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Monday, February 19, 2018

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Florida eggplant growers hurt by excess offshore supply

Florida growers of eggplant have been experiencing much warmer temperatures than what the state endured a month ago. The warmth has returned, bringing with it improved growing conditions and a boost in eggplant production. However, they are still on the lookout for the effects of wind damage that occurred.....

Another Canadian greenhouse grower involved in cannabis

Although not officially confirmed, SunSelect is most likely the next cannabis venture in town.Last fall, Canopy Growth announced it would develop up to three million square feet of greenhouse growing capacity at a pair of sites in B.C. to grow marijuana. Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton said in a statement last.....

Warmer conditions expected to boost Baja strawberry volume

After experiencing slightly cooler weather in the early part of the year, strawberry growers in Baja California, Mexico, are enjoying warmer days these last weeks. This is causing production to increase and supplies are expected to improve in the coming days. This follows on from southern California, where.....

Brazilian avocado offer will start in March

Brazilian avocado production to increase in 2018

The Brazilian production of Hass Avocados has been growing in recent years, and Jaguacy has followed this pattern with an estimated increase of 3000 tons in 2018, working on the continuous improvement of its processes and the sustainability of the production chain, to meet both the external and internal.....

NC sweet potato grower successfully installs new packing line

Southern Produce Distributors, Inc. a grower, packer and shipper of sweet potatoes, has installed a new packing line in their warehouse facility located in Faison, NC.The new packing line, a Hagan 2, runs simultaneously with Southern Produce’s original packing line, doubling efficiency and minimizing.....

Positive consumer response to first tearless onion season

America’s first tearless and sweet onion hit retail shelves across the United States last December to accolades from consumer media nationwide. In just the first two months of what is the first season in wide distribution, Sunions reached more than one billion media impressions and counting in print, radio,.....

For identification of foreign objects and potato defects

Canada: P.E. Island company buys imaging machine

A million-dollar investment into a chemical imaging machine is giving a P.E.I. business a peek inside potatoes without removing the peel and, in so doing, improving the quality and safety of potatoes for Islanders.“We are responding to the needs of the producers and always assist them to maximize their crop.....

Jan Marc Schulz, SFI Rotterdam:

“Surprisingly good market for Chilean plums, grape season uncertain”

There’s currently a good supply of Chilean blueberries. “Late in January we had many bad arrivals, which resulted in a downwards market, but the market is now coming out of that slump,” says Jan Marc Schulz of SFI Rotterdam. Blueberries are a product with a large share nowadays. “We still expect at least three.....

Julian Garcia, from Grupo TR FR Jacarilla:

"There's a lack of citrus for processing and prices are high this year"

The fall in yields in the current Spanish citrus season, which is due to a drought and other factors, has led to an increase in prices in the field, even though there isn't a high demand for these products, as in the case of lemons, which have yielded small sizes this season. The decrease in orange production.....

Warmer weather helps drive New Zealand cherry export volumes

Summerfruit New Zealand says cherries have been ripening very quickly this season due to the warm temperatures, and while that has been a challenge for growers in getting them to market on time, the volumes of the fruit have been very pleasing.In fact, an export record was recently broken; 959 tonnes was the.....


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Julian Garcia, from Grupo TR FR Jacarilla:

"There's a lack of citrus for processing and prices are high this year"

The fall in yields in the current Spanish citrus season, which is due to a drought and other factors, has led to an increase in prices in the field, even though there isn't a high demand for these products, as in the case of lemons, which have yielded small sizes this season. The decrease in orange production.....

Jan Marc Schulz, SFI Rotterdam:

“Surprisingly good market for Chilean plums, grape season uncertain”

There’s currently a good supply of Chilean blueberries. “Late in January we had many bad arrivals, which resulted in a downwards market, but the market is now coming out of that slump,” says Jan Marc Schulz of SFI Rotterdam. Blueberries are a product with a large share nowadays. “We still expect at least three.....

Giro' Italia - multi-purpose packaging solutions

"We believe packaging is a powerful tool that can establish a connection between shape and substance. What we see conveys a world of meaning. Years of experience in this sector confirm that making people live experiences through materials, shapes and colours is essential to communicate a product and strengthen.....

