Friday, October 30, 2020

OVERVIEW GLOBAL GINGER MARKET

China is the largest ginger grower on the global market and has seen the demand for the product increase due to the pandemic. Heavy rainfall has also resulted in a large part of the old harvest being lost. Worldwide, this is causing market scarcity, while the demand has increased. The first ginger harvest will start again in…

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Drought worries Peruvian mango growers and exporters

The Peruvian mango season is set to start in the middle of November with the northern growing region of Piura. This start is a few weeks late, which is the result of cooler weather in June and July which delayed the flowering period, according to Milton Calle of Exotic Producers and Packers. The volumes…

Spike in demand for California dates

Supplies of California dates are solid as the industry approaches the end of harvest. “I don’t predict any type of shortages for dates. It doesn’t mean that sales are down. It just means we’re continuing to plant and get additional crops each year,” says Bob Harrick of Woodspur Farms in Coachella, CA. This…

Drop in Wisconsin cranberry production

Supplies of cranberries out of Wisconsin are down though demand has increased for the berry. “Wisconsin is a big player and across the board, Wisconsin’s volume is down about 10 percent. However, as a company we are lucky to have a great group of growers who brought more fruit than ever into the cooler.…

"Make the Big Game Your Bowl Game"

Avocados From Mexico partners with Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews on Super Bowl promotions

Avocados From Mexico is launching a campaign kickoff with sportscasters, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews, to inspire shoppers to take their love of game day guac to the next level. AFM's first-ever in-store celebrity shopper engagement program is available to all grocery retailers and features free POS…

Fresh Summit’s “Best of Show” winners are announced

Produce Marketing Association announced the “Best of Show” awards this week, a Fresh Summit tradition of recognition that celebrates innovation and creativity in marketing and product promotion. This year’s event featured virtual Marketplaces where exhibiting companies could customize and share their own…

Packaged citrus is in high demand

DiSilva Fruit and Morning Kiss Organic are ready to deliver organic and conventional citrus for the coming citrus season. DiSilva Fruit and Morning Kiss Organic have seen tremendous growth in specialty and organic citrus over the last 5 years. "Citrus is one of the leading categories of all organic…

Mission Produce promotes Brooke Becker to Sales Director

Mission Produce announced the promotion of Brooke Becker to Sales Director. As Sales Director, Brooke is responsible for managing outside purchases and utilization of product.…

Generation Farms adds Mike Harris to lead watermelon sales team

Generation Farms has added produce industry veteran Mike Harris to their expanding sales team. Harris recently joined the leading grower-shipper of organic and conventional…

Berry grower-shipper secures partnerships with growers in Peru for blueberries

Berry People, a year-round, full-line shipper of branded organic and conventional strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and avocados, has recently secured strong, influential partnerships with growers in Peru. These relationships will allow Berry People to provide promotable volumes of…

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"We will lose the whole of November, usually a very busy time for us,”

Ireland has been back in full lock down for two weeks, prior to that different counties had different levels of lock down. The situation will be reviewed again on December 1st.  As before this has had major implications for the fresh produce trade with the hospitality sector completely shut down. “The only thing…

Recent farm bills have made progress in helping US specialty farmers

For years, Jimmy Buckley watched government subsidies go to big corn and soybean farmers growing crops that become fuel and animal feed. Buckley grows organic fruits and…

New vision technology for lower volume growers

When new technology is introduced to agriculture, it’s not always within reach of smaller growers. But that’s not the case with one new vision system that’s likely to appeal…

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Slimmer ginger supplies cause prices to spike

The ginger market in North America continues to see shifts from countries supplying the market right now. China, a significant ginger growing country, has seen pressure on its supplies in recent months. “Bad weather ruined a lot of the old crop so they haven’t been shipping as much in the last few…

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New Indian startup to curb onion wastage

Although India is the second-largest onion producer in the world, prices have been on a steady rise owing to heavy rainfall in some states and poor storage facilities in others. Kalyani Shinde is an engineering graduate, who was born and raised in Lasalgaon, home to Asia’s largest onion market. She is…

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar:

Indian government to release 100,000 tonnes of onion buffer stock to combat price hike

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has stated that the federal government will release 100,000 tonnes of buffer stock of onions. The minister said: “The…

North Carolina State University, SAS and Intero Life Sciences project

Using data analysis to improve sweet potatoes

An interdisciplinary team from North Carolina State University, SAS, and Intero Life Sciences are partnering for a three-year project that will use artificial intelligence to…

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Sunfresh growers introduce Formosa papayas from Dutch greenhouse

Several years ago, the Sunfresh growers from Venlo were involved in a trial with Wageningen UR in a test greenhouse in Bleiswijk to see which exotics can be grown in the Dutch greenhouses. In the end, exotics such as mangos and avocados were dropped, but from a botanical point of view the Formosa papayas…

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'Solutions for food retailers facing seismic shift in consumer habits and spend'

Global logistics company C.H. Robinson is bringing supply chain expertise and technology to the aid of grocery retailers facing unprecedented demand and consumer change during…

