Monday, July 6, 2020

Lower rambutan volumes but steady demand on US market right now

Tropical and exotic fruits have become increasingly popular in the US market in recent years and products which were previously only destined for ethnic markets are now also sold in larger retail chains. One of these products is rambutan, which is currently being sourced from Guatemala and Mexico. Andrés…

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Supplies building on California broccoli

Supplies of broccoli out of California are down overall but they are slightly better than a few weeks ago. “Two weeks ago, supplies were down about 50 percent overall,” says Ryan Bitter of Salinas, CA-based Steinbeck Country Produce Inc. who ships its broccoli in the Nature's Reward label “We ran into…

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Organic California pear harvest to start next week

California pear harvest is about to commence. Harvest of conventional varieties starts this week, and organics are expected to start in the week of July 13. “A mid-July start is about average, so we are right on track,” says Roy Ruff Regional Marketing Lead with Viva Tierra Organics. The last two years,…

Early hailstorms affect Alberta potato crops minimally

Alberta potato growers are heading into the month where they watch and wait on hail and the potential effect on its crops. In later June for example a sizeable hailstorm hit…

Study looks to find tools to protect young trees from HLB

While citrus growers continue to look for the best practices to fight the deadly huanglongbing (HLB) disease, researchers are taking an integrated approach at protecting young…

Colombian avocado milestone for Jupiter Group

The doors to the USA market opened for Colombian avocado in August 2017 and since that time, Jupiter Group have emerged as the single largest exporter of Hass avocado. Per the Volume Data and Projections by the Hass Avocado Board, Jupiter have exported more Colombian grown Hass avocado into the USA than…

James Rogers, CEO and Founder of Apeel Sciences

Defining the new frontier of quality

James Rogers is a CEO & Founder of Apeel Sciences and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader 2020. He wrote the following about the definition of quality, and why redefining quality will help reduce and build a more efficient supply chain. “Throughout the COVID crisis, many of us have considered where…

Colombia to start exporting mandarins to the US again

Colombia will start to export mandarins to the United States again with the first shipment of this product to Puerto Rico, which will be shipped by the Frutales Las Lajas…

Marek Mnich

Newfoundland invests $2.75 mln to increase potato production

Newfoundland and Labrador will invest $2.75 mln. in funding for land development to increase large-scale potato production. This investment is part of a nearly $13 million…

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Dutch lettuce grower cultivates throughout the summer

Grower Jan de Winter from the Dutch town of Ridderkerk started the cultivation of a patch of lettuce of a new, fusarium resistant variety so he can cultivate throughout the summer without having to steam the soil. “Last week, the demand was quite high due to the warm weather, so I have high expectations for…

Supplies building on California broccoli

Supplies of broccoli out of California are down overall but they are slightly better than a few weeks ago. “Two weeks ago, supplies were down about 50 percent overall,” says Ryan Bitter of Salinas, CA-based Steinbeck Country Produce Inc. who ships its broccoli in the Nature's Reward label “We ran into…

Rob Luysterburg, Luysterburg Agrifruit

“Dry weather remains the biggest threat to Dutch asparagus”

The last Dutch asparagus were harvested last week. Rob Luysterburg of Luysterburg Agrifruit took some time to reflect on the 2020 season. He runs the company with his parents and twin sister. "It was a very different season," says Rob. He's been cultivating asparagus on his farm in the Netherlands since…

Bioplanet launches phytoseiidae against the tomato red spider mite

Useful bugs come from the sky

The fight against the red spider mite in the tomato industry is made possible thanks to useful insects launched by drones on a few hundred hectares in Emilia Romagna, between the provinces of Piacenza, Reggio Emilia and Ravenna. The project is carried out by Bioplanet, together with an Italian company leader in the drones…

Caroselli and barattieri are preferred to the common cucumber

"For about two months I have been marketing cucumbers produced by organic farming, but I must say that this product turned out to be unsuccessful, due to the arrival of other…

Lettuce: a disastrous first half of 2020

The current trend on the lettuce market is not the best; as a matter of fact, this was not a good year, both because of the poorly paid products and for the abundant offer…

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Tomatoes still very popular with the German consumer

German production increased by a further 3,400 tonnes last marketing year. Also, the trend towards more domestic goods continues. Consumer prices rose by over 13 percentage points…

