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Friday, September 22, 2017

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New Jersey grower expands organic offerings with new partnership

With the intent to boost its presence in the organic produce market, Vineland, NJ’s Dandrea Produce has entered into a strategic partnership with organic grower Summer Wind Farms. Summer Wind, which is also based in Vineland, is community supported agriculture (CSA) United States Department of Agriculture.....

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Larger potatoes in store for Colorado season

The new crop of potatoes has just commenced harvesting in the San Luis Valley in Colorado, and growers are pleased with what they are seeing. Favorable weather has helped to foster ideal conditions and potato sizes are expected to average larger than previous years."The new crop began in earnest in.....

Honey and Summer Kiss varieties

Harvest of Arizona-grown Kiss melons around the corner

Savor Fresh Farms announces the Fall Season of two of its most opulent Kiss Melons varieties, Honey Kiss and Summer Kiss. These two varieties are known for their unparalleled flavor profiles and brix during Summer months, and will boast these same outstanding characteristics throughout October and early.....

Death linked to salmonella outbreak in papayas reported in California

A death in California was linked to papayas that were packed in Tijuana, Mexico and imported to the U.S. by Bravo Produce Inc. of San Ysidro. The papayas were shipped to wholesale markets in California and other states between August 10 and August 29, 2017.The outbreak has hit mostly Hispanic communities......

California citrus growers urged to mind export protocols to South Korea, China

California citrus growers wishing to ship fresh fruit to South Korea, China or Australia have been encouraged to pay close attention to export protocols, according to industry officials who spoke recently in Tulare.For those shipping fruit to South Korea, protocols in place last year could largely remain the.....

Michigan State University calls for help tracking destructive pest

The Michigan State University Extension needs your help tracking a bug that sucks juices out of plants that could cause problems for local farmers.The brown marmorated stink bug was brought to North America sometime before 1996, according to Michigan State University Tree Fruit Specialist Julianna.....

US organic sales continue growing with 23% increase in 2016

The sales and production of organic agricultural continued to increase in 2016, when U.S. farms produced and sold $7.6 billion in certified organic commodities, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).Results of the 2016.....

Ready Pac Foods promotes Scott McGuire to Chief Supply Chain Officer

Ready Pac Foods, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bonduelle (BOND.PA), announced further changes to its Operations Organization to sharpen the focus on its supply chain and related processes. Scott McGuire has been promoted to Chief Supply Chain Officer (CSCO), to lead the Supply Chain Organization,.....

First fruit and vegetable grower GlobalGAP GRASP certified in United States

Farm Fresh Produce, Inc. is fully compliant on the GLOBALG.A.P. GRASP assessment, a social management system, as third-party verified by WQS, LLC. “It has become common in the industry to state that you have the highest quality or an innovative approach. Quality is relatively simple to measure, to prove. That.....

Mushroom facility in Michigan evacuated after chemical leak

The Kennett Square headquarters of one of the world's largest mushroom distributors was evacuated Wednesday morning because of a hazmat situation.Courtesy of GoogleAuthorities were called to the South Mill Mushroom Sales and Kaolin Mushroom Farms facility at 649 W. South Street around 11:30 a.m., Kennett.....

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New techniques to give fresh produce a longer shelf life

‘Fresh’ frozen rocket will soon be available

What would it be like if we could freeze types of lettuce like rocket in such a way they could retain their freshness, lovely appearance and structure? It will be possible in future, according to Eda Demir from the Swedish Optifreeze. “We are currently working on the research, and results are looking very.....

Don Limón CEO likens company to ecosystem

“Most important thing is to develop our people”

Andreas Schindler, CEO of Don Limón, agrees that a company has to be profitable. He, however, believes that focusing on developing employees to reach their full potential is an important factor in making a successful company. “It is like a ecosystem”, he says. “You need to create an environment where people.....

Turkey: New drying system for mint leaves

The drying process requires both energy and time, meaning that reducing the energy needed and the drying time are important for vegetable raw material drying technologies.Technicians and engineers from the University of Gazi in Ankara analysed the drying characteristics of mint leaves and the energy cost of a.....

Zweer van Aalsburg, FruitMasters:

"Dutch apple harvest even lower than expected"

Most of the pear farmers finished harvesting last week. The apple growers are busy picking their second round of Elstar, Red Prince, Jonagold and Kanzi. Time to find out how things are going from Zweer van Aalsburg, Commercial Manager at FruitMasters. "The volume of apples is even lower than we expected. There.....

Kloosterboer Cool Port officially opened

PHOTO REPORTKloosterboer Cool Port in Rotterdam was officially opened on Thursday, 20 September. About 500 guests were present at the opening of the new cold and freezer storage centre. It is on the premises previously occupied by the ECT Home terminal. Kloosterboer expects to process a minimum of 400 000 pallets per year.....

