Miscellaneous


Argentina: Planted area of kiwi, banana, mango up
The area planted with kiwis, bananas and mangoes in Argentina has had a big increase in recent years thanks to the support of the National Agricultural Technology Institute (INTA) in different areas where each production is carried out.For starters, kiwi has one of the most profitable productions and growth.....

Ohio jail ditching frozen fries for fresh
A central Ohio jail is ditching frozen fries for fresh — a move the sheriff's office says will save it hundreds of dollars a week.The Franklin County sheriff's office is buying equipment to cut whole potatoes, and it plans to stop serving frozen french fries to inmates at the county jail, The Columbus.....

1,500 baskets with fresh produce donated in Gaza Strip
The Zakat public administration, through various committees in the Gaza Strip, has distributed 1,500 baskets with fruit and vegetables to the poor and needy as part of the charitable projects carried out in the holy month of Ramadan.Mr Osama Aslam, manager of the Zakat General Administration, confirmed that.....

Mechanism of pain relief by hot Chilli Peppers revealed
Pain management has been a topic of interest for decades and it is rather intriguing to know that substances which inflict pain can also be used in alleviating pain, like Capsaicin (the molecule responsible for the spiciness of Chilli peppers).An article was recently published about how the molecular.....


World's largest pineapple display
Food City produce manager Mike Tipton takes a photo of Mack and Glenda McLeod of Angier, North Carolina, inside the large pineapple display Tuesday morning. The couple had heard about the display on the radio and decided to stop in and see it for themselves before buying two cases of pineapples.


FTA between Mexico, Panama will help regional integration
The free trade agreement (FTA) between Panama and Mexico, which came into effect on Wednesday, will contribute to increase trade and investment between both countries and the progress of regional integration, experts said at a forum about the agreement.Representatives from the Mexican Government and of the.....

Dole CEO Murdock accused of conspiracy in Take-Private Deal
Dole Food Co. Chief Executive Officer David Murdock was accused in court of conspiring with Deutsche Bank AG officials to drive down the value of the fresh-fruit producer so the billionaire could take it private on the cheap in a $1.2 billion deal.Murdoch played the role of a reverse “Robin Hood” by taking.....

LEI Wageningen UR study:
Produce sector potential for food and nutrition security
Following the initial idea of the Topsector Horticulture and Starting Materials, an explorative study has been conducted by LEI Wageningen UR within the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) on the potential of the Fruits & Vegetables Sector for Food and Nutrition Security. Although there.....

Colombia, Germany sign agreement promoting exotic fruit exports
ProColombia and the Import Promotion Desk (IPD), dedicated to the promotion of imports into Germany, signed an agreement aimed at increasing actions to promote non-mining exports until 2017.The German buyers’ interest in purchasing Colombian products, especially foods such as exotic fruits and processed.....

Luxembourg holds presidency of EU Council, Russian veto a priority
Luxembourg held the six-month presidency of the EU Council, which will last until December 31. Among its priorities, regarding the food sector, Luxembourg will have to track the consequences that the Russian veto has on European farmers.According to the priorities that were made public on Monday, regarding.....

Use all parts of vegetable - from root to stalk
Whole vegetable cooking for home cooks
It has become fairly common to purchase fresh broccoli at the grocery store, cut off the florets once in the kitchen, and discard the stalks before cooking. Throwing out radish greens, beet leaves and chard stalks is pretty typical, too. These vegetable parts actually can be eaten and are quite delicious. It.....

‘Perfect-Looking Mango’ leads to Florida shooting
Christopher Richey was on his way home from an anniversary party with his wife when he saw it: the “perfect-looking mango.”Click here to view the video report.But his delight was short-lived, for as soon as he plucked the mango from the tree, a Sanibel Island, Florida, homeowner accused him of theft — and.....

Better nutrition has made Chinese taller, fatter
Better nutrition made Chinese people grow taller in the past decade or so, and boosted women more than men, but the change of diet also made more people overweight and even obese, a national health survey has found.The survey on nutrition and non-communicable diseases, conducted by the National Health and.....


Summer DIY: watermelon keg
Click here for instructions at californiagrown.org.


Avianca enhances cargo area and looks to Europe and Asia
2015 will be the year for cargo area of the Colombian airline Avianca. Even though they assume that the economic downturn has slowed the overall market, their projections are optimistic and they want to secure their routes to Europe and Asia.As a matter o fact, they aspire to grow 8% in billed cargo and 12%.....


