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Hnos. Fernández López completes expansion in southern Spain

As part of its expansion plan in southern Spain, the company Fernández Global Fruit Group has acquired two sales outlets in Seville's wholesale market Mercasevilla. These are already open to the public. These two points of sale are located at numbers 16 and 17 of Mercasevilla's Warehouse 1. Together, and…

Spanish citrus fruits will reach Germany in just 48 hours

SanLucar starts exporting to Germany with refrigerated rail service from Transfesa Logistics

For the first time in history, SanLucar is shipping its products to Germany by train with Transfesa Logistics' express refrigerated rail service. In this initial phase, Transfesa Logistics is handling the shipment of one container of fresh produce per week from Valencia to Cologne within 48 hours. Following…

Bilodev, new packaging station of Relais Vert

Relais Vert continues its growth with the opening of Bilodev, a new packaging station entirely devoted to organic food products and equipped with the following: - a vertical bagging machine - an associative weighing machine - a volumetric filler - a linear weighing machine - a line entirely dedicated to…

United Fresh statement on USDA ending Food Box Program

On behalf of the millions of Americans who gained access to healthy fresh produce throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are deeply disappointed in USDA’s decision to end the…

Market wonders whether Zeder has been approached to sell Capespan, The Logistics Group

At the announcement of their annual financial results Zeder, leading investment holding company in South African agribusiness, mentioned approaches by unnamed parties to sell some of their holdings.  Market analyst Anthony Clark has taken this to be a reference to Capespan (of which Zeder owns 96%) and The…

Crowd investment campaign for hydroponic greenhouse kits

There's a new opportunity for investors with interest in the agricultural industry. The Israeli company TAPKIT hydroponic systems has launched a crowd investment campaign. With over 30 successful installations word-wide, the company wants to upscale their business. "We are already selling on a consistent…

Rijk Zwaan organizes brand-enhancing studio meetings with its Sweet Palermo partners

Rijk Zwaan stays in close contact with its partners to exchange knowledge and provide them with valuable new market insights into current and future needs. Initiatives such as studio-based meetings help Rijk Zwaan to further develop the Sweet Palermo brand. Rijk Zwaan recently held a series of studio…

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

Alico, Inc. announced the State of Florida purchased, under the Florida Forever program, approximately 5,734 acres of Alico Ranch for $14.4 million, pursuant to an option…

Coveris and Berry Gardens launch recycled lidding film with over 30% PCR content

Berry Gardens, the UK's leading berry and stone fruit production and marketing group, has partnered with sustainable packaging manufacturer Coveris to launch a new printed lidding film containing over 30% post-consumer recyclate (PCR). The first-to-market, food safe PCR film is now available nationwide…

iFarm

iFarm sees opportunity to introduce vertical farming into aviation

Converting plane passenger cabins into salad bars

When a European airline sought new ways to reuse decommissioned aircraft, iFarm engineers got to work designing a custom vertical farm that could flourish in the body of an airplane.  Experts from iFarm proposed converting the passenger airliner cabin into a salad bar and designed a vertical farm with a total…

Industrie Montali

Vaccination campaign pushes exports to Northern Europe

"The positive effects of the vaccination campaign in the UK and US are livening up a market which actually never stopped when it comes to tomato products. Nonetheless, there are problems caused by the ongoing pandemic. I am talking in particular about the logistic sector, considering that 80% of our…

Andalusian citrus growers leave Intercitrus due to its lack of activity, ineffectiveness, and lethargy

The Andalusian citrus growers, represented by Asaja-Andalusia, have decided to abandon the Intercitrus interprofessional due to its lack of activity, ineffectiveness, and…

Bakersfield, California

International Fruit Genetics develops $12 million campus in McFarland

International Fruit Genetics, based out of Bakersfield, California, has announced that it is developing a new $ 12 million research and growing campus in McFarland. The plans…

Crispy Green's spring campaign emphasizes getting outdoors and getting active

'Crispy Green Go' campaign set to high gear

As the country continues to open up, most of the population is ready to GO!  It's the perfect time to launch the Crispy Green Go campaign, promoting the positive benefits of getting outdoors and getting active; and fueling all of these activities with Crispy Fruit freeze-dried fruit snacks! Crispy Green Go…

Port Manatee container trade soars 74 percent in record first fiscal half

Port Manatee’s vibrant containerized cargo trade keeps soaring to record heights, with the number of container units crossing port docks in the six months ended March 31…

Ukrainian apple grower and exporter UApple partners with Wageningen University & Research

Leading Ukrainian apple grower and exporter Sady Dnipra (UApple brand) got a testimonial on the website of Wageningen University & Research about their mutually successful…

Aldi first to offer seasonal Scottish strawberries

Aldi is the first retailer to offer punnets of Scottish strawberries to their customers this year, as these will hit stores from Friday. The first crops of strawberries to…

Dutch potato processor continues, with new partnership

André Aasman owns ASN, a Dutch potato processing company. He has found new partners. They are Anton Riezebos and Corné Kodde, co-owners of Polder Potato and Aard Robaard, who…

Union Investment acquires logistics scheme from Hessing in Venlo, the Netherlands

Union Investment has acquired the “Greenfield” logistics project in Venlo, the Netherlands. “Due to its location and connectivity, Venlo is one of the most important logistics locations in Europe. The logistics centre is located between the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp as well as the European…

Marcel Bloemendaal appointed as Sales Director for Northern Europe

Tozer Seeds has announced the appointment of Marcel Bloemendaal as their new Sales Director for Northern Europe. Marcel will be based in the Netherlands and will be…

Jorge Aguilar Jr., CEO of Coliman Group

“The coming years will bring expansion in organic production and investment in technology”

This month, Coliman Group celebrates the company’s 58th anniversary. Founded by Mr. Custodio Aguilar in 1963, today the company is still family owned and managed by the Aguilar family. It wasn’t until 1978 that Aguilar’s son Jorge Aguilar Heredia, formally founded AGGALL Coliman Group with the…

Inci Dannenberg, Bayer:

"Technology to help growers seize glasshouse opportunities"

Although there are differences between the European and the American glasshouse industry, with one focusing more on the retail market and the other one traditionally being focused on the foodservice, opportunities for glasshouse growers abound, says Inci Dannenberg, the new Global Head of Vegetable Seeds…

Wilco Arts, "Our great start means we've changed our plans for the future"

North Bay Produce gets Dutch sales office for blueberries, snow peas, and sugar snaps

Northbay Produce is a North American cooperative. It consists of growers from North, Central, and South America. They supply clients with fresh produce all year round, offering fruit and vegetables ranging from apples to asparagus and blueberries to snow peas. This