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ChemChina acquires Syngenta to consolidate its leadership in the sector

In his first official announcement after being named president of the board of directors of Switzerland's Syngenta, Ren Jianxin, founder and president of ChemChina, the company that acquired the Swiss seed and agrochemicals multinational for US $43 billion, said their goal was to consolidate their leadership.....

Crystal Valley Foods redesigns website

Crystal Valley Foods (Crystal Valley), a leading grower and importer of top quality fresh fruits and vegetables from Mexico, Central America, and South America, has redesigned its website, www.crystalvalleyfoods.com. The website was redesigned with Crystal Valley’s foodservice and retail customers in mind, as.....

'Fresh or Die'

Oliver Wyman-Analysis on Freshness in Food Retail

With the introduction of Amazon Fresh in Germany, the competition in food retail was taken to another level. Germany is watching westward, where Amazon is currently planning the take-over of the US-American supermarket chain Whole Foods. In the center of Amazons activities are fresh produce products - up until.....

Jan Hendrik Wagenaar:

Dutch peppers and cucumbers sag on the British market

With export company Fresh Garden Holland, Jan Hendrik Wagenaar is mainly focusing on the British whole sale markets. He talks about Brexit, the transport to the UK and the situation on the greenhouse vegetable markets.Brexit and refugeesWhen talking about export to the UK these days, you can't avoid the topic.....

No activity at APM Terminals yet

The container terminals of APM in the port of Rotterdam have been silent for the fourth day in a row. According to the reports no containers can yet be unloaded at the terminals. Maersk reports that the shipments are being sent to other terminals in and around Rotterdam. "With these facilities the system is.....

Produce heavyweight Hein Deprez buys Hollands largest organic pepper grower

One of Holland's largest organic greenhouse growers has sold its business to Greenyard's Hein Deprez and his family company The Fruit Farm.A.C. Hartman, which grows bell peppers on an acreage of 72 hectare in the Friesland province, is one of the premier suppliers to Dutch retailer Albert Heijn. With the.....

Panama: The first industrial commercial nursery certified to produce and export seedlings

Vivero Semillas y Plantones, began operations on November 14, 2015. The Panamanian company is the first industrial commercial nursery to be certified at the national level, through the Department of Plant Protection of the Ministry of Agriculture of Panama and in support of The Regional International Plant.....

New express-barge "Hanse" introduced in Hamburg

The largest barge allowed on the Elbe side channel is now running regularly an express boat as a shuttle between Braunschweig und Hamburg. The new M/S "Hanse" masters the 179km distance in a transit time of less than 24 hours. "That's about as fast as a truck," says Heiko Tominski, Sales Manager of the.....

New addition to CMI Orchards' marketing staff

CMI Orchards announced today the appointment of Danelle Huber to their marketing team. In her new role as marketing specialist Huber will be assigned to manage key retail accounts, develop promotions and create programs to assist CMI customers in strengthening their apple, pear, apricot and cherry.....

Shanghai Hema, new Alibaba retailer outlet

China: "Product itself is best brand advertisement"

"As a retail platform for food, we purchase all kinds of fruit and vegetables from domestic and international production sites. Through both online and offline methods, we sell these products to Shanghai and surrounding areas. We have opened eight stores in Shanghai. The online sales area is in a radius of.....

Plans for more online sales channels for fresh fruit in US

Alibaba: 'We have to learn about importing American strawberries'

After a two day conference in Detroit, Alibaba announced that it will start a strategic partnership with Driscoll, an American berry distributor, to attract small American companies and farmers to its Chinese e-commerce platform.On Wednesday, Alibaba's shares rose 3.5%, but at the opening of the market on.....

Application period has begun

Second edition of Lidl Fruit School in Germany

Interested schools from all over Germany can apply for the Lidl Fruit School up until the 2nd of July. Lidl uses this initiative to support the campaign "5 A Day". The goal is to teach children about the importance of health-conscious nutrition. This is the goal of this edition of the fruit school in the term.....

