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North Carolina sweet potato growers finish challenging harvest

Growers in North Carolina have finished up their sweet potato harvest within the last week or two, ending what has been a challenging period for them. Steven Pope of Howell Farming Company in Goldsboro said the harvest ended later than usual due to Hurricane Florence back in September. "We finished our harvest just…

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US cantaloupe suppliers getting ready for offshore season

With much of the domestic melon season now mostly finished or about to wrap up, suppliers are switching over to the offshore season. A lot of the melon production bound for the US market occurs in parts of Mexico as well as Guatemala over the winter months. Offshore fruit is expected to arrive on the…

Canada: P.E.I. anticipating pay-outs for poor potato harvest

Prince Edward Island Agriculture Minister Rob Henderson has stated that a tough growing season may result in some pay-outs for lost potato crops. Henderson said that about 10…

APHIS issues final environmental impact statement for National Fruit Fly Cooperative Control Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) completed the final environmental impact analysis required under the National…

Steve Church receives 2018 Valley of the World award

Steve Church, chairman of Church Brothers Farm, Salinas, Calif., was honored with the National Steinbeck Center’s Valley of the World Award. Organizers say the annual event recognizes key figures in the Salinas Valley agriculture industry. Award ceremony presenters left to right: Susan Gill, John D’Arrigo, Steve Church (Honoree) Lorri Nucci-Koster…

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The hottest “toast” of the town

American company Sweet Potatoasts has revolutionized the latest trend in food hacks –sweet potato toast. It is known as ‘Sweet PotaTOASTS’. The company has taken so much work from your hands: the sweet potato slices have even been roasted before they were frozen. Sweet potato enthusiasts only have to pop it in the oven for a few minutes, top it, and enjoy. Source: sweetpotatoasts.com

University of Wisconsin - Madison

US: New research to boost Wisconsin’s cranberry production

Wisconsin -the Badger state- is the world leader in cranberry production. About 250 Wisconsin producers grow two-thirds of all the cranberries in the United States. They grow…

Trade disputes have cut Washington state exports by as much as 28%

Roughly six months after the first big round of tariffs went into effect, the cost to Americans from the country’s widening trade disputes with China and other nations is…

New potato from Maine on New England supermarket shelves

The Caribou Russet potato, developed by the University of Maine, is now available in more stores throughout New England. The Caribou Russet first went to market in the fall of 2016 and has seen its popularity grow rapidly in the last two years. Don Flannery, executive director of the Maine Potato Board,…

Beijing FVF 2018: Cooperation in export and sharing knowledge

Last week from Friday till Sunday the China International Fruit and Vegetable Fair took place in Beijing. It was quite busy, visitors and companies from all over China and beyond came to participate. The fair was divided in three different parts; the first consisted of foreign companies; the second Chinese companies and the third part…

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Europe

Maison Bayard in the spotlight

Heads of State ate Somme potatoes during diplomatic lunch

On November 11, many heads of state and government officials visited Paris in commemoration of the 1918 armistice. Emmanuel Macron received them at the Elysée for lunch, where the renowned Chef Guillaume Gomez had prepared a wonderful meal with the Somme potatoes from the Maison Bayard family business.…

Lieve Michielsen, Special Fruit

"Mediocre quality of Mexican limes as a result of rain"

"The lime prices are back at a normal level as a result of a lack of volume from Brazil. The restart of the Brazilian harvest starts next week and we expect a stable price until the end of December and  from then on," says Lieve Michielsen of Special Fruit. "At the moment Mexico is still on the market, but…

Nearly 50 per cent more pears than apples harvested in 2018

This year’s pear harvest amounts to 402 million kilograms, the apple harvest amounts to 269 million kilograms, according to area figures for apples and pears from the CBS (Statistics Netherlands). In the past year, the apple area continued to decrease by 350 hectares, while that of pears increased by 230…

Tonny Hooijmans, Oke Trading:

“Proper sales peaks are seen less and less”

The mushroom trade has been doing well for some months, according to Tonny Hooijmans of Oke Trading from Velddriel, the Netherlands. “Due to changeable quality of the compost, supply is five to ten per cent lower, but demand is fairly good. Prices for white mushrooms are at a level around 1.50 euro.…

Maersk’s turnover 31 per cent higher in Q3

A.P. Moller-Maersk saw its turnover increasing by 31 per cent to 10.1 billion dollar in the third quarter. Without the increase as a result of the takeover of Hamburg Süd, the shipping company reports an increase in turnover of 12 per cent. The rising line can be seen throughout all segments. The Non-Ocean segment grew…

Ingeborg Kleijer, Greenyard\;

