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McCain: Upgrade to potato processing in Tasmania
McCain Foods will spend $10 million expanding its potato processing plant in Smithton in Tasmania's north-west. The company will upgrade its storage facility, which will hold up to 55,000 tonnes of potatoes for processing.McCain agriculture director John Jackson said the upgrade would improve.....


Italy: Gianmarco Guernelli new fresh produce purchasing manager Conad
On July 1st 2015, 47-year-old Gianmarco Guernelli became the new fresh produce purchasing manager forConad(Consorzio nazionale dettaglianti).Guernelli has been working for Conad since 1989, when he started as a junior buyer. Between 1992 and 2000, he was in vegetable quality control and, from 2000 onwards,.....

Greenyard Foods COO to step down
Greenyard Foods NV has announced that Francis Kint will step down as Chief Operating Officer (COO) to become non-executive Director on the Board of Greenyard Foods, the recent business combination of Greenyard Foods, Univeg and Peatinvest. He will also become a member of Greenyard Food’s Strategic Committee......

US: Potato company settles harassment suit
Allegations that female workers were sexually harassed at a Monte Vista potato company are costing the company $450,000 and a male supervisor his job.The company, MountainKing Potatoes, also has to send a “letter of regret” to the female employees who alleged that they were victims of the supervisor’s.....


Italy: Brio organic produce 'conquers' Italian retailers
According to a recent Nielsen survey, organic products are not affected by the crisis and consumption has been increasing constantly even in the past few years characterised by the recession. Customers seem, in fact, to have increased by 14.8% to 3.2 million people.In line with this general trend, the.....

Monsanto offers name change to secure Syngenta takeover
Monsanto would be prepared to change its name to help secure a $45bn (£30bn) takeover of Syngenta.A letter sent from Scottish-born Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant to Syngenta, the world’s biggest producer of agrichemicals, suggested a name change as part of a possible deal to merge both companies.“We would also.....


Italy: Trento's SFT now part of Apofruit Italia
The agreement betweenOP Apofruit Italia and theS.F.T. (Società Frutticoltori Trento)cooperative was recently signed."On July 1st, S.F.T.'s board of directors decided we should be part of the PO. The agreement will bring a huge change for the marketing of organic apples both in Italy and on an international.....


Jeroen Buyck:
“Support for traders after boycott could be better”
The Russian boycott came as a surprise for everyone. Jeroen Buyck (right) of Calsa, located in Ardooie (Belgium), talks about the consequences of the trade war for the export and the investments to gain access to new markets. A market with millions of consumers can’t be replaced from one day to the next.What.....


Italy: New Vodafone Romania commercial partly shot at Gruppo Ceradini
Vodafone Romania launched a new TV commercial concerning new tariffs for Romanians who wish to have contact with their relatives working abroad, particularly in Italy and Spain. The testimonial is young Romanian singer Raymond Z (in the photo above). His mother, Ms. Cristina Zainel, works atGruppo Ceradini.....

Sun-Maid selects PRISM for Northern California distribution
Sun-Maid Growers of California has selected PRISM Team Services to handle distribution of its products throughout Northern California and parts of Nevada and Utah.There were four companies competing for the business which PRISM will handle through its Stockton, CA facility, all credible companies and good.....

Agrupaejido to take legal action against sacked General Manager and Cajamar
As a result of the refinancing carried out with Cajamar and other banks, harsh financial conditions were imposed on AGRUPAEJIDO's shareholders, with the consideration of the guarantee of working to protect the company's viability. On that basis, it was accepted, even by AGRUPAEJIDO's board, to appoint the.....


US (WA): Cherry volume reaches annual peak
Every year in the Northwest, at some point the cherry season peaks. When the peak comes, it presents retail buyers with the best cherry sales and promotion opportunities of the entire season.“This is the week.” says Steve Castleman, Senior Vice President of Sales at CMI. “We are hitting our seasonal high.....


Top Melon
Italy: Market conditions improving
Summer 2015 will be quite special for the Spinetti family, because the family business is celebrating its 20th anniversary.Left to right: Marco, Gianni, Giorgio and Chiara Spinetti. Maco and Chiara are Giorgio's children and they work at Top Melon."We are very proud of these 20 years. We started with two.....


