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Friday, April 9, 2021

OVERVIEW GLOBAL TOMATO MARKET

In the Netherlands and Belgium, the unlighted tomato production is underway. Around Easter, prices were still at a high level, but increasing volumes may start to put pressure on the market. Italy also had a good week. There has been a great demand for tomatoes, especially from Germany. The Spanish season is coming to a close…

SEPC

Southern Exposure wraps up successful in-person event

Last month, in-person trade shows returned to our industry with Viva Fresh in Texas. This week, it was SEPC’s turn with their Southern Exposure show. After postponing the event from its usual February date, the Southeast Produce Council was able to successfully hold the event with both in-person and…

Country reopening means changes in demand for potatoes

Supplies of potatoes are good but demand is starting to see some shifts. “There should be plenty of potatoes through the end of the season. There’s not an abundance of them but it’s not necessarily going to be a short supply year either,” says Ryan Wahlen of Pleasant Valley Potato in Aberdeen, ID. He…

Increased acreage

Imperial Valley is gearing up for onion harvest

As California gears up for onion harvesting, steady, if not increased, supplies are anticipated. “We are getting ready in the next couple of weeks to harvest our El Centro crop in the Imperial Valley. That usually starts with a good healthy supply of yellow onions,” says Jessica Peri, retail sales…

Women in Produce honoree recognized for product development work

Nature Fresh Farms’ product development specialist, Luci Faas, has been recognized for her excellence in the produce industry. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association, in partnership with Grocery Business Magazine, has developed the Women in Produce initiative recognizing the achievements of…

Southern Hemisphere renders smooth transition to import season for apples and pears

Spring has sprung and with it has arrived a diverse set of apples and pears to transition from the domestic to the imported crop. Rolling in is a freshly harvested mix from the Southern Hemisphere available coast to coast. All offerings arriving from either New Zealand, Chile or Argentina, favorites like…

ITC held hearing on the effects of cucumber and squash imports from Mexico

The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association says yesterday’s International Trade Commission hearing on the effect of imports on the U.S. Cucumber and Squash Industries was a…

California stone fruit

Organics company announces addition of organic Amber Crest Peaches this season

TerraFresh Organics, an organic fruit company known for supplying organic citrus, mangos, stone fruit and grapes to North America, announced the addition of Organic Amber Crest Peaches to its Earth Greens label through May 2021.  This season, TerraFresh Organics has been chosen to be Bloom to Box's partner…

Root-ai.com

AppHarvest acquires Root AI and its robotic harvester

The Kentucky-based AppHarvest company has built over 3 million ft2 of indoor agricultural space to hydroponically grow non-GMO, pesticide-free produce using 90% less water than open-field agriculture. At the same time, the company claims to be producing yields up to thirty times that of traditional…

NW Cherry report

Indications point to a crop that's larger than last year

While most of the Northwest cherry buds are still wrapped up tight and waiting for the warmer days to come, several of the earliest regions and varieties have begun to push their blooms.  It's still far too early to translate these stages into an overall projection of 2021 crop to come.     General Crop Size:  It's too early to…

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Ad Pollux, Fruitveiling Zuid-Limburg, the Netherlands

"Marketing campaigns, shelf presentation more profitable than reducing VAT"

Current Dutch apple stocks are steadily decreasing. "We'll run out earlier than usual this year," says Ad Pollux, Fruitveiling Zuid-Limburg's general manager. "Price formations were good, but not as crazy as last year. Then they reached an unprecedented level. But you never know what might happen in the season's…

Mexico

Blueberry harvest begins in northern Sinaloa

Producers in the north of the state of Sinaloa have begun performing the first blueberry cuts in a season that starts with good expectations. According to Lenin Garcia, a…

Southern Hemisphere renders smooth transition to import season for apples and pears

Spring has sprung and with it has arrived a diverse set of apples and pears to transition from the domestic to the imported crop. Rolling in is a freshly harvested mix from the Southern Hemisphere available coast to coast. All offerings arriving from either New Zealand, Chile or Argentina, favorites like…

California stone fruit

Organics company announces addition of organic Amber Crest Peaches this season

TerraFresh Organics, an organic fruit company known for supplying organic citrus, mangos, stone fruit and grapes to North America, announced the addition of Organic Amber Crest Peaches to its Earth Greens label through May 2021.  This season, TerraFresh Organics has been chosen to be Bloom to Box's partner…

T&G Global set for first commercial crop of new super-sized, blueberries

T&G Global is set to take a big bite out of the Australian blueberry market with the first commercial crop of new super-sized, blueberries to be launched in retail stores this December.The global fresh produce company has secured 16 of the latest and best genetics from breeders Plant & Food Research in…

University of Florida research

Creating better strawberries using Artificial Intelligence

For decades, taste groups and breeding for better taste have existed, being relied upon to guide decisions on which strawberries taste and smell best. This would help steer…

NW Cherry report

Indications point to a crop that's larger than last year

While most of the Northwest cherry buds are still wrapped up tight and waiting for the warmer days to come, several of the earliest regions and varieties have begun to push their blooms.  It's still far too early to translate these stages into an overall projection of 2021 crop to come.     General Crop Size:  It's too early to…

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