Costa Rica maintains red alert in areas affected by storm
The National Emergency Commission (CNE) maintains a red alert in the communities of Talamanca, Matina, Pococí, Siquirres, Guácimo (Limón), Sarapiqui (Heredia) and Turrialba (Cartago), due to heavy rains.San Carlos, Upala, Los Chiles and Guatuso continue on yellow alert, while in the central Pacific is in.....


Philippines: Dutch queen tours pineapple farm
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands has proved an official trip doesn't have to be dull, stepping out on Tuesday in a bright yellow ensemble as she visited a pineapple farm south of Manila in the Philippines.The Queen coordinated with her surroundings, with a striking gold and blue shirt with accompanying.....

More than $100,000 for college students
California Grape Growers award scholarships
Students in California’s grape growing region are ready to attend college thanks to table grape growers.Five field worker scholarships were awarded in 2015: three $20,000, four-year field worker scholarships and two $3,500 two-year scholarships to community colleges. Also, two $20,000 four-year agricultural.....

US(WA): Fire damages packing facility
Washington State is struggling with severe drought and during the last few days, wildfires hit central and eastern parts of the state.In Wenatchee, the Bluebird packing facility of Domex Superfresh Growers was destroyed. The facility packs organic apples, pears and conventional as well as organic cherries......

Costa Rica: Ag sector on alert due to floods in Caribbean
The Minister of Agriculture, Luis Felipe Arauz Cavallini, stated that the effects of the heavy rains fallen in the last hours in several communities in the Caribbean have the agricultural sector institutions on alert and in constant coordination with the National Emergency Commission to address the needs of.....

Ireland: Mangoes spark in-flight alarm
A cargo of mangoes may have sparked an alarm on a transatlantic flight.An Aeromexico Boeing 787 Dreamliner was forced to make an emergency landing at Shannon Airport after a warning indication light suggested there was smoke in the hold.The plane touched down safely at about 2.50pm and all 193 passengers and.....

Hundreds left homeless by Costa Rica flooding
Heavy rains over the weekend stopped momentarily to reveal extensive flood damage across Costa Rica’s Caribbean slope. As aid workers and security personnel worked to reestablish connections with isolated communities, President Luis Guillermo Solís said he would consider declaring a national emergency in.....

Rwanda ag startup wins $50,000 investment
Ghanaian startup Farmerline, which is expanding to East Africa and provides agricultural information to farmers, and Rwanda’s Atikus Insurance, which expands access to credit by increasing the capacity of MSME lenders via reimagined insurance and technology risk solutions have been named winners of the.....


Ecuador: The US renewed tariff preferences
The Ecuadorian government highlighted on Thursday the positive implications that the decision of the US Congress to approve the renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) until December 31, 2017, which benefits more 120 countries, including Ecuador, would have for the productive sector whose.....


Mexico looks to have trade agreement with Korea
"I believe that the time when the two Governments have greater communication to have an approach or strategy that can eventually lead to negotiations for a treaty is near," said Raul Urteaga Triani, an official at Sagarpa."A trade agreement would, undoubtedly, benefit the sector greatly. We have 20 highly.....

UK mother fined for eating banana
A single mother who was caught eating a banana at the wheel while stuck in gridlocked traffic has moaned she was treated 'like a criminal' after being fined £100.Elsa Harris, who works as a carer, was pulled over while driving to work along a gridlocked road in Christchurch, Dorset. She was handed the fine.....


Panic on stock exchange after impending Grexit
Greek economic problems piling up
It is unknown what awaits the Greeks and Europe. The entire EU is in terra incognita now that the negotiations this weekend between Greece, the EU and the IMF came to a complete standstill. Tomorrow at midnight, Greece is to pay 1.6 billion euros to the IMF, money that the country doesn't have in the till. A.....


Banana-a-peel
AU: $36,000 raised for Royal Children’s Hospital
L&R Collins were honoured to present a $36,000 cheque to The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation (RCH) on June 18th at The Australian Banana Industry Congress 2015 at Crown Promenade Melbourne.The funds were raised as part of the Banana-a-peel hosted by Oakville Produce on Tuesday June 16th, 2015 when.....


Guatemala sign FTA with countries not associated with EU
Guatemala's ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Eduardo Sperisen-Yurt, signed the Protocol of Accession of Guatemala to the free trade agreement with the countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) consisting of Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland.The Ministry of Economy.....


