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Domex Superfresh Growers® launches new website

Domex Superfresh Growers is inviting visitors to explore its new website at ww.superfreshgrowers.com.“The website’s eye-catching look and engaging content are designed to educate consumers and retailers about Domex Superfresh Growers world class fruit -- apples, pears, cherries and apricots -- and the.....

"They are as good as they are ugly"

Spain: Caprabo promotes consumption of "ugly" fruit and veg

This week, Caprabo is starting an initiative aimed at raising awareness about the consumption of "ugly" fruits and vegetables; that is, those that fail to meet the compulsory standards in terms of appearance, but which have the same flavour and nutritional properties.Under the slogan "As good as they are.....

The Produce Moms welcomes HMC Farms into the family of partners

HMC Farms, growers of tree fruit and table grapes, has joined The Produce Moms™ family of trusted partners. The partnership will primarily focus on promoting HMC Farms’ Holiday plums and table grapes.To kick off the partnership, The Produce Moms created and published a stop-motion animation video, as well as.....

Church Brothers receives multiple supplier excellence awards

Church Brothers Farms received several awards from customers recently, including the 2017 SYSCO Gold Produce Supplier Award.The Sysco Gold Award highlights supplier efforts such as sales, margin and case growth, as well as subjective criteria such as sales support and category management engagement. As part of.....

First time at the expoSE 22 and 23 November 2017

Dutch Cerescon presents selective asparagus harvest machine

A selective Asparagus harvest machine that can harvest on three parallel rows has been developed by Cerescon in the Netherlands. The patented underground detection method was inspired by proximity sensor technology that detect the asparagus underground.They enter the coordinates of the pole into a digging.....

Tanimura & Antle honored for leadership in the farmworker community

Tanimura & Antle was honored with multiple awards at the Annual Center for Community Advocacy (CCA)’s Dia De Los Muertos Tardeada & Ben Heller Awards Banquet on Sunday, October 29th. The company received the Ben Heller Award for Leadership & Courage and the 2017 Hero Award.Tanimura & Antle’s.....

Huge investment for transport company

Food transporter STI Germany expands number of trucks

STI Germany - the German branch of the international transport company STI Freight Management - continues to expand its truck capacity. As of November, 20 new climate controlled vehicles will be available throughout Europe. Their fleet of 150 climate controlled vehicles is currently the largest in Europe,.....

Cinven to acquire a majority stake in berry group Planasa for €450 million

International private equity firm, Cinven, today announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Planasa, a global operator in the agri-food sector, for a consideration of approximately €450 million.Planasa specialises in plant research, nursery and fresh produce. Alexandre Darbonne,.....

Fresh Del Monte Produce net sales hit $952M in third quarter report

Fresh Del Monte Produce today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 29, 2017. The company reported that net sales for the third quarter of 2017 were $952.7 million, compared with $950.2 million in the third quarter of 2016.The increase in net sales was the result of higher net sales.....

Kevin Leap joins GreenFruit Avocados as Director of Sales and Marketing

Mexican avocado marketer, GreenFruit Avocados, today announced that industry veteran, Kevin Leap, has been appointed director of sales and marketing.Mr. Leap has 27 years of experience in the produce industry, working in a variety of sales and marketing roles at well-known companies like WestPak Avocados,.....

Freight Farms expands into international markets and new business sectors

Freight Farms, manufacturer of commercial-grade hydroponic farms built inside of shipping containers, today reported company growth to accommodate the increasing demand from new business sectors, and international markets. As the company continues to thrive, Freight Farms also announced a corporate expansion.....

WARNING! Scam involving ANTONIO RUGGERO SPA reported

We would like to warn all operators that Gaetano Russo made contact with a few Spanish companies at Madrid Fruit Attraction to obtain purchases and supplies by introducing himself as an import-export manager for "Antonio Ruggiero Spa".This is a scam, as the subject provided false details, this individual even.....

