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OVERVIEW GLOBAL SWEET POTATO MARKET

This year, hurricane Florence has had a decisive influence on the sweet potato market. The hurricane moved across the US and decimated the harvest in North Carolina and South Carolina. Worldwide, traders are waiting to see how the market develops. Some are switching to other origins, but not everyone is…

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California: Cold weather could affect broccoli supplies

Broccoli supplies look thin right now. “There seems to be lighter supplies compared to last year around this time,” says Gopal K. Gupta of Surrey, BC’s City Wide Produce. “California is lower in production. Colder weather has made it difficult to harvest in certain areas. Santa Maria/Salinas shippers scale back in…

Produce technology supplier sees value in more learning tools

With the amount of new technology entering the fresh produce sphere, growers are now required to know these sometimes unfamiliar technologies along with placing their attention on their main task - growing produce. QA Supplies, which supplies producers with tools to measure and analyze their product…

Medically important antibiotic oxytetracycline allowed on oranges, tangerines

Trump administration approves antibiotic residue on citrus fruit

The Trump administration has approved a maximum level of the medically important antibiotic oxytetracycline allowed in citrus fruits. The Environmental Protection Agency…

Federal Councilor Johann Schneider-Ammann could not achieve a breakthrough

For the time being, no free trade negotiations between Switzerland and the USA

For the time being, there will be no more formal free trade negotiations between Switzerland and the USA. During his visit to Washington, Federal Councilor Johann…

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US berry and avocado grower speaks at GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT 2018

Naturipe’s Director of Food Safety and Social Responsibility Donna Lynn Browne, spoke on several panels at GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT 2018 in Lima, Peru. “The GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT introduces opportunities to educate our industry,” says Donna Lynn Browne, Director of Food Safety and social responsibility. “We are at the…

Canadian report: Meat eaters will pay less, veggie lovers more

According to Canada’s Food Price Report , meat eating Canadians will benefit from dropping prices for animal protein in 2019, while the growing legion of meat-free eaters will pay more for their vegetables. Some 40 per cent of British Columbians aged 35 and under follow some variation of a meat-free diet, which is…

Chile decrees agricultural emergency zone in 10 communes of O'Higgins

Yesterday, the Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, decreed an agricultural emergency zone in the municipalities of Mostazal, Graneros, Codegua, Machali, Rancagua, Requinoa, Rengo, Olivar, Malloa, and Chimbarongo, due to the complex situation that the hailstorm that took place on November 12 and that…

Fyffes denies allegations of abuse at Honduran plantation

This Thursday, The Times Ireland  reported that the Dublin-headquartered fruit company strongly rejected allegations of abuse at its Honduran melon plantation, saying the safety of its workers is a “core value”. The paper reported that Fyffes had its fair-trade certification suspended after allegations that workers had…

Dramatically different situations for Florida and Brazilian citrus

When compared to last season’s output, expected orange production this season is dramatically different in both Florida and Brazil. Florida up The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s November forecast…

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Among shipment of oranges bound for UK

Spain: Guardia Civil intercepts 1,335 kilos of hashish

The Guardia Civil have made one of the most significant drug busts in Spain in recent years, when discovering more than a 1,000 kilos of hashish in a lorry heading to the UK. As a part of the Guardia Civil’s Action Plan for the Surveillance of Communication Roads (PAVICOM), officers are charged with…

Chile decrees agricultural emergency zone in 10 communes of O'Higgins

Yesterday, the Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, decreed an agricultural emergency zone in the municipalities of Mostazal, Graneros, Codegua, Machali, Rancagua, Requinoa, Rengo, Olivar, Malloa, and Chimbarongo, due to the complex situation that the hailstorm that took place on November 12 and that…

Federal Councilor Johann Schneider-Ammann could not achieve a breakthrough

For the time being, no free trade negotiations between Switzerland and the USA

For the time being, there will be no more formal free trade negotiations between Switzerland and the USA. During his visit to Washington, Federal Councilor Johann…

French consumption habits change after yellow vests demos

According to a Perifem/Opinionway survey published earlier this month, 56% of French people aged 18 and over have changed their Christmas shopping habits or will do so…

Del Monte Fresh Produce comes up with a game for the season

Ringing in the Holiday season

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. (“Del Monte”) announces its first-ever holiday game for the 2018 holiday season. Del Monte created the game as a fun-filled way to encourage everyone to eat healthy fruits in…

The organization says the bill will improve efficiency and safety at U.S. Ports of Entry

FPAA applauds bipartisan entry ports senate bill

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) said it supports the United States Ports of Entry Threat and Operational Review Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S.…

'Hidden regulations and red-tape used to distort trade flow'

