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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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Cold and rain delays start of Texas grapefruit season

The first Texas grapefruit for the season is making its way out of the packing sheds. Some growers have already started harvesting while others waited a little while and are about to start. An unseasonal cold snap earlier in the month delayed picking as the associated rain made things difficult for…

Purple passionfruit

Imported gulupa about to hit peak

Supplies of imported gulupa are on the rise. “At this moment, we’re increasing production to 10 tons per week,” says Santiago Mosquera Calvache of Practical Colombia. Compared to last year, supplies have been growing and are up approximately 60 per cent this year thanks to a variety of factors including increasing expertise…

Hawaiian organic ginger sees growth as health food ingredient

The Fall season is about to commence in Hawaii and with that comes the peak of the ginger growing season on the islands. While it can grow all year round, there is a greater amount of ginger production in the winter months. Kauai Organic Farms is a certified organic ginger grower and their harvest season…

BC cranberry harvest reaches halfway point

The British Columbia cranberry harvest is now over 50 percent complete, and growers say the crop is looking great. "We are having another beautiful, successful harvest this season,” said Jack Brown, Chairman of the BC Cranberry Marketing Commission. “Yields are up around the province, and the farmers are…

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California supplier now importing organic rambutan

A & A Organic Farms is now importing organic rambutan from Honduras. The Rambutan will be available to load in Los Angeles. A & A is selling rambutan in bulk 5# boxes and 6 x 12oz. clamshell packs. Rambutan is a tree fruit, primarily known for its similarities with the lychee and the longan…

Julie, East Indian & other Jamaican mangoes to be exported to the US

According to Jamaican Minister of Agriculture and Commerce Audley Shaw, there are plans to begin exporting Jamaican mangoes to the United States. Jamaicans in the US who have…

Antigua and Barbuda: Import ban on Florida citrus lifted

The Plant Protection Unit (PPU) within the Antiguan Ministry of Agriculture has lifted the ban on the import of citrus fruits, limes, lemons, oranges, tangerines and…

Toronto, Canada

Flashfood creates App to buy food near expiration date

Food waste is becoming a big issue for supermarkets and restaurants, but is surely is one that Flashfood is hoping to reduce. The Toronto company that is opening a Twin Cities office has signed deals for a pilot project with Minneapolis-based Target and other initiatives with Canada’s largest grocery…

Seed researcher and producer raises money in heart and stroke walks

During the month of October, as part of its Sakata Gives Corporate Giving Program, Sakata Seed America participated in two walks, including a special Sakata coordinated campus walk, to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the American Heart Association. On the morning of October 20th, Sakata Seed America staff, friends…

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Australia - New fruit fly handbook and website

The Australian handbook for the identification of fruit flies has always been popular with fruit fly diagnosticians, biosecurity workers, and the general fruit fly community. Now that it has been fully revised and updated it’s an even more valuable resource. Additional online information has also been…

New Zealand growers frustrated by 'complex' fuel tax rebate system

On July 1st, the 11.50 cents a litre tax was added to fuel prices. Of course, farmers should be able claim back the regional fuel tax for on-farm vehicles and machinery using…

Fruit more »

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…

Herbs more »

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 »

Off-season supply to be showcased at Fresh Produce Southern Hemisphere

Companies and institutions from nine countries of the southern hemisphere will showcase their horticultural supply jointly in a Fruit Attraction space. The goal of the initiative is to highlight the complementarity between the crops of both hemispheres. In "Fresh Produce Southern Hemisphere", which will be located…

InterFresh hosted visitors from 23 countries

The InterFresh, Fresh Vegetable, Fruit, Storage, Packaging and Logistics Exhibition which was organized in Antalya/Turkey between the dates 17th -20th October, hosted international visitors from 23 different countries. InterFresh, organized over 11.000 sqm with more than 100 exhibitors attracted the intense interest of international visitors…

Citrus more »

Cold and rain delays start of Texas grapefruit season

The first Texas grapefruit for the season is making its way out of the packing sheds. Some growers have already started harvesting while others waited a little while and are about to start. An unseasonal cold snap earlier in the month delayed picking as the associated rain made things difficult for…

Antigua and Barbuda: Import ban on Florida citrus lifted

The Plant Protection Unit (PPU) within the Antiguan Ministry of Agriculture has lifted the ban on the import of citrus fruits, limes, lemons, oranges, tangerines and…

Exotic fruit and vegetables more »

Purple passionfruit

Imported gulupa about to hit peak

Supplies of imported gulupa are on the rise. “At this moment, we’re increasing production to 10 tons per week,” says Santiago Mosquera Calvache of Practical Colombia. Compared to last year, supplies have been growing and are up approximately 60 per cent this year thanks to a variety of factors including increasing expertise…

Stable appearance and flavor

Spain: "Asturian kiwifruit ends up in Bilbao, Barcelona or Madrid"

Before the cold temperatures persist, Asturian kiwifruit producers will need to have harvest the entire production. These days, they are eagerly monitoring the fruit's sugar levels. These increase "proportionally as the temperatures drop," says Juan Cimas, head of Kiwis La Isla (Soto del Barco). When the…

Julie, East Indian & other Jamaican mangoes to be exported to the US

According to Jamaican Minister of Agriculture and Commerce Audley Shaw, there are plans to begin exporting Jamaican mangoes to the United States. Jamaicans in the US who have…

Nico Spruijt, Yex:

"It is time for the avocado market to pick up again"

