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SUNSET awarded sustainability awards
SUNSET® is proud to announce their acceptance of two new sustainability awards, and just in time for Earth Day.On Wednesday, the company accepted two PAC Global Leadership Awards for their new Eco Flavor Bowl™ packaging system and their One Sweet™ Ready-to-Eat snack packs.One year ago, SUNSET® launched the.....

US (OR): Fall Creek™ Farm & Nursery names Latin America Sales Manager
Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc., a global blueberry breeding and nursery stock company, has named Jeff Ford as its Latin American Sales Manager. In his new role at Fall Creek, Jeff will play a pivotal management role in driving Fall Creek’s strategic plan and growth in two key segments, Mexico and South.....


Advances in NIR Spectroscopy Food Analysis
Staff from Felix Instruments–Applied Food Science has been recognized again for advances in NIR Spectroscopy food analysis. Chemometrics expert and PhD candidate, Ryan Lerud, has again been published in NIR news for his work relative to designing an NIR based Produce Quality meter. Felix.....

Vision Produce installs solar power system
Vision Produce Company is committed to ensure the sustainability of its business. This April, Vision is installing a solar power generation system at its produce distribution center in Phoenix, AZ. It will include 1,930 solar panels and it uses a roof-friendly mounting structure that doesn't penetrate the.....

USA Pears Pop-Up at FEAST Portland 2014 a winning concept
The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) awarded USA Pears and its agency Harvest PR & Marketing, Inc., first place honors in the customer event category for its USA Pears Pop-Up Restaurant, staged at the 2014 FEAST Portland event, the Northwest’s flagship food festival. The Best of NAMA Awards.....


Jan Bakker, Wholesaler Bakker AGF:
"By adjusting our course in time, we have a broad range of clients"
The number of fresh produce wholesalers has declined sharply in recent years. Still, Jan Bakker of the wholesaler by the same name from Bovenkarspel, isn't pessimistic about the future. "It's always been like this, you have to make sure you have enough money left in the end. As an eight-year-old lad, I.....

Tunisia: SanLucar developing first large scale raspberry plantation
Spanish Group SanLucar is currently developing the first large scale raspberry plantation in Tunisia, partly with funding from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), with a sum of 4 million Euro. This fruit is mainly exported to Europe and the Middle East."Tunisia is a country with.....


U.S. top court rejects Colombian Chiquita human rights suit
Chiquita Brands International Inc will not have to face U.S. lawsuits by more than 4,000 Colombians accusing the fruit company of human rights violations after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the case.The court rejected an appeal filed by the plaintiffs, leaving intact a July 2014.....

CPMA awards industry leaders at 90th Annual Convention and Trade Show
As part of their 90th Annual Convention and Trade Show, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) recognized industry leaders with awards on and off the show floor. Convention AwardsAs part of the Convention program, awards were given to industry leaders for their ongoing commit-ment to the produce.....


G’s Growers celebrate 30 years
G’s Growers celebrate 30 years of co-operation and working together to supply the UK with fresh salads and vegetables. Founded in 1985, G’s Growers started as a group of 20 East Anglia based growers who came together to more effectively service the emerging multiple UK supermarkets.Commenting on the.....

Timorex Gold® Biofungicide
Stockton Group and Engage Agro Corporation sign exclusive distribution agreement
The Stockton Group, a leader in plant extract-based crop protection innovation, announced today the signing of a Distribution Agreement with Engage Agro, a Canadian company focused on providing growers with new and unique crop management solutions. Under this Agreement, Engage Agro will exclusively market.....

Canadian Produce Marketing Association
Walmart Canada named 2015 Fresh Health Award winner
The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) today announced Walmart Canada as the winner of the 2015 Fresh Health Award. Since its introduction in 1998, the Fresh Health Award has been presented to a company or organization which has shown outstanding leadership in their efforts to increase consumption.....


Unique McDonald's
The smallest, the prettiest, the darkest
The Big Mac Index has been around for 30 years already. The index is a way to compare country's currencies by using the price of a Big Mac. McDonald's hamburgers are the same around the world and are available around the world. Although the hamburgers are the same, the restaurants are quite diverse. What do.....

Sakuma Brothers: new pay plan for berry pickers
The new CEO of one of Washington state’s largest berry growers issued a new pay structure Thursday that failed to impress labor leaders. After years of labor unrest over wages and housing issues, Sakuma Brothers Farm this summer plans to pay pickers $10 per hour, plus a production bonus based on the number.....

Hass Avocado Board
Love One Today campaign finalist for PRWeek awards
Hass Avocado Board (HAB)’s Love One Today® campaign, led by FoodMinds with PadillaCRT and Sterling-Rice Group (SRG), was honored by PRWeek magazine in New York City at the PRWeek U.S. Awards 2015, as one of five finalists for the Product Brand Development Campaign of the Year.The Product Brand Development.....


