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OVERVIEW GLOBAL LEMON MARKET

Lemon supplies are currently on the rise in most countries. Lemons are an inelastic product. This means this year's demand is fairly similar to that of last year. Lemon prices have dropped significantly because of this. Argentina is, currently, the most distinctive lemon production country. This country has increased its…

Canadian cherry grower to increase capacity

While Canada's cherry harvest is still about six weeks away, growers are busy preparing for the upcoming season. The increase in demand for Canadian cherries has meant that updated and new technologies are being brought into the industry. British Columbia-based Jealous Fruits is in the midst of…

Warmer weather this week to boost Baja tomato production

Production of tomatoes in Baja California is expected to increase with warmer weather due to arrive in the next week. Just like its neighbor to the north, Baja California has been experiencing cooler than normal temperatures in recent weeks, resulting in a slowdown in production. Growers are expecting…

South Carolina peaches set to hit stores this week

Titan Farms, a major grower, packer and processor of peaches in the Eastern United States, is preparing to kick off another season of South Carolina peaches this week. Stores are expected to receive South Carolina peaches from Titan Farms ahead of Memorial Day celebrations. “We’re excited to get peach…

Rainier Fruit promotes two team members

Rainier Fruit said it is proud to be a company that recognizes talent and promotes from within. Recently, CEO Mark Zirkle announced two major promotions at the company, naming…

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Meg Buchsbaum joins the National Mango Board

The National Mango Board (NMB) has welcomed Meg Buchsbaum as the NMB’s new Retail Account Manager for the Northeast. Buchsbaum comes to the NMB with over 20 years in retail,…

250,000 sq. foot greenhouse breaks ground in Pennsylvania

BrightFarms, a supplier of locally grown salads for supermarkets, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new 250,000 sq. foot greenhouse in Snyder County, Pa. on Monday, May 20. Dozens gathered at the construction site before attending a celebration at Susquehanna University, including Pennsylvania’s…

D'Arrigo California receives climate change advocate award

The Monterey Bay Air Resources District has honored D’Arrigo California with the Climate Change Advocate Award. John D’Arrigo, President/CEO and Chairman of the Board of D’Arrigo California received the award and stated, “D’Arrigo California will be celebrating its family of companies 100th anniversary…

Limited edition mango salad introduced in time for mango month

Ready Pac Foods, a brand of Bonduelle Fresh Americas, announced the introduction of its Limited Edition Bistro® Tropical Mango Salad with Mango Cilantro Vinaigrette. The salad has already hit the shelves just in time for the remainder of National Salad Month in May and in celebration of National Mango…

Key Technology promotes Karel Van Velthoven

Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, announces the promotion of Karel Van Velthoven to Advanced Inspection Systems Product Marketing…

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Europe

Good availability of morels in France

In Haut-Doubs, morels are found on the edge, in the prewoods under the spruces, in the stumps. Each variety is more or less easy to find. For black morels, the harvest does…

Walnut production: pesticide-free protection against insects and fungi

Faced with sanitary pressure and environmental issues, the walnut production is searching for alternatives to avoid pesticides. Senura, a walnut experimental station, has just…

Fairness in the food supply chain: Commission proposes to increase price transparency

Having banned unfair trading practices and improved producer cooperation, the Commission is today presenting the third element to improve fairness in the food supply chain by…

Through partnership with Asda and Monaghan Mushrooms:

Yorkshire mushrooms for Yorkshire stores

A new partnership between Leeds-based Asda and international mushroom supplier Monaghan Mushrooms will mean that only locally grown Yorkshire mushrooms will hit the shelves of…

Call for fair conditions and rules in all producing countries

Austria checks potato imports

The Chamber of Agriculture (LK) in Lower Austria demands that the same plant protection standards be used for imported goods from third countries as in Austria. As a study by the LK shows, production…

“HEV certification at level 3 is becoming essential for our French clients”

Hugo Mestre represents the 4th generation at Mesfruits. The company located in the south of France specializes in apples and pears. After studying in Toulouse and in the Netherlands, Hugo did some internships in several countries (Italy, New-Zealand and Argentina). He then joined the family business last…

