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AU: New potato variety introduced at Coles supermarkets
The Gourmandine potato, a yellow fleshed potato with a smooth waxy skin and a nut flavour, is launching at Coles supermarkets in Victoria, NSW and South Australia this week beginning 18 April.The Mitolo family from Virginia, South Australia, are the first Australian farmers to grow the Gourmandine potato,.....

Zespri declares early profit range for 2017 season
For the 2017 financial year, kiwifruit marketer Zespri International has indicated an after-tax profit of $25 million to $30 million, excluding revenue from the release of 400 hectares of Gold3 licence being tendered next month.That additional revenue will likely be materially significant to the 2016/17.....

French ports target Cameroon's business community
A French economic interest group from the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris, HAROPA, has arrived in Cameroon to demonstrate to the country’s business community that they offer adequate solutions to meet their foreign trade operations.To better take advantage of the traffic of fruit, bananas, cocoa and other.....


Fruitocracy®
Dole launch squeezable fruit pouches
Dole's new easy-serve fruit pouches Fruitocracy® are available in two sizes and intended to appeal to all ages. Each 4.8 oz pouch provides a ½ cup serving of fruit for USDA Child Nutrition Programs. Each 3.2 oz. Dole Fruitocracy supplies ¼ cup of fruit and meets Smart Snacks in School requirements. Tasty.....


PEI Potato Industry congratulates Mary Fitzgerald Industry Award winner
Jennifer Harris, the Marketing Director of Mid-Isle Farms in Albany, PEI, was recently awarded the prestigious Mary Fitzgerald Award by the Canadian Marketing Produce Association (CPMA) at their 91st Annual Convention and Trade Show in Calgary, Alberta.The award is presented to an individual with passion and.....


NZ Prime Minister launches Zespri’s 2016 season in China
Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key officially launched the 2016 season for Zespri in China at an event last night (Apr, 21), marking a new phase for Zespri’s China Strategy.Chief Executive Lain Jager says having the Prime Minister launch Zespri’s season in Shanghai was a great start to what is set to be a.....


Individual pallet control differentiates Interko’s fruit ripening room offer
Interko has advanced its range of fresh fruit ripening rooms with the introduction of a flexible chamber that offers the added value of individual pallet control and can be designed to accommodate any fruit.The Holland-based designer, manufacturer and installer says its new room is so flexible that users.....

Seeka leads kiwi industry in developing oil contamination test
Seeka Kiwifruit Industries, working in conjunction with Zespri, has led the way in developing a non-invasive UV testing technology to check trays of export kiwifruit potentially affected by lubricant oil contamination.Seeka is one of a number of Bay of Plenty packhouses supplied by distributor UPNZ with a.....


Bayer's innovations in banana production sustainability
There are a number of threats challenging the daily farm operations of banana producers in Asia and Latin America. At the 6th International Banana Congress, which took place from April 19 to 22, 2016 in Miami, Florida, USA, Bayer showcased its portfolio of products and solutions that support the success and.....

Hamburg Sud increased turnover in 2015
In a challenging year, the Hamburg Süd Group succeeded in significantly increasing its total turnover by 16.8 percent to 6,058 million Euro. The main drivers were the successful takeover and integration of the container operations of the Chilean shipping company Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica.....

Fermac Cargo and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo invest in mangoes
Fermac Cargo España and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo are collaborating in a new freighter route departing from the city of Abidjan, Ivory Coast headed for Madrid, Spain. The first cargo plane landed on Tuesday, April 19 of 2016. It transported approximately 90,000 kilos of one of the most popular mango.....


SIPO widens its range of aromatic herbs
SIPO, based in Rimini (Italy) and which has been working in the fruit and vegetable sector since the 1950s promoting Italian agriculture, launches its new line of aromatic herbs branded "Sapori del mio Orto".What all the products have in common is the concept of consumer services, thanks to the different.....

