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Ireland: €5 million invested in Prepared Consumer Foods Centre

Ireland's Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD speaking at a Food Gateway event in Teagasc Ashtown entitled: ‘Beyond Brexit - making food innovation go further’, highlighted the importance of innovation as a key response to Brexit uncertainty for the food industry.Commenting on the.....

Bitcoin hits four-month low after currency exchange theft

The price of bitcoin has fallen to a four-month low of $6,370, days after South Korean virtual currency exchange Coinrail said hackers had stolen over $37 million, or almost a third of the virtual currency it had stored. After Coinrail announced the theft, the price of bitcoin dropped $500 in an hour and it.....

Berry grower and apple brand team up for Tour de Fresh promotions

California Giant Berry Farms and the company Foundation is welcoming chef, and television personality, Adam Glick in the 5th annual Tour de Fresh portion of their booth during the upcoming United Fresh Convention in Chicago later this month. In return, Jazz™ Apples is sponsoring an industry-wide fundraiser.....

Alister Hawkey - Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool

NZ Kiwifruit company hitting back at employment claim

Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool is hitting back at claims levelled against the wider kiwifruit industry that seasonal workers are being exploited. They released a detailed report which shows how they’re caring for their employees, community and environment while still generating great returns for their growers.There.....

South Africa under threat from Shot Hole Borer beetle

An invader from Asia is posing a serious threat to ornamental and fruit trees in South Africa. The Polyphagos (Shot Hole Borer beetle) might only be 2 mm long but it carries with it several fungus species. One in particular, Fusarium euwallacea, will eventually kill a beetle infested tree. There are no known.....

Spain

Moroccan NGO demands investigation into alleged abuse of female seasonal workers

The Moroccan Human Rights Organization (OMDH) has asked the Moroccan authorities to set up a commission to investigate the alleged cases of sexual abuse and harassment suffered by Moroccan seasonal workers in strawberry fields in southern Spain.In a statement, the OMDH asked the authorities to determine the.....

Horticultural product prices are expected to increase

Uruguay: Hail causes severe damage in Salto

Representatives of the seven guilds of horticultural producers of Salto estimate that nearly 300 of the 400 hectares with plantations were affected by the Monday's hailstorm. The time it would take to repair the greenhouses and replace their roofs would be too long to prevent the crops from being affected by.....

Distribution of fruits and vegetables in Spain

Reusable plastic boxes generate less environmental impact than single-use cardboard boxes

Reusable plastic boxes generate 25% less environmental impact than single-use cardboard boxes in the distribution of fruits and vegetables in Spain. This is true in five of the six environmental impact categories analyzed by the comparative study of the different distribution options for fruit and vegetables.....

Lijiang establishes first experimental district for "green food brands"

Lijiang City in Yunnan has established the world's first experimental district for "green food brands". A press conference was organized in Kunming on June 10th, 2018. Green foods require production in a well-preserved natural environment. This ensures that the production process does not add to environmental.....

Senate Agriculture Committee passes strong bipartisan farm bill

Yesterday, the Senate Agriculture Committee voted in support of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. This legislation represents the start of the Senate process to consider their version of the Farm Bill. The House of Representatives failed to pass a bill in May and is expected to reconsider their version,.....

German container line

Hapag-Lloyd scales back business with Iran

Hamburg-based shipping line Hapag-Lloyd has stopped one of two feeder services to Iran and will decide on the remaining one before the November 4 deadline imposed by the United States, which has decided on re-imposing sanctions on Tehran.Hapag-Lloyd, the world’s fifth largest container company, said it had.....

Eimskip and Samskip

Iceland shipping companies under investigation for violating Competition Act

Icelandic shipping companies Eimskip and Samskip are currently being investigated by the Icelandic Competition Authority for violating the Icelandic Competition Act. Last week, Eimskip received the first statement of objections from the Icelandic Competition Authority as part of the investigation, which states.....

Afghanistan: Large bomb-making cache found in vegetable truck

Yesterday, Afghan security forces seized 156 sacks of ammonium nitrate, widely used in making explosives, from the back of a vegetable truck crossing the border from Pakistan. It is one of the biggest such finds.Intelligence officers found nearly eight tons of the chemical, “brought for insurgent activities”,.....

Silly myths lead to malnutrition

Fruit and vegetables off limits for Indonesian girls

Even in the 21st century, a host of food taboos are fuelling malnutrition among Indonesian girls, experts claim. That is why they are launching an adolescent health drive.Nutritionists said many girls eat very little protein, vegetables or fruit, preferring to fill up with rice and processed snacks which were.....

