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Annual BBQ fundraiser

California Giant staff serve over 1,000 lunches

The 11th annual Summer barbecue at California Giant Berry Farms did not disappoint as the staff rolled up their sleeves on July 18 to serve lunch to friends throughout the community. Skirt steak was the main dish for over 1000 lunches either eaten on premises or taken to go back to their offices in town. For.....

Hass Avocado Board names McGuigan Director of Industry Affairs

The Hass Avocado Board (HAB) whose vision is to be the catalyst for fresh avocados being the No. 1 consumed fruit in the U.S. and industry stakeholders being successful has named John B. McGuigan as the new Director of Industry Affairs for the organization.John has worked with multiple commodities and in.....

Joel Crist joins Crunch Time Apple Growers Board of Directors

A fifth-generation farmer, Joel Crist, 29, is the youngest apple grower to date to join Crunch Time’s board of directors. Crist comes to Crunch Time with a passion for the apple industry, knowledge and firsthand experience growing up and working in his family’s business, Crist Bros. Orchards, Inc., based in.....

Matt Godfroy - SunFresh Produce

"High standards only achievable within your own packing facility"

The fresh produce industry can be turbulent at the best of times, but for companies in the UK it’s future is more uncertain with Brexit taking place."There are many financial pressures and the looming Brexit adds uncertainties, but opportunities do exist," explained Matt Godfroy from the UK’s leading organic.....

For Nelson Mandela Day

US importer of South African citrus donates service and citrus

AMC North America, part of the AMC Group, is one of four major importers of South African citrus during the summer months, when the domestic crop is not available. AMC imports fresh arrivals of navel oranges, Clementines and mandarins, as well as specialty varieties such as Cara Cara oranges and Midknight.....

Pure Flavor in Canada expands leadership team

Building on a consistent year over year growth, greenhouse grower & marketer Pure Flavor announced the addition of Chris Veillon as Chief Marketing Officer to the company’s executive leadership team.“As we continue to grow our retail & foodservice business, we needed to strategically evolve our.....

Corné Verboom: "Celebrations at Funghi Funghi"

First chantarelles arrive from Belarus

"It feels like a celebration here today," says Corné Verboom of Funghi Funghi. "We receive the first chantarelles from Belarus today. Chantarelles come in all shapes and sizes and from many origins. The varieties from Belarus, Russia and Lithuania are of the highest quality and are always well.....

Ocean Mist® Farms sponsors Tour de Fresh for a second year

Ocean Mist® Farms is proud to announce their participation in the Tour de Fresh three-day cycling event, supporting the Salad Bars to Schools initiative, for a second year. The event begins July 25 in Pismo Beach and will conclude with a loop of Monterey, prior to PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo July 27,.....

Aldi invests heavily in organic and fair trade

More sustainable certified products on the shelves and stores with the highest possible energy label. Discounter Aldi embraced sustainability in 2016. This is shown in the Aldi Nord 2016 Progress Report, in which it informs its shareholders of developments in sustainability. With this report the discounter.....

Koppert Cress launches Liita Cress

Koppert Cress introduces Liita Cress, a mild bitter cress with a lavender flavour. Lavender flowers have already been used in the kitchen, but now there is a cress variety. The decorative and tasty characteristics ensure a wide applicability. Liita Cress goes well with light meat, herby vegetables, cheese, but.....

Crunch Time Apple Growers re-elects two members to Board of Directors

Crunch Time Apple Growers has announced that Walter Blackler (District 4) and Jim Bittner (District 6) have been re-elected to the organization’s board of directors for a third term.Walter Blackler has served on Crunch Time’s board of directors as treasurer since its inception in 2010. Blackler, an active.....

San Miguel buys Agricola Hoja Redonda

The Argentinian company, San Miguel, has paid $64 million for Peru's largest mandarin exporter, Agricola Hoja Redonda. With this acquisition, San Miguel will expand its business by 28 000 tonnes of citrus, avocados and grapes. It will also get better access to the American West Coast and Asian markets.San.....

OctoFrost Group and Dutch Innotec Systems BV:

Acquisition brings IQF and processing line company together

The Swedish manufacturer of individual quick freezing (IQF) freezer tunnels, OctoFrost Group, with installations in more than 50 countries, has taken over 100% of the shares of the Dutch Innotec Systems BV. Innotec Systems is a well-known manufacturer of customised industrial food processing machinery and.....

Brooke High School students’ wish is granted with salad bar donation

The old adage “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away” is a lifestyle approach that Brooke High School students take seriously, especially when it comes to food options available at school. As part of an exciting awareness-building, mobile sampling campaign in Boston throughout July, T&G Global has helped.....