Marijke van der Stukken, CEO Veiling Haspengouw:
"Grower collaboration vital”
Marijke Vanderstukken ended up in a situation as the CFO of Veiling Haspengouw at the end of 2014 that gave her a fright. She had heard before that there was space for improvement, but she hadn’t expected the financial situation to be as bad as it was. At the time she didn’t have a ‘feel’ for the fruit, but.....

Future uncertain for staff
UK veg firm plans potato packing operation move
A leading UK vegetable supplier, QV Foods, says it has entered a period of consultation with about 140 staff at March, Cambridgeshire, as it prepares to move the operation to Holbeach.The firm says if the move goes ahead it will create 125 new roles at Holbeach.A spokeswoman for the £140 million a year.....

Ardo group buys Bonduelle's share in Spanish veg group
Ardo is now the sole shareholder in Spanish vegetable group Ultracongelados de la Ribera (UCR), which had previously been a joint venture between the company and Bonduelle.According to RevistaAral.com, the agreement reached between the two parties included Ardo completely integrating a production plant in.....

US (NC): Del Monte closes vegetable cannery
In 2015, Del Monte Foods acquired a vegetable production and canning facility in Sampson County; the company has now announced that it intends to close that plant near the town of Turkey by September 1, impacting 230 full-time employees and 92 seasonal workers, according to a WARN notice filed with the state.....

Sun World International announces new appointments
Sun World International has announced the appointments of new vice presidents to its licensing and variety development departments as well as the appointment of a new expert in fruit breeding.The company’s Executive Vice President, David Marguleas, announced that Garth Swinburn has been named Vice President.....

Not just a lime grower anymore
Limex rebrands as Sicar Farms
Limex SiCar is now operating under the new name and brand “SiCar Farms” with the goal of better communicating the diverse commodities and availability it provides as a vertically integrated grower.Over the past three decades, the company has grown and expanded its product line on the farms and views the.....

Pascal Piepers new retail director at The Greenery
The Greenery has appointed Pascal Piepers as its new retail director. He will start on 1 June 2016 and will be working to develop the commercial strategy in the core markets of the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom.The retail director bears responsibility for continuing to boost turnover in.....

EU govt will protect Ghana's exports
Ghana's Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Ekow Spio-Garbrah, has assured Ghanaian exporters that the EU will protect Ghana’s exports within the framework of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).He said the Trade Ministry is currently seeking cabinet’s input and support on options available to Ghana in.....

New alliance for four global shipping giants
Four major shipping lines, including COSCO Container Lines, have penned a new alliance which will bring together a fleet of more than 350 containerships.In a media release, French CMA CGM said the company, together with COSCO Container Lines, Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line have signed on.....


Huge local market
Israeli avocado exports in top 10
Israel has staked its place as one of the prominent exporters of avocado in the world. Israeli avocado exports rank in the top 10 of countries globally, with annual exports of over 50,000 tons accounting for some 6.2% of the overall avocado trade in the world. The local market for avocado is also.....


A new grower initiative gets New Zealand students eating healthy
One of New Zealand’s largest growers has teamed up with schools to help encourage students to eat healthier.Bostock New Zealand has delivered fresh, organic apples to Flaxmere College in Hawke’s Bay to use as part of its Breakfast programme to get more students eating nutritious breakfasts.Bostock New.....

French hotel chain grows veg to cut food waste
AccorHotels, which includes the Pullman, Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure and Ibis chains, intends to “reduce food waste by 30%, in particular by sourcing food locally”, chief executive Sebastien Bazin said on Tuesday.The French group, which generates 25-30% of its revenue by serving 150 million meals a year, will.....


McDonald’s salads : Made in Normandy
Florette Food Service, Mc Donald’s long-standing salad, fruit and vegetable supplier (subsidiary of the agri-food cooperative Agrial), have signed a contract to supply salad for Mc Donald’s France. Florette Food Service is based in Normandy (their headquarters are in Caen).The contract agrees upon 300 tons.....