Australia tries to break down non-tariff barriers to export markets

Australia’s federal government has launched a new initiative to reduce the costs and red tape confronting Australian exporters in international markets. Free trade agreements…

France: Cabinet delays raising food prices for farmers after protests

French farmers, who have always been a powerful factor in French politics, have long complained of being hit by a price war between retailers, which has benefited consumers…

Pacheco Pass, California

Truck spills fruit during harrowing stunt

We see the moment a truck spectacularly loses control on a mountain road and spills its cargo all over the lane. Footage recorded on a dash-cam in the vehicle behind shows the truck, loaded with crates, drive down the hard shoulder and hit the muddy bank. The truck then tilts to the left and smashes to the ground…

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Italy: Successful partnership between Apofruit Italia and Società Frutticoltori Trento

The strategic partnership between the Società Frutticoltori Trento and Apofruit Italia has been incredibly successful. The agreement involved the cooperation of Società Frutticolotri Trento with the Apofruit, combining their industrial and the marketing departments, thus putting them under a single management and with…

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The Christmas tree you can eat

A Christmas tree that's good enough to eat is the must-have decoration at Waitrose & Partners this Christmas. Herb-loving shoppers are in for a treat as the retailer will be stocking rosemary…

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Smurfit Kappa secures Argentinian awards for sustainable packaging

Smurfit Kappa has been recognized in two categories at the Estrella del Sur Awards in Argentina. The packaging leader’s innovative bulk tray for blueberries triumphed in both…

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China: How did Shatang and Wo oranges spread so quickly across the country?

The Shatang orange is a relatively early-season product variety. The orange gradually expanded its market share over more than 10 years and is already well-known throughout…

Leo Pels:

“Larger citrus production globally is our biggest competitor”

Large or small harvests, large or small sizes: it doesn’t matter either way to Leo Pels of the Dutch import company of the same name. In his long career in citrus, he’s seen it all. He prefers taking a step back and looking at the larger trends now seen on the citrus market: overproduction, (too)…

Warm autumn curbs start of citrus season

The warm autumn weather in the Netherlands and Belgium resulted in a difficult start to the Spanish citrus season; demand lagged. Yet David Remy of the Belgian wholesaler’s and importer Jacques Remy isn’t pessimistic. He expects a season with good quality and a larger volume to market. “We do our own importing from Spain under our…

Argentina: The San Miguel citrus company receives a $100 million-dollar financing

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, BID Invest, a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, and Rabobank will finance San Miguel, the largest citrus exporter in the southern hemisphere, with US $100 million. This financing will complement San Miguel's capital structure, whose export…

US: Bill is potentially a $25 million step forward for citrus

Citrus has been under siege in the United States. Research to combat the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) and the deadly greening disease it spreads, Huanglongbing (HLB), has been…

Market supply unable to meet demand

China: Wei orange becomes "dark horse" of citrus market

The Wei orange is produced in "China's hometown of late-season oranges"--Meishan Prefecture in Sichuan. The orange variety was established by the overseas Chinese researcher, Dr. Wei Gang, who returned from England. This late-season variety is a new variation introduced from Japan and it began to…

Russia tightens control of Turkish citrus fruit imports

Russia’s Ministry of Agriculture imposed extra controls on Turkish citrus fruit imports, reports newspaper Sözcü. The Ministry said it held meetings with Turkish officials…

Medically important antibiotic oxytetracycline allowed on oranges, tangerines

Trump administration approves antibiotic residue on citrus fruit

The Trump administration has approved a maximum level of the medically important antibiotic oxytetracycline allowed in citrus fruits. The Environmental Protection Agency…

Exotic fruit and vegetables more »

Persimmon market continues to grow

Lisan van Koppen of Jaguar The Fresh Company can sum up the Spanish persimmon and citrus season in two words: small sizes. There’s naturally a more nuanced image behind these two words. She talks about the delayed harvest, the growing market for persimmons and the early tangerines that are being pushed…

3.9 million euro in funding towards various growers

Greek kiwi grower lands huge investment from EU

Happy days for the kiwi growers in Greece, as they’ve gotten approval for a long operational program. The EU was accepting applications from various producer organizations, and Zeus was one of the companies that took advantage. Christina Manosis, export manager for Zeus, was delighted that her company got approved for…

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Sander De Proost:

"Increasing number of market stall holders find their way to organic fruits and vegetables at BelOrta"

"The share of organic produce is growing both in general and certainly within the fruit and vegetable segment in Belgium. We notice an increasing demand among a number of our existing organic clients," says Sander De Proost of BelOrta. "We also notice an expansion of the clientele for organic products. A…

