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Onion processors see increasing demand on foodservice

The spring crop of California onions looks strong. “Things are looking great in our growing regions,” says Megan Jacobsen of Oxnard, Ca.-based Gills Onions, a fresh-cut processor that grows all of its own supply. Gills grows in three regions of California: the Imperial Valley; Bakersfield and the Salinas…

Weather triggers two-tier Yuca market

Rains in Costa Rica are making for an almost two-tier Yuca market in North America. “There’s definitely a little more product this year. However the weather has been bad. It’s been raining a lot,” says Luis Tomasino of Tomasino Farms, Inc. in Orlando, Fl. “The rains have been consistent and that’s what everybody’s…

AvoEatery restaurant opens in Dallas, Texas

America's avocado obsession is being served in new, innovative dishes in Dallas, Texas, as Avocados From Mexico, in partnership with Trinity Groves, just opened the world’s first polished-casual restaurant focused entirely on avocados. Featuring 29 avocado dishes, 10 avocado cocktails and a full bar,…

EPA greenlights continued use of antibiotic to fight citrus disease in California & Florida

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency quietly issued another emergency approval for farmers in California and Florida to continue applying a medically important antibiotic to citrus crops. Because the drug is used to treat tuberculosis in humans, the move has raised concerns that it could exacerbate…

Albertson's Co-Chair Jim Donald will be keynote presenter at OPS

Jim Donald, Albertson’s Co-Chairman, will be a featured Keynote Presenter at the fifth annual Organic Produce Summit, joining retail industry veteran Kevin Coupe for a…

The Allen Lund Company completes acquisition of Des Moines Truck Broker's Inc.

The Allen Lund Company, a transportation and logistics provider, announced it has completed its acquisition of Des Moines Truck Broker’s, Inc., a distinguished brokerage of…

“Sustainable banana production is needed to strengthen the sector”

This year, Ecuador was an official partner country for Fruit Logistica. During the exhibition the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Xavier Lazo, launched the country’s new fresh produce brand “Ecuador: Premium and Sustainable.” The exhibition was also attended by Iván Ontaneda Berrú, the Minister of…

Dan Mathieson - CEO Zespri

Re-brand, red kiwifruit and coming season

Zespri launched their re-brand at Fruit Logistica, the first in 23 years. They say consumer research has shown that the new logo is recognised 2.5 seconds faster than the previous one and it will increase the likelihood to purchase by 29%. CEO Dan Mathieson said that the recognition factor is a lot in…

Missouri peach farmer has been awarded $265 million

Bayer appeals jury decision in Dicamba case

This Monday, Bayer AG said it would appeal a jury's verdict against it and BASF SE in a crop-damage case which awarded $265 million to a Missouri peach farmer. Peach farmer…

Sustainability, new varieties, and the Coronavirus

Fruit Logistica 2020 photo report

Last week, for the 28th time, Berlin was the setting for FruitLogistica. This three-day trade show is the largest of its kind in the fruit and vegetable sector. Exhibitors from all over the world once again converged at this fair. As in every year, it had a central theme. This year, it was, again,…

Europe and the US are the biggest markets for Panama's pineapple

The Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MICI) of Panama stated that the main markets for Panamanian MD2 Golden pineapple currently were Turkey, the United States, the…

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For showing ‘complete disrespect’ for NI Water sewage rules

Northern Irish firm Mash Direct fined

Food manufacturer Mash Direct, headquartered in Comber, has pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching discharge consent to NI Water sewers. The company yesterday received a…

Yale study tests American perspectives on food & environment

Research from Yale University says more than half of Americans are willing to eat more plant-based foods, but 4 in 10 still don’t see how plant-based diets reduce…

Iran prepared to counter locust swarms

After surviving the 2019 locust plague, Iran is now gearing up to deal with the current threat. Iran is prepared to control the impending swarms of locust to the south of the…

How many other countries can we fit into India?

Every Indian State as another country with similar population numbers.

