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Mid-May to mid-June is sweet spot for Michigan asparagus

The state of Michigan is just getting into asparagus production; no promotable supply is available just yet. John Bakker says harvest is just getting underway in the southern regions of the state.Weather good; crops on scheduleThings seem to be on track for a good season. “We’re actually kind of surprised by.....

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Mexican import mango market starts up as Guatemala winds down

As it comes off a period of demand outweighing supply, imported mangoes are rebalancing the market with the Mexican market ramping up in production.“Guatemala has peaked and is starting to dwindle down a bit while Mexico is starting up,” says Andres Ocampo of Pompano Beach, Fl.-based HLB Specialties. “These.....

Weaklings and Unappealings

North Carolina company introduces new sweet potato product

In hopes of tapping into industry trends around sustainability and eliminating food waste, Wayne E. Bailey Produce Co. of Chadbourn, NC is pushing a new type of potato product. “We’ve got some product that doesn’t quite have the look some people want,” says George Wooten of Bailey Produce. “So we have.....

Summer Citrus from South Africa hosts 2017 planning session

This year’s Annual Planning Meeting, hosted by Summer Citrus from South Africa (SCSA) brought members from across the U.S. and Western Cape together to review sales and marketing plans, production volumes, shipping schedules, and category trends to support the 2017 season. Seald Sweet International’s Mayda.....

Retailers requesting larger sized seedless grapes

There’s a change in seedless grape production. With the US being a major market for seedless Chilean grapes, Ignacio Vidales says most supermarket buyers are requesting bigger sizes of 19mm and larger. “Currently Chile produces varieties like Thompson, Flame and Perlett in sizes of 16-17mm,” he said. “The.....

Mayra Velazquez de León, President and CEO of Organics Unlimited

“Organic farming and sustainability go hand-in-hand”

Organics Unlimited, a San Diego-based grower and importer of organic fruit, is producing quality organic bananas for present and future harvests through its sustainability program, seeking to improve the health of the agricultural ecosystem for future generations.“Organic farming and sustainability go.....

Canadian fresh-cut processor launches organic product line

Freshline Foods, one of Canada’s premier processors of fresh-cut, value-added fruits and vegetables, has introduced a new customized packaged organic program offering traditional and non-traditional certified organic fruits and vegetables.Freshline Foods’ certified organic, value-added program is branded with.....

Overview of damage by country

Frost hits European fruit and vegetable sector hard

The night frost has wreaked havoc in the European fruit and vegetable sector. A lot of early estimates have been made, but the real damage won't be known for another few weeks. A lot also depends on the weather in the coming weeks. In some countries it will continue to be cold and even snow. Other countries.....

NAFTA is of great value to US apple industry

Food & Ag groups urging Senate to expedite Lighthizer confirmation

A total of 138 food and agriculture trade associations and companies, including the U.S. Apple Association, working collectively through the diverse and broad-based U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade, urged the U.S. Senate to expeditiously vote to confirm Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade.....

Avocado category reflects a unique demographic profile

Hass Avocado Board study reveals Top Spenders

The future of the avocado category is shaped by the actions of today’s shoppers. Understanding avocado shoppers and how their actions impact the category can help marketers optimize strategies aimed at building avocado sales. To help marketers and retailers understand these shoppers and their purchase.....


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Medfel 2017

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Viva Fresh Tradeshow 2017

Viva Fresh Tradeshow 2017

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Viva Fresh Welcome Reception 2017

Viva Fresh Welcome Reception 2017

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Opening Retail Center Rijk Zwaan

Opening Retail Center Rijk Zwaan

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Global Berry Conference Rotterdam 2017

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NAFTA is of great value to US apple industry

Food & Ag groups urging Senate to expedite Lighthizer confirmation

A total of 138 food and agriculture trade associations and companies, including the U.S. Apple Association, working collectively through the diverse and broad-based U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade, urged the U.S. Senate to expeditiously vote to confirm Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade.....