Eurobanan opens new ripening rooms and packing facilities
The Eurobanan group, leader in the distribution of fruit and vegetables in Spain, has opened its new ripening rooms and packing facilities at its distribution centre in Alicante. The company has an annual turnover of 360 million Euro and 14 distribution centres across the Iberian Peninsula. The.....

Produce for Better Health Foundation
Sysco, FreshPoint recognized with Role Model award
Sysco Corporation and its specialty produce company FreshPoint were recently recognized with the Produce for Better Health (PBH) Foundation's prestigious Role Model Award. The annual award recognizes public and private organizations for outstanding efforts in increasing the visibility, recognition and impact.....

Primland expect good Chilean kiwi season
Primland® has been engaged in Chilean kiwi production since 1999, creating a subsidiary and investing in a production and marketing unit there (Curicé region).In 2015, the site was equipped with new cold chambers to accommodate its own industrial capacity: which is in line to the Groups focus of advancing.....

Slight sales increase for Syngenta in Q1 2015
Integrated sales of $3.8 billion rose by one percent at constant exchange rates. Volumes were seven percent lower. Prices were eight percent higher, driven largely by increases in the CIS to offset the impact of currency depreciation; excluding the CIS and glyphosate, prices were up one percent.Europe,.....

Mariani announces partnership with Ganeden Biotech
Mariani Packing Company, the world's largest independent producer of dried fruit, has partnered with Ganeden Biotech, a recognized leader in the manufacturing and marketing of probiotics. This partnership will allow Mariani to build upon the company's legacy of innovation through the development of a new.....

Sunkist brings taste of California to Canada
Following one of the coldest East Coast winters on record, Sunkist is happy to be bringing a taste of California and Arizona sunshine to the 2015 Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) Convention and Trade Show in Montreal. The citrus cooperative will showcase fresh, premium seasonal citrus along with.....

Major table grape asset to go for sale
One of the greatest assets in the international table grape industry will come up for sale soon.SNFL, part of the AMC Group, has applied in the Chancery Division, High Court, London, for the liquidation of one of its own subsidiary companies Vitis International Ltd (UK based company). The application will be.....

UK: Jaffa Juniors Tour commences
Leading citrus supplier, Jaffa has embarked on a nationwide tour to teach children where their food comes from. Working as part of the Tesco Eat Happy campaign, the brand will be visiting Key Stage 1 and 2 children across schools nationwide.Launching this week (w/c 13.04.2014), the newly formed ʻJaffa.....


Serres Sagami buys Savoura tomato producer in Quebec
Serres Sagami confirmed on Friday that they would acquire all assets from Serres du Saint-Laurent, producer of the brand Savoura. Serres Sagami promise to keep all 190 employees and ensure that no personnel reorganisation is planned. Thanks to this acquisition, the company now has 25 hectares in Quebec......


Besana Group:
The safety of dried fruit starts at the processing line
A handful a day is enough to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by a third. It also lowers the risk of chronic diseases and can diminish harmful cholesterol by 7-10%. In addition, it is the ideal fuel when exercising. These are just some of the data presented on April 7th by the INC-International.....

Mission Produce announces new VP Human Resources
Mission Produce Inc., Oxnard California, today announced that Tracy Malmos has been hired as senior vice president of Human Resources for the Oxnard-based global avocado shipper.Malmos joins Mission Produce from Bolthouse Farms, Bakersfield, California, where he led the HR function for the company during an.....

Greenyard Foods to be umbrella company
Declaration of intention for combination of Greenyard, Univeg and Peatinvest
The Board of Directors of Greenyard Foods (Euronext Brussel: GRYFO) is announcing a declaration of intention was signed concerning the company combination between Greenyard Foods, Univeg and Peatinvest with its goal to form a world leader in fruit and vegetables. Market leader The Board of Directors of.....


Canada: Serres Sagami acquires assets of competitor
Serres Sagami, a Quebec-based tomato grower, has acquired the assets of a Quebec competitor. Serres Sagami was selected to acquire Savoura’s assets, the company said in a statement. Savoura is the brand name of tomato grown by Serres du Saint-Laurent.Savoura was declared insolvent in February. The Montreal.....

Village Farms showcases new varieties at CPMA
Village Farms International, with corporate offices located in Delta, British Columbia will participate in the Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention and tradeshow in Montreal at the Palais des Congres de Montreal , April 15 through 17, 2015. The company’s new corporate chef Darren Brown will have.....

Swiss tomato producer installs Marco yield control system
Jaquenoud, a family run company based in the Swiss countryside near the French border, are the latest tomato producers to invest in Marco’s Yield Control technology at their pack house in Lully. The company has been growing and packing tomatoes and strawberries since the 1930’s, with the business now in the.....