Worldwide: China is global leader for online grocery sales
According to the ranking of the 10 leading markets for what concerns online grocery salesdrafted by IGD, not only is China the current leader in the sector, but it is also set to quadruple the value of this segment in the next five years, thus distancing other countries such as the UK and the US.According to.....


more than half a million kilos
Veiling Hoogstraten hits new record with strawberries
The summer temperatures are literally bearing fruit; Veiling Hoogstraten has just sold the most strawberries ever in the history of their company. On the morning of July 6th, 501,948 kilos of strawberries were for sale. The previous record, which was reached on May 26, 2014, stood at 385,000 kg.Extremely.....


Larger areas for Munich wholesalers
New Munich market hall design chosen
In future traders will get larger sales areas in the new Munich wholesale market hall. The design of the market hall has been chosen. During a closed council assembly the members selected the design of Ackermann Architects, a studio in Munich. The council had 13 designs to choose from.© Ackermann Architects.....

Del Campo expands sales team
Del Campo welcomes back Javier Gonzalez to the sales team where he will resume his role on July 6th as sales representative. Javier’s expertise is in tomatoes and bell peppers sales and previously worked at Del Campo for over 3 years. He will be working out of the Nogales, AZ facility. “We are pleased to.....


Rebuilding a Kenyan packing operation from recycled materials
It’s no secret that the business climate in Kenya is challenging at the moment – the local inflation of input costs has placed vegetable production and processing operations under pressure. So how does a large and complex business such as Finlays go about combating these challenges sustainably and fairly for.....

New CFO for Messe Berlin
At its regular meeting today the supervisory board of Messe Berlin appointed 45 year-old Dirk Hoffmann, a business studies graduate, as the chief financial officer of Messe Berlin. He will take up his post on 15 September 2015 and oversee Finances, IT and Human Resources.Dirk Hoffmann studied Business.....

Growers elect two new members to HortNZ Board
Horticulture New Zealand’s grower members have elected two new directors to their board. Voting closed on Friday.The two new directors are:John Cook, a kiwifruit grower, from Bay of PlentyMike Smith, a kiwifruit grower, from Bay of PlentyJohn Cook has an extensive background in agriculture and horticulture,.....

UK: Global Plant Genetics delivering horticultural solutions
Global Plant Genetics Ltd is a new UK based business co-owned by Rupert Hargreaves and Jamie Petchell.The new company will be primarily involved in the berry and asparagus business, supplying Plants / Seeds, Intellectual Property Management, Joint Venture Business Development as well as Technical Support......


Zerbinati, 100% Italian Fresh Soups for "Bellavita Expo"
Zerbinati, an Italian company leader in the market of ready-to-serve fresh vegetables and of fresh ready-made dishes, will be at "Bellavita Expo. The excellence of Italy", an international exhibition exclusively dedicated to the Made in Italy excellences to be held in London from 19 to 21 July at the.....


EDEKA Nord keeps on growing
EDEKA Nord achieved a sales increase of 3.4% in fiscal year 2014. The turnover increased by 4.4% to 2587.8 million Euro. One reason for this success is expansion. 24 new stores opened and 20 stores expanded. The sales area increased by 3.4% to a total of 763,000 square meters.EDEKA Nord management: Dr. David.....

Former Turkhan Foods, Linden Nut, and Pearl Crop Trading
US: Merger of three companies into Pearl Crop, Inc.
Ulash Turkhan, President & CEO of Pearl Crop, Inc. is excited to announce the merger and new name of the company…Pearl Crop, Inc. “While many of you have come to know us from working with our family of companies - Turkhan Foods, Linden Nut, and Pearl Crop Trading, we decided that merging these companies.....


Kees Vlastar leaves Best Fresh Group
After 27 loyal years of service to the Best Fresh Group, Kees Valstar has sold his shares to his brother Mart, "I'm taking a leap of faith here, but this was a very well-thought out decision," says Kees, who became the second representative for the-then Commission trade for M. Valstar & Co. for the third.....


