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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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Topsy-turvy year for blueberry growers across the US

It's been a rollercoaster year for blueberry growers in the United States. The weather has been largely to blame in different regions in terms of yield, with some areas experiencing lower than expected volumes, while others are looking at a better season.Frosts in the southeastIt all started in February and.....

Salinas Valley seasonal temperatures off by as much as 15 degrees

Lettuce and other vegetables slow down in growth

There’s been some very unusual weather in the Salinas Valley area lately, hurting lettuce, particularly iceberg. “I was just talking to an export customer about it. Typically in mid-August we have some nice very warm weather,” says Mark McBride, sales professional at Coastline Family Farms. “We can see 80 to.....

Export market makes apples a bright spot for North American growers

As it heads into the apple season, some varieties of Idaho apples are looking slim on supplies. “Popular varieties of apples like Gala, Granny and Golden Delicious are currently in short supply,” says Sally Symms of Caldwell, Idaho-based Symms Fruit Ranch. “But with the 2018 Gala Season rapidly approaching,.....

North America

West Coast fires affect crop growth

Reports are mixed as to the effects of the widespread fires throughout British Columbia and even Washington. Fires commonly affect the North American west coast in the summer and this year’s was clearly no different. B.C. in particular has been affected since late June by the wide-scale blazes, largely due to.....

Sutherland S.A. hires Tad Brusseau as Head of US Sales and Operations

Tad Brusseau has joined Sutherland S.A. overseeing U.S. Sales and Operations in a newly created position. He will be responsible for the company’s US grape, citrus, stone fruit and cherry programs in California, Washington, Australia as well as New Zealand. Brusseau will be based in California.Prior to joining.....

Canadian inspectors watching spread of blueberry maggot carefully

Federal inspectors are keeping an eye out for a pupating pest that could be big trouble for the North’s favourite wild fruit.The good news is Rhagoletis mendax -- more commonly referred to as the blueberry maggot -- has yet to make an appearance this far north.But that doesn't mean it won't show up, and it.....

Debt facility from Union Bank provides Freska with flexibility and opportunities

Freska Produce International, LLC, a marketer of mangos and avocados, announced it has secured $16.9 million of financing with Union Bank.According to Freska Partner Jesus “Chuy” Loza, “this deal takes us to the next level in business opportunities and development of the Freska brand of products and services......

California officials want stricter rules on pesticides

California state officials announced they will pursue health protections on chlorpyrifos, one of the most widely used agricultural pesticides in the nation.The California Department of Pesticide Regulations and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment will start their health-protection effort just.....

FreightFlow hires Dan Vache to support industry logistics needs

FreightFlow, the world’s most easy-to-use 3PL logistics software, is pleased to announce the hire of long-time industry leader and former Vice President of Supply Chain Management for United Fresh Produce Association Dan Vache, who joins the team as a Sales Director.Vache joins Bobby Grinstead, who was hired.....

Sarah Burns Joins Tanimura & Antle as Senior Manager of Organic Sales

Veteran organic produce sales pro Sarah Burns is the latest addition to Tanimura & Antle’s growing organic team. She joins the company as Senior Manager of Organic Sales.Sarah’s deep experience comes from an entire produce career in organic sales, having spent 11 years on the sales team at Earthbound Farm......


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Registration opens for the Amsterdam Produce Show and Conference

Celebrating Holland’s position as one of the world’s premier fresh produce import-export hubs, attendees at the annual trade event will meet new customers, grow sales, share innovation, and learn about new trends and opportunities.The Amsterdam Produce Show and Conference (APS) has officially opened online.....

Tomatoes in game of yes-no between Russia and Turkey

Last week’s meeting between Russia and Turkey has yet to provide clarity about the tomato boycott, but the yes-no game isn’t over yet. In the run-up to the meeting, contradictory reports were heard. After last week’s meeting, only one thing became clear: nothing is clear yet, so borders will remain closed for.....

Crimson harvest starts ten days earlier due to high temperatures

Spain: "Best quality seedless grapes in 15 years"

The leading producer of seedless table grapes, the Murcia-based company Moyca, affirms that, to date, the grape campaign has been excellent. After a difficult start under pressure from the late Egyptian fruit, they say that the best is yet to come.This was explained by Enrique Moya, CEO of the company, and by.....

Karina Diago, buyer at Naturelle, about this sector's challenges:

"In 10 years, organic will be the new normal"

Much has changed in the fruit and vegetable sector over the last decade. "Almost nothing is certain anymore. The climate changes every year, which affects the various fruits' production. Earlier you could generally plan a year ahead and could be sure the production would be there. Now, the seasons are no.....

Tesco tackles food waste with miniature avocados

Now for a limited time, customers at Tesco will be able to enjoy small, snack–sized avocados, as well as regular-sized varieties.Available in packs of six, the fruits – which are the size of an egg – will be sold in recyclable egg style boxes to prevent them from getting spoiled.This is the latest move by.....

