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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

"Mangos have outgrown the tropical and exotic section in the store"

When it comes to vying for shelf space, are mangos making their way to the forefront as a mainstream fruit? “In 2019, they outpaced ¾ of the fruit category in year-over-year growth for both dollar and velocity,” says Tammy Wiard, retail marketing manager with the Orlando, Fl.-based National Mango Board…

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California rains only minimally affect crops

Following a weekend of heavy rains, California growers are saying that the effect is likely only moderate, if anything, on their crops. Steve Johnston of GW Palmer in Salinas, Ca. notes that a few key growing regions in California—Salinas, Watsonville, Santa Maria and Oxnard—saw between .5 inches to rain…

Vegetables up 15.2% and fruit up 1.5%

US fresh produce sales in retail remain high in week ending March 29th

March 29 marks the end of the third week of tightening social distancing measures caused by the rapid spread of the coronavirus. As of early April, 47 states have issued some type of executive order governing social and business activities, with tremendous impact on grocery and produce sales. While the…

Belle Glade sweet corn season comes in strong

The Belle Glade corn season kicked off right on time on Monday March 30th. Adam Chernow of Schmieding produce says: “The sweet corn has been going for a couple of weeks already, but the winter crop didn’t have the strongest yields due to weather. But thus far the spring and crop is coming in with…

Apeel partners with Starr Ranch Growers

"We see opportunities to extend marketing window for all our organic varieties"

Apeel Sciences announced a new partnership with Wenatchee, Washington-based Starr Ranch Growers, furthering its presence in the organic apple category. “We are thrilled to partner with Starr Ranch Growers knowing that their dedication to sustainable growing practices to provide high quality, premium…

CAC shifts marketing plans and operations to adjust to corona crisis

As the ripples of the coronavirus situation spread, the California Avocado Commission is responding with rapid changes in their marketing plans, grower communications and office operations. “The Commission has been extensively reevaluating each CAC activity in light of societal shifts and sensitivities…

Florida’s watermelon season is off to a good start

In the United States, the East Coast watermelon season has officially started. Rachel Syngo of Melon 1 says: “The East Coast season begins in Immokalee, Florida and we began a few days earlier than usual for us. So far we are off to a smooth start.” The domestic watermelon season on the East Coast…

United Fresh Start Foundation starts COVID-19 donation program

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Fresh Start Foundation is offering a new grant program — COVID-19 Rapid Response FRESH Grants — to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for children and families in need, while also creating opportunities for foodservice distributors who face the…

COVID-19 causes demand for French fries to collapse in Canada

As tens of thousands of restaurants are closed in North America, both Canadians and Americans are eating fewer French fries than usual. The downturn in consumption has had an…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: More than 26,000 Brits to pick fruit and veg in the UK

As we speak, thousands of people have applied to pick crops on farms to plug the labour shortage of overseas workers prevented from coming to the UK. Also, migrant workers are keeping Switzerland’s asparagus supplies moving, despite earlier fears they could be kept out by border restrictions. Airline…

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Belle Glade sweet corn season comes in strong

The Belle Glade corn season kicked off right on time on Monday March 30th. Adam Chernow of Schmieding produce says: “The sweet corn has been going for a couple of weeks already, but the winter crop didn’t have the strongest yields due to weather. But thus far the spring and crop is coming in with…

Taste this new Dutch tomato virtually

The Dutch De Ruiter team usually likes to get the whole chain, including consumers, to visit them every so often. They want people to see and taste their tomatoes. That is not possible now. But the team wants to maintain contact with the chain. That means they have started working digitally - 'Virtual…

Spain

75% fall of activity in Granada's asparagus campaign

The asparagus campaign has been one of the most affected by the exceptional situation that Spain is going through. The impact has been significant in the regions that produce…

Direct marketing of asparagus booms

"Farmers doing the trade of their lifetime in the farm shops"

In recent weeks, asparagus has been quite problematic in the German fruit and vegetable sector. There was concern whether there would be enough harvest workers available to…

Chinese market price of spinach is rising

The wholesale price of Chinese spinach in the Beijing Xinfadi Market was around 0.3-1.2 yuan [0.04-0.17 USD] per 0.5 kg on the 3rd of April. The price was only around 0.5-0.9…

