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Eimskip's revenue grows but their EBITDA drops

The Icelandic shipping company, Eimskip, has achieved a turnover of EUR182,2 million for the third quarter of this year. This result is 4,8% (EUR8,3 mill) higher than in the…

Lidl is Spain's fruit and vegetable sector's largest client

Lidl is investing heavily in Spanish fruit and vegetables. This German supermarket chain is doing so to fill its store shelves worldwide. Lidl's purchasing of these products…

Cambridgeshire, UK

Barry Hamilton retires after almost 50 years of selling fruit and veg in St Neots

Barry Hamilton, 68, has retired from Hamiltons Greengrocers, in the Cross Keys. The shop was originally called Hamilton and Son where Barry and his father ran the shop after moving to St Neots in 1967. Barry was only 20 when he started working at the shop and says it has been a huge part of his life. “I’m not quite…

The goal: Accelerate and strengthen its presence in South America

Sakata Seed opens commercial offices in Argentina

The Sakata Seed Corporation, a Japanese vegetable and flower seed company, inaugurated its commercial offices in Argentina, which required an initial investment of more than $40 million. The objective is to accelerate and strengthen its presence in South America. The inauguration was attended by the President of the…

Russian discounter challenges Aldi & Lidl

This is going to be exciting: a Russian food discounter is to venture into the very same country that once invented the 'Discount' model, perfected it and made it huge. The…

Ocean Mist Farms selects Zest Fresh to optimize freshness management

Zest Labs, an AgTech company aiming to modernize the postharvest fresh food supply chain, announced that Ocean Mist Farms is utilizing Zest Fresh™ to automate data collection…

Column: Heleen van Rijn-Wassenaar

Will Win-Chain be the fresh-produce winner in China?

In 2016, the successful online retailer Alibaba took one of many important steps – this time in the fresh produce supply chain – when it founded Win-Chain. The first time I personally encountered this new Alibaba subsidiary was on 4 September this year, during my visit to the Asiafruit Congress in Hong…

New Zealand: New HortNZ president excited about the future

According to new president and chairman of Horticulture New Zealand Barry O'Neil, he is taking over at an exciting time for the sector. The HortNZ board has elected O'Neil to the positions, replacing Julian Raine who has stood down to pursue other business interests. Mr O'Neil has been a grower since 1984, owning kiwifruit and avocado…

Smurfit Kappa strengthens its presence in Western France with Caradec Box Plant acquisition

Smurfit Kappa Group has significantly strengthened its presence in Western France with the acquisition of two Europac sites in Brittany. The packaging leader has acquired the…

Industry partnership translates farm data into financial management

Rabo AgriFinance and Conservis announce a partnership that marks the next evolution in how farms utilize ag data to make informed business decisions. The companies will…

Strengthening position in plant-based foods

Landec acquires Yucatan Foods

Landec Corporation announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Apio, Inc., has acquired Yucatan Foods, L.P, adding two leading guacamole brands, Yucatan® and Cabo Fresh®, to the Landec Natural Foods portfolio of 100 percent clean ingredient, plant-based brands that also includes Eat Smart® packaged fresh vegetables and salad…

Leclerc enters a partnership with Shopopop

The start-up company Shopopop, specialized in collaborative home deliveries, has just signed a partnership with one of France's retail giants in order to develop the…

Mushroom grower promotes Bruce Knobeloch

Monterey Mushrooms has promoted Bruce Knobeloch to vice president of product development and marketing. In this role, Knobeloch is responsible for the company’s gourmet division operations, which…

Duncan Family Farms appoints new directors

Duncan Family Farms (DFF), a grower of organic baby lettuces and greens, kales and herbs with operations in Arizona, California, Oregon and New York, has announced the promotion of multiple team members to director-level positions. The company said the move recognizes the employees’ expertise and…

New shared leadership announced at Fall Creek

Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc., has announced the succession of its top leadership. After forty years, company co-founder and blueberry industry innovator Dave Brazelton…

Samskip’s UK investments secure supply chain against Brexit disruption

Two years of pre-Brexit investment in North Sea container shipping services is proving decisive in winning shippers away from cross-Channel ferry routes at a critical time for…

Mathijs Lak, fresh produce category manager of Picnic:

“We only buy what has been sold”

For offline shops, fresh produce departments are the showpiece. That’s also true for online supermarket Picnic, according to Mathijs Lak, fresh produce category manager of Picnic. “A good fresh produce department ensures regular orders. In general, fruit and vegetables have a limited shelf life, and consumers therefore…

