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Seeka reflects on a great growth year with some note-worthy milestones

As the new year fast approaches, bringing with it the new season's produce and further business development, it's worth taking a moment to reflect on the achievements of the Seeka team and growers over the past 12 months. It has been a great growth year with some note-worthy milestones. Acquisition and integration of…

Italy: White pulp nectarines are greatly appreciated

Daniele Neri is a nursery farmer in Faenza (Ravenna) and he holds the license for the Romagna variety which covers the entire summer period. He claims that the income from the peaches and late nectarines has been satisfying during 2018, especially with regard to good-sized quality produce. There are…

Parlapiano Fruit: increased volumes for this year, again

Italy: The PDO Ribera Orange is increasingly successful

The Riberella Winter Food Festival (Agrigento) ended a few days ago. It started as a very local fair but today it is a very important event, especially because the PDO Ribera Orange has grown to become the principal source of income for the entire area. For the occasion, we contacted Paolo Parlapiano, marketing and sales manager of…

Italy: Successful mushroom farming thanks to negotiating power

Giosuè Gambino is the owner of a farming company in Sicily. We interviewed him, and he said that, in Sicily, mushroom farming has never been as successful as expected, even though supplies never stopped coming. Giosuè Gambino In this area, high-quality mushrooms are produced such as the Pleurotus Ostreatus, the Pleurotus Eryngii, the Cyclocybe…

China: Chile's Copefrut supply platform launches in Guangzhou

December 15, 2018, saw the launch of the Chilean COPEFRUT supply platform at the Guangzhou Huangpu District Power Cold Chain (Guangzhou) Warehouse . Around 100 people attended the event, including COPEFRUT CEO Andrés Fuenzalida, Project Manager Felipe Casanova, China Representative Mr. Lai, Chairman of…

André Nieuwenhuis and Jordi Fijnheer, FruitPro:

“Focus on eight product groups with Israeli range as strong basis”

FruitPro was founded in October 2017 as part of Galilee Export, one of the largest producers in Israel and an established name in the international fresh produce sector.…

Italy: The sowing phase of the PGI Spring Carrot from Ispica is over

“The sowing of the PGI Spring Carrots from Ispica is finally done”, said the president of the Protection Consortium, “The persistent rains in October caused some issues for the sowing. The situation was particularly serious during the second half of October when rains were extremely heavy. Carmelo Calabrese Sowing was…

Italy: December and January are crucial months for the PGI Melannurca Campana

This year, the real PGI Melannurca Campana marketing campaign  started halfway through October. Nonetheless, there were some very early batches ready at the beginning of the month. Giuseppe Giaccio from the producer organisation Giaccio Frutta from Vitulazio said to FreshPlaza, “As for the other apples, consumption…

Auchan will not withdraw from the Chinese market

Auchan China convert stores to the RT-Mart model

Recently, Auchan China announced on its official Weibo website that it will not withdraw from the Chinese market and will continue to carry out in-depth new retail integration…

Update on proposed merger of J Sainsbury and Asda Group

In a joint statement, a spokesperson for Asda and Sainsbury's said: "J Sainsbury plc and Asda Group Limited attended a Competition Appeal Tribunal hearing today concerning the process and timetable of their proposed merger. The Court ruled in the Parties' favour and found that the timetable for…

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Almost 2,000 people from the fresh fruit and vegetable industry at Postuma's opening

Postuma AGF relocated to their new building in the Dutch town of IJsselmuiden this month. Last weekend the building - which totals 10,000m2 - was officially taken into use. Three flags were hoisted in front of it. This wholesaler services fresh fruit and vegetable specialists in virtually every corner of…

With this merger, it will exceed 400 million kilos per year

Spain: Garlic producer Coopaman joins Unica Group

The Unica Group has taken another step forward in its merging strategy with the incorporation of Coopaman, S.C.L., a second-tier agricultural cooperative and one of the…

The courage and the professionality of the Zomaro Resort

Southern Italy: Intensive apple farming

On the 14th December 2018, the “A new agriculture for a new culture” conference was held in Southern Italy. The whole day revolved around the studies and the discussions on professional apple farming in Calabria. Specifically, they referred to the Zomalo Resort coop., a young company that became a symbol…

Ron Carkoski to retire at the end of December

Ron Carkoski, who has served as the CEO of Four Seasons Family of Companies since 2002, will be retiring on Dec 21st, 2018. Ron started his career at Four Seasons Produce in 1994 as the Director of Procurement after previous leadership roles at Gateway Foods in Wisconsin. David Hollinger, founder and Chairman of Four…

Financing of the cooperative secure until 2023

Landgard completes long-term refinancing

Cooperative Landgard now has completed a new, significantly improved, long-term refinancing two years before the current financing was up for expiration. This means the…

