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Kingship has good news for Chilean cherry producers

"We are now in the middle of this year's Chilean cherry harvest. Picking a suitable purchaser can not only help Chilean cherry farmers boost their sales, but can also help them in the long run by improving their management skills, and helping them expand into the international market," according to Li Hanqing,.....

Seeka upgrades operational guidance to within 5% of 2016 profit

Seeka, the biggest kiwi grower in Australasia has increased guidance for the financial year’s expected operational earnings, and asset impairment.In June, Seeka had advised the market that, as a result of dramatically lower Hayward crop volumes in New Zealand, its operational earnings would be up to 15% down.....

US: Rainier Fruit to honour local heroes in new campaign

Rainier Fruit has announced the launch of its new campaign to honor those working to improve their communities called "Wholesome Heroes".Over the past few years, the company has established partnerships with the Boston Marathon, the Portland Marathon, Charleston Marathon, and Twin Cities Marathon.Carrying the.....

Steven Chaur - Nutrano

"Quality for us starts more than 12 months before the crop is even harvested"

The Nutrano Produce Group started in December 2015 after purchasing the banana ripening and wholesale markets stands from Oakville Produce. The principal business in those days was the supply and ripening of high volumes of bananas, mainly to major national supermarkets and to wholesale customers through.....

New head office in Nieuw Amsterdam

Triple celebration at Hartman Expeditie

PHOTO REPORTHartman Expeditie has moved its head office to, and opened a distribution centre in Nieuw Amsterdam. The new premises are located in the De Tweeling business park, right off the A37. Hartman transports fruit and vegetables to Scandinavia. On Saturday, Ronald Hartman's company celebrated the opening of its new.....

Organic farms in Switzerland should make up 25 percent by 2025

A quarter of Swiss farms will have to commit to organic farming by 2025. That's what Bio Suisse delegates decided in the ‘Avanti 2025’ strategy at their autumn meeting in Olten."Bio is no longer a niche area, it is increasingly influential in the spheres of production, processing, trade, consumption and.....

From 2018 joint program at leading agricultural trade fairs in Africa

DLG and Fairtrade enter into strategic partnership for Africa

The DLG (German Agricultural Society) and a fairs specialist from Heidelberg, Fairtrade, will start working together on four central agricultural markets in Africa. The two trade fair organizers agreed to a cooperation covenant on November 15th during Agritechnika 2017 in Hanover. For example, DLG will bring.....

Poland: Green Factory Logistics doubles its warehouse space

Green Factory Logistics has renewed the lease of 1,800 square metres of warehouse space in the Silesian Logistic Centre in Sosnowiec. At the same time, the logistics operator has signed an agreement with Biurem Inwestycji Kapitałowych to increase its leased space by another 2,700 square metres to reach.....

Austria: Quality Leaders LGV-Frischgemüse and Seewinkler Sonnengemüse cooperate on sales

The gardeners' cooperatives LGV-Frischgemüse Wien and Seewinkler Sonnengemüse will start selling products together again from 2018 onwards. By way of this cooperation the synergies of their similar corporate structures can be fully utilized. "From next year onward we will start to use unified sales channels......

New brand appearance: focused and refreshed

COBANA presents new corporate design and name change

From now on, the fruit trade company COBANA (formerly Cobana Fruchtring) will have a new, modern corporate design. Its changed appearance underlines the future-oriented intent of the corporate group. Its strategic customers and international partners are still clearly their main focal point. Today, COBANA is.....

Munich and surrounding area

Netto tests trucks with sustainable CO2 refrigeration technology

The German discount supermarket Netto Marken-Discount has been working on reducing the ecological footprint of its entire supply chain. The pioneering company has been testing a truck with a particularly innovative CO2 cooling technology for about a year. This truck is now part of the Netto Marken fleet and is.....

Düsseldorf’s Früchtehaus processes fresh goods on site

Germany: 'I drive to Venlo every week'

In Düsseldorf's Pempelfort district, fruit company Pempelforter Früchtehaus has been a household name for years. In a city that has a Rewe or Edeka supermarket on every corner, Andrea Ockenfeld and Theodores Arvanitidis’ small fruit and vegetables shop does quite well regardless. Their secret: fresh juices and.....