Nature Fresh breaks ground on large greenhouse project
Under clear & sunny skies Friday, April 10th, Nature Fresh™ Farms along with key state & local officials broke ground on Phase I of the company’s new 180-acre Delta, OH greenhouse facility.“We are extremely delighted to be here today to put the first shovels in the ground for Phase I of our Delta.....

US (ME): Pineland Farms $7.5 million expansion nearly complete
A $7.5 million expansion project at Pineland Farms Naturally Potatoes is nearing completion.“We’re probably about 90 to 95 percent complete,” Rodney McCrum, president and chief operating officer, said earlier this month.Officials broke ground June 4, 2014, on the expansion, which includes 12,000 new square.....

US (CA): 1st Quality Produce expands to new facility
A wholesale and custom fresh-cut produce company is growing, allowing it to hire more than 50 new employees, and finding ways to save on water usage.1st Quality Produce moved from a small building in the industrial area south of downtown Fresno to a remodeled 35,000-square-foot facility nearly two miles away.....

Foodland, Ontario Retailer Award winners
Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) are pleased to congratulate the 2015 Foodland Ontario Retailer Award winners announced March 27, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario. The Retail Awards Ceremony is an annual event to honour retailers from across the Province of Ontario who have exhibited excellence in.....

Contested Election:
Newcomers join Citrus Mutual Board
Two small citrus growers were elected over incumbents to the Florida Citrus Mutual board of directors in a rare contested election."We need to band together," said Mike Prescott, an Avon Park grower, in his stump speech before about 70 Citrus Mutual members and staff during a Friday luncheon at a Zolfo.....

Costa buyers wary of 'grocery exposure'
Private equity buyers and offshore firms lining up to submit first-round offers for fruit and vegetable group Costa Group this Thursday face a dilemma.On one hand, they've been asked to focus on the upside in 2016 when earnings are expected to hit $93 million, but there's also the spectre of the power of.....

Del Campo wins 2015 Social Responsibility Award
On Wednesday April 8, 2015 the CEMEFI (Centro Mexicano Para la Filantropia) and AliaRSE (Alianza por la Responsabilidad Social Empresarial) recognized and awarded the Distinctive ESR 2015 award to Del Campo Y Asociados S.A. This is the 6th time Del Campo has received the ESR award for improving the life of.....

Sweet deal on Gowinta Farms
One of the Sunshine Coast's premier farming enterprises, Gowinta Farms, has been sold for a discount of more than 70 per cent to fruit sellers Don Alroe & Sons.Gowinta Farms collapsed under heavy debts in November, 2012, and the company, which owns 11 farms, was placed in the hands of administrators,.....

NZ: Fruit and vegetable market up for sale
A well-known fruit and vegetable market in Napier’s ‘Golden Mile’ – known as the centre of lifestyle, horticulture and market gardens – has been placed on the market for sale.McKelvie’s Country Market is a long-established, family owned produce business operating from 284 Meeanee Road in Napier. The area is.....


Wim Tanghe:
"Simplicity back on restaurant plates"
During sunny weather a lot of people head to the coast and look for a terrace to sit. Catering suppliers certainly notice this. According to fruit and vegetable wholesaler Wim Tanghe from Blankeberge the weather is a great way to make a new start after quite a difficult winter. "A sunny weekend is on.....

Zeder makes bid for Capespan
PSG-aligned agribusiness investor Zeder on Wednesday confirmed persistent market whispers about its intention to buy out minority shareholders in R7bn-a-year fruit exporting giant Capespan.Trade in Capespan’s over-the-counter shares have been suspended since the end of July, prompting speculation that Zeder,.....

specializes in customs formalities for fresh produce sector
KGH Customs Services takes over Gee's Customs Solutions
KGH Customs Services has taken overGee's Customs Solutions (GCS) in the Netherlands, thus strengthening its position as an independent partner for fulfilling customs formalities in Europe. GCS is a logistics service provider, specializing in customs formalities for the fresh produce sector, located in.....

Jacqueline de Bruijn (ADB) reacts to takeover by AGRO Merchants Group
"Takeover offers opportunities for clients and employees"
This week, the AGRO Merchants Group announced its acquisition of ADB Cool Company. The American cooling and cold store giant thus showed its ambition to grow in the Netherlands. Previously, Agro Merchants also acquired Coldstore Urk, Coldstore Wibaco, Harthoorn Groep in Barneveld and Opticool in Rotterdam......

Limoneira receives Annual Produce Trailblazer Award
Limoneira Company has been recognized by Grocery Headquarters with the Grocery Headquarters Annual Produce Trailblazer Award. The award recognizes Limoneira for its commitment to growing in the produce category. Nominees from all produce categories were considered and judged on a number of elements including.....

