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CMA CGM posts another net loss
On Friday 18 Nov., CMA CGM posted another net loss in the third quarter as freight rates remained weak and it integrated Singapore-based NOL, its biggest-ever acquisition, reports Reuters.The sector was showing the "first signs of stabilisation" as operators adjusted capacity but freight rates remained.....

Hyundai Merchant Marine denies 2M partnership failure
On Sunday 20 Nov., Hyundai Merchant Marine denied a news report that it failed to join the 2M Alliance that the company has sought for months as part of its normalization plan. The Journal of Commerce reported, Friday, that the 2M Alliance would not include HMM, based on a confirmation statement which the.....


Lack of supply at a high demand drives value of HZPC certificates
The value of the certificate of HZPC Holding B.V. (“HZPC”), a leader in potato breeding and seed potato trade, was determined at €150.60 at the biannual stock trading day. This stock trading day 5,447 certificates were traded, this is only 0.7% of the total number of 783,725 available certificates.Gerard.....


From now on, you start at the fresh produce sector at PLUS
At the PLUS supermarkets, furnished according to the Brilliant-formula, you will start at the fresh produce department from now on. Then onto the meat, cheese and meat products departments, and then the bread department. PLUS is also taking a next step in the shopping experience. A new formula is committed.....


High quality kiwi berries from Dandong
Chinese kiwi berries challenge import
"In China, the production season for kiwi berries starts in August and finishes in November. The berry benefits from a climate with four distinct seasons and a cultivation environment based on a good soil. There hasn't been much change in the production volume for kiwi berries or their price on the market.....


South Africa: Tru-Cape festival raises R100,000 for local charities.
Although the Tru-Cape Eselfontein MTB Festival is the least costly of all Ceres events to enter, it has successfully raised R100,000 for local Ceres charities.Fifth-generation Eselfontein owners and Tru-Cape growers Deon and Janene Malherbe hold this annual event to contribute much needed funds to their.....

Is Convenience the new Organic?
DFHV plans new committee for "Convenience" with Fruit & Veg
Fresh, peeled fruit, cut vegetables or ready-to-eat salads - no more washing, no more cleaning, no more peeling or cutting. "The advantages of convenience are obvious," said Dr. Andreas Brügger, the managing director of the German Fruit Trade Assosciation (DFHV). "Everything that makes the consumption of.....

Expanding plantations in Philippines
Del Monte sales to hit $1 billion
The world’s biggest pineapple business will hit $1 billion (P48.8 billion) sales in five years. “That’s close to triple our $350 million business now,” said Alan Salcedo, top man at Del Monte Philippines.The company is expanding its plantation, adding 5,000 hectares more (2,000 in Claveria, Misamis Oriental.....

World's oldest fruit & veg stall goes online
The world’s oldest fruit and veg stall which has been in the same family since 1885 has now launched an online shop for the very first time, reports UK newspaper The Sun. Kerry’s Fresh sells everything from apricots to white potatoes as well as 11 different varieties of green and red apples.The traditional.....

Hapag-Lloyd posts net profit of 8.2m euros in Q3
Hapag-Lloyd achieved a net profit in the third quarter of 8.2 million euros, which is a great operating result after nine months, considering the current state of the industry. Hapag Lloyd’s transport volume was up 1.3% with an average freight rate decrease of 17.7%; transport expenses also fell by.....

Germany:
Naturland inspects traders after fraud with organic labels
Naturland is researching a possible fraud with organic carrots. A suspicion exists that a retailer has re-labeled organic carrots from EU countries with labels for German organic carrots at least twice. The weekly news magazine ‘Der Spiegel’ reported problems with fake certificates of origin used by the.....


CO2 reduction of 35% in 5 years
Lean & Green Star Award for Kloosterboer
On Wednesday 16 November logistics service provider Kloosterboer, accepted the Lean & Green Star award. The award was given for the achieved result of a CO2 reduction of 35% over 5 years.Connekt, the official organisation of the Lean & Green programme, presents the award to companies that have.....


The history of Urbinati
Clients from India, Russia and Africa came specifically for this occasion. The President of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Stefano Bonaccini, was amazed by the level of innovation reached. Mauro Prosperi, Olympic gold at Los Angeles 1984, compared an anthete's goals to the will of a business not to feel limited.....


Jingdong Fresh Produce sells well on 'Single's Day'
Jingdong Fresh Produce has increased its sales in self-operating businesses 10 times on 11/11 (Single's Day). On November 11 itself, the sales increased by 16 times compared to the normal situation. Some of the most popular items are pomelos, meat, scallops and dumplings. In total, some 12 products make up.....


