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Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Blueberry supply continues to strengthen from Peru & Argentina

With North America's blueberry season switched out of domestic supply, volumes are solid coming in from South America and Mexico. “We’re getting supplies from Argentina and Peru and some out of Mexico,” says Randy Wilson of Dinuba, Ca.-based King Fresh Produce LLC. “We expect to see increased volumes from Peru.....

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California bok choy production moves south

Producers of bok choy in California are set to move towards warmer areas in the next month as the summer season in Salinas comes to a close. It has been a steady season for growers with little trouble, as they have not been adversely affected by the extended hot spells that occurred during those months."Our.....

Texas watermelon market recovers as season concludes

Excess watermelon supply across the county has been to blame for a dismal market during the height of the Texas season. The season has almost concluded with growers disappointed at the low prices and an inability to sell their melons on the broader market. Kevin Green, of Jackson Melons in Texas, said that it.....

US Northwest saw increased apple volumes but JUICI apple supply limited

According to Bruce Turner, National Marketing Representative at Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers, 2017’s excellent growing conditions in the Northwest brought additional volume and a wider distribution of apples this season.“We experienced a later harvest this year, and the JUICI has come in with good color and.....

Over half of California growers struggling to find workers

Across California, farmers face chronic problems in finding and hiring qualified employees, according to a survey conducted by the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF).The informal survey of Farm Bureau members showed that more than half of responding farmers had experienced employee shortages during the.....

USDA leadership vacancies could complicate passing new farm bill

Since Trump's inauguration, the USDA has seen many changes under the new administration. Perdue has been at the head of these changes since coming in as head of the USDA and has begun making dramatic organisational changes.At the same time the agency has been dealing with some high-profile absences among its.....

Harvest time for the largest cranberry farm in New Jersey

It is harvest time at the Pine Island Cranberry Company in Hog Wallow, Burlington County, New Jersey.Pine Island is the largest cranberry farm in New Jersey. And crews are busy flooding the 1400 acres of bogs with homemade machines called beaters, gently shaking the fruit from the plants.The state of New.....

Redline Solutions releases V3 of its cooler software supporting Android operating systems

In line with its approach to keeping its software as fresh as the produce that it manages, RedLine Solutions, the leader in produce traceability and inventory management, announced today the release of version 3 of its popular RedLine CoolerTM warehouse management software for grower-shippers.The new release.....

UNH to develop strawberry varieties specifically for U.S. organic production

Scientists with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have launched a research project that aims to develop the first varieties of strawberries specifically designed for organic agriculture in the United States.The organic strawberry varieties will be developed.....

Fresh blueberries travel to more remote markets

Blueberries are considered the latest superfood, attracting more health-conscious consumers than ever before. They’re full of immune supporting phytonutrients and antioxidants that deliver a nutrients. But that’s not the only reason for the phenomenal growth of blueberries in the global market.Visit Johnson.....


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Peruvian agriculture after the coastal El Niño

As expected by farmers, the coastal El Niño left the reservoirs and groundwater tables at full capacity; and the soils rich with nutrients from different landslides and floods.The availability of these two resources explains why producers have higher sowing expectations for the next crop season. According to a.....

AU: DAF says Queensland rain caused damage, but has helped state's agriculture

The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) says that, while it is assisting farmers seriously affected by the recent heavy falls and flooding, the rain will have a positive impact for agriculture overall across the state.It says there have been some impacts on horticultural production areas.....


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US Northwest saw increased apple volumes but JUICI apple supply limited

According to Bruce Turner, National Marketing Representative at Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers, 2017’s excellent growing conditions in the Northwest brought additional volume and a wider distribution of apples this season.“We experienced a later harvest this year, and the JUICI has come in with good color and.....

UK: "It's a challenge to pack the bigger fruit into pre-sized packaging"

Topfruit volumes are down all over Europe and it is no different in the UK. There is a lack of smaller sizes because, when the late April frost hit, a lot of fruit was lost and the result is that the fruit which was left has grown large. The timing of the English season is slightly earlier, but just by one or.....

