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Stephanie Cutaia with Canadian EarthFresh Farms

“We search the world for unique potato varieties”

A Canadian company is livening up the potato category by raising awareness for the health benefits of potatoes as well as offering a unique, high-quality product that is sourced from all around the world. "EarthFresh has been focusing on bringing a more unique product to market for more than 50 years," said Stephanie…

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Organic Cuties® another step for producer's organic expansion

Sun Pacific, the company behind Cuties® Mandarins and Mighties™ Kiwifruit, has been busy expanding its organic offerings, launching organic options for Cuties and Mighties within the last six months. This adds to the company's already existing organic grapes under the Air Chief brand that have been in…

Delano, California

Vincent B. Zaninovich & Sons lays off over 500 employees

Delano grape farming company, Vincent B. Zaninovich & Sons, has announced it is laying off over 500 employees. John Zaninovich, VBZ’s President has stated that “VBZ has…

United Fresh names 25 retail produce manager award honorees

Marking 15 years of recognizing retail produce managers, United Fresh Produce Association has announced the honorees of its 2019 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program. The…

2019 Vidalia onion season pack date announced

Get those taste buds ready, Vidalia onion lovers, because this sweet onion will soon be on the way. The Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Vidalia Onion Committee announced that the pack date for the 2019 Vidalia Onion® season is 8 a.m. on Monday, April 22. “With tremendous consideration after consultation with the…

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New TNE service to connect Turkey with the US East Coast

Hapag-Lloyd is launching a new liner service offering a direct connection between Turkey and the US East Coast. The Turkey North America East Coast (TNE) service will operate every nine days between the Turkish seaport of Marmara (Izmit, Istanbul and Gemlik) and the US ports of New York, Norfolk and…

"Tackling food waste - good for the planet and the bottom line"

Third educational session for OPS 2019 announced

With global food loss and waste estimated to be between one-third and one-half of all food produced, its impact on the environment and a company’s bottom line will be the subject of the third of six educational sessions at Organic Produce Summit 2019. “Tackling Food Waste--- Good for the Planet and the…

California leafy greens grower hires Jeff Cook as new CFO

Misionero said it is proud to announce the hire of Jeff Cook as its new Chief Financial Officer. Cook brings more than three decades of industry experience and a background in…

Specialty potato producer hires Celeste Porter as CFO

Tasteful Selections® has added a new Chief Financial Officer to their team, Celeste Porter. In this role, Celeste is accountable for the administrative, financial, and risk…

Hidden among tomatoes

US Border Patrol seize nearly $1 million in cocaine

Last week, there was a cocaine seizure that was one of two major drug busts at Laredo Port. Border patrol agents in Laredo, Texas had a productive weekend—seizing $3 million in drugs including more than $850,000 in cocaine that was being smuggled in a shipment of tomatoes. “Securing the cargo environment is a…

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Harrij Schmeitz:

“Block chain isn’t just a technique, it gives complete transparency”

Block chain is the buzzword of 2019. Everyone’s talking about it, everyone thinks it’ll change the world, but what actually is block chain? Is the hype surrounding block chain justified? Harrij Schmeitz explains it to us, but also puts it in a different perspective: transparency. Transparency is becoming…

Unique study into alternative source of high CO2:

Dry ice in containers results in better quality soft fruit

Transport and quality is often a challenging combination. A good product can arrive in Europe as a bad product after several weeks at sea. Various options can be employed to retain the quality of the products. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research recently added a new option: dry ice as a source of…

How CMA CGM developed a passion for onions

In September 2016, container company CMA CGM started a permanent service between Vlissingen and West Africa. “It was a service companies were actually waiting for,” says Eduard Backer, managing director of CMA CGM Holland. Because of the close cooperation with the sector, the shipping company developed a…

Demand for smaller sizes of celeriac is trending in Germany

Although Germany is known for preferring large sizes, Paul Heemels of Heemels Agro from Herkenbosch, the Netherlands, has noticed a trend towards smaller sizes. “While in the past, they asked four products for five kilos, they now prefer five or six tubers per box. It’s understandable, after all, why…

