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Yves De Vinck, Roger & Roger (Croky Chips)

"We process 130,000 tonnes of potatoes into crisps every year"

Potato crisp producer Roger & Roger, from the Belgian Moeskroen, washes, cuts, bakes and packages crisps for Croky and private labels near the French border. According to CEO Yves De Vinck, son-in-law of founder Roger Dick, the company is changing with the times and the demand of customers.CEO Yves De.....

After ten years at Jaguar

Eddy Jager becomes purchasing director of Greenyard Fresh Hamburg

Eddy Jager will continue his career as purchasing director at Greenyard Fresh Hamburg as of February 2018, where he will have final responsibility over the citrus and melon package. At the moment Jager is still import / business development manager for Jaguar in Barendrecht. He has been responsible for the.....

Bonduelle CFO Gregory Sanson:

Bonduelle "ready for more mergers and acquisitions"

France-based international vegetable supplier Bonduelle this week reported its annual financial results, a year of rising sales and earnings and in which it struck a major acquisition - that of US produce group Ready Pac Foods. Dean Best from just-food.com spoke to Bonduelle CFO Grégory Sanson about why it is.....

Ishida Europe celebrates 20 years of UK manufacturing

Packing line specialist Ishida Europe is celebrating 20 years of manufacturing in the UK.The company opened a dedicated European facility for the assembly of its multihead weighers and checkweighers in Woodgate, Birmingham in September 1997. Since then, UK staff numbers have increased from around 40 to over.....

Carrots and potatoes in the global spotlight

Bejo open field days attract a lot of visitors

The Bejo Zaden open days went successfully and attracted a large number of visitors from across the world. The carrot symposium stood out, attracting over 500 visitors spread over two days. Carrots have the potential to grow further in the snack assortment and Bejo is developing special tasty and coloured.....

Looking for cherry growers and shippers

Shenzhen Kingship opens up Chilean cherry market

After two years of market development, with the support of the government and industry experts, Kingship has now successfully entered the markets of premium fruit, meat and seafood import and exports, catering for a new Chinese middle class," says Mr. Li Hanqing, chairman of Shenzhen Kingship.Chilean cherry.....

New distributor

CID Bio-Science and Felix Instruments now represented in Scandinavia and the Baltics

CID Bio-Science and Felix Instruments-Applied Food Science have partnered with a new distributor in Scandinavia and the Baltic region - LabroTek. “Previously, we were under-represented in the region with no noted distributor,” says Chelsea Gaya, Marketing Manager. “With a new partnership in the region, all.....

Bonduelle reports a 16% increase in annual turnover

Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-2017 reflected solid organic growth both in terms of turnover and current operating profitability for the Bonduelle Group, despite operating in a challenging environment (sluggishness of the consumption in Europe, economic crisis in emerging countries and difficult harvests for 2016).Over.....

"40 percent more radishes sold during Oktoberfest"

Two greats from München that have worked together for twenty years: The Oktoberfest, the biggest national celebration in the world, and Früchte Feldbrach, one of the largest vegetable suppliers of urban markets, work together at the Theresienwiese, a large market place in München. This autumn, they once again.....

"Yes, we care"

Spain: Aldi promoting fruit and veg consumption with new campaign

The new campaign from Aldi supermarkets aims to promote the consumption of fruits and vegetables. With the slogan "Yes, we care", they seek to criticise the misuse of colloquial expressions (in Spanish) containing fruit and vegetable names that somehow damage the reputation of these products.As a solution,.....

Pink Lady America and The Produce Mom join forces

The Produce Mom® and Pink Lady America are teaming up to promote Pink Lady® brand apples. Promotions of Pink Lady® brand apples will include video, e-newsletter mentions, and cross-promotional social media posts.Together, The Produce Mom and Pink Lady America will create content that educates consumers about.....

