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Ángel Rey Rodríguez
Honorary president of Eurobanan ARC Group passes away
The honorary president of the ARC Group Eurobanan, Ángel Rey Rodríguez, died during the night of July 29th at the age of 85. A visionary and a pioneer in the importation of fruits and vegetables in Spain, the founder of Grupo Ángel Rey was noted for his ability to forge one of the most powerful companies in.....

CEO: “We continued to see strong growth in our fresh-cut and avocado product lines”
Fresh Del Monte increased gross profit in 2nd Quarter
Fresh Del Monte Produce reported financial results for the second quarter ended July 1, 2016. The Company reported net sales for the second quarter of 2016 were $1,088.6 million, compared with $1,134.1 million in the second quarter of 2015. The decrease in net sales was due to lower sales volume in the.....

Belarus: Major fruit, veg importer declared bankrupt
The Economic court of the Magilev region has started proceedings concerning the economic insolvency (bankruptcy) of the company Fruktest, one of Belarus’ biggest fruit and vegetable importers. A company called the Consulting Bureau has been appointed to carry out the procedure. Credit claims can be carried.....

Atlanta Poland records 20% drop in turnover
In the fourth quarter of the fiscal year 2015/16, which runs from April to June, Atlanta Poland recorded a decrease in turnover of approximately 20 percent, down to 43.8 million złoty (10.05 million Euro), and a 1.3 million złoty (298,243 Euro) net loss, compared to a 93 thousand złoty (21,335.....

''extensive competence in the fruit snacking category''
South African food group acquires UK snack maker
Pioneer Food Group, South Africa's second-largest producer of staples including bread, rice, maize meal, and cereals, has bought UK snack maker Streamfoods for £7.5m to increase its product range in Britain with branded goods.The group says the acquisition will leverage its UK private-label portfolio and its.....


France: Apple growing agribusiness acquirers packer and shipper
Group Pomanjou, a French agribusiness and apple grower, is acquiring Les Vergers Launay; a grower, packer, and shipper based in Saint-Paterne-Racan in the Indre et Loire region. Thanks to this merger, both companies are hoping to build a future based on operational synergies.James Launay - President of Les.....

ChemChina subsidiary to take over Israeli ag chemical company
Sanonda is a subsidiary of China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina), which also owns 60% of Adama Agricultural Solutions, and may also buy the remaining 40% of the Israeli company, which is the world’s biggest producer of generic crop protection products. The merger was first announced last year and could be.....

AU: Marketers association defends damaging claims from media
Fresh State have hit out at comments made recently by some media accusing Melbourne Market wholesalers of underhanded tactics when dealing with growers.Fresh State President Shane Schnitzler says recent comments made in The Weekly Times encourage rumours that are not only detrimental to wholesalers at the.....

AU: Biggest hort producer to negotiate with workers
Costa Group, a big supplier to Coles and Woolworths, has agreed to bargain with workers at its tomato business in Guyra, in northern NSW, despite initially resisting a National Union of Workers push for a union agreement.A worker at Costa in Guyra, who asked not to be named, said working conditions and pay.....


Apple brand athletes share experiences
The KIKU athletes met to get to know each other, network and swap experiences. More than 25 athletes are supported by the premium apple brand KIKU. Some are professional athletes, some simply realize their dreams, all have exciting stories to tell. The ultra race biker Stefano Gamper participated at the.....

Greenyard Foods announces joint venture with UK fruit producer
Greenyard Foods' Fresh division, announces the closing of a joint venture with Bardsley Farms Ltd., in which it will take a minority stake. The company is a UK premium topfruit producer & packer, based in Kent, active in apples, pears, plums and apricots. Bardsley Farms Ltd. is family owned for 5.....

KLM ground crew on strike
Today, 28 July, KLM ground crew are planning to go on strike over a long-running pay and working conditions dispute. A spokesman for the airline said it is unclear whether flights will be affected.‘We will do all we can to minimise disruption to passengers,’ the spokesman said. On Tuesday KLM rejected a.....

TR Turoni at Macfrut with a new portable tool
TR Turoni will be back at Macfrut (Rimini, 14-16 September 2016) with a new tool to measure the firmness of the flesh of kiwis, cherries and even blackberries. Owner Enrico Turoni sees the fair as an occasion to grow.DA Meter on an apple"We must say the Italian technology sector grew on an international.....