Auchan Retail deploys blockchain on its fresh produce

After successfully experimenting with the system in Vietnam, the supermarket chain is deploying blockchain technology to its products in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and…

Sebrechts celebrates 60th anniversary in new building

Last Saturday, Sebrechts Groenten & Fruit opened its new warehouses on the Kielsbroek in Antwerp. It was a double celebration, because the company also celebrated its 60th anniversary. The third generation of Sebrechts, the sisters Ellen and Nathalie, now runs the company with father Karel and Bart,…

Customized orchards at Battistini Vivai

Battistini Vivai focus on getting to know their clients, thus creating customized orchards that are made to measure for their needs. Click here for the Battistini Vivai catalogue "When an entrepreneur asks us for advice as regards the type of orchard, we reply with a series of questions: what are the sales channels, cultivation areas, level…

Backyard Farms®’ expands with high-tech greenhouse in the Northeast

Mastronardi Produce Ltd. is expanding the beloved Backyard Farms® brand with the introduction of a high-tech greenhouse in New York, the largest-ever single build in North…

Sensor technology company Tomra strengthens set-up in China

TOMRA is committed to its long-term development in China and has further strengthened its set-up in this fast-growing market. Since establishing the first subsidiary in China in 2010, TOMRA has been actively increasing its investment and business activities in this dynamic market. Currently TOMRA has…

New headquarters of Interfel and Ctifl

Inauguration of the House of Fruits & Vegetables

The House of Fruits & Vegetables was inaugurated on Monday, November 26th, at the new headquarters of Interfel and Ctifl. The House of Fruits & Vegetables is an initiative led by the respective chairmen of Interfel and Ctifl, Mr Bruno Dupont and Mr Jacques Rouchaussé. Because of its unitary nature, it is…

Aviko to cut ties with Snow Valley in China

Aviko, a subsidiary of the Dutch company, Royal Cosun, and Snow Valley Agriculture have agreed to end their joint venture in China. Both partners have determined that their visions regarding the…

Hollander Barendrecht introduces sister company, Fresh Fulfilment

Hollander Barendrecht launches start-up Fresh Fulfilment as an answer to new developments in food E-commerce and fresh retail. The independent sister company offers room for…

Hans van der Meulen, Rida Trade:

"Ginger market improving after a difficult year"

Traditionally, the demand for ginger increases again at the end of the year. "But is has not been an easy year", says Hans van der Meulen of the Dutch company, Rida Trade. "There was a lot of stock on the market and prices were lagging. Demand has only just started picking up in the last two weeks. I…

Company focused on direct import of Spanish products

Viennese wholesaler company Conceptfrucht bankrupt after almost 80 years

After nearly 80 years, wholesaler ConceptFrucht, based in Vienna-Neudorf, has filed for bankruptcy. The firm can no longer meet its current payment obligations. Bankruptcy…

Smart retail cabinets set off a new boom in retail

For a long time, the development of the domestic fresh food industry has been constrained by factors such as high marketing costs, high logistics costs and high product loss. As a result, the development of e-commerce platforms and online sales of agricultural products have also been restrained. Now, the…

Driscoll's announces leadership change

J. Miles Reiter has reassumed the position of Chief Executive Officer for Driscoll’s, the market leader of fresh berries, as part of planned leadership restructuring announced…

Coca Cola India plans new project in Jharkhand Ranchi

Beverage giant Coca Cola India has assured that it will set up a project in India’s eastern state of Jharkhand. Ishtiaque Amjad, VP Coca Cola India, said at the Global…

VOG: Pardatscher follows Dichgans

It has been clear for a full year already: Gerhard Dichgans, longtime director of the VOG, will soon retire. For several months, the board has been looking hard for a possible successor. With the help of a renowned recruitment agency from Munich, they have looked at suitable candidates. The new and the old VOG…

Nick Fitzpatrick joins the team at Apeel Sciences

Apeel Sciences continues to expand its roster with the addition of Nick Fitzpatrick as the Vice President of Supplier Relations, the company’s first sales team hire. This…

Australian fresh produce company names George Haggar as CEO

Australian fresh produce company, Nutrano Produce Group Limited, has announced the appointment of George Haggar as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective 1 January 2019.…

