Tuesday, September 29, 2020

High demand for Peruvian onions this season

It has been an unusual onion season this year in Peru. Roberto Monge of KeyPeru shares: “To begin, our season started three weeks early because of colder and more humid weather in the region. Because of this, the plants matured faster, though they weren’t really around the sizes we’d like to see; they…

New eco-design packaging liner reduces plastic by up to 30%

In the past years, the produce industry, alongside many other industries, has been focusing on the reduction and elimination of plastic in packaging. Simultaneously, there has been an awareness that plastic is also necessary to help ensure quality and shelf-life in perishable products, especially ones…

Strong demand internationally and domestically for pistachios

Domestic pistachio supplies are tracking to potentially close in on one billion lbs. this fall. Jim Zion of Meridian Growers LLC in Madera, CA says production has wrapped up in Arizona and yields are better than expected. “I was really happy about Arizona because the crop looks fantastic,” says Zion.…

E-commerce, Direct-to-Consumer and more

The paths for consumer purchasing during the pandemic

This week, from September 28th through October 1st, the North American Blueberry Council and the United States Highbush Blueberry Council Conference and Expo is running virtually with nearly 900 participants, featuring 16 concurrent sessions and 4 keynote speakers. On the first day of the event, one of…

Mastronardi Produce to release new lettuce line: Queen of Greens™

It is a little-known fact that Mastronardi Produce, the company behind the world’s first branded tomato, actually has its roots in lettuce. In the 1940’s, when Armando…

US will greenlight import of pomelos from Vietnam

Vietnam resumed exports of fresh fruits to the US recently after an interruption since early August due to the pandemic. Because of the outbreak, APHIS personnel stationed in…

Red Sun Farms

Bringing year-round local supply to Canada by lighting up greenhouses

Red Sun Farms, a North American greenhouse grower with locations in Canada, USA, and Mexico, are embracing technology by lighting up a high-tech greenhouse to bring a year-round supply from Canada. There are three distinct projects underway in support of year-round Ontario grown produce: First, a new state of…

The Wonderful Innovation Challenge

Global contest launched for environmentally friendly solutions for pomegranate husks

The Wonderful Company announced the launch of the Wonderful Innovation Challenge. Offering up to $1 million in funding and development resources to innovators, the competition seeks to discover economic and environmentally friendly pilot ready solutions for the 50,000 tons of pomegranate husks generated…

Chiquita stickers go pink for October's National Breast Cancer Awareness month

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Chiquita is giving its iconic Blue Sticker a pink makeover to match the Pink Ribbon - an international symbol for breast cancer awareness. For the fourth year in a row, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, Chiquita’s…

Ocean Mist Farms

Five new products added to Season & Steam convenience vegetable line

Ocean Mist Farms, a grower and marketer of fresh artichokes in North America, announced the launch of five new products in their award-winning Season & Steam convenience vegetable line. All five new items are among the top ten value-added vegetables to post growth in the past year according to a July…

Tropical fruit more »

eco:fibr searches for pineapple crowns for paper production

"Waste generated by pineapple cultivation is a major problem in Costa Rica"

In December of last year, we spoke with Niklas Tegtmeier, the head of a start-up that was created at the University of Hannover. At that time, paper was made from pineapple crowns under the name "Musa Fibra". In the meantime a lot has happened to the young team and they are now ready for the next step. © Upala…

Avozilla, the giant avocado, is also grown in Spain

The avocado, one of the world's most popular and demanded fruits, has an XXL version whose weight can exceed 1 kilo and which was brilliantly named Avozilla; a play on words…

Chilean scientists investigate the components of the avocado flower's aroma

The project seeks to develop artificial attractants for pollinatorsAn initiative of the INIA-FIA is committed to developing an artificial attractant to manage pollination and improve avocado cultivation. They are developing a synthetic floral bouquet, which simulates the aroma of the avocado flower and…

Potatoes and Onions more »

High demand for Peruvian onions this season

It has been an unusual onion season this year in Peru. Roberto Monge of KeyPeru shares: “To begin, our season started three weeks early because of colder and more humid weather in the region. Because of this, the plants matured faster, though they weren’t really around the sizes we’d like to see; they…

North Carolina research to save sweet potato farmers tons of money

North Carolina researchers have determined a post-harvest treatment that significantly reduces crop loss due to internal necrosis in Covington sweet potatoes. As about 90% of…

Red hot potato market could spell trouble for farmers in India

Potato prices in India started rising in December 2019 due to the delay in harvesting the early rabi crop (Figure 1). Although they fell a bit in February and March with the arrival of the new harvest, they have remained at higher than average prices during the same period in previous years due to less…

Logistics more »

"The Spanish transport sector finds return loads increasingly challenging "

In February 2020, Dutchman, Jurgen Sinnaeve, joined Transdonat. This is a Spanish family business. It has been active in that country's fruit and vegetable transport sector for 60 years already. "We transport mainly fruit and vegetables to several European countries. There are a few important ones. They…

