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US market less interested in "King Coconuts"

At this time of year, many of the coconuts entering the US market are being sourced from Thailand. These include the young coconuts which are mainly used for the juice they contain, as well as the fruit for the fresh market. Thailand supplies the United States all year round and production remains…

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Shelf life extension packaging now available for meal kits

Packaging that extends shelf life is often used during transit to maintain product freshness as well as help keep temperatures and ripening to preferred levels. A Canadian company has recently introduced similar technology for the packaging of meal kits. Called PrimePro, the product from Chantler…

Avocados: Mexico season taking over from California and Peru

The California avocado season has now concluded with only trace amounts of fruit remaining in the market. Seasonal volume increased from the previous year despite some fruit loss during some of the more intense heat waves during the summer. "We finished the California season several weeks ago and most of the big…

Washington potatoes in ample supply

With potato harvest underway, one Canadian food company is finding no trouble sourcing product. “We use U.S. potatoes from Washington and the supply is excellent. Right now is harvest so there’s an abundance of potatoes,” says Lisa Wood of The Greengrocer Inc. in Mississauga, Ont. “We buy potatoes as our customers need them, so…

Del Monte announces joint venture with tomato producer

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. (“Del Monte”) has announced that it has signed an agreement with Rene Produce (“Rene”) to form a Joint Venture that will sell and market…

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New ad campaign focuses on health benefits of grapes

A new ad campaign from the farmers of fresh California grapes aims to highlight how consuming normal amounts of grapes each day may contribute to longterm health by helping to…

Midknight market expected to pick up its head

US navel market under pressure due to oversupply

Overall navel volumes from the Western Cape to the USA didn’t much exceed the usual, says Piet Smit, marketing director of Favourite Fresh Export, but California’s early exit made space in the early navel market. During the peak navel production weeks – weeks 21 to 25 – more navels were sent. Meanwhile,…

J&J Family of Farms welcomes Clinton Turner

J&J Family of Farms recently hired Clinton Turner as its new Director of Human Resources. Clinton Turner brings over 10 years of experience in human resources to J&J Family of…

'Paramount Export' of Oakland, California:

Tariffs in China take toll on local produce exporter

President Trump's $200 billion in tariffs, announced Monday, now total $250 billion and are seriously upping the stakes in the US-China trade war. Paramount Export of Oakland is an…

Bonduelle Fresh Americas sends 10,000 salads to help Hurricane Florence victims

Bonduelle Fresh Americas’ team said it has been monitoring Hurricane Florence closely and yesterday packed a truck with 10,000 Ready Pac Foods Bistro Chicken Caesar Salads. The truck left its Swedesboro, New Jersey plant this morning and will arrive Saturday morning at the American Red Cross Shelter in Wilmington, North Carolina to…

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Potatoes / Onions 2018

Italy: The Patata Sila IGP campaign has started

The Patata della Sila IGP campaign is slightly late compared to last year due to the cold weather in summer. "Potatoes ripened 7-10 days later than expected. The first batches were shipped recently and quality is excellent," explains Albino Carli, sales director of Consorzio Produttori Patate…

Nutrispud line of potatoes answers consumer demand for healthier options

In 2016, EarthFresh introduced the Nutrispud potato line with Carisma – a Low Glycemic Response potato. “It is the first potato product that contains slow-release carbohydrate by nature,” says Stephanie Cutaia with EarthFresh. “As a low GR food, the Carisma delivers more sustained energy and can assist…

“Our onions will fill the gap that Holland and Poland have left behind”

The drought in Europe made sure the onions’ crop and sizes are less than ideal this year. The big European powerhouses like the Netherlands and even Poland and Germany might have to get some help to meet the usual demand. Ukraine seems eager to step in. Ukrainian onion exporter Desento has been watching the European market closely. Most…

Summer weather takes its toll on fall onions

Thanks to Mother Nature, domestic onion supplies may be less than anticipated. “It looked like onions were going to be plentiful but where we are, the Columbia Basin, Washington and the northern part of Oregon, we had a lot of heat in the summer months,” says Jared Gutierrez of Columbia Basin Onion LLC., a grower/shipper…

Europe

Beauce Champagne Oignon

France: Onion producers invest in ultra modern factory

The onion is one of the top 5 most consumed vegetables in France. A cooperative of 55 producers, the BCO (Beauce Champagne Oignon), has just invested in an ultra modern…

Mela Val Venosta renews its co-branding with Disney

A few days from the start of harvesting,  Mela Val Venosta  is back with its Disney-Val Venosta packaging. A co-marketing operation that combines Mela Val Venosta and Disney - the former is a producer of natural and genuine fruit, while the latter works in family cinema entertainment. Flavor, genuineness and fun in a…

French pear prices above the average

Despite a late start to the season, French pear prices are +20% above the 2013-2017 average. It is the third year in a row that prices have increased, last year they were…

Hungary: Good apple harvest expected this year

This year, Hungary's apple production is about 25 percent higher than the 10-year average, with a total of 730 thousand tons. Of this, 25 to 30 percent is intended for fresh…

