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Primeur's Fruit Attraction exhibition edition

The 11th edition of Fruit Attraction is set to take place in Madrid from October 22 through 24th. In honor of the event, Primeur collaborated once again with FreshPlaza to put together a new edition in both Spanish and English, which is becoming more and more international! Besides a selection of the…

Lidl is conquering Spain

The Lidl branch in Madrid-Prosperidad is always busy, early in the morning. A colorful, mixed crowd comes through the doors: young people, who stock up on food for school or university, and older Spaniards,…

Dynasty Farms joins iTradeNetwork food blockchain

Yesterday, iTradeNetwork announced that it has partnered with Dynasty Farms and its marketing arm, Pacific International Marketing (PIM), for blockchain traceability of fresh…

Driscoll’s joins Ceres-WWF AgWater Challenge

Driscoll's announced its participation in the Ceres/WWF AgWater Challenge to help its agricultural communities manage natural resources in a collaborative way. The partnership…

Duda Farm Fresh Foods announces Oxnard facility expansion

Duda Farm Fresh Foods announced the expansion of its Oxnard cooling and fresh-cut facility to better meet the increased demand for celery from foodservice, retailers and consumers. Celery stick demand has increased 18 percent in the past year*. Scheduled for completion this fall, the expansion was born…

Point Edward - Canada

Sarnia Produce expanding to meet healthy eating demand

Sarnia Produce is building a new store to keep up with the high demand for fresh fruits and vegetables in Point Edward. The family-owned and operated business has been in…

170,000 sq foot expansion to create 180+ new jobs for area residents and strengthen commitment to Washington

McCain Foods USA celebrates official start of major expansion in Othello, Washington

McCain Foods USA celebrated the official start of construction of a 170,000-square-foot expansion at its Othello, Washington potato processing facility. This $300 million…

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Alibaba Chairman Daniel Zhang focuses on his successes

Since last month, Daniel Zhang has faced the enormous task of taking over from Jack Ma as chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. Now he has revealed one of his top strategies for keeping the company at the top of its game. In a September interview with McKinsey Quarterly, Zhang said he does a…

Sofruce-Maria partners with the Moroccan association GIE Ajida

The company Sofruce-Maria - La centrale des producteurs – is about to start the Moroccan campaign with its core items: clementines, specialty tomatoes and berries. The company…

Cédric Geens, W. Jockheere

"Florida grapefruit a little late to market, thanks to Hurricane Dorian”

“We are currently in an intermediate phase when it comes to fruit. A week ago, we ended with the summer fruit. In recent weeks, we still had an outstanding period of Spanish melons and stone fruit. Now, however, that has completely run its course," says Cédric Geens of the Belgian importer, W.…

Diederick Knijnenburg, Oakfield Champignons:

"Dip in sales for White and brown mushrooms; sales of exotic mushrooms stable"

Although autumn is traditionally a strong period for mushroom sales, according to Diederick Knijnenburg of Oakfield Mushrooms; sales are currently somewhat disappointing due to the autumn holidays."Until last week the market was actually very good, but now the market, especially for the white and brown…

Enrique de los Ríos, general director of Unica Group:

"For the 2019/2020 campaign we expect to exceed 500 million kilos"

How is Unica Group facing this campaign?In this campaign, as in the previous ones, we have set a series of challenges, since Unica is a project in constant development and growth. We will continue to grow in terms of volume, product range and number of cooperatives. For the 2019/2020 campaign, we expect…

Good attendance at Synergy Systems Open Day

On Thursday, October 10 2019, Synergy Systems from Oisterwijk opened its doors to their clients. Synergy Systems makes machines, systems, processing lines and process technology for the food industry, thereby providing solutions in the field of weighing, handling, processing and packaging for the fruit…

Italy: Partnership produces light, modern and economical covers and structures

A perfect partnership has been formed between Retilplast, a company specialized in the production, transformation and marketing of nets, plastic covering and tarpaulins, and Metallurgica Irpinia, a firm which produces metal posts and wire mesh. "For three days (10-13 October), at Agrilevante in Bari,…

California salad grower hires Jennifer Osborne as new Director of Sales

San Miguel Produce, Inc., has announced the hiring of Jennifer Osborne as their new Director of Sales. Osborne will be responsible for managing new and existing accounts,…

Metro divests its China business to Wumei and acquires a stake in the Chinese retailer

Metro wants to use proceeds from sale of the China business for acquisitions

Commercial giant Metro is selling a majority stake in its China business to a retailer in the People's Republic. The Chinese business will go to a Wumei subsidiary -the…

