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Fusion Marketing celebrates is 20th anniversary

Fusion Marketing, a specialist in the produce industry providing customized marketing and sales solutions, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month. Two decades of industry expertise has provided clients with actionable solutions to help grow their business.Fusion Marketing was founded by Steven Muro in.....

Nourish Bowls™ line

Mann Packing launches new Bacon Maple Brussels flavor

Mann Packing announced the launch of a new flavor in its popular Nourish Bowls line: Bacon Maple Brussels (U.S.) and Bacon Maple Delight (Canada). The new bowl joins Monterey Risotto, Sesame Sriracha, Southwest Chipotle and Cauli-Rice Curry in the award-winning line of single-serve warm meals.As the only warm.....

Crystal Valley Foods acquires Team Produce International, Inc.

Crystal Valley Foods (Crystal Valley) announced that it has finalized the acquisition of Team Produce International Inc. (Team), a leading marketer and importer of fresh asparagus, berries, stone fruit and other specialty items from Central and South America. The acquisition further enhances Crystal Valley’s.....

South African grape season

"A challenging season, but nothing that we hadn't seen before"

Last season saw a few ups and downs for the South African grape producers: Namibia with a good harvest, worries about not enough rain, then too much, the thread of hail just when the harvest is ready. How the different markets would be and a constant worry for South African exporters: the exchange.....

SupHerb Farms celebrates 25th anniversary

SupHerb Farms will celebrate its 25th anniversary on May 4th. For the past 25 years, SupHerb Farms has established itself as North America’s preferred supplier of garden-fresh taste and on-trend flavor solutions for its foodservice and food manufacturing customers. Celebrating this milestone, SupHerb Farms.....

Total Produce invests in eco-friendly lorries

In what is a first in Irish agri-business, Total Produce has partnered with Gallagher Brother Haulage to convert a fleet of eight 40ft lorries from conventional diesel fuelled vehicles to BIO LPG Autogas. Managing Director of Total Produce, Mr. Des McCoy with Mr. Mark Gallagher of GallagherBros. Haulage in.....

Johan De Gendt, CEO Nicolaï Fruit:

"Where is the fruit and vegetable price limit?"

We all have to deal with the latest developments. "In the future it will be a huge challenge to handle this well as a fruit and vegetable trader. Consumption trends follow each other week on week. A lot is online, through smartphones and products have to reach the consumer even more quickly. We also want to.....

Fresh Del Monte Produce posts Q1 net income of $46.4mn

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. (FDP) today reported first-quarter net income of $46.4 million. On a per-share basis, the Coral Gables, Florida-based company said it had profit of 90 cents. Earnings, adjusted for asset impairment gains and non-recurring gains, were 84 cents per share.Del Monte shares have.....

Children’s cooking challenge teaches importance of fruits and veggies

Produce for Kids and Shuman Produce have partnered with Macaroni Kid for the Macaroni Kid Cooking Challenge (MKCC) taking place in Southampton, NY on May 7. The two-month digital campaign kicked off on March 1 and will commence when six junior chef finalists face off in-person creating on-the-spot healthy.....

To purchase school supplies for local children

‘Run for Backpacks’ 5k raises $25,000

Lipman Family Farms recently hosted a “Run for Backpacks” 5K and Junior Fun Run to raise money for its annual backpack giveaway. Through sponsorships and 211 registrations, the event raised more than $25,000, which will be used to purchase 1,300 backpacks filled with school supplies for local students.“Our.....

Shuman Produce Purchases Vidalia onion operation

Shuman Produce has purchased the Plantation Sweets Vidalia onion operation in Cobbtown, Georgia. The purchase includes 620 acres of property, which houses a 94,000 square foot packing facility sold at auction on April 26. As a year-round grower and shipper of RealSweet® brand sweet onions, Shuman Produce is.....

