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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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Launch of organic program

North American lemon supplies return to normal

After a couple of months of tight supplies and high prices, lemon supplies have normalized now that the California season is producing more volume. District 3, which incorporates the desert areas of California and Arizona, has been in production for about a month now while District 1 - the San Joaquin…

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Post-harvest solutions company presents protection technology

Hazel Technologies, Inc., a USDA-funded post-harvest solutions company, said it continues to gain traction in the fresh produce industry with its post-harvest quality-protection technologies. According to the company, the technologies improve arrival quality and reduce shrink during distribution. “Many post-harvest solutions…

North Carolina indoor city farm nears completion of Phase 1

Your Local Greens, an industrial size hydroponic indoor city farm located in Burlington, North Carolina, is nearing the completion of Phase I, and preparing its first crops consisting of a variety of lettuces and microgreens. Owned and operated by YLG Partners, Inc., the company was founded on the belief…

Church Brothers Farms builds new facility in northern Mexico

Church Brothers Farms and True Leaf Farms are building a new facility in Northern Mexico to increase the company’s year-round capacity. The 110,000 square-foot plant is less than one mile from the international border in the town of San Luis Rio Colorado; and is located near other large American…

Consistent supply of West Coast spinach

The volume of spinach coming out of the west coast is steady. “The supply of spinach looks good as of today,” says Ken Horwitz of The Salad Farm based in Salinas, Ca. “Supply is about…

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Steven Ware joins Naturipe’s value-added fresh division

Naturipe has announced the appointment of Steven Ware as Vice President and General Manager of Value-Added Fresh. In this role, Ware will be responsible for pursuing growth and business expansion…

Pumpkin production continues to roll strong

As we quickly approach Halloween, ample supplies of pumpkins remain to continue the promotion of carving type orange Jack O’ Lanterns through Halloween. “We have experienced very moderate temperatures (high 70’s to low 80’s) this fall which has allowed for normal production of pumpkins in California” said Ryan Van…

Dan Martin appointed President IFCO North America

IFCO, a supplier of Reusable Plastic Containers for fresh food packaging, announced the appointment of Dan Martin as President, IFCO North America. “We are pleased to welcome…

New Tiny Tim's mini avocado bag launched

LGS Specialty Sales (LGS), has announced that its Tiny Tim’s mini avocados are now available in a more economical bag. Tiny Tim’s launched last year, and after receiving…

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“Short and interesting sweet potato season from the US”

The sweet potato harvest in North Carolina already had its yields lowered due to a dry period this season, and hurricane Florence subsequently also caused considerable damage. “The actual harvest figures haven’t become public yet, but at least about 30 per cent of the fields is expected to have been lost…

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An American story - man becomes a millionaire by selling potato peelers

This man sold potato peelers for $5 apiece, but over time became a millionaire:

Wholesaler-Distributor produce operation training checklists now available

United Fresh Produce Association announces the release of the Produce Operations Training Checklists, a new tool that they say companies can use when developing onboarding…

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Enthusiasm for the results achieved with a view to the future

AC Foods chooses blueberry vision from Unitec for quality sorting of blueberries

The results achieved by several US fruit and vegetable packing houses, thanks to UNITEC technologies, have been constantly improving our satisfaction, gratification and trust in their technological innovation which leads to concrete results for our customers. These results have been achieved particularly in California,…

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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…

Agenda more »

DeltaTrak showcases FlashLink and FlashTrak products at CAMX 2018

DeltaTrak®, a leading innovator of cold chain management solutions, today announced it will feature its FlashLink -80°C In-Transit Data Logger and FlashTrak Telematics Out-Time Solution at CAMX Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (Booth BB55), at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas…

Adora returns to Fruit Attraction Madrid with big changes

Adora was one of last year’s star newcomers and, after a very successful 12 months, it’s returning to Fruit Attraction with some big changes. Adora is reinforced by Verdita's, a company…

Obeikan MDF takes its tenth anniversary celebrations to Madrid

The packaging company’s participation in the Packnet session kicks off  the first day of the International Fruit and Vegetable Fair in Madrid Valencia, 15 October 2018. The Spanish…

Citrus more »

Late Southern Hemisphere mandarins pushing Spain's earliest ones away from the market

