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PLUS supermarkets open to local trade
Owners of PLUS supermarkets are free to decide their own fresh produce department. Manager Rik Linssen, right hand man to PLUS owner Chris Grinwis, is therefore consciously seeking cooperation with local traders and cultivators. “For example, we have very good agreements with a local strawberry cultivator,”.....


US: Hydroponics can remain organic....for now
U.S. growers of hydroponic and container grown crops may continue to label their produce as certified organics. Well, at least for a while. To be more precise; until the next meeting of the National Organic Standards Board in April 2017. The advisory board had a hard time discussing the current regulation in.....

Produce company builds Calgary sales team
Sales Representative Maryam Ahoo joined the Oppenheimer Group in late October, strengthening the full service marketing and distribution company’s presence in Western Canada.Ahoo comes to Oppy’s Alberta location with varied sales and marketing experience, including her prior role as a membership development.....

Produce company appoints General Manager
Market Source is pleased to announce that produce expert Silvia Franco has joined the team as General Manager of the McAllen, Texas operation. Ms. Franco brings savvy and proficiency to international sourcing as well as domestic produce logistics. In addition to a variety of leadership responsibilities, Ms......


Announces Sabalpack acquisition
tna unveils wash-down vffs packaging system
tna has announced the launch of a new vertical form fill and seal (VFFS) system with full wash-down functionality. Featuring a hygienic design, the tna arctic® 3 is able to run efficiently and reliably in hostile wet and cold processing environments, whilst maintaining the highest levels of sanitation and.....


New Board to guide Hort Innovation Australia’s continuing growth
The nation’s horticulture Research and Development Corporation welcomed new members to its Board today, November 25, as the organisation enters into its next phase of growth.Paul Harker has more than 20 years of retail experience spanning store operations, supply chain, and buying and marketing, including.....

Rockit apple ownership dispute comes to an end
According to John Loughlin, chairman of the Havelock North Fruit Company (HNFC) which grows the mini Rockit brand apple, a confidential agreement had been reached concerning ownership of the brand. Hawke's Bay businessman Phil Alison, who developed the Rockit apple brand, wanted to buy his fellow.....


Instock makes creative meals and Pieper Bier from saved food
“We want to save products from being wasted”
Food waste is a hot item nowadays, and more and more parties want to prevent it. “About 35 per cent of all food is wasted, amounting to billions of euros. Per person, the waste amounts to almost 50 kilograms, and the largest share of that happens at home. We think it is important to save products from being.....


Change of guard at French organization
There’s a change of guard at a fresh fruit and vegetable company whose sole business is to help growers keep in touch with consumers. Geoffroy Cormorèche is now the new president of Demain La Terre, a non-profit organization of producers. He takes over from Robert Franchineau who has been at the helm of the.....


Italy: Marimaserre builds greenhouses for harsh climates
Marimaserre Srl, a new company based in Vittoria (RG), inherited its know-how from Denaro Srl. It is always worth mentioning a company's history, as "companies are made up of people, and their story always makes a difference," explains Rosario Denaro.The history of Marimaserre dates back to 1957, when.....


Westphalia plant growers visit Gruppo Di Meo Remo facilities
After the positive results of a trip carried out by a group of plant growers from north Westphalia last year, a new group of German operators wanted to to the same this year, to learn more about the leading companies of the Roma and Latina greenhouse sector, among which we find those part ofGruppo Di Meo.....


South Africa: Citrus company invests in empowerment project
A R300-million black economic empowerment project is about to be launched in the Sundays River Valley in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. This project could have significant ramifications for the rollout of similar empowerment deals around the country which, until now, have experienced very limited success......

China & Peruvian presidents sign E-commerce MOU
November 22, at APEC Lima, Chinese president Xi Jinping and Peruvian president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, together witnessed the signing of a cross-border e-commerce bilateral trade MOU between their two countries, marking a milestone in digital trade. The agreement was facilitated by Diane Wang, founder and CEO.....


Monsanto builds new Tomato Experience Center
De Ruiter/Monsanto will build a new Tomato Experience Center in Lansingerland, the Netherlands. The agriculturalist will enter into a cooperation with cultivators from Brabander Zantman who will oversee, among other things, the cultivation in the new demonstration greenhouse (8,000m2).A full lobby at.....

BayWa strengthens cooperation with Barloworld Ltd in SA
Barloworld Limited, Johannesburg (South Africa), and BayWa AG, Munich, are planning to further expand their cooperation in agricultural technology and logistics technology with a new joint venture. Subject to the approval of the competition authorities, the BHBW Holdings (Pty) Ltd joint venture will start.....