Chinese garlic exports reach record high

The air-drying of Chinese garlic began in early May. The market was quickly dominated by half-dried garlic, but the growing supply volume kept the price low. Furthermore,…

Croatians urged to buy domestic vegetables

This Saturday, the Croatian Chamber of Agriculture (HPK) called on consumers, buyers and retailers to help domestic farmers by buying domestic vegetables. The reason behind…

Difficult season for Polish pepper producers

The harvest of green peppers began at the beginning of June. The first batches of Polish red pepper are also appearing on the market. Polish pepper producers expect smaller…

Tenderstem® broccoli looks forward to UK season with confidence

June marks the beginning of the UK-grown Tenderstem® broccoli season and despite challenging circumstances, the forecast looks sunny for the leading brassica brand, which has been working hard with licensees in the UK and overseas to ensure top quality, consistent supply throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.…

Maxim Tatarinov

Super-spicy chillies hit UK shelves at Tesco’s

Tesco has responded to a growing demand for super-strength chillies by re-adding three of the world’s hottest peppers to its range. The supermarket giant has seen sales of…

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This online platform ensures improved transparency at the container terminal

Year after year, container ships are breaking records with the number of containers they can carry onboard. But bigger doesn’t always mean faster. The Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam (ECT) online platform aims to change that. ECT Delta terminal Depending on the container ship’s call size, the number of…

Spain: Port of Valencia to build a new container terminal within next 10 years

The Valencia Port Authority has announced the construction of a new container terminal in the northern expansion by 2030. This is expected to increase the container volume capacity and double the economic activity of the port, said Aurelio Martinez, PAV president. According to Martinez, the North…

Dipankar Bhakta

SpiceJet intends to expand cargo operations

With the increased need for cargo handling infrastructure and cargo delivery caused by COVID-19, SpiceJet has created warehouses and deployed several aircraft. The company is…

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Temperature is the biggest challenge for cultivation in the Maldives

A pearly white beach and a vast blue ocean. This is the picturesque location for which many tourists travel to the Maldives every year. However, these islands in the Indian Ocean are tiny and are highly dependent on imports for fresh produce. They currently import 95% of their food. Fruit and vegetables…

Mekong Delta province to help Vietnamese growers combat drought and salt water situation

The People’s Committee of the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh will provide relief worth more than 40 billion VND (US$1.7 million to more than 28,000 farming households to revive the province's agriculture. This was severely affected by drought and saltwater intrusion in the 2019 - 20 dry season.Pham…

Adeeb Atwan

Vegetable imports Russian Federation up in first quarter of 2020

According to SeaNews Russian Foreign Trade Customs Statistics online service, in Q1 2020 Russia imported 575,200 of vegetables worth $583.5 million. In tonnage terms, imports…

Ghana: Vegetable producers demand structured funding to survive

Representatives of over 60 Ghanaian vegetables value chain-associated institutions and networks have proposed a Horticultural Support Facility that should be part of a broader…

Consumption of fruit and veg rising Chode

COVID-19 has altered the diet of Ghanaians

In order to stay healthy during the pandemic, Ghanaians are now adding more fruits and vegetables to their diet. The proper intake of fruits and vegetables protect the body…

Bennymarty

South African farmers lose billions each year due to theft

In South Africa, the scope of theft of agricultural products such as maize, fruit and livestock is exceedingly difficult to quantify, but the fact is that such crimes have a…

Gertrude Snoei

Azerbaijan imported 186 thousand tons of fruit and veg in first 5 months of 2020

In the first 5 months of this year (January-May), Azerbaijan imported 186.1 thousand tons of fruits and vegetables. According to the State Customs Committee, the cost of…

Euriico

Growers sell produce at Mumbai housing society

Maharashtra growers sold 136,615 tons of fruits and vegetables directly to consumers between March 27 and June 30. This means that thousands of farmers in have sold a whopping…

Gertrude Snoei

Ukraine got rid of its dependence on the Russian market in fruit and veg sector

According to EastFruit analysts, over the years of the Russian embargo, Ukrainian vegetable growers have managed to completely get rid of their former dependence on this…

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Tajikistan’s agricultural exports up to June increased by 35.8%

From the beginning of the year to mid-June, the volume of Tajikistan's agricultural exports increased by 35.8%, or 22.4 thousand tons. This was reported by CentralAsia citing…

