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CEO puts Dole buyout to high-stakes test
Any day now, David Murdock, the 92-year-old owner of Dole Food Co, will find out whether his decision to go to trial to defend the terms of his 2013 buyout of the company was heroic or foolish.It was certainly unusual, and could lead to one of the biggest judgements ever in Delaware's Court of Chancery, a.....

NASAA GM picks up Industry Leader award
Ben Copeman, General Manager of the National Association for SustainableAgriculture, Australia (NASAA) picked up the 2015 Industry Leader of the Yearaward at the South Australia, China and Hong Kong Business Awards held at theAdelaide Convention Centre on Friday 14th August 2015.In March 2014, NASAA launched.....

NZ: Prevar appoints Commercial Manager
Snow Hardy has been appointed Commercial Manager for Prevar the company responsible for globally commercialising new apple and pear cultivars developed by the world renowned breeding program of Plant & Food Research. This breeding program has a long history of developing sensational new pipfruit.....

US (CA): Joint venture to increase stonefruit, citrus volumes
Giumarra is pleased to announced a new sales and marketing agreement representing Kingsburg, California-based Wildwood Packing and Cooling and its growers. Giumarra will market Wildwood’s volume of California stone fruit and citrus.The exclusive agreement will commence in fall of 2015, beginning with.....

New Vice President of Research and Development
Stockton strengthens Senior Management Team
The Stockton Group (STK), an international crop protection company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Yaakov (Kobi) Inbar as Vice President of Research and Development. "In his new role, Kobi will be adding his expertise and knowledge to further the development of STK’s pipeline, leading our.....

Dirk Winkelmann joins the Vanguard International Group
The Vanguard International Group (Vanguard) announced today that Dirk Winkelmann has joined its team as the Chief of Business Development Officer.Dirk will be responsible for working closely with Vanguard’s senior leadership on acquisitions, mergers, integration, and global procurement. “I look forward to.....

Business climate strongly deteriorated
Southern Tyrol: Divided sentiments in ag sector
The business climate in the agricultural sector has strongly deteriorated after many good years. Only two-thirds of the cooperatives could pay their members satisfactory payout prices. However, the situation is very different with the fruit, wine, and milk businesses. The dulled spirits in the sector can.....

Chiquita's profits more than triple in Q2
Chiquita’s profits more than tripled in the second quarter of 2015, ended June 30, 2015, thanks to an improvement in operating income in the company’s core businesses. Operating income for Chiquita’s bananas segment improved 52.3% to $66 million for the quarter, while its Salads and Healthy Snacks business.....

Freska Produce announces strategic new hire
Freska Produce announces that Hector Soltero has joined their sales team as Avocado Sales Manager to further develop their growing portfolio of regional and national accounts. Hector Soltero comes with a wealth of experience within the industry, having spent the last eight years with a local produce company.....


HM.CLAUSE features host of innovative products at open field days
HM.CLAUSE showcased its innovative varieties of tomato, pepper, melon, squash, watermelon and tomatillo to growers and retailers from around the world. Though each variety has different characteristics, all were born out of HM.CLAUSE’s desire to provide varieties that are best suited to the changing market.....


Frederick Denaeghel: "The 'pallet trade' is almost gone"
Denaeghel still one of few fruit and veg traders in Brugge
Throughout the year fruit and vegetable wholesaler Denaeghel has grown step by step through takeovers. The family company is located in Brugge and is one of the larger suppliers there. "There used to be a lot of wholesalers on the wholesale market here, but there are now only a few left. We consciously don't.....

New Director of Culinary Nutrition for Dole Nutrition Institute
The Dole Nutrition Institute (DNI), the nutritional research and education arm of the Dole Food Company, has created and filled the new position of Director of Culinary Nutrition as part of a long-range plan to expand the culinary-focused educational offerings at its nutritional research facility at the.....

McDonald's Japan suffers $207m in losses
McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) announced Wednesday it suffered a group net loss of 26.2 billion yen ($207 million) for the January-June half, the biggest first-half loss since the company went public in Japan in 2001.Though it posted a 1.8 billion yen net profit in the first half of fiscal 2014, the company.....

