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Laser perforation extends produce shelf life
Laser perforation's possibilities range from extending the shelf life of fresh produce, to making it possible to microwave a pre-prepared roast dinner in minutes. Steve Hughes, managing director of REO UK, takes a look at how laser microperforation is evolving food packaging.When it comes to designing food.....

Scaling up production to meet demand
UK potato supplier invests £1.7m in washing and grading line
At its production facility in Scotland, UK potato supplier Branston has installed a new integrated grading, washing and sizing line, the result of £1.7 million’s worth of investment.The installation at the Perthshire site is in preparation to scale up production to meet the demand of a large, long-term.....

In face of lack of support
VGI withdraws takeover bid for BML
Private Equity fund, VGI Partners, has abandoned its hostile takeover bid for the iconic Brisbane Markets. The bid ultimately ran out of puff, with few supporters and lapsed at 5.00 pm on Friday, 1 July 2016.The protracted bid became hostile with VGI Partners making an ongoing range of claims and.....

Ag expo connects Israeli, Palestinian farmers
This year's 2016 Fresh Agro Mashov Fair presented an opportunity for Israeli and Palestinian farmers to gather together in Tel Aviv to share and learn innovative farming techniques and technologies, as well as increase cooperation.According to a statement posted on Facebook by Israel’s Coordination of.....

Processing, packaging specialist opens new office in Southern Europe
Food processing and packaging specialist tna has announced the opening of a new office in Southern Europe. It demonstrates tna's commitment to support customers with dedicated local, on the ground technical service and sales teams around the world.Located in Milan, Italy, the new office will service the.....


2015 a good year for Apofruit
2015 was rather good for theApofruit cooperative.Production was slightly below €260 million with a net result of €527 thousand. The net worth exceeded €102 million. These figures place the cooperative among the leading fresh produce organisations both in Italy and Europe.In addition, during the first five.....

Half of Nigeria's exporters inactive
According to the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, a body charged with promoting non-oil exports, out of their 1,040 registered exporters, only 529, about 50.9 per cent, are active.A source, however, said there exists a large informal export market as several exporters usually bypass the formal channels to.....


Cooperation between Apulia and Uganda
Red onions embrace the Dark Continent
The red onion from Acquaviva delle Fonti season has just started, but this time we would like to talk about the"La Cipolla Rossa abbraccia il Continente Nero" (Red Onions embrace the Dark Continent) project - a cooperation between the Consortium to safeguard and promote the products from the Acquaviva delle.....


Kenyan cucumber grower turns spoilt produce into ice pops
A cucumber farmer in Eldoret (Kenya) has found an innovative way of salvaging his spoilt yields by making popsicles that have become an instant hit in the local markets.Larry Keya, like many smallholder farmers, ventured into English cucumber farming for the hype it was generating. But he never took the time.....


Patrick Verhamme, Delhaize:
"We are working hard to catch up on Fresh Produce"
The customers of Delhaize are looking for healthy food, inspiration, and sustainability. "Fresh Produce is a very important department. We've recently investigated what the customers thought of our Fresh Produce sections. In comparison to other retailers, we have good scores regarding meat and dairy.....


Hans Vonk retires from Fresh Produce sector after 53 years
After working in the Fresh Produce sector for 53 years, Hans Vonk has decided to retire. "Hans is the patriarch of our team and has spent his years building a great network within our sector. We are going to miss Hans, but we respect his choice and wish him a bright future. The 30thof June was his last.....


René van Dommele
The king of bananas 40 years in the trade
40 years ago, René van Dommele, aged 18 and the youngest son, started working in his father's company Van Dommele in Roosendaal. He worked together with his father and two older brothers. Some years later the company moved to the new location at the IABC in Breda. René took up the leading role with success.....

McDonald's first salad bar opens in Singapore
This weekend, beginning 1 July, will see the reopening of McDonald's flagship restaurant in Singapore, with a new gourmet salad bar. The restaurant occupies the original East Coast Park McDonald's outlet which was in operation for 30 years until it closed for refurbishment in 2012.McDonald's Singapore's.....

$6 million to strengthen Aussie vegetable businesses
Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) recently invested more than $6 million into a targeted program which aims to bolster vegetable production in key growing areas throughout the nation.The funds will be used to inform growers about current research and development activities and help them.....

