Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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Mango market undersupplied as Brazil season begins

There is currently an undersupply of mangoes as the transition to Brazil begins. The Brazil season began about three weeks ago and volume is still building. At the same time, production in the Mexican growing regions is slow, with a lot of larger sized fruit entering the market. As a result, prices are…

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Costa Rican pineapple imports thin

Pineapples from Costa Rica are tight on supplies right now. “Right now the market for pineapples is a little short out of Costa Rica. But it looks like within the next two to three weeks,…

Update: Sweet potato harvest halted after Hurricane Florence

Sweet potato growers in North Carolina will be out in numbers this week assessing their fields in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. After crossing the North Carolina coast on Friday,…

India: High import duties on US products delayed until November 2

The imposition of higher customs duties on US products has been postponed by the Indian government for the second time. About 29 products, including almond, walnut and pulses,…

Trump slaps China with $200 billion of new tariffs

On Monday, the Trump administration announced it is levying new tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, escalating a trade war between the two countries. A trade war…

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Watsonville strawberries are winding down

With summer wrapped up and moving into fall, domestic supplies of strawberries are in a transition period. “Supply right now of strawberries is light. We went through a very heavy period here this spring and summer and right now, strawberries are on the lighter side for the season,” says Charlie Staka of CBS Farms…

Washington grower expands organic category

Starr Ranch Growers said they have experienced significant growth in their organic apple program. Import/Organic Category Manager Dan Davis, volume expansion came from both existing orchards and also the addition of 104-year-old Apple King, a Yakima Valley organic grower/packer, to its production. The…

Midwest distributor names Bob Reich as VP of Sales

The Wholesale Produce Supply Company, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, announced that produce industry veteran Bob Reich will be joining the company in the role of…

Citrus Under Protective Screening

‘CUPS’ protects citrus from greening and storms

A system designed to protect citrus trees from the deadly greening disease withstood the ravaging winds of Hurricane Irma last year, University of Florida scientists say. With reinforcements installed after the storm, they’ll likely withstand even more dangerous storms. Using Citrus Under Protective Screening, or “CUPS,”…

Gladstone Land acquires two orchards in California for $6.9 million

Gladstone Land Corporation announced that it has acquired two permanent crop farms totaling 194 gross acres in Kings County, California, for approximately $6.9 million. In…

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Europe

Why the tomato was feared in Europe for more than 200 years

In the late 1700s, a large percentage of Europeans feared the tomato. A nickname for the fruit was the “poison apple” because it was thought that aristocrats got sick and died after eating them, but the truth of the matter was that wealthy Europeans used pewter plates, which were high in lead content. Because tomatoes are…

Richard Kruijer, Tuindersbelang

"Demand market for cabbage"

The cabbage market has had a few dismal years. Now, it seems this market is off to a good start in the new season with early cabbage. "The supply and demand are in balance", says Richard Kruijer of the Dutch agricultural association, Tuindersbelang. There was an over-production of this vegetable in the last season. Prices were…

Prince de Bretagne:

France: "Surfaces planted with traditional shallots in decline"

"After a catastrophic 2017/2018 season for French shallot producers during which the price was barely ¼ of the production cost, planted areas were unsurprisingly down this year," said Prince de Bretagne.   "In addition, with the atypical weather conditions experienced in Brittany this year, shallot yields are, on average, down. The situation differs…

130 years of Fyffes

Sustainability through partnership and innovation

Fyffes, Europe's largest banana importer and leading marketer of organic and Fairtrade bananas, is celebrating its 130th anniversary this month. It was on September 20th 1888 that the first banana ever offered for sale under the Fyffes brand was sold in London’s Covent Garden. It followed a visit by the young Edward…

European license holder for Pomanjou:

Honeycrunch expects a strong production increase this year

Starting on calendar week 38, the Honeycrunch harvest of 2018 will be on the shelves. According to marketing director Arnaud de Puineuf, European license holder for Pomanjou…

Great enthusiasm for potato handbook at Potato Europe trade fair

Comprehensible encyclopaedia for the plant of the future

A comprehensible encyclopedia containing all facts and points of interest around the potato. This is the best description of the brand new potato handbook published by the editors of the Aardappelwereld magazine. After the official presentation at the last potato demo day in Westmaas (the Netherlands),…

BEEsharing: Using bees to produce more fruit and vegetables

Senator Frank Horch, in a conversation with start-up BEEsharing, on bees in fruit and vegetable growing as well as ideas for solutions to worldwide bee mortality. Bees are good money makers.…

Evelien Vanlerberghe, Tryvan/Trypol Pack

“Sorting Brussels sprouts optically halves staff needed”

"As a result of the dry weather, we expect a later start to the Brussels sprouts season. The sprouts are still on the small side at the moment and this has a bearing on the…

Ive Lambert, StarFruit Company:

“Avocado prices recovering again”

“We haven’t seen an avocado supply as high as it's been in recent weeks for years. Because of the high supply, we’ve had low prices,” says Ive Lambert of StarFruit Company.…

New wok and oven vegetable packs at Albert Heijn

Albert Heijn has introduced new convenience vegetable packs: 'Meesterlijk wokken' (Wok masterfully). And six vegetable mixes for the oven.     There are five stir fry packages, each with different vegetables and seasonings, such as garlic, spices, and lemongrass. Domestic gods and goddesses can prepare a delicious stir fry in five steps. Stir-frying as it was meant to be,…

International potato sales highest ever for the United States

According to a press release issued by Potatoes USA, the value of total U.S. exports of potatoes and potato products increased by 2.37% for the July 2017 – June 2018 marketing…

Oceania

Strawberry sabotage in Australia has widespread consequences

The devastating impact of Australia’s strawberry sabotage story has been revealed as growers are forced to throw out truckloads of perfectly good fruit. Stephanie Cheans shared a video of mountains of her plump berries produced by her family’s business, Donnybrook Berries, that would be left to rot. Ms Cheans said watching the…

Australian woman’s avocado on toast leaves a lot to be desired

Avocado on toast has been very popular for quite a while now. However, one Australian woman was left feeling well and truly mugged off after being given a rather unique take…

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