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Sun World International announces new appointments
Sun World International has announced the appointments of new vice presidents to its licensing and variety development departments as well as the appointment of a new expert in fruit breeding.The company’s Executive Vice President, David Marguleas, announced that Garth Swinburn has been named Vice President.....

Not just a lime grower anymore
Limex rebrands as Sicar Farms
Limex SiCar is now operating under the new name and brand “SiCar Farms” with the goal of better communicating the diverse commodities and availability it provides as a vertically integrated grower.Over the past three decades, the company has grown and expanded its product line on the farms and views the.....

Pascal Piepers new retail director at The Greenery
The Greenery has appointed Pascal Piepers as its new retail director. He will start on 1 June 2016 and will be working to develop the commercial strategy in the core markets of the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom.The retail director bears responsibility for continuing to boost turnover in.....

EU govt will protect Ghana's exports
Ghana's Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Ekow Spio-Garbrah, has assured Ghanaian exporters that the EU will protect Ghana’s exports within the framework of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).He said the Trade Ministry is currently seeking cabinet’s input and support on options available to Ghana in.....

New alliance for four global shipping giants
Four major shipping lines, including COSCO Container Lines, have penned a new alliance which will bring together a fleet of more than 350 containerships.In a media release, French CMA CGM said the company, together with COSCO Container Lines, Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line have signed on.....


Huge local market
Israeli avocado exports in top 10
Israel has staked its place as one of the prominent exporters of avocado in the world. Israeli avocado exports rank in the top 10 of countries globally, with annual exports of over 50,000 tons accounting for some 6.2% of the overall avocado trade in the world. The local market for avocado is also.....


A new grower initiative gets New Zealand students eating healthy
One of New Zealand’s largest growers has teamed up with schools to help encourage students to eat healthier.Bostock New Zealand has delivered fresh, organic apples to Flaxmere College in Hawke’s Bay to use as part of its Breakfast programme to get more students eating nutritious breakfasts.Bostock New.....

French hotel chain grows veg to cut food waste
AccorHotels, which includes the Pullman, Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure and Ibis chains, intends to “reduce food waste by 30%, in particular by sourcing food locally”, chief executive Sebastien Bazin said on Tuesday.The French group, which generates 25-30% of its revenue by serving 150 million meals a year, will.....


McDonald’s salads : Made in Normandy
Florette Food Service, Mc Donald’s long-standing salad, fruit and vegetable supplier (subsidiary of the agri-food cooperative Agrial), have signed a contract to supply salad for Mc Donald’s France. Florette Food Service is based in Normandy (their headquarters are in Caen).The contract agrees upon 300 tons.....


US: Continued growth for fingerling potato segment
On the back of seeing a growing need for specialty potatoes and onions in the market, Colorado based Strohauer Farms started allocating more of their resources into this area. This was back in 2006, shortly after the company also started growing organic produce."We are always striving to increase our quality.....


South Africa: Greenpeace ranks supermarkets commitment to renewable energy
South Africa’s top five retailers (Pick n Pay, Massmart, Spar, Woolworths and Shoprite) have a major role to play in shaping sustainable growth in the energy sector and need to champion South Africa’s transition to 100% renewable energy, according to the latest report launched today by Greenpeace Africa.....

George Tanimura
Californian agricultural legend passes
The Tanimura Family announced on Sunday the loss of their family patriarch and agricultural legend George Tanimura at his home in Salinas on April 15.George was born in San Juan Bautista on July 2, 1915 to Eijiro Kimoto and Yukino Tanimura.In 1948, the Tanimura Family began a farming relationship with.....


Cross-Marketing and convincing athletes
KIKU® and Sports have become an inseparable connection. True to this motto, KIKU supports many athletes and sport events and looks back at a successful winter season.On the left: First World Cup victory for Dominik Windisch; On the right: Lisa Zimmermann at 9QueensBiathlete Dominik Windisch performed.....

