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Tom Lange Company announces Hugh Seelbach's retirement

The Tom Lange Company has announced the retirement of Hugh Seelbach, Secretary/Treasurer, after 36 years of dedicated service, and that Josh McKey will succeed him.Hugh Seelbach to Retire After 36 Years of ServiceHugh Seelbach will retire from the Company after 36 years of service, effective August 31, 2017......

AppHarvest selects SUNSET to re-ignite Coal Country

Jonathan Webb’s vision of bringing a renewed economic boom to the Appalachians looks to be bright. Wisely he has brought in the industry pioneer and expert to launch his mountain top greenhouse in the heart of America.Agricultural startup AppHarvest, and Mastronardi Produce Ltd., North America’s grower and.....

Kuhne+Nagel says further consolidation to come

After yesterday's announced acquisition of two company's, freight forwarder Kuhne+Nagel (K+N) has reported that it is expecting further consolidation in the perishables logistics market.Speaking shortly after announcing the company’s second-quarter results and the acquisition of two perishables forwarders,.....

Fruit and vegetable Category manager Andreas Allenspach van Coop (Switzerland):

"Our Swiss and import product ratio is 50/50"

Andreas Allenspach had been working in the Dutch fruit and vegetable trade for over three and a half years. As of 1 December 2014, he has returned to his home country as the category manager of fruit and vegetables for the Swiss supermarket chain Coop. Besides his faultless control of the Dutch language,.....

The Juicy Group takes over Germany company Go Fresh

"Due to HPP our juices can be stored for a month"

"Detox juices are totally trendy at the moment. The requests keep streaming in. A lot of people are focusing on their health and drinking juice with vitamins. Various fruits and vegetables are used, including mint, broccoli and kale. Besides these new vegetable juices we also still offer our well known fruit.....

Cristian Morales, Where Is My Fruit

Spain: "The Middle East is no longer an attractive market"

In recent years, many Spanish companies have thought of the countries of the Middle East as their main market, as is the case of Where Is My Fruit. This company was shipping 70% of its goods to those destinations, exporting the rest to Canada or South East Asia, among others. With the passage of time, "we have.....

Southern Produce Distributors, Inc. hires Director of Marketing

Southern Produce Distributors, Inc., a leading provider of high quality sweet potatoes, announced the addition of Brooke Britt as Director of Marketing. In her role, Britt will develop and execute marketing strategies as well as oversee promotion and advertising initiatives.“Southern Produce has a strong.....

Jan-Willem Grievink (FSIN) on online sales, blurring and chain models

"Strawberry sales by algorithm becoming a reality"

The takeover of retailer Whole Foods Market by the American internet giant Amazon could cause a real revolution in the food sector according to Jan-Willem Grievink of the Foodservice Institute Nederland. "What Amazon is doing is unburdening. People said the same about Zalando: 'This will never catch on' That.....

Jolanda Nooijen, Compliment:

"Our products are sold before they're planted"

Compliment has continued to outgrow itself since its conception. Now there is a building in which they can still realise 30-40% growth. But it's not their main priority. "I want to build something stable," says Jolanda Nooijen, who set up the company in 2001. The company's power comes from the Dutch soil......

Taco van der Louw, fruit and vegetable specialist within FreshRecruitment:

"Professionalisation of fruit and vegetable sector demands a different type of candidate more often"

Taco van der Louw has been active in the fruit and vegetable sector for over 20 years. Starting as an agronomist he gradually shifted into more commercial functions in the international fresh produce sector over the years. Now he is active as an independent for the first time and matches companies and.....

Spain: Lidl, first retailer awarded with Aenor's "Zero waste" certificate

The supermarket chain Lidl has been the first distribution company in Spain to be awarded with the "Zero Waste" certificate from Aenor. Lidl has obtained this certificate thanks to the work carried out in terms of sustainability in its new logistics platform in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid; the tenth of the.....

