Company news

Aggressive Canadian expansion announced

McCain Foods invests millions in vertical farming operation GoodLeaf

McCain Foods Limited has made a substantial investment in TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture and its wholly owned subsidiary GoodLeaf Farms, Canada's largest commercial vertical…

An interview with President Maurizio Saia

Padua fresh produce market - transparency and sharing

Maurizio Saia was appointed President of Maap, the Padua fresh produce market, a little over seven months ago and, since then, he has learned how the market works and is leaving his mark.  Maurizio Saia, President of Maap as of July 2020 "My work is based on transparency and sharing, as I believe that clarity…

Company ethics at Caligari&Babbi

It is easy to talk about company ethics but Caligari&Babbi, which specializes in fennel and is known for its Finò brand, has the facts to prove it. The new company facility "My partner Vittorio and I have always believed in honesty and fairness when it comes to the relationships with our employees, collaborators, producers,…

Industry veteran appointed to Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council

Peak of the Market congratulates Larry McIntosh on his appointment to the Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council. Larry has been involved in the produce industry for more than…

New webinar series focused on import/export regulations

United Fresh Produce Association has developed a six-part webinar series to inform companies of the regulatory issues affecting international trade of produce products…

Legal proceedings underway against the company

Trail of rancour left by CapeCrops

For Richaard Lingenfelder it is still upsetting to talk about his single season of doing business with CapeCrops. “I’m a farmer between Villiersdorp and Grabouw, growing apples and pears on Arendsig farm, next to the Theewaterskloof Dam. I lost around R1.35 million when I sold apples to Ebrahim Essack of…

Seeka announces 2020 financial results

"Revenues from our New Zealand retail service operations increased 77%"

Listed New Zealand produce handler Seeka Limited, with operations in New Zealand and Australia, has reported its audited results for the year ended 31 December 2020. "Seeka delivered excellent performance for growers, consumers and investors in 2020. The company generated higher profit, lowered debt and…

SBK Group AB new majority owner in AB Malte Gustavsson

SBK Group AB, an importer and wholesaler of fruit and vegetables in Sweden with a background as specialist in berries and mushrooms, with Waisi Abdo as main owner, opened up…

DS Smith introduces Greentote, an alternative to plastic bags for grocery pickup or delivery

As more states, counties and cities ban plastic bags, DS Smith, a supplier of sustainable packaging solutions, is offering grocery stores and consumers Greentote, a reusable,…

Four companies enter into joint venture Hortilogics

"The market needs logistics specialists that offer integrated solutions on a turnkey basis"

Four companies have set up a joint venture for the data-driven automation of internal logistics for greenhouses and packing centers within the international greenhouse horticulture sector. Hortilogics aims to unburden growers, producers, packers, investors and greenhouse builders completely in this area.…

Today is World Pistachio Day

New flavors introduced for pistachio snacking nut line

Wonderful® Pistachios is celebrating World Pistachio Day today by introducing the new flavors of BBQ and Sea Salt & Vinegar Wonderful Pistachios No Shells. Available now at select online retailers and hitting store shelves nationwide in the U.S. and Canada by early April, the new Wonderful Pistachios No…

Clover

Starting with Bengaluru and Hyderabad

Agritech start-up Clover launches D2C app

Agritech start-up  Clover has launched its direct-to-consumer app Deep Rooted, moving away from its business-to-business (B2B) model to focus on a D2C business strategy. The company sells fresh fruits and vegetables. The new consumer brand Deep Rooted. Co is a demand-backed cultivation and supply chain solution for fruits…

Dartmouth, Canada

Outcast Foods completes $10-million round of financing

Outcast Foods of Dartmouth was established in 2017 by entrepreneur Darren Burke and former NHL player T.J. Galiardi. The company now has completed a $10-million round of…

Brenntag Food & Nutrition and Monaghan Group announces new exclusive distribution agreement

The Brenntag Food & Nutrition business unit in North America, part of the Brenntag Group, announces an exclusive distribution agreement with Monaghan Mushrooms Unlimited…

Highlights – 12 months to 31 December 2020

Scales Corporation’s sound foundations generate strong 2020 operating performance

Diversified agribusiness group Scales Corporation Limited (NZX:SCL) today reported its FY2020 full year results. Profit for the Year was $26.6 million (FY2019: $121.6…

J.O. Sims announce first arrival of Chile Chico cherries from their Patagonian farms

J.O. Sims are delighted to announce the arrival of the first cherries of the season from their Montana Ridge & Patagonia Ridge farms in Patagonia, Chile.  The farms, situated on…

