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OVERVIEW GLOBAL ONION MARKET

Where are the onions? This is the question that many onion traders around the world have been asking. As a result of the dry, hot summer in Europe, the harvest in the north of the continent is much smaller. In the US, the rain in the late summer had a similar effect on the harvest figures. Onion prices are on the rise worldwide…

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Rindi Bristol with Whole Leaf in Alberta, Canada

"We grow consistent product no matter what the outside temperature is"

With consumers looking for more from their produce, at least one Canadian greenhouse grower is positioning itself as an environmentally-friendly and safe choice for leafy greens. Coaldale, Alberta-based Whole Leaf is a greenhouse grower of a variety of lettuces including romaine, butter, Batavia and other assorted greens.…

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian imports of longan from Vietnam meet CFIA requirements

Imported longan fruit supplies into Canada look similar to last year’s volume. “Ours comes from Vietnam,” says Helen Tsai of Monco Produce Inc. in Toronto, Canada. Longan is a tree fruit that’s similar to the lychee fruit and grown year-round. “In Canada, it’s very restricted in terms of what’s allowed to come…

Supplies down on imported Brussels sprouts

Supplies are slim on Brussels sprouts coming out of Mexico this season. “I’ve started this week because I have a small volume deal out of Mexico and the market is tight,” says one California…

"Change is here"

United Fresh 2019 registration now open

Registration has opened for United Fresh 2019 Convention & Expo, June 10-12, in the North Hall of McCormick Place in Chicago. This year, attendees and exhibitors will…

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Organic Kanzi® enjoying strong sales growth in US

CMI Orchards said Kanzi® apple sales continue to climb, which the company hopes will translate into a successful future in the U.S. market. Both conventional and organic options are now available. George Harter, Vice President of Marketing for CMI Orchards said both conventional and organic Kanzi® is performing extremely well.…

Florida’s orange crop forecast remains steady

Florida’s orange crop forecast has held steady since the end of 2018, while projections for other types of citrus have been scaled back. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, releasing January and…

California and New York

PACA violators restricted from operating in produce industry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on four produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural…

Studies on Tristeza virus in Sicily will be presented in California

According to Panel Plant Health of the EFSA (European Food Safety Agency), Tristeza virus from citrus fruits (CTV) is present in the EU with (European) strains that have been established for some time. Its effects are contained by the use of tolerant rootstocks. These latter strains are very different…

Stefan Ranstrand, Tomra

“Curbing food wastage is our No. 1 priority"

“Our main goals for the future are to reduce food wastage and increase revenue. We want to do this together with our clients", said Stefan Ranstrand at a press conference held at last week's Fruit Logistica. Stefan is the CEO of Tomra. "The world's population keeps growing." "In 2050, we will need 70% more food than…

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Fruit Logistica 2019: Sustainability & Brexit

Fruit Logistica 2019 can be summarized in two themes: sustainability and Brexit. Sustainability was featured in almost every stand. The reduction of plastics was high on the agenda, but also restrictions on the use of pesticides. Brexit hung like a dark cloud above the trade fair. Everyone knows the hatchet is meant…

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New Vvibes varieties at Fruit Logistica 2019

"The marketing and communication activities are our priority because ' knowing how to operate without letting others know' might nullify the excellent work that our company has been successfully carrying out in this specific sector for the past years" says Saverio Pintaudi , Commercial Director of Vvibes…

The Sorrento IGP lemon available from January to October:

"Our tradition as lemon growers dates back to 1970, when our local orange was no longer competitive on the market due to the advent of other varieties, so that the price paid to the producer was no longer satisfactory. We were the first to convert the orange grove into a lemon grove. This is the story of…

USDA Organic Annual Report Bulgaria

Bulgaria: More middle-income consumers able to buy organic

Bulgaria’s economic growth over the last two years has been a significant driver of consumer demand for organic products. Urban and higher-income consumers increasingly…

