Miscellaneous

Maison Bayard in the spotlight

Heads of State ate Somme potatoes during diplomatic lunch

On November 11, many heads of state and government officials visited Paris in commemoration of the 1918 armistice. Emmanuel Macron received them at the Elysée for lunch, where the renowned Chef Guillaume Gomez had prepared a wonderful meal with the Somme potatoes from the Maison Bayard family business.…

Spain: Multiple reports of kiwifruit and avocado theft in Valencia

Kiwifruit and avocado growers in Valencia are being heavily hit by theft. In recent times, both subtropical fruits have been gaining ground in the Region of Valencia because…

New Zealand police find record 190 kg of cocaine in banana container

New Zealand police have made the country’s largest cocaine seizure, with 190 kilograms of the drug found in a container of bananas shipped from Panama. NZ police and customs officials say…

Sèvres, France

A kilo of vegetables may change in weight soon

Over the centuries a ‘kilogram’ has been defined and redefined. But the standard since 1889 is known as ‘Le Grand K’, a cylinder of platinum-iridium. It is kept inside a jar at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) in Sèvres, France. For close to 130 years now, this cylinder’s mass is…

Smart traps

Fight against fruit fly strengthened with technology

New high-tech systems, giving early warnings of fly movements, will aid Australian fruit and vegetable growers in their ongoing fight against the fruit fly. Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said a $16.9-million-dollar package would assure trading partners when produce came from a fruit-fly free…

Fitting the next 6 most populated countries inside India

India itself of course being the second most populous nation.

PMA and United Fresh to host Ethical Charter webinar

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and United Fresh Produce Association launched the Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices in July of 2018, and the associations…

The association says cheap Mexican imports ‘decimate’ U.S. prices and market share

FFVA’s Stuart to trade commission: Florida growers still suffering

Farmers in Florida will continue to go out of business if the U.S. government fails to provide critical trade relief to combat cheap Mexican produce imports flooding the…

People per square kilometer

But how about ducks?

3 new sections added

China and Singapore sign Protocol to Upgrade Free Trade Agreement

This protocol introduces revisions in the original Free Trade Agreement between China and Singapore in the 6 sections on product origins, convenience of customs procedures,…

A.P. Moller-Maersk: Trade war will hit container shipping

Top US importers are stocking up on Chinese goods before new import tariffs take effect, said shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk on Wednesday. It also warned a trade war would…

CGT launches new HR assessment tool

The fresh produce and floral industry can turn its talent crisis into a talent opportunity by focusing strategically on its people practices, and Center for Growing Talent…

Tour de Fresh opens sponsorships for 2019 ride

Tour de Fresh, presented by The California Giant Foundation, has announced that sponsorship opportunities are now available for its sixth annual ride, which takes place in the fall of 2019 along Big Sur Highway One, California. The Tour is providing a variety of sponsorships levels that it says make it…

The real size of Brazil

Let's throw some countries in there, for scale.

Morocco/Spain: Increase in the number of Moroccan seasonal workers in Andalusia

Each year, thousands of Moroccan farm workers travel to Spanish strawberry fields for the agricultural season. This year, there were about 20 000, twice as many as in the…

Peru confirms that it is free of HLB

Yesterday, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) stated that the incurable plague of citrus Huanglongbing (HLB) and the insect that transmits it, which can be…

Global food security improvements projected to be largest in Asia

ERS’s annual International Food Security Assessment (IFSA) estimates and projects levels of food insecurity at a national level for 76 low- and middle-income countries. Using a demand-oriented model, ERS projects per capita food consumption based on prices and income and evaluates it against a daily…

USDA:

US trade with Southern Africa grows

The two-way agricultural trade volume between the US and countries in Southern Africa reached a record $1.5 billion last year, according to most recent international ag trade report from the USDA. The Foreign Agricultural Service defines the Southern Africa region as the countries of Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius,…

A total of 6 projects receive 28 million euros

Netherlands: Research grants awarded for stronger lettuce and smarter agrofood robots