Move to Marsdorf:

Cologne wholesale market traders want clarity

The future relocation to Marsdorf remains the main topic at the stands at the Cologne wholesale market hall. The reason: The traders want to know where they can sell their fruit and vegetables in the future. Sharp criticism from the tradersQuite a few merchants say that the city is stalling them, hoping…

Executive changes for family-owned organic grower

Duncan Family Farms, a family-owned, multi-regional grower of more than 9,000 acres of certified organic produce, announced Will Feliz has been appointed CEO, and co-founder Arnott Duncan has assumed the position of chairman. Feliz joined Duncan Family Farms as COO in 2009. He became president in 2016,…

Avocado grower-marketer launches monthly podcast

Today, Mission Produce, Inc. is launching For the Love of Avocados, a podcast focusing on avocado tips and tricks, avocado farming, marketplace trends and more. Hosted by Patrick Cortes, senior director of business development at Mission Produce, the podcast will feature special guests, such as industry…

Total revenue was up 1.7% to €6.259 billion

Total Produce records strong results in 2020

Total Produce records a 'very strong performance in 2020 in the context of the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19 to the global economy. Total revenue was up 1.7% to…

Greenyard continues double-digit growth in Q3 and reveals long-term plans

“We continue to demonstrate that our unique strategic model of integrating with customers to create long-term, sustainable and stable relationships inherently secures stable growth in sales and profitability. Over the past two years, we have been able to accelerate the rollout of this strategy thanks to…

disFruta Fruchtimport LLC celebrates its tenth anniversary

"We want to specialize more and more in direct deliveries to central warehouses"

Specialized import company disFruta LLC, that has locations in Wuppertal and Venlo (NL), will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in May. Over the years, the company has been able to develop from a modest wholesale operation into a fully-fledged service partner for wholesalers and retailers. The…

From Belgian potato trader to chips manufacturer

“Love for potatoes was how we developed our chips"

Joost Debeuckelaere is a potato trader and chips lover. He owns the Belgian potato wholesaler, Debeuckelaere. He changed direction in December and start producing his own chips. "We've been supplying potatoes to the chips industry since 2001. I've always had the idea of my own line in the back of my…

The successful example of the BIA Consortium that keeps expanding with the producers' interest at heart

Not everyone knows how to run a short supply chain

"The sales results of our consortium have been very rewarding, with a new milestone of € 12.5 million and an increase of over 16% compared to 2020," said Antonio Fricano, president and member of the BIA Consortium, who is also a producer of Sicilian lemons and early potatoes, with a company located in…

Carrefour purchases 50% more artichokes in Spain

Carrefour will distribute 1,300 tons of artichokes in 2021, which means the company will purchase 50% more of its artichokes from within Spain. This growth is mainly due to…

Taxi firm from Leeds opens successful new ‘shop local’ online supermarket

A new, Leeds-based online supermarket delivery service has been a great success right across the UK. During the first lockdown in May 2020, the Arrow Cars workforce pretty…

First British asparagus arrives at Waitrose

Waitrose is the first UK supermarket to welcome new season British asparagus to its shelves – launching eight weeks ahead of the usual peak season. The bumper crop of British asparagus is grown by Sandy Booth on his farm in the New Forest, where the increased light levels and warmer temperatures…

Unica Group, Coexphal and Bioline working together on a project to promote integrated control in agriculture

For years now, agricultural producers in Almeria have been committed to biological control, a pest prevention and control technique based on the use of beneficial auxiliary…

What’s new in 2021 for Les Paysans de Rougeline?

It will have taken a lot of agility and mobilization in 2020 to maintain and ensure the balance in a sanitary context that has generated unprecedented levels of uncertainty. The year 2020, which marks 30 years for the brand Les Paysans de Rougeline, is a year of disruption. Demand, offer, social life,…

How Catalonia's leading citrus exporter to Europe went bankrupt

Agrofruit's road to bankruptcy

Catalonia's justice system has declared that the former director-general of Agrofruit, Xavier Guarner, is the main culprit of the company's bankruptcy. The court's ruling came after an investigation…

Swiss supplier Reust AG is waiting for the reopening of the catering trade

"Now it's just a matter of holding on"

Within the Swiss fruit and vegetable sector, the Corona pandemic has left deep scars. The catering and hotel sectors in particular have suffered severe sales losses. This has also affected specialized suppliers to the gastronomy sector, such as the Zurich-based Reust AG group of companies. They are now…

Marc Peyres, Blue Whale:

