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Record number of exhibitors at PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando

This past Friday and Saturday, PMA’s annual Fresh Summit trade show was held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The show attracted a record number of over 1,200 exhibitors and according to PMA’s CEO Cathy Burns, the show increasingly attracts exhibitors from outside North America. In…

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Cold and rain delays start of Texas grapefruit season

The first Texas grapefruit for the season is making its way out of the packing sheds. Some growers have already started harvesting while others waited a little while and are about to start. An unseasonal cold snap earlier in the month delayed picking as the associated rain made things difficult for…

Purple passionfruit

Imported gulupa about to hit peak

Supplies of imported gulupa are on the rise. “At this moment, we’re increasing production to 10 tons per week,” says Santiago Mosquera Calvache of Practical Colombia. Compared to last year, supplies have been growing and are up approximately 60 per cent this year thanks to a variety of factors including increasing expertise…

Hawaiian organic ginger sees growth as health food ingredient

The Fall season is about to commence in Hawaii and with that comes the peak of the ginger growing season on the islands. While it can grow all year round, there is a greater amount of ginger production in the winter months. Kauai Organic Farms is a certified organic ginger grower and their harvest season…

BC cranberry harvest reaches halfway point

The British Columbia cranberry harvest is now over 50 percent complete, and growers say the crop is looking great. "We are having another beautiful, successful harvest this season,” said Jack Brown, Chairman of the BC Cranberry Marketing Commission. “Yields are up around the province, and the farmers are…

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California supplier now importing organic rambutan

A & A Organic Farms is now importing organic rambutan from Honduras. The Rambutan will be available to load in Los Angeles. A & A is selling rambutan in bulk 5# boxes and 6 x 12oz. clamshell packs. Rambutan is a tree fruit, primarily known for its similarities with the lychee and the longan…

Julie, East Indian & other Jamaican mangoes to be exported to the US

According to Jamaican Minister of Agriculture and Commerce Audley Shaw, there are plans to begin exporting Jamaican mangoes to the United States. Jamaicans in the US who have…

Antigua and Barbuda: Import ban on Florida citrus lifted

The Plant Protection Unit (PPU) within the Antiguan Ministry of Agriculture has lifted the ban on the import of citrus fruits, limes, lemons, oranges, tangerines and…

Toronto, Canada

Flashfood creates App to buy food near expiration date

Food waste is becoming a big issue for supermarkets and restaurants, but is surely is one that Flashfood is hoping to reduce. The Toronto company that is opening a Twin Cities office has signed deals for a pilot project with Minneapolis-based Target and other initiatives with Canada’s largest grocery…

Seed researcher and producer raises money in heart and stroke walks

During the month of October, as part of its Sakata Gives Corporate Giving Program, Sakata Seed America participated in two walks, including a special Sakata coordinated campus walk, to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the American Heart Association. On the morning of October 20th, Sakata Seed America staff, friends…

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Europe

Crucial to find contaminations early in the process

With the rising number of recalls and contaminations, food safety is becoming an ever more important theme. Companies choose to do tests early in the process more and more often, to limit risks. “You can intervene much earlier, and this trend is now also breaking through in the food sector,” says Leo van…

Late autumn scene reflected in supply of wild mushrooms

“Mushrooms: wonderful products, but still so unknown”

No product is as dependent on the weather as wild mushrooms. It’s impossible to guide the production, the harvest depends on what pickers find in the forests. Cep is a well-known mushroom, as are the yellow ochre chanterelles. Leon van Basten and Corné Verboom of Funghi Funghi talk about these mushrooms,…

Prices Dutch fresh market not tenable

Mushrooms: Poland gaining more and more ground

Representatives of mushroom growers are sounding the alarm because of the low prices. According to the CBS (Statistics Netherlands), a 250-gramme punnet of mushrooms in retail now costs less than 20 years ago. Prices were at one euro back then, now they’re around 82 cent. Besides, the Polish mushrooms…

More knowledge of pumpkins needed to retain potential

Traditionally, the mushroom season ushers in autumn, but nowadays, pumpkins are becoming more popular when leaves start falling as well. Because consumers buy this vegetable more and more, it’s important trade starts caring more about its quality. De Terp Squachpackers was there when this vegetable was…

Long live Germany, questions regarding Brexit and the rise of Poland

Dutch greenhouse vegetables find their way abroad

We all know the Netherlands has a lot of greenhouses, and it’s hardly a secret that a lot of vegetables are grown in them. But where do these greenhouse vegetables end up? They’re not all eaten by the Dutch, after all. A lot of greenhouse vegetables are shipped abroad. How many? Just over 80 per cent.…

Exclusive truffles available nearly year-round

A special member of the fungus family is the truffle. This tuber-shaped mushroom is special because it’s difficult to find. Because they can’t be grown either, people depend on what nature offers them. The truffle is a beloved product in culinary kitchens.   Truffles can be found in all shapes and sizes. They are a fungus that grows underground. Just like…

Dieter Dömges:

“Chinese restaurant owners increasingly manage to find us”

