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Encore invests in fresh produce distributor Tourtellot

Encore Consumer Capital has made an investment in Warwick, Rhode Island-based Tourtellot, a provider of fresh produce to retail grocery customers. No financial terms were…

Mission Produce enhances its brand image

Mission Produce, Inc., has revealed what it describes as "its elevated identity" and termed the “world’s most advanced avocado network.” The company said it has enhanced its brand by creating a new website among other improvements, adding that these changes better embody the company’s international…

Competition for Alnatura and Bio Company

Edeka opens its own organic supermarket chain

Food retailer Edeka is expanding its business: in addition to its own drugstores, organic supermarkets will also attract customers in the future. Under the name "Naturkind", a…

Large retailers: good performances of E.Leclerc and Lidl for March

After a clear decline in volumes in February on the PGC-FLS market, the P3 2019 on March 17th, 2019, shows a resumption of French household spending of +1.2% on the P3. This…

Still far from Mercadona's results

Lidl achieves 11.5% sales growth in Spain

Lidl wants to strengthen its position in the Spanish retail market. The discount chain closed 2018 with sales in Spain increasing by 11.5%, although that is still way below from Mercadona's results. The supermarket chain, known for its weekly discounts, devoted last year to carrying out its expansion…

Michigan apple grower announces new partnership to offer asparagus

Applewood Fresh Growers LLC has announced its expansion to a company that not only offers apples but also fresh Michigan asparagus. The asparagus season in Michigan lasts from…

The largest agricultural exporting city to join the Asia Fresh Expo

Which Chinese city is rapidly developing its international cooperation in agriculture?

In recent years, Shandong Province has been developing its international cooperation in agriculture extensively, actively and effectively, and has achieved some remarkable results. VNU organized an international exchange tour to Shandong, to support the development of the internationalization of Shandong…

Sustainability report 2018 published

From 2030 BayWa AG intends to be climate-neutral throughout the Group

BayWa actively supports the aim of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. The internationally acting trading and service…

Italy: Fresh produce no longer on sale at FICO

Although spring is in full swing, there is very little fresh produce at FICO Eataly World, the large food park in Bologna inaugurated a year and a half ago. While the FICO acronym stands for Fabbrica italiana contadina (Italian farming factory), visitors can find processed products at most. Inside Fico…

China: Pagoda advances in fresh produce market with "Pagoda Enjoy"

Pagoda organized a news conference in Beijing on April 16th for the "Pagoda Fresh Produce Market Strategy". They officially announced their plan to advance in the Chinese…

Brittany and the Regional Chamber of Agriculture (CRAB) support BreizhCop

During an organized visit of the UCPT cooperative with the new president of the CRAB, André Sergent, the Brittany region and the Regional Chamber of Agriculture affirmed their…

Huntapac Produce

Profits doubling for UK veg and salad producer

Vegetable and salad producer Huntapac Produce, headquartered in the UK, has almost doubled pre-tax profits after a strong performance. It did, however, warned people that the current financial year has brought about challenges. Huntapac Produce was founded by William Hunter in 1942 and is now under…

Respite from banks causes Greenyard shares to shoot up

After Greenyard announced on Thursday evening that the banks will not punish the company for 15 months for their excessively high debt ratio, their shares shot up. Normally banks do not permit room to play for companies in difficulties for 15 months. According to KBC Securities the announcement is…

Melinda celebrates 30th anniversary with a new sorting plant

The Melinda brand was founded in 1989 by the Val di Non and Val di Sole cooperatives. To celebrate its thirtieth anniversary, the Cocea cooperative, one of the 6 members of the consortium, will renew its apple sorting plant. Look at the photos! "We will install a technology that will provide us with the…

Biocoop is thinking big

With its new president, Pierrick de Ronne, the cooperative brand Biocoop announced that it wants to continue its expansion and launch new store formats. Biocoop ended 2018 with a revenue of 1.2…

National Union of Family Associations:

‘Demain la Terre’ integrates consumers’ point of view into its governance, with the UNAF

The Association ‘Demain la Terre’ has integrated UNAF into the Control Committee, a major pillar of its governance and the credibility of its approach. The commitment of the…

More than 300 producers haven't been paid for their harvests

The Spanish citrus firm Fruterca files for bankruptcy

The Spanish firm Frutas Hermanos Catalá Benicolet, better known as Fruterca, based in the Valencian municipality of Palma de Gandía, has filed for bankruptcy with a liability…