Exceptional year for apples

The apple market is benefiting from very favorable conditions in Europe. “The quality of the fruits is very good and there are fewer volumes available,” explains Marc Peyres of Blue Whale. “We are really having an exceptional year. In the current context, we are very much aware of how lucky we are.” High demandThe demand for…

Viva Fresh Open returns next month

Like many annual events over the past twelve months, the Viva Fresh Open paused in 2020 while the world coped with the pandemic. But now, the tournament resurfaces in Dallas as the industry gathers at the first in-person produce expo in more than a year. Presented by BEBO Distributing, Inc. & Wonderful…

Industry associations congratulate Tom Vilsack’s confirmation

The Produce Marketing Association and the United Fresh Produce Association both congratulate Tom Vilsack on being confirmed yesterday as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.…

New initiative launched by VIP: La Saporeria

Not just apples but emotions

A new way of seeing and admiring apples: this is what VIP is offering with “La Saporeria”, an initiative that has been studied for a long time and is only now entering its operational phase. CEO Martin Pinzger, Sales and Marketing Manager Fabio Zanesco and Head of marketing Benjamin Laimer presented it during an online press…

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. announces fourth quarter and full year 2020 financial results

COVID-19 pandemic impacted net sales during 2020 by an estimated $303.6 million

Fresh Del Monte Produce today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2020. For the full year 2020, the Company reported earnings per diluted share…

Gabriel Escobar, head of the Escobi Commercial Department:

"Zucchini consumption growing every year in households and the pandemic has driven it further"

The prices of zucchini, as well as those of eggplant, cucumber and other vegetables, soared after the storm and frosts recorded in January. At the moment, zucchini prices have returned to normal, although it is difficult to predict whether the average will turn out to be higher at the end of the season.…

Volker Reuter (Reuter & Heka LLC on the current market situation

"Brisk demand for Spanish onions and onions from the Palatinate"

Despite the current closure of restaurants, potatoes, onions and garlic are finding their way to consumers. Volker Reuter, site manager of Reuter & Heka at the Duisburg wholesale market, is aware that high-quality vegetable onions in particular are well received by outlets such as weekly markets and…

Infarm ushers in new era of cloud-based vertical farming

Urban farming company introduces automated, modular Growing Center

Infarm, an urban farming company that is already present in 10 countries, 30 cities and thousands of stores, continues to realize its vision of a global, connected, sustainable and highly efficient farming ecosystem.Infarm's goals include driving innovation in the $3 trillion global fruit and vegetable…

Well-known marketer takes the reins at South African avo organisation

Last week the Board of the South African Avocado Growers’ Association elected Clive Garrett, who previously held the position as vice-chair, to chairperson of the organisation for the next two years. Clive, a keen cyclist and chartered accountant by training, is also marketing manager at Mooketsi-based…

Murakami Farm

Murakami Farm Co

Japan opens super sprout factory

Murakami Farm Co., the largest producer of sprouts in Japan, based in Hiroshima, has announced the establishment of its tenth production factory, dubbed the super sprout factory and located in Yamanashi Prefecture. The completion of this structure makes it the largest, fully artificially lit type plant factory in Japan and…

Transfesa Logistics adds new freight connection in France

Logistics operator Transfesa Logistics, which is headquartered in Spain, says it started this service in mid-2020 with one weekly stop in both directions. The frequency has…

Batlow Fruit Company

Batlow Fruit Company considers $6 mln expansion

The Batlow Fruit Company, which supplies and packages many of the apples grown at Batlow, is considering an expansion that might end up creating 47 full-time jobs. During last year’s fires, Batlow sustained 10 per cent loss in trees, and their growers also lost a similar percentage. Company regional…

Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance

PMA joins FACA steering committee

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has joined the steering committee for the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA), a coalition focused on defining and promoting…

Josh Leichter appointed as CEO

California grower-shipper announces partnership with private investment firm

With a move that will help the company continue its growth, Pacific Trellis Fruit announced its strategic new partnership with Arable Capital Partners, a private investment firm focused exclusively on food and agriculture businesses.  “It’s an exciting time at Pacific Trellis Fruit as we welcome Arable as…

PACA reparation cases now available in online industry database

Blue Book Services’ Claims Activity Table (CAT) was recently enhanced to include active PACA Reparation complainants. “The CAT gets thousands of views from Blue Book members…

Georgia grower expands retail promotion supporting scholarships

G&R Farms is excited to continue the “Growing America’s Farmers” (GAF) program with regional and national retailers looking to not only grow sales, but support scholarships…

