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Lonrho Fresh lost big retailer
South African fruit exporter in liquidation
Lonrho Fresh, the South African fresh produce exporter, has gone into liquidation. A number of issues have plagued the company; such as South Africa experiencing its worst recorded drought, which made it difficult for Lonrho to provide quality produce, as well as the loss of its main customer.Lonrho's.....

Seafarers UK welcomes Fyffes support for schools campaign
Bringing a young, fun element alongside its ongoing annual Seafarers Awareness Week campaigning, the Seafarers UK charity is pleased to partner with Fyffes, the UK's leading importer and distributor of bananas, to launch a primary school educational campaign and competition.24,000 schools across the UK are.....

June 1st until 3th, 2016
The Netherlands Mushroom Days 2016
Within a few weeks, Mushroom Days will open its doors for the 34th time. The exhibition will take place from Wednesday June 1 until Friday June 3, 2016 at Brabanthallen in ‘s Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands.If you are an industry professional, this is a must attend event, where you can meet lots of national.....


Free dollies with fruit tray orders at Fruit Focus
Goplasticpallets.com and Goplasticboxes.com will be returning to Fruit Focus this year on stand 523 with an exciting new promotion. For every 500 strawberry or raspberry trays ordered at the show, the company will give away one FREE GoDolly 64 transport dolly.The GoDolly 64 is a versatile transport dolly.....

NZ launches food safety partnership to protect $50b industry
A scientific collaboration aimed at protecting and enhancing New Zealand's $50 billion-plus food sector was officially launched today, Wednesday 18th May.The New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre joins seven science research partners to form a virtual research centre, which will be jointly.....

US: New product released to help fight citrus greening
H.J. Baker, a global agriculture firm, has launched Tiger Greening Guard citrus mix- a new product backed by University of Florida research, which could help citrus growers with Huanglongbing in their groves.Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening disease, is the No.1 threat to the citrus industry.H.J......


June 1st, 2016
Stonefruit season kicks off with apricots
Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers will see another early start of its stonefruit season, which much like 2015’s will kick off with tree-ripened apricots from Gilbert Orchards on June 1. The apricots will go through early August, according to Scott Marboe, director of marketing at Wenatchee, WA-based OSRG.''The new.....

Bayer confirms preliminary discussion regarding Monsanto acquisition
Bayer executives recently met with executives of Monsanto to privately discuss a negotiated acquisition of Monsanto Company.The proposed combination would reinforce Bayer as a global innovation-driven Life Science company with leadership positions in its core segments, and would create a leading integrated.....


Sakata contributes to betterment of local community
Sakata Seed America is increasing their efforts to improve the local community and the betterment of lives. In the past couple of months alone, Sakata has used their resources to make multiple donations to local organizations and events that support the Salinas Valley and extending regions.Salinas Valley -.....

Zespri's Asia expansion plans
The kiwifruit industry has witnessed a turnaround after suffering through the damage done to the industry by the Psa disease in 2010. At that time, in the Bay of Plenty prices per hectare for green kiwifruit orchards tumbled to $150,000 from over $300,000. Worse, gold orchards which were comprised mostly of.....


NZ: Building the health capabilities of berries
Science and business strategies for developing the health-promoting benefits of berry fruits was a key theme at a workshop held this month between representatives of Plant & Food Research and the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC).The workshop, which took place on the Te Āwhina Marae in Motueka,.....

US (SF): McDonald's trialing garlic fries
Four McDonald's restaurants in San Francisco are testing out a variant of the traditional McDonald's signature fries. According to USA Today, employees are tossing the French fries in stainless steel bowls with a puree mix consisting of chopped Gilroy garlic, olive oil, parmesan, parsley, and salt.Seasoned.....

2016 Outlook, country highlights, reefer trends
Maersk Line Latin America Q1 trade update
On May 13th, Maersk Line released its first quarter 2016 trade update for Latin America.Latin America outlook for 2016Maersk Line projects a contraction in trade for 2016 across the East Coast, primarily driven by Brazil’s recession and lesser so by Argentina. The region is expected to remain weak throughout.....

