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OVERVIEW GLOBAL APPLE MARKET

Now that the apple harvest has been completed or is nearing its end in many parts of Europe, the initial prospects have been adjusted. Prognosfruit's first estimates from August, which predicted a European harvest totaling 12.6 million tons, have been adjusted to 12.5 million tons. Although the warm summer and persistent dry…

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Louisiana bans sweet potatoes from NC, SC, and FL

The state of Louisiana has banned the entry of sweet potatoes from the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida effective immediately because of the presence of Guava Root Knot Nematode found in those areas. In a directive sent out to growers in the last week, the Louisiana Department of…

Domestic okra ends even season

As the domestic okra season wraps up, supplies are beginning to thin out slightly. “Supplies of okra are moderate for now. They’re not peaking but they’re not short either,” says Ari Kamberian of Tazza Produce in Los Angeles, Ca. “This is usual for this time of the year. Winter is coming and okra doesn’t like cold so it starts producing less.”…

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PMA CEO Burns’ State of the industry

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) CEO Cathy Burns’ annual State of the Industry address drew together insights across a broad range of areas – from robotics and automation…

Vidalia onions look to the future with mechanical planting

Vidalia onions saw good movement this year. “We have finished our season for Vidalias. We try to have a good supply through Labor Day,” says Bob Stafford of the Vidalia Onion Committee in Vidalia, Ga. Vidalias, a sweet onion harvested from mid-April to June, are only grown in Georgia and the product is under the…

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Whole Leaf is ready to grow with a new President

The Star Group’s CEO, David Karwacki, is ready to pass the baton of start-up company Whole Leaf to a new President. Whole Leaf opened its state of the art greenhouse in June…

Del Monte launches the Honeyglow Pineapple variety

Honeyglow Pineapple is a new pineapple variety that the Del Monte company, a leader in the production and marketing of pineapples in the world, has just added to its catalog. This new pineapple will be marketed in calibers 5-6, with a coloration level that ranges between 3 and 4, and a minimum of 12 degrees brix. Its…

Licensing for Europe, Mediterranean and South America

UC Davis selects Global Plant Genetics for strawberry licensing

The University of California has entered into a master agreement with Global Plant Genetics, Ltd., based in Norfolk, England, for the sublicensing of new strawberry varieties in selected countries within Europe, the Mediterranean and South America. The agreement governs the commercialization of new…

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Social Media: image cultivation for the noble tuber

Within two years, The campaign Die Kartoffel – voll lecker campaign ("The Potato - Totally Delicious") has built up a community of nearly 45,000 fans on the Facebook social…

Dutch grower gets permission to grow medicinal cannabis

The regulated legal cultivation of medicinal cannabis is suitable for large-scale cultivation in (Westland) greenhouses, according to the Executive Board of the Westland municipality. There is only one important restriction: only with exemption from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and under…

Fairtrade sees 9% sales growth in 2017, exceeding €8 billion for first time

Global sales of Fairtrade products rose by 9 percent to nearly €8.5 billion in 2017, generating estimated premiums of €178 million for farmer and worker organizations,…

ProducePay raises $14m Series B Funding to help farmers feed the world

ProducePay, the Los Angeles based company which provides fresh produce farmers with financial resources, tech tools and data insights, has secured $14m (£11m) in a Series B…

US: Spotted lanternfly found in Virginia

The  USDA has named the Spotted Lanternfly one of the worst invasive bug species in the last 150 years. The originally Asian species is invading the native plants in Winchester, Virginia. The Lanternfly is attracted to grape vines, apple trees and peach trees. "The USDA and the Virginia Department of Agriculture are working together…

Cheap and simple gadget makes grapes safer for kids

The OXO tot Grape Cutter eliminates knife fights with foodstuffs like grapes, tomatoes and olives. Better still, this products lowers the risk of choking.

