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New 100% recyclable plant pots look to increase sustainability in Horticulture

Pöppelmann blue is a new strategic Pöppelmann-wide initiative which brings together projects involved in a continuous recycling economy. Using this slogan, Pöppelmann TEKU is now presenting new plant pots made from PCR which are 100 percent recyclable, thus ensuring a closed material cycle.Greater.....

Landgard expands its first-hand product portfolio overseas and in Colombia

The establishment of a Landgard joint venture in Colombia was another important milestone in the internationalization of this cooperative producer. In the presence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Colombia, María Elvira Pombo Holguín, last Thursday at the Fruit Logistica, Landgard announced it would.....

Chicago, Illinois

US lawmakers take on Chicago-area 'food deserts'

Illinois Democrat Robin Kelly’s says she has a way to alleviate Chicago-area “food deserts” by lifting a barrier to fruit and vegetable production in rural areas. Her “Feeding America through Farm Flexibility Act” would modify a rule that disincentivizes farmers of major commodities, such as corn and wheat,.....

Spain: Murcia hit by frosts

The polar air has been causing some problems in Murcia. The State Agency of Meteorology (Aemet) issued a yellow warning for the regions of the Altiplano and Noroeste, where temperatures dropped as low as -4 degrees Celsius between 3 in the morning and 9 in the morning last Thursday. Luis Bañón, from the AEMET,.....

Namibia faces fresh army worm outbreak

Namibia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has warned that the country is likely to experience a second fall army worm outbreak in a row, following last year's one."According to the data that was collected from pheromone traps on the number of fall army worm moths, it is clear that this pest is.....

Spain: Alicante farmers relieved from drought conditions

The rains that have been falling over the past week around Alicante, have eased the worries of farmers, after having have suffered drought conditions that severely affected their crops. It’s also a financial boon as they have had to pay in order to irrigate their fields.According to an article on.....

Germany, France, the Netherlands and the UK are the EU's top horticultural importers

Germany, with 23.5% of the total, France with 11.3%, the Netherlands with 10% and the United Kingdom with 8.4% led the ranking of top fruit and vegetable importers in the EU from January to October 2017, a period in which intra-EU trade amounted to 32.8 million tonnes, according to Eurostat data.The share of.....

Fixing Food: The Mediterranean Region

Fixing Food: The Mediterranean Region, is an Economist Intelligence Unit report investigating food sustainability issues in the Mediterranean in the context of the various social, economic and environmental challenges confronting the region.Fixing Food: The Mediterranean Region investigates food sustainability.....

"30% of Spanish primary energy consumption is spent on food"

The analysis of the life cycle of the Spanish agro-food sector in energy terms allows to detect its inefficiencies but also to indicate where to act to bet on a more sustainable system, according to research carried out at the University Pablo Olavide from Sevilla.The actions linked to the agro-food model,.....

Nepal: Vegetable prices spike as cold wave grips Terai belt

A cold wave sweeping across the Terai - a lowland region in southern Nepal and northern India - has not only made life hard for locals but also sent vegetable prices shooting up in the Kathmandu Valley. Prices of fresh produce have been rising from last month after temperatures in the southern plains, the.....

Sri Lanka and Czech Republic sign agreement

Last Wednesday, the Development Strategies and International Trade Ministry of Sri Lanka and the Industry and Trade Ministry of the Czech Republic entered into an agreement of mutual cooperation.Both countries have agreed to expand their relationship and the mutual cooperation agreement will enhance bilateral.....

Indian Prime Minister: farmers are our TOP priority

This week Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated that farmers producing fruits and vegetables are his government’s 'TOP' priority. He added: “TOP means Tomato, Onion & Potato. We have launched 'Operation Greens' in the interest of these farmers. ‘Operation Greens' is there for the benefit of.....

Gross pome production up 3pc

2018 Apple and pear crop estimate out for Australia

Australia's 2018 Apple and Pear Crop Estimate was released last week by Apple and Pear Australia Ltd.Prepared by NZ based consultancyAgfirstand funded by Hort Innovation, the Estimate has forecast an Australian 2018 pomefruit crop of 413,082t compared to 400,902t in 2017.While Australia's gross pome production.....

Sipo and Agro T18 launch partnership to reach new export markets

Two private Italian companies, Sipo and Agro T18, led by the third generation of entrepreneurs, launched a commercial partnership to meet the demands of the global market for high quality fruit and vegetables.On theleft Edoardo Ramondo CEO T18 - and Massimiliano Ceccarini CEO SIPO“We chose Berlin – says.....