Jack Groenewegen: "Prominent does not want to change"
Prominent celebrates 20 year anniversary
Twenty years ago, Germans who could not appreciate Dutch 'Wasserbomben', ensured the founding of the 'Prominent' growers association, who supplied quality tomatoes to meet the needs of the market. The six entrepreneurs chose to grow vine tomatoes to save the Dutch tomato image. From the six entrepreneurs,.....

IG International plans to go public
IG International, one of the leading names in fresh fruit import and export, is planning to go public within the next 3-4 years.“We have a target to achieve a turnover of $300 million in the next 3-4 years. Once the target is achieved, we will definitely go for an initial public offering (IPO),” IG.....


Success in 1st Red Fruits Congress
Planasa looking to obtain off-season strawberry variety
PLANASA, official sponsor of the First Red Fruits Congress, is greatly satisfied with the results of the event which has brought together 1,000 visitors, including producers and companies within the sector. PLANASA claims that interest in the event has been clear, given the full house at their conference and.....

Monsanto CEO flies to Europe to meet Syngenta investors
Monsanto Co. Chief Executive Officer Hugh Grant will be in Europe this week and next to meet with Syngenta AG investors as he pursues a takeover of the Swiss pesticide producer.Grant, in his first European trip to lobby shareholders on the potential deal, will be accompanied by Chief Financial Officer Pierre.....

BioSafe Systems announces new service team
BioSafe Systems is excited to announce the hire of two new members for our service team. David Britt recently joined the team to handle East Coast service calls, while Michael Ambuehl will be the Technical Service Representative on the West Coast. Developing a service team will allow BioSafe Systems to.....

John Giumarra elected President, CEO of Giumarra Vineyards Corp.
Giumarra Vineyards Corporation have announced that John Giumarra has been elected President and CEO of the company by the company’s shareholders. Giumarra Vineyards is one of California’s leading producers of California table grapes, citrus and wine products, one of the largest employers in Kern County,.....

United Fresh
Stenzel, Gombas & Guenther appointed to USDA advisory
United Fresh’s President and CEO, Tom Stenzel, along with Senior Vice President, Food Safety and Technology, Dave Gombas, Ph.D. and Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Robert Guenther, have been appointed by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to serve on federal.....

Two-front legal fight for POM Wonderful
The hard-charging California company behind POM Wonderful pomegranate juice is facing a two-front legal fight.On the East Coast, the juice maker crosses swords with the Federal Trade Commission. An appellate court’s recent refusal to reconsider an earlier ruling against POM Wonderful plants the possibility.....

ConAgra Foods to exit private label market
In a report issued on June 30, ConAgra Foods, Inc. reported results for this year’s fourth quarter, which ended May 31, 2015, with consumer and commercial foods posting operating profit growth.Nonetheless, the same statement revealed an operating profit decline in the private brands section, after adjusting.....


Ready-to-eat kiwis followed by mandarins and bananas
FruitRangers new fruitbrand for children
From week 23 onwards a new brand can be found in supermarkets. FruitFactor, based in Ridderkerk, developed FruitRangers. The brand targets children from the age of three to nine years old and focuses on education and adventure. Eating fruit is not only tasty and healthy but also cool.All products within.....


IFCO SYSTEMS sponsors refrigerator truck
During a handover ceremony at the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Kappeln Burkhard Rautenberg got the keys for the much needed refrigerator truck. Burkhard Rautenberg is the manager of a food bank in Kappeln that provides food to people in need.The logistics company IFCO, known for their reusable fruit and.....

Dirk Hoffmann new CFO of Messe Berlin
At its regular meeting today the supervisory board of Messe Berlin appointed 45 year-old Dirk Hoffmann, a business studies graduate, as the chief financial officer of Messe Berlin. He will take up his post on 15 September 2015 and oversee Finances, IT and Human Resources. Dirk Hoffmann studied Business.....

USDA National Organic Program:
Frieda's receives top GFSI audit score
Frieda’s Specialty Produce continues to focus on providing the highest quality to its customers, once again passing its annual Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmark audit and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) organic audit.Based on the audit in April, Frieda’s received a superior score of.....

WP Rawl unveils new website
WP Rawl, the premier grower, processor and shipper of leafy greens in the U.S., announces the completion of the newly renovated www.rawl.net. The vibrant, recipe-centric website features new and improved functionality and visual appeal.The design was created with consumer research and user feedback in mind......