PreZero Recycling

PreZero right on schedule in Belgium

Punctual opening of the sorting facility for lightweight packaging in Evergem

Following a construction period of just over one year and right on schedule, PreZero Recycling Belgium has begun operations at its sorting plant for light packaging in Evergem, Belgium. Every year, the fully automated plant will separate around 80,000 tons of material collected in the capital, Brussels,…

First Silphie-packaging at Kaufland

With OutNature, PreZero brings sustainable packaging based on the silphium plant onto the market

With OutNature, PreZero is developing new and sustainable fiber and paper products for packaging solutions in trade and industry. Following a successful pilot phase, the new packaging based on the silphium plant will first of all be introduced in the Fruit & Vegetable department in Kaufland stores.…

Nationwide Produce in International Track 200 once more

Nationwide Produce has made it into this year’s Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 following rapid global sales growth. It’s the third time in the list’s 12-year…

Peterborough vegetable supplier to recruit up to 70 staff

Directors at Burgess Farms, in Great Drove, Yaxley, say the extra workers are needed to supply its range of fresh produce. Andrew Burgess, agricultural director at Burgess…

Fresh foods supplier expected to emerge stronger - despite pandemic

Country Fresh takes additional steps to reorganize in advance of proposed sale

Country Fresh Holding LP announced today that its Canadian subsidiaries, Sun Rich Fresh Foods Inc., Tiffany Gate Foods Inc. and TGF Acquisition Parent Ltd. have filed for…

Rectification grape update Vanguard International

This past Wednesday, Vanguard International published an update on the grape market in the southern hemisphere. One of the key growing countries, Peru, was included. “We…

Dole Launches Sunshine For All Fund Fueling Innovation to close the gaps on good nutrition

Just over six months after issuing The Dole Promise to the world, Dole Asia Holdings and its subsidiaries are focusing on both global awareness and immediate action with the launch of its Sunshine for All™ Fund, a $2 million annual fund that will support global strategic partnerships and innovation in…

Costa Group Holdings Ltd

Costa Group Holdings Ltd CY20 Results Presentation

Costa Group Holdings Ltd has released its CY20 Results Presentation on 22nd February 2021. Key Messages were that there was a strong full year result, with the points high-lighted being: ▪ Recovered from drought challenges ▪ International segment performance well up on previous year ▪ Sustained…

FruitHydroSinni: 'We turned a problem into a business opportunity'

Patent for hydroponic cultivation now available to all growers

The Italian company FruitHydroSinni, which specialises in growing and marketing crops obtained from hydroponic and aeroponic systems, is sharing its latest innovation with growers who are planning to start or have already started a hydroponic cultivation. The company, already internationally renowned for…

Suning Carrefour China: Home-delivery orders up 50%

Data recently released by Suning Carrefour show that consumption was strong during the Chinese New Year holiday period. Especially, online home-delivery orders have increased…

Kuehne+Nagel

Kuehne+Nagel acquires Asian logistics provider Apex International Corporation

Kuehne+Nagel enters into a binding agreement to acquire Apex International Corporation (“Apex”), one of Asia’s leading freight forwarders, especially in the transpacific and intra-Asia. The company was founded in China in 2001 and has expanded throughout Asia and beyond over the years of its growth…

Cambridgeshire, UK

Carrot grower Alan Bartlett & Sons to quit crop in June

The carrot grower and processor Alan Bartlett & Sons from Cambridgeshire has made the “extremely difficult decision” to close its business in June this year, which will affect…

Ogulcan Sariboga (RWG Leverkusen) on solidarity during the pandemic

"Our market is a reliable distribution channel and increases sales security for producers"

Solidarity and loyalty between producers, suppliers and bulk buyers has been very strong during the pandemic, so far. People are trying to support each other wherever possible, so that the supply of fresh produce can be maintained as the crisis continues. "Raiffeisen Obst und Gemüse LLC in Leverkusen is…

Albstadt wholesaler Lino Manduca (Italia Natur):

"I'm thinking of shutting down my business for a short while"

For many years now, Lino Manduca, a fresh produce supplier from Abstadt, has been firmly established in the (supra)regional fruit trade. The native Italian serves a wide range of customers with fruit and vegetable specialities from his home country. But in the wake of the Corona crisis, the turnover of…

Béatrice Chauffaille, Jessica Roussel

The Perlim Meylim Alliance fights against food waste

As part of its CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) approach, the Perlim Meylim Alliance is trying to reduce its losses in the orchard, as well as at the station. The Alliance has therefore set up a diagnosis with an environmental consultant in order to see where it stands in terms of losses and food…

