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USDA files action against Texas company for alleged PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed an administrative complaint against Mestizos Group LLC (Mestizos) for alleged violations of the Perishable Agricultural…

BVEO/DRV

Johannes Bliestle and Hans-Jörg Friedrich take over responsibility in BVEO and DRV committee work

Johannes Bliestle is the new honorary chairman of the Federal Association of Fruit and Vegetable Producer Organizations (BVEO). The full board unanimously elected the 57-year-old managing director of Reichenau Gemüse to the post. Bliestle has been a member of the BVEO board since 2010. His deputies are…

New warehouse in Rungis - More than 15,000 m²

France: Carrefour speeds up same-day delivery in Paris region with the STEF group

Carrefour and STEF have inaugurated a logistics platform in Rungis that will accelerate the growth of Carrefour’s home delivery offer in the Paris region and develop same-day delivery in the Paris region. Carrefour has entrusted its partner STEF with all the logistics operations (receiving, storing and…

J. Huete International builds high-tech greenhouse for seed research in South America

J. Huete International has begun the construction of a high-tech greenhouse dedicated to seed research in South America for a major international agricultural producer. The Spanish company has added this project to the large-scale work it is carrying out during 2022 in various parts of the world, such as…

PepsiCo Alimentos Venezuela launches program to train potato growers in the region

PepsiCo is the largest consumer of potatoes in Venezuela, with around 2,400 tons. PepsiCo Alimentos Venezuela has launched its ‘Agro with Purpose’ program, hoping to learn new…

Manupackaging announces strategic partnership with Polymateria for biodegradable films

Manupackaging is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Polymateria in the field of sustainable end-of-life packaging solutions.Incorporating Polymateria’s…

Maharashtra, India

Food-tech venture Pluckk records $5 mln annualised revenue run rate in October

Pluckk, a fresh produce food-tech venture owned by Fruveggie Tech Pvt Ltd., has clocked record revenues of $5 million in a short span of time since its launch in January 2022,…

Import/export management

NTB supports foreign large-scale retailers in their purchases in Italy

"The various international retail chains send us their orders for fruit and vegetables from Sicily, Apulia, Calabria, Campania and Latium; we bundle all the goods, organize pickups, control the loading temperature, organize the whole process of documents from the simple DDT to CMR, and in the case of…

Fruit importer happy to be back at Asia Fruit Logistica

Asia Fruit Logistica 2022 returned to its face-to-face format after being affected by the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. In its 2022 edition, the fair was held from November 2 to 4 in Bangkok, and not in Hong Kong where the event was traditionally held. “I saw a lot of enthusiasm from all…

CMA CGM Group

Very strong third-quarter financial results in a more challenging economic and geopolitical environment

The Board of Directors of the CMA CGM Group, a global player in sea, land, air and logistics solutions, has issued the financial statements for the third quarter of 2022.  Commenting…

"With innovation and sustainability as most important pillars

Dutch pallet company officially inaugurates new building

Mopal Palletindustrie moved into its new building, right behind its existing one, in early November. "We were outgrowing our premises, both location and production-wise," begins Anita Manniën. She supported this Dutch company's three partners, Arie and Jacqueline Monhemius, and Pierre van de Wijngaart,…

Citrosuco launches unit for natural ingredients production for different industries

The Brazilian company Citrosuco, one of the largest orange juice producers in the world, responsible for 20% of the global product supply, just announced the launching of Evera, its new business unit that will produce natural ingredients for different industries through the means of reuse technology of…

Pennsylvania Cooperative Potato Growers celebrate 100 years of cooperation

Pennsylvania Cooperative Potato Growers is celebrating its centennial this year. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding joined cooperative members, processors and others to…

Lineage Logistics officially opens fully automated Cool Port II

On Wednesday, November 23, Lineage Logistics officially took its Cool Port II in the Port of Rotterdam into use. With a ceremonial push of a button and in the presence of staff and business partners, Harld Peters, Mark Ketelaar (both Lineage), Rob Scholte (Lamb Weston Meijer), and Frederik Zevenbergen (Province of South…

Victorian vegetable grower Bill Bulmer re-elected as Chair

AUSVEG welcomes new directors

AUSVEG is Australia’s peak industry body for the vegetable and potato industries. It has welcomed the appointment of Queensland vegetable and onion grower Andrew Moon from Moonrocks, and Tasmanian…

New management structure for Heemskerk fresh & easy

Heemskerk fresh & easy is adjusting its management structure to get ready for the next phase. "Over the past few years, the company has grown rapidly, invested heavily and the ambition to make healthy food tasty and easy remains undiminished. The importance of fruit and vegetables and the role of…

