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Friday, December 15, 2017

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California wildfire damage to avocados slowly coming into focus

Following last week’s half-dozen wildfires that traveled through Southern California, local avocado growers are still assessing how deep the damage is in their avocado groves. “I’ve been in the county extensively touring groves, meeting with growers who were impacted and it’s all across the board. The impact.....

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Shortage of super sized sweet onions in the Northwest

The Northwest sweet onion season is approaching the midway point and growers say the season is continuing steadily. Yields are on the light side and there is a shortage of jumbo sized onions, with last year's winter to blame. Growers were unable to plant until later than usual, and as a result, supplies of.....

The 8th edition was another successful one

Photo report New York Produce show

PHOTO REPORTWednesday, December 13, the 8th annual New York Produce Trade Show was held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. The show had another great turnout. Although it was busy throughout the day, the morning seemed to attract more attendees than the afternoon. “It feels like the traffic is better with better.....

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Eggplant production back on track in Honduras

Eggplant growers in Honduras are enjoying good weather and conditions at the moment, which have resulted in an increase in production and improved quality. Farmers had been struggling due to hurricane conditions and heavy rain in recent months. However, they have now recovered and are back on track producing.....

Central Valley citrus growers welcome cooler temperatures as Ventura battles wildfire

While Southern California residents wish for rain to smother the fires raging through their cities, locals welcomed near freezing temperatures to sweeten the crop in orange groves surrounding their towns. In the Tulare County, freezing temperatures made a brief appearance last week dipping to a low of 0.....

Brothers Produce turns up the heat on cold storage expansion

Brothers Produce has announced a major expansion to the Houston Cold Storage division. The expansion takes the total dedicated storage space to 65,000 square feet of cold storage."The cold storage division has been one of our largest areas of growth over the last 24 months and we expect this trend to continue.....

Failed apple harvest in Europe won't be compensated for by global production

The production of apples decreased globally by 2.6 million tonnes over the 2017/2018 season. The global production this season was 76.2 million tonnes. The positive developments in China weren't able to compensate for the losses due to the frost in Europe. This was concluded by the USDA in a recently published.....

Plans to expand to other countries within next few years

Timorex Gold® soon to be launched in Spain and Portugal

STK (Stockton) is on the brink of entering the European market. The company, which develops and markets biological crop protection products, is about to launch Timorex Gold® in Spain and Portugal. “Timorex Gold is used successfully in 30 countries around the world, but it is exciting for us to take these first.....

Del Monte Fresh Produce opens new distribution facility in Houston, Texas

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., has announced the opening of its state-of-the-art distribution and processing center in its Houston, Texas (Facility).This 96,285 square foot Facility on approximately 8.5 acres is Del Monte Fresh Produce’s 24th distribution, processing and repacking operation in North America and.....

T&G Global CEO Alastair Hulbert resigns, effective today

T&G Global chief executive Alastair Hulbert has resigned after four years in charge of the fruit marketer. The Auckland-based company has called in long-term BayWa collaborator Thomas Bargetzi to act as interim CEO while it looks for a new boss, T&G said in a statement.Alastair HulbertChair Klaus Lutz.....


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Philippines:

The Netherlands is Davao Region's top export destination

The Department of Trade and Industry in the Philippine Davao Region reported that the Netherlands are the region's biggest export destination as of the first half of 2017. Citing data from the Philippine Statistics Authority in Davao Region, the exports to the Netherlands are valued at 159.07 million.....

SAG / USDA-APHIS / ASOEX de Cabrero Inspection Site

Chile: Inspection of fresh fruit for the US market begins

On Tuesday morning, the SAG / USDA-APHIS / ASOEX Inspection Site in Cabrero started the second season of fresh fruit inspection for exports to the United States. This site verifies that the national fruit and vegetable products comply with the phytosanitary regulations agreed with the United States for the.....

Colombia: New corrugated cardboard plant for the export of bananas

In the coming days, one of the largest and most modern corrugated cardboard manufacturing plants in the Colombian Caribbean will start being built in the La Cayena Free Trade Zone. The multinational Cartonera Nacional SA will install a plant, which will demand a $16 million dollar investment.The project will.....


