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California navel season filled with small fruit

California’s navel orange season is looking to be the opposite of last year’s season. “We’ve got lots of small oranges in this year. Last year’s crop caused a heavier set and we’ve had an unusually warm fall. It’s been hot here in the valley,” says Randy Jacobson of Orange Cove, Ca.-based Cecelia Packing Corp. “We’ve…

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Rand Waddoups - Walmart

Customers value time just as much as money

One of the key themes driving growth in Walmart's omni-channel strategy, is that customers value time just as much as money when it comes to making purchases. Senior Director Omnichannel, Rand Waddoups says the company is no longer just a 'bricks and mortar' or just an E-commerce store - but they have to be both.…

Holiday demand straining US fresh cranberry supplies

The Massachusetts cranberry harvest finished later than usual this year. Growers say a few factors were involved related to the warm summer and fall period, as well as wet and cold weather during the harvest. Patrick Rhodes of Edgewood Bogs explained that the warm end of summer and early fall led to a…

Solid, but fewer, shipments of Peruvian sweet onions

Imported sweet onions from Peru are coming in via good supplies. “We’re around the halfway point of the Peruvian sweet onion season both in volume and on the calendar,” says John Shuman of Shuman Produce in Reidsville, Ga. “The current supplies are good as we prepare for the upcoming holiday and winter demand.” While…

California pomegranate exports performing well this season

As the California pomegranate harvest draws to a close, suppliers have noted the greater proportion of larger sized fruit compared with previous years. Volumes were reported as variable across California, but on balance seemed to be close to the average. "We finished our pomegranate harvest less than two weeks ago,"…

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Florida F&V Association urges FDA to find source of romaine lettuce outbreak swiftly

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are advising consumers to avoid eating romaine lettuce because it may be contaminated…

Celebrating 20 years of citrus exports from South Africa to the US

Next year, Summer Citrus from South Africa (SCSA) is celebrating 20 years of success for providing fresh citrus to the U.S. market. Founded in 1999 and rebranded in 2016, Summer Citrus from…

US closes busiest Mexico border crossing to install security barriers

The United States closed off northbound traffic for several hours at the busiest border crossing with Mexico to install new security barriers on Monday, a day after hundreds of Tijuana residents protested against the presence of thousands of Central American migrants. The U.S. also closed one of two pedestrian crossings at…

Detecting a fly’s DNA in fruit is key to reducing crops destroyed by the pest

Quick and accurate identification is one way fruit growers can stay ahead of Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD). The pest, which the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has been tracking since 2011, affects berry crops and caused significant losses in cherries in 2017. Its impact…

Cranberries are America’s second favorite berry

Cranberries may make a traditional appearance on many tables this Thanksgiving, but strawberries are still America’s favorite berry. According to ERS’s food availability data, 16.8 pounds of berries per person were available for consumption in 2016, up from 6.5 pounds per person in 1990. Improvements in product quality, year-round availability,…

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Detecting a fly’s DNA in fruit is key to reducing crops destroyed by the pest

Quick and accurate identification is one way fruit growers can stay ahead of Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD). The pest, which the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has been tracking since 2011, affects berry crops and caused significant losses in cherries in 2017. Its impact…

The average price of agricultural land in Spain grew by 2% in 2017

In Spain, the average price of land for agricultural use grew by 2% in 2017. This consolidates a trend of increases that began in 2014, according to the data published by the…

Spain: Japanese delegation learns about El Ejido's agricultural model

A Japanese delegation from the Tohoku region has recently visited the municipality of El Ejido to learn first-hand about its prosperous productive system and find out whether it's possible to transfer some of its techniques and methods to the agriculture of their own region. The councillor of…

Iran-EU conference on agro-food cooperation in Tehran

In Tehran, a joint conference on the development of agricultural cooperation, standards and agro-food trade between Iran and the EU commenced on Monday. It was attended by…

Memorial for California produce veteran on November 30

Leo Mario Rolandelli March 15, 1941 - October 31, 2018 Resident of Orinda Leo Rolandelli passed away Oct 31st, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife…

Tomra strengthens presence in China

At this time, Tomra has three businesses operating in China: Recycling Sorting, Food Sorting and Grading and Beverage Container Collection. Since establishing its first subsidiary in China in 2010, Tomra has been actively increasing its investment and business activities in this dynamic market. Tomra’s business activity…