CMA CGM applies revised PSS from Turkey to US East Coast & Gulf

Marseille-headquartered container line CMA CGM has decided to revise its peak season surcharge (PSS) from Turkey to the United States East Coast & US Gulf. The new surcharge…

Almond producer Select Harvests to face another challenging year

Select Harvests reported a soft full year result, despite a better than expected harvest and pricing. The company is said to be facing another challenging year ahead, as the…

Canadian growers invest $10,000 in St. John Ambulance

Peak of the Market Ltd. is proud to announce an important contribution to St. John Ambulance. St. John Ambulance is part of the world’s oldest charitable organization founded close to 1,000 years ago. In Canada, St. John Ambulance has done important work for nearly 140 years and is committed to serving…

AgroFresh transitions from publicly traded to private ownership

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. confirmed it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with investment funds affiliated with Paine Schwartz Partners, a sustainable food chain…

Could your ugly Christmas sweater feature a pineapple?

Who said a produce company couldn’t create the most fashionable ugly Christmas sweater of the season? In celebration of the holiday shopping season and National Ugly Christmas Day on December 16, Dole Food Company is offering a new-for-2022 Dole Pineapple Ugly Holiday Sweater that features a fun…

Cor van der Kaaij steps down from Lokal Harvest

Tomato grower Cor van der Kaaij is to leave Lokal Harvest. In the company, growers work with investors to set up horticultural projects abroad. A difference of opinion…

Bariş Korkmaz, Royal Gastro Frischcenter Herne: Royal Gastro Frischcenter GmbH

"Encouraging demand from hospitality, but retail is slowing"

Since August of this year, new wholesale company Royal Gastro Frischcenter Ltd can be found in the Holsterhausen district of Herne. "We have taken over an existing wholesale business…

Japanese agri equipment leader invests in Israeli fresh produce quality control start-up

Kubota Corporation, the Japanese manufacturer of agricultural equipment, has invested in a ‘Series A’ venture funding investment round for Clarifruit Ltd. the end-to-end quality control solutions provider for the fresh produce industry founded in Israel. Grapes and Blueberries growers using Clarifruit…

4G and 5G network developments create new opportunities for real-time monitoring

"Industry has growing needs for temperature and humidity data loggers"

With fewer restrictions of pandemic measures in major markets and an increase in trade volume, market demand for temperature and humidity data loggers have increased. Frigga is a professional real-time temperature monitoring solution provider. At present, the company's real-time temperature data loggers…

Lineage opens new fully automated cool port II cold storage facility in Port of Rotterdam

Lineage has expanded its European network of strategically located cold storage facilities with the opening of the Cool Port II facility at City Terminal Rotterdam The fully…

West Pak Avocado adds to sales team

West Pak Avocado, a grower, packer and distributor of premium avocados, is pleased to add Jennifer Zendejas to its sales team. As director of sales and business development,…

Jan Strijbos joins this Dutch company:

"I love that I can add my expertise to VH's vertical packaging specialization"

Jan Strijbos started at the Dutch company VH Vertical Packaging at the beginning of this month. Jan, a packaging industry veteran, is very motivated to begin working for VH. "I'm very much looking forward to it. I feel 25 again, although that was a while ago," Jan begins, laughing. He started in the…

Fyffes melon subsidiary wins social responsibility award in Honduras

The Honduran Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility (Fundahrse) has awarded a subsidiary of Fyffes, the melon company Sol Group, the Fundahrse seal for socially responsible companies for the years 2022-2023, after it was rated on the seven thematic indicators of corporate social responsibility…

Del Monte Foods finishes new Doha facility

Del Monte Foods’ spokespeople have said the company has completed work on its new facility in Doha, Qatar.  Construction of the building, which has a built-up area of 2,200 sq m,…

Oppy's John Anderson named to Business Laureates Hall of Fame

JA British Columbia (JABC) has recognized John Anderson as one of its 2023 Laureate Inductees into the Business Laureates of British Columbia (BLBC) Hall of Fame. The award…

Eastern Produce Council

EPC Leadership Class to attend Cornell program at New York Produce Show

The fourth Eastern Produce Council (EPC) Leadership Class continues its broad education in the industry at Cornell University’s Foundational Excellence…

SAVRpak

SAVRpak partners with Mexican company Jüsto, distributing moisture control technology

Food tech innovation company SAVRpak’s moisture control technology, which can extend the shelf life of produce up to three times, will be marketed through Jüsto, Mexico’s first online supermarket. Beginning in December, each clamshell of berry varieties ordered through Jüsto will include SAVRpak, a…

