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Tuesday, February 20, 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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European kiwi fruit market more professional

After large New Zealand kiwi fruit, small Italian ones followed

The contrast between the European and the New Zealand kiwi fruit season is large. New Zealand mostly harvested large sizes. The European kiwi fruit season is characterised by small sizes and a smaller volume. The harvest was particularly disappointing in Italy. Nele Moorthamers of Zespri talks about the.....

Italy: La Costiera organic Primofiore lemons

La Costiera (Latina) presented its new range of organic Primofiore lemons with edible peel at Fruit Logistica in Berlin. The fruit was incredibly popular.Organic La Costiera lemons."These Primofiore lemons are grown using organic techniques and are certified by Bioagricert. They are cultivated in our own.....

Hungarian society exports stone fruits and pointed peppers to Germany

“It is not so easy to combine taste and firmness in zwetschge”

The German fruit industry is more and more often supplied by Hungarian producers. For drupes and peppers in particular, Germany is a very important export market for the producers from the Central European cultivation areas. Sales cooperative Fresh Fruit Tész from South Hungary also has a large clientele in.....

Geert de Weert not surprised by rising turnover

“Buying raspberries is no longer a disappointment”

The sales of soft fruit experienced a considerable increase in the past year, according to figures of GroentenFruit Huis. The sales of raspberries in particular took flight in 2017. Retail sales increased by more than 35 per cent compared to 2016.This increase isn’t a complete surprise to Geert de Weert,.....

Bad season for Sicilian artichokes

"This season has been disastrous for Sicilian artichokes. The summer drought compromised things from the beginning, then the extreme cold in early December damaged production further. In addition, produce from North Africa became available early and coincided with our delay," explains producer Enzo.....

Jurgen Duthoo, Bart's Potato Company

"Potato exports must be able to meet niche needs"

The demand on the potato market is still very quiet. "We have specialised requests at the moment for, for example, good chips potatoes in specialised packaging, but there is no pressure", says Jurgen Duthoo of Bart's Potato Company in Belguim. "We have to contend with a large potato supply from various.....

Ofer Ben Zvi, TomaTech:

"Innovation is not only genetics"

Until now this pioneering tomato seed company has been relatively unknown in the horticultural industry, but now, with the launch of their Toma’Muse concept, featuring a unique collaboration of four well-known produce companies worldwide, Israeli breeding company TomaTech is attracting worldwide attention. At.....

Italian Smart Materials research team

Biodegradable packaging made from artichokes

In Berlin, the Smart Materials research team at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), collaborating with Genoa’s Wholesale market management company and Ascom Confcommercio, presented a project aiming at converting leftover produce into 100% biodegradable plastic for the production of eco-sustainable.....

Total Produce king of the sector?

“Management has performed exceptionally well since its founding in 2007, and it exceeded its own goals,” writes David Holohan of Merrior Capital in Irish newspaper The Independent. At the end of the article, in which growth in recent years is analysed, the investor said more growth is on the horizon for the.....

Israelis arrested for avocado theft

Last Sunday, four men were arrested in Israel in connection with the theft of tons of avocados. Among the four, was the supposed ringleader and one was the buyer of the stolen goods. According to jpost.com, two people arrested on Monday reside in the village of Sheikh Danun in northern Israel. The thieves.....

Organic pumpkins to adopt laser labelling in Europe

Dutch based Bio Fresh, has become the latest fresh produce company to make a commitment to laser labelling, having elected to work with technology specialist, Laser Food, to introduce the eco-friendly system to its products, with the most recent being pumpkins.Despite only having purchased Laser Food’s Laser.....

Rabobank profit up 32% over 2017

Last year Rabobank presented itself as a bank that wants to tackle theglobal food problem. The presentation of the annual figures last week showed that the bank is making a profit. The net profit rose to a tight 2.7 billion Euro. An increase of 32%. Both the Dutch and international activities showed a higher.....

Consolidation and re-branding at BerryWorld

In 2014, BerryWorld began a rebranding exercise in response to the business’ growth. As Wil Beekers, European CEO of BerryWorld Group explains, “our focus in 2014 was to unite the businesses under a shared name and multi-coloured BerryWorld identity. This saw the Eurafruit business become BerryWorld South.....

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John Ranicar Forager Foods

Giving 2nd grade produce another chance

Forager Food Co., established in 2009 to utilise and preserve the best local produce in it’s purest form – freeze dried. Using state of the art equipment the company processes, dries and packages a diverse range of foods providing long shelf life whilst protecting the most valuable and delicate ingredients.....


"User friendly language with simple tools for growers to use"

Freshcare provides a practical, cost effective mechanism for Australian fresh produce growers to demonstrate food safety compliance. Freshcare is the largest on farm food safety certification program in Australia; Freshcare certification is underpinned by training and implementation support through a.....

Mainland produce investigated as potential hosts

Fruit fly zone expands again for Tasmania

Following the detection of a single adult Queensland fruit fly in north-east Tasmania last week, intensive ongoing monitoring and surveillance in the region has located another four adult flies and larvae.Today Biosecurity Tasmania expanded the control zone across the north-west to the north-east of the.....

New Zealand family watches woman steal honesty box and one cucumber

Last Sunday evening Dennis Wade, his wife Stacey Jensen-Wade and their five children watched a car stop at the end of their driveway in New Plymouth. That is where the family has a small fruit and vegetable stall; the children often sell their home grown vegetables and fruit for a little extra money, as the.....

PMA A-NZ brings together New Zealand’s industry for two special events

Over two days, the Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) is hosting two events for the fresh produce and floral industry in Auckland, New Zealand.The first event is the PMA A-NZ Fresh Forum & Networking Drinks to take place at La Cigale, The French Market on 28 February. This forum.....

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Trade flows shifting, but only gradually

Global trade in fresh fruit increased by 2 million tonnes per year in the past 10 years

The international trade in fresh fruit increased by an average of 2 million tonnes per year to about 80 million tonnes in the past 10 years. For comparison: in fresh vegetables, this figure is 40 million tonnes.In percentage terms, the global trade in fresh fruit grew by more than a third in the 2006/16.....

Argentina divided into 24 areas of equal population size

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Locations of companies in the Fortune 500 global 2017 list

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Keeping fresh produce in your refrigerator but watch the humidity!

Fruit and vegetable crispers -the drawers in your refrigerator- are designed to maintain a higher humidity than the rest of the refrigerator, so your fresh produce lasts longer. But different types of produce have different storage needs. If you control the amount of humidity they are exposed to, your crispers.....

Vegetable names: 93 vegetables you would love to try

Vegetables are an excellent source of various vitamins and minerals that can do wonders for your body. It is of utmost importance to have a diet rich in vegetables as it can not only provide your body with essential nutrients, but also helps in keeping your skin healthy and nourished. Here in this article, we.....

Eating more fruits and vegetables can boost psychological well-being in just two weeks

New research finds that increasing fruit and vegetable consumption may improve psychological well-being in as little as two weeks time.Researcher Dr. Tamlin Conner of the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago in New Zealand found that young adults who were given extra fruits and vegetables each.....

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