“The new garlic harvest in Europe will depend on labor”

The demand for garlic on the European market is very high. Prices have skyrocketed and stocks are limited. In terms of distribution, the situation is more complicated because there is a shortage of products. “In Spain, there is a real shortage for the end of this season,” reports Bruno Volonteri of…

Pakistan vegetables exports: 71.8% increase in 8 months

Vegetables exports from Pakistan during first eight months of current financial year saw an increase of about 71.8 percent as compared the exports of the corresponding period of last year. During the period from July to February 2019-20, about 649,183 tons of vegetables, valued at $236.76 million, were…

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Corona crisis affects day-to-day business at Dortmund wholesale store

"Growing demand for citrus and ginger, declining sales of standard vegetables"

The consequences of the current corona crisis are now also inevitably being felt at the Dortmund wholesale store. Due to the closure of the catering trade, the number of…

VLAM's new campaign aims to spur young people to eat potatoes

The Flemish Agricultural Marketing Board (VLAM) is joining forces with their counterparts in Ireland, France, and Europatat. They are launching a mutual campaign. It is aimed at stimulating potato consumption among the younger generation. The campaign is 20% financed by potato promotion funds. The…

Nico Schaft, 888 Fruitcompany:

"Despite a display ban, Monday saw good sales at Rungis"

Last week it became clear that sales on the Paris wholesale market Rungis would look different on Monday "Nobody was allowed to display their products on Monday," says Nico Schaft of 888 Fruitcompany, who has had his own sales stand on the Paris wholesale market for years. The display ban only applies to…

Johannes von Eerde, Obst vom Bodensee Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH:

"Coping with increased order volume in these times was and is a great challenge"

The food industry is currently being shaken up by the corona virus and is also putting producers, packing stations and sales at Lake Constance to the test. The fruit from Bodensee Vertriebsgesellschaft (OvB) is working intensively to maintain the supply of goods in the best possible way. Untouched by the…

China: "Selection equipment is even more important under these chaotic conditions"

Employees in fruit and vegetable companies are working hard to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to consumers across the globe during the difficult conditions of this COVID-19 pandemic. The supply of fresh fruit and vegetables helps consumers strengthen their health. The machines that help to maintain…

Theresa Kiehn assumes role of CEO for AgSafe

AgSafe, a provider of practical health and safety education to the agricultural industry, has named Theresa Kiehn to replace departing President and CEO Amy Wolfe. Kiehn…

United Fresh Start Foundation starts COVID-19 donation program

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Fresh Start Foundation is offering a new grant program — COVID-19 Rapid Response FRESH Grants — to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for children and families in need, while also creating opportunities for foodservice distributors who face the…

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JD.com and GREE work on robots to combat COVID-19

JD.com and state-owned major manufacturing enterprise GREE have formed a strategic partnership to develop three unique types of robots for anti-COVID-19 disinfection and…

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Potato, carrot, and orange prices increase in Argentina

Argentina's fruit and vegetable market has experienced two turbulent weeks since the government decreed the health emergency due to the coronavirus. According to Mariano Winograd, a specialist in the fruit and vegetable market, two weeks ago, there was a greater collection of food and the consumption of…

Marie Haga, IFAD Vice-President

"The variety of crops contributes to the resilience of food systems"

"Since the world is so integrated, I hope that the COVID-19 health crisis will also be a wake-up call so that people understand that we depend on each other and we have global…

New deals for Kenyan produce transport will deliver food security

Securing Kenya’s food supply has emerged as an imperative in the current global pandemic, prompting government announcements of measures to prioritise the supply of food. But…

Vegetables up 15.2% and fruit up 1.5%

US fresh produce sales in retail remain high in week ending March 29th

March 29 marks the end of the third week of tightening social distancing measures caused by the rapid spread of the coronavirus. As of early April, 47 states have issued some type of executive order governing social and business activities, with tremendous impact on grocery and produce sales. While the…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Average most usual price for Colombian bananas in week 14 at  £0.87

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The average most usual price (£/kg) for bananas from Colombia in…

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Oliver Wang - Antico International

“Air freight spaces are very limited and extremely expensive; shipping lines also cancelling vessels"

