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Senior MPI staff take the stand at the Kiwifruit Claim hearing

Senior Advisors at New Zealand's Ministry of Primary Industries have taken the stand in the Kiwifruit Claim at the High Court in Wellington, as the case enters its seventh week.The case was brought following the outbreak of the disease Psa in November 2010 which spread throughout the industry. 212 claimants.....

China: Why fake fertilizers still exist on the market

At present, the fertilizer market suffers from a lack of order. The cost of production is high and the margins make the market price even higher. The cost of fake fertilizer production is much lower and since competition on the fertilizer market is weak, it is obviously much more profitable to sell products of.....

Rain, wind and mud at the trade fair in Emmeloord

Good attendance at muddy Potato Europe 2017

The 2017 edition of Potato Europe in the Dutch city, Emmeloord, was not its problems. Weather conditions were so bad that the show was cancelled on Wednesday 13 September. A day later, despite less than optimal weather conditions, Europe Potato went ahead. Boots were the order of the day to be able to walk out.....

Qatar feels pain of sanctions

Qatar is much affected by the boycott of four other Arabian countries. The Qatar Investment Authority has sold millions of shares in recent months, which resulted in 40 billion dollar to keep the economy afloat, according to Dutch newspaperFD(link to Dutch article). Before the summer, Saoudi Arabia, the United.....

Intelligent fumigation for a more efficient use of pesticides

As the World's population grows, the amount of arable land available per capita is declining. According to predictions made by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), farmers will have to achieve, in 2050, a sustainable yield of their crops, of about 50 percent, to feed the World's.....

Wim Hameakers, Haystack, on the choices made by consumers:

How do you win in the supermarket?

How can you change shoppers into buyers? People who are in a supermarket, have a lot of choice. We have to help them. In an average supermarket there are 20,000 to 30,000 SKU's, or unique products. Of them, 200 to 300 go home with people. This means that you have to define yourself as a brand."This was said by.....

Mountain Orange Age receives the 'Intelligent Agricultural Project' Reward

Grand opening of international expo for intelligent ag in Nanjing

On September 6th, the fourth edition of the international exposition for intelligent agriculture convened in Nanjing (Jiangsu province). The event attracted more than 400 domestic enterprises that took part in it, as well as groups from more than 20 countries and regions, representatives from more than 100.....

Agriculture is Australia's fastest growing sector

The latest national accounts figures have revealed agriculture is now the nation’s biggest contributor to gross domestic product (GDP) and the fastest growing sector.National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) President Fiona Simson said it was a great sense of pride for farmers that the nation’s prosperity was closely.....

US: Emergency disaster aid, continuation of government funding approved

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a final bill to provide additional emergency assistance to respond to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, to raise the debt ceiling to allow the United States to meet its financial obligations, and to allow for the continuation of vital government programs and services. The.....

Number of babies born in each continent in 2016

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Germany: Flying melon damages a car

The police in Coburg in Bavaria had to take care of some flying melons this Saturday morning. The fruit had damaged the car of one woman. The police were able to find the cause quickly though.Around 7am on Saturday, a 42-year old driver was driving down Webergasse towards Judengasse. She was able to witness a.....

Chinese fruits and vegetables dominate sales in Russia

Three years ago Russia implemented punitive measures against European countries and the United States of America. Later they also carried out sanctions against Turkish products. Against this background, Chinese fruits and vegetables have started occupying sales counters in Russia. According to the customs.....

Martine Olde Munnikhof: “Opening Chinese market is one thing, filling it another”

Photo report reception at consulate during Asia Fruit Logistica

The Holland Fresh Group has had a combined pavilion at the Asia Fruit Logistica for the tenth year, of eleven editions, and a reception was organised for the Dutch guests at the consulate in Hong Kong for the seventh time. There are worse places to dine than this abode with views of the city.The current.....

Number of EU patent applications by region


NZ: Kiwifruit Claim defence argues there was no duty of care owed by MPI

The defence in the Kiwifruit claim, where 212 claimants are seeking damages after an outbreak of Psa in 2010, has opened by telling the court that the duty of care that the plaintiffs are relying on is non-existent.Now in its fifth week at the High Court in Wellington, where the plaintiff's witnesses have.....

California avocados sponsor dineL.A. summer restaurant week

The California Avocado Commission (CAC) partnered with dineL.A. this summer to connect with a premium, foodie audience and influencers in the largest market for California avocados, Los Angeles. Kick-off promotions started in mid-June and advertising ran through the dineL.A. event from mid to late July. The.....

