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Italy: Altamura becomes a PO

"We are proud of what we achieved. We changed our relationships with our suppliers. Roots that combine to grow together. Just like it happens in agriculture, when roots develop into good soil giving life to new plants," explains Alfonso Altamura, President of the brand-new Altamura PO.OP Altamura currently.....

New product on the market

China: "Chicory sales notably increased in 2017"

"In recent years, the living standards in China have increased, as have income levels. As a result, consumption patterns are changing and people are starting to pay more attention to foods and drinks that are beneficial to their health. In 2014, after we thoroughly familiarized ourselves with the strong.....

Guangzhou Jiangnan Market Office opens in grand fashion

China: Kingship is dedicated to wholesale distribution services

Shenzhen Kingship has finally opened the Guangzhou Jiangnan Market Office in a grand fashion on January 26th, 2018, with the full support of the Chinese Association for consumers products and quality Premium Produce & Food from China (PPFC), a subordinate of China's General Administration of Quality.....

CPMA releases statement on NAFTA negotiations

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) said they are satisfied with the progress made during Round 6 of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which concluded today in Montreal. CPMA applauds Canadian negotiators on their efforts to ensure that the renewed NAFTA protects.....

SunFed hires new Director of Food Safety

SunFed is pleased to announce the recent addition of Laura Reyes to its team. Laura will be taking on the role of Director of Food Safety to help SunFed and its growing partners adhere to guidelines outlined by the recently implemented Food Safety & Modernization Act (FSMA).“As the landscape in which we.....

Great British Market Awards

New Spitalfields judged Best Wholesale Market 2018

The prestigious annual award, which was presented during a conference in Birmingham organised by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA), recognises work and achievements at UK markets in 2017. It was given to New Spitalfields for “a continual range of infrastructure upgrades, including.....

Atlanta Poland’s net profit down over 49% in first half of 2017/18 campaign

According to preliminary data, in the first half of the 2017/2018 financial year, i.e. in the period from 1 July 2017 to 31 December 2017, Atlanta Poland's net sales revenues amounted to PLN 124,695 thousand (about 30.08 million Euro), i.e. 23.7% more than in the corresponding period of the financial year.....

Canadian herb grower changes name into Ecobain Gardens

Ecobain Gardens, a producer of natural herbs from its vertical hydroponic urban farm in Saskatoon, SK, has announced a name change to better reflect its business.In the making of the announcement, Brian Bain, Cofounder and CEO said, “we have rebranded to become “Ecobain Naturals.” Bain continued, “Our new name.....

And competition increases

China: "Import fruit prices down as domestic fruit quality improves"

"There has been a phenomenon in the market for imported fruit in recent years where the production and trading costs of some products exceed the sales price. I think this phenomenon can be traced to the industrialization of agricultural industry in China. The level of plantation technology increased and every.....

HOFER Austria celebrates its 50th anniversary

In 1968, HOFER KG started its business activities in Austria. Today, 50 years later, the food retailer is more modern and innovative than ever before: product range extensions, growth strategies and sustainability projects have had a lasting impact on the company's history and have made Hofer into Austria's.....

Altena Potatoes doubles capacity at new location in Veen

After having packaged and sorted potatoes from Wijk and Aalburg for years - the Schouten family has been active in the potato trade for 80 years - Altena Potatoes moved to Veen last year. When the fruit trader C.G. Timmermans building became available, the brothers Joop and Kees Schouten quickly moved in. "My.....

EFSA greenlights mushrooms with extra vitamin D

Banken Champignons has been given the go ahead from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to market the vitamin D mushroom. One portion of this new mushroom can help a shortage of vitamin D. Banken is playing into the ever growing demand for healthy and natural food with the vitamin D mushrooms. "Vitamin D.....

"High demand for kale"

Flemish woman starts online supermarket with locally grown seasonal products

Karen Feys, from West Flanders, recently started her company Localicious, an online supermarket that only works with locally grown seasonal products. The company supplies to Antwerp and West Flanders and will expand to Leuven, Genk and de Kempen this spring. Karen: "I believe nature provides us with what we.....

Greenyard CEO steps down

Greenyard announced today the appointment of current Greenyard Executive Chairman Hein Deprez as CEO of Greenyard, replacing Marleen Vaesen in this position. Carl Peeters, the current CFO of Greenyard, will be appointed COO, a new function. Hein Deprez and Carl Peeters are to jointly lead the Greenyard.....

Germany: Wasgau hones trademark profiles

Wasgau Produktions & Handels AG in Pirmasens has fundamentally revised the structure and design concept of its popular brands. The aim is to better structure the number of individual labels that has grown over the years and to sharpen the profile of the private labels. The private label assortment is.....

