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France: Auchan to run urban farms near hypermarkets

Auchan France wants to use its slogan "Good, healthy, local" for the launch of a new business segment: urban farms. The retailer is the owner - through a daughter company…

VLAM displays wide range of products in Dubai

At the beginning of October, the Flanders’ Agricultural Marketing Board (VLAM) from Belgium was at the World of Perishables (WOP) international trade fair in Dubai. Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates. This Middle Eastern hub is a growing import market. Three other Belgian companies, Pacbelimex,…

Alexander Verduyn, Verduyn

“With these new washing lines we can serve our clients faster"

The Belgian company, Verduyn, is constructing a new company building. This is in order to serve their clients better and faster. "The building should be finished by the end of the year. There will be a new washing plant in the building. Here, Verduyn can wash products for the fresh market as well as the…

Unica, Biosabor, Casi and La Palma

Spanish growers join forces to market Adora tomatoes

Four Spanish companies have united themselves in the growth, promotion and marketing of the Adora tomato, a tomato bred by HM. Clause. Entering the market together might be quite a challenge, they agree. "It's ambitious - but we believe in it because the Adora offers a quality demanded by consumer. The…

Exquisite Fruits plans to import organic bananas from Ecuador and the Dominican Republic

Exporting has been key to the success of Exquisite Fruits, a Valencian company that is being awarded by the FAES this year with its Internationalization Award. Exquisite Fruits was founded by Daniel Vidal and Kiko Torres and it is a company that markets horticultural products, especially persimmon, stone fruit, citrus…

Platform has long dominated German online trade

Amazon celebrates 20th anniversary

20 years ago, Amazon.com's .de offshoot went online and sold its first book. Today, the site dominates German online retailing like no other. Even food and fresh produce are…

Category manager Andreas Allenspach of Coop Switzerland:

“Twenty-two per cent of our fresh produce turnover is from organic produce”

It’s as if summer refuses to end in Switzerland. “It’s truly bizarre. This many plums, apples and pears have never been grown in people’s gardens before. It’s seriously affecting supermarket turnover,” says fresh produce category manager Andreas Allenspach of Swiss supermarket Coop. Qualitatively, the…

The Star Group not getting lost in the weed(s)

As Canada moves toward legalization of recreational cannabis nationwide, The Star Group is moving in a different direction. Star has rejected any participation in the cannabis…

Westfalia Fruit welcomes visitors to Orlando and Madrid stands

This week the Westfalia Fruit Group will be a first-time exhibitor at the PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando, Florida, in the USA, and next week will host visitors at its stand at…

South Africa: New partnership to bring agri growth

The international agriculture sector is a dynamic world and South Africa an esteemed player – with world-class products complying with the strictest quality and food safety…

Big O Farms embraces future with new onion factory

After a devastating fire in one of its packing houses, Big O Farms needed a new factory. It was the beginning of a fruitful collaboration with Eqraft. Big O Farms is a family-run agricultural business located near the East Coast of the United States. After a fire destroyed their onion factory, they decided to turn…

New CEO for Michigan blueberry grower

First Pick Farms announced Wednesday, October 10th the election of Scott Nagelvoort to Chief Executive Officer. Scott joined First Pick Farms July 1, 2018. He has worked in…

California grower names Danny Fleming as sales manager

Guadalupe, CA based Grower/Shipper, Beachside Produce, LLC, has announced the promotion of Danny Fleming to Sales Manager. Fleming has been with Beachside Produce his entire…

Also introducing a new brand tagline. "Powering You"

Dole Food Company launches new logo

Dole Food Company announced today the launch of a refreshed logo and brand identity for the iconic 160-year old produce company. Dole strives to more thoughtfully connect and understand consumers,…

Jubilee-edition of Agri Ladies Dublin: a lot of content and a dash of fun

On Thursday 11 and Friday 12 October, 25 Dutch Agri Ladies were visiting Irish Agri Ladie, Caroline Keeling, CEO of Keelings, Grace Binchy of Consumer Insights Specialists for the Irish Food Board and Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director of Ireland Microsoft. The strength of a powerful network combined…

Julie Vermeiren, Fresh Fruit

"New distribution centre means more control over organic bananas cold chain”

