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Washington growers prepare for cherry season

Ideal weather conditions have provided a nice platform for Washington cherry growers as they look ahead to the harvest in less than a month's time. Growers say that during the bloom, the region experienced relatively warm weather and as a result, the trees have formed a good set. Although temperatures…

Rains will put pressure on California strawberry supplies

After the heavy rains that fell over the past week in California, strawberry growers have now turned to cleaning up their fields and removing damaged strawberries. Both Salinas and Santa Maria were hit by rains, with the greater amount falling in the Salinas-Watsonville growing district. Despite growers…

Ample lemons from domestic and import growers in 2019

The 2019 summer U.S. lemon market looks significantly different from the 2018 scene. “This year, California had a very big crop,” says Luis Elortondo of Salix Fruits LLC., a U.S. fruit importer/exporter specializing in citrus and based in Atlanta, Ga. This is unlike 2018 when the region saw low…

Coachella bell pepper production starts late due to weather

Field bell pepper supplies are transitioning out of Mexico and into California. “We are winding down our production in Mexico and transitioning to the early California harvest in the Coachella Valley,” says Katy Johnson of Prime Time International in Coachella, Ca. “Supply is good on green bells out of…

“We see a rise in snacking and specialty varieties every year”

Following their Sweetpops snack tomato assortment, the team with Red Sun Farms recently introduced Sweetpeps: greenhouse-grown mini peppers in a convenient pouch. Carlos Visconti CEO of USA and Canada Operations and Harold Paivarinta Senior Director and Head of Sales for North America, explain how the…

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US: Del Monte vegetable trays pose Salmonella risk

An investigation into an ongoing multi-state outbreak of salmonellosis in Minnesota and Wisconsin that is linked to consumption of certain Del Monte vegetable trays led to a public health warning. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer…

Sinaloa mango packing house opens for the season

Empaque Don Jorge (EDJ), located in El Rosario, Sinaloa Mexico, hometown packhouse of El Grupo Crespo’s Crespo Organic & RCF brands, opened last week. EDJ, along with other northern region packinghouses is opening late this season. But Crespo said the pack house is opening with improved efficiencies;…

“Mix Spicy Microgreens”

Canadian officials recall microgreens

Canadian officials are warning the public to avoid eating certain microgreens because they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. In a recall notice posted May 22, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency reported that Pousses et Cie brand “Mix Spicy Microgreens” that were distributed in Quebec…

Globe Tracker enables IoT on reefers for Dole

Globe Tracker, a specialist in IoT tracking and monitoring solutions for logistics assets, have deployed IoT devices installed on reefer containers to one of the world's largest fresh fruit growing and distribution companies, Dole Food Company. According to the company, the solution and platform will…

The first vegetables from robotic orchards are now on sale in the US

Iron OX, a startup located in California, has begun to market vegetables from robotic orchards. The orchards, managed entirely by robots, were inaugurated last October and, after eight months of cultivation, they have produced three varieties of vegetables: lettuce, sorrel, and basil, which are sold as…

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Europe

Bert Barmans, general manager of Zespri Europe:

“A brand is a promise to consumers”

And promises should be kept. “We have to make more and more of an effort to keep those promises,” says Bert Barmans, general manager of Zespri Europe. That promise ensures a healthy and flavourful product. Zespri can put all of their attention to kiwi fruit, in part because kiwi fruit is their only…

Spargelhof Allofs: Green asparagus

“Nothing is as assailable as unassailability, that’s why I wouldn’t say the white asparagus has a monopoly on the German market,” says asparagus grower and trader, Franz Allofs, slightly cryptically about the current German market. His eponymously named company is located in Geldern-Walbeck, near the…

Online tool/app to determine apple storage diseases

Dutch Fruit Growers Association, the NFO reports the launch of Frudistor. This is a new, free app/tool. It can determine the storage damage in apples based on three simple questions. These are the type of damage, when it occurred, and where it appeared (internal/external). The user gets more information…

How to save plants and vegetation from extreme weather conditions in Italy

Five days after the violent hailstorm that hit some areas of Basilicata and Apulia on the afternoon of Sunday, May 12, 2019, we returned to the fields to better understand the situation in Metapontum. "The damage is really serious on a good percentage of the harvest. In Matera, the areas most affected…

Engineer Paul Zabel pleased about cultivation project in the Antarctic

"Vegetable farming on the moon is possible, as the past months have shown"

At some point, people will grow their own vegetables on the moon. There are already concrete experiments for this: in a greenhouse in the Antarctic, Paul Zabel planted cucumbers and tomatoes for a year. Germany's Deutschlandfunk Nova inquired about the results of the cultivation. Exclusively minus…

Effects of drought in the Czech Republic are noticeable

Vegetables significantly more expensive

Vegetable prices in the Czech Republic are currently around 30 percent higher than last year, according to the statistics office. Czech vegetable producers blame the long…