California Certified Organic Farmers Foundation receives $50,000 donation

The Organic Produce Network (OPN) and the CCOF Foundation are pleased to announce OPN’s $50,000 donation to the CCOF Foundation. OPN presented the gift at the CCOF Foundation’s We Are Organic dinner at the inaugural Organic Grower Summit on December 13 in Monterey, California.The highlight of the dinner was.....

Carrefour signs strategic partnership with Tencent and Yonghui in China

On 23 January, Carrefour made plans to reinvigorate its Chinese business, as it was falling behind. It signed a strategic partnership with Tencent and Yonghui in China. Up until now, the Carrefour stock prices have been increasing dramatically, up to 5%. Carrefour explains that this strategic partnership will.....

China: JD.com may take logistic business public

On January 24, during the World Economic Forum in Davos, JD.com CEO Liu Qiangdong said that JD.com might take its logistics business public and consider a dual listing. It means that the company will be presented on both the Hong Kong and Mainland China stock exchanges.Reuters reported that JD.com has already.....

Changes at Emerson Cargo Solutions after acquisition of LocusTraxx and Paksense

Emerson introduced Cargo Solutions in August 2016, after the acquisition of LocusTraxx and PakSense. With the establishment of Cargo Solutions, Emerson now offers a complete range of GO Loggers, GO Trackers and GO Systems that are suitable for monitoring perishable goods. Leveraging Emerson’s global footprint,.....

Refurbishment complete

Fijian Frespac ginger factory reopening

On Wednesday morning, Fiji’s assistant Minister for Agriculture, Viam Pillay, officially opened the refurbished factory for Frespac Ginger Fiji at Wailada.The Fiji Times quoted him saying: “Public private partnership is vital for the development of Fiji's ginger industry.” Furthermore, he said ginger was one.....

Zespri appoints new North America Operations Manager

Zespri continues to staff the North America office to meet the growing demand of its successful SunGold Kiwifruit, which has revolutionized the kiwifruit category with its tropical-sweet taste and longer shelf life. Jason Donaldson has been hired to oversee Zespri operations of the Americas.“I’m excited to.....

Alibaba seeks to expand agreements with Spanish food companies

Asian e-commerce giant Alibaba is strengthening the foundations of its business model in Spain through its subsidiary Alibaba Ecommerce Spain, S.L. This company, constituted in May 2017 and called Gratingar until last September, has recently received an injection of social capital worth € 200,000, reaching a.....

Grawn, Michigan

Cherry Growers Inc. to liquidate

Michigan-based company Cherry Growers Inc. is no more. President and general manager Eric MacLeod said: "We did actually announce to our employees last Friday an immediate and indefinite layoff.” About 80 people lost their jobs.The company's assets will be sold to help pay creditors. Those assets include.....

Village Farms named in 2018 OTCQX Best 50

Village Farms International, Inc. is pleased to announce it has been named in the 2018 OTCQX Best 50, a ranking of top performing companies traded on the OTCQX Best Market last year.The OTCQX Best 50 is an annual ranking of the top 50 U.S. and international companies traded on the OTCQX market. The ranking is.....

Oppy names new VP of US Sales

In a move that consolidates sales leadership and strategy, Oppy has promoted Brett Libke to vice president of U.S. sales.In this newly created role, Libke directs the sales strategy and market development initiatives for the full range of Oppy products across the U.S., overseeing a team of over four dozen.....

Italy: Improved warehouse logistics improves processing

"2017 was characterised by important results especially when it comes to optimised warehouse logistics and the organisation of human resources. According to the data collected through a customer satisfaction survey conducted by SG Marketing, Agricola Lusiais perceived as a reliable highly-professional partner.....

Takeover of Dole by Greenyard not entirely off

According to Belgian newspaper De Tijd, Greenyard’s takeover of Dole isn’t entirely off. The newspaper says there’s still a window of opportunity left open. Due to Dole’s high burden of debt, the American company continues to look for a candidate to acquire the company, and Greenyard still has an excellent.....

SanLucar presents its corporate responsibility report 2015-2017

The multinational company has invested a total of 2.5 million euros in its social and environmental activities over the past two years. “d.r e.a.m.s. For a sunnier world. Join us!" is the title of SanLucar´s current Corporate Responsibility Report, which provides information on its commitment and achievements.....

Poland: Retailer E.Leclerc achieved 671.21 million Euro turnover in 2017

In 2017, the E.Leclerc Polska Group recorded a turnover of PLN 2.8 billion (about 671.21 million Euro). This is the best result of the brand in recent years and is considered confirmation of the success of the firm's development direction."We are satisfied with the turnover for 2017, and we are particularly.....

