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McDonald's to put kale on menu?
It's not going to happen in time for St. Patrick's Day next week. But maybe in 2016? That's what one Wall Street firm is suggesting.Janney Capital Markets restaurant analysts wrote in a report Monday that "one of our industry sources indicates that McDonald's U.S. plans to roll out kale as an ingredient in.....

Israel: 60% of all strawberries under Agrexco
Agrexco was founded in 1956 by the Israeli government. After a reorganization, the market share of Israeli fresh produce has become much smaller, but Agrexco is still a well-known brand. Agrexco Carmel sells vegetables, fruits, citrus and flowers and is particularly strong in the field of herbs, strawberries.....

4th year for Fresh Direct Produce; 14th year for Oppy and 2nd for Red Sun Farms
Mastronardi named Canada’s best six years running
Mastronardi, Fresh Direct Produce and Oppy are amongst the Best Managed Companies form Canada. Mastronardi60 years of family, fun and flavor definitely shows for Mastronardi Produce. For the sixth consecutive year, the greenhouse company is proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s Best.The prestigious.....

Limoneira: Sales, revenue increases in Q1
Limoneira Company has reported their financial results for the first quarter ended January 31, 2015.For the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, revenue was $28.0 million, compared to revenue of $25.9 million in the first quarter of the previous fiscal year. Agribusiness revenue was $26.9 million, compared to.....

US (NJ): World’s largest indoor vertical farm
AeroFarms, RBH Group and its investment partners, Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, Prudential Financial Inc., together Prudential Financial, City of Newark, and NJEDA Partner to Redevelop with the City of Newark and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), announce the closing of a $30.....

First shipment avocados from Kenya to Hong Kong
Terra Exports, a global fresh fruit sourcing company, shipped the first container of Kenya Hass avocados to Hong Kong in June of 2014, opening a new market for growers in Kenya. The Hong Kong market responded positively from both the high quality and comparatively lower pricing than other major competitors.....

Tomato & vegetable program
Del Monte Fresh gets new sales VP
Del Monte Fresh Produce has welcomed industry veteran Robert (Bob) Spence as the new Vice President for Sales & Product Management, Tomato & Vegetable Program in North America.“We are very pleased to have Bob on our team,” Emanuel Lazopoulos, Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Product.....

Pink Lady adds new varieties
Pink Lady America (PLA) is adding naturally-occurring varieties to the Pink Lady® trademark which will result in improvements to some fruit characteristics. The grower-supported organization in Yakima, Washington says the non-GMO varieties of Barnsby, Maslin, Rosy Glow, Ruby Pink and Lady-In-Red (if under.....


France: Bonduelle to close their site in Thouars in 2016
A mushroom cannery and ready-made Bonduelle and Cassegrain factory in Thouars will close in June 2016. By then 77 of the 138 employees will have decided whether or not they will accept an offer to work in the next closest factory, 25 km away. Management justifies their decision to move them to another site.....

France: “Terrible year” for Breton vegetable cooperative
France’s first vegetable cooperative, the Saint Pol-de-Léon Sica in the Finistère region registered a 15% decrease in turnover in 2014 to €185 million. This is a “terrible year” mainly due to bad weather conditions and the Russian embargo on food products. “We have rarely had such a difficult year” says.....

Connect the Drops
Driscoll’s leads water policy charge
Driscoll’s berry company announced its involvement in “Connect the Drops,” a campaign that combines the voices of diverse companies into a single call to action demanding bolder water management policies and solutions for California.The non-profit advocacy group, Ceres, facilitates the collaborative.....

Del Monte Pacific completes rights offering
Fruit grower and canner Del Monte Pacific Ltd. successfully raised P6.8 billion through a stock rights offering amid a strong demand from investors.Del Monte said in a disclosure to the stock exchange Friday it received applications for 720.645 million rights shares, or higher than the 641.935 million shares.....

