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OVERVIEW GLOBAL LIME MARKET

Most of the limes imported by Europe and North America come from Mexico and Brazil. Other Latin American countries also have production for export. In China, the fruit's production is expanding due to the growing domestic demand for the product. The supply is good and that is causing prices to drop here and there, since the…

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Hot temperatures herald end of Coachella eggplant season

With hot temperatures arriving in the Coachella region, this signals the end of the eggplant season in the area. Growers have enjoyed excellent conditions during May, providing a quality crop with good coloring and decent volumes, leaving a positive mark. With temperatures now well over 100 degrees…

Florida's Valencia orange season coming to a close

Growers in Florida are about to finish up the Valencia orange harvest. Some are already packing the last of their fresh oranges and moving on to the cold storage crop, while others still have a bit of fruit left on the trees. Shippers will continue to supply Valencia oranges from cold storage for several…

More availability of Brazilian ginger

Supplies of imported ginger from Brazil continue to grow. “The situation this year for Brazilian ginger is good. We have our own farms over there and we’ve increased our production. Overall, the production increased from last year to this year by 15-20 percent,” says Frederico Stuhr of Pommer Fresh Foods…

Photo report of trade show

Increased engagement at renewed United Fresh Show

On June 11 and 12, the United Fresh Show was held at McCormick Place in Chicago. The theme of this year’s show was ‘Change is Here’ and the organizing committee had made many changes compared to previous years, resulting in a higher level of engagement and intimacy. A Partner X-Change that paired up…

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Friends share experience of using jet cooler to help expand their businesses

Two lifelong friends in northern California share cooling for their commodities. They gain two seasons out of what’s typically one season and run their businesses like brothers. Since 2014, Tony Serrano, president of JAS Family Farms Organics, and Pat Coash, owner of Koppes Plants, both in Watsonville,…

BC cherry grower to begin harvest in early July

Jealous Fruits, a cherry grower in British Columbia, has announced their cherry harvest is expected to begin in early July, starting with their early season varieties. "Our 2019 cherry harvest is scheduled to start in a limited way between July 2 and July 4th with the Suite Note, Burgundy Pearl and…

New refrigeration units for Puerto Rican shipping company

TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico (TMPR) is expanding its fleet with 220 containers chilled by the NaturaLINE® unit from Carrier Transicold. TMPR says it is the first shipping line to place a sizable quantity of NaturaLINE units into service on U.S. domestic trade routes. NaturaLINE units use carbon dioxide…

Canadian producer introduces patriotic sleeves for its greens

This summer, Inspired Greens announced it is celebrating its Canadian roots and Canada’s birthday with red and white Canada themed sleeves. "Canada is celebrating its 152nd birthday and Inspired Greens is celebrating a greenhouse expansion and two years of being grown clean without ever spraying…

Study aims to use orange peels for something useful: better heart health

Yu Wang, an assistant professor of food science and human nutrition at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, part of the USDA. With the award, Wang plans to lead a research team to ensure extracts from…

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Europe

Zero-residue apricots by Albisole

Albisole, a brand owned by Società Agricola Guidi, is launching zero-residue apricots. The product was developed after years of research and tests and can now be sold in considerable volumes. Roberto Guidi and Anita Rustignoli "It was not easy but we managed it. This year, we will have consistent…

Higher temperatures lead to livelier melon and watermelon demand

Summer finally seems to have arrived in Italy after weeks of low temperatures and bad weather which, in some cases, has even led to the destruction of crops, especially in central and southern Italy. The high-pressure area is currently found in central and southern Italy, with temperatures reaching 40°.…

Joe Shaw Roberts Consumer Insight Director from Kantar Worldpanel

"The more we can encourage shoppers to buy these different grape varieties the more valuable they are"

Grape consumption in the UK has been steady for the last five years at a value of £800m. Speaking at The Global Grape Summit last week, Joe Shaw Roberts Consumer Insight…

Seven Tinkerbell colors & hottest Dutch chilli draw attention at Eminent Seeds Open Day

Eminent Seeds recently organized an open day. It was held from 11 to 13 June in the World Horti Centre in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands. Here visitors were told about the company's exclusive products. These are tomato, bell pepper and chilli varieties that distinguish themselves in size, shape, color, and…

Wilco Heemskerk; Fresh Organic Choice

Organic herbs from Ghana and Ethiopia

Wilco Heemserk, founder of Fresh Organic Choice, supplies fresh organic herbs to the market all year round. The company from Poeldijk now supplies its products not just in the Netherlands, but also in Scandinavia, Germany and Belgium. Year round "We can supply diverse organic herbs to the market twelve…

Tauro Essiccatori manufactures driers for all needs

Tauro Essicatori offers a wide range of driers against fruit and vegetable waste and to produce high-quality aromatic herbs. "Thanks to our thirty years of experience, Tauro's professional driers are perfect for those businesses or greenhouses that deal with high-quality material and are looking for new…

