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OVERVIEW GLOBAL MELON AND WATERMELON MARKET

In the winter months, the demand for melons in North America and Europe is traditionally lower, since the winter weather keeps the demand in check. The mood on the market is determined by the supply from Latin America. The start of the rainy season in Brazil is raising concerns among Spanish importers.…

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Final weeks for US imports of Peruvian grapes

The Peru grape harvest is just about done for the year and suppliers are preparing for their final shipments into the US. According to Andre Fattore of TerraSur Imports, harvesting will conclude in one to two weeks, with the last arrivals into the US expected by the middle of March. Most varieties have…

Growing raspberries for the Japanese market in Oceanside California

On a small farm in Oceanside California, a company is growing raspberries that will eventually make their way to the Japanese market. Fresh Pac International, which also has a more substantial strawberry program, grows the raspberries in hoop houses and therefore has avoided most of the adverse weather…

US importer reporting strong Moroccan W. Murcott season

LGS Specialty Sales, Ltd. (LGS) is reporting a strong Moroccan W. Murcott season marked by robust supply and excellent quality. Following the completion of a successful Moroccan clementine season, the company is expecting a steady supply of W. Murcotts through the end of April. “For nearly 30 years LGS has sought…

China & US start new round of trade talks in Washington

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin co-chair the formal opening of a fresh round of high-level economic and trade talks at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on Feb.…

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"Shrinking labor force needs to be solved with automation"

Both human and machine must find ripe strawberries between the leaves, gently twist them off the stems and tuck them into a plastic clamshell. Each contender has 10 seconds per plant. Then repeat endlessly before the fruit spoils. The future of agricultural work has arrived in Florida, promising to ease labour shortages…

Launch of new cold-pressed, holistic juice line

Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company announced the launch of a new line of cold-pressed juices with new functional and holistic properties. The three new juices represent the next generation of Natalie’s juices and were brought to market after six months of development. According to the company, the…

Vietnam: Star apple shipments to US to increase threefold

With regard to the 2018-2019 crop, the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang aims to ship 300 tonnes of star apples to the United States. This is the second year Tien Giang has…

Prof. David Zilberman - University of California, Berkeley

"No genetic engineering means people die"

"One day, when my son brought his new date to our home. I heard him tell her: 'I made a salad for you. It's organic!,'" relates Prof. David Zilberman. "I understood that what he meant…

North America is leading the organic food markets

The world's organic food market is undoubtedly growing, as proven by figures and studies. Fruits and vegetables are the main organic foods which have see the largest growth in recent times. Chile, the main supplier of fresh fruits from the southern hemisphere, is not lagging behind. According to data from ASOEX, organic…

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Glasshouse strawberries - a unique selling point for Aldi UK

Last year Aldi made a big deal of their first strawberries to go on sale  - but now they have broken their own record. Or, to put it another way, Springfield Nursery have broken…

Spain: Pollution levels vary depending on the crop, not just the irrigation water

The Spanish Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) has investigated the role of irrigation water in the presence of pollutants detected in four vegetables: tomatoes, cauliflowers, lettuce and beans. The organization has analyzed their composition in several plots of the metropolitan area of…

Johan Verhaeren, BioVibe

“There will be more organic leeks thanks to the good weather”

“Despite the high demand, there are still enough organic leeks for the entire season," says Johan Vanhaeren of the Belgian wholesaler, BioVibe. "The supply will probably increase in the coming days." "This is due to the warm, dry weather. Leek consumption has been very high throughout the winter. We are now working…

Landgard Bio GmbH presented itself at Biofach 2019

"Organic-area will be expanded consistently, with many individual projects in the future"

Landgard Bio GmbH cultivates organic vegetables for the fresh market and the frozen food industry on an area of ​​23 hectares on the Lower Rhine. With this cultivation, the company wants to familiarize customers and growers with organic farming, showing that switching to organic farming is worthwhile.…

TUSIAD - Main Turkish business lobby

‘Turkey must fix agricultural sector to bring down food inflation’

Measures chosen by the Turkish government will bring food inflation down temporarily, but prices will rise again if structural issues in the agriculture sector are not solved. This was said by Turkey’s main business lobby, TUSIAD, on Wednesday. Food prices surged 31 percent year-on-year in January and have been a…

Hot Pepper King pepper nursery

DIY Sambal pack introduced

Fruit Logistica was recently held in Berlin, Germany. Here, Hot Pepper King presented a new DIY Sambal pack. They are one of the Dutch association, Van Nature's, growers. Hot Pepper King or HPK is a pepper nursery, based in Pijnacker-Nootdorp, the Netherlands. HPK specializes in cultivating a wide range of hot peppers. These include varieties such…

Patrick Stoffels, Gaia Herbs:

"New Chinese ginger harvest arrives on 'hot' market"

Earlier this week, Gaia Herbs received its first container of newly harvested Chinese ginger. This company is based in Poeldijk, the Netherlands. "We have noticed that the…

Greenyard Germany's Director to step down

After eight months, Harald Abendroth is to immediately step down as Managing Director of Greenyard Germany. Harald formed part of this company's management with Reiner…

