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Horticulture Innovation
AU: New trade general manager to oversee export strategy
Australia’s horticulture Research and Development Corporation today announced the appointment of a dedicated Trade and Export General Manager as it continues to strengthen the nation’s fruit, vegetable and nut export capacity.Michael Rogers has a wealth of experience in government and industry across a broad.....

First McDonald's franchise bid announced in China
The first bid has been confirmed for McDonald's China and Hong Kong restaurants. The fast food giant is planning to franchise outlets in the Middle Kingdom.China's Sanpower confirmed to the BBC it had put in a joint bid with Beijing Tourism Group.There are more than 2,200 McDonald's in China with plans to.....

Ghana: Injaro invests in pineapple sector
Injaro Investment Advisors has announced its first investment in Ghana’s pineapple sector through its venture capital fund, Injaro Agricultural Venture Capital Limited (IAVCL). IAVCL has signed an agreement to invest in Gold Coast Fruits Limited. (GCF), a Ghanaian pineapple exporter based in Accra. Founded.....


UK one of the most important export markets for Peru
“UK is one of the most important markets in the EU for Peruvian export. However, there is still potential in the market to grow and expand the Peruvian export. For example, we notice a change in the demand for certain products. Moreover, we believe we can still grow in the foodservice industry as well as.....

NZ: T&G’s strong performance result of new investments
T&G Global highlights fruits of investment strategy Refreshed “Strategy 2022” also announced at Annual General MeetingT&G Global highlighted the contribution and growth from its recent investments to the company’s record revenues in 2015-2016 and also unveiled a refreshed long-term at its 95th Annual.....

Spain: Kiwi Atlántico, award for best business career
The president of the Government of Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijoo, has presented the Food Award 2016 to the Galician company Kiwi Atlántico in the category of Best Business Career. The award was presented in the framework of the conference Galicia Food Forum, organised by the Food Cluster of Galicia.....


Berry growers closing and lays off 565 employees
Oxnard-based Mandalay Berry Farms is closing and will lay off 565 employees.The company informed the state Employment Development Department of the pending closure in a June 1 letter as required by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. The letter was disclosed at Tuesday's Ventura County.....


China: Joyvio blueberries joins Yongwang supermarket
On June 9, China's largest fruit enterprise Joyvio Golden Wing Mau Group and Aeon Investments have teamed up to hold the 2016 Joyvio blueberry conference. Several distinguished guests, such as Aeon store manager Wu Zhuoling, Aeon future marketing director Yang Yongduan, Joyvio Group Golden Wing Mau.....

T&G Global to open new Thailand office
T&G Global, the fruit marketer controlled by Germany's BayWa, is opening a new office in Thailand as it looks to further its global expansion after posting an 83 percent gain in profit last year.In notes from its annual meeting posted to the NZX, chief executive Alastair Hubert said T&G would shortly.....

AU: Agribusiness company starts in-house "academy"
A large agribusiness company has been forced to establish an in-house “academy” to counter skill shortages in the sector.Almond producer Select Harvests said its academy was designed to attract and retain employees while helping to overcome succession planning issues in upper management.Select Harvests chief.....


Poland: Eskimos to buy processing plant for 1.55 million Euro
Frozen fruit and vegetable company Eskimos has submitted an offer to purchase the firm whose main asset is the processing facilities located in Motodze, in the Lublin province. The transaction value amounts to 6.8 million złoty (1.55 million Euro). According to the company, the plant will undergo a.....


Toronto’s veggie bus brings produce to food deserts
A mobile organic food market is making its way around Toronto, bringing fresh fruit and veggies to areas considered to be food deserts. Designed by LGA Architectural Planners, the mobile farmer’s market was converted from an old shuttle bus donated by the Toronto Transit Commission. Stocked with.....


Chiquita Fresh signs 35,000-square-foot lease
Chiquita Fresh North America has completed a lease in Lockport, Illinois. Chiquita has leased 35,039 square feet in a building. It is part of an, upon completion, 228-acre business park which consist of 12 buildings varying in sizes from 60,000 square feet to 512,265 square feet.Source: rejournals.com

Company recalls raw pistachios
Crescent Specialty Foods, Inc. of Everett, WA is voluntarily recalling 6 oz. bags of Crescent Pistachio Raw, UPC Code: 8 95296 00103 5 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or.....