General fresh produce more »

Helping people discover mushrooms

There’s still much to be learned about edible mushrooms. Nowadays, specialized traders can offer 70 varieties of cultivated and wild mushroom varieties throughout the year. Market demand is, however, limited to only a few kinds. For Leon van Basten, telling end-users and interested parties - chefs, rising…

Wouter Muis, GRO, the Netherlands

“Oyster mushrooms, the steak of mushrooms, and grown on coffee grounds”

One of the challenges the mushroom sector will face in the future is raw material availability. That’s used in the compost these products grow on and is a vital link in mushrooms’ circular cultivation. The Amsterdam-based company, GRO, has found a solution for oyster mushrooms, at least. Coffee grounds.…

Imports increased by 27%

China becomes Russia's biggest fresh produce market

Data from the Agricultural Export Center of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture show that as of September 20, Russia exported 2.67 billion US dollars worth of produce to…

Herbs more »

"Our customers love fresh herbs and new flavours, so we keep growing our range based on consumer demand"

More New Zealanders set to have access to premium herbs thanks to new online and delivery service

New Zealand's coronavirus restrictions have led to one of the country's leading herb producers to make their range available to more consumers, through the creation of an online store. Superb Herb Sales and Marketing Manager Brigitte Hannett says they can courier all herbs nationwide overnight, and so…

Agenda more »

United Fresh announces slate of new programming

United Fresh has announced its slate of new programming taking place this fall on the LIVE! 365 platform. United Fresh LIVE! 365 is the industry’s year-round community…

Citrus more »

US will greenlight import of pomelos from Vietnam

Vietnam resumed exports of fresh fruits to the US recently after an interruption since early August due to the pandemic. Because of the outbreak, APHIS personnel stationed in…

Trying to avoid oversupply and price cuts

South African citrus industry wants to expand markets

Apart from the 2-million tonnes of citrus expected to be exported in 2020 by the South African citrus industry, a further 500,000 tonnes is forecast for the next three to five…

Exotic fruit and vegetables more »

20 hectares of cultivation starting next year

Sicilian ginger will soon be headed for European markets

"Intrigued by the health benefits of ginger, we have started a research in the nutraceutical and business field on this very interesting product. It was found that the rhizome of ginger has a myriad of beneficial effects of which, in some countries, are adjuvants in traditional medicine. We have…

Organic more »

Essential oils could keep pests, disease from organic crops

With U.S. organic food sales topping $50 billion in 2018, statistics from the Organic Trade Association indicate that fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops combined make up 36.3 percent of total organic sales, up 5.6 percent from 2017. In order to meet consumer demand, farmers may need to use…

Health more »

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Antioxidant found in apples and grape seeds to increase hair growth

According to numerous studies, a compound found in apples and grape seeds has presented impressive results and could be the answer you have been searching for. One of the…

IT more »

Luc Meijs, Thysia:

Tired of repetitive, soul-crushing work? "RPA offers a solution"

Following the success of Thysia's last webinar in June, the company decided to do it all again with a new webinar on robotic process automation. What is that exactly? Luc Meijs…

Innovations more »

The Wonderful Innovation Challenge

Global contest launched for environmentally friendly solutions for pomegranate husks

The Wonderful Company announced the launch of the Wonderful Innovation Challenge. Offering up to $1 million in funding and development resources to innovators, the competition seeks to discover economic and environmentally friendly pilot ready solutions for the 50,000 tons of pomegranate husks generated…

Cooling more »

Rite Hite GmbH offers advanced solutions for cooling and freezing halls

"Optimal sealing during the distribution process saves a lot of energy"

Energy losses and, therefore, high costs are an all-too-common occurrence in the refrigeration and frozen goods sector. Thousands of euros' worth of energy are lost every day. That's during loading and unloading, as well as the opening and closing of indoor cold stores. That's shameful and entirely…

Nuts and dried fruits more »

Strong demand internationally and domestically for pistachios

Domestic pistachio supplies are tracking to potentially close in on one billion lbs. this fall. Jim Zion of Meridian Growers LLC in Madera, CA says production has wrapped up in Arizona and yields are better than expected. “I was really happy about Arizona because the crop looks fantastic,” says Zion.…

Climate more »

Onion curing could be a concern for Pacific Northwest growers following fires

“It was like a campfire in your face. That’s what it made you feel like.” These are just some of the conditions growers in the Pacific Northwest have been dealing with following drifting smoke from wildfires that have been taking place throughout not only California but Washington and Oregon. “Last week,…

Retail more »

Amazon will hire 3,500 Canadians

Kroger and Ocado: Location of Customer Fulfillment Center announced

US: Kenny Family Stores of Delaware launch new food product competition & web series 'Aisle Trials'Kenny Family Stores of Delaware announces the launch of their new competition and web series, Aisle Trials. Local businesses in the Delaware area are invited to submit their food products to Aisle Trials…

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