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"We want to increase our role as a link to get the highest possible returns for our members"

René Oudijk and Hans Prins are Van Nature's new directors

Since 1 January, Van Nature has had anew management team. Hans Prins and René Oudijk are responsible for the day-to-day running of the business at this Dutch growers association. Now as directors, but both with years of experience at Van Nature. Where will their focus lie in 2018? In the magazine, Meer, they.....

China: "Banana market is warming up again"

"Bananas are a popular fruit in China, and the imported volume of bananas is large throughout the year. Many countries have already obtained inspection and quarantine certificates that allow access to the Chinese banana market. The list of these countries includes the Philippines, Vietnam, Ecuador, Costa Rica,.....

"Current sales price down by 50%"

China: "Zigui oranges facing sales difficulties"

"The Lane Late Navel orange is a rare variety. It matures every year between early March and April. The production season generally lasts two months. The production volume of Lane Late Navel oranges is less than 20% of the total production volume of Navel oranges. The Lane Late Navel orange is fresh and sweet.....

According to RPC provider

Use of RPCs results in increased efficiency and cost reduction for growers

The fresh food sector is experiencing phenomenal growth that requires a continuous pipeline of innovative supply chain solutions to ensure timely, efficient, cost-effective and sustainable delivery of fresh products year-round. CHEP, a supply chain solutions provider, and IFCO, supplier of reusable fresh food.....

Munich trading company still successful

Fruit Agency La Frutta celebrates its 40th anniversary

Fruit Agency La Frutta -headquartered in the Munich Kontorhaus- celebrated its 40th anniversary last Sunday. In the 90s the cultivation as well as the marketing of Italian Rucola reached its climax. Since the beginning of 2000, the market has changed fundamentally and so have the activities of La Frutta. After.....

Jan Hommen new Chairman of Supervisory Board

Ahold Delhaize CEO Dick Boer retires; Frans Muller succeeding

Ahold Delhaize announced today that Dick Boer will step down as CEO as of July 1, 2018 and retire from the company. Frans Muller has been appointed as the new CEO, effective July 1, 2018.Mats Jansson, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, said: “We thank Dick for his leadership and dedication throughout his.....

Paul Turner stepping up

PMA Australia-New Zealand welcomes a new director

Paul Turner, Merchandise Manager - Produce - at Woolworths Supermarkets has replaced Scott Davidson on the Produce Marketing Association Australia - New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) board. Scott has recently moved to New Zealand to take up the role of General Manager - Buying & Merchandise for Countdown.‘I.....

Arable Capital Partners acquires Fresh Innovations

Arable Capital Partners announced today the acquisition of Fresh Innovations California, an Oxnard, CA based processor of fresh sliced apples and other packaged fruits. Alpine Pacific Capital participated as a minority investor.Fresh Innovations has been a leader in the fresh sliced-apple segment since 2001......

Greenyard intensifies cooperation with their Fresh Direct operation in Belgium

Greenyard announced that it intensifies cooperation with its Fresh Direct operation in Belgium and has reached an agreement to obtain 100% in Greenyard Fresh Direct Belgium.To emphasize this intensified cooperation, an agreement with Ben De Pelsmaeker, Managing Director and Co-shareholder of Greenyard Fresh.....

Emanuel Lazopoulos to keynote United FreshMKT conference

Del Monte Fresh Produce, Inc. Senior Vice President, North America, Sales, Marketing and Product Management, Emanuel Lazopoulos, will put the spotlight on innovation as keynote speaker at this year’s United FreshMKT Conference, Monday, June 25 at McCormick Place in Chicago where hundreds of retail, produce and.....

Michigan

Equipment assets of Cherry Growers, Inc. to hit auction block

New Mill Capital, a national asset acquisition and disposition firm has been engaged to sell the equipment assets of Cherry Growers, Inc. The company announced it would liquidate all assets at the end of January. Cherry Growers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in August 2017.The auction sale,.....

