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Friday, September 21, 2018

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Plenty of fields still water-logged in North Carolina

The sun is finally out in North Carolina, but the ground is still very wet as the state slowly starts to recover from ex-Hurricane Florence. Many sweet potato fields are still underwater, and growers have not have not had a chance to formally assess fields. The general consensus is that there will be…

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Some peaches and plums remain for California stone fruit

The California stone fruit season has just about finished for the year. Growers are now picking and packing remaining fruit, bringing the harvest season to a close by the end of next week. Out of all the varieties, there will likely be some late season plums available for another five or six weeks, after…

Lighter demand for rhubarb this season is against trend

As the season for domestic field rhubarb comes to an end, supplies look light. “Field rhubarb starts around April 1st and runs until mid-October while our hot house rhubarb goes from mid-January to March,” says Roger Knutson of Knutson Farms Inc. in Sumner, Wa.  This puts an end to a lighter demand for field rhubarb this year. “The demand…

Grower sues Miami competitor over hot-selling avo

In a remote valley in the Dominican Republic, the discovery of a single special tree spawned a new species of avocado. Called the Carla, it has since emerged as a rock star of…

Regarding $12 bln aid package:

WTO members demand more clarity on US farm spending

Trading partners will demand more details from the United States at the World Trade Organization next week about its planned $12 billion aid package, destined for US farmers…

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California melon supply starts to dip

Watermelons in California have been in ample supply this season. “I feel like there’s been a good supply and that’s driven the price down—because there’s been an oversupply,” says David Vierra of Vierra Farms in Sacramento, Ca. “It’s a combination of extra plantings and good weather. Anytime you come out of a…

California to build first large-scale water storage after 40 years

Last week the U.S. Senate and House passed a funding bill addressing “water storage, drought preparedness and water infrastructure needs for the Bureau of Reclamation and Army Corps of Engineers” in the 2019 Energy and Water Bill. Also included in the bill is a package of spending bills that also contains funding for…

United Fresh appoints McDonald’s supply chain leader to Board of Directors

United Fresh Chairwoman Cindy Jewell, from California Giant Berry Farms, has appointed Sarah Grady to fill an open seat on the United Fresh Board of Directors. Grady is the…

Currency crisis unfolding – Will it catch up to the US?

A review of the values of 143 global currencies indicates that so far this year, more than 80 percent have fallen in value. Another 11 appear to be pegged to the dollar and 13…

For September 20, 2018:

US Market and Crop update onions

New York: Michelle Gurda, with A. Gurda produce in Pine Island, told us on Sept. 19 that demand has been steady. “We are still shipping a few onions out of the West, but we started harvesting our New…

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China: 6600 square meter plant factory constructed in Chongqing

The first Xutian plant factory in Chongqing, which began construction in the Tongnan District International Agricultural Science Park in November of 2017, is now finished and in operation. The construction was a joint undertaking of Shaanxi Xutian Co., Ltd. and Chongqing Tongnan District International…

Colombian woman arrested for coordinating shipments of cocaine hidden in fruit

Edilia Vargas (aka "La Pibe"), who coordinated shipments of cocaine hidden in fruit shipments to Spain, was captured thanks to a joint operation between the Colombian and…

Map of Africa based on population

To get around the challenges of always relying on the standard world map, economist Max Roser instead has made a population cartogram of Africa, based on 2018 population figures.

United Fresh appoints McDonald’s supply chain leader to Board of Directors

United Fresh Chairwoman Cindy Jewell, from California Giant Berry Farms, has appointed Sarah Grady to fill an open seat on the United Fresh Board of Directors. Grady is the…

Currency crisis unfolding – Will it catch up to the US?

