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Too many mushrooms, but demand likely to pick up

Supplies of mushrooms are fairly heavy right now. “Before Thanksgiving, everybody was short on mushrooms because Thanksgiving is a really big holiday for mushrooms. But now everyone has too many mushrooms,” says a mushroom distributor in Chester County, PA. The distributor deals with white, cremini,…

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Romaine demand climbs back post-recall

Romaine demand is starting to pick up again following the mid-November recall and advisory warning on romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas, Ca. region. On Nov. 22, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga., was released following, at that time, the reporting of 40 cases of E. coli…

Nature Fresh Farms ceremony marks transition of phase 1 greenhouse

On December 4th, Nature Fresh Farms announced that they would be passing on the keys to their Phase 1 and 2 greenhouse to a new group of dedicated growers. The ribbon-cutting ceremony occurred at the Phase 1 greenhouse where Founder and Owner, Peter Quiring; General Manager, John Ketler; and Executive Retail…

Webinar this Thursday, December 12

Measuring dry matter and brix non-destructively in kiwis

The all new Kiwi Quality Meter, designed and manufactured by US-based Felix Instruments, promises to be a game-changer for kiwi fruit producers worldwide. Slated for release in early 2020, the new measurement tool will enable growers and QA personnel to measure fruit dry matter and Brix more quickly and…

Anti-microbial tech for extending shelf-life gets USDA grant

Hazel Technologies Inc., a USDA-supported agricultural technology company delivering new packaging solutions to extend shelf-life, increase sales, and combat food waste, announced it has secured an additional $100,000 grant from the USDA as part of the USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)…

Holiday demand for edible flowers increasing

Supplies of edible flowers from California are steady, although slowing down slightly. “Their availability is pretty decent at this time of year, although things slow down and demand picks up because of the holiday and catering activities,” says Steve Hurwitz of Bay Area Herbs & Specialties in San…

Wonderful Pistachios launches new "Almost Everyone Loves No Shells" campaign

Sheldon the tortoise introduced into No Shells campaign

Wonderful® Pistachios launched its new “Almost Everyone Loves No Shells” marketing campaign featuring No Shells on television for the first time as part of a $15 million investment in the No Shells brand, the largest to date. The comedic campaign debuts on television, online and on social media and…

Apple and Pear Australia and Pink Lady America® announce agreement

Alliance formed to strengthen the global reach of Pink Lady® brand

Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL), Brandt's Fruit Trees (BFT) and Pink Lady America (PLA) are pleased to announce a Commercial Agreement between the parties to develop trade between the US/Mexico and the broader global Pink Lady® network. Andrew Hooke, COO, and Phillip Turnbull, CEO of APAL.…

Third annual conference held December 4th and 5th

2019 Organic Grower Summit looks to the future

The Organic Grower Summit tackled a wide variety of issues and topics, attracting hundreds of organic growers, producers, and processors to its third annual conference held in Monterey, CA, on December 4th and 5th, 2019. Presented by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and the Organic Produce…

Sumo Citrus will return to US stores in January

Sumo Citrus will make its highly-anticipated return to stores across the U.S. in January. Look for the Sumo Citrus' signature 'top knot' in fruit aisles nationwide but you won't find Sumo Citrus piled up in the orange bin, however, this is a fruit that demands a place of its own. The Sumo Citrus was originally…

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Europe

2019 Total EU avocado supply update 06-12-2019

Chilean Hass exports into the EU dominate Latin American shipments

According to the updated reports, Chilean Hass exports into the EU are at 1,338,000 4-kg cartons in week 50. For Mexico, this number is 242,000 cartons. Peruvian Hass exports should be picking up the slack. Click here for a larger image. Israel sent over 530,000 cartons of Greenskins and 193,000 cartons…

"Palestine has a lot to offer the Dutch market"

Photo report: PalTrade B2B meeting held in Amsterdam

On Monday December 9th, Palestinian producers and suppliers of dates, fresh herbs, and olive oil came together to meet with various Dutch buyers at a B2B and networking event in Amsterdam. The event was put together through a cooperation between the Palestine Trade Centre (PalTrade) and the European…

Krzysztof Sak, Agronom Berries:

"Hydroponics help us guarantee constant soft fruit supply"

Only a couple of years ago the team with Agronom Berries, one of Poland’s biggest soft fruit growers, started growing strawberries hydroponically instead of in the open field. “We thought we'd better start learning since we believe that it would become a necessity within the next decade”, says Krzysztof…

Mike de Koster, WDK Onions:

"It would not surprise me if we break an export record"

