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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…

Jamaica Producers veteran Marshall Hall has died

Yesterday, former longtime group managing director of Jamaica Producers Group, Marshall Hall passed away at the age of 88. Hall served as group managing director of Jamaica…

AVA-ASAJA: "The EU is making a mistake"

"The EU's ban on active plant protection substances will lead to a disaster"

The president of the Valencian Association of Farmers (AVA-ASAJA), Cristóbal Aguado, warned today in Brussels that the European Union's (EU) suppression of active…

Seasonal workers urged to sign NFU letter to the Immigration Minister

The NFU is writing to Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick amid concerns over visas for seasonal workers in the future. Growers are being encouraged to add their names to the letter. British growers are being urged to add their name to an NFU letter to the Immigration Minister calling for reassurances on…

Cindy van Rijswick (Rabobank)

How rising energy prices, fluctuating exchange rate affects Dutch cultivation and trade, plus several other developments

Cindy van Rijswick, Senior Fresh Produce Specialist at Rabobank, expects the sky-high gas prices to lead to far lower Dutch greenhouse production this winter. "The question,…

Apple Transitional Export Quota Bill passed third reading

The Apple Transitional Export Quota Bill, which was split out from the rest of the United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement Legislation Bill at committee stage, creates new regime…

New Dutch company, Agri Cooling

"Total cooling and storage solutions concept for agribusiness"

Agri Cooling was established in February 2022. A new name, but one with plenty of agricultural refrigeration technology experience. Ventri Techniek's Peter Maljaars, Arie van Dijk, and Jeroen van Kats, Stijn Huysmans and Stefan Huijsmans, who joined this new Dutch company on November 1, are all…

NZ: Stink bugs at the border

As well as fruit flies, we are currently in the high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). The season started in September and to date there have been two BMSB finds, compared to six for…

Large increase of brown marmorated stink bugs poses serious threat to Oregon crops

The amount of invasive brown marmorated stink bugs in 2022 tops anything seen in Oregon for at least five years and poses a serious threat to Oregon crops and garden plants,…

Freshfel Europe calls to introduce international SPS standards

On Tuesday, 8th November, during a meeting in Geneva of a thematic session of the WTO SPS Committee, Freshfel Europe called for the meticulous implementation of the WTO SPS…

KVH: Monitoring orchards potentially affected by Psa

KVH has been undertaking monitoring of potentially affected orchards in surrounding areas, after the detection of a Psa variant on two properties was confirmed in July. The…

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Canada: Labor shortage affecting three quarters of farm industry businesses

Nearly three-quarters of businesses in the farming industry say they are suffering because of the current labor shortage, according to a new report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The report states 74 percent of agri-business owners are working more hours to make up for the…

Tech in weather and disease portal helps orchardists stay ahead of mother nature

KVH’s free online Weather & Disease Portal uses a technology platform that gives growers the edge when it comes to weather forecasting and managing pests and diseases. Orchard…

Minister Enoch Godongwana responds to media reports regarding Eskom remarks

The Minister of Finance Mr Enoch Godongwana would like to clarify recent media reports about comments he made on Monday 31 October 2022 regarding Eskom. The reports claim…

UK growers stop planting and put nurseries up for sale amidst energy crisis and labour shortage

Another sign of UK growers struggling came up last week when the Lea Valley Growers Association shared that they were putting a nursery on sale. “We have five nurseries for sale at the moment,” says Lee Stiles, secretary of the association. “The energy crisis has hit growers hard, making them unable to…

Three sisters from Dominican Republic aim to conquer avocado and tropical fruit export markets

It comes in threes for GL Sila Export, growers and exporters of mainly avocados, a business that was started three years ago and is run by three young women. They currently have the capacity to export three containers per week to customers in their three main markets, the US, Puerto Rico and the rest of…

Mikael Gutman assumed role of Managing Director effective 1st November

Change at the helm of APM Terminals Nordics

Mikael Gutman, current Head of Procurement for APM Terminals, assumes the role of Managing Director effective 1st November, replacing Dennis Olesen, who has been running the…

Freshfel Environmental Footprint Initiative embarks on shadow PEFCR for fruit & vegetables

As part of the work of the Freshfel Environmental Footprint Initiative, Freshfel Europe, alongside its members, is embarking on the development of a shadow Product…