Argentina: San Miguel lost $15 million due to cyber attack

The last massive cyber attack, suffered by multinationals, hit the finances of Argentine citrus company San Miguel. San Miguel, the main processor and exporter of fresh citrus in the country, which has an operating center in the province of Tucuman, was affected by the hacking that hit the shipping giant.....

Erwin Bakker, Ellips:

"Optically sorting dates replaces manual selection and mistakes"

Although the Elisam sorting machines have mainly been on the rise in top fruit, onions and citrus in recent years, the first machine Erwin Bakker sold in 2011 was an optical sorting machines for dates. It wasn't an unnecessary luxury item."We arrived at Datepac in Yuma (Arizona) where 11,000 people were.....

AeroFarms:

IKEA and chef David Chang round out $40m in financing for Series D round

AeroFarms, a company working in indoor vertical farming since 2004, closed $40 million in Series D financing led by an international line up of financing.Financiers included Dubai-based Meraas Holdings, London-based ADM Capital, NYC-based AB (AllianceBernstein), and Netherlands-based Ikea Group with continuing.....

Spain: Coca-Cola promotes efficient fertigation of citrus

Coca-Cola has presented the project "Cítricos Sostenibles" ("Sustainable Citrus"); an initiative that seeks to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of Spain's citrus production through the promotion of efficient fertigation (fertilization and irrigation) in areas subject to water stress.To be.....

DelfrescoPure® launches new consumer website

DelfrescoPure® welcomes you to explore, visit and discover their new fresh, homegrown website. The website was created with the user at the forefront and is a visual experience that showcases the rich diversity of the products consumers are seeking.The site features creative layers of engagement from.....

Pamela Kolochuk joins Peak of the Market as CFO

“We are very pleased to announce that Pamela Kolochuk has joined the Peak of the Market team as our Chief Financial Officer,” says Larry McIntosh, the company’s President & CEO.Pamela comes to Peak of the Market with 11 years’ experience in senior financial leadership. Over the past 17 years, her career.....

Magnus Sundén:

“New products introduced weekly”

Introducing a new product every week. That is Hebes Frukt & Grönt, from the Swedish city of Göteborg’s, goal. Although the focus is on trading, these new products are necessary to distinguish themselves in the market. The ‘fruit plate’ and ‘taco plate’ were recently introduced. Besides developing new.....

Romania: Carrefour doubled its profit in first half of 2017

Carrefour Romania, which operates hypermarkets under the same name and manages the franchise of the French group's proximity stores, has doubled its profit in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2016, reaching 16.6 million lei (3.6 million Euro). During the same period, the turnover.....

Metro Bulgaria to sell organic products in special sections

Metro Bulgaria has opened special sections for organic products in its 11 retail outlets in the country. With an area of ​​100-140 square metres within the store itself, they feature more than 1,500 food and non-food organic certified products. "Metro Bulgaria" is the first company in the METRO.....

Market supply does not meet demand

Countdown to market entry of green oranges from Qiongzhong county

"Green oranges from Qiongzhong county in Hainan city are a kind of biological non-hazardous fruit. They ripen faster than others of their kind, so they have a very competitive strength on the market. This product has become known nationally because of its thin green peel, sweet taste, and its abundance of.....

Third Quarter Report:

Camposol revenues up 37% reaching $240M

Financial Review for the Third Quarter of Year 2017Camposol saw revenues reach USD 240.6 million (175.4), up 37.2% from the same period last year, principally due to higher volumes and prices in avocados and higher volumes in seafood.Gross profit was USD 92.3 million (52.7) and the gross margin for the same.....

"We have a challenging year ahead of us"

The Greenery kicks off special top fruit year

On Wednesday October 25 The Greenery kicked off the top fruit season with its retail and sales departments and management in the Zeeuwse Kapelle. This location was specially chosen, as the south west of the Netherlands is worth up to 50% of the national top fruit supply for the sales organisation. Connecting.....