Hazel Tech® brings on new VP marketing

Hazel Technologies Inc., a USDA-supported technology company delivering solutions for fresh produce to extend shelf-life and combat food waste, announced that Kellen Stailey…

Falk Schlusnus new TFC Holland CEO

New generation takes over at tropical fruit specialist

BayWa affiliate Tropical Fruit Company B.V. in Maasdijk, the Netherlands, specialist for tropical fruit and vegetables, has a new CEO. Within the scope of a longer-term,…

Being charged over pollution in Norfolk

Potato company Albert Bartlett to donate £14,000 to Norfolk Rivers Trust

Potato company Albert Bartlett and Sons has agreed to donate £14,000 to the Norfolk Rivers Trust after being charged by the Environment Agency (EA) under the Environmental…

CAAE and AILIMPO sign an agreement to promote the use of UNE certified inputs in organic production

The leading certification body in Europe and the Lemon and Grapefruit Interprofessional Association AILIMPO have signed an agreement to promote the use of UNE certified inputs…

Lori Taylor invited to Forbes Next 1000 class

Yesterday, Forbes announced its inaugural Forbes Next 1000 and Lori Taylor, CEO and founder of The Produce Moms and produce industry advocate, is joining the first class of…

US lettuce grower raises $90 million to fund East Coast expansion

Little Leaf Farms has raised $90 million in debt and equity financing. Equilibrium Capital led the latest funding round, with Coppermine Capital, joining founding investor Bill Helman and Pilot House Associates. Bank of America has also committed more than $20 million to date, with an additional $20…

Coles

Now, trend of stocking up on alcohol continues

Coles: Shortages drove up avocado, apple, citrus prices over festive season

According to a recent Coles’ earnings report, Australians are still stocking up on alcohol, while they paid more for avocados, apples and citrus over the festive season. In its half-year results, released on Wednesday, the supermarket giant said elevated sales continued as a result of COVID-19. Earlier…

The Lion Treorchy

The Rhondda pub, Treorchy, Wales

Pub that started selling fresh fruit and veg in pandemic opens up own shop

As is the case all over the world, hundreds of Welsh businesses have been forced to diversify during the pandemic, especially those in the hospitality industry. For The Lion in Treorchy, what was originally a temporary move to sell fresh fruit and veg on a stall outside the pub has now turned into the…

Country Fresh filed for reorganization under Chapter 11

Country Fresh™, a fresh-cut fruit, vegetable, and snacking solutions provider, filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the…

Afresh Technologies - San Francisco

‘AI-driven platform powers the future of fresh food’

For supermarkets, the perpetual question is: how can stores make sure they have enough of the fresh foods their customers crave at just the right, ripe moment, while…

One Angolan farm successfully created despite pandemic challenges

Despite the global pandemic, Angola’s agricultural sector is blooming. One company in particular has pulled off something quite remarkable. Creating a farm, with foreign…

Equity fund raises $69 million for SunGold kiwifruit

The purchase of three Gisborne properties as part of a new private equity fund’s multimillion investment into SunGold kiwifruit has been hailed as a “really good” boost for jobs and the entire industry here. The private equity fund, established by Origin Capital Partners — which comprises of Paul Jones…

Solution also to be used at new Vorchdorf location

KNAPP supports Frutura with 24/7 SAP® EWM Hotline

Since December 2020, KNAPP IT Solutions LLC, the KNAPP Group's competence centre for SAP® EWM solutions, implementations and services, has been supporting the main warehouse…

IMG Enterprises

Florida agri-business announces new co-CEO restructure

Cherrylake and IMG Citrus, who are both subsidiaries of IMG Enterprises, a 90-million-dollar Florida agri-business with diversified operations in citrus, ornamental landscape, ecosystem restoration, and real estate, announced the appointment of Melanie Ressler, Timothee Sallin, and Chloe Gentry as…

Produce professionals can reduce stress with mental fitness

The produce industry is a stress-filled world. This pressure can take its toll, impacting your health, relationships and performance. Leadership coach, Wendy McManus, has a…

Total Produce to combine with Dole Food Company and become publicly listed in the US

Total Produce is one of the world’s largest fresh produce producers and providers. Operating out of 26 countries (30 inclusive of Dole) while serving many more, Total Produce’s reach extends across the globe incorporating over 160 facilities (over 250 facilities inclusive of Dole) including farms,…

