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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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Kees Oskam on the pear market

"The pear market is sluggish"

The pear market has been under tremendous pressure in recent weeks. This is due to the enormous volumes of unusually small pears from Belgium. "The market is sluggish", says Kees Oskam of the Dutch trading company, Jan Oskam."Now, with Christmas approaching and foreign workers taking leave in order to go home,.....

Avocados: The stranger becomes a friend

December is traditionally a peak month for the exotics market. Almost every supermarket makes space on its shelves for this category of fresh produce. Elena Rogojnikova of Hagé International sees it is a busier time. “Christmas is fast approaching”, she begins. “This is when we like to spoil our friends and.....

Peruvian black figs conquer Europe

Supermarkets are becoming increasingly interested in fresh figs. This product is showing up on more and more shop shelves. In the last few months of the year, there is a lot of availability from Brazil and Israel. In recent years, the interest in Peruvian black figs has, however, increased. An exclusive.....

Vicente Morell: "It doesn't matter how late we start if the quality isn't good"

"This year, 90% of our oranges will come from Andalusia"

The quality of oranges in Valencia has been severely affected this year by the high temperatures and drought recorded in autumn. The weather conditions have also facilitated the entry of new pests, such as orchid thrips, which have had an impact on the volume of fruit suitable for fresh marketing. That is why.....

Own sustainability logo with an eye to the future

Corporate Social Responsibility has been elevated to a higher level by Kiremko with the introduction of its own sustainability label. Kiremko Fair Future stands for consciously dealing with the environment, and not doing things because you have to, but because it’s the right thing to do.In May this year, the.....

Cutting machines for premium segment

A few months ago, the vegetable cutting company Nomad was founded in Antwerp. Besides processing fruit and vegetables, the company also produces Asian and Belgian meals and components. Jegerings.com supplied the machines for the new cutting kitchen.Nomad was founded by partners Christophe de Mey and Tom.....

International Paper wins accolades for its fresh produce packaging

International Paper’s corrugated packaging business in Europe, the Middle East & Africa (EMEA) recently brought home a collection of innovation and design awards for its corrugated box solutions for the fresh produce industry.International Paper receiving the 2017 Good Design Award at theDesign Turkey.....

Idai Nature opens a subsidiary in Ghana

The Valencian company Idai Nature has intensified its expansion plans. The company, which manufactures natural solutions for agriculture, currently exports its products to more than 30 countries and it is an international reference for the cultivation of fruits and vegetables without chemical residues.Source:.....

Yellow zucchini compounds associated with the death of tumor cells

Researchers at the Genotoxicology Laboratory of the University of Córdoba and the area of ​​Genomics and Biotechnology at the IFAPA Center La Mojonera in Almeria (Spain) have associated compounds from the skin and flesh of yellow zucchini with the death of tumor cells. Specifically, the experts.....

Tomato exports to Russia come at a price for Turkey

Over two years have passed since Turkey shot down a Russian jet in November 2015. The event triggered a major crisis as Moscow responded with a string of economic sanctions. Since President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's apology in June 2016, the relationship between Turkey and Russia has notably improved: Russian.....

Pregnancy test science could protect the Christmas sprout

The science behind the home-pregnancy test is now being trialled to detect the presence of diseases, which can devastate fields of vegetable crops, including the Christmas sprout.Current trials are underway to help protect crops of Brassicas – sprouts, broccoli, cabbage – and onions, which generated more than.....

Grapes overtake apples to become Britain's best-selling fruit

Grapes have overtaken apples to become Britain's best selling fruit for the first time ever thanks to the increasing popularity of "snack packs".A record £604 million was spent on grapes in the last 12 months, industry statistics show. Just £600 million was spent on apples and £551 million on bananas.Apple.....

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New research unveils potential weight loss properties of sweet cherries

Reid Fruits today welcomed University of Tasmania research which demonstrates the potential weight loss properties of sweet cherries.Reid Fruits Managing Director Tim Reid said Tasmania’s major cherry exporter had been extremely excited to be involved with Dr Melanie Blackhall.“For many there has been.....

Researchers develop new weapons against most feared pests

New Zealand scientists have found a new hope against a tide of invasive pests threatening to invade its borders, with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.Bioprotection scientists have begun a trial targeting some of the most feared threats, including the brown marmorated stink bug, the Korean pumpkin fly,.....

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Year overview August

Frost early this year had a huge effect on the European top fruit volumes and Germany was no exception. By August the extent of the losses was becoming clearer. The region around the lower Elbe, the largest continuous fruit cultivation area of Northern Europe, got off comparatively lightly. According to.....


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