Thursday, September 17, 2020

North Carolina growers pressed between yields and weather events

US retailers are loyal to domestic sweet potato growers

Most of North Carolina’s sweet potatoes are still in the ground. “I would say we are behind by two weeks,” says Steven Ceccarelli, President of Farm Fresh Produce. “We started harvesting at the end of August in a very small way, but since the yields were low, we decided to halt harvest temporarily.” At…

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PMA Virtual Town Hall

COVID-19: what’s the ROI on the industry’s pandemic investments?

Six months into the pandemic, the fresh produce industry has felt the economic impact of investing in greater resources around COVID-related safety—whether it’s educating workers, implementing physical distancing and more. But, as this week’s PMA virtual town hall discussed: what effect have these…

“We are working to register Tropical Avocados as a quality trademark”

The exponential growth of the popularity of the Hass avocado in the past decades has caused an enormous boom in the industry. While it is the most popular, the Hass avocado is not the only avocado variety grown and marketed around the world. Green skin avocados are also growing in popularity, and, as a…

US: Wildfires and high winds lead to reduction of apple harvest

In early August, the first estimate for the Washington apple crop predicted a crop volume of 134 million boxes (40 lb.), on par with the previous season of 133 million boxes. Since the time of the initial estimate, extreme windstorms, wildfires on the West Coast, and more accurate reporting of crop load…

California walnut industry doubles down on US retail programs

On August 28 USDA NASS released the Objective Measurement of the 2020 walnut crop, estimating production at 780,000 short tons, an increase of 19 percent over the prior year. “The industry has been expecting increases given continued growth in new acreage, more densely planted orchards and heavier…

Okanagan Specialty Fruits appoints new director of sales

Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) is pleased to announce Bob Wilkinson has joined the company as its new director of sales. Bob brings a strong track record of success in sales,…

Erin Alexis Randolph

Spotted Lanternfly detected in Ocean County, New Jersey

Ocean County is a county located along the Jersey Shore, New Jersey. According to horticulturist Susan Emhardt-Servidio of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, the spotted…

Retailers taking to vintage SweeTango crop

Three weeks into the 2020 SweeTango® apple season, the brand’s marketing and sales desks report that retailers are “really taking to” a “vintage” crop, driving sales up more than 15 percent year-over-year. Meanwhile, the grower cooperative behind the variety reports it is fueling consumer demand by…

New on-the-go product line targets new "from home" era

With working and learning from home a new reality for many consumers, the need for fresh, convenient, ready-to-eat meals is surging. FiveStar Gourmet Foods has developed Simply Fresh 2Go®, its first product line targeted concurrently to both retail and school foodservice channels. With 12 new SKU’s, each…

Washington state Ag inspector seeks info on maggot-infested apples

The chief agriculture inspector for the Washington state counties of Chelan and Douglas is investigating a supply of apples, brought to central Washington, found to contain apple maggots. Will Carpenter, director of the Chelan-Douglas Horticultural Pest and Disease Board, has asked the public for help…

Packaging and Labelling more »

Packaging company commits to reducing environmental impact

Moving forward, Giro Pack, Inc. is focused on optimizing the plastic used in each package to reduce the possible environmental impact. Greater sustainability reduces waste and CO2 emissions. Giro has already begun offering reduced plastic options of existing packaging formats (as well as new concepts)…

New avo packline in George, built for ease of maintenance

A new avocado packline for Tzaneen-based Afrupro has just been commissioned in George, Southern Cape, with a capacity of around 150 bins per day. The avocado packline in George, running Pinkertons across the line (photos supplied by Flowpack Systems) The line employs AME VersaSort cup sizers. “Versasort…

Vegetables more »

AU: Precision ag pays off with bumper celery crop

A Victorian vegetable farm is reaping the benefits from a trial of precision agriculture technologies to improve soil and crop health. In this edition, the Soil Wealth ICP team delve into some of the key findings from the project’s demonstration site at Koo Wee Rup. Soil Wealth ICP Phase 2 (VG16078) is a…

Potatoes and Onions more »

A new potato disease in China

Potatoes are an important crop throughout the world but a new and, so far, undescribed disease has been observed on potato plants during the growing season, and in tubers during the storage period, from Nileke County, Qitai County and other locations in Xinjiang, China. Scientists at Xinjiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences…

North Carolina growers pressed between yields and weather events

US retailers are loyal to domestic sweet potato growers

Most of North Carolina’s sweet potatoes are still in the ground. “I would say we are behind by two weeks,” says Steven Ceccarelli, President of Farm Fresh Produce. “We started harvesting at the end of August in a very small way, but since the yields were low, we decided to halt harvest temporarily.” At…

Nashik farmers protest export ban Rosevite2000

Indian onion trucks stranded at Bangladesh border

Since the federal government has decided to stop onion exports to control the rising prices back home, hundreds of lorries laden with the vegetable are stranded at the land…

