Monday, September 28, 2020

Pricing soars on iceberg lettuce

Prices have spiked on California iceberg lettuce. “The supply of iceberg is low at the moment industry wide. Yields are lower than normal this time of year due to disease issues,” says Pete Georgalos, Sales for D’Arrigo California. “We’ve also been through a couple of long heat waves this summer.” Currently, supplies are coming…

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Japanese tariffs put Florida grapefruit at a disadvantage over Mexico

As Florida nears the start of its grapefruit season, the crop looks solid and similar to last year in terms of size. “We had an extremely hot summer and spring and we had a lot of rainfall that contributed to extended bloom,” says Dan Richey of Riverfront Packing Company in Vero Beach, FL. “But that’s…

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,…

Difficult first year for America exporter

The corona crisis has wreaked considerable havoc in many markets. This certainly applies to the export of European greenhouse vegetables to North America. Feeling Fresh serves precisely this market and is celebrating its first anniversary in these difficult times. Still, the future is hopeful. "We…

JASA

Complete packaging solutions for leafy greens

JASA has been in the automatic packaging market for sliced vegetables for 35 years; consequently, they gained all the knowledge and expertise to pack mixed lettuce varieties in various ways. Bags filled with leafy greens on a vertical packaging machine. Packed in trays with a lid or top seal. Salad bowls…

Stonehill Produce welcomes Aaron Acosta

Capistrano Beach-based Stonehill Produce has hired avocado industry veteran Aaron Acosta to become its new Manager of Corporate Relationships. Acosta will report to CEO and…

Outbreak of Salmonella Stanley infections linked to wood ear mushrooms

CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Stanley…

North America

Organic apples and pears both up 30% in August

"Organic apples and pears had the strongest monthly growthSuperfresh Growers have recently seen," says Catherine Gipe-Stewart. Both categories were up nearly 30% in the month of August. Organic apples were up 30% in dollars, while organic pears were up 29% in volume. Since COVID-19, organic dollars have…

USDA restricts PACA violators in multiple states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four produce businesses for failing to meet contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased and…

Bonduelle Fresh Americas joins Walmart commitment to halve food loss and waste

Bonduelle Fresh Americas, home of Ready Pac Foods, announced that it has joined Walmart in the "10x20x30" initiative to root out food loss and waste from the supply chain. 10x20x30 is led by Walmart and more than 10 of the world's biggest food retailers and providers, each having committed to engage at…

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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…

Vietnam to sort out issues with US and resume fruit exports

Vietnam will continue to work with the US to mitigate challenges related to its export of fresh fruits. These exports have recently been disrupted due by everything…

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…

Vegetables more »

Leona Neill with Red Sun Farms

"Snacking line will be the show focus"

Supplies of greenhouse peppers and tomatoes from Mexico look to be even right now. Kingsville, ON’s Red Sun Farms, which is bringing in these supplies, will highlight its Sweetpops, Sweetpeaks and Sweetpeps products at this year’s PMA Fresh Summit taking place virtually October 13-15. “These have the…

Pricing soars on iceberg lettuce

Prices have spiked on California iceberg lettuce. “The supply of iceberg is low at the moment industry wide. Yields are lower than normal this time of year due to disease issues,” says Pete Georgalos, Sales for D’Arrigo California. “We’ve also been through a couple of long heat waves this summer.” Currently, supplies are coming…

Production of premium garlic on the rise at one Queensland farm

A Queensland garlic grower is set to experience a rise in production, despite the drought resulting in fewer plantings in 2020. All Aussie Farmers, situated at the Melbourne Wholesale Market, is a fresh fruit marketing company that works in partnership with Clearview Valley. Clearview Valley is a farm is…

Company news more »

Belgian fruit and vegetable wholesaler's computers hacked

Vander Zijpen is a Belgian fruit and vegetable wholesaler. They've fallen prey to computer hacking. Online hackers attacked this family business. Their goal? To steal client information and bids. A Dutch supplier informed Vander Zijpen that they'd received an email from a competing wholesaler in Brussels.…

Stonehill Produce welcomes Aaron Acosta

Capistrano Beach-based Stonehill Produce has hired avocado industry veteran Aaron Acosta to become its new Manager of Corporate Relationships. Acosta will report to CEO and…

Bonduelle Fresh Americas joins Walmart commitment to halve food loss and waste

Bonduelle Fresh Americas, home of Ready Pac Foods, announced that it has joined Walmart in the "10x20x30" initiative to root out food loss and waste from the supply chain. 10x20x30 is led by Walmart and more than 10 of the world's biggest food retailers and providers, each having committed to engage at…

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…

The pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on the maritime shipping industry

COVID-19 has caused a new and unprecedented impact on the global supply chain, particularly on the port and shipping industry, as discussed in the document "Ports and Shipping…

General fresh produce more »

Rob and Jurgen Banken, Banken Champignons

“COVID-19 has further strengthened mushrooms’ added value”

Lately, many Europeans have drastically changed their diets. There’s been a switch to healthier food and less meat. But, sustainability, local products, and e-commerce also contribute to this changing market. Mushrooms can benefit from this, say Jurgen and Rob Banken of the Dutch company, Banken…

Miscellaneous more »

How are plastic items made?

Plastic. We want to get rid of it, but it's not that easy yet. Everyone uses plastic items at home or in the office. But how are these made? Like this.

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 »

Wonderful® Pistachios

New educational virtual seminar to focus on plant proteins

Wonderful® Pistachios will host a virtual seminar to further educate the nutrition community about plant protein on Friday, October 9, 2020. The event will feature two…

Citrus more »

Sanifruit

Citrus degreening conditions

The degreening process consists of changing the external coloration of citrus fruits by controlling the different factors that affect the fruit, such as temperature, ambient humidity, and the concentrations of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and ethylene, the latter of which acts as a catalyst for the fruit's metabolic changes. The…

Japanese tariffs put Florida grapefruit at a disadvantage over Mexico

As Florida nears the start of its grapefruit season, the crop looks solid and similar to last year in terms of size. “We had an extremely hot summer and spring and we had a lot of rainfall that contributed to extended bloom,” says Dan Richey of Riverfront Packing Company in Vero Beach, FL. “But that’s…

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…

Francesc Pena, manager of Sat Bepa:

"The demand for figs is skyrocketing in northern Europe"

The demand for Spanish figs has increased significantly in recent weeks in northern Europe. Although Alicante, the most important production area in Spain, already finished its harvest in August, the production continues in Lleida, where the campaign's mid-point has just been left behind. "We've just had…

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…

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…

Processed fruit and vegetables more »

Italian chili peppers increasingly popular abroad

Italian quality and origin make the difference in the chili pepper segment, especially considering that there are a lot of products being imported from abroad. "Chili peppers are without doubt one of the most popular spices in Italy - and in some regions in particular - thanks to their intense color, flavor…

Food safety more »

CDC says salad Cyclospora outbreak over; FDA canal water investigation continues

A multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections linked to salad products that were made by Fresh Express bagged salad and is under investigation is over, according to the…

Outbreak of Salmonella Stanley infections linked to wood ear mushrooms

CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Stanley…

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 »

Meijer: EPA GreenChill award

Vallarta Supermarkets: Northernmost store opened

US: How independent grocers are offering free DeliveryE-commerce solution provider Rosie has partnered with DoorDash to offer free delivery from hundreds of Rosie’s independent grocers who are currently offering delivery powered by DoorDash. Effective immediately, this special offer is available on…

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