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Apofruit's growth continues in 2016
2015 had already been a positive year forGruppo Apofruit (Apofruit Italia, Canova and Mediterraneo Group), now the data from 2016 presented at Macfrut, suggests that this too will be a good year.The Apofruit stand at Macfrut.Apofruit Italia PO -with 4,187 producers and 271,580 tons of produce collected in.....

Spain: Lidl to inaugurate logistics platform on 22 September
The new logistics platform of Lidl Spain, located in Alcala de Henares, which will be the firm's largest logistics platform in Europe, already has an inauguration date. As reported by the company, it will be on 22 September in an event called "Sustainability in Lidl: from the logistics platform to the point.....


John Willems, Bayer:
“Monsanto and Bayer complementary re vegetable seeds”
Bayer and Monsanto mostly complement each other with their high-tech vegetable seeds, rather than overlap, according to John Willems, responsible for Bayer’s Nunhems vegetable seeds in the Benelux countriesAre buyers of Nunhems also going to sell Merlice? What changes for cultivators? These are questions.....


Aartsenfruit to become the major supplier of Bimi®
A deal has been agreed, which will see Aartsenfruit become the major supplier of Bimi® to the Benelux region wholesale market. Bimi® was traditionally bred by crossing broccoli and Chinese Kale. It is a long slim, elegant-looking vegetable, rich green in colour - even when cooked. With a growing demand for.....


SanLucar presenting its new smoothies and juices
Following the success of its participation last year, the premium fruit and vegetable brand SanLucar will again be attending Fruit Attraction, in Madrid, in order to showcase its products.Among the innovations and trends to be exhibited in the context of the fair, SanLucar will present its new smoothies and.....

Cuna de Platero showcasing its healthiest berries
The cooperative Cuna de Platero will attend the 8th International Trade Fair for Fruit and Vegetables, Fruit Attraction, to showcase its healthiest berries. The berry producer and distributor has designed an extensive program of activities revolving mostly around the promotion of the properties and health.....


Jacques Remy & Fils more than 40 years in Marcinelle
"We invested in a packaging station and fresh-cut production"
The family business Jacques Remy & Fils has remained a family business even after the death of Jacques, three years ago. “The death of our father was very dramatic, but fortunately we are still a family business and we want to keep it that way. My mother, my brothers, and I are definitely optimistic and.....

Besana becomes founding member of Global Agri-Business Alliance
Pino Calcagni and the Besana Group are delighted to announce that on Thursday 15 September, at a meeting held in Singapore, they became founder members of theGlobal Agri-Business Alliance(GAA).''We consider our invitation to participate as a founder member of the GAA a great honour and testament to the.....

For further acquisitions
Fyffes aim to sell €45m of shares
On Thursday 15 September, tropical fruit distributor Fyffes launched a share sale which is likely to raise about €45 million, as it aims to boost its financial firepower for more deals after buying two Canadian mushroom companies in the past six months.The company, led by chairman David McCann, announced.....


Pomanjou Group launches new identitiy: Innatis
Pomanjou Group decided to rethink its identity due to recent developments; in the last 2 years, the Group has welcomed 2 new additions, with the arrival of Comimpex last year and Vergers Launay this summer. Today, the company counts 6 commercial subsidiaries (Cardell, Pomanjou International, DSA, Pominter,.....


France: Construction of Prince de Bretagne’s logistics platform resumes
Construction of an enormous vegetable packaging platform for the Saint Pol-de-Leon Sica in the Finistère has re-started after being on hold for almost five years. The Sica is known under the brand Prince de Bretagne and is France’s leading French vegetable and horticultural cooperative.The Sica were granted.....


Warning by Consorzio Dorì Europa
The Dorì Europe consortium reports having received a brochure made by a nursery garden in the Veneto region listing Dorì as a "variety".The nursery garden seems to want the market and operators to know that they also cultivate the "Dorì variety". Not only have they mistaken a brand for a variety, but they.....

Spain: Grupo Durán closing agreements to export fruit to China
Representatives of Desarrollos y Cultivos Agrícolas de Mazarrón (Developments and Agricultural Crops of Mazarrón - Grupo Durán) are currently in China to finalise agreements for the export of stonefruit and citrus to the Asian giant, as reported in a statement.The Chinese government recently authorised, for.....

Florette signs contract to supply Iceberg lettuce to McDonald’s
McDonald’s France, Florette Food Service (their long term salad, fruit and vegetable supplier) and the Saint-Pol-de-Léon Sica (vegetable producer organisation and partners with Florette Food Services) have signed a multi-year contract to supply iceberg lettuce to France’s fast food leader. The contract is.....

