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Len Krahn with British Columbia-based SunSelect Produce

"It's tomato saturation time"

The west coast is flush with tomatoes. “Overall we’re pretty saturated with tomatoes at the moment,” says Len Krahn of Aldergrove, BC-based SunSelect Produce Inc. “All of the main greenhouses are pounding away and the fields are starting to show some product. And Mexico is still, not necessarily putting TOVs.....

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New Mexico Hatch chiles in season; heirloom and commercial varieties

Certified Hatch chiles are just starting to come off. Typically Preston Mitchell of Hatch Green Chile says they’re ready from mid-July to mid-October. Small batches are being harvested to certain customers this week and full truck volume will be available next week. A few of his select customers will get some.....

Weather causes tight North America melon market

Snug. That’s how supply of watermelons in North America is currently described. “If you’re looking at transactional supply of watermelons, it’s tough to find supply,” says Savvas Tsoukalas of Mississauga, Ont.-based Savco Worldwide, Inc. “Product has been hit and miss and the quality hasn’t been there. But if.....

Hail storm causes total loss for Canadian apple grower

A hail storm earlier this week has severely affected Diana Fedosoff, owner of Petrofka Orchard.“It started hailing the size of ping pongs and the size of big grapes and it went on for four minutes,” said Fedosoff, the.Four minutes was enough to ruin most of the apples at the orchard, located about 50.....

Perdue researchers use big data for more sustainable farming

Due to the large usage of water in agriculture, many California communities no longer have running water, and collapsing aquifers have caused roads and buildings to sink several feet. Purdue University electrical and computer engineering professor David Ebert is using data collected from agricultural sites to.....

MAF Roda launches first ever dragon fruit sorting line

MAF Roda is a global leading sorting machinery developer and manufacturer. The company has been present in China for over twenty years. Recently, the team has experienced growth in a number of new exciting product categories on the Chinese domestic market. One of these is domestically produced dragon fruit......

Moxxy Marketing wins four American packaging Design Awards

Moxxy Marketing has been honored with four American Packaging Design Awards by Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) for their work on the Josie's Organics brand of value-added salads and fresh-cut vegetables.The four Moxxy design projects recognized with 2017 American Packaging Design Awards are:Josie's Organics.....

Organic farming continues to expand in Washington, US

Two recent CSANR reports provide updates on organic trends – one on the organic sector in Washington State in general, and one specifically on organic tree fruit.In 2016, demand for organic foods grew once again reaching a new high of $43 billion of retail sales in the U.S. Sales grew at 8.4% over the previous.....

Celebrating 10 years of The Core Blog

DMA Solutions promotes from within

Now in its thirteenth year providing marketing services to companies in the fresh produce industry, DMA Solutions, Inc. celebrates two important milestones signaling continued growth within the company and the industry that it serves; the tenth anniversary of The Core Blog and the promotion of Mackenzie.....

Southern Produce Distributors, Inc. hires Director of Marketing

Southern Produce Distributors, Inc., a leading provider of high quality sweet potatoes, announced the addition of Brooke Britt as Director of Marketing. In her role, Britt will develop and execute marketing strategies as well as oversee promotion and advertising initiatives.“Southern Produce has a strong.....

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Potatoes seen as healthy product in Sweden

Although some regions were affected more than others, Lars Elofson from Svensk Potatis said that overall there was not too much damage from the cold weather during April/May. "Most of Swedish potato production, around 40%, takes place in the Southern region of Skane. The cold weather did mean that there were.....


Cyprus takes advantage of the growing appetite for okra

Okra has not always been a top of mind vegetable when strolling along the vegetable section of the supermarket. But demand for it has been growing around the world, and more specifically in Europe. People are learning to eat okras. According to Director Theodoros Zavou, “Alion deals with vegetables such as.....

The Juicy Group takes over Germany company Go Fresh

"Due to HPP our juices can be stored for a month"

"Detox juices are totally trendy at the moment. The requests keep streaming in. A lot of people are focusing on their health and drinking juice with vitamins. Various fruits and vegetables are used, including mint, broccoli and kale. Besides these new vegetable juices we also still offer our well known fruit.....