Gerjan Snippe, BioBrass:
"Large scale organic cultivation, but space, and variation, as a unique base"
“Do I look like an organic producer?” This was how Gerjan Snippe of BioBrass from Zeewolde introduced himself in a presentation during the Amsterdam Produce Show. To invigorate the clichés, he took a pair of goat wool socks from his back pocket (in the Netherlands, the expression ‘goat wool socks type’ means.....

Joost Derks, Dutch Payment & Exchange Company:
Currency exchange markets gripped by fears of populism
After Trump and Brexit, the attention over the next few weeks shifts to the voting rounds in Italy and Austria. "Smart entrepreneurs are arming themselves against the possible consequences for the euro,” says Joost Derks of the Dutch payment & Exchange Company in the column below:In the aftermath of the.....

South Africa's Spinach King plans to go global
Lufefe Nomjana has successfully opened his second "green" bakery and now he plans to go global by franchising his concept. Nomjana, popularly known as the Spinach King, opened his bakery in Khayelitsha in 2014. The green-painted bakery is made out of two large shipping containers. Spinach grows on wooden.....


Sainsbury’s supports sustainable agriculture in the Peruvian desert
Some of Sainsbury’s products – including asparagus, peas, beans and grapes – come from one of the world’s oldest, driest deserts in southern Peru.While it might sound unusual, the results are some of the successes from their partnership with Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, a world famous center for botanical and.....

Greenyard announces healthy growth in sales & REBITDA
Greenyard announced its results for the first half ending September 30, 2016. Highlights from H1 ending September 30, 2016, include an 8.6% increase in sales YoY to € 2.146,1m. Growth came from internal growth (6,8%) and M&A (2,8%) with FX being slightly negative (-0,9%).Fresh’ sales grew by 6,9% mainly.....


Italy: A start-up that delivers Sicilian products to vegans
Ruben Gambina and Vincenzo Celeste are the founders ofSupervega, a Sicilian start-up. Both are very young and decided to bring the best Sicilian vegetables to vegans all over the peninsula. All this thanks to excellent produce and special packaging.After an accurate inspection, the two entrepreneurs choose.....


Italy: How to keep down the costs of building a processing facility
Cimbali Coperture s.r.l. was established in 2010 but the founders (Cesare Cimbali with his sons Thomas and Sergio) had already been operating in the cover and warehouse sector for many years. In particular, they built insulated steel structures for the processing of fruit and vegetable products. Cesare, who.....


Kickoff during Bella Vita in Amsterdam-RAI
NL: Fris-Co starts importing Italian fresh produce
Fris-Co is known as a Dutch exporter focused completely on the Italian market, and consists of wholesaler’s markets, supermarkets and cutting plants. But now the company is heading in a new direction, and launches Fris-Co Import BV. This weekend, the kickoff was at Bella Vita, the fair for Italian food, in.....


Belgium: 120 solar panels blown off Van Laethem's roof
The company building of Van Laethem in Vlezenbeek, Belgium, was hit hard by the strong winds of last weekend. One hundred and twenty solar panels blew off the roof of the building. The panels had been placed on the roof of the company that cultivates herbs and edible flowers, some years previously. No one.....


Peru, South Africa and Australia
Sun World adds three grape marketer licensees
Sun World Innovations, the fruit breeding, technology and licensing business unit within Sun World International LLC, has appointed three additional grape marketer licensees: T&G Global (Peru), LCS Exports (South Africa) and FruitMaster (Australia) – to distribute the company’s proprietary grapes.The.....

40 pages of potato news
Bayerische Kartoffel is bringing out their own magazine
The potato is the one of the most popular foods in Germany, with 58 kilograms per head. For many, potatoes are an integral part of their diet. Exciting stories, interesting facts and tricky children's puzzles are all included in the new magazine by Bayerische Kartoffel.Cold or warm, mashed, fried or just the.....

APL expands with new India East Coast Express service
On Friday 18 November, APL announced the launch of the India East Coast Express (IEX) service – a new weekly service which directly connects the North Asia markets of Korea and China to Chennai, India.“The new IEX service facilitates our customers’ growing business need for additional and more competitive.....


Processing and packaging of fresh produce for imports into the US
Fresh produce companies partner on new facility
CarbAmericas, importer of fresh fruits and vegetables, recently inaugurated a facility through a partnership with CarGoldMex, a grower-shipper and packer of Mexican fruits and vegetables located in Irapuato, Mexico.In 2013, CarbAmericas owners Jeff Friedman and Danny Pollak partnered with Pablo and Elias.....


