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US market less interested in "King Coconuts"

At this time of year, many of the coconuts entering the US market are being sourced from Thailand. These include the young coconuts which are mainly used for the juice they contain, as well as the fruit for the fresh market. Thailand supplies the United States all year round and production remains…

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Shelf life extension packaging now available for meal kits

Packaging that extends shelf life is often used during transit to maintain product freshness as well as help keep temperatures and ripening to preferred levels. A Canadian company has recently introduced similar technology for the packaging of meal kits. Called PrimePro, the product from Chantler…

Avocados: Mexico season taking over from California and Peru

The California avocado season has now concluded with only trace amounts of fruit remaining in the market. Seasonal volume increased from the previous year despite some fruit loss during some of the more intense heat waves during the summer. "We finished the California season several weeks ago and most of the big…

Washington potatoes in ample supply

With potato harvest underway, one Canadian food company is finding no trouble sourcing product. “We use U.S. potatoes from Washington and the supply is excellent. Right now is harvest so there’s an abundance of potatoes,” says Lisa Wood of The Greengrocer Inc. in Mississauga, Ont. “We buy potatoes as our customers need them, so…

Del Monte announces joint venture with tomato producer

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. (“Del Monte”) has announced that it has signed an agreement with Rene Produce (“Rene”) to form a Joint Venture that will sell and market…

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New ad campaign focuses on health benefits of grapes

A new ad campaign from the farmers of fresh California grapes aims to highlight how consuming normal amounts of grapes each day may contribute to longterm health by helping to…

Midknight market expected to pick up its head

US navel market under pressure due to oversupply

Overall navel volumes from the Western Cape to the USA didn’t much exceed the usual, says Piet Smit, marketing director of Favourite Fresh Export, but California’s early exit made space in the early navel market. During the peak navel production weeks – weeks 21 to 25 – more navels were sent. Meanwhile,…

J&J Family of Farms welcomes Clinton Turner

J&J Family of Farms recently hired Clinton Turner as its new Director of Human Resources. Clinton Turner brings over 10 years of experience in human resources to J&J Family of…

'Paramount Export' of Oakland, California:

Tariffs in China take toll on local produce exporter

President Trump's $200 billion in tariffs, announced Monday, now total $250 billion and are seriously upping the stakes in the US-China trade war. Paramount Export of Oakland is an…

Bonduelle Fresh Americas sends 10,000 salads to help Hurricane Florence victims

Bonduelle Fresh Americas’ team said it has been monitoring Hurricane Florence closely and yesterday packed a truck with 10,000 Ready Pac Foods Bistro Chicken Caesar Salads. The truck left its Swedesboro, New Jersey plant this morning and will arrive Saturday morning at the American Red Cross Shelter in Wilmington, North Carolina to…

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New internship toolkit available from Center for Growing Talent

Internships can help employers address short-term staffing needs, and be a powerful recruiting tool – while also helping our industry to attract qualified new talent. Are you…

Researchers look at 'ripening switch'

'Fruit wants to start ripening only when the time is right'

Scientists have studied ethylene's role in plant physiology for more than a century and the produce industry has long used the gas to manipulate ripening. Ethylene is an important plant hormone. In bananas and many other fruits, production of ethylene surges when the fruit is ready to ripen. This surge triggers the…

Aldi shoppers indignant after live frog found in salad again

Back in July, Shevaughan Tolputt found a green frog jumping around in her bag of lettuce from the Redruth Aldi in Cornwall. Now another couple told devonlive.com of their and shock after they discovered a frog at the bottom of their bag of rocket leaves. They were "horrified" by the discovery following a purchase…

'Paramount Export' of Oakland, California:

Tariffs in China take toll on local produce exporter

President Trump's $200 billion in tariffs, announced Monday, now total $250 billion and are seriously upping the stakes in the US-China trade war. Paramount Export of Oakland is an…

Australia: Sunraysia growers rank ‘surveillance’ as Q-Fly priority

Regional commercial fruit growers of Sunraysia are ranking monitoring and surveillance as the highest priority activities for area-wide management of the Queensland Fruit Fly…

Scuba diver fails to eat banana

This is one of those things that should come with a warning not to attempt it, but this scuba diver was too curious to see if it was possible. At the Cayman Islands, some of the shallower reef dives can last well over an hour. The scenery is breath taking and the water is crystal clear. But eventually hunger sets in and makes a diver…

During the ISHS plenary congress in Istanbul

The scientific community awarded Prof Guglielmo Costa

Prof Guglielmo Costa, from the University of Bologna, has been awarded for the scientific achievements of his researcher activity. The prize has been given at the International Horticultural Congress of Istanbul, that took place in Turkey, at which the Professor participated from the 13th to the 18th of…

