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Spain: Biodegradable mulching film made of Mater-Bi for watermelons

On 28 June the Cajamar Cooperative Group organized a day of study at its Experimental Center located in Paiporta (Valencia).During the day, dedicated to the use of biostimulants in agriculture, the various experimental tests currently being carried out at the Experimental Center were also presented, including.....

Fedagromercati now part of CSO Italy

Fedagromercati Nazionale is now part of CSO Italy - Centro Servizi Ortofrutticoli. The objective is to make the chain more efficient and increase the potential of Italian produce thanks to the collaboration of all actors.Being part of the federation means the businesses part of CSO Italy will become more.....

RK Growers, Rivoira, and VIP Val Venosta announce alliance for Asian market

3 Italian growers and exporters sign Joint Venture agreement to market top quality European apples in Asia

RK Growers, Rivoira and Vi.P Val Venosta have announced an alliance, focusing on the Asia market.After intense negotiation over the last few months, three Italian partners, Rivoira, RK Growers and the Val Venosta groups (VI.P), signed a joint venture agreement for the exclusive and joint management of the.....

"Huangguan pear production areas suffer severe damage"

"Hebei fresh pear production volume down 60%-70% this season"

"The cold current that hit China on April 6th and 7th, 2018, as well as the large hailstorm in Hebei more than a month ago, have severely damaged fresh pear production in Hebei. The Huangguan pear production areas suffered the most severe damage. It is estimated that the pear production in Hebei will decrease.....

FPAA promotes Allison Moore to Vice President

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas is pleased to announce the promotion of Allison Moore to Vice President, effective immediately.In her new role, Moore will assume more leadership and responsibility in day-to-day operations of the FPAA, which represents more than 100 companies involved in the.....

NZ Super Fund takes 27 percent stake in NZ Gourmet

The NZ Super Fund has invested in international fresh fruit and vegetable grower and marketer NZ Gourmet (www.nzgourmet.net), taking a 27% stake in the company for an undisclosed price.Founded in 1982 by brothers Paul, Chris and Tony Martin and father John Martin, NZ Gourmet produces and markets high quality.....

Pedregal to open new commercial office in the US

As El Pedregal S.A. we are proud to announce that in the next few months we will open our commercial office in the US to address the customers needs more directly.Since our foundation, we have been working hard to consolidate our PREMIUM labels: Terra Sur, Red Dragon and Mayqa in the market, exporting our top.....

September 25-27, Wervershoof

NL: Syngenta shows brassica, leafy and squash crop portfolios

Syngenta will hold its Fields of Innovation platform again this year from September 25th till September 27th in Wervershoof, Northern Holland.The company's experts will be welcoming visitors from all around the globe for 3 full days to present and comment on brassica, leafy and squash crop portfolios and.....

China: Dongfang acquires two major plantations

Chinese agricultural company, Dongfang Modern Agriculture Holding Group Limited today announced that it has acquired a 526 hectare camellia plantation and a 354 hectare navel orange plantation in Xingguo County, near the Company's existing plantations in the Ganzhou City district of Jiangxi Province,.....

Tesco and Carrefour to create long-term strategic alliance

Tesco and Carrefour are announcing their intention to enter into a long-term, strategic alliance.The Alliance will cover the strategic relationship with global suppliers, the joint purchasing of own brand products and goods not for resale. It will be governed by a three-year operational framework.The Alliance.....

US: BrightFarms raises $55 million in equity financing to fuel growth

BrightFarms has secured $55 million in a Series D equity financing. The round was led by Cox Enterprises, a communications, media and automotive services company, and joined by existing investors Catalyst Investors, WP Global Partners and NGEN Partners. This financing enables the continued rapid national.....

China: Second Huarun-Wanjia supermarket opens in Yanan

On June 28th, a second Huarun-Wanjia supermarket opened in the northwestern district of Yanan. It will stock 20 thousand items, from fresh fruit & vegetables to fresh meat and seafood, as well as cooked and frozen food.Store in Zaoyuan Road, Yanan Source: Winshang.com

China: "Strong market demand for processed blueberry products"

"Blueberries have a high nutritional value as well as a relatively high commercial value. Consumers have shown increasing interest in blueberries in recent years. Blueberry plantations in China are distributed over a wide area, but there is much overlap between the supply periods of different production areas,.....

Grupo Alimentario Citrus invested €7.5 million in 2017

Grupo Alimentario Citrus (GAC), an expert in the production and preparation of fresh foods, invested 7.5 million euro in 2017 to consolidate its company model. This transformation process, which started in 2015, will allow it to continue growing with new clients, in new channels and new markets. In 2017, the.....

