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Limoneira and Suntreat advance their alliance

Limoneira Company and Suntreat have announced further go-to-market strategic initiatives.“Limoneira and Suntreat have worked together for a number of years and elevating our alliance made sense," said Alex Teague, Limoneira Chief Operating Officer. Throughout their 60-year history, Suntreat has grown, packed.....

Argentina: Social Responsibility Campaigns to promote healthy consumption

In Argentina, there is concern about the low consumption of fruits and vegetables, especially amongst children. Bananas are the most popular fruit, with an average of 12 kilos per inhabitant. Marcelo Sibilia, head of the wholesaler Wiñay SA, confirmed this in an interview, assuring that consumption peaks in.....

Interview with Federico Böttcher, Corporate Communications Manager

The most important purchase in the history of San Miguel

The citrus producing company San Miguel, leader in this sector in the southern hemisphere, has purchased the Peruvian company Agrícola Hoja Redonda S.A., the largest producer of mandarins in Peru, which also grows avocados and table grapes. For San Miguel, this purchase will help towards its objective of.....

Italy: Agreement between Melinda and La Trentina

There's something new in the Trento fruit sector - Melinda and La Trentina, the two leading producer organisations in the Trento area, have signed a "historic" deal. The two parties will set up a common organisation for the commercialisation of products that will respect both brands.After the success of the.....

National Lemon Juice Day

Limoneira and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association celebrate their partnership

The Limoneira Company (NASDAQ: LMNR), announced its partnership with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) in honor of National Lemon Juice Day (August 29), whereby Limoneira will serve as the national sponsor of the ITA Community Service Month.The ITA represents over 1,700 teams across the country from.....

Chef Roger Mooking becomes Culinary Director

SUNSET® is pleased to announce celebrity chef Roger Mooking as Culinary Director. The company first began its partnership with Mooking, host of popular Cooking Channel show Man Fire Food, in 2015. Since that time, Roger has been an integral part of the team, developing new and innovative recipes and products......

Coastline Family Farms names Tami Gutierrez VP of Sales and Marketing

Coastline Family Farms has announced that Tami Gutierrez has joined the company as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing, a newly created position.“We are delighted to have Tami join our company in this new executive management role and lead the Salinas based Coastline Family Farms sales and commodity.....

Terra Exports welcomes Joe Cardenas to launch their Grape division

Terra Exports announces the addition of Joe Cardenas to their leadership team as the U.S. West Coast Sales Director. Cardenas holds 24 professional years of experience in the industry, but has been involved with produce since the age of 12, when he would pick fruit in the fields with his parents.As a part of.....

Dole to move farming operations out of California

Dole Food Co. in Westlake Village will shrink its Oxnard berry operations as part of a plan to move its farming operations out of Southern California, the company said in a recent letter to the state.The agriculture business told the state’s Economic Development Department, in a notice required by law when.....

Highline Mushrooms appoints new CEO

Highline Produce Limited (“Highline”) is pleased to announce Aaron Hamer will succeed Glenn Martin as CEO, effective August 29, 2017. Highline will continue to benefit from Mr. Martin’s industry leadership and expertise as he assumes the role of Chairman.Mr. Hamer is currently the CFO of Highline. He has been.....

The Star Group announces new partnership with The RedHat Cooperative

In a natural extension of the close relationship formed over many years, The Star Group and RedHat Cooperative, together with its partner growers, will soon be shipping fresh greenhouse vegetables fromAlberta under a new collaborative multi-year partnership agreement. A wide range of greenhouse vegetables,.....

Minister of State Schmidt presents the certificate

Obstland Dürrweitzschen AG is in the TOP 50 of companies with an environmental program

"Deeply attached to the environment," that is not only a guiding principle of theObstland Dürrweitzschen AG but they are living it. With the introduction of the environmental management system, EMAS, the group embedded the continuous improvement of their own environmental performance in their working.....

