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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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Cucumber market up as some regions experience issues

Cucumber growers are witnessing a solid season in their Mexico growing regions. For Texas-based Bebo Distributing, it's a busy time as the second harvest for the summer is about to start. Bebo Distributing's Jimmy Garza said the market has been strong as some regions like Michigan experience…

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Supplies of avocados to start picking up

North America is seeing supplies of avocados come in from three different regions and prices are being pushed around accordingly. “California should be done by the middle of August. I think they’re ending earlier than usual and one of the main reasons why is that pricing has been so good this year. With…

New citrus canker fighting technology announced

Certis USA announced new citrus canker fighting technology to combat bacterial diseases and antibiotic resistance in citrus. AgriPhage™ Citrus Canker is the only citrus canker…

United Fresh promotes Amanda Griffin

The United Fresh Produce Association has promoted Amanda Griffin to Vice President, Education & Program Management. Griffin joined the association in the fall of 2013 to…

Robust growth in organics predicted

Organic Produce Summit recap

An upbeat growth outlook for organic fresh produce was one of the big headlines coming out of the fourth annual Organic Produce Summit held last week in Monterey, California, July 10 -11. Over 1,600 were in attendance, including nearly 300 retailers and 148 exhibitors. Organizers say the summit itself continues to enjoy growth,…

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US: Texas border bill to stop produce imports from spoiling at ports-of-entry

Texas governor Greg Abbott recently signed a bill aiming to speed up the inspection process for trucks carrying fresh produce across ports-of-entries along the Texas-Mexico border. Texas House Bill 2155, which goes into effect September 1, reauthorizes a 2015 program allowing the Texas Department of…

Jasper Trujillo joins North American packaging manufacturer

Fox Packaging™ has announced the hire of Jasper Trujillo as business development manager. Trujillo joins the Fox Packaging team with a background in economics and business…

Seven Seas adds Steve Kim to California team

Seven Seas has added Steve Kim as an Account Manager in the Seven Seas Visalia, CA office. Kim brings nine years of perishable logistics and Asia market trading experience to…

More delays in getting Port Elizabeth crane operational, while govt ministers put pressure on the port authority

South Africa port crisis: Berthing delays, shortages of containers and hauliers

Harbour personnel are cautiously optimistic that the situation will start improving at Ngqura Port Terminal (NPT), but it will take two weeks, at the least, to get back on schedule. Staffing shortages and low productivity at all of the country’s containers terminals mean that Transnet Port Terminals…

June Luncheon highlights school lunches and influencers in fresh produce

Throughout the year the Dallas Fresh Food Association (DFFA) hosts networking luncheons for fresh produce professionals. Last month, the June DFFA luncheon guest speaker was Lori Taylor, owner and founder of Produce Moms, who spoke on the importance of influence, inspiration and the increase of…

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Europe

2019 Total EU avocado supply update

Hass avocado supply to EU starts winding down

This summer's supply of Hass avocados to the European Union will gradually start winding down any day. The supply of Greenskin will not drop off as much, making the -small- percentage of Greenskins as compared to Hass avocados get a little larger. Exports from Chile will start picking up the slack now.…

New packaging for Fragola' mountain strawberries

The new Fragolà packaging is ready for commercialization. The design is colorful and transmits a clear message that also provides a virtual tour through the QR code. It also features the location of the crops (Alta Lessinia) and the Sapore e profumo delle Alpi slogan. "The harvesting of mountain…

Jan Vermeiren, Exofi Fresh Market:

“Globalisation results in more sales of exotics in summer”

Exotics are part of consumers’ menus more and more often. People travel more, and are therefore introduced to exotic products more often as well. Moreover, healthy characteristics are ascribed to a lot of exotic products. Mango and papaya are good for digestion, kiwi fruit is full of vitamin C and ginger…

Increasing importance of railway transport

When it comes to short distances, lorries still win from trains, but for longer routes, railway transportation could definitely become more important in the coming years, as it doesn’t just relieve our current problems in road transport, it also contributes to a more sustainable type of transport. The…

Willem Kea, Greenfresh:

“Herbs increasingly used as an alternative to salt”

From his ornamental plant cultivation background, he already knew a lot of East African growers, but for about 15 years now, Willem Kea of Greenfresh hasn’t really talked about flowers with these growers; they mostly talk about herbs now. So many varieties of herbs are still unknown, and as a result, a…

Poland: Poor harvest and low prices - blackcurrant producers not breaking even

This year's season has not been very good for soft fruit growers. Prices barely cover the cost of production, not to mention the farmers' own labour. If the yield was normal…

NFO study trip visits Betrieb Manner

"Wind turbines saved 100% of our apples during the night frost"