Orri sees increase in popularity in France
"Topfruits increased the amount of Orri mandarins it bought from Israel this season, and they hope to further increase tonnage in future years. The mandarin is popular in Europe, and the shipper will look to capitalize on that going forward."We did a very good season with the Orri," noted Pierre Athiel.....


Timorex Gold poised to break out in US market
Already used in over 30 countries around the world, Timorex Gold, a broad-spectrum plant extract ideal for resistance management, is being primed for introduction to the U.S. market. Due to its effectiveness as well as growing acceptance of biopesticides, the product's advocates believe it will be.....

NZ apple industry on target for billion dollar goal
New Zealand’s $700 million apple industry has again been named the world’s most competitive performer. The World Apple Report, out this week, ranks New Zealand first over 33 major apple producing countries.Pipfruit New Zealand chief executive Alan Pollard said it is a great achievement to have a competitive.....

CIP, HZPC and Syngenta Foundation partnership
Improving South Asia’s potatoes
A new partnership has been formed which aims to develop better potatoes for tropical and subtropical conditions. The International Potato Center (CIP), global seed potato company HZPC and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) will combine their resources to breed potato varieties.....

US (WA) Cherry packers investing in equipment
Mt. Adams Orchards Corp., and Orchard View in The Dalles, Oregon, are two cherry companies which have invested millions of dollars in new packing equipment. Both cherry companies have installed 48 lanes each equipped with optical equipment that uses near-infrared technology to sort fruit by size, firmness,.....

US: Taylor Farms Kale linked to April Salmonella outbreak
The Minnesota Department of Health told Food Poisoning Bulletin that six people in the state were sickened by a Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak associated with Taylor Farms Organic Kale Medley. The illnesses began between April 3 and April 26, 2016. One person was hospitalized as a result of their illness,.....

Perishable product solutions
US: PakSense™ receives Presidential Award for export success
On May 16th, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented PakSense with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S......


opening planned for the end of May
Rutoma relocates wholesaler to Jabbeke
The Belgian fruit and vegetable wholesaler Rutoma sells its products on the wholesale market in Evergem, close to Gent. They will soon reopen the previous location in Jabbeke. "Everything has been completely renewed and we expect to be able to open officially at the end of May," says Bjorn Franco. "This way.....

AgroFresh Solutions' earning weather dependant
AgroFresh Solutions Inc. remains heavily reliant on the global apple harvest and its core SmartFresh product, which keeps fruit fresh longer during storage and transportation, and that exposure has hurt the company in recent quarters. Its first-quarter 2016 results were disappointing, but management outlined.....

Argentina: Mar del Plata shipping McCain's frozen pre-fried potatoes again
Once again, after 10 years of not doing so, the port of Mar del Plata started shipping frozen pre-fried potatoes produced by McCain, in Balcarce, to Brazil. The Container Terminal Two Company (TC2- for its acronym in Spanish) was in charge of the operation of stowing four loaded containers on MSC's Tobago.....

Mexico: Mango production in the Isthmus down due to drought
The president of the Oaxaca's Mango Product System Council, Roberto Nivon Velasquez, said that the producers of San Pedro Tapanatepec, Santo Domingo Zanatepec, Reforma de Pineda, San Francisco Ixhuatán, San Francisco del Mar and Chahuites, had large losses in the current crop due to the lack of rains last.....

Dutch potato seed company value exceeds € 100 million
The value of certificate of share of HZPC Holland B.V. has been set at € 136.90. A total of 4,765 certificates of share were traded at stock trading day May 2016. , “HZPC has 783,725 certificates of share. At the current value, HZPC’s market value exceeds € 100 million for the first time in history. HZPC.....

Costa Rica: Illegal shipment of avocados from Panama seized
Costa Rica seized an illegal shipment of avocados from PanamaCosta Rica's Border Police seized a shipment of avocados that had been smuggled into the country from Panama.The seizure took place last Thursday 12th May at the checkpoint, kilometer 35, of the district of Guaycara de Golfito, in the south of the.....