Kenneth Meyer, Natural Tropic

"There is still room to grow on the market for Spanish kumquats"

This year's delayed start to the Spanish kumquat season is very inconvenient. "Last year, we began in mid-December. That meant there was an equal demand for Christmas. This year, we could only start in January. This late start was due to the weather. This is making things quite a lot more difficult,"…

Italy must become a self-sufficient chestnut and marron producer

Italy imports around €100 million a year worth of chestnuts. Considering the type of soil and the predisposition towards this kind of product, increasing the domestic production is possible. What is more, it would boost the income of producers and safeguard hill and mountain areas that would otherwise be…

Blossoming of early stone fruit at least 20 days late

At the moment, the temperatures registered between San Ferdinando di Puglia and Trinitapoli are 3-4°C during the night and 13°C during the day and the blossoming of early stone fruit varieties is at least 20 days late.  "Some varieties such as Patagonia and Early Bomba are blossoming now, while they usually do in late January/early February.…

A single subject for the sale of pears would be a dream-come-true

Albano Bergami, member of the Pera IO and representing La Diamantina PO, reports that the pear market has slightly improved over the past few weeks. Destocking is proceeding regularly, although it will not be possible to recover the gross saleable production lost during the first few months, due to…

Call for new protests

Spain: Valencian citrus growers have already lost about 200 million Euro

The Unió de Llauradors describes the current citrus campaign as "a true disaster", both in the first and in second part, with ruinous prices and close to 500,000 tons of citrus that will remain unharvested. According to La Unió, to date, producers have suffered direct losses amounting to more than 200…

Promotion of European agro-food products in the UAE

The European Commission organized a trade mission to the United Arab Emirates from February 16 to 19, headed by Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan. The objective was to…

International consortium with four Spanish entities participates in MEDITOMATO project

The EU-funded PRIMA program (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area, http://prima-med.org/) recently selected the projects to be financed from the proposals presented to last year's call. One of them is the MEDITOMATO project, which has been selected for funding under the…

15 billion euro turnover threshold was cracked for the first time

In 2018, Spar Austria grew more than twice as fast as the entire industry

The SPAR Austria Group can look back on an exceptionally successful year in 2018: gross sales revenue of the entire SPAR Austria Group broke the € 15 billion turnover…

Pfalzmarkt eG achieves the set targets for the 2018 anniversary year

Turnover increased significantly despite the nationwide heat wave in the summer

In keeping with its 30th anniversary, Pfalzmarkt für Obst und Gemüse eG closed the financial year on December 31, 2018 with a sales increase of one million euros. With a turnover of 147 million euros and a production volume almost identical to the previous year's level of 225,000 tons, "Germany's market…

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Pamyra signs up for logistics partnership with Fresh Logistics System

Pamyra.de, the German comparison platform for logistics, has entered into a partnership with logistics service provider Fresh Logistics System. The goal should be to avoid…

bekuplast GmbH

"The demand for folding containers has increased steadily in recent years"

"Demand for folding containers has been rising steadily in recent years," reports Gerold Wilms, who coordinates bekuplast GmbH's producer, dealer and pool companies. At Fruit Logistica 2019, the company presented many different containers, but there was a special focus on the "Clever-Fresh-Box advance"…

'Demand for innovative grass paper grew too slowly'

Bankruptcy threatens Scheufelen paper mill

100 employees stand to lose their jobs because of the economic difficulties of the Lenninger company. Large buyers for its grass paper are still lacking. The Scheufelen workforce must once again cope with bad news: The company filed for insolvency yesterday. "Despite significantly cutting staff, we have…

Medium-sized packaging suppliers benefit from the Packaging Act

"Sustainable packaging solutions open up new opportunities for me"

Due to the packaging law, attempts are currently being made, as far as possible, to dispense with the use of plastics. Not only the major manufacturers and suppliers have to react to this important development in the area of ​​food packaging, but the smaller suppliers are now starting on this topic as…

Roy Zylka - Roy's Naturkost has Sicilian orange in its range for the first time

Organic orange variety still available for about a month

In today's trading environment, the importance of organic products is increasing at a rapid pace. In the fruit trade in particular, domestic and foreign producers are increasingly turning to organic products in recent years. As a result, wholesalers and suppliers are adding more and more organic fruits…

Burger Fruchtimport: Nuremberg-based family business celebrates its 90th anniversary

"Gastronomy and large consumers increasingly in focus"

In many places, well-established, owner-managed wholesale market companies are finally closing their doors after a hard struggle to remain alive. But for Nuremberg firm Burger Fruchtimport - based at the local wholesale market - every night is still about high stakes. Despite the increasing challenges…

Coop focuses on organic products

In an announcement of its results for 2018 to the press, the Swiss retail giant Coop indicated it was counting on low prices and organic products to continue its expansion. The group is satisfied with its 5%…

Oyster mushrooms instead of pesticides?