Mexico: 2017 Agricultural Exporters Directory updated

The Agency Marketing and Development of Agricultural Markets Services (ASERCA) in collaboration with the National Agricultural Council (CNA) helped create this directory of exporting companies devoted to shipping different agricultural, livestock, aquaculture and agroindustrial products.The directory includes.....


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Golden Bay send first pallets of new apple variety

There are many apple varieties coming on the market these days, many of them full colour and bred with the Asian market in mind. At the moment there are only a few which are available in full commercial volumes.One new variety, so new it has yet to be named, is the Prem34, grown by Golden Bay Fruit in New.....

Half of Australian grapes go to China

Australian grapes continue to sit on the throne of the Australian export fruits. As the largest export market for Australian fresh grapes, the markets of mainland China and Hong Kong consume almost half of the total export amount. Moreover, in the past few years the export share of Australian fresh grapes is.....

European Apricot harvest higher than average

At the Medfel in Perpignan the forecast for apricots has been announced. These data had been compiled around 20 April, on the eve of a cold spell announced in France and Italy, so they don’t take any damage caused by this into account. For the third consecutive season, the 2016 campaign has been marked by a.....

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French peach and nectarine forecast slightly higher than in 2016

This year the forecast of the peaches and nectarines was different than in other years. Usually Europech’s harvest forecast was announced at the end of April or in early May. The four main European producer countries, Italy, Spain, Greece and France, centralise the information of their respective territories.....

Indian scientists develop algorithm to grade fruits

Just imagine deploying the latest techniques in image processing to know if a fruit is of good quality. A couple of Indian computer scientists have just done this by developing an automated defect detection technique for fruits.Shape, size, colour and texture are important grading parameters to gauge the.....

CA (BC): Apples & cherries off to slow start

Apple and cherry trees throughout British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley are behind average development this spring, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.Fred Steele, president of the British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association, said the valley’s many microclimates make estimates patchy, but generally the trees.....

Kiwa Bio-Tech announces agreement with Yantai Fruit Company

Kiwa Bio-Tech, a company focused on eco-friendly bio-based fertilizers promoting soil health, is pleased to announce it has signed a cooperation/distribution agreement with the Yantai Fruit Company in Yantai City, Shandong Province, China. In accordance with the agreement, the parties will set up cooperative.....

Retailers requesting larger sized seedless grapes

There’s a change in seedless grape production. With the US being a major market for seedless Chilean grapes, Ignacio Vidales says most supermarket buyers are requesting bigger sizes of 19mm and larger. “Currently Chile produces varieties like Thompson, Flame and Perlett in sizes of 16-17mm,” he said. “The.....


Herbsmore »


Piet van Vugt: Dutch cultivation profits from late Easter

“Good availability of herbs before Easter”

Van Vugt Kruiden expects peak periods again this week before Easter. “Demand for herbs has been good in recent months. We have noticed that restaurants are receiving more visitors again.” “In January and February, availability of some types of herbs was tricky, because our production in southern Europe was.....


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First Fruit Supply Chain and Fruit Wholesale Conferences taking place in May

T-Fresh launches 3 new events for the Chinese produce market

The Chinese organisation T-Fresh, organiser of various fresh produce events in China throughout the year, is promoting two events in Mainland China in May later this year. The China Fruit Supply Chain Conference is taking place on the 18th and 19th of May in Shanghai. A week later, on May 25 to 28, the China.....

Friday 19th May

AU: US onion expert to visit growers in Devonport

US onion expert Dr Bill Dean is synonymous with the name River Point Farms, a family farm, fresh, sustainable, grower, packer, fresh-cut processor, shipper, and year-round supplier of onions.He will be visiting Devonport on 19 May to meet with growers; this will be followed by an information session a the.....

