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Avocados From Mexico partners with the Toronto Blue Jays™ for 2016 season
Avocados From Mexico announced their partnership with the Toronto Blue Jays for the 2016 season. The brand hopes to engage Canadian baseball fans and create awareness for its products through a strategic alignment with one of Canada’s top sports teams.The partnership includes virtual advertising with the.....

Grower/Packer announces new hire, promotions
Mann Packing announced the hiring of Greg Villalobos to the position of account executive and the promotion of Cody Ramsey and Rick Russo to the newly created positions of director of foodservice sales and executive vice president of sales & marketing, respectively.Villalobos brings extensive sales and.....

USDA seeks nominations for the National Organic Standards Board
USDA and the Agricultural Marketing service (AMS) seeks nominations for the following five (5) positions to serve on the NOSB from January 2017 to January 2022:Organic producer who owns or operates an organic operation;Individual with expertise in areas of environmental protection and resource.....

Ugandan turns banana stalks into paper bags
Thirty-five-year-old entrepreneur, Sharon Ninsiima hopes to make bananas even more valuable, by turning their stalks into paper bags. At her workshop in the capital, Kampala, Sharon feeds banana stalks into a machine that extracts the fibre, which will be boiled and mixed with waste paper then converted into.....

Grower receives Produce for Better Health Role Model award
Southern Specialties announced the company was a recipient of the Better Health Role Model Award presented by the Produce for Better Health Foundation on April 6th in Scottsdale, Arizona at the foundation’s annual meeting. The award recognizes companies that have made a contribution towards increasing fruit.....


Chilean dancers at a Fresh Street Market store in West Vancouver, BC

Florida grower answers call for consumer transparency
Sunripe Certified Brands proudly announced that its products are Non-GMO Project Verified and certified by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (CIW) Fair Food Program – two certifications that allow the brand to communicate on its packaging for transparency with its customers.The Non-GMO Project is North.....

Amount of Fijian workers in Aus, NZ increases 300%
According to Fiji's Minister for Employment, Semi Koroilavesau there has been a 300% increase in the number of Fijian workers in Australia and New Zealand.Koroilavesau says there this is a huge jump from 30 workers who were involved in the pilot program last year.There are currently 102 people employed under.....

Peru: Ag exports increase first two months of the year
The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) stated that, as a result of a higher placement of traditional products, exports in the first two months of the year (January and February) amounted to $827 million dollars, i.e. 2% more than in the same period of 2015.The products with the highest demand.....

Arno van den Oord, Champoord:
"This weather is ideal for mushroom market"
The mushrooms trade has had reasonably good Easter sales and the market is still in good balance. Arno van den Oord of mushroom wholesaler Champoord from Ammerzoden can't complain. "There is enough supply, but both the white mushrooms and the special varieties are selling well. It is steady and the prices.....

Chile: Report on effects of the recent rains
On Tuesday, April 5, there were some localized rains especially in the northern area of the region of Valparaiso and there were rains with no significant volume in the Metropolitan and O'Higgins regions. (Below are the reports of the places were it rained and drizzled).As usual, after the rain, on Tuesday.....

Do's and don'ts of business in India
There are codes of conduct in every country that you have to take into account when doing business. Below you will find a number of codes of conduct for India's business culture.Personal relationshipsDoing business in India is marked by personal relationships. Trust is important in Indian culture. Sometimes.....

CPMA to host final show in Calgary
CPMA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show is only a week away, and the 2016 show will showcase the newest innovations in produce in the vibrant city of Calgary. Most importantly the CPMA has shifted the Convention and Trade Show to a Tuesday to Thursday format to meet the demands of changing demographics.....

Neighbouring countries have better conditions to do business with the EU
Bolivia could have free trade agreement with EU
Representative sectors in Bolivia are increasingly more interested in resuming bilateral free trade negotiations with the European Union. The tariff preferences supplementary agreement currently in force would allow hundreds of Bolivian products free access to a market with a lot of potential, but it's.....

Panama: Production in Los Santos down 50% due to lack of water
According to Analeidys Chen, the president of Gantrap (Union of Non traditional Agricultural Exporters from Panama) who is dedicated to exporting melon and watermelon from Las Tablas to European countries, the production of melon, watermelon, and pumpkin for export decreased between 50 and 60% in the.....

"Mexico should increase its presence in the European market"
Senator Manuel Cota Jimenez, president of the Committee on Agriculture and Livestock, received a delegation of German Members of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, which was headed by Deputy Alois Gerig, by telling them that Mexico was a gateway to a potential market of more than one billion consumers,.....