Paul Mastronardi honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Greenhouse pioneer Paul Mastronardi, President and CEO of Mastronardi Produce, received a Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday at the Ontario Produce Marketing Association (OPMA) 31st Annual Gala and Awards Ceremony. The prestigious award recognizes an individual that has demonstrated tireless efforts…

Monterey Mushrooms hires new western region sales director

Monterey Mushrooms has named Andrea Smith its director of sales for the Western Region, which spans from Seattle to Phoenix and Denver to Houston. Smith will manage the sales…

British Columbia and Saskatchewan companies partner in improving soil health

Growers Supply Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of BC Tree Fruits Cooperative, and ViviGro Sustainable Solutions announce a strategic partnership under the name “Ropana Grower…

France: Ombrea signs partnership with Banque des Territoires for 350 MW of agrivoltaic projects

Banque des Territoires has signed an innovative and ambitious partnership agreement to develop and finance 350 MW of agrivoltaic projects by 2027, equivalent to the annual consumption of 100,000 households. The partnership agreement was signed on November 16th 2022 in Aix-en-Provence by Christian Davico,…

Lidl opens new distribution center in La Louvière

Lidl Belgium and Luxembourg has opened an new distribution center in La Louvière. "In the presence of Willy Borsus (vice-president of Wallonia), Jacques Gobert (mayor of La Louvière), Caroline Descamps (IDEA) & CEO Matúš Gála, director Central Reach Evan Lasage & region director Matthias Deleu our new…

Cape Five celebrates 25 years of fruit excellence

In 1997, Wayne Mudge teamed up with four like-minded individuals to form Cape Five. The company soon became one of the fruit exporters heralding a new chapter in the history…

Fyffes posts €20.7 mln profit for 2021

Irish fruit distribution giant Fyffes charged back into the black last year, posting a €20.7 mln profit and reversing a €170 mln loss it posted the previous year during the…

Lamb Weston Holdings to acquire remaining interests in European joint venture Lamb-Weston/Meijer

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase the remaining equity interests in its European joint venture with Meijer Frozen Foods B.V.…

Sun World expands Southern Hemisphere marketer footprint

Sun World International, LLC (Sun World) has added several new companies to its global Licensed Distributor lineup. These include three newly licensed marketers in Brazil,…

Anton Potgieter – The Logistics Group, Paulo Franco – FPT, Sean Gent – Matola Cargo Terminal

Maputo cold store will open up new avenues for 2023 South African citrus exports

At the Matola Cargo Terminal in Mozambique, The Logistics Group and FPT have started construction of the Maputo Cold Store and a fruit consolidation hub. It is planned to be ready in time for next year’s citrus season. Currently fruit can only be loaded at ambient temperature from the port of Maputo.…

A major challenge in the fight against the scarcity of labor

Banana of Guadeloupe & Martinique: new collective packing stations

Faced with a lack of labor on the farms, banana professionals in Martinique want to equip themselves with collective packing stations. These structures already exist in Guadeloupe but they need to be adapted to the new challenges of the sector. This project, launched by LPG in Guadeloupe, is now…

Fresh-cut facility opens in Qatar to meet demand for sports tournaments

Ahead of the upcoming international sports tournaments, Fresh Del Monte’s operations in the Middle East completed a new fresh-cut facility to meet the expected heightened demand. As needed volumes of its products are expected to double during upcoming touristic events. The facility in Doha, Qatar is a…

Calavo announces new hire to support prepared division

Calavo Growers, Inc has hired Andy Foster to support the company’s recently aligned prepared division as VP sales – national accounts.Foster brings more than 25 years of…

CMA CGM appoints Peter Levesque as new president of America and American President lines

The CMA CGM Group, a global player in sea, land, air and logistics solutions, led by Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, today officially announced that Ed…

A conversation with Joe Sbrocchi, OGVG:

Labor challenges and inflation in the Canadian horti sector

Joe Sbrocchi from Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) has dedicated the entirety of his professional career to the horti sector. Now, after six years spent developing and expanding OGVG, the time for a well-earned rest is approaching. Is it, though? “The important thing to remember is that I…

First Trailblazer Award winner named for food and beverage industry

Lori Taylor, founder and CEO of The Produce Moms® announced this week the creation of The Produce Moms Trailblazer Award which recognizes an individual who has made a unique contribution to the food and beverage industry. The inaugural recipient of the award is Sarah Frey, founder and CEO, Frey Farms.…

