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Peak of the Market adds two team members

Peak of the Market is pleased to announce that Bethany Alards and Duane Hood have joined the team as Quality Control Manager and Calgary Distribution Centre Manager respectively.“Bethany brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in Quality Control and Quality Assurance that has been gained in various roles.....

US field tomato grower awards $13,500 in local college scholarships

Lipman, a locally invested and nationally recognized tomato grower, recently donated $13,500 in college scholarships to local graduating seniors at Immokalee High School. This year, nine students received scholarships ranging from $500-$2,000.Students were required to fill out an extensive application, as well.....

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Biostimulants and nutrition protect Chinese grape crop against heat

More Chinese growers have become aware of the importance supervising production safety, environment friendliness and monitoring the growing process. Furthermore, they are also increasingly actively seeking how to produce agricultural products of high quality. In this process, precise and adequate use of.....

Dutch company Daily Fresh Radish celebrates 25-year anniversary

John and Dennis Grootscholten from Daily Fresh Radish enjoy a good party. “And when everyone starts skipping these kinds of events, you’re not doing it right,” John says. That’s why no expense was spared last Friday by the nursery in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands. The 25-year anniversary of the nursery was.....

Dammis van der Staaij: “We started bursting at the seams”

Staay-Van Rijn starts new construction of Fresh Park Venlo in July

Since last week, a hoarding has been making motorists on the A73 near Venlo, the Netherlands, aware of the new construction that has been commissioned by Staay-Van Rijn at the Fresh Park Venlo. After the new building from Staay-Hispa in Papendrecht, and that of Fresh Care Convenience in Dronten, this will be.....

Calavo Growers sees record sales for the fiscal year

Shares of Santa Paula-based Calavo Growers soared on June 6 after the company reported record sales and earnings for the second quarter of its fiscal year. Calavo shares jumped $4 and closed at $73.05 on average trading volume, a 5.8 percent gain for the day which made it the 20th biggest gainer on Nasdaq.The.....

Scandinavia: “Be the best in fresh”

After success in the Netherlands for the last 10 years, Innovative Fresh expanded to Scandinavia at the beginning of this year. Headed by Magnus Nilsson, the venture is active in Sweden and Norway, and started operating in Denmark in week 20. The company works with retailers and suppliers of fresh produce to.....

Costa Group to roll out millions in solar power & batteries for mushroom facility

Australia’s biggest horticulture company, Costa Group, has revealed plans to roll out its own solar power and battery storage capacity, starting at its flagship mushroom and hi-tech glasshouse facility in South Australia.The solar plans were announced last week, as part of $60 million expansion of the company.....

Oregon Cherry Growers to sell processing arm

Oregon Cherry Growers Inc. is selling its processing arm to California-based Pacific Coast Producers. The deal is predicted to close by June 17, with no layoffs expected. The Lodi, Calif.-based agricultural cooperative is set to keep Oregon Cherry Growers production in Salem and The Dalles, running the company.....

Instability in market prices during the later stages

China: Supply exceeds demand at the garlic market

"This year, there were high yields of garlic all over the country. There are two main causes for this. First of all, the flourishing garlic market from 2 years ago excited many garlic farmers which drove them to expand. In 2016, the area used to grow garlic took up 403.333 hectares, but estimates show that.....

“Climatologically challenging year” isn’t seen in HAK’s annual figures

Dutch HAK steps into cooled products with takeover of Peter van Halder

Vegetable manufacturer HAK is taking over vegetable cutting plant Peter van Halder Grootverbruik BV from Den Bosch, the Netherlands. With it, HAK steps into the cooled products business. Last week, the two parties signed the agreement. Both companies will continue to exist in their current form. With the.....

Spain: Bonnysa to pay 3,000 Euro for failure to inform about ERE

The High Court of Justice of the Region of Valencia (TSJCV) has sentenced a company in Alicante, Bonnysa, one of the main tomato producers in Spain, to compensate a union delegate with 3,126 Euro for not providing information on the Employment Regulation File (ERE) that it undertook in 2015.The ruling, issued.....

Dutch retailer starts summer campaign with picnic products

With the summer about to start, Dutch retailer Jumbo introduces various new, fresh products aimed at eating outside and convenience: cold soups, luxury salads, fruit mixes and cocktails. Having a holiday at home is the campaign’s slogan. This year, Jumbo introduces 200 healthy (healthier) convenience.....

SUNSET® surpasses $200,000 in donations to MS Society

This year SUNSET raised over $20,000 for the MS Society of Canada which allowed the company to hit a milestone of over $200,000 in lifetime donations.This is the 13th year SUNSET has been a supporter of the MS Society. The company hosts various internal fund raisers as well as participating in the annual MS.....

