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Joint venture to promote Colombian avocados in the UK
There’s no sign of any slowdown in the explosive growth seen in avocado consumption in the UK. Growth rates of some 30% per year continue, with a similar trend seen in Europe and other global markets too. It’s the perfect time for industry leaders to join forces and provide effective solutions to the.....


Rockit Global Limited positioned for significant international growth
Havelock North Fruit Company (HNFC), home of Rockit™ apple snacks, today announced exciting and significant company changes. Effective immediately, the Hawke’s Bay based company will begin trading as Rockit Global Limited. Two experienced growth equity investors have taken a significant stake in the new.....


Banana company reforests and educates for adaptation to climate change
According to IUCN, the World Conservation Union, “80% of original forest that covered the earth 8000 years ago has been cleared, fragmented, or degraded by modern society”. Over nine million hectares of forest lands are lost each year throughout the world. One Banana recognizes that the preservation of the.....


Salad company celebrates grand opening of Center for Learning
Taylor Farms, producer of value-added produce and healthy fresh foods, and the Future Citizens Foundation (FCF), a California-based youth development non-profit organization, are proud to announce the grand opening of the Taylor Farms Center for Learning. The state-of-the-art learning center is outfitted.....


Festive opening new building Levarht
In 2015, Levarht started a new adventure. On Wednesday 19 August 2015, the first foundation stone was laid for the expansion of the building at the Mijnsherenweg in De Kwakel. With this expansion, 11 loading and unloading docks and 12 cooling cells were added to the existing construction. Now, just over 18.....


Canada: NatureFresh internship program kicks off year 2
After a successful program launch in 2016, NatureFresh Farms is once again promoting summer internship opportunities for its mobile Greenhouse Education Center (GEC). NatureFresh’s recruitment efforts are being focused on colleges & universities that offer agriculture, agri-science, agri-business,.....


New organic mango website launched
Crespo Organic Mangoes is thrilled to share a new -mango centric- consumer-driven website. The new website not only honors the Mexican heritage of the Crespo family and the relentless work carried out by mango farmers, it aims to cultivate connections and bridge the gap between farmers and consumers through.....

Mission Produce promotes Brent Scattini
Oxnard-based Mission Produce today announced that the company has promoted Brent Scattini to Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Scattini was initially hired in late 2016 as the company’s Vice President of Sales for North America. In his expanded role, Scattini will oversee Mission’s global sales and.....

New kale beet blend highlighted at Southern Exposure
Mann Packing will highlight the most recent edition in its line of Veggie Slaw Blends, the new Kale Beet Blend™, its award-winning Nourish Bowls™ and a variety of foodsevice items in booth #314 at SEPC’s Southern Exposure show March 9-11 in Orlando, FL.The new blend of kale, golden beets, kohlrabi and red.....


Green Giant Fresh shows Cauliflower Crumbles® at Southern Exposure
Green Giant™ Fresh is headed to Orlando to participate in the annual Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure show. “We’re excited to continue to get the word out on our new Cauliflower Crumbles® products, which are doing very well and gaining a lot of momentum after the great success of our original.....

Calavo Growers sees record revenues but net income down in 2017
Calavo Growers, Inc. (CVGW), a global avocado industry leader and expanding provider of value-added fresh food, today reported double-digit revenue growth for its fiscal 2017 first quarter, propelled by the exceptional performance in its Renaissance Food Group, LLC (RFG) business segment. The total.....


Merger between Dow and Dupont
The merger between the two chemistry giants Dow and Dupont seems to be close. The deadline for a final decision had been established for 28th February. During a recent convention, in which both multinationals took part, the merger was discussed as an imminent event; there might be just a few weeks to go.....

China: Qingdao sets up the first Agricultural High-tech Zone
Recently, the provincial government made a agreement to set up a new Agricultural High-tech Industrial Development Zone on the west coast of Qingdao. Moreover, the Longkou provincial Agricultural High-tech Industrial Development Zone was also approved at this time. This is the first time that Shandong.....


New ways to track post-harvest temperature and humidity for veg
"To control the temperature and humidity level of harvested vegetables and their impact on quality and shelf time, our tracking equipment traces the storage and transportation process and promptly records the temperature and humidity level inside a container. At the present time, a standard temperature.....


more than 100 million euro in 2016
Record sales strawberries at Hoogstraten
This morning, a crate of strawberries was auctioned for charity by Hoogstraten as part of their annual tradition. The strawberries were bought by Delhaize for 500 euro per 500 grammes. Due to a contribution by Coöperatie Hoogstraten, in the name of the cultivators, the proceeds were doubled. The amount of.....

