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OVERVIEW GLOBAL PEAR MARKET

The Italian pear sector is struggling. Despite the relatively limited volumes available, prices remain low. The sector is experiencing quality problems in both Spain and the Netherlands. In France, consumption is lagging behind, while European pears are selling quickly on the German market. In Australia, exports have increased…

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Rain won't dampen Oxnard spring strawberry season

Oxnard is set to have an excellent spring strawberry crop. The region does in fact produce strawberries for extended periods throughout the year, but the spring crop is one of two main seasons where growers plan for peak volumes. Despite some rain and cooler weather returning to the region this week,…

Breadfruit

March brings more volume for this tropical specialty

Supplies of breadfruit into the United States have been increasing this month as the lengthy season gains momentum. Volume is reported to be quite steady as suppliers face little pressure from weather in the growing regions, especially at this time of year when hurricanes and other tropical weather…

From Sunkist

China: First imports of Royal Rhino Lane Late navel oranges

A great number of orange varieties are currently on the market and many different orange production areas are in the middle of their supply season. Comparatively speaking, the Orah mandarins and Baba tangerines are the most popular varieties in the citrus market. Traders are also quite happy with the…

Everything steady in the parsley business

Steady is how things currently look overall in the parsley business. “The supplies of parsley seem to be normal right now,” says Camilo Penalosa of Miami-based Infinite Herbs. “It’s coming from California and Mexico and there’s some from Florida.” At the same time, demand for parsley from both retailers and foodservice clients seems to…

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NEXTY award for ready-to-eat beets product at Expo West

Love Beets, the creators of ready-to-eat beets, celebrated the win of a NEXTY Award at this year’s Natural Products Expo West, taking home the prize for their Golden Beet-o de Gallo in the “Best New Savory or Salty Snack” category. Of the more than 3,600 exhibitors, Love Beets were one of just 32 NEXTY…

New Jersey Peach Promotion Council appoints three new board members

The New Jersey Peach Promotion Council has welcomed three new board members, Erica Shiles, Bonnie Lundblad and Matt Duffield. Erica is a fourth-generation family farmer on F & R Grasso, in Sewell, purchased in 1953. The farm harvests several peach varieties throughout the season including white and yellow peaches,…

Chiquita shares its water reduction efforts on World Water Day

With World Water Day today March 22, Chiquita Brands International said it is proud to announce its efforts to minimize water waste and promote global sustainability. Chiquita’s farm rejuvenation programs and water recycling systems are helping the company to reduce its water use by over 1.7 billion…

US food safety technology company expands to Europe

SmartWash Solutions™, a developer of food safety technologies, has expanded to Europe. SmartWash uses a combination of science, technology and engineering to food processing…

"Unconventional" theme for company's banana month

March is Equal Exchange Banana Month. Every year, Equal Exchange dedicates this month to highlighting its fair trade, small farmer banana supply chain with new educational resources, videos, point-of-sales materials, and interactive projects. (Image: Carson Ingley and Brendan Pate) The theme for the 2019 campaign is “Unconventional,” which…

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Europe

Raynal et Roquelaure shake up the grocery sector

Leading French food specialist Raynal et Roquelaure is shaking up the grocery sector with the launch of a range of cooked vegetables in a totally new-look packaging for these types of products. The company is introducing three unique recipes - Quinoa and Provencal Lentils, Lentils Compote and Vegetables from the…

Melon acreage grew by 8% in 2018

Campaign to prevent unripe Spanish melons and watermelons from reaching the market

The campaign "No cortes en verde" ("No green harvesting"), an initiative of Hortyfruta and the Government of Andalusia, has been launched again with the aim of promoting the…

Uber Freight launches in Europe

Since launching in the US two years ago, Uber Freight has worked to revitalize the trucking industry and bring new opportunities to the entire logistics ecosystem. The Uber Freight app connects trucking companies of any size with loads to haul, giving drivers upfront pricing, fast payment and the ability to book a load with the…

Dirk de Maré, Grimex

'Carrot market awaiting demand from washers'

“Things are quiet on the carrot market at the moment," says Dirk de Maré of the Belgian company, Grimex. "All the countries still have carrots of their own. However, shortages are slowing occurring at washing plants." "It is expected that they will need product in April again. It, however, remains to be seen what…

AGF-online from Barendrecht sells first curly endive at REO Veiling

First curly endive of the season auction

The REO Beiling sold the first young curly endives of the new season at auction today. The fresh leafy vegetable will remain available at the REO Veiling until the late…

Joey Deen, Denimpex:

"Shortages and rising prices on the lime market"

"It seems it is eventually the end of the bad limes prices. European importers have been plagued by extremely low demand and prices since mid-December. Brazil also sent far too many limes to Europe. We were, therefore, not able to rid ourselves of old stock," says Joey Deen of Denimpex in Amsterdam, the…

Hartman Expeditie expands fleet

"We are 100% ready for the Dutch season again"

