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Friday, January 14, 2022

GLOBAL OVERVIEW MANGOES

In many European countries, the consumption of mangoes has dropped after the New Year, with markets in the Netherlands also being flooded with produce from Peru, causing prices to drop too. Peru remains the main country of origin for most countries at this time of year, with the Kent variety taking the lead almost everywhere. The…

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Weather tests already challenged British Columbia logistics

While it’s no secret that the global supply chain is under significant strain, growers and shippers in British Columbia have felt that stress acutely thanks to weather issues in late 2021 and current weather watches. As Sarah Bistritz notes, this week there’s notice from truckers that avalanche control…

Grower-shipper expands Caborca, Mexico asparagus deal

Southern Specialties, a grower, importer, processor and shipper of asparagus from Peru, expands its Caborca, Mexico asparagus deal. The company initiated a presence in the Mexican asparagus deal eight years ago with the intention of bringing additional year-round value to its retail, foodservice and club…

Mission veteran SVP of sales and marketing retires

Mission Produce, Inc. announces the retirement of Ross Wileman, its senior vice-president of sales and marketing, after 36 years of dedication to the company. Throughout his…

Commissioner Nikki Fried:

ITC reports confirm Mexican imports devastating Florida farmers

Yesterday, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried made the following statement in response to reports released last week by the non-partisan U.S. International Trade…

PolyNatural is moving to US to be close with clients from the apple and pear organic market

Shel-Life’s organic fruit natural coating is currently collaborating with Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center. Dr. Carolina A. Torres, Associate Professor and Endowed Chair in Tree Fruit Postharvest Systems' at WSU, leads the research team that is currently evaluating new…

US Department of Labor finds violations of guest worker program

Three citrus farm labor contractors pay $76,000 in back wages and penalties

When three Arcadia citrus farm labor contractors failed to comply with the requirements of the federal H-2A agricultural worker visa program, they short-changed 123 employees…

January USDA citrus forecast projects fewer Florida oranges

In its January forecast, the USDA reduced its estimate for Florida Orange production while holding Florida Grapefruit production steady for the 2021-22 season. Released…

US: Retail prices for collard greens fall during holiday seasons even as demand rises

The market phenomenon known as “countercyclical pricing”—when retail prices decrease in times of increased consumer demand—has been documented by economists in the prices of goods such as tuna during Lent or canned soup during winter. Recent analysis by USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) provides…

The US food supply chain is strained once again

‘We have problems with not enough labor in the supply chains between the farms and the consumers’

In what seems like a repeat of spring 2020, people are sharing photos of empty shelves in stores around the US, and reports of empty shelves are coming in from Massachusetts…

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Ethiopia

Second avocado processing facility opened, in state-owned Yirgalem Agro-processing Park

YBM, a private avocado oil processing company, has become operational within the state-owned Yirgalem Agro-processing Park in Southern region of Ethiopia The new factory is…

The Pickering: a new mango variety

Originally from Florida, the Pickering mango has the texture of a José mango and the appearance of an American mango. Developed by a nurseryman of Saint-Philippe on Reunion Island, this new variety without fibers is juicy with a slightly caramelized taste and it weighs between 300 and 600 grams.…

Produce Art - Jaboticaba

The popularity of a unique exotic fruit set to soar in Australia in coming seasons

An Australian fresh produce trading company expects the rise in popularity of the exotic fruit Jaboticaba as it gets more marketing in coming years. Produce Art, based in Brisbane, supplies the emerging tropical fruit and Director Rohan Bicknell has compared it to the feijoa, which itself has grown in…

Ellips and Elisam launch new deep learning system at Tzur Farms

Traditionally, when dates were brought from the fields to be packed, they first got separated into 4 groups: too wet, too dry, good level of moisture and culls. The dates that were good to pack were sent to the grading facility where they were sorted and packed based on size and quality. The dates that…

Daniel Badger - VitaFresh

“By investing in the farm, we have more control of how things are done"

UK importer VitaFresh has recently invested in a farm in Honduras growing sweet potatoes to complement their imports from the US. “By investing in the farm, we have more control of how things are done and it also shortens the supply chain, keeping things simple. Our customers want to buy direct from the grower,”…

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More winter strawberries harvested in Italy

The strawberry is increasingly present on the market in the winter months. From December until January and February, strawberry productions are available to European consumers…

Peruvian frozen strawberry exports increased by 50% in 2021

According to the president of the consulting firm Inform@cción, Fernando Cilloniz Benavides, in 2021 Peruvian frozen strawberry exports increased by 50% in volume over the…

Philippe Jean, Cofruid’Oc:

“The Legend apple is also available in organic”

This year, the company Cofruid’Oc Méditerranée should reach 800 tons of Legend® apples harvested. These will be available until the end of March on the retail shelves. “We are very satisfied with the quality obtained. This year is really characterized by a good harvest, with control of the harvest launch…

Hein Punt – Maluti Fruit packers

Free State apple packer expects 35% increase in volumes this year

The Eastern Free State had a lot of rain during December accompanied by cool production conditions which have delayed the start of the Royal Gala harvest, usually the second week of the year, to week 3. The colour and size of the Royal Gala crop have been dampened by the hitherto unusually cool and…

PolyNatural is moving to US to be close with clients from the apple and pear organic market

Shel-Life’s organic fruit natural coating is currently collaborating with Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center. Dr. Carolina A. Torres, Associate Professor and Endowed Chair in Tree Fruit Postharvest Systems' at WSU, leads the research team that is currently evaluating new…

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