Cooperation between TopFarmers and Econeers

Crowd funding campaign for Urban Farming Berlin

The German company TopFarmers has launched a crowd funding campaign together with the platform Econeers. From Tuesday 24 October, it has been possible to invest in the project for urban agriculture. The goal of the campaign is to build a new urban city farm location in Berlin.In a landscaped park, Herzberge in.....

Further step towards plastic reduction

REWE tests reusable alternatives to plastic fruit and veg bags

Soon the thin plastic bag will be gone. After the abolition of the plastic carrier bag, REWE now also wants to reduce the use of thin plastic bags in the fruit and vegetable assortment.To this end, Germany's second-largest food retailer carried out a seven-week test. Two alternative approaches are being.....

Dutch Berries: 20 hectare strawberry greenhouse in Zuilichem

The applications have been made, the procurement is in motion and the first plants should be in the greenhouse next year. The Bommelerwaard nursery, Kreling Aardbeien, will be building a 20 hectare strawberry greenhouse in Zuilichem in Gelderland under the name Dutch Berries BV.Traditionally, Gijbert Kreling.....

Rijk Zwaan net turnover increases 8% hitting €420 million

Rijk Zwaan generated a net turnover of €420 million in the 2016/2017 financial year which represents an increase of 8% over the previous financial year.In 2016/2017 the operating result stood at €111 million, while net profit amounted to €88 million. The increased revenues and profit were due entirely to.....

Swedish potato and onion sales system in German supermarkets

The Swedish system Agripo that has become the standard way of selling root vegetables in Sweden has now also been introduced in Germany. Especially the North of Germany was very interested. The system has been tested and can now be found in supermarkets such as Edeka, Real and Rewe.Agripo is a system in which.....

China: Chongqing's first cooling distribution park opens in Hechuan district

A few days ago, the city of Chongqing set up its first cooling distribution park for organic and ecological agricultural products in the suburban Hechuan district.According to reports, this project is estimated to be completed within a year. It will become the distribution center for off-season vegetables in.....

From weekly market to wholesale

“Wholesale market traders are simply more expensive compared to us”

One after another, Duisburger Großmarkt-traders have been closing shop. Several hundred yards away, managing director Ali Savi opened the doors of his fruit and vegetable shop, only two years ago. After a difficult initial phase, Turkish customers in particular have found their way to their countryman.Near the.....

Refresco agrees to 1.6 billion euro take-over offer from PAI

Dutch juice bottling company Refresco has agreed to a 1.6 billion euro ($1.9 billion) buyout offer from French private equity firm PAI Partners, the company said on Wednesday.Earlier this month Refresco said it would consider the offer, after having rejected a 1.4 billion euro offer from PAI in April.The new.....

Wholesale trader Peter Nüchter: "We benefit from the healthy nutrition trend"

Family firm succesful despite unfair competition

On the Duisburg wholesale market it is increasingly difficult for traders to survive. Many companies have been forced to close over the past few years due to unfair competition and the rise of direct supply. Not so for Peter Nüchter, owner of the fruit and vegetable trade firm of the same name. He delivers.....

Auction Femago La Costa acquired by Agrupaejido

Agrupaejido has made a key strategic move with the acquisition of a new auction centre, Femago La Costa, based in Ejido Norte.The company from Almeria's Poniente, owned by the Guillén family of Almeria, has refurbished the facilities and will reopen its doors with the objective of attracting new customers from.....

New Primaflor general director presented

The celebration of Primaflor's 40th anniversary in the framework of Fruit Atraction was the moment chosen by the president of the company, Lorenzo Belmonte, to present the firm's new General Director, the Dutch Ronni Diepstraten, to clients and suppliers from all over the world.Primaflor celebrated forty years.....

Poland: Bio Planet made 2.4 million Euro in turnover in September

The Board of Directors of the Polish company Bio Planet, which is devoted to the production and distribution of organic food, reported that sales in September 2017 amounted to 10.2 million zloty (about 2.4 million Euro), which is exactly the same as a year earlier.In September 2017, the company introduced.....

