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OVERVIEW GLOBAL APPLE MARKET

Now that the apple harvest has been completed or is nearing its end in many parts of Europe, the initial prospects have been adjusted. Prognosfruit's first estimates from August, which predicted a European harvest totaling 12.6 million tons, have been adjusted to 12.5 million tons. Although the warm summer and persistent dry…

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Louisiana bans sweet potatoes from NC, SC, and FL

The state of Louisiana has banned the entry of sweet potatoes from the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida effective immediately because of the presence of Guava Root Knot Nematode found in those areas. In a directive sent out to growers in the last week, the Louisiana Department of…

Domestic okra ends even season

As the domestic okra season wraps up, supplies are beginning to thin out slightly. “Supplies of okra are moderate for now. They’re not peaking but they’re not short either,” says Ari Kamberian of Tazza Produce in Los Angeles, Ca. “This is usual for this time of the year. Winter is coming and okra doesn’t like cold so it starts producing less.”…

Our future is both high tech & high touch

PMA CEO Burns’ State of the industry

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) CEO Cathy Burns’ annual State of the Industry address drew together insights across a broad range of areas – from robotics and automation…

Vidalia onions look to the future with mechanical planting

Vidalia onions saw good movement this year. “We have finished our season for Vidalias. We try to have a good supply through Labor Day,” says Bob Stafford of the Vidalia Onion Committee in Vidalia, Ga. Vidalias, a sweet onion harvested from mid-April to June, are only grown in Georgia and the product is under the…

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Whole Leaf is ready to grow with a new President

The Star Group’s CEO, David Karwacki, is ready to pass the baton of start-up company Whole Leaf to a new President. Whole Leaf opened its state of the art greenhouse in June…

Del Monte launches the Honeyglow Pineapple variety

Honeyglow Pineapple is a new pineapple variety that the Del Monte company, a leader in the production and marketing of pineapples in the world, has just added to its catalog. This new pineapple will be marketed in calibers 5-6, with a coloration level that ranges between 3 and 4, and a minimum of 12 degrees brix. Its…

Licensing for Europe, Mediterranean and South America

UC Davis selects Global Plant Genetics for strawberry licensing

The University of California has entered into a master agreement with Global Plant Genetics, Ltd., based in Norfolk, England, for the sublicensing of new strawberry varieties in selected countries within Europe, the Mediterranean and South America. The agreement governs the commercialization of new…

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OVERVIEW GLOBAL APPLE MARKET

Now that the apple harvest has been completed or is nearing its end in many parts of Europe, the initial prospects have been adjusted. Prognosfruit's first estimates from August, which predicted a European harvest totaling 12.6 million tons, have been adjusted to 12.5 million tons. Although the warm summer and persistent dry…

European market for exotic bananas is growing

Cavendish bananas are a permanent part of supermarkets. The popular fruit can’t be missed, and has been at the top of the ‘most consumed fruit’ lists for years. More and more often, however, European supermarkets make room for other banana varieties as well. Demand for these exotic bananas is increasing,…

Cherry Vision 3.0 and Pears Sort 3 for the quality selection of cherries and pears as main characters at the stand

Unitec Group at PMA Fresh Summit 2018

Unitec Group will be present at the PMA Fresh Summit Trade Event, scheduled at Orlando on October 19th and 20th, 2018 for the ninth year in a row (Hall G – Booth 401) , taking with them all the innovation and excellence of their technologies, which are able to produce important evolutionary changes in…

"The goal is for the demand to remain stable"

Spain: Subtropical crop producers seek joint promotion in Europe

Spain's biggest tropical fruit marketers, based in the Axarquía region, where most of the country's mango and avocado plantations are located, are working on an agreement for…

"The entire sector can be severely harmed"

Spain: Sale of stolen unripe avocados reported

The Agricultural Association of Young Growers (Asaja) has denounced the marketing of unripe avocados stolen in the province of Málaga. The entity has thus requested more…

First Oronule clementines arrive in UK this weekend

The first Oronules were loaded from Spain yesterday and will arrive in the UK on Sunday. This is a very exclusive clementine, as its season lasts only 20 days. “It is the first premium Spanish clementine of the season,” explained Jack Hanson Director at Fountain Fresh Imports. “There is a good level of production of Oronules this…

No export ban on Egyptian tomatoes

We recently reported that Egyptian tomato exports had been shut down due to virus problems. This is not the case and turned out to be a translation error. What is going on? Due to the…

UK reliance on Spanish horticulture is a fact

The UK is currently dependent on Spanish fruit and vegetable imports. This dependency was made evident from the most recently published agro-food trading figures. They were…

Marcel Verdellen, Satori Holland:

"High demand for Peruvian ginger, especially from France"

Last month, the first ginger from Peru arrived at Satori Holland. "We receive a container every week. Our clients are also very pleased with the quality. There is a high demand for good quality ginger from Peru. From France, in particular", says this Dutch import company's Director, Marcel Verdellen. "We get mainly organic…

Belgische Fruitveiling's view:

"There is no doubt that resistant varieties are the future"