US: Continued growth for fingerling potato segment
On the back of seeing a growing need for specialty potatoes and onions in the market, Colorado based Strohauer Farms started allocating more of their resources into this area. This was back in 2006, shortly after the company also started growing organic produce."We are always striving to increase our quality.....


South Africa: Greenpeace ranks supermarkets commitment to renewable energy
South Africa’s top five retailers (Pick n Pay, Massmart, Spar, Woolworths and Shoprite) have a major role to play in shaping sustainable growth in the energy sector and need to champion South Africa’s transition to 100% renewable energy, according to the latest report launched today by Greenpeace Africa.....

George Tanimura
Californian agricultural legend passes
The Tanimura Family announced on Sunday the loss of their family patriarch and agricultural legend George Tanimura at his home in Salinas on April 15.George was born in San Juan Bautista on July 2, 1915 to Eijiro Kimoto and Yukino Tanimura.In 1948, the Tanimura Family began a farming relationship with.....


Cross-Marketing and convincing athletes
KIKU® and Sports have become an inseparable connection. True to this motto, KIKU supports many athletes and sport events and looks back at a successful winter season.On the left: First World Cup victory for Dominik Windisch; On the right: Lisa Zimmermann at 9QueensBiathlete Dominik Windisch performed.....

Spain: Ardo becomes sole shareholder of Ultracongelados de la Ribera
The Ardo and Bonduelle groups, European leaders in processed vegetables, announced today that the transaction relating to Ultracongelados de la Ribera (UCR) has been successfully completed, confirming that Ardo now owns 100% of the Benimodo site shares.Under the terms of the agreement between the two.....

US(MO): McDonald's to offer 'all-you-can-eat' fries
Bottomless brunch and mimosas may be the way to a millennial's heart, but it may be bottomless fries that get them back to McDonald's tables.A new 'McDonald's of the future' may prove that to be the case. The new 6,500 sq ft restaurant, set to open in July, will be asking if you want fries with that - as.....


Ike Tokita, CEO of Tokita Seed
Japan: “Fortunately, there has been no major damage to our facilities"
On Thursday a earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 hit Southern Japan and was followed by powerful aftershocks, the triggered a vocano eruptions and a tsunami alert was issued. Although ti will be some time before the full extent of the damage is know we spoke to Ike Tokita, CEO of Tokita Seed to find out how.....

Oppy promotes Steve Young to Sales Director
With the 2016 Canadian Produce Marketing Association show in full swing, one of the country’s biggest fresh produce sales, marketing and distribution companies announces the promotion of Steve Young to the role of sales director for Canada.Young, who has been with Oppy since 2008, served as sales manager at.....


Europe's largest and most modern tomato handling facilities
The cooperative CASI has recently uploaded a video showcasing its new tomato handling facilities, the largest and most modern in Europe, result of an investment totalling 11 million Euro in the latest machinery and technology available on the market.Its 42,000 m² will allow it to better meet the market.....

AU: Brismark shares not for sale
Produce Markets Queensland’s (PMQ’s) efforts to publically escalate tensions in their takeover bid for the Brisbane Markets are not going unnoticed by Brismark, the organisation which represents the wholesalers and operators at the Markets. As the largest shareholder of Brisbane Markets Limited, Brismark,.....

Fonterra, Zespri back TPP
Fonterra Cooperative Group and Zespri International have voiced their support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership at a select committee hearing, although neither could quantify the benefit of the treaty being ratified.Fonterra's director of global stakeholder affairs Philip Turner told Parliament's foreign.....


Over 2,300 participants
Changes well received at this year's CPMA
The annual CPMA convention and trade show was held this week in Calgary, and this year's event brought a few changes that were well-received. In addition to this being the last time Calgary will host, the conference was condensed to three days mid week. On Monday 18th of April, FreshPlaza will publish their.....

Peakfresh bags keep ethylene out, freshness in
"We're looking for local distributors in Spain and Latin America"
The future of packaging is moving toward containers that actively work to keep fresh produce as fresh as possible as it makes its way around the world. That's necessary now that the world is so interconnected and freight passage times are getting longer. Peakfresh's modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) works.....