DB Schenker operating China’s first fresh produce block train to Moscow

DB Schenker operates the first block train with a shipment of 11 refrigerator containers carrying fresh produce, departing from Chengdu Qingbaijiang International Railway Port. The circa 10,000 kilometre journey will take 16 days, running through Erenhot port in Inner Mongolia and arriving at Moscow Vorsino.....

Grocery store with community health focus opens in Minneapolis

Recently, North Market, a grocery store that unites three elements of community health: nutritious food, health care services, and wellness events and education, opened its doors. It’s located in North Minneapolis, site of one of the country’s largest food deserts. The C.H. Robinson Foundation is a founding.....

Ohio State Capital research

US, Columbus: 1 in 3 people lacks access to healthy food

Food insecurity in the United States seems to be worse than suspected. Researchers from Ohio State University have found that nearly one-third of households in Columbus, Ohio have difficulty getting enough food or obtaining healthy food.Lower income families have limited access to quality food, and sometimes.....

Spain: Fruits de Ponent and Anecoop reinforce commerce strategy

Spanish trading cooperative Fruits de Ponent produces 62,000 tons of fruit per year; peaches, nectarines, flat peaches, pears, apples. It also deals in almonds and cereals and produces and markets extra virgin olive oil. Currently Fruits de Ponent exports to more than 50 countries on four continents.All the.....

Peru: Agro-exports to reach $7 billion in 2018

In 2018, Peruvian agro-exports will total some $7 billion. The main destination will most probably be the Asian market. This is according to a projection by the Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry.Minister Jose Arista: "This year, agro-exports will reach US$7 billion, thus registering a growth rate of 8%.” He.....

Jan Kees Boon, Fruit and Vegetable Facts

Norway: Stable import market for fresh fruit and vegetables

The Norwegian import of fresh fruit and vegetables fell slightly (1%) in 2017, returning to the level of previous years. With a volume of 477 000 tonnes, valued at EUR850 million, Norway is a modest importer of fresh fruit and vegetables. Regarding value, Norway ranks 25th when it comes to global importing.....

Vietnam fruit & vegetables exports; $3.51 billion in 2017

Of the $3.51 billion Vietnamese 2017 fruit and vegetable exports, fresh fruit made up 75% or $2.63 billion. However, Vietnam spent more than $1.55 billion to import vegetables and fruits, an increase of 68% over the year before.According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam’s fruits.....

Johann Koch company tests the cultivation of new varieties

‘Bavarian-grown’ becomes bigger selling point every day

Regional and organic goods have been on the rise for several years now. Especially in Bavaria, the consumer attaches importance to the regional origin and the biological cultivation process of the products. The Johann Koch company has set itself the goal of bringing not only the everyday product range to the.....

Swiss producers are leading the way

The Swiss Fruit Association (SOV), together with the Association of the Swiss Fruit, Vegetable and Potato Trade (Swisscofel), the Association of Swiss Vegetable Producers (VSGP) and the Potato Branch Organization (Swisspatat) will jointly launch Swiss fresh products under the brand name 'Suisse Garantie' , In.....

Daltex exports worth nearly 1 billion Egyptian pounds in 2017

Daltex Corporation’s exports approached 1 billion Egyptian pounds (46 mln euros) at the end of 2017, with plans to increase them by 15% in 2018. Managing director Hisham El-Naggar said that Daltex realised 25% growth in the last season. He also pointed out that the markets where Egyptian companies operate, are.....

Jordan's produce exports up 35% last month

The Kingdom of Jordan's exports of vegetables and fruits amounted to 26.2 tons last month, surging by 35 percent compared to the same month last year, according to Agriculture Minister Khalid Hneifat.The Minister claimed that soaring exports were a positive sign, despite the political challenges facing.....

China: Fresh food e-commerce booming

Thanks to the booming development of e-commerce in China, more and more people are turning to fresh food apps for their daily shopping. Data from consulting firm iResearch shows China's fresh food e-commerce industry grew by 59.7% in 2017 to 139.1 billion yuan (22.1 billion U.S. dollars).Among foods purchased.....

Jonathan Goumon, the Greenery:

"Difficult to compete with French product"

"The French market prefers French produce. Dutch products are only imported if the product in question is not available in France." This is according to Jonathan Goumon of the Greenery, a Dutch fruit and vegetable trading company. "You cannot even call the French produce competition. Even if we were to offer.....

