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Friday, May 26, 2017

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Canadian microgreens grower makes impact within the lettuce category

Small but mighty: microgreens are fairly new in the produce category, but they’re already being widely embraced in foodservice and in consumer’s homes. For what they lack in size, they make up for in a powerful flavor profile.Large inventory on small footprintGreenbelt Microgreens grows a wide inventory on its.....

Washington cherry timing closer to 2013 & 2014 crop

The 2017 Washington cherry crop is set to begin harvest about three weeks later than it has each of the past two seasons.In 2015 and 2016, the Pacific Northwest experienced warmer than normal spring temperatures, which led to late May harvesting of the fruit. However, for this 2017 season, due to cool spring.....

Canada replacing imports with home-grown eggplants and okra

Canadian-grown eggplant and okra have replaced about 800,000 kg of imports over the past several years, creating a research-to-grower-to-market success story.The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre has played a central role helping with research and bringing together the parts of the industry needed to.....

Simplot cancels plans to grow commercial GMO potatoes in Canada this year

There will be no commercially grown GMO potatoes on Prince Edward Island this year, according to Simplot Plant Sciences, the company that developed the Innate potato.Innate potatoes bruise less and have less black spots than conventional potatoes.Doug Cole, director of marketing and communications, said the.....

IPL acquires US-based Macro Plastics for $150M

IPL has announced that it will be acquiring Macro Plastics Inc., a US manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging, for US$150 million.IPL describes Macro, based in Fairfield, California, as one of the largest manufacturer of rigid plastic bulk bins worldwide. The Montreal-based manufacturer of plastic injection.....

US Northeast schools most likely to serve local foods

In 2013, ERS and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service collaborated on the first Farm to School Census to collect data from public school districts on the use of local foods in school meals. The information collected included how frequently local foods were served and which ones were served more often. Milk,.....

Robert Shipley, founder of Shipley Sales, dies at 83

Robert (Bob) Shipley, founder of Shipley Sales and Viva label melons, died Monday, May 22, surrounded by family. At 83 years old, he remained active and passionate in running his fresh produce company.Mr. Shipley was a 60-year veteran of the produce industry. He was raised in Phoenix, AZ and had an early.....

Costa Rican pineapple volumes back to normal following shortage during first quarter

The majority of pineapples imported onto the European market come from Costa Rica. A decrease in volume was expected this year due to bad weather conditions at the end of 2015, beginning of 2016. Philippe Pons, CEO of AZ France, says that this did disrupt plantations which were meant to be harvested early.....

Cauliflower rice sparks controversy in the US rice industry

The arrival of and popularity of "cauliflower rice" is bringing about some controversy among major rice industry players in the United States who have spoken out against the marketing as false advertising and confusing for consumers. “Only rice is rice, and calling ‘riced vegetables’ ‘rice,’ is misleading and.....

USDA creates Undersecretary for Trade

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the creation of an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Perdue made the announcement standing by barges filled with agricultural products along the banks of the Ohio River. As part of a.....


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The phenolic profile of table grapes

Italy is one of the leading table grape producers. The fruit is cultivated mainly in the southern regions, as it needs hot-dry weather with precipitations around 600 mm/year mainly in winter-spring and with temperatures rarely reaching levels close to 0°C. Just like many other fruits, grape too has.....

Rob Baan aims for a Dutch trial about healthy food taxation

"I hope the Tax Office fines me"

At Koppert Cress' 5,000 day celebration last year, Rob Baan gave a hint of their plans and now, in the video below, he is affirming his statement: "For some strange reason, someone thought is necessary to tax healthy food. I refuse to pay the authorities for healthy food and will not pay an employer surcharge......

Miriam Cutillas, of Uvasdoce:

"Seedless grape consumption will be crucial in Spain this year"

Although seedless grapes are already popular in the rest of Europe, there had been no clear demand for them in Spain until about four years ago. "There are countries like the UK that no longer want any other type of grapes," states Miriam Cutillas, head of marketing at Uvas Doce. South Africa and France are.....

UAE, a growing market for Spanish exporters

The UAE is a destination that, due to its location and climate, needs to buy products in the international market. "We are shipping about 40,000 kilos of carrots every week for a supermarket chain," comments Eugenia Menéndez, assistant manager at Mengis Export. "It is a customer that we already had, because.....

Conhexa to re-boost activity in Port of Sète fruit terminal

Through the Port of Sète’s new operator, the Conhexa group, the port wants to reposition itself in the traffic of refrigerated produce, a sector that is growing worldwide. Following a call for proposals by the Port of Sète in June 2016, the Conhexa group, which is a major player in this type of traffic, was.....

Row-straddling, weeding robot headed to international market

Naïo has developed what they claim will be the world’s first row-straddling mechanical weeding robot to officially reach the international market, named Dino. The French company has already scheduled the delivery of Dino’s first four customers. These included the Chamber of Agriculture of the French Somme.....

Russia: Hotline to report poor quality fruit and veg

From 24 May to 23 June, the Russian region of Irkutsk is having a month devoted to the quality and safety of early vegetables and fruits, as reported by the press service of the government of the region. The main goal of the month is to prevent the sale of substandard products.Within the framework of the.....

Ukraine registers new industrial park

The Ukrainian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade has registered a new industrial park, "Zolotonosha", in the city of the same name in the Cherkasy region, as reported by the institution's website."The purpose of creating an industrial park is to ensure sustainable economic development in the city of.....

