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There is a good strawberry production in north-western Europe thanks to the summer weather, although it is also true that the hot weather is causing some quality problems. For the time being, however, that problem seems limited. Given the midsummer celebrations in Scandinavia, demand in that region increases.....

Later B.C. blueberry harvest opens opportunities for exports to China

After two years of early starts to the season, British Columbia’s blueberry season will return to a more regular time for its 2017 harvest.“Usually we start around the first week of July so we’re right around the normal start for us this year,” says Chris Messent with Kelowna, B.C.-based Consolidated Fruit.....

Strong July supplies

Oregon cherry grower focuses on special moments in consumers’ lives

As the first Orchard View cherries are being picked in The Dalles, Oregon, exclusive marketer Oppy is urging consumers to “Pick Your Moments” to enjoy these celebrated, superior cherries through summer.“We launched the Pick Your Moments brand positioning last year and were excited how well it resonated with.....

Citrus greening spreads to Alabama, US

A highly contagious bacterial disease that seriously threatens the U.S. citrus industry has been found for the first time in Alabama.Federal and state plant officials confirm that citrus greening was found in leaf and insect samples at a home on Dauphin Island, according to a news release Tuesday from the.....

Wenatchee, WA

New pear varieties shown off at Interpera 2017

The 10th edition of Interpera took place in Wenatchee in the state of Washington, USA. The congress has gathered more than 160 participants originating from 13 pear-producing countries.This World Pear Congress was co-organized by the Pear Bureau Northwest and AREFLH. At the event, visitors heard about the.....


Zespri kiwifruit celebrates the start of SunGold season with a national campaign

Summer is a time of sunshine, happiness and the seasonal return of SunGold Kiwifruit from Zespri. To kick-off the start of the season, Zespri is launching a national campaign, Celebrate The SunGold, which aims to highlight SunGold kiwi’s tropical sweet taste and vibrant yellow flesh by drawing parallels.....

Peak season for Nicaraguan dragon fruit

“Summertime is peak season for dragon fruit, and the prices are very reasonable,” said Alex Jackson Berkley of Frieda’s Specialty Produce. “Dragon fruit is one of the top-selling and trending tropical fruits, and also resonates with Asian and Hispanic shoppers. Nothing adds color and excitement like this.....

Alibaba to partner with Driscoll's to bring US berries to China

Alibaba Group announced a strategic cooperation with Driscoll's, a large US berry producer, to bring U.S. food products to China. Through this effort, Chinese consumers will be able to purchase fresh strawberries directly on Alibaba's Tmall platform.Alibaba has developed strategic cooperation and services that.....

Presented by Fruit Day and the Associations for California and Northwest American Cherries

First Chinese "2017 taste guide for American cherries"

In June, the production season for cherries in northwestern America started. Every one of their breeds has come to the Chinese market. As one of the most important markets for these cherries, China imports around 10% of the total production volume. The cherries are more and more in demand in China, but which.....

Dietitian advises how to get picky children to eat their fruits & veges

A struggle that has faces many parents each day is getting their children to eat their vegetables. According to Albertsons dietitian Molly Tevis however, parents may be doing things all wrong when trying to force their children to eat healthier and offers a few tricks to help frustrated parents of picky.....

Isreali-Chinese joint venture growing avocadoes in Western China

China: First ever large-scale domestic production of avocados to enter market in September

Israeli agriculture advisers, Mobius Israel, joined forces with Chinese Yunnan Greenbank Biological Group four years ago to launch the first large scale avocado production project in Mainland China.The team of Mobius Israel has a strong history of over 50 years in horticulture and growing avocado, whereas.....

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Beware of identity fraud

Criminals hack email of shipper for Dutch importer

It's a well known fact that as a fruit and vegetable trader you have to look out for emails from supermarket buyers who suddenly order trucks full of trade from you. But nowadays identity fraud is quite a bit more refined. An importer in Barendrecht recently received a request to pay an overseas shipper in.....

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Chile is the top supplier

Peru imports more and more pears

The import of pears is gradually increasing. According to the Agrodata Peru website, between January and May this year the country imported 8,816,686 kilos of this product at a CIF value of US $ 6,780,760. These numbers are higher than the 7,310,237 kilos worth US $ 5,691,185 that the country imported in the.....

Spain: Asturian blueberries threatened by heat

The blueberry harvest in the region of Bajo Nalón is now at risk due to the high temperatures. If the heat persists, the fruits could be affected, which would be a disaster, considering that this was expected to be a very good year. As pointed out by the technician of the Asturian Association of Producers of.....

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Italy: Floating system for soil-less basil

FreshPlaza visited Disafa's Experimental Centre in Turin where, for the past 20 years, professor Silvana Nicola has been coordinating the research for the soil-less cultivation of vegetables and medicinal plants.We have seen the new basil plants cultivated with the Floating system.Silvana Nicola"Last year, we.....

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Photo report European Tomato Forum

Global interest in London Produce Show

Last week, the London Produce Show took place for the fourth time. There was more diversity in the number of exhibitors, who came from more different countries than the previous editions. Exhibitors and visitors expressed their satisfaction about the fair. Seven hundred and fifty people from all over the world.....

Citrusmore »

Spain dominates the global clementine sector

While Moroccan clementines are very popular on the Scandinavian market, the Spanish produce is even more popular in all other destinations. This is what emerged during an assembly of the Comité de Liaison de l'Agrumiculture Méditerranénne – C.L.A.M. Spanish clementines retain the absolute dominion in all.....

Peruvian citrus export expectations improved

At the beginning of 2017, the Association of Citrus Producers of Peru (ProCitrus) projected that the country's citrus exports would grow by 5% this season, however expectations have improved and by mid campaign the new projection indicates that shipments will increase by 10% over the previous year.The CEO of.....

