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Police open anonymous tip line

Avocados new cover for cocaine trafficking

Last year a record volume of cocaine was intercepted in the Port of Rotterdam. Earlier this month, police, in cooperation with the Belgian police, intercepted 5,300 kilos of cocaine hidden among bananas. “The Netherlands is flooded by large batches of cocaine,” warns the Dutch Team of Criminal Intelligence of.....

5,300 kilos of cocaine in bananas intercepted at Antwerp

In collaboration with the Belgian police, Dutch police have confiscated a consignment of 5,300 kilos of cocaine in the port of Antwerp. The drugs were hidden in a container of bananas from Colombia. This took place on Friday October 13, no suspects have been arrested yet.bron: PolitieThe collaboration between.....

Michel Lesage, Lesage Champignons:

"Mushroom trade going well, England becoming more difficult"

"The mushroom trade is busy at the moment. The season has started again and it's going well," says Michel Lesage of Lesage Champignons enthusiastically. "We have had a very good summer. September was lower in temperature, so we can't complain. There were also continual shortages and we heard of quality.....

Campaign to 'Save your leftovers’

Aldi South: Measures against food waste are further expanded

Aldi has launched a campaign to avoid food wastage: The campaign "Reste retten“ is there to educate and inform consumers on the subject of food preparation and consume-by dates of foodstuffs. This is because, according to the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), every year 11 million tonnes of food.....

NZ: Kiwifruit Claim evidence nears end

The defence has had a minor setback in the Kiwifruit Claim proceedings in the New Zealand High Court in Wellington.Crown witness, David Yard was recalled to answer questions about a 2013 document where the Ministry of Primary Industries recorded a concern about improved testing processes. The MPI had sought to.....

Ton van Dalen, Best of Four:

“GMO regulations are not in way of direct home sales”

From farmer to plate is a slogan many growers can bring into practice, but figures from Statistics Netherlands show that only a small percentage of growers take care of their own sales. Dutch bank ABN AMRO recently analysed that home sales or local-to-local offers good options to growers. Research shows that.....

Peruvian agriculture after the coastal El Niño

As expected by farmers, the coastal El Niño left the reservoirs and groundwater tables at full capacity; and the soils rich with nutrients from different landslides and floods.The availability of these two resources explains why producers have higher sowing expectations for the next crop season. According to a.....

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.....

China: Grand opening of the World Kiwi Convention

On October 13th, the sixth edition of the World Kiwi Convention opened in Mei County, Shaanxi province. The convention, which this year was titled 'Let the whole world enjoy the taste of kiwis', aims at growing the industry for kiwi fruits. Experts, technical staff and visiting merchants from within the kiwi.....

AU: DAF says Queensland rain caused damage, but has helped state's agriculture

The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) says that, while it is assisting farmers seriously affected by the recent heavy falls and flooding, the rain will have a positive impact for agriculture overall across the state.It says there have been some impacts on horticultural production areas.....

Hospitality industry growing due to high property prices in cities

Local, organic and forgotten vegetables hip on Swedish menus

At the loading docks, there are dozens of roll containers. Some have multiple crates, others with only one box. Not a single one is completely full, but yet, these containers will be loaded by drivers in the coming hours, to be delivered to restaurants and hospitality businesses in and around Göteburg. This.....

China: 36 Panda cubs presented at research center

On October 13th, the Research Center for the Production of Pandas revealed that 36 panda cubs were born this year at their base of operations in Ya'an city (Sichuan province) and the Wolong Giant Panda nature reserve in Wenchuan county. When all the panda cubs were at the site together, the larger cubs either.....

Commission issues guidelines

Restrictions on sale of agricultural land

The European Commission has issued guidelines to help their Member States protect agricultural land from threats such as excessive price speculation and concentration of ownership. EU Member States have the right to restrict the sale of arable land to preserve rural communities and promote sustainable.....

Amazon not the first retailer to go offline

On 16 June, the news was announced that Amazon and Whole Foods had agreed to a take-over deal and the internet giant paid 13.7 billion dollar for the organic supermarket chain. However, it’s not the first time an online giant has taken the step into a physical shop. Last year, Alibaba opened several shops in.....

