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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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Pineapple prices skyrocket due to slim supplies from Costa Rica

Supplies of imported pineapples are unexpectedly tight right now. “The pineapples are coming from Costa Rica and it’s tight—there might be a gap in what Costa Rica is shipping out here,” says Victor Wilcox with First Quality Produce in Fresno, Ca. “It’s been like this for about two to three weeks and…

Consumer interest in Medjool dates increasing

In September, date growers in Coachella are expected to begin the fresh harvest. During the late spring and early summer, wind storms passed through the region, but growers have not reported any problems stemming from them. The crop will, however, be delayed because of the earlier weather issues back in…

Brazilian mangoes to ship early this year

The mango season is about to transition and North America can expect to see Brazilian mangoes arriving in substantial volumes in less than a week. The Mexico season is winding down prematurely this year, which is in stark contrast to 2018 when the Mexican season continued into October. But there is not…

Mastronardi and DeJoria launch GIVE partnership in Middle East

Mastronardi Produce Ltd.® and John Paul DeJoria have selected the Middle East as the first market in which to develop the world’s largest and most technologically advanced indoor farming project. The newly formed company, Green International Ventures LLC (GIVE), will make locally grown fresh produce more…

Growers preparing for Washington potato harvest

In less than two weeks, the Washington potato harvest will commence. Growers have noted the ideal weather conditions that have accompanied the growing period leading up to harvest, with yield and quality both expected to be on par with the long term average. "We are due to start harvesting on August 26,"…

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New line of pomegranate arils promises to be year-round

The POM Group of Mississauga Ontario announced the release of a new line, fresh pomegranate arils, under the ROYAL brand. Royal Brand Pomegranate Arils will be offered as a…

4-6 September 2019

Asia Fruit Logistica to take place as scheduled

Today the organizers announced their decision to continue with Asia Fruit Logistica 2019 on 4-6 September 2019 as planned, with Asiafruit Congress on 3 September 2019. The…

Voting is open

PMA looks to join education lineup at South by Southwest

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) announced it is looking to join the education lineup at South by Southwest (SXSW) for the second year and is seeking support from the industry to vote now. The session, The Farmers Behind your Fresh Food, will feature PMA vice president of technology, Vonnie Estes;…

Honeybear Brands adds Business Development Director

Honeybear Brands, grower and developer of premium apple varieties, welcomes Craig Arneson as business development director. The move follows several key operational leadership…

Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden to kick off Washington Conference

Krysta Harden, Executive VP Global Environmental Strategy for Dairy Management Inc. and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, will kick off United Fresh’s Venture…

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Caito Foods closes Fresh Kitchen - Indianapolis

Caito Foods LLC, an Indianapolis-based fruits and vegetables distributor, is laying off 53 workers and discontinuing its Fresh Kitchen operations. In a notice filed with the state last week, Caito said it will shut down the Fresh Kitchen facility, where workers cook and package protein-based foods and…

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Antonio Caballero, from Frutas Torero:

Spain sends the first seedless grapes to Vietnam this week

This week Spanish seedless grapes will be sent to Vietnam for the first time. This market and that of China were recently opened for Spanish grape exporters as a result of trade missions and conversations between the representatives of the main Spanish producing companies and the importers and…

Dutch researchers aim for 100% use of tomato biomass

Luisa Trindade, professor at the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Wageningen, is currently researching fiber crops and the use of their biomass as a raw…

Yoom, Syngenta’s new tomato brand:

“Prospects of continuing to supply throughout the year are good”

A new tomato brand has been launched: Syngenta presents Yoom. This cocktail tomato has a characteristic purple colour on the outside, while its flesh is red, bordering on orange. It’s the result of a natural selection programme of the tomato specialists of Syngenta Vegetable Seeds. Jeremie Chabanis,…

Edeka branch in Kulmbach offers 240 products without packaging

Germany's largest unpackaged department opens in Upper Franconia

As of next Wednesday, Michael Seidl will be offering Kulmbach Germany's largest unpackaged department in the local supermarket, with a total of 240 food items that are…

Marion Mispouillé, AIM (Interprofessional Melon Association)

France: “Despite the high July temperatures, the demand has been disappointing”

“The campaign has been badly impacted, at first by the weather conditions in the spring. The season is not over yet, but we can already claim that there will have been no overproduction this year. Up until now, we even have lower volumes than in previous years,” explains Marion Mispouillé, animator at…

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New packaging machines to be presented at PPMA 2019

At PPMA 2019 the Packaging Automation team will be on hand to showcase the latest developments designed to deliver increased productivity, process efficiency and performance. PA will present the high speed Revolution, a fast and environmentally friendly tray sealing machine featuring patented motion…

Kees Veldhuijzen about the Iribov project in Ghana

Make a real impact with good starting material

Iribov has had a production location in Ghana for a number of years. The location is used for the propagation of tissue culture. Most of the production will go back to the Netherlands for the customer network in Europe, but during the last three years the company explicitly also started to focus on the…

On display at the De Ruiter Experience Center

Seminis presents new type of broccoli

Skytree is the newest introduction in broccoli from Seminis. Skytree is part of the "Easy Floret" series. The broccoli from this series is easier to harvest mechanically due to the reduced number of leaves around the stem. Skytree is also easy to process into florets. This results in a product which is…

Pointing to fresh produce waste of 20 to 52 percent

Israel will award $2.6 million to supermarket chain that commits to more packaging

The Israeli government wants to see local food retailers use more packaging. This weekend, Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced it would award one supermarket chain a NIS 9.5 million (approximately $2.6 million) grant, as part of a pilot program that would see food retailers…

UK scientists set to improve shelf-life of strawberries

British scientists have developed a new product that could extend the shelf-life of strawberries. More than 38,000 tons of soft fruit, worth around £180 mln (€197 mln), are…

Last weekend’s tomato festival in Tikhvin

Russia copies 'Tomatina' Fest

With its roots in Valencia, Spain, the "Tomatina" festival took place in Russia for the first time this weekend in the town of Tikhvin, Leningrad region. Because what do you do with 20 tons of tomatoes and a very large space? You have a food fight, of course. The "La Tomatina" festival first originated in Buñol, Valencia. The…

4-6 September 2019

Asia Fruit Logistica to take place as scheduled

Today the organizers announced their decision to continue with Asia Fruit Logistica 2019 on 4-6 September 2019 as planned, with Asiafruit Congress on 3 September 2019. The…

Italy: Marabel potato campaign has started in the province of Cosenza

The campaign for the Marabel potato in the Sila area, in Calabria (South Italy) has begun. A variety with a yellow skin and light yellow pulp, suitable for frying and baking. "We started to harvest on Saturday, August 16, 2019: the product was very tender and therefore was immediately collected and sold.…

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End of an era for Dublin fruit and veg market, sporadic supply and Brexit

Dublin’s fruit and vegetable market is set to close later this month for complete refurbishment and restoration, it will re-open to serve a new generation with retail food producers, artisan bakers, butchers, cheese makers and more. “There are only a few fruit and vegetable traders left in the market…

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