Thursday, November 21, 2019

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Sarah Deaton of Zespri on this year’s kiwifruit season:

“Our kiwifruit sales increased 28% in the U.S. this year”

The popularity of kiwifruit in the United States has seen tremendous growth in the past few years. Sarah Deaton, Shopping Marketing Manager, NAM, of New Zealand-based grower Zespri says: “China, Europe and Japan are our largest markets, but we are seeing strong growth in places like the U.S. and the…

Yuma hopes to close leafy greens gap

As the leafy green season gets started in Yuma, Ariz., it may close the gap in supplies that’s been seen for the last three weeks. “Back in late September, we had remnants of Hurricane Lorena come through Yuma. It dropped a lot of rain. It was a critical time in that growing cycle, impacting plants in…

Catalytic Generators and Exp. Group LLC on their 10-year cooperation:

"We work to produce a uniformly ripened and ready-to-eat product"

Catalytic Generators and Exp. Group LLC have worked together for over 10 years to provide customers with quality, evenly ripe, fresh produce. Exp. Group guarantees the quality and safety of their products, with a commitment to achieve and surpass market requirements. The multinational group committed to working…

Voice vote passes Farm Workforce Modernization Act, WGA president responds:

"This act contains real solutions to the labor crisis facing the industry"

In response to passage of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act by voice vote in the House Judiciary Committee, with a recorded vote to take place tomorrow morning, Western…

Sun World grants new fruit licenses in Chile and Peru

Sun World International has added a Chilean and two Peruvian grape companies, Pronto Exports, Agrícola Interandina, and Sun Fruits, to its list of licensees worldwide. The…

Elieser Castellanos of Guatemalan exporting company Casteel GT:

“High Thanksgiving demand increased U.S. green bean prices”

South America is a large producer of green beans, and the product is exported throughout the world, though North America remains the top importer of the South American product. Casteel GT is a Guatemalan exporting company who work together with growers in Guatemala to export French Green Beans to North…

California

Del Monte announces plans to sell Mendota production facility next year

Del Monte has entered into an agreement to sell its production facilities in Mendota, but what exactly that means to Mendota is not yet clear. The food production company revealed Tuesday in an update on its “supply chain optimization” for the Philippine Stock Exchange that it has entered into an…

USDA determines individual not responsible for South Carolina PACA violation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has determined that Michael C. Harris was not responsibly connected to Sandifer Farms LLC, Blackville, S.C. This is an update to…

South Korea approves Colorado, Montana seed potatoes for chipping

As of November 12, seed potatoes from Montana and Colorado can be used in the Pacific Northwest chipping and table-stock export programs for South Korea. Kam Quarles, CEO of…

US vegetable breeders respond to market needs with new varieties

For a while now, West Coast and East Coast commercial growers having been pressing vegetable seed breeders for varieties that ease their challenges. Some need a way to ease harvest. Others want hearty, disease-resistant varieties that can remain viable in cold and damp soils. Some want both. Those two…

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Thanks to pheromone traps, farmers have an extra ally

With climate change, insects are changing their behavior

The climate is at its extreme, with ever-increasing temperature variations, and insects are changing their habits. This is demonstrated by statistical data: extreme weather trends are also reported in a recent article (click here for the original) by Arpae. In this climatic context, phytophagous insects…

Managers of Spanish firm Natural Salads accused of misappropriation of 1.9 M€

The president, the secretary and three members of the Board of Directors of the agricultural firm Natural Salads SL have been accused by the administrators of the companies Productores Hortofrutícolas de Lorca SL, Millennium Ventas SL and Arkadia Food SL, of an alleged misappropriation of funds that…

Official ‘tips’ to counteract the effects of pollution

Indian MP ridicules Ministers' suggestions to eat carrots & listen to music

Congress MP Pratap Singh Bajwa was referring to Health Minister Harsh Vardhan's suggestion of eating carrots, and Prakash Javadekar's tweet where urged people to start listening to music to check the effects of pollution. Participating in a discussion on pollution, Pratap Singh Bajwa said Health Minister…

Protecting broccoli crops in California and Mexico

Wasp named after actor Idris Elba combats bugs

Scientists have discovered a parasitic wasp they believe could fend off an invasive bug that devastates broccoli crops in California and Mexico. A team of Mexican researchers…

Kenyan farmers to get training on pesticide use and adopting of high-yielding crop varieties

Meru farmers are set to be trained on the use of farm inputs and adoption of high-yielding crop varieties to increase production. The county's department of Agriculture has partnered with stakeholders to roll out the initiative to boost food security. Agriculture chief officer Dionisia Eruaki urged…

Bill Huizenga joins Florida and Georgia lawmakers to protect domestic produce

US Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, is among 32 cosponsors of a bill designed to protect American farmers from illegal trade practices used by foreign countries. The Defending Domestic Produce Production Act would increase the ability of farmers to petition the Department of Commerce and the US…

USDA Survey

When do consumers go to the store?