"We have 30 hectares of apples, 3.5 hectares of cherries and 2 hectares of pears. Until 2006 we were connected to Landgard. When I took over the company, I chose to move forward as a free egrower and at the moment we grow top fruit for the firm Krings and soft fruit for Frutania. We do the sorting and…

Despite bad weather Sanguines® fruit is looking positive

The Sanguines® harvest began last week in La Crau and the potential and quality are there. Despite a few windy episodes in spring and a violent hailstorm in the Drôme which seriously damaged some orchards, the harvest looks good, both in terms of quantity and quality. For this 2019 season, the global…

NFO:

"No appetite for trade agreement with South America"

NFO reports that at the end of June negotiators from the European Unions and the four Mercosur countries (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay) came to a trade agreement. The countries produce a lot of agrarian products. NFO president Gerard van den Anker finds this decision hard to swallow. "We are…

Harm Valckx: “Growth of blueberry market not finished yet”

New cooperative for blueberry growers founded: Coöperatie European Blueberry Growers U.A.

Last month, a new cooperative for blueberry growers was founded: Coöperatie European Blueberry Growers U.A. “We’ve been working with these growers for quite some time within Berry Packing Services. Sales will now be taken care of by the new grower’s cooperative. It was a long-cherished wish to group…

First report of black Sigatoka on Reunion Island

Pseudocercospora fijiensis , the causal agent of black Sigatoka, a disease of bananas (BLSD). It is considered to be the major economic threat for bananas cultivated for export all over the world. The disease has a worldwide distribution throughout the humid tropical regions and has been previously…

Plenty of new developments for largest Dutch chicory company Frysk-Witlof

“If customers order a lorry of chicory at 7 am, it’ll be ready for them by 2 pm”

Chicory company Frysk-Witlof from Sexbierum, the Netherlands, has no shortage of chicory. The company, formerly known as Hameno, harvests between 250 and 280 hectares of chicory from Dutch and Belgian origin every year, and as a result, it’s the biggest chicory company in the Netherlands. “That’s our…

Steel construction of new building at Freight Line Europe

The steel construction for the new company building of Freight Line Europe at industrial estate Honderdland in Maasdijk, the Netherlands, is currently being erected, so that the lines and height of the building are becoming visible on the south side of the building. The entire frame will be erected in a…

Fruitsland ready to start harvesting the first new season grapes

It is almost time harvest grapes in Puglia and Fruitsland is ready. This year, it has been growing two seedless varieties patented by IFG®-International Fruit Genetics for the first time - red variety Sweet Celebration ® and white variety Sugar Crisp ®. Sweet Celebration has an irresistible aroma with a…

Eighty hectares of watermelon damaged by hail in Taranto

"100% of my crops were damaged, they are worth nothing. I usually produce different grades so I can stand out abroad as well, but nothing is left," reports Tommaso Lella, owner of a company in Ginosa (Taranto) hit by the storm on 10th July 2019. We are talking about 80 hectares of watermelons (seedless,…

Spain

"Extremadura's plum sector should be better organized"

Francisco Gómez Lozano is the manager of the San Isidro agricultural cooperative, based in the town of Villanueva de la Serena since 1992, which is currently fully involved in…

Spain: Leonese onion acreage almost doubled this year

Onion producers in the Spanish province of León have introduced a new variety this year and are opening markets in their second year of expansion. In a campaign in which the…

José Carlos Varela, manager of BioAlgarrobo:

"Organic and conventional productions shouldn't be combined"

This week, the sweet potato campaign is starting in Malaga with the prospect of a productive and high quality harvest, as well as a good availability of commercial sizes. As far as prices are concerned, the situation is also looking promising due to the high demand. Adverse weather conditions in certain…

Spain's Consumer Organization publishes list of the best stores to buy fruit

Back in March, the Spanish Consumers Organization (OCU) carried out a study on the country's best stores to buy fruit, comparing a typical shopping basket (containing salad tomatoes, Canary bananas, Conference pears, Golden apples and strawberries) in 67 stores in Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Valencia and…

Tropicales Costa de la Luz produces its own mango variety: Luz

Spain: Pioneer of tropical farming in Huelva bets on mangoes

Julio Lucio Alonso, founder of the company Tropicales Costa de la Luz, was a pioneer in the production of tropical crops in the Spanish province of Huelva, setting up an avocado plantation in the Isla Cristina area some 30 years ago. "My father became interested in avocado cultivation thanks to a…

Denis Piper, Frischezentrum Aschaffenburg Melzig

Charentais melons from the Palatinate

Due to the current trend of regionality, more and more German producers are endeavouring to offer not only the classic products but also more exotic locally cultivated fruits and vegetables. Meanwhile, there is German ginger, German sweet potatoes and Charentais melons from the Palatinate. Melzig GmbH…

