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Test location allows for 24/7 pickup from online orders

Walmart testing large kiosks to house fresh produce

Will customers enjoy picking their produce from their devices? Walmart aims to find out. The big box store is testing 24 Hour Online Grocery Pickup. It’s self-service pickup ‘kiosk’ which is about 20’ x 80’, located in the outer parking lot of its Warr Acres, Oklahoma location.Quick fulfillmentCustomers make.....

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Overview of product innovations United Fresh trade show

PHOTO REPORTFreshPlaza put together a photo report of the finalists of the United Fresh 2017 Innovation Awards in the fruit, vegetable and packaging categories. Innovations within the fruit category were limited compared to the number of new products in the vegetable space.Vegetable noodles and produce kitsThere were many.....

Goldenberries imported to US marketed differently than in Europe

Goldenberries from Colombia have been popular over in Europe for many years. They were accepted as imports into the US 15 years ago but the fruit had to be treated for 14 days at two degrees Celsius. However, the cold treatment created quality issues and impacted the flow of steady supply for the market. Once.....

US mushroom consumption and sales are very regional

As the weather warms up, domestic mushroom supply is starting to cool down.“Supply of mushrooms is always a little better in the springtime,” says Michael Basciani of Basciani Foods Inc. in Avondale, Pa. “But as it gets hotter, the supply will tighten up and that’s what we’re starting to see right now. It will.....


Automatic lettuce thinners reduce labour costs

Over the past few years, Californian agriculture has been affected by the lack of labour, so much so that finding new solutions for thinning, weeding, irrigation and harvesting operations became imperative for lettuce producers in the Salinas Valley. Thinning is an especially demanding operation, as it is.....

Southeast US peach crop devestated by low chill hours

People shopping for summer fruits may notice peaches are selling for higher prices in certain states this season. Farmers are blaming a strange winter with low chill hours which have taken a huge toll on peach crops in the Southeast.Alabama was one of the states hit the hardest. Cooperative Extension System.....

Scottish scientists identify gene to create more heat tolerant potatoes

Potatoes are the third most important food crop in the world after rice and wheat. More than a billion people worldwide eat potatoes, and global crop production exceeds 300m tonnes each year.Despite this, the crop is particularly vulnerable to increased temperature, which is considered to be the most important.....

Mexico: Avocado exports to close at $ 1.8 billion

Mexican avocado is a product with a high demand and exports are expected to amount to $1.7 to 1.8 billion dollars by the end of the agricultural year, said Benjamin Grayeb, vice president of the National Agriculture and Livestock Council (CNA).In an interview, Grayeb said avocado exports were far from.....

Mexico: Valencia orange volumes increase thanks to phytosanitary improvements

In recent years there's been a widespread implementation of the controls and improvements in citrus plantations in the north of the country. As a result, there has been a greater volume of production which is finally rewarding producers, such as the Citrimon company, among others. "This has contributed to the.....

Endless demand for frozen edamame in the West

Popular in the Asian market for as long as anyone can remember, edamame has become one of the 'rising stars' on the vegetable market in the West as well, especially for frozen. The popularity of sushi has brought it to the Western tables, but the health benefits has made the soybean a firm favourite in the.....

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Banana Congress Sydney 2017

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London Produce Show 2017

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Visit to Southern Belle Orchard 2017

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Maersk sharing data with its customers

“Customers help optimise business operations”

The data collected by Maersk Line with the Remote Container Management System (RCM) also serves to make the firm more transparent to its customers. The shipping company has been working for a long time to set up the system and use the data. "It's a unique project that gives our customers full transparency and.....

Summer leek season starts at Van den Elzen Vegetable Processing

"Cutting in water extends leeks' shelf life"

After the necessary tests were done last season, Van den Elzen Vegetable Processors have this year, started cutting all their leeks in water. "The results in the preservation of leeks is encouraging. There is less spoilage on the cut surfaces. If supermarkets can keep their leeks in the shop for a day longer.....

Mist by Contronics can now be used throughout the fruit and vegetable supply chain

Significant savings possible due to mist blanket

The fruit and vegetable sector can save on quality and storage by keeping the air humidity around fruit and vegetables high. This saves both money and the quality of the products. These are the two main conclusions in the recently published Fresh Demo Project. In it ten fruits or vegetables were followed after.....

Time to bin your curling pins

Curl your hair using cucumbers

Do you know that feeling: you want to go to a party, you’re all dressed up, make-up’s on, the only thing left to do is curling your hair and you’re ready to go… but you’ve lost your curling tongs. It could happen to the best of us, but Sonja Bakker has a golden tip, so that you can still go to the party with.....

BayWa opens new office in Milton Keynes, UK

BayWa has opened new offices in Milton Keynes as part of ongoing investment plans in the UK.The move follows the acquisition of Green Hedge Operational Services in December 2016, and complements investment in recruitment, internal systems and software, the company said.The Milton Keynes office will be the main.....

Greek peaches experiencing difficulties spreading across Europe

The peach industry is not doing very well. Some say it is in crisis. But Greek suppliers are resilient and hopeful that the industry will be favorable to them.ASEPOP NaoussaAccording to Vasilios Bougas of ASEPOP Naoussa, “The oversupply of peaches in the market has caused very low prices of the fruit across.....

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AU: International advice on containing Panama disease in Australia

One of the world's leading tropical plant experts has stressed the importance of ongoing research into Panama disease, at the biennial Australian Banana Industry Congress in Sydney.Professor Randy Ploetz initially worked on race 1 involving Gros Michel bananas, and first discovered the tropical race 4 (TR4) in.....

NZ kiwi growers take government to court over psa losses

Psa cost Craig Jeffries his orchard, and it almost cost him his home. Six years after the disease was discovered on the orchard he'd proudly bought from his father, Jeffries still gets emotional talking about it.The 16ha orchard near Te Puke used to produce 209,000 trays a year of the green, Hayward variety of.....

AU trial looks to boost chill hours in cherries, apples and almonds

Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford announced a $49,000 grant in Parliament today that will allow InSense to trial calcium carbonate spray at leaf fall to increase winter chill accumulation in cherries, apples and almonds.Climate change is a serious concern to deciduous fruit and nut crops in Australia as.....

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Endless demand for frozen edamame in the West

Popular in the Asian market for as long as anyone can remember, edamame has become one of the 'rising stars' on the vegetable market in the West as well, especially for frozen. The popularity of sushi has brought it to the Western tables, but the health benefits has made the soybean a firm favourite in the.....

European Commission and Chile agree on free trade of organic products

The European Commission has reached an agreement with the Chilean government for the free trade of products processed or cultivated under organic standards. The signing of this agreement confirms the good development of the negotiations that started in 2014, when the European Council authorised the Community.....

Opportunities for retailers to extend the season

Late cherry season puts British Columbia in unique position

The last cherry region in North America to come into production is British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley and the cherry crop in this area is coming along well. “We had fairly warm weather during blossom, which made for a good crop set,” says Julie McLachlan with Jealous Fruits. Harvest of the early varieties such.....


Aldi US invests $40m in PA | Costco opens first store in France

Walmart not considering bid for Whole Foods

Costco opens first store in FranceAmerican retailer Costco has opened its first French store this week in Villebon-sur-Yvette, northern France, reports Le Monde. The new warehouse store features around 3,800 wholesale products, 500 of which are devoted to luxury brands. Customers pay an annual fee to become a.....

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