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SUNSET® wins big at annual Greenhouse Competition
It’s another big win for Mastronardi at this year’s Greenhouse Competition that took place this weekend in Leamington. The greenhouse company proudly took home 65% of all tomato awards.Mastronardi led the competition, taking home all People’s Choice Awards for tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, as well as six.....


Berliner Großmarkt celebrates 50-year anniversary
This weekend, the Berliner Großmarkt celebrates its 50-year anniversary with around 200 invited guests. Among the invited were the resident market firms, but also partners from economy, politics and management. Host and managing director of the Berliner Großmarkt Andreas Foidl is especially happy to be.....

Locus Traxx and Oppy create strategic partnership
Locus Traxx Worldwide is proud to announce its partnership with The Oppenheimer Group. This partnership will allow Oppenheimer’s customers to track and monitor in real-time the temperature, location and security of their products as they transit the world.Steve Roosdahl, Executive Director of Supply Chain at.....


The Greenery new packaging for cherry tomato
On Friday June 19th The Greenery introduced a stylish new look for their cherry tomatoes. Along with the new box, the consumer packaging also got a renewed, fresh looking label. "Cherry tomatoes are an important part of our tomato range," says Jesper van Oostende, salesman at The Greenery. "They fit.....

Citrus Australia partners with packaging manufacturer
Citrus growers and packers are set to benefit from a new partnership between citrus packaging equipment supplier and manufacturing company edp australia pty ltd, and the nation’s peak citrus body, Citrus Australia.edp australia pty ltd will join Citrus Australia as a major corporate sponsor – a deal that.....


Italy: Platinum PO produces wide range of fruit and veg
Sicilian producer organisationPlatinumwas established in 2009 to verify the state of the structures and provide advice on production and sales. Companies part of the PO, cover in total over 90 hectares of protected crops.They grow various types of tomatoes (bunch, ribbed, cherry, salad, san marzano,.....

Singapore company buys 51% stake in Chinese fruit retailer
Singapore-listed SunMoon Food Company Tuesday said it had reached a deal to buy 51 per cent stake in Harvest Season Singapore, that runs fruit stores in China, for S$3.1 million.SunMoon will buy 510,000 ordinary shares in Harvest Season as part of the deal.The deal will see SunMoon issue 60 million new.....

IPO roadshow continues in Asia, Australia peaking buyer interest
Costa sale edges closer
The question of whether Costa will go to a private equity buyer or public offering came a step closer to being answered this week. The Costa Group IPO roadshow made its way through Australia and Asia, attracting interest at home and abroad thanks to a well executed industrial strategy focus with CEO Harry.....

Interview with Janice Honigberg, CEO of Sun Belle
US: International berry distributor focuses on quality and taste
This coming January, it will be 30 years ago that Janice Honigberg started Sun Belle Inc. In this interview, Janice elaborates on how she started the company almost three decades ago, what changed and what remained the same over the years. Latin America“I fell in love with Mexico when I was ten years old and.....

One stop shop concept
Kloosterboer International forwarding opens facility in South Africa
Kloosterboer International Forwarding South Africa (Pty) Ltd. (KIF SA) has recently opened a new 11,000 m2 facility in Pinetown South Africa, located 20 km from Durban. This new facility enables Kloosterboer to guarantee the quality of the complete service with a one stop shop concept.One stop shop.....


QC One:
New quality control software implemented at Aartsenfruit
At Aartsenfruit the implementation of QC One’s Quality Control software has been completed. Quality Controllers at all Aartsenfruit warehouses in The Netherlands and Belgium process produce quality information directly on a tablet. Results of these inspections are immediately made available for the.....

Hawke’s Bay’s 'Young Fruitgrower of the Year' named
First time entrant and T&G senior leading hand Andrew Kearney has been namedHawke’s Bay’s Young Fruitgrower of the Year.Following events at the National Horticultural Field Days in Hastings on Friday, thewinner was named at a speech competition and industry gala dinner on Saturday night at Mission Estate.....