Prominent adds 36 ha, total acreage now 418 ha

Mondial Group and Prominent move forward together

As of 1 July 2018, Prominent and the Mondial Group will face the future together. Both of these Dutch companies specialise in the cultivation of tomatoes. They also have the same marketing and cooperation vision.The Mondial Group consists of the Van der Wel, Zadelaers Boogaert/Van Niel, and Varekamp.....

Andermatt Biocontrol becomes majority shareholder of Biofa

The Swiss company Andermatt Biocontrol will increase its shareholding stake to a majority position in the German company Biofa. Both Andermatt Biocontrol (58 %) and Trifolio-M (22 %) have taken share options which will strengthen the long-term partnership between Biofa, Andermatt Biocontrol and.....

Canadian grower honoured with two top growers' awards

For years now Orangeline Farms and their brand Zing! Healthy Foods have been winning awards for their produce, but this year at Greenhouse Canada’s Grower Day two of their growers, Steve Stasko and Saman Soltaninejad, took home the honour of being two out of the Top 10 Under 40 for 2018. This national honour.....

US (TX): Vertical farm introduces chemical-free produce line

Eden Green Technology, a next generation vertical farming company, has unveiled 'Crisply', a locally grown, freshly picked produce line. Eden Green Technology's Crisply produce, which is non-GMO and pesticide-, herbicide- and chemical-free, can be found in Walmart stores beginning in Texas next month."We are.....

CPR System celebrates 20th anniversary

CPR System celebrated its 20th anniversary with €134 million in transfers. On 22nd June 2018, the company organised an event at Castello Estense in Ferrara. The event took place in the cellars of the old Castello Estense"We ended 2017 with a 1.7% increase in turnover, reaching €55.7 million. We handled goods.....

Strategic cooperation agreement

China: Miss Fresh partners with China Unicom

Miss Fresh Convenience Stores and China Unicom signed a strategic cooperation agreement in Beijing on June 26th. The two companies will cooperate in the fields of communication services, product supply, and shared resources. Their first initiative will be an innovative cooperation model that combines automated.....

Spain: Spar expands business

In 2017, sales at Spar Spain increased by 5,1% to €1.389 million. This is according to the annual report that was made public on 29 May. The Spanish subsidiary closed the year on a total of 1.088 branches. This is a total area of 438.181m2, with each shop being an average 403m² in size."This growth was.....

SUNSET® wins Innovation Award at United Fresh Tradeshow

SUNSET® took another Innovation Award at the United Fresh Tradeshow in Chicago. Up against eight finalists in the category, the Aloha™ pepper brought home the award for Best New Vegetable Product. All Innovation Award finalists were displayed at the Innovation Showcases at the United Fresh Tradeshow and voted.....

Zespri announces new partnership with CMA CGM

PHOTO REPORTZespri kiwis will no longer be transported to the Belgian port of Zeebrugge in refrigerated vessels. From the start of this year's kiwi season in New Zealand, these fruits will be brought in by containers. Last week, Zespri celebrated this new partnership with French container transportation and shipping.....

McCain looking at western Idaho for new facility

McCain Foods USA, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of frozen potato products, is considering building a facility in Caldwell and bringing as many as 544 jobs to the area. Monday night, the company received approval for $400,000 in grants from the Caldwell Urban Renewal Agency.McCain Foods is looking at.....

Tong Engineering opens US facility

UK manufacturer of advanced potato and vegetable handling equipment Tong Engineering shows it is ready for international expansion with the opening of a new ‘Tong USA spares, service and sales facility’ based in Fremont, Michigan. This venture comes as part of the company’s wider export strategy and will make.....

China: First harvest of '7bugo' Majiang blueberries hits the market

Majiang County is a representative for south China's top-quality blueberry industry. The plantation period is lengthy and the characteristic product varieties are outstanding. The Guizhou Dinghao Company recently signed an agreement for cooperation with the Majiang County Lanzhi Lingshan Specialized.....

Limoneira raises 69 million dollar with additional share issue

On 25 June, Limoneira closed the placement of more than three million shares at a price of 22 dollars per share. The American company, active in the production, packaging and sales of citrus and real estate, raised 69 million dollar gross with the additional share issue. Net, about 64.5 million dollar will be.....

Jacky and Alex de Bruijn leaving AGRO Merchants Westland

After respectively 33 and 29 years, Jacky and Alex de Bruijn have decided to end their careers as of 1 July 2018. This also means that from that date their activities for AGRO Merchants Westland will cease. "The trust that customers and partners have given Jacky and Alex on a daily basis has helped them to.....

Grupo IFA closes 2017 with turnover of €17 billion: 5% growth

The General Shareholders Meeting of Grupo IFA –the food and general merchandise retail group in Spain- has produced the financial results for 2017. The company has achieved a consolidated turnover of €17 billion in the Spanish and Portuguese markets. Consolidated sales in Spain total €12,35 billion, an.....

