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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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Aldi to significantly boost fresh produce department

Discount retailer Aldi is in the midst of its $5 billion US expansion program, building new stores and refurbishing existing ones. One of the changes Aldi recently announced is that they will bring fresh produce to center stage, with a 40 percent expansion in the amount of product lines it has. It will…

Dawn Gray receives first ever women's catalyst award

International business consultant Dawn Gray has received the first-ever Women’s Catalyst Award from Center for Growing Talent (CGT), recognizing her leadership in advancing…

FreshPlaza launches French edition

For our French-speaking readers, Uitgeverij Boekhout launches  www.freshplaza.fr . In this brand-new edition, the editors will keep readers up to date about the fruit and vegetable…

Pace International launches new edible fruit coating

Pace International, an innovative and sustainable postharvest company, has launched its new high-shine, edible coating, PrimaFresh® 606 GL during this year’s PMA Fresh Summit…

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HelloFresh acquires Canadian meal kit company Chefs Plate

HelloFresh has bought Canadian meal kit brand Chefs Plate as it seeks to serve the widest product variety in the industry to Canadian consumers. Founded in 2014, Toronto-based Chefs Plate…

New packaging and flavors for Microwave and Oven Ready potato meals

The Little Potato Company is going for a new fresh look. more functional packaging and two delicious new flavors for its Microwave Ready and Oven|Grill Ready products: Tomato Basil and Roasted Red Pepper & Onion. Innovating its Microwave and Oven|Grill Ready products emphasizes the company's commitment to taste,…

New steps to help produce farmers, processors more effectively comply with food safety requirements

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb releases statement

"Fruits and vegetables are a key part of a healthy diet. But because of the way produce is grown, handled and consumed – often raw – it can become contaminated with foodborne…

"New ginger production season has begun, export volume is limited"

"A new season of ginger production began in early October. The bulk of the harvest season is expected to take place in early November. The current price for fresh ginger is at the same level as it was around this time last year, around 3.20 yuan [0.46 USD] per 0.5 kg." This is according to one fresh…

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Dawn Gray receives first ever women's catalyst award

International business consultant Dawn Gray has received the first-ever Women’s Catalyst Award from Center for Growing Talent (CGT), recognizing her leadership in advancing…

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Apofruit and Guidi join together for the export of Italian apricots

Apofruit Italia (with more than 4.000 partners, 12 processing plants, 15 collection and storage centres, 320 million euros in annual turnover) and the Gruppo Agricola Guidi (400 hectares of apricot trees, more than 60 million euros in turnover) have signed an agreement for the export of apricots. Both…

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Spain: Nazca private equity becomes majority shareholder of aromatic herbs company

The Spanish private equity management company Nazca has become the majority shareholder of Herbex, the number one fresh herbs company in the European market, based in El Ejido, Almeria. In a statement, the heads of Nazca have pointed out that the founder of Herbex, Jaime Visquert, will retain a "significant" share and…

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"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…

FreshPlaza launches French edition

For our French-speaking readers, Uitgeverij Boekhout launches  www.freshplaza.fr . In this brand-new edition, the editors will keep readers up to date about the fruit and vegetable…

Programme fourth EU Fresh Info Forum

Focus on impact of technology ‘tsunami’ on fresh produce sector

In the week of 28, 29 and 30 November, the EU Fresh Info Forum will take place at the World Horti Center and the HortiVERSum. This year, focus is on the ‘tsunami’ of…

International Asparagus Days

Positive feedback, especially from foreign exhibitors, for the first Italian edition of the  International Asparagus Day . Around 2000 people visited the fair on 16th and 17th October 2018, 38% of which came from abroad. Almost half of the exhibitors came from abroad and especially from Germany, the Netherlands and France.  Click here for the photo…

Collaboration Agreement with two Catalan Nurseries for a number of new apple varieties

Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti in San Giuseppe di Comacchio will be attending the next trade fair, Fruit Attraction 2018 (Madrid, 23-25 October) for the first time with their own…

Poland: TSW 2019 is open for registration

The ninth edition of TSW Fruit and Vegetables Industry Fair will take place in Ptak Warsaw Expo in Poland on 9th and 10th January 2019. TSW is the biggest Fruit and Vegetables Industry Fair in Central and Eastern Europe, providing the most innovative and current knowledge and know-how in horticulture…

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Sibari plain clementines will be available soon

Emma®, the premium clementine cultivated in the Sibari plain, will soon be available to consumers. It's tasty and refreshing, seedless, perfectly ripe and sweet and easy to peel. It was developed by  Gruppo Mazzoni . It's Fresh Produce section started growing and distributing peaches and nectarines in 2001. With emma®, it…

Meghalaya, North-east India

India: Khasi mandarin oranges in world’s first food atlas

The juicy Khasi Mandarin orange variety, called ‘the pride of Meghalaya’ has made it to the world’s first food atlas. The variety from the hill state of Meghalaya is among the 175 food items from India that are included in the world’s first food atlas. The very concept of the atlas is to promote local culture and local…

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Ripening season extended, product quality varied

Purchase price of Chinese pomegranates slightly lower than last year

The pomegranates of Zaozhuang enter the ripening season in October, and farmers have entered the busiest season of the year. The price of many traditional pomegranate…

Frits de Bruin, Nature’s Pride:

“More and more demand for prickly pears, but year-round supply is the biggest challenge”

“Demand for prickly pears has been increasing in recent years,” says Frits de Bruin of Nature’s Pride. The buyer has been working with prickly pears for years, and is therefore not just familiar with the potential, but also with the limitations of the product. “From August to November, they’re available…