D’Arrigo California welcomes new talent to sales and marketing departments

D’Arrigo California is excited to announce and welcome Maya Capurro as a Sales Assistant and Morgan Tinari as a Marketing and Culinary Assistant. Maya graduated from…

Plans to invest US$95 million to fund expansion

Navis Capital has acquired Malaysian durian producer

Navis Capital has acquired Malaysian durian producer Hernan Corporation with plans to invest US$95 million to fund expansion plans that include acquiring 10,000 acres for…

Trucco announces launch of kiwi facility in New Jersey

A.J. Trucco, an importer and distributor of kiwifruit, blueberries, citrus, grapes, other fruits, and chestnuts, recently announced the opening of their first wholly-owned and dedicated facility to kiwifruit. The state-of-the-art facility officially opened last fall in Vineland, NJ, and will serve as a…

Aysa food imports directly from the Netherlands and Turkey

"We buy our fruit & veg at auction prices and sell them at a surcharge"

Every night, Arslan drives from his place of residence -Emmen in the Netherlands- to Bremen's wholesale market, where he sells fresh greenhouse products to local pick-up customers. Together with his son Ali, he has gradually expanded Aysa Lebensmittel GmbH, which was founded in 2014, into a recognized…

Schliecker Fruchthandel: "Prices will gradually drop until late October"

Spanish citrus and kaki campaign slowly gaining momentum

The supply of Spanish citrus fruits and kakis is now expanding at a rapid pace. Just over a week ago, the first kakis from Spain arrived at Bremen's wholesale market. "The season started - as usual - very high priced, but until the end of the month, prices for both products will gradually drop," said Britta…

Agro Businessclub Westland visits Cargoboss - Van Daalen transport

"We'll be running on hydrogen in ten years"

The new construction of Cargoboss and Van Daalen transport has been around for a while. Yesterday, the members of the Agro Business Club Westland were invited to visit the transport company and a tour was given through the cross-docking facilities on site. Click here for the photo report Piece of historyFirst,…

Fresh herbal tea range now available at Europe Retail Packing

Two Dutch herb companies have joined forces - a company called Plukkruidje and fresh herb specialists, Europe Retail Packing. Timo Kleijwegt has been paving the way for Plukkruidje for three years now. Plukkruidje is a fresh herbal teas concept. It is aimed at the Dutch hospitality industry. It involves…

Honghui Fruit and Vegetables invests 280 million yuan in Malaysian tropical fruit orchard

Honghui Fruit and Vegetables Joint-Stock Co., Ltd. (hereafter referred to as 'Honghui Fruit and Vegetables'), announced on the 9th of October, 2019, their investment of 280…

Bonduelle launches first frozen vegetable production plant in Russia

Bonduelle-Belgorod LLC (part of the Bonduelle group) has launched the first plant for the production of frozen products in the Shebekinsky district of the Belgorod region,…

Sunkist grows fresh fruit sales team

Sunkist Growers have made some sales team changes. Jeff Gaston has been promoted to Managing Director of North American Sales, while Brian Slagel will take on the new role of Director of Southeastern Sales. Sunkist is also pleased to announce that Timothy Forseth will be joining the sales team as…

Acquisition formalities complete as Jupiter Group EU B.V. is born

Cool Fresh Internationals has formally changed over to Jupiter Group Europe, B.V. In May 2019, award winning global grower Jupiter Group expanded its global network with the acquisition of Cool Fresh International including their logistics division Saphir BV, and the Valencia (Spain) based commercial…

Agri SA's new board is representative of entire agricultural value chain

Agri SA congratulates its board who have been elected at the 2019 Congress. The board is representative of the entire agricultural value chain, including Agri SA’s provincial…

Cultivar has become the main European importer of mango by plane

"Avocado and mango could become commodities like pineapple or kiwi"

The Cultivar company, which distributes around 9 000 tons of mango per year, has become the main European importer of mango transported by airplane, which it markets via its Exotic Premium brand and other reference brands. The company also markets avocado, papaya, and pineapple in its assortment of exotic…

Texas-based distributor announces new high-tech facility

SiCar Farms, McAllen Texas has announced the opening of their new location and facility. The new warehouse has 100,000 square feet completely refrigerated, twenty-one loading docks, plus 12,000 square feet of new office space as well as cooler capacity of 85,000 square feet with a storage capacity of…

Rick Russo joins Church Brothers Farms

Church Brothers Farms hired Rick Russo as the company’s vice president of strategic growth and planning. The focus of the new position will include building competitive…

Potato grower launches own logistics company

Horizon Logistics is a new company formed by the Halverson Family and Black Gold Farms. Headquartered in Grand Forks, N.D., Horizon Logistics is described as an independent, full service, asset-based transportation company serving Black Gold Farms, and other grower shippers, to deliver product from the…

