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Friday, June 5, 2020

OVERVIEW GLOBAL RASPBERRY, BLACKBERRY AND REDCURRANT MARKET

  Reports have come from far and wide about the current state of the market for raspberries, blackberries and redcurrant. In the global market, there now seems to be mostly a small supply for a high demand. The coronavirus has also taken a toll on this market, as sales have been poor in recent months. Redcurrant has been…

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Peruvian avocado industry looks to expand presence in US market

The 2020 Peruvian avocado season started in late April, with large shipments to Europe and small shipments to the US arriving in early May. Xavier Equihua, President of Avocados From Peru, says: “This year Peru will have promotable volumes in the US from mid-June all the way to early October. This will…

US protests create hurdles for some shippers in moving product

Days of protests and civil unrest across several U.S. cities have led to new logistical challenges for produce shippers in moving product. “The first direct business interruption was this past Monday. We had three containers that we couldn’t get out of the Port of Miami,” says Peter Leifermann with…

US: YUMI organic black seedless watermelon to be available 3rd week of June

Around the third week of June, an organic black seedless watermelon will hit markets nationwide. While this watermelon variety has been available in local markets for a few years, this year will be the first year that it will be launched as a branded product and be distributed throughout the United…

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CAN (QC): First plants in new Lufa Farms rooftop greenhouse

68,700 tomato plants and 4,800 eggplant seedlings have been raised in the new Lufa Farms greenhouse. Literally raised: the greenhouse is located on top of an existing and repurposed office building in Ville Saint-Laurent, a suburb of Montreal, Quebec. The bottom floor functions as a distribution centre…

California Table Grape Commission promotes Karen Hearn to VP of Domestic Marketing

Karen Hearn is the new Vice President of Domestic Marketing for the California Table Grape Commission. Hearn’s responsibilities include leading the domestic retail team,…

Canada

New Brunswick potato farmers call for Minister Bibeau to take action now

Delays rolling out a COVID-19-related support program for Canadian agriculture may cause difficulties for potato farmers. While the government delays, millions of pounds of…

Adam Cooper, SVP of Marketing

Q&A with the Wonderful Company on the upcoming United Fresh show

Could you elaborate on Wonderful’s decision to exhibit at United Fresh’ virtual trade show? “The United Fresh Expo has always been a good show for us – particularly for Wonderful Citrus from a timing perspective,” says Adam Cooper with The Wonderful Company. “The show gives us a good opportunity to…

New RPC Mini Series launched to increase transport efficiency

IFCO Systems announced the launch of its new RPC Mini Series. The Mini Series RPCs are the smallest reusable containers on the market specifically designed for the transportation of fresh food. The size of the RPCs allows retailers, growers and suppliers to efficiently use the available space when…

NNYADP research

Computer modeling drives precision bloom thinning in apple orchards

This spring, New York apple growers are applying the results of a computer modeling-based orchard management research funded by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) to more precisely manage their orchard thinning practices with a goal of producing higher quality fruit for…

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The Val Venosta Cauliflower will be available from the beginning of June

"Approximately 3,700 tons of cauliflower will be harvested this year by the growers who are members of the VIP Consortium," commented the sales manager for the vegetable sector Reinhard Ladurner.  "We are in line with last year's numbers. The cauliflower seedlings planted by the farmers and with whom we planned…

which go the extra mile to protect the environment

Asda launches 'Extra Special Tomatoes'

In recognition of British Tomato Fortnight, Asda is introducing two new varieties of tomatoes to its customers, grown sustainably right here in Britain. When Asda customers buy a pack of Extra Special Mixed Tomatoes, they will be able to sample the delights of the two new varieties of cherry tomatoes,…

EntreSetas launches online store in Spain

Gourmet and organic mushrooms, now also home delivered

The Palencia-based startup EntreSetas is once again revolutionizing the market for organic gourmet products with a new initiative: the home delivery of freshly picked mushrooms. Customers can subscribe and receive a 1.5 kilogram box with a range of gourmet, organic fresh mushrooms once a month. After the…

National Crime Agency

Northern Ireland: Herbal cannabis worth £12 mln disguised as vegetable shipment

In Templepatrick, County Antrim, police found £12 mln worth of herbal cannabis Inside a vegetable delivery truck. It is the biggest drugs seizure on record in Northern Ireland. Officers searched the lorry in the early hours of Wednesday and found 600 kg of the Class B drug among a load of vegetables. In…

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Correction: False report regarding delivery issues of frutal GmbH & Co. KG

On June 2nd, FreshPlaza published a press release about issues with the supply of goods by the German company frutal GmbH & Co. KG. We have been informed that this was a false…

