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IFCO to donate €25,000 to food banks to celebrate 25th anniversary
IFCO CEO, Wolfgang Orgeldinger, today announced the company will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its founding in 2017. The anniversary will be celebrated throughout the year with a series of customer events and a donation of €25,000 to food banks across Europe and North America.“This is an important.....


Three storage threats produce wholesalers underestimate
The latest trends show that produce wholesalers and distributors are becoming more educated on effective storage practices. However, most still consider temperature as the single most significant factor in a short-term storage and are not paying enough attention to ethylene, airborne pathogens and odor.....


Vegetable grower-shipper elevates consumer marketing efforts in 2017
Ocean Mist® Farms plans to connect with consumers on a deeper level in 2017 with a year-long marketing approach that includes digital and permission-based marketing, public relations, and social media.As part of the brand’s commitment to engaging more personally with consumers, Ocean Mist Farms will focus on.....


Jean-Paul Nuijten: “SpecialTom is more than just tomatoes”
SpecialTom opens import office in Spain
Three years ago, Jean-Paul Nuijten started his company SpecialTom, and in cooperation with Marexport BV and a Moroccan cooperative, he started importing a wide range of tomatoes from Morocco and Spain. SpecialTom grew big, especially with Santa-like tomatoes. “Together with our fellow shareholder in.....

BelOrta joins EFC as a shareholder
BelOrta, a Belgian fruit and vegetable cooperative, has joined the European Fruit Cooperation (EFC) as shareholder and Belgium licensed partner for the Kanzi, Greenstar and Migo brands.EFC works with around 1,600 fruit producers, and all together its turnover is around €330 million a year.“We are proud and.....


Germany:
New app checks fruit and vegetables for chemical residues
With a new app created by Fraunhofer research you can display the ingredients of an object. The possibilities of the application are numerous: for example, you can check for residues on an apple.The ability to check an apple for chemical residues with a smart phone will soon be possible. An apple can be.....


Beekenkamp launches movie for BE-Cube palletbox
Beekenkamp Packaging is present this week at the Fruit Logistica in Berlin, Germany, with the innovation BE-cube palletbox system. The palletbox system BE-Cube has been nominated for the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award 2017. Following this nomination Beekenkamp Verpakkingen has created a special video for.....


Cravo adds technical support for berry producers
Cravo announced that Luis Gaxiola has joined them to help provide technical support to their current and future customers producing berries.Luis has a Degree in Agriculture and Masters in Natural Resources and Environment with a specialty in plant pathology and the management of insects and disease......

Supermarket superlative
Rewe supermarket in Munich is "Store of the Year 2017"
It's everything other than a normal supermarket: Rewe in the shopping center "Fünf Höfe" in Munich's city center has been awarded the "Store of the Year 2017" award. "Exclusive equipment, attractive stacking of goods, special gourmet and regional assortments as well as a large convenience and gastronomy area.....

Polish Fructofresh fruit salads banned in France
As well as being accused of employing North Korean workers, Polish company Fructofresh is suspected of using an illegal food additive in their fruit salads. On the 1st February, France forbid Pomona, the French distributor of Fructofresh, to commercialise the Polish company’s fruit salads. A €1,000 fine per.....


Presentation during International Green Week in Berlin
Lively interest in multi-colored carrots
“This year the Green Week visitors focused on snack carrots and multi-colored carrots, especially the yellow and purple varieties,” said Peter Boley about the presentation of Brocker Möhren, the carrot producer, during the International Green Week 2017 in Berlin.For the second time, Brocker Möhren was.....

Frankort & Koning achieve Rainforest Alliance Certificate
Frankort & Koning have announced the achievement of the RainforestAlliance recommendation for certification with 91% compliance of the standardrequirements. "We have been working on this important certificate for a long time," said a spokesman from the company. "Agricola Formosa defined several.....


