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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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Over $1 million worth of heroin seized at Pharr International Bridge Heroin

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility seized $1,150,000 worth of heroin and cocaine that officers discovered within a commercial truck arriving from Mexico. “I commend our officers for discovering these narcotics by utilizing…

"We offer an international platform to innovative startups"

Fruit World Bodensee 2020 dedicated to new market participants

Young entrepreneurs with ideas on fruit growing and agriculture will be given a platform at Fruit World Bodensee, to raise awareness of their concepts and make contacts with international trade visitors. From now on company founders can apply for a free presentation in the new start-up area of ​​the fair.…

Cyber Risks to food processing and manufacturing?

The Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) at the University of Minnesota protects the global food supply through research, education, and the delivery of innovative solutions. It addresses vulnerabilities of the global food system through a comprehensive, farm-to-table view, partnering with…

Austria deals a blow to EU-Mercosur trade pact

A free trade pact between the EU and four South American countries was thrown further into doubt on Wednesday after Austria's parliament rejected the agreement. When the…

India: Floods leave trail of destruction in Nandyal

Yesterday, the floodwaters finally began draining in Nandyal after a let-up in the torrential rains that have lashed the region in the past few days. The receding waters left in their wake a trail of damage; 15 counties have been affected by the flash floods, with the worst-affected being Mahanandi,…

Damage to greenhouses estimated at about 177 million dollars

Japan: Typhoon Faxai caused heavy damage to agriculture

So far, typhoon Faxai has caused more than 290 million dollars in damage to agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries, mainly in eastern Japan. The amount is expected to rise. Farm ministry officials say the total covers damage reported as of Thursday morning in Chiba, Ibaraki and six other…

Versus Euro and Dollar

Pound Sterling could come under pressure sooner than expected

The British Pound was coming under pressure against the Euro, the US Dollar and other major currencies on Thursday, September 19. A potential reason behind the softness could…

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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…

Chile’s fruit and berry exports could drop dramatically if it does not solve water problem

EastFruit reports that the Chilean fruit sector is facing a very difficult task - to urgently reduce water consumption without increasing the cost of producing fruit and…

Herbs more »

Start-up ECF supplies regional Rewe branches

Berliner Aquaponik-Anlage delivers 6,000 to 8,000 basil pots per week

Basil and perch are produced by the start-up ECF in the aquaponic system on their farm in the middle of Berlin. The founders also show that they can plan and build. Now there are two large greenhouses on the 1,800 square meter site, where basil grows. Between 6,000 and 8,000 pots leave the farm weekly after…

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European Art of Taste project receives journalists from China and Hong Kong

The promotion of the European Art of Taste – Italian Fruit & Veg Masterpieces Project, has stopped off in Italy to let a large group of journalists from China and Hong Kong experience production excellence directly in the areas of origin. Starting from the Piedmont region, with a visit to the RK Growers…

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Drones to monitor Sicilian citrus groves

The first drones have been used in the Catania plain to monitor water stress in citrus groves as part of the "A.C.Q.U.A. – Agrumicoltura Consapevole della Qualità e Uso dell'Acqua" project promoted by Distretto Agrumi di Sicilia and the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture (Dicar) of the…

New Verna lemon variety may make it possible to produce all year-round in Murcia

In the agricultural demonstration center of Purias, in the Spanish region of Murcia, research is being carried out to study the viability of the cultivation of a new variety of Verna lemon. The goal is to "provide growers in the Guadalentín Valley with information about the behavior of these clones…

Russia opens its market to Cuban tropical fruits and citrus

Cítricos Caribe SA and the Russian Company Mashpriborintorg signed, within the framework of the I Exhibition of Cuban products in Moscow, the first contract to export tropical…

Andalusia's 2018/19 citrus campaign ends on a bad note

The 2018/19 citrus campaign in the Spanish region of Andalusia has closed on a bad note, with average prices falling by 23% and a drop in the demand in the markets, according to the Campaign Report made by the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Council of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and…

Vidarbha region - India

Fungal infection sucks the juice out of Nagpur oranges

Nagpur oranges, which already had to combat water scarcity this summer, are now succumbing to a fungal infection brought on by excess rain. In the span of just a few months,…

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Avocado exports from Peru will grow by 8.5% in 2019