Spain: Man arrested for defrauding fruit trading company

A 37-year-old Spanish man has been released on charges of allegedly defrauding a Pego-based fruit trading company for the false harvest of 18 tonnes of oranges.As reported on Thursday 31 August by the Guardia Civil, the man was charged with the alleged crimes of fraud, falsification of private documents and.....

Hardie’s Fresh Foods supports fellow Texans impacted by hurricane Harvey

Texas-based Hardie’s Fresh Foods employees took to the streets of Houston this week to support fellow Texans who had to evacuate as a result of Hurricane Harvey. They were among the first to respond by providing 3 truckloads of food to the American Red Cross for evacuees at the George R. Brown Convention.....

2017 Produce Business Marketing Excellence Award

The National Mango Board awarded for 9th year in a row

The National Mango Board’s (NMB) “Mangos as a Cultural Icon” marketing initiative was honored with the Produce Business Marketing Excellence Award. The award recognizes innovative produce companies who are revolutionizing the way the produce industry connects its products to consumers. This marks the 9th year.....

NZ: Kiwifruit Claim hearing set to enter a new stage

The plaintiffs in the Kiwifruit Claim are close to wrapping up their evidence, in New Zealand's High Court in Wellington.The case was brought about following the outbreak of the disease PSA-V in November 2010 which spread throughout the industry. 212 claimants are seeking accountability and compensation from.....

Trans Pacific Partnership progressing, after U.S. withdrawal

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) of Australia and the Federated Farmers of New Zealand say moves to bring into force the bulk of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is good news for both Australian and New Zealand farm exports.In Sydney this week, officials from both Australia and New Zealand concluded.....

Germany: Hail ravages vegetable farms

A strong thunderstorm hit Stuttgart and the region North of Stuttgard in mid August. The storm was accompanied by hail in some places, such as Korntal-Münchigen, about 20 km away.In the horticulture sector, the farm Busch Gemüsebau with their lettuce production was hit hard. The business is comprised of 7,000.....

No patent for purple radish sprouts

Taste of Nature has lost an appeal to get a patent on purple radish sprouts. This is because the product had already been introduced to the general public before the patent application. This means the product, put on the market by Koppert Cress, may be cultivated, without a license by other growers.This has.....

China: Fruit stores get creative on Chinese Valentine's day

The Chinese Valentine's day is one of the big traditional holidays. What better way to express your romantic feelings than with sweet fruits! That's why every big fruit store used all of their creativity to attract customers. Valentine's fruit bouquetValentine's display shelf decorated with fruitsSource: TFresh

Damage to orchards

China: Typhoon Hato affecting Guangdong and Guangxi provinces

Hato, the biggest typhoon to affect the Hong Kong-Macao-Pearl River Delta region in 53 years, caused a confirmed 16 deaths and over 100 injuries. Last week Hato entered Guangxi Province from Guangdong and weakened into a tropical storm later at night. It was estimated to be moving towards the west and further.....

John Kreger on disaster relief in the Houston area

“We are inundated, but the efforts from people have been heartwarming”

“The city of Houston and surrounding areas have been hit hard,” says John Kreger with the Montgomery County Foodbank in Conroe, TX, just north of Houston. “Gradually, some areas are looking better, but it is still raining and we could probably expect another 10 inches of rain. As of Tuesday morning, Conroe had.....

Eleven refugees hidden in refrigerated truck transporting mangoes

Eleven Iraqi and Iranian refugees, two of them minors, were found by Dutch police as they travelled hidden in a refrigerator truck transporting fruit on a road in the south of the country.According to the local newspaper Eindhovens Dagblad, there was a Portuguese married couple in the cabin of the truck who.....

Tesco leaves accounting scandal behind

In the summer of 2014 alarms went off in Tesco’s head office. The brand new CEO of the British supermarket chain had to announce that profit figures had been considerably polished. The books turned out to have a gap worth 250 million pound. The enormous accounting scandal looked to become a millstone round the.....

Agrotechnology prepares for its arrival in Brazil and the US

The Alicante company Agrotechnology Group has accelerated its plans for international growth. The biofertilizer company is preparing its entry into Brazil and the US, two of the World's main markets.With it the company plans to reach a turnover of 40 million euros in 2021, which means quadrupling its current.....