Snebo invests in onion processing in Ossendrecht and Orchowo

Although a lot of Dutch onion traders prefer selling an onion with skin as strong as possible, Snebo actually prefers cutting it off. The Dutch company from Ossendrecht has been active in the onion processing industry for 40 years and supplies a broad range of processed onion products, varying from cut…

India: from selling onions out of baskets to online retail

India is a country that has developed considerably in recent years. This is also noticeable in the onion sector, which has always been strong in India. “Online retail can be seen increasing significantly in recent years, and pre-packed products will play a large role in that,” says Michiel Eilander of…

Potato improvement: always working on a shift of emphasis

It takes a long time to create a new potato variety, and it requires a vision. Every day, agriculturalists are working on developing varieties that could be immune to various diseases someday, and that meet the desires of growers and consumers. The results can often only be marketed decades later. How do…

The EU fruit and vegetable sector: Main features, challenges and prospects

Fruit and vegetables accounted for approximately 14 % of the total value of the EU's agricultural production in 2018. This is a fundamental sector for many EU Member States, especially those where it is particularly well developed, such as in the Mediterranean region and in some northern and eastern…

Ukrainian fruit and nut exporters establish new record

Ukraine’s fruit and nut export volumes rose to a record high in February 2019 of USD 24.8 million, which represents a 35% year-on-year increase and is more than twice the figure achieved two years ago in February 2017. Walnuts accounted for the lion’s share of exports in this segment, representing 64% of…

FruitVegetablesEUROPE General Assembly and Event 2019

"Cultivating the taste of Europe"

FruitVegetablesEUROPE (EUCOFEL), the European Association representing the EU fruit and vegetables producers and exporters at European level, was honoured to organise its…

Arno van den Oord, Champoord:

"Boring mushroom market, bean sprout sales show rising line"

The mushroom market is reasonable at the moment. "It's a slightly boring market," reckons Arno van den Oord of mushroom and bean sprout wholesaler Chmpoord from Ammerzoden. "The demand isn't that big, but it matches the supply at the moment. Thankfully, we can't complain about the quality." "All countries are participating…

Turkey: Major producer and exporter of fruit and vegetables

Export mostly to Russia and neighbouring countries Turkey is a superpower when it comes to the production of fruit and vegetables, and they have a spot in the global top five.…

The Greenery introduces Vitamin D mushrooms

Mushrooms and other edible fungi are ideal meat replacements due to their structure. They also naturally contain nutrients such as vitamin B, protein and minerals. This means they fit well into a healthy diet. With the help of UV lighting, mushrooms can now also be foreseen of vitamin D. Mushrooms naturally contain the…

Narrow carton trays for freshly grown herbs

A fast growing European herb specialist asked Boix to create a packaging solution that offers optimal protection for their freshly grown herbs. In order to achieve this, they collaborated with the carting supplier and the customer in the development, the design, and the production of a narrow, stackable…

Sainsbury’s to include the flower in its ready meals

Banana blossom: Vegan dish with the texture of fish

We already had beetroot burgers and jackfruit curries. Now,  the next star of the vegan “meat” world comes from the gardens of south-east Asia and looks somewhat like an artichoke.…

Environmentally friendly packaging for agricultural use

Th e use of protective, textile screens in agriculture entails advantages at least in terms of: ·       increase in the yield of cultivated land by multiplying cycles per season and protecting from atmospheric agents ·       reduction of pesticide use, with equal protection against the most aggressive insects for each individual crop ·       improvement of the microclimate, through the control of ventilation, temperature and…

“Hein Deprez's business model was too ambitious”

Last Friday, fruit and vegetable giant Greenyard announced a serious restructuring. The loss of 422 jobs and the sale of an important department ends the business model of…

Difficult for industry to get vegetables

It’s difficult for the processing industry to get vegetables this year. The problem is mostly with summer vegetables such as peas, carrots, beans and spinach. “We managed to…

