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Russia: Belaya Dacha to produce potatoes for McDonalds
Russian holding company Belaya Dacha plans to cultivate potatoes in the Lipetsk Oblast, and McDonalds could be their main customer. The company plans to sign a corresponding agreement during the first quarter of the year to start work with a new investment partner, the company's founder, Victor Semenov,.....

Kagome Australia begins tomato harvest
Last Monday, 25 January, Australia's largest tomato processor Kagome Australia began harvesting crops. The harvest will continue until early April, by which time Kagome will have harvested 250,000 tonnes of tomatoes from its own farms and other suppliers.Teams of four workers operate in three eight-hour.....

Kiwifruit winner in TPP Agreement
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement willgenerate significant value for the New Zealandkiwifruit industry and Zespri welcomed the signingof the Agreement on February 4 in Auckland.Zespri Chief Executive Lain Jager explains the TPP will eliminate tariffs on kiwifruit exports into all 12 Asia-Pacific.....


Hapag-Lloyd enhances fleet with 3,000 PrimeLINE units
Enhancing its capabilities for shipping perishablegoods, global container shipping line Hapag-Lloydrecently added 3,000 PrimeLINE® units to itsfleet, with 1,000 of the refrigerated containersequipped with Carrier Transicold’s innovativeXtendFRESH™ controlled-atmosphere system.Carrier Transicold is a part of.....


Canada: OGVG launches annual winter cucumber program
Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) launched their annual winter cucumber program “Always in Season” on February 1st, 2016. This program signifies the ramp up of production for all varieties of Ontario greenhouse grown seedless cucumbers and informs Ontario consumers of their availability during the.....

Port of Antwerp agrees partnership with big Chinese bank
On Thursday 4 February, Antwerp Port Authoritymade a partnership agreement with the Industrialand Commercial Bank of China (ICBC).The Memorandum of Understanding was signed theprevious week at the official opening of the ICBC’sAntwerp branch in Brasschaat Castle. Until now ICBC only had an office in.....

May 9-12, 2016
Africargo Meet at Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town
Africargo Meet introduces an event for freightforwarders that has an objective to interact anddevelop business with African independentinternational forwarders, solution providersand alliances in one networking event.Come and join freight forwarding companies to explore new business opportunities in the.....

Egypt’s Al-Bustaniya ag development to increase veg exports
In light of the Turkish-Russian crisis, Egypt’s Al-Bustaniya Agricultural Development aims to increase vegetable exports by 20 percent by means of an investment of EGP25 million ($3.19 million), which will also support the development of the company.The exports of vegetables and paper products amounted to.....

English language sessions also possible
Washington Association offers Spanish language training workshops
The Washington State Tree Fruit Association ishosting a series of educational training workshopsin collaboration with its industry partners, theWashington State Department of Agriculture(WSDA), Washington State Department of Labor &Industries (L & I), Washington State UniversityExtension and.....

Bfruit And Special Fruit enter into strategic alliance
Portuguese berry growers organisation, Bfruitand the Belgian service provider, Special Fruit,announced their new strategy alliance at FruitLogistica in Berlin last week 3-5 February, in the presence of Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development in Portugal, Luis Capoulas Santos.Through this.....

Salads attract customers
McDonald’s Japan bounces back
McDonald’s Japan has recorded its first increase in customer numbers in nearly three years and the salad range that they added to their revised menu, is said to have contributed to drawing the customers back.Preliminary figures released internally by the company show footfall at stores which remained open.....

Florimond Desprez acquires 49% stake in Danespo
Florimond Desprez has acquired 49% of the sharesin Danespo from DLG, thus entering into an equalpartnership with DLF who owns another 49% of theshares. The remaining 2% are owned by growersand employees.Danespo is the leading company in Northern Europe in the field of breeding, producing and selling quality.....

Limoneira shares favorite lemon beauty tips
Limoneira Company, one of the largestproviders of lemons and avocados in the UnitedStates, has teamed up with beauty experts fromaround the country to showcase innovativeaesthetic uses for lemons.“When life gives you lemons, take the lemons and unleash some great beauty benefits,” says Megan Roosevelt,.....

