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Daniel Frey (Frey Gemüse AG) on the convenience market

"Corona has hit high frequency locations particularly hard"

The Corona crisis has had a serious impact on sales in the food industry, especially in the hospitality industry. This is also being felt by manufacturers and suppliers in the convenience sector. "The sales sectors that are important for us, such as canteens, service stations and petrol stations -the…

Peter Höfler offers fresh ginger from cultivation in Knoblauchsland until December:

"As a regionally cultivated exotic, our Franconian ginger is really trendy"

Exotic cultivars are becoming increasingly popular for cultivation in Germany and Europe. Consumers are becoming more and more interested in international cuisine and this is reflected in the needs of food retailers. At the same time, climate change favors the cultivation of varieties that require a…

Infarm receives 170 million US dollars during the pandemic

Berlin-based company wants to establish global vertical farming network

Infarm, the world's fastest growing urban farming network, will receive $170 million in the first round of Series C investments, led by LGT Lightstone. Other investors include Hanaco, Bonnier, Haniel and Latitude as well as existing Infarm investors Atomico, TriplePoint Capital, Mons Capital and Astanor…

Starr Ranch Growers

Fall sweepstakes that make going back to school more fun this year

Starr Ranch Growers created a back to school sweepstakes to help make the transition back to school a little more fun this year. The Back to School Sweepstakes (#B2SS) showcases weekly school subjects on the company’s social media channels and blog that features life hacks, quick time-saving apple…

Bobalu Berries adds Jonathan Sparks to the team

Bobby and RC Jones, Managing Partners of Bobalu Berries announced the addition of Jonathan Sparks to their sales team being led by VP of Sales, Anthony Gallino.    The company has been on…

Oppy focuses on expanding procurement and exports with two key promotions

As Oppy continues to expand its supply and international reach, Ray Reed and Andres Ribalta have been promoted to new positions in line with the company’s strategic growth journey. “Oppy’s plans for the coming years target growth in local and international markets, and the latest promotions of Ray Reed…

Mike Ecker announced as winner of 2020 CPMA lifetime achievement award

Mike Ecker, President of the Vineland Growers Co-operative, has been announced as the 2020 CPMA Lifetime Achievement Award winner. He was presented this award during a virtual…

Grand Opening of WellFruit “Signature” Store in Pudong, Shanghai

WellFruit (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., opened its flagship store in Jingqiao, Pudong New District, on September 12th. CEO Amy Cao and General Manager Jiawei Feng officiated the milestone event. Representatives from major partners including Zespri China and Joy Win Mao were also present. The new store occupies an…

ColdHubs

Nigeria: ColdHubs keeps farmers’ products cool with off-grid solar technology

Photovoltaic technology is becoming more affordable, which enabled the Nigerian ColdHubs company to offer low prices for the use of its off-grid cold rooms. ColdHubs’ invention is helping growers and traders preserve fruit and vegetables. The Nigerian start-up builds cold rooms and offers farmers and…

New South Wales blueberry farm offers $50,000 bonus to attract fruit pickers

One of Australia's largest blueberry growers is offering $50,000 to attract the workers needed to harvest this year’s crop. Mountain Blue Farms needs between 600 to 700…

Alterra Ltd. raises $1.7 million for horti projects

Western Australian agribusiness developer Alterra Ltd, has raised $1.7 million in funding, following a placement to new investor, Emanuel Exports, as well as the existing…

Okanagan Specialty Fruits appoints new director of sales

Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) is pleased to announce Bob Wilkinson has joined the company as its new director of sales. Bob brings a strong track record of success in sales,…

Greenyard returns to profitable growth and raises adjusted EBITDA guidance

On 27 August Greenyard announced a firm sales increase for the first quarter of this fiscal year. This was the third consecutive quarter of sales growth and the profitable…

Producer Theo Münch on the upcoming chicory season

"In late October at the earliest there will be more German chicory"

By the end of the month, the first chicory roots will be cleared from the German fields. They then will be placed in a darkroom, to be further cultivated before they are being sold. "This year too, the chicory has suffered extremely during the persistent heat, so we expect rather modest yields. As…

New on-the-go product line targets new "from home" era

With working and learning from home a new reality for many consumers, the need for fresh, convenient, ready-to-eat meals is surging. FiveStar Gourmet Foods has developed Simply Fresh 2Go®, its first product line targeted concurrently to both retail and school foodservice channels. With 12 new SKU’s, each…

UK: Polymer Logistics helps tomato producer APS Group to optimise supply chain

With 500 million tomatoes grown every year, the APS Group is the UK’s largest supplier of British tomatoes to the high street, being responsible for around 30 percent of…