Successful completion of 2018 Summit Meeting for High-quality Fruit Industry in Asia

The 2018 Summit Meeting for High-quality Fruit Industry in Asia (Kunming) successfully convened on June 6th. This session of the summit meeting was organized by iFresh Fair, China Fruit Distribution Association, and the Yunnan channel of Xinhua. The summit meeting attracted large scale traders from more than.....

Canadian-made Avocado Sock: A perfect avocado every time

Avocados are delicious, but a perfect fruit is not so easy to find. Stores stock overly green avocados to prevent spoilage, but it can take up to a week for them to be ready to eat. Some never even ripen properly, others just become mush.The Avocado Sock™ is an all-natural, effective way to ensure you have a.....

New Zealand: Just 2% of citizens think biosecurity threats affect them

Roger Smith, the head of Biosecurity New Zealand, ordered a survey to poll the sentiments of NZ citizens. The survey shows that the vast majority of Kiwis don't think the issue affects them. But Smith is adamant that the only way to protect New Zealand from future biosecurity threats is for people to realise.....

Mexico: Hurricane Bud expected to touch land as a tropical depression

Even though Hurricane Bud has evolved into a Category 4 hurricane, it is at the beginning of its weakening phase. The National Hurricane Center has published its route forecast on its website.First, it will strike the peninsula of Baja California in Mexico in the form of a tropical storm, which is expected to.....

The importance of eliminating ethylene in banana shipments

Ethylene is a hormone in the form of gas produced naturally by all vegetables. The accumulation of this gas causes the accelerated maturation of these perishables and, therefore, leads to a loss of quality and a decrease in their useful life. There are also free pathogens in the air that affect the quality of.....

EC proposes extending the EU-Morocco Association Agreement to Western Sahara

Yesterday, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a Decision to the Council in which it proposes a modification of Protocol I and IV of the Association Agreement between the EU and Morocco, which will entail extending the concessions foreseen for products originating in Morocco to those of the.....

Global warming will cause shortages of vegetables around the world

According to a report from the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, global warming will make vegetables significantly more scarce all over the world, unless producers adopt new practices and resistant crop varieties."Our study shows that environmental changes, such as increased temperature and.....

Insecticides

Banned in Europe but available in Kenya

The European Commission has banned three of the most widely applied insecticides due to the risk to bees and other pollinators. The April ban on thiamethoxam, imidacloprid and clothianidin, expected to come into force this year, covers all outdoor uses in Europe. The chemical use will, however, be permitted in.....

South Africa: Unions demand more reforms for public workers

In a press conference Tuesday the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) announced that it will continue to reject a public sector wage agreement with the country’s Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) for what they call a “savage attack on the living standards of public.....

AvoLov: New avocado chips technology

After two years of research, avocado chips start-up AvoLov has perfected dehydrating avocados. It is now ready to produce crispy avocado chips, capitalising on the growing love of the fruit. Eric Healy, founder and CEO of AvoLov calls avocados the 'alternative meat from nature,' and said his company is well.....

Argentine peso hits record low against US dollar

The Argentinian peso continued its downward slide on Monday, reaching a record low of 26.44 pesos against the US dollar, according to the Argentine Central Bank.The peso dipped 49 cents, despite Argentina’s announcement last week that it had secured a 50-billion-dollar loan from the International Monetary.....

‘No Aussies or Europeans wanted’

Bundaberg strawberry farm looking for Asian workers only

‘No Aussies or Europeans wanted’. That’s how an advertisement posted to a social media job search page looking for strawberry pickers in Queensland ended. The controversial post has outraged Bundaberg jobseekers who say they are struggling to get work or are being turned away in preference of foreign.....

Australia and Brazil compared

Looking at a common world map, we always thought Australia was much bigger than Brazil. Click here to be amazed.


Rebuilding a dying village

Russian banker/anarchist farmer turns potatoes into cryptocurrency

A decade ago, banker Mikhail Shlyapnikov decided to shed his pinstripe suit and get his hands dirty. He moved to the struggling village of Kolionovo, 130 km from the capital, with hopes of reviving it through farming. Five years later he needed money to expand his nursery, but the banks were charging 12%.....

