Monday, April 22, 2019

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Growing demand for Kaya Paya papaya from Guatemala

Supplies of papaya out of Guatemala continue to steadily arrive in North America. “Kaya Paya Papaya, WYCO’s label, is a year-round product for us and there’s definitely an increase in volume coming in,” says Mirna Skinner of WYCO Produce Inc. in Tampa, Fl. “I think consumers are honing in on this fruit.…

Slim volume on imported Persian limes

Supplies of Persian limes are looking tight. “The market was being pushed up at the beginning of the year and now there’s very, very low supply,” says Rodolfo Uresti at Jade Produce in McAllen, Tex. “I’ve never seen it when it goes up in January/February/March, comes back down at the end of March…

Lower volumes expected as Vidalia onion season kicks off

Vidalia onion producers are busy packing right now on the first day of the state-mandated Vidalia onion season. Estimates predict that volume will be down this year, which for the most part has been attributed to reduced acreage. Growers say another factor was rain during the planting season which…

California potato season to see fewer reds

The start of the California potato season is expected to be delayed this year due to cooler than normal conditions during the growing season, according to producers. White potatoes will be the first to be harvested, shortly followed by yellows and reds, respectively. "Although the date is not locked in…

Planting gaps will strain California bok choy supplies

Bok choy production is in the midst of the transition from the desert regions to the spring and summer regions in coastal California, including Oxnard, Santa Maria and Salinas. There has been much talk about the impact on crops resulting from the heavy rains parts of California witnessed some months ago.…

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Discussion on Tomato Suspension Agreement to be held at Viva Fresh

The 2019 Viva Fresh Produce Expo will host a workshop on Friday, April 26 focusing on the Tomato Suspension Agreement, an item that has become a hot topic during the last six months. Moderated by Dante Galeazzi, President & CEO of the Texas International Produce Association, a panel of experts will…

Mission Produce enhances its brand image

Mission Produce, Inc., has revealed what it describes as "its elevated identity" and termed the “world’s most advanced avocado network.” The company said it has enhanced its brand by creating a new website among other improvements, adding that these changes better embody the company’s international…

Fyffes donates thousands of bananas to cancer fundraiser participants

On Saturday, April 13, Fyffes supported thousands who walked to end pancreatic cancer, the world’s toughest cancer, by donating more than 2,500 bananas to participants of PurpleStride New York City at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Hosted by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) New York City…

Greenhouse grower offering two new tomato recipes

Village Farms said it is offering consumers two new recipes for their spring table this year. The recipes feature two of Village Farms’ most loved tomato varieties, Maverick Mix® and the 100 percent authentic Heavenly Villagio Marzano®. “We are focused on bringing the fun into food this year,” said Helen…

Verifying 100% of Ocean Spray's Cranberries as Sustainably Grown

Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. announces 2020 commitment to sustainable farming

Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. announced its commitment to advance sustainable agriculture practices across the entirety of its farmland by 2020. The farmer-owned cooperative…

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Europe

“There’s a growing demand for lettuce mixes”

It looks great: heads of lettuce in rows in various shades of green and red. As soon as the sun starts shining and temperatures start rising, Dejonghe Salads expands their production of lettuce outside, where it grows in production gutters. After some weeks, the lettuce is harvested, and the lettuce…

Colourful innovations in Sweet Palermo, snack tomatoes and Violet & Luca

Inspiring consumers with a choice of new colours

New colour combinations in fresh produce displays can entice shoppers to choose the healthy option even more frequently. Vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan is therefore launching a number of colourful innovations: under the Sweet Palermo brand as well as in snack tomatoes and kohlrabi. Colour is an…

World

The benefits of eating tomatoes every day

The tomato is one of the most versatile fruits, widely consumed all around the world. Some people prefer it raw, many like to cook it with vegetables and spices. You can…


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