Switzerland is a market opportunity with margins for growth

"With Switzerland we manage to make plans, bank on high-quality supplies, provide an excellent service and we receive a fair remuneration. We are trying to increase our exports to Austria and Slovenia as well," reports Franco Zecchinato, president of El Tamiso who also owns a stall at Maap, Padua's fresh…

Agrial Fresh Produce

Turnover surges at UK branch of French food giant

A turnover surge of more than £80 mln at the UK arm of the French food giant behind the Florette brand, occurred after three businesses were transferred to its control. Agrial…

Andy Shoemaker joins Californian transportation company

The Allen Lund Company welcomes their new Director of Perishable Logistics, Andy Shoemaker. Shoemakers' role will be identifying and nurturing produce business growth…

Plans for new fruit and veg distribution center on Canary Islands

SPAR Gran Canaria has invested €5.5 million in the development of a fruit & veg Distribution Centre (DC) on the Canary Islands. The clear objective behind this investment is to enhance the quality of products and optimize processes that will improve the standard of fresh produce being supplied to SPAR…

Pure Flavor® to reveal new cherry tomatoes at PMA

While increasing its acreage of traditional greenhouse commodities of Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers, and Eggplants season after season, Pure Flavor® continues to focus its strategic growth efforts on bringing new specialty items to market to meet retail, foodservice, and consumer demand. After years of…

Introduction of new fresh boxes to prepare quick, fresh meals

Staay Food Group is introducing a new version of the fresh box that is so popular in the Netherlands. The package contains all the ingredients needed to make a fresh meal for four, but now supplemented with a ‘taste cup’ containing a fresh, concentrated sauce to make preparation even easier.  Fresh boxes have…

Kloosterboer Bayside acquires Fundy Stevedoring

On October 1st 2019, Kloosterboer Bayside has acquired Fundy Stevedoring Inc. in the port of Bayside. The acquisition includes the stevedoring activities as well as the warehouse (ambient storage) with a capacity of 34,000 sq.ft. The total plot, which is situated next to the premises of Kloosterboer is…

Hessing Supervers takes over onion processor Peter CV

Hessing Supervers, one of the largest suppliers of fresh cut fruit and vegetables in the Netherlands, announces the acquisition of Peter CV; an onion processor in the…

Gene Akins awarded Florida Tomato Man of the Year

Gene Akins of Catalytic Generators was announced Florida Tomato Man of the Year at the annual Florida Tomato Committee Conference October 4, 2019. Board members of the Florida…

Frutas Luna warns about scammer

Frutas Luna is warning peers in the fruit and vegetable industry about the person below, who poses as a person working for Punjabi & Sons (London) Limited, but has no connection whatsoever with the company. "He calls himself George Hiro and insists until the last minute that he is the cousin of the owner. He uses a Gmail…

PGI Cítricos Valencianos and Fedemco team up to boost sustainability in Valencian citrus farming

The Spanish Federation of the Wooden Container and its Components (FEDEMCO) and the PGI Cítricos Valencianos have signed a Collaboration Agreement with the objective of promoting the image of Valencian Citrus and boosting sustainability in Valencian citrus farming. As explained by the director of FEDEMCO,…

Prince de Bretagne diversifies its sales channels through Amazon

In a new commercial strategy, the French vegetable company Prince de Bretagne has reached an agreement with Amazon to ship packages of conventional and organic vegetables within France with a maximum delivery time of 48 hours. This agreement has been reached thanks to eight Prince de Bretagne producing…

Chile: Hortifrut consolidates global strategy by allying with Colombia's Proplantas

The Chilean company Hortifrut has signed a commercial alliance with a pioneer in the commercialization of berries and blueberries in Colombia, Proplantas. The agreement…

Mucci Farms gearing up for Fresh Summit

The largest trade show for fresh produce in North America is coming up and provides many companies an opportunity to present their latest products. The team at Mucci Farms has been busy with innovations and show attendees will be able to see them firsthand in the New Product Showcase or in the company’s…

London Fruit hires Amanda Horney

London Fruit Inc. announces Amanda Horney as its new Sales Representative in the Midwest region. Horney joins the London Fruit Sales team with experience in citrus and tropicals, having worked for…

Star Produce announces passing of Leo Baribeau

The Star Group has announced the passing of Leo Baribeau, founder of Star Produce and former chairman of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. David Karwacki, CEO of The…

"KWS Saat take over ensures continuity of Pop Vriend Seeds"