In a recently released report, ERS researchers used data for 2014-17 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual American Time Use Survey (ATUS) to provide a snapshot of when Americans grocery shop on weekdays versus weekends. Saturdays and Sundays are somewhat more popular days for grocery shopping than…

The trip of Renzo Piraccini of Macfrut

A visit to Armenia and Georgia: markets and large-scale distribution

Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan were the three stops on the trip that Renzo Piraccini, president of Macfrut, carried out in the past few days. The purpose of the trip, in addition to presenting the next edition of the fruit and vegetable fair (Rimini, 5-7 May 2019), was to understand the commercial needs…

China may soon launch virtual currency

China could launch its own digital currency within the next 6 to 12 months, according to fund manager Edith Yeung. This could become a challenge to the US dollar’s global…

Experts warn of another drought in Southern Africa

Farmers in southern Africa should start adapting, planting drought-resistant crops and concentrating on short season varieties as the frequency of droughts intensifies. Farmers should also be encouraged to grow traditional crops that are more drought-resistant and adaptable to climate change. Hybrid…

AHDB data shows that 2-3% of crop is unlikely to be lifted

Crop still in ground in England at risk

The Scottish potato harvest is as good as done, but there’s a real risk that the 11% of the UK crop which is still in the ground will need to be written off. “There will be…

Central America - ‘Dry Corridor’

Honduras communities fight drought with watershed work

Managing access to water in the so-called ‘Dry Corridor’ is key to economic and food security in the Central American country. A road winds through the Honduran countryside as pine forests shift gradually into the dry lowlands of the country’s drought-prone region. The new road, known as the Dry Channel,…

Kuwaiti businesses urged to import Brazilian fruits

“Brazil is not as far from Kuwait as everybody thinks”

The Brazilian embassy in Kuwait has organized a seminar that discussed the production, export, logistics, and solutions to import Brazilian fruits to Kuwait. During the speech…

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Benefits from recent China International Import Expo (CIIE)

Imported fruit to see boost in sales

Benefiting from the recent China International Import Expo (CIIE), Shanghai residents will have more opportunity to taste and purchase imported fruits in either shopping malls or grocery stores, such as cherries from Chile, bananas from Ecuador, and coconuts from Thailand. But what is lesser known is…

Canakkale, Turkey

Peaches in summer, persimmons in winter

Lapseki, Canakkale, a city located in northwestern Turkey, is known for its peaches. While producers have been working all summer to grow peaches, they had a gap in the winter…

Genesis Emers, Fruitport

Importer gains a foothold in "the epicenter of the European fruit trade"

On Friday, 1 November, Fruitport officially opened its new office on the Handelsweg in Ridderkerk, Netherlands. A nice gift for the third anniversary of the Portuguese importer-exporter. "The choice of the Rotterdam area seemed obvious to me," says the new manager Genesis Emers, "We are now at the…

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Visiting herb producer Johannes Dick: "Everyone has to fight for their survival"

"Producer cooperatives are acting less and less in the interest of producers"

Producers in Germany and across Europe face increasingly stringent consumer policies and criticism. At the same time, trade is exerting pressure on prices, and so in many places vegetable growers have had to give up their businesses. For others the existential crisis is still pressing. It is important to…

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December 10th-11th, 2019 in Toulouse, France:

FIRA brings together agricultural robotics

Although in full expansion mode, the robotics market for agriculture is still in its infancy. In the fields, few automated machines are currently sold and many of them are still in the test phase. This year, FIRA (International Forum of Agricultural Robotics) will take place in Toulouse on December 10th…

Exhibitors happy with the pleasant stream of visitors

expoSE / expoDirekt in Karlsruhe gaining importance for Eastern Europe

Most exhibitors are satisfied with the number of visitors to the first day of expoSE / expoDirekt. Some also confirm that the mood among present trade visitors and exhibitors is better this year. "Last year, the lousy harvest - both in soft fruits and asparagus - was clearly noticeable, and this year the…