Olympic Fruit fire hits office, operational area spared

This morning around 5:00 a.m. a serious fire broke out in the office building of Olympic Fruit and their neighbours at the ZHZ Trade Center in Barendrecht. When the fire brigade arrived, flames were rising from the roof of the fruit and vegetable trader. Due to the size of the fire, it was scaled up to…

Agriplast

With the right tools, it is possible to grow produce all over the world

"Our company was established in Vittoria (RG), Sicily, in 1975. This is where intensive greenhouse cultivation was born and where new agricultural needs and solutions have been developed, which our company managed to interpret supplying state-of-the-art technologies," explains Emanuele Garrasi, CEO…

Spain

Foodiverse will replace Grupo Alimentario Citrus (GAC) as corporate brand

Foodiverse has become the new corporate identity of Grupo Alimentario Citrus (GAC), the international group specialized in healthy eating based in four countries (Spain, Germany, Switzerland and Italy) and made up of leading companies in the field of agricultural production, ready-to-eat salads and…

Serviagro 2000 obtains the Agrocovid-19 certificate from Sohiscert

First Spanish horticultural plant certified against COVID-19

The company SERVIAGRO 2000, devoted to the export of organic citrus fruits, has become the first company in its sector in Spain to obtain the AgroCovid-19 certificate issued by SOHISCERT, which serves to approve the measures adopted to guarantee protection against COVID-19. The certificate has been…

2020 Frieda Rapoport Caplan family business scholarship recipients

The United Fresh Produce Association announced the recipients of the 2020 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship. The Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business…

Josephine Coombe appointed to the Board of European Co-Packers Association

Josephine Coombe, managing director of Nulogy in Europe, has been appointed to the board of the European Co-Packers Association (ECPA). The move comes as the ECPA sees…

Ralf Rapp - Rapp Früchte & Gemüse:

"As a catering supplier we are in competition with the discounters"

The catering industry is slowly getting back on its feet after the difficult first half of the year. This means a sigh of relief for the wholesalers who have specialised in this sector. However, normality has not yet returned; public festivals in particular are painfully absent from the annual turnover…

Lisa Zapf conquers Southern Palatinate with Zalat-O-Maten:

"Like having a greengrocer next door - in a digital way"

You can see them around more and more often: vending machines that offer eggs, grilled meat or fresh fruit and vegetables. These are often set up by farmers* who are looking for an additional outlet for their goods. In the Palatinate, in the Kandel area, there are now more and more Zalat-O-Maten: vending…

Sandra Somford of JASA Packaging Solutions

“An opportunity to show ourselves in a relatively new market”

Family-owned company JASA Packaging Solutions was established in the Netherlands 35 years ago and the company opened a US branch in 2018. “With a focus on providing packaging equipment and sustainable packaging solutions, we are bringing our European knowledge and expertise to North America,” says Sandra…

Fruit Box & Co

Indian start-up decided to exclusively sell fruits and vegetables

In 2018, Rishi Sakhuja and his sister-in-law Radhika Singh launched a business exclusively selling fruits and vegetables. The duo started Fruit Box & Co in 2018, with just a…

Mastronardi Produce certifies fifth operation through Equitable Food Initiative

Mastronardi Produce (sold under the Sunset brand) has certified its fifth operation through the Equitable Food Initiative. This certification marks a worthy milestone for…

Yntze Buitenwerf, Seatrade

"45,000 more pallets of fresh produce shipped from South Africa to Europe"

It has been more than six months since the corona virus turned daily life in Europe upside down. It is now difficult to imagine that the first effects of this mutated disease, for Europe, consisted of container congestion in several Chinese ports. Although much of this congestion has now been caught up…

Alain Betancourt appointed new commercial director of Patatas Meléndez

Patatas Meléndez, Valladolid's leading company in the fresh potato sector, has announced the appointment of a new commercial director: Alain Betancourt. Alain Betancourt His 20 years of professional experience have been linked to fresh products, mainly in Carrefour Spain, S.A. (1997 to 2018), where he…

Hortifrut inaugurates Chile's first floating photovoltaic plant

In 2019, Hortifrut began to develop with Solarity, a company specializing in the delivery of clean energy, a photovoltaic project to power its fields and facilities promoting the use of renewable and more efficient energies. The project will be completed today with the inauguration of the eighth solar…

California avocado merchandise shop launched

The California Avocado Commission announced that it has launched a California avocado merchandise shop to sell California avocado-branded merchandise online. The shop is designed to satisfy consumers who have asked where to buy such items and to promote the California avocado brand via its aficionados.…

Oscar Serrano joins Crawford Packaging's Mexico team

Crawford Packaging announced the addition of Oscar Serrano, who will be joining the Crawford Mexico team as a Technical Services & Sales Representative for Western Mexico’s…

