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Will North American consumers fall for SunGold Kiwifruit?

New Zealand’s kiwifruit production has started and the first fruit arrived in the US during the 2nd week of May. “We will have full distribution beginning of June,” says Sarah Deaton with Zespri North America. “Product will be available until November, but we are putting a lot of effort in providing a 12-month.....

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California is only US growing area for dried figs

Consumer education is biggest challenge within the dried fig category

At one time figs seemed relegated to bar cookies and Figgy pudding, but today they’re branching out in other consumable applications, from ice cream and salads, to sauces and a rightful place on cheese platters everywhere.Hearty tree fruitFigs are one of the few tree fruits and crops that weren’t susceptible.....

California leafy greens rights its supply

Coming out of a period of spiking prices, the supply of leafy greens from California seems to have settled down. “I think they’re almost through those problems in California,” says Steve Adlesh of Nipomo, Ca.’s Beachside Produce LLC, which sells greens such as lettuce, kale and other greens. “Coming in June,.....

Garlic supplies in the US still tight, but change expected soon

“Supplies of garlic in the US are very tight,” says Rich Pirozzoli of Christopher Ranch LLC in Gilroy, Ca. “China is a big producer of garlic and the majority of the crop shipped to the US is from the Shandong region, which comes to harvest later than other garlic producing regions in China. The crop also has.....

West Pak Avocado welcomes Scott Ross

West Pak Avocado, Inc. of Murrieta, California is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Ross as Eastern Regional Sales Manager. His primary duties include managing key customer relationships and new customer development in alignment with the company’s sales objectives.Scott comes to West Pak with 30.....

Verification of temperature conditions

Cold chain traceability at the pallet level

“We are happy to introduce the WIT Tag, into our family of IoT solutions that integrates GPS, RFID, Sensors with low energy wireless technologies to expand the capabilities of asset tracking” says Ramses Maldonado, EVP of Wireless & IP Technologies (WIT). “This technology will provide producers,.....

U.S. agricultural exports historically see trade surplus

The United States has had a surplus in agricultural trade every year since 1959. Agricultural exports have accounted for 10 to 11 percent of total U.S. exports in recent years, while agricultural imports accounted for about 5 percent of total imports.The result is that agriculture has become a reliable trade.....

Photoreport of Agroalimentaria 2017, Dominican Republic

Last week the Agroalimentaria took place in the Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel. This 3 day event is biannual. It has become the most important international event for food, beverages and tobacco in the Caribbean. The most innovative feature this year was the matchmaking technology that resulted in.....

Grower Phil Glaize stresses impact of labor shortage and need for reform

USApple leader speaks at congressional briefing on agriculture labor crisis

On Friday, Virginia apple grower and USApple leader, Phil Glaize of Glaize Apples spoke to key U.S. House of Representatives staffers in Washington, D.C. during a Congressional briefing hosted by the Agriculture Workforce Coalition titled, “Agriculture’s Labor Crisis.” Attended by 40 staffers, Glaize shared.....

US officially begins process to renegotiate NAFTA, Potato Council applauds

The United States has officially indicated its desire to renegotiate the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement, triggering a 90-day consultation window before formal talks begin.The clock was set ticking today in a letter from U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says he is.....


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Dick Wolff Management: International debt collection

Dick Wolff Management (DWM) offers numerous services, based on years of experience, in cooperation with an international partner network. Mostly debt collection agencies and lawyers from all over the world send their international claims to DWM, which functions as the centre of a global network. It’s therefore.....


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California is only US growing area for dried figs

Consumer education is biggest challenge within the dried fig category

At one time figs seemed relegated to bar cookies and Figgy pudding, but today they’re branching out in other consumable applications, from ice cream and salads, to sauces and a rightful place on cheese platters everywhere.Hearty tree fruitFigs are one of the few tree fruits and crops that weren’t susceptible.....

Italy: Table grape campaign starting at Giovanni Bellassai import-export

"Our campaign has officially started with the harvesting of the Victoria and Black Magic varieties from the vineyards near the sea. Some foreign importers told me there is still produce from South Africa, Chile and India on the European market, and the first shipments of Egyptian and Israeli grapes are.....

Grower Phil Glaize stresses impact of labor shortage and need for reform

USApple leader speaks at congressional briefing on agriculture labor crisis

On Friday, Virginia apple grower and USApple leader, Phil Glaize of Glaize Apples spoke to key U.S. House of Representatives staffers in Washington, D.C. during a Congressional briefing hosted by the Agriculture Workforce Coalition titled, “Agriculture’s Labor Crisis.” Attended by 40 staffers, Glaize shared.....


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IQF herbs provider offers regional Mexican cuisine ingredients

Nine out of ten Americans have tried Mexican cuisine and are ready for more Latin food adventures, according to a recently conducted consumer survey by Technomic. This, coupled with the expanding interest in experiencing regional Mexican flavors without leaving home, gives foodservice operators and food.....


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Photo report Hort Connections 2017

PHOTO REPORTLast week the very first Hort Connections took place in Adelaide Australia. On Monday a huge crowd attended the evening opening of the trade fair, 2500 had registered that day with more expected on Tuesday.The general feeling was that the combination of the National Horticulture Convention and PMA Fresh.....

Photoreport of Agroalimentaria 2017, Dominican Republic

Last week the Agroalimentaria took place in the Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel. This 3 day event is biannual. It has become the most important international event for food, beverages and tobacco in the Caribbean. The most innovative feature this year was the matchmaking technology that resulted in.....


