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“Growth gained momentum with own import”

Wijnand de Mooij celebrates 50th anniversary

This year, the Dutch importer wholesaler’s Wijnand de Mooij will celebrate its 50-year anniversary. Currently, internal alterations are taking place in the building at the wholesaler’s market in Rotterdam, in order to make it future- proof. “Since we started to do our own importing from Italy, Spain and France.....

Edward Koemans, Davis Europe:

"If the relationship is good, the trade will follow"

With the takeover of half the shares of Davis Produce and Davis Worldwide by Edward Koemans, the main office of the originally British fruit and vegetable company has moved to Barendrecht. "As Davis Europe we are a real European trading company and the same goes for Davis Produce which supplies wholesalers and.....

The Spanish Orchard

Spain: Joining forces to offer a better service

The export managers of five companies in Murcia have decided to join forces in order to offer their customers the best services and a wider range of products. They are doing this under the slogan "The Spanish Orchard".Exporting its products is the main objective of this consortium. "Depending on the fruit or.....

Fresher produce. Prices unchanged

ALDI North makes shopping easy

After a six-month construction period, on the 6th April one of the most modern ALDI North supermarkets opened its doors in Herten. Covering an area of 1,200 square metres, the supermarket provides an extensive range of fresh produce, clear product presentation and excellent quality at the usual favourable ALDI.....

National Mango Board appoints Valda Coryat as new Director of Marketing

The National Mango Board (NMB) has named Valda Coryat as the NMB’s new Director of Marketing. Valda will help strengthen the board’s marketing programs and drive mango consumption and awareness in the U.S. As director, Valda will oversee all NMB marketing and public relations initiatives for consumer,.....

Banana company helps families affected by recent floods in Peru

Extreme weather has battered many parts of the world this year, but few countries have suffered more in lives, homes and crops lost than Peru, where torrential rains and massive flooding for much of this year has affected over 90,000 people. Heavy rain began to fall on January 30th in the northern region of.....

Spain: CASI wants to expand to Poniente to increase its range

The cooperative CASI, one of the leading fruit and vegetable traders in the world, is planning an imminent expansion towards the comarca of Poniente Almeriense in order to expand its range of products; a decision that is reinforced by its participation as an exhibitor in the next edition of the agricultural.....

Kiwa Bio-Tech sells 16k tonnes of fertilizer in Q12017

Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group Corporation, a company which produces eco-friendly bio-based fertilizers has announced that during the quarter which ended March 31, 2017, Kiwa sold 16,820 tons of fertilizer products.The company sales included 15,300 tons of bio-organic fertilizer and 1,520 tons of compound.....

NatureSweet® honored for unleashing the Power of People (UPoP) business model

NatureSweet® Tomatoes is proud to receive a Leadership 500 Excellence Award for the fourth consecutive year, in the category of outstanding achievements in human capital development fostered by the leadership development business model, Unleashing the Power of People (UPoP). This year, NatureSweet received.....

Bakkavor Group hires new technical director

Bakkavor Group, a leading international provider of fresh prepared foods, today announced the senior appointment of Yvette Sowerby as Technical Director.She previously worked at Sainsbury’s where she enjoyed roles as Head of Technical for Chilled Foods and subsequently Head of Technical for Packaged Foods......

ChemChina-Syngenta deal approved by US competition authority

ChemChina and Syngenta announced that they have received approval from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the proposed acquisition of Syngenta by ChemChina. This represents a major step towards the closing of the transaction, which is expected to take place in the second quarter of 2017.In February of.....

Romania: Carrefour working with producer cooperatives to avoid intermediaries

Carrefour, which currently has almost 300 stores in the Romanian market, is trying to work directly with local fruit and vegetable producers in an attempt to avoid intermediaries and shorten the time it takes for the products to reach the shelves. The French retailer's first partner cooperative has been.....

Aldi to open 25 new stores a year on Australia's east coast

Aldi is going big in Australia with a huge expansion which plans to open 25 new stores a year on the east coast and spend at least half a billion dollars smartening up its ageing fleet, amid warnings it must innovate to arrest slowing sales growth and survive the supermarket price war.Analysts suggest Aldi.....

Malaga-based company aims for promotion of Spanish products

"We always visit the farms; we know the product first hand and make sure that it meets the requirements that our customers demand from us," states Pablo Teutsch, head of Avocitrus. This newly created Malaga-based company was founded following the requests for help that its founder received while working in the.....

Pintung pineapples collaborate with Walmart for the first time

Pineapples from Pintung county (Taiwan) are being rushed into Walmart supermarkets on the Chinese mainland. They are being sold starting today and will be available for 2 months. The government of Pintung said that in the near future, wax apples, guavas, lemons, mangoes and other variants will be sold in China.....

