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€1.5 million European subsidy for asparagus robot

Europe has made a subsidy of €1.5 million available. This is for the asparagus robot, Sparter. This robot was developed by the Dutch technology start-up, Cerescon. The subsidy will make it possible put Sparter on the market. The European subsidy contract was signed in Brussels last week. The project will start.....

Leo Rodenrijs, Premium Berry:

Albania: "The place to be in the coming years"

"In Albania, the horticulture sector is developing rapidly. Especially tunnel constructions for growing fruit and vegetables are sprouting from the ground. It is the place for off-season production of fruit and vegetables", says Leo Rodenrijs of Premium Berry. Since February 2018, they have been the agents of.....

Automated packaging equipment manufacturer adds new VP of Sales

Haley Manufacturing is excited to announce Josh Logsdon has joined their team as the new VP of Sales and Marketing. Brandon Haley, President, says that “Josh comes to the company with over a decade of packaging equipment sales and is known for his ability to drive and build new packaging trends.” Josh is a.....

Of Canadian film, tray and lid provider and American packaging machine manufacturer

Canadian Crawford Packaging Inc. completes double acquisition

Crawford Packaging Inc. is pleased to announce it has completed the acquisition of Celplast Packaging Systems Ltd and BVM USA.Celplast is a leading provider of shrink films, food trays and lids, lidding films and heat sealable films. The Company also has a deep line of packaging equipment for a variety of.....

China: Award ceremony for blueberry research institute

Qin Gongwei, the associate director of the Qinba Blueberry Research Institute at the Shaanxi Science and Engineering University, represented the blueberry research institute when he signed an agreement with Shangheba National Forest Park in Ningshan County and Xi'an Qinherun Agricultural Science and Technology.....

Mission Produce taps Vincenzo Salento as Sales Operations Manager, Europe

Oxnard-based Mission Produce announced that the company has hired Vincenzo Salento as its Sales Operations Manager in Europe. In this role, Salento is responsible for formulating and executing sales plans as well as managing the sales support staff in the company’s Breda, The Netherlands, facility.According to.....

Australia: Kalano Farm

Northern Territory's largest tomato producer closes

Kalano Farm was the largest commercial tomato grower in the Northern Territory, producing about 150 tons a year. Now this tomato farm has shut its gates after falling into financial difficulty. The Indigenous-run Kalano Community Farm on the outskirts of Katherine had supplied local markets with tomatoes,.....

Annual results at Greenyard "fail to meet expectations"

Greenyard's annual results have failed to meet the prospects for the past financial year, as reported by the company at the presentation of these figures. The Belgian multinational has reported a modest decline in its REBITDA.The group's total turnover stood at 4.175 billion Euro. Margins were under pressure.....

Higher turnover from refrigerated than from canned products

Ready Pac Foods driving Bonduelle's turnover up

The acquisition of Ready Pac Foods is driving Bonduelle's turnover up. The French company has reported the results for the third quarter of the financial year (1 January - 31 March), in which turnover has increased by 27.7%, to 672.9 million Euro. The consolidation of Ready Pac Foods has resulted in a 30.4%.....

Claude Gruffat elected President of Natexbio

Claude Gruffat, 60, was elected President of Natexbio (the federation of organic and ecological processing and distribution companies) on the 9th April. A front runner for the organic market in France and President off Biocoop since 2004, Claude Gruffat will take over from Benoit Soury who has been at the head.....

Mondi to acquire Egypt’s industrial bags producer NPP

International packaging and paper firm, Mondi Group, has agreed to acquire a 100% stake in the Egypt-based National Company for Paper Products and Import & Export (NPP), for around EGP510m (€23.7m).NPP, which is a privately-owned industrial bags producer, operates one facility in Giza near Cairo. The.....