World Potato Congress board of directors congratulates Xiaoping Lu

The World Potato Congress Inc.’s Board of Directors Congratulates Mr. Xiaoping Lu, our WPC International Advisor, upon his retirement from the International Potato Center-…

After hiatus of four years, regaining market share will be the priority

Indian pomegranate arils can be exported to the US again

India is finally able to export pomegranate arils to the United States again, says Kaushal Khakhar, CEO of Indian fresh produce exporter Kay Bee Exports: “The restriction on export of pomegranate arils from India to the USA was declared in October 2018. Now, we have re-acquired market access after a gap…

Between FAO and INRAE, Cirad and IRD

France: new framework agreement to support the transformation of agricultural and food systems

On the 18th of October, as part of its Science and Innovation 2022 Forum in Rome, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has signed an agreement protocol with the 3 French research organizations INRAE, Cirad and IRD for the period 2022-2027 on the transformation of agricultural…

Olivier Hirel, Perle du Nord:

“We are creating a real regional movement in the Hauts-de-France region”

Perle Union has recently launched its own brand, “Hauts-de-France Producers”, under which the group of cooperatives will sell 35,000 tons of regional fruit and vegetables. In order to mark the launch, various events were organized this month in several Auchan supermarkets: an ark with seasonal fruit and…

Francois Knowles – Agricultural Produce Agents Council

Regulator of South African agricultural agents pursues investigations without fear or favour

The recent drug busts made in India on consignments of South African fruit has again underlined the extreme importance for growers to keep an eye on the value chain.“We are shocked to learn about individuals pretending to be export agents and involved in drug smuggling. The fact that it has happened,…

Murcia's farmers mobilize against Lopez Miras

Hundreds of farmers in the Cartagena countryside have agreed to sign a collective lawsuit against some specific aspects of the law that aims to regulate the activity in the area of the Mar Menor because they are based on a big lie. The lawsuit against the law, which came into force in July 2020 promoted…

Webinar, November 2

Agriplace and GlobalGAP want to simplify Chain of Custody certification process

Agriplace and GlobalGAP have joined forces to simplify the CoC certification process via a webinar series. Participants in this interactive event can gain insight into how…

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Labor exploitation investigation prompts launch of 'fairer temp agency'

A quarter of Dutch companies exploit their staff. That is according to FairWork, which advocates for victims of exploitation and human trafficking after its own investigation.…

Freshfel Europe calls for action against soaring energy prices and its impact on fresh produce

In light of the unprecedented soar in energy prices, Freshfel Europe is calling authorities for action to mitigate the far-reaching impact on the fruit and vegetable sector.…

Growers angry over new overtime regulations

Golden Harvest Farms has grown from a small apple-growing operation to a multipronged business that includes a retail stand, cider press, distillery, tasting room and barbecue…

Sustaining local communities in Honduras with an off-season corn-planting program

To provide economic opportunities for Honduran seasonal workers during the summer months, Fyffes and its subsidiary SOL Group have developed a Corn Production and Food…

Following more than a decade of leadership and remarkable business growth

Blue Diamond Growers President and CEO Mark Jansen announces plans to step down

Blue Diamond Growers President and CEO, Mark Jansen, today announced that he intends to step down from the role he has held with the agricultural cooperative and global…

Spanish Government approves a legislative package for the implementation of the CAP in the fruit and vegetable sector

On Tuesday, the Council of Ministers approved a legislative package consisting of three royal decrees designed to support the activities of fruit and vegetable producer…

The World Potato Congress Inc. welcomes its new executive director

The World Potato Congress President, John Griffin, would like to extend a congratulations and warm welcome to our new incoming Executive Director, Ellen Kouwenberg, who will…

JS Ewers celebrates 50 years of growing in New Zealand

This year marks 50 years since one of New Zealand’s leading market gardeners, JS Ewers Ltd, started growing fresh produce on the fertile Waimea plains, near Nelson. “This milestone offers us a great opportunity to reflect on our history as a business and recognise the many people who have been part of…

UK: Environment Secretary commits to sustainable horticulture growth

Plans to boost home-grown fruit and vegetable production and drive the growth of high-tech horticulture have been set out today by Environment Secretary Ranil Jayawardena as part of the HM Government’s work to unleash the potential of British farming. Glasshouse growing, a form of Controlled Environment…

