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Spain

Another Murcia-based fruit and vegetable company declared bankrupt

The company Frutas Del Mediterráneo 2011 S.R.L. has been declared bankrupt by the Commercial Court No. 1 of Murcia. The resolution indicates that the firm's administration…

Egypt: Abdel Wahab Sons invests 20 mln for frozen vegetable factory

Abdel Wahab Sons Company for Exporting Agricultural Crops aims to increase the volume of its exports this year to 40,000 tonnes this year, compared to 25,000 tonnes last year,…

South Africa

Land Bank appoints Ayanda Kanana as new CEO

The Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa has appointed Ayanda Kanana as its new CEO - this after ratings agency Moody's flagged the lack of a permanent CEO…

Morgan McLernon expands in UK

Morgan McLernon, part of Culina Group, will be expanding in the UK with a new purpose-built site in Telford, Shropshire. The new chilled facility will comprise of 40,000 sq ft of space for the transport of perishable foodstuffs such as fruits and vegetables. Specialising in ambient, chilled, and frozen distribution, Morgan…

Missouri peach farmer has been awarded $265 million

Bayer appeals jury decision in Dicamba case

This Monday, Bayer AG said it would appeal a jury's verdict against it and BASF SE in a crop-damage case which awarded $265 million to a Missouri peach farmer. Peach farmer…

The Allen Lund Company completes acquisition of Des Moines Truck Broker's Inc.

The Allen Lund Company, a transportation and logistics provider, announced it has completed its acquisition of Des Moines Truck Broker’s, Inc., a distinguished brokerage of…

Fresh Del Monte Produce appoints first Chief Sustainability Officer

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. has appointed Hans Sauter as the Company’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. Under Sauter’s leadership, Fresh Del Monte Produce will continue…

‘best in agriculture and food technology around the world’

The Yield selected for 2020 THRIVE TOP 50 companies

Leading Australian AgTech company, The Yield Technology Solutions,announced today that it has been selected in the 2020 THRIVE TOP 50 scaling and visionary AgTech companies.Shortlisted from 3000 global technology companies, the list highlights 50 companies that ‘exemplify the best in agriculture and food…

Dan Mathieson - CEO Zespri

Re-brand, red kiwifruit and coming season

Zespri launched their re-brand at Fruit Logistica, the first in 23 years. They say consumer research has shown that the new logo is recognised 2.5 seconds faster than the previous one and it will increase the likelihood to purchase by 29%. CEO Dan Mathieson said that the recognition factor is a lot in…

South Australia: Greens sell Lenswood orchard for $1.2 million

South Australia’s Green family has sold one of its Adelaide orchards for $1.2 million, after 50 years of apple growing at the site. It concerns a 43.3ha property, which formed part of their broader holdings in the region, was on the market for a total of 18 months. With no domestic buyer present, the…

Christophe Belloc, Blue Whale:

Blue Whale: 2020 calendar filled with new projects

Last year, Blue Whale had taken advantage of its 50th anniversary to reaffirm its engagements, share its new ambitions and change its visual identity. France’s leading exporter of apples is not about to leave the spotlight this year either. Change of directionOne departure in particular will mark a turning…

Azienda ortofrutticola Rimfruit - Catenaro

Green kiwifruit prices dropped at the start of the year

"We are investing in new crops - both traditional green Hayward kiwifruit and new golden and red-flesh varieties. We are doing so by supporting all our partners from both a technical and financial point of view. Over the next three years, there will be new hectares at Azienda Agricola Catenaro Italo and…

Brazilian visit to LBP

When LBP Rotterdam BV started 26 years ago as a logistics service provider in the fruit and vegetable sector, Brazil was the country the first containers came from. Today, Brazil is still the most important country of origin of the products shipped to LBP, with mango as a major front runner and limes, papaya, grapes and ginger…

Kaufland takes over three Tesco branches in Poland

The Kaufland retail chain is continuing its expansion strategy in Europe and is taking over three Tesco locations in Poland as a first step. The new Kaufland branches will open as early as 13 February in the largest Polish cities of Warsaw, Gdansk and Krakow, the company stated in a statement on Tuesday.…

Monterey Mushrooms saddened by loss of team member

On Thursday, February 13, an employee of Monterey Mushrooms died after he fell into a piece of equipment. The company shared the following statement:We are saddened by the…

