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OVERVIEW GLOBAL STONEFRUIT MARKET

The Northern Hemisphere is slowly moving towards autumn. This spells the end of the stone fruit seasons. The hot, sunny weather experienced in the summer months have had consequences for the market. Yet, traders in most countries are satisfied with the results. Canadian cherry farmers have benefited from…

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Blueberry exports out of North America show increase in volume and destinations

The North American 2018 blueberry season has come to a close. “In general, it was a good season with relatively high yields and strong quality,” says Travis McLachlan with Terra Exports. The season started in California and moved its way up to Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Terra Exports works…

California Asian pear season commences

Growers of Asian pears in California are just beginning their season now. Summer conditions have been friendly to the pears, and growers have been waiting for the fruit to color up before beginning harvest. The pears will be harvested over the next six to eight weeks and will then be available from…

BC's 2018 cranberry harvest is underway

The cranberry season started on September 19th with the first berries for the fresh market being harvested. Next week many more producers will start to harvest berries that will end up in juices, sauces, sweetened dried cranberries and more. “It’s great to see another harvest is underway, knowing our producers have put…

Grower introduces new mesh bags for Peruvian organic ginger

A & A Organic Farms is introducing a new 8 x 5oz UPC Mesh Bag for their Peruvian Organic Ginger. In addition to the mesh bags, A & A said it also offers their Peruvian Ginger in 30 pound "Fancy Pack", as well as 30 pound "Industrial Grade Pack" for their juice and process clients. The company's President &…

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China: Our products are stuck on ships

Typhoon 'Mangkhut' interrupted the regular operation of two docks in the port of Hong Kong. The local meteorological station states that most docks in the Hong Kong and…

Oranje Handelsmissiefonds nomination is a good boost

Sandra Pannekeet to open American JASA branch

The Dutch company, JASA Packaging Solutions, has learned that they have been selected from a large group of companies as one of the contenders that stand a chance of getting a…

Alibaba founder:

Jack Ma deals blow to Trump administration

Jack Ma, founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is withdrawing his promise of creating a million jobs in the United States. Ma is doing this to respond to the escalating trade war between China and the US, which is entering a new phase next week. When Alibaba's top executive visited Trump on January 11, 2017,…

Greenyard sells Horticulture segment for 120 Million Euro

Today the Belgium company Greenyard has signed a share purchase agreement with Belgium investment fund Straco to sell its Horticulture segment for EUR 120 million. The horticultural segment is known for its growbags, primarily sold under the Peltracom brand. Greenyard has been under pressure after this…

Air shipping on the rise for several years now

''South American season of air-shipped mangoes in full swing''

While stone and berry fruits are gradually disappearing from the trade, people's eyes are increasingly turning to exotics. At the moment one can find more and more air shipped mangoes, flown in to (Western) Europe, on weekly markets and in specialized stores. After the Israeli season was completed about…

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Potatoes / Onions 2018

Nutrispud line of potatoes answers consumer demand for healthier options

In 2016, EarthFresh introduced the Nutrispud potato line with Carisma – a Low Glycemic Response potato. “It is the first potato product that contains slow-release carbohydrate by nature,” says Stephanie Cutaia with EarthFresh. “As a low GR food, the Carisma delivers more sustained energy and can assist…

“Our onions will fill the gap that Holland and Poland have left behind”

The drought in Europe made sure the onions’ crop and sizes are less than ideal this year. The big European powerhouses like the Netherlands and even Poland and Germany might have to get some help to meet the usual demand. Ukraine seems eager to step in. Ukrainian onion exporter Desento has been watching the European market closely. Most…

Summer weather takes its toll on fall onions

Thanks to Mother Nature, domestic onion supplies may be less than anticipated. “It looked like onions were going to be plentiful but where we are, the Columbia Basin, Washington and the northern part of Oregon, we had a lot of heat in the summer months,” says Jared Gutierrez of Columbia Basin Onion LLC., a grower/shipper…

Idaho russet prices have halved in six weeks

After a lively start to the Idaho russet potato harvest, the market has fallen dramatically as supplies come on strongly. Prices have fallen by half since the start of August and growers are discounting to help move stock. Quality is excellent however, which has become both a blessing and a problem.…

Mexico: Chili and potato grafts in Aguascalientes

Araceli Guadalupe Mendieta Vazquez, who has a masters in Agronomic Sciences from the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes, carried out a research project to graft Chili and…

Mexico: Researchers develop an improved potato variety

The National Forestry, Agriculture, and Livestock Research Institute (INIFAP) developed the Citlali potato, an improved variety that is more tolerant to diseases. This…

