Miscellaneous

Canadian packer-distributor to drop new brand at CPMA
As the 2016 Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention prepares to launch in downtown Calgary, local produce packer and distributor, Thomas Fresh, is getting set to unveil a new brand identity to its peers in the fresh food space.Thomas Fresh CEO Roy Hinchey says, “We have a long tradition of trusting.....

Nominations sought for California Kiwifruit Administrative Committee
The California Kiwifruit Administrative Committee will conduct its annual election of kiwifruit growers to serve as members and alternates for a two-year term from August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2018. Nominations are being sought from the three districts in California, encompassing all of the production.....

Wada Farms joins The Produce Mom family of partners
Wada Farms is the newest addition to The Produce Mom Family of Partners. The partnership will focus on the Wada Farms & Dole branded Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes & Onions.“Wada Farms is well-aligned with The Produce Mom’s focus of serving households, schools, and the fresh produce industry with.....

China raises taxes on import via Internet
Starting 8 April, China is going to ask for 17% VAT on products offered via e-commerce by foreign countries. This will cause imported food products to become considerably more expensive. In some cases a consumer’s tax will have to be paid as well, and the system in which products under 50 yuan are not taxed.....


EU imposes 5.2 million euro fine
Spanish Riberebro receives fine for mushroom cartel
The European Commission fined Spanish canning manufacturer Riberebro 5.2 million euro because of cartel formation. The company agreed on prices with competitors regarding canned mushrooms.The mushroom cartel was formed by Lutece, Prochamp and Bonduelle. In June 2014 these companies already reached a.....

Temperatures take a plunge in South Africa
Earlier this week South African weather service reported a change in the weather, rain wind and snow on the high ground.According to one grower in the north of the country the weather has indeed taken a cold turn, "It is cold, the temperature has dropped down to the around 20ºC." The normal temperature for.....

Cuba: Forestry workers planting fruit species
Cuban forestry workers are planting fruit species that favor the environment, agricultural production, and feed the population.Wilfredo Arrequi, head of the Forestry Department of the Agroforestal Business Group, told the Cuban News Agency that the new farmers engaged in fruit production had an outstanding.....


Arjen Bouma, Gilad Produce:
"Habanero peppers a niche market, but an interesting one"
"Consumers are increasingly discovering the versatile flavours and the popularity of local product is also on the rise. This is why more and more exotic crops are being grown and are successful, even if it is a niche product. A good example of this is the Habanero pepper," says Arjen Bouma of Gilad Produce......

Ag retailer launches new corporate website
BRANDT, a leading agriculture retailer and manufacturer of specialty products for the ag and turf markets, has re-launched its corporate website. The new site is located at www.brandt.co.“Our new site highlights our people, our insights and our products,” said Karl Barnhart, Chief Marketing Officer. “The.....

AU: Fourteen flies cost $15.7m to eradicate
It cost the government more than $1 million per insect to eradicate the Queensland fruit fly from Auckland last year.The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has released the final costs of its eradication programme, which swung into action after the first of 14 flies was found in Grey Lynn last February.It.....

Sale of imperfect fresh produce and processing into juice and jams
Sweden: 7 start-ups created to reduce food waste
Recently, Starbucks announced it would actively start working to reduce food waste at its restaurants, but the coffee giant is apparently not the only one aiming to reduce the amount of food we throw away. The following seven start-ups of recent creation based their business precisely on the reduction of.....


Bio-cool ozone tech could be "a game-changer for the industry"
New Zealand company Bio-cool Systems is bringing new coolstore solutions to the industry, with state-of-the-art ozone technology that stops ethylene production, prevents fruit loss during storage and and reduces quality failures at outturn.“Ozone sanitises the room completely,” Bio-cool Systems (BCS).....

Michigan wholesaler launches new website
Rocky Produce, a third generation family-owned wholesale produce distributor, announces the launch of the company’s new website.In an effort to better communicate the company’s capabilities, rich history, and community involvement, the website presents information in a clean, easy-to-navigate format.“The.....

California chefs and consumers favor local ingredients
Chefs and diners care about the origin of their food. Locally grown produce ranked #3 in the National Restaurant Association’s “What’s Hot” 2016 Culinary Forecast; natural ingredients and farm/estate branded items followed closely at #5 and #13. So, as Fresh California Avocado season gears up, it’s no.....

Mozambique: Food security threatened by floods and drought
The natural disasters which have struck Mozambique this year have compromised the target for agricultural growth in the country this year.According to state-controlled Radio Mozambique, the Confederation of Mozambican Business Associations (CTA), furthermore, the military tensions in the centre of the.....


UAE: Sampling the nation’s finest local veggies
Families from across the Emirates have sampled dishes prepared with fresh vegetables grown on farms in Abu Dhabi at the Mother of the Nation Festival on the capital's azure Corniche this week.The festival, held to honour HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), Supreme.....