Total Produce could be worth around €1bn if taken over

Total Produce could be worth around €1bn in a takeover scenario rather than the €623m market capitalisation placed on it by its current share price according to current CEO Rory Byrne's estimate.That would make it more valuable than Fyffes itself, which was sold before Christmas to Japan's Sumitomo for €751m,.....

Lipman partners with local school district to create mentorship program

Lipman Family Farms recently partnered with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Sun Coast and the District School Board of Collier County to create “Beyond School Walls,” a first-of-its-kind mentorship program for local high school students. The program is being sponsored through the generosity of Volunteer.....

Focus on sustainability, searching for online possibilities

The Greenery puts Brazilian subsidiary up for sale

The Greenery’s annual figures are positive for fiscal year 2016. The net profit doubled, from 4.1 million euro in 2015 to 9 million euro last year. That result was achieved despite lower returns. Reading through the sales organisation’s annual report, a few other remarkable things become clear.Although a good.....

Versland, NL to hold Open Day to show off renovations

Versland has dedicated the past year to modernizing their business premises in Poeldijk to meet contemporary standards. After making these renovations the company is inviting guests to see the improvements for themselves at an upcoming open day."We built new refrigerator units and the office spaces, canteens,.....

Gary Langford to leave organisation

Changes at APAL

Over the past six months APAL CEO Phil Turnbull has worked with the APAL team and Board to conduct a strategic, commercial and financial review of the organisation with a focus on developing a new industry strategy. The new APAL strategy will align with the organisation’s focus on supporting commercial apple.....

Del Monte to invest $22m into New Jersey distributon facility

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., is expected to expand its extensive United States’ logistics network upon the closing set for May 20, 2017 for the site of the former AstroPower building, currently owned by Christina School District, located at 300 Executive Drive, Pencader Industrial Park in New Castle with.....

Seneca Foods Corp acquires remaining 50% of Truitt Bros

Seneca Foods Corporation and David J. Truitt have entered into a Share Purchase Agreement whereby the Company has acquired David's 50% ownership interest in Truitt Bros., Inc., ("TBI") and directly related holdings. The effective date of the transaction is April, 1, 2017. With this transaction the Company will.....

Newcomer on the market for nuts and subtropical fruits, delicatessen and tinned foods

Lukassen Food Group starts Selection Foods

While many wholesalers have stopped expanding their range, Lukassen Food Group actually believes in expanding theirs. On 1 April, the wholesaler from Nieuwegein, the Netherlands, started with Selection Foods, a newcomer on the market for nuts and subtropical fruits, delicatessen and tinned foods. Paul Dekker,.....

Dutch graphic group

Graphic&Mail reveals new name and latest LED printing press

Graphic&Mail evolved from the former mailroom and repro activities of the former Veiling ZON in Venlo, the Netherlands. By now, the full service supplier of graphic products has outgrown the horticultural sector. Last Friday, Nino Venezia celebrated the expansion of his activities with a new name, Dutch.....

Italy: The future of Terremerse in a mark

VIDEO"Investments must be carried out with caution and have two objectives - creating a great brand that reaches consumers directly and becoming partners of the tomato processing world." On 31st March 2017, the Terremerse cooperative illustrated its objectives for the next three years. Regional councillor for.....

Retail Center Rijk Zwaan opened

Last Monday, breeding station Rijk Zwaan became the first Retail Center in the world. “Germany is one of the largest sales markets in Europe, and that’s why Berlin became the city to have the first Retail Center in the world,” according to Jan Doldersum from Rijk Zwaan.Please click here to view the photo.....

Stockton and Jebagro in registration transfer agreement

Stockton STK specializes in the development and marketing of botanical based pesticides and Jebagro (a division of Jebsen and Jessen, Germany), announced today that as part of the overall strategic direction of Stockton, these two companies have come to an agreement about the transfer of various registrations......

BayWa wants to improve company results again after difficult year

The turnover of the international trading and service concern BayWa from Munich rose in the past fiscal year 2016 by around 3 percent to 15.4 billion Euro (2015: 14.9 billion Euro). Although the fruit trade and energy trade reached record values in the annual result, the persistently difficult and very.....

Suba Seeds appoints Ron Amarel as Managing Director, Suba Americas

Suba Seeds Group B.V. (“Suba Seeds” or the “Company”), a specialty vegetable and legume seed producer and a Paine Schwartz Partners, LLC (“Paine Schwartz Partners”) portfolio company, today announced that Ron Amarel will join the Company as Managing Director, Suba Americas. In this role, Mr. Amarel will.....

Annual general meeting elects New Board of Directors

Garlic Growers Association of Ontario embraces change

The Garlic Growers Association of Ontario held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Woodstock on Saturday April 1, 2017 where a new executive board was elected.For many years, the Garlic Growers Association of Ontario has had strong leadership in the very capable hands of Mark Wales (Past President,).....

