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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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More acreage dedicated to persimmon production in California

Growers and distributors of persimmons are enjoying good yields and a strong market that keeps growing every year. Persimmons of both major varieties, the Fuyu and Hachiya, are now in season in California."The persimmon growing season in California began a few weeks ago and generally flows from south to.....

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Sunkist acreage increases with Porterville Citrus’ LoBue acquisition

Porterville Citrus, a Sunkist affiliated citrus packer-shipper, has acquired LoBue Citrus’ packing operations. In the agreement, the LoBue family will continue to own and operate their family farms, consisting of 1,000 acres of citrus, extending their family’s heritage through the Sunkist cooperative.“LoBue.....

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MAS Melons & Grapes introduces a new line of squash

As a way to complement its current line of winter squash, which includes Kabocha, Butternut, Spaghetti and Acorn varieties, this season MAS Melons & Grapes is introducing Italian Squash, Yellow Straight Neck and Mexican Grey Squash.Alliance with Agricola OrquiTo be able to distribute these new squash.....

Cooler inventory management system advanced with paperless picking function

Warehouses and coolers are an inevitable element of the fresh produce value chain. “We developed RedLine Cooler to support grower-shippers with real-time, 100 percent visibility of inventory, while increasing staff productivity,” says Todd Baggett with RedLine Solutions. “The system also optimizes product.....

Plenty of volume for strawberries in California

Supplies of California strawberries look healthy as the season gets rolling.“Right now, we’ve got good supplies in Watsonville coming into the end of the season,” says Charlie Staka of CBS Farms LLC in Watsonville, Ca. “We’ve also got supplies out of Santa Maria—a new crop. And we are right around the corner.....

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Vegetable grower discusses expansion into a year-round program

With many customers expecting year-round fruit and vegetables, suppliers are continually looking to improve availability of produce. Many growers are also expanding their footprint so they can grow their produce in different climate zones and elevations. Fortune Growers have operations in Central Mexico,.....

Mexico and California-grown produce

New organic offerings of sweet corn and asparagus

Jacobs, Malcolm & Burtt (JMB) ships over 4,000,000 cases of asparagus per year and over 100,000 cases of packaged sweet corn annually; a portion of that is now made up of organic produce. Both vegetables are sourced year round from California and Mexico. Conventional asparagus comes from Mexico year round.....

Rijk Zwaan introduces new Beach melons with improved shelf life

The international seed company Rijk Zwaan will be introducing their new Beach melon concept, including their new Cayucos Beach RZ at this years PMA Fresh Summit.These are new Cantaloupe varieties which the company explains have a unique combination of taste and shelf life – which they think can help open up.....

No one-size fits all

Accu-Label customizes labeling solutions and introduces new tray labeler

“We’re more than just a labelling company,” says Joe Sleiman, President of Accu-Label International, Inc. The company was born in 2001 as the sales company for the ORB-it® fruit labelling system developed at Ag-Tronic Control Systems Inc. With immediate success abroad, Accu-Label International was incorporated.....

More demand and even more potential for frozen cherries

Cherry production was one of the hardest hit in 2017, after climatic conditions had affected fruit and vegetable supplies all over the world. In terms of cherries, frosty weather during the last spring, caused losses all over Europe, in major producing countries such as Germany, Belgium, Bulgaria, the.....


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Peter Horvath:

“An auction is a good way to sell large volumes in a short time”

The clock is standing at 13 SEK (about 1,30 euro) but it is falling fast. In five minutes, a few thousand boxes of cucumbers are sold, and the market price for the day is set. The season is almost over. Then the calmer time begins at Odlarlaget, one of the three largest production organisations in Sweden. This.....

More demand and even more potential for frozen cherries

Cherry production was one of the hardest hit in 2017, after climatic conditions had affected fruit and vegetable supplies all over the world. In terms of cherries, frosty weather during the last spring, caused losses all over Europe, in major producing countries such as Germany, Belgium, Bulgaria, the.....

Ruud Koedooder, Kogrimex-Koedooder:

“Poland has become major competitor”

The harvesting of vegetables for storage is currently in full swing. Harvests in Europe are enormous, better than last year, and quality is also good, according to Ruud Koedooder from Kogrimex-Koedooder from Grootebroek, the Netherlands. “Carrots, beets, cabbage, the harvests all look well. The amount of.....

Acreage is gradually reducing

Spain: "Higher cherimoya prices this campaign"

The continued high temperatures in spring and summer slightly advanced the start of the cherimoya campaign in Granada, the main producing area of this exotic fruit in Spain and Europe. At the moment, while still waiting for larger volumes to hit the market, prices are higher and more stable than last year,.....