Index Fresh welcomes Susie Rea to the team

In a move to bolster their sales efforts, Susie Rea joins the Index Fresh team this month. Rea has a great reputation in the avocado industry and brings with her an extremely…

Everli partners with Kaufland in Poland

Everli (by Supermercato24), a European grocery e-commerce marketplace, officially announces a partnership with Kaufland in Poland, which will cover 17 cities. Starting today, the partnership will allow people from 17 Cities in Poland (including Warsaw, Krakow, Wrocław, Poznań, and Łódź) to order…

Carmine Cirimele (Frugales LLC) at the start of the Spanish pomegranate season

"As berries and stone fruit run out, pomegranates will slowly come into focus"

The season for Spanish pomegranates has already begun: At the beginning of week 37, the first batches arrived at the Cologne wholesale market. "September is traditionally the weakest sales month of the year. But as soon as all the berries and stone fruit run out, Italian grapes and Spanish pomegranates…

New Zealand: Waimea Group boosts growth with lab company purchase

Horticulture company Waimea Group is continuing its growth with the purchase of the Hastings-based business Plant Propagation Laboratories Ltd. According to Waimea Group…

Government of the Novosibirsk Region

Russian Federation: PepsiCo starts construction of a salted snacks plant in Novosibirsk

This week, governor of the region Andrey Travnikov has launched the construction of a plant for the production of salted snacks for PepsiCo. According to Neil Starrock, President of PepsiCo Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, the Caucasus and Central Asia, the first two production lines of the new plant will open…

Ruben Barahona joins West Pak Avocado as Director of Logistics

West Pak Avocado announced the addition of Ruben Barahona in the new position of Director of Logistics. Barahona brings over two decades of experience to the Murrieta,…

SIIM-Cold Energy partnership

Focus on energy performance and reliability

Starting from 1st September, the SIIM platform has been fully operational at the heart of the International Market of Paris-Rungis: more than 12,000 m² (spread between the social headquarters of the OmerDecugis Group and the warehouse), with 1,000 pallets of differentiated cold storage and 42 ripening…

Sale entails 10,702 acres for $28.5 million

Alico, Inc. announces sale of land to State of Florida

Alico, Inc. today announces that the State of Florida has purchased, under the Florida Forever program, approximately 10,702 acres of the Alico Ranch for $28.5 million,…

Peter Hein (Bayerische Pilzbörse LLC) on the mushroom and sprout market in times of Corona

"We still only generate 70% of our normal revenues because there are no major events"

Sales of sprouts and mushrooms are still sluggish due to the corona crisis. "The low seems to have been overcome now, but we still achieve about 70 percent of our normal sales because there are no major events - such as trade fairs and the Oktoberfest -" says Peter Hein, Managing Director of Bayerische…

Kiwi berries are trendy, but the culture is particularly sensitive to frost

"Next year we will grow the kiwi berries with frost irrigation"

Kiwi berries have been on the rise in the European trade for several years now. Until a few years ago the mini-kiwi was mainly imported from Southern Europe or overseas, but now the area under cultivation is growing rapidly in Germany. Further growth potential is clearly available, but the kiwi berry is…

Former Driscoll's executive sentenced for stealing from his employer

A former executive for one of the world’s largest berry suppliers was sentenced to federal prison Thursday. Marc Marier  from Napierville, Illinois, was sentenced in a San Jose…

Netherlands: Atlantic Growers, Zuidgeest Growers and Vitapep continue as Frestia

The three Dutch companies Atlantic Growers, Zuidgeest Growers and Vitapep were already closely linked. Now this cooperation has been further strengthened and the companies are merging into one company under the Frestia banner. The management of the newly founded Frestia company consists of Wim Zuidgeest…

Good Foods establishes a board of directors

Good Foods, producer of plant based dips and good-for-you products, announced the implementation of a board of directors to seek out new opportunities and grow the family-owned brand as objectively and strategically as possible.  Over the past 16 months, Good Foods has created and recruited a team to help…

AEON opens first "fresh food + convenience" store in mainland China

Japanese retail giant AEON’s first fresh-food convenience store, located in South Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou City, officially opened on August 20. This is the first time…

Viva Fresh announces second annual Clean Eating Challenge

Many in the produce industry kept up with participants from this year’s Viva Fresh Clean Eating Challenge as they lost more than 160 pounds collectively from November 2019 to March 2020 by putting fruits and vegetables center plate. Their results were something to be proud of, particularly when you…

Mike Preacher named new chair of USApple Board of Directors

The US Apple Association has named a new chair to lead its board of directors. Mike Preacher, a marketing executive for one of the country’s leading fruit grower and shipping…