Spain: Berries and oranges stranded at French border due to storm

The cold front and snowstorm that have hit Spain are also taking a toll on Huelva's agricultural sector. Numerous trucks carrying both berries and oranges from Huelva are stranded at the French border and are having difficulties to take the goods to the markets.However, the manager of Freshuelva, Rafael.....

Sales continue to rise

Health trend hits UK supermarkets

Despite a seasonal, post-Christmas dip in spending, the latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published today for the 12 weeks to 28 January 2018, show that grocery sales increased in value by 3.4% compared with this time last year.After a record-breaking Christmas, January saw customers.....

Venezuela is investing in the agricultural sector

"Venezuela is a rich country when it comes to the quality of its lands, which are extremely fertile. The country's geographical variation allows for the planting and harvesting of several tropical species during most of the year, given the stable weather conditions. Moreover, our location in the north of South.....

Trying to stop unhealthy eating habits

Scottish doctors want school children to get free fruit and veg

Doctors say every primary school pupil in Scotland should be given a free daily portion of fruit or veg, in an attempt to tackle the nation’s obesity crisis. The British Medical Association (BMA) Scotland is also calling for the Scottish Government to start restricting junk food promotions.Ministers are.....

60 percent of Albanian vegetables destined for EU markets

The majority of Albania's exports to foreign markets and European Union member states consists of vegetables and other agricultural products, according to a statement by Albania's State Statistical Office last Tuesday.According to the data from this institute, vegetables are giving a new impetus to the.....

New Covent Garden Market, London

Premier fresh produce market UK predicts 2018’s trends

While last year we saw the rise of purple vegetables -from cauliflower to Brussel’s sprouts-, in 2018 the trend will be black; everything from black radishes, black corn and dark kale. New Covent Garden Market has unveiled these hotly tipped trends as part of its annual Fruit and Vegetable Trends Report 2018,.....

Kisan Network

Father and son want to connect Indian farmers through app

When you're an Indian farmer with a crop of potatoes to sell, you typically go to a ‘mandi’ (marketplace) and deal with a local middleman, who will then sell your product to another middleman. Finding out what the potatoes will ultimately sell for, is extremely hard.A New Delhi father and son want to expand.....

Afghanistan plans to construct 12 cold warehouses

Last Sunday, the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock announced that it will construct 12 cold storage facilities in order to support farmers and to raise their incomes across the country.Construction of freezing facilities is a top priority for the Ministry, in order to protect fruits and.....

Jordan & Turkey talk about cooperation on agriculture

Last Saturday, Jordanian Minister of Agriculture Khalid Hunifat and Turkish Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, Ahmet Esref Fakibaba, discussed Turkey’s participation in the Jordanian Agricultural Forum, to be held in Jordan on April 25th.In a meeting held in the Turkish city of Izmir on the.....

Egypt: Ismailia’s agricultural exports in January worth 64.2 million dollars

Dr Engineer Khalil Mubarak, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture in Ismailia, said on Sunday that the value of the agricultural products shipped by the governorate to Arab and European markets during the month of January amounted to 64.2 million dollars, with the volume totalling 177,303 tonnes.Dr.....

Record participation for Egypt at Fruit Logistica 2018

The Agricultural Crop Export Council, in cooperation with the Egyptian General Organization for Exhibitions and Conferences and the Export Development Office, will participate in the Fruit Logistica exhibition in the German capital of Berlin, to be held from 7 to 9 February.The Egyptian participation in this.....

Curaçao finds other suppliers of fruit and vegetables

Fruit and vegetable suppliers from Colombia and the Dominican Republic are currently supplying Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire.The product streams have been sourced from these countries now, because regular trade partner Venezuela will keep up the blockade a while longer, said the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs,.....

Italy: Weather affects commercialisation at the Lusia fresh produce market

At the start of the year, producers make an assessment of the past season while getting ready for the new one, which appears to be affected by the weather.The weather in January 2018 seems to have had effects on both the production and commercialisation of many crops.More produce was available thanks to the.....

Helping Indian farmers go organic - one step at a time

If there is one thing that the world seems to be obsessing on right now it is about the food we eat. We are desperately trying to get back to being organic in the way we produce our food. And that means encouraging our farmers to make this change. At the recent Tasting India Symposium in New Delhi, there were.....

