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Stephanie Cutaia with Canadian EarthFresh Farms

“We search the world for unique potato varieties”

A Canadian company is livening up the potato category by raising awareness for the health benefits of potatoes as well as offering a unique, high-quality product that is sourced from all around the world. "EarthFresh has been focusing on bringing a more unique product to market for more than 50 years," said Stephanie…

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Organic Cuties® another step for producer's organic expansion

Sun Pacific, the company behind Cuties® Mandarins and Mighties™ Kiwifruit, has been busy expanding its organic offerings, launching organic options for Cuties and Mighties within the last six months. This adds to the company's already existing organic grapes under the Air Chief brand that have been in…

Delano, California

Vincent B. Zaninovich & Sons lays off over 500 employees

Delano grape farming company, Vincent B. Zaninovich & Sons, has announced it is laying off over 500 employees. John Zaninovich, VBZ’s President has stated that “VBZ has…

United Fresh names 25 retail produce manager award honorees

Marking 15 years of recognizing retail produce managers, United Fresh Produce Association has announced the honorees of its 2019 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program. The…

2019 Vidalia onion season pack date announced

Get those taste buds ready, Vidalia onion lovers, because this sweet onion will soon be on the way. The Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Vidalia Onion Committee announced that the pack date for the 2019 Vidalia Onion® season is 8 a.m. on Monday, April 22. “With tremendous consideration after consultation with the…

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New TNE service to connect Turkey with the US East Coast

Hapag-Lloyd is launching a new liner service offering a direct connection between Turkey and the US East Coast. The Turkey North America East Coast (TNE) service will operate every nine days between the Turkish seaport of Marmara (Izmit, Istanbul and Gemlik) and the US ports of New York, Norfolk and…

"Tackling food waste - good for the planet and the bottom line"

Third educational session for OPS 2019 announced

With global food loss and waste estimated to be between one-third and one-half of all food produced, its impact on the environment and a company’s bottom line will be the subject of the third of six educational sessions at Organic Produce Summit 2019. “Tackling Food Waste--- Good for the Planet and the…

California leafy greens grower hires Jeff Cook as new CFO

Misionero said it is proud to announce the hire of Jeff Cook as its new Chief Financial Officer. Cook brings more than three decades of industry experience and a background in…

Specialty potato producer hires Celeste Porter as CFO

Tasteful Selections® has added a new Chief Financial Officer to their team, Celeste Porter. In this role, Celeste is accountable for the administrative, financial, and risk…

Hidden among tomatoes

US Border Patrol seize nearly $1 million in cocaine

Last week, there was a cocaine seizure that was one of two major drug busts at Laredo Port. Border patrol agents in Laredo, Texas had a productive weekend—seizing $3 million in drugs including more than $850,000 in cocaine that was being smuggled in a shipment of tomatoes. “Securing the cargo environment is a…

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Hidden among tomatoes

US Border Patrol seize nearly $1 million in cocaine

Last week, there was a cocaine seizure that was one of two major drug busts at Laredo Port. Border patrol agents in Laredo, Texas had a productive weekend—seizing $3 million in drugs including more than $850,000 in cocaine that was being smuggled in a shipment of tomatoes. “Securing the cargo environment is a…

Limon: New gateway port for cocaine exports Costa Rica

Limon has long had a reputation as a remote Costa Rican port handling exports of pineapples, bananas, sugar and coffee. However, to this list of bulk export products one can…

Rob Morren, Food Sector Manager at ABN Amro:

"Trading companies that do not excel in retailers buying criteria will struggle"

The buying power of supermarkets is just getting stronger. This does not make the role of the fruit and vegetable trading companies any easier. Rob Morren, ABN Amro's Food sector banker, sees increasing attention being paid to mapping the social cost of production. This is called True Cost Pricing. Here…

United Fresh names 25 retail produce manager award honorees

Marking 15 years of recognizing retail produce managers, United Fresh Produce Association has announced the honorees of its 2019 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program. The…

Ukrainian sanitary inspection reveals:

South American moth found in Turkish tomatoes

According to the press office of the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection, Ukrainian sanitary inspectors have found a batch of infected tomatoes in the Kiev…

UK firm sees record demand for crop enhancement products

A Lancashire agricultural company is helping farmers around the world to increase their crop yields after it sees record demand for its products. Levity Crop Science currently…

13 counties in Pennsylvania quarantined

Spotted Lanterfly moves further west into US

The invasive Spotted Lanternfly is spreading further west. Dauphin County now added the list of 13 counties in Pennsylvania quarantined because of the Spotted Lanternfly. Farmer Jon Strite: "Why do these things keep getting imported, that's my main concern. I think it's showing up first along major highways because that's…

Agri SA

US government informed about Expropriation without Compensation & farm safety

Agri SA has specific solutions for South African agriculture and will continue to consult with various international role players in order to promote the interests of farmers. Agri SA was invited on Friday, 14 March 2019, for a high-level discussion with John J. Sullivan, the US Deputy Foreign Secretary.…

South Africa: Renewable energy could help farmers and support national grid

While the electricity increases for the next three years are expected to negatively affect the agricultural industry, farmers have the capacity to run renewable energy…

Agri SA and the South African Association of Water Users Associations

MoU to enhance effective water resource management

During Agri SA’s Natural Resources Centre of Excellence committee meeting on 13 March, Agri SA and the South African Association of Water Users Associations (SAAFWUA) signed a memorandum of understanding The MoU reaffirms the long-standing collaborative relationship between Agri SA and SAAFWUA aimed at enhancing effective…

Virtuous gin HYKE’s up Hochfeld’s waste commitment

A new gin produced from waste table grapes was officially launched in London last night, on World Recycling Day. Kent-based Richard Hochfeld Ltd (RH Ltd) has found a unique way to recycle an estimated 166 million surplus table grapes – turning them into premium quality gin. Called HYKE the gin is the result of a joint venture…

In shipment of fresh lemons

Cocaine seized at Port of Santos, Brazil

The large quantity of cocaine was allegedly found aboard a vessel at South America’s largest port, Santos. Police claimed the drugs were found by two sniffer dogs in a container carrying fresh lemons packed in paper boxes and headed towards Cartagena.  The group behind the alleged smuggling attempt are said to have intended to move…

To get the government to stop importing large quantities of fruit & citrus

Mexican farmers’ leader threatens blockades

The leader of a farmers’ organization in Tamaulipas state is not afraid of the possible consequences of blocking highways and international bridges on the Mexico-United States…

EU agriculture commissioner: “UK customs plan violates WTO rules”

Last week, agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan said the UK’s tariff system proposal is illegal. The no-deal customs regime outlined by UK officials is admittedly “transitional”  and only meant to last for 12 months only – but is clearly disruptive.  What’s paramount, however, is that the UK’s tariff system proposal…

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Thies Claußen, Quality Manager Global Fruit Point:

"Successful quality management through close cooperation in both directions"

In this age of fast goods procurement and year-round availability, efficient and accurate quality assurance is one of the main ingredients of market success. More and more import companies and suppliers of the food retailer are investing accordingly in their quality management department. So does the…

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Bellomo continues experimenting with vegetables and niche specialities

Bellomo is a company run by the third generation of a family but which took on its current form only in 2010, yet maintaining the essential principles of traditional farming typical of southern Italy. "We cover 11 hectares and the proximity to the sea combined with the exposure to wind from the west creates favorable conditions…

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FruitVegetablesEUROPE General Assembly and Event 2019

"Cultivating the taste of Europe"

FruitVegetablesEUROPE (EUCOFEL), the European Association representing the EU fruit and vegetables producers and exporters at European level, was honoured to organise its…

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Load of oranges lost

Cyprus: Limassol-Nicosia highway closed last Saturday

On the island of Cyprus, a stretch of the Limassol - Nicosia highway has been reopened after it was closed on Saturday morning. At that time, the road was covered in oranges. A large quantity of the fruit had fallen off a truck, resulting in the road surface becoming extremely rich in Vitamin C, but also…

