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Monday, July 16, 2018

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Enormous turnout makes for highly successful Organic Produce Summit

PHOTO REPORTMore than 1,500 participants traveled to California’s coastal town of Monterey last week to attend the 3rd annual Organic Produce Summit.On Wednesday, July 11 the summit kicked off with field tours that gave retailers and other interested attendees an opportunity to tour produce fields, talk with growers and.....

Imported lemon shipments failing to satisfy US demand

Lemon supplies from South America are failing to satisfy demand. This is coming during the time of year when California is in very low production and just prior to the Mexican season which is not due to start for another two weeks. Prices are very high and any box of lemons is attracting strong interest. It's.....

Promotable volume of Ontario-grown green beans

Ontario green beans are underway and volume is coming on. “The supply of beans is starting to increase because more growers are coming on right now,” says Peter Streef of Streef Produce Ltd. in Princeton, Ont. “We’re currently harvesting our own green beans and we started harvesting last week from our farms.....

California celery growers backing off as local regions start

The celery season is in a bit of a flux right now as supplies out of various regions experience mixed fortunes. In Mexico, heavy rain has meant volume and quality have dropped considerably, leaving the summer program in a difficult position."The Mexico season is stumbling along," observed Mark Sato of Fortune.....

New team member and a promotion for SunFed

SunFed® is announcing the promotion of Juan Carlos (JC) Barrionuevo to the company’s sales team in Rio Rico, Arizona. Barrionuevo brings six years of experience to his new role in sales, having previously been a part of SunFed’s warehousing team as the Facility Director in Texas.“We are very excited to welcome.....

Key Technology appoints Bret Larreau as Director of Latin America and Asia Sales

Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, announces the promotion of Bret Larreau to the position of Director of Latin America and Asia Sales. Larreau is responsible for managing Key’s sales activities in the Latin America, Asia Pacific and Australia/New Zealand regions to bring.....

Ethylene application company’s virtual tour

An ethylene application equipment company for fruit ripening, Catalytic Generators, has produced and released a virtual tour of the company’s office and production facility in Norfolk, Virginia.“We wanted to give our customers, and prospective clients, a better vision of who we are and how we create the.....

Students to build apple-picking robots in competition

Teams from UC-Davis, UC-Merced and Cal Poly will participate in the ASABE international meeting July 31 in Detroit.Nineteen teams of college students from top universities in the U.S., Canada and China -including three from California- will compete to build robots to mechanize farm work at the American Society.....

Avocados marketed alongside health and wellness programs

Nutrition and wellness are playing an important role in a variety of California avocado retail promotions this year. Working with supermarket dietitians (SD), nutritionists and wellness advisors, the California Avocado Commission (CAC) supplements some traditional marketing tactics, such as brand-specific ads,.....

Market report by Mark Greenberg, Capespan

Offshore easy peeler market softening

Citrus – Easy Peelers:The easy peeler market has softened in the last week owing to a confluence of factors. First, weeks 26 and 27 saw heavy USEC arrivals of clementines from Chile complemented by 2,000 metric tons that arrived aboard the first two South African bulk vessels and by an estimated 2,600 metric.....

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Greenyard shares plummet by 30%

Greenyard under fire after listeria contamination

On Friday, it was announced that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) had linked the deaths of nine Europeans to the listeria contamination in one of Greenyard's Hungarian factories. At 12.43 on that day, the trading in Greenyard shares was halted by the financial watchdog, FSMA. This was in anticipation.....

Italy: Courgette and cucumber prices are low

Whether it is due to higher courgette production in July or the increased supply of vegetables in general, various wholesale operators have confirmed that courgette and cucumber prices are low."There's a courgette invasion and sales are slow. We have even seen producers that were unable to sell them. Current.....

Stephan Junkers, Go Fresh GmbH:

'Convenience product needs additional value'

He was one of the pioneers in the field of pre-cut goods when the term convenience was not even around. Today, longtime entrepreneur Stephan Junkers is still dealing with this product segment, which is currently growing rapidly, especially in Germany. Despite the huge growth, conditions are the same as they.....