Improvement for Calavo Growers in Q1
Calavo Growers, Inc. has reported significantly improved fiscal 2015 first quarter operating results. Double-digit revenue gains in each of the company’s three principal business segments paced top-line and gross margin growth.For the three months ended Jan. 31, 2015, net income rose to $5.3 million, equal.....


Zespri claims Mount land
A conflict between kiwifruit marketer Zespri and their Mount Maunganui neighbours has been unveiled today as submissions on the future of the block of council-owned land occupied by Zepsri and the Mount Maunganui library are heard.Zespri wants to buy the whole block and develop the site as its long term.....

Gourmet Trading announces interim president
GTC announces that Peter Lineen, current Executive Director of Gourmet International Holdings, has been named interim president of GTC.Lineen has vast experience in business advice and planning and is an experienced company director and board member having been a CPA with his own firm for over 30 years......


as well as stake in Dutch cultivation company for Chinese leafy vegetables
MitroFresh acquires interest in Korean mushroom nursery
Mushroom wholesaler Mitrofresh from Poeldijk supplies a wide range of fresh mushrooms to wholesalers, hospitality, catering, institutions and others. The full range comprises of Asian mushroom, Dutch cultivated, wild mushrooms, cresses, sprouts and vegetables. The company's growth ambitions are apparent.....

Castile-Leon
Caderechas Valley producers launch Cadefruit cooperative
A total of ten producers, members of the Association of Producers and Traders of Las Caderechas, have decided to join forces with the launch of Cadefruit Sociedad Cooperativa; a company that will allow them to control the promotion and expansion of the "Marca de Garantía Valle de las Caderechas" (Guarantee.....


Coop expands Ünique assortment
A year and a half ago the Swiss retailer Coop launched their own sustainable brand 'Ünique', which was met with great success. Through doing this they became the first Swiss fruit and vegetable retailer, whose products do not meet the beauty ideal, to be given a place on store shelves. Coop is currently.....

NOTE from editorial team
Incorrectly used Village Farms Greenhouse Grown logo on story
Yesterday we used an incorrect Village Farms Greenhouse Grown logo on a story from Village Supermarket. There is no affiliation what so ever with these two companies and they are in fact two separate entities.We apologize to both companies and our readers for this error and any confusion caused by this.....

Seeka: Site will be ready for harvest
A blaze that destroyed part of Seeka's Oakside post-harvest site at Te Puke late on Wednesday night - which firefighters battled to daybreak - is not expected to stop the plant from being operational for the start of the kiwifruit season later this month.Chief executive Michael Franks told the Bay of Plenty.....

Potandon celebrates 20 years
Potandon Produce is the largest marketer of fresh potatoes and onions in North America. The company began in the early 1990’s with just a few employees selling Green Giant™ brand potatoes out of a small sales office in Shelley, Idaho (which was then a part of the Pillsbury Company). In 1989, Grand.....

tna acquires Dutch frying line company
tna has acquired food processing company Florigo International. Florigo’s technology includes patented continuous vacuum frying lines, French fry lines, multizone fryers and technology to reduce acrylamide formation.Combined with the recent acquisition of FOODesign, the Florigo acquisition will enable tna to.....

Ingersoll Rand acquires Frigoblock
Ingersoll-Rand plc has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Frigoblock. The transaction was closed on March 4, 2015 for €100 million.Frigoblock manufactures and designs transport refrigeration units for trucks and trailers in Europe, primarily sold in Northern Europe. Frigoblock operates in.....


Israel: Eden Teva organic stores to expand through Mega
The Israeli organic food chain Eden Teva Market, controlled by Blue Square (51%), has brought its plans to open independent stores to a halt and is preparing to expand by opening departments within stores of their sister company Mega. After a pilot project conducted by Mega at its stores in Shoham and Tel.....

Passing the 'torch' at Blue Whale
Claude Rehlinger, president of the Blue Whale Group, has decided to pass the leadership torch on to 43 year old Christophe Belloc. Member of the director board for five years and President of the STANOR cooperative, Christophe Belloc manages a family farm of 125 hectares near Moissac (82).Planned and.....


