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Friday, May 25, 2018

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Belgian endive consumption in the US on the rise

European expats, consumers looking for gluten free appetizers, and restaurateurs are helping demand for Belgian endives to grow. Attention has been brought onto the vegetable thanks to TV shows and chefs that are presenting it in different ways. In Europe, many people cook Belgian endives during the winter.....

Packaging company acquires Colorado distribution facility

Volm Companies, Inc., a company providing packaging and equipment solutions to the fresh produce industry, has announced that it has acquired the business of Atech, Incorporated in Monte Vista, Colorado.Atech has been a long-time and valuable partner for Volm, representing the Volmpack line of equipment with a.....

Washington's rhubarb season off to perfect start

In Washington, the domestic rhubarb season has kicked off in ideal conditions. Perfect temperatures, overcast skies and a smattering of rain have helped growers produce a nice crop. The season began last month and is expected to continue well into fall."We started our field rhubarb season on April 9 and.....

Record cherry season expected in British Columbia

With the sunshine in the Okanagan Valley and summer on the horizon, the excitement is growing about the imminent arrival of summer fruits from the orchards of BC Tree Fruits Cooperative (BC Tree Fruits). A combination of ideal weather conditions through bloom and the post-bloom periods as well as new.....

All US states can export now

Guatemala lifts US potato restrictions

Fresh and seed potatoes from all states of the US are now permitted entry into Guatemala; a welcome market expansion from only one permitted state four years ago.On May 14, 2018, the USDA confirmed simplified phytosanitary certificate requirements that eliminate previous state-by-state limitations. ‘Potatoes.....

United Fresh reacts to Administration's H-2A statement

“United Fresh is pleased with the announcement by the Trump Administration and the Departments of State, Agriculture, Labor, and Homeland Security, regarding their commitment to address the critical challenges of the existing bureaucratic temporary agricultural labor programs. We look forward to continuing our.....

US: Chimacum man finds huge mushroom in field

Doyle Yancey of Egg & I Farms in Chimacum, Washington, was mowing a field on Monday when he saw something, right in the path of his machine’s blades.“I was just out mowing and I always keep my eye out for animals. I thought it was a dog, so I stopped about 18-inches away from it,” he reported. Upon closer.....

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Maersk Line expands presence in Canada and Europe

Maersk Line today announced the expansion of its product portfolio between Europe's Mediterranean region and Canada, to cater for the growing demands of importers and exporters on both sides of the Atlantic.The exclusive, fully Maersk Line-operated weekly service will be a five-vessel rotation stopping in.....

For rapid tracing of unsafe produce

Consumer & Food Safety Groups urge FDA to establish industry requirements

Consumer and food safety groups called on the US Food and Drug Administration to propose, within six months, requirements for comprehensive and rapid traceability of produce, including leafy greens.The Center for Science in the Public Interest, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, The Pew.....

Trucker's strike brings Brazil to a standstill

Brazil appeared on the verge of a standstill on the fourth day of a nationwide truckers' strike on Thursday May 24, as road blockades caused severe shortages of fuel and food. This all occurred despite a move by the state-owned oil company to defuse the crisis.Airports and gas stations were running out of.....


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Stone fruit and melons influence the exotic business

“Need for exotics is less due to presence of stone fruit”

Stone fruit and melons from the Mediterranean and elsewhere nowadays arrive in large quantities in Germany's major wholesale markets. This also applies to the Hamburg wholesale market area on which Helmuth Ehmann Fruchthandels GmbH is based. The presence of plums, nectarines and peaches has a significant.....

Currently products from Morocco and Iran still in wholesale

‘First Italian watermelons expected at the end of next week’

The season of (water) melons from the northern hemisphere starts at the same time as the large quantities of Spanish stone fruits. Although certain melon varieties are already sourced from the usual European growing areas like Spain, Portugal and Italy, one can still find watermelons from other origins on the.....

"Blanching is required to achieve the best results"

IQF Spinach is fast becoming one of the most in-demand products on the global frozen vegetable market. Spinach sales and volume have steadily been rising over the last few years. Moreover, organic spinach sales have risen by about 9% in each of the past two years (Produce Market Guide). The era of IQF spinach.....

New Purple Queen pomegranate receives CPVO protection

Via its Pom Genesis division, Genesis Innovation Group has recently been granted definitive protection for its new extra-early pomegranate variety, Purple Queen® (registration number CPVO 49181). The breeding rights will apply to all 28 member states of the European Union.Mateu Chilet, head of the Development.....

Useless having a good variety without the right rootstock

The success of products like pears derives from the right choice of rootstock. When it comes to the Abate and William varieties, Vivai F.lli Zanzi recommend Fox 9."Fox 9 rootstocks are very interesting for the Abate Fetel, Kaiser and William varieties. They propagate easily and adapt well to the environment......

Carlos Cumbreras, manager of Grufesa:

"Growing strawberries sustainably and with a high productivity is not within everyone's reach"

Huelva's strawberry campaign is coming to an end, while blueberries and raspberries will continue to be harvested until late July. In general, the campaign has been marked by the impact of rainfall, as rains have been frequent."Although the total strawberry volume has been reduced, and at given times the.....

Carrefour's rogue attempt results in actual change

Supermarket chain uses Black Markets to highlight absurdity of EU regulations

It’s heart-warming when a brand uses its weight in the interest of the public good. It’s better still when its impact is so massive it changes harmful laws.French grocery chain Carrefour accomplished just that, and in a deliciously subversive way, by launching the “Black Supermarket” alongside agency.....

