Thursday, May 13, 2021

Slower start for premium grapes from Mexico

Most premium grape varieties are slightly held up coming out of Mexico. “We’re about seven to 10 days delayed with our Mexican Grape production,” says Fernando Soberanes of Giumarra based in Los Angeles, CA. Mystic Treat (red), Mystic Sweet (green), Mystic Pearl (black) Grapes are the premium grape…

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Slim volumes of imported pineapples

Supplies of pineapples are tight right now. “They’re a little short at the moment which is a little off the norm. It’s surprising--I don’t know why that is,” says Anthony Serafino of Exp. Group, LLC based in North Bergen, NJ. “They’re saying there are some sourcing issues and it’s been like this for a…

California cherry deal gets early pick of the season

The first cherries from Katco Packing, the new partnership that brings the Brookside and Katicich brands under the same roof in Stockton, CA, are shipping now from Oppy. While the grower, marketer and distributor typically begins domestic cherry season in mid-May, Oppy now offers cherries from the…

Tech company forms partnership with fig grower to extend shelf-life

Hazel Technologies Inc. announces a new partnership with Specialty Crop Co., a fig grower and producer of pistachios, almonds, pomegranates, citrus, kiwi and persimmons. Hazel Technologies has formed a partnership with Specialty Crop Co., a fig grower and producer of pistachios, almonds and more. Specialty…

Sourced for Good

Strawberries first EFI-certified product in Whole Foods Market's program

Equitable Food Initiative, the workforce development and certification organization that partners with growers, farmworkers, retailers and consumer groups, announced that GoodFarms strawberries will debut as the first EFI-certified product in Whole Foods Market’s Sourced for Good program during May,…

Fresh produce demand remains well above normal levels

Shoppers are increasingly choosing to grocery shop inside the store as COVID-19 concerns abate. “While online grocery shopping remains elevated from the pre-pandemic levels, we saw an increase in in-store shopping along with more time spent shopping in April,” said Jonna Parker, team lead, Fresh for IRI.…

Mexico

Hydro-thermal packhouse opens for Northern mango regions

Empaque Don Jorge I (EDJI) opened this past weekend, ready for the northern regions. EDJI is the hometown packhouse of El Grupo Crespo, Latin America’s largest hydro-thermal packhouse and the home to El Grupo Crespo’s two brands, Crespo Organic and RCF. Originally built by Roberto Crespo Fitch in the…

USDA cites Texas shipper with PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on Fresh Produce Inc. (Fresh Produce), Dallas, Texas, for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act…

Central Valley © Ahmad Marzuky

Farmers destroy fields due to drought, no water deliveries

Farmers across the Central Valley are facing a difficult decision over the next couple of weeks and months-- to keep or destroy their crops, as the drought situation appears…

Citrus mold tackled with air-purification technology

IMG Citrus, a Florida grower and distributor of fresh oranges, grapefruits, tangerines and lemons, overcame bacteria issues by investing in Miatech’s air-purification technology. Last year, the company invested in Bio Turbo for its Vero Beach facility and shortly thereafter observed improvement in…

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Slim volumes of imported pineapples

Supplies of pineapples are tight right now. “They’re a little short at the moment which is a little off the norm. It’s surprising--I don’t know why that is,” says Anthony Serafino of Exp. Group, LLC based in North Bergen, NJ. “They’re saying there are some sourcing issues and it’s been like this for a…

Peter Hobert, BUD Holland:

"New Zealand Kiwanos are here"

This week, at long last, Kiwanos arrived from New Zealand in the Netherlands again. They were delivered to Bud Holland's warehouse. This exotic fruit isn't flown in very often. Its counterparts are…

Chinese mango industry feels pressure of international competition

Growing number of countries allowed to export mangoes to China

The mango season in Hainan is almost over. The harvest was abundant this year and the production volume huge. The supply volume therefore exceeded market demand. One mango planter from Sanya in Hainan recently talked about current conditions in the Chinese mango market. The mango planter from Hainan first…

Tech company forms partnership with fig grower to extend shelf-life

Hazel Technologies Inc. announces a new partnership with Specialty Crop Co., a fig grower and producer of pistachios, almonds, pomegranates, citrus, kiwi and persimmons. Hazel Technologies has formed a partnership with Specialty Crop Co., a fig grower and producer of pistachios, almonds and more. Specialty…

Mexico

Hydro-thermal packhouse opens for Northern mango regions

Empaque Don Jorge I (EDJI) opened this past weekend, ready for the northern regions. EDJI is the hometown packhouse of El Grupo Crespo, Latin America’s largest hydro-thermal packhouse and the home to El Grupo Crespo’s two brands, Crespo Organic and RCF. Originally built by Roberto Crespo Fitch in the…

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Free trade agreements are opening the doors for Vietnamese fruit and vegetables

With the effectiveness of the UK-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (UKVFTA), more than 94 percent of the 547 tax lines for vegetables, fruits and products from vegetables and…

NZ: Gisborne district’s kiwifruit harvest valued at over $50 million

The annual kiwifruit harvest has almost been completed and growers and exporters have expressed their satisfaction at the quality and quantity of this year's crop worth around…

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For Maharashtra farmers, export of grapes turns sour as prices drop

Grape farmers in Maharashtra aren’t comfortable, despite 106,000 tons of grapes in 7,964 containers have been exported from the State, regardless of the continuing Covid-19…

Slower start for premium grapes from Mexico

Most premium grape varieties are slightly held up coming out of Mexico. “We’re about seven to 10 days delayed with our Mexican Grape production,” says Fernando Soberanes of Giumarra based in Los Angeles, CA. Mystic Treat (red), Mystic Sweet (green), Mystic Pearl (black) Grapes are the premium grape…

California cherry deal gets early pick of the season

The first cherries from Katco Packing, the new partnership that brings the Brookside and Katicich brands under the same roof in Stockton, CA, are shipping now from Oppy. While the grower, marketer and distributor typically begins domestic cherry season in mid-May, Oppy now offers cherries from the…

Sourced for Good

Strawberries first EFI-certified product in Whole Foods Market's program

Equitable Food Initiative, the workforce development and certification organization that partners with growers, farmworkers, retailers and consumer groups, announced that GoodFarms strawberries will debut as the first EFI-certified product in Whole Foods Market’s Sourced for Good program during May,…

Dutch importer and Colombian exporter launch organic pumpkins project

Besides orange pumpkins from Argentina, Israel and South Africa, OTC Organics expanded their assortment with organic pumpkins from Colombia. In 2016 they explored the possibilities to grow organic pumpkins in this country. Thanks to the sunny climate, the rainfall during growing periods and good…

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