Dutch seed company, Pop Vriend Seeds, recently held a full soil open day. The acquisition of the company by KWS Saat was, naturally, an important point of conversation among the visitors. KWS is already the fourth largest seed breeding company in the world. With this takeover, this German company hopes…

West Pak Avocado partners with Fairtrade America

West Pak Avocado of Murrieta, California recently received the Fairtrade Mark. Offered by Fairtrade America, this independent sustainability certification features a predominate Fairtrade logo. If a business meets all of the organization’s rigorous standards, they are permitted to use the Fairtrade Mark…

Paul van Rossum, of the Dutch wholesaler, Combilo, dies

Paul van Rossum passed away on Tuesday, 1 October. Paul was the former MD of the Dutch fruit and vegetable wholesaler, Combilo. "Paul led Combilo for many years with his brother, Kees. He was the foundation on which our company grew and developed. We are very grateful to him for his tremendous dedication…

Association of Organizations of Fruit and Vegetable Producers of Almería

Juan Antonio González Real, new president of COEXPHAL

At the 42nd General Assembly of the Association of Organizations of Fruit and Vegetable Producers, COEXPHAL, held in an event with more than 150 guests, including presidents…

Complejo Agroindustrial Beta

Peru's leading asparagus exporter to open a commercial office in Spain

Lionel Arce, the general manager of Complejo Agroindustrial Beta, the leading Peruvian asparagus export company, said the company planned to open a commercial office in Valencia, Spain, in partnership with the Hermanos Jimenez firm, with which the company has been working for more than 20 years. “We are…

New table grape operating company to increase varietal breeding

Paine Schwartz Partners and AMFresh Group announced that they are joining forces to establish a table grape operating company. Paine Schwartz has made a 30% investment into…

OP Consorzio Funghi di Treviso celebrates 20 year anniversary

An event to celebrate 20 years of activity and the inauguration of a new wing was organized on 20th September 2019 in Istrana (Treviso) by OP Consorzio Funghi di Treviso, founded in 1999 by 4 companies and now including 13 members. At the center, President Romeo Fuser during the ribbon cutting ceremony…

Marc Muntwyler from Coop talks about sustainability, regionalism and the Fooby Concept Store:

"In the future we will continue to promote regional and local producers."

For some years, there there have been key market trends within European retail : organic, regional, sustainable. These topics are also playing an important role in Switzerland, especially at Coop, says Marc Muntwyler, Head of Category Management Procurement Fresh Products, in an interview with FreshPlaza.…

Festive evening to celebrate 10 years of the Lyon-Corbas wholesale market

On Saturday, an event was organized to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the first European private wholesale market. A total of 800 guests were present, including member wholesalers and other actors from the sector. According to the company, Cofruly, it was an “unforgettable evening, full of exchanges and…

Freight Farms welcomes Sam White as new Chief Innovation Officer

Freight Farms has expanded its executive team as it looks to expand globally. The company has appointed Sam White as Chief Innovation Officer. White was the co-founder of…

Maria Montalvo joins California Table Grape Commission

Maria Montalvo is the new marketing director of retail and foodservice promotion for the California Table Grape Commission. Montalvo’s responsibilities include leading the…

Hazera focuses on chain's end products at annual open day

In the last week of September, various seed breeding companies usually open their well-kept testing fields to visitors. Growers and chain partners visit these fields.  Hazera took a different approach this year. They reconstructed a large supermarket. This was done at their breeding facility in Warmenhuizen, the Netherlands.…

Dutch produce wholesaler's MD steps down

Edwin Vanlaerhoven will step down as one of Valstar and Best Fresh's Managing Directors. He will leave these Dutch companies on 31 October. Vanlaerhoven announced this on his…

Cavendish opens up new potato processing plant

"This new plant is a vote of confidence in Alberta"

Cavendish Farms’ newest plant is officially open for business. The announcement was made at a ceremony held at the new Lethbridge frozen potato processing facility. Cavendish Farms President Robert K. Irving was joined by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman and other dignitaries…

NZ exporter Garra International merges with US-based KIT International

Christchurch-based exporter Garra International will merge with global trading company KIT International creating a joint venture, with a combined turnover in excess of NZ$350…

South Africa: Joubert en Seuns move in different crop direction

The Joubert en Seuns company has been a fixture in the Lowveld valley since 1966, when Francois Joubert bought the farm known as  ‘Geluk’. However, Joubert en Seuns recently scaled…

Jepco secures GBP900,000 in funding

UK Open field grower expands hydroponic installation in answer to Fusarium

British lettuce grower Jepco will be expanding their growth season thanks to a GBP900,000 funding package provided by the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) Debt Finance, managed by Maven Capital Partners (Maven). With the money, they will acquire the hydroponic technology and equipment needed to…

Retailers bring herb and vegetable production closer to the public

Can supermarkets contribute to local cultivation?