MAF Roda launches first ever dragon fruit sorting line

MAF Roda is a global leading sorting machinery developer and manufacturer. The company has been present in China for over twenty years. Recently, the team has experienced growth in a number of new exciting product categories on the Chinese domestic market. One of these is domestically produced dragon fruit......

Celebrating 10 years of The Core Blog

DMA Solutions promotes from within

Now in its thirteenth year providing marketing services to companies in the fresh produce industry, DMA Solutions, Inc. celebrates two important milestones signaling continued growth within the company and the industry that it serves; the tenth anniversary of The Core Blog and the promotion of Mackenzie.....

Eddy Gieraerts, fruit tree nursery Carolus

"25% more apples thanks to our own Magnum tree"

What started as a fruit cultivation company eventually grew into a fruit tree nursery over the years. Carolus Trees from the Belgian Nieuwerkerken has been growing apple and pear trees, mainly intended for European export, for over 32 years. "We grow two million fruit trees for the international market each.....

Acadian Plant Health™ hires new Business Development Manager for Brazil

Acadian Plant Health™ (APH™) recently hired Daniel Gheller for the position of Business Development Manager in the Brazil region. Within this position, Gheller will help create the APH™ crop solutions portfolio for the Brazilian market, lead and develop the sales team, as well as help develop a distributor.....

Oppy strengthens Western U.S. sales squad

Jose Mendoza, Jim Leach and Mario Illiano are Oppy’s new sales representatives, recently appointed from within the leading fresh produce marketer and distributor’s ranks.Mendoza and Leach are based in the company’s Los Angeles-area office, while Illiano is part of the Seattle, Wash. sales team. All three will.....

Kloosterboer expands with fully automated cold store facility in the Netherlands

International logistics service provider Kloosterboer is to extend its services for, amongst others, McCain, the world's largest producer of french fries and other potato products. Kloosterboer is set to develop a new fully automated high-bay cold store featuring a capacity of 40,000 pallet spaces. The new.....

Coliman inaugurates new organic banana farm

In the framework of its 54th anniversary, Coliman Group proudly celebrates the inauguration of its new organic banana farm.The new banana farm, which has about 300 hectares of organic production, also has a modern packaging machine with state-of-the-art technology. This new project is located in Coliman’s.....

Annual BBQ fundraiser

California Giant staff serve over 1,000 lunches

The 11th annual Summer barbecue at California Giant Berry Farms did not disappoint as the staff rolled up their sleeves on July 18 to serve lunch to friends throughout the community. Skirt steak was the main dish for over 1000 lunches either eaten on premises or taken to go back to their offices in town. For.....

Hass Avocado Board names McGuigan Director of Industry Affairs

The Hass Avocado Board (HAB) whose vision is to be the catalyst for fresh avocados being the No. 1 consumed fruit in the U.S. and industry stakeholders being successful has named John B. McGuigan as the new Director of Industry Affairs for the organization.John has worked with multiple commodities and in.....

Joel Crist joins Crunch Time Apple Growers Board of Directors

A fifth-generation farmer, Joel Crist, 29, is the youngest apple grower to date to join Crunch Time’s board of directors. Crist comes to Crunch Time with a passion for the apple industry, knowledge and firsthand experience growing up and working in his family’s business, Crist Bros. Orchards, Inc., based in.....

Matt Godfroy - SunFresh Produce

"High standards only achievable within your own packing facility"

The fresh produce industry can be turbulent at the best of times, but for companies in the UK it’s future is more uncertain with Brexit taking place."There are many financial pressures and the looming Brexit adds uncertainties, but opportunities do exist," explained Matt Godfroy from the UK’s leading organic.....

For Nelson Mandela Day

US importer of South African citrus donates service and citrus

AMC North America, part of the AMC Group, is one of four major importers of South African citrus during the summer months, when the domestic crop is not available. AMC imports fresh arrivals of navel oranges, Clementines and mandarins, as well as specialty varieties such as Cara Cara oranges and Midknight.....