GoodFarms’ blueberries, strawberries and organic strawberries
Costco debut responsibly grown berries
The Equitable Food Initiative (EFI), a nonprofit that brings together workers, growers and retailers in an effort to produce safer, more responsibly grown fruits and vegetables, announced June 2nd, that the GoodFarms brand will debut its craft blueberries, craft strawberries and organic strawberries from.....

News from North America in FreshPlaza.us
Since the 1st of June, we launched a new website www.FreshPlaza.us. If your focus is on the North American market and you would like to read more news from the North American market, please visit: www.freshplaza.us. You can also sign up for this newsletter.In the past few years, our North American readership.....

Kuehne + Nagel focuses on management structure in Europe
In order to best exploit business opportunities in the European markets, Kuehne + Nagel will establish the two organisational units Central / Eastern Europe and Western Europe as of October 1, 2016.Under the roof of the region Central / Eastern Europe with its head office in Hamburg, Kuehne + Nagel will.....

Brisbane Markets awarded Corporate Philanthropist of the Year
Brisbane Markets Limited (BML) has been recognised by the Queensland Community Foundation, as the 2016 Queensland Corporate Philanthropist of the Year.BML has a long history of supporting the community, involving multiple charities with more than $1 million donated to those charities through its fundraising.....


Alice - a new brand for Bellassai
Alice is the new Bellassai brand.Lorenzo Bellassai (in the photo below) from Giovanni Bellassai import-export in Mazzarrone (CT) decided to make available (albeit only temporarily) a new brand for extra-quality grapes to celebrate the birth of his daughter as well as the 70th birthday of the "big boss", his.....


Flamengo
Sicilian growers aiming at foreign markets with pink tomatoes
Thanks to the experience gained in Spain in exports, seed company Meridiem Seeds Italia introduced a pair of vine tomato hybrids:Flamengo 64 (6-8 fruits)Flamengo 66 (4-6 fruits)Both have a shocking-pink colour, excellent shelf-life as well as green pulpy rachis and sepals even after ripening.Company managers.....


ISI Sementi announces its cooperation with BASF for the "Ettaro Rosso" project
"Together with BASF managers, we have selected 10 companies located all over the national territory for theEttaro Rossostrategy, aimed at guaranteeing increased plant protection, higher yields and a better quality. In order to provide a more complete assessment, we chose to test two varieties - Cruiser F1 in.....


Saturn peaches now part of Almaverde Bio's "Specials" range
Saturn peaches - a novelty in the fresh organic sector - have been launched as part of the "Specials" range created by Canova, a company part ofGruppo Apofruit, a leader in the Italian organic produce sector.Saturn peaches are an ancient variety that was originally cultivated in Sicily, at the foothills of.....


Spanish firm Codiagro setting foothold in Peru with new distributor
"Peru is an important stepping stone to continue our growth in Latin America and our activities in this country will now be in the hands of a new distributor: AGRO LAND SRL, a company with which we share the same view of the agricultural business, based primarily on product quality," affirms Antonio Andreu,.....


Orangeline Farms dominates pepper category at Leamington greenhouse competition
Over the past weekend a revered panel of judges collectively gathered to taste the very best from our region. A region known as Canada’s southernmost town, the tip of Ontario, Leamington or “Produce County” as the locals say. The 9th Annual Greenhouse Competition as hosted by R.E.A.CH. International housed.....


Canada: NatureFresh Farms wins People’s Choice Award in Hottest Tomato Competition
NatureFresh™ Farms took top honours in 4 key categories in the very popular Greenhouse Vegetable Competition this weekend in Leamington. Amongst dozens of entries, NatureFresh™ won the following categories:People’s Choice For Hottest Tomato: NatureFresh™ Starburst TomatoBest Cocktail Tomato: NatureFresh™.....


Kjartan Fridsteinsson:
“No cucumber imports for five years”
Earlier this year, it became clear that Iceland is an unknown market when it comes to fruit and vegetables. After an article was published on agf.nl and freshplaza.com about Bananar, the largest fruit and vegetable importer in Iceland, the mailbox was flooded with offers and the phone didn’t stop ringing......

4 award winning products for Pure Flavor
Pure Flavor® for the third consecutive year is walking away with some new trophies after this weekend’s exciting Annual Greenhouse Competition. This time, they received four awards for four different products. The award winners were Pure Flavor® Roma Tomatoes for Best Roma Tomatoes, Pure Flavor® Tomatoes on.....


with Breeam certificate
ADB Cool Company doubles capacity with 5,500 new pallet places
At the start of 2016 ADB Cool Company from 's-Gravenzande started with an expansion of over 5,500 new pallet places. The total transshipment capacity will double and 24 truck will be able to load and unload at the same time. With this state of the art cooling and freezing area divided over 8 new cooling.....