Bonduelle Fresh Americas sends 10,000 salads to help Hurricane Florence victims

Bonduelle Fresh Americas’ team said it has been monitoring Hurricane Florence closely and yesterday packed a truck with 10,000 Ready Pac Foods Bistro Chicken Caesar Salads. The truck left its Swedesboro, New Jersey plant this morning and will arrive Saturday morning at the American Red Cross Shelter in Wilmington, North Carolina to…

What grocery shopping looks like in 10 places around the world

Grocery shopping is something most of us do on auto-pilot. Grabbing food staples at the store is such an everyday activity that it's hard to imagine the experience being very different. The where, when, and how, however, of grocery shopping actually varies a great deal from country to country. We used Numbeo's cost of living calculator…

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China set to continue as top destination for Australian grape company

The Chinese market has already become a significant one for major Australian table grape producer Fruittree Trading Pty Ltd, which says the demand from China and Japan are growing by around 20-30 per cent annually. Sales Director Vincent He explains that China contributed around 80 per cent of the company's sales in…

French pear prices above the average

Despite a late start to the season, French pear prices are +20% above the 2013-2017 average. It is the third year in a row that prices have increased, last year they were…

New study:

How fruits got their eye-catching colors

Scientists say they have new evidence that plants owe their rainbow of fruit colors to the different animals that eat them. Of course, that the bright red of a berry is a signal to hungry birds is not a new idea. Since the late 1800's researchers have speculated that the colors of fleshy fruits evolved…

Blueberry exports out of North America show increase in volume and destinations

The North American 2018 blueberry season has come to a close. “In general, it was a good season with relatively high yields and strong quality,” says Travis McLachlan with Terra Exports. The season started in California and moved its way up to Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Terra Exports works…

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China: Coriander production volume down 90% this year

Vegetable prices increased throughout China in the last week of August. The price of coriander increased from 15 yuan [2.20 USD] per kg to as much as 50-120 yuan [7.32-17.56 USD]. Coriander was even more expensive than meat. Coriander farmers explain that the price increase has very little to do with the…

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Fruit Attraction 2018 announces Tapas Verdes contest for non-professional chefs

Fruit Attraction is launching the Tapas Verdes (#TapasVerdesFA) competition via its social media. The competition is aimed at the general public (not professionals), who will…

DOGK: “This project is an opportunity for growth"

The eighth edition of the German Fruit and Vegetable Congress (DOGK) was attended for the first time by Portugal Fresh, the Association for the Promotion of Fruit, Vegetables and Flowers of Portugal, representing more than 3,000 producers. Portugal Fresh attended as the guest presenter at the eighth edition of the…

Photo Report: World Food Moscow 2018

From 17 to 20 September, Moscow was home to the annual World Food Moscow. This year, there were 1.516 companies from 62 countries at World Food Moscow. They presented their products and services to 29.859 visitors. In the fresh fruit and vegetable halls, there were countries from all corners of the…

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Spain: "Our clementines don't hit the market until those from the southern hemisphere are sold out"

Pepe Bellver, a producer from Alginet, is one of the many who, right now, believe there is no interest on the part of traders to buy fruit. "They come, they see the fruit and…

Chinese consumers start to buy domestic products

China: Price of US imported oranges up by 50%

When the United States provoked a trade war, China was forced to fight back with tariffs on agricultural exports to the United States. In some supermarkets and fruit stores in…

U.S. Sugar announces progress in partnership with Texas A&M

On Sept. 11, U.S. Sugar, in a partnership with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, announced a significant step forward in research efforts fighting diseases impacting food…

Midknight market expected to pick up its head

US navel market under pressure due to oversupply

Overall navel volumes from the Western Cape to the USA didn’t much exceed the usual, says Piet Smit, marketing director of Favourite Fresh Export, but California’s early exit made space in the early navel market. During the peak navel production weeks – weeks 21 to 25 – more navels were sent. Meanwhile,…

The rain in Mexico threatens the stable supply of limes

According to lime producers in Mexico, the heavy rains in Veracruz are beginning to create difficult conditions for trucks. Even though the rain stopped this week, it is a situation that lime producers are controlling. The offer has been constant for several weeks, but if it were interrupted due to…

Eddy Kreukniet, Exsa Europe, on South African citrus season:

“Lemons are gold, oranges stable, but tangerines and grapefruit will be negatively affected”