Solar project to produce 2,10,000 units of electricity annually

IG International installs Solar PV Project for its Bangalore cold stores

In addition to providing fresh, high-quality fruits, India’s largest fresh fruit importer IG International is now working towards ecologically sustainable operations. With an aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it has announced the installation of a new 150 kWp Net Metering Rooftop Solar PV Project…

McCanns’ Balmoral group counts on surprise asset increase

Balmoral International Land is a property company that was spun out of tropical fruits group Fyffes more than a decade ago. Balmoral has told investors it expected its net…

Jac van den Oord Potatoes celebrate centenary

This year, Jac van den Oord Potatoes’ centenary couldn’t actually be missed, with a cycling event, 100 vlogs from the ‘potato girls’ and a festive centenary as the highlight on 17 November. Leon van den Oord is the proud representative of the fourth generation of the family company. “All of the Van den…

Room for Scottish soft fruit on European market?

British soft fruit companies increasingly focus on international growth. Angus Softfruit has grown into an international player. The Dutch branch has outgrown its building several times now. Mila den Engelsman and Piet Meerkerk from Angus Soft Fruits, talk about the developments on the market.…

Bio c’Bon opens its capital to the Japanese group Aeon

Already partners for some years, the Bio c’Bon stores and the Aeon group have decided to engage a little more in their partnership: the Japanese distribution leader (65…

Colruyt reports higher revenue and net profits for first half of 2018/2019 book year

Colruyt, the Belgian supermarket group's,  turnover increased by three percent to almost EUR4,6 billion. This was for the period of 1 April to the end of September 2018. Excluding…

Flagship store Foodmaker opens at Meir, Antwerp

Continuing to build on the vegetable cutting company of his mother, Lieven van Lommel opened a Foodmaker flagship store at the Meir in Antwerp, Belgium. In the busiest shopping street of Antwerp they offer a ‘Garden of Freshness,’ a healthy convenience chain of 500 square metres. Foodmaker is testing a…

Geert Teeuwen:

“Practical giant white radish for Dutch market”

In general, Germany prefers large vegetables. Daikon, the ‘big brother’ of radishes, is therefore more likely to find its way to the German market than to the Dutch market. Teeuwen Telers, however, had a shorter daikon radish available last season. “It was in Dutch supermarkets last season, and it was…

Masseria Fruttirossi

Italy: Specialising in pomegranates with the Lome Super Fruit brand

Michele De Lisi is the administrator of Masseira Fruttirossi, the large agri-food plant located in Puglia, near Taranto. He observed, “In Italy, the current pomegranate season has been characterised by adverse climatic conditions which prevented producers to reach the qualitative and quantitative levels…

In Egypt and Morocco the season of green beans is underway

For the last few weeks, the green beans on the market have been from Morocco and Egypt, as the Italian ones are not available anymore. The company Giorgini Vittorio from Cesenatico is a specialist in this field and imports green beans from North Africa and then from Senegal when they are out-of-season. Matteo Magnani…

The Zetapack balance a few months after the launch of its machine

Automated processing for delicate fruits

It has been a very positive year for Zetapack, the new company specialised in the manufacturing of weighing machines for delicate fruits. The marketing manager Nicola Antonaccio explains, “In a few months, we sold seven working lines. This result was beyond our expectation. We knew we had a good product,…

”Our tangerines are sold 20% cheaper than last year”

The situation on the citrus fruit market is not easy. “All the citrus fruits are quite available this year in the Mediterranean,” explains Thibaud Havet, of Pulp Fruits. “We also have a lot of logistical problems because of the ‘yellow vests’ movement. It has really been hindering our daily activities.”…

Scales pays $23.2 million for 60% of US pet-food manufacturer

Mr Apple owner Scales Corp has announced that it has bought 60 percent of a United States-based pet-food manufacturer. Scales says it will pay $23.2 million for the stake in…

Strengthens management team

Limoneira announces new leadership appointments

Limoneira Company, a diversified citrus packing, sales and marketing company with related agribusiness activities and real estate development operations, announced four new leadership appointments effective as of November 1, 2018. The organizational changes include: John Carter has assumed the newly created position of Vice President…

Chelan Fruit Cooperative board names Mark Stennes as interim CEO

Chelan Fruit Cooperative board of directors announced that chief executive officer Reggie Collins will transition from his current position to an advisory position effective…

An initiative by the Tabanelli Luciana company

Italy: Dehydrated garlic, gentler smell but stronger taste

Processing can be a solution to promote one’s garlic. This is what the Tabanelli Luciana company came up with. Starting with the fresh produce and then dehydrating it, the company is about to market 50-100gr packages of dehydrated garlic. They will be available from halfway through January 2019. Diego Capellini explains, “We…

They will have over 65,000 tons of products and 1,200 partners

Spain: Coopcisa, Coopego and Novacitrus join forces to form Green Fruits Coop. V.

