Sri Lanka: DIMO buys fruit & vegetable export firm

Diesel and Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) has acquired a fruits and vegetable export firm for Rs. 450 million. This step reinforces its strategic shift to value-added…

Grow Farms Texas adds to its sales team

Grow Farms Texas welcomes Norma McClain to its sales and marketing team in McAllen, Texas. As an account sales team member, McClain is primarily responsible for growing sales with direct retail and foodservice accounts. But she will also play an integral role in liaising between sales and growers.…

Poll: Americans see produce essential to personal and planetary health

Despite overwhelming public acceptance of fruits and vegetables as essential to the health of their families, kids and the future of the planet, close to half of all Americans largely ignore the benefits of eating produce. These are among the highlights of a March 2022 survey conducted by Dole Food…

Berries Paradise and Agrovision form berry marketing partnership to serve North America

Berries Paradise and Agrovision have formed a berry marketing partnership to serve North America. This joint venture creates a year-round, vertically integrated selection of…

José Luis Bustamante, president of Naturberry and the National Association of Berry Exporters, Aneberries:

"In the first quarter, Mexican berry exports exceeded those of tequila, beer and avocado"

As of week 19, Mexico's strawberry exports were nearing 50 million boxes. "Baja California is still exporting, but the export season from central Mexico is over with the shipment of about 35 million boxes. Normally, the harvest starts in November and lasts until May/June, but exports are always finished…

Interview with Huizhan Wholesale Merchant

"Choosing the right direction is the foundation of our sustainable development"

Zhejiang Sango Trading Co., Ltd. is a service-oriented fruit industry chain enterprise, integrating overseas trade, domestic wholesale, terminal retail services, and planting and processing. Currently, it has established outlets in major regional wholesale markets across the country. Faced with the…

British company Organic Herb Trading celebrates 40 years of growing and sourcing organic

In May 2022, Somerset based Organic Herb Trading celebrates 40 years of growing, sourcing and supplying the UK’s largest range of high-quality botanicals for a diverse range of customers in the herbal tea, food, skincare and medicinal markets around the world, including Pukka Herbs, Neal’s Yard Remedies,…

Pace International welcomes Pacific Northwest account manager

Pace International, a provider of sustainable postharvest solutions and technologies for the fresh produce industry, welcomes its newest Pacific Northwest account manager,…

New hire and an internal promotion for Vanguard International

Vanguard International USA has made a new hire and a key promotion within its organization. The company has expanded its commercial business team by bringing on Ricardo Luchsinger as South America sales and procurement associate. Luchsinger works out of the Vanguard offices in Santiago, Chile supporting…

Grupo La Caña and Primaflor create an alliance for the production, marketing, and development of new IV and V range products

"Grupo Empresarial La Caña and Primaflor, two leading companies in the production and marketing of fresh and IV range vegetables and subtropical vegetables have sealed an alliance for the joint manufacture of IV and V range products, such as guacamole, gazpacho, salmorejo, and grated tomato, among…

'Old-fashioned' merriment at VBT, LAVA, KDT's AGM

"After 1,079 long days, we can finally meet in person again." That is how Luc Vanoirbeek kicked off the Belgian Horticultural Cooperative (VBT), Logistics and Administrative Auctions Association (LAVA), and the Expertise Center for Sustainable Horticulture's (KDT) reception. After the annual meeting, the…

Zespri delays first Horizon transformation go-live for three months

Zespri is deferring the first go-live of its $160 million "Horizon" transformation programme by three months, to 1 November. Zespri told co-operative members yesterday it was…

The company starts the construction of an ultra-modern corrugated cardboard packaging plant near Rabat

Smurfit Kappa chooses Morocco to invest 35 million Euro in Africa

Smurfit Kappa has announced the construction of its first plant in Africa. Located in the Rabat region of Morocco, this 25,000 m² corrugated cardboard plant will provide innovative and sustainable packaging solutions for various sectors, including agriculture. Construction work started a few days ago in…

Tiger Brands will no longer be selling its international deciduous fruit business

JSE-listed Tiger Brands’ revenue for the six months ended March 31 2022 only increased by a subdued 2% to R16.8 billion, as price inflation climbed and parts of its business…

Bonduelle enters into exclusive negotiations for disposal of 65% of Bonduelle Americas Long Life

The Bonduelle Group announces that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with the institutional investors Fonds de solidarité FTQ and Caisse de dépôt et placement du…

