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New Arctic® Apples Logo
Following the first-ever commercial harvest this past fall, Fresh Arctic® Golden apple slices are about to hit select stores for U.S. test markets. In preparation, the company has been transitioning to a revamped, more modern logo to represent its nonbrowning Arctic® apple varieties.Once the development of.....


Fresh produce company debuts Almost Famous program and packaging
With the vision of creating an exciting destination in produce departments and addressing the changing sustainability goals of today’s shoppers, SunFed is launching its Almost Famous produce program in stores nationwide.“Sustainability has a changing definition for consumers, and one of those shifting.....

Intergrow hires marketing manager
Kathryn Perry has joined the Intergrow Greenhouses, Inc. team as the Marketing Manager. The newly created position comes with the expansion of the Intergrow business model to meet increasing market demand.Perry comes with a background in the food industry, previously working in the restaurant industry for.....


Dole's float wins 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade
Dole Packaged Foods has announced its 2017 Rose Parade float, "Spirit of Hawaii," took home the Sweepstakes Trophy for this year's Tournament of Roses Parade for its floral presentation and design. Dole has received much recognition from the Tournament, holding the Rose Parade record for most.....

Spain: Company invoices 20 million Euros for squeezing oranges
The sales of a small Valencian company have gone through the roof thanks to a far from original invention: the orange squeezing machine. Zumex, a company equipped with industrial machines that signed a deal with Mercadona last year, has closed 2016 with a turnover of around 20 million Euros and with.....

Costa Group shares surge to all-time high
The stock of Costa Group Holdings reached an all time high on January, 4, aiming for a target of $3.60 by the end of the day, or 4.00% above the starting share price. Unfortunately the shares never reached the target which would have been worth $44.00 million more. Costa Group Holdings stock has risen 11.25%.....

Helfer Suisse and PPO Services join forces
On January the 1st 2017, PPO Services AG has taken over 100% of the shares of Georges Helfer SA (Switzerland) in Gland. This step was taken to guarantee the continuity of Georges Helfer SA in the long term.For PPO Services AG, it is a complementing of its services already offered. Georges Helfer SA (the.....


Home chefs increasingly professional
The group of culinary lovers is increasing. Stimulated by many cooking programmes, food magazines and festivals there is an increasing interest in special products and this is no longer limited to the better restaurants.Catering wholesaler Rungis is known for their extensive supply of special potatoes,.....

Listeria bacteria
Netto recalls contaminated Frihol enoki mushrooms
The Frihol Champignonvertriebs GmbH (Bühl-Oberbruch/BW), which is, according to their own data, "a leading mushroom specialist in Europe", is recalling Enoki mushrooms, which were presumably being sold nationwide in Netto discount stores. The problem: "In a routine control carried out by an independent.....

China: Yiguo group invests 950 million in Lianhua for 'new retail'
After taking over the operation rights for the whole Suning 'growing fresh' section, Yiguo group's 'complete channels' strategy has led to a new heavyweight action. In the past days, the largest Chinese fresh produce operation platform, with a price of 950 million HKD, has become the second-largest.....

Spain: Primaflor finalises acquisition of Ensaladas Verdes
The Almeria company Primaflor, which back in late 2015 acquired 80% of the capital of the Leon-based firm Ensaladas Verdes, has just purchased the remaining 20%, as announced this week by the founder of this family business, Jacinto Mendoza. The agreement reached by both parties had contemplated the.....


"Let's go!"
Good first day in Dakar Rally for Team De Groot Freshgroup
Yesterday 146 motorbikes, 83 cars, 50 trucks and 37 quads left the starting point in Ascuncion (Paraguay) for the 39th edition of the Dakar Rally. The participants taking part are from 59 different countries of which the Netherlands is the second best represented country after France. Under the motto 'let's.....

Total Produce announces new Commercial Director
Total Produce, located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has announced Jan-Willem Kaslander as their new Commercial Director as of the 1st of January 2017.“With Jan-Willem we not only welcome an experienced and passionate food-professional but someone with extensive knowledge of the retail and food.....


Starring role for vegetables in 2017
Lots of demand for existing products with new applications
Whereas a few years ago the readymade convenience products were at their peak, people seem to want special products and dishes again. Convenience is still a requirement, but sustainability and originality are at least as important. We asked catering and retail wholesaler Smeding Groenten en Fruit which.....

