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Treasure Valley onion growers see the future in new grading technology

Onion growers in the Treasure Valley, which incorporates southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon, are looking to technology to help them overcome current challenges in the industry. Labor and transportation costs, among other things, are contributing to a tightening of profit margins.Recently it was announced.....

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Cool spring leads to poor pollination for Georgia watermelon crop

The Georgia watermelon season has got off to slow start, having been delayed due to cool spring weather. Volume is expected to be down on previous years and despite the late start, growers say the season will finish on time."We have just started the watermelon harvest, after having been delayed by ten days,".....

Urban greens company adds another new facility

Agtech company Gotham Greens is expanding again. The Brooklyn, NY-based urban greenhouse company is opening another greenhouse, this time a 100,000 square-foot one based in Baltimore, Md. This is on top of the other expansion announced recently, a second location in Chicago, Ill. and is in addition to the.....

Mexican pineapple growers want to promote advantages

As the Central American pineapple season picks up production, market prices continue to be low as they have been for several months. Demand is good, but volume remains very strong. In Mexico, the growing regions have been seeing favorable weather conditions, which has ensured good production as well as.....

Califonia’s central coast sees delay in corn crop

Corn from California’s central coast may face a challenge this season. “We may not have a corn crop this year because of the funky weather we’ve had here in California,” says Andy Martin of A & A Organic Farms Corp., a Watsonville, Ca.-based marketer of organic produce. He noted that his grower had planted.....

Industry veteran Michael Solomon president of Dole Fresh Vegetables

Dole Food Company, Inc. has announced the appointment of Michael H. Solomon as the new President of Dole Fresh Vegetables effective June 18, 2018. As Dole Fresh Vegetables President, Solomon will have responsibility for all of the division’s operations across North America. He will report directly to Dole Food.....

Center for Growing Talent’s Margi Prueitt to retire in 2019

During the recent Center for Growing Talent (CGT) Board of Directors meeting in Seattle, Washington, CGT Executive Director and PMA Senior Vice President Margi Prueitt announced her retirement from the organization in February 2019.During the past eight years, Prueitt grew the CGT into a robust organization.....

Taylor Farms achieves TRUE certification for sustainability

Taylor Farms, a producer of value-added healthy fresh foods, is the first in the fresh food industry to achieve TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) Platinum certification. The TRUE Zero Waste certification system enables facilities to define, pursue and achieve their zero waste goals, cutting their carbon.....

New tomato harvest robot GRoW being tested in the greenhouse

With labor costs currently being 30% up to even 50% of the total greenhouse production costs, reducing the amount of it in a greenhouse company is an important topic at the moment – even more if you take the global labor shortage into account. Many companies are working on automotive solutions, having robots.....

Not only ban on Chinese apples, but also high tariffs on American apples

China’s apple export to India still under pressure

Last year in June the Indian government introduced a ban on Chinese apples and pears. This ban was executed because the Indian National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO) detected mealy bugs and fungus on several shipments of Chinese apples and pears.Freshplaza spoke to the manager of Alfa Fruit Packers.....


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Greenhouse producers Anette and Peter van Schie:

"Combining Dutch/Swedish knowledge & experience to make it our own"

Anette and Peter van Schie from Swedish vegetable greenhouse producer, Gällenäs, both came from a long line of horticulturalists. Peter from tomato and vegetable growers in the Netherlands and Anette from potato producers in Sweden. “Potatoes and tomatoes are so closely related that you could inoculate a.....

Frank Ocampo, Hagé International:

"Pineapples difficult to sell on free market"

Day trading with pineapples is a matter of survival at the moment. "The volumes remain good. However, large sales outside of regular programmes are still lagging far behind. This has resulted in prices of between EUR5 and 6", says Frank Ocampo van Hagé International.It is very hard to predict how the market.....

How sealed containers are broken open

The following video shows how thieves break open sealed containers without breaking the seal.

Gerard Bovée, Plantera:

“There’s a potato for each type of market”

The consumption of potatoes is under pressure. “Fewer and fewer potato eaters are born,” says Gerard Bovée of Plantera. “The days when wives bought 10 kilos of potatoes every week are definitely over.” Potatoes nowadays ‘compete’ with a number of alternative products such as pastas, legumes and various types.....

New tomato harvest robot GRoW being tested in the greenhouse

With labor costs currently being 30% up to even 50% of the total greenhouse production costs, reducing the amount of it in a greenhouse company is an important topic at the moment – even more if you take the global labor shortage into account. Many companies are working on automotive solutions, having robots.....

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Koppert Cress partnership in Colombia

On June 15, 2018, a license agreement was signed between Koppert Cress and the Botero-González family in Medellín, Colombia. According to this agreement, this family will produce various types of Cress (micro greens) and ‘Specialties’. All these products will be offered under the brand Koppert Cress, assuring.....

Havenbedrijf Antwerpen, Belfruco, Enzafruit and PortApp start with one digital certificate

Blockchain tested in fruit import

Imec, the global leading research and innovation hub in the field of nano electronics and digital technology, yesterday announced T-Mining, a startup supported by the imec.istart research programme, and Havenbedrijf Antwerpen will test a blockchain solution for efficiently and securely transferring.....

Innovative approach to sterilising process water for ready-to-eat salads

KRONEN GmbH, together with its partners, is currently developing a new solution for reducing germs in the process water used during the washing cycle of Fresh-cut salads. The goal is to increase the microbial safety of packaged ready-to-eat products without using chemical additives. The project named SiMoHyP.....

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University of Queensland

Smashing avocado disease threats

Researchers are working with the Australian avocado industry to safeguard one of the nation’s favourite fruits from the threat of existing and emerging disease. University of Queensland's Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) researcher Dr Liz Dann is working on an industry avocado.....

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Polish Fruit Grower's Union calls for strike against low prices

Polish summer fruit growers met on 18 June, 2018 to discuss the abnormally low prices in relation to production costs for raspberries, gooseberries, currants and cherries. According to a statement on the Polish Fruit Growers Union (Związek Sadowników Rzeczpospolitej Polskiej) website, "Prices offered on.....

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Dollar General tests mobile checkout app

Walmart wins 3 blockchain-related patents

US: A Kmart store opens inside a Sears store in Brooklyn, and more may be on the wayDespite tumbling sales, mounting debts and looming maturities, Sears Holdings is still testing new initiatives to see if something sparks a turnaround. The latest one brings its Sears and Kmart brands together under one roof. A.....


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