Organic produce growers win Agricultural Safety award

Duncan Family Farms, a 100% organic grower of a wide variety of produce, was awarded the 2017 All Ways Safe Agricultural Safety Award for a Large Company. They have been honored for all four of their farming operations in Brawley, Nipomo and New Cuyama, California and Buckeye, Arizona.The prestigious All Ways.....

Chiquita cartel case paves way for European evidence swaps

The European Commission can use evidence from Italy’s tax authorities in building a case against a cartel that fixed prices for bananas in Greece, Italy and Portugal, Europe’s Court of Justice affirmed in an April 27 judgment.The court’s judgment “will pave the way for future cooperation between authorities at.....

Start of Ortolanda collaboration

As of today the Dutch radish breeders Cornelissen Fresh Food, Coolbergen and the Italian radish breeder Ortolanda will officially continue as 'Ortolanda'. With their new house style the companies are strengthening their long, intensive collaboration and will continue under one name in the future.New logo in.....

Spain: Mercadona beats market share record

Mercadona has beat its own record. The Valencian company has reached a market share of 23.6% in Spain in the first quarter of the year, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel. This is 0.7 percentage points more than in 2016. "After the halt of growth in packaged food last year, the Valencian.....

Santiago Blázquez: The new manager of ASOMAFRUIT

The Board of Directors of ASOMAFRUT has just appointed Santiago Blázquez as manager of the association.The former legal adviser is now taking over the reins of the Association after four years in that position and is preparing the revision of the strategic plan for the coming years after being asked to do so.....

Spanish firms adapting to new consumption habits

New consumption habits, new family models, different lifestyles, etc. are changing the preferences of consumers in other countries. It is no accident, therefore, that large retailers are offering trays with two small pieces of cauliflower, broccoli, etc., as these are better adapted to the needs of their.....

80,000 students in Chicago schools sample fresh-cut mango

The National Mango Board teamed up with Del Monte Fresh Produce to donate mango samples, fact sheets, and promotional materials to students in the 97 Chicago Public Schools that participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). The sampling event took place April 25th and benefit 80,000 children who.....

China: Qinghuangdao airport offers fruit transport services

On 19 April, the Qinghuangdao airport for the first time used one of its own flights to transport 910 kg of seasonal fruits to Chengdu. Qinghuangdao airport's cargo transport department actively visits surrounding production grounds for fruits. Now, since 19 April, the airport is offering transport services.....

Backing statewide ban campaign

Harris Farm Markets asks customers to #BANTHEBAG

Family-owned grocer, Harris Farm Markets, announced this week a partnership with Clean Up Australia on its campaign to reduce the use of single-use, lightweight plastic bags across its 23 stores in New South Wales. Firmly supporting the campaign to ban single-use plastic bags in NSW, Harris Farm Markets will.....

"Season of Flavor" extended

An American apple producer reports huge successes with its spring Season of Flavor promotion, which included customer favorites, Ambrosia™, KIKU®, Kanzi®, Jazz™ and Pacific Rose™ apples. CMI's Season of Flavor program kicked off in early March and has spurred creative apple retail displays across the nation.To.....

Higher turnover, lower profits for FruitMasters in 2016

FruitMasters presented their 2016 figures at the AGM held on Tuesday, 25 April. They ended the year on a positive note, with a growth in volume and revenue as compared to the previous year. These figures, which were approved by it's members, along with investments paint a positive picture for the future.Even.....

Pitted Cherries to market Atlanta Poland’s flagship brand

The agency Pitted Cherries has won the tender organised by Atlanta Poland S.A. to be in charge of the marketing activities for its flagship brand: Bakal. The companies started cooperating in February 2017.Activities will include the promotion of selected product categories and the management of Bakal's brand.....

China: Xianyi Supply Chain partners with Beijing Zhuzong Technology Trading

On 25 April, a signing ceremony was held for the strategic partnership between Xianyi Supply Chains and Beijing Zhuzong Technology Trading. Both companies will establish a profound cooperation in the fields of logistics information, controlled temperature storage, logistics management, supply chain financing.....

