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Johan Deprez, Deprez Handling Solutions

"Americans come all the way to Belgium for our automation solutions"

Deprez Handling Solutions moved for the third time in 2016. That time it was to Kortemark, Belgium. At this new location, there is plenty of room to grow. The year, 2019, was an eventful one for Deprez. The company worked on various new projects. Nice follow-up projects were, however, also planned in for…

Xpol sells herbs and vegetable branch to Xfresh

On the 1st of January, Xpol sold their vegetables and herb branch to Xfresh, a new company set up by Marcel Schers and a few new agri business partners. Xpol will again focus…

Lizette Helmer:

"Our Dutch cross-dock site is uniquely, centrally located"

Six months ago, Helmer B.V. celebrated its 50th anniversary. This company is based in Breda, the Netherlands. For more than 20 years, the daily management of this storage and transshipment company has been in capable hands - those of Lizette Helmer. Recently, Helmer B.V.'s refrigeration and office space…

COFIDES supports the Spanish Planasa's expansion in Mexico

COFIDES will provide financial support to the Planasa Group to facilitate its consolidation in Mexico. To this end, it will provide 12.77 million dollars in euro, i.e. up to a maximum of 11.6 million euro, through a joint venture loan to the project company, Planasa Mexico. The financing provided by COFIDES to Planasa - under FIX and its own resources - will facilitate the acqui…

Port of Hueneme - California

Retired longshoreman Jess Ramirez becomes President of Oxnard Harbor District

Earlier this week, the Port of Hueneme welcomed new leadership as the Board of Harbor Commissioners unanimously voted Jess Ramirez to serve as Board President for 2020. President Ramirez was first elected to the Board in 1992, having served five times before as Board President. Ramirez is no stranger to…

Delhaize the first retailer to introduce CO² neutral bananas

As of yesterday, Delhaize has Be-climate bananas on offer. These are 100% CO² neutral. This forms part of the company's mission to become carbon-neutral. Delhaize wants to…

Potato Growers Select 2020 NPC Leadership

Idaho’s Britt Raybould elected 2020 Potato Growers President

At the National Potato Council’s (NPC) 2020 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Britt Raybould of Rexburg, Idaho was elected to serve as NPC’s 2020 President and to lead the council’s Executive Committee. Raybould serves as chief financial officer of Raybould Brothers Farm. She previously served the NPC Board…

The Little Potato Company launches 'Big Game, Better Snacks' campaign

Football fans will have no shortage of fresh produce to snack on as players both on the buy and supply sides are rolling out promotions to highlight Super Bowl 2020. The…

Aviko acquires Chinese french fries producer Hongyuan Louis

Dutch-based company Aviko, one of Europe’s largest producers of fresh, frozen, dried and specialty potato products and part of Royal Cosun, has reached an agreement with…

CPMA officially launches its Waste Efficiency Tool

CPMA has officially launched the CPMA Waste Efficiency Tool. Developed collaboratively with Value Chain Management International (VCMI), the online resource provides…

Felix Instruments will attend Fruit Logistica

New suite of Near Infrared Quality Meters to be displayed

Fruit maturity assessment technologies for the avocado, mango and kiwi industries will make the process easier than ever before will be highlighted at the Fruit Logistica in Berlin, February 5-7. The Pacific Northwest-based tech innovator will showcase its new suite of Near Infrared (NIR) Quality Meters for…

Scott Farms sales manager Stephanie Williams celebrates 10 years

Scott Farms International works on innovation in the sweet potato industry. Representatives from the sixth-generation family farm recently recognized 10 year veteran with the company Stephanie Williams. Williams, raised on a sweet potato and tobacco farm in Johnston County, NC and a University of North…

Perry Verstraeten, De Blaeij

“Our clients want only Class 1 products”

After a relatively quiet festive season, it is back to business as usual at De Blaeij wholesalers. “There are no real Christmas crowds anymore. Almost all of our products are available year-round. Exotic products are, therefore, no longer anything special at Christmas dinner," says Perry Verstraeten. “We…

Maersk boosts its land transport business focusing on cold chains

According to Reuters, Maersk, which is expanding in the land transport business, is planning to focus on premium services - such as cold storage and digital solutions - to avoid competing with its customers that transport goods. Since announcing a new strategy in 2016, which included the sale of its…

Preparing for elevated avocado consumption for the Superbowl

Avocados From Mexico brings back the Guac Nation program

Avocados From Mexico is partnering with Bud Light and Cholula to bring back its Guac Nation program for the second year in a row. To embrace the different ways avocados can be used at Big Game parties, Guac Nation takes shoppers' party spreads to the next level. Starting on January 2nd through February…

