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Del Monte Fresh Produce acquires Mann Packing Co., Inc.

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. (“Del Monte”) entered into a definitive agreement on February 5, 2018 to acquire Mann Packing Co., Inc. (“Mann Packing”), an award-winning innovator and leading grower, processor and supplier of a broad variety of fresh and value-added vegetable products in North America......

Auchan and Alibaba may buy the Chinese branch of Carrefour

According to the French newspaper Le Figaro, Carrefour is currently investigating the possibility of selling off its Chinese branch. Auchan and Alibaba have been named as potential buyers. Carrefour was established in 1959. It was a pioneer in bulk sales. Carrefour is Europe's number one bulk retailer, and the.....

New company website shows availability of 115+ produce varieties

The Vanguard International Group has launched a new website last week, vanguardfresh.com (vanguardteam.com in China), all part of the evolution of the organization’s strategy to develop a global vertically-integrated fresh fruit organization, which they said will be able to supply high quality, food safety.....

Vision Produce Company and Vision Import Group

Vision Companies decide on independent strategies

APB Inc., doing business as the Vision Produce Company, operating in California and Arizona, has sold its interest in Vision Import Group, LLC to Raul Millan and Ronnie Cohen. Vision Import Group, LLC operates in New Jersey, Texas and Florida.“There are no changes to the ownership of Vision Produce Company,”.....

Ocean Spray Cranberries reaches agreement to purchase cranberry operations in Quebec

Today, Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. announced it has reached a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Atoka Cranberries Inc., located in Manseau, Quebec, from The Bieler Group. This acquisition will expand Ocean Spray's manufacturing footprint in Quebec, the second largest and fastest growing cranberry.....

Sweet potato grower named 2018 North Carolina Exporter of the Year

Lucama-based Scott Farms has been named the 2018 N.C. Exporter of the Year by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.The award recognizes individuals or companies that have made a positive impact on N.C. agricultural exports. The award was presented to Linwood “Sonny” Scott Jr., president and.....

Seneca Foods completes the acquisition of Burnette Foods maraschino cherry business

Seneca Foods Corporation (“Seneca”) (NASDAQ:SENEA) (NASDAQ:SENEB) and Burnette Foods, Inc. (“Burnette”) announced today that Seneca has completed the acquisition of Burnette’s maraschino cherry business. This business is based in Traverse City, Michigan and allows Seneca to supplement its existing maraschino.....

Kroger's organic produce sales achieve $1 billion

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today its organic produce business has achieved $1 billion in annual sales."Kroger offers one of the largest organic produce departments in America, and we are proud to have led the way in making this category more mainstream, accessible and affordable," said Robert Clark,.....

Tim van Haandel (Mulder Onions): "Uncertain period"

Who will be next on the onion market?

It has become a lot calmer on the onion market since last week. "The demand at the moment is mainly concentrated on coarse onions. Now that the sales to Senegal have dropped out, the sale of the medium sorting is a lot more mediocre," says Tim van Haandel of Mulder Onions. "We are seeing for the third year in.....

Traders settling in at new Liverpool wholesale market

Just three weeks ago the Liverpool wholesale market moved to a new location after more than 50 years at the Old Swan site. According to Liverpool City Council the move was absolutely vital. The traders based at the new siteThe market had been at the old site since 1964 and the traders were in desperate need of.....

Close cooperation in the marketing of vine tomatoes and peppers

Frankort & Koning start cooperation with regional producers of Fossa Eugenia

The company Frankort & Koning will begin marketing the regionally grown vine tomatoes and peppers, starting next season. The Dutch trading company, with the slogan “In full swing”, is starting a more intensive cooperation with regional producers of its long-term partner Fossa Eugenia. "We are pleased that.....

Germany: Hellmann builds new logistics location in Bielefeld

The Osnabrück logistics company Hellmann Worldwide Logistics has strengthened its presence in Bielefeld. On the Friedrich-Hagemann-Straße in the east of Bielefeld, a modern 5,500 m², centrally located transhipment facility, plus 1,500 m² of office space and a 1,500 m² warehouse will be built on a plot of.....

Preparations for pumping trials in spring 2018

Switzerland: Sustainable energy supply for Grob’s vegetable cultivation

It will probably be in the second quarter of 2018 that the pumping tests of the geothermal plant in Schlattingen will start. The plant should sustainably contribute to the energy supply of the family vegetable farm Grob. In recent months, after an oil spill, various protective measures for additional water.....

Italian vegetable producer ships more produce by air

The flights to deliver high-quality fresh produce to the Middle East and Hong Kong have more than doubled - Apofruit invested in new markets and was proven right. Last year, there were 166 flights against the 86 of two years before.Apofruit produce pallets ready to be loadedApofruit is promoting its premium.....