U.S.: Vermont produce farms adjusting to new Federal food safety rules

Back in 2011, Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act, in order to cut down on foodborne illnesses in the produce industry. This law just went into effect on Vermont's larger farms on January 26.Compared to meat and dairy, the produce industry has been largely unregulated up until now. Vegetable.....

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Spain: Hailstorms damage greenhouses in Almeria

The weather has been wreaking havoc in Almeria since the start of 2018, especially in the area of the Poniente.Photos from Asaja AlmeríaAfter more than 200 hectares of greenhouses in production were damaged on 6 January,last week the Poniente reported some damages in greenhouses located in the municipalities.....

Landgard at the Fruit Logistica 2018

New concepts are already successfully commercialized

From 7 to 9 February 2018, Landgard will be presenting itself to international trade visitors in Hall 20 B-02 at Fruit Logistica in Berlin, the world's leading trade fair for the international fruit trade.As a modern marketing producer co-operative with nearly 3,300 member enterprises, Landgard presents fresh.....

Keeping growers competitive with paper-based packaging solutions

Germany: Six trends in fruit and vegetable packaging

Consumers are more concerned than ever about what they eat and where their food comes from, writes Sebastian Mnich, product manager Fruit and Vegetable Packaging at Schumacher Packaging GmbH. The growing demands in terms of health, sustainability and organic production determine not only what customers eat but.....

Opportunities in Zambia to sell technology and services

Tomatoes, peppers and tropical fruit - Zambia aims at becoming self-sufficient when it comes to fresh produce, though there is a long way to go. To reach this objective, technology and knowledge are needed and Italian companies could be the perfect interlocutor. This is why Macfrut President Renzo Piraccini.....

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.....

New 2018 budget could make India’s food prices skyrocket

On February 01, Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented his new budget. The 2018 budget promised to increase the minimum support prices for farm products and to liberalise their export. “The government is committed to ensuring that farmers get at least 1.5 times their investment,” Jaitley said,.....

Tasmanian Government Announces $2M AUD Fruit Fly Package

Tasmania's Minister for Primary Industry, Jeremy Rockliff, has declared war on Queensland fruit fly (Fly) stating "we are going to destroy these little buggers" in a media conference today.Announcing a $2M AUD rescue package for the State's fruit and vegetable industries, Minister Rockliff said the aim was to.....

Agriculture pilot project

Newfoundland government aiming to increase food self-sufficiency

A new pilot project has been announced that will allow new and existing farmers interested in growing fruit and vegetables for commercial sale, to lease Crown land that has already been prepared for that purpose.The province has set a goal to raise food self-sufficiency by at least 20% by 2022. “In order to.....

Papua New Guinea: Supplies of fresh goods dropping due to bad weather

In Papua New Guinea, the supply of fresh foods to city markets has slowed down considerably due to the inclement weather. Consumers over the weekend could witness that there was little variety. The National Capital District receives most of its farm produce from the Central Province and Highlands region, but.....

Australia: Tomato industry expecting a boom, farmers remain sceptical

Although the value of the tomato industry has been forecast to increase by 10% in the 2017-18 financial year, the unpredictability of the industry has made Southern Downs, Queensland, growers uncertain whether their region has truly benefited.This year, growers in some areas, including in Applethorpe, were hit.....

Dortmunder wholesaler differentiates himself with a wide range of products

Germany: 'Black trumpet mushrooms and chestnut mushrooms in high demand'

Despite the steady increase of full-range producers on the German wholesale markets, one finds rather fewer wholesalers who have focused on mushrooms. On the Dortmund wholesale market, mushrooms are also available only in very limited quantities. Heinz Karstner - owner of the Gebr. Gottschalk company - is the.....

Dortmund specialist dealer says goodbye to the wholesale market

Germany: 'Until 10-15 years ago it was still fun'

Specialized wholesalers with a strong, focused range are barely available today. The Dortmund wholesale market is no exception in this sense and is also characterized by full-range providers and broad-based service providers. The product range of Matthias Hartmann GmbH has also been significantly expanded over.....

To drive kids’ fresh produce consumption

Eat brighter!™ initiative extended through 2021

The eat brighter! initiative, which leverages the strength and influence of the Sesame Street brand and characters to increase fresh produce consumption, has been extended through 2021. Produce Marketing Association (PMA), Partnership For A Healthier America (PHA), and Sesame Workshop (the nonprofit.....