Camposol's Q4 2015, preliminary full year 2015 financial results
Camposol Holding Ltd. reported a record EBITDAof USD 19.2 million during the fourth quarter of2015, 209.4% higher than Q414 mainly explainedby higher volumes of blueberries, tangerines,mangoes, shrimp and other seafood products, aswell as higher prices of avocados and blueberries. For the full year 2015, the.....

Australia: CEOs and top chefs unite to feed homeless
Celebrating its fifth-year milestone,the OzHarvest CEO CookOff is backbigger and better than ever, taking place at a new location, The Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve, on Monday, 7 March.Brisbane’s business elite are also invited to participate in the inaugural Brisbane CEO CookOff event to be held at the.....

Program released
Bayer 2016 Australian Melon Industry Conference & Field Days
The Bayer 2016 Australian Melon IndustryConference & Field Days is fast approaching - 16, 17, 18 March in Mildura. Only one month before growers and industry members descend on 'Belah Heights' in Mildura for a full program of international and Australian speakers, along with almost 4 kilometres of.....


Asda trials 'wonky' veg boxes
In response to a campaign by TV chef Jamie Oliver, UK retailer Asda has started selling £3.50 'wonky veg' boxes at 128 of its stores. The low cost boxes make use of 'ugly' vegetables usually thrown out by retailers and are part of a bid by the chain to reduce waste across its stores.Claiming it is the first.....


Sparking consumer curiosity and engagement
Fyffes new communications campaign
In 2016 Fyffes wants to work together withits retail partners to drive new interest into the banana category – which, according to recent extensive research, has become increasingly commoditized and is failing to engage the consumer. Fyffes wants to change that by bringing a new energy to the category and.....

Sarah Reiter appointed country manager
Stockton takes first step into U.S market
The Stockton Group (STK), a leader in the development of plant based biopesticides, announced the appointment of Ms. Sara Reiter as CountryManager of Stockton USA effective February 1,2016. Sarah joins Stockton with over 20 years ofexperience in the crop protection industry with afocus on biopesticides. In.....


Bayer launches new Galia melon
At Fruit Logistica 2016 Bayer officially launchedits latest innovation in melon: Galkia. With thisnovelty, Bayer pulls together the melon flavourof yesterday and provides best quality through thewhole summer.Bayer’s goal was a return to the time-honoured melon, with all its aroma and flavour. Galkia promises.....

Pure Hothouse Foods Inc. launch new distribution center
Pure Hothouse Foods Inc. is announcing asignificant milestone in its supply chaintransformation, with the new fully operational60,000 square foot distribution center in SanAntonio, Texas.‘The expansion was initiated in response to an increase in business activity in the southern region’ said Jeff Moracci,.....

Act fast and order your mango bins today!
National Mango Board's freestanding display bins for retailers
The National Mango Board (NMB) will once againoffer a limited number of display bins to U.S.mango shippers on a first come, first servedbasis. The bins feature key messages for cutting,selection, and ripening that may help overcomeshoppers’ barriers to buying mangos. Approximately 600 bins will be available.....

AU: Backpacker tax threatens horticulture harvests
The Voice of Horticulture has identified labourchanges as a threat to grower profitability andis seeking a reversal of the “backpacker tax”and preservation of current award conditions.A working holiday in Australia is full of so many wild, foreign, eye-popping experiences; the last thing backpackers want to.....


AU (QLD): Capsicum harvest brought forward with Maximinus
North and Central Queensland capsicum growers now have access to an early-maturing capsicum variety which has shown potential to improve overall crop profitability.Maximinus is a green to red blocky capsicum which matures between 10-21 days earlier than most other varieties, including the popular Warlock.....

Europe: Salad and citrus supplier streamlines supply chain
G’s Group, one of Europe’s largest fresh produce companies, has revealed it has been working closely with retail giant Tesco to improve the efficiency of its supply chain, in particular for produce shipped up to the UK from Spain.As Adam Hill, senior account manager at G’s Spain, explains, a lot of work has.....


Hort Innovation to strengthen Australian horticulture trade
The nation’s horticulture Research and Development Corporation, Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation), has established two new panels to help promote and boost Australian exports overseas.The panels – a Trade Assessments Panel and an industry Trade Advisory Panel - are tasked with advising the.....