Research grants were recently awarded to more than 75 scientists, along with the business community and various organizations in the Netherlands. Subsidies from NWO (the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research) will go to six major research programs that were approved on November 8. The research will…

SFI Rotterdam warns of fraudster ordering on behalf of a German client

SFI Rotterdam wants to warn colleagues in their branches of a scammer. "There is a fraudster busy ordering goods on behalf of one of our German clients. He is using the number, +49 157 8370 5058, and calls himself “Kai Henning” of “Kruse Frucht.” He orders loads to be sent to northern German locations such as Bremen,…

UF/IFAS experts:

"More food traceability and grocery delivery in 2019"

As we head toward 2019, we’ll see more nutrient-loaded, lesser-known foods; an increased ability to trace food sources and more plants on your plate. Those are some the…

Queen of England finds dead slug in her salad, leaves brutal message for chef

Cooking for the Queen and members of the royal family would be an anxious job for most. Failing to deliver a delicious meal would have you walking on eggshells, or out of a…

Zimbabwe farmers call for help to deal with drought effects

Farmers in Zimbabwe are appealing for funds to irrigate their land, in hopes of fending off a possible drought predicted by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. FAO…

Mexico: ripe for growth in high-value horticulture crops

Mexico is endowed with a people who have a notable agriculture calling and strong farming roots, making this a country of rural origins which has evolved to turn agriculture…

Spain: Plants with greater resistance to drought and no impact on growth

Researchers led by Ana Caño-Delgado, scientist of the Center for Research in Agrigenomics (CRAG), have managed to develop plants with a greater resistant to drought by…

Senegal: JICA supports small producers

In Senegal, horticulture is dominated by smallholder farmers. They struggle with low incomes due to the low capacity of farmer groups, lack of skills for production and…

Selling fruit and veg on glass a suspension bridge

China: Farmers market for the brave

During an event to help farmers at the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park in China on November 9, 2018, vegetables were sold on the glass suspension bridge in Shiniuzhai National Park, in China’s Hunan Province. The Haohan Qiao bridge, also called “Brave Men’s Bridge,” features a magnificent glass walkway, nearly 200 meters above a…

US: Fruit fly findings lead to extra precautions at LA-Long Beach port complex

The California Dept. of Food & Agriculture has announced that fruits being imported through the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex will be subject to extra safety precautions for at least the next few months due to an ongoing quarantine. As part of the quarantine, which was imposed November 6 by the CDFA due…

Agribusiness will become ‘new oil', African Investment Forum participants said

Africa agribusiness, a US$1 trillion business by 2030

As project sponsors, borrowers, lenders and investors gathered at the Africa Investment Forum (www.AfricaInvestmentForum.com) to make deals on investment opportunities,…

Protesting late Supreme Court ruling

India: Traders sell vegetables stuffed with firecrackers

Traders in New Delhi’s Sadar Bazar on Wednesday stuffed old firecrackers inside the vegetables they sold. This was done as a protest to the Supreme Court's order on the use of…

Dutch-Dominican skater slices tomatoes with skate blade

In order to get fit for the 2022 Winter Olympics, skater, Manuel Leito, has found a rather unique way to slice his fruit and vegetables. If social media is to be believed, he slices his tomatoes using his skate blade. The photo on Manuel's Instagram The 33-year-old skater specializes in the 500 and 1,000m events. In 2022, he is…

Costa Rica: Two people arrested for trafficking drugs in pineapples

According to the Public Prosecutor's Office, a merchant took advantage of a contact he had at a pineapple exporter to camouflage drugs in their shipments without their…

Talking taters at Fairfax School salad bar celebration

This week, the National Potato Council and United Fresh Start Foundation joined students, teachers and school administrators at Lemon Road Elementary School in Falls Church, VA for a “Celebration of Potatoes” lunchtime event. Kindergarten students learned how and where potatoes are grown, about different…

UF/IFAS experts predict more food traceability & grocery delivery in 2019

As we head toward 2019, we’ll see more nutrient-loaded, lesser-known foods; an increased ability to trace food sources and more plants on your plate. Those are some of the forecasts from faculty at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences as they predict food trends for 2019:…

