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Monday, July 16, 2018

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Enormous turnout makes for highly successful Organic Produce Summit

PHOTO REPORTMore than 1,500 participants traveled to California’s coastal town of Monterey last week to attend the 3rd annual Organic Produce Summit.On Wednesday, July 11 the summit kicked off with field tours that gave retailers and other interested attendees an opportunity to tour produce fields, talk with growers and.....

Imported lemon shipments failing to satisfy US demand

Lemon supplies from South America are failing to satisfy demand. This is coming during the time of year when California is in very low production and just prior to the Mexican season which is not due to start for another two weeks. Prices are very high and any box of lemons is attracting strong interest. It's.....

Promotable volume of Ontario-grown green beans

Ontario green beans are underway and volume is coming on. “The supply of beans is starting to increase because more growers are coming on right now,” says Peter Streef of Streef Produce Ltd. in Princeton, Ont. “We’re currently harvesting our own green beans and we started harvesting last week from our farms.....

California celery growers backing off as local regions start

The celery season is in a bit of a flux right now as supplies out of various regions experience mixed fortunes. In Mexico, heavy rain has meant volume and quality have dropped considerably, leaving the summer program in a difficult position."The Mexico season is stumbling along," observed Mark Sato of Fortune.....

New team member and a promotion for SunFed

SunFed® is announcing the promotion of Juan Carlos (JC) Barrionuevo to the company’s sales team in Rio Rico, Arizona. Barrionuevo brings six years of experience to his new role in sales, having previously been a part of SunFed’s warehousing team as the Facility Director in Texas.“We are very excited to welcome.....

Key Technology appoints Bret Larreau as Director of Latin America and Asia Sales

Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, announces the promotion of Bret Larreau to the position of Director of Latin America and Asia Sales. Larreau is responsible for managing Key’s sales activities in the Latin America, Asia Pacific and Australia/New Zealand regions to bring.....

Ethylene application company’s virtual tour

An ethylene application equipment company for fruit ripening, Catalytic Generators, has produced and released a virtual tour of the company’s office and production facility in Norfolk, Virginia.“We wanted to give our customers, and prospective clients, a better vision of who we are and how we create the.....

Students to build apple-picking robots in competition

Teams from UC-Davis, UC-Merced and Cal Poly will participate in the ASABE international meeting July 31 in Detroit.Nineteen teams of college students from top universities in the U.S., Canada and China -including three from California- will compete to build robots to mechanize farm work at the American Society.....

Avocados marketed alongside health and wellness programs

Nutrition and wellness are playing an important role in a variety of California avocado retail promotions this year. Working with supermarket dietitians (SD), nutritionists and wellness advisors, the California Avocado Commission (CAC) supplements some traditional marketing tactics, such as brand-specific ads,.....

Market report by Mark Greenberg, Capespan

Offshore easy peeler market softening

Citrus – Easy Peelers:The easy peeler market has softened in the last week owing to a confluence of factors. First, weeks 26 and 27 saw heavy USEC arrivals of clementines from Chile complemented by 2,000 metric tons that arrived aboard the first two South African bulk vessels and by an estimated 2,600 metric.....


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Miscellaneousmore »


All those possibilities of sweet potatoes...

Purple sweet potato ice cream from McDonald’s Hong Kong

McDonald's outlet in Hong Kong is the one blessed with the Insta-viral Purple Sweet Potato ice cream in an Oreo Cookie cone. Oreos with sweet potatoes sounds like a cool combination you’d get at a hipster ice creamery, except here, it comes at a friendly price of HK$10 ($1.75).This sweet treat is not exactly.....

"Asia is the future for Chilean agriculture"

After the meeting held by the Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, with the recently appointed ambassador of Chile in China, Luis Schmidt, the sectorial authority of the Government of President Piñera highlighted the potential of Chilean products in the Asian market and the work that the new representative.....

Chamber of Agriculture North Rhine-Westphalia launches European LEADER project

Protection of resources and environment in spinach production

Sustainably oriented agriculture and groundwater protection go hand in hand in North Rhine-Westphalia. Under the auspices of the NRW Chamber of Agriculture, farmers from the Münsterland region, the food-processing company Iglo, the Rheinisch-Westfälische Wasserwerksgesellschaft mbH, the fertilizer-producing.....

Between May 2018 - reference period 1981-2010

The difference in average temperatures Europe

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Attacking tomato, soybean and sweet potato

New pest identified in Louisiana

The root-knot nematode, Meloidogyne enterolobii, is a serious pest with a high rate of reproduction and a wide host range that includes soybean, sugarcane and sweet potato. It has also been known to attack varieties of tomato, soybean and sweet potato that are considered resistant to the Southern root-knot.....


Fruitmore »

Jiaxing Fruit Market:

Imported fruit trade continued to grow rapidly in the first half of the year

In the first half of the year, the import fruit trade in the Jiaxing fruit market continued to grow rapidly. According to statistics, the transaction volume and turnover of imported fruits increased by 23.93% and 22.22% respectively from January to June. In terms of varieties, the imported fruit in the market.....

