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Newcomer on the market for nuts and subtropical fruits, delicatessen and tinned foods

Lukassen Food Group starts Selection Foods

While many wholesalers have stopped expanding their range, Lukassen Food Group actually believes in expanding theirs. On 1 April, the wholesaler from Nieuwegein, the Netherlands, started with Selection Foods, a newcomer on the market for nuts and subtropical fruits, delicatessen and tinned foods. Paul Dekker,.....

Dutch graphic group

Graphic&Mail reveals new name and latest LED printing press

Graphic&Mail evolved from the former mailroom and repro activities of the former Veiling ZON in Venlo, the Netherlands. By now, the full service supplier of graphic products has outgrown the horticultural sector. Last Friday, Nino Venezia celebrated the expansion of his activities with a new name, Dutch.....

Italy: The future of Terremerse in a mark

VIDEO"Investments must be carried out with caution and have two objectives - creating a great brand that reaches consumers directly and becoming partners of the tomato processing world." On 31st March 2017, the Terremerse cooperative illustrated its objectives for the next three years. Regional councillor for.....

Retail Center Rijk Zwaan opened

Last Monday, breeding station Rijk Zwaan became the first Retail Center in the world. “Germany is one of the largest sales markets in Europe, and that’s why Berlin became the city to have the first Retail Center in the world,” according to Jan Doldersum from Rijk Zwaan.Please click here to view the photo.....

Stockton and Jebagro in registration transfer agreement

Stockton STK specializes in the development and marketing of botanical based pesticides and Jebagro (a division of Jebsen and Jessen, Germany), announced today that as part of the overall strategic direction of Stockton, these two companies have come to an agreement about the transfer of various registrations......

BayWa wants to improve company results again after difficult year

The turnover of the international trading and service concern BayWa from Munich rose in the past fiscal year 2016 by around 3 percent to 15.4 billion Euro (2015: 14.9 billion Euro). Although the fruit trade and energy trade reached record values in the annual result, the persistently difficult and very.....

Suba Seeds appoints Ron Amarel as Managing Director, Suba Americas

Suba Seeds Group B.V. (“Suba Seeds” or the “Company”), a specialty vegetable and legume seed producer and a Paine Schwartz Partners, LLC (“Paine Schwartz Partners”) portfolio company, today announced that Ron Amarel will join the Company as Managing Director, Suba Americas. In this role, Mr. Amarel will.....

Annual general meeting elects New Board of Directors

Garlic Growers Association of Ontario embraces change

The Garlic Growers Association of Ontario held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Woodstock on Saturday April 1, 2017 where a new executive board was elected.For many years, the Garlic Growers Association of Ontario has had strong leadership in the very capable hands of Mark Wales (Past President,).....

Germany: Ida & Frida: fresh, healthy and trendy

German catering company Stockheim will bring its new concept to Düsseldorf train station: Ida & Frida. The station is daily visited by approximately 250,000 commuters, travellers and visitors, and they now no longer have to search for trendy flavour experiences that come with health-conscious diets. The.....

Globus visiting Koppert

“German consumers know too little about sustainable growing in the Netherlands”

A group of nearly 50 fresh produce managers from German supermarket chain Globus visited the head office of Koppert Biological Systems on 29 March, and was thus introduced to the combination of quality, food safety and a sustainable cultivation.Globus might not be one the largest German supermarket chains, but.....

Frieda’s welcomes two new employees

Frieda’s has recently added two new hires to its business development and sales teams.Photo: Dustin Hahn and Jeremy BaaschDustin Hahn joined Frieda’s in March as business development repre-sentative, working with Frieda’s customers on the East Coast. Hahn was most recently with West Pak Avocado, focusing on.....

China: Successful supplier convention for Pagoda

On March 30th 2017, Pagoda's supplier convention, themed 'Make business easier, make cooperation more simple' was organized successfully in Shenzhen city (Guangdong province). At the convention, Pagoda's managers from different areas made speeches. Moreover, several suppliers gathered in one hall, which.....