A country portrait of India

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US honeybees at risk from Zika pesticides

Recent research suggests that up to 13 percent of US beekeepers are in danger of losing their colonies due to pesticides sprayed to contain the Zika virus. The Zika virus, that can cause severe brain defects in unborn children, is spread by mosquitoes, so the insects are being targeted in the southern US where Zika-carrying…

Zimbabwe: ZimParks to evict 223 banana growers

Dozens of banana farmers and villagers in Zimbabwe’s Chimanimani district have filed an urgent High Court appeal to block their eviction by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife…

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas

Record crowd at 50th FPAA Nogales Produce Convention

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) celebrated its 50th Annual Produce Convention at the Tubac Golf Resort on November 1-3, 2018. The FPAA Convention includes educational sessions, networking opportunities, and delicious food for attendees. By all accounts, this year had something for everyone, from the…

Canadian produce industry hosts meetings with Parliamentarians

Recently, industry leaders representing the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) met with over 50 Parliamentarians and…

Northern Ireland: Former Balmoral Fruit Market on sale for £8.5 mln

The former Balmoral Fruit Market on Belfast's Boucher Road has gone on sale for £8.5 million. The prime development land has a short-term annual income of £210,000 (mainly from car parking) as well as several accesses from Balmoral Road. The site forms part of the old Balmoral Fruit Market, and all the buildings have…

JD eclipsed by Alibaba import commitments

Chinese online retailer JD was outmanoeuvred by its arch rival Alibaba this week, over its commitment to importing goods for China’s growing middle class. Alibaba stole the headlines with a…

Strange trend - watching people eating crunchy vegetables

ASMR is a phenomenan where people enjoy listening to specific sounds. These sounds include light tapping, whispering or the turning of pages. Nowadays, listening to the sounds of people eating is also popular. The sound of a crunchy carrot or bell pepper is extremely popular. Clips of people eating these…

British supermarket 'watchdog' now also checking on Ocado and B&M Homestores

The British Competitions and Market Authority (CMA) has announced that the online retailer, Ocado, and the fast-growing B&M Homestores now also have to comply with The…

Peru researches export prospects of mandarins, chilis, and blueberries

The National Institute of Agrarian Innovation (INIA) officially launched six research and technology transfer projects in crops that have a great impact on agricultural exports, informed the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri). The new proposals of the INIA are four research projects in mandarin, chili, and…

Spain: Mosquitos interrupt citrus harvest in Castellon

Unbearable. This is how the situation suffered by pickers of the Plana Baixa is described. Municipalities in the region have been hit hard by a 'mosquito explosion' that has made it necessary to stop the orange harvest campaign in the most affected areas, as pickers are unable to work without getting…

Nominations now being accepted for 2019 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program

United Fresh is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program. This program recognizes 25 outstanding retail produce managers for their…

Accused of defrauding company for over $100 million

Ex-owner of Mriya Agro Holding extradited to Ukraine

The same day that the Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company completed their acquisition of Mriya Agro Holding in Ukraine, the holding’s former co-owner, Mykola…

New report - 'Wage Theft in Australia'

Third of Australian migrant workers paid less than half minimum wage

A new report has shown that migrant workers in Australia are among the worst paid in the country. The report, called Wage Theft in Australia , reveals undesirable working…

Drosophila suzukii

Spent yeast from beer breweries could be fruit fly bait

The sludge, left over from making beer, may be the next best tool for fruit growers to control spotted-winged drosophila ( Drosophila suzukii) , according to Chinese researchers. This might be good news for beer brewers, too. Disposing of the dregs remaining after beer production can be a difficult and costly. Moreover,…

Journal 'Frontiers in Environmental Science'

New study finds drought-resistant native plant can irrigate food crops

A shrub that persists in the toughest of growing conditions could be used to boost the growth of crops in the drought-prone, food-insecure areas of West Africa. Growing these shrubs side-by-side…

