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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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South African citrus establishes solid presence in the US

Although the northern summer is fast approaching and the US domestic citrus season has peaked, the southern hemisphere regions are gearing up for winter, and subsequently their citrus season. One of these is South Africa, where their citrus program is about to commence for the year. Harvesting began in April.....

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Mango consumption in US has almost doubled in 12 years

Mango consumption in the US has substantially increased in recent decades. Part of the reason for this is an increase in availability as well as better promotional efforts. Educating consumers is also key and this is what the National Mango Board (NMB) says it has done in the 13 and a half years since its.....

More growers supplying cactus pears for US market

Although cactus pears are quite widely consumed in Mexico, they are also staking a place in the US market. Suppliers have observed that more Mexican growers have entered the market, and supplies have increased. Additionally, there are more shipping points compared to just a few years ago."Demand for cactus.....

California spinach looks good for supplies

With good weather on its side, supplies are healthy for spinach out of California. “Supplies are very very plentiful for spinach,” says Frank Ratto of Ratto Bros Inc. in Modesto, Ca. “I believe the Salinas Valley, Oxnard and Santa Maria as well have strong supplies of spinach.” In addition to spinach coming.....

Oppy promotes Audrey Desnoyers

With a new step in a career already marked with considerable distinction, Audrey Desnoyers has been promoted to the role of Seattle office sales manager.In recent years, Desnoyers has emerged as a trusted leader within the fresh produce sales, marketing and distribution company. Serving as Oppy’s national.....

Hazel Technologies expands team and opens new facility

Hazel Technologies, Inc., a USDA-supported company, welcomes fresh produce industry veteran, Mario Cervantes, to its team as the new business development and sales manager at Hazel Technologies. To support the company’s fast-growing partnerships, Hazel welcomes seven new members – including Cervantes – to its.....

US fresh produce grower and importer starts offering Alabama-grown blueberries

Crystal Valley Foods has announced that it has partnered with Old South Blueberries, LLC and will begin shipping Alabama-grown blueberries under both the Crystal Valley and Old South Blueberries labels this season. The first shipments will begin at the end of May and they will be available through the end of.....

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas held annual meeting on May 15

Members of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) held their annual meeting on May 15, 2018 in Nogales, Arizona. The annual meeting is an opportunity for members to discuss key actions from the previous year with detailed updates from the FPAA’s president, chairman, and staff. In addition, the.....

Citrus Research Board quantifies industry importance

New study reveals California citrus economic impact

The total economic impact of California’s iconic citrus industry is $7.117 billion according to a new study commissioned by the Citrus Research Board (CRB).“In updating our economic analysis, we selected a well-known expert, Bruce Babcock, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of.....

However, US citrus industry still hurting

Farmers 'cautiously optimistic' after China trade deal

The Trump administration sent mixed signals Monday about a potential trade deal with China, as senior economic officials defended a decision to lift sanctions in exchange for promises from Beijing to ease trade barriers.Administration officials announced over the weekend the US would hold off on $150 billion.....


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Micro-algae biostimulant to increase the productivity and taste of melon

For the second year in a row, an independent study conducted by the iMiDRA has demonstrated the effectiveness of AlgaEnergy's micro-algae biostimulants in melon cultivation."The trial, which was designed with statistical significance and carried out by the prestigious agro-food research center, shows that,.....

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas held annual meeting on May 15

Members of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) held their annual meeting on May 15, 2018 in Nogales, Arizona. The annual meeting is an opportunity for members to discuss key actions from the previous year with detailed updates from the FPAA’s president, chairman, and staff. In addition, the.....

However, US citrus industry still hurting

Farmers 'cautiously optimistic' after China trade deal

The Trump administration sent mixed signals Monday about a potential trade deal with China, as senior economic officials defended a decision to lift sanctions in exchange for promises from Beijing to ease trade barriers.Administration officials announced over the weekend the US would hold off on $150 billion.....

California Fresh Fruit on offensive over water & labor

As California fruit growers wait for effective tools to mechanically harvest their crops, the association that represents about 85 percent of the industry is on the offensive, hoping to secure wins in water and labor issues.Former Congressman George Radanovich is nearing his second full year as president of.....

