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Friday, January 19, 2018

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US grower launches reduced carb potato

As consumers continue to seek out healthy food options, companies are continuing to provide alternatives to traditional fresh produce. Potandon Produce, a potato and onion marketer based in Idaho Falls, recently introduced a new variety of potato. Branded CarbSmart, these potatoes have 27% fewer carbohydrates.....

California kiwi fruit season turns from harvesting to packing

Kiwi fruit growers in California are finishing up the harvesting phase of their season as the focus now turns to packing and shipping. Although much of the region has experienced cold temperatures recently, growers say these did not affect the crop and they are happy with yields, which are close to.....

Grown in self-contained, sustainable hydroponic greenhouses

Demand for local butter lettuce good in Louisiana

Tapping into the local food supply trend, one Louisiana-based grower is seeing a demand for its product, butter lettuce, grow in a new type of greenhouse. “We’re greenhouse grown so our supply of butter lettuce right now is great,” says Kohlie Frantzen of Helical Outpost Farms, LLC. “A recent cold snap wiped.....

Equipment revolution in blueberry industry

“This represents a real revolution in the blueberry industry to us. In a couple of years, those without this technology will be left on the sidelines.”That was the comment from Cristobal Duke, Managing Director of Collipulli (Chile), on UNITEC Blueberry Vision technology back at the end of 2016."Blueberry.....

US Sampling

Fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residue

More Americans are seeking out organic food or produce free of pesticides and other chemicals. But can you escape the pesticide residues on foods, and is it always worth it to shell out the dollars for organics?Some produce is worse than others, according to the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit that.....

New research:

Drinking 100 percent fruit juice does not affect blood sugar levels

One hundred percent juice does not have a significant effect on fasting blood glucose, fasting blood insulin, or insulin resistance according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science. The findings are consistent with previous research indicating that 100% fruit juice is not associated.....

Double Diamond welcomes new VP of Business Development USA

Double Diamond Farms is proud to welcome Eddie Condes as the company’s new VP of Business Development—USA. Condes will be operating out of Double Diamond’s newly expanded Nogales, AZ office.“I’ve personally known Eddie for over 20 years in this industry, so I’m very excited to have someone with his skills and.....

Canadian agriculture and agri-food industry issue NAFTA statement

Canada’s agriculture and agri-food industry supports the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) provided it upholds fair and free principles, preserves integrated supply chains across the continent. They are urging negotiators to conclude negotiations as soon as possible for the.....

Automated transplanting company welcomes new VP of Engineering

PlantTape has announced its newest addition to their team, Lance Portman as Vice President of Engineering. He joins the company at a pivotal time and will support automated transplanting technology, which the company said is seeing growing global demand.“We are very excited to welcome Lance to our PlantTape.....

Eco Pack Systems

Reusable totes keep produce fresh from field to store

Getting fresh produce from field to market or processor has long relied on one-time-use, wax-coated corrugated boxes. Although the wax is intended to prevent the box from collapsing in a high-humidity environment, it frequently fails. Further, the coating adds to the boxes’ cost and renders them.....

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Real-time monitoring gets personal

The Polish-French venture, blulog, has developed a new solution to add to its line of temperature monitoring solutions, called BluRoad. Customised to meet users’ needs, the device measures and delivers temperature data by the minute. It is comprised of temperature data loggers placed inside the refrigerated.....

Bavarian gastro supplier sees citrus market as satisfactory

“Spanish citrus very constant in quality”

The availability of goods in the Spanish import market currently leaves much to be desired for some products. However, in the citrus sector, the current market situation is rather satisfactory, especially in terms of quality. If the oranges and clementines were mostly rotten and mouldy at the wholesalers in.....

Prices halved compared to last year

Germany: “Stable market situation for Italian lettuce varieties”

While the available quantities of imported Spanish goods is rather limited due to weather conditions, the market situation in the Italian import market looks rather stable. Although the prices are halved compared to last year, the sales are going much better. Good news for the catering industry, where colorful.....

Frankish children help with the planting of cucumbers

Cucumber producer welcomes miniature gardeners in greenhouse

Cucumber producer André Busigel from Albertshofen has welcomed 23 miniature gardeners into one of his greenhouses. As part of the project ‘Europe’s Mini Gardeners’, the children assembled in one of its greenhouses, to see the planting of the vegetables with their own eyes. And so the small producers learned.....

Eduardo Cifre, of Oka Fruits Export:

"The prospects for kakis were very good a few years ago"

The kaki campaign is approaching its final stages in the Ribera del Xúquer, in Valencia, the crop's main production area in Spain. This season has been marked by occasional moments of prices under pressure and by a frost that drastically changed the course of the campaign, as reported by Eduardo Cifre,.....