Germany: Ida & Frida: fresh, healthy and trendy

German catering company Stockheim will bring its new concept to Düsseldorf train station: Ida & Frida. The station is daily visited by approximately 250,000 commuters, travellers and visitors, and they now no longer have to search for trendy flavour experiences that come with health-conscious diets. The.....

Globus visiting Koppert

“German consumers know too little about sustainable growing in the Netherlands”

A group of nearly 50 fresh produce managers from German supermarket chain Globus visited the head office of Koppert Biological Systems on 29 March, and was thus introduced to the combination of quality, food safety and a sustainable cultivation.Globus might not be one the largest German supermarket chains, but.....

Frieda’s welcomes two new employees

Frieda’s has recently added two new hires to its business development and sales teams.Photo: Dustin Hahn and Jeremy BaaschDustin Hahn joined Frieda’s in March as business development repre-sentative, working with Frieda’s customers on the East Coast. Hahn was most recently with West Pak Avocado, focusing on.....

China: Successful supplier convention for Pagoda

On March 30th 2017, Pagoda's supplier convention, themed 'Make business easier, make cooperation more simple' was organized successfully in Shenzhen city (Guangdong province). At the convention, Pagoda's managers from different areas made speeches. Moreover, several suppliers gathered in one hall, which.....

Village Farms reports double digit growth in net sales

Village Farms reported a net sales increase of 10% for the year ended December 2016. Net sales reached 155.5 million dollars. That is an increase of more than 13 million compared to 2015. Michael DeGiglio, Chief Executive Officer, stated “One of our core goals for 2016 was to initiate double digit growth in.....

Polymer Logistics celebrates Grand Opening of Dublin, GA Service Center

Polymer Logistics celebrated the Grand Opening of their Dublin, GA, Service Center on Thursday, March 30. Strategically located with easy access to Interstates 16 and 75, the service center will support the company’s rapidly growing customer base in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states.The facility will.....

Italy: La Boutique del Biologico delivers its certified products home

Companies like La Boutique del Biologico can help solve the issues caused by the lack of time associated with modern lifestyles. This store, owned by the Blife group, and whose products are 100% organic and certified, has a service that allows its customers to place orders and receive the products at home with.....

FreshPlaza.US integrated into FreshPlaza.com

Starting today, April 3rd, we will integrate the North America edition of FreshPlaza into the FreshPlaza.com website. To improve the synergy between the six editions we decided to use only the FreshPlaza.com domain in the future. When you first visit the new FreshPlaza.com website, you will see a popup in.....

Maori King opens Seeka’s iconic new head office in Te Puke

Seeka Ltd’s iconic new head office in the kiwifruit heartland of Te Puke was opened today by the Maori King, HM Kiingi Tuheitia. The ceremony was attended by Trade Minister Todd McClay and some 700 growers, local government officials and community leaders.Seeka has spent more than a year and $4 million.....

Italy: Pgi new carrots are PEF's flagship product, but there's more ...

VIDEO The Sicilian spring carrot season is in full swing after a winter characterised by frost and abundant rainfall, especially in the south-east of the region.We talked to Massimo Pavan fromPEF Srl, one of the leading carrot producers and traders in Italy, to better understand the situation."Let's start with.....

Coöperatie Hoogstraten and BelOrta want to merge

On 30 March, the managements of Coöperatie Hoogstraten cvba and BelOrta cvba granted permission to found a ‘merger committee.’ This committee will start negotiations on behalf of both managements, which will eventually lead to a merger. This way, BelOrta and Coöperatie Hoogstraten want to better achieve.....

Wonderful Citrus sees potential in grapefruit

In early February, DNE World Fruit, Florida’s largest citrus exporter, was acquired by Wonderful Citrus, the citrus giant based in California. With that takeover, Wonderful Citrus significantly increased its market share. Aside from DNE being a well-known exporter of Florida grapefruit to Europe, Wonderful.....

Frieda’s welcomes two new employees

Frieda’s has recently added two new hires to its business development and sales teams.Photo: Dustin Hahn and Jeremy BaaschDustin Hahn joined Frieda’s in March as business development repre-sentative, working with Frieda’s customers on the East Coast. Hahn was most recently with West Pak Avocado, focusing on.....

Polymer Logistics celebrates Grand Opening of Dublin, GA Service Center

Polymer Logistics celebrated the Grand Opening of their Dublin, GA Service Center on Thursday, March 30. Strategically located with easy access to Interstates 16 and 75, the service center will support the company’s rapidly growing customer base in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states.The facility will.....