Koppert Cress introduces Melissa Cress

Koppert Cress has launched Melissa Cress. Melissa Cress is an aromatic mix of mint flavors. When bruised, it has a subtle citrus scent, reminiscent of citrus zest. It can be used in combination with sweet products. These are products such as crustaceans, molluscs, and white fish. You can also use it with vegetables like…

Rob Morren, Food Sector Manager at ABN Amro:

"Trading companies that do not excel in retailers buying criteria will struggle"

The buying power of supermarkets is just getting stronger. This does not make the role of the fruit and vegetable trading companies any easier. Rob Morren, ABN Amro's Food sector banker, sees increasing attention being paid to mapping the social cost of production. This is called True Cost Pricing. Here…

South Korea: First crops harvested in hydroponic units

In South Korea the first lettuce and herbs have been harvested in the TAPKIT units that EZfarm purchased. Harvesting under these cold conditions is the first for the relatively new greenhouse kit. Teshuva Agricultural Projects (T.A.P.) supplies the TAPKIT - a 500 m2 hydroponic unit, in three different versions, depending on the climate…

Dorì golden kiwifruits from Chile reach Europe by air

Consorzio Dorì president Giampaolo Dal Pane has visited the central area of Chile to inspect the last stages of harvesting operations.   "I have visited 4 companies, the largest of which is called Lafrut. Overall, there are 130 hectares of Dorì. This is the second harvest, but it is the first year with considerable quantities. Nonetheless, we will not be…

Mixed Contact Group on strawberries

Representatives from Basilicata also attended the mixed Contact Group on strawberries that met on 15th March 2019 in the OP Sole meeting room.  The meeting of the Italian-French-Spanish group has the objective of discussing the situation of strawberry cultivation in the respective countries analyzing the strategic issues of the past…

Agribologna - further advancements in the fresh-cut fruit range

The latest introductions presented by Agribologna in the fresh-cut sector regard the organic segment. By the end of 2019, the company aims at reaching 100 thousand pieces of the "Bag" line. Massimiliano Moretti in Berlino at Fruit Logistica 2019 Sales director Massimiliano Moretti reports that "we are very pleased with how things…

Low demand in Italy and all over Europe for Chinese garlic

In the European Union, garlic imports are subject to a quota and, since the Community Regulation has entered into force, quantities lower than that set out in the Regulation itself have never been imported. "Substantial quantities of garlic imported from China always enter the EU regardless of the…

"The 2019 marketing campaign will be the most important one to date"

Fashion watermelon campaign kicks off

The 2019 Fashion Watermelon campaign has just started with the aim of positioning the fruit in the markets ahead of other origins that compete with Almeria, such as Panama, Costa Rica and Morocco. This campaign, the production is expected to amount to about 80,000 tons grown on more than 1,800 hectares,…

Study from the Polytechnic University of Valencia

Organic peppers have more vitamin C and phenolic compounds than the conventional

Peppers grown organically contain more vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and higher levels of phenolic compounds, a natural antioxidant, than those cultivated conventionally. This has been shown…

Arrival of HLB bacterium would put an end to Spanish citrus sector in 15 years

Citrus greening, or Huanglongbing (HLB), is the biggest threat for the citrus sector. In fact, the Mediterranean is the only large productive area which, for the time being, has not yet been affected by the appearance of this bacterium. The situation turned upside down in 2014, when the presence of one…

In 2017, the chain achieved better profitability than Mercadona, DIA and Carrefour

Lidl gains ground in Spain

Mercadona dominates the supermarket sector in Spain, with 25% of the market; however, the German chain Lidl is gaining ground as a possible candidate to bring down the empire of Juan Roig, while DIA,…

A Huelva-based cooperative, an example of labor integration

The relevant role of women in the Spanish berry sector

Thanks to its national and international projection, Huelva's berry sector has become one of those that best illustrate the labor integration of women, as highlighted by the Andalusian Councilor of Equality, Social Policies and Family and Work Balancing, Rocío Ruiz. The Councillor visited the Andalusian Cooperative Society…

