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US farmers hopeful after Mexico ratifies USMCA

Mexico became the first country in North America to ratify the proposed United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) on June 19. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador described the ratification as “very good news.” “We celebrate the approval in the Senate of the [USMCA], to maintain our economic…

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Partnership between Canadian and Dutch ripening technology companies

While the relationship between the two companies may be longstanding, their more formal and recent North American partnership will offer new opportunities to customers on this continent. VDH Products BV, based in the Netherlands, develops and produces mechanical and electronic instruments for measuring…

Mexican grape prices low as supplies saturate market

The tables have turned for the table grape market. Just a few weeks ago, prices for seedless grapes were high as the pipeline all but dried up between the South American and Mexican seasons. Now Mexican growers are harvesting, packing and shipping at full steam, which is applying enormous pressure to the…

"SnapDragon apple variety enjoying great success"

SnapDragon apples realized sales increases of 100 percent across several large retail chains and doubled overall sales in 2018 over 2017, according to Crunch Time Apple Growers. Snapdragon was sold coast to coast in the US with exceptional success in the Midwest and Southeast regions. Sales were tripled…

Producer "growing green" in Mexico

SiCar Farms announced that it has implemented what it describes as "enhancement strategies" that advance environmental conservation. These technologies result in a positive impact on humanity and promote renewable energy usage, as well as sustainable agricultural practices that support crop preservation,…

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US to restart China trade talks

The United States hopes to re-launch trade talks with China after president Trump and president Xi Jinping meet in Japan on Saturday, but Washington will not accept any conditions around the US use of tariffs in the dispute, a senior administration official has stated. Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on another $325…

Equitable Food Initiative partners with Costco

Equitable Food Initiative has announced it is partnering with Costco Wholesale on a two-week promotion in California, Oregon and Washington state. The campaign runs through July 5 with the goal of driving consumers to purchase EFI-certified fruits and vegetables at participating Costco warehouses. “From…

"IoT technology is becoming more important in the fruit and veg sector"

In the fruit and vegetable industry, control of temperature is an important factor. Elitech is an American company focused on the real-time temperature monitoring in the food, medicine and fresh products industry. They see that: "The Internet of Things" (IoT) technology has become a recognized future…

Leaf lettuce continues to be Monterey County's number one crop

According to an industry report unveiled Tuesday, the value of Monterey's County's top economic engine, agriculture, came down in 2018. The gross value of ag commodities grown…

Novel watermelon rootstock knocks out disease and pests

A new watermelon line, developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Clemson University scientists, gets to the root of the problem of a major disease and pest of…

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Europe

EU set to sign trade and investment agreements with Vietnam

The Council of Ministers approved the EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements, paving the way for their signature and conclusion. EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia…

The humble European potato - Genome study reveals history

Research has shown that the potato was introduced to Europe in the 1600s—the first-known plantings were in Spain. The history of the potato in Europe after introduction has not been well studied, however, until now. In this new effort, the researchers sequenced several varieties of potato to learn more…

Bouquet watermelon sales in Spain doubled over the past 3 years

The watermelon campaign started in April in Almeria for Anecoop, which is currently in the transition from greenhouse watermelons to open ground ones in the north of Almeria and south of Murcia. So far, watermelon sales have not been easy due to bad weather conditions in most of the export markets where…

Ralph Barkmeijer: “Combination of fresh fruit and vegetables, without addition of dairy, means these ice creams are unique”

Vegetable ice creams conquer Dutch retail

Because temperatures are expected to surpass 30 degrees Celsius this week, the ice cream sales will once again take flight in the coming days. Various retailers provide the option of buying a healthy ice cream, made from fruit and vegetables. So far, strawberries, beetroot, fennel, mango, orange, carrot,…

Israeli start-up makes biodegradable plastic

The Israeli start-up, TIPA, manufactures plastic packaging from organic material. After use, it disintegrates and is used as compost. The scientists at TIPA are trying to find…

Northern European markets require perfect lemons

As soon as you enter the La Costiera warehouse in Fondi, managed by the Vinaccia brothers, you are welcomed by the intoxicating aroma of fresh lemons. Everyone works tirelessly and trucks come and go at all times. Lemons arrive at the facility at all hours and come mainly from Italy (Sorrento and…

Publication of the call for aid for the transport of Canary bananas

This Monday, the Spanish Ministry of Development has published the call for aid for the transport of bananas from the Canary Islands, which will make it possible to grant…

Stone fruit prices in Spain increase seven-fold from field to fork

According to the index of food prices at origin and destination (IPOD), published monthly by the agricultural organization COAG, the retail price of stone fruit in Spain is…

