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Irish potato cultivation programme tackles poverty in Africa
Vita, an Irish NGO, which works with communitiesin Africa, set up the Irish Potato Coalitionprogramme in collaboration with other partnersto tackle poverty and hunger.Vita recognises a new approach is required that enables development partners to create equitable and sustainable potato value chains if the.....

Excellent welcome from the fruit and vegetable sector
MAC Fruit Attraction presented in Cairo
This week, the first edition of MAC Fruit Attraction,a new global brand in the fruit and vegetablesector, was presented in Cairo. The trade fairwill take place from 4 -7 May 2016 in theframework of FoodAfrica, organised by IFP Group,thus covering the Middle East and North Africa.MAC Fruit Attraction, the.....

Dutch-Iranian universities collaborate on food safety
The RIKILT, a department of Wageningen University and the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Science in Teheran are going to cooperate on improving and monitoring food safety. How exactly the two universities plan to work together will be shaped in the coming months.Iran exports various products to the EU.....


Tru-Cape growers to ride the Cape Epic 2016
Tru-Cape Ceres growers Sakkie and Hannes Hanekom are riding in the Cape Epic 2016 race from March 13 to March 20, supported by Tru-Cape and Pink Lady®. Here they are photographed wearing their kit.

Commits to continue to build trusted partnerships with suppliers
Tesco publicly apologised for harming suppliers
Tesco will continue to work collaboratively withsuppliers to further build trust, following thepublication of the Groceries Code Adjudicator’s (GCA) report into historic supplier issues on Tuesday 26 January.Dave Lewis, Group Chief Executive Officer, Tesco said:“In 2014 we undertook our own review into.....

Fair price for state farmers
Rejects for Victoria's foodbank scheme
A program is being trialled at Victoria's biggest emergency food distributor, Foodbank, which could see the state’s farmers paid a fair price for millions of kilograms of rejected produce that would normally be disposed of.Hard items such as carrots, potatoes, onions, pumpkins, leeks and parsnips that.....

Mike Chapman, lawyer turned horticulture industry advocate.
New HortNZ chief ready for the challenge
Recently appointed as the chief executive of Horticulture NZ, Mike Chapman has spent 10 years as CEO of the New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers (NZKGI). Before then he was CEO of regulator Kiwifruit New Zealand. Chapman, replaces Peter Silcock, who stepped down after 25 years in the role.So how does he differ in.....

Preparations underway for Sydney Citrus Market Outlook Forum
The future of the citrus industry will be discussed atthe 2016 Citrus Market Outlook Forum to be held atthe Menzies Sydney,on March 16-17. The bi-annualOutlook Forum will draw both national andinternational experts to give their assessment of themarket to an expected crowd of 150 growers, packersand.....


Consorzio La Trentina, Fruit Logistica 2016, Hall 2.2 - Stand D-02
Having many markets better in case of geopolitical crises
Consorzio La Trentinawill attend Fruit Logistica for the 13th year in a row. "The fair is very important for apple and kiwi supply programmes. Many meetings will be scheduled and it will be the start of a series of events abroad," explains general manager Simone Pilati.The apple campaign is halfway through.....

Crimson Snow®: The apple's tennis ambassadors
Just before Christmas, a licensed marketer started delivering Crimson Snow branded apples to a European retailer. In order to advertise the brand and create a “great feeling”, the slogan trademarked by the group, some initiatives were started.With the new year, a new partnership with 2 tennis pros began; a.....

Renaissance Food adds Katherine Brooks to Prepard Foods
Renaissance Food Group (RFG) has announced that Katherine Brooks has joined the company as Regional Director Prepared Foods. In this role, Brooks will work to develop and execute a prepared foods strategy that can be replicated at each of RFG's production facilities nationwide.With ten years in the prepared.....

McDonald's looking for potato producers in Russia
McDonald's restaurants in Russia are looking for domestic growers to supply them with potatoes due to the government's policy on foreign food products. Previously the restaurants bought frozen potatoes from Poland, but are now looking to replace them with a local equivalent.According to a source quoted in.....