Vanguard International receives strategic investment from Blue Road Capital
Vanguard International, Inc. (Vanguard) announced that it has received a strategic investment from Blue Road Capital, L.P.(Blue Road), an investment fund focused on the agriculture sector and managed by Blue Road Management, L.P. In conjunction with this investment, a newly-formed entity, The Vanguard.....


Advanced web shop at new Willem Dijk AGF website
Over ten years ago Willem Dijk AGF was the first fruit and vegetable wholesaler with a web shop. With the introduction of thenew websitethe wholesaler from Enschede has introduced a new web shop, which is fully automatically linked to the sales system. "In our trade the telephone sales will always exist, but.....


Landgard
A green professional life kicks off
With the start of the new educational year the Landgard Gruppe is greeting 26 new apprentices nationwide. In the coming two to three years, the career starters will get to know the many different kinds of fields of activity at Germany’s leading marketer for flowers and plants, as well as fruit and.....

Coca-Cola nears deals with organic juice company
Coca-Cola Co (KO.N) is nearing a deal to buy a minority stake in U.S. organic juice company Suja Life LLC, people familiar with the matter said on Friday, as the soft drink giant tries to identify the next big hit with consumers.Carbonated beverages have suffered from slow growth in recent years as consumer.....


"We still see a lot of potential there"
Bouvry wholesale focussing more and more on retail
Wholesaler Bouvry from Brugge has gone through good growth in recent years. The company mainly supplies to smaller traders and market traders, but the market share in supermarkets has increased. "Our assortment is becoming more aimed at retail," says Irving De Vuyst, who is responsible for commercial.....

Chef’d and Ready Pac Foods
US (NJ): State considers $27.4m tax break for venture
The Economic Development Authority is considering $27.4 million in incentives for the potential expansion of a Florence firm, according to a preliminary agenda for the upcoming meeting.Two of the incentives would help California-based food firms — Chef’d, an online meal store considering a distribution.....

Natural Delights earns non-GMO project verification
Natural Delights, the nation’s leading Medjool Date brand, is pleased to announce that they are Non-GMO Project Verified, furthering their commitment to providing quality, fresh fruit for consumers.The Non-GMO Project is North America’s only third-party verification and labeling organization for non-GMO food.....

PomWonderful loses attempt to block rival drink
Pomegranate juice maker Pom Wonderful LLC cannot stop a smaller rival from selling a pomegranate-flavoured energy drink with a similar name, a federal court ruled on Thursday.It was the second time Pom Wonderful has failed to obtain an injunction against the energy drink labeled "pŏm," made by Pur.....

New Marketing Director for RedLine Solutions
RedLine Solutions announced today the appointment of Adrian Down to the role of Marketing Director. Adrian comes with a wealth of experience in barcode and product labeling systems, working most recently as the VP of Sales and Marketing and General Manager of VIPColor Technologies USA Inc. Adrian has worked.....


Washington 2015 apple crop shifting to meet emerging consumer demand
Just released crop estimates for the 2015 apple crop in Washington predict a decline of 10.5% from the record harvest in 2014. According to some industry experts, the predicted decline in the overall crop is a reflection of significant changes occurring at the orchard level.The report released August 6, 2015.....

National Mango Board to host Industry Outreach meeting
The National Mango Board (NMB) invites the industry to participate during a complimentary outreach meeting taking place on Thursday, August 13, 2015 in Pompano Beach, FL. Outreach meetings enhance communication between the NMB staff and the mango industry, providing an opportunity to showcase tools and.....


Timorex Gold in Philipinnes
Stockton Israel (STK), a leader in the development of plant based biopesticides, announced that its’ flagship product, Timorex Gold is now available in the Philippines for the control of Black Sigatoka in conventional and organic production of banana. Last week, Stockton Agrimor Philippines Inc. launched.....