The South African citrus season is once again headed for the ‘duty deadline’ of 15 October. Eddy Kreukniet of Exsa Europe gives us an update about the season, and looks ahead as well. “The new plantings of tangerines and lemons in particular could just result in a growth of 15 to 20 per cent. The…

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Australian pomegranate research leads to major science symposium hosting rights

South Australia will host a major science and research symposium in 2021, thanks largely to the work from PomPersia, which is aiming to expand the country's pomegranate industry. The company represented Australia for the first time at the prestigious IV International Symposium for Pomegranate and Minor Mediterranean Fruits…

Australian papaya growers set for bumper crop

The Australian papaya industry will probably set a record as the harvesting season gets underway. Papaya Australia reported that excellent weather conditions and an increase…

Spain: Cobella expects to harvest 150 tons of pomegranates in first commercial season

The Sociedad Cooperativa Nuestra Señora de la Bella has added a new fruit to its already extensive range of agricultural products, which are marketed through Onubafruit. Since…

Spain: Producer bets on pitahaya cultivation in Huelva

Filippe Jesus Claudio (47 years old), a farmer born in France, of Portuguese parents, and settled for several years in Cartaya, Huelva (where he arrived for work reasons), has ventured into the cultivation of an exotic fruit that is new for the province. He will be growing pitahaya, or dragon fruit, also known as…

Vietnam: Vinh Phuc province exports first red flesh dragon fruits to Australia

Last week, the first batch of red flesh dragon fruits from Vietnam’s Vinh Phuc province was exported Australia. According to the Vietnam Trade Office in Australia, this is the first time Vietnamese red flesh dragon fruits have been exported to the Aussie market. Australia is a choosy but promising market for Vietnamese…

Malaysia needs more land for pineapple cultivation

According to The Star , Malaysia will need at least another 3,000 ha of land to grow MD2 pineapples if it wants to be able to meet the demand of domestic and overseas markets.…

Vietnam's fruits need to gain domestic market before exporting

Vietnam’s fruit sector should focus on gaining trust from domestic consumers before focusing on exports, said deputy general director of the Plant Cultivation Department under…

South African villagers to tap into 'superfood' baobab trend

About 1,000 women in the village of Muswodi Dipeni, in the northern province of Limpopo, earn a living by harvesting the furry, hard-shelled baobab fruit pods. The seeds and the chalky powder inside the pods have become a global health craze celebrated for their vitamin-packed properties and now used in…

Colombia: European businessmen in Pereira get to know the Hass avocado offer

Next week, a group of 18 European businessmen will visit the Colombian city of Pereira to learn about Colombia's Hass avocado offer and the country's potential as a supplier,…

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Cambodia: Khmer Organic & Heifer to build up organic agriculture

Last Friday, Heifer International Cambodia and the Khmer Organic Cooperative signed a collaboration agreement that will give 35,000 smallholder farmers in 64 agricultural communities greater market access and boost the price of their products. The smallholder farmers concerned produce chemical-free…

The new concept launched by LiPa Piantine at the Sana fair

Organic edible flowers in pots: maximized freshness at one's fingertips

The concept is to offer not only edible flowers and edible organic products, but also an entire plant that will reproduce itself if handled with appropriate care. This will maximize the plant's freshness at the time of harvest, without the need of further packaging. The concept of organic edible flowers…

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Fruity beauty: Use of fruit in personal care products increases 10.7%

The use of fruit ingredients in beauty and personal care products is on the rise, says specialty ingredients supplier Cornelius. Fruit ingredients used in personal care…

New French research:

‘Agroecology can feed Europe pesticide-free in 2050’

European agriculture can phase out pesticides, reduce its impacts on climate and biodiversity while ensuring food security for Europeans, French researchers Pierre-Marie…

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INNOVAGRO 2018 Awards

CT Tecnova, wins prize for technological innovation

INNOVAGRO is an international network for the management of innovation in the agricultural food sector. It is a space where companies from all over the world can exchange their experiences and technological advances. The goal is to promote and disseminate a culture of innovation among the agricultural…

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Live survey at Nunhems' event

You can live or you can die of innovation

To propose something new, to invent oneself anew: sometimes it sounds paradoxical or difficult. But there are examples of success, such as Granarolo that three years ago introduced the 100% vegetal line of products, alongside the zootechnical-dairy products. Veronica Iannella – marketing, responsible for…

Walmart will use blockchain to stop the spread of E. coli and other diseases in lettuce

Grocery giants Walmart and Sam's Club are requiring their lettuce suppliers to get into blockchain technology. Those providing leafy greens to the grocery chains will need to upload data about their foods to blockchain within a year, the companies announced to its suppliers Monday. The companies highlighted an E.…