J&J Family of Farms welcomes new Director of Grower Development

J&J Family of Farms recently hired Mark Konstan as its new Director of Grower Development, Western Division.Mark Konstan brings more than 34 years of experience in the produce industry and 26 years of experience with national fresh produce company. For over 20 years, Mark worked at The Produce Exchange.....

Cargoboss & van Daalen Transport open new logistics center in southern Germany

Late in 2015, logistics group Cargoboss & van Daalen Transport purchased a 8.000 m² plot from Zweckverband Breisgau in Eschbach. The commercial park Breisgau, totaling 564 hectares, is a former French military airfield dating back to 1951. After the reunification in 1990, this area was to be developed into.....

PMA Australia-New Zealand Welcomes New Directors

Ms Katie de Villiers of OneHarvest and Mr Daniel Williams of Coles Supermarkets were appointed as Directors of PMA Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) at the recent Annual General Meeting held in Brisbane on 15 November 2017.Ms Katie de Villiers of OneHarvest on the left and Mr Daniel Williams of Coles on the.....

Information center for consultation and certification

“Hamburg.Bio also represents organic distributors”

For years the south of Germany has been a frontrunner in the organic sector. But now Hamburg has joined the group of “organic” German cities and with the foundation of the Hamburg.bio, the Hamburg region is quickly catching up.The recently established information center informs and assists conventional.....

Tozer Seeds America celebrates its ten year anniversary

Tozer Seeds America is celebrating their 10th year of business this month. A subsidiary to Tozer Seeds, which is headquartered in Cobham, UK, the U.S. division opened its doors for business in 2007. Tozer Seeds expanded their distribution and sales operation to the U.S. and opened an office in Santa Maria,.....

Essen’s Obstbaron focuses on deliveries

Germany: “We do not want our own walk-in shop”

Almost five years ago, it was just some students with only one vehicle. Today, the Essen Obstbaron-company has grown into an all-round supplier of fruit. Apart from its headquarters in Essen, the service company currently has delivery centres in Neuss, Dortmund, Hamburg, Cologne and Munich. Their secret?.....

San Lucar invests in berry farming in Germany

At the 22nd expoSE, Europe's leading trade fair for the production of asparagus and strawberries, the premium brand for fruit and vegetables will be expanding its business relationships with German berry growers on 22-23 November 2017 in Karlsruhe. Bright red berries turn the SanLucar stand into a real.....

Dusseldorf delicatessen differentiates through daily freshness

“A comparison with a discounter is no comparison at all”

"We only sell what we eat ourselves." For 39 years this has been the motto of the Turan delicatessen company in Dusseldorf. To maintain quality, the third generation managing director of this family business, Erhan Turan, arrives each night in person at the local wholesale market to shop for their produce,.....

China: Trump visit results in trade worth 253 billion USD

On the morning of 10 November, the American president left Beijing by plane after completing his first trip to China since the inauguration. During the visit, Chinese and American enterprises signed trade orders for a total value of 253.5 billion USD and a total of 34 cooperation agreements. To quote Zhong.....

Discount supermarket is a favorite with young Germans

ALDI wins YoungBrandAward

ALDI SÜD and ALDI Nord were awarded the title of "Most Popular Supermarket" at this year’s YoungBrandAwards. On 9 November ALDI accepted the award during the #generationhashtag conference in Munich.The YoungBrandAwards focus on brands that are particularly popular among teenagers and young adults. Over 27,000.....

'Fast, fresh, cheap'

New online supermarket GETNOW.DE starts in Munich and Berlin

In Munich and Berlin, a new online supermarket getnow.de has kicked off. Customers can do all their shopping online. All goods can be delivered directly to your door in just 90 minutes and, if your order exceeds 60 euros, deliveries are free.Getnow.de covers all the products anyone could need at home or at the.....

Euro Pool System celebrates 25th anniversary and opens depot in Barendrecht

On Friday 10 November, Euro Pool System celebrated its 25th anniversary in Barendrecht, the Netherlands. They combined the party with the opening of their depot near the entrance to the trade centre in Barendrecht in cooperation with partners WDP and The Greenery. “Our reusable packaging has ensured an.....

