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Thursday, February 22, 2018

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California and Mexico hope to avoid heavy avocado overlap

California and Mexico are both cautiously looking ahead at a potential heavy overlap in avocado supplies. “We’re a little concerned about how long the Mexican season will go. If Mexico supplies above 45 million lbs. of avocados and California comes in with 15 million lbs., how do we market 60 million lbs. of.....

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Florida berry grower announces new organic blueberry farm

Wish Farms, the year-round grower-marketer of berries is pleased to announce a new, state-of-the-art organic blueberry farm located in Alturas, Florida.Named for Wish Farms’ mascot, Misty the Garden Pixie, the project began as an idea in 2014. It represents a joint-venture that includes three ag veterans at.....

All eyes on Argentina

Another early finish for California desert lemons

This week marks the last week of lemon shipments from the desert regions of California. The transition to the other districts is already underway and it means an early finish to the season for the desert. Warm and dry conditions have resulted in the fruit maturing at a faster pace."The desert regions have been.....

Reduction of crop impact

NC sweet potato grower optimizes crop quality with smart sensor

aaggrrii, a division of Masitek Instruments is pleased to announce that Farm Fresh Produce, a leading grower, distributor and exporter of produce with headquarters in North Carolina, has selected the SmartSpud smart sensor to detect, measure and report impact subjected to its crop. Encased in a urethane.....

Sun shining down on Florida sweet corn growers

Recent warmer weather in Florida is providing plenty of encouragement to sweet corn growers. While weather events in the last 6 months have not been too kind to Florida growers, things appear to be turning around now. For corn growers, there is the chance the warm weather might prompt an earlier start to the.....

Grower launches new pepper variety grown in Florida

J&J Family of Farms is pleased to announce a new, one of a kind pepper variety: Sunny Sweet Peppers.The company said they peppers are like no other sweet pepper in its category, having a much sweeter taste than mini sweet peppers due to their higher BRIX. The proprietary field-grown variety pepper also has.....

Disease-resistant apples perform better than old favorites

You may not find them in the produce aisle yet, but it’s only a matter of time before new disease-resistant apple cultivars overtake favorites like Honeycrisp in popularity, according to a University of Illinois apple expert.“I know everyone wants Honeycrisp, but they’re notoriously hard to grow. There are so.....

California grape grower-shipper publishes first Corporate Social Responsibly Report

Sun World International, LLC, published its first corporate social responsibility report on February 20, 2018. The report details the goals that The Better Future Project, Sun World’s CSR program, aims to achieve by 2022 and progress made to date. Benchmarking for The Better Future Project was conducted in.....

US: Avocado prices increase due to a lower supply and a higher global demand

The avocado is fast becoming the favorite fruit in the United States. According to the US Department of Agriculture, even though local production is stagnating, imports have more than tripled in the last ten years. Annual consumption of the average American has increased from around one kilo of avocado, in.....

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Corrections officer finds synthetic marijuana in cabbage

Officers at Riverview Correctional Facility in Ogdensburg, NY, discovered synthetic marijuana concealed inside of a head of cabbage in a package mailed to an inmate last week.According to a news release, on February 13 at the medium-security prison, corrections officers found the contraband while X-raying.....


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Henk Vlaeminck, Van Dijk Foods Belgium:

"Quick sales of easy peelers but orange market more difficult"

The Spanish are high on prices for oranges at the moment. This was noted by Henk Vlaeminck of Van Dijk Foods. "To sell oranges for those prices isn't easy. There is a reasonably large supply of Valencias from Egypt and Salustianas and Maroc Late from Morocco and that price difference is.....

Marcel van Rooijen, Torres Tropical Fresh:

“Watermelon market on fire, mango sales a bit more difficult”

The mango market is a bit more difficult this week. “Large stocks have been acquired in some places. Peru shipped more than expected, and as a result prices have become a bit more pressured,” says Marcel van Rooijen of Torres Tropical Fresh from Barendrecht, the Netherlands. Yet he is facing the coming weeks.....

Pear cultivation in Spain

In Spain, the sweet fruit subsector continues to be the one making the greatest contribution to Spain's Final Agricultural Production, with 24% in 2016, despite accounting for a relatively small acreage (204,000 hectares) compared to other crops. Three species have traditionally led the production of fruit in.....

Dedere Germany GmbH:

Blockchain is revolutionizing global agricultural trade

Dedere is committed to being the most efficient tool for agricultural trade worldwide. "The Best Way to Buy and Sell Agri Commodities" is the company’s claim.And the ways to achieve this are a combination of market-relevant news, analysis and forecasts of agricultural commodities, an email marketing tool and a.....

Parents told not to reward children for eating greens

“All parents know how difficult it is to get children to eat their greens, with many offering rewards or treats in return for children finishing their vegetables,” said Researchers from Ghent University in Belgium. They claim, however, the best way to get children to eat healthily is to simply give them.....

German man fined 208,000 euros for scanning meat as ‘fruit’

A German man has been fined 208,000 euros ($326,000) for cheating at a supermarket self-service checkout. A Munich court convicted the 58-year-old businessman of theft for trying to pass off 47 euros worth of veal liver as ‘ fruit’.The man had done the same thing three times before and also had past.....

