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Fruit Maps: a new visual format to measure the maturity of fruit

For years, growers have developed their own ways of determining when it’s time to harvest their crops. A few years ago, engineers and scientists at Felix Instruments- Applied Food Science, in partnership with Central Queensland University of Australia, teamed up to develop the F-750 Produce Quality Meter......

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Fall pumpkins filling up shelves for Halloween

As people begin their Halloween preparations in the United States, pumpkin growers are well into their Fall harvest. Among the eating varieties, a number of pumpkins are grown especially for decorations in homes and businesses. For producers, they are seeing another good year, on the back of some bumper crops.....

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California lemon season transitions to desert region

Lemons are grown in California practically all year round. Right now as Fall season takes hold and the summer heat fades, the growing regions that border the desert are beginning their lemon crop, taking over from the cooler climes."Right now, we are transitioning from the end of the 'D2' into the 'D3' growing.....

Coconut supplies to the US could be even tighter post-hurricanes

Supply of coconuts from the Dominican Republic continues to look even tighter now after the series of hurricanes have blown through the region. “We won’t know how the supply of coconuts is until later this week because of all the hurricanes that are going on,” says Emil Serafino of New Jersey-based Exp. Group.....

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Established Produce Coalition hoping to modernize NAFTA

The Produce Coalition for NAFTA – formed by leading USA and Canadian fruit and vegetable companies are hoping to modernize NAFTA yet continue to maintain duty-free access for produce within the NAFTA countries.Steve Barnard, CEO of Mission Produce gave a recent presentation in Mexico City regarding the avocado.....

American consumers willing to pay more for Fairtrade bananas

Low prices for bananas are used by some supermarkets to attract customers, but consumers are willing to pay more for Fairtrade bananas, according to recent research from GlobeScan and Fairtrade America.“When the price is right, consumers are very willing to pay more for Fairtrade bananas,” says James Morris,.....

Zing! Family brings home 2017 BMO Ontario Farm Family Award

The 100th Annual International Plowing Match was held in Walton, Ontario this year and, as in previous years, as part of being a presenting partner, BMO Bank of Montreal has presented their Ontario Farm Family Award. This year eleven families from across Ontario were selected to recognize the outstanding.....

Melania Trump carries on Michelle Obama's vegetable garden

The first lady, more at home in Manhattan than among rows of crops, hosted local schoolchildren at the White House on Friday to harvest and replant the vegetable garden Michelle Obama rooted in the South Lawn — carrying on a symbolic piece of the Obamas' food policy legacy.Many in food circles had been.....

After effects of Irma to hurt Florida's citrus and orange juice industry

Hurricane Irma plundered Florida’s orange belt, leaving a trail of uprooted trees, downed fruit and flooded groves worse than anything growers say they have seen in more than 20 years.The most recent estimates of the widespread damage to Florida’s orange trees put the statewide losses as high as 70 percent......

California's kiwifruit crop to see good demand

A spate of hot weather in California may cool down supplies of kiwifruit in the upcoming season, marketers say.“The recent heat in California has affected both the crop size and the fruit size. We expect the fruit to be smaller than usual and overall harvest to be marginally down, though there will be plenty.....

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Vicente Aguilar: "Organic potato consumption is on the rise"

Patatas Aguilar celebrates 50th anniversary and will invest 4 M€ in new machinery

Last Friday,Patatas Aguilar celebrated its 50th anniversary with an event in Valencia that brought almost 250 people together, including employees, customers and suppliers of both potatoes and seeds, with representatives of the Dutch seed companies HZPC and Agrico. The celebration was attended by the.....

Photo report Deutscher Obst & Gemüse Kongress 2017

Digitisation and automation. The German market is not a leader in these, but at the Deutscher Obst & Gemüse Kongress last Friday, it became clear the sector is gradually starting to work on it. Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, but also Big Data and especially the analysis of this are things the sector.....

Italy: Movement in white onion sector

An important operator in the onion sector in central-northern Italy reports that there is movement in the white onion sector and prices are not as low as they were a few weeks ago. However, units are still filled with produce."The quality of the 2017 harvest was not exceptional due to the summer heat. I had to.....

STK's Regev™ a finalist for Best Tech Innovation at Agrow Awards

STK (Stockton), working in the development and marketing of botanical based solutions for food protection, was selected as one of the three finalists of the Agrow Awards in the category of Best Application Technology Innovation for its product, REGEV.REGEV is a hybrid solution that delivers effective and.....

Are vegetable flats the future?

The most densely populated island in the world is Macau. In the Chinese state, 600,000 people are packed together on 30 km2, making the population density practically 20,000/km2. That figure is much lower in the Netherlands. On average, 500 people live on a square kilometre here. In Dronten, in the centre of.....

Long-range temperature monitoring solution for fresh produce shipments

Tracking the temperature of sensitive and perishable products during transport is a real industry challenge. The growing requirement for traceability has led to increasing expenses related to monitoring the cold chain: it is expected that $6.23 billion dollars will be spent annually for monitoring by 20221.To.....

Total Produce EBITDA Yield hits 9%

The EBITDA Yield for Total Produce (ISE:T7O) is currently 9.00%. This number is calculated by dividing a company’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization by the company’s enterprise value.Enterprise Value is calculated by taking the market capitalization plus debt, minority interest and.....

France: Difficult start to carrot and leek season

Ware carrot stocks from countries in the North have affected sales of early carrots. The temperatures in May and June were also more favourable to summer vegetable consumption than to leeks and carrots. “Prices have not stopped decreasing since the start of the season, they are lower than the prices recorded.....

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PMA A-NZ Board to hold nominations for two vacancies

The PMA A-NZ Board and Nominations Committee has notified all PMA A-NZ members that they are seeking nominations to fill two vacancies for Australian domiciled directors for the Board of PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited. Nominations will be accepted from all PMA A-NZ members."In our recent board and strategy.....

New high folate strawberry a sweet find for researchers

Scientists have discovered an ‘alpha strawberry’ that is very sweet in flavour and has folate levels that may be up to three times higher than standard strawberries.Folate is an important B-group vitamin which is critical for a range of biological functions in adults and children, including the production of.....

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New world's hottest chili makes ghost pepper taste like a cucumber

At more than three million Scoville heat units (SHU), Pepper X has ousted the Dragon’s Breath chili as the world’s spiciest pepper, Tasting Table reports.“The pepper is coming in at 3.18 million (on the Scoville scale)… We’re playing with fire,” creator Ed Currie said in a First We Feast Hot Ones video. That’s.....

Switzerland: KÖLLA Group

Expansion overseas, new markets, new trade fairs, a new approach

The KÖLLA Group has adopted a new approach and is expanding internationally. This year the company was present at the most important trade fairs in the industry - Berlin, London, Hong Kong and Madrid.“After our first few steps this direction, we intensified our focus on the Asian and Arabic markets. The large.....

Westmoreland-TopLine Farms to showcase new Roma tomato at PMA

Westmoreland-TopLine Farms is no stranger at the PMA Fresh Summit. “We have been exhibiting from the beginning,” says Jimmy Coppola with the Leamington, ON- based greenhouse grower. “At first, we started off small and as part of the CPMA pavilion and eventually went onto our own floor space.”PMA has it all“PMA.....


Aldi named UK's 'Favourite Supermarket'

SuperValu remains largest grocery retailer

Carrefour Belgium opens 15 new pick-up points for online ordersOn September 29, Carrefour will open three new pick-up points for drive.be. This will bring the total number of new pick-up points opened this month up to 15. With these 15 openings, customers now have 152 points from which they can pick up orders.....

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