Ethylene application system for fruit ripening now available in Australia & New Zealand
A safer, easier and efficient way to apply ethylene in ripening rooms has arrived in Australia. Long the standard for ripening in North America, United Kingdom, the Middle East and other countries, Catalytic Generators’ Ethy-Gen® II Ripening Concentrate and line of ethylene generators is now available.....


Prime Minister opens Zespri’s Singapore sales and marketing office
The Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key today officially opened Zespri’s new sales and marketing hub in Singapore, which has been set up to manage the kiwifruit industry’s strong growth.Zespri Chairman Peter McBride says it was an honour to have the Prime Minister open the new office.“Volumes of Zespri SunGold.....

J&J Family of Farms appoints new CEO
After more than 25 years at J&J and 10 years at the helm, 4th generation family member Chris Erneston has stepped down as CEO of J&J Family of Farms and Chairman of the Board, Lynn Rundle assumed the additional role of CEO effective August 1st.Erneston will maintain financial ownership in the.....

NZ: Heavy hitter joins Havelock North Fruit Company
Heavy-hitting professional director John Loughlin is the Havelock North Fruit Company's (HNFC) new chairman.He is also chairman of Powerco, Tru-Test Corporation and EastPack and former chairman of Zespri Group, Prism Group Holdings, Firstlight Foods, Allied Farmers and Hawke's Bay Winegrowers.Directorships.....

Boulevard Acquisition Corp. completes acquisition of AgroFresh
Boulevard Acquisition Corp. announced that it completed the acquisition of AgroFresh, the post-harvest specialty chemical business of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), on Friday, July 31, 2015. The transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies and was approved by a.....

T&G Vizzarri Farms expands asparagus category
A new asparagus joint venture sees the creation of Australia’s leading year-round asparagus operation, according to an announcement made on Monday. The new company named T&G Vizzarri Farms Pty Ltd, is forecasting revenue of $40m and harvest of 5000 tonnes in the first full financial year, with volumes.....

NZ: Seeka to acquire Australian produce business Bunbartha Fruit Packers
Listed produce company Seeka Kiwifruit Industries Limited (“Seeka”) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the kiwifruit and orcharding business and assets of Australian company Bunbartha Fruit Packers Pty Ltd (“BFP”) and its associated entities for a purchase price of AUD$22.....

Call for Non-Executive Directors
Shaping Australian horticulture’s future
Horticulture Innovation Australia, the horticulture sector’s new not-for-profit, grower-owned Research and Development Corporation (RDC) for Australia’s $9 billion horticulture industry, is now seeking applications for Non-Executive Directors.Horticulture Innovation Australia invests more than $100 million.....


The fight against illegal growing of protected varieties
Illegal grape shipment destroyed by European customs
In May 2015 a grape shipment arriving from Egypt containing two and a half tons of illegally grown grapes was destroyed at the Belgian customs. The grapes were of a protected variety and were grown without the necessary license. The variety in subject is the well-known white seedless grape variety “Early.....

J&J Family of Farms appoints new COO
As part of ongoing efforts to expand the leadership team and keep pace with organizational growth, J&J Family of Farms has appointed Tom Travers as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Effective June 15, Travers assumed the COO role where he is responsible for overseeing operations, sourcing, sales and.....

OTC Markets Group welcomes Village Farms International to OTCQX
OTC Markets Group Inc. (OTCQX: OTCM), operator of Open, Transparent and Connected financial markets, today announced Village Farms International, Inc. (TSX: VFF; OTCQX: VFFIF), a leading producer of greenhouse grown produce in North America, has qualified to trade on the OTCQX® Best Market.Village Farms.....


Fruit Kraze, a company that will import Dominican products to the US, was inaugurated
The Fruit Kraze Company, a company located in the tranquil suburb of Valley Cottage in Rockland County and which will be engaged in the import and distribution of tropical fruits and agricultural products from the Dominican Republic and other countries, such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central and South America,.....

SunOpta to buy private frozen fruit supplier for about $450 mln
Canadian organic foods supplier SunOpta Inc said it would buy organic frozen fruit supplier Sunrise Holdings Delaware Inc for about $450 million in a move to strengthen its packaged products business.SunOpta, which also sells agricultural produce and food ingredients, said it was buying Sunrise from a group.....

