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Photo Report: New York Produce Show

On Thursday, December 1, the New York Produce Show was held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. It’s a popular time of year to go to the Big Apple, and traditionally, many spouses join their significant others in this event that has a dedicated spouse program. This year, the show took…

Calavo partnering with Old El Paso

Calavo Growers has entered a brand licensing partnership with General Mills as the exclusive manufacturer of the Old El Paso brand of refrigerated guacamole and salsas in the…

Fyffes completes community needs assesments for LATAM

Fyffes has partnered with independent experts its fruit production countries to better understand the needs of its neighbouring communities and collect essential information…

Colombia Avocado Board brings on new board members

Earlier this week the Colombia Avocado Board (CAB) met and elected new officers to its board of directors. The newly elected officers, together with other members of the…

"We're the first to market fruit grown without nitrate contamination for two consecutive years"

Isaura Navarro, the Valencian regional minister of Agriculture and Ecological Transition, awarded Frutínter a quality mark for being the first company in the world to market fruit grown without nitrate contamination for two consecutive years. The award ceremony was also attended by Roger Llanes (Director…

New lever of development for the packer-producer

France: Pomliberty welcomes Vitalis as a shareholder

Arnaud Lambert and Pierre-Henri Coo, the respective directors of Pomliberty and Vitalis, have announced the collaboration between these two key players of the potato and onion…

Lincolnshire agri-tech company moves to new location

Lincolnshire agri-tech firm B-hive Innovations has relocated to larger premises to further its expansion into the fresh produce industry, with the move creating 12 new jobs.…

Dutch coop commits to science-based climate goals

In the Netherlands, Harvest House and its growers want to farm climate-neutrally by 2040. Harvest House is one of the first grower associations to join SBTi, the Science Based…

Cairo 3A signs exclusive partnership to distribute Driscoll’s berries to the local market

Cairo 3A Agricultural Company announced the signing of a partnership contract with Driscoll’s International Company. Under the partnership agreement, Cairo 3A Agricultural…

Limoneira closes sale of its Sevilla property for $2.6 million

The Limoneira Company, a diversified citrus growing, packing, selling and marketing company with related agribusiness activities and real estate development operations, today…

New digital platform emerges

"The idea is to allow producers to give visibility to their products while helping them save time"

Two years ago, Alban and Arthur - two cousins, sons of producers - decided to join forces in order to help farmers sell their fruit and vegetables at the most fair price, while guaranteeing quality, freshness, responsiveness and flexibility to their clients. This is how the digital platform Althur & Co…

Fresh produce exports from South Africa to US to increase as airline increases flights

As Delta Airlines is set to increase flights from South Africa to the US, fresh produce exports in the form of cargo are set to increase in the process as well.  Delta will increase…

Equitable Food Initiative elects new board member

The board of directors of Equitable Foods Initiative, the multi-stakeholder workforce development and certification organization that partners with growers, farm workers,…

Irritec announces the winner of the Best Agrishot 2022 photo contest

Marche-based Agricolt Brandoni has won the Best Agrishot 2022 award, the international photography contest dedicated to the agricultural world and promoted by Irritec, one of the world leaders in precision irrigation, for telling the story of new generations who have decided to invest in the agricultural…

Roy Zylka from Roy's Naturkost offers Spanish organic lemons and more at the Nuremberg wholesale market

"Prices have not yet risen as dramatically as we are often hearing in the media"

Even as a teenager, Roy Zylka, managing director of Roy's Naturkost at the wholesale market in Nuremberg, worked in the organic fruit and vegetable sector. For more than 27 years, Zylka has been active as an organic wholesaler in Nuremberg. In the wholesale market sector, his business is also unique in a…

Farm Sustainability Assessment 3.0

Esperidio acquires new sustainable standards

The process to assess sustainability in the companies part of the Esperidio consortium ended successfully. The project started in 2020 and represents a further step concerning topics such as corporate responsibility and environmental and economic sustainability. In the photo, Lino Catena, legal…

Apeel will lay off a total of 96 employees from its Goleta office

Goleta start-up Apeel Sciences is a prominent player in agri sustainability because, its coatings extend the shelf life of produce such as avocados. However, Goleta-based…