“It has been an extraordinary year for bananas. The price for conventional bananas was at a historic high over the first two months. It then imploded to a historic low. Bananas were very cheap in the supermarkets. Consumers opted for cheap conventional bananas rather than organic bananas", says Julie…

Ad Pollux, Regifresh:

“Greek kiwi fruit season getting into its stride”

After having sold Greek watermelons for his producers in the Peloponnesos for two seasons, Ad Pollux of Regifresh now has a ‘taste’ for Greek fruit. “In the past few months contacts have been made with various packing stations and producers, which resulted in cooperation contracts with packing stations.”…

Italian company completes refinancing

Orsero Group grows in first half of 2018

The Italian Orsero Group has completed the refinancing of its midterm debt. This was announced by the company in a press release. Over the first six months of the financial…

Due Erre focuses on exports thanks to its efficient management

Due Erre is an extraordinary wholesaler: while it is increasingly focusing on exports - as usual for Maap Mercato di Padova wholesalers - it is also interested in management software to better control the whole chain and promotes an integrated solution for the management of businesses which are part of…

New move forward in sustainability strategy

Rewe: Nationwide introduction of reusable carrying nets on hand

REWE facilitates purchases of unpackaged fruits and vegetables. For this purpose, the company was the first large grocery retailer in Germany to introduce reusable carrying…

FreshPlaza presented to the King and Queen

The Dutch Royal couple, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima paid a regional visit to Zeeland yesterday and arrived in the middle of the afternoon in Tholen where FreshPlaza's head office is based. In the large hall of a neighboring company  an area was prepared for eight companies to present themselves to the Royal…

Josh Cabana joins Sunripe's sales team

Sunripe™ Certified Brands is happy to announce and welcome Josh Cabana to the national sales and business development team. Josh will be responsible for developing and driving…

FruitMasters wins award at Disney Licensing Showcase

Dutch fruit auction association, Koninklijke FruitMasters, is the first licence holder to receive an award from The Walt Disney Company. FruitMasters won the prize in the Food, Health &…

Benny Cuypers, BelOrta:

“Belgian greenhouse vegetables are gradually getting more competition from the South”

“The past tomato season was very mediocre. We had long periods with low prices, even for specialities. The market has now recovered a bit, and prices for tomatoes are better…

J&J Family of Farms hires David Duggan

J&J Family of Farms has recently hired David Duggan to join their sales team. David Duggan brings over 18 years of experience in the produce industry and more than 23 years of sales…

Two new hires for automated transplanting system

PlantTape®, an automated transplanting system, has announced the addition of key personnel. Hunter Smith, Ph.D. joins the company as Director of Agronomy. Smith received his bachelor’s degree…

Steven Ware joins Naturipe’s value-added fresh division

Naturipe has announced the appointment of Steven Ware as Vice President and General Manager of Value-Added Fresh. In this role, Ware will be responsible for pursuing growth and business expansion…

Dan Martin appointed President IFCO North America

IFCO, a supplier of Reusable Plastic Containers for fresh food packaging, announced the appointment of Dan Martin as President, IFCO North America. “We are pleased to welcome…

Church Brothers Farms builds new facility in northern Mexico

Church Brothers Farms and True Leaf Farms are building a new facility in Northern Mexico to increase the company’s year-round capacity. The 110,000 square-foot plant is less than one mile from the international border in the town of San Luis Rio Colorado; and is located near other large American…

Family-run Shropshire firm has been named as best in its field in UK

Newport-based Jupiter Group, fresh produce grower and trader, has been awarded the prestigious title of Best Fresh Produce Company in the Food & Drink Awards. The “merit-driven” 2018 recognition was awarded following a combination of votes by “respected industry partners” and “rigorous in-house research” by global…

Kiwi Atlántico celebrates 30th anniversary

This year, Kiwi Atlántico is once again attending the international trade fair Fruit Attraction, one of the most important for the horticultural sector worldwide. In 2018, the event will be held for the 10th time, and the company, which is the largest kiwi marketer in Spain, has been attending it since…

Together, Ramona Saa Lobelle and Gert-Jan Slobbe have been at Fortuna Frutos for 60 years

At Fortuna Frutos, two anniversaries were celebrated last week. Since 1 October 2018, Ramona Saa Lobelle and Gert-Jan Slobbe have both been employed for 30 years at this Dutch company. Both started at Marconistraat in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on 1 October 1988. The company was then called Fortuna Fruits. This achievement…