The avocado market has been very quiet in recent weeks. "Now, the last of the Peruvian and South African avocados are on their way out. The market will begin to pick up again. Traditionally, the Chilean avocados are always more expensive," says Nico Spruijt of Dutch produce wholesaler, Yex. Hard avocado…

California supplier now importing organic rambutan

A & A Organic Farms is now importing organic rambutan from Honduras. The Rambutan will be available to load in Los Angeles. A & A is selling rambutan in bulk 5# boxes and 6 x 12oz. clamshell packs. Rambutan is a tree fruit, primarily known for its similarities with the lychee and the longan…

Organic more »

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…

Health more »

Seed researcher and producer raises money in heart and stroke walks

During the month of October, as part of its Sakata Gives Corporate Giving Program, Sakata Seed America participated in two walks, including a special Sakata coordinated campus walk, to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the American Heart Association. On the morning of October 20th, Sakata Seed America staff, friends…

IT more »

Crop Tracker partners with Cucumber Ltd.

Croptracker is pleased to announce its upcoming partnership with New Zealand-based digital technology company Cucumber Ltd, with offices in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty. As part of a three-year…

Innovations more »

Criocauterization to keep prickly pears for up to 4 months

The cold cauterization of the prickly pear proved to be an extremely efficient system to prolong the post-harvesting conservation. The fruit has been cauterized with dry ice…

Toronto, Canada

Flashfood creates App to buy food near expiration date

Food waste is becoming a big issue for supermarkets and restaurants, but is surely is one that Flashfood is hoping to reduce. The Toronto company that is opening a Twin Cities office has signed deals for a pilot project with Minneapolis-based Target and other initiatives with Canada’s largest grocery…

Processed fruit and vegetables more »

Bonnysa celebrates 10 years of participation at Fruit Attraction

Home-made gazpacho, hummus and guacamole at thematic and interactive stand

It has been 10 years since Bonnysa Agroalimentaria chose to participate at Fruit Attraction and helped turn it into a flagship international event for the sector. It knew perfectly well what its potential was, with Spain being one of the world's largest fruit and vegetable exporters. As pointed out by…

Green Giant™ Fresh debuts new line of vegetable meal bowls

Green Giant™ Fresh, a leading innovator in value-added fresh produce, has expanded its fresh vegetable offerings with a delicious take on convenient meal bowls. Featuring a growing variety of authentic global flavors, Vegetable Meal Bowls are available in the refrigerated produce section at grocers…

Cooling more »

Nigerian start-up solar-refrigerating farms: ColdHubs

Nigerian start-up ColdHubs is helping farmers and market vendors become more profitable by eliminating food waste via 100 percent solar-powered walk-in cold rooms. Founded in July 2015, by young farmer and social entrepreneur Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, ColdHubs is producing cold rooms and selling them to smallholder farmers, retailers…

Food safety more »

Crucial to find contaminations early in the process

With the rising number of recalls and contaminations, food safety is becoming an ever more important theme. Companies choose to do tests early in the process more and more often, to limit risks. “You can intervene much earlier, and this trend is now also breaking through in the food sector,” says Leo van…

Lithuanian food watchdog receives four complaints over needles in food

This week, Lithuania's State Food and Veterinary Service has received four complaints on needles found in foodstuffs. Three complaints were related to needles found in…

Australia: Needles in strawberries new case reported

Another case has been reported of a needle being embedded in a piece of fruit. The latest incident happened in Melbourne, when a 9-year old discovered a needle in her…

'Sentinel Wrap'

Canada: Smart packaging can reduce food safety incidents

For the last 30 years, the packaging industry has been promising to come up with packaging that would flag foods and beverages that contained harmful bacteria or contaminants.…

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…

Packaging and Labelling more »

Packaging in spotlight at product show BelOrta

From dozens of varieties and colours of tomatoes to organic and ‘forgotten’ vegetables. Last Thursday and Friday, BelOrta held its annual product show. “During this edition, we showed all the products in our range,” says Benny Cuypers. “One of the largest innovations is the new product packaging. Using…

HUSK™: The Fresh corrugated packaging of the future

HUSK™ brings freshness into the world of fresh Fruit & Vegetable packaging. Offering high quality paper-based boxes and premium service, HUSK™ is the way to go for…

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…

Retail more »

B&M has acquired French discounter

Cloud helps the Spar Group streamline operations

China: Alibaba looks to take this year's $25bln Singles Day sales event international Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba said that its upcoming mega-shopping event will be the largest-ever in terms of "scale and reach" as it looks to continue growing what has become a multibillion-dollar sales day. The…

Raley's: shopper experience enhanced with new website

UNFI: transformative acquisition of Supervalu completed

US: Publix to promote Kevin Murphy to president Kevin Murphy will take on the role as president of Publix Super Markets effective January 1, the Lakeland, Florida-based retailer said. Murphy currently is Publix’s SVP of retail operations; he will be taking the president role from Todd Jones, who will…

Climate more »

Spain: Heavy rainfall has so far not caused significant damage to crops

Because of the heavy rainfall recorded in Castellon last Thursday, many areas on the coast have been flooded. Consequently, agricultural activities have almost ground to a halt. So far, however, no significant damage to crops has been recorded. According to Pascual Pla, of the NULEXPORT cooperative in Nules, the activities in the…

New weather warning - East of Spain braces for worst “cold drop” in 10 years

More extreme weather has been forecast for Spain just days after tropical storm Leslie swept across the country and flash flooding in the Balearic Islands left 13 people dead…

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