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Monday, April 24, 2017

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Viva Fresh shines an important light on Texas produce

PHOTO REPORTAt Viva Fresh it’s all about networking and developing opportunities through the Southwestern/Mexican corridor. The show is centered around produce that is grown in Texas or enters the US through Texas. In addition to a strong participation of Texas companies, a California grower displayed its first stone.....

Consumption increases with supply

Strawberry volumes are very good and continue to improve

It’s probably safe to say that everyone’s dreaming of strawberry shortcake or homemade jam. Looks like there won’t be an issue as far as availability is concerned, according to Jim Grabowski of Well•Pict Berries. “The supply of strawberries right now is very good and increasing on a daily basis,” he said. “The.....

North American company selling Spanish cherries to Asian countries

Sutherland S.A. Produce Inc. is a North American company working with Spanish producers since 2014. "It was Mike Lloyd, of Global Orchards UK, who got us in touch, and we have been working hard to build a solid business relationship ever since," states Rick Chong, sales manager Of Sutherland SA Produce Inc. So.....

Regular lettuce suffering quality issues

Miner's lettuce popular among foraged produce

Foraging has a place in the fine dining world. Those niche items go beyond mushrooms. “We have a lot of spring products available,” said Sean Ptaszenski of Seashore West Inc. He says their other foraged items like the wild ramps are popular now as well as green, fuzzy young almonds and miner’s lettuce......

RubyFrost® apples complete season with strong sales

Crunch Time Apple Growers’ increasingly popular RubyFrost apples have successfully ended their season, with retail partners selling out of the last of the 2016 harvest. Mark Russell, RubyFrost grower and head of Crunch Time’s Marketing Committee noted that grower members are very pleased with retail.....

California vegetable grower diversifies program with more organic offerings

Baloian Farms, a year-round supplier of peppers and mixed vegetables, is introducing organic green beans, green peppers and soft squash to its California season. As their Nogales season comes to a close, Baloian Farms is beginning to shift focus to California, beginning with the Coachella Valley where they.....

Washington Red Raspberry Commission examines market protection options

The Washington Red Raspberry Commission (WRRC) has responded to several growers’ concerns over disruption in the raspberry markets from imported raspberries.” There is concern that raspberries may be coming into the US at prices that are below the costs to grow and pack (anti-dumping) or discounted due to.....

Slim to no volume on US cauliflower and broccoli

Volumes are looking tight right now on domestic cauliflower and broccoli. “There’s little to no volume on cauliflower and broccoli right now and it’s all weather-related,” says Kenny Pendergrass of Chattanooga, Tn-based Dixie Produce Inc. “It’s been coming on for the last four to six weeks—it’s not just the.....

Ups and downs of supply

Analysis of the past 156 weeks of the US grape market

This article offers an analysis of the behavior of the grapes market in 156 weeks, considering the principal suppliers to the USA market, from USA valleys and foreign suppliers, this analysis shows very interesting patterns. The graph considers the weekly arrival to the USA markets, and the patterns of the.....

Washington apricots late, but in full bloom

CMI Apricot growers have reported this year’s crop will be coming off the trees later than last year due to a colder spring. This year’s crop should be harvested around July 2.The WA State Apricot season is generally short with shipments ending in July. Although the highly anticipated Washington State grown.....

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Lindert Moerdijk, MSP Onions about football scenario on onion market:

“Recovery after unexpected demand from Brazil”

As if Arsenal is three-nil behind in the quarter finales of the Europa League, and only has ten players left, yet they make the winning goal in the extra time. That’s how unexpectedly Brazil entered the onion market last week. “This is why people always say: ‘they’re still onions,’ this is what we’re doing it.....

Roger Swart, Mitrofresh:

“Asian vegetables are no longer a niche product”

While it used to be mostly Asian consumers who were responsible for the sales of Asian vegetables, these days are behind us by now. “We are not losing the Asian target audience, but European retail takes care of the majority of our sales by now,” says Roger Swart from Mitrofresh from Maasdijk.Roger SwartThe.....

Gert Kolkman, Kolkman Verpakkingen:

“Packaging is the only opportunity to be distinctive with mushrooms”

Being distinctive on the mushroom market wasn’t easy in recent years. “White mushrooms didn’t change, and the blue punnet has also been the same for 30 years. That’s why packaging is the opportunity to be distinctive,” says Gert Kolkman from Kolkman Verpakkingen in Hedel, the Netherlands. “With the.....

Italy: Wind turbines against frost

Just as forecast, frost hit central and northern Italy from Romagna to Piedmont and from Lombardy to Veneto. Temperatures dropped to zero degrees in many areas.A producer from Faenza, Daniele Peroni, reports his positive experience after using a wind turbine. "It covers 2.5 hectares. We monitored the.....

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Italy: MFT machinery to meet client demands

"Nowadays, clients need a complete service. They no longer want merely a machine. Especially in developing countries, they demand technological solutions equipped with all the tools necessary to make what they want," explains Thea Giordano, marketing and export manager for Morrone Food Tech (MFT), a.....

Italy: Food Contact Tape by Irplast

Irplast Food Contact Tape is a BRC-certified tape, suitable for labelling fruit and vegetables, that respects the organoleptic properties of the products. The tape is suitable for contact with food and can adhere to various types of fruit and vegetables without leaving residues.Leading ink (INX and.....


