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Limoneira focuses on educational program

California lemon season going well

The California lemon season is well underway. The district 3 harvest has finished and currently the pickings are taking place in districts 1 and 2. John Chamberlain of Limoneira says: “As we move through the next couple of months, the picks will be lower in district 1 and become heavier in district 2.…

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Volume improving on greenhouse grown tomatoes

Supplies of greenhouse tomatoes continue to build which will likely bring down high tomato prices. “Supplies are slowly improving. Tomato supplies are very scarce before and after the holidays and now we’re starting to see more availability,” says David Pereira with Mor Gro Sales Inc. in Kingsville, Ont.…

Naturipe Farms

“This will be our biggest blueberry year ever”

Naturipe Farms confidently predicts 2020 as the company’s largest blueberry production year ever. “We are seeing an increase in production that we’ve been planning in response to growing consumer demand,” says CarrieAnn Arias with Naturipe Farms. Although both conventional and organic production show an…

New blackberry variety to debut this year

A new year begins with a new variety for berry growers at Alpine Fresh, Inc. and Berry Fresh, LLC.  Their Sweet Karoline™ blackberries are making their market debut after seven…

Apeel and Edeka launch new citrus category in Germany

Apeel produce has an edible plant-derived peel that slows down spoilage — reducing food waste and providing greater freshness.  The Edeka Group is now further extending its commitment…

Abby Prior and Matt DiNitto join BrightFarms sales team

BrightFarms has expanded its customer team to support retailer partners. Abby Prior will lead BrightFarms’ Customer Growth Team as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, overseeing brand and category growth at partner retailers. Since joining BrightFarms in 2015, Prior has been integral to the…

Ana Luisa “Lulu” Rivera Collazo joins the team

Equitable Food Initiative fills workforce development specialist position

Equitable Food Initiative is proud to welcome Ana Luisa “Lulu” Rivera Collazo in the newly created position of workforce development specialist. Rivera Collazo will be…

Driscoll's owns stealth stake in joint venture partner Costa

A stealth shareholder in embattled fruit and vegetable grower Costa Group is none other than its very own joint venture partner and California-headquartered berry growing…

China's coronavirus impact on Australia's fruit exports

The coronavirus is spreading quickly in China and is now also reaching other countries. In China, the wholesale markets for fruit and vegetables are still open following the Chinese New Year Day, but they are much quieter than expected. “Generally during the Chinese New Year, most people are on holidays…

Additional AG Customs specialists wanted at American ports

A group of more than 80 trade associations -representing the agricultural products industry- wants the US House of Representatives to pass legislation that would fill the current shortfall of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists at the nation’s ports of entry. The 2019 Protecting…

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Apeel and Edeka launch new citrus category in Germany

Apeel produce has an edible plant-derived peel that slows down spoilage — reducing food waste and providing greater freshness.  The Edeka Group is now further extending its commitment…

SoFruPak chooses NatureFlex for it's compostable and biodegradable soft fruit carton-based packs

Polish soft fruit packaging producer, SoFruPak, has chosen Futamura’s renewable and compostable NatureFlex™ films for the windows in its soft fruit tray lids. NatureFlex™ is…

"We make sure Kanzi® is readily available in retail all year round"

Dietmar Bahler is happy to welcome all visitors to the Kanzi® stand during Fruit Logistica. Bahler: “Together with our partners, we are having more and more consumers choose Kanzi® apples. Its beautiful red blush, characteristic crispy fresh sweet taste and ‘local for local’ starting point perfectly fit…

Storage management system organises warehouse processes

B2A is taking the opportunity to presents its storage management system BinOculus for the first time at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020. The completely 3D system uses animations to simulate the goods' entire journey, both inside and outside of the production and storage facility, in order to control the complex…

Scissor lifts make harvest of tall fruit and vegetable cultures easier

In response to the latest safety guidelines in agriculture, Dutch company Berg Hortimotive has completely revised its range of mobile scissor lifts. The result is the Benomic…

Dr Dorota Jarret - James Hutton Limited

"We need varieties that are productive, have low picking and management costs"

Soft fruit breeding has been a staple output of the science at the James Hutton Institute and its legacy organisations since the 1930s. Today, raspberry, blackberry, blackcurrant and blueberry all have their own industry funded breeding programmes in place, managed by the Institute’s commercial arm,…

The top 10 grape producing countries

According to the United Nation's Food and Agricultural Organization, 75,866 km2 of the world is earmarked for grapes. That is almost the size of the Czech Republic. About 71% of the grapes grown worldwide are used to produce wine. Twenty-seven percent are eaten fresh, and two percent are dried. Some…

