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Pacific Trellis Fruit/Dulcinea Farms & Syngenta extend partnership

After four successful years of partnership, Pacific Trellis Fruit / Dulcinea Farms LLC have entered into a ten year extension to the current supply agreement with Syngenta Seeds, LLC. The agreement extends exclusivity on certain current and future generations of Syngenta genetics to 2027. “The extension of our.....

Gerhard Leodolter of Wonderful Citrus:

"Educate consumers more about limes"

Wonderful Citrus has grown considerably in the past year. In the past couple of years, the company took over various citrus companies, including I Kunik Company and Grupo B&S. “With this, we also took over several lime brands,” says Gerhard Leodolter of Wonderful Citrus. Besides, the company also has.....

CMI Orchards predicts record crop in US Red & Rainer cherries

After a late bloom and cool spring temperatures, the 2017 Northwest cherry crop kept retailers across the United States anxiously waiting for the main harvest to get underway. The wait may have been worth it for growers however, as record crops are expected.George Harter, vice president of marketing for CMI.....

Trump to talk agriculture during Iowa visit

Officials say President Trump will visit Kirkwood Community College during his visit to Cedar Rapids on Wednesday.Ray Starling, a special assistant to the president for agriculture, told reporters in a briefing on Tuesday that the event, which is a part of technology week at the White House, will highlight the.....

Some farmers market produce may come from the grocery store

Farmers markets are a popular place in the US where visitors feel they can get the freshest of produce straight from the ones who pick it. This may be misleading however, as some farmers don't only show their own produce.Farmers might resort to buying vegetables from outside sources — including Amish wholesale.....

Ecuador will be able to send fresh pitahaya to the US starting in July

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has published the Final Rule for the Importation of fresh pitahaya fruit from Ecuador to the continental United States in the Federal Register of this country, which will enter into force on July 20, 2017 (30 days after its publication), after a delegation.....

Healthy season, apart from some concern regarding oversupply on the Russian market

South African grapefruit volume estimates down

South Africa, basically alone in the grapefruit market at the moment, has adjusted the initial red grapefruit, primarily Star Ruby, estimates for the season from a total of 12.4 million 17 kg cartons to 11.7 million cartons.This reflects a reduction in the Letsitele region of 200 000 17 kg cartons, from an.....

US & EU urge China to scale back planned increase of import inspections

Major exporters including the United States and Europe are putting pressure on China as it increases inspections of imports which they see as hampering their access to the market.The group, which also includes Japan and Australia, sent a joint letter to Chinese regulators asking them to suspend a proposed.....

US: High food insecurity in households with school-age children

Each year a portion of American households are food insecure—they struggle to afford enough food for all household members. In some of these households, children—along with adults—experience reductions in dietary quality and food intake.In 2014-15, children were food insecure in 8.6 percent of all U.S......

Engineer builds self-powered driving potato

Engineer Marek Baczynski took what is a common science class experiment, lighting a lightbulb with a potato to the next level and built, what could be, the world’s first autonomous potato.A single potato doesn’t generate a lot of electricity, but if you collect that slow trickle into a capacitor—a sort of.....

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"Packaging should have extra use after transport and selling"

With the idea of adding value to regular apple packaging, Smurfit Kappa has developed a cardboard playground. The idea was to shift the 'buying decision' in the store from the mother to the child, by creating a box that would grab the youngest consumer's attention. Developed in Germany for Edeka, once on the.....

Jack Hamilton - Mash Direct

"Its all about finding new markets for traditional British vegetables"

The fresh produce sector is full of trendy new fruit and weird and wonderful vegetables, so with such a wide variety of products to choose from how do you get consumers to eat good old fashioned British veg?One company specialising in traditional veg is Mash Direct from Northern Ireland, who's main products.....

New Oceasoft software brings real time alerts to temperature monitors

OCEASOFT, a company dealing in wireless monitoring solutions for temperature-sensitive goods, announced the release of OCEAlert, their new solution that enhances cold-chain monitoring which helps reduce the risk of product loss."The demand for enhanced monitoring during product transit or storage continues to.....