Backyard Farms celebrates 10th anniversary
Backyard Farms has launched a new website to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the company's first shipment of fresh tomatoes. "January 29 was the official anniversary date but we want to celebrate this important milestone with our customers all year," said Jim Darroch Director of Marketing at Backyard.....

Irish multinational under Japanese control
EU greenlights Fyffes takeover
The European Commission has no objection to the acquisition of Fyffes by Japan's Sumitomo. A major hurdle has thus been overcome on the way to finalising the deal. The Irish banana giant was taken over by the Irish Swordus Ireland Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of Sumitomo. With the consent of the European.....

"'Hybrids' are the new generation of crop protection products"
Stockton STK, specialists in the development and marketing of botanical based biopesticides, today announced that REGEV™, its first ever Hybrid fungicide, has obtained registration from the Ministry of Agriculture in Israel for the control of fungal plant diseases.Botanical-based biopesticides are known to.....

Italian fresh-cut company establishes new office in Serbia
La Linea Verde, is a leading Italian agro-alimentary company specialised in the fresh‑cut and fresh-ready meals sector. The Italian Group, a co‑packer for large‑scale retailers (more than 50 private brands in Italy and abroad) and through its own brand DimmidiSì, ended 2016 with a turnover.....

Eosta demands True Cost Accounting at The Hague Food Summit
On Thursday, 26 January, a National Food Summit took place in The Hague, Netherlands, with the four Dutch ministers of Environment, Health, Economy and Agriculture attending. At the summit, food journalist Mac van Dinther took a critical stand in the Volkskrant newspaper, referring to it as a ‘pre-arranged.....


Mario Ebel - Hylea Food AG
"A 200g bag of brazil nuts protects up to 87.5m2 of rainforest"
"Due to the extreme drought in southern Bolivia, the prices of brazil nuts will rise by more than 25 percent this year," explains Mario Ebel of Hylea Foods. This German company has been committed to preserving the tropical rainforest in Bolivia for more than 100 years.Protect the rainforest. Eat Hylea.....

Poor performance of Atlanta Poland in first half of financial year
In the first half of the financial year 2016/2017 (the period from 1 July 2016 to 31 December 2016), Atlanta Poland's net amounted to 100.8 million złoty (approximately 23.36 million Euro), which is 32.9 percent less than in the same period of the fiscal year 2015/2016. The company achieved a net profit.....


Pacbelimex wants to grow in Northern Europe
"A wide range, from tomatoes to Jerusalem artichokes"
Overall, 2016 has been a good year for Pacbelimex. "In France, sales went satisfactorily. In Eastern European countries, however, it didn't go as well due to higher prices," explains manager Valérie Braem. Originally, Pacbelimex was a French company that started in 1986, although it has long been based in.....

CHEP offers new solutions to improve value throughout supply chain
CHEP Australia today announced a new range of solutions they say will help customers make their supply chains more sustainable and prepared for long-term change. CHEP Australia’s director of strategy and marketing, Justin Frank said, “Our role within the supply chain is to empower customers with the tools.....


Crimson Snow® athlete is new world champ of Para Alpine Skiing
Giacomo Bertagnolli, 18 years old and visually impaired, races together with his childhood friend and guide Fabrizio Casal. After the overall Worldcup victory in 2016, the two fellows from Trentino just won a whole medals-series at the World Championships in the Italian Tarvisio. Crimson Snow branding.....


Yellow courgettes herald the coming spring at Van Nature
The new yellow courgette season has started at Van Nature! Tuesday, 31 January marked the arrival of the first yellow courgettes from Courgette Nursery Van Vliet. This means that these nice, almost creamy vegetables are already becoming available.Courgette flowersBesides the yellow courgettes, Courgette.....

Euro Pool System unveils new campaign, ‘Being the standard is only half our story’
Euro Pool System is one of the key suppliers of reusable packaging in Europe, with approximately 1 billion annual trips of its reusable crates. However, as the company explains, this is only half the story and they look to make consumers aware of the extensive services offered that they believe make a.....

