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Texas beet grower to introduce 1lb bags

Growing conditions for beets have been rather mixed lately, with some rain slowing production in recent weeks. Growers say that quality remains high however, and specialty varieties of beets are continuing to see healthy demand."Demand has been fair and we've enjoyed steady flow and volume, despite some.....

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SunGold kiwifruits expand their presence in North America

Yellow-fleshed kiwifruit is still relatively new in the North American market. However, they have not entered unnoticed, and growers have said there is a burgeoning market for them. Consumers are willing to try new flavors and as a result, Zespri - a New Zealand based global kiwifruit producer - is now looking.....

North Carolina sweet potato grower-shipper files Chapter 11

Faison, N.C.-based Southern Produce Distributors, Inc. a grower, packer, shipper of sweet potatoes, has voluntarily filed Chapter 11 to strategically restructure and effectively handle financial burdens. The company’s operations are strong and will continue unhindered throughout the financial restructuring.....

Millennials moving towards pears

Washington pears wind down in supplies

After what’s been described as a normal season, Washington pear availability is beginning to wind down. “We’re wrapped up in Bartlett pears—that wrapped up about a month ago. Our Green Anjou movement is pretty good. While the season was pretty normal, the green Anjou crop was the shortest crop we’ve had in.....

Organic and conventional Vidalia onions offered this year

In accordance with the Apr. 20 start date announced by the Vidalia® Onion Committee, Giumarra will begin shipping both organic and conventional Vidalia onions the third week of April. Giumarra Southeast is pleased to offer promotable volumes of Nature’s Partner-brand Vidalia onions in bulk and bagged pack.....

Label manufacturer develops anti-counterfeit labels

A recent online survey of over 1000 respondents conducted by researchers at Dalhousie University showed that 63 percent of Canadians are concerned about what they see as a widespread practice known as food fraud. According to the study, 40 percent of Canadians polled said they had purchased a food item that.....

Steve Young joins British Columbia grower-shipper as VP of Sales

As the CPMA kicks off their 93rd Annual Conference in Vancouver, BCfresh announces the appointment of Steve Young in the role of VP, Sales, commencing April 23rd, 2018. Young joins the company with almost 15 years of produce experience, with the last 7 years spent in senior sales management positions.Murray.....

New UF blueberry variety machine-friendly

At an education session at January’s Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, University of Florida (UF) Assistant Professor of Blueberry Breeding and Genomics Patricio Muńoz, showed a list of blueberry varieties the university has released over the years.Those 21 blueberry varieties have many.....

US radishes set to increase in domestic volume

Imported radishes are beginning to wrap up so supplies are less for now. “We’re coming to the end of our radish production in Mexico so supplies are a bit lighter than in the past couple of months,” says Lori Bigras with Green Giant™ Fresh.While supplies seem to match the volume brought in last year, in May.....

Mangos: Farmed with love

Native to southeast Asia, mango trees thrive in tropical and subtropical climates all around the globe – Central and South America, the Caribbean, Florida, Hawaii, Asia, Africa, Australia, and parts of the Mediterranean. In these beautiful regions, mango farmers nurture and harvest this luscious nutritious.....

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UK importer & Mexican lime producer plan to launch organic Fair-Trade alternative

For UK importer Exotifruit and lime producer Inverafrut, the month of May sparks the beginning of a busy Mexican lime season. Working side by side the team is preparing for yet another successful season delivering premium quality fruit, to customers across the UK and Europe.This year, as well as focusing their.....

United Producers of Mexico

UPM opens Dutch Center for quality control in Mexico

United Producers of Mexico opens Dutch Center for Quality Control in Guanajuato, Mexico. United Producers of Mexico (UPM) have been building a commercial bridge between the Netherlands and Mexico by implementing European import standards for agricultural products in Mexico. In order to build stronger and.....

Growth of catering services good for pre cut veg

During the crisis years, pre cut veg companies specialising in catering were struggling. Smaller players were absorbed by larger ones or went bankrupt, but the situation is now no longer dire. “It’s recovering enormously,” says Rudolf Sluimer of Flexivers about the market, although that market has changed......

Variety with higher Brix value is gaining in importance

'Demand for Spanish sweet palermo peppers is increasing annually'

The season for peppers is currently in full swing, certainly in the Spanish region of Murcia. There are nowadays also cultivated the snack products with a high Brix value that are currently in such great demand. In addition to the great demand for colored Tribelli, the popularity of Sweet Palermo -a sweet red,.....