AU: Real time horticultural pricing divides industry bodies
Real time horticultural price reporting is a contentious subject in Australia, causing a divide between fruit and vegetable growers bodies. While NSW Farmers’ Horticulture Chair, Brett Guthrey, speaking on behalf of Growcom, NSW Farmers, Vegetables WA and Victorian Farmers Federation, who also support the.....

UC Davis recognizes HM.Clause as partner in innovation
HM.CLAUSE is pleased to announce that it was selected by the UC Davis Office of Research as this year’s recipient of the Innovative Community Partner award. The award is given annually to a leader or organization in the community that has contributed significantly to regional growth and entrepreneurship in.....

NZ kiwifruit grower's crop sabotaged
Kerry Farrand, a Kerikeri kiwifruit grower estimates that sabotage of his kiwifruit crop has resulted in a loss of $217,000 to his company. He is offering a $50,000 reward leading to charges being laid after 2.26 hectares of his four orchards was sprayed with an insecticide that meant the crop was unsuitable.....

Asparagus grading tech company wins copyright case
A copyright case stemming from an issue over a cup that collects asparagus on a grading machine, has led to Waikato company Oraka Technologies being awarded $4.1 million in damages. Michael Schwarz, owner of Oraka Technologies, developed the first automatic asparagus sorter, known as the Oraka Grader, in the.....

Dongfang buys more citrus plantations
Dongfang Modern Agriculture has bought a tangerine and a camellia plantation in Xunwu County. Both new plantations are near to the company's existing plantations within the Ganzhou City district of Jiangxi Province, China's premier citrus region.The tangerine plantation (400 hectares) and camellia plantation.....

UK: Personnel changes at Commercial Horticultural Association
CHA has announced that Stuart Booker, who for the past 10 years has looked after the day to day management of the association, is to step down to take a new role in the agriculture and horticulture PR industry.The CHA secretariat team at head office in Brasted will continue to manage the daily activities and.....

Spain: Navasa and Kingenta sign trade agreement
The Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the agreement reached by the Almeria-based company Navasa S.A (Antonio Navarro) with the Chinese group Kingenta, which will allow it to start operating in Almeria from the current facilities of the Port of Almeria. The presentation of the agreement reached between the.....


Scaling up and adapting to consumer demand
NZ: Compac predicting extraordinary growth
New Zealand firm Compac is predicting extraordinary growth helped in part by the global appetite for premium fresh produce that is quality-guaranteed.The company provides post-harvest technology, software and services to the fresh produce industry and last year reached a milestone of more than $100 million.....


Kenyan fresh fruit importers enjoying high demand
The demand for fresh fruits and vegetables in Kenya continues to rise by the day creating a niche in the market which has seen more players come on board.The retail of fruits and vegetables in Kenya was a few years ago dominated by small traders operating from tiny shops and public markets but this is.....


Dutch company signs agreement with Chinese potato processor
Over the past few months there have been quite a few meetings between project teams of the joint venture Linkage - Farm Frites and Kiremko. These meetings led to an agreement which makes the Dutch engineering company Kiremko, which is dedicated to the potato processing industry, the main supplier and.....


UK: ''Wonky'' Mr. Potato Head promotes imperfect produce
A new ''wonky'' Mr. Potato Head will raise money via an eBay auction for a UK food waste charity, FareShare, along with raising awareness that ugly vegetables are vegetables, too.The latest variation of Hasbro’s Mr. Potato Head looks more like the potatoes in the pantry than the well-known childhood toy:.....

Containing Panama disease
Historic banana farm buyout in Queensland
The Australian Banana Grower’s Council (ABGC) has made a landmark purchase of a property in Tully, in a bid to control the spread of Panama Tropical Race 4 (TR4.)The ABGC has signed a conditional sales agreement that will enable the eventual close of operations on the only known TR4 affected property in.....

North-western Europe potato acreage to grow by 5%
The North-western European Potato growers (NEPG) expect the combined potato acreage in Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Great Britain to be 552,000 hectares (1.36 million acres).This is an increase of 4.9 percent compared to last year and 3.5 percent over the 5 year running average.Acreage used.....


New processing facility for Melinda late cherries
Juicy, fleshy and delicious - the uniqueMelindacherries from Val di Non will be back again this year. It is quite a recent production for the Melinda Consortium, which has been a great success on the market thanks to the excellent quality of the fruit and to the fact that they are available when the campaign.....