BelOrta (436 mill), Hoogstraten (237 mill), REO (208 mill)

Belgian coop, VBT's, supply value tops 1 billion euros for the first time

For VBT and its members, 2019 was a year of which to be proud. This Belgian growers cooperative has a turnover of €982 million. That was in the fresh fruit and vegetable market. In the frozen foods sector, it was more than €100 million. It was, without a doubt, a record year. "All the producer…

Westfalia Fruit appoints Johnathan Sutton to head up Group Safety and Environment role

Westfalia Fruit International Ltd announced this week that industry veteran Johnathan Sutton has been appointed to fill the newly created role of Executive of Safety &…

Total Produce launches 2020 sustainability report

Total Produce is pleased to mark World Environment Day 2020 by launching its first, Group wide Sustainability Report. The report details Total Produce’s strategic approach to…

California Table Grape Commission promotes Karen Hearn to VP of Domestic Marketing

Karen Hearn is the new Vice President of Domestic Marketing for the California Table Grape Commission. Hearn’s responsibilities include leading the domestic retail team,…

Greenyard USA/Seald Sweet partners with Food Lion to donate meals

Greenyard USA/Seald Sweet is extremely proud to be participating in Food Lion’s “Summers Without Hunger” Campaign. Food Lion customers will now have the opportunity to make a…

Crystal Chavez of Gold Coast Packing:

“We will need to be creative with drawing people to our booth”

This is the first year that Gold Coast Packing will exhibit at the United Fresh show. While the format of the show has been changed, the company continues to look forward to their participation. Crystal Chavez, the company’s marketing coordinator, says: “We were disappointed when the show was moved to a…

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HelloContainer

"Online platform for booking containers makes shipping more sustainable"

Where previously intermediaries were required, exporters can now arrange the entire container transport themselves. From A to Z, within a few clicks and with more sustainable choices. After all, Dutch shipping causes more CO2 emissions than all the cars in our country combined. For this reason,…

US protests create hurdles for some shippers in moving product

Days of protests and civil unrest across several U.S. cities have led to new logistical challenges for produce shippers in moving product. “The first direct business interruption was this past Monday. We had three containers that we couldn’t get out of the Port of Miami,” says Peter Leifermann with…

Tuayai

Delhi Airport has emerged as hub for export of agri goods

After facilitating massive cargo movements, consisting of essential supplies, the Delhi International Airport Ltd-run IGIA has emerged as an hub for agricultural perishables.…

Transnet moves to assure industry that Cape Town Container and Multi-Purpose terminals remain open for business

"Not a normal situation" at Cape Town Harbour as Covid cases rise in the Western Cape

A press release from South Africa’s state-owned port company Transnet today denied reports that the Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT) was closed and assured clients that the CTCT and the Cape Town Multi-Purpose Terminal were operational, amid serious concerns regarding ongoing operations at the port.…

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Adam Cooper, SVP of Marketing

Q&A with the Wonderful Company on the upcoming United Fresh show

Could you elaborate on Wonderful’s decision to exhibit at United Fresh’ virtual trade show? “The United Fresh Expo has always been a good show for us – particularly for Wonderful Citrus from a timing perspective,” says Adam Cooper with The Wonderful Company. “The show gives us a good opportunity to…

Del Monte Fresh

‘Can Do Done Daily’

Del Monte Fresh introduced new campaign to highlight its workforce

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. is one of North America’s leading marketers and distributors of high-quality fresh and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables. It’s new 'Can Do Done Daily' campaign showcases the exemplary work Del Monte Fresh Produce’s staff has remained committed to executing throughout the…

Alexey Stiop

Dubai shoppers glad to see prices of fruits and vegetables remain stable

The prices of most fruits and vegetables in Dubai have remained stable over the past few weeks. With most families and individuals limiting the majority of their expenditure…

Canada Joshua Hakin

Ontario crops recovering from unwelcome frost

The hard frost that struck southern Ontario in early May caused some damage, but farmers in the region believe vulnerable crops should be alright, provided there are no…

Aleksandr Proshkin

Locust invasion of Pakistan adds to pandemic misery

The locust problem in Pakistan escalated last week, as the nation already struggled to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic which has infected over 85,000 people across the south…

Sebastian Czapnik

Freezers filling up all over Europe as COVID-19 hampers food sales

Demand for cold-storage space in Europe has surged after the hospitality industry and sports venues closed, leaving their suppliers on the lookout for new customers or…

Pressured by fuel shortages

Africans go online for groceries

In many African countries, measures put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 have made it harder for people to access affordable, nutritious foods, sparking warnings from aid groups that the…

