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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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Smooth conditions in Mexico for quiet watermelon season

Conditions in the Mexican watermelon regions continue to be smooth. The Central Southwest part of the country is hosting the main growing areas for this time of year and weather has not affected any of the crops."Our crops are currently being grown in two places, Colima and Nayarit, both in the Central.....

Bok choy production gets a boost in California

Bok choy production in California has seen strong advances in recent weeks. This is due to the warmer weather which has stimulated growth at an otherwise slower time of the year. Growers in Ventura County have seen more moderate conditions, but still seasonably warmer than average."Our bok choy production is.....

US West Coast boosts production on leeks

Leeks are in healthy supply right now on the West Coast. “We have really good supplies of leeks right now. We’ve had great supplies all year long,” says Frank Ratto of Ratto Bros Inc. in Modesto, Ca. The healthy amount of production is thanks to a few factors he notes. “We’ve planted a little bit more than.....

Big dip in profits for Fresh Del Monte in 2017

Fresh Del Monte's turnover rose slightly in 2017. The company closed the year with a turnover of 4,085 billion dollars compared to 4,011 billion dollars a year earlier. The increase is mainly due to higher sales in the 'other fresh produce' category.Sales in the fourth quarter amounted to 953.7 million.....

Ocean Spray Cranberries CEO Randy Papadellis to leave

Randy Papadellis, the president and CEO of Ocean Spray Cranberries, has announced his departure from the US-based food and beverage group.Papadellis, who took on his current role at Ocean Spray in June 2003, said on Thursday (15 February) he will leave on 1 July. Papadellis joined Ocean Spray in 2000 as the.....

New VP of Sales & Marketing for California green leaf producer

San Miguel Produce, Inc. is pleased to announce a new member of the San Miguel family, Bob Cummings as Vice President of Sales & Marketing.“We have known Bob from the industry for many years and are excited to bring him aboard,” said Jan Berk, COO for San Miguel Produce. “His passion is a great fit for our.....

New shipment of Colombian avocados to the US

On Saturday, President Juan Manuel Santos celebrated the departure of a new shipment of 22 tons of Hass avocados from Colombia to the United States. The fruit was cultivated in Villa Fatima, in the municipality of Guarne, Antioquia.This is the second shipment made to this market since the opening of the US.....

Bonduelle Group acquiring Del Monte business in Canada from Conagra

Conagra Brands Inc. says it is selling its Del Monte processed fruit and vegetable business in Canada to Bonduelle Group for $43 million.Chicago-based Conagra says the sale is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close before the end of May.Conagra says its Del Monte business in Canada,.....

Cook County, Georgia

US: Carrot producer opening new packaging facility and warehouse

Grimmway Farms is one of the world's largest producers of carrots. On Monday, the family owned company opened a new packaging facility and warehouse in Sparks. This is certainly good news for the local economy."For them to choose Cook County as their Southeast location is tremendous; for South Georgia, the.....

Potatoes gain credibility for performance of Olympic athletes

Potatoes as a performance food are gaining notoriety during the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, with the newly released Olympian Menu and announcement that performance nutrition is now a critical part of athletes’ strategy to win. The PyeongChang 2018 athlete’s village kitchen has 180 chefs serving 7,000.....

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European kiwi fruit market more professional

After large New Zealand kiwi fruit, small Italian ones followed

The contrast between the European and the New Zealand kiwi fruit season is large. New Zealand mostly harvested large sizes. The European kiwi fruit season is characterised by small sizes and a smaller volume. The harvest was particularly disappointing in Italy. Nele Moorthamers of Zespri talks about the.....

Italy: La Costiera organic Primofiore lemons

La Costiera (Latina) presented its new range of organic Primofiore lemons with edible peel at Fruit Logistica in Berlin. The fruit was incredibly popular.Organic La Costiera lemons."These Primofiore lemons are grown using organic techniques and are certified by Bioagricert. They are cultivated in our own.....

Hungarian society exports stone fruits and pointed peppers to Germany

“It is not so easy to combine taste and firmness in zwetschge”

The German fruit industry is more and more often supplied by Hungarian producers. For drupes and peppers in particular, Germany is a very important export market for the producers from the Central European cultivation areas. Sales cooperative Fresh Fruit Tész from South Hungary also has a large clientele in.....

Geert de Weert not surprised by rising turnover

“Buying raspberries is no longer a disappointment”

The sales of soft fruit experienced a considerable increase in the past year, according to figures of GroentenFruit Huis. The sales of raspberries in particular took flight in 2017. Retail sales increased by more than 35 per cent compared to 2016.This increase isn’t a complete surprise to Geert de Weert,.....

Bad season for Sicilian artichokes

"This season has been disastrous for Sicilian artichokes. The summer drought compromised things from the beginning, then the extreme cold in early December damaged production further. In addition, produce from North Africa became available early and coincided with our delay," explains producer Enzo.....

Jurgen Duthoo, Bart's Potato Company

"Potato exports must be able to meet niche needs"

The demand on the potato market is still very quiet. "We have specialised requests at the moment for, for example, good chips potatoes in specialised packaging, but there is no pressure", says Jurgen Duthoo of Bart's Potato Company in Belguim. "We have to contend with a large potato supply from various.....

