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Friday, May 18, 2018

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Early finish in Florida from rain will see radish prices rise

The radish season in South Florida has seen an early end as rain has made harvesting the remainder of the crop difficult. Yields during the season were close to average, until recently when supplies have tapered off considerably."With all the rain in South Florida in recent weeks, we have had a difficult time.....

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Packaging options for sensitive fruit protection and display

While designing a new packaging option for a date grower, Nuconic Packaging knew that protection for the fruit during transit and on the shelves would be an important consideration. Therefore, working with the grower to design the best solution, the company came up with a packaging design especially suited for.....

Erik Chikhani Carrillo with New Jersey-based Exp Group

"Completion of SQF certification opens up sales opportunities"

Following an intensive five-month process, North Bergen, NJ-based Exp. Group LLC has received its Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification. Not only was this certification a way for Exp. Group LLC to comply with the FDA Food Modernization Safety Act (FSMA) but it also provided the company with new opportunities......

Strauss sorting machine has reduced man-hours

Asparagus fetching high prices for growers with tighter geographic distribution

Idaho and Oregon asparagus is about five weeks into harvest with good volume for the last two weeks. Growers with a more close-knit distribution are more able to fetch higher prices.The early part of asparagus season was significantly impacted by exports and an overabundance in Mexican growing regions. “It’s.....

Seedless table grape varieties get PLU approval

New price look-up (PLU) codes are now approved for seedless IFG® table grapes. These new PLU codes were assigned by the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS) on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. IFG has six new PLU codes which are placed into two categories to.....

North Carolina: Blueberry season to be bountiful - despite cold winter

It may be still be a few weeks before the blueberry season is in full swing, but this year is generally expected to be a good year for the crop. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture announced blueberries will be bountiful this summer, despite the unusually cold weather during the first quarter of the.....

Bonduelle Canada expands three Ontario plants with provincial investment

Ontario is partnering with Bonduelle Canada Inc. to support upgrades to three vegetable processing facilities in the southwestern part of the province. This will create 87 jobs and ensure that more than 700 positions in Tecumseh, Ingersoll and Strathroy will be retained.Bonduelle Canada Inc. processes.....

Tropical Fruit Congress discusses the global importance of avocados

Between 2007 and 2016, Europe experienced a boom in the consumption of exotic fruit such as avocados (+150%) and mangoes (+60%). Producers have even started growing the former in Spain and southern Italy. The increased availability and shorter transports favoured consumption further, in addition to the latest.....

What will the onion trade look like in ten years?

Sometimes it’s difficult to look even a few weeks ahead, never mind a few months. Yet we asked some players in the onion sector to look ahead ten years. Do all traders, exporting and service packers, agents and growers have a right to exist? Which development will have the most influence on the Dutch onion.....

The NMB boosts the quality of Mexican mango

The managers of the National Mango Board, based in Orlando, Florida, will hold a meeting with producers and exporters of mangoes from northern Sinaloa and offer them a series of lectures and a field visit with researchers of this fruit, in order to continue improving the quality and safety of Mexican mango.....


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AgriOrbit: Faster and fresher will drive global food demand

Food producers and processors in South Africa will benefit considerably when they analyse and interpret global consumer trends impacting food and agriculture and then deliver accordingly.“Opportunities abound for South Africa, keeping in mind that a new breed of consumers with very specific demands will.....

Transport sector Europe: Environmental impact

One of the main causes of climate change is the human-caused environmental impact, especially in developed countries like those in Europe or North America. As this is an issue that affects all the population, governmental intervention is necessary. There are projects embedded in European frameworks like.....

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Pest Alert - Peach fruit fly

A male peach fruit fly, Bactrocera zonata (Saunders) (Tephritidae), was captured in a fruit fly detection trap on 9 May 2018 in Lake Worth (Palm Beach County). A second male was captured about 1.25 miles away, also in Lake Worth on 10 May 2018. This is only the second time that this pest species has been found.....


Fruitmore »


Apricot varieties tolerant to Sharka virus

Federica Fontana, researcher at Astra - Unità operativaMartorano 5confirms that there are apricot varieties highly resistant to the Sharka virus, but it's more difficult when it comes to peaches, as tests need to be carried out for a few more years."Highly tolerant apricot varieties includeFlavor Cot, Lilly.....