Spain: Ardo becomes sole shareholder of Ultracongelados de la Ribera
The Ardo and Bonduelle groups, European leaders in processed vegetables, announced today that the transaction relating to Ultracongelados de la Ribera (UCR) has been successfully completed, confirming that Ardo now owns 100% of the Benimodo site shares.Under the terms of the agreement between the two.....

US(MO): McDonald's to offer 'all-you-can-eat' fries
Bottomless brunch and mimosas may be the way to a millennial's heart, but it may be bottomless fries that get them back to McDonald's tables.A new 'McDonald's of the future' may prove that to be the case. The new 6,500 sq ft restaurant, set to open in July, will be asking if you want fries with that - as.....


Ike Tokita, CEO of Tokita Seed
Japan: “Fortunately, there has been no major damage to our facilities"
On Thursday a earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 hit Southern Japan and was followed by powerful aftershocks, the triggered a vocano eruptions and a tsunami alert was issued. Although ti will be some time before the full extent of the damage is know we spoke to Ike Tokita, CEO of Tokita Seed to find out how.....

Oppy promotes Steve Young to Sales Director
With the 2016 Canadian Produce Marketing Association show in full swing, one of the country’s biggest fresh produce sales, marketing and distribution companies announces the promotion of Steve Young to the role of sales director for Canada.Young, who has been with Oppy since 2008, served as sales manager at.....


Europe's largest and most modern tomato handling facilities
The cooperative CASI has recently uploaded a video showcasing its new tomato handling facilities, the largest and most modern in Europe, result of an investment totalling 11 million Euro in the latest machinery and technology available on the market.Its 42,000 m² will allow it to better meet the market.....

AU: Brismark shares not for sale
Produce Markets Queensland’s (PMQ’s) efforts to publically escalate tensions in their takeover bid for the Brisbane Markets are not going unnoticed by Brismark, the organisation which represents the wholesalers and operators at the Markets. As the largest shareholder of Brisbane Markets Limited, Brismark,.....

Fonterra, Zespri back TPP
Fonterra Cooperative Group and Zespri International have voiced their support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership at a select committee hearing, although neither could quantify the benefit of the treaty being ratified.Fonterra's director of global stakeholder affairs Philip Turner told Parliament's foreign.....


Over 2,300 participants
Changes well received at this year's CPMA
The annual CPMA convention and trade show was held this week in Calgary, and this year's event brought a few changes that were well-received. In addition to this being the last time Calgary will host, the conference was condensed to three days mid week. On Monday 18th of April, FreshPlaza will publish their.....

Peakfresh bags keep ethylene out, freshness in
"We're looking for local distributors in Spain and Latin America"
The future of packaging is moving toward containers that actively work to keep fresh produce as fresh as possible as it makes its way around the world. That's necessary now that the world is so interconnected and freight passage times are getting longer. Peakfresh's modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) works.....

Northern NSW named agricultural hub of excellence
A Collective of Northern NSW farmers co-operatives will make up the Federal Government’s newly established National Centre of Excellence for Agricultural Co-operatives.Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the $13.8 million agriculture project aims to provide expert advice and information to up to 2000.....

Fresh Express bringing 120 jobs with new Orlando HQ
Fresh Express, the salad division of Chiquita Brands International Inc., has brought 120 new jobs to Orange County with the opening of its new headquarters office in Windermere, Gov. Rick Scott announced April 12.Fresh Express's administrative offices have moved from Charlotte, N.C., to 4757 The Grove Drive,.....

McCain awarded ‘best potato industry host’ by future leaders
Delegates of AHDB’s first ever Next Generation Programme overwhelmingly voted McCain Foods as their ‘Best Industry Host’.The award was presented at the final session at AHDB Headquarters, Stoneleigh Park, last month.Matthew Stubbings, trainee fieldsperson for McCain Foods (GB) Ltd (also on the programme as a.....

