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Thursday, January 18, 2018

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Expansion of proprietary grape varieties as flavor becomes a focus

Grapes from Peru and Chile are currently on the lighter side but will ramp up over the next few weeks. Southern Hemisphere shipments will conclude around the late April to early May timeframe.Growers will be transitioning fully into Mexico at the turn of spring; the beginning of Mexico’s season overlaps the.....

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Demand for Golden Nugget variety spikes

California clementines lighter set but good demand

Last week’s rain kept some California citrus growers out of the field. "It’s never a good idea to pick wet citrus fruit because it causes skin breakdown and quality issues," says Jesse Silva with Kings River Packing. Around January 11 some growers were able to get back into their groves to continue working.....

Curry & Company forms partnership with Oregon blueberry grower

Curry & Company will expand their product offerings of both organic and conventional blueberries by forming a partnership with Norris Family Farms of Umpqua, Oregon. The partnership also includes kiwiberries, an exciting product that the company said is growing in popularity with retailers across the.....

China: Why US buyers should switch focus on Fuji apples from Dalian

"The quality of Fuji apples from Shandong left much to be desired this season as a result of extreme local weather conditions. The quality and color of Fuji apples from Dalian, however, are in much better shape. They are better able to draw the attention from purchasing merchants at home and abroad. The.....

Baja squash production helping to alleviate short supply

Squash production in the Baja region in Mexico is on track to continue steady production. Mexico has experienced cool temperatures and significant rainfall in certain regions, but Baja has seen mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures. The good growing conditions and steady production have also enabled growers.....

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Savannah new entry port for Chilean blueberries

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cleared the Port of Savannah to serve as a new entry port for Chilean blueberries. Previously, the imported berries could only enter the U.S. through one of three regions: South Florida, Philadelphia/New York, and LA/Long Beach.“Because Savannah is hundreds of miles.....

Canada increases blueberry production and looks towards Asia-Pacific

An article recently published by the Foreign Service of Agriculture of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) stated that blueberries accounted for approximately 25 percent of the value of Canada's horticultural supply, which makes them that country's main crop. According to the analysis, in the.....

Argentina: Good prospects for kiwi campaign

"The prospects for the next kiwi campaign in the south east of the province of Buenos Aires are excellent. The farms run by our company, Don Kiwi, have good volumes of fruit of a very good size compared to previous years. Although at the time of the pollination we had excessive rainfall, we didn't suffer any.....

California Avocado Commission

2017 Avocado tracking study results

The California Avocado Commission (CAC) has utilized consumer tracking studies for more than 20 years to assess consumer preferences, attitudes and usage of the fruit. The 2017 Avocado Tracking Study, conducted online by Temra Wald Consulting, was completed by nearly 2,000 adult avocado purchasers. The sample.....

Joost Schoondermark, Nature’s Pride:

“Good prospects Mexican asparagus season”

In the past two weeks, prices for asparagus were at a high level, but with the Mexican supply arriving soon it’s expected price levels will drop somewhat. “Normally Mexico starts in the first week of January, but supply is a bit delayed. They were planning to start harvesting this weekend, but due to the good.....


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AU: Hort Innovation Chief Executive to stand down

John Lloyd has announced that he will step down as Chief Executive in the second half of 2018, after eight years leading Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL), then Hort Innovation.Mr Lloyd joined HAL as CEO in 2009, and led it through a challenging yet successful transition to Hort Innovation in 2014. He has.....

Costa Rica: Lay-offs at Chiquita stopped for now

A legal appeal filed by the union in the labor court of Limón prevented the dismissal of 110 workers, which was to be executed on December 22, from the transnational fruit company Chiquita Brands.The workers' representatives understand, however, that this would be the first of a chain of layoffs motivated by.....

California Fresh Fruit President pens immigration Op-Ed

George Radanovich, President of the California Fresh Fruit Association, recently penned an opinion editorial for The Hill, a Washington D.C. based periodical, addressing the issue of immigration reform.Congress has demonstrated an inability to handle the issue of immigration reform in a timely fashion, all the.....


Fruitmore »


Ukraine: Blueberry demand still growing faster than supplies

For Ukrainian blueberry producer Betec, the biggest focus this year is not on further expansion, but protecting the crops they do have from the elements and testing new varieties to make sure they can produce the best quality blueberries possible."We are just finishing the installation of an anti-frost/storm.....

Expansion of proprietary grape varieties as flavor becomes a focus

Grapes from Peru and Chile are currently on the lighter side but will ramp up over the next few weeks. Southern Hemisphere shipments will conclude around the late April to early May timeframe.Growers will be transitioning fully into Mexico at the turn of spring; the beginning of Mexico’s season overlaps the.....