Hortifrut sells 75% share in fields in Peru, to a strategic partner for nearly US$90 million

Hortifrut, the world's leading business platform in the production and marketing of fresh and frozen berries, reported today that it has completed the sale of 75% ownership of…

General Mills announces agreement to sell Helper and Suddenly Salad businesses to Eagle Family Foods Group

General Mills, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Helper main meals and Suddenly Salad side dishes businesses to Eagle Family Foods…

OOCL Logistics launches US customs house brokerage services

OOCL Logistics has announced the launch of its in-house United States Customs Brokerage Service. The company said it is introducing US customs brokerage services in its…

One Banana becomes exclusive UK supplier for J.O. Sims

J.O. Sims Ltd are delighted to announce their new UK Exclusive Supplier Partnership with One Banana. This new opportunity will see J.O. Sims add the supply of banana ingredients to its existing fruit and nut ingredient portfolio. One Banana is one of the worlds’ largest growers, shippers and distributors…

Financial results for three months ended March 31, 202

Dole plc sees revenue of $2.2 billion

Dole plc has today released its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2022. Highlights for Q1'22: Revenue of $2.2 billion Net Income of $3.3 million and Diluted…

Herefordshire, UK

Haygrove fruit grower speaks about recruitment struggles

Haygrove, a large Herefordshire fruit grower, has been struggling with recruitment, like so many others. Haygrove founder and chairman Angus Davison says his company tried…

USDA cites Florida company for PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on G & K Citrus LLC, (G&K Citrus) Miami, Florida for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act…

"Langfruit's integration into Staay proved a good combination, from day one"

Ron de Greeff's farewell party in pictures

Ron de Greeff has spent the last 43 years in the horticultural sector, with 23 of those being in fruit and vegetable trading. On February 28, he began his well-deserved retirement. The Staay Food Group, where he has worked as branch manager since 2013, threw a retirement party for him on Saturday in the…

Zespri global revenue exceeds NZ$4 billion for first time, despite challenging 2021/22 season

A record crop, ongoing investment in brand-led demand creation, and the industry’s ability to respond and leverage its scale and structure have helped Zespri deliver a record result for the 2021/22 season, with total global fruit sales revenue exceeding NZ$4 billion for the first time.  In spite of the immense…

Berry Gardens launches new snack pots berries with new brand The Berry Collective

Berry Gardens has expanded its Berry Collective brand with a first move into snacking formats. As part of a move to encourage retailers to reconsider how to sell berries…

King of the coconuts hands over business to Queen of the coconuts

Activities of Joko Impex taken over by N&K as of 1 June

They have been called the 'king and queen of the coconuts'. Now that coconut king Hans van der Kooij of Jokofruit/Impex is saying goodbye to the fresh produce business after a career of 50 years - following in the footsteps of his brother Daan - and his children have no interest in taking over the…

Bayer makes US$160 million commitment to Zero Hunger Pledge

Joining like-minded companies in the private sector, Bayer has signed the Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge with a 160 million U.S. dollar commitment dedicated to help end…

BioConsortia brings on lead business development

BioConsortia announced the addition of Sarah Reiter to lead business development, as the company moves towards registration and product launch for multiple products. A veteran…

SEPC announces 2022 member scholarship recipients

The Southeast Produce Council is pleased to announce this year’s SEPC Member Scholarship recipients. They are proud to award 59 scholarships ($59,000) in 2022 thanks to the…

IFPA’s Southern Hemisphere Commodity Working Group launches

International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) is launching the Southern Hemisphere Commodity Working Group series to offer interactive, virtual workshops for IFPA members…

Select Harvest Limited crop and market update

Unaudited 1H FY2022 NPAT is forecast to be $2.01 mln

Paul Thompson, Managing Director of Select Harvests, announces that there has been ongoing wetter than average weather conditions since our last market announcement on 2 May…

Hapag-Lloyd starts new Africa service (MAX) from India via Middle East to Maputo

Hapag-Lloyd will launch its new regular service Maputo Express (MAX) beginning of June 2022, expanding its Africa network with this bi-weekly cargo-connection. The direct…

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Gilfresh Produce to supply five lines of products to Northern Irish Asda stores

Gilfresh Produce has secured a contract with Asda to supply five lines of Gilfresh-branded prepped veg products in all the retailer’s NI stores. The range supplied by the…