Jingdong and Mitsubishi Chemicals to expand fresh produce services

According to a report from the Japanese media, Jingdong group and the Japanese Mitsubishi Chemicals holding group will establish a service cooperation in the field of the botanical processing industry. Jingdong will set foot in the industry of vegetable production, while Mitsubishi Chemicals will provide.....

Spain: Dia sees increase of fruit and veg sales online

The supermarket chain Dia has recorded an increase in the sale of fruit, vegetables and food in general via the internet, as confirmed by members of the chain's management team at a meeting in London with analysts and investors.The managers of the distribution firm see e-commerce as an opportunity to grow, and.....

Mann Packing launches redesigned website

Mann Packing, a supplier of washed and ready-to-eat vegetables redesigned its website with new recipes, updated content and a product locator tool.“The look and feel of the new website evokes the quality and consumer solutions that Mann’s products have become known for,” says Gina Nucci, director of corporate.....

Takeaway fruit ready to take vending business by storm

Encouraging the consumption of fruit anytime, anywhere, as an alternative to snacks such as chocolates, potato chips or other unhealthy foods is the philosophy behind Fru&tube; an innovative concept of takeaway fruit.Without a doubt, the most innovative aspect of this concept is the unique tube-shaped.....

Spain: Interfresa and Fedemco sign pact against bad commercial practices

With the signing of an agreement between the Interprofessional Association of Andalusian Strawberries (Interfresa) and the Spanish Federation of Manufacturers of Wooden Containers and their Components (FEDEMCO), an important step has been made in the sector as a whole to fight against intrusiveness and bad.....

German packaging world looks at Boix tray erectors in Spain

Boix Europe became a member of the 'Vereniging Vollpappe-Kartonagen' (VVK) this year. The VVK represents the interests of German companies who produce and process solid carton. The VVK has 28 members, spread out across Germany. As a new member of the VVK Boix Europe was very excited to be allowed to organise.....

Increases complex film production capabilities

Sonoco acquires Clear Lam in $170m acquisition

Sonoco Products, a provider of packaging products and services is delving deeper into flexible and forming packaging films through the purchase of Clear Lam Packaging. A $170 million, all-cash deal for Clear Lam follows Sonoco’s purchase of thermoformer Peninsula Packaging for $230 million in February.For.....

Sunset to pick first Michigan-grown English cucumbers

SUNSET® is continuing to grow its successful local program, this time with an additional 12 acres in Michigan for the 2017 season, all in time for summer. “Since opening our Coldwater greenhouse facility in 2012, we’ve been filling a growing customer need for fresh, local produce all year long,” shared CEO.....

China: Price is determined by fruit quality

"We purchase all kinds of fruits from excellent domestic and international production sites. We have our own brands, such as 23 degrees north Hami melons, and Jiu Tai durian, and products under the brands of their own suppliers. We mainly use traditional sales channels to sell our products to distribution.....

NNZ completes solar panel installation at Groningen headquarters

Over the last 2 months solar panels have been installed on the roofs of NNZ headquarters in Groningen in cooperation with GreenProfit. The total surface of the solar panels exceeds 3000 m² which produces approx. 200,000kWh equivalent to the energy consumption of 45 households which is a great saving on.....

Maersk sharing data with its customers

“Customers help optimise business operations”

The data collected by Maersk Line with the Remote Container Management System (RCM) also serves to make the firm more transparent to its customers. The shipping company has been working for a long time to set up the system and use the data. "It's a unique project that gives our customers full transparency and.....

BayWa opens new office in Milton Keynes, UK

BayWa has opened new offices in Milton Keynes as part of ongoing investment plans in the UK.The move follows the acquisition of Green Hedge Operational Services in December 2016, and complements investment in recruitment, internal systems and software, the company said.The Milton Keynes office will be the main.....