WP Rawl hosts Farm-to-Table dinner at Florida facility

For the second year, WP Rawl, the premier grower, processor and shipper of leafy greens in the U.S. partnered with Jankowski Farms and the Young Professional Group (YPG) of Flagler County to host a Farm-to-Table dinner presented by the Florida Farm Bureau of Flagler County.The event was a fundraiser to benefit.....

Disney fruit falls in Chinese customers' good graces

"For the past few years, following the incessant increase in purchasing power of the Chinese people and progressive growth of acknowledgement for fruit of excellent quality, the demand for high quality products on the Chinese market has been increasingly powerful. This permits us to see an unending stream of.....

Purchasing manager Martin Pietersma leaves Dutch supermarket chain

Fresh produce purchasing manager Martin Pietersma is leaving the Dutch supermarket chain PLUS Retail. Martin has worked for this retailer as fresh produce manager since May 2009. He’s now focusing on the options open to him to continue his career.

China: Hema Fresh Produce opens new stores

Hema is a new type of retail shop from Alibaba that will completely reimagine the offline supermarket. On 28 September, 10 new stores were opened in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shenzhen and Guizhou. Ever since Hema Fresh Produce was created in 2016, this has been the biggest, large-scale collective opening of.....

Oppy names new sales and procurement managers

Effective October 1, The Oppenheimer Group announces staff moves designed to strengthen Western Canadian sales efforts while applying proven expertise to the procurement of produce from Mexico.Calgary, Alberta based sales manager Todd Plaxton is returning to Nogales, Ariz. in the newly created role of.....

Center for Growing Talent by PMA

New CGTbyPMA program prepares students for successful careers in produce

Top university students likely don’t think of the fresh produce and floral industry as a career choice unless they grew up around agriculture – and that’s especially true for students in non-agriculture majors that are in high demand in today’s industry. To help prepare more students to begin successful.....

New York-based Baldor introduces Urban Roots veggie side kits

Baldor Specialty Foods, ingredient source for NYC’s top chefs, announced today the launch of its Urban Roots line of Veggie Side Kits, which will be available at grocery and specialty markets across the Northeast.The line of healthy, easy-to-prepare, plant-based veggie side kits makes its debut with three.....

Leading Peruvian fruit exporter establishes office in China

On 6 September, Camposol, the internationally renowned producer and exporter of Hass avocados, announced that it had established a business office in Shanghai. Camposol brings convenient, fresh and healthy fruit and vegetables to China. The establishment of its Shanghai office will strengthen its commercial.....

European supermarket chain Lidl enters the Chinese market

On September 28th, the leading European chain supermarket Lidl announced that they had joined Jingdong in their plan to 'sell globally'. The overseas flagship store got online at the same time. This entry will be the first time Lidl has introduced its retail service to the Chinese market through cross-border,.....

"There are endless possibilities with fruit and vegetables"

Salsas and dips still have a lot of growth potential

The growth in salsas is very different from country to country. "Belgium, the Netherlands and France are countries where the consumers are already open to the concept of fresh salsa, which is much less the case in more conservative countries," says Bram Boels of Syros. "Our salsas are healthy, authentic and.....

Pieter van Gog leaves Best of Four:

"I've built up my own customer base, now I'm marketing for myself"

"The production of our German nurseries goes directly to the market. The customers that we built there, are now also asking for Dutch product. We will now supply them directly." Pieter van Gog, of Van Gog Kwekerijen, said. He is leaving Best of Four and will take care of the sales for his Dutch cucumbers,.....

Ecuador gets preferential rates in United Arab Emirates

The Exports and Investment Promotion Institute ProEcuador and Dubai Ports World (DP World) signed an agreement last September 14 that makes Ecuador the first Latin American nation to obtain preferential rates with this international port operator.The agreement aims to improve trade relations between the.....

Bostock New Zealand branches further into Asian retail markets

One of New Zealand’s largest organic apple exporters is set to feed a growing consumer demand for its product in Asia, as a movement toward organic produce hits mainstream retail shelves.Since airfreighting a handful of pallets of organic apples to Singapore in 2007, Bostock New Zealand now supplies nine Asian.....