Etienne Leclere from BelOrta says goodbye to the sector after 40 years

After 40 years in the fruit and vegetable sector, Etienne Leclere can enjoy his well-earned free time. “Friday is my last working day, but actually I am not yet busy with my retirement. I am still active and still following everything. I think I will realise on Monday all that I'd be missing, ”says…

Harvest Season and Garcia Ballester join forces

A new alliance promises to revolutionize Asia's citrus import market

The Harvest Season and Garcia Ballester companies have decided to establish a strategic alliance with the objective of becoming leaders in Asia's citrus import market, with a quality product and with maximum food safety. Garcia Ballester, the Cordoba-based company, is known as one of the oldest leading…

UFlex releases Q3 results

UFlex Ltd., India’s largest multinational flexible packaging company and a global player in polymer sciences, today declared its earnings for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. Consolidated EBITDA for Q3 FY19-20 stood at INR 276.4cr, showing a jump of 21.4% on YoY basis while its consolidated net profit was up 56.7% YoY at…

Matt Christ becomes VP of Business Development for IFS

We are pleased to announce that Matt Christ has been promoted to the role of Vice President of Business Development for IFS. In this new position, Christ will be responsible…

Bob Hale appointed as Chairman of the Board of Houweling's

Houweling’s US Holdings Inc. announced the appointment of Bob Hale as Chairman of the Board, having served as director for the past year. Bob brings more than four decades of…

Gulf Japan Food Fund and Mizuho Gulf Capital Partners enter into a Capital Alliance Agreement

Gulf Japan Food Fund, a private equity fund established by Mizuho Bank, Ltd., The Norinchukin Bank (President & CEO: Kazuto Oku), and other investors have, together with…

A new yellow-skinned apple to hit Australian retail shelves in the autumn

Australian consumers will soon be able to get their hands on an exciting new apple brand, with Yello® set to hit the shelves this Easter. Montague has secured an agreement to grow, pack and market the yellow-skinned apple, also known as The Shinano Gold apple, with just over 100,000 kilograms available…

Corrugated box packaging company to pay R7 million for cartel conduct

The Competition Commission of South Africa has referred to the Competition Tribunal (Tribunal) for confirmation as an order, a consent agreement with a corrugated box…

'Herb start-up' in transitional phase

Hrbs, the Amsterdam start-up that introduced a service concept in 2017 in which B2B herbs, lettuce varieties and edible flowers are marketed in subscription form, is in the process of adding new products and more diversity to the existing range. "Step by step we are adding new products, now also…

Hartman Expeditie and J.P. Vis form partnership

Dutch trucking companies merge

The Dutch trucking company, Hartman Expeditie, has entered into a partnership with another transportation company, J.P. Vis. This business is based in Kwintsheul, the Netherlands. At the end of last…

LCL takes a majority stake in B&L Fruit Logistics

Logistics service provider LCL from Barendrecht, The Netherlands is part of the Chilean Broom Logistics that has expanded its European activities by taking over the majority…

Spain

Frutas Bollo's holding company has capital of over 50 M€

The holding company Veral Unique SL, owned by representatives of one of the largest citrus firms of the Region of Valencia, Frutas Bollo (Vercher family), has increased its…

Irish fruit firm Keelings purchases 900ha farm in Costa Rica

Irish family-owned fruit and salad company Keelings has announced the acquisition of a 900ha pineapple farm located in Costa Rica. The farm, known as Las Brisas, is “a significant operation” with over 900ha of land, 460 employees and a modern pack-house producing over 24 million pineapples each year.…

Zespri commits to 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025

Zespri has announced a new commitment to make all of its packaging 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.  The announcement is one of a suite of sustainability…

Two organic businesses in the Netherlands team up to promote healthy food

Eosta is ramping up collaboration with Dutch organic wholesaler Udea and its supermarket chain Ekoplaza, in the Netherlands. The two organic giants want to help Dutch…

C.H. Robinson's Executive Chairman of Board of Director to retire

C.H. Robinson announced that Executive Chairman John Wiehoff has announced his intention to retire from the company’s Board of Directors effective upon the conclusion of his…

Exporting green beans, citrus, peppers, eggplants, onions, garlic and pumpkins

Egypt: Luna Verde Export & Agri Investment to raise its exports to €28 mln

Luna Verde Export & Agri Investment aims to increase its exports during the 2019/2020 season to reach €28m, up from €24.2m during the last season. Reda Al-Amry, chairperson of…