UK struggling to find workers to harvest fruit and veg

The UK has seen record breaking high temperatures for the last couple of weeks and when its hot the Brits want strawberries! Wilf Whittle from Sharrocks said that demand was up, as were the prices.While this is good for business, there is a bigger problem facing strawberry growers this season. Due to the.....

EU extends sanction against Russia

During an EU meeting yesterday a unanimous decision was made to extend the sanctions against Russia. The extension is for six months. The sanctions were put in place in 2014 due to the Russian involvement in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimea. Earlier this week the sanctions.....

Bio-lutions turns agricultural waste into biodegradable packaging

Bio-lutions GmbH, a company that believes in sustainable innovations, came up with a patented ‘mechanical process’ through which agricultural residual fibres are converted into self-binding micro and nano fibrillated natural fibres using only water.This Germany-based company, founded by architect and.....

Spain: Asturian blueberries threatened by heat

The blueberry harvest in the region of Bajo Nalón is now at risk due to the high temperatures. If the heat persists, the fruits could be affected, which would be a disaster, considering that this was expected to be a very good year. As pointed out by the technician of the Asturian Association of Producers of.....

TOMRA launches new food sorter user interface to improve work flow

TOMRA Sorting Food has unveiled a new graphical user interface (UI) to help food processors get the most from their sorting systems by optimizing work flows and reducing waste to deliver improved profitability.Called TOMRA ACT, he company claims the UI further enhances the clarity and confidence experienced by.....

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New Zealand's HarvestFresh

"It has been a challenging season for onion prices, and the market."

A New Zealand onion and carrot exporter admits weather and European trade windows have made it a challenging season.Harvest Fresh exports over 30,000 tonnes of onions from New Zealand and Australia, and its Managing Director, Guy Hilson, says it has been one of the worst seasons for logistics, with harvesting.....

Golden Biotech to work with AU researchers on mushroom Alzheimer’s cure

A Taiwanese biotech company will work with Queensland researchers to determine if a new chemical entity – derived from a mushroom – could potentially treat Alzheimer’s disease.Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Taiwanese biotech Golden Biotechnology Corporation was collaborating with the Institute of Health.....

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There is a good strawberry production in north-western Europe thanks to the summer weather, although it is also true that the hot weather is causing some quality problems. For the time being, however, that problem seems limited. Given the midsummer celebrations in Scandinavia, demand in that region increases.....

Rise in demand for stonefruit, but prices are low

Spain: "We will make the first fruit shipment to China in September, with less competition"

The stonefruit campaign started a few weeks ago in the production area of Fraga, in Huesca, where they have been harvesting and marketing cherries since April."The season kicked off between 8 and 10 days early, and we have had to compete against the same varieties from other producing areas, which has.....

Spain dominates the global clementine sector

While Moroccan clementines are very popular on the Scandinavian market, the Spanish produce is even more popular in all other destinations. This is what emerged during an assembly of the Comité de Liaison de l'Agrumiculture Méditerranénne – C.L.A.M. Spanish clementines retain the absolute dominion in all.....

Tsakiris Iraklis & Co. - Central Market of Thessaloniki

Lack of Greek export leads to lower domestic prices

The Greek wholesale market for stonefruit is currently suffering from a lack of produce of sufficient quality for export. As this produce remains on the domestic market, the supply on the Greek market becomes larger than usual, causing lower prices and diminished profit margins. “The volume of fruits and.....


Walmart? Amazon may find rival bidders for Whole Foods

Marsh sales OK'd; remaining stores to close

Analyst: Kroger should make a counter offer for Whole FoodsKroger should make a counter offer for Whole Foods, Loop Capital’s Andrew Wolf wrote in a note to investors this week, according to CNBC. The deal is financially feasible, he noted, and would make the Cincinnati-based retailer the largest natural and.....

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