Placement of 10.360 solar panels at Weyers in Fresh Park Venlo starts

The Weyers Group is not only active in the area of cultivation, sorting, and packaging of fresh fruit and vegetables. This Dutch company also transports and trades (import and export) these products. In the Netherlands, the group has branches in Venlo, De Lier, Dirkshorn, Zeewolde, and Weeze. They also…

Shannon Reinhard succeeds Ivo Hendriks

PerfoTec to get new Commercial Director

As of 1 January 2019, Ivo Hendriks will retire as Commercial Director at PerfoTec. He is being succeeded by Shannon Reinhard. Shannon previously held management positions at…

Venezuela gets ready for the mango season

Venezuela's mango season goes from February to June with the Haden variety. Then, from June to August, it continues with the Kent variety. "Our main challenge in 2019 will be…

Crowley merges liner services unit into integrated logistics organization

To better serve customers with integrated supply chain solutions, Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that it will complete the merger of its liner services group…

China: Luochuan Qingyi Apple launch ceremony

On November 26, the launching ceremony of the 2018 Yan'an Luochuan Qingyi Apple was held in the Luochuan County Industrial Park. 250 tons of Luochuan apple will be sold to…

Heemskerk buys neighbouring building

Fruit and vegetable processor Heemskerk fresh & easy have reached an agreement with their neighbour to take over their building. The building is being used by Pacombi Horti, part of packing material supplier Pacombi Group, at the moment and is 100 metres away from Heemskerk's current company…

Argentina: Extraberries wins the AlimentAR award

EXTRABERRIES SA was given the AlimentAR 2018 Fruits and Vegetables for agricultural export excellence award, which is a recognition of those who transcend borders and show the world Argentina's productive potential. This award highlights the role and encourages the development of companies that produce and export agricultural foods and…

Overall surface area of 16,667 hectares

China: Xinfadi has already established agricultural bases in 8 countries

The Xinfadi Market E-commerce Center collaborated with the South Africa-China Cross-border E-commerce Trade Association and the overall commercial organisations of small and…

Expanding its control over the fresh produce supply chain

China: JD 7Fresh constructs "fruit and vegetable processing center"

As consumption levels increase, people expect a greater degree of standardization in the fresh produce market. Retail businesses must be on the lookout for short shelf life,…

Joelek Goldfinger (73) dies

On Saturday evening, 24 November, Joelek Goldfinger passed away after a short illness. He was 73. Joelek was the co-founder of the Reingold firm. This company opened its doors on 1 April 1974 and was active in importing overseas fruit for the European market. Joelek was buried yesterday at 11:00 in a traditional Jewish ceremony…

Togo: Juice Délice opens a state-of-the-art factory in Tsévié

After fundraising 2.6 million euros thanks to its investors, the company Jus Délice is working on the installation of its factory in Tsévié. The company is the result of a…

UK: AlphaBio Control win Key Green Award

Cambridge headquartered agri biotech innovators AlphaBio Control have been presented with a prestigious Silver Award for Environmental Best Practice at The Green Organisation’s Green Apple Awards 2018. The ceremony was held at the Houses of Parliament and was hosted by Liz Kendall MP. Founded by Iain Fleming and Alfeo Vecchi, Alphabio…

Increasing quantities of overseas pears and kiwis for the Julius brand

There are increasing quantities of overseas Julius branded kiwis and pears. The Ceccarelli Giulio company CEO, Ettore Ceccarelli, says, “Specifically, the import of overseas produce increased by 30% for Hayward kiwis and by 10% for pears. I am referring to the off-season campaign period – from March to…

Naturalia, Idai Nature's new experimental farm

"We want to be a meeting place for sustainable agriculture"

"We want Naturalia, Idai Nature's new farm, to be a meeting place for sustainable agriculture that is accessible for farmers and society in general," stated Carlos Ledo, the General Director of Idai Nature. The goal of this initiative, for which there are few precedents in the sector, is to combine research and innovation…

Zummo, the company with the best international projection in its sector

Femeval, Valencia's Metallurgic Business Federation, has awarded Zummo, a manufacturer of professional juicers, with the External Projection 2018 award in recognition of its impeccable trajectory. The Femeval awards are a recognition of the business activity carried out by the Valencian metal companies. In this…

China: "Gold Anda" invests 10 million USD in Chilean fruit processing factory

Chile has become an important player in China's imported fruit market because of their wide product variety and the complementary nature of its production seasons. The Shenzhen Gold Anda Agricultural Technology Development Co., Ltd. (hereafter 'Gold Anda') invested more than 10 million USD in the Chilean…