Cluster offers solutions
Be better prepared for future food crisis
Food crises cause millions worth of damage on a yearly basis. Doesn't matter if it is the EHEC crisis or noro viruses on strawberries from China – headlines with such themes cause panic amongst consumers and lead to trouble and damage in the food industry. A swift and complete refurbishing and tracing in.....

AU: New R&D lead for BioConsortia
BioConsortia, Inc., the innovative ag biotech company with the proprietary Advanced Microbial Selection (AMS) process for improving plant traits and increasing crop yields, has appointed Dr. Andrew Jacobs as Head of R&D for its operation in Auckland, New Zealand. He will report to Dr. Susan Turner, SVP.....


Cool Fresh International's foundation Stars in their Eyes
Stocked bookshelves for children in slums
For more than a decade, Cool Fresh International has committed itself to aiding disadvantaged communities, particularly in South Africa. In a variety of ways, the Dutch company is trying to give people a future. For this purpose, Cool Fresh has created the Foundation “Stars in their Eyes”. The organization.....


40 million investment for Green Team
"Ukraine could come in at such a volume where they would dominate Europe"
Green Team, Ukraine has appointed Colin Galbraith, Sales and Marketing Director at Moorhouse & Mohan to be a Senior Advisor to the Board as they make the move towards supplying the European fresh produce market.Green Team is the biggest horticultural company in the Ukraine. The enterprise has had 40.....


Intuitive software solution boosting yearly revenue
Software and CRM solutions are not always top of mind for growers and retailers of fresh produce, but making sure that the right systems are in place can lead to year-on-year revenue increases of as much as 35% in key areas, which is particularly significant for mid-market companies, according to Sage.....

AU: Moraitis Group becomes Oakville produce
Moraitis Group, one of the Australia’s longest-standing vertically integrated fresh produce organisations, has today unveiled its new name and logo. The rebranding reflects the many recent changes the company has undergone as well as its fresh vision for the future. The company has a long and proud history.....


Sandra Pannekeet: "Jasa machines must be 'vandal-proof' and flexible"
JASA celebrates 30th anniversary with demo week
JASA has now been around for 30 years. To celebrate this, the vertical packaging machines manufacturer (based in Alkmaar) organized 'demo-days' for interested parties. Although the manufacturer was also at Fruit Logistica, this is a better way to network: "You have more time to build relationships here,".....

New president for Holtzinger Fruit Company
Dave Henze has been appointed president of Holtzinger Fruit Company in Yakima, Washington, to succeed David Lawrence.Henze has more than 18 years’ experience in the food business and was most recently in charge of sales and marketing in the foodservice division of Idahoan Foods in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was.....

Zespri fraud case drags on
Zespri's chief executive Lain Jager says he wants direct clarification from former China manager Joseph Yu on the customs fraud issues that led to him being jailed for five years in China before the kiwifruit company will discuss compensation with him."Joseph maintains that his conviction was solely a.....

Fresh Produce Center calls government to take action on long payment periods
This week the Fresh Produce Center (GroentenFruit Huis) represented Greenport Holland at the round table discussion of the Standing Committee for Economic Affairs of the House with the following theme: late payments from large corporations to MKB and freelancers. Members of Parliament Mulder (CDA), Ziengs.....


Peter Durlet: "We sort and market for third parties as well"
Depa Fruit cultivates, sells cherries & cherry trees
Depa Fruit bvba is a young cherry growing company located in Limburg, Belgium. In 2011 Peter Durlet and his wife Ector Annick also launched a cherry tree nursery. In addition, they run a separate company named Depa Services in which they prune cherry trees, give advice, and sort and sell cherries for various.....

Golden Wing Mau: General manager import resigns
Golden Wing Mau regrets to announce the resignation of its Import Manager, Mr Roland Gels. Roland joined GWM in 2014 to take up the position, but announced his decision to step down from his role due to family commitments.President and CEO of Golden Wing Mau, Mr Mau Wah Liu said they are disappointed, but.....

ABI Imports cited for failure to provide access to records
The USDA has suspended Pittsgrove, New Jersey-based ABI Imports Inc.’s Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) license for failing to make its records available for review.According to a USDA press release, ABI Imports Inc. refused to allow inspection of its records as part of an ongoing investigation.....

