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US green onion supply still short after major disruption

Green onions supplies are only just showing signs of recovery after a tumultuous few months. Part of the reason for the severe shortage was because of the summer growing conditions in Mexico. Hot weather and monsoonal rains are not conducive for excellent green onion supplies. Suppliers though say this…

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Soursop imports continue to build

As the wet season settles in Grenada, more and more soursop fruit continues to arrive in the U.S. from the country. “The volume is starting to increase on soursop. I’ve got maybe 4,000 - 5,000 lbs. every week,” says Dennis Sever with Exotic Growers, Inc. in Homestead, Fl. “With it being wet season, the quality will…

Clementine demand climbing in the US during fall

The South American clementine season continues on with availability expected to run through mid-November. Supplies are expected to remain steady as the fall season firmly…

Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association appoints Mike Joyner as new president

Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association Chairman Paul R. Orsenigo has announced that Mike Joyner has been named as the organization’s new president effective Oct. 15. The association said that…

"Rates hydro continue to increase"

Triple Green Energy provides biomass heat solutions up to 20MM BTU for greenhouse growers, substantially lowering heating costs while reducing the impact on our environment. A challenge for many greenhouse operators is keeping up with high operational heating costs. While necessary for success, these costs are detrimental…

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California grower hires Rick Bravo as VP Sales & Marketing

Ocean Mist Farms has announced the hire of Rick Bravo as its new Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Bravo brings nearly 35 years of experience serving the fresh produce…

Easy peelers market recovering in the US

In the market report of September 19, 2018, Capespan's Mark Greenberg highlights that the "easy peelers market hit rock bottom in the previous week and is slowly recovering to…

Mexico: Sinaloa loses almost 15,000 hectares due to the rain

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Sagarpa) estimated that nearly 15,000 hectares of agricultural crops in Sinaloa had been completely lost and that there were partial losses in 1,920 hectares. According to the federal agency, the losses were due to the high rainfall left by…

Colombia sends its second shipment of sweet citrus to the US

Even though, according to projections, the country could make its first shipments of sweet citrus to the United States in 2019, the Ministry of Agriculture confirmed that the…

Peru: An earlier start for the mango season

The mango season started earlier this year, but expectations are that the maximum volumes will be achieved later in the harvest stage and, therefore, will arrive later to the markets. The mango harvest season started with the collection of the Edward variety, which provides producers and exporters in the…

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Potatoes / Onions 2018

Spain could take advantage of lack of good calibers in Europe to sell its onions

The onion harvest is in full swing in Spain at the moment, mainly in the areas of Castile-La Mancha, Valencia and Murcia. Although a lot of onions have yet to be harvested, prospects point to a slight drop in the production volumes compared to last season, mainly due to the impact of the frequent storms,…

Italy: The Patata Sila IGP campaign has started

The Patata della Sila IGP campaign is slightly late compared to last year due to the cold weather in summer. "Potatoes ripened 7-10 days later than expected. The first batches were shipped recently and quality is excellent," explains Albino Carli, sales director of Consorzio Produttori Patate…

Nutrispud line of potatoes answers consumer demand for healthier options

In 2016, EarthFresh introduced the Nutrispud potato line with Carisma – a Low Glycemic Response potato. “It is the first potato product that contains slow-release carbohydrate by nature,” says Stephanie Cutaia with EarthFresh. “As a low GR food, the Carisma delivers more sustained energy and can assist…

“Our onions will fill the gap that Holland and Poland have left behind”

The drought in Europe made sure the onions’ crop and sizes are less than ideal this year. The big European powerhouses like the Netherlands and even Poland and Germany might have to get some help to meet the usual demand. Ukraine seems eager to step in. Ukrainian onion exporter Desento has been watching the European market closely. Most…

Europe

4 and 12 December 2018

P4 ‘Onions and garlic’ module on location at Wiskerke Onions

From 4 December this year, AQS Nederland BV will offer the P4 module, 'Onions and garlic'. It will form part of the Fresh fruit and vegetable inspector training course. Participants will not only learn all there is to know about the cultivation, harvesting, storage conditions, and quality of (Dutch)…

"Only Dutch onions go to all corners of the earth year-round"

Approximately 95% of the Dutch onion harvest is destined to be exported. Last year, more than 1.1 million tons of onions were sent to 130 countries. The onion has, therefore, proved itself to be a real globetrotter. It is sold all over the world. This is because only the Netherlands has the means and…

Bruno Vila, Rougeline

France: "Citizens invest in the transition to organic agriculture"

Bruno Vila, president of the French company Rougeline, and his brother Franck have embarked on a new project: the development of an organic farm. It seems to be a smart move.…

Céline Mura, groupe Rouquette:

France: "There was a shortage of plums this season"

The Rouquette Group is a French grower and packing company dealing with a whole range of fruits. Céline Mura, Export Manager of the company: "The plum season was very complicated, because it lacked quantity. It’s the melons and kiwis that helped us this year." Rouquette has just finished up on plums. "The demand was…

Russian officials to check apple storages in Belarus and Serbia

Due to phytosanitary problems with products from the republics of Belarus and Serbia, Russian watchdog ‘Rosselkhoznadzor’ decided to inspect the process of storing apples in these two countries. "On the eve of the end the apple harvest, in order to avoid products with an unclear phytosanitary status entering the Russian…

"EU agri-food exports continue to perform well"

The monthly value of EU agri-food trade in July 2018 held firm at €11.5 billion in exports and €9.3 billion in imports. The value of exports was 2% higher than in July 2017. Monthly import value, on the other hand, was 0.6% lower compared to July 2017. Therefore, the agri-food trade surplus increased to…

Bulgaria: Fruit and veg imports continue to increase

According to the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture, the country's fruit and vegetable imports in 2018 increased by 2,000 and 20,000 tons, respectively. This growth is due to a…

Moldovan firm exporting apples to Qatar and Bangladesh

According to Alena Mandatiy, the head of SC Domulterra SRL (Domulzhen village, Floreshti district), the first trial batch of apples, weighting 100 tons, will be shipped to Qatar soon. The supply contract was signed at the World Food Moskow in Russia, where the company participated as part of a delegation…

Ukraine: Onion prices on the rise

Onion prices in Ukraine continue to grow gradually, which is completely atypical for the peak harvesting period, according to analysts of the Ukrainian Fruit and Vegetable…

End of Ukrainian watermelon season

Most Ukrainian watermelon producers have already completed the sale of watermelons and are currently taking stock of the campaign, as reported by specialists at EastFruit . As the producers…

Venta Maersk

First Maersk vessel passed Northern Sea Route

Maersk Line’s containership Venta Maersk has almost completed her maiden voyage from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg through the Northern Sea Route (NSR). On 22 September the vessel arrived at Bremerhaven, having successfully passed the Arctic Ocean from the Bering Strait to the Norwegian Sea, and now on…

Good prices for stone fruit at Mercato di Cesena

Mercato di Cesena has estimated a 12-19% increase in prices for the months of July and August 2018 compared to 2017. The gross saleable production of peaches, nectarines and plums has increased sensibly thanks to good market trends. There were no particular overlaps and those who focused on high-quality…

Smartisland Group: Technology that reduces the water, energy and fertilizers costs

Agro-engineering is finding solutions to the most pressing issues in the world of production, such as the high costs of the skilled labour,  fertilizers and the ever scarcer water availability. Machine Learning is the solution proposed by Smartisland Group. Their technologies consist of two units: a hardware and a software that allow…

Upper Austria: 20 percent of growers farms are 'organic'

According to a recent report, 20,7% of growers in Upper Austria is already cultivating their fields according to organic guidelines. This corresponds to a growth of almost 5% compared to 2016. It is a success for man and nature: 4,575 farms in Upper Austria are already cultivating according organic guidelines. And the…

Trade agreement between EU and Canada increases Spanish exports

Since its entry into force on September 21, 2017, the CETA agreement has offered new opportunities to all EU companies, particularly small and medium-sized ones. In addition…

Russian Ministry of Agriculture:

‘Harvest of potatoes in Moscow region has grown by 37%’

The gross harvest of potatoes in the Moscow region has increased by 37% year-on-year. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian…

Lennard van Kampen, Vanka:

“Newest factory completely CO2 neutral”

Potato wholesaler Vanka was founded in 1938 by grandfather Johannes van Kampen, and is now being run by the third generation. After 80 years, Vanka is still focused on the future. That’s why doing sustainable business is so important to the company. Vanka is dedicated to sustainability in various fields,…

Wholesaler P.A. van den Oord celebrates its centenary

Last Saturday 22 September 2018, an important milestone was celebrated by Van den Oord Group: their centenary. Outside of party location Passion Cuisine in Haaren, the Netherlands, two beautiful Scanias were on display. One was a red Scania from 1972, and the other a new green one from this year…

Fruit tattoos: the new Instagram trend

When you get a tattoo, it is important to choose a good design. The latest trend is to immortalize a piece of fruit on your body. American lettering artist and type designer, Jessica Hische, started this trend and many have followed. Here is a small selection of the various kinds of fruity artwork. Source: Metro

Willem Koole, Frukar:

"Early Spanish mandarins wrongfully thought to be sour"