If a farmer wants to get a good price for their products, it's better for them to work together with other farmers. In this way, buyers will not get the chance to play growers up against each other. They then can also not drive prices down. This is the precise role an auction house takes on. Kobe van Looveren, Belgische Fruitveiling  Growers Cooperative…

OP Red CoP starts the Limone Primofiore marketing campaign

Stefano Restuccia, OP Red Co.P. marketing manager, told FreshPlaza, “From the 14th of October 2018, we started the Limone Primofiore 2kR marketing season. The product has a uniform size given by the early variety and the summer climate -  which was particularly suited for citrus fruit farming. Additionally,…

Slower kiwi campaign compared to last year

If we compare the kiwi sector to a car, we can say that the past season raced by at 100 km/h while, this year, the speed is 10 km/h. "The campaign is slow due to the way the previous campaign ended and stagnant consumption. In addition, the seasons in Chile and New Zealand, which usually end in August,…

Asparagus: each country has its own sales channels

During a conference held on the 17th of October at the International Asparagus Days, Dana Lodi from Cso illustrated some data: the majority of the asparagus sold in the EU is consumed by 4 countries only: Germany (85.000 tons), Spain (32.000 tons), Italy (24.000 tons) and France (38.000 tons). The other countries with a significant consumption…

Mixed loads increasingly popular

Gamma Frutta operates at Maap Mercato di Padova and sends 50% of its produce abroad. It also offers a mixed load service. The company will take part in the next edition of Fruit Attraction in Madrid. "Single-product pallets are over as we receive increasing requests for mixed pallets. Of course one must be well-organised, but it's the best way to…

Onions: high prices and a 'wait-and-see' market

It's the high temperatures or it's down to speculators, either way the current onion market does not move great volumes. On the contrary, volumes are quite low. An operator explained to us, “Not many onions are sold and the price is high. Anyway, some colleagues of mine are keeping the product in the…

"The harvest schedule of Spanish citrus could change in the future"

Although the trend in the European markets in recent years has been to prefer the late varieties from the southern hemisphere during the start of the Spanish citrus season, the lack of purchases has become even clearer this year. It has been predicted that, in the future, this may have consequences for…

Del Monte launches the Honeyglow Pineapple variety

Honeyglow Pineapple is a new pineapple variety that the Del Monte company, a leader in the production and marketing of pineapples in the world, has just added to its catalog. This new pineapple will be marketed in calibers 5-6, with a coloration level that ranges between 3 and 4, and a minimum of 12 degrees brix. Its…

"Companies choose Fruit Attraction to present their innovations to the world"

"More and more companies are choosing Fruit Attraction to present their innovations to the world," said the director of this fair, Raúl Calleja, a few days before the start of its tenth edition. The event, which will be held again at Ifema from October 23 to 25, "has grown at a rate of between 15 and 16% since its…

Citrus production will exceed 7 million tons

Spain: "Citrus fruits overcome productive dip of previous campaign"

The citrus harvest is underway in Spain, and after the publication of the first estimates in Valencia and Murcia, it can already be said that this year's production is recovering and overcoming the dip of the previous campaign. Last season, the yield was one of the lowest of the past ten years. The fairly good flowering,…

Planting potatoes on the moon

Future long-term manned space missions will raise the question of how food can be supplied to astronauts. Plant biologists from the University of Zurich (UZH) have now studied how agriculture on the…

Begoña Granja Otero and Tony Gardner - the new KÖLLA UK team

KÖLLA UK newly empowered

Begoña Granja Otero and Tony Gardner, both with many years of experience in the fresh produce industry, have been jointly managing the marketing of KÖLLA products in the UK for the KÖLLA London…

Eastern Switzerland: Too many dessert apples

The best weather conditions for flowering and a warm, dry summer, which lasted until October, has given the fruit growers a bumper crop. The apple glut now leads to limited…

Social Media: image cultivation for the noble tuber

Within two years, The campaign Die Kartoffel – voll lecker campaign ("The Potato - Totally Delicious") has built up a community of nearly 45,000 fans on the Facebook social…

How fruit controls its maturation: Three feedback cycles regulate ethylene synthesis

Over the course of evolution fruit has evolved several mechanisms to regulate its maturation. Now plant researchers have deciphered the molecular basis for this proces. They…

The acreage is highly likely to be reduced

Spain: Garlic market paralyzed due to oversupply from China

The National Association of Garlic Producers and Marketers confirms that the market is still paralyzed as a result of China's oversupply. Right now, the marketing of the…

The information provided by Spain was fundamental

Historic ruling against the illegal sale of blueberry varieties

US courts have ordered a Michigan nursery, Hartmann's Plant Company, to pay producers in Huelva a one million dollars fine for the unauthorized multiplication and sale of blueberry varieties. The information provided from Spain was fundamental for the court to rule in favor of Florida Foundation Seed…

Growers in Morocco and Spain moving away from tomatoes

Jean-Paul Nuijten of SpecialTom, recently returned from a visit to Morocco and Spain: "The import from Morocco and Spain started slowly this season. The reason is that, particularly in Morocco, it has not been very warm after planting. The summer in Morocco had stable temperatures, which provides a much…