Italy: Distributor branded products are increasingly popular

PHOTO REPORTMarca, which took place in Bologna on 17th and 18th January 2018, is a fair whose popularity continues to grow, especially with those companies working in the fresh-cut and processed product sectors. Italians are buying more and more distributor branded products, which have reached a market share of.....

Italy is the European vegetable leader

Italy occupies the first place in Europe as regards the value of vegetables produced at 19.3%, followed by Spain (18%), Germany (10%), France (9.2%) and the Netherlands (7.7%). But this doesn't mean it can relax, as innovative products are needed that can grasp the attention of consumers.This is what reported.....

Blueberry campaign kicks off with the earliest variety, the Snowchaser

"With 30% more blueberries in Huelva, we expect a difficult year"

Huelva is currently starting to harvest the first blueberries of the season, which will last until mid-July. "Not everyone is able to start the blueberry campaign so early," explains Francisco Sánchez, manager of Onubafruit. "We can, thanks to the variety Snowchaser, developed by the breeder Rústicas del.....

Swiss container group to accept cryptocurrency payments

Smart Containers Group, the Swiss-based high-tech logistics company and manufacturer of temperature-controlled containers for the food and pharmaceutical industries, today announced that one of its divisions, SkyCell AG, will accept cryptocurrency payments for its services. This innovation aims to expedite.....

Appeal to financial sector through Dutch Queen

Volkert Engelsman, CEO of major organics marketer Eosta and one of the driving forces behind the True Cost Accounting movement, has made an appeal to banks and investors through HRH Queen Máxima calling on the sector to move up a gear with more “inclusive finance”. By including the environmental and societal.....

New programme at China Fruit Logistica

China Fruit logsitica, launches on 14-16 May in Shanghai, and Fresh Produce Forum China (FPFC) is back with a brand-new format to give trade show visitors the best combination of information and insights on the show-floor. FPFC returns with a new three-track programme format over three days, bringing China.....

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AU: Low avocado numbers not a complete surprise according to industry body

Avocados Australia has moved to reassure the public that supplies are on the way back up, after low numbers over the past month.There have been reports of cafes taking avocados off the menu, and retailers selling the fruit for over $5 a piece - that is if they could source any at all. But the peak industry.....

AU: Fruit Fly Detection on Flinders Island

​Biosecurity Tasmania has identified the larvae of two fruit flies on a residential property at Lady Barron on Flinders Island, in the Bass Straight between the Australian mainland and Tasmania. Entomologists have identified the larvae as a species of Bactrocera fruit fly. The larvae were discovered on.....

New Zealand

Zespri multimillion-dollar office space constructed in Tauranga CBD

A new four-level office development on The Strand and the latest stage in the construction of Zespri's multimillion-dollar head office contributed to $32 million in commercial consents issued in Tauranga last month.According to a nzherald.co.nz article, the latest monthly building consent report showed $2.7m.....

NZ: Enzed Exotics sends off first sea shipment of Kiwano for 2018 season

Enzed Exotics says it will have an ample supply of high quality Kiwano this season to meet the growing demand for sustainably farmed exotic produce.The first sea container of fruit for the season departed the Enzed Exotics packhouse for the US on Jan 19th, with air freight expected to begin next week. Once in.....

Plums could lower blood pressure

There could be a tasty new means of lowering blood pressure – dig into into some Queen Garnet plums. Developed by Queensland Government scientists to be very high in anthocyanins, is cementing its place as a superfood, with the first human trials demonstrating its ability to effectively lower blood pressure in.....

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On show at Fruit Logistica

Environmentally responsible packaging certified by European standards

With packaging a vital part of the fresh produce chain along with a growing concern regarding the amount of plastic use, a number of companies are increasingly looking to environmentally responsible alternatives for their packaging needs. CKF Inc, a Canadian based packaging manufacturer, pride themselves on.....


The blueberry market continues to grow, not only in Europe, but also in North America and China. The latter is getting a lot of attention from Latin American countries, who would like to export to China. Eastern European countries are investing in the crop and see a lot of potential. Prices are rising in.....


Amazon narrows down candidates for 2nd HQ

Walmart has trademarked 'Wam! by Walmart'

US: Shipt expands delivery pilot with Lidl to RichmondShipt, a rapidly growing online grocery marketplace, announced a pilot program expansion with Lidl, one of the world’s largest retailers. This expansion follows successful pilot launches in North and South Carolina in late 2017. Starting January 25th, 2018.....

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