Strawberry supplier to merge Japan-based units
Hob Co Ltd, a company primarily engaged in the supply of strawberries, says it is to merge with a Tokyo-based unit that engaged in importing strawberry fruit and purchases and sales of imported fruits and vegetables, and another Tokyo-based unit JapanPotato.According to Hob Co Ltd, the two units to be.....

Bayer second-quarter profit gains
Bayer AG, the German chemicals company seeking to acquire Monsanto Co., reported a 5.7 percent increase in second-quarter profit as prescription-drug sales helped offset weakness in its crop sciences and consumer health units.Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, and.....


Good year for pears at Origine Group
Winter fruit: 2015/16 was a rather good year for pears. Kiwis did not do as well but, despite this,Origine Group can be rather pleased with its first year."Quality was rewarded, those who managed to grow good grades and good quality did well. Though this was not always possible due to the weather," explains.....

Turkish juice company receives €50m loan from EBRD
For the purpose of investment and expansion, the Turkish fruit juice company, Anadolu Etap has secured a €50m loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The company will use the loan to invest in modern fruit processing machinery and equipment as well as expanding processing.....

AU: Costa creates new General Manager - Berry International position
In recognition of the continued international expansion of Costa’s berry category the new position of General Manager – Berry International has been created, with an internal Company announcement late last week confirming Mr Peter McPherson has been appointed to the role.“With our blueberry plantings in.....

Oppy strengthens sales and grower relations approach
Strategic realignments within The Oppenheimer Group were announced earlier this month, bolstering the leading sales, marketing and distribution company’s pursuit of growth and delivery of its expect the world from us promise.Former Director of West Coast Sales Eric Coty was named executive director, South.....

T&G Global appoints president of North American operation
T&G Global is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Joe Barsi as president of its T&G North American pipfruit business through its subsidiary (EPI).Mr Barsi will officially take up the newly created role with T&G Global - North America Pipfruit on Monday August 8th 2016 and will be based in.....


Viveros California now producing over 100 million strawberry plants
Viveros California S.L. was established when Antonio Medina Lama understood the potential of cultivating strawberries in the Huelva region (Spain). In the late 1950s/early 1960s, he started growing strawberries imported from California with innovative techniques - PVC mulching films, small polytunnels and side.....

Encouraging fresh produce consumption
France: Bonduelle welcomes public into factories
Bonduelle, the French vegetable producer, has opened the doors of two of its factories to the public with the aim of encouraging fresh produce consumption, particularly among younger people. The event is titled 'J’ai 9 Ans et J’aime Manger des Légumes' (I Am 9 Years Old and I Love to Eat Vegetables). The.....

Fyffes down on Irish stock exchange
In early Friday trading, the Irish Stock Exchange Overall Index's (ISEQ) largest member, CRH, the Irish building materials group, raised its first-half earnings forecast, meaning the Iseq stood out as a bright spot in a weaker overall European equities markets.Shares in CRH, which account for nearly 27 per.....

NZ: Pink Lady Apples launch health challenge
What can you do in five minutes to improve your health? Kiwis will get the opportunity to find out when they participate in the new ‘5-Minute Take a Bite for Breast Cancer’ health challenge, developed by Pink Lady Apples New Zealand as part of their new partnership with the New Zealand Breast Cancer.....


New Fragolà season starting at Ceradini Group
Despite the difficult campaign, it was a record season forCeradini Group, which closed the year with little over 15 thousand tons. "Finally the work we've done ever since the 1980s, when we started cultivating kiwis, is paying off. Ceradini is now associated with high-quality produce," explains owner.....

Sainsbury's making banana bread
Britain wastes 160m bananas a year
UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's has found that one in three people bin bananas if there is a single bruise or mark on the skin and all the wasted bananas in Britain would stretch from the UK to New Zealand if laid out on the floor.Sainsbury’s head of sustainability Paul Crewe said: “We want to encourage.....


Nava acquires Tredi in Poland to strengthen presence in Eastern Europe
In the early 1990s, Angelo Antresini realised the importance of the ago-industrial industry for former Soviet Union countries and started to look for contacts in Poland, Czech Republic and Baltic countries. In 1992, he started shipping table grapes, citrus fruit and kiwis. "He was a pioneer as there was no.....


