Friday, January 15, 2021

OVERVIEW GLOBAL MANGO MARKET

The situation in the global mango market is relatively calm at the moment. The supply is limited, but so is the demand in many countries. This is resulting in a market with "low, but reasonable prices," as most traders describe it. In addition to Brazil, Peru is currently also entering the market in full force, and Mexico will…

Washington growers concerned over state’s COVID-19 labor rules

Following a year where growers and shippers consistently contended with serious labour shortages, in Washington State, agricultural groups are appealing recently renewed state COVID-19 emergency rules for 2021. The groups say the rules are triggering another labor shortage that could force many farms out…

Simon Hobbs - Scott Farms International

UK: Mixed demand and increasing prices for US sweet potatoes

The availability of American sweet potatoes on the UK market is good at the moment, but prices are steadily increasing. “The US domestic market is strong, and the Canadian market is in good shape,” explains Simon Hobbs, Commercial Director at Scott Farms International. “International sales are also…

New year kicks of the 10th season of Sumo Citrus®

The start of the new year signals the return of a special citrus variety: Sumo Citrus®.  This citrus variety, which originates from Japan, is grown in the Central Valley of California. The harvest kicked off in late December and limited shipping began on January 4th.  10th season of Sumo Citrus®With shipping for…

Daniel Ghadiri, ProEx Food:

"Our initiatives revolve around finding even more efficient equipment designs that translate to efficient manufacturing"

ProEx Food is looking forward to a year of growth in 2021, and is expanding their product portfolio to address customer needs. “We know there are more fruit and vegetable processors that still have ambitions to put new capital projects in place for 2021 installs, but have not yet put in their orders. We…

Sakata Seed America increases food bank donations

Through its Woodland Innovation Center, Sakata Seed America significantly increased its volume of fresh produce donations to the Yolo Food Bank in Woodland, CA. Sakata Seed America increased its food bank donations in 2020. “Sakata Seed has been an amazing partner,” says Aliyah Moreno, Yolo Grown program…

Avocados From Mexico

Guac Bowl Stadium digital experience is launched

Avocados From Mexico is bringing the Big Game stadium experience directly to fans with the launch of its Virtual Guac Bowl Stadium. This digital experience is a one-stop-shop for anyone looking to score big in celebration of the Big Game: inside AFM's Virtual Guac Bowl Stadium, visitors can access…

Teamsters Local 202

The Bronx, New York

Hunts Point market workers threaten strike over wage dispute

Workers at New York’s largest supplier of fruit and vegetables claim they are ready to go on strike for the first time in nearly 35 years over a pay dispute. Members of Teamsters Local 202, which represents the workers at the sprawling Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market in the Bronx, said they will cast…

Stu Follen of SL Follen Co., Portland

‘Yunnan spring onion freeze does not affect US exports, but could be significant in world market'

According to Stu Follen of SL Follen Co. in Portland, the spring onion freeze in Yunnan, China,  does not affect US exports, although it could be significant in the world market.…

PMA expands virtual learning course offerings

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and Center for Growing Talent (CGT) are expanding their virtual learning opportunities. FreshEd Academy is a growing portfolio of…

Vegetables more »

Industry council launches immunity campaign

Consumer concern for immune health is on the rise and with the pandemic converging with peak cold and flu season, the Mushroom Council® has launched a “Feed Your Immune…

Potatoes and Onions more »

Stu Follen of SL Follen Co., Portland

‘Yunnan spring onion freeze does not affect US exports, but could be significant in world market'

According to Stu Follen of SL Follen Co. in Portland, the spring onion freeze in Yunnan, China,  does not affect US exports, although it could be significant in the world market.…

Simon Hobbs - Scott Farms International

UK: Mixed demand and increasing prices for US sweet potatoes

The availability of American sweet potatoes on the UK market is good at the moment, but prices are steadily increasing. “The US domestic market is strong, and the Canadian market is in good shape,” explains Simon Hobbs, Commercial Director at Scott Farms International. “International sales are also…

Company news more »

Farming tech company expands leadership team

Vertical farming company Plenty announced that Dana Worth has joined its leadership team as senior vice-president of commercial to help drive the company through its next…

Sakata Seed America increases food bank donations

Through its Woodland Innovation Center, Sakata Seed America significantly increased its volume of fresh produce donations to the Yolo Food Bank in Woodland, CA. Sakata Seed America increased its food bank donations in 2020. “Sakata Seed has been an amazing partner,” says Aliyah Moreno, Yolo Grown program…

Logistics more »

Things starting to go back to normal at Mercamadrid, with reactivation of fruit and vegetable transport

"We knew it would snow, but we didn't expect anything close to this"

Mercamadrid, the second largest wholesale market in the world and the first in Europe, is recovering its activity after having been closed from Saturday to Monday as a result of the impact of storm Filomena, which has covered the central-northeast of the Iberian Peninsula with snow, including Madrid. The…

General fresh produce more »

Kenya specialist Stella Rasmussen on the current situation

"Closure of gastronomy sector and high air freight charges affect Kenyan fruit exports"

The Kenyan export industry was brought to a substantial standstill in the wake of the Corona pandemic. Due to the lack of air freight capacity and correspondingly high freight charges, there were extraordinary price increases and a tight supply situation. The closure of catering outlets in many European…

Miscellaneous more »

Assessment of Hawaii Agribusiness Development Corp.

