Monday, October 19, 2020

Feedback from the produce industry

How did participants experience PMA’s virtual Fresh Summit?

Last week, PMA organized a virtual Fresh Summit for the first time in seven decades. The event drew more than 360 exhibitors and attendees from 64 countries. The highest representation came from the U.S, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, Peru and Colombia. The event featured 31…

Patrice Sellès, CEO of Biotalys:

“We need to focus on a sustainable crop protection solution for everyone”

The demand for organic produce has continued to grow and expand in the last decade, driven by consumer demand for sustainable and clean products. Conventional and organic produce are often seen as opposites by the consumers: conventional produce as using potentially harmful pesticides, fungicides, and…

Fresh Summit educational session

Around the World in Fresh Produce: international challenges and opportunities

2020 has proved to be a year like no other and via the PMA’s Fresh Summit session, Around the World in Fresh Produce: An Update on International Challenges and Opportunities, here are some of the developments being seen around the world, discussed by Fernando P. Gómez Molina with Proexport, Nicolás…

Superior Fresh announces new salad variety: Citrus Splash

Superior Fresh is proud to unveil its newest salad blend: Citrus Splash. Filled with bright sunny citrus notes, this blend offers consumers a unique opportunity to expand their culinary experience. Citrus Splash brings more than exceptional flavor to the salad bowl. Paired with our non-GMO, organically…

Nick Bakelaar, Spot:

"North American sweet potato season starts with strikingly strong local market"

The new American sweet potato season has started. “Everyone in the United States is busy harvesting. The harvest is going a bit slower than planned because we have had a lot of rainfall in the United States, which has slowed everything down somewhat. However, we do not see a big difference compared to…

Peru's agro-exports to US on the rise despite pandemic

Although COVID affected consumption and trade around the world, Peruvian agro-exports to the US have increased by 4.7% between January and August to US$1.274 billion.…

October 20, 21, and 22 via Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect

The biggest congress on European organic production will be held online next week

The third edition of the BIOFRUIT CONGRESS, the most important forum for the analysis and debate on Europe's organic fruit and vegetable production, will be held online. The…

National Retail Report - Fruits and Vegetables AMS

Autumn abundance in US stores this week

Autumn abundance was reflected in US stores this week as seasonal items became even more prominent. Cranberries, persimmons, and pomegranates adorned the fruit aisles, while cooking greens, Brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes freshened up the vegetable sections. Total ad numbers this week were 322,232,…

"Excessive rainfall reduces Chinese ginger production by 20%, but organic production increased by 30%"

The new harvest season of Chinese ginger has already begun. The new harvest is expected to enter the Chinese market in the middle of November, after the ginger has spent 40 days in storage. The overall production volume declined last year, while the outbreak of Covid-19 stimulated market demand for…

Crop and Export Report 2020, Week 42

Chilean northern zone continues to provide bulk of blueberries

The season continues to progress gradually, although with better temperatures registered in the harvest areas last week, which allowed a better dynamism of the harvest. The northern zone continues to provide the bulk of volumes and is focused on early varieties, reporting very good quality. From the…

Vegetables more »

Packed-unwashed baby leaves appreciated for their longer shelf-life

"We are optimistic as regards the new winter campaign, as scheduling proceeded without particular changes. Consumption is lively. There is more uncertainty for H&R segment because of the closures in the various European countries due to Covid-19. We will have to wait and see how the various lockdowns…

Tropical fruit more »

Chile has already exported 148 tons of Hass avocado to Australia

On August 4, Chile became the second country to be authorized to export fresh Hass avocados to the Australian market, after New Zealand. According to data provided by the…

Taiwan urged to allow entry of coconuts & mangoes from Philippines

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) has urged Taiwan to reconsider and allow the entry of Philippine fresh fruits, initially young coconuts and mangoes.…

Company news more »

Cultivar reinforces its commitment to Spanish avocados and mangoes with Tropicsur

Spain's avocado campaign has already started with the harvest of the earliest green-skinned varieties, which will be followed by the Hass avocado until May. Meanwhile, the Spanish mango season is in its final stages. The Spanish company Cultivar began to get ready in early June for the national mango campaign…

HelloFresh SE expects revenue for Q3 significantly above market expectations

HelloFresh SE has experienced a more favorable than expected summer seasonality and continued strong customer growth during the third quarter of 2020.  Based on preliminary indications,…

Logistics more »

Andre Simha - MSC - Cool Logistics Conference 2020

"Each of us can do it on our own, or do it together"

One of the world's leading container shipping companies is encouraging customers who rely on logistics to transport food to become more collaborative in developing a more digitally advanced industry to cope with future demand. MSC is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and its Global Chief Digital and…

General fresh produce more »

Fresh Summit educational session

Around the World in Fresh Produce: international challenges and opportunities

2020 has proved to be a year like no other and via the PMA’s Fresh Summit session, Around the World in Fresh Produce: An Update on International Challenges and Opportunities, here are some of the developments being seen around the world, discussed by Fernando P. Gómez Molina with Proexport, Nicolás…

Patrice Sellès, CEO of Biotalys:

“We need to focus on a sustainable crop protection solution for everyone”

The demand for organic produce has continued to grow and expand in the last decade, driven by consumer demand for sustainable and clean products. Conventional and organic produce are often seen as opposites by the consumers: conventional produce as using potentially harmful pesticides, fungicides, and…

Feedback from the produce industry

How did participants experience PMA’s virtual Fresh Summit?