Collaborations and economic opportunities between Italy and Tanzania

A gathering of Italian entrepreneurs in Tanzania was held from September 27-30, 2022, at the Italy-Tanzania Business and Investment Forum to showcase partnership and business opportunities for Italian companies in Tanzania. About 800 companies, including a hundred Italian or local ones with 100% Italian…

TomaTech-Nirit appoints Julia Parry as new VP Business Development & Downstream

There is a buzz of excitement around Tomatech-Nirit. The recent merger of the two tomato-focused breeding companies (TomaTech and Nirit) clearly pointed to the emergence of a new world order in tomato varietal development. And today, the company announced the appointment of Julia Parry as VP of Business…

Freshfel Europe defends fresh produce sector competitiveness in the European agenda

On Friday Freshfel Europe met the Czech Republic Deputy Minister of Agriculture, the EU Member State currently in charge of the rotating Presidency of the Council to the…

France: Launch of process to develop a sovereignty plan for the fruit and vegetable sector

On the 27th of September, the French Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty, Marc Fesneau, met with professionals of the fruit and vegetable sector to validate with them the development process and the shared calendar for the medium and long-term sovereignty plan for the sector, announced by the…

Former SPC director Reg Weine joins APAL

Former SPC managing director Reg Weine has been appointed chair of Apple and Pear Australia Ltd. Weine was appointed chair in July, after joining the APAL board as a…

Francisco José Gómez elected as new president of Freshuelva

Francisco José Gómez, representative of the associated company Cuna de Platero in the new Board of Directors, has been elected as the new president of Freshuelva, replacing…

Interfel: “Energy crisis: the fruit and vegetable sector on alert”

Inflation, lower purchasing power, and unprecedented drought. After a particularly complicated summer for the professionals in the sector, Interfel alerted the French…

Botswana citrus growers join the Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa

The Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa (CGA) is proud to announce that citrus growers in Botswana have become members of our organisation, joining over 1400 from…

“Impenetrable wall of inflation in food production”

France: Coopération Agricole calls for a Sovereignty Pact

Since 2021, the food sector has been experiencing the worst inflationary crisis in over 40 years on all agricultural and agri-food production costs. In addition to this, there…

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Citrus Growers Association mourns loss of board member Wilmot Simmons

Тhе Сіtruѕ Grоwеrѕ Аѕѕосіаtіоn (СGА) has expressed its ѕаdnеѕѕ оn thе lоѕѕ оf Wіlmоt Ѕіmmоnѕ, а mеmbеr оf іtѕ Воаrd оf Dіrесtоrѕ. СGА nоtеѕ thаt Ѕіmmоnѕ ѕеrvеd оn thе Воаrd…

Maarten van Dijk and Mariëlle Ansems- Van Mourik, BDO Accountants & Advisors:

"Private Equity has Food & Flower sector in its sights"

"In recent years, we have seen the Food & Flowers market being discovered much more by Private Equity parties. Until a few years ago, this interest was fairly low, but it has been rising strongly in recent years," note Maarten van Dijk and Mariëlle Ansems-Van Mourik of BDO Accountants & Advisors, both…

Jürgen Bruch, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Cobana & Co. on the supply chain issue:

"We need to transform ourselves into managers of the supply chain, thinking beyond the commodity"

Exceptional times, such as those currently being experienced, call for a thorough rethink. Jürgen Bruch, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Cobana & Co. appealed to those present at his talk at this year's DOGK: "We have to transform ourselves into supply chain managers and think beyond the commodity."…

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US: Specialty crop farms have the highest labor cost as a portion of total cash expenses

A farm's reliance on farm labor varies by commodity specialization. On average, labor costs (including contract labor, hired labor, and worker benefits such as insurance) accounted for about 14 percent of the total farm cash expenses in 2020. Farms specializing in the production of specialty crops, which…

COAG will ask the Minister of Agriculture to reduce the VAT to 10% and implement the contracting of the dual power system

High energy costs suffocate Spain's irrigation

Irrigation in Spain is being suffocated by the high energy costs, which have increased by more than 90% in the last year. The Coordinator of Farmers' and Livestock…