South Italy: Current situation of the fruit and vegetable campaign

The first observations on the 2018/19 winter vegetable campaign pointed out a not very reassuring trend. The frequent and unusual adverse climate conditions extremely affected the production. To better understand this, FreshPlaza interviewed Rocco Viggiano, the legal representative of the Fe.Vi. Frutta – a…

Tonie Fuchs - Capespan

"We are currently focused on returning to our roots”

For many years, the Capespan name has been synonymous with fresh produce from South Africa and during the past two decades Capespan has built a prominent international profile. The Capespan Group Limited (CGL) manages a global footprint of integrated business units offering a range of quality products,…

Have a healthy, good time on Black Friday

An increasing number of sales festivities are making their way to the Netherlands. Much is being expected of Black Friday, happening tomorrow. This sale day has its origins in America. Consumers are expecting great deals. The Dutch company, Ton Kanters Gezond Genieten, has come up with a nice idea:…

Hazera celebrates 20 years in Polish market

Hazera Poland is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The company was officially registered in September 1998 and has operated on the Polish market to the present day. Hazera Poland started its operations with very limited staff and by offering 16 varieties of vegetables. Now, after 20 years of business activity, Hazera Poland…

Multiple processing plants upgraded to continue ensuring food safety and quality

Quality and food safety are essential for Ardo, one of the world’s largest fresh-frozen fruit, vegetable and herb producers. That is why they have invested in the latest…

Rabobank: Global food price stability in 2019 threatened by trade wars, disease and El Niño

A “melting pot” of risks – including US trade war with China, disease and extreme weather – threaten global food price stability next year, according to research from…

Polymer Logistics North America leadership announcement

Polymer Logistics, a reusable packaging and merchandising systems company, announced today that Fred Heptinstall (pictured, right) will step down as CEO Polymer Logistics…

Dry summer, Listeria and competition put pressure on results

Greenyard closes first six months in the red

During the first six months of this year, Greenyard had to deal with some considerable blows: the warm and dry weather, a Listeria outbreak and continuing pressure on the…

Kuehne + Nagel acquires a specialist in time-critical shipments

Kuehne + Nagel has announced the acquisition of Quick International Courier, a market leading provider of time-critical transportation and logistics solutions globally. Quick…

StarMeal and Foodmaker take vegetables one step further

Lieven van Lommel was quick to respond to the desires of millennials and the health trend with a vision. In 1993, when he was 18, he opened a salad bar in Belgium. “I put 250,000 euro in one shop. As second shop of ten square metres was soon added to that, and another one in Brussels followed. In two…

Bart Bruyninckx, Bruyninckx Chiconnettes:

“Demand for mini-chicory peaks during Christmas period”

“Prices for chicory have been low for years, but fortunately, they’ve been slightly better in the past two months. We only sell miniature chicory, although we also offered regular chicory in the past,” says Bart Bruyninckx of Bruyninckx Chiconnettes. “Demand for mini-chicory increases towards Christmas,…

Third generation family member is tapped to head sales function

Specialty produce company promotes Alex Berkley

The eldest daughter of Frieda’s Specialty Produce CEO Karen Caplan, and the granddaughter of founder Dr. Frieda Rapoport Caplan, Alex Berkley joined the company in 2011 after…

California producer hires marketing specialist Mary Poma

Mary (Langford) Poma joined the marketing team at Church Brothers Farms, a fresh produce farming/shipping company and grower-owned processor. Poma has spent time with other produce companies in…

Aberdeen Standard European confident

Two warehouses bought in Netherlands

Aberdeen Standard European Logistics Income PLC has announced it acquired a newly built pre-let warehouse in Zeewolde, the Netherlands, for €29.3 million. In addition to this, the investor said it agreed to buy an existing cross-dock warehouse in Waddinxveen, also in the Netherlands, for €33 million. Aberdeen Standard European said…

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Van Mierlo Plant

Smurfit Kappa’s Van Mierlo plant in Belgium is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The plant, which was founded by entrepreneur Jan Van Mierlo back in 1918 and quickly established itself as a leading supplier of corrugated board in Belgium before extending its reach throughout Europe. The Van Mierlo plant produces corrugated…

