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Greg Golden, founding partner of Amazon Produce Network

“Interesting Mexican mango season could see a short-term supply gap”

“The founding of our company 17 years ago was based on one Brazilian grower who needed to find a trustworthy distributor for his mangoes,” says Greg Golden, partner of Amazon Produce. “My friend Gilmar and I decided to write a business plan as a project in an MBA class, and as a result we started a company.”.....

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Ocean Spray and Oppy collaborate and bring Ocean Spray® branded cherries

The stage is set to expand the 87-year-old Ocean Spray® brand — with many sweet things to come.In a natural extension of the relationship formed in 2003 to market Ocean Spray fresh cranberries, Oppy and its partner berry growers, are now shipping fresh strawberries and blueberries from California under an.....

Overview of novelties from CPMA tradeshow

PHOTO REPORTFreshPlaza made a photo report from the novelties that were presented at the CPMA tradeshow in Toronto earlier this month. Kits of all sorts seem to be a growing trend. While salad kits are turning to organics to expand the category, other expansions can be seen in personal salad kit bowls and new varieties......

Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers expects excellent supplies this season

Northwest cherry harvest to start around June 11

“Heading into the 2017 cherry season, weather in the Northwest has been perfect and is forecast to remain that way for the next few weeks,” according to Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers Marketing Director Scott Marboe.“It’s really helping the sugars and sizing in this year’s crop, and we’re looking for a harvest.....

Tesla and Limoneira partner to add batteries to solar installations

Tesla has made a new important partnership with Limoneira, one of the leading producers of lemons, avocados, oranges, specialty citrus and other crops, in order to ramp up its energy storage business. The two companies will test Tesla’s battery systems at their solar installations.Mark Palamountain, Limoneira.....

BrightFarms issues recall amidst fears of metal contamination

BrightFarms is initiating a voluntary recall of packaged produce sold in Giant Food stores due to the potential presence of metal as a result of construction at its Elkwood, Virginia (Culpeper County) greenhouse farm.The affected BrightFarms branded products are sold at the Giant Landover, Giant Carlisle,.....

Organic grower employs falcons as bird abatement on its Arizona farm

Duncan Family Farms, a 100% organic grower specializing in baby lettuces and greens, kales, beets, chards and herbs, is using an innovative method for bird abatement at their Goodyear, AZ farm: falconry. They have collaborated with Falcon Force, who use a team of trained falcons to intimidate and scare off.....

Washington asparagus threatened by cheap labor and imports

In Washington, not all retailers are willing to pay a premium for locally grown asparagus, which costs more than the foreign-grown spears or even spears grown in California and Michigan, America’s other two top asparagus-growing states. Labor costs here drive up the price.“Your minimum wage has gone up. Your.....

Part-time vegetarian diet could reduce obesity risk by 43%

For those looking to lose a bit of weight may want to consider going partly vegetarian according to a new study. The study looked at 16,000 people and found that cutting back on meat and eating a part-time vegetarian diet on some days could cut the risk of obesity by 43%. In this latest study, the part-time.....

US ag groups send words of caution amid possible NAFTA renegotiations

As the Trump administration takes the initial steps toward renegotiating one of the country’s most influential and controversial trade deals, groups that represent farmers and ranchers are already waving a caution sign.Some of the country’s largest lobbying groups that represent farmers and ranchers are warily.....

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Antonio Javier Luis Brito, manager of Europlátano:

"The PGI will strengthen our expansion project for Canary bananas in Europe"

Europlátano has become the first Organization of Banana Producers of the Canary Islands to obtain the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Plátano de Canarias certificate; a positive recognition of the human capital, the management of the crop and the unique characteristics that make the bananas of the.....

Italy: The cherry world through the eyes of a woman

Five hectares of orchards, 1.50 of which dedicated to cherries. A family passion for fruit cultivation. Nadia Nobili, from Vignola, is a woman entrepreneur who is very young compared to the sector average.Bigarreau cherriesShe is a partner of Apofruit and we visited her company together with agronomist Davide.....

Pineapples under Cebon now as well

“Pineapple market slowly recovering”

The assortment under own brand Cebon marketed by Group A. de Witte is always expanding. “We select products of great quality for our Cebon brand, which we can offer to our customers year-round. In addition to avocados, mangoes, and a wide range of exotics, we will import sweet pineapples under the brand Cebon.....

