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Friday, October 15, 2021

GLOBAL OVERVIEW BANANAS

Despite plentiful production, fans of bananas around the world may soon see an increase in prices, as the price of the popular fruit is affected by the increase in the cost of raw materials across the globe. Overall, however, the outlook for bananas is good, as the fruit remains the most popular item of its kind in Italy, and…

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Unfold:

"We can focus more on quality and how the product satisfies consumer needs”

“In vertical farming, it is interesting how quickly the industry has grown without specific varieties or seeds developed for that purpose,” says John Purcell, CEO and president of Unfold. The California-based company has made its mission the development of seeds and varieties and digital solutions for…

Increasing volumes of Mexican blackberries expected

Supplies of blackberries are starting to increase out of Mexico. “We’re finally seeing an uptick in supplies. They had rain a couple of weeks back and that set us back,” said Robert Wilhelm of Bova Fresh LLC in Boca Raton, Fl., noting that crossings from Mexico have increased to three times weekly…

Mango retailer of the year announced: Albertsons Companies

The National Mango Board (NMB) announced Albertsons Companies as its recipient of the 2021 Mango Retailer of the Year award. The NMB presented the award in Boise, Idaho to Vince Maggio, National Director of Produce and Floral. Also present from Albertsons Companies were Jerry Callahan, GVP…

RubyFrost apples are back with bigger crop

Crunch Time Apple Growers, a New York State-based cooperative of 152 member-growers, announced it will deliver 175,000 bushels (a 35 percent year-over-year increase) of its premium apple variety RubyFrost™. The tart but sweet flavor of RubyFrost apples will soon be available in select produce aisles,…

Sun World Promotes Melillo to Vice President of Grower Support Services

Sun World International LLC has appointed Michele Melillo to the new position of Vice President of Grower Support Services. Melillo recently managed the company’s agronomic…

Longvine Growing Co announces executive leadership changes

After nearly 7 years of leading the business, Kevin Doran is moving to the Longvine Growing Co Board of Directors, vacating the CEO position. Over the past several weeks the…

Ocean Mist Farms announces new President and kicks off Cardone season

Ocean Mist Farms announces the promotion of Christopher Drew to president and chief executive officer. Drew is responsible for leading all commercial, operational, financial, and administrative aspects of Ocean Mist Farms. His role will require the analysis and evaluation of product line offerings,…

Plastic-free packaging wins innovation award

AFC Packaging is pleased to announce the acceptance of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) 2021 Innovation Award in Food Waste Prevention for its NOW No Waste Technology for fresh produce. Left to right: Stefano Giusti, Chris Lewis, Paul Smith, Mike Baker. NOW No Waste Technology plastic-free…

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Sea-Intelligence report:

‘US container imports boom unlikely to last’

Danish research and analysis firm Sea-Intelligence has looked into whether the ongoing container demand boom in North America is sustainable. "Historically, the rate of growth in spending in services has consistently exceeded that of goods," said Sea-Intelligence, which used data from the US Bureau of…

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Zespri Red to become Zespri RubyRed™ Kiwifruit as commercial volumes beckon in 2022

Zespri has confirmed that its current red kiwifruit will be named Zespri RubyRed™ Kiwifruit for the first year of sales of commercial volumes in the upcoming 2022 season.…

Farmers expect an abundant harvest this year

Chinese ginger harvest has begun

Freshly-harvested ginger is about to enter the Chinese market. The weather conditions in ginger production areas have been good. Farmers expect an abundant harvest this year. Mr. Wang Junjie, sales manager at Jining Shangzhuo Food Co., Ltd., recently shared his insight in the production and export conditions of Chinese ginger.…

Mango retailer of the year announced: Albertsons Companies

The National Mango Board (NMB) announced Albertsons Companies as its recipient of the 2021 Mango Retailer of the Year award. The NMB presented the award in Boise, Idaho to Vince Maggio, National Director of Produce and Floral. Also present from Albertsons Companies were Jerry Callahan, GVP…

“We offer Keitt and Tommy Atkins mango in a favorable time-window for Europe”

