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Monday, March 30, 2020

Florida peaches seeing good volumes due to warm temperature

The Florida peach season kicked off a few weeks ago and the harvest is going strong. The Florida peach season traditionally starts as the Chilean peach program finishes up, running from late March through mid-May. The Florida peaches are the first domestic peaches available in the US each year, starting…

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Demand picks up slightly on lemons

Demand for lemons has seen only a slight jump compared to the increasing demand for oranges. “There’s a bit of a spike in demand for lemons. But with navel oranges for example, the movement is up 250 percent on typical volume. Lemons have seen only a slight uptick,” says Michael Chavez of Golden Star…

Late start but more organic blueberries from Mexico

Supplies of organic blueberries out of Mexico are picking up. “We’re located in the Northwest part of Mexico and production is starting to come along. We have a reasonable amount of volume for the month of March and April,” says Jorge Vega with Franks Distributing of Produce LLC. in Nogales, Az. “We’ve…

High volumes anticipated

Watsonville and Salinas strawberry seasons kick off

While the world faces a wave of uncertainties, one thing is certain at California Giant Berry Farms – their local strawberry season is here, and volumes are going to be plentiful.  Fields in Watsonville and Salinas are bustling with shiny, red strawberries as the local season kicks off today just in time for…

"US oranges sell well in the Chinese market"

"Chinese fruit import is warming up again"

Domestic sales are gradually recovering as China brings the spread of the corona virus under control. The fruit import trade is warming up again as well. The overall import volume of fruit is gradually growing. However, outside of China many countries are still affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which…

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to house 2,910 hospital beds

Home of the New York Produce Show turned into field-hospital

Every December, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is home to the New York Produce Show. Now, the center has been transformed into a temporary field hospital to house overflow patients during the coronavirus outbreak. New York City has been hit hard by the pandemic, having over 30,000 confirmed cases…

US produce companies donate to alleviate shortages during crisis

Many US companies have announced donations in support of those fighting the coronavirus as well as those who have been negatively affected by the precautions taken to prevent its spread. Companies have donated money, masks, gloves, and food in support.  Organic banana company funds personal protective equipmentOrganics…

COVID-19 curtails Mexican berry exports

The coronavirus has had a strong impact on Mexico's berry export campaign, as its main destination markets, Asia, Europe, and the United States, are currently the regions that…

Mexican avocado exports to Canada break records

Mexican avocado exports to Canada broke records in 2019, as they accounted for 224 of the 238 million dollars that Canada spent on importing this tropical fruit. Peru, the…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: Backpackers are staying in Tasmania to ride out pandemic

The European Union has decided it will ease up on the rules when it comes to import from and export to India. The country has been hit by heavy price increases, due to transport not functioning during the lockdown. Meanwhile the question has been asked whether the United Kingdom will see a food shortage…

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The Romanian vegetable season faces uncertainty, but also opportunities

“Where do our farmers sell their produce if people are afraid of going to popular markets?”

There is some uncertainty abound for the vegetable sector in Romania. With the new season right around the corner, one could say it will start in a challenging time. The agricultural engineers at Marcoser have been gathering information for 15 years and use this information to offer specialized advice to…

Zucchini demand and quotations on the up

"The production of local lettuce, zucchini and cucumbers is in full swing. We are hoping to harvest the first local green ribbed tomatoes in a week's time. Demand from general markets is currently increasing, while the volumes destined to the domestic retail chain have tripled," explains Michele Conti…

Chinese cucumber price showed downward trend after Spring Festival

Recent data from the Beijing Xinfadi Wholesale Agricultural Market shows that the wholesale price of Chinese cucumbers declined in comparison with the same period last year.…

Jordanian Trade Ministry sets wholesale price ceiling for in-demand vegetables

The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply has set wholesale price ceilings for the vegetables most in-demand in the market due to “exploitation and deception by certain…

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Spain

More than 30,000 hectares of greenhouses operate at full capacity in Almeria

The current health crisis in Spain has tested the strength and importance of the agricultural sector in Almeria, which is operating at full capacity. Work in the more than 30,000 hectares of greenhouses and in the trading companies continues, attending to all the measures required to maintain the health…

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New Agadir- Port-Vendres sea freight connection enters into service

On March 21, A new Morocco-France maritime connection dedicated to refrigerated containers entered into service. The new line connects the Moroccan southern city of Agadir and Port-Vendres (France) once a week. This new shipping line seeks to replace TIR traffic using the Tangier MED port platform with…

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AKON Robotics focuses on palletizing in confined spaces

"A robot will not get sick and is immune to viruses"

At a time when the coming shortage of employees is confronting companies with ever greater problems, another spectre has showed up: COVID-19. The virus is causing additional problems in maintaining production and in logistics. With the latest robot technology, however, production and logistics can still be…

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New Zealand: Independent grocers troubled as supermarket sales triple

Prices all over New Zealand have been high for many necessities as people stockpiled, but one food group that doesn't work well with stockpiling is fruit and vegetables. Fruit and vegetable retailer Glenn Forsyth said panic buying had affected prices, and smaller stores like greengrocers needed to be…

Andrea Montagna commented on the change in spending habits

The fresh-cut market is slowing down

From 15 February to 15 March 2020 the fresh-cut market slowed down by 3% and the drop was even greater last week, from 15 to 22 March. "This is due to new spending habits - explained Andrea Montagna, president of Unione Italiana Food IV Gamma - generated by the emergency. Sales are currently declining,…