"There were strong suspicions which have now been confirmed. Producers were concerned that the lack of purchases at origin was the result of a calculated strategy by Europe's large distributors, which have chosen to purchase the late mandarins from the Southern Hemisphere instead of the earliest Spanish…

Spain: Good prospects in terms of volume for Castellon's citrus fruits

After a few quiet months, there is now plenty of activity in citrus orchards and storage facilities in the Spanish province of Castellón. The season is starting with good…

China: Price differential between domestic and imported fruit shrinking

The price difference between domestic and imported fruits has narrowed. In autumn, the varieties supplied by the fruit market  increased and were characterized by diversification, regionalization and quality. The characteristics of fruits in other provinces are obviously stronger than those within the province,…

The output this year is nearly 180,000 tons

China: Shiyan mandarins on the market in the next two weeks

At present, most of the mandarins on the market come from Sichuan, and the local oranges will be on the market in large quantities in two weeks time. In October, it was time…

Launch of organic program

North American lemon supplies return to normal

After a couple of months of tight supplies and high prices, lemon supplies have normalized now that the California season is producing more volume. District 3, which incorporates the desert areas of California and Arizona, has been in production for about a month now while District 1 - the San Joaquin…

Exotic fruit and vegetables more »

Fiji: Local ginger can compete at international markets

Edward Gresser, the Assistant US Trade Representative for Trade Policy and Economics during the USA-Pacific Islands Trade Seminar in Suva, highlighted how his country remains Fiji’s number one export destination. A seminar at the University of the South Pacific highlighted topics such as exporting duty-free to the…

Mexico: Michoacan's avocado production increased by 20%

Michoacan's avocado production has increased by 20 percent during the last two years, reported the Ministry of Rural Development and Agrifood (Sedrua). In a statement, the agency stated that…

Munich Wholesaler OR-PA GmbH convinced of the quality of these fruits

''Prices of first Spanish persimmons lower than usual''

This year's kaki season is picking up speed as we speak. In the Munich wholesale markets, these Spanish fruits have been arriving daily since mid-September. In contrast to previous campaigns, the average prices are moving slightly below the usual levels at the beginning of the season, says Seckin…

Twists and turns in market conditions of Chinese Hongyang kiwis

Kiwis from the areas surrounding Chengdu, Sichuan, began to enter the Chinese market in early August. Although these kiwis from Sichuan are still second behind the kiwis from Yunnan, where natural conditions are uniquely suited for kiwi plantation, the kiwis from Sichuan still entered the market half a…

Yet, the increase in exports from Greece raises concerns

Italy: Kiwi production is recovering - up 18%

Italian kiwi’s outlooks are improving, showing a quantitative recovery compared to last year. The 2017 campaign was particularly negative. However, according to the Allenaza delle Cooperative Agrolimetari (Alliance of the Agri-food Cooperatives), this year has registered an 18% increase in the production…

Water mismanagement and theft sent production plummeting in former “chilli capital”

Pakistan: Sindh’s chilli production plagued by water shortages

Pakistan’s province of Sindh contributes around 85% of red chilli production in the country, the fourth largest producer of red chillies after India, China and Mexico. In fact, the nearby town of Kunri was once known as the ‘chilli capital of Asia’ and still has the country’s biggest chilli bazaar in…

Spain: Frutas Montosa and the success of guacamole

Avocados are a fashionable food item. They are very commonly consumed by those who pursue a healthy lifestyle and are often in the spotlight on Instagram at breakfast time. In recent years, their consumption has grown substantially across Europe, causing the demand to skyrocket. And some Spanish…

Asian vegetable trial to determine market & production viability in Texas

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service have teamed up for a year-long trial to test the feasibility and profitability of growing…

Psa confirmed in Australian kiwifruit orchard

Today Seeka Limited advised the market that the Australian Regulatory Authorities have confirmed Psa on the Seeka orchards in Australia, affecting 4.5 hectares of its 154 hectares of kiwifruit orchards. "It is not definitively decided which strain of Psa it is, but it is likely to be Psa3 one of the Asian strains." stated…

Greece: Kiwi season started, but growers are not harvesting yet

The kiwi season has finally started in Greece. Although the season  started with the government giving the permission to start with harvesting around 10 October, but according to Christina Manossis from Zeus, not all growers are harvesting the fruit as of now. Although the government has finally given the green light for…

Organic more »

Starting November, first products with Bioland label will be on the shelves

Cooparation between Lidl and Organic Association, Bioland

Buying organic products from a discounter is not for everyone. Loyal buyers of organic foodstuffs in particular are still avoiding the branches of the big discounters.…

LEMA: "We're like your dream organic fruit shopping mall"

There is no doubt that the organic market is here to stay and, in fact, here to grow. A decade or so ago buying organic was a small alternative trend yet today with the…

Health more »

The Chiquita blue sticker turns pink for a good cause!