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Canadawide supports team up Mount Kilimanjaro

Canadawide is a proud and active partner of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and recently supported a team that made it up to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.A son of one of Canadawide’s suppliers climbed the mountain. His trek started in Arusha, Tanzania on June 1th and he reached the summit a week later.“This.....

Italy: Orogel grows by 11% in six months

CEO Bruno Piraccini and General Manager Giancarlo Foschi announced that, over the first six months of 2017, Orogel increased its turnover by 11% reaching €120 million.The press conference to illustrate financial statement data"The growth is quite significant, as the first six months of 2016 already registered.....

Tom Lange company announces retirement of Tony Machi

Tom Lange Company announces the retirement of Tony Machi, Account Manager, after 28 years of service.Tony Machi will retire from the Company after 28 years of service, effective August 31, 2017. Tony began his career at an early age at a produce company founded by his grandfather, Machi Produce, while also.....

Mulholland Citrus joins Sunkist

Mulholland Citrus, an Orange Cove-based citrus grower shipper of primarily mandarins, is joining Sunkist Growers, Inc.“In the four generations of our family’s farming history, Mulholland Citrus has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Sunkist and we are pleased to now be joining the cooperative,” said.....

"The country's gone from exporting 10,000 tonnes in 2015 to 40,000 tonnes this year alone in blueberries"

Peru: Maersk to operate in the port of Pisco from September

Maersk Line aims to grow its refrigerated cargo transport due to the enormous potential it represents, and which currently accounts for about 43% of its annual turnover: "With cranberry alone the country has gone from exporting 10,000 tonnes in 2015 to 40,000 tonnes this year", said the manager of the company.....

Camposol sales increase by nearly 50%

Camposol's 2Q-17, sales were USD 70.4 million, up 44.9% from 2Q-16. This increase was explained by higher sales due to the higher volume and prices of avocados and increased aquaculture.The Company expects to continue its diversification strategy by; increasing production of the F&V Division (blueberries,.....

Seeka first-half profit climbs 56% on improving Australian operations

Seeka lifted first-half profit 56% as the biggest kiwifruit grower in Australasia enjoyed wider margins across the Tasman, but it still expects a smaller crop will see a decline in annual earnings.Net profit climbed to $11.1 million, or 64c a share, in the six months ended June 30, from $7.1 million, or 43c, a.....

"Diversification of marketing channels spurs sales"

"This year, in the province of Guizhou, although the rainy weather during its later stages has reduced the produced volume of kiwi fruits to a certain degree, altogether the gross output of kiwi fruits is still somewhat larger than last year's. This is mainly because plantations in Guizhou province and its.....

Baden-Wuerttemberg

Germany: Around 4,700 horticultural businesses in the state

According to the bureau of statistics, there were overall approximately 8,400 businesses producing horticultural goods in 2016. Of those, around 4,700 were strictly speaking horticultural businesses that made their profits predominantly in horticulture. For the other 3,700 companies, horticulture is one of.....

Fairtrade produce brand available in North America and Europe

Growing and marketing produce with a mission

The idea was simple: to create products that change the world for the better based on a sustainable business model. This was the goal of Interrupcion, a Buenos Aires-based company born in 2000 just before the collapse of the Argentine economy. The company developed with an initial goal of “interrupting” ways.....

Mushroom grower awards $226,500 in academic scholarships

Monterey Mushrooms presented 167 children of its employees with $226,500 in scholarship awards for the 2017-18 academic year. Dependent children of full-time employees are eligible to apply for a scholarship up to $5,000 and for up to four years.The Carl Victor Fields Scholarship Program began in 1992 to honor.....

China: Suning Fresh joins hands with Yiguo Fresh

According to statistics, only 1 hour 37 minutes after the start of the big promotions on August 18th, Suning Fresh ordered an amount that exceeded the order from August 18th last year. Within this order, 75% of the goods are mobile. Lovers of fresh food also fought over American cherries.At the same time, data.....

Suntreat announces Sergio Rodriguez as New Director of Sales

Suntreat—provider of Sumo Citrus®, Oro Blanco Grapefruit, Gold Nugget mandarins, and other California-grown citrus varieties—has announced the hiring of Sergio Rodriguez as Director of Sales.“These are exciting times for Suntreat under the new ownership!” said Sergio. “This is a great career opportunity. I am.....