Smurf trucks come together to bid farefell to strawberry campaign

The 2017 strawberry season is coming to an end and, to mark the occasion, Fresón de Palos has gathered in its facilities several of the trucks that have travelled Europe for months with the promotion featuring the Smurfs. The vehicles were supplied by the leading refrigeration company Primafrio, which is.....

Pharr to host groundbreaking ceremony for Index Fresh avocado facility

Pharr Mayor, Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D., City of Pharr leaders, and the Pharr Economic Development Corporation will host a groundbreaking ceremony for an avocado ripening and distribution facility for Index Fresh. The groundbreaking will be held at 10 am Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 1100 W. Capote Central Ave. in.....

Carrefour's subsidiary in Brazil requests authorization to be publicly traded

The Brazilian subsidiary of the French supermarket chain Carrefour has made a request to the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM) for preliminary authorization to hold a public offering of shares in the country, a company spokesmen said on Friday.The shares, which would be traded on the so-called.....

China postal authority calls for end to data spat between Alibaba unit & SF Holdings

China's postal authority has asked SF Holding Co and the Alibaba Holding Group Ltd's logistics unit, two of the nation's top logistics players, to end a spat that disrupted deliveries when the two firms abruptly cut ties on Thursday.SF is one of several top logistics firms that have a strategic partnership.....

First French cauliflowers auctioned at REO Veiling

This week the first cauliflowers of French origin were sold by auction at the REO Veiling. These cauliflowers, grown by Belgian and French REO producers, originate from Northern France. "Our buyers receive free access to French produce this way. The cauliflower is available in sixes in various forms of.....

Pete’s Living Greens announces new Senior Director of Marketing

Pete’s Living Greens, the California-based company formerly known as Hollandia Produce with its Live Gourmet and Grower Pete’s lines of Non-GMO Verified “living” lettuce and cress varieties, is happy to announce the appointment of Corrie Hutchens as its new Senior Director of Marketing. Hutchens was carefully.....

Launch of pilot packhouse in China

Dutch Verbruggen Palletizing Solutions to enter partnership with Chinese Ningbo Diamond Packaging

Dutch Verbruggen Palletizing Solutions (VPS) will enter a partnership with Chinese Ningbo Diamond Packaging Technology and Manter International to launch a pilot packhouse in China. The project will be lead by VPS and Diamond Packaging. VPS is a Dutch machine manufacture that specialises in the design and.....

California Grape Growers award scholarships

California’s table grape growers recently awarded scholarships to nine students in grape-growing regions of the state. All recipients will be attending California universities or colleges. Six field worker scholarships were awarded in 2017: three $3,500 two-year scholarships to community colleges, and three.....

Foundation stone laid for expansion Oskam’s commercial premises in Neerijnen

On Monday 29 May, Kees Oskam laid the foundation stone for the expansion of the existing commercial premises with about 3,500 additional square metres at a sub-location Neerijnen, the Netherlands. This new section should offer space to two modern sorting lines and a number of packing machines.“The development.....

Pipfruit NZ to change name

Pipfruit NZ has announced plans to change their name to New Zealand Apples and Pears Inc. and the new name will go into effect at the Agricultural Fieldays in Mystery Creek later this month; Pipfruit NZ is exhibiting at the Fieldays for the first time.Pipfruit NZ chief executive Alan Pollard says the old name.....

Italy: Vivai Bioplant new facility

Vivai Bioplant was established by Ignazio Cartia together with son Vincenzo. They created a modern nursery right in the middle of Sicily.The company is completely automated and deals with the production of both organic and grafted plants, as well as plants for extensive and intensive cultivation, herbs,.....

Scott Kosnik joins Seald Sweet’s operations

Seald Sweet International announced a newly appointed position to their sales and procurement teams, bringing additional talent to the company in their Nogales, Arizona-based office. Scott Kosnik joined Seald Sweet effective May 22, 2017, as Commodity Manager, with focus on growth of the company’s programs in.....

Holtzinger becomes The Fourth Leaf Fruit Company

After more than 100 years of operating under the Holtzinger name and with changes in management and ownership direction, the company begins operations as The Fourth Leaf Fruit Company. The fourth leaf is when a new apple tree begins to yield significant fruit. As the apple industry's economic model evolves.....

Dole Fresh Cuts optimising supply chain

The Swedish subsidiary of Dole Food Company, Inc. will implement an IFS solution for the production and distribution of FMCG products.IFS, a global provider of enterprise software, announced that Dole Fresh Cuts has decided to replace obsolete business systems with IFS Applications 9. The company's goal is to.....