Busloads tour Cravo’s first house in India
When Cravo’s Rajender Kumar first conceived of organizing educational tours for people to check out Cravo’s first project in India, he had no idea the response would be so overwhelming. What initially started as a plan to bring in one bus load of guests quickly became two, and eventually registration had to.....


Sharp to sell high-tech strawberry factories in UAE
Sharp will make its first foray into the agriculture business in the second half of fiscal 2016, rolling out a cutting-edge factory system for raising strawberries in the United Arab Emirates.The system will produce sweet strawberries by creating an optimal environment with the use of the electronics maker's.....


Niels Pelkmans and Giuseppe Castro, Alcion Holland:
"Our strength lies in our combination of transport and forwarding"
Logistics server Alcion is entering its twentieth year this year. Alcion has been at the Hazeldonk transport zone in Breda, Netherlands since 2002. The company is active in temperature controlled transport throughout Europe, "Our strength lies in the combination of transport (with our own trailers) and.....

Peru to promote ag exports to Europe
The Commission for the Promotion of Peruvian Exports and Tourism (PromPeru) will participate in the 2016 Fruit Logistica along with a group of companies from the Peruvian agricultural sector to promote national exports of fresh fruits and vegetables.The Fruit Logistica, which is organized by Messe Berlin.....

ConAgra Foods completes private label sale to TreeHouse Foods
ConAgra Foods, Inc. announced yesterday 1 February,the completion of the sale of its private labeloperations to TreeHouse Foods for proceedsof $2.7 billion in cash, excluding transaction-relatedexpenses and subject to post-closing adjustments.“The sale of the private label business to TreeHouse Foods is.....

Philippine companies target acquisitions in food, beverage sectors
Philippine conglomerates, flush with cash and confidence, have been described as going on an acquisition spree recently; they have been mainly targeting the food and beverage sectors, where they are emerging as strong Southeast Asian players.In 2014 JG Summit acquired Griffin Foods, a New Zealand maker of.....


New Schaap Holland Inspiration line
"The fun part is that we adjust our products to local tastes and regional recipes"
Schaap Holland is bringing it's new Inspiratie line, tasty and easy, to Fruit Logistica from 3 to 5 February in Berlin. With eight new variations the PolderGoud Inspiratie line is an inspiration for many potato lovers. From BBQ, Gourmet and Asparagus potatoes to Hashbrowns and Spanish Tapas spuds. A lot of.....

After ten years at LTO Glaskracht
Dick Hylkema new director of NAO
After ten years at LTO Glaskracht, Dick Hylkema has decided to pursue his career elsewhere. Hylkema will start at the NAO (Dutch Potato Organization) as the director on April 1st. The NAO is the branch association for the trade of seed and consumer potatoes.Since the start of Glaskracht, in 2005, Hylkema has.....


Kiremko gives go-ahead for construction of new building
Construction of a new building for Kiremko was festively launched on February 1st. Directors, Paul Oosterlaken and Andy Gowing, gave the official go-ahead by hitting the symbolic first pole in the presence of the employees and other invited guests.For the occasion everyone wore a white construction helmet.....

Focusing on fresh, frozen segments
Camposol consolidates as first Peruvian agroindustrial exporter
2015 was a year of consolidation for Camposol,as world leader in the production of Hass avocados,and a developing leader in blueberries. So far they have achieved positive results, with higher than average yields compared to those in the industry, and continue to lead the agribusiness in Peru; despite the.....

Help economically challenged communities
Ready Pac Foods partners with Daily Table
While the benefits of a healthy diet are well known,fresh foods are not as readily available in allcommunities. To help address the need for delicious, wholesome food, Ready Pac Foods, Inc., a producerof convenience fresh foods and fresh cut produce,has partnered with Daily Table, a not-for-profit retail.....

Waitrose launches Jersey sweet potatoes
Jersey sweet potatoes have appeared inWaitrose stores for the first time. Developed by The Jersey Royal Company, the yield was effectively trialed a year ago under glass and follows on from a prior product of Jersey Royal new potatoes.Started in business volumes toward the end of January, they are being sold.....