Ukraine: Sharp increase of wholesale banana prices

Wholesale bananas have become significantly more expensive in the Ukrainian markets, as reported by analysts of "APK-Inform": vegetables and fruits, citing daily monitoring data.Thus, at the "Dubovo" market, in Khmelnytsky, bananas cost 32-36 UAH/kg (1.09-1.23 Euro/kg), while a week earlier the fruit's price.....

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Spain: Advances in genetic improvement of potatoes

The Basque Agricultural Research and Development Institute, NEIKER-Tecnalia, has made advances in the genetic improvement of potatoes with the goal of obtaining varieties with high levels of bioactive compounds (anthocyanins, phenols and total carotenoids), as well as a healthy antioxidant capacity, adapted to.....

Hapag-Lloyd and UASC complete their merger

Hapag-Lloyd and the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) completed their merger process on May 24 in Hamburg. The combined fleet of this merger amounts to 230 vessels with a capacity of approximately 1.6 million TEU, which allows Hapag-Lloyd to strengthen its position as the fifth largest shipping company in.....

World's longest strawberry cake served at festival

France celebrated the 25th anniversary of its annual strawberry festival by baking the world's longest French strawberry cake.The finished product was made up of 55 sections containing 720 eggs, 300 egg yolk, 59 pounds of sugar, 66 pounds of wheat flour and 440 pounds of strawberries.Click here for photos

Romania: Imported fruit and veg sold as domestic

This week, control teams of the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR) have verified compliance with the relevant legislation in all agro-food markets in Bucharest, and the conclusion was that "very large volumes of fresh vegetables and fruits from intra-Community shipments or imports.....

Bulgaria: Collapse in tomato, cherry and potato prices

Wholesale prices in Bulgaria fell by 1.77% last week, with the main contribution to this being the seasonal fall recorded by the main fruits and vegetables for fresh consumption.Bulgarian greenhouse tomatoes have become 17.5% cheaper and are sold for 2.07 Lev* per kilo, while imports cost 1.60 Lev per kilo,.....

Iraq bans import of Turkish tomatoes

Iraq has banned the import of Turkish tomatoes to protect its own producers, as reported by the Turkish Ministry of Economy in a statement.Tomato growers in Turkey have already suffered from an import ban introduced by Russia. It is the only economic sanction that remains in force. Moscow has lifted all other.....

Greece: Significant reduction in trade balance deficit of agricultural products

Greece has managed to significantly reduce the gap in the trade balance of agricultural products and food over the last six years, as revealed by provisional data from the Ministry of Rural Development (supplied by the National Statistical Authority). To be precise, while in 2009 the country's agricultural.....

Norwegian aircraft evacuated because of controversial fruit

A Norwegian airplane on route from Oslo Gardermoen to Evenes airport was evacuated Thursday evening, reports Harstad Tidende. The reason was a suspicion of a gas leak from the cargo compartment.However, there was certainly no gas leak. The mistake was simply due to the presence of a fruit that was taken on the.....

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Hort Connections: The top 20 vegetables on Australian market

Potatoes were the most sold vegetables on the Australian market, with nearly twice as much tonnage than the nearest product, for the year ending June 2016. Delivering a presentation to Hort Connections last week, market research and analysis company Freshlogic ranked the top 20 vegetables across four.....

AU: Working visa conditions leading to less farm volunteers

A farmer in North Queensland is renewing calls for the Federal Government to consider reversing legislation allowing volunteer workers from overseas to extend their working holidays in Australia.The changes announced in the 2014 budget significantly affect people on the international Willing Workers on Organic.....

Australia's Bravo Apples set to be shown to the world

International export trials will begin this year for Australia's newest trademarked fruit Bravo™ as it establishes more production within Australia and becomes more widely available.The ANABP 01 variety has been 20 years in the making, bred by the Western Australian Department of Agriculture and Food from the.....

Fiji pineapple production shows potential

Fiji's pineapple industry has a lot of potential, with the present production figure standing at around 2800 tonnes annually. Andre McGregor, managing director of Koko Siga Pacific, said the fruit was sold to local markets, earning the 915 growers involved in production about $2.4 million a year.A leader in.....

NZ fruit exports increased by 3.4% to $444m in April

New Zealand's merchandise exports rose to their highest ever for an April month. Exports rose 9.8 per cent to $4.75 billion in April, setting a new record for the month and marking the third-highest month ever recorded behind the $5b of exports in March 2014 and $4.9b in March 2015, according to Statistics New.....

AU: Victorian fruit packing company set to expand

Family owned and operated fruit packing operation JV Orchards has announced its expansion, creating an additional 15 jobs.With assistance from the Victorian Government, the Cobram company, in the state’s north will invest $900,000 in the expansion of its fruit packing and export facility in a boost for local.....

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Anti-frost systems saved Polish cranberries

Viewed as a healthy product by Polish consumers, demand for fruits like cranberries is growing. The 2017 season will mark the third season that Klasa Sp. z.o.o. has produced the berries for the domestic market and Mieczysław Czekański shared that they would like to expand their market to Germany,.....

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Watermelons look towards a strong 2017 in North America

As we head into the summer season, watermelon supply and consumption are both expected to be strong for 2017.“We’re now seven weeks into the domestic season with plenty of imports still coming in from Mexico and less so from our Central American partners in Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama,” says.....

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