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Friday, May 26, 2017

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Sandi Boyden with T&G Global on the refresh of the JAZZ™ apple

“Our goal was to make the brand much more contemporary”

Earlier this month, the refresh of the JAZZ™ apple was announced. At the CPMA tradeshow in Toronto, FreshPlaza talked with Sandi Boyden, marketing manager, pipfruit, of T&G Global who provided additional insights on the brand refresh. “The refresh was rolled out market by market, starting in February of.....

Consumer interest for organic chopped salads increases

Chopped salads and organic foods. Braga Fresh Family Farms of Soledad, CA. hopes to hone in on these two food trends with its Josie’s Organics salad line. Braga recently debuted the line to the Canadian market at the 2017 CPMA Annual Convention and Trade Show. “We started the chopped salad line about one year.....

Sweet as candy

Mildest sweet onion is in first year of production

Sweet onions have certainly gained footholds in the market, thanks to the big buzz created by Vidalia marketing, but the title of sweetest onion of all likely now has to be handed to the HoneySweet onion. The HoneySuckle red onion was recently introduced in limited quantities at the CPMA tradeshow in.....

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Mission Produce opens Ripe Center in Calgary

Oxnard-based Mission Produce announced that it has completed construction on its latest Ripe Center. The Ripe Center, based in Calgary, Canada, will service customers in Western Canada with ripe fruit throughout the year.Mission has operated a distribution center in Toronto since 2010, and the addition of the.....

Row-straddling, weeding robot headed to international market

Naïo has developed what they claim will be the world’s first row-straddling mechanical weeding robot to officially reach the international market, named Dino. The French company has already scheduled the delivery of Dino’s first four customers. These included the Chamber of Agriculture of the French Somme.....

California Avocado Month June 1-30

California Avocado Commission partners with Grand Central Market, Los Angeles

June is California Avocado Month and the California Avocado Commission is partnering with Grand Central Market in Los Angeles to offer visitors special, limited-time California Avocado dishes throughout the food hall from June 1-30.On May 23, CAC and Grand Central Market held a kick-off event that included.....

"It's amazing how it has turned around."

South African grapefruit exporters not rushing things during peak season

“The European market is emptier than we expected, with many South African producers sending to Asia/southeast Asia or the Far East. Apart from remnants from Spain, Israel and the USA, we’re about the only ones with grapefruit at the moment,” says Nico Kotze, head: marketing and sales at Bonaire Fruit.“After.....

US: Watsonville strawberry scientist loses legal battle

A renowned strawberry researcher based in Watsonville broke patent law and violated a loyalty pledge to his former university by taking his work with him to profit from it in a private company, a jury in San Francisco decided Wednesday.Professor Douglas Shaw formed his own research firm with others after.....

Latest scan data reflects strong promotion of apples by US retailers

Mike Preacher, Director of Marketing for Domex Superfresh Growers®, explains in the accompanying video that U.S. retailers are doing a good job promoting apples this spring. In the four weeks leading up to April 16, the promotion of apples resulted in a 7% increase in pounds and 1.5% increase in dollars......

Pennsylvania mushroom farms face labor shortage

64 percent of America's mushrooms are grown in Pennsylvania, but, like many other people in agriculture, mushroom farmers are facing a growing labor shortage.Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms in Chester County is an example.They grow and ship 15 million pounds of mushrooms a year but they need workers."We.....


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The phenolic profile of table grapes

Italy is one of the leading table grape producers. The fruit is cultivated mainly in the southern regions, as it needs hot-dry weather with precipitations around 600 mm/year mainly in winter-spring and with temperatures rarely reaching levels close to 0°C. Just like many other fruits, grape too has.....

Rob Baan aims for a Dutch trial about healthy food taxation

"I hope the Tax Office fines me"

At Koppert Cress' 5,000 day celebration last year, Rob Baan gave a hint of their plans and now, in the video below, he is affirming his statement: "For some strange reason, someone thought is necessary to tax healthy food. I refuse to pay the authorities for healthy food and will not pay an employer surcharge......

Miriam Cutillas, of Uvasdoce:

"Seedless grape consumption will be crucial in Spain this year"

Although seedless grapes are already popular in the rest of Europe, there had been no clear demand for them in Spain until about four years ago. "There are countries like the UK that no longer want any other type of grapes," states Miriam Cutillas, head of marketing at Uvas Doce. South Africa and France are.....

UAE, a growing market for Spanish exporters

The UAE is a destination that, due to its location and climate, needs to buy products in the international market. "We are shipping about 40,000 kilos of carrots every week for a supermarket chain," comments Eugenia Menéndez, assistant manager at Mengis Export. "It is a customer that we already had, because.....

Conhexa to re-boost activity in Port of Sète fruit terminal

Through the Port of Sète’s new operator, the Conhexa group, the port wants to reposition itself in the traffic of refrigerated produce, a sector that is growing worldwide. Following a call for proposals by the Port of Sète in June 2016, the Conhexa group, which is a major player in this type of traffic, was.....

Row-straddling, weeding robot headed to international market

Naïo has developed what they claim will be the world’s first row-straddling mechanical weeding robot to officially reach the international market, named Dino. The French company has already scheduled the delivery of Dino’s first four customers. These included the Chamber of Agriculture of the French Somme.....

Russia: Hotline to report poor quality fruit and veg

From 24 May to 23 June, the Russian region of Irkutsk is having a month devoted to the quality and safety of early vegetables and fruits, as reported by the press service of the government of the region. The main goal of the month is to prevent the sale of substandard products.Within the framework of the.....

Ukraine registers new industrial park

The Ukrainian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade has registered a new industrial park, "Zolotonosha", in the city of the same name in the Cherkasy region, as reported by the institution's website."The purpose of creating an industrial park is to ensure sustainable economic development in the city of.....