The management team of the new second grade cooperative Green Fruits Coop. V., presented it before its partners and representatives of the regional and local Administration,…

Irish Keelings Solutions takes aim at Belgium

Olivier van Assche returns to fresh fruit and vegetable sector via software

The fresh fruit and vegetable sector has gained a pair of experts. Olivier van Assche and Rick Rebergen are storming the Benelux and Germany under the Keelings Solutions' banner. Oliver will focus mainly on the Belgian market. There is still room for software improvement in that country. They both laid…

Girò focuses on sustainability with resistant and recyclable packaging

Franco Locati, sales manager of Girò Italia (in the picture): "Our qualified R&D team is focusing a lot on research, in order to improve the consumables in terms of environmental sustainability".   "With regard to innovation, our goal is to develop new packaging systems involving sustainable technology and materials to produce…

Italy: Unusual November heatwave compromised mushroom production

In the current Pleurotus Eryngii mushroom campaign, the prices are dropping by 40% while the production increases. FreshPlaza contacted Rocco Viggiano from the Fe.VI. Frutta company in order to better understand the situation of mushroom farming in Southern Italy – especially regarding the Basilicata…

Diego Oneto, Fruticola Olmos

Peru: "We only offer organic limes"

"The lime season started well for us, as there were no weather problems caused by rain. This has allowed us to have a good performance in the harvest and post-harvest, reducing the mechanical and transport issues we have when taking the product to the packing plant. We work with fixed prices all season,…

"Imported mangoes from Vietnam and Cambodia sell well in China"

"The imported mangoes we currently sell come from Vietnam and Cambodia, while our domestic mangoes come from production areas in Hainan. We are actually able to provide year-round supply of various kinds of mango. The production season in Vietnam and Cambodia begins every year in November and continues…

California grower adds Sandra Sanchez to Team

Dulcinea Farms™, part of Pacific Trellis Fruit, has brought on Sandra Sanchez as Director of Quality Assurance. “She will act as a bridge between the sales team and our physical inventory. Sandra’s…

Saba Fresh Cuts AB & Saba Fresh Cuts OY

Dole Food Company sells Fresh Cut businesses in Sweden and Finland

Yesterday, Dole Food Company, Inc., announced that there is an agreement to sell Saba Fresh Cuts AB and Saba Fresh Cuts OY to BAMA International. Saba Fresh Cuts AB -with production facilities in…

"Reemoon focuses on Egypt and South African market"

"Providing more efficient machines at a more reasonable price"

The orange export season in Egypt has just started for the 2018-2019 season. To ensure the sorting and packaging of the oranges proceeds smoothly, a good sorting line could be a big help. It automates the process and in this way it decreases losses and speeds up the production process. Reemoon Technology…

Shoprite opens first of its own distribution centres in Nigeria

The Shoprite Group recently opened a new world-class distribution centre (DC) in Lagos, Nigeria. The 4 700m² facility is the first property owned entirely by the retail giant in Nigeria. Most of the space - some 2 560m² - will be occupied by Freshmark, Shoprite’s fruit and vegetable procurement, buying…

Kees Hendriks harvests his first cucumbers:

Greater planting distance leads to early cucumbers

"Last Wednesday 12 December, I cut off the first cucumbers," says Dutch cucumber grower Kees Hendriks. "This is two weeks prior to the first harvest last year, when we cut the first cucumbers the day after Christmas. The shortest day is yet to come, but we have enough light to get the crop through that…

Carrefour opens its first laboratory store in Paris

The Carrefour store chain is experimenting with a new concept in the Clichy district in Paris. Referred to as the "Halle de Clichy", this 371 m² convenience store offers a…

Bonduelle releases its first frozen organic offer

As the trend towards organic products is in fashion, the Bonduelle brand has just launched its frozen organic offer, with 500 g of green beans and peas benefiting from…

Camposol wins three acknowledgements granted by the Ministry of Labor and Employment Promotion

Camposol was acknowledged with three distinctions during the last edition of the Good Labor Practices Award 2018, granted by the Ministry of Labor and Employment Promotion…

Capespan strengthens food safety promise

Capespan has announced the certification of its procurement and marketing operation in South Africa under the IFS Broker requirements. “We are one of only 12 exporters from South Africa to have this certification and I am incredibly proud that our product meets the highest level of quality standards” says Tonie Fuchs,…