Bryan Silbermann retires after 34 years as PMA CEO
After heading the Produce Marketing Association for 34 years, Bryan Silbermann will be stepping down as CEO and will be replaced by PMA President, Cathy Burns. Bryan Silbermann wrote about the decision in a letter:"I am writing to share PMA’s long-held plans to transition staff leadership from me to PMA.....

New productivity manager appointed at Just Avocados
Just Avocados has appointed a new productivity manager, Erica Faber. Erica has 21 years of experience in the horticulture industry and 16 as a technical advisor. Just Avocados managing director Andrew Darling says Erica's appointment is an exciting development for the Just Avocados business and will be of.....


Italy: La California's objective for 2017: +20% turnover
In 2016, with 53,000 tons of produce, Gruppo La California, a company specialising in the logistics, packaging and commercialisation of fresh produce, reached a turnover of €28.5 million - €22 million for La California Italia, €6 million for La California Spain and €500,000 for Girasol (a company producing.....

Strategic partnership announced between Proagrica and Muddy Boots Software
In an initiative to enhance the functionality and ease of use between two market leading crop management systems, Proagrica (www.proagrica.com) and Muddy Boots Software (www.muddyboots.com) have teamed up to allow users of both Muddy Boots’ Greenlight Grower Management and Proagrica’s Gatekeeper the ability.....


Primland® celebrates Chinese New Year in Taiwan
To mark Chinese New Year (28 January 2017), the retail stores Wellcome and Jasons are offering an elegant shopping bag created specially for this occasion to 6,000 customers who purchase an entire tray of Oscar® kiwis. Its design incorporates elements of the Oscar brand and its signature “Be Kiwi Be happy”,.....


Three leading fresh produce companies choose QC One inspection software
Three leading companies in the fresh produce industry have recently implemented the inspection software, QC One: Dutch based Roveg, Direct Fruit Services and Nicolaï Fruit in Sint-Truiden (Belgium). For all three companies, agility and user-friendliness were decisive factors. QC One supports fruit &.....

Peter Springford hired as independent director at Zespri
Zespri has appointed Peter Springford as an independent director and will replace long-serving board member David Pilkington. The decision is planned to go into effect come May."I have been privileged to be involved with a cohesive industry that has worked together to overcome serious challenges,.....

Germany:
Tegut organic supermarket: Major revenue of organic products
In 2016 the German organic supermarket Tegut generated about 247 million Euros with 3,000 organic products. The company reported that the increase of 25.3% is more than a quarter of the total revenue. The company almost reached the billion Euro revenue mark. The total revenue was 996 million Euros and.....


UK: McCain Foods in Scarborough to outsource cold and dry storage
McCain Foods plans to outsource their cold and dry storage needs, in a decision which puts 74 jobs on the line if their plant is closed.Bill Bartlett, Corporate Affairs Director for McCain Foods released the statement to all employees regarding the outsourcing:“Built over 45 years ago, the cold store at the.....


UK: Kettle Produce marks 40th year with jump in sales
Vegetable supplier Kettle Produce has reported continued sales growth as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. The Fife firm said that in the 12 months to the end of May, turnover increased by 12.5 per cent year-on-year to £113.6 million, generating an after-tax profit of £1.7m. Since it was founded in 1976,.....


January orchard update - Washington state
One month into the new year and one month closer to warmer weather. It has been quite the snowy winter in Eastern Washington and while the trees are happily resting in preparation for the upcoming harvest, a lot of folks in the area are getting tired of the winter conditions. If you know Dave Gleason, then.....


BioVibe expands with strawberries and asparagus
"Organic prices are no longer twice as high"
BioVibe was created in 2013 when several organic growers decided to start organising their sales. According to Rony Jacobs, sales representative, these have kept growing every year, both in terms of volume and revenue. "We certainly cannot complain," he affirms. "There are now some 70-odd growers who have.....


