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Monday, October 23, 2017

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Interview with US importer

Chile's cherry crop much larger this year

Chilean cherry growers are on track to export a much larger crop this year. The 2016-17 exports totaled just fewer than 19 million cases; this year it could rise as high as 30 – 32 million packages, according to Andreas Economou of Tastyfrutti International, Inc. “This is without any weather issues. Rain or.....

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Irma's damage to US avocado crop a boon for Dominican producers

Damage to the Florida's green skinned avocado crop following Irma has been a boon for Dominican Republic avocado producers. New York prices for green skin avocados are currently 40 to 45 dollars a box compared to 26 to 28 dollars a box a year ago.Jose Rosa, President of the Cambita Avocado Cluster in the DR.....

Blackberry growers endure troubling Mexican season

Supplies of Mexican blackberries will start to move into the more traditional parts of the country in the next week or two as the newest growing regions finish their peak growth and production dwindles there. While the early growing regions look to have better weather than in previous weeks, it looks like the.....

Florida season only slightly delayed due to planting

Cauliflower will gap until Florida production in December

Cauliflower will be wrapping up in Maine by the end of this week; afterwards it will gap on the east coast until Florida production starts the first week of December. “It has been strong and steady since July,” says Tara Smith-Vighetti. Normally Florida’s season would begin sooner, however like many other.....

Leaf lettuce sees limited supply thanks to California heat wave

An early fall heat wave in California has left lasting effects on the state’s leaf lettuce. From Labor Day weekend onwards for five days, the state experienced plus 100-degree temperatures. The following weeks also saw high overnight temperatures. “And all of those above normal temperatures has affected the.....

Justin Lambeth Joins NatureSweet as Chief Commercial Officer

NatureSweet® Tomatoes announces the addition of Justin Lambeth as its Chief Commercial Officer.In his new executive-level role, Lambeth is responsible for the commercial strategy of the company and activities related to marketing, sales, product development, and customer service to drive business growth and.....

BrightFarms recalls packaged salads over fears of E.coli

BrightFarms is voluntarily recalling packaged produce sold in Roundy’s Supermarkets due to the potential presence of E. coli at its greenhouse farm in Rochelle, IL, in Ogle County.The affected BrightFarms branded products are sold at Mariano’s Markets in Illinois and Metro Market and Pick ‘n Save stores in.....

Hazel Technologies receives second phase of USDA grant

Hazel Technologies, Inc., a USDA-supported company developing new shelf-life extension technologies for fresh produce, receives a second phase of funding from the USDA through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program based on results received in phase one of the three-phase program. With this.....

Prime Time International’s Mike Aiton retires after over forty years in the industry

After nearly five decades in the produce industry, Mike Aiton, Director of Marketing at Prime Time International will retire November 1st after serving the company since joining in 2009.“Mike is very well liked in the agriculture community and he’s known throughout the produce industry as a true professional,”.....

$25 million emergency loan program now available to Florida citrus growers

Florida Citrus growers impacted by Hurricane Irma are eligible now for short-term, interest-free working capital loans as part of a $25 million Florida Citrus Emergency Loan Program activated by Gov. Rick Scott aimed at helping the industry recover quickly.The program, which is a subset of the Florida Small.....


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AU: DAF says Queensland rain caused damage, but has helped state's agriculture

The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) says that, while it is assisting farmers seriously affected by the recent heavy falls and flooding, the rain will have a positive impact for agriculture overall across the state.It says there have been some impacts on horticultural production areas.....


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China: Expanding production areas extend bayberry season

"The bayberries from Yunnan and Taizhou, Zhejiang, enter the market between the beginning of May until the middle of June, and 10 June until 10 July respectively. When looking back at the last season, the total Yunnan bayberry production was stable, and the sales were very satisfactory. However, the heavy rain.....

Blackberry growers endure troubling Mexican season

Supplies of Mexican blackberries will start to move into the more traditional parts of the country in the next week or two as the newest growing regions finish their peak growth and production dwindles there. While the early growing regions look to have better weather than in previous weeks, it looks like the.....

Interview with US importer

Chile's cherry crop much larger this year

Chilean cherry growers are on track to export a much larger crop this year. The 2016-17 exports totaled just fewer than 19 million cases; this year it could rise as high as 30 – 32 million packages, according to Andreas Economou of Tastyfrutti International, Inc. “This is without any weather issues. Rain or.....


Herbsmore »


The flexibility of African herb imports

Import company Xpol started importing fresh herbs to the Netherlands near Schiphol, Amsterdam, four years ago. The mint, basil and chives spread across the rest of Europe from there.The African country of Kenya is central when it comes to the import of fresh herbs by Xpol from Rijsenhout. Founder and manager.....


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Good attendance at first day of ‘relaxed’ Fruit Attraction fair

“It’s still relaxed here,” was a much heard phrase during the first day of the Fruit Attraction fair. Despite the expansion of the fair this year – the event now comprises of six halls – it still makes a pleasant impression, perhaps because of the spaciously set-up stands and traditionally relaxed Southern.....


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Growth in Russian and Southeast Asian markets, slight drop in exports to EU and UK

South African soft citrus volume ends higher than expected

The South African citrus season is almost at its very end and FreshPlaza spoke to Martina Odendaal who is chair of the CGA soft citrus variety group.The latest estimate of the current season's soft citrus volume has been updated to 13.4 million cartons, of which 13 million had been shipped by the end of week.....

