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Transition begins for North American tomato season

The domestic tomato season in North America is winding down now as cooler weather descends onto many of the summer growing regions. US regions like Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina are seeing lighter supplies as each week goes by. On the West Coast, northern California and also some parts of Mexico…

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New Mexico home for Jujubes?

Could Jujube fruit be an alternative fruit crop for New Mexico? That’s an idea one university is developing following varietal trials of the red-brown colored fruit which are also known as Chinese dates. Shengrui Yao, an extension fruit specialist with New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and…

Tour de Fresh riders raise highest amount ever for the event

Wednesday was Day 4 and the last day of the 2019 Tour de Fresh. After breakfast, the van drivers drove the riders to Huntington beach for the start of the stage before making their way to the finish line in Anaheim. Although a short last ride, it took longer than anticipated due to a few flat tires along…

Supplies of parsley back up again following late summer heat

Parsley supplies are looking as per usual again following the heat that affected supplies at the end of August and into September. “A month ago, there were some warm days at…

National Mango Board reveals push for mangos during holidays

As the leaves fall off the trees and temperatures cool down, the National Mango Board (NMB) is once again looking to brighten things up across the U.S. With year-round…

Tuscan Baby Romaine and 1-pound clamshell salad line to be revealed at PMA

Church Brothers Farms, a fresh produce farming/shipping company and grower-owned processor, True Leaf Farms, will launch new products at the PMA Fresh Summit in Anaheim in booth #3071 as part of the Salinas Valley Grower Shipper Pavilion. The new products, created for retail customers, include Tuscan Baby…

New partnership hopes to inspire recycling

Joining more than 175 brand owners and retailers that have added the How2Recycle® label program to their products, Oppy aims to inspire families everywhere to recycle their…

Super Starr International highlights commitment to papaya food safety standards

Mexican papaya grower and shipper, Super Starr International, maintains its food safety record and continues to stay ahead of the curve with its standards.  For three generations,…

US (NJ): Element Farms unveils 70,000 sq.ft. greenhouse

Element Farms will begin operations at its new 70,000 square foot Lafayette, New Jersey, greenhouse facility this month. The company will outfit its new site, once home to a horticulture company, with proprietary technology and supplemental lighting to produce a wide variety of leafy greens. At full…

Market and Crop Update for October 17, 2019

"People are already talking about the market moving up and higher prices for next week"

MARKETCalifornia:Robert Bell with Western Onion Sales in Camarillo told us on Oct. 15 - harvest continues in the Salinas and Cuyama Valleys. “Inquiries and sales continue South of the Border, Central and South America,” he said. Idaho and Washington:John Vlahandreas with Wada Farms reported on Oct. 16…

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Europe

Primeur's Fruit Attraction exhibition edition

The 11th edition of Fruit Attraction is set to take place in Madrid from October 22 through 24th. In honor of the event, Primeur collaborated once again with FreshPlaza to put together a new edition in both Spanish and English, which is becoming more and more international! Besides a selection of the…

Italy: Fuji apples have a good color

Producer Matteo Dalpiaz reports that Fuji apple quality is high when it comes to both flavor and color and that volumes are in line with expectations. His business is located in Val di Non (Trento), around 600 m asl.  Maurizio and Matteo Dalpiaz "There are around 10 hectares of apple orchards, most of which…

Marcel Verdellen, Satori Holland:

"Hardly any supply and high prices for limes after two lean years"

"It has not been easy in the lime market for the past two years. As a result, many people do not want to get their fingers burnt," notes Marcel Verdellen of Satori Holland. "At the moment there is hardly any supply on the market. Prices are between 9 and 10 euros, so if you have limes, you are currently…

New date sorting technologies

The new frontier of automated sorting concerns dates. Consumption is increasing all over the world and producers are getting equipped to sort the fruit not only based on weight and grade, but also on external quality. Futura is one of the few companies in Europe that can supply date sorters.  "We started manufacturing date sorters a…

Eyal Sahar on the decline of small producers in Israel:

“We now grow 50% of our own bell peppers”

The harvest for the main volumes of the Israeli bell pepper crop will begin in the second week of November, but the first picking is set to take place in the coming week. Eyal Sahar, the owner of Gilad Desert Produce, says: “The first picking is mostly for the domestic market, and then the main harvest…

