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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Strawberry slowdown only temporary after Florida freeze

Florida experienced another wave of cold weather late last week, with temperatures dropping once again below freezing. In Tampa, temperatures dropped as low as 29 degrees on Thursday morning along with windy conditions. Growers in the surrounding regions are focused on strawberry production at this time of.....

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Shortage of smaller size fruit in California navel crop

Volumes on California navel oranges are down on last year as growers are also seeing a shortage of smaller sizes. The shortage of smaller fruit has coincided with a lighter tree set this season, which suppliers say they were expecting. "Estimates at the start of the season pointed at a shorter crop," said Adam.....

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Demand spiking for imported blueberries

Demand is high right now for blueberries while supplies are currently on the lighter side. “Supplies of blueberries have been a little tight out of South America but the shipments are starting to increase now. They’re out of Chile right now,” says Greg Willems of Reedley, Ca.-based Farm to Table Berries, who.....

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Tearless onion reaches marketplace

Those vicious onion vapors sometimes have people crying their eyes out or resorting to old wives tales to prevent them from tearing up. Google searches of ‘how to cut an onion without crying’ topple over 1 million alone. It also happens to be the question posed most to the National Onion Association.Certified.....

Mexico: Avocados from Jalisco will enter the US, regardless of what happens to the NAFTA

Regardless of what happens with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the avocados grown in Jalisco will be, sooner or later, exported to the United States; the only thing that will vary will be the tax that the consumers of that country will pay for it, said the director of the Association of.....

Seed company sees tremendous growth with mini sweet peppers

Tozer Seeds America’s mini sweet pepper line called the Sweetie series has experienced tremendous growth and been praised by growers for their uniformity and heavy yield. In addition to their uniformity and heavy yield, Tozer’s Sweetie series have vibrant colors, offer good open seed cavity, are great in open.....

CPMA launches food safety fund

As a member of the produce industry in Canada, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) has identified food safety as a top priority to ensure the ongoing viability and growth of the fresh produce sector in Canada. Understanding that a food safety incident in one commodity group or segment could have.....

Louisiana: Monitoring for nematode pest in sweet potatoes

Louisiana State University researchers are trying to find out if an aggressive sweet potato pest has made its way into Louisiana. AgCenter nematologist Charles Overstreet is looking for the pacara earpod tree root-knot nematode. This pest was recently detected in North Carolina sweet potato fields. It.....

Frank Levarht expects good start with melons from Honduras and Costa Rica

"New melon programmes from Honduras are a nice addition"

Levarht has started a collaboration with the melon company Agroindustrias Distex from southern Honduras. "Besides the melon programmes that we do from Brazil, Guatamala, Panama, Nicaragua and Costa Rica this is a nice addition with large arrivals for Easter," says Frank Levarht.Agroindustrias Distex is a young.....

New Operations Manager for sweet potato producer

Southern Produce Distributors, Inc., a provider of sweet potatoes, announced the addition of Heath Johnsey as the new operations manager.“We are very excited to add Johnsey to our team,” Kelley Precythe, President and Owner of Southern Produce stated, “Johnsey will be a big asset to SPD and will be an.....

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New device that prevents load in pallet trucks from falling

A protective device for moving pallets has just been launched onto the market; a practical and affordable solution that will allow operators to move pallets across a warehouse or wholesale market without them having the slightest chance of falling.The device relies on a manually operated mechanism that has the.....

Unique orange variety very popular in specialized retail

Germany: “The Cara Cara-Orange is very trendy”

Have you ever heard of Cara Cara-Orange? The unique orange variety looks like a normal navel orange, but is characterized by its beautiful rosé-colored flesh. Cara Cara are now appearing everywhere in the German wholesale and retail trade, as well as at Gartenbote GmbH in Gera-Langenberg. Despite the steady.....

Robbie Bloemendaal (Total Fresh) looking to expand with Mediterranean products

"Fresh produce keeps growing in Romania"

Robbie Bloemendaal has been active with the Dutch fresh produce company, Total Fresh, in Romania since 2010. The company imports a full range of fresh fruits and vegetables from Bucharest for local supermarkets. It also focuses on marketing local products. "In the Romanian market, supermarkets are continually.....

Spain has 400 hectares. It will soon be produced also in other countries

"Sando clementines will fill a big gap in the gourmet market"

The campaign of the protected clementine variety Sando has started on the Valencian and Catalan coast. At the moment, Spain has around 400 hectares devoted to this variety, and this acreage will gradually continue to grow in a controlled manner in the coming years."We started harvesting the first Sando.....

Italy: Mazzoni Group's fruit purees conquer China

Demand for fruit purees from the Frozen division at Mazzoni Group has been so high that the products available now number 40 different flavours. The company has a stand at Sigep (20th-24th January 2018) in Rimini, as frozen fruit pulp is very popular with ice-cream and pastry makers."Mazzoni Frozen introduced.....

Helien Verhagen, Color2Food - East4Fresh

"Exposure for double niche product"

Wasabi - that is the fiery paste served with sushi, right? This spicy image means people are not quick to want to eat it."Wasabi from a tube is not really wasabi", saysHelien Verhagen, Managing Director of the Dutch company, East4Fresh - Color2Food. "There is only 5% wasabi root in the tubes. The main.....

Verona (Italy), 1st February

Grena organises 'Innovation fertilization: biostimulants' conference

During the exhibition Fieragricola in Verona (Italy), Grena Srl, a leading company in the production and marketing of organic fertilizers, has organized the 2nd national conference "Innovation fertilization: biostimulants". The conference will take place Thursday 1st February at 9:30 a.m. in Sala Respighi -.....

Turkish and Asian peppers pose as Mexican chillies in Europe

According to Mexican chilli producers, the chilli from other countries is entering the European market posing as a Mexican product, as in the case of canned chillies that are typically grown in Mexico, which is why they want Europe to recognize the geographical indication of chillies.In addition, they want the.....

Tong appoints new approved dealer for Scotland

Leading vegetable handling equipment manufacturer, Tong Engineering, is pleased to announce the appointment of ScanStone potato systems as the company’s new approved dealer for Scotland.As part of the company’s continued focus on providing the highest levels of customer service, sales and after-sales support,.....

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AU: Stone fruit crop numbers down but quality high at Rayner's Orchard

A Victorian producer says wet weather has meant production of his stone fruit crops is down on last year.Rayner's Orchards in the Yarra Valley grows around 450 varieties of fruit, but while the quality was up, the numbers were down."It was a poor crop as it rained for two weeks during flowering," Owner Len.....

Gympie, Australia

Pineapples and mangoes hurled at unsuspecting motorists

In the early hours of the morning in the city of Gympie -two hours north of Brisbane- a number cars were being pelted with fruit. Windscreens were smashed, occupants terrified. Regional Queensland police have been investigating. Stephen Fitzpatrick was driving to work about 4:30am on Monday when his windscreen.....

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New produce printing method uses food colouring

A method for printing fruit and vegetables with food colouring has been developed by Kellermeister Manns GmbH.The trick is to print round objects of varying shape and diameter without bruising. The company uses a process with special food dyes that they claim do not affect the fruit's taste or shelf life. With.....

L'Insalata dell'Orto adds new products to its "Creative Cooking" line

L'Insalata dell'Orto will present three new "Creative Cooking" products at Fruit Logistica. The fresh condiments are free of artificial colours and preservatives, ready in a flash, and provide the perfect seasoning for a variety of dishes.New additions to the Creative Cooking lineWhat is new is that the sauce.....


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