Bonduelle joins B Movement Builders to promote sustainable economy

In pursuit of its mission for economic systems change, B Lab announced the launch of the B Movement Builders initiative.  Inspired by the leadership of the global Certified B Corporation…

Zeder to 'reconsider' strategy after selling interests in Pioneer and Quantum

CEO Norman Celliers resigns amid strategy shift

Zeder CEO Norman Celliers, who was instrumental in rationalising the company's investment portfolio, is set to leave at the end of this month. Celliers has resigned from the…

Tropical Avocados from Dominican Republic

Dominican avocado exporters create the first collective brand to market their fruit in the US

Tropical Avocados from the Dominican Republic is the country's first collective brand to market this agricultural product on the east coast of the United States, where this local crop already has a 10% share of the market, and exports to that area in 2019 amounted to USD $61,415,732.38. This information…

Wallings Nursery

UK: Boxford Farms Ltd acquires strawberry grower Wallings Nursery Ltd

Boxford (Suffolk) Farms Ltd is a third generation family business that operates in the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley. It is based at Boxford near Sudbury. Now, Boxford Farms Ltd has acquired Wallings Nursery Ltd, for an undisclosed sum. In essence, the fruit growing business on the Suffolk/Essex border…

UK business facility to let - 'ready-made' for horticulture and food sectors

Property specialists say a large warehouse, distribution, processing and chilling facility which has been placed on the market to let provides a ‘rare, ready-made, and exceptional opportunity’ for businesses in the horticulture and food sectors. The 140,000 sq ft (13,028 square metres) East Yorkshire property,…

What's the best sealant for fruit and vegetable packaging - EVA or metallocene?

Proper packaging is vital for transporting and selling fruits and vegetables. Trays and boxes are preferred. Using a sealant, these kinds of packaging can be assembled quickly, easily, and efficiently. The perfect adhesive, however, depends on various factors. These include the packaging material used…

COVID-19 testing confirms farm’s prevention measures work

State COVID-19 testing at one of Washington’s largest fruit growers indicates that Gebbers Farms’ preventive measures have been effective at protecting workers, though the family-owned company continues to mourn the loss of three team members earlier this summer.  Washington State Department of Health officials…

Farm Fresh Direct names first Chief Organic Officer

Reflecting the strong growth of organic potatoes at retail, Farm Fresh Direct President/CEO Jamey Higham announced the appointment of Lonnie Gillespie as the company’s first…

Cut ‘N Clean Greens celebrates 25 year anniversary

San Miguel Produce, Inc.’s cornerstone brand, Cut ‘N Clean Greens, celebrates 25 years of innovating the dark leafy greens category. In 1995, Roy Nishimori, San Miguel Produce, Inc. President and CEO, launched Cut ‘N Clean Greens as a washed and ready to use line of cooking greens in a bag. After…

Fresh lemon sales were similar to last year

Limoneira announces 5% increase in revenue in Third Quarter 2020

Limoneira Company reported its financial results for the third quarter ended July 31, 2020.  Harold Edwards, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, stated, “We achieved…

Eduard Schendel (OGZ Griesheim) on this year's pumpkin season

"We have reduced our conventional pumpkin plants in favor of organic cultivation areas"

The season for German pumpkins is already in full swing: three weeks ago the first organic Hokkaido pumpkins arrived in stores, followed a week later by the first conventional goods from domestic cultivation. One counts over the entire pumpkin assortment away on mixed yields, reports Eduard Schendel,…

First regional celery marketed at Düsseldorf wholesale market

"Cool weather always has a positive effect on the celery market"

The new celery harvest has started this week: A little later than usual, the first tuber vegetables with and without leaves arrived at the Düsseldorf wholesale market. "We still had leftover stock from the old harvest, which is why we harvested the first new crop a little later," explains Peter-Josef…

Mayra Velazquez de León, co-founder of Organics Unlimited

“I have a vision and passion for growing the best organic bananas in the world”

This year, Organics Unlimited celebrates its 20th anniversary. “We are excited to reach this wonderful milestone of being in business for two decades,” says Mayra Velazquez de León, President and CEO of the company. “Given how competitive the produce industry is and add to that the ever-changing…

CEVA presence strengthened through new offices in Ecuador and Uruguay

CEVA Logistics has officially opened its own offices in Ecuador and Uruguay. These openings are part of its strategic expansion across the Latin American markets. The company…

Lower selling price of avocados caused total revenue to drop by 24.7%

Significant drop in total revenue for Third Quarter of Calavo Growers

Calavo Growers, Inc. reported its financial results for the third quarter ended July 31, 2020. The company also announced separately the following changes to its Board of…

Eco-responsible orchards, the label that meets the expectations of consumers and citizens

With a popularity reaching 49% in 2019, the Eco-responsible Orchards label is perfectly in line with societal expectations, even stronger since the lockdown. Exclusively French, the eco-responsible orchards bring a guarantee of respect for the environment and biodiversity in order to offer healthy fruit…

Stephan Schneider: "This initiative can make a big impact in a surprisingly affordable way".