Antwerp Port Authority elects new CEO
Jacques Vandermeiren is Chief Executive Officer and President of the Executive Committee of Antwerp Port Authority as of 1 January 2017. Until January 2015 he was CEO and President of the Executive Committee of the network operator Elia, a listed company, where he had held various management positions since.....

GlobalG.A.P. releases new FSMA guide
GlobalG.A.P. has published a new guide for compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The GlogbalG.A.P. User’s Guide and Self Assessment for FSMA Produce Safety Rule Compliance supports Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) users in efficiently meeting Produce Safety Rule (Produce Rule).....

Yuanxing Fruit company in Shenzhen
China: Apple imports increase by 15%
"Benefitting from the growing consumption demand in China, the Yuanxing company imported and sold 15% more fruit than in the same period last year. Also the range of apple varieties has increased. At the same time we also acquired sales rights for multiple exclusive apple varieties. When it comes to pricing,.....

Fyffes tops Iseq20 stock index
Fyffes and Total Produce, each almost 12 per cent owned by the family, topped the list of winners among the Iseq’s largest 20 companies meaning good fortune for both companies. Fyffes has surged almost 49 per cent in 2016, with only a few days of trading left, lifted by news early in December that the.....


Coöperatie Hoogstraten wants to be soft fruit and greenhouse vegetable expert
“We did not have the need for getting into top fruit”
Sales of nearly 223 million euro, a good year for strawberries, and a fair greenhouse vegetable season: that is 2016 for Coöperatie Hoogstraten in a nutshell. Gaston Opdekamp, manager of Coöperatie Hoogstraten, gives 2016 a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10. The most important products for the cooperative are still.....

Table grapes without residues
Timorex Gold receives registration in New Zealand and Brazil
Stockton announced today that the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has approved Timorex Gold® for use in grapes against powdery mildew (Uncinula necator) and the Ministry of Agriculture in Brazil has authorised its use for the control of diseases on Tomatoes, Grapes, Bananas, Broccoli and.....


Rainbow Kleinpak starts new year with new sorting location
Rainbow Kleinpak starts the new year at a new sorting location in Middenmeer, the Netherlands. “We did not actually dare to dream this would happen,” says manager Chiel Mostert. “We gave the assignment late in July, and exactly three months ago, the foundation stone was laid. Twins Bouw constructed the new.....


Germany:
Optimizing moisture management in modified atmosphere packaging
McAirlaid's has developed FreshGuard HC (HC: Humidity Control), a pad that provides optimal moisture management in MAP packaging.The FreshGuard HC (see image) will be presented for the first time at the FRUIT LOGISTICA 2017 fair. The new pad creates an optimal environment for MAP packed soft fruit, herbs and.....


Switzerland:
Hydroponic greenhouse: expectations surpassed
Since April, Migros Aare in Switzerland has obtained oak leaf lettuce and a three-lettuce combo from Forster Salatgarten, who cultivate the lettuce in a carbon-neutral hydroponic greenhouse in Oftringen. Migros has already sold about 800,000 of these lettuce varieties. Due to the year-round production, the.....


Driscoll’s donates 2,350 kilos of food to local charities
This year, berry company Driscoll’s donated 349 children’s gifts, 2.350 kilos of food and 3.390 euros to the local communities of Spain, Portugal, The United Kingdom and The Netherlands. These donations were collected during sport events, fundraisers and a family day. On top of that, the team also dedicated.....

Top 10 most read articles 2016
Every year it is a surprise to see which articles have been read most. With these figures we can see what subjects are important or interesting in the industry. Top of the list is China with information on garlic an ginger. A market report on these items in February of 2016 resulted in the most read.....


Spain: Continuous shift introduced to agriculture to improve efficiency
Having more time to enjoy with our family and our passions; more time to continue studying, or to simply rest; such things contribute to our well-being, but are often limited by working hours.This is the philosophy of one of Spain's leading companies in the field of phytonutrients, which is bringing the.....


Innovative Fresh to monitor Scandinavian produce market
Innovative Fresh is planning to extend its services in Scandinavia and is opening a laboratory in Helsingborg from which it will monitor the retail market in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Magnus Nilsson will lead the Scandinavian company. According to the company, Magnus has extensive retail and fresh produce.....