The Fresh Connection-US and Dubacano-MX join together to create DubaFresh

The Fresh Connection and Dubacano have formally amalgamated to create a new joint venture company based in Guadalajara, Mexico, going by the name of DubaFresh.The Fresh Connection, based in Lafayette, CA and Dubacano, based in Guadalajara, MX bring more than 50 years of combined experience in their respective.....

Celebrations and new ideas for GNA Srl 30th Anniversary

On September 14th and 15th, GNA Srl opened its doors and celebrated 30 years in business with a big event: an open house for the public, during which visits to the company and to the production plants were organized along with convivial moments and shows.As the founder, Valerio Nucci, said, "It was thirty.....

Scott Kosnik on Seald Sweet's expansion into vegetables

"It was a natural progression to grow our commodity line"

Seald Sweet have been growing and shipping fruit from their various locations for decades. With already successful growing programs established in Mexico, Seald Sweet wanted to expand their options for customers. They have now decided to enter the vegetable market and have already commenced growing and selling.....

Austria:

BILLA Online Shop: over 50% of the online shopping baskets contain fresh products

BILLA continues to expand its leading role in Austria. “The success of the BILLA Online Shop is especially visible in the increase in online purchases of fresh produce – fruit, vegetables and other basics – to over 50%,” states a happy Robert Nagele, member of the BILLA management team. Every second shopping.....

China: Jingdong opens joint venture in Thailand

On 2 November, the Jingdong Group and the Shangtai Group officially established a joint venture company. Both parties declared that they will start a promotion for a completely new line of retail platforms for Thailand and the whole Southeast Asian region. This platform will use the 'JD Central' brand for its.....

Good turnout at information meeting Germany

Information meeting in Germany: rising consumption offers opportunities

Last week the information meeting 'More Opportunities in Germany' took place in the HortiVERSum in Zoetermeer. It was organised by GroentenFruit Huis in collaboration with the Germany-Dutch Chamber of Commerce and the Germany Desk and was on the theme of the German retail and food service market and consumer.....

SUNSET® honored as Beacon of Light Award recipient

SUNSET® has been honored as the 2017 recipient of the Beacon of Light Award from Food Bank Council of Michigan.The award was presented at the annual Michigan Harvest Gathering Luncheon in Lansing, Michigan on November 8th. Nominated by Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, SUNSET® was.....

Edeka and WWF citrus project bears fruit

The citrus season has started and EDEKA is offering its oranges to the nation. The fruit was cultivated in an agricultural project in Andalusia.During the cultivation of these fruits the use of pesticides were significantly reduced, biodiversity was promoted and only the minimum amounts of water necessary were.....

Pomegranates from Heyin, Xingyang

Tunisian pomegranates with sweeter and softer seeds

Now is the season in which Chinese pomegranates enter the market, but because they aren't easily peeled and their seeds are both plentifuland hard, the pomegranates were instantly placed on the list of 'niche fruit' and the market demand has becomeextremely limited.In the past few years, pomegranates from.....

Green light for Maersk Line to purchase Hamburg Süd

Although subject to conditions, the new purchase of Maersk Line is on track. China has requested Maersk Line doesn't extend the membership of Hamburg Süd to a VSA (Vessel Sharing Agreement) - currently active on the Far East trade route to the West Coast of South America - and that it ends the membership of.....

Global leadership in postharvest

AgroFresh purchases 75% of Tecnidex

AgroFresh, a US company that is a world leader in post harvest, has reached an agreement to buy 75% of the Spanish company TECNIDEX.Through this agreement, TECNIDEX will continue developing its project in Spain and in the world and have access to all the technologies, products, research and global distribution.....

Launch of AmazonFresh in Munich

Since yesterday, in the Munich city area, prime members of AmazonFresh can do their entire weekly shopping conveniently online, being able to choose from more than 300,000 products. Among these, customers will find a wide selection of fresh food and hundreds of selected items from Munich delicatessens and.....