The gift of time: More time for family and friends
Edeka launches new Christmas Campaign
At the start of the Christmas season, EDEKA is calling for us all to remember what really counts at this special time of year: family and friends. Yesterday, the new Christmas campaign started, with their theme of "The Gift of Time" as the focal point.At the core of the campaign is the online video-clip.....

Bio Planet sales up 20% in October
In October 2016, the Polish company Bio Planet, devoted to the packaging and distribution of organic products, made sales worth 10 million złoty (about 2.25 million Euro), which is 20 percent more than in October 2015, when the value of sales amounted to 8.3 million złoty (about 1.87 million.....


Brambles releases 2016 Sustainability Review
Brambles, the global supply-chain logistics company, operating in more than 60 countries, primarily through the CHEP and IFCO brands, has published its Sustainability Review for the 2016 financial year (FY16).The Review includes updates on Brambles’ 2020 Sustainability Goals, which are based on the Company’s.....


Greenco chooses QC One inspection software
Greenco is the largest producer and packer of snack vegetables. For the quality assessment of all their snack tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, they have now started using QC One. At numerous stages, the quality of snack vegetables is assessed and recorded at their growing sites in the Netherlands and Spain......

CMA CGM posts another net loss
On Friday 18 Nov., CMA CGM posted another net loss in the third quarter as freight rates remained weak and it integrated Singapore-based NOL, its biggest-ever acquisition, reports Reuters.The sector was showing the "first signs of stabilisation" as operators adjusted capacity but freight rates remained.....

Hyundai Merchant Marine denies 2M partnership failure
On Sunday 20 Nov., Hyundai Merchant Marine denied a news report that it failed to join the 2M Alliance that the company has sought for months as part of its normalization plan. The Journal of Commerce reported, Friday, that the 2M Alliance would not include HMM, based on a confirmation statement which the.....


Lack of supply at a high demand drives value of HZPC certificates
The value of the certificate of HZPC Holding B.V. (“HZPC”), a leader in potato breeding and seed potato trade, was determined at €150.60 at the biannual stock trading day. This stock trading day 5,447 certificates were traded, this is only 0.7% of the total number of 783,725 available certificates.Gerard.....


From now on, you start at the fresh produce sector at PLUS
At the PLUS supermarkets, furnished according to the Brilliant-formula, you will start at the fresh produce department from now on. Then onto the meat, cheese and meat products departments, and then the bread department. PLUS is also taking a next step in the shopping experience. A new formula is committed.....


High quality kiwi berries from Dandong
Chinese kiwi berries challenge import
"In China, the production season for kiwi berries starts in August and finishes in November. The berry benefits from a climate with four distinct seasons and a cultivation environment based on a good soil. There hasn't been much change in the production volume for kiwi berries or their price on the market.....


South Africa: Tru-Cape festival raises R100,000 for local charities.
Although the Tru-Cape Eselfontein MTB Festival is the least costly of all Ceres events to enter, it has successfully raised R100,000 for local Ceres charities.Fifth-generation Eselfontein owners and Tru-Cape growers Deon and Janene Malherbe hold this annual event to contribute much needed funds to their.....

Is Convenience the new Organic?
DFHV plans new committee for "Convenience" with Fruit & Veg
Fresh, peeled fruit, cut vegetables or ready-to-eat salads - no more washing, no more cleaning, no more peeling or cutting. "The advantages of convenience are obvious," said Dr. Andreas Brügger, the managing director of the German Fruit Trade Assosciation (DFHV). "Everything that makes the consumption of.....

Expanding plantations in Philippines
Del Monte sales to hit $1 billion
The world’s biggest pineapple business will hit $1 billion (P48.8 billion) sales in five years. “That’s close to triple our $350 million business now,” said Alan Salcedo, top man at Del Monte Philippines.The company is expanding its plantation, adding 5,000 hectares more (2,000 in Claveria, Misamis Oriental.....

World's oldest fruit & veg stall goes online
The world’s oldest fruit and veg stall which has been in the same family since 1885 has now launched an online shop for the very first time, reports UK newspaper The Sun. Kerry’s Fresh sells everything from apricots to white potatoes as well as 11 different varieties of green and red apples.The traditional.....

Hapag-Lloyd posts net profit of 8.2m euros in Q3
Hapag-Lloyd achieved a net profit in the third quarter of 8.2 million euros, which is a great operating result after nine months, considering the current state of the industry. Hapag Lloyd’s transport volume was up 1.3% with an average freight rate decrease of 17.7%; transport expenses also fell by.....