Eastern Produce Council

Leadership class tours New Jersey greenhouses

The fourth Eastern Produce Council (EPC) Leadership Class benefited from an informative tour of Hionis Greenhouses in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, on November 14. After the tour, participants listened to a seminar from the Rutgers University Office of Continuing Professional Education. Seeing the…

Substantial channel shifts affect fresh produce in October

The share of meals prepared at home remained elevated in October, at a consumer estimated 78.4 percent of all occasions, according to the IRI survey of primary grocery shoppers. Jonna Parker, team lead, fresh for IRI explained that a big contributor to more meals being prepared in the home is the lunch…

Antoine Fuyet, co-founder:

Bioponics: Champerché will soon open five urban farms

Champerché, the smart urban farms developer, continues to grow. After the first fundraiser raising 3.5 million euros [3.64 million USD] for its urban farm of 1,300 m² in Sartrouville (Yvelines), the start-up will now raise 85 million euros [88.34 million USD] to open its next five farms in the Paris…

Financial results for Q3 and first 9 months

Dole sees revenue increase in Q3

Dole plc released its financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022. Revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2022 increased to $2.3 billion from $1.9 billion. The…

Carrier Transicold supported Pacific International Lines to expand its reefer container inventory

Carrier Transicold, a part of Carrier Global Corporation, a global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions, recently manufactured 1,750…

Frutico

Switzerland: Newly founded B2B PRE Bio Gemüse Seeland relies on domestic Frutico ERP process

"Digitization supports personal customer care"

Within the framework of a regional development project (PRE project) supported by the Swiss Confederation and the Canton of Fribourg, the Bern University of Applied Sciences (School of Agricultural, Forestry and Food Sciences, HAFL) is involved with organic producers in the Fribourg Seeland region. One…

USDA restricts PACA violators in California and Nevada

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on three produce businesses for failing to meet contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they…

Food Safety Modernization Act

IFPA updates industry on new FSMA rule

International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) has shared its initial reactions to the newly published rule on the Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain…

Matt Mandel receives Member of the Year award

During the annual meeting of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) on November 1st, association president Lance Jungmeyer presented the FPAA Member of the Year Award to Matt Mandel from SunFed. The Member of the Year is nominated by FPAA members and defined as someone who goes above and…

New websites launched in produce industry

Farm Direct Supply (FDS), a global supplier of fresh fruit and vegetables, recently launched a new website www.farmdirectsupply.com highlighting its product offerings, growing regions and many recipes to further provide a great online experience for trade and consumer visitors.  The new website allows consumers…

Opening of a new warehouse in Val-d'Oise

Sofrilog strengthens its presence in the Paris region

In order to strengthen its presence in the Paris region, Sofrilog continues to expand its transport and distribution network and it has announced the opening of a new sorting-temperature site in Saint-Ouen l’Aumône (Val d’Oise department). Development strategyWith four sites in the Paris region already (Trappes,…

Elad Mardix, CEO: "Clarifruit to meaningfully scale sales activity globally with local offices"

Israeli tech start-up raises $12M to reduce $900B annual waste in fresh produce industry

Clarifruit, an Israel-based company developing a software platform for automated quality control for the fruit and vegetable supply chain, completed an approximately $12 million Series A funding round led by Champel Capital and Firstime Ventures. Additional participants in the round include Kubota, a leading…

Nationwide Produce provides 500,000 meals to people in need

Nationwide Produce has provided 217 tonnes of good-to-eat surplus food, which may otherwise go to waste, to FareShare. The food, which is the equivalent of 500,000 meals, will go to FareShare’s network of nearly 9,500 charities across the UK. “We are proud to have hit such a monumental milestone of…

Shelf-life extension trials for California kiwi grower-shipper

Grower/packer/shipper Kliewer Farms LLC announces a successful postharvest trial with Chicago-based shelf-life extension tech developer, Hazel Technologies, using the Hazel 100 sachet on the company’s exclusive kiwifruit variety, Mega Kiwi. As a California grower of kiwifruit with 300+ acres of…

World Cup fans could score free guacamole

With the World Cup starting Sunday, Avocados From Mexico (AFM) is helping fans get excited with free guacamole. The brand is teaming up with a powerhouse pair who are no strangers to soccer’s biggest world games – former U.S. Men’s National Team member Landon Donovan and Rafael Marquez, former member of…

Vertical farming underway in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, soon expanding to the Mekong Delta

"Our top contribution to Vietnam's agricultural industry is providing clean, safe, stable jobs in communities where this is typically not the case. Secondly, we are setting a better standard of production with zero chemical residues and net zero greenhouse gas emissions that we hope will encourage other…

Tomtech help Coventry University and charity create perfect conditions for organic growing

