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Poland: Bio Planet sales up by 5.8 percent in November

In November 2017, the sales revenue of Bio Planet, a Polish producer and distributor of organic food, has reached 11.4 million zloty (about 2.7 million Euro), which represents a 5.8% increase compared to November 2016, when it stood at 10.8 million zloty (about 2.56 million Euro), reports the company in a.....

Aldi plans to accelerate investment in Polish market in 2018

Aldi wants to increase its presence in the Polish retail market next year. The number of newly opened stores will slowly grow, and the priority for the company will be the modernisation and improvement of existing stores.The Aldi network in Poland currently consists of 124 stores, located mainly in western and.....

Vision Import Group celebrates 10 years in business

This week, Vision Import Group are celebrating their 10 year anniversary. The New Jersey based company was established by 3 individuals who were all highly experienced in the world of fresh produce."It is now our 10th anniversary being in business," said Ronnie Cohen, one of the co-founders. "It was a.....

Mushroom grower wins best new product at NY Produce Show

Highline Mushrooms has been recognized for its innovation in the mushroom category with its new Organic Mushroom Medleys offer.Highline Mushrooms announced that its new Organic Mushroom Medleys has been awarded the Best New Product at the 2017 New York Produce Show. The organic medleys introduce consumers to.....

Sold-out organic grower summit extols the importance of the organic brand

Underscoring the vibrancy of opportunities in organic produce, the first ever Organic Grower Summit (OGS) presented by CCOF and the Organic Produce Network (OPN), was an energetic, sold-out event with more than 800 attendees. Growers large and small joined other organic industry leaders and entrepreneurs in.....

NZ: New Chief Executive for kiwifruit organisation

Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) announced today that Stu Hutchings has been appointed as the biosecurity organisation’s new Chief Executive.KVH Board Chairman, Adrian Gault, says Stu joins the team well qualified with a wealth of experience and knowledge in management of biosecurity risks; research and innovation;.....

Saint Charles International (SNIFL) meet to review their last campaign

The National Syndicate of Fruit and Vegetable Importers/Exporters of Saint Charles International (SNIFL) held its general meeting on Thursday 7th December 2017, chaired by Mr. Denis Ginard.During this Meeting, the current organisation of the syndicate was reviewed, as well as the key points of the last.....

Panalpina expands perishables network into Belgium

International freight forwarding and logistics company Panalpina is to acquire the Belgian companies Adelantex and AD Handling, specialized in the handling of perishables imports in Brussels, Liège and Ostend. The move follows similar acquisitions in Germany and the Netherlands earlier this year. This latest.....

Mery Douven (B-Berry) on harvest and labour registration system GrowPro

"Our full staff registration is in the system"

The arrival of a horde of pickers brings with it a chaos of Excel files, hand written notes and accounts at many asparagus or soft fruit companies. Not any more, with the GrowPro harvest and labour registration system developed by the company Soft Solutions. The system makes it possible to consult the labour.....

Will St. Katelijne Waver house the world's largest fruit and vegetable company?

Are Deprez and Murdock about to close a deal?

Since the merger in 2015 which gave rise to Greenyard, the company has been involved in frequent acquisitions. Mushroom processor Lutèce and mushroom substrate producer Mykogen have been added to the portfolio. Last night, the Belgian fruit giant confirmed its interest in the American giant Dole Foods.Earlier.....

"Having a greater fruit volume will improve our bargaining power"

Trops to open headquarters in Portuguese Algarve

Tavira, in the district of Faro, in the Portuguese Algarve region, has been the city chosen by the agricultural transformation company Trops to establish itself outside of Spain. The objective behind the opening of these headquarters in Portugal is to get a share of the avocado production existing in this.....

Flexfresh - Uflex

Indian company wins award for packaging solution

The Indian company Uflex was presented with an award for its patented Flexfresh solution by the All India Management Association (AIMA). The award was given during the 7th Innovation Practitioners Summit, which was held on the 15th of December.Flexfresh is a polymeric film, which works on the principle of.....

Grant M. Hunt retires as President of the Grant J. Hunt Company

Grant M. Hunt, the grandson of company founder Grant J. Hunt, Sr. has announced his retirement starting January 1st of 2018. He will continue to work with the company as a consultant. Hunt’s long-term co-owners, Salvatore Rizzo and Maurice Protzen are now the owners of the company with Rizzo being named.....

NAPMM and United Fresh to host meeting of wholesale produce markets

The National Association of Produce Market Managers (NAPMM) and United Fresh Produce Association will host a meeting of wholesale market managers, boards of directors, municipal officials and USDA. Attendees will discuss the important role that wholesale markets play in cities and regions throughout the United.....