McDonald's sources Cali strawberries for menu specials
McDonald's is sourcing strawberries from the state of California for use in it McCafe Strawberry Orange Mango Smoothie, Strawberry Banana Smoothie, Strawberry Lemonades, and Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfaits.McDonald’s is one of the nation’s largest restaurant purchasers of strawberries grown in a 500-mile swath of.....

Idaho farm exporting fresh potatoes
SouthWind Farms, based in Heyburn, is exporting fresh potatoes to the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada and Malaysia. According to partner Jerry Tominaga, they grow around 700 acres commercially.What it exports: SouthWind grows fingerlings and round “marbles,” or baby potatoes. The specialty.....

McCain Foods (GB) fined $1m for safety failings
In August 2014, a McCain Foods (GB) employee in Whittlesey, near Peterborough, nearly lost his arm after it became entangled in machinery. As a result, the company has now been fined Ł800,000 (1.15 million USD) for safety failings.Peterborough Crown Court heard how a 34-year-old employee was attempting to.....


Geerlofs implements ammonia cooler in future company building
All Kompany activities from one central location
"It has always been our wish to carry out all our own activities from one central location." This wish is about to come true at the Fresh Park Venlo with a new building. From here the 300 million cucumbers of Kompany will be cooled, packaged to customers desires and distributed. Screw compressors with a.....

Spain: Grupo Alimentario Citrus sees 37% increase in sales
Grupo Alimentario Citrus (GAC), a company controlled by entrepreneur Joaquín Ballester Martinavarro, has reached 168.6 million Euro in turnover, 37.8% more than in the previous year. This significant increase has been driven by growth in the industrial business area (+14.5%) and its entry into the.....

Cuba: Mango harvest Santiago de Cuba begins
The main fruit cooperatives began collecting mango in the province of Santiago de Cuba, where the harvest will reach its maturation peaks in late May and June this year.The first collections started in the vicinity of the town of El Caney, which produces fruits that are famous for their quality and where.....

J&J Family of Farms and Moore Farms form strategic alliance
J&J Family of Farms and Moore Farms have entered into a strategic relationship that will leverage and grow Moore Farms Georgia production and enhance J&J’s sales and marketing capabilities. As part of the transaction, Moore Farms will also become a shareholder in J&J Holdings, resulting in a.....

Global-first agreement with Australian retailers to benefit horticulture growers
In a world-first, major grocery retailers and the horticultural industry have agreed to streamline fresh produce safety requirements lowering the cost of doing business and improving food safety across the fresh produce supply chain in Australia.Announced Tuesday 17 May by Assistant Minister for Agriculture,.....


APL SMART reefer solutions support Japanese ag exports
As Japan ramps-up its export drive, APL is supporting Japanese growers and exporters in the exploration of overseas markets for their fresh produce. Through its range of SMART reefer solutions and diversified global network, APL offers an optimal and cost-effective transportation that preserves the quality.....

Taiwanese supermarket shipping tropical fruit to Japan, HK
A local Taiwanese upscale supermarket chain implemented a service for shipping Taiwanese fruit to customers in Hong Kong and Japan, back in 2008. The service will now allow customers to order mangoes, lychees, pineapples and dragon fruit online, said Ella Hung of city'super, a joint venture between the Far.....

British strawberry could become an “unaffordable luxury”
A leading hospitality firm is warning that the new UK wage laws could make the British strawberry an “unaffordable luxury” and wipe out nearly 60% of growers’ profits in the coming year, reports UK newspaper The Guardian.More than 140,000 servings of strawberries and cream are expected to be sold during this.....

AU: Tinned toms recalled over 'explosive potential'
A packaging problem in a batch of 400g SPC Ardmona whole peeled vine ripened tomatoes, has ignited a product recall. The problem has caused increased pressure in the can, making them potentially explosive. Customers have been warned there is a risk of injury when opening the cans, which are sold at Coles,.....


New headspace gas analyzer
Food often travels thousands of miles before reaching its final destination and retailers depend on modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) to extend the freshness and shelf-life of their products. Managing the headspace gas, or the air around the product within the sealed package, is critical to maintaining the.....