Help produce business strengthen partnerships, knowledge and sales

PMA Fresh Connections: Mexico May 24-25

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) will host its 10th annual Fresh Connections: Mexico conference and expo May 24-25 at the Poliforum in León, Guanajuato, Mexico. At this two-day event, PMA will bring together produce suppliers and buyers from across the globe for networking, education sessions, and an.....

Dried fruit, nuts and seeds

Snack food manufacturer launches new website

Charlotte-headquartered Tropical Foods – snack food manufacturer and distributor– unveiled a new www.tropicalfoods.com website this week.The new website has been designed to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality, responsive design, detailed product information.....

Tokyo-backed venture to set up in Hong Kong supermarkets

A Japanese public-private fund will back an effort to sell domestic produce at supermarkets elsewhere in Asia to middle-class consumers who have mainly seen these imports as a luxury rather than everyday shopping.The Cool Japan Fund's partnership with Tokyo-listed produce distributor Nousouken starts in Hong.....

Taylor Farms wants to make food without fossil fuels

As industries go, agriculture represents one of the worst environmental offenders, according to research by the United Nations Environment Programme. Farms need tending around the clock. So besides all the fertilizers, pesticides and water they use, farms also burn a lot of fossil fuels and money to keep the.....

Lamb Weston / Meijer acquires Oerlemans Potato Division

The acquisition of Oerlemans Foods increases the Lamb Weston / Meijer production capacity for French fries by 85,000 tons. The photo shows cut skin-on potato strips leaving the dryer, ready for either coating or par-frying.Lamb Weston / Meijer has reached the completion phase of the acquisition of the potato.....

Nino Venezia, Dutch Graphic Group:

"Second LED printing press will soon arrive"

At the start of this month the Dutch Graphic Group in Venlo, the former Graphic&Mail, introduced the latest size colour Mark Andy P5 printing press, based on LED Technology. The demand for the graphic products is so high that the owner, Nino Venezia already has plans to purchase a second similar printing.....

Canadian fresh-cut processor expands into Ready-to-Eat Fruit & Vegetable Snackers

Freshline Foods, a Canadian processor of fresh-cut, value-added fruits and vegetables, is making healthy snacking fun and exciting with the launch of its Snackers product line.A new addition to the Freshline Foods family of Grab & Go products, Snackers come in nine nutritious and delicious tri-pack fruit.....

Dole files to enter public market again

U.S. fruit and vegetable producer, Dole Food Co Inc, led by 94-year old David Murdock, filed with regulators on Tuesday for an initial public offering, four years after it was taken into private ownership.The California-based company — once the world's largest producer of fruits and vegetables — was taken.....

Air New Zealand ranked NZ's most reputable company

The reputational strength of Air New Zealand continues, with the latest NZ Corporate Reputation Index results ranking them 1st. This marks the fourth year running the organisation has been in the top 2.The latest Index shows Air New Zealand taking line honours for the second year in a row; the carrier ranked.....

CPMA announces 18 Passion for Produce participants

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) is proud to announce the 18 participants for the 2017 Passion for Produce (PFP) program at the CPMA Annual Convention and Trade Show in Toronto, May 9 to 11.Passion for Produce was created by CPMA in 2010 as an added value to members and to provide rising stars.....

Total Produce execs pay increased by 7.2% last year

Chairman Carl McCann, chief executive Rory Byrne, finance director Frank Davis, and director Frank Gernon shared a total pot of just over €2.53m last year, up from €2.36m in the previous year.Mr Byrne’s remuneration package rose from €913,000 to just over €1m, while that of Mr McCann increased from €725,000 to.....

China: Peak period for purple garlic exports starts next month

"Yunnan province is the major Chinese region where purple garlic is grown, but the gross output is not high. This year's season for purple garlic started two weeks ago and will finish at the end of April. In comparison to last season, there's no big change in the output of purple garlic this season," says.....