“Joining AGRO Merchants Group was the highlight”

Javier Rueda says farewell to logistics sector after 45 years

During the Fruit Attraction, Javier Rueda, manager of AGRO Merchants Algeciras, said farewell to the logistics sector at a well-attended reception. The manager of Spanish cold store Algeciras will retire at the end of the year. Many colleagues, customers, and ‘competitors’ therefore used the occasion to shake.....

Wholesale market union and city discuss the future

Germany: The Düsseldorf wholesale market of the future

On Friday the 20th of October, representatives of the city of Düsseldorf and its wholesale market union met to discuss the future situation of the market business at the Ulmenstraße. The subjects of the discussion were the ways in which they could modernise what is considered old-fashioned and the parts of the.....

Farmers quit, producers have other concerns

Germany: Bavarian company wants young people to eat horseradish

The Bavarian horseradish has been a beloved product in the whole of Germany for years. However, the cultivation of the regional tubers is only getting more difficult, especially for smaller farms. These producers do not have the financial resources for automation and so quit. The Bavarian delicacies producer.....

Going heart-healthy with I Heart Avos campaign

West Pak Avocado, Inc., the parent company for I Love Avocados™ is pleased to announce the I Heart Avos #IHeartAvos campaign.Using the tag-line We Love Avocados with all our Heart, the digital campaign is a follow up to the brand’s recent Heart-Check certification by the American Heart Association. This.....

China: Jingdong officially opens "11.11 Global Product Festival"

On 17 October, Jingdong officially opened the "11.11 Global Product Festival". Jingdong's festival will last from 1 until 12 November. It includes many activities, like plus member days, and super sale days.Source: 21jingji.com

Germany: EDEKA North celebrates 25 years of logistics location Malchow

On saturday the 14th of October 2017, the logistics location of the EDEKA North concern celebrated its 25th anniversary. For the company's celebration, a party was organised which was attended by important people from politics and the industry.During his greeting speech, Carsten Koch, manging director of EDEKA.....

US: Field Notes on the Amazon / Whole Foods merger

Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion not only sent shockwaves through the grocery industry, but created a veritable cottage industry of thought pieces and jeremiads: “Would the new Whole Foods still have a soul?” “Did it ever have a soul?” “Why does Amazon suddenly care about.....

Storage capacity of 40,000 pallets

Start of Construction at Kloosterboer Lelystad

On Wednesday 18 October the first stone was officially laid for the construction of the new cold store of Kloosterboer Lelystad. The new, fully automatic cold store will have a storage capacity of 40,000 pallets, and should be operational in the fourth quarter of 2018.From left to right: Carolien Gase.....

OrtoRomi and Canova sign agreement to produce extracts, soups and ready meals

The consumption of traditional fruit juice is dropping, while extracts are going strong. OrtoRomi and Canova are working together to develop organic fruit and vegetable extracts, but the cooperation will also include soups, ready meals, fresh-cut and pre-cooked products.Elio Pelosin (in the photo), president.....

Prime Time International’s Mike Aiton retires after over forty years in the industry

After nearly five decades in the produce industry, Mike Aiton, Director of Marketing at Prime Time International will retire November 1st after serving the company since joining in 2009.“Mike is very well liked in the agriculture community and he’s known throughout the produce industry as a true professional,”.....

Justin Lambeth Joins NatureSweet as Chief Commercial Officer

NatureSweet® Tomatoes announces the addition of Justin Lambeth as its Chief Commercial Officer.In his new executive-level role, Lambeth is responsible for the commercial strategy of the company and activities related to marketing, sales, product development, and customer service to drive business growth and.....

Hazel Technologies receives second phase of USDA grant

Hazel Technologies, Inc., a USDA-supported company developing new shelf-life extension technologies for fresh produce, receives a second phase of funding from the USDA through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program based on results received in phase one of the three-phase program. With this.....