Freshmax supporting its roots
Freshmax has sponsored Libby Bradley, a member of the NZ Surf lifesaving Youth Team at the World Championships in the Netherlands. “Libby is the daughter of one of our long standing Avocado suppliers” states Freshmax Avocado Programme Manager, Duncan Lilley.Freshmax is delighted to see that local athlete.....

California grower adds fall peppers to lineup with partnership
Baloian Farms is pleased to announce a new growing partnership with long time Coachella Valley pepper grower, Emerson Kono of Kono Farms. Kono Farms has been a top quality green and red pepper producer in the Coachella Valley for over 60 years. This new partnership is for the fall pepper crop currently in.....


Keelings Fruit nominated for Irish Food Awards
'Fruit snack packs filled distinct gap in Irish market'
One of Ireland's biggest berry producers, Keelings, has been nominated for the 2016 Blas nah Eireann awards (Irish Food Awards). The awards are judged by a blind taste test and research has shown that Irish consumers prefer to buy products with the Blas accreditation and award logos on their packs......

Zespri makes senior appointments in marketing and global supply
Zespri is pleased to announce the appointments of Jiunn Shih as General Manager, Marketing, based in Singapore and Sheila McCann-Morrison as General Manager, Global Supply.Chief Executive Lain Jager explains that the broad global experience of both Mr Shih and Ms McCann-Morrison will be invaluable as Zespri.....


Growing rare Japanese cantaloupe melons in China
"I fell in love with Japan and the Japanese cantaloupe"
Cantaloupe melon varieties are rather uncommon on the Chinese market. "The main reason for this is limited cultivation technology and experience. Drawing from Japanese cultivation technology is one thing, but combining the cultivation technology with China's climate and soil is an entirely different matter......


Bayer- Monsanto deal next chapter in long history of mergers:
Will indepence in seed industry remain an uphill battle?
If it receives the required regulatory approval, the monster merger between Monsanto and Bayer will create the world's largest agricultural multinational. While the giant takeover by Bayer still may sound surprising, the fusion of the two companies is also 'just the next step' of the tumultuous situation.....

Michael Franks CEO - Seeka
"Kiwi Crush will add value for our growers and our shareholders"
At the end of August Seeka Industries announced the acquisition of New Zealand's Kiwi Crush, a range of 100% natural kiwifruit based drinks which support and balance the digestive system."Kiwi Crush is an established product in New Zealand, a high grade frozen kiwifruit juice which is made in such a way as.....

Lime supplier diversifies product line
SiCar Farms, long known for its consistency and quality in the lime business, has taken steps to extend its strong roots into a variety of key produce items. “With over 25 years of growing and marketing limes, we are able to apply our expertise as a grower and vertically integrated supplier to many other.....


Gisacoop PO increases sales to retail channel
"In 2015, production increased thanks to the good weather, though prices were lower because of the quantities available on the market. We recorded a 10% growth for all products and a little more for cherry tomatoes," explains Giuseppe Giacchi (in the photo), President of the Gisacoop PO.The cooperative is.....

Agility takes on Seminis distribution for UK & Ireland
Agility Agriculture has been appointed as exclusive distributor for more than half of Monsanto’s Seminis branded vegetable seed products in the UK & Ireland.The newly-formed, privately owned, UK-based company will provide uninterrupted business continuity and supply to Monsanto’s previous community of.....


Austria: Extensive range of fresh produce at new Spar hypermarket
On Monday 5 September, SPAR Austria opened a spectacular new INTERSPAR Hypermarket in Vienna. The new, modern hypermarket is spread over three levels and incorporates the first INTERSPAR take-away in Austria.Located in the district of Floridsdorf, the hypermarket was completely rebuilt after eight months of.....


Organic and PDO products performing well at Eurocitrus OP
Production, processing and markets"Società Cooperativa Agricola OP Eurocitrus" is located in the foothills of Mount Etna and has thirty years of experience in the fresh produce trade, with over 900 partners. The main products are different varieties of citrus fruit (Moro, Tarocco, Sanguinello, Navelina and.....

UK: Huntapac Produce receives three top industry accreditations
Huntapac Produce, a family-run business, which farms 2,500 acres of land across the UK and packs 3,000 tonnes of carrots and parsnips each week, has received three top industry accreditations, demonstrating its high standards from growing crops to packing and distribution.The company has attained outstanding.....