Spanish retailers follow the trend

Lidl trials its first shop to have an urban garden

A few weeks ago people were talking about the plans of El Corte Ingles to install a vertical garden in their store in Valladolid, now their focus is on Lidl, which has put into operation its first store in the world with an urban garden. The discount company has opened this pioneer establishment in the…

Bob Harper moves into Chief Operating Officer position

Integrated Fresh Solutions, parent company to Fresh-Link Produce, LLC - a nationwide provider of grower products specializing in dry vegetables, tomatoes and fruit; and to…

Zeder’s companies target acquisition opportunities

Agribusiness conglomerate Zeder Investm ents says the companies under its control are open to making acquisitions because some of their competitors are being reevaluated. CEO…

Panalpina improves profitability by 15%

In the first three months of 2019, international freight forwarding and logistics company Panalpina improved profitability compared to the same period of last year. Panalpina…

Blueberries grown in polytunnels

Kenya: Kakuzi ventures into blueberry production

As it seeks to grow earnings and expand its portfolio of produce, Kenyan agro firm Kakuzi has diversified into production of blueberries. The company has been producing tea,…

Paul Moerdjiman, Axians, Mariëlle v.d. Berg, Prominent

Axians install I-Fresh at Prominent

At the start of March, Prominent successfully started using the I-Fresh by Axians software in its packaging companies, DC Prominent in De Lier and Prominent Maasland in Maasland. Both packaging companies are specialised in packing the tomatoes supplied by the Prominent growers. This project was carried…

Spain: Caparrós Nature opens new facilities in Níjar

Caparrós Nature, a family business founded in 1984, which this year celebrates its 35th anniversary, continues to look to the future with the opening of new facilities in…

The company moves 25 million kilos of pears and apples per year

Argentina's Ecofrut in crisis

The Ecofrut company joined a long list of national companies in crisis after it opened a creditors' reorganization process at the Commercial Justice. In total, the company, which mainly exports pears and apples from the Alto Valle of Río Negro, has a bank debt of just over $166 million. The impossibility of paying an impending…

Uwe Timm, AlzChem Trostberg GmbH:

"We contribute to high-quality cultivation and marketing"

In 1908, the hydropower of the Alz, which springs from the Chiemsee, was the primary reason for choosing the location of the energy dependent calcium carbide and calcium cyanamide plant in Trostberg (Bavaria). "This year we are celebrating our 111th anniversary," says Uwe Timm, Marketing Manager of…

Shopping app is in the works

Migros: New platform for online food retailing

Migros apparently want to reform its online supermarket, an internal message shows. What that means for LeShop is still unclear. Under the project name "Migros Food Online"…

“Visit of buyers organized by Saint-Charles Export”

Member companies of Saint-Charles Export participated, with the assistance of the Occitania region, in a reception for international buyers. The choice of the period allows for a visit to the productions of the department and for a discussion of the upcoming stone fruit season. Buyers could also admire…

Seeka celebrates opening of Kerikeri packhouse

Last week Seeka Limited opened its new packhouse in Kerikeri. The new packhouse building and grading machinery completion is part of the $18.6m facility upgrade and investment in Northland. Seeka's Chief Executive, Michael Franks, said, "This is a world class post-harvest facility. The investment will…

Bertrand Guély Joins Fall Creek as Regional Director of Europe

Bertrand Guély has joined Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc., as regional director, Europe, responsible for directing the company’s blueberry nursery and genetics business…

MSL Logic new representatives for Easyfresh in Jordan

Jordan, another “garden” to supply fresh produce to Europe and other destinations, some of the hurt by the crisis in Syria and other locations in the Middle East. Easyfresh is…

BayWa and RWA announce competition for robotics solutions in agriculture

In the search for innovation in agriculture, the Agro Innovation Lab (AIL), the joint innovation platform of BayWa and RWA, is breaking new ground: In a special format, the…

MSC to pioneer digital industry standards in new container line association

After gaining regulatory approval from the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) last month, four container shipping companies – MSC, A.P. Moller – Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean…

"Domestic fresh transport is a new dimension within group"

Peter Hendriks gets going at A+G Transporten in Venlo, NL

On 25 March, Peter Hendriks took up his position in A+G Transporten's planning division. Besides its branch in Nettetal, Germany, this company can also be found in Venlo, the Netherlands. "The company is mainly focused on international transport. With my background, I want to expand its activities. I…

