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Ecuador: Agrocalidad has completed the identification of obsolete pesticides

The Obsolete Pesticide Inventory Project, which was executed by AGROCALIDAD together with Apcsa and Innovagro's Crop Protection and Animal Health Industry, identified more than 112 tons of obsolete pesticides in companies and warehouses for the sale of pesticides.This process began in 2016 and ended on.....

Cuba will boost fruit and vegetable production

Cuba is starting a project to encourage the production of fruits in two provinces of the country. The project is valued at six million dollars, and will be carried out with the cooperation of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Canadian embassy in Cuba.According to official information, the.....

Profusion of fresh products all year

NAFTA promotes consumption of fruits and vegetables in the US

American football fans and Americans looking for a healthy diet can thank the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for guacamole.Thanks to these commercial agreements, Americans can buy avocados to make guacamole anywhere from New York to Los Angeles.That's not the only product they can find thanks to.....

Argentina: More than 2,400 hectares of fruit trees affected by hail

More than 2,400 hectares of fruit trees were affected by a storm of rain and hail that hit much of the Alto Valle on Wednesday. There are still no accurate records of the degree of damage to the fruit, but producers can see the marks left by the storm in part of the future harvest of apples, peaches and.....

AU: Electricity crisis needs to be addressed according to farming groups

The Queensland Farmers Federation (QFF) and Growcom have called on all political parties to make addressing the 'electricity crisis' a priority in this month's state election campaign.The representative organisations say there is no clear strategy that involves serious structural change and despite both.....

Siebrand Broens, Port International

"I am continuously on the look-out for new fresh produce markets and products"

This year, Siebrand Broens stepped into the role of Business Development Manager at Port International's head office in Hamburg, Germany. Siebrand is responsible for finding new products and markets for fruit and vegetables in Europe. This means a lot of time on the road, seeing many things.Siebrand Broens of.....

Canadian produce industry urges parliamentarians to consider important trade and health issues

On November 7 and 8, industry leaders representing the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) met with over 50 Parliamentarians and civil servants in Ottawa to discuss key issues currently affecting the Canadian fresh fruit and vegetable sector.Notably, CPMA.....

J&K Fresh supports American Cancer Society

Breast Cancer is very near and dear to the hearts of J&K FRESH. For years J&K Fresh had sponsored the Beautiful Day Foundation, started by the daughter of a former J&K Fresh employee during her battle with breast cancer.In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, J&K Fresh ordered Breast Cancer.....

AU: Victorian Food and Fibre exports reach record levels

The state of Victoria has reached a record total of $12.8billion in food and fibre exports, helped by the performance of Citrus and Table grapes, especially in the Chinese market.Despite being one of the smaller states, Victoria accounted for 25 per cent of Australia’s total, according to the 2016-17 Food and.....

Nominations being accepted

2018 Produce Excellence in Foodservice awards program

United Fresh has opened the nomination period for the 2018 Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards Program which honors the foodservice industry’s most innovative produce performers.The program, sponsored by PRO*ACT, LLC since its inception, has honored more than 50 chefs and foodservice operators for their.....

AU: Farming not all about the profits for North Queensland team

Belinda Williams and Michelle O'Regan have been farming together for over 14 years, but for them, it's not all about the profits.The couple are part of an all-female management team running Stackelroth Farms, near Bowen. The farm is 120 acres, which in years gone by, focused on capsicums. Their main crop now.....

Opening of markets to EU agricultural exports

The EC set the agreements with Japan, Singapore and Vietnam as a priority

The Council of Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries of the EU gathered yesterday in Brussels to analyze the state of trade negotiations that the European Commission is carrying out with third countries. Meanwhile, the Commission presented its work program for 2018, which establishes the signing of agreements.....

Association hamburg.bio founded

About one fifth of the area of the district of Hamburg is used for agricultural purposes, for example in the Altes Land and in the Vier- und Marschlanden. Almost 500 of Hamburg's gastronomic, commercial and processing companies are already operating organically. The stated goal of the Free and Hanseatic City.....