Customers are into fruit and vegetables on corrugated board trays

According to a new study, the number of customers buying fruit and vegetables increases between 13% and 16% when the produce is presented in corrugated board trays rather than…

Why farm-worker migration is booming

In Poland, it was the locals who once picked the Polish fruit and vegetables. That changed in 2004, when the country joined the European Union and Poles were permitted to work in Britain, Ireland and Sweden. Over the next seven years, the rest of the EU opened its doors. Unemployment in Poland has fallen…

Combating food waste in the UK and Ireland

Sodexo embraces wonky fruit and vegetables

Services company Sodexo has launched its own 'wonky veg' initiative, known as Wasteful to Tasteful, as part of its commitment to prevent food waste. It should help reduce the…

Dutch grower gets permission to grow medicinal cannabis

The regulated legal cultivation of medicinal cannabis is suitable for large-scale cultivation in (Westland) greenhouses, according to the Executive Board of the Westland municipality. There is only one important restriction: only with exemption from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and under…

Schoeller Allibert appoints Ludo Gielen as new CEO

Schoeller Allibert announced the appointment of Ludo Gielen as new Chief Executive Officer of Schoeller Allibert effective November 1st, 2018. "The Board conducted a thorough process in which both external and internal candidates were assessed for the role. We are pleased that this has resulted in the selection of an…

Fairtrade sees 9% sales growth in 2017, exceeding €8 billion for first time

Global sales of Fairtrade products rose by 9 percent to nearly €8.5 billion in 2017, generating estimated premiums of €178 million for farmer and worker organizations,…

Pink Lady gives apple fans a chance to visit the orchards

Pink Lady® apples is celebrating life’s ‘good apples’ by giving fans of the brand the chance to win a trip for two to the French town of Avignon, to discover the European Pink…

Turkey: “South Africa and Germany potential markets for our apples”

In Turkey the harvest of apples is in full swing. Turkish company Arona is focusing mostly on the Eastern markets, but nobody seems safe from the huge Polish supply. Although the quality of the apples is great, Polish prices could ruin the Turkish apple party. Turkey has to try their best to convince clients to go…

AIT Worldwide Logistics acquires cold chain forwarder WorldFresh Express

Global supply chain solutions company AIT Worldwide Logistics is proud to announce that it has acquired WorldFresh Express, a Los Angeles-based freight forwarder specializing…

It's okay for Vegans!

A strong show of support for the mighty avocado

The popular quiz show, “QI” made waves when presenter Sandi Toksvig claimed that avocados and many other fruits are not strictly vegan. The presenter explained the…

'Captain of Retail' Jorg Snoeck to speak at APS

Jorg Snoeck, renowned speaker in the Benelux on retail issues has joined The Amsterdam Produce Summit (APS) speaker line-up on November 13 at the Royal Tropical Institute…

Oceania

Column claims 'Many ways for New Zealand crop growers to adapt to climate change'

New Zealand's summers are getting hotter but winters are not getting colder - the last summer was the hottest ever on record. Climate change affects many aspects of our life, including what we eat. It will influence what is available at the supermarket, when we get our food, where it comes from, and how…

Australia: ‘extra flavoursome’ mango season

In Australia, tropical mango madness is taking hold. With fruit as cheap as $1 and claims that this year’s crop could be the tastiest on record, customers are ready for the…

China drives record season for Australian citrus growers

As a result of strong demand from China, Australia's citrus industry is set for a second consecutive record season. Ben Cant, chairman of Citrus Australia, said that citrus fruit growers were selling their product for up to three times as much as 5 years ago, with exports trending upwards. "We've seen returns in the…

Onions Australia

Lewis Lydon receives 2018 Reg Miller Award

Lewis Lydon – considered one of the Australian onion industry’s biggest supporters – has been awarded the 2018 Reg Miller Award at the Onions Australia annual conference in Ulverstone. January 2019 marks Lewis’ 30th anniversary in the vegetable seed industry as a plant breeder focused primarily on allium crops. Born…

World

OVERVIEW GLOBAL APPLE MARKET

Now that the apple harvest has been completed or is nearing its end in many parts of Europe, the initial prospects have been adjusted. Prognosfruit's first estimates from August, which predicted a European harvest totaling 12.6 million tons, have been adjusted to 12.5 million tons. Although the warm summer and persistent dry…

Why farm-worker migration is booming

In Poland, it was the locals who once picked the Polish fruit and vegetables. That changed in 2004, when the country joined the European Union and Poles were permitted to work in Britain, Ireland and Sweden. Over the next seven years, the rest of the EU opened its doors. Unemployment in Poland has fallen…

ProducePay raises $14m Series B Funding to help farmers feed the world

ProducePay, the Los Angeles based company which provides fresh produce farmers with financial resources, tech tools and data insights, has secured $14m (£11m) in a Series B…

It's okay for Vegans!

A strong show of support for the mighty avocado

The popular quiz show, “QI” made waves when presenter Sandi Toksvig claimed that avocados and many other fruits are not strictly vegan. The presenter explained the…


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