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Monday, October 23, 2017

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Chile's cherry crop much larger this year

Chilean cherry growers are on track to export a much larger crop this year. The 2016-17 exports totaled just fewer than 19 million cases; this year it could rise as high as 30 – 32 million packages, according to Andreas Economou of Tastyfrutti International, Inc. “This is without any weather issues. Rain or.....

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Irma's damage to US avocado crop a boon for Dominican producers

Damage to the Florida's green skinned avocado crop following Irma has been a boon for Dominican Republic avocado producers. New York prices for green skin avocados are currently 40 to 45 dollars a box compared to 26 to 28 dollars a box a year ago.Jose Rosa, President of the Cambita Avocado Cluster in the DR.....

Blackberry growers endure troubling Mexican season

Supplies of Mexican blackberries will start to move into the more traditional parts of the country in the next week or two as the newest growing regions finish their peak growth and production dwindles there. While the early growing regions look to have better weather than in previous weeks, it looks like the.....

Florida season only slightly delayed due to planting

Cauliflower will gap until Florida production in December

Cauliflower will be wrapping up in Maine by the end of this week; afterwards it will gap on the east coast until Florida production starts the first week of December. “It has been strong and steady since July,” says Tara Smith-Vighetti. Normally Florida’s season would begin sooner, however like many other.....

Leaf lettuce sees limited supply thanks to California heat wave

An early fall heat wave in California has left lasting effects on the state’s leaf lettuce. From Labor Day weekend onwards for five days, the state experienced plus 100-degree temperatures. The following weeks also saw high overnight temperatures. “And all of those above normal temperatures has affected the.....

Justin Lambeth Joins NatureSweet as Chief Commercial Officer

NatureSweet® Tomatoes announces the addition of Justin Lambeth as its Chief Commercial Officer.In his new executive-level role, Lambeth is responsible for the commercial strategy of the company and activities related to marketing, sales, product development, and customer service to drive business growth and.....

BrightFarms recalls packaged salads over fears of E.coli

BrightFarms is voluntarily recalling packaged produce sold in Roundy’s Supermarkets due to the potential presence of E. coli at its greenhouse farm in Rochelle, IL, in Ogle County.The affected BrightFarms branded products are sold at Mariano’s Markets in Illinois and Metro Market and Pick ‘n Save stores in.....

Hazel Technologies receives second phase of USDA grant

Hazel Technologies, Inc., a USDA-supported company developing new shelf-life extension technologies for fresh produce, receives a second phase of funding from the USDA through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program based on results received in phase one of the three-phase program. With this.....

Prime Time International’s Mike Aiton retires after over forty years in the industry

After nearly five decades in the produce industry, Mike Aiton, Director of Marketing at Prime Time International will retire November 1st after serving the company since joining in 2009.“Mike is very well liked in the agriculture community and he’s known throughout the produce industry as a true professional,”.....

$25 million emergency loan program now available to Florida citrus growers

Florida Citrus growers impacted by Hurricane Irma are eligible now for short-term, interest-free working capital loans as part of a $25 million Florida Citrus Emergency Loan Program activated by Gov. Rick Scott aimed at helping the industry recover quickly.The program, which is a subset of the Florida Small.....

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"Active CA technology has clear benefits over passive solutions"

Since Ever Fresh, an active product for controlling atmosphere, was taken off the market a few years ago, shippers have been using passive Controlled Atmosphere while shipping their goods around the world.Passive CA can be used for products like avocados and bananas, but what about shipping grapes or berries?.....

Presa, Sofie Vandereycken:

“Lasering text on fresh produce becoming more popular in Belgium”

During the Empack 2017 in Mechelen, Belgium, the company Presa presented various packing and coding machines that can be applied in the fresh produce sector. One machine gaining popularity that’s used by a company in Overijse is the Solaris laser machine for potatoes, fruit and vegetables. Using a CO2 laser,.....