Vicente Giner: "There are benefits in having low calibers"

Spain: "The popularity of Satsuma mandarins is growing again"

Forty years have passed since Vicente Giner opened its facilities in Beniflà (Valencia), which currently packs around 100 million oranges and mandarins each campaign and employs more than 300 people in the campaign. FreshPlaza interviewed Vicente Giner, of the third generation, who works with the fourth…

Michael Walsh joins Seald Sweet

Produce marketer Seald Sweet welcomed new hire Michael Walsh on October 15th as an Account Executive. He comes to Seald Sweet with over 40 years experience in the produce industry and will focus on…

Ethylene company to showcase its ripening products at Fresh Summit

In 1973, Catalytic Generators invented a system that creates ethylene in ripening rooms. Today their products are used worldwide to ripen fruit. Catalytic Generators will be showcasing their ethylene generators and Ethy-Gen® II Ripening Concentrate at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit…

Nicoló Sparacino, BioFruit Trading:

"We do not only want to be a part of the supply chain - we want to be every part."

When BioFruit Italy was founded in 2001 it was a company specialized in the production of Sicilian citrus fruit of the varieties Navelina and Washington Navel. The company marketed their fruit to the biggest Italian grocery chain, however only nationally. The expansion began with a newly built 2000…

Spain: Trops' avocado processing plant starts operating

S.A.T. Trops, a fruit cooperative specialized in the cultivation and sale of tropical fruits, launched a new avocado processing plant this month in Vélez-Málaga. The…

Berries Paradise

"The fair's schedule will allow us to work and develop our winter programs"

"We are happy to announce that Berries Paradise will be participating as an exhibitor at the Food Attraction in Madrid for the first time ever. The fair has been growing considerably and has an even greater exposure now, so we think it's convenient to have our own stand in this new edition," stated…

Valuation reached 3 billion

Shengxianchuanqi Complete 300 Million B Round Financing

On October 10th, Shengxianchuanqi announced that it has over 100 stores and has completed the 300 million B round of financing, with a valuation of 3 billion yuan. This is…

Flavorful Brands forms partnership with Bejo Seeds

Bejo Seeds, a non-GMO hybrid seed company, has licensed to Flavorful Brands their seeds to grow produce. Flavorful Brands will run the new partnership to commercialize this…

Major brand facelift for Ambrosia apples to be revealed

Apple brand, Ambrosia, will be revealing a new brand identity at PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando next week. According to Nielsen FreshFacts data, Ambrosia apples were the top selling branded apples in the U.S. for the 2017 crop year, leading by more than $20 million dollars in sales. “The McDougall family has a legacy…

Betting on region's potential for export growth

Terra Exports opens South African Office

Terra Exports opened a South African Office on October 1, 2018 based in the Western Cape region, betting on its potential for growth in produce exports. “With the quality of…

"We will supply our American customers with the best Spanish lemons"

Salix Fruits LLC is an American importer-exporter showing steady growth and promise. This year the 7 year old company will ship 1.5 million cases and make $25 million in…

Growth for Innovar: "We have gone further"

Freshmax Group Subsidiary Innovar™ has entered a new phase of growth and opportunity this month having become an independently incorporated commercial organisation. For many years, the Freshmax Group has played a major role in the commercialization of Intellectual Property (IP) Brands and varieties in…

Pooraka, Australia

30th anniversary of South Australia Produce Market

The South Australian Produce Market (SAPM), a staple of South Australia’s horticultural sector, is celebrating 30 years in the field. In that time, the state’s only wholesale market has achieved a self-sufficient energy supply and a continued reputation for supporting local growers who attribute much of…

Campaigns to have the wording “A consommer de préférence avant le” changed on its Carrefour products

Carrefour joins forces with Too Good to Go

To mark World Food Day on 16 October, Carrefour is joining forces with start-up Too Good to Go in a bid to reduce food wastage and support the #Changetadate petition.…

Mahindra Agri Solutions forms joint venture with Sumitomo Corporation

Mahindra Agri Solutions Ltd. (MASL), a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra, part of the USD 20.7 billion Mahindra Group, today entered into a joint venture agreement with Sumitomo Corporation Group, Japan, a global player in multiple industries including crop care, having access to the latest crop…

