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Monday, June 25, 2018

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Chilean kiwi arrivals up for US East Coast, down for the West

Overall arrivals of kiwifruit from Chile are down slightly this year. Compared with the long term average, however, there has been an increase to the East Coast, with the West Coast seeing a drop in volume. Weather has been a factor in the slight decrease in volume."We've seen decent volume arriving to the.....

North American growers see saturated shallot market

The North American shallot market is described as “flooded” right now. “There’s more than enough supply,” says Bas Melissant of MEN’s Farming Inc. in Norwich, Ontario. MEN’s grows largely for the U.S. market but also supplies shallots to Ontario buyers. On top of the Ontario crop, Melissant notes that there’s.....

Difficult to sell into Europe

Opportunities for California prunes in Japan

The dried plum market looks to have ample supply right now. “There are a lot of prunes available. There’s definitely no shortage of supply,” says Sekul Spaich of the California Packing Co. based in Olivehurst, Ca. “The sales are a little better than last year but there are still plenty of prunes out there.”.....

US sees first imports of yellow dragon fruit from Ecuador

Florida-based Freshway Produce has begun importing yellow dragon fruit from Ecuador for the US market. Yellow dragon fruit grow in the tropical regions of Ecuador and have two peak seasons throughout the year. One of them has just peaked and supplies are expected to be good for the next few weeks."We have just.....

California pepper grower has first Jalapeno harvest

California Pepper grower/shipper Live Oak Farms launched its 2018 pepper season on a new multi-million-dollar high-tech pepper pack line and marked the expansion of its pepper program with its first ever Jalapeno harvest.“We’d set out to raise the bar on field bell pepper quality, and today a new era has begun.....

Market report by Mark Greenberg, CEO Capespan North America

South African citrus arrives on US East Coast

Winter weather hit much of Chile late in week 23 and into week 24, bringing with it rain and snow in some regions and cold weather throughout the country. Temperatures as low as -3° C were reported in some citrus producing areas. While the cold temperatures affected some citrus groves, the general view is that.....

California producer adds to its team

Gold Coast Packing Inc., has hired Bill Munger as its new Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Bill brings more than 25 years of foodservice, retail and industrial sales experience. Prior to joining Gold Coast Packing, Bill was Executive Vice President at Greengate Fresh, prior to his time at Greengate, Bill.....

Gotham Greens raises $29 million in growth equity funding

Gotham Greens, an urban greenhouse developer and grower of locally and sustainably grown produce, has announced the closing of $29 million in Series C equity funding last month. The new round brings the company's total funding until date to $45 million, not including bank debt. Since its launch in 2011, Gotham.....

Retail produce supplier and California Avocado Commission join forces

Concord Foods is proud to announce its partnership with California Avocado Commission (CAC) to bring free guacamole samples into retailers this summer. To maximize sales during the Fourth of July weekend, Concord Foods and CAC partner to bring prepared guacamole with Concord's Fresh Success guacamole mixes.By.....

Photo report Hort Connections 2018

PHOTO REPORTThe second edition of Hort Connections took place in Brisbane's Convention Centre last week. The conference kicked off Monday evening with the opening and trade fair, with sessions running Tuesday and Wednesday alongside the trade fair. The event rounded off with the traditional Gala Dinner on Wednesday.....

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In Ravenna, nectarine trees have been fully covered to guarantee a quality product which undergoes less treatments

Anti-insect nets covering nectarines represent the reality

Out of a total of 32 hectares of two different varieties of nectarines, namely "Romagna Giant" and "Dulciva", almost 5 hectares have been fully covered. The coverage protects from and impedes access to insects such as Asian bugs and aphids in the first place, and to birds such as starlings and magpies. The.....

Endless tomato creativity

PHOTO REPORTBreeding is a creative act that, inspired by the richness of nature, aims at unveiling its unexpressed potential. It could change the tomato market trying new unexplored paths.It doesn't happen everyday that you stumble into something unusual but, in Italy, there are already products with unique.....

New tomato varieties for an increasingly demanding market

PHOTO REPORTDuring the Open Week held in Verona, Isi Semented displayed its Rosamunda variety as well as new genetic material.Click here for the photo gallery!"New products include two beefsteak varieties. ISI 62347 is large, with fruits weighing 260-280 grams. The flavour is nice with a thin peel and low acidity. Uniform.....