ABGC announces retirement of long-serving CEO

Australian Banana Growers’ Council Chair Stephen Lowe announced the retirement of Chief Executive Officer, Jim Pekin. “Jim has been advocating for those who grow Australia’s…

Suiderland Plase’s third and largest citrus packhouse becomes operational

Suiderland Plase is a South African grower, packer and marketer of citrus and table grapes. In May last year, site preparation started for Bergpak, their third packhouse and one that will specifically be used to pack various citrus cultivars. The construction process commenced under challenging…

Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek collaborates with GreeenTech

UAE: Vertical farm launched in Dubai restaurant

Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek collaborates with GreeenTech to launch a vertical farm inside the hotel's seafood restaurant Fish Market, Dubai.   The new farm will be set up at the hotel's much-loved seafood restaurant Fish Market. The team at the outlet already prides itself on ensuring all products are fresh and…

European investors take a stake in Lona, one of the largest South African citrus exporters

On May 20, Freshplaza published an article on how the Lona Group acquired a majority stake in the Unlimited Group, creating an entity with a combined export and import volume…

San Pedro Bay Ports continue to monitor cargo flow

Container Dwell Fee on hold through May 27

The San Pedro Bay ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will once again delay consideration of the “Container Dwell Fee” for another week, this time until May 27.  Since the program…

APM Terminals Mobile to expand by 32 acres

APM Terminals Mobile has signed an agreement with the Alabama State Port Authority to add 32 acres to the current 134 acre container terminal yard to keep pace with future…

Red Sun Farms named Windsor Essex Large Company of the Year

Red Sun Farms is proud to announce it has been named Windsor Essex Large Company of the Year for a second time. "This prestigious recognition reinforces our commitment to the…

Hitchcock Farms expands sales team

Hitchcock Farms is excited to announce the latest addition to its team, bringing on Shane Moreno as a sales account and commodity manager. Moreno joins Hitchcock Farms with…

Berry grower/shipper announces 4th Annual Chef Invitational

California Giant Berry Farms is accepting entries for its annual California Giant Chef Invitational. Now in its 4th year, the California Giant Chef Invitational is a nationwide culinary competition calling upon chefs to think outside the box and create innovative, original dishes featuring fresh…

Provid Peru joins Shaffe

The Association of Fresh Fruit Exporters of the Southern Hemisphere, Shaffe, announced that Provid Peru, the Association of Table Grape Producers of Peru, was joining it. "We are very happy to…

McDonald's will continue to work in Russia under different brand, with new owner

McDonald's announced a complete exit from the domestic market on May 16. Later it became known that the network could continue to work, but with a new owner and under a…

Lytone will be present at HORTI ASIA May 25-27 at Booth #B22

"We are ready to share our experiences in tackling freshness quality issues after logistics uncertainties"

As the worldwide Covid-19 situation improves, international exhibitions are starting to be held once more. Lytone Enterprise, Inc., from Taiwan, will present its post harvest…

Roelof du Toit – The Kiwi Connection

The Kiwi Connection plans to take South African kiwis places

The Kiwi Connection was established last year, a purely kiwi-focused entity that spans the breadth of the industry, from plant material to marketing.“We believe we’re strong technically and we’re strong in marketing, and that’s what we offer farmers,” says Roelof du Toit, technical manager at The Kiwi…

Taranis, Drone Nerds and DJI to deploy the largest scale M300 drone operations to increase yields

Taranis, a prominent AgTech, AI-powered crop intelligence company has announced its extended partnership with Drone Nerds and DJI, bringing together the latest drone…

“Life is Better* with vegetables, fruit and bananas”

Interfel, AIB, Bord Bia and Freshfel present their new communication campaign for millennials

“Life is Better* with vegetables, fruit and bananas”. This is the slogan of the new campaign in favor of vegetables, fruit and bananas, which was officially presented on May 18th 2022 during a press conference in Brussels. Launched by Interfel (fresh fruit and vegetable interprofession), AIB (banana…

IFPA names 2022 Produce Excellence in Foodservice Award winners

International Fresh Produce Association will celebrate nine of the country's leading chefs and foodservice professionals during IFPA's Foodservice Conference, July 28-29 in…

"Currently 95% of farmers in Colombia are small and medium-sized producers, they are atomized and disconnected"

Managro becomes the largest investor in the Croper.com marketplace

After bringing Agritask to Colombia, Managro continues with its investment plan in the technology industry of the agricultural sector and has just become the largest investor…