Indonesia grants 'Country of Recognition' for South African fruit
Asian export ties were strengthened this week when the Indonesian Quarantine Agency granted Country of Recognition for South Africa’s food safety control system, thereby increasing the export potential for South African deciduous fruit.The document was signed by the Indonesian Minister of Agriculture, Mr.....

Mafa Organic, Elbostania for Agricultural Development–Blue Nile & Belco
Germany: Fresca announces share transfer
Fresca GmbH announces, according to the Agreement for Sale of Shares of Fresca GmbH, that Fresca GmbH has transferred shares to the Companies: Mafa Organic for Trade & Export, Elbostania for Agricultural Development Co – BLUE NILE. and The International for Land Reclamation - Belco.This cooperation of 3.....

Ghanaian university commercialising ag activities
The Valley View University in Ghana is expanding and commercialising its ongoing agricultural initiatives. According to the university's agriculture department, they will henceforth be involved in poultry, maize, citrus, fish and honey production to feed the campus community and the surplus will be sold.Vice.....


Spectrometer for testing nutritional value
US: Target exploring food transparency
A piece of equipment called a spectrometer can provide information on the nutritional value and caloric content of a single food item, such as an apple. It works by shining infrared light onto the food item and by measuring how that light is absorbed by the chemicals inside, it can identify the food's.....

US: Wonderful Citrus makes major acquisitions in Persian limes
Wonderful Citrus, an integrated grower, shipper and packer of fresh citrus, announced the acquisition of I. Kunik Company, a major distributor of Persian limes grown in Mexico, and the purchase of the operations of B&S Grupo Exportador, S.A. de C.V., a major supplier of Persian limes to the worldwide.....


Potatoes USA elects leadership positions
On March 17, at Potatoes USA's 44th Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, Mike Pink of Mesa, WA, was elected Chairman of Potatoes USA. Pink is serving his fifth year on the Board. In 2014-2015, he served as Co-Chairman of the Board’s International Marketing Committee. He previously served three years on the.....


Chiquita's fresh produce division locates HQ in Windermere
Chiquita’s fresh produce and salad division, Fresh Express, relocated to Central Florida last year. The company has now located its headquarters in the Windermere shopping center called The Grove.The Sentinel broke the news of Chiquita’s move to Florida in July last year; Fresh Express brought about 100 jobs.....

New Delhi company successfully trading fruit, veg online
VegFru is an online platform which connects farmers, suppliers, retailers and buyers on a single platform. It was founded in June 2015 by Anil Chopra and is based out of Delhi. Now Wingify, another Delhi based enterprise, focused on software, has invested an undisclosed amount in the online fruit and.....

AU co-op securing top prices for growers
Coolum-based Sunfresh Marketing Co-operative has been finding the best price for its growers' produce for 21 years. According to deputy general manager Evan Heidemann, the Sunshine Coast region used to be a "fruit bowl", but urban encroachment and skills shortages in the regional vegetable and fruit growing.....


One-of-a-kind conference draws industry leaders to Las Vegas:
Photo Report: 4th Annual Indoor Ag-Con
From small indoor growers of microgreens to operators of large scalemulti-layerplant factories and greenhouse facilities; almost everybody active in North America's indoor agriculture industry gathered in Las Vegas last week for the 4th Annual Indoor Ag-Con.The event, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.....


At "Fabex" exhibition in Tokyo
Oranfrizer celebrates 18 years of export to Japan
Oranfrizer will exhibit at the Wine & Gourmet showcase in Tokyo, from April 13th to 15th, and will celebrate 18 years of exports in Japan, a goal reached year after year, focusing always on the high quality "made in Italy". The company exports all year round, 100% Sicilian NFC citrus juices enlarging.....

Spain: CASI Aeropuerto committed to modern, high-end agriculture
Last Saturday, the mayor of Almeria, Ramón Fernández-Pacheco, visited the facilities of CASI Aeropuerto, in which the Agricultural Cooperative San Isidro has invested more than eleven million Euro. The plan has been to build the "largest and most modern" handling centre for tomatoes in Europe and, during his.....

