Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Jim Phillips, President & CEO of Sunkist Growers

“We are well-positioned to meet growing demand for grapefruit”

The harvest of Southern California grown Star Ruby grapefruit is off to an earlier start this year due to relatively warm weather in the growing region. “It's available from April through early July with peak availability right now,” says Christina Ward with Sunkist Growers. Following Star Ruby’s season,…

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British Columbia cherry growers optimistic about prospects for this season

As cherry blossom is underway in the early southern areas of Canada’s province British Columbia, a careful estimate can be given about the prospects of this year’s crop. The past two years were difficult for cherry growers and all connected with this dynamic industry. “However, we are really excited…

Washington apples see shifts in demand

Supplies of apples are tight right now as import programs are starting up. At Ag Grower Sales LLC in Wenatchee, WA, Jeff Aguigui notes that demand is largely shifting back to foodservice as restaurants and schools begin reopening again and retail demand lets up slightly. “A few months ago we were doing…

Fruit grower/exporter joins in the celebration of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

The United Nations General Assembly designated 2021 as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables to raise awareness of the importance of consuming fruits and vegetables, which are essential for human nutrition, food security and health, and for the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable…

Oppy adds to its North American team

Oppy has added to its extensive team in North America with the hiring of Sergio Ruiz who will focus on building the supply of key items for the grower, marketer and distributor of fresh produce from around the world. Based in Guadalajara, Ruiz offers a decade of experience in the produce industry in…

Guan’s Mushroom Co recalls Enoki Mushrooms due to possible health risks

Guan’s Mushroom Co of Commerce, CA is recalling all cases of its 200g/7.05-ounce packages of Enoki Mushroom (Product of China) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or…

Strategic organic partnership carries over to upcoming show

The Organic Produce Network (OPN) and Western Growers (WG) have formed a strategic partnership reflecting the importance of organic production and announced that WG will be the presenting sponsor of the Organic Grower Summit 2021. Organic Grower Summit 2021 presented by Western Growers and OPN will be…

National Mango Board

Mango consumption in the US is expected to double in the next ten years

Mango has become a fashionable fruit and it is highly valued by North American consumers. In fact, due to the pandemic, consumers have become more demanding and are opting for…

Verdant™ Technologies brings on agtech expert

Verdant Technologies has brought on postharvest life extension scientist Todd Edgington as its newest executive team member. Edgington’s responsibilities as vice-president of…

Hectre brings fruit software to California’s citrus warehouses

Hectre, a fruit software and AI company from New Zealand, has extended it’s US coverage with California becoming its latest on the ground location. “We’ve had such an outstanding response from the US market, so it made good sense to invest further and put more people on the ground. California was chosen…

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"Our commitment: taking care of the planet"

Sandía Fashion reinforces its commitment to comply with the United Nations SDG 2030

"A society is defined by what it creates and by what it refuses to destroy (John C. Sawhill)." This quote of the former CEO of The Nature Conservancy and president of the University of New York illustrates the commitment of Sandia Fashion®, a watermelon brand of the AGF Group, to sustainability. The…

Biotalys appoints new chairman of the board

Biotalys, an AgTech company addressing food protection challenges to enable a more sustainable and safer food supply, has appointed Simon Moroney as chairman of the board…

Oppy adds to its North American team

Oppy has added to its extensive team in North America with the hiring of Sergio Ruiz who will focus on building the supply of key items for the grower, marketer and distributor of fresh produce from around the world. Based in Guadalajara, Ruiz offers a decade of experience in the produce industry in…

Certification organization to help suppliers meet Walmart’s new commitments

Equitable Food Initiative, the workforce development and certification organization that partners with growers, farmworkers, retailers and consumer groups, announced it has…

Verdant™ Technologies brings on agtech expert

Verdant Technologies has brought on postharvest life extension scientist Todd Edgington as its newest executive team member. Edgington’s responsibilities as vice-president of…

Fruit grower/exporter joins in the celebration of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

The United Nations General Assembly designated 2021 as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables to raise awareness of the importance of consuming fruits and vegetables, which are essential for human nutrition, food security and health, and for the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable…

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Despite the challenges of the campaign, Chile exported a record volume of cherries

Chile has the biggest cherry industry in the southern hemisphere. In 2020 it had the hemisphere's biggest planted area (more than 56,000 hectares in production) and the…

Washington apples see shifts in demand

Supplies of apples are tight right now as import programs are starting up. At Ag Grower Sales LLC in Wenatchee, WA, Jeff Aguigui notes that demand is largely shifting back to foodservice as restaurants and schools begin reopening again and retail demand lets up slightly. “A few months ago we were doing…

British Columbia cherry growers optimistic about prospects for this season

As cherry blossom is underway in the early southern areas of Canada’s province British Columbia, a careful estimate can be given about the prospects of this year’s crop. The past two years were difficult for cherry growers and all connected with this dynamic industry. “However, we are really excited…

Matthew McIntyre - McIntyre Fruit

“In a 15-day period we spent 14 nights out protecting the crops from frost”

The last couple weeks has seen extensive frost damage across crops in Europe, this cold weather was also felt further north in Scotland. Matthew McIntyre grows soft fruit and cherries in Perthshire, the farm boasts some of the latest cherry production in the Northern Hemisphere. “In a 15-day period we spent…

Full steam ahead for New Zealand Envy™ export programme

It’s full steam ahead for exports of T&G Global’s internationally  popular, premium Envy™ apple this week, with five vessels carrying 28,000 cartons (518 tonnes) of Envy™ departing the Napier Port for China and South East Asian markets. T&G’s Director of Operations, Craig Betty, says the company expects to…

Andriy Yarmak, economist at Investment Centre of UN FAO:

‘Gen Y and Z will prefer organic table grapes in eco-friendly packaging’

Andriy Yarmak is an economist at the Investment Centre of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). During a virtual training on the effective…

Complete lockdown seems unavoidable

“Indian grape season narrowly escaped grip of coronavirus”

The grape season in India is slowing down, while at the same time the coronavirus is causing massive issues with infrastructure. Overall the grape season has satisfied one Indian exporter, despite the delays due to the Suez Canal blockage, occasional rains and logistical problems caused by the virus.…

Northwest pear industry takes another step forward in their commitment to flavor

The pear industry in the Pacific Northwest has added a regulation for Anjou pears in a move to increase consumer satisfaction when they purchase pears in the early season.…

Low temperatures put Midwest fruit growers on alert

Fruit growers all over Michigan are on alert as cold weather has returned, after a few weeks of mild temperatures. Nick Schweitzer, of Schweitzer Orchards, says he has 200…

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