Thursday, February 2, 2023

Exp. Group shares plans to expand into Europe

“One thing we have learned from the pandemic is that quality and steady supply don’t come for granted,” says Anthony Serafino with US based Exp. Group, who owns the company together with his father. While Exp. Group used to focus on bringing in tropical produce from South America to the US, recently the…

Expanded availability of Sumo Citrus this season

It’s peak season for California grown Sumo Citrus®. The oversized easy peeler started shipping at the end of December and fruit availability is expected through April. It was a wet start to the season and while the rain is welcome and necessary to continue farming in California, it can lead to hurdles in…

Banana supplies still low in many regions

Supplies of bananas coming into North America continue to be low and will likely stay that way until next month. “Stem counts are low so supplies are somewhere between 15-20 percent lower than they normally should be,” says Andy Thomas-Stivalet of Kavidac Produce.  Supplies have been low since November and by…

Prices strengthening on Mexican raspberries

Volume of raspberries and blackberries out of Mexico will increase come early spring. “For both berries, typically, due to the cultural management techniques used in Mexico in January and February, there is lower volume right now,” says Jose Saca of Wish Farms. He notes though that blackberries are more…

New sales manager for Family Tree Farms

Family Tree Farms, a stone fruit and blueberry supplier, has named Ryan Howard as its new sales manager effective immediately. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to serve in this new role. It is a pleasure to work with the Jackson family, our incredible team and the best retail partners in the world.…

Report shows Ambrosia tops in apple sales growth

CMI’s CatStats® report, released January 31, 2023, demonstrates Ambrosia Gold®’s performance. With high promotable volume of the apple in both conventional and organic options available year-round, CMI shares strategies on how retailers can capitalize on the success of the apple. “Ambrosia sales…

New mango bins available via mango board

The National Mango Board (NMB) is offering a limited number of Honey and Rounds display bins to both U.S. retailers and U.S. mango shippers on a first-come, first-served basis. The 2023 Honey bins are ready to ship, while the Rounds bins will be ready to deliver in March. These bins are colorful and fun…

adding 500 people to the team

Mexico: Rising Farms boosts capacity fivefold

Quintupling. That's what Rising Farms will be doing. The Mexico-based high-tech greenhouse company announced it will expand their growing acreage from 12 to 62 acres (25 hectares). The expansion not only increases by 5 times Rising Farms' installed capacity to grow hydroponic specialty crops for the…

English and German editions

Fruit Logistica magazine FreshPlaza/Primeur now available online

Fruit Logistica will be held between Wednesday 8th and Friday 10 February in Berlin. FreshPlaza and Primeur have joined together to publish a 160 page tradeshow magazine. It is a truly international edition with in-depth articles from the international fresh produce sector. The German-language magazine…

Potato retail sales on the rise: dollar sales increase 17.2% in Q4 2022

Potato retail sales increased in dollar sales by 17.2% but decreased in volume sales by -1.3% from October – December 2022 compared to the same timeframe a year ago. Despite a slight decrease in volume sales, volume sales remain above pre-pandemic levels. All categories of potatoes increased in dollar…

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New mango bins available via mango board

The National Mango Board (NMB) is offering a limited number of Honey and Rounds display bins to both U.S. retailers and U.S. mango shippers on a first-come, first-served basis. The 2023 Honey bins are ready to ship, while the Rounds bins will be ready to deliver in March. These bins are colorful and fun…

Yaniv Cohen, CEO of Hadiklaim, about the new global Myjool brand of Medjool’s dates:

"Our new target audience is young, active, and health-conscious"

In Israel, people eat, on average, 2.5 kg of Medjool dates each on a  yearly basis. In France, that is 400 g; in the Netherlands, 300 g; and in the U.S., barely 70 g - those numbers don’t refer only to the Medjool variety, since people in those countries eat other dates as well. Medjool, the top Israeli date…

Better Turkish pomegranate season than last year

“Procedures applied at the Bulgarian border gate continue to affect our business”

Turkish pomegranate growers are gaining more knowledge with every season that passes. As a result, Berkay Özküçük, marketing director for Turkish fresh produce exporter Mertpa, feels this has been a better pomegranate season than it was last year. “Every year, there are regional differences between the…