Shippers weigh risks of carrier uncertainty
Global shippers outlined the risks posed by container shipping lines experiencing financial difficulties on day 2 of the TOC Europe Conference & Exhibition, which took place this week at the Hamburg Messe, Hamburg, Germany.They also urged carriers to develop a wider array of services that they offer.....


Carlo Berardi, AgriMessina:
“More and more competition in seedless grapes”
Italian grape producer AgriMessina is preparing for Puglia’s grape season. “We start the Italian season on 15 July with the first shipment of Superior Seedless” says Carlo Berardi, head of UK sales. He is facing the season with confidence. “The weather has been good, and the quality of the grapes is looking.....


Gino Peviani:
“High quality grapes for European supermarkets”
Italian fruit exporter Peviani is active in Italian grapes from July until the end of the year, but does not just focus on local cultivation. “We are currently in the Egyptian grapes, but we follow the entire grape season, overseas as well, so that we can supply our retail customers with grapes year-round,”.....


AU: Piñata Farms launches substrate strawberries
Leading Australian strawberry producer, Piñata Farms, will for the first time, produce substrate strawberries in polytunnels at its Wamuran farm on the Sunshine Coast this winter.Managing director Gavin Scurr said while commercial substrate production was in its infancy in Australia, Piñata Farms believed it.....


Portable instruments provide info on freshness, contamination
Scanning food's fingerprint
RIKILT Wageningen UR is part of the international knowledge organisation Wageningen UR (University & Research centre). RIKILT is currently carrying out research on various portable instruments that can measure the composition of products within seconds – even through the packaging.These small instruments.....


Project to make true cost of food visible to UK consumers
A pioneering project launched by retailer Whole Foods Market together with organic fresh produce firm Nature & More is aiming to make the true costs of fruits and vegetables visible to UK consumers on the shop floor for the first time.Nature & More argues that much of the fruits and vegetables.....


Excellent transit times between Morocco and Northern Europe
OPDR improves its TANCAS service
The shipping line OPDR is improving its established TANCAS service, connecting two significant Moroccan ports with three major ports in Northern Europe. Starting on June 21st in Rotterdam, the revised service offers improved transit times while maintaining high schedule integrity.The TANCAS service links the.....

Bayer creates a fund to invest in Israeli ag innovation
The German pharma and agro chemicals conglomerate Bayer will invest 10 million dollars over the next five years in an investment fund focused exclusively on Israeli agricultural technology. The fund will be run in a partnership with local technology hub Trendlines. Trendlines is an investment company which.....


False Colding Moth eats into chili pepper farmers profits
If there’s anything that is giving fresh chili pepper farmers sleepless nights in Kenya, it’s the False Codling Moth (FCM).FCM is currently causing havoc in various chili farms in the countryeating into the farmers’ profits. Even though the pest also destroys other crops like avocados, pineapples, mangoes.....

Cargolux’s Luxembourg-Zhengzhou route hits 100,000 tonnes
Two year's after Cargolux's Luxembourg-Zhengzhou route started, traffic has hit the 100,000-tonne mark, the all-cargo carrier told the Air Cargo China 2016 event in Shanghai on 15 June.The new total came only eight months after the route passed the 50,000-tonne milestone last October, added Cargolux.....

LEAF announces strategic direction for 2016 – 2021
On June 15th, LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) announced its strategic direction for the next five years. The announcement, made at Cereals 2016, reveals LEAF’s plans to build on its accomplishments and strengthen its core objectives to position itself as the go-to organisation for the delivery of more.....


Chiba University and Mikado Kyowaseed sign contract
Japan: Partnership secures future of urban farming
Stably feeding world population is a strategic challenge for agriculture & research.Mikado Kyowa Seed, leading seed company from International Cooperative Group Limagrain takes on this challenge and teams-up with Chiba University Department of Agriculture.Plant factories are production systems that allow.....


Rijk Zwaan Hellas officially opened
On Friday, 27 of May, Rijk Zwaan Hellas celebrated its official opening together with more than 150 growers, dealers and other partners from Greece and Holland. The event took place in the central office and the trial station in Ierapetra, on the Island of Crete.Rijk Zwaan Hellas is the 32nd subsidiary of.....

