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‘Fairtrade Brasil', newest Fairtrade organization
Brazilian consumers now have the power to help farmers in Brazil and developing countries build better futures for themselves, by choosing products with the Fairtrade Mark in stores across Brazil.‘Fairtrade Brasil’, the newest Fairtrade organization, was officially launched in Brazil today. The organization.....

Israel: 60% of all strawberries under Agrexco
Agrexco was founded in 1956 by the Israeli government. After a reorganization, the market share of the Israeli fresh produce market has decreased considerably, but Agrexco still manages to be a known brand. Agrexco Carmel sells vegetables, fruits, citrus, and flowers and is particularly strong in the field.....


Maria Cobas Vázquez: "Growing by staying small"
Photo report Open Day 25th anniversary Frukar
Last Saturday, Frukar celebrated its 25th anniversary in its own location at the trade centre in Barendrecht. Around 450 suppliers, clients and other relations from at home and abroad were present to celebrate this with a snack and a drink.Team photo FrukarManaging Director Maria Cobas Vázquez emphasized.....

Wouter van der Beek: "Good hopes for restart"
Optical sorting project kills Quallium Onions
Onion sorting and packaging station Quallium from Tollebeek (Flevoland) has been declared bankrupt by the court of Midden-Nederland. Owner Wouter van der Beek says he is working hard on a restart. He blames the bankruptcy on the optical onion sorting installation he purchased. "The conclusion was that it.....


Costa Rica: Organic pineapple acreage continues to grow
"We have bought a new farm with previously unused land where we will plant 60 hectares of organic pineapples, using a plastic coating which will help reduce the use of organic agrochemicals necessary for the control of pests," explains Joselyn Villalobos Salas, of the company VISA Agricultural Products, of.....

Italy: The relaunch of Gruppo Orsero
Gruppo Orsero, among the leading international operators in the fruit marketing sectors, inaugurates the season with a new growth.This is due to the reorganisation signed on March 27th betweenGF Group and Carige and Carisa (holders of 40% of the debt) as well as Unicredit, Mps, Intesa, Bnl, Banca Popolare.....


Moreno Bonfatti
Italy: High quality guaranteed throughout the year with HillFresh Italy
After opening two branches in Spain and France, Dutch group HillFresh becomes operative in Italy too.Moreno Bonfattiis the director of HillFresh Italy - fresh produce available 365 days a year from selected Italian commercial farms and historic supplier partners for counterseasonal products."No.....


make Echuca a little healthier
AU: Pick-a-Box with Kagome
The tomato harvest has been going well since late January and the Kagome farms are heaving with flavoursome, beautiful, vine ripened tomatoes. The company has extended an invitation to everyone in the local community to Pick-a-Box of their, sustainable tomatoes on Saturday March 28th from 9 am to 12 noon.....


partnership with AAB
Foundation laid for new building Enza Zaden
Wednesday afternoon, March 25, the first pile was ceremoniously driven for the new building in Enkhuizen. In this building, the Zandslootgebouw, seeds from all over the world will soon be received, stored, cleaned and processed.Thanks to a good and close partnership between Enza Zaden and AAB, last.....


New building plans for packaging and distribution warehouse
Hoogstraten happy but not euphoric about increase in turnover
On the 26th of March Hoogstraten opened the new fruit and vegetable season. Because there are no first strawberries any more, as strawberries are now available all year round, a general opening was held for all products. Jan Engelen of Veiling Hoogstraten indicates that they can look back at last year with.....

Former Chiquita CEO buys minor-league baseball team
Former Chiquita Brands International Inc. CEO Fernando Aguirre is the proud new owner of the Erie SeaWolves, a AA baseball franchise in Pennsylvania.The deal was announced Friday morning in Erie. I reached Aguirre while he was driving to Pittsburgh to catch a flight home to Charlotte.“I’ve been studying this.....

Calif. mushroom producer acquires MI facility
In closing this month on the deal for Diversified Natural Products Inc. in Scottville, the Sebastopol, Calif.-based Gourmet Mushrooms Inc. expects to breathe new life into a local facility that largely had been idled since the economic downturn in 2008.A producer of a variety of exotic mushrooms for the.....


Anecoop: Another record campaign, despite 8% drop in turnover
Last week, at its general assembly, Anecoop presented the main results of the 2013-2014 campaign to representatives of its 71 associated agricultural cooperatives across Spain.In the 2013-2014 campaign, the largest European fruit and vegetable exporter marketed a total volume of fruit, vegetables and wine.....

US (CA): New ag venture with Japan
In two weeks, the quiet hope of a Torrance-based company is set to explode into reality with the unveiling of a new agriculture venture in Vacaville.In a traditional Japanese ceremony, officials with the food arm of ANA Trading Corp., U.S.A. will introduce local leaders to their 300-acre prune and walnut.....

