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Wawona acquires stone fruit breeding operations of Burchell Nursery

Wawona Packing Company, LLC ("Wawona" or the "Company"), today announced it has acquired the stone fruit breeding assets of Burchell Nursery Inc. ("Burchell"), a leading breeder and nursery of tree fruit and tree nuts in the United States. Under the terms of the agreement, Wawona will acquire Burchell’s stone.....

Noah Robbins - Ark Foods

"We want to make specialty peppers more accessible"

More and more regions in the United States are growing hot peppers as the summer season matures. For Ark Foods, a grower of specialty peppers, their season has ventured north for the summer into North Carolina and New Jersey. The company is reporting excellent yields in New Jersey while North Carolina is still.....

Bringing exports into the equation

Shelf-life extension of organic citrus unlocks opportunities for retailers

In addition to avocados, Apeel Sciences is now releasing an application to extend shelf-life of citrus. “We are very excited to launch our second category,” says Jordan Hudson, VP of Strategy with Apeel Sciences. The citrus category includes lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit and other citrus varieties the.....

Grower's fig acreage expansion enables longer California season

Stellar Distributing, a subsidiary of Catania Worldwide, has expanded its fig acreage by an additional 600 acres. Already a significant supplier of figs, the additional acreage will enable Stellar to have a longer California season and be able to offer more promotable volumes, particularly in the Fall."We can.....

California radish growers continue while heat wave affects East Coast

The peak of summer and recent heat wave in the east is seeing a reduction in radish supplies across the country. New York growers have been affected by the recent heat wave in the east which has brought their spring radish crop to a premature end."We normally slow down radish production in the summer, but the.....

Greenyard recall

107 countries received vegetables possibly contaminated with Listeria

The US and Canada are among more than 100 countries potentially affected by a recall of frozen vegetables due to Listeria monocytogenes. An outbreak traced to the vegetables from Greenyard Frozen has sickened 47 people in five European countries. Another 9 people have died.Greenyard, a producer of fresh,.....

Food source scares result in increased demand for greenhouse lettuce

While local outdoor production of lettuce is putting pressure on greenhouse growers, shifts in demand and recent food source scares seem to be making up the difference. “Lettuce is seeing a pretty even keel between supply and demand,” says John Bonner with Great Lakes Growers in Burton, Ohio. Great Lakes.....

Early California garlic looking excellent

Suppliers are reporting that the early garlic varieties in California are looking great, with excellent quality and yield. The later varieties however, appear to be less than desirable, with the warmer than average winter thought to have affected growing conditions."The California season has started very well,.....

California spinach production eases back for summer

The California spinach season is now well established in the Salinas Valley and will continue to be until well into the Fall when production transitions back southwards. The weather presented some challenges earlier in the growing season, although recent weeks have been more stable for growers closer to the.....

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Cydiance launches free international trade and supply chain management system

The international trade and supply chain management system has been developed independently by Cydiance. It integrates information sources from different parties to facilitate data positioning, status tracking and information sharing across all trade and transport partners. The online platform is called.....

New cauliflower variety launched

Mann Packing Company (“Mann’s”) has announced the launch of its proprietary Caulilini Sweetstem Cauliflower along with Kale Cabbage Blend and Sweet Potato “Fettuccine” for foodservice.Caulilini™ is the newest member of the brassica family, and features long edible stems and blonde, open florets. The whole.....


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Big in bananas, pears, pineapple, kiwi fruit, carrot and leek

Belgium mid-sized player in international trade of fruit and vegetables

Belgium is quite an important player on the market of fruit and vegetables. As a trade country, Belgium is in about tenth place globally with both fresh fruit and fresh vegetables, and as import country it holds a spot just in the top ten.A number of products stand out. For example, Belgium is the third.....

Cristina Calceanu, Albert Heijn:

“Salads: From sidekick to superhero”

Salad has always been popular in summer, but is now a growing trend as well. In late April, Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn gave the segment another boost with the introduction of more than 30 innovations. “Salads have developed from sidekicks into superheroes. They’re an increasingly more important part.....

Oversupply expected in Poland

Growers of quality apples shouldn't have a problem this season

We haven't seen a season like this in terms of good weather in the last 40 years," exclaimed Marek Marzec from Ewa-Bis. "There is usually something that happens over the course of the growing period, at least one big hail storm causing around 5-10% losses. Although we are going to have huge harvest which can.....