Harvest time for the largest cranberry farm in New Jersey

It is harvest time at the Pine Island Cranberry Company in Hog Wallow, Burlington County, New Jersey.Pine Island is the largest cranberry farm in New Jersey. And crews are busy flooding the 1400 acres of bogs with homemade machines called beaters, gently shaking the fruit from the plants.The state of New.....

Argentina: Locusts attack blueberries in Yatasto

Last week a swarm of locusts attacked large areas of the blueberry cultivation in Yatasto, south of San Jose de Metan. This area, where the company Extraberries SA has a modern packing plant, is currently the largest producer of blueberries in Argentina.The area has some 180 hectares cultivated with this crop......

Michoacan, Mexico's top strawberry producer

Ruben Medina Niño, the undersecretary of Productive Development of the Ministry of Rural Development and Agricultural Food (SEDRUA), said that in 2016 Michoacan had produced 273,464 tons of strawberry on 5,870 hectares, which left an economic spill of 3.4 billion dollars.Of the total produced, Michoacan.....

Blueberry supply continues to strengthen from Peru & Argentina

With North America's blueberry season switched out of domestic supply, volumes are solid coming in from South America and Mexico. “We’re getting supplies from Argentina and Peru and some out of Mexico,” says Randy Wilson of Dinuba, Ca.-based King Fresh Produce LLC. “We expect to see increased volumes from Peru.....

Texas watermelon market recovers as season concludes

Excess watermelon supply across the county has been to blame for a dismal market during the height of the Texas season. The season has almost concluded with growers disappointed at the low prices and an inability to sell their melons on the broader market. Kevin Green, of Jackson Melons in Texas, said that it.....

UNH to develop strawberry varieties specifically for U.S. organic production

Scientists with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have launched a research project that aims to develop the first varieties of strawberries specifically designed for organic agriculture in the United States.The organic strawberry varieties will be developed.....

Argentinian blueberry exports to the US grow 35%

Producers of the Argentinian Blueberry Committee (ABC) have reported that blueberry exports grew a 35% compared to the same week of the previous year. “During the current campaign up to week 40, Argentina exported to the US 4,234 tons of fresh blueberries in comparison to the 3,121 tons of 2016”, explained.....

Colombia: Fruit processing plant in Bingen hit by fire

Huge flames consumed part of a fruit processing plant in the Columbia Gorge community of Bingen on Wednesday morning.The 5:45 a.m. fire at the Underwood Fruit and Warehouse Company plant caused some power outages in Bingen. The fire also affected some morning school bus routes.Students at area schools were.....

New apples launched at Fruit Attraction in Madrid

"Our Kissabel apples go beyond offering a new variety"

Select visitors to Fruit Attraction were given the opportunity to try a whole new type of apple at the Ifored press conference late Wednesday afternoon.This international project will launch a new range of red-flesh varieties under the brand Kissabel, starting with the first commercial trials in Europe over.....

Chilean blueberry volumes fall 1.6% but industry expects a favourable market

The Chilean Blueberry Committee has announced that fresh blueberry export volumes for the 2017-18 season will fall by 1.6% compared with the previous season, slightly exceeding 100,000 tonnes to an estimated shipping export total of 101,700 tonnes.However, in a report produced by iQonsulting together with the.....

Debt bondage for workers in Australian horticulture akin to slavery

Australia is being urged to take steps to stamp out farm labour conditions described as being akin to modern slavery, with the horticulture industry thought to be most ripe for exploitation.An Australian Parliamentary Inquiry has been told that consistent cross-border regulation of labour hire contractors.....


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The flexibility of African herb imports

Import company Xpol started importing fresh herbs to the Netherlands near Schiphol, Amsterdam, four years ago. The mint, basil and chives spread across the rest of Europe from there.The African country of Kenya is central when it comes to the import of fresh herbs by Xpol from Rijsenhout. Founder and manager.....