Bonduelle Canada fined $80K after worker injured
A Tecumseh vegetable processing plant has been fined $80,000 after a worker was injured while cleaning a conveyor belt.On Nov. 10, 2015, a worker was cleaning a tank and conveyor.While scrubbing the conveyor, the worker's arm was pulled into the machine.A co-worker stopped the machine and the conveyor belt.....

Net loss of $2,436
Village Farms reports double digit revenue growth
Canadian company Village Farms announced an increase of 11% in net sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2016. Net sales increased $11,381 to $118,194 compared to $106,813 for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. The increase in net sales is due to an increase in supply partner revenues of 67%.....

UNIVEG Deutschland: New Company Name as of 1st January 2017
The company UNIVEG Deutschland GmbH is going to be renamed Greenyard Fresh Germany GmbH, as of the 1st January 2017. They also informed us that other company names are going to be changed at the same time. The rights and obligations of the companies will continue to be the same, as will the contact persons.....


Highest point new building Fresh-Care Convenience
On Thursday, 10 November, there was a celebration when the highest point of the new high tech production site for Fresh-Care Convenience was reached. At the industrial park Poort van Dronten, under the watchful eye of all the professionals involved in this project, the Dutch flag was raised. Heembouw is.....

Harm-Peter Wijnstok general manager Total Produce Haluco Holding
The Total Produce Haluco Holding has appointed Harm-Peter Wijnstok as General Manager, as of 8 November. Harm-Peter will have among his responsibilities the progress in achieving and implementing the strategic goals as well as supporting the operational management of Haluco BV, Delicious and Nedalpac......


Cooperation between Sicilia Avocado and Spreafico
A strategic alliance has been signed between Sicilia Avocado and Gruppo Spreafico. We contacted Andrea Passanisi from Sicilia Avocado for further details."A series of preliminary steps preceded the agreement. It is quite an ambitious project, through which we wish to give an identity to the product focusing.....

Hail damage:
PENNY supermarkets support German fruit farmers
For German fruit farmers 2016 wasn’t an easy year. There was the unexpected frost during the important flowering period in the Lake Constance region, and the spring was cold which inhibited the growth. Furthermore, in the region Alten Land and Lake Constance there were heavy hailstorms. This weather caused.....

Calavo Growers book record after record
Avocados ‘big business’
More avocados were consumed on Super Bowl Sunday this year than ever before. According to the figure the consumption during the sporting event was around 73,00 tonnes. One of the companies that profited from the high avocado consumption during the Super Bowl is Calavo Growers. The American avocado giant.....

AppsforAgri acquires NBAWS
On 1st November 2016, AppsforAgri acquired Nieveen & Bouma Agro Weather Services (NBAWS). In past years, NBAWS had developed numerous interactive tools and models for pest management and crop protection decisions. Due to a stronger demand, NBAWS has joined forces with AppforAgri. Using AppforAgri’s.....

Election National Business Success Award Institute
Westfalia best company in subtropical fruit wholesaler category
Westfalia Marketing Ltd has been awarded first place, 2016, by the National Business Success Award Institute in the category Subtropical Fruit Wholesaler. According to the Nomination Commission, the company has developed itself to be a leading organisation with a strong position and an excellent reputation......


Fresh Retailer event in Milan
Fresh Retailer: Show&Conference organisers managed to reunite Italian fresh produce operators with some of the main domestic and international retailers in a truly unique location (the East End Studios in Milan).The event, which includes a convention and an exhibition, aims at being a yearly occasion to.....

Fruit supplier to Coles and Woolworths using illegal foreign workers
A joint 7.30 and Fairfax Media investigation infiltrated the underworld of illegal workers and labour hire syndicates operating in northern Victoria and southern NSW.Dozens of illegal labourers on the farms said they were being underpaid by about $9 an hour to pick and package fresh produce that ends up.....


Arrigoni at Eima 2016
Arrigoni, who attended Eima 2016 (the International Agriclutural and Gardening Machinery Exhibition held in Bologna between 9th and 13th November) as an exhibitor, reported having a lot of extra-European contacts.Part of the Arrigoni team at Eima. Paolo Arrigoni, the owner, is the fifth from left."Usually,.....


Arava Export Growers & JamboFresh:
Where new collaborations could lead to new frontiers
As part of its expansion the Israeli exporter, Arava Export Growers, has decided to cooperate and collaborate its marketing department with that of JamboFresh BV of Holland."In today's arena, most exporters are, whether they realize it or not, service providers. The challenge and necessity is not only to.....