Produce Pay launches Marketplace featuring Blue Book scores

Produce Pay, a financing solution for growers and distributors of fresh produce, is pleased to announce the launch of the Produce Pay Marketplace. Buyers and sellers, for the first time, can now complete real-time trades of perishable agricultural products through an online marketplace. “We listened to our.....

Freshtime launch own brand products

Freshtime are well know for providing fresh cut, ready prepared vegetables to the UK's foodservice companies and major retailers, but the company has now launched its own range of "Freshtime" branded products."By going with our own brand we can supply smaller outlets who can order our own brand without having.....

China: TalentCloud Information Technology and Pagoda merge to establish "Fruit Technologies"

TalentCloud Information Technology from Guangxi recently announced it was to merge with China's largest fruit chain from Shenzhen, Pagoda, to form a new company - "Fruit Technologies".This company will provide technological support for intelligent production and management to the Chinese fruit industry."Fruit.....

Pacific Trellis Fruit/Dulcinea Farms & Syngenta extend partnership

After four successful years of partnership, Pacific Trellis Fruit / Dulcinea Farms LLC have entered into a ten year extension to the current supply agreement with Syngenta Seeds, LLC. The agreement extends exclusivity on certain current and future generations of Syngenta genetics to 2027. “The extension of our.....

China: Pagoda Orchard merger with Chaoqi Fruits

On 22 June, Pagoda Orchard, leader in the fruit industry, added another area to its territory, by opening the mountain city Chongqing. It announced that it would start a strategic partnership with Chaoqi Fruits from Chongqing, another leader in the industry. Through this partnership, the end sales from.....

Diamond Fruit Growers recognized with Oregon Governor’s OSHA Award

Diamond Fruit Growers, the Odell, OR-based pear producer for Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers in Wenatchee, WA, was honored earlier this year with the 2017 Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference Safety Committee Award.The award came during the Oregon OSHA conference ceremony held in Portland on.....

Gold Coast Packing hires Kevin Fix as V.P. of Sales and Marketing

Gold Coast Packing Inc., has hired Kevin Fix as its new Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Kevin brings more than a decade of produce experience selling to retail, wholesale, and foodservice companies. Prior to joining Gold Coast Packing, Kevin was V.P of Sales for Bolthouse Farms, a leading.....

Lipman’s Jaime Weisinger appointed to Governing Board of South Florida Water Management District

Florida Governor Rick Scott recently appointed Jaime Weisinger of Lipman Family Farms to the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD).Weisinger will represent district seven – which includes Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, Highlands, Glades, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola and Polk.....

Sunripe Certified Brands™ hires Paul Hoker as new CFO

Sunripe™ Certified Brands is proud to announce the hire of fresh produce veteran, Paul Hoker, as its new CFO. Paul’s vast experience in the tomato business and commitment to Sunripe Certified Brands’ values makes him the perfect addition to the team. Paul’s passion for fresh produce began as a child, and after.....

Survey by System1 Research

Which supermarket in Germany has the strongest brand?

Aldi is the strongest brand in Germany and gets 4 out of five stars. Rewe, Lidl, and Edeka also achieved four stars but slightly behind Aldi. Penny and real only reached an evaluation of three stars. If looking at Aldi Süd and Aldi Nord seperately, Aldi Süd even achieves five stars. This was shown by a survey.....

REWE launches Online-Marketplace test with selected customers and partners

For groceries, REWE is already the first name many customers think of. The retail chain has 3,000 stores in Germany and also operates an online-shopping service where products can either be picked up or delivered.In the area of online-trade with fresh produce, the REWE delivery service is the market leader.....

GS1 Germany shows the future of shopping

Since yesterday, the GS1 Germany has been inviting us to experience the future of shopping. The entirely new concept - GS1 Germany Knowledge Center - re-opened its doors in Cologne after the relaunch. "What we thought was the ultimate benchmark just three years ago, we had to re-evaluate over the last few.....

Switzerland: Coop Number 1 in Sustainability Worldwide

In an evaluation of 148 international retailers, the rating agency oekom research has awarded Coop with the title of most sustainable retail trader worldwide.This is not the first time though. What makes this year special? Well, for the first time the chain was not just evaluated for their activities inland.....