"There will be a reduction in Gansu apple production, but to what extent isn't clear"

"The Fuji apple season in Gansu Province kicks off in October each year and is expected to last until around June the next year. This year, it was affected by several extreme climates, including the cold of April 6-7 and the hail days ealier. Apples in some production areas in Gansu have severely reduced.....

Sir Isaac Newton's apple tree to take root in India

Descendants of Sir Isaac Newton's iconic apple tree, which is believed to have inspired the theory of gravity nearly 350 years ago, may soon be taking root in India.The Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) in Pune is on an ambitious mission to graft a Newton tree shoot on Indian.....

France's succes directly effective on packaging

One day after the victory of France in the World Cup football in Russia, Fruits Rouges & Co modified the packaging immediately. First it said "Allez les Bleus" and now it has 2 stars and says "Merci les Bleus". "We did it, we are World Champion," said Jacques Cailleaux from Fruits Rouges & Co. "All the.....


Herbsmore »


Tim Putters, RIda Trade:

"Empty ginger market - prices are rocketing"

After the market for ginger was oversupplied in recent weeks and with Chinese product being dumped on the market for low prices, the situation has now changed. "The market is emptying and the price is rocketing," says Tim Putters of Rida Trade from Poeldijk. The Chinese garlic shows an opposite trend, with.....


Agendamore »

Event takes place 25 to 27 September in Sabah, Malaysia

TROPED 2018: The first International Conference on Tropical Fruit Pests and Diseases

The International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet), under the auspices of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), is organizing the first International Conference on Tropical Fruit Pests and Diseases (TROPED 2018) from 25-27 September 2018 at the Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu in Sabah,.....


Citrusmore »


Imported lemon shipments failing to satisfy US demand

Lemon supplies from South America are failing to satisfy demand. This is coming during the time of year when California is in very low production and just prior to the Mexican season which is not due to start for another two weeks. Prices are very high and any box of lemons is attracting strong interest. It's.....

Market report by Mark Greenberg, Capespan

Offshore easy peeler market softening

Citrus – Easy Peelers:The easy peeler market has softened in the last week owing to a confluence of factors. First, weeks 26 and 27 saw heavy USEC arrivals of clementines from Chile complemented by 2,000 metric tons that arrived aboard the first two South African bulk vessels and by an estimated 2,600 metric.....

Argentina will continue exporting lemons to Japan

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan sent a technical mission to cooperate with Senasa in the phytosanitary inspection and to initiate the cold quarantine treatment for the export of fresh lemons to the Asian country.Some members of the Japanese Ministry toured the province of Tucuman.....

Uruguayan citrus consolidates in the US

Within the framework of strategic planning that began in 2010, the Uruguayan citrus sector adopted some parameters to produce products that comply with some of the most important requirements of the US market: mandarins without seeds, good color, and that are easy to peel.Good results were achieved and at.....

Smoother overlap between South African and Turkish lemon seasons expected

“Europe is literally waiting for every lemon”

Lemons are the only silver lining to a season in which other citrus from South Africa have had a hard time of it in a full European summer market, says Snyman Kritzinger, managing director of Grown4U in Kirkwood, Sundays River Valley.“Europe is literally waiting for every single lemon, and the lemon season has.....

Launch of citrus variety 'Outspan Gems'

New gems in the Capespan Crown

Capespan recently launched its new dedicated soft citrus brand Outspan Gems.Outspan Gems is an expansion of Capespan’s iconic citrus brand, Outspan, and will be used exclusively to brand soft citrus varieties produced, procured and marketed globally by Capespan.The rich heritage of the Outspan brand was a key.....

Spain: Orri mandarin sales doubled in the 2018 campaign

The producers of the protected mandarin variety Orri have managed to market around 52,000 tonnes in the 2018 season. The results obtained in their third season, following the voluntary regularization carried out by TEO, the master licensee of the variety in Spain and Portugal, entails a 100% increase compared.....

Citrus growers & scientists join forces to fight the false coddling moth

VIDEOThe false coddling moth has been plaguing South Africa's citrus crops, putting this lucrative industry in danger. Now farmers are working with top scientists to sterilize these pests and keep this industry growing.Source: cnn.com


Exotic fruit and vegetablesmore »


Goji berry production makes its way to Morocco

Moroccan ag producer, Al Khales Group, has announced that they plan on being the first company in the country to produce goji berries.The berries are being produced in the Kenitra region, in the Sidi Yahia El Gharb municipality. According to Al Khales, it is the largest goji berry production in Africa, the.....


Organicmore »


Photo report included

Enormous turnout makes for highly successful Organic Produce Summit

PHOTO REPORTMore than 1,500 participants traveled to California’s coastal town of Monterey last week to attend the 3rd annual Organic Produce Summit.On Wednesday, July 11 the summit kicked off with field tours that gave retailers and other interested attendees an opportunity to tour produce fields, talk with growers and.....