The Fábrica 4.0 project is already complete

Kiwi Atlántico to expand its facilities to improve the product

Kiwi Atlántico will expand its facilities by 1,000 square metres this year in order to improve and increase the production and distribution of its agricultural products. This project, which has the financial support of the Regional Council of Rural Affairs of the Government of Galicia, helps Kiwi Atlántico.....

CMR obtains Fairtrade and IFS certifications for banana marketing

The companies of the CMR Infinita group, CMR Holland and the parent company, Fruits CMR, have been awarded the FAIRTRADE certification for the marketing of bananas. This social and development certification has the highest reputation and worldwide recognition and guarantees that products coming from developing.....

Panalpina expands Perishables Network into Germany

Following on from yesterday’s announcement regarding Panalpina’s acquisition in the Netherlands, the international freight forwarding and logistics company is now also expanding its Perishables Network into Germany.Panalpina has entered into an agreement with the Cool Chain Group, Germany (CCG), taking over.....

New managing director at Tummers Food Processing Solutions

Tummers Food Processing Solutions has hired Lennaert van Dijk as the company'snew managing director. Lennaert van Dijk assumed his new position on September 1, 2017.Lennaert joined Tummers from SGL, a machine developer and service provider in the food and non-food processing industry, where he was co-owner and.....

Costa Group shares hit $5.59 after expectations of stronger citrus export pricing

The Costa Group Holdings share price has continued its strong run and is up 6.5% to an all-time high of $5.59 in late morning trade. This brings the horticulture company’s year-to-date return to in excess of 62%.With no news out of Australia’s leading grower, packer, and marketer of fresh fruit and vegetables,.....

Mohamed Gonbour - Masr fruit

"If you are sending bulk to China you will have a difficult time"

International growing and trading company Masr Fruit, headquartered in the Netherlands, were again at this year's Asia Fruit Logistica having successfully supplied oranges to the Chinese markets for the first time this year, they were keen to meet existing customers and some potential ones too."We are mainly.....

Korla Pears and Miss Fresh sign a strategic cooperation agreement

In 2017 Korla Pears proved effective in their 'return to the original taste' campaign, and they prohibited the premature picking of fruit to allow the Korla Pears to have a thin peel and a sweet taste but with much juice. In this way they once again managed to appeal to the appetite of people in every part of.....

“Plans to set up in every blueberry-producing country”

ABB Trading becomes ABB Growers

As of 1 October, the name ABB Trading will change into ABB Growers. Owner Fred Douven explains this decision was made for multiple reasons. “We noticed that the word ‘Trading’ had a negative connotation for multiple customers. It didn’t do well in trade, because people thought we were only traders, and not.....

Freshii grows less quickly than planned

"Starbucks of the fresh food business"

Healthy fast food is gaining popularity. "I wish the world would eat differently. We have been making healthy convenience products that are affordable from the start. My goal was to become the Starbucks in the 'fresh food business' or the ZARA of fast food. I didn't write a business plan 12 years ago, I wrote.....

Panalpina to acquire Dutch handling agent specialized in perishables

After the successful acquisition of Kenya-based forwarder Air Connection, Panalpina is now to acquire the Dutch company Interfresh Airfreight Handling.Interfresh specializes in the customs clearance and last-mile distribution of imported perishables from Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. The acquisition.....

How Amish and Mennonite growers supply their produce

Even with all of the modern conveniences available to growers these days, one can appreciate the old-fashioned types of methods long-time growers have used. At Four Seasons Produce in Lancaster County, PA., what’s old is still new for some of its suppliers. Four Seasons is in fact located near Ephrata, a.....

NY Commissioner of Agriculture visits Hudson River Fruit Distributors

Hudson River Fruit Distributors was honored to be featured in the New York State (NYS) Specialty Crop Dinner in the Hudson Valley on September 26. The event was focused on promotion and education around the NYS Grown and Certified program. NY Commissioner of Agriculture Richard Ball attended the event as well.....

Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers adds two to sales team

Two recent additions to the sales and marketing department at Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers bring not only solid experience in the industry but also longtime ties to the Northwest. Jessica McFadden and Mike Marboe, both of whom are from Washington, joined the OSRG team in September.McFadden, who was born in.....

Carriers update South American network ahead of Hamburg Sud acquisition

MSC, Maersk Line, Hapag-Lloyd and CMA CGM are reorganizing their South America services in the months leading up to Maersk closing its acquisition of north-south specialist Hamburg Sud and finalizing the sale of its Brazilian cabotage subsidiary Mercosul.Ocean carriers Hamburg Sud, Hapag-Lloyd and CMA CGM will.....

“Bio Week is a good indicator”

Lidl: Organic assortment doubled in the Netherlands since January 2016

Lidl Netherlands has been supplying organic products for ten years. In the past, these were marketed under the Biotrend label in the shops, but now that is Bio Organic. “We started with it at a good time, and organic has been fitted into the Lidl formula over the years. There definitely is enough demand for.....

Spain: Europlátano celebrates 25th anniversary

Last Saturday, Europlátano SA celebrated its 25th anniversary at its headquarters in Los Llanos de Aridane; "a moving event that served to review the history of this leading company and to praise those who have made its success possible," as pointed out in a statement.The event was chaired by Narvay Quintero,.....

PMA A-NZ Board to hold nominations for two vacancies

The PMA A-NZ Board and Nominations Committee has notified all PMA A-NZ members that they are seeking nominations to fill two vacancies for Australian domiciled directors for the Board of PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited. Nominations will be accepted from all PMA A-NZ members."In our recent board and strategy.....

Customer monitoring: Edeks is Germany's favourite supermarket

The customers have spoken: EDEKA is the supermarket with the highest customer satisfaction rate and has further distinguished itself from comparable competitors. The EDEKA centres are also on top in the category of self service department stores. That is the result of the now published studies "Customer.....

Germany: EDEKA opens new ripening facility for bananas in Saxony

Today, the EDEKA-Group has opened the first CO2-neutral ripening facility in Borna, Germany. Starting from now, around 50,000 boxes of bananas per week will be ripened there, that amounts to 286 million bananas per year (2.6 million boxes). They will then be delivered to storage locations of EDEKA and Netto.....

Neo Group in talks to acquire warehouse operator and fruit & veg trader

Food caterer Neo Group is in exclusive talks to acquire two food-related businesses, ER Marketing and Ever Rich.Under the agreement, the target companies' owners - Messrs Ang Hock Chwei, Ang Jee Soon, Chua Chay Jin Eusebius, Leong Ming Thek, Peh Seok Hoon and Tan Ai Meng - have agreed to give Neo Group up to.....

Decco Iberica celebrates 50th anniversary with 265 guests

On 21 September, the company Decco Ibérica celebrated its 50th anniversary with a great event in the Hemisfèric of the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia. The event was attended by a total of 265 guests, including executives, employees, media and clients of the company. The event was attended by Decco.....

Mercadona to open its first supermarkets in northern Portugal

Mercadona continues to outline its strategy in Portugal. The Valencian company has announced that it will start building its first distribution centre in the country next year, which will be located in the northern city of Póvoa de Varzim, about 35 kilometres from Porto.These facilities will make it possible.....

Chinese tangerine exports need more coordination

"The main growing locations of Chinese tangerines are far apart and because of the different latitudes in all of these places, not all tangerines enter the market at exactly the same time. Every year, the tangerines from the provinces of Yunnan and Guangxi ripen the earliest, followed closely by fruit from the.....