Regional climate experts:

‘Southern Africa can expect to see erratic rainfall in 2018/19 agricultural season’

Southern Africa is expected to receive erratic rainfall in the 2018/19 agricultural season, according to the latest outlook produced by regional climate experts. The consensus forecast produced by the 22nd Southern African Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF) held in Lusaka, Zambia, from 22 to 24…

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How fruit controls its maturation: Three feedback cycles regulate ethylene synthesis

Over the course of evolution fruit has evolved several mechanisms to regulate its maturation. Now plant researchers have deciphered the molecular basis for this proces. They…

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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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Painting to showcase 95-year-old produce icon

The Ball Design booth at the PMA Fresh Summit 2018 will take a unique approach to the company’s tradition of featuring an oil-painting portrait demonstration in the booth. This year the portrait will honor produce trailblazer Dr. Frieda Rapoport Caplan in celebration of her 95th birthday. "At the time of…

"Companies choose Fruit Attraction to present their innovations to the world"

"More and more companies are choosing Fruit Attraction to present their innovations to the world," said the director of this fair, Raúl Calleja, a few days before the start of its tenth edition. The event, which will be held again at Ifema from October 23 to 25, "has grown at a rate of between 15 and 16% since its…

Peru prepares for the International Blueberry Seminar

This year, the International Blueberry Seminar of Peru will be held on October 24 at the Casa Andina Premium hotel in Trujillo. The previous editions of the event were held in…

Organisers of HortEx Vietnam concluded 3 kick off meetings for coming 2019 edition

The series of kick-off meetings introducing HortEx Vietnam 2019, the 2nd International Exhibition and Conference for Horticultural and Floricultural Production and Processing Technology in Vietnam, took place from 16 to 18 October 2018 in Hanoi, Dalat and Ho Chi Minh City. The events were attended by delegates from many…

Africa’s first Scaling Up Nutrition Pitch Competition:

Kennie-O Cold Chain Logistics from Nigeria crowned champion

A Nigerian business is celebrating after winning a competition involving some of the continent’s most exciting enterprises working to improve access to nutritious foods. Kennie-O Cold Chain Logistics from Kwarah State was crowned champion of the first Africa edition of the Scaling Up Nutrition Pitch…

During Fruit Attraction in Madrid

Cydiance presents "Fresh 2 China" Program

Over the past few months, Cydiance has been devoted in the developing of Cydiance Book 2.0, which is probably the world’s only supply chain management platform designed especially for importers and exporters in the international fruit trading business. Cydiance C1/C1+ – PDF/CSV USB temperature data…

'Captain of Retail' Jorg Snoeck to speak at APS

Jorg Snoeck, renowned speaker in the Benelux on retail issues has joined The Amsterdam Produce Summit (APS) speaker line-up on November 13 at the Royal Tropical Institute…

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First Oronule clementines arrive in UK this weekend

The first Oronules were loaded from Spain yesterday and will arrive in the UK on Sunday. This is a very exclusive clementine, as its season lasts only 20 days. “It is the first premium Spanish clementine of the season,” explained Jack Hanson Director at Fountain Fresh Imports. “There is a good level of production of Oronules this…

OP Red CoP starts the Limone Primofiore marketing campaign

Stefano Restuccia, OP Red Co.P. marketing manager, told FreshPlaza, “From the 14th of October 2018, we started the Limone Primofiore 2kR marketing season. The product has a uniform size given by the early variety and the summer climate -  which was particularly suited for citrus fruit farming. Additionally,…

"The harvest schedule of Spanish citrus could change in the future"

Although the trend in the European markets in recent years has been to prefer the late varieties from the southern hemisphere during the start of the Spanish citrus season, the lack of purchases has become even clearer this year. It has been predicted that, in the future, this may have consequences for…

Citrus production will exceed 7 million tons

Spain: "Citrus fruits overcome productive dip of previous campaign"