Village Farms reports double digit growth in net sales

Village Farms reported a net sales increase of 10% for the year ended December 2016. Net sales reached 155.5 million dollars. That is an increase of more than 13 million compared to 2015. Michael DeGiglio, Chief Executive Officer, stated “One of our core goals for 2016 was to initiate double digit growth in.....

Polymer Logistics celebrates Grand Opening of Dublin, GA Service Center

Polymer Logistics celebrated the Grand Opening of their Dublin, GA, Service Center on Thursday, March 30. Strategically located with easy access to Interstates 16 and 75, the service center will support the company’s rapidly growing customer base in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states.The facility will.....

Italy: La Boutique del Biologico delivers its certified products home

Companies like La Boutique del Biologico can help solve the issues caused by the lack of time associated with modern lifestyles. This store, owned by the Blife group, and whose products are 100% organic and certified, has a service that allows its customers to place orders and receive the products at home with.....

FreshPlaza.US integrated into FreshPlaza.com

Starting today, April 3rd, we will integrate the North America edition of FreshPlaza into the FreshPlaza.com website. To improve the synergy between the six editions we decided to use only the FreshPlaza.com domain in the future. When you first visit the new FreshPlaza.com website, you will see a popup in.....

Maori King opens Seeka’s iconic new head office in Te Puke

Seeka Ltd’s iconic new head office in the kiwifruit heartland of Te Puke was opened today by the Maori King, HM Kiingi Tuheitia. The ceremony was attended by Trade Minister Todd McClay and some 700 growers, local government officials and community leaders.Seeka has spent more than a year and $4 million.....

Italy: Pgi new carrots are PEF's flagship product, but there's more ...

VIDEO The Sicilian spring carrot season is in full swing after a winter characterised by frost and abundant rainfall, especially in the south-east of the region.We talked to Massimo Pavan fromPEF Srl, one of the leading carrot producers and traders in Italy, to better understand the situation."Let's start with.....

Coöperatie Hoogstraten and BelOrta want to merge

On 30 March, the managements of Coöperatie Hoogstraten cvba and BelOrta cvba granted permission to found a ‘merger committee.’ This committee will start negotiations on behalf of both managements, which will eventually lead to a merger. This way, BelOrta and Coöperatie Hoogstraten want to better achieve.....

Wonderful Citrus sees potential in grapefruit

In early February, DNE World Fruit, Florida’s largest citrus exporter, was acquired by Wonderful Citrus, the citrus giant based in California. With that takeover, Wonderful Citrus significantly increased its market share. Aside from DNE being a well-known exporter of Florida grapefruit to Europe, Wonderful.....

Frieda’s welcomes two new employees

Frieda’s has recently added two new hires to its business development and sales teams.Photo: Dustin Hahn and Jeremy BaaschDustin Hahn joined Frieda’s in March as business development repre-sentative, working with Frieda’s customers on the East Coast. Hahn was most recently with West Pak Avocado, focusing on.....

Polymer Logistics celebrates Grand Opening of Dublin, GA Service Center

Polymer Logistics celebrated the Grand Opening of their Dublin, GA Service Center on Thursday, March 30. Strategically located with easy access to Interstates 16 and 75, the service center will support the company’s rapidly growing customer base in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states.The facility will.....

National Mango Board elects new officers for 2017

The National Mango Board (NMB) elected new officers during their March board meeting in San Diego, CA. As dedicated members, the NMB officers will fulfill their duties and responsibilities by leading the board in accordance with the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996, and the Mango.....

Fyffes kicks off first social media campaign in North America

Fyffes today launched its Willy Wonka-inspired social media campaign, the Fyffes Golden Ticket Hunt, an online scavenger hunt that encourages consumers to “discover more” about Fyffes. The month-long social media scavenger hunt gives participants the chance to win envy-worthy prizes while learning about.....