AU: 'Buy local' a lazy marketing ploy?
According to Agribusiness Australia’s chief executive officer, Tim Burrow, 'buy local' is one of the “laziest marketing ploys” in the trade, relying on the consumers' patriotic sensibilities, but not necessarily giving the customer a good deal.Customer loyalty will wear thin in the longer term unless farmers.....

Spain: New member joins GlobalG.A.P. coop Anecoop
With the addition of Tomasol to its network of now 70 member cooperatives with thousands of farmers, Anecoop has expanded its market reach and improved its position in Andalusia. This boost to its commercial strength enables Anecoop to support growers, producers and marketers of horticultural products to.....


US: Southside Virginia berry growers wanted
Virginia State University Cooperative Extension Specialists are looking for Southside Virginia farmers, especially those who formerly raised tobacco, who are interested in trying their hand at growing blackberries, blueberries or strawberries. Extension specialists believe the region has potential for.....

TOP bv celebrates its tenth anniversary
Focus on quality of ambient food products with new technologies
Innovation company TOP bv celebrates its tenth anniversary. Since the start in 2006, TOP has focused on product development, process design and innovation management. After many innovations for refrigerated products, the company now wants to focus on the quality of long-shelf-life products.Ten years ago, in.....


Tesco strawberries: Fresh from farm field to store in a day
British strawberries have been synonymous with the tennis tournament for many years, both are the iconic image of a traditional British summer.Berry Gardens supply strawberries to Tesco throughout the summer but during the two weeks of tennis it is an especially busy time for them. Tesco will sell around.....

Damco launches Supply Chain Orchestrator programme
Damco, a third party logistics provider, announces its new Supply Chain Orchestrator programme. This control tower solution enables companies to improve overall supply chain visibility, performance and optimisation.Damco’s Supply Chain Orchestrator provides a single coordination point, integrating,.....


Peter Matthijsen: "We respond to increasing demand snacking carrots"
Top Fresh new carrot processing site
In 2005, Peter Matthijssen set up Top Fresh and started with only a few hectares of fertile land in the Noordoostpolder. Now the acreage covers 200 hectares. Top Fresh Trading was set up in 2012 by Ronald Gielleit and Peter Matthijssen. Top Fresh has specialized itself in growing and processing ready-to-eat.....


World Potato Congress Board changes: Who's in? Who's out?
On Tuesday 28 June David Thompson, President and CEO of World Potato Congress Inc. (WPC) announced the retirement of Albert Wada, after an eight year term, as an active member the Board of Directors.David Thompson:"Mr. Wada has contributed significantly to World Potato Congress.""We fully appreciate his.....

Maersk, MSC
EU to accept antitrust offer from 15 shipping firms
EU antitrust regulators are set to accept an offer which would end a five-year probe, from container liner Maersk, Swiss peer MSC and 13 other shipping firms, which means they are set to escape possible penalties, reports Reuters.The European Commission is likely to announce its decision next month, which.....

AU: Lettuce farm workers shortchanged by contractor
Reports that a third-party labour hire company that underpaid vegetable farm workers has dealt another blow to horticulture's reputation in relation to farm labour. The Fair Work Ombudsman this week (June 27th) reported that Queensland producer Story Fresh Farms used third-party labour hire company Team.....

20-40% fruit binned before reaching shelves
AU: One in five bags of groceries is wasted
The scale of food waste in Australia is shocking, especially in light of the fact that one in six Australians still experience food insecurity. The average bin is made up of 40 percent food and for every five bags full of groceries brought into the average Australian home, one is thrown out.Of the nation's.....

What does it take to be a fresh produce trader?
As the fresh produce industry comes under increasing pressure to feed a hungry planet, the industry must in turn look for people who can facilitate an efficient supply chain from grower to customer. So what does being a fresh produce trader entail?Being a successful fresh produce trader, i.e. some one who.....

Net income US$51.5 million
Del Monte Pacific back in the black
Singapore Mainboard and Philippine Stock Exchange dual listed Del MontePacific Limited (“DMPL” or the “Group”) have reported a growth in sales and rise in profitability for the full year ending April 2016. The Group achieved full year sales of US$2.3billion, 4% higher than last year. Its US subsidiary, Del.....


Longobardi and Sado bought by Unitec Group
The companies Longobardi Srl and Sado Srl have been bought by UNITEC S.p.A, through its subsidiary company Unisorting Srl, on the occasion of the sale held last Thursday (June, 23) at the Court of Bolzano.Unisorting is a new company in the world of technologies for fruits and vegetables, and embodies.....