Live survey at Nunhems' event

You can live or you can die of innovation

To propose something new, to invent oneself anew: sometimes it sounds paradoxical or difficult. But there are examples of success, such as Granarolo that three years ago introduced the 100% vegetal line of products, alongside the zootechnical-dairy products. Veronica Iannella – marketing, responsible for…

Improving drainage conditions of blueberries

Over the last few years, the demand for berries and especially for blueberries by consumers has been increasing, which has led into an increase in this crop's cultivated area. Thanks to developments like the Hydropot System, also the outcome of the cultivated area increases - both in quantity and in the…

People want some self-sufficiency

Curacao: 400 fruit and vegetable growers to get priority

More than 400 Curaçaoans want to grow fruit and vegetables. However, for years they have been waiting on the government for a suitable area to start planting. The government announced that…

German retailers demand guaranteed subsidy before contracts are signed

Staay Food Group's vertical farm build awaiting operating grant

The innovative lettuce plant Staay Food wants to build in the Dutch town of Dronten only exists on paper. This ambitious project -  Europe's largest 'vertical farm' - has been delayed and is becoming substantially more costly.  Company owner,  Dammis van der Staaij, indicated on this site in December already  that lettuce…

Technical Brexit agreement on 15 November at the latest

A technical deal about the UK leaving the EU should be reached by 15 November at the latest, according to Donald Tusk, president of the European Council. To realise a final…

Maxim® early persimmon: first production of 2016 plants

The first Italian fields of the early Maxim® persimmon – planted in 2016 – are already giving the first results. Maxim® is a variety of the Citrus Exotic group, and Comercial Gallo is the only dealership in Italy. The variety is patented, with a limited number of crops for the Italian territory. It is a variety of unique characteristics…

Spain: Minicados - avocados in small portions

Baby avocados of the Hass variety, the most popular in Malaga, are half the size of a normal avocado; however, they have a richer, sweeter and creamier flavor. This fruit's lovers sometimes only need a few slices for a salad or a sandwich, and the mini variety is perfect for that. With large-caliber avocados, you are normally forced…

Spain: Cobella expects to harvest 150 tons of pomegranates in first commercial season

The Sociedad Cooperativa Nuestra Señora de la Bella has added a new fruit to its already extensive range of agricultural products, which are marketed through Onubafruit. Since…

Spain: "Our clementines don't hit the market until those from the southern hemisphere are sold out"

Pepe Bellver, a producer from Alginet, is one of the many who, right now, believe there is no interest on the part of traders to buy fruit. "They come, they see the fruit and…

Spain: "We aim to produce the best avocados in Europe"

Just two years ago, the El Centenil farm, based next to the municipality of Villablanca, in Huelva, was a large empty plot where all agricultural activity had ceased due to the slow decline of Ence's pulp mill. The picture has changed dramatically in recent months. Hundreds of rows of small trees with pointed leaves, still…

Spain: Producer bets on pitahaya cultivation in Huelva

Filippe Jesus Claudio (47 years old), a farmer born in France, of Portuguese parents, and settled for several years in Cartaya, Huelva (where he arrived for work reasons), has ventured into the cultivation of an exotic fruit that is new for the province. He will be growing pitahaya, or dragon fruit, also known as…

Fruit Attraction 2018 announces Tapas Verdes contest for non-professional chefs

Fruit Attraction is launching the Tapas Verdes (#TapasVerdesFA) competition via its social media. The competition is aimed at the general public (not professionals), who will…

New study:

How fruits got their eye-catching colors

Scientists say they have new evidence that plants owe their rainbow of fruit colors to the different animals that eat them. Of course, that the bright red of a berry is a signal to hungry birds is not a new idea. Since the late 1800's researchers have speculated that the colors of fleshy fruits evolved…

Fruity beauty: Use of fruit in personal care products increases 10.7%

The use of fruit ingredients in beauty and personal care products is on the rise, says specialty ingredients supplier Cornelius. Fruit ingredients used in personal care…

U.S. Sugar announces progress in partnership with Texas A&M

On Sept. 11, U.S. Sugar, in a partnership with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, announced a significant step forward in research efforts fighting diseases impacting food…

Aldi shoppers indignant after live frog found in salad again

Back in July, Shevaughan Tolputt found a green frog jumping around in her bag of lettuce from the Redruth Aldi in Cornwall. Now another couple told devonlive.com of their and shock after they discovered a frog at the bottom of their bag of rocket leaves. They were "horrified" by the discovery following a purchase…

Poland: “Workers are demanding a very high salary for the harvest of apples”

The Polish apple industry might be having a record harvest year, it hasn’t resulted in a dream scenario. Although the question of whether Poland can get rid of its apples arises every year, some extra problems seem to have come up this season. The Polish workforce is about half as strong as it was last…

MSC: The 2020 sulphur cap is increasing operation costs.