Plaintiffs fail in latest bid to certify class over Del Monte products
A third attempt by two Del Monte Foods Inc customers to certify a class over allegedly making misleading labeling claims on the company's canned tomatoes and certain fruit products has fallen short again.U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in the Northern District of California said on Thursday that.....

Canned vegetable manufacturer HAK for sale
Canned vegetables manufacturer HAK will possibly be sold according to sources within the market says Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.The current owner NPM Capital, an investment company, hired Rabobank to check the strategical options of the company. NPM Capital is for more than 10 years owner of HAK. The.....


California Giant Berry Farms supports multiple riders in 2015 TourdeFresh
As the second year of TourdeFresh approaches in October, California Giant has two new riders being added to the roster of over 50 produce industry members that will make the 275 mile journey from Hickory, NC through the Smokey Mountains into Atlanta, GA. The ride begins on October 19, 2015 to benefit the.....

Import requirements for Medfly host commodities from Chile
Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is implementing restrictions on all commercial consignments of Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata or Medfly) host commodities imported into the United States from Chile.The APHIS announcement below on updating import.....

Dow interested and Bayer not in acquiring Syngenta
The CEO of German drugmaker Bayer has quashed any talk of acquiring its competitor Syngenta, which is currently being pursued by U.S. firm Monsanto."I would say that Syngenta is not a logical acquisition target for Bayer because there is quite some overlap in the businesses," Bayer's CEO Marijn Emmanuel.....


France:
Fruit terminal Sète for sale
The fruit terminal in Sète is officially in a “liquidation process”. This terminal started its operation in 2011 with the group Orsero. The port of Sète has been booming with 30,000 TEUS handled and 40,000 pallets/year. The liquidating person in charge of the file is located in Montpellier, Mr Luc.....


Zoutewelle
Netherlands: Sun ripened, sun cooled summer fruit
"Customers can expect a bit more from us. We don't just try to define ourselves with a good selection of premium brands of summer fruit. Our sustainable methods of storage are also certainly worth mentioning. The entire roof of our location on the Handelsweg is covered in solar panels, and on sunny days we.....

UK firm Mondrian takes a $60 million stake in Costa on share float
Horticulture company Costa has raised $551 million in its listing on the share market.A UK equity firm, Mondrian, emerged as a major investor, taking about $60 million stake, third behind the owners Paine and Partners and Frank Costa.Costa shares dipped below the opening price of $2.25, but the Costa chief.....

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. reports second quarter 2015 financial results
Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. (NYSE: FDP) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June26, 2015. The Company reported earnings per diluted share of $1.21 for the second quarter of 2015, compared with earnings per diluted share of $1.15 in the second quarter .....

Agrupaejido announces labourers and growers have been paid
Agrupaejido's management board met this week with representatives of the Works Council and the heads of the agro-food sector of UGT and CCOO in Almeria, a meeting that served to analyse the current situation in the company after the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Cecilio Guillén, unilaterally broke the.....

Mexico: Akil Juice Company will process more than 10,000 tons of citrus destined for the US and Europe
Akil Juice Company has regained its financial stability and is getting ready to process more than 10,000 tons of citrus this year, which will be exported to the United States and Europe, said the President of the Board of Directors, Luis Cetina Lopez.In an interview, he said they would pay between 800 and.....

Turkish West Mediterranean Exporters Union (MPWS) at WorldFood Moscow 2015 Fair
The WorldFood Moscow 2015 Fair organized in part by the MPWS, has the distinction of being the Russian Federation’s most important fresh fruit and vegetables fair.West Mediterranean Exporters Union (MPWS) will participate in the event, WorldFood Moscow 2015 which will be held in Russia’s.....

FreshPoint website redesign to for customer engagement
FreshPoint has redesigned and re-launched its website to provide enhanced tools and valuable information resources for customers and those who just want to browse the site. Among the new features are a blog page and Availability Guide, which provides sortable and searchable information about FreshPoint’s.....