8.4% growth in 2018, reaching 205 million Euro

Florette: Record sales in 2018

Florette closed 2018 with record sales in Spain. The turnover amounted to 205 million Euro, which represents an increase of 8.4% over the previous year. The prospect is now to reach the 250 million Euro by 2020, driven by the firm's commitment to innovation. "Innovation will continue to be our main drive for growth, focusing on…

Mountain crops in Spain; demand on the rise

"We have already sold all our apples, despite them being the most expensive"

Based in the Sierra de Alcarama, in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is the Finca Señorío de Rioja, which will start with the cherry campaign in a few weeks. "The development of the cherry trees has now stopped because of the cold recorded in recent days. The low temperatures will probably regulate the…

Zespri announces the passing of Jason Donaldson

It is with deep regret that Zespri announces the passing of Jason Donaldson, Operations Manager for the Americas, on March 22, 2019. He unexpectedly passed away, at the age of…

Malta: Fruitland has its eye on summer fruit

At Fruitland Company Ltd, preparations are well under way to ensure that the Maltese market is supplied with an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables during the hot summer…

Campbell sells Bolthouse Farms for $510 million

The Campbell Soup Company announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement for the sale of Bolthouse Farms to an affiliate of Butterfly Equity, a Los Angeles-based…

Delivery Biz Pro adds another international partner with New Zealand’s Ooooby

Global farm-to-table SaaS company Delivery Biz Pro (DBP), which provides software to facilitate delivery between farms and providers of fresh produce to homes and businesses,…

Lidl opens a new regional platform in Cestas (Aquitaine)

Lidl has recently opened a new regional logistics platform in Cestas, in the region of Bordeaux. With more than 5 hectares of facilities (559,723 square feet, including 21,526…

Spain: Apoexpa expects a good campaign

The Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruit, Table Grapes and other agricultural products (Apoexpa) has made a positive assessment of the 2018 campaign and foresees…

Kenya’s Twiga Foods set to expand to markets of Dar, Lagos and Addis Ababa

Twiga Foods Ltd is looking to expand to other African cities following its success in Nairobi. It will first move to East African cities such as Dar es Salaam and Addis Ababa. Thereafter, it plans to enter Africa’s most populous city, Lagos. The move to Lagos is mostly precipitated by the fact that the…

Auchan and Carrefour in automatic mode

The employees of Auchan are currently testing a store with no staff. In a container measuring 194 square feet, which just landed on the parking lot of the Auchan headquarters,…

France: Lidl exceeds 6% of market share

Kantar’s monthly performance study shows impressive results for Lidl. Indeed, for the first time, the discounter had more than 6% of market share in France, with a leap of 0.4…

JD.com and grocery giant Yonghui invest $750 million into Thai fruits

JD.com’s 7Fresh and Yonghui Superstores are set to co-invest RMB 5 billion (nearly USD 750 million) in Thailand to establish a direct sourcing and distribution line for tropical fruits. 7Fresh is an offline fresh-food store launched by JD.com in January 2018, and a direct rival to Alibaba’s Hema…

Supported by its banks

Greenyard in full swing to implement the Transformation Plan

Greenyard’s relationship banks consented to a 15-month covenant waiver period in parallel to the execution of the Transformation Plan, divestments and additional capital…

Taylor Farms acquires Earthbound Farm

Taylor Farms has announced the acquisition of Earthbound Farm from Danone, SA, effective today. "We are grateful for Danone’s stewardship of Earthbound Farm during the past…

C.H. Robinson expands its technology center in Warsaw, Poland

C.H. Robinson announced its plans to recruit over one hundred IT professionals by the end of 2020, to continue to enhance its industry-leading technology and global solutions,…

Simonato: Organic since 1997

"Chemicals are normally used in agriculture. However, overuse can have negative consequences for the environment and consumer health. For this and other reasons, we have made a clear choice by moving to the organic production method. This is how Rosanna Bertoldin, head of marketing at the Simonato brothers' company, puts it.…

Koert Pleunis, Pleunis Mushrooms:

"We see an increased demand for specialty mushrooms"

This year, Koert Pleunis of the Dutch company, Pleunis Mushrooms, has decided to grow other kinds of mushrooms in addition to the usual white mushrooms they already cultivate. This video was recorded in the run-up to the Mushroom Days.