Mastronardi Produce welcomes U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to their Coldwater, Michigan Greenhouse

Yesterday, Mastronardi Produce Ltd.® welcomed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue to their affiliate farm, Maroa Farms, a 52 acre greenhouse in Coldwater, Michigan. As part of his third “Back to Our Roots” RV tour, Secretary Perdue witnessed the company’s high tech operation firsthand with a tour of.....

After 70 years trading in Canterbury

UK: Dumbrells fruit and vegetables to close

Unfortunately, another traditional family business closed up shop last Saturday after 70 years of trading in the city. Dumbrells fruit and veg in Palace Street is closing due to falling sales and relentless competition from the larger supermarket chains.The owners say they have taken the decision with a heavy.....

To implement bespoke banana planning and ripening software 'FIPS'

Major banana ripener joins forces with activeIT

S.H. Pratt Group, operator of the largest single ripening centre in Europe, based in Luton (United Kingdom), has confirmed plans to partner with Austrian Software company activeIT, utilising their unique and innovative Banana planning and ripening Software ‘FIPS’. The ‘FIPS’ system was specifically designed.....

Australia: New CEO for Growcom

Leading the horticulture industry into a sustainable and profitable future will be the focus of new Growcom Chief Executive Officer, David Thomson.Mr Thomson will start with Growcom on 8 May, 2018 following the retirement of outgoing CEO Pat Hannan who will finish with the organisation on 18th May 2018.Mr.....

Portugal: AGRO Merchants uses 100% renewable energy

AGRO Merchants Group, one of the top international cold storage and logistics providers, is leading the way in using electricity from clean and renewable sources in Portugal. By using clean energy, AGRO will significantly reduce its CO2 emissions.AGRO partnered with Axpo Iberia, a certified supplier of green.....

To further innovate the food industry

Fresh food provider partners with innovation platform

Taylor Farms, producer of value-added healthy fresh foods, and Plug and Play, the world’s largest global innovation platform and startup accelerator, announced a strategic partnership focused on the advancement of technology within the food and agriculture industries.Taylor Farms’ decision to partner with Plug.....

Especially developed for Chinese urban consumers

Chinese Fanyu™ Fruit Tomato introduces new cherry tomatoes

iFreshFair Asia organized the first "China (Wuxing) Cherry Tomato Festival" in Huzhou on March 23rd. More than 200 key-figures in the industry came to participate.Crowded conference hallMr. Shi Genbao, the deputy mayor of Huzhou City, personally attended activities. He introduced the development and.....

Microbial solutions developer secures $10 million in Series D funding

BioConsortia, Inc., innovator of microbial solutions for natural plant trait enhancement and yield improvement, has closed a further round of equity financing to support its continued growth, research achievements and development of superior products. The $10 million round was led by Otter Capital and.....

Hapag-Loyd ends year in the black

Hapag-Lloyd announced their 2017 annual results last week. Of interest is their EBITDA's marked improvement which increased to EUR 1,055 million (2016: EUR 607 mil). The net result came to EUR 32,1 million; an improvement of EUR 125,2 million compared to the loss incurred in 2016."Given the market situation,.....

Village Farms reports 2017 results and plans to increase cannabis production

Pure Sunfarms to pursue accelerated production ramp up plan for 1.1 million Ft 2 Delta 3 greenhouse following receipt of cultivation licenseProduce business delivers seventh quarter of lower cost per pound at company facilities in last eight quartersVillage Farms International, Inc. (“Village Farms” or the.....

Capespan North America makes two senior appointments

Capespan North America is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Jones to the position of Director of USA Sales and Francis J. Werner to the position of Director of USA Operations.In the position of Director of USA Sales Eric will be responsible executing Capespan North America’s USA sales strategy,.....

StC International:

"Our growers prefer dealing directly with clients"

"We link growers and clients directly with each other," says Jan van der Kaden of StC International. This young Dutch companyfocuses on selling greenhouse vegetables. They have a clear goal in mind: a short, transparent chain. "We bring growers into the kitchen so they can become involved in the selling.....

Tecnova authorised to conduct EOR tests

The General Directorate of Health of Agricultural Production has granted Tecnova an official accreditation allowing it to carry out EOR tests, which will make it possible to confirm that its phytosanitary products and new nutritional products, formulated with microorganisms, meet the necessary requirements for.....