Markon launches new logo and packaging for Ready-Set-Serve brand

As part of Markon Cooperative’s continued commitment to culinary innovation, inspiration, and creativity, Markon is refreshing its Ready-Set-Serve® foodservice line with a new logo and packaging to better highlight the brand’s blend of bold, inspired, and outside-the-menu products chefs and operators are…

In Memoriam: George Geoffrey Haith

The Haith family are saddened to announce the passing of their father and founder of the Haith Group, George Geoffrey Haith. Mr Haith died peacefully in hospital on Tuesday 14th…

"A year full of surprising twists and turns"

Belgian co-op, Hoogstraten, closes 2019 with record turnover of €242 million (+9.5%)

The Belgian Coöperatie Hoogstraten closed 2019 with a turnover of close on €242 million. That is 9.5% (€21 million) higher than the previous year. It is also 2.5% (€6 million) higher than the previous record year, 2017. A new record has been set, where volumes are concerned, too. With 153.5 million kg,…

Artevos GmbH presents the latest catalogue of varieties at Fruit Logistica 2020

Tasty fruit varieties for modern commercial fruit industry

From February 5th to 7th, 2020 Artevos will be exhibiting at Fruit Logistica in Berlin at booth A-03, hall 21. This year, the variety developer will present several modern fruit varieties. These varieties will give the visitors a small foretaste of the Artevos assortment: Gooseberry Laprima(s) - the hairlessEverybody…

California berry grower to pay penalties for pesticide drift incident

On June 28, 2017, a drift incident of agricultural pesticides occurred on the Hartnell Ranch of Reiter Berry Farms in Salinas. As a result, Reiter - an independent grower for…

Eagle Eye Produce welcomes new Director of Business Development

Idaho Falls, Idaho, based Eagle Eye Produce, a grower and shipper of potatoes, onions, watermelons, and Nogales vegetables welcomes Joe Ange to take on a role as Director of…

Fieldwork raises £0.3 mln for fruit picking robot

Last Tuesday, intellectual property commercialisation company Frontier IP announced that its portfolio company, Fieldwork Robotics, has raised £0.298 mln through an initial equity funding round. The firm said Fieldwork would use the proceeds to accelerate the development and scale-up of its novel…

AgroFresh Solutions announces preliminary Full Year 2019 results

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. announced unaudited preliminary results for the full year ended December 31, 2019 in advance of its participation in the ICR Conference on Tuesday,…

Lamb Weston - Board chairman buys more shares

Lamb Weston Chairman of the Board William G. Jurgensen reportedly acquired 18,000 shares of this packaged foods company, paying $92.01 per share for a total amount of $1.66…

Limoneira Company achieves record revenue in FY 2019

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

Agro Merchants Westland and The Grape Hub are using FreshBabel Messenger

Two Dutch companies share messages digitially

Dutch companies, Agro Merchants Westland and The Grape Hub, recently started exchanging digital messages. They do so via FreshBabel Messenger. This link ensures neither company has any more administration around the processing of deliveries, production, or the shipment of goods. f.l.t.r: Rob Oosterbaan…

Hazel Technologies announces new COO Parker Booth

Hazel Technologies Inc., a USDA-supported technology company delivering new packaging solutions for fresh produce to extend shelf-life, increase sales, and combat food waste,…

California Giant Berry Farms welcomes new CFO

Last week California Giant Berry Farms kicked off the New Year by adding a new member to its Executive Team welcoming Sean Martin as Chief Financial Officer to the growing…

Organically Grown Company brings in Jan McCaffrey as VP of People

Northwest-based organic produce distributor Organically Grown Company (OGC) announced the addition of Jan McCaffrey to its leadership team. Jan joins OGC with a notable career…

New US patent granted for Hybrid True Potato Seed development

Solynta announced the grant of U.S. Patent Serial No. 10,524,436 entitled ‘Hybrid Potato Breeding.’ The patent claims Solynta’s methods of producing potato inbreds and hybrids…

Juan Manuel Sánchez, of CAAE:

"We are the only Spanish entity to certify organic products for Japan"

“At a time when the world's organic production generates over 92,000 million Euro, the opening to the Japanese market for operators in Spain and Latin America (through the JAS certification) appears to be a unique opportunity for growth,” says CAAE certification director Juan Manuel Sánchez Adame.…

Hortgro announces Angelo Petersen as new board director

"I want to increase export competitiveness of pome and stone fruit"

The deciduous fruit industry body, Hortgro, announced the appointment of Angelo Petersen as a new board director. Petersen who has more than 25 years’ experience as senior…