Spain: Femago suspends payments

The Mercantile Court of Almeria has admitted the bankruptcy filing procedure presented by the company EH Femago, with headquarters in Santa María del Águila; a district of the municipality of El Ejido.Given the economic volume, this bankruptcy is the biggest in the province so far this year. Femago tried to.....

US (FL): Kelly Morgan new director of UF/IFAS Southwest Florida REC

As Best Management Practices Coordinator for the state, Kelly Morgan has spent years helping growers find optimum ways to irrigate and fertilize their crops to maximize results. Now, he will get the chance to coordinate even more groundbreaking research.The University of Florida has named Morgan the new.....

Spain: Benihort closes campaign with almost 40 million Euro in turnover

The cooperative Benihort closed 2017 with almost 40 million Euros in turnover, making it one of the four most important agricultural cooperatives in the Region of Valencia.These data have been revealed in Benihort's Annual Report, which also shows that 71,834 tonnes of fruits and vegetables have been marketed......

A total of 5 awards for the discounter

Aldi Süd receives German Brand Award for 'crooked things'

ALDI SÜD has won five awards at this year's German Brand Award. The highest award ("Gold") was given for the ALDI Bistro Pop-up concept as well as the ALDI SÜD brand. Three other awards in the "Winner" category went to the Discounter for the overall concept "My Wine World", the "Crooked Things" campaign and.....

Naturipe Farms announces new avocado WC Sales Director

Naturipe Farms has announced the appointment of Dustin Hahn as West Coast Sales Director for Naturipe Avocado Farms.In this newly created role, Hahn will be responsible for leading the development and management of the Western half of the United States and Canada.“We are excited to have Dustin join the.....

China FVF Journey to the cultivation area

Boutique journey of fruit in Japan

From June 11th to the 15th, a delegation from CHINAFVF, including various well-known fruit and vegetable companies such as Shenzhen Jintaihua, the Cangzhou Wangfa biotechnology Institute, Shenzhen Xiyu Huaguoshan Agricultural Products Development, Beijing Zhida Agricultural technology and Nanjing Jiemei.....

Carlo and Marco Dürbeck will represent Dürbeck family

Anton Dürbeck Group: Fifth generation joins

"Carlo and Marco are already the fifth generation of Dürbecks feeling passionate about fruit and global trade. Together with our colleagues and long-term partners, we are looking forward to continue our successful business in the future”, says Mathias Dürbeck.After completing his studies in Economics and.....

Online share is 24%

Pagoda Dragon Boat Festival Report: No.1 fruit marketing channel

The Dragon Boat Festival [June 18th], a peak shopping period, is now coming to an end. The well-known fruit retail brand "Pagoda" recently drew the industry's attention when they announced their numbers for the 2018 Festival: the overall retail volume exceeded 45 million tons in three days, which is an.....

Biovert

Spain: Lleida-based company enters South African market

The Lleida-based company Biovert, specialised in vegetable nutrition, has entered the South African market with a first order of 17 tonnes of its products, which will be distributed to farmers or stores specialised in yield and crop quality improvement.As reported by the Department of Enterprise and Knowledge.....

SanLucar opens office in Dubai

"The demand for premium products is growing"

SanLucar, the premium brand for fruit and vegetables, has reinforced its commitment in the Arab Gulf States and the Middle East with an office in Dubai. “We are closer to our customers and can therefore respond to their needs even faster and more directly,” says the head of the new office Bilal Issa. Dubai is.....

"Gift-boxes are popular"

"Bumper harvest of Yangshan honey peaches sell well"

"Peaches from Yangshan enjoyed stable weather conditions throughout the year and therefore entered the market one week earlier than last year. The production season will last until around September 10th. Many peach orchards enjoyed a bumper harvest, as did many other kinds of orchards this year. The production.....

Great Giant Food plans to export pineapples to China

After successful transport of bananas to China, Great Giant Food is now exploring pineapple exports to China. Three subsidiary companies, Great Giant Pineapple, Nusantara Tropical Farm, and Sewu Segar Nusantara, all increased their retail volume this year.Michael Gultom, fresh fruit manager at Great Giant.....

Michael Möhring, Erfa Food Service:

'Convenience sector has opportunities for flexible providers in the out-of-the-home market'

"Vegetables are the new meat," was the message of Michael Möhring, longtime adviser in the food industry and one of the speakers at the first edition of the European Convenience Forum in Hamburg. He clearly pointed to the culinary appreciation of fruit and vegetables in the current zeitgeist and the creation.....

California producer adds to its team

Gold Coast Packing Inc., has hired Bill Munger as its new Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Bill brings more than 25 years of foodservice, retail and industrial sales experience. Prior to joining Gold Coast Packing, Bill was Executive Vice President at Greengate Fresh, prior to his time at Greengate, Bill.....