Potato producer expands tray line with new flavors

Tasteful Selections®, a specialty potato brand from RPE Inc., has expanded its mini sweet potato tray line. The company has introduced new flavor options as well as a new…

Cloudy weather means slow start for Peru sweet onion season

Sweet onion supply has now transitioned to Peru, after the US began imports from there less than a month ago. The Peru season will continue until February next year, before turning to Mexico for the two months before Georgia starts again. Volume in Peru is down slightly as cloudy weather prevents more…

Potatoes USA change the spud story as new 'fuel for athletes'

A new US marketing campaign, focusing on real science, is attempting to change the spud story by billing it as a vital ingredient to people’s workout/diet plan and a fuel for…

Quebec onions feel summer’s heat

Onions from Quebec are predicted to look slightly smaller in size this season. “In Quebec, due to the really hot weather that we got in July, the total volumes are there. But the difference this year is the onions will be smaller than normal. It’s from that heat and the onions got less water than normal in July,” says Mario…

Peru expects potato production to increase this year

Peru expects to produce 4.77 million tons of potatoes in the 2018/2019 campaign, which goes from August 2018 to July 2019, more than the 4.45 million tons it produced In the…

White onion demand strong in good start for Northwest season

A steady start to the season has Northwest onion growers pleased with the way things have started. After the harvest began on time, the weather has also been very cooperative, with few issues to report. As a result, growers say supplies are good on all colors so far. The only notable factor is that there…

Picture report: 29. Wilhelm Weuthen Potato Day

Germany: Despite difficult season there's a good mood in potato industry

During the 29th edition of the Wilhelm Weuthen potato day, the focus was on modern potato varieties and utilization techniques. A large number of German and Dutch breeding companies, machinery and packaging suppliers as well as other relevant players in the industry were present at the potato field close…

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Bulltec introduces an innovative sorting machine for potatoes and onions

As far as the selection of potatoes, sweet potatoes and onions is concerned, a great novelty has been introduced. The Bulltec company has recently developed a very simple yet effective technology calibrator. The most innovative aspect is the two-dimensional electronic calibration, i.e. the operator can…

Eqrader improved for optimal sorting

The Eqrader is a newly developed machine that sorts products quickly and automatically by internally and externally inspecting for quality, shape, weight and color – and even rot. The first model was installed at HOZA, a Dutch onion seed propagator. Advancements have been made over the past year based on…

Skagit Valley potatoes are business as usual

Consistency is the name of the game in the Pacific Northwest’s Skagit Valley when it comes to potatoes. “Supplies will be about normal for our area and the volume will also be normal,” says Tony Wisdom of Valley Pride Sales in Mount Vernon, Wa. “We’re a very consistent growing area in terms of volume on…

Europe

Greenyard sells Horticulture segment for 120 Million Euro

Today the Belgium company Greenyard has signed a share purchase agreement with Belgium investment fund Straco to sell its Horticulture segment for EUR 120 million. The horticultural segment is known for its growbags, primarily sold under the Peltracom brand. Greenyard has been under pressure after this…

Lidl sells 5kg "faulty" fruit and vegetables for 1.67 euros

"Too Good to Go"-boxes

It's no secret that crooked cucumbers, too-small peppers and apples with spots are sorted out before they end up on the supermarket shelves. But why remove them completely from the range, if there are enough people who do not bother about fruit and vegetables that are "faulty"? Food discount store Lidl now wants to take action against this…

First PlanetProof Tommies cherry tomatoes on the shelves at Jumbo supermarkets

The first Tommies cherry tomatoes with the PlanetProof label can be bought at Jumbo supermarkets. The label guarantees that the cherry tomatoes have been cultivated in a sustainable way. This happens at Greenco year-round in Dutch greenhouses. By doing this the company wants to contribute to Jumbo’s goal…

Block train? Next station, Europe

Block train services are winning new business with Maersk customers, showing the benefits of brands working together to provide more comprehensive and flexible solutions. In November, a block train arrived in France full of sporting goods from China for retailer Decathlon’s stores. Now, just a few months and several…

What grocery shopping looks like in 10 places around the world

Grocery shopping is something most of us do on auto-pilot. Grabbing food staples at the store is such an everyday activity that it's hard to imagine the experience being very different. The where, when, and how, however, of grocery shopping actually varies a great deal from country to country. We used Numbeo's cost of living calculator…

Henk van Doorne, Van Doorne Imex:

“Ninety per cent of our lettuce is shipped via air cargo nowadays”