China: Goodfarmer Costa Rica pineapples now on sale at Walmart

This year, China and Costa Rica celebrated ten years of diplomatic relations. After Costa Rican pineapples were approved for export to China, the first batch has now entered the Chinese market. Walmart, in collaboration with Goodfarmer, held a ceremony in its Tianhe store in Guangzhou for this occasion......

Poland: Bio Planet sales down 6% in June

Bio Planet's sales for the month of June 2017 were worth 8.3 million zloty (about 1.97 million Euro); 6% less than in the same month of 2016, when sales reached a value of 8.8 million zloty (about 2.09 million Euro).This drop was the result of several factors, one of which being the number of trading days in.....

Wonderful Pistachios heats up summer snacking with professional baseball teams

Today, Wonderful Pistachios announced a new marketing alliance with Live Nation, the largest live entertainment company, and expanded their portfolio with select professional baseball teams nationwide to reach fans while they’re enjoying this summer’s most popular events. “With everyone enjoying concerts and.....

China's So Orange elected as 'Top 10 Fruit Brand'

On 8 July, the 2017 China Finance Forum and Financial 30 Year Leaders Summit were opened in Beijing with, as its theme, "New energy in the Chinese economy: transformation and promotion". As a new force in the fruit industry and a leading brand in Fengjie oranges, "So Orange" was invited to attend this forum.....

Billa voted Bulgaria’s favourite retailer for second consecutive year

For the second consecutive year, Bulgarians have chosen BILLA as their favourite retail chain in the "MY LOVE MARKS" ranking; an expression of consumers’ preferences for particular brands in various industries. According to the organisers, over 30,000 people voted for their favourite brands. The voting went.....

Bulgaria: Supermarket for organic products opens in Sofia

On 7 July, a supermarket which will only offer organic products opened in Sofia. It is the first of its kind in Bulgaria and the first foreign franchise of NaturaSi; Italy's largest supermarket chain specialised in the sale of organic foods, as stated by Marina Bancheva, who is behind the project with her.....

CropLogic plans AUD $8m IPO in ASX listing

CropLogic, the agricultural technology company, has launched its prospectus and is planning an A$8 million capital raising before listing on the ASX.The Christchurch-based company is offering 40 million shares at 20 Australian cents each with a minimum subscription of 25 million shares, or A$5 million. The.....

Jack Ma's first unmanned supermarket

Today, on a street in Hangzhou (Zhejiang province), Jack Ma's first unmanned supermarket officially opened for business. Because there are no costs for manpower, the expenses for running the unmanned supermarket only add up to about a quarter of those of traditional supermarkets. The shop owner just needs to.....

Tanimura & Antle brings on organic expert John McKeon

With a focus on assuring organic integrity in their growing organic program, Tanimura & Antle has hired John McKeon as Senior Manager of Organic Compliance & Sustainability. In this new role, McKeon will direct all compliance activities for the company’s organic program, quality assurance for the.....

July 19

Pro-Lite to feature Felix Instruments at Fruit Focus UK 2017

Pro-Lite Technology, a supplier of specialist equipment for measuring light and the optical properties of materials, will be at Fruit Focus UK 2017, featuring Felix Instruments- Applied Food Science Instruments for demonstration. Pro-Lite is partnering with Felix Instruments to provide portable Gas Analyzers.....

Guillermo Martinez joins Wilson Produce

Guillermo “Willy” Martinez will join Wilson Produce, a leader grower/shipper of mini color bell peppers and other vegetables, as the company’s General Manager, effective August 21, 2017. Mr. Martinez will report to CEOs, Chris & Alicia Martin.“We are thrilled to have Willy join our team”, said Alicia.....

China: Pagoda Orchard founds Industry Network Joint Venture

Recently, e-commerce platforms selling fresh produce have been faced with problems. After great success in the past two years, many now have to shut down or adjust their businesses. Instead of giving up the e-commerce fresh produce market, it may be better to just quit fresh produce, as fruit, in particular,.....

EB Obstland Dürrweitzschen AG

New Obstland-Board in office

Starting on the first of July, Jan Kalbitz and Mathias Möbius are now the new members of the board, working beside the 'old chairmen' Gerd Kalbitz and Heiner Hellfritzsch, leading the Obstland Dürrweitzschen AG. The men superseded the interim board, which was put in place after the unexpected dismissal of the.....

Spain: Valencian horticultural platform serving over 2,300 companies in the world

In less than a year of activity, the Valencian company, Freshdeal, has more than 2,300 companies in the horticultural sector from more than 120 countries around the world betting on its digital platform to carry out their transactions.It is the first B2B platform in the Agrotech sector created in Spain and its.....

