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Melbourne Market photo report article

PHOTO REPORT Just seven months after officially opening, the new Melbourne Market feels like a home for the wide range of growers, wholesalers and retailers working here. Things were already in full swing by 4am during a tour with Kapiris Bros in March 2016, and the company’s Managing Director, Harry Kapiris, says this.....

Sydney-based company offers new platform for global produce trade

A new online auction platform is opening up more possibilities for growers and buyers around the world, with a system that offers flexibility, convenience and value for stakeholders on both sides of the industry.Based in Sydney, Australia, Freshbids manages the entire sale and delivery process for a wide.....

Avoiding waste

Australian consumers change fresh produce buying habits

Consumers’ aversion to wasting food at home isnow becoming a key driving factor in what productsthey choose to buy, which is influencing the growthof Australia’s $12.1bn fresh fruit and vegetable retail market, according to findings from food marketresearch and analysis firm Freshlogic.In 2015 nearly 70% of.....

AU: Family run company going strong after 70+ years

Growing bananas in Tully, many had tried before WW2, but no one could match the success of Stanley Mackay, who started Mackays family banana business, back in 1945. The company has since blossomed into a 4th generation team led by five brothers and cousins, who have since developed the Smart Banana, a.....

Lynne Ziehlke, Australian Macadamia Society Market Development Manager

Australian macadamia industry "can continue to grow from here"

Australia’s macadamia industry is reaping the rewards of intensive research and development, with both production and demand set to rise for the third consecutive year in 2016.The latest Australian Macadamia Society (AMS) forecast for 2016, released in March, predicts a 4 per cent increase in production from.....

- to handle growing kiwifruit processing demand

New HQ and major infrastructure development for Seeka

Seeka Kiwifruit Industries will move into its new headquarters in Te Puke by the middle of this year and plans to make it a centre of excellence for its produce and grower-focused business, says Chief Executive Michael Franks. “Our new HQ will reflect our focus on the crops we and our growers produce, and.....

Australian strawberry farmers grow with new frozen fruit company

A new Australian company specialising in locally grown frozen fruit has seen such strong demand that it has expanded its product range after only a few months of business.Third generation strawberry farmers Matt and Ruth Gallace launched Matilda’s Frozen Fruits in December 2015, making it the first company.....

Sydney forum to help citrus growers capitalise on export demand

Australian citrus growers will gain valuableinsights into some of the industry’s fastestgrowing export markets, including China andthe Philippines, at the 2016 Citrus MarketOutlook Forum, to be held in Sydney onMarch 16-17.Key speakers, Kurt Huang and Laurie Smith, will provide expert information to the.....

SweeTango™Apples set new Guinness World Record™

On Monday 29 February, former reality showcontestant Art Green from The Bachelor partneredwith The Yummy Fruit Company to prove thatSweeTango™ apples officially have the LoudestCrunch of an Apple. Art Green set the newGuinness World Records™ title with the SweeTango™ apple, grown by The Yummy Fruit Company.....

“Making New Zealand feijoa as well-known as the kiwi”

Frans and Tineke de Jong emigrated to New Zealand in 2003. They grow bell peppers and feijoas there, and they run a bed & breakfast. Last year, they won the prestigious BFEA award in the Waikato, which is awarded in recognition of sustainable business.The enthusiastic stories of son Talbert, who did a.....