Improving the environmental performance of the container shipping supply chain is a common goal shared by shipping lines, shippers, freight forwarders and non-vessel operating…

Andrew Grantham - Kingfisher Fresh International

"We are endeavouring to find the best brands out there to market"

There will always be a place in international markets for multi-produce export-specific marketing businesses, according to newly formed fresh produce company, Kingfisher Fresh International. Managing director Andrew Grantham admits that, while there has been a trend towards major production companies handling their own…

Scuba diver fails to eat banana

This is one of those things that should come with a warning not to attempt it, but this scuba diver was too curious to see if it was possible. At the Cayman Islands, some of the shallower reef dives can last well over an hour. The scenery is breath taking and the water is crystal clear. But eventually hunger sets in and makes a diver…

1,500 extra tons of strawberries

France: Cadralbret joins Paysans de Rougeline

The Nérac based cooperative, Cadralbret, will join Paysans de Rougeline in 2019. The Marmande based Paysans de Rougeline will now have 6 cooperatives and even more visibility…

Aop Luce starts its Melannurca Campana IGP campaign 2018

The laborious reddening process of Melannurca Campana IGP by Aop Luce has started a couple of weeks ago: every apple will ripen for roughly ten days on the ‘melaio’ - a bed made of straw upon which the apples are put and turned twice or three times, so to grant a uniform colour and to facilitate the…

During the ISHS plenary congress in Istanbul

The scientific community awarded Prof Guglielmo Costa

Prof Guglielmo Costa, from the University of Bologna, has been awarded for the scientific achievements of his researcher activity. The prize has been given at the International Horticultural Congress of Istanbul, that took place in Turkey, at which the Professor participated from the 13th to the 18th of…

Greenyard sells Horticulture division for 120 mill euros

Greenyard has to tighten its belt due to rising debt

The storm Belgian company, Greenyard, finds itself it has not yet abated. The company's stock market value has been dealt several blows this year. Now, it is the banks turn.…

Independent grocers hold their ground against national retailers

As more national retailers are seeing the value in selling organic, natural and locally sourced products, independent specialty grocers are feeling the pressure, unable to…

DOGK: “This project is an opportunity for growth"

The eighth edition of the German Fruit and Vegetable Congress (DOGK) was attended for the first time by Portugal Fresh, the Association for the Promotion of Fruit, Vegetables and Flowers of Portugal, representing more than 3,000 producers. Portugal Fresh attended as the guest presenter at the eighth edition of the…

Oceania

China set to continue as top destination for Australian grape company

The Chinese market has already become a significant one for major Australian table grape producer Fruittree Trading Pty Ltd, which says the demand from China and Japan are growing by around 20-30 per cent annually. Sales Director Vincent He explains that China contributed around 80 per cent of the company's sales in…

Australian pomegranate research leads to major science symposium hosting rights

South Australia will host a major science and research symposium in 2021, thanks largely to the work from PomPersia, which is aiming to expand the country's pomegranate industry. The company represented Australia for the first time at the prestigious IV International Symposium for Pomegranate and Minor Mediterranean Fruits…

Needle found in Australian strawberries sold in New Zealand

The Australian strawberry scare has spread to New Zealand with a supermarket chain announcing Sunday that needles were found in a box of the fruit sourced from the neighbouring country. The Countdown supermarket chain said it had taken a brand of Australian strawberries off the shelves after a sabotaged…

Australian papaya growers set for bumper crop

The Australian papaya industry will probably set a record as the harvesting season gets underway. Papaya Australia reported that excellent weather conditions and an increase…

Australia: Sunraysia growers rank ‘surveillance’ as Q-Fly priority

Regional commercial fruit growers of Sunraysia are ranking monitoring and surveillance as the highest priority activities for area-wide management of the Queensland Fruit Fly…

SPC sells heritage jam to Kyabram Conserves

Heritage jam back in Australian hands

One of the nation's most popular jams is firmly back in Australian hands after fruit packing giant SPC sold IXL Jam and Taylor's Marinade and Sauces to Kyabram Conserves. The deal will see its new owners continue to process IXL and Taylor's from their factory in the famed Goulburn Valley region in Victoria. Its 50…

New agriculture workforce officer to boost jobs in SEQ

South-east Queensland agriculture industries will soon have a new Agriculture Workforce Officer to help farm businesses in the region to find, attract and retain workers. Growcom Workforce Development…

Apple and stonefruit industry members encouraged by release of some plants, but still a way to go

The apple and stonefruit industry members at the heart of the legal action against MPI over seized plants and plant material have welcomed MPI’s latest announcement, advising…

World

New study:

How fruits got their eye-catching colors

Scientists say they have new evidence that plants owe their rainbow of fruit colors to the different animals that eat them. Of course, that the bright red of a berry is a signal to hungry birds is not a new idea. Since the late 1800's researchers have speculated that the colors of fleshy fruits evolved…

Fruity beauty: Use of fruit in personal care products increases 10.7%

The use of fruit ingredients in beauty and personal care products is on the rise, says specialty ingredients supplier Cornelius. Fruit ingredients used in personal care…

Scuba diver fails to eat banana

This is one of those things that should come with a warning not to attempt it, but this scuba diver was too curious to see if it was possible. At the Cayman Islands, some of the shallower reef dives can last well over an hour. The scenery is breath taking and the water is crystal clear. But eventually hunger sets in and makes a diver…


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