Alibaba Group and Austrade
AU: Strategic collaboration formed to boost exports to China
A strategic collaboration agreement signed between Austrade and Alibaba’s local operation Alibaba (Australia) Company, will expand the variety of Australian products sold to some of Alibaba’s hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers through Alibaba’s ecommerce platforms.According to the parties, the goal is.....

Joint venture to grow Cuba's citrus production
LGC Capital Ltd.'s Canadian joint venture partner Groombridge Trading Corp. has signed a letter of intent with Cuba's Empresa Agro Industrial Victoria de Giron (EAIVG), part of the Ministry of Agriculture. The joint venture is set to assist with investment in the development and regeneration of the largest.....


From bin to box – apple efficiency speeds up on new line
Superfresh Growers upgrades facilities
It’s apple season, which means lots of fruit will be moving through packing houses and making its way to stores. Domex Superfresh has installed a new packaging line at its Cowiche, Washington facility. All of its nine facilities will undergo renovations. The renovation includes increased windows and.....

Broccoli Cole Slaw celebrates 25 years
In 1991, recent college graduate Joe Nucci was tasked with creating a healthy and unique value-added product using broccoli stalks. At the time, Mann’s was one of the world’s largest shippers of fresh broccoli florets and, once the florets were cut, the stalks were hauled away to feed livestock. The stalks.....

Q&A with CEO Tony Crimmins
What sort of company is Abundant Produce?
Australian company Abundant Produce has been making waves in the agrifood sector recently, but just what sort of company is it? In order to get to the heart of the matter, the company has posted a Q&A with its CEO, Tony Crimmins.You recently said of Abundant Produce “although it operates in the.....


2016 Coop Report
Italian consumers care more about their health
"It is something totally unexpected," explained Coop Italia's General Director Albino Russo when presenting the section on consumption of the2016 Coop Report.The consumption of superfoods has boomed in the past few years. Since 2010, a 487% increase has been registered for avocados and a 791% increase for.....

Hanjin Shipping secures $45 million
On Tuesday 13 September, the chairman of Hanjin Group transferred 40 billion won ($36 million) to Hanjin Shipping (117930.KS) to help unload cargo stranded on the shipper's vessels, a spokesman said. But regulators warned securing further funds could take "a considerable time", reports Reuters.The parent of.....


Possible Hanjin bankruptcy damaging to sector?
Shipping company Hanjin has asked for a deferral in its home country South Korea. A deferral is generally the gateway to a bankruptcy. The consequences for the maritime sector are considerable. Hanjin is one of the largest shipping companies in the world. But there is a lot of uncertainty. Last week, the.....

Daifressh to present DaiCycle at Fruit Attraction
Daifressh returns to Fruit Attraction, the International Fair for the Fruit and Vegetable sector, which will be organised by FEPEX and IFEMA and held between 5 and 7 October.More than 20 years ago, Daifressh was created with the goal of exporting Spanish fresh fruits and vegetables to emerging markets in.....

Result of Hanjin collapse
Maersk experiences short-term rise in freight rates
On the back of the collapse of Hanjin Shipping Co, Maersk Line is seeing a short-term rise in freight rates and an inflow of new clients, reports Bloomsberg.“There’s no doubt that we’re seeing a reaction in the rate market,” Klaus Rud Sejling, the executive in charge of Maersk Line’s east-west network, said.....

India: Fruit and veg retailer raises funds for expansion
Fresh fruit and vegetables etailer Freshboxx, which is based in the state of Karnataka, has secured an undisclosed amount of angel funding from entrepreneur and angel investor, Ravi Linganuri. The funds will be used to hire a core team, upgrade technology, improve infrastructure and expand further in the.....

UK: Rapid expansion for air-dried fruit and veg crisp firm
Single mother Nimisha Raja, who launched Nim’s Fruit Crisps in 2012, is targeting new markets in the US, the Continent and Australia, and is developing new lines, including seasonal products such as fig and orange crisps for Christmas, with the help of a new £150,000 funding package from Lloyds Bank.The.....

ChemChina extends offer for Syngenta
On Tuesday 6 September, ChemChina extended by almost two months the deadline for Syngenta investors to tender their shares as the Chinese company seeks to complete a $43 billion takeover of the Swiss pesticides and seeds group, reports Reuters.Investors in Basel-based Syngenta now have until Nov. 8 to tender.....