Alba Bio: hard times for the tomato, good the courgette

Vittorio Gona, the president and marketing manager of the Alba Bio PO from Sicily said: “The winter season production of greenhouse vegetable kicks off in the second week of November. Our PO farms almost all the produce demanded by the market. However, at the moment, the placement is proving to be quite…

Albert Heijn impresses with mechanised distribution centre

Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn is constructing the distribution centre of the future in Zaandam. Practically the complete assortment of non-perishable products will be mechanically handled from arrival to loading in this new, mechanised, distribution centre. With this new DC, Albert Heijn responds…

Collaboration between Skillpack, Verstegen ,and Swirling Spoons

"Our fermentation process using packing machines is unique in Europe"

The process of fermentation has been around for many centuries. Every chef knows: good and, especially, consistent fermentation is of the utmost importance. The food innovation of Verstegen and Swirling Spoons and Skillpack's processing technology know-how makes consistent, safe fermentation a reality.…

Willem Boon, Boon Food Group:

"When you have an excellent concept, money is less important"

Food and drink are at the bottom of Maslov's pyramid. They are considered to be a basic human necessity. This is not the right place for them, according to Willem Boon, the Boon Food Group's Commercial Director. The Boon Food Group is a Dutch foodstuff and fresh produce wholesaler. "Food does something…

Steve Church receives 2018 Valley of the World award

Steve Church, chairman of Church Brothers Farm, Salinas, Calif., was honored with the National Steinbeck Center’s Valley of the World Award. Organizers say the annual event recognizes key figures in the Salinas Valley agriculture industry. Award ceremony presenters left to right: Susan Gill, John D’Arrigo, Steve Church (Honoree) Lorri Nucci-Koster…

APAL appointment signals export readiness kick-off

Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Justin Smith to the role of Industry Services & Export Manager. CEO Phil Turnbull said redressing a historical…

"Stable retail for imported kiwi fruit in Taiwanese market"

"The Italian kiwi fruit production season is in full swing. This year's production volume increased in comparison with last year's production volume because of excellent weather conditions. Product quality is also much better than last year. The kiwi fruit production volume in Taiwan, however, is limited…

Costa announces agreement for acquisition of Nangiloc Colignan farm

Costa Group Holdings Limited, an Australian horticultural company, advises that it has signed a conditional agreement for the acquisition of the farming operations of Nangiloc…

Lennart Middelburg (VMP): "Also have storage and transit space for third parties"

"Good step taken by opening our own warehouse"

At the beginning of April, VMP started operating from its new location in the Dutch town of Poeldijk. "The season began in April in Holland. This means we got off to a good start. We have grown significantly in the UK, Ireland, and Scandinavia. We also quickly found two or three partners. They are using…

Spain: Agrofruit goes into liquidation

The company Agrofruit Export SA, of Tortosa, which had managed to become the largest exporter of citrus fruits in Catalonia, has gone into liquidation, as ruled by the commercial court number 1 of Tarragona. The new bankruptcy administrator has launched the liquidation phase, and an Employment Regulation File (ERE)…

MSC, A.P. Moller – Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network to establish container shipping association

Five container shipping companies intend to create an association with the purpose of paving the way for digitalization, standardization and interoperability in the container shipping industry. IT executives from MSC, A.P. Moller – Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, and Ocean Network Express are currently discussing the creation…

Money-back guarantee

Carrefour guarantees freshness of fruit and vegetables

As of September, customers of Carrefour can be sure of the good quality of the fruit and vegetables they buy from the supermarket. In September, the retailer presented its…

Opening of store "Les Comptoirs de la Bio" on Reunion Island

On November 7th, the network Les Comptoirs de la Bio inaugurated its first store overseas on Reunion Island. With its 300 m², this point of sale is located in the town of…

Significant increase in port logistics expected

HHLA exceeds last year's high level

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) continued the positive development of the current financial year and once again exceeded the already strong results of last year in the…

Two promotions for healthy snacks and salads company

Good Foods is pleased to announce the promotions of Danyel O’Connor and Juan Larios, both of whom have been named to the company’s executive team. O’Connor, now the Executive…

Greenbelt Microgreens nursery on the MJ market

New chapter opens up for Canadian microgreen growers

They put organic microgreens on the map, now it’s time for another type of green plant. Ian Adamson and Michael Curry built their company Greenbelt Microgreens from 40,000 sq.ft. up to the current 3.5 acres and, by their extensive knowledge of the plants and the cultivation, extended the shelf life and…