Labrunier

Pacific Trellis Fruit announces strategic partnership with Brazil’s largest table grape grower

Pacific Trellis Fruit, Los Angeles, CA officially announced today their strategic partnership with Labrunier, the largest table grape producer in Brazil. With over 900 hectares in production Labrunier, located in the state of Bahia, has one of the world’s largest areas for growing and testing new table grape.....

PMA Fresh Summit:

DS Smith to showcase new enhancements to wax-free boxes for produce

Interstate Container/DS Smith have said that they will be showcasing their 3rd generation Greencoat enhancements at this year's Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Summit Conference & Expo.Greencoat for Produce, a wax replacement box was built with farmers looking to switch from wax in mind. The.....

Lidl accounts for 8.2% of Spanish horticultural exports

The supermarket chain Lidl accounts for 8.2% of all Spanish fruit and vegetable exports, according to data from the Spanish Federation of Producers and Exporters of Fruit, Vegetables, Flowers and Live Plants (Fepex), which estimates the value of the sector's total sales abroad in 2016 at 12.4 billion.....

Golden Gate Produce Market completes $8 million transformation

The Golden Gate Product Market, the largest and busiest produce terminal in Northern California, today announced the completion of a major upgrade to the facility. The existing Produce Market was built over 50 years ago and the expansion comes just in time to cater for burgeoning growth.To recognize the.....

"We will continue to actively look for orchard investments in the Far North.”

Seeka secures Northland avocado jewel

Today, Seeka Limited announced the purchase of the Northland avocado orchard, Shirttail Orchard in Pukenui, Houhora, New Zealand, which it will jointly own along with two other parties. The orchard will be renamed and operate as Rising Sun Orchard Limited. The 28 hectare evenly contoured orchard has a proven.....

STK appoints new Vice President of Business Development

STK (Stockton) has announced the appointment of Bertrand Desbrosses as Vice President of Business Development and Portfolio Management.In his role, Bertrand will be responsible for leading STK’s business development efforts on a global scale, developing the company’s overall strategic commercial vision,.....

PMA Fresh Summit

Chance to win prizes at Coliman's stand

Coliman has been participating every year as an exhibitor at the annual PMA Fresh Summit convention, and the 2017 edition will be no exception.The renowned Mexican brand, Coliman, will be present again at the increasingly popular international convention PMA Fresh Summit, which this year will be held in New.....

Direct connection between Peru and Philadelphia

Hamburg Süd: Fresh fruits for the USA

Exactly on time for the start of the main South American mango and grape season, the Hamburg Süd Line starts a weekly, direct connection from the Peruvian port of Paita to Philadelphia. With a transit time of nine days, this service offers Peruvian exporters and US importers a premium product that is precisely.....

China: UrFresh obtains financing of more than 100 million RMB

The mobile fresh goods retailer UrFresh has already completed B-level financing for the sum of more than 100 million RMB, received initially through an investment from Haier Capital. Today's Capital, Fengshang Capital and some other organizations followed in support. UrFresh has received strategic support from.....

China: Jingdong announces price for express delivery won't change

ZTO Express and Yunda Express have sent out news that their prices will go up on the day before November 11th (Single Celebration Day). This made online shopaholics not very happy. Jingdong, yesterday expressed that the distribution of their products on November 11th will not only not increase in price, but.....

Refresco enters into negotiations with PAI over takeover

Refresco has entered into negotiations with PAI Partners, hinting it may be open to accepting an improved takeover bid.PAI Partners returned with a €1.6 billion offer at the beginning of October,after turning down a €1.4 billion dollar offer back in April."On 3 October, we received an unsolicited, indicative.....

Joint venture celebrate anniversary of partnership, innovation and ambition

Kumar Group & Florist Holland B.V.: 25 years together at the top

KF Bioplants, joint venture of Kumar Group and Florist Holland, has existed for 25 years. KF Bioplants, the largest plant biotech company in India, develops and produces high value young planting material for ornamental cultivation and the fruit industry for commercial production worldwide. More recently KF.....