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Jeff Thomas with Scott Farms

“We service the domestic and export market of sweet potatoes equally”

“We are still in the middle of the planting season,” says Jeff Thomas with North Carolina-based Scott Farms. Sweet potato planting typically starts mid-April and winds down late July. Despite the rains Eastern North Carolina received during planting season, planting is going fairly smoothly. “One of the.....

Sunset to pick first Michigan-grown English cucumbers

SUNSET® is continuing to grow its successful local program, this time with an additional 12 acres in Michigan for the 2017 season, all in time for summer. “Since opening our Coldwater greenhouse facility in 2012, we’ve been filling a growing customer need for fresh, local produce all year long,” shared CEO.....

Overall budget reduction of $4.93m

Florida Citrus Commission approves $17.5m budget

The Florida Citrus Commission approved a preliminary 2017-18 budget for the Florida Department of Citrus based on an estimate of 61.65 million boxes of oranges and 7.02 million boxes of grapefruit.The Department’s total preliminary budget is $17.5 million with an overall budget reduction of $4.93 million, or.....

US tariff proposal: Mexican tomato prices will increase by up to 30%

In addition to the avocado, one of Mexico's most important agricultural exports to the US are its tomatoes and if US President Donald Trump increases import taxes to that country, the fruit would have to increase its cost.Raul Perez Bedolla, head of Alcano, said that a renegotiation of the North American Free.....

Trump urges India to ease trade barriers for US exports

U.S. President Donald Trump urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to do more to relax Indian trade barriers on Monday during talks in which both leaders took great pains to stress the importance of a strong U.S.-Indian relationship."I deeply appreciate your strong commitment to the enhancement of our.....

Ontario Agri-food Award of Excellence for Greenbelt Microgreens

Greenbelt Microgreens came on the scene about a year ago. The company, having recently won an Ontario Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, was started by a former landscaper named Ian Adamson. And he’s sure done his homework. Eco-conscious himself, he decided to figure out exactly what modern.....

Ariel Alegria, of Vinefresh:

"If Peru continues to do things well, it can be very competitive"

"Peru exports large volumes to the United States, but this is the first container of oranges to be shipped in four years and it's very good that it's to us," said Vinefresh's Ariel Alegria proudly. This shipment is a test and if the results are positive they will try to send 5 or 10 more containers in the.....

Indian mango exports booming

The export of mangoes is becoming a big business across India. The mangoes have recently drawn a lot of demand and attention from European countries. The industry is growing and estimated to be profitable, because it is expected to enter new markets. The CEO of a leading mango export firm Kay Bee Exports,.....

4th of July celebrations

Key time for California avocados

Spring and summer are key times for California avocado availability and the California Avocado Commission (CAC) is offering back-to-back programs in support. The Commission kicked off its programming in April with season opening activities followed by its American Summer Holidays program in May, California.....

Hugo Castro, general manager of GinaFruit, Ecuador

"There's always a plan B if the banana market sinks"

The production, size, and length of bananas have been smaller than what producers expected to achieve because of the weather conditions. "We've had a lot of rain, few hours of light and not very high temperatures," said Hugo Castro, general manager of GinaFruit SABananas need lots of sunlight, among other.....


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Banana Congress Sydney 2017

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London Produce Show 2017

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Visit to Southern Belle Orchard 2017

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17-18 August 2017

International open day for Randwijk Experimental Garden

17 Fruitconsult BV, the Dutch Fruit Growers Organisation (NFO), the Central Advisory Service for Fruit Cultivation (CAF) and Wageningen University & Research (WUR) are organising open dags at the Randwijk Experimental Garden, to be held on 17-18 August.This year, for the first time, two open days are being.....

"A company can't go without social media anymore"

"Google knows everything about us. We're more honest with Google than with our partner or doctor. The information that people look for via Google can help companies get to know their target audience. Let's say you want to know how often people searched for potatoes last month. You can request this from Google.....


Fruitmore »


Man claims Ikea bowl set his grapes on fire

Ikea is mostly known for its difficult to assemble furniture and its meatballs, but lately it has been getting some attention due to a bowl which one man claims sets things on fire. The man, from Sweden, said that after leaving some grapes in his Ikea bowl outside in the sun for a short while, returned to see.....

Premier Apple Conference in Syracuse

U.S. Apple Association announces 2017 crop estimate

Jim Bair, Diane Kurrle and Mark Seetin of the U.S. Apple Association traveled to New York to attend the 2017 Premier Marketing Apple Forum held June 26 – 27 at the DoubleTree in Syracuse.USApple President and CEO, Jim Bair gave a short state of the association address, Diane Kurrle, Senior Vice President.....


Herbsmore »


Italy: Floating system for soil-less basil

FreshPlaza visited Disafa's Experimental Centre in Turin where, for the past 20 years, professor Silvana Nicola has been coordinating the research for the soil-less cultivation of vegetables and medicinal plants.We have seen the new basil plants cultivated with the Floating system.Silvana Nicola"Last year, we.....


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United Fresh launches third annual BrandStorm™

The United Fresh Produce Association has launched the third annual BrandStorm™ marketing event, which will take place November 13-15, 2017 in San Francisco, CA, at the Hotel Nikko San Francisco.A project of the United Fresh Produce Marketing & Merchandising Council, BrandStorm has been developed to engage.....