Driscoll's and Joy Wing Mau on domestic fruit production in China

"Why we decided to grow in China?"

Chinese fruit imports have been increasing year on year with the country’s growing middle class demanding safer, quality food from trusted sources overseas.Simultaneously, Chinese growers have been expanding domestic production, and foreign growers are starting to find their way in China. What has to be done.....

Fruit and vegetables fill Carrefour's online lists

Contrary to expectations, it is not just bulky items that sell well online. This is evident in Carrefour.eu's most-ordered articles over the last ten months:· Water 'Cristaline' 50 cl· Kiwis· Cucumbers· Bulk bananas· Ready-to-eat avocados· Courgettes· Water Carrefour 6 x 2 l· Tissues(150 pieces)·.....

Eric Roy consults the market:

"Avoid off-season products"

Eric Roy has been active in the fruit and vegetable sector for a few decades. He led the Charraire Group, a supplier of fruit and vegetables, and for 17 years he developed the Vergers Saint Eustache; a gourmet fruit and vegetable company. Now, Eric is creating a consulting company to advise agricultural.....

"Choice Fruit Alliance" and Sichuan Kiwi Association exchange information

The Hebei Choice Fruit Alliance Business Management Co,. Ltd. (referred to as "Choice Fruit Alliance") was established on September 30th, 2017. Since then they have carried out a unified management. They facilitated a superior management that gave Hebei fresh pear plantations free reign, and they have improved.....

Boix Europe now part of Boix worldwide

On 20 March 2018 Boix Maquinaria reached an agreement with the current shareholder Gremio Vitalis to acquire 100% of the share capital of Boix Europe. Since 2010, Boix Europe has been a joint venture between Boix Maquinaria (50%) and Gremio Vitalis (50%). This acquisition fits in with the global consolidation.....

Industry icon passes away in New York

Andrew Balducci, owner of the famous Balducci’s food store in Greenwich Village, died on March 22, 2018 at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, Long Island. He was 92 years old and passed surrounded by his family.Andy was born in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and at 2-months old, in 1925, moved to Corato, Italy. He.....

Ocean Spray picks a new CEO and president

Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. said on Thursday that it has named a new CEO and president. The Massachusetts-based agricultural cooperative picked Bobby J. Chacko, who had been working as president and chief operating officer, as its new chief executive officer. He joined Ocean Spray last year as chief growth.....

Rijk Zwaan France

Foodtruck delivers more than 800 dishes to students

On the occasion of the 20th edition of Expo Flo, Rijk Zwaan France, a specialist in the production and marketing of vegetable seeds, took the road with its foodtruck to deliver 800 soups and salads to students from the Agrocampus Ouest in Angers.The 20th edition of the Floral Exhibition was held on March 23rd,.....

Pioneering retail in China

Grab, scan and go

Chinese companies are spearheading changes in retail. E-commerce players are developing and purchasing traditional brick-and-mortar stores, whereas traditional retailers are moving their business online.With retailers aiming for China’s developing middle class and offering higher-end product ranges, there are.....

T&G announce new CEO and COO

The Board of T&G Global Limited (T&G) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Gareth Edgecombe as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). His commencement date is yet to be confirmed. Additionally, Mr Peter Landon-Lane has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and will be the Acting CEO effective.....

"China enters a golden age of investment in Australian farms"

The AATI (Australia Agriculture Technology Investment Holding Pty. Ltd. was established in November 2017. It is an Australian holding with a Chinese background that invests in Australian agricultural technology.AATI has two main services:1. The company introduces new product varieties and promotes plantation.....

"Organic ginger trending in overseas markets"

China: "March export price of ginger increased 30%-40%"

"The export price of fresh ginger in March of this year has increased by around 30%-40% in comparison with the same period last year. This development is mainly due to fluctuations in the exchange rate, as well as the speculative behavior of buyers in the market. New ginger is still in the seed planting stage......