Germany:
Alnatura expands management team
On 1 April 2017, Alnatura will expand its management team. Rüdiger Kasch will support Götz Rehn as Deputy Managing Director sales (Alnatura stores), purchasing and expansion. The 54-year-old is a known retail expert. Rüdiger Kasch was Managing Director of Nord Vertriebs supermarkets and as Managing Director.....


PMA Fresh Connections China, Shanghai, March 15-17
Innovation and change in China's produce industry
Next week, PMA Fresh Connections: China, the annual forum organised by the Produce Marketing Association (PMA), will take place in Shanghai. The PMA, as part of the programme, will stage a number of lectures and roundtable discussions by prominent members of the Chinese and international fresh produce.....


Returning winners in Canada's Best Managed Companies
The Oppenheimer Group, Mastronardi Produce, Fresh Direct Produce and Red Sun Farms has once again been named a winner in Canada’s annual face-off of best managed companies. Oppy sustains Best Managed streakWhen the top organizations were announced today, Oppy’s 16 consecutive year streak continued; the.....


Van der Wel Rotterdam bankrupt
On 7 March, an adjudication order was issued for fresh produce wholesaler’s Van der Wel Rotterdam. The company at the wholesaler’s market Spaanse Polder was founded in 1969, and after the 1997 split under the authority of Elbert Duifhuizen, it grew into one of the largest players on the wholesaler’s market.....


AGRO Merchants Group acquires Frissul and Frigomato
AGRO Merchants Group, a leader in cold storage and logistics solutions, today announced the acquisition of Cold Land SGPS SA from funds affiliated with Inter-Risco, a premier Portuguese private equity firm, and Portugal Ventures, a venture capital and private equity firm. Cold Land is the parent company of.....


8th strawberry convention in Changfeng
China: Convention produces nearly 10 billion RMB in investment deals
The eighth Chinese convention for strawberries and the thirteenth edition of the strawberry cultural festival, which is a promotional event organized to seek investment, took place on February 19th in Changfeng county in Hefei city (Anhui province). At the convention, the county will sign a total of 36.....


SAFE sets sights on growing exports to Russia, Bulgaria, Portugal & Canada
Cape Town-based producer and exporter, SAFE (South African Fruit Exporters) is all set to take conversations forward with a group of possible new clients in Russia, Bulgaria, Portugal and Canada to expand its citrus and table grape exports to these regions.This follows fruitful initial discussions between.....


Trade location and logistics centre with a surface of 12,000 m2
New accommodation for Staay-Van Rijn at Fresh Park Venlo
Staay-Van Rijn, part of the Staay Food Group from Papendrecht, has reached an agreement with Fresh Park Venlo about the realisation of a new trade location and logistics centre with a surface of 12,000 m2 yet to be developed.The new accommodation will be developed a few hundred metres from the current.....

Deprez family increases interest in Greenyard
The Deprez family has increased its share in Greenyard. The shares from Groupe d’Aucy were taken over through Deprez Holding NV. Because of the transaction of 642,441 shares, the share of Deprez Holding NV in Greenyard increased from 29.09% to 30.54%. Groupe d’Aucy sold all of its shares and therefore saw.....

East coast apple packer hires Facility Food Safety Manager
Rice Fruit Company is proud to welcome Alexandra (Lex) Roberts as the newest addition to its staff. Lex will work as Facility Food Safety Manager, a new position created to work in partnership with the Grower Relations and Food Safety Manager post occupied by H. Lee Showalter. The Facility Food Safety.....

Chris Ford joins Oppy
Oppy’s organics category gets a boost from an expert this week, with veteran Chris Ford joining the company as organics category manager.Ford comes to Oppy with more than two decades of fresh produce and organics expertise gained in buying and management roles with such retailers as Whole Foods Markets, Wild.....

USA: World of difference between Europe and US
As an international player with offices in the US, Asia, Europe and Oceania, Robinson Fresh has a good insight into the differences between the markets. Globally, there are large differences between the markets and the products that do well. Michael Castagnetto, Director of Global Sourcing for Robinson Fresh.....

Third consecutive year
Sunkist Growers issues billion-dollar member payments
Sunkist Growers held the cooperative’s 123rd annual meeting on February 22, seating the organization’s 28-member Board of Directors for the upcoming year and summarizing 2016 performance.“We were faced with the challenge of one of the largest Navel orange crops in history, and larger than normal harvests.....

Major fresh produce players agree to joint venture in USA
T&G Global Limited (T&G Global) and Grandview Brokerage Limited (GBL), a 65 per cent owned subsidiary of Total Produce plc (Ireland), have agreed to a joint venture in two US produce businesses which will provide their respective growers and suppliers with access to both US domestic and.....