"Very hard hit for country’s agricultural sector"
Haiti prohibits 33 products from Dominican Republic
Producers of vegetable and poultry from Cibao said the ban on certain imports from the Dominican Republic that starts this Friday, which includes products such as citrus and pasta, and that used to enter Haiti via the province of Dajabón through fortnightly binational markets, would be a hard blow to those.....


Honduras: Producer killed for his bananas
In order to steal the banana production he was about to cut in his plot, a partner of the Subirana Cooperative was gunned down in the community of Echeverry of Santa Rita, Yoro.On the afternoon of Monday, June 22, 53 year old Manuel Paz arrived at his property, as every day, to clean and check if some.....


Argentina: Solar energy to improve soil
In recent years, researchers around the world have been concentrating their efforts on developing environmentally friendly techniques for soil disinfestation. In this sense, specialists from the INTA San Pedro (Buenos Aires) are working in the application of solarization combined with bio-fumigation to take.....


Peru: Poverty in ag sector down to 47.2% in recent years
Poverty in the agricultural sector fell by about 16 percentage points in recent years to 47.2 percent, stated Sierra Exportadora, part of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation ( Minagri).Poverty in the field shrank from an average level of 63 percent between 2007 and 2009 to 47.2 percent between 2012.....


Haiti denies banning entry of Dominican products
The Prime Minister of Haiti, Paul Evans, denied that his country had banned the entry of some Dominican products in an alleged retaliation against the latter's application to regularize foreigners, which would imply an eventual repatriation of Haitians."There is no ban on the sale of Dominican products in.....


Strawberry shaped exactly like a chicken
This bizarre strawberry is shaped exactly like a chicken - with a head, wings and even a beak, dailymail.co.uk reports. The unusual fruit was found at Grove Farm in Bonnyrigg, near Edinburgh, when the farmers were harvesting strawberry plants in time for summer.Reuben and April Welch spotted that the berry.....

West Australia: Conditions placed on key asset sale
Conditions will be placed on the West Australian government's sale of the state's central wholesale fruit and vegetable trading and distribution hub to ensure it operates for another 20 years.Market City in Canning Vale was among three assets placed on the chopping block in August last year as part of an.....

Allen Lund Company and Verbum Dei Work study program
The Allen Lund Company continues its partnership with Verbum Dei High School's Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP).For the ninth consecutive year there will be four students working at ALC headquarters in entry-level clerical jobs, for the 2015-2016 academic year. Each student works five full days a month on.....


Robot delicate enough to grasp a tomato:
Nature Fresh Farms: interest in octopus-inspired robot
Nature Fresh Farms is looking for a robot that can sort, size, and pack beefsteaks without bruising. And they might have found the solution for this at Soft Robotics. The fact that the robot’s fingers can be snapped off and sterilized adds to the appeal, said Curtis Anderson, a technologist for Nature.....


300 kilos of cocaine among pineapples in Ridderkerk
At a company in Ridderkerk, employees discovered 300 kilos of cocaine last Wednesday. The drugs were hidden among pineapples.The pineapples were in a container from Panama. The container arrived in Rotterdam on Tuesday aboard a sea vessel, and was then transported farther. While unpacking the container, the.....


Chinese project business for $31 million dollars with Pacific Alliance
MINCETUR, through OCEX Shanghai, managed the presence of three e-commerce companies, three supermarkets and two Chinese traders in the III Macro Business Round of the Pacific Alliance.The companies from the People's Republic of China that came to Lima invited to participate in the III Macro Business Round of.....

Calais ferry services return to normal
Cross-channel ferry and train services were returning to normal on Wednesday after a wildcat strike at Calais by French ferry workers brought chaos for passengers travelling between the UK and France.There were long queues for the Eurostar at St Pancras this morning but the first trains left on time......

India: 'Growers need to brace themselves for stiffer competition'
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed called upon the agriculturists and fruit-growers to brace themselves up for stiffer competition emerging from fruit-producing markets from abroad.“Easing of regulatory mechanism at the global level has brought in fierce competition, which the.....

US: What is your seed story?
Unprecedented losses in genetic diversity in agriculture are threatening food systems around the world. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that, over the last century, 75 percent of diversity in food crops has been lost, with more that 90 percent of once-cultivated varieties leaving.....


US: Man grows chicken tomato
A Coffee County man recently grew a tomato shaped to look like a small chicken. Earl Johnson said he grew the tomato in the Ino Community of Coffee County.“I found this in my tomatoes,” Johnson said in an email to the Eagle. “The only explanation I know is I used chicken house litter for.....