Tunisia: 1,100 broad beans exported to Italy, France and Libya in past three years
Many different products are cultivated in Tunisia, especially pulses. These represent an important source of nutrition for both humans and animals and are also used to fertilise the land.Click here to enlarge.In Tunisia, pulses mean mainly broad beans, which represent 39% (2009-2014 average) of the total.....

Fire ravages shed at Bay of Plenty kiwi packhouse
It took 15 fire engines and 60 firefighters to contain the blaze that hit kiwi grower Seeka Kiwifruit Industries’ Bay of Plenty (Oakside) Post-Harvest site overnight on Wednesday, March 4, leaving some facilities and the north shed wrecked. The shed was 200m x 200m in size, and part of the roof had to be.....

South Africa: Mpact share price up on improved results
The share price of paper and packaging company Mpact has increased by almost 1% on Wednesday after it announced an improvement of 14.8% in underlying operating profit to R751 million off revenue of R8.6 billion (up 12%) for the year ended December 3, 2014.Headline earnings per share of 262.7c was reported,.....


Coert de Winter: "Its all dependent on good shippers"
Cuddy Import & Export: one man banana and pineapple import business
Over nine years ago Coert de Winter started a fruit import company called 'Cuddy Import & Export', alongside his wholesale plumbing company. He has specialized in banana and pineapple import and receives melons, grapes and citrus as well. The sales mainly take place within the Dutch fruit and vegetable.....


Spain: AN and Unica Group to merge
After months of negotiations, Grupo AN and Unica Group have agreed to merge to form a cooperative giant with a presence in eight regions, which will be a leading exporter of fruits and vegetables, as confirmed to Efeagro by sources from both companies.Almeria's Unica Group will become integrated to.....

New director for Washington State Potato Commission
The Washington State Potato Commission has hired a new director of industry outreach.In the role, Matthew Blua, an entomologist, will provide technical advice and assistance to the industry on pest and plant diagnostics, food safety and sustainability programs, according to a news release.Blua will oversee.....

Hein Deprez: "Consumer main interface behind possible combination"
Univeg and Peatinvest will likely become divisions of Greenyard
The possible business combination of Univeg, Greenyard Foods and Peatinvest would create a market leader with a revenue of nearly 4 billion Euro. What the business combination would look like, is still being looked into. Hein Deprez: "At the moment we're looking into whether Univeg Group, Greenyard Foods and.....

Brian Miller leaves Gourmet Trading for Mission Produce
Mission Produce Inc., Oxnard California, announced that Brian Miller has been hired as the company’s new Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Brian comes from an extensive produce industry background, including the last 15 years where he served as President and CEO of Gourmet Trading.....

Potato specialist expands with 200,000 square foot packing facility
Tasteful Selections’ investment in the future continues with the grand opening of a new state-of the-art packaging facility. The “Small potatoes. Big opportunities.” campaign promotes the new facility and the brand’s position as the potato category’s most innovative leader.Tasteful Selections, marketed by.....

Ambrosia™ in top 10 apples
Pushed by national promotions and a 25% increase in distribution, Ambrosia™ apples are riding a retail wave all the way to the cash register. Over the past 13 weeks, a record 14,022 supermarkets put Ambrosia™ on the shelves for consumers. The result: During this period, Nielsen data shows Ambrosia™ ranked #9.....

New Managing Director for Locus Traxx
Jan-Willem Schrijver joins the growing team as Managing Director to strengthen Locus Traxx’s position in the Europe, Middle East & Africa Market.Jan-Willem Schrijver will be responsible for growing revenue across key markets as Locus Traxx continues its ambition to build a solid customer database.....

California Giant launches new electronic newsletter
This week California Giant Berry Farms distributed its first issue of the ‘Trade Buzz’ to their buying community. The company has been distributing a consumer based version for years gaining followers and learning how to communicate to gain best results and expand their database of brand loyalists......

