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HM.CLAUSE opens Kenyan production facility
HM.CLAUSE celebrated the inauguration of its new home farm in Nanyuki, Kenya on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by senior management from HM.CLAUSE including Deputy CEO, Franck Berger and Global Head of Supply Chain, Ghis Reusken. Also in attendance was the French ambassador.....

Taylor Farms buys new Salinas building, from itself
The proud centerpiece of what’s new: A block-wide, three-story building at 150 Main St., the new headquarters of produce giant Taylor Farms. The company is also restoring an old two-story building at 215 S. Main St. and acquired an old firehouse at 210 Salinas St. from the city for $400,000 in March.As.....

LEAF recognised by ISEAL
LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) has achieved full membership of ISEAL, the global membership association for sustainability standards.Full membership is the highest membership status within ISEAL and demonstrates a high level of compliance with ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice, which are seen as global.....

Canada: Colin Chapdelaine appointed President of BC Hot House Foods
The Board of Directors at BC Hot House Foods (BCHH) is pleased to announce that Colin Chapdelaine has been appointed to the position of President. Colin brings a wealth of produce knowledge, personality, and passion to the position. Personal business highlights:• Instrumental in implementing the proprietary.....

McDonald’s testing kale
McDonald’s Corp., which is testing a variety of new food products as part of a major turnaround effort, Wednesday said nine southern California restaurants are trying out breakfast bowls made with what is becoming a state dietary staple: kale.One of the breakfast bowls is made with turkey sausage, egg white,.....

National Mango Board accepting nominees for importer position
The National Mango Board (NMB) is inviting mango industry leaders to step forward and participate in the nominations process to become a board member. Board members have the chance to contribute in shaping the future and direction of the NMB in upcoming years. The NMB is currently seeking nominations for one.....

New president for BC Hot House Foods
The Board of Directors at BC Hot House Foods (BCHH) is pleased to announce that Colin Chapdelaine has been appointed to the position of President. Colin brings a wealth of produce knowledge, personality, and passion to the position.Colin’s well rounded business acumen will be a true asset to BCHH. His.....


CID Bio-Science wins Innovator of the Year Award
CID Bio-Science, along with its subsidiary company Felix Instruments—Applied Food Science, is the proud winner of the Vancouver Business Journal's 2014 Innovator of the Year award.CID president, Leonard Felix, was accompanied by Application Scientists, Brienne Meyer and Andrea Melnychenko, in attending the.....


McDonald's thriving in AU
The fast-food chain has reported three straight quarters of same-store sales growth in Australia, where the burger company is fondly known as "Macca's." Domestically, McDonald's is struggling to recover from its sixth straight quarter of same-store sales declines. So what's so different about McDonald's in.....

CPMA announces new board of directors
CPMA has announced the election of their new Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting. Mike Furi, Manager of Procurement and Pricing, The Grocery People LtdMike Furi, Manager of Procurement and Pricing, The Grocery People LtdMike Furi of The Grocery People Ltd. is the association's newest Chair,.....

Camposol submits results of SCORE program
Camposol finished successfully the development of the SCORE methodology program, with a tool the International Labor Organization (ILO) has implemented in several countries in different regions of the world. This tool works with business productivity, safety and health matters.That is why the agro-industrial.....

McDonald’s reveals its turnaround plan
Following a series of losses, McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) has announced its turnaround plan. The company plans on reorganizing its international operations and selling some of its corporate sites to franchisees. McDonald’s hopes the plan will help reverse the downward trend in sales.As part of the plan, the company.....


UK: 70,000 bananas per week with new Fyffes facility
LB Foster Materials Handling has completed a £520,000 contract to automate Fyffes' banana ripening and distribution centre near Wakefield, West Yorkshire.Fyffes, a £720 million business which sells 44 million cases of fruit in Europe each year, has opened a new 60,000 sq ft facility to replace a smaller.....

Fresh Del Monte Produce director exercising options
Fresh Del Monte Produce Director, Salvatore Alfiero, exercised options of Fresh Del Monte Produce yesterday for $123.9k. Salvatore Alfiero retained the stocks.Alfiero increased his holding by 12.46% to a total of $3.97 Following Alfiero’s last FDP Buy transaction on January 06, 2015, the stock climbed by.....

Tiny’s Organic settles discrimination suit
Wenatchee fruit grower Tiny's Organic will pay $17,500 and implement preventative measures to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.The federal agency charged that Tiny's Organic fired Maria Guillen nine days.....