Swissport improve Tanzanian import/export facilities
Swissport is Tanzania's leading aviation services provider, and in a bid to improve export and import facilities, its plans to build an import warehouse worth $13 million (Tsh.26 billion), to be completed at the end of this month.“Anticipated growth of the aviation industry in Tanzania will just be a.....

Efficient movement of food around the globe – is our industry prepared?
The fresh produce industry is suffering from a major dilemma – to import or to buy local. Like most issues, there are two sides to every story, and as ever there are more questions than answers.In an ideal world we would all like to buy and eat food that has been grown locally, but modern food trends,.....


Angelo Benedetti, president of Unitec:
"Technology enables sorting of fruit in more reliable way"
"Quality means making it possible for consumers to choose fruit depending on its ripeness, sweetness, crispness, shape and appearance. It is not possible to display everything in stores while at the same time separating ready to eat items from what needs to ripen for another couple of days. Technology.....

Mishandling of funds
Cyprus fruit and veg union comes under scrutiny
Following allegations concerning the mishandling of funds, the financialoperations of the Cooperative Growers Marketing Union (SEDIGEP) has come under scrutiny.The matter is now being looked into by the Cooperative Societies Supervision and Development Authority (CSSDA) with the union said to have sustained.....

Xsense logger data integrated into QC One’s platform
Xsense and QC One jointly launch a cross platform integration to include vital transit temperature data real-time into QC One’s reporting tool. Upon arrival of a shipment equipped with a Xsense HiTag, the recorded temperature, RH and location data is automatically shared with QC One and uniquely linked to a.....


Michel Veyan Reed, of Babia:
"Fresh vegetable consumption is recording a growing trend"
The company Babia exports refrigerated fresh vegetables, mostly broccoli, from Mexico to the United States, Canada and Japan. It is a relatively new family business, but with 85 years' experience in the production and distribution of ice. Six years ago, it started a fresh vegetable icing service (putting ice.....

Freshtime
UK veg specialist celebrates sport's latest literary crop
An opportunity to shine a light on emerging writing talent at the national Cross Sports Book Awards has been taken up by Lincolnshire fresh chilled vegetable and salad specialist Freshtime UK Ltd.The annual Cross Sport Book Awards, now in its 14th year, promotes the outstanding sports writing and publishing.....

Adds sweet, bitter and acidic flavors to dishes and drinks
Oregon Fruit Products launches blood orange fruit puree
On May 9th, Oregon Fruit Products announced a new Fruit In Hand flavor for the beverage and culinary industry: blood orange velvet, a smooth puree of red-orange colored blood orange juice and pulp with sweet notes reminiscent of navel oranges, but also a tinge of bitterness and acidity.“From independent.....

Seeka: rejection of KNZ appeal on collaborative marketing “a black day for kiwifruit growers’
On May 13th Seeka Kiwifruit Industries (SEK) expressed disappointment that Kiwifruit New Zealand (KNZ) had rejected its appeal for two collaborative marketing applications.The appeal was ordered last week by the High Court in Tauranga, in a fast track judicial review after two applications by Seeka and one.....

Agreements with Alibaba, WeChat opens China's doors to NZ business
Agreements between New Zealand online payments provider Latipay and China’s two largest online payment platforms open the doors to New Zealanders wanting to sell to Chinese buyers.New Zealand-based Latipay is the only financial technology company allowing purchases of Kiwi products to be paid for in Chinese.....

Australian Mango Industry Association announces new Chairman
Greg McMahon has been elected as AMIA’s 5th Chairman following the Annual General Meeting held in Mutchilba (Mareeba) on 10 May 2016.Greg takes over the role of AMIA Chairman from Gavin Scurr, who has held the position for four years. Greg is co-owner of family business, Seven Fields, a mango and citrus.....

US: Listeria outbreak plant 'impossible to clean'
In March, the Food and Drug Administration inspected the Pasco, Washington, CRF Frozen Foods processing plant, which has recently been possibly linked to a Listeria outbreak. According to Food Safety News, the agency’s report was finally posted to its website on Thursday 12 May. The report found various.....