Securing new access to Chinese table grapes market

Portugal strengthens bilateral cooperation with China

Portugal and China have sealed their commitment to strengthen cooperation with 17 bilateral agreements in areas such as economy, trade, science or culture. One of the agreements signed was…

Higher losses for SunMoon in Q3

SunMoon has reported a loss of S$1,85 million (EUR1,2 million) over the third quarter of the financial year. This loss is evident from the figures released by the company. This loss was caused by the…

Stefan Ranstrand, Tomra

“Curbing food wastage is our No. 1 priority"

“Our main goals for the future are to reduce food wastage and increase revenue. We want to do this together with our clients", said Stefan Ranstrand at a press conference held at last week's Fruit Logistica. Stefan is the CEO of Tomra. "The world's population keeps growing." "In 2050, we will need 70% more food than…

Rahim and Serdar Deniz, Deniz Fruit:

"Our Cash & Carry and export branch are both on an upward trend"

They have branches in Rotterdam and Brussels, as well as a farm in Turkey. Over the past 38 years, Deniz Fruit has built a reputation in the international fruit and vegetable trade sector. This company is based in Rotterdam. Director and founder, Rahim Deniz, heads up this family business. His son, Serdar, is the…

Organic grapes very popular on the German market

The German market is increasingly demanding high-quality organic products. Biodynamic purees with the Demeter certification are particularly popular, probably because they are trendy.  "The trend in Germany is growing and we could not ignore such a lively demand," explains Salvatore Consoli, administrator of Si.Fa.BIO. Biagio…

Studies on Tristeza virus in Sicily will be presented in California

According to Panel Plant Health of the EFSA (European Food Safety Agency), Tristeza virus from citrus fruits (CTV) is present in the EU with (European) strains that have been established for some time. Its effects are contained by the use of tolerant rootstocks. These latter strains are very different…

Low fennel quantities on the market and high prices

There is very little produce, maybe only 50% compared to a normal year so operators - those who process and package fennel for retailers and markets - are going through a difficult time. Marco Babbi from Caligari&Babbi in Savignano sul Rubicone (Forlì-Cesena) reports that "this is not a good moment as our clients are demanding…

"Lack of political initiative in the face of the crisis"

Spain: AVA-Asaja hands out 4 tons of oranges for free as protest

Last Thursday, the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-Asaja) handed out four tons of oranges for free in downtown Valencia to denounce the "lack of political initiative" in the face of the citrus crisis, as well as to make the sector's "penury" more visible. This situation has been…

New Leanri mandarin achieves great success in Castellon

"Despite the crisis, the protected citrus varieties are still profitable"

So far, licenses have already been granted for around 700,000 plants of the new Leanri mandarin variety, managed by the Protected Vegetable Varieties Company (CVVP), and which will have its first commercial campaign next year. The Leanri, together with the new lemon variety Summer Prim, is currently the…

Huercasa and Anecoop promoting Express Slow Food concept

HUERCASA and ANECOOP, leading Spanish companies in the agro-food sector, have decided to go a step further in their joint work. Huercasa, a specialist in processed plant products, based in Sanchonuño, Segovia, is contributing to the development of the Express Slow Food concept, which the cooperative…

EU imported 3% more fruit and veg from third countries

The EU's fruit and vegetable imports from third countries grew by 3%, totaling 9,322 million Euro. Of that figure, 7,745 million Euro corresponded to fruits and 1,576 million…

Spain: Asaja Malaga stands against changes in citrus insurance

This Wednesday, the Agrarian Association of Young Agricultural Producers (Asaja) of Malaga annouced its opposition to the changes in the citrus insurance, and has asked Enesa…

Plátano de Canarias moves forward in its internationalization strategy

The Spanish domestic market is and will remain the main market for Canary bananas; however, the growing production in the Canaries will also make it necessary to develop when it comes to exporting to countries beyond the Iberian Peninsula. The goal is to find a long-term solution to situations of excess…

"The material for our products undergoes an upcycling process"

"The material for our products undergoes an upcycling process"