First pole for Scherpenhuizen distribution centre
Last week the first pole was driven into the ground for the new building location for Scherpenhuizen. This year a modern distribution centre and office will be built right next to the current location on industrial estate Acht-Noord in Eindhoven. The DC has a total floor surface of 40,000 m2, consisting of a.....


Produce World raises over £7000 for local hospice
Produce World has raised more than £7000 for Thorpe Hall, the Peterborough-based Sue Ryder hospice, which serves the East of England. Thorpe Hall was selected as the company’s charity of the year for 2015/16 and has benefited not only from the donations from Produce World, but also from time donated by.....

Spain: Saica purchases the Italian group Centroplast
The Spanish multinational SAICA has purchased the Italian group Centroplast, which is devoted to the manufacture of flexible packaging. With this move, Saica takes another step in its strategy of diversification and growth. The Centroplast Group, based in Italy and Luxembourg, employs 235 people and had a.....

Zespri fraud inquiry bill reaches $6.8m
The Serious Fraud Office investigation into Zespri International kicked off in October 2013. The costs of the inquiry, which have now risen to $6.8 million are being covered by Zespri's corporate body, rather than grower pools. A further $500,000 has been set aside to cover costs in its 2015/16 accounts.In.....

Chiquita's departure will have little effect on New Orleans
Chiquita's departure from New Orleans does not look set to leavea sizeable hole in the local workforce -- mainly because there is little indication the jobs initially predicted have materialized.Industry members and boosters were somewhat vague on job creation numbers back in May 2014 when state and local.....


Exclusive distribution contract between Esasem and Sakata
Seed companiesSakata Vegetables Europe SasandEsasem Spa subscribed a new contract for the exclusive distribution of Sakata products on the Italian territory.Sakata was founded in Japanin 1920 by Takeo Sakata and currently has 16 research centres all over the world for breeding and experimentation purposes......

German fruit company goes global
In July, KÖLLA- The Fruit Company took its next step towards the international markets. With Jose Claure, the office in Dusseldorf have taken onboard a professional for their overseas business. With this decision, the KÖLLA Group continues on its way of expansion and internationalization.''We are happy to.....

Bayer comments on Monsanto's rejection of improved offer
Bayer says it is disappointed in Monsanto’s decision to reject its increased all-cash offer of USD 125 per share, which represents a 40 percent premium over Monsanto’s closing share price on May 9, 2016. "The revised all-cash offer is a compelling opportunity and represents immediate and certain value for.....


Waitrose flashmob in London

Vitacress to invest £4m in its UK salad business
Vitacress, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of fresh herbs and salads, has announced it will invest £4m to expand the intake operations at its St Mary Bourne salads factory. Work will commence this autumn and complete during 2017.Once the new facility is fully operational, Vitacress is proposing to close.....

Greenyard Foods appoints Carl Peeters as CFO
Greenyard Foods announces that Carl Peeters will join the company as Chief Financial Officer, effective as from October, 2016. He will also be part of Greenyard Foods’ Leadership Team and will report directly to Marleen Vaesen, CEO.Carl Peeters is a seasoned senior executive with extensive international.....


Bayer increases its offer for Monsanto
Over the past several weeks Bayer has engaged in private talks with Monsanto. Following receipt of additional information Bayer has raised its all-cash offer to Monsanto shareholders from USD 122 to USD 125 per share verbally on July 1 and in an updated proposal submitted to Monsanto on July 9. In addition,.....


Tests on nets for kiwis
Spring and the beginning of summer have been characterised by hailstorms and tornadoes, so protecting crops has become essential. "New orchards must be provided with covers against these phenomenons in addition to protection against cracking and bacteriosis for kiwis," explains Robert Spinazzè fromSpinazzè.....

Kompany moves to new building
The company is pleased to announce that the construction of their new building is complete. As of today July 18th 2016 their address is:Venrayseweg 154Industry number 38325928 RH VenloAll other company details will remain the same.