A Spanish puree company makes the leap to Latin America

After having participated in the ExpoANTAD & Alimentaria fairs in Mexico, Galifresh is expanding to Latin America by starting to export its 100% natural fruit purees to various markets. The company has reached agreements with importers & distributors to distribute their products in Mexico, Central.....

Andres Colichon appointed as CFO of Camposol Holding

Camposol Holding has appointed Mr. Andrés Colichón as CFO of the company.Mr. Colichón holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace College, Berea, Ohio, USA and an MBA degreespecializing in finance and strategyfrom the Boston University, USA. He held the position of CFO.....

Spain: Carrefour and Ecovalia backing organic agriculture

An agreement has been signed by Gaspar Noguera, regional director of Carrefour in Andalusia, and Álvaro Barrera, president of Ecovalia, which aims to promote and develop actions in the 40 Carrefour hypermarkets in Andalusia with the goal of raising the awareness of consumers of the benefits of organic.....

Opal® apples participate in consumer events around the US

Opal® appeared on multiple occasions around the United States from January through April to the cheers of existing fans and those trying the crispy, flavorful and sweet apple for the first time. Events took place from coast to coast and included races, family expos and festivals where Opals were distributed to.....

May 13, Hillsborough

NAPAR's 18th annual Pete Class Memorial Golf Tournament

NAPAR’s annual golf tournament honoring the memory of produce industry stalwart Pete Class, former CEO of the Class Produce Group, is less than a month away. More than 100 golfers from the industry will tee off at Royce Brook Golf Club in Hillsborough, NJ, in a shotgun start at 8:30 in the morning. The round.....

Veggie Bags conquer Migros in Switzerland

In the Migros supermarket in Zurich, the reusable Veggie Bags for fruit and vegetables have successfully passed their trial phase. So from 18 April, Veggie Bags are sold in all Migros supermarkets in Switzerland.The transparent, reusable Veggie Bags are an environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic bags,.....

LBP Rotterdam chooses solar energy

By placing 1,400 solar panels on the roof of their buildings in Maasdijk, LBP Rotterdam has recently taken further steps in choosing a cleaner environment. “Sustainability has become important because energy sources are depleted or becoming less suitable for use. The use of the sun is a much chosen way to.....

China: Zhuji strawberries go to Thailand

Yesterday at 6 am on a chilly morning, at the strawberry greenhouses of Zhuji city's Jiangzao Haiyi Fruit and Vegetable Agricultural Cooperative, 200 kg of fresh strawberries were prepared for transport.They are travelling to Hangzhou to take an aeroplane to Bangkok in Thailand. Reports say that this was the.....

Jingdong promotes new customized service for storage and distribution

Thriving on the struggle between consumers and merchants are the constant propositions of competition between online commerce platforms. To a certain extent the attraction of online commerce platforms for consumers is decided by manufacturers, brand names and agents. Aiming to help merchants in their struggle,.....

China: Raspberries become a bakery favorite

"Raspberries are an uncommon fruit. The global raspberry output is limited, and this is also the case in China. This is mainly because of the high requirements concerning location and environment are to be met before raspberries can be cultivated. There are many different varieties of raspberry but, it has.....

Anton Rutten, Aphrodite Fruit:

“Growth in Greek tourism important for fresh produce sales”

After a long career in the fresh produce trade, Anton Rutten (64) started to work for Aphrodite Fruit BV, part of the Souras Fresh Group, in the autumn of 2015. The name refers to the Greek goddess of love and Anton therefore completely focuses on daily operations searching and supplying the Greek branches of.....

Judge finds Gerawan guilty of violating California labor laws

An administrative law judge ruled that Gerawan Farming violated state labor law by refusing to bargain in good faith and by trying to exclude some workers from a collective bargaining agreement with the United Farm Workers union in 2013.The 65-page decision, issued Friday, stemmed from several charges of.....