Hartmann delivered solid performance in challenging Q1 2022

Hartmann delivered solid performance and maintained market share in Q1 in the face of challenging market conditions after taking decisive action to counter the negative impact…

BerryWorld supporting a school workshop initiative at Houses of Parliament and sponsoring Ukraine charity concert

BerryWorld continues supporting the Skip2Bfit team at MP challenge at the Houses of Parliament to raise awareness on importance of an active lifestyle and healthy eating and sponsoring a fund-raising concert for the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. BerryWorld were happy to support partner Skip2Bfit at MP…

Lona Group acquires a majority stake in the Unlimited Group

Two of South Africa’s largest fresh produce companies are joining forces: the Unlimited Group and the Lona Group will have a combined export and import volume of more than 8…

Pomegranate grower transitions to 100 percent recycled plastic and renewable energy

POM Wonderful, a grower and producer of fresh pomegranates and pomegranate juice in the U.S., is furthering its commitment to a sustainable future with the transition to 100 percent recycled plastic (rPET) bottles and shifting more than 90 percent of its electricity needs to renewable energy. Throughout…

Fable Food closes in on third fundraising round

Australian start-up Fable Food is close to securing up to $25 million in fresh funding, as the alternative meat sector continues to find favor with consumers everywhere. The…

45-year Canadian produce veteran hangs up his hat at Oppy

After three and a half decades, Oppy’s vice-president of Canadian sales Walt Breeden is off on his next adventure: retirement. Joining Oppy from Vancouver-based retailer Woodward’s to sell California-grown produce to Western Canadian customers in 1987, Breeden’s role grew as he added New Zealand apples,…

First selective asparagus harvest's developer files for suspension of payments

More than a year ago, in a Dutch asparagus field, Cerescon proudly presented its 0 series of the Sparter to the press. This was the first selective asparagus harvest in the world. Yesterday the company, which employs 13 people, filed for suspension of payments. "A confluence of circumstances" is how…

Zim quarterly profits nearly triple to $1.7 billion as freight rates double

Zim is the world’s tenth largest container shipping line. Yesterday, the company posted the best quarterly results in its history. It increased its full-year guidance and now…

Greenyard signs a real estate transaction, with a view to long-term refinancing and room for growth

Greenyard announces it has reached an agreement with a real estate investor on the lease-and-lease-back of its facility of the Greenyard Prepared division in Bree, Belgium,…

HarvestEye will showcase innovative technology tool at World Potato Congress event

HarvestEye – a machine-learning driven crop insights tool – is heading to the World Potato Congress at the end of May, as it continues to showcase on the global agricultural…

France: wholesaler Jacob gains strength by acquiring Primeurs de Saint-Malo

The French company Jacob in Paimpol (22) has recently acquired Primeurs de Saint-Malo, a branch of the fresh produce wholesaler Ame Haslé, based in Melesse (35) and Paimpol (22). The exporter and shipper of fruit and vegetables confirms its desire to develop its fruit and vegetable offer.  Based in Paimpol…

ASOEX announces retirement of Mr. Ronald Bown Fernández

"The Board of Directors of the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association A.G. (ASOEX) announces that Mr. Ronald Bown Fernández has initiated his retirement process. Consequently, he…

AgriFORCE Growing Systems completes acquisition of food production & processing IP from Manna Nutritional Group

AgriFORCE Growing Systems Ltd., an intellectual property-focused AgTech company dedicated to advancing sustainable cultivation and crop processing across multiple verticals,…

Sabina Farms

Guyanese farm to reach out to multi-billion export market

Sabina Farms, a Guyanese company, is hoping to be able to enter the multi-billion dollar vegetable market in Guyana and abroad. Sabina Farms’ President David Aparisio said his…

Italy

Four million euros earmarked for the Vittoria Market in Sicily

"This is an important historical moment, one that we have been waiting for in recent weeks and have been watching with interest. The next steps are those that will lead the designer, in agreement with the authorities, to address the necessary interventions to improve the facility, in agreement with the…

Signing a major long-term strategic partnership in global air cargo

Air France-KLM and CMA CGM join forces

Air France-KLM Group and the CMA CGM Group have announced that they have signed a long-term strategic partnership in the air cargo market. This exclusive partnership will see…

Interview with Omar Papi from Futura

Russian market not viable for technologies

This is not an easy period for fruit sorter manufacturers. Between the cost of raw materials, the difficulty in sourcing materials and components, Covid and the war, there is not a moment of truce. FreshPlaza has talked about it with Omar Papi, manager of Cesena Futura srl. FreshPlaza (FP) How has the…