The latest Avocado Market report by the consulting firm Maximixe indicates that in 2019 the exports of avocado and its derivatives will increase by 8.5%, generating 853 million dollars, due to the greater demand for fresh avocado from the Netherlands, the United States, Canada, Spain, the United Kingdom,…

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…

20 Tons of passion fruit sold during Alibaba Harvest Festival

On September 17th, “Guigang, Guangxi - an Authentic Place of Origin” campaign under the framework of Alibaba Harvest Festival was launched. More than 20 tons of passion fruit…

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…

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Lidl, the leading retailer in organic product sales in Spain

Lidl is the leading Spanish retailer when it comes to the sale of organic products, with a market share of 16.5%, as confirmed by the company's Public Relations Manager Arantxa Conde. According to data supplied by the consulting firm Kantar, the second place in the ranking of biggest organic product…

Spain is the leading organic fruit and vegetable producer in Europe

According to the 2019 Spanish economy sector report prepared by the Spanish Export Credit Insurance Company (CESCE), Spain is the leading organic producer in Europe, as well…

Health more »

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…

IT more »

Bluetooth temperature recorder launched at Asia Fruit Logistica

Asia Fruit Logistica brings together leading experts in the fruit and vegetable sector and other sectors. Every exhibitor and visitor will surely benefit a lot from this event. Fresh produce is extremely demanding in terms of fresh-keeping during transportation and storage, and the temperature is the key…

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Plant waste as raw material

From a lettuce to a fruit container

The food and agricultural system generates a large amount of plant waste, whose handling is costly and requires a management effort. However, that waste can also bring opportunities. "The parts of lettuce or artichoke we don't eat, as well as other sorts of plant waste, go through an industrial process…

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The fruit juice market is growing

Over the past few years, the overall sales of fruit juice were penalized by a change in consumption trends, with consumers looking mainly for healthy products. When choosing food and beverages, Italians have been increasingly aware as regards sugar content.  "Identifying the radical changes in consumer behavior and…

Cooling more »

New Nepalese cold storage facility inaugurated in Pokhara

The Pokhara Agriculture Cold Store, which is said to be equipped with all modern facilities, has been opened under public-private partnership model. The capacity of the cold storage is 300 tons, to be  extended up to 480 ton. The cold storage has been established with an investment of Rs 60,5 million (€480,000). Provincial…

Food safety more »

Investigating outbreak of intestinal infections in Sigulda

Latvian Food and Veterinary Service suspends operations of vegetable processing plant

Investigating the outbreak of intestinal infections in Sigulda, the Latvian Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) suspended operations of a vegetable processing plant in Jelgava.…

Nuts and dried fruits more »

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…

Packaging and Labelling more »

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…

Product information more »

LIDA Plant Research launches Ecothrin®

Organic insecticide to tackle "Tuta absoluta"

Motivated by our desire to continue launching new solutions and products for the improvement of yields and crop protection, we are presenting one of our latest innovations in the defense against pests: Ecothrin®. It is an organic insecticide with a unique microencapsulated formulation registered for…

Retail more »

Kuwait supermarket is open to selling Brazilian brands

Groupe Casino is in talks to sell its discount store chain Leader Price to low-cost rival Aldi

Online supermarkets & DIY stores increasingly popular in The NetherlandsMore and more Dutch consumers are buying their groceries and tools for home projects online. Web stores like Albert Heijn, Jumbo and Picnic are seeing their turnover grow with double digits every year, and DIY stores are also showing…

Macey’s grocery store is the first ever to be licensed by Associated Food Stores

Amazon pledges: Net carbon neutral by 2040 and to buy 100,000 electric delivery vans

Ahold Delhaize USA brands announce commitment to sustainable chemistry, transparent products and packagingIn its latest move to make products and packaging more sustainable, Ahold Delhaize USA announced that each of its local brands - Food Lion, Giant Food, GIANT/MARTIN’S, Hannaford, Peapod and Stop &…

Climate more »

Agroclimatic Monitor Report

Chile is beginning to experience an extreme drought situation

According to the latest Agroclimatic Monitor report on Meteorological Drought, prepared by the Emergency and Agricultural Risk Management Section of the Ministry of Agriculture, in 2019 Chile is facing an extreme drought situation with a water deficit above 70% from Curico to the North. According to the…

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