China: First shipment of "ocean fruit" lands at Urumqi International Airport

350 kg of fresh cherries from Tajikistan recently entered China through Urumqi International Airport.The 350 kg of fresh cherries from Tajikistan that entered China through Urumqi International AirportUrumqi International Airport was officially appointed as a fruit import airport on January 17, 2017. In May of.....

Austrian stored apple lots melting away...

While consumers were able to enjoy dessert apples of Austrian origin in the year 2014/2015 right until the new harvest, the low yield of 2017 is weighing heavy on the current availability. In better years, more than 57,000 tons of domestic apples were ready for marketing in May. This year, however, Austria has.....

Trentino-Alto Adige apple stocks on 1st May 2018

Every month, Assomela and the Bolzano Chamber of Commerce publish the apple stock situation in Trentino Alto-Adige. Quantities are expressed in tons. As of 1st May 2018, the situation was as follows:

Argentina's blueberry industry expectant before tax reform

"Argentina has the potential and the possibility to grow in a demanding and growing world market, but there are internal conditions that, added to the external competition factor, create a scenario with many challenges," said Baya, the head of Argentina's Blueberry Committee.To achieve this, the ABC considers.....

Kris Wouters, Woutersfruit

"We expect the QTee® pear harvest to be doubled"

"It is still fairly early to say but we are anticipating a good QTee® pear harvest this year", says Kris Wouters of Belgian fruit wholesaler, Woutersfruit. "We expect to be able to deliver by 15 August. That is more than two weeks before the start of the Conference season. This is thanks to the weather during.....

Spain: "Huge demand for strawberries for processing"

Due to the meteorological instability in Huelva, there has been an almost constant shortage of strawberries in Spain during the current 2017/2018 campaign, which is already coming to an end."So far, we have harvested up to 200 grams less per plant in Huelva. And other European countries have also had problems,.....

InnoGrape celebrates putting research and development front and centre

The Australian Table Grape Association (ATGA) will be running the final InnoGrape – Innovation in Table Grape Production sessions - on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 May. At the completion of the workshop in Robinvale and Mildura, there will be a celebratory dinner for what has proven to be a successful series,.....

North Carolina: Blueberry season to be bountiful - despite cold winter

It may be still be a few weeks before the blueberry season is in full swing, but this year is generally expected to be a good year for the crop. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture announced blueberries will be bountiful this summer, despite the unusually cold weather during the first quarter of the.....

Seedless table grape varieties get PLU approval

New price look-up (PLU) codes are now approved for seedless IFG® table grapes. These new PLU codes were assigned by the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS) on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. IFG has six new PLU codes which are placed into two categories to.....


Herbsmore »


Wireless system for precision irrigation in soil-less greenhouse basil cultivation

Dielectric moisture sensors are particularly suitable to manage irrigation in soil-less greenhouse production. Identifying the practical effects of substrate water content on crop performance is crucial for sensor-based irrigation.A) Main network control unit (MNCU); B) wireless SDI-12 Host Node (WSHN)."We.....


Agendamore »

Origine Group in Shanghai for China Fruit Logistica

The Origine Group is participating in the CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA Exhibition (May, 14-16) in Shanghai, under the umbrella of the FRESHNESS FROM EUROPE project. The Italian Consortium is present with General Manager, Alessandro Zampagna, and Sales Manager, Reen Nordin. This is the first edition of CHINA FRUIT.....


Citrusmore »

Crops dwindled this year, estimates higher for next year

Florida Citrus Department struggles with budget

The Florida Department of Citrus is expecting that state’s growers being able to pick more fruit from their trees next growing season. As it works on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the department is projecting that revenues from taxes on harvested fruit will increase by just over $400,000 through.....


Exotic fruit and vegetablesmore »


Tropical Fruit Congress discusses the global importance of avocados

Between 2007 and 2016, Europe experienced a boom in the consumption of exotic fruit such as avocados (+150%) and mangoes (+60%). Producers have even started growing the former in Spain and southern Italy. The increased availability and shorter transports favoured consumption further, in addition to the latest.....

New Mexico State University

US: New website featuring newly trademarked jujube cultivars

‘AmeriZao’ is the new trademarked name for jujube fruit trees tested by New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. “Since these cultivars are originally from China, where zao is the word for this fruit, I wanted to keep the traditional name in the trademark,”.....