Dispensing pheromones to disrupt mating and breeding insect pests

Pheromone power

The cost of treating crops is growing at a rapid rate. It is estimated to reach nearly 17.5 billion by 2022. And due to climate change, insect pests are on the rise, costing the US agriculture sector up to $700 million annually and resulting in up to 80% crop yield damage.Some of the most aggressive pests of.....

Peru: The obstacles that affect the logistics sector should be eliminated

According to Juan Varilias Velasquez, president of the Association of Exporters (ÁDEX), authorities need to work to eliminate the logistical obstacles that affect the development of Peruvian foreign trade and the placement of more Peruvian products abroad.Varilias Velasquez said that the logistical cost.....

Guatemala: "One Banana" helps families affected by recent volcanic eruption

The banana growing, shipping and distribution company, One Banana has coordinated actions to get funds for families affected by the volcanic eruption in the south center of Guatemala. “We are deeply saddened by the situation of those affected by the eruption of the volcano and we are fully committed to relief.....

India’s decision to increase tariff on apples to hit US growers

A bipartisan group of about a dozen influential lawmakers today said the recent Indian decision to increase tariffs on apples from 50 to 80% would hurt growers in America. The lawmakers also alleged that India was abusing rules of the World Trade Organization.On May 28, India notified the WTO that it plans to.....

South Africa: Farmers trained by Israeli special forces to fight off violent attacks

With violence rising, being a farmer in South Africa has become a dangerous job. Some farmers are hiring former Israeli special forces experts to teach them self-defense.There were 74 farm murders and 638 attacks primarily on white farmers in 2016-17, according to minority rights group AfriForum. The situation.....

Mapping the price of beer around the world

There are a number of factors that can influence how much your beverage will cost. But here are some prices mapped out.

After checks by Rosselkhoznador

Turkey has sharply reduced supply of apples to Russia

Turkey has sharply reduced apple exports to Russia after inspections carried out by the Rosselkhoznadzor (Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) showed indications of re-exporting."Immediately after the inspection, the Turkish side has sharply reduced supplies of apples to.....

Arie van Helden and Maarten van Fraassen, Global Fresh International:

"Unprecedented rainfall in Guangzhou, wholesale market partially open"

Almost 73,000 people in the South East of China have been evacuated due to heavy flooding. In the city of Guangzhou public life has been disrupted and the water is flowing trough the streets. The heavy showers came with typhoon Ewiniar, which hit the South East coast of China. At least 5 people in the province.....

Chile’s black market now traffics in avocados

This year, demand from European millennials and rich Chinese has pushed the price of avocados so high that even Chilean gangs are getting in on the act. Theft of the so-called ‘green gold’ has become big business. The crime has reached such a level that Crescente Molina, who produced 100,000 kilograms of.....

Freshuelva commenting on the reports of sexual and labour abuse

Spain: "Those doing wrong have no room in the sector"

Last Friday, the president of Freshuelva, Alberto Garrocho, commented on the reports filed by seasonal workers for alleged sexual and labour abuse in a farm in Almonte and another in Moguer. He regretted how "the news is damaging the reputation of the sector" and wished to make it clear that "Huelva is an.....

Protecting avocado industry

Sniffer dogs to combat laurel wilt disease

Laurel wilt disease, caused by the fungus Raffaelea lauricola, has resulted in the death of more than 300 million laurel trees (Lauraceae) in the United States. The commercially important avocado (Persea americana), the second largest tree crop in Florida other than citrus, also belongs to the Lauraceae.....

Vado, New Mexico

US: Truck transporting onions flips on Las Alturas

On Monday June 11, a semi-truck carrying onions flipped on Las Alturas near Vado, New Mexico. The crash occurred shortly before 3 pm and the road was blocked for hours afterwards.According to eu.lcsun-news.com, a towing company was assisted by the New Mexico Department of Transportation and New Mexico State.....

California, Florida, Georgia and Illinois

USDA restricts PACA violators from operating in the produce industry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA).The following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry:Alejandro Produce.....

Tasmanian farmers go against national trend: Surge in confidence

An Australian survey, published yesterday, revealed how Tasmanian rural confidence has hit an 18-month high, with the state’s farmers buoyed by strong price prospects for most commodities, particularly those in the sheep and dairy sectors.The survey, completed last month, found approximately a third of.....

Wind speeds of level 8 on Beaufort scale

Class 4 tropical storm Ewiniar lands in Hainan

China's National Meteorological Center predicted that the center of class 4 typhoon Ewiniar (tropical storm) would reach Haikou City in Hainan around 14:50 on June 6th, 2018. The wind speeds near the center reached level 8 on the Beaufort scale (18 meters per second) with atmospheric pressure of 995 hPa......