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Two Moldavian cooperatives to supply strawberries to Romania

Entrepreneurial cooperative CI VED-MAR Agro concluded an agreement with the cooperative of strawberry producers from the Calarasi region on the joint export of berries to…

Wilco de Winter and Meryem Deniz, BDO:

“Risk of corruption often bigger than companies expect”

Major constant flows of money, unusual transactions, an intermediary abroad that bills a considerable fee for their obscure services; international entrepreneurship comes with risks for the fresh produce trade as well. “As a company, you’re responsible when you’re not critical enough,” warn Wilco de…

Walnuts from Chile ready for commercialization

The walnuts from Chile that arrived a few days ago at Manuzzi Frutta Secca are of a great quality. "The 2019 harvest has just arrived, kernels have a light color and organoleptic qualities are excellent. We have been working with a trusted supplier, Valvalle, for the past few years and its production for…

Italy appreciates Spanish lemons

Italy appreciates Spanish citrus fruit a lot, as prices are competitive and the fruit is available almost 12 months a year. This year, though, the entire sector is not doing so well, with prices at origin lower than last year for both oranges and lemons. "The last Fino lemons are available in fields and prices are low at…

Gastronomy in the Allgäu has reached a transitional phase

"Around Pentecost sales are expected to pick up again"

The relatively cold weather this spring has also affected the tourist regions of Germany. While large volumes of domestic and imported fruit and vegetable products had already been delivered to the catering industry at Easter 2018, sales are still limited for the time being. In the southern German…

Natural branding gaining a foothold in Austria as well

Alternative for stickers and foil in food retail

In the course of the discussion on plastic packaging and waste reduction, natural branding is increasingly coming to the fore. Since the first week of March, retail supplier VIO from St. Andrä am Zicksee has been working with a machine from EcoMark. Carsten Dillenberger and Julius Klopp from EcoMark GmbH…

Wholesaler from Vechta scores with exotic selection

"Dates, herbs and vegetables currently make up our core seasonal assortment"

In the German specialist trade, many companies are oriented towards foreign customer groups and sales markets. Both specialists and full-range providers run seasonal offers and fresh specialties. In Vechta - in the heart of Lower Saxony - is the food wholesaler and retailer Sham GmbH. Mainly Turkish and…

Luc Deroulers, Eurocelp, presents an innovation in the potato sector

Potatoes: An algorithm that recognizes diseases

After several years of research, Eurocelp teams have developed an algorithm capable of continuously detecting potato diseases. These are brown rhizoctone, common scab, silver scab and dartrose diseases. According to Luc Deroulers, founder of Eurocelp, this is a real novelty. "No one in the world has yet…

Last year's dry summer dampens rhubarb yields

Rhubarb production in the UK is now in full swing, but it is proving to be a tough season, due to the extreme weather conditions of last year. "Along with our usual multiples orders, we are also harvesting for bulk orders at the moment," says Janet Oldroyd Hume from E Oldroyd & Sons. "It has been a…

Turkey to export 8,000 tons of cherries to South Korea in 2019

Officials say Turkey aims to export 8,000 tons of cherries to South Korea this year. Their remarks came during the visit of a South Korean delegation to Alaşehir, Manisa, to…

Simon Reedijk leaves Exsa Europe

"After an intensive and successful collaboration of 9 years EXSA Europe and Simon Reedijk have decided to end their relationship. Simon made an important contribution to the original development of…

Arie van Baalen, River Onions:

“Good demand, size and quality of Egyptian red onions in the Netherlands”

There was no lack of superlatives on the Dutch onion market this year. Yet according to Arie van Baalen of River Onions, there are two sides to this market situation. “On the one hand, a lot of growers were producing under cost price, but on the other, some growers also managed to make enormous profits.…

Fino' fennel harvest started in Italy

The Romagna fennel harvest has just started at Caligari&Babbi, the company known for its Fino' brand. Marco Babbi: "We are very satisfied with the start of the campaign, which, despite the rain, is continuing regularly. Fennel is an article that does not suffer from rain and whose quality is very…

Jan Gütinger, Obst-Gütinger UG:

"Pineapples are big right now"

"At the moment, pineapples are doing very well and my customers have just rediscovered them," says Jan Gütinger from OBST - Gütinger UG in Rietheim-Weilheim. "The premium products from Costa Rica are exceptionally sweet and they are certainly well received." Ana'dou pineapples from Costa Rica The fruits are sold in one piece or…

BLE Market Report KW 20/19:

'Change in the supply of apples is starting'

Regarding apples, a change of supply is slowly starting: the presence of European batches has diminished and that of overseas imports has been growing. The campaign of the dominant native, Italian and French batches turned into the home straight and the importance of the complementary Dutch, Belgian and…

Port of Dunkirk: a future trading platform between China and France

The port of Dunkirk, the third largest port in France after Le Havre and Marseille, wants to grab the opportunities offered by the initiative “One Belt, One Road” to…