Citrusmore »


Ariel Alegria, of Vinefresh:

"If Peru continues to do things well, it can be very competitive"

"Peru exports large volumes to the United States, but this is the first container of oranges to be shipped in four years and it's very good that it's to us," said Vinefresh's Ariel Alegria proudly. This shipment is a test and if the results are positive they will try to send 5 or 10 more containers in the.....

South African kumquats fill gap in stable European market

South African kumquats, which are exported to Europe from May to November, are grown in Limpopo Province.Photos supplied by Premier Fruit ExportsKumquats are eaten whole, as the rind contains the essential oils that impart its flavour. This means that the kumquat is classified differently by the EU Commission.....

Overall budget reduction of $4.93m

Florida Citrus Commission approves $17.5m budget

The Florida Citrus Commission approved a preliminary 2017-18 budget for the Florida Department of Citrus based on an estimate of 61.65 million boxes of oranges and 7.02 million boxes of grapefruit.The Department’s total preliminary budget is $17.5 million with an overall budget reduction of $4.93 million, or.....


Exotic fruit and vegetablesmore »


Goldenberries imported to US marketed differently than in Europe

Goldenberries from Colombia have been popular over in Europe for many years. They were accepted as imports into the US 15 years ago but the fruit had to be treated for 14 days at two degrees Celsius. However, the cold treatment created quality issues and impacted the flow of steady supply for the market. Once.....


Organicmore »

California grower adds organic alternative to its sweet corn offering

Uesugi Farms, a second-generation California grower of peppers, Napa cabbage and other produce has begun its 2017 sweet corn harvest and is looking ahead to a very productive season. Continuing its multi-year growth as a leading supplier of sweet corn, Uesugi has added white, yellow and bi-color value-added.....


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Report finds half of Canadians not eating enough fruit & veg

The present inclination of Canadians towards health and wellness, as well as rising awareness towards the functionality of vegetables and fruits ingredients has compelled the growth of the market in various regions across the nation says a new report titled, "Vegetables and Fruit - Canada - May 2017".Only half.....


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TOMRA launches new food sorter user interface to improve work flow

TOMRA Sorting Food has unveiled a new graphical user interface (UI) to help food processors get the most from their sorting systems by optimizing work flows and reducing waste to deliver improved profitability.Called TOMRA ACT, he company claims the UI further enhances the clarity and confidence experienced by.....


Innovationsmore »


Mist by Contronics can now be used throughout the fruit and vegetable supply chain

Significant savings possible due to mist blanket

The fruit and vegetable sector can save on quality and storage by keeping the air humidity around fruit and vegetables high. This saves both money and the quality of the products. These are the two main conclusions in the recently published Fresh Demo Project. In it ten fruits or vegetables were followed after.....


Processed fruit and vegetablesmore »


New labs and opportunities for NatureSeal in Europe

NatureSeal announced expansion of its European research capabilities after opening new R&D labs and NPD facilities for AgriCoat Natureseal Ltd at the company’s facility in West Berkshire, England.Designed and installed with the help of the team from Kastner Laboratory furniture, the new space will play a.....


Coolingmore »

SPX Cooling Technologies announce expansions to current lines

SPX Cooling Technologies, a full-line, full-service company leader in the design and manufacture of evaporative and air-cooled heat exchangers, announced expanded model availability within the new Marley LW Fluid Cooler product line.The Marley LW Fluid Cooler is now provided in two smaller box sizes, 4-by-8.....


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SmartWash Solutions trains customers, helps with FSMA Compliance

SmartWash Solutions™ is taking steps to ensure their customers are prepared to face Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) compliance challenges head-on. During the week of June 5, 2017, SmartWash partners were led through a comprehensive training that makes sure they are up to date on how to correctly and most.....


Nuts and dried fruitsmore »


Higher volumes vital to create critical mass for macadamias' growth as tree nut segment

South Africa: Record prices for macadamias as demand exceeds supply

The macadamia market is very strong – so strong, in fact, that some exporters are referring to record prices received for in-shell nuts on the Chinese market, with kernel prices following the lead, and a shortage of nuts worldwide.Volume can’t meet growing demand, as yield is still affected due to the drought,.....


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Bio-lutions turns agricultural waste into biodegradable packaging

Bio-lutions GmbH, a company that believes in sustainable innovations, came up with a patented ‘mechanical process’ through which agricultural residual fibres are converted into self-binding micro and nano fibrillated natural fibres using only water.This Germany-based company, founded by architect and.....


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Southern Sweets and trEAT4u

Snack food manufacturer launches new peanut and fruit snack products

Charlotte-headquartered Truly Good Foods – snack food manufacturer and distributor– has announced their new retail line Southern Sweets. These standup resealable bags contain the highest quality of nuts that are then covered with sweet coating.“Our Southern Sweets offer the perfect bite of sweet crunch,” said.....


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Walmart's Asda treats suppliers worst off all - Watchdog

Additional distribution center for Lidl US

Korea ranks No. 1 in online grocery shoppingSouth Korea ranked No. 1 in terms of e-commence for grocery shopping, far outpacing other major developed countries. According to Kantar Worldpanel, the percentage of fast-moving consumer goods shopping via online and mobile channels out of all purchases in South.....


Global Marketmore »


OVERVIEW GLOBAL STRAWBERRY MARKET

There is a good strawberry production in north-western Europe thanks to the summer weather, although it is also true that the hot weather is causing some quality problems. For the time being, however, that problem seems limited. Given the midsummer celebrations in Scandinavia, demand in that region increases.....


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