Flexible door in BG Door ripening chamber

Global Berry Congress delegation visits LBP

During the three day Global Berry Congress, which was held in Rotterdam last week, there was the traditional delegation tour on the third day. There is so much interest in this that they now organise a number of tours, ranging from a visit to the port of Antwerp to a visit to the University of Wageningen and a.....

Corsican producers market their products themselves

"Corsica could be self-sufficient”

Yannick Carteret is a Corsican grower. Yannick: "In Corsica, the production potential is very good. When we get to complement each other, we have the capacity to supply the entire island with vegetables, at least for the winter. To encourage this, Yannick and other producers founded ‘Drivulinu': the first.....

Avocado brings people to a halt

China: Sun Moon performs well in Chengdu

The Singaporean International Bureau of Development organized the Singapore Delicious Food Festival, which started in Laifushi Square, Chengdu, on March 22nd. Sun Moon and over 30 Singaporean companies performed together. Many consumers and traders had a taste of Mexican "Energy Star" avocados and ready to eat.....

Seeking closer cooperation

China: JD Group is in conversation with Huasheng Fruit

Mr. Sun Guiyu, the vice-president of JD Group and president of JD north-west region, arrived with five others at Huasheng Fruit on March 27th, 2018, for an informal discussion.Mr. Sun Xiaobing, president of Huasheng Fruit, leads the delegation of JD Group around the workshopMr. Sun Xiaobing, president of.....

Lidl takes banana ripening facility into use

From now on, Lidl's Dutch branches will have their bananas, mangoes, and avocados ripened at a facility in the Moerdijk industrial park in the south of the Netherlands. "Lidl has been active here for 15 years already. This is an expansion of those activities", says Linda de Groot, press spokesperson for the.....

Spain: Almeria-based cooperative is the largest domestic fruit and veg exporter

Andalusia continues to break records as an exporter. In 2017, sales of Andalusian products abroad generated 30,913 million Euro, the highest figure in history and 15.3 percent higher than in the previous year. Although exports last year were led by the aeronautical sector, the agro-industry also played a very.....

Spain: Price war in the retail sector against Mercadona

The strength of the Valencian retailer Mercadona is forcing its rivals to wage a price war to maintain their market share. The pressure on prices and the investments needed to grow are taking a toll on the sector's profitability.Its competitors find it extremely worrisome that in 2017, Mercadona managed to.....

Vietnam: The rise of the hydroponic lettuce

Rijk Zwaan recently opened a subsidiary in Vietnam. In the coming months the company will start R&D activities here for the tropics. “We have an ambition to develop new varieties for South East Asia. Viruses and diseases are a hot topic here and we can help growers by breeding the right resistances into.....

Germany: One year at the wholesale market in Sendling

As Peter Hein sits in his office in the Grossmarkthalle 2, he muses that things at the Bayerische Pilzbörse hardly seem to have changed in the past year. Crates of mushrooms and oyster mushrooms are filling up the sales area, the faces have remained the same and, just like a year ago, more than 20 employees.....

All Lidl packaging to be 100% recyclable by 2025

According to official data, 26 million tonnes of plastic waste are generated each year in the EU, but only 30% is recycled, while the remaining 70% is incinerated or landfilled. 95% of the value of plastic containers, which amounts to between 70,000 and 105,000 million Euro, is lost every year. Lidl is taking.....

Hungary: Penny Market to sell “imperfect” fruit and veg from 1st of April

Penny Market has recently started purchasing non-standard size vegetables and fruits from Hungarian producers and will offer them to their buyers at a reduced price from 1 April, as announced on the company's website.They added that the lower price does not mean that these products won't be high quality ones,.....

"Refreshed name reflects biological focus"

Stockton recently announced that their company name has changed to STK Bio-Ag Technologies. “Over the past few years, we have been transitioning from generic chemical solutions for crop protection to botanical, biologically-based ones”, says CEO Guy Elitzur. “We realized that we needed a fresh image and.....

China: "Rich apple harvest does not lead to a rich reward"

"The Chinese apple market has been in a bad situation since 2017 and even now a rich harvest does not equal a rich reward. The apple production volume last year increased by 35%-40% in comparison with the previous years. The market price, however, dropped to its lowest point in recent years. Apple farmers.....