UK: Brian Hall appointed as managing director of Bidfresh

Fresh food supplier Bidfresh has announced the appointment of Brian Hall as managing director. Hall moves from his previous role as managing director of Bidfresh’s Direct…

The Spanish group Agroponiente bets on ESG policies

Grupo Agroponiente has made an important commitment to the implementation of an ESG (Environmental Social and Governance) policy in the entity. The goal is to give the company…

Frans Scholts, Hoogsteder:

“We have succeeded in creating value for the producers and our French clients”

In an interview, Frans Scholts, manager of the Dutch exporter Hoogsteder for 39 years, reviews the events that marked 2019, the priorities for the years to come and the essential values that allowed the company’s successful evolution. Frans Scholts What were the highlights for you in 2019? “The year 2019…

AZ France reveals its new visual identity

AZ France, a subsidiary of Orsero S.p.A., parent company of the Group and one of the leading importers and distributors of fresh fruits and vegetables in Southern Europe,…

Ripening produce with an eye on safety

A reliable, efficient and safe source of ethylene is important for any ripening facility. From this, Catalytic Generators developed Ethy-Gen® II Ripening Concentrate which is the only “ripening fluid” to pass the stringent standards of both the US-EPA and UK-CRD. Since the company manufactures Ethy-Gen® II…

Joe Produce Search opens new office in Salinas, California

Joe Produce Search (JPS), the Executive Search division of Joe Produce, LLC. has opened a new office in Salinas, CA. Amy Grolnick recently joined the JPS Team, and will work…

John Vena Inc. welcomes Omar Ford-Bey as Financial Controller

After the retirement of their former CFO, John Vena Inc. (JVI) has welcomed a fresh face to the finance team. Omar Ford-Bey joined the team as Financial Controller effective…

Auchan: latest news on the job cut plan

For a few days now, a rumor has been circulating in the press about the termination of 1,000 jobs at Auchan. Since then, the CFDT union has confirmed the news by communicating…

Crunch Pak® co-brands with The Produce Moms® for sliced apple bags

Crunch Pak®,  the sliced apple specialist and The Produce Moms® have taken their partnership to a new level by co-branding Crunch Pak sliced apple bags with The Produce Moms logo.  Currently available are 12 oz. bags (sweet, tart, mixed) and 10 oz. bags (peeled and organic).  Future plans also include a 2 oz bag…

De Groot Freshgroup signs cooperation agreement with Liquidseal Fruits

Liquidseal Fruits BV are pleased to announce an agreement with The De Groot Fresh Group. The agreement between the two Dutch companies means that De Groot will use…

Plukon and Fresh Care Convenience: partners in vegetables and convenience

Plukon Food Group and Staay Food Group announced today that they have signed an agreement in principle for Plukon’s acquisition of 51% of the shares in Fresh Care Convenience…

40 million euro have been invested

Orogel now has the biggest cold storage cell in Europe

The new extra large frozen food cell Orogel, located in Cesena right next to the production site, costing 40 million euro, is now fully operational. The warehouse runs completely automatically, occupying an area of 14 thousand square meters (for about 230 thousand cubic metres in volume), and can store…

Ukrainian vegetable producer DESENTO opens the door to western investors

"Weather conditions made us harvest 60% less onions in 2019"

The onion market in Europe has gone through some difficult years. The record heat and drought in the summer of 2018 resulted in an enormous shortage at the beginning of last year. While the situation in large parts of the continent stabilised again this year, nature again put onion and vegetable…

Withers Fruit Farm vs Campaign to Protect Rural England

UK soft fruit producer wins High Court battle against campaigners

UK soft fruit producer Withers Fruit Farm has -based in Herefordshire- has won a High Court battle against countryside campaigners. Withers Fruit Farm successfully challenged…

Fresh-key develops smart APP "Fresh-eye"

Fresh-key™ Technology is launching a smart mobile APP "Fresh-eye", to track the temperature, humidity, light and location data real-timely, simple operation and efficient coordination. As Tina Sun from Fresh-key mentioned: "Through Fresh-eye you have eyes on your fruits anytime, anywhere!"Based on the…

Vacuum cooling is widely used for fresh produce

Vacuum cooling is widely used in the fresh produce industry of the United States, Europe and China. As a result of the energy consumption from water evaporation at low pressure, the temperature of fresh produce can be reduced efficiently from the field temperature of 28 ° C to 2 ° C. Arvin Lau from…

Danish organic Ø brand celebrates 30 years; demand has never been this high

This year, the red ‘Ø’ organic label has been in existence for 30 years. This label can be found on an increasing number of products in Denmark. Since this brand's…