France: Growers denounce massive tomato imports

While French tomato production is in full swing, supermarkets continue to import large quantities of tomatoes from abroad. The producers in France denounce these imports. In a…

Day of the radish, but sales currently not very festive

For those who weren’t aware: 22 May is the day of the radish. A reason for a party (and a tweet from Piet Zwinkels ), but current sales are putting pressure on the festivities. “Sales have unfortunately been a little less festive lately. We’re all missing the lovely spring weather, and consumption is…

Results of Spanish cherry season 'surprising'

The Spanish Cherry Season began a few weeks ago and is keeping the entire cherry supply chain in suspense, which is about to complete the work of a whole year. The sector is in turmoil and persistent rains make everything even more complex, but Spanish Packing Houses who have chosen Unitec technology…

Europe's avocado consumption will reach the US level within 8 years

Despite the fact that avocado consumption is very popular, the current volume consumed per person in Europe remains smaller than in the United States, where an average of 5 kilos per person are estimated to be consumed each year. However, the World Avocado Organization is optimistic about the increase in…

The guarantees of the circular economy in the cultivation of mushrooms

"The rise of new mushrooms in Spain"

"The three main parameters to take into account when striving for optimum mushroom cultivation are temperature, humidity and CO2. The accurate control of these variables is only achieved with modern facilities. In Spain, many mushroom farms have become obsolete, and growing traditional crops without…

Catalonia's peach and nectarine acreage reduced for the first time

The general director of Afrucat, Manel Simon, and the general director of Food, Quality and Agrifood Industries of the Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food (DARP), Carmel Mòdol, together with the chairman of the Stone Fruit Committee of Afrucat, Sisco Palau, have presented the…

Turkey takes initiative on hi-tech greenhouses

In order to prevent high prices in fruits and vegetables and to increase productivity throughout the year, Turkey will launch hi-tech greenhouses. In the first stage, hi-tech greenhouses will be constructed in an area of 2 thousand hectares. Nine cities will benefit from the project due to their…

"Our tool allows you to collect your quality control data from grower to final customer"

"In this industry of constant progression it is hard to keep track of your workflow. You want to improve your position, while facing a growing demand for perfect production. Too many hours are going into recording data and informing your partners, leaving you with little time to establish a real…

"Our fast response provides a long term solution"

A fast-response service from tray sealing specialist Proseal that enabled leading ready meal manufacturer Rowan Foods Ltd to maintain production has cemented the working relationship between the two companies. From the installation of three Proseal PR30 machines in the late 1990s, which are still in…

UK: Pret buys 'Eat' in vegan deal

The Pret a Manger company, which has 400 stores in the UK, is buying food chain ‘Eat’. Its chief executive claims this is an effort to "turbo-charge" its Veggie Pret chain. Four establishments branded as Veggie Pret and aims to convert as many of the 90 Eat stores as possible to the new brand. Clive…

Peel Ports Group acquires shipping business Quality Freight (UK)

Port of Liverpool owner Peel Ports has acquired shipping and freight forwarding business Quality Freight (UK) for an undisclosed sum. Quality Freight (UK), operating from a 16-ha multi-modal facility at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, provides chartering and a range of port services. The company will…

Russian cabbage producers again reduce new crop prices

According to analysts, after a period of heavy rains with thunderstorms and hail, the weather in the Russian cabbage regions gradually began to return to normal. It was only…

Growers celebrate British Tomato Fortnight

"Working together makes us more productive"

When it comes to their relations with retail and market agreements, the UK tomato growers play their own game. But when it comes to threats for the industry, or representing the industry, they know where to find each other. As a result, every year the British Tomato Fortnight is organized, putting this…

Ireland potato price update - 22nd May

Consumption of potatoes is down this week due to the warmer weather conditions. In the UK, trade in the bag market was subdued over the week however prices for top quality are increasing as supplies become harder to find. First crop of earlies on the market early June Planting is now complete for most…

Oceania

AU: The new versatile collaborative robot set to reduce the potential for workplace injuries

A new collaborative robot system that can operate 24 hours a day and reduce workplace injuries, is being showcased at the Australian Banana Industry Congress on the Gold Coast. Visy Industries Group Service Automation Manager Richard Green says the machine runs at slower speeds when humans are around,…

Green Hayward variety in particular

Climate change in New Zealand may impact kiwifruit

Climate change may force the kiwifruit industry to look for new places to grow its vines – especially the green Hayward variety. According to NIWA’s new chief scientist for…

2018/19 season results: Zespri operating revenue exceeds $3 billion

Zespri’s returns to growers and the industry reached new levels on the back of strong growth in both volume and value and across all fruit categories last season, with…

Fruit fly outbreak this week in Lindsay Point, Australia

Local fruit producers are concerned, now an outbreak of Queensland fruit fly has been declared this week in Lindsay Point, Victoria. The outbreak of Queensland fruit fly…


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