High Court of Australia ruling

Australian Fair Work Ombudsman: Appeal in piece rate case denied

This week, the High Court of Australia has refused the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) special leave to lodge an appeal in the long-running Marland Mushrooms piece rates case. The…

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It is primarily the female citrus fruit that has more pips

Besides conventional products, Greece has a large share of organic acreage as well. “Greece has a fantastic climate for organic cultivation,” says Peter Abma of Lema, a Dutch fruit trading company. “The soil in, especially, the Peloponnesos region is very suitable for this. There, there are not only the…

Herbs more »

Ayelet Lantzer, AdaFresh about the increasing demand for herbs

“Fresh herbs have become part of the normal consumption pattern”

“The demand for fresh herbs is on the rise,” says Ayelet Lantzer of the AdaFresh, a company that exports products, including fresh herbs, from its head office in Israel and its logistics site in the Netherlands. “It seems consumers are becoming more aware of fresh herbs. Fresh herbs have become part of…

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Southern Hemisphere Association of Fresh Fruit Exporters

"2020 will be shaped by sustainability topics"

The Southern Hemisphere Association of Fresh Fruit Exporters has held its Annual General Meeting on the 6th of February 2020 in the margins of Fruit Logistica in Berlin. Among…

Citrus more »

Citrus Leprosis is a considerable threat to Florida citrus

Citrus leprosis is an exotic viral disease not currently present in Florida. This disease is of interest since it was reported in citrus in Florida and Brazil in the early 1900s, where it caused great crop and tree losses, but it was eliminated from Florida in the early 1960s. Currently, the disease is…

Price of shatang mandarins in China falls while shipment increases

Recently, the market price of shatang mandarins in production areas has declined slightly. Fruit grown under protective covers are mostly sold at 1.3-1.5 yuan/half a kilo,…

EPA greenlights continued use of antibiotic to fight citrus disease in California & Florida

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency quietly issued another emergency approval for farmers in California and Florida to continue applying a medically important antibiotic to citrus crops. Because the drug is used to treat tuberculosis in humans, the move has raised concerns that it could exacerbate…

West Asia coming up as a major market for Indian oranges

For the first time, the west of Asia has emerged as a prospective major market for Indian oranges as growers began to treat the citrus fruit with a wax coating, officials of…

Late season cold allows Central Valley Citrus to remain strong

Citrus growers in California's Central Valley were able to make it through the recent cold front relatively unscathed. At World Ag Expo last week, President and CEO of…

Exotic fruit and vegetables more »

Indonesia: Garlic prices up due to Coronavirus panic buying

According to Minister of Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo, the coronavirus that originated from China’s province of Wuhan has started to affect Indonesia’s domestic…

Weather triggers two-tier Yuca market

Rains in Costa Rica are making for an almost two-tier Yuca market in North America. “There’s definitely a little more product this year. However the weather has been bad. It’s been raining a lot,” says Luis Tomasino of Tomasino Farms, Inc. in Orlando, Fl. “The rains have been consistent and that’s what everybody’s…

Organic more »

Cambodian organic vegetable retailer unveils QR code scheme

Organic vegetable retailer Natural Agriculture Village has introduced QR codes on its product packaging, which will allow consumers to see where their produce comes from. Natural Agriculture Village president Bun Sieng, who is also a member of local distributor Green Gold, told The Post on Sunday that…

Albertson's Co-Chair Jim Donald will be keynote presenter at OPS

Jim Donald, Albertson’s Co-Chairman, will be a featured Keynote Presenter at the fifth annual Organic Produce Summit, joining retail industry veteran Kevin Coupe for a…

Health more »

Treating eczema with Indian strawberry

What are some of the main causes of eczema? Some people are convinced that environmental pollution and allergic pollens can cause eczema in humans, besides high-stress levels…

IT more »

An Australian-based project to increase the use of precision agriculture on vegetable farms

A national project, involving some of Australia's leading farming stakeholders, is focused on improving the adoption of precision agriculture (PA) technologies in vegetable production systems. Queensland's Department for Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) has been leading a Hort Innovation funded project…