Transforming Germany’s cities into organic food gardens

With ever more people living in urban centers, food security and quality is becoming a pressing issue. In Germany, cities are increasingly taking the production of organic products to a hyperlocal level.As part of Biostädte (‘organic cities’), now Nuremberg joins a network of municipalities across Germany.....

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AU: Premium apple grower says industry needs to work to lift consumption

As one New South Wales apple grower prepares to swing into full production, they say the industry needs to work together to lift the profile of the fruit.BiteRiot! produces premium apples and cherries in the Mount Canobolas district, west of Sydney. Owner Bernard Hall says while new varieties are a step in the.....

AU: Flavorite expands to keep up with demand

One of Australia's leading tomato producers is expecting to increase its production by up to 10 per cent, with an expansion across two of its sites in Victoria.Flavorite currently has 26 hectares under production (including a 2Ha propagation nursery) and this expansion will take it to 30Ha. Managing Director.....

Scott acquires Alvey Group

We are pleased to announce today that the Board has approved in principle the purchase of the business assets and intellectual property of Alvey Group, Headquartered in Belgium with operations in France, Czech Republic and the UK. Specialists in palletising, conveying and warehouse automation, Alvey is closely.....

Australian produce grower-marketer delivers colourful new fruit range

Australians are on the road to accessing more healthy fruit thanks to fresh produce grower and marketer, T&G Global.Despite an increased focus on health and wellness, over 75% of Australians still don’t meet recommended daily intake of fruit and vegetables according to a study conducted by Horticulture.....

Market trends in focus at Citrus Australia forum

Tickets have sold out for the highly anticipated bi-annual Citrus Australia Market Outlook Forum – the only national event for the citrus industry for the year.More than 150 representatives from the growing, packing and marketing sectors of the citrus industry will attend the Forum in Sydney on March 14 and.....

Cyclone Gita: Large-scale devastation now in New Zealand

The damage cyclone Gita has caused to the Thomas Bros' orchard and packing shed is the worst they've ever seen. Kiwi fruit manager Steve Thomas said neither he, his father or his uncle had ever seen a storm cause this much destruction to their family business.Orchards in the Motueka area have been hit hard by.....

Scientific proof: Avo squeezing is bad for the fruit

Acoustic tools, laser technology, ultrasounds: scientists are trying it all to stop consumers from bruising avocados when testing them for ripeness.In a survey of Australian avocado consumers, 97 per cent admitted to squeezing the fruit before purchasing it. And research shows consumers ‘test’, on average,.....

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New snacks and fresh-cut products in Berlin

PHOTO REPORTConsidering that the FLIA 2018 awards are assigned based on the votes expressed by Fruit Logistica visitors, the fact that a coconut-based snack won the first place is indicative of what people prefer compared with other innovative products.The tendency to prefer practicality is no news: Italy, for example,.....

New map of organic food systems published

In Organic 3.0, food chains are succeeded by food systems. As a main implementing partner in the Organic Food System Program (OFSP) along with BERAS International and FQH, IFOAM – Organics International has developed a global map of food systems. This will serve as a key resource for information sharing and.....

How to combat 'puffy eyes':

All you need is potato slices

Waking up with puffy eyes is rather common. But it is easy to treat them. Make sure to drink enough water and use refrigerated slices of potatoes to get rid of the puffiness.Indiatoday.in gives 6 tips to treat the problem:The easiest way to get rid of puffy eyes is to drink water. When the body is well.....

2017 reefer box production remains low at 160,000 TEU

Fresh produce comprises 4.0% of the world’s seaborne trade

Reefer shipping and the restStatistics are always running behind. It has therefore become apparent only recently that the worldwide international trade of refrigerated perishables went through a dip in 2015. That year, volumes reduced by 2% to an estimated 144.4 million tons. As matters stand, things were.....

But why paint them purple?


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Reefer market recovering from 2015 dip

Fresh produce accounts for four percent of the world's seaborne trade of dry cargoes, and Japan consumes one in three bananas, says industry analyst Dynamar in its recent report - Reefer Analysis: Market Structure, Conventional, Containers.Reefer Shipping Dip Worldwide international trade of refrigerated.....

Trendy new way to propose

Engagement ring + avocado = ?

It’s true: people are actually doing this. Using avocados to propose. Using a scooped-out avocado to present the engagement ring.Despite the obvious mess involved with embedding a piece of jewellery in the flesh of an avocado, it seems more than one person has actually tried this out.Well, make up your own.....

PMA industry members establish new business opportunities

More than 150 produce industry members from around the world connected with each other to establish new business opportunities during a special networking reception hosted by Produce Marketing Association (PMA) at Fruit Logistica in Berlin, Germany. The gathering, sponsored by PMA members Camposol, Driscoll’s,.....

Cool Texas winter ensures sweet organic grapefruit season

The winter has been kind to organic grapefruit growers in Texas. The cool, sometimes cold, conditions, have been just enough to ensure the grapefruit achieve a good level of sweetness, juice and color, while at the same time, not damaging the fruit."We had a very unique winter," exclaimed Russon Holbrook of.....

Retail


Walmart is partnering with SPUD for Metro Vancouver grocery delivery

Tops has filed for bankruptcy

US: H-E-B pilots self-checkout mobile app at two San Antonio storesShoppers can pay for goods and groceries at two H-E-B stores in San Antonio without hitting the checkout lane. The retailer is piloting H-E-B Go, a self-checkout mobile app, at its South Flores Market location in downtown San Antonio and its.....


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