Nonprofit certification and skill-building organization elects new chair and vice-chair

Equitable Food Initiative held elections to select a new chair and vice-chair at its fall board meeting held in Washington on October 2-3, 2018. EFI announced that Ernie…

RM 21 million deal

PLS Plantations acquires Dulai Fruits

In a move to diversify PLS Plantations, Bhd through its unit Brighthill Synergy Sdn Bhd is venturing into the durian business by acquiring a 70 percent share in Dulai Fruits…

Aldi and Lidl will have new competition

Russian discounter wants to conquer Germany

Aldi and Lidl are dominating the German discounter landscape. Now an entrepreneur from Billigheim wants to enter this market, invading from Russia. The Torgservis concept is…

Construction at new Amsterdam Perishable Center started

IPHandlers, located a stone’s throw away from Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands, have started the construction of the new Amsterdam Perishable Center. A 6,000 m2 conditioned company hall is being realised on the Noordpolderweg in Aalsmeer, directly opposite their current location. "“The expansion was necessary because…

Carla Vercher:

"Customers want year-round supply of Bollo fruit"

When José Vercher Cuñat started selling fruits in Valencia in 1922, he couldn’t have imagined that, almost a century later, the Bollo brand would be known worldwide in the global fruit market. Now the company is managed by the third generation and the fourth is also at the company. Carla Vercher, is…

China: IDG leads $43M round in fresh produce supermarket Letus Legend

Letus Legend, a fresh produce chain supermarket operator from Hefei (province of Anhui), today announced that it has raised a RMB300 million ($43 million) series B round of…

Dole launches partnership with Safeway for new product development

Dole Fresh Vegetables has joined forces with Vineland, N.J.-based Safeway Fresh Foods to develop fruit and vegetable products. “Through our collaboration, Dole Fresh…

Primland acquires IFS BROKER certification

In response to its customers’ legitimate expectations in ensuring the quality and food safety of its fruit, in 2011 Primland implemented a certified quality management system in accordance with the ISO 9001v2008 standard. Initially, this system optimised the organisation of the firm’s services in this context of strong…

Luc Vanoirbeek, new VBT general secretary

The current auction structure will remain viable in the future

On October 1, former Boerenbond spokesman Luc Vanoirbeek succeeded Philippe Appeltans as general secretary of the Association of Belgian Horticultural Cooperatives (VBT). The new general…

HZPC publishes results and dividend fiscal year 2017/18

Higher turnover but less profit for HZPC

HZPC, a global leader in the improvement of potatoes, announced that the consolidated net turnover over fiscal year 2017/18 was determined to be €300 million during the…

Mitchell van der Geugten, Jami Trading:

"Fully focused on Kenyan sugar snaps and haricot beans"

Mitchell van der Geugten started working at Jami Trading in 2017. He has a background in retail. This Dutch company specializes in importing Kenyan haricot verts, peas, and fine beans. "It was not the easiest year to start. The long rainy season in Kenya that year made for a very bad situation until…

Operating profit rose to record levels

Bonduelle posts growth in sales and profitability

On September 28, 2018, the Supervisory Board, chaired by Martin Ducroquet, audited the financial statements 2017-2018 submitted by the Managing Director and confirmed by the…

Sunkist Growers welcomes Christina Ward as Director of Communications

Sunkist Growers, a citrus marketing cooperative, today announced that Christina Ward has joined the marketing team as Director of Communications. “We are thrilled for…

VIRTO Group acquires Oerlemans Foods Group

Virto Group (“Virto”), a leading company in the production and distribution of deep-frozen vegetables, is pleased to announce that it has acquired Oerlemans Foods Group…

100th anniversary celebrated by setting a world record

Courchesne Larose, one of the country’s leading distributors of fresh fruits and vegetables, set an unconventional world record on Friday as more than 600 participants…

Led by Maersk Growth, Connor Capital SB and Chromo Invest

Loadsmart announces $21.6 million Series A round

Loadsmart, a digital freight broker, today announced it has raised $21.6 million in series A funding led by Maersk Growth, Connor Capital SB and Chromo Invest. This brings the total investment in Loadsmart to date to $34.7 million following previous seed investment and a convertible notes round. The…

A Waitrose market update

UK: 'Stone fruit sales up by 34 per cent'