Food issue broadcast “Eat, Drink, & Be Merry” to air Nov. 24th

“CBS Sunday Morning” is gearing up for “Eat, Drink, & Be Merry”— its annual food issue broadcast that has become an American tradition leading up to Thanksgiving. Scheduled to air Sunday November 24, 2019, the broadcast celebrates food and shares stories of food purveyors that have had a profound impact…

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The Port of Castellón suspends shipments of Spanish Clemenules to the US

The president of the Port Authority of Castellón, Francisco Toledo, has confirmed that the port's traditional Clemenules exports to the US have been suspended this year due to the imposition of tariffs of up to 25% on the entry of goods from the European Union into the US market. "As a result of this,…

Turkey: Samandag exports Satsuma mandarins

Samandag, Hatay, a city located in the south of Turkey, has started to export Satsuma mandarins. Producers grow mandarins in an area of 2500 hectares. Farmers start the day early to harvest Satsuma mandarins that are seedless and have thin peel. This year, due to weather conditions productivity is high.  Samandag…

Northern Territory

Australia: Restricted area for control of citrus canker disease been removed from Cossack

The declared restricted area for the control of citrus canker disease has been removed from properties in Cossack, Katherine (Northern Territory). The restricted area was…

Pre-order prices of shatang mandarins from Xilin rose to 5.3 yuan/half kilo

Shatang mandarins from Xilin are to become available on November 20. Two days prior to this date, pre-order prices rose again, from 4.8 to 5.3 yuan/half a kilo. Meanwhile,…

Frusoal

Sweden, a new destination for Portuguese organic oranges in 2020

Frusoal, the leading citrus growers organization in Portugal, will start exporting organic oranges to the Scandinavian countries next year under the Algarve organic citrus…

Spanish and Italian firms to control quality of Syrian citrus

The Syrian Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, Ahmed Al-Qadri, has announced that two Spanish and Italian companies will be granting certificates of accreditation…

Funds were intended for new advertising campaign

Divided citrus panel votes down tax increase – US growers fear collapse

US citrus growers are having trouble selling their harvests because buyers are importing citrus from Brazil and Mexico. However, while millions of gallons of unsold orange…

Vincent Keesenberg, Origin Fruit

Exporter looking for small, sweet citrus fruit droppings for medical processing

This is the time of year that fruit trees abscise superfluous fruit, the so-called November drop. What if a farmer could get an income from the small fruit annually shed by mandarin, grapefruit and orange trees? Vincent Keesenberg of Origin Fruit (Pty) Ltd and Sarah Naidu of the Havillah Group (Pty) Ltd are…

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Fukushima persimmons will be presented to the Pope

A Japanese Catholic from Fukushima Prefecture plans to present local specialty persimmons to Pope Francis, during his visit to Japan. Chuichi Ozawa from Koriyama City has been…

Susi Bonet, of Cambayas: "The best part in terms of sales and prices is still to come"

Spanish pomegranate campaign to finish a month earlier, with 30% drop in the production

The Spanish pomegranate campaign will end about a month earlier this year because of a 30% drop in the production compared to last season. "Before the start of the Mollar de Elche pomegranate campaign, we already anticipated a drop of around 20% in the production volume, but after the heavy rains…

US garlic farmers love president Trump's tariffs

US garlic growers say they have finally started to win their 25-year battle with Chinese imports, thanks to President Trump. The president slapped a second round of tariffs on…

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Jean-Luc Charbonneau, BioGaronne:

“Our storage capacity allows us to offer organic squash all winter”

Every year, red kuri squash and butternut producers are faced with the same problem. At the beginning of the season, in September, all of the producers without storage capacity try to sell their products on the fresh market. Until November, the offer is enormous, while consumption remains low until it…

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Researcher Roland Andrianasolo - University of Paris:

“Eating fruit and veg may reduce symptoms of asthma”

Adding fruits, vegetables and whole-grain cereals may help in reducing the symptoms of asthma. According to sources, the study published in the European Respiratory Journal…

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Microsoft launches tech project to tackle food security in South Africa

Microsoft recently launched agriculture research platform FarmBeats, aiming at making the benefits of artificial intelligence available to farmers. FarmBeats tracks soil temperature and moisture levels with the use of solar-based cloud computing models, taking the guess-work out of farming. By 2050 there…