BayWa’s preliminary figures for 2016: difficult agricultural markets impact earnings
The international trade and services company BayWa AG generated revenues of around €15.3 billion in the financial year 2016, thereby posting a slight increase (2015: €14.9 billion). However, the persistently difficult agricultural markets in the past year pushed down earnings before interest and tax (EBIT)......

Maersk and IBM to use digital records and blockchain to reduce costs
Maersk, the Danish shipping company which has 18 to 20% of the market, did a proof of concept (POC) with IBM in September, tracking a container of flowers from Mombasa, on the coast of Kenya, to Rotterdam in the Netherlands, using digital documents with trackable containers.Ramesh Gopinath, IBM’s vice.....


Shuman Produce to unveil new products at Southern Exposure
Shuman Produce is looking forward to the excitement of the 2017 Southern Exposure in Orlando, Florida. As a year-round grower and shipper of RealSweet® brand sweet onions, Shuman Produce plans to showcase its upcoming Vidalia® onion season available to retailers from late April-August. The expanding.....


Foshan Fuyi Food Co
China: Leading exporter of litchis to Europe
"Litchis are mainly affected by the weather conditions and the length of the postharvest period will directly affect their performance in the market. After recognizing this we started planning the farm accordingly, made the trial planting in accordance with EU standards and achieved GLOBAL G.A.P.....

Giorgi: “Mixed loads are our speciality”
Azefresh mainly exports to Georgia, Azerbaijan and Russia
In October 2015, Azefresh was founded. The company exports fruit and vegetables mainly to Georgia, Azerbaijan and Russia from the building of B&L Fresh Logistics in Barendrecht, the Netherlands. Azefresh mainly supplies to wholesalers, who, in turn, supply local market traders and retailers. “In future.....

KFC’s cauliflower burger
KFC has recently parodied the healthy-eating trend through their “clean-eating” burger. They carried out a social media campaign promoting the #cleaneating burger which sees the bun replaced by cauliflower, the mayonnaise by almond yoghurt and the steak by plain white chicken. The stunt was created using the.....


FreshConcept: ten years old in 2017
"Belgian foundation recognized by customer focus"
FreshConcept will have its ten-year anniversary in 2017, and is mostly known for its trade in soft fruit. “We think it is of the utmost importance that we have direct contact with our cultivators. Additionally, we also link producers to our customers. In this manner, we know what is happening on the field,”.....


SUNSET® Takes Gold, Silver at PAC Expo
SUNSET was honored with two awards in packaging for their new organic line and Minzano pasta kit, respectively.Taking home gold was the SUNSET Minzano Pasta Kit for its creative and attractive design. The unique product features a dual chamber bowl, one side containing Minzano tomatoes, the other.....

Sean McCauley joins Ippolito Fruit & Produce Ltd.
Ippolito Fruit & Produce Ltd. is pleased to announce the hiring of Sean McCauley in the newly created role of Director of Sales. In this new role, McCauley will be responsible for maintaining and growing Ippolito Fruit & Produce sales within the Canadian and Eastern US markets. Sean’s focus will be.....


California avocado grower-shipper launches new brand
Before Hass avocados took the world by storm, Eco Farms started growing California avocados way back in the early 1970s. From their first home in San Diego County’s tiny village of Rainbow, to the Temecula packinghouse where they reside today, Eco Farms continues growing, packing and shipping California.....


China: Tailor-made fruit and veg packaging
"Following the increasing demand from consumers for fruits and vegetables, the quality of the packaging is growing in importance. Logical packing can reduce or even prevent the losses that occur during transport, storage and transfers. Good packaging also slows decay and moisture loss, giving the product a.....


Spain: El Corte Inglés opens first organic food department
El Corte Inglés has opened La Biosfera (The Biosphere), its first organic food department, at one of its stores in the city of Valencia, where it will offer over 1,500 products. The initiative will be expanded to 19 other supermarkets before next autumn and will be accompanied by a new brand, 'El Corte.....


Spain: "Knowing the origin, you can guarantee the product's freshness and proximity"
Guzman Gastronomía has several lines of business open for the development of its daily activities, but these wouldn't succeed if it wasn't for the firm's strict demands and the qualifications of its employees. "Our salespeople have to study during their first few months in their positions," explains Daniel.....

And closes financial year 2016 with 8.9% revenue growth
Total Produce increasing share in Oppenheimer Group
Total Produce closed the 2016 financial year with an adjusted gross profit totalling 67.7 million Euro, 16.8 percent more than in the previous year. "We are pleased that Total Produce achieved strong growth in 2016," stated Carl McCann commenting the results. The company's turnover was also higher and.....