Waitrose released a market update, stating that total sales excluding fuel were up 1.1 per cent last week, compared with the same period a year ago. Sales of root vegetables, including onions…

New generation of palletising machines presented in the Netherlands

Promotion, recruitment and the presentation of a new concept palletising machine were central during the open days of Symach in Terneuzen, the Netherlands. Please click here for the photo report. The patented prototype of a new generation of palletising machines were shown by Symach. Why continue developing a machine that’s already proven itself in…

HZPC publishes results and dividends for 2017/2018 book year

Higher revenue but less profit for HZPC

The Dutch company, HZPC Holdings is the global leader in potato breeding. They announced that the consolidated net turnover for 2017/2018 was set at €300 million. This was at…

Strengthening European position

Calbee UK acquires Seabrook's potato chip brand

Calbee UK, the UK subsidiary of the Japanese snack food giant has acquired UK potato chips producer Seabrook Crisps for an undisclosed sum. According to Calbee, Seabrook's…

Scott Kosnik joins Wilson Produce sales team

Wilson Produce have announced the appointment of industry veteran, Scott Kosnik. With more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Kosnik joins the Wilson sales team with…

Two new hires for Nogales grower

Josh Acuna (pictured) joined the SunFed sales team at the end of September. Frank Camera, Director of Sales, says “We are happy to have Josh as he comes to us with great commodity knowledge and…

Mission Produce Inc. continues to invest in Europe

Mission Produce Europe B.V (MPE) is looking to capitalize on increased European avocado consumption. Mission Produce, Inc. opened its avocado sales and distribution entity in Breda, Netherlands in 2012. Mission later expanded this facility to house four ripening rooms to meet “ready-to-eat” avocado…

Jim McErlean becomes new VP of Sales at NatureSweet

NatureSweet announced the promotion of seasoned sales executive Jim McErlean to Vice President of Sales. In his new position, McErlean is responsible for establishing sales…

Arizona organic grower promotes Pete Guerrero to COO

Duncan Family Farms, a grower of organic baby lettuces and greens, kales, and herbs with operations in Arizona, California, Oregon and New York, has announced the promotion of…

Long-standing partners honored - management expanded

Kronen 40 year anniversary: Worldwide freshcut industry gathered in Kehl

Machine supplier Kronen GmbH recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. During the gala dinner on Thursday evening, the opportunity was used to thank a few loyal partners, companies and customers for their long-standing cooperation. It was also announced that the management will now be expanded. Two…

Construction of new Zederik Groep building for cooling fruit and folding cardboard trays

The 3rd of October saw the start of the construction of a new company building for Koelcentrum Zederik BV and Zederik Verpakking BV.  Management, family members, its main contractor Cordeel and other parties involved, watched as the first pile was placed last Wednesday. The modern logistical centre will be built at…

US: Campbell Soup in talks to sell fresh-foods business

Insiders claim that Campbell Soup Co. is in talks to sell its fresh-foods business, including Bolthouse Farms, to investors. Jeff Dunn, who helped a private-equity firm sell Bolthouse to…

Retailer of the Year: Consumers put Lidl at #1 position

Lidl is Germany's most popular discount store

Whether on price, quality or service: Lidl performs on a permanent basis and was voted "Dealer of the Year" for the tenth time in a row. In this year's vote, the company took…

Banana importer receives lifetime achievement award

In the month when it celebrates its 130th anniversary, Irish banana importer Fyffes has returned to the winners' enclose once again. At the recent Checkout National FMCG…

"Grard Pépinières" becomes "Gradilis"

During an evening event organized on 28/09 by Olivier and Alexandre Grard in their new packaging station at Mas de Cannes in Mudaison, the leaders of the company "Pépinières…

The FreshPlaza report

Zespri officially starts harvesting the Sun Gold kiwifruit

Zespri’s motto is: ‘quality comes from the field’. Therefore, to celebrate the start of the harvesting, the New Zealand company took us on an amazing journey through the kiwifruit fields of the Agro Pontino land. Marino Silva explained to FreshPlaza, “Zespri is the global market leader with the 30% of the market shares, which is equal to a revenue…

Dole makes the sun shine again

The Dole Italian institutional campaign will continue to parade in some major Italian cities. The advertising panels will decorate the entire tram networks of Bergamo, Genoa, Brescia and then the ones of Milan and Rome, again. They will catch the eye of many people across the main streets of these cities. The activity is supported by in-store promotions which will be carried…