Pure Flavor in Canada expands leadership team

Building on a consistent year over year growth, greenhouse grower & marketer Pure Flavor announced the addition of Chris Veillon as Chief Marketing Officer to the company’s executive leadership team.“As we continue to grow our retail & foodservice business, we needed to strategically evolve our.....

Corné Verboom: "Celebrations at Funghi Funghi"

First chantarelles arrive from Belarus

"It feels like a celebration here today," says Corné Verboom of Funghi Funghi. "We receive the first chantarelles from Belarus today. Chantarelles come in all shapes and sizes and from many origins. The varieties from Belarus, Russia and Lithuania are of the highest quality and are always well.....

Ocean Mist® Farms sponsors Tour de Fresh for a second year

Ocean Mist® Farms is proud to announce their participation in the Tour de Fresh three-day cycling event, supporting the Salad Bars to Schools initiative, for a second year. The event begins July 25 in Pismo Beach and will conclude with a loop of Monterey, prior to PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo July 27,.....

Aldi invests heavily in organic and fair trade

More sustainable certified products on the shelves and stores with the highest possible energy label. Discounter Aldi embraced sustainability in 2016. This is shown in the Aldi Nord 2016 Progress Report, in which it informs its shareholders of developments in sustainability. With this report the discounter.....

Koppert Cress launches Liita Cress

Koppert Cress introduces Liita Cress, a mild bitter cress with a lavender flavour. Lavender flowers have already been used in the kitchen, but now there is a cress variety. The decorative and tasty characteristics ensure a wide applicability. Liita Cress goes well with light meat, herby vegetables, cheese, but.....

Crunch Time Apple Growers re-elects two members to Board of Directors

Crunch Time Apple Growers has announced that Walter Blackler (District 4) and Jim Bittner (District 6) have been re-elected to the organization’s board of directors for a third term.Walter Blackler has served on Crunch Time’s board of directors as treasurer since its inception in 2010. Blackler, an active.....

San Miguel buys Agricola Hoja Redonda

The Argentinian company, San Miguel, has paid $64 million for Peru's largest mandarin exporter, Agricola Hoja Redonda. With this acquisition, San Miguel will expand its business by 28 000 tonnes of citrus, avocados and grapes. It will also get better access to the American West Coast and Asian markets.San.....

OctoFrost Group and Dutch Innotec Systems BV:

Acquisition brings IQF and processing line company together

The Swedish manufacturer of individual quick freezing (IQF) freezer tunnels, OctoFrost Group, with installations in more than 50 countries, has taken over 100% of the shares of the Dutch Innotec Systems BV. Innotec Systems is a well-known manufacturer of customised industrial food processing machinery and.....

Brooke High School students’ wish is granted with salad bar donation

The old adage “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away” is a lifestyle approach that Brooke High School students take seriously, especially when it comes to food options available at school. As part of an exciting awareness-building, mobile sampling campaign in Boston throughout July, T&G Global has helped.....

China: Goodfarmer Costa Rica pineapples now on sale at Walmart

This year, China and Costa Rica celebrated ten years of diplomatic relations. After Costa Rican pineapples were approved for export to China, the first batch has now entered the Chinese market. Walmart, in collaboration with Goodfarmer, held a ceremony in its Tianhe store in Guangzhou for this occasion......

Poland: Bio Planet sales down 6% in June

Bio Planet's sales for the month of June 2017 were worth 8.3 million zloty (about 1.97 million Euro); 6% less than in the same month of 2016, when sales reached a value of 8.8 million zloty (about 2.09 million Euro).This drop was the result of several factors, one of which being the number of trading days in.....

Wonderful Pistachios heats up summer snacking with professional baseball teams

Today, Wonderful Pistachios announced a new marketing alliance with Live Nation, the largest live entertainment company, and expanded their portfolio with select professional baseball teams nationwide to reach fans while they’re enjoying this summer’s most popular events. “With everyone enjoying concerts and.....

