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Thursday, June 20, 2019

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"We've been working on importing mangos from Jamaica since 2014"

The first shipment of Jamaican mangos to the US has arrived in Miami. The mangos arrived last Thursday and are due to be available in stores any day now. The Jamaican mango export season actually begins in early May, but because of the additional procedures this year, the mangos have just started…

Indian tariffs on US apples already being felt

Last Sunday, it was announced that India had increased tariffs on 28 US products from 50 percent to 70 percent effective immediately. This was in retaliation to Washington removing India from a preferential trade treatment surrounding steel exports. One of these products is apples where tariffs were…

Weather heats up demand for watermelons in North America

Domestic and imported supplies of watermelons into North America are good. “There are good supplies of watermelon from Mexico and California. They’re transitioning in California from the desert region to the Bakersfield district or the central California district,” says Karen Thomson of Thomson Fresh LLC…

Northwest potato crop continues to move at an even pace

Potato grower-shippers from the Northwest are still working out of storage crop with good supplies. “Russet potatoes from Idaho, Oregon and Washington are going to run right into the new crop potato so there won’t be any gaps,” says Jack Salemme of Northwest Growers Marketing Inc. in Pasco, Wa. “It…

US importer reports good start to Argentinian lemon season

LGS Specialty Sales, Ltd. (LGS), an importer and distributor of citrus, avocados and grapes, has reported a solid 2019 Argentinian lemon season. Since introducing Darling Lemons® into the Darling Citrus product line in 2018, LGS said it has received positive feedback and increased demand from both retail…

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Northwest cherry season off to strong start

The second week of CMI Orchards’ Northwest cherry harvest is underway and off to a strong start, the company said, while also announcing the release of a new report which can be found here . Steve Castleman, Vice President of Sales at CMI Orchards, said he is thrilled with the eating quality and…

President Lopez Obrador described outcome as "very good news"

Mexico approves trade deal with US and Canada

Mexico on Wednesday became the first country to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) agreed last year by the three countries to replace the 25-year-old…

Canadian vegetable prices rising at fastest pace in three years

Canadians are paying a premium to eat healthy as fresh vegetables are becoming far more expensive. According to new data released by Statistics Canada on June 19, prices for…

Peruvian satsuma and clementine exports decrease by 5.5%

Peruvian exports of satsuma mandarins and clementines has fallen by 5.5% this season (March-May) when compared to the same period of the previous season, according to a report published by the Association of Citrus Producers of Peru (Procitrus), an association that concentrates 85% of exporters and 12%…

Canadian hockey medalists team up with CPMA

CPMA has announced a new partnership with Olympic hockey gold medallists Rebecca Johnston and Mélodie Daoust. Johnston and Daoust will be promoting the Half Your Plate…

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Easyfresh partners with CoolRail in the Valencia-Rotterdam reefer train link

A refrigerated rail service between Valencia in Spain and Rotterdam in the Netherlands is operational since May 2019. Fred Lessing, manager of the collective shippers group…

USDA Citrus Semi-annual EU-28

Production rebound expected to lower EU citrus imports

MY 2018/19 EU citrus production is projected to reach 11.6 MMT, an eight percent rise compared to previous year and consistent with previous estimates. The regional increase is due to an expected rebound in Spanish production, the EU’s main citrus producer. Favorable weather conditions facilitated good…

New greenhouse for Dalmonte Vivai

17th June 2019 was a historic day for Dalmonte Guido and Vittorio Vivai, as they inaugurated the new 5,000 sq m greenhouse that will enable the company to produce other types of plants, explore new potential markets and have greater control over all production phases. Click here for the photos! The…

The Candonga strawberry campaign comes to an end

Basilicata is the leading strawberry producer region in Italy with one thousand hectares (70% of which of the Sabrosa variety) and 50 million plants sold. Carmela Suriano, CEO of Club Candonga, explains that "we have officially finished stocks in the various Italian and European markets. The 2019…

Danish apples still available

The summer of 2018 was a long one. Thanks to this, there are still Danish apples available in stores in that country. This is according to the Danish Agricultural Board, L&F. The statement was…

Turkey: Lemons are the top citrus exports

This season, Turkey exported 1,7 million tons of citrus of which 563 thousand 703 tons were lemons. Despite a harsh winter, lemon exports increased by 15% compared to last…

Laseta Mushrooms and production company Champworld bankrupt

The mushroom sector has been under pressure for years. The latest victims of the competitive struggle are sales company Laseta Mushrooms and mushroom production company…

Intention is development of own breeding programs

KWS expands to vegetable seed breeding with acquisition of Pop Vriend Seeds

Seed specialist KWS has signed a binding agreement to acquire Pop Vriend Seeds. Pop Vriend Seeds is market leader in spinach seeds and offers a portfolio of other vegetable seeds. The company, founded in 1956 and strongly growing, achieved a turnover of around 75 million euros in the 2017/2018 financial…