Photo Report: Medfel

PHOTO REPORTWith a fresh setup at the exhibition, Medfel opened its doors on Tuesday. Like every year the forecasts of the melons, apricots, peaches and nectarines are announced at the show. This year it was the same, but the peaches and nectarines forecast was only for France. Italy and Spain have decided to announce.....

AU: Mango conference still on for Bowen

In a boost for cyclone-ravaged north Queensland, the 11th Australian Mango Conference will go ahead in Bowen next week.Event organisers have stuck to their plan to host the event in the horticultural town which was scheduled long before Topical Cyclone Debbie crossed the coast earlier this month.The Australian.....

2017 Freskon Tradefair and Kiwi Congress in Thessaloniki

"Sector shouldn’t lose courage in the face of challenges"

On the afternoon of the 27th of April, the Freskon conference in Thessaloniki was officially inaugurated by the Greek Minister of Rural Development and Food, Evangelos Apostolou.At the opening ceremony, Apostolou spoke about the importance of Freskon and how the conference has developed throughout recent.....


Citrusmore »

Mexico: HLB pest decreases Oaxaca's lime production by 40%

The HLB pest reduced Oaxaca's lime production by 50,000 tons, which accounts for 40 percent of the state's total. The pest is currently present in 2 thousand hectares of citrus, i.e. 20 percent of the plantations. As a result, lime prices have increased, stated the representative of the citrus product system.....

India: Hit by high temps, growers demand orange policy for state

In order to address the problems faced continually by the orange growers, their representatives are demanding the state should have an 'orange policy'. The associations want an 'orange estate' on the lines of the one in Hoshiarpur in Punjab, where the government facilitates everything from cultivation to.....

Japan: Ehime farmers taste sweet success of blood oranges

Known for its distinctive red flesh, the blood orange is at its best in spring. Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, is where local farmers have succeeded in stably producing the species, which is native to Italy.In a blood orange orchard on a steep section of land, tens of meters above sea level, there are fruits,.....

HLB is causing concern in California

Southern California has seen a concerning increase in the number of trees that are infected with Huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease. California Ag Today discussed the news with Beth Grafton-Cardwell, an IPM Specialist and Research Entomologist for the UC Riverside Entomology Department stationed in the.....

South Africa: Citrus up in alms after Summit

Consciousness is a quality that is fast reaching mandatory status in business, setting apart those who are serious about demonstrating their awareness of the world in which they do business.These businesses go beyond fixating on their bottom line by understanding the importance of balancing this priority with.....

Summer Citrus from South Africa hosts 2017 planning session

This year’s Annual Planning Meeting, hosted by Summer Citrus from South Africa (SCSA) brought members from across the U.S. and Western Cape together to review sales and marketing plans, production volumes, shipping schedules, and category trends to support the 2017 season. Seald Sweet International’s Mayda.....


Exotic fruit and vegetablesmore »


Seeka's Australian kiwifruit strong on domestic and export markets

Australia’s largest kiwifruit grower, Seeka Australia says production is on track to meet forecasted tonnage for the 2017 season and it has been non-stop since harvesting of green Hayward kiwifruit started on April 3."The team has produced a quality, clean crop with a good range of sizes," according to Cameron.....


Organicmore »


Mayra Velazquez de León, President and CEO of Organics Unlimited

“Organic farming and sustainability go hand-in-hand”

Organics Unlimited, a San Diego-based grower and importer of organic fruit, is producing quality organic bananas for present and future harvests through its sustainability program, seeking to improve the health of the agricultural ecosystem for future generations.“Organic farming and sustainability go.....

Canadian fresh-cut processor launches organic product line

Freshline Foods, one of Canada’s premier processors of fresh-cut, value-added fruits and vegetables, has introduced a new customized packaged organic program offering traditional and non-traditional certified organic fruits and vegetables.Freshline Foods’ certified organic, value-added program is branded with.....