Moscow cats eat entire banana crop
Moscow's Apothecary Garden recently harvested their first banana crop which was intended for the park's visitors. However, the resident cats beat the visitors to it, and gobbled up the whole crop themselves, reported the press service of the botanical garden.“Recently, we gathered a harvest of velvet bananas.....

Latest internet brainteaser involves potatoes
The Internet's most recent head-scratching brainteaser cartoon involves trying to find a potato in a sea of hamsters.The cartoon brainteaser craze started in December when Hungarian cartoonist Gergely Dudas, who goes by the name of Dudolf, sketched a cartoon panda hiding in the middle of a crowd of.....


Japanese cafe sells salad cakes
In 2015, a Japanese food stylist, Mitsuki Moriyasu, created a new concept in food design: the Vegiedeco Salad (Vegetable Decoration Salad). The concept involves serving vegetables in a new way, namely in the form of colourful cakes. By doing so, Mitsuki aims to make diners smile with healthy foods that are.....

Peru: Collective mark for edible fungi from Incahuasi
Twelve associations of dehydrated edible fungi (Suillus luteus) producers from the district of Incahuasi, Lambayeque region, market their products in Peru via the Inka Wasi collective mark which was officially presented in this part of the country.Leonor Torres Bances, the director of the Solidarity Social.....

Peru: Adex wants to extend Agrarian Promotion Act 20 years
Adex, the Exporters Association, said it was necessary to extend the Agricultural Promotion Act -Nº27360, which will be in force until December 31, 2021, by 20 years because it didn't last long enough to undertake investment in the sector"Not extending this norm would have a significant impact on national.....

Avocados garner social media buzz at SXSW
Avocados From Mexico (AFM), the No. 1 selling avocado brand in the U.S., celebrated their year-round love of music with their first-ever appearance at South By Southwest (SXSW), and in the process, dominated SXSW-related social buzz. According to data from the social media monitoring company Keyhole, AFM’s.....

Western Cape welcomes more drought relief funding
Agriculture MEC Alan Winde announced an additional R23m in drought relieffor the Agri Western Cape on Thursday 31 March. The decision is welcome news to the Agri Western Cape, whose Chief Executive Officer Carl Opperman commended the department, saying it was doing "an excellent job at utilising available.....

Fiji Minister investigates workers complaints in Aus
Fijian seasonal workers in Australia complain that they are being paid less than $10 a week to pick fruit and vegetables on farms. To investigate the claims, Minister for Employment Semi Koroilavesau will soon travel to Australia.He is travelling to New Zealand April 1 and plans to travel to Australia on his.....

Restaurant industry leader to headline United Fresh 2016
Kevin Brown, President and CEO of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc.® (LEYE), will be the keynote speaker at the United Fresh 2016 Breakfast General Session on Wednesday, June 22 at McCormick Place in Chicago.LEYE owns more than 100 restaurants with 51 different concepts ranging from fast casual to fine.....

UF/IFAS to teach how to communicate agricultural hot topics more effectively
Major issues threaten American agriculture, but few outside the industry understand the gravity of these problems. University of Florida students are learning how to tell these stories.The National Institute of Food and Agriculture, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, awarded a $296,000 grant to UF,.....

N.J ag department celebrates 100th anniversary
On Tuesday 29 March, around 100 people toasted the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's 100th anniversary. When the Legislature voted to create the department on March 29, 1916, New Jersey was mostly a rural “Garden State,” with 53.5 percent of the land dedicated to farming.There were 33,477 farms a.....

Stay cool with potatoes and tomatoes
To keep sweat at bay this summer season, why not try putting a slice of potato under your arms, or perhaps slightly easier, drinking a glass of tomato juice every day?Rahul Aggarwal, CEO, Organic Harvest, an organic beauty care range company, has shared some easy tips on how to control sweating naturally.....

Panama: El Niño reduces exports
Exports have experienced one of the biggest drops in sales over the last five years because of the phenomenon of El Niño and other factors, including a lack of policies and several problems in international markets.In 2015 exports experienced their worst drop since 2011. According to the Office of the.....

Apple grower joins VP to honor legacy and prevent abuse
Oppy and JAZZ™ apples joined U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the annual Beau Biden Memorial Trail Race in Delaware’s Brandywine Valley in mid-March—raising funds and awareness for the late Beau Biden’s crusade to stand up and speak out for children suffering abuse.At the start of the 5 and 10 K race, which.....

Three additional bio-control species in California introduced
Beneficial Insectary is now producing Orius insidiosus, Dalotia coriaria (formerly Atheta coriaria), and Dicyphus hesperus at their state-of-the-art facility in California. Increased domestic production in the United States is now benefiting growers in North America by significantly reducing the transit time.....