Switrace to showcase online data logging innovations at Fruit Logistica 2016
Switrace SA, the global supplier of temperatureand humidity data loggers for the cold chainindustry, will be present at the upcomingFruit Logistica 2016 to showcase a new innovationfor exporters – a data logger that can be trackedthrough a web browser.Available in single and multi use versions, Switrace’s.....

Ohio Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Conference approaching
Fruit, vegetable and specialty crop growers canlearn a wide range of skills, such as increasingsales using social media, during a daylongconference offered by horticulture, entomologyand local foods experts from the College of Food,Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.The.....

US (CA): Tech firm Lotpath expands app for fresh produce inspection
A software application that allows produceinspectors at packing houses to use electronictablets to assess the quality of fruits andvegetables has expanded its availability toinclude a wider range of mobile devices.Lotpath Inc., a tenant in the new Bitwise South Stadium technology center in downtown Fresno,.....


New Zealand: Joint venture for 617 acres of Hass avocados
Under the name Southern Paprika LTD Levarht has had a joint venture project with ACL for sixteen years for the cultivation of bell peppers in New Zealand. The project started with a 6 acre greenhouse so they could provide year round bell peppers, including to the Japanese market in the winter. Today the.....


Healthy snack brand Bear's new fruit and veg combinations
Healthy snack brand Bear has launched a new line-up of fruit and vegetable combinations known as Bear Claws, intended for children aged between four and nine.The range is designed to entertain children and engage them with their food. Free from artificial ingredients, Bear Claws are packaged in packs of.....

High veg prices turn Canadian consumers to the freezer aisle
CEO of grocery chain Metro Inc. Eric La Flèche has noticed a rising trend of consumers substituting fresh produce for frozen equivalents, in light of rising food price inflation, he said in a conference call Tuesday 26 January. The costs of mostly foreign-bought fruits and vegetables, in particular, have.....

KIKU®, 25th anniversary with Crimson Snow® and Isaaq®
KIKU®, the premium apple brand, are celebratingtheir 25th anniversary this year and returning totheir booth at Fruit Logistica in Berlin in Hall 4.2 - B08.Some of the 29 global marketing partners, like Slowakian Bonifructi, Italian Fratelli Clementi, South African Core, KIKU Hellas and German Salemfrucht.....


California Giant Berry Farms: This Super Bowl team is ready
California Giant Berry Farms has teamed up withCabot Cheese to build a game-worthy spread asfootball fans across the country make their plansto watch the big game in early February.Research shows the Super Bowl is the second biggest eating day (Thanksgiving being the first) of the year. Additionally, 91%.....

Bonduelle subsidiary restructures production sites in Nord Picardie
The subsidiary Bonduelle Europe Long Life (BELL) is to reorganize production sites in Nord Picardie; according to reuters.com there are plans to shut down activity at the plant in Russy Bemont (Oise).The company intends to concentrate its Nord Picardie vegetable canning activities at the sites of Estrees.....

France Bonduelle : Cassegrain’s 160th anniversary
Cassegrain has been successful in the vegetable industry since it’s establishment in 1856 and is celebrating it’s 160th anniversary this year. Acquired by the Bonduelle group in 1989, quality of the produce was a guarantee and innovative measures to satisfy the most demanding of consumers were taken. Today,.....

Increasing banana shipments
Hamburg's new fruit service by Maersk
Hamburg's fruit and refrigeration centre, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has acquired an additional weekly call which will bring Colombian bananas and other fruits to Europe. The addition marks the beginning of handling operations at the O’Swaldkai Terminal in Hamburg for Maersk’s new service.The new.....

Fairtrade South Africa employs PR firm go4word
Fairtrade is an NGO certifying the agriculturalsupply chain, known for their work in many areasincluding the fresh fruit sector, against strict social,environmental and economic standards in order toachieve equality and sustainability in the farmingsector. They have appointed Cape Town-based public relations.....

Record avocado consumption predicted for big game week
Millions of Americans will tune into the 50th nationalfootball championship game held at Levi’s Stadiumin Santa Clara, California on February 7. Accordingto the Hass Avocado Board, a record 278 million willbe consumed during the Big Game week. That’s enough avocados to fill a football field, from end zone to.....


