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Alex Teague with Limoneira on the US market opening up to Argentina

“Increased availability will boost US lemon consumption”

Argentina is the largest lemon growing nation in the world and just recently, the United States opened up its market for lemons from the South American country. What does this mean for lemon growers and consumers in the US?Complementary to the domestic market“I believe ultimately Argentina’s exports of lemons.....

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California stone fruit season just weeks away

California stone fruit growers are ready for the start of the season which is only a few weeks away. The season will begin with cherries, followed shortly after by nectarines, peaches and then desert region grapes later in the month. Stone fruit volume is expected to be lower than last year, due to a lighter.....

Earlier 2018 Mexican table grape season kick off expected

Unlike last year, when the Mexican table grape season experienced a remarkable delay, this year MAS Melons & Grapes president, Miky Suarez, who has been heavily involved in the Mexican table grape business for more than 30 years, predicts a back to normal season start, which traditionally begins the first.....

Emiliano Escobedo on the impact of the Hass Avocado Board

“Since 2002, US avocado consumption has grown 250 percent”

The Hass Avocado Board (HAB) is an agriculture promotion group established in 2002 and is governed by federal law. It’s the organization’s mission to increase avocado consumption in the United States. “The organization is entirely funded and managed by the avocado industry under the oversight of the United.....

Busy Florida Valencia orange season despite lower volumes

The Valencia orange season in Florida is in full swing, with all packinghouses busy with product. This will continue for at least another month. Overall volume is down on last year, largely due to damage sustained from Hurricane Irma."Every packinghouse in Florida is running Valencia oranges right now,".....

Reducing food waste

Root to Shoot program aims to utilize more vegetable by-products

After having worked on it for the last couple of years, California-based Spinaca Farms officially launched its 'Root to Shoot' program last year. The program aims to utilize more plant material that might be left over from harvesting and use it to create new products in what is termed as the 'functional foods'.....

Good Florida bell pepper supplies meet slow demand

The supply of Florida peppers continues to be good which makes the lack of demand for the commodity challenging. “Demand is fair to poor for bell peppers,” says Jay Johnson of JGL Produce Co. Inc. in Immokalee, Fl. “There’s been a lot of cold weather in the Northeast and that’s been holding demand back. Any.....

“Inspired” Earth Day pledge: green, clean, and locally grown

With more North Americans expressing concerns about long-term water supplies, The Star Group said it is taking action – announcing plans to expand its “living lettuce” greenhouse project in Coaldale, AB.The company said the “Inspired Greens” lettuce project, built on new greenhouse technologies from around the.....

"It's been years since the presentation of a variety was so successful"

The new Spring Sunshine mandarin could be the world's tastiest

The official presentation of the new mandarin Spring Sunhine, which is considered the latest variety in the market, and possibly the tastiest,took place in Valencia last Wednesday. The event exceeded the expectations of its organizers, the Association of Plant Variety Operators (Asovav) and The Enforcement.....

University of Vermont

US study finds a surprising link between food waste and diet quality

A national study of U.S. consumers conducted by the University of Vermont finds that fruit, vegetables and mixed fruit and vegetable dishes end up as food waste much more than other types of food. The study suggests people need better strategies for reducing food waste, especially those pursuing healthy.....

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UK importer & Mexican lime producer plan to launch organic Fair-Trade alternative

For UK importer Exotifruit and lime producer Inverafrut, the month of May sparks the beginning of a busy Mexican lime season. Working side by side the team is preparing for yet another successful season delivering premium quality fruit, to customers across the UK and Europe.This year, as well as focusing their.....

United Producers of Mexico

UPM opens Dutch Center for quality control in Mexico

United Producers of Mexico opens Dutch Center for Quality Control in Guanajuato, Mexico. United Producers of Mexico (UPM) have been building a commercial bridge between the Netherlands and Mexico by implementing European import standards for agricultural products in Mexico. In order to build stronger and.....

Growth of catering services good for pre cut veg

During the crisis years, pre cut veg companies specialising in catering were struggling. Smaller players were absorbed by larger ones or went bankrupt, but the situation is now no longer dire. “It’s recovering enormously,” says Rudolf Sluimer of Flexivers about the market, although that market has changed......

Variety with higher Brix value is gaining in importance

'Demand for Spanish sweet palermo peppers is increasing annually'

The season for peppers is currently in full swing, certainly in the Spanish region of Murcia. There are nowadays also cultivated the snack products with a high Brix value that are currently in such great demand. In addition to the great demand for colored Tribelli, the popularity of Sweet Palermo -a sweet red,.....

Rosa Hernandorena: "There is increasingly less margin for error"

"The demand for stone fruit focuses on consolidated varieties"

The stone fruit sector has been going through a tough time recently and this has led to trend changes as regards the choice of varieties and how they are grown.Thus, it seems that there has been a loss of interest in innovations and a stronger focus on already consolidated varieties. "Due to the price crisis.....

