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Lipman Family Farms announces partnership with NatureSweet

Tomato industry leaders Lipman Family Farms and NatureSweet are joining forces to better serve customers and quick service restaurants by ensuring year‐round premium, high‐quality, high‐flavor slicing and salad tomatoes. NatureSweet brings to the table years of greenhouse growing expertise,.....

'A remarkable merchant in heart and soul'

Former managing director Marius de Groot of De Groot Fresh Group has passed away

Marius de Groot, the former managing director of De Groot Fresh Group in Hedel, died on 29-07-2018 due to the consequences of the disease he was diagnosed with in April 2016. With his death, the family business must say a final goodbye to the remarkable entrepreneur affectionately referred to as ‘Don Mario’,.....

Spain: CASI doubles acreage devoted to organic production

Leading tomato-growing cooperative CASI is doubling its acreage devoted to organic production, with a total of approximately 115 hectares. The BIO range features products like courgettes, on the vine tomatoes, Rebelión tomatoes, Dutch cucumbers, plum, cherry on the vine and loose tomatoes, bell peppers and.....

Bulgaria's bERS Logistics unit acquires Univeg Bulgaria

Bulgarian logistics company bERS Logistics said on Thursday that its unit Media Transport has acquired Univeg Bulgaria, part of Belgium's food supplier Greenyard. The deal was completed in the end of 2017, bERS Logistics said in a statement. After the acquisition, bERS Logistics consolidated the activities of.....

Kuehne + Nagel Group - First half-year results 2018

In the first six months, the Kuehne + Nagel Group recorded strong volume growth and a significant increase in EBIT. The EBIT-to-gross-profit ratio (conversion rate) was maintained at a high level.Dr. Detlef Trefzger, CEO of Kuehne + Nagel International AG: “Kuehne + Nagel remains en route for success in the.....

Carefree on vacation and everything under control

At Keelings Solutions we have worked hard to develop a very user friendly AGF solutions that’s accessible in all languages from all corners of the world. From our experience, we’ve found those in senior management positions within the fresh produce industry haven’t been fully comfortable taking time away from.....

Blue Book Services expands media coverage

Blue Book Services will significantly expand its media coverage, beginning inAugust. Produce Industry media leaders, Greg Johnson and Pamela Riemenschneider,will join Blue Book effective August 1, enriching a dynamic team whose mission isto help Blue Book members succeed.Johnson and Riemenschneider bring a.....

Sun Belle Inc. expands East Coast capacity with new facility

To expand its growing berry business as well as to provide third-party perishables handling capability, one marketer and distributor of berries has expanded its presence in Miami, Fl. Sun Belle Inc., which handles blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, golden berries, cranberries and red.....

Wawona acquires stone fruit breeding operations of Burchell Nursery

Wawona Packing Company, LLC ("Wawona" or the "Company"), today announced it has acquired the stone fruit breeding assets of Burchell Nursery Inc. ("Burchell"), a leading breeder and nursery of tree fruit and tree nuts in the United States. Under the terms of the agreement, Wawona will acquire Burchell’s stone.....

Limoneira completes strategic Chilean acquisition of San Pablo

Limoneira Company, a diversified citrus packing, sales and marketing company with related agribusiness activities and real estate development operations, announced that effective today it has completed the acquisition of Fruticola San Pablo S.A.’s ranch and related assets in La Serena, Chile. The San Pablo.....

Chris Woo joins the Owyhee sales team

The entire Froerer Family is flying high to share the news that onion industry veteran Chris Woo has decided to join the family. Chris, who has worked in onion sales marketing for over FOUR decades has decided to team up with Owyhee Produce, a division of Froerer Farms, to bring his experience, expertise, and.....

CLAUSE Maghreb subsidiary around for a decade

HM.CLAUSE Celebrates 10th Anniversary of subsidiary

HM.CLAUSE celebrated the 10th anniversary of its CLAUSE Maghreb subsidiary in Khraicia near Algiers. This event took place in the subsidiary’s new offices and was attended by local political representatives, several key players in the sector and North African customers and distributors.Though CLAUSE varieties.....

Christian Harris joins Sunkist as COO

Sunkist Growers announced a significant addition to its senior staff with Christian Harris joining the cooperative as C.O.O.Chris comes to Sunkist from US Foods, Rosemont, IL where he was Vice President Fresh Produce overseeing 60 distribution centers in the U.S. His career in produce has ranged from growers.....

Key Technology appoints Alvaro Nunez as Area Sales Manager

Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, announces the promotion of Alvaro Nunez as Area Sales Manager for Central and Northern California. Nunez is responsible for bringing Key’s digital sorters, vibratory conveying solutions and other automation systems to food processors and.....