Kakuzi setting the standards for Kenyan avocados

The first Kakuzi Kenyan avocados arrived at Halls' French operation in Rungis wholesale market last week. Gregoire Vicherat said he was very happy with the quality, in fact he said that the Kenyan avocados were one of their favourite fruits to handle as they ripened very well, very evenly. Halls have been.....

All in one platform to track carrier, merchandise, temperature, humidity control and shippig documents

Cydiance launches free international trade and supply chain management system

The international trade and supply chain management system has been developed independently by Cydiance. It integrates information sources from different parties to facilitate data positioning, status tracking and information sharing across all trade and transport partners. The online platform is called.....

First new season sweet potatoes at Masr Fruit

The first containers of the new season of sweet potatoes has been loaded from Masr Fruit's Egyptian packing facilities and European sales will start in two weeks’ time and the supply will continue until the beginning of 2019. Sweet potatoes will be available throughout Europe at Masr Fruit warehouses.....

Cees Geven, Cooperative Producer’s Association De Schakel:

“We have a buyer for everything we grow”

With slightly less than 15 per cent organic area and about 100 organic growers, Cooperative Producer’s association De Schakel is a major player on the organic market. In the 1980s, a step that was revolutionary at the time was taken by only growing demand-oriented. A strategy that wasn’t deviated from in the.....

Johan in't Veld, Cool Fresh International:

"The fresh fruit and vegetable sector could do with a little more pride"

In an interview with CEO, Johan in't Veld, one concept always reoccurs: look for the common denominator. Johan is the CEO of the Dutch Coolfresh Group, the parent company of Cool Fresh International. He is committed to cooperation in a variety of areas. Whether it be attracting young talent to the sector or.....

T. Brun Frischgemüse organizes tastings and field tours

Ceremonial opening of this year's carrot season

Exactly one week after the festive start to the season, the carrot harvest is in full swing. On July 12, this year's season was solemnly kicked off at the company premises of specialized vegetable farm T. Brun Frischgemüse GmbH in Borken. The visitors were delighted, among other things, with tastings and an.....

Top-class sport in redcurrants because of good weather

After an early end to the import season from Chile, there was room for greenhouse redcurrants quite early. The harvest from heated greenhouses has now arrived, and picking is shifting to the later Rovada variety. Nijs van Zuilen of Berrybrothers sees a good market for redcurrants, but the company is also.....

Growing banana market incites new constructions

Few companies in the port of Antwerp will have the same luxury position as Luik Natie Coldstore. The company is doubling its storage capacity at their current company site in the port. “We’re seeing a major shortage of storage capacity,” says Stefaan Verhelst, business manager of Luik Natie Coldstore. In March.....

Spring onions becoming better known

AGF-online thinks spring onions grow best on German soil. The production on Dutch soil has dropped to a minimal level. It’s not just that the Dutch sandy and clay soils aren’t optimal for the production of spring onions, the high labour cost also plays its part in the Netherlands, and that’s an important.....

New crisis in tomato: Tomato prices went up by 400 %

Turkish consumers are experiencing another disappointment in the market price with the dramatic increase of tomato prices in the most recent weeks. As the high prices of potato and onion created a lot of turmoil in Turkish market, the market is now suffering another shock with tomato prices increasing.....

Artichokes: Forbidden by Rabbinate but approved by Tzohar

Chief Rabbinate enforcement head Rabbi Rafi Yochai published a document last year, warning rabbis and kashrut inspectors not to use artichokes, imported from Italy. Laboratory tests conducted by the Rabbinate found them highly infested with small worms, and they were therefore not approved by the Chief.....

Excessive fruit consumption can damage your teeth

Fruits and vegetables are part of a healthy diet. Vitamins, minerals and fibres are important for the body and mind and should not be lacking from a balanced diet. However, this does not apply to your teeth. Excessive consumption of fruit can cause damage to the teeth. In the worst case it can even lead to.....

The EC authorizes marketing of mushrooms treated with ultraviolet radiation

The European Commission (EC) has approved the commercialization of mushrooms treated with ultraviolet radiation and enriched with vitamin D2 in their territory, following the request made from the Netherlands, which was accepted by the EC and the rest of the Member States.The Official Journal of the European.....

Kuehne + Nagel Group - First half-year results 2018

In the first six months, the Kuehne + Nagel Group recorded strong volume growth and a significant increase in EBIT. The EBIT-to-gross-profit ratio (conversion rate) was maintained at a high level.Dr. Detlef Trefzger, CEO of Kuehne + Nagel International AG: “Kuehne + Nagel remains en route for success in the.....