SnapDragon apple variety promoted in partnership with bike manufacturer

Crunch Time Apple Growers has partnered with Schwinn to create a consumer promotion for its SnapDragon® apple variety designed to boost awareness of this up-and-coming favorite. At the core of the prize-rich promotion is a bike giveaway every week during the month of November from Schwinn and Crunch Time. When.....

Launch of freshADS℠, produce marketing solution

Insignia Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISIG) (“Insignia”) has announced the nationwide launch of freshADS℠, a first of its kind marketing program positioned within the produce department. freshADS℠ was developed in partnership with Twist-Ease, Inc. and has been designed to help both brands and retailers.....

H-E-B Group Vice President of Fresh Foods

United Fresh to present Lifetime Achievement Award to Hugh Topper

United Fresh Produce Association will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to Hugh Topper, Group Vice President of Fresh Foods for H-E-B, at its Foundation Gala Dinner January 16, at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, CA.“As Hugh plans his retirement at the end of this year, I can’t think of a more.....

Sjaak van der Meij celebrates 25 years at The Greenery

Sjaak van der Meij (47), senior buyer/salesperson has worked at the Dutch trading company, The Greenery, for a quarter of a century. At the age of 22, he started at the company, where, straight after his training, he started as a buyer at Hagé International. Now, 25 years later, he still fulfils this task with.....

Imports from Europe result in high costs

Wild mushroom supply good as US demand remains soft

The season for wild mushrooms is in its peak right now as the various regions in Europe continue their exports to the United States. Some varieties such as Summer truffles are finishing up with their Autumn varietals, soon to make way for their winter counterparts. There are good supplies available of most.....

Ecuador: Authorities seize 1 ton of cocaine hidden underground in banana plantations

Ecuador's National Police and the National Anti-narcotics Directorate, through the Counter-Narcotics Intelligence Unit with European Coordination (UIACE), conducted the 178 Fortaleza Police Operation on the night of November 1, in which they arrested three citizens and seized a ton of cocaine.The police.....

Mexico wants to send more fruits and vegetables to the US

Mexican producers that participated in the PMA Fresh Summit, which is considered the most important exhibition in fruits and vegetables of the United States, are hoping to expand the opportunities of increasing the presence and positioning of Mexican products in that market, stated the Ministry of Agriculture,.....

Rens de Bruijne at the helm at Gottmann for 35 years

Rens de Bruijne has been in charge at Gottmann, in the Netherlands, for 35 years! "After learning much at primary school under the guidance of Miss Spaargaren, he first tried out, inter alia, Radio Modern, van Melle, Sporthuis Centrum, Lehmann & Troost and Bratlanta, before he finally found his place at.....

Three kinds of vegetables harvested in space

On Friday, astronauts aboard the International Space Station harvested three varieties of vegetables in the "Veggie" growth chamber and installed a new generation of plant research: The Advanced Plant Habitat.The first three plant varietiesThe Veggie team made a breakthrough on the International Space Station.....

Energy efficiency and clean energy

Chilean producers travel to Germany on a technological mission

A group of Chilean representatives of different companies from the region's agricultural food sector traveled to Germany on a technological mission and participated in Anuga, the most important fair of the food and drinks market that is held every two years in the city of Cologne.Germany has positioned itself.....

Spain: Warehouse and several greenhouses in Almeria caught fire

An agricultural warehouse and a nearby group of greenhouses in an area located between Retamar and Cabo de Gata caught fire and twelve firefighters from Almeria had to come to the area to extinguish it; a task that was completed at 22.30 on Monday.As pointed out to Europa Press by sources of the unified.....

