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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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To improve fresh produce handling

Virginia organic farm using new portable cooling system

Old Dominion Organic Farms in Dundas, VA, has been using a Jet-Ready precooler, manufactured by Global Cooling, Inc., to properly cool its fresh produce. “It has helped improve product offerings,” says Jordan Brandon, owner of Old Dominion Organic Farms who grows organic green beans, a variety of tomatoes,.....

Demand for Mexican berries outpacing supply

The blueberry and blackberry seasons in Mexico are nearing the end and growers are now preparing for the end of harvest in a month. Blackberries are expected to be in short supply from now until the end of May. This is due to a reduction in plant yields attributed to growers neglecting to replace older.....

California lettuce production completes transition to Salinas

The production of lettuce is now maintaining steady volume after weather events several weeks ago caused some disruption to the market. Supplies have since stabilized and production has now fully transitioned out of the desert regions and into the northern California growing districts."We have recently.....

Washington company develops automated apple tray inserter

Automation is becoming a normal part of the fresh produce supply chain. As the industry becomes more competitive, more and more functions are being automated in response to labor, cost, time and other factors.There is a new product available that has automated the packing of fruit trays into boxes. Although.....

US melon grower introduces new variety and expands into organics

Savor Fresh Farms announces the expansion of their popular Kiss melon program for the 2018 season. Expansion includes the introduction of the newest Kiss melon, “Snow Kiss”, organic Kiss melon production and increased acres of the consumer favorite Sugar Kiss melon.As a producer of flavorful melons, Savor.....

Planning sessions for a positive 2018 South African citrus season

Summer Citrus from South Africa (SCSA) is proud to announce the start of what it says is a prosperous season despite the challenges associated with the droughts occurring in the Western Cape. The company says that with international best practices, innovation and the latest technology, growers are able to.....

The first shipment will be ready in September

Guatemala to export blueberries to the US for the first time ever

Guatemalan producers will export blueberries for the first time to the United States, thanks the high demand for this product in that country. The project seeks to supply supermarket chains and restaurants.Agricultural exporter Planesa will venture into the production of blueberries to supply supermarket.....

Harvest CROO B-4 robotic strawberry harvester

Robotic strawberry harvester rolls out in Florida

The Harvest CROO B-4 robotic strawberry harvester is now crawling across fields around Plant City, Florida, as a functioning model that is about another season away from becoming a commercial product.The harvester is the brainchild of berry baron Gary Wishnatzki of Wish Farms. The company recently hosted a.....

Food recall warning

Certain Greenbelt Microgreens recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

Greenbelt Greenhouse Ltd. is recalling certain Greenbelt Microgreens brand microgreens from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described on this web page, listing Greenbelt's Recalled products.Recall date: April 24,.....

Nationwide Chef Invitational gains wide support

California Giant Berry Farms said its national Chef Invitational has received enthusiastic participation from national and regional foodservice organizations in its first year. With less than one month until the deadline to receive recipes, many have already been submitted for the competition.The Chef.....

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Cutting outsourced more often

Belgian catering focuses on more experience

Experience and presentation aren’t just becoming more important in supermarkets, more attention is also given to these factors by catering. To give chefs and staff as much time as possible to work on presentation, Nomad was founded last year. The Belgian company focuses on the “cold side of the kitchen,”.....

More organic product available for processing in the Netherlands

Thanks to an ever-increasing group of organic growers, there’s more room for the processing industry on this market. Volumes are getting larger, and because of that, more is available to the larger processing companies. Bioorganic Holland BV recently added vacuum-packed products to their range. With this, the.....

“Belgians prefer eating locally grown organic greenhouse vegetables”

Organics are booming, especially in Belgium. More and more consumers are buying organic fruit and vegetables. To provide this growing market with plenty of supply, both Ecodal and Hamerlinck LV grow organic greenhouse vegetables for the Belgian market. Ecodal grows “the entire range” of products on four.....

Wibo van den Ende, Safe:

“Demand for Valencia-like citrus much larger than before”

The South African citrus season has started with the harvest of the first lemons. “In just over two weeks, we hope to start packing the first oranges,” says Wibo van den Ende of Safe. “It appears to be a good harvest across the board, with more Class I than Class II fruit.”Exports to Europe are affected by.....

Medfel 2018 kicks off

Yesterday was the first day of Mefdel 2018. According to exhibitors it was a quiet day, but this was compensated by valuable meetings with potential partners. This year the organisation choose put garlic, onions and shallots in the spotlight, and many companies went along with this.Pierre Gelebart from Price.....