SanLucar celebrates its debute in the luxury department store KaDeWe

SanLucar, a premium brand for fruit and vegetables, continues to prosper and grow, and does so in collaboration with Germany's most famous department store, the KaDeWe in Berlin. Since 5 December 2018, the SanLucar flagship store has been located in the luxurious delicatessen department of KaDeWe. Here, customers can…

Targetting supermarkets & home delivery

SumoSalad merges with THR1VE

Salad bar chain SumoSalad will incorporate its smaller rival THR1VE and hopes to take advantage of its foothold in supermarkets and its direct-to-consumer business, as it tries to build the country's…

Moody’s downgrades Maersk’s ratings

Rating agency Moody’s has issued a statement  that the issuer rating and senior unsecured rating of Denmark-based shipping major A.P. Møller-Mærsk were downgraded to Baa3 from Baa2.…

Staay Food Group

Cauliflower mix and Tapas tomato mix anticipate new food trends

The holidays are rapidly approaching and two new products are being introduced to the market: a colored cauliflower mix and a tapas tomato mix. Staay Food Group: "These go well with the trends of  “shared-dining” and“instagrammable food”". Staay Food Group has developed both products in cooperation with partners…

Italy: Cocktail Plum, a very successful tomato

The Cocktail Plum tomato variety represents a substantial segment of the table tomato production, in Italy. Because of climate change – with rather sudden temperature oscillations – and plant diseases, it is becoming increasingly urgent to farm varieties better suited for modern horticulture. Rocco, Lino and Salvatore…

What are the biggest pitfalls on the Chinese import market?

It isn’t easy to export to another country. You have to keep in mind a lot of things, and the products often have to meet specific requirements. Besides, exporting to a country like China, language and culture can also be a barrier. FruitMax is a company that’s professionally involved in helping foreign…

Spain: Jordi Cruz named ambassador of Jimbee brand

Three Michelin star chef Jordi Cruz is becoming an ambassador of the Spanish brand Jimbee, known for its healthy and innovative products. Thanks to the experience of the…

JD.com starts producing vegetables

The Chinese retail group JD.com has signed a strategic alliance with the Japanese chemicals subsidiary Mitsubishi to start up the largest hydroponic plant factory in China, in…

"Hainan pineapple tastes sweeter, and the fibers are more tender"

"Obvious market superiority of Hainan pineapples"

"Our new pineapple supply season officially begins in mid-February, 2019. We estimate that it will last more than two months. The pineapple production volume is quite stable this year and more or less on the same level as last year." This is according to Zhou Zhiqiang, CEO of Hainan Tiandiyuan…

Chinese consumers love Keitt mangoes

"The unique geographical location of Panzhihua, Sichuan, provides excellent conditions for an abundant production of late-season mangoes. The mangoes from this area are still available in the market when the supply from Guangxi, Hainan, Myanmar, Vietnam, and India has already come to an end. They…

Multivac

New building complex in Enger for labelling and inspection systems

Last Friday Multivac Marking & Inspection inaugurated a new production and office building during a celebratory opening ceremony - and at the same time it celebrated 25…

Avner Shohet, TAPkit:

"Every time we are surprised by the ideas of our clients"

“Why would you build a greenhouse on a roof in the middle of the city, with all the compromises and investments you have to make? Why not get out of the city, only 10 or 20 kilometers, to have a simple greenhouse with a smaller investment, and it gives the same solution.” Indoor farming With the TAP kit, Israeli company Teshuva Agricultural…

Vitacress announces new senior appointments

Vitacress, one of the UK’s largest growers and suppliers of fresh herbs and salads to supermarkets has appointed two new members to its senior team. Mike Sheldon joins as Managing Director of…

Māori berry company appoints CEO and directors

Miro LP, a Māori driven berry company, announced today the appointment of Liz Te Amo as Chief Executive Officer and two highly acclaimed industry leaders to their board of…

Losses from hurricane Irma affect Alico’s annual figures

Hurricane Irma resulted in a considerably smaller harvest for American company Alico. The company is active in various sectors, including the production of citrus. The…

REO Veiling meets and informs its future generation of producers

On Saturday December 1, REO Veiling organised a meeting with its future generation of producers. Both young producers and children working in their parents' companies and their partners were welcome at Geert Neerinck and Els Dendauw's horticulture company in Ingelmunster. The inspirational initiative…

“A lot of larger apples despite dry weather”

Van Ossenbruggen invests in new packing station and access road to N320

The top fruit market had to jump quite a few hurdles this year. “Fruit is being sold, but shelf life in particular isn’t great. That means you have to pay even more attention to your storage management,” says Kees van Ossenbruggen of the top fruit production, sorting and trade company of the same name in…