Belgian auctions experienced increase in sales, despite difficult year 2016

Extreme weather and a difficult situation on international markets made production circumstances in Belgium ‘extremely difficult.’ The VBT uses those two words to summarise the previous year in its annual report. Despite this, Belgian auctions saw their sales increasing yet again last year.Total sales of the.....

Van Dijke Group debuts at Potato Europe, stall #V444

"Complete turn-key projects for washing potatoes"

The Van Dijke Group from Sint-Philipsland has been specialised in designing, developing and producing machines to wash carrots, potatoes and other fruit and vegetable products. "In the first period the company was mainly active in the flower bulb sector. Over the last fifteen years the focus has shifted to the.....

Direct exports to Qatar unaffected by boycott

Last month five Arabian countries broke all diplomatic ties with Qatar. Thus the latest political crisis in the Middle East was born. This week the ultimatum of the five countries to meet a list of thirteen demands expired. Qatar responded to the five countries in a letter, and are considering the reaction......

Tasmanian cherry company Reid Fruits up for sale

Tasmanian cherry company Reid Fruits will today go to market under an Australia wide and international EOI process.Reid Fruits Managing Director Tim Reid said the business now has 136ha of cherries under cultivation, with current production representing almost 10% of the Australian cherry industry. In 2017.....

New York Apple Association announces Team for 2017

New York Apple Association, Inc. (NYAA) President and CEO Cynthia Haskins will direct the association’s activities to market and promote the 2017 New York state apple crop, and has assembled an experienced staff team of both new and familiar faces to assist her, the association announced.“I am very excited to.....

Additional hires in the sales department

Church Brothers rehires industry veteran

Church Brothers Farms, grower-owned processor/shipper of a line of fresh vegetable and salads, announced the return of Ernst van Eeghen to the company as vice president of business development.Van Eeghen was previously with the company as the director of marketing and product development from 2007 to 2014......

South African citrus export to China forecast to grow

"This year, the citrus harvest season started in April. The season is estimated to last until October. According to relevant data, South African citrus imports had a total value of 80 million USD in 2016 and seized a top position among citrus fruits on the Chinese import market. In comparison to 2015, imports.....

EDEKA Southwest supports project of the Streuobstwiesenretter-Initiative

Germany: Save traditional fruit varieties

Together with the foundation NatureLife-International, EDEKA Southwest launched their annual competition for excellent conservation projects, keeping with the theme "Our Home & Nature". Projects which are addressing preservation, creation, renaturation and protection of habitats and biotopes for wild.....

Corné Verboom

Funghi Funghi BVBA 'open for business'

The new Funghi Funghi BVBA is 'open for business'. The specialist in hand picked fresh mushrooms, specially cultivated mushroom varieties and other related products, has big ambitions. "To start with we have a strong international network on the purchasing side," says Corné Verboom. "We have daily contact with.....

Execution quality of the laboratories is being tested

Laboratory-Competence-Test in the QS-System

"The QS-Laboratory-Competence-Test enables laboratories to identify problems and error sources and therefore, consistently improve the quality of analyses," Dr. Gustav Offenbächer, expert for residue analytics and quality control, explains. These tests are focused on finding weak spots and being able to.....

Brand personality, product personality, channel flattering

So Orange creates new standards in navel orange marketing

In recent years, competition in the agricultural market has been getting ever more intense. The former tobacco king Chu Shijian founded Chu Orange, looking for a place among the new stars of e-commerce such as the Three Squirrels. This information about Chu Orange quickly became a hot topic of discussions on.....

Agriculture minister at the official season kick-off for blueberries

Asparagus companies switch from white to blue

On July 13th, at the invitation of the Gartenbauverband Berlin-Brandenburg e.V., agriculture minister, Jörg Vogelsänger will kick-off this year's blueberry season together with county commissioner Wolfgang Blasig (Potsdam-Mittelmarkt), mayor of Beelitz Bernhard Knuth and Klaus Henschel, president of the.....

Revolutionary MSP Onions factory will be finalised at the end of 2018

MSP Onions' new factory is a pilot project within the onion sector: a look towards the future of the onion trader. Egraft and RoosRos Architects have merged their powers for the design of this revolutionary onion factory. Functionality of architecture and machinery strengthen each other. In the design process.....

USDA swears in nine new agricultural officers

Nine employees of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) were sworn in as Foreign Service officers today during a ceremony at USDA headquarters in Washington. The new officers will begin their Foreign Service careers serving as agricultural attachés at U.S. embassies and.....

Marketing education and training for produce professionals

Registration now open for Fresh Marketing Academy™

Fresh Marketing Academy™, formerly Digital Marketing University, presented by Idea Garden Marketing, kicks off its third marketing training program tailored to the produce industry on August 1.Through a five-week webinar series, attendees will be trained in all areas of marketing including social media,.....

