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OVERVIEW GLOBAL BLUEBERRY MARKET

In recent years, the high prices recorded and the growing consumption of blueberries have led to increases in the volume produced and in the number of growing countries. In South America, there is fierce competition between reigning champion Chile and challenger Peru. At the moment, the volumes seem to be growing faster than…

Tariffs offer little deterrent

Strong export market for American pistachios

Despite hefty tariffs on exporting pistachios to China and Hong Kong, American pistachio growers are still shipping significant volumes of the increasingly popular nut. “In 2016, we had shipped our largest amount to China and Hong Kong,” says Richard Matoian, executive director of the American Pistachio…

Tight supplies on some produce items popular for Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year, which is also known as the Lunar New Year as it is determined by the lunar calendar rather than the Gregorian Calendar, this year falls on January 25th. This day will kick off the year of the Rat and, as they often do, the festivities are accompanied with many traditional foods. Anticipating…

Robin Sporn of MOR USA:

“Current low supplies from Mexico provide opportunities for Israeli peppers”

The U.S. pepper market is supplied by multiple origins, but in November and December, the Israeli peppers hold the largest market share. Robin Sporn of MOR USA, the American branch of MOR International, says: “We do both conventional and organic peppers, and while the season usually starts right around…

“High-pressure fogging will become the standard in the market”

When Meteor Systems joined the North American market, growing on gutters wasn’t the standard there, but nowadays it is. Since optimizing production efficiency is a key point, more and more techniques are becoming common practice for growers,. To further help growers,  Meteor Systems have teamed up with MJ-Tech…

Florida strawberries threatened by aggressive fungus

A fungus that has taken over some strawberry fields in Florida has caused one grower to lose as many as 80 acres in Manatee County. The name of the fungus in question is…

Anticipating a final round of negotiations in the coming two to three weeks

USDA: "Fresh potatoes are part of the trade deal with China"

According to the official trade text, the USDA and China will sign and implement phytosanitary protocols allowing American fresh potato imports into China for processing. The…

Veg-Fresh Farms opens new La Quinta office

"The desert is a key growing area for produce"

Veg-Fresh Farms announced the opening of their La Quinta, CA sales office to accommodate their expanding citrus and melon program. The citrus program includes five packing houses with strategic location in all districts in California and Mexico. At the end of 2019, Veg-Fresh Farms hired on Hugo Barajas…

Jazz™ Energize contest to boost wellness and reward shoppers

Jazz™ apple is set to energize shoppers across North America, with a fitness-forward promotion to spark healthy habits, boost workouts and build excitement around the brand. Energize is a super-refreshing shopper contest from Jazz™, launching the week of January 20 and running through February. When…

C.H. Robinson formally introduces C.H. Robinson® Labs™

New innovation incubator drives supply chain technology solutions

C.H. Robinson formally introduced C.H. Robinson® Labs™, an innovation incubator where the next big ideas in logistics and supply chain are created, tested, and scaled to drive smarter solutions for C.H. Robinson’s customers and carriers. Tim Gagnon, Vice President of Analytics and Data Science at C.H.…

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Excluding small island countries

Top 10 most obese countries

The Middle Eastern predominance was quite a surprise.

The world’s cheapest and most expensive places to buy groceries

Globally, Switzerland sells the most expensive groceries, with prices 79.1% higher than in the U.S. Norway is the second most expensive place to buy groceries, with prices 37.4% more expensive than in the U.S., and Iceland is third most expensive, where food items are 36.6% pricier. That’s according to a…

Nearly half of fruit growers want biotech crops

US fruit growers want biotech crops but fear consumers won’t buy GMO products

There was a flood of responses to the recent American Fruit Grower’s annual State of the Industry survey that focused on man-made climate change and, to a lesser degree, the…

Fruit more »

Imported fruit taking over Chinese market during Spring Festival

Although the Chinese New Year and the peak consumer season are approaching, the fruit market is unexpectedly experiencing low prices. At present, the price of most fruit in…

Herbs more »

Drying process improves the nutraceutic value of perilla leaves

Fresh leaves of Perilla frutescens (perilla) are used as a culinary herb in East Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, and China. Perilla is an annual short-day plant that…

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Madrid, June 3 and 4, 2020

Organic Food Iberia will bring together organic products from all over the world

Organic Food Iberia 2020, the organic industry show that will be held on June 3 and 4 in Madrid, will have more than 600 exhibitors. In addition to Spanish producers, there…

Citrus more »

USDA - Citrus: World Markets and Trade

Unfavourable weather leads to smaller citrus crops in Brazil, Egypt, the EU and Morocco

Global orange production for 2019/20 is forecast to fall 5.8 million tons from the previous year to 47.5 million as unfavourable weather leads to smaller crops in Brazil, Egypt, the European Union, and Morocco. Consequently, consumption, fruit for processing, and fresh exports are also forecast lower.…

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Lively demand for high-quality clementines slows down orange consumption

"The citrus fruit campaign is in full swing, however the produce is lacking and the weather is out of control. Fruits are not as ripe as they should be this time of year, even the most highly pigmented are finding it difficult to develop their color. When it comes to our production, consumers are indeed…

Phase One China Agreement starts on February 15th

Last week President Trump signed the Phase One Agreement with China. As reported on cacitrusmutual.com, China agreed to purchase at least $40 billion annually over two years…

Exotic fruit and vegetables more »

Esra Soyleyen on the previous year of Aksun

“We’re doubling our fig sales every year!”