Alba Bio continues to innovate and grow

From pioneering in organic farming to innovation and modernization

"At times where it could be easier and more convenient to complain or to become discouraged, our reaction is to refrain from slowing down," said Vittorio Gona of growers' organization Alba Bio. Gona believes that optimism can provide a way out of the difficult situation. That said, the company is…

'Welcome Brett Kelly' Australian Mango Industry Association

Australian Mango Industry Association appoints new CEO

Australian Mango Industry Association welcomes Brett Kelly to the role of CEO.   Brett will start with the organisation on the 1st March and will be bringing a wealth of experience and…

Topco

Also announcing new range of juices and juice drinks

Guyana’s DDL Group invests in new Tetra Pak plant

Tropical Orchard Products Company Limited (TOPCO) is a subsidiary of Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL). Earlier this week, it announced the launch of its new range of TOPCO 1 Litre juices and juice drinks, in four delicious flavours, on the local market. The DDL group invested G$4 billion (€16 mln) in a…

"This collaboration combines knowledge of both companies"

Botany from Horst-Meterik and Hakkert Product Support from Enspijk are intensifying their cooperation in research on fruit with the establishment of Asperico. Asperico focuses on product development and research for the cultivation of fruit from its own location in Enspijk. The research fields concern…

Organic salad company partners with agricultural company in Mexico

Misionero, a distributor of organic salads, prepared lettuces, value-added vegetables, and a pioneer in plant-based salad products, announced a new strategic partnership with…

Responsible Recruitment Scorecard helps produce industry combat labor trafficking

In support of the fresh produce industry’s commitment to the Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices, retail buyers are increasingly asking grower-shippers to…

Zespri accused of attempting to intimidate Kiwifruit NZ over China deal

Kiwifruit NZ chairwoman Kristy McDonald​, QC, has claimed that Zespri chairman Bruce Cameron​ attempted to "browbeat and intimidate” industry regulator Kiwifruit NZ into…

Christine Cortes, BioTropic:

“Good start of campaign for the Nadorcott mandarins”

The Nadorcott mandarin campaign has just started at BioTropic. According to Christine Cortes, France Export sales representative, the campaign is going quite well so far. “The volumes are satisfactory, and the demand is good. We have loyal clients and we continue to establish ourselves on the…

AgVentures invests in Online Farmer Marketplace

AgVentures, Africa’s pioneering agrifood tech investor, recently acquired a stake in Skudu.  Consumers are spoiled for choice with online marketplaces but the same cannot be said…

Online fruit and veg shopping skyrockets

Harris Farm Markets now delivering goodness to Brisbane

Relax Brisbane, Harris Farm Markets has your fruit and veg needs covered! Not only has the famed champion of farmers returned to Queensland with the opening of their…

First British strawberries of the year reach Aldi supermarket shelves

February is about to become Febru-berry as Aldi stocks first British strawberries in 2021. The supermarket and its suppliers pulled off a huge logistical effort to get the…

"The Apple Paradise"

New VIP-Val Venosta marketing campaign for the Spanish market

"El Paraíso de las Manzanas" ("The Apple Paradise") is again reaching Spain's main markets and the digital environment with a new marketing campaign in this second phase of the season for VIP, the Association of Cooperatives of Fruits and Vegetables of Val Venosta. “Our intention is to reach the consumer…

The firm has just opened its first restaurant in Spain in Madrid

Tropical Millenium enters the Horeca channel together with the international franchise The Avocado Show

Tropical Millenium and the restaurant chain The Avocado Show have announced a collaboration agreement whereby the company, specialized in the sale of subtropical products, will be the official supplier of the latter in Spain. In this way, the Malaga-based firm is entering the horeca channel; a business…

Hubert & Niklas Hengesbach (Josef Hesse LLC) on the wholesale business in these times of Corona

"Classic market trade gets more attention in times of pandemic"

Since the beginning of the current Corona crisis, fresh food, including fruit and vegetables of all kinds, has been of particular value. While the wholesale consumption and gastronomy sectors have suffered considerable losses in turnover, the opposite is true for the food retail sector. The same applies…

Dole Packaged Foods, LLC

Dole Packaged Foods opens new frozen fruit facility in McDonough, Georgia

Dole Packaged Foods, LLC opened a new state-of-the-art frozen fruit facility in McDonough, GA on January 28th. This is Dole's third frozen fruit facility in the United States, complimenting the existing operations in Atwater, CA and Decatur, MI.  Rendering of the new state-of-the-art Dole Packaged Foods frozen…

Singapore: Nutryfarm International posts narrower loss in Q1 FY21

Nutryfarm International has succeeded in narrowing its losses to HK$0.96 million (S$0.16 million) for the three months ending on December 31, 2020, from a net loss of HK$3.14…

The 'Futura Central Asia' facility in Uzbekistan is practically ready

"The new Futura Central Asia facility will be inaugurated by the end of May in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. It will follow commercial operations for all central Asian countries thanks to an office, three collaborators and a spare part and customer assistance center," reports Omar Papi, general manager of…

Plenty Ag

says Plenty's Co-founder Nate Storey.