Franchisees across the country seek refunds

China: More negative news for Guoweiyi

Recently, many people have started questioning whether Guoweiyi is a scam on major forums and Weibo. So far, Guoweiyi has not responded. Guo Weiyi announced that, since its…

The Ontario Produce Marketing Association welcomes new president

The Ontario Produce Marketing Association (OPMA) is pleased to announce and welcome Michelle Broom as their new President. Michelle will be responsible for the strategic and…

Peter Beemsterboer steps down as Director

J.P. Beemsterboer celebrates its 75th anniversary

Last Friday, Dutch wholesaler, J.P. Beemsterboer Food Traders,  celebrated their 75th anniversary. A party was held with the Beemsterboer family and co-workers. During the festivities, Peter Beemsterboer stepped down as the company director. A glossy magazine was published to mark this major milestone in this company's existence.…

Consumer ranking: Social responsibility and profit are not necessarily contradictory

Rewe scores with highest credibility among German food retailers

They may be crooked, spotty and pale but the uglier they are, the more authentic they look. From now on, vegetables and fruits with blemishes will be on the shelves of all branches of the Rewe supermarket chain. With the sale of imperfect carrots, curly lettuce and small apples, the Cologne-based food group wants to…

San Miguel joins the powerful JD.com e-commerce platform

San Miguel, a leading citrus company from the Southern Hemisphere, and Jingdong Shengxian (JD.com), a well-known e-commerce company and one of China’s major retail platforms, strengthened their relationship to market fresh produce through the e-commerce portal JD.com. The Chinese company has announced in…

Accordance VAT unveils new operations in Amsterdam

Accordance VAT, the UK-based international VAT Compliance and Consultancy organisation, opens the doors of its new Amsterdam office this week. Currently, half (50%) of the clients that Accordance…

Kuehne + Nagel strengthens footprint in Indonesia through strategic acquisition

Kuehne + Nagel announced the acquisition of the logistics operations of Wira Logistics, a leading Indonesian logistics company. This strategic acquisition will strengthen…

Blue Book online now available in Spanish

Blue Book Services’ real-time credit rating and business information is available online to members in Spanish. With the click of a mouse, members can switch from English to…

Italy: Automated rolling system for fresh-cut salads

La Linea Verde has opened an 8-hectare tunnel installation with an automated rolling system using the Basic5 Reflex BW thermal screen. The Chairman of La Linea Verde, Giuseppe Battagliola, is a keen innovator with in-depth knowledge of the fresh-cut salads sector. He has chosen a solution that transcends the traditional…

Haith expands with £1.5 million factory opening

Specialist vegetable handling and processing machinery manufacturer Haith Group is preparing for growth following the opening of a new £1.5 million factory extension. Specialist vegetable handling and processing machinery manufacturer Haith Group is preparing for growth following the opening of a new…

Cydiance concludes successful visit to Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong

The Cydiance delegation brought a wide variety of products to the international Asia Fruit Logistica, which was held in Hong Kong on September 7-9, and enthusiastically discussed professional topics relevant to the industry with clients and visitors. Their products on display received positive feedback…

SanLucar celebrates its 10 years of presence in Tunisia

SanLucar celebrated its 10th anniversary of production in Tunisia with a great commemorative event at the farm La Cinquième Saison in El Hamma in the region Gabés. 1400 people attended the…

Innovative Fresh and N&S will work together in Scandinavia

Innovative Fresh focuses on supplying quality, as does N&S Quality Consultants. Innovative Fresh, more than ten years of experience, and N&S Quality Consultants, more…

What puts Aldi ahead of other discounters?