Mexican fruit fly quarantine in part of Texas

Effective May 12, 2018, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has established a Mexican fruit fly (Mexfly) quarantine zone in a residential area of San Ygnacio, Zapata County, Texas. APHIS is applying safeguarding measures and restrictions on the interstate movement or entry into foreign trade.....


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Mendoza

Argentina: 62% of plum production to be dried has a good quality

With a generous production and a healthy looking crop, the first results of the 2017-2018 season look promising for Mendoza's plums.There was no hail, no low temperatures, and no red spot recorded. The productive balance for the plum is great; according to data from the IDR, Mendoza produced more than 150.....

Turkey: Export target for grapes is around 250 million USD

Aegean Region Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Association Chairman, Hayrettin Ucak: “Turkey has exported 196 million USD worth of grapes in 2017 and we are aiming to increase this number to 250 million USD in 2018. The Sultani variety among grapes is responsible for 70% of these exports with 135 million USD export.....

Australian Melon Association

'Use your melon, buy a melon'

The Australian melon industry has suffered serious losses since the listeria incident in February. In an effort to assist the industry to get back on its feet, The Ringer, a long-time loyal friend of the melon industry, is asking consumers to "Buy a melon" and get behind the industry. With a ringing call of.....

Fresh Grocer: Cotton Candy grapes

Fresh Grocer Tony Tantillo says cotton candy grapes are imported so don't wait too long to eat them.

Apple exports estimated at 14% down, pear exports at -7%

South African topfruit season battles through drought

The last of South Africa’s apples and pears have been harvested at the end of a difficult season but one which could have been worse, if it weren’t for the steady orchard expansion of the past few years, which buffered the industry against more serious losses, as well as conditions favouring colour.....

US fresh produce grower and importer starts offering Alabama-grown blueberries

Crystal Valley Foods has announced that it has partnered with Old South Blueberries, LLC and will begin shipping Alabama-grown blueberries under both the Crystal Valley and Old South Blueberries labels this season. The first shipments will begin at the end of May and they will be available through the end of.....


Herbsmore »


Wireless system for precision irrigation in soil-less greenhouse basil cultivation

Dielectric moisture sensors are particularly suitable to manage irrigation in soil-less greenhouse production. Identifying the practical effects of substrate water content on crop performance is crucial for sensor-based irrigation.A) Main network control unit (MNCU); B) wireless SDI-12 Host Node (WSHN)."We.....


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Last chance opportunies at London Produce Show

Registrations remain open and the final exhibition stands are selling out for the immersive three-day fresh produce trade event of the year.The London Produce Show and Conference (LPS) has announced a handful of remaining opportunities to get involved with the biggest gathering of fresh fruit and vegetable.....


Citrusmore »


South African citrus establishes solid presence in the US

Although the northern summer is fast approaching and the US domestic citrus season has peaked, the southern hemisphere regions are gearing up for winter, and subsequently their citrus season. One of these is South Africa, where their citrus program is about to commence for the year. Harvesting began in April.....

Argentinians consume 3.9 kg of lemons per year

Lemons are a major player in Argentina's economy. Argentina is the biggest producer of this product in the world, and annual per capita consumption of this fruit in the country is 3.9 kilos.But that's not all. Argentina produces 1.6 million tons of lemons. In addition, the country is the world's leading lemon.....

The value of brand extensions

ClemenGold gin has aficionados raving

One of the most valuable assets of a business is its brand equity -- the combination of how many consumers are aware of the brand, on the one hand, and the positive view these consumers harbor of the company's products and services. For ClemenGold, the global leader in the category for premium mandarins, its.....

Citrus Research Board quantifies industry importance

New study reveals California citrus economic impact

The total economic impact of California’s iconic citrus industry is $7.117 billion according to a new study commissioned by the Citrus Research Board (CRB).“In updating our economic analysis, we selected a well-known expert, Bruce Babcock, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of.....


Exotic fruit and vegetablesmore »


Australia's newest avocado brand

Lovacado: Aussie avos from Costa

With its premier launch this week in Australia's Food Capital of Melbourne, Lovacado is the avocado brand that gives you'me-time' when you need it most. The avocados are nurtured by farmers across Australia, backed by the premium quality and farming pride that is synonymous with Costa. "We wanted to create a.....