Pears and apples stand out

Argentina: Río Negro produces the most organic food

Rio Negro has consolidated itself as the province that generates the most organic products in the country, as it accounts for 20% of the country's total organic production.…

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University of Coimbra

Portuguese research into blueberry leaves affecting MS

A research project of the University of Coimbra is looking into the therapeutic potential of blueberry leaves in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. The study was developed…

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How Capespan is conquering the technology tsunami

Most ERP projects do not succeed in one go

Many companies are anxious to take a new ERP system into use. Capespan is certainly not afraid to jump in and invest in a new system. This Belgian company has invested in a new system that has been implemented in seven countries already. Impossible? Tom Quets, CIO of Capespan told participants at the…

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Chile: Hi-tech tools to combat fruit flies

The Agricultural and Livestock Service, SAG, continues its fight against the fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata). Currently, it is using remote solar traps, equipped with a camera…

Mobile greenhouse is financed by Gemüsering Thüringen

Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences conducts research on urban farming in growtainer

The Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences received a growtainer at the beginning of the year, intended for research and teaching purposes. The "Gemüsering Thüringen" company is financing the mobile greenhouse for a period of ten years. This is a fully insulated container that has been…

Produce technology supplier sees value in more learning tools

With the amount of new technology entering the fresh produce sphere, growers are now required to know these sometimes unfamiliar technologies along with placing their attention on their main task - growing produce. QA Supplies, which supplies producers with tools to measure and analyze their product…

Processed fruit and vegetables more »

In Sicily, pomegranate orchards are multiplying

Italy: pomegranate juices are increasingly successful

A positive economic balance for the Sicilian Agrumi-Gel. Although the processed red-orange is still the company’s flagship product, the results of the pomegranate juice are especially good. Antonio Imbesi is the owner and marketing manager of the Agrumi-Gel. He told to FreshPlaza, “The Sicilian pomegranate juice is really something unique.…

Cooling more »

“Investment effort started by shortage of coolant”

Prices for synthetic coolants started rising considerably last year as a result of reduced availability. More and more companies dare to take the step of replacing their current cooling installation. This is already resulting in longer wait times. “We’ve noticed users are now aware of the necessity of taking action for…

Food safety more »

US berry and avocado grower speaks at GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT 2018

Naturipe’s Director of Food Safety and Social Responsibility Donna Lynn Browne, spoke on several panels at GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT 2018 in Lima, Peru. “The GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT introduces opportunities to educate our industry,” says Donna Lynn Browne, Director of Food Safety and social responsibility. “We are at the…

Nuts and dried fruits more »

Chilean shelled hazelnuts allowed to enter the Chinese market

Recently, Chile and China formally signed an agreement to allow Chilean shelled hazelnut entry to the Chinese market. It is reported that the Chinese representatives met with…

Packaging and Labelling more »

Danish government in favor of banning thin plastic bags

The Danish government is in favor of banning the thin plastic bags, according to newspaper Politiken . The prospective ban is part of the government’s plastic strategy, which seeks to dramatically reduce Denmark’s consumption of plastic bags. “We need to move away from the ‘use and throw away’ culture that we probably…

And soon in another color

JJ Baby bell pepper gets new sustainable packaging

Why not put the baby bell pepper, Tinkerbell, in the already successful packaging of the Tomberry. This must have been the thinking at Eminent Food. Since the start of December, the baby bell pepper has been offered in a new, sustainable, cardboard packaging of 150 gram, in response to the current…

Product information more »

Onions: high prices and a 'wait-and-see' market

It's the high temperatures or it's down to speculators, either way the current onion market does not move great volumes. On the contrary, volumes are quite low. An operator explained to us, “Not many onions are sold and the price is high. Anyway, some colleagues of mine are keeping the product in the…

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Maxima Grupė's Stokrotka has acquired Polish retail chain Sano

Carrefour ends Easy chain

Australia: Kaufland applies for six stores in Melbourne According to reports in Australia, Kaufland has applied to build six stores in Victoria. Kaufland has applied for planning permission for six stores in Melbourne, which if approved will be the first stores to open in the market. Construction could start early next year on…

Kroger: Q3 sales dip by transformation moves

C&S Wholesale Grocers to acquire Olean Wholesale

US: Albertsons implements Okta for customer identity The leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise Okta, Inc. announced that Albertsons Companies successfully implemented the Okta Identity Cloud to support its digital transformation. Albertsons, one of the largest U.S. grocery…

Climate more »

Egypt: Nile Delta under threat from climate change

Egypt's Nile Delta, the country's agricultural heartland containing much of its vital freshwater resources, is under threat from a warming climate. The fertile arc-shaped…

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