CO₂ Correct wants to give fruit and vegetable sector access to CO₂ compensation

Stephan Schneider has worked as a marketer in the Dutch fruit and vegetable sector for a few years. This year, he started a company called CO₂ Correct. He intends to make CO₂ compensation accessible to the fruit and vegetable sector. "I'm intentionally not referring to CO₂ neutral. Every trade stream…

Founding member passes away

Bard Valley Date growers mourn loss of Steve Shadle

It is with deepest sympathy that Bard Valley Date Growers announce the passing of Steve Shadle, 84, on August 11th. He was involved in the Medjool Date business in the development of the Bard Valley Date Growers Association along with a number of business and philanthropic efforts. “Steve was a valued member…

Starr Ranch Growers opens Yakima office and adds to staff

Starr Ranch Growers consolidated its offices in Yakima, Wash., and is growing its sales team. The new office, at 603 N, 39th Ave., in Yakima, will house the Starr Ranch…

STK & Ascenza announce exclusive distribution agreement for 'hybrid' fungicide throughout Mexico

STK bio–ag technologies, the innovative Israeli leader in bio-ag technologies for sustainable agriculture, and Ascenza announce an exclusive agreement for the distribution of…

Pure Foods Tasmania executes growth strategy through acquisition of Daly Potato Company

Pure Foods Tasmania is acting on its charted growth strategy, revealing plans to buy the business and assets of Daly Potato Company for $1.8 million. The company listed on the…

First pile in the ground for new build Nature’s Pride

Nature’s Pride's expansion has started. The official moment took place on Friday 4 September behind the current premises with all the construction team partners in attendance to watch the first pile being driven symbolically into the ground. This signals the start of Nature’s Pride's expansion which is…

First arrivals of Turkish lemons at the Vienna wholesale market

"Despite Corona, the first signs are promising"

The new season for Turkish citrus fruits is about to start. Last Sunday the first lemons of the 'Mayer' variety arrived at the Vienna wholesale market. Although the Covid 19 pandemic continues to affect the markets, a successful citrus campaign is expected. "The first signs are good - the quality of the…

Dennis Weisbrod supports and consults companies in agriculture and catering

"After 20 to 30 years, it is not uncommon for operational blindness to occur"

As a trained cook and production manager in agriculture for many years, Dennis Weisbrod is at home in both areas. After more than four years, he said goodbye to his former employer this year -a well-known soft fruit farm in the Aachen area- where he was responsible for growing kiwi berries, among other…

New 'myMigros' brand launched

Migros pools regional online supermarkets

Following a two-year test phase, Migros is pooling its two regional online offers Miacar and My Migros by the end of 2020. The two pilot projects will result in the "myMigros" brand, an attractive offer under which Migros will deliver the entire Migros range of products fresh, quickly and conveniently,…

Krivanek Consulting launches new strategic thinking and planning service

When the Pandemic hit in March 2020, Julie Krivanek was in the process of planning a milestone event, her 30 years of service to the industry. At the time, Krivanek was…

US (IL): BrightFarms celebrates opening of Chicagoland greenhouse expansion

BrightFarms has opened a new expansion to its Rochelle, IL greenhouse. The increase in production will support BrightFarms continued growth in the market, including a 34% jump in year over year sales with Mariano’s. The 160,000 square-foot greenhouse opened in 2016 to provide retailers with a fresher and…

Gist announces new Chief Executive Michael Chambers

Logistics business Gist has announced the appointment of Michael Chambers as its new Chief Executive. Michael is an experienced leader who has held key operational and…

Birgit Gutberlett (Ökobo LLC) at the beginning of the Lake Constance organic apple harvest

"Fortunately, our stock apples have received enough rainfall"

The organic producers in the Lake Constance district are starting the new apple season with good harvest prospects. The marketing of the early varieties has almost come to an end, the first stock apples - such as Gala and Elstar - are already being harvested. "Fortunately, we have had enough rainfall in…

Intending to streamline Thailand's food supply chain

Freshket lands $3 million Series A led by Openspace

Bangkok based Freshket is a company that simplifies the process of getting fresh produce from farms to tables. Launched in 2017, the start-up has now raised a $3 million…

Viennese vegetable grower Karl Kasehs jr. on the current cucumber market

"Demand in the catering trade seems to be recovering at present"

