Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Limes out of Veracruz, Mexico

High prices for number one quality limes in US market

Lime growers in Mexico are preparing their fields for the coming planting, and this has brought high volumes of number two quality limes onto the US market. Mario Cisneros of Santis Produce explains: “The growers are cutting down the limes that are currently on the plants to prepare, and this has brought…

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California grape growers continue to expand available varieties

Supplies of grapes out of Southern California are steady and strong. “We’re getting into the meat of our season here with good volume,” says Jim Beagle of Grapery based in Shafter, CA. “The weather has made for a very good growing season and by and large, the quality is very nice out of California this…

ScoringAg

"You have to sanitize everything"

Maintaining the integrity of the sanitation

“You have to sanitize everything,” says William Kanitz with ScoringAg. “If you don’t protect your product, the consumer gets sick.” The company sells and produces sanitizing equipment for fresh produce and its packaging. Due to the Coronavirus, things have changed. It’s increasingly important to reduce…

Strategic partnerships add 4 million boxes of fruit to CMI’s manifest

Furthering its commitment to being a one-stop-shop for retailers looking for premium apples, pears and cherries grown in Washington State, CMI Orchards LLC reports continued expansion for the company. Strategic partnerships with Yakima Fruit, as well as with Pine Canyon Growers, in addition to…

Potatoes packed in 100% compostable paper bags

EarthFresh announced their new complete product line of organic and conventional potatoes packed in 100% compostable paper bags. Available in all pack sizes, including baby potatoes in 1 lb and 1.5 lb bags and A and B size potatoes in 3 lb, 5 lb and 10 lb compostable paper bags. EarthFresh’s compostable…

US retail sales report

Produce demand softens a bit as economic pressure mounts

Consumer concern over COVID-19 remains high but stable, with 57% being extremely concerned, according to wave 16 of the IRI shopper sentiment survey series. Economic pressure, however, is mounting. Thirty percent of shoppers say they are financially worse off than they were last year and 25% indicated…

Hurricane Hanna causes huge losses for Texas citrus

Citrus growers in south Texas are faced with with huge losses in the aftermath of Hurricane Hanna.  Orchards in Edinburg are largely dried out now after flooding as a result of Hanna. They appear to be normal, but upon a closer look, much of the citrus is laying on the ground. According to Dale Murden, the…

According to study

Blueberry growers infuse billions of dollars into US economy, generating thousands of jobs

Growers of U.S. highbush blueberries generate more than $4.7 billion in annual economic impact, translating to more than $12.7 million flowing into the U.S. economy every day of the year. “The U.S. highbush blueberry industry – including 12,739 blueberry farms – is a powerful financial force,” said Kasey…

Strong demand for California avocados throughout spring and into summer

Much of the California avocado season falls in the period of summer holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day, making locally/domestically grown California avocados a great fit for summer promotions. California Avocado Commission customized programs are underway with retailers and foodservice…

Start of negotiations for the export of Spanish peppers from all regions to the US

As announced at the latest meeting of the Fruit and Vegetable Working Group, made up of heads of the administrations involved in the opening of new markets (Ministry of…

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Broadening position as Brussels sprouts supplier

Hitchcock Farms acquires Pfyffer Associates

Salinas, CA, grower/shipper Hitchcock Farms has acquired Pfyffer Associates, a grower, packer and shipper of premium Brussels sprouts in Santa Cruz, CA. Pfyffer has been a leading supplier of Brussels sprouts for over 45 years with their well-known Ernie’s Pride and Pfyffer labels. Steve Bontadelli and…

Colombian researchers develop cherry tomatoes that have greater anti-cancer properties

Researchers from Colombia's National University's Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, led by Professor Mario Augusto Garcia, have managed to develop a selection of cherry tomato…

Start of negotiations for the export of Spanish peppers from all regions to the US

As announced at the latest meeting of the Fruit and Vegetable Working Group, made up of heads of the administrations involved in the opening of new markets (Ministry of…

CA: Farm Boy to start selling Cornwall greens

Cornwall company Fieldless Farms will soon have their products on Farm Boy shelves. Farm Boy itself - founded in the City of Cornwall, Ontario - has made a deal with the agricultural start-up, intent on putting fresh produce on their shelves year-round with less dependence on foreign imports. Fieldless…

Andrei Kuzmik

California mushroom farms troubled by unpredictable markets

In the last few years, high demand for mushrooms placed this crop in the company of other top-performing staples such as tomatoes, carrots and onions. However, COVID-19…

In areas like vegetables, flowers and citrus fruit Svershinsky

Israel plans to expand agricultural cooperation with India

In a recent interview, Deputy Chief of Israeli Mission to India, Rony Yedidia-Clein, stated: “Israel is planning to boost agricultural cooperation with India by establishing…

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Avocados From Mexico included in Best Workplaces for Innovators list

Avocados From Mexico has been named to Fast Company's second annual Best Workplaces for Innovators list, which honors businesses and organizations worldwide that demonstrate a…