US (CA): LGMA welcomes new officers, board members
The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) welcomed several newly elected members and appointed new officers during a meeting of the Advisory Board held Friday in Salinas. The Board appointed its new chairman by moving Ron Ratto, of Ratto Bros., Inc., from the Vice Chairman position where he has.....

AGRO Merchants Group
Expansion at GFA in the Port of Algeciras
AGRO Merchants Group began the expansion of Gestion Frio Algeciras (GFA) located inside the Port of Algeciras, Spain. The additional 10,000 pallet positions will increase capacity to support existing customers and allow the company to diversify further on temperature-controlled food products and services......

US (FL): Broker launches Bova Fresh
Robert Wilhelm has launched Bova Fresh, LLC, grower, packer, shipper, broker of fresh fruits and vegetables. Bova will be handling items such as citrus, eastern and western vegetables, peaches, potatoes, onions, with strategic focus on growing and marketing both conventional and organic strawberries, as well.....

Rising turnover for Greenyard Foods
Greenyard Foods (Euronext Brussels:GRYFO) announced their results for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2015. Marleen Vaesen, CEO of Greenjard Foods: "We are proud of the achievements Greenyard Foods has made in the last fiscal year. Sales rose by 2%, while REBITDA rose by an enormous 22%. Greenyard Foods.....

AU: PMA calls for crack-down on rogue labour hire firms
Following ABC’s Four Corners expose on widespread exploitation of migrant workers, CEO of PMA, Michael Worthington calls on the authorities to make a concerted crack-down on rogue labour hire firms.“The vast majority of fresh produce companies do the right thing with their employment practices and they are.....

Growers to get more say on market access, R&D
Growers around Australia will be able to get informed, and have their say on proposed Research and Development (R&D), Marketing and industry priorities as the Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) roadshow visits farming areas including Mareeba, west of Cairns, on May 6, and the Lockyer Valley,.....

Greenyard Foods ends final year with positive numbers
Greenyard Foods' turnover grew 2 % in its broken fiscal year, which lasted until the end of March, to 635.4 million euro. Thanks to several cost-cutting measures and the decision to purchase all of its own production locations, have helped grow the operating profit extensively.It grew a third to 27.5 million.....


Raytec Vision presented its new products at BTA
Raytec Vision has presented its new Raynbow 3Way tomato sorter at BTA (Barcelona Tecno Alimentaria). The machine will be installed in June 2015 at Alimentos Españoles Alsat (Don Benito -​Badajoz), a leading company in the tomato processing sector.Raytec technicians have improved this machine.....

Hortim, of Czech Republic
Global Fresh Trade reports non-payer
Global Fresh Trade wished to send a warning about the company Hortim, from the Czech Republic, which it accuses of breaching terms when it comes to payments and claims. "The customer has been urged dozens of times to pay and there is little or no response. When finally there is a response, it is to report.....


FreshXperts names new execs
Produce consultancy FreshXperts today announced changes to its board of directors. Tim Vaux, a partner with FreshXperts since 2008, has been named vice chairman, filling the position formerly occupied by current chairman of the board Anthony Totta. Heidi (Widera) Chapnick, an associate member with.....

Andreas Daroudis, TIF Helexpo: (Organisation Freskon)
“International buyers necessary for a successful trade fair”
Nowadays many national and international trade fairs and events are organized. That makes it difficult to stand out as an organisation. Andreas Daroudis agrees, he is the Director of Exhibitions of TIF-Helexpo SA and the vice chairman of the European Chapter of UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition.....


Mexican fruit exporters visit LBP in Maasdijk
A group of around thirty Mexican vegetable and fruit exporters and representatives of local governments visited the Netherlands this week. The group is part of a trade mission from Michoacán organised by the local government of this Mexican province along with Pro Mexico. The Mexicans have mainly been.....


US (WA): Fruit industry expansion in full swing
Construction crews working on fruit industry expansions have been busy for years and will remain so as companies continue to invest tens of millions of dollars in new packing lines, increased controlled-atmosphere storage and trucking bays needed to keep pace with new technology and ever-increasing crop.....


Windset Farms sponsors BC Children’s Hospital
Windset Farms® is once again supporting children in BC with its sponsorship of two of BC Children’s Hospital’s major events, the Miracle Weekend telethon and ChildRun, which take place on May 30 and 31.Windset Farms will also contribute a portion of proceeds from specially marked products sold in May. Last.....