Many opportunities in Africa

Renzo Piraccini, president of Cesena Fiera, went to Ghana looking for new markets and opportunities for Italian companies. The goal was to introduce Macfruit, thus establishing a partnership that will bring businesses and visitors to the Rimini fair (8-10 May 2019). Renzo Piraccioni, “Africa is a continent full of opportunities for fruit and vegetables. It…

Spain: Gang of fruit thieves dismantled in Malaga

The Guardia Civil has dismantled a gang dedicated to the theft and receipt of fruit from cultivation companies in Málaga, Spain. This happened during an operation in which 26…

Townsend, Delaware

US: Fire destroys popular ‘Willey Farms’ farmers market

An early morning fire destroyed most structures popular farmers market ‘Willey Farms’ in Townsend, Delaware. It’s not clear what caused the fire that broke out around 2 a.m. Monday, and investigations are ongoing. The market was founded in 1975 by Donald and Irene Willey, selling vegetables from the family farm. Since…

France: Ban on metam sodium-based pesticide

Last Monday, France’s health safety watchdog Anses ordered a ban on products containing metam sodium, widely used in vegetable farming. The decision came after several people fell ill, indicating the products in question pose a risk to human health and the environment. Nearly 700 tons of metam sodium are used each…

China International Import Expo event: Africa sees opportunities and challenges

November 5 marked the start of the China International Import Expo (CIIE), an event African governments and businesses see as an excellent opportunity to boost exports and rebalance the composition of bilateral trade. Africa trade volumes fell by 40 percent from US$215 billion in 2014 to just $128 billion in 2016.…

University of Arizona research:

US study says tomato imports lead to billions of dollars of revenues

Thinking about imports, people often equate this to money leaving the US and going into another country's coffers. But researchers at the University of Arizona have found that…

Nielsen expects online share in supermarkets to increase to 5% in 2020

In Dutch supermarkets, the share of online sales is only at 2 per cent. That’s much lower than in countries such as the UK and France, where that share is at 6 per cent. Because the internet penetration and population density in the Netherlands are among the highest in the Europe, Nielsen expects that…

Other violations in Arizona, Colorado, New York

USDA restricts PACA violators in Florida and Texas from operating in produce industry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on two produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural…

American ambassador visiting HillFresh and Olympic Fruit

American ambassador Pete Hoekstra made a working visit to Barendrecht, the Netherlands, last Tuesday. He visited Dutch fruit and vegetable traders Olympic Fruit and HillFresh. He was then offered a lunch at the city hall. Alderman Arnoud Proos, right, of Barendrecht tweeted this photo with Hans van den Heuvel, HillFresh,…

The end of the stink bug invasion?

CABI scientists make first discovery of Asian samurai wasp Trissolcus japonicus in Europe

CABI scientists have made the first discovery of the Asian samurai wasp Trissolcus japonicus – a natural enemy that kills the eggs of the the invasive fruit and nut pest brown…

Traditional butchers suggest:

Veggie butchers should be called ‘vegetable craftsmen’

Traditional butchers are suggesting the term “butcher” should be reserved for those who exclusively work with meat. The call comes after Harrods announced its first “vegetable butcher” as part of its new Fresh Market Hall. The Fresh Market Hall at Harrods Keith Fisher, chief executive at the Institute of Meat, said he understands…

Spain: Two people arrested for fraud on horticultural marketer

The Guardia Civil has arrested an agricultural producer and the security guard of a fruit and vegetable marketer in the Comarca de Poniente de Almería, accused of hatching a…

Frits van der Meulen Column (KCB)

"Dutch retailers switching to Spanish products"

True to tradition, the switch to Spanish products is currently underway in the Netherlands. Retailers in this country usually gradually change to products from a different…

China: Customs at Ningbo airport find mealybug in durian

An unknown importer recently imported a shipment of fresh durians from Thailand into China through Ningbo airport. The shipment weighed 498.3 kg and was the first shipment of…

More and more growers open to labor certification

It’s something that’s needed now more than ever. That’s the stance from the Equitable Food Initiative, a labor and supply chain certification body based in Washington, DC. The organization’s Equitable Food Initiative Standards certification is designed to apply to fruit and vegetable crops and includes addressing a…