Tour of Los Angeles port operations for Ag students from Fresno

This past Saturday, March 25, J&K Fresh sponsored a tour of the Los Angeles-Long Beach Seaport for a group of students from California State University, Fresno. The students are majoring in agriculture with a desire to learn about all aspects of the produce industry. The students had an opportunity to.....

California Giant launches ‘Follow us to our farm’ program

California Giant Berry Farms just launched a new consumer-based campaign called “Follow Us to Our Farm” as they call attention to the item-level traceback program in place on their fresh berries.Over four years ago the company made the commitment to invest in item- level traceability on their fresh berry.....

“We have always stuck to the basics”

In 1916, the Netherlands introduced summer time, Albert Einstein presented his theory of relativity, and men in the British army were no longer required to have a moustache. And that isn’t all: trade company G. Sevenhuysen VOF was founded. This year, the company will celebrate its centenary and being issued.....

Arable Mark enables forecasting of crop yields

Data-driven land management company raises $4.25mln to advance predictive farming

Arable, pioneer of data-driven land management, today announced it has closed a $4.25 million Series A round of funding led by Middleland Capital’s agriculture technology fund and S2G Ventures. The round includes participation from new investors Chase Field, Spark Labs and Cantos VC. With the new funds, the.....

Bulgaria: Construction of organic fruit and veg processing plant

A plant for the processing of organic fruits and vegetables will be built in the Bulgarian village of Dagonovo, in the municipality of Belica. The project is being developed by the young Sofia-based Company "Bio Organic Bulgaria", which will be making an investment of 2.8 million Euro. The plant will be.....

Tour of Los Angeles port operations for Ag students from Fresno

This past Saturday, March 25, J&K Fresh sponsored a tour of the Los Angeles-Long Beach Seaport for a group of students from California State University, Fresno. The students are majoring in agriculture with a desire to learn about all aspects of the produce industry. The students had an opportunity to.....

Despite complex season good prices paid

Good season for Sweet Sensation

On Thursday March 24 The Greenery looked back at the last sales season together with Sweet Sensation growers. Despite the complex season good prices could be presented.Last year was characterised by the extreme weather conditions. Ton van Wiggen, sales leader for pears: "Both during growth and picking the.....

China: Product differentiation brings market strength

"In the choice of fruit and vegetable varieties, we strictly follow the commercial standards of maximizing the value of resources. The selected products are distributed throughout the country with the help of a well controlled modern marketing system, through both online and offline channels," said Yan.....

Agricultural nonwoven fabric allows crops to "breathe"

Fruit farmers cover their plantation with agricultural un-spinned cloth"Agricultural nonwoven fabric is a new kind of cover material that lets air through, is absorbant and has a certain transparancy. In Europe and America and other developed countries it is already being used extensively, but in China its.....

The Greenery arranges 150 million for restructuring horticulture

With an investment fund of 150 million euro, The Greenery wants to boost the restructuring of their members. “We have seen that the scale continues to grow in the sector,” the cooperative says.The market asks for large, efficient cultivation companies, but Dutch greenhouse horticulture mostly consists of.....

Blue Book Services debuts 'Know Your Commodity' guide

Blue Book Services recently debuted the 2017 Know Your Commodity Guide, a compilation of commodity profiles, available in print and digital form. The guide includes information on over 85 fruits and vegetables referenced by sellers, buyers, and transporters throughout the produce supply chain.“Blue Book.....

The Produce Mom® creates employment opportunities for teenagers with disabilities

The Produce Mom®, a produce advocacy brand and media outlet focused on educating about the benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables, is helping provide paid jobs for high school students with disabilities. Through a partnership with United Media Now Productions, an Indianapolis-based video production company.....