Change in thinking needed in the fresh produce chain: From Fork to Field

After 20 years of working with with A brand manufacturers (Mars and Nutricia Babe), Ingeborg Kleijer made the decision in 2011 to move to 'brandless' fresh produce. Whereas A brands are all about the consumer and markets, she sees little of this within the fresh produce chain. "There is too much thinking…

Alba Bio: hard times for the tomato, good the courgette

Vittorio Gona, the president and marketing manager of the Alba Bio PO from Sicily said: “The winter season production of greenhouse vegetable kicks off in the second week of November. Our PO farms almost all the produce demanded by the market. However, at the moment, the placement is proving to be quite…

Collaboration between SIFE Dal Bello and Tramaco

Bananas: from Ecuador to the Ravenna harbour

In the last few days, the SIFE Dal Bello company has been using the Ravenna harbour for shipping bananas from Ecuador. Then, the fruit is sent to Padova, where SIFE has a ripening plant. The transportation was made possible by the new Hapag-Lloyd feeder service which connects the Central and…

Spain: Multiple reports of kiwifruit and avocado theft in Valencia

Kiwifruit and avocado growers in Valencia are being heavily hit by theft. In recent times, both subtropical fruits have been gaining ground in the Region of Valencia because…

King Courgette launches new organic zucchini range in Europe

The insistence of many of its customers during the previous campaign has convinced the brand to end up offering a line of organic zucchini to complement its supply of conventional zucchini. From now on, King Courgette will be giving its customers the chance to buy both conventional and organic zucchini, as confirmed by the commercial…

Ayecue lauches new range of organic mushrooms

"Fresh mushroom market has great potential for growth in Spain"

Ayecue, the fresh division of the Riberebro group, has managed to increase the supply of fresh mushrooms with a new range of organic mushrooms, which features the most consumed varieties in Spain, such as white mushrooms, portobello mushrooms, oyster mushrooms and shiitake mushrooms. "About a month ago, we started…

Martijn van Damme: "Already being sold now for EUR0,45-EUR0,50 for January"

Prices rising dramatically on strained onion market

Onion prices were already high and in the last week the mood has become even more robust. "It is expected that the onions will run out even faster than initially thought. This has resulted in an overstrained market," says Martijn van Damme of the Dutch wholesaler, Dacomex. "Prices are increasing dramatically. They have…

Peter Hobert (BUD Holland):

"Fig market grows generically"

The Brazilian fig season has started at BUD Holland. "The prospects are fine, although the season is just now getting going," says Peter Hobert. BUD Holland has been working with Euroconte in Brazil for over 40 years. The Brazilian powder free figs are mainly carried under the brand Batia, with Manaca as the second brand. "Hard work has…

Albert Heijn impresses with mechanised distribution centre

Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn is constructing the distribution centre of the future in Zaandam. Practically the complete assortment of non-perishable products will be mechanically handled from arrival to loading in this new, mechanised, distribution centre. With this new DC, Albert Heijn responds…

Kiwis grown on Dutch soil

It sounds unbelievable but it's true. Kiwis grown on Dutch soil. Djûke van der Maat of cultivation company Nieuw Maatslag has proven that it's possible. The innovative farmer from Bunnik harvested these beautiful fruits for the second year in a row. Inspiration from New Zealand Djûke was inspired in New Zealand: "I visited various apple grower…

Collaboration between Skillpack, Verstegen ,and Swirling Spoons

"Our fermentation process using packing machines is unique in Europe"

The process of fermentation has been around for many centuries. Every chef knows: good and, especially, consistent fermentation is of the utmost importance. The food innovation of Verstegen and Swirling Spoons and Skillpack's processing technology know-how makes consistent, safe fermentation a reality.…

Willem Boon, Boon Food Group:

"When you have an excellent concept, money is less important"

Food and drink are at the bottom of Maslov's pyramid. They are considered to be a basic human necessity. This is not the right place for them, according to Willem Boon, the Boon Food Group's Commercial Director. The Boon Food Group is a Dutch foodstuff and fresh produce wholesaler. "Food does something…

Peter Maes, Zeghers

“Spanish citrus getting more competition from Morocco”

“Last week' s citrus sales went smoothly. It is quieter this week", says Peter Maes of Zeghers. “Everything has been running very smoothly since the start of the season. Since…

Interpoma a window on the future of the apple sector

The many people who had visited Interpoma already on the first morning of the fair (November 15th, 2018) confirmed the success of the event. The fair dedicated to apples attracts the interest of a vast audience of domestic and foreign producers as well as traders. This is because varietal innovations and…

