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Monday, August 21, 2017

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US: Pure Flavor breaks ground for 75 acres in Georgia

While many North American greenhouse produce giants have been focusing on adding acreage in the Midwest, Pure Flavor is the first greenhouse grower to break ground on a gigantic greenhouse project in the Deep South in the state of Georgia. The company will built a 75 acre facility in three phases of 25 acres.....

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Chibante's Kingsville operation to also join Mastronardi

Sunset expands local Canadian program

Mastronardi Produce is continuing to expand their local program, this time with an exclusive partnership with Golden Acre Farms. The greenhouse facility, located in Kingsville Ontario, will bring SUNSET® brand cucumbers to more Canadians year-round.“This local partnership right here in Kingsville will enable.....

US: NatureFresh puts Ohio expansion on hold

NatureFresh is holding back the expansion of their operations in Delta, Ohio. During a recent Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum, founder and CEO Peter Quiring expressed his concerns about finding the right qualified workers to pick their tomatoes. While business has been good for NatureFresh ever.....

British Columbia sweet corn strengthening in August

Despite a slow start to the season, British Columbia corn is coming on strong.“Supply of corn has been outstanding,” says Brian Faulkner of Delta, BC-based BCfresh. “It was slow to start in terms of how it matured. But once it got going and the weather turned and we had some good opportunities for irrigation,.....

Sweet Juillet variety did very well

A sweet apricot summer for Washington growers

Apricot growers in Washington are reflecting in delight on the season just past. The apricot season, which typically runs from early June to mid-August, has largely concluded in the region and conditions and market demand have ensured a sizeable crop this year.One Washington producer has seen an increase this.....

A visit to Mans Organics in Coaldale, Alberta:

Canada: The challenge of running a small scale family farm

More demand for locally grown organic produce creates opportunities for small-scale family farms in Canada. Yet, increasing minimum wages and rising energy costs also make it a challenging adventure for some.The day to day operations at the organic farm of the Mans family in Coaldale, Alberta, is a good.....

NOSB picks up hydroponics discussions again

Last week the National Organic Standards Board held a teleconference webcast in which they once again discussed hydroponics. And once again there was no consensus whether they can or can not be certified USDA Organics.The meeting was open for members of the public to listen to NOSB board members discussing the.....

"The Maluma is the only cultivar capable of competing with Hass" - Dr André Ernst, Allesbeste Boerdery

Maluma commercialisation imminent in Chile & Israel with trials in the USA

The Maluma avocado, commercially launched in 2007, is an alternative to Hass in areas where Hass struggles with its size count distribution. The Maluma, a chance selection originating in the Levubu area of Limpopo Province, thrives under hot conditions. It is currently commercially cultivated in South Africa,.....

SnapDragon® crop

Crunch Time Apple Growers report positive forecast for 2017

Due to favorable weather conditions during the spring and early summer months, Crunch Time’s apple growers have released a positive forecast for this year’s SnapDragon® crop production – which is expected to produce 60% more apples than its 2016 harvest.“Because of abundant rain this growing season, we expect.....

US scientists use new technique in hopes of lifting blackberry production

Researchers with the University of Arkansas' System Division of Agriculture’s Fruit Research Station are looking at the potential for an innovative trellis system to increase overall blackberry production in the state.Amanda McWhirt, extension horticulture crop specialist for the Division of Agriculture, is.....


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Dominican Republic promotes export of fruit & veg to the United States

The fruit and vegetable export sector of the Dominican Republic held a meeting with government officials and the US embassy in the framework of the "Processes for the entry of fruits and vegetables for the port and airport of Miami" conference, which will help boost exports of these products to the United.....

New video shows aerial view of Panda solar farm in China

Panda Green Energy Group, formerly known as “United Photovoltaics Group ” has finished their first Panda Power Plant in Datong Shanxi which has officially been connected to the grid. The Datong Panda Power Plant has an aggregate install capacity of 100MW and can be seen in the video below.

The irresistible rise of Bitcoin

The value of Bitcoin and other digital coins is rapidly skyrocketing. There’s more behind that rise than just speculation. There’s much demand for cryptocurrencies in countries that have a high inflation.Bitcoin, Ethereum and other digital coins — also called cryptocurrencies — are getting more and more.....


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US scientists use new technique in hopes of lifting blackberry production

Researchers with the University of Arkansas' System Division of Agriculture’s Fruit Research Station are looking at the potential for an innovative trellis system to increase overall blackberry production in the state.Amanda McWhirt, extension horticulture crop specialist for the Division of Agriculture, is.....

SnapDragon® crop

Crunch Time Apple Growers report positive forecast for 2017

Due to favorable weather conditions during the spring and early summer months, Crunch Time’s apple growers have released a positive forecast for this year’s SnapDragon® crop production – which is expected to produce 60% more apples than its 2016 harvest.“Because of abundant rain this growing season, we expect.....

Germany: Frost decimated apple harvest

Frost during blossoming and other weather events have taken their toll on European apple trees: The harvest is going to be significantly lower than it used to be. The region around the lower Elbe, the largest continuous fruit cultivation area of Nothern Europe, got off comparatively lightly. According to.....

Sweet Juillet variety did very well

A sweet apricot summer for Washington growers

Apricot growers in Washington are reflecting in delight on the season just past. The apricot season, which typically runs from early June to mid-August, has largely concluded in the region and conditions and market demand have ensured a sizeable crop this year.One Washington producer has seen an increase this.....