The price of lemons increases fivefold from grower to retailer

The city of Mugla, located in southwestern Turkey, is one the most important areas for citrus production. However the production volume has decreased by almost 50% from 65,000 tons to 35,000 tons annually. The Ortaca district Chamber of Commerce Chairman said, “Mugla is the biggest growing region in Turkey for.....

If there is no frost

Turkey: Plenty of peaches coming from Bursa

Kamil Donmez, the chairman of Chamber of Agriculture in the Gursu district of Bursa, a city situated in northwestern Turkey, explained the current situation regarding agricultural production in the area.Donmez: “The pears have been maturing and right now there is around a 50-60% maturation rate. In the Santa.....

Watermelon harvest about to start in greenhouses in Aksu, Antalya

Growers in the Aksu district of Antalya, one of the most important areas for greenhouse production in Turkey, are getting prepared for the first harvest of watermelons. As the weather was warmer than usual throughout the entire year, the watermelons will be harvested earlier than before.The seeds were planted.....

First harvest of apricots starting in Mut

The harvest season for apricots has started in the Mut district of Mersin, in southern Turkey. The district expects around 120,000 tons of apricots this season and the first harvested products are selling to wholesalers at 3.75 USD per kg.The growers were satisfied with the price level and expressed their hope.....

Turkey: Cherries sold at 7.5 USD per kg at retail

The first harvest cherries from Manisa, a city located in western Turkey, are starting to be sold in the local market. The very first harvest was sold at a symbolic 37.5 USD per kg price for good luck and now the price for the early harvested products are set at 7.5 USD per kg at the retailers. The growers.....

Turkish pepper growers in Mersin face debt crisis

The Mersin Chamber of Agriculture Chairman Cengiz Gokcel: “The peppers are sold at 0.40 USD per kg and this is the period when pepper production, and all the other greenhouse vegetables, peak. However the prices are too low for the growers and the growers are suffering because of it. Even though the quality.....

Norfolk Radishes Get Underway in New Facility

With the first shoots of summer last week, G’s Growers opened their new washing and grading line at Feltwell Growers in Norfolk, the radish growing hub for G’s in the UK.At the end of the 2017 UK season in October the bulldozers moved in and cleared the existing wash line and building structures.Through the.....

Workshop at SanLucar

GS1 standards for fruit and vegetables in Europe

How can the data and information exchange be standardized to make the fruit and vegetable industry more competitive? Numerous companies are working on this topic within the framework of the international organization GS1. Representatives of the European working group, dedicated to the design and implementation.....

Nearly 9 tons of drugs

Spanish police make record cocaine bust in port of Algeciras

Spanish police officers have made a record cocaine seizure, discovering nearly 9 tons of the drug hidden among boxes of bananas in a shipping container at the southern port of Algeciras. According to a statement by the customs office on Wednesday, the container was imported by a Colombian company on a ship.....

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Australia: Bowmans Murmungee's appetite for giant pumpkins

The 103 kilogram winner of the Bowmans Murmungee giant pumpkin competition was one of the biggest ever seen in the region. Grown by young Stanley man Alistair Hughes, the pumpkin was clearly the biggest of all the 10 entrants.Competition organiser Chris Griffiths said Saturday’s annual competition was a good.....

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Russia: Symposium focuses on greenhouse tomato production

On the 11th and 12th of April, the Agrosemcenter was for the 8th time the host of the symposium for professional glasshouse complexes, a well known vegetable event in Russia.The theme of this year was related to “Modern Technologies and their application in the production and sales of glasshouse products on.....

Travel times in 1914, starting from London

A map that details travel time in 1914, with London as a starting-point.
Mind you, things would probably have gotten more complicated after August of that year...

Mapping the biggest export partner of each European country

This map shows the biggest export partners of the various European countries. For many nations, Germany is the most important export market. German goods mainly travel across the Atlantic, to the USA.
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Red dates from Asia set to be trendy new superfood

Health conscious consumers have been using dates as a natural sweetener in nutritious desserts for the last few years, but the dried fruit still contains a lot of sugar. Now a little-known Asian fruit known as a ‘Chinese red date’ could become the new favourite snack of healthy eating bloggers, as it contains.....


Amazon: in-car delivery

Metro Canada: operating costs hit profitability

US: Supervalu FY18 wholesale ops grow while retail lagsSupervalu Inc. posted strong overall sales for its fourth quarter and year end, buttressed by strong wholesale performance, while its shrinking retail store operations continue to lag. The Minneapolis-based grocery operator reported an increase of $3.25bln.....

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