Vitaal Europe

Nationwide Produce expands Dutch operation

Due to continued growth at our Dutch division, Vitaal Europe, Nationwide Produce has expanded its warehouse facilities near Rotterdam by almost 100%. It now has 40,000 sqft (3,700 m2) of warehouse and office space on the ABC Estate in Poeldijk. Cold-storage is much sought after, with ABC being at full.....

South Africa

Zeder looks for a big payback from two new greenfield ventures

With large new opportunities proving elusive, PSG-controlled agribusiness investment company Zeder is hoping for a big payback from two new greenfield ventures. CEO Norman Celliers said at the annual general meeting on Friday that while Zeder was still determined to find one or two substantial new investments,.....

Kees Havenaar: "We ask growers to pick as per client orders"

Frutas Luna turns 10

Last week, the Spanish import-export company, Frutas Luna celebrated their ten-year anniversary. After 13 years of working for another sizeable Spanish exporter, Kees Havenaar began his own business. "We noticed that there was a lot of demand for an added service. Clients were looking for someone who would.....

Gotham Greens raises $29 million in growth equity funding

Gotham Greens, an urban greenhouse developer and grower of locally and sustainably grown produce, has announced the closing of $29 million in Series C equity funding last month. The new round brings the company's total funding until date to $45 million, not including bank debt. Since its launch in 2011, Gotham.....

US: GlobalGAP supports stakeholders to meet FSMA requirements

GlobalGAP introduces a suite of three solutions to support its stakeholders with meeting the USA's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements as well as market expectations for Good Agricultural Practices certification through a streamlined audit and reporting experience.GlobalGAP FSMA Produce Safety.....

FlyDubai cargo starts operations in Italy: new chances for fresh products

From 13 June 2018, FlyDubai will offer to the Italian freight forwarders' community daily direct flights to Dubai, connecting with more than 100 destinations of the Airline's Network in Asia, Africa, Middle East and Europe/Russia. (click here to download cargo flights map).Flights will be operated by the most.....

Year-round blueberry supply

Chilean blueberry exports to China

"The harvest season of our open-field blueberries began on June 15th after the season of greenhouse blueberries finished. The Chinese blueberry production season ends in August. However, we started importing Chilean blueberries last year in October. In this way we can guarantee year-round supply. The packaging.....

PARTIDA-Logistics celebrates 95 years of history

"Since the ban, Russia and Europe import more from Morocco"

This year, PARTIDA is celebrating its 95th anniversary. In an interview with Álvaro Partida, a fourth generation member of this Spanish company specialised in customs procedures, logistical support for imports and exports and transit by road and sea, we will go back in time to learn about the firm's history......

Keelings strengthens focus on German market

Keelings Solutions ERP expands its sales and marketing team and takes a close look at the German market. The aim is to make the ERP software solution specially tailored to the fruit and vegetable industry, well known in Germany's fresh produce sector.Caroline Keeling, Managing Director of the Dublin-based.....

Nichols Farms welcomes new chief sales and marketing officer

Nichols Farms, a grower of pistachios and almonds, announced the recent hire of marketing veteran Tristan Simpson as the new Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. The company has taken several steps in continuing to further their branding and innovation platform.Nichols Farms are a third generation farming and.....

30 years of collaboration

Hagé International receives Las Norias award

Last week Hagé International received an award for 30 years of successful commercial partnership from Las Norias, also known from the trade mark Dribling. The Spanish vegetable supplier is the largest courgette producer in Europe.Ton Bouw of Hagé (left) receives the awardHagé International is a subsidiary of.....

Limoneira expands globally with Chilean acquisition

Limoneira Company, a diversified citrus packing, sales and marketing company with related agribusiness activities and real estate development operations, announced today that it has entered into an agreement in the form of a binding memorandum of understanding to acquire a ranch and related assets of Fruticola.....

Courchesne Larose Ltd. takes minority stake in Montreal produce company

Jean-François Laverdure, CEO of J.B. Laverdure Inc. and Alain Routhier, CEO of Courchesne Larose Ltd. are pleased to announce that Courchesne Larose Ltd. has taken a minority stake in J.B. Laverdure Inc. Both organisations are key players in Quebec’s produce importation and distribution industry and this.....

Urban greens company adds another new facility

Agtech company Gotham Greens is expanding again. The Brooklyn, NY-based urban greenhouse company is opening another greenhouse, this time a 100,000 square-foot one based in Baltimore, Md. This is on top of the other expansion announced recently, a second location in Chicago, Ill. and is in addition to the.....

Pomario company

Koppert Cress partnership in Colombia

On June 15, 2018, a license agreement was signed between Koppert Cress and the Botero-González family in Medellín, Colombia. According to this agreement, this family will produce various types of Cress (micro greens) and ‘Specialties’. All these products will be offered under the brand Koppert Cress, assuring.....