Tomtech, has installed technology at Ryton Gardens to help Coventry University and Garden Organic create an ideal environment to research and promote organic growing. A T100 control system has been added to the site’s greenhouse to control three growing zones, each with ventilation, hot water heating,…

HAK no longer part of Russian parent company KDV

Neerlands Glorie Groente & Fruit (NGG&F), HAK's parent company, is no longer a part of KDV. That used to be its Russian parent company. As of yesterday, all NGG&F activities…

C.H. Robinson shed 650 jobs

C.H. Robinson, the truck brokerage giant, laid off about 650 employees after the company said the truckload demand cooled quicker than expected.  The company had 17,000 employees, with CEO and President…

USDA imposes sanctions on Minnesota company for PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on H Brooks and Company LLC (H Brooks), New Brighton, Minnesota, for violating the Perishable Agricultural…

Grasp

GLOBALG.A.P. launches version 2 of risk assessment social practices

GLOBALG.A.P. North America (GGNA) announces version 2 of GLOBALG.A.P.’s Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP) as an add-on module to GLOBALG.A.P.’s flagship Integrated…

California Giant Foundation donates $43,500 to non-profits

California Giant Berry Farms announced the distribution of $43,500 to 10 non-profit organizations throughout the Central Coast via its philanthropic initiative, The California Giant Foundation. The funds are a culmination of the Foundation’s fundraising efforts throughout the year—including its Skirt…

15,000 m²

Rungis: A new logistics platform for Metro

“Metro France is investing in the future for the entire sector,” explains Pascal Peltier about the new logistics platform of Metro on the Rungis market, inaugurated on November 9th. With a surface area of 15,000 m² and the latest equipment, the new facilities will group the sectors of fruit, vegetables,…

T&G Global

Heavy rain hit T&G's Envy crop, may lead to a loss of 5-10 million NZ$

A poor apple harvest may cause a loss of between $1 million and $5m for T&G Global in the current financial year to December 31. T&G said the loss would be down to two key factors - apple quality and its trading performance in the Northern Hemisphere. “There has been a rapid deterioration in the quality…

Mishkaat Anderson appointed GM at Culdevco

Mishkaat Anderson has been appointed as the new General Manager at Culdevco Pty Ltd in Stellenbosch. Anderson follows in the footsteps of Dr Leon von Mollendorff who was at…

Half-year results show Greenyard is holding its own in difficult market

Greenyard urgently wants 0% VAT on fruit and vegetables: "There's nothing to discuss"

The Dutch company Greenyard has strengthened its relative market position in the last six months. That is despite "unprecedented macro-economic and geopolitical unrest,"…

Specialty food company partners with NY food delivery service

Baldor Specialty Foods, a Northeast and Mid-Atlantic’s produce and specialty foods distributor, has partnered with Farm to People, an NYC’s service for delivering local, sustainable, and ethically sourced produce and pantry items. This partnership will help provide home chefs with better access to…

Forza Italia

Dutch company expands its team and Italian range

Aartsen's Italian produce portfolio kept expanding, which made this Dutch company's team very keen to strengthen trade with that country. Maria Martelli, who hails from the Tuscany region, thus joined the team to lend commercial support. Her knowledge of the Italian language and culture makes her a…

B2A celebrates at Interpoma, Hall AB - Stand A03/18

Ten years of activity: study and research are never lacking

Last October, the Trento-based B2A celebrated its tenth anniversary. Barbara Doria, partner and head of administration and marketing, tells how the company has grown despite the last few difficult years, due to pandemics and wars, events that have inevitably also affected the industry.  "Despite the hard times…

Growth in sales for Greenyard

Greenyard achieved a 7.3% increase in sales (on a like-for-like basis) driven by +9,0% price increases in an inflationary environment (including € +16,6m FX impact on the USD, GBP and CZK). This is…

Group revenue up 8.7 percent to € 1,172.7 million

HHLA achieves good result in a challenging environment

Despite ongoing disruptions to global supply chains, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) recorded a positive trend in revenue and earnings in the first nine months of the…

Water Ways receives $579 million for blueberry turnkey irrigation project in China

Water Ways Technologies, via its 73% Chinese owned subsidiary, signed a contract worth CAD$770,000 (about $579 million) with a Chinese subsidiary of Driscoll's. The company…

BayWa to post strong group growth, global produce segment down

With very successful operations in the third quarter, BayWa AG seamlessly built on its strong performance in the first half of the year. The company posted revenues of €20.1…

Rijk Zwaan receives ‘Fresh Supplier of the Year’ award from grocery retailer SPAR

