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Georgia peach growers begin harvesting early varieties

The Georgia peach harvest has commenced and growers are feeling optimistic. The weather has been favorable throughout the growing season which has resulted in an excellent crop. In fact, The Genuine Georgia Group - which represents many of Georgia's peach growers - said it expects to pack approximately 3…

Radish supplies to tighten ahead of Michigan season

Radish growers are about to transition to the Michigan season, but progress has been slow going in Michigan. Cool and wet conditions have persisted all spring, with even snow falling just a couple of weeks ago. This has resulted in the season falling behind schedule. However, it is only a delay in…

Asparagus supplies in crossover season

North American supplies of asparagus are beginning to transition out of California. “The California supply of asparagus finished up at the end of last week,” said Craig Rolandelli of San Ramon, Ca.-based JMB, who notes that it's the Central Valley and Delta regions wrapping up. “The quality is still very…

Fyffes introduces new recyclable paper Banana band

Signifying it as a ‘significant step’ towards reducing its packaging imprint, banana importer Fyffes has introduced new, sustainable and fully recyclable paper banding for use in wrapping its Organic Fairtrade bananas in selected markets. The move, which represents the outcome of an 18-month long period…

US: Washington state exporters brace for next phase in trade war

Bill Bloxom’s Seattle-based exporting firm, FC Bloxom & Co., this year expected its orders would add up to around $4.5 million — or enough to fill 200 cargo containers. But with rumors last week that the Trump administration was preparing new tariffs on Chinese imports, Bloxom’s Chinese procurers…

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US: More Georgia blueberries coming to markets this year

People in the region will see more Georgia blueberries in their local market this summer than they did in the last two years. Growers suffered major losses in 2017 and 2018…

Tariffs good for American garlic

The papers are currently full of stories about the current US-China trade war and the devastating effects on American farmers. But what the media has failed to take into account is that in any trade…

Uruguay has a new maritime route to export citrus to the US

A new maritime route has been opened for the export of citrus from Uruguay to the US and a first shipment of 150 reefer containers, loaded with Uruguayan mandarins, oranges, and lemons, will depart for the first time from the port of San Antonio to Philadelphia. The container ships hired to make the…

The weather has affected the season

Mexico's lime harvest will decrease by an estimated 20%

The worrying weather conditions being experienced in the central region of Tamaulipas have severely hit the fruit sector, specifically the lime crops. According to estimates,…

Vietnam: Mangoes still being exported to US

On May 18, the provincial People’s Committee and Chanh Thu Export Import Company organized a ceremony to announce export of the first ton of Cat Hoa Loc mango from the province to the US market. Leaders of the Plant Protection Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Southern…

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expoSE and expoDirect: 20 and 21 November 2019 at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Center

275 exhibitors already registered for the two events

Around six months before the trade fair starts, 275 companies have already registered for trade fair duo "expoSE - the European Leading Trade Fair for Asparagus and Berry Production" and "expoDirekt - Germany's largest trade fair for direct agricultural marketing". Overall, the Association of South…

The French fruit and vegetable sector protests against Spanish prices

Boycott of Spanish trucks loaded with fruit on the border with France

On May 16, trucks loaded with Spanish fruit were blocked once again in the border with France. In this case, several members of the French agrarian organization Conféderation Paysanne stood at the Le Boulou border point between both countries to prevent the entry of trucks, protesting against the prices…

Australian farming groups looking forward to Coalition delivering on horticulture promises

After congratulating the Liberal-National parties on their re-election, peak Australian horticulture body Growcom reminded the government that primary producers would have high expectations of a returned Coalition Government and its commitments to horticulture. While the final make-up of the parliament…

Fruit more »

Chinese statistics bureau says high fruit prices will not last

Liu, a spokesperson for the National Bureau of Statistics of China, stated on May 15th, that the fruit price continued to rise mainly as a result of extreme weather conditions…

Polish fruit growers want an end to Russian fruit embargo

Last Friday, the Association of Polish Fruit Growers asked the Agricultural Ministry to engage Russia in dialogue on the possibility of ending restrictions on Polish fruit…

China: Consumers shocked by 78 percent fruit price hike

Recently, an expert from the non-profit organization Chinese Nutrition Society posted an article which suggested that every adult should eat one pound of vegetables and a half pound of fruits every day. In the comment section of the article, many Chinese netizens posted the same feedback: “We cannot…

Herbs more »