F.lli Valcalcer: Logo and packaging restyling

Italy: Customers choose the ingredients for the wild salads

Domenico Bosco is the marketing manager for F.lli Valcalcer from Battipaglia. The company is specialised in baby leaf produce, grown in the fertile land of the Piana del Sele – a place particularly suited for the farming of this produce. He states, “Our motivation and will to improve pushed us to opt for the restyling…

HKW buys fruit and vegetable distributor Fresh Direct Produce

Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company, Inc. (“HKW”), a private equity firm focused on partnering with talented management teams to build world-class companies, announces the…

Leadership change for Fresca Group

The board of Fresca Group confirmed today that Nigel Trood, Managing Director of The Fresh Produce Centre Ltd and a board director of Fresca Group Ltd, is to leave the…

Silvia Madrueño, of Eurofresh:

"We believe in the potential of avocados in Europe"

The Spanish Hass avocado campaign has already started, with greater volumes and lower prices compared to last year, but above all, marked by the 'yellow vest' protests in France. "We are dealing with serious difficulties in delivering avocado orders to our customers in Europe," says Silvia Madrueño, Head…

The Advice&Consulting expertise

Italian knowledge for Eastern European fruit orchards

Eastern Europe is experiencing a very interesting economic ferment, just like in Italy 60 years ago when the fruit sector in some regions represented the engine for the economic development of the whole country. This good moment for Eastern Europe is also caused by Italian technologies and know-how which…

Italy: extremely good market debut for the Tarocco red-orange

Giacomo Rizzo is the CEO of SPO Zentrum which, among other things, consists of different production sites in Sicily and an extremely well-organised distribution platform in Tuscany. He claimed, “In these days, we have started the harvesting of the Tarocco red-orange. We are expecting a great campaign in…

Argentina: Mendoza exports garlic to Taiwan

Two companies from Mendoza worked together to export 8 containers of garlic to Taiwan. This export was achieved thanks to the work and coordination of ProMendoza and Tzu Ying (resident in Mendoza) with the parties involved, which made it possible for the Vete SA and Laspiur y Cía SA companies to send their products abroad.…

Ifema and Fepex will continue organizing Fruit Attraction together

IFEMA and FEPEX (the Spanish Federation of Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers and Live Plants) have renewed their collaboration agreement to continue organizing the international fair Fruit Attraction together. The event has been held annually since 2009, and in just ten years, it has become one of the main events and business…

Alibaba's world electronic trading platform in Europe for the first time

On December 5th, the Alibaba Group and the Belgian federal government signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation, marking the European arrival of the world e-commerce…

Chinese retailer closes chain with opening 'largest plant factory in China'

JD.com is the largest online retailer in China. With over 300 million customers, they are known to have a vast network of warehouses and delivery stations, and deliver most orders in less than a day. Now they're expanding in the fresh industry as well. The company partnered with Japanese chemical…

Monaghan Mushrooms acquires 100% of Walkro

Irish company Monaghan Mushrooms has agreed to acquire all shares of Walkro held by Gimv and Walkro’s management. Walkro was founded in Belgium in 1991 and has grown into one of the…

Mike Storey to retire after 36 years

Dr R.M.J. (Mike) Storey has been a key player in the potato industry for a long time – some 36 years with AHDB and its predecessor organisations and six years in…

Total Produce appoints non-executive director

Total Produce plc is pleased to announce that Imelda Hurley will join its Board as a non-executive director with effect from 2nd January 2019. Imelda (46) has over twenty years’ experience in…

Philippine banana brand organizes anniversary promotions

The "Beijing Xinfadi Market Yinglida Philippine Banana Brand", a promotional activity to celebrate the brand's anniversary, was organized in Xinfadi Exposition Center on November 30th, 2018. The brand has already established agricultural plantations with a total surface area of 200 thousand hectares in China, and…

Italy: Successful partnership between Apofruit Italia and Società Frutticoltori Trento

The strategic partnership between the Società Frutticoltori Trento and Apofruit Italia has been incredibly successful. The agreement involved the cooperation of Società Frutticolotri Trento with the Apofruit, combining their industrial and the marketing departments, thus putting them under a single management and with…

Eimskip's revenue grows but their EBITDA drops

The Icelandic shipping company, Eimskip, has achieved a turnover of EUR182,2 million for the third quarter of this year. This result is 4,8% (EUR8,3 mill) higher than in the…

Dutch, German, and Belgian blueberry farmers join forces

Twelve ambitious blueberry growers from the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium have joined forces. Through their joint R&D company, they want to accelerate innovation in the area of smart farming and robotized harvesting and pest control. They also want to make this more accessible.  Co-creation with educational and knowledge…

Lidl is Spain's fruit and vegetable sector's largest client

Lidl is investing heavily in Spanish fruit and vegetables. This German supermarket chain is doing so to fill its store shelves worldwide. Lidl's purchasing of these products…