Grocery retailer SPAR International and vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan have been collaborating closely for more than a decade, resulting in numerous successful value chain projects together. On Tuesday 8 November, at SPAR International’s exclusive business briefing dinner, the retailer recognised…

In memoriam: Willem 'Bill' Hofman

Willem ‘Bill’ Hofman, age 78, passed away on November 2nd. Bill was instrumental to the development of the greenhouse industry in the US. Bill partnered with V&V Noordland in Medford,…

Paskal acquires grafting clips specialist Tecnografting

"Improvement, innovation, and customer satisfaction are the keys to Tecnografting”

Last week, Paskal announced the acquisition of Tecnografting, a company specializing in grafting clips for the horticulture market. “Starting from a very young age, I began working in the field of mold design and production. Once I learned how to use machines for the creation of generic products, and…

Aweta: "Performance" and "Simplicity" to respond to the shortage of labor

This year the apple kingdom, Trentino-Alto Adige, had to face labour shortages that risk compromising the apple harvest season. The problem of staff shortages in the fruit and vegetable sector is increasingly alarming and fruit and vegetable companies often have to resort to technological solutions to…

IFPA celebrates the Awards of Excellence

The International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) celebrated a number of winners of key industry awards at the Global Produce & Floral Show this year. The winners represent the best of the industry, having been nominated and selected by industry leaders and members.  The award winners for the 2022 Awards…

To-go tomato snack debuts in Mexican 7-Eleven® stores

NatureSweet® is introducing its To Go product in Mexico. Cherubs® To Go are washed and ready-to-eat snacking tomatoes in a palm-sized container. Beginning this week, the snack pack will be available in all 7-Eleven stores throughout Mexico. The snack pack will be available in all 7-Eleven stores throughout…

Dashang Group: "The domestic supply of cherries will reach 60 tons before the Spring Festival"

In the agricultural food pavilion of the CIIE, the fruit exhibits from the Dashang Group are very shiny. According to Flora of Dashang Group, this CIIE, relying on the concept of "sharing the future in the new era" and the national exhibition open platform, Dashang Group, organized more than 20 varieties…

Erich Baumeister Ltd presents new single-net process at expoSE 2022

"Elastic and non-elastic yarns with ecologically sustainable materials"

Erich Baumeister Ltd develops and distributes forward-looking solutions for bundling, packaging, labeling. Now, the market launch of a new process for netting with sustainable, ecological materials is imminent. "We have used the economic upheaval that was Corona to establish and expand our sustainability…

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas

FPAA welcomes new board members for upcoming term

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) held its annual meeting on November 1 in person at the Americana Hotel. This year the FPAA hosted the meeting just prior to the start of the 53rd Nogales Produce Convention and Golf Tournament. The FPAA membership consists of distributor and associate…

Specialty food distributor expands DC-area operations

Baldor Specialty Foods, a Northeast and Mid-Atlantic produce and specialty foods distributor announced it has signed a lease for a new facility in Lanham, Maryland to significantly expand and enhance its operations in the DC area. The new 100,000-square-foot warehouse facility includes 35 dock doors…

IFPA announces winners of Root Cause Analysis Award

The International Fresh Produce Association announced, at its inaugural Global Produce and Floral Show, the recipients of awards recognizing industry efforts to advance root cause analysis. Conducting an effective root cause analysis or assessment (RCA) is an essential skill demonstrated by the most…

Tanimura & Antle celebrates 40 years

On this day 40 years ago, two families who migrated to the Salinas Valley chasing the California dream, shook hands and established a company that would impact the fresh produce and agriculture industry forever. Built upon a long-standing partnership of trust, perseverance and decades of industry…

HMM hits $11 billion revenue, surpasses $6.3 billion profit in 9M 2022

The shipping liner HMM has achieved strong financial results for the third quarter of the year, increasing revenue by 27.1%, compared to the same quarter last year, to US$3.75…

Hapag-Lloyd reports even higher 9 months profit of $14.7 billion

Hapag-Lloyd has concluded the first nine months of 2022 with an EBITDA of $16.6 billion (€5.6 billion) and an EBIT of $15.1 billion (€14.2 billion). At the same time, the…

"The food and fresh produce supply chain is a vital network"

Hwy Haul closes $10M funding round to accelerate company growth and expansion

Hwy Haul, a next-generation digital freight platform that connects fresh produce shippers with reliable truckers to eliminate intermediary friction and deliver sustainable,…

AgroFresh Solutions reports results for Q3 and Ffrst 9 months of 2022

"Gross profit for the third quarter of 2022 was $32.2 million"