A lot of Dutch lettuce growers have stopped their greenhouse lettuce production after the fusarium problems. Henk van Doorne of Van Doorne Imex from ’s-Gravenzande, the Netherlands, is one of the growers left, but he doesn’t see a solution to the problem either. “I have now done a major test three times,…

“Our cutting plant can fill in mise-en-place role well”

“Because of the increasing staff shortages in catering, at all levels and in all fields, we’ve seen a growing demand for ‘custom-made fresh produce.’ We can supply cut vegetables to size, and we can fulfil a large part of that mise-en-place,” says Joost van Altena of catering wholesaler Miedema-AGF in…

Selling high-quality products no longer enough

In his speech during Nunhems Italia's Befe (Business Event For Experts) held at FICO Bologna on 19th September 2018, Enzo Baglieri, professor of Operations & Technology at SDA Bocconi, explained that prices can be kept high only by differentiating the products. Everybody can make a sale lowering…

Germany: Supermarket chain Rewe to buy imperfect produce

Due to the drought and the intense heat plaguing parts of Germany over the summer, many farmers were left with produce looking less perfect than usual. Coming to the aid of the growers, German supermarket giant Rewe and its sister discount chain PENNY have agreed to buy produce with “color and shape errors” until the…

Eddy Kreukniet, Exsa Europe, on South African citrus season:

“Lemons are gold, oranges stable, but tangerines and grapefruit will be negatively affected”

The South African citrus season is once again headed for the ‘duty deadline’ of 15 October. Eddy Kreukniet of Exsa Europe gives us an update about the season, and looks ahead as well. “The new plantings of tangerines and lemons in particular could just result in a growth of 15 to 20 per cent. The…

Oranje Handelsmissiefonds nomination is a good boost

Sandra Pannekeet to open American JASA branch

The Dutch company, JASA Packaging Solutions, has learned that they have been selected from a large group of companies as one of the contenders that stand a chance of getting a…

Mela Val Venosta renews it co-branding with Disney

A few days from the start of harvesting,  Mela Val Venosta  is back with its Disney-Val Venosta packaging. A co-marketing operation that combines Mela Val Venosta and Disney - the former is a producer of natural and genuine fruit, while the latter works in family cinema entertainment. Flavor, genuineness and fun in a…

Italy: Seedless grape makes its debut in the Fior Fiore Coop range

"The new table grapes, as part of the Fior Fiore Coop range, feature all the qualities consumers look for in a grape bunch - sweetness (with up to over 20° Brix), elegance, straw yellow color and large grapes - with the added bonus of being seedless," explains Claudio Mazzini, director of freschi…

Spain: Mandarins with modest royalties

"Impossible." It's the most repeated word by the spokesmen of farmers' organizations when asked about the possibility of converting their farms to varieties that require the…

ONE shipping company's transit time improvements will benefit the Chilean cherry

Ocean Network Express (ONE) announced the implementation of improvements in its ALX1 service, which will reduce transit times from the port of Valparaiso to Hong Kong to only…

Spain: Hnos. Fernandez Lopez SA acquires the Sociedad Sevimpor Distribuidora de Frutas de Importacion, SL

Hnos. Fernandez Lopez SA announced that it had signed a framework agreement for the acquisition of 100% of the Sociedad Sevimpor Distribuidora Company of Frutas de Importacion, SL in January 2019. As part of the company's expansion plan for the wholesale distribution of horticultural products in the Peninsula, Hnos. Fernandez,…

Above average apple and pear harvest in 2018

In 2018, German fruit growers are expecting an apple harvest of 1.1 million tons and a pear harvest of 46 800 tons. According to provisional estimates for August 2018, the…

Swiss wholesaler Küng + Steiner AG achieves great success with regional label 'Bärnbiet'

"Profit margins for root vegetables and cabbage specialties are getting bigger every year''

The season of classic autumn and winter products is currently picking up gradually. Root and cabbage vegetables are also increasingly influencing everyday market events in Swiss wholesaling. Bern wholesale supplier Küng + Steiner AG tries to promote specialties from regional soil cultivation through the…

Air shipping on the rise for several years now

''South American season of air-shipped mangoes in full swing''

While stone and berry fruits are gradually disappearing from the trade, people's eyes are increasingly turning to exotics. At the moment one can find more and more air shipped mangoes, flown in to (Western) Europe, on weekly markets and in specialized stores. After the Israeli season was completed about…

OVERVIEW GLOBAL STONEFRUIT MARKET

The Northern Hemisphere is slowly moving towards autumn. This spells the end of the stone fruit seasons. The hot, sunny weather experienced in the summer months have had consequences for the market. Yet, traders in most countries are satisfied with the results. Canadian cherry farmers have benefited from…