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US citrus group files lawsuit against USDA over Argentinian lemons

A group of California citrus growers has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The U.S. Citrus Science Council issued a press release claiming the rule to allow Argentinian lemons into the U.S. violates the Plant Protection Act the House Agriculture Committee passed in 2000.The.....


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China: Reduced production of lychees

Dongguan lychees have a longstanding reputation and right now is the season when lychees bear fruit. But because of the weather, the lychees haven't blossomed as much as usual and the fruits are reduced too as a result. A reduced lychee production is therefore a safe prediction.In fact, lychees have rather.....

Will North American consumers fall for SunGold Kiwifruit?

New Zealand’s kiwifruit production has started and the first fruit arrived in the US during the 2nd week of May. “We will have full distribution beginning of June,” says Sarah Deaton with Zespri North America. “Product will be available until November, but we are putting a lot of effort in providing a 12-month.....

Koeltehof Packers, South Africa, opens state-of-the-art avocado packhouse

Koeltehof Packers has more than doubled its previous capacity through its second packhouse, officially opened this past Friday, a state-of-the-art facility that was designed with the latest technology and energy-saving equipment in mind.At the opening Patrick Caetano, general manager of the packhouse, called.....


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AU: Spreading the Slow Food message into North Queensland

If you have never heard of Slow Food, just think of fast food and it is the complete opposite, according to one Queensland member of the movement.Helen Hill is helping to establish the Townsville Slow Food Convivium (the term Convivium is derived from the word conviviality, meaning friendship). It is one of.....

Aris van der Meer with Organic Brothers, the Netherlands

“Flavour, shape and stamina are important in an organic variety”

For the past three years, the Dutch production company Organic Brothers has been growing the Wasino RZ plum truss tomato, which is marketed by customer Eosta as Pomodorini. Aris van der Meer from Organic Brothers (right side of picture) explains how the variety attracted their attention thanks to its flavour,.....


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NZ: "WeChat enabled us to market oranges to China"

"If you're not online, you're invisible."That was the message from Ross Young of Google NZ to those who attended a presentation this week focusing on how small Tauranga businesses were benefiting from technology.The Digital Enablement Project, part of Techweek, was officially launched on Thursday evening at.....


Innovationsmore »


Italy: SmartFresh for fruit storage

The evolution of SmartFresh for fruit storage is now ready. It's calledSmartFresh ProTabsand was discussed by AgroFresh at the Opera02 facility in Modena."It's not an entirely new product, but rather an evolution of an older product," explained Jochen Kager. It is employed during the post-harvesting phase and.....


Processed fruit and vegetablesmore »

Coca-Cola to source more fruits from India for beverages

Coca-Cola Co. is planning to procure more fruits from India in the coming years to supply its global requirements.The company has created a new position to focus on fruit producers. Asim Parekh, who was the vice president (strategy and planning), will become the vice president (fruit circular economy) for.....


Coolingmore »


High insulation and low weight doors

A special door designed for partitioning your warehouse or storage with relatively high temperature differences. These doors are insulated, flexible roll doors for inside use in temperature-controlled zones or areas, like fruit storage units, cooling cells, drying chambers and such."Iso Roll Doors are.....


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AU: Plant biosecurity gets a $21million injection

Australia is on track to adopt some of the most sophisticated plant pest surveillance technologies in the world after Horticulture Innovation Australia secured a Federal Government grant and co-investor funding to deliver a $21million plant biosecurity push.The $6.8million Rural R&D for Profit grant will.....


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Australian macadamia April Fools joke helped spread awareness

The Australian Macadamias team in Japan executed an April Fools’ Day brand hoax that had everyone laughing, while delivering seriously good results. After the success of last year’s April Fools’ Day nut-cracking squirrel, this year saw the launch of a “new product” in the form of a “Macadamia Bonsai Kit” that.....

California prunes included in gluten free bread sold at leading UK retailer

A collaboration between J.O.Sims and Country Style Foods resulting in the development of a gluten free loaf for a leading multiple supermarket, has emphasised the versatility of California Prunes and their relevance to current healthy eating trends.California Prune puree is being included (to add colour and.....


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The benefits of intelligent packaging

According to Vancouver manufacturer Racer Boxes, intelligent packaging decisions can be one of the best ways to reduce waste. While saving the environment through packaging may seem nonsensical, it can make sense when explained, as more efficient packaging means less wasted produce. This is the goal of Racer.....


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The future of the tomato

What kind of tomatoes do growers want? What kind of tomatoes do traders want? And what kind does the consumer want? Tough questions, right? Try answering them eight to ten years from now. What do people want in 2027? This is the biggest challenge for breeders."When I asked people what they wanted, they said 'a.....


Retailmore »


US: Instacart continues rapid pace of expansion

Amazon sets sights on grocery in EU with checkout-free trademark

ShopRite’s free fruit program expands in New JerseyThere are now 40 ShopRite stores that are a part of this program. The expansion includes some New Jersey ShopRites: ShopRite of Marlton, ShopRite of Union Mill Road, ShopRite of Evesham Road, ShopRite of Mt. Laurel and ShopRite of Garden State Pavilion......


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OVERVIEW GLOBAL PINEAPPLE MARKET

Bad weather in Costa Rica is keeping the pineapple market on its toes. The situation in this country determines the mood on the world market, even though conflicting messages are arriving. Costa Rica expects no improvement in the coming weeks. In the US, this results in a tight market. Dutch importers are.....


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