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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Most exotic and tropical produce completely lost

Florida produce industry assesses the damage of hurricane Irma

Florida growers of exotic and tropical produce were severely impacted by hurricane Irma last week. “Virtually all farms and groves in Miami Dade county were affected by the storm in one way or another,” says Peter Leifermann with Brooks Tropicals. “Overall, we estimate about 90 percent of the remaining Florida.....

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Hot summer fuels intense but short California fig season

It's been a hot summer in California, especially in the agricultural regions. This has created mixed fortunes for many producers, ranging from lower yields to damaged fruit to a bumper crop for some. For fig growers though, it has meant that their season turned into a 'blink and you'll miss it' year. Most fig.....

Flavor-modeling programs predict consumer liking

Sensory testing key element in selection of new produce varieties

Many years of development precede the launch of a fruit or vegetable variety in the market. An important part of the developmental stage is taste-testing. “My intent is very simple. I want to bring tasty fruits and vegetables to the population,” says Chow-Ming Lee, Sensory Scientist with Monsanto’s Vegetable.....

Overview of the North American strawberry market

Price of strawberries more important than flavour in US

The North American strawberry market is growing, both in production and consumption. The US is the largest producer, with a local production of 1,166,000 tonnes in 2015. Local production in Mexico amounted to 393,000 tonnes that year, and in Canada it amounted to 23,000 tonnes. The difference in consumption.....

New varieties of mandarins continue to emerge in the US

California mandarins will get a bit of an early start to its fall harvest.“We’re going to start an earlier variety of Satsuma mid-October and other Satsuma varieties will take us into late December this year,” says Madalyn McCracken of Reedley, Ca.-based Ripe to You. “The fruit is looking great—it’s sizing out.....

UC Davis settles strawberry breeding lawsuit

A nasty lawsuit over the strawberry breeding program at UC Davis – the wellspring of about half of California’s strawberry crop – is history.The university on Friday settled a lawsuit against two berry breeders who quit UC Davis, formed their own company and began developing new strawberry varieties without.....

Earthcycle™ granted OK HOME Compost® certification for Europe

Following closely on CKF’s announcement of European compostability certification, the Company is pleased to announce that the Earthcycle ™ product line has been further qualified for Home compost situations. AB Vincotte is one of the certifying bodies for European compostability standards and administers the.....

Daisy Girl™ leads branded organic apple sales in the US

CMI Orchards is gearing up for another year for its Daisy Girl Organics brand. With organic apple production estimated to be up by 15%, CMI is looking to expand distribution even further during the 2017 season.According to George Harter, Vice President of Marketing at CMI, Daisy Girl is riding a wave of sales.....

Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic on its path

Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Dominicana

Countries still recovering from Hurricane Irma, have taken another hit with Hurricane Maria making landfall last night in the Island Dominicana as a category 5 storm. It weakened to a category 4 storm after landfall said the US National Hurricane Center early Tuesday. The hurricane continues its path over the.....

"Chinese garlic takes leading role in European and American markets"

"Compared to 2016, the 2017 garlic production in China has increased by at least 30%. This is mainly due to this year's amazing weather and an expansion in production," explains Mr. Yang Guotai from Shandong Weifang Import and Export Co Ltd.Exported garlic from Shandong Weifang Import and Export Co.,.....


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First Satsuma and Marisol mandarins

Spain: "In the past, September was our best month"

The Iwasaki, Okitsu and Marisol mandarin campaign has already started for the Valencian producer and exporter José Manuel Pardo."Sales are smooth, although prices are tight. European supermarket chains have started making their orders earlier and there is already demand from the Baltic countries. Sales in the.....

Spain: 25% increase in sales of dates expected

The consumption of dates in Spain is linked to tradition and the product is increasingly demanded because of the strong influence of other cultures. Sales this year are expected to be higher than in previous years. "This year, we expect to sell 25% more than last year," states Salvador Escutia, of Fruit.....

Jorge Garcia Monfort, Garcia Ballester:

“Chinese market has great potential for Spanish citrus”

Garcia Ballester has been active in the production and trade of citrus for more than 110 years. The Spanish company has its main branch in Burriana (Castellón), and markets about 80 million kilograms of citrus every year, 90 per cent of which is meant for export markets.Besides Europe, overseas markets are.....

GoGlobal UK office aids European expansion with better communication

Hoping to expand operations, GoGlobal opened an office in the UK just over a year ago, which has allowed them to have a face and a voice in Europe. The office has played a significant role to help expand the companies reach into the UK and Europe.“We are constantly building our international network and having.....

Italy: Apofruit widens its Solarelli seedless grape range

The global grape market is increasingly requiring seedless varieties thereforeApofruit, a cooperative specialising in the production of high-quality produce, is introducing new "seedless" varieties.Thanks to its over 4,000 partners, it's widening its high-qualitySolarellirange to include white, black and red.....

Spanish veg producer cuts 400 jobs using robots

Spanish farm produce supplier El Dulze has reduced its human workforce from 500 down to just 100 with the use of robots.The company is said to be using Fanuc robots – LR Mate 200iB models – which use vision systems to even out the production line so the vegetables are not bunched up too close together for.....

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Australian passionfruit enter planting season, slightly down on numbers

A Sunshine Coast passionfruit grower expects quality to remain high heading into Christmas, even if volumes are down on last year.The co-owner of Vines with a View, at the base of Mount Beerwah in the Glass House Mountains has found passionfruit supply reduces considerably at this time of year as the new.....

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Acreage reduction brings better prices for Oregon potato growers

The spring weather may not have been ideal, but Tony Amstad is still pleasantly surprised with the size and quality of his early-season potatoes.While an abundance of rain and snow pushed back planting by about a week in March, Amstad says the delay doesn’t seem to be affecting his fresh market crop. Harvest.....

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