New website illustrates work of Guatemalan Produce Trade Association

The Guatemalan Produce Trade Association announces the launch of its website aimed at better linking buyers and importers of Guatemalan produce items. “Our objective is to unite our industry in sourcing and promoting the highest quality fresh produce from Guatemala,” says Robert Colescott, Southern.....

Fitó and Huercasa join forces in the production of processed products

In the last decade, consumers have taken the reins of the horticultural market, setting innovation trends for seed houses.The full R&D potential of companies such as Semillas Fitó is already focused on developing varieties that are profitable for the producer, but which also have the qualities demanded by.....

CAN (ON): Cigarette blamed for million-dollar blaze

A discarded cigarette likely started the fire that caused $2.3 million in damages at a produce plant on the weekend, Leamington Fire Services Deputy Chief Mike Bradt said Monday.The damage estimate at TopLine Farms at 500 County Road 18 includes about $300,000 for the building and about $2 million potentially.....

It’s Fresh! appoints Justin Creasy as new Technical Sales Director

UK food Technology Company It’s Fresh! has hired Justin Creasy as Technical Sales Director. Justin brings a wealth of experience with a 25 year career in the Fresh Produce Industry, serving as Technical Director at principal UK retail suppliers including Barfoots, Orchard House and most recently Wealmoor. He.....

First-time export of "Dali winter jujube"

The "Dali winter jujube", a characteristic regional fruit from Shaanxi Province, safely landed at Vancouver International Airport in Canada on July 11th, 2018. At the same time, in Shaanxi Province, people organized an official "first-time export" ceremony to celebrate the first time that "Dali winter jujubes".....

New trends in blueberry consumption during harvest season

"The blueberry season was not bad this year. The production volume was larger than last year. Since blueberries started trending, consumer demand is also greater than in previous years. However, the number of blueberry plantation owners also increased, so the competition has become more intense," according to.....

Qualiservice GmbH acquires Etter Beratung GmbH

Qualiservice GmbH from Bern and Etter Beratung GmbH, bases in Biel, have decided to join forces. On January 1st, 2019, the Etter Beratung GmbH will be taken over by Qualiservice GmbH. For customers, this step means more one-stop services and an even wider choice of services. In addition to the well-known and.....

California Giant looks back on very successful First Annual Chef Invitational

Last week, California Giant Berry Farms held its first annual Chef Invitational at Tehama Golf Club in Carmel, CA. Chef Luis Reyes from foodservice partner, Sysco Foods, took the title of Top Chef with his berry tomato beet salad.“We launched the Chef Invitational with the goal to further cement relationships.....

Oppy celebrates 160-year journey with an eye to future innovations

More than a quarter century before Coca-Cola served up its first soft drink—and a half century before the first Boeing airplane took flight—Oppenheimer Bros. & Co. was going strong, provisioning the fortune seekers bound for the Cariboo Gold Rush.Celebrating its 160th anniversary this month, the Vancouver,.....

Fourth-generation working for organic banana grower distributor

Organics Unlimited, San Diego-based grower and distributor of organic tropical fruit, has announced the addition of Daniella Velazquez de León as its new logistics manager. She is a fourth-generation member of her family with its roots planted firmly in growing organic bananas.“It’s so exciting to be working.....

Panalpina Perishables Network expands to South Africa

Following last month’s acquisition in Argentina, Panalpina is now expanding its Perishables Network to South Africa. The international freight forwarding and logistics company is to acquire a majority stake in perishables specialist Skyservices. With the latest acquisition, Panalpina sets foot in a strategic.....

AU: Nutrano Produce Group CEO resigns

Leading Australian fresh produce company, Nutrano Produce Group Limited, has announced that Steven Chaur has advised of his decision to resign as Managing Director and CEO with immediate effect to pursue other interests outside of the company.Steven joined Nutrano to lead the company through the transition to.....

Dr. Alexander Blum hands over to Dr. Michael Noth

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics announces new CFO

Dr. Alexander Blum has decided to leave the Hellmann Group in order to take on new professional challenges. "We would like to thank Dr. Blum for his achievements and his commitment to our company in recent years. As Chief Financial Officer, Dr. Blum has professionalized our finance department and contributed.....

Steve Smith named new leader of Gulf Citrus Growers Association

Steven M. “Steve” Smith has been named executive vice president/general manager of the Gulf Citrus Growers Association (GCGA). He will begin his employment at GCGA on Aug. 1, 2018.Smith previously was employed by Alico, Inc., Babcock Ranch Management and the Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association, where.....

Ethylene application company’s virtual tour

An ethylene application equipment company for fruit ripening, Catalytic Generators, has produced and released a virtual tour of the company’s office and production facility in Norfolk, Virginia.“We wanted to give our customers, and prospective clients, a better vision of who we are and how we create the.....