Start of Monterosa tomato campaign with an empty market

"Domestic market will be key for Spanish tomatoes in future"

The harvest of Monterosa specialty tomatoes, the summer tomato available in winter, started two weeks ago in Almeria, although volumes are still limited."We have faced many difficulties due to the high temperatures recorded since we planted the tomatoes in July, with an excessive drop of flowers. Because of.....

"We have to sell as much Bacon as possible before the Hass arrives"

Spain: Arrival of first Bacon avocados at high prices

The organic Bacon avocado campaign has started earlier for the Granada-based cooperative Procam Bio due to the favourable weather conditions."We have just started marketing Bacon avocados, with lively sales and very high prices. They are selling like hot cakes," states Fernando Martín, manager of Procam. From.....

Carine de Clercq:

“Residue contents were ten times higher in the past”

To prevent potatoes, fruit and vegetables from having high residue contents, fresh products regularly have to be tested by means of European legislation and regulations. The residue laboratory Primoris in Zwijnaarde, Belgium, is such a place that analyses fresh products, although the company doesn’t just do so.....

England's apple harvest could be down 20% after cold spring

England’s apple harvest could be as much as 20 per cent down after the young fruits were damaged by harsh frosts in the spring.Picking is now underway, however growers are concerned that not only will the number of apples be down, but many are blemished or smaller than hoped for.A problem known as ‘frost ring’.....

Israel: Researchers develop more nutritious and colourful potatoes

Researchers at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science have figured out how to produce violet coloured potatoes with betalain pigments.If you’re thinking, “Who needs violet tomatoes?” you should know that red-violet and yellow betalain pigments contain healthful antioxidant properties. They’re also the basis.....

Produce Investments announces the retirement of three executives

Produce Investments has announced chairman Neil Davidson, senior independent non-executive director Sir David Naish and non-executive director Sean Christie will retire from their roles at the November annual general meeting.The Duns-based group, a leading supplier of potatoes and daffodils to large retailers,.....

New department invests further in Wild Spinach and Kale

SIPO has a new department in its company, located in Bellaria Igea Marina, dedicated entirely to the processing of autumn and winter organic vegetables to be cooked, in particular: Wild Spinach and Kale.SIPO organic wild spinachThey hope that this investment will help the SIPO’s production department keep up.....

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QCC 120 and 160 mechanical cooling units

"Growing need for more flexible cooling units"

During Potato Europe, Tolsma-Grisnich presented the QCC 120 and 160 mechanical cooling units, among other items. The size of storage spaces has increased strongly in recent years. In the main export markets in particular. There is also increasing need to flexibly use the capacity of mobile cooling units. With.....

Gert Kema:

"Still a future for the banana"

The banana has suffered badly from fungal diseases that need more and more pesticides. Last century the Gros Michel banana disappeared due to the Panama disease. Now the replacement variety Cavendish is threatened. Yet Gert Kema, linked to Wageningen University & Research, sees a future for the banana. He.....

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Seeka innovates to offset lower volumes

The New Zealand kiwifruit season has been challenging for the growers this year with rain during harvest and difficulties in getter the right dry matter levels and an overall reduction in yields.Despite this Michael Franks CEO of Seeka is happy with how the kiwifruit season went."Overall we are pretty happy......

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Demand is on the rise worldwide, but the supply has been affected by the weather. "New Zealand harvested less this campaign after a difficult growing season, with a hot winter and a lot of rain," explained a trader. Moreover, the Chilean production is also reported to have dropped, and now Italian kiwis are.....

Cranberries help reduce risk of urinary tract infections by 32%

According to a comprehensive review of dozens of previous studies, the case for cranberries to be used as a protection against urinary tract infections (UTIs) is stronger than ever.The new review, published in The Journal of Urology, analysed the results of 28 clinical trials involving nearly 5,000 patients......

October 20th

Felix Instruments to sponsor reception of NMB in New Orleans

Felix Instruments- Applied Food Science is a proud sponsor of the reception for the National Mango Board at the PMA Fresh Summit on October 20th, 2017 at the Downtown Marriott.Felix Instruments’ owner, Leonard Felix, will have the F-750 Produce Quality Meter available for demonstration. The F-750 Produce.....


US retailers triple same-day delivery options

Meijer to sell 'ugly' produce for reduced prices

US: Harris Teeter's new service builds shopping lists from online recipesHarris Teeter has partnered with online recipe platform Myxx to create a customized site, HarrisTeeterRecipes.com, where customers can select online recipes and then have a shopping list automatically created for them, according to Retail.....

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