Growing company Hein Deprez, is given a year of financial breathing space

The bondholders of The Fruit Farm Group have given owner Hein Deprez a financial breathing space of one year to put things in order. In addition to Greenyard, the Deprez…

Church Brothers acquires Green Giant Fresh value-added vegetable business

Church Brothers Farms acquired the Green Giant™ Fresh value-added vegetable business from Growers Express, LLC. The acquisition includes Growers Express’ production facility and equipment located in Gonzales, Calif. Church Brothers Farms will absorb the acquired value-added vegetable product line into its…

Red Sun Farms releases new web-tool

Canadian greenhouse grower launches product locator tool

Red Sun Farms, the vertically integrated American greenhouse grower, announced the release of a new web-tool to help consumers locate their products. The tools helps consumers…

Key Technology acquires Herbert Solutions

"This will enable us to offer an even broader set of integrated solutions"

Key Technology, a global designer and manufacturer of digital sorting, inspection, conveying and other processing equipment, and a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, has acquired Herbert Solutions, enhancing its portfolio of potato and vegetable equipment solutions. Herbert has established…

Gamper Gemüsekulturen supplies Switzerland with vegetables from the dark

"Wet autumn delayed the harvest and made further processing difficult"

Gamper Gemüsekulturen from Stettfurt currently supplies chicory to the whole of Switzerland. The successful company history began in 1977. After taking over the lease of his parents' agricultural business, Erwin Gamper began to grow storable and canned vegetables.  By 1979, chicory was already being grown on…

Sainsbury sold 34 million oranges off the back of a Christmas ad

According to Sainsbury chief executive Mike Coupe, the store sold 34 million easy peeler clementines off the back of its Christmas ad, created by Wieden & Kennedy London. As…

Minnesota-based greenhouse lettuce grower expanding to southern California

Revol Greens, working with technology greenhouse grown lettuce and greens based in Minnesota, has entered into an agreement with Equilibrium to develop a 16-acre advanced technology automated lettuce and leafy greens greenhouse near Los Angeles in Tehachapi, California. The project will anchor…

Naturipe announces a new president of sales

Naturipe Farms has announced that Jim Roberts has been promoted to President of Sales. Jim has been with Naturipe Farms for more than 15 years in a variety of sales and…

Fyffes achieves 100% use of recycled pallets in its melon transportation

Fyffes works to contribute to a more sustainable future, and have achieved a milestone in these efforts. Last season, 100% of Fyffes melons were transported in repurposed and recycled wood pallets, a significant contribution towards a circular economy. With the new 2019/2020 melon season underway, Fyffes…

Adani Ports also buys majority stake in Krishnapatnam Port

India: Adani Group forays into cold chain logistics with ₹2.96 bln acquisition of Snowman Logistics

Billionaire Gautam Adani's port-to-power Adani Group has acquired majority stake in Snowman Logistics Ltd for ₹2.96 bln to foray into cold chain logistics. Adani Logistics Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Adani Ports and SEZ Ltd, signed definitive agreements to acquire 40.25% stake in Snowman Logistics…

From Vanguard International CEO Craig Stauffer:

Pivotal industry trends from 2019

Craig Stauffer, CEO of Vanguard International has penned a statement on the pivotal industry trends from 2019. He begins: “I’ve always known the produce industry to be dynamic and quick to change. Of course, geopolitics and consumer demand patterns write new rules, but technological innovation that was…

Jan Bijleveld and Mariska Werring of Leo de Kock:

"We want to be the connecting factor in the chain"

From transporting wooden crates of potatoes by horse-drawn wagon to filling and transporting about 30 million packages every year. At Leo de Kock, they can truly testify to how much things have changed in the last century. This Dutch company joined forces with Agrico almost 25 years ago. It is looking…

Chinese companies ChemChina and Sinochem merge into Syngenta Group

The Chinese group ChemChina and Sinochem, the Chinese fertilizer and agrochemical production company, announced that they are merging their agricultural assets into a new…

The Colombian startup Waruwa revolutionizes fruit and vegetable distribution

After just seven months in the market, the Colombian startup Waruwa has revolutionized the relationship between the countryside and the city by distributing fruits and…

Ledesma exports lemons to the US for the first time

During the 2019 campaign, Ledesma, the Argentine company from Jujuy that is dedicated to the production and marketing of citrus fruits, managed to enter the US market by…

Zanzivivai Bio supplies plants and scions

The organic status is authentic if it starts from the plant nursery

Even though the overall situation of the pear tree is not ideal, organic farming seems to be an opportunity to make profits. And Zanzivivai Bio has the possibility of supplying organic plants and scions, produced by its own apple and pear stumps, with a guarantee for the whole supply chain. Enrico Zanzi and…

