Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Fair Trade avocado program returns for second year

Supplies of Fair Trade avocados will see a slightly later start next month following the rains Mexico has been seeing. Los Angeles, CA-based Giumarra Companies began its Fair Trade avocado program last year and is going to bring in similar volumes this season. The avocados will be available until May.…

Volumes up significantly this season

Lemon harvest in California desert starts this week

California lemons start harvesting out of the desert this week. “The desert supply in our minds is the start of the 2021-2022 season and we started harvesting a bit last week out of Coachella Valley. Then this week we’ll be size picking strongly for the first six to eight weeks to go through the crop,”…

Re-cap of panel discussion at Organic Produce Summit

Controlled Environment Agriculture expected to rapidly grow in the next 10 years

Last week, one of the educational sessions at the Organic Produce Summit included a panel discussion on the Growth of Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA): What’s Real and What’s Hype? One thing all participants agreed on, is that CEA is here to stay. Moderated by Walter Robb, former co-CEO of Whole Foods…

Eastern apples now available

As Keystone Fruit Marketing, a division of Progressive Produce, knows, apples and autumn go hand in hand. Crisp, juicy apples have long been part of Keystone's history. Established in 1977, Keystone got its start marketing local Pennsylvania apples and since then has earned a reputation as a reliable produce industry partner…

70 waiting at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

49 cargo vessels outside LB/LA port complex

Current port delays on the US West Coast are contributing to the extraordinary lack of available vessel capacity that we are currently seeing globally, which is putting…

United Fresh conference to feature senior White House adviser as keynote today

Senior Adviser to President Biden and Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, Cedric Richmond, will keynote today’s luncheon general session at 11:30 am ET…

Kubota and Yamaha Motor invest in US startup developing robots to automate strawberry harvesting

Kubota Corporation and the Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. have additionally invested in U.S. startup Advanced Farm Technologies. AFT is a U.S.-based startup seeking to raise efficiency in the agriculture field by developing and manufacturing robots for strawberry harvesting. Their TX robotic strawberry harvester…

Soil health practices workshop added onto Organic Grower Summit

An in-depth workshop on soil health practices and strategies employed in organic production systems that can build resilience to climate shock has been announced as part of the 2021 Organic Grower Summit (OGS) presented by Western Growers and the Organic Produce Network educational program, slated for…

Fruit importer launches Breast Cancer Awareness Month-related sweepstakes

LGS Specialty Sales, an importer of citrus, avocados, grapes and persimmons, is launching its “One Step at a Time” consumer sweepstakes to elevate the limited-time pink…

SEPC sends water to aid in Hurricane Ida disaster relief

As part of its SEPC Cares initiative, the Southeast Produce Council is partnering with the Society of St. Andrew and Publix Super Markets to deliver a straight load of…

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Orchidea Frutta: "We must keep an eye on the sustainability of the supply chain"

"This year, the yields and the quality of the Italia variety grapes are extraordinary"

"This year, the yields and the quality of the Italia variety grapes are extraordinary, as well as the crispness and size of the berries. Compared to last year, we have 20% more product on the plants, while the sugar level is easily reaching 18°Brix (for some lots even 20°Brix), with berries that do not…

Interview with Matteo Bortolini, managing director of Sant'Orsola

Zero residue blueberries are leading to a major leap forward

The Italian soft fruit sector is recovering after the 2020 pandemic. One company that has not been affected by the situation and has not been inactive is the Sant'Orsola cooperative, which has introduced several new crops to the market. Director Matteo Bortolini talked about it. FreshPlaza (FP): When did…

Quality is made in the field but a new base variety is needed

2021 is not a standard year, as nectarine prices are very high in this period too due to the lack of produce in northern Italy caused by the frost. Romagna Mia is currently being harvested, a late nectarine variety that combines large grades with a good organoleptic flavor. "It is a white nectarine that…

Asta Frutta Alto Adige

Apple auctions - prices slightly higher than 2020

"We can say we are very pleased with how apple auctions have gone so far. The Gala auction has ended and the market responded very well, with prices slightly over those of 2020. Quantities were 10% higher than expected and 5% more than in 2020," reports Markus Tscholl, coordinator of Asta Frutta Alto…

Eastern apples now available

As Keystone Fruit Marketing, a division of Progressive Produce, knows, apples and autumn go hand in hand. Crisp, juicy apples have long been part of Keystone's history. Established in 1977, Keystone got its start marketing local Pennsylvania apples and since then has earned a reputation as a reliable produce industry partner…

Iran intends to export two million tons of fruit

Head of Tehran Fruit and Vegetable Traders Union has said his union is planning to export over two million tons of fruits in the current Iranian calendar year (ends in March…

High stocks, low prices, pessimistic expectations in Chinese apple market

Apple market in China: by EastFruit20 Sep 2021 According to EastFruit analysts, participants in the Chinese fresh apple market expect a difficult season. Despite the USDA’s…

Dayton apple yields are 20% lower after summer heat wave

While most newly picked apples from local orchards have a healthy sheen ready for market, crop yields are 20% lower because of the June heat wave. The damage reveals itself on…

Florida blueberry growers remain cautiously optimistic

Increased blueberry imports may have snatched away some of Florida growers’ market share, but they haven’t taken away the producers’ optimistic outlook. That’s evident with…

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