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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Strong volumes of Washington blueberries anticipated

The Washington blueberry season started later this year due to generally cool conditions. Additionally, because of the lack of any real heat thus far, the season has fallen further behind, meaning that growers are only reaching their peak now. According to Ben Escoe of Twin River Berries - which supplies…

Maine broccoli season starts next week

The Maine broccoli harvest is due to begin next week. Rain and cooler temperatures during the growing season has resulted in the crop being about ten days behind, according to growers. However, quality is looking good and volume is set to match the long term average. "We anticipate shipments for Maine…

Demand for papayas from Guatemala increases

Following the potential outbreak of Salmonella associated with contaminated papayas from Mexico, demand for Guatemalan papayas has picked up. “Demand is high and we’re meeting that demand,” says Mirna Skinner of WYCO Produce Inc. in Tampa, Fl. “Retailers and wholesalers are requesting more papaya and…

CAN (ON): How a grocery store delivers hydroponic greens year-round without any packaging

NU Grocery is the first zero-waste grocery store in Ottawa. Instead of picking up pre-packaged items to unwrap at home, customers scoop their own pasta, fill jars with coffee beans, or warm-up beeswax wrap to preserve a piece of cheese. The store’s mission is to avoid single-use packaging and offer…

Fertilizer for 10,500 haskap plants

Canada, Prince Edward Island: Transforming sea lettuce into plant food

An entrepreneur from Prince Edward Island is working on a project that he hopes will get rid of a perennial Island problem while helping to grow interest in the haskap berry…

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Florida all orange forecast 2018-2019: 76.5 million boxes

The 2018-2019 Florida all orange fore cast released today by the USDA Agricultural Statistics Board is 76.5 million boxes, down slightly from the March forecast. The total…

Bumper California grape crop expected despite lower acreage

The industry can expect a solid California grape season this year, despite a reduction in total acreage. As the season stands now, good volumes of seedless grapes are being shipped from the San Joaquin Valley, and although they are typically finished by now, there are still Mexican grapes in the market…

United Fresh statement on H-2A program

Below is a statement issues by United Fresh on the Administration’s efforts to improve the H-2A program: "United Fresh Produce Association appreciates the Administration’s…

Michigan: Cool spring causes late blueberry harvests

The 2019 cool spring continues to cause issues for crops across northern Michigan. The owner of Bulldog Berries in Leelanau County said the cool temperatures caused a later…

Potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination

Growers Express expands recall of Select Fresh Vegetable Products

Growers Express takes issues of food safety seriously and in an abundance of caution and in the interest of protecting consumers is expanding the list of select fresh vegetable products affected by a voluntary recall that was issued on July 1, 2019. After further testing of an additional product lot from…

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United Fresh statement on H-2A program

Below is a statement issues by United Fresh on the Administration’s efforts to improve the H-2A program: "United Fresh Produce Association appreciates the Administration’s…

Major Australian supermarkets ‘sure’ up their ethical sourcing channels in labour hire

Australian supermarkets Coles and Woolworths have taken further steps to ensure their supply chains are ethical and exploitation-free by locking down minimum requirements for…

Wasp considered to fight fall armyworms in Taiwan

According to Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture, a type of small wasp might be introduced to combat an influx of fall armyworms. These crop-destroying fall armyworms were first…

Attempting to help bees thrive

Netherlands: City of Utrecht turns 316 bus stops into ‘bee stops’

The Dutch city of Utrecht has had a great idea to help bees thrive: turning bus stops into little bee havens. These ‘bee stops’ are basically just standard bus stops with grass and wildflowers on top to encourage pollination. If our natural pollinators would be exterminated, it would cost £1.8bn a year…

Sleeping in an avocado

Book a night at ‘Avo-Condo’, where Avocado fans have the unique opportunity to stay in an avocado-shaped condo.

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73% of Spanish consumers eat fruit regularly

The report 'Purchase and consumption indicators for fruit and vegetables', carried out by Aecoc, reveals that 73% of Spanish consumers eat fruit at least once a day (1.7 times a day per person on average), compared to 47% who eat vegetables daily. The study shows an upward trend in consumption, since 46%…

Herbs more »

Willem Kea, Greenfresh:

“Herbs increasingly used as an alternative to salt”

From his ornamental plant cultivation background, he already knew a lot of East African growers, but for about 15 years now, Willem Kea of Greenfresh hasn’t really talked about flowers with these growers; they mostly talk about herbs now. So many varieties of herbs are still unknown, and as a result, a…

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Colombia: Medellin to host next edition of the World Avocado Congress

The ninth edition of the World Avocado Congress will be held in Medellin from September 23rd to the 27th, 2019. The event, which will have more than 70 exhibitors and 3,500…

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Spain

Negative balance for the Region of Valencia's 2018/19 citrus campaign

The 2018/19 citrus campaign in the Spanish Region of Valencia has been one of the worst in recent years, according to figures published by UNIÓ de Llauradors, which reveal a 32% drop in profits compared to the previous season. The LA UNIÓ report shows that the income has fallen by 151 million Euro (40%)…

USDA Citrus forecast

Florida all orange forecast 2018-2019: 76.5 million boxes

The 2018-2019 Florida all orange fore cast released today by the USDA Agricultural Statistics Board is 76.5 million boxes, down slightly from the March forecast. The total…