Prominent Chinese kiwifruit grower
Photo report and company visit to Qifeng
Shaanxi Qifeng Fruit has been growing kiwifruit for 19 years in Shaanxi province in the centre of China. The company reaches annual sales of over 20,000 tons. Qifeng grows kiwifruit on its own plant base, which occupies 140 hectares (2,000 mu) in Mei Xian, Shaanxi province. In addition, the company.....


Bosch Boden Spies develops the European market for pecan nuts
Bösch Boden Spies will be in charge with National Pecan Company's commercialisation activities in Europe. During the SIAL international food exhibition in Paris, the German ingredient specialist and the US leading pecan producer presented their combined product range for the first time. Together, the two.....

First time winner
Lidl Austria is Retailer of the Year
Following all its success this past year, Lidl Austria wins first place in the "Discount Store" category, as well as the award for overall Retailer of the Year.More than 7,500 Austrian shoppers voted online and submitted a total of just under 16,000 ratings for the various retail chains. Just like last.....


Lamb Weston/ Meijer invests EUR120m in production facility
Lamb Weston/ Meijer opened its new production line in the Netherlands. In addition to the new line, the entire production location has been completely renovated including the current production line. This investment of EUR120m enables Lamb Weston / Meijer to process potatoes in a more effective and.....

UK: RJ Herbert Engineering Ltd acquired by Dutch Herbert Engineering BV
British company RJ Herbert Engineering Ltd., which has been in administration since July 2016, has been acquired by Dutch company Herbert Engineering BV effective 1 November 2016. RJ Herbert Engineering Ltd. has over the past four decades developed an undisputed reputation as a manufacturer of high-quality.....

AU: SPC gets reprieve
A week of uncertainty about the future of SPC’s deal to supply fruit for Woolworths’ home-brand lines has ended positively, with increased volumes a feature of a new three-year contract.On Friday night, SPC announced it had signed the contract that will equate to the supply of about nine million cans of.....

Organic banana company provides over 200,000 meals to children
The GROW Fund, a nonprofit program developed by Organics Unlimited, partnered with Produce for Kids to encourage families to take a pledge to pack healthier lunch items during the back-to-school season. For each pledge, GROW by Organics Unlimited and other sponsor brands collectively donated $1 to Feeding.....


The China International Fruit and Vegetable Fair
This is the third time that the national agricultural product export quality and quantity demonstration zones of the China International Fruit and Vegetable Fair will hold a period of 'come, see and buy' activities.This year, the event will be held from November 21 to November 26. We will guide the.....


Tony Incaviglia of GR Fresh
"We are approaching the peak of Mexican growing season"
“As the 3rd generation takes the reins of a 60 year old company, the creative juices are flowing as GR Fresh redefines itself and continues to evolve. One of Mexico’s oldest and most respected growers, GR has built a reputation of the utmost integrity and character”, states Tony Incaviglia, the.....

Driscoll's & D'Arrigo Bros. Co. of California, partner for better berries
This fall heralds almost a full season of a new and intensive cooperative between industry leaders D’Arrigo Bros. Co., of California and Driscoll’s. The produce titans have spent the last several months receiving, cooling, and shipping the full line of Driscoll’s berries out of the D’Arrigo cooler in.....


Harbour company Gent and Zeeland Seasports may merge
The Flemish Harbour company Gent and the Dutch Zeeland Seaports are taking further steps to strengthen their collaboration, with a merger as their ultimate goal. The harbour companies have conducted an investigation into the chances and possibilities of collaboration. In this exercise, the bureau McKinsey.....


Greefa celebrates two anniversaries
This year Greefa celebrates two anniversaries: one is the cooperation with the VIP Group from Italy since 1960 (nearly 60 years!). The second one is the 20th birthday of their iQS measuring system for external quality detection.VIP Val Venosta Group & GreefaRecently, six apple pack houses of the VIP.....

Baywa's revenue boosted by fruit business
On Thursday 10 November, BayWa announced an increase in its nine month revenue to 11.3 billion euros from 11.1 billion a year ago. EBIT for the period also increased, by 3.3 percent to 85.4 billion euros from 82.7 million euros.The company said the international fruit business and global renewable energy.....

UK: Fruit supplier chooses NFT for warehousing & distribution
Fruit importer Essential Fruits has chosen NFT to provide temperature controlled warehousing and distribution throughout the UK and Europe, taking advantage of NFT’s new portcentric facility, located at the Port of Tilbury.Essential Fruits provides the raw materials for pre-packed fruit salads, juice-based.....

