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Friday, June 24, 2022

GLOBAL OVERVIEW BLUEBERRIES

Blueberry production and consumption continues to rise globally, despite the adverse weather in some countries, and the increased costs of production being experienced across the world. China remains the world’s largest producer of blueberries, having overtaken North America in 2019. A shortage of labour has been an issue in…

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A company built from family

It was nearly 16 years ago when the Divine Flavor company formed and the first shipments of produce were sent to supermarkets. The year was 2006 when CEO of Grupo Alta, Alan Aguirre, and Carlos Bon, then-sales manager, joined forces with Pedro Batiz to create a brand that would eventually go on to be known as a grower/shipper…

Driscoll's agrees to terms for acquisition of Berry Gardens

Driscoll's has formally agreed to the terms to buy Berry Gardens Limited, the sales, packaging, and distribution arm of Berry Gardens Growers Limited.  Driscoll's, the global market leader of fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, and Berry Gardens Growers Limited (BGG), the UK's largest…

Richard Salazar, Acorbanec:

"Demand that government open roads, if they do not it is likely that 40% of Ecuador's bananas will not be exported”

The ongoing, two week long, mass protest action in the leading banana exporting country, Ecuador, is placing over 40% of the remaining export volume at major risk for the already strained industry. "The first week of losses already amount to over $20 million dollars, with this week’s losses not even…

Stronger supplies of California organic basil in 2022

Supplies of organic basil are greater this year. Jacobs Farm del Cabo has been steadily building a stronger basil supply each year, and this year will have more available than last year.  At Jacobs Farm del Cabo, basil is grown in Watsonville, California, year-round. “Our basil supply is plentiful and local…

COVID, lockdowns and the impacts in China today

While the world began reopening in early 2022, one country still maintains many pandemic policies and travel restrictions. Vanguard connected with the head of its Shanghai office, Timothy Li, to chat about China’s COVID lockdowns and how these are impacting the produce industry in Asia. Q: We are over…

First shipment of robotic utility carts for the table grape industry

Precision Graphics, Inc. of Snow Hill made their first shipment of Automated Robotic Utility Carts for the Table Grape Industry in California on June 20, 2022.  The Robotic Carts are programmed to follow the Grape Picker through the vineyard and when the grape bin is full it takes the grapes to the processing…

Continued decrease in ocean freight spot rates is positive measure to curb inflation

With demand cooling from both the consumer and retailer segments, ocean freight spot rates between China and North America are seeing new lows. “Ocean freight spot rates continue to drop fast. The SHIFEX index shows China to the U.S. West Coast has gone below $7,000 per FEU while China to the U.S. East…

Good progress towards year-round supply of avocados

Camposol’s avocado season is in full swing. Following the expansion of its avocado production in Colombia as a complement to the operations in Peru, the company is now…

Oppy welcomes back category director of greenhouse

With more than 22 years of experience in the industry, Kevin Batt returns to Oppy as its category director of the greenhouse after over a decade. From 2002 to 2010, Batt helped shape Oppy’s greenhouse program from ground zero. Now, nearly 12 years later, he is back in the driver’s seat after honing his…

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Continued decrease in ocean freight spot rates is positive measure to curb inflation

With demand cooling from both the consumer and retailer segments, ocean freight spot rates between China and North America are seeing new lows. “Ocean freight spot rates continue to drop fast. The SHIFEX index shows China to the U.S. West Coast has gone below $7,000 per FEU while China to the U.S. East…

COVID, lockdowns and the impacts in China today

While the world began reopening in early 2022, one country still maintains many pandemic policies and travel restrictions. Vanguard connected with the head of its Shanghai office, Timothy Li, to chat about China’s COVID lockdowns and how these are impacting the produce industry in Asia. Q: We are over…

Thomas McDade - Tracknact

“As well as real-time temperature monitoring, we can also access historical shipment data for our clients"

Data analytics are becoming a must when shipping produce, it is essential for exporters to be able to track their containers and monitor handling conditions through the supply chain. Tracknact has been offering an analytics platform to companies for two years, the data is taken from on-board trackers and…

Samskip and Ocean Infinity secure over US$15 million funding for SeaShuttle project

Multimodal transport and logistics group Samskip and marine robotics specialist Ocean Infinity have secured €15 million (US$15.8 million) in funding from Norwegian state enterprise ENOVA for their project to build two hydrogen-powered, remotely controlled and autonomous-ready container ships for delivery…

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Import and export of fresh apples in May 2022

In May 2022, China exported 43,400 tons of fresh apples with an export value of US$59 million and an average unit price of US$1357.7/ton. Year-on-year (May 2021): The export…

The arrival of American cherries increases, and the price is high due to the decrease in production

In the past few days, a small number of American cherries have arrived at the Jiaxing Fruit Market, mainly through the wholesale market and into the retail channel. As early…

A company built from family

It was nearly 16 years ago when the Divine Flavor company formed and the first shipments of produce were sent to supermarkets. The year was 2006 when CEO of Grupo Alta, Alan Aguirre, and Carlos Bon, then-sales manager, joined forces with Pedro Batiz to create a brand that would eventually go on to be known as a grower/shipper…

Organic coating enhances ability of cherries to counter fruit flies

Western cherry fruit flies are a big problem for fruit growers. One remedy against their effect may be a slippery organic coating that prevents the female western cherry fruit…

DG agri dashboard - Apples

Ongoing 2021/22 apple crop for EU27 estimated at 11,777 tons

The ongoing 2021/22 crop for EU27 has been estimated at 11,777 tons [Jan ‘22 update]; this is 6,7% higher than the preceding 5 year average and 11 % above the 'small' crop of the past marketing year (data from WAPA for 20 MSs, from Eurostat for the remaining 7 MSs). After two years of below average crop volumes and…

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