Business Wire

Oregon Fruit Products announces Joe Prewett as President and Chief Executive Officer

Oregon Fruit Products LLC has announced that the company’s Board of Directors has appointed Joe Prewett as President and Chief Executive Officer. Prewett will assume the role effective mid-October, while current CEO, Chris Sarles, will help to ensure a smooth transition. Prewett has been with Tillamook…

Gerard van den Anker, Veiling Zaltbommel about digital auction system:

"We must get rid of the pricing 'black box'"

In early 2022, Gerard van den Anker took over directorship of the Dutch cooperative, Veiling Zaltbommel. He refers to these early days as draining. "It seemed the world had gone crazy, with new dilemmas rapidly emerging. It's was a very dynamic time," he begins. Gerard gained experience and a network…

Guido Spix departs as joint Group President of MULTIVAC on 31 December

Management change at MULTIVAC

Guido Spix is leaving his position as joint Group President of MULTIVAC on 31 December 2022. From 1 January 2023 Christian Traumann will preside over the company as Group President and Spokesman for…

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Bonduelle mourns death of former chairman Bruno Bonduelle

The former president at the head of Bonduelle, the family business that has become such a large player in processed vegetables, died on Friday September 16. Aged 89, the…

AgPick Technology

Harvest technology introduces SMS recruitment system ahead of summer fruit season

Labour management and harvest technology provider AgPick Technology has enhanced the capabilities of its key tool, AgPick to include an SMS system, which allows growers to recruit and communicate with pickers directly ahead of the Australian cherry season. Chief executive officer Henrietta Child said…

The Spanish Government approves more than 12 million euro in aid for fruit processing plants affected by the April frost

On September 13, the Council of Ministers adopted a royal decree laying down the regulatory basis for the granting of minimum State aid to fruit processing plants affected by…

ADEPALE:

Dangerous month of September for small and medium-sized agri-food companies

Soaring production costs, a third of the renegotiations with distributors still pending, weather hazards, drought, water restrictions, bird flu, unprecedented energy crisis,…

UK: Call to deem food production as 'vulnerable' amid surging energy costs

Hard-pressed farming businesses are to be included in new measures to address soaring energy costs, but calls have been made for the government to go further and deem food production as 'vulnerable'. Businesses will get help with surging energy bills, with prices capped for six months, a smaller period…

UK: New Defra farming minister appointed

Mark Spencer has been appointed Defra Minister of State, replacing Victoria Prentis, who was in the role for over two years. The MP for Sherwood, who comes from a farming background, said he was "looking forward to supporting food production and the environment and our rural communities." Before becoming…

Ronald van Bilsen is the new Liquidseal sales manager

Liquidseal introduces Ronald van Bilsen as their new sales manager. The company is known for its invention of a safe and cost-effective post-harvest solution that extends the…

Researchers propose new framework for regulating engineered crops

A Policy Forum article published this week in Science calls for a new approach to regulating genetically engineered (GE) crops, arguing that current approaches for triggering safety testing vary dramatically among countries and generally lack scientific merit – particularly as advances in crop breeding…

Ranil Jayawardena is the new Defra secretary

Former minister for international trade, Ranil Jayawardena has taken on the role of Environment Secretary in the new Truss government. Ranil Jayawardena is Conservative MP for…

Johan Vrijland joins Up & Up Talent Solutions

"We want to be a one-stop-shop for fruit and vegetable companies' staffing and management needs"

For more than 25 years, Johan Vrijland provided Dutch vegetables to the British market. Last year, he stepped down as director and owner of JNV Produce Marketing. One aspect of his work he enjoyed most was seeing people's careers advance. Once he got the chance to start doing something else, Johan opted…

Rocco De Lucia - Siropack

"We are already at war"

"The one taking place in Italy at the moment is not an outright war, but rather a silent war whose victims are businesses," reports Rocco De Lucia from packaging company Siropack. "Day after day, we remain speechless when faced with the terrible management of the energy crisis by European politics, while more and more companies…

Australian macadamia industry appoints new CEO

Australia’s macadamia industry has welcomed Clare Hamilton-Bate to the role of Chief Executive Officer, following the departure of Jolyon Burnett last month after 14 years at…


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