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Friday, August 17, 2018

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California persimmon growers waiting for cooler nights

Beginning next month, the California persimmon season will kick off, beginning with Fuyu in mid-September. Growers are reporting a good fruit stock and are just waiting for cooler nights to arrive for the fruit to be completely ready."We have three varieties of persimmon, beginning with the Fuyu in mid.....

Squash production in US and Canada affected by rain

Sporadic but heavy rain periods have affected squash production in the northeast regions of North America. A large area of the country is currently growing the yellow and zucchini squash but most regions have not escaped the rain. Production and quality have been most affected, although the situation has.....

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US: Valley growers pose tough questions to Agri Secretary Perdue

US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, who stopped in Kingsburg during a Central Valley tour, heard the concerns from representatives of dairy, fruit and nut growers. Top topics were the Trump tariffs, market access and immigration.Trying to calm grower fears on tariffs, Perdue said, “President Trump is.....

Pollen Systems launches drone-based data and analysis solution to improve vineyard and crop yields

Pollen’s drone-aided managed services and self-service portal help farms and vineyards monitor crop growth, discover irrigation issues, and investigate pests and diseases, improving crop yield and quality Today at the Auction of Washington Wines in Woodinville, WA, Pollen Systems Corporation unveiled Pollen.....

Arctic apple producer adds to management team

Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF), the developer of nonbrowning Arctic® apple varieties, has made several hires that will be key to the company’s continued growth.JF Gamelin joined OSF’s senior management team as Director of Sales and is responsible for leading sales operations for Arctic® apples and.....

219,000 pounds of apples donated for hunger program

FirstFruits Marketing of Washington finished its eighth annual Take a Bite Out of Hunger™ program at select retailers with a collective donation of 219,640 pounds of apples to local food banks. This brings the total program donation to more than 2 million pounds of apples over eight seasons.FirstFruits created.....

US demands release of pastor

Turkish lira firms despite US warning of more sanctions

The Turkish lira strengthened against the dollar on Friday as investors weighed up a US warning that Turkey should expect more economic sanctions unless it hands over detained American pastor Andrew Brunson.The lira has lost a third of its value against the dollar this year as worsening relations between the.....

Gordon Robertson joins Apeel as Chief Revenue Officer

Gordon Robertson has joined Apeel as the company's first Chief Revenue Officer. This comes after Apeel's successful introduction of Apeel avocados with partners Del Rey and Costco, and Eco Farms and Harps/AWG last month.Gordon is joining at a pivotal moment as Apeel said it recently validated the value.....


Canada: Potatopia Build-your-own potato kiosk opens its doors

Another American fast food chain is opening in Toronto. Joining the food court offerings at the Yonge Sheppard Centre, Potatopia, a quick service concept born out of a New Jersey mall, is set to open soon.The chain already boasts locations in New Jersey and Florida and is known for its menu revolving around.....

The challenge of citrus greening in the US

'Saving the orange'

The American Seed Trade Association and CropLife International have launched the first video in a new series about gene editing in plants.The video focuses on the very-real challenge of citrus greening—a devastating disease which has led to a nearly 80-percent decrease in Florida citrus production over the.....

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Swiss season started some two weeks earlier than usual

Large yields of mirabelles expected

Fruit growers throughout Europe have started harvesting much earlier than usual, including those growing mirabelle plums. In the Swiss canton of Schaffhausen -close to the German border- growers are currently in the harvest phase and the local market is flooded with local produce.Large falling yield"We have.....

German 'Turgidus' variety now available in 30g cups

'Organic German goji berry season started successfully'

The season of regional organic goji berries is currently underway. Grower Klaus Umbach from Heilbronn and his Bio-Goji colleagues have cultivated several hectares of "Turgidus" organic goji in the last three years and are now committed to harvesting. Their product is marketed nationwide in 30g cups with 6 cups.....