The Italian producer bets on bagged salads and chilled fresh soups

Italy: La Linea Verde at Cibus and Macfrut

Once again, La Linea Verde, the Italian producer of fresh-cut salads and chilled fresh soups, will take part in two important Italian Exhibitions: Cibus, the International Food Exhibition held in Parma and Macfrut, the most important show for the fruit and vegetable industry held in Rimini. La Linea Verde,.....

Ocado has announced a new international partnership in Sweden

Ocado has announced the latest in a string of international partnerships, naming Sweden's ICA for its new tie-up.Shares picked up by more than five per cent in early trading on the news.The online supermarket said it had signed a deal with the Swedish grocery retailer to use the Ocado smart platform. Ocado is.....

French-Belgian cooperation for greenhouse tomato production in northern France

The project "The greenhouses of Hauts de France", launched last year by the Belgian cooperative REO Veiling, in Arques, northern France, has begun to bear fruit. Last week, the first tomatoes of this greenhouse, which has an area of ​​9 hectares and plans to produce 6,000 tonnes a year, hit the.....

China: Cainiao opens first unmanned shipping line in Shaanxi

Freshly harvested fruit falls from the tree straight into a drone. Then the drone delivers the fruit to a warehouse 10 km from the orchard. This is the innovative technology that Cainiao brings to fresh fruit production to guarantee the fresh taste of fruit. Cainiao and Tmall made a joint statement to announce.....

First session of the world cherry summit meeting

China: Third meeting of Chilean "King Cherry" brand planters

Kingship organized the first world cherry summit meeting in Santiago, Chile, on April 25th, 2018. The meeting was a great success.Kingship board chair Li Hanqing (left) and ASOEX board chair Ronald Bown Fernandez (right)The owner of Phoenix Media Network, Inc., James E. Prevor, and sales manager Linda.....

Prevention of suspicious activities

Costa Rica: Upala Agricola watches over the safety of its exports

Some of the direct and concise actions that Upala Agricola carries out to keep their exports safe include, identifying possible suspicious criminal activities through the review and inspection of containers, and implementing preventive security standards, plans, and strategies in warehouses, their facilities,.....

Tolsma sells fully automatic potato line during trade mission to China

The recent trade mission to China was a success for the Dutch agrofood sector. This is the conclusion drawn from follow up calls among participants in the trip (8-13 April). During the mission new contacts were made and agreements formed on trade amongst themselves.Previously, the ministry of LNV announced.....

Fresh Del Monte had an increased turnover in first quarter

Today, 1 May 2018, Fresh Del Monte presents the figures of the first quarter of this fiscal year. Turnover increased from 1.03 billion dollar in 2017 to 1.1 billion dollar this year. This rising line is thanks to good results in the fresh fruit trade and bananas, although this was partially cancelled out by.....

Convenience trend doesn’t play its part in organic fresh produce assortment yet

Dutch supermarket chain Plus recently made its organic fresh assortment into a showpiece of the fresh produce departments in their shops. Their own consumer research shows consumers enjoy easy-to-find sustainable organic food. That’s why Plus combined organic fresh produce in one department two years ago, and.....

Italy: Piccolo seeds for contemporary growers

They look like so much like paperbacks, about the size of a chocolate bar, that, with their elegant packaging, calling them "seed sachets" is really too simplistic: they are 24 mini-books of a library dedicated to special plants and vegetables that only need a pot to grow. "Piccolo" turns cultivating into a.....

Kiwifruit producer appoints new Head of Marketing - Americas

Zespri continues to expand its team to oversee what they say is an increased demand for kiwifruit. As Zespri continues to work towards becoming a 12-month brand, Raul Murguia has been appointed to the newly created position of Head of Marketing – Americas. Murguia’s fluency in both English and Spanish will.....

Jiuye and Panalpina are looking for chances of strategic cooperation

On 23rd April 2018, the founder and CEO of Jiuye Supply Chain Zhang Bing, manager of the business center Fang Yun went to Bangkok, Thailand, to visit the Panalpina Group and to look for further chances of strategic cooperation. For Panalpina, as the leading service platform of fresh food in China, Jiuye Supply.....