Organicmore »


Technology sponsor named for 2018 Organic Grower Summit

The Organic Grower Summit (OGS) has announced Western Growers will again serve as the Ag Technology sponsor for this year’s event. As the Ag Technology sponsor, Western Growers will help coordinate the attendance of technology companies as exhibitors, and help facilitate elements of the technology area at the.....


Healthmore »

US: Orlando residents need more exercise, more fruit and more vegetables

Recently the city of Orlando, Florida, finished 38th in the nationwide American Fitness Index rankings, released by the American College of Sports Medicine. The ACSM’s American Fitness Index graded the nation’s 100 largest cities on a number of health-related categories, including fitness, nutrition, disease.....


ITmore »

Top six digital transformation trends in agriculture

In recent years, technology in agriculture, also known as AgTech has rapidly changed the industry. In 2015, the industry’s investment in technology reached a whopping $4.6 billion—and that was three years ago! However, our population is continuing to grow, which has the potential to affect resource.....


Innovationsmore »


AU: Remote insect technology a step closer for growers

A new technology-based insect detection company will begin national trials of its Generation 2 product and service this season, as part of the Smart Traps project."We are scaling up to commercial during and after this next trial, and the RapidAIM service offering will be available for subscription through our.....


Processed fruit and vegetablesmore »

Coca Cola to invest US$65 million in Zimbabwe

Coca Cola Eastern and Southern Africa has pledged to invest US$65 million in beverage productions in Zimbabwe. This was revealed after a meeting between Eastern and Southern Africa General Manager Ahmed Rady and President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Harare this week.The Coca Cola boss, who was accompanied by Finance.....

Bonduelle Canada expands three Ontario plants with provincial investment

Ontario is partnering with Bonduelle Canada Inc. to support upgrades to three vegetable processing facilities in the southwestern part of the province. This will create 87 jobs and ensure that more than 700 positions in Tecumseh, Ingersoll and Strathroy will be retained.Bonduelle Canada Inc. processes.....


Coolingmore »


Spain: Refrigeration of goods with up to 50% energy savings

The Port of Huelva and Enagás have developed a pioneering project in Huelva's port facilities, which will allow the refrigeration of goods with the cold generated by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), achieving energy savings of up to 50%.The project was presented by the president of the Port Authority of Huelva,.....


Food safetymore »


Erik Chikhani Carrillo with New Jersey-based Exp Group

"Completion of SQF certification opens up sales opportunities"

Following an intensive five-month process, North Bergen, NJ-based Exp. Group LLC has received its Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification. Not only was this certification a way for Exp. Group LLC to comply with the FDA Food Modernization Safety Act (FSMA) but it also provided the company with new opportunities......


Nuts and dried fruitsmore »


Italian nut grower-shipper presents the new international supply chain project

Increase the production of quality nuts and thus favor the development of an agricultural economy in the supply chain: Besana, processor and marketer of nuts and dried fruit, has presented at Macfrut 2018 an innovative model of internationalization.The goal is to enhance the cultivation of walnuts, hazelnuts.....


Packaging and Labellingmore »


DS Smith:

Akylux polypropylene boxes are becoming preferred choice to transport vegetables and fruits

DS Smith Plastics said that Akylux polypropylene boxes are becoming the preferred choice to transport vegetables and fruitsAdvantages of polypropylene boxes include durability, a light weight, sustainability and versatility. They are stackable and fulfil the requirements of the supply chain, water/humidity.....

North America

Packaging options for sensitive fruit protection and display

While designing a new packaging option for a date grower, Nuconic Packaging knew that protection for the fruit during transit and on the shelves would be an important consideration. Therefore, working with the grower to design the best solution, the company came up with a packaging design especially suited for.....


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Retailmore »


BJ’s Wholesale Club files for IPO

Kroger signs a transformational deal with Ocado

US: Raley’s debuts organic concept Market 5-ONE-5Raley’s new modern market concept, Market 5-ONE-5 has opened in Sacramento, California, with a focus on affordable options to help people eat better, according to the West Sacramento, California-based company. The store is part of the Raley’s corporation, but is.....


Global Marketmore »


OVERVIEW GLOBAL LEMON MARKET

Representatives from Spain, Argentina and South Africa, the biggest lemon exporters worldwide, held a meeting recently. One of the points in the agenda was the significant growth of lemon production in these countries. "There are concerns about the quick growth in the production," said the Spanish.....


Climatemore »


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