Six large purchase centers worldwide should guarantee supply from the source

China: Alibaba kicks off large-scale import strategy

TMall president Jing Jie announced during the ceremonial opening of the TMall Global Cooperation Partnership on March 21st that Alibaba will start a large-scale import strategy. At the same time Alibaba will establish six purchase centers worldwide. Jing Jie stated that this development will satisfy brand and.....

Switzerland:

Migros Basel gains in market share

Migros Basel has held up well in a still difficult market environment and closed 2017 with sales of CHF 921.5 million (€ 787.6 mln) and a profit of CHF 18 million (€ 15.4 mln). With an average inflation rate of 0.6 percent, core business revenue fell by 0.3 percent in real terms. With a minus rate of 0.3.....

Aldi wins Fairtrade Award

For its commitment to fair trade, ALDI was awarded the first place in the Fairtrade Award on Wednesday evening in Berlin by the TransFair e.V. organization in the category "Trade". The prize was awarded for the long-standing commitment and the broad reach that both groups offer to fairly traded products. Dr......

De Ruiter opens Experience Center:

“High-tech is the way to the future”

After months of hard work, it was finally time last week: The De Ruiter Experience Center opened its doors. The kickoff was in the morning. From half past nine guests gathered in the central reception hall, and the atmosphere was pleasant right away. During various speeches, laughter, cheers and applause was.....

Photo report PMA Fresh Connections: China

China: The future of retail, premium brands and increased domestic production

PHOTO REPORTOn March 21, Fresh Connections: China took place in the Southern city of Shenzhen.Fresh Connections: China is an annual conference organised by PMA (Produce Marketing Association) to shed light on the changing produce industry in China, and globally, and to assemble a strong group of industry experts.The.....

Opening of new facilities for research on strawberries and raspberries

FNM strawberries reach 34% market share in Huelva

Last week, the new facilities of Fresas Nuevos Materiales (FNM) in El Rompido, Huelva, were officially inaugurated. The event was attended by representatives of the entire sector, as well as by municipal and regional authorities.The new experimental farm, which has required an investment of 2.5 million Euro,.....

China: Professor Deng Zixin and Shenzhen Kingship enter into collaboration

On March 19, Dr. Liang Chao, who is set to take up the role of general manager of Shenzhen Kingship, visited Professor Deng Zixin, a member of Chinese Academy of Sciences and dean of the School of Life Sciences & Biotechnology at Shanghai Jiaotong University.According to a cooperation agreement made by the.....

Eurobrain: Joint venture to combine smart software and labour saving hardware

Eurotec and IT Partners are offering a new, all-encompassing solution for the AGV (Automatically Guided Vehicle) market by founding joint venture Eurobrain. Thanks to their collaboration, the Lowpad – an ultra-low AGV introduced by Eurotec (subsidiary of Eurogroep) last November – is now even better equipped.....

Filip Fontaine to leave Belorta

By mutual agreement, Filip Fontaine, director of BelOrta, and BelOrta have decided on 22 March to discontinue their cooperation.Personal reasons are the basis for this decision. The termination has been made on good terms. Filip Fontaine will leave BelOrta on 31/3/2018. He will represent BelOrta this year and.....

Banken Champignons opt for sustainable energy

1,944 solar panels installed on mushroom supplier's roof

Making sustainable choices is part of Banken Champignons's make-up. This is why this Dutch mushroom supplier fitted out its distribution centre with a heat recovery system. Rainwater is also collected and reused. Now, it has also made a future-orientated decision in terms of energy production. No fewer than.....

Aad Mostert: "First bottle gourds planted again this week"

Portuguese pumpkins now also in soups and meals under 'Boer Janus' brand

For years the Mostert family has been active in the Portuguese Majorca - on the coast between Porto and Lisbon. After the cultivation oftub plants, flower bulbs, snails and pointed cabbage, Aad and Ester Mostert have now been in the cultivation of bottle gourds and broad beans. Versland Selection takes care of.....