Germany:
Naturland inspects traders after fraud with organic labels
Naturland is researching a possible fraud with organic carrots. A suspicion exists that a retailer has re-labeled organic carrots from EU countries with labels for German organic carrots at least twice. The weekly news magazine ‘Der Spiegel’ reported problems with fake certificates of origin used by the.....


CO2 reduction of 35% in 5 years
Lean & Green Star Award for Kloosterboer
On Wednesday 16 November logistics service provider Kloosterboer, accepted the Lean & Green Star award. The award was given for the achieved result of a CO2 reduction of 35% over 5 years.Connekt, the official organisation of the Lean & Green programme, presents the award to companies that have.....


The history of Urbinati
Clients from India, Russia and Africa came specifically for this occasion. The President of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Stefano Bonaccini, was amazed by the level of innovation reached. Mauro Prosperi, Olympic gold at Los Angeles 1984, compared an anthete's goals to the will of a business not to feel limited.....


Jingdong Fresh Produce sells well on 'Single's Day'
Jingdong Fresh Produce has increased its sales in self-operating businesses 10 times on 11/11 (Single's Day). On November 11 itself, the sales increased by 16 times compared to the normal situation. Some of the most popular items are pomelos, meat, scallops and dumplings. In total, some 12 products make up.....


Bonduelle Canada fined $80K after worker injured
A Tecumseh vegetable processing plant has been fined $80,000 after a worker was injured while cleaning a conveyor belt.On Nov. 10, 2015, a worker was cleaning a tank and conveyor.While scrubbing the conveyor, the worker's arm was pulled into the machine.A co-worker stopped the machine and the conveyor belt.....

Net loss of $2,436
Village Farms reports double digit revenue growth
Canadian company Village Farms announced an increase of 11% in net sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2016. Net sales increased $11,381 to $118,194 compared to $106,813 for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. The increase in net sales is due to an increase in supply partner revenues of 67%.....

UNIVEG Deutschland: New Company Name as of 1st January 2017
The company UNIVEG Deutschland GmbH is going to be renamed Greenyard Fresh Germany GmbH, as of the 1st January 2017. They also informed us that other company names are going to be changed at the same time. The rights and obligations of the companies will continue to be the same, as will the contact persons.....


Highest point new building Fresh-Care Convenience
On Thursday, 10 November, there was a celebration when the highest point of the new high tech production site for Fresh-Care Convenience was reached. At the industrial park Poort van Dronten, under the watchful eye of all the professionals involved in this project, the Dutch flag was raised. Heembouw is.....

Harm-Peter Wijnstok general manager Total Produce Haluco Holding
The Total Produce Haluco Holding has appointed Harm-Peter Wijnstok as General Manager, as of 8 November. Harm-Peter will have among his responsibilities the progress in achieving and implementing the strategic goals as well as supporting the operational management of Haluco BV, Delicious and Nedalpac......


Cooperation between Sicilia Avocado and Spreafico
A strategic alliance has been signed between Sicilia Avocado and Gruppo Spreafico. We contacted Andrea Passanisi from Sicilia Avocado for further details."A series of preliminary steps preceded the agreement. It is quite an ambitious project, through which we wish to give an identity to the product focusing.....

Hail damage:
PENNY supermarkets support German fruit farmers
For German fruit farmers 2016 wasn’t an easy year. There was the unexpected frost during the important flowering period in the Lake Constance region, and the spring was cold which inhibited the growth. Furthermore, in the region Alten Land and Lake Constance there were heavy hailstorms. This weather caused.....

Calavo Growers book record after record
Avocados ‘big business’
More avocados were consumed on Super Bowl Sunday this year than ever before. According to the figure the consumption during the sporting event was around 73,00 tonnes. One of the companies that profited from the high avocado consumption during the Super Bowl is Calavo Growers. The American avocado giant.....

AppsforAgri acquires NBAWS
On 1st November 2016, AppsforAgri acquired Nieveen & Bouma Agro Weather Services (NBAWS). In past years, NBAWS had developed numerous interactive tools and models for pest management and crop protection decisions. Due to a stronger demand, NBAWS has joined forces with AppforAgri. Using AppforAgri’s.....

Election National Business Success Award Institute
Westfalia best company in subtropical fruit wholesaler category
Westfalia Marketing Ltd has been awarded first place, 2016, by the National Business Success Award Institute in the category Subtropical Fruit Wholesaler. According to the Nomination Commission, the company has developed itself to be a leading organisation with a strong position and an excellent reputation......


