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After slight delay, grape imports from Ica progressing well

It has been just over a month now since table grapes destined for North America began shipping from Peru's Ica region. After a delay due to rain, exporters are now playing catch up. According to them, shipments of grapes from northern Peru are about to wrap up for the year as production begins to focus…

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Oregon beet grower: "The worst prices I have ever seen"

The beet season in Oregon is about to wrap up for the year. Many growers have already finished while others are harvesting the last of their crop. For some in Oregon, it seems the season can't finish soon enough as they have reported a terrible market, with prices very low all season long. "Oregon's beet season began…

Two Los Angeles family-owned distributors join forces

Umina Brothers, a Los Angeles based produce distributor, has joined forces with Choumas Produce. The two family-owned companies are combining into one entity, Umina Bros, to…

Limoneira opens Southeast Asian regional sales office

Limoneira Company, a diversified citrus growing, packing, selling and marketing company with related agribusiness activities and real estate development operations, today…

AU: Central Queensland lychee grower sends first shipment to United States

A Queensland lychee grower is hoping this year's supply to the United States, will be the start of an ongoing pathway. Lush Lychees is a family farm owned by Paul and Krystal Caton, and was part of the Australian Lychee industry's pilot program exploring new markets, for the first time. "As we are a new supplier, we had to…

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Organic blueberry exports from Chile are peaking

According to the latest Crop Report of Chile's Blueberry Committee-ASOEX, the organic blueberry's peak export season began with 1,047 tons exported in week 2 of 2019. This is due to the increase in volume of the southern area, mainly from the region of Araucanía and Los Rios. To date, the Chilean industry has exported…

Construction of Nogales, AZ cold inspection facility to create 200 new jobs

An Arizona state investment in a cold inspection facility in Nogales is set to broaden fresh fruit and vegetable availability, helping boost employment and economic…

US: Cherry growers Pacific Northwest troubled by Chinese tariffs

According to the Capital Press, B.J. Thurlby of Northwest Cherry Growers in Yakima, Chinese tariffs really took a toll on the Washington cherry industry last year. Thurlby…

Avocado lawsuit will cost Costa Rica $500,000 dollars

The Minister of Foreign Trade (Comex), Dyala Jimenez Figueres, confirmed on Wednesday that the famous avocado lawsuit, which began in 2015 and is now in the World Trade Organization (WTO), would cost the country ¢ 300 million colones. Jimenez Figueres preferred not to comment on whether his predecessors were responsible…

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Chile exported 4,500 tons of grapes to the United States on Wednesday

On Wednesday, January 16, the first ship of the year with 4,500 tons of fresh table grapes from the Atacama region departed from the Puerto Caldera port bound for Wilmington,…

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Half of Millennials are unfaithful to brands

According to the latest estimates, 40% of the world population is part of generation Y. In Italy, they are 25% of the total population. Due to the importance Millennials are acquiring as consumers, Tiendeo.it analyzed some of the trends related to Generation Y with the purpose of supplying brands with…

Irish horti sector in crisis due to labour shortages

The Irish horticulture industry saw output decline by 14% last year, and industry sources are warning that labour shortages are creating a crisis. Measures to tackle a…

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50% government subsidies help farmers to use cold storages

Turkey: Adıyaman exports pomegranates

Thanks to government subsidies, Adıyaman, a city in southeastern Turkey, built cold storages where pomegranates can be stored until they are exported to Germany and other countries. Adıyaman's Samsat district grows pomegranates and exports them in winter. Two cold storage units were installed by the Ministry of Agriculture…

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Florentaise presents its vertical farm on France 3

The company Florentaire recently invited the television channel France 3 in order to present its vertical farm. After the request for proposals won by the Parisculteurs, the company will…

High resistance to Downy Mildew

Israel: Bar-Ilan University researchers develop resistant species of basil

A hybrid of basil that is highly resistant to Downy Mildew has been developed by researchers at Bar-Ilan University. The team is headed by Israeli Prize-winning scientist…

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Asparagus Days to be organised in both France and Italy