Dutch company to unveil blight-resistant potato

A Dutch company has developed a breed of potato that is resistant to late blight and could greatly reduce the use of pesticides in agriculture, the Financieele Dagblad said on Monday. Small Dutch company Solyunta, originally set up to work on tomato varieties, will unveil its new potato later this week, the.....

Up to May, the country exported 10% of fruit to third countries

Spanish exports to China increase

Between January and May, Spanish fruit exports to the EU amounted to 3,143 million euros, i.e. 3% more than in the same period in 2016, representing 92% of the total, whereas shipments to non-EU countries increased by 10% to€282 million, according to data from the Customs and Excise Department under the.....

Registration until 31 August 2017

Live demonstration of strawberry picking robot during International Strawberry Congress

The third International Strawberry Congress is coming ever closer. The congress, which will last several days, takes place at the Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp in Belgium from 6 to 8 September. The aim of this event is to bridge the gap between commercialisation and science.Leen Matthé from.....

PotatoEurope 2017 to open its doors in three weeks

In three weeks PotatoEurope 2017 opens its doors. The deputy of the province of Flevoland in the Netherlands will have the honour of opening the trade fair.Over 265 exhibitors (+8 %) from 16 countries will share their potato expertise with you in their booths and allow visitors a look into the potato chain of.....

MSC & Hapag-Lloyd to launch new Europe-South America loop

Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) and Hapag-Lloyd are preparing to jointly launch a new loop between north Europe and the east coast of South America from September 27 that will be operated by nine vessels with an average capacity of 9,000 TEU.MSC has branded the new service, NWC/SAEC, while Hapag-Lloyd is.....

Second British Herbs field day to take place on September 14th

The second British Herb field day will be held on the 14th September 2017 and will be hosted by Tozer Seeds, Pyports, Downside Bridge Road, Cobham, Surry, KT11 3EH. The morning session will be held at a nearby venue and will include presentations on; optimisation of biocontrol products, sustainable growing.....

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New Zealand avocado volumes down 50%

"We will place the fruit very wisely among our customers"

The New Zealand avocado season is under way with the first exports already en route to Asia. According to Andrew Darling from Darling Group this was driven by fruit maturity and market opportunities in the region."We exported our first fruit last week through our avocado packing and exporting business, Just.....

A new roadshow for Australia’s oldest food crops

A national roadshow will throw new light on Australia’s oldest food crops, thanks to support from the Farming Together program. The roadshow is being organised by Australian Native Food & Botanicals (ANFAB), representing 200 growers/harvesters from all across Australia.It has secured Australian Government.....

NZ avocado thieves using social media to sell stolen fruit

Avocado growers in New Zealand are warning shops in eastern parts of the North Island not to buy any avocados on social media as thieves are using the medium to sell their ill-gotten fruit. Police say people have been pinching avocados from orchards and shops in eastern parts of the North Island and selling.....

Australia eats 86,000 tonnes of avocados a year

Australians ate about 86,000 tonnes of avocados in the past 12 months, cementing their place amongst the highest consumers of avocados in the English-speaking world.Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas said based on the latest industry figures, Australians ate about 3.5kg of avocado per person in 2016/17, a.....

AU's orange shortage hurts juice industry but benefits growers

Australia's citrus industry has been warned to brace for further orange shortages as tight supply offers gains for growers, but headaches for the juice industry.Opening export markets and a strong international demand saw Valencia oranges, typically used in juice, fall out of favour for the popular Navel.But.....

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First Fresh ship first persimmons to China

New Zealand recently gained access to China for persimmons and First Fresh have taken advantage of that by sending their first load by air last week. The fruit will be in the stores today. Ian Albers from, the Gisborne based company, said they just got the import permit finalised on 11th Aug. "We sent the.....

Hugh Pile - Blue Skies

There are big opportunities in local markets for fresh cut

A year ago FreshPlaza spoke to Anthony Pile, owner and founder of Blue Skies, about the consequences of the Brexit decision and the need for companies like his to now look further afield to minimise the effects caused by the vote to leave Europe.We spoke to Anthony's son, Hugh who has recently joined the.....

Avocado seeds could help treat cancer and heart disease says study

From lowering cholesterol to aiding weight loss, the potential benefits of avocado consumption have been well documented. A new study, however, suggests that further rewards could be reaped from a part of the fruit that we normally discard: the husk of the seed.Researchers found that avocado seed husks contain.....

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Walmart expands Uber grocery delivery

Wal-Mart applies for patent for store floating in the air

Wal-Mart applies for patent for store in the airWal-Mart Stores Inc. has opened a new front in its battle with Amazon.com Inc. The world’s largest retailer has applied for a U.S. patent for a floating warehouse that could make deliveries via drones, which would bring products from the aircraft down to.....


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