Berry grower/shipper offers expanded scholarships for 2023

Bobalu Berry Farms Managing partners established an annual scholarship in 2022 to celebrate 60 years in business honoring their grandparents. In 2023 Bobby and RC Jones are expanding the program to support additional students.  Graduating high school seniors in Ventura County benefitted from the company’s…

BBL acquires Share Logistics Group

On Friday, November 25, 2022, Groupe BBL completed a new major international transaction with the acquisition of Share Logistics Group. Led by Jan Crezee and a team of highly…

Limoneira announces new vice president of field operations

Limoneira Company announces the appointment of Stewart Lockwood to the position of vice president of field operations. In this position, Lockwood is responsible for the harvesting and grower services departments and interacts closely with the packing, sales and food safety departments to drive annual…

Louis de Kock & Anja Burger – Nile

Nile’s futuristic vision is gaining traction in Southern Africa

Wholesalers and certain retailers, not only in South Africa, have been discovering they can source almost everything they need on Nile’s digital trading platform. Farmers load out orders which are already paid for, thereby reducing many of the uncertainties of the conventional market model.“Our main task…

Australian Table Grape Association welcomes new board members

The Australian Table Grape Association (ATGA) board welcomed two new delegates last week, following its 2022 annual general meeting. Two long-term industry supporters will…

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…

DPD Netherlands acquires Cool Runnings Transport BV

Earlier this month DPD Netherlands announced the acquisition of Cool Runnings Transport BV. This acquisition is fully in line with DPD Netherlands strategy to expand in the…

California and Mexico growers unite in bringing organic vegetables to market

The Borquez family and the Deardorff family have each independently farmed for generations. The Deardorff family has been farming ever since they started in the 1930s in Los Angeles, California. The Borquez family has spent the last four generations developing its organic farming operations in various…

The first fruit company to partner with China's aerospace industry

Joy Wing Mau Group and China Aerospace reach strategic cooperation

On Tuesday November 29th, China successfully launched its ‘Shenzhou-XV’ manned spaceship on its way to the China Manned Space Agency. Simultaneously, a celebratory signing ceremony was hosted honoring the strategic partnership of China’s aerospace industry with China’s fruit industry, celebrating ‘Space,…

Citrus, avocado and grape importer announces new warehouse expansion

LGS Specialty Sales, an importer of citrus, avocados, grapes and persimmons, announces the opening of its new 235,000-square-foot warehouse. As a mandarin importer in North America, this facility expansion will enable the company to further its strategic growth to help customers meet their shoppers'…

Avocado board program educates future board participants

As the $7 billion avocado industry in the U.S. continually navigates opportunities as well as challenges that impact its future, emerging leaders are investing their time for the betterment of the whole industry through the Hass Avocado Board’s Board Leadership Development (BOLD) program. With one…

Murcian company with a workforce of almost 240 workers has filed for bankruptcy

The horticultural company Cano Nature, which owns the Soleil Royal brand and specializes in the production of the Charentais melon variety, has filed for bankruptcy and…

Zespri releases climate change adaption plan

Zespri has today released its first ever Climate Change Adaptation Plan – Adapting to Thrive in a Changing Climate – outlining how the kiwifruit industry intends to adapt to a…

Hortifrut grows its quarterly income by 19% thanks to dynamic blueberry offer

A strong rise in the sale of fresh fruit has given the world's largest blueberry marketer, Hortifrut, a dynamic boost, adding revenues of US$ 627 million in the first nine…

Photo report: A look at the new premises of Upmann Verpackungstechnik Ltd

"Thanks to our laser cutting equipment, we are able to produce machine parts within a few hours"

This year, Upmann Verpackungstechnik Ltd celebrates its 225th anniversary. Furthermore, the specialist in weighing and packaging put its new premises at the main site in Rheine-Mesum into operation in summer 2021. Plant manager Henrik Klostermann gave us a tour of the modern facility and talked about…

Organto announces third quarter 2022 financial results

'Third quarter sales best in the history of the company'

Organto Foods Inc., an integrated provider of organic and value-added organic fruit and vegetable products has announced its financial results for the three and nine month…

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…

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…

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 billion and boosting operating profit by 14.5% to US$1.91 billion. For the same period, the net profit of the South Korean major…

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 Group profit climbed to $14.7 billion (€13.8 billion). “Thanks to higher freight rates, we have achieved an exceptionally strong…

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 fresh produce, today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022. “The third quarter marks the…


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