New Zealand First launches biosecurity petition at Fieldays
New Zealand First has launched a petition at Fieldays 2016, which seeks a Select Committee Inquiry into the performance of MPI Biosecurity New Zealand.“We need to see if Biosecurity New Zealand has what it needs to do its job properly and to cut through all the bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo,” says Rt Hon Winston.....

Mercadona
Spanish retailer increases avocado purchasing by 33%
Retailer Mercadona Spain has announced that it increased its purchasing of avocados by 33% during the period from December to May. Frutas Montosa, in Malaga supplied the majority of avocados on sale in Mercadona's stores.The Spanish retailer invested €520 million in avocado purchasing in Malaga last year,.....

Plant and Food Science tools for everybody
CID Bio-Science and Felix Instruments are going to join forces. While the two companies have traditionally positioned themselves to address different markets (food quality—Felix—and academic plant science—CID), this year, they’re joining forces and kicking off their 2016 conference season together at.....

US (CA): Avocado farmer cuts costs by 75 per cent
The internet of things (IoT) is destined to touch every aspect of human endeavour; making factories smarter and supply chains intelligent. Now, the IoT is helping farmers save vast amounts of water in their avocado growing. The avocado trees are monitored around the clock and get irrigated only when needed,.....

Del Monte sued over ''deceptive marketing''
Del Monte is being sued by a Seattle non-profit over what they call deceptive marketing. Bananas are grown in Guatemala for California based Fresh Del Monte; their website tells consumers Del Monte "demands the highest level of ethical conduct" and believes it has a "responsibility to operate in a.....

New hub in Luxembourg
Qatar Airways Cargo expands across the globe
Qatar Airways Cargo has announced plans to expand its freighter and bellyhold network across the globe, including in China, and is also set to develop a new European hub at Luxembourg Airport.During a press conference at Air Cargo China on 14 June, the carrier’s head of cargo, Ulrich Ogiermann said the.....

Maersk Line to raise Asia-Europe freight rate
Maersk Line told its clients on Tuesday 14 June that it will set the freight rate from Far East Asia to Europe at $1,450 (1,027.42 pounds) per 20-foot container (TEU) as of July 1.Reuters reports that the announced increase, which applies to all kinds of freight, will not necessarily go through as the.....


Over 2,000 acres converted
Danish farmer makes history with conversion to organic
Susanne Hovmand-Simonsen is the fourth-generation owner of Knuthenlund farm in Stokkemarke, Denmark. She has made the largest conversion from conventional to organic farming in Denmark’s history. Just a year after taking over the family farm in 2006, Hovmand-Simonsen was successful in convincing her.....


MAF Roda China
"Quality control and standardisation drive change in China"
“The challenge of operating in China is to convince the grower of the advantages of having more modern, advanced lines installed. Price is an important factor, and efficiency and accuracy are not always valued. These factors are becoming more important prerequisites in this industry. For example, a company.....

Retail contests heat up mango sales this summer
The National Mango Board (NMB) will host their annual Mango Mania Display Contest throughout the month of July. With more than $10,000 in prizes and incentives awarded, retailers can win big, and what’s more, everyone is a winner just by entering the contest. The NMB will send a $15 Amazon digital gift card.....


Xianju bayberry season to start
China: "New vacuum packaging enables sale of bayberries nationally"
According to Mr. Ying, founder of the Junlang bayberry brand from Xianju County: "total production output of Xianju bayberries has slightly increased this year compared with that of last year. The quality of the bayberries is good as well. All our Xianju bayberries are carefully selected before.....


UK banana firm into third generation
Founded by James Neville Fox, J N Fox and Sons UK Ltd is a family owned business that has been importing, ripening and distributing bananas for over 34 years.Starting out in their first premises based in Woking, Surrey in 1982, they purchased approximately 1000 cartons of green fruit per week as opposed to.....


Drone potential for agricultural surveys
The Geo-Mapper 1900 is the fixed wing answer to fast, easy, simple agricultural surveys. The aerofoil design of this unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) makes it ideal for long distance flights, with average flight times well over 60 minutes. The user friendly drone is fully autonomous - meaning flight paths can.....

Agri SA calls for a National Disaster Declaration
Agri SA welcomes the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Des van Rooyen’s announcement to declare eight provinces as drought disaster areas. This announcement together with the motion adopted by parliament to declare the drought as a national disaster lay the basis for comprehensive.....