Massimiliano Castagna from Cold Energy

The fruit sector is focused on energy saving and ecology

Operators from the fruit sector continue to require ecological plants with a low energy consumption, so demand for natural refrigerating fluids is increasing. "This is what the sector is requiring," explains Massimiliano Castagna (in the photo) , sales manager of Cold Energy , a company working in the…

Sant'Orsola celebrates 40th anniversary by inaugurating a new facility

The new facility inaugurated on 7th April 2019 by Cooperativa Sant'Orsola to celebrate its 40th anniversary is called "Villaggio dei Piccoli Frutti" (Soft Fruit Village) and is located in Pergine Valsugana near the road connecting Trentino to Veneto. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by…

Transparency in banana purchases:

REWE focuses on highest standards and sustainable cultivation

Knowing the origins REWE is the first major grocery retailer in Germany to provide traceability for bananas from its own brands right through to the producer. As a further…

Marco Kübler, Fruchtgarten Bayreuth GmbH:

"Asian kitchens are an interesting growth market for us"

In Upper Franconian Bayreuth, since about two years there has been a new wholesale company with a focus on gastronomy. In addition to the wide range of fruit and vegetables, rice, dried goods and various additional products are also supplied to regional restaurateurs of all kinds. Owner Marco Kübler sees…

SIIM is the official partner of the 50th anniversary of the Rungis market

SIIM, the main branch of the group Omer-Decugis et Fils, is the official partner of the 50 year anniversary of the Rungis market. A symbolic partnership since the family business Omer-Decugis et Fils, founded in 1850 and oldest house of the Halles of Paris, has been established at the MIN of Rungis since…

Au bout du Champ

France: “Here, it is the producer who sets the price”

Au Bout du Champ was born when two friends, Julien and Joseph, decided in 2013 to meet the challenge of offering, in the heart of Paris, fresh, seasonal and 100% local products in order to meet a growing demand. Today, the company has about 60 associates and 40 producers working together to offer more…

Robert Elshof, Elshof Organic Fruit:

"Higher CO2 taxes for cooled organic fruit no longer valid now that it's being grown energy-neutrally"

The volume of Dutch organic fruit is just about sold out. For Elshof Organic Fruit from Dronten, in the Netherlands, this is reason enough to focus on the Conference so-called 'switch' pears. "We sell these to health food store throughout Europe. However, the market is limited," says Robert Elshof.…

AOP Luce extends strawberry crops and Melannurca campana IGP orchards

"The strawberry campaign has started very well. Until around 15 days ago, quotations were positive and average prices for the main varieties (Fortuna and Sabrina) hovered around €3/kg. This year, we have decided to extend our production calendar to guarantee availability between October and June instead…

John Keeling to retire in June

Kam Quarles steps up as CEO of National Potato Council

The National Potato Council (NPC) has promoted Kam Quarles to chief executive officer. Current CEO John Keeling will be retiring in June, after 17 years with the NPC. Mike Wenkel, the executive director of the Michigan Potato Industry Commission, has been hired to fill the newly created role of chief…

Royal ZON's annual report released

ZON sells Fresh Park Venlo, but has a moderately positive annual result

Looking back on the 2018 horticultural year, many of Royal ZON's products' prices fluctuated or were disappointing. There were a few exceptions. ZON will continue to follow…

Italy: Slight growth for Unes supermarkets in 2018

"In some of our stores, the fresh produce sector reaches 55-60% of the turnover. It is clear how considerable attention is placed on this segment, so clients need to always be able to find the best product." The latest opening dates back to last week This was reported by Rossella Brenna, sales director…

Idai Nature, one of the best environmental management firms in Europe

Aware of the importance of harmonizing production and economic development with the preservation and respect for our environment, Idai Nature is recognized by its customers, employees and its social sphere as a company committed to environmental-friendliness. For this reason, it has recently received the…

Exclusive interview with Pagoda CEO Xu Yanlin

Pagoda advances "steady" market strategy

Pagoda is a large-scale fruit chain store that specializes in the integration of bulk purchase of fruit in production areas, keeping fruit fresh after harvest, storing and distributing fruit, and fruit retail in stores. The recent achievements of Pagoda in the fruit industry are clear for all to see.…

Carrefour to open a second store in Yaoundé

The French retail giant is extending its activities in Cameroon. A second Carrefour supermarket is currently being built at the “Douala Grand Mall & Business Park”, a…