Citronex to become Poland’s largest greenhouse producer
Bananas are currently the main business for Citronex Group, with the segment's turnover representing 50 percent of the firm's total revenue. Currently Citronex co-owns banana plantations in Ecuador and owns one of the largest modern banana ripening rooms in Europe, located in Zgorzelec. Citronex also plans.....


2015 PROFEL General Assembly
At the General Assembly held on the 12th of June 2015 in Paris, France, PROFEL members elected Mr Michael Mayntz as new President for a mandate of two years. Mr. Mayntz is the fourth-generation owner of the German fruit processing company Göbber GmbH and President of the Fruit sector of the BOGK, the German.....

Branded Pink Lady® slices added to Crunch Pak® lineup
Pink Lady America LLC of Yakima, Washington is happy to announce that Crunch Pak® of Cashmere, Washington will be including branded Pink Lady® in its selection of nationally known sliced apples. The branded Pink Lady® sliced apples will be produced and distributed in major markets by Crunch Pak® in July and.....

New website, warehouse expansion for Four Seasons Produce
Exciting things are happening this June at Four Seasons Produce, Inc. The full service produce wholesaler, based in Ephrata, PA, moved into a much anticipated warehouse expansion and has launched a new website. The expansion project adds 1,628 pallet spaces of multi-temp refrigerated storage and an updated.....

Arlon Group acquires The Coastal Companies
Arlon Group, a food and agriculture investment firm focused on investing in the Americas, announced that it has, in partnership with the existing management team, acquired The Coastal Companies ("Coastal"), based in Savage, Maryland. Coastal is a leading distributor and processor of fresh produce and dairy.....

Zimbabwe: Seed Co takes over Prime Seeds
Seed Co Limited has acquired a 100 percent stake in Prime Seeds Limited, one of the biggest vegetable seed growers in the country.Seed Co Limited group chief executive Mr Morgan Nzwere told analysts at the company’s results briefing that the company has acquired Prime Seeds to enable it to enter into the.....

Monsanto holds meetings with Syngenta shareholders
Monsanto executives traveled to Europe this week to meet with Syngenta AG shareholders to discuss the merits of its $45 billion takeover bid for the Swiss company.Chief Operating Officer Brett Begemann and Chief Technology Officer Robb Fraley met with the investors on Monday and Tuesday, BloombergBusiness.....

Hunt for young photographers with a taste for herbs
Vitacress, the UK’s largest grower and supplier of fresh herbs for the UK retail market is sponsoring The Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) search for the best young herb photographers.The competition is aimed at schools taking part in the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, a UK wide initiative that.....

Enza Zaden USA begins Salinas’ addition
Enza Zaden USA recently broke ground on a new 24,400-square-foot addition to its existing facility with the support of Wald, Ruhnke & Dost Architects and general contractor Ausonio Incorporated.The international seed company’s commercial facility will more than double in size and includes temperature and.....

Retraction article Hortim International
Recently a complaint of non-payment by Hortim International was posted on these pages. Hortim found it to be entirely without justification.Freshplaza validated their argument and apologised for allowing the posting. The posting has since been deleted.

Courchesne Larose to acquire 50% of Dandrea Produce
The Routhier family of Courchesne Larose Ltd. in Montreal, Quebec (Canada) signed and executed a Letter of Intent to acquire 50% of Dandrea Produce Inc., a produce grower and importer based in Vineland, New Jersey (USA).Courchesne Larose has a history dating back to 1918 and is currently run by the family’s.....


Canada Foundation for Innovation: First-time funding for Vineland
Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) has been awarded first-time research funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to provide growers with resources to produce high quality and competitive crops."This $614,280 award is an important recognition of Vineland's innovative research in.....


VBT partners with ANPE in Peru
In the coming years the Association of Belgian Horticultural Cooperatives (VBT) will be partnering up with ANPE (National Association of agro-producers), an umbrella organization made up ecological, family farmers in Peru. For the partnership VBT will work together with Trias; Trias works worldwide to.....