More growers supplying cactus pears for US market

Although cactus pears are quite widely consumed in Mexico, they are also staking a place in the US market. Suppliers have observed that more Mexican growers have entered the market, and supplies have increased. Additionally, there are more shipping points compared to just a few years ago."Demand for cactus.....


Organicmore »


San Marino to become the first organic country in the world

"We announced the project last year and can now confirm that we expect to fully implement it within the next five years," explained Augusto Michelotti, State secretary for the Territory, Environment and Agriculture in the Repubblica di San Marino."Thanks to the collaboration of two great experts in the organic.....


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Berries and grapes may keep you breathing easy

New research suggests that adding more grapes and berries to your diet could be a tasty way to give your lungs a boost. Researchers claim people who ate the most foods with a particular type of flavonoid, called anthocyanins, maintained the best lung function as they aged. Anthocyanins are found in.....


ITmore »

Gulf Coast fresh produce provider modernizes software solution

Since 1947, Capitol City Produce has been a provider of fresh produce in the Gulf Coast region. After maintaining two separate software systems to run their business over the years, they were determined to find an all-in-one integrated solution to show live inventory and streamline operations.“After speaking.....


Innovationsmore »


Start-up introduces sensors and forecasting algorithms for smart agriculture

Evja is a start-up working in the Smart Agriculture sector and is a partner of RWA and BayWa (among the leading companies in the Austrian and German markets). Its product, OPI, is a Decision-making support system that employs sensors and forecasting algorithms.OPI became available in September 2017 and was.....


Processed fruit and vegetablesmore »

Bonduelle Canada expands three Ontario plants with provincial investment

Ontario is partnering with Bonduelle Canada Inc. to support upgrades to three vegetable processing facilities in the southwestern part of the province. This will create 87 jobs and ensure that more than 700 positions in Tecumseh, Ingersoll and Strathroy will be retained.Bonduelle Canada Inc. processes.....


Coolingmore »


Spain: Refrigeration of goods with up to 50% energy savings

The Port of Huelva and Enagás have developed a pioneering project in Huelva's port facilities, which will allow the refrigeration of goods with the cold generated by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), achieving energy savings of up to 50%.The project was presented by the president of the Port Authority of Huelva,.....


Food safetymore »

Reports say 15 fatalities

Iran: More than a thousand people poisoned by wild mushrooms

The official representative of the Department of Emergency Situations in Iran, Modetab Khalidi, said that due to a mass poisoning by wild mushrooms in the country, 1,017 were made sick, and 15 people have died.There is no effective treatment for this kind of poisoning, Iran's Tasnim News Agency reports. At.....


Nuts and dried fruitsmore »


Italian nut grower-shipper presents the new international supply chain project

Increase the production of quality nuts and thus favor the development of an agricultural economy in the supply chain: Besana, processor and marketer of nuts and dried fruit, has presented at Macfrut 2018 an innovative model of internationalization.The goal is to enhance the cultivation of walnuts, hazelnuts.....


Packaging and Labellingmore »


Itali consortium's recyclable packaging

Macfrut 2018 focused a lot on innovations in fresh produce packaging: in addition to the new 100% R-PET solutions presented by INFIA, the Italì consortium controlled by OPO Veneto presented its fully biodegradable flexible range made with PLA (corn starch).Director Paolo Comparini explained that "we needed to.....


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Albertsons pilots Amazon Go-style technology in stores

Ahold Delhaize: new e-commerce unit

US: SpartanNash expands click-and-collect to Minnesota, Wisconsin Family Fresh MarketsFamily Fresh Markets shoppers in Wisconsin and Minnesota can now buy groceries online and pick them up kerbside at their local store. The chain’s parent company, retailer-wholesaler SpartanNash, has expanded the.....


Global Marketmore »


OVERVIEW GLOBAL LEMON MARKET

Representatives from Spain, Argentina and South Africa, the biggest lemon exporters worldwide, held a meeting recently. One of the points in the agenda was the significant growth of lemon production in these countries. "There are concerns about the quick growth in the production," said the Spanish.....


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