Christian Drechsler, Gemüsebau Bernd & Christian Drechsler:

"Better prices for vegetables would be very important"

"We have had greenhouses since 1973 and we were one of the first horticultural companies in Bavaria that switched to growing in substrate gutters," says Christian Drechsler of Gemüsebau Bernd & Christian Drechsler. Since then, there have been many extensions and the Drechsler family now grows produce…

Larger volumes will arrive in about two weeks

"Exceptionally early start of Egyptian sweet potatoes"

The starting signal for the Egyptian sweet potato season sounded this week. A few weeks earlier than usual, the first new goods arrived in the Port of Rotterdam at the beginning of the week and they have already been successfully marketed to some extent, confirms Mohamed Moustafa, Managing Director of…

The first seedless products of the season available in Munich wholesale today

Greek grape campaign starts well, despite slight delays

The Greek grape season has started. About two weeks later than usual, the first products of the new season are arriving at the Munich wholesale market. The earliest varieties, Superior and Superior red, are traditionally sourced from the island of Crete, while the grapes from the mainland (the…

September 24-26, Netherlands

The future of sustainable vegetable varieties

New varieties in brassica, squash, onion and leafy crops, coming to fruition at this year’s Fields of Innovation event, have been selected specifically to help sustainable business growth for growers and the whole value chain. There will be new Syngenta brassica varieties on show that include…

Russia stopped 3,000 tons of illegal imports since introduction of sanctions

Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being (Rospotrebnadzor) has prevented shipments of more than 2,900 tons of products…

Turkey gets green light for pistachio exports to China

After Turkey recently got approval to export cherries to China, following years of successful negotiations, the two countries have now decided to streamline Turkish pistachio…

"Effective screens for high-tech greenhouses are becoming increasingly important"

June 2019 was the hottest June ever in Europe, but the trend is certainly towards new records. For this reason, effective screens for high-tech greenhouses are becoming increasingly important. Arrigoni offers two solutions that can help farmers adapt to climate changes in recent years, to produce more…

New Middle East-India-Africa express services

Hapag-Lloyd’s has welcomed its newest addition to the Africa product portfolio. At the beginning of October 2019, Hapag-Lloyd will introduce the MIAX Service (Middle…

Bulgaria: Number of organic farmers increases 20-fold in ten years

According to Bulgaria's Agricu lture, Food and Forestry Minister Dessislava Taneva, the number of organic farmers in Bulgaria increased twenty-fold between 2008 and 2018.…

FEFCO Technical Seminar programme announced

FEFCO has announced that their Technical Seminar will take place on 9, 10 and 11 October 2019 at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland. The FEFCO Technical Seminar is the only…

Oceania

Coles joins the supply chain revolution

Coles is launching a new ‘cloud platform’ called Azure to host all its applications and data collection processes. This brings the company into line with Woolworths, who…

Australia: Packing shed to install blemish, colour and weight tomato recognition system

A Southern Downs horticulture packing shed is set to install Australia’s first blemish, colour and weight tomato recognition system and create up to 30 direct and indirect…

NZ: Millions spent this year in fight against Queensland Fruit Fly

Biosecurity New Zealand has released figures showing they have had to invest 4.1-million-dollars between February and June. The large-scale operation to rid our shores of the…

Collaborative discussion between seed potato schemes

On 10 May, a meeting was held between AuSPICA, members of the Tasmanian Certified Seed Potato Scheme (known as TasSeed) and invited industry representatives. Held in Devonport, it provided stimulating and robust discussion between the respective seed potato schemes as well as a forum to exchange…

Reducing listeria contamination from salad vegetables

Research conducted in 2010 found that Listeria monocytogenes was not predominantly spread by water and chicken manure, two common farm inputs in Australian vegetable farming. It is however more prevalent in summer and in particular in Victoria. Silage and baled hay produced high numbers of L.…

World

Lowest temperature recorded in each US state

That is just cold.

New Middle East-India-Africa express services

Hapag-Lloyd’s has welcomed its newest addition to the Africa product portfolio. At the beginning of October 2019, Hapag-Lloyd will introduce the MIAX Service (Middle…

For lovers of the King of Fruits there now is Musang King durian whisky

A company called The Durian Whisky in Singapore has done the impossible by turning premium Musang King durians into whisky, using a patented fermentation technology. The company introduced what could arguably be the most questionable of durian spin-offs earlier in May, claiming the spirit is packed with…

‘Grasshoppers and silkworms - antioxidant capacity is similar to orange juice’

For the first time, a study has measured antioxidant levels in commercially available edible insects. For open-minded health freaks, it's good news. Crickets pack 75% the…

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