Italy: New business opportunities for the Verona area
The summer season started at Verona airport. The new direct connection Amsterdam-Verona operated by Transavia was presented during the event organised at theItalian Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlandsby the Chamber of Commerce of Verona and Valerio Catullo airport."The new direct flight between Amsterdam.....

Seeka kiwi harvest on track, full review coming after fire cleanup
Kiwi fruit producer Seeka is still expecting to handle between 25 and 26 million trays for its 2015 harvest, despite two months of disruptions following a fire that destroyed a significant part of one of its major packing and cooling sheds called Oakside. Thanks to swift action by external parties, along.....

Pepper volume up by 32%
Hoogstraten gives more than half auction fees back to growers
Veiling Hoogstraten gives back more than half of the auction costs to its producers. On Tuesday, 28 April, Veiling Hoogstraten closed the year 2014 with the statutory annual meeting, where truly successful figures were reported. Horticultural product sales increased by € 18 million, amounting to € 192.....

Bruyn International files for bankruptcy
Tholen - Bruyn International, of Heerhugowaard, has gone bankrupt. In 2013, it had already gone through a reorganisation. Cees Bruyn says that the company itself has filed for bankruptcy as a result of market struggles. "The chains are becoming shorter and intermediaries like us are becoming.....

Fyffes remains on course to deliver 2015 earnings targets
Fyffes has said it is maintaining its target earnings for 2015 with a positive performance in the early months of the year.In an announcement to the stock exchange ahead of its AGM on Thursday, the company said profits in the year to date have been in line with expectations.It continues to pursue necessary.....


LB Foster completes top banana solution for Fyffes
In the UK, Fyffes has four banana ripening and distribution centres - Basingstoke, Coventry, Livingston and Normanton, West Yorkshire. The Normanton DC is a new, 60,000 sq ft facility - a replacement for a smaller building located nearby in Wakefield which had served as a Fyffes production centre for over.....

Total Worldfresh UK Stone-fruit Grower Day
There could be a no more fitting day for a UK grower conference than St George’s Day on April 23rd. The UK was covered in glorious sunshine that beamed down on the beautiful setting of The Orangery in Maidstone, the venue for Total Worldfresh’s presentation to its group of UK growers/partners who arrived.....


Fairtrasa intensifies collaboration with Greece
Since 2009 Fairtrasa has worked with various Greek growers and companies and imports products from the country as well. They have plans to make their ties with Greece even stronger and to open a branch. An example of a collaboration with Greece can be seen in Bio Agros, a growers group that mainly produces.....


Florette renews image and launches new products
Florette, a company devoted to the production and distribution of fresh packaged salads, has renewed its image and expanded its product portfolio, as reported by the company in a statement.The change has already been applied to the entire range of Florette salads, giving even greater visibility to the.....

Former Chiquita CEO lands a new job in Cincinnati
Castellini Group of Cos., one of the largest fresh produce distributors in the nation, has named former Chiquita Brands International Inc. interim CEO Brian Kocher to the newly created position of chief operating officer.Kocher was interim chief at Charlotte-based Chiquita for about three months, following.....

S&A seek to reassure residents over expansion of asparagus crop
S&A seek to reassure residents over expansion of asparagus cropA new liaison committee is being set up by residents of Kings Caple and Marden-based firm S&A Group after residents raised concerns about a new asparagus operation. Work started about one month ago, planting 140 acres of asparagus in.....


Mercurio Award to Agrícola Santa Eulalia
Spain: Great recognition given to Murcian broccoli exporter
The company Agrícola Santa Eulalia, which manages the brands Mr. Broko and San Juan del Valle, will receive the Mercurio Award for Exporters, presented annually by the Chamber of Commerce of Murcia. For the managers of the company, this is another step forward as a broccoli exporter, with this vegetable.....

US: Freetown mushroom plant closing
Rol-Land Farms Group has announced the closure of their mushroom plant in Freetown.The company informed its workers and customers this week that it will stop operating the plant as of June 19.Sources say 33 people work there. Local management declined to comment, but did forward a statement by company.....

CID Bio-Science wins $10,000 grant
CID Bio-Science has been awarded a $10,000 grant by Comcast as a regional winner in the first round of its Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs contest. One of 32 finalists, CID Bio-Science now has the opportunity to win another $20,000 by receiving the highest number of votes before May 10, 2015. CID Bio-Science has.....