Cuna de Platero fully equipped with Fresh-Picking system
The Moguer-based cooperative, Cuna de Platero, will be fully equipped this season with the revolutionary Fresh-Picking harvesting system, which will become essential in a year with higher average temperatures than usual.The Fresh-Picking harvesting system is designed for harvesting days with intense heat,.....

Egyptian company aims to double citrus exports 2016
Egyst Agricultural Crops is aiming to double its citrus exports this season to approximately EGP 390m, compared to EGP 172m exported in 2015.Chairman of Egyst Mohamed Dessouky said the company intends to increase the volume of citrus fruits exported to 120,000 tonnes, compared to only 50,000 last season.The.....

Canadian Dole salad listeria outbreak numbers increase
So far there have been 11 cases of illnesses related to the Dole salad listeria outbreak in Canada. The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with federal and provincial public health partners, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the.....

Camposol committed to its fresh and frozen business
In recent years, following its strategic planning, Camposol has been investing heavily in its specialisation in fresh foods, as well as in the diversification of the company's portfolio of products and customers. It has also managed to increase its presence in key markets, with good and encouraging.....


"Superfood For Super Bowl"
Famous actor advertises Mexican avocados
The actor Scott Baio has played Chachi Arcola in Happy Days and Charles in Charles in Charge. But now the familiar actor is an avocado salesman, and he wants the whole universe (in other words, the Super Bowl audience) to enjoy the nutritious Mexican superfood.In a teaser for the Avocados From Mexico ad for.....

Organic shipper recalls nuts over Salmonella concerns
Braga Organic Farms of Madera, Calif., has voluntarily recalled pistachios and other products over possible Salmonella contamination concerns. The problem came to light when a routine testing by the FDA revealed the presence of Salmonella in a one-pound package of raw pistachio kernels purchased.....

CAC uses social media for Cali avocado promotion
This past January the California AvocadoCommission (CAC) has been engaging fans witha series of playful social media posts designed topique fans’ interest in the upcoming Californiaavocado season. Eye-catching images of Californiaavocados, California landmarks and California-stylefood were paired with quips.....

Bee Sweet Citrus starts new #EatMoreCitrus campaign
Bee Sweet’s marketing team is taking to socialmedia to help consumers combat flu and coldsthrough the company’s new #EatMoreCitruscampaign.“The only way to successfully get over a cold, or to help prevent one all together, is to strengthen one’s immune system,” explained Monique Bienvenue, Bee Sweet Citrus’.....


MOU signals closer collaboration for Zespri, T&G
Zespri and T&G today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) confirming their intention to work together to create value for their respective growers and shareholders. Zespri Chairman Peter McBride and BayWa Chief Executive Professor Klaus Josef Lutz signed the MOU early this morning NZ time at the.....

US: Kennewick hosts Washington Oregon Potato Conference
Over 200 potato farmers, equipment dealers, and other vendors from all over the country gathered in Kennewick for the 2016 Washington Oregon Potato Conference. Discussion at the Toyota Center, where the event was held, focused on new technologies and their needs for the upcoming planting season.Every farmer.....


Created by a Spanish company
World's first app devoted to mangoes and avocados
The Spanish firm Sigfrido Fruit has become the world's first company to launch a mobile app devoted to mangoes and avocados.The app, which is already available on Google's Play Store and the iOS App Store, provides a wide range of photos, videos and recipes to guide the consumer in the preparation of mango.....


Celebrating 10 successful years
Mack Premium brand's fresh design and new product launch
The successful banana brand, Mack Premium, hasbeen a popular name on the wholesale markets foran impressive 10 years in 2016. To celebrate, thebrand has had a fresh new makeover and launcheda second product – Mack Premium Avocados. Thenew boxes are designed to stand out from the crowd and to make the most of.....


To inspire the next generation of space biologists
Tozer Seeds send seed to space station to help science mission
Tozer Seeds have donated 2kg of salad rocket seedto help the RHS and UK Space Agency conduct anexperiment with thousands of schools.In September 2015, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station where they will orbit the Earth until March 2016, when they are due to return with NASA.....