Map of top car exporting countries in the world

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nine people arrested

Large heroin lab discovered at pepper and cucumbers growers

Den Haag, Bleiswijk, Bergschenhoek, Berkel en Rodenrijs, Rotterdam, Pijnacker, Maasdijk - There were four wheelers in the garage for maintenance and there were cucumbers growing in the greenhouse complex. In reality it was a cover for drug labs.Four brothers from the Hague (55, 52, 45 and 41), an ex-girlfriend.....

United Fresh Start Foundation provides grants to ten more communities

The United Fresh Start Foundation is pleased to announce the second round of recipients of its Community Grants Program. The Program advances the Foundation’s mission to increase children’s access to fresh fruit and vegetables. It extends the Foundation’s work beyond the school day, focusing on increasing.....

Tomateros youth baseball clinic a success

Nogales welcomed professional baseball greats from the Tomateros, the professional baseball team in Culiacan, Sinaloa, for a first-ever Tomateros Nogales Youth Baseball Clinic. The event was held on Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8, by the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA), the Ley family of Del.....

Laurens Maartens, NBWM:

"The real pain of the disagreement between Turkey and the US"

The political disagreement between the United States and Turkey is receiving a lot of media attention, in which the financial focus was primarily on the stock market in Istanbul, which dropped by almost 5%. However it is the decrease in the value of the lira that will really hurt the country, Laurens Maartens.....

CPMA hosts successful luncheons with foreign embassies in Ottawa and Vancouver

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association hosted two “Ready for Trade” luncheons earlier this month for foreign embassy dignitaries looking for ways to connect their produce industries to the Canadian market. The well attended event featured dignitaries from over 20 countries, and included discussions on.....

Brazil: The first signs of economic recovery

Manuel da Silva Filho is, as usual, at San Pablo's central market, where he supervises the 30,000 tons of oranges, papayas and mangoes that he receives before distributing the merchandise in stores throughout the megalopolis.Lately, however, the veteran fruit seller has been witnessing a sharp drop in prices,.....

New markets for Peruvian products

There is no doubt that Peru's agricultural products are in fashion all over the world because of their healthy and ecologically sustainable production, characteristics that are currently demanded by consumers and that add value to the Peruvian exportable offer.The head of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and.....

Psa DNA put under the microscope at Kiwifruit Claim hearings

NZ: MPI ordered to disclose insurance details

The Kiwifruit Claim hearings in the High Court in Wellington has been presented evidence about the DNA relating to the strain of Psa that caused major devastation in the 2010 outbreak.In week 10 of hearings, both sides called witnesses, with the plaintiffs arguing is that there is strong scientific evidence.....

AU: Chinese investment in agricultural land surges as general foreign ownership drops

The area of agricultural land in Australia with a level of foreign ownership has fallen over the past year according to figures from the Australian Tax Office.The Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land found that there were 50.5 million hectares, or 13.1 per cent of Australia's total agricultural.....

Somalis build "fruit roofs" during Succoth

October 9th is the sixth day of the Succoth holiday in Somalia. This is a holiday full of fruit aromas and colors. During Succoth they commemorate the ancient Israelites who lived in huts and wandered in the wilderness for forty years after leaving Egypt. It is a common festival for Jews and Somalians, but.....

Peru to host the 2018 GlobalGap Summit

According to AGAP, the growth projections of the agricultural sector for 2021 are quite encouraging."The Peruvian agricultural sector is the country's second most important export income generating sector. This sector involves producers from many regions of the country who have joined the export chain thanks.....

Mexico: Researcher awarded for her work on avocados

Dariana Graciela Rodriguez Sanchez, a researcher from the Tec of Monterrey, won the National Science and Technology Award 2017 in the Coca-Cola Professorship category for Young Researchers for her work on the nano-formulation of avocado lipid derivatives to increase their beneficial effect on cardiovascular.....

Chilean fruit could increase its value in the US after hurricanes

The value of fruit shipments to the United States could increase in the coming months. This, because the passage of the hurricanes Irma and Maria swept away much of the agricultural plantation in the state of Florida.The president of the National Federation of Fruit Producers of Chile (Fedefruta), Luis.....

Peru's FTA with South Korea boosts value-added exports

The FTA between Peru and South Korea, which has been in force since August 2011, boosted Peru's value-added exports to that Asian nation, as they amounted to US $140,569,000 between January and August of this year, i.e. 99% more than in the same period of 2011, when the country didn't have that trade.....