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Dutch Queen meets Vietnamese vegetable farmers

On Tuesday, 30th of May 2017, Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, in her capacity as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate on Inclusive Finance for Development, made a field visit to the Horti Dalat project in Vietnam.Queen Máxima and Fresh Studio R&D Director Rene van RensenQueen Máxima.....

Spain: Bargosa Fr. Albiach opens new market stalls in Mercovasa

In October 2016, BARGOSA and ALBIACH FRUITS made the decision to partner, with the objective of creating a business structure designed to lead the wholesale sector across the Spanish Levante. The first step in this direction was the refurbishment, expansion and modernization of the facilities that Albiach.....

NatureFresh partners with school board to create NatureFresh Field

A major gap in sports facilities at the new Leamington District Secondary School (LDSS) that is due to open in September has prompted local greenhouse grower NatureFresh Farms to come forward in a major way. NatureFresh along with the Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB), and South Essex.....

Jessica Harris joins Tanimura & Antle team

Tanimura & Antle has hired Jessica Harris as Senior Manager of Trade Marketing & Business Development. Jessica comes to this new role from her position as Senior Manager of Customer Marketing at Earthbound Farm, where she worked since 2007.In this new role, Jessica will focus on expanding relationships.....

Counterfeit alert from microgreens 2Bfresh

In order to combat recent microgreen counterfeits found in Russian markets, 2BFresh has released advice to help consumers spot fraudulent products which they see as a threat to the company's reputation."We take pride in our product and do our utmost so that you enjoy the freshness and quality that is second to.....

Driscoll's Californian strawberries have first public showing online at JD.com

Fresh Jingdong has formed a strategic partnership with America's largest berry producer, Driscoll's, under the banner of the investment company Fruit Day. Driscoll's owns a plantation with a history of one hundred years. Through the partnership they plan to send high quality strawberries from the sunny coast.....

“Seventy percent of our veg production is tomatoes"

"We started exporting in 2009 when we invested in a packaging facility. At the time, export volume was 8,500 tonnes, and by 2016 it was 45,000 tonnes. Our products are marketed under various brands in France, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Lithuania, Canada and the US. We are currently approaching European.....

IG international considers joint venture with AU for exotic fruit

IG international, one of the largest fresh fruit companies in India, is in talks with an Australian company for a possible joint venture to produce high value exotic fruits like avocados, blueberries and dragon fruits in India. This was disclosed by Tarun Arora, director of the company in an interaction with.....

Craig Stauffer, CEO of Vanguard International on the acquisition of Pride Packing

“It gives us our first entry into North American production”

On May 8, Vanguard International acquired Washington-based Pride Packing Co. “The acquisition gives us our first entry into North American production,” says Craig Stauffer, CEO of Vanguard International. Pride is a vertically-integrated apple, cherry, apricot, peach and nectarine operation, growing in Yakima’s.....

Volm Companies and Wyma Solutions announce North American strategic partnership

Volm Companies, North American supplier of fresh produce packaging and equipment automation solutions, today announced a formal strategic partnership with Wyma Solutions, the global expert in post-harvest fresh and processed handling solutions.The partnership will allow Volm Companies and Wyma Solutions to.....

Fiftieth anniversary of potato process innovator

Magical opening of new commercial premises by Kiremko

On Friday 19 May, the official opening of Kiremko’s new commercial premises took place. The company from Montfoort designs, produces and installs machines and complete production lines for making chips, crisps and various other potato products. Younger than ever, the company also celebrated its 50th.....

Jingdong (JD) establishes first electronic test center for freshness in China

Recently, Jingdong has established a test laboratory. This is China's first electronic test center! Liu Qiangdong expresses on his own profile: "Tightly controlling the source + a system that traces the chain back to this source + cold chain logistics, it's all for the sake of safety!"To let consumers eat.....

Bank of China main backer

ChemChina raises $20 billion for Syngenta deal

ChemChina has raised $20 billion mainly in perpetual bonds to finance its purchase of Swiss seeds firm Syngenta (SYNN.S), with Bank of China becoming the single largest investor providing half of that funding, according to a regulatory filing.State-owned ChemChina, which took on short-term loans for the $44.....

Cool Port Rotterdam up and running

Last week the first containers were received at Kloosterboer’s new site in Rotterdam as "Kloosterboer Cool Port” officially opened for business. The shipment, made up of pallets of pomegranates from Total Produce, arrived at Maasvlakte on the MSC container ship “Sasha" from where they were transported by barge.....