“COVID is helping us re-examine our values”

With all the health concerns and supply chain disruptions resulting from the pandemic, many consumers are looking for locally and responsibly produced fruits and vegetables. And Plenty is firing on all cylinders to meet this increased demand. According to Nate Storey, co-founder and chief scientific…

WET-2 Sensor

Major Turkish berry grower benefits from multi-parameter soil measurements

The Turkish company SBR Agricultural Products (SBR) was founded in 1990 and operates in the Mersin Silifke region of Turkey. It specialises in the cultivation of fruit, especially berries – using cutting edge techniques. Its growing facilities are substantial – with 400,000 square metres of hydroponic…

Calavo Growers announces changes to organizational structure

Calavo Growers, Inc. has announced changes to enhance the organizational structure within the company’s operations department. Under Jim Gibson, chief executive officer,…

Video series addressing unique challenges for women in produce

Center for Growing Talent (CGT) will launch the first of an ongoing short video series supporting the Women’s Fresh Perspectives Portfolio. The videos will bring light to the conversations arising about opportunities and resources for women in the industry, the unique challenges facing women in today’s…

Founded Banken Champignons in the Netherlands

Henk Banken passes away

On Sunday, 7 February 2021, Henk Banken passed away after a short illness. The 86-year-old was the Banken Champignons Group's founder, former director, and ambassador. He had also served on this…

Almeria-based cooperative Cabasc will invest € 32.4 million in improvement of sustainable production facilities and techniques

The Councilor of Agriculture, Livestock, Fishing and Sustainable Development of Andalusia, Carmen Crespo, has visited the facilities of the Almeria-based cooperative Cabasc,…

Launch of COVID-19 vaccination site in Central Valley

The California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) is pleased with yesterday’s announcement from Governor Gavin Newsom regarding the launch of the OptumServe site at Reedley…

Virtual program for 2021 connects students with ag industry

Things are a little different this year and Viva Fresh’s Aggies for Fresh is no exception. The popular partnership with DMA Solutions (DMA) is back for the sixth year to virtually connect industry professionals to Texas A&M students. This year, TIPA and Viva Fresh will host a series of educational…

PMA comments on FSMA traceability rule

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) submitted comments on the proposed U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule ‘Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for…

Sennder licenses SaaS platform to Zeitfracht, as part of a new strategic partnership

Sennder, a digital road freight forwarder, and Zeitfracht, the Berlin based logistics company, will advance the digitalization of European road freight through a new strategic…

SanLucar published New Dreams magazine

The global premium fruit and vegetable brand SanLucar publishes its annual "Dreams Magazine". Through personal stories, images, infographics and with an emotional design, it illustrates the social and environmental initiatives that SanLucar has implemented at its locations worldwide in year 2019 - 2020.…

Belgium's BelOrta expands its cucumber acreage and range

BelOrta has kicked off the start of the new Belgian fruit-vegetable season. At the beginning of February, they sold the first of their Crunchy King mini cucumbers. This…

Hinojosa's eco-friendly heat-sealable cardboard tray wins award at the WorldStar Awards 2021

Many countries in the European Union are restricting the use of single-use plastics in food packaging. It's a regulatory change that goes hand in hand with the consumer's…

Dutch seed company hosts meeting with North American cucumber partners

Although the COVID-19 restrictions meant that it was not possible to meet in person, Rijk Zwaan was able to discuss valuable insights with its partners ‘virtually’ by hosting the meetings from its very own studio. “The studio setting gives us the opportunity to hold personal, interactive and effective…

2021 Young Apple Leaders selected

The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) announced yesterday its class of 2021 Young Apple Leaders (YALs). Fifteen accomplished and aspiring young people were selected by the…

Refrigeration space for hire in Maasdijk

In addition to its transport activities, C. Vreugdenhil Transport has four cold stores in the building at Transportweg 23 in Maasdijk. These cells have a total storage capacity of 1200 pallets. Our building has 10 docks, 1 overhead door and a separate office space. Quick summary: 4 cold stores (can be set…