Brexit, legislation and the weather cause problems on herb market

Because of the climatological circumstances, the situation on the herb market is a bit more difficult. Due to the cold weather, it’s taking longer for Belgian herb productions to come into production. Although the consumption of fresh herbs increases considerably every year, not a lot of shifts can be…

Agenda more »

130 countries taking part, 16% more than in the 2018 edition

More international participation at Fruit Attraction 2019

The Fruit Attraction horticultural fair, organized by Feria de Madrid (IFEMA) and the Spanish Federation of Associations of Producers and Exporters of Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers and Live Plants (FEPEX), will hold its 11th edition from Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th October . This edition will be held…

Citrus more »

The weather has affected the season

Mexico's lime harvest will decrease by an estimated 20%

The worrying weather conditions being experienced in the central region of Tamaulipas have severely hit the fruit sector, specifically the lime crops. According to estimates,…

African oranges will arrive next month

High retail price for Egyptian oranges in Chinese market

Summer is approaching and Chinese oranges have completely disappeared from the domestic market. The main supply of oranges to the Chinese market currently comes from Egypt and Spain, and these import oranges are selling well. The production season of South African oranges is about to begin and Shirley…

Marcel Verdellen, Satori Holland:

"Everyone very wary on the lime market"

Lime prices have been on a good level in recent weeks. "For a long time, the prices in America were at such a level that it was not interesting for the Mexicans to send limes…

"Chinese markets for grapefruit and lemons are like day and night"

More and more domestic and overseas fruits will enter the Chinese market in large volumes as the weather gradually warms up. Consumers have an increasingly wide variety of fruit to choose from. The market conditions for different fruits are not the same. Competition is fierce. The markets for grapefruit…

The majority were oranges, mandarins and clementines

Citrus fruits account for 44% of the fresh produce withdrawn by Spanish supermarkets

According to data published by the Spanish Agricultural Guarantee Fund (FEGA), fruit and vegetable producers' organizations (OPFH) withdrew 103.03 million kilos of horticultural products from the market between May 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019. 44% of that volume, that is, 45.65 million kilos, corresponded…

Lemon income well down from its 2016/17 high; soft citrus now highest earner per tonne

South Africa: Inevitable diminishing citrus returns as volumes keep growing

Normal market forces have been responsible for the downward trend in export earnings over all citrus commodities. In his latest newsletter Citrus Growers’ Association CEO Justin Chadwick points out that the much-vaunted increase in citrus production of the past few years has had its corollary in…

Exotic fruit and vegetables more »

Chinese lychee price continues to soar

Last year the lychee harvest was huge. This year the overall production volume was relatively small. The price therefore increased. The Guangdong meteorological website…

Chinese customs office detains 3,000 containers of durian

The Thailand World News reported that export of Thai durian to China has encountered an obstacle. Traders loudly complain about the situation. There are 3,000 containers full…

Tariffs good for American garlic

The papers are currently full of stories about the current US-China trade war and the devastating effects on American farmers. But what the media has failed to take into account is that in any trade…

Lychees from Kunming enter the Chinese market

The seasonal lychee from Kunming recently entered the Chinese market. At the same time, media reported that the price of lychee from Guangdong is soaring. The price is higher…

The Netherlands received 51% of the total

Peruvian pomegranate exports yield positive results

Peruvian pomegranate exports increased slightly during the first four months of this year, reaching 29,514,110 kilos worth 51,129,075 dollars. The Netherlands was the main…

New destination for Peruvian avocado exports

Peru: The price of avocados exported to Asia will increase by up to 20%

Hass avocados produced in Peru are exported in large quantities to Asian countries, including China and Japan. This year, the country has exported 8,000 tons of avocado to…

Spain: Kumquat and passion fruit, an alternative to traditional citrus

In Spain, kumquat cultivation emerged as a viable alternative to traditional citrus, as its market price makes it a profitable product. This exotic citrus looks like a small orange (two to four centimeters long), weighs between 10 and 20 grams and has an attractive color. Its season lasts from December…

Organic more »

France: Which departments consume the most organic products?