Terrapoint becomes Brespotato
After the Tanghe family, known for RTL Patat bvba from Lauwe, took over the inventory and later also all activities from Terrapoint bv from Breskens, a lot has happened. Initially, the large-scale storage and sorting, washing and packaging of potatoes for the large export flows in particular continued as.....

Poland: Organic distributor Bio Planet debuts on NewConnect
On 1 April, Poland's leading packer and distributor of organic food, Bio Planet debuted on NewConnect, an alternative stock exchange allowing smaller companies to float shares run by the Warsaw Stock Exchange. It is estimated that in 2 to 3 years it will gain access to the main Warsaw Stock Exchange."The.....


Less packaging for fruits and vegetables at Albert Heijn
Organic and conventional products distinguished by packaging
Last month Albert Heijn announced that they would like to reduce the number of packaged products in the produce section. Approximately a month after the announcement reactions from customers have been positive, according to the supermarket chain. But this move also raises questions. Is AH striving towards.....

Demo on ethylene analyzer and more at CPMA
Felix Instruments–Applied Food Science will attend the CPMA Convention & Trade Show in Montréal, Québec April 15-17, 2015. Application Scientists from Felix Instruments will be available to demonstrate the full Felix Instruments product line including the F-950 Handheld Ethylene Analyzer whose.....

AGRO Merchants Group acquires ADB Cool Company
AGRO Merchants Group has announced the addition of ADB Cool Company B.V. (ADB) located near Rotterdam, The Netherlands to its portfolio. The Company’s latest partnership with ADB will increase the range of solutions, commodity expertise and locations to the AGRO Merchants Group network. ADB specializes in.....

More key executives exit Chiquita
Executives continue to leave the NASCAR Plaza offices of Chiquita Brands International Inc. three months after Cutrale-Safra purchased the company.Last week, interim CEO Brian Kocher was dismissed and stands to receive $7.2 million in severance, a payment triggered by change-in-control provisions for the.....

Dole names new President, COO
Dole Food Company, Inc. announced the appointment of Johan Linden as its new President & Chief Operating Officer. The Company also announced the retirement of C. Michael Carter, the Company’s former President & Chief Operating Officer.“Over the past decade, Johan has proven his leadership in.....


UK: Albert Bartlett buys Heinz factory
A potato factory in Norfolk, under threat of closure by international food firm Heinz with the loss of about 200 jobs, has been thrown a lifeline.The Westwick site in North Walsham will be sold to potato processor Albert Bartlett when it shuts in April.Heinz announced the closure in December after failing.....

Turbana wins internet advertising competition
Turbana and THR33FOLD are excited to announce that the social media campaign “Win $25K For Your Cause” won the 2015 Web Marketing Association’s Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Award for Best Social Network Social Media Campaign. Even more exciting, Turbana is the first brand within the food industry.....

Italy: Mazzoni focuses on peaches and nectarines from Calabria
"In 2015, we will focus mainly on the peach and nectarine campaign. Mazzoni owns some land on the Sibari Plain where, thanks to the knowledge and professionalisms of some operators, innovative agronomic techniques and varieties were developed to conquer new market segments," explains sales manager Sergio.....

Chef Michael Smith
Half Your Plate gets new ambassador
The Half Your Plate Campaign is thrilled to announce that Chef Michael Smith will act as the brand’s new ambassador. One of Canada’s most recognizable Chefs, Smith is a passionate advocate for cooking fresh, healthy food at home. Host of Chef Michaels Kitchen, Chef Abroad and Chef at Home on Food Network.....

Avocados from Mexico launches Hispanic campaign
Avocados from Mexico (AFM), the number one selling avocado in the U.S., today announced Maggie Jiménez as brand spokesperson in its first ever Hispanic campaign, “Echale.” Jiménez is a professional host, celebrity chef, lifestyle expert and mother, regularly hosting a cooking segment on Univision’s.....

NNZ acquires J&J Supply
NNZ, a leading supplier of packaging solutions for agricultural markets, announces that they entered into a binding agreement to acquire J&J Supply, a company specialized in agricultural packaging needs to enhance its product portfolio through established relationships with manufacturers worldwide, as.....


Special Fruit celebrates 25th anniversary today!
2015 is a special year for Special Fruit. April 7th marks the company's 25th anniversary. In 1990, two brothers, François and Patrick Maes, took their first steps in the trade of ‘special’ types of fruit and vegetables. They founded this company based on their exceptional insight into the market for soft.....

Belgium: Intertaste acquires Caldic’s herbs and spices
Intertaste and Caldic today announce the acquisition of the herbs, spices, dried vegetables and seasoning business in Belgium. The acquired Caldic portfolio complements the Intertaste portfolio of customers and ingredients. With this acquisition Intertaste has further strengthened its position in the.....