91% voted in favor of continuing the NMB programs
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the results from the National Mango Board’s (NMB) continuation referendum; showcasing a whopping 91 percent of mango industry members who voted were in favor. The continuation referendum took place from April 6-17, 2015 which allowed eligible.....

Veiling Haspengouw seeks partnerships
Veiling Haspengouw has had discussions with several companies within the sector about potential partnerships. 2014 and 2015 have been transitional years for Veiling Haspengouw, with the Russian boycott at the top. Last year Veiling Haspengouw came with the STAM2020 plan, in which it was decided to change.....

Directors sought for Wisconsin Cranberry Board
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture is now accepting nominations to fill two director seats on the seven-member Wisconsin Cranberry Board. Those who grow and sell cranberries in Wisconsin are eligible to participate. Completed nomination forms must be postmarked by June 1.Eligible producers who want to.....


Mucci Farms looks to stand out
With a lot of Canada's greenhouse growers focusing on the traditionally big greenhouse items, Mucci Farms is looking to go beyond the cucumber, pepper and tomato mainstays. To do that, they're appealing to consumers with foodie tendencies.“You have to differentiate yourself each year,” said Stephen Cowan.....


Triple recertification for Branston’s environmental efforts
The UK potato supplier, Branston, has passed the Carbon Trust’s triple standard recertification.It follows on from its success of becoming the first company in the food and arable agriculture sector to have achieved the Carbon Trust standard in all three areas: carbon, water and waste last year.The.....


Pure Flavor’s new line of product
Long freshness with Living Lettuce
Pure Flavor® has recently introduced a new line of product offering, Living Lettuce. "Unlike others, Pure Flavor’s Living Lettuce does not stop growing after being picked from the greenhouse and it’s definitely guaranteed to be a great eating option that will provide nutritious value, freshness and.....

VIDAfresh Ltd identified in ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’
VIDAfresh has been recognised by the London Stock Exchange Group as one of the ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2015’. The report identifies the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium businesses (SMEs) in the UK.To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over.....


Hoogstraten and BelOrta promote Flandria peppers in France
In the framework of the promotion of Flandria peppers in France Veiling Hoogstraten and BelOrta bundled their powers together. Both auctions represent 100% of the Belgian production. Over 150 ha of peppers, divided into four colours, are grown under a Flandria flag. Over 50% of this is from the.....


Amcor hold customer event
Amcor, a manufacturer of packaging for the fresh produce industry, held a customer event on April 16 in Tewkesbury, England which focused three topics - extending shelf life with P-Plus(R) tailored permeability films, latest innovations in packaging and the benefits of their latest printing technology,.....

BonJus
Cool Fresh Group to increase volumes packed in own premium brand
Both Paco Serrano and Enrique Ezcurdia from Cool Fresh Espana are seasoned fresh produce specialists, and spoke to Freshplaza about their expectations for the coming season. Paco says that in one way or another it seems as if everybody in Valencia is involved in the growing of fresh produce, and the city.....

Red Sun Farms Joins ACF Culinary Team USA
The American Culinary Federation (ACF) is pleased to announce that Red Sun Farms is the latest organization to pledge its support to ACF Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major international culinary competitions.“We are grateful that Red Sun Farms has joined our team of.....


Canadian Culinary Student Competition
Pear Bureau Northwest names grand prize winner
The national finals for the 2015 USA Pears “Pear Excellence” Canadian Culinary Student Competition were held on Tuesday, April 14, at École des métiers de la restauration et du tourisme de Montréal. Five culinary student finalists from regional competitions faced off before a panel of esteemed judges for.....

WDP and Greenery to build new facilities, Barendrecht - Breda
WDP Nederland and The Greenery are entering into a partnership for the acquisition, redevelopment and further expansion of The Greenery’s sites located in Barendrecht and Breda. On 28 April 2015, both companies signed an agreement regarding the sale of the sites, previously owned by The Greenery. This.....


Sainsbury's boss jailed in absentia in Egypt
Sainsbury's has moved to reject a legal judgement in Eygpt that has resulted in a two-year jail sentence being imposed on its chief executive.The supermarket chain issued a statement after The Times reported that Mike Coupe was convicted, in absentia, in a case relating to Sainsbury's failed foray into the.....