China's So Orange elected as 'Top 10 Fruit Brand'

On 8 July, the 2017 China Finance Forum and Financial 30 Year Leaders Summit were opened in Beijing with, as its theme, "New energy in the Chinese economy: transformation and promotion". As a new force in the fruit industry and a leading brand in Fengjie oranges, "So Orange" was invited to attend this forum.....

Billa voted Bulgaria’s favourite retailer for second consecutive year

For the second consecutive year, Bulgarians have chosen BILLA as their favourite retail chain in the "MY LOVE MARKS" ranking; an expression of consumers’ preferences for particular brands in various industries. According to the organisers, over 30,000 people voted for their favourite brands. The voting went.....

Bulgaria: Supermarket for organic products opens in Sofia

On 7 July, a supermarket which will only offer organic products opened in Sofia. It is the first of its kind in Bulgaria and the first foreign franchise of NaturaSi; Italy's largest supermarket chain specialised in the sale of organic foods, as stated by Marina Bancheva, who is behind the project with her.....

CropLogic plans AUD $8m IPO in ASX listing

CropLogic, the agricultural technology company, has launched its prospectus and is planning an A$8 million capital raising before listing on the ASX.The Christchurch-based company is offering 40 million shares at 20 Australian cents each with a minimum subscription of 25 million shares, or A$5 million. The.....

Jack Ma's first unmanned supermarket

Today, on a street in Hangzhou (Zhejiang province), Jack Ma's first unmanned supermarket officially opened for business. Because there are no costs for manpower, the expenses for running the unmanned supermarket only add up to about a quarter of those of traditional supermarkets. The shop owner just needs to.....

Tanimura & Antle brings on organic expert John McKeon

With a focus on assuring organic integrity in their growing organic program, Tanimura & Antle has hired John McKeon as Senior Manager of Organic Compliance & Sustainability. In this new role, McKeon will direct all compliance activities for the company’s organic program, quality assurance for the.....

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Pro-Lite to feature Felix Instruments at Fruit Focus UK 2017

Pro-Lite Technology, a supplier of specialist equipment for measuring light and the optical properties of materials, will be at Fruit Focus UK 2017, featuring Felix Instruments- Applied Food Science Instruments for demonstration. Pro-Lite is partnering with Felix Instruments to provide portable Gas Analyzers.....

Guillermo Martinez joins Wilson Produce

Guillermo “Willy” Martinez will join Wilson Produce, a leader grower/shipper of mini color bell peppers and other vegetables, as the company’s General Manager, effective August 21, 2017. Mr. Martinez will report to CEOs, Chris & Alicia Martin.“We are thrilled to have Willy join our team”, said Alicia.....

China: Pagoda Orchard founds Industry Network Joint Venture

Recently, e-commerce platforms selling fresh produce have been faced with problems. After great success in the past two years, many now have to shut down or adjust their businesses. Instead of giving up the e-commerce fresh produce market, it may be better to just quit fresh produce, as fruit, in particular,.....

EB Obstland Dürrweitzschen AG

New Obstland-Board in office

Starting on the first of July, Jan Kalbitz and Mathias Möbius are now the new members of the board, working beside the 'old chairmen' Gerd Kalbitz and Heiner Hellfritzsch, leading the Obstland Dürrweitzschen AG. The men superseded the interim board, which was put in place after the unexpected dismissal of the.....

Spain: Valencian horticultural platform serving over 2,300 companies in the world

In less than a year of activity, the Valencian company, Freshdeal, has more than 2,300 companies in the horticultural sector from more than 120 countries around the world betting on its digital platform to carry out their transactions.It is the first B2B platform in the Agrotech sector created in Spain and its.....