Cuties® and students team up to bring California sunshine to Miami

Cuties, the brand that pioneered California-grown mandarins, teamed up with After-School All-Stars (ASAS), the leading national provider of daily, comprehensive tuition-free academic, fitness and enrichment programs for underserved families after-school, to deliver some California sunshine to kids enrolled in.....

Greenyard explores acquisition of Dole

Belgian company Greenyard NV is exploring an acquisition of Dole Food Co, a U.S. fruit and vegetable producer that could be valued at more than $2.5 billion, including debt, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.California-based Dole has also been considering a potential initial public offering, but a.....

Greenyard explores acquisition of Dole Food

Belgian frozen foods company Greenyard NV (GREENY.BR) is exploring an acquisition of Dole Food Co, a U.S. fruit and vegetable producer that could be valued at more than $2.5 billion, including debt, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.California-based Dole has also been considering a potential.....

Idai Nature opens a subsidiary in Ghana

The Valencian company Idai Nature has intensified its expansion plans. The company, which manufactures natural solutions for agriculture, currently exports its products to more than 30 countries and it is an international reference for the cultivation of fruits and vegetables without chemical residues.Source:.....

The Landgard “IssSo” concept wins German Sustainability Award 2017

Landgard, Germany's leading produce and plants marketing organisation, is making an important contribution to fighting food waste with its "IssSo" campaign. Consumers, supermarkets and the Collaborating Centre of Sustainable Consumption and Production in Wuppertal agreed: Landgard's "IssSo" concept is one of.....

China: "Citizens are experiencing a consumer awakening"

"Because incomes have been increasing year on year, the awareness of agricultural products has been continuously growing, and e-commerce platforms have been developing very fast. Consumers are now experiencing a consumer awakening. Based on my observations, when purchasing fruit, the majority of people focus.....

Banana company aligns with United Nations’ sustainability goals

The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lay out a framework for addressing the most pressing issues on the planet by 2030. ONE Banana has aligned their Corporate Social Responsibility programs with these goals, so that their efforts to promote economic development, gender equality, health,.....

J&J Family of Farms introduces Farmganic™: new organic brand

J&J Family of Farms is pleased to announce their expansion into the organic produce space with Farmganic™.The new organic line, Farmganic™ initially includes certified organic green peppers, yellow squash, zucchini and cucumbers.“This is just the beginning for J&J, as we plan on expanding our organic.....

The Produce Moms and Wada Farms publish eBook

In partnership with Wada Farms, The Produce Moms™ has released a new eBook titled, “Sweet Spud Love.” The eBook provides an in-depth look at sweet potatoes and includes family-friendly sweet potato recipes. The eBook is available as a free download on The Produce Moms website.The eBook begins with a brief.....

Leafy greens grower-shipper spreads wreaths across America

WP Rawl, grower, processor and shipper of leafy greens continued their annual tradition of spreading Wreaths Across America in remembrance of fallen U.S. Veterans this December.Each year on National Wreaths Across America Day over 1,200 locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad continue the tradition.....

Canadian produce company reserves Tesla semi trucks

Bamford Produce Co. Ltd. has today announced that the company has reserved the all-electric Class 8 Tesla Semis, as part of its long-term environmental sustainability vision to reduce its carbon footprint.“As one of Ontario’s most long-standing produce distributors with more than 75 delivery and transport.....

California wildfire damage to avocados slowly coming into focus

Following last week’s half-dozen wildfires that traveled through Southern California, local avocado growers are still assessing how deep the damage is in their avocado groves. “I’ve been in the county extensively touring groves, meeting with growers who were impacted and it’s all across the board. The impact.....

The online battle for China's cities has started

China: How Fruit Day is reshaping online shopping with extra fast deliveries

During the "Double 12", or Single's Day, competition in the fresh food retail sector was especially tough. "The Great Battle of fresh products" that took place on the fresh produce markets of Shanghai was especially fierce when it came to speed of delivery. E-commerce platform Fruit Day has raised the slogan.....

Del Monte Fresh Produce opens new distribution facility in Houston, Texas

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., has announced the opening of its state-of-the-art distribution and processing center in its Houston, Texas (Facility).This 96,285 square foot Facility on approximately 8.5 acres is Del Monte Fresh Produce’s 24th distribution, processing and repacking operation in North America and.....

T&G Global CEO Alastair Hulbert resigns, effective today

T&G Global chief executive Alastair Hulbert has resigned after four years in charge of the fruit marketer. The Auckland-based company has called in long-term BayWa collaborator Thomas Bargetzi to act as interim CEO while it looks for a new boss, T&G said in a statement.Alastair HulbertChair Klaus Lutz.....

United Fresh to launch new leadership program for the fresh produce industry

United Fresh has partnered with the George Washington Leadership Institute to offer a new educational program for the fresh produce industry focused on the principles exemplified by America’s original leader, George Washington.Taking place April 9-11, 2018, in Alexandria, VA, and at Washington’s historic Mount.....