United Fresh to host retail-foodservice partner X-Change on United Fresh LIVE! 365

United Fresh is bringing back its retail-foodservice speed dating sessions as part of the offerings of United Fresh LIVE! 365, and timed with the 2020 Washington Conference, September 21-23. Vendors who participate will be guaranteed ten, 15-minute meetings with retail and foodservice companies looking…

Good Foods named Food Processing's 2020 "R&D Team of the Year"

Good Foods has been named Food Processing’s 2020 “R&D Team of the Year” in the medium-size category.  Katie Schmits, director of innovation for R&D at Good Foods, and her team of six have various backgrounds that range from culinary expertise to biology and food science. In the past few years, the team has…

Industry veterans reimagine the procurement experience

Fresh produce industry veterans Doug Fisher and Joe Cimino — each with over 30 years of growing, buying and distribution experience — have teamed up to form Re Fresh, a new produce procurement company. Re Fresh combines break-through predictive analytics with the more personal old-school way of doing…

Strategic partnerships add 4 million boxes of fruit to CMI’s manifest

Furthering its commitment to being a one-stop-shop for retailers looking for premium apples, pears and cherries grown in Washington State, CMI Orchards LLC reports continued expansion for the company. Strategic partnerships with Yakima Fruit, as well as with Pine Canyon Growers, in addition to…

Cost optimization initiatives helped with reducing effects of pandemic

AgroFresh Solutions reports results for second Quarter and First Half of 2020

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020.  "I’m pleased with our team’s resolve during the first half of 2020. We provided…

McCain Foods completed construction of $37 million plant upgrade

Completing construction and commissioning a $37 million plant upgrade, managing staff to continue operations in the middle of Tasmania’s COVID-19 hotspot, and navigating ever-changing shift profiles - it’s been a challenging six months for McCain Foods’Smithton plant. As one of the region’s largest…

HHLA significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic

The dramatic global decline in the level of economic activity and the resulting economic downturn in the first half of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic have had a…

Crystal Chavez of Gold Coast Packing:

“We will need to be creative with drawing people to our booth”

This is the first year that Gold Coast Packing will exhibit at the United Fresh show. While the format of the show has been changed, the company continues to look forward to their participation. Crystal Chavez, the company’s marketing coordinator, says: “We were disappointed when the show was moved to a…

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Mario Ebel (formerly Hylea Foods) founds Deutsche Food Up

"Our guiding principle is to support start-ups, active in the field of vegan nutrition"

Now that there is so much attention for healthy, vegan nutrition, many start-ups and young entrepreneurs are trying to enter this field. Often, these initiatives will fail due…

Belgian market report

Still little movement in tomatoes, price situation for other fruits & vegetables predominantly more positive

It is the middle of summer, so it is very hot in the greenhouse. But does all the hard labour yield something for the grower? In most cases it does with the (slightly) rising prices since the beginning of August, with the exception of tomatoes and courgettes. It remains difficult there, notes Benny…

US retail sales report

Produce demand softens a bit as economic pressure mounts

Consumer concern over COVID-19 remains high but stable, with 57% being extremely concerned, according to wave 16 of the IRI shopper sentiment survey series. Economic pressure, however, is mounting. Thirty percent of shoppers say they are financially worse off than they were last year and 25% indicated…

Hromovamarina

Fruit and vegetables exports from Pakistan up despite COVID-19

In a press release issued on Tuesday, All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters Association's Mian Waheed Ahmed stated that the export volume saw a 12+ percent increase. He…

Belarus' agricultural exports to Uzbekistan up in first half of 2020

According to Belarusian diplomat Leonid Marinich, the export of Belarus-made agricultural products and foodstuffs to Uzbekistan in H1 2020 amounted to $32.3 million, up 3.3…

Washington State University research

US food security in peril due to decline in plant breeding programs

A team of scientists led by Washington State University horticulture professor Kate Evans -who leads WSU's pome fruit breeding program- has found that public plant breeding…

South Africa: Crookes Brothers’ deciduous division reports operating loss

Crookes Brothers is a southern African company with agricultural operations in South Africa, as well as in Eswatini (Swaziland), Zambia and Mozambique. The company, which has…

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Drugs among pineapples destined for Holland snapped up in Costa Rica

Colombia: Cocaine seized in banana shipment bound for Antwerp

Anti-drug officials in Santa Maria, Colombia, have seized 1,100 kilograms of cocaine bound for Antwerp on Sunday. According to UN Container Control Program coordinator Bob Van den Berghe, the drugs were packed in cases of bananas. In 2020, port control units with the support of the UN program have…

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Stephen McCormack - McCormack Farms

McCormack has first commercial crop of Irish basil

Consumers look more and more for locally produced produce and retailers are keen to promote it on the shelves. Irish baby leaf and herb grower McCormack changed from growing vegetables to growing produce which would normally have been imported back in 2000, buoyed by the fact that Ireland was going…

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Uruguay's Citricola Salteña registered a strong increase in income in the first half of the harvest

