Thursday, August 13, 2020

Texas: Hurricane Hanna hits citrus industry, most other fresh produce crops spared

Texas was hit with their first hurricane in over a decade at the end of July. Dante Galeazzi of the Texas International Produce Association shares: “The typical rule of thumb is that we’ll get a hurricane here in Texas once every 10 years, so Hurricane Hanna was roughly on schedule. Unfortunately,…

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2020 Pacific Northwest pear harvest kicks off

Pear production began last week in the Pacific Northwest with Bartletts being the first variety off the trees. Following Bartlett harvest, Sage Fruit Co. in Yakima, WA will continue the season with Red Anjou harvest beginning in late August, followed by Bosc and Green Anjou in mid-September. Kaci…

Good volumes and strong market for Rocky Ford melons

The melon season in Rocky Ford, Colorado, started mid-July with low volumes. Now, the volumes have picked up and the region is seeing good supplies and a strong market for their melons. Slow start to season, good volumes nowThe region produces cantaloupe, seeded and seedless watermelons, personal watermelons,…

Veg-Fresh Farms employs Smart Plastic™ technology

Anti-microbial technology incorporated into produce packaging

Veg-Fresh Farms has recently incorporated anti-microbial technology by Smart Plastic™, into film packaging used for their organic and conventional Brussels sprouts, with the hopes of incorporating the technology into future items such as lidding film, clamshells, and more. This leading-edge technology is…

Hazel Technologies announces Hazel® CA

New technology to protect apple quality in cold storage available this season

Hazel Technologies Inc. announced the launch of Hazel® CA, a new technology designed for growers and packers of apples to protect quality in cold storage following harvest. The technology will be available to apple packers this coming season, following positive initial results last season. Fresh apples…

'Maintaining the fresh qualities of cut strawberries'

While the vast array of shelf life extension technology for fresh cut produce has grown exponentially over the last decade, strawberries had been absent from the list until…

'Natural fungicide and bactericide poised to save the banana'

A natural fungicide and bactericide is motivating the multi-billion-dollar agricultural industry with promises of ending one of the most serious fungi on bananas plants,…

The coronavirus puts Latino farmworkers in the US at risk

The expansion of the coronavirus in the US is strongly affecting the farmworker's safety in the country. The workers, mostly Latino, live in closed quarters, sleep in bunk beds, and share bathrooms and kitchens. They travel to the fields in crowded buses and often work in groups. Even though farm…

New Rabobank report - 'The Time for Capital Planning is Nigh' Kojinaka

‘Global kiwifruit demand will rise to 300 million trays by 2028’

According to a new Rabobank report, global demand for Zespri kiwifruit is forecast to rise to 300 million trays by 2028. To keep up with demand, the report said significant…

Supamas Lhakjit

Georgia vegetable growers succeed in avoiding disaster

Experts say state and federal purchase programs, gradual re-openings of restaurants and increased grocery store sales saved the day in Georgia. That might mean Georgia’s…

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Okra production expands in southern Honduras

The area devoted to producing okra in southern Honduras has increased to 3,000 hectares. According to the leader of okra growers, Rony Mendez, "more small producers are…

Federal Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal in attendance

West Bengal to flag off first lot of vegetables to Kolkata Airport

The West Bengal Agriculture Department has completed all preparation to export the first lot of vegetables of the state, likely this Friday.  Federal Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal…

Stanislav Ostanin

Australian imports ban: Prices for zucchini and cucumbers up

As imports from Australia continue to be banned due to a plant virus, the price of zucchini and cucumbers rose more than 30 per cent in July. According to Stats NZ data,…

Supamas Lhakjit

Georgia vegetable growers succeed in avoiding disaster

Experts say state and federal purchase programs, gradual re-openings of restaurants and increased grocery store sales saved the day in Georgia. That might mean Georgia’s…

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Rodrigo Compean, leader of the BlueDrop Nursery project:

"The first nursery for avocado plant clonal propagation in Mexico"

The exponential growth of the avocado market, whose production is expanding as the world demand increases, has led to clonal propagation becoming one of the most effective techniques to maintain the characteristics and quality of the multiplied varieties, ensuring the homogeneity of the plantations…