The main destinations are Russia and Iraq

Turkish lemon exports increase by 15%

Turkey has established itself as an important exporter of lemons internationally. The country's lemon export volume has increased by 15% over the previous season, with 563,703…

Willem Broux:

“The Morgana apple should offer perspective for Western European growers”

The new Morgana apple was presented to the international press during the Fruit Attraction in Madrid last October. Morgana is a Belgian apple of the Kizuri variety, which was created in Belgium thanks to intense seed improvement work of Better3Fruit in Rillaar. The apple will be launched on the…

Kathleen van Steen, saleswoman Clean Kiwi, on producer Kiwifruit Plus:

“A producer with character”

After Italy and Greece, France is the third largest European kiwi fruit producer. One of the growers is Kiwifruit Plus, which markets the fruit from Guiche under brand name Clean Kiwi. “The Clean Kiwi is a kiwi grown without the use of pesticides, and which is stored in regular cold store without the use of CA (Controlled…

Ad Pollux, Regifresh, on Greek kiwi fruit:

“There are fantastic opportunities”

Although the Greek kiwi often finds its way to Southeastern European markets, the Greek growers – as they become more professional – are cautiously starting to explore other…

Steam-cooked peeled chestnuts now available as snacks

Agrimola from Casalfiumanese (Bologna), a company producing approximately 15 thousand tons of fresh chestnuts a year, has recently introduced a new product - steam-cooked peeled chestnut in 'stay-fresh' bags. Dried chestnuts "It is one of the many products we commercialize all year round. The fresh…

Cambridge Consultants

Hank, the robot that can grab grapes

UK firm Cambridge Consultants has announced the development of Hank, a robot with flexible robotic fingers that are inspired by the human hand. Through a new sensory system embedded in pneumatic fingers, Hank has “a sophisticated sense of touch and slip, meaning it can emulate the human ability to hold…

“We have created an innovative platform that gives producers their power back"

What if there was a system that allowed all professionals in the food sector, from the smallest producer to the large retailer, to exchange in a simple way the complete data relative to their products? A model accessible to all, where the producers’ efforts and the good practices they put in place to…

Fun and edgy banana packaging winner of PIDA Sweden 2019

F or the 15th year in a row, the Swedish edition of PIDA - Packaging Impact Design Award, was held in Stockholm, and this year, sustainability and recycling were in focus. The students presented creative and fun ideas on how to package clothes, beauty products and confectionery in a more environmentally…

Norway: Harvest of domestic vegetables to start soon

There is only just enough kohlrabi and celeriac left in the winter stores. The store of carrots will be exhausted in a few weeks. On the other hand, there will soon be fresh…

Research into stimulating consumption of Norwegian pears

Norwegian pears are only a small part of the total pear consumption in Norway. Research institute NIBIO has therefore conducted research in collaboration with Njøs…

Lome Super Fruit products now available on Amazon

"We grasped the opportunity offered by Amazon Prime Now to make our products part of their range" explained Dario De Lisi, sales manager for Masseria Fruttirossi, a business specializing in the production, processing and commercialization of soft fruit. "As of last Friday, Lome Super Fruits are part of…

Aragon becomes Spain's largest stone fruit producer

Spain's largest stone fruit producer is currently Aragon. The expansion of the acreage in Bajo Cinca, Valdejalón and Caspe by companies outside this sector has pushed the region ahead of Catalonia, previously the largest Spanish producer of these fruits. According to data from the Ministry of…

Market Report Austria KW 21/2019:

'Growth of domestic new potatoes delayed, onion prices even firmer'

The Austrian food retailing is currently provided predominantly with old goods from France as well as Israeli and Egyptian new potatoes. The available quantities are very…

Perpignan: Collective catering interested in local producers

In Perpignan, managers in the collective catering sector were invited to visit the Halle aux carreaux, last Friday, as well as local farmers to judge the quality of the…

Drugs found again in De Groot International fruit container

When a container was opened on Tuesday employees at the De Groot Fresh Group in Hedel found a load of narcotics among the fruit. The load found had a considerable street value…