Tomorrow's Single's Day bound to push online fruit sales in China

11.11, or Single's Day, the biggest single e-commerce shopping day in the world, is less than a day away. Chinese shops and consumers are warming up. Endless advertisements through social media are bombarding smartphones and commercial events are being organized all over the country.Alibaba hit $17.8 billion.....

The German company Frucht Hartmann employs short and direct lines for the benefit of their customers

"We don't hesitate, we act."

Christoph Hartmann is the owner of Frucht Hartmann in Fulda and Frisch Frucht (German for fresh fruit) in Erfurt, and is a committed and enterprising entrepreneur. He takes care of local distribution and catering in Hessen and Thuringia, central Germany, but he always looks ahead. He constantly analyzes the.....

China: Beijing Xinfadi starts work on cooling distribution technology park

A few days ago, the official opening ceremony of the groundbreaking industrial site in Yanshan county was held in Yanshan itself. The technology park houses wholesale markets for agricultural by-products and will use cooling distribution for all its operations. The project was financially covered through a.....

Essen wholesaler cuts to order

Germany: "If your customers are nice, it’s so much fun"

His hand-peeled potatoes made potato merchant Manfred Liersch famous and popular in Essen and the surrounding areas. Since then, his firm has been transformed into a complete service company and its products include vegetable sticks, fruits, salads and other vegetables. Two years ago Manfred’s daughter Silke.....

HAK gets majority share in German foodeko

HAK wants to strengthen its position in the German market, and increase its sales considerably. To this end, the Dutch company, Neerlands Glorie Groente and Fruit B.V., the holding to which HAK belongs, has acquired a 51% majority interest in the German distributor, foodeko. This company is based in Viersen......

Hiring of Business Development Kelly Dietz

Seald Sweet prepares for new growth

Seald Sweet International announced a newly appointed position to their sales and marketing teams today. Industry veteran, Kelly Dietz joined the company effective October 17, 2017, in the position of Vice President of Business Development, with focus on growth of the company’s fresh produce sales and.....

Ocean Mist® Farms mourns the loss of Hugo Tottino

Ocean Mist® Farms sadly announces the passing of 91-year-old partner, employer and friend, Hugo Tottino on Monday, November 6th. Hugo is survived by his wife, Dolores, and children Michele, Les, Karen, Cathy, and David.Known for his warm and welcoming spirit, Hugo greeted employees every day one-by-one while.....

Hand in hand with the entire family

"We need to look customers in the eyes"

A true modern businessman looks after his clients and suppliers. That has been the motto of the family business ELELE, meaning "hand in hand", in Essen, Germany, since 2002. The company stands for great quality for a fair price. "We only accept good products."During the interview with the owner Ercan Duruöz,.....

Switzerland:

Coop launches reusable bag for fruit and vegetables

Coop Switzerland has recently started offering customers the opportunity to use a reusable bag for fruit and vegetables. The so called Multi-Bags can be used repeatedly and are made of FSC certified cellulose. Now all customers can choose the ecological alternative instead of the disposible plastic bags when.....

Good first quarter

Eastern Europe and US drive sales figures Bonduelle

During the first quarter of the fiscal year, which starts in July, Bonduelle achieved a turnover of 690.6 million euro. That’s an increase of 43.9 per cent compared to figures from last year. On comparable basis, the growth in turnover amounts to 2.5 per cent. The integration of Ready Pac Food, which was.....

"We are real" convincingly offers weekly market atmosphere

With fresh fruits and vegetables from permaculture or freshly caught fish, Real will be even more convincing in the future through its ‘weekly market atmosphere’. Through its campaign motto "We are real", the company introduces itself to its customers in a new and self-confident manner. With a new corporate.....

Sunkist Growers and Fruit Growers Supply Company

Rayne Thompson named VP of Government Relations and Public Policy

As part of the recently announced shared management structure of Sunkist Growers and Fruit Growers Supply Company (FGS), Rayne Thompson has been promoted to Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy. In this role, Thompson will oversee both Sunkist and Fruit Growers Supply interests relative to.....