Gamma-Wopla was represented for the first time at Fruit Logistica this year. They had the latest collection of their folding and stacking boxes for the fruit and vegetable sector. For Mikaël Vandewiele, Plant Manager of Gamma-Wopla, sustainability is the top priority for his company and its products. Mikaël Vandewiele (r.)…

Hot water treatments for longer shelf life of fresh-cut apples

Demand for ready-to-eat products is growing steadily. With the help of a hot water treatment at 55 o and for a period of 30 to 60 seconds, apples for fresh fruit salads can in future be so sanitized that consumers are offered an increased shelf life and reduced microbial load. New washing system for fresh-cut apples The…

"Spanish lots dominated both round tomatoes, flesh tomatoes and cherry tomatoes"

Tomatoes Spanish batches dominated with regard to round tomatoes, flesh tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. Only in the case of cherry tomatoes did Italy surpass Spain a little bit. Morocco, the Netherlands, Turkey and Belgium also participated in the business. The first Greek products opened the Greek season…

Annual Report DFHV: Record sales of the previous year 2018 held

According to preliminary data, sales of fresh fruit and vegetables (excluding potatoes) in the German retail trade in 2018 will be exactly the same as in the previous year. In…

The organic industry 2019 in Europe and worldwide

Facts and figures about organic development

In the past year, the share of domestic eco-land increased by 109,863 hectares (plus 8 percent) to around 1.5 million hectares. The Federation of Organic Food and Beverage…

Knüppel Verpackung presents solution for online grocers

Everything freshly packed

Even if the huge boom in the online food trade is still to come, more and more providers are developing offers for grocery shopping on the net. With WrapPak Protector, Knüppel Verpackung GmbH & Co. is presenting a packaging solution at this year's Internet World Expo in Munich from 12 to 13 March, which will even bring…

Aquaculture and hydroponic systems increasingly popular

The Novel Farm event held in Pordenone on 13th-14th February 2019 focused on hydroponic crops, aquaculture and evolved aquaculture. It was the first edition of a small exhibition, part of the Aquafarm fair. Click here for the photo gallery! It showcased lighting technologies, hydroponic components and aquaculture systems. "Hydroponic cultivation is already rather…

A new president for Apple Lovers

After the resignation of two historical members, Jean-François Aubert and Maryvonne Durand, the association “Les Mordus de la Pomme” (Apple Lovers) made some office changes. After an election, the board of directors…

Saint-Charles Export: a wide range of products and services at Fruit Logistica

Fifteen loyal companies were present at the event in Berlin. Many business and commercial leaders made the trip in order to meet with buyers, but also producers, especially from Europe, Latin American and the Maghreb. The fair is a great opportunity for those who work the so-called “off-season” products.…

Oyster mushrooms: beneficial for the crops

A laboratory in Limoges teamed up with a producer from the Creuse to develop a natural remedy that will protect vines, cereals and orchards from diseases. The solution? A grey…

Turkish pomegranate season over, grape season is incoming

The pomegranate has come to an end in Turkey and, with the season behind us, it’s safe to say it was a good year. With high demand and good quality produce. Hatipoglu Tarim has been satisfied and can look towards their upcoming grape season with their heads held high. The Turkish pomegranate season has been good…

Bulgaria: Significant increase of walnut production in the last 10 years

In the period 2007 to mid-2017 the acreage planted with orchards in Bulgaria increased threefold to 678,207 acres. This is shown by the latest data on the structure of the…

Statement of Panalpina relating to Agility

The Board of Directors of Panalpina confirms media reports that it is in discussions with Agility Group on potential strategic opportunities with regard to their respective logistics businesses. The discussions between the two companies are at a preliminary stage. According to its fiduciary duties, the Board of…

Seminis goes max for mini melon

Seminis continues in 2019 with a highly appreciated tradition! During the first week of July the seed company again organizes the Seminis Melon and Watermelon Week in Murcia (Spain). Seminis, known for its innovation, focuses with the Melon Week event on providing professionals with industry-leading insights, solutions and…