The harvest carried out by Citricola Salteña has shown very positive numbers so far, as there have been significant increases in exports and improvements in prices and volume placement in markets such as the United States, Europe, and Brazil. In the quarter of April-June of this year, for example,…

Limes out of Veracruz, Mexico

High prices for number one quality limes in US market

Lime growers in Mexico are preparing their fields for the coming planting, and this has brought high volumes of number two quality limes onto the US market. Mario Cisneros of Santis Produce explains: “The growers are cutting down the limes that are currently on the plants to prepare, and this has brought…

Hurricane Hanna causes huge losses for Texas citrus

Citrus growers in south Texas are faced with with huge losses in the aftermath of Hurricane Hanna.  Orchards in Edinburg are largely dried out now after flooding as a result of Hanna. They appear to be normal, but upon a closer look, much of the citrus is laying on the ground. According to Dale Murden, the…

Eric Conta – DKI Fruit

South African easy peelers in short supply for recovering African trade

Easy peelers like Tangos and Nadorcotts are sought after in West Africa, but it’s been difficult to get hold of the sizes – 1X to 3X – in the 10kg carton preferred by their clients, as it’s the same size required for UK bagging programmes. “You can feel there’s a shortage in soft citrus and we’re…

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Wednesday, August 19

Virtual event with Costco’s Frank Padilla and Category Partners' Steve Lutz

The Organic Produce Network has announced a virtual online event featuring Frank Padilla, Costco’s vice president & gmm, produce and meat, and Steve Lutz, Category Partners’ senior vice president of insights & innovation, discussing sales and consumer purchasing behavior of organic fresh produce through…

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Mykhailo Polenok

UK: COVID-19 outbreak on Herefordshire farm 'successfully contained'

According to UK health officials, a COVID-19 outbreak among farm workers in Herefordshire has been successfully contained with no more cases, or spread to the wider community.…

Innovations more »

New technology to increase production and profit for table grape industry and beyond

California startup Vinergy, Inc. is powering change in industry, beginning with new technology applications that could improve the profitability of table grape farms nearly 40 percent. The Vinergy Cart and Vinergy Wheelbarrow from Bakersfield, California startup Vinergy, Inc. are rechargeable electric…

Cooling more »

4G-Cat1 Internet of Things (IoT) technology plays a crucial role

Fresh-key shows the way for innovation in the cold supply chain industry

The "10th Global Cold Supply Chain Summit" took place in Shanghai on the 6th of August, 2020. The summit was attended by JD Distribution, Carrier, Haier, and Thermo King, as…

Food safety more »

Progressive Produce voluntarily recalls red and yellow onions because of possible health risk

Progressive Produce LLC is voluntarily recalling a very limited quantity of red and yellow onions as a result of a recall initiated by Thomson International, Inc., which…

Packaging and Labelling more »

Potatoes packed in 100% compostable paper bags

EarthFresh announced their new complete product line of organic and conventional potatoes packed in 100% compostable paper bags. Available in all pack sizes, including baby potatoes in 1 lb and 1.5 lb bags and A and B size potatoes in 3 lb, 5 lb and 10 lb compostable paper bags. EarthFresh’s compostable…

China authorizes new Chilean packing facilities for citrus exports

The Chinese health authorities have authorized the packers of the provinces of Elqui and Limari, in the Coquimbo region, to export citrus to China. "We have been working for…

cartoPaper paper packaging developed further

"100% recyclability contributes to strong sales promotion"

The environmentally friendly and plastic-reducing packaging concept cartoPaper® of flexographic printing company cartomat has been optimized once again. At this point in time, the particularly stable, breathable paper is available in different grammages, says the management of German developer cartomat LLC,…

New fibre punnets to help address sustainable packaging issues in Australia

Consumer demand for sustainable fresh produce packaging and healthy eating choices were the driving forces behind Visy's new fibre punnets. National Account Manager, Jamie O'Dell says the Enviropunnet™ is a sustainable, recyclable and market appealing option for packing fresh produce, and offers a…

From Adelaide manufacturer BioBag World Australia Irina Kryvasheina

Bio-wrap: suitable for everything from cucumbers to magazines

A compostable shrink-wrap developed in South Australia for cucumbers has been adapted to magazine film. Its Adelaide manufacturer, BioBag World Australia, created the film…

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Coles is launching coles&co

Carrefour has invested to deliver fresh produce to its shopping app

Jerónimo Martins will “challenge in court” a fine of 26mln euros in PolandJerónimo Martins, owner of Pingo Doce, will “judicially challenge” the fine of 26mln euros, which was applied to the supermarket chain it owns in Poland, Biedronka, the group's official source told Lusa. "Jerónimo Martins Polska…

DoorDash has launched virtual convenience stores

Walmart is partnering with Instacart

US: Whole Foods launches free virtual home economics classesAs part of its new brand design rollout for its 365 by Whole Foods Market private label, Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods is launching Home Ec 365, a digital curriculum that updates the fundamentals of home economics while putting a modern twist…

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