Port secures long-term lease with Dole
The Board of Commissioners for the Mississippi State Port Authority has approved the execution of a lease with Dole Fresh Fruit Company, which provides the company with terminal space in Gulfport for up to 23 years, or through 2038.Construction on the terminal is expected to be complete by the end of 2016.....

North American Pink Lady volume annual increase of 8.6%
With its time in the United States now well into its second decade, the Pink Lady® Brand Apple is continuing to distinguish itself where growers usually find the most positives when it comes to financial success. According to production figures from the U.S. Apple Association, Pink Lady volume has shown a.....

Darren Brown new Corporate Chef Village Farms
Village Farms International, located in Heathrow, Florida it pleased to announce they have appointed Chef Darren Brown, located in Vancouver, BC as Executive Corporate Chef for the company. Chef Brown comes to Village Farms with over 25 years experience across numerous facets of the food industry. Chef’s.....


Sipo introduces three new product lines
"The contacts we made in Berlin during Fruit Logistica are opening up new opportunities for us in Scandinavia, UK and Germany," explains Massimiliano Ceccarini, general manager for Sipo.From left, Nicolò Bentivegni, export managerand Giulio Campana, export department. The objective for2015: develop a.....

Growers hope for ‘traction’ from Voice of Horticulture
A new advocacy organization representing more than 30,000 horticultural growers, close to 62,000 employees and an industry that reached exports estimated at $1.8 billion has also made its debut. Voice of Horticulture is chaired by Tania Chapman, who is also Chairwoman for Citrus Australia.At the launch of.....

De Groot now 100% owner of Borgers Groep
De Groot Fresh Group BV in Hedel has recently taken over Borgers Holding's minority stake in Borgers Groep BV. This means it acquires 100% interest in Borgers Groep BV. No further comments are made about the contents of the transaction.


Windset Farms continues partnership with CityReach Care Society
Windset Farms is excited to announce that they will be continuing their partnership with CityReach Care Society, an organization that works to develop and assist low income families in the city of Vancouver. Since Windset’s first donation in 2010, they have donated over 30,000 kilograms of fresh, nutritious.....

UK: Produce Investments hurt by supermarket price war
Produce Investments PLC Thursday reported a massive drop in profit in the first half of its financial year on a decline in revenue that it blamed on a combination of challenging market conditions and supply outstripping demandBut the fresh potato and daffodil producer raised its interim dividend, saying that.....

fraudster poses as ETK purchaser
Exsa Europe and ETK warn against fraudster
Exsa Europe was approached by someone posing as a purchaser for ETK in Estonia yesterday, under the name Marek Jarlak. "This man even stole the photo from the website for use on his Skype address. After a check of the phone number he gave, it turned out this man had provided false contact details. The real.....

Chiquita registers 62.5 million losses
36 million dollars paid to leaving management team
The annual report that Chiquita presented earlier this month to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission revealed that the multinational registered losses last year. Despite higher sales, amounting to nearly $ 3.1 billion, higher than the $ 3.05 billion achieved in 2013, the company reported a loss of.....

UK: 5,000th child on board the Potato Factory
Sherwood Primary School in Fulwood has this week had a visit from Billy Branstonʼs Amazing Potato Factory. And the school also has the privilege of having one of its pupils being the 5,000th child on board the Potato Factory, which was launched in September 2014.Conceived by leading potato supplier,.....


Van Gulik importing ready to eat mangoes and avocados
The Rotterdam wholesale company, Wim van Gulik, has started directly importing ready-to-eat avocados and mangoes, "We now have contact with a supplier that can provide us both mangoes and avocados (in all sizes) year round. The avocados and mangoes are being sold under the brand name 'Sublime Gold'."Van.....


Zespri ® Ibérica opens new offices in Madrid
The Zespri® Ibérica team has recently started working at its new offices in Madrid. They have moved from Mercamadrid, where the company had been set up since arriving in Spain in 2002.These facilities, located in Office 101-102 of the Administrative Building, represent a step forward for Zespri® Ibérica,.....

CFFA elect board members
The California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) kicked off their new fiscal year yesterday during the Annual Membership Meeting at their 79th Annual Meeting in Del Mar, California. The event featured the election of the Board of Directors and Chairman, as well as industry and committee updates.The Board of.....

Calavo Growers under Investigation of Wrongdoing
The Shareholders Foundation announces that an investigation on behalf of current long-term investors in shares of Calavo Growers, Inc. (NASDAQ:CVGW) was initiated concerning potential breaches of fiduciary duties by certain directors and officers of Calavo Growers.Investors who are current long term.....