Jos Van Dessel says goodbye to the auction after 40 years
“My job was to get the best possible price out of the market”
He worked at the auction in Sint-Katelijne-Waver for forty years. Now, aged 60, he leaves the auction as commercial manager. Jos Van Dessel, known by many a grower at home and abroad, tells the story of his years at the auctions, from MTV to BelOrta.GrowersJos is happy with the contact he’s had with the.....

Nepal: $20m needed to resume agriculture
About USD 20 million is needed to support farmers in earthquake-hit Nepal so that they can resume agricultural activities and stave off the threat of prolonged food insecurity, FAO today said.Stating that the recent earthquake has heavily disrupted agri-activities in the country, Food and Agriculture.....

UK: Apple farm boss guilty of manslaughter
A farm manager has been convicted of the manslaughter of two workers who died after being sent into a storage tank while holding their breath.Scott Cain and Ashley Clarke suffocated in the nitrogen-filled apple container, where the oxygen level was 1%. They were trying to retrieve apples for an agricultural.....

Incredible edible
UK: Public food movement bears fruit
If you take the local train north of Manchester, you'll see a Hollywood­style sign on a hill that reads "KINDNESS" in large, white letters. It overlooks Todmorden, an old cotton mill town that is unlike any other in West Yorkshire.It is the birthplace of an urban gardening revolution that is quietly growing.....


“No More Food to Waste”
Kromkommer: Best Social Innovation Project in Food Waste
Seven food surplus entrepreneurs pitched their ideas to global leaders and showcased the power of social innovation at a high level international conference in The Hague on June 18th.The Food Surplus Entrepreneurs Network hosted a pitching competition at the “No More Food to Waste” international conference,.....


Peru: Ministry of Ag replacing rice for avocado, banana cultivation
The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) stated a restructuring process would start on about 200 hectares on the northern and southern coast of the country to replace rice crops for other crops that require less water and are more attractive to international markets.The head of the Compensation.....


Carrot beer debuts in Australia
Even in the wildly innovative world of craft beer today, it's still possible to invent something new.The new Wabbit Season beer from 4Hearts Brewing Company in Ipswich, Australia. It's made from a wort that was 16 percent carrot juice.The Australian Broadcasting Company reports that the brewery collaborated.....

Winner of “Who’s Your Josie” Pinterest contest announced
Josie’s Organics and The Produce Mom are excited to announce the grand prize winner of the #MyJosie Pinterest contest. The contest ran from May 11 to June 8, and invited participants to share stories about the influential home cook in their lives.Amy Greene from Glen Rock, Pennsylvania was the.....

AU: Fruit program canned
A group of southern Victorian apple growers have had funding for their apple education program cut.Aussie Apples has been presenting the “Fruit for Life” program for nearly 15 years, encouraging primary school children in prep and grade one to eat more fruit. But they lost their funding in the transition of.....


Bananas banned from Aberdeen event
Items like alcohol and sharp objects are commonly banned form community events, but an upcoming occasion in Portsoy has restricted a certain fruit.Bananas have been prohibited at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Traditional Boat Festival as superstitious seafarers regard the fruit as bad luck on board.....


Nicaragua says the canal is no threat to Panama
The president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, said on Wednesday that the canal that the HKND Chinese company intends to construct by 2020 won't be a threat to Panama, but a complement to the demand of world maritime trade."We have told the president of Panama that Nicaragua's channel does not threaten Panama,.....

Austria: Massive hail damage to agriculture
The hail storm predicted my meteorologists has caused large-scale, and in parts severe, damage to agriculture in Austria, especially in the federal provinces of Burgenland, Steiermark and Lower Austria. The arable fields, wine, vegetables and pastureland are especially affected. The extent of the.....

Possible to turn overripe banana back to yellow?

Eat brighter!™ program extended through 2018
One year after the launch of the eat brighter!™ movement, an initiative created to change the game of marketing in the fresh produce industry and inspire children and their families to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, Sesame Workshop, the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and Produce Marketing.....

United Fresh donates 39,000 pounds produce after show
United Fresh donated 39,019 lbs. of produce and 207 lbs. of assorted dry food to the Greater Chicago Food Depository at the conclusion of the United Fresh 2015 annual convention and expo in Chicago last week. Volunteers helped collect donations from the convention floor to benefit those in need serviced by.....