Rebecca Chávez joins nonprofit organization as Business Development Manager

Equitable Food Initiative announced it is proud to welcome new hire Rebecca Chávez, MPH, to serve as business development manager. Chávez will be responsible for developing…

New CEO and CFO for BC Tree Fruits Cooperative

BC Tree Fruits Cooperative announced the appointment of two new senior executives – Mr. Todd McMyn as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Mr. Ross Dwhytie as Chief Financial…

Global fresh fruit supplier hires Manuel Escandon

Terra Exports, a global fresh fruit sourcing company, opened a new Tropicals Division in January 2019 and recently hired industry expert Manuel Escandon to be based in Chile…

Limoneira raises the roof on solar energy

On April 9th, 2019, Limoneira Company announced the unveiling of the Company’s latest solar project. “Over two thousand Hanwha Q Peak solar modules have been installed on the…

Freshmax appoints Terry Brown as General Manager

Freshmax New Zealand is pleased to announce the appointment of long standing team member, Terry Brown, to the newly created role of General Manager - Business Development. In…

Middle East retailer Lulu Group International intends to set up sourcing and logistics facility in Nigeria

Middle East retailer Lulu Group International intends to set up a sourcing and logistics facility in Nigeria to export local agricultural produce to its various operations…

Dry summer affects The Greenery’s 2018 results

In 2018, fruit and vegetable company The Greenery reported a net turnover of EUR 991.9 million (EUR 1,003.2 million in 2017). Net profit in 2018 was EUR 2 million (2017: EUR…

Staying for another decade

Gulftainer says Chiquita will remain at Port of Wilmington

GT USA Wilmington, the US branch of Gulftainer, has announced that thanks to efficiency gains, Chiquita Fresh North America will remain at the Port of Wilmington for another…

Cimcorp enters Russian distribution market and aims to boost grocery freshness

In response to growing demand for increased speed in fresh produce logistics, leading automation supplier, Cimcorp, is entering the Russian distribution market. Being…

"Without viable policies, it is impossible to be a young entrepreneur in agriculture"

Agronuquel: An organic orchard feeding Inditex workers

Bárbara Rivera, a native of Neda, in the Spanish province of A Coruña, started cultivating her 1,000 hectares of greenhouse space in 2013. Her idea was to grow healthy food for her daughters. Now she is also feeding Inditex workers. This young woman, with experience in the family orchard, saw a future in…

Mitchell van der Geugten, Jami Trading:

"Christmas and summer are peak times for Kenyan vegetables"

In 2017 Mitchell van der Geugten started Jami Trading, specialised in the import of Kenyan green beans, pods and sugar snaps. "We wanted to mainly focus on the beans, but it's moving a lot faster than we expected. We have now expanded the assortment with passion fruit and baby sweetcorn, among others."…

Arjen Bouma, Gilad Produce:

“Best start of Dutch pepper season in years”

The Dutch pepper season has once again started for Gilad Produce in De Lier. “Red, green and yellow peppers, but we also have specialities of our Dutch market gardeners available,” says Arjen Bouma. According to the salesperson, the market is exceptionally good at the moment. “We haven’t had such a start…

Frans Jongerius: “Plenty of chances in both import and sales for continued growth”

Aartsenfruit Venlo celebrates expansion with open day

On Saturday 6 April, Aartsenfruit celebrated the expansion of their branch in Venlo with an open day. A lot of interested parties took the opportunity to visit the new building. The presentation of own brands and products was well organised, as we’ve come to expect from Aartsenfruit. A special programme…

Insolar accepted into Blockchain in Transport Alliance

Insolar has been accepted into the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA), an organization which aims to drive standards and enable blockchain adoption. BiTA members are…

Blue Whale celebrates its 50th anniversary at the Paris wholesale market

France: “One of the most beautiful events ever at Rungis market”

On April 4th and 5th, the customers of the Rungis market were treated to a virtual reality tour of the life-cycle of a Blue Whale apple; from the moment it is picked in the orchards of Moissac to its arrival on the supermarket shelves. Blue Whale organized the event to celebrate its 50th anniversary. A…

50 years of SFL celebrated in music

SFL (the Union of Fruits and Vegetables) celebrated its 50 year anniversary on Sunday at the heart of the Halles of Paris. For the occasion, more than 350 guests were invited to attend an exceptional concert at the church of Saint-Eustache. Wholesalers and retailers could then go on to enjoy an organized…