Successful FPAA Spring Policy Summit held
Speakers from Washington D.C., Mexico City and various other regions joined the Fresh Produce Association of the America (FPAA), its members and other participants from the industry in important discussions that took place during the Spring Policy Summit 2016 on March 15-16 at the Tubac Golf Resort.Among.....

Further impact of drought
S. Africa may reduce school meal portions
Drought in South Africa and escalating food prices have led the Department of Basic Education to start reviewing the menus for the national school nutrition programme – an initiative which provides meals to millions of pupils across the country.And the Western Cape Education Department said it may, as a last.....


Grow vegetables with... pencils?
What if instead of throwing away pencil stubs when they get too short to use, you could turn them into flowers, herbs or even vegetables?The Sprout pencil is made of cedar and uses graphite and clay in place of lead. It launched in Denmark, then the US and the range is now available in the UK.A seed capsule.....


Mexican volcano on phase 2, no effects on agriculture
Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) stated that the Popocatepetl volcano is active again. This institution is responsible for monitoring the status of the volcano and for establishing risk prevention programs. According to Cenapred's website, the Popocatepetl is on alert Phase 2......

Important Argentinian province harvest 40% smaller by El Niño
The 2015/16 agricultural season will be complicated. According to experts, the intense constant rains in some departments, such as Santa Rosa, Luján, Maipú, and Tupungato, in combination with the hail, affected all crops and generating losses that, in different plantations are estimated will reach.....

Salinas grower expands sales team
River Fresh Farms, a grower-shipper company providing sales, marketing, customized supply chain logistics and consolidated shipping of conventional and organic fresh fruits and vegetables, today announced the addition of Lisa Robyn to lead the sales team, work directly with buyers and support the ongoing.....

Banana splits: new internet craze
The new trend sweeping across social media is simply bananas; the banana peel challenge involves teenagers testing the classic cartoon gap of slipping on a banana peel.Teenager Jason Oakes was one of the first to post a video of the Banana Peel Challenge, showing himself falling to the ground of his kitchen,.....


Babette Koolen (Sous Fresh) about Easter trends 2016:
"Colour on your plate, small but good and natural superfoods"
Easter is coming! A busy period for Sous Fresh. The phone rings incessantly! Trucks drive in and out. Easter has always been busy, but as Sous Fresh has increasingly focused on gastronomy, it has become clear that demand for innovative new products is on the rise. "Our brand Sous Fresh Chefs Inspiration is.....


US: Farmworker Awareness Week emphasizes supporting the faces behind the food
How did that strawberry get from the field to your fork? Who picked it? Who is the farmworker behind our food?Farmworker Awareness Week, which runs March 24 -31, emphasizes the importance of the farmworker and the greater importance of providing farmworkers with healthy and safe working environments. “There.....


Hilary Clinton jokes about her love for NY apples
During an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Hillary Clinton joked about her love of New York apples. The presenter showed Clinton one of her publicly-released emails with "apples" in the subject line. In the email, first reported by syracuse.com in July 2015, Clinton asked an aide to order New York apples from.....


Manpower shortage, high ag wages drive demand
Herbicides bright spot for Indian agrochemical firms
Amid a weak business environment, herbicides remain a bright spot for agrochemical firms in India. The herbicides business, which has been outperforming the agrochemical market growth for the past several years, is forecast to grow at strong pace in the next few years too.Manpower shortage and high.....


African food insecurity expert visits Maine
Dr. Lindiwe Sibanda, is an expert on food insecurity and a leading voice contributing to the global debate over hunger and poverty. This week she is visiting Maine to learn about how the state helps feed its hungry.Dr. Sibanda works throughout 17 countries in Africa as head of a food and agriculture.....


This is how onions should be cut
Another tip for the kitchen: the easiest way to cut onions. Tears will keep flowing, but perhaps this technique will help you reduce the cooking time and get the onions to the pan as quickly as possible. Another advantage: with this method, the onion retains its ornate rings.

Easter Bunny to boost Australian carrot consumption
An Easter tradition is set to bolster profit margins for carrot growers this Easter. That's according to this fictionalised story you're reading right now.With Easter approaching this Sunday, sales of carrots around Australia are expected to triple with eager children keen to leave out a treat for the.....

EU donates seedlings for Cyclone Winston victims
On Thursday 24 March, the European Union handed over 43,000 fruit and vegetable seedlings to the Ministry of Agriculture in Fiji, for distribution among the victims of Tropical Cyclone Winston.In handing over the seedlings, EU ambassador to the Pacific Andrew Jacobs says the project is the first of several.....