UK company expands further into South Africa

Global fresh produce grower and trader the Jupiter Group are pleased to reveal news of an acquisition that further expands its international portfolio. The family-run, Shropshire-based firm has purchased the major share in the South African-fresh produce company Bonaire, as it continues to build on its…

Laurie, AgriGarden

China: "The ROI of projects is more important than ever"

With the Chinese horticulture market on the rise, there are huge opportunities for both investors and suppliers. However, as both groups might recall, it’s not an easy market. There’s a gap between the Chinese demands and the suppliers' offerings in knowledge, language, culture and other topics. That’s…

Kalter Aardbeien happy with new variety Sonsation

"Switching in one go was the right choice"

Kalter Aardbeien has been growing Sonsation strawberries since this spring, a step they are very happy about at the company in the Koekoekspolder in IJsselmuiden (Netherlands). Richard Kalter, from the company that changed more than just the variety this year: "It is a  beautiful, shiny, and very important,…

Kiremko appoints General Sales Manager

As of December 1st 2018, Ton Hendrickx (52) is appointed as General Sales Manager at Kiremko. Ton Hendrickx has been associated with Kiremko since 2013 as external strategic…

Vermeersch Vegetables means to also expand further

Vergro celebrates its 50th anniversary

Last Saturday evening saw the big celebration of Vergro's 50th anniversary. More than 400 guests celebrated this auspicious occasion with this Belgian exporting company in the town of Meulebeke, Belgium. After the reception, a jubilee show was given. Here, sports reporters, Martial and Noël, took a humorous look at…

Mercato ortofrutticolo di Lusia: Slow exchanges and oscillating prices in October

October 2018 was pretty stable. The temperature was good and it did not rain much thus facilitating the harvesting and the usual fruit and vegetable supplying for the Mercato…

David Hernández Trujillo, domestic tomato trader at Unica Group:

"We are going to have more kilos of tomatoes and new varieties"

"It is very difficult to determine what this tomato campaign will be defined by, since there are many aspects to take into account, such as the weather, pests, etc. What we do know is that we will have more kilos than last season and that we will have new varieties," says David Hernández Trujillo, a…

Lidl Poland launches promotion to encourage healthy eating

A new promotion is underway at Lidl Poland. For every 50 zloty (about 11.62 Euro) spent in the store, customers will get a sticker. With six stickers, they will be able to…

Pure Sunfarms expands cannabis production

Village Farms reports 11% decrease in sales

Village Farms International announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018. Highlights for the Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2018 Sales of US$39.7 million, a decrease of (11%) from…

The signing of a master license with Sapo Trust

New dynamic in South Africa for Agro Sélections Fruits

Agro Sélections Fruits (ASF) - also known as «Maillard genetics» - has been working for decades to obtain new and improved varieties of peaches and nectarines with round and flat fruit, with white, yellow and highly pigmented flesh as well as cherries, apricots and apples. Recognized for its worldwide development of varieties…

Dole Food HQ expected to reopen after fire evacaution

The massive Woosley Fire that has destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands of residents to flee, caused the temporary shutdown of Dole Food Co., Westlake Village,…

Ten new ‘Demain la Terre’ eco-friendly fruits and vegetables

The list of eco-friendly fruits and vegetables ‘ Demain la Terre ’ (Tomorrow’s Earth)  is growing with the arrival of 10 new products. In mid-May, Fruits Rouges & Co. added Mirabelle plums to…

The Greenery responds to big data and robotisation

The Greenery’s mission is to make fruit and vegetables affordable and attainable for consumers. The company does so by being active throughout the supply chain with their own growers, their own distribution centres, self-developed packaging, a professional marketing department and European retail…

BayWa reports higher turnover but lower EBIT

BayWa closes its books over the first nine months of the year with a turnover of 12.2 billion euro (2017: 12 billion euro). The EBIT shows a slight decrease to 28.3 million…

ProChile signs a cooperation agreement with Chinese chain Suning

In the framework of Chile Week China 2018, Jorge O'Ryan, the director of ProChile, signed a cooperation agreement with Suning, the second largest offline and online Chinese supermarket chain, to increase the presence of Chilean companies and the promotion of Chilean products in China. Suning is the second largest private…

