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Avocado commission launches new campaign
Building on the success and equity of the California Avocado Grower Campaign (2008-15), the California Avocado Commission (CAC) is running a new campaign that positions the California avocado as the perfect symbol of the California lifestyle.“It’s a celebration of everything that is endemic to the Golden.....

Grower launches consumer-focused website as organic volume grows
The Nunes Company, Inc., a fourth generation family farming company and global leader in growing leafy greens and western vegetables, is pleased to announce the launch of the new Foxy.comThe all-new site features artful video segments that connect users to the land and showcases the high-quality Foxy-brand.....


Canada: Shopping carts used to grow veg for the needy
Gro-Carts: Urban Food Security on Wheels is a concept created by two former Simon Fraser University students. Tammas Grogan and Kate Elliott came up with the idea of growing vegetables in shopping carts to make access to vegetables in an urban environment easier.It got its start after Grogan passed by a.....

Manufacturer of bio disease-control products adds technical agronomist
BioSafe Systems is pleased to welcome Manuel Campos to the Agriculture sales team as a Technical Agronomist, starting May 2. Campos’ territory includes Mexico and he will be based in Weslaco, TX. With a focus on pre-and post-harvest, he will spearhead sales goals to establish consistent, direct communication.....

Rewards for beneficiaries
Payouts for South African farm workers
It's been a profitable season so far for the South African beneficiaries and farmworkers on South African Government owned farms managed by Bono Farm Management."We are very happy to have been able to pay considerable amounts to our beneficiaries - and contribute to their children's schooling - thanks to.....

New opportunities for removal of bacteria and fungi in fruit laboratories
Lapanday Agricultural is one of the biggest banana producers in the Philippines. They have discovered effective Bio Turbo technology that helps to eliminate airborne pathogens in their banana tissue culture laboratory.Not many of us know that banana trees start their life in a laboratory. Every single tree.....

The "carrot man"
From carrot producer to advertising model
Fame can be found where you least expect it. Living proof of this is the Philippine Jeyrick Sigmaton, also known as the "carrot man". From a humble and quiet job, he went on to become "discovered" and to represent the world of fashion. Would you have guessed?He is 21 years old and was harvesting carrots in.....

Program at United Fresh 2016 to connect industry with school nutrition leaders
For the second year, The United Fresh Start Foundation is pleased to host The Produce Forum for School Success, a program at United Fresh 2016 to connect produce companies with leading K-12 school foodservice buyers. The Produce Forum for School Success supports the United Fresh Start Foundation’s mission to.....

Codiagro, a leader in plant nutrition, wants to expand in Peru
In line with its current policy of expansion, Codiagro, the Spanish company, is looking for new distributors to collaborate within some areas of Peru, a market that it expects to cover inthe medium term."We are working in some areas in Peru and we want to expand our distribution network solutions for plant.....

Banana is the flagship product in Europe
Colombia: Agriculture leads Colombian exports to the EU
After being given data about the non-oil exports to the European Union, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Aurelio Iragorri Valencia, celebrated that the fastest growing line had been occupied by agriculture.According to the Delegation of the European Union for Colombia, and based on data.....

RFG expands procurement team
Renaissance Food Group (RFG) is pleased to announce that Debbie Vest has joined the company as Vice President of Procurement.In this newly created position, Vest will serve as RFG’s primary strategic leader for further developing the company’s vertically integrated supply chain and raw material sourcing.....

Honduras: New airport terminal will increase fruit and veg exports
One of the sectors that benefited most from the construction of the new airport terminal at Palmerola were the exporters of fruit and vegetables because it will help to reduce production and transportation costs, said Jorge Romero Cruz, the president of Comayagua's Chamber of Trade and Industry (Ccicom)."The.....

Grower rebrands to showcase product diversity
Limex SiCar is now operating under the new name and brand “SiCar Farms” with the goal of better communicating the diverse commodities and availability it provides as a vertically integrated grower.Over the past three decades, the company has grown and expanded its product line on the farms and views the.....

Nova Scotian company notches another award
Nova Scotia based Haskapa has done it again and was recently presented The Innovation Award from Food in Canada’s 2016 Leadership Awards. This latest recognition follows numerous accolades from government, industry and consumers including 2015’s Taste of Nova Scotia Consumer Choice award for their versatile.....