Apio invests $22.5m to expand operations
Apio, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Landec Corporation and a leading national producer of fresh-cut vegetable products for the United States and Canada under the Eat Smart® and GreenLine® brands, is making a $22.5 million investment in its Hanover, Pa., operations to help the company meet demand for its.....

German discounter sells flawed asparagus
With the slogan "Nature has its own diversity" Netto Marken-Discount will sell, in selected regions, asparagus from 11th of June to 13th of June 2015. The German asparagus will have small flaws. With this sustainability sales initiative the retailer tries to get consumers to appreciate food more. And in.....

New website Southern Paprika Limited
Southern Paprika Limited New Zealand (SPL), a joint venture between Levarht and ACL, proudly presents their new website: www.spl.nz. The joint venture came about as a solution to fulfill Levarht’s vision to offer yearround supply of premium capsicums to our customers in South East Asia. Dutch produce during.....

New Idaho location for Potandon Produce
Potandon Produce L.L.C., has announced the addition of another Idaho packing location to their production group. SunRiver of Idaho, Inc. located in Aberdeen, Idaho will pack and ship Idaho russet potatoes starting this month.“The addition of this new location and additional supply will allow Potandon to keep.....

Bart Peek: "Its the small scale that has charm for us"
BB Fruit fills Spanish citrus season with summer fruit
'Fruit with the fun factor', this is the slogan for BB Fruit, and this is what the 2.5 year young company is trying to realize everyday. Bart Peek and Ben van der Bom have been in the fruit trade their whole lives, and with their own company they have found a way to make their hobby a profession. BB Fruit.....


Manuel Segura: "We wish to bring in Dutch and Polish products"
CASI: Reform of auction model to take over Europe
FreshPlaza.es visited CASI's facilities in La Cañada, Almeria. The cooperative specialises in the cultivation of tomatoes, which account for 99 percent of its production; 230,000 tonnes from about 2,160 hectares, making it the largest tomato cooperative in the world. We spoke with Commercial Director.....


New Frankort & Koning construction starts with ground breaking barbecue
On the sunniest day of the year, Friday 5 June, Group Heylen and Frankort & Koning organised a Ground Breaking Barbecue to celebrate the start of construction of the new building. In the centre of Fresh Park Venlo, just a hundred metres away from the current location, a new 17,000 m2 logistics centre.....


DBS expands with 1,000 sqm refrigerated warehouse
For close to ten years now DBS has been active in exporting in Sint-Katelijne-Waver, and the company is still growing. Owners Gunther de Boelpaep and Dominique Severijns announce that they have recently expanded. "We are still growing each year, and recently we have made another serious investment. Two weeks.....

Limoneira sees 14% Q2 revenue increase
Limoneira Company has reported financial results for the second quarter and six months ended April 30, 2015. For the second quarter of fiscal year 2015, revenue was $28.3 million, compared to revenue of $24.8 million in the second quarter of the previous fiscal year. Agribusiness revenue was $26.9 million,.....


Florette signs with McDonald’s France again
Florette Food Service is McDonald France’s main supplier of their new range of salads since being launched in 2014, and they have just signed a contract to continue supplying them this year. Florette Food Service is always coming up with new salad recipes working alongside McDonald’s. One of the new recipe’s.....

The challenge, to produce 230 million kilos this season
Spain: UNICA Group's production reaches 200 million kilos
This week, the trader UNICA Group, formed by Cabasc, Casur, Cohorsan, Cota 120, El Grupo, Ferva and Parque Natural, has reached 200 million kilos of fruit and vegetables produced, thereby approaching its target for the 2014/2015 campaign, set at 230 million kilos. At this time, UNICA Group has already.....


Giumarra, Sesame Street encourage children to eat more produce
Sesame Street’s Oscar recently helped Giumarra get the word out to children and their parents to eat more produce. The company displayed its Nature’s Partner-branded watermelons at Grocery Outlet’s annual sponsored produce “Freshtival,” held June 5-7 in select regional stores serviced by Portland-based.....