Iride Uva nets provide protection against brown marmorated stink bugs
The Halyomorpha Halys, or brown marmorated stink bug, is well known in pear orchards in Emilia-Romagna, so much so that both producers and technicians have become rather worried. It moves quickly and is resistant to pesticides, so its population is increasing and expanding to new areas.Field tests show that.....

Greenery reaches agreement on management buy-out Mulder Onions
The Greenery BV has reached agreement on the management buy-out of Mulder Onions BV. The present general director Gerard Hoekman will become the owner of the company, which deals in onions, potatoes, and garlic. The sale of Mulder Onions BV is part of The Greenery BV's strategy to focus mainly on the core.....

Alastair Hulbert CEO at T&G
"Business as usual" at T&G after shares change hands
This week it was announced that Golden Wing Mau, a leading Chinese fresh produce business had bought a 19.9% share in New Zealand's T&G. "This was completely independent from BayWa and T&G and is purely a transaction between Golden Wing Mau and two other shareholders in the company," explains.....


Val Venosta and Greefa work together on new grader
Now that the 2015/16 apple season is over and the next one is about to begin, Texel, a cooperative part of VIP Val Venosta, can make an assessment of the first year it has been using the newGreefagrading machine. With its 10 processing lines, the machine handled around 7 thousand wagons. New Greefa grader.....

Rumours of Maersk buying HMM dismissed
Rumours concerning a possible acquisition of Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) by Maersk Line have been refuted by both companies, witha spokesperson for the giant Danish line calling the reports “rumours and speculation” and the HMM side in Seoul also rubbishing them.When it was announced last month that.....


Coop San Giuliano places its bets on saffron
Saffron has arrived in the Caltanissetta province thanks to the San Giuliano di Niscemi cooperative. "It is part of a diversification plan that started in 2014 with asparagus. We have carried out transplants in 2015 and this year we will have the first harvest," explains sales manager Edoardo Carmisicano......


Don Limon opens new Rotterdam office
Already a German packer and shipper of South American fruit, Don Limon is branching out into the rest of Europe with a new office in Rotterdam. The office, with its proximity to Europe's largest port, will bring Don Limon closer to more European markets and give the company better control over every.....

Part of WhiteWave Foods' sale for $12.5 billion
French company buys US Earthbound Farm
For the second time in three years, San Juan Bautista-based Earthbound Farm, has been sold, this time, to Danone SA, a French dairy company.The largest employer in the county was first sold for $600 million, and the second time, as part of WhiteWave Foods' sale for $12.5 billion. Earthbound Farm started as a.....


Aldi Nord invests in fairtrade
As of July 14 2016 Aldi Nord customers can look forward to a versatile supply of fairtrade certified products. Besides the fairtrade products from the standard assortment, various fair trade items will be offered from that date. For a number of years Aldi Nord has offered various fairtrade products with.....

Association launched to promote Tokyo veg sales
The wholesale company Daiharu, which operates in the Ota Market in Tokyo, has launched an association to promote sales channels for fresh vegetables produced in Tokyo. Farmers across Tokyo are set to join the association, called Yasai Fukyu Kyokai, which will launch projects such as the production of.....

Little Potato Company celebrates first build in US
Canada's Little Potato Company has begun its expansion in the United States with construction of a new facility in Wisconsin. The Little Potato Company and Ryan Companies, Inc., celebrated the groundbreaking for the 133,000-square-foot processing facility on the 16-acre site just north of DeForest last week......


AU: Brismark marks 75th anniversary
Last month, the Queensland Chamber of Fruit and Vegetable Industries, or Brismark, celebrated its 75th anniversary. Around 100 guests gathered at the Brisbane Markets in Rocklea to mark the occasion. Selected guests were also presented with 40 Year Service Awards.Channel Seven newsreader Bill McDonald was.....


New Managing Director of Nature’s Pride
Fred van Heyningen will become the Managing Director at Nature’s Pride on the 1st of September 2016. He will be responsible for all operations and personnel. Fred van Heyningen has had a successful career in the banking sector with food and agribusiness as his focus. His last positon was as Global Head of.....

"We can no longer trade as we used to"
Bankruptcy Refresh Fruit directly caused by Russian boycott
The fresh produce export company Refresh Fruit from Poeldijk has been declared bankrupt by the court in The Hague today. The company was specialized in the fresh produce export to Russia and the company has finally been ruined by the Russian boycott. "We can no longer trade as we used to," states Pieter.....

