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Mauricio Lopez, Manager for sales of Green Superfood:

“We are making significant investments in avocado production in Colombia”

Colombian avocado production is on the rise. The country’s location, climate, and natural resources make it a prime avocado-producing location, according to Mauricio Lopez of Green Superfood. The company is a Chilean company who have made significant investments in the Colombian avocado production in…

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Organic expansion in greenhouse industry continues

When Nature Fresh Farms started adding organic items to its product offering, it started with just organic bell peppers. “We started out with nine organic acres in Leamington,” says Ray Wowryk with Nature Fresh Farms. At the end of 2017, the nine acres had expanded into 15 and since then, the company has…

Increased volume of Mexican raspberries coming

After a tricky winter season of berries out of Mexico, spring raspberries will see ample supplies. “Raspberries are growing substantially. Late-March and April are heavy production months for us with Mexican raspberries,” says Evan Pence of Dole Diversified based in Philadelphia, Penn. “We anticipate a…

Impacts of Coronavirus cause missed sailings in US Port of Wilmington

The Port of Wilmington will experience some cancellations in its port schedule over the next two months. These will be mostly due to impacts from the coronavirus outbreak and the extended Lunar New Year in China, port officials have stated. North Carolina Ports will experience three "blank sailings"…

Empaque Don Jorge II opens for the season, now packs organic mangoes

Last season, El Grupo Crespo opened Empaque Don Jorge II (EDJ II) in Ocozocoautla de Espinosa, Chiapas, or – as the locals call it – Coita. For most of the 2019 season the packhouse packed only conventional mangoes while it finished its buildout and OG certifications. This week it opened for the season,…

Eastern Produce Council selects members of 2020 leadership class

The Eastern Produce Council (EPC) has chosen 20 up-and-coming produce professionals for its 2020 Leadership Class, a professional development experience for those with less than 10 years of experience in the industry. The respected program delivers a dual-medium learning environment. “The goal is to…

'Training helps with food safety and FSMA compliance'

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) identifies water as one of the largest contributors to foodborne illness outbreaks. SmartWash Solutions®, founded two years before the FSMA became law in 2011, was created to mitigate bacterial cross-contamination in fresh-cut produce wash water environments. The…

US (MD): Gotham Greens opens 100,000 sq.ft. greenhouse in Baltimore

Gotham Greens opened its new, 100,000 square foot hydroponic greenhouse outside of Baltimore. Reimagining a portion of the former Bethlehem Steel Mill located in Sparrows Point, this is Gotham Greens’ seventh greenhouse nationwide and its first greenhouse that will provide a year-round supply of fresh…

Michigan is out of $2.3 mln as Cherry Growers Inc. folds

The state of Michigan is out nearly $2.3 million after it ran out of options to recoup a performance-based grant from a Northern Michigan company that folded. Cherry Growers,…

USDA determines individuals not responsibly connected to California violator

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has determined that Jay Pack was not a responsibly connected principal of Huxtable’s Kitchen Inc. (Huxtable’s), Vernon, Calif. This…

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Europe

Tropical Fruit Congress in Europe to focus on avocados

A two-day event with more than ten international speakers and a single theme. These are the numbers of the third edition of the Tropical Fruit Congress, an international event…

Sustainability, new varieties, and the Coronavirus

Fruit Logistica 2020 photo report

FruitLogistica is the largest trade show in the fruit and vegetable sector. Exhibitors from all over the world once again converged at this fair. As in every year, it had a central theme. This year, it was, again, sustainability.  However, the coronavirus garnered  much attention this year. There were 94 Chinese companies…

Linda Carobbi from Savino Del Bene

Operators are alarmed and constantly monitoring the container situation

"There is a lack of availability of refrigerated containers on an international level as they are blocked in China. Italian apple exports have not suffered any problems yet, but operators are alarmed and constantly monitoring the situation," reports Linda Carobbi (in the photo below), Corporate director…

Varietal replacement is already happening

Table grapes: “We cannot have such a disastrous campaign again”

“More and more seedless varieties are being introduced. Let's not forget that the latest campaign has been disastrous for the varieties with seeds. However, the grapes with seeds under the umbrella of the Designation of Origin Uva de Mesa Embolsada del Vinalopó will not disappear. It is an appreciated…

“We’re experiencing a slow down in sales to China”

The coronavirus can also be felt by the Greek kiwi industry. One exporter claims sales in China have halted, and they might have to look elsewhere to export their produce to. Possible alternatives come down to other Asian countries, and South Africa. The kiwi season in Greece was all looking good, but…

Avoiding breakage or bending when processing asparagus

For the past few years, green asparagus has been leaving its mark on the global market. Although not as popular in the United States, the other two asparagus, white and purple, are quite popular in the European and western Asian market. Demand for asparagus as a whole is steadily increasing. Asparagus…

CIV showcased apple, pear and strawberry varieties

The CIV – Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti of San Giuseppe di Comacchio (Ferrara, Italy) is taking stock of its participation in Fruit Logistica 2020, which has become an important meeting place for international operators who are interested in new products and major varietal development projects. On the eve…

Saint-Charles Export on this year's Fruit Logistica:

"More qualitative, targeted exchanges this year"

Fruits and vegetables, of Spanish, Moroccan and French origin, conventional and organic, made up the greater part of the products presented on the Saint-Charles Export booth this year, which was approximately 144m² and located in the France hall. They joined a total of 16 companies exhibiting all kinds…

Oceania

Melbourne preparing to host world-leading phytosanitary irradiation forum

Australia is gearing up to host the world-leading Chapman Phytosanitary Irradiation Forum, in Melbourne next month. It is the only global gathering for all phytosanitary irradiation stakeholders, and a representative of the local hosts, Steritech says a range of growers, researchers, exporters and…

Costa publishes their Full Year '19 financial results

“The second half of the year was particularly challenging"

Costa Group CEO Harry Debney noted the company had faced significant challenges in CY2019, relating to drought and weather events in the second half of the year. “The second…

World

Ginger might be worth keeping an eye on in 2020

Studies have found that ginger is an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-nausea ingredient. According to GlobalData’s 2019 Q3 global consumer survey, Some 70% of…

Tokyo Medical and Dental University

Unsalted tomato juice may lower risks for cardiovascular disease

We all know tomatoes are loaded with anti-aging antioxidant health benefits, anti-inflammatory properties, and immune system boosting vitamin C. However, a recent study…

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