Successful completion of avocado season
Seeka profit almost doubles
Australasia's largest kiwifruit grower, Seeka Kiwifruit Industries,recently announced unaudited results for the six months ended June 30, 2016.Net profit after tax (NPAT) of $7.1 million for the six months to June 30, 2016 was up 92 per cent on the $3.7m reported in the previous corresponding period (PCP)......

Spain: Edullesa unanimously appoints new president
Afrucat's representative on the Board of Directors of Edullesa has been appointed unanimously.The Board of Directors of Edullesa met on Wednesday, 7 September 2016 and accepted the resignation of the former president, Mr Arcadi Jover Clarió, for personal reasons.The same meeting served to unanimously appoint.....

Hanjin demise takes bite out of overcapacity container market
There is still uncertainty about the consequences of a collapse of the South Korean shipping company Hanjin. An official bankruptcy has not yet been announced; however, this is already expected by many parties worldwide. For the fruit and vegetable sector, the lack of Hanjin's ships will have noticeable.....


Cravo increases global technical support for vegetable growers
Cravo announces that Abel Flores has joined the company in the newly created position of "Global Technical Support for Vegetables".Abel has a Degree in Biology with a specialty in Plant Health and brings to Cravo over 20 years of experience in the vegetable seed industry, having worked at Grupo Ceres,.....

16% growth over prior year
Retailers worldwide increase use of RPCs for fresh produce
IFCO has delivered fiscal year 2016 annual revenues of US$992 million, a 16% growth over the previous year at constant currency (this number includes RPC revenues which IFCO’s sister company CHEP generated in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa)¹. This momentous growth was realised through four key.....


Val Venosta to announce important developments at Fruit Attraction
The Association of Fruit and Vegetable Cooperatives of the Venosta Valley (VI.P) will be attending the eighth edition of the trade fair Fruit Attraction, held in Madrid from 5 to 7 October; a fully-consolidated meeting for the sector which the association has been supporting from the start.In this edition,.....


Despite attacks on Dutch flowerplants
Celtic Cooling expands Africa's largest produce terminal in Ethiopia
The construction of state-of-the-art cold storage units for the large, new transit terminal of Ethiopian Airlines on the airport of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) is halfway through, and will be continued according to the plan. During the incidents in the Amhara region around Bahir-Dar, several Dutch flower plants.....


Israeli exporter adds new vegetables to its export line
The principle operation of the Israeli exporter is international marketing of fresh cut herbs and Salicornia year round. This year, Viva Agriculture is adding new products such as beans, peas, red and green chili and passion fruit.Viva is re branding itself with a new lovely carton, which will be used by.....

''A completely new era for customers''
CMI reveals rebrand to CMI Orchards
CMI has announced that for the first time in 27 years of business they have completed a full company rebranding. Effective September 1, Columbia Marketing International (CMI) became CMI Orchards with a new logo incorporating fresh new colors.CMI Orchards’ President, Bob Mast, says the corporate rebrand was.....

Merger creates Australia’s largest table grape grower and marketer
Perfection Fresh Australia and FruitMaster have announced a merger of their table grape businesses. Trading as FruitMaster Australia, the merged business will be Australia’s largest table grape grower and marketer.FruitMaster Australia has board level representation from both companies and boasts a large.....


NZ: Hort statistics resource goes mobile
Fresh Facts, the annual statistics resource for the horticulture industry, is now available as an app for mobile devices.The app and newly launched website tool feature the ability to create graphs from the export and growing data of more than 20 crops and crop groupings published in Fresh Facts over the.....

Checking out the Now in Season! in-store promotion
Citrus Australia CEO visits Japan
Citrus Australia CEO Judith Damiani and Market Access Manager David Daniels visited Japan in the last week of August, to meet with key members of industry and view the Now in Season! in-store promotion.Judith and David met with with key importers and distributors, fresh produce markets, members of Austrade.....


In Ottawa
CPMA and DRC host successful event for international embassies
On August 31st, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and the Fruit & Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation (DRC) hosted 23 embassies and 11 industry representatives at a luncheon event in Ottawa. Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Agricultural Minister-Counselors received valuable.....


Space for 10,000 cubic crates
Verduyn expands storage space in Haspengouw
Family business Verduyn will start expanding very soon, with extra storage space. This means that the storage of vegetables is mainly in their own hands. “We have bought storage space near Haspengouw,” says Alexander Verduyn. “We are very busy at the moment finishing the new building so that it is ready to.....