Possible business combination between UNIVEG, Greenyard Foods, Peatinvest
The board of directors of UNIVEG announces that it will start preliminary discussions in relation to a possible business combination between UNIVEG Group, Greenyard Foods and Peatinvest.The board of directors of UNIVEG Group believes that a business combination of the three groups has the potential to create.....

Aviko partners with Rooster Piri Piri
Potato specialist Aviko has partnered with UK quick-service casual dining chain Roosters Piri Piri, which offers ethnic and free-from menus.“Throughout 2014, we completely restructured the Roosters business, becoming more selective with site locations, as well as develop the franchise division. We’re looking.....

Switzerland becoming too small for Migros' production companies
The production companies that belong to the Swiss retailer Migros are exporting more and more. Exporting abroad will be even more important in the future, especially to the Middle East and Asia, reports the Swiss 'Handelszeitung' on their website.In total, international trade from Migros' production.....


Spain: Anecoop receives Internationalization Award
Last Friday, Anecoop president Alejandro Monzón received the Internationalization Award at a gala dinner that closed the 7th Congress of Agro-food Cooperatives, held in Valencia on 26 and 27 February. The Congress presented the awards to cooperatives that have excelled in three categories: Social.....

Quebec: Savoura becomes insolvent
The largest greenhouse tomato producer in Quebec, Savoura, has become insolvent and has to sell their greenhouses and trademark. Their major creditors asked the Court to appoint a receiver under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act on Thursday. Raymond Chabot was chosen to initiate an assets sales process to.....

Avocados from Mexico joins collaboration
Avocados From Mexico (AFM) has announced it is a founding supporter of FNV, a new brand that promotes fruit and vegetable consumption to teens and moms using the same relentless, compelling and catchy marketing that major consumer brands do.The collaboration was announced this week during the Partnership for.....


‘Robust’ year for Total Produce
A strong profit performance in Scandinavia and the UK helped Total Produce deliver a “robust” performance in 2014. While revenues dipped by 1.4 per cent to €3.13 billion against a difficult operating environment, analysts say that the fresh food company nonetheless reported a sold set of results.Chairman.....

Colombian Hass avocados introduced in the range this year
FLP exporting exotic fruits to Europe for almost 30 years
FLP International has been devoted for almost 30 years to the export of exotic fruits to Europe. In 1987, the operation started with flown in exotics from Colombia. Since then the company’s product range and activities expanded to other countries in South America, the name was changed to Freshkita Latin.....

Arctic apple company sold
Just one week after its first genetically modified apples got the green light from the USDA, Okanagan Specialty Fruits has been acquired by a company specializing in synthetic biology.Intrexon Corporation today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Okanagan Specialty Fruits, the company.....

Fyffes boss rules out mega merger deal
Fyffes has no appetite to merge with another big player after the collapse of a combination with Chiquita late last year, according to chairman David McCann.The former solicitor ruled out another deal with the likes of Del Monte. "A very substantial transformation like what we have just seen is not something.....


Italy: New website for Finò
The new website of Caligari e Babbi is now online.The company specialises in the processing and marketing of fennel from the most important producer areas of the peninsula and has recently launched on the European market its "Finò, il finocchio italiano" premium brand - produce of Italian origin, available.....


Norway: Bama picks COAGRISAN as one of the year's best suppliers
Bama-Gruppen AS is the largest importer and distributor of fresh fruits and vegetables in Norway. For several years, the company has been holding an event in which it rewards the best international supplier of the year; those which have managed to fulfil five key factors for the group.Thus, the Canary.....


Fyffes reports higher profits for 2014
Total revenues at the company were up by 0.8pc to €1.091bn. Group revenue, excluding Fyffes' share of its joint ventures, increased by 2pc to €853m in the year.The company is proposing to pay a final dividend for 2014 of €1.673 cent per share, up 12.3pc on the previous year.Earnings per share in 2014.....