PEI potato farms recognize National Soil Conservation Week
This week (April 17th to 23rd) is National Soil Conservation Week in Canada, and as potato farmers across Prince Edward Island are gearing up for spring planting, they are making soil conservation a priority on their farms.According to the Prince Edward Island Soil and Crop Improvement Association, 2016 is.....

California grower expands Salinas cooling facility
In an effort to continue to grow its commitment to providing quality produce and unparalleled service to its customers and key partners, D’Arrigo Bros. Co., of CA announced the completion of its 52,000 sq. ft. expansion of the cooling facility in Salinas, CA. With the addition, this state of the art 152,000.....


Texan officers find 107 pounds of meth in mango trailer
On Friday 15 April, 107 pounds of methamphetamine was seized by officers atthe Pharr-Reynosa International Bridgefrom a tractor-trailer loaded with mangoes.When the tractor-trailer hauling fresh mangoes arrived at the border crossing, officers sent the shipment to secondary inspection, according to a news.....

Peruvian potato farmer one of Goldman Environmental Prize winners
Maxima Acuna, a Peruvian potato farmer who was beaten and jailed after protesting against the loss of her land and home to a mining firm is among six winners of the Goldman Prize, one of the world's richest awards for environmental activists.The winners, including a Tanzanian land rights campaigner, a.....

Seminar Expoalimentaria- Peru Experience on May 19th in Rotterdam
The most important food fair in South America, the Expoalimentaria in Lima-Peru is just a few months away. With this big event ahead, the Trade Commission of Peru in the Netherlands is organizing the Seminar Expoalimentaria- Peru Experience at the Maritiem Museum in Rotterdam on Thursday, May 19th, 2016 from.....

Batch withdrawn from three suppliers
More redback spiders discovered in Woolies broccoli
Woolworths has withdrawn a batch of broccoli from three suppliers following reports of redback spiders found in the produce. The broccoli withdrawal has affected stores in Queensland and a small proportion of stores in New South Wales.It was reported on Sunday that a customer found one of the venomous.....

Wednesday 20 April at 8:33 am (GMT)
New earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 degrees hits Ecuador
The United States Geological Service confirms that today, 20 April, at 8:33 a.m. (GMT), a strong earthquake has again shaken the coastal areas of Ecuador. The quake, with a magnitude of 6.1 degrees on the Richter scale, had its epicentre 25 kilometres from Muisne and, according to the first reports, has been.....

Ecuador bans imports of nine Peruvian products
This year Peru won't be able to export grapes, peaches, watermelon, lemon (subtle and tahití), orange, tangelo, tangerine, grapefruit, giant white corn, sweet corn, and purple corn to Ecuador. This was a decision taken by the Ecuadorian Agency for Agricultural Quality Assurance (Agrocalidad), an entity that.....

AU: Scammers hit backpackers with fake fruit picking ad
Overseas backpackers in Western Australia continue to be ripped off in scams with the latest involving a fake ad on Gumtree for fruit picking work and accommodation in the southwest.The backpackers paid $200 each into the bank account of the scammer calling himself Oscar Pankhurst, a farm manager at.....

A pantry of algae on the Chilean coast
There are hundreds of hidden treasures in the nearly 4,700 kilometers that comprise Chile's continental coast. In the central region alone, there are about 250 species of algae and thallophytes, the plants that don't need soil to grow in rocks. The kind of plant that would go unnoticed by an inexperienced.....

Paraguay and Taiwan will promote agricultural trade
On Wednesday, Paraguay and Taiwan pledged to strengthen their economic partnership by promoting food exports to the island and the presence of Taiwanese companies in Paraguay, so that this becomes a platform for these companies for the Mercosur.These two work areas were established at a new edition of the.....

Colombia: Transporting fresh fruit helps Maersk grow
The prospect of Maersk Line Colombia is to increase the volume of cargo that it moves in the country and abroad by 15 to 20% this year; much of that growth in the operation involves transporting fruit in their refrigerated containers.This figure is a good sign after the company had a modest 2015 due to the.....

Grower receives Produce Trailblazer Award
Braga Fresh Family Farms has received the 2016 Trailblazer Award by Grocery Headquarters (GHQ) for being a leader in organic produce sustainability. This marks the second year in a row that Braga Fresh has been recognized for excellence through its Josie's Organics brand product line."Braga Fresh has.....

Culinary revolution in the Hawaiian Islands
There's a culinary revolution happening across the Hawaiian Islands, one that is harnessing centuries-old techniques in a place that until relatively recently relied heavily on importing nearly all of its produce.Chefs are going back to sustainable roots, farm-to-fork, sourcing from local fishermen and.....