65% of the fruit and veg companies that export do so regularly

65% of the companies that export fruit and vegetables do so regularly. This is almost ten points above the average of the agro-food sector, which reflects the sector's export…

Armin Rehberg receives Taspo Award 2018

Landgard CEO is 'Entrepreneur of the Year'

His high level of personal commitment, a strong entrepreneurial sense, strategic insight and his open, direct, motivating way of dealing with customers, producers, employees and partners within the industry were the decisive factors for the members of the renowned jury of experts. Last Friday, Steven…

Rising fuel prices in Morocco lead to National Transport Strike

Morocco has been struck by increasing fuel prices, with both diesel and gasoline becoming more expensive. Featured prices at gas stations show that gasoline prices are about MAD 11.7 to 11.8 per liter (€1.08), while diesel prices are estimated at MAD 10.5 to 10.7 per liter (€0.98). ODPT Secretary General Mustapha Chaoune…

FruitSpec completes successful field studies

FruitSpec, a portfolio company of The Trendlines Group announced that it completed successful field studies with its solution for fruit yields estimates/projections. The…

Jordan: Severe weather causes JD1 million in agricultural losses

Farmers in the Jordan Valley have reported losses worth well over JD1 million (€1.24 mln) following last weekend’s extreme weather. Dozens of farmers in the Jordan Valley’s…

Wanted: ICT solutions for fresh produce chain

The EU Fresh Info Forum is challenging start-up companies to present their disruptive solutions. The Tsunami of Technology will be the central theme of the Business Forum, to…

Products widely used as pesticides in organic farming

EU delays decision to re-approve ‘toxic’ copper compounds

According to officials, EU countries have delayed a decision on whether or not to reauthorize the use of copper compounds, the chemical substances widely used as pesticides in…

Manchester Airport

British Border Force officers find cannabis in tins of fruit

In an innocuous suitcase, filled with tins of exotic fruit, there was more than met the eye. Hidden within the 26 cans -some of which were labelled Jamaica Sun - was 7 kg of cannabis, smuggled into Manchester Airport from the Caribbean. Luckily, Border Force officers halted the drugs mule before he could…

Obituary:

Founder of G's Group passes away

Guy Shropshire, the inspirational farmer, agricultural innovator and founder of the G’s Group, one of Europe’s leading salad and vegetable suppliers, has died just short of his 93rd birthday. His…

Replica will function as a diner

Chinese garlic farmer builds his airplane

When he was younger, Zhu Yue had a dream. The Chinese youngster wanted to fly airplanes. As time went by and the garlic farmer's dream of flying didn't pan out, he decided to build an airplane instead. The full-scale replica of the Airbus A320 built by farmer Zhu Yue is now nearly finished, permanently…

Renzo Piraccini participated in the international forum

Macfruit fosters a collaboration with Africa

Macfruit participated in the Italy-Africa international summit during an event at the Farnesina, a few days ago. Both the Italian President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte attended the event together with delegates from 54 African countries. Renzo Piraccini, president…

Businesses combine ecology and economy:

Pöppelmann company hosting a two-day symposium on sustainability

If you want to operate sustainably, you must fundamentally rethink not only concepts and production processes, but also personnel and energy management. This is one of the points the participants of the two-day industry forum in Lohne took home. Plastics company Pöppelmann hosted the symposium this year,…

United Fresh announces all access package for 2019

United Fresh Produce Association has announced a new All Access Education Package for members for 2019. The package offers members access to three core annual events with the…

Spain: Almost 6 tons of cocaine found in South American bananas

An operation by Spanish security forces has dealt a major blow to drug trafficking in the Costa del Sol by seizing almost six tons of cocaine that was hidden in a shipment of bananas. The action was carried out in an industrial estate on the outskirts of Malaga. An NGO in the area, whose purpose is to…