Belgian auctions experienced increase in sales, despite difficult year 2016

Extreme weather and a difficult situation on international markets made production circumstances in Belgium ‘extremely difficult.’ The VBT uses those two words to summarise the previous year in its annual report. Despite this, Belgian auctions saw their sales increasing yet again last year.Total sales of the.....

Van Dijke Group debuts at Potato Europe, stall #V444

"Complete turn-key projects for washing potatoes"

The Van Dijke Group from Sint-Philipsland has been specialised in designing, developing and producing machines to wash carrots, potatoes and other fruit and vegetable products. "In the first period the company was mainly active in the flower bulb sector. Over the last fifteen years the focus has shifted to the.....

Direct exports to Qatar unaffected by boycott

Last month five Arabian countries broke all diplomatic ties with Qatar. Thus the latest political crisis in the Middle East was born. This week the ultimatum of the five countries to meet a list of thirteen demands expired. Qatar responded to the five countries in a letter, and are considering the reaction......

Tasmanian cherry company Reid Fruits up for sale

Tasmanian cherry company Reid Fruits will today go to market under an Australia wide and international EOI process.Reid Fruits Managing Director Tim Reid said the business now has 136ha of cherries under cultivation, with current production representing almost 10% of the Australian cherry industry. In 2017.....

New York Apple Association announces Team for 2017

New York Apple Association, Inc. (NYAA) President and CEO Cynthia Haskins will direct the association’s activities to market and promote the 2017 New York state apple crop, and has assembled an experienced staff team of both new and familiar faces to assist her, the association announced.“I am very excited to.....

Additional hires in the sales department

Church Brothers rehires industry veteran

Church Brothers Farms, grower-owned processor/shipper of a line of fresh vegetable and salads, announced the return of Ernst van Eeghen to the company as vice president of business development.Van Eeghen was previously with the company as the director of marketing and product development from 2007 to 2014......

South African citrus export to China forecast to grow

"This year, the citrus harvest season started in April. The season is estimated to last until October. According to relevant data, South African citrus imports had a total value of 80 million USD in 2016 and seized a top position among citrus fruits on the Chinese import market. In comparison to 2015, imports.....

EDEKA Southwest supports project of the Streuobstwiesenretter-Initiative

Germany: Save traditional fruit varieties

Together with the foundation NatureLife-International, EDEKA Southwest launched their annual competition for excellent conservation projects, keeping with the theme "Our Home & Nature". Projects which are addressing preservation, creation, renaturation and protection of habitats and biotopes for wild.....

Corné Verboom

Funghi Funghi BVBA 'open for business'

The new Funghi Funghi BVBA is 'open for business'. The specialist in hand picked fresh mushrooms, specially cultivated mushroom varieties and other related products, has big ambitions. "To start with we have a strong international network on the purchasing side," says Corné Verboom. "We have daily contact with.....

Execution quality of the laboratories is being tested

Laboratory-Competence-Test in the QS-System

"The QS-Laboratory-Competence-Test enables laboratories to identify problems and error sources and therefore, consistently improve the quality of analyses," Dr. Gustav Offenbächer, expert for residue analytics and quality control, explains. These tests are focused on finding weak spots and being able to.....

Brand personality, product personality, channel flattering

So Orange creates new standards in navel orange marketing

In recent years, competition in the agricultural market has been getting ever more intense. The former tobacco king Chu Shijian founded Chu Orange, looking for a place among the new stars of e-commerce such as the Three Squirrels. This information about Chu Orange quickly became a hot topic of discussions on.....

Agriculture minister at the official season kick-off for blueberries

Asparagus companies switch from white to blue

On July 13th, at the invitation of the Gartenbauverband Berlin-Brandenburg e.V., agriculture minister, Jörg Vogelsänger will kick-off this year's blueberry season together with county commissioner Wolfgang Blasig (Potsdam-Mittelmarkt), mayor of Beelitz Bernhard Knuth and Klaus Henschel, president of the.....