A review of the values of 143 global currencies indicates that so far this year, more than 80 percent have fallen in value. Another 11 appear to be pegged to the dollar and 13…

Regarding $12 bln aid package:

WTO members demand more clarity on US farm spending

Trading partners will demand more details from the United States at the World Trade Organization next week about its planned $12 billion aid package, destined for US farmers…

League of Legends’ latest mascot is a giant, talking cabbage roll

League of Legends developers Riot Games have put out some TV adverts over recent weeks. For Japanese audiences there was something quite different, as their new League of Legends mascot is a giant, talking cabbage roll. Allegedly it is a play on words. In Japanese, the expression ‘lol’ (and therefore League of Legends’…

Measure taken to keep South Australia fruit fly free

Millions of sterile fruit flies are set to be released in two areas that have witnessed an outbreak of the Mediterranean fruit fly, in a bid to eradicate the horticultural…

Fresh processor introduces retail packaging featuring TV show branding for preschoolers

North American fresh-cut fruit and vegetable network Your Way*Fresh is teaming up with Entertainment One’s children’s television series PJ Masks in an effort to encourage kids…

North Carolina

US: Agri losses from Florence will be extensive

North Carolina farmers will suffer some heavy losses from the effects of Hurricane Florence. Preliminary reports from the state Agriculture Department show heavy hits to peanut, soybean, cotton and sweet potato crops. Wunc.org  quoted spokeswoman Heather Overton with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services…

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Chile: Good results of fruit sector are linked to China

Fruit growing is one of the activities that gives Chile the most benefits. In the last season, the country exported 2.72 million tons of fruit for US $5.283 billion. Some varieties have managed…

New Zealand kiwifruit growers experience a bumper Hayward crop

New Zealand kiwifruit growers have experienced a big season, with volumes of the Hayward (Green) variety up significantly. "There is a lot of fruit to sell," New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc. CEO Nikki Johnson said. "The Green is probably the talking point because it has just bounced back from last year. So, there…

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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…

Agenda more »

Cydiance displays products in Peruvian Expoalimentaria

Expoalimentaria will take place in Lima, Peru, on September 26-28. The exposition is one of the most important international commercial platforms for Latin American food products, drinks, machinery, and facilities. Exporters and purchasing traders from all over the world gather here to exchange…

37th edition of the IKO Conference

The annual IKO ( International Kiwifruit Organization ) convention was held in Bordeaux (France) on September 9-12. The main global producers took part - Italy, Chile, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Greece and France.     As usual, the event was an occasion to discuss the various topics involved in kiwi cultivation such as production, commercialization and plant health. CSO…

Citrus more »

Spain: EU to continue monitoring Turkish lemon arrivals

The European Commission has decided to maintain the special controls for Turkish lemons in the 2018-2019 campaign to verify that they comply with European regulations on…

Castellon

Given the increased production of citrus, Spain plans to increase exports outside Europe

The increase in production in all agricultural sectors, which ranges between 15% and 20%, will allow Castellon to harvest around 650,000 tons of citrus this season and force exporting companies to redouble their external presence. Even though the European Union accounts for 93% of exports, which in 2017 totaled 764…

Spain: Murcia demands more control in the arrival of citrus to Cartagena

The Government of Murcia is worried about the threat that imported lemons with black spot, arriving at the port of Cartagena, could pose for the lemon sector. The Minister of…

Jose Manuel Pardo:

"Small sizes affect companies which package mandarins with leaves"

The harvest of early Iwasaki and Okitsu mandarins has started in the region of Safor, Valencia. The yields per hectare are higher, there are also more smaller sizes, which are difficult to market, especially for companies that pack the fruit with leaves. "Despite there being more production this year, I will have 30% less…

Yunnan early-season tangerine demand exceeds supply

Yunnan early-season tangerines have begun to mature. The production volume is large this year and the price is also high. Farmers enjoy both an abundant harvest and an…

Mexico: Jalisco, one of the main producers of Persian limes

Jalisco is Mexico's sixth biggest producer of Persian limes with 7,200 registered and certified hectares and a production of 88,261 tons. 70% of Jalisco's production is exported to international…

Eduardo Cifres:

Spain: "In this campaign, persimmon producers mustn't rush to sell their product"

The Valencian persimmon campaign will begin with the first harvests at the end of September. This will also be the first campaign of a new company created by producers who decided to export their product themselves, moved by the disastrous prices achieved in last year's campaign. "The profitability of persimmon has been…

Texas A&M AgriLife Research:

Potential breakthrough could help against citrus greening

As citrus greening continues to devastate Florida's citrus crop, researchers think they've discovered a way to gain new insights into the disease, which, in turn, could help…