Chiquita may leave New Orleans
The Chiquita company returned to New Orleans two years ago, but is again considering moving its cargo business elsewhere; a move that has New Orleans port officials scrambling to try to keep the company from leaving the city that was once the country’s top banana importer, reports theadvocate.com.The.....

Zerya certifications granted in Portugal by Special Fruit
The company SUNSHINE FRUITS LDA., based in the Portuguese town of Tavira, has become the first to receive the ZERYA certification in Portugal. It will receive it for its raspberry production in the framework of the certifications program launched by the Belgian group Special Fruit (www.specialfrut.be), which.....


Romaneuro exports Turkish grapes to Poland
"Because of the Russian ban, we are currently working with a Turkish supplier(Alternatif Export Import Agriculture Food Ltd Mr. Ali Özen) to export grapes on the Polish market. According to what's reported by the operator, currently the Turkish Early Sweet variety is sold at €1.9-2.10 - it is the country's.....

AU's largest potato supplier goes into receivership
Last week, potato supplier Oakville Produce went into receivership. The company is the country's largest supplier of potatoes and onions to Australian supermarkets, handling 250,000 tonnes of vegetables each year. Commonwealth Bank of Australia is believed to be the biggest lender to the supplier.It is.....

Private equity firms invest in Japanese food
Global private equity firms are investing in Japan's thriving restaurant and food sector, as they wait for the country's notoriously slow conglomerates to restructure and reverse a slump in major deals, reports Reuters.While they may be small, deals like Carlyle Group's (CG.O) investment in bean sprouts.....

Indian brothers growing blueberries in Canada
The Purewal brothers moved to Canada in the 1970s; now, the three brothers own the biggest Indian-owned agriculture operation in Canada and possibly the US."Currently, we have over 800 acres under blueberry cultivation,'' says Gurjit Purewal, the youngest of the three brothers.Their farms produce up to 20.....

Can Fresh Del Monte's positive trend continue?
Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc.'s stock has jumped by 14.1% in the past four weeks, and it is also above its 20 Day Simple Moving Average as well; so investors can be more than happy with FDP and its short term performance.This is certainly a good trend, but investors are probably asking themselves, can this.....


Mr Apple launches online retail toolkit in China
Mr Apple New Zealand, one of New Zealand’s largest apple exporters and the company behind apple brands such as Diva™ and Little Darlings™, showcased their new marketing toolkit at the recent Taste of New Zealand launch in Shanghai. Developed in conjunction with China’s leading e-commerce retailers, Mr.....

AU: Banana roadshows rev up for national tour
Banana growers around Australia have the opportunity to hear the latest research in a biennial roadshow.To be held for the second time, the Banana Roadshow will profile the latest industry research, bringing growers up to date with information on biosecurity, disease research, farm production, environmental.....

New vessel sharing agreement
Arkas line's Agean-Spain service bolstered
A new vessel sharing agreement between Arkas Line and Seago Line, a subsidiary company of the Maersk Group, see Arkas line strengthening its position in the Mediterranean region.Deploying one of Seago Line’s vessels into ASA Service and putting a newly acquired vessel into the same service, Arkas Line has.....

Craig Fields appointed Market Fresh's Senior Director of Sales
Market Fresh Produce is pleased to announce the addition of industry veteran, Craig Fields as Senior Director of Sales to the Market Fresh team. Craig will be based at the Market Fresh Tampa facility where he will play a lead role in Market Fresh’s national sales efforts. His responsibilities will include.....

Closure of Pakistani hort export company postponed
Pakistan's only body working for the development of horticulture, with a primary focus on exports, has been given a year to improve its performance.Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) had requested Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir to give a one-year extension.....

Infrastructure and membership expansion
Canada extending FAST Benefits
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced Thursday 12 May that it is expanding Free and Secure Trade (FAST) benefits for members of its trusted trader programs. The Agency plans to increase the number of dedicated FAST lanes to provide low-risk, pre-approved importers, carriers and drivers with.....