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Medjool dates from Israel proving to be 'foodie' favourite
The recycling of waste water has been instrumental to the flourishing of Israeli date crops, allowing Israel to claim 60 percent of the global Medjool market today from just a toehold in the 1980s.That formula may be hitting its limits. This precious source of water is now just enough to water the current.....
Israel turns to easy-peelers for citrus advantage
While the market for mandarins is growing in Europe, there's another reason Israeli growers are increasingly focusing on easy peeling citrus varieties: they find they can grow them very well. Especially in the face of increasing competition from Spanish and Moroccan growers on oranges, which give an.....
Volcani Institute post-harvest innovations help Israeli growers
Dr. Ron PoratWhile Israeli growers certainly have their share of challenges, including high labor costs and water scarcity, they also have several things in their favor. One of those advantages is the Volcani Institute, the research arm of the Ministry of Agriculture, where researchers work on practical.....
Dubai vegetable and fruit trade sees 19% growth in first half of 2013
The growth of the fruit and vegetable trade due to population growth in Dubai has bolstered its good standing in the fruit and vegetable trade by fostering growth in the international trade of these items. According to statistics issued by Dubai Customs, the Emirate’s trade in these foodstuffs amounted to.....
Israeli exporters must find niche
Oron Ziv (Managing Director of Befresh Europe)A late citrus season from the southern hemisphere and the abundance of red grapefruit on the European market resulted in low prices. For Israeli citrus exporters, who typically make a significant portion of their money in the few weeks between the end of the.....
Ben Dor develops varieties with which to compete
With 400 hectares of stonefruit production and exports that comprise 60 percent of that production, Ben Dor Fruits and Nurseries is firmly entrenched in the global fruit market. But with stiff competition from growers in countries with lower input costs, Ben Dor leans on their breeding program to develop new.....
Galilee Export leverages power of growers to benefit growers
Tamir Porat (CEO MiloPRI) and Oded Jacobson (CEO Galilee Export)As the export marketing company of Milouot (25 kibutzes cooperative in the Western Galilee), Galilee Export, since its inception two years ago, has worked for the betterment of its growers. Formed in the wake of Agrexco's dissolution, it is now.....
Israeli citrus market starts to pick up
After a slow start to the season for Israel's citrus exporters, there are promising signs starting to emerge. As supplies from an unusually long South African citrus season taper off, there will be more opportunities for Israel's exporters to sell their fruit on the European market.“There wasn't much space.....
Chiquita hurt by oversupply, wars in the Middle East
Wars in the Middle East, startup costs at a new Midwest salad plant and bad weather in growing areas for leafy greens combined to push Charlotte-based Chiquita Brands International’s far-flung businesses to an $18 million loss in the third quarter.Banana demand typically falls in the second half of the year,.....
Israel: Bless SR ships herbs east, looks west
As a family-run organization with roots in the Ukraine, it makes sense that Bless SR would ship most of their Israeli-grown herbs to Russia. But now they're looking for new clients and distributors in order to expand in Western Europe.Family RozenbergEstablished in 2006, Bless SR began shipping a full line.....
Gezer Shallit finds advantage in fresh carrots
Rony Baruch (Agricultural Production and Marketing) and Mahmud Yonis (Packing House Manager)For Gezer Shallit, one of the largest exporters of carrots in Israel, the unique climate in Israel gives them an advantage over other suppliers. While markets in Russia and Europe suffer through cold weather that.....
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Israel: Microgreen grower 2BFresh to break open worldwide market
Israeli company 2B Fresh is a grower of microgreens, sprouts, leafy greens and herbs. During a tour on their site, we get to know that the Israeli company puts in a lot of effort into becoming an important player on the market of microgreens, by adding convenience as added value. Next to this, 2B Fresh.....
Israel: Mor International covers gaps in persimmon season
Yair Kaplan, owner of Mor InternationalSinceMOR opened a packing house in South Africa in 2005,Mor International now has had year-round availability of persimmons. Complementing their existing production of sharon fruit in Israel, South African supplies help Mor feed the growing consumption of persimmons.....