Maturation, distribution and export procurement at high-tech location

Rosenbaum Group opens huge branch in the Netherlands

The German wholesale company Rosenbaum Group is about to open a huge branch in the Dutch Moerdijk industrial area. The subsidiary RFV Fruits is currently moving into a high-tech building with an area of 20,000 m2, including 45 ripening rooms for both bananas and exotics. From here, sales will go out to both.....

Seeka settles stage one of T&G Northland acquisition

Seeka Limited advises that it has completed stage one completion of the T&G Northland acquisition including the post-harvest assets and Zespri shares previously owned by Turners and Growers Horticulture Limited. The purchase price under stage one completion was $10.486m including the purchase of the.....

Timorex Gold® expands distribution in Brazil

São Paulo, Brazil, and Petach Tikvah, Israel, May 30 2018 - STK Bio-ag technologies and BASF have signed a collaboration agreement to expand the distribution of Timorex Gold® in Brazil. STK will grant BASF exclusive rights to market and sell the biological fungicide bactericide in the country. Timorex Gold® is.....

Jiuye Supply Chain

"Chinese mainland is a target market for Thai coconuts"

The maturation period of green coconuts is shorter than for brown coconuts, and the coconut water tastes fresher and sweeter. The young coconut is one of Thailand's four most prized fruits, together with durians, longans, and mangosteens. While Hainan coconut trees bear fruit 2-3 times a year, the Thai coconut.....

Sainsbury's promises Asda deal will cut prices

Sainsbury's has confirmed plans to merge with Asda, which is currently owned by US supermarket giant Walmart. The supermarkets said that grocery prices would fall in both chains as a result of the merger. Sainsbury's chief executive Mike Coupe also said the deal would not lead to store closures or job losses.....

Kate Reeb joins Sun Pacific as Director of Marketing

Sun Pacific, fruit grower-packer-shipper and marketer of Cuties® brand clementines and Mighties™ brand kiwifruit, announced that industry veteran Kate Reeb has joined the company as the director of marketing.Reeb will be based in the Pasadena, CA office and will be responsible for the marketing of the Sun.....

In the Jerte Valley

Frutas AZ opens new cherry sorting plant to handle rising demand

While cherry trees are in full bloom in the Jerte Valley, Frutas AZ is preparing the launch of its new sorting and packaging plant in the area. This new facility, which has more than 2,000 m2 of work space, has been designed to help the firm handle the growing demand for cherries.The construction work started.....

GEISER agro.com will soon move into a brand new competence center

Swiss wholesaler is about to move

In order to meet the ever-growing needs of the market, and to continue to satisfy customers in terms of quality, performance and product safety, GEISER agro.com AG is building a new high-performance competence center with a storage capacity of around 2,000 tonnes of dessert fruit and a next-generation apple.....

Introduction ceremony for Kingship's brand King Blueberry

Preliminary results show increased trade since Sino-Chilean Free Trade Agreement

China and Chile signed a free trade agreement on November 11th, 2017, which helped to carry the international trade concept of "one belt, one road" to Latin America. Kingship quickly grasped this opportunity to step up its investment in South American countries like Chile.On April 23rd, 2018, at exactly 13:48.....

Local production in Lipetsk expected to cover most of Russian import demands

Lamb Weston/Meijer opens large-scale French fries plant in Russia

Today, a new potato processing plant was officially opened in Lipetsk by Ivan Lebedev, State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, and by Oleg Korolev, head of the executive branch of the Lipetsk region. This first Russian large-scale French fries production facility was built.....

New multi-channel campaign for Chiquita

After Just Smile, the maxi bill-boards campaign that brought smiles around the world in the last two years, Chiquita returns to advertising as of April 2018, with “Always the best choice” the new campaign that plays on the little daily dilemmas we all face. Developed by Armando Testa the campaign will be aired.....

