, Limalexia. This presentation was…

Martin Oudenes, Roveg:

"Good quality of US sweet potatoes surprised me, considering the weather"

The North American sweet potato season started at Dutch produce wholesaler, Roveg, two weeks ago. "The cultivation had its share of rain, so we started cautiously. You can, after all, only get off to a good start once. However, I am pleasantly surprised by this product's quality", says Roveg's Martin…

The average price of agricultural land in Spain grew by 2% in 2017

In Spain, the average price of land for agricultural use grew by 2% in 2017. This consolidates a trend of increases that began in 2014, according to the data published by the…

Francesco Perri's opinions

The clementine situation

In the last few hours, sources from Coldiretti Calabria have been pointing out a difficult situation for the citrus fruit farming sector, especially regarding the clementine. The weather has been very unusual with widespread warmth and humidity. Among the damages, there is an increasing number of spoiled fruits which will…

First reports of post harvest rot in Greek kiwis

Actinidia deliciosa , the dominant kiwi species, is an important crop in northern Greece. In 2016, the total production was 182,589 tons and the total harvested area was 7,710…

Avocados in recovery

Italy: Temporary glut of pineapples

The Italfrutta Distribuzioni company is active in Milan. The administrator Sandro Todaro and the marketing manager Umberto Musso report: “In Milan, we are a landmark for imported produce. Of course, we are not the only ones, but we are one of the most active companies in the marketing of exotic fruits –…

Spain: Huelva betting on asparagus for crop diversification

A couple of days ago, the president of the Provincial Council of Huelva, Ignacio Caraballo, opened a Conference dedicated to asparagus cultivation in the province of Huelva.…

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Five large shipping companies want to create an association

Five container transport companies want to create an association with the purpose of paving the way for the digitalization, standardization, and interoperability of the container transport industry. The executives of AP Moller - Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC, and Ocean Network Express are discussing the creation…

Spain and Morocco prepare recruitment of laborers at origin for strawberry harvest

The goal of the governments of Spain and Morocco is to have an ordered and safe recruitment campaign at origin for the berry harvest. Thus, the two have held a meeting in Huelva attended by the General Director for Migrations of the Ministry of Labor, Antonio Alarcón; the Secretary General of the…

Spain: Japanese delegation learns about El Ejido's agricultural model

A Japanese delegation from the Tohoku region has recently visited the municipality of El Ejido to learn first-hand about its prosperous productive system and find out whether it's possible to transfer some of its techniques and methods to the agriculture of their own region. The councillor of…

Murcia, Valencia and Huelva

Spain: Rainfall damages crops and causes delays in the shipments

Since last week, Spain has been going through a period of heavy rain events which are certainly taking a toll on the fruit and vegetable sector. Depending on the production area, the damage translates into production losses, impact on the crops' quality and delays in the shipments, both now and for…

UK: Booths introduces reusable bags for fruit and veg

As of next month, UK supermarket chain Booths will be offering reusable cotton netted bags, rather than those little plastic ones, for customers picking up their fruit and…

Turkey: Erdoğan vows crackdown on hoarding

This Tuesday, Turkish president Erdoğan vowed to make businesses that are stocking up on vegetables and household items pay a financial and legal penalty. The reason for this…

Dry summer, Listeria and competition put pressure on results

Greenyard closes first six months in the red

During the first six months of this year, Greenyard had to deal with some considerable blows: the warm and dry weather, a Listeria outbreak and continuing pressure on the…

Kuehne + Nagel acquires a specialist in time-critical shipments

Kuehne + Nagel has announced the acquisition of Quick International Courier, a market leading provider of time-critical transportation and logistics solutions globally. Quick…

Juice package for ease and variation introduced

Jaguar, tfc introduces a juice package to prepare a vitamin juice and build up your immune system during the winter. A package full of fruit to make fresh juices. “Alleen Even… Persen” (You just have to.. Squeeze) is a pre-assembled fruit kit to give you a fruitboost in a quick and easy way. The supermarkets are filled…

Wholesale buyers in Ukraine face difficulties buying tomatoes

Wholesale buyers in Ukraine are finding it difficult to acquire large enough volumes of tomatoes. Some of them claim a shortage of these products on the market, the Ukrainian…

Rand Waddoups - Walmart

Customers value time just as much as money

One of the key themes driving growth in Walmart's omni-channel strategy, is that customers value time just as much as money when it comes to making purchases. Senior Director Omnichannel, Rand Waddoups says the company is no longer just a 'bricks and mortar' or just an E-commerce store - but they have to be both.…

Turkey: Tomato prices start to rise again

The price of tomatoes has started to rise again in Antalya, the center for tomato production in Turkey. In the wholesale market, tomato prices had dropped below 0.60 USD per kg, however now they have again risen to above 0.70 USD per kg. Tomato prices had increased by 35.2 % in September and that was the product with…

Turkey: Harvest of citrus fruit starts in East Black Sea region

The citrus fruit harvest has started in the East Black Sea region where citrus fruits are grown as alternative products in an area where hazelnuts are the main product for many growers. Other alternative products grown in the region are kiwi, strawberry and walnut. Persembe town in Ordu, a city located in northern…

Israeli company supplies avocados year-round

Lior Gal, the head of international trade at Galilee Export, sources avocado from all over the world for the Israeli export company. This is Galilee Export’s main product. “We supply avocados for twelve months of the year. I source them from Kenya, Chile, Mexico, South Africa and Peru and I bring them to…

Turkey: Potato growers in Ahlat, Bitlis delighted with the crop this season

Harvest is under way in Ahlat town of Bitlis which is the main source for potatoes in Eastern Turkey. The prices have been much better compared to previous years which is putting a smile on all potato growers’ faces. Last year's potato price was around 0.05 USD per kg but this year the price at the grower is between…

Oceania

AU: Highlighting the achievements and challenges on National AgDay

The second annual National Agriculture Day has been used to celebrate the the achievements and contribution farmers make to Australia, despite many doing it tough with the drought. The National Farmers' Federation says this year's theme ‘Grow for Good’. It’s all about highlighting the progress our industry is making…

Quandong surges from native Australian fruit to highly consumed delicacy

Quandongs are one of the fastest growing additions to the Australian native fruit industry, according to grower and ethnobotanist Neville Bonney, who says it has grown in popularity over the past decade. Traditionally eaten by Indigenous Australians for thousands of years, Neville says the fruit has similarities to a…

End in sight for New Zealand banana shortages

It seems that the three-week New Zealand banana shortage will soon come to an end. The drama began at the end of October when a ship carrying bananas from Mexico, Ecuador and the Philippines had to change its route. The resulting supply disruption affected stores around the country. "Customers will be happy to hear that we…

Australia: Kakadu plum to enter global medicine industry

Skin products and health drinks may soon have an extra ingredient in a quintessentially Northern Territory ingredient if a proposal to commercially harvest Kakadu plums gets…

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