Sander De Proost:

"Increasing number of market stall holders find their way to organic fruits and vegetables at BelOrta"

"The share of organic produce is growing both in general and certainly within the fruit and vegetable segment in Belgium. We notice an increasing demand among a number of our existing organic clients," says Sander De Proost of BelOrta. "We also notice an expansion of the clientele for organic products. A…

Cambridgeshire, UK

Barry Hamilton retires after almost 50 years of selling fruit and veg in St Neots

Barry Hamilton, 68, has retired from Hamiltons Greengrocers, in the Cross Keys. The shop was originally called Hamilton and Son where Barry and his father ran the shop after moving to St Neots in 1967. Barry was only 20 when he started working at the shop and says it has been a huge part of his life. “I’m not quite…

China: Baby carrot market faces heavy competition

Baby carrots in China are growing in popularity yearly. It is not very common for Chinese people to eat raw vegetables, but they are getting more familiar with it. As Chun Wang from Directa Co.,Ltd. mentions: “China has raised the awareness of the benefits of consuming raw baby carrots, therefore the…

JyE Fruit and Vegetables, Guatemala:

"The demand for our vegetables is growing internationally"

"From December onwards, we will have a greater availability of our most important products, which are colored minicarrots, radicchio and zucchini. We produce all year round, although in some periods the volumes are lower. In any case, we are certainly able to offer a stable supply," says Álex Reyes, of…

Frank Apotheker, Groothandel Apotheker AGF

"Luckily kale sales are on the rise again"

Kale is in fashion, even in the north of the Netherlands. Here, the trends tend to be a bit slower to arrive than in the Randstad. "Kale was threatening to become a bit of a forgotten vegetable. Fortunately, it is on the rise again", says Frank Apotheker of the company with the same name. He trades in fruit and vegetables…

The new 250 gr cherry tomato mix boxes

Italy: Festive packaging for the Fellini Patrizio company

Christmas will soon be upon us and the Fellini Patrizio company has recently started using a festive packaging. This is characterised by white and red colours and festive greetings. But this is not the only novelty: for these two weeks, a new produce has been launched. Lamberto Giovanardi – marketing office – explains, “The new…

The goal: Accelerate and strengthen its presence in South America

Sakata Seed opens commercial offices in Argentina

The Sakata Seed Corporation, a Japanese vegetable and flower seed company, inaugurated its commercial offices in Argentina, which required an initial investment of more than $40 million. The objective is to accelerate and strengthen its presence in South America. The inauguration was attended by the President of the…

Russian discounter challenges Aldi & Lidl

This is going to be exciting: a Russian food discounter is to venture into the very same country that once invented the 'Discount' model, perfected it and made it huge. The…

Ocean Mist Farms selects Zest Fresh to optimize freshness management

Zest Labs, an AgTech company aiming to modernize the postharvest fresh food supply chain, announced that Ocean Mist Farms is utilizing Zest Fresh™ to automate data collection…

Column: Heleen van Rijn-Wassenaar

Will Win-Chain be the fresh-produce winner in China?

In 2016, the successful online retailer Alibaba took one of many important steps – this time in the fresh produce supply chain – when it founded Win-Chain. The first time I personally encountered this new Alibaba subsidiary was on 4 September this year, during my visit to the Asiafruit Congress in Hong…

New Zealand: New HortNZ president excited about the future

According to new president and chairman of Horticulture New Zealand Barry O'Neil, he is taking over at an exciting time for the sector. The HortNZ board has elected O'Neil to the positions, replacing Julian Raine who has stood down to pursue other business interests. Mr O'Neil has been a grower since 1984, owning kiwifruit and avocado…

Smurfit Kappa strengthens its presence in Western France with Caradec Box Plant acquisition

Smurfit Kappa Group has significantly strengthened its presence in Western France with the acquisition of two Europac sites in Brittany. The packaging leader has acquired the…

Industry partnership translates farm data into financial management

Rabo AgriFinance and Conservis announce a partnership that marks the next evolution in how farms utilize ag data to make informed business decisions. The companies will…

Strengthening position in plant-based foods

Landec acquires Yucatan Foods

Landec Corporation announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Apio, Inc., has acquired Yucatan Foods, L.P, adding two leading guacamole brands, Yucatan® and Cabo Fresh®, to the Landec Natural Foods portfolio of 100 percent clean ingredient, plant-based brands that also includes Eat Smart® packaged fresh vegetables and salad…

Italy: the growing aromatic herbs sector

Massimo Gambuzza is the technical and marketing manager for the Azienda Giudice Martina Franca, “We can count on a covered surface of 16 hectares. Thanks to this, our company is one of the most important in the basil production sector in Sicily. We have grown by 4 hectares in 2 years only – as a…