Tons of lettuces and vegetables have always been produced for the local market in the vicinity of the Austrian capital Vienna and the family name Kasehs is firmly established in the regional vegetable growing industry: "80 percent of my family business is dedicated to vegetable production," says Karl…

A new corporate image for Georges Helfer

With 50 years of expertise in the fruit trade with the overseas territories, Georges Helfer co. is showing its dynamism with a revamped visual identity. From now on, the brand's look will feature this crown of illustrated fruit, that better reflects its expertise and values."The new logo comes just as…

SIIM launches its new platform on the MIN of Rungis: first ripening site in France

On Monday, August 31st, at 2pm sharp, the SIIM employees officially moved into their new facilities at the heart of the International Market of Paris-Rungis. More than 12,000 m², spread between the social headquarters of the Omer-Decugis Group and the warehouse. With 1,000 pallets of differentiated cold…

Tracy Lee to be department leader

Sakata Seed America announces formation of Controlled Environment Agriculture Department

Sakata Seed America announced the formation of a Controlled Environment Agriculture department. This new department will focus on Indoor agriculture, a growing segment of the…

Bengaluru, Karnataka

Tech start-up Aibono raises another $2 mln in pre-series A round

Last Friday, farm aggregator Aibono announced it has raised $2 million in a pre-series A round from Japanese venture capital firms Rebright Partners and Mitsui Sumitomo…

Bardsley

Cutting emissions in fruit production: Bardsley England partners with ENGIE

Two UK companies are teaming up in an attempt to identify emissions associated with the thousands of tons of fruit produced by Bardsley England each year. Bardsley England is a large UK fruit producer. It's goal to grow carbon negative apples, pears, cherries, and more is one step closer to reality after…

Gemüsebau Steiner relies on industry-specific ERP-solution from activeIT

"With traceNET-Production, processes can be planned and controlled effectively”

Gemüsebau Steiner is a family business founded in 2014 in Kirchweidach, Upper Bavaria, which specialises in natural, fresh and above all sustainable vegetable cultivation. Today, with over 200 employees, Gemüsebau Steiner and BIOhof Kirchweidach cultivate 32 hectares of land with tomatoes, peppers,…

South Bukidnon Fresh Trading Inc.

Philippines: Mindanao export firm shuts down

The South Bukidnon Fresh Trading Inc. in Northern Mindanao has shut down operations due to the adverse effects of the pandemic. Others are seeking government intervention amid…

Mission Produce files for IPO

Mission Produce, Inc. (“Mission” or the “Company”) today announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed…

The Chilean company reaches US $ 45.67 million

Hortifrut doubles its EBITDA in the first half of 2020

In the first semester 2020 Hortifrut recorded an EBITDA of US $ 45.67 million, i.e. 93.44% higher than the US $ 23.61 million obtained in the same period in 2019. This…

Butet just moved to larger premises in Rungis

The company Butet, a major player in the sector of mushrooms and niche products, has just moved to the C3 building, previously occupied by SIIM, at the heart of the international market of Rungis. The move was planned for April but got delayed by a few months due to the Covid-19 crisis. Acquiring the…

Up 6.2% compared to 1H-2019

Camposol reports on financial results for first half of 2020

Camposol has reported on their financial results for the first half of 2020. Camposol Holding’s 1H-2020 EBITDA amounted to USD 12.0 million and the corresponding EBITDA margin…

Carolina Uquillas Herrera joins Fall Creek as commercial manager for Chile

Carolina Uquillas Herrera has joined Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc., as commercial manager for Chile, responsible for establishing and developing strong relationships with…

South Carolina: Agriculture Technology Campus establishing 1,000-acre operation

Agriculture Technology Campus, a joint venture project between Mastronardi, Clear Water Farms, LiDestri Food and Drink (LiDestri) and GEM Opportunity Zone Fund, announced plans to establish a state-of-the-art, 1,000-acre agriculture technology campus in Hampton County, South Carolina. The combined $314…

Party Délice tomato shaker nominated for European Carton Excellence Award 2020

The Party Délice tomato shaker has been nominated for the European Carton Excellence Award 2020. The Belgian company, Den Berk Délice, produces this cardboard packaging. Remmert Dekker Packaging designed it. "We started the design process with an idea. We wanted to replace the existing tomato shaker with…

Cooperative focuses on further strengthening the fruit and vegetable sector

Florian Hinrichs becomes managing director of Landgard Obst & Gemüse Holding LLC

Florian Hinrichs, managing director of Landgard Blumen & Pflanzen LLC since January 2020, has been appointed by the entire board of Landgard eG as a further managing director of Landgard Obst & Gemüse Holding LLC, effective 01.09.2020. In addition to his activities at Blumen & Pflanzen, he will now…