Seeka updates 2016 guidance with ''extraordinary gain''
Seeka, the largest kiwifruit grower in New Zealand and Australia, says it has settled a second insurance claim from a 2015 fire, and has updated its earnings guidance to reflect the "extraordinary gain".The company will get about $3.6 million, plus GST, in the insurance settlement for "losses associated with.....

Victorian Ag Minister visits SPC Ardmona workers
On November 10, Victorian Agriculture Minister, Jaala Pulford, visited workers and growers at Shepparton’s SPC Ardmona to show support, as uncertainty continues over their jobs.Woolworths has been under pressure to honour its 2014 deal made to get its canned fruit supplied from SPC for five years.This week,.....

Would a change to NAFTA impact the fresh produce industry?
"I don't think that it will have any effect on us to speak up,” says Nick Mastronardi, Owner of Double Diamond Farms in Ontario, Canada. “We are probably in a negative trade balance as it is, as far as agriculture is concerned. We are a Northern climate here, which puts us in a situation to import more.....


The story of Jogchem
‘Robust spinach all summer long’
Dutch company W. Heemskerk, based in the town of Rijnsburg, processes all kinds of fruit and vegetables – whether for in bags on supermarket shelves or for on hamburgers sold by fast-food chains. Jogchem van Daalen, Purchasing Manager at Heemskerk, visits Rijk Zwaan’s demo days in Fijnaart every year. This.....

Yuncheng holds first International Fruit Trade Exhibition
The Yuncheng International Fruit Trade Exhibition is being hosted by the China Fruit Marketing Association and the Yuncheng government from November 7 to November 9. It is being conducted in the Yuncheng Agriculture Exhibition Hall and the South part of Sushui road.The exhibitionis mainly focused on fruit.....

Industrialised mushroom project launched
On November 5, a project funded by the Shandong Hengxin Group for the industrialised cultivation of edible fungi was signed near Zoucheng city in Jining. Afterwards, the ceremony of laying the first foundations was performed. It is reported that the total investments for the project amount to 700 million.....

H.Z. Logistics takes majority interest in Mooy Logistics
H.Z. Logistics from De Lier has taken, with immediate effect, a majority interest in industry colleague, Mooy Beheer. Both companies are almost completely complementary to each other. The current activities and ambitions of Mooy Beheer connect seamlessly to the vision of the future of H.Z. Logistics. Both.....


Signed agreement with logistics company Cargomax
Thermotraffic expands activities in Peru
Thermotraffic, the international logistics company for temperature-controlled transportation, bets on a cooperation with the Peruvian logistics provider Cargomax. Both companies signed a corresponding agreement. The specialist in temperature-controlled worldwide logistics, will thus expand its activities in.....

Nutrano Produce Group boosts marketing effort with new appointment
Australian fresh produce company, Nutrano Produce Group, has boosted its marketing and category development efforts with the appointment of Ashlee Kilmartin.Ashlee has solid foundations within the Australasian fresh produce industry, with expertise in brand management, including trademarks such as Batlow.....


Export price for garlic increases by approximately 90%
Lost output leads to higher prices for garlic"In the near future, garlic will continue to sell well on the market, although its price is repeatedly reaching new heights. When compared to the same period last year, garlic had to withstand low temperatures for a longer period. The garlic output all over the.....

Italian Nut & Fruit Alliance - a strategic alliance between Besana and Noberasco
Besana S.p.A.andNoberasco S.p.A. formed a strategic alliance with the objective of promoting purchasing, production and sales policy synergies to improve their position on the international market.The similar histories, business models, strategic visions and culture of the two companies favoured the.....

New owner at one of the largest persimmons farms in Australia
Mary Valley Orchards is one the biggest sweet-seedless persimmon growers in Australia, located 2 hours north of Brisbane. After 12 years of building Mary Valley Orchards to be a sustainable biological and biodynamic orchard, Heinz and Angela Gugger decided that it is time for a change.Now, locals Mick and.....


Bonduelle’s close partnerships with vegetable producers favours sustainable agriculture
The agricultural sector is faced with many long term challenges and it is clear that more sustainable models need to be achieved. Christophe Château, Head of Communications at Bonduelle, has presented the group’s vision and ambitions to develop sustainable agriculture. 90% of Bonduelle’s supply is from.....


