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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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James Rogers, CEO of Apeel Sciences

“Our Edipeel product keeps ripe avocados ripe for twice as long”

Apeel Sciences has developed a natural, edible solution, Edipeel, to extend the shelf-life of produce. For some produce varieties, the application extends shelf-life by five times. “Our goal is to create a more sustainable food system that lasts longer and doesn’t go to waste,” says James Rogers, CEO of Apeel.....

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Peru pushing harder on supplying North America with garlic?

As Argentina is readying for its export season of garlic, Peru seems to be increasing their push to supply North America with garlic. “I’ve started to receive several direct contact inquiries from organic Peruvian garlic suppliers and producers, says Sarah Barber of Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo, a Pescadero, Ca.-based.....

Red River Valley potatoes having good year

Potato growers in the northern plains region, which includes the Red River Valley on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota, are enjoying healthy harvest yields, good quality and high demand. Red, and more so yellow varieties, have seen increases in market share in recent years.Ted Kreis, of Red River Valley.....

Interko eyes North American ripening opportunities

Interko, a manufacturer of ripening solutions for the global fresh fruit industry, is planning to expand its presence on the North American market on the back of growing business in the USA.The Dutch company hopes to bring the benefits of its technology to retailers, importers, distributors or wholesalers.....

Grim picture for NAFTA after tough US demands

Negotiators from Canada and Mexico grappled with U.S. demands to drastically alter the North American Free Trade Agreement on Saturday, as talks over renewal of the pact, vilified by President Donald Trump, ran through a fourth straight day.Some downcast participants said the demands, unveiled this week in.....

Richard Strijbis, Tovano:

"We will further expand walnuts in 25 kg boxes this year"

At Tovano, specialised in nuts and dried southern fruits, countless harvests have arrived once again. "Recently the new harvest of apricots arrived. The harvest prospects were good, but hail in the most important phase of the harvest disrupted this. Partially due to this, the prices are up a little," says.....

California Giant builds new data driven trade website

California Giant Berry Farms has just rebuilt their trade website to provide trading partners with timely new data available at their fingertips.Over the past several years the company has put much of their focus on meeting the needs of the consumer building a robust database of brand loyal shoppers. This.....

Supermarkets crowed as people stock up

Ophelia leaves thousands of Irish homes and businesses without power

The Met Office and Met Éireann have issued severe weather alerts, with a red warning for the whole of Ireland, an amber warning for Northern Ireland and yellow warnings for parts of the British west coast as ex-hurricane Ophelia hits Ireland's coast.The Met Office has warned of "potential danger to life", with.....

Laurens Maartens, NBWM:

"The real pain of the disagreement between Turkey and the US"

The political disagreement between the United States and Turkey is receiving a lot of media attention, in which the financial focus was primarily on the stock market in Istanbul, which dropped by almost 5%. However it is the decrease in the value of the lira that will really hurt the country, Laurens Maartens.....

CPMA hosts successful luncheons with foreign embassies in Ottawa and Vancouver

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association hosted two “Ready for Trade” luncheons earlier this month for foreign embassy dignitaries looking for ways to connect their produce industries to the Canadian market. The well attended event featured dignitaries from over 20 countries, and included discussions on.....


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Peter Horvath:

“An auction is a good way to sell large volumes in a short time”

The clock is standing at 13 SEK (about 1,30 euro) but it is falling fast. In five minutes, a few thousand boxes of cucumbers are sold, and the market price for the day is set. The season is almost over. Then the calmer time begins at Odlarlaget, one of the three largest production organisations in Sweden. This.....

More demand and even more potential for frozen cherries

Cherry production was one of the hardest hit in 2017, after climatic conditions had affected fruit and vegetable supplies all over the world. In terms of cherries, frosty weather during the last spring, caused losses all over Europe, in major producing countries such as Germany, Belgium, Bulgaria, the.....

Ruud Koedooder, Kogrimex-Koedooder:

“Poland has become major competitor”

The harvesting of vegetables for storage is currently in full swing. Harvests in Europe are enormous, better than last year, and quality is also good, according to Ruud Koedooder from Kogrimex-Koedooder from Grootebroek, the Netherlands. “Carrots, beets, cabbage, the harvests all look well. The amount of.....