Northern NSW named agricultural hub of excellence
A Collective of Northern NSW farmers co-operatives will make up the Federal Government’s newly established National Centre of Excellence for Agricultural Co-operatives.Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the $13.8 million agriculture project aims to provide expert advice and information to up to 2000.....

Fresh Express bringing 120 jobs with new Orlando HQ
Fresh Express, the salad division of Chiquita Brands International Inc., has brought 120 new jobs to Orange County with the opening of its new headquarters office in Windermere, Gov. Rick Scott announced April 12.Fresh Express's administrative offices have moved from Charlotte, N.C., to 4757 The Grove Drive,.....

McCain awarded ‘best potato industry host’ by future leaders
Delegates of AHDB’s first ever Next Generation Programme overwhelmingly voted McCain Foods as their ‘Best Industry Host’.The award was presented at the final session at AHDB Headquarters, Stoneleigh Park, last month.Matthew Stubbings, trainee fieldsperson for McCain Foods (GB) Ltd (also on the programme as a.....

Indonesia grants 'Country of Recognition' for South African fruit
Asian export ties were strengthened this week when the Indonesian Quarantine Agency granted Country of Recognition for South Africa’s food safety control system, thereby increasing the export potential for South African deciduous fruit.The document was signed by the Indonesian Minister of Agriculture, Mr.....

Mafa Organic, Elbostania for Agricultural Development–Blue Nile & Belco
Germany: Fresca announces share transfer
Fresca GmbH announces, according to the Agreement for Sale of Shares of Fresca GmbH, that Fresca GmbH has transferred shares to the Companies: Mafa Organic for Trade & Export, Elbostania for Agricultural Development Co – BLUE NILE. and The International for Land Reclamation - Belco.This cooperation of 3.....

Ghanaian university commercialising ag activities
The Valley View University in Ghana is expanding and commercialising its ongoing agricultural initiatives. According to the university's agriculture department, they will henceforth be involved in poultry, maize, citrus, fish and honey production to feed the campus community and the surplus will be sold.Vice.....


Spectrometer for testing nutritional value
US: Target exploring food transparency
A piece of equipment called a spectrometer can provide information on the nutritional value and caloric content of a single food item, such as an apple. It works by shining infrared light onto the food item and by measuring how that light is absorbed by the chemicals inside, it can identify the food's.....

US: Wonderful Citrus makes major acquisitions in Persian limes
Wonderful Citrus, an integrated grower, shipper and packer of fresh citrus, announced the acquisition of I. Kunik Company, a major distributor of Persian limes grown in Mexico, and the purchase of the operations of B&S Grupo Exportador, S.A. de C.V., a major supplier of Persian limes to the worldwide.....


Potatoes USA elects leadership positions
On March 17, at Potatoes USA's 44th Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, Mike Pink of Mesa, WA, was elected Chairman of Potatoes USA. Pink is serving his fifth year on the Board. In 2014-2015, he served as Co-Chairman of the Board’s International Marketing Committee. He previously served three years on the.....


Chiquita's fresh produce division locates HQ in Windermere
Chiquita’s fresh produce and salad division, Fresh Express, relocated to Central Florida last year. The company has now located its headquarters in the Windermere shopping center called The Grove.The Sentinel broke the news of Chiquita’s move to Florida in July last year; Fresh Express brought about 100 jobs.....

New Delhi company successfully trading fruit, veg online
VegFru is an online platform which connects farmers, suppliers, retailers and buyers on a single platform. It was founded in June 2015 by Anil Chopra and is based out of Delhi. Now Wingify, another Delhi based enterprise, focused on software, has invested an undisclosed amount in the online fruit and.....

AU co-op securing top prices for growers
Coolum-based Sunfresh Marketing Co-operative has been finding the best price for its growers' produce for 21 years. According to deputy general manager Evan Heidemann, the Sunshine Coast region used to be a "fruit bowl", but urban encroachment and skills shortages in the regional vegetable and fruit growing.....