Venezuela exports pineapple and mango to Iran

Despite the complex international scenario caused by the pandemic, the Venezuelan company Casa Fresca has successfully exported more than 200,000 kilograms of Spanish Red…

State of Pahang, Malaysia Mr. Narongrit Sankot

Legitimising illegal durian farms in Raub district can boost exports to China

On August 9, all illegal durian growers in the district of Raub are able to come forward and accept the legalisation scheme undertaken by the Royal Pahang Durian Group. This…

Total EU avocado supply (updated 07-08-2020)

Week 32 South African avo shipments to Europe at 512,000 cartons

In week 32, there was a small contribution to the avocado supplies into Europe by Kenya, at 34,000 cartons of Greenskins and 280,000 units of Hass avocados. A much larger influx remains from the orchards in Peru, at 98,000 cartons of Greenskin avocados, 2,094,000 units of Hass avocados, totalling…

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Dirk Willem Blijleven (TP Haluco) in ZON Magazine

"It still puzzles me that auctions remain such a crucial reference point for price formations"

There's a section in ZON magazine called 'The client has the floor'. For a recent edition, this Dutch publication interviewed Dirk Willem Blijleven. He was appointed as the new Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Total Produce (TP) Haluco on 1 February. Dirk Willem was born and bred in Barendrecht, the…

Loek Smets, P. Smets & Zn.

"We're excellent at stocially plotting our own course"

For over 90 years, P. Smets & Zn have been active as a fruit and vegetable wholesaler in Geleen in the Dutch province of Limburg. "We're heading toward the Royal predicate," laughs Loek Smets. He and his brother, Richard, run the company. When asked how the wholesalers lasted so long, Loek answers, "With…

Mitolo’s acquisition of Thomas Foods International’s potato business not opposed

The ACCC will not oppose Mitolo’s proposed acquisition of Thomas Foods International’s (TFI) potato business. Mitolo and the TFI potato business grow potatoes and operate…

Crystal Chavez of Gold Coast Packing:

“We will need to be creative with drawing people to our booth”

This is the first year that Gold Coast Packing will exhibit at the United Fresh show. While the format of the show has been changed, the company continues to look forward to their participation. Crystal Chavez, the company’s marketing coordinator, says: “We were disappointed when the show was moved to a…

Logistics more »

Importing fruits and vegetables

ASYAD Cooperates with Indian Agricultural Authorities

ASYAD is a new integrated logistics provider in Oman. The company’s Business Development Team, in partnership with the departments concerned in the Sultanate, has collaborated…

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In-basket cleaning: Cutting produce loss to the maximum

After the Covid-19 crisis, consumers are paying more attention to food safety, making higher demands on fruit and vegetable processing enterprises. Cleaning is an important step in possessing fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. Efficient and convenient cleaning equipment not only helps to improve a…

How ProEx Food prepares for their digital presence at United Fresh:

"Virtual exhibitions will indirectly foster innovation"

Around the globe companies are trying to come up with ways to cope with the COVID-pandemic. The fruit and vegetable sector was not as affected by the measures and shutdowns as others but keeping distance and finding enough employees has been a challenge. Another big change has been the cancellation of…

Marsha Verwiebe with Volm Companies on exhibiting at a virtual trade show

“This is an opportunity we should take advantage of”

In less than three weeks, the produce industry will experience its first virtual trade show ever, organized by the United Fresh Produce Association. “With our membership going back three decades, we’ve been a long-time supporter of the association,” says Marsha Verwiebe with Volm Companies. “We know that…

Management more »

The coronavirus puts Latino farmworkers in the US at risk

The expansion of the coronavirus in the US is strongly affecting the farmworker's safety in the country. The workers, mostly Latino, live in closed quarters, sleep in bunk beds, and share bathrooms and kitchens. They travel to the fields in crowded buses and often work in groups. Even though farm…

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Ideagro develops a project in Murcia to reduce the application of fertilizers

"Microorganisms can be a great tool to achieve more efficient agriculture"

A research project developed by Ideagro to reduce the application of fertilizers in agriculture through the contribution of microorganisms is obtaining important results in melon, tomato, broccoli, apricot, and citrus crops in an experimental farm located in the Murcian district of Yechar. The Minister…