Romanian Grup Serban Holding invests €3 million in vegetable packaging plant

Romanian agriculture entrepreneurial company Grup Serban Holding plans to invest €3 million in the development of its vegetable packaging facility. Grup Serban Holding…

Shane Halpin, Welgro Produce:

"At the end of the day, everyone has to pay a higher price for the gas”

Even in the Northernmost part of the European Union, growers are feeling the effects of the global energy and fertilizers crisis. We have seen how some greenhouses in the neighboring UK did not even plant because of skyrocketing gas prices. For Irish cucumber grower, Welgro Produce too, the season…

The Flavorite brand turns a new marketing leaf

After nearly 30 years, Australian fresh produce company Flavorite, is set to take on a brand-new look. Flavorite's Marketing & Communications Manager Tom Millis reflects on when Flavorite founders Warren Nichol and Mark Millis were on a mission to put the flavor back into tomatoes in the early 90s. Soon…

Company initiates process to sell its Russian business

McDonald’s to exit from Russia

After more than 30 years of operations in the country, McDonald’s Corporation announced it will exit the Russian market and has initiated a process to sell its Russian business. This follows…

Celebrating 10 years of California Avocado Month

Ten years ago, the California Avocado Commission first observed June officially as California Avocado Month and is enthusiastically promoting this long-standing tradition. As an ode to the past 10 years, the Commission has enlisted the culinary talents of Southern California-native, Chef Nyesha Arrington…

Fall Creek brings on new commercial manager for Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador

Julio Zavala Muñoz has joined Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc. as commercial manager for Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador. Zavala is responsible for establishing and developing…

To support Kenya’s Regional transportation Hub concept to neighboring countries

DHL Global Forwarding opens new transit warehouse in Mombasa

DHL Global Forwarding (DGF), an international air, ocean, and road freight specialist provider, has opened a new transit warehouse in Mombasa, Kenya. The new 7,500 square meter (m²) warehouse is designed to support DGF’s Regional distribution network in Kenya. Strategically located between the Mombasa…

Naspers Foundry leads R83 million ($5.1 million) equity round in Agritech company Nile

Naspers, through its early-stage tech investment vehicle, Naspers Foundry, announced a R40 million ($2.5 million) investment in Nile, an agritech company that connects farmers to buyers of fresh produce. The investment is part of a R83 million equity round led by Naspers Foundry, alongside new investors,…

To empower smallholder farmers with digitalized farm to fork visibility & financing services

DiMuto launches farm management application DiMuto Farm Management

DiMuto, a global AgriFood Trade Solutions company, launches DiMuto Farm Management, the latest feature in its all-in-one Trade Platform. DiMuto Farm Management digitalizes smallholder farm operations and achieves upstream supply chain visibility. The DiMuto Farm Management application connects growing,…

New cargo and bus maintenance facilities will create 100 jobs at Erbil International Airport

dnata boosts Erbil operations with over US$ 17 million invested in advanced facilities

dnata, a leading a global air and travel services provider, has announced a significant expansion of its operations in Erbil, Iraq. The company opened a new, advanced cool chain facility and a bus maintenance facility for its state-of-the-art bussing fleets at Erbil International Airport (EBL), which…

McDonald's Taiwan temporarily stops serving french fries

Yesterday, McDonald's Taiwan announced that its restaurants across Taiwan would stop serving french fries as they are running out of stock because of global shipping issues.…

Parcel THRIVE, Inc.

Kubota invests in US-based agtech startup

Kubota Corporation has invested in Parcel THRIVE Inc., a US startup company. Parcel, a Silicon Valley headquartered startup, provides a collaboration platform to offer a wide…

Maersk to open integrated cold chain facility in New Zealand

Maersk continues to integrate end-to-end cold chains with the announcement of a new 45,000 sqm cold chain facility in the Waikato District, the fourth largest region in New Zealand. By integrating the state-of-the-art cold store with the depot and intermodal connections, Maersk will provide better…

Cream Of The Crop strikes ripe partnership with Fyffes

Zero waste foods brand Cream Of The Crop has announced an official sustainability-focused partnership with Fyffes – one of the world’s leading distributors of tropical produce, and currently Europe’s largest importer of Fairtrade bananas. Fyffes has set itself a global target of reducing food waste by as…