Leclerc enters a partnership with Shopopop

The start-up company Shopopop, specialized in collaborative home deliveries, has just signed a partnership with one of France's retail giants in order to develop the…

In Sicily, pomegranate orchards are multiplying

Italy: pomegranate juices are increasingly successful

A positive economic balance for the Sicilian Agrumi-Gel. Although the processed red-orange is still the company’s flagship product, the results of the pomegranate juice are especially good. Antonio Imbesi is the owner and marketing manager of the Agrumi-Gel. He told to FreshPlaza, “The Sicilian pomegranate juice is really something unique.…

Willem Kea (Greenfresh): “Ready to meet demand for Christmas herbs”

Metamorphosis of purchasing and sales organisation into direct partnerships from the source

The approaching holidays always cause some busyness on the herb market. “Herbs are typically a product group that’s supplemented at the last minute. Fortunately we know what to expect regarding orders from permanent customers and relationships. We’re already seeing considerable demand, and we’re ready to…

The Dorì kiwi is very successful in Hong Kong supermarkets

In Asia, the availability of the Dorì yellow kiwi is now a fact. Last week, the president of Dorì Europe, Giampaolo Dal Pane, participated in several events in Hong Kong supermarkets. Previously, he personally went to check the pallets loaded with produce delivered at the distribution centre. Dal Pane explains, “It is amazing to…

John Grootscholten, Daily Fresh Radish:

“Dutch radish market completely changed in two weeks”

While the last two months were bad on the radish market with a large supply and low prices, the market situation has completely changed in the past two weeks. “Radish grew rapidly everywhere in recent months because of the high temperatures and the large amount of sunshine in September and October. But…

Mushroom grower promotes Bruce Knobeloch

Monterey Mushrooms has promoted Bruce Knobeloch to vice president of product development and marketing. In this role, Knobeloch is responsible for the company’s gourmet division operations, which…

Duncan Family Farms appoints new directors

Duncan Family Farms (DFF), a grower of organic baby lettuces and greens, kales and herbs with operations in Arizona, California, Oregon and New York, has announced the promotion of multiple team members to director-level positions. The company said the move recognizes the employees’ expertise and…

New shared leadership announced at Fall Creek

Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc., has announced the succession of its top leadership. After forty years, company co-founder and blueberry industry innovator Dave Brazelton…

Samskip’s UK investments secure supply chain against Brexit disruption

Two years of pre-Brexit investment in North Sea container shipping services is proving decisive in winning shippers away from cross-Channel ferry routes at a critical time for…

Mathijs Lak, fresh produce category manager of Picnic:

“We only buy what has been sold”

For offline shops, fresh produce departments are the showpiece. That’s also true for online supermarket Picnic, according to Mathijs Lak, fresh produce category manager of Picnic. “A good fresh produce department ensures regular orders. In general, fruit and vegetables have a limited shelf life, and consumers therefore…

Auchan Retail deploys blockchain on its fresh produce

After successfully experimenting with the system in Vietnam, the supermarket chain is deploying blockchain technology to its products in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and…

Productive peak expected in the next weeks

Italy: this will be an excellent year for the Adelita raspberry

The Basilicata region, in Southern Italy, is renowned for strawberry farming. Recently, raspberry farming represented an excellent idea not only from an agronomic standpoint but also in terms of business. FreshPlaza interviewed Carmela Surian, CEO of Compagnia Delle Primizie – a company famous for…

Conserve Italia devotes 800 hectares for the production of fruit juices

Italy: the supply chain behind the most famous juice brands

Conserve Italia is the most important Italian processing industry with the brands Valfrutta, Yoga, Derby Blue and Jolly Colombiani – the company’s holds 40% of market share within the Horeca. Although everyone knows these famous brands, few are aware of the supply chain behind every single bottle of…

Production and sorting companies finish work earlier due to bad pear market

“The market for pears is currently very bad. Prices are low, as is demand. There’s not really any clear reason for the low demand,” one Belgian trader says. “Fortunately,…

Sebrechts celebrates 60th anniversary in new building

Last Saturday, Sebrechts Groenten & Fruit opened its new warehouses on the Kielsbroek in Antwerp. It was a double celebration, because the company also celebrated its 60th anniversary. The third generation of Sebrechts, the sisters Ellen and Nathalie, now runs the company with father Karel and Bart,…

Marcel van der Pluijm starts Feeling Fresh

Marcel van der Pluijm recently founded the company, Feeling Fresh. "I actually considered taking this step a few times over the last ten years. But there was always a reason not to do it. This year, I turned 48." "It became time to follow my dream before I would regret never doing so at a later stage. After years of…

