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OVERVIEW GLOBAL ONION MARKET

More onions, larger sizes, better quality. After the dramatic 2018 season in Europe and the almost empty market in 2019, this year's yields are again average. The cold stores in Europe being filled with a new stock of onions also entails that the markets that benefited from last year's shortages will now export less. China is…

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California lettuce season ahead of schedule

Salinas and Santa Maria continue to produce steady volumes of lettuce. These regions will continue to supply much of the California lettuce volume until the desert season which starts later this year. Growers say warmer than usual weather has caused the crop to creep ahead of schedule and questions are…

Almond harvest in California mostly finished

There is only a couple of weeks remaining for the almond harvest in California. Growers say the majority of the initial crop has been harvested - the Nonpariel varieties that make up much of the volume. For the most part, growers are half way through harvesting their second crop - the pollinators - and…

Mango display winners announced

The results are in for the National Mango Board’s (NMB) ninth annual Mango Mania Display Contest. The Board noted that participating retailers built impressive, eye-catching displays for at least one week during the month of June 2019. Over $1,500 in cash incentives were awarded to the winning stores. Every store was a winner…

Mixed reactions to Tomato Suspension Agreement between U.S. and Mexico

The U.S. finalized a deal with Mexican tomato growers and instated the new Tomato Suspension Agreement. The reactions to this agreement have been very mixed. American…

USDA authorizes fresh cape gooseberry fruit import from Ecuador

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is advising the public of its decision to authorize the importation of fresh cape…

New technology allows container operations to be monitored on smartphone or tablet

Shipping line personnel can now monitor and access container refrigeration unit operations from a smartphone or tablet, thanks toCarrier Transicold’s new Micro-Link® 5 controller, the industry’s first container refrigeration unit controller with wireless connection capability for improved visibility,…

Pitaya season in Nicaragua the best it’s ever been

“Pitayas are actually native to Central America, not Asia”

The season for pitayas has been really good for Nicaraguan growers. They're looking at their biggest production to date. For one particular exporter though, it’s not just about growing and selling the fruit. They’ve been pioneering a sustainable way of farming pitayas without damaging the soil. The pitaya…

Trump admin urged to ask India to reduce duty on US apples

Congressman Dan Newhouse has urged the Trump administration to ask New Delhi to reduce the duty for the country''s apple growers. Congressman Newhouse in a letter to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who is leading trade negotiations with India ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi''s visit,…

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Fuji Primeur: “We expect a strong boost in production this year”

In the southwest of France, the apple harvest of the Fuji Primeur, an early clone of Fuji, started in week 35/36. “The harvest of the Fuji Primeur, the first Fuji in the southwest of France, started a week late this year. The harvest is very good this season. The fruits have a nice color and they are sweet…

Fruitcase: The world's first fruit on wheels

At York Fashion Week in March 2019, Fruitcase Ltd, a York-based start-up company that has designed a range of suitcases that look like your favourite fruit was launched. Both the concept, a design that looks like fruit not only on the outside but inside too- and the business was founded by friends and…

DOGK: Breeders and growers are expanding the variety scale together

Specialties and ecofriendly cultivation will determine the future of the pepper

In many parts of Europe, peppers are the second most popular type of vegetables in the trade; only tomatoes are more commonly picked from the vegetable shelf. In Germany and Austria in particular, these vegetables have a uniquely priority, but also in this country there is currently an interesting trend,…

Anna Litwin about the Polish apple season

“Prices of Polish apples have to be lower than Italian apples”

The Polish apple season is in full swing and it shouldn’t come as news to anyone that the season will be significantly worse than last year. This isn’t just the case for conventional apples, but the organic ones as well. According to one exporter a change in cultivation is necessary to deal with the…

MSC to expand reefer offerings in Spain

Shipping Company MSC is to launch a dedicated rail service for reefer cargoes and plans to invest in a new cold store as it expands its operations in Spain. The Geneva-based company also hopes its affiliate company Terminal Investment Ltd will secure the operating concession for Valencia’s new T4…