$25 million emergency loan program now available to Florida citrus growers

Florida Citrus growers impacted by Hurricane Irma are eligible now for short-term, interest-free working capital loans as part of a $25 million Florida Citrus Emergency Loan Program activated by Gov. Rick Scott aimed at helping the industry recover quickly.The program, which is a subset of the Florida Small.....


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Kenneth Meyer, Natural Tropic:

"Spanish mango season not going as expected"

In mid-September, the Osteen mango season began in earnest at Natural Tropic. According to the Dutchman, Kenneth Meyer, the season is not yet progressing as well as predicted. "The organic season is less competitively priced than last year. This is also true for the conventional season. Israel and Brazil had.....

Christina Manossis, Zeus Kiwi (Greece)

High demand yet high prices for Greek kiwis this season

This year’s kiwi season in Greece is unlike any other. According to Christina Manossis of Zeus Kiwi in Greece, “There’s no information about the harvest of kiwi fruit. Unfortunately this year we’ve had some incidents. Some growers harvested kiwi earlier than expected, due to the speculated high price of the.....


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Mexico and California-grown produce

New organic offerings of sweet corn and asparagus

Jacobs, Malcolm & Burtt (JMB) ships over 4,000,000 cases of asparagus per year and over 100,000 cases of packaged sweet corn annually; a portion of that is now made up of organic produce. Both vegetables are sourced year round from California and Mexico. Conventional asparagus comes from Mexico year round.....


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Broccoli can help prevent intestinal problems

Scientists at Penn State University have found that regular consumption of broccoli or other vegetables such as cabbage or Brussels sprouts may be beneficial in preventing intestinal problems, according to the results of a study in mice, which have been published in the Journal of Functional Foods."There are.....


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DeltaTrak's FlashLink monitoring solution gets new security features

DeltaTrak has announced the addition of a new data security feature to the FlashLink BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) Wireless Monitoring Solution.According to Frederick Wu, President and CEO of DeltaTrak, “With the new security feature, shippers have the option to require receivers to enter an access code before.....


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Earthbound Farm to launch new organic line of riced veggies and chopped salad kits

Meeting rising consumer demand for more convenient ways to include organic vegetables in everyday meals, Earthbound Farm is launching a new line of organic riced veggies and chopped salad kits.The new items will be previewed at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit show October 20 and 21, with full.....


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BrightFarms recalls packaged salads over fears of E.coli

BrightFarms is voluntarily recalling packaged produce sold in Roundy’s Supermarkets due to the potential presence of E. coli at its greenhouse farm in Rochelle, IL, in Ogle County.The affected BrightFarms branded products are sold at Mariano’s Markets in Illinois and Metro Market and Pick ‘n Save stores in.....

US: More Listeria, Meijer recalls packaged vegetables in six states

Retailer Meijer Inc said it was recalling packaged vegetables in six U.S. states because of possible contamination from Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, which can cause fatal food poisoning in young children, pregnant women and elderly or frail people.Meijer, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, said there were no.....


Nuts and dried fruitsmore »

Arizona pecan acreage growth doubles

Pecan production in Arizona continues to gain steam with more affordable inputs and good market demand as the main drivers.Joshua Sherman, commercial horticulture area agent with the University of Arizona (UA) Cooperative Extension, says 2017 is closing with double the number of new pecan acres planted over.....


Packaging and Labellingmore »


Presa, Sofie Vandereycken:

“Lasering text on fresh produce becoming more popular in Belgium”

During the Empack 2017 in Mechelen, Belgium, the company Presa presented various packing and coding machines that can be applied in the fresh produce sector. One machine gaining popularity that’s used by a company in Overijse is the Solaris laser machine for potatoes, fruit and vegetables. Using a CO2 laser,.....

Disney's Star Wars and Marvel icons to help families make healthier choices

The Walt Disney Company has announced the expansion of its popular “Disney Check” to include Marvel and Star Wars icons.Since launching in 2012, the “Disney Check” featuring Mickey Mouse has helped millions of families make healthier choices by appearing on food, beverages, and recipes that meet Disney.....


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José Luis Pérez, Pelamatic

Spain: "Use your time to enjoy fruit, not to peel it"

Comfort and speed is what this Valencian company was looking for when they patented their first peeling machines for fruit and vegetables."Everything started when my grandfather, 20 years ago, tried to find a solution to peel oranges without getting his hands messy," explains José Luis Pérez. They started.....


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US: Target to remodel more stores

Meijer to recall packaged produce

US: Target to remodel more storesTarget Corp. is stepping up its plan to remodel stores and push into more city centres, in a bid to regain its cachet and fend off incursions by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.The retailer now plans to revamp more than 1,000 locations by the end of 2020, part of a.....


Global Marketmore »


OVERVIEW GLOBAL BLUEBERRY MARKET

Thanks to the early end of the European season, South Africa was able to increase its exports to the continent. This was a necessity, as production in the country has risen sharply, which puts pressure on prices. In Europe, the trade is currently focused on Argentinian blueberries, but there are concerns about.....


Climatemore »


Ophelia moves on to Scotland

Winds of more than 70mph (112km/h) and heavy rain are hitting parts of Scotland and northern England as remnants of Hurricane Ophelia continue to sweep across the UK.All schools in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland remain closed for a second day as the clean-up begins.Justin Leonard a fruit and.....


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