US peach grower-shipper expands team

Grower, packer and shipper of peaches in the Eastern United States, Titan Farms, announces further expansion of its sales team as it promotes Tonya Conaway and welcomes Tammy Condrey in preparation for the 2018 peach season.In 2015, Titan Farms brought its sales team in-house in order to become a fully.....

Online business management application for small-scale farmers

North American Freight Farms acquires Cabbige

Freight Farms—manufacturer of smart hydroponic container farms and developer of the farmhand® automation and remote control suite—today announced the acquisition of Boston-based Cabbige, an online business management application for small-scale farmers. Cabbige’s inventory, crop, and financial management.....

Mango board welcomes new Retail Program Manager

The National Mango Board (NMB) welcomes Tammy Wiard as the NMB’s new Retail Program Manager. Wiard comes to the NMB with a strong background in retail and consumer marketing. Wiard will oversee the retail account team and all the retail marketing support programs that contribute to year-round consumption and.....

US Bio-fertilizer company acquires agribusiness marketer

Sigma Agriscience, a manufacturer of granular bio-fertilizers and bio-stimulants, announced the company has acquired a controlling interest in AM-AG, an international marketer and distributor of agriculture products with operations in Latin America and the U.S.Houston based Sigma Agriscience provides.....

Mission Produce hires new Director of Sales Planning

Oxnard-based Mission Produce announced that the company has hired Hector Soltero as Director of Sales Planning. This marks Soltero’s second stint with Mission, after initially working for the company in a sales capacity, and as the wholesale manager from 2008-2015. Subsequent to that, Soltero worked in avocado.....

Russian billionaire acquires 25% of Dia's capital

The Russian millionaire Mijaíl Fridman has expanded his participation in the Spanish retail chain Dia by up to 15% through the investment fund LetterOne and has reached an agreement to acquire another package equivalent to 10% of its shares, which will allow him to control 25% of the capital.This has been.....

Global fruit trader appoints new CEO

Leading fruit trader Salix announced today that it has appointed Alejandro Moralejo as its CEO and Managing Partner. In this new position, Moralejo joins the Board of Directors as the company prepares to consolidate its strong performance since 2016, and to build upon its strategic priorities; including.....

Tong appoints new approved dealer for Scotland

Leading vegetable handling equipment manufacturer, Tong Engineering, is pleased to announce the appointment of ScanStone potato systems as the company’s new approved dealer for Scotland.As part of the company’s continued focus on providing the highest levels of customer service, sales and after-sales support,.....

New Zealand avocados in demand on Indian market

The Indian market for avocados currently consists of some Indian produce and a major share of New Zealand Hass avocados. Thanks to promotions and in-store sampling, Indian consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the health benefits of Hass avocados. Therefore, demand for New Zealand avocados is.....

California grower increases solar power capacity

D’Arrigo California, a grower, packer and shipper of fruits and vegetables based in Salinas, has installed an additional 1.1 MW of solar power. This third phase of the D’Arrigo California project is located in Gonzales, CA and brings the company’s current total solar capacity to 3.3 MW. A fourth phase adding.....

Dried Plum Board announces new partnership

Beginning last Friday, the California Dried Plum Board announced a new partnership with Chef’d that will make it simple for people to enjoy cooking at home with California prunes.A meal kit delivery service that delivers pre-portioned, ready-to-cook meals, Chef’d say they are the easiest way to cook like a pro.....

John van Laethem, Bell'Aroma

Herb market: "Big holiday players now suffering"

"The supply of herbs has been somewhat disturbed by the massive demand over Christmas and New Years." This is according to John van Laethem of herb company Bell'Aroma. "The big players over the holidays are now suffering. At the moment there are shortages for mint and basil. We normally work with set.....

Varying results per product

BelOrta achieves record product turnover of €439 million

In 2017, BelOrta achieved a product turnover of €439 million, the largest turnover ever achieved by a Belgian auction. This is an increase of 7 per cent compared to product turnover in 2016. The volume sold increased by 2.5 per cent, to 654 million units — 500 million kilograms — of fresh fruit and vegetables......

Platform to speed up and organise real time purchase and sale of fruit and veg

Fruit Platform has been presented as a solution against the inefficiency of buying and selling processes in the horticultural sector. Its goal is to handle the huge amount of information made available to companies in real time. It is a tool designed for 3 types of users: suppliers, buyers and traders,.....

Nutrano restructures farm management to accommodate growth

In response to its recent growth and anticipated further acquisitions, leading Australian fresh produce company, Nutrano, has split the management of its farming operations geographically between North and South.Existing Executive General Manager – Farming, Richard Byllaardt, will manage farming and pack-shed.....

CPMA launches food safety fund

As a member of the produce industry in Canada, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) has identified food safety as a top priority to ensure the ongoing viability and growth of the fresh produce sector in Canada. Understanding that a food safety incident in one commodity group or segment could have.....