Turning commercial greenhouses into predictable, demand-based manufacturers

Seattle-based iUNU raises $6 million to launch LUNA

iUNU (“you knew”) has raised $6 million from 2nd Avenue Partners, Initialized Capital, Fuel Capital, Liquid 2 Ventures, and others, to bring large scale, computer vision-based, industrial manufacturing process and inventory management to the commercial greenhouse market. "This solution turns greenhouses into.....

Stuart's Foods acquires S Clift Grimbsy for £500,000

UK Fruit and vegetable wholesaler Stuart’s Foods has acquired competitor S Clift Grimsby Ltd in a deal potentially worth £500,000.Stuart’s Foods says the purchase of the rival north of England company is part of its strategy to become the “go-to” brand for quality and ethically-sourced ingredients in the.....

EU has concerns about BaySanto

Will Monsanto need to find a new Bayer?

Bayer and Monsanto will have to wait for a couple more months, before they can start 'advancing together'. The European Commission has expressed concerns that the super agro-chemical giant will most of all advance the benefits of its shareholders instead of the marketplace. A new investigation will need to.....

2017 Tru-Cape Packhouse Challenge next Saturday in Grabouw

The Tru-Cape Packhouse Challenge 2017, an inter-packhouse trail running competition, is set for next week, Saturday, August 26.Teams from Western Cape packhouses will include Two-a-Day, Ceres Fruit Growers, Kromco, APL and Fruitways as well as a team from event sponsor Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, the largest.....

Debt facility from Union Bank provides Freska with flexibility and opportunities

Freska Produce International, LLC, a marketer of mangos and avocados, announced it has secured $16.9 million of financing with Union Bank.According to Freska Partner Jesus “Chuy” Loza, “this deal takes us to the next level in business opportunities and development of the Freska brand of products and services......

Sarah Burns Joins Tanimura & Antle as Senior Manager of Organic Sales

Veteran organic produce sales pro Sarah Burns is the latest addition to Tanimura & Antle’s growing organic team. She joins the company as Senior Manager of Organic Sales.Sarah’s deep experience comes from an entire produce career in organic sales, having spent 11 years on the sales team at Earthbound Farm......

Sutherland S.A. hires Tad Brusseau as Head of US Sales and Operations

Tad Brusseau has joined Sutherland S.A. overseeing U.S. Sales and Operations in a newly created position. He will be responsible for the company’s US grape, citrus, stone fruit and cherry programs in California, Washington, Australia as well as New Zealand. Brusseau will be based in California.Prior to joining.....

FreightFlow hires Dan Vache to support industry logistics needs

FreightFlow, the world’s most easy-to-use 3PL logistics software, is pleased to announce the hire of long-time industry leader and former Vice President of Supply Chain Management for United Fresh Produce Association Dan Vache, who joins the team as a Sales Director.Vache joins Bobby Grinstead, who was hired.....

WDP construction work for Total Exotics in Bleiswijk

"More spending on real estate in the fruit and vegetable sector"

Construction work was recently started in Bleiswijk for a new WDP customer, Total Exotics. It concerns an investment budget of 6.5 million Euro and a surface of 4,700 square metres and 1,150 m2 office. WDP is supplying the building 'bare'. "An advantage is that we don't supply standard real estate. We look at.....

Chibante's Kingsville operation to also join Mastronardi

Sunset expands local Canadian program

Mastronardi Produce is continuing to expand their local program, this time with an exclusive partnership with Golden Acre Farms. The greenhouse facility, located in Kingsville Ontario, will bring SUNSET® brand cucumbers to more Canadians year-round.“This local partnership right here in Kingsville will enable.....

Argentina: San Miguel buys Peruvian company Agricola Hoja Redonda

San Miguel, a leading corporation in the production of fresh and processed citrus in the Southern Hemisphere, completed the acquisition of Agrícola Hoja Redonda (AHR) of the Breca Group for US $64 million. With the purchase, Peru becomes the company's second biggest market regarding its installed area.Industry.....