Ukraine: Sharp increase of wholesale banana prices

Wholesale bananas have become significantly more expensive in the Ukrainian markets, as reported by analysts of "APK-Inform": vegetables and fruits, citing daily monitoring data.Thus, at the "Dubovo" market, in Khmelnytsky, bananas cost 32-36 UAH/kg (1.09-1.23 Euro/kg), while a week earlier the fruit's price.....

Healthy compounds

Spain: Advances in genetic improvement of potatoes

The Basque Agricultural Research and Development Institute, NEIKER-Tecnalia, has made advances in the genetic improvement of potatoes with the goal of obtaining varieties with high levels of bioactive compounds (anthocyanins, phenols and total carotenoids), as well as a healthy antioxidant capacity, adapted to.....

Hapag-Lloyd and UASC complete their merger

Hapag-Lloyd and the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) completed their merger process on May 24 in Hamburg. The combined fleet of this merger amounts to 230 vessels with a capacity of approximately 1.6 million TEU, which allows Hapag-Lloyd to strengthen its position as the fifth largest shipping company in.....

World's longest strawberry cake served at festival

France celebrated the 25th anniversary of its annual strawberry festival by baking the world's longest French strawberry cake.The finished product was made up of 55 sections containing 720 eggs, 300 egg yolk, 59 pounds of sugar, 66 pounds of wheat flour and 440 pounds of strawberries.Click here for photos

Romania: Imported fruit and veg sold as domestic

This week, control teams of the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR) have verified compliance with the relevant legislation in all agro-food markets in Bucharest, and the conclusion was that "very large volumes of fresh vegetables and fruits from intra-Community shipments or imports.....

Bulgaria: Collapse in tomato, cherry and potato prices

Wholesale prices in Bulgaria fell by 1.77% last week, with the main contribution to this being the seasonal fall recorded by the main fruits and vegetables for fresh consumption.Bulgarian greenhouse tomatoes have become 17.5% cheaper and are sold for 2.07 Lev* per kilo, while imports cost 1.60 Lev per kilo,.....

Iraq bans import of Turkish tomatoes

Iraq has banned the import of Turkish tomatoes to protect its own producers, as reported by the Turkish Ministry of Economy in a statement.Tomato growers in Turkey have already suffered from an import ban introduced by Russia. It is the only economic sanction that remains in force. Moscow has lifted all other.....

Greece: Significant reduction in trade balance deficit of agricultural products

Greece has managed to significantly reduce the gap in the trade balance of agricultural products and food over the last six years, as revealed by provisional data from the Ministry of Rural Development (supplied by the National Statistical Authority). To be precise, while in 2009 the country's agricultural.....

Norwegian aircraft evacuated because of controversial fruit

A Norwegian airplane on route from Oslo Gardermoen to Evenes airport was evacuated Thursday evening, reports Harstad Tidende. The reason was a suspicion of a gas leak from the cargo compartment.However, there was certainly no gas leak. The mistake was simply due to the presence of a fruit that was taken on the.....

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Hort Connections: The top 20 vegetables on Australian market

Potatoes were the most sold vegetables on the Australian market, with nearly twice as much tonnage than the nearest product, for the year ending June 2016. Delivering a presentation to Hort Connections last week, market research and analysis company Freshlogic ranked the top 20 vegetables across four.....

AU: Working visa conditions leading to less farm volunteers

A farmer in North Queensland is renewing calls for the Federal Government to consider reversing legislation allowing volunteer workers from overseas to extend their working holidays in Australia.The changes announced in the 2014 budget significantly affect people on the international Willing Workers on Organic.....

Australia's Bravo Apples set to be shown to the world

International export trials will begin this year for Australia's newest trademarked fruit Bravo™ as it establishes more production within Australia and becomes more widely available.The ANABP 01 variety has been 20 years in the making, bred by the Western Australian Department of Agriculture and Food from the.....

Fiji pineapple production shows potential

Fiji's pineapple industry has a lot of potential, with the present production figure standing at around 2800 tonnes annually. Andre McGregor, managing director of Koko Siga Pacific, said the fruit was sold to local markets, earning the 915 growers involved in production about $2.4 million a year.A leader in.....

NZ fruit exports increased by 3.4% to $444m in April

New Zealand's merchandise exports rose to their highest ever for an April month. Exports rose 9.8 per cent to $4.75 billion in April, setting a new record for the month and marking the third-highest month ever recorded behind the $5b of exports in March 2014 and $4.9b in March 2015, according to Statistics New.....

AU: Victorian fruit packing company set to expand

Family owned and operated fruit packing operation JV Orchards has announced its expansion, creating an additional 15 jobs.With assistance from the Victorian Government, the Cobram company, in the state’s north will invest $900,000 in the expansion of its fruit packing and export facility in a boost for local.....

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Anti-frost systems saved Polish cranberries

Viewed as a healthy product by Polish consumers, demand for fruits like cranberries is growing. The 2017 season will mark the third season that Klasa Sp. z.o.o. has produced the berries for the domestic market and Mieczysław Czekański shared that they would like to expand their market to Germany,.....

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Watermelons look towards a strong 2017 in North America

As we head into the summer season, watermelon supply and consumption are both expected to be strong for 2017.“We’re now seven weeks into the domestic season with plenty of imports still coming in from Mexico and less so from our Central American partners in Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama,” says.....

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H-E-B to grow own veggies in container farms

Zero-waste supermarket opens in OttawaValérie Leloup’s Ottawa store will offer a zero-waste grocery shopping experience. The products will be sold in bulk, with shoppers encouraged to bring their own containers or borrow or buy them inside the store. Please, click here to read more at canadiangrocer.com. Marsh.....


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