Customized orchards at Battistini Vivai

Battistini Vivai focus on getting to know their clients, thus creating customized orchards that are made to measure for their needs. Click here for the Battistini Vivai catalogue "When an entrepreneur asks us for advice as regards the type of orchard, we reply with a series of questions: what are the sales channels, cultivation areas, level…

Backyard Farms®’ expands with high-tech greenhouse in the Northeast

Mastronardi Produce Ltd. is expanding the beloved Backyard Farms® brand with the introduction of a high-tech greenhouse in New York, the largest-ever single build in North…

Sensor technology company Tomra strengthens set-up in China

TOMRA is committed to its long-term development in China and has further strengthened its set-up in this fast-growing market. Since establishing the first subsidiary in China in 2010, TOMRA has been actively increasing its investment and business activities in this dynamic market. Currently TOMRA has…

New headquarters of Interfel and Ctifl

Inauguration of the House of Fruits & Vegetables

The House of Fruits & Vegetables was inaugurated on Monday, November 26th, at the new headquarters of Interfel and Ctifl. The House of Fruits & Vegetables is an initiative led by the respective chairmen of Interfel and Ctifl, Mr Bruno Dupont and Mr Jacques Rouchaussé. Because of its unitary nature, it is…

Italy: Year-round production of celery allows international marketing

Angelo Lorusso is the CEO of the AgriLorusso cooperative which can count on 10 different partners. He said, “Currently, we are harvesting, but there are several issues: fog, heavy and persistent rains, humidity – which weakens crops thus facilitating plant diseases. We keep on working and do not give up,…

Orafrizer: an outlook on citrus fruit production and export

Italy: Promoting Sicilian red-oranges

The last citrus fruit campaign in Sicily was extremely positive. However, this year the volumes are not the same as last year. This is mainly because of the Tristeza (CTV) effects and of the heavy and persistent rains which devastated the Western-Sicilian production areas. Despite all these issues,…

Aviko to cut ties with Snow Valley in China

Aviko, a subsidiary of the Dutch company, Royal Cosun, and Snow Valley Agriculture have agreed to end their joint venture in China. Both partners have determined that their visions regarding the…

Hollander Barendrecht introduces sister company, Fresh Fulfilment

Hollander Barendrecht launches start-up Fresh Fulfilment as an answer to new developments in food E-commerce and fresh retail. The independent sister company offers room for…

Hans van der Meulen, Rida Trade:

"Ginger market improving after a difficult year"

Traditionally, the demand for ginger increases again at the end of the year. "But is has not been an easy year", says Hans van der Meulen of the Dutch company, Rida Trade. "There was a lot of stock on the market and prices were lagging. Demand has only just started picking up in the last two weeks. I…

Sergio Trevisan, manager of the Mazzoni Divisione Fresco

Carrots: the situation in the different markets and production areas

In 2017-2018, the balance between supply and demand which characterised the carrot market – both in Italy and Europe – facilitated an acceptable stability for the campaign prices. During this 2018, we are witnessing a supply drop, in contrast with 2016-2017. This is caused by the reduced surfaces and by…

Italy: Organic farming increases despite the greater effort required

"We have been growing organically since 2004 and back then we were a rarity in the area around Vittoria, in Sicily. We have been certified by the BioAgriCert already for a while and, despite being a small-medium company, we are able to defend our revenue". So says Salvatore Modica , whose eponymous farm…

Company focused on direct import of Spanish products

Viennese wholesaler company Conceptfrucht bankrupt after almost 80 years

After nearly 80 years, wholesaler ConceptFrucht, based in Vienna-Neudorf, has filed for bankruptcy. The firm can no longer meet its current payment obligations. Bankruptcy…

Smart retail cabinets set off a new boom in retail

For a long time, the development of the domestic fresh food industry has been constrained by factors such as high marketing costs, high logistics costs and high product loss. As a result, the development of e-commerce platforms and online sales of agricultural products have also been restrained. Now, the…

Driscoll's announces leadership change

J. Miles Reiter has reassumed the position of Chief Executive Officer for Driscoll’s, the market leader of fresh berries, as part of planned leadership restructuring announced…

Coca Cola India plans new project in Jharkhand Ranchi

Beverage giant Coca Cola India has assured that it will set up a project in India’s eastern state of Jharkhand. Ishtiaque Amjad, VP Coca Cola India, said at the Global…

China: "We'll support more sustainable growing in the future"

“The most important goal of our company is to produce kiwi fruits that are safe for customers to eat, especially children who are our main target group. This does not only mean we look at the food safety, but also at the ripeness of the fruit. We want to make it more convenient and safe for small…


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