Hi-tech coring, halving, and quartering of bell peppers

The modern food processing industry is placing increasingly higher demands on machinery. Ease of use must go hand in hand with safety, controllability, and precision. "Continued development has led to the HiTec PDS (Pepper Decoring System). This is the perfect machine for the coring, halving, and quartering of.....

Spain: Beaver eating pears in La Rioja

We usually picture beavers in the river, building a damn, but in this fascinating video, a large beaver is spotted enjoying the pears fallen from a tree on a farm in Alfaro, in the Spanish region of La Rioja.The animal doesn't pay any attention to the humans who are trying to get his attention. He's fully.....

Coop dispenses with plastic packaging for organic fruit and vegetables

Bio-apples or organic cucumbers wrapped in plastic are soon to be a thing of the past at Coop - thanks in part to the consumers. But not all organic fruits will be unpackaged, because the retail trade can not work without plastics yet.For certain vegetables such as leek or celery, at least one form of.....

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Andrew Keaney - Executive General Manager - T&G Global

"Packing under our own brand is about driving innovation, driving taste, adding value"

Leading New Zealand produce businesses T&G Global says one of the main secrets to its success is building repeat sales through strong branding.Executive General Manager Andrew Keaney says any products that they put under their own brand have to have superior quality and taste, so that they create an.....

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Oversupply sets mood in European market

OVERVIEW GLOBAL PINEAPPLE MARKET

Oversupply, low prices, low demand; in Germany, the pineapple market is even described as catastrophic. Yet this situation appears to be limited to the European continent. Nearby, in Israel, pineapples are reaching sky-high prices, and the market is also better far away from the European continent......

Greenyard recall

107 countries received vegetables possibly contaminated with Listeria

The US and Canada are among more than 100 countries potentially affected by a recall of frozen vegetables due to Listeria monocytogenes. An outbreak traced to the vegetables from Greenyard Frozen has sickened 47 people in five European countries. Another 9 people have died.Greenyard, a producer of fresh,.....

Which variation of English is taught as standard?

This is a map of countries, discerning which variation of English is taught as standard. Click here for a larger image.

A must-have kitchen tool

Hand-held grape tomato slicer

Grapes and cherry tomatoes are a great addition to salads, but slicing them can be quite annoying. They’re not the easiest things to chop, as they seem to always find a way to slip and slide away from your grip.Enter the Grape & Tomato Slicer, a convenient hand-held slicer that makes chopping up grapes and.....

Viable economic partnership New Zealand and Japan

Not long ago, the notion that New Zealand's food exporters might get preferential market access to the Japanese economy would have been considered fanciful. But president Trump's withdrawal of his country from what is now the CPTPP (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership) has.....

Thanks to gene-editing

‘Weird, new fruits soon to hit shelves’

While researchers have previously produced plants with specific traits through traditional breeding techniques, experts say new technologies like the gene-editing tool Crispr-Cas9 could be used to bring about changes more rapidly and efficiently.It could potentially open the door to a new range of fruits and.....

US plum supplies improving after slow start

After a slow start to the season, California plums are now in good supply. As the varieties tick over from early to mid-season, volumes are steadily increasing. Early season fruit suffered from the cold weather in spring, but these are now finishing up and the mid-season fruit is in its peak."The plum season.....

Marinus Bunt, B&B Fruit:

“A lot Opal plum supply expected, but Dutch market absorbs them well”

B&B Fruit’s plum season has already entered its second week. Marinus Bunt, who runs the company with his cousin Frederik, is satisfied with the first week. “Last year saw a difficult start, with supermarkets getting on board later. The cherry season went quickly this year, and Spain has finished with.....

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Cristina Calceanu, Albert Heijn:

“Salads: From sidekick to superhero”

Salad has always been popular in summer, but is now a growing trend as well. In late April, Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn gave the segment another boost with the introduction of more than 30 innovations. “Salads have developed from sidekicks into superheroes. They’re an increasingly more important part.....

Kroger: annual sustainability report

Walmart: purchase of Perimercados, Super Compro and Saretto

Costco Canada dips its toes into deliveryAs the grocery delivery wars heat up across the country, Costco Wholesale Canada is finally entering the battle, at least in parts of Ontario. The warehouse club retailer announced that it is launching Costco Grocery, the company’s first online grocery site in.....


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