UK: Waitrose selling ‘avocado’ Easter eggs

UK supermarket chain Waitrose have announced their new Easter eggs, in avocado-style.The trendy eggs are fashioned from 250g of dark, white and milk chocolate, and are priced at £8.Cambridge-news.co.uk tells us that according to Waitrose, the egg has a dark chocolate shell, white chocolate flesh and an inner.....

Potato DNA markers could keep potatoes fresher for longer

EU-funded scientists have discovered genetic markers that could allow potatoes to be selected for their ability to be stored at low temperatures, keeping them fresh and avoiding the use of anti-sprouting chemicals.Ireland is world-renowned for producing potatoes, but Irish crisp and chip manufacturers face a.....

Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd are moving closer together

The two-way split between Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd may soon come to an end. First of all, a merger is planned of the purchasing departments and in several other areas as well, so certain goods can be procured in unison, according to the latest issue of Manager Magazin.Manager Magazin cites the minutes from a.....

British government conclusion:

Russia behind cyber attack on Maersk and APM Terminals

The virus that brought a number of large companies in Europe to a halt, including APM Terminals and Maersk Line, last summer, was spread by Russia. This is according to the British government. The malware first showed up in the Ukraine and spread to Europe from there. The British government is now saying that.....

Aldi Süd grocery chain stands up for bees

Aldi Süd has announced it is now the first major European retailer that has banned pesticides, toxic to bees, in their produce.Furthermore, they have expanded their selection of organic meat and products, which, according to the retailer, are totally free of added antibiotics, hormones or additives.

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Phil O'Keefe - Simplot

"Australian grown has given us another card in the game"

One of Australia's largest food processing companies Simplot Australia Pty. Ltd. says being Australian based has given it a significant advantage in the Australian market over the past decade.General Manager of Agricultural Services Phil O'Keeffe says Simplot Australia Pty. Ltd. is the last frozen food.....

Warmer weather helps drive New Zealand cherry export volumes

Summerfruit New Zealand says cherries have been ripening very quickly this season due to the warm temperatures, and while that has been a challenge for growers in getting them to market on time, the volumes of the fruit have been very pleasing.In fact, an export record was recently broken; 959 tonnes was the.....

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Cargo monitoring company and sea freight forwarder announce trials in Berlin

MOST, the Sweden-based creator of real-time data and temperature trackers, is expanding its trials with sea freight forwarder, Kuehne + Nagel. The expanded trials will open opportunities for the MOST solution across international markets, with the focus on serving clients in a range of industries, including.....

NASA satellite image shows the night lights across the globe

Can someone turn that off? We're trying to sleep here!


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Export of fresh fruit from South Africa continues to grow

The export of fresh fruit from South Africa continued to grow last year. In total, 3.33 million tonnes were exported according to the South African Revenue Service (SARS). That is ten per cent more than in 2016.For years, approximately 45 per cent of export was focused on EU countries, the Netherlands being.....

The many health benefits of the passion fruit

It is claimed passion fruit has immense health and medicinal benefits, ranging from enhancing digestion, boosting immune function, improving eyesight, lowering blood pressure, boosting blood circulation and even preventing certain types of cancers.Here are some of the main health benefits of passion fruit, as.....

Worldwide numbers on sweet cherry exports

Global sales from sweet cherry exports amounted to some $2.4 billion in 2016.Overall, the value of sweet cherries exports were up by an average of 44.1% for all exporting countries since 2012. Then, sweet cherries shipments were valued at $1.6 billion. Overall, the Latin American and Caribbean countries.....

Shorter travel time because of diminishing Polar ice

Container ships using the Northern Sea Route across the top of the world can cut the length of voyages by 40% compared with travelling via the Suez Canal. And sometimes, ships can now even cross the Northern Sea Route during winter.

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While the thinning ice does present opportunities for increasing trade, perhaps the drawbacks will outweigh the benefits.


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K-VA-T, Kroger, Meijer: produce promotion honors

Amazon: 1st foreign venture to foray into Indian food retail

US: Kroger debuts culinary innovation centerThe Kroger Co. has opened a Culinary Innovation Center in downtown Cincinnati, the grocer’s hometown. “Kroger’s new Culinary Innovation Center is an exciting state-of-the-art test kitchen and education center,” noted Daniel Hammer, the company’s VP of culinary.....


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