Mexico: Multi-million dollar drug shipment hidden in fruit boxes

The Mexican Army seized a multi-million dollar shipment of different drugs that was hidden in boxes of fruit and was destined for the United States.The drugs included large quantities of the most commonly used illicit substances among American addicts, such as fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and.....

Guatemala: FAO recommends protecting crops against the effects of the volcano

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) expressed its sorrow for the human losses caused by the eruption of the Fuego Volcano and showed solidarity with the families and communities that have been affected.Diego Recalde, a representative of the FAO in Guatemala, said that the rescue of.....

Argentina to export citrus and garlic to Colombia

The National Agricultural Food Health and Quality Service (Senasa) has authorized the entry of Colombian bananas into Argentina. The decision was made after carrying out verifications in relation to quality and health requirements, in the framework of negotiations with the Colombian Agricultural Institute.....

New Zealand: Large tariff savings through CPTPP trade deal

Overseas tariffs on New Zealand products to the amount of $220 million will be cut back or eliminated under the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade agreement. NZ Foreign Affairs and Trade’s manager for trade policy engagement John Riley and Pacific regional unit manager Tessa.....

Population distribution in Canada

Population distribution in Canada: a bit lopsided.

Fresno Food Expo now welcoming all Californian produce companies

The Fresno Food Expo is now welcoming all California produce businesses to exhibit their fresh products on July 26 - establishing the only food industry tradeshow exclusively for California brands.“California is the largest fresh food-producing state in the nation - and the Fresno Food Expo is building a.....

Carrefour’s 'Black Market' - 7 months after launch

Last month, we wrote a piece on France’s Carrefour supermarket chain, highlighting the fact that the agricultural seeds market is covered by European legislation, in effect banning no fewer than two million varieties of France-grown seeds. Ninety percent of the planet’s cultivable varieties have already died.....

The price of a cup of coffee worldwide

Click here for a larger image.But first: finish your coffee.

HMY’s new Fleg 7 display

Innovative design for fruit & vegetable section

The French HMY Group is always committed to innovation. The group is forever paying attention to trends in the retail world, taking into account constantly changing consumer demands. The result of these combined factors is reflected in products like the new POP display for fruit and vegetables, Fleg 7.Modern.....

AgriSA

South Africa: Crime biggest threat to agriculture, after drought

Agricultural industry body AgriSA wrote in their Farm Safety Report for June this year that currently, crime is the biggest threat to sustainable agriculture in South Africa -apart from drought- and it is contributing to farmers leaving the industry.AgriSA wrote in a report in May that farm murders were at.....

Mexico imposes a 20% tariff on US apples

The Government of Mexico published a list of more than 50 products from the United States that will be subject to a 15 to 25% tariff, some immediately, and others starting on July 5.The Ministry of Economy reported in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF) that the products affected by the tariffs.....

Negative effects of drought in Western Cape

Earlier this year, the South African government finally declared Cape Town’s drought as a national disaster. This is after the country had been grappling with the seemingly endless water crisis for over a year now. Now that the drought has been declared a national disaster, emergency funds will be used to.....

EU to impose retaliatory tariffs on US imports from July

It is not just Mexico that is slapping tariffs on all kinds of US products, now. The European Union on Wednesday announced it will start imposing duties from July on a list of U.S. products in response to president Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports."The new duties start applying in.....

Scots fruit farmers going to Bulgaria themselves

European fruit pickers are shunning Britain

Recruitment agencies are warning that they cannot secure the number of workers needed by British farmers to pick their fruit and vegetables. Over half of these companies could not find the required labour force, the Association of Labour Providers says. The National Farmers Union stated that last year there.....

Kiambu County

Kenya: 800 hectares of Del Monte plantations wanted for land development

The lands of Kiambu County are famous for expansive pineapple plantations that provide a livelihood for 7,000 people. But the County wants to repossess the land to make room for land development, creating the new Aerotropolis City and an industrial park.The lease granted to Del Monte Kenya Ltd for 800 hectares.....

New GLOBALG.A.P. standard covers pre-process production

Produce Handling Assurance Standard (PHA)

The new GLOBALG.A.P. Produce Handling Assurance Standard (PHA) covers pre-process production steps after the point of harvest for crops including cooling, packing, re-packing, handling, and storage of produce for human consumption. The PHA may not be used to certify products significantly transformed from the.....