Spain: Macro-operation against tax fraud in fruit and veg wholesale markets

Last week, the Spanish Tax Agency launched a national macro-operation against tax fraud in the country's fruit and vegetable wholesale markets. 75 stores located in central markets of 13 autonomous regions have been inspected. As reported by the Agency in a statement, inspections have been carried out on 80 taxpayers…

Dragon's Breath, the hottest chili in the world

The hottest chili in the world, Dragon's Breath, was created by Mike Smith, the owner of Tom Smith's Plants in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately this chili was not created for consumption. It was the result of an accident, when its creator used a vegetable fertilizer by Nottingham Trent University to increase the plant's…

Canadian Produce Marketing Association honours 2018 Produce Champions

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is proud to recognize its 2018 Produce Champions: Members of Parliament Pat Finnigan, Ruth Ellen Brosseau and Bev Shipley. The…

Nineteen Armenian customs officers charged with bribery

According to the Armenian Special Investigation Service, nineteen employees of the State Revenue Committee have been charged with bribery. A preliminary investigation revealed…

Real threat to Indian and Asian food security

Fall armyworm now found in India

The fall armyworm looks quite innocuous, being no larger than a matchstick. But when it was spotted it at the maize farms of southern Karnataka mid-2018, there was panic. And justifiably so. The fall armyworm is a destructive pest, never seen before in India. Also known as Spodoptera frugiperda, it is a native of the Americas. But after…

2018 fertilizer winter storage market is unstable

At this time of the year, the northeastern market's chemical fertilizer winter storage has usually begun, and most of the brand manufacturers also have their targeted market.…

Hawaii: Farmers sustained $28 million in losses due to volcanic activity

A survey of Big Island farmers has found that they suffered nearly $28 million in damages because of the months-long eruption earlier this year of the Kilauea volcano. The survey of 46 farmers by University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources found they collectively lost an…

Dan Giusti to keynote FreshStart 2019

Chef Dan Giusti, founder of Brigaid and former Head Chef of the world-renowned restaurant, Noma in Copenhagen, will keynote the United Fresh Start Foundation’s FreshStart 2019…

Investors looking for safety

New Zealand dollar falls against yen

The New Zealand dollar fell against the safe-haven yen as global share markets slid further after an overnight, tech-led stock selloff in the US. The NZ dollar traded at 73.09…

Guyana, Suriname and Brazil

Three countries collaborating to eradicate carambola fruit fly

At a recent workshop hosted by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, National Agricultural and Research Extension Institute (NAREI) Chief Executive…

Garlic, oranges and chillis among natural fall armyworm measures

A recent study shows that garlic, oranges, chillis and sex pheromones are among the potentially viable natural control measures that could be used against fall armyworm.…

Alliance between UC Riverside and Eurosemillas has led to sale of 1.2 billion plants

A delegation headed by the Deputy Chancellor of Research of University of California (UC) Riverside, Rosibel Ochoa, visited Tango Fruit's stand at Fruit Attraction to meet with Juan Cano, the president of Eurosemillas and the head of Tango Fruit. In the course of the meeting, they reviewed the milestones…

United Fresh Start Foundation - names FreshStart 2019 advisory board

The United Fresh Start Foundation has named members of the newly formed FreshStart 2019 Advisory Committee. These industry leaders will work with the Foundation staff to…

India: New Delhi world’s most polluted capital

The capital of India has the world’s most toxic air and this Wednesday, the rising concentrations of harmful pollutants led to an Air Quality Index “red”.  With the air quality fluctuating between ‘poor to very poor’ , there were still fresh cases of stubble burning in the rice bowl belt that stretches between the cities…

A Magical Spice that makes vegetables taste like bacon

Many kids try to be vegetarians, but don’t really love vegetables. They just miss the smoky, savoury taste associated with meat. But now there is pimentón de la Vera : Spanish…

South Africa: Drugs hidden in hollowed out potatoes

Two men will have to appear in the Upington Magistrate's Court next Tuesday after police found drugs hidden in hollowed out potatoes. The duo was arrested on the evening of October 21 for drug dealing and possession of suspected stolen property. When approached, one of them threw away a bag he was carrying and started…