Elbe-Obst presents new market appearance at Biofach

"The new design benefits from the human element"

The image of Elbe fruit is one of freshness, the river Elbe, water and the colour blue. At Biofach in Nuremberg, Elbe-Obst is repositioning itself with its organic section. In order to visually set the organic section apart, the colour green will be the basis of the design in future, also for the Elbe…

Prince de Bretagne celebrates 50 years

“2020 for us: not a new turn, but a boost”

Prince de Bretagne chose the 28th edition of Fruit Logistica to celebrate its 50th anniversary and to present its new visual identity. On this occasion, Marc Kéranguéven, president of Cerafel, took the floor to recall the 5 fundamentals of the cooperative, which is defined first and foremost by “a…

Freight Farms raises $15M in Series B funding led by Ospraie Ag Science

Freight Farms, the containerized vertical farming company, announced that it has raised $15 million in Series B funding led by Ospraie Ag Science, an investment firm committed…

Nature Fresh Farms offers employees health services through mobile clinic

On January 23rd the new weCHC on Wheels mobile health clinic arrived at Nature Fresh Farms greenhouse facilities delivering health services to its employees. Nature Fresh Farms became the first greenhouse to offer the weCHC mobile clinic health and personal support services to its employees. The 38-foot bus…

Duravant acquires WECO Optical Sorting

Duravant LLC , a global engineered equipment and automation solutions provider to the food processing, packaging and material handling sectors, announced that it has entered…

Construction on Mitrofresh's Eryngii-farm in Kosovo complete

Mitrofresh B.V. has finalized their Eryngii farm in Lipjan, Kosovo. After 4 years of constructing and searching the best technology Mitrofresh is ready to start growing Eryngii mushrooms in the newest South Korean bottle Technology. By using this revolutionary technology, Mitrofresh will be able to…

Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburger Hafen will continue cooperation for another 5 years

Hapag-Lloyd AG and Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), will be continuing their close cooperation in Hamburg for another five years. On the basis of this decision, both…

Michaël Cibois, Gamma-Wopla:

"We do not simply offer boxes, but individual, combined solutions"

On the German market, there is a clear trend towards more sustainable solutions in the packaging sector. While reduced amounts of plastic and alternatives made of paper and cardboard are the forerunners in primary packaging, when talking about secondary packaging and transport, the spotlight is on…

Fruit Logistica records 72,000 visitors for its 2020 exhibition

Despite the unique challenge presented by this year’s coronavirus outbreak in China, Fruit Logistica 2020 turned out to be a successful event, bringing together a record number of over 3,300 exhibitors as well as more than 72,000 trade visitors from all over the world. There was intense media attention on…

Collaboration JASA, Euro-West and OTC Organics

"We are keeping the chain closed with dedicated organic packaging line"

Out of the last four Fruit Logistica editions, JASA and Euro West has toasted to new collaborations at three. This year it was in honour of an order from a dedicated-organic line that Euro West will use for its client OTC Organics for the packaging of organic fruit and vegetable products. The new line…

Newly founded Fresh Solutions LLC controls the Rewe business from 1 March

Greenyard announces its new organisational structure for the German market

Following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Rewe Group, which marks the first step towards an integrated partnership, Greenyard is now splitting its German…

T&G seeks clearance to acquire Freshmax

The Commerce Commission has received a clearance application from Turners & Growers Fresh Limited (T&G) to acquire 100% of the shares in Freshmax NZ Limited (Freshmax). T&G…

Lightbox leads $32 mln series for Waycool Foods

WayCool is a technology-driven fresh produce distribution platform from Chennai, India. It has raised $32 million in a combination of equity and debt through a Series B led by Lightbox, and including Dutch development bank FMO, and existing investor LGT Lightstone Aspada. As part of the round, WayCool…

Stellar season of South American Fruit ahead

Organic fruit veteran Chris Ford joins Viva Tierra

Longtime organic expert Chris Ford has joined Viva Tierra Organic, a leading grower and marketer of organic apples and pears, in the role of Business Development and Marketing Manager as the company looks toward a strong season of South American fruit. Viva Tierra is the largest supplier of organic…

Joe Feldman joins the AweSum Organics team

Awe Sum Organics, with roots in the organic produce trade since 1985 and with grower partnerships across the globe in both the southern and northern hemispheres, welcomes Joe…

Hans Sauter takes over global sustainability duties at Fresh Del Monte Produce

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. has appointed Hans Sauter as the Company’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. Under Sauter’s leadership, Fresh Del Monte Produce will continue…