Tulare investors buy Fruit Patch
Dinuba-based Fruit Patch has been acquired by a five-member investment group headed by Thomas Avinelis of Porterville’s AgriCare Inc.The purchase amount wasn’t disclosed.The new entity is called Legacy Packing and Cold Storage, Avinelis said. He confirmed that the investors acquired all the assets of Fruit.....


Zespri gears up for good season
The Kiwifruit season has kicked off to record-breaking start thanks to a strong harvest and solid sales overseas.Zespri chief executive Lain Jager said 10,000 trays of green kiwifruit had been harvested per hectare, which would contribute to the 115 million trays of both green and gold fruit set to head.....

Capespan Asia & Golden Wing Mau joins forces
Capespan in Asia and Golden Wing Mau will be consolidating their supply & procurement expertise from South Africa under a single structure to secure critical mass for the whole of Asia.This announcement follows Metspan & Capespan Japan’s recent announcement that they will join forces under a.....

Karl Wlaschek passed away
According to media reports the Austrian billionaire and Billa founder Karl Wlaschek has died at the age of 97 years in Graz on Sunday.In the 1950s, Wlaschek successfully managed and expanded his chain "Billa" to an established company. In 1996 he sold his stores to the German Rewe Group.A spokesman of his.....

South Africa: New CEO for Perishable Products Export Control Board
South Africa's official export certification agency, the Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB), has appointed Lucien Jansen as its new CEO on a five year-fixed term contract.Jansen, who holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Stellenbosch, began his career at the.....

An interview with Roamler’s CEO
Roamler has been through some exciting changes over the last few weeks. Their HQ has moved offices to a new location, they recently announced their partnership with Smollan group and are also celebrating their fourth anniversary!Jeroen ten Haave was recently been appointed as the company's new CEO. Jeroen.....

Timorex Gold biofungicide approved by ICA for all maize
The Stockton Group (STK),a leader in plant extract-based crop protection innovation, obtained last May from the Colombian Agricultural Institute -ICA, an extension of the use of its product, Timorex Gold, for the control of tar spot disease (Phyllchora maydis) in maize and for rust control (Hemileia.....


McCain’s new brand for E.Leclerc
Bon et Bien is an independent brand that originally comes from McCain and was co-created by E.Leclerc in Templeuve, Randstad, Food Banks and the French potato farming group. Bon et Bien aims to address food wastage and favour local employment. All profits will be reinvested into the company to increase their.....


Marco Pfaff: "Filling it year-round will be the biggest challenge"
Cold storage DL Fresh Logistics Bleiswijk doubled
DL Fresh Logistics is a relatively young player in the fruit and vegetable branch (2012). They were using the storage and transshipment facilities in the former Roveg-building in Bleiswijk, and last year they were able to double their storage capacity. "We are in an upward trend," says plant manager Marco.....


Italy: new grading 8 lane Aweta Calistar for summer fruit season
Agricultural firm Il Frutteto, located in Cesena (Italy), is ready to start its second peaches/nectarines season making use of a new grading 8 lane Aweta Calistar for processing kiwi, nectarines, peaches and plums. The plant was designed by Aweta for maximum flexibility: it allows to work in.....

Del Monte® Fresh Market launched in Saudi Arabia
Recently launched in Saudi Arabia, Del Monte® Fresh Market brings convenience to consumers who enjoy healthy living with a wide offering of fresh food and beverage options, on-the-go. The menu includes a combination of ultra-fresh juices, smoothies and freshly made salads, wraps and muffins, for all.....


Stockbridge Technology staff rewarded for performance
Directors and staff at North Yorkshire horticulture research facility Stockbridge Technology Centre are celebrating after two members of staff have been rewarded for excelling in their respective fields.Dr David George has been awarded The Marsh Award for Early Career Entomologist whilst Gavin Milson has.....

BASF mulls potential bid for Syngenta
German chemicals group BASF SE (BASFn.DE) is considering a potential offer for Syngenta AG (SYNN.VX), its Swiss rival which has received a $45 billion takeover offer from Monsanto Co (MON.N), people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.BASF is speaking to investment bankers about the possibility of an.....