Seeka shareholder Farmind to cut stake to reduce foreign ownership

Seeka's biggest shareholder Farmind Corp will cut its stake in the fruit grower to reduce the company's foreign ownership below the Overseas Investment Office screening threshold. At today's annual meeting, the Te Puke-based company told shareholders its Japanese investor Farmind will today transfer a 6.55.....

Dutch breeder introduces organic lettuce varieties

Bejo has added lettuce to its organic assortment. The new offering begins with five well-known, high-performing varieties from their lettuce range. Popular in Western Europe, these varieties include Times and Rumours in Iceberg, Agribel and Sementel in Batavia and Malis in Butterhead.All these varieties.....

Australia and the US unite to meet global horticulture challenges

The grower-owned Research and Development Corporation, Hort Innovation, has signed a historic co-operative research deal with a leading US research university, ranked among the top in the world for agricultural science programs, to support Australia’s $9.3 billion horticulture industry.The agreement was.....

China: Jiu Tai Agriculture is ready for fresh Thai durian

Jiutai Modern Agriculture welcomes fresh Thai durian to the Chinese market.Company president Henry Wang is currently visiting various plantations and suppliers in Thailand."We are excited about fresh Thai durian. This is the peak durian import period. We supply Yonghui supermarkets and wholesale fruit markets.....

Spain: Benihort adding spring onions to its range

The Cooperativa Agrícola San Isidro de Benicarló (Benihort) has added spring onions to its product portfolio. The company is currently immersed in its spring-summer campaign and, for the first time, its warehouse has received this product from the orchards of its partners. The prospect is to market some.....

SUNSET® Wins Packaging Innovation Award at CPMA

SUNSET® has earned another award for its You Make Me™ line of four pasta kits, this time winning the Packaging Innovation Award at the CPMA Convention and Trade Show in Vancouver, Canada. This is the second innovation award that SUNSET has received this month.According to CPMA, the pasta kits were awarded for.....

UK: Fire at Bedfordshire Growers

On Thursday 19th April 2018 at 7pm a fire started at the Bedfordshire Growers site in Potton Road, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, the building involved was leased from Bedfordshire Growers to Primaflor UK and used for their distribution of salad products. The fire destroyed significant parts of the loading bays,.....

New Grape Manager for Mexico deal welcomed to Seald Sweet family

Produce marketer Seald Sweet welcomed new hire Rob Anderholt on April 16th as the company’s West Coast Divisional Sales Manager. He comes to Seald Sweet with over 20 years of experience in the grape category and is primarily based in Bakersfield, California.In the coming months, Anderholt will be immersed in.....

A closer look at Albert Heijn's easy vegetable assortment

The nutritional centre advises eating at least 250g of vegetables per day, but despite this advice, the vegetable consumption in the Netherlands isn't rising. By making vegetables easier and tastier, consumers are aided in the attempt to raise their vegetable consumption. Albert Heijn is investing in this with.....

Stoller in China

"Not only do we sell the product itself, we also provide an integrated service plan"

The American Stoller Group was established in 1970. The headquarters are in Houston, Texas. This international company is specialized in the research and development of new types of fertilizer, retail, and technological service. Stoller Group has established research facilities in North America and Brazil, and.....

China: Xianfeng Fruit makes its debut in Zhengzhou

Xianfeng Fruit appeared for the first time in Zhengzhou on April 20th. They opened 10 stores in one go. This appearance in Zhengzhou symbolizes a further step in their "one hundred cities, ten thousand stores" strategy. At the beginning of 2018, Xianfeng Fruit opened 150 new stores, which was a significant.....

Fruit SA elects new chair and vice-chairperson

Ms Bongiwe Njobe is the new chairperson of Fruit SA. She was elected at a board meeting of the organisation. Justin Chadwick, Chief Executive Officer of the Citrus Growers Association (CGA) of Southern Africa, is the new vice-president of Fruit SA. The sector exports more than 60% of local fruits to more than.....