The citrus harvest is underway in Spain, and after the publication of the first estimates in Valencia and Murcia, it can already be said that this year's production is recovering and overcoming the dip of the previous campaign. Last season, the yield was one of the lowest of the past ten years. The fairly good flowering,…

China: Guang'an lemon exports to Indonesia for the first time

At the end of this month, 250,000 kilograms of fresh Guang'an lemons will be transported by road to Shenzhen, and then exported to Indonesia by sea to achieve their first…

China drives record season for Australian citrus growers

As a result of strong demand from China, Australia's citrus industry is set for a second consecutive record season. Ben Cant, chairman of Citrus Australia, said that citrus fruit growers were selling their product for up to three times as much as 5 years ago, with exports trending upwards. "We've seen returns in the…

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"The entire sector can be severely harmed"

Spain: Sale of stolen unripe avocados reported

The Agricultural Association of Young Growers (Asaja) has denounced the marketing of unripe avocados stolen in the province of Málaga. The entity has thus requested more…

Philippines: Stronger promotion of indigenous exotic fruits

During the 26th National Fruit Symposium held  on Wednesday October 17th, the Philippine Fruit Association Inc. (PFA), in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA),  stated  it aims to promote indigenous fruits and their  role in the well-being and income of Philippine people. Base on the data of National Plant Genetic Resources Laboratory…

Slower kiwi campaign compared to last year

If we compare the kiwi sector to a car, we can say that the past season raced by at 100 km/h while, this year, the speed is 10 km/h. "The campaign is slow due to the way the previous campaign ended and stagnant consumption. In addition, the seasons in Chile and New Zealand, which usually end in August,…

"Positive future for export of yellow passion fruit concentrated juice"

"Passion fruit production in major production areas in China and abroad declined  this year because of extreme weather conditions. The decrease varied between production areas. The production volumes in Ecuador and Vietnam, for example, greatly decreased because of excessive rainfall, and the fruit was significantly…

India: Geographical Indication tag for Shahi litchi

This Thursday it was confirmed that the Shahi litchi from Bihar has received the Geographical Indication tag. The fruit is mostly grown in Muzaffarpur and its neighbouring…

India urges US to lift ban on pomegranate arils import

Last Wednesday, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh appealed to the United States to immediately lift the sanctions on the import of Indian pomegranate arils. US…

Australia: ‘extra flavoursome’ mango season

In Australia, tropical mango madness is taking hold. With fruit as cheap as $1 and claims that this year’s crop could be the tastiest on record, customers are ready for the…

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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…

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Planting potatoes on the moon

Future long-term manned space missions will raise the question of how food can be supplied to astronauts. Plant biologists from the University of Zurich (UZH) have now studied how agriculture on the…

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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…

Cooling more »

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…

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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…

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Customers are into fruit and vegetables on corrugated board trays

According to a new study, the number of customers buying fruit and vegetables increases between 13% and 16% when the produce is presented in corrugated board trays rather than…

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Onions: high prices and a 'wait-and-see' market

It's the high temperatures or it's down to speculators, either way the current onion market does not move great volumes. On the contrary, volumes are quite low. An operator explained to us, “Not many onions are sold and the price is high. Anyway, some colleagues of mine are keeping the product in the…

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Lotte Mart to exit Chinese market

Aldi: new pointless points campaign

UK: Half of online shoppers are willing to pay more for within-the-hour grocery deliveries Nearly half (48%) of online grocery shoppers say they are willing to pay for rapid delivery of their groceries to receive within one hour of placing their order, research from IGD reveals. The findings, discussed…

Sam’s Club: Instacart delivery nationwide expanded

Walmart: new high-tech distribution center in Shafter

US: Online natural and organic grocery Thrive aims to fill niche Thrive Market, a four-year-old online membership-based natural and organic food retailer, has successfully filled a niche modelled after Costco but just for healthy items. CEO Nick Green, along with his two co-founders Gunnar Lovelace and…

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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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