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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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Harvesting Romanesco broccoli is a delicate task

Domestic supplies of Romanesco broccoli are steady right now. “Supply is good and we expect that to continue,” says Greg Beach of Salinas, Ca.-based Steinbeck Country Produce Inc., a year-round supplier of Romanesco, a uniquely bright green spiky vegetable that’s part of the broccoli and cauliflower family. For Steinbeck,…

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Heavier volumes of Chilean nectarines yet to arrive

US importers say heavier volumes of nectarines arriving from Chile won't be expected for several more weeks. Supplies have been light in the early weeks as importers wait for improved production and shipment volumes. It was reported that in 2018, Chile exported a total of 65,000 MT of nectarines, however…

Bell pepper production lighter due to last year's weather

Bell pepper suppliers have noted that production has been lighter in recent months, which they say is mainly due to weather events from last fall. A number of US companies are…

Hello Fresh, Chefs Plate meal kits recalled for Salmonella risk

Another company in Canada has recalled products because of possible Salmonella contamination of chili peppers. Hello Fresh Canada Inc. is recalling several meal kits because…

Pink Lady apples 2018 crop analysis

Similar to trends experienced across the US Apple industry, Pink Lady® crop estimates of 130,000 metric tons fell short by nearly 22,000 tons after the 2018 harvest was complete. Typically the last variety brought into the warehouse each fall, November figures from the US Apple Association indicate…

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UAV-based remote sensing can detect pathogens in avocados

Remote imaging can effectively detect a pathogen that endangers the $100 million-a-year Florida avocado industry, even before the trees show symptoms. Yiannis Ampatzidis, an assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, led recently published research…

Mississippi Delta farmers ready to expand smart agriculture solutions

Stimulated by a highly successful Tech Movement pilot program that uses new automated irrigation techniques to boost row crop yields while conserving water, C Spire is ready to expand its partnership with farmers and smart equipment firms to provide network and information technology support for…

"Strawberry farmers should harvest with CROO"

A Florida-based technology company that’s been developing a strawberry-picking robot for years has finally started unveiling their product. Their upcoming demo for growers attending an annual industry convention in Orlando, next month, is potentially a big deal. Grain farmers have harvested their fields…

US: Port of Wilmington sets new record for container handling

North Carolina Ports set an all-time high for container handling in 2018. The Port of Wilmington recorded a year-over-year container volume increase of 23 percent. “The increase in container moves at the Port of Wilmington is a testament to the commitment North Carolina Ports has made in improving its infrastructure to meet…

New Canada Food Guide recommends greater consumption of fruits and vegetables

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) said they welcome the changes announced in Health Canada’s unveiling of the…

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Europe

'I should never have been charged' - former Tesco director

A former director of Tesco has said he should never have been charged after being acquitted of fraud during his period at the supermarket chain. Carl Rogberg also questioned why, two years ago, Tesco had agreed to a fine for overstating its profits in 2014. On Wednesday he was acquitted of the charges, which date…

Egypt becoming a key destination for Polish apples

A market as large as Russia couldn't be replaced, but there are many indications that Egypt is currently the key market for Polish apples. This has been confirmed by export data for the last few years made available by the Chief Inspectorate of Plant Health and Seed Inspection, reports the Association of…

Hungary: Vegetable prices and imports on the rise due to weather issues

In Hungary, weather factors such as drought or flood-like rain are playing an important role in increasing costs. The Central Statistical Office has officially confirmed what everybody is already feeling in their wallets: the price of plant products has increased by more than 9% in a year. This price increase is especially…

Latvia expects 20% rise in fruit and veg prices

Latvian experts in the fruit and vegetable industry expect fruit and vegetable prices to rise due to the dry weather recorded in Europe, reports fruitnews.ru. Since the productions have been one-third lower than initially planned by growers, this price increase is inevitable. They may go up by as much as 20 percent,…

Johan De Neef, Smart Packaging Solutions

“With ‘the perfect body’ we want to tell a new story”

In an innovative market in which the competition is not sitting still, it is important for a brand to keep up with the times, it also needs to be in line with the organization and how it wants to be seen. “The developments that we have started in the past few years required us to recalibrate our…