Auditor: Hawaii’s agriculture agency is failing diversification mission

According to audit data released yesterday, the state agency set up to help convert Hawaii’s agriculture lands from plantations producing mainly pineapple and sugar for export…

Teamsters Local 202

The Bronx, New York

Hunts Point market workers threaten strike over wage dispute

Workers at New York’s largest supplier of fruit and vegetables claim they are ready to go on strike for the first time in nearly 35 years over a pay dispute. Members of Teamsters Local 202, which represents the workers at the sprawling Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market in the Bronx, said they will cast…

Washington growers concerned over state’s COVID-19 labor rules

Following a year where growers and shippers consistently contended with serious labour shortages, in Washington State, agricultural groups are appealing recently renewed state COVID-19 emergency rules for 2021. The groups say the rules are triggering another labor shortage that could force many farms out…

Chinese currency is strengthening

The Chinese economy is the world's first economy to recover from the pandemic, and it seems its currency is coming along for the ride. The yuan has shot up to its strongest…

Pennsylvania gets $1.5 million from USDA to fight spotted lanternfly

The USDA is providing Pennsylvania with an additional $1.5 million to fight spotted lanternflies through the Plant Protection Act. The flies have spread to nine states,…

Herbs more »

Expands product portfolio with full line of fresh cut organic herbs

Organto finalizes acquisition of Fresh Organic Choice BV

Organto Foods Inc., a provider of organic and value-added organic fruits and vegetables today announced that it has finalized definitive agreements to acquire 100% of the…

Agenda more »

PMA expands virtual learning course offerings

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and Center for Growing Talent (CGT) are expanding their virtual learning opportunities. FreshEd Academy is a growing portfolio of…

Citrus more »

"Dutch imports of Mexican citrus have been falling since 2017"

In December 2020, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its yearly Mexican “Citrus Annual”. It includes harvest forecasts for the current (2020/2021) season. So,…

New year kicks of the 10th season of Sumo Citrus®

The start of the new year signals the return of a special citrus variety: Sumo Citrus®.  This citrus variety, which originates from Japan, is grown in the Central Valley of California. The harvest kicked off in late December and limited shipping began on January 4th.  10th season of Sumo Citrus®With shipping for…

“The issues in Spain will have a positive effect on the Egyptian citrus season”

The Valencia sizes appear to be smaller this year than they were last season. This could put pressure on some markets, while causing shortages in others. Overall production of the Egyptian citrus has increased by about ten per cent this year, according to one exporter this means they have the potential…

Fresh Florida citrus marketing order continued

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that fresh citrus producers voted to continue the marketing order regulating the handling of oranges, grapefruit,…

Exotic fruit and vegetables more »

More colour and a brighter future for Nicaraguan red pitaya farmers

Thanks to its vibrant colour, fresh flavour and nutritional benefits, pitaya, or ‘dragon fruit’, has become a popular ingredient in fruit drinks, smoothies and desserts. Although commonly associated with Asian cuisine, this fruit is native to Central America. Nicaragua-based agricultural development firm…

Innovations more »

Eight-week organic blueberry storage trial shows positive results

RipeLocker has completed a trial in which its containers held freshly harvested organic blueberries in pristine condition for eight weeks. In the trial, the company used six pallet-size RipeLocker containers to store fresh organic blueberries from blueberry grower Blueberry Hill. Blueberry Hill also owns…

Cooling more »

The benefits of vacuum cooling in mushrooms

In the past few years more and more systems have been installed at mushroom farms using vacuum cooling as a rapid cooling method for mushrooms. Having the correct cooling processes in place is important in the handling of any fresh produce but for mushrooms it can be even more critical. While consumer…

Nuts and dried fruits more »

Walnuts: competition from California is stronger this year

Although Italy produces less than half the walnuts it consumes, the market is rather static at the moment and national produce stocks are still rather high, while they used to finish before Christmas in the past. Without mentioning the fact that the produce from California has increasingly competitive…

Climate more »

Study forecasts northern Chile will lose 50% of its water resources by 2060

Chile is experiencing its worst drought in six decades and it is the country with the greatest water crisis in the entire Western Hemisphere. According to Greenpeace, 76% of…

Retail more »

Dreamstime

CEO Steve Spinner: "This is a really exciting time to be at UNFI"

GrubMarket has completed the acquisition of Bengard Marketing

Not just snacks: Albertsons says US customers now make more trips to load up on fresh productsSnacks have proliferated in American grocery baskets during COVID-19. But Albertsons Cos. Inc. says customers are also visiting its stores to stock up on fresh items, whether meat or produce or flowers. “We…

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