Fresno grower completes solar power installation
Baloian Farms has completed the installation of a 1,098 kw DC PV solar system comprised of 3,360 panels at their headquarters in Fresno, California. The grower, packer, and shipper of bell peppers and other fresh produce has been in the industry for 99 years, and believes that sustainable farming practices.....

Canadian packer-distributor to drop new brand at CPMA
As the 2016 Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention prepares to launch in downtown Calgary, local produce packer and distributor, Thomas Fresh, is getting set to unveil a new brand identity to its peers in the fresh food space.Thomas Fresh CEO Roy Hinchey says, “We have a long tradition of trusting.....

Nominations sought for California Kiwifruit Administrative Committee
The California Kiwifruit Administrative Committee will conduct its annual election of kiwifruit growers to serve as members and alternates for a two-year term from August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2018. Nominations are being sought from the three districts in California, encompassing all of the production.....

Wada Farms joins The Produce Mom family of partners
Wada Farms is the newest addition to The Produce Mom Family of Partners. The partnership will focus on the Wada Farms & Dole branded Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes & Onions.“Wada Farms is well-aligned with The Produce Mom’s focus of serving households, schools, and the fresh produce industry with.....

China raises taxes on import via Internet
Starting 8 April, China is going to ask for 17% VAT on products offered via e-commerce by foreign countries. This will cause imported food products to become considerably more expensive. In some cases a consumer’s tax will have to be paid as well, and the system in which products under 50 yuan are not taxed.....


EU imposes 5.2 million euro fine
Spanish Riberebro receives fine for mushroom cartel
The European Commission fined Spanish canning manufacturer Riberebro 5.2 million euro because of cartel formation. The company agreed on prices with competitors regarding canned mushrooms.The mushroom cartel was formed by Lutece, Prochamp and Bonduelle. In June 2014 these companies already reached a.....

Temperatures take a plunge in South Africa
Earlier this week South African weather service reported a change in the weather, rain wind and snow on the high ground.According to one grower in the north of the country the weather has indeed taken a cold turn, "It is cold, the temperature has dropped down to the around 20ºC." The normal temperature for.....

Cuba: Forestry workers planting fruit species
Cuban forestry workers are planting fruit species that favor the environment, agricultural production, and feed the population.Wilfredo Arrequi, head of the Forestry Department of the Agroforestal Business Group, told the Cuban News Agency that the new farmers engaged in fruit production had an outstanding.....


Arjen Bouma, Gilad Produce:
"Habanero peppers a niche market, but an interesting one"
"Consumers are increasingly discovering the versatile flavours and the popularity of local product is also on the rise. This is why more and more exotic crops are being grown and are successful, even if it is a niche product. A good example of this is the Habanero pepper," says Arjen Bouma of Gilad Produce......

Ag retailer launches new corporate website
BRANDT, a leading agriculture retailer and manufacturer of specialty products for the ag and turf markets, has re-launched its corporate website. The new site is located at www.brandt.co.“Our new site highlights our people, our insights and our products,” said Karl Barnhart, Chief Marketing Officer. “The.....

AU: Fourteen flies cost $15.7m to eradicate
It cost the government more than $1 million per insect to eradicate the Queensland fruit fly from Auckland last year.The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has released the final costs of its eradication programme, which swung into action after the first of 14 flies was found in Grey Lynn last February.It.....

Sale of imperfect fresh produce and processing into juice and jams
Sweden: 7 start-ups created to reduce food waste
Recently, Starbucks announced it would actively start working to reduce food waste at its restaurants, but the coffee giant is apparently not the only one aiming to reduce the amount of food we throw away. The following seven start-ups of recent creation based their business precisely on the reduction of.....


Bio-cool ozone tech could be "a game-changer for the industry"
New Zealand company Bio-cool Systems is bringing new coolstore solutions to the industry, with state-of-the-art ozone technology that stops ethylene production, prevents fruit loss during storage and and reduces quality failures at outturn.“Ozone sanitises the room completely,” Bio-cool Systems (BCS).....

Michigan wholesaler launches new website
Rocky Produce, a third generation family-owned wholesale produce distributor, announces the launch of the company’s new website.In an effort to better communicate the company’s capabilities, rich history, and community involvement, the website presents information in a clean, easy-to-navigate format.“The.....

California chefs and consumers favor local ingredients
Chefs and diners care about the origin of their food. Locally grown produce ranked #3 in the National Restaurant Association’s “What’s Hot” 2016 Culinary Forecast; natural ingredients and farm/estate branded items followed closely at #5 and #13. So, as Fresh California Avocado season gears up, it’s no.....

Mozambique: Food security threatened by floods and drought
The natural disasters which have struck Mozambique this year have compromised the target for agricultural growth in the country this year.According to state-controlled Radio Mozambique, the Confederation of Mozambican Business Associations (CTA), furthermore, the military tensions in the centre of the.....