Rise in exports to the UK despite unfavorable exchange rate

Far fewer tomatoes exported in 2018

Dutch tomato exports had a peak year in 2017. Exports, however, declined in 2018. In 2018, Dutch tomato exports were estimated to be worth EUR1.610 million. This is a…

Wilfried Jeurissen, Limburgse Tuinbouw Veiling

“We get great added value for Me Amore pears in terms of price”

Several years ago, the Belgian cooperative, the Limburgse Tuinbouw Veiling, introduced the completely red Me Amore pear to the market. "The Me Amore is a red variant of the Comice. We acquired the rights for this product for the Benelux region”, says the Limburgse Tuinbouw Veiling's Wilfried Jeurissen. It is…

Henk van Doorne, Van Doorne Imex:

"Scandinavia and the Middle East in the market for Dutch greenhouse lettuce"

Dutch greenhouse lettuce is fetching good prices at the moment. "Butterhead lettuce is selling for about EUR0,50. Jumbo lettuce is going for around EUR0,90 to EUR1,10. There…

Eddy Kreukniet, Exsa Europe:

"Red Globe positive exception on difficult grape market"

The grape market has not been off to a very good start in 2019. "It has been difficult since Christmas", says Eddy Kreukniet of Dutch produce wholesaler, Exsa Europe. "The market was not empty before Christmas. Then, large volumes arrived." "Peru was the biggest culprit. They had no less than 100% higher volumes than…

Spain: Avomix expands its facilities in Vélez-Málaga

The multinational Avomix, specialized in the production of refrigerated, preservative-free guacamole and fresh avocado and mango fruit drinks, has expanded its facilities in the Costa del Sol-Axarquía Tecnoalimentario Park, in Vélez-Málaga, with the purchase of a new plot. The mayor of Vélez-Málaga, Antonio Moreno Ferrer,…

"The fruit is highly demanded by Europe's Asian population"

Spain: Longan cultivation in Malaga

The longan ( Dimocarpus longan ) is a tree that belongs to the family of the sapindaceae, which includes other species with edible fruits, such as the pulasan or rambutan. Its…

Euro Pool System, Project of the Year Award at the Supply Chain Awards

Euro Pool System (EPS), market leader in reusable packaging for the fresh food supply chain in Europe, has been the winner of the 'Project of the Year' category in the Supply Chain Awards together with its partners Delhaize and Aucxis. In the Supply Chain Awards 2018, presented in Antwerp, Belgium, on November 20, EPS…

North Sea Port welcomes Balao

On 21 January 2019, the Balao docked at Verbrugge Terminals in Vlissingen, carrying a cargo of fruit. This was the first ship to arrive as part of this logistical service provider’s first permanent intercontinental shipping line. The ship was carrying bananas and pineapple, among other things. With this line, goods will be loaded in Cartagena…

Eqraft B.V. to reopen

Yesterday it was announced by curator, Bas van Dijen, that the Dutch company, Eqraft B.V., would reopen. There has been much interest in the take-over of Eqraft's activities. The liquidator has been…

First Belgium cucumbers of the season sold at the REO Auction

On Monday, 21 January, the first Belgian cucumbers of the new growing season were sold at the REO Auction. REO producers Jasper Haghedooren from Westrozebeke and Nico Perneel from Oostnieuwkerke were, just like last year, the first suppliers that delivered. This fruit vegetable is becoming an…

Sofie Vandereycken, Presa

"Laser marking of fresh produce has a future despite competition from other labeling methods"

"A few years ago we introduced the Solaris laser coding machine that uses a CO2 laser to burn a text or logo in fruit and vegetable products. We had a lot of demand and interest from companies, but it was a little early at the time to compete with the existing ways of packaging and labeling," says Sofie…

Worry about the increased number of store robberies

Holding less cash and security cameras to stop greengrocer robberies

In the last three months of 2018, the number of store robberies in the Netherlands increased dramatically compared to 2017. "By the end of 2018, the number of robberies had increased by 50%. This is compared to the same time the previous year", says Bert van Steeg, Deputy Director of Detailhandel…

Pascalle van Bergenhenegouwen, Jaguar The Fresh Company:

"Year-round FairTrade oranges after certification of our Egyptian partner, Agroland"