Unica Group exceeds 253 million kilos and will continue growing
Unica Group's spectacular growth continues and on 21 June it already beat its expectations for the current campaign, exceeding 253 million kilos and with the summer months still ahead before the end of the campaign, so this figure will continue to increase. These are magnificent results, widely exceeding the.....

Tom Gemels, Fresh Express:
Belgium profiles as weak and unstable because of strikes
Last week, on the 24th of June, there was a nationwide strike in Belgium. The socialist unions spewed their displeasure about the savings and the government policy. They announced a 24-hour strike from Thursday 23rd of June at 22.00 hrs to Friday 24th of June at 22.00 hrs. Mostly the public transport suffers.....


From fire to fire
Raging fire in Goes Handling Centre in De Meern
A raging fire has partially destroyed the Goes Handling Centre in De Meern, Utrecht. The fire started late last night and is now under control. Or so it seemed last night, but during the night the fire started up again. The cause of the fire is still unknown. It probably started around 20.30 hrs in one of.....


VLAM pepper food truck seduces French wholesalers
A food truck, peppers in all shapes and colours and a reliable alarm clock. With those ingredients a motivated VLAM, BelOrta Auction and Cooperation Hoogstraten team announced the peak supply of Flandria peppers at the early markets in Lyon, Marseilles and Paris. "This action will familiarise French.....

Filipino banana industry strives to maintain global competitiveness
President of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA)Alexander N. Valoria has called on stakeholders of the banana industry to uphold security and discipline in order to maintain global competitiveness.Valoria said the country is recovering in production but the lengthening dry period.....

Okechamp Group sells Dutch subsidiary F&F Europe
On Monday 27 June, Poland based Okechamp SA concluded the sale of 100% of shares of its Dutch Subsidiary F&F Europe BV to Freezitt Holding BV, as part of FLM Foodingredients BV.By closing this deal Freezitt Holding BV is improving its position as a producer of frozen (IQF) mushrooms in the Netherlands,.....

ConAgra Foods' EU partner to serve Russian market with joint venture
Lamb Weston / Meijer, a partnership between US-based ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston and Netherlands-based Meijer Frozen Food, announced on June 27th that they have signed an agreement with the Russian company Belaya Dacha to establish a new joint venture partnership that will serve the Russian market. The deal is.....

Visit to ''China Garlic 2016'' conference
I Love Produce gains insights into upcoming garlic season
Globally, China is the most important garlic producer, exporter and consumer, with their annual production and exports comprising over 70% of the world’s total.2015 was the highest priced garlic market on record, so I Love Produce’s management team went to China to gain a better understanding of the new crop.....

Maersk Line 'likely' to add capacity through Panama Canal
On Sunday 26 June, Maersk Line announced that it would "likely" add capacity through the newly enlarged Panama Canal by rerouting at least one service with larger vessels through the locks. The new locks can accommodate container ships to 13,000 TEU – as opposed to 5,000 TEU in the old locks – making ships.....

Demand for Aus veg on the rise
International buyers introduced to Queensland produce
From June 23-25, the National Horticulture Convention was held on the Gold Coast; at the event more than 40 leading international buyers from Asia and the Middle East were introduced to the bounty of Queensland’s produce.Importers, retailers and wholesalers from Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the.....


Fruit stays fresh for up to three more days in corrugated trays
Scientific research has indicated that corrugated trays keep fruit fresher and safer than reusable plastic crates (RPCs) and can significantly reduce contamination from pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms.The research by the University of Bologna found that corrugated trays ensured better quality packed.....

Forecasts for the next harvest
VOG Consortium takes stock of apple campaign
The VOG Consortium is taking stock, as a complex business year draws to an end. From the outset, the year was characterised by various critical elements, the most important of which include: one of the biggest ever European harvests, the strangling of Polish apple exports by the Russian embargo, and.....

Inaugural transit of expanded Panama Canal begins
Early Sunday morning (June 26), the inaugural transit of the Panama Canal Expansion began with the transit of Neopanamax vessel COSCO Shipping Panama through the new Atlantic-facing Agua Clara Locks.Originally named Andronikos, the vessel was renamed to honor and pay respect to the country of Panama and the.....