Landgard strengthens the process and quality of management
With Olaf Spicker, Landgard succeeded in gaining a proven industry expert and an expert in the business management consulting of horticultural companies. Olaf Spicker, who is moving to Landgard from the horticulture center Papenburg eG, will start his business with the Landgard subsidiary edv-ring GmbH,.....

over 7% of production loss for early varieties
Export drop of 90% for Australian cherries
"Rainfall was ample this year. Compared to last year, the early-ripe Australian cherries have to deal with a drop in production volume of 70% to 80%. One exception is Tasmania. The production drop directly caused a severe reduction of the export to Hong Kong of 80% to 90%," says David of the Australian.....


Production of Guangxi Luffa heading to the next level
"At present, the Luffas (or loofahs) of Dahua county are manufactured into a juice that can be used for skincare products, shampoo, body wash and other similar products. It is sold to Beijing, Shanghai, Canton, Hainan and other places. It is even sold abroad to Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, Spain and other.....

Kloosterboer adds Jaco Hooij to Board of Directors
As of 1 January 2017 Jaco Hooij will take up a seat on Kloosterboer’s Board of Directors. He has previously worked for Den Hartogh Logistics. With effect from the start of the new year Jaco, together with Kloosterboer’s CEO Hans Kroes, will form the Board of Directors of this family business. The two-member.....


La Linea Verde keeps on growing
In line with the general recovery of the Italian market,La Linea Verde confirms positive trends for both itsDimmidiSìbrand and private labels.The company managed to maintain its leading position on the fresh-cut market and keeps on growing. The group expects to end 2016 with a turnover of €225 million.This.....


Synthetic fruit-crate manufacturer Schoeller Allibert invests 15 million in new production location
The laying of the foundation stone will take place soon for the new Belgian branch of Schoeller Allibert in Beringen. In the long term, about 70 people will be working in the greenfield. Schoeller Allibert is European market leader for recyclable synthetic packaging and containers, and offers sustainable.....

SNIFL elects Denis Ginard as new President
The Syndicat National des Importateurs/Exportateurs de Fruits et Légumes (SNIFL-National Syndicate of Importers/exporters of fruit and vegetables) of Saint Charles International, held its fiftieth General Assembly this Friday, December 9th.This was the opportunity for the members to review the main events of.....


Germany: Real continues to expand permaculture commitment
More and more customers attach great importance to ecologically produced foods and appreciate having a range of sustainable products available at supermarkets. Accordingly, Real, as a pioneer in large-scale German food retailing, has been offering fruits and vegetables from permaculture cultivation for two.....

Germany:
San Lucar ships first container with seedless Ecuadorian grapes to Europe
SanLucar shipped 20 metric tons of Crimson Seedless, a red grape variety, from the Hacienda Santa Elena in Ecuador to the port of Rotterdam. SanLucar is a renowned brand for fruit and vegetables, founded by a German in Valencia. In 2015 the first grape harvest went completely to the local market, while this.....


Informing and inspiring boosts sales of exotics
The exotic fruit and vegetable assortment is expanding. Now that avocados and mangoes are becoming more familiar, it is time to also introduce consumers to other products.Yex sees it as a challenge to surprise consumers with products from all over the world. The import company wants to make exotics.....


Rijk Zwaan to open Retail Center in Berlin
Vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan is establishing a permanent ‘experience centre’ in Berlin to inform and inspire its international retail partners. The new Retail Center will be one of Rijk Zwaan’s two chosen themes during the upcoming Fruit Logistica. The other will be Knox, a trait that delays pinking.....


Italy: Organic growth at Italplant
Italplantis a Sicilian nursery that, in over thirty years of business, has always met the commitments made to its clients, suppliers and employees.As established by the Fidone family, who founded the business, the working rhythm is humane. People love their jobs here and managers listen to client needs......


Tenderstem celebrates growth in 2016
Brassica brand, Tenderstem, is rounding off another successful year with the news that it is now the fourth-largest brand within the fresh produce category; with both sales and volumes up 23% compared to 2015. According to Tenderstem, over the past five years they has seen double-digit growth every year......


Chinese importer visits Egypt
Goldanda: "Egyptian oranges fill domestic production gap"
"Currently we import several seasonal fruits from Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, the US, Spain and other countries. We've also successfully opened up the Chinese orange market for Egyptian citrus. We chose Egypt because part of the Chinese orange crop contracted citrus greening disease, causing a.....

Swindler trying to pass off as a representative of Frutta C2 Spa
We would like to warn all operators that a person introducing himself as Ciro is trying to contact producers to request the supply of fruit and vegetable products as a representative of "Frutta C2 SpA" from Rosegaferro di Villafranca (VR)This is a fraud and the information he provides is false.Someone.....