The winning formula of Asparagus Days will be repeated every year: one year it will take place in Italy and the next it will take place in France. After the 2018 edition in Cesena, it will be the turn of Angers in 2019 (29th-30th October). Renzo Piraccini and Bruno Dupont  "We are very pleased with our partnership with Sival. We both focus…

Photo report: SIVAL 2019

French suppliers don't stop at the French borders

It's been three busy days for the exhibitors of the Sival exhibition in France. Starting Tuesday and closing on Thursday, the show attracted many visitors. "Better than ever", many visitors said. One thing is not to be doubted when visiting the Sival: it's a French show, and while the amount of international suppliers have…

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Spain: Murcia is the country's third largest mandarin producer

The Region of Murcia ranks third in the list of main mandarin-growing regions in Spain, only behind the Region of Valencia and Andalusia. In the 2018-2019 campaign, which will…

Quota for withdrawal and processing into juice

Spain: Request to withdraw 4,557 tons of citrus

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA), which set up a quota for the withdrawal and processing into juice of 50,000 tons of oranges, mandarins, clementines and satsumas on January 13, has already received 13 requests for a volume totaling 4,557 tons. This has been revealed in the first follow-up report, and…

Good shelf life

"Orri clementines have a unique taste"

"Orri clementines have a unique taste and the fact that they keep so well in storage is outstanding - this is a clear advantage for us," says Mr Wilhelmy from the fruit traders bearing the same name in Sankt Augustin. He is convinced of the quality and taste of the fruit, that has been imported from…

India: Maharashtra government plans fruit export market for fruits

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the state of Maharashtra has come up with a plan of promoting agri-businesses. It will have a ₹35 billion (€432 mln) project…

Taiwan exports honey oranges and cabbages to Singapore

Taiwan is exporting its “ponkan” honey oranges and cabbages to Singapore, a key destination for the government’s New Southbound Policy. The honey oranges with their thin peel…

Brazil: Low inventories should bolster prices for orange growers in 2019-2020

The prices orange growers from São Paulo and the Triângulo Mineiro region can ask in the 2019/20 season should be all right, despite larger production. This is because…

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Spain: Micontur to decide whether kakis will be exported to China

The Spanish Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (Mincotur) will finally choose between almonds or kakis as the next food product for which procedures will start to try…

Avocado lawsuit will cost Costa Rica $500,000 dollars

The Minister of Foreign Trade (Comex), Dyala Jimenez Figueres, confirmed on Wednesday that the famous avocado lawsuit, which began in 2015 and is now in the World Trade Organization (WTO), would cost the country ¢ 300 million colones. Jimenez Figueres preferred not to comment on whether his predecessors were responsible…

Price of Hangzhou spring bamboo goes up

The price of spring bamboo in the market of Hangzhou showed a slight upward trend in the last two days. The purchase price of spring bamboo this week increased by 5 yuan [0.74…

Organic more »

Spain: Is organic fruit and veg production growing at the same rate as the demand?

The demand for organic products is on the rise in Europe, and many horticultural producers have based their growth strategies on the cultivation of these products. They want to continue certifying farms in order to satisfy a customer who demands more bio crops, wider product ranges and year-round…

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National Cancer Institute awards $1.7 million to research mangosteen

Traditionally, healers in Southeast Asia have used the mangosteen fruit to treat skin infections, wounds, dysentery and urinary tract infections. A new $1.7 million grant from…

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Retail giant ICA Sweden relies on more efficient disposition with RELEX

ICA Sweden, Sweden's leading food retailer, optimizes its supply chain processes with RELEX Solutions. The expertise promised by the software firm is intended to make planning and scheduling even more efficient. ICA Sweden is the supplier of 1,300 independently operated branches with a combined share of…

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CSIRO builds analytics platform to help Australian farmers

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has partnered with rural technology start-up Digital Agriculture Services (DAS) to build an analytics…

Check out the photo gallery of the Marca fair

"The Distributor Brand is a driving force in the Modern Distribution"

