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Friday, December 15, 2017

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California wildfire damage to avocados slowly coming into focus

Following last week’s half-dozen wildfires that traveled through Southern California, local avocado growers are still assessing how deep the damage is in their avocado groves. “I’ve been in the county extensively touring groves, meeting with growers who were impacted and it’s all across the board. The impact.....

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Shortage of super sized sweet onions in the Northwest

The Northwest sweet onion season is approaching the midway point and growers say the season is continuing steadily. Yields are on the light side and there is a shortage of jumbo sized onions, with last year's winter to blame. Growers were unable to plant until later than usual, and as a result, supplies of.....

The 8th edition was another successful one

Photo report New York Produce show

PHOTO REPORTWednesday, December 13, the 8th annual New York Produce Trade Show was held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. The show had another great turnout. Although it was busy throughout the day, the morning seemed to attract more attendees than the afternoon. “It feels like the traffic is better with better.....

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Eggplant production back on track in Honduras

Eggplant growers in Honduras are enjoying good weather and conditions at the moment, which have resulted in an increase in production and improved quality. Farmers had been struggling due to hurricane conditions and heavy rain in recent months. However, they have now recovered and are back on track producing.....

Central Valley citrus growers welcome cooler temperatures as Ventura battles wildfire

While Southern California residents wish for rain to smother the fires raging through their cities, locals welcomed near freezing temperatures to sweeten the crop in orange groves surrounding their towns. In the Tulare County, freezing temperatures made a brief appearance last week dipping to a low of 0.....

Brothers Produce turns up the heat on cold storage expansion

Brothers Produce has announced a major expansion to the Houston Cold Storage division. The expansion takes the total dedicated storage space to 65,000 square feet of cold storage."The cold storage division has been one of our largest areas of growth over the last 24 months and we expect this trend to continue.....

Failed apple harvest in Europe won't be compensated for by global production

The production of apples decreased globally by 2.6 million tonnes over the 2017/2018 season. The global production this season was 76.2 million tonnes. The positive developments in China weren't able to compensate for the losses due to the frost in Europe. This was concluded by the USDA in a recently published.....

Plans to expand to other countries within next few years

Timorex Gold® soon to be launched in Spain and Portugal

STK (Stockton) is on the brink of entering the European market. The company, which develops and markets biological crop protection products, is about to launch Timorex Gold® in Spain and Portugal. “Timorex Gold is used successfully in 30 countries around the world, but it is exciting for us to take these first.....

Del Monte Fresh Produce opens new distribution facility in Houston, Texas

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., has announced the opening of its state-of-the-art distribution and processing center in its Houston, Texas (Facility).This 96,285 square foot Facility on approximately 8.5 acres is Del Monte Fresh Produce’s 24th distribution, processing and repacking operation in North America and.....

T&G Global CEO Alastair Hulbert resigns, effective today

T&G Global chief executive Alastair Hulbert has resigned after four years in charge of the fruit marketer. The Auckland-based company has called in long-term BayWa collaborator Thomas Bargetzi to act as interim CEO while it looks for a new boss, T&G said in a statement.Alastair HulbertChair Klaus Lutz.....


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Plans to expand to other countries within next few years

Timorex Gold® soon to be launched in Spain and Portugal

STK (Stockton) is on the brink of entering the European market. The company, which develops and markets biological crop protection products, is about to launch Timorex Gold® in Spain and Portugal. “Timorex Gold is used successfully in 30 countries around the world, but it is exciting for us to take these first.....

UK, Brexit and labour shortages

"It is a supply issue which has been made worse by Brexit"

Last week a deal was struck between Theresa May's UK government and the EU in the first phase of the Brexit talks. EU citizens living in the UK and vice versa will have their rights to live, work and study protected."FPC welcomes the statement made last week on the future rights of EU citizens," said Nigel.....

Bavarian mushroom exchange successful with regionally grown 'Schwammerl'

Germany: "Mushroom sales have mushroomed thanks to quality labels”

After a long collaboration with regional mushroom breeders, wholesaler Peter Hein decided to change his business model in 2011. The aim was to make Bavarian mushrooms more well-known and popular among the end consumers with an exclusive quality label and participation of the food retailers.Nowadays the.....

Italy: Competitive prices thanks to e-commerce at Sicilia Agrumi

"The element that makes us stand out is the fact that our clients can create their own personalised crates on our website with oranges, lemons and other typical niche products. I inherited the passion for working the land from my family and I'm also studying to become an agronomist at the University of.....

