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Trees are healthy; fruit quality is good

California's Valencia orange production down slightly from last year

For Tom Wollenman, who’s been in the citrus industry off and on for 42 years, following in his father, G.A. Wollenman’s footsteps, fruit continues to grow as it did 83 years ago when LoBue started growing citrus. There may be more access to technology and research, but what hasn’t changed is how the trees grow.....

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Vanguard International appoints new team members to Pride Packing Co.

Last week, the Vanguard International Group announced the acquisition of Washington-based Pride Packing. Now, the company has announced that Brian Birdsall, President, and Byron Ihnen, Vice President, Marketing & Sales, have joined the team at Pride Packing Co. in Wapato, Washington, along with Brett.....

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President Trump intends to renegotiate NAFTA

On May 18, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that President Donald Trump intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The Canadian Produce Marketing Association as well as United Fresh released a statement.Both organizations commented that trade.....

Requires continuous increase in acreage

North American demand for cluster tomatoes increasing

Tomatoes on the vine are top of mind these days; supply of organic cluster tomatoes are in a normal production cycle currently. “At this point in time in the cycle of production is steady and will increase as the days get longer and the weather improves,” says Jimmy Coppola with Westmoreland-Topline.....

New Jersey peach growers expecting large crop in 2017

Other than a mild February which forced apricots and some plum varieties to bloom early, most New Jersey peaches experienced a cool and relatively normal winter. “While our peaches and nectarines bloomed about ten days early we have not had sub-freezing temperatures to injure peach flowers and fruit”, said.....

"Peter Quiring hand delivered when Fedex said they could not"

VIDEO"Peter Quiring has built over 2,000 acres of greenhouses over the last 20 years, at times with his own bare hands. Peter has built, grown, picked, packed, and shipped right to the customer's door. He has even hand delivered when Fedex said they could not."These are just a few phrases from a new video released.....

US Northwest Cherry Growers: "Excellent crop to come"

On Wednesday May 17th, over 75 growers, shippers and field team leaders from across the Northwest Cherry industry met to discuss the 2017 cherry crop. The group meets annually to discuss the developing crop potential across the growing districts within each of the 5 member states, and formulates a crop.....

Mechanical harvesting robot received attention at Macfrut

Of the many Chinese stands seen at Macfrut, there was one that attracted particular attention. It was the stand ofSuzhou Botian Automatic Technology, represented by managerPengbo Wang.The company stand at MacfrutOn top of the fully-automated and remotely-controlled atomiser, we were particularly impressed by a.....

Number of foreign guest workers on US farms increases by 36%

According to recent figures, more and more farmers are turning to foreign "guest workers" to plant and harvest their crops in the United States.Farmers have to get permission from the U.S. Department of Labor to bring in foreign workers, using a category of visa called H-2A. During the first three months of.....

New Salad Shake Ups™ feature 100% clean label ingredients

Single-serve salads are increasingly on the shopping list, and consumers who crave them continually look for tempting new flavors and added convenience. Apio, Inc., a producer of fresh-cut vegetables and salads for the United States and Canada under the Eat Smart® brand, is answering the call with its new.....


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Italy: SmartFresh for fruit storage

The evolution of SmartFresh for fruit storage is now ready. It's calledSmartFresh ProTabsand was discussed by AgroFresh at the Opera02 facility in Modena."It's not an entirely new product, but rather an evolution of an older product," explained Jochen Kager. It is employed during the post-harvesting phase and.....

Italy: Table grape campaign starting at Giovanni Bellassai import-export

"Our campaign has officially started with the harvesting of the Victoria and Black Magic varieties from the vineyards near the sea. Some foreign importers told me there is still produce from South Africa, Chile and India on the European market, and the first shipments of Egyptian and Israeli grapes are.....

AgroExpo Agricultural Fair 2017 in May

The Lasithi Chamber of Commerce and Industry is organizing the second edition of the AgroExpo Agricultural Fair. The event is set to take place on the 26th to 28th of May in the city of Ierapetra in Crete. According to the Chamber, the initiative for this event met with a great response from a large number of.....

Asda now selling purple fries

From acai bowls to purple sprouting broccoli, the trend for purple food in all shapes and sizes has been sweeping the UK. Following this trend, Asda has released purple fries, called Majesty Chips.The chips are made from Purple Majesty potatoes which have 100% naturally occurring purple pigment. The colour.....

NW Europe potato planting area grows to 10 year high

The first estimate of acreage planted to potatoes in the North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) region is projected to have reached a 10-year high.Excluding plantings of potatoes for starch or seed, the total planned area is about 1.41million acres. The season estimates revealed that all five countries.....

The number of exporting companies decreases

France and Germany buy half of Spain's melons

In 2016, the number of Spanish companies exporting melons declined for the second consecutive year. However, melon exports achieved a record in volume and value, according to data that Hortoinfo produced from the statistical service Estacom (Icex- Tax Agency), code 080719 of the Tariff Integrated of the.....

Belgian lettuce under glass grower explains his means of success

Jos Ceulemans has been growing lettuce in the small Belgian municipality of Sint-Katelijne-Waver since 1969. Together with his son Paul, he strives for continuous innovation and improvement. Since then, they have become a major producer of lettuce under glass in Europe.Responding to market demand“We’ve.....