GlobalGap certification for Colombian producers of Hass avocado
The Asociación de Productores de Aguacate tipo exportación APATEX, harvest begins its 2016 season with excellent news; receiving the highest distinction as certified producers with the GlobalGap standard, option 2 under a Quality Management System. APATEX, is an association of producers located in the.....

Vanguard to purchase Peruvian Challapampa
The Vanguard International Group (Vanguard) has agreed to purchase Agricola Challapampa S.A.C. and Agricola Milagritos S.A.C., collectively known as Challapampa, in Ica, Peru, as part of its strategy to develop a global vertically‐integrated fresh fruit organization, able to supply fresh crop products.....

KWS to focus on hybrid potato breeding
KWS sells seed potato business to Stet Holland
KWS has announced that it will be selling its conventional seed potato business to Stet Holland B.V. The agreement was signed on April 11, 2016 and is expected to be completed by mid-2016.The KWS Group’s seed potato business is steered by its subsidiary KWS POTATO B.V., which is based in Emmeloord, the.....


Tomra makes record turnover of 650 million Euro
Tomra Systems ASA, the parent company of Tomra Sorting Food, located in Belgium, among other places, reported a record turnover over 2015 of 6,143 MNOK (650 million Euro). This is a growth of 16 percent compared to the previous year. The company had 648 million NOK (68.7 million Euro) left under the line......

Hortifrut and Munger Brothers merge to lead the blueberry market
Hortifrut has signed an agreement for its merger with the US company Munger Brothers. The goal is to build a solid foundation for the development of blueberry products that can be available to customers 52 weeks a year, ensuring the supply of blueberries during the winter season for its customers in the.....


Wan Hai profit outperforms Maersk
According to Alphaliner’s survey of the 16 main carriers that published full year financial results for 2015, Taiwanese carrier Wan Hai has become the most profitable container line, based on operating profit margins, at 6.3%; followed by Maersk Line at 6%, CMA CGM at 5.8% and OOCL at 5%.These four carriers.....

UK asparagus grower doubles volume supplied to Tesco
Jubilee is an early season asparagus variety which was launched as a Tesco exclusive is 2012. Due to the variety's positive reception in previous seasons, Herefordshire asparagus grower Cobrey Farms is doubling the volumes it supplies to Tesco.Tesco asparagus buyer Bart Vangorp said: "It's fantastic to be.....


Australian seed supplier takes extreme veggies to market
Abundant Produce, a specialist seed supplier has bred tough tomatoes that can sweat out Pakistan's summer and "cutecumbers" that need little water, and now the company is planting itself on the Australian Securities Exchange.Abundant Produce specializes in developing seeds that can grow in extreme.....

Agricultura Viva
New competitor in the horticultural market
Today, Friday, 8 April, the Asociación Agricultura Viva is organising its first assembly in the halls of Campoejido. The new organization plans to present an initiative designed to change the current marketing process in the fruit and vegetable market.Asociación Agricultura Viva, based in El Ejido, already.....

FreshCon Market 2016
Discover the promising market of the Balkans
On April 22-23, dozens of professionals will have the unique opportunity to meet (as part of B2B meetings) the Category Managers of the most significant supermarket chains of Southeast Europe and discuss, exchange views and make beneficial commercial partnerships. The dynamic and growing market of the.....


In the Santiago Marathon
PMA members deliver over 103,000 pounds of fruit
For the second consecutive year, Produce Marketing Association (PMA) participated along with PMA member companies Subsole, David del Curto, Cencosud, Gesex, Exser, Globar Reefers, Tuniche, Hortifrut and Envases Impresos Roble Alto as official sponsors of the Santiago Marathon, Chile's most important sports.....