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc., a global AgTech innovator providing a range of solutions, digital technologies and services to enhance the quality and extend the shelf life of…

Large China International Import Expo currently on in Shanghai

Dole reaches strategic partnerships at CIIE

Dole is present at China's International Import Expo, this week in Shanghai. The company has increased investment in the Chinese market in recent years. The company now operates two processing and distributing centres in China: one in Guiyang and one in Chongqing. The Guiyang center is currently active,…

United Natural Foods and Square Roots to co-locate farms at distribution centers across North America

United Natural Foods, Inc. and Square Roots have made a new agreement to co-locate Square Roots' indoor farms on-site at select UNFI distribution centers. The first Square Roots farm, approximately 20,000 square feet in size, is planned for UNFI’s Prescott, Wis. facility and is scheduled to open in 2023.…

The new multi-crop partnership leading urban agriculture in Paris

Kroptek, a UK-based agricultural technology platform, has partnered with Wesh Grow, a Paris-based farm, to further their shared aim of developing urban farms that can deliver a variety of gourmet produce to consumers and restaurants locally.  As Wesh Grow looked to expand, it opened the unique opportunity…

Mucci Farms to use dynamic grow lights for strawberry trials

Mucci Farms is looking to hone their expertise in strawberry cultivation by conducting onsite experimental lighting strategies under Sollum's unique dynamic LED grow light fixtures at their 72-acre Boemberry location. A trusted source for quality strawberries grown in Kingsville, Ontario, the team at…

Veteran's Day promotion with dedicated packaging for grapes and mandarins

Pacific Trellis Fruit, a year-round grower, shipper and marketer of premium fresh fruit, is partnering with the Tunnel to Towers Foundation for a Veteran’s Day promotion. The company debuts eye-catching co-branded packaging for grapes and mandarins with a percentage of every bag sold being donated to the…

Jim Prevor remembered

Produce Business magazine is deeply saddened to report that Jim Prevor has suddenly passed away from heart failure after being stricken by a heart attack and stroke. On this earth for merely 61…

AppHarvest Foundation brings big business opportunities to the classroom

Current donates $10,000 to help educate tomorrow’s farmers

Current has donated $10,000 to the AppHarvest Foundation to support the AgTech Education Program. The program introduces high school students to CEA opportunities that will…

First Quarter FY 2022-2023 revenue

Bonduelle's growth driven by price increases in the first quarter

Based on the group’s new scope of activities, the Bonduelle Group’s revenue for the 1st quarter of financial year 2022-2023 amounted to € 571.3 million, representing a growth…

Oerlemans Plastics celebrates completion of new building

On Friday, November 4, in the Netherlands, the Altena municipality's mayor, Egbert Lichtenberg, officially opened Oerlemans Plastics' new building. The production and construction teams involved in this major project at De Rietdijk industrial park were there to share this momentous occasion. This new…

Doing business on a platform for which you’ll be rewarded in 'green coins'

"We at LeafAI made it our mission to address and start solving the problems of farmers, resource scarcity, and access to economic identity. Giving everyone, from smaller-sized farmers, agri-device-producers, mission supporters, or end consumers, a place to let their voice be heard and a chance to develop…

Construction begins on hi-tech £5m facility to store millions of tomatoes and cucumbers each year

East Yorkshire-based hi-tech horticultural specialist CambridgeHOK has started construction of a huge new packhouse in a £5m project which will see a hi-tech facility built able to package and store millions of tomatoes and cucumbers per year. As part of the project, the specialist business was tasked…

Lineage Logistics extends U.S. EPA SmartWay® transport partnership

Lineage Logistics, LLC, a temperature-controlled industrial REIT and logistics solutions provider, announced it has renewed its participation in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership, a program that provides a framework to assess the environmental performance and…

Lebanese fruit and vegetable producers approach the Arab Gulf market

Traditionally less competitive than their North African peers when it comes to achieving economies of scale, Lebanese fresh fruit and vegetable producers have long focused on niche markets and high-end products. Today, they want to take full benefit of their competitive advantages and do more business in…

Showed up at the CIIE Expo

Dole debuts with two major IP products

The 5th CIIE is coming along on schedule. Dole, an old friend of the CIIE, made a wonderful appearance again this year, bringing more than 80 products to create "Dole Fruit Planet". Dole continues to aim to spread the concept of a diversified healthy life, not only bringing bananas, pineapples, non-GMO…

Australia:

NSW avocado farm hits the market with price tag of $6.5 million

Australia is in the throes of an “avalanche”, with the consumption of avocados tripling in the last 10 years, production rising to over 122,197 tonnes in 2021/22 – 56 per cent more than the previous year – and the industry now worth over $460 million. And, with an official National Avocado Day on July…

Total Produce UK rebrands to Dole UK

July 30th, 2021 was an auspicious moment for Total Produce plc and Dole Food Company as both companies came together to create the new global leader in fresh produce, Dole…

Luonnosta sales team is expanding and on the move again.