Canada increases blueberry production and looks towards Asia-Pacific

An article recently published by the Foreign Service of Agriculture of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) stated that blueberries accounted for approximately 25 percent of the value of Canada's horticultural supply, which makes them that country's main crop. According to the analysis, in the.....

AU: Some WA Strawberry growers forecast average production despite TPP

The Western Australian strawberry season is on track to reach average production for some growers, despite the industry having to deal with diseases such as tomato potato psyllid."The 2017 harvest remained much the same as previous years, not much has really changed," Jamie Michael from grower/export company,.....

Opening of apple season in Eastern Free State, South Africa

Apple growers in the Thabo Mofutsanyana District of the Eastern Free State of South Africa stand on the cusp of their 2017/18 apple season. Opening volumes of Royal Gala will be packed from next week, back to the normal timetable, after the previous two seasons which started as much as two weeks earlier. Their.....

China: Why US buyers should switch focus on Fuji apples from Dalian

"The quality of Fuji apples from Shandong left much to be desired this season as a result of extreme local weather conditions. The quality and color of Fuji apples from Dalian, however, are in much better shape. They are better able to draw the attention from purchasing merchants at home and abroad. The.....

Pinterest used to inspire healthy resolutions

With the start of a new year, Sol Group Marketing is encouraging Pinterest users to discover new ways of enjoying melons by launching health-conscious content on Pinterest. As many people set resolutions each new year, Sol Melons’ 'Mind, Body, Melon' Pinterest board serves as a source of inspiration to boost.....

California

Strawberries up, raspberries & avocados down in US Ventura County

Although the total value of the agriculture products of Ventura County fell slightly in 2016, the top four crops -who saw a 4.2% drop- namely strawberries, lemons, nursery stock and celery, all made some gains over the previous year.The Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner’s 2016 Crop and Livestock Report,.....


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To raise funds for Brighter Bites

Viva Fresh Produce Expo announces 2018 Golf Tournament

The Fourth annual Viva Fresh Open will be held at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort’s renowned TPC golf course on Thursday, April 5 and will launch the 2018 Viva Fresh Expo. Presented by Bebo Distributing, Inc. and Wonderful Citrus, this year’s tournament will raise funds for the Brighter Bites.....


Citrusmore »


Demand for Golden Nugget variety spikes

California clementines lighter set but good demand

Last week’s rain kept some California citrus growers out of the field. "It’s never a good idea to pick wet citrus fruit because it causes skin breakdown and quality issues," says Jesse Silva with Kings River Packing. Around January 11 some growers were able to get back into their groves to continue working.....

Peru: Tahiti lime exports could grow by 75%

Peru exported 5,434 tons of lime in the 2017 campaign, i.e. 36% more than the 4,003 tons it dispatched in the previous season, said the general manager of the Association of Citrus Producers of Peru (ProCitrus), Sergio del Castillo Valderrama.According to Valderrama, 2,650 tons of the 5,434 tons exported in.....

Italy: Aranca DOP di Ribera doing well

"The Arancia di Ribera DOP campaign started one month ago and is going very well," explains Paolo Parlapiano, sales manager from Parlapiano Fruit Srl, one of the leading citrus fruit producers in Sicily.Above: Paolo ParlapianoCustomers keep going back"Quality this year is excellent. Both sales and prices have.....


Exotic fruit and vegetablesmore »


Afghan pomegranate trade flourishing

The pomegranate has always been an important harvest in Afghanistan, and production has revived over the last decade. In Kandahar, still a troubled province, farmers say pomegranates offer a viable alternate to opium poppies.Now, officials and farmers in Kandahar are celebrating both bumper crops and rising.....

Argentina: Good prospects for kiwi campaign

"The prospects for the next kiwi campaign in the south east of the province of Buenos Aires are excellent. The farms run by our company, Don Kiwi, have good volumes of fruit of a very good size compared to previous years. Although at the time of the pollination we had excessive rainfall, we didn't suffer any.....

Elena Rogojnikova of Hagé International:

"Hopefully 2018 will be a better year for avocados than 2017"

At the moment, the avocado market is reasonably good. "Prices for both Greenskins and Hass varieties are quite high and demand is stable. There is a sufficient quantity of mostly small-sized Pinkertons coming from Israel. Currently, Hass avocados are from Chile, Spain and Colombia. This year, Hass production.....

California Avocado Commission

2017 Avocado tracking study results

The California Avocado Commission (CAC) has utilized consumer tracking studies for more than 20 years to assess consumer preferences, attitudes and usage of the fruit. The 2017 Avocado Tracking Study, conducted online by Temra Wald Consulting, was completed by nearly 2,000 adult avocado purchasers. The sample.....


Organicmore »


July 11 and 12, Monterey CA

Keynote speakers confirmed for Organic Produce Summit

The president of one of the world's most recognized consumer fresh brands and a thought-provoking best-selling author have been confirmed as keynote presenters at Organic Produce Summit 2018, this coming July in Monterey, CA.Ed Carolan, President of Campbell Fresh, and Dan Buettner, noted journalist, author,.....