Healthy foods brand hires new Key Account Manager

Good Foods has announced the hire of Jay Guzman as the new Key Account Manager. Drawing on more than ten years of experience in business development leadership roles, Guzman…

“We’re like an extended family”

Canadawide wins inaugural Corporate Culture Award at CPMA

Three months ago, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) shared the introduction of a Corporate Culture Award. The organization teamed up with Waterstone Human Capital to give CPMA members an opportunity to participate in their corporate culture exercise. From all members who participated,…

New roles for California-based avocado marketer

Avocado marketer, Index Fresh, has announced the appointment of Santiago Pacheco, Manrique Palacios, and Juan Valdez in new roles to lead teams across California and Texas. Over the last six months the California-based company hired Santiago Pacheco as VP of Operations, while Manrique Palacios…

'We constantly try to meet the needs of customers and adapt to local trends.'

Adelaide Fresh Fruiters’ slice of success

Adelaide Fresh Fruiterers Morphett Vale owner Dino Labbozzetta’s family has been in the fruit and veg business for more than 40 years. Mr Labbozzetta features in Messenger…

Berry Gardens implements AI for cyber defence

Darktrace, an AI company for cyber defence, has today announced that Berry Gardens, a UK berry and stone fruit producer, has deployed Darktrace’s Industrial Immune System to…

OC Verhulst and Mooij Agro

Newly designed VaccTek Condenser Dryer

Two Dutch companies, OC Verhulst and Mooij Agro, have brought the VaccTek® Condenser Dryer to new heights. OC Verhulst has been manufacturing air treatment units for many years. They found their sales and support partner for the VaccTek® Condenser Dryer in Mooij Agro. The VaccTek® Condenser Dryer is the…

The vegan market is in full growth

Whether it is because of a real awareness or a passing trend, vegetarian and vegan diets are booming. Startups and manufacturers do not intend to miss the movement. From…

The Greenery appoints Arthur Swijter as CFO

The Supervisory Board of The Greenery has appointed Arthur Swijter as CFO. In mid-May, Arthur will succeed current CFO Philip Limvers, who announced in November 2018 that he…

Ending up at 3rd place with market share of fresh vegetables at over 20%

Bio Suisse sets new records

For the first time, sales of Knospe foodstuffs rose to over CHF 3 billion. The organic market share rose to just under 10 percent. At the end of 2018, 6,719 companies were producing food according to organic guidelines, which is 300 more than a year earlier. 2018 was a good year for Bio Suisse. "Organic food sales rose by 13.3…

REWE Group growing strongly in Germany and abroad

Over 60 billion euros in sales for the first time

For the first time in its history, the REWE Group achieved total external sales of more than 60 billion euros: In the past financial year of 2018, revenues increased by 4.7…

Mucci Farms wins Freggie Approved Award at CPMA

Mucci Farms has announced that they have won the Freggie Approved Award once again, with CuteCumber Poppers collecting the top prize at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s 2019 Annual Convention & Trade Show. The Freggie Approved Award recognizes an exhibitor for their innovative product…

Total Produce announces Board changes

Total Produce plc announces the following Board changes: Retirement of Executive Director Frank Gernon, executive director, has advised the Board that he will retire as a…

Farm Fresh Produce CEO Steven Ceccarelli awarded ‘Small Business Person of the Year’ for North Carolina

Faison entrepreneur and Farm Fresh Produce Inc. owner Steven Ceccarelli has been named the Small Business Administration North Carolina Small Business Person of the Year. “I’m honored to receive this prestigious award, and very proud to represent grassroots businesses here in North Carolina," said…

American ambassador, Pete Hoekstra, visits Wiskerke Onions

On Wednesday, 3 April, Wiskerke Onions hoisted the American flag. Pete Hoekstra, the ambassador for the United States in the Netherlands paid a visit to this onion company. He was accompanied by the King's Commissioner in Zeeland, Han Polman. Wiskerke Onions is located in this Dutch province. Ambassador…

Colruyt Group launches reusable bags for fruits and vegetables

The Belgian retail chain Colruyt has decided to ban all non-reusable packagings from its fruit and vegetable aisles. The goal is set for October 2019. From June 19th, all…

"Strengthening market focus and commercial effectiveness"