The Hahn Group recently released its annual Hahn Retail Estate Report . In terms of sales, discounters have regained the leading position among hypermarkets. Thus, the…

Village Farms raises over $10,000 and wins Pepsi Corporate Spirit award

The Village Farms family came together to raise awareness for the Run for the Cure while exceeding their goal by raising more than $10,000 last week for the Canadian Cancer Society. In addition, Village Farms took home the Pepsi Corporate Spirit Award as the top fundraising corporate team at the CIBC Run…

Fair Trade USA celebrates 20 years of global impact during Fair Trade month

Monday marked the start of Fair Trade Month and the 20th anniversary of Fair Trade USA, the award-winning social enterprise and leading certifier of Fair Trade products in…

Direct purchase of Yuanmou dragon fruit

China: Carrefour continues direct link between farm and supermarket

Carrefour Group recently organized a global "Act for Food" activity and continued to improve connections between farms and supermarkets through the direct purchase of 20 tons…

Argentina: San Miguel joins JD.com's e-commerce platform

San Miguel, a leading company in the production and export of citrus fruits from the southern hemisphere, strengthened its relationship with Jingdong Shengxian (JD.com), a well-known e-commerce company and one of the main retail sales platforms in China, to market fresh products through the JD.com…

Bonduelle Fresh Americas announces new CEO

Bonduelle Fresh Americas have announced the appointment of Mary Thompson to chief executive officer, effective Oct. 8. She will lead the day-to-day management of Bonduelle…

Leda Maersk calls at Sydney for 25-year celebrations

Having carried more than 3.5 million star-branded containers to and from Australia since 1993 and, bearing a capacity of 4,401 TEU, the Leda Maersk called at Sydney earlier this week for its 25th anniversary. The Leda Maersk is deployed on Maersk Line’s ‘Southern Star’ service which calls between South East Asia-Australia-New…

Pallet pooling system saves Aviko 785.529 m3 of wood

Aviko and CHEP Benelux recently formed a partnership. This Dutch potato producer and the logistics packaging provider for the supply chain will work together to distribute…

Jurgen de Witte, Group Achiel De Witte

“In future, Mechelen will be the nerve centre of our Group”

Although Brussels is the current centre of Group Achiel De Witte, this will soon be in Mechelen. “We can no longer grow in Brussels, that’s why we’re moving our logistical centre to Mechelen. The current logistic site has bought ten extra hectares in land so that we can continue expanding,” says Jurgen…

From March 2019 onwards: worldwide ecological replacements for glyphosate and copper

Genetti ECO and Dom Terry International start partnership

Genetti Eco, the company based in Lana (South Tyrol), has announced its partnership with DOM TERRY. The aim is to replace two main products in agriculture with ecological equivalents, namely glyphosate and copper. Both new products were patented worldwide at the end of August and will be available…

Vonnie Estes named PMA vice president of technology

To better help the fresh produce and floral industry to harness the increasing role of technology, the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) is expanding its technology…

NZ's large fruit and vege co-op gets rid of plastic bags

New Zealand’s large community fruit and vegetable co-op is switching from plastic bags to returnable cloth bags, which is expected to save 114,000 single-use plastic bags…

Dieffenbach's potato chips adding new jobs and expanding capacity

Dieffenbach's Potato Chips Inc. announced today that their latest production facility is officially live. The multi-million dollar project has been in the works for the past year and a half. The project includes both a new distribution center and additional production lines. In total, the new facility is…

APAL strengthens growers’ voice with advocacy appointment

Apple and Pear Australia Ltd has announced the appointment of Jeremy Griffith to the new role of Head of Advocacy and Government Relations. CEO Phil Turnbull said advocacy was…

Coliman

Celebrating 55 Years Nourishing Lives Inside Mexico and Beyond

Coliman, a global leader in organic banana production and proud Mexican family business, celebrates 55 years of nourishing lands, people and customers. Established in Tecoman, Colima, Mexico in 1963, Coliman is one of the largest Fairtrade certified organic banana growers in Latin America. They are also…

US vegetable grower retains strategic partner

“We are excited to announce that Doug Kling CEO of Kling Strategic Partners LLC has been retained to expand our Business Development initiatives, increase our value-added…

VOG management adds three members to the team

The Terlano Consortium management team is once again complete, just in time for the start of the new apple season. In recent months a new marketing manager, a new sales manager and a new Club apple manager have all arrived at VOG. On 16 July Hannes Tauber joined the company as marketing manager. Hannes Tauber has…

Wholesaler P.A. van den Oord celebrates its centenary

Last Saturday 22 September 2018, an important milestone was celebrated by Van den Oord Group: their centenary. Outside of party location Passion Cuisine in Haaren, the Netherlands, two beautiful Scanias were on display. One was a red Scania from 1972, and the other a new green one from this year…