Two years ago, GoChamp settled at Fresh Park Venlo in the Netherlands. The cash-and-carry wholesaler provides fresh mushrooms. Every week, they welcomes new customers, and they hope they can continue expanding in coming years. The Cash & Carry halls have been a familiar face at Fresh Park Venlo for years. A…

InterFresh hosted visitors from 23 countries

The InterFresh, Fresh Vegetable, Fruit, Storage, Packaging and Logistics Exhibition which was organized in Antalya/Turkey between the dates 17th -20th October, hosted international visitors from 23 different countries. InterFresh, organized over 11.000 sqm with more than 100 exhibitors attracted the intense interest of international visitors…

EU parliament urged to reverse de facto ban on gene-edited crops

In some circles, the recent decision from the European Union Court of Justice that new gene-editing techniques must go through the same lengthy approval process as traditional…

Produce focused marketing and PR agency expands with new hires

Oster and Associates is pleased to announce the addition of Abraham Garcia and Omar Suñer to its digital marketing team. Garcia and Suñer recently joined the San Diego-based…

Lower Austria: potato, carrot and onion market in KW42

Potatoes: price increase expected Stable conditions are currently shaping the Austrian table potato market. The harvest has been brought in and the deliveries to the dealers…

Brexit and pesticides: what does the British government want to do if there’s ‘no deal’?

The British government has published a number of new memos for civilians and companies regarding the possible consequences of a no deal Brexit, the scenario in which no deal…

Spain: Heavy rainfall has so far not caused significant damage to crops

Because of the heavy rainfall recorded in Castellon last Thursday, many areas on the coast have been flooded. Consequently, agricultural activities have almost ground to a halt. So far, however, no significant damage to crops has been recorded. According to Pascual Pla, of the NULEXPORT cooperative in Nules, the activities in the…

Stable appearance and flavor

Spain: "Asturian kiwifruit ends up in Bilbao, Barcelona or Madrid"

Before the cold temperatures persist, Asturian kiwifruit producers will need to have harvest the entire production. These days, they are eagerly monitoring the fruit's sugar levels. These increase "proportionally as the temperatures drop," says Juan Cimas, head of Kiwis La Isla (Soto del Barco). When the…

Off-season supply to be showcased at Fresh Produce Southern Hemisphere

Companies and institutions from nine countries of the southern hemisphere will showcase their horticultural supply jointly in a Fruit Attraction space. The goal of the initiative is to highlight the complementarity between the crops of both hemispheres. In "Fresh Produce Southern Hemisphere", which will be located…

New weather warning - East of Spain braces for worst “cold drop” in 10 years

More extreme weather has been forecast for Spain just days after tropical storm Leslie swept across the country and flash flooding in the Balearic Islands left 13 people dead…

UK: Post-Brexit agriculture plans will have ‘serious impact’ on Northern Ireland farms

The Government’s post-Brexit agriculture plans will have a “serious impact” on farms in Northern Ireland, MPs warned. The Government’s proposals will see money redirected from…

Lithuanian food watchdog receives four complaints over needles in food

This week, Lithuania's State Food and Veterinary Service has received four complaints on needles found in foodstuffs. Three complaints were related to needles found in…

Packaging in spotlight at product show BelOrta

From dozens of varieties and colours of tomatoes to organic and ‘forgotten’ vegetables. Last Thursday and Friday, BelOrta held its annual product show. “During this edition, we showed all the products in our range,” says Benny Cuypers. “One of the largest innovations is the new product packaging. Using…

John Koekenbier, Perfotech

“In England, packing stations are in the middle of the fields"

Perforated packaging can extend fruit and vegetables' shelf life. In the food chain, up to 50% of fresh products go to waste. To counteract this kind of food wastage, PerfoTec brought a special type of laser technology onto the market. This technology is used to package fruit and vegetables. This Dutch industrial equipment…

Paul van der Beek is Fresh Care Convenience's new Branch Director

The Dutch company, Staay Food Group, has appointed Paul van der Beek (45) as their Fresh Care Convenience's new Branch Director.  Van der Beek has many years of experience in the…

Nico Spruijt, Yex:

"It is time for the avocado market to pick up again"

The avocado market has been very quiet in recent weeks. "Now, the last of the Peruvian and South African avocados are on their way out. The market will begin to pick up again. Traditionally, the Chilean avocados are always more expensive," says Nico Spruijt of Dutch produce wholesaler, Yex. Hard avocado…

Maap goes to Madrid to meet the world

Everything is ready for the Maap (Padova agri-food market) to participate in the Fruit Attraction of Madrid (23-25 October 2018) bringing to the fair some wholesalers who manage the structure. Click here to see all the pictures! The manager Francesco Cera says, “Our Market has always looked at the export. At this Spanish fair, we want to…

Sicilian melon season is starting

"October is when the new melon campaign is planned in Sicily and it's a very important moment because varieties are chosen according to soil and climate needs and commercial outlets. The production area is located between Marsala (TP) and Pachino (SR) with hub in Licata (AG)," explains Agostino…