The world’s current food system is under pressure. Global population numbers keep rising significantly, and a large portion of these people already live in, and will increasingly live in cities. So, ever further away from where food is grown. At the same time, it is expected that the amount of available…

Opal Apples signs on Cynthia Sass as brand ambassador

Opal Apples, non-browning, non-GMO apples in the U.S., has signed on dietitian and New York Times best-selling author Cynthia Sass as brand ambassador. Sass will educate…

One produce star retires as a new star emerges at IMG Citrus

IMG Citrus has announced the upcoming retirement of IMG Citrus’ Vice President, Veronique Sallin, after 40 years with the company. Sallin’s retirement will officially begin at the end of the 2019-2020 Florida season. The company further announces the promotion of Sydney Allison to the role of Director of…

Brambles saves 2 million tons of CO2 by replacing single-use packaging

Brambles, the global supply-chain solutions company operating in approximately 60 countries, reports on their sustainability success for the 2019 Financial Year in their…

Lamb Weston's net sales increased 8% compared with last year

“We remain on track to deliver our fiscal 2020 targets, reflecting our continued focus on execution and a generally favorable current operating environment. In North America,…

Exclusivity agreement with Nova Siri Genetics

Viveros California to produce and market the Marisol strawberry worldwide

Viveros California and Nova Siri Genetics signed an agreement for the exclusive multiplication and commercialization of the Marisol strawberry variety worldwide. The agreement is the result of the collaboration that both entities have been maintaining for more than a decade testing and developing…

Fresh Del Monte Produce enters into amended and restated $1.1 billion senior unsecured credit facility

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. announced today that the company has entered into an amended and restated $1.1 billion senior unsecured credit facility, with Bank of America,…

Apple varieties as well as breeding strawberries

Fresh Forward takes over WUR apple breeding programme

As of October 1, 2019, the apple breeding programme of the Wageningen University & Research (WUR) has been completely taken over by Fresh Forward Breeding & Marketing, a subsidiary of the WUR and Fragaria Holland BV. Th…

"Fast-panning fruit market demands maximum flexibility, creativity and reliability"

Frank Döscher: 25 years at the helm of the Elbe-fruit sales company

Today, Frank Döscher celebrates his 25th anniversary as managing director of the Elbe-fruit distribution company. The distribution company itself was officially founded 25 years ago. The man at the helm of the northern German company spoke about his challenges and goals with FreshPlaza.de. Over the last 25…

Taylor Fresh Foods acquires Club Chef Kentucky assets

Taylor Fresh Foods has announced the purchase of substantially all assets of Club Chef in Covington, KY. The Covington facility will continue full operations under the…

Key Technology appoints Juan Neustadtel S.A.S. as sales representative in Colombia

Key Technology has announced the appointment of Juan Neustadtel S.A.S. as its exclusive sales representative in Colombia. Juan Neustadtel is responsible for bringing Key’s…

Reduces single-use plastic waste by over 60,000 pounds per year

Houweling’s Group and Apeel Sciences join forces to deliver plastic-free produce

Apeel Sciences announced an agreement with Houweling’s Group, greenhouse grower and marketer fresh tomatoes and cucumbers. The Houweling’s Group will have access to Apeel’s…

New Mydibel production site with a focus on sustainability

The Service Public de Wallonie has granted a building permit for “Mydibel Fresh,” the new production site of Mydibel in Mouscron. The construction of Mydibel Fresh is part of the company’s strategy of sustainable development. The new plant will be ready by the autumn of 2020 and will create 70 full-time…

Copa-Cogeca elect Luc Vanoirbeek and Sergio Tondini as chair and vice-chair

Last week Copa and Cogeca's Working Party on Fruit and Vegetables elected as Chair and Vice Chair, Mr. Luc Vanoirbeek Secretary General of the Federation of Belgian Fruit and Vegetable Cooperatives (nominated by Boerenbond), and Mr. Sergio Tondini from Alleanza delle Cooperative Italiane Agroalimentare,…

Hapag-Lloyd launches new Middle East-India-Africa Express service

Hapag-Lloyd continues to develop its position in Africa and launches the new MIAX (Middle East-India-Africa Express) service – which will offer direct connections and fast transit times between South and West Africa, the Persian Gulf, India, Colombo (Sri Lanka) and La Réunion. Hapag-Lloyd entered the…

P&O Ferrymasters enters into partnership with SGS Maco

'We will offer customs declaration services in event of "no-deal" Brexit'