Ideal conditions for Ready-2-Eat exotics in the North region

Landgard opens new service center with state-of-the-art ripening technology

The new service center of Landgard Nord Fruit & Vegetables in Neu Wulmstorf, south of Hamburg, is scheduled to start operations in December. The new location lies directly on the A1 and has a total area of ​​more than 13,000 square metres. The hall features 23 state-of-the-art ripening rooms for…

Pan-Asia and Camposol sign strategic agreement at international import exposition

The first session of the China International Import Exposition officially opened on November 5th, 2018. As part of the China International Import Exposition, the Shenzhen city government organized the first session of the "Shenzhen Trade Group Round-table Discussion with Purchasers", where Pan-Asia…

Picard grows its organic product range

The Picard brand specialized in frozen products announced it will “expand its organic, local and sustainable" product range. Indeed, the organic product offer of the French…

Bonduelle: slight drop in turnover

When the time for statement of accounts for food groups came, the French brand Bonduelle took stock of the first quarter of its non-calendar fiscal year, which started in…

Seeka announces $50m rights offer to fund expansion

Seeka Limited has today announced a new capital raising strategy to be implemented over the course of the next 3 years, including a Rights Issue, an issuance of shares under a…

Fresh Produce Consortium welcomes two new team members

The Fresh Produce Consortium is pleased to welcome two new members to the team. Cristina Melenchon joins as Events Manager and Jenny Palmer takes on the role as Membership…

Antonio Oken transitions from AGRO Merchants Group

Antonio Oken, European Fresh Produce Category Manager for AGRO Merchants Group and founder of Rotterdam-based Opticool, transitioned out of the company effective September…

AgroFresh: Growth for third quarter and first nine months 2018

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. ("AgroFresh" or the "Company"), a global leader in produce freshness solutions, today announced its financial results for the third quarter and first…

Wisconsin importer and distributor invests in solar energy

Maglio Companies, an importer and distributor of fresh produce, has installed over 1,100 solar panels on the roof of its Glendale, Wisconsin facility. This array is expected to produce an estimated 477,000 kilowatt hours of sustainable electricity each year. This is equivalent to the annual energy usage…

California producer welcomes new hires Cody Ramsey and Shannon Aliotti

D’Arrigo CA is proud to announce and welcome Cody Ramsey as the Foodservice Manager and Shannon Aliotti as a Sales Representative for their sales office. Mr. Ramsey is an accomplished foodservice professional…

Texas based supplier welcomes Tonya Hill

Tonya Hill joins London Fruit, Inc. as Retail Development Manager in Sales. A native Texan, Tonya brings over fifteen years of produce experience to its program. Her previous…

New location in Munich-Freimann offers optimal conditions for future growth

Landgard opens new modern warehousing and logistics center

With a new location in Munich's Freimann district, Landgard eG will more than double its storage and logistics capacities in the Munich area for region South. At the same time, the new modern location has numerous other advantages, as Jürgen Hübner, Managing Director of Landgard Obst & Gemüse GmbH…

Durell Strouse joins California hydroponic herb grower

North Shore Living® announces that Durell Strouse has joined the southern California based hydroponic greenhouse grower of fresh living herbs and microgreens. Durell Strouse…

John Vena Inc. taps industry veteran for sales leadership role

Specialty produce wholesale distributor John Vena Inc. has tapped produce industry veteran Joe Killian for a new role focused on business development. Prior to joining John…

UK importer looking to expand exports

"There are so many ways to supply fruit and veg these days"

Davis Worldwide moved into a brand-new office in Spalding a couple of weeks ago. The company was founded in 1999 in Louth before opening offices in Stamford and Boston. Spalding is now the head office for the UK, Louth will still operate but with reduced activity, the company HQ is in Barendrecht in the…

Produce importer names Lesley Sykes as EVP

The Sykes Company out of Rio Rio, Ariz., announced that it has hired Lesley Sykes as Executive Vice President. Sykes is responsible for identifying and executing growth…

Isolcell in Bolzano to present its sanitizing and ethylene-reducing solutions

After attending Fruit Attraction with the aim of strengthening its position in the Mediterranean and finding new partners,  Isolcell  will attend Interpoma (Bolzano, 15th-17th November 2018 - Section CD, Stand D24/04). It is the perfect occasion to celebrate the company's 60th anniversary after the celebrations at…

Spain: Agrocastell purchased by Agroponiente

Grupo Agroponiente has gained a new logistics and work center with the acquisition of Agrocastell, a leading name in the marketing of fruit and vegetables in the Costa de Granada and specifically in the town of Castell de Ferro. This entails that Grupo Agroponiente already has 25 logistics centers in the…