Murcian pomegranates will reach good calibres

Delay of Spanish grapes and early end of Egyptian season led to shortage in the UK

The red and black table grape campaign started a week later for the earliest Murcian producers. The delay, which has coincided with an early end of the Egyptian campaign, has led to a shortage of grapes in the British market, as well as in other countries in Europe."We have started the grape harvest one week.....

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Packaging Automation to present fully electric machine at PPMA 2018

For 55 years Packaging Automation has driven the tray sealing market with its unrivalled expertise and innovation providing not only the fastest but the most environmentally friendly machines on the market today that can reduce your carbon footprint. At PPMA 2018, PA will present the only fully electric tray.....

US demands release of pastor

Turkish lira firms despite US warning of more sanctions

The Turkish lira strengthened against the dollar on Friday as investors weighed up a US warning that Turkey should expect more economic sanctions unless it hands over detained American pastor Andrew Brunson.The lira has lost a third of its value against the dollar this year as worsening relations between the.....

Seven most commonly wasted fruits and vegetables

Enter a grocery store and it's not uncommon to see an employee removing not-so-good produce from the boxes and pyramids of gleaming fruits and vegetables. But have you ever stopped to think about which are the most commonly wasted fruits and veggies? A study from Sweden set out to discover this, as well as.....

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New Zealand judicial review into MPI directive begins

A judicial review into a Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) directive to destroy or contain imported plantings at the centre of a national biosecurity scare is being held in Wellington.The review will challenge MPI's July 31 order to destroy or contain apple and stone fruit plant material imported from a.....

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California heading for record year; sunshine accelerating European season


There has been a long hot summer in Europe and the consequences for the strawberry market are very clear. The fruit ripens quickly, the sizes are small and the shelf life is limited. There has also been limited demand due to the summer holidays, so the situation for growers and traders has not been ideal. The.....

Hapag-Lloyd increases reefer fleet by 11,100 containers

Hapag-Lloyd is investing in its container fleet and has ordered 11,100 state-of-the-art reefer containers. The new containers will be integrated to the company’s existing fleet of 91,000 reefer containers, with delivery gradually starting in August and to be finally completed by December 2018.Already today,.....

American triplets inside gigantic watermelon

There are adorable baby photos and then there is this. Martin Davis of Lumberton, North Carolina recently snapped photos of his triplets Michael, Macie and Mathieu while they were sitting inside a 175-pound watermelon.The triplets’ mother, Vickie Jones, helped them with the photo shoot.Davis said he used to.....

Grape exports by country

International fresh grape exports by country totaled to $8.3 billion in 2017.Overall, the value of grapes exports rose by an average 6.8% for all exporting countries since 2013, when shipments of fresh grapes were valued at $7.8 billion. The value of globally exported grapes appreciated by 4.5% from 2016 to.....

Posting a 2.1% drop in H1 net profit

DP World cautions on trade

DP World, one of the world's biggest port operators, posted a 2.1 percent drop in first-half net profit on Thursday, and cautioned about geopolitical risks and recent changes to trade policies. Among other things it pointed to US president Trump, taking a more aggressive, protectionist posture on trade than.....

What's the nearest urban area for the average Aussie?

Map of Australia, divided by the closest urban area (with at least 100,000 people).Click here for a larger image.

Chinese consumers will soon be eating Turkish cherries

China has been so far importing cherries from the US, Chile, Canada and Australia. However Turkish growers have been focused on entering this market recently and their efforts have started to bare fruits.The cherry season finishes in April in Chile whereas it starts in May in Turkey, thus Chile is not a direct.....


Kroger: first driverless delivery location unveiled

Walmart: best sales growth in a decade

CAN: Metro reports third-quarter profit down on Jean Coutu acquisition costsGrocer Metro Inc. earned $167.5mln in its latest quarter as it completed its acquisition of the Jean Coutu Group. The retailer says its profit amounted to 69 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended July 7 compared with a profit.....

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