UAE: Sampling the nation’s finest local veggies
Families from across the Emirates have sampled dishes prepared with fresh vegetables grown on farms in Abu Dhabi at the Mother of the Nation Festival on the capital's azure Corniche this week.The festival, held to honour HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), Supreme.....


Moscow cats eat entire banana crop
Moscow's Apothecary Garden recently harvested their first banana crop which was intended for the park's visitors. However, the resident cats beat the visitors to it, and gobbled up the whole crop themselves, reported the press service of the botanical garden.“Recently, we gathered a harvest of velvet bananas.....

Latest internet brainteaser involves potatoes
The Internet's most recent head-scratching brainteaser cartoon involves trying to find a potato in a sea of hamsters.The cartoon brainteaser craze started in December when Hungarian cartoonist Gergely Dudas, who goes by the name of Dudolf, sketched a cartoon panda hiding in the middle of a crowd of.....


Japanese cafe sells salad cakes
In 2015, a Japanese food stylist, Mitsuki Moriyasu, created a new concept in food design: the Vegiedeco Salad (Vegetable Decoration Salad). The concept involves serving vegetables in a new way, namely in the form of colourful cakes. By doing so, Mitsuki aims to make diners smile with healthy foods that are.....

Peru: Collective mark for edible fungi from Incahuasi
Twelve associations of dehydrated edible fungi (Suillus luteus) producers from the district of Incahuasi, Lambayeque region, market their products in Peru via the Inka Wasi collective mark which was officially presented in this part of the country.Leonor Torres Bances, the director of the Solidarity Social.....

Peru: Adex wants to extend Agrarian Promotion Act 20 years
Adex, the Exporters Association, said it was necessary to extend the Agricultural Promotion Act -Nº27360, which will be in force until December 31, 2021, by 20 years because it didn't last long enough to undertake investment in the sector"Not extending this norm would have a significant impact on national.....

Avocados garner social media buzz at SXSW
Avocados From Mexico (AFM), the No. 1 selling avocado brand in the U.S., celebrated their year-round love of music with their first-ever appearance at South By Southwest (SXSW), and in the process, dominated SXSW-related social buzz. According to data from the social media monitoring company Keyhole, AFM’s.....

Western Cape welcomes more drought relief funding
Agriculture MEC Alan Winde announced an additional R23m in drought relieffor the Agri Western Cape on Thursday 31 March. The decision is welcome news to the Agri Western Cape, whose Chief Executive Officer Carl Opperman commended the department, saying it was doing "an excellent job at utilising available.....

Fiji Minister investigates workers complaints in Aus
Fijian seasonal workers in Australia complain that they are being paid less than $10 a week to pick fruit and vegetables on farms. To investigate the claims, Minister for Employment Semi Koroilavesau will soon travel to Australia.He is travelling to New Zealand April 1 and plans to travel to Australia on his.....

Restaurant industry leader to headline United Fresh 2016
Kevin Brown, President and CEO of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc.® (LEYE), will be the keynote speaker at the United Fresh 2016 Breakfast General Session on Wednesday, June 22 at McCormick Place in Chicago.LEYE owns more than 100 restaurants with 51 different concepts ranging from fast casual to fine.....

UF/IFAS to teach how to communicate agricultural hot topics more effectively
Major issues threaten American agriculture, but few outside the industry understand the gravity of these problems. University of Florida students are learning how to tell these stories.The National Institute of Food and Agriculture, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, awarded a $296,000 grant to UF,.....

N.J ag department celebrates 100th anniversary
On Tuesday 29 March, around 100 people toasted the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's 100th anniversary. When the Legislature voted to create the department on March 29, 1916, New Jersey was mostly a rural “Garden State,” with 53.5 percent of the land dedicated to farming.There were 33,477 farms a.....

Stay cool with potatoes and tomatoes
To keep sweat at bay this summer season, why not try putting a slice of potato under your arms, or perhaps slightly easier, drinking a glass of tomato juice every day?Rahul Aggarwal, CEO, Organic Harvest, an organic beauty care range company, has shared some easy tips on how to control sweating naturally.....

Panama: El Niño reduces exports
Exports have experienced one of the biggest drops in sales over the last five years because of the phenomenon of El Niño and other factors, including a lack of policies and several problems in international markets.In 2015 exports experienced their worst drop since 2011. According to the Office of the.....

Apple grower joins VP to honor legacy and prevent abuse
Oppy and JAZZ™ apples joined U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the annual Beau Biden Memorial Trail Race in Delaware’s Brandywine Valley in mid-March—raising funds and awareness for the late Beau Biden’s crusade to stand up and speak out for children suffering abuse.At the start of the 5 and 10 K race, which.....