Ofer Ben Zvi, TomaTech:

"Innovation is not only genetics"

Until now this pioneering tomato seed company has been relatively unknown in the horticultural industry, but now, with the launch of their Toma’Muse concept, featuring a unique collaboration of four well-known produce companies worldwide, Israeli breeding company TomaTech is attracting worldwide attention. At.....

Italian Smart Materials research team

Biodegradable packaging made from artichokes

In Berlin, the Smart Materials research team at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), collaborating with Genoa’s Wholesale market management company and Ascom Confcommercio, presented a project aiming at converting leftover produce into 100% biodegradable plastic for the production of eco-sustainable.....

Total Produce king of the sector?

“Management has performed exceptionally well since its founding in 2007, and it exceeded its own goals,” writes David Holohan of Merrior Capital in Irish newspaper The Independent. At the end of the article, in which growth in recent years is analysed, the investor said more growth is on the horizon for the.....

Israelis arrested for avocado theft

Last Sunday, four men were arrested in Israel in connection with the theft of tons of avocados. Among the four, was the supposed ringleader and one was the buyer of the stolen goods. According to jpost.com, two people arrested on Monday reside in the village of Sheikh Danun in northern Israel. The thieves.....

Organic pumpkins to adopt laser labelling in Europe

Dutch based Bio Fresh, has become the latest fresh produce company to make a commitment to laser labelling, having elected to work with technology specialist, Laser Food, to introduce the eco-friendly system to its products, with the most recent being pumpkins.Despite only having purchased Laser Food’s Laser.....

Consolidation and re-branding at BerryWorld

In 2014, BerryWorld began a rebranding exercise in response to the business’ growth. As Wil Beekers, European CEO of BerryWorld Group explains, “our focus in 2014 was to unite the businesses under a shared name and multi-coloured BerryWorld identity. This saw the Eurafruit business become BerryWorld South.....

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John Ranicar Forager Foods

Giving 2nd grade produce another chance

Forager Food Co., established in 2009 to utilise and preserve the best local produce in it’s purest form – freeze dried. Using state of the art equipment the company processes, dries and packages a diverse range of foods providing long shelf life whilst protecting the most valuable and delicate ingredients.....


"User friendly language with simple tools for growers to use"

Freshcare provides a practical, cost effective mechanism for Australian fresh produce growers to demonstrate food safety compliance. Freshcare is the largest on farm food safety certification program in Australia; Freshcare certification is underpinned by training and implementation support through a.....

Mainland produce investigated as potential hosts

Fruit fly zone expands again for Tasmania

Following the detection of a single adult Queensland fruit fly in north-east Tasmania last week, intensive ongoing monitoring and surveillance in the region has located another four adult flies and larvae.Today Biosecurity Tasmania expanded the control zone across the north-west to the north-east of the.....

New Zealand family watches woman steal honesty box and one cucumber

Last Sunday evening Dennis Wade, his wife Stacey Jensen-Wade and their five children watched a car stop at the end of their driveway in New Plymouth. That is where the family has a small fruit and vegetable stall; the children often sell their home grown vegetables and fruit for a little extra money, as the.....

PMA A-NZ brings together New Zealand’s industry for two special events

Over two days, the Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) is hosting two events for the fresh produce and floral industry in Auckland, New Zealand.The first event is the PMA A-NZ Fresh Forum & Networking Drinks to take place at La Cigale, The French Market on 28 February. This forum.....

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Trade flows shifting, but only gradually

Global trade in fresh fruit increased by 2 million tonnes per year in the past 10 years

The international trade in fresh fruit increased by an average of 2 million tonnes per year to about 80 million tonnes in the past 10 years. For comparison: in fresh vegetables, this figure is 40 million tonnes.In percentage terms, the global trade in fresh fruit grew by more than a third in the 2006/16.....

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Keeping fresh produce in your refrigerator but watch the humidity!

Fruit and vegetable crispers -the drawers in your refrigerator- are designed to maintain a higher humidity than the rest of the refrigerator, so your fresh produce lasts longer. But different types of produce have different storage needs. If you control the amount of humidity they are exposed to, your crispers.....

Vegetable names: 93 vegetables you would love to try

Vegetables are an excellent source of various vitamins and minerals that can do wonders for your body. It is of utmost importance to have a diet rich in vegetables as it can not only provide your body with essential nutrients, but also helps in keeping your skin healthy and nourished. Here in this article, we.....

Eating more fruits and vegetables can boost psychological well-being in just two weeks

New research finds that increasing fruit and vegetable consumption may improve psychological well-being in as little as two weeks time.Researcher Dr. Tamlin Conner of the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago in New Zealand found that young adults who were given extra fruits and vegetables each.....

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Winn-Dixie owner Bi-Lo is preparing for bankruptcy filing

Walmart is set to open a new tech hub

US: Target's strategy for Shipt takes shapeTarget is making a move to distance its Shipt division from certain retailers. According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Target has ended Shipt deliveries from Walmart stores. A Target spokeswoman confirmed the development to the Star-Tribune, but didn't comment.....

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