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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Blackberries keep on fighting fellow berries for attention

US: Prices start to pick up on imported blackberries

Imported blackberries into the U.S. are seeing solid levels of supply. “Supply of blackberries is very good and plentiful,” says Martin Maldonado of Pompano Beach, Fl.-based Pure Fresh LLC. “There’s good quality too. Approximately 95 percent of the supply is coming from Mexico right now but Guatemala always.....

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“The banana market is expecting a perfect storm”

“It’s a complex situation in the banana market all over the world. Whereas, at this moment prices are extremely high. Many producing countries have only low volumes of banana available, which pushes the prices to the extreme. However, the statistics of production estimates in all producing countries are going.....

Recovered 5 million pounds of food in three years

Rescued produce delivered farm to door

Battling the imbalance between getting healthy food into a consumer's hands and minimizing food waste can take on both a charitable and a corporate role. There’s a place for fruit and vegetables that are too small and cucumbers that are too curvy. More people are innovating new products made from ‘ugly’.....

US based company presents latest grading technology

Grading and sorting produce has come a long way since everything was done by hand. In an economic environment where minimizing waste and accurately categorizing fresh produce are paramount, companies continue to develop technology to be able to optimize this process.Durand-Wayland is an agricultural supplier.....

Freight costs keep US broccoli prices below expectations

Freight costs are placing downward pressure on broccoli prices as growers and shippers continue to be at the mercy of trucking companies. A shortage of available trucks has meant that incredibly high rates are being quoted to move produce around the country. Broccoli suppliers say that this is causing the.....

Ambrosia apple ready to hit sales peak in US

Get ready for Ambrosia apples to drive apple category performance. That’s the message to retailers from CMI Orchards.“We’re entering the strongest sales period of the year for Ambrosia,” says George Harter, Vice President of Marketing for CMI Orchards. “Ambrosia is the 8th best-selling apple variety in the.....

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Mudslides add to farm losses in California

The deadly mudslide that hit Santa Barbara County last week, which left part of Montecito in ruins, caused agricultural damage in the Carpinteria Valley. The valley, described as the "flower basket of the world" by the California Cut Flower Commission, hosts about two dozen growers."They're all impacted," said.....

The Wonderful company launches new natural, raw pistachio product

Yesterday, Wonderful Pistachios announced a new flavor, joining the Wonderful portfolio, with new Natural Raw Wonderful Pistachios set to hit store shelves this February, just in time for Heart Health Month. The company said that Natural Raw pistachios are the closest pistachio lovers can get to snacking.....

China: First shipment of Disney cherries lands in Shanghai

"We successfully imported the first shipment from Chile this year, which consisted of 30 containers of cherries and 12 containers of blueberries. The shipment entered the Chinese import market in Shanghai on January 14th. Purchasing merchants from Beijing, Qingdao, Zhengzhou, Changzhou, Jiaxing, Guangzhou, and.....

The US increases its dependence on imported fruits and vegetables

The United States has increased its dependence on external fruits and vegetables in the last decade, especially of avocados, asparagus, and pumpkins, among other products, according to data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).From 2007 to 2016, imports of asparagus compared to the total supply of the.....

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Seminis Monsanto introduces Momi - SVTS5096

VIDEOSeminis Monstanto launched its newly crowned tomato during an Open Day event atAzienda Agricola Terre di Capopassero (Sicily).Above: many growers attended the event.Momi (SVTS5096) is a green tomato variety for all season and particularly suitable for transplant periods when TYLCV becomes a real problem for.....

Italy: Artichoke prices not profitable

"Our artichokes are available on the domestic, Dutch and German markets. In addition, limited quantities are shipped to Eastern Europe. Our varieties include Thema, Opal, purple, local from Brindisi, and some hybrids such as C3. It will then be the turn of Madrigal. The season started over a month and a half.....

Italy: Blueberries very popular in Eastern Europe

Not a lot of blueberry plants are sold in Italy while Eastern European countries are investing heavily in them."The popularity of this fruit has grown a lot. We have many Italian clients who purchase plants for rather limited areas. Producers are rather small, we often sell plants to farmhouses that use them.....

Italy: Open day at Vvibes

The first Vvibes Open Day took place a few days ago. Over 400 people attended including producers, technicians and dealers from central and south-western Sicily. The brand new R&D facility was also unveiled.Event focused on new commercial varietiesVarieties presented included a new cherry tomato called.....

DLB Packaging company buys new machine:

"Packing blueberries mechanically ensures better quality"

This week, Dutch packaging company DLB brought a new blueberry packaging line into use. With this, they are now capable of packaging 600 kg of berries per hour. The packaging line consists of two sorting units and an automated filling unit. Products are quality sorted using imaging and laser technology.The.....

Rojo Brillante mutation with larger calibre

Launch of new kaki variety Ernesto

The "Genesis Innovation" Group has just announced the launch of its new kaki variety: Ernesto, a spontaneous mutation of the Rojo Brillante found in the municipality of Benimodo (Ribera del Xúquer, Valencia), which reaches larger sizes than its predecessor, which translates into an almost 30% increase in the.....