P&O Ferrymasters announced it has entered into a partnership with SGS Maco to offer customs declaration services to P&O Ferrymasters’ customers. This will maintain easy and…

Asda to sell locally grown pumpkins this autumn

For the first time, Northern Ireland’s supermarket shoppers will be able to buy pumpkins which have been grown on home soil, thanks to a unique partnership between Asda and its main vegetable supplier, Gilfresh. This year Asda commissioned the Loughgall-based family-run company to grow and supply over 50,000…

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Van Vugt Kruiden celebrates official opening of its new building in the Netherlands

Van Vugt Kruiden's newly constructed building has been a long time coming. The journey began as far back as 2007 for this herb grower from Ridderkerk in the Netherlands. Back then, they were informed that their current site would be appropriated. It had to make way for the Nieuw-Reijerwaard business…

Jonathan Brooks joins IFCO as Vice President, Retail Sales

IFCO, an operator of Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs), announced the appointment of Jonathan W. Brooks as Vice President, Retail Sales. A senior supply chain executive, the…

Black Gold Farms announces promotions of Mike Behrendt and Keith Groven

Black Gold Farms, the fourth generation, family-owned farming organization in North Dakota’s Red River Valley has announced the promotions of Mike Behrendt and Keith Groven. Mike Behrendt held the role of Midwest Director of Operations. He will now transition to Chip Business Unit Leader and be…

Aerial surveying and targeted spraying: Drones for applying pesticides and fertilizers

Bayer and XAG have recently collaborated in Hangzhou, China, to host a crop dusting drone demonstration on citrus trees. Justin Gong, Co-founder and Vice President of XAG,…

California Citrus Mutual's Joel Nelson steps down

Joel Nelson, past President and CEO of California Citrus Mutual, has announced he is stepping down after 37 years. He will remain involved with CCM to work on various projects…

Jasa Sleever

Dutch company gets new apple packaging

Dutch wholesaler, Van der Lem, has been in business since 1948. They package and distribute wholesale fruit and vegetables, as per their clients' wishes. "We do what our clients ask of us," says Mike Tesselaar. He does the purchasing and sales at this company. "Market demand has changed. Clients want innovative, sustainable…

Plus its 1300 hectares of citrus

Grupo Atitlan acquires 100% of Frutas Romu

Atitlan, a business group of Valencian origin, has signed an agreement for the acquisition of 100% of Frutas Romu, a Spanish citrus production company. The operation will be closed definitively in the coming weeks, while the paperwork is being arranged. This operation is not the first one carried out by…

Sold for one Euro

Spanish canning firm rescues rival from bankruptcy proceedings

All the shares of the company Cofrusa (Conservas y Frutas S.A.) have been sold for one Euro to the only company that made an offer during its bankruptcy proceedings. Thus, Frutas y Conservas 1969 (Fruconsa) has become the new owner by order of the judge of the Commercial Court number 2 of Murcia. The…

René Jurk, bunnfrucht LLC:

"The storms in Spain had no effect on our daily operations"

Just over two weeks ago, Spain was hit by heavy storms that left the European fruit and vegetable sector holding its breath. Worse was the impact on the market, which is very much influenced by Spanish imports. Meanwhile, there is an update: Worst affected are leafy vegetables and cabbages such as broccoli,…

Photo report: Nantes International Wholesale Market

In March 2019, at the gates of Nantes, in Rezé, wholesalers and producers inaugurated the new buildings of the International Wholesale Market (MIN), which is the second largest international market behind Rungis. Now located at the heart of the agrifood center Nantes Agropolia, the brand new site…

Following in forefather's footsteps

Marcel van der Pluijm starts Feeling Fresh

Tuesday, 1 October, sees the official start of Marcel van der Pluijm's business, Feeling Fresh. "With it, I will be doing what I love best. Selling vegetables with passion," says Marcel. In doing so, he is following in the footsteps of his forefathers. "In the 1920s, my great-grandfather sold citrus and bananas…

SeekaFresh grand opening today in Mt. Wellington, NZ

Seeka Limited recently launched SeekaFresh, the company's rebranded wholesale market and distribution service, in Mt. Wellington, Auckland. The launch reflects the revitalization of Seeka’s fresh produce business that provides a variety of locally grown and imported seasonal fruit and vegetables to…

Seattle, WA

Agriculture tech start-up Phytelligence shuts after losing dispute over Cosmic Crisp apple variety

Phytelligence is a Seattle start-up that has created a novel method of rapidly growing fruit trees. However, it is shutting down just months before the launch of Cosmic Crisp, a highly anticipated new apple variety at the center of a dispute between the company and Washington State University. Earlier…