More than two thirds of French people claim to consume organic products at least once a month. Consumer specialist Olivier Dauvers carried out a study, using data from the…

U.S. organic sales broke through $50 billion mark in 2018

The U.S. organic market in 2018 broke through the $50 billion mark for the first time, with sales hitting a record $52.5 billion, up 6.3 percent from the previous year, according to the 2019 Organic Industry Survey released Friday by the Organic Trade Association. New records were made in both the…

Health more »

Rosedale Union School District - Bakersfield, California

Bayer and Grimmway Farms bring salad bars to schools

Bayer is donating salad bars to four schools in the Rosedale Union School District of Bakersfield, California as a strategy to increase children's access and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. This announcement was made during an assembly at Patriot Elementary School, which received a salad bar…

IT more »

FruitsApp gets three major upgrades

FruitsApp is a B2B marketplace for the fresh produce industry, giving the possibility to the producers and exporters of fruit and vegetable and the buyers and importers from…

Innovations more »

NZ: A new level of weather protection for avocado growers is proving a success

Avocado growers are benefiting from a fairly new style of netting that protects their orchards from the harsh weather elements. The Netpro Group recently constructed protective netting at an orchard in Katikati, near the Kaimai range, as the area can experience strong winds, especially westerly winds…

With crops "only a touch away"

South Korea and smart farming

Lim Ju-wan is the representative of a floriculture cooperative of nine farms based in Goyang, north of South Korea’s capital Seoul, that raises roses at smart greenhouses covering a combined 44,000 square meters of land. Lim normally starts the day by taking out his smartphone to check his greenhouse instead of going outside to…

Processed fruit and vegetables more »

It's the food industry's favorite protein source

Peas: the newest ingredient for vegan "meat"

Peas have emerged as the food industry's new favorite protein source, and are being used to replace animal proteins, given the environmental concerns linked to meat…

Cooling more »

Jim Still with Global Cooling

"Precoolers are “perfect for berries & cherries”

Jet-Ready Precoolers, designed and manufactured by Global Cooling Inc., are ”perfect for precooling and recooling berries and cherries,” according to company founder and president Jim Still. “Small diameter and fairly expensive fresh produce especially berries,” he explained, “can deteriorate very…

Food safety more »

India: €6,500 fine or jail if Mumbai mango sellers artificially ripen fruit

Mango sellers caught selling artificially ripened fruit will now have to pay — they may either be fined Rs 500,000 (€6,500) or will be arrested, the Food and Drug Administration has warned. This comes after the FDA conducted raids at Vashi APMC market on May 1, where they seized mangoes that were being…

Nuts and dried fruits more »

West Africa: cashews in crisis

While last year, cashew producers were delighted with prices rising above 600 CFA francs [1 USD] per kilo and 60% of the production sold easily, this year is the complete opposite. Two-thirds of the…

Packaging and Labelling more »

Hans Grips, Cartomat Willich GmbH:

"Carrots will remain fresh and crunchy in paper packaging for up to three weeks"

"We had already started paper packaging for carrots in 2017 and 2018. The challenge here was that consumers really wanted to see the carrots before they bought them," says Hans Grips, Managing Director of cartomat Schiefbahn GmbH from Willich-Schiefbahn. "In order to make that possible you actually need…

Loop: the supermarket with zero packaging waste

At first, Loop looks like any other supermarket, but on closer inspection, one notices the omnipresence of glass or metal packaging. Together with the recycling firm…

Fyffes introduces new recyclable paper Banana band

Signifying it as a ‘significant step’ towards reducing its packaging imprint, banana importer Fyffes has introduced new, sustainable and fully recyclable paper banding for use in wrapping its Organic Fairtrade bananas in selected markets. The move, which represents the outcome of an 18-month long period…

Product information more »

Why temperature monitoring and tracking is important in transportation

“With an increasing demand for fresh fruits and vegetables, the need for temperature control is also increasing. So the protection of perishable cargo in transit is becoming our principal task. In the past, we introduced an activated data logger that can generate a temperature report after the…

Retail more »

X5: 'smart kitchen'

Spencer's Retail to buy upmarket grocery chain Nature's Basket

Malta: Supermarket chain completely stopping the sale of single-use plastics Valyou Supermarkets, who currently have three stores around Malta, have taken the initiative to reduce the sale of single-use plastic products from their stores, making it the second massive stance the company has taken in the…

The Fresh Market: all stores Instacart

Lidl has revealed plans to open 25 East Coast stores

US: Whole Foods sees uptick in foot traffic, drop in new shoppers Whole Foods saw a 16.5% increase in foot traffic in Q1 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2018, according to a new report from inMarket. The increase may be attributed to incentives for Amazon’s 90mln Prime members. The number of new…

Climate more »

More rain in the coming days

Italy: Damage count starts in Apulia - cherries and watermelons knocked out

Rainstorms, water bombs and hailstorms: there was no break in the bad weather hitting fields in the Italian region of Apulia. And the forecasts for the coming days still talk about rain. "At the moment the situation is not the best, says Gianluca Giorgio, a young agricultural entrepreneur. Rain continues…

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