Michele Sodano of Ortofrutta Mele

Mixed boxes of Tarocco and Lempso blood oranges for Valentine's Day

'What catches the eye attracts attention' is a statement that was key to Michele Sodano's re-thinking of the blood oranges offered for the current season. Sodano is a young trader and sales agent for Ortofrutta Mele from Italy's Campania region. Michele Sodano "I’ve long wanted to include the Tarocco Lempso…

CubicFarms

CubicFarms' cultivator module

Bringing food production closer to home

Dave Dinesen, CEO of CubicFarms, believes that we are experiencing a global crisis in food security and that technology is necessary to feed the growing global population. CubicFarm Systems Corp. is a local chain agtech company headquartered in British Columbia, Canada. The company specializes in the…

An overview of the situation with President Gianni Vassallo

Genoa market saw a 5% increase in volume in 2020

It was a very unusual year for Genoa's fruit and vegetable market that ended up with a 5% increase in volume, for a total of 150 thousand tons, while the last three months have seen a 1% drop in fruit and a 2% drop in vegetables. The data was provided by Gianni Vassallo, president of SGM, the company…

Xianfeng Fruit plans to set up internet for fruit industry

Xianfeng organized the third annual Chinese New Year Fruit Festival on the fourth of February. Xianfeng became a leading company in the Hangzhou fruit market through SaaS and…

First annual philanthropic promotion a success for onion grower

G&R Farms launched its first annual Season of Giving campaign in which it partnered with Costco and Schnucks to give back during this past holiday season. The campaign began in mid-November and ran through the end of December, 2020 and raised $22,600. Each retailer chose their own local charity and the…

United Fresh launches annual compensation survey

The United Fresh Produce Association has launched its 2021 Compensation Survey for the fresh produce industry. The data collected will be published in a research report that…

Referendum announced for California avocado growers

Every five years the California Department of Food and Agriculture holds a state-mandated referendum vote to provide California avocado growers the opportunity to determine…

"quality improves because of stable climate"

Dutch grower puts solar panels above soft fruit plants

Growing red berries under solar panels: the first to do this is Rini Kusters of Kusters Zachtfruit. The trial solar panel setup that he installed together with GroenLeven last year above the crops will be extended to a full solar source from today. "Someone has to take the first step," Rini says. 20…

Dutch PLUS supermarkets get premium fruit and vegetable range

The Dutch supermarket chain, PLUS, is introducing a new premium range. Under the name 'Smaakselectie' (Flavor Selection), it will offer tasty, seasonal fruit and vegetables. "These special variety products are carefully selected and taste great. And they come from farmers and growers who PLUS has been…

The Netherlands is already Planet Proof

NL: Lidl to develop sustainable quality label for European fruit and vegetables

In the Netherlands, Lidl is the first chain store to develop a sustainability standard on an international level. This is to maintain the biodiversity of all potatoes, fruit, and vegetables. The company is doing so in collaboration with GlobalGAP. This new certification means Lidl is taking the next step…

Seneca Foods reports Third Quarter Results for FY 2021

Seneca Foods Corporation today announced financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended December 26, 2020. Highlights (vs. year-ago, third quarter results): Net…

Driscoll's and Global farms partner to grow raspberries in UAE

Driscoll's berry company and its local partner Global farms have achieved so much through its programme for locally produced raspberries. Paul Morgan of Driscoll's explained…

Sharing some Pink Lady® love this Valentine's Day

With the pandemic still causing uncertainty across the UK and beyond, here at Pink Lady® we wanted to give something back to our loyal fans as well as provide some much-needed help and support to our charity partner, FareShare, to help spread some love this Valentine’s Day. This February, Co-op customers…

McCain Foods adds Charlie Angelakos as Vice President, Global Government and External Affairs

To address the growing need to strengthen relationships with governments and external audiences around the world, McCain Foods is proudly announcing the appointment of Charlie…

SHAFFE annual general meeting elects new Chilean-Uruguayan presidency team for 2021-23

SHAFFE, The Southern Hemisphere Association of Fresh Fruit Exporter, has held its Annual General Meeting at the 4th of February 2021 online that has served as a starting point…

Zimbabwe: Schweppes plans 2,700 ha citrus project in Beitbridge

Schweppes Holdings Africa Limited’s subsidiary, Sunrise Citrus Estates, is planning to establish a 2,700 hectare citrus plantation in Beitbridge. The project is expected to…

Matthijs Vlasblom new commercial director of Staay Food Group

On January 1st, Matthijs Vlasblom joined the group management of Staay Food Group as commercial director. Until the end of last year, Matthijs was active within the group as…


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