Excellent success in terms of visitors for the Marca fair, held in Bologna on the 16th and 17th January 2019. The first day of the fair was literally invaded by crowds of people, some of them even coming from abroad. Click here for the photo gallery The event made one thing clear: within MMRs, the distributor brand (DB) has gained the…

DJI and Microsoft - working on AI drones that can recognize objects

Recognizing an apple is a simple thing for even young toddlers.  It’s not for a drone, which needs to train its AI models on many, many pictures of apples: An apple in the shade, an apple in the sun, an apple from the front, from the back, from a frog’s perspective… It takes time, but machine learning effectively learns the same…

The Farm in a Box unveiled during International Green Week

AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, unveiled its pioneering Farm in a Box (FIAB) initiative for Africa at Germany’s International Green Week 18-27 January 2019. “With this brand-new new concept, we aim to take farm mechanization plus all its necessary support facilities deep into…

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Project for a cabbage-broccoli juice chain

"We're studying an innovative product derived from the extraction of cabbage-broccoli ( Brassicacia Oleracea ) juice as part of a Community project on the transfer of innovation in the agricultural sector envisaged by the Europe 2020 strategy." "I grew up in Puglia where this crop has to deal with the well-known difficulties of…

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Construction of Nogales, AZ cold inspection facility to create 200 new jobs

An Arizona state investment in a cold inspection facility in Nogales is set to broaden fresh fruit and vegetable availability, helping boost employment and economic…

Food safety more »

Mayotte: Dimethoate in tomatoes

Dimethoate, an insecticide which is controversial and banned in France, has recently been found on tomatoes from Mayotte. The Prefecture of Mayotte has issued an order and published an alarming…

France: The least-contaminated fruit and vegetables

Over 66,000 tonnes of pesticides and herbicides are used by farmers in France every year, according to La Spéciale d'Envoyé programme, broadcast this week on television channel France 2. Such pesticides remain on the skin of fruits and vegetables, it said, and may then end up on our plates. Over 72% of non-organic fruits,…

Nigeria: Lagos state to enforce standards on sales of fruits and vegetables

The Lagos State Government says it will enforce standards in the sales of fruits and vegetables, to guarantee the health and safety of consumers in the state. Mr Divine…

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New research sheds light on origins of North African date palm

Crete’s contribution to North African date palms

According to new research, North African date palms are a hybrid between cultivated date palms from the Middle East and a wild species of palm that grows on the island of…

Packaging and Labelling more »

New Zealand trying to get rid of plastics

Cherry tomatoes and strawberries in plastic containers. Cucumbers in shrink wrap. Shrink-wrapped meat on a plastic tray. Coleslaw in a plastic tub. But for a while now, the people of New Zealand have been confronted head-on with its recycling issue. At its heart, the supermarket industry will tell you, the predominance…

Product information more »

Showcased at the Marca fair, in Bologna

New ready-to-eat products by La Linea Verde

La Linea Verde have introduced new ready-to-eat products, which were showcased at the Marca fair, in Bologna. These products are almost 10 different vegetables cooked in three different manners and packaged with the ‘skin’ technique. Andrea Battagliola, a member of the marketing management board of La Linea Verde, explained, “The vegetables…

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Asda and Wincanton: supply chain partnership renewed

Casino Group to sell 6 stores to rival Leclerc

India: Flipkart secures more funding for Amazon battle Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart has received US$201mln funding for its wholesale business from its Singapore-incorporated parent. The investment comes during a period of intensifying competition between the firm and its Amazon-backed competitor in a…

Weis Markets: Low, Low Price program on more than 7,000 products

CEO: Supervalu ‘puts UNFI in a position to win’

US: Weis Markets slashes prices on 7K-plus items Weis Markets has introduced its Low, Low Price program, which cuts prices on more than 7,000 products across the Mid-Atlantic grocer’s stores. Described by Weis as “the company’s most ambitious price reduction program to date”, the initiative aims for the…

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California rain delaying planting and harvesting

California has been receiving a tremendous amount of rain recently, with news reports of flooding in some areas. Although in general, producers in California are a little quieter right now than at other times of the year, there is still a lot of produce being grown throughout the state. Rainfall was…

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