South Africa's leading supermarket rewards recyclable bag reuse

South Africa’s biggest supermarket chain, Shoprite Holdings, has stated it will pay customers for reusing the newly introduced recyclable bag. South African supermarkets have…

US-Canada: 280 pounds of cocaine in blackberry shipment

A Canadian was arrested on the Blue Water Bridge last Sunday. This bridge across the St. Clair River links Port Huron in the US to Sarnia in Canada. Officials had found more…

Australia - New fruit fly handbook and website

The Australian handbook for the identification of fruit flies has always been popular with fruit fly diagnosticians, biosecurity workers, and the general fruit fly community. Now that it has been fully revised and updated it’s an even more valuable resource. Additional online information has also been…

New Zealand growers frustrated by 'complex' fuel tax rebate system

On July 1st, the 11.50 cents a litre tax was added to fuel prices. Of course, farmers should be able claim back the regional fuel tax for on-farm vehicles and machinery using…

Dawn Gray receives first ever women's catalyst award

International business consultant Dawn Gray has received the first-ever Women’s Catalyst Award from Center for Growing Talent (CGT), recognizing her leadership in advancing…

Social Media: image cultivation for the noble tuber

Within two years, The campaign Die Kartoffel – voll lecker campaign ("The Potato - Totally Delicious") has built up a community of nearly 45,000 fans on the Facebook social…

Fairtrade sees 9% sales growth in 2017, exceeding €8 billion for first time

Global sales of Fairtrade products rose by 9 percent to nearly €8.5 billion in 2017, generating estimated premiums of €178 million for farmer and worker organizations,…

ProducePay raises $14m Series B Funding to help farmers feed the world

ProducePay, the Los Angeles based company which provides fresh produce farmers with financial resources, tech tools and data insights, has secured $14m (£11m) in a Series B…

US: Spotted lanternfly found in Virginia

The  USDA has named the Spotted Lanternfly one of the worst invasive bug species in the last 150 years. The originally Asian species is invading the native plants in Winchester, Virginia. The Lanternfly is attracted to grape vines, apple trees and peach trees. "The USDA and the Virginia Department of Agriculture are working together…

Cheap and simple gadget makes grapes safer for kids

The OXO tot Grape Cutter eliminates knife fights with foodstuffs like grapes, tomatoes and olives. Better still, this products lowers the risk of choking.

Regional climate experts:

‘Southern Africa can expect to see erratic rainfall in 2018/19 agricultural season’

Southern Africa is expected to receive erratic rainfall in the 2018/19 agricultural season, according to the latest outlook produced by regional climate experts. The consensus forecast produced by the 22nd Southern African Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF) held in Lusaka, Zambia, from 22 to 24…

'Acalolepta aesthetica'

Invasive beetle causes big problems on Hawaii's Big Island

The owner of an orchard in Puna, on Hawaii island, recently saw half of his trees killed due to a pest. He said it started with a healthy avocado tree, about a month after he purchased some mulch. "A ball of soil was shoveled out of the truck and I saw all these crawly things in it and I wasn't sure if…

Spain: A new way to consume fruit on the go

The range of fruit for vending machines is expanding thanks to the Spanish company Pom'bel, which aims to promote the consumption of fruit and vegetables on the go. After introducing its range of smoothies for vending machines, the firm, which is part of the Stadium Innovation Group, is launching a new and unique…

Washington sanctions Iranian banks, factories and mines

The US government has blacklisted some 20 Iranian companies, including banks, steel mills, zinc mines, and manufacturers of cars, buses and tractors, amid accusations of…

AU: Scott Morrison reassures farmers that an "Ag Visa" is still on the cards

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told the National Farmers' Federation congress that he still remains committed to introducing an agriculture-specific visa, despite concerns that he may be looking at alternatives. Last weekend, he announced plans to fill harvest workforce shortages with local workers who…

CSIRO Innovation Fund

More funding to tackle fruit flies in Australia

A start-up created by three alumni from CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) received a AU$1.25 million funding boost from the CSIRO Innovation…

Qatar - Researchers crack code deciding date palm gender

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar can now predict whether a date palm seed will produce a male or female plant with effectively 100% accuracy. This has huge…

USDA Agricultural Research Service:

Pests that spread citrus disease are key to cure

At last week’s California Citrus Conference there was an unexpected revelation that in the next few years, new research may cure the greatest threat to the citrus industry. Michelle Heck, a…

South Africa - Almost R1 billion allocated to Western Cape drought relief

The Western Cape is set to receive R974 million (€59.5 mln) from the South African National Treasury and the National Disaster Management Centre for disaster recovery…

Tearless onions... Who needs them?