France's succes directly effective on packaging

One day after the victory of France in the World Cup football in Russia, Fruits Rouges & Co modified the packaging immediately. First it said "Allez les Bleus" and now it has 2 stars and says "Merci les Bleus". "We did it, we are World Champion," said Jacques Cailleaux from Fruits Rouges & Co. "All the.....

Spain: Orri mandarin sales doubled in the 2018 campaign

The producers of the protected mandarin variety Orri have managed to market around 52,000 tonnes in the 2018 season. The results obtained in their third season, following the voluntary regularization carried out by TEO, the master licensee of the variety in Spain and Portugal, entails a 100% increase compared.....

National tomatoes first? How chauvinism influences buying behaviour

What influence do politics, economy and culture have on our buying behaviour? In socially insecure times, people tend to turn inward. This also counts for EU member states. They increasingly focus on their national economy and therefore, promote local products. Consumers follow; an Englishman will prefer to.....

Chamber of Agriculture North Rhine-Westphalia launches European LEADER project

Protection of resources and environment in spinach production

Sustainably oriented agriculture and groundwater protection go hand in hand in North Rhine-Westphalia. Under the auspices of the NRW Chamber of Agriculture, farmers from the Münsterland region, the food-processing company Iglo, the Rheinisch-Westfälische Wasserwerksgesellschaft mbH, the fertilizer-producing.....

McCain Foods USA is the primary tenant

NewCold to open fully automated cold storage facility in Burley, Idaho

Earlier today, NewCold, the deep-frozen storage and logistics specialist based in The Netherlands, announced it will open its second fully mechanized facility in the USA in the Spring of 2019. Located in Burley, Idaho the state-of-the-art freezer facility is a joint design effort and construction built by.....

Chiquita is taking a banana as payment for taxi ride

Chiquita now has the "We are bananas" campaign, to raise awareness of Chiquita bananas among mothers and millennials.The company will be wrapping London buses and taxis with its branding over the next seven weeks. It launches with the brand offering free rides across zones one and two in Hackney Carriages that.....

Fresco Senso melon and watermelon bags

Melon and watermelons are very popular in summer and Agribologna has just introduced special packages containing fruit slices with a shelf-life of 6 days. Traditional filmed slices available in supermarkets have a shelf-life of 2-3 days.Heat-sealed watermelon packaged with a re-sealable system to keep the.....

Josep Presseguer, manager of Fruits de Ponent:

"This year, there is no downward pressure on prices, there is simply no fruit"

So far, the current Spanish stone fruit campaign has been marked by delays in the harvests in all production areas, as well as by a significant lack of supply. This is causing prices to remain stable at a time when there is usually downward pressure on them."The fruit has suffered the impact of frost, heavy.....

First ever fresh produce packaging survey reveals the facts

The British Growers Association has launched the first ever survey of packaging in fresh produce. The survey uses data from British Grower’s ProduceView market intelligence survey and provides an independent overview of fresh fruit and vegetable packaging type by category and retailer.Jack Ward, Chief.....

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AU: New fully recyclable packaging set to take fresh produce industry by storm

After noticing a gap in the market for sustainable fresh produce packaging, Sydney-based procurement company i-Procure is introducing a 100 per cent recyclable product to Australia. The new packaging solution, “Fruitpack” is 100 per cent recyclable carton board and has previously had success in Europe with.....

Sliced mushrooms recalled across Australia

Sliced white and brown mushrooms in pre-packaged punnets have been recalled from supermarket shelves due to the potential presence of foreign matter. The products from Mushroom Exchange have been recalled from Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and other independent supermarkets and greengroceries in New South Wales,.....

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GrubMarket: $32mln to expand delivery

Walmart: More convenience stores

US: Minneapolis startup Inspectorio raises $10mlnInspectorio, a startup that moved to Minneapolis after completing Target’s Techstars accelerator program, has raised an additional $10mln it will use to further expand its efforts to modernize and improve how retailers monitor their supply chains. “It’s a big.....

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