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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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Northwest growers prepare for Brussels sprouts season

Brussels sprouts shippers in the Pacific Northwest are gearing up for the start of their season in less than two weeks. Despite some unusually warm days, the weather in the region has been largely helpful to growing conditions. Volume and quality are looking good and harvest is expected to begin on time."We.....

Tariffs likely to challenge California almond market this year

The almond season in California is on the cusp of starting. Some growers have yet to start while others are already in the fields, knocking the trees and allowing the nuts to dry on the ground before picking them up. Earlier this year, a frost had likely caused some damage to almond trees but growers are yet.....

Soren Skou - AP Moller-Maersk

‘Trump’s trade war will hurt America more than anyone else’

The CEO of AP Moller-Maersk, the world’s biggest operator of container ships, has predicted that President Trump’s trade war will harm the US more than any other country.Speaking at Maersk’s global headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, Soren Skou said the US-led conflict, which has seen Washington and Beijing.....

100 degree days greet start of Washington potato season

The start of the Washington potato season has experienced a few bumps as volume picks up. It has been a hot summer in the growing region which has placed stress on some fields. Early volume and quality, however, is looking excellent. Currently, smoke haze from wildfires in surrounding regions has shielded the.....

New facility for lime grower-shipper ready in months

Having reported growth in the past several years, SiCar Farms of Mission, Texas, is opening a new state of the art facility in December 2018. This new facility is expected to handle three times the company’s current production capacity.SiCar Farms anticipates the new facility will position the company to grow.....

"Price reaches record high"

"US summer oranges popular in Chinese market"

"On April 2nd, China increased customs tariffs on the import on some US agricultural products as part of the ongoing Sino-US trade war. This directly increased the cost price for importers, and of course the market price of the products also increased. This development is most obvious for oranges in the.....

Sun Pacific promotes Popovac to Director of Sales

Sun Pacific has promoted senior sales executive Brano Popovac to Director of Sales. Popovac has over 15 years in the produce industry and has enjoyed the last 6 years with Sun Pacific as a senior sales executive. He has been responsible for growing partnerships, increasing sales, and expanding national.....


Experts suggest varieties for Irma-damaged citrus replanting

As growers decide how to use USDA funding to recover from damage caused by Hurricane Irma – and as they cope with the lingering impact of citrus greening - University of Florida researchers are suggesting varieties for them to replant.Producers can grow varieties that show tolerance to greening, also known as.....

Salad vending machines becoming big business in Chicago

Forget crisps, gum and candy bars: Chicago is all about putting leafy greens into its vending machines. Since 2013, more than 170 salad vending machines called Farmer’s Fridge have popped up throughout the city in airports, universities, hospitals and shopping areas, all because a then-27-year-old sales.....

CEO Metro Eric La Flèche:

‘New tariffs could lead to price increases in Canada’

Though it’s still early days and negotiations with suppliers continue, Metro’s CEO says grocery prices may increase slightly in the coming months as the industry grapples with the fallout from the Canada-US trade war.On Canada Day the government implemented tariffs on a number of American-made goods including.....

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Bart Nemegheer, De Aardappelhoeve:

“Challenge is to guarantee quality of the potatoes”

The potato market is still under pressure because of the dry weather. “The rain that fell in recent days, is a bit too late. The damage has been done. Some varieties will recover somewhat, but yields will be low. Yields are between 15 and 30 tonnes, and that’s very disappointing,” says Bart Nemegheer of De.....

25 years of Commercial Fruits

France: "We were forerunners in avocados and pomegranates"

Commercial Fruits is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Gabriel Burunat, founder and president of the company, was the first to import Peruvian avocados into Europe. The 'king of Rungis’ avocados’, as he is called in a documentary, did not see the time pass."We have always tried to be a forerunner in certain.....

Maersk's revenue growth does not mean higher profits

Earlier this month Maersk issued a profit warning. The 2018 second quarter figures showed that they had an increase in turnover. Despite this, the upward trend did not translate into higher profits. High bunker costs and a disappointing tariff recovery are to blame.Over the second quarter, this Danish shipping.....

Moving to more technological methods of production is a must

Apricots are one of the main drivers of the economy in Malatya, and apricot growers are facing many challenges in the production. Last year a lot of apricot trees were damaged due to climate conditions and insufficient irrigation systems and that is why the production in the city declined to 70,000 tons. This.....

Aldi to phase out black plastic trays that are not recyclable

Black plastic trays, which cannot be readily recycled, are being phased out by budget chain Aldi. The move comes after the government announced plans for a crackdown on firms which sell products in single-use throwaway plastic. They are doing so through the introduction of new levies and taxes on the trays,.....


UK: Lost gold ring found on carrot

A gold ring that was lost in a vegetable garden 12 years ago has been found on a carrot dug up for dinner.Lin Keitch from Monkton Heathfield in Somerset, noticed the lost jewellery while washing her home-grown vegetables. The ring had been a 40th birthday present from her husband Dave, and was lost by their.....

Combination cutting machines increases efficiency of Arthur David

“Sometimes the need for flexibility is bigger than for capacity”

For ambitious, start-up, catering companies, food processors that offer specialised products or companies that need a cutting machine for lower capacity on their lines, flexibility can sometimes be more important than the need for capacity. They naturally don’t want to lose cutting quality. Manual work takes.....

Kennisinstituut Duurzaam Verpakken

"Organically degradable plastic packaging isn't preferred"

Recently there has been a discussion as to whether and how the use of organically degradable plastic packaging offers opportunities for producers and importers who bring packaged products on the market. The Kennisinstituut Duurzaam Verpakken (Knowledge institute of Sustainable Packaging) has heard about this.....

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Drought in Europe

What caused the unusually hot and dry weather, and threatened Europe?According to the world meteorological organization (WMO) in the first half of the summer cause of the drought became prolonged periods of hot weather, record high temperatures and extremely low rainfall.Already the spring months, April and.....

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MyFarm Investments:

‘NZ pipfruit industry heading for record 2018 crop’

New Zealand's pipfruit industry is headed for a record crop this year as it benefits from favourable growing weather, low Northern Hemisphere stocks, market changes, premium varieties, and a weaker New Zealand dollar, according to a report published today by MyFarm Investments.The vast majority of the 2018.....

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2018-2022 expected to be abnormally hot years

The worldwide heatwave this summer makes 2018 a particularly hot year. And the next few years will be similar, according to a study led by Florian Sévellec, a researcher at the Laboratory for Ocean Physics and Remote Sensing (University of Brest) and at the University of Southampton.Using a new method, a.....

Maersk Line goes live with CargoSphere Digital Rate Distribution

CargoSphere, the neutral rate network for container shipping, today announced that Maersk Line has gone live with digital, fully-automated distribution of its contract rates and amendments.Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping company, is now digitally distributing its rates to shipper, freight.....

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Cherries: The internet's most desirable fruit this summer

Cherries have been crowned the fruit of the summer. Cherry printed clothing, cherry-inspired accessories and cherry red hues have been dominating the fashion world for months now. In spring the cherry's emerging popularity already became clear, fter cherry prints popped up in fashion designers' collections......


Lidl to open 1st Maryland store

Walmart: virtual reality retail plans

US: Supervalu's retail store sales could incite a feeding frenzyWhen United Natural Foods eventually puts Supervalu’s remaining retail chains up for sale, it will offer grocers the rare opportunity to buy up prime real estate in major markets, according to various reports. UNFI said it planned to sell off.....

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