Argentina: Negotiating the purchase of Moño Azul

Patagonian Fruits Trade (PFT) is negotiating the purchase of the assets of the Rio Negro production company Moño Azul, in the hands of Italian capital."Negotiations to consolidate a commercial alliance are under way," according to sources cited by rionegro.com.ar.If the operation is completed, PFT - which is.....

Key Technology appoints Bret Larreau as Director of Latin America and Asia Sales

Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, announces the promotion of Bret Larreau to the position of Director of Latin America and Asia Sales. Larreau is responsible for managing Key’s sales activities in the Latin America, Asia Pacific and Australia/New Zealand regions to bring.....

New team member and a promotion for SunFed

SunFed® is announcing the promotion of Juan Carlos (JC) Barrionuevo to the company’s sales team in Rio Rico, Arizona. Barrionuevo brings six years of experience to his new role in sales, having previously been a part of SunFed’s warehousing team as the Facility Director in Texas.“We are very excited to welcome.....

Stephan Junkers, Go Fresh GmbH:

'Convenience product needs additional value'

He was one of the pioneers in the field of pre-cut goods when the term convenience was not even around. Today, longtime entrepreneur Stephan Junkers is still dealing with this product segment, which is currently growing rapidly, especially in Germany. Despite the huge growth, conditions are the same as they.....

Tanimura & Antle promotes Nick Sgheiza to Vice President of Harvest

Tanimura & Antle announced the promotion of Nick Sgheiza to vice president of harvest.Sgheiza began his career with Tanimura & Antle in 1999 as an intern in the company’s cooler, harvest shop, and planting department. After college he returned to Tanimura & Antle to begin his farming career working.....

JBT Corporation acquires FTNON for €32 million

JBT Corporation, a global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food & beverage industry, announced today it has purchased FTNON, a leading provider of equipment and solutions for the fresh produce, ready meals, and pet food industries. The purchase price is €32 million, before.....

Josep Presseguer, manager of Fruits de Ponent:

"This year, there is no downward pressure on prices, there is simply no fruit"

So far, the current Spanish stone fruit campaign has been marked by delays in the harvests in all production areas, as well as by a significant lack of supply. This is causing prices to remain stable at a time when there is usually downward pressure on them."The fruit has suffered the impact of frost, heavy.....

Greenyard shares plummet by 30%

Greenyard under fire after listeria contamination

On Friday, it was announced that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) had linked the deaths of nine Europeans to the listeria contamination in one of Greenyard's Hungarian factories. At 12.43 on that day, the trading in Greenyard shares was halted by the financial watchdog, FSMA. This was in anticipation.....

Spain: Huercasa inaugurates new 10,000 m2 logistics centre

Huercasa 5ª Gama SA, a company devoted to the production of vegetables based in the Segovian town of Sanchonuño, has inaugurated a new logistics centre in the municipality of San Miguel del Arroyo, Valladolid, which will be the cornerstone of the company's expansion over the next decade. The facilities,.....

S&A Produce ruled to be in the wrong

Positive ruling for Flevoplant in strawberry plant conflict

Last week it was reported that Flevoplant from Ens and the English S&A Produce had come into conflict. S&A Produce was said to be buying 2.7 million strawberry plants, but didn't want to meet the payment conditions of the Flevoland grower. This caused Flevoplant to threaten to sell the plants to.....

Also expands product offering

Organto adds second strategic supply partner based in Mexico

Organto Foods Inc., an integrated provider of value-added fresh organic vegetable and fruit products, today announced that as part of its strategy to significantly develop organic product supply from Mexico, it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with an established supplier of organic avocados and other.....

Quality assurance and traceability software system

Farmmi Inc. enters into contract to develop agricultural products

Farmmi Inc., a leading agricultural products supplier in China, have announced that on July 9, 2018, the Company entered into a service contract with Zhejiang Evotrue Net Technology Co., Ltd, a leading national high-tech enterprise providing integrated solutions for quality control and traceability in China,.....

Emmanuel Eichner, Alterbio

France: The progression of the organic market

French producer-distributor Alterbio is a historic player in the organic sector. Emmanuel Eichner: "When I started working at Alterbio, 20 years ago, exports were higher than domestic sales. Without reducing our exports, today the roles are reversed."The manager of Alterbio, Jean-Pierre Mathaly, has been.....

France: Idyl and A. Vogel set up a co-branding operation

Idyl and A. Vogel France are to share a common goal with the establishment of a co-branding operation. This partnership is intended to promote Herbamare® Original to consumers, and boost the entry of organic vegetables from the Provence into the countryside by Idyl.Herbamare® Original is a vegan seasoning,.....