Manitoba, Canada

Kroeker Farms triples production with new plant

Kroeker Farms Ltd. is taking steps to position the family-owned potato company as the leader in their field into the next 20 years and beyond with a new state-of-the-art facility. The agricultural producer and distributor located in Winkler recently turned the switch on a nearly 70,000 sq. ft.…

DP World Australia claims operations will function as normal

DP World Australia (DPWA) said its operations are expected to function as normal after an interim interlocutory injunction was granted stopping industrial action at its…

Many associated companies also in receivership

Major Hawke’s Bay fruit company opted for voluntary administration

A large fruit company based in Hawke’s Bay has opted for voluntary administration and many of its associated companies are also in receivership. According to the New Zealand…

To help low-income families

FPFC and Superfresh Growers donate raffle prize to Caterina’s Club

Fresh Produce and Floral Council (FPFC) and member Superfresh Growers® kicked off the decade by donating the 2020 FPFC annual Dinner Dance raffle prize to one of FPFC’s key partner organizations, non-profit Caterina’s Club. The donation will help feed nutritious meals to underprivileged children in…

West Pak welcomes Chris Wortman

West Pak Avocado is thrilled to announce the addition of Chris Wortman to the Sales and Business Development team. Chris comes to the company after over a decade with a competitor where he worked his…

Buyers Edge takes minority stake in Produce Alliance

Produce Alliance announces strategic partnership with Buyers Edge Platform

Produce Alliance, a company specializing in providing fresh produce procurement and distribution services to foodservice clients, today announced that it has taken a strategic…

Alico, Inc. announces financial results for fiscal quarter ended December 31 2019

Alico, Inc., owner of more than 45,000 acres of citrus in Florida, has announced the financial results for the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2019, the highlights of which…

Fresh Del Monte Produce to give Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 financial results

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. announced that it will issue a press release on its fourth quarter and full year 2019 results prior to the market opening on Wednesday, February…

Frigga's 4G real-time monitor launched at Fruit Logistica

Since the launch of their single-use dry-ice real-time temperature monitor last month, Frigga's cold chain real-time monitoring solution has received positive feedback from…

Chinese market for growth stimulant is rapidly expanding

Chinese consumers are paying increasing attention to the product quality of their fruit. Companies in the agricultural industry therefore invest in better plantation technology and industrial standardization. They invest to improve the product quality and production volume of their crops. Larger…

Zespri reveals bold new brand identity

Zespri, the world’s leading marketer of kiwifruit, has unveiled its first new look in its 22-year history, with a refreshed brand providing a strong platform for the company to continue its recent growth. With operating revenue of $3.14 billion in 2018/19, Zespri continues to make excellent progress…

Campaign to celebrate 10 years of bite-size potato category

Tasteful Selections is celebrating its 10-year anniversary! Through positive partnerships, dedication and hard work, Tasteful Selections has evolved to a grower and domestic…

Wonderful Citrus secures 846-acre ranch to grow seedless lemons

Wonderful Citrus recently signed a long-term lease on 846 continuous acres within California's Central Coast region to grow their new brand of Non-GMO Wonderful Seedless Lemons. The land is being leased from the multigenerational landowners; the Bianchi Family based in Soledad. The Mendrin Group…

T&G Global and Plant & Food Research

New partnerships bring bigger, tastier berries to market

Consumers across the world may soon be experiencing tastier, fuller-sized blueberries year-round, thanks to two new partnerships in blueberries that will bring premium quality berries with superior genetics, in secured volumes, to customers across the world. T&G Global and science organisation Plant &…

Multimillion-dollar legal claim by former Zespri importer withdrawn

Some six years after it was filed, a multimillion-dollar legal claim against Zespri Group has been dropped. The claim, brought by Zespri's former Chinese importer Shanghai Neuhof, arose after the kiwifruit marketer and the company were busted for under-declaring customs duties between 2008 and 2010. Both…

The farmer is like a poker player

It is always a good idea to set new goals when approaching important deadlines concerning the planning of fruit and vegetable production. "For the year 2020 - says Vittorio Gona, chairman of the Alba Bio Producers' Organization in Marina di Ragusa (RG) - our partnership has the objective of increasing product…