The Taranto Gulf situation

Italy: difficult start for the clementine campaign

Recent data on climate change shows that this fall is the warmest in the last 100 years. This is an unusual situation that is proving to be very difficult for the citrus fruit season in the Taranto Gulf region – the land of the PGI clementine. The current weather makes harder for the fruit to reach the…

Spain expects greater apple production but lower pear yield

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food expects the table apple production to increase by 3.2% in the 2018/2019 campaign compared to the previous one, while the pear…

2017/2018 campaign

Spain: Murcian fruit and veg exports exceed 2.5 million tons

The volume of the Region of Murcia's horticultural exports during the 2017-18 campaign grew by 2.6% compared to the previous season, reaching 2,519,865 tons (about 20% of Spain's entire volume), as reported by the Association of Producers-Exporters of Fruits and Vegetables of the Region of Murcia…

"Huge price gap between large and small-sized citrus fruits"

The Valencian company, the  Venser Group, has been marketing Navelina oranges for more than 3 weeks thanks to the harvest in areas south of Valencia, where the fruit ripens earlier. Also, they finished selling Oronules mandarins last week and are already working with the first Clemenules, a variety that will…

Demand kicks in for Spanish leaf clementines and oranges in southern Germany

"Availability of large citrus fruits currently low"

Although the temperatures in southern Germany are still too high, demand in the citrus sector is already satisfactory. On the Stuttgart wholesale market in particular, the leaf clementines and Navelina oranges can sell quite quickly. Despite the predominantly good fruit quality, large calibers are…

Didn't visit Interpoma 2018? Check the FreshPlaza photo gallery!

In only three days, Interpoma saw 20.000 visitors from more than 70 different countries, more than 460 exhibitors from 24 counties and 150 journalists from all around the world. But only on FreshPlaza can you visit the fair as if you were there! Check our photo gallery! Every two years, Interpoma is the fair dedicated to apple farming, preserving…

Sèvres, France

A kilo of vegetables may change in weight soon

Over the centuries a ‘kilogram’ has been defined and redefined. But the standard since 1889 is known as ‘Le Grand K’, a cylinder of platinum-iridium. It is kept inside a jar at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) in Sèvres, France. For close to 130 years now, this cylinder’s mass is…

Parisians want more local and organic produce

Protecting one’s health, eating good products and avoiding courgettes in winter. Street interviews, done at the Aligre market in Paris’ 12th arrondissement, show that Parisians are certainly concerned about the food they eat. And then there are some numbers on organic products in France: – The amount of products of organic origin…

2018 Valencia seasonal review:

Record Valencia crop gives southern African citrus exporters a full house of records

The record Valencia crop gives southern African citrus exporters a full house of records in terms of volumes packed and passed for export. The 2018 final packed figure of 54 million cartons slightly up on 2017’s 53.8 million. The Valencia Focus Group did a great job in estimating the final volume packed (after being…

Kuehne + Nagel is expanding digital seafreight platform Sea Explorer

Kuehne + Nagel’s Sea Explorer provides digitally enabled service insights to the world’s largest seafreight service network. With the implementation of service connections and…

Oceania

New Zealand blueberry growers expecting bumper sales

Blueberry growers are gearing up for another good season, as more and more New Zealanders enjoy the fruit. Locally grown blueberries are in the shops already, despite the fact…

New Zealand police find record 190 kg of cocaine in banana container

New Zealand police have made the country’s largest cocaine seizure, with 190 kilograms of the drug found in a container of bananas shipped from Panama. NZ police and customs officials say…

Australia saves New Zealand from billion-dollar stink bug invasion

Australian officials have stopped a ship bound for New Zealand after it was found to be carrying stink bugs.  Brown marmorated stink bugs represent a critical threat to New Zealand’s…

Smart traps

Fight against fruit fly strengthened with technology

New high-tech systems, giving early warnings of fly movements, will aid Australian fruit and vegetable growers in their ongoing fight against the fruit fly. Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said a $16.9-million-dollar package would assure trading partners when produce came from a fruit-fly free…

Australian Pacific Labour Scheme expansion welcomed by farmers

Australia’s federal government is extending the scope of the Pacific Labour Scheme, aiming to strengthen that nation’s ties with Pacific Island nations. Australia has recently announced a…

APAL appointment signals export readiness kick-off

Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Justin Smith to the role of Industry Services & Export Manager. CEO Phil Turnbull said redressing a historical…

Freshmax sets ambitious objectives ahead of New Zealand Cherry season

Freshmax is soon to launch its New Zealand export cherry program with the superior Lani™, closely followed by Starletta™. Lani™ is an early, large sized red cherry and…

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