National Mango Board elects new officers for 2017

The National Mango Board (NMB) elected new officers during their March board meeting in San Diego, CA. As dedicated members, the NMB officers will fulfill their duties and responsibilities by leading the board in accordance with the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996, and the Mango.....

Fyffes kicks off first social media campaign in North America

Fyffes today launched its Willy Wonka-inspired social media campaign, the Fyffes Golden Ticket Hunt, an online scavenger hunt that encourages consumers to “discover more” about Fyffes. The month-long social media scavenger hunt gives participants the chance to win envy-worthy prizes while learning about.....

Tour of Los Angeles port operations for Ag students from Fresno

This past Saturday, March 25, J&K Fresh sponsored a tour of the Los Angeles-Long Beach Seaport for a group of students from California State University, Fresno. The students are majoring in agriculture with a desire to learn about all aspects of the produce industry. The students had an opportunity to.....

California Giant launches ‘Follow us to our farm’ program

California Giant Berry Farms just launched a new consumer-based campaign called “Follow Us to Our Farm” as they call attention to the item-level traceback program in place on their fresh berries.Over four years ago the company made the commitment to invest in item- level traceability on their fresh berry.....

“We have always stuck to the basics”

In 1916, the Netherlands introduced summer time, Albert Einstein presented his theory of relativity, and men in the British army were no longer required to have a moustache. And that isn’t all: trade company G. Sevenhuysen VOF was founded. This year, the company will celebrate its centenary and being issued.....

Arable Mark enables forecasting of crop yields

Data-driven land management company raises $4.25mln to advance predictive farming

Arable, pioneer of data-driven land management, today announced it has closed a $4.25 million Series A round of funding led by Middleland Capital’s agriculture technology fund and S2G Ventures. The round includes participation from new investors Chase Field, Spark Labs and Cantos VC. With the new funds, the.....

Bulgaria: Construction of organic fruit and veg processing plant

A plant for the processing of organic fruits and vegetables will be built in the Bulgarian village of Dagonovo, in the municipality of Belica. The project is being developed by the young Sofia-based Company "Bio Organic Bulgaria", which will be making an investment of 2.8 million Euro. The plant will be.....

Tour of Los Angeles port operations for Ag students from Fresno

This past Saturday, March 25, J&K Fresh sponsored a tour of the Los Angeles-Long Beach Seaport for a group of students from California State University, Fresno. The students are majoring in agriculture with a desire to learn about all aspects of the produce industry. The students had an opportunity to.....

Despite complex season good prices paid

Good season for Sweet Sensation

On Thursday March 24 The Greenery looked back at the last sales season together with Sweet Sensation growers. Despite the complex season good prices could be presented.Last year was characterised by the extreme weather conditions. Ton van Wiggen, sales leader for pears: "Both during growth and picking the.....

China: Product differentiation brings market strength

"In the choice of fruit and vegetable varieties, we strictly follow the commercial standards of maximizing the value of resources. The selected products are distributed throughout the country with the help of a well controlled modern marketing system, through both online and offline channels," said Yan.....

Agricultural nonwoven fabric allows crops to "breathe"

Fruit farmers cover their plantation with agricultural un-spinned cloth"Agricultural nonwoven fabric is a new kind of cover material that lets air through, is absorbant and has a certain transparancy. In Europe and America and other developed countries it is already being used extensively, but in China its.....

The Greenery arranges 150 million for restructuring horticulture

With an investment fund of 150 million euro, The Greenery wants to boost the restructuring of their members. “We have seen that the scale continues to grow in the sector,” the cooperative says.The market asks for large, efficient cultivation companies, but Dutch greenhouse horticulture mostly consists of.....

Blue Book Services debuts 'Know Your Commodity' guide

Blue Book Services recently debuted the 2017 Know Your Commodity Guide, a compilation of commodity profiles, available in print and digital form. The guide includes information on over 85 fruits and vegetables referenced by sellers, buyers, and transporters throughout the produce supply chain.“Blue Book.....

The Produce Mom® creates employment opportunities for teenagers with disabilities

The Produce Mom®, a produce advocacy brand and media outlet focused on educating about the benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables, is helping provide paid jobs for high school students with disabilities. Through a partnership with United Media Now Productions, an Indianapolis-based video production company.....

Blue Book Services debuts 'Know Your Commodity' guide

Blue Book Services recently debuted the 2017 Know Your Commodity Guide, a compilation of commodity profiles, available in print and digital form. The guide includes information on over 85 fruits and vegetables referenced by sellers, buyers, and transporters throughout the produce supply chain.“Blue Book.....

National Mango Board elects new officers for 2017

The National Mango Board (NMB) elected new officers during their March board meeting in San Diego, CA. As dedicated members, the NMB officers will fulfill their duties and responsibilities by leading the board in accordance with the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996, and the Mango.....