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Friday, May 18, 2018

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Early finish in Florida from rain will see radish prices rise

The radish season in South Florida has seen an early end as rain has made harvesting the remainder of the crop difficult. Yields during the season were close to average, until recently when supplies have tapered off considerably."With all the rain in South Florida in recent weeks, we have had a difficult time.....

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Packaging options for sensitive fruit protection and display

While designing a new packaging option for a date grower, Nuconic Packaging knew that protection for the fruit during transit and on the shelves would be an important consideration. Therefore, working with the grower to design the best solution, the company came up with a packaging design especially suited for.....

Erik Chikhani Carrillo with New Jersey-based Exp Group

"Completion of SQF certification opens up sales opportunities"

Following an intensive five-month process, North Bergen, NJ-based Exp. Group LLC has received its Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification. Not only was this certification a way for Exp. Group LLC to comply with the FDA Food Modernization Safety Act (FSMA) but it also provided the company with new opportunities......

Strauss sorting machine has reduced man-hours

Asparagus fetching high prices for growers with tighter geographic distribution

Idaho and Oregon asparagus is about five weeks into harvest with good volume for the last two weeks. Growers with a more close-knit distribution are more able to fetch higher prices.The early part of asparagus season was significantly impacted by exports and an overabundance in Mexican growing regions. “It’s.....

Seedless table grape varieties get PLU approval

New price look-up (PLU) codes are now approved for seedless IFG® table grapes. These new PLU codes were assigned by the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS) on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. IFG has six new PLU codes which are placed into two categories to.....

North Carolina: Blueberry season to be bountiful - despite cold winter

It may be still be a few weeks before the blueberry season is in full swing, but this year is generally expected to be a good year for the crop. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture announced blueberries will be bountiful this summer, despite the unusually cold weather during the first quarter of the.....

Bonduelle Canada expands three Ontario plants with provincial investment

Ontario is partnering with Bonduelle Canada Inc. to support upgrades to three vegetable processing facilities in the southwestern part of the province. This will create 87 jobs and ensure that more than 700 positions in Tecumseh, Ingersoll and Strathroy will be retained.Bonduelle Canada Inc. processes.....

Tropical Fruit Congress discusses the global importance of avocados

Between 2007 and 2016, Europe experienced a boom in the consumption of exotic fruit such as avocados (+150%) and mangoes (+60%). Producers have even started growing the former in Spain and southern Italy. The increased availability and shorter transports favoured consumption further, in addition to the latest.....

What will the onion trade look like in ten years?

Sometimes it’s difficult to look even a few weeks ahead, never mind a few months. Yet we asked some players in the onion sector to look ahead ten years. Do all traders, exporting and service packers, agents and growers have a right to exist? Which development will have the most influence on the Dutch onion.....

The NMB boosts the quality of Mexican mango

The managers of the National Mango Board, based in Orlando, Florida, will hold a meeting with producers and exporters of mangoes from northern Sinaloa and offer them a series of lectures and a field visit with researchers of this fruit, in order to continue improving the quality and safety of Mexican mango.....


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What will the onion trade look like in ten years?

Sometimes it’s difficult to look even a few weeks ahead, never mind a few months. Yet we asked some players in the onion sector to look ahead ten years. Do all traders, exporting and service packers, agents and growers have a right to exist? Which development will have the most influence on the Dutch onion.....

“Trust in online buying increasing”

Industrial Auctions is an online auctioneer specialised in business-to-business auctioning of machines, inventory and goods in the food and drink industry. The auctioneering firm has noticed efficiency and hygiene are high on the list of priorities of production companies.Complete companies, production lines.....

80 new Lidl stores in two years

Lidl owns hundreds of stores all over Italy and fresh produce is one of the main segments that attracts customers. FreshPlaza has talked about it with Gabriele Bedogni, fresh produce procurement manager.FreshPlaza (FP): How did fresh produce do in 2017?Gabriele Bedogni (RB): Lidl Italia first opened in 1992.....

Apricot varieties tolerant to Sharka virus

Federica Fontana, researcher at Astra - Unità operativaMartorano 5confirms that there are apricot varieties highly resistant to the Sharka virus, but it's more difficult when it comes to peaches, as tests need to be carried out for a few more years."Highly tolerant apricot varieties includeFlavor Cot, Lilly.....

Tropical Fruit Congress discusses the global importance of avocados

Between 2007 and 2016, Europe experienced a boom in the consumption of exotic fruit such as avocados (+150%) and mangoes (+60%). Producers have even started growing the former in Spain and southern Italy. The increased availability and shorter transports favoured consumption further, in addition to the latest.....

Greefa - stone fruit sector can invest in machinery only if it works together

The last few peach campaigns haven't been that great and the crisis cannot be overcome thanks to incidental factors such as the drop in production expected for 2018. Greefa, the Dutch manufacturer of fruit sorting and packaging solutions, also shares the same idea. Sales managers Heinz Pircher and Gregor.....