Mike Port:
“Higher standards in supermarkets offers space for fairtrade bananas”
The market for organic and Fairtrade bananas is developing very quickly. Since Port International started with the import of this category, the company’s volume of organic Fairtrade bananas has surpassed that of conventional bananas. Mike Port states that demand for Fairtrade bananas is on the rise across.....

California Giant publishes limited edition cookbook
After months of analysis, writing, and editing, California Giant Berry Farms has published a favorite collection of stories and recipes into a cookbook. The 90 page bound book contains more than 30 recipes, each with full color photography and is available for purchase via the company website or.....


Dameng Packaging
China: Fruit & veg packaging to improve traceability
"Following the quick and turbulent development of the industry for fresh food and vegetables, the importance of packaging for fruit and vegetables has grown day by day. Food bags of high quality have a high air permeability, so the products in the bag can continue breathing through the mesh long after they.....


Compagnie Fruitière Spain advances its distribution and maturation networks
Compagnie Fruitière Spain has made advances in the development of its distribution and maturation networks. This fruit and vegetable company has completed renovating its facilities in the banana hall at Madrid's Central Fruit and Vegetable Market (Mercamadrid). The facilities are composed of eight maturation.....


Chinese sweet potatoes gain popularity overseas
"Sweet potatoes are a staple food for Chinese and are grown all over China. The market time and export time in the north is from September to April. In the South, most of the production falls between February and October. Because the market supply is usually rather stable, price fluctuations usually hover.....

T&G Global achieves 67% increase in profit after tax
T&G Global Limited and its subsidiary companies (T&G Global) achieved a profit after income tax of $32.4 million for its 2016 financial year (January to December), a 67 per cent increase on its 2015 result of $19.5 million. Overall revenue rose from $813 million in 2015 to $872 million for 2016, up.....


“We will not sell more because of this, it will cost us money”
Not all traders happy about Mabru's earlier opening
The director of the early morning market, Mabru, in Brussels, Belgium, decided to open its doors an hour earlier on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, starting in March. The market will open at midnight instead of one o’clock in the morning. It appears as if this has not been communicated to all traders......

Ngāi Tukairangi acquisition solidifies leadership role in kiwifruit
The Ngāi Tukairangi Trust’s acquisition of one of NZ’s largest kiwifruit orchards is another example of the increasing leadership role Māoris are taking in New Zealand business, says ANZ.“This landmark deal is an exciting opportunity for Ngāi Tukairangi,” said ANZ Head of Māori.....

Former Compac shareholders to get $230m in earn-outs
The New Zealand founders and former shareholders of the Compac fruit sorting company may be entitled to up to $230 million in earn-out payments on top of the $70 million paid for the company by the Norwegian food, recycling and mining, sorting business, Tomra.Tomra executives bought Compac in a distressed.....

Mounting allegations against South African businessman
The rumblings in the South African pressare becoming louder as the accusations against South African businessman Ioannis Ntinos from the company Cosmo Fruit mount up. The South African newspaper the Mail & Guardian has published several articles about the legal action in process against him.Jessica.....

USDA files action against Organic Avenue
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed an administrative action under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) against Organic Avenue LLC.The company, operating out of New York, allegedly failed to make full payment to four produce sellers in the amount of $249,272 from August 2015.....

Monterey Mushrooms® joins The Produce Mom® family of partners
Monterey Mushrooms, Inc. is the first mushroom grower to join The Produce Mom’s trusted family of partners. The partnership will promote Monterey Mushrooms’ entire product line-up with a focus on “The Blend,” a technique used to incorporate fresh mushrooms into meat dishes.The Produce Mom® will educate.....

Spain: Lidl's profits in Spain grow by 40%
The retail supermarket chain Lidl has increased its profits in Spain by 40% after its investment in the country. The German company has achieved sales totalling 3,049 million Euro in the year ending February 2016, compared to 2,708 million in the previous year.Lidl's turnover has grown by 12.6%, while its.....

Limoneira acquires 90% stake in Chilean citrus grower
The Limoneira Company announced that it has acquired the majority of Pan de Azucar S.A. ("PDA"). PDA owns approximately 210 acres of lemon and orange orchards near La Serena, Chile and an equity interest in Rosales, S.A, ("Rosales"), a citrus packing, marketing and sales operation in La Serena, Chile.On.....