USDA transitions to new data source to improve market news reporting accuracy

On Jan. 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) transitioned to a different system to more accurately capture specialty crops…

Vergro invests in new premises in Sint-Katelijne-Waver

Recently, fruit and vegetable company Vergro from Meulebeke invested heavily in the expansion of the branch in Sint-Truiden, The Netherlands. The company is also planning a…

Virú S.A. and Mensajero Alimentación S.L. form Mensajero Virú

The Peruvian canning company Virú expands its activity in Spain

The Peruvian agroindustrial firm Virú S.A. has partnered with Mensajero Alimentos SL, a Spanish company based in Murcia and dedicated to the production and marketing of canned…

Citrosol closed 2019 with launch of new Biocare organic range

For more than 50 years, the Valencian company Citrosol has been creating solutions to extend the shelf life of citrus, vegetables and other fruits, as explained by its general…

Joe Barsi named President of California Giant Berry Farms

As the new year and a new decade rolls in, California Giant continues its path of building a strong future for the company announcing Joe Barsi as their new President. Barsi’s promotion to President of California Giant Berry Farms comes after serving almost 2 years as their Chief Operating Officer. Barsi…

Dirk Willem Blijleven appointed as Chief Commercial Officer Total Produce - Haluco

Total Produce - Haluco announced the appointment of Dirk Willem Blijleven as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and member of the Board of Directors of TP Haluco, effective…

Marketing veteran with deep agricultural roots joins Ten Acre Marketing

With over 20 years of experience in agriculture and marketing, Erin Dickson joins Ten Acre marketing as Senior VP of Strategy. Dickson will take the lead on development and…

C. Laffon, of Hnos Fernández López: “Growth of imported bananas without harm to Canary bananas”

"Our growth has gone hand in hand with our investment in the large retail sector"

For the Spanish fruit and vegetable sector, the period that goes from pre-Christmas to Three Kings' Day is not good for sales. "Generally, Spain has a high per capita consumption of fruits and vegetables throughout the year. Spanish consumers tend to eat fruit and vegetables motivated by health reasons,…

Machine manufacturer Schomaker Convenience Technik tackles fruit and vegetable industry:

"In the end, it doesn't make much difference if you process meat or vegetables"

Fruit and vegetables are becoming increasingly important in people's diets. The health trend among young people is causing consumption to rise, but climate change also plays a role, as fruit and vegetables are more energy-efficient than meat. This development is also evident among machine manufacturers who…

"Regulations threaten Flemish leek farming"

Record sales of EUR 208 million for Belgium auction

REO Auctioneers are based in Roeselare, Belgium. They ended 2019 with record sales of €208 million. That makes last year the best the cooperative has ever had. For the second year running, tomatoes have been the most important product. It is followed by leeks, REO Auction's traditional showpiece. "We…

BelOrta reaches the EUR 451 million cap

In 2019 BelOrta reached a product turnover of €451 million. That is slightly higher than the 2018 result (+0,3%). It is also the highest ever result for the Belgian…

Dutch trader has worked in the fruit and vegetable sector for 65 years

To still know the exact prices, every day, of grapes, mangos, and kakis, at the age of 80. Few people can say that. However, Jan van den Heuvel is at each one of Hillfresh's morning planning meetings. Hillfresh is a Dutch company. This week, Jan not only celebrates his 80th birthday. He also celebrates…

Yvonne Tweddle - Jupiter Group

“We have an excellent supply base and we want to take that a stage further"

2019 has been quite a year for Jupiter Group, getting exclusive production and marketing rights for ARRA grapes in India, expanding their grower base in Colombia and acquiring Dutch company Cool Fresh to name a few. The company also won the 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the 10th Family…

Start-up out of Melbourne, Australia

Tie Up Farming makes the most of small data

TIE UP Farming is a start-up based in Melbourne. The company has eschewed Big Data in favor of what founder and chief executive officer, Roei Yaakobi, likes to call Small Data. Instead of collecting data from every orchard and drawing broad conclusions, Tie Up Farming inserts modules in an orchard which…

Greenyard divests of its logistics company in Portugal

Greenyard has signed an agreement for the divestment of Greenyard Logistics Portugal through a management buyout (MBO). This Greenyard company operates since 2001 in Portugal…

The packages with the wishes of the Fellini company are very appreciated

A packaging dedicated to the holidays

To wish a merry Christmas and a happy new year with a vegetable packaging. That's the initiative of the "Fellini Patrizio" company which, for a couple of years now, has enjoyed increasing success. "When the Christmas period begins - says the manager Emile Fellini - we adopt a packaging linked to the…