BLG Logistics and Kloosterboer seal partnership
BLG LOGISTICS GROUP AG & Co. KG has sold 51 percent of its shares in the Bremerhaven cold store to the Dutch enterprise Kloosterboer. In future the joint venture will bear the name Kloosterboer BLG Coldstore GmbH. The cooperation targets joint positioning in the temperature-controlled logistics sector in.....


Dirk Aleven:
“Gas, electricity and internet hardly ever work at the same time”
In December 2014, Dirk Aleven and his family moved to Georgia. He previously worked on the projects from a distance, but by now, he is a partner and co-owner of FoodVentures. He is established near the greenhouse for the Georgian project. “The starting phase of a horticultural project is particularly.....


Finnish supermarket dedicated to local products
What do supermarkets, builder’s merchants and car dealerships have in common? Absolutely nothing, yet these three branches are united in the Finnish company K-Group or Kesko, a company with sales amounting to 8.6 billion euro and 20,000 employees in 2015. And just over half of those sales are pocketed via.....


China: Qingpu strawberries go on sale
"Next week, the strawberries will be harvested and brought to the market from the Baipeng village in Qingpu, also known as 'the village of Chinese strawberries'. We are located in the strawberry demonstration cultivation orchard, where we will welcome the first harvested batch," says Mr. Tang from Shumei.....


Festive opening of new storage barn at Franje Onions
On Friday 16 December, after months of working very hard to get everything spic and span in order, the official opening of the extension of Franje Onions in Gawege took place. The extension consists of a new storage warehouse with a capacity of 2000 tons of onions. The advantage of this extension is that.....


Christmas with KIKU

Fyffes executives to split €3m bonus in acquisition
If the €751m takeover of Fyffes goes according to plan by Sumitomo, executives of Fyffes will be sharing a €3 million bonus next year. This is only one of the incentives of the deals, another is rewarding executives for remaining in the company after the takeover is complete.The executives will also be.....


Up to 100% increase of sales
China: A higher need for farming robots
"In the past few years, as people become more familiar with farming robots, the applications for these machines are increasing. Compared to the same period last year, the sales of farming robots have increased from 80% to 100%," says Mr. Peng Gang from Botian Automation Technology in Suzhou.Less time, less.....

DailyFresh Logistics sells DailyFresh France to Destock Logistique
The board of DailyFresh Logistics has decided to sell DailyFresh France, the French department of DailyFresh.DailyFresh France, established in Dunkirk, has been a part of DailyFresh Logistics since 2006. The company’s core activities are warehousing and distribution of fresh produce and other products to the.....


East Africa: Export opportunities available in Tanzania
Milama (a subsidiary of AIM listed Obtala company), a Tanzanian based agricultural company, is in the midst of an exciting expansion and development plan, focusing on putting Tanzania on the map as an agricultural hub, producing high quality produce for the local, regional and international markets. With.....

Allfresch Logistics hires new business manager
Allfresch Logistics has added a new member to their team with the appointment of new Business Development Manager, Paul Bradbury.Paul has spent over 30 years in the logistics industry where he has become knowledgable about services by sea, land and air, as well as making contacts with agents across North.....


Galilee Export announces co-operation with shareholder
Eitan Zvi, Galilee’s VP Marketing, said "after 2 years of on-going co-operation between Galilee Export and Avocado Gal Packhouse, we are pleased to announce that Avocado Gal has been co-opted as shareholder at Galilee Export. Galilee Export is a Cooperative Company owned by its growers so we are very pleased.....

Spar Austria takes over 62 Billa branches of Rewe in Croatia
The Spar Österreichische Warenhandels-AG continues to expand in Croatia and is acquiring a total of 62 Billa branches from the REWE group and the BILLA logistics centre in Sv. Helena. The takeover was sealed on 15th December 2016, the final transfer will take place after the closing in spring 2017. The deal.....


Gunmen commit arson at Dole plant in the Philippines
A Dole Stanfilco packing station in South Cotabato was set aflame by 8 reported gunmen. The men fled after the act and were pursued by law enforcement officers, but to no avail. Workers and residents remained behind and managed to contain the blaze as best they could.This was the 10th arson incident in the.....


Alnatura is once again the favorite food brand in Germany
This year Alnatura was voted the favorite food brand in Germany, just as in 2014. In a survey by the research institute Forsa, Alnatura was placed ninth and was the only food brand in the top ten of the Brandmeyer research. The organic company was founded in the German state Hessen, and improved its success.....