Asda to launch plastic free living herbs

Asda has announced it will be launching a supermarket first - a range of plastic-free living herbs. All of the company’s living herbs, which are currently sold in a plastic pot with a plastic wrap, will be moving into a new, more sustainable container called a 'plug'. The plastic wrap will also be replaced…

HillFresh International looks to outsource its logistics to Fresh Pack Logistics

The HillFresh International (HFI) and Fresh Pack Logistics' (FPL) Boards of Directors intend to integrate HillFresh International's logistical activities with those of Fresh Pack Logistics. This was decided after HillFresh International did a strategic review of the company. HillFresh International wants…

Het Packhuys installs new packing line for convenience products at De Aardappelhoeve

The Belgian company, De Aardappelhoeve, wants to get in on the current convenience trend. In order to do so, they have added a new easy-to-use product to their range. This product consists of an oven, microwave, and barbecue-safe aluminum tray. It contains unprocessed baby potatoes and a marinade mix. Before the…

Spanish berry processing company receives the 2019 Internationalization Award

In 2018, Hudisa processed more than 20 million kilos of berries, and out of that volume, 70% was exported. Having reached more than 30 countries, Hudisa's international business has been growing steadily. Since 2015, it has seen its turnover in foreign markets increase by 14.23%, and in non-EU countries by…

Limoneira adds sales talent to its One World of Citrus™ team

Limoneira Company, a diversified citrus packing, sales and marketing company with related agribusiness activities and real estate development operations, announced two new appointments to Limoneira’s One World of Citrus™ sales team. Tara Saldaña will be responsible for customers and sales for the…

Organto resumes organic blueberry sales in various European markets

Organto Foods Inc., an integrated provider of fresh organic and conventional vegetables and fruits announced that it has re-commenced supply of organic blueberries for sale…

OSH Reinecke Industry Leader Award winner announced

The South African deciduous fruit industry presented its awards for outstanding performance in agriculture at the 44th annual gala evening held in Somerset West at the Lord Charles Hotel on September 13 2019. Deciduous fruit includes apples, pears, apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums and prunes,…

4Mex, a Dutch logistics firm, celebrates Fifth Anniversary

“Let's not make a big thing of our first five-year anniversary," says Peter Stuurman, of 4Mex Logistics. “We simply do our work, and we do it well." This Dutch company was…

Pre-tax profits dropped by £10 mln

UK: Turnover passes £80 mln mark at historic fruit growing company in Lincolnshire

New accounts reveal that the turnover at historic fruit growing company, JO Sims Ltd in Spalding, Lincolnshire, jumped past the £80m mark, but its pre-tax profits dropped by…

Jamaica Fruit and Shipping celebrates 100 years anniversary

The fact that the Jamaica Fruit and Shipping Company is now celebrating 100 years of operation, is not only a major national achievement but a true testament to how partnerships can build lasting businesses. The company was founded back in 1919 by Charles Edward Johnston and Captain Sibrand D. List…

Seeka sells kiwi orchard for $15.5 million NZD

Seeka Limited has entered into an agreement to sell a 20 canopy hectare Kerikeri SunGold kiwifruit orchard to Booster’s listed Private Land & Property Portfolio, which is the…

Online grocery retailer partners with full-service global solutions provider

Ocado Group, an online grocery retailer, has completed its deal to partner and invest in Infinite Acres, a full-service, global solutions provider to the indoor horticulture…

Merger of stone fruit producers Gerawan Farming and Wawona Packing

Gerawan Farming Inc. ("Gerawan") and Wawona Packing Co., LLC ("Wawona"), today announced that they have completed a merger. Paine Schwartz, an existing investor in Wawona and a global leader in sustainable food chain investing, is partnering with both companies to facilitate the transaction. The…

'Fifth generation' breaks ground for new head office for LC Packaging

Friday September 20th 2019 LC Packaging festively celebrated the start of construction of the new, sustainable, state of the art head office and warehouse at the Logistiekpark A12 in Widdinxveen. The family company, that celebrated its 95th anniversary is building its future on the Logistiekpark A12 in…

World's largest LNG powered containership launched

The CMA CGM Group, worldwide shipping and logistics group, is pleased to announce the launch of the world's largest containership (23,000 TEUs) powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). This major milestone in the construction of the world's first LNG-powered ultra large containership was reached recently at…

New leadership renews confidence for Australian apple-grower cooperative

South Australian grower-owned cooperative Lenswood Apples has appointed a new chief executive as it shrugs off the past two poor seasons and looks to build volumes, re-establish exports and expand new varieties. The appointment of Shane Chisholm, a long-term Elders national team member, and most recently…