OVERVIEW GLOBAL LEMON MARKET

Lemon supplies are currently on the rise in most countries. Lemons are an inelastic product. This means this year's demand is fairly similar to that of last year. Lemon prices have dropped significantly because of this. Argentina is, currently, the most distinctive lemon production country. This country has increased its…

Rosaria oranges doing well in China

The second shipment of Rosaria oranges arrived in Shanghai on 17th May. The interest of consumers and of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba for made in Sicily oranges is now confirmed. Aurelio Pannitteri Alibaba is in charge of distribution, thanks to the support from the Ministry of Food, Agricultural and…

Zurich gastronomy supplier Marinello relies on redesign

"I wanted to set an example for the Zurich market hall"

After a comprehensive redesign and reconstruction, the new sales stand of the Zurich-based wholesaler Marinello was inaugurated on March 9th. The first feedback has been promising, according to a FreshPlaza interview. Marinello & Co AG primarily markets specialties in the fruit and vegetable sector,…

Spanish fruit and veg exports grow by 8% in terms of volume in first quarter

The Spanish export of fresh fruits and vegetables in the first quarter of 2019 has improved by 8% in terms of volume and by 5% in terms of value, totaling 3.8 million tons and…

Stone fruit has been the most affected

Spanish Region of Murcia hit once again by hail

The fields of Murcia have again been hit by storms and hail this spring, and this has caused serious damage to crops in the municipalities of Cieza, Blanca and Jumilla. Manuel Martínez, vice-president of the agricultural cooperatives federation Fecoam, said that "up to one hundred percent of the harvest…

Portico go to great lengths with arrival of new container vessel

Portico, the international shipping experts based at Portsmouth International Port, have welcomed the longest container vessel that they have handled to date on one of their deep water quays. The MV Cap Roca, loaded mostly with reefer containers of bananas and other fresh produce, is 225 metres long –…

Serbian raspberry producers: “80 percent of our crop was destroyed”

Serbian raspberry farmers are calling on their government to declare a natural disaster and provide aid for them, as they claim that 80 percent of their crops have been…

Almost every day for three months:

Large supermarkets in UK keep raising petrol prices

Data from RAC Fuel Watch shows that the UK’s four big supermarkets have raised the price of petrol almost every day for three months. These supermarkets, that sell 45% of the…

Ton Kruythof, Kruythof, Dutch potato traders:

“The effects of last year's dry weather still being felt”

The new Dutch potato season is beginning. It is expected that over two weeks, there will enough supply from the southwest of the country to start selling. The Dutch market is currently mostly being supplied by import potatoes. “At the moment, we are still getting our potatoes from mainly Morocco, Malta,…

Photo report: 2019 Mushroom Days

The 2019 Mushrooms Days were held from 22 to 24 May. This is the 35th edition of this trade show. It was held in the Brabant Halls in ’s Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. Today was the last day of this trade fair. Mushroom market The Netherlands is known as one of the largest players in the global mushroom industry. This European…

Christiaan Rijnhout, Roamler:

"New monitor gives weekly insight into Dutch, Belgian, German, and British hard discounters' fruit and veg sales"

Dutch information technology company, Roamler, has been offering a service to retailers and trading companies for years now. They provide these businesses with detailed information and photos. Roamler does this using a smartphone community. In this way, growers, exporter, and retailers are kept directly…

Grapes: Slight delay expected in some regions of Italy

Table grape producers are preparing for the next 2019 wine campaign. Although the vines have been affected by rain and hail, the plants, except for a few severely affected exceptions, continued their vegetative process. The president of ARPTRA (the Apulian Regional Association of Agricultural Researchers…

Spain will again have a normal peach and nectarine harvest, with 1,600,000 tons

The Peach and Nectarine Contact Group of the Fruits and Vegetables Joint Committee of France, Spain and Italy has held its annual meeting in Murcia. At the meeting, sector professionals from the three countries, which account for most of the EU's production, have taken stock of the 2018 campaign and…