Jean-Pierre Dalle, Santerleg:

“There will be a shortage of French endives in September”

This month, the volumes of endives cultivated in the north of France will be limited once again. “The number of plants (in the fields) per m² is at its lowest in five years!” explains Jean-Pierre Dalle of Santerleg. “The lack of merchandise is a disadvantage for the start of the season, but an advantage…

Gujarat government plans strategic partnership with Amazon Fresh for horti produce

The government of Gujarat state is working on a strategic partnership with multinational giant Amazon Fresh to ensure higher prices to horticulturists by giving them a…

Vicente Zamudio Guzman takes up new role in early September

Top Seeds International appoints new country manager for Mexico

Vicente Zamudio Guzman has been appointed as Country Manager of Top Seeds Mexico, part of world-leading Israeli company Top Seeds International, which specializes in the…

T&G Fresh announces independent board to lead fresh produce future

T&G Global announces a new Board of Directors structure for its New Zealand focused business - T&G Fresh, which was launched in May 2020, following the acquisition of the…

Limoneira announces sale of a Lindsay Central Valley property

Limoneira Company announced the sale of its real estate asset referred to as “Lindsay Central Valley” located in Lindsay, CA. The transaction closed on August 26, 2020 and the…

Sundru Pillay & Hennie Fourie - Obatala Solutions

Conflict resolution and debt repair agency for fresh produce exporters

A big South African exporter recently had six containers of fruit stuck in the port of Chittagong, demurrage fees already exceeding R5 million (250,000 euros). The receiver was not taking their calls and they were ready to walk away, as many fruit exporters have had to do from time to time, particularly…

De Ruiter Market Experience offers three opportunities for connection towards value chain

Looking to the overall appearance, the external and internal color but also measuring the firmness and taste, are the most important ingredients of a visit to the De Ruiter Market in the De Ruiter Experience Center in The Netherlands. In the past half year this was, most of the time not executable, and probably…

Produce marketing company now offering virtual event support ahead of Fresh Summit

As “virtual” becomes the new norm in 2020, DMA Solutions announces new service offerings to brands within the fresh produce industry to specifically support virtual event strategy and coordination. For Fresh Summit participants, DMA Solutions has created tailored services to help brands stand out in an…

Nutland opens new German branch

“Germany is one of our top growth markets”

This week, Nutland opened a brand new office in Koblenz, Germany. This is the dried fruit and nuts importer and supplier's third European branch. Nutland's head office is in the Netherlands. It opened a branch in the UK in 2017 too. "We consider Germany to be our top growth market. That's why we want to be…

"We expect our production volume of Chinese Orah mandarins to triple this year"

The Orah mandarin is a thick-skinned citrus fruit. This mandarin variety originates in Israel. Many production areas in China have started planting this mandarin variety in the last few years. The Orah mandarins from Wuming county in Guangxi have a distinct market advantage over mandarins from other…

Syngenta-led initiative generates Rs 47 mln through various AE programs

Syngenta India is a leading agriculture company, headquartered in Pune. It has launched a series of national-level CSR interventions and support programs in response to the…

Europatat welcomes new Secretary General

The Board of Europatat, the European Potato Trade Association, is pleased to announce the appointment of Berta Redondo Benito as the new Secretary General of the association,…

A.P. Moller - Maersk completes the acquisition of KGH Customs Services

A.P. Moller - Maersk has finalised the acquisition of KGH Customs Services, a pan-European customs services provider, further strengthening its capabilities as an integrated container logistics company, offering end-to-end supply chain solutions to its global customers. “I am very pleased that we can now…

50 Years of Hapag-Lloyd AG

In September, Hapag-Lloyd AG is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the merger of Hapag and North German Lloyd. Their joint entrance into the container shipping business was the decisive step on the…

"We are very proud, but we want more"

Unica closes the 2019-2020 campaign with 500 million kilos

The second-degree cooperative Unica Group has closed the 2019-2020 season with 500 million kilos marketed, a notable increase compared to the 395 million kilos it sold in the…

Tasteful Selections adds store locator to their new website

As part of their 10-year celebration and in response to their consumers, Tasteful Selections®, a producer in the bite-size potato category, has added a new feature to its recently revamped website. “Our consumers asked and we’ve listened,” said Tim Huffcutt, Vice President of Sales & Marketing…

Anne Goltz joins Sunkist as Senior Manager of Business Development

Sunkist Growers announced that Anne Goltz joins the sales team as Senior Manager of Business Development. In this new role, Anne will be instrumental in growing the Sunkist business and overseeing specialty projects for the 127-year-old fresh citrus cooperative.   “We are excited to welcome Anne to Sunkist,” said…