20 Years of BioTropic - Organic for one World

It's BioTropic's birthday: 20 years ago, the first sea container arrived in Duisburg - filled to the brim with organic bananas from the Dominican Republic.Shortly after, bio fruits and veggies from all over the world followed. Apples, avocados, mangoes, lemons and many others. The supply of organic fruits from.....

China: Pagoda's monthly online sales reach 100 million yuan

On 16 August, Pagoda Orchard's news conference "Online industry empowers new retail" was held in Beijing. During the conference, Pagoda Orchard released its new retail results from the past year. The data shows that, in July 2017 Pagoda Orchard's online sales reached 120 million yuan. The daily sales peaked at.....

New Landgard Logistics- and Distribution Center offers ideal conditions for more efficiency

In the town of Striegistal in Saxony, the producer association Landgard has opened their new, state-of-the-art logistics center in June, together with the Saxon secretary of state for environment and agriculture, Thomas Schmidt, the mayor of Striegistal, Bernd Wagner, Veronika Bellmann, member of the German.....

Naturipe announces new Director of Business Development

Naturipe Farms Value Added Fresh division has announced the appointment of M. Jill Overdorf to Director of Business Development effective August 21, 2017.In her role, Overdorf will be responsible for driving the growth of Naturipe’s Value Added Fresh product lines.“We are excited to have Jill join our Value.....

Agriculture Capital hires Darren Filkins as President

As sustainable real asset investor Agriculture Capital (AC) positions itself for accelerated growth, the company has appointed Darren Filkins to its leadership team as President of its Dinuba, CA-based operations subsidiary. In Filkins’ role, he will have oversight over Suntreat sales and marketing, Central.....

Maersk estimates losses of up to $300m after hack

Maersk has estimated that it has lost between around $200 to $300 million as a result of hacking earlier in the year.At the end of June, the company experienced a cyber attack that hit vessels, as well as disabling computer systems in various Maersk-run ports round the world, forcing them to remain idle.Severe.....

Rotunda Capital acquires IF&P Foods

Rotunda Capital Partners, a lower middle-market private equity firm, has acquired IF&P Foods. The acquisition will accelerate the growth trajectory of the produce distributors in the Midwest.IF&P was formed in 1997 through the merger of Indianapolis Fruit (founded 1947) and Piazza Produce (founded.....

Syngenta celebrates 150 years in vegetable seeds

On July 1, 2017, Syngenta celebrated 150 years in vegetable seeds.Sluis and Groot, a legacy company of Syngenta, was founded in 1867 in the Netherlands as exporters of cabbage seeds. Today, Syngenta has 30 crop species and 2,500 varieties.“We are very proud of our long heritage in vegetable seeds,” said.....

United Fresh appoints Senior Director of Health and Wellness

United Fresh Produce Association announces the hiring of Kate Olender, MS, MPH, as Senior Director of Health and Wellness, a new position created to provide leadership to nutrition and health programs within the United Fresh Start Foundation and support the Association’s business programs related to health and.....

Robert Verloop joins Coastline Family Farms as COO/General Manager

Coastline Family Farms has announced that Robert Verloop has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer and General Manager, a newly created position.“Coastline Family Farms continues to innovate and evolve as our industry addresses the opportunities and challenges of today’s dynamic marketplace. We decided.....

Sunkist Growers and Fruit Growers Supply Company consolidate management

The Boards of Directors of Sunkist Growers and Fruit Growers Supply Company (FGS) today announced a consolidated management structure to lead both companies moving forward.“Sunkist Growers and Fruit Growers Supply are sister cooperatives that service the same constituencies,” said Chairman of the Sunkist Board.....

Zespri partners with Produce for Kids Power Your Lunchbox Pledge

Zespri’s SunGold Kiwifruit is the featured fruit in Zespri’s partnership with Produce for Kids®, Power Your Lunchbox Pledge, a national campaign that encourages families to pack a healthy lunchbox utilizing participating companies’ products. For every pledge, Power Your Lunchbox partners donate a collective $1.....