Greenyard Foods finalises expansion in Lipno, Poland
On September 6th, Greenyard Foods announced the finalisation and opening of its expanded plant in Lipno, Poland. The main factory now encompasses 22,000m2. This investment creates a solid platform for future growth of its Frozen business.Thanks to this significant investment, Greenyard’s Frozen operations in.....

Retailers worldwide increase use of reusable plastic containers
IFCO achieves momentous growth
IFCO, a provider of reusable packaging solutions for fresh products and a Brambles Group company, has delivered fiscal year 2016 annual revenues of US$992 million, a 16% growth over the prior year at constant currency (this number includes RPC revenues which IFCO’s sister company CHEP generated in Australia,.....

Rising global demand for frozen fruits
South Africa: Investor acquires 30% of frozen fruit exporter
On Monday 5th September, Stellenbosch-based Remgro’s growth capital division (Invenfin), announced that it had acquired 30 percent of Dynamic Commodities, a specialist producer and exporter of a range of frozen fruit delicacies, for an undisclosed amount.Over the past 20 years, Dynamic Commodities, an.....


Training course on overseas shipments at Nord Ovest Spa
On 9th August 2016, Nord Ovest Spa, a leading company in the international fruit container shipment sector, held a refresher course on overseas exports of fruit and vegetables in reefers.Eugenio Mellano, one of the owners, explained that "as the goods we deal with are perishable, any problem must be solved.....

El-Naffy (COO at Fresh Delmonte) steps down
Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. announced today that Hani El-Naffy (66) the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, will start to transition his role as an officer of the Company, with the transition beginning immediately and lasting through February 28, 2017. Mr. El-Naffy plans to continue as a member.....


2016 Fortune Global 500 list
The extraordinary rise of China
The 2016 Fortune Global 500 list reveals that more than 100 of the world’s biggest companies are now headquartered in China. Only the United States has more companies on the list, which ranks companies on the size of their revenue.While Walmart maintains its place at the top of the list, China power-giant,.....


Bayer reports advance in Monsanto takeover negotiations
Bayer confirms advanced negotiations with Monsanto concerning a proposed transaction. While key terms and conditions have not yet been agreed, Bayer would be prepared to provide a transaction consideration of USD 127.50 per Monsanto share, only in connection with a negotiated transaction. There can be no.....


Initiative Roamler and HDG available directly on European scale
New quality check bridges gap
Roamler provides retailers and businesses with detailed information and photos by using a smartphone community. By doing so, the company rapidly communicates exactly what is happening in shops in the field of shelf presentation, said a source. “Over the past five years we have acquired a great deal of.....

NZ: Fruit exporter enters benchmark share index
TheS&P/NZX 50 Index (NZ50)is designed to measure the performance of the 50 largest, eligible stocks listed on the Main Board (NZSX) of the NZX by float-adjusted market capitalization.The share index is getting a shake-up, with industrial firms Skellerup and Steel & Tube Holdings exiting to be.....

Continuing international growth strategy
BayWa acquires Australian solar distributor
Perth-based PV distributor Solarmatrix has been acquired by BayWa renewable energy, a subsidiary of Munich-based firm BayWa. Solarmatrix activities will be continued under the new name BayWa r.e. Solar Systems.Former managing director of Solarmatrix Durmus Yildiz will now head BayWa r.e. Solar Systems. For.....


Over 80% local fruit & veg for Russian retailer
Russian supermarket chain Dixy has announced their intention to strengthen their cooperation with Russian suppliers and actively increase the number of direct contracts in order to offer lower prices, ensure quality and improve availability to customers. It is currently peak season for fruit and vegetable.....

China's largest mango cultivation base
Recently, Haiken Fruit Group successively celebrated the opening of mango cultivation businesses at 6 southern farming grounds. This indicates that the group started the substantial phase by integrating the natural resources for mango production of these 6 farming grounds in the south.The integration of the.....


Galilee Export announce new agreement with pack house
The Israeli exporter is pleased to announce on a new agreement between Galilee Export and Zemach Pack house. Eitan Zvi the VP Marketing said: "After 2 years of corporation between Galilee Export and Zemach pack house, we are pleased regarding the new agreement with Zemach which shows that Zemach growers are.....


Stockton sponsors soccer team
Stockton have decided to sponsor Club Amigos del Espinal, a team of young soccer players in Tolima, Colombia. The initiative of sponsoring a football team was in memory of the late founder of Stockton, Mr. Peter Tirosh, a distinguished individual who made a profound and enduring contribution to the crop.....