France: Growers take cover from vagaries of weather
In efforts to protect their crops against the vagaries of the weather, more and more fruit growers are adopting covers, which have proved efficient in keeping wind, insects and hail off their orchards.The rain protection covers have helped in minimising losses experienced by fruit growers in the.....


Italy: 40th anniversary of Checchi e Magli
In 1976, Checchi and Magli founded the company that still bears their name - they launched a first range of potato machinery, still being produced byChecchi & Magliwith all the technology advancements available. This year, it will celebrate its 40th anniversary.In the early 1980s, the company started.....

Sakata Seed Corporation to join Vegetable International Licensing Platform
Sakata Seed Corporation will join Patent Pool*1, Vegetable International Licensing Platform, commonly referred to as ‘ILP,’ a private association with its office in the Netherlands.ILP members make all of their patents related to vegetable breeding traits accessible to their fellow members under the.....


The Greenery and Coforta celebrate 20th anniversary
Twenty years ago, on October 26 1996, nine fruit and vegetable auctions and the CBT (Centraal Bureau van de Tuinbouwveilingen) united and formed the cooperation Coforta (previously VTN). The members of Coforta then founded The Greenery as a marketing and sales organisation for their products. On November 4.....


Italcastagne's Naturi' brand
The story ofItalcastagne Srl starts in 1940, when the first members of the family started exporting Irpinia chestnuts to the United States. Thanks to the success overseas, in 1980 their sons decided to start processing the raw material beofre distributing it.In 2000, a new product was introduced - soft,.....


Savasun S.A. Vilanova d’Escornalbou & Mercabana Barcelona
Photo report: Study trip of Fresh Park Venlo Business club to Spain
On November 3 2016 the Fresh Park Venlo Business club travelled to Spain, where a visit was made to Savasun S. A., a sister company of Staay Food Group, and to Barcelona, where we visited the wholesale market Mercabana."The fields of Savasun, a total of around 1,200 ha, are in Vilanova d'Escornalbou in the.....

For brand consistency
Driscoll’s changes legal name to Driscoll’s, Inc.
Starting this month, Driscoll’s has retired the legal name for the company, Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc., in favor of simplifying to Driscoll’s, Inc. The new name for the company is consistent with how retailers and consumers know Driscoll’s, and follows the company’s recent global brand launch,.....


Hans Frans, DP Survey Group:
"Africa is a growing market for our expertise"
If there are any problems with fresh produce loads anywhere in the world, the companies can be helped out by an agent of DPS. “We have an international network of agents and we have built up our expertise in this sector over the years,” says Hans Frans, Operations Director of DPS. “We are active in multiple.....

AU: Maddie's Vision wants you to eat more tomatoes
What does the largest Australian grower and supplier of tomatoes and Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision have in common?They have both been personally affected by blood disease and are fighting to make a difference. This November, Flavorite will support Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision through the sales of two of their.....

Woolworths drops SPC Ardmona tinned tomatoes deal
SPC Ardmona has lost a major supermarket contract, leaving the future of hundreds of jobs and farms in the Goulburn Valley in further doubt.Woolworths announced on November 8 it was dumping its “goodwill” deal with SPC — made just two years ago — to source its own-brand line of tinned tomatoes.The retailer.....

Spain: Disguised lay-offs at orange exporter denounced
The Federation of Industry of CC.OO.-PV has denounced that the Valencian orange exporter Fontestad is undertaking "disguised layoffs" by failing to call its fixed-discontinuous employees for the start of the campaign at its citrus handling and packaging plant in Museros.According to the union, the sectoral.....


Photo report - Agro Merchants Group
"90% of what comes in is reworked in some way"
After a busy Trade Fair on Thursday, visitors to the Amsterdam Produce Show were given the chance to join various industry tours on Friday. We took the opportunity, and joined the Agro Merchants Group, which started at the Opticool facility. This is located in the Port of Rotterdam on 19,000 square metres,.....

Isobar and Isocab start joint venture Isocab-Isobar
Earlier in the year, Isocab and Isobar announced they were in talks to start a possible cooperation. In recent months, these talks have led to a new partnership ISOCAB-ISOBAR, on 1 November 2016, and which houses the production of cooling cells, insulated doors and panels and all of the subsequent activities.....


Heyang Biological: Better fertiliser - better orchards and better sales.
Double the sales"Grapes are already sold out for this year, we sold 220,000 grapes from our family orchard of 0.8 hectares. Last year we sold 110,000 grapes, so we doubled it," says Mr. Yu from the Grape Cultivation Shop in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province.Mr. and Mrs. Yu and an employee of HeyangBiological.....