"All-star lineup of game day recipes by SUNSET®"
With the big game around the corner, football foodies are focused on one thing: the game day menu. SUNSET® and celebrity chef Roger Mooking worked on a whole line of recipes. "We have just the feature for the occasion: Angel Sweet® Wok-Tossed Wings."Click here to watch the video"This fun, flavorful recipe.....


For rent from 1 March 2017
Office space available at Handelsweg 120 in Ridderkerk
Location:The business complex is located in the Verenambacht business area, on the border between Barendrecht and Ridderkerk, and near the auction site of The Greenery. The location has direct connections to highways A15 (Europoort-Rotterdam-Gorinchem), A16 (Rotterdam-Dordrecht-Breda) and A29.....


"With a small range, you won't survive as a fruit and vegetable trader"
Starfresh Liege, a merger of Haenen, Pons and Koonen
In 2015, Achiel De Witte decided to merge the two wholesalers from Liege: Haenen and Pons. The following year, the company was renamed Starfresh, and in early 2017, the wholesaler Koonen has also joined Starfresh. Branch Manager Guy Haekens explains that he has been active for over 25 years in Liege. "Over the.....


Fresh produce grower-shipper donates $5,000 to whole kids foundation
To support the Whole Kids Foundation®’s mission to improve children’s nutrition and wellness, Sunripe™ Certified Brands donated $5,000 to the organization. The foundation was presented with a cheque at Sunripe Certified Brands’ annual health fair by all employees as a way to thank Whole Foods Market for its.....

Wonderful Pistachios and FIJI Water
The Wonderful Company scores with two Super Bowl ads
The Wonderful Company™ scores twice at Super Bowl LI with commercial spots from two of its iconic brands, Wonderful® Pistachios and FIJI® Water. Wonderful Pistachios returns to the big game for the third time with a new commercial that’s part of the brand’s biggest “Get Crackin’” advertising campaign ever,.....


California Prune Board celebrates 65th anniversary
As the California Prune Board – representing 900 California prune plums growers and 29 prune packers and considered the largest producer of the best prunes in the world – begins its 65th anniversary year, the Board announces its largest clinical trial ever. Currently, prunes are the only natural whole fruit.....


Marco Antonio Vaz, technical director of Onubafruit:
"We want to do with blueberries what we achieved with raspberries"
Onubafruit is a clear example of crop diversification. This year, it expects a production of 32,000 tonnes of strawberries (a volume which has remained stable over other years), around 10,000 tonnes of raspberries and 1,200 tonnes of blackberries, while its blueberry production will increase from 8,000 to.....


NatureFresh tech strategy garners IT award
As technology seems to evolve at the speed of sound, NatureFresh Farms continues to be at the forefront of the greenhouse vegetable industry by applying cutting edge technologies to its operations. In doing so, the company was recently named the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) Ingenious.....


Robert Gaasbeek, Frais á Table:
"I deliver a total concept from Rungis"
Robert Gaasbeek has already been working at the Rungis wholesale market in Paris for twelve years. For the past year and a half, he has worked as a buyer for Frais à Table, part of Lukassen AGF, seeking fresh specialties and innovations. "Rungis is still the hotspot for fresh quality products, not only for the.....


Adding Brussels sprouts
California tomato grower expands acreage & grows product line
On the heels of a winning 2016 tomato season, characterized by outstanding weather, high quality, and speedy sales rates, and powered by numerous successful ‘California grown’ promotions with local retailers, the Singh family of Oceanside, Calif., (an exclusive marketer of Oppy) enter the fifth year of.....


Celebrating one year Freshplaza China
The best ten Chinese articles in the year of the Monkey
A lot has happened in the past year. Many events were joyful and living proof of an ever growing and blossoming produce industry. Some, however, were more worrisome. Fresh fruit imports into China have grown into unprecedented heights, and this trend is not expected to change course. Australian stone fruit and.....