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Good attendance at first day of ‘relaxed’ Fruit Attraction fair

“It’s still relaxed here,” was a much heard phrase during the first day of the Fruit Attraction fair. Despite the expansion of the fair this year – the event now comprises of six halls – it still makes a pleasant impression, perhaps because of the spaciously set-up stands and traditionally relaxed Southern.....


Citrusmore »

Marco Rubio is hoping for a relief package for Florida's citrus industry

Sen. Marco Rubio is not optimistic that money to help Florida's decimated citrus industry recover from Hurricane Irma will be part of a disaster relief package the Senate is expected to take up soon.And if it's not in this bill, the Florida Republican thinks prospects of such assistance down the road are.....

From January to September

Peru exported less grapefruit this year

Peru exported a total of 1,046,385 kilos of grapefruit at an FOB value of US $1,125,741 between January and September of this year. This shows there's been a moderate decrease from the 1,457,961 kilos worth US $ 1,360,536 shipped in the same period of 2016.According to the Agrodata Peru website, the United.....

Spain: "We are receiving orders for organic citrus"

The demand for organic citrus fruits is crossing borders and various European Union countries are trying to order this product from Spanish producers. "We don't grow organic citrus, but we do work with producers which have them available," explains Fernando Ruiz, of La Sabrosa Fruits.They have asked for their.....

Alfons Royo, of Royo Fruits:

Spain: "Prices will rise more noticeably with the arrival of the Clemenules"

The citrus campaign has already started in the south of Catalonia. "Two weeks ago, we started marketing the first Clemenrubi, Orogross and Oronul mandarins," explains Alfons Royo, manager of Royo Fruits, a company that is launching new and larger facilities this season to be able to cope with its growing.....


Exotic fruit and vegetablesmore »


Mahmoud Bayoumy: "Competitors don't make enough effort"

Egyptian importer conquers German citrus and exotic market

Exotic fruit and vegetables such as pomegranates, sweet potatoes and lemons are much more present in German supermarkets. However, imports from the country of origin are rarely successful due to their poor quality. The German-Egyptian importer Mahmoud Bayoumy considers the quality of his products as a.....

Chile: Kiwi campaign closes with better commercial results

According to information provided from the Chilean Kiwi Committee, in terms of commercial results, this campaign was better than the previous ones. The scarce supply of kiwis from the northern hemisphere at the beginning of the season and the lower volumes of New Zealand kiwi allowed the favorable entry and.....

Cape gooseberries, one of Colombia's most popular exotic fruits abroad

2015 will be remembered as a special year for the cape gooseberry. This fruit was one of the products that Colombia showcased in Milan's World Fair, an event that in past editions brought about colossal works, like the Eiffel Tower or the Chicago Wheel. Two years ago the theme was food, and since the cape.....


Organicmore »


Mexico and California-grown produce

New organic offerings of sweet corn and asparagus

Jacobs, Malcolm & Burtt (JMB) ships over 4,000,000 cases of asparagus per year and over 100,000 cases of packaged sweet corn annually; a portion of that is now made up of organic produce. Both vegetables are sourced year round from California and Mexico. Conventional asparagus comes from Mexico year round.....


Healthmore »

Broccoli can help prevent intestinal problems

Scientists at Penn State University have found that regular consumption of broccoli or other vegetables such as cabbage or Brussels sprouts may be beneficial in preventing intestinal problems, according to the results of a study in mice, which have been published in the Journal of Functional Foods."There are.....


ITmore »

Redline Solutions releases V3 of its cooler software supporting Android operating systems

In line with its approach to keeping its software as fresh as the produce that it manages, RedLine Solutions, the leader in produce traceability and inventory management, announced today the release of version 3 of its popular RedLine CoolerTM warehouse management software for grower-shippers.The new release.....

DeltaTrak's FlashLink monitoring solution gets new security features

DeltaTrak has announced the addition of a new data security feature to the FlashLink BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) Wireless Monitoring Solution.According to Frederick Wu, President and CEO of DeltaTrak, “With the new security feature, shippers have the option to require receivers to enter an access code before.....