Postharvest leader reveals expansion plans for award winning technology

Pace International’s ecoFOG receives sustainability recognition

Recognizing its significant contribution to global food waste reduction efforts, Pace International’s ecoFOG® technology has been honored with “Sumika Sustainable Solutions”, status by the company’s parent, Sumitomo Chemical Company (SCC). The award was presented by SCC’s President, Mr. Masakazu Tokura…

Sweden’s fries could get shorter after hot summer

French fries in Sweden could be about to get shorter, as the hot summer resulted in poor harvests all across Europe. Chips could become over a centimetre shorter as a result…

BLE market report KW 37/18:

'Availability of apples expanded - range of goods continued to diversify'

Germany dominated the apple sector with Elstar, Tenroy, Jonagold and Boskoop. Italy and France sent mainly Granny Smith and Royal Gala. Polish products, only arriving in Berlin, were relatively cheap and could be marketed quite quickly. Availability kept expanding and the range of goods continued to…

Gemüsinis brand makes black salsify and turnips trendy again

''Need for old vegetables in convenience form is definitely here''

For several years now, old vegetables have been appearing more and more often in the catering trade and on the supermarket shelves. It was for a reason that the rutabaga was recently voted 'vegetable of the year'. In line with this trend, easy-to-use convenience products are increasingly in demand in the…

Asda's avocado Christmas themes

Asda has unveiled an avocado-themed Christmas homeware range. Of course, we haven’t had Halloween yet but already the shops are gearing up for Christmas. Advent calendars, decorations and Christmas jumpers have been popping up. And now so are avocados. The food of choice for millennials has also been given a Christmas make-over. The store…

France: Paprec Recyclage and Groupe Guillin speed up recycling of PET plastic food trays

Determined to work with the dynamic around plastics recycling, the French leader for recycling and the European leader for food packaging solutions have launched the REUSAL…

195.000 tons of Pink Lady apples expected in Europe

After a historically weak year, this year's apple harvest in Europe is expected to be very high, with almost 12,6 million tons (+36% in comparison with last year). Eight…

Tesco:

"Increasing the number of Rainforest Alliance Certified products on our shelves"

In their Every Little Helps Plan, Tesco sets itself a target to help make sustainable products affordable and accessible for all. "In order to meet that target it’s important we do…

Oceania

Tomato growers plan 24-hour strike for better wages in New Zealand

New Zealand tomato growers are striking for 24 hours on Monday, to protest their low pay. First Union, which represents workers in the horticulture sector, said more than 100…

New Zealand: Zespri reports strong year despite lower volumes

New Zealand‘s kiwifruit giant Zespri has reported a rise in earnings for the 2017-18 season, despite the volume of kiwifruit sold falling by 11 percent during that period. Production volumes suffered because of a cloudy summer, which deprived the fruit of vital sunshine at a key time in the year. In addition, frosts in…

Major fresh produce traceability project underway in New Zealand

In light of the recent shocking Australian strawberry tampering event, the New Zealand produce industry is taking every action possible to reassure customers their safety…

World

What grocery shopping looks like in 10 places around the world

Grocery shopping is something most of us do on auto-pilot. Grabbing food staples at the store is such an everyday activity that it's hard to imagine the experience being very different. The where, when, and how, however, of grocery shopping actually varies a great deal from country to country. We used Numbeo's cost of living calculator…

OVERVIEW GLOBAL STONEFRUIT MARKET

The Northern Hemisphere is slowly moving towards autumn. This spells the end of the stone fruit seasons. The hot, sunny weather experienced in the summer months have had consequences for the market. Yet, traders in most countries are satisfied with the results. Canadian cherry farmers have benefited from…

Del Monte Foods launch first master brand campaign since 2012

Del Monte Foods is looking to modernize its image with consumers of all ages, convince private label-loving millennials that it’s worth paying a bit more for its branded canned and packaged products, and drive awareness and sales for a growing number of new products. The 132-year old company from Walnut Creek, California,…

Photo Report: World Food Moscow 2018

From 17 to 20 September, Moscow was home to the annual World Food Moscow. This year, there were 1.516 companies from 62 countries at World Food Moscow. They presented their products and services to 29.859 visitors. In the fresh fruit and vegetable halls, there were countries from all corners of the…

New Zealand: Zespri reports strong year despite lower volumes

New Zealand‘s kiwifruit giant Zespri has reported a rise in earnings for the 2017-18 season, despite the volume of kiwifruit sold falling by 11 percent during that period. Production volumes suffered because of a cloudy summer, which deprived the fruit of vital sunshine at a key time in the year. In addition, frosts in…


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