European judge rejects German mileage tax

The mileage tax planned for autumn 2020 for cars in Germany has been declared unlawful by the European Court of Justice. As a result, it appears as if the introduction of the…

Kees Bijl, Bijl Aardappelen:

"Stable prices for Dutch new potatoes, those with set peels only available from July"

On 28 May, Dutch auction house, Alvantho, will auction off the first of the new potatoes. According to Kees Bijl of Bijl Aardappelen, these new potatoes will make their way to Dutch wholesalers and retailers after the auction. "Frieslanders and Doré sales, in particular, are decent. Prices are staying at…

“We had a good Kanzi® season on a difficult European apple market”

“This year, we’re seeing a fluent transition from the European Kanzi® season to the Kanzi® season from the Southern Hemisphere. The quality of the European Kanzi® apples is as good today as it was at the start of the season. In a number of European countries, the first Kanzis® are arriving on the market.…

Market turns around in a week

"After low point in tomato market, good weeks coming"

In recent weeks the tomato market was characterised by low prices. Since the end of April, the prices have been falling, but this has now stabilised and there seem to be a…

Italy has lost €112 million worth of exports since start of the Russian ban

In 2013, Russian imports of Italian produce grew by 124% compared to 2009, but the Russian ban put at end to it all. The Ismea analysis performed using COMTRADE (db ITC) data is clear: the economic loss for Italian produce exports after the start of the Russian ban is of €217 million. Fresh fruit alone…

Excellent quality yet low prices for apricots

The stone fruit campaign is continuing in the Ionian and Metaponto areas in a year affected by a heavy hailstorm in early May that destroyed almost all of the early production. Various early apricots remained unsold and were left on the trees, but the crisis also seems to affect other varieties.…

Berries - consumption and production both on the up

Small, red or blue, sweet and juicy, rich in vitamins, anthocyanins and other secondary metabolites and precious for our organism - berries can be considered real superfoods. Over the past ten years, the global consumption of soft fruit has more than doubled and the per-capita consumption is expected to…

Italy: Prices of melons are increasing

Yields are very low due to the bad weather in May, but at least quality is high, especially when it comes to the smooth melons produced by Gianni Bombarda in Bondeno (Ferrara). Harvesting time at Bombarda "We went from the 40 tons per hectare of 2018 to the 25 tons per hectare of mid-June 2019. At least…

COAG asks Brussels for stricter border controls

Spain on alert due to growing import of pests from third countries

The Coordinator of Organizations of Agricultural Producers and Cattle Ranchers (COAG) has taken advantage of its participation in the Tomato Experts Group of the EU, held in Brussels, to warn about the unstoppable increase in the "import of pests from third countries" and the deficient control of…

Spain

Third consecutive bad campaign for Bierzo cherries

This is the third consecutive year of "bad luck" for the Bierzo Cherry Guarantee Mark, according to Pablo Linares, technical director of the Bierzo quality fruit regulatory councils. The label was granted in 2017, but that year it was no longer possible to market Bierzo cherries under a Guarantee Mark…

Ruby Valencia Late variety

"This summer, we hope to stand out with our Red Kalesi pigmented oranges"

The new summer Red Kalesi orange campaign has just started. The variety is the Ruby Valencia Late, which has orange peel and ruby red flesh. "This is our second commercial campaign with this variety, and the prospect is to harvest and sell around 250,000 kilos in Europe, mainly in Italy, France, Spain…

The Spanish citrus sector needs structural changes

The 1st Agricultural Convention, which was attended by more than 150 people, including producers, representatives of cooperatives, university students and members of the administration, served as a meeting point to discuss the Spanish orange crisis. The sector concluded that the threat posed by imported…

Francisco Riego Ramos, from Martimar:

"The horticultural distribution gives a great concentration"

The launch of the Sakura cherry brand, of Extremadura origin, coincides with an excellent start to the Jerte Valley cherry season. Sakura presents different varieties of cherry, among them California and Lapin, with an intense garnet colour, optimum organoleptic characteristics and exquisite flavour.…

Refrigerated train for fruit and veg

CoolRail rail connection officially presented in Valencia

CoolRail, the first direct connection by train for the shipment of fresh products from Valencia to Rotterdam, was launched on May 6 and has been officially presented last Tuesday in Valencia. It is a refrigerated train that carries fresh fruits and vegetables three times a week from Valencia to…

Swiss vegetable campaign picks up speed

Newly harvested carrots, slight increase in domestic fruit & vegetables

In Switzerland, the local vegetable campaign is currently gaining momentum. In the major growing areas, many outdoor crops are harvested, such as lettuces, cabbages, as well as products such as carrots and potatoes. The market share of greenhouse crops is also growing, several wholesalers told…

Above-average volumes expected in the east and south

Luscious plum harvest announced

This year's plum harvest in Germany is imminent: from July onwards, local stone fruit is coming back on the market. Unlike the plum year of 2016, with a crop of almost 38,000 tonnes, 2017 was a sad…

European Packaging Forum - photo report online!