Spain: A system to trace stolen fruit

A group of Andalusian entrepreneurs has developed Olidetec, a system that is able to warn of a theft in the countryside and trace the stolen fruit. The service offers 24/7…

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Agriculture Canada trying to preserve quality of frozen vegetables

In Canada, late summer and early fall is the time for home canning and freezing the garden's bounty.  Anyone who has done home preserving will tell you that blanching vegetables…

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New tech makes it cheaper & easier to track the cold chain

About a decade ago, Driscoll’s introduced technology from HarvestMark to electronically track individual consumer packs of berries. While food safety was driving that effort, the company…

EU frozen fruit production shrank considerably over the past year

Frozen fruit market in the EU: Germany remains the largest importer

According to the report " EU: Frozen Fruits - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025 ", recently published by IndexBox, the production of frozen fruits stood at 799K…

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Needle found in Australian strawberries sold in New Zealand

The Australian strawberry scare has spread to New Zealand with a supermarket chain announcing Sunday that needles were found in a box of the fruit sourced from the neighbouring country. The Countdown supermarket chain said it had taken a brand of Australian strawberries off the shelves after a sabotaged…

Kenya: Twiga Foods initiative to test produce

Agricultural supply platform Twiga Foods has announced plans to set up facilities to test fruits and vegetables for pesticide residues. Under the Sh23 million (€194) plan,…

Listeria risk: Belleisle Foods initiates recall of coleslaw

Canadian firm Belleisle Foods is recalling its coleslaw because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Belleisle Foods Ltd. distributed the coleslaw in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, according to the recall notice posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency…

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Ministries of Industry & agriculture set local specifications for date crops

Egypt starts planting two million palm trees of new types

Egypt has started planting two million palm trees of new varieties to meet international demands, as part of the country’s strategic step to further develop the date industry. Egypt has 15.5 million palm trees planted on an area of 36,000 hectares. Head of the Research Department at the Central Laboratory for Date…

Report: Chinese imports of U.S. tree nuts likely to decrease in marketing year

The USDA has released a report on the Chinese imports of U.S. tree nuts. You can find a link to the full report below the article. Walnuts China’s in-shell walnut production is forecast…

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Mela Val Venosta renews its co-branding with Disney

A few days from the start of harvesting,  Mela Val Venosta  is back with its Disney-Val Venosta packaging. A co-marketing operation that combines Mela Val Venosta and Disney - the former is a producer of natural and genuine fruit, while the latter works in family cinema entertainment. Flavor, genuineness and fun in a…

Shelf life extension packaging now available for meal kits

Packaging that extends shelf life is often used during transit to maintain product freshness as well as help keep temperatures and ripening to preferred levels. A Canadian company has recently introduced similar technology for the packaging of meal kits. Called PrimePro, the product from Chantler…

Mela Val Venosta renews its co-branding with Disney

A few days from the start of harvesting,  Mela Val Venosta  is back with its Disney-Val Venosta packaging. A co-marketing operation that combines Mela Val Venosta and Disney - the former is a producer of natural and genuine fruit, while the latter works in family cinema entertainment. Flavor, genuineness and fun in a…

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The A90 made its stunning appearance

Frigga: New product launch conference at Hong Kong Asian Fruit and Vegetable Exhibition

On September 6th, 2018, Dingwei Logistics successfully held the world's most eye-catching exhibition at the Hong Kong Asian Fruit and Vegetable Exhibition. It was the "2019 Frigga Series Product Launch Conference" with the theme of "Legend Tribute". This event was the first global product launch in the…

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Central England Co-operative: strong half-year results

Poundland plans to open 20 stores in former Poundworld sites

Lidl Denmark signs up architectural firms to develop new headquarters Lidl Denmark has appointed architectural firm Link as the overall advisor on the development project of its new 11,000 square metre headquarters at Godsbanen in Aarhus. The discounter has also appointed engineering consultancy Niras as…

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OVERVIEW GLOBAL STONEFRUIT MARKET

The Northern Hemisphere is slowly moving towards autumn. This spells the end of the stone fruit seasons. The hot, sunny weather experienced in the summer months have had consequences for the market. Yet, traders in most countries are satisfied with the results. Canadian cherry farmers have benefited from…

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Typhoon Mangkhut does significant damage to Guangdong

Xinhua reported on September 17th that the provincial meteorological office showed that typhoon Mangkhut landed on the coast of Jiangmen City in Guangdong around 17:00. At that time the wind speed reached 162 km per hour. More than 2.52 million people were already relocated by 18:00 on the day before the…

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