Tanzania: Kilimo Fresh wins $50,000 equity funding at MEST Africa Challenge

Tanzanian start-up Kilimo Fresh is a digital distributor of fresh produce to hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, institutions, wholesalers and export markets. The young company…

Herbs more »

"Basil production from Colombia is quite unique"

Since 2017 Verbos Business Development and Nvest have been involved in bridging the gap between Colombia and the Netherlands. They are involved in matchmaking, market research…

Citrus more »

René Bouman, FMI International:

"Expected lemon price hike after Argentina's export freeze hasn't yet happened"

"After a few bad months, the lime market's picked up again," says René Bouman of FMI International in the Netherlands. "There's currently good demand throughout Europe. Volumes have decreased too. There's also high demand on the local Brazilian market for limes at the moment. Supply's declining and the…

Argentinian lemons arrived in China for the first time

San Miguel, a citrus company from the Southern Hemisphere, arrived this Friday at the Hong Kong port with 24 tons of Argentinian fruit. The lemons that had left from Buenos Aires on June 30th will be transported to Guangzhou. In this first season, the company will be exporting a total amount of 139,2 tons…

Ukraine has increased imports of fruits and berries by 23%

In the first half of 2020, Ukraine imported fruits and berries worth US$341 million. This is 23% more than in the same period last year, said experts from the National…

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Wednesday, August 19

Virtual event with Costco’s Frank Padilla and Category Partners' Steve Lutz

The Organic Produce Network has announced a virtual online event featuring Frank Padilla, Costco’s vice president & gmm, produce and meat, and Steve Lutz, Category Partners’ senior vice president of insights & innovation, discussing sales and consumer purchasing behavior of organic fresh produce through…

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Mykhailo Polenok

UK: COVID-19 outbreak on Herefordshire farm 'successfully contained'

According to UK health officials, a COVID-19 outbreak among farm workers in Herefordshire has been successfully contained with no more cases, or spread to the wider community.…

IT more »

Software proves responsive to Covid-19 challenges

Advanced and flexible software from Nulogy, a provider of supply chain solutions, has enabled Marsden Packaging to remain responsive to the changing needs of brand owners throughout the volatility of the COVID-19 pandemic. Marsden Packaging, based in Blackburn, specialises in primary and secondary…

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New technology to increase production and profit for table grape industry and beyond

California startup Vinergy, Inc. is powering change in industry, beginning with new technology applications that could improve the profitability of table grape farms nearly 40 percent. The Vinergy Cart and Vinergy Wheelbarrow from Bakersfield, California startup Vinergy, Inc. are rechargeable electric…

Cooling more »

4G-Cat1 Internet of Things (IoT) technology plays a crucial role

Fresh-key shows the way for innovation in the cold supply chain industry

The "10th Global Cold Supply Chain Summit" took place in Shanghai on the 6th of August, 2020. The summit was attended by JD Distribution, Carrier, Haier, and Thermo King, as…

Nuts and dried fruits more »

Ventura

Dried fruit consumption on the up at the expense of shelled mixes

The health crisis redefined the habits of Italian consumers. It will be interesting to see how things will evolve in the fall, when people tend to buy more dried fruit. "Looking at market developments, in the future, people will focus more on products with a higher added value linked to both the nutritional…

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Texas: Hurricane Hanna hits citrus industry, most other fresh produce crops spared

Texas was hit with their first hurricane in over a decade at the end of July. Dante Galeazzi of the Texas International Produce Association shares: “The typical rule of thumb is that we’ll get a hurricane here in Texas once every 10 years, so Hurricane Hanna was roughly on schedule. Unfortunately,…

Retail more »

M&S has announced plans to open a new national food distribution centre

DIA is launching its largest warehouse in Spain

UK: Retail sales recovering but concerns remainRetail sales in the UK rose again last month as more shoppers returned to the high street. However, the latest data suggests many shops are still struggling to make up lost ground and face an uncertain future. The figures from the British Retail Consortium…

Stop & Shop is phasing out its Peapod app

Walmart Canada and Condor Properties broke ground on state-of-the-art distribution centre

US: Consumers say grocers' shelves are getting fuller, FMI research showsThe percentage of consumers who report that grocery stores are typically fully stocked reached 27% in mid-July, its highest level since late March, when it was 13%, according to research published by the Food Industry Association…

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