Last week, PMA organized a virtual Fresh Summit for the first time in seven decades. The event drew more than 360 exhibitors and attendees from 64 countries. The highest representation came from the U.S, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, Peru and Colombia. The event featured 31…

Peru's agro-exports to US on the rise despite pandemic

Although COVID affected consumption and trade around the world, Peruvian agro-exports to the US have increased by 4.7% between January and August to US$1.274 billion.…

National Retail Report - Fruits and Vegetables AMS

Autumn abundance in US stores this week

Autumn abundance was reflected in US stores this week as seasonal items became even more prominent. Cranberries, persimmons, and pomegranates adorned the fruit aisles, while cooking greens, Brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes freshened up the vegetable sections. Total ad numbers this week were 322,232,…

Herbs more »

Renée Peeters, Vitacress Real:

"Vitalicious is our out-of-home market brand"

Vitacress Real recently introduced a new herb brand for certain European food professionals - Vitalicious. In this interview, brand manager, Renée Peeters, tells us more. More about the new label's positioningn and about how the coronavirus is affecting herb sales. "With Vitalicious, we aim to get more…

Agenda more »

October 20, 21, and 22 via Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect

The biggest congress on European organic production will be held online next week

The third edition of the BIOFRUIT CONGRESS, the most important forum for the analysis and debate on Europe's organic fruit and vegetable production, will be held online. The…

Citrus more »

High demand for grapefruit and quiet lemon market due to lack of good sizes

The Spanish lemon campaign started more than two weeks early this year, as did the grapefruit one. For the time being, the lemon market is quiet, while grapefruit sales are livelier, given the still scarce supply. "We have been marketing Primofiori lemons for 3 weeks," says María Dolores Pelegrín, from…

New pectin form

The value of citrus fruit grows thanks to its health benefits

Citrus fruits have significant beneficial effects for human health, also deriving from the extraction of properly-processed pectin. But how is it processed? Professor Mario Pagliaro from Cnr answered this and other questions. "Except for a minor quantity obtained from the residue of apple pressing, the…

Luis Montañés, director comercial del área de Cítricos en Benihort:

"Between November and December there will be a 30% increase in the volume of oranges and clementines"

"Last week, we started the harvest of the first Marisol clementines and on Thursday, October 15, we kicked off with the handling in the warehouse to be able to carry out the first shipments," says Luis Montañés, commercial director of the Citrus department at the Benihort cooperative from Benicarló, in…

Innovations more »

Is this the drive-through supermarket of the future?

What will the supermarket of the future look like? That's something many people are considering. But, there's not yet any single answer. This animation shows a creative store concept. Who knows? In a few years, you might be visiting a drive-through store like this. 

Cooling more »

Canada invests in cold storage and packing facilities

'Vegetable cold storage facilities will grow food self-sufficiency'

The Honourable Elvis Loveless, Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture, announced a $1.25-million investment to help establish vegetable cold storage and packing…

Food safety more »

Pat Compres, Co-owner of Advance Customs Brokers

“Knowing our customers makes the probability of problems much lower”

Fresh produce travels the globe, and many items are imported into the US from numerous sourcing countries. Being aware of the rules and regulations from both importers and exporters perspective can be quite challenging. “With over 30 years of experience in helping clear fresh produce, we’ve been able to…

Packaging and Labelling more »

Jean-Jacques Cadiou, Sarl Daniel Cadiou

France: A 100 % plastic-free packaging for Traditional shallots

The French company, SARL Daniel Cadiou, is specialized in the traditional shallot trade. Concerned about reducing the ecological impact of its business, Daniel Cadiou has been thinking about its packaging for several months now. Jean-Jacques Cadiou explains : “The first step has been to develop packaging…

The new route traced by Fabbri Group awarded “Best Packaging 2020” for “Technological Innovation”

Fabbri Group’s strategy, based on offering complete and effective packaging systems thanks to the most complete synergy of machines and films specific for different applications, is once again a winner. Today it is the “Nature Fresh” project that stands out, receiving the historic Italian Award…

Retail more »

Canadians regard Walmart as the country’s biggest champion of diversity and inclusion

Farmstead coming to the East Coast

US: J.C. Penney sale talks stall - Bloomberg NewsTalks between J.C. Penney Co's lenders and the would-be buyers, Simon Property Group Inc and Brookfield Property Partners LP, broke down in recent days, Bloomberg News reported, citing people with knowledge of the negotiations. Simon Property and…

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