New Walmart fresh food distribution center opens in south China

The Walmart South China Fresh Distribution Center was officially opened for the press. This is the first customized fresh distribution center for Walmart in China. The project…

Diana Ybarra joins Fresh-Link Produce

Fresh-Link Produce, LLC has hired industry veteran Diana Ybarra. In her new sales role, Ybarra will be responsible for Fresh-Link customers and for developing and…

Solid year for UK fruit and vegetable wholesaler

Some solid numbers have been reported by a Birmingham-based global importer and wholesaler of fresh fruit and vegetables for its latest financial year. Minor, Weir and Willis,…

Vitalis Organic Seeds to celebrate its 25th birthday

This year, Vitalis Organic Seeds will celebrate its 25th anniversary. In this relatively short period, the company developed from a pioneer in organic vegetable breeding to a…

Port of Antwerp sees opportunities for UK trade after Brexit

The uncertainty over Brexit continues but one thing is clear: as soon as the UK leaves the European Union in one way or another, there will be big changes in British imports…

Unitec celebrates its 95th birthday

On the occasion of its ninety-fifth birthday - it was 1924 when the first mechanical sorters were made - there is so much emotion at Unitec, retracing the goals achieved during almost a century of work with a single and clear mission: to improve and make more effective and efficient the processing and…

Miss Chiquita turns 75

Since 1944, Miss Chiquita has been an iconic symbol of Chiquita’s bright yellow bananas. Now, the company is celebrating the “first lady of fruit’s” 75th anniversary by taking a look back at her many accomplishments throughout the years. Miss Chiquita was introduced to Americans in the early 1940’s to help educate consumers on…

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“We don't want to be the biggest, but to grow by joining forces”

A few years ago, four Belgian tomato growers joined forces. They set up the Tomeco partnership. This clustering - which falls under the Hoogstraten Cooperative - now has eight production locations, which together, total 79 hectares. "We have grown tremendously in these last few years. This is why we had…

Drug lords threaten to shut down Dutch fruit traders

It was like a scene straight out of the Wild West in the fruit and vegetable sector. The owners of De Groot Fresh Group in Hedel, the Netherlands, have been blackmailed and…

Open Doors night attracts more than 5,000 visitors

Mabru traders open their doors to the public

On Friday night, the Mabru Early Market in Brussels, Belgium, opened its doors to the public. According to the market's Director, Laurent Nys, this was a successful event. More than 5,000 people visited this early market. Each edition focuses on a specific country. Two years ago, it was Portugal; this…

Brent Young joins Seven Seas California office

Seven Seas has added Brent Young as Manager of Sales in the Seven Seas - Visalia, CA office. “I am excited about the opportunity to join a premier citrus grower such as Seven Seas. The outstanding quality and service they provide to customers, coupled with their longstanding partnerships with growers,…

Obituary: Toon van Noort

It is with great sorrow that the Tovano team shares the news of the passing of the company's name bearer and former owner and director Toon van Noort who passed away at the age of 67. From a young age up until his retirement, Toon passionately dedicated himself to 'his' Tovano for 50 years. Throughout this half-century Tovano…

Georges Helfer SA builds new warehouse at Rungis

After completing the first 11,841-square-foot expansion of its warehouse in the south of France in Plan d’Orgon, Georges Helfer SA, importer of fresh fruits from overseas, continues to grow. Indeed, the company has recently announced the construction of the COk building, its new industrial site of 49,858…

Sevillian citrus company not guilty of scamming the House of Alba

The Provincial Court of Seville has issued an acquittal sentence for the three administrators of a citrus firm accused of having scammed a company linked to the House of Alba in the purchase of a batch of oranges that was never paid. In March 2012, the company of the accused acquired, as it had been…

Lidl and PAKi Logistics launch new pallet management system in Europe: the e-Voucher

Lidl, Europe's largest food retailer, has introduced a new, more sustainable and efficient pallet pool contracting and management system, provided by PAKi: the e-Voucher. This system brings innovation to its logistics platforms, streamlining the processes at the docks and contributing to a more sustainable…

NatureFresh Farms announces internal leadership developments

NatureFresh Farms doesn’t only grow produce – they also grow their people into confident, forward-thinking leaders. Cornelius Neufeld and Frank Neufeld have each been working in the greenhouse farming industry for over 20 years. In recent months, both Cornelius and Frank have taken on more prominent…

Greenyard announces decisions taken by shareholder meeting

The annual shareholders’ meetings of Greenyard were held on Friday 20 September 2019 at Greenyard’s registered office in Sint-Katelijne-Waver under the chairmanship of Mr.…


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