Innovationsmore »


James Rogers, CEO of Apeel Sciences

“Our Edipeel product keeps ripe avocados ripe for twice as long”

Apeel Sciences has developed a natural, edible solution, Edipeel, to extend the shelf-life of produce. For some produce varieties, the application extends shelf-life by five times. “Our goal is to create a more sustainable food system that lasts longer and doesn’t go to waste,” says James Rogers, CEO of Apeel.....


Processed fruit and vegetablesmore »


More demand and even more potential for frozen cherries

Cherry production was one of the hardest hit in 2017, after climatic conditions had affected fruit and vegetable supplies all over the world. In terms of cherries, frosty weather during the last spring, caused losses all over Europe, in major producing countries such as Germany, Belgium, Bulgaria, the.....


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Peru: Pecan exports increased by 11% a year since 2012

According to the Peruvian Foreign Trade Company (ComexPeru), Peruvian exports of pecans between 2012 and 2016 grew by 11% each year, going from US $4 million to US $ 6.2 million.This growth is explained by several factors, such as an increased demand from China, said Juan Durler, general manager of Alpha.....


Packaging and Labellingmore »


Jean-Pascal Ophoff, Packsys:

“Packaging ensures consumers no longer cheated with quantities”

Packsys from Aartselaar, Belgium, makes machines that pack and label all kinds of products. They also partly do this for the fresh produce sector. For example, the company designed a machine that automatically fits nets over crates filled with tomatoes.Jean-Pascal Ophoff from Packsys.“The crates with tomatoes.....

Fresh blueberries travel to more remote markets

Blueberries are considered the latest superfood, attracting more health-conscious consumers than ever before. They’re full of immune supporting phytonutrients and antioxidants that deliver a nutrients. But that’s not the only reason for the phenomenal growth of blueberries in the global market.Visit Johnson.....

New packaging brings longer shelf life and less waste for herbs

Marina, an Israel based fruit and vegetable growing and distribution company, which specialises in refrigerated distribution, recently chose to use Tadbik's latest packaging solution, Fresh Lid, for some of its products.Roni Sofer, VP Marketing in Marina shared insights about Tadbik’s patent-pending Fresh Lid,.....

StePac launches new modified atmosphere packaging line "Xgo"

Atmosphere packaging solutions provider StePac, a wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based Johnson Matthey PLC, has launched a new line of fresh produce packaging solutions.Johnson Matthey Technical Development Manager, Gary Ward. says, "We're building on the latest developments in advanced Xtend modified.....

Dole to launch redesigned salad bags for the US market

Dole, is rolling out new salad bag graphics designed to make it easier for salad buyers to select which of the 47 Dole Salads is right for them, as part of a nationwide trend toward healthier eating and increased consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables and salads.Launching in U.S. supermarkets in November.....


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José Luis Pérez, Pelamatic

Spain: "Use your time to enjoy fruit, not to peel it"

Comfort and speed is what this Valencian company was looking for when they patented their first peeling machines for fruit and vegetables."Everything started when my grandfather, 20 years ago, tried to find a solution to peel oranges without getting his hands messy," explains José Luis Pérez. They started.....


Retailmore »


Kids to get free fruit at Kroger's Delta Division

Supervalu to acquire Associated Grocers

US: Blue Apron cuts 320 employeesBlue Apron is cutting about 320 jobs, less than four months after the meal-kit seller became a public company. New York-based Blue Apron, which had nearly 5,400 employees in June, said Wednesday that the layoffs represent about 6 percent of its workforce. (pressherald.com) US:.....


Global Marketmore »


OVERVIEW GLOBAL GARLIC MARKET

After China had a difficult season last year and production decreased, many countries saw their chance to increase their market share. This year China is back with a larger volume and wants its place on the world market again. This is having an impact on other exporters, like Peru. Other countries see.....


Climatemore »


Ophelia moves on to Scotland

Winds of more than 70mph (112km/h) and heavy rain are hitting parts of Scotland and northern England as remnants of Hurricane Ophelia continue to sweep across the UK.All schools in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland remain closed for a second day as the clean-up begins.Justin Leonard a fruit and.....


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