Redback spider found in Woolies broccoli
A Runaway Bay woman received a nasty surprise when she found a redback spider in broccoli from her local supermarket.Dee Nott posted a picture of her recently bought Broccoli with a redback spider sitting in the head of the vegetable. She posted the pictures of the poisonous spider on the Woolworths Facebook.....


3D durian cake
Malaysian baker fooling fruit lovers
Malaysian baker Matthew Yap, quit his job in the printing line four years ago to openSongket Artisan Bakery company together with his wife Helen Wong. The couple specialises in making surprisingly realistic 3D cakes, and they have been stirring up a lot of attention for their very convincing 'durian'.....

Fresh produce supplier promotes sales director
With the Canadian Produce Marketing Association in full swing, one of the country’s leading fresh produce sales, marketing and distribution companies announces the promotion of Steve Young to the role of sales director for Canada.Young, who has been with Oppy since 2008, served as sales manager at the.....

BioSafe adds Southwest territory manager
BioSafe Systems is proud to welcome Eric Milenski to the Agrichemical team as Southwest Territory Manager. He will be covering a territory that includes Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Based in Oklahoma City, OK Eric will spearhead sales goals to establish consistent, direct.....

National Mango Board enhances industry social media presence
The National Mango Board (NMB) has launched new social media platforms on Facebook and LinkedIn to connect even more with mango industry members. The NMB’s industry Facebook page #MangosConnect and LinkedIn company page will aim to increase industry engagement and create direct lines of communication.....

Hass Avocado Board earns award for multicultural campaign
The Hass Avocado Board (HAB) was honored to receive PRWeek’s 2016 Multicultural Campaign of the Year award, the communications industry’s highest accolade for programs aimed at multicultural audiences. After a rigorous judging process, a panel of expert judges gave its highest praise to HAB’s strategic.....


UKIP councillor brandishes cucumber and banana at council meeting
John Perry, a Hayling Ukip councillor, produced the groceries as exhibits as he raised a motion for Conservative-led Havant Borough Council to agree that Britain would be better off outside the EU. But, in some heated exchanges, his motion was criticised by other councillors, who argued it was not a matter.....

Man tries to lure elephant with a banana for selfie
A Kerala man's misadventure to click a selfie with an elephant almost cost him his life. The incident happened in on Tuesday night when a 37-year-old man identified as Sreelal tried to click a picture with the elephant which was resting after returning from a temple procession.He approached the elephant.....

Spain: Warehouse storage for asparagus opened in Jaen
Green asparagus is one of the most vibrant crops in the Southern Highlands. The area devoted to this crop has increased steadily in the last decade. Up until last season, the asparagus were stored in a small warehouse building in the village of Ribera Baja. However, this year, producers are storing it in a.....

New gas analyzer launched
Applied Food Science has announced the launch of its F-920 Check It! Gas Analyzer, the first in a new line of handheld gas detectors the company is releasing this year. The F-920 Check It! Gas Analyzer is an affordable and rapid device which measures CO2 and O2 from 0-100%. The Check It! is trailed by the.....

Africa Development Bank (AfDB):
Africa spends USD $35.4 bln on food imports
Worried about the staggering annual food importation bill in the continent of over $35 billion, especially the commodities for which there is comparative advantage, the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) on Tuesday called on development partners to rise up to the challenge of achieving a zero per cent.....

Malawi declared national disaster as result of drought
Malawi has declared a national disaster due to food shortages caused by droughtMalawian President Peter Mutharika on Wednesday declared a state of national disaster due to food shortages caused by drought, in the latest sign of alarm over a hunger crisis across southern Africa. Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique.....

Global produce supplier furthers vertical integration plan
The Vanguard International Group (Vanguard) has agreed to purchase Agricola Challapampa S.A.C. and Agricola Milagritos S.A.C., collectively known as Challapampa, in Ica, Peru, as part of its strategy to develop a global vertically‐integrated fresh fruit organization, able to supply fresh crop products.....

Avocados From Mexico partners with the Toronto Blue Jays™ for 2016 season
Avocados From Mexico announced their partnership with the Toronto Blue Jays for the 2016 season. The brand hopes to engage Canadian baseball fans and create awareness for its products through a strategic alignment with one of Canada’s top sports teams.The partnership includes virtual advertising with the.....