92% of the fruits and vegetables exported to Canada won't pay tariffs

92 percent of the fruits and vegetables that Spain and the rest of the European Union (EU) export to Canada won't have to pay tariffs once Canada and the EU sign a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).Canada, which has more than 36 million inhabitants and a 43,594 dollars per capita GDP, has.....

Scientists investigate fluctuating apple yields

The yields of fruit trees often fluctuate in a two-year rhythm: first a year with a strong yield followed by one with a low yield. Scientists from the University of Hohenheim want to investigate the cause of this phenomenon by looking at the apple harvest.According to the university, the so-called alternation.....

Morrisons issues recall after customers find needles in green beans

The supermarket chain Morrisons has issued a recall on certain packs of green beans after two customers reportedly found needles hidden inside the vegetables. The recall effects 170g packs of trimmed beans, with the display dates 22 April, 23 April and 24 April 2017.Morrisons issued the recall stating: "As a.....

Romania: Cold weather takes a toll on fruit and veg production

The cold weather recorded in Romania will affect the already blooming fruit trees, and the fruit production will be much lower, according to researchers from the Research Station for Vegetable Growing Buzau, cited by News.ro. At the same time, they argue that low harvests will lead to rising prices.Thus,.....

Russia may introduce tax on orange imports

According to recent talks, Russia is proposing a 5 percent tax on orange imports. Although the normalization of Turkey-Russia relations, strained after the downing of a Russian aircraft on the Syrian border in November 2015, has started, the issue of lifting sanctions on imports of certain agricultural.....

Bulgaria: Vegetable exports up 27.5% in January 2017

In the first month of 2017, Bulgaria's fresh vegetable exports grew by 27.5% compared to the same month a year earlier, reaching 1.7 thousand tonnes, as revealed by data from the National Statistical Institute (NSI) processed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food (MAF). Meanwhile, fresh fruit exports fell by.....

Veggie Bags conquer Migros in Switzerland

In the Migros supermarket in Zurich, the reusable Veggie Bags for fruit and vegetables have successfully passed their trial phase. So from 18 April, Veggie Bags are sold in all Migros supermarkets in Switzerland.The transparent, reusable Veggie Bags are an environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic bags,.....

Turkish tomatoes entering Russia with Moroccan labels

Turkish tomatoes, banned for import into Russia, are allegedly reaching stores in the country under the guise of Moroccan shipments, as reported by Kommersant. The publication suggests that about half of the illegal imports of this vegetable come from Turkey.Wholesalers order their supplies via a Russian.....

Greece: 50% increase of potato prices this year

Despite the cheap imports arriving from Egypt, producer prices for open ground potatoes remained high in Greece after Easter. The next few weeks will, in fact, bring a full production and demand for a quality Greek product.The current high price is the result of various factors, not just because the imports.....

Irish potato farmers saw a boost in trade over Easter

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) says that Easter has given a welcome boost to the potato trade and with the weather remaining on the cool side, consumption will remain robust over the coming weeks.Prices have strengthened again in the wholesale market as the number of sellers in the market and general.....

NSure launches new FreshNSure pear test

NSure have extended their range of tests by introducing the FreshNSure Pear test. This test provides a practical and reliable tool to determine whether a batch of pears that has been treated with 1-MCP. 1-MCP leaves no residue after treatment. The FreshNSure test clearly demonstrates whether or not 1-MCP has.....

Fermac launch fruit freighter between Africa and Europe

Fermac Cargo España and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, have started the great mango airlift out of Africa to Europe. The first Boeing 777-300 freighter has already transported 105 tons of Kent variety mango from the city of Abidjan in the Ivory Coast to Madrid, Spain.A spokesperson for Fermac said: “Without.....

New asparagus packaging for German market

The Greenery has developed a new cardboard packaging for its asparagus. The refreshed design makes it possible to present the product better. The box is used in Germany as of now.The new asparagus box of 30x40cm is innovative because it has been provided with an integrated padding. Because of this, the.....

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Natural Evolution Foods win gold in the Edison Awards

The Big Apple had a taste of Australian banana power during last week’s announcements of the Edison Awards.Mareeba banana growers, and owners of Natural Evolution Foods, Rob and Krista Watkins won gold in the US awards, and were in New York to collect the accolades for their winning NutroLock entry, in the.....

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José Caro, Chocoter

Chocolate coated cherries, a product made in Spain

The Spanish cherry season has just started, but not all fruits are intended for fresh consumption. In Zaragoza, a company called Chocoter uses local cherries and other fruits to produce a product with added value and available all year round: chocolate coated fruits."We work with cherries, oranges, apples,.....

North American company selling Spanish cherries to Asian countries

Sutherland S.A. Produce Inc. is a North American company working with Spanish producers since 2014. "It was Mike Lloyd, of Global Orchards UK, who got us in touch, and we have been working hard to build a solid business relationship ever since," states Rick Chong, sales manager Of Sutherland SA Produce Inc. So.....

Soilless technology takes root in blueberry cultivation

Blueberry production and consumption has been increasing rapidly in recent years. Greenhouses and mainly tunnels are being used to extend the growing season and harvesting period. Blueberries are traditionally grown in the ground. The soil should be well-drained, yet with sufficient moisture holding capacity......


Jerónimo Martins sales grow | Biedronka to open 100 new stores

Wal-Mart to allocate more capital to India and China

UK: Online grocery platform Farmdrop raises £7M Farmdrop, a farmer-friendly online grocery platform based in the U.K., has raised £7m in Series A funding. Leading the round is Atomico, a London VC fund. Originally launched in 2014 as a ‘click and collect’ service that let customers order groceries online.....

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