Panalpina Adelantex is now bio certified by Certisys in Belgium

Panalpina Adelantex in Belgium has received a bio certification from Certisys, marking the sixth time a Panalpina unit has been certified for the handling of organic produce and reinforcing the company’s position as a leading service provider in the perishables arena.Panalpina now has six locations in Europe.....

China: "Excellent market position and unique branding strategy are key to increasing market share"

"The level of technology in the Chinese agricultural industry and the level of farming knowledge among Chinese farmers have both increased in recent years. And the product quality of domestic fruit has significantly increased as a result. Many highly-standardized domestic fruit brands emerged in the wake of.....

Kölla Group

Patric Gutknecht joins management team in Switzerland

On 1 January 2019, Patric Gutknecht will join the management of the KÖLLA AG. He will be responsible for Sales and Corporate Development at the headquarters in Gümligen near Berne. With the accession of Mr Gutknecht, the management at this Swiss location will be complete.With Patric Gutknecht (45), the Swiss.....

Peru: Danper Trujillo plans to build a new plant for blueberries

The Danper Trujillo company plans to build a new blueberry processing and packaging plant in the district of Salaverry (Trujillo province, La Libertad), for which it would allocate an investment of S/20 million.This plant would be adjacent to the company's fresh produce packaging plant (Fundo Muchik).The new.....

CarbAmericas hires Zach DeHart as berry category manager

CarbAmericas has announced further expansion of its team with the addition of Zach DeHart as berry category manager.DeHart brings more than 21 years of experience in produce to his role. He found his true passion to be in produce through various positions in the industry. He has spent the majority of his.....

Edible Arrangements founder Tariq Farid leaving as CEO

Tariq Farid, founder and long-time CEO of Edible Arrangements, based in Wallingford, is giving up his day-to-day duties. Last Tuesday, the company named fast-food industry veteran Mike Rotondo as its new CEO.The franchisor of fresh-cut fruit arrangements, snacks and treats says former Tropical Smoothie Cafe.....

PlantPaper teams up with AgriNomix and Smithers Oasis on the North American market

PlantPaper celebrates triple alliance at Cultivate Ohio 2018

With the increasing requests for PlantPaper's quality products in the United States, we stepped up and made a strong partnership to support and help the North American clients to grow clever. PlantPaper is pleased to announce the triple alliance: AgriNomix, Smithers Oasis and PlantPaper.A solid match!AgriNomix.....

Toni Lynn Adams to take the position

Washington Apple welcomes new Communications Outreach Coordinator

The Washington Apple Commission welcomes Toni Lynn Adams to the team as the new Communications Outreach Coordinator. Her responsibilities include communicating trade information to apple growers, developing website improvements, corresponding with market country representatives, and publicizing the Washington.....

Smurfit Kappa expands its digital packaging printing capacity

Smurfit Kappa, a European leader in digital printing in the paper and corrugated cardboard packaging sector, has increased its capacity with the installation of eight HP Scitex HDR large format digital printers in several of its European plants. This shows a clear commitment from the company to continue.....

D'aucy to take over Saint Mamet

Saint Mamet, France's leader in fruit cordials, has stated that the Extraordinary Central Works Council Committee has "unanimously" voted in favour of D'aucy becoming their industrial partner. The Breton cooperative alongside the Hivest investment fund are buying Saint Mamet from the Florac fund, a fund.....

Carrefour uses blockchain technology

Carrefour has started to used blockchain technology for their long Cauralina tomatoes. The tomatoes are from their partnership with the Paysans de Rougeline cooperative that they have had since 2015. This particular variety is farmed by 9 producers in Marmande and Roussillon without using weedkillers.The.....

"Enjoyed by the youth"

"Salads permeate Chinese consumer market"

The main characteristic of organic products is the excellent natural environment of their agricultural production system. Farmers in organic plantations do not use chemical pesticides or fertilizers while the plants grow, which means that there is no chemical pesticide residue on the agricultural products......

Corporate minimum wage was increased

Christopher Ranch boosts pay to among highest in nation

Christopher Ranch, an American garlic company, has raised its corporate minimum wage to $15/hour, now among the highest in the country. The higher hourly rate, which represents a 15.3 percent increase, went into effect on July 2, 2018. This increase affects over 600 full-time employees based at the company's.....

Kloosterboer Cool Port receives BREEAM Outstanding certificate

On this 25 June, Kloosterboer received the BREEAM-NL "Outstanding" handover certificate for the Kloosterboer Cool Port cold store in the Rotterdam Waalhaven, with an 86.76% score. According to the 2014 assessment directive, that makes this location of the Kloosterboer concern one of the most sustainable cold.....