Nature Fresh Farms focused on giving back in 2019 holiday season

Nature Fresh Farms continues to give back to their community through their various initiatives providing some much-needed joy for families in need.  On December 21st and 22nd, as part of their Holiday Giveaway initiative, Nature Fresh Farms and South Essex Fabricating visited a total of 45 families; 34 in…

Riny van der Staak hands over export company to Rob Linders

Riny van der Staak has transferred his export company of the same name to Rob Linders on the 1st of January. Rob is no stranger to relationships, as he has been with Riny van der Staak for 19 years. Riny is going to enjoy his retirement, but will remain involved in the business as an adviser in the…

Hans Vanderhallen, new director of Hoogstraten cooperative

Hans Vanderhallen will be the new director of Hoogstraten cooperative from 1 January 2020. Vanderhallen succeeds Gaston Opdekamp, who will remain associated with the…

Yex took over Fruit World's activities on 1st of January

As of 1 January 2020, Fruit World's activities have been integrated into those of its sister company, Yex. From now on, these activities will take place under the Yex name.…

The fund enters Fruxeresa and Natural Fruits, leading to the merger of both groups

GPF Capital and A. Pierron from Planasa invest in the Spanish citrus sector

The Spanish investment fund GPF Capital and Alexandre Pierron-Darbonne, chief executive of Planasa, have joined forces to acquire capital of Fruxeresa and Natural Fruits, leading to their merger and the creation of one of the European leaders in the citrus sector. The combined sales of both companies…

“1,000 Auchan employees risk losing their jobs”

According to the newspaper Le Parisien, Auchan should announce in mid-January a plan for voluntary departures that could affect at least 1,000 employees. The Mulliez group…

The National Mango Board is now accepting board nominees

The National Mango Board (NMB) is encouraging mango industry leaders to participate in the upcoming new board member nominations process. By actively participating, board…

FnV Farms to revolutionize food chain delivery India

Mumbai-based Fnv Farms is all set to revolutionize the food supply chain with data science and vertical delivery. The start-up delivers fresh fruits and vegetables to the…

Block lot strawberries added to Coöperatie Hoogstraten app

In 2019 Coöperatie Hoogstraten once again worked hard to put more than 32,500,000 kg of strawberries on the market through auction. Although for many people the auction evokes the image of an old-fashioned sales system, Coöperatie Hoogstraten resolutely opts for innovation and digitisation without…

Versland Selection invests in vacuum coolers, cooling and container space

"We are big in small products"

Versland Selection has expanded considerably over the years at its location at ABC Westland in Poeldijk, The Netherlands. The greengrocer has been located at this location since 2000, but after extensions in 2010 and 2015 respectively, the building was expanded by half and after a thorough renovation made into a whole. But it…

Bonduelle closes its year with €2,777 million in sales

It was a key year for the canning of Bonduelle vegetables, which was marked by the company's commitment to innovation; the company managed to increase its sales by almost 3%…

Euro Pool System focuses on automation and sustainability

"The system saves space and reduces administrative work for the customer"

When it comes to the amount of fruit and vegetables handled in Germany, Bornheim (in North Rhine-Westphalia) is way ahead of the game. Germany's largest fresh produce cluster is home to large headquarters and distribution centres, the logistics sector is flourishing and the proximity to the Dutch and Belgian…

Peruvian Asparagus Importers Association announces co-chairmen for 2020-2021

The Peruvian Asparagus Importers Association (PAIA) announced the election of the association Chairmen for 2020-2021. The chairmen are voted upon by Association Membership to…

With sales soaring, Kroger & Walmart focus on produce

US grocers are freshening up their produce sections to draw in more health-conscious shoppers, as fruits and vegetables are an increasingly important source of sales growth…

Chilean Fresh Fruit Association launches "Super Fruit Bowl" campaign

In celebration of the Chilean summer fruit season and just in time for the Big Game, the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association has launched its “Super Fruit Bowl” campaign. The program invites consumers to discover the wide range of fresh fruits available from Chile during the winter months and offers them a…

European source of quality improvement instrumentation for fresh produce professionals

New to the industry, Fresh Produce Instruments aligns European professionals with quality instrumentation to monitor, maintain, and improve the quality of their fresh produce. The company was developed after recognizing a gap in the quality and versatility of products offered to European produce professionals.…

Pro Agri

Pachino PGI tomato packaging company sums up 2019

"2019 will be remembered as an intense and rewarding year for the results achieved and for our numerous initiatives, but above all, for the value of the marketed production". These are particularly significant thoughts, given the not most favorable time for the horticulture sector, highlighted by…