Planasa has new CEO for its subsidiary in Holland

The Planasa company, in its quest to strengthen its commercial activity and to develop new varieties in the north and east of Europe, has just welcomed Jorrit de Vries as the new CEO of Planasa Holland. With over 25 years of experience in the sector, Jorrit has a far-reaching career in the red berries.....

Italy: Cherry business enters new era

This is how Pablo Godoy, General Director of the Chilean fruit and vegetable packing plant Servicios San Cristobal Ltda., has recently commented on the new UNITEC technology. "Cherry Vision 3.0 technology makes us feel safe. We are sure that we own a very efficient tool to select cherry quality.""After the.....

Total Produce buys 45% stake in Dole for $300m

Total Produce has agreed to buy a 45% stake in rival fresh produce company Dole for $300m.Total Produce said the deal was motivated by its expectation that demand for fresh fruit and vegetables will rise strongly driven by what it calls "a structural trend towards health eating and snacking". The company said.....

Levarht presents new slogan

'Bringing the best together'. Levarht, based in the Netherlands, wants to use these words to make its mark on the market in the years to come. Claas van Os, Marketing Director and NBD at Dutch fruit and vegetable wholesaler, Levarht: "Our speciality is connecting the correct chain partners. For Levarht,.....

Spain: Nufri to expand its refrigerated chambers

Nufri has increased its apple production in recent years, so it will expand its refrigerated storage capacity with 21 new chambers, each with capacity for 300 tonnes (i.e. 63,000 tonnes in total), on 3,521 square metres.These new chambers will be located inside the existing building, which has 34,277 square.....

US company: expanding its post-harvest business

AgroFresh appoints new VP and global general manager

AgroFresh Solutions Inc, a global leader in produce freshness solutions, announced today that it has appointed Paul Nselel as Vice President and Global General Manager, Post-Harvest. Nselel will lead the company’s post-harvest commercial teams to increase penetration, market share and revenue to achieve its.....

Potato Market

Launch of first online market for professional trade of potatoes

The first online market for the professional purchase and sale of potatoes worldwide is now a reality; a project launched by the company Agromar, which has facilities and plantations in France and Spain and is part of the company Intersur, a leader in the production of New Potatoes from Spain."Some years ago,.....

Kuehne + Nagel BeLux achieves Top Employers 2018 Certification

Kuehne + Nagel BeLux is proud to announce that it has been officially certified by the Top Employers Institute for its exceptional employee offerings. The annual, international research undertaken by the Top Employers Institute recognises leading employers around the world: those that provide excellent.....

PMA’s Gorny tapped to fill new role at FDA

James Gorny, Ph.D., Vice President of Food Safety and Technology at the Produce Marketing Association (PMA), is stepping down to serve as Senior Science Advisor for Produce Safety at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) where he will be developing and coordinating implementation strategies for the Food.....

Jud Flowers inducted into Texas IPA Hall of Fame

With 41 years of commitment to the citrus industry, Jud Flowers is welcomed to the Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) Hall of Fame. Selected by a group of his peers, Flowers is recognized for his years of remarkable leadership within the industry and the accomplishment of owning one of the last.....

Texas produce industry leaders inducted into Hall of Fame

Nearly 260 produce industry leaders attended the 2018 Texas Produce Hall of Fame Ceremony on Monday evening, January 29th, at the McAllen Country Club in McAllen, Texas. Organized by the Texas International Produce Association, the Hall of Fame has been a proud tradition since 1988. For 30 years, the event has.....

Maersk launches new service between Asia and Latin America

Today, Maersk Line announced the launch of the new Asia – Latin America / West Coast South America services. The service will provide Maersk Line’s customers with new direct products for Colombia, the Caribbean and Pecem, Brazil. It will reduce transit times and offer greater port coverage, while maintaining.....

Andreas Schindler from Don Limón

“Sustainability is the new organic”

“Sustainability is our language”, says Andreas Schindler, CEO of Don Limón. “We do not do business anymore purely for the business. We have activities all around the world that approach production and business using Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).”Don Limón is focusing on sustainable fruit production......

BerryWorld Group confirms the completion of merger with Beekers Holdings

BerryWorld Group is delighted to confirm the completion of the merger of Beekers Holdings BV which includes the Beekers Berries and Beekers Made businesses and full ownership of BerryWorld Europe. Following the change of ownership, Wil Beekers’ participation moves to BerryWorld Group and he now assumes the.....

Italy: Altamura becomes a PO

"We are proud of what we achieved. We changed our relationships with our suppliers. Roots that combine to grow together. Just like it happens in agriculture, when roots develop into good soil giving life to new plants," explains Alfonso Altamura, President of the brand-new Altamura PO.OP Altamura currently.....