Herbsmore »

Vietnam: Lemongrass crosses borders to reach Europe

This herb, considered a vegetable in Asia, Africa, Australia and the tropical islands, is beginning to be included in the Asian recipes that are prepared in Europe. It is a very popular crop which has been grown for many years in countries like Vietnam. Today, its cultivation is intended for culinary and.....


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Brian Coppin - New chairperson, PMA South Africa

"It’s no picnic out there”

PHOTO REPORTThe PMA Fresh Connections conference took place in Cape Town on 16 and 17 August, starting on a rainy morning amid continued hopes that the Western Cape’s drought will be alleviated. This was the last conference with Tommie van Zyl of ZZ2 as chairperson of the South Africa Country Council. The position will.....


Citrusmore »


Florida growers turn to CUPS to protect against citrus greening

Huanglongbing (HLB) or “citrus greening” is a disease that has buckled the citrus industry in Florida ultimately leading to a 75 percent decline in the state's $9 billion citrus industry (USDA). Many large producers are anxious to find ways to combat the threat of this condition. Growing trees in essentially.....

After opening of US, Argentina will also send lemons to Mexico

A week ago a delegation of Argentina's government met in Washington with officials of the administration of Donald Trump to advance in the commercial exchange of several products, including meat (which according to sources from the government of Mauricio Macri could start in a few months) and lemons to the.....


Exotic fruit and vegetablesmore »


The achacha enters international market with force

The achacha, an exotic fruit of Amazonian origin produced in Guatemala, has started to be exported this year to countries around the world. It is an innovative export, as no other country had previously managed to introduce this product in the international market.The Guatemalan company Prime Tropics has been.....

"The Maluma is the only cultivar capable of competing with Hass" - Dr André Ernst, Allesbeste Boerdery

Maluma commercialisation imminent in Chile & Israel with trials in the USA

The Maluma avocado, commercially launched in 2007, is an alternative to Hass in areas where Hass struggles with its size count distribution. The Maluma, a chance selection originating in the Levubu area of Limpopo Province, thrives under hot conditions. It is currently commercially cultivated in South Africa,.....

Bernard Breman:

“Ready for start of kiwi berry season despite frost damage”

Kiwi berries and tayberries, these aren’t the most obvious cultivations chosen by Bernard Breman when he switched careers and started growing fruit in 2010. “Of course I could’ve started growing apples or pears, but there are already so many of those. I wanted to do something different. That’s why I started.....


Organicmore »

Health interest points to record growth in Organic September

The organic market has continued to grow in the first half of 2017, driven significantly by increased consumer interest in nutrition and a desire for traceability in food sourcing. Some of the biggest areas of growth include fruit (+12.6%), tomatoes (+13.1%) and salad (+7.9%). Bananas, meanwhile, have had the.....


Healthmore »

Broccoli beneficial for the respiratory system

Australian scientists have stated that the use of green vegetables, particularly broccoli, is beneficial in protecting the body from respiratory diseases.According to the experts, broccoli is the best medication to prevent asthma or other respiratory diseases. This vegetable product is characterized by a high.....


ITmore »

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Innovationsmore »


TZone's real-time tracking & temperature monitoring systems enter market

Cold chain management has become more and more important in international supply chain management strategies.The key objectives of cold chain management are to ensure the food quality and safety of perishable food products. Tzone Digital Technology provides expertise in cold chain monitoring systems and.....


Processed fruit and vegetablesmore »

IQF veg industry to rise to $2 trillion by 2026

The commercial advantage of keeping individually quick frozen (IQF) vegetables in stock continues to drive their demand among retailers, grocery stores and independent vegetable & fruit vendors from around the world. The global demand for IQF vegetable is expected to rise on account for their longer shelf.....


Coolingmore »

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Food safetymore »


Salmonella outbreak related to papayas

US papaya importer reiterates importance of consumer education

In light of the recent Salmonella outbreak of July 2017, HLB Specialties is cautioning retailers and the media to make a clear distinction between the different papaya brands, growers, varieties, and countries of origin. The outbreak is limited to one specific grower in the south of Mexico, Carica de Campeche,.....


Nuts and dried fruitsmore »

More US growers turning to self-fertilizing almond trees

Many almond growers are gambling that self-fertile almond trees will save enough from a reduced need for bees — and the ability to uniformly harvest and manage orchards of a single variety — to compensate for prices that may be lower than for the popular standard Nonpareil.The leading self-fertile almond ,.....


Packaging and Labellingmore »

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Video presentations and materials from 2017 Produce Packaging Seminar

Moxxy Marketing announced that it has launched a website summarizing information presented at its 2017 Produce Packaging Seminar.The website, producepackagingseminar.com, contains resources, videos and downloadable content on produce packaging law and design that were presented to over 100 people who attended.....


Product informationmore »

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Retailmore »


Misfits moves to Market 32, Price Chopper

Raley’s wants more Fresh Produce

Walmart says it has gained market share in CanadaWalmart says its Canadian stores gained market share against rivals during its fiscal second quarter. “We further improved our price position against competitors, which contributed to market share gains in key traffic driving categories such as food and.....


Global Marketmore »


OVERVIEW GLOBAL LIME MARKET

After a period with a lower supply of Mexican and Brazilian limes in Europe, which was accompanied by high prices, the situation has now returned to normal, with sharp price declines recorded in recent weeks in the wake of the increasing volume. For example, in the United Kingdom, prices have been halved in a.....


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