Gerhard Leodolter of Wonderful Citrus:

"Educate consumers more about limes"

Wonderful Citrus has grown considerably in the past year. In the past couple of years, the company took over various citrus companies, including I Kunik Company and Grupo B&S. “With this, we also took over several lime brands,” says Gerhard Leodolter of Wonderful Citrus. Besides, the company also has.....

Healthy season, apart from some concern regarding oversupply on the Russian market

South African grapefruit volume estimates down

South Africa, basically alone in the grapefruit market at the moment, has adjusted the initial red grapefruit, primarily Star Ruby, estimates for the season from a total of 12.4 million 17 kg cartons to 11.7 million cartons.This reflects a reduction in the Letsitele region of 200 000 17 kg cartons, from an.....

Exotic fruit and vegetablesmore »

Ecuador will be able to send fresh pitahaya to the US starting in July

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has published the Final Rule for the Importation of fresh pitahaya fruit from Ecuador to the continental United States in the Federal Register of this country, which will enter into force on July 20, 2017 (30 days after its publication), after a delegation.....

Organicmore »

Dan Davis joins team as Organic Category Manager

Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers continue to increase organics

With organic apple production increasing both domestically and with New Zealand partners, Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers has expanded its program and brought on Category Manager Dan Davis to manage the company’s organic supply base.Davis, who brings nearly 20 years’ experience in organic fruit production to the.....

Healthmore »

Study finds fruit & veg subsidies 5 times more effective than soda taxes

Researchers at Harvard and Tufts see huge potential in fruit and vegetable subsidies. They recently published a study analyzing the political makeup of cities across the United States, concluding that 40 percent of Americans live in regions that could pass legislation similar to recent soda taxes.Rather than a.....

ITmore »

New Oceasoft software brings real time alerts to temperature monitors

OCEASOFT, a company dealing in wireless monitoring solutions for temperature-sensitive goods, announced the release of OCEAlert, their new solution that enhances cold-chain monitoring which helps reduce the risk of product loss."The demand for enhanced monitoring during product transit or storage continues to.....

TOMRA launches new food sorter user interface to improve work flow

TOMRA Sorting Food has unveiled a new graphical user interface (UI) to help food processors get the most from their sorting systems by optimizing work flows and reducing waste to deliver improved profitability.Called TOMRA ACT, he company claims the UI further enhances the clarity and confidence experienced by.....

Innovationsmore »

Harvest & workforce management in real time web-based application

Necessity is the mother of invention – at least that’s what Proverbs said. The Steed brothers felt the same way. When they saw the need for a tracing system within their own San Diego family farm, they created PickTrace. “In the process of doing so, they found that there are other farms out there that have the.....

Processed fruit and vegetablesmore »

Large percentage of US fruit & veg-based baby food found to contain lead

Roughly 20% of baby food samples were found to contain lead, more than other foods, according to a new report. Fruit juices were a major culprit, with lead in 89% of grape juice, 67% of mixed fruit juice, 55% of apple juice and 45% of pear juice samples. Researchers found lead in baby versions of apple and.....

Coolingmore »

SPX Cooling Technologies announce expansions to current lines

SPX Cooling Technologies, a full-line, full-service company leader in the design and manufacture of evaporative and air-cooled heat exchangers, announced expanded model availability within the new Marley LW Fluid Cooler product line.The Marley LW Fluid Cooler is now provided in two smaller box sizes, 4-by-8.....

Food safetymore »

SmartWash Solutions trains customers, helps with FSMA Compliance

SmartWash Solutions™ is taking steps to ensure their customers are prepared to face Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) compliance challenges head-on. During the week of June 5, 2017, SmartWash partners were led through a comprehensive training that makes sure they are up to date on how to correctly and most.....

Nuts and dried fruitsmore »

Increased demand sends Indian cashew prices to record levels

Cashew kernel prices are trading high, despite reports of increased production in major producing countries, traders said. Cashew nut prices have hit the roof and have crossed $5 per pound touching historic levels of $5.35-5.50 a pound. India produces 6-7 million tonne of cashews per annum and was until.....

Packaging and Labellingmore »

"Packaging should have extra use after transport and selling"

With the idea of adding value to regular apple packaging, Smurfit Kappa has developed a cardboard playground. The idea was to shift the 'buying decision' in the store from the mother to the child, by creating a box that would grab the youngest consumer's attention. Developed in Germany for Edeka, once on the.....

Bio-lutions turns agricultural waste into biodegradable packaging

Bio-lutions GmbH, a company that believes in sustainable innovations, came up with a patented ‘mechanical process’ through which agricultural residual fibres are converted into self-binding micro and nano fibrillated natural fibres using only water.This Germany-based company, founded by architect and.....

Product informationmore »

Consumers can't see the wood for the trees

Are there too many kinds of tomatoes in German shops?

It is nice to have so many different types of tomatoes to choose from in the supermarket. Consumers, however, get overwhelmed and only consider price when buying. This is a common complaint when it comes to tomatoes. Tim Strübing, AGF category manager at the German retailer, Globus does not agree. At the.....

Retailmore »

Amazon buying Whole Foods is just a 'drop in the bucket'

'Sprouts ripe for takeover' | Kroger to Lidl: Bring it on

China: Alibaba to sell Driscoll strawberriesAlibaba Group announced a strategic cooperation with Driscoll's to bring U.S. food products to China. Through this effort, Chinese consumers will be able to purchase fresh strawberries as well as high quality seafood directly on Alibaba's Tmall platform......

Global Marketmore »


There is a good strawberry production in north-western Europe thanks to the summer weather, although it is also true that the hot weather is causing some quality problems. For the time being, however, that problem seems limited. Given the midsummer celebrations in Scandinavia, demand in that region increases.....

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