Produce fund for Hurricane Harvey recovery

The produce industry has always exercised a proud tradition of stepping up to help others around the country, and even the world when disaster strikes. This time our friends in Houston are calling on all produce industry members for their help.Brent Erenwert – President of Brothers Produce, and Houston.....

AU: Red tape for exporters set to be slashed

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has welcomed a move by the Federal Government to slash red tape and save agricultural exporters time and money.Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce released the draft Export Control Bill, for consultation today.The Bill.....

Luc van den Aker (FME)

"Sweet honey truffle for mushroom lovers"

Fresh Mushrooms Europe are offering a first: the Honey Truffle. This pale, grey-white truffle is found primarily under black Acacia trees that grow in the rich, sandy soil on the banks of the Danube in Hungary. The Honey Truffle (Mattirolomyces terfezioides) has a long gastronomical history in Eastern Europe......

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Hurricane Harvey shuts down produce companies, retail stores and restaurants

Since it made landfall in Corpus Christi, TX on Friday, hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc across the gulf coast.Massive flooding unleashed by storm Harvey has left Houston – the 4th largest city in the US – increasingly isolated with its airports and highways shut down and many residents stranded in their.....

Ready Pac Foods sends 24,000 salads to Texas

Ready Pac Foods has prepared a truck with 24,000 Chicken Caesar Bistro Bowl salads for those in Texas who may be affected by Hurricane Harvey. The company is working closely with the Red Cross to get the salads to those in need quickly.Truck that is ready to leave from Irwindale, California plant.Ready Pac.....

Ireland: Flash floods hit north-west

More than 100 people had to be rescued from vehicles caught in flash floods - fire-fighters saved 93, with the Coast Guard helping dozens of others. Helicopters from Scotland, Wales and Sligo took part in the operations.Floods were triggered originally in Donegal before moving to Derry and other counties as.....

"The country's gone from exporting 10,000 tonnes in 2015 to 40,000 tonnes this year alone in blueberries"

Peru: Maersk to operate in the port of Pisco from September

Maersk Line aims to grow its refrigerated cargo transport due to the enormous potential it represents, and which currently accounts for about 43% of its annual turnover: "With cranberry alone the country has gone from exporting 10,000 tonnes in 2015 to 40,000 tonnes this year", said the manager of the company.....

Typhoon Hato hammers Hong Kong halting trade

Typhoon Hato, a maximum category 10 storm, slammed into Hong Kong on Wednesday lashing the Asian financial hub with destructive winds and waves which uprooted trees, flooded streets and forced most businesses to close.More than 400 flights were cancelled, financial markets suspended and schools closed as Hato.....

Up to May, the country exported 10% of fruit to third countries

Spanish exports to China increase

Between January and May, Spanish fruit exports to the EU amounted to 3,143 million euros, i.e. 3% more than in the same period in 2016, representing 92% of the total, whereas shipments to non-EU countries increased by 10% to€282 million, according to data from the Customs and Excise Department under the.....

United Fresh names 2017 Family Business Scholarship winners

United Fresh Produce Association is pleased to announce the four recipients of the 2017 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarships:Brian Loffredo, Operations Manager, Loffredo Fresh Produce, Des Moines, IAGeoff Ratto, Sales, Ratto Bros., Inc., Modesto, CAMikee Suarez, Sales, MAS Melons & Grapes,.....

Dominican Republic promotes export of fruit & veg to the United States

The fruit and vegetable export sector of the Dominican Republic held a meeting with government officials and the US embassy in the framework of the "Processes for the entry of fruits and vegetables for the port and airport of Miami" conference, which will help boost exports of these products to the United.....

New video shows aerial view of Panda solar farm in China

Panda Green Energy Group, formerly known as “United Photovoltaics Group ” has finished their first Panda Power Plant in Datong Shanxi which has officially been connected to the grid. The Datong Panda Power Plant has an aggregate install capacity of 100MW and can be seen in the video below.

Styria: New taste experiences

Austria: Ice cream with pumpkin seed oil is a Summer hit

Local producers of pumpkin seed oil have come up with something special: This summer they are visiting all the state capitals and the federal capital - and they are bringing extraordinary ice cream flavors with them, like pumpkin seed, Hirschbirne or organic apple. "This way we are surprising all gourmets with.....

The irresistible rise of Bitcoin

The value of Bitcoin and other digital coins is rapidly skyrocketing. There’s more behind that rise than just speculation. There’s much demand for cryptocurrencies in countries that have a high inflation.Bitcoin, Ethereum and other digital coins — also called cryptocurrencies — are getting more and more.....