The crisis in Spain takes its toll on fruit and vegetable prices

The prices at origin of Spanish fruit and vegetable products, published in the latest weekly register of national prices at origin of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries…

Australian growers ready to meet rise in fresh produce demand

There could be cautiously good news to the current COVID-19 situation, with many growers hoping Australian consumers will up their intakes of vegetables, nuts, fruit and herbs. Bushfires, drought conditions and the coronavirus pandemic have met to create in increase in immediate demand, according to NSW…

Recent panic buying put pressure on supply chains

'New Zealand fruit and vegetable prices seem rather high'

Now that the supermarket panic-buying seems to have calmed down, stores are reporting a return to some sense of calm since the nation’s lockdown began. Prices have been high for many necessities as people stockpiled, but one food group that doesn't work well with stockpiling is fruit and vegetable. Fruit…

British Columbia strapped for labor

Canada: Seasonal foreign workers needed to save fruit crops

As much of British Columbia grapples with working from home during the pandemic, the province’s farming industry is facing the monumental task of bringing in around 10,000…

Greek fruit and vegetable exports grow in first quarter of 2020

Greek fruit exports continued rising in the first three months of 2020, Incofruit-Hellas said on Friday, acc More specifically, exports of kiwis totaled 153,421 tons in the…

French market Rungis goes online for home fruit and vegetable deliveries

In France, markets have been closed since the decree on Monday that tightened the conditions of France's lockdown (although local mayors can make exceptions in areas where the market is essential to daily life). There had been several fake 'Rungis online' sites set up, but now the market itself has…

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Luc Monden (De Kruidenaer) seeks sales alternatives and limits imports:

“As things stand, we have to do something with our herbs, and fast”

“You do not want to throw anything away if you do not really have to," says Luc Monden of the Dutch herb nursery, De Kruidenaer. Yet, that may well happen if a sales alternative is not quickly found. This is needed for the herbs standing in this company's greenhouse in Etten-Leur, the Netherlands. “With…

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"Delivery of Hainan wax apples proceeds smoothly as the market recovers"

The Chinese production volume of wax apples is relatively small compared to such large fruits as apples and bananas. The natural conditions required for wax apple production limit the availability of agricultural production areas suitable for the production of wax apples. The most important wax apple…

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Clara Beltrán – Spanish Foreign Trade Advisor

‘Spain can help drive the development of organic production in Peru’

After the current crisis has been bested, the Iberian market will continue to be key for Peruvian agro-export. There is great potential in organic production that is well seen…

Health more »

Horticulture supply chain businesses may need to register as an essential service during NZ lockdown

At 11:59pm Wednesday, New Zealand will move into National Alert Level 4 in response to COVID-19, which will see many businesses and non-essential services close, and residents…

IT more »

Indian state of Maharashtra working on Blockchain

The state of Maharashtra has been working on the implementation of blockchain for over two years and the use case identification has been done. There are a number of areas: Supply chain management, vehicle management (RTO), health and agriculture. EC’s Abhishek Raval speaks exclusively to S. V. R.…

Innovations more »

Banana fruit chosen for coating with composite films

Edible film based on chitosan incorporated with Sonneratia caseolaris extract

A new study examines the enhanced antimicrobial activities and physiochemical properties of edible film based on chitosan incorporated with Sonneratia caseolaris (L.) Engl.…

Processed fruit and vegetables more »

Ghana: Kintampo South and North get new ginger processing centre

The ginger industry in Bono East of Ghana, received a boost with the commencement of construction works for a new ginger processing and demonstration centre for the Women, youth, and persons with disability in the Kintampo North The new centre, which is still under construction, is a Local Economic…

Food safety more »

Kazakhstan: 175 tons of plant products from Russia and Vietnam not allowed into the country

Phytosanitary control state inspectors have turned away 175 tons of plant products from Russia and Vietnam, the Kazakh Agriculture Ministry’s press service reports. Since February 24 to March 3, 2020 the state inspectors of Atyrau, Almaty, East Kazakhstan, West Kazakhstan, Kostanay, Mangistau regions curbed illicit import…

Packaging and Labelling more »

Smart packaging enhances food safety and security

The European Organization for Packaging and the Environment called on the European Commission on 20 March to recognise packaging as an essential component in maintaining the…

Product information more »

"Growing number of fruit and vegetable retailers keep products fresh with Logfresh preservative card"

"The living standards of Chinese consumers continue to improve. As a result, Chinese consumers show a growing interest in high-quality, fresh fruit, as a result many suppliers are using preservatives to prevent fruit from spoiling during transport or on the shelves and to preserve the nutrients and…

Retail more »

Konzum is to increase the sale of local fresh produce

Tesco will limit the number of items customers can order in an online shop to 80

France: Auchan gives its employees bonuses for staying at workFrench retailer Auchan, one of the leading food retailers in the world, will pay bonuses to all its employees in stores, warehouses and home delivery divisions. Thus, in total, over 65,000 employees at Auchan stores in France will receive a…

Lucky’s Market plans to sell 23 stores and its distribution center

Walmart: Customers will be able to check out completely contact-free

US: Albertsons Companies partner with major businesses to offer part-time jobs to their furloughed employeesThroughout the country, businesses have been forced to close or scale back operations, furlough employees or reduce hours due to the COVID-19 crisis. Albertsons Companies is in a unique position to…

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