Blue Book Services debuts 'Know Your Commodity' guide

Blue Book Services recently debuted the 2017 Know Your Commodity Guide, a compilation of commodity profiles, available in print and digital form. The guide includes information on over 85 fruits and vegetables referenced by sellers, buyers, and transporters throughout the produce supply chain.“Blue Book.....

National Mango Board elects new officers for 2017

The National Mango Board (NMB) elected new officers during their March board meeting in San Diego, CA. As dedicated members, the NMB officers will fulfill their duties and responsibilities by leading the board in accordance with the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996, and the Mango.....

Fyffes kicks off first social media campaign in North America

Fyffes today launched its Willy Wonka-inspired social media campaign, the Fyffes Golden Ticket Hunt, an online scavenger hunt that encourages consumers to “discover more” about Fyffes. The month-long social media scavenger hunt gives participants the chance to win envy-worthy prizes while learning about.....

China: Volpusi's cherry tomatoes meet high-end demand

"The production of tomatoes in China is mainly situated in the provinces Shandong, Henan, Hebei and a few others. They totally occupy an area of approximately 1 million hectares, ranging from regular to high end production. Furthermore, the industry's size grows steadily year by year. The increase in surface.....

Ecuadorian firm opens window to the world for Latin American products

Fruit Megacorp is a platform in which, after a simple registration, producers and marketers can get in touch and conduct negotiations in a safe way thanks to the live chat service. "At Fruit Megacorp, we seek to promote Latin American exportable products and become the gateway for quality importers and.....

Ocean Mist Farms announces passing of Albert Pieri

Ocean Mist® Farms sadly announces the passing of 90-year-old Albert Pieri, one of its original founders and a dedicated employee of nearly fifty years.Pieri was a pioneer in the early days of California Artichoke and Vegetable Growers, renamed Ocean Mist Farms in 1995. He was honored with the UnitedAg.....

German company offers alternative to plastic

DEG invests in packaging made of plants

Plastic packaging waste is one of the largest problems worldwide. The Indian government reacted to this problem by banning certain types of plastic packaging. However, a suitable alternative is not yet available on the Indian market. This offers an opportunity for Bio-Lutions, a company in Hamburg, who just.....

Rik Spronk: "Besides mushrooms we also import limes and mangos"

Spronk Trading Holland moving to new location with wider assortment

As of Monday March 27 2017 Spronk Trading Holland will continue its activities in a new company building at the Appelhof in Deil. "We have been active for years as a national and international player in the mushroom market and we extended our assortment a few months ago with exotic vegetables and fruit,".....

Rainforest Alliance uses ChainPoint for data collection

The Rainforest Alliance has chosen ChainPoint, a software company from Arnhem active in making chains more sustainable, as the supplier of their new software platform. The new platform, called Marketplace 2.0, is used to collect important data from various chains, such as bananas. Previously, data was kept.....

More than 40,000 pounds of apples given away

Rainier Fruit continues Boston Marathon sponsorship

In 2017 Rainier Fruit is running ahead with their continued partnership with the Boston Athletic Association as the official apple of the Boston Marathon.What began in 2016 as an effort to promote organic apples to a health focused crowed has grown into a multi-year campaign focused on delivering healthy.....

Jim Hunt, former President of the Grant J. Hunt Company and past PMA President dies

Grant J. Hunt Company, an Oakland, California-based produce distribution firm, has announced that Grant J. “Jim” Hunt, Jr. has died at the age of 94.Mr. Hunt graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Agricultural Economics in 1943. Mr. Hunt joined Grant J. Hunt Company in 1946.....

Jim Hunt, former President of the Grant J. Hunt Company and past PMA President dies

Grant J. Hunt Company, an Oakland, California-based produce distribution firm, has announced that Grant J. “Jim” Hunt, Jr. has died at the age of 94.Mr. Hunt graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Agricultural Economics in 1943. Mr. Hunt joined Grant J. Hunt Company in 1946.....

