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Thursday, May 25, 2017

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Pazazz club apple performs well in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley

Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley has a long history of apple growing. The Pazazz is the newest variety to prosper in the region. The Nova Scotia Fruit Growers’ Association is the oldest in Canada, established in 1863.Renowned regionsGrowing regions become known for what they grow – and what it is they grow best......

Apricots may lead growth in Washington stone fruit

Washington stone fruit growers are anticipating a nice crop for the season with growth in apricots leading the way. “We had a nice winter, we’ve got plenty of water, our spring weather was a bit cooler than the last couple of seasons, but nothing out of the normal so we’re expecting a good crop,” says James.....

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Fruit subscription service highlights seasonal fruit for consumers

Whether it’s beauty or pet products, subscription box services are popular with consumers…and it turns out, produce boxes are just as popular. So discovered Branch to Box’s founder Chiles Wilson Jr. who founded an office fruit delivery subscription service in October of 2016.And it turns out, Wilson Jr. is no.....

Cored bell peppers tap into consumers need for healthy and convenient foods

Church Brothers Farms LLC of Salinas, Ca. hopes to tap into the market for convenient food solutions with its Chef Ready Green Bell Peppers. The peppers, green and red bell peppers with stems and seeds removed via automation, are ready for cooking. “Coring peppers by hand is labor intensive. With labor getting.....

Mucci Farms gears up for growth with new private equity partnership

Mucci Farms has announced a partnership with NOVACAP, one of Canada’s leading private equity firms. “We are very excited to be partnering with NOVACAP who, with its resources and expertise, will provide invaluable support to our company as we enter this next phase of growth", said Bert Mucci, President of.....

Large Two-Bite Cherries™ from the Northwest available in July and August

Big summer flavor is coming, with the introduction of branded Two-Bite Cherries™ from Domex Superfresh Growers®. Customers will soon be able to enjoy jumbo, juicy, and full-of-flavor cherries from the Northwest orchards of Superfresh Growers®. In July and August, retailers will be able to offer large,.....

Poorest US households spent 33% of their incomes on food in 2015

While households spend more money on food as their incomes rise, food expenditures represent a smaller portion of income as households allocate additional funds to other goods.In 2015, U.S. households in the highest income quintile spent an average of $12,350 on food—both from grocery stores and eating out......

Juan José Bolanos Herrera, Pinaalbo, Costa Rica

"Pineapple area grew to almost 300 hectares”

Pineapple is an important product in Costa Rica. Pinaalbo has been specialised in this exotic since 2014. “Pinaalbo is a family company. At first we were just growers, but by now we’ve also become exporters. My father saw a chance to grow, and he expanded the area over the years. We grew considerably.....

Andreas Schindler, Don Limón:

“We use sustainable development goals and are producing healthy food”

The grape season in North America went well for Don Limón, the second year for the company's grapes in Canada. “However, the European season, which has finished by now, was much more difficult. The year was good, volume-wise - we doubled our imports to Europe - but bad regarding pricing due to an overflowed.....

Jeffrey Moret, TOFF:

“Organic market’s booming, but supply’s also growing enormously”

Jeffrey Moret and Cees van Vugt are proudly entering their third year with their organic wholesaler. The first two years, they did so under Marni Fruit’s guidance, but as of February they’ve been independent with TOFF, The Organic Fresh Factory. “We’re very satisfied. Our team has been expanded to six people,.....


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Project to process and commercialise mangoes in Africa

An Italian project to organise and promote mangoes from the large plantations in all tropical African countries (Ivory Coast, Senegal, Camerun, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso and Guinea Conakry) - the Gaia project for mangoes was presented at the latest edition of Macfrut.Left to right.....

Total Produce shareholder dividends increase by 10%

Total Produce, a fresh produce provider, has said that it will pay a final dividend to shareholders of 2.2297 cent per share, an increase of 10 per cent on last year’s dividend. The Dublin headquartered company said it will pay the dividend on May 26th.In a trading update issued on Thursday, the group said.....