Limited impact on fresh produce industry

Devastating wild fires continue in Northern California

The Northern California skies continue to be full of dust and ash during what is said to be the most destructive wildfire in the state’s history. On Wednesday, the number of people confirmed dead in the counties of Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Yuba had increased to 23. At least 3,500 structures have been.....

New service launched to help U.S. produce importers implement FSVP

Chile-based produce consultancy firm Decofrut is launching a service to help U.S. fruit and vegetable importers implement the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) as required by the impending Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).Under new regulations that will start to come into effect in July 2018,.....

Public private cooperation to enter new markets

New markets don’t grow on trees. Especially in Africa it can be difficult to get anywhere. Infrastructure is not comparable to that of Europe, and there are a handful of other obstacles as well. Nikolet Zwart from BioLegal advocates a private public cooperation to disrupt markets, for which the public sector.....

Dick Wolff:

“Best to collect debts locally”

When you have a good glass of wine on a long, sultry summer’s evening, the culture of ‘mañana mañana’ and ‘la dolce vita’ becomes very attractive. But if you’re confronted with defaulters from these Southern European countries back in the Netherlands, it could soon become upsetting. Dick Wolff of DWM has his.....

China and South Korea increased imports of Peruvian products

In the first eight months of the year (January-August), Peru conducted agricultural exports to 138 countries around the world with sales that amounted US $ 3.605 billion, i.e. 10% over the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri).This increase was due to higher.....

Global Fresh Market Forum, business meetings with Brazil and China

One of the main novelties of the ninth edition of FRUIT ATTRACTION is that it will host the Global Fresh Market Forum, in which there will be two business meetings, one with Brazil and another one with China, so as to promote trade. The meetings, which will be held at the FRUIT FORUM 9, pavilion 9, will take.....

Fruticultura 2017 will bring together some twenty countries in Cuba

More than 450 specialists, entrepreneurs, producers, students and academics from some twenty countries will attend the Fruticultura 2017 event, which will be held from October 15 to the 19 in the National Hotel of Cuba, in the capital.The event will include the V International Symposium on Tropical Fruits and.....

No real damage to US fresh produce industry

Mississippi sweet potato growers welcome rain from Hurricane Nate

Hurricane Nate made its first US landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River in southeast Louisiana Saturday night. Hours later, it made its second US landfall near Biloxi, Mississippi as a Category 1 hurricane. Since then, it weakened steadily and was downgraded to a tropical depression late Sunday.....

Spain: New beer made from Padron peppers

The brewery Estrella Galicia has presented the first beer made from Padron peppers grown in Herbón, a Galician product with a Protected Designation of Origin. It is the first of a series that will be marketed under the label "Fabrica de Cervezas" and which will be made with Galician seasonal products, both.....

China: Monster moon cake with new flavors

At 6 o'clock on the evening of October 3rd, a gigantic moon cake on the first floor of the Changfa Commercial Building (Suzhou city) attracted a lot of attention. From a bird's eye perspective, a number 8 can be seen on the mooncake, echoing its enormity. The upper and lower circle of the number with a.....

The future of Colombian fruits lies in exports

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Colombia is the Latin American country with the third highest number of hectares cultivated with fruit trees. This makes the country one of the 'world's biggest pantries'. As such, entrepreneurs of the fruit and vegetable sector.....

NZ: Zespri gives further evidence at Kiwifruit claim hearings

Zespri have spoken further about their involvement and response to the 2010 outbreak of Psa on the New Zealand kiwifruit industry, during High Court hearings in Wellington.Chief Operating OfficerSimon Limmer took the stand addressing Zespri’s involvement and the knowledge it had of the Italian outbreak. He.....

Spain: Authorities seize 290 kilograms of cocaine smuggled in Brazilian oranges

Custom authorities were suspicious of two containers of Brazilian oranges that arrived at the Port of Algeciras (Cadiz) as they were not suitable for commercialization. The agents confirmed their suspicions as soon as they inspected the merchandise. Hidden among the citrus were 290 kilos of cocaine,.....

Tomatoes and Berries: discord between Mexico and the USA

Mexico increased it's exports of berries to the US by an average of 59 percent and its exports of saladette and ball tomato over nine years by 9 percent, as leading Florida producers to press their government to restrict the access to these products through adjustments to the North American Free Trade.....