Probe into alleged antitrust behavior by Maersk, & DP World at Mumbai port

India’s antitrust regulator has ordered a probe into alleged anti-competitive practices by Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk and Dubai’s DP World at the terminals they operate at the country’s largest container port in Mumbai. The decision by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to investigate follows a complaint by…

US: Trailer hauling celery bursts into flames in Washington State

Yesterday, a semi truck hauling celery caught fire along I-5 in Washington State. The truck was heading north near SR-512 just before 10:30 am when it burst into flames, according to trooper Johnna Batiste with the Washington State Patrol. According to komonews.com ¸ the driver managed to get out but the firefighters stated that the…

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Opportunities for the Greeks in Gulf states and Asia

“The West consumes fruit, in the East fruit can also be a gift or an offering”

Although the majority of the Greek companies are focused on the (Eastern) European market, some companies look beyond that. The export to far-off destinations isn’t easy, but that’s where the opportunities can be found. Nick Nafpliotis of Greek and Fresh facilitates exports to the Middle East and Asia.…

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Gärtnerei Kiemle relies on year-round availability of own herbs

''Enough of our own herbs to cover Christmas sales spike''

In December, the demand for exceptional products like herbs usually grows. More and more local gardeners and direct suppliers jump on this bandwagon and set themselves the challenge to be able to offer their own aromatic herbs all year round. Nursery Kiemle, which is headquartered in…

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Rand Waddoups - Walmart

Customers value time just as much as money

One of the key themes driving growth in Walmart's omni-channel strategy, is that customers value time just as much as money when it comes to making purchases. Senior Director Omnichannel, Rand Waddoups says the company is no longer just a 'bricks and mortar' or just an E-commerce store - but they have to be both.…

Busy first day at Horti China 2018

Horti China 2018 kicked off with a very busy first day. The exhibition is divided in two different parts. One part is Horti Tech, which consists of greenhouses, agricultural high-tech and agricultural equipment companies. The other part is Horti Fresh, which consists of different fruit and vegetables…

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California navel season filled with small fruit

California’s navel orange season is looking to be the opposite of last year’s season. “We’ve got lots of small oranges in this year. Last year’s crop caused a heavier set and we’ve had an unusually warm fall. It’s been hot here in the valley,” says Randy Jacobson of Orange Cove, Ca.-based Cecelia Packing Corp. “We’ve…

Francesco Perri's opinions

The clementine situation

In the last few hours, sources from Coldiretti Calabria have been pointing out a difficult situation for the citrus fruit farming sector, especially regarding the clementine. The weather has been very unusual with widespread warmth and humidity. Among the damages, there is an increasing number of spoiled fruits which will…

Celebrating 20 years of citrus exports from South Africa to the US

Next year, Summer Citrus from South Africa (SCSA) is celebrating 20 years of success for providing fresh citrus to the U.S. market. Founded in 1999 and rebranded in 2016, Summer Citrus from…

Pakistan kinnow harvest current season: plus 400,000 tons

The Citrus Research Institute Sargodha is making all-out efforts to aid Pakistani citrus growers, hoping that during the current season growers would get 25-40 percent better…

Turkey: Harvest of citrus fruit starts in East Black Sea region

The citrus fruit harvest has started in the East Black Sea region where citrus fruits are grown as alternative products in an area where hazelnuts are the main product for many growers. Other alternative products grown in the region are kiwi, strawberry and walnut. Persembe town in Ordu, a city located in northern…

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First reports of post harvest rot in Greek kiwis

Actinidia deliciosa , the dominant kiwi species, is an important crop in northern Greece. In 2016, the total production was 182,589 tons and the total harvested area was 7,710…

California pomegranate exports performing well this season

As the California pomegranate harvest draws to a close, suppliers have noted the greater proportion of larger sized fruit compared with previous years. Volumes were reported as variable across California, but on balance seemed to be close to the average. "We finished our pomegranate harvest less than two weeks ago,"…

Quandong surges from native Australian fruit to highly consumed delicacy

Quandongs are one of the fastest growing additions to the Australian native fruit industry, according to grower and ethnobotanist Neville Bonney, who says it has grown in popularity over the past decade. Traditionally eaten by Indigenous Australians for thousands of years, Neville says the fruit has similarities to a…

Seth Wannemuehler's quest:

University of Minnesota tries to big up the kiwiberry

Seth Wannemuehler, University of Minnesota researcher, wants to make the kiwiberry Minnesota’s next big fruit. The green berries, closely related to  the kiwi, are however hairless, approximately the size of a ping pong ball and ready to pop in your mouth, similar to a grape. But according to Wannemuehler, the kiwiberry’ taste…

Israeli company supplies avocados year-round

Lior Gal, the head of international trade at Galilee Export, sources avocado from all over the world for the Israeli export company. This is Galilee Export’s main product. “We supply avocados for twelve months of the year. I source them from Kenya, Chile, Mexico, South Africa and Peru and I bring them to…

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Japan and South Korea looking at organic cultivation in Sikkim

The Indian state of Sikkim has been studied by leading Asian countries like Japan and South Korea, who are expressing their interest in being engaged with Sikkim in terms of…

US grower receives organic handler certification for Miami facility

Crystal Valley Foods (Crystal Valley) has received the organic handler certification at its warehouse and distribution center in Miami Florida. The certification was issued by…

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Multiple statements issued in regards to the E. coli outbreak

Florida F&V Association urges FDA to find source of romaine lettuce outbreak swiftly

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are advising consumers to avoid eating romaine lettuce because it may be contaminated…

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Netherlands: Pommeron platform to connect farmer and customer

Although productivity has always been central within Dutch agriculture, at present, other aspects of food production are receiving increasingly more attention. One of the more problematic aspects is the length of current supply chains, For this, the Pommeron platform seeks to find a solution. Pommeron is an initiative…

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Interpoma: Korean company showcases innovative accessories

The Startup Village at Interpoma 2018 was reserved for the companies that stood out with their original ideas and the realization of several projects. This area was devoted to the novelties proposed by young companies with concrete ideas. One of the start-ups came from South Korea: the Dain Industry produces accessories for fruit farming.…

Processed fruit and vegetables more »

First highly specialized pear-processing plant built

July 16th 2018 saw the opening of the new 18-lane plant equipped with UNITEC Uni 9.0 Pear technology with Pears Sort 3 system to sort different pear grades. It is the first plant in the world highly specialised in pear processing and grading. David Garcia, president of Diamond Fruit Growers, clarified their reasons: "The…

Cooling more »

Kenya’s FreshBox pioneers solar-powered refrigeration East Africa

Kenyan start-up FreshBox is introducing sustainable refrigeration to East African produce markets with its solar-powered, walk-in cold rooms. FreshBox’s flagship unit is a solar-powered, walk-in cold room that can hold over 2100 kg of fruits and vegetables, and can reach temperatures below freezing…

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Russia: Quarantine pest found in fresh fruit from China

Specialists of the plant quarantine supervision department at the state border of the Russian Federation discovered a quarantine object (Mulberry scale) in seven batches of…

Nuts and dried fruits more »

UK: Walnuts in shells in time for Christmas market

The 2018 crop of walnuts in-shell have arrived in the UK. Nutland UK imports the famous Diamond stamped walnuts from the US and have these in time for the Christmas-rush.  "We supply a complete range of nuts and dried fruits, both organic and conventional," explains Chris Dekker from Nutland UK. "We offer almonds, brazils, hazels…

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UK: Booths introduces reusable bags for fruit and veg

As of next month, UK supermarket chain Booths will be offering reusable cotton netted bags, rather than those little plastic ones, for customers picking up their fruit and…

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…

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Glovo: rapid global expansion

Casino: 5% stake bought in fintech firm Lyf Pay

India: Bigbasket in talks to raise $150-200mln in next few months India’s largest online grocer Bigbasket, which raised $300mln from Alibaba earlier this year, is gearing up for a fresh round of fundraising in the next few months. The company is in last-stage talks to raise $150-200mln, according to Hari…

SpartanNash: plans to acquire Martin's Super Markets

Tops: successful completion of its financial restructuring

US: Fairway Market officially debuts mobile self-scanning checkout New York-area grocer Fairway Market has officially launched mobile self-scanning checkout in all of its stores, reportedly making it the first grocer with such an option in the region. Partnering with FutureProof Retail to introduce the…

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Murcia, Valencia and Huelva

Spain: Rainfall damages crops and causes delays in the shipments

Since last week, Spain has been going through a period of heavy rain events which are certainly taking a toll on the fruit and vegetable sector. Depending on the production area, the damage translates into production losses, impact on the crops' quality and delays in the shipments, both now and for…

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