Frosts will limit Anecoop's kaki sales until late January

Spain: "Kakis will continue to be profitable if things are done right"

Anecoop produces and markets around 40% of Spain's total kaki production; that is, around 150,000 tonnes of the approximately 350,000 produced in the country. This year, however, just like other operators in the sector, the cooperative will end up selling less than expected due to the frosts recorded last.....

Paul van der Linde: "Quality hasn't been this bad in years"

"Demand for carrots starting to get going"

In the first months of the carrot season the market hadn't fully started up, but as of last week there is noticeably more demand. "We had a lot of moisture in the Netherlands, but this also goes for northern Germany, Poland and the former East Block countries. In Poland around 5% of potatoes are being left in.....

Sapountzoglou Arist. Markos

Greek broccoli enters European markets

The season for broccoli in Greece started with large volumes and good prices. "We have a good time, so we grow more broccoli every day. The prices on the market are about€.80 to €.90 per kilogram for loose broccoli. The prices for broccoli in ice boxes of 8 kg are about €9 per box and for 5 Kg are about €5,50.....

Italy: Patata d'oro is rich in vitamins A and E

"Patata d'oro" is finally here: it has a bright yellow colour thanks to 3 bacterial genes as well as a high vitamin A and E content that remains unaltered during cooking, as proven by tests carried out on a simulator of the human digestive system.As described in 'Plos One' magazine, it could be very good.....

New yellow apple from Japan now available

The commercialisation of yello® has started. It is the new yellow apple of the Shinano Gold variety that originated in Japan and is now produced in Alto Adige and distributed all over Europe by the VOG and VI.P consortia.The first quantities have become available in the past few days. In December, VI.P started.....

Vegetable trends of 2018:

UK's largest fruit and vegetable market says black is the new purple

New Covent Garden Market, whose traders supply fruit and vegetables to London’s top 20 restaurants, has predicted that in 2018 black will be the new purple for produce. Last year saw the rise of purple vegetables from cauliflower to Brussel’s sprouts but next year shoppers will see everything from black.....

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T&G Global CEO Alastair Hulbert resigns, effective today

T&G Global chief executive Alastair Hulbert has resigned after four years in charge of the fruit marketer. The Auckland-based company has called in long-term BayWa collaborator Thomas Bargetzi to act as interim CEO while it looks for a new boss, T&G said in a statement.Alastair HulbertChair Klaus Lutz.....

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IQF herbs: A growing trend

Herbs such as mint, coriander, sage, basil, lemon grass and rosemary have been marginally imported products for many years, but the rapid increase of demand and cultivation have turned this products into a real trend on the market, tells Octofrost Group.The demand for herbs is steady but it has been growing.....

Failed apple harvest in Europe won't be compensated for by global production

The production of apples decreased globally by 2.6 million tonnes over the 2017/2018 season. The global production this season was 76.2 million tonnes. The positive developments in China weren't able to compensate for the losses due to the frost in Europe. This was concluded by the USDA in a recently published.....

OVERVIEW GLOBAL MANDARIN MARKET

The campaigns have kicked off in the northern hemisphere. Spanish growers look back on a difficult start with the early varieties due to an overlap with the supply from the southern hemisphere. The Spanish sector is expecting a smaller production, just like the growers in Morocco and Italy. In the three.....

Difficult month for citrus

Year overview July

July got off to a wet start in The Netherlands delaying the blueberry harvest. Europe had a low supply, even from Portugal. There it was too hot to harvest. "We started picking in the Netherlands last week, but had to do so between showers" said a Dutch grower.The frost in April also affected the yields of the.....

Do secondary standards make our food safer?

In a panel discussion, five food chain experts tried to answer this question. Food safety, however, is only one aspect of the complexity of private standards.“As consumers, we all expect that the food we pick off the shelf will be safe,” said Stephen Humphreys of Bayer UK, who acted as moderator, at the.....

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More online grocery capabilities for Longo’s

Costco: successful investments in online business

CA: Longo’s continues to build out its online grocery capabilitiesBy the expansion of its Grocery Gateway headquarters, the acquisition of business-to-business focused grocery delivery service GroceryMarket.ca, and a new pilot project with the click-and-collect service, Penguin Pick-Up, Longo’s is continuing.....


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