New product on the market

China: "Chicory sales notably increased in 2017"

"In recent years, the living standards in China have increased, as have income levels. As a result, consumption patterns are changing and people are starting to pay more attention to foods and drinks that are beneficial to their health. In 2014, after we thoroughly familiarized ourselves with the strong.....

Guangzhou Jiangnan Market Office opens in grand fashion

China: Kingship is dedicated to wholesale distribution services

Shenzhen Kingship has finally opened the Guangzhou Jiangnan Market Office in a grand fashion on January 26th, 2018, with the full support of the Chinese Association for consumers products and quality Premium Produce & Food from China (PPFC), a subordinate of China's General Administration of Quality.....

CPMA releases statement on NAFTA negotiations

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) said they are satisfied with the progress made during Round 6 of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which concluded today in Montreal. CPMA applauds Canadian negotiators on their efforts to ensure that the renewed NAFTA protects.....

SunFed hires new Director of Food Safety

SunFed is pleased to announce the recent addition of Laura Reyes to its team. Laura will be taking on the role of Director of Food Safety to help SunFed and its growing partners adhere to guidelines outlined by the recently implemented Food Safety & Modernization Act (FSMA).“As the landscape in which we.....

Great British Market Awards

New Spitalfields judged Best Wholesale Market 2018

The prestigious annual award, which was presented during a conference in Birmingham organised by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA), recognises work and achievements at UK markets in 2017. It was given to New Spitalfields for “a continual range of infrastructure upgrades, including.....

Atlanta Poland’s net profit down over 49% in first half of 2017/18 campaign

According to preliminary data, in the first half of the 2017/2018 financial year, i.e. in the period from 1 July 2017 to 31 December 2017, Atlanta Poland's net sales revenues amounted to PLN 124,695 thousand (about 30.08 million Euro), i.e. 23.7% more than in the corresponding period of the financial year.....

Canadian herb grower changes name into Ecobain Gardens

Ecobain Gardens, a producer of natural herbs from its vertical hydroponic urban farm in Saskatoon, SK, has announced a name change to better reflect its business.In the making of the announcement, Brian Bain, Cofounder and CEO said, “we have rebranded to become “Ecobain Naturals.” Bain continued, “Our new name.....

And competition increases

China: "Import fruit prices down as domestic fruit quality improves"

"There has been a phenomenon in the market for imported fruit in recent years where the production and trading costs of some products exceed the sales price. I think this phenomenon can be traced to the industrialization of agricultural industry in China. The level of plantation technology increased and every.....

HOFER Austria celebrates its 50th anniversary

In 1968, HOFER KG started its business activities in Austria. Today, 50 years later, the food retailer is more modern and innovative than ever before: product range extensions, growth strategies and sustainability projects have had a lasting impact on the company's history and have made Hofer into Austria's.....

Altena Potatoes doubles capacity at new location in Veen

After having packaged and sorted potatoes from Wijk and Aalburg for years - the Schouten family has been active in the potato trade for 80 years - Altena Potatoes moved to Veen last year. When the fruit trader C.G. Timmermans building became available, the brothers Joop and Kees Schouten quickly moved in. "My.....

EFSA greenlights mushrooms with extra vitamin D

Banken Champignons has been given the go ahead from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to market the vitamin D mushroom. One portion of this new mushroom can help a shortage of vitamin D. Banken is playing into the ever growing demand for healthy and natural food with the vitamin D mushrooms. "Vitamin D.....

"High demand for kale"

Flemish woman starts online supermarket with locally grown seasonal products

Karen Feys, from West Flanders, recently started her company Localicious, an online supermarket that only works with locally grown seasonal products. The company supplies to Antwerp and West Flanders and will expand to Leuven, Genk and de Kempen this spring. Karen: "I believe nature provides us with what we.....

Greenyard CEO steps down

Greenyard announced today the appointment of current Greenyard Executive Chairman Hein Deprez as CEO of Greenyard, replacing Marleen Vaesen in this position. Carl Peeters, the current CFO of Greenyard, will be appointed COO, a new function. Hein Deprez and Carl Peeters are to jointly lead the Greenyard.....

Germany: Wasgau hones trademark profiles

Wasgau Produktions & Handels AG in Pirmasens has fundamentally revised the structure and design concept of its popular brands. The aim is to better structure the number of individual labels that has grown over the years and to sharpen the profile of the private labels. The private label assortment is.....

California Certified Organic Farmers Foundation receives $50,000 donation

The Organic Produce Network (OPN) and the CCOF Foundation are pleased to announce OPN’s $50,000 donation to the CCOF Foundation. OPN presented the gift at the CCOF Foundation’s We Are Organic dinner at the inaugural Organic Grower Summit on December 13 in Monterey, California.The highlight of the dinner was.....