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The value of fruit imports in China increases during the first quarter of 2020

According to data recently published by the China Chamber of Commerce, during the first quarter of 2020, the Asian country imported more than 1.61 million tons of fruit for a total value of 3.010 billion dollars, reflecting a 12 % year-on-year drop in volume and a 7% increase in value. During that…

Italian summer fruit: Rich offerings at Vienna wholesale market

"Less competition from goods from overseas and hardly any price pressure on Italia grapes"

A large part of the imported goods at the Vienna wholesale market in Inzersdorf traditionally comes from neighbouring Italy. Even in these difficult times of Corona, Italian products arrive in large quantities at the trading area. Despite the exceptional situation, cherries, grapes and the like are available…

Fotokon

Prices for fruit rise to unprecedented highs in Ukraine

Due to the negative impact of recent weather conditions, prices for fruit and berries have risen to historic highs in Ukraine. Wholesale prices for garden strawberries grew the most, by 61.5% on average as of early June. "Despite the decline in consumer income as a result of the coronavirus-related…

Vikaabdullina

Vietnam fruit exporters hampered by rising air freight costs

Vietnamese fruit exporters are struggling with the high air freight costs, that have surged due to the limited number of flights amid the pandemic. Global Fresh Fruit Company…

Exotic fruit and vegetables more »

High temperatures benefit Chinese Goji berry production in Ningxia

The Goji berries in Zhongning, Ningxia, generally begin to ripen in the middle of June. This year, however, the harvest season already began in early June. The export season usually begins in the middle of September. The weather conditions in Ningxia are ideal this year. The high temperatures benefit…

"Strong ginger purchase demand from South East Asia and Americas"

“Over the past few months, the ginger market has been volatile. In April and May, the volume being shipped to the Russian market was very large, but now there are very few orders from this country. In addition, the purchase demand from the European market from May has weakened significantly, mainly due…

"Government promotion drove smooth Hainan lychee season in China"

"This year's Hainan lychee production season is coming to an end. Looking back at the season, the market performance of different varieties has been variable, but overall sales have been smooth and the market has been stable,” says Wang Zhiqiang of Yongxing E-commerce Poverty Alleviation Center (Yongxing…

Nadezda Ledyaeva

New Zealand: High prices for gold kiwifruit licences

Each year Zespri releases new gold licences, and this year 700 hectares were available. Successful bidders have been told the lowest price paid for a gold licence was $378,000…

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Plus Retail selects Relex solutions to optimize operations

Plus Retail, a Dutch co-operative with around 270 supermarkets operated by independent entrepreneurs offering fresh goods, has chosen to partner with Relex Solutions to integrate Plus Retail’s space planning with forecasting and replenishment. Powered by pragmatic Artificial Intelligence (AI) and…

Cooling more »

Energy efficiency in labor-saving IQF berry processing line

The covid-19 pandemic has forced the frozen food industry in overcoming new challenges and seizing new opportunities. Consumers’ buying habits have changed and their perception of frozen food and there is an increasing demand for ‘no hand touch’ processing lines. During off seasons specifically, the…

Nuts and dried fruits more »

Double-digit growth in US and export markets

Positioning dates as a snack continues to pay off

The Bard Valley, located in a 150-square-mile radius of the intersection of Arizona, California, and Mexico, grows about 60 percent of all dates grown in the United States. The fruit is typically harvested in September through part of October and fruit from the Bard Valley Date Growers Association is…

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Purfresh

"Ozone as an alternative for CIPC in transport"

The ban on the sprout inhibitor CIPC is getting closer. For those in Belgium it will be a reality on June 30 this year and in the Netherlands, the substance can still be used until October 8. Many industry associations warn that the ban will have a major impact on potatoes and onions. There are…

Retail more »

Village Super Market: 13.6% year-over-year increase in same-store sales

C&S Wholesale Grocers and Instacart have teamed up

US: Rosie CEO sees local retailers and customers embracing digital toolsLaunched in 2012 - and cleverly named after the robot housekeeper on “The Jetsons” - online grocery app Rosie allows customers to shop online from their favorite local stores for same-day delivery or in-store pickup. In addition to…

Waitrose and John Lewis have joined forces with Vitality

7-Eleven: First store in China's Hunan registered global sales record on opening day

Australia: Charter Hall bags ALDI logistics portfolio for $648mln at the checkoutCharter Hall Group and its joint venture (JV) partner Allianz Real Estate have acquired supermarket group ALDI's $648mln Australian logistics portfolio. Located in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, the distribution centres…

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