NT's biggest citrus farm permitted to trade interstate

Australia: Canker breakthrough

The Northern Territory's biggest citrus farm has finally received permission to sell fruit interstate. It is five months after the plant disease citrus canker was first detected in Darwin. The Nutrano farm, which…

Spain: A project to fight against fraud and varietal piracy in citrus fruits

A few weeks before the most intense period of the citrus season starts, the first deals achieved between farmers and businesses show that mandarin prices are somewhat lower…

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First export of red-heart kiwifruit from Liupanshui to Russia

The first shipment of red-heart kiwifruit from Liupanshui Prefecture in Guizhou, weighing 40 tons, left on September 6th in refrigerated transport and passed through Khorgas…

Organic industry in Thailand increases production for China

People in the food industry in Thailand have realized that the interest of Chinese consumers for healthy food brings great commercial opportunities for the organic food…

"50% of kiwi-berries lost because of rainfall and floodwater"

"The kiwi-berry harvest season began half a month earlier in comparison with the previous year. We began harvesting our first early-season varieties on July 26th and finished by the end of August. We grow 6 different kiwi-berry varieties to spread our harvest season and extend our supply season. Our…

Taiwan's Agricultural Food Administration hopes to stabilize production and sales

Taiwan's government hopes that garlic farmers will reduce production by 10%

In Taiwan Province of China, this year's new round of garlic has been planted in early September. The Agriculture and Food Administration of the Taiwan Agriculture Council is…

First batch of New Zealand avocados hits the Chinese market

According to the latest list of registered orchards and packaging factories, the first commercial New Zealand avocados have officially entered the Chinese market and are now on sale at Tmall. Previously, most of the domestically sold avocados came from countries such as Mexico, Chile and Peru. It is understood that the…

'Spooky Foods' campaign to entice more shoppers to buy exotic produce

Frieda's Specialty Produce is offering “Spooky Foods” in an effort to bring more fruits and vegetables to this sugary treat-filled holiday. According to the company, traditional fall pumpkins and squash with a Spooky Foods destination display will entice shoppers to buy more of these fruits and…

Thousands of trays head south to markets

Australian mango season heats up in Northern Territory

In the Northern Territory, the mango season is ramping up,  with growers sending thousands of trays to markets around Australia this week. Australia produced more than 10 million trays for the first time last season, with 48 per cent of the national mango crop produced by the Northern Territory. Farmers and…

Grower sues Miami competitor over hot-selling avo

In a remote valley in the Dominican Republic, the discovery of a single special tree spawned a new species of avocado. Called the Carla, it has since emerged as a rock star of…

Kenya: Nairobians are going crazy about pineapple peels

Pineapple peels have become a hot property in Nairobi overnight. This is after a Facebook user shared a recipe to brew Mexican pineapple beer using the peels and sugar. The recipe, whose procedure…

Australian project helps Vietnamese mango famers

Some 270 farmer households in the Mekong Delta provinces of Dong Thap and Tien Giang will receive support to improve their mango supply chain’s competitiveness. This will take place under…

Costa Rica's exotic fruit has opportunities in Canada

According to the Exotic Fruit Market in Canada study, carried out by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotora (PROCOMER), Costa Rica has the opportunity to market exotic fruits…

Organic more »

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…

Who is buying the most organic groceries?

The global market for organic food has grown rapidly, already surpassing the $60 billion mark in value in 2012. While organic supermarkets have become increasingly common in developed countries, many regular supermarkets have also started offering an increasingly wide range of organic produce. For some people, the…

Health more »

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…

IT more »

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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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…

University of Wisconsin -Madison

University specialists and apple growers bring data to the orchard

A robot weather station stands watch above the fences of an apple orchard in the Richland County hills. The device, a  21st-century enhancement of the ancient weathervane, is measuring wind, rain, humidity, temperature and sunlight duration and intensity. Installed this spring, the weather station is part of a system…

Processed fruit and vegetables more »

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…

Albert Schulp, Schulp Vruchtensappen:

Demand for cherry juice seriously increasing”