Christmas lists to Santa Claus, ask for Mini Munchies

Kids of all ages are making their Christmas lists for the holidays but one item that Santa Claus keeps seeing on these lists only comes from Pure Flavor®.“This holiday season, something magical happened, even more magical than usual. At the North Pole, we were getting letters from kids but something was…

Annie Lebleu, Verdigro, in Belgium

"On 6 January, Verdigro gets two new owners"

“It is was very quiet in the trade market," says Annie Lebleu of the Belgian wholesaler, Verdigro. "I suspect it was the calm before the storm. Everything in our sector must be fresh. The hustle and bustle before Christmas, therefore, only started on Thursday and Friday." "Everything in our assortment is…

Maritime Terminal of Zaragoza, connecting Spain to Europe and Asia:

The Spanish hub specialized in perishable products

“For logistics operators working in the agro-food and perishable sector in Spain, the Maritime Terminal of Zaragoza (tmZ) has become an efficient solution to gain access to ports and the continental train. We have consolidated our leading position as an inland port-rail terminal in Spain,” says Miguel…

Sinclair releases statement on sustainability practices of fruit label

In response to negative comments in the news about produce labeling, Sinclair issued the following statement:  We take our approach to our environmental responsibilities seriously and are working to ensure our products and working practices are sustainable. 1. We have a 100% fully certified compostable label…

IG International will celebrate it’s 50th anniversary in 2020

“We will reveal new products and expansion during Fruit Logistica”

With the Denghu fever no longer being an issue in India, demand for kiwifruit has dropped. The apple market has also slowed down, as stocks are plentiful and prices are quite low. Luckily for a big player in the Indian import market they still have enough to look forward to in 2020, as they will…

Jan Oosterom and Aad Sonneveld:

Chairman and vice-chairman of 'a large yet flexible club’

As of 1 January, Van Nature and Best of Four members will continue as Oxin Growers. All of a sudden, this group is one of the largest growers associations in the Netherlands. "People keep mentioning how big we will soon be," says Oxin Growers' future chairman, Jan Oosterom. "But I do not have to be the…

The Greenery imports PlanetProof from its Spanish suppliers

In addition to the introduction of PlanetProof at its Dutch growers, various Spanish suppliers were also assisted in the implementation of the On the way to PlanetProof scheme last year. For example, The Greenery is working on a year-round assortment of sustainably grown fruit and vegetables. The Greenery,…

After only two years, the retailer is closing its online shop on the quiet

Migros did not convince Chinese customers

The products of Migros are apparently not well received by the Chinese: The Swiss retailer has secretly shut down its online shop, Orange Garden, in China. In addition to this,…

Stella Rasmussen on the first full financial year

"There are many opportunities to further exploit Kenya's export potential"

Every year, there are a lot of insolvency applications and new registrations in the German fruit and vegetable trade. For Stella Rasmussen - a young, passionate entrepreneur with Kenyan roots - 2019 was the first full business year. Her LLC -that bares the same name- mainly sells legumes, but also chillies,…

"You may have losses in transport because of these errors"

Fresh produce is not an easy business. You are always reliant on the weather conditions and how well the crop performs that year. Then, if you transport it to other destinations, you need to make sure this happens under the right circumstances so no crops are wasted. How to make sure nothing happens…

"New platform to provide better cold chain logistics services"

On December 15th, 2019, the official launch ceremony of the Asia Global Fresh Food Import & Export Platform 2.0 was held in Shenzhen. The entire top management of Asia Global Logistics Group (hereafter referred to as AG), including the CEO, Mr. Qiu Qunsheng,  attended the event. During Mr.Qiu’s speech, he…

Murray McCallum - Freshmax

A big year of business integration sets up Freshmax for future international growth

2019 has been a busy year for Freshmax, focusing on consolidating and integrating the different arms of the company as it sets itself up to grow stronger in the global market, according to CEO Murray McCallum. "It was part of my role after coming into the business two years ago, to better integrate the…

Gareth Edgecombe - T&G Global

"We're actively future proofing the business, investing in new genetics and diversifying product offer"

While T&G Global experienced improved trading in Asia and Australia, strong results in the Pacific Islands and a positive performance in the US market, the company says its financial performance this year will be impacted by a difficult growing season and market conditions at home in New Zealand, largely…

2019 was the year of the citrus fruit campaign for Donnalia

A good product performance is guaranteed only through a sustainable approach

"Quality, value, respect for the environment and for the consumers are the elements we focus on every day in our work, by implementing all the information we receive from our customers", stated Vincenzo and Angelo Dipasquale, creators of the Sicilian brand Donnalia, which is proving to be very popular in…