Bulgaria: Considerable fall of fruit and veg prices last week

Last week was marked by a decline in fresh fruit and vegetable prices in Bulgaria, as announced by the State Commission on Commodity Exchanges and Markets.The most significant drops in prices were recorded by turnips, down 17.2% to 0.48 Lev*/kg, and fresh potatoes, which fell by 14.2%, down to 1.45 Lev/kg.As.....

UK grower creates world's hottest, potentially lethal chili pepper

A plant grower from Denbighshire has developed what he believes is the world's hottest chilli pepper.Mike Smith, from St Asaph, has grown the Dragon's Breath chilli with help from Nottingham Trent University.It has a Scoville scale rating of 2.4 million units of heat, compared to 1.5 million of the current.....

“Flavour, shape and stamina are important in an organic variety”

For the past three years, the Dutch production company Organic Brothers has been growing the Wasino RZ plum truss tomato, which is marketed by customer Eosta as Pomodorini. Aris van der Meer from Organic Brothers (right side of picture) explains how the variety attracted their attention thanks to its flavour,.....

Fruitimprese data on fresh produce trade at February 2017

During the first two months of 2017, exported volumes dropped (-11.5%) but the value increased by 7.1%. The lack of produce (mainly vegetables and citrus fruit) during the period in question led to an increase in prices. Imported volumes increased both in terms of volumes (5.3%) and value (10.4%). The balance.....

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Photo report Hort Connections 2017

PHOTO REPORTLast week the very first Hort Connections took place in Adelaide Australia. On Monday a huge crowd attended the evening opening of the trade fair, 2500 had registered that day with more expected on Tuesday.The general feeling was that the combination of the National Horticulture Convention and PMA Fresh.....

AU: Spreading the Slow Food message into North Queensland

If you have never heard of Slow Food, just think of fast food and it is the complete opposite, according to one Queensland member of the movement.Helen Hill is helping to establish the Townsville Slow Food Convivium (the term Convivium is derived from the word conviviality, meaning friendship). It is one of.....

AU: Farmers slowly turning to aerial technology to manage crop health

An Australian drone operation company says an increasing number of farmers are starting to become curious at how the new remote technology can help their operations. But the aerial photography and surveillance service provider, National Drones says it would not describe the usage as widely used, as yet."I’d.....

11 nations agree to continue TPP without US

In a pushback against the Trump administration's protectionist rhetoric, 11 nations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal have agreed on Sunday to proceed without the U.S.The 11 nations met on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting for trade ministers in Hanoi and agreed to.....

Australian cafe offers avocado coffee

While avocados make the news constantly as they continue their reputation as a trendy food, this one takes it past the limit. Truman Cafe in Albert Park, Australia shot a short video of an invention of his design, the avocado coffee. While not an avocado flavored coffee, the coffee is poured into a previously.....

AU: Plant biosecurity gets a $21million injection

Australia is on track to adopt some of the most sophisticated plant pest surveillance technologies in the world after Horticulture Innovation Australia secured a Federal Government grant and co-investor funding to deliver a $21million plant biosecurity push.The $6.8million Rural R&D for Profit grant will.....

Queensland grower brings fresh pumpkin variety to Australia

Australians can add a new flavour to their much-loved pumpkin soup or roast dinner, with the launch of a new pumpkin at Coles which offers a sweeter and nuttier twist on the winter food staple. North Queensland farmers, Des and Paula Chapman from Rocky Ponds are growing the new Kabocha pumpkin, following a.....

Australian macadamia April Fools joke helped spread awareness

The Australian Macadamias team in Japan executed an April Fools’ Day brand hoax that had everyone laughing, while delivering seriously good results. After the success of last year’s April Fools’ Day nut-cracking squirrel, this year saw the launch of a “new product” in the form of a “Macadamia Bonsai Kit” that.....

Export ban on eggplants to NZ affecting Fiji farmers

Around 150 farmers and seven exporters have been affected by a ban on eggplant exports to New Zealand. The fruit has been slapped with a temporary suspension after the NZ Ministry for Primary Industries intercepted eggs, live larvae and adult insects on a consignment of heat-treated fruit from Fiji last.....

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Poland: Better cold storage has potato imports down

Poland is importing fewer potatoes at the moment, due to the availability of domestic supply from last year. Łukasz Ostrowicz from Bugaj said that they still have stored potatoes after more and more producers have been investing in modern storage, which has helped keep prices down for consumers. “We work.....

The future of bananas will be discussed in September in Miami

Experts from Argentina, Brazil, the United States, France, Mexico, and Panama will analyze the future of bananas worldwide during the 7th International Banana Congress, which will take place from September 26 to 29 in Miami, organizers said on Wednesday.The meeting, which is organized by the National Banana.....

Dick Wolff Management: International debt collection

Dick Wolff Management (DWM) offers numerous services, based on years of experience, in cooperation with an international partner network. Mostly debt collection agencies and lawyers from all over the world send their international claims to DWM, which functions as the centre of a global network. It’s therefore.....

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