Blockchain partnership between Plus, FYffes, and ISM

Climate-neutral bananas in Dutch supermarkets

Three companies are using blockchain technology to provide insight into the production chain of bananas. These companies are the Dutch supermarket chain, PLUS, their supplier, Fyffes, and their technology partner, SIM. A QR code has been placed on the bananas. Consumers can scan this to see which route the banana…

Kiwifruit production discussed at IKO

The 38th edition of the IKO (International Kiwifruit Organization) Conference was held in Italy by CSO Italy. Delegations from France, New Zealand, Chile, Spain, Portugal, US and Greece took part. Some of the leading Italian businesses producing and commercializing kiwifruit attended, including…

A suitable banana ripening unit favors sales

The new project by Cold Energy for the Argentinian company Argenfruit in partnership with Dutch companies BG Door and VDH boasts 14 new banana ripening units that will become operative in October. "We had already worked for Argenfruit in 2017 upgrading 23 existing units that can hold up to 2 containers each as well as 8 storage units.…

Costa Rica and the Port of Algeciras sign agreement to strengthen trade

The president of the Port Authority of the Bay of Algeciras, Gerardo Landaluce, and the general manager of the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promoter, Pedro Beirute, signed an agreement on Wednesday, September 18, which aims to consolidate and boost trade relations between Costa Rica and Spain at the…

First British-bred Sunburst apples of season to hit stores next week

The first British-bred Sunburst apples of the season will be on Waitrose shelves next week. The third commercial campaign for the  pink-­fleshed variety will feature the most consistent crop of apples to date, in terms of size, flavor profile and appearance.   The overall quality of the fruit, both internally and externally seems…

Turkey aims to stop banana imports next year

Anamur, Mersin, a city in southern Turkey, meets 40% of the domestic demand for bananas. This year, banana producers in the district expect a yield of 250 thousand tons. Anamur Banana Producers Union's (MUZBIR) President Hasan Catkaya announced that the production of bananas in Turkey will increase from…

Smart ways to reduce food waste

According to research by the SAVE FOOD initiative, around one third of food produced for human consumption every year worldwide - approximately 1.3 billion tonnes - is wasted. In industrialized countries, more than 40% of losses happen at retail and consumer levels. Food is sometimes thrown away ‘just in case’ when it is still…

Along with a willingness to pay for it

Study shows rising demand for more sustainable food

The vast majority of consumers in Europe and North America want food that is sustainably grown and benefits farmers, the environment and their own nutritional demands. They…

Greenyard announces partnership with German retailer REWE

The German retailer REWE Group and Greenyard, a global fruit and vegetables player, announced that they have signed a letter of intent. This letter was signed with a view to expanding their current relationship in the German market into a long-term, vertically integrated and transparent partnership in…

Oceania

Australia's first fully-automated, temperature controlled produce and packing facility opened

In an ongoing commitment to provide high quality fresh produce to consumers, Montague, an Australian fresh produce company, has officially opened a produce facility and packing facility at the Brisbane Markets site in Rocklea, Queensland. The 5,578m2 facility is Australia’s first fully-automated, temperature…

Total of 53,000 cherry trees to be planted at Mt. Pisa, NZ

Twelve hectares of cherry trees have been planted at iconic Mt Pisa Station, Central Otago, as horticultural investment company Hortinvest completes stage one of its $15.5 million cherry development. Mt Pisa Station landowners - the MacMillan family - were among the key investors who underwrote the planting…

World

Kumquats for effective weight loss

For those who are trying to lose weight: what works for you may not work for others. In that case, you must firstly try different things to see what is giving you required…

OVERVIEW GLOBAL ONION MARKET

More onions, larger sizes, better quality. After the dramatic 2018 season in Europe and the almost empty market in 2019, this year's yields are again average. The cold stores in Europe being filled with a new stock of onions also entails that the markets that benefited from last year's shortages will now export less. China is…

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