Kenneth Meyer, Natural Tropic:

"Spanish mango season not going as expected"

In mid-September, the Osteen mango season began in earnest at Natural Tropic. According to the Dutchman, Kenneth Meyer, the season is not yet progressing as well as predicted. "The organic season is less competitively priced than last year. This is also true for the conventional season. Israel and Brazil had.....

Richard Soepenberg, Frunet:

"Overproduction threat due to massive switch to organics"

The organic greenhouse vegetable area in Spain is rising and this has had an impact on the market. "We haven't had the best prices either in the winter or the summer season. The massive switch from conventional to organic will certainly be of influence," says Richard Soepenberg, commercial manager of the.....

OrtoRomi and Canova sign agreement to produce extracts, soups and ready meals

The consumption of traditional fruit juice is dropping, while extracts are going strong. OrtoRomi and Canova are working together to develop organic fruit and vegetable extracts, but the cooperation will also include soups, ready meals, fresh-cut and pre-cooked products.Elio Pelosin (in the photo), president.....

Christina Manossis, Zeus Kiwi (Greece)

High demand yet high prices for Greek kiwis this season

This year’s kiwi season in Greece is unlike any other. According to Christina Manossis of Zeus Kiwi in Greece, “There’s no information about the harvest of kiwi fruit. Unfortunately this year we’ve had some incidents. Some growers harvested kiwi earlier than expected, due to the speculated high price of the.....

Valentino di Pisa from Fedagro Mercati

Italy should export more to Spain

Wholesale market operators also attended Fruit Attraction Madrid (18th-20th October 2017) as part of Fedagro Mercati. And it couldn't have been otherwise, as Italian wholesalers import considerable quantities of produce from Spain."To us, the Iberian peninsula is important for fruit imports. We complete our.....

Pre-cut Agria chips gaining popularity in Belgium

When you think about chips, you think about Belgium. Despite the popularity of modern foods, such as superfoods or the hype surrounding avocados, old-fashioned chips remain enormously popular. Yet something is changing for chips. A shift is happening in the period between field and deep-frying pan. In.....

Aldo Kemink:

“Consumers have become more like chefs”

Last year, the European wild mushroom season started four to six weeks earlier than this year. Because mushrooms are actually picked in forests, the influence of people is very limited, and it’s nature that’s growing the mushrooms, according to Aldo Kemink, commercial manager from FME.This year there were.....

Two German guidelines for wholesale and logistics

In order to make the QS-system partner in wholesale and logistics more transparant and understandable, the guidelines 'Wholesale/Logistics for Fruit, Vegetables and Potatoes' that always consisted of two parts will be separated from 1 January 2018.There will be two seperate guidelines: one for wholesale.....

Photo Report - Fruit Attraction 2017

PHOTO REPORTIt was record attendance this year for Fruit Attraction in Madrid, with 20% more exhibitors, however, many exhibitors did warn that the event should be careful they don’t lose the essence of what makes the event unique - and that is having the time for spontaneous conversations.Click here to view the photo.....

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New tracking device trial to improve quality of Australian mango exports

A new tracking device trialled by the NT Government to help open up export markets has made a successful journey to the USA with this year’s first shipment of Katherine mangoes.Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, said the success of the Sendum PT300D device could mean big things for the.....

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Disney's Star Wars and Marvel icons to help families make healthier choices

The Walt Disney Company has announced the expansion of its popular “Disney Check” to include Marvel and Star Wars icons.Since launching in 2012, the “Disney Check” featuring Mickey Mouse has helped millions of families make healthier choices by appearing on food, beverages, and recipes that meet Disney.....

USApple launches grant program to bring healthy snacks to schools

The U.S. Apple Association in partnership with the School Nutrition Association and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, today announced the call for entries for the 2017 Apples4Ed grant program.The program, with a renewed focus and rebranded website, will award one $10,000 and two.....


US: Target to remodel more stores

Meijer to recall packaged produce

US: Target to remodel more storesTarget Corp. is stepping up its plan to remodel stores and push into more city centres, in a bid to regain its cachet and fend off incursions by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.The retailer now plans to revamp more than 1,000 locations by the end of 2020, part of a.....

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