Schrijvershof moving to Cool Port
The countdown has started … In mid-2017Schrijvershof will be moving to its new locationin Cool Port. Cool Port is the new Kloosterboercold-storage facility, strategically located in theEemhaven port in Rotterdam. Its wealth of water,rail and road connections gives Cool Port directaccess to the deep-sea.....


China: Qifeng Fruit honours growers with classical concert
On January the 26th, Qifeng Fruit organised a concert by Zhou Fameng, a Chinese famous tenor, for its employees and growers. The event was staged to celebrate the Chinese New Year, which will take place in less than 2 weeks.The event was partly organised with the Communication Department of Meixian County......

Maker of Birds Eye, Edgell
AU Food giant Simplot's $91m profit
Simplot Australia, one of the biggest suppliers to supermarket chains Coles, Woolworths and IGA, has tripled its annual profit to $91 million, thanks to heavy cost-cutting and the sharp slide in the Australian dollar. The maker of the Chiko roll and big food brands such as Birds Eye, Edgell, John West, Lean.....


Fruit Logistica 2016, Hall 4.1 - Stand D-09
Arrigoni doing well in agrotextile sector
ForArrigoni, 2015 was a positive year. The company strengthened its presence in the agrotextile sector - demand for climate control nets (frost, hail, wind, sun) increased both in European and extra-European markets.Interest focused mainly on Bioreti, i.e. anti-insect nets for biological control. Biorete 25.....


Hall 1.2 - Stand C-15
Mc Garlet at Fruit Logistica
"Despite the difficulties encountered last year, such as the devaluation of the Dollar against the Euro causing an increase of logistics and customs costs,Mc Garletregistered a significant growth so, for 2016, it is focusing on developing its export network," explained CEO Luca Garletti.Mc Garlet will attend.....


BelOrta cucumber supply increased by 41% in 2015
"In terms of cucumbers we have the largest market share in Belgium"
In recent years the supply and acreage of cucumbers at BelOrta has significantly increased. 80% of all the cucumbers that are supplied to Belgium come from 50 BelOrta growers. According to Jo Lambrecht, BelOrta's commercial manager, they had 345 cucumber producing acres in 2006, "In 2015, this jumped to 494.....

Canadian grower petitions for Fuji apple sales in U.S.
In spite of consumer and trade group concerns over the genetically-engineered fruit, Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) of Summerland, British Columbia, has petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to deregulate sales of their Arctic Fuji, which is genetically modified to reduce browning after slicing. The.....

"Naval oranges in their prime"
Sunkist helps consumers eat seasonably
Santa Clarita, California-based Sunkist is helpingconsumers eat seasonably by letting them knowwhen produce is at its best. Joan Wickham,Sunkist Manager of Advertising and Public Relationssays retailers can capitalize on the consumers' desireto eat the freshest produce by educating them instore: “Sunkist’s.....


Fruit Logistica 2016, Hall 2.2, stand D-11
2015 a good year for Cenerini
Cenerini, a company specialising in the fresh produce trade, will once again attend Fruit Logistica after a very positive year.Cenerini's stand at Fruit Logistica 2015. Left to right: Fabio Nanni, Raffaele Di Palma, Giada Cenerini, Alberta Rizzi, Irina Goncharova and Benedetta Ramacciotti."2015 was good as.....

Established in Canada, Mexico and Japan
MRLs for fruit and veg treated with Sivanto™ prime insecticide from Bayer
Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) forflupyradifurone, the active ingredient in Sivanto™ prime insecticide from Bayer, have been established, effective immediately, in Canada, Mexico and Japan. The MRLs have been established across key crops, including vegetables, citrus, melons and blueberries. With these.....

EPA approves Alion from Bayer flood irrigation application
The EPA has approved a supplemental label inCalifornia easing the restrictions of flood irrigationfollowing application of Alion herbicide from Bayer.Effective immediately, orchards and vineyards ofston fruit, pome fruit, grapes and tree nuts maybe flood irrigated after a 60-day waiting periodfollowing.....


Polymer Logistics to present modular display stand at Fruit Logistica 2016
Polymer Logistics, a provider of retail-readypackaging (RRP) solutions, will exhibit itseffective product solutions for fresh produceat Fruit Logistica 2016; held between 3rd and5th February 2016 in Berlin.Show’s attendees are encouraged to visit the company’s booth (Hall 21 / C-04) to discover more about.....