"Go for wood: You will have solved your problems"

Almost every day there are reports of attempts to reduce the flood of plastic. Often the fruit and vegetable trades are in the crossfire. Something has to be done, people in the industry agree - but what? Some possible options were discussed earlier this month at the first European Packaging Forum in…

Emil Augustin Gemüsegroßhandel GmbH & Co.

First German free-range carrots on the market

"In the past, the first weeks of the season were always seeing very high prices; nowadays fruit and vegetables are already cheap coming onto the market," says Thomas Reitmeier, Managing Director of Emil Augustin Gemüsegroßhandel GmbH & Co. Since the start of the month, he already has had the first…

Franz Sroka, Srotec GmbH, Bochum:

"Our labeling system binds and labels bundled goods in one go"

The core competence of Srotec GmbH, a company headquartered in Bochum, is the development, design and manufacture of machines for bundling, labeling, cutting and stickering. These machines have to be optimally tailored to the needs of the customers. Their developments have received numerous awards with…

Kronen GmbH installs processing line at salad producer Verdeagua

Production of fresh, ready-to-eat salads in Uruguay

Verdeagua, a lettuce producer based in Montevideo, Uruguay, has recently put into operation a processing line for making ready-to-eat salads. The sensitive products are supplied to supermarkets and gourmet restaurants, ensuring a high standard of quality. The processing line machines were delivered by…

Potato Market Update 19th June

Ireland: Potato consumption remains high due to the weather

Potato consumption remains high due to the weather experienced over the past few weeks. Stock levels are rapidly depleting as we move forward in the season, this is also the case in the U.K. Rainfall levels have put a stop to early liftings in some parts of the country. It was reported among growers this…

Plymouth robots field-tested in Cornwall

The future of farming?

The fruit and veg harvesting robots from Plymouth that have been field-tested in Cornwall could be the future of farming, a new report suggests. Pioneering robotics technology that could help fruit and vegetable growers worldwide has been featured in a national report celebrating outstanding collaborations between academia and…

Sustainable Horticulture Chain Management

Healthy and nutritious food is a major contributor to the general health and wellbeing of people. A majority of the future generations will however be living in urban environments, which poses challenges on the accessibility of quality products. Exchanging on how to find sustainable solutions and secure…

yello® reports positive end of season

yello®, the new Club apple produced in South Tyrol – Südtirol by the VOG and VI.P. consortia, the exclusive producers of the apple in Europe, is ending another season ahead of schedule with very positive figures. With 200 tonnes sold, the 2018/2019 campaign received a very good response on the market. It…

Hygienic conveyor enhances food quality and safety

Tray sealing specialist Proseal has developed a new ultra-hygienic conveyor to help food manufacturers meet the highest food quality and safety standards. The next generation OC Conveyor incorporates a number of features that avoid potential food traps, together with an enhanced design which ensures fast…

Scottish fruit farm named as third Strategic SmartHort Centre

A Scottish fruit grower will work with AHDB to highlight how horticultural growers can increase efficiency and reduce their reliance on labour. Blairgowrie-based grower Thomas…

As chosen by three of Morrisons manufacturing sites

Brillopak to showcase fresh produce automation

At the PPMA Total Show, Brillopak will unveil the P180 Spider Arm Robot Cell which loads and presents packs of fresh produce in retail crates. Brillopak’s P180 system has recently been chosen by three of Morrisons fresh produce and fruit manufacturing sites to ensure that packs look good on their…

Oceania

Australia: DWS invests $134 mln into Coles Queensland facility

Frasers Logistics & Industrial Asset Management has sold a half-stake in a Coles cold storage distribution centre in Queensland to German asset manager DWS. The price was $134.2 million. The property was purpose-built for Coles in 2008 and is situated approximately 29 kilometres south of Brisbane’s…

Extends fresh produce shelflife, biodegradable in 6 weeks

Plastic packing made from crustaceans

There are few companies that still don’t recognise the importance of the issue of packaging waste. However, their choices are still largely dictated by cost and profitability. New and more sustainable alternatives to standard plastic packaging are coming onto the market daily, but they tend to carry…

Meadow Mushrooms - Canterbury

NZ mushroom company leads the charge in sustainable packaging

As many New Zealand business look at ways to reduce their emissions and move to a more eco-friendly way of production, Canterbury based company Meadow Mushrooms is leading the charge in sustainable packaging. The chairperson of the Meadow Mushrooms board Miranda Burdon says the company produces 200…

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