Juan Pablo Salmón, Central Produce:

"After bananas our own line of pineapples from Cost Rica as well"

At the end of last year Central Produce in Barendrecht started working as a European sales office for a Costa Rican banana grower. The first bananas arrived in December. "Everyone was wondering what we were doing in the banana market, which is dominated by the big players, but thanks to the set programmes the.....

The sector seeks to extend the campaigns with new varieties

Spain expects between 20,000 and 25,000 tonnes of mangoes

We are still almost a month away from the start of the Spanish mango campaign, although everything points to it being a season with slightly higher volumes than those of the previous campaign; that is, between 20,000 and 25,000 tonnes. It is worth recalling that last year had been expected to be an 'ON year'.....

Spain: Piccolo tomatoes hit supermarket shelves for the first time

June was a key month for Les Jardins de Rabelais, as its Piccolo tomatoes started to be marketed for the first time in a Spanish supermarket chain. So far, it was only possible to find them in Mercabarna, one of the largest wholesale markets in the country."For now, 50% of the production intended for the.....

Cristian Morales, Where Is My Fruit

Spain: "The Middle East is no longer an attractive market"

In recent years, many Spanish companies have thought of the countries of the Middle East as their main market, as is the case of Where Is My Fruit. This company was shipping 70% of its goods to those destinations, exporting the rest to Canada or South East Asia, among others. With the passage of time, "we have.....

Demand from Germany multiplies by almost 3 in 4 years

"We expect lower kaki yields and larger calibres"

The severe heat recorded during the spring and early summer has caused more fruit to fall from the trees, so kaki yields are expected to be lower this year. At the same time, however, young plantations are also becoming productive, and this should result in slightly greater volumes compared to the previous.....

Galilee Export, Israel:

“For the coming season, we expect to double our volume of Barhi dates”

"The season of Barhi dates is about to start and comes usually with moderate volumes at the beginning. This generates high prices during the first weeks of this exotic fruit. This year it won’t be different," says Yoav Nakash from Galilee Export. “The only impact may come from heat waves. Despite the one in.....

Don Limón:

“The supply chain is so complex, dynamic and changing”

Don Limón’s new office in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has a very strong focus on South African fruit. “We are happy with the season so far even though we had some quality issues on the Navels earlier this season”, says Andreas Schindler, one of the company’s CEO’s.This office, which has always received goods.....

Kiwi bacteriosis - increased virulence compared to 2010

Over the past few years, kiwi bacteriosis - caused byPseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa) - generated significant economic losses for what concerns both yields and fruit quality.Pathologists from the Department of Agricultural, Forestry and Food Sciences (Disafa) and the Centre for Agricultural and.....

Israeli exporters join forces

Two well-known exporters in Israel, Aviv Flowers Packing House and Avniv have joined forces. Aviv has been exporting mainly flowers for about 40 years, while also dealing with Fresh Herbs and some exotic lines. Since the merger two months ago, the exotic fruit branch of the business had grown significantly......

Italy: Remontant strawberries a good solution to extend production season

Diversify, extend the calendar and make strawberry plants more productive - remontant varieties are the perfect solution for all these objectives. This is how Antonio Benzi, one of the leading strawberry producers in Emilia-Romagna, is extending the production season to increase his income.Antonio Benzi.....

Global consumption and promising foreign markets to be discussed at Futurpera 2017

Market trends and new commercial outlets; world pear consumption and the comparison with leading producer countries to learn more about innovations in their production techniques: these are some of the topics to be discussed during the two conventions to be held on 16th and 17th November during FuturPera,.....


Turkey: Lower prices for cherries drive success in Southeast Asia

The Turkish export season for cherries is in full swing. According to Akin Soyleyen of the Turkish export company Aksun, business is booming, especially with regards to the Asian market. “We’ve been very busy with the Far Eastern market. The supply this year is good, we haven’t had any problems. The quality is.....

Irish grocery retailer SuperValu expects 32m in Irish potato sales

Irish grocery retailer SuperValu expects to sell EUR32m in homegrown Irish potatoes this season, according to an announcement made on July 20.Brothers John and Chris Fortune, second-generation farmers based in Kilmore, Co. Wexford, grow the new season potatoes. As long-standing suppliers to SuperValu for the.....