New report from the European Commission a ‘missed opportunity’
A new report from the European Commission onunfair trading practices in the food supply chain hasbeen branded ‘a missed opportunity’ by campaigners.The European Commission’s report “Unfair Business-To-Business Trading Practices (UTPs) in the Food Supply Chain” was published today. But the Brussels-based Fair.....


Benjamin Singh, Food Freshly:
"We help fresh-cut processors improve quality, reduce costs and grow sales"
The German specialist for Bio-preservation forfresh-cut fruit, FOOD freshly®, is introducing newconcepts for fresh-cut processors at this year’s FruitLogistica. “We are helping fresh-cut processorsimprove product quality, reduce costs and growtheir sales,” Benjamin Singh, Director of TechnicalSales said. To.....


Blue Whale takes part in the National Children's Day in Thailand
On the 8th of January 2016, Blue Whale took partin the celebration of National Children's Day inBangkok City, Thailand.The day is celebrated by all children on the second Saturday of January every year. Some activities promoting children's welfare are organized in the schools.Blue Whale was invited by the.....

Total Produce acquires 65% of US produce company
Total Produce has acquired a 65% equity stake inProgressive Produce, which is a grower, packerand distributor of conventional and organic produceto the retail, wholesale and foodservice sectorsin the US and Canada.Progressive Produce was founded in 1967 and today is one of California's premier produce.....

BayWa buys 68.4% stake TFC Holland for EUR 28.7 mln
On 1 February, BayWa AG, a German wholesaler andretailer of industrial and agricultural goods,announced it has signed a purchase agreementwith the current shareholders of Netherlands-basedTFC Holland B.V. to acquire a majority stake in thatcompany.BayWa has agreed to acquire 68.4 percent of shares in TFC.....


New Scanias for Visbeen Transport
Last Friday, January 29th, Visbeen Transportexpanded its fleet with five brand new Scanias.These new trucks are the first of a bigger fleetexpansion taking place in 2016. These Scania’s areequipped with a six cylinder 450 hp (331 kw) motor.Because sustainability and efficiency are high priorities for.....

Del Monte Foods chooses RingCentral to streamline communications
On February 1, RingCentral, Inc., a provider ofcloudcommunications and collaboration solutions,announced that Del Monte Foods, Inc., has selectedthe RingCentral Office solution to replace its legacyon-premise system and consolidate itscommunications in the cloud.The selection has enabled Del Monte to.....

February is New Zealand’s First National Watermelon Month
National Watermelon Month is taking place forthe first time in New Zealand, kicking off this week.A month long celebration of one of the nation’s mostpopular summer fruits is planned. Led by LeaderBrand, a Kiwi owned producer of fresh fruit and vegetables,a number of initiatives have been planned to help.....

CDC: Chipotle E. coli outbreaks over; cause unknown
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the two most recent outbreaks of E. coli linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants appear to be over, but the root cause of the infections has not been determined.Testing of fresh produce, meat and other foods from Chipotle restaurants has not.....


Spain: "Commitment makes the difference"
In the context of the international fair Fruit Logistica, SanLucar will present next February its corporate responsibility report 2013-2015 under the title “Commitment makes the difference”. The fourth edition of the report provided detailed and transparent information about all the initiatives launched by.....


Chinese participants of Fruit Logistica
How Chinese fresh produce trade with Europe is changing
Increasingly, Chinese companies are entering the European market or expanding their presence. At first, most Chinese players were exporting fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables. Often, these crops are exported by big trading firms that hold the right licenses to export and that have the capacity to organise.....


"Fruit trade faster, easier and without risks"
Premiere for fresh produce platform Click4fruit.com at Fruit Logistica
After having worked as a grower and exporter of melons and cassava, Michael Boässon has been working on an online trading platform for fruit for the last year and a half. He did this together with his old classmate Steven van Dijk. Click4fruit.com will premier at the Fruit Logistica in Berlin. "The biggest.....

"If you want some fresh air you have to open the windows"
Alexander Visser leaves Staay
Starting February 1st Alexander Visser will no longer be employed at Staay Food Froup, "Within the Staay Food Group I definitely had a chance to spread my wings internationally, but what underlies my decision to leave Staay Food Group is the fact that I am used to working for myself," says Alexander.Right.....