Adam Brady joins Golden Sun Marketing
Golden Sun Marketing is pleased to announce a new addition to its marketing team this month. Adam Brady, a seasoned produce marketing professional out of Statesboro, Ga., joins Jennifer Velasquez in the role of senior marketing manager.Brady brings over five years of produce marketing experience to the.....


Willem Nowee, Varekamp Coldstores:
"There's growth again!"
In September 2013 Varekamp Coldstores relaunched themselves under the Kloosterboer group. Two and a half years later manager Willem Nowee is satisfied with the developments and he is confident in the future, "2015 was a good year; we broadened our client base and expanded our services, including our ripening.....

Turkey: Burger King’s 4 year $800 million investment plan
Over the course of 4 years, restaurant chain Burger King plans to invest US $800 million in their meat and potatoes. The group is preparing to open a meat processing facility which was built in Amasya, northern Turkey, this coming March, and aiming to increase the number of employees from 25,000 to 40-45,000.....

Turatti Group heads to Fruit Logistica 2016 after another successful year
Turatti Group will be again a major player at thecoming “Fruit Logistica” exhibit in Berlin(February 3-5, 2016). The German show arrivesafter another successful year for the differentcompanies and brands of the Group. In fact,the innovation history initiated almost 150 yearsago, continued in 2015 with dozens.....


Cuties Mandarin Oranges back at McDonald's
McDonald's first introduced Cuties Mandarin Oranges as a Happy Meal side option in December 2014 and have apparently sold over 38 million Cuties since. The mini, easily-peeled citrus fruits are once again in season and back at McDonald's as a Happy Meal side option as well as a la carte.Other current Happy.....

FFA members trip to South Africa
A news release from the Future Farmers ofAmerica says that 75 members from 23 stateshave returned from a 12-day educational andcultural experience in South Africa, where theyparticipated in the 2016 International LeadershipSeminar for State Officers. The experienceallowed the FFA members to experience.....

Rijk Zwaan presents KNOX to a wide audience
From 3-5 February, Rijk Zwaan is once againexhibiting at Fruit Logistica in Berlin. The majorhighlight on the stand this year is KNOX, thenew trait that reduces pinking in lettuce leavesafter cutting.“We first revealed KNOX at our Leafy Event in September but it's now time for us to present this innovation.....

Church Brothers Farms restructures sales department
Church Brothers Farms, a grower, processor andshipper of more than 500 fresh vegetable SKUs,has announced the restructuring of its salesdepartment, with the promotion of Tom Bramersto sales manager. In the new position, Bramerswill manage the sales team, commodity managersand appointment loading.....


Fruit Logistica 2016, Hall 2.2 - Stand C-09
Europe: Good season for Cherry Passion
"It is not often that you see a lively demand with high prices. This was made possible thanks to the mild weather, which favoured the consumption of imported bunch tomatoes," explained Stefano Pezzo, sales manager ofCherry Passion, a company specialising in the import and export of produce.....

New head of USDA western agriculture program
Rhonda Miller, a Utah State University associateprofessor was appointed western region coordinatorof a U.S. Department of Agriculture-basedcompetitive grant program. She now heads upWestern Sustainable Agriculture Research andEducation, based at Utah State University,replacing Teryl Roper, who chose to go.....

Christine Tacon - Groceries Code Adjudicator
Tesco told to pay-up on time
Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon has told Tesco to introduce significant changes to practices and systems after finding Britain’s largest supermarket seriously breached a legally-binding Code to protect groceries suppliers.During a thorough investigation covering the period from 25 June 2013 to 5.....

Waitrose first to introduce British sea kale
Waitrose is the first UK supermarket to introduceBritish sea kale. The delicate cousin of kale isrevered in culinary circles for its mild brassicaflavour, which is described as a cross betweencelery and asparagus.The forced stems of sea kale are available from January to March, but the labour-intensive.....


Fifth annual SunBursts Snacking MVP campaign
Back by popular demand, the SunBursts® Snacking MVP campaign encourages retailers and consumers alike to have fun and get creative with NatureSweet SunBursts® tomatoes, the company announced. For retailers, the Snacking MVP’s 2016 Sales Contest rewards entrants’ with two tickets to the winner’s choice of one.....