Although we've had to deal with corona in recent years, we expanded our international sales team. In Finland Luonnosta Oy we now have Antti, Olga and Maria and in the Netherlands we have Luonnosta Holland BV with Michiel  and myself. Michiel is a real specialist in organic exotics and imports from South America;…

Berries Australia announces changes of the guard.

Berries Australia and the Australian Blueberry Growers Association (ABGA) both elected new leaders at their October AGMs. Anthony Poiner of SmartBerries has taken over as the…

Paul Slupecki appointed as head of Tomra Fresh Food

For the new leader of Tomra’s business area specializing in fresh fruit and vegetables, the priorities are customer-centricity and developing the business’s global presence…

ZON fruit & vegetables auction room relocated

In April, ZON relocated to an adjacent building in the Hines Fresh Park in Venlo, the Netherlands. Yesterday, the auction room moved to that new premises too. That means all of ZON's departments are now under one roof. GrowthIn late March, this Dutch cooperative launched a new auction system (incl. an online…

Two Dutch transport companies join forces

Two Dutch transport companies, T. Vreugdenhil and D. Zonneveld, have decided to enter an extensive partnership. That was made official on Thursday, November 2. These companies will now be known as Transportbedrijf T. Vreugdenhil. "We began discussions in May. Our companies have been familiar with each…

Pilzgarten GmbH

Pilzgarten Ltd sets new standards in recycling management

New and unique: 20 percent of the substrate goes back into the cycle

Since 1996, Pilzgarten Ltd from Helvesiek, in the Elbe-Weser triangle between Hamburg and Bremen, has been producing up to 12 tons of mushrooms per week from sustainable and organic raw materials. These are mainly king trumpet mushrooms, for whose Germany-wide market launch Pilzgarten received the CMA…

Photo courtesy UC Davis

$6.2 million project seeks crop protection

Knapp awarded grant to advance strawberry breeding

The Strawberry Breeding Center in the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences has landed $6.2 million to study how to use breeding and genetic information to protect strawberry crops from future diseases and pests. The four-year grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture will address…

Agroberries to invest ~€40 million to expand farming operations into Morocco and support European growth

It was announced today that Agroberries Limited, a global vertically integrated producer, marketer and distributor of berries with a best-in-class portfolio of owned and…

Denmark: Large tomato grower to install high voltage electrode boiler

PARAT Halvorsen AS will supply a 10MW 10kV, High Voltage Electrode Boiler for hot water with a control cabinet and control system to the Danish tomato producer Alfred Pedersen & Søn. The grower announced back in September that they were halting winter production because of the skyrocketing energy prices.…

USDA files action against Florida company, restricts Texas firms

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed an administrative complaint against Fresh Florida Products Inc. for alleged violations of the Perishable Agricultural…

SPAR Croatia invests more than 100 million euros in new central warehouse

Construction of the largest SPAR logistics center in Croatia has begun in Donja Zdenčina. On an area of 410,000 square meters, the new central warehouse of more than 75,000 square meters is being built. When completed, the new logistics center will have a total capacity of over 100,000 pallets and will…

Copa-Cogeca: Geoffroy D'Evry, new president of the “potato” group

On the 20th of October, Georffroy d’Evry, a 51-year-old French farmer of the Oise department, president of the French Union of Potato Producers (UNPT), president of NEPG (North European Potato Growers) and member of CESPU (Committee of the European Starch Potato Processors’ Unions), was elected president…

Bonnysa first fruit and vegetable company to participate in Meninas Gallery Madrid urban exhibition

Bonnysa is taking the flavor of the Mediterranean diet to the streets of Madrid, dressing one of the Meninas of the "Meninas Madrid Gallery" urban outdoor exhibition. This is the first time that a company in the fruit and vegetable sector participates in this important art event, with the aim of…

Peter Grundhöfer, Managing Director of Grundhöfer Ltd:

Grundhöfer Ltd has become rightsholder of citrus and premium brand Götterfrucht

Since the 1950s, the Götterfrucht brand has been well-known in Germany and even throughout Europe. Previously, it was owned by the Peris Agost Hermanos family, which recently gave up its business, Peter Grundhöfer, managing director of Frankfurt company Grundhöfer Ltd, tells us. Since the brand was up…


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