Arable Mark enables forecasting of crop yields

Data-driven land management company raises $4.25mln to advance predictive farming

Arable, pioneer of data-driven land management, today announced it has closed a $4.25 million Series A round of funding led by Middleland Capital’s agriculture technology fund and S2G Ventures. The round includes participation from new investors Chase Field, Spark Labs and Cantos VC. With the new funds, the.....

Nature Fresh in discussions to build greenhouse facilities in Maine

Acres of peppers could be growing in greenhouses adjacent to the Stored Solar biomass power plant in West Enfield next year if an agreement between the plant’s owners and one of the largest greenhouse pepper growers in North America comes to fruition.The greenhouses would use electricity, as well as heat and.....

California Fresh Fruit Association hosts 81st annual meeting

The California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) kicked off their new fiscal year this week during the Annual Membership Meeting at their 81st Annual Meeting in Dana Point, California. The event featured the election of the Board of Directors and Chairman, as well as industry and committee updates.The Board of.....

Vanguard International opens California office

Vanguard International is expanding its North American presence with the announcement of a new office in Bakersfield, California, that will operate as Vanguard Fresh California. Following the acquisition of its subsidiary Agricola Challapampa, one of Peru’s leading producers of grapes and citrus, Vanguard.....

Biolchim-Cifo agrees to buy 60% of Ilsa S.p.A.

The Biolchim-Cifo Group, based in the province of Bologna (IT), recently signed an agreement to purchase 60% of Ilsa S.p.A., a solid company based in Arzignano (province of Vicenza) producing and selling organic and organo-mineral fertilizers, bio-stimulants and products with specific action since 1956......

AGQ Labs starts commercial activities in South Africa

AGQ Labs has just opened a commercial office in South Africa, where it will offer its services to the local agro-food sector and to multinational companies working in the African country."We have three technicians who will be in charge of both the technical and commercial part, providing assistance to.....

Orogel

Italy: January frost pushed up frozen product sales

The Orogel group ended 2016 with a turnover of €239.5 million - €213 million for the frozen segment (+10%) and €26 million for Orogel Fresco. There are now 1,845 employees. The investments to be carried until 2019, which had been calculated at €80 million, will now reach €100 million thanks to the update of.....

Results of 2015-2016 campaign

Anecoop grows by 10.7% in revenue and 4.8% in volume

At its General Assembly of partners, Anecoop has presented its main results of the 2015-2016 campaign before representatives of its 68 cooperatives and associated agricultural companies across Spain. The event counted with the presence of the Councillor of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of.....

MAC FRUIT ATTRACTION China will take place in Shanghai from 22 to 24 November 2017

Mac Fruit Attraction China has been created though an alliance of IFEMA and Cesena Fiera with VNU Exhibitions Asia. The event will take place in the framework of Horti China, a fruit and vegetable trade show to be held from 22 to 24 November 2017 at the Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of.....

Strawberry genotype similar to Sabrosa and Florida Fortuna

Fragaria × ananassa Duch. is one of the strawberry crops, part of theRosaceae family, that is most important on a global level, producing over 7.8 million tons. The main producers are China, US, Mexico, Turkey and Europe. Spain is the main European producer, followed by Poland and Italy.In southern Italy and.....

Ocean Mist Farms announces passing of Albert Pieri

Ocean Mist® Farms sadly announces the passing of 90-year-old Albert Pieri, one of its original founders and a dedicated employee of nearly fifty years.Pieri was a pioneer in the early days of California Artichoke and Vegetable Growers, renamed Ocean Mist Farms in 1995. He was honored with the UnitedAg.....

Inventure Foods to sell Fresh Frozen Foods

Inventure Foods, a leading specialty food marketer and manufacturer, announced the strategic sale of Fresh Frozen Foods to The Pictsweet Company, a family-owned grower and processor of frozen vegetables, in a cash transaction for approximately $23.7 million. The strategic transaction is part of the.....