Italy: Good year for Agricola Campidanese
"2016 has been a positive year. We have reached all our objectives and respected our schedule. The PO will end the year with a turnover of €20-20.5 million. Our leading products - Gavina mini watermelons and Majores piel de sapo melons - and summer fruit did very well. Artichokes and fresh-cut products also.....


Agreement with Gavà Grup
Staay Food Group will exclusively market Monterosa tomatoes in the Netherlands
The Dutch firm Staay Food Group, has recently reached an agreement with Spain's Gavà Grup to exclusively market its Monterosa tomato in the Netherlands.The Monterosa, which has gone from 25 to 100 hectares in Spain in only a year, continues to spread its reputation in Europe with its presence in fairs and.....

The National Mango Board wraps up research projects for 2016
The National Mango Board (NMB) nears the end of 2016 wrapping up its continued research efforts. Nutritional, postharvest and food safety research support the mango industry by discovering additional health benefits of mangos, and increasing mango quality in the U.S.In today’s age, consumers are becoming.....

United Fresh Start Foundation donates salad bars
To promote overall good nutrition and help limit the absorption of lead by children in East Chicago, the United Fresh Start Foundation is donating salad bars to all schools in the School City of East Chicago district. More than 4,600 students in the East Chicago, Indiana community will soon have access to a.....


California vegetable grower makes Napa cabbage a year-round commodity
Uesugi Farms, one of the largest growers of Napa cabbage in the country, is officially able to offer the cruciferous vegetable year-round thanks to a partnership with one of their growers in Mexico.George Uesugi, long-time farmer and mentor to the Aiello family, had been growing Napa cabbage since the 1950s......

Two Fresno farm companies seeking lawsuit protection
A case involving Gerawan Farming and Fowler of Fresno county, that had been sent back to be reviewed in a lower court, has been appealed in their favor. The two companies complained that they had been wrongly excluded from a statute which offered protection from lawsuits and other pentalties to employers if.....


Germany: BLE Inspectors visit Morocco
From the end of November to the beginning of December, representatives of the Federal Institute for Agriculture and Food (BLE) responsible for checking fruit and vegetable imports, visited their colleagues in Morocco. The main focus was on the quality and labelling of tomatoes, peppers, courgettes and citrus.....


A new selection line
China: Nongfu factory 17.5° holds news conference
A week ago, the Gan navel oranges started their new season and the Nongfu Mountain Spring Xingfeng 17.5° orange factory convention was held. Without doubt, the Nongfu Mountain Spring soars at a solitary altitude and now this company with some of the most advanced technology in the world has teamed up with.....


Fruit Logistica 2017, Berlin
Maya the Bee and friends promote fruit
Faby Fruchtgroßhandel, a fruit wholesaler, will present their new marketing concept for fruit, which is suitable for all generations during the Fruit Logistica. The company bought the rights of the classic Maya the Bee, Vicky the Viking and Heidi for this concept.In 2013, these animation characters returned.....


Oppy’s new year to open with promotions
The Oppenheimer Group announces that effective January 1, 2017 J. David Smith will be promoted to the role of president and chief marketing officer for the leading fresh produce marketing and distribution company.Smith will have strategic oversight of sales, categories and marketing. Operations, finance and.....

Central Otago Fruit Season Officially Launched
International fruit industry representatives, wholesalers, airline representatives and local Central Otago fruitgrowers, officially launched the start of the Central Otago fruit season with a special celebration at Cromwell, today (13 December).Hosted by Central Otago Premium Fruit, the event was attended by.....

Sormac releases new informative website
Sormac has launched a new website offering information about the machines and production lines produced by the company for the vegetable and processing industry.The site also covers all relevant information about the company, comprehensive product information, recommendations, news items and videos.....


Italy: Second underground Melinda facility
The second underground Melinda facility for the cold-storage of apples in Val di Non was inaugurated on December 13th, 2016 in the presence of local authorities, representatives from cooperatives and public bodies and workers.The new facility is located in the same site as the pilot one inaugurated in 2012.....


Takeover of the Swiss mushroom growing branch
Switzerland: Wauwiler Champignons takes over Fine Funghi
On 1 January 2017 Wauwiler Champignons will take over the Swiss Fine Funghi in Gossau, Canton of Zürich. Fine Funghi has 20 employees and is specialized in the production of edible gourmet mushrooms. Contracts were signed at the beginning of December and on 1 January 2017 the change of ownership will take.....