Corrugated industry grew by 2.7% in the first six months of 2017

The members of the Association of Corrugated Industry (VDW) are reporting a working day adjusted growth of sold quantities of 2.7% in the first six months of this year. In absolute numbers, producers sold 3.89 billion square meters of corrugated cardboard between January and June. This is more than 100 million.....

IDB and SeaLand

Online course on international transport and logistics

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and SeaLand, the Maersk Group's regional shipping company, are launching the free online course "Shipping and International Logistics"; a guide for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs in the region wishing to become involved in international trade......

Revamp of corporate brand identity

MAS Melons & Grapes celebrates 20th anniversary

On August 14, 1997, Miky Suarez, now president and majority owner of Rio Rico, AZ-based MAS Melons & Grapes, LLC, along with four quality-driven Mexican growers, took the decision to become partners and established a vertically-integrated agribusiness, aimed not only at exporting and marketing melons,.....

Exclusive agreement between Mastronardi Produce and Golden Fresh Farms

Mastronardi Produce and Golden Fresh Farms, located in Wapakoneta, Ohio, are pleased to announce an exclusive agreement between the two companies to bring Mastronardi’s SUNSET® brand produce to more consumers throughout the US. This will be the 5th state that the SUNSET® brand will be grown locally in,.....

Mexico: Coliman Group hosts the first meeting of Fair Trade Committees

In order to increase knowledge and solve questions on Fair Trade criteria in farming and create a space for dialogue for the different agents involved in Fairtrade, the "Conference of Workers’ Premium Committees and Fairtrade Officials” was held in the city of Tecomán, Colima, Mexico.The event was attended by.....

Rewe: Improving living conditions and supporting the environment by buying bananas

A large proportion of the bananas sold in Germany are being shipped from Central and South America. The social and ecological standards are often low. REWE wants to change this: The REWE Group Banana-Fund is supporting social and ecological projects in Costa Rica and Panama, to improve the conditions of life,.....

Bonduelle - Solid revenue growth, in accordance with the annual target

For the first time, revenues of the Bonduelle-Group rose above the mark of 2 billion Euro in the fiscal year of 2016-2017, pushed by a solid organic growth and the consolidation of Ready Pac Foods towards the end of the fiscal year.These results mirror the strong resilience of the group, even through.....

AgroFresh revenues increase by 5% in Second Quarter

AgroFresh Solutions, a global provider of freshness solutions, announced their financial results for the second quarter and first half of fiscal 2017, ended June 30, 2017. Net sales for the second quarter of 2017 were $16 million compared to $18 million in second quarter of 2016, primarily due to seasonal.....

Sakata Seed America appoints John Nelson as Vice President

Sakata Seed America has announced the promotion of John Nelson as Vice President of the company and its primary operating subsidiary of Sakata Seed America, effective September 1st. John is currently the Senior Director of Sales and Marketing at Sakata Seed America, a position he’s held since 2004.“I am truly.....

Dean Martel joins BrightFarms as Vice President of Sales

BrightFarms is pleased to announce that Dean Martel has joined the company as Vice President of Sales. Martel will lead supermarket partnership business development, sales and account management.Martel has more than 25 years of experience leading category growth in the consumer packaged goods industry. Most.....

Seatrade selects reefer monitoring company C sence

Specialised reefer carrier Seatrade has selected Dutch start-up C sence to monitor their reefer fleet on board of their six new reefer dedicated container vessels. C sence located in the port of Rotterdam has developed a web-based platform to monitor and analyze reefer containers. The system integrates with.....

Net Q2 profit of $6.5 mln for Maui Land & Pineapple

Maui Land & Pineapple Co. Inc. reported net income of $6.5 million, or 34 cents per share, for the second quarter of 2017, compared to $13.4 million, or 71 cents per share, for the second quarter of 2016.The company, which announced its earnings on Wednesday, said its profit is the result from $6.7 million.....