Michael Möhring, Erfa Food Service:

'Convenience sector has opportunities for flexible providers in the out-of-the-home market'

"Vegetables are the new meat," was the message of Michael Möhring, longtime adviser in the food industry and one of the speakers at the first edition of the European Convenience Forum in Hamburg. He clearly pointed to the culinary appreciation of fruit and vegetables in the current zeitgeist and the creation.....

Stored apples at the lowest level, imports increasing

Austrian dessert apples are almost all marketed and now there are large gaps on the domestic fruit shelves. While marketers are clearing their warehouses of the last batches of Golden Delicious, Gala and Idared, varieties such as Kronprinz, Jonagold and Topaz have been long gone already.The Styrian apple.....

EU countermeasures against import levies by US implemented on Friday

Last week Friday, the European Union implemented import levies of 25 per cent on various American goods. The measures are a response to American levies on European steel and aluminium. The European Commission announced this last week.The import tariffs affect a range of goods valued at 2.8 billion euro,.....

Bejo Open days from 25 to 29 September

Purple Power concept and new uses for Brussels sprouts

The Bejo Open Days are taking place from Tuesday, 25 to Saturday, 29 September 2018. Here this Dutch breeding company will present its various new species. They have improved outer appearances and disease resistance. They've also enhanced storage quality and taste. These new varieties will be seen for the.....

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Photo report Hort Connections 2018

PHOTO REPORTThe second edition of Hort Connections took place in Brisbane's Convention Centre last week. The conference kicked off Monday evening with the opening and trade fair, with sessions running Tuesday and Wednesday alongside the trade fair. The event rounded off with the traditional Gala Dinner on Wednesday.....

Fresh produce industry needs foresight to adapt to technological change

Australian digital fruit and vegetable wholesale market HiveXchange has urged the Australian fresh produce industry to start preparing to trade in the digital age.Delivering a presentation to Hort Connections, Damian George says as they stand today, in five years time, the current central markets will be.....

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Daniel Vidal, of Exquisite Fruits:

"High prices of Spanish stone fruit helps Greece compete in Eastern Europe"

Each stone fruit campaign is different, although the final results are always difficult to predict, given that the weather plays a very important role until the very last moment. There is still a shortage of nectarines, although as soon as Lleida and Aragon (Spain's largest producers) hit the market, prices.....

Europe's largest blueberry packing plant

Upcoming trends in berry packaging

The 4th International Berry Congress, held in Huelva, Spain, has been the stage chosen by Induser to showcase its new technologies and products developed last year, but also to predict where they will be heading in the short and medium term."We are constantly studying the global trends in the sector and using.....

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year Award 2018

Winners of the prestigious Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year have been announced. This award remains one of the most important associations for the Pink Lady brand thanks to Coregeo Ltd, a United Kingdom-based wholly owned subsidiary of APAL that manages the Pink Lady brand in the United Kingdom. Here.....

Winter management critical for fruit quality

Now the pressure has come off after a busy harvesting season, winter is a great time to review the successes of the season and, more importantly, where you didn’t quite hit the home runs you were after. Once this has been done you can plan a new, improved strategy for next season. As you often hear, “the.....

Talk of crop failure amongst Polish summer fruit growers

The market situation for Polish soft fruit growers has been a difficult one; plagued by weather issues, low prices and labour issues. "There has been talk of crop failure. Although you would think that the lack of problems this year, like frost or hail, would be appreciated by the growers, the prices have.....

Poland: Producers protest against low potato prices

For the second time in just a few weeks, Polish potato producers have protested against low prices. Growers of the Unia Warzywno-Potato Union gathered in front of the Lodz Agricultural Advisory Centre in Bratoszewice, waiting for a representative of the Ministry of Agriculture to be able to present their.....


Kroger eyes rapid roll-out for Ocado

Amazon: Hub delivery lockers officially launched

US: Fresh Thyme Farmers Market enters Pittsburgh with 2 locationsFresh Thyme Farmers Market made its market debut in Pennsylvania earlier this month when it opened its first two stores in suburban Pittsburgh in Bridgeville and Pleasant Hills. The Downers Grove, Illinois-based specialty retailer also confirmed.....

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