Grower/Packer announces new hire, promotions
Mann Packing announced the hiring of Greg Villalobos to the position of account executive and the promotion of Cody Ramsey and Rick Russo to the newly created positions of director of foodservice sales and executive vice president of sales & marketing, respectively.Villalobos brings extensive sales and.....

USDA seeks nominations for the National Organic Standards Board
USDA and the Agricultural Marketing service (AMS) seeks nominations for the following five (5) positions to serve on the NOSB from January 2017 to January 2022:Organic producer who owns or operates an organic operation;Individual with expertise in areas of environmental protection and resource.....

Ugandan turns banana stalks into paper bags
Thirty-five-year-old entrepreneur, Sharon Ninsiima hopes to make bananas even more valuable, by turning their stalks into paper bags. At her workshop in the capital, Kampala, Sharon feeds banana stalks into a machine that extracts the fibre, which will be boiled and mixed with waste paper then converted into.....

Grower receives Produce for Better Health Role Model award
Southern Specialties announced the company was a recipient of the Better Health Role Model Award presented by the Produce for Better Health Foundation on April 6th in Scottsdale, Arizona at the foundation’s annual meeting. The award recognizes companies that have made a contribution towards increasing fruit.....


Chilean dancers at a Fresh Street Market store in West Vancouver, BC

Florida grower answers call for consumer transparency
Sunripe Certified Brands proudly announced that its products are Non-GMO Project Verified and certified by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (CIW) Fair Food Program – two certifications that allow the brand to communicate on its packaging for transparency with its customers.The Non-GMO Project is North.....

Amount of Fijian workers in Aus, NZ increases 300%
According to Fiji's Minister for Employment, Semi Koroilavesau there has been a 300% increase in the number of Fijian workers in Australia and New Zealand.Koroilavesau says there this is a huge jump from 30 workers who were involved in the pilot program last year.There are currently 102 people employed under.....

Peru: Ag exports increase first two months of the year
The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) stated that, as a result of a higher placement of traditional products, exports in the first two months of the year (January and February) amounted to $827 million dollars, i.e. 2% more than in the same period of 2015.The products with the highest demand.....

Arno van den Oord, Champoord:
"This weather is ideal for mushroom market"
The mushrooms trade has had reasonably good Easter sales and the market is still in good balance. Arno van den Oord of mushroom wholesaler Champoord from Ammerzoden can't complain. "There is enough supply, but both the white mushrooms and the special varieties are selling well. It is steady and the prices.....

Chile: Report on effects of the recent rains
On Tuesday, April 5, there were some localized rains especially in the northern area of the region of Valparaiso and there were rains with no significant volume in the Metropolitan and O'Higgins regions. (Below are the reports of the places were it rained and drizzled).As usual, after the rain, on Tuesday.....

Do's and don'ts of business in India
There are codes of conduct in every country that you have to take into account when doing business. Below you will find a number of codes of conduct for India's business culture.Personal relationshipsDoing business in India is marked by personal relationships. Trust is important in Indian culture. Sometimes.....

CPMA to host final show in Calgary
CPMA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show is only a week away, and the 2016 show will showcase the newest innovations in produce in the vibrant city of Calgary. Most importantly the CPMA has shifted the Convention and Trade Show to a Tuesday to Thursday format to meet the demands of changing demographics.....

Neighbouring countries have better conditions to do business with the EU
Bolivia could have free trade agreement with EU
Representative sectors in Bolivia are increasingly more interested in resuming bilateral free trade negotiations with the European Union. The tariff preferences supplementary agreement currently in force would allow hundreds of Bolivian products free access to a market with a lot of potential, but it's.....

Panama: Production in Los Santos down 50% due to lack of water
According to Analeidys Chen, the president of Gantrap (Union of Non traditional Agricultural Exporters from Panama) who is dedicated to exporting melon and watermelon from Las Tablas to European countries, the production of melon, watermelon, and pumpkin for export decreased between 50 and 60% in the.....

"Mexico should increase its presence in the European market"
Senator Manuel Cota Jimenez, president of the Committee on Agriculture and Livestock, received a delegation of German Members of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, which was headed by Deputy Alois Gerig, by telling them that Mexico was a gateway to a potential market of more than one billion consumers,.....

Fresno grower completes solar power installation
Baloian Farms has completed the installation of a 1,098 kw DC PV solar system comprised of 3,360 panels at their headquarters in Fresno, California. The grower, packer, and shipper of bell peppers and other fresh produce has been in the industry for 99 years, and believes that sustainable farming practices.....

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.....