French cucumber crisis

The Market News Network (RMN) has declared cucumbers to be in crisis. Prices in January and February were a lot higher than the average but began to decrease in March. The Minister of Agriculture explains that “In April, the prices continued to decrease with the increase in all production basins as well as.....

Award for Swiss pomologist Klaus Gersbach

The pomological researcher Klaus Gersbach received the Dr. Rudolf Maag Prize, and a sum of 15,000 Swiss francs (about 15,400 USD), for his achievements in fruticulture.For years Klaus Gersbach has been committed to the Swiss fruit cultivation. (lid/zvg)Klaus Gersbach, an experienced and internationally.....

Potatoes cheaper in Poland than in Ukraine

"If we look at prices in all European countries, potatoes are sold for the cheapest price in Poland," stated Oleksy Dorosenko, president of the Retail Chain Association of Ukraine. He noted that, in Poland, vegetables are actually cheaper than in Ukraine."We compared the prices of potatoes in some of the.....

France: Decrease in apple and pear stocks

According to Agreste, apple stocks in April were 14% below those recorded at the same time in 2016. The decrease is partly due to a 7% decrease in harvest over the year. Prices in September 2016 were 2% above the 2011-2015 average (and 14% above for Gala apples). Exports in October were more dynamic for Galas.....

Turkey plans to increase agricultural exports to Russia

Producers and exporters of agricultural products in Turkey intend to significantly increase the supply of fruits to Russia, as stated by the head of the Union of Fruit and Vegetable Exporters of the Mediterranean Region of Turkey, Ali Kawak.Moscow and Ankara have only just signed a joint statement on the.....

Growing market for organic berries in Ukraine

In Ukraine, organic berries are gaining popularity every year, with the fastest growth being recorded in the segment of small farms (up to 10 hectares). This was revealed in a speech by Elena Daineko, director of Organic Business School, in the framework of the eighth international conference "Berries of.....

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Hort Connections: The global trends influencing the industry

The ways in which consumers are shopping across the globe are having a profound impact on how the whole production supply chain operates. That was the message from three leading international market companies, speaking a presentation at last week's Hort Connections in Adelaide.Michael Franks from New Zealand.....

NZ Budget delivers a major biosecurity boost

The New Zealand Government will spend $18.4million over the next four years to strengthen the nation's biosecurity system. It handed down the annual budget on Thursday afternoon, announcing a bigger-than-expected surplus, allowing it to invest heavily in infrastructure, with several key projects in the Primary.....

Zespri sees record sales by volume and value in 2016/2017

A remarkable season of increased yields and the largest-ever New Zealand crop helped lift total Zespri sales volume from New Zealand to a record 137.7 million trays, 18 percent up on the previous year. Sales of kiwifruit from Zespri’s Northern Hemisphere supplying locations also grew by 14 percent to 16.6.....

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Top ten facts about tomatoes

1. Until the 17th century, tomatoes were called love-apples for their supposed aphrodisiac effects.2. The Italian for tomato is “pomodoro” which means “golden apple”. 3. In the 18th century, tomatoes were widely thought to be poisonous as they come from the same family as deadly nightshade. 4. In 1887, the US.....

Lidl Poland promotes fruit & veg with Smurfs

Lidl has unveiled another promotion that will feature Stikeez figures, this time with smurfs. This is supported by an advertising campaign with Darla Ładochy. As part of the promotion, which starts on May 8th, the Stikeez figurine will be given to customers for a one-time purchase of at least PLN 50 and.....

Scientists claim plants can hear water

Scientists are studying and confirming that plants may actually have the ability to sense sounds, like flowing water in a pipe ― or even buzzing insects.Researchers at the University of Western Australia have conducted experiments which point to the possibility that some plants may actually detect sound.....

Report addresses global food security challenges

The University of Guelph is part of an international commission that has developed an action plan to solve food and nutrition challenges around the world.U of G is the only Canadian institution represented in the Challenge of Change commission, formed in 2016 by the Association of Public and Land-Grant.....

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