Alex van Ieperen, Direct Fruit Services:
"We involve growers and retailers from harvest to shelf"
Direct Fruit Services was founded in August 2012 and is specialised in marketing apples and pears. "In our starting phase we were very orientated towards growers in the UK and Scandinavian markets. We still serve these markets nowadays and we extend our sales area more every day. We can now also be found.....

Strategic location for Damco's new commercial office
Global logistics provider Damco has opened a new commercial office in the Dutch city of Eindhoven. Crucially, it is located in the province of Noord-Brabant, home to one of Europe’s prominent high-tech regions and more than 1,500 businesses. Eindhoven is also an important hub for Damco's existing customer.....

DiMare Fresh welcomes new employees
DiMare Fresh welcomes Bob Wright and Charlotte Vernon to their team.A veteran in the produce industry, Wright brings a breadth of knowledge and executive leadership and management skills to the DiMare International team with over 25 years of experience.Prior to joining the DiMare International, Bob managed.....

New Director of Business Development for Grow Farms
This spring brings about much change for Gretchen Kreidler as she joins the sales and business development team at Grow Farms Texas. “Making the move to Grow Farms was easy because of the opportunity it presents and because of the wonderful people I get to work with,” says Kreidler. “My role is still being.....

Branston announces new Sales, Marketing Director
Leading fresh potato supplier, Branston is pleased to announce the appointment of George Christoudias to the role of Sales and MarketingDirector following the promotion of James Truscott to Managing Director.Christoudias joins after three years as Commercial and NPD controller at prepared food specialist,.....

Allens' Successor also faced financial trouble
The company that bought Allens Inc. of Siloam Springs out of bankruptcy was just a week away from filing its own Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, according to the trustee for Allens.Sager Creek Vegetable Co. “had significant cash-flow problems,” Allens’ Chapter 7 Trustee R. Ray Fulmer II of Fort Smith told.....

Monsanto chief:
‘Hubris’ to blame for public fears over GM
The American company that produced the world’s first genetically modified crop has admitted for the first time that its “hubris” in promoting the technology contributed to a consumer backlash against genetically modified food.Speaking to The Independent, the chief executive of Monsanto conceded that the.....

Collaboration for improved monitoring solutions
GIT Satellite Communications, a market leader in a wide range of satellite communications solutions, and Globe Tracker International ApS, a pioneer of advanced asset tracking and end-to-end cargo monitoring solutions, announce a strategic collaboration to integrate hardened satellite connectivity into the.....

Fairtrasa appoints new COO
Fairtrasa Group, a leading organic fruit producer and distributor appoints Boy Stuijfzand, a Netherlands-based logistics expert as new Chief Operation Officer. Stuijfzand, who previously served as General Manager of ABC Logistics, will assume the post on April 1st.Stuijfzand brings over 20 years' experience.....

AU: Joint venture offers pre-pack solutions
After more than 15 years of working together, Valleyfresh and Etherington are launching a new joint venture in Perth. Appropriately named Packing Station, the facility will offer pre-packing, storage and distribution services to third parties when it opens its doors at E7 (Market City Perth) on May 1.....

Del Monte to close vegetable processing plant
Del Monte Foods is closing a vegetable processing plant in Pulaski, resulting in the loss of 200 seasonal jobs, the San Francisco-based company said Thursday.The plant, previously owned by Sager Creek Vegetable Co., has produced corn, green bean, and pea products since 2003. Besides the loss of seasonal.....

Chiquita: $16.2M in severance for former CEO
Ed Lonergan arrived in Charlotte in October 2012 after a struggling Chiquita dismissed Fernando Aguirre, which had moved the company to Charlotte.Former Chiquita Brands International Inc. CEO Ed Lonergan got $16.2 million when the Charlotte banana company was sold in January.Cutrale and Safra Groups.....

AU: Honey Gold mangoes among top four
Specialty Australian mango producer, Piñata Farms, has positioned its Honey Gold mangoes among Australia's top four premium mango lines after achieving a record crop this season.Managing director, Gavin Scurr, said Honey Gold mangoes were now nudging Kensington Pride, R2E2 and Calypso mangoes for market.....

New website for Produce View
Industry news and views are the latest additions to the Produce View website – the 'go to' site from the retail data analysis experts.The latest updates, products and service coverage along with news affecting the industry have been added along with an informative Blog page offering views on retail.....

New board of directors for United Fresh
United Fresh Immediate Past Chairman Ron Midyett, Apio, Inc., has announced the slate of new officers and directors nominated to serve on the United Fresh Produce Association Board of Directors, effective at its April 29, 2015 meeting in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.Ascending to Chairman of the Board.....