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Cultivar held up well during last week's scorching wind and temperatures of up to 48°C

Stargrow presents alternative to Flame in its FireStar™ cultivar

Growers looking for an alternative to Flame, with which there is widespread dissatisfaction, attended Stargrow’s field day outside Clanwilliam, Western Cape, on 13 December to see how its new variety FireStar™ is performing.FireStar™, previously known as Stargrape 2, provides solutions to some of Flame’s.....

Michoacan is Mexico's biggest producer of peaches

Pascual Sigala Paez, the Secretary of Rural Development and Agricultural food (Sedrua) of the government of Michoacan, stated that Michoacan was the national leader in the production of peaches with more than 32,566 tons. He also said the state had more than 3,859 hectares devoted to this crop, mainly.....

Waiting for the arrival of a Taiwanese official

Honduras to send the first melons to Taiwan on December 30

An official of the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan (COA) will arrive in Honduras in the coming days to visit the melon farms of the Agrolibano company in the south of the country, prior to the authorization of the first shipment of this fruit to that Asian country.The news was confirmed to THE TRIBUNA by the.....

Chile: Renowned global player arrives in the blueberry market

A renowned global player in the field of berries landed in Chile looking to break into the local market. It is the English company S & A, a family firm that was started some 40 years ago by its current controllers, the Davies family. Today, the fourth generation of the founders is in charge of this.....

New yellow apple from Japan now available

The commercialisation of yello® has started. It is the new yellow apple of the Shinano Gold variety that originated in Japan and is now produced in Alto Adige and distributed all over Europe by the VOG and VI.P consortia.The first quantities have become available in the past few days. In December, VI.P started.....

South Africa lowers grape estimate

The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) released the 2nd Crop Estimate for the 2017/18 table grape season with a lower estimate of between 55,4 million and 60,3 million cartons, mainly caused by a lower estimate for the Orange River Region. The estimate has been lowered mainly due to delayed ripening and.....

Failed apple harvest in Europe won't be compensated for by global production

The production of apples decreased globally by 2.6 million tonnes over the 2017/2018 season. The global production this season was 76.2 million tonnes. The positive developments in China weren't able to compensate for the losses due to the frost in Europe. This was concluded by the USDA in a recently published.....

Wish Farms launches into Florida strawberry season with new sweepstakes

Wish Farms, grower-shipper and year-round supplier of strawberries announced an all-new consumer-driven campaign just in time for the Florida strawberry season.“The recent cooler weather we’ve experienced is great for the berries and is helping us kick off Florida strawberry season,” said Gary Wishnatzki,.....

Fifth grade teacher wins Sweetango "Share the Crunch" contest after sharing with her class

From September to November 2017, the growers of SweeTango apples conducted a contest that invited consumers throughout the U.S. and Canada to post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram how they #ShareTheCrunch of SweeTango with others.Entries were open to public voting, with the grand prize of $1,000 for the.....

The cranberry capital of Ontario

The next time you enjoy a holiday feast (or a breakfast muffin) featuring the tangy taste of cranberries, take a moment to savour what is one of our truly local delicacies. Along with blueberries and Concord grapes, they’re on the very short list of fruits indigenous to Canada that are cultivated.....


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Persistent warmth drives US cilantro production

There is currently an oversupply of cilantro in the United States, causing the market to weaken in recent weeks. The cause has been linked to the persistent warmer temperatures around the various growing regions, stimulating strong cilantro production."There is a glut of cilantro in the market right now and.....


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PMA Fresh Connections: China March 21 to connect global suppliers with Chinese buyers

Global produce suppliers interested in exporting to China can connect directly with major retail, ecommerce and wholesale buyers at PMA’s Fresh Connections: China event scheduled March 21 at the Grand Hyatt Shenzhen in Shenzhen, China.More than 15 participating buyers are already confirmed for the event,.....


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Italy: Competitive prices thanks to e-commerce at Sicilia Agrumi

"The element that makes us stand out is the fact that our clients can create their own personalised crates on our website with oranges, lemons and other typical niche products. I inherited the passion for working the land from my family and I'm also studying to become an agronomist at the University of.....

China: "Yichang orange prices much higher than last year"

"We are now in the middle of the season for several orange breeds, such as Newhall and blood oranges. This year's production has decreased 20% from last year's. This is mainly because the fruit trees in Hubei suffered from a lot of rain between September and October. The current price is much high than last.....