Three additional bio-control species in California introduced
Beneficial Insectary is now producing Orius insidiosus, Dalotia coriaria (formerly Atheta coriaria), and Dicyphus hesperus at their state-of-the-art facility in California. Increased domestic production in the United States is now benefiting growers in North America by significantly reducing the transit time.....

Successful FPAA Spring Policy Summit held
Speakers from Washington D.C., Mexico City and various other regions joined the Fresh Produce Association of the America (FPAA), its members and other participants from the industry in important discussions that took place during the Spring Policy Summit 2016 on March 15-16 at the Tubac Golf Resort.Among.....

Further impact of drought
S. Africa may reduce school meal portions
Drought in South Africa and escalating food prices have led the Department of Basic Education to start reviewing the menus for the national school nutrition programme – an initiative which provides meals to millions of pupils across the country.And the Western Cape Education Department said it may, as a last.....


Grow vegetables with... pencils?
What if instead of throwing away pencil stubs when they get too short to use, you could turn them into flowers, herbs or even vegetables?The Sprout pencil is made of cedar and uses graphite and clay in place of lead. It launched in Denmark, then the US and the range is now available in the UK.A seed capsule.....


Mexican volcano on phase 2, no effects on agriculture
Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) stated that the Popocatepetl volcano is active again. This institution is responsible for monitoring the status of the volcano and for establishing risk prevention programs. According to Cenapred's website, the Popocatepetl is on alert Phase 2......

Important Argentinian province harvest 40% smaller by El Niño
The 2015/16 agricultural season will be complicated. According to experts, the intense constant rains in some departments, such as Santa Rosa, Luján, Maipú, and Tupungato, in combination with the hail, affected all crops and generating losses that, in different plantations are estimated will reach.....

Salinas grower expands sales team
River Fresh Farms, a grower-shipper company providing sales, marketing, customized supply chain logistics and consolidated shipping of conventional and organic fresh fruits and vegetables, today announced the addition of Lisa Robyn to lead the sales team, work directly with buyers and support the ongoing.....

Banana splits: new internet craze
The new trend sweeping across social media is simply bananas; the banana peel challenge involves teenagers testing the classic cartoon gap of slipping on a banana peel.Teenager Jason Oakes was one of the first to post a video of the Banana Peel Challenge, showing himself falling to the ground of his kitchen,.....


Babette Koolen (Sous Fresh) about Easter trends 2016:
"Colour on your plate, small but good and natural superfoods"
Easter is coming! A busy period for Sous Fresh. The phone rings incessantly! Trucks drive in and out. Easter has always been busy, but as Sous Fresh has increasingly focused on gastronomy, it has become clear that demand for innovative new products is on the rise. "Our brand Sous Fresh Chefs Inspiration is.....


US: Farmworker Awareness Week emphasizes supporting the faces behind the food
How did that strawberry get from the field to your fork? Who picked it? Who is the farmworker behind our food?Farmworker Awareness Week, which runs March 24 -31, emphasizes the importance of the farmworker and the greater importance of providing farmworkers with healthy and safe working environments. “There.....


Hilary Clinton jokes about her love for NY apples
During an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Hillary Clinton joked about her love of New York apples. The presenter showed Clinton one of her publicly-released emails with "apples" in the subject line. In the email, first reported by syracuse.com in July 2015, Clinton asked an aide to order New York apples from.....


Manpower shortage, high ag wages drive demand
Herbicides bright spot for Indian agrochemical firms
Amid a weak business environment, herbicides remain a bright spot for agrochemical firms in India. The herbicides business, which has been outperforming the agrochemical market growth for the past several years, is forecast to grow at strong pace in the next few years too.Manpower shortage and high.....


African food insecurity expert visits Maine
Dr. Lindiwe Sibanda, is an expert on food insecurity and a leading voice contributing to the global debate over hunger and poverty. This week she is visiting Maine to learn about how the state helps feed its hungry.Dr. Sibanda works throughout 17 countries in Africa as head of a food and agriculture.....


This is how onions should be cut
Another tip for the kitchen: the easiest way to cut onions. Tears will keep flowing, but perhaps this technique will help you reduce the cooking time and get the onions to the pan as quickly as possible. Another advantage: with this method, the onion retains its ornate rings.

Easter Bunny to boost Australian carrot consumption
An Easter tradition is set to bolster profit margins for carrot growers this Easter. That's according to this fictionalised story you're reading right now.With Easter approaching this Sunday, sales of carrots around Australia are expected to triple with eager children keen to leave out a treat for the.....