Covartis, a chemical startup from Limoges, is considering replacing pesticides with oyster mushrooms after discovering that these mushrooms with fungicidal properties could be…

Behold! The pepper packing robot

The use of robots is surely one of the main trends that the horticultural sector is experiencing. The dream of automation has always pushed innovation within industries, as it allows not only a better management of the workforce but also a better quality assurance. This is what the pepper packing robot was made for. This video…

Istanbul: 2,894 tons of vegetables sold at special sales points

According to the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, more than 2,894 tons of vegetables were sold at the 50 municipal direct sale points that opened in Istanbul's 34 districts on February 11. Eight different types of vegetables are sold at affordable prices at 50 municipal direct sale points, established with the…

BerryWorld, The Netherlands and Beekers Berries B.V. get future-fit

BerryWorld®, The Netherlands and Beekers Berries B.V. have operated in a fast-paced and ever-changing market, which has led to enormous growth for the two berry businesses. The appetite from the consumer for high quality soft fruit, and with it, the demand from customers across the whole of Europe has…

Frozen Bimi® launched on European market

Bimi® announced the launch of frozen Bimi® to the European market at this year's Fruit Logistica This decade-long innovation has been developed using a technique of freezing the hand-picked crop as individually-frozen stems, delivering it to consumers in premium condition. The European launch comes after…

Ireland: Dunnes and SuperValu recall organic kale due to Listeria

Dunnes Stores and SuperValu have recalled their organic kale products as they contain Listeria. The affected products are the Dunnes Stores Organic Kale, pack size: 200g and the SuperValu Organic Kale, pack size: 200g. The affected Dunnes Stores products have the batch code: Lot: 5239 with ‘best-before’ dates of…

APM Terminals Barcelona increases reefer capacity and reduces CO2 emissions

In response to rapidly growing customer demand, APM Terminals Barcelona, Spain has increased reefer capacity by 31%. The electrical capacity of the terminal has also been…

Pushing the boundaries of creativity in fresh produce

These days image is everything in the fresh produce industry, as consumers become more brand conscious and aware of what they are eating and where the product comes from, not to mention how sustainable it is. Specialists agree that the brand stories and images conveyed on the packaging are of paramount…

USDA GAIN report

Italian Citrus: Quality forecast to be excellent

Italy’s marketing year (MY) 2018/19 orange production is forecast to drop by 7.5 percent from the previous campaign due to summer rains and major flooding that occurred in Sicily in October and November. Italy’s MY 2018/19 tangerine production is forecast to grow by 14.8 percent from MY 2017/18 due to…

Waitrose & Partners Foundation helps farming communities with expansion into Senegal and The Gambia

More farming communities across the globe will benefit directly from customer purchases thanks to Waitrose & Partners Foundation (WPF), which today launches in Senegal and…

OVERVIEW GLOBAL MELON AND WATERMELON MARKET

In the winter months, the demand for melons in North America and Europe is traditionally lower, since the winter weather keeps the demand in check. The mood on the market is determined by the supply from Latin America. The start of the rainy season in Brazil is raising concerns among Spanish importers.…

Oceania

Australian fresh produce industry gearing up for export security changes

The Australian fresh produce sector is preparing for changes to air cargo export regulations, which will be introduced next week. From 1 March 2019 all international export air cargo from Australia must be examined at piece-level by a Regulated Air Cargo Agent (RACA), or originate from a Known Consignor, and use…

University of Western Australia and Monash University study

Mangoes & avocados positively impacting male fertility

Men who eat apricots and mangoes have more luck making babies than those who don’t, according to new research that shows certain antioxidants help boost male fertility. Male sperm with higher levels of antioxidants was more likely to successfully fertilise the female’s eggs, according to a study by the…

New Zespri Chairman - Bruce Cameron takes over from Peter McBride

Bruce Cameron officially takes over from Peter McBride this week as the new Zespri Chairman . Bruce brings considerable experience and leadership to the role and will build on…

Company claims to have proven treatment for spotted lanternfly

Arborjet Inc., a tree and plant health care company has developed a proven and effective treatment solution to help mitigate the Spotted Lanternfly. According to the U.S.…

First Tasmanian apples of the season ready for marketing

Tamar Valley apple grower Peter Farquhar claims that a late spring rainfall and dry summer created ideal conditions for a bumper crop this year. Mr Farquhar has spent some…

Australia’s Northern Territory finally banana freckle free

The NT was officially declared free of ‘banana freckle’( Phyllosticta cavendishii ) earlier this month. Department of Primary Industry and Resources executive director of biosecurity and animal welfare, Sarah Corcoran, praised the community and industry for this achievement. The road to recovery for bananas in the NT has…

World

Nutrition, benefits and uses

Are purple carrots healthier?

Purple carrots are especially eye-catching and are said to provide unique health benefits, unique to purple fruits and vegetables. All types of carrots are highly nutritious, but purple carrots are especially rich in powerful antioxidants known to fight inflammation and benefit certain health conditions. Most people envision an orange vegetable…

USDA GAIN report

Italian Citrus: Quality forecast to be excellent

Italy’s marketing year (MY) 2018/19 orange production is forecast to drop by 7.5 percent from the previous campaign due to summer rains and major flooding that occurred in Sicily in October and November. Italy’s MY 2018/19 tangerine production is forecast to grow by 14.8 percent from MY 2017/18 due to…


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