Life Resilience makes progress in the fight against Xylella in Tuscany

The partners of the European project Life Resilience, which was co-funded by the Life program of the European Union, met on June 18 at the headquarters of Coldiretti Pisa, in Pisa (Italy), to collect all the progress and results recorded in the last three months and determine the next steps to follow.…

Enrique Azcárate, of Envapack:

"Blueberry craze is slowing down, so it is necessary to invest in quality"

Following the drop in blueberry prices, some companies have been slowing down their investments. Still, the best bet is to offer a premium quality fruit: a firm blueberry, of maximum hardness and with the bloom intact. "These characteristics can only be obtained in two ways: with manual handling and…

54% of the lettuce consumed in the EU is Spanish

In 2018, more than half of the lettuce consumed in the European Union (EU) came from Spain, which supplied 621.59 million kilos of the 1,152.39 million kilos of lettuce…

The new surface in Seville will allow extending the season to 20 weeks

HaciendasBio expects to produce 7,800 tons of organic stone fruit

HaciendasBio, Spain's leading organic fruit and vegetable producer and exporter of organic horticultural products to Europe, expects to produce 7,800 tons of stone fruit in the current campaign, which began in mid-April and will last for 20 weeks. Thanks to the launch of its new La Falamosa farm in…

Spain: Grupo Caparrós gives fruit away in exchange for cigarettes

The fruit and vegetable company Grupo Caparrós has launched the campaign 'Cambiamos cigarrillo por fruta' ('We give fruit in exchange for cigarettes') on the occasion of the celebration of the World No Tobacco Day. In the framework of this initiative, members of the Spanish Association Against Cancer…

Spain

Murcia's melon production expected to reach 208,000 tons this campaign

The Spanish Region of Murcia, which has an area devoted to melon cultivation totaling 5,450 hectares (60 in greenhouses and the rest in the open ground), expects the production in the 2019 season to reach 208,000 tons. These estimates point to a beginning of the campaign with good prices at origin and no…

Harvest starting a week earlier due to early planting and forecast of high temperatures

Extremadura's tomato campaign to start on 25 July

The tomato harvest in the Spanish province of Badajoz will start approximately on July 25, which is one week earlier than in the 2018 campaign. According to the Association of Agricultural Cooperatives of Extremadura (Acopaex), this early start is due both to an early planting in the spring and the…

Swiss concern announces reduction of approximately 90 places

Migros Eastern Switzerland reacts to intensifying competition

Migros Eastern Switzerland is reacting to the increasingly intense competition by streamlining its organization at its headquarters in Gossau. There is a reduction of about 90…

Kaufland draws a positive balance after completion of tests

Wonky vegetables now available throughout Germany

From the end of June onward, Kaufland will be selling fruit and vegetables with visual defects and unusual shapes throughout Germany. The company is thus completing the test…

Further severe weather damage to North German horticulture

Hail smashes greenhouses

Heavy storms have again caused significant damage in the past few days. "Hailstones almost as big as chicken eggs" dropped down in Müden on the Aller in Lower Saxony, smashing the greenhouses of a…

Joachim Montag, Montag Frucht GmbH:

"Plums are doing better in winter time"

At the moment, stone fruit of all kinds quickly finds its to the German wholesale and retail trade. Even in Cologne, stone fruit is now traded in pleasing quantities. While imported nectarines, peaches and Paraguayos are currently being offered in large volumes, foreign plums are still lagging behind in…

Marco Sion from 'Kartoffel Sion':

"First new onions from the Netherlands and Germany will arrive soon"

Potatoes and onions are traditionally sourced from foreign growing areas in the Mediterranean until early summer. At this time of year, however, the first regional products are gradually coming back on the market: German-grown early-seasoned potatoes are already fully available, and onions are unlikely…

France: Val'Prim starts its new onion harvest in the Loire Valley

Val’Prim has always valued its territory and produces 40% of its onions in the Loire Valley. Planted and sown last February, they are now ready to be harvested. From the end of June until the end of August, more than 3,000 tons of onions will be harvested in the region to end up on our plates. The…

Photo report

France: MIN of Toulouse

The Grand Marché of Toulouse in Occitania is the 2nd National Interest Market (MIN) of France in terms of volumes of food products. Established in the region since 1964, the wholesale market covers an area of 18 hectares and welcomes 2,000 visitors daily. Click here to view the photo report More than half of the fruits and…

Astrid Antillon about the citrus and apple situation in Latin America

“We aim to be a bridge between Latin America and the rest of the world”

The Chilean campaign for citrus and apples is going extraordinarily well. Volumes are exceeding expectations, meaning the region is ready to supply the world. Considering the lower availability in Europe, one importer feels there are big opportunities ahead. Chile is having a good citrus campaign, with…