Scales lifts 2016 annual profit 6% on business expansion
Scales Corp, New Zealand's biggest apple exporter, boosted profit 6 percent as it benefited from expanding its business.Profit increased to $38.2 million, or 27 cents per share, in calendar 2016, from $35.9 million, or 25.7 cents, in 2015, the Christchurch-based company said in a statement. Revenue rose 24.....

Giumarra hires two new employees to develop Eastern business
The Giumarra Companies announces the addition of two new hires to its eastern sales force, Stu Monaghan and Rob Campbell. Mr. Monaghan joins as division manager of Giumarra Southeast and Mr. Campbell joins as director of sales for the Giumarra International Berry East Coast operation.“We are pleased to bring.....


Baker-Murakami
Merger of two Oregon onion shippers announced
The merger of two Treasure Valley onion shippers was announced on Feb. 23, with Murakami Produce Co. LLC and Baker Packing Company, both located in Ontario, OR, to consolidate as an “onion supershed” on July 1 and doing business as Baker & Murakami Produce Co. LLLP.From left to right: Grant Kitamura,.....

Potandon Produce in mourning for Kent Romrell
Kent Romrell, one of the original founders and former Senior Vice President of Sales at Potandon Produce LLC passed away yesterday from an inoperable brain tumor which he had been undergoing treatment for since August 26th, 2016. Kent is survived by his wife Deon, four children, and several grandchildren......


Germany: Innovative film-topper for Ifco and Europol-Steigen
the Film-topper by the company A+P Service Peter Schiffmann e.K. has been developed to create a plastic film cover which does not need any extra materials such as glue or clamps in order to secure the film.The crates or cartons of the machine are transversely fed, aligned and separated by means of a conveyor.....


Artisan foods corporation in Shandong province
Chinese wasabi heading for international market
Market price for wasabi forecast to grow approximately 10%"Another characteristic product of ours is wasabi. The growth of wasabi is severely limited by geographical conditions: it needs to be grown between 1300 - 2500 meters above sea level, the air temperature needs to lie between 8-20 degrees in the.....

Seeka delivers record $10.4m profit for 2016 - up 143%
Seeka has announced an audited net profit after tax of $10.4 million for the 12 months to 31 December, 2016 - up 143% on the previous corresponding period (PCP). Turnover increased 24% to $229.4 million, while total revenues were $191.3 million, up 35% on the previous year. Earnings before interest, tax,.....

CMR Group agrees to market Del Monte products
Since January 2017, CMR has extended its large offer with the direct commercialization of the DEL MONTE product range. This agreement allows CMR GROUP to offer the brand through its different subsidiaries located in MercaBarna, MercaMadrid and MercaLeón. The commercial collaboration between the producing and.....

Agrinurture fruit shake subsidiary plans expansion in China
A fruit shake subsidiary of Agrinurture, The Big Chill, said Wednesday it would boost expansion plans in China, citing improved relations between Beijing and Manila."Big Chill will expand its branches as it continues to gain momentum in Hong Kong and China," Agrinurture chairman Antonio Tiu said.“There’s a.....

New international frozen fruit and vegetable business
Blueberry Cooperative MBG Marketing goes GLOBAL
MBG Marketing – The Blueberry People, a grower-owned blueberry and blackberry marketing cooperative, has taken a strategic step into the global foods market by establishing MB GLOBAL FOODS. Doing so will complement MBG Marketing’s commitment to growing their product portfolio in cooperation with Naturipe.....

Avocados From Mexico official sponsor of Nutrition Month in Canada
Avocados From Mexico takes the pledge to help Canadians eat better. This March, for the first time, Avocados From Mexico is an official sponsor of Nutrition Month, a national campaign organized by the Dietitians of Canada.Dietitians of Canada is the national professional association for dietitians,.....

Blending mushrooms with meat
Restaurants sign-up for 3rd annual Blended Burger project
The James Beard Foundation’s (JBF) annual call to chefs to make ‘shroom for improvement on their menus will continue in 2017 with the third Blended Burger Project™ (BBP). Restaurants nationwide can register to take part in JBF’s summer-long competition to blend finely chopped mushrooms with meat for burgers.....

Eurofrigo's welcomes new Vice President
Eurofrigo has announced in a press release that Mr. Jeroen Tempsels has joined their management-team as Vice President. The company stated that his joining was part of the succession planning whereby Mr. van Mackelenbergh will step down as Managing Director of Eurofrigo and hand over his responsibillities as.....

Kühne + Nagel Group
New rail transport service between China and Europe
With the introduction of the KN Eurasia express, Kühne + Nagel is offering LCL transports (Less than a Container Load) between China and Europe. The company is currently finishing off its previous offer for FCL transport (Full Container Load) in imports and exports.KN Eurasia Express connects China, Russia.....