Mangos could become an important crop for one Guatemalan exporter over the coming years. They have started offering Keitt and Tommy Atkins mangoes and see a window of opportunity during March and May. The success of the crop could have a large impact for the local community. Short harvest periods and differences…

PP Roets – Roslesia

“I think Roslesia will probably open people’s eyes to passionfruit”

“This time next year we’ll have as much passionfruit as there was three years ago in the entire country,” says PP Roets, head of blueberry and passionfruit production at Roslé Farming. “I don’t think passionfruit has ever been planted at largescale for exports in South Africa. We’re at the stage where…

Logistics more »

Sea-Intelligence.com

Sea-Intelligence report:

‘US container imports boom unlikely to last’

Danish research and analysis firm Sea-Intelligence has looked into whether the ongoing container demand boom in North America is sustainable. "Historically, the rate of growth in spending in services has consistently exceeded that of goods," said Sea-Intelligence, which used data from the US Bureau of…

Supply chain crisis unabated

Nearly 80,000 shipping containers piled up in Port of Savannah

The Port of Savannah is approaching crisis point. It has nearly 80,000 containers - 50% more than normal - stacked up. About 700 containers have been left there for a month or…

Port of Los Angeles will go 24/7 to ease supply chain bottlenecks before the holidays

President Joe Biden has an expansion of operations at the Port of Los Angeles as prices keep climbing and container ships wait to dock in a traffic jam threatening the U.S.…

Freight forwarders undersell shipment space, causing freight rates to fall

Sea freight rates from China to US west coast experienced sharp correction, with the highest price cut by nearly half

In recent weeks, the price of shipping from China to the west coast of the United States has experienced a sharp correction, which has attracted market attention. The…

BIC Facility Codes for all depots globally

MSC becomes first major carrier to fully adopt standardized depot codes

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, a global player in container shipping and logistics, has fully adopted BIC Facility Codes (BFC) for all depots globally. Just like airports…

Port of Oakland seeks to recover lost shipping services

Appealing to shippers looking for an alternative to Southern California’s jammed-up gateway, the Port of Oakland is winning back ocean carrier services that moved away in…

Fruit more »

"Market prospects for Chilean cherries look good now that the ports are slowly solving their backlog"

The Chinese market is slowly recovering from the worst impact of the pandemic. And the problems with global distribution are gradually growing less intense. Shanghai Yuqian Supply Chain Management is one of the specialized importers in Shanghai Huizhan Wholesale Market. Sean Chen, spokesperson for the…

RubyFrost apples are back with bigger crop

Crunch Time Apple Growers, a New York State-based cooperative of 152 member-growers, announced it will deliver 175,000 bushels (a 35 percent year-over-year increase) of its premium apple variety RubyFrost™. The tart but sweet flavor of RubyFrost apples will soon be available in select produce aisles,…

Bertus Schipper, Zoutewelle, the Netherlands:

"After high prices at the Brazilian melon season's start, they're now back to the old level"

This year's Brazilian melon season got off to a complicated start. "Delays meant the overseas season didn't connect well to the end of the Spanish one. Those shortages resulted in a hefty price surge. Now, however, prices are crashing back to their old level," says Bertus Schipper of Zoutewelle Import/Export…

Increasing volumes of Mexican blackberries expected

Supplies of blackberries are starting to increase out of Mexico. “We’re finally seeing an uptick in supplies. They had rain a couple of weeks back and that set us back,” said Robert Wilhelm of Bova Fresh LLC in Boca Raton, Fl., noting that crossings from Mexico have increased to three times weekly…

Demand as high as it was last season

Some overlap for Polish apple seasons

The previous season for Polish apples had a smooth transition into the new one, as not all of the old apples were sold once the 2021/2022 season began. It means the Polish apple prices started out rather low, on top of that there are large volumes available for export. According to Agnieszka Wryk, Commercial…

“Overall it’s a good year for Turkish pear growers”

Weather conditions have caused Turkish pears to be harvested later than usual. One exporter says it will be a good season for the pear growers regardless, as prices are in a good spot at the moment. The exporter has doubled its production and aims to achieve the same growth next season. The Turkish pear season…


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