200 million Chiquita bananas will be wearing the special pink-colored sticker. For the whole month of October, Chiquita’s iconic Blue Sticker will turn bright pink to contribute to raise awareness on the pressing topic of breast cancer. Many people have been touched by this illness  and Chiquita is committed…

IT more »

Dutch fresh produce company hot on Instagram

NJ Witkamp BV is very active on Instagram. “We put photos of our products on our Instagram and on our story every day. Because we started using Instagram, we now have 760 customers who see our activities every day, and the number of customers is still growing. Every day, we have dozens of new followers…

Innovations more »

Post-harvest solutions company presents protection technology

Hazel Technologies, Inc., a USDA-funded post-harvest solutions company, said it continues to gain traction in the fresh produce industry with its post-harvest quality-protection technologies. According to the company, the technologies improve arrival quality and reduce shrink during distribution. “Many post-harvest solutions…

Processed fruit and vegetables more »

Big hit in Japan: Black garlic molasses

In recent years, Japan's government has increased its funding to producers of black garlic. The main reason for this is the assumption, bolstered by scientific studies, that garlic can help ward off cognitive diseases. All this has led to a growing number of products, including a black garlic glaze, now for sale…

Cooling more »

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…

Food safety more »

US: FDA investigates more Cyclospora outbreaks

Although Cyclospora outbreaks in the US happen less frequently than those caused by typical pathogens like E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria, the recent salad mix outbreaks…

South Goa district

India: Artificially colored green peas sold in Margao market

Even as the government has proposed to form a South Goa branch of the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) to counter the use of formalin in fish, vegetables and legumes, some Margao residents are finding green peas mixed with a coloring agent sold in the market. According to three residents from the city of Margao,…

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report

US: New numbers on foodborne illness outbreaks

In 2016, 839 foodborne disease outbreaks were reported to CDC, according to a recently released annual summary from the National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS). The data come from reports that state, local, and territorial public health agencies submitted to the Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance…

Nuts and dried fruits more »

Chile is starting to use bees to increase the flowering of almond trees

Chile is starting to use bees to increase the flowering of almond trees The trial use of a bee attractant on almond trees in 10 orchards in October, was a success. This innovative technology, which is widely used in California and widely recognized in the United States, had not been used before in Chile.…

Packaging and Labelling more »

New Tiny Tim's mini avocado bag launched

LGS Specialty Sales (LGS), has announced that its Tiny Tim’s mini avocados are now available in a more economical bag. Tiny Tim’s launched last year, and after receiving…

Product information more »

Advantages of the Mater-Bi mulch film for processing tomatoes

Commercial tomato cultivation in Navarra is about 2,000Ha. This crop is 10% of the regions total produce output and is the #1 crop to use mulch film. But conventional mulch film is not compatible with mechanical harvesting. There is one solution and Miguelangel Los Arcos shares it in this video. Over the past 14 years, he…

Retail more »

Mercator: 10 shopping malls in Slovenia sold to Supernova

12 supermarkets and hypermarkets operated by the Quattrucci family join the Casino Group

Croatia: Agrokor continues turnaround, posts operating profit gains Croatian retail and food conglomerate Agrokor is continuing its turnaround, with the latest monthly report from the group's extraordinary administration noting an increase in operating profits in its Food and Retail & Wholesale…

Greencore: To exit US market

Albertsons: For 3rd consecutive quarter ID sales grow while ecommerce soars

US: Schnucks prepares to complete Shop 'n Save takeover Schnucks Markets has revealed its plans to revamp the 10 remaining stores that it purchased from now-defunct Shop 'n Save as it completes the rebranding of the first nine supermarkets. The St. Louis-based retailer, which purchased 19 of the 36 Shop…

Climate more »

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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