Limoneira Company grows a new solar orchard
On Monday 27 June, Limoneira Company announced that it would begin using solar energy at Porterville Ranch, part of the Company’s northern California operations. In 2008, Limoneira unveiled its first solar facility at its headquarters in Santa Paula to provide energy for its packing operations. The following.....

New varieties for greater consistency
Spanish fruit producer invests in innovation
Fresh Gold Quality, with its 500 hectares, provides stone fruit, persimmons, pome fruit and citrus in both conventional packaging and packaging designed specifically for its customers.In order to provide a good product for their customers for longer, Fresh Gold Quality invests in orchards of early and late.....

Spain: Landfruit offers made-to-measure programmes
Landfruit consists of seven producer partners who came together under a common vision: producing fruit of the highest quality and delivering it through a 100% personalised service. Their fruit and vegetable producers’ organisation is called LEMA and brings together supplies from three regions: Seville,.....


Activities restart at the Peviani facility in Ginosa
Less than seven months since the accidental fire in the Ginosa warehouse,Peviani Spa reports that activities at the packing station have finally restarted.Gino Peviani said that "the solidarity of the locals and the commitment of our team have been essential. We managed to carry on with the vegetable season.....


Froosh-Anna Hagemann Rise:
'Why we need a rethink in the fight against global poverty'
Froosh Public Affairs & Communication Director Anna Hagemann Rise, was recently given the opportunity to speak for TEDx at the Stockholm School of Economics to speak about the fight against global poverty. Anna voiced that although there are a lot of good people with good intentions in the aide.....


Martin de Dreu: “For now, we stop sorting.”
De Dreu Onions moves to new location
De Dreu Onions from Ritthem, the Netherlands, has moved to make room for the new marine barracks near Vlissingen. For the brothers Tony and Martin de Dreu it meant they could move to a new location. Two weeks ago, the building was completed. “It took some work, but now we are very happy with it,” says.....

UK: New app promotes local fruit varieties
FruitFinder, a new search tool from People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is helping people to discover more local fruit varieties.Funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, this tool is part of an ongoing effort by PTES to conserve and restore traditional orchards across the United Kingdom in.....

Adrie Vermeulen appointed new Chairman of Agrico Potato Coop
On June 17, Board of Members of the Agrico potato cooperative appointed Mr Adrie Vermeulen as chairman of the board commencing on December 20, 2016.Mr Vermeulen will take over the chairman’s gavel from Mr Jan Wolthuis on December 20. Mr Wolthuis has been chairman of the cooperative since 2011. In accordance.....

Call on young New Zealanders to share in apple industry
New Zealand’s world leading apple industry is putting a call out to school leavers and graduates across the country to come share in its success.Pipfruit New Zealand’s new capability development manager Erin Simpson has been charged with growing and retaining young people into Zealand’s apple and pear.....


Peruvian Hass avocados for Disney in Shanghai
Since mid-June, large batches of Peruvian Hass avocados have been arriving in China under the Disney brand, after the inauguration of the theme park in Shanghai.The Peruvian avocados are brought to the market thanks to Camposol and Intercorp. The sales of Peruvian avocados for Disney will be implemented.....


SIPO: the Friggitelli Peppers of Verdure di Romagna harvest has begun
SIPO announces that the friggitelli pepper season has started, which are included in the Verdure di Romagna line. The vegetables are grown on a farm specialized in the cultivation of these peppers, in San Mauro Pascoli (Emilia Romagna, Italy).Stefano Pazzagli, SIPO's head technician highlights: "The harvest,.....


Camposol ships its first container of avocados to Japan
Camposol has proudly announced the shipping of its first container of Hass avocados to Japan. This represents a great challenge for the company which, after several months of arduous work, sees the fruits of its efforts with this significant achievement for a demanding market.Having satisfactorily passed the.....


Naïo Technologies launches robotic weeder for large vegetable farms
“Could you make a bigger version of Oz, a robot that straddles and weeds large, tightly planted vegetable beds?” This recurring question has led Naïo Technologies to create a new robotic weeder, 4 years after the launch of their autonomous weeding robot Oz. The new robot goes by the name of Dino and has been.....

Jacques Vandermeiren new CEO of Antwerp Port Authority
Jacques Vandermeiren (52) has been appointed CEO of Antwerp Port Authority as of 1 January 2017. He succeeds Eddy Bruyninckx who after 25 years at the head of the Port Authority is retiring on 31 December 2016. Until January 2015 Vandermeiren held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Elia, the listed.....