New Jumbo shopping concept starts in Groningen

Jumbo has opened the first Foodmarket City by Jumbo in Groningen. In this concept Jumbo combines elements of the Jumbo stores, Foodmarket and the recently acquired restaurant chain, La Place. The formula plays into the desires and lifestyles of consumers in the inner city. Customers can go here for fresh meals.....

Hapag-Lloyd and UASC complete their merger

Hapag-Lloyd and the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) completed their merger process on May 24 in Hamburg. The combined fleet of this merger amounts to 230 vessels with a capacity of approximately 1.6 million TEU, which allows Hapag-Lloyd to strengthen its position as the fifth largest shipping company in.....

Vision Produce continues Arizona expansion

Lance Nichols has been promoted to Vice President / General Manager Arizona, announces Donald Souther, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Lance has been an integral part of our operational growth in Phoenix over the last several years and we look forward to tapping into his years of experience as.....

China: Qingdao Cooguo bringing Cypriot citrus to the consumers

In the last few days, Shanghai's subsidiary of the Qingdao Cooguo enterprise has launched a series of promotional events for fruit from Cyprus in Shanghai. This happened in collaboration with the European Union, the republic of Cyprus and the company Cypofresh Citrus Sedigep (PO) Ltd. After evaluations by.....

IPL acquires US-based Macro Plastics for $150M

IPL has announced that it will be acquiring Macro Plastics Inc., a US manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging, for US$150 million.IPL describes Macro, based in Fairfield, California, as one of the largest manufacturer of rigid plastic bulk bins worldwide. The Montreal-based manufacturer of plastic injection.....

Total Produce shareholder dividends increase by 10%

Total Produce, a fresh produce provider, has said that it will pay a final dividend to shareholders of 2.2297 cent per share, an increase of 10 per cent on last year’s dividend. The Dublin headquartered company said it will pay the dividend on May 26th.In a trading update issued on Thursday, the group said.....

Sage Fruit and The Produce Mom® publish ‘Smarter Lunchrooms’ eBook

In partnership with Sage Fruit, The Produce Mom is releasing a new eBook titled, “Smarter Lunchrooms.” The eBook provides best practices and simple strategies to encourage students to choose healthier foods in the school cafeteria without taking away any choices. The eBook is available as a free download on.....

CPMA announces new Board of Directors

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) is pleased to announce its new Board of Directors. The board was elected at the Annual General Meeting, held during CPMA's 92nd Annual Convention and Trade Show, May 9th to 11th, in Toronto.The Executive Committee members of the board are:Chair, Rick.....

United Fresh Expo 2017

Agribusiness recruiting company shows how to attract employees

AgHires will show companies how to attract top employees to their business at the United FreshTEC Expo. AgHires will exhibit at the trade show which is to be held at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois June 13th - 15th 2017. Representatives including AgHires founder and owner Lori Culler.....

Acadian Plant Health™ launches in India

Acadian Plant Health™ (APH™), a division of Acadian Seaplants Limited (ASL), announces new partnerships and the launch of its biostimulants and Acadian BioSwitch™ technology in the Indian market. This launch will further the company’s commitment to providing solutions to growers within the agricultural.....

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Ocean Spray and Oppy collaborate and bring Ocean Spray® branded berries

The stage is set to expand the 87-year-old Ocean Spray® brand — with many sweet things to come.In a natural extension of the relationship formed in 2003 to market Ocean Spray fresh cranberries, Oppy and its partner berry growers, are now shipping fresh strawberries and blueberries from California under an.....

Chris Glynn joins Tanimura & Antle as Director of Organics

Tanimura & Antle has hired Chris Glynn as Director of Organics, as the company continues to build its team with leading organic veterans and lay the groundwork for a rollout of organic products. From 2005 until he joined Tanimura & Antle, Glynn was at Earthbound Farm, most recently as Vice President of.....

Tesla and Limoneira partner to add batteries to solar installations

Tesla has made a new important partnership with Limoneira, one of the leading producers of lemons, avocados, oranges, specialty citrus and other crops, in order to ramp up its energy storage business. The two companies will test Tesla’s battery systems at their solar installations.Mark Palamountain, Limoneira.....

RedLine Solutions provides physics supplies to local school

Recently, @redlineproduce donated $7500 to the Santa Clara High School science department. RedLine Solutions’ CEO @toddbaggett feels it is important to give back to the community and has supported many good causes over the years. Todd also recently gave his time to present job options to students, during the.....

Ready Pac Foods promotes Nestlé USA Veteran to Chief Marketing Officer

Ready Pac Foods, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bonduelle (BOND.PA), today announced it has promoted Nestlé USA veteran, Galit Feinreich, to Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Feinreich will be responsible for the company’s Innovation Organization, including Marketing and Research & Development (R&D)......