Good Foods celebrates teachers

New "Back to the Books" consumer sweepstakes launched

Good Foods, a producer of plant based dips and good-for-you products, announced the launch of “Back to the Books” sweepstakes now through October 9 to celebrate good foods and…

South Africa

Fruits Unlimited repositions stone-fruit division with a joint-venture

After a few years with relatively warm winters, the Western Cape is enjoying a cold and wet winter which bodes well for the upcoming stone-fruit season. The picturesque snow…

Polish retailer Biedronka sold 44% more organic vegetables in first quarter of 2020

Poles are increasingly looking for natural food in stores, especially if it's tasty and affordable. Retailer Biedronka aims to meet that demand with a wide range of products…

Land to be used for cultivation of vegetables

Gladstone Land acquires farmland in Maryland’s Eastern Shore & Delaware

Gladstone Land Corporation  announced that it has acquired 939 gross acres of farmland in Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Delaware for approximately $7.4 million. The farmland will…

Biofruit supports the project "Düren. Healthy. Active."

Healthy, regional, sustainable and seasonal

Healthy and sustainable nutrition are at the heart of a project from non-profit enterprise DGA (Dürener Gesellschaft für Arbeitsförderung) under the heading: "Düren. Healthy. Active." Among other things, this modern gastronomy concept entails a canteen, in which thousands of meals can be prepared and…

Cedric Timo (Grassfields Trading) on the import of African food stuff

"Difficult air freight situation has almost returned to normal"

The number of flights and with these the airfreight capacity was rapidly reduced in the course of the Corona crisis. This had a serious impact on the supply of African fruit and vegetables to Europe. "Even in our main country of origin, Cameroon, capacity was quite limited for a while. This led to…

Organto now listed on Frankfurt Stock Exchange

Organto Foods has now been listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Deutsche Börse, OGF). This international organic fruit and vegetable supplier has been on the TSX Venture…

Dutch company acquires Bell Food Group's Belgian logistics branch

On 31 August 2020, the Dutch company, Kivits-Drunen BV, took over Bell Logistics NV in Belgium. This was done via an asset and liability transaction with the Swiss Bell Food Group. Kivits and Bell have worked together successfully in the Benelux area for years. Bell Logistics is one of Europe's leading…

California berry grower launches online fundraising platform

In lieu of cancelled in-person fundraising events due to COVID-19, California Giant Berry Farms has launched an online platform to help financially support non-profit…

Rice Fruit Company

Honoring Labor Day with a focus on COVID-19 safety

Labor Day at Rice Fruit Company is traditionally exactly that – a day of labor. In the past, Labor Day was one of the highest-volume shipping days for stone fruits. Those days are gone as the company focuses almost exclusively on early ripening varieties of apples such as Premier Honeycrisp. However,…

Maersk internal email announces major reorganisation & job cuts

In an internal company email it was announced that shipping group Maersk will start cutting jobs as part of a major reorganisation. The reorganisation will impact its…

Edgar Günther (ElbeFruit) on the market situation for pulses

"After a short break, we will get the peak season in October"

Current legumes sales are somewhat a quiet due to the holidays. The supply of Zimbabwean batches will soon be running out, the first shipments from Guatemala have already been loaded. "Starting from KW 40, at the beginning of the Kenyan campaign, we will get into the main season as normal, forecasts…

Restructuring at Hausladen Fruchthandelsgesellschaft LLC:

Aldo Empirico joins the management

Aldo Empirico, previously an authorized signatory at Hausladen Fruchthandels LLC in Munich, has been appointed to the management of Hausladen Fruchthandels LLC. "We are very…

For year – ended 30 June 2020

Asian Citrus Holdings Ltd. announce annual results

The board of directors Asian Citrus Holdings Limited has announced the audited consolidated results of the Company and its subsidiaries (collectively, the "Group") for the year ended 30 June 2020 together with its comparative figures for the year ended 30 June 2019. Chairman’s statementOn behalf of the…

German supermarket giant enters Greenyard subsidiary

In Germany, fruit and vegetable seller Greenyard is creating a joint venture with supermarket chain REWE. Greenyard becomes one of the main suppliers of its regional fruit and…

Farm Fresh hires Lead Salesman

Farm Fresh Produce Inc., grower and shipper of sweet potatoes, would like to introduce Oscar Avila, Lead Salesman specializing in sweet potatoes. A native of Goldsboro, NC, Avila obtained a Business Administration and Finance degree from Barton College. Avila has previously worked in the produce industry, acting as a sales and…

Dutch importer 'BB Fruit' relocates

Fruit importer, BB Fruit, has relocated from the Rotterdam wholesale market. The company moved to 40 Handelsweg 40 in Ridderkerk, still in the Netherlands. The wholesale…


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