To help medical staff treating coronavirus get more nutrition

Pagoda and Zespri jointly donated kiwifruit

On February 1st, Pagoda and Zespri jointly donated three trucks of kiwifruit to the medical teams of three hospitals designated for treating the novel coronavirus. These were delivered directly to the medical staff from Pagoda’s warehouse in Wuhan in the afternoon. One truck-full of Zespri kiwifruit was delivered…

Golden Sun Marketing welcomes two new team members

Golden Sun Marketing announced the hire of two experienced professionals. Tim Rogers joined the team as Business Development Manager at the beginning of January. Jason Fuller…

Job van den Berg about the start of Quality Life Produce Netherlands:

"With our own Dutch organic cultivation we will supply customers directly all year round"

Lets say, you are looking for your own organic cultivation from Dutch soil and just like that you have two, self-growing companies. Bio World, the organic branch of the Best Fresh Group, managed it. Organic greenhouse vegetables will be grown in IJsselmuiden and Sexbierum in the Netherlands, from next…

United Fresh accepting applications for Class 26 of Produce Industry Leadership Program

The application period is now open for the twenty-sixth class of the United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program. Since its inception in 1995, more than 250 produce…

Walmart will use 3D technology in its online fruit and vegetable sales

According to a study presented by Nielsen last year, in ten years 60% of American households will buy food online. In view of this, leading retailers, such as Walmart, have…

Mike Browne joins Mission Produce as Chief Operating Officer

Mission Produce, Inc. announced today that industry executive leader Mike Browne has joined the company as the Chief Operating Officer, reporting to Mission Produce’s…

Carissa Olsen promoted to President and CEO of Nokota Packers

Fresh Solutions Network announced that Carissa Olsen was appointed President & CEO of NoKota Packers, Inc., following the retirement of Steve Tweten in December 2019. NoKota…

Willy Athanase, Magistange:

“Our fresh fruit platform for the industry is unique in Europe”

The French company Magistange specializes in fresh fruits for the industry, buying and reselling them everywhere in Europe. Recently, the young company developed the “Food for Industry” platform, where clients can see all available stocks. According to Willy Athanase, CEO of the company and former…

Okanagan Specialty Fruits acquired by venture capital firm

Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF) announces the acquisition of OSF by TS Biotechnology Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of Third Security, LLC. OSF is the pioneering agricultural company behind the development and commercialization of the non-browning Arctic® apple. Third Security is a venture capital firm…

Six large export companies from Maap going to Berlin

Six leading fresh produce exporters will be at the Berlin fair thanks to Maap, Mercato agroalimentare di Padova. Below is a description of the companies from the Padua area that will attend Fruit Logistica and that can be found at the famous Caffè Pedrocchi stand. Giuliano, Mirko Daniele and Flavio…

Consorzio Kiwi Passion is established with the objective of pleasing consumers

The newly-formed Consorzio Kiwi Passion (KP) aims at launching, developing, safeguarding, promoting and selling special kiwifruit varieties. The consortium was created on the initiative of CamFruit, represented by Claudio Dal Pane and Enza Fruit licencee for a red kiwifruit variety,  and of FruitsWorldWide…

Fellini focuses on zero waste, ecological packaging and saving energy and water

A 'green' focus in order to be appreciated in all markets

A series of initiatives will make 2020 the year of the ecological turning point for the "Fellini Patrizio" company. First of all, the new "Io Riciclo" packaging will be available soon. "We are carrying out an innovative project - says Emile Fellini - that is to use cartons made with a part of recycled material.…

Frexit day for Freight Line Europe

Saturday February 1st, 2020 was the Frexit day for Freight Line Europe. With the move from Westerlee - De Lier to Maasdijk, The Netherlands, the next step has been taken in optimised logistics services. Coincidence or not; the relocation date of the specialist in conditioned transport , for example, the…

Nedato appoints Koen van Hartevelt as commercial director

“To realise our ambitions, the commercial team will be strengthened and led by Koen van Hartevelt from 1 February 2020, according to general manager, Carel van Buchem. We are therefore…

Green Mushroom Farm inspires Dutch chefs-in-training

How do you make consumers more aware of mushrooms? Green Mushroom Farm hopes they have found the answer. "There has been a growing number of scientific reports about healthy nutrition in recent years. These foods affect a person's body in positive ways. These foods include mushrooms," says Sami Bahtiri,…