Pear Bureau Northwest hires Angela Daniels as Event Coordinator

Pear Bureau Northwest (PBNW) is pleased to announce Angela Daniels has joined the company as Event Coordinator. Daniels brings diverse experience in events, communications,…

"I will keep telling the story of the Dutch greenhouse horticulture with love, even a hundred times a day"

Ton Janssen stops as grower, but certainly not as promoter

Crop change is here, also for Ton Janssen. It will be his last as tomato grower, because as of November 12 he is grower no more. Recently he sold his own cultivation company, 2.6 ha in size. In week 45 the last harvest will take place. "At the moment we have a super beautiful garden of tomatoes. The…

Portage la Prairie, Manitoba

Canada: Simplot potato expansion progresses nicely

Just outside of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, the new addition to Simplot's potato production facility is coming together nicely. The facility will be more than doubling in…

Leroy Smits, tax adviser at BDO

“Fresh produce firms think about succession but do not make enough plans"

“A large number of companies in the Dutch fresh fruit and vegetable sector are family-run. These businesses have been established by past generation(s). In this sector, we see an awareness of the fact that it is a family business and the possibility of an eventual succession. However, in many cases, no…

South Tyrolean apple farmer is one of the new faces

New Real campaign introduces selected producers

"Excellence from the origin to the palate" is the motto of the new Real campaign, which started on Saturday, 03.11.2018, with prime-time TV spots throughout Germany on all…

Op Apoc continues to grow

So far, 2018 was a good year for the Apoc producer organisation. "We have acquired 24 new agricultural businesses with a total turnover of €11-12 million, including new important names from the table grape segment in Puglia," explains Rosario Ferrara, director coordinator of the PO. "Nonetheless, it's been a difficult year as industry tomato…

Poland: LubApple signs new export contracts to ship to Africa and the Middle East

The company LubApple, one of the leading fruit producers in Poland, took part in the International Fruit and Vegetable Fair Fruit Attraction 2018, held in Madrid, where it managed to sign new contracts with companies from North Africa and the Middle East. Fruit Attraction has become one of the most important events in…

'Branding and Communications elevated on strategic agenda'

Following recent news that the Freshmax Group will be incorporating its Intellectual Property division, Innovar™, the business has today announced that it will also be…

Zespri makes $95m on share sales

Zespri has made good progress in strengthening alignment and grower ownership and control of the company through a targeted share offer and buy-back programme.   The offer closed on 19 October and Zespri has…

Acquisition of integrated packaging business

SKG expands Southeast European footprint

Smurfit Kappa Group (SKG) plc is pleased to announce that it has agreed to acquire Fabrika Hartije d.o.o. Beograd (‘FHB’) paper mill and Avala Ada d.o.o. Beograd (‘Avala Ada’)…

Ireland: Fyffes plans new production centre north Dublin

Fruit importer Fyffes is planning to expand its Irish production and distribution capabilities by building new facilities in north Dublin. Its parent company - Motcombe Ltd - has applied…

First posts of Groen Agro Control new building drive home

On Wednesday, 31 October, the posts of the first construction phase of Groen Agro Control's new building were driven home. The phase concerns the building of a new warehouse with more than 400 m2 of floor space. It will be completed by the end of the year. The next phase will then begin. This second…

AIS Greenworks announces new Territory Manager

AIS Greenworks, a division of ICI Industries is very pleased to announce the appointment of David Franklin to the position of Territory Manager –  Southern Region. David will commence…

#MOKUMATO campaign kicks off for the fourth consecutive year

SUNSET® Reaches $80,000 in Donations to Movember Foundation

For the fourth consecutive year SUNSET® has partnered with the Movember Foundation to raise funds and awareness about men’s health. This year’s $20,000 donation brings the total amount raised by SUNSET® for the Movember Foundation to $80,000. “In 2014, our Kumato® tomato was named one of the healthiest foods for men by Men’s…

Ellen van Kester, Horticola Guadalfeo:

“More and more European supermarkets want to work with blue Marazul tomatoes”

The new Spanish greenhouse vegetable season is about to start for Horticola Guadalfeo from Motril. “We currently have the final supply from the tomato productions in the mountains, but these no longer have export quality. In the next two weeks, we’ll therefore have a bit less production. The cold and wet…


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