Fruits de Ponent joins Spanish Network for UN Global Compact

The Fruits de Ponent Cooperative Group has become a "signatory partner" of the Spanish Network for the United Nations Global Compact. Its goal is to contribute, as a cooperative and company, to the development of the 17 sustainable development goals set by the high commissioner within the framework of…

Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association appoints Mike Joyner as new president

Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association Chairman Paul R. Orsenigo has announced that Mike Joyner has been named as the organization’s new president effective Oct. 15. The association said that…

California grower hires Rick Bravo as VP Sales & Marketing

Ocean Mist Farms has announced the hire of Rick Bravo as its new Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Bravo brings nearly 35 years of experience serving the fresh produce…

Capespan sells its interest in Joy Wing Mau

Capespan Group Limited (“Capespan”), the South African based multinational marketer and distributor of fresh fruit, today announced the sale of its entire 9.23% shareholding…

Twelve retailers from China join GLOBALG.A.P.

China Ants Alliance (CAA) was established by twelve retailers from six provinces in China. It is operated and managed by Zhengzhou Ant Hezhong Business Management Co. Ltd.,…

Dole's Standard Fruit celebrates 20-years as environmental player

Earlier in September, the Dole Food Company participated in a celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the company’s initial ISO 14001 Certification. On July 2, 1998,…

German retailers demand guaranteed subsidy before contracts are signed

Staay Food Group's vertical farm build awaiting operating grant

The innovative lettuce plant Staay Food wants to build in the Dutch town of Dronten only exists on paper. This ambitious project -  Europe's largest 'vertical farm' - has been delayed and is becoming substantially more costly.  Company owner,  Dammis van der Staaij, indicated on this site in December already  that lettuce…

J&J Family of Farms welcomes Clinton Turner

J&J Family of Farms recently hired Clinton Turner as its new Director of Human Resources. Clinton Turner brings over 10 years of experience in human resources to J&J Family of…

Greenyard sells Horticulture division for 120 mill euros

Greenyard has to tighten its belt due to rising debt

The storm Belgian company, Greenyard, finds itself it has not yet abated. The company's stock market value has been dealt several blows this year. Now, it is the banks turn.…

SPC sells heritage jam to Kyabram Conserves

Heritage jam back in Australian hands

One of the nation's most popular jams is firmly back in Australian hands after fruit packing giant SPC sold IXL Jam and Taylor's Marinade and Sauces to Kyabram Conserves. The deal will see its new owners continue to process IXL and Taylor's from their factory in the famed Goulburn Valley region in Victoria. Its 50…

Del Monte announces joint venture with tomato producer

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. (“Del Monte”) has announced that it has signed an agreement with Rene Produce (“Rene”) to form a Joint Venture that will sell and market…

New agriculture workforce officer to boost jobs in SEQ

South-east Queensland agriculture industries will soon have a new Agriculture Workforce Officer to help farm businesses in the region to find, attract and retain workers. Growcom Workforce Development…

1,500 extra tons of strawberries

France: Cadralbret joins Paysans de Rougeline

The Nérac based cooperative, Cadralbret, will join Paysans de Rougeline in 2019. The Marmande based Paysans de Rougeline will now have 6 cooperatives and even more visibility…

Greenyard sells Horticulture segment for 120 Million Euro

Today the Belgium company Greenyard has signed a share purchase agreement with Belgium investment fund Straco to sell its Horticulture segment for EUR 120 million. The horticultural segment is known for its growbags, primarily sold under the Peltracom brand. Greenyard has been under pressure after this…

Audience amazed by competitive A90

Frigga announced new products for 2019 at Asia Fruit Logistica

All eyes in the fruit and vegetable world were focused on Asia Fruit Logistica earlier this month in Hong Kong. Frigga took advantage of this opportunity to organize the "2019 Frigga Product Press Conference". This was the first international press conference in the industry concerned with real-time…

Oranje Handelsmissiefonds nomination is a good boost

Sandra Pannekeet to open American JASA branch

The Dutch company, JASA Packaging Solutions, has learned that they have been selected from a large group of companies as one of the contenders that stand a chance of getting a…

Del Monte Foods launch first master brand campaign since 2012

Del Monte Foods is looking to modernize its image with consumers of all ages, convince private label-loving millennials that it’s worth paying a bit more for its branded canned and packaged products, and drive awareness and sales for a growing number of new products. The 132-year old company from Walnut Creek, California,…


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