At Fruit Logistica

Mercabana to present the largest Biomarket in Europe

Mercabarna presents the largest bio market in Europe -Biomarket - the first wholesale market for organic products in Spain.Mercabarna and the Association of Fruit and Vegetable Wholesalers of Barcelona and Province (AGEM) are participating together, once again, in Fruit Logistica, the most important…

Vanguard International's CEO Craig Stauffer

"'Social media influencers' hold power beyond imagination"

Vanguard International has been releasing a monthly feature titled "From the CEO's Desk." In this feature, Vanguard's CEO Craig Stauffer pens a white paper style article. This month's article looks at the impact of social media on the fresh produce industry and how this has impacted marketing strategies.…

Rainier Fruit partner Allan Bros. Fruits unveils new packing line

Allan Bros. has been a Rainier partner since 1995, and specializes in growing  premium apple varieties such as Honeycrisp, Envy™, Jazz™, and Pink Lady®. The company recently invested in a $35 million apple packing facility that includes a hybrid line which maximizes output by utilizing its capability of pre-sizing…

New Crunch Out Campaign launched

"Crunching carrots conquers chaos"

The California Fresh Carrot Advisory Board (CFCAB) through the California Crunch, Crunch, Crunch Council announced the formal launch of its new advertising campaign, Crunch Out, in the Sacramento and Cincinnati markets. The objective of the fictitious, tongue-in-cheek new council and the multi-media…

Deal sees two major cherry producers reach an agreement

Chilean company acquires two UK cherry orchards

A new deal saw two major cherry producers reach an agreement on the 31st January 2020. FGA and Mansfields are pleased to announce that this agreement will make them the two largest cherry growers in the UK and they will between them produce over 2,500 tonnes as their award winning cherry farms mature and…

Javier Biel, Manager of Sanicitrus:

"Once again, the justice system shows Agrupost up"

On the 24th of October, 2019, the verdict of the lawsuit from Agrupost against Sanicitrus SL - better known as Sanifruit-, that had been presented for “false advertising and…

Verisem appoints Ibrahim El Menschawi as CEO

Verisem Group B.V., the collection of leading global seed production operations, and a portfolio company of Paine Schwartz Partners, today announced that Ibrahim El Menschawi…

Freshcare appoints interim CEO

Australia’s leading industry-owned assurance standard for horticulture, Freshcare, has today announced the appointment of Interim CEO, Yvonne Diab, following the departure of recently appointed CEO…

For allegedly violating company’s anti-harassment policy

CEO Ocean Spray fired

Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. has announced that they have fired their chief executive officer for allegedly violating their harassment policies. Bobby Chacko, a 25-year veteran in the food and…

1 in 3 Americans say they were never educated on healthy eating habits

Del Monte Foods, Inc. released the 2020 State of Healthy Eating in America Study, revealing that one in three Americans confess they were never taught about nutrition,…

“James Launay succeeds Gilles de Puineuf as president of Pomanjou International”

James Launay has replaced Gilles de Puineuf as president of the company and board of directors of Pomanjou International. Founder of the company Les Verges Launay with his brother José Launay, James Launay and his company joined the Innatis group in 2016. President of the L.P.C. packaging company since August…

New video explores the effect avocados have on retail and foodservice

West Pak Avocado, a California-based grower, packer, and distributor of avocados, released a new video, Avocado Blitz. The second release for the company's Avo Effect…

Banana industry trail blazers join Pacific Coast Produce Marketing

Chaise Pensini and David Vella are set to join Pacific Coast Produce Marketing. Established in 1998 by Frank and Dianne Sciacca, Pacific Coast Produce Marketing set out to…

Organics Unlimited welcomes new logistics and operations assistant

Organics Unlimited, San Diego-based grower and distributor of organic tropical fruit, recently added Jose Miguel Naranjo to the company as its logistics and operations…

Champignons Wulfers focuses on white and brown organics

Organic mushrooms in six cultivation areas

In 1997, Werner Wulfers founded his mushroom business in Hoheging near Cloppenburg with six growing areas. Today, 32 rooms are being used. Since 2003, the production of white and brown mushrooms has focused exclusively on organic products, with Naturland certification. Left: Brown mushrooms just before harvesting.…

Tony Gardner new managing director of Kölla UK Ltd.