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Hensing LLC presents optimized 'Regio-Box' at the ExpoSE 2019

"Optimal product presentation as well as extended service without additional personnel costs"

Asparagus from the farm, strawberries from next door - regional products are becoming increasingly popular with consumers. However, very few farmers have the opportunity or the staff to open and operate their own farm shop. It is this supply gap that the "RegioBox" from Hensing LLC tries to bridge. The company,…

Processed fruit and vegetables more »

EU demand for Brazilian frozen concentrate orange juice remains strong

Last October, for the fourth consecutive month, Brazilian exports of Frozen Concentrate Orange Juice (FCOJ) equivalent increased. This season (July to October/19), Brazil has…

Cooling more »

"Chinese clients look for the storage quality of high-end air-conditioning"

The Chinese air-conditioned storage industry has rapidly developed in the last few years. However, the quality of Chinese air-conditioned storage is not yet at the same level as air-conditioned storage in developed Western countries. Still, people in the industry are quite pleased with the great…

North-east Indian minister Arun Sahoo:

“Around 62% of cold stores Odisha are defunct”

The Odisha state government Wednesday admitted in the Assembly that around 62 per cent of the existing cold storages in the state are defunct. According to a written reply…

Food safety more »

Nearly 50 tons of salad products recalled because of E. coli

The Missa Bay company, working out of Swedesboro, New Jersey, is recalling approximately 97,272 pounds of salad products because the lettuce ingredient may be contaminated…

Hepatitis A outbreak related to blackberries sold by Fresh Thyme

A multi-state outbreak of Hepatitis A has been linked to eating blackberries purchased at Fresh Thyme grocery stores in three states: Indiana, Nebraska and Wisconsin. These…

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US farmers want 'their Chinese market' back

As the state of Georgia enters the pecan harvest season, local growers are anxious instead of cheerful, faced with dim business prospects following the loss of their largest overseas market in China due to massive tariffs. Randy Hudson, a pecan grower in Ocilla, Georgia, began harvesting the variety…

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Chilean scientists develop a bio-paper that reduces the deterioration of fruits in exports

According to data from the Office of Agricultural Studies and Policies of Chile (Odepa), the country exports as fresh fruit nearly 2.6 of the almost 5 million tons of fruit it produces, i.e. almost 52% of its total production, a year. These exports generate an annual income of about 4 billion dollars…

Coop Sweden will introduce paper bags for fruit and vegetables

Coop Sweden has announced plans to replace single-use plastic bags for fruit and vegetables with paper bags. The project will start by the spring of next year and this…

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Aniplast latest technological solutions

Innovative covers for actinidia and cherry orchards

The newest trends that will impact the agriculture net and tarp sector will be related to covers that reduce the use of pesticides. This is why Aniplast's efforts are focused on the research and development of new technological solutions aimed at organic products supplied by the fruit and vegetable chain…

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Walmart is doubling down on China with 500 new stores

Walmart is doubling down on China with 500 new storesThe Arkansas-based retailer announced Thursday that it plans to open 500 new stores in China over the next five to seven years. That would more than double Walmart's (WMT) footprint in China, which is expected to become the world's biggest grocery…

"Some Aldi store openings in Phoenix area might be delayed"

"Some Aldi store openings in Phoenix area might be delayed" Discount grocery store chain Aldi is expected to bring its national expansion to metro Phoenix, but plans for Phoenix-area stores appear to have slowed down. Despite buying more than a dozen buildings in the Valley, permits with several cities…

Thousands sign petition calling for shops to close on Boxing Day

New self-service checkout to combat ongoing issue at Woolworths Woolworths has introduced a new self-service checkout designed to combat an ongoing issue related to the emerging technology. The supermarket is trialling the use of "trolley self-serve lanes" at a newly opened Millers Junction Woolworths in…

Walmart is revamping its produce section

Walmart is revamping its produce section Walmart is giving its produce aisles a makeover. The grocer announced Wednesday that it will renovate produce areas with new signs highlighting prices and shorter merchandise bins to create an "open market feel" for customers. Walmart will also move all of its…

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87% of fruit growers in Maule, Chile, believe that situation caused by drought is delicate and unsustainable

The results of Fedefruta's survey, Impact of Drought on Chilean Fruit Growing, which details the perception that producers at the national level and by region have on this…

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