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Greenhouse grower to offer taste-tests "behind closed doors" at PMA

The dynamics of the Canadian greenhouse industry are getting more sophisticated each year. It's impressive enough to think that hothouse vegetables are growing in a freezing climate, but now these greenhouse growers are taking further steps to bring their produce to a higher level. NatureFresh™ Farms, based in Leamington,…

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Florence squeezes supplies of eggplant

Supplies of eggplant look a little tighter after Hurricane Florence. “Supplies are moderate. There’s not an overabundance of eggplant but there’s not a shortage either. Even with the hurricane damage, there seem to be enough supplies,” says Calvert Cullen of Northampton Growers Produce Sales, Inc. in Cheriton, VA. The…

Most of North Carolina's sweet potato crop saved

The effects of Hurricane Florence on the North Carolina sweet potato crop will likely be felt for many months to come. It's more than likely that the true fallout won't be known until we get deep into the storage crop next year. In the immediate aftermath of the storm, growers left the fields to dry out…

US: Hot pepper supplies lighter but demand strong

North America is coming into a period of lighter hot pepper supply as production starts to shift locations. Apart from the seasonal transition, there have been a few other factors that have affected supplies and kept prices strong, including less acreage planted and weather in some of the growing…

The Star Group not getting lost in the weed(s)

As Canada moves toward legalization of recreational cannabis nationwide, The Star Group is moving in a different direction. Star has rejected any participation in the cannabis…

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AgroFresh showcases IoT platform for produce freshness

The fresh produce supply chain now has end-to-end visibility for logistics management, as a result of AgroFresh Solutions, Inc.'s  FreshCloud™ Transit Insights. One of the first…

Big O Farms embraces future with new onion factory

After a devastating fire in one of its packing houses, Big O Farms needed a new factory. It was the beginning of a fruitful collaboration with Eqraft. Big O Farms is a family-run agricultural business located near the East Coast of the United States. After a fire destroyed their onion factory, they decided to turn…

Greenhouse pepper production moving south for the winter

Now that cooler weather has arrived in the major Canadian greenhouse growing areas, a large portion of production is starting to move south towards Mexico over the next month.…

Sliced apple producer to launch multiple products

Crunch Pak®, a producer of sliced apples, will unveil multiple new products along with a refreshed package design in booth #1783 at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh…

Vegetable producer to highlight legacy

Duda Farm Fresh Foods is encouraging Fresh Summit attendees to join them in celebrating over ninety years of business and six generations of legacy-building. By sharing…

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'Acalolepta aesthetica'

Invasive beetle causes big problems on Hawaii's Big Island

The owner of an orchard in Puna, on Hawaii island, recently saw half of his trees killed due to a pest. He said it started with a healthy avocado tree, about a month after he purchased some mulch. "A ball of soil was shoveled out of the truck and I saw all these crawly things in it and I wasn't sure if…

Spain: A new way to consume fruit on the go

The range of fruit for vending machines is expanding thanks to the Spanish company Pom'bel, which aims to promote the consumption of fruit and vegetables on the go. After introducing its range of smoothies for vending machines, the firm, which is part of the Stadium Innovation Group, is launching a new and unique…

Washington sanctions Iranian banks, factories and mines

The US government has blacklisted some 20 Iranian companies, including banks, steel mills, zinc mines, and manufacturers of cars, buses and tractors, amid accusations of…

AU: Scott Morrison reassures farmers that an "Ag Visa" is still on the cards

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told the National Farmers' Federation congress that he still remains committed to introducing an agriculture-specific visa, despite concerns that he may be looking at alternatives. Last weekend, he announced plans to fill harvest workforce shortages with local workers who…

CSIRO Innovation Fund

More funding to tackle fruit flies in Australia

A start-up created by three alumni from CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) received a AU$1.25 million funding boost from the CSIRO Innovation…

Qatar - Researchers crack code deciding date palm gender

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar can now predict whether a date palm seed will produce a male or female plant with effectively 100% accuracy. This has huge…

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Pests that spread citrus disease are key to cure

At last week’s California Citrus Conference there was an unexpected revelation that in the next few years, new research may cure the greatest threat to the citrus industry. Michelle Heck, a…

South Africa - Almost R1 billion allocated to Western Cape drought relief

The Western Cape is set to receive R974 million (€59.5 mln) from the South African National Treasury and the National Disaster Management Centre for disaster recovery…

Tearless onions... Who needs them?