2016 FreshTech Achievement Award
United Fresh recognizes Taylor Farms’ David Offerdahl
The United Fresh Produce Association will present its 2016 FreshTech Achievement Award to David Offerdahl, Director of Ag Engineering, at Taylor Farms for his outstanding technical achievements to advance the fresh produce industry.David was nominated by Taylor Farms and several of its grower partners, and.....

Tesco launches “Try before you buy” stands for fruit and veg
Tesco has launched the "Try Before You Buy" initiative. Since 6 June, customers visiting any of its hypermarkets will have the chance to try the products on special stands.The motivation for this is the result of a study conducted by the research company TNS, which showed that 72 percent of consumers like to.....

Seeka and Splice Fruit to oppose Zespri appeal against High Court collaborative marketing decision
Seeka Kiwifruit Industries and Splice Fruit announced today they would be opposing Zespri Group’s Notice of Appeal against parts of a recent High Court judicial review decision on collaborative marketing.The High Court, in a fast track judicial review decision dated 3 May, overturned decisions by regulator.....

‘Misapplication’ of EU fund
Ireland: Mushroom organisation sues ag minister
Ireland's Minister for Agriculture is being sued by the state's largest mushroom producer organisation, which claims it has suffered more than €12 million in losses due to the alleged unlawful withholding of EU financial aid.Commercial Mushroom Producers (CMP) claims the department has limited the amount of.....

Maersk heir to be holding company CEO
The grandson of Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, who transformed A.P. Moller-Maersk into an international conglomerate, was on Monday 13 June appointed chief executive of the holding company behind the Danish shipping giant, reports Reuters.The move sends a signal that the Maersk family will remain an active owner.....


Orangeline Farms annual highway cleanup
Battle of the garbage bags in Ontario
Sometime ago Ontario asked something of Ontarians, a commitment, a pledge of sorts, to “Keep it Beautiful”. So Orangeline Farms did just that by cleaning an adopted stretch of Highway 77. Each year they renew that promise, except this year they decided to introduce a bit of friendly sportsmanship.Orangeline.....

Dutch partnership building potato factory in China
In May 2016 APH Group signed a large contract with Inner Mongolia Linkage Potato Co., Ltd for the delivery of a Miedema potato handling and transport system and an Omnivent climate control system. These two systems will form the interior of a potato storage building with a capacity of 140,000 metric ton of.....

Strike closes Japanese frozen fruit export company
In Davao City, the Philippines, a strike at the Japanese company Nakashin Davao International has forced the company to shut down operations and led to it formally filling for company closure with the Labor Department on June 12th. The company was engaged in the export of frozen fruits to Japan, Europe and.....

Cuts transit time by 3 days
New cargo train linking China and Germany
On May 28, a cargo train linking Germany and northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region began operation. The train takes ten days toreach Germany's industrial city of Duisburg from Xinjiang's regional capital Urumqi over a distance of 8,000 km, during which it goes through Kazakhstan, Russia and.....

Hong Kong firm to import Aussie mangoes into Indonesia
Subject to local regulatory approvals, Hong Kong based Plantations International plans to start importing Australian "Kensington Pride" Mangoes into Indonesia says Mr. Marvin Lee, the director of communications for Plantations International for the Asia Pacific Region.According to Mr. Lee, Plantations.....


Chile’s first 2016 shipment of navels headed to US market
Chile’s first 2016 shipment of navels to the U.S. departed from the port of San Antonio during Week 22, one week earlier than last year. A total of 7,960 boxes were shipped to the U.S. market. Ninety five percent of Week 22 navel exports were of the Fukumoto variety, with five percent Navel Late.This is just.....


Shipment by rail greener than by truck
“From a fuel perspective, rail shipment is 3.5 times more efficient than truck shipment,” says Mike Townsend with Railex. “With the same amount of diesel, we can move 3.5 times more product than a road truck,” Townsend added.With most companies nowadays devoting resources to sustainability and setting.....


June 25
Australian horticulture celebrates industry's women
A group of Australian horticulture’s prominent female identities will discuss the unlimited potential of women in the industry during the 2016 Women in Horticulture networking event on Saturday 25 June.Award-winning ABC journalist and Landline host Pip Courtney will chair the High Tea event, which will be.....


Online shopping options for consumers:
Swedish retailer to team up with dinner kit provider
With more and more busy consumers doing their shopping online, Swedish retailer Hemköp has announced that they now plan on launching pre-planned meal options this August, followed by a click and collect program in September.The chain will be working together with the established dinner kit company.....