One-of-a-kind conference draws industry leaders to Las Vegas:
Photo Report: 4th Annual Indoor Ag-Con
From small indoor growers of microgreens to operators of large scalemulti-layerplant factories and greenhouse facilities; almost everybody active in North America's indoor agriculture industry gathered in Las Vegas last week for the 4th Annual Indoor Ag-Con.The event, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.....


At "Fabex" exhibition in Tokyo
Oranfrizer celebrates 18 years of export to Japan
Oranfrizer will exhibit at the Wine & Gourmet showcase in Tokyo, from April 13th to 15th, and will celebrate 18 years of exports in Japan, a goal reached year after year, focusing always on the high quality "made in Italy". The company exports all year round, 100% Sicilian NFC citrus juices enlarging.....

Spain: CASI Aeropuerto committed to modern, high-end agriculture
Last Saturday, the mayor of Almeria, Ramón Fernández-Pacheco, visited the facilities of CASI Aeropuerto, in which the Agricultural Cooperative San Isidro has invested more than eleven million Euro. The plan has been to build the "largest and most modern" handling centre for tomatoes in Europe and, during his.....

GlobalGap certification for Colombian producers of Hass avocado
The Asociación de Productores de Aguacate tipo exportación APATEX, harvest begins its 2016 season with excellent news; receiving the highest distinction as certified producers with the GlobalGap standard, option 2 under a Quality Management System. APATEX, is an association of producers located in the.....

Vanguard to purchase Peruvian Challapampa
The Vanguard International Group (Vanguard) has agreed to purchase Agricola Challapampa S.A.C. and Agricola Milagritos S.A.C., collectively known as Challapampa, in Ica, Peru, as part of its strategy to develop a global vertically‐integrated fresh fruit organization, able to supply fresh crop products.....

KWS to focus on hybrid potato breeding
KWS sells seed potato business to Stet Holland
KWS has announced that it will be selling its conventional seed potato business to Stet Holland B.V. The agreement was signed on April 11, 2016 and is expected to be completed by mid-2016.The KWS Group’s seed potato business is steered by its subsidiary KWS POTATO B.V., which is based in Emmeloord, the.....


Tomra makes record turnover of 650 million Euro
Tomra Systems ASA, the parent company of Tomra Sorting Food, located in Belgium, among other places, reported a record turnover over 2015 of 6,143 MNOK (650 million Euro). This is a growth of 16 percent compared to the previous year. The company had 648 million NOK (68.7 million Euro) left under the line......

Hortifrut and Munger Brothers merge to lead the blueberry market
Hortifrut has signed an agreement for its merger with the US company Munger Brothers. The goal is to build a solid foundation for the development of blueberry products that can be available to customers 52 weeks a year, ensuring the supply of blueberries during the winter season for its customers in the.....


Wan Hai profit outperforms Maersk
According to Alphaliner’s survey of the 16 main carriers that published full year financial results for 2015, Taiwanese carrier Wan Hai has become the most profitable container line, based on operating profit margins, at 6.3%; followed by Maersk Line at 6%, CMA CGM at 5.8% and OOCL at 5%.These four carriers.....

UK asparagus grower doubles volume supplied to Tesco
Jubilee is an early season asparagus variety which was launched as a Tesco exclusive is 2012. Due to the variety's positive reception in previous seasons, Herefordshire asparagus grower Cobrey Farms is doubling the volumes it supplies to Tesco.Tesco asparagus buyer Bart Vangorp said: "It's fantastic to be.....


Australian seed supplier takes extreme veggies to market
Abundant Produce, a specialist seed supplier has bred tough tomatoes that can sweat out Pakistan's summer and "cutecumbers" that need little water, and now the company is planting itself on the Australian Securities Exchange.Abundant Produce specializes in developing seeds that can grow in extreme.....