Cutting onions old school.

Chloe Rutzerveld reflects on 4 years of her mini 3D printed vegetable garden

“Imagine not only holding a tiny ecosystem in your hand, but then eating it, in just a bite or two.” That’s the concept behind Edible Growth, a 3D printed ‘mini vegetable garden’ created by Eindhoven-based designer Chloé Rutzerveld. Rutzerveld designed the idea back in 2014, and since then, Edible Growth has grown…

Fuego volcano continues to threaten Guatemala

The Fuego volcano erupted in Guatemala last weekend. This eruption wasn't as violent as last year's eruption, which caused the death of many people, but its damage was also considerable. The explosions, which ranged from mild to moderate, sent smoke 940 meters above the crater and the lava flow reached 1,200 meters.…

Bugs threaten billion-dollar kiwifruit industry New Zealand

An increase of 260% in the number of brown marmorated stink bugs found at New Zealand's borders has heightened the billion-dollar risk to the economy of the Bay of Plenty. Ministry for Primary…

Boulder, Colorado

US: Kale burgers are coming

Osaka’s is a new restaurant, opening on October 30 at 2460 Canyon Boulevard. It will serve a special, easy-to-eat Okonomiyaki-style burger. The burgers are not quite burgers. They are various forms of meat, fish, and noodles, sandwiched between savory pancakes made of shredded kale or cabbage, topped with vegetable fixings, maybe a fried egg, sometimes…

Waikato region

Residents fear compost stench from New Zealand mushroom farm

Mercer Mushrooms, one of the largest New Zealand mushroom producers, has applied for consent to build an on-site composting facility, but the Waikato District Council has…

California - USA

San Mateo County: Mediterranean fruit fly eradicated

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the USDA and the San Mateo County Agricultural Commissioner’s office have eradicated a Mediterranean fruit fly…

An American story - man becomes a millionaire by selling potato peelers

This man sold potato peelers for $5 apiece, but over time became a millionaire:

Wholesaler-Distributor produce operation training checklists now available

United Fresh Produce Association announces the release of the Produce Operations Training Checklists, a new tool that they say companies can use when developing onboarding…

Less meat, less waste and a more sustainable agriculture

Consuming less animal products, reducing global food waste and obtaining a more sustainable agricultural production are essential conditions to meet the planet's food demand by 2050 without irreversibly damaging the environment. This is the main conclusion of an international study published by Nature, which has…

Cleaner, fresher and more exotic foods the trend for 2019

The NLS Food Evolution Summit was held in San Diego last month. At the event, produce professionals discussed the up and coming food trends that the industry can expect in the…

Australian agriculture groups join together to voice concerns over harvest workforce plans

Several major farming and horticulture industry representative groups have raised concerns with the Australian Government's new initiative to get unemployed workers to fill the labour shortage gap in harvesting. Under the new plan announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, farmers have to register their need and…

Associate professor at the Education University of Hong Kong:

"Air-freighted fruit at Hong Kong supermarkets disastrous for the planet"

Air-freighted produce has been available in Hong Kong supermarkets for at least a couple of decades. After all, air-freighting fruit and vegetables such as blueberries and asparagus, which are highly perishable, seems to make sense. However, other fruits - like apples - don’t fall into this category. There is a…

Yellow leaf curl virus found

Egypt discusses to stop import tomato variety due to TYLCV

This Sunday, the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture proposed a ban on  the import of a hybrid tomato variety after the infection of thousands of acres with yellow leaf curl virus…


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