International fair of intensive production and the auxiliary industry

Spain: Excitement at opening of third edition of Infoagro Exhibition

The third edition of the international fair of intensive production and the auxiliary industry, held in Almeria, was inaugurated on Wednesday by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, along with Gabriel Amat, mayor of Roquetas de Mar (municipality that hosts the event), Javier…

A biomass plant also in the works

Spain: The Frutilados plant starts operating

The Frutilados plant, located in the municipality of El Ejido, in the Spanish province of Almeria, has started transforming vegetable waste from the handling plants into sheep feed. With this new activity, the waste generated by vegetable by-products will increase in value and a profitable solution will…

More than 200,900 tons exported in the previous season

Start of 2019 melon and watermelon campaign in Spanish region of Murcia

The Melon and Watermelon department of Proexport has announced that the 2019 campaign is starting with optimism among Murcia-based producers. According to its president, Laureano Montesinos, the season is developing well, without meteorological issues taking a toll on the harvests, and everything's going…

Enrique Cadiñanos, of Bejo Ibérica:

"Seeds are picked by the consumer"

The interest of consumers in cabbages is growing. "Current and future consumers are well informed. They are interested in nutrition, health, quality, new flavors and gastronomy. Their needs and tastes are quickly evolving. For Bejo, it is essential to strengthen all the links of the chain (producers,…

European Commission introduces new measures to improve transparency in pricing

The European Commission has set itself the objective of improving the transparency of pricing in the food chain. The aim is to increase trust in the European agro-food sector,…

China: Fruit trees pollinated by hand due to a lack of pollinating insects

The lack of pollinating insects in some areas of fruit production in China has forced producers to pollinate their fruit trees by hand. In these areas, the excessive use of pesticides and the lack of a natural habitat put an end to all the pollinators that inhabited the ecosystem. There is increasing…

Swipko Import / Export launches new product line for exotic fruits

"Pakistani mangoes for Swiss and southern German wholesale trade"

Mangoes are increasingly sourced from India at this time of the year. Although the export share for the European market has so far been low, these fruits are also cultivated in market-relevant quantities in neighboring Pakistan. Swiss import company Swipko based in Sankt Gallen, has now set itself the…

WIFO Agricultural Barometer 2019:

Only South Tyrolean fruit growers are dissatisfied with payout prices

The payout prices received in 2018 were satisfactory for 89 percent of the South Tyrolean growers. 2018 was also characterized by unfavorable developments, such as a sharp…

Early start for British strawberry season

The mild winter and warm spring have combined to create one of the earliest seasons for maincrop strawberries in the UK for some time. The favourable weather speeded up…

Saturation of the tomato market

Because of the large production area used for tomatoes, the Union of the Paimpol and Tréguier cooperatives (Côtes-d’Armor) have noted an early congestion of the market. It is the worst tomato crisis…

European potato market (week 21)

France: Weather has a positive impact on the physical market

European physical markets Summary of prices (source: NEPG) : Belgium Message from the Fiwap / PCA markets : Most manufacturers remain or have returned to purchasing, mainly in…

Oceania

New Zealand: Horticulture research centre PlantTech launched

New Zealand industry representatives all gathered for the today’s launch of multimillion-dollar horticulture research institute PlantTech. PlantTech will focus on applying cutting edge artificial intelligence and machine learning to the scientific challenges in New Zealand's horticulture industry.…

Banana industry recognises some of its best Australian growers as congress wraps up

The Australian Banana Industry Congress 2019 wrapped up on the Gold Coast with the Banana Ball and Awards of Honour evening. FreshPlaza attended as the industry recognised some of its brightest stars, with five people receiving an award, which are to those who have made a significant contribution to the…

"Demand definitely continues to grow"

Australian black garlic producers investigate export opportunities

Garlic producers from Victoria's East Gippsland are seeking opportunities in China and the United States to export aged black garlic. From the outside, black garlic looks like…

World

Bananas might be the next big thing in packaged foods

Bananas, are well-liked around the world and they are produced in more than 100 countries. Although they’re already naturally packaged and a convenient snack, the yellow fruit…


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