Chinese produce industry booms
China: Listed company enters fruit import market
Following China's rapid, economic development, Chinese consumers are paying ever more attention to the quality of fruits and now often lean towards purchasing imported fruit. Recently, the first batch of Lapin cherries from Tasmania was successfully imported to Guangzhou and Shenzhen by Shenzhen Kingship......

Zespri Board appoints Peter Springford as independent director
The Zespri Board has appointed Peter Springford as an independent director, replacing long-serving director David Pilkington. Zespri Chairman Peter McBride said the Board sought a candidate with a strong mix of business leadership and corporate governance experience, as well as exposure to the Asian business.....

EuroFresh nominated for AFIF Entrepreneurship Award 2017
EuroFresh Exotics has been nominated for the AFIF Entrepreneurship Award 2017, for their production and exportation of fresh fruits and vegetables using innovative farming techniques. EuroFresh was created in 2012 by Ms. Lydia Wambui, who will defend her project during the Africa Finance & Investment.....


Willem Dijk AGF expands its warehouse and offices
In recent years, Willem Dijk AGF has outgrown its capacity. The company could no longer cope with the growth with its current facilities and has therefore undergone a major expansion of its warehouse and offices. So far, the growth had been taken care of with internal organizational changes and the setting.....

China: Jiuye supply chain implements 200 million RMB financing
The fresh produce, cold-chain food supply enterprise, called 'Jiuye Supply Chain' and the Yuanyang Investment Group, have held a ceremony to sign a contract. This completes the 200 million RMB B-round financing for Jiuye. The founder of the company, Zhang Bing, stated that the money will mainly be used for.....


Hapag-Lloyd christens second 10,500-TEU-Ship
The "Cartagena Express" was christened yesterday in Samho (South Korea) at the shipyard Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries. The godmother is Wen Qian Lou, wife of Sam Zhang, chairman of the Delfin Group, a major Chinese shipping company with a focus on Asia-South American business."With the 'Cartagena Express',.....


ARCO building weighing lines for Canadian mushroom giant
The Canadian mushroom giant, Greenwood Mushroom Farm, will soon expand its production facilities. ARCO, from Horst, has been assigned the task of building new mushroom weighing lines, which will allow Greenwood Mushroom Farm to reduce product losses by 4% to 6% and expand its production capacity.Dutch-based.....


Spain: Shakespeare Fruits: a new, but experienced brand
Although he had to overcome a series of obstacles, Ramón Sales, manager of Shakespeare Fruits, has finally managed to register his brand at the national level. "It is easier to enter the international market when you have a representative brand," states Sales. At present, this company is devoted to the.....


PrimaMundo sets eyes on the Netherlands
"In addition to citrus, bananas also sold under Papillon and Cordero"
PrimaMundo is a Belgian umbrella name for several companies operating as fruit and vegetable traders. Together, these organizations have an annual turnover of 150 million Euro. "Customers appreciate us, among other things, because of the strong brands we offer. Some of these are Papillon, Cordero, Kira,.....

Costa Group and Macquarie to invest millions in their avocado business
Costa Group chief executive Harry Debney has announced a $300 million joint venture with Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management which they hope to use to substantially grow its vegetable and fruit production and to further its new avocado business.Back in December, Costa Group and Macquarie paid about $50.....


Prices of exported apples fell by 30%
China: Export of pears and apples from Shandong province up 40%
"The pear and apple production season starts in July and August and ends in May and July of the following year. This year pear and apple export rates have increased up to 40% compared to the previous year. This is because India's giant market was opened up and that brought down prices on the pear and apple.....


Agrigenus
Italy: Bread sticks flavoured with San Marzano tomatoes
Promoting a product such as San Marzano tomatoes may seem easy, but nothing is easy nowadays. This is why Agrigenus has come up with an original way of publicising them and their wheat - why not use them to flavour bakery products?San Marzano tomatoes grown in the Sarno-Nocerino area hold the PDO mark......