Russia successfully tackling inflation

Russia has done so well in vanquishing inflation that even the Bank of England might take notice.While policy makers in London are under pressure to act after core inflation accelerated to the fastest since 2011, the same gauge probably reached a new historical low in Russia, falling below its level in the.....

South African rand begins to climb after falling to 6-month low

South Africa’s rand firmed on Wednesday, regaining ground after tumbling to its weakest in six months as the weaker dollar overshadowed data showing shrinking private sector activity at home.The rand gained 0.46 percent to 13.5925 per dollar compared with a close of 13.6550 overnight in New York.The dollar.....

Beware of someone called Lee Clark

Costco scammer active

The British company, Costco, has warned their clients of a scammer who is representing their business. Someone calling himself Lee Clark, approaches businesses as a supposed buyer from Costco. People receiving his e-mails are warned not to open them. Costco has warned their clients against this digital scam.....

China: Hangzhou holds 'Western creek persimmon festival'

Persimmons are red, so there is a strong autumn feeling to them. On September 28th, the annual 'Western creek persimmon festival' started. The wetland on the western creek organizes a majestic feast to celebrate the bumper harvest. Friends from all over the world come together in this place. They use 30,000.....

NZ: Zespri tells court kiwifruit industry has more than recovered

Zespri has told High Court hearings in Wellington that it has more than bounced back from the devastation caused by the Psa outbreak in 2010.Called as a Crown witness, outgoing CEO Lain Jager said in 2017 Zespri's New Zealand fruit exports jumped 21 per cent to $1.6billion. But he denied questions from the.....

China: Children's fashion show in the Wuhan botanical gardens

On September 28th, the Chinese Academy of Science in the botanical gardens of Wuhan city officially opened the 'fruit, vegetable and flower art exhibition' with a ceremony. A live fashion show by children using fruits and vegetables, attracted a lot of attention from the tourists. During the Chinese National.....

NZ: Kiwifruit Claim case hears from biosecurity officials

The government manager, tasked with the initial response to the Psa outbreak in New Zealand in 2010, has given evidence at the Kiwifruit Claim hearings at the High Court in Wellington.In week eight of proceedings, the defence are midway through presenting their case, which has featured testimony from David.....

Aucxis working hard in China

Growing E-Trade in Chinese fresh produce sector

Aucxis has rolled out its E-Trade technology for various projects in China in the past year. For example, Qixia Fruit Auction Center in Shandong was officially opened. Mid-2017, the Moby-Clock and Aucxis Online application for selling fruit and vegetables were delivered at the company APC (Advanced Produce.....

October 7 & 8 for the entire community

Tomateros Nogales Youth Baseball Clinic

On the weekend of October 7 and 8, the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas will be hosting a clinic with the Tomateros de Culiacan where local children and youths will have the opportunity to receive coaching from the Pros. The clinic, which is at the War Memorial Baseball Stadium in Nogales, takes place.....

The longest straight line you can walk without hitting the ocean


California Prunes on Simply Good Food TV

The California Prune Board has signed up to its own assigned TV channel on the fast growing Simply Good Food TV App - the pioneering media platform dedicated to sharing food content, founded by chef/author Peter Sidwell.The inaugural move made by California Prunes has set a precedent for others to follow, with.....

Willem Dijk Jr:

“We have a goldmine, but retail traders have to develop their own vision for the future”

In the final link of the supply chain from grower to consumer, an ever-increasing diversity of companies is poaching part of the consumer market. When it comes to seducing consumers to do their daily shopping with them, supermarket, greengrocer’s specialist shop, market trader, farmer’s shop and, increasingly.....

Map of most popular domain names reveals surprising leader

The Pacific island of Tokelau reigns supreme in a list of the most popular top-level domain names. The number of .tk websites may have dropped from 31 million to 18 million, but the four square miles of land in New Zealand still has more domain registrations than almost any other nation or territory in the.....

Pound sterling drops half a percent after Theresa May's Brexit speech

Sterling dropped almost half a per cent against the dollar in the wake of Theresa May's much-anticipated Brexit speech in Florence, where she reiterated that "no deal is better than a bad deal".The UK currency fell as low as $1.3486 after the Prime Minister outlined her proposal for a two-year "implementation.....