Marco Salvi
Italy: Government unaware our companies aren’t competitive
After the Russian government extended the ban against European produce, Fruitimprese chairman Marco Salvi (in the photo) talked to FreshPlaza about the problems of the industry - from production costs to the relationship with retailers."We are working with the Ministry for Agricultural Policy to include the.....

EU court raises Fresh Del Monte cartel fine
The EU high court has hit Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc with fresh fines related to an alleged banana cartel with distributor Weichert in 2008.Del Monte had appealed to the EU Court of justice after the EU General Court fined the two EU14.7m (US$16.32m) over the alleged price fixing of bananas in the EU.....

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
UK: Latest round for PhD funding
AHDB has published its latest call for new research projects, making funding of up to £1 million available for its postgraduate studentship programme.The research call for around 15 PhD studentships opened earlier this month and applications will be open to all research institutes, universities and colleges.....


Italy: Gautier's premium plum tomatoes doing well North European markets
Gautier Italia's Apeticio F1 and Bellacio F1 miniplum tomatoes campaign has finally started.The project involved leading companies in the production and distribution industry.Today, we want to talk about LA ZAGARA, located in Catania. "The company has always been looking for products that make a difference,.....

TopLine Farms becomes Non-GMO verified
TopLine Farms is pleased to announce that its specialty greenhouse fruits and vegetables have officially become Non-GMO Project Verified."This reaffirms our commitment to providing fresh, naturally healthy, high quality produce for all to enjoy," says Jimmy Coppola with Westmoreland Sales-TopLine Farms. "Our.....


John Lucassen
Contract farming provides stability for open field lettuce sales
The open field lettuce season is in full swing at Lucassen Agri Cultuur. The family run company has more than 40 years experience growing different kinds of lettuce in the open field. On 222 acres in Sevenum, The Netherlands the company grows a wide assortment of lettuce, including: cabbage lettuce, green.....


Levarht tours Denmark
Last week the Levarht promotional team toured Denmark to reach their Danish customers. In the morning they gave away melon salad fruit cups to Bilka customers. At the end of the day the tour ended at the Danish headquarters where they handed out fruit cups to the staff during an event.

Ardo makes massive investment in France
Belgian group Ardo’s factory in Gourin (Morbihan) will receive a €37 million investment to create a storage facility and increase production capacities. €32 million will go into the storage centre and €5.5 million into a treatment site. The factory processes frozen spinach, green beans and other locally.....

Jonathan Mason joins Westpac NZ board
Experienced financial executive Jonathan Mason has been appointed to the board of Westpac New Zealand.Mr Mason has more than 30 years’ experience as a Chief Financial Officer in major corporates in New Zealand and the United States of America including Fonterra, Carter Holt Harvey and Cabot Corporation.He is.....


Rijk Zwaan South Africa starts sales activities
As of today, Rijk Zwaan South Africa has taken over the sales activities from its former distributors Javelin Seeds and Filmflex Plastics. By establishing this new subsidiary, Rijk Zwaan expects to be able to serve the South African vegetable market even more effectively.Over the last couple of months, the.....

Now offering GSPP certified tomato varieties
Sakata Seed America earns GSPP accreditation
Sakata Seed America has announced their GSPP certification, as of May 2015. This exciting new certification will bring added value to Sakata’s distributor network and their customers, and serves as a promising opportunity for future growth in the industry. GSPP, or ‘Good Seed and Plant Practices’.....


Smets Food Trading now has Spanish watermelons
Increasing demand for melons from Greece and Spain
Demand for melons from Greece and Spain has significantly increased after a slight dip last week. Smets Food Trading has long enjoyed a solid producer in Greece. Starting this year Smets Food Trading will also have Spanish watermelons. "From Greece we have the long varieties of watermelons, which are full of.....


Positive balance of Konsum Dresden thanks to large investments
The consumer’s cooperative Konsum Dresden survived the pressure of the competition and closed the 2014 balance with a good result.An increasing number of branches of supermarket chains open in Dresden. Especially on the high street's supermarkets and discounters open their doors; the competition is growing,.....