Fossa Eugenia, Frankort & Koning, Kompany, Nedalpac, Staay-Van Rijn and ZON fruit and vegetables

Growers and traders from Venlo now collectively known as Die Frischen on the German market

Fossa Eugenia, Frankort & Koning, Kompany, Nedalpac, Staay-Van Rijn and ZON fruit & vegetables have, collectively, launched a brand on the German market. Under the name of Die Frischen, they want to bring the Venlo region and its quality products to the attention of German customers.The brand was.....

Costa Group sees shares increase by 0.76%

Shares of Costa Group Holdings last traded at 5.29, representing a move of 0.76%, or 0.04 per share, on volume of 447,731 shares on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). After opening the trading day at 5.25, shares of Costa Group Holdings traded in a close range. The stock now has a 52-week low of 2.61 and.....

Jan Janssen, Mushroom Valley: "Sanding needed to make it shine"

Mushroom Valley wants to position itself firmly in the mushroom sector

"It will take some sanding, but that's what makes it shine," said Jan Janssen, Project Manager at Mushroom Valley. This was at the start of their campaign to position themselves firmly in the mushroom sector. The campaign started in their own backyard, in the town of Horst aan de Maas. It is known worldwide.....

Zing! Family brings home 2017 BMO Ontario Farm Family Award

The 100th Annual International Plowing Match was held in Walton, Ontario this year and, as in previous years, as part of being a presenting partner, BMO Bank of Montreal has presented their Ontario Farm Family Award. This year eleven families from across Ontario were selected to recognize the outstanding.....

New Jersey grower expands organic offerings with new partnership

With the intent to boost its presence in the organic produce market, Vineland, NJ’s Dandrea Produce has entered into a strategic partnership with organic grower Summer Wind Farms. Summer Wind, which is also based in Vineland, is community supported agriculture (CSA) United States Department of Agriculture.....

Opportunities at matchmaking event in Costa Rica

Cool Fresh International's Hugo Vermeulen (CEO) and Mario de Goede (Commercial Executive) are currently attending a matchmaking event in Costa Rica. "The congress enables visitors to meet a broad range of stakeholders, such as growers, logistics operators and government officials", explains Hugo. "We are.....

Produce Investments announces the retirement of three executives

Produce Investments has announced chairman Neil Davidson, senior independent non-executive director Sir David Naish and non-executive director Sean Christie will retire from their roles at the November annual general meeting.The Duns-based group, a leading supplier of potatoes and daffodils to large retailers,.....

Kloosterboer Cool Port officially opened

PHOTO REPORTKloosterboer Cool Port in Rotterdam was officially opened on Thursday, 20 September. About 500 guests were present at the opening of the new cold and freezer storage centre. It is on the premises previously occupied by the ECT Home terminal. Kloosterboer expects to process a minimum of 400 000 pallets per year.....

Ready Pac Foods promotes Scott McGuire to Chief Supply Chain Officer

Ready Pac Foods, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bonduelle (BOND.PA), announced further changes to its Operations Organization to sharpen the focus on its supply chain and related processes. Scott McGuire has been promoted to Chief Supply Chain Officer (CSCO), to lead the Supply Chain Organization,.....

East Smart® donates 28,000 salads to victims of hurricane Irma

Apio, Inc., a leading provider of Eat Smart® branded packaged, fresh vegetables to retail and club stores throughout North America, has donated 28,000 Eat Smart salads, or approximately 114,000 salad servings, to victims of Hurricane Irma. Eat Smart is partnering with the SOS Foundation and the South Florida.....

Major Finnish company interested in Bulgarian fruit and veg

The Finnish company Apetit is interested in importing Bulgarian fruits, vegetables, grains and rape, as stated in a letter from the Embassy of Bulgaria in Finland to the Executive Agency for the Promotion of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (BSMEPA). The partnership aims for the development of bilateral.....

Ecuador opens up its market to Chinese pears

Ecuador will open up its market to fresh pears from China.The representative for Chinese exports, Yafeng Fruit corporation, has met with the officials of the Ecaudorian quarantine office.Yafeng Fruit Corporation in Botou City (Hebei province)www.yafengfruit.com