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Avocado cultivation in the Dominican Republic up 150%

The Dominican Republic has opted for the cultivation of avocados in the last few years. In 2011 the estimated surface devoted to growing avocados stood at around 22,134…

Peru: Pitahaya cultivation presents new opportunities for agricultural exports

Pitahaya cultivation in the region of Piura represents a new opportunity for producers and is emerging as a new means of diversifying agricultural production and expanding the…

China: What IT and selling durians have in common

Last month whole frozen Malaysian durians could for the first time enter the Chinese market and since that time the import for this fruit increased a lot. According to Mr. Da Fei, the increase of import volume is now visible in the Chinese market, though it does not reach the same volume as Thai durians…

Monsoon Green Earth Farms:

“This is the best time for good quality pomegranates from India”

Now that the summer has almost ended in India, the rainy season will be making its entry. This means the pomegranates will have better quality, and a color that is difficult to gain during the summer months. This is the time to export as many pomegranates as possible, as the December-to-March season now…

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Robust growth in organics predicted

Organic Produce Summit recap

An upbeat growth outlook for organic fresh produce was one of the big headlines coming out of the fourth annual Organic Produce Summit held last week in Monterey, California, July 10 -11. Over 1,600 were in attendance, including nearly 300 retailers and 148 exhibitors. Organizers say the summit itself continues to enjoy growth,…

Health more »

‘Grasshoppers and silkworms - antioxidant capacity is similar to orange juice’

For the first time, a study has measured antioxidant levels in commercially available edible insects. For open-minded health freaks, it's good news. Crickets pack 75% the…

IT more »

4.0 agriculture arrives in Basilicata

"New innovative technologies enable us to check what happens in the fields also via mobile devices, to monitor the soil, distinguish the life cycles of plants and understand when to irrigate," reports Mario, a partner and developer of 4.0 agricultural solutions for terraSmart, a start-up in Basilicata…

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Coles joins the supply chain revolution

Coles is launching a new ‘cloud platform’ called Azure to host all its applications and data collection processes. This brings the company into line with Woolworths, who…

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Launch of first gluten and preservative-free guacamole in Spain

The supermarket chain Carrefour has launched the first guacamole without preservatives or gluten. The guacamole, made with 95% fruit, has been manufactured by the Malaga-based…

Cooling more »

Shipping of perishable goods - Maersk sees new possibilities

Maersk successfully delivers on its vision of becoming a global integrator of container logistics by shipping mangoes from India to United Kingdom through an innovating new…

Food safety more »

Potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination

Growers Express expands recall of Select Fresh Vegetable Products

Growers Express takes issues of food safety seriously and in an abundance of caution and in the interest of protecting consumers is expanding the list of select fresh vegetable products affected by a voluntary recall that was issued on July 1, 2019. After further testing of an additional product lot from…

Nuts and dried fruits more »

Bosnia and Herzegovina bans walnut shipment from Romania due to aflatoxins

On Tuesday, Bosnia an d Herzegovina officials stopped the importation of 20.16 tons of walnut from Romania due to an excess presence of aflatoxin B1. The phytosanitary…

Packaging and Labelling more »

Pöppelmann launches new To Go packaging solution

Lattice structure for snack tomato bucket

Pöppelmann Famac has presented a packaging for snack tomatoes that truly impresses everyone, with material savings of up to 30%. The snack tomato bucket, a form of packaging that has proven its worth in the food trade, is now available in a resource-saving and visually even more attractive design:…

Shandong Runping Plastics

China: "Due to the high tariffs, we did not export to America this year"

Packaging is an important part of the fruit and vegetable industry. In order to safely transport the products but also to keep them fresh longer, good packaging is needed. A company that is specialized in packaging, is the Shandong Runping Co Ltd. Cathy explained the current demand and trends: “We are a…

Product information more »

Frigga launches super-low-cost "temperature + light sensor" real-time monitor

The Frigga team released the Z9/Y9 real-time asset management monitoring solution last month, and now they are mounting a large-scale global promotion and marketing stage. The…

Retail more »

Barclays: Carrefour-Casino merger possible

Investec Asset Management has bought a controlling stake in supermarket chain Spinneys Egypt

Amazon in deal with German watchdog to overhaul marketplace terms Amazon has reached a deal with Germany’s anti-trust authority to overhaul its terms of service for third-party merchants, taking action to appease regulators as pressure on the e-commerce giant grows in Europe and the United States. The…

Raley’s Shelf Guide has expanded to include 23 total icons and 2 additional categories

Wegmans Food Markets and Teamsters Local 118: tentative agreement

US: Walmart CEO says stores are the distribution centers it needs against Amazon Walmart Inc Chief Executive Doug McMillon said that the discount chain's thousands of stores give it the distribution firepower it needs to compete again its e-commerce rivals, notably Amazon.com. While Walmart has 20…

Climate more »

Hailstorms and strong winds in Emilia Romagna and Marche

The bad weather on 9th July 2019 greatly affected Emilia Romagna and, in particular, a hailstorm lasting only slightly over a minute affected both the countryside and hills in the Cesena area. Gea nectarine damaged by the hail As explained by producer Gianni Biguzzi "the event didn't last long but stones…

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