"It is a madhouse." This is how Mike de Koster, from the packaging and sorting center WDK Onions, in Kwadendamme, summarises the current export of onions. "The demand is widespread, from Africa to Asia and Eastern Europe. Altogether we have a nice broad market. It would not surprise me if we break an…

An innovative product will be available soon

Final hurdle removed for bananas in fresh-cut industry

The newest fresh-cut offerings include bananas. This fruit is very difficult to handle in the ready-to-eat segment, due to its rapid oxidation and degradation, but it was made possible by the Agribologna research and development department for the Fresco Senso brand. Desiree Magagnoli "All the new Fresco…

Richard Strijbis, Tovano:

"Far fewer Californian walnuts available, but dates selling like hot cakes"

Dutch wholesaler, Tovano, has had Diamond walnuts in their assortment for a few weeks now. This year, however, their Californian supplier has had to deal with a disappointing harvest. There were various reasons for this. "This year's pricing is, therefore, very different from last year," says Richard…

"The map of crops in Europe will change as a result of climate change"

The Center for Studies and Research for the Management of Agricultural and Environmental Risks (Ceigram) has predicted that “the map of crops in Europe will change as a result…

What's the difference between a kaki and a Persimmon?

Kakis are one of the flagship products of the season, but fans have certainly wondered: what is the difference between a kaki and a Persimmon? The difference is actually…

Urban farming concept also well received abroad

Berlin Start-up Infarm conquers USA

Fresh herbs and lettuce, available to the customer without long delivery routes. This is Infarm's idea. With the Urban Farming concept, the German start-up is currently conquering the USA. A far-reaching partnership with supermarket chain Kroger is planned. Click here for a short clip (German spoken). 'In the…

Christiaens Agro Systems sees customer demand for established process revived

"Renewed interest in our laser sorting system from international asparagus sector"

The laser asparagus sorting system from Christiaens Agro Systems was launched on the market in 1996: although the sorting principle of the process remains roughly the same over 20 years later, the management of the Dutch machine supplier sees renewed interest in the tried and tested process. "The user-friendliness,…

Jos Looije, Looye Kwekers:

“Make sure you sell emotion; that's how you build a good brand”

There are many tomato farmers around. Dutch growers, Looye Kwekers, are also specialized in this. Owner, Jos Looije, is not so concerned about the numbers. He is too busy developing a strong brand. "A tomato is made up of 90% water. So, you must sell an emotion to build a brand," says Jos. Building a brand…

Stuck to the wall, tomato and bell pepper suddenly became very expensive

“We can do that too,” people must have thought when they saw a banana taped to a wall as an art piece by a creative comedian. That is what Jelte van Kammen of Harvest House, Westland Peppers and Kwekerij Moors wanted to put to the test. Pepers in doos, te koop voor €120000,Chilipeppers in box, for sale €120000, #realart…

New compliance platform for companies in fruit and vegetables launched

Customer and certifier requirements on compliance for agricultural products are increasing constantly. In order to ensure compliance with all requirements, each year…

James Mash on the launch of MarketBuy

"We're able to finance growers and buyers on our trade platform"

The online trading platform MarketBuy launched mid-November. Now, a couple of weeks after launch, the owner of the platform looks back on what went well and what still needs to be done to make the trading platform as successful as it can be. “Absolutely nerve-wrecking,” was the initial reaction of…

Luzon Strait with 9,000 pallets of Caribbean bananas

First Geest ship docks in Portsmouth since company returned operations

A Geest Line ship has docked in Portsmouth harbour for the first time since the company announced its return to the city. The Luzon Strait arrived last week carrying 9,000 pallets of bananas from the Caribbean, following a nine-day journey. Geest Line announced it was moving its operations back to…

Tomra

Sorting machine for post-harvest potatoes introduced

TOMRA Food has just introduced the TOMRA 3A, a vision sorter for the separation of a range of Foreign Material from unwashed potatoes. The Tomra 3A delivers a new level of FM sorting performance but with added features. The Tomra 3A sorter can be positioned going into or coming out of storage, where it…

Oceania

Australia: Drought and fires

2019 has been another tough year for Australian farmers. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, 2018 was the third hottest year on record for the nation, as rainfall deficiencies spanned back to early 2017 for New South Wales, Queensland and South Australian parts of the Murray–Darling Basin. In addition, November 2019…

World

World Markets and Trade - Apples, Grapes and Pears

World pear production 2019/20 forecast up to 23.1 mln tons

World production of fresh pears for 2019/20 is forecast up 13 percent to a record 23.1 million tons as gains in China more than offset weather-induced losses in the European Union. Higher output in China is expected to boost global trade. China’s production is projected to rebound from last years’…

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