Jaguar The Fresh Company's Egyptian partner, Agroland, has been Fairtrade certified. With this, Jaguar The Fresh Company can offer its clients Fairtrade certified oranges year-round. This is in addition to its South African assortment. Last year, this Dutch fruit importer guided its Egyptian partner. They helped them…

Danish farmers trying to find midway between organic and conventional

At the Danish Plantekongres 2019, Margrethe Askegaard of the Ecoviden consultancy firm discussed the choice between organic and conventional cultivation methods. According to Askegaard, there are advantages to both directions. The time has therefore come for organic and conventional farmers to share the experiences. Conventional…

Italy: Pear marketing shows positive signs

It seems as if next week will bring better results for Italian pears. That is what FreshPlaza gathered from an analysis conducted by an expert. Despite the strong competition coming from the Benelux’s Conference pears – which are sold at low prices – the market placement of Italian goods is aligned with the sales…

Slightly optimistic expectations regarding Italian kiwi marketing

Thanks to the information provided by reliable sources, FreshPlaza now shares the short-term prospects for the kiwi market. Hayward Kiwi Green kiwi sales have been increasing since the last days of December thanks to the end of the New Zealand fruit marketing. The first two weeks of January showed positive signs as…

Italian company will market its frozen pulp in Japan and USA as well

More than 40 references, including an organic line, new markets and the improvement of processing lines. 2018 ended in the best way possible for the Frozen branch of the Mazzoni Group. Similarly, 2019 has kicked off very positively as the company participated in the Sigep fair in Rimini (19-23 January,…

PlusBerries will be in Berlin to present the new Candela strawberries

"Our sales in Spain are increasing significantly"

The strawberry campaign continues in Huelva with limited volumes due to replanting problems with some varieties and low temperatures, which slow fruit growth down. However, prices are high and there is a good demand for Spanish strawberries, according to Victoria Martín, Marketing Manager of the company…

Platano de Canarias continues to open up foreign markets

ASPROCAN has started the first activities of the year in its work to open foreign markets. A Moroccan delegation, including wholesale entrepreneurs and members of the Chamber of Commerce of Tangier, headed by the vice-president of the Union of Fruit Wholesalers and Traders Associations and president of the Fruit…

Spain: Almeria's watermelons to hit the market in first half of April

The start of Almeria's watermelon sales is already planned and another good campaign is expected, as revealed by Iván Rodríguez, coordinator of Anecoop in Almería, in a radio…

Spain: Valencian citrus growers protest with orange vests

The disastrous citrus campaign currently underway in Castellon and the Region of Valencia has again resulted in producers taking the streets on Monday. The organization that called the protests, the Platform for the Dignity of the Llaurador, says that this is already "the worst campaign in decades" for…

Spain: Asturian Berries file for bankruptcy

As published in the Official State Gazette (BOE) of Spain, the company Asturian Berries S. L., one of the largest blueberry producers in the region, and which is associated…

Spain: Wild boars turn to oranges due to lack of food

Wild boars continue to wreak havoc in the Valencian county of La Safor. Herds of this wild pig have been coming every night from the mountains in search of food. So far, they had been happy with roots and plant bulbs, but now they are also eating oranges. So far this citrus season, the wild boars have consumed more than…

Spain: Cherry sector expects to be able to export to China

The Spanish Cherry Board is confident that this stone fruit will be the subject of the next negotiations between the Spanish Government and China for the creation of a new…

COAG regrets that Spanish vegetables suffer the consequences of EU-Morocco geopolitical agreements

The Coordinator of Organizations of Farmers and Cattle Ranchers (COAG) strongly criticized the position adopted by the MEPs who were in favor of extending the commercial advantages that Moroccan exports to the EU have to the productions of Western Sahara. This approval clearly harms the interests of…

The Ministers of Agriculture of 74 countries commit to promote the digitalization of the field

The Ministers of Agriculture of 74 countries that are participating in the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) pledged on Saturday to promote the digitization of the field as part of the common strategy for sustainable agricultural development adapted to the current consumer. "Intelligent solutions are needed…

Lorenz Boll (OGS Südbaden) draws a mixed balance at Stone Fruit Day

Revenues disappointing despite good quality, especially for cherries

Despite the large and high-quality stone fruit harvest in 2018, the fierce competition -from Turkey, among others- made things difficult for the South Baden producers. Not only in the field of drupes, but also for  asparagus and strawberries, there is particularly fierce competition in the domestic market.…