Gerrit Oomen: “Doors aren’t in the way and are very sturdy”

First flexible rolling door to be repeated in Quik’s’ new potato storage

Limited space in the reception hall was the reason to purchase a flexible rolling door for potato wholesaler Quik’s Verse Aardappelen in 2013. “We were looking for a sturdy door that wouldn’t be broken the minute a fork-lift truck accidentally bumps into it,” says manager Gerrit Oomen. “That’s why we went to.....

Jorrit Zuijdervelt of Looye:

"Fresh produce specialists will also benefit from our move to retail"

There has been some anxiety among fresh fruit and vegetable specialists recently. This is due to Looye Growers now also having Honey and JOYN tomatoes on the shelves at Dutch supermarket chain, Albert Heijn. At Looye, they understand this concern. But, according to Jorrit Zuijdervelt, Marketing and.....

Frank Swier, Jan Swier Groenten en Fruit op de Markt:

'Peeled pineapples'

After a winter with sometimes lousy weather conditions, it is good times for the market again. Now, strawberries and asparagus are selling well. "But also turnip greens, new potatoes, and spinach", adds Eddy Derks of the Dutch trader, Derks Uw Groenteman.Rising temperatures"The strawberry supply is not yet.....

"It's been years since the presentation of a variety was so successful"

The new Spring Sunshine mandarin could be the world's tastiest

The official presentation of the new mandarin Spring Sunhine, which is considered the latest variety in the market, and possibly the tastiest,took place in Valencia last Wednesday. The event exceeded the expectations of its organizers, the Association of Plant Variety Operators (Asovav) and The Enforcement.....

Turkey: Permission to export tomatoes to Russia is granted

The Russian Federal Veterinary and Plants Health Supervision Service has lifted some restrictions regarding Turkısh exports of tomatoes to Russia which allowed 2 tomato growers in Salihli to start exporting again.Food, Agriculture and Livestock Salihli County Manager Ali Demir: “The inspection of the.....

Turkey: Agricultural Production Figures for 2016 - 2017 announced

The Turkish Statistics Institute has announced the figures regarding agricultural production in 2016 – 2017. The numbers indicate that Turkey is still self-sufficient in agricultural production. According to these figures, 97.2% of the local consumption of grains is covered by the local production. In both.....

Asparagus season - growing the white gold in the Netherlands

The amount of agricultural land in the Netherlands devoted to the cultivation of asparagus edged up to 3,807 hectares in 2017 while the total harvest was up 12% at 20,800 tonnes, according to Thursday’s figures of national statistics office CBS. The country’s asparagus growing area has increased by 61% over.....

Tozer Seeds welcomes Dr Geoffrey Denton to the R&D team

Tozer Seeds welcomes Dr Geoffrey Denton to the Research & Development teamDr Geoffrey Denton recently joined Tozer Seeds Ltd as Plant Pathologist. He will be involved in their disease resistance breeding programs and his role will include developing new tests for analysing diseases in seed, helping to.....

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NZ: Early predictions for a record-breaking kiwifruit season

Zespri says this year's crop volumes could be a record breaker, while this year’s New Zealand-grown crop is expected to be about 20 million trays – 70,000 tonnes – higher than last year.The company's Chief Grower & Alliances Officer, Dave Courtney, says increased levels of Green and 7-10 million trays more.....

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Video: Growing cucumbers in South Africa

VIDEOAre you in the mood to feel good? The South African retailer Shoprite took a peek in the Tshwaragananggreenhouse and had grower Edwin Mabotsa tell how horticulture changed his community. The video that has been made about it is touching.Edwin Mabotsa lives in Windsorton, a region that becomes very hot in the.....

Ranking the world's islands in size

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International Plant Protection Convention

Global body adopts new measures to stop spread of plant pests

Each year an estimated 10-16 percent of the global harvest is lost to plant pests; an estimated $220 billion. This was a statement by FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo at the opening of this year's IPPC annual meeting in Rome. The International Plant Protection Convention, the body in charge of.....

Colorado woman fined by US Customs

Paying $500 for an apple

Crystal Tadlock was given an apple sealed in a wrapper on her Delta flight from Paris on Wednesday. She was not hungry at the time and figured it would be a good snack for her second leg back to Denver. Miss Tadlock likely passed by numerous signs and alerts warning about items that must be declared at the.....


Waste reduction extended by Wegmans

Kroger: Sale of convenience store business completed

US: Wegmans steps up push to reduce wasteWegmans Food Markets is extending its Zero Waste initiative, unveiled last year, to more of its stores. The regional supermarket chain said that its Pittsford, Ithaca and Alberta Drive, New York; Westwood, Massachusetts; and Allentown, Pennsylvania, locations are now.....

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