Early price fell by 20%

China: Large number of kiwifruits on the market nationwide

At present, there is a large-scale market for kiwifruit in China. In some main producing areas, early-maturing varieties such as Hongyang have already been listed. The middle-ripening varieties such as Xuxiang and Cuixiang are also close to the picking stage, and late-maturing varieties such as golden…

Pomegranates from Azerbaijan allowed into EU

Azerbaijan may export pomegranates to four EU countries: Germany, France, Latvia and Poland. This was stated by secretary of the Association of Manufacturers and Exporters of…

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Indonesia: First exports of pineapples and bananas to Singapore

Minister of Agriculture Andi Amran Sulaiman has always encouraged people to be creative when it comes to increasing export-scale food production. By doing so, the government's efforts to improve the welfare of farmers and increase foreign exchange rates could be realized. Now, the Ministry of Agriculture is looking at the export…

Sri Lanka contemplates future restrictions on fruit imports

According to Sri Lanka's Minister of Agriculture, Mahinda Amaraweera, a proposal has been made not to allow fruit imports in the future without first consulting the Ministry of Agriculture. Allegedly, there is already cabinet approval for the proposal. It is planned to cultivate mangoes on some 40 hectares in the…

New dairy-free ice cream - made with persimmon

Persimmons aren't well-known to most Americans, but they're very familiar in Asian countries. They do grow in the US, however. They have a healthy nutritional profile, low in…

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Successfully cautioned: online organic products without certification

Consumer center (VZ) Berlin-Brandenburg has cautioned four online retailers who were offering organic foodstuffs without organic certification. All four have signed the…

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This is how eating mangoes might cure wrinkly skin

Who needs botox?

A study in UC Davis’ dermatology and nutrition departments is testing the effect a mango-rich diet has on facial wrinkles and redness in postmenopausal women. Click here for a short clip

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AgroFresh showcases IoT platform for produce freshness

The fresh produce supply chain now has end-to-end visibility for logistics management, as a result of AgroFresh Solutions, Inc.'s  FreshCloud™ Transit Insights. One of the first…

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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…

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Spain: The "Cook it yourself" concept arrives in Anecoop

Anecoop will be present at the upcoming edition of Fruit Attraction, which will be held in Madrid from 23 to 25 October. The cooperative will be showcasing its range of fruit and vegetables in three stands. During the event, Anecoop, together with its subsidiary Janus Fruit, will present its new project…

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Maersk container industry secures historically large reefer order from Hapag-Lloyd

Hamburg-based global container line Hapag-Lloyd has recently announced new reefer bookings of 11,100 units and awarded Maersk Container Industry (MCI) a huge order totalling 8,600 units, of which 2,000 will be Controlled Atmosphere (CA) reefers. The company has already commenced production of the 8,600…

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US: Corn, diced onions and vegetables cited in dual contamination recalls

Envolve Foods in Corona, California is recalling approximately 292,764 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and beef products containing a vegetable ingredient that may be…

China reaches top of Global Food Safety List

The Economist Intelligence Unit recently announced the "Global Food Safety Index". It ranks the food safety level of 113 countries based on an investigation of food origin, product quality, and safety. China moved from fourth place to the top of the list. This announcement explained that this development…

New steps to help produce farmers, processors more effectively comply with food safety requirements

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb releases statement

"Fruits and vegetables are a key part of a healthy diet. But because of the way produce is grown, handled and consumed – often raw – it can become contaminated with foodborne…

Nuts and dried fruits more »

New 12kg scoop-out box for unshelled walnuts

Dutch wholesaler, Qualino, has developed a 12kg scoop-out box, tailor-made for unshelled walnuts. This nicely printed box of walnuts can be placed directly on the shelf. The box can also be used in a 60x40cm container. The box is made to precisely fit these crates. The perforated lid of the walnut box…

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Pink mushroom punnets for breast cancer awareness month

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Pick n Pay has turned its mushrooms – or at least the packaging – pink. During October, Pick n Pay customers can buy a 250g pink punnet of sliced or whole fresh white button mushrooms and R1 from every punnet sold will be donated to Reach for Recovery, a…

Interspar introduces 100 biological packaging options

Free paper bags for fruits and vegetables available in Austria

Following a successful test run in selected supermarkets, the new 100% biodegradable paper bags are now available in all INTERSPAR stores as an alternative to plastic bags for fruit and vegetable purchases. It is up to the customers to decide. Following successful tests in eleven hypermarkets in Salzburg and Styria,…

New packaging and flavors for Microwave and Oven Ready potato meals

The Little Potato Company is going for a new fresh look. more functional packaging and two delicious new flavors for its Microwave Ready and Oven|Grill Ready products: Tomato Basil and Roasted Red Pepper & Onion. Innovating its Microwave and Oven|Grill Ready products emphasizes the company's commitment to taste,…

Product information more »

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…

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Groupe Casino: 2018 Q3 sales

Amazon: set to open another UK office

South Africa: Pick n Pay H1 profit jumps 19% as price cuts lure buyers South African supermarket chain Pick n Pay Stores has said half-year profit before tax jumped 19.1% as price cuts attracted more shoppers to its stores. The country's second-biggest grocery store chain reported profit before tax of…

Walmex: Q3 profit driven by solid sales

Lucky Supermarkets: plant-based foods promo launched

Mexico's Walmex third-quarter profit driven by solid sales Mexico’s biggest retailer, Wal-Mart de Mexico reported a 7.9% rise in third-quarter revenue, capitalizing on sales traffic in Mexico that compensated for slow growth in Central America and a tough comparison base. The company, known as Walmex,…

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El Salvador: Storm Michael affected plantain, vegetable, and bean crops

Tropical storm Michael affected banana, vegetable, and bean crops, according to the head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), Orestes Ortez. "There have been some small effects in vegetable and plantain areas, mainly in the eastern part of the lower San Miguel. Bean crops became a little yellow, but…

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