Daniel Badger - Vitafresh Produce

Quality difference in sweet potatoes reflected in price

Old Season Sweet potatoes from the US are still on the UK market, but the new season crop has already began harvesting. “We have our own brand of sweet potatoes from the US, ‘Farmhouse Sweets’,” explains Daniel Badger - Managing Director of Vitafresh Produce. “There are lots of Egyptian sweet potatoes…

Management more »

USDA PACA updates

As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an…

Miscellaneous more »

Economy is picking up pace

China currency nudges toward best quarter since 1981

China is witnessing a rapid advance in the yuan, as traders push the currency toward its largest quarterly numbers on record. The yuan has strengthened 4.4 per cent since the end of June to 6.7620 per dollar, set for the biggest ever quarterly gain since 1981. The currency is the best performer in Asia…

Erin Alexis Randolph

Spotted Lanternfly detected in Ocean County, New Jersey

Ocean County is a county located along the Jersey Shore, New Jersey. According to horticulturist Susan Emhardt-Servidio of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, the spotted…

Herbs more »

Anthony Lepage, Les Herbes du Roussillon:

Beginning of the dried herb season in France

The arrival of autumn marks the beginning of the dried herb season at Les Herbes du Roussillon, producer of aromatic herbs in Argelès-sur-Mer. According to Anthony Lepage, head of business development at the company, the situation on the market is very positive. “French aromatic herbs are very popular in…

Agenda more »

Agri Kiwi Expo attracts more exhibitors and visitors

The 7th edition of Agri Kiwi Expo was held in Cisterna di Latina on September 12th-13th. The event focused a lot on kiwifruit vine decline, featured 65 stands (+20%) and boasted peaks of over 900 accesses during both days. Click here for the photo report! "Our mission ever since the first edition has…

Citrus more »

Citrus Growers' Association of South Africa

Cumulative volume of orange exports to all regions at 59,407,646 cartons in week 37

According to a report by the Citrus Growers’ Association of South Africa, the cumulative volume of orange exports to all regions stood at 59,407,646 cartons in week 37, up 9% year -on-year. In week 37, the cumulative number of oranges exported to Europe stood at 24,445,626 equivalent cartons. Shipments to…

Xian Huang, Yex:

We expect the European pomelo market, especially for the pink variety, to grow more"

Yex is getting ready for the start of the pomelo season. It usually begins in September and runs through to the end of February. This Dutch company is one of the largest players in this market. Yex has contributed significantly to this citrus fruit's popularity. That's among its Western European trading…

Exotic fruit and vegetables more »

“We are working to register Tropical Avocados as a quality trademark”

The exponential growth of the popularity of the Hass avocado in the past decades has caused an enormous boom in the industry. While it is the most popular, the Hass avocado is not the only avocado variety grown and marketed around the world. Green skin avocados are also growing in popularity, and, as a…

'Increased volumes and commitment to sustainable development'

This year, Nergi growers started picking more than 10 days earlier than usual. Orchards conditions have been particularly favourable for fruit with excellent flavour qualities in our main production areas in France, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. Market volumes have steadily risen. More than 6 million 125g…

IT more »

Chinese tech-company announces new thermometer with global 4G application

Chinese tech-company Frigga recently announced a new 3G thermometer. This real-time thermometer is now already in use on five continents. More recently the company introduced another product in their wireless, real-time monitoring product series, when they officially announced their 4G-enabled monitoring…

Processed fruit and vegetables more »

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French fries enjoyed all over the world

Fries are among the world’s most famous foods. The nations of both France and Belgium are of course claiming that they invented the infamous french fry.  French fries are eaten in a variety of ways in countries across the world, with preparation methods, toppings and condiments differing – further emphasising…

Food safety more »

For repeated food safety violations

FDA issues first injunction under Produce Safety Rule to Illinois-based food manufacturer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that Fortune Food Product, Inc., an Illinois-based processor of sprouts and soy products, has agreed to stop production…

Climate more »

More than 150 business leaders and investors have signed open letter to EU

Girteka Logistics urge EU heads of state to set higher 2030 emissions reduction targets

As the European Commission sits down to discuss proposals for a new 2030 emissions target in time for the State of the Union address on Wednesday Sept 16, more than 150 European businesses, investors and business networks, including Microsoft, IKEA, Deutsche Bank, Unilever, H&M, Google, Girteka…

Retail more »

Illinois expansion plans accelerated by Jet Foods

Big Y: New Fresh & Local Distribution Center

US: The Giant Company aims to hire 4,000 more associatesRegional grocer The Giant Company plans to add 4,000 new part- and full-time workers to meet ongoing strong consumer demand for groceries heading into the holiday season. Carlisle, Pennsylvania-based Giant said it aims to fill both front- and…

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