The health benefits of sweet granadilla consumption

The sweet granadilla is a fruit with health benefits that very few people know about today. Not for nothing is it called "the children's fruit", since it has nutrients that stimulate physical and mental growth; helps alleviate digestive health issues, because it doesn't irritate the stomach; relieves…

Spain

Climate change will cause pests to spread

One of the first consequences of climate change is that northern Europe will enjoy a rise in temperatures that will increase crop production. Meanwhile, a tropicalized south will be forced to reinvent its agriculture to survive the frequent droughts and the spread of pests, opting for more adaptable…

Edeka planning organic markets

Germany's largest food retailer, Edeka, is planning its own organic markets. What is being discussed are shop-in-shops in large Edeka stores, but also separate stores under the "Naturkind" brand,…

Fructus und Associazione dei castanicoltori della Svizzera italiana have put this chestnut variety in the limelight

The Lüina is Swiss fruit of the year 2019

FRUCTUS, the Association for the Promotion of Old Fruits, in Cademario TI together with the Association of Chestnut Producers of Italian Switzerland chose the chestnut variety…

Migros switches to black boxes, resulting in red faces

For years, Swiss vegetables have been sold in green Ifco boxes. Starting in June, Migros will only accept black boxes. This makes for red faces among some suppliers. The change to black boxes is mainly based on marketing reasons. The decision primarily focuses on the nobler color effect of fruits and vegetables with a…

Patrick Braun, Braun Früchte & Gemüse AG:

"There are strawberries all year round - somewhere it is always spring"

"There are actually strawberries all year round - it is always spring somewhere. At the moment Spain is doing well with its strawberries, soon the Italian goods are coming and in April the long-awaited production from Switzerland will start," says Patrick Braun from Braun Fruits & Vegetables AG in…

Pilzzucht Mandarin GmbH: Start of the 2019 French wild garlic harvest

"Sales of wild garlic growing steadily every year"

Just in time for spring, the first wild garlic from the French Champagne arrived about 2 weeks ago. Increased deliveries are expected from this week, says Stefanie Wisniewski, managing director of mushroom cultivation Mandarin GmbH and experienced supplier of wild garlic to German and international…

Marcus Pechtl, Gemüsebau Pechtl Tirol:

"Great demand for old, regionally cultivated lettuce varieties"

Special crops and forgotten vegetable varieties are seeing a significant renaissance in recent years. As a result of the increased demand for these, mostly colorful, products, more and more growers decide to devote themselves to the cultivation of these plants. There is Marcus Pechtl, for example, who…

Thies Claußen, Quality Manager Global Fruit Point:

"Successful quality management through close cooperation in both directions"

In this age of fast goods procurement and year-round availability, efficient and accurate quality assurance is one of the main ingredients of market success. More and more import companies and suppliers of the food retailer are investing accordingly in their quality management department. So does the…

Datterino tomatoes F1 increasingly demanded by the market

The cultivation of the new Fenix datterino tomato is in full production and its varietal name Miele ("honey"), not by chance, recalls the sweetness and the excellent organoleptic characteristics that characterize this product. In the photo on the right: the elegant shape of the bunch and the fruit make this tomato…

A very successful event for the 50th anniversary of the MIN

Rungis in the Guinness Book of Records for the world’s longest table!