Green Giant Fresh launches new consumer website

Green Giant Fresh has just unveiled a new consumer-facing website. The company tells that the new site was designed to be more easily navigated and to provide a more user-friendly interface on both web and mobile applications. With the new update, the website includes a separate section to showcase the latest.....

Germany: Edeka wants to take over fruit juice producer Albi

The largest German food retailer, Edeka, wants to take over fruit juice manufacturer Albi, based in Berghülen near Ulm. The Bundeskartellamt made this known last Monday. Previously, the Heilbronner Stimme reported on this. Albi occupies seventh place in Germany with about 93 million bottlings, according to.....

TOMRA appoints Mark Host as Regional Sales Director for the Americas

TOMRA Sorting Food today announced it has hired food industry veteran, Mark Host, as the company’s Sales Director for the Americas.In his new position, Host, 43, will oversee TOMRA’s expansion throughout the Americas, including in Latin America where there is tremendous growth in fruit and vegetable.....

BelOrta and Hoogstraten merger off the cards

The merger between the Belgian companies, BelOrta Auctioneers and the Hoogstraten Cooperative, will not become a reality. Both parties informed AGF.nl of this and admitted that negotiations were not completely successful in this regard, but that they will continue working together. BelOrta, as well as.....

Kaufland ends food delivery service after pilot phase

On December 8, Kaufland informed the employees and customers of its food delivery service in Berlin that the offer will be discontinued by the end of the pilot phase on 23 December 2017. Kaufland had started the service in October 2016 as a local test operation. "We very much regret that we can not offer.....

Condis makes it possible to do groceries on-line with a fridge magnet

The customers of Condisline, Condis' on-line supermarket, will be the first to be able to do their groceries on-line with an innovative fridge magnet featuring a speech recognition system, which makes it possible to scan the products and prepare the shopping list in an easy and practical way.This pioneering.....

Farm Fresh Produce gets greener by going solar

From sweet potatoes to bell peppers, butternut squash to blueberries, Farm Fresh Produce distributes its goods across the globe. The company explains that the entire Farm Fresh operation is designed to work toward an optimized carbon footprint, by using natural pesticides, conserving water in the fields, and.....

Transports bulk agricultural products

Dutch transport company takes control of 4 other companies

AB Transport Group wants to be of greater service to its customers when it comes to the transportation of bulk agricultural products. To this end, according to AB Transport, from 1 January 2018, this logistics service provider owns a majority share in G. Bosman Transport. This company is from Nisse in the.....

Company aims to build local greenhouse farms in every major US metro

BrightFarms ranks in top 10 of most successful Food Startups

BrightFarms has been named to Inc. Magazine’s list of the top 10 most successful startups in the food and beverage industry. Featured among brands such as Halo Top and Chef’s Cut Real Jerky, BrightFarms was the only fresh produce brand to make the list.The company has grown by more than 1,800 percent in the.....

The Vanguard International Group appoints Curt McDonald to Vanguard Pride

The Vanguard International Group has announced that Curt McDonald has joined the team at Vanguard Pride in Wapato, Washington in the newly created role of Director of Facilities. Working alongside Brett Calhoun, Vanguard Pride’s General Manager and Vice President of Washington Farming Operations, Curt brings.....

Camposol wins the Good Labor Practices 2017 Award

Camposol, a agro-industrial company in Peru, obtained the first prize in the latest edition of the Award for Good Labor Practices 2017 granted by the Ministry of Labor and Employment Promotion (MTPE) to companies committed to the defense, respect, and promotion of the fundamental rights of workers.CAMPOSOL.....

Organic Produce Summit names Susan Canales as President

Susan Canales has been named President of The Organic Produce Summit (OPS), the annual produce event dedicated exclusively to the $15 billion organic fresh produce industry.Canales who has served as Director of Operations for the past two years will be responsible for overseeing all exhibitor and sponsor.....

Turkish company opens the doors of its new packhouse

It's the beginning of the Citrus season and Aksun has officially moved to its new packhouse for citrus packing. Founded in 1945, Aksun has always found innovative ways to increase its market share in the Citrus market.Aksun's aim has always been to deliver the best quality from Turkey and provide an economic.....

Italfrutta Di Manno introduces new company brand

"2017 was an important year for us as, after thirty years of activity, we launched a new brand using our family name (Di Manno). It will be used to commercialise a wide variety of fruit both in Italy and abroad.""Our main product is kiwis, with over 1,500 tons of our own production, 700 of which are exported.....

Limoneira appoints Mark Palamountain as Chief Financial Officer

The Limoneira Company announced that it will name Mark Palamountain as its new Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary, effective January 8, 2018. Mr. Palamountain will replace Limoneira’s Chief Financial Officer, Joe Rumley, who announced his decision to pursue other opportunities on.....