Shipping company sued for negligence over grape shipment
A New Jersey-based shipping company is being sued by a Peruvian fruit shipping company, Manuelita Frutas y Hortalizas S.A.C,. The company filed a lawsuit Jan. 12 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Compania Sud America de Vapores S.A., also known as CSAV, alleging.....


Fruit Logistica 2016, Hall 2.2 - Stand A-04
Europe: Popularity of Sicilian oranges increases
The 2015 export campaign went well for Oranfrizer, a Sicilian company that ships its blood oranges all over the world. 2016 is looking just as positive.Before heading off to Berlin for Fruit Logistica, the company told FreshPlaza that this was made possible due to the good results of the commercial tests.....


Packaging supplier Refacom
"We provide correct packaging, protection for vegetables"
The vegetable sector is an important target group for the packaging company Refacom. Since 1991 Refacom has specialized in plastic wrap packaging and strapping, this ensures that the products are protected while in transport. Kris Roels says that the company is active in Belgium and Luxembourg, "We supply.....

Beaumont Products introduces certified-organic Veggie Wash
Georgia-Based Beaumont Products, Inc. is aleading manufacturer of natural consumerproducts; their Veggie Wash is currently thenumber one selling produce wash in the UnitedStates and now the company hasannounced the addition of a certified-organicversion. The new Organic Veggie Wash formulationwas recently.....

CDFA Referendum vote for CAC operations due by Feb 29
As required by state law, the California Departmentof Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is conducting areferendum vote among California avocadogrowers to determine whether California AvocadoCommission (CAC) operations should be re-approved and continued for the next five years. The Commissionencourages all.....

India: Fresh produce packs launched by Lawrencedale Agro, Tata-Tesco
India fresh produce company, Lawrencedale Agro Processing is partnering with Star, a Tata-Tesco enterprise, in launching co-branded packets “Specially Packed for Star”. These co-branded fresh produce packs will be available at Star Extra in Bengaluru.“Earlier, Star – a multi-format hypermarket chain present.....

Tangerines from Jeju island
Korean wholesaler accesses the Middle Eastern market
Last November, Shin Dong, a Dubai-based wholesaler who also owns Asian grocery store 1004 Mart, realized a potential market for Korean fruit in the Middle East after he imported 3,500 10-kilogram boxes of tangerines from Jeju island and sold them to Abu Dhabi and Dubai consumers through Lulu Hypermarket, a.....

Indian online retailer Bigbasket promotes organic farming
Online supermarket Bigbasket.com plans to promote organic farming and bring down the premium pricing of organic goods, by starting contract farming for organic fruits and vegetables. They are also in talks with the Centre to develop a local certification process for such produce which will bring down their.....

Dole voluntarily recalls bagged salads over listeria outbreak
Experts warn that the deadly listeria outbreak, which has killed one person in the U.S and left another 11 hospitalized, has been linkedto several brands of bagged salad. As a result Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., is temporarily suspending operations at its Springfield, Ohio production facility, and is.....

Del Monte expands its farming operations
Del Monte is committed to grow, produce and distribute premium quality products for healthier generations. Del Monte has more than 120 years of vertically integrated experience and has been present in the Middle East markets for many years before we actually moved our Regional Headquarter to Dubai and.....

Grimme investing 13 million Euro in production facility China
With over 50 million hectares, China is the world's largest potato producer. While the Chinese government has plans to double this area to 100 million hectares by 2020, today, however, only one fifth of the production is harvested using machines. The German equipment manufacturer Grimme, specialised in.....

AU: Growcom Investigation of red tape in the hort industry
Growcom is investigating the costs of red tapein the horticultural industry; they would like tohear from horticulture growers about what theycalculate are the material effects of governmentregulation on profitability and productivity in therunning of their farm businesses.They are looking for examples.....


Germains Seed Technology appoints new Head of Sales & Marketing
Germains Seed Technology in excited to announcethe appointment of Ernst van Eeghen to their NorthAmerican Horticulture division in Gilroy, Californiain the role of Head of Sales & Marketing, Horticulture.Ernst is a Marketing, Sales, Strategic Business Management and Product Development professional who.....