Innovations more »

Sell-out attendance as Asia Pacific’s premier agrifood tech event gets underway

More than 1,300 delegates from 22 countries have converged on Melbourne for the annual two-day evokeAG. conference, which began on Tuesday. The event is Asia Pacific's largest agrifood tech event, designed by industry to encourage domestic and international delegates to connect and collaborate across…

Processed fruit and vegetables more »

Peruvian canned artichoke exports made $ 90.9 million in 2019

According to data provided by the portal Agrodata Peru, in 2019 Peru exported 37,748,002 kilos of canned artichokes with an FOB value of $ 90,977,515. These figures entail a 16% fall compared to 2018, when 41,644,735 kilos were exported worth 108,804,002 dollars. Last year, the main destination of these…

Cooling more »

Shortage of reefer containers, increased freight charges

Pakistan experts identify impediments to growth of fruit & vegetables exports

A critical shortage of reefer containers, coupled with increased freight charges is posing a serious threat to exports of fruits and vegetables, exporters said. They said that…

Food safety more »

Michigan State University looks at Honeycrisp, Gala and Granny Smith

Project gauges Listeria survival on apples in storage

Research that examines Listeria survival on whole apples in storage and after waxing could fill data gaps and help the industry target risk-reduction measures in…

Nuts and dried fruits more »

Recent findings on health benefits of nuts and dried fruits

Nuts and dried fruits have been part of the human diet since prehistoric times. They are nutrient-rich foods and constitute an excellent means to deliver health-promoting bioactive compounds. As such, they serve as important healthful snack items, besides being part of many traditional and new recipes of…

Iran accounts for 15% of the global trade in dates

According to Agriculture Ministry officials, Iran exported more than 300,000 tons of dates in the last fiscal year (March 2018-19) to account for 15% of global trade of this…

Packaging and Labelling more »

Loose fruit & veg: which supermarket is the best for shopping plastic-free online?

Retailers are making big claims when it comes to reducing plastic. We’ve seen reusable produce bags, unpacked stores and even reshaped Easter eggs in an effort to slash single-use plastic packaging. But when it comes to ordering online, customers who choose loose fruit & veg to do their bit for the…

Mexican company unveils sustainable packaging avocado solution

Mondi, a packaging and paper manufacturer, has partnered with Cartro, a provider of corrugated packaging in Mexico, on a new avocado box that they argue is “sustainable by design”. Fit-for-purpose packaging designs and paper grades are an important part of protecting fresh produce. According to the 2019…

Product information more »

Latest crop protection solutions by Arrigoni

"We worked with the Federico II University in Naples to find solutions to improve air circulation and protection against insects. We also  worked with the "Edmund Mach" foundation to contain phytosanitary treatments and protect crops from the rain," explains Davide Daresta, communications manager for Arrigoni,…

Retail more »

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will commit $10bln to climate change fight

New social media strategy increased Walmart’s mobile app downloads 50% week-over-week

US: Warren Buffett adds Kroger to his investing shopping cartWarren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway disclosed a new stake in Kroger. Shares of the nation's largest supermarket surged 6% on the news. Berkshire Hathaway bought nearly 19mln shares in Kroger during the fourth quarter, a purchase that makes…

Wesfarmers Ltd said it will sell 4.9% of Coles Group

Carrefour: Agreement with Makro Atacadista SA to acquire 30 cash and carry stores in Brazil

Germany: Metro CEO praises 'significant progress' made at wholesaler in past yearMetro chief executive Olaf Koch has said that the financial year 2018/19 marked "significant progress" in the company's bid to become a pure wholesale business. Commenting at Metro's AGM, Koch said that the period saw the…

Climate more »

Florida growers watching crops post-spiked temperatures

Following last week’s near-record heat temperature spikes in Florida, growers remain positive that there’s little effect on current crops. At Seald Sweet in Vero Beach, Fl., GT Parris notes that the winter has been mild and Seald Sweet isn’t overly concerned with warmer temperatures. “For citrus we like…

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