Football fan wins free groceries for a month

Alsum Farms & Produce, Inc., and the Green Bay Packers have named Blaine Lehto of Crivitz, Wisconsin, as the winning fan of the Free Groceries for a Month Fan Contest. The lucky Packers fan will receive a month’s worth of free groceries in the form of a $500 gift card to a retail grocer partner chosen by.....

New Operations Manager for sweet potato producer

Southern Produce Distributors, Inc., a provider of sweet potatoes, announced the addition of Heath Johnsey as the new operations manager.“We are very excited to add Johnsey to our team,” Kelley Precythe, President and Owner of Southern Produce stated, “Johnsey will be a big asset to SPD and will be an.....

New Zealand

Zespri multimillion-dollar office space constructed in Tauranga CBD

A new four-level office development on The Strand and the latest stage in the construction of Zespri's multimillion-dollar head office contributed to $32 million in commercial consents issued in Tauranga last month.According to a nzherald.co.nz article, the latest monthly building consent report showed $2.7m.....

Indian State does not have proper horticulture policy

Minister for Horticulture Syed Basharat Ahmed Bukhari Wednesday said that the State didn’t have a proper horticulture policy, while the sector has a potential to generate 400-500 billion rupees (5.12-6.40 billion euros) revenue against the current 85 billion rupees (1.09 billion euros).“There wasn’t any.....

Automated transplanting company welcomes new VP of Engineering

PlantTape has announced its newest addition to their team, Lance Portman as Vice President of Engineering. He joins the company at a pivotal time and will support automated transplanting technology, which the company said is seeing growing global demand.“We are very excited to welcome Lance to our PlantTape.....

Els van Herpen, ZON:

"Spanish package for auction popular among Dutch and German wholesalers"

Since 2015 ZON has offered a package of Spanish vegetables at auction alongside the Dutch product in the winter period. The expansion with a Spanish package was motivated by a questionnaire among auction customers about how the auction sales could be set up better. One of the conclusions from this research was.....

First "China Fresh 020 Alliance" convened in Nanning

On 14 January, the launching ceremony of the first "China Fresh 020 Alliance" was held in Nanning, Guangxi. Major players in the fresh food industry from all over China got together with representatives from fresh food stores, and discussed on how to find a way to combine the industry power with the internet......

Double Diamond welcomes new VP of Business Development USA

Double Diamond Farms is proud to welcome Eddie Condes as the company’s new VP of Business Development—USA. Condes will be operating out of Double Diamond’s newly expanded Nogales, AZ office.“I’ve personally known Eddie for over 20 years in this industry, so I’m very excited to have someone with his skills and.....

“Outstanding” BREEAM certification for Kloosterboer Velsen

On December 19th 2017 Kloosterboer Velsen was awarded the highest achievable BREEAM certification for the expansion and adaptation of their existing cold store. The “outstanding” BREEAM certificate makes Kloosterboer Velsen the very first cold store in Europe to achieve this level, the company told us. The.....

For investments in logistics technology start-ups:

Temasek and Kuehne + Nagel to create joint venture

Temasek, a Singapore headquartered investment company, and Kuehne + Nagel, a leading global logistics group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a joint venture to invest globally in early stage companies developing cutting-edge technology for logistics and supply chains.Dr. Joerg Wolle, Chairman.....

July 11 and 12, Monterey CA

Keynote speakers confirmed for Organic Produce Summit

The president of one of the world's most recognized consumer fresh brands and a thought-provoking best-selling author have been confirmed as keynote presenters at Organic Produce Summit 2018, this coming July in Monterey, CA.Ed Carolan, President of Campbell Fresh, and Dan Buettner, noted journalist, author,.....

Curry & Company forms partnership with Oregon blueberry grower

Curry & Company will expand their product offerings of both organic and conventional blueberries by forming a partnership with Norris Family Farms of Umpqua, Oregon. The partnership also includes kiwiberries, an exciting product that the company said is growing in popularity with retailers across the.....

Yavuz Taner - Alanar

Turkey: New powerhouse partnership in horticulture and fruit exports

Turkey has always been a big player in the agricultural industry. The country is well known for producing various fruits of a high quality. It is also positioned very well to serve various markets in Asia and Europe.According to Yavuz Taner, CEO of Alara Nursery and Alanar Fruit Company, “My companies have.....

US marketing agency takes on new partner in 2018

Golden Sun Marketing, a consultancy serving the fresh produce industry, announces the elevation of Tom Thompson as partner and co-owner to help lead the company’s ongoing success as it evolves along with the produce industry.Founded by Don Goodwin in 2004, the firm provides its unique combination of services.....