Central Valley citrus growers welcome cooler temperatures as Ventura battles wildfire

While Southern California residents wish for rain to smother the fires raging through their cities, locals welcomed near freezing temperatures to sweeten the crop in orange groves surrounding their towns. In the Tulare County, freezing temperatures made a brief appearance last week dipping to a low of 0.....


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Malaysia: Fall in durian prices boosts trading

Christmas is fast approaching and for Malaysia, it signifies the beginning of the season and a boost in sales before the year ends. For durian exporters this means that they must maximize the short season that fruit has, from November to mid-January.“Prices for durian are usually the same when it is in season......


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Northeast Indian state bans non-organic food items

The government of Sikkim, in Northeast India, approved a proposal to ban the supply of non-organic agriculture, horticulture and livestock products in a phased manner effective from March 31 next year.A notification will be issued in due course to take necessary action for compliance with the cabinet decision,.....


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Cloud-based app lets farmers control operations from their phone

The aspects of farming continue to advance, as new technologies emerge to make life easier for growers. Autogrow, who have offices in New Zealand and the U.S., have been specializing in providing automated systems to greenhouse growers around the world. The products they supply include hardware, software and.....


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Chronic issues, rare events and harvest

Diversity of crops makes for different forecasting capabilities

In April of this year, Arable revealed itself to the world. “We’ve had a completely fascinating year,” says Arable’s Adam Wolf. Arable is the maker of a device that enables accurate forecasting of produce yields, quality and harvest times. Interest for the device is huge, also outside the US. “I would say that.....


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Veggie Side Kits to feature at New York Produce Show

Baldor Specialty Foods will be featuring an addition to their Urban Roots brand at the New York Produce Show, with the Urban Roots Veggie Side Kits. The kits consist of a blend of vegetables, spices and herbs and are designed to be quickly and easily prepared at home in minutes.Ben Walker, of Baldor Specialty.....


Coolingmore »

Brothers Produce turns up the heat on cold storage expansion

Brothers Produce has announced a major expansion to the Houston Cold Storage division. The expansion takes the total dedicated storage space to 65,000 square feet of cold storage."The cold storage division has been one of our largest areas of growth over the last 24 months and we expect this trend to continue.....


Food safetymore »


Do secondary standards make our food safer?

In a panel discussion, five food chain experts tried to answer this question. Food safety, however, is only one aspect of the complexity of private standards.“As consumers, we all expect that the food we pick off the shelf will be safe,” said Stephen Humphreys of Bayer UK, who acted as moderator, at the.....


Nuts and dried fruitsmore »


California Prunes celebrates end of 65th anniversary year

As the California Prune Board approaches the close of its 65th anniversary year, a celebratory dinner was held in London - at the legendary Savini at Criterion - attended by a number of high profile California prune Brand Ambassadors.World renowned chocolatier Paul.A.Young; Peter Sidwell, chef, author and.....


Packaging and Labellingmore »


Organic fibre netting offers alternative to plastic in the fresh produce industry

The botanic packaging concept by Lenzing fibres in the fruit and vegetable sector provides a solution for the growing number of companies looking to avoid plastics. The Lenzing fibres used are made from wood, their fibre profile makes them an ideal material for net packaging. The packaging concept could be.....


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Retailmore »


More online grocery capabilities for Longo’s

Costco: successful investments in online business

CA: Longo’s continues to build out its online grocery capabilitiesBy the expansion of its Grocery Gateway headquarters, the acquisition of business-to-business focused grocery delivery service GroceryMarket.ca, and a new pilot project with the click-and-collect service, Penguin Pick-Up, Longo’s is continuing.....


Global Marketmore »


OVERVIEW GLOBAL MANDARIN MARKET

The campaigns have kicked off in the northern hemisphere. Spanish growers look back on a difficult start with the early varieties due to an overlap with the supply from the southern hemisphere. The Spanish sector is expecting a smaller production, just like the growers in Morocco and Italy. In the three.....


Climatemore »


Germany: Weather extremes could be the norm in the future

New climate simulations for Germany show that extreme events such as heat waves or heavy rainfall could occur more frequently and more violently in the future. With adaptive measures -such as heat reaction plans, or use of inner-city areas as a temporary water reservoir- we can prepare ourselves for climate.....


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