Italy: La Forcina Antonio commercialises produce all over Europe

"The greatest satisfaction is sometimes found in the smallest of things: to us, receiving phone calls from clients thanking us for the sweetness of our fruit is good for the soul. Ever since we started commercialising fresh produce, my father has travelled all around southern Italy, as he dedicated his whole.....

Italy: Innovation with niche products from Sipo

Kale and Lacinato kale cardoons, chard, purple carrots and rosole - these are just some of the rather uncommon products that make up theSiporange at this time of year.Some of the products photographed on 12th October 2017"Lacinato kale and kale are thriving. The former is more popular with Italian consumers,.....

Unitec Group show off the latest development in fruit sorting

The latest developments from the Unitec Group will be on display at the 2017 edition of Fruit Attraction with its three companies: Unitec, Unisorting and UT Instruments present.The Unitec Group will present the Peach Vision 2 system at Pasarela Innova. This system makes use of state-of-the-art hardware and.....

Ophelia moves on to Scotland

Winds of more than 70mph (112km/h) and heavy rain are hitting parts of Scotland and northern England as remnants of Hurricane Ophelia continue to sweep across the UK.All schools in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland remain closed for a second day as the clean-up begins.Justin Leonard a fruit and.....

The flexibility of African herb imports

Import company Xpol started importing fresh herbs to the Netherlands near Schiphol, Amsterdam, four years ago. The mint, basil and chives spread across the rest of Europe from there.The African country of Kenya is central when it comes to the import of fresh herbs by Xpol from Rijsenhout. Founder and manager.....

11 & 12 October, Nekkerhal in Mechelen

Empack Mechelen 2017: Packaging trade fair takes on internet

PHOTO REPORTLast week, on 11 and 12 October, the Belgian town of Mechelen held a new edition of the Empack packaging trade fair in the Nekkerhal. There were 185 stands in total, where producers showcased their packaging, labels and machines. A number of stand holders are also active in the fruit and vegetable sector.Stand.....

FEFCO Technical Seminar sees record number of exhibitors

Some 1,000 people gathered at the Messe Wien Congress Centre in Vienna on October 11- 13 for FEFCO’s Technical Seminar where the latest technologies in the sector were showcased.The FEFCO Technical Seminar is a highlight of the industry’s calendar, offering corrugated manufacturers and suppliers some of their.....

Volker Reuter: "We stick to potatoes"

German potato trader has success with specialised market niche

At the wholesale market in Duisburg, Germany, the Reuter business family have been a phenomenon for years. Managing director Jörn Reuter has dedicated his time completely to potatoes, garlic and onions during the last years. Two years ago, he and is colleague Mr Pleines started up their business together and.....

ILIP to focus on Life+ food preservation packaging at Fruit Attraction

European manufacturers of thermoformed plastic packaging for fresh produce and food service, ILIP will be presenting their Life+ system and Food2Go range simultaneously at Fruit Attraction and Eat2Go events.ILIP will be one of the exhibitors of Pasarela Inova, the space dedicated to innovations in the fresh.....

Italy: Clementines from the Sibari plain

The harvesting of clementines started in early October at O.P. Agricor, owner of theGallobrand. The fruit is cultivated on the Sibari plain and is sweeter than 2016 by two Brix degrees (13-14 against the 11 of last year). "This sweetness is due to the drought in summer, which damaged other crops but favoured.....

Germany: Bayer sells parts of seed business to BASF for 5.9 billion euros

As part of the planned takeover of Monsanto, Bayer, a German seed company, has signed an agreement to sell certain Crop-Sience-businesses to BASF for 5.9 billion euros. The shops that are to be sold made about 1.3 billion euros together in 2016. "We are taking into account the potential concerns of the.....

The high prices of 2015 are but a memory

"Spanish almonds should be standardized to displace American almonds"

Aragon and some high altitude areas of Granada and Almeria are experiencing the death throes of the 2017 almond harvest, in which the price at origin, as already happened in 2016, has fallen when compared to the previous campaign, and even below import prices.Will the levels of the Spanish almond's price at.....

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Austin Mortimer - Rockit Global Limited

"We are building a global brand, it's not just about selling apples"

This year has seen a lot of significant changes for Rockit apples: new private equity investors, new board members and a new CEO."It has been quite a watershed year for us," explains new CEO, Austin Mortimer. "It was time for changes within the company, the board and the founder of Rockit had different views.....

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Loblaw lays off 500 office workers

Walmart pulls back on store openingsWalmart plans on opening fewer that 15 Supercenters and fewer than 10 Neighborhood Markets next year. This will be its lowest pace of new store openings for over 15 years, and extends the slowdown we have seen in new space development at the retailer over recent years. As.....


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