Ton den Boer is Total Produce Haluco holding's new Sales Director

TP Haluco Holding has hired Ton den Boer in order to expand its commercial team. Ton will take up his post as Sales Director from 8 April. In this capacity, he will strengthen…

10th Anniversary of Verbruggen Asia office

On 18 March, the Asian office of Verbruggen Palletizing Solutions operating under the name Deltadesh reached a significant milestone. It has been operating in Asia for 10 years. The Verbruggen Asian office is located in Dhaka, Bangladesh since 2009. So, it was time for a celebration! A festive…

Arjan Brouwer to fulfill a new role within Kiremko

Arjan Brouwer is going to fulfill a new role within Kiremko as Area Sales Manager for France, Spain, Portugal and Latin America. He will fulfill this function as an…

Alico continues with sale of sensitive land to Florida Forever program

The Florida Cabinet on Tuesday approved the purchase of 5,534 acres of sensitive lands from Alico, Inc., for the Devil's Garden Florida Forever project. "We are incredibly…

“Tunisian products in search of international markets”

Trading Med is a Tunisian company specialized in trade, cold storage (packaging and storing agricultural products) and marketing at the national level. Its products can be found in the Carrefour and Monoprix supermarkets, and in restaurants like Pizza Hut. The company Frigomed, which is part of Trading…

La Grande Bellezza Italiana is working and getting more popular among retail chains

Six months after it was officially presented, La Grande Bellezza Italiana business network can say it has taken considerable steps forwards. "The two characteristics that are making our fruit and vegetables more visible are the single brand for many high-quality Italian products and a packaging that…

"Succession particularly important for growers and regional fresh produce programs"

Tobi Seeobst AG takes over customers and suppliers of Ernst Zuber AG

Swiss Tobi Seeobst AG is expanding its field of activity by taking over the fresh fruit trade of Ernst Zuber AG. The takeover ensures that the needs of customers and suppliers in Northwestern Switzerland will be optimally covered in the future, comments Benno Neff, Managing Director of Tobi Seeobst AG.…

Presentation at the European Hospital of Marseille

France: Blue Whale promotes organic apples

At the beginning of 2017, some organic apple and kiwi producers from Blue Whale in the Garonne and Loire Valley came together to form the “organic fruit growers of our…

Florida grower announces new Director of Farming

J&J Family of Farms announces that Clayton Amestoy is promoted to Director of Farming. In his new role, Amestoy is responsible for directing all farming operations,…

House Judiciary Committee Labor Hearing commended

The United Fresh Produce Association commends the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship for holding a hearing on “Securing the Future of American…

Finished by end 2020

Coöperatie DOOR to get new offices, packing centre, and one-stop shop for clients

On Friday, 29 March, Coöperatie DOOR signed a deal for the transfer of a building site. This 3.6 ha plot of land is located at the Honderdland Business park in the Netherlands. Over the next 18 months, new business premises will be constructed there. Chairperson, Jack Groenewegen, and treasurer, Pleun…

Sales to more than 12 countries

Socomo is Spain's number one horticultural exporter

Socomo, the fruit and vegetable subsidiary of the Carrefour group, has consolidated its position as the leading exporter of Spanish fruit and vegetable products, after selling national fruits and vegetables to more than 12 European, Ibero-American and Asian countries, as reported by the company in a…

Colombia's Uniban grows in the US market

Uniban, Colombia's main agricultural-product trading company, is advancing in the implementation of its new strategy to serve customers and markets in Europe, the United States, and Asia through four main businesses: Agricultural Production, Field Services, Marketing and Logistics, and Market…

Young talent moves up in family farm business

Baloian Farms, a year-round supplier of premium quality peppers and mixed vegetables, recently promoted young talent within their sales department at their headquarters in…

Canadian group of companies launch zero plastic waste strategy

The Star Group of Companies is taking its first step in the plastic conversation, leading with the theme, ‘let’s reduce plastic together’ at the CPMA tradeshow in Montreal,…

Industry veteran set to retire after successful produce career

Renaissance Food Group (RFG) has announced senior vice president of produce sales, Phil Fendyan, will retire in April after more than 15 years with the company. During his…

Marketing agency celebrates 15 years serving the fresh produce industry

DMA Solutions, Inc., a full-service marketing agency that exclusively serves the fresh produce industry, is celebrating 15 years of service this year. The company, which was…