Spain: 35-year-old man dies in controlled atmosphere chamber intended for pears

A tragedy occurred around noon on 30 October in the Spanish municipality of Calahorra. A 35-year-old man died in the premises of the company Aljofer after entering a controlled atmosphere chamber intended for the prolonged storage of Conference pears. Roberto G.B., a native of Andosilla and a resident of.....

HortNZ sees both positives and negatives for the sector under new government

Horticulture New Zealand (HortNZ) believes there is an opportunity for new economic investment projects such as a $1 billion per annum Regional Development (Provincial Growth) Fund, following the change in government.Elections were held last month, with the National Party replaced by a coalition between.....

Organisation believes new financing model with subsidised interest rates will reignite land reform process

Land audit: 46.5% of South Africa's agric land potential in hands of emerging farmers

AgriSA today released its land audit, the first of its kind to calculate the amount of land in the hands of PDIs (previously disadvantaged individuals, meaning South Africans who are not white).“We decided: let’s put a peg in the ground and get a factual basis for the land debate,” explains Omri van Zyl,.....

Recipes that will make you fall in love with Veggies

D’Arrigo California is falling in love with autumn and showcasing exciting new marketing assets under their Andy Boy label! The company has recently debuted new recipes, culinary videos and mouthwatering photography to highlight a few of their specialty items.In celebration of Halloween, Andy Boy collaborated.....

Australian company creating efficient biosecurity pathways

One of the latest biosecurity treatment options is helping Australian produce to be delivered to markets faster, fresher and in higher volumes than previously possible, according to Asia-Pacific's most prominent contract sterilisation and decontamination processor.Queensland-based Steritech has spent the past.....

"Protests are already causing racial divisions"

South Africa: Traffic on major roads reduced to crawling pace

Yesterday saw protests in South Africa against farm murders, the protests come two days after two white farmers were sentenced to more than 10 years in prison each for forcing a black man into a coffin.According to AfriForum, the number of white farmers killed this year was 72, this is including the murder of.....

Customer-friendliness and overall cooperation

Germany: Fresh Center Essen "Still receiving applications from retailers”

PHOTO REPORTOn the grounds of the Frischezentrum in the city of Essen you can feel the atmosphere of solidarity and unity. Some companies are being run by second or third generation retailer families. And although quality and value for money are the most important criterion, customer friendliness and long-term business.....

NZ: Kiwifruit Claim plaintiffs close, argue duty of care was owed

Plaintiffs in the Kiwifruit Claim court case believe they have proven that MPI was negligent and breached its duty of care by allowing kiwifruit pollen contaminated with Psa-V to be imported into New Zealand and released into the kiwifruit industry.212 claimants have brought the case, seeking accountability.....

Spain: Organised group that stole citrus fruits on request in Malaga dismantled

An organised group dedicated to the theft of fruits on request in the Malaga region of Guadalhorce has been dismantled by the Civil Guard. The operation concluded with six people arrested and another thirteen under investigation, as well as 870 kilograms of fruit seized, mostly citrus fruits.The investigation.....

341 dead so far this year

People gather to show solidarity with South African farmers

Today people are being urged to wear black in a show of solidarity with South Africa's farmers. Over the past five days, 11 farm attacks have taken place in South Africa, which led to the death of four people. Since 1 January 2017 at least 341 farm attacks have already been carried out, during which 70 people.....

AU: Court rules deputy PM Barnaby Joyce disqualified from office

Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce and four other politicians were wrongly elected because they held dual citizenship, a court has ruled.The High Court of Australia decision means three of the politicians, including Mr Joyce, are disqualified from office. The others quit in July.Australia's constitution.....

Jos van Dessel:

“Getting respect from growers and trade was the biggest satisfaction”

Two years ago, Jos van Dessel said farewell to the fresh produce sector. He worked at the auction site in Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium, for 40 years. He will especially remember the arrival of the Flandria label and the various mergers.Jos literally grew up among vegetables. His parents owned a horticultural.....