Cutting onions old school.

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Russia: Grape imports on the rise this season

The volume of fresh grapes imported by Russia has slightly increased in the first seven months of 2018, as reported by EastFruit analysts, citing data from the International…

Argentina once again celebrates “Blueberry Week”

From October 29 to November 4, another “Blueberry Week” will be held, in the framework of the campaign that seeks to encourage local consumption Producers allied with the Argentinian Blueberry Committee (ABC) will help celebrate the “Blueberry Week”. October and November are the months of peak production in the…

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Innovative machine to select pears

Spanish operators are extremely satisfied with the Zetapack selector, suitable both for delicate and ripe fruits. The machine was installed at the Frutas Pison company in Northern Spain. Now, it is working at full speed on the Conference pear variety. Nicola Antonacci from Zetapack stated, “The owners are very satisfied with how…

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Spain: Nazca private equity becomes majority shareholder of aromatic herbs company

The Spanish private equity management company Nazca has become the majority shareholder of Herbex, the number one fresh herbs company in the European market, based in El Ejido, Almeria. In a statement, the heads of Nazca have pointed out that the founder of Herbex, Jaime Visquert, will retain a "significant" share and…

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Portugal Fresh takes 42 companies and organisations to Fruit Attraction in Madrid

Portuguese fruit and vegetable producers want to achieve €500 million in exports to Spain by 2019

For the 8th year running, Portugal Fresh – the Association for the Promotion of Fruits, Vegetables and Flowers from Portugal is going to take part in Fruit Attraction, one of…

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Sunkist launching marketing programs

Sunkist said it now has more than 40 varieties of fresh citrus for the new season, along with new packaging, merchandising displays and promotional programs. According to the…

US: Citrus canker spreads through Louisiana

Citrus canker, a fruit tree disease that appeared several years ago in the Houma-Thibodaux area, has been spreading in Louisiana. It was recently found in the East Baton Rouge…

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Turkish producers switching from tomatoes and peppers to pitaya

Due to the rising costs of growing tomatoes, peppers and other greenhouse vegetables in Antalya, Turkey, some producers, like Bilal Bayram, are switching to the cultivation of…

China: 10,000 tons of persimmons on the market at a high price

This year, the persimmon production in Conghua District of Guangzhou was about 10,000 tons. Compared with the same period of the previous year, due to the smooth sales…

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Candid conversation with National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) members

An educational session at the 2018 Organic Grower Summit will provide attendees an opportunity to hear from two members of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), providing an overview of the agency responsible for recommendations on a wide range of issues involving the production, handling, and…

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This is how eating mangoes might cure wrinkly skin

Who needs botox?

A study in UC Davis’ dermatology and nutrition departments is testing the effect a mango-rich diet has on facial wrinkles and redness in postmenopausal women. Click here for a short clip

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AgroFresh showcases IoT platform for produce freshness

The fresh produce supply chain now has end-to-end visibility for logistics management, as a result of AgroFresh Solutions, Inc.'s  FreshCloud™ Transit Insights. One of the first…

Streamlining and cutting down on waste

Afresh Technologies uses AI to optimize fresh food stocking

For standard grocery stores, fresh food is a double-edged sword. It’s one of the main reasons that customers still prefer food shopping in physical stores instead of online,…

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World's first driverless grocery in talks to launch at Expo 2020 Dubai

Very possibly, the world’s first driverless grocery will launch in Dubai during the Expo 2020. Last year, Silicon Valley start-up Robomart was founded by two former Dubai entrepreneurs, Ali Ahmed and Emad Rahim, and autonomous car expert Tigran Shahverdyan. While it is currently being tested commercially in the…

Trieste-Rostock railway line: North Europe closer to Italy

Starting from today, the North-Eastern Adriatic is closer to Germany thanks to a new railway connection. The service will link the Cervignano interport to Rostock Germany. The railway was inaugurated on the 16th of October 2018. In addition to the function as the port of Trieste, Monfalcone and Nogaro, the interport of Cervignano ultimately…

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Russia: Price of apples for processing continues to fall