Rosa Hernandorena: "There is increasingly less margin for error"

"The demand for stone fruit focuses on consolidated varieties"

The stone fruit sector has been going through a tough time recently and this has led to trend changes as regards the choice of varieties and how they are grown.Thus, it seems that there has been a loss of interest in innovations and a stronger focus on already consolidated varieties. "Due to the price crisis.....

Gerrit Oomen: “Doors aren’t in the way and are very sturdy”

First flexible rolling door to be repeated in Quik’s’ new potato storage

Limited space in the reception hall was the reason to purchase a flexible rolling door for potato wholesaler Quik’s Verse Aardappelen in 2013. “We were looking for a sturdy door that wouldn’t be broken the minute a fork-lift truck accidentally bumps into it,” says manager Gerrit Oomen. “That’s why we went to.....

Jorrit Zuijdervelt of Looye:

"Fresh produce specialists will also benefit from our move to retail"

There has been some anxiety among fresh fruit and vegetable specialists recently. This is due to Looye Growers now also having Honey and JOYN tomatoes on the shelves at Dutch supermarket chain, Albert Heijn. At Looye, they understand this concern. But, according to Jorrit Zuijdervelt, Marketing and.....

Frank Swier, Jan Swier Groenten en Fruit op de Markt:

'Peeled pineapples'

After a winter with sometimes lousy weather conditions, it is good times for the market again. Now, strawberries and asparagus are selling well. "But also turnip greens, new potatoes, and spinach", adds Eddy Derks of the Dutch trader, Derks Uw Groenteman.Rising temperatures"The strawberry supply is not yet.....

"It's been years since the presentation of a variety was so successful"

The new Spring Sunshine mandarin could be the world's tastiest

The official presentation of the new mandarin Spring Sunhine, which is considered the latest variety in the market, and possibly the tastiest,took place in Valencia last Wednesday. The event exceeded the expectations of its organizers, the Association of Plant Variety Operators (Asovav) and The Enforcement.....

Turkey: Permission to export tomatoes to Russia is granted

The Russian Federal Veterinary and Plants Health Supervision Service has lifted some restrictions regarding Turkısh exports of tomatoes to Russia which allowed 2 tomato growers in Salihli to start exporting again.Food, Agriculture and Livestock Salihli County Manager Ali Demir: “The inspection of the.....

Turkey: Agricultural Production Figures for 2016 - 2017 announced

The Turkish Statistics Institute has announced the figures regarding agricultural production in 2016 – 2017. The numbers indicate that Turkey is still self-sufficient in agricultural production. According to these figures, 97.2% of the local consumption of grains is covered by the local production. In both.....

Asparagus season - growing the white gold in the Netherlands

The amount of agricultural land in the Netherlands devoted to the cultivation of asparagus edged up to 3,807 hectares in 2017 while the total harvest was up 12% at 20,800 tonnes, according to Thursday’s figures of national statistics office CBS. The country’s asparagus growing area has increased by 61% over.....

Tozer Seeds welcomes Dr Geoffrey Denton to the R&D team

Tozer Seeds welcomes Dr Geoffrey Denton to the Research & Development teamDr Geoffrey Denton recently joined Tozer Seeds Ltd as Plant Pathologist. He will be involved in their disease resistance breeding programs and his role will include developing new tests for analysing diseases in seed, helping to.....

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NZ: Early predictions for a record-breaking kiwifruit season

Zespri says this year's crop volumes could be a record breaker, while this year’s New Zealand-grown crop is expected to be about 20 million trays – 70,000 tonnes – higher than last year.The company's Chief Grower & Alliances Officer, Dave Courtney, says increased levels of Green and 7-10 million trays more.....

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Video: Growing cucumbers in South Africa

VIDEOAre you in the mood to feel good? The South African retailer Shoprite took a peek in the Tshwaragananggreenhouse and had grower Edwin Mabotsa tell how horticulture changed his community. The video that has been made about it is touching.Edwin Mabotsa lives in Windsorton, a region that becomes very hot in the.....

Ranking the world's islands in size

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International Plant Protection Convention

Global body adopts new measures to stop spread of plant pests

Each year an estimated 10-16 percent of the global harvest is lost to plant pests; an estimated $220 billion. This was a statement by FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo at the opening of this year's IPPC annual meeting in Rome. The International Plant Protection Convention, the body in charge of.....

Colorado woman fined by US Customs

Paying $500 for an apple

Crystal Tadlock was given an apple sealed in a wrapper on her Delta flight from Paris on Wednesday. She was not hungry at the time and figured it would be a good snack for her second leg back to Denver. Miss Tadlock likely passed by numerous signs and alerts warning about items that must be declared at the.....


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