Sweet onion grower-shipper donates 2,602 pounds of onions through social media campaign
Shuman Produce is excited to announce that it will be donating 2,602 pounds of its RealSweet® Peruvian sweet onions to Farm Share Florida after a successful four-week social media campaign. The #ShareTheSweetSpirit initiative was launched in early December and concluded at the end of the month.Social media.....

Spain: CASI adding peppers and aubergines to its range
The San Isidro Agricultural Cooperative, better known as CASI, is expanding its range to meet the demands of its customers who, in addition to tomatoes, courgettes or watermelons, demand other products, such as peppers or aubergines. Therefore, the tomato specialist has decided to expand its range with new.....


Publity AG achieves full letting at the wholesale market in Leipzig
The asset management of Publity AG has generated another major leasing success at the Leipzig wholesale market. New rental contracts for areas of approx 2,500 m² were signed and additional contracts for an area of 1,000 m² could be extended. Thus, the fresh market in Leipzig, with a total area of 17,500 m².....

Alpine Fresh Puebla farm locations receive EFI certification
The Equitable Food Initiative (EFI), a nonprofit organization that brings together workers, growers and retailers to produce safer, more responsibly grown fruits and vegetables, today announced that Alpine Fresh, Inc. has received its first farm certification for two locations in Puebla, Mexico. Alpine Fresh.....


Florida Strawberry Growers Association presents Strawberry Picking Challenge
The Florida Strawberry Growers Association presents the fourth annual Strawberry Picking Challenge on February 10th and 11th. The unique charity event raises funds for the Redlands Christian Migrant Association and invites guests out to the farm for a day of strawberry picking and entertainment.The main.....

Exports up by approximately 20%
China: Pear volumes down 20% to 30% countrywide
"After the drought and hail, this year's output of pears has been reduced by 20 to 30%. Moreover, the rate of finished goods is low, but the sugar-level is rather high. The domestic market price has gone up over the same period last year and exports have risen by about 10%.""Our company has a plantation.....


Cees van Vugt and Jeffrey Moret start TOFF
Cees van Vugt and Jeffrey Moret have started with TOFF (The Organic Fresh Factory). After more than two years flying the flag of Marni Fruit while working at Marni Organics, the men have bought the shares of the company. They will remain working from the same building with use of the logistical facilities.....

Acadian Plant Health™ welcomes new Vice President of Marketing
Acadian Plant Health™ (APH™) recently welcomed Ron Taylor as its new Vice President of Marketing. Taylor will be responsible for driving marketing strategies and best practices, strengthening brand architecture and supporting the global APH™ business team. His goal is to oversee the launch and management of.....

Development compared to 2014/2015 has once again increased considerably
Landgard 2016: sales increased by 5 percent
According to the provisional sales figures for the 2016 financial year, the cooperative Landgard has achieved a sales growth of 5 percent. With this strong organic growth in 2016, Landgard has achieved higher growth than in 2014/2015.The Flowers and Plants division grew by more than 4 percent. The Fruit and.....


Prof Gino van Ossel:
“AH will have disappeared from Belgium within five years”
The merger of Ahold and Delhaize was formally completed last year. “People are working hard on synergies between both parties behind the scenes. But consumers do not yet notice much of it in the shops. Pressure is mostly put on suppliers now. Besides, Albert Heijn and Delhaize both still have to hive off a.....

Tesco’s “Perfectly Imperfect” line introduced to Central Europe
Retailer Tesco has announced that, on a test basis, 50 Central European stores, including 12 in Hungary, will introduce the product line called "Perfectly Imperfect".This entails that the chain's shelves will welcome fruits and vegetables that do not meet the traditional standards when it comes to aspects.....


Alquimia Fruits
Spain: Design to strengthen company's image
"We aim to differentiate ourselves," states Manuel Baides, director of Alquimia Fruits, a company committed to conveying an image of unity and uniformity. To this end, they have been offering a new packaging design for the past year; one adapted to the needs of each product and which has had a great.....