According to EastFruit analysts, the prices paid for apples intended for processing into apple juice and concentrate have fallen significantly this week. As the harvest has…

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Maersk container industry secures historically large reefer order from Hapag-Lloyd

Hamburg-based global container line Hapag-Lloyd has recently announced new reefer bookings of 11,100 units and awarded Maersk Container Industry (MCI) a huge order totalling 8,600 units, of which 2,000 will be Controlled Atmosphere (CA) reefers. The company has already commenced production of the 8,600…

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Potential Salmonella/Listeria contamination

US salad recall includes Whole Foods 365 brand

A California-based grocery chain is recalling almost half a ton of ready-to-eat salads, including the 365 brand sold by Whole Foods, because they contain corn from a third-party supplier that is under recall for potential contamination from Salmonella and Listeria bacteria. GH Foods CA LLC of Sacramento initiated the…

Kuwait: Halting food imports from Iraq over cholera fears

Kuwait has halted all foodstuff imports from Iraq, after reports of cholera in Basra and other parts of the country seemed to come more frequently. The Iraqi ambassador to Kuwait has filed…

US: Trader Joe’s salads & Mary’s Harvest wraps recalled

Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods Inc. is recalling its branded wrap sandwiches and Trader Joe’s brand salads because they include corn from a third-party supplier that might be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Several other companies have posted recalls this week citing a potentially contaminated corn…

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New 12kg scoop-out box for unshelled walnuts

Dutch wholesaler, Qualino, has developed a 12kg scoop-out box, tailor-made for unshelled walnuts. This nicely printed box of walnuts can be placed directly on the shelf. The box can also be used in a 60x40cm container. The box is made to precisely fit these crates. The perforated lid of the walnut box…

Neither the appearance, nor the taste of the fruit are affected

Spain: Shelf life of figs extended by up to 21 days

A group of university researchers from Extremadura has developed a new technique that extends the shelf life of figs to up to 21 days without the fruit's appearance or taste…

Municipality blamed for low sales at Medina Dates Festival

Retailers at the Medina Dates Festival claimed that their requirements were not met by the municipality. The festival, where visitors are invited to buy an assortment of dates, ended last week. However, a number of retailers who had kiosks at the festival claimed that the municipality did not give them…

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Nigeria: Introducing re-usable plastic crates for vegetables in 2019

Last Tuesday, the Lagos State Government said that it was set to introduce re-usable plastic crates to replace raffia vegetable baskets. Governor Akinwumi Ambode made the…

Country of Origin labelling a step closer to law

Horticulture New Zealand is thrilled that mandatory Country of Origin labelling for fruit and vegetables got a step closer today, with the second reading of the Consumers’…

Coveris presents fully recyclable PE film for Co-op

Co-op is now even closer to achieving its 2023 target with the launch of a new recyclable PE film. The new PE film is made from polyethylene material, very similar to the…

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Advantages of the Mater-Bi mulch film for processing tomatoes

Commercial tomato cultivation in Navarra is about 2,000Ha. This crop is 10% of the regions total produce output and is the #1 crop to use mulch film. But conventional mulch film is not compatible with mechanical harvesting. There is one solution and Miguelangel Los Arcos shares it in this video. Over the past 14 years, he…

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Dada-JD Daojia and Carrefour: online collaboration

Coop: virtual shopping chatbot launched

France: Carrefour 2018 3rd quarter sales Carrefour reported an acceleration in sales growth to +2.1% like-for-like in the third quarter (vs +0.7% in H1), notably in France (+1.6%) and in Brazil (+5.1%), reflecting a better momentum in France, driven by an improved commercial performance in all formats…

Albertsons: online marketplace launched for food, wellness and household products

Smart & Final: milestone with extra banner

US: Instacart announces $600mln in new funding led by D1 Capital Partners Instacart, the North American leader in online groceries, announced it has raised $600mln as part of a financing round led by D1 Capital Partners. The investment from D1 Capital comes after a year of tremendous growth for Instacart…

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El Salvador: Storm Michael affected plantain, vegetable, and bean crops

Tropical storm Michael affected banana, vegetable, and bean crops, according to the head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), Orestes Ortez. "There have been some small effects in vegetable and plantain areas, mainly in the eastern part of the lower San Miguel. Bean crops became a little yellow, but…

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