Arrival of HLB bacterium would put an end to Spanish citrus sector in 15 years

Citrus greening, or Huanglongbing (HLB), is the biggest threat for the citrus sector. In fact, the Mediterranean is the only large productive area which, for the time being, has not yet been affected by the appearance of this bacterium. The situation turned upside down in 2014, when the presence of one…

Chinese orange prices may become polarized

The production of oranges in China greatly expanded in recent years. The production volume is expected to grow even further in 2019. The surface area of orange trees that will…

Special ingredient in Pepsi’s new Japan Cola

Pepsi, through its partnership with local distributor Suntory, has also offered special flavors just for Japan. Now, this spring, Pepsi Japan is set to roll out its newest creation, featuring one of Japan’s most delicious and refreshing traditional seasonings. Pepsi was impressed at how many Japanese…

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Saint Lucia hopes to export apples and mangoes to US

Export Saint Lucia is expressing confidence that some fruits from the island will soon hit the United States (US) market. At the moment these fruit cannot be exported to the US but…

Dorì golden kiwifruits from Chile reach Europe by air

Consorzio Dorì president Giampaolo Dal Pane has visited the central area of Chile to inspect the last stages of harvesting operations.   "I have visited 4 companies, the largest of which is called Lafrut. Overall, there are 130 hectares of Dorì. This is the second harvest, but it is the first year with considerable quantities. Nonetheless, we will not be…

Agribologna - further advancements in the fresh-cut fruit range

The latest introductions presented by Agribologna in the fresh-cut sector regard the organic segment. By the end of 2019, the company aims at reaching 100 thousand pieces of the "Bag" line. Massimiliano Moretti in Berlino at Fruit Logistica 2019 Sales director Massimiliano Moretti reports that "we are very pleased with how things…

The health benefits of sweet granadilla consumption

The sweet granadilla is a fruit with health benefits that very few people know about today. Not for nothing is it called "the children's fruit", since it has nutrients that stimulate physical and mental growth; helps alleviate digestive health issues, because it doesn't irritate the stomach; relieves…

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Study from the Polytechnic University of Valencia

Organic peppers have more vitamin C and phenolic compounds than the conventional

Peppers grown organically contain more vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and higher levels of phenolic compounds, a natural antioxidant, than those cultivated conventionally. This has been shown…

Organic Cuties® another step for producer's organic expansion

Sun Pacific, the company behind Cuties® Mandarins and Mighties™ Kiwifruit, has been busy expanding its organic offerings, launching organic options for Cuties and Mighties within the last six months. This adds to the company's already existing organic grapes under the Air Chief brand that have been in…

"Tackling food waste - good for the planet and the bottom line"

Third educational session for OPS 2019 announced

With global food loss and waste estimated to be between one-third and one-half of all food produced, its impact on the environment and a company’s bottom line will be the subject of the third of six educational sessions at Organic Produce Summit 2019. “Tackling Food Waste--- Good for the Planet and the…

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White onions: Getting healthy hair & soft skin

According to researchers, white onions are super-healthy with vitamin-c, flavonoids, and phytonutrients. Flavonoids, present in onions will lower the risk of some diseases…

Fruit and veg consumption in Mexico fell by 30% over the last 30 years

In the last 30 years, the consumption of fruits and vegetables in the diet of Mexicans has fallen by 30 percent, while that of beans has dropped by almost 50 percent, as part…

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Harrij Schmeitz:

“Block chain isn’t just a technique, it gives complete transparency”

Block chain is the buzzword of 2019. Everyone’s talking about it, everyone thinks it’ll change the world, but what actually is block chain? Is the hype surrounding block chain justified? Harrij Schmeitz explains it to us, but also puts it in a different perspective: transparency. Transparency is becoming…

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Unique study into alternative source of high CO2:

Dry ice in containers results in better quality soft fruit

Transport and quality is often a challenging combination. A good product can arrive in Europe as a bad product after several weeks at sea. Various options can be employed to retain the quality of the products. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research recently added a new option: dry ice as a source of…

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"China's next onion production season is about to begin"

"The new onion production season of 2019 is about to begin in most onion production areas throughout China. In our estimate the overall production volume of 2019 will remain on the same level as 2018. The size of onions will also maintain the same overall line. This is mainly because the weather…

New processing facility - Big boost for Australian fruit industry

A $55 million state-of-the-art processing facility in Shepparton, Victoria, will employ more than 1300 people over five years, while ensuring apples and pears don’t go to waste. The FRUITCo project includes a $15million investment from the Federal Government and further investment from fruit processing business Geoffrey…

Cooling more »

Using Daikin Active CA

Ocean Network Express supports shippers on long-distance avocado and mango shipments

Global container carrier Ocean Network Express Pte Ltd (ONE) has successfully supported growers in New Zealand and Peru to export sensitive fresh produce to Asia using its COOLXtend CA+ controlled atmosphere solution for refrigerated containers. This, in turn, is powered by Daikin Active CA technology. In the…

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Greenyard recalls green beans for jimson weed risk

Greenyard Frozen France has recalled frozen green beans because they could contain parts of a poisonous plant commonly known as jimsom weed or jimsonweed. The scientific name of the plant is Datura stramonium and it contains high levels of tropane alkaloids including atropine, hyoscyamine and scopolamine. It is…

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Fructus und Associazione dei castanicoltori della Svizzera italiana have put this chestnut variety in the limelight

The Lüina is Swiss fruit of the year 2019

FRUCTUS, the Association for the Promotion of Old Fruits, in Cademario TI together with the Association of Chestnut Producers of Italian Switzerland chose the chestnut variety…

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Narrow carton trays for freshly grown herbs

A fast growing European herb specialist asked Boix to create a packaging solution that offers optimal protection for their freshly grown herbs. In order to achieve this, they collaborated with the carting supplier and the customer in the development, the design, and the production of a narrow, stackable…

Migros switches to black boxes, resulting in red faces

For years, Swiss vegetables have been sold in green Ifco boxes. Starting in June, Migros will only accept black boxes. This makes for red faces among some suppliers. The change to black boxes is mainly based on marketing reasons. The decision primarily focuses on the nobler color effect of fruits and vegetables with a…

Swedish researcher creates bioplastic from fruit waste

Research at the University of Borås shows that even disposable items can be environmentally friendly. Researcher Veronika Bátori at the western Swedish university has made…

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The careful survey by Agribologna confirmed the dreadful trend

Italy: Market prices were equal to production costs, in 2018

In 2018, Agribologna conducted a survey involving 17 vegetable producers, for a total of 485 hectares, in order to analyse the production cost of 7 crop varieties. On the 24th of January 2019, Agribologna showed the results at the Agrarian Department in the Bologna University. The title of the survey and…

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Woolworths Group may need to consider closing up to 60 Big W stores

Studenac plans to acquire Istarski Supermarketi

Walmart Japan's new CEO: Seiyu 'absolutely' not for sale The newly appointed chief executive of Walmart Inc’s Japanese supermarket chain Seiyu denied the business was up for sale, following reports last year that the U.S. retail giant was looking for a buyer. “I’m not here to sell a business”, Lionel…

Walmart Canada: soon to open refrigerated grocery distribution centre

Ahold Delhaize promotes ‘Neurodiversity’

US: Giant Eagle forms digital media partnership Giant Eagle and Quotient Technology have launched Giant Eagle Advantage Media, a digital media platform enabling consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands to better connect with the grocer’s customers via more targeted digital ads and promotional offers.…

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Spain

Climate change will cause pests to spread

One of the first consequences of climate change is that northern Europe will enjoy a rise in temperatures that will increase crop production. Meanwhile, a tropicalized south will be forced to reinvent its agriculture to survive the frequent droughts and the spread of pests, opting for more adaptable…

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