Arancia Express sells Sicilian citrus fruit online

"We carried out a few tests that helped us understand the growth rate of e-commerce connected to the change in purchase habits through digital shop windows. We are citrus fruit producers and have been going through a rough period as prices often don't cover production costs."In the photo: Maria Concetta.....

Low cucurbit prices in Sicily

VIDEOA group of small entrepreneurs from the Vittoria area have reported that cucumber, courgette and aubergine prices are dropping.Above: the group of small Sicilian producers who have reported the low pricesEverything seemed to go well before the festive period with the exception of cucumbers, whose prices.....

Regionally grown greenhouse products dominate at wholesale and weekly markets

'German lamb's lettuce is unrivaled'

During the winter months, the demand in the salad area is much lower than in the summer. Nonetheless, lamb's lettuce from domestic soil is very popular among German consumers. Although there are lettuces from southern Europe on the market, German consumers prefer the regional product from local cultivation......

Zweer van Aalsburg, FruitMasters:

“Elstar until April, we expect to extend Jonagold into the new season”

While other sales organisations have suffered heavy losses, the night frost damages were relatively limited for FruitMasters. “We also have growers in Limburg and Zeeland, but many of our growers managed to irrigate,” says Zweer van Aalsburg. “I expect we’ll be able to continue with Elstar until April, and.....

Italy: Electronic dispenser creates sexual confusion for codling moths

Biogard introduces the new Shin-EtsuIsomate CM Mister 1.0 aerosol formulationfree from fluorinated greenhouse gases to control codling moths (Cydia pomonella).In some conditions (size of the area to treat, insect pressure), the aerosol technology enables the application of two/three dispensers per hectare and.....

Trentino Alto-Adige apple stocks on January 1st, 2018

Every month, Assomela and the Bolzano Chamber of Commerce publish the apple stocks in Trentino Alto-Adige. Quantities are in tons. On January 1st 2018, the situation was as follows:

Bonduelle brings classic vegetables to the shelves

Mother's food is simply the best: Traditional vegetables and regional cuisine are growing in popularity across all generations. For our nostalgic pleasure, Bonduelle will therefore expand its range of specialties from 2018 with three genuine vegetable classics: pumpkin, beetroot and sweet potato.The vegetables.....

Euro Pool System's banana tray wins the 2018 Pro-K award in Germany

The Pro-K award is a unique initiative from the German plastic industry, established since 1979, to encourage designers to send in new innovations exclusively made from plastic. The banana tray has been developed in close cooperation with Bekuplast and Euro Pool System.The Euro Pool System team proudly show.....

Kilo-bucket of snack tomatoes: 50% more sales than expected

It was supposed to be a trial, just for the summer. But the trial was expanded, and the Tommies buckets, filled with a kilo of snack tomatoes, have been on the shelves of a major Dutch supermarket chain for more than six months now. “The combination of high-quality tomatoes, the right packaging, and a.....

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Boysenberries New Zealand has earliest harvest on record

Boysenberries New Zealand has wrapped up its harvest earlier than normal this year, with volumes around 20 per cent up on last year's season.General Manager Julian Raine says the very early start to the season, was thanks to hot dry conditions over the late spring and summer."We normally start around 15th of.....

Players at Australian Open go bananas

If you're the type of tennis fan that is more interested in on-court shenanigans than the pure art of the game, the Australian Open did not let you down.First there was Coco Vandeweghe, who went bananas during her match against Timea Babos, going down 7-6 (7-4), 6-2. Having lost the first set, Vandeweghe had a.....

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Banana treat has fruit bats head over heels

Bat carer Denise Wade from Brisbane, Queensland, knows how to have fruit bats go bananas. In this video uploaded to ctpost.com on January 15, Wade showed how the bats - also known as flying foxes - in her care respond to a special treat known as a ‘banana ball’.Wade stated she had been busy after a week of.....

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Sun&Vegs presents new line of microgreens with a Mediterranean touch

Sun&Vegs, a brand specialized in fresh and healthy produce will present its latest innovations at this year's Fruit Logistica come February. Besides its traditional agricultural selection, well-known for its its Mediterranean accent, the brand will present microgreens, early vegetable shoots which are.....

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New packaging brings improved produce quality and shelf life

Anacail provides a unique technology for improving the quality and shelf-life of fresh produce. The Anacail System uses plasma technology to convert a portion of the oxygen inside a food pack into ozone, a natural germicidal agent. Anacail in-pack ozone generationThe process shown above is rapid, and is.....

Guaranteed pesticide-free with zero residue

Prince de Bretagne launches new range of tomatoes

Prince de Bretagne tomato producers have launched a new range of tomatoes marketed under a new label: "100% Nature & Saveurs".With this product, the growers hold to two commitments: First, the tomatoes are guaranteed to be grown without pesticides. The producers use only organic – non-synthetic – plant.....


Instacart acquires Unata

Kroger: New technology to nearly 200 stores

Amazon eyes Australian grocery sectorAmazon has renewed its Whole Foods trademark in Australia, suggesting it has its eye on its $100bln grocery market, which is cause for concern for Coles and Woolworths. E-commerce titan Amazon has taken action on its interest in Australia’s grocery market, with the renewal.....

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