Support for Belgian fruit sector
Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet adorns Belgian fruit boxes
The boxes of the Belgian fruit trader Fruit Innovation Farmers will be adorned with the face of Simon Mignolet as of mid April. The Belgian Liverpool keeper is supporting the Haspenhouw fruit growers and the ALS Liga with this. "I am from the fruit region and realise that it is anything but easy for our.....

National Mango Board Elects New Officers for 2016
The National Mango Board (NMB) elected new officers during their March board meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The NMB officers will lead the board and fulfill their duties and responsibilities as dedicated members and in accordance with the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996, and.....


How to make a fire with a lemon
You'd like to make a fire but haven't got a lighter, well no problem; all you need is a lemon and a few nails.The following video will show you how it is done.Video: YouTube / NorthSurvival

Eating more fruit and veg could save the world
A report, published Monday 21 March in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, argues that a drastic change in diet could not only save trillions of dollars, but also millions of lives, as a shift in global eating patterns has the potential to reduce the planetary burden of greenhouse.....

The revolutionary AMEC® molecule arrives to Chile
AMECSYSTEM® technology works with AMEC®, a novel molecule developed by Codiagro after working for many years with carboxylic acids, that is now available in Chile through AMecological.AMEC® is the result of several years of research with carboxylic acids and the joint work between Codiagro and the Department.....

Fresno Food Expo enters sixth year
A collaborative group of top food industry leaders in Central California’s San Joaquin Valley came together to celebrate the formal launch and open registration for the 2016 Fresno Food Expo that will take place July 27-28, 2016. Now in its sixth year of operation, the Expo has evolved into a standalone.....

Grower thanked for support of cancer awareness campaign
AICR’s 2016 public awareness campaign, Cancer Prevention: Together We Can campaign, reached millions of Americans during Cancer Prevention Month, thanks in large part to the generous support of Yakima Fresh, a partnership of fruit growers, pickers and shippers based in the Northwest U.S. Yakima Fresh.....

Man allegedly finds bone in Whole Foods Trail Mix
On Sunday 19 March, Tom Lukas of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, reportedly found an animal bone in a bag of Whole Foods Trail Mix, he reported the incident to Chasing News. After purchasing the box at a store, Lukas was driving and eating handfuls of it. The bag contains almonds, cashews, cranberries raisins,.....

Peru to double its exports by 2021
According to the Exporters Association (Adex), despite the stagnation experienced in 2015, Peruvian agricultural exporters expect to double exports to 10,000 million dollars in 2021.The union's goal for 2016 is to surpass the 6,000 million dollars in exports, thus overcoming the 5,093 million dollars and.....

Wisconsin grower wins Community Spirit Award
Wysocki Family of Companies was recently presented with the 2015 Community Spirit award by United Way of Portage County at their annual Recognition Luncheon Tuesday, February 9, at the Holiday Inn in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.Awarded annually, the Community Spirit Award recognizes an organization for their.....

Fruit association hosts 80th meeting
The California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) kicked off their new fiscal year yesterday during the Annual Membership Meeting at their 80th Annual Meeting in Newport Beach, California. The event featured the election of the Board of Directors and Chairman, as well as industry and committee updates.The Board.....

Cinco de Mayo sweepstakes kicked off with $5,000 party pack sweepstakes
Avocados from Mexico (AFM), the No. 1 selling avocado in the U.S., today announced a national partnership with Tabasco® to spice up sales in time for Cinco de Mayo with its Fiesta Del Fuego campaign. The promotion is designed to increase consumption by providing recipe recommendations for numerous delicious.....

Date grower rolls out national campaign
Natural Delights™, the Nation’s #1 Medjool Date brand, continues to innovate and support in-store performance with the launch of a National consumer and retail campaign called “Let The Good Times Roll.”The “Let The Good Times Roll” campaign was developed to support the launch of this season’s Natural.....


US: Marijuana broccoli bust
On Tuesday 22 March, 770 pounds of marijuana hidden in a commercial broccoli shipment, was seized by officers at the Pharr International Bridge.U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred the tractor-trailer hauling the produce shipment to secondary inspection on Tuesday upon its arrival from.....


UK: Fruit importer finds 26 migrants in lorry
On Wednesday 23 March, a fruit importer called for help after finding 26 migrants in the back of a refrigerated lorry carrying £25,000 worth of peppers. 24 men, one woman and one boy were crammed inside the Romanian-registered HGV.More people, including children were found in the back of another vehicle; in.....


Polar expedition backed by UK fruit entrepreneur gets underway
A treacherous Polar expedition sponsored by a UK fruit entrepreneur is finally underway – despite new worrying climate change warnings.Last month the £350k North Pole 16 expedition, financed by Midlands’ fruit importer and exporter, Mark Tweddle, of Shropshire’s Jupiter Marketing, was forced to postpone its.....