Zespri welcomes new Fresh Carriers vessel MV Kowhai into its shipping fleet

The New Zealand kiwifruit industry will be boosted by three specialised reefer vessels following significant investment by operator Fresh Carriers, underpinned by their confidence in the kiwifruit industry and their longstanding relationship with Zespri. The first of the three vessels, MV Kowhai, arrived…

Ocean carrier schedule reliability drops to 2020 low

Schedule reliability of ocean carriers fell to 56 per cent in September. The on-time performance of Asia shipments to the US west and east coasts plunging below 50 per cent.…

Herbs more »

Gaia Herbs revamps is Dutch branch and acquires Via Maris

Gaia Herbs Bv expands its reach in Europe by merging with German company

Gaia Herbs has had a subsidiary in the Netherlands since 2017 and it has now merged with Via Maris GmbH, one of the largest herb companies in Germany. Gaia has been a strong, stable herbs supplier in Europe for some time. It’s Dutch branch is very well located, logistically. Now, its ready for the next…

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2nd Xtrema Fruit National Stone Fruit Forum will be held in online format

The latest developments in the stone fruit sector will be presented at the second edition of the Xtrema Fruit National Stone Fruit Forum, which, due to the situation caused by…

Citrus more »

Packaged citrus is in high demand

DiSilva Fruit and Morning Kiss Organic are ready to deliver organic and conventional citrus for the coming citrus season. DiSilva Fruit and Morning Kiss Organic have seen tremendous growth in specialty and organic citrus over the last 5 years. "Citrus is one of the leading categories of all organic…

Vietnam: Dong Thap province preserves endangered pink mandarin

The Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap has approved a project to preserve the specialty pink mandarin of its Lai Vung district. The fruit allegedly faces extinction. The 73…

“It’s exciting that we’ll enter the Japanese market this year”

High demand for Egyptian citrus in Europe and Saudi ArabiaThe pandemic still brings a lot of uncertainty to the Egyptian citrus exporters, as they’ve been working on the Navel and Baladi varieties already. They expect is to be a good season, with high demand from Saudi Arabia, as they’ve banned the…

No more coca, but organic limes for Colombian farmers

When the first shipment of Colombian limes from "Persian Limes" arrived at organic fruit specialist Eosta in Waddinxveen last week, they came with a very nice surprise. On the 800 boxes of fresh green limes, almost a hundred postcards were stuck with personal messages from the farm workers of the valley…

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Spike in demand for California dates

Supplies of California dates are solid as the industry approaches the end of harvest. “I don’t predict any type of shortages for dates. It doesn’t mean that sales are down. It just means we’re continuing to plant and get additional crops each year,” says Bob Harrick of Woodspur Farms in Coachella, CA. This…

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Felix Stamer (Direct Fresh LLC) on the current banana market

"Despite Corona, we were able to offer a complete range of bananas throughout"

In addition to conventional bananas, organic, fair trade and organic fair trade batches have been increasingly popular with consumers in recent years. Demeter bananas are also developing into an increasingly important market niche in the German trade. Hamburg import company Direct Fresh has set itself…

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RetailSonar enters partnership with French Geocible

"Supermarkets given opportunity to predict turnover per location with up to 90% accuracy"

"The Belgian-Dutch geo-marketing scale-up RetailSonar is well on its way to becoming a European player. Thanks to a new partnership with Geocible, French retailers now also have the opportunity to predict, with up to 90% accuracy, the turnover of each location," said the company. RetailSonar currently helps…

Successful use of Pixofarm technology in Europe arouses interest from the southern hemisphere

"Fruit growers are clearly looking for smart and flexible approaches"

Pixofarm's digital solution for the fruit industry is now being used by producers in Chile, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, after customers in Europe reported on their successes. Pixofarm uses artificial intelligence to conveniently digitize fruit counting and fruit sizing via a smartphone…

Cooling more »

With Cool Port II, Kloosterboer wants to provide more efficient return shipments soon

Unload fruit, load frozen French fries

Reefer containers filled with fruit arrive by ship at Cool Port I in Waalhaven, Rotterdam. The pallets are removed, and in future, the reefers will be loaded with frozen French fries. The pallets will then immediately be sent back by barge to the Maasvlakte. By the beginning of 2020, these fries should…

Packaging and Labelling more »

Natural Branding© by LaserFood: the one and only supported by European Union

"When looking for innovative laser labeling for fresh produce, beware imitations! With almost 15 years’ experience LaserFood is the pioneer and undisputed leader of laser-labelled technology", claims John Bean Technologies - JBT Corporation. Natural Branding©: more than just technologyNatural Branding© is…

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Blue Apron: Q3 revenue increased 13%

Amazon: 37% year-over-year increase in Q3 net sales

Canada: Empire’s Michael Medline weighs in on supplier feesMichael Medline, president & CEO of Empire Company and Sobeys Inc., says he does not think government legislation of grocery relationships with suppliers would be helpful because of the complexity of the relationships. But he is open to an…

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