Acreage is gradually reducing

Spain: "Higher cherimoya prices this campaign"

The continued high temperatures in spring and summer slightly advanced the start of the cherimoya campaign in Granada, the main producing area of this exotic fruit in Spain and Europe. At the moment, while still waiting for larger volumes to hit the market, prices are higher and more stable than last year,.....

Italy: La Forcina Antonio commercialises produce all over Europe

"The greatest satisfaction is sometimes found in the smallest of things: to us, receiving phone calls from clients thanking us for the sweetness of our fruit is good for the soul. Ever since we started commercialising fresh produce, my father has travelled all around southern Italy, as he dedicated his whole.....

Italy: Innovation with niche products from Sipo

Kale and Lacinato kale cardoons, chard, purple carrots and rosole - these are just some of the rather uncommon products that make up theSiporange at this time of year.Some of the products photographed on 12th October 2017"Lacinato kale and kale are thriving. The former is more popular with Italian consumers,.....

Unitec Group show off the latest development in fruit sorting

The latest developments from the Unitec Group will be on display at the 2017 edition of Fruit Attraction with its three companies: Unitec, Unisorting and UT Instruments present.The Unitec Group will present the Peach Vision 2 system at Pasarela Innova. This system makes use of state-of-the-art hardware and.....

Ophelia moves on to Scotland

Winds of more than 70mph (112km/h) and heavy rain are hitting parts of Scotland and northern England as remnants of Hurricane Ophelia continue to sweep across the UK.All schools in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland remain closed for a second day as the clean-up begins.Justin Leonard a fruit and.....

The flexibility of African herb imports

Import company Xpol started importing fresh herbs to the Netherlands near Schiphol, Amsterdam, four years ago. The mint, basil and chives spread across the rest of Europe from there.The African country of Kenya is central when it comes to the import of fresh herbs by Xpol from Rijsenhout. Founder and manager.....

11 & 12 October, Nekkerhal in Mechelen

Empack Mechelen 2017: Packaging trade fair takes on internet

PHOTO REPORTLast week, on 11 and 12 October, the Belgian town of Mechelen held a new edition of the Empack packaging trade fair in the Nekkerhal. There were 185 stands in total, where producers showcased their packaging, labels and machines. A number of stand holders are also active in the fruit and vegetable sector.Stand.....

FEFCO Technical Seminar sees record number of exhibitors

Some 1,000 people gathered at the Messe Wien Congress Centre in Vienna on October 11- 13 for FEFCO’s Technical Seminar where the latest technologies in the sector were showcased.The FEFCO Technical Seminar is a highlight of the industry’s calendar, offering corrugated manufacturers and suppliers some of their.....

Volker Reuter: "We stick to potatoes"

German potato trader has success with specialised market niche

At the wholesale market in Duisburg, Germany, the Reuter business family have been a phenomenon for years. Managing director Jörn Reuter has dedicated his time completely to potatoes, garlic and onions during the last years. Two years ago, he and is colleague Mr Pleines started up their business together and.....

ILIP to focus on Life+ food preservation packaging at Fruit Attraction

European manufacturers of thermoformed plastic packaging for fresh produce and food service, ILIP will be presenting their Life+ system and Food2Go range simultaneously at Fruit Attraction and Eat2Go events.ILIP will be one of the exhibitors of Pasarela Inova, the space dedicated to innovations in the fresh.....

Italy: Clementines from the Sibari plain

The harvesting of clementines started in early October at O.P. Agricor, owner of theGallobrand. The fruit is cultivated on the Sibari plain and is sweeter than 2016 by two Brix degrees (13-14 against the 11 of last year). "This sweetness is due to the drought in summer, which damaged other crops but favoured.....

Germany: Bayer sells parts of seed business to BASF for 5.9 billion euros

As part of the planned takeover of Monsanto, Bayer, a German seed company, has signed an agreement to sell certain Crop-Sience-businesses to BASF for 5.9 billion euros. The shops that are to be sold made about 1.3 billion euros together in 2016. "We are taking into account the potential concerns of the.....

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Austin Mortimer - Rockit Global Limited

"We are building a global brand, it's not just about selling apples"

This year has seen a lot of significant changes for Rockit apples: new private equity investors, new board members and a new CEO."It has been quite a watershed year for us," explains new CEO, Austin Mortimer. "It was time for changes within the company, the board and the founder of Rockit had different views.....

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