Soil & More Ethiopia: receives award and an important visitor

In 2010, Soil & More International started a company in Ethiopia. It is a joint venture with its local partner, Hussen Ahmed. They set up a large-scale compost production site on 18 hectares of land. It solves two problems: getting rid of rose growers' organic waste and addressing a soil fertility issue…

Solynta and incotec announce partnership to optimize performance of hybrid true potato seeds

Hybrid potato innovator Solynta and seed enhancement company Incotec announced at the International Seed Federation (ISF) congress today they have entered in a collaboration agreement. By combining forces, the group will bring world class seed technology and elite genetics to potato farmers worldwide.…

USHBC and NABC add new director of business intelligence

Joe Vargas has been hired as the director of business intelligence for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) and North American Blueberry Council (NABC). In this newly…

New Grapa CEO Shiko Domovitz: “Excited about table grape opportunities”

Early ARRA varieties kick off Israeli table grape season

The Israeli table grape season has just started last week with the ARRA Honey Pop harvest, while the ARRA Sugar Drop will follow this week. This also marks the fifth month as CEO of Grapa for Shiko Domovitz, who is “excited about table grape opportunities.” Chen Salomon with ARRA Honey Pop Chen Salomon, owner…

Sicily's NTB services for the fruit and vegetable sector

When trust becomes a working tool

"The period of the pandemic paradoxically helped NTB to be more appreciated for its services. Since it was impossible to visit the productions on site, the commissioners relied on Next To Business. Trust is essential, but it was obviously supported by technology, like video calls. A key service for some…

Hazel Tech® brings on business development manager - Pacific Northwest

Hazel Technologies, Inc. announces the addition of Tyson Cutforth to the company as business development manager--Pacific Northwest. Cutforth joins the Hazel Tech team with…

Xianfeng Fruit is elected into the list of branded fruit

It is the sixth "Brand Day of China" on May 10, 2022. The industry revealed the "Fruit Enterprise Independent Brand Reputation List 2021", "Consumer Favorite Fruit Brand List…

Hortgro Board welcomes Unati Speirs as new director

Hortgro, the deciduous fruit industry body of South Africa, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Unati Speirs as a new board director. She will be taking over the…

North Yorkshire potato grower Tim Rooke elected chair of NFU Potato Forum

NFU Potato Forum presents new chair and vice chair

North Yorkshire potato grower Tim Rooke has been elected chair of the NFU Potato Forum. Tim, who farms 240 hectares of potatoes, also grows crops on 400 hectares of his farm.…

Alexander Piutti from SPRK.global and Robert Leuendorf from mirontell fein & frisch AG

Sustainable fruit salads against surpluses and food waste in the supply chain

Every year, some 2.5 billion tons of food are thrown away worldwide, which not only entails a large cost, but also causes around 2.5kg of CO2 equivalents per kilo. For this reason, Alexander Piutti founded SPRK.global in Berlin in 2020, whose goal is to offer a sustainable and efficient solution to the…

Regional Portuguese food products producer Manuel Patrício Produtos Alimentares invests in Körber’s technologies

Portuguese food company builds automated warehouse with Körber

Körber Supply Chain is proud to announce a new project with Manuel Patrício Produtos Alimentares. Körber will provide automated logistical technologies to increase storage capacity and the company productivity in Portugal. These solutions include Körber’s Automatic Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) in…

HB RTS announces the acquisition of CC European Retail

HB RTS (HB) announces today that it has completed the acquisition of 100% of CC European Retail (CCER), a rental and pooling provider of returnable transport items (“RTIs”) in…

Agrovision closes major funding, continues growth trajectory

Agro Vision Corp. has successfully closed a $210 million syndicated financing that will fund the next phases of its ambitious global growth plan. The arrangement comes with an…

Vegetable grower puts education at the forefront

Ocean Mist Farms, a grower and marketer of fresh artichokes in the U.S., continues to emphasize education for  students, media and influencers as a pillar of the company’s marketing efforts. Remaining true to the company’s purpose of fueling health and happiness through foods that matter, experiencing a vegetable…

Seipasa will invest 4 million euros in the new facilities of its industrial complex in L’Alcúdia

Seipasa, a Spanish company specializing in the development, formulation, and manufacture of bioinsecticides, biofungicides, biostimulants, and fertilizers, has started…

Spanish seed house Intersemillas begins research into medical cannabis

The research, development and improvement company Inveseed, technological partner of the Intersemillas group, has been authorized by the Spanish Agency of Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) to carry out research on medical cannabis. The firm is being advised by the company CBD Therapy S.L. The main…