Fresh Retailer event in Milan
Fresh Retailer: Show&Conference organisers managed to reunite Italian fresh produce operators with some of the main domestic and international retailers in a truly unique location (the East End Studios in Milan).The event, which includes a convention and an exhibition, aims at being a yearly occasion to.....

Fruit supplier to Coles and Woolworths using illegal foreign workers
A joint 7.30 and Fairfax Media investigation infiltrated the underworld of illegal workers and labour hire syndicates operating in northern Victoria and southern NSW.Dozens of illegal labourers on the farms said they were being underpaid by about $9 an hour to pick and package fresh produce that ends up.....


Arrigoni at Eima 2016
Arrigoni, who attended Eima 2016 (the International Agriclutural and Gardening Machinery Exhibition held in Bologna between 9th and 13th November) as an exhibitor, reported having a lot of extra-European contacts.Part of the Arrigoni team at Eima. Paolo Arrigoni, the owner, is the fifth from left."Usually,.....


Arava Export Growers & JamboFresh:
Where new collaborations could lead to new frontiers
As part of its expansion the Israeli exporter, Arava Export Growers, has decided to cooperate and collaborate its marketing department with that of JamboFresh BV of Holland."In today's arena, most exporters are, whether they realize it or not, service providers. The challenge and necessity is not only to.....


Prominent Chinese kiwifruit grower
Photo report and company visit to Qifeng
Shaanxi Qifeng Fruit has been growing kiwifruit for 19 years in Shaanxi province in the centre of China. The company reaches annual sales of over 20,000 tons. Qifeng grows kiwifruit on its own plant base, which occupies 140 hectares (2,000 mu) in Mei Xian, Shaanxi province. In addition, the company.....


Bosch Boden Spies develops the European market for pecan nuts
Bösch Boden Spies will be in charge with National Pecan Company's commercialisation activities in Europe. During the SIAL international food exhibition in Paris, the German ingredient specialist and the US leading pecan producer presented their combined product range for the first time. Together, the two.....

First time winner
Lidl Austria is Retailer of the Year
Following all its success this past year, Lidl Austria wins first place in the "Discount Store" category, as well as the award for overall Retailer of the Year.More than 7,500 Austrian shoppers voted online and submitted a total of just under 16,000 ratings for the various retail chains. Just like last.....


Lamb Weston/ Meijer invests EUR120m in production facility
Lamb Weston/ Meijer opened its new production line in the Netherlands. In addition to the new line, the entire production location has been completely renovated including the current production line. This investment of EUR120m enables Lamb Weston / Meijer to process potatoes in a more effective and.....

UK: RJ Herbert Engineering Ltd acquired by Dutch Herbert Engineering BV
British company RJ Herbert Engineering Ltd., which has been in administration since July 2016, has been acquired by Dutch company Herbert Engineering BV effective 1 November 2016. RJ Herbert Engineering Ltd. has over the past four decades developed an undisputed reputation as a manufacturer of high-quality.....

AU: SPC gets reprieve
A week of uncertainty about the future of SPC’s deal to supply fruit for Woolworths’ home-brand lines has ended positively, with increased volumes a feature of a new three-year contract.On Friday night, SPC announced it had signed the contract that will equate to the supply of about nine million cans of.....

Organic banana company provides over 200,000 meals to children
The GROW Fund, a nonprofit program developed by Organics Unlimited, partnered with Produce for Kids to encourage families to take a pledge to pack healthier lunch items during the back-to-school season. For each pledge, GROW by Organics Unlimited and other sponsor brands collectively donated $1 to Feeding.....


The China International Fruit and Vegetable Fair
This is the third time that the national agricultural product export quality and quantity demonstration zones of the China International Fruit and Vegetable Fair will hold a period of 'come, see and buy' activities.This year, the event will be held from November 21 to November 26. We will guide the.....


Tony Incaviglia of GR Fresh
"We are approaching the peak of Mexican growing season"
“As the 3rd generation takes the reins of a 60 year old company, the creative juices are flowing as GR Fresh redefines itself and continues to evolve. One of Mexico’s oldest and most respected growers, GR has built a reputation of the utmost integrity and character”, states Tony Incaviglia, the.....

Driscoll's & D'Arrigo Bros. Co. of California, partner for better berries
This fall heralds almost a full season of a new and intensive cooperative between industry leaders D’Arrigo Bros. Co., of California and Driscoll’s. The produce titans have spent the last several months receiving, cooling, and shipping the full line of Driscoll’s berries out of the D’Arrigo cooler in.....