From juices to seaweed and a programme filled with sustainability and flavour. Last weekend, the ‘foodies of Foodlog’ met at Schulp Vruchtensappen. The company built a reputation for itself with fruit juices. “Demand for cherry juice is seriously increasing, probably because it’s known to improve your…

Cooling more »

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…

Food safety more »

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…

Arizona: Growers hope new leafy greens protocols will help prevent outbreaks

For months romaine growers, consumer advocates, researchers and government agencies have been scrutinizing factors that contributed to this year’s deadly E. coli outbreak. As…

Traces of Listeria and Salmonella found

Tesco, Lidl and Asda food recalls

The Food Standards Agency has added more items to its food recall list after Listeria and Salmonella were found in a number of products. The update comes after Asda, Lidl and Tesco had to recall a number of products after they were found to pose a health risk to consumers. Affected shoppers are being urged not to eat the…

US officials probe Cyclospora spike

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that 2,173 lab-confirmed domestically acquired Cyclospora cases in 33 states were reported from May through August. This was markedly higher than the past two years, and that some of the illnesses reflect restaurant clusters linked to contaminated basil and…

Potato virus detected in Canterbury

Biosecurity New Zealand is working with Potatoes New Zealand to respond to a detection of Potato mop-top virus (PMTV) in potato tubers in Canterbury. Incident controller, David Yard, says…

Young boy arrested by police

Australia's strawberry needle scare spurs proposal for 15-year jail term

Police in Australia have arrested a young boy who admitted to inserting needles into strawberries as part of an apparent prank. New South Wales Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Stuart Smith would not release further details. "Obviously in the last few days we found a young person that admitted to playing a prank,…

Nuts and dried fruits more »

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…

Pecan Nation wants to put the pecan on the map

Pecan Nation launches in the U.S. this Fall. Colorful stand up shippers and a smaller than expected 8-oz re-sealable bag highlights the new brand, Pecan Nation as it encourages more trial at point of purchase and breathes new energy into a booming category. Reinforced by the American Pecan Council’s multi-million dollar nationwide…

Packaging and Labelling more »

Small traders’ revenue drops as shoppers avoid plastic packaging

As scrutiny increases on plastics use across all industries, new research* from Paymentsense reveals over half (54%) of small retailers have seen sales of plastic packaged…

Hofer saves on packaging through laser labeling of fruit

HOFER discounter launches offensive to reduce packaging waste

Hofer has decided on an ambitious packaging strategy. - Reduction in packaging volume by 30 percent by 2025 - Recyclability of 100 percent of its packaging by 2022 For several years now, Hofer has been working on reducing the use of packaging materials, or making them more sustainable. This is a part of the "Project 2020" sustainability…

Product information more »

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…

China: Price of most agricultural products showed a downward trend in first half of the year

Since the beginning of this year, the supply of agricultural products in China has been generally abundant, and the prices of most agricultural products have continued to…

Retail more »

Countdown 1st supermarket chain to team up with UnionPay nationwide

Carrefour Italy: blockchain technology

Holland: Retailer Jumbo opens pop-up store dedicated to Formula 1 driver Jumbo has opened a pop-up store in its Groningen Food Markt outlet dedicated to Dutch Formula 1 star Max Verstappen. The store-within-a-store concept features a Red Bull Racing Formula 1 car, as well as Max Verstappen-themed…

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Southern hemisphere expects good harvest

OVERVIEW GLOBAL BLUEBERRY MARKET

The blueberry harvest is about to start in the southern hemisphere. In some countries, the pickers are already working, but the volumes are still limited. European importers are looking forward to the new overseas season. Due to the warm summer, the European campaign has finished early and there is a threat of a small gap in…

Climate more »

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…

Plenty of fields still water-logged in North Carolina

The sun is finally out in North Carolina, but the ground is still very wet as the state slowly starts to recover from ex-Hurricane Florence. Many sweet potato fields are still underwater, and growers have not have not had a chance to formally assess fields. The general consensus is that there will be…

China: How did typhoon "Mangkhut" affect the fruit industry?

The typhoon "Mangkhut" drew the attention of various industries. From the perspective of the fruit industry, the typhoon caused a two-day break in fruit transport from south China to north China, including fruit transport from Southeast Asia via south China to north China. Wholesale prices in many areas…

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