Congress on soil management, conservation and recovery of soils

Experts analyze the impact of agriculture on the soils of Costa Rica

Costa Rica's Soil Science Association (ACCS), with the cooperation of the National Institute of Innovation and Transfer in Agricultural Technology, INTA, the Advisory Commission on Land Degradation, CADETI, and the MAG, is holding the IX National Soils Congress to raise awareness about the importance of land.....

The US continues to be the main engine of growth

Good prospects for the export of Chilean fruit

According to an analysis by Cindy van Rijswick, from Rabobank, in the area of Fresh Produce, the world fruit market is growing rapidly and it is changing. Global trade in fresh fruit has grown faster than the overall global trade since 2010, at 6 percent a year. Growth is driven by new import markets, as well.....

Maria Wieloch:

“All ICA branches are independent”

ICA is a market leader in the Swedish supermarket landscape. Depending on how it is calculated, their market share is between forty and forty eight percent. The concept of this Swedish chain is unique. Although all four formats are branded under the ICA name, the shops are all owned and operated by their.....

Food stories: how growers become marketing tools

With phrases like ‘fresh from the fields,’ some sweet music and a flashily edited video, more and more retailers are devoting themselves to food stories. In these videos, supermarket chains, among others, show consumers how cultivation works. The grower suddenly becomes a marketing tool.Marketing specialist.....

AU: Queensland farmers getting into the Halloween spirit

Australia's largest producers of Halloween pumpkins says demand for the produce variety continues to grow each year, as popularity for the holiday increases in the Southern Hemisphere.Farmers Belinda Williams and Michelle O'Regan from Stackelroth Farms have been growing this produce for the past 16-17 years at.....

Fruit Inspection for the US

Chile: Lo Herrera's phytosanitary inspection site begins work

The Lo Herrera Phytosanitary Inspection Site of the Pre-Shipment Program of the SAG / USDA-APHIS / ASOEX, which is located in the commune of San Bernardo, in the Metropolitan Region, began its inspection activities for fruit destined for the United States of America, on Tuesday, 24 October 2017.The facility,.....

European agreement tackles ‘social dumping’

Same terms of employment for Eastern European workers, but not for drivers

Yesterday, the European ministers of Social Affairs reached an agreement to tackle competition on the labour market for workers from low-wage countries in Eastern Europe. The agreement should end ‘social dumping.’ An exception will be made for lorry drivers.In the agreement, terms of employment are equalised......

Hass Avocado Board

Illustration of fresh avocado health benefits and culinary diversity

The Hass Avocado Board (HAB) recently concluded its participation at the 2017 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ (FNCE®) in Chicago, where it updated food and nutrition professionals on the unique attributes and benefits of avocados to human health. These key health.....

12th Asparagus Professionals Day in Hanover

On November 2nd the Chamber of Agriculture of Lower Saxony organized the 12th Ahlem Asparagus Professionals Day. The event is about the challenges faced by asparagus producers and how family firms, employees and suppliers can start the new season fully prepared.These questions will be answered by dedicated.....

Spain: Almeria's sea of plastic, on the big screen with Blade Runner 2049

The sea of plastic of Almeria's Poniente is featured on the first few minutes of Blade Runner 2049, the film with which the Canadian Denis Villeneuve has given continuity to one of the key titles of science fiction cinema. It is a bird's-eye view that lasts no more than fifteen seconds, more than enough time.....

ASOEX and PMA sign a collaboration agreement

The PMA Fresh Summit, the fresh fruit industry's annual celebration in the United States, was marked by another great celebration: the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between ASOEX and the PMA. Representatives from both organizations signed the agreement during a ceremony at the Chilean stand on.....

Police open anonymous tip line

Avocados new cover for cocaine trafficking

Last year a record volume of cocaine was intercepted in the Port of Rotterdam. Earlier this month, police, in cooperation with the Belgian police, intercepted 5,300 kilos of cocaine hidden among bananas. “The Netherlands is flooded by large batches of cocaine,” warns the Dutch Team of Criminal Intelligence of.....