Promotion of team members

Rainier Fruit expands Business Development team

In the thick of blueberry and cherry season, Rainier Fruit is continuing their forward momentum with the announcement of new hire, Jeff Weidner as Director of Warehouse and Grower Relations, as well as the promotion of 5 sales and business development team members.Weidner joined the Rainier team on July 3 and.....

Results of the survey at wholesale market Munich

Germany: 98% want to keep Sendling location

Over six days, more than 130 participants, traders, workers and people from Munich were surveyed at and around the wholesale market as well as online. The goal was to capture the mood of merchants, workers and residents. How important is the wholesaler in Sendling to them and what should its future look.....

Landgard retirement after successful restructuring

After successful restructuring measures, follow-up financing and a realignment of Landgard under the leadership of the CEO Armin Rehberg and producer-chairman Karl Voges since 2013, he has now resigned as scheduled (and due to his age) as the chairman of Landgard eG. Chairman of the board Bert Schmitz, thanked.....

Hires Rob Jackson

Red Sun Farms announces new Vancouver, BC distribution center

In an effort to provide fresh quality produce, across North America, Red Sun Farms will be expanding into Vancouver British Columbia with a new distribution center. This distribution center will be a key hub for North America’s west coast. In addition, this will allow national retailers the ability to provide.....

Dalian Tianbao Green Foods

China: Consumer preference drives up fruit prices

"In the past few years, due to a rise in living standards and an increasing awareness of the health benefits of fruit, the consumer, when buying fresh fruits, focuses more on product quality and country of origin. Based on my personal observations, there is a upwards trend emerging on the consumer market......

Problem visible across China's agri exports industry

China: "Rising labor costs drop seed export volumes"

"We offer crossbred tomato seeds to our domestic and international customers. Currently, the international customers take up 50% of all of our customers. Compared to 4 years ago, this is 20% less. The main reason for this is that the domestic labor costs have been rising over the years, which increases the.....

Second 'Spanish season' for ZON auction went well

The winter months are far behind us now, so ZON has looked back at their experience during the second season of Spanish produce being auctioned. Together with project leader Els van Herpen, ZON magazine looks back at the second season.A growth in the total 'Spanish' turnover of over 100%, growth in the total.....

John Anderson:

“New suppliers emerging due to increasing global demand”

Forty-two years ago he started as warehouse worker for Oppy. Over the years, he climbed the company’s ladder all the way to the top. That way, he got to know the company, but also the sector, on every level. John Anderson, Oppy’s CEO, knows every detail. How does he look at the sector? In an exclusive.....

Greenyard buys own shares

Greenyard has once again bought shares. Between June 26 and 30 a total of 53,254 of own shares were bought. The Belgian company started a purchasing programme for their shares in March. The company will buy a maximum of 1.75 million shares, which equals 4% of outstanding shares. This target has almost been.....

Spain: Agroponiente doubles organic production and acreage

Grupo Agroponiente continues to bet strongly on the cultivation of organic products and has held a meeting with its "bio" producers to take stock of a very positive campaign in terms of figures and development. Agroponiente's organic producers have received this information from the general director of.....

Cool Fresh International again accomplishes CSR certification

Cool Fresh International has announced that it has again achieved the second-highest possible rating (Level 4) during the four-yearly audit for the CSR Performance Ladder.For the coming four years, this certification guarantees to Cool Fresh's clients and suppliers that its approach conforms to the highest.....

Daniel Benavides, of Huamani de Perú

Inauguration of modern citrus line at Grupo Huamani

"On Friday, 23 June, we inaugurated a modern citrus line at our plant, which will allow us to pack 25 tonnes per hour and up to 10 containers a day when working with oranges, mandarins and tangelos. The inauguration was attended by public officials, entrepreneurs, producers, shipping companies, suppliers of.....

BayWa will be new distribution partner of Holder

BayWa and Holder have agreed on an extensive distribution cooperation for the business segments of communal-and-industry-technology, as well as technology for viticulture and fruit cultivation.The Max Holder GmbH, Metzingen and the BayWa AG, Munich signed the strategic cooperation last week. Starting from July.....

Organic Revenue up 6,5%

In 2016, Landgard achieved the best results in the company's history

Landgard has finally made the turnaround and continues on the rocky road to success as a responsible industry leader. The result of interest, taxes and depreciations (EBITDA) as an indicator of operative profitability was 55 million Euro and even higher than the record numbers of last year. The sustainably.....

The tenth cultivation company

Hein Deprez wants to know what is happening in the chain

He grows daffodils in the UK, macadamias in South America, figs in Turkey, pineapples in South America and soon peppers in Friesland. How are Hein Deprez's cultivation companies and The Fruit Farm Group doing?Hein Deprez's goal is to have the entire chain in control, from farm to table. "When we started as.....