Distribution agreement for organic fruits and vegetables
Exclusive deal Village Farms and Florida Organic Farms
Village Farms International Inc. (VFF.TSX) with US headquarters in Heathrow, Florida and Florida Organic Farms Int. LLC. located in Okeechobee, Florida are pleased to announce an exclusive distribution agreement between the two companies. Village Farms is a progressive vertically integrated food company.....

Del Monte: Favorite juice brand in UAE
Del Monte® has been voted as United Arab Emirates' Favorite Juice brand for the year 2014 during the BBC Good Food Middle East Awards that took place on 28th of January, 2014 at the Conrad Hotel, Dubai. Competing in the category were Al Marai, Al Rawabi and Barakat.The popular awards are chosen by the.....

Dole: EU banana cartel decision upheld
The European Commission welcomes today's judgment by the EU Court of Justice (EUCJ, case C-286/13 P) dismissing the appeal brought by banana importer Dole against a General Court (GC) judgment of 2013 (case T-588/08). The judgment entirely confirmed the Commission's assessment of the bananas cartel case in.....

New chairman for Dutoit
At a board meeting held on 18 March 2015, George Steyn was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Dutoit Group.Jan-Linde du Toit, who served as Chairman for 25 years, has devoted his entire career to the family business and will continue to serve as director of the Dutoit Group.George Steyn is the first.....

Produce for Better Health Foundation Award for Crunch Pak
Crunch Pak, the fresh sliced apples specialist, was named a Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® Industry Role Model for 2014 by the Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH).The company was one of 62 Role Models selected and will be formally acknowledged at an awards luncheon on March 17, 2015 during PBH’s.....

US Potato Board: Carl Hoverson elected Chairman
North Dakota, potato grower Carl Hoverson was elected Chairman of the United States Potato Board (USPB) at the organization's 2015 Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado.He assumed this leadership role from Idaho Falls grower Brett Jensen, who just completed his year as USPB Chairman, and will now.....

New National Sales Director for 4Earth Farms
Industry veteran and 4Earth Farms leader Dave Hewitt is the company’s new Director of National Sales. Hewitt has been a part of the 4Earth Farms team for about 12 years, according to a press release. Mark Munger, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, commented that Hewitt is one of the company’s most.....

Village Farms year end results
Village Farms International, Inc. (the "Company") (TSX: VFF) announced results for the year ended and quarter ended December 31, 2014.Michael DeGiglio, Chief Executive Officer, stated "Market conditions strengthened for larger tomato products in the final quarter of 2014, which had experienced poor pricing.....

New breeding programme for South African fruit
A New South African fruit business is consolidating ownership of an exclusive fruit cultivar breeding programme with a marketing initiative which will give fruit growers in South Africa joint control over the management of their fruit marketing.A new company, re:inc innovation, has been established and has.....


Fyffes expects high prices due to exchange rate
Last year, Fyffes' and Chiquita's merger plans failed. This did not have any direct consequences for the banana giant's financial results, but the oil price and changes in the exchange rate do have consequences. In an interview with the German Lebensmittel Zeitung, CEO David McCann talks about his motives.....

Fresh Solutions Network announces website re-launch
In an era when Google has seemingly made finding the answer to any question just a few clicks away, it is often surprisingly frustrating for retailers and foodservice operators to locate the information they need about the products they purchase and the operators who supply them. That is why Fresh Solutions.....

Nature Fresh™ Farms takes eat brighter!™ message to schools
After a successful program launch at the SEPC’s Southern Exposure event in late February, it has prompted Nature Fresh™ Farms to take their eat brighter™ message to local schools.“There is no doubt that kids love vegetables and Sesame Street!” stated Henry Furtado, Corporate Chef. With a cart stocked full of.....


"Ratio of industry and fresh market 50/50 nowadays"
Boumanfruit switches from wholesale to import and export
Boumanfruit was established in 1940, and has evolved from a wholesaler into an importer of fruit and veg over the years. The company supplies to importers, exporters, wholesalers, supermarkets, and retailers at home and abroad, with a proportional ratio between fresh market and industry. Traditionally, the.....


Primaflor expands salad range and production capacity
The company Primaflor has expanded the production line of one of its processing facilities, so that from now on it will be able to process 2.5 tonnes of iceberg lettuce per hour. This line will also produce ready-to-eat salads and the company has announced a new range of products that will allow you to add.....

Stockton Group and Syngenta Crop Protection sign distribution agreement
Syngenta Argentina to distribute Timorex Gold® biofungicide
The Stockton Group, a leader in innovative crop protection solutions based on plant extracts, has announced the signing of a distribution agreement with Syngenta, a global leader in crop protection. Syngenta Argentina will exclusively market and distribute the award-winning Timorex Gold, from Stockton......