LC Packaging launches long-term sustainability vision for 2022

LC Packaging Group, a company working in flexible packaging solutions, has accelerated its commitment to sustainability by launching their first long-term sustainability vision for 2022: No Time to Waste. As part of the LC Packaging strategy to grow responsibly, it provides the company with a long-term.....

Matthew Brigotti joins Idaho Potato Commission as Foodservice Promotion Director

On June 15, 2017, Matt Brigotti joined the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) foodservice marketing team as Foodservice Promotions Director for the Northeast and Midwest, based in Richfield, OH. Brigotti will work closely with Tod Schmidt, the current regional Foodservice Promotion Director and 16-year veteran who.....

Possible 20% increase in China pomelo output, starting from August

"This year, the season for honey pomeloes in Pinghe will start by mid-August. The produced output this year is approximately 20%-30% higher than last season. On top of that ,the quality of the fruits is also better. This mainly because of the favorable weather conditions all year round which had a positive.....

China: Carrefour joins hands with Joyvio to promote their fresh blueberries

In the past few days, retail giant Carrefour has joined forces with a leading Chinese corporation in the fruit industry, JoyVio.JoyVio's original creation of "Blueberry Eyecandy Day" in 2017, has had an explosive opening at the group's South-China hub in Shenzhen. They invited residents to jointly evaluate the.....

Nominated for environmental award

Sweden: Rescued Fruits turns waste into premium juice

ICA, along with their business partner for the program Rescued Fruits, has been made finalist for the Nordic Council Environment Prize for coming up with an idea to turn their leftover fruits from their stores and warehouses into a premium juice."In late 2015 I was approached with a business idea all about.....

thyssenkrupp and Landgard Foundation

Children from Essen become enthusiastic amateur gardeners

Girls and boys visiting schools and day care centers around the German town of Essen can start getting excited about the fruit and vegetables they planted themselves. At the big school and day care planting day on June 13th, children planted numerous school patches right in front of thyssenkrupp's.....

Gary Caloroso transitions to Giumarra’s corporate marketing team

Giumarra announces the transition of Gary Caloroso to its corporate marketing team as regional business development director. He previously served the company as director of marketing for its avocado and asparagus divisions.“We are pleased to have Gary join the marketing team in a role that allows him to apply.....

Dan Davis joins team as Organic Category Manager

Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers continue to increase organics

With organic apple production increasing both domestically and with New Zealand partners, Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers has expanded its program and brought on Category Manager Dan Davis to manage the company’s organic supply base.Davis, who brings nearly 20 years’ experience in organic fruit production to the.....

Willem Dijk is 65 years old

Last Sunday was the day. It’s hard to tell, but Willem Dijk turned 65 years old. The founder of wholesaler Willem Dijk AGF BV is ‘quietly’ celebrating his birthday in Spain, where you are welcome, of course.Feel free to congratulate Sr via +31 (0)6 55 14 44 08 or willem@willemdijk.nl.Following are some photos.....

US marketing agencies across the farm and food spectrum

FLM+ and Harvest PR & Marketing join forces as FLM Harvest

FLM+ and Harvest PR & Marketing have announced they will join forces, merging highly complementary competencies, cultures and client portfolios across the farm, food, environmental sciences and lifestyle spectrum. Together, the companies will rebrand as FLM Harvest.The coming together of the firms is the.....

New procedure against credits abroad

According to EU estimates, one million small Italian businesses find it difficult to recover credits in other European countries - a loss of €600 million every year. To find a solution to this problem, the Union has implemented account preservation orders to facilitate credit recovery. We talked about it with.....

Version 2017 now available

FRESHfin - Business software for fruit and fresh produce wholesale

The standardized sector software FRESHfin supports the trade, sale and logistics of fruit, vegetable, potatoes, onions, fresh industrial products, freshness-convenience, dried fruits, agricultural products, nature and fresh products.FRESHfin was developed in 1999 by the Berlin-based company BBO Datentechnik,.....