Rafael Ben Ari

Australia: Good season might balance out COVID-19 pandemic

Although Australian growers might be experiencing both market troubles and logistical issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, producers say seasonal conditions are the best in…

Gerold Grotelueschen

Indian vegetable traders say prices have risen due to rainy season crop failures

The prices of food items in India, including vegetables, have started to skyrocket even as the COVID-19 crisis shows no sign of abating. The prices of vegetables, in particular, have increased quite significantly with retail prices of almost all kinds rising from 25 to 200 per cent. The most significant…

Michael O. Ligalig

Philippine malls serve as new outlets for fresh produce

Philippine growers and cooperatives now have a new outlet where they can directly bring their products to sell to consumers. The Department of Agriculture, partnering with the…

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"Green kiwifruit sells well in European market, but export volume in Chinese market is limited"

"The European market conditions for kiwifruit and apples are quite good this year. These fruits sell very well, because market demand exceeds market supply. The situation in China is quite the opposite, in particular for kiwifruit. The market price of domestic kiwifruit is rather low this season, which…

Lower rambutan volumes but steady demand on US market right now

Tropical and exotic fruits have become increasingly popular in the US market in recent years and products which were previously only destined for ethnic markets are now also sold in larger retail chains. One of these products is rambutan, which is currently being sourced from Guatemala and Mexico. Andrés…

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Gerhard Nel – FarSoft Solutions

Digital systems provide a meaningful way of looking at fruit

The fruit industry has become very complex with the amount of data available from packing and cooling facilities plus increasingly strict export regulations. “You have to be able to give simple answers to complex questions,” says Gerhard Nel, director at FarSoft Solutions. Packhouse data are crucial to…

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La Linea Verde

New products and strategies to deal with the Covid emergency

It is a given fact that the Covid emergency has affected the sales of fresh-cut and ready-to-eat products. This is why companies like La Linea Verde, owner of the Dimmidisì brand, have had to put in place specific strategies. FreshPlaza talked about it with general director Andrea Battagliola (in the photo).…

Green onion flavoured cereal on sale in South Korea

Green onion flavoured cereal is now for sale in South Korea. Although the new Chex flavour is a limited edition release, it is proving to be very popular, selling out online within two days. But creating this strange cereal flavour has taken a lot of effort. In 2004, Kellogg's Korea launched a…

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bilacon LLC supports the food industry with LC-MS/MS method

"Continuing to market fruit and veg safely in compliance with the new MRLs"

On 04.06.2020, the European Commission published Regulation (EU) 2020/749 amending Annex III of Regulation (EC) No. 396/2005. According to this regulation, new maximum residue levels for chlorate and perchlorate in foodstuffs will apply from 28.06.2020, without any transitional arrangements.…

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Waste reduction and process optimisation by individually labelling fruit and veg

Nature's Pride, in collaboration with Bizerba Netherlands, has taken a huge step towards reducing waste. By installing an LDI PAC8, a label dispenser from Bizerba - with customer-specific adaptations - Nature's Pride has the absolute first for this solution across Europe. Waste reductionAs a supplier of 230…

Mediane introduces Sealpap

Sealable, recyclable, repulpable specialty papers

Growers and packers of fresh produce know Mediane as a converter of flexible films for the packaging of herbs, lettuce and fresh produce. Mediane has been a market leader in the field of conical sleeves in Europe, USA and Australasia for many years already. Their product line also includes Peel & Reseal…

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Zouari Group has announced its intentions to acquire Bio c'Bon chain

Penny has rolled out its Scan and Go app at 100 stores

Singapore retail sales fall 52.1% in record drop in May during COVID-19 circuit breakerSingapore’s total retail sales fell a record 52.1% on a year-on-year basis in May, while the country was still under a COVID-19 “circuit breaker”, according to data released by the Department of Statistics (SingStat).…

Amazon’s massive fulfillment center and neighboring distribution center in Kenosha sold

Uber has agreed to acquire Postmates

US: Brookshire Brothers optimizes its inventory managementBrookshire Brothers is implementing Itasca Retail’s Magic computer generated ordering and direct store delivery (DSD) receiving solution in order to advance its inventory management. The solution uses uses historical sales data and current shelf…

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