Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Social programs elevated in preparing for busy Mexican grape season

As the Sonora, Mexico grape season is just a few weeks away, grower/shipper Divine Flavor will quickly turn their attention to the upcoming grape deal, relying on their work force to prepare for one the busiest times of the year. “With an expected 30 percent volume increase from 2020 to 2021 (roughly 5…

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Organic apple importer differentiates by importing as well as growing in-country

The southern hemisphere apple season has started and last week, Viva Tierra received its first shipment of organic apples from Chile and Argentina in the port of Philadelphia. This shipment contained Gala, Granny Smith and Red Delicious varieties, which are always the first ones to come in. “With the…

Produce companies top Canada’s Best Managed Companies list

Oppy, Mastronardi Produce, Red Sun Farms, Fresh Direct Produce and Crawford Packaging have been chosen as one of Canada’s Best Managed companies again. Applicants for this prestigious award are analyzed by an independent judging panel comprised of representatives from program sponsors and guest judges.…

Delayed start for domestic blueberry volumes

Domestic supplies of blueberries are coming on heavily to meet a high demand market for the fruit. The supplies coming on now follow a delayed start for the Southeast blueberry season. “The crops in Georgia and Florida had been delayed roughly 10-15 days, depending on the varieties and location. Two…

Vanguard welcomes two new team members

Vanguard International has added new talent to their team with the hiring of Ignacio Ugarte in Chile and Fanny Robles in Peru. Ignacio Ugarte is an agronomist with years of produce industry experience. Ignacio’s past roles includes quality controller with Decofrut, as well as the operations manager at…

Non-tariff barriers impacting imports at Mexico-US border

The University of Arizona (UA), Rogers College of Law recently published a TradeLab report about non-tariff barriers to trade. Inspections and Non-Tariff Barriers on…

New company will operate under Country Fresh moniker

Country Fresh, Sun Rich assets acquired by Stellex Capital Management

Country Fresh and Sun Rich USA, two divisions previously part of the Fresh Food Group, will now operate as a standalone company under the Country Fresh name following the…

iTradeNetwork adds sales leaders to executive and operations staff

iTradeNetwork, a global provider of supply chain management solutions for the food and beverage industry, announces two new key additions to its team. Theresa Trees was named executive vice-president of commercial sales and Amy Mi was appointed vice-president of sales operations. “Theresa and Amy bring…

May 6

Pace International LLC to host its International, Annual Postharvest Academy Virtually

Pace International, a provider of sustainable postharvest solutions and technologies for the fresh produce industry, will be hosting its annual Postharvest Academy virtually…

European grocery store successfully implements AI-based fresh produce recognition technology

The COVID-19 pandemic and its disrupting effect on the retail sector have accelerated some in-store technology trends like biometric checkout and scan-and-go systems. The new trend that is emerging  is the drive to look for solutions to distinguish fresh produce—like fruits and vegetables—as they tend to perish…

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Stuart Thomson - Dyson Farming

"By extending the UK season we avoid the unnecessary food miles from imported strawberries at this time of year.”

Dyson Farming has picked the first strawberries from its new 15-acre glasshouse in Carrington, Lincolnshire. The 424m long glasshouse is powered with renewable electricity and surplus heat from Dyson Farming’s adjacent anaerobic digester. Currently 6 hectares of strawberries are planted. The Spring…

Egyptian grape season started, three weeks earlier than expected

A little earlier than expected, the Egyptian grape season has kicked off. Due to warm weather, the start of the season arrived three weeks before it was expected to begin. For some varieties a little more time is needed, but this earlier start has resulted in solid demand from the market. According to…

Nijs van Zuilen, Berrybrothers, about the early start of the Dutch redcurrant, raspberry season

"Our new greenhouses mean we can meet the early demand for redcurrants, raspberries even better"

The redcurrant and raspberry season has begun at Berrybrothers in the Netherlands. "We've invested in a new, modern, 2.3-hectare greenhouse for redcurrant cultivation. We grow Junifer redcurrants in it. These have been outside during the winter to get the necessary cold hours. We placed them in the…

Santiago Vázquez, manager of La Vega de Cieza, from Murcia:

"Until mid-May there will be an apricot shortage of about 50%"

The stone fruit campaign kicked off a couple of weeks ago in the Region of Murcia with a delay of about 10 days compared to last year, although very close to the usual start date. This year's adverse weather conditions are being a major constraint for the European stone fruit season, and apricots will be…

Higher volumes, better quality, diversification, and sector unity

Key challenges of the Chilean cherry industry

Different experts from the cherry sector that participated in the "Cherries 2021: challenges and opportunities after a complex season" webinar, which was organized by the…

Chile

Organic apple importer differentiates by importing as well as growing in-country

The southern hemisphere apple season has started and last week, Viva Tierra received its first shipment of organic apples from Chile and Argentina in the port of Philadelphia. This shipment contained Gala, Granny Smith and Red Delicious varieties, which are always the first ones to come in. “With the…

Delayed start for domestic blueberry volumes

Domestic supplies of blueberries are coming on heavily to meet a high demand market for the fruit. The supplies coming on now follow a delayed start for the Southeast blueberry season. “The crops in Georgia and Florida had been delayed roughly 10-15 days, depending on the varieties and location. Two…

Kei Higuchi - courtesy of Fukuoka Prefecture

Japan frustrated by Chinese and Korean strawberry and whisky copycats

Both the Japanese government and Japanese companies are battling Chinese and South Korean copycats, taking steps to protect the image and integrity of "made in Japan" products. The government, led by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, has revised the Plant Variety Protection and Seed Act. This legislation…

IPS created subsidiary in South Africa

"As part of its international development strategy, IPS created a subsidiary in South Africa in October 2020 with the permanent presence of a new collaborator, Michael Oosthuizen. The arrival of Michael in our team allows us to strengthen our agreements with current partners (nurseries, producers,…

France, Spain, Italy and Greece

medFEL publishes European apricot harvest estimates

On Tuesday 4 May, the first webinar * of the medFEL took place, concerning European apricot harvest estimates, based on the production of the 4 main growing countries and realised thanks to the partnership established with the local structures of the different countries. A look back at the European stone…

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