Diversity and innovation in Munich’s belly

Munich wholesale market: specialized and globally oriented

PHOTO REPORTDespite the uncertainty about the future reconstruction plans, the Munich wholesale market area is still the largest, most important and diverse trading hub in Germany. Every night, gastronomic suppliers and wholesalers from home and abroad visit the 310,000 m2 Fresh Center, where they can buy their fresh.....

PEI Potato Board elects new Executives for 2017/18

The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has a new executive as a result of its December 4th Board of Directors meeting.Darryl Wallace of Cascumpec was elected as the new Chairman of the Board. Darryl and his family own and operate Wallace Family Farms. Darryl represents the processing sector for the West Prince.....

Switzerland:

Gebrüder Roelli AG taken over by Mundo AG

On November 1 2017, all activities from fruit and vegetable wholesaler Gebrüder Roelli AG will be transferred to Mundo AG in Rothenburg. The transition includes the acquisition of the entire trading business, concerning vegetables, salads and fruits as well as frozen, ready-to-eat and dairy products. The.....

Rewe ends its chain of organic stores Temma

After a some eight years, retailer Rewe has ended its attempt to roll out its own chain of pure organic stores on the German market under the Temma name. Seven out of nine existing branches are expected to be closed by the end of January, a Rewe spokesman announced last Wednesday.The two Temma markets in.....

China: Fruit Day provides refreshment for the 2018 "Run the Track" championship

The competition "Run the Track" will take place in Shanghai on January 1, 2018 for the fourth time. Recently, Fruit Day signed a cooperation agreement with the championship. During the competition, Fruit Day will provide refreshments for the runners. On January 1, from 9 am to 12 noon, Fruit Day and the.....

Fatiha Charrat - Delassus Group

Delassus shows off new look for its snacking tomatoes

This Moroccan company has updated its image with the launch of a new visual identity for its Duroc brand and a newly redesigned, highly interactive website.Moroccan grower-exporter Delassus Group has announced the launch of a new visual identity for Duroc, the company’s 30-year-old brand for snacking tomatoes......

To contribute $1.72 million over five years

Sonoco announces fresh packaging initiative

This week, graphicartsmag.com reported on Sonoco’s new research partnership with Clemson University (Clemson, SC). The Sonoco FRESH (Food Research Excellence for Safety and Health) initiative will develop new technologies and new forms of packaging to optimize the fresh food lifecycle.Each year, the food.....

The Produce Moms™ earns 500 percent growth by switching to ActiveCampaign

The Produce Moms™, a community of passionate fresh produce advocates, today revealed how their adoption of ActiveCampaign, a leader in intelligence-driven marketing & sales automation, drove a 500 percent increase in the company’s network. In an effort to help others improve their marketing, The Produce.....

Hala El-Shafie appointed Health Brand Ambassador for California Prunes

Hala, a Consultant Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian and member of the British Dietetic Association, is well known for her expertise in nutrition on a number of high profile TV programmes, including ITV1’s Tonight, BBC1’s flagship show Eat Well for Less, Channel 4’s How to Lose Weight Well (which airs.....

Spain: Mercadona customers no longer required to weigh fruit and veg

Mercadona customers will no longer be required to weight and label their fruit and vegetables. The retailer owned by Juan Roig has been introducing its new generation stores where the weighing and labelling of fruit and vegetables is done on the till. Most supermarket chains have found that when the customers.....

Village Farms and Produce for Kids team up for the holiday season

Village Farms and Produce for Kids have teamed up this holiday season to bring consumers a multi-faceted campaign focusing on holiday fun for the whole family. The two have partnered to create a blog and four recipes that offer consumers a simple, easy and delicious way to incorporate fresh produce into their.....

CMI Orchards announces Food Safety hire

CMI Orchards announced today that Doug Culbertson has joined the company as Food Safety Manager. He will be responsible for working closely with food safety managers at CMI’s seven packing facilities in Washington State to continuously improve food safety initiatives at CMI.“We’re delighted that Doug is.....

US produce marketing company changes name to Wild Seed Marketing

Known throughout the industry as Idea Garden Marketing, the marketing company is taking a ‘wild’ new approach with a fresh new name, Wild Seed Marketing.What’s in a name? Since it’s inception in 2013, the company has provided digital and traditional marketing services specific to fresh produce that have.....

New warehouse - better service:

Germany: Bringmeister delivers to your home

Bringmeister keeps developing its online trade. In Olching near Munich, the delivery service has now put its new logistics center into operation. On an area of 6,000 square meters about 12,000 different items are stored, cooled to the latest standards and all the different requirements, which are hand-made and.....