Dutch citrus importer, Frukar, is expecting its first shipment of Serena Satsumas next Thursday. Mandarins from other brands have been trickling into the market for the last two weeks. "We cannot complain when it comes to the supply this year. All the citrus will be of a smaller size. In total, there…

Tool makes it easier to harvest apples and pears at the right time

It's no longer possible to harvest fruit randomly or based on experience, because it's increasingly difficult to find specialized, expert labor. For over 35 years, TR Turoni has been developing tools to monitor ripeness. Its DA Meter is an essential tool to determine the best moment to harvest top and…

Rudolfino clementines

"Climate, soil and environmental conditions make a difference when it comes to doing good or bad agriculture. Of course there are solutions that solve many problems, even those connected to sterility, but it's not true in our case. Our company is located on basaltic soil mixed with alluvial and volcanic soil, which constitutes…

Sicilian organic citrus fruits: lower volumes but good quality and size

Francesca Di Girolamo - entrepreneur and an expert on the Sicilian citrus sector - said, "Final rush for the farming work. We are providing the last care to the citrus groves before the harvesting. Clementines come first, and then the oranges immediately after." Francesca Di Girolamo “This is the period in which the fight against…

Fruits de Ponent joins Spanish Network for UN Global Compact

The Fruits de Ponent Cooperative Group has become a "signatory partner" of the Spanish Network for the United Nations Global Compact. Its goal is to contribute, as a cooperative and company, to the development of the 17 sustainable development goals set by the high commissioner within the framework of…

Concealment of goods worth 476,656 Euro

Spain: Three people investigated for lack of payment to suppliers

The Spanish Guardia Civil has identified three people in charge of two horticultural product distribution companies who allegedly committed a crime of punishable insolvency…

Spain: Andalusian companies promote their citrus fruits in Brazil

A total of 13 Andalusian horticultural companies have been promoting their citrus fruits in Brazil in the framework of a direct commercial mission to the Latin American…

UK: Researchers develop robotic lettuce leaf peeling system

“There is a growing need to develop automated robotic solutions for agriculture due to increasing demand for food, changing climate conditions and decreasing availability of manual human labour," said Cambridge PhD student Luca Scimeca. "Our lettuce and stem detection algorithm demonstrates a robot which…

Report to offer guidance

Producing food products protected by a ‘geographical indication’ if there’s no Brexit deal

"A scenario in which the UK leaves the EU without agreement (a ‘no deal’ scenario) remains unlikely given the mutual interests of the UK and the EU in securing a negotiated…

Satellites safeguard Europe's potato industry

The drought that swept through Europe this year has hit European farmers hard. Sustained high temperatures and the lack of rain have badly affected the agrofood industry, including the important potato sector. Europe has the highest level of potato consumption in the world at almost 90 kg per capita per year, and…

Urs Luder, GKE:

Exceptional growing season for Migo-pear

The harvest of the Migo® pear has been completed and the growers are proud of the result of their work: a fantastic tasting pear, which had an abundance of sun and warm…

The San Cono OP Prickly Pear aims at innovation and international markets

“The interest in prickly pear is growing, as are the cultivated areas in San Cono. This is a sign of a booming sector and market demand. I think that there are still good margins for development in the short term.” “But we must also consider different scenarios if we want to be ready. On one hand, there is the…

Oceania

Major fresh produce traceability project launches in New Zealand

United Fresh is spearheading a major project, led by New Zealand, reviewing traceability systems in the produce sector following the Australian strawberry tampering scandal.…

Panama disease mutating could ruin global banana crops

A few decades ago, there was a much better banana widely available. It's called the Gros Michel and those in the know say they are bigger, tastier and creamier than the bananas in the shops today. They're still around, but they're almost impossible to find. The Cavendish, the type of banana you're probably most familiar…

How a New Zealand family made tomato growing their passion

Growing fruit and vegetables commercially is not all about serious business and finances. A small New Zealand produce farm, called The Curious Croppers, mainly produce tomatoes on a small scale, but couple Angela and Anthony Tringham are on a ride that has given them plenty of fun and stories along the…

World

Maersk comes under fire over shipping price hike

Global logistics giant AP Moller Maersk insists the new surcharge it is establishing in a bid to lower sulphur pollution at sea has been "well received" by customers as it…

Panama disease mutating could ruin global banana crops

A few decades ago, there was a much better banana widely available. It's called the Gros Michel and those in the know say they are bigger, tastier and creamier than the bananas in the shops today. They're still around, but they're almost impossible to find. The Cavendish, the type of banana you're probably most familiar…

Year-round organic avocado program launched

Organto Foods Inc., an integrated provider of value-added organic vegetables and fruits today announced that it has expanded its product portfolio with the addition of…


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