First edition of Agroland kicks off 22nd of November

AgroLand, the professional specialized Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs Exhibition, “fresh, frozen & dried”, will be taking place for the first time 22-24 of November 2019 at…

Netherlands: Container growth pushes throughput at port of Rotterdam to new highs

At 469.0 million tonnes, the port of Rotterdam’s total throughput volume ended up slightly higher in 2018 than in 2017, which was itself a record year (467.4 million tonnes). Container transhipment was the engine of growth again, with a 4.5% increase in tonnage. Measured in TEUs, the increase was 5.7% and the annual…

Turkey: 80 kg of cocaine seized in ship carrying bananas from Ecuador

This week, Turkish police officers seized around 80 kilograms of cocaine in an Istanbul port, officials said on Feb. 14. Anti-drug teams seized the drug from containers in a ship carrying bananas from the South American country of Ecuador, said the source. According to hurriyetdailynews.com ¸ the raid uncovered 70 packages…

WAPA: Most European countries moving back to a full crop

The World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA) held its Annual Meeting at Fruit Logistica in Berlin, as is tradition, on Friday morning, on 8 February, 2019. It was WAPA’s meeting to discuss the Southern and Northern Hemisphere’s productions forecasts. It was the first time, USPA fruit company took place on WAPA’s Annual…

“Win a trip to South Tyrol" is underway in Belgium and the Netherlands

The second edition of the competition “Win a Trip to South Tyrol” by Marlene® is now underway in Belgium and the Netherlands. The contest is organized in collaboration with the brand’s distributors in the Benelux area, Ringoot in Belgium and Aartsenfruit in the Netherlands. After last year’s great success, the competition…

OVERVIEW GLOBAL ONION MARKET

Where are the onions? This is the question that many onion traders around the world have been asking. As a result of the dry, hot summer in Europe, the harvest in the north of the continent is much smaller. In the US, the rain in the late summer had a similar effect on the harvest figures. Onion prices are on the rise worldwide…

Oceania

Tasmania supplies majority of Australia's French fries

Tasmania is the French fries capital of Australia. Six out of every ten of the tasty, golden-brown chips are grown and processed in this state. Water Minister Guy Barnett and Harvest Moon's…

Guam: Shipping delays lead to empty shelves

On the island of Guam, Pay-Less Supermarket's Mike Benito said a week-long shipping delay led to a shortage of perishable goods and veggies: "We're just getting those containers this week so they did their best to try to air freight as much of that product as possible but its kind of difficult to make up…

New Zealand: Queensland fruit fly puts Devonport in lockdown

A suburb in New Zealand’s largest city is in a fruit and vegetable lockdown after a single male Queensland fruit fly was found in a trap. But the find in Auckland’s Devonport does not mean New Zealand has an outbreak of the species, said Biosecurity New Zealand spokesperson Catherine Duthie on Friday: “It was vital…

'New Zealand grown' labels

"New Zealand Grown" labels, indicating locally grown produce will in the next few months be rolled out on product on the supermarket shelves. The green labels, introduced by the membership-based Buy NZ Made campaign, are alternative stickers to the already existing NZ Made stickers, designed to be used by produce resellers and growers. Buy NZ Made…

Tropical fruit options brings opportunities to New Zealand growers

Bananas, so often associated with warm tropical climates on the equator may prove to be another cropping opportunity for enterprising horticulturalists from Northland to…

Seasonal labour shortage declared in New Zealand's Hawke's Bay

The Ministry of Social Development on Friday declared a seasonal labour shortage in Hawke's Bay. This means that people on visitor visas can now apply for a variation of conditions, which will enable them to work on orchards and vineyards in the region. The shortage is for a six-week period between 25 February and 5…

World

Including Alzheimer's Disease

Black carrots could reduce risk of Neurological Diseases

New research suggests that eating black carrots on a regular basis could have positive benefits in reducing the risk of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Some components of black carrots -including its anti-inflammatory properties and anthocyanin- can play an important role in treating these…


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