Healthmore »


US (OH): Creating incentives for better food choices

Encouraging people to choose cucumbers over, say, potato chips or milk instead of soda can be a hard sell. Federal legislators are considering ways to do that.Both the U.S. Senate’s and the House of Representatives’ versions of the federal farm bill include funding to measure how effectively financial.....


ITmore »

FarmSoft banana farming software

FarmSoft’s banana farming software makes every day management of banana plantations easy. Plantation employees are guided through the banana farming process to ensure each plant has perfect bunches and maximum yield. Complex labour can be easily managed and recorded. Screens designed to catch common banana.....


Innovationsmore »

South African drone technology improves pest control

South African drone technology can help farmers reduce their reliance on chemicals to control pests on their crops by up to 30%. This will result in less stressed plants and a healthier harvest, says Jean Kuiper of Rosenhof Organic Farm, 70km south-east of Cape Town.The farm produces organic vegetables, apples.....


Processed fruit and vegetablesmore »

Summer Fancy Food Show

New fresh juices and ades to be introduced at SFFS

Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company announced that it will introduce its new Cucumber Jalapeno Juice at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show (SFFS) being held at the Javits Center in New York City from June 30th – July 2nd. Natalie’s Cucumber Jalapeno Juice contains only four ingredients: fresh cucumbers,.....


Coolingmore »

McCain Foods USA is the primary tenant

NewCold to open fully automated cold storage facility in Burley, Idaho

Earlier today, NewCold, the deep-frozen storage and logistics specialist based in The Netherlands, announced it will open its second fully mechanized facility in the USA in the Spring of 2019. Located in Burley, Idaho the state-of-the-art freezer facility is a joint design effort and construction built by.....


Food safetymore »

Greenyard shares plummet by 30%

Greenyard under fire after listeria contamination

On Friday, it was announced that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) had linked the deaths of nine Europeans to the listeria contamination in one of Greenyard's Hungarian factories. At 12.43 on that day, the trading in Greenyard shares was halted by the financial watchdog, FSMA. This was in anticipation.....

US: Pathogen contamination a leading reason for food recalls

Both USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration oversee food product recalls—the removal of risky food products from the U.S. marketplace.From 2004 to 2013, there were 4,900 food recall events in the United States involving a wide variety of foods. Most of these recalls.....

Sliced mushrooms recalled across Australia

Sliced white and brown mushrooms in pre-packaged punnets have been recalled from supermarket shelves due to the potential presence of foreign matter. The products from Mushroom Exchange have been recalled from Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and other independent supermarkets and greengroceries in New South Wales,.....

United States

Cyclospora parasite cases in 5 states – some linked to McDonald’s salads

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received confirmation of approximately 90 cases of cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic Cyclospora parasite. Cases have been reported in counties across Illinois with people becoming ill starting in mid-May.The initial investigation.....

US: Food companies launch Sustainable Food Policy Alliance

Four of the largest food companies in the US have launched the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance, a new organization focused on driving progress in public policies that shape what people eat and how it impacts their health, communities, and the planet. Founding member companies include Danone North America;.....


Nuts and dried fruitsmore »

Mexico: The harvest of dates is expected to start sooner than usual

This year's date harvest is expected to start earlier than usual, as the increase in hot hours being recorded in the Valley of Mexicali accelerates the fruit's ripening process. In 2017, the harvest started on August 25. Marco Antonio Chavira, a producer from Ejido Jalapa, said the date was already in the.....


Packaging and Labellingmore »


AU: New fully recyclable packaging set to take fresh produce industry by storm

After noticing a gap in the market for sustainable fresh produce packaging, Sydney-based procurement company i-Procure is introducing a 100 per cent recyclable product to Australia. The new packaging solution, “Fruitpack” is 100 per cent recyclable carton board and has previously had success in Europe with.....

Fresco Senso melon and watermelon bags

Melon and watermelons are very popular in summer and Agribologna has just introduced special packages containing fruit slices with a shelf-life of 6 days. Traditional filmed slices available in supermarkets have a shelf-life of 2-3 days.Heat-sealed watermelon packaged with a re-sealable system to keep the.....


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Retailmore »


GrubMarket: $32mln to expand delivery

Walmart: More convenience stores

US: Minneapolis startup Inspectorio raises $10mlnInspectorio, a startup that moved to Minneapolis after completing Target’s Techstars accelerator program, has raised an additional $10mln it will use to further expand its efforts to modernize and improve how retailers monitor their supply chains. “It’s a big.....


Global Marketmore »


Is there a gap in the Spanish season?

GLOBAL MELON MARKET

In the summer months, the consumption of melons and watermelons usually increases. With the summer temperatures of the past few weeks, things should be going fine in the European melon market, but this is actually far from the truth.The fruit is currently in production in the countries of the northern.....


Climatemore »

Map shows effects of extreme weather on European crops

For the third year in a row Europe has been struggling with high summer temperatures and prolonged dry weather conditions. Many European agricultural areas have experienced a lack of rain since the beginning of May, with a number of the key vegetable growing regions facing a rainfall deficit of 200mm, when.....


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