Natura Buona healthy juices

"Natura Buona juices contain 100% fruit and are not made using concentrate raw material. This is a fundamental characteristic that sets us apart from the majority of juices available on supermarket shelves. Our main products are definitely blueberry and pomegranate juices, followed by turmeric and ginger. All our products have…

Italy loses its leadership in the fruit and vegetable processing machine sector to the Netherlands

Cibus Tech, the fair that will take place in Parma between 22nd and 25th October 2019, was presented on 12th June 2019 in Milan. The event was attended by Thomas Rosolia, president of Koeln Parma Exhibitions, Antonio Cellie, Ceo of Koeln Parma Exhibitions and Maria Ines Aronadio, director of the Made in…

Dossier against seedless grape breeders submitted to the Antitrust

Comitato Libero Agricoltori e Commercianti di Puglia e Basilicata, which represents many of the domestic producers and distributors of seedless grapes, presented a dossier that reports the contractual schemes used - or, according to the dossier, imposed - by the breeders to discipline and organize the…

Efko: Austrian cucumber harvest is approaching

About 4,500 tons of cucumbers to be harvested until August

The 14th of June is all about a crisp crisp green vegetable: the cucumber. To coincide with this special day, efko Frischfrucht and Delikatessen GmbH starts the annual harvest of the popular vegetables. Around 4,500 tons of cucumbers will be harvested by hand in the fields of 13 efko cucumber on an area…

New owner will align branch to the catering industry

Greenyard Fresh Germany sells Freiburg location

Greenyard Fresh Germany intends to sell the location in Freiburg to the Heizmann family. Over the years, the branch in Freiburg has developed into a location that specializes…

AgrarMarkt Austria: Market Report Fruits and Vegetables, May 2019

Austria: Winter onion harvest is delayed, producer price has risen

Depletion of apple stocks slowed down in April As of 01.May, 67,270 t of stored dessert apples were reported. In March, a total of 20,500 t were marketed, the clearance had…

UK: Cornish growers defy weather to deliver nation's first new spuds

Despite a difficult start to the season, Cornish growers have defied the elements to deliver the nation’s first mainland new potato crop of the summer. Famed for their thin…

Photo report: Frischezentrum Frankfurt

"I believe that wholesale markets have a future"

Thursday morning, 4 o'clock. There is a lot of hustle and bustle at the Frischezentrum Frankfurt - in addition to the day-to-day business, the Green Sauce Day 2019 was also on June 6 and a world record was to be broken. With 181,096 portions, the goal was unfortunately not achieved, but a new world…

Viennese wholesaler Peter Haas on the current stone fruit campaign:

"Italian stonefruit is of excellent quality, but sales are still unsatisfactory"

The stone fruit campaign is slowly but surely approaching its peak season. Weekly increasing shipments of nectarines, peaches and, above all, cherries arrive at the Vienna Wholesale Market. Due to its proximity to Italy, the products there have always been a high priority in the Viennese fresh trade. But…

BLE Market Report KW 23/19:

'Deliveries of German strawberries noticeably extended'

The deliveries of strawberries from Germany have expanded noticeably and were almost doubled in comparison to 22. KW. The few Dutch, Greek and Italian batches were hardly significant. The quality of the domestic fruits, however, was not very persuasive. Among other things, the customers complained about…

Numbers confirm multi-year trend

More fruits and vegetables from third countries in the EU

Last year, more fruits and vegetables from third countries were imported into the EU. The numbers confirm a trend that Spanish vegetable producers and exporters are looking to…

Domestic demand is rising at a rapid pace

Poland discovers asparagus

Asparagus is one of the most popular vegetables in Germany and the Germans are regarded as asparagus lovers. The Poles were not interested in these vegetables until recently. Only very few Poles knew…

PS Food Logistics GmbH celebrates its 10th anniversary

"Over the last three years, we have grown by 30-40%"

PS Food Logistics GmbH based in Neckarsulm is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The express company has grown a lot since its founding in 2009. "Especially in the last 2-3 years, our company has a significant expansion and our customer base has grown by 30-40%," says CEO Konstantin Popov. In…

Arrigoni: Protective solutions against hail

Hail is one of the worst atmospheric precipitations for fruit growers, due to its often devastating effects. It can destroy entire crops and render plants totally unproductive, even several years later. In the past few seasons, storms accompanied by hail have become a regular summer occurrence. Arrigoni,…

Lucía Bello, of Grupo G´s:

"Our company has the largest organic acreage in Campo de Cartagena"

"Selecting the right seeds is vital if you want to cultivate products with the colors and flavors that are most appreciated by the consumer. Choosing the right variety allows you to have quality, optimal organoleptic characteristics and, in some cases, an earlier start of the season. An example of this…

Spain

10% of citrus growers in Valencian county of La Safor have abandoned the activity

According to data provided by the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA), 10% of the citrus growers of the Valencian county of La Safor have abandoned their…