On December, 1st 2019 Tony Gardner was appointed to the management of the English Kölla branch. Since their start in the summer of 2018, Maria Begoñia Granja and Tony Gardner…

Freight Farms partners with Sodexo

New collaboration to enable onsite fresh produce production at US schools

Freight Farms,who work with containerized vertical farming, and Sodexo, who work with integrated food, facilities management and organizational quality of life services, have partnered to bring the most advanced hydroponic vertical farming technology to schools and universities across the country. The…

AILIMPO forecasts a 22% reduction on this season's lemon crop

AILIMPO's 3rd lemon crop estimate for the 2019/2020 season updates the figures published in September and forecasts a total production of 1,020,000 tonnes, which represents a…

For De Lisi the warehouse was destocked with great satisfaction

Lome Super Fruit closed the season ahead of schedule

"The 2019 season is now coming to an end, with a demand trend beyond expectations, given the current stocks that allow us to continue the supply of pomegranate for a week at most. Thanks to the storage in cold rooms CA (controlled atmosphere), we expected to have fresh fruit available until March, but…

Delhaize and Bakker Belgium open new distribution centre

Last week Wouter Kolk, CEO of Ahold Delhaize and Xavier Piesvaux, CEO Delhaize Belgium, opened Bakker Belgium's new distribution centre. “In order to strengthen and shorten the chain, Bakker Belgium invested in a new distribution centre for fresh fruit and vegetables in the Belgian town of Boom. The…

Israeli conglomerate Managro buys 100% of the Colombian company Pacific Fruits

The Colombian company Pacific Fruits, based in Valle del Cauca, managed to export 250 containers of Hass avocados in 2019, positioning itself in the distribution of this fruit in countries such as Chile and targeting Asian markets. Now the company has announced that the Israeli conglomerate Managro has…

Difficulties with finding available flights to Europe

Some Chinese companies confirm they will not attend Fruit Logistica

Even though the WHO is still confident in the approach of China’s government, in recent days, a number of European airlines, including Lufthansa, British Airways, Turkish…

Ron Lemaire, CPMA President:

"We are excited to showcase the CPMA Waste Efficiency Tool, among other things"

For the second year in a row, CPMA is headed to Berlin to exhibit at Fruit Logistica. CPMA will be exhibiting in Hall 23 on the Exhibition Grounds, in the Canada Pavilion…

North Bay Produce commits to employee health and wellness

It’s a new year, and North Bay Produce, Inc. is hoping to turn its focus onto employee health and wellness. This starts with promoting their on-site gym and developing a wellness program, which includes healthy recipes featuring their products. North Bay Produce built a new headquarters in 2017, which…

Camposol returns to international capital markets with a USD 350 million bond

Camposol has issued a USD 350 million bond at a 6% coupon and a seven year maturity, with a demand that exceeded USD 2 billion (+5x). International credit agencies Fitch and…

Grimm families establish Center for Agricultural Business at CSU Bakersfield

On Tuesday, January 28, the Board of Trustees of the California State University approved the establishment of the Grimm Family Center for Agricultural Business at CSU Bakersfield, made possible by an extraordinary endowment created by Barbara Grimm-Marshall and Kari Grimm Anderson that reflects their…

Richard Sherman will bring the heat on Sunday's Superbowl

Processing facility provides its own water and electricity

New facility for Indian pomegranate aril exporter is 100% self-sufficient

A third pomegranate arils processing facility at Nashik, India has been inaugurates by the Sam Agri Group, who export fresh pomegranate arils from India. Spread over 45,000 SFT (4,000 Sq.Meters), their new processing facility is located at the heart of the pomegranate growing region in India. With the…

AP Moller Capital will invest in West Africa

AP Moller Capital will invest in infrastructure in West Africa to create growth and development. It will be doing so in partnership with Olam International (Olam) and Africa…

Bardsley England acquires Newmafruit

Bardsley England are delighted to announce their acquisition of Newmafruit from the Newman family on 28th January 2020. The purchase of the Newmafruit business further strengthens Bardsley England’s position in the top fruit industry as one of the leading growers in the UK and opens up opportunities to…

How to guarantee Zero Residue

Everybody is talking about Zero Residue nowadays. Many companies offer it as an added value, but many big retail chains - both in Italy and abroad - require it with growing insistence. To do things properly, however, one needs to be followed by a licensed laboratory with experience. Sicural performs these kinds of analyses…

Crux Agribotics appoints Dutch Weighing Company as certified reseller

Crux Agribotics (Crux) appoints Dutch Weighing Company (DWC) to resell its SortiPack robotic solutions to fresh produce companies worldwide. SortiPack® is a modular system for…