Blue Whale, active partner of the event, provided the apples necessary to make a giant apple pie. On the picture: Lucile Sene and Marine Lapierre On Sunday, March 17th, 2019, Rungis’s performance was entered in the Guinness Book of Records, for accommodating 2,200 people around a 1,316-foot long table, across two…

“Encouraging situation for Moroccan products on the French market”

The import-export specialist JMF Partenariat, headquartered in Perpignan, is focused, among others, on Moroccan products on the French market. According to Yvan Cancer, sales representative within the company, Moroccan products definitely have their place on the French market, depending on the seasons.…

Swedish researcher creates bioplastic from fruit waste

Research at the University of Borås shows that even disposable items can be environmentally friendly. Researcher Veronika Bátori at the western Swedish university has made…

Ukrainian sanitary inspection reveals:

South American moth found in Turkish tomatoes

According to the press office of the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection, Ukrainian sanitary inspectors have found a batch of infected tomatoes in the Kiev…

UK firm sees record demand for crop enhancement products

A Lancashire agricultural company is helping farmers around the world to increase their crop yields after it sees record demand for its products. Levity Crop Science currently…

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Greenyard recalls green beans for jimson weed risk

Greenyard Frozen France has recalled frozen green beans because they could contain parts of a poisonous plant commonly known as jimsom weed or jimsonweed. The scientific name of the plant is Datura stramonium and it contains high levels of tropane alkaloids including atropine, hyoscyamine and scopolamine. It is…

MSC & Contship Italia in talks for largest Italian container terminal

MSC is currently in talks with Contship Italia in order to acquire 50% shares in CSM Italia Gate, the company that controls MCT – Medcenter Container Terminal. In addition to this, MCT is the concessionaire of the container terminal activities in the port of Gioia Tauro where MSC is already a partner and the main…

Brexit: Third vote not ruled out despite new ruling

Theresa May has said she is pressing on with her Brexit deal despite a ruling yesterday by Commons Speaker John Bercow that she cannot bring the same deal back for a third…

Virtuous gin HYKE’s up Hochfeld’s waste commitment

A new gin produced from waste table grapes was officially launched in London last night, on World Recycling Day. Kent-based Richard Hochfeld Ltd (RH Ltd) has found a unique way to recycle an estimated 166 million surplus table grapes – turning them into premium quality gin. Called HYKE the gin is the result of a joint venture…

EU agriculture commissioner: “UK customs plan violates WTO rules”

Last week, agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan said the UK’s tariff system proposal is illegal. The no-deal customs regime outlined by UK officials is admittedly “transitional”  and only meant to last for 12 months only – but is clearly disruptive.  What’s paramount, however, is that the UK’s tariff system proposal…

Oceania

AU: Cairns progresses to business case stage for agricultural export centre

A regional Export Distribution Centre in Cairns, which would help boost rapid airfreight access for Queensland agricultural producers, is a step closer. The Queensland Government has invited…

New processing facility - Big boost for Australian fruit industry

A $55 million state-of-the-art processing facility in Shepparton, Victoria, will employ more than 1300 people over five years, while ensuring apples and pears don’t go to waste. The FRUITCo project includes a $15million investment from the Federal Government and further investment from fruit processing business Geoffrey…

‘Resin Canal Disorder’

Mango industry discovers highly infectious bacteria as cause of RCD

Australian scientists have worked out what causes ugly veins to appear in mangoes — a breakthrough that could save the industry millions of dollars each year. Although RCD-infected mangoes are safe to eat, the blemishes and discolouration makes the fruit unsaleable. Now, scientists found that RCD spread simply by…

World

Turkey: Major producer and exporter of fruit and vegetables

Export mostly to Russia and neighbouring countries Turkey is a superpower when it comes to the production of fruit and vegetables, and they have a spot in the global top five.…

Hidden among tomatoes

US Border Patrol seize nearly $1 million in cocaine

Last week, there was a cocaine seizure that was one of two major drug busts at Laredo Port. Border patrol agents in Laredo, Texas had a productive weekend—seizing $3 million in drugs including more than $850,000 in cocaine that was being smuggled in a shipment of tomatoes. “Securing the cargo environment is a…

In shipment of fresh lemons

Cocaine seized at Port of Santos, Brazil

The large quantity of cocaine was allegedly found aboard a vessel at South America’s largest port, Santos. Police claimed the drugs were found by two sniffer dogs in a container carrying fresh lemons packed in paper boxes and headed towards Cartagena.  The group behind the alleged smuggling attempt are said to have intended to move…


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