Belgian wholesaler to relocate

"We can centralize everything, which greatly advances efficiency"

Next week, Fruit Vandepoel will have a new home in Sint-Katelijne-Waver. This Belgian wholesaler is leaving the Brussels early market after many years. "We decided to move to improve our services' quality," explains Guy Claessens. "We'll have our own building in a great spot. It's right next to BelOrta,…

Located in Forlì, the cooperative processes 10 thousand tons of fruit, with 25% in exports

A new plant for the Italian cooperative Sapore di Romagna

The new headquarters of the Sapore di Romagna cooperative was inaugurated in Forlì last week during the opening day of Macfrut in Rimini. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by President Luca Canonici, Forlì Mayor Gian Luca Zattini and about 350 members, operators, employees and friends. The…

Woolworths Group partners with Retail Supply Chain Alliance to support horticulture workers

Horticulture industry employees will benefit from a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Woolworths Group and the Retail Supply Chain Alliance this week which will…

Revenues rose to USD 9.0 billion

Hapag-Lloyd with extraordinarily strong start to the year in first quarter

Hapag-Lloyd has concluded the first quarter of 2022 with an EBITDA of USD 5.3 billion (EUR 4.7 billion). The EBIT rose to USD 4.8 billion (EUR 4.3 billion), and the Group…

New avocado partnership offers smoother supply from Mexico

A unique opportunity to keep shelves stocked with high quality Mexican avocados has arrived, thanks to the addition of AvoWorks to the Oppy-Eco Farms go-to-market strategy. Adeac's packing plant.  Avoworks, a recently formed consortium featuring Michoacán grower-packers Adeac, AvoHit and La Viña and featuring…

Deal expands FreshEdge’s footprint south

City Produce joins FreshEdge

FreshEdge, a family of produce and specialty food companies backed by Rotunda Capital Partners, acquired City Produce, a fresh food distributor headquartered in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. For many…

Adriëlle Dankier to succeed Fred van Heyningen as Nature's Pride CEO

Fred van Heyningen has decided to step down from his role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nature’s Pride. Fred has been leading the company for the past six years and on…

Maui Fresh International prepares for summer to ensure partners have access to quality produce

Maui Fresh International, a wholesaler and distributor of fruits and vegetables for local and national customers since 2004, yesterday announced its plans for summer to ensure…

Cherry market yield data to be compiled

Bee Vectoring Technologies announces first stone fruit trial in the US Pacific Northwest

Bee Vectoring Technologies International Inc. has announced the Company’s first US demonstration trial on stone fruit, with a conventional cherry grower in Washington. The trial began during the mid-April bloom period and will continue through summer harvest. The United States is the world’s…

Grower announces transition as co-founders retire

Prime Time International, grower and marketer of colored bell peppers, asparagus and other seasonal fruits and vegetables, announces the retirement of founders and managing partners Carl Sam Maggio and Mark Nickerson. “Carl Sam, Mark and the late Chuck Hodges founded our company in 1992 and are true…

B2B marketplace accelerates expansion with new hires and additional funding

Full Harvest, the business-to-business marketplace specializing in surplus and imperfect produce, announced multiple milestones as it successfully scales its operations to…

Mountain View Fruit Sales announce premium table grape program

Mountain View Fruit Sales is proud to announce George Matoian will be joining the company as the Director of the Grape Division.Mountain View Fruit Sales was established in…

AgroFresh Solutions reports results for First Quarter of 2022

Net sales for first quarter of 2022 increased 2.3% to $39.9 million

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc., a global AgTech player providing a range of solutions, digital technologies and services to enhance the quality and extend the shelf life of fresh…

Financial year 2022 starts successfully for HHLA in challenging times

The revenue and earnings of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) recorded a strong performance in the first three months of the year. Revenue in the HHLA Group rose by 10.7 percent to € 386.2 million (previous year: € 348.7 million). While all of the Group’s segments contributed to the positive revenue…

Intersur Group creates Intersur Portugal LDA.