France: Tomato prices stable, decrease in volume

According to Agreste, tomato production in 2017 will be 4% below that recorded in 2016. Acreage is stable compared to last year, reaching 2,350 hectares. Over 80% of tomato crops are in greenhouses or covered, open air acreage sees a slight decrease.Prices were 37% above those recorded last year at the start.....

Dip in fleshy vegetable prices after bizarre start to the season

The prices on the fleshy vegetable market are mediocre to bad at the moment. The dip is characteristic for this time of year according to Jesper van Oostende, when both Southern Europe and the Netherlands are on the market. What is more concerning is the expansion of the production in the Dutch.....

Turkey: Innovative antimicrobial MA-MH bag now available

Deka Plastic, a company that mainly produces modified atmosphere bags and retail bags for the fresh produce industry, has been in business for the last 25 years. The company is responsible for a ‘new generation of modified atmosphere – modified humidity (MA-MH) bags’ developed using several nanotech compounds......

24% growth of Moldovan agricultural exports in first quarter of 2017

The export volume of Moldovan agro-food products increased in the first three months of 2017. According to data published by the National Bureau of Statistics, Moldovan companies shipped fruits and vegetables to foreign destinations worth 58.996 million USD, recording an increase of 24.4% over the same period.....

Post Brexit labour policies threaten UK food security

David Kay is the managing director of the Hall Hunter Partnership, a business that grows 10% of the UK’s strawberries, 19% of its raspberries and a whacking 42% of its blueberries across thousands of acres, of both glasshouses and polytunnels. For such a large company, Kay employs around 3,000 seasonal pickers.....

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Hort Connections: Addressing the state of the industry

Even the slightest of increases to the intake of fresh produce from the Australian public could lead to around a quarter of a billion dollar boost to the sector, according to a leading industry expert.Darren Keating from Produce Marketing Association Australia and New Zealand, told a conference at last week’s.....

Australia: Exclusive strawberry licensing deal for Freshmax

Freshmax has announced an exclusive strawberry IP licensing deal with CIV (Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti), a renowned European research and breeding program based in Italy.The arrangement will see Freshmax and its growers given access to import, trial, commercialize and market a portfolio of new CIV.....

NZ: Calls for a food security plan to protect industry growth

Horticulture New Zealand is calling on the government to introduce a national Food Security Plan to prevent the stunting of the sector's long-term growth. The industry representative group says that only 5 per cent of land in New Zealand, or around 1.4 million hectares is suitable for horticulture, but it is.....

Zespri applauds NZ decision to move ahead with TPP

Major New Zealand exporters are beyond happy with the news that the government is to continue working with remaining members on the TPP deal. Kiwifruit exporter Zespri has long supported the trade deal. Spokesperson Oliver Broad said it was encouraged by efforts to keep the agreement in play."The elimination.....

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Greek producers are great trading partners for Poland

Although their main business remains apple export and imports, Sarafruit also works with suppliers from Spain, Egypt and Greece, enabling them to supply a wide variety of fruits to the Polish market such as orange, mandarin, lemon, mango, pomegranates and watermelons.After reports of huge losses for Polish.....

GLOBALG.A.P. develops new TR4 biosecurity add-on for bananas

TR4 is a plant disease of the roots of banana plants. It is a fungus but it cannot be controlled by fungicides or chemicals. This poses a serious threat to the worldwide banana production. The best way to fight the disease is to prevent its spread.Following the FAOs and GLOBALG.A.P. stakeholders' urge to step.....

Photos reveal Del Monte's new pink pineapple

Del Monte's new pink pineapple is making news online just in time for summer, when everyone is donning their summer colors. The pineapple was introduced back in 2005 but after receiving the Food and Drug Administration's seal of approval, they can now be sold to consumers.With pictures going around online,.....

WannaCry ransomware worm infected over 200k computers worldwide

Earlier this month WannaCry, a ransomware worm infected thousands of computer across the world, hurting businesses worldwide and even affecting some hospitals. While information was scarce at first, more has come to light over the past weeks about the severity of the damage. The majority of machines hit by the.....


Michigan Walmart to remodel stores; focus on fresh and organic

JC.com tests heavy-duty drones for farm produce

JC.com tests heavy-duty drones for farm produceChinese online retailer JD.com plans to develop heavy-duty drones capable of carrying a tonne or more for long-distance deliveries. It says it will test the drones on a network it is developing in the northern Chinese province of Shaanxi. The drones will take farm.....

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