Weaker watermelon yields expected in Hungary

The main watermelon harvest in Hungary is expected to come at the end of this week and early next week. The fruit will be arriving in the shops at the beginning of July. This…

Interfresh Eurasia exhibition October 16-18, 2019

Turkey: Buyers & exporters of fresh produce to meet in Antalya

This week, Ankara hosted the presentation an d launch meeting for the upcoming Interfresh Eurasia 2019 fair slated for Oct. 16-18 in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya.…

Süperbag might save 170 tons of plastic each year

Luxembourg plans to save 170 tons of plastic per year with a new product, rolled out in 10 Luxembourg stores and supermarkets on Tuesday. The Süperbag is the new shopper’s friend from waste reduction and management platform Valorlux and retailer federation the CLC. “This initiative aims to reduce…

Sustainable paper inlays introduced

Eosta firmly believes that sustainably farmed organic products deserve to be packed in environmentally friendly material if packed at all. Furthermore, numerous studies show that organic consumers are negative about plastic packaging. With this in mind Eosta introduces recycled paper inlay for vegetables…

Bad weather first half of June said to be the cause

Ukraine: Price of tomatoes flips 2.3 times within a year

Experts at Kyiv-based Pro-Consulting LLC say prices of tomatoes in Ukraine over the past 12 months soared by 2.3 times, up to UAH 33- 35 (US$1.26 - 1.34) per kilogram.…

German scientists say Popeye might have been right:

“Chemical in spinach should be banned for athletes”

Scientists at the Freie Universität Berlin's Institute of Pharmacy have recommended that ecdysterone, a hormone found in spinach, be included in the list of prohibited substances for athletes. During a 10-week study, led by the university's Institute of Pharmacy, participants were split into four groups.…

French research team investigates lycopene:

“Compound found in tomato skins might ward off diabetes”

Research funded by the French government has shown that lycopene, the substance which gives tomatoes their red color, fights the inflammatory process that causes the…

Purpose-built health food factory in Skelmersdale

UK factory in Lancashire opens - creating 100 jobs

The factory, operated by Spanish firm AMC group, produces a variety of dairy free products, baby food and soups, and fresh juices. Construction of the new 55,000 m 2 site…

UK: Public do not back imports of sub-standard food, new survey reveals

As new figures show that 86% of the public believe future trade deals must ensure imported food is produced to the same standards as in the UK, the NFU is today asking why the…

Grupo IFA surpasses 24,000 million Euro consolidated turnover

Grupo IFA held its Annual Shareholders Meeting, at which the results for the 2018 period were presented. The company reported consolidated turnover of 24,361 million Euro. Of…

Limited six-week season has started

Spanish Picota cherries in supermarkets now

Sweet and juicy, stalkless Picota cherries are now available on supermarket shelves for six weeks only. Spanish Picota cherries are unique to the Jerte Valley and protected by a denomination of origin (DO) status – which means they can’t be grown anywhere else. They are also the only variety that is…

Max Kipiatkov, Hanita Kibbutz about the TAPKIT

"We can grow all year around with a continuous supply"

The Hanita Kibbutz in Northern Israel may be more than 80 years old, but their cultivation methods are certainly not outdated. They have chosen to use a TAPKIT instead of a low-tech greenhouse. TAPKIT is a complete, relatively low-cost hydroponic production system. Teshuva Agricultural Products (TAP)…

Oceania

Redpath's custom built greenhouses made to suit any climate

Leading manufacturer of horticultural and agricultural buildings, Redpath Greenhouses Australia, which is exhibiting at Hort Connections in Melbourne, says many outdoor growers are starting to look at indoor growing as a bit of insurance, especially with the extreme weather conditions in Australia and…

Vietnamese dragon fruit: Planned cooperation with New Zealand operators

After 6 years of cooperation, the New Zealand Plant & Food Research (PFR), the Southern Fruit Research Institute (SOFRI), and the Institute of Agricultural Electrical and Post-Harvest Technology (SIAEP) have chosen 3 promising dragon fruit varieties and proposed the related processes. When it comes…

Australian market faces ‘tsunami of avocados’ in coming years

As a number of orchards come into production, Australia faces a “tsunami” of avocados hitting the market in the next few years. David Goodfellow, chief executive officer of…

World

"Maersk Spot radically simplifies the buying experience for our customers"

Maersk has expanded its product offering with Maersk Spot. Fully digitally enabled, the new online product provides customers a cargo loading guarantee at a fixed price…

Why people need to incorporate pineapple into their beauty routine

Stylists everywhere are insisting we incorporate pineapples into our beauty routines as soon as possible. The tropical fruit, heralded for its exfoliating properties, pineapple is fast becoming skincare’s new wonder ingredient. Extracts from the tropical fruit are increasingly cropping up on ingredients…

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