Lidl Denmark sells leftover fruit and vegetables with the help of food waste app

Lidl started in the spring of 2019 with a test of the food waste app, 'Too Good To Go' in 21 branches. The rest of the 124 Lidl branches in Denmark followed in November. The result: 50,000 sales of the so-called Magic Boxes with leftover fruit and vegetables that customers can pick up in the store at the…

Lieven Vanysacker, Pleurico

"Oyster mushrooms can benefit from the meat substitution trend"

For the last 30 years, Lieven Vanysacker of the Belgian company, Pleurico, has been working on a system. This system mimics the natural growth of oyster mushrooms and shiitakes as closely as possible. "We have been in full production for about eight years now. We supply organic oyster mushrooms,…

The Spanish agricultural sector continues protesting

Trucks called to gather in protest at Port of Almeria this Wednesday

The Agricultural Organizations ASAJA, COAG and UPA and the marketing ones COEXPHAL and ECOHAL are organizing a protest of trucks and agricultural vehicles on Wednesday, January 29, at the Port of Almeria. It is happening in the framework of the agricultural demonstrations being held throughout this week…

Biological beetle control with entomopathogenic nematodes

New nematode product against larvae of weevils and leaf horn beetles

The new nematode product nemamax® will be available from March 2020. It contains the useful nematode Heterorhabditis downesi. This nematode is characterised by its very good effect…

Fräulein®: Official presentation at the Fruit Logistica

New apple brand is cooperation between six German producer cooperatives

Fräulein® is a new apple generation, coming to the German market. Christened in the fall of 2019, it will be available in food retailers and at the weekly market from October 2020. The brand-new apple brand will be officially presented again at the Fruit Logistica in Berlin. At Fruit Logistica, the…

Partners focus on reducing transport-related CO₂ emissions

Swiss Logistics Award for Krumme Kerzers and Lidl

Krummen Kerzers AG received the Swiss Logistics Award for its pilot project "Goodbye Diesel - Hello LNG" together with Lidl Switzerland. The aim is to reduce transport-related CO₂ emissions. The renowned Swiss Logistics Award honours new and particularly future-oriented logistics solutions. "We are very…

Nordgemüse Krogmann GmbH & Co KG focuses on new packaging concepts for soft fruit

"Our latest concept is the berry mix with physalis"

In autumn 2018, Nordgemüse Krogmann GmbH & Co KG moved into a brand new service centre in Buchholz for the preparation, sorting and packaging of all types of soft fruit. On 1 January this year, the headquarters were also moved from Hamburg to Buchholz: Now the trading and service company is in the process…

Data-driven disruption and sustainability take centre stage at Start-up Day

Like produce itself, data with the potential to make fresh produce supply chains more manageable, predictable and sustainable must be cultivated and harvested before the…

Tenderstem Royale® shortlisted at Fruit Logistica Innovation Awards 2020

Fresh produce brand Tenderstem Royale® is celebrating being shortlisted for this year’s Fruit Logistica Innovation Award, making the shortlist of the ten best innovations in the fresh produce category in the past twelve months. The awards, which will take place this February in Berlin, celebrate…

Henk van Berkel, Freight Line Europe

“We have established a stable base to France in recent months"

Nowadays, Freight Line Europe is a well-known name among French distribution centers and vendors at various wholesale markets. An increasing number of this temperature-controlled transportation specialist company's trucks drive to different drop-off points throughout France. They depart from Westland, in…

Without plastic and with solar energy:

"Green asparagus from Granada already being shipped to Singapore"

To Berlin without plastic and with solar energyLast October, at Fruit Attraction, Los Gallombares already presented some new packaging formats made of 100% recycled and biodegradable paper. “We are abandoning plastic. Moreover, we have a personalized service that allows us to offer any customer a…

Demand increasingly focused on niche baby leaves

"2019 has been more than positive - demand has increased for all the main varieties. In addition, our packaging is increasingly eco-friendly and we are working on new projects that also go in this direction," reports Fabio Altamura, president of OP Altamura in Pontecagnano Faiano (SA). "In 2019, for example,…

Takii Europe launches Phytorich

Future consumers will attach far more importance to health and well-being food products over the coming years. In anticipation of this latest food trend, Takii is to launch its Phytorich concept, a…

Oceania

Driscoll's owns stealth stake in joint venture partner Costa

A stealth shareholder in embattled fruit and vegetable grower Costa Group is none other than its very own joint venture partner and California-headquartered berry growing…

Costa releases new snacking tomato campaign

With snacking tomatoes being an important growth segment within the Tomato category, Costa has launched its new creative campaign for Perino Naturally Sweeter Snacking…

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