Carrefour signs strategic partnership with Tencent and Yonghui in China

On 23 January, Carrefour made plans to reinvigorate its Chinese business, as it was falling behind. It signed a strategic partnership with Tencent and Yonghui in China. Up until now, the Carrefour stock prices have been increasing dramatically, up to 5%. Carrefour explains that this strategic partnership will.....

China: JD.com may take logistic business public

On January 24, during the World Economic Forum in Davos, JD.com CEO Liu Qiangdong said that JD.com might take its logistics business public and consider a dual listing. It means that the company will be presented on both the Hong Kong and Mainland China stock exchanges.Reuters reported that JD.com has already.....

Changes at Emerson Cargo Solutions after acquisition of LocusTraxx and Paksense

Emerson introduced Cargo Solutions in August 2016, after the acquisition of LocusTraxx and PakSense. With the establishment of Cargo Solutions, Emerson now offers a complete range of GO Loggers, GO Trackers and GO Systems that are suitable for monitoring perishable goods. Leveraging Emerson’s global footprint,.....

Refurbishment complete

Fijian Frespac ginger factory reopening

On Wednesday morning, Fiji’s assistant Minister for Agriculture, Viam Pillay, officially opened the refurbished factory for Frespac Ginger Fiji at Wailada.The Fiji Times quoted him saying: “Public private partnership is vital for the development of Fiji's ginger industry.” Furthermore, he said ginger was one.....

Zespri appoints new North America Operations Manager

Zespri continues to staff the North America office to meet the growing demand of its successful SunGold Kiwifruit, which has revolutionized the kiwifruit category with its tropical-sweet taste and longer shelf life. Jason Donaldson has been hired to oversee Zespri operations of the Americas.“I’m excited to.....

Alibaba seeks to expand agreements with Spanish food companies

Asian e-commerce giant Alibaba is strengthening the foundations of its business model in Spain through its subsidiary Alibaba Ecommerce Spain, S.L. This company, constituted in May 2017 and called Gratingar until last September, has recently received an injection of social capital worth € 200,000, reaching a.....

Grawn, Michigan

Cherry Growers Inc. to liquidate

Michigan-based company Cherry Growers Inc. is no more. President and general manager Eric MacLeod said: "We did actually announce to our employees last Friday an immediate and indefinite layoff.” About 80 people lost their jobs.The company's assets will be sold to help pay creditors. Those assets include.....

Village Farms named in 2018 OTCQX Best 50

Village Farms International, Inc. is pleased to announce it has been named in the 2018 OTCQX Best 50, a ranking of top performing companies traded on the OTCQX Best Market last year.The OTCQX Best 50 is an annual ranking of the top 50 U.S. and international companies traded on the OTCQX market. The ranking is.....

Oppy names new VP of US Sales

In a move that consolidates sales leadership and strategy, Oppy has promoted Brett Libke to vice president of U.S. sales.In this newly created role, Libke directs the sales strategy and market development initiatives for the full range of Oppy products across the U.S., overseeing a team of over four dozen.....

Italy: Improved warehouse logistics improves processing

"2017 was characterised by important results especially when it comes to optimised warehouse logistics and the organisation of human resources. According to the data collected through a customer satisfaction survey conducted by SG Marketing, Agricola Lusiais perceived as a reliable highly-professional partner.....

Takeover of Dole by Greenyard not entirely off

According to Belgian newspaper De Tijd, Greenyard’s takeover of Dole isn’t entirely off. The newspaper says there’s still a window of opportunity left open. Due to Dole’s high burden of debt, the American company continues to look for a candidate to acquire the company, and Greenyard still has an excellent.....

SanLucar presents its corporate responsibility report 2015-2017

The multinational company has invested a total of 2.5 million euros in its social and environmental activities over the past two years. “d.r e.a.m.s. For a sunnier world. Join us!" is the title of SanLucar´s current Corporate Responsibility Report, which provides information on its commitment and achievements.....

Poland: Retailer E.Leclerc achieved 671.21 million Euro turnover in 2017

In 2017, the E.Leclerc Polska Group recorded a turnover of PLN 2.8 billion (about 671.21 million Euro). This is the best result of the brand in recent years and is considered confirmation of the success of the firm's development direction."We are satisfied with the turnover for 2017, and we are particularly.....

US peach grower-shipper expands team

Grower, packer and shipper of peaches in the Eastern United States, Titan Farms, announces further expansion of its sales team as it promotes Tonya Conaway and welcomes Tammy Condrey in preparation for the 2018 peach season.In 2015, Titan Farms brought its sales team in-house in order to become a fully.....

Online business management application for small-scale farmers

North American Freight Farms acquires Cabbige

Freight Farms—manufacturer of smart hydroponic container farms and developer of the farmhand® automation and remote control suite—today announced the acquisition of Boston-based Cabbige, an online business management application for small-scale farmers. Cabbige’s inventory, crop, and financial management.....