Life insurance company pays customers to eat fruit, veg
On Wednesday 6 April, life insurance provider John Hancock announced plans for a program which incentivizes policyholders to make “healthy food choices.” It’s the first of its kind in the U.S., and according to the company, their new Vitality HealthyFood program will give customers, “real-time discounts.....

Dispute over sweetening Belize citrus
Citrus Products of Belize Limited has decided to leave its citrus in the field to sweeten a little more. The logic behind doing so is that the fruit will ripen more, become sweeter and then they will be able to fetch higher prices for the juice; the profits from which will be shared with the Citrus Growers.....


Possible listeria contamination
Apple products recalled in Texas
Products containing sliced red apples are being recalled by Fresh from Texas of San Antonio because they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The product was sold by H-E-B stores in Texas. No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria,.....

Fire blight trial at Virginia Tech
Bee Vectoring Technologies plan to work with Professor Keith Yoder, Tree Fruit Pathologist at Virginia Tech’s Agricultural Research and Extension Center to control fire blight, which causes crop losses in apples and pears. The crop losses and cost to control the pathogen can reach into the $100 million.....

Italy’s favourite pear fast becoming South Africa’s too
Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, a marketer of South African apples and pears, and supplier of Abate Fetel pears, is investing in a varietal-specific promotion to drive consumer awareness of Abate Fetel and sales at retail level in April 2016.With television spots on DSTV, ETV, SABC 1,2, and 3 in two bursts, their.....


UK: West Suffolk estate to become potato research hub
The Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative has provided funding for a West Suffolk estate to become a Regional Research & Demonstration Hub for potato growers and suppliers.The project, coordinated and co-funded by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s Potatoes Division (AHDB Potatoes), has.....

For fresh merchandising opportunities
Walmart recognizes innovation partners
Polymer Logistics was recognized by Walmart at its U.S. YBM (Year Beginning Meeting) as an innovative partner for its wood grain reusable plastic containers (RPCs) that bring a clean and consistent look inspired by farmer markets to stores. Walmart also recognized Calavo Growers, an avocado grower, for being.....

Michigan apples used in cold storage study
A study was conducted by JMT US, a subsidiary company of the French company Janny MT, which aimed to compare the apple quality in their JMT controlled atmosphere modules compared to regular cold room storage.The company stored Michigan apples in their JMT modules in Michigan State University (MSU).....


Canada: OGVG launches “Spring into Flavour” promotion
Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) has launched a “Spring into Flavour” promotion which features Ontario greenhouse tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers available now in Ontario grocery stores. The growing demand for Ontario greenhouse vegetables is motivated by consumers' healthy eating choices. OGVG.....

Onubafruit to boost production with new lands
The cultivation of strawberries and other berries in the region of Huelva has developed successfully in recent decades, with a gradual expansion and diversification, to the point that a great level of expertise has been achieved. This is the case of the companies under Onubafruit: Costa de Huelva, Cobella,.....

Locus Traxx CEO named “2016 Rock Star of the Supply Chain”
Food Logistics announced that Locus Traxx Worldwide CEO, David Benjamin, was a recipient of its second annual “Rock Stars of the Supply Chain,” award. The award recognizes influential individuals in the food and beverage industry whose achievements, hard work and vision have shaped and continue to attain.....


US (TX): Monahans solar project to power Village Farms
Village Farms, SolarCity and MP2 Energy have agreed to build a 2 megawatt solar array adjacent to Village Farms’ 30 acre Permian Basin Division greenhouse in Monahans, Texas. The solar system is expected to provide the facility with nearly all of its daytime electricity needs and generate more than 82.....


Fruit Connection, quality inspectors
"Around 30% of fruit and veg are lost in the post-harvest"
"Worldwide, around 30% of the fruit and vegetable production is lost due to issues in the post-harvest. Being aware of that, one of our goals is to help producers better understand those problems and collectively discuss strategies to minimise them. With the quality and researchequipmentat origin, we compare.....