Healthmore »

Study shows strawberries can inhibit spread of breast cancer

A new study has shown that strawberry extract can inhibit the spread of laboratory-grown breast cancer cells, even when they are inoculated in female mice to induce tumors. However, the scientists do point out that these results from animal testing cannot be extrapolated to humans.After five weeks on a.....


ITmore »

Global management of new varieties with data bases

The Global Management of the commercialization of New Varieties as Intellectual Property is a daunting task for anyone. The coordination and communications related to these are a constant factor. One must make sure all stakeholders around the world are involved in the necessary tasks to obtain protection. This.....


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Scientists investigate fluctuating apple yields

The yields of fruit trees often fluctuate in a two-year rhythm: first a year with a strong yield followed by one with a low yield. Scientists from the University of Hohenheim want to investigate the cause of this phenomenon by looking at the apple harvest.According to the university, the so-called alternation.....


Processed fruit and vegetablesmore »


Grower sees potential for carrot juice as the next superfood trend

According to one of the largest carrot producers in South Africa carrots may be the next big superfood trend. Vito Rugani harvests 200 tonnes of carrots a day at his 2,500-hectare farm on the outskirts of Johannesburg.About 30 per cent of the crop will end up in juice, which is produced using a process he.....


Coolingmore »

Eugene Group plans $265m cryogenic logistic centre for vegetables

In order to freeze 100,000 tonnes of vegetables and meat rapidly, South Korean conglomerate Eugene Group is planning to build the world’s first low-carbon, ultra-low temperature “cryogenic” logistics centre.The seven-storey, 160,000-sq-m building uses a combination of liquefied natural gas (LNG), fuel cells,.....


Food safetymore »

Frito-Lay issues recall on potato chips due to salmonella

Frito-Lay has issued a voluntary recall for both its jalapeño-flavored Lay's and Miss Vickie's kettle cooked potato chips. The company says there is potentially salmonella in the seasoning.The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) says salmonella can cause serious and occasionally fatal infections for.....


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"Chile will be one of the world's biggest actors in the nut sector"

The attendees of the 2017 version of EXPONUT, an event held by ChileNut in CasaPiedra yesterday, agreed that the production and export of Chilean nuts continued to grow and that this implied important challenges for the Industry; such as: investing in infrastructure, strengthening and opening markets, as well.....


Packaging and Labellingmore »

Fresh fruit and vegetables

Spain: 30% longer shelf life thanks to new cardboard box

The company Saeco and the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) have developed a cardboard box with antimicrobial properties that makes it possible to extend the shelf life of fresh fruits and vegetables by more than 30 percent.It is a box made with a type of "active cardboard" that has been developed by.....

German retailers require recyclable biodegradable packaging

"Many German retailers are requiring European packagers to use wooden and pulp cells for summer products like peaches and nectarines. The material is 100% recyclable and biodegradable and prolongs shelf-life as it lets more air through. In addition, it can also make the produce stand out as the company message.....


Product informationmore »


Balcony gardens becoming more popular in China

"Our square-meter gardens product aims to help people grow their own vegetables on their balconies," said a sales representative from the Home Supply Distribution Centre in Dadong District in Shenyang, China.The management team of the Square-Metre GardenBaby spinach from the square-meter garden of a.....


Retailmore »


Another big investor tells Whole Foods to explore sale

Amazon's sales soar | Lidl confirms Ohio growth plans

US: Whole Foods recognizes Rainier Fruit as Supplier of the YearWhole Foods Market has revealed the two recipients of the Supplier of the Year award in its 2017 Supplier Awards. Rainier Fruit received the Supplier of the Year award as well as one for Excellence in Product Quality. The company is recognized for.....


Global Marketmore »


OVERVIEW GLOBAL TABLE GRAPE MARKET

Currently, the South African grape season is as good as over, and the largest part of South America's production has already been shipped. India is still on the market and Egypt is ready to start. In various production countries, the acreage devoted to table grapes has expanded. The most noteworthy case in.....


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