New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers ask for an explanation

Confidence in Zespri has dropped over lack of pay

In an update to growers on 20 January, Zespri said growers would not get progress payments as fruit quality issues had resulted in additional costs. This has led to a letter…

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Bayer and Kimitec join forces to bring the next generation of Biologicals to millions of growers worldwide

Bayer and Kimitec have announced a new strategic partnership focused on accelerating the development and commercialization of biological crop protection solutions and…

adding 500 people to the team

Mexico: Rising Farms boosts capacity fivefold

Quintupling. That's what Rising Farms will be doing. The Mexico-based high-tech greenhouse company announced it will expand their growing acreage from 12 to 62 acres (25 hectares). The expansion not only increases by 5 times Rising Farms' installed capacity to grow hydroponic specialty crops for the…

Nonprofit launches 10th location in San Antonio, Texas

Brighter Bites, a national nonprofit that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly into families’ hands, has launched its 10th location in San Antonio, Texas. This semester, Brighter Bites will serve six schools within Harlandale ISD, which will directly impact around 720 families and provide…

Exp. Group shares plans to expand into Europe

“One thing we have learned from the pandemic is that quality and steady supply don’t come for granted,” says Anthony Serafino with US based Exp. Group, who owns the company together with his father. While Exp. Group used to focus on bringing in tropical produce from South America to the US, recently the…

New sales manager for Family Tree Farms

Family Tree Farms, a stone fruit and blueberry supplier, has named Ryan Howard as its new sales manager effective immediately. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to serve in this new role. It is a pleasure to work with the Jackson family, our incredible team and the best retail partners in the world.…

G&R Farms promotes from within

G&R Farms, a third generation premier Vidalia Onion grower in southeast Georgia, has announced the promotion of two senior team members, Steven Shuman and Cliff Riner, to executive level management.…

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Corné Grundlingh & Dihan Blom – TopFruit

New apple season-opener is “extremely interesting”

The first semi-commercial blocks of Sassy™ apples were established in the Western Cape last year, with more to follow next year. “The cultivar is completely unique, especially with regards to its earliness and won’t be replacing any cultivars, but instead start the apple season one to two weeks before…

Report shows Ambrosia tops in apple sales growth

CMI’s CatStats® report, released January 31, 2023, demonstrates Ambrosia Gold®’s performance. With high promotable volume of the apple in both conventional and organic options available year-round, CMI shares strategies on how retailers can capitalize on the success of the apple. “Ambrosia sales…

February 23, 2023

Watermelon board to present study findings in economic evaluation presentation

National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB), along with research partner, Armada Corporate Intelligence, Inc., invite all interested parties to its 2017-2021 Economic…

Prices strengthening on Mexican raspberries

Volume of raspberries and blackberries out of Mexico will increase come early spring. “For both berries, typically, due to the cultural management techniques used in Mexico in January and February, there is lower volume right now,” says Jose Saca of Wish Farms. He notes though that blackberries are more…

WAPA releases the first apple and pear stock figures of 2023

European apple stocks in January were 6% lower than 2022

WAPA, the World Apple and Pear Association, released the apple and pear stock figures from 1 January 2023. The figures show that in Europe apple stocks decreased by -6% compared to 2022 to reach 4 051 645 T, while pear stocks also decreased by -19% to reach 648 071 T. In the USA, apple stocks as of 1…

Tasmanian grown cherries marketing campaign runs again in Taiwan

Following a very successful 2021-22 promotional campaign, Fruit Growers Tasmania is running a second marketing campaign in Taiwan for Tasmanian cherries. Last season the digital marketing campaign achieved over 3.2 million views of the video ads on Facebook and You Tube as well as 8,500 engagements and…

EU eases melon rules for Honduras

The European Commission has relaxed checks on melons from Honduras. Changes were made as part of updated legislation on the rate of official controls and emergency measures…

“We offer both a direct B2B marketplace and a free source of knowledge for farmers”

The modern international fruit trade faces many challenges, which requires a shift towards digital solutions, says WikiFarmer co-founder and CEO Ilias Sousis: “Supply chains are volatile and under pressure. Availability of goods has been compromised due to global events, such as the war in Ukraine and…

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