The Dutch company, Hartman Expeditie, has once again renewed and expanded its fleet. They added 16 new Scanias and trailers. Two of these will start as LHVs. "This expansion came at exactly the right time. The Dutch season is soon going to start in earnest. We are at full strength again," says Hartman…

Jupiter Group

First ARRA 15 and Maylen® grapes have arrived in Europe from India

The very first ARRA 15 and Maylen® grapes have arrived in Europe from India and have been issued to new customers around Europe. These two exciting new varieties hit UK soil last week and have been snapped up by retailers eager to share the benefits of the grapes unique selling points with their…

Controlling mealybugs in vineyards using useful insects

Biological control with useful insects and mites in vineyards for both table and wine grapes is essential to control key phytophagous insects such as mealybugs. The reason behind the increasing development of biological control in these contexts is due to the increasingly evident difficulties in the containment of phytophagous…

Gialla and Rossa are the prickly pear varieties most suitable for exports

In Italy, prickly pears are grown mainly in Sicily over more than 3500 hectares. Most of the production is commercialized in Italy, while the remaining part is exported to European countries and Canada. Fruits are commercialized immediately after being harvested and post-harvesting treatments and…

Italy: Contact group on tomatoes to meet in Ragusa

Massimo Pavan, a Venetian entrepreneur firmly rooted in Sicily, has been appointed as coordinator of OI Pomodoro. The next meeting of the tomato contact group will take place in Ragusa…

Zummo

New juicer - the Z40 Nature Adapt

Zummo has presented its new improved version of the Z40 Nature, which replaces the previous one, and whose main addition is its tray-tap.   With the Zummo exclusive tray-tap, the company provides its machines with a double functionality: Fixed Mode and Self Service Mode. With the former, the Z40 will squeeze the number of fruits previously programmed by the user,…

District of Bajo Cinca

Spain expects early harvest and higher volume of cherries and stone fruit

The stone fruit trees in the region of the Bajo Cinca are already in their curdling stage, that is nearly fifteen days earlier for some species, such as the cherry tree, than in the same period of last year. Nectarines are in the growing stage "The weather this winter was more similar to spring, as the days were sunny and temperatures mild. As…

75% of watermelons imported by Spain in 2018 came from Morocco

In 2018, Spain imported a total of 94.58 million kilos of fresh watermelon from 250 companies. 74.57 percent of this came from Morocco. This has been revealed by data…

EC to increase controls on Brazilian citrus fruits due to black spot

The European Commission (EC) has decided to increase the entry controls for citrus consignments from Brazil after they found the harmful organism Phyllosticta citricarpa…

Spanish region of Murcia promotes its table grapes in China and Vietnam

Murcian table grape producers and exporters associated to Apoexpa will promote their production in China and Vietnam through a commercial mission, which is starting on Friday, March 22 and has the support of the Institute for Development. After the approval of the table grape export protocols for China and Vietnam,…

This spring will be warmer and sunnier in Spain

The spring, which started this Wednesday evening, will be hotter and less rainy than normal across Spain, following the second driest winter of the 21st century and the fifth since 1965. In a press conference organized to present the seasonal forecast, the water balance and an analysis of last winter, Delia Gutiérrez, spokesperson…

Spain: "We are barely affected by price fluctuations"

For some small producers, the greatest challenge is to deliver quality while respecting the environment. For them, profits are stable, as they are not subject to market fluctuations. Small horticultural volumes translate into price stability. "Not only do we make a profit, but we obtain excellent quality…

An experimental system reduces water consumption by 28% in berry cultivation

The Project for the Promotion of Efficiency in Irrigation (Ferdoñana), an initiative of the SAI platform (Sustainable Agriculture Initiative), has launched an experimental plan to demonstrate the benefits offered by a innovative irrigation technique called on-demand irrigation on substrate. This method…

Tobi Seeobst and Bareiss Prüfgerätebau develop pulp strength measuring device

Monitoring fruit ripeness with modern measuring technology

Bringing fruit into the market at exactly the right level of maturity poses major challenges for the entire supply chain. But that's exactly what the customer wants: fruit, ready to eat. This same fruit, however, should not ever be overripe. Ensuring the right ripeness at all times is a process that can…

Wide range of regional and convenience items

Migros Basel records sales growth

Core business sales of Migros Basel grew by 1.9 percent in 2018, with inflation up by 1.1 percent. Despite difficult general conditions, market shares were gained again. With…

International Market Overview Potatoes, AgrarMarkt Austria:

With stocks almost depleted throughout Europe - new potato season has started

More than ever, the impact of last year's record summer is noticeable. But both in Austria and throughout Europe, many farmers are groaning under the high sortings. A review… The planting, as well as the development of tubers was satisfactory until June last year and nationwide, marketers started the new season with…

AgrarMarkt Austria: Market Report Fruits and Vegetables, February 2019

"Demand for Austrian goods remains good at home and abroad"

Sales of dessert apples above previous year's level The sale of domestic dessert apples went into the next round in February. The weighted selling price for dessert apples…

Barbora Spurná, Pack'nlog GmbH:

"People buy with their eyes"

The presentation of goods is and remains an important aspect in food retailing. In addition to fixed facilities, operators often look for additional, flexible out-of-pocket expenses, such as seasonal offers and special promotions. Even larger retailers are looking for ways to better represent their products and brands. "Because…

Southwest German sales cooperatives expect a good asparagus season

"This Easter, we will have a great asparagus harvest"

The first free-range asparagus is here. In the Palatinate and in Rheinhessen some stems under film have already been harvested; in South Hesse the harvest started this Wednesday. In Baden, the popular spring vegetables from multi-covered film tunnel will come on the market weekend. "We are 14 days earlier than last…

The company Agrial acquires English supplier

Known for its Florette lettuce, Agrial has just acquired the company Angflor, an old supplier, based in Colchester. “We have already been buying products from Angflor for many…

The Gariguette strawberry in decline

Relaxnews, the national barometer of fresh products, shows prices going down for the Gariguette strawberry. Prices are indeed down 7% compared to last week. As for the products on the…

“The favorable conditions for the French potato market will last until mid-April”

Comyn Distribution markets about 100,000 tons of potatoes annually. This year, 60% of the volumes will be for export. “We export mainly to Spain, Italy, Portugal and more than usual to Germany, because the Germans are a little deficient in potatoes. Their important demand makes prices go up,” explains…

Switzerland: Lidl wants to settle in the city centers

It has been 10 years since Lidl appeared in Switzerland. At the beginning, the stores were confined to the outskirts of the cities. But today, the discount retailer counts 127…

Casino is doing well again

After a considerable fall in September 2018, the retailer from Saint-Etienne is doing great again. In 2018, the group, under the management of Jean-Charles Naouri, had recorded an internal revenue…

Bud Holland signs purchase agreement for new-build project on Poortcamp in De Lier

On March 20, the final signatures by HOCP vof and Bud Holland B.V. were placed at the offices of Triple Group in Maasdijk, for the transfer of 2.6 hectares building plot on Poortcamp in De Lier. Bud Holland wants to continue the growth of the company at this location and serve its customers even better. According to the planning, the…

'No Deal' risk now postponed until April 12

After long deliberation, the European Union is prepared to postpone the Brexit until 22 May. That is a day before the European elections. But only on condition that next week…

Hapag Lloyd discloses 2018 annual report: Group net result increased by 13 million euro

Hapag-Lloyd has disclosed its 2018 annual report. Based on the audited figures, the group net result increased to EUR 46 million for the year 2018 and was EUR 13 million…

MSC improves connections between Baltic and other European ports

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is updating its network to better serve shippers moving cargo between the Baltic region and key North European hubs, connecting with…

Over 16 years of the scheme

UK: 900 farming businesses signed up to LEAF Marque certification

Almost two-fifths (39%) of fruit and vegetables grown in the UK is now produced by LEAF Marque certified businesses – up from 25% just four years ago – according to the…

Heritage and specialty potato varieties taking Ireland by storm

From humble beginnings just a few years back, the heritage and specialty potatoes grown by Maria Flynn at Ballymakenny Farm are today some of the most sought-after potatoes by high-end chefs and restaurateurs in the Irish culinary industry. Originally, Maria Flynn’s wanted to create a ‘happy place’ to escape to on…

OVERVIEW GLOBAL PEAR MARKET

The Italian pear sector is struggling. Despite the relatively limited volumes available, prices remain low. The sector is experiencing quality problems in both Spain and the Netherlands. In France, consumption is lagging behind, while European pears are selling quickly on the German market. In Australia, exports have increased…

Oceania

AU: National approach required to address labour issues in agriculture

AUSVEG Chairman Bill Bulmer says a national approach to addressing labour concerns in agriculture is one of the key issues he would like to see following this year's federal election. "The labour issue is the major focus of everyone within the industry," he said. "When you say labour, it has so many tentacles. It brings…

AU: Hailstorm Heroes back in full force as nation encouraged to tackle food waste

Now in its second year running, the Hort Innovation developed campaign “Hailstorm Heroes” is back in full swing to support apple growers hard hit by damaging weather. Launched this week in South Australia, the campaign urges the community to support growers by purchasing apples that were slightly marked during summer…

2019 Modi® Apple Campaign debuts new tagline: Every bite a masterpiece™

Modi®, a flagship apple brand of the Freshmax group launched the 2019 marketing campaign with a new tagline: Every bite a masterpiece™. The new tagline has been developed with extensive research and thoughtful consideration of the Italian roots of Modi® Apple as well as its future growth potential. Modi®…

Queensland fruit fly trapping in Auckland ended

Auckland, New Zealand: No QFF breeding populations found

Controls on the movement of fruit and vegetables in the Auckland suburbs of Devonport and Ōtara have been lifted after no further fruit fly have been found there. The decision…

New Zealand North Island avocado scheme going for growth

According to Freshmax avocado programme manager Jim Tarawa, the avocado investments underway in the Far North will have a better productivity curve than more southern North…


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