The Wonderful Company launches new Marketing and Insights team

The Wonderful Company today announced the formation of its new Marketing and Insights team, part of the Wonderful Agency, the company’s in-house, full-service advertising and marketing agency. The department is led by industry veteran Amy Snow (right), who serves as Head of Market Research and Consumer.....

CAN (ON): Grower launches kid-friendly line

Double Diamond Farms is expanding its portfolio to grab the eyes and tummies of their “littlest” audience. The company is revealing two new eye-catching products that build on its kid-centric line. The new Gecko Grapes grape tomatoes and Panda Peppers mini peppers join the Croco Cukes cocktail cucumber.....

BayWa Württemberg

Heavy sales losses in the fruit division

In 2017, BayWa Württemberg increased its sales to 578 million euros (previous year: 570 million euros). Technology, energy and building materials increased. Agriculture performed well despite difficult markets; the fruit area suffered partly from catastrophic weather conditions. Well positioned overall, BayWa.....

Chilean Hortifrut interested in buying the largest Peruvian producer of blueberries

As part of its expansion plan to meet growing international demand, the Chilean production company Hortifruit SA, which is based in Santiago, is about to finalize the purchase of Peru's largest blueberry producer.In October last year, the company announced its intention to pay US $160 million for the national.....

Eminent celebrates 35th anniversary

On Friday, 20 April, Eminent celebrated its 35th anniversary. About 200 guests gathered for an inspiring themed afternoon about vegetables, food and health in the World Horti Center.The afternoon was opened by Jan van Heijningen, manager of Eminent. Jan thanked his wife for her support, after which he gave the.....

Fresh food and ingredient supplier celebrates its 50th anniversary

Concord Foods celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with new products, branding, and innovation. What started as a solution to filling the need for multi-use lemon and lime juice in the fresh produce department has now blossomed to a full-range supplier of fresh, all-natural products that the company said.....

Australian grower recognized for efforts in China

Costa Group has been announced as a finalist in the prestigious 25th Annual AustCham Westpac Australia-China Business Awards.Nominated for the Business Excellence Award for Agriculture, Food & Beverage, Costa has been recognised for its operations in China with its focus on the development of large scale.....

Coco Agro at Macfrut

Sri Lankan companyCoco Agro will attend Macfrut 2018 (9th-11th May in Rimini) in hall D7, stand 034 to meet new potential clients."With over two decades of experience in the business, we play a leading role in many markets all over the world and especially in the US and Canada, Europe, Turkey, Azerbaijan,.....

United Producers of Mexico

UPM opens Dutch Center for quality control in Mexico

United Producers of Mexico opens Dutch Center for Quality Control in Guanajuato, Mexico. United Producers of Mexico (UPM) have been building a commercial bridge between the Netherlands and Mexico by implementing European import standards for agricultural products in Mexico. In order to build stronger and.....

Change in leadership at Halls

Global fresh produce business, Halls, announced that Craig McBain has resigned from his position as CEO. Craig joined the company in February 2012 and following his resignation earlier this year, will be leaving the business in May 2018 to pursue personal interests.Under McBain’s leadership, Halls has.....

Tozer Seeds welcomes Dr Geoffrey Denton to the R&D team

Tozer Seeds welcomes Dr Geoffrey Denton to the Research & Development teamDr Geoffrey Denton recently joined Tozer Seeds Ltd as Plant Pathologist. He will be involved in their disease resistance breeding programs and his role will include developing new tests for analysing diseases in seed, helping to.....

Producers and supermarkets save on costs

France: “Fruit and vegetables for those who lack access”

Ceeclic is a French platform, supporting large retailers in the revaluation of unsold products, by donating to food aid associations. Abdeladil Tebibel, co-founder of Ceeclic, says: "A month ago we entered the market of fruit and vegetable producers, because they too have a lot of consumable, yet unsellable.....