With most people working from home, the way people are buying and selling fresh produce has had to change: this also true within the Sydney wholesale market where according to Oliver Wang from Antico International, the public buyers are no longer allowed to access to the market - only commercial buyers…

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Luc Monden (De Kruidenaer) seeks sales alternatives and limits imports:

“As things stand, we have to do something with our herbs, and fast”

“You do not want to throw anything away if you do not really have to," says Luc Monden of the Dutch herb nursery, De Kruidenaer. Yet, that may well happen if a sales alternative is not quickly found. This is needed for the herbs standing in this company's greenhouse in Etten-Leur, the Netherlands. “With…

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Updated Friday 3rd April

Fresh produce industry events cancelled due to coronavirus

As the coronavirus spreads around the world and movement is restricted and gatherings of large numbers of people are banned, a number of industry trade fairs have been postponed or cancelled. FreshPlaza will update this article when we have news of new cancellations. Friday 3 April International…

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Sicural laboratory analyses its vitality and germinability

When it comes to kiwi fruit and frosts, it is essential to assess the quality of the pollen

To obtain kiwis of a good size and homogeneous production, quality pollen is needed. The recent frosts may have compromised the extent of the next flowering, as well as the vitality and germinability of the pollen. Sicural can provide an accurate analysis of the characteristics of the pollen that will be…

Import relaxations not enough to secure Indonesian garlic supply

The Indonesian government recently restructured its import policies, but this move has failed to ensure a steady supply of garlic as importers have been late to complete…

"We look forward to serving all the kumquat and limequat orders we are receiving"

The coronavirus health crisis has sparked the consumers' interest in taking care of and supporting the immune system. As a result, certain fruits, such as citrus, are having a high demand in Europe. This, according to Juan Soler, the manager of Inter Terra, the southernmost producer of kumquats and…

"The price of Malaysian durian export to China is likely to rise even further"

"The Chinese import volume of Malaysian durian was relatively small in the last few weeks. Malaysia has closed its borders for general traffic, but still allows the export of some products. Global distribution suffers from the isolation measures in place to restrict the spread of COVID-19. Although many…

"Price of Chinese loquat from Sichuan is high because the production volume declined"

The loquat is a popular fruit in the Chinese market. The loquat currently available in the Chinese market mainly come from Panzhihua in Sichuan, Mengzi in Yunnan, and Yunxiao in Zhangzhou, Fujian. April of Lurra (Sichuan) Trade Co., Ltd. recently shared insight in the Chinese loquat market: "We established…

Iran kiwifruit exports are at $80 million plus

Iran has become one of the five leading producers of kiwifruit in the world as exports hit a record high of over $80 million a year. A senior official at the Iranian…

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"Cut fruit has huge potential in the Chinese market"

The small plastic cups with cut fruit have been popular in overseas markets for years. Consumers can find them in nearly every large supermarket. However, the Chinese market is only just opening up for this new concept. Mr. Wang, spokesperson for Jie Xiang Fast Cut Fruit Mix recently shared his insight…

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Pesticide residues in food: track trends with EFSA's browsable charts

EFSA has published its annual report on pesticide residues found in food in the European Union. The report is based on data from the official national control activities carried out by EU Member States, Iceland and Norway and includes both targeted and random sampling. A total of 91,015 samples were…

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FIT Srl

Microwave technology to assist the fruit and vegetable supply chain

In time of Coronavirus, for FIT Srl it is worth mentioning the effectiveness of its process solution that uses microwaves for the microbial stabilization of fruit and vegetables, in order to extend the shelf life, as well as to improve hygiene and food safety. Example of packed peaches in a basket As the…

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Familymart Taiwan is aiming to open 220-230 new stores

Metro withdrew its guidance for the financial year 2019/20

Egypt: Carrefour expands e-shopping teams on higher demandCarrefour Egypt has expanded the teams of online shopping to meet the higher demand witnessed since coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, according to a press release. This step came after demand volume through online channels enlarged six times above…

Save A Lot: Successful completion of business recapitalization

Walmart: Sales rose rapidly in stores and online in recent weeks

US: As panic buying & foot traffic decline, basket sizes continue to growFor the week ending March 28 - and for the second consecutive week - shoppers continued making fewer trips to grocery and drug stores across the United States, while spending more per visit, compared with the week ending March 14…

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