National Volunteer Week April 23-29

PMA and CGTbyPMA volunteers recognized for giving back

Volunteers are a core component of any trade association or nonprofit organization. The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and the Center for Growing Talent by PMA (CGTbyPMA) are no exceptions. Each year, more than 400 volunteers donate their time, talent and voices to advance the global fresh produce and.....

China: Farmers benefit from compound microbial fertilizer

"We launched our compound microbial fertilizer on the market in 2011, and after several years of promotion, a large number of fruit growers now have a better understanding of this new fertilizer.In order to meet the increasing market demand, many former manufacturers of compound and normal fertilizers have.....

China: Bright start to season for strawberries in Ganrao

"Strawberries from Shandong province's Ganrao county, part of Dongying city, entered the market on November 10 last year. Prospects indicate that the market time will end some time around the 1st of June. In comparison to last season, the current state of affairs shows a relatively stable output of.....

Aldi remains the number one worldwide discount store

Aldi is currently in the lead against Lidl as best discount food store worldwide.This is the conclusion reached by the trade research company Planet Retail in a current forecast reported by the weekly journal Wirtschaftswoche."In the coming years, Lidl will grow more strongly than Aldi Nord and Süd," said.....

Sales at Lidl Austria increase to 1.2 billion Euros

Just like the previous year, Lidl Austria continued to grow in the financial year 2016/2017, and with 1.2 billion Euros, net sales rose by almost 10%. The construction industry, the labor market, and domestic agriculture, all benefited of this growth.Lidl Austria is still going strong: "Almost 20 years ago,.....

Mann Packing introduces single-cut leaf line in Canada

Mann Packing has introduced the company's new leaf lettuce line to Canadian markets. Previously under the Simply Singles® banner, the new Single Cut™ line includes Better Romaine™, Better Green Leaf™, Better Red Leaf™, and the company’s proprietary Better Burger Leaf™ lettuces.The Better Burger Leaf is perfect.....

María Cristina Couturier resigns as CFO of Camposol

The Board of Directors of Camposol Holding SA has released a statement reporting that María Cristina Couturier has resigned her position as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in order to seek new projects to fulfil her personal aspirations.Jorge Ramírez, CEO of Camposol Holding Ltd., will take over the role of CFO.....

Italy: OP Jolly Coop looks towards new markets

"We currently export 30% of our stone fruit, 30% of our apples and 40% of our kiwis (green Hayward and golden Soreli). These are interesting numbers, but we are looking for new markets, especially for peaches," reports Giancarlo Bodrero, President of OP Jolly in Verzuolo (CN).The 2016 stone fruit commercial.....

UK salad factory looking for over 100 new workers

Bourne, one of the UK's biggest employers, is looking for over 100 new workers. Bakkavor’s Bourne Prepared Produce factory currently employs more than 1,200 people at its 56,000 sqm site and produces a range of products such as bags of leafy salad, fresh stir-fry mixes and fruit pots. The firm are trying to.....

Northwest produce sales veteran Kent Bille Marboe passes away

Long time Northwest produce sales agent Kent Bille Marboe passed away Monday, April 3, at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA, at age 83.Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Wenatchee, WA, followed by a reception at The Highlander Golf Club in East.....

Tour de Fresh raises nearly half-a-million dollars for salad bars

Since its inception in 2014, the Tour de Fresh cycling event, presented by The California Giant Foundation, is proud to announce that nearly half-a-million dollars has been raised to support Salad Bars to Schools. The combined fundraising total to-date is $435,000, placing 192 salad bars in schools across the.....

Fresh produce marketing agency forms new Communications Team

As social media and public relations disciplines continue to play a symbiotic role in marketing communications, the DMA Solutions, Inc. is excited to announce its newly formed Communications Team along with the promotion of Beth Atkinson to Communications Director.This transition began with the expansion of.....