Fresh produce exporter swindles suppliers, freight businesses over $1million
Vert Fresh Limited, an exporter of fresh produce to predominantly Amsterdam and Brussels, has been accused of swindling suppliers as well as freight businesses out of more than $1,000,000 at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.Africair Management and Logistics Ltd, a forwarding company specialised in.....


Peru partner country of Macfrut 2016
Peru will be the Partner Country of Macfrut 2016. After attending the last edition with a stand sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Trade with the presence of several fruit and vegetable exporters, Peru will be a protagonist of the 2016 edition of Macfrut, the international trade fair for the fruit and.....

Achieving record profits
US project helps Kyrgyzstani potato farmers
The Aravan Agro Service is a cooperative of 217 farmers in Kyrgyzstan. According to the US Embassy in Bishkek, by partnering with the United States through the USAID Agro Horizon project, growers were able to more than double their potato yield and profits in 2016. Moving to early potato production with high.....

Cali Citrus Mutual president
''Brexit will slow down the fresh fruit and vegetable sector''
President of California Citrus Mutual, Joel Nelsen, spoke about his advocacy for growers and the impact Brexit has on U.S. agricultural trade as he arrived at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport from Washington, D.C. last week.Nelsen explained, “There were two missions I was on while I was in.....

World's largest temp-controlled warehousing and logistics providers
The International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) has released its annual Global Top 25 List of the largest temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics providers in the world. Accompanying the Global Top 25 is the IARW North American Top 25 List. IARW has also compiled a list of the.....


Kale chip manufacturer cuts lead times
Canadian-based Brandneu Foods significantly reduced lead times for its popular range of kale chips by 75 percent after installing the tna intelli-flav® OMS 5 at its plant in Toronto.In addition to cutting production lead times from 60 days to just 15, the new installation enabled Brandneu to consolidate work.....

Maltese fruit company reps meet foreign suppliers
Representatives from Fruitland Company recently paid a visit to Mercabana, a major wholesale market in the south of Europe catering for fresh fruit and vegetables.The representatives met prospective importers from Spain. They took the opportunity to meet new suppliers and strengthen existing relationships,.....


Sales location Rutoma opened in Jabbeke, Belgium
"I do not doubt the wholesaler's right to existence"
At the end of June there was a party to celebrate the opening of Fresh Produce wholesaler Rutoma. Current as well as potential customers were invited. The building has mostly been renovated on the inside with new walls, lighting, and double gates. "The new cold rooms have new insulation as well. We look at.....

Overseas demand for Malaysian fruit strong
A Malaysian tropical fruit exporter believes that there is huge potential for Malaysian fruits in overseas markets. DRS Trading Sdn Bhd, the company in question, expects to garner export sales of RM15 million this year. Its director Abd Aziz Sakiman said the company registered export sales of RM5.2 million.....


Carrot connoisseur tells Tesco where they're going wrong
Earlier this week, Tesco asked a customer to 'elaborate' on his unhappy tweet concerning their carrot batons. The company probably wasn't expecting the extremely detailed response customer Aaron Swift gave them, including a diagram to illustrate his point.Aaron Swift from Manchester is, by all accounts, a.....

AU: Nut enterprise launches e-commerce site in China
Stahmann Farms Enterprises is a tree nut grower, processor and marketer based in Toowoomba, Queensland. The company have now launched a new direct marketing e-commerce site in China, which is set to put Stahmann Farms' branded retail products front and centre of global cross-border e-trade platform Alibaba's.....

Zespri's collaboration to boost sales in Asia bears fruit
In February, T&G (Turners and Growers as was) and Zespri agreed to jointly market fruit inSoutheast Asia, with the aim of increasing sales. According to kiwifruit marketing organisation's Singapore-based regional manager, Andrew Common, their collaboration is already bearing fruit.T&G opened an.....

Banana, pineapple companies to jump ship in Costa Rica?
As producing in Costa Rica has become more expensive in relation to other countries, banana and pineapple plantations companies are considering leaving the country and moving to cheaper destinations, such as Colombia, according to their statements in a forum on competitiveness conducted by the Chamber of.....