NMB host ripe and ready to eat mango conference
The National Mango Board (NMB) will host a free Ripe and Ready to Eat Mango Conference on March 26, 2015 at the Hilton Long Beach Hotel in Long Beach, CA. The conference will be divided into three sessions that will focus on the following topics: 1) The What, Why and How, of the Mango Ripening Program; 2).....


Are supermarket specs contributing to food waste?
The issue of food waste is never far away especially in these times of austerity and it is hardly surprising when 15 million tonnes is wasted each year in the UK, (as quoted on Love Food Hate Waste), coming from household, manufacturing, retail/wholesale and hospitality. This food waste goes to landfill,.....

Launches on-line sale of Guadalquivir Valley oranges
Zumosol expands its business
Zumosol will be offering consumers oranges produced in the Guadalquivir Valley, just like the ones the company uses for the production of its juices. These can be purchased at the new on-line store www.naranjaszumosol.com. On-line orders must be of 10 kilo boxes, which will be delivered within 24.....

Table Grape Commission awarded two additional years of TASC research grant
The California Table Grape Commission has been awarded two additional years of a USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC) funding in the amount of $288,000 for continuing research to develop phytosanitary treatments that eliminate pests of concern for export.....

Carrot farming is proving to be a tough job for Campbell Soup Co.
The soup giant, which acquired a carrot business as part of its 2012 purchase of Bolthouse Farms, is struggling with extreme weather in California, the crops’ main growing region. The conditions -- first drought, then intense rains -- contributed to a 28 percent decline in the division’s profit last.....

Fruit and vegetable wholesaler 'RS Fruit Service' bankrupt
The fruit and vegetable wholesaler 'RS Fruit Service', previously Ámbrosia Fruit' from the Austrian state Niederösterreich has declared bankruptcy. Last Thursday the bankruptcy procedure was opened on the capital of the wholesaler from St. Valentijn. A liability of 2.8 million Euro stands against assets of.....

U.S. fund begin takeover bid for Japanese mushroom producer
U.S. investment fund Bain Capital Partners LLC is considering acquiring major mushroom producer Yukiguni Maitake Co. through a tender offer, the Niigata Prefecture-based company said Monday.Bain Capital plans to purchase 35,872,368 Yukiguni Maitake shares, or about 92 percent of the total outstanding shares,.....


Uncertain future for 250 workers Butterwick produce
Some 250 workers at a produce business at Butterwick face an uncertain future following the announcement that the site is to close under re-structuring plans.The Produce World Group has announced it intends to create a joint venture with LFP (Lincolnshire Field Products), based at Wykeham, near Spalding,.....

US (CA): Westbridge receives California approval for its new Suppress Herbicide EC
On 16 February, Westbridge Agricultural Products announced that California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CA DPR) has approved Suppress Herbicide EC, EPA Reg. No. 51517-9, for use in California.SuppressHerbicide EC is a highly effective new tool for organic growers. It is registered as a broad spectrum.....


Bright Farms business development director resigns
Last week Toby Tiktinksy resigned at Bright Farms. Since July 2011, Tiktinsky served as Director of Business Development at Bright Farms. In his function he helped pioneer the use of long term produce purchase agreements with supermarkets as a way of financing the construction and operation of bright Farms'.....

Assurances needed for kiwifruit industry
The kiwifruit industry is seeking assurances that the Ministry for Primary Industries is doing everything it can to lower the chances of pests and disease entering New Zealand.Allan Dawson, managing director of Katikati post-harvest company Aongatete, says the discovery of Queensland Fruit Flies in Auckland.....


Camposol's sales up 15.7% in 2014
Camposol Holding Ltd. reported USD 73.0 million worth of sales in the fourth quarter of 2014, up 10.3% compared to the same period of 2013, and total sales amounting to USD 267.6 million during the entire year, i.e 15.7% more than in 2013.During the fourth quarter of 2014, earnings before interest, taxes,.....