Wrong label on apples at Aldi Nord leads to confusion

'Goods from Germany' originate in New Zealand

Recently there was riot on the net about Aldi-Nord selling apples labelled 'Goods from Germany', while the country of origin was New Zealand. "This is how the consumers are being duped," says the Facebook post. The discounter has now explained to Der Westen, how this error could occur. They had contacted the.....

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Goutini tomato: Large, but full of flavour

The tomato industry has been trying for years to find a tomato that's big in size but still packed with flavour. It's the holy grail everyone's looking for, and people think it has been found in the Goutini tomato.The Goutini is very exciting because it’s the size of a smallish beefsteak tomato but with an.....

Banana prices plummeted in April

Banana prices in Europe have plummeted a lot earlier this year. Normally, they decrease with the arrival of the summer fruits, but this year they began decreasing in April.Whilst the first trimester was exceptional in terms of prices and the volume consumed in Europe, the USA and elsewhere, as of April prices.....

Jayne Dyas leaves British Growers on a high note

Jayne Dyas, Head of Crop Associations at the British Growers Association, is to leave the organisation after 28 years. Jayne, who joined the organisation in 1989, has seen the number of Crop Associations managed by British Growers double from seven to 14 during that time. Jack Ward, British Growers’ Chief.....

140th anniversary

UK: Royal growers in Jersey celebrate milestone

This year, Jerseys growers are celebrating a special anniversary, marking the moment an ingenious farmer turned a few misshapen potatoes into a premium British crop. This spring marks the 140th anniversary of Jersey Royal potatoes, an agricultural icon with a quintessentially Jersey heritage. It is the only.....

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‘Sweet potatoes everywhere’

Australia: Hume Highway closed after crash

The northbound lanes of Hume Highway have been closed at Benalla following a truck roll-over that spilled sweet potatoes everywhere. Emergency services were called to the scene of the crash at midday on Friday.A southbound truck had left the road and travelled into the northbound lanes, hitting a car and.....

Former Zespri CEO joins DMS Board as director

Tauranga-based DMS, the leading kiwifruit and avocado orchard management and post-harvest operator, has announced the appointment of former Zespri International CEO Lain Jager as Board Director.Mr Jager was previously CEO for Zespri International, a $2.3B Kiwifruit Marketing and Innovation company exporting.....

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OVERVIEW GLOBAL ONION MARKET

In the northern hemisphere, the old onion harvest is competing with the new one from the southern hemisphere. In the Netherlands, for example, only the large sizes are yielding good prices and growers increasingly decide to clear out the old stock. The first early onions are already starting to be harvested in.....

US: Chimacum man finds huge mushroom in field

Doyle Yancey of Egg & I Farms in Chimacum, Washington, was mowing a field on Monday when he saw something, right in the path of his machine’s blades.“I was just out mowing and I always keep my eye out for animals. I thought it was a dog, so I stopped about 18-inches away from it,” he reported. Upon closer.....

Exclusive transatlantic service

Maersk Line expands presence in Canada and Europe

Maersk Line today announced the expansion of its product portfolio between Europe's Mediterranean region and Canada, to cater for the growing demands of importers and exporters on both sides of the Atlantic.The exclusive, fully Maersk Line-operated weekly service will be a five-vessel rotation stopping in.....

Most expensive fruits in the world

There are some fruits that will require you to dig deep into your pockets. Pagalparrot.com made a list for us.#1 Budha- shaped Pears- These can be found in China. A farmer named Zing Hangchow from Hebei province is the one who is responsible for this fruit. Chinese myth says that if you eat magical Buddha.....

Why CRISPR-modified crops do not count as GMOs

The world urgently needs to figure out ways to boost food production. Increasing crop yields through conventional plant breeding is inefficient – the outcomes are unpredictable and it can take years to decades to create a new strain. On the other hand, powerful genetically modified plant technologies can.....

Restaurants capitalize on rising supply

Avocados on everything?

The already-popular avocado is getting a turbo boost from higher supply and lower prices -- and restaurants are eager to cash in.Starbucks Corp. has added avocado spread to its permanent menu in the U.S. and Canada after a successful test run last year, while Chili’s Grill & Bar this month began selling a.....

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Consumers still hesitate to buy fresh produce online

In a recent survey, the reasons people generally gave for online grocery shopping reflect larger e-commerce trends. People are looking for good deals, they want to save time or they want to avoid the hassle of brick-and-mortar stores.Still, consumers typically turn to friends and family when looking for.....

Stacks of food, new Instagram trend

A new way to stand out with your Instagram account is to create food Jenga towers. The trend is based on the eponymous game. The rules are simple: the tower has to be built as high and as pretty as possible.

Modern cooling system protects delicate fruits and veg

Over the last 10 years, more and more companies in the fresh fruit and vegetable industry are finding themselves in a situation where they would like to modernise their business and cooling systems are an important part of the post harvest system. Based in Central Macedonia in Greece, Inokat was founded in.....

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SpartanNash: grocery delivery in Fargo Family Fare Supermarkets

United Supermarkets has upgraded ecommerce customer engagement

US: Webster Price Chopper latest retailer to partner with InstacartGrocery delivery service Instacart is increasing its presence in Central Massachusetts with a new partnership with Price Chopper in Webster. The service at the East Village Square supermarket on Worcester Road will begin Thursday. Via a.....


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