Ready Pac CEO explains their near bankruptcy comeback through innovation

Three years ago, Tony Sarsam became CEO of Ready Pac Foods and was tasked with the herculean goal of saving the company from bankruptcy. Prior to Sarsam joining the company, it had lost its biggest customer. Sarsam admits that Ready Pac had broken its customers’ trust. In trying to cut costs, it had cut.....

Early bird registration until July 1

International Strawberry Congress programme as good as finished

The third International Strawberry Congress will take place in Antwerp, Belgium from 6 to 9 September. This event is organised by Cooperation Hoogstraten in collaboration with Testing Centre Hoogstraten, VBT and VCBT. The combination of knowledge, practice and sales make it a unique congress.Bridge between.....

United Fresh introduces class 23 of the Produce Industry Leadership Program

The United Fresh Produce Association has announced the members of the 2017-2018 United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program Leadership Class 23. Sponsored by a generous grant from DuPont Crop Protection, this program was launched in 1995 and has graduated more than 200 program participants. The Produce.....

Strategic cooperation between Trieste and Duisburg for trade with China

The Duisburger Hafen AG (duisport) and the northern Italian port of Trieste will work more closely together in the future. Yesterday, Erich Staake, CEO of duisport, and Zeno D’Agostino, Presidente de porto Trieste, signed an agreement for the strategic cooperation between the ports.Erich Staake, duisport-CEO,.....

Niki Benders: “We consider ourselves a fresh market, not a supermarket”

Blurring in retail: What is Beej Benders?

On the broad side of the building, in the centre of Venlo, the Netherlands, the magenta logo with the white letters of Beej Benders catches the eye. A strawberry-asparagus stand, potato peeler and an inviting outdoor café are placed on the pavement in front of the shop. Automatic doors open to a covered.....

Tonny Hooijmans, Oké Trading:

"Scandinavian midsummer celebrations stimulate demand for mushrooms"

After a slightly poorer week last week the trade in mushrooms perked up again this week. "The midsummer festivals are on their way in Scandinavia and this always means extra demand. The sales can double," says Tonny Hooijmans of Oké Trading from Velddriel. "Chestnut mushrooms and oyster mushrooms are slightly.....

Online pioneer BILLA opens Austria's first Food Fulfillment Center (FFC)

BILLA has strengthened its role as a frontrunner in the online field: "With the opening of the first Austrian Food Fulfillment Center - which, with manual individual commissioning, supervises only online orders - we will begin a new chapter in the history of Austrian food services and our company," said BILLA.....

Don Limón focuses on growth in sweet potatoes

In 2020, we want to export 1,000 containers per year”

Many people know Don Limón for its citrus. However, their production is much larger than just that. “Several new products were added the last 10 years. For example, we offer grapes and lemons, and for more than two years we’ve also been offering sweet potatoes. What we’ve learned from limes, we’re now also.....

Rena Montedoro named Director of Marketing at Crunch Time Apple Growers

Crunch Time Apple Growers has named Rena Montedoro as the organization’s Director of Marketing.In this position, Montedoro will work to elevate the regional and national profile of Crunch Time Apple Growers SnapDragon and RubyFrost brands playing a critical role in the organization’s growth and development......

Dole Philippines opens new $20m pineapple production facility

Giant fruit producer Dole Philippines, has opened a new production facility worth US$20 million that could generate 1,500 additional jobs, officials said Wednesday.Randolph Fleming, Dole Philippines vice president and managing director, said the new plant is the firm’s largest single investment that could.....

FreshPlaza warns for Senegalese defaulter: ASEPEX

FreshPlaza wished to issue a warning to all readers about a defaulter: ASEPEX from Senegal.FreshPlaza provided services. Despite promises to pay, there isn't any payment for the service."We urge any businesses or individuals to be very careful with ASEPEX and companies related, as they are unreliable."