Nine people arrested in Spain for theft of tropical fruits in the Axarquía

The Spanish Civil Guard has dismantled an organization dedicated to the theft of subtropical fruits based in the Vélez-Málaga region. A total of nine people have been…

Spain

Mercabarna expects 9% increase in fruit sales

According to a study carried out by the Fruit and Vegetable Guild of Mercabarna, fruit sales this summer are expected to increase by 9% compared to the previous year, reaching 235,000 tons. The launch of new products, such as melon-shaped watermelons and sprouts, or the campaign "Summer Taste with…

The crop's export accounts for 10.8% of Spain's total exports

Pepper cultivation is gaining ground in the Spanish Region of Murcia

Pepper cultivation is becoming increasingly important in the Region of Murcia. According to the president of the Alhóndigas department of Proexport, Mariano Zapata, the possibility of creating a department specific to this crop is being discussed. "Up until May, we have been harvesting fairly good…

AG Thames releases financial results for 2018 FY - announces transformation

AG Thames Group; specialists in the supply and production of fresh fruit, remain passionate and proactive in facing the challenges of today’s highly competitive fresh produce…

Scandinavian Airlines takes up Farm-to-Tray table menus

In 2017, SAS unveiled its ‘New Nordic by SAS’ concept, introducing passengers on some 80,000 short-haul Scandinavian and European flights to seasonal dishes made with ingredients sourced from regional farmers. New Nordic by SAS this month expands its vision of healthy, sustainable eating with the…

Europatat 2019 focused on innovation and sustainability

On 13 June, the European potato community has gathered in Oslo, Norway, for the Europatat Congress 2019. Under the slogan “The timeless potato: A dynamic and innovative food”,…

Mark Tweddle - Jupiter Group

From tractor driver to CEO - What's next for Jupiter?

In the last 12 months UK based Jupiter Group has made many important steps forward to becoming a very big player in the global fruit market. Following February’s announcement on being awarded the exclusive ARRA production and marketing rights by Grapa Varieties in India, Jupiter announced their chosen…

Agrotica returns to Thessaloniki from January 30th to February 2nd

Agrotica confirms its 2020 operation, its role as one of Europe's five largest agricultural exhibitions. Indeed, the figures so far show that the baton is being raised even higher, with the exhibition preparing to overtake its previous record. Significant leaders in the marketing and sales of supplies…

Lincoln to create first Global Centre of Excellence in Agri-robotics

The UK's first global centre of excellence in agri-robotics research will be created at the University of Lincoln, with the announcement of significant Government grant funding today (Thursday 13th June 2019). Lincoln Agri-Robotics will be established as a major new research centre bringing together…

UK couple discover ‘rotting strawberry’ is actually frog

A UK Asda customer discovered that what she thought was a “rotting strawberry” in a freshly-bought punnet was actually a frog. Luke Bown and his fiancee Leanne Anderson didn't notice the little brown face peering out at them until they unpacked their ASDA shopping last week. Leanne was horrified to see…

OVERVIEW GLOBAL LIME MARKET

Most of the limes imported by Europe and North America come from Mexico and Brazil. Other Latin American countries also have production for export. In China, the fruit's production is expanding due to the growing domestic demand for the product. The supply is good and that is causing prices to drop here and there, since the…

Oceania

New apple and berry trellis innovations improving grower efficiency

ECO TRELLIS® Horticulture Solutions says two of its new innovations are aimed at making operations more efficient for both berry and apple growers. Based in New Zealand, with a Warehouse in Melbourne that supports Australian supply, the company will be promoting its ECO BERRY® trellis, as well as ECO V®…

Gary Lee - Proseal Australia

"Purely by weight the amount of plastic saved is typically 35-45% in comparison to a clam shell."

As pressure mounts on all sectors to reduce the amount of plastic used in packaging Gary Lee​, Sales Manager at Proseal Australia explains how the company's top seal solution can reduce the plastic. "A considerable amount of the current packaging of fresh produce uses clam shells which include a base…

Costa Protected Cropping Australia Conference

PCA Conference: Program and speakers announced

The Costa Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) conference and trade exhibition, to be held at the Star Casino on the Gold Coast, from July 7 - 10, 2019, offers a huge line-up of…

Australian chocolate fruit? Yes, this is real

In Northern New South Wales, tucked away in the lush rolling Tweed Valley is Tropical Fruit World, there is Australia's version of the Garden of Eden. On a sprawling 175-acre farm, grows more than 500 varieties of fruit - some of the most exotic, exciting fruits you've ever heard of: things like…

NZ: Kiwifruit smaller but sweeter

According to global marketer Zespri, this year's kiwifruit crop is a taste record-breaker. Long dry spells and good conditions during the 2018-2019 growing season produced higher dry matter content which has delivered the best tasting fruit ever, said chief executive Dan Mathieson. The flipside is that…

Prices for winter veggies cool down in New Zealand

According to a report by Stats NZ, winter vegetables were cheaper in May. Broccoli, potatoes, and cabbages all dropped in price that month. In May, broccoli fell 12 percent,…

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