Lidl opens its largest logistics center in Spain

This Wednesday, January 29, Lidl is inaugurating its most advanced, strategic and sustainable logistics platform to date in Spain. The infrastructure, which required an…

Solynta welcomes new director of R&D

Solynta announced today that its management board has unanimously decided to appoint Dr Edwin van der Vossen as its new Director of Research & Development. Van der Vossen will…

Ambassador Adeniyi Sola Bunmi chosen

Avocado Society of Nigeria appoints new CEO

AVOSON, the Avocado Society of Nigeria, has appointed Ambassador Adeniyi Sola Bunmi as their new Chief Executive Officer. His appointment came at the heels of the…

Volm partner Mander acquires shares in Solidtec

Volm Companies, Inc., provider of packaging and equipment solutions to the fresh produce industry, announced that its partner, Manter International B.V. of Emmen, Netherlands, has acquired shares of Solidtec BV.  Solidtec, of Dronten, Netherlands, which has been manufacturing gantry style palletizing systems…

Love Beets USA announces new Director of Sales

Ready-to-eat beet brand Love Beets USA announced that Rob Doolan has joined the team as Director of Sales. With the new addition, Love Beets USA will focus on growing…

California Giant Berry Farms commits to continued sustainability

"There is a lot of work left to do, and we accept the challenge"

In January 2019, California Giant Berry Farms partnered with Measure to Improve as part of a growing commitment to becoming a True Zero Waste Certified company, with an array…

"Love started it all"

WP Rawl celebrates 95 years in business

WP Rawl, grower, processor and shipper of leafy greens celebrated 95 years of business on January 25th. The farming legacy began the day founders Walter and Ernestine Rawl were married in 1925. “Love started it all,” said Ashley Rawl, vice president of sales, marketing and product development, and third generation…

Texas International Produce Association’s Hall of Fame ceremony recognized 7 industry veterans

Nearly 260 produce industry professionals and family members attended the 2020 Texas International Produce Association’s Hall of Fame ceremony on Monday evening, January 27th, at the McAllen Country Club in McAllen, Texas. Every seat and every table was completely filled to pay tribute to the evening’s…

Competition Authority of Kenya

Del Monte Kenya reaches settlement with watchdog

Food processor Del Monte Kenya has reached an amicable settlement with the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK), after voluntarily amending some missing wording on the…

SAP and Girteka Logistics champion full digitalization of transportation industry

Girteka Logistics is partnering with SAP to implement a complete end-to-end transportation management solution. Based on SAP’s core and industry-specific business technology platform and solutions, Girteka Logistics aims at fully digitizing its business and operations in support of its ambitious growth…

C.H. Robinson intends to purchase Prime Distribution Services

C.H. Robinson intends to purchase Prime Distribution Services for approximately $225 million in cash. The acquisition is expected to be slightly accretive in 2020 and will be…

Coronavirus no direct threat for Fruit Logistica Berlin

The coronavirus is spreading quickly in China, and is now also as reaching other countries. Three cases have been confirmed in Germany since last Monday, it is the second…

Marlene® and Aartsen kick off promotion week with Best Client Event in De Kas

On Wednesday evening, January 22, Aartsen and Marlene® organised a 'Best Client Event' in De Kas in Woerden, where the plans and developments for the future of apples from South Tyrol were brought to the attention. A select group of customers from the wholesale trade, specialist shops and itinerant…

Johannes von Eerde is a new hire at Landgard

Structures in core region Landgard West reorganised

Johannes von Eerde will be appointed a managing director of Landgard West Obst & Gemüse LLC by 01.06.2020 at the latest. Von Eerde is 41 years old and a graduate engineer in the field of fruit and vegetable cultivation. As a graduate agricultural engineer, he gained experience in industry and marketing and…

Apeel and Edeka launch new citrus category in Germany

Apeel produce has an edible plant-derived peel that slows down spoilage — reducing food waste and providing greater freshness.  The Edeka Group is now further extending its commitment…

Del Monte Philippines to sell 13% stake to Singapore’s SEA Diner

Del Monte Philippines Inc is a wholly-owned subsidiary of global branded food and beverage firm Del Monte Pacific Limited (DMPL). It is selling 13 per cent of its existing…

Driscoll's owns stealth stake in joint venture partner Costa

A stealth shareholder in embattled fruit and vegetable grower Costa Group is none other than its very own joint venture partner and California-headquartered berry growing…


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