Lamb Weston posts Q3 earnings & updates 2019 outlook

Potato processing giant Lamb Weston Holdings (LW) posted its third-quarter 2019 earnings before the opening bell on Tuesday, April 2. Net sales for the quarter rose by 7% to $927 million, with income from operations jumping 15% to $194 million. On an adjusted basis, operations income rose 13%. Earnings…

Naturipe Farms announces new Director of Marketing Innovation and Sustainability

Naturipe Farms has announced the appointment of Janis McIntosh as Director of Marketing Innovation & Sustainability. In her new role, McIntosh will be responsible for…

Solarenn maintains its growth

France: “Solarenn kicks off season without pesticides and with HEV certification”

The cooperative Solarenn (Ille-et-Vilaine) continues to grow with a revenue of 50 million euros [56 million USD], a 12% increase. 30,000 tons of tomatoes, 80 tons of Gariguette strawberries and 30 tons of mini bell peppers were sold. Solarenn ranks fifth on the French tomato market and third among…

New office, packing plant and distribution center

Ontario potato grower-marketer expands into the US

EarthFresh Farms is excited to announce their expansion into the Southeastern USA with an advanced technological packing plant and distribution center in Atlanta, GA. The new 140,000 sq. ft. packing plant and distribution center will operate as EarthFresh Atlanta, using the newest available technologies…

Camposol Holding Plc. reports record fourth quarter and preliminary full year 2018 financial results

Camposol Holding released their fourth quarter and preliminary full year 2018 financial results. The company's 2018 record EBITDA from continuing operations amounted to USD…

C.H. Robinson announces Interim CFO

C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (“C.H. Robinson” or the “Company”) announced that Scott Hagen, Corporate Controller, will also serve as Interim Chief Financial Officer,…

Love Your Produce Manager Day winners announced

Love Your Produce Manager® Day (LYPM) is a day when Frieda’s Specialty Produce recognizes top produce managers and their teams from across the country. LYPM Day grabs attention every year, with many different organizations engaging online to celebrate their produce teams. Since solid execution in the…

Port Report:

Cosco Shipping wraps up first year with Orient Overseas Intl. results under belt

OOIL fleet boosts Cosco’s volumes and revenue, but rates were stagnant and high finance costs push profit lower. Cosco Shipping Holdings reported its first year of results,…

Berry company wins best Health and Safety Labor Program award

Driscoll’s was awarded the best Health and Safety Labor Program globally at the 2019 Sedex Awards in recognition for the company’s comprehensive approach to labor compliance,…

Expansion of supply to European supermarkets

LuBa Fresh certified IFS Broker Higher Level

Barely three years after the beginning of LuBa Fresh Luciën de Wit has successfully completed the IFS audit. Luciën de Wit during a company visit in India Getting the IFS certificate is a logical result of the strongly increasing trade activities of LuBa Fresh BV. Luciën de Wit: "In a short time we have…

Jaguacy Brazil closes Jaguacy Holland location

Jaguacy Brazil has decided to close its sales office in the Netherlands. Jaguacy Brazil will now do the sales and marketing themselves for Jaguacy Brazil. This change will be…

Lab Innova, Macfrut and Cibus Tech work together to develop skills in Africa

FreshPlaza talked to Macfrut President Renzo Piraccini about the visits to Ethiopia carried out over the past few weeks as part of the Lab Innova project. The second step of the project is currently taking place in Mozambique. "These businesses will take part in Macfrut (Rimini, 8th-10th May) and visit…

Superfresh Growers announce exclusive blueberry partnership

Superfresh Growers® and Norris Farms® have joined forces to deliver customers around the world a premium organic and conventional blueberry program. About 60 percent of production is expected to be organic versus 40 percent conventional. Superfresh Growers will exclusively sell Norris Farms berries…

Hazera to expand activities on the Polish seed market

Hazera Poland, a subsidiary of Hazera, part of the Limagrain Group, intends to extend the range of vegetable seeds offered to the Polish customers. A new business plan for operations in Poland includes strengthening Hazera’s collaboration within the Limagrain Group. In view of its distribution of…

Denmark's DSV to buy logistics company Panalpina in $4.6 billion deal

Swiss logistics group Panalpina has bowed to an increased 4.6 billion Swiss francs ($4.6 billion) bid from Danish rival DSV, ending a more than two month takeover battle…


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