5,300 kilos of cocaine in bananas intercepted at Antwerp

In collaboration with the Belgian police, Dutch police have confiscated a consignment of 5,300 kilos of cocaine in the port of Antwerp. The drugs were hidden in a container of bananas from Colombia. This took place on Friday October 13, no suspects have been arrested yet.bron: PolitieThe collaboration between.....

Michel Lesage, Lesage Champignons:

"Mushroom trade going well, England becoming more difficult"

"The mushroom trade is busy at the moment. The season has started again and it's going well," says Michel Lesage of Lesage Champignons enthusiastically. "We have had a very good summer. September was lower in temperature, so we can't complain. There were also continual shortages and we heard of quality.....

Campaign to 'Save your leftovers’

Aldi South: Measures against food waste are further expanded

Aldi has launched a campaign to avoid food wastage: The campaign "Reste retten“ is there to educate and inform consumers on the subject of food preparation and consume-by dates of foodstuffs. This is because, according to the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), every year 11 million tonnes of food.....

NZ: Kiwifruit Claim evidence nears end

The defence has had a minor setback in the Kiwifruit Claim proceedings in the New Zealand High Court in Wellington.Crown witness, David Yard was recalled to answer questions about a 2013 document where the Ministry of Primary Industries recorded a concern about improved testing processes. The MPI had sought to.....

Ton van Dalen, Best of Four:

“GMO regulations are not in way of direct home sales”

From farmer to plate is a slogan many growers can bring into practice, but figures from Statistics Netherlands show that only a small percentage of growers take care of their own sales. Dutch bank ABN AMRO recently analysed that home sales or local-to-local offers good options to growers. Research shows that.....

Peruvian agriculture after the coastal El Niño

As expected by farmers, the coastal El Niño left the reservoirs and groundwater tables at full capacity; and the soils rich with nutrients from different landslides and floods.The availability of these two resources explains why producers have higher sowing expectations for the next crop season. According to a.....

China: Jingdong announces price for express delivery won't change

ZTO Express and Yunda Express have sent out news that their prices will go up on the day before November 11th (Single Celebration Day). This made online shopaholics not very happy. Jingdong, yesterday expressed that the distribution of their products on November 11th will not only not increase in price, but.....

China: Grand opening of the World Kiwi Convention

On October 13th, the sixth edition of the World Kiwi Convention opened in Mei County, Shaanxi province. The convention, which this year was titled 'Let the whole world enjoy the taste of kiwis', aims at growing the industry for kiwi fruits. Experts, technical staff and visiting merchants from within the kiwi.....

AU: DAF says Queensland rain caused damage, but has helped state's agriculture

The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) says that, while it is assisting farmers seriously affected by the recent heavy falls and flooding, the rain will have a positive impact for agriculture overall across the state.It says there have been some impacts on horticultural production areas.....

Hospitality industry growing due to high property prices in cities

Local, organic and forgotten vegetables hip on Swedish menus

At the loading docks, there are dozens of roll containers. Some have multiple crates, others with only one box. Not a single one is completely full, but yet, these containers will be loaded by drivers in the coming hours, to be delivered to restaurants and hospitality businesses in and around Göteburg. This.....

China: 36 Panda cubs presented at research center

On October 13th, the Research Center for the Production of Pandas revealed that 36 panda cubs were born this year at their base of operations in Ya'an city (Sichuan province) and the Wolong Giant Panda nature reserve in Wenchuan county. When all the panda cubs were at the site together, the larger cubs either.....

Commission issues guidelines

Restrictions on sale of agricultural land

The European Commission has issued guidelines to help their Member States protect agricultural land from threats such as excessive price speculation and concentration of ownership. EU Member States have the right to restrict the sale of arable land to preserve rural communities and promote sustainable.....