US: Little Leaf Farms doubling hydroponic, greenhouse-growing operations in MA in 2020

For many business owners, Paul Sellew has a good problem to solve. The founder and chief executive officer of Little Leaf Farms is producing one million boxes of fresh greenhouse-grown baby green lettuce a month, delivered to every major supermarket chain in New England usually within 24 hours,…

A 30.000 square meter orange sorting factory with only 10 employees

"We automated a whole orange sorting plant"

When you think of an orange sorting plant, most people will think about many workers on the floor, constantly moving back and forth. However, that image of a labor-intensive sorting plant is changing now with the new developments in the sorting line industry. Reemoon developed a new fully automated…

Pre-Christmas season at Link Gemüse

Regionality trumps specialities

The winter classics are also this year's top sellers in the pre-Christmas season: root vegetables, lamb's lettuce and citrus. This is very noticeable in the Nuremberg area, at Link Gemüse. The family business sells vegetables from its own cultivation and especially from the region but also imported goods in the farm shop and as…

PB tec, VB and Havecon

Bom Group enters into strategic alliance with new partnership Atrium Agri

This week, on 18 December, Bram van der Kooy and Piet van Vliet transferred their shares in the Bom Group. The company is now in the hands of the current management (Mike Vermeij, Rob Grootscholten, John Meijer, Rick van den Ende and Martin van Zeijl) and Atrium Agri, a new partnership of three close…

The company receives the award for the second time

Oppy recognized among Canada's 10 most admired corporate cultures

As Oppy prepares to end 2019 by breaking new ground across its operations while nurturing a corporate culture that is positive, performance-oriented and consistently admired.…

Costa announces resignation of CFO

Costa Group Holdings Limited, a leading Australian grower, packer and marketer of fresh fruit and vegetables today announced the resignation of its Chief Financial Officer…

Filip Fontaine, VLAM

"For every euro VLAM invests, we make five"

Filip Fontaine has been the Flanders Agricultural Marketing Board's (VLAM) General Director since 1 July. He succeeded Frans De Wachter. De Wachter retired after a long career at VLAM. Fontaine was there when the Belgian Cooperative, BelOrta, was founded. He also filled the role of interim CEO at EIT…

Clarebout wants to build a new factory in Dunkirk

Clarebout, a West-Flemish potato processing company, wants to build a factory in the French city of Dunkirk, reports 'Het Laatste Nieuws'. This would be the first foreign factory for the company. According to the plan…

Bayreuther Fruchtgarten GmbH serves gastronomers of all kinds

"Regional gastronomy is quite up-and-coming"

For gastronomers, Christmas time is usually the most important time of the year. December is also the month with the highest turnover for those specialized wholesalers who supply these restaurants and bars with daily fresh produce. Because of the limited selection of local fresh produce, the offer must now…

US greenhouse pioneer Dave Fahrenbruch retires from Sun Valley Farms

After 26 years in the USA Greenhouse industry, Dave Fahrenbruch is retiring from Sun Valley Farms Inc. of Loveland, Colorado. In 1993 Fahrenbruch started with Colorado…

Scott Levario joins Vision Produce Company

Vision Produce Company announced the addition of Scott Levario to the team in their Phoenix office. Levario has an extensive background which includes tenure at Safeway,…

Iftekhar Ahmed & Company

Pakistan: IAC will set up fruit & vegetables retail chains

Leading Pakistani fruit and vegetable export firm Iftekhar Ahmed & Company (IAC) has announced an investment of Rs 250 million in establishing the country's first…

Calavo Growers Inc. announces fiscal 2019 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Results

Calavo Growers, Inc. reported sharply higher fiscal 2019 fourth quarter results as compared with the final period last year. The strong operating performance propelled the…

New Chair and Vice Chair elected at Ontario Apple Growers

Cathy McKay of Port Perry has been elected as the new Chair of the Ontario Apple Growers (OAG). After serving as Vice Chair since 2013, she replaces outgoing Chair Charles Stevens of Newcastle. Brian Rideout of Blenheim will serve as the new Vice Chair of OAG. “Consumers love our locally grown apples and…

Greenyard Fresh Spain receives recognition at the 'early pepper meeting'

Greenyard Fresh Spain was given a special recognition award at the “early pepper meeting” in Berja (Almería). The award highlighted the special efforts the company is making…

New adventure for Axia Sementi

A lot of people attended the event organized by Axia Sementi, the new Italian branch of Dutch multinational Axia Vegetable Seeds. Davide Recupero was presented as Country Manager Italy.  In the photo above: Davide Recupero (standing). Recupero, who is 49 and a purebred Sicilian, has over 20 years of experience in the sector and has…


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