Sysco drops plan to merge with US Foods
Following a successful government lawsuit to block the deal, Sysco Corp, the biggest U.S. food distribution company, dropped plans to merge with US Foods, its biggest rival, Sysco said on Monday.Cancellation of the deal means Sysco will have to pay a $300 million break-up fee to US Foods and another $12.5.....

Del Monte Pacific posts Q4 net loss of US$14.1m
Del Monte Pacific (DMPL) posted a net loss of US$14.1 million for the fourth quarter ended April, narrowing its losses from US$38.7 million a year ago. This included non-recurring expenses amounting to US$8.9 million.Its revenue for the quarter rose 45.1 per cent, from US$364.0 million to US$528.2.....


Decco Worldwide
Leading the way in postharvest
Decco Worldwide, the postharvest division of the agrochemical multinational UPL, has just completed its World Wide Meeting 2015 in Antalya, Turkey, where it gathered its management team from the Group’s 13 entities.Turkey, which is one of Decco’s emerging markets, served as an ideal platform to discuss the.....


Duffy Kniaziew, Orangeline Farms:
"Do something that nobody else does"
Strawberries, runner beans, chocolate peppers, purple peppers, a wide range of chilli peppers, plus a large acreage of red, yellow and orange bell peppers. You can find all of these crops at Orangeline Farms in Leamington, Ontario. Ever since the Kniaziew family started to market their own produce under the.....


Michelangelo Rivoira from Rivoira-Kiwi Uno
Impossible to export to Egypt and Lybia
FreshPlaza visited Rivoira-Kiwi Uno, one of the leading exporters of fruit, to talk with Michelangelo Rivoira about the situation of Italian produce on the main marketsFreshPlaza (FP): How are things going for top fruit, stone fruit and kiwis?Michelangelo Rivoira (MR): Last year we managed to export 80.....


After impressive growth in Italy
Zerbinati fresh soups are now approaching Europe
The fresh soup market has enjoyed a very positive growth in the last years in Italy: in 2014, as an example, it grew by 7.7% in value.Within this market, Zerbinati plays an important role: the 100% Italian company, based in the Monferrato area in the Piedmont region, achieved a 30% growth in 2014.....

India: Mahindra bets big on ag sector
Betting big on the farm sector, homegrown conglomerate Mahindra group is gearing up for a big play in agriculture, leveraging on the brand equity of its tractors, to make it a significant revenue and profit generator in the next five years.The Mumbai-based group, which forayed into agri-segment in 2010-end,.....

Gijs van den Oever: "New harvest ready later due to cold spring"
Netherlands: Leek market finally doing well
Over the past two years leek sales have been quite unexceptional. But recently the new harvest has caused a small revival in the leek market. "Two weeks ago prices were around 50-55 cents, and now we are at 65-70 cents," says Gijs van den Oever, a salesman for Van den Elzen Groentenverwerking (vegetable.....

APAL 2015 National Awards for Excellence
Apple/pear industry award winners announced
Winners of APAL's 2015 National Awards for Excellence have been announced at the Gala Night of the 2015 National Horticulture Convention."The Board would like to congratulate all the winners of APAL's awards and to thank them for their outstanding and special contributions to our industry," said APAL Chair.....

China’s Hebang Group buys 51% stake from Stockton Group
Today (June 29, 2015) an agreement was signed in Beijing the sale of 51 percent of the Israeli Stockton Group to the Chinese-based Hebang Group in return for a $90 million investment in the company.The Hebang Group is a public Chinese company, traded on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, and is active in a variety.....


Aweta presents its new technologies for kiwi quality selection
Aweta has launched new sorter machines studied specifically to assess the internal and external quality of kiwis. Internal defect detectionThe Inscan technology is based on IR radiations and was originally created to analyse apples, avocados and mangos. Nowadays, though, the sensors have been improved.....

Tom Lange celebrates veteran Bruce Rubin’s retirement
Tom Lange Company will be celebrating the career of veteran Bruce Rubin at their 25th Annual Charity Classic golf outing this Saturday, June 27, in St. Louis, MO.Rubin started with Tom Lange Company on December 19, 1966.Highlights of Rubin’s career include: Member of St. Louis Produce Market Board since 1996.....