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Friday, April 16, 2021

OVERVIEW GLOBAL RASPBERRY, BLACKBERRY AND REDCURRANT MARKET

The raspberry market has gone through some difficult weeks. Prices had reached high levels, but after Easter they dropped due to increasing volumes. In the meantime, the first Dutch and Belgian raspberries have hit the market. The situation has also been difficult for blackberries due to substantial…

Who is the winner of this year's CPMA Packaging Innovation Award?

Mucci Farms announces it has been awarded the Packaging Innovation Award for the new Naked Leaf Living Basil Sleeve at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s 2021 Annual Convention and Trade Show. The 95th CPMA show is held in a virtual format featuring exhibitors from across the North American…

California kale grower hopes for increased demand as restaurants reopen

California supplies of black and green kale are currently steady. “Our quality is great out there and we’re excited to start our new crops as everything is opening up again. We’re hoping the volumes and demand follow suit as well,” says John Paul (JP) Oliver of Pacific Fresh Produce Inc. based in Oxnard,…

Canadian greenhouse grower expands strawberry acreage

Nature Fresh Farms is moving forward in expanding its commodities into the berry category with more acreage dedicated to a strawberry program. With help from its longstanding growing partner Cielo Vista, the greenhouse grower will expand its strawberry farm from one to 16 acres, planned to be completed…

Market wonders whether Zeder has been approached to sell Capespan, The Logistics Group

At the announcement of their annual financial results Zeder, leading investment holding company in South African agribusiness, mentioned approaches by unnamed parties to sell some of their holdings.  Market analyst Anthony Clark has taken this to be a reference to Capespan (of which Zeder owns 96%) and The…

Paul Koppert (Koppert Machines): "Automation a hot item in North American cultivation"

New radish bunching machine for Grimmway Farms in California

Last week, Koppert Machines supplied a new radish bunching machine to Grimmway Farms in California. The Central Valley company is best known for its carrots, but also grows 65 other products, including radishes, all year round. This is sold under the label Cal-Organic. "It is fantastic to see those endless…

Taiwanese pineapples arrived in Canada with delayed shipment and varying quality

In the past, 90% of Taiwan's pineapple exports were shipped to mainland China. This year, as mainland China banned pineapple imports from Taiwan, the island has been exporting to other countries. However, the quality of exported products varies. Shipments are made for Canada by air and sea from March.…

Pricing gaining strength on California romaine

Current supplies of romaine lettuce from California are slightly below anticipated volume. “I’d attribute that to some cooler weather we had in the last week,” says Mark McBride of Coastline Family Farms in Salinas, CA. “It has just slowed the growth a little bit.” McBride says Coastline just finished…

United Fresh statement on USDA ending Food Box Program

On behalf of the millions of Americans who gained access to healthy fresh produce throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are deeply disappointed in USDA’s decision to end the…

Mexican potato farmers to keep up fight against US imports

Last week, Mexico’s Supreme Court refused for the second time in six weeks to make a ruling that could allow substantial new access to the Mexican market worth hundreds of…

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Argentine pears are gaining ground on the Italian market

For the last few days, more and more Argentine pears have been appearing in Italian wholesale markets. In March, the import of these pears was expensive, but in April the customs authorities granted them easy access and, for this reason, the Argentine crop is now more present. At the Verona market, Argentine…

Panama's watermelon exports increased by more than 12% in the first two months of 2021

Panamanian watermelon exports in the first two months of 2021 increased by 12.4% over the same period of the previous year and had a FOB value of 1.72 million dollars. Panama…

Dazzle apples celebrate big launch in China

New Zealand’s Newest Apple Variety Dazzle has arrived in China with large celebrations at Wholesale Markets as Importers and Retailers race to get a taste of Dazzle Apples. It’s the first year that there have been large volumes of Dazzle apples available for Chinese customers and they weren’t wasting any…

Adapting to the new normal

“We always want to be close to the grower”

As the UK market emerges from the pandemic, growers everywhere  will be assessing the combined impact that Covid and Brexit have had on their customer base. A changing marketplace is naturally ripe for those willing to innovate and one place to start is the use of flexible and natural Controlled Atmosphere…

Bakersfield, California

International Fruit Genetics develops $12 million campus in McFarland

International Fruit Genetics, based out of Bakersfield, California, has announced that it is developing a new $ 12 million research and growing campus in McFarland. The plans…

“The dangerous times of frost are still ahead of us”

Polish apple trees hardly affected by recent frost

The Polish apple season is still ongoing, and one exporter states they’ve had a very satisfying season so far. They still have good quality apples in their cold stores and will be able to continue supplying their clients for at least a few weeks. For the next season, the frost in Poland hasn’t had a real…

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