Avocados have a carbon footprint five times larger than bananas, says study

Eating an avocado has a carbon footprint five times bigger than eating a banana, according to new research. Avocados have become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to their perceived health benefits, with the UK market now worth £187 million.But a new study conducted by Carbon Footprint Ltd claims a.....

Kuhne+Nagel says further consolidation to come

After yesterday's announced acquisition of two company's, freight forwarder Kuhne+Nagel (K+N) has reported that it is expecting further consolidation in the perishables logistics market.Speaking shortly after announcing the company’s second-quarter results and the acquisition of two perishables forwarders,.....

Apricot prices in Crimea are half as high as last year

The supply of apricots is rather high in the Crimean market, despite local growers’ concerns. In addition, even under conditions of a seasonal decrease in the supply, apricot prices continue to go down and have already fallen below last year’s levels, according to Fruit-Inform.In particular, sellers from.....

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High court trial will start 7th Aug

NZ kiwi growers want accountability for 2010 Psa outbreak

The Kiwifruit Claim says a win in the High Court will provide accountability for New Zealand’s growers, many of whom were severely impacted, or wiped out by Psa-V in 2010.The New Zealand High Court will begin the 12 weeks trial next month to decide whether the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) was.....

AU: New technology really app-peeling to banana growers

The new Better Bunch app is a time-saving tool helping banana growers across North Queensland better manage their crops.It saves growers time by allowing them to record their on-farm practices while out on the farm and access their records, either by their mobile device or computer.So far the Better Bunch app.....

New export agreement brings NZ onions to China

China has finally sealed a fresh onion export deal with New Zealand after 10 years of negotiations, an official statement said Wednesday.A sanitary agreement was signed at the beginning of this year, paving the way for Chinese onion exports entering the New Zealand market, according to the General.....

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Domingo Fraile: "Good growers will always manage to make things work"

Spain: "We're awaiting the opening of Indonesia's market to our cherries"

"Asia is becoming increasingly important for Spanish cherries, even though China has not yet opened its market," explains Domingo Fraile, manager of Campo y Tierra del Jerte. They are interesting markets, despite the great competition with the United States, which has more experience and infinitely cheaper.....

Chinese broccoli production up 20%

When it comes to the frozen broccoli market, the top suppliers of frozen broccoli are China, Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, Spain, Poland and Peru. Spain is the largest producer of frozen broccoli in the EU, almost doubling production in the last 14 years, bringing it to 111,000 tonnes. Chinese production has.....

Nectarines with a great post-harvest and juicy apricots

New paraguayo varieties, fully closed and with more colour

Filoe paraguayoAlthough there are still Paraguayo varieties with bottoms that don’t close well, leaving holes that take a negative toll on their appearance, now the market will have access to a new plant material. PSB Produccion Vegetal has launched a new range of Paraguayo varieties with 100% fruit closure,.....

Aweta brings better quality control for citrus

Determining the quality of citrus has long been a problem for those in the citrus industry. This is becuase it is uncertain whether a good looking and thick citrus peel hides a nice juicy flesh or just dry matter. Aweta claims to have solved this problem using sensors, and continues to improve upon their.....


The European top fruit market is under lots of pressure. Within the continent, considerable losses have been caused by frost and hail, but the extent of these losses is still uncertain in many countries. We have summarised the prospects in most European countries and the US. The market is expected to be.....

Global food insecurity projected to decline by 2027

Given projections for low food prices and rising incomes, food security is expected to improve through 2027 for 76 low- and middle-income countries covered by ERS’s International Food Security Assessment, 2017-27.The share of the population in the 76 countries that is food insecure, defined as not having.....


Walmart opens new Florida e-commerce fulfillment center

Kroger reopens former Marsh stores

Amazon spent $3.2mln on Washington lobbying effortAmazon, facing potential criticism of its plan to buy Whole Foods Markets, continued its multi-million lobbying effort - shelling out $3.2mln in the second quarter of this year - an increase from the $2.9mln spent in the first three months. Amazon has long had.....

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