Weekly service Hamburg - Zhengzhou is planned

Eurosib sends first transit container train through Grodekovo border crossing

CJSC Eurosib SPb - Transport Systems and the Zhengzhou International Hub (ZIH) brought their first transit container train through the Grodekovo border crossing (Far Eastern…

Lower Saxony potato sector on the move again from starting mid-January onwards

Raiffeisen Ost-Hannover: "Price swings were required to boost willingness to pay"

The Lower Saxon potato traders are currently very far into the marketing of their products, After prices in the Rhineland at the start of January increased by €5.00 Euro per 100 kg, in the northern growing areas the willingness to deliver goods came to a standstill. Therefore it was necessary to adjust…

Kompetenzzentrum Ökolandbau Niedersachsen (KÖN) invites one and all

Future of the organic industry in the foreground at this year's BioFach

"Biofach", the leading trade fair for the global organic sector, will take place from 13 to 16 February in Nuremberg. Competence Center Ökolandbau Niedersachsen (KÖN) is…

9th Northwest Swiss Fruit Farming Conference 2019: Focus on drupes

"We need more consumption of stone fruit"

The Northwest Swiss fruit growers want to make the consumers increasingly 'hungry' for stone fruit. "Maybe we should hire a lateral thinker." This important statement was made…

Photo report: visiting the wholesale market of Lille

After Rungis, the wholesale market of Lille is the 2nd largest national market for fruits and vegetables. It is therefore not surprising that 80% of the wholesalers found at the MIN market sell fruits and vegetables. Everyday from 6am to 1pm, the market is in full swing. Isabelle Cambier is the assistant director of…

Romania: Government to invest €100 million to streamline wholesale agri market

Through its trade house Unirea, Romania’s government has pledged to invest up to €100 million for the development of the nation's agri-business infrastructure. The aim is…

Ukraine and Israel to increase turnover by 15%

Due to a Free Trade Area agreement signed by Ukraine and Israel, these nations can increase their turnover by 15% during the next five years. Press service Ukrinform citied…

Exports worth $229 million in 2018

Ukraine increases import of fruits and berries

Ukraine in 2018 exported $229 million worth of fruits and berries, which is 17% more than a year earlier. According to the Ukrsadprom association, the main products in this group were walnuts, which were delivered for $117 million, frozen fruits and berries for $78 million, apples and pears worth $15…

Polish apple exporter SaraFruit:

“Our apples have opened the doors to the Egyptian market”

With Russia not being an available market for the Polish apples, a lot of exporters are trying to get their produce into China. Egypt however, seems to be a viable option. The volumes shipped to Egypt are increasing every year and for one particular grower, the Egyptian market is actually the most…

Kyrgyz onions looking for European sales market

According to expectations, the Dutch onion stocks may well run out in the coming months. The hot, dry summer decimated these crops, which offers opportunities to exporters outside of Europe. Exporters from Kyrgyzstan also see these opportunities. And they need them - their warehouses are full. “From 2014 to 2017, we had…

Oceania

Australia: Avocado production up in Far North Queensland

For Far North growers, an excellent avocado season seems underway, as they gear up for another record-breaking harvest. Growers in Mareeba, Dimbulah and Atherton Tablelands are preparing to harvest their crop within the next fortnight, with record yields expected as the region takes over central…

Sweet success for Australian mangoes this season

According to the Australian Mango Industry Association, good weather and a great piece of technology have combined to produce a bumper crop of tasty fruit this season. The mango industry has recently adopted new scanning technology that allows fruit to be checked - without damaging it - while it is still on the…

New nutrient management guidelines for vegetables

A new best practice manual developed in collaboration with Plant & Food Research, Vegetable Research & Innovation (VR&I) Board and the Fertiliser Association of…

World

Surprising health benefits of eating banana flowers

Banana is a delicious fruit that can be eaten any time of the day and it has numerous health benefits. But few people know you can also eat the banana flower. Next time you think of throwing away those flowers, pause for a moment and think about these great benefits of banana flower. Banana flowers are rich in dietary fiber, just…

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