Where some companies try to innovate constantly to beat the competition, others might be a bit more conservative, sticking to what has worked for them for years. For Aksun, it’s a mix of both. While investing in new machinery, they don’t feel like they need to reinvent the wheel every season. It’s worked…

Organic more »

Customers show themselves to be much 'green'

Aldi Süd scores with organic fruit and vegetables and fresh products with blemishes

A New Year, and new resolutions: At the top of the list for many people is the desire for a more sustainable and conscious diet. A glance at the purchasing behaviour of ALDI…

Health more »

Eating fruit and vegetables reduces the risk of depression

About 265 million people worldwide suffer from depression. It is, however, one of the most preventable health issues. That is, according to the World Health Organization.…

IT more »

Guidance product for Orchard and Vineyards launched

TeeJet Technologies has launched a new guidance product specifically designed for vineyard and orchard growers. The Matrix 430FV builds upon the highly successful and proven TeeJet Matrix 430 guidance product. This easy-to-use, low cost system is designed to ensure that the operator selects the correct…

Innovations more »

VOEN Vöhringer sees great potential for "Zip it" system in international commercial fruit growing

"Growing interest in our zipper"

For many years, the VOEN company has been an internationally recognized supplier of protective solutions for commercial fruit growing. Since 2014, the 'protective cover' solutions of the traditional company -located in the heart of the Lake Constance area- are also equipped with modern zippers. The efficient and user-friendly procedure…

C.H. Robinson formally introduces C.H. Robinson® Labs™

New innovation incubator drives supply chain technology solutions

C.H. Robinson formally introduced C.H. Robinson® Labs™, an innovation incubator where the next big ideas in logistics and supply chain are created, tested, and scaled to drive smarter solutions for C.H. Robinson’s customers and carriers. Tim Gagnon, Vice President of Analytics and Data Science at C.H.…

Processed fruit and vegetables more »

Australia; Development of $11.6 million pineapple plant in Yeppoon is underway

In a little over six months, the Capricorn coast of Queensland will be home to a new $11.6 million pineapple processing plant. Hidden Valley Harvest will develop the plant at…

World's first "vegetable-based" energy drink with real cucumber juice

Vegetable Energy from Austria

An energy drink brand from Austria is presenting the world's first vegetable-based energy drink with the full power of green cucumbers and mint. The cucumber energy drink from PURE BIO ENERGY draws its power from super caffeine, coming from organically grown coffee beans. "Nothing picks you up quicker and longer than concentrated…

Peace River Citrus expansion in Bartow

Some 175 jobs to open up due to US juice processing plant expansion

An expansion of the Peace River Citrus Products Inc. juice processing plant in Bartow will bring 175 new high paying jobs to Polk County when it opens in early 2021. According…

Cooling more »

Schreurs & Sons farming business

Australia: Refrigerated van gives celery specialist a competitive edge

Schreurs & Sons is a third-generation farming business that is 100 per cent Australian family-owned and operated, specialising in celery, leek and baby leaf lines (including spinach, rocket and snow pea tendrils). With seven properties, spanning in total over 400 hectares, it is one of the largest…

Academics from MIT and Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

System for cooling without electricity

The key to the functioning of this simple, inexpensive system is a special kind of insulation, made of a polyethylene foam called an aerogel. This lightweight material, which looks and feels a bit like marshmallow, blocks and reflects the visible rays of sunlight so that they don’t penetrate through it.…

Food safety more »

People extra cautious because of Coronavirus

Wuhan fruit and vegetable wholesale market still open

At the end of December 2019, the Chinese government announced the outbreak of the Wuhan Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Health officials believe the virus outbreak originated in a…

Nuts and dried fruits more »

Tariffs offer little deterrent

Strong export market for American pistachios

Despite hefty tariffs on exporting pistachios to China and Hong Kong, American pistachio growers are still shipping significant volumes of the increasingly popular nut. “In 2016, we had shipped our largest amount to China and Hong Kong,” says Richard Matoian, executive director of the American Pistachio…

Packaging and Labelling more »

Akon Robotics increasingly focuses on customised complete solutions for the O&G sector

"System counteracts the lack of employees and reduces incorrect labelling"

In these times of shortage of skilled workers, machine suppliers are faced with ever evolving challenges. Tasks that years ago were still a distant prospect are now becoming important factors in the production process itself or in the logistics of fresh produce. At last year's Fachpack in Nuremberg, the…

Product information more »

“High-pressure fogging will become the standard in the market”

When Meteor Systems joined the North American market, growing on gutters wasn’t the standard there, but nowadays it is. Since optimizing production efficiency is a key point, more and more techniques are becoming common practice for growers,. To further help growers,  Meteor Systems have teamed up with MJ-Tech…

Retail more »

A study has named Conad as the best online supermarket in Italy

Morrisons plans to cut 3,000 management jobs

Woolworths has reclaimed the title of Australia’s most valuable brandWoolworths has regained the title of Australia’s most valuable brand after knocking off reigning champion Telstra. Brand Finance Australia has ranked Australia’s top 100 brands and after a 5% uplift in value, Woolworths has come out on…

Instacart announced the launch of Instacart Meals

Fairway Market to sell 5 Manhattan stores and a distribution center

US: Kroger and Ocado to operate high-tech customer fulfillment center in Frederick, MarylandThe Kroger Co., America's largest grocery retailer, and Ocado, a world leader in technology for grocery ecommerce, announced Frederick, Maryland, as the latest location for a Customer Fulfillment Center (CFC).…

Climate more »

Cranfield University reactions

Academics comment on Committee on Climate Change report

Academics from Cranfield have responded to the recent report ‘Land use: Policies for a Net Zero UK’, by the UK’s independent Committee on Climate Change. This report presents…

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