"Our project in Portugal will allow us to develop common production policies and continuity between Spain, France, and Portugal"

“As part of our continued multi-location policy to provide our customers with global supply solutions twelve months a year, we've announced the creation of Intersur Portugal…

Gerrit van Gelder, Van Gelder Groente & Fruit:

"Finally, we can use our entire building"

Gerrit van Gelder could not be happier. His story is all too familiar: In 2020, the hospitality supplier just moved into their new premises in the Netherlands. It has an automated warehouse and Experience Center. Then COVID-19 struck, and sales lagged considerably for a long time. "Now we can finally use…

South Africa potato production receives added protection with Corteva’s new generation fungicide

Corteva Agriscience has launched Zorvec®  Encantia®, a new fungicide that specifically targets late blight, a detrimental pathogen currently compromising local potato growth. The…

The company is on track to achieve zero net emissions by 2050

Smurfit Kappa reduced its CO₂ emissions in 2021 by more than 40% over 2005

Smurfit Kappa, one of the world's largest integrated manufacturers of paper-based packaging with operations in Europe and the Americas, continues to make significant progress in achieving its sustainability goals. According to its 15th Sustainable Development Report (SDR), an externally audited report…

Progressing Mondi’s €125 million investment programme in Finland

Cornerstone laid at Kuopio mill

Mondi, a global player in sustainable packaging and paper, continues to make progress on its previously announced €125 million investment to expand and upgrade its Kuopio mill in Finland with expected start-up by the fourth quarter of 2023. This morning, regional and local officials joined Mondi’s Group CEO and other senior…

Successful start for the e-commerce site of the Rungis market for professionals

More than three months after its launch, rungismarket.com is experiencing a successful start and is already seeing promising results. Designed in partnership with Califrais,…

Dawie Scholtz – Maputo Port Fruit Terminal

Long-awaited breakthrough as citrus is loaded from Maputo

A significant volume of South Africa’s citrus is produced in the north-eastern parts of the country, located much closer to Mozambique (Maputo) than to Durban where the congestion grows yearly. Indeed, Maputo had until six years ago been an established port for loading conventional and container vessels…

Shawn Coetzee & Waheed Mahomed – South African Plant Improvement Organization (SAPO) Trust

South African plant improvement body plays the long game amid challenges

The SAPO Trust organisation was set up in 1974 with the aim of enhancing plant improvement within the deciduous fruit industry (the pome and stone fruit), the table grape industry, the raisin industry, and the canning industry.Shawn Coetzee, CEO of SAPO Trust, says: “South African farmers are very…

"World’s first eco-industrial park for agribusiness"

Zero-waste, circular economy and carbon offsetting are the buzz phrases that resound across the sustainability spectrum, particularly within the global agriculture industry. While many still contemplate their future actions, Parkactive is stepping forward with a new eco-industrial park concept in…

Brighter Bites announces new program launch in Bakersfield, California

Brighter Bites, a national nonprofit that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly into families’ hands, has launched its ninth location in Bakersfield, California. The…

Produce supplier joins U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions

Pete Pappas & Sons Inc proudly announces acceptance to the EPA/USDA Food Loss and Waste Champions 2030 program through a commitment to track, report and reduce food waste. “As…

New account and event manager for New York Apple Association

Nathaniel Foster joins the New York Apple Association as account and event manager. He brings 20 years of experience in the grocery industry in retail purchasing and store…

Global fresh produce coalition calls for change in supply chain and cost crisis

The global fresh produce industries unite in a call to national and regional public authorities and multilateral bodies, such as WTO, FAO, UNCTAD, OECD, and others, to respond urgently to the current significant hikes in costs and an overall shortage of labor which is jeopardizing the economic viability…

Kaap Agri financial results

Fresh fruit exports may be under pressure this year due to additional supply chain related costs and lower market prices

South African company Kaap Agri have published their financial results for the six months ended 31 March 2022.  Revenue increased by 26.7% to R7.2 billion, up from R5.7 billion…

Sales at 43.5 million and 26 million in shareholder cash settlement

Positive 2021 balance sheet for the Italian seed cooperative CAC

The year 2021 turned out to be a very good year for the Cesena-based seed cooperative CAC. On Sunday, 8 May 2022, the members' meeting approved the balance sheet with €43.5 million in sales, €1.4 million in profits, and €26 million in shareholder cash settlement. A moment of the assembly of 8 May 2022 "The…

AFPA Board appoints new CEO to lead industry growth

Today the Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA) Board has appointed Claire McClelland as CEO of the AFPA to deliver improvements in export market access, sustainability,…

Oppy stands out among Canada’s Best Managed Companies

Oppy has been chosen as one of Canada’s Best Managed companies yet again. With this recognition, the grower, marketer and distributor of fresh produce celebrates cultural and…


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