Florette showcases its products at Fruit Attraction 2018

Marie-Pierre Derouet, marketing manager, Italy, for Florette, told FreshPlaza, “We believe that our consumers need complete transparency in how we work, in order for them to trust us. Because of this, we show our productive processes on our newly launched Italian website. The goal is ‘to get closer’ to…

A Brazilian vegetable that can be successful even in Italy

A vegetable coming from Brazil that has very peculiar organoleptic and nutritional characteristics. This is the Couve Manteiga and the agronomist Gabriele Evangelisti imported it. Now, he is farming it. Last Friday he brought some of it to the Cesena market, and it quickly sold out. Evangelist explains, “If you taste it once,…

José Luis Blanco, manager of Blasco Fruits:

"Only specialists and professionals will survive in the kaki business"

The Spanish kaki campaign has not got off to a good start for many Valencian producers, who have seen their crops severely damaged by frost and hail storms. In fact, the Spanish production will be reduced by around 40% due to these climatic adversities. For the time being, however, the production areas…

Bonnysa celebrates 10 years of participation at Fruit Attraction

Home-made gazpacho, hummus and guacamole at thematic and interactive stand

It has been 10 years since Bonnysa Agroalimentaria chose to participate at Fruit Attraction and helped turn it into a flagship international event for the sector. It knew perfectly well what its potential was, with Spain being one of the world's largest fruit and vegetable exporters. As pointed out by…

Spain: Huelva's berry sector needs an airport

The manager of Freshuelva, Rafael Dominguez, said they needed an airport to ship out berries so that they arrive faster to distant countries. Domínguez said that Huelva's agricultural sector stood…

Ukraine: Increase in exports of fruits and berries

In the months January to September 2018, Ukraine exported fruits and berries worth US$157 million, which is 40% more compared to the same period last year, according to the…

Turkey: Posof apple in search of global recognition

The Posof apple from Ardahan province (north-eastern Turkey) is one of a kind: It is red in both skin and flesh and it is very nutritious. Because the apple is only grown in Ardahan, local farmers want a geographical indication (GI) for the fruit. They say this would encourage more farmers to grow the…

No reason to adjust its investment plans

Decline in turnover and profits for Rijk Zwaan

Although Rijk Zwaan closed its most recent financial year with a slight drop in revenue and profits, largely due to the strength of the euro, the company is continuously expanding its workforce and investing heavily in research and the breeding of vegetables. The turnover of € 413 million marks a decline of approx.…

Agricultural sector bullish about its role in South African economic recovery

While the Agricultural Research Council, the Land Bank and the National Agricultural Marketing Council initiated their collaboration in March 2017, the need to strengthen the…

Blueberry main character at Fruit Attraction

UNITEC's technology in the running for ACCELERA Awards

The main character at the UNITEC stand at Fruit Attraction will be Blueberry Vision 2, the technology running for the “ACCELERA Awards for Innovation and Entrepreneurship”, under the following category: “F&V Industry Award”. “This technology has recently brought major results particularly in Spain, especially to…

HUSK™: The Fresh corrugated packaging of the future

HUSK™ brings freshness into the world of fresh Fruit & Vegetable packaging. Offering high quality paper-based boxes and premium service, HUSK™ is the way to go for…

Rocha Pear launches advertising campaign in Paris

This exclusively Portuguese fruit is going to be on display from 24th to 30th October on 340 mupis strategically spread across the French capital Rocha Pear is going to be the star of an advertising campaign that’s going to spread its sweetness through the streets of Paris. This Portuguese pear variety is going…

Oceania

Citrus Australia and edp Australia announce the renewal of Corporate Partnership

edp Australia has again signed on to partner with Citrus Australia, providing the industry with a comprehensive range of citrus packaging solutions, including pre-packing and…

Seeka earns $15.9 million through Northland sales

Seeka has agreed to sell five Northland kiwifruit orchards for $15.9 million. The orchard manager and marketer said the buyers will become long-term suppliers to Seeka, which…

Australia - New fruit fly handbook and website

The Australian handbook for the identification of fruit flies has always been popular with fruit fly diagnosticians, biosecurity workers, and the general fruit fly community. Now that it has been fully revised and updated it’s an even more valuable resource. Additional online information has also been…

Crop Tracker partners with Cucumber Ltd.

Croptracker is pleased to announce its upcoming partnership with New Zealand-based digital technology company Cucumber Ltd, with offices in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty. As part of a three-year…

New Zealand growers frustrated by 'complex' fuel tax rebate system

On July 1st, the 11.50 cents a litre tax was added to fuel prices. Of course, farmers should be able claim back the regional fuel tax for on-farm vehicles and machinery using…

Australia: Needles in strawberries new case reported

Another case has been reported of a needle being embedded in a piece of fruit. The latest incident happened in Melbourne, when a 9-year old discovered a needle in her…

Australia: Queensland farmers access strategic water reserves

Queensland farmers will now have greater access to the state’s strategic water reserve. The Queensland Farmers’ Federation has welcomed new laws passed by the state government, allowing the temporary release of water -reserved for future infrastructure including dams and weirs- to provide opportunistic…

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