A sticker on a product is not enough to create a brand

"It's not possible to create a brand without providing consumers with good value day after day and year after year. When it comes to the fresh produce sector, a sticker on a product is not enough to create a brand. You need to behave as a brand," explains Claudio Mazzini, sales manager for the Coop Italia.....

Kris Wouters, Woutersfruit

"We expect the QTee® pear harvest to be doubled"

"It is still fairly early to say but we are anticipating a good QTee® pear harvest this year", says Kris Wouters of Belgian fruit wholesaler, Woutersfruit. "We expect to be able to deliver by 15 August. That is more than two weeks before the start of the Conference season. This is thanks to the weather during.....

Peter de Jong, Erex International:

"The dip in the banana market surprised everyone"

Two years ago, Peter de Jong founded Erex International. Bananas form the main component. This Dutch trader has since made his mark with Turkish products as well. He has a long career in the fresh produce trading sector under his belt. "Last season we sold between 60 and 70 truckloads of Turkish grapefruit......

Spain: "Huge demand for strawberries for processing"

Due to the meteorological instability in Huelva, there has been an almost constant shortage of strawberries in Spain during the current 2017/2018 campaign, which is already coming to an end."So far, we have harvested up to 200 grams less per plant in Huelva. And other European countries have also had problems,.....

DS Smith:

Akylux polypropylene boxes are becoming preferred choice to transport vegetables and fruits

DS Smith Plastics said that Akylux polypropylene boxes are becoming the preferred choice to transport vegetables and fruitsAdvantages of polypropylene boxes include durability, a light weight, sustainability and versatility. They are stackable and fulfil the requirements of the supply chain, water/humidity.....

Austrian stored apple lots melting away...

While consumers were able to enjoy dessert apples of Austrian origin in the year 2014/2015 right until the new harvest, the low yield of 2017 is weighing heavy on the current availability. In better years, more than 57,000 tons of domestic apples were ready for marketing in May. This year, however, Austria has.....

Record sales for packaged produce

The data concerning fresh produce purchases for the first three months of 2018 revealed two important things: first of all, there was a 1% increase in purchase quantities thanks to lower prices. Secondly, the obligation to use biodegradable bags led to a drop in the sales of loose produce and to an.....

Trentino-Alto Adige apple stocks on 1st May 2018

Every month, Assomela and the Bolzano Chamber of Commerce publish the apple stock situation in Trentino Alto-Adige. Quantities are expressed in tons. As of 1st May 2018, the situation was as follows:

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AU: Remote insect technology a step closer for growers

A new technology-based insect detection company will begin national trials of its Generation 2 product and service this season, as part of the Smart Traps project."We are scaling up to commercial during and after this next trial, and the RapidAIM service offering will be available for subscription through our.....

InnoGrape celebrates putting research and development front and centre

The Australian Table Grape Association (ATGA) will be running the final InnoGrape – Innovation in Table Grape Production sessions - on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 May. At the completion of the workshop in Robinvale and Mildura, there will be a celebratory dinner for what has proven to be a successful series,.....

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OVERVIEW GLOBAL LEMON MARKET

Representatives from Spain, Argentina and South Africa, the biggest lemon exporters worldwide, held a meeting recently. One of the points in the agenda was the significant growth of lemon production in these countries. "There are concerns about the quick growth in the production," said the Spanish.....

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AgriOrbit: Faster and fresher will drive global food demand

Food producers and processors in South Africa will benefit considerably when they analyse and interpret global consumer trends impacting food and agriculture and then deliver accordingly.“Opportunities abound for South Africa, keeping in mind that a new breed of consumers with very specific demands will.....

Efficiency of LED lighting in greenhouses put into doubt

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) recently conducted an evaluation of the energy and economic efficiency of LED luminaires for horticultural applications, compared to high pressure sodium (HPS) and metal halide (MH) luminaires. The results, recently published in a complete report, show conclusions that are.....

Transport sector Europe: Environmental impact

One of the main causes of climate change is the human-caused environmental impact, especially in developed countries like those in Europe or North America. As this is an issue that affects all the population, governmental intervention is necessary. There are projects embedded in European frameworks like.....

Project builds bridge between Greek growers and public administration

A commercial platform called RECAP, has been launched to support the existing Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), to better serve growers's systems for sustainability. RECAP includes manual and fully automatic hybrid Earth Observation techniques that are built upon existing large volumes of geo-information.....

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BJ’s Wholesale Club files for IPO

Kroger signs a transformational deal with Ocado

US: Raley’s debuts organic concept Market 5-ONE-5Raley’s new modern market concept, Market 5-ONE-5 has opened in Sacramento, California, with a focus on affordable options to help people eat better, according to the West Sacramento, California-based company. The store is part of the Raley’s corporation, but is.....


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