Kees Havenaar, Frutas Luna:

"People in Spain are more concerned about low prices of greenhouse veggies than Brexit"

The sale of Spanish greenhouse vegetables is not doing well according to Kees Havenaar of Frutas Luna. "The prices are very poor, both from eggplant and peppers, as well as from cucumbers and courgettes." The tomatoes are currently a positive exception, as are the leafy vegetables, which we are currently…

Harvesting unripe mangoes or other fruits is harmful for the market

“In Huelva, avocados are strongly gaining ground on citrus fruits”

“The mango campaign in the Spanish province of Huelva is spectacular this year. It is starting a little earlier than usual, but with exceptional natural ripening and Brix,” says Pilar Lucio Sarria, manager of Luz Tropical. "The consumer demands fruit that has ripened in the tree. In general, they want…

Grown in Italy and South Africa in the three varieties; Green, Gold and Red

First grower of year-round Organic and Demeter kiwis

Agricolli Bio has grown in the last six years. The young start-up from back then has matured into a world-wide supplier of organic and Demeter kiwis. Conventional and in-transition kiwis are available from growers that are preparing their switch to bio. Keeping its base in the heart of the kiwi…

Jan-Hendrik Wagenaar, Fresh Garden

“We still have a 6-month leeway with Brexit”

Will there be a deal? A no-deal? An extension? No-one knows what will happen on 31 October, the deadline for Brexit. How can a company prepare itself for the unknown?…

Educational seminar on advantages of at-source ripening in Madrid

Interko will host an interactive workshop about the advantages of at-source ripening for certain fresh fruits, including citrus, apricots, peaches and pears, during Fruit Attraction 2019 on 22-24 October. The educational seminar will demonstrate how Interko’s technology and over 50 years of industry…

"Special plum Metis® completes our range and expands the season"

"In some places, we are still harvesting our last Sunset Sky variety which is September Yummy. Quality is really good this season and so far harvest conditions are excellent so we expect a good potential for conservation, " explains Camille Herouard, Metis® brand manager, at Plumtastic Europe. “We are currently…

A delegation from the Gaia Fruit Association hosted within the context of the educational trips of the Erasmus+ project

FuturPera 2019: Greek entrepreneurs at the "Supply chain school"

Learning about the growing, promotion and commercialization strategies in relation to excellent Italian fruit and vegetable products, particularly pears. This is the objective of the group of fruit growers of the Gaia Fruit Cooperation of Larissa (Greece) – a flat area with a strong pear growing…

Be ready for Brexit – What every fresh produce business needs to know

FPC is hosting two Brexit briefings tailored for the UK fresh produce industry to help businesses prepare for the UK leaving the EU on 31 October 2019. These one-day events are free to attend for any business involved supplying UK fresh produce, including fresh fruit, vegetables, cut flowers and also…

Medfly infestation triggers quarantine in parts of San Bernardino

A quarantine has been declared due to a Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) infestation detected in the unincorporated area of Devore, San Bernardino County. A total of 2 adult…

First packaging demo products realized in Polyhydroxyalkanoates presented during Fruit Attraction

Following the presentation of the Zeropack project that took place at Fruit Logistica in Berlin last February, the company will present in a press conference at the Fruit…

Turkey set to launch "land bank"

Turkey's New Economy Program aims to update the infrastructure on land planning by launching a land bank to determine inactive agricultural lands and putting them to productive use. The initiative was announced by the Turkish Minister of Finance and Treasury Berat Albayrak, within the measures to lower food inflation. With the…

Oceania

Customer-centric approach proving successful for growing fresh produce retailer

As the peak Australian mango season gets closer, a leading produce retailer is looking to build on its growing popularity with consumers. Earlier this year, Harris Farm Markets finished well ahead of the major chains in a supermarket satisfaction survey conducted by CHOICE, finishing only marginally…

World

The origins of the word 'city' in various European languages

Just so you know.

MSC rules out Arctic exploration based on environmental concerns

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has decided not to usethe Arctic as a new short cut between northern Europe and Asia and will instead focus on improving environmental…

Quick and easy fruity packs that will boost your skin health

Papaya and honey face pack for blemishes and acneRich in vitamin A and papain, an enzyme with gentle exfoliating properties, papaya is an amazing fruit for the skin. This…

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