2017 Sysco Supplier Excellence Awards event

Love Beets awarded for cutting edge solutions

Love Beets was honored to receive the Cutting Edge Solution award last Tuesday, October 24th at the 2017 Sysco’s Supplier Excellence Awards event.“Love Beets strives for new and innovative ways to appeal to customers. A team of creative minds constantly pushes the envelope with improvements ranging from new.....

Matthijs Nijhoff leaving, Patrick Slobbe joining FruitConneqt

“After we founded FruitConneqt BV with Matthijs Nijhoff four years ago, and all parties working together during this period of time, the parties have now decided to part ways in good agreement. The parties respect each other’s decisions,” Jan Prins and Eyo Nienhuis write in a letter to their relations.To.....

Specialised production and sales of fried onions

TOP Taste takes over Onion Specialties

Onion Specialties in Kruiningen, the Netherlands, has been taken over by TOP Taste. Both parties reached an agreement to that end on Wednesday 1 November. “The activities of Onion Specialties match those of TOP Taste. Both companies have as their core activity producing and selling baked onions,” says Arie.....

Gianfranco Balestra from Otorongo, Peru

"Difficult to increase grape export with current conditions"

“The Northern area of Peru was affected by El Niño earlier this year. The Southern part seems to be better and have less damage. It depends on how each grower has arranged their agricultural practices as to how much damage has been suffered. At the beginning of the season in October, Red Globes from the North.....

Kyla Oberman joins Tanimura & Antle as Director of Marketing

With a continued commitment to growth and innovation, Tanimura & Antle has announced the most recent addition to their team of employee owners, Kyla Oberman, as their Director of Marketing. Kyla takes on this new role from her most recent position of Director of Marketing at Naturipe Farms where she has.....

Spain: Kiwi Atlántico to measure ripeness and hardness with optical system

Given its firm commitment to innovation, Kiwi Atlántico, a company associated to AINIA, is planning a 1,000 square metre expansion of its facilities. One of the key elements of the new plant will be a system to select the fruit without damaging it, which has been developed with the collaboration of AINIA.....

Sinclair denies allegations

Hurst International sues Sinclair for excluding competition in fruit labeling

Hurst International LLC is a Southern California manufacturer of labels and labeling equipment that applies labels to fruits and vegetables purchased at grocery retailers. Hurst filed suit against competitor Sinclair Systems, International in Federal Court claiming that Sinclair is engaging in unlawful and.....

Laser, micro and macro perforation, sleeve and bag production, printing and laminating and pot production all under one roof

Mediane further specialises in agro packaging

Mediane has acquired a position as a supplier of bags and sleeves for potted herbs, lettuce, vegetable and bread packaging over the last few years. The business now produces around 1.5 billion bags and sleeves annually and exports to over 50 countries."We've built up a customer base with whom we can grow. We.....

Bonduelle turnover grew 43.9% to €690M in Q1

The Bonduelle Group's turnover stands, for the 1st quarter of financial year 2017-2018, at 690.6 million of euro, a growth of + 43.9% based on reported figures and + 2.5% on a like-for-like basis. The integration of Ready Pac Food, now Bonduelle Fresh Americas, is proving to be fully satisfactory, the activity.....

100% Spanish potatoes

Spain: Almacenes Rubio signs agreement to supply potatoes to Carrefour

Carrefour's strategic commitment to the Spanish production, which is helping give a boost to local products, has reached La Rioja with the brand Calidad y Origen. The retailer ratified this policy in Logroño with the signing of an agreement with Almacenes Rubio. The agreement has been signed by José Angel.....

Crosset company launches new website

Crosset Company, a distributor of organic fresh produce and a premier full-line, full-service wholesaler of fresh produce and floral products, has brought a fresh new look and enhanced functionality to their digital home base, crosset.com.“We redesigned and restructured our website to better communicate the.....

'Senior' Wilfried Schenk is not retiring

"As long as God lets me work"

At 73, he is by far the oldest in the cooling centre in Essen, Germany. Wilfried Schenk, owner of the wholesale Fruit and Vegetables Frischepartner says he still enjoys his job. The experienced businessman has had a career in the food product sector for sixty years now and has had to adapt to recent.....