Healthmore »


Get more energy by having this blue alga at breakfast

"Spirulina very popular in France"

Eric Constans cultivates spirulina. The blue algae variety is rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals, which benefits your whole body. This Frenchman began growing the algae in February 2017.The Spirulina is cultivated in large basinsGap in the marketEric says,"It is going well. My customers are very pleased.....


ITmore »

Maersk & IBM launching blockchain-based platform for global trade

The world’s largest container shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk is teaming up with IBM to create an industry-wide trading platform it says can speed up trade and save billions of dollars.The global shipping industry has seen little innovation since the container was invented in the 1950s, and cross-border trade.....

32 trillion data points for solid environmental intelligence

Autogrow, a global ag tech company, has announced their strategy to use trillions of available growing data points to help their growers’ crop production.“Due to the unique nature of our architecture, over 32 trillion data points flow through our systems each year which would be one of the most substantial.....


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Austria: Styria tests wind machine against late frost

Every year extreme weather conditions cause serious damage to agriculture. Late frost destroyed a good 50 percent last year and 80 percent of the apple harvest the year before. Photo: Peter Schwappach/Creative Commons Styria has now started a pilot project to test wind machines. The 10 meter high device with.....


Processed fruit and vegetablesmore »


Uruguay: Puro Jugo, bag in a box, a new 100% natural apple juice

Puro Jugo is a new way for Uruguayans to consume fruit. It is a way to make them see that they can consume healthy and tasty food in a very convenient manner, by just pressing a button and serving it in a glass. This new product of the Moizo Fruit company is being marketed in the innovative Bag in Box system,.....


Coolingmore »


Interest grows around the globe

Ripening rooms play key role in achieving desired color, brix level and taste

“Proper fruit ripening is important as it provides control over fruit uniformity for greater amounts of product,” says John Sydoriak with Advanced Cold Storage International. “Without controlled ripening chambers, fruit would not ripen to the desired color, brix level and taste.” In addition, maintaining a.....


Food safetymore »

CPMA set to host food safety forums

As a part of CPMA’s renewed food safety focus, the organization will be hosting a series of information sessions on the upcoming Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) and the US Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) which is now in force.These free information sessions will provide:An opportunity to ask.....


Nuts and dried fruitsmore »


The Wonderful company launches new natural, raw pistachio product

Yesterday, Wonderful Pistachios announced a new flavor, joining the Wonderful portfolio, with new Natural Raw Wonderful Pistachios set to hit store shelves this February, just in time for Heart Health Month. The company said that Natural Raw pistachios are the closest pistachio lovers can get to snacking.....


Packaging and Labellingmore »


New 8oz. clamshells for specialty onions

Frieda's wants to switch out of specialty onion mesh bags with their new, attractively branded, easy-to-display, 8 oz. clamshells. Varieties include cipolline onions, red, gold, and white pearl onions, and boiler onions, all in 12/8 oz. pack sizes.“Our new clamshells show off and protect the specialty onions.....

A more sustainable solution?

Bioplastics and biodegradable packaging

Plastic packaging is all over the media at the moment – in an incredibly negative light. Consumers have growing concerns about how plastic packaging is managed at end of life, and are worried about leakage into the ocean. This has brought in a focus on what can be done about plastic waste.The most obvious.....


Product informationmore »


Altus Biopharm

Innovation and biotechnology applied to the field

Reducing the use of synthetic chemicals in agriculture has become more and more necessary in recent years, mainly due to export guidelines, but also to the desire on the part of producers to stop the gradual degradation of their lands and continue to produce without harming the environment and the health of.....


Retailmore »


Best supermarkets in the US

Q3 results Albertsons

US: Intel underfoot: floor sensors rise as retail data sourceA Milwaukee-based startup has developed floor sensors to give retailers insights on customers as they move through their stores. Online clicks give retailers valuable insight into consumer behavior, but what can they learn from footsteps? It's a.....


Global Marketmore »


OVERVIEW GLOBAL TOMATO MARKET

The mood on the European market is bleak. Traders in the Netherlands and Belgium are pessimistic about the pricing situation, although this is also not uncommon for the first weeks of a New Year. According to a Belgian trader, there is simply too much supply because all countries have had a good harvest, even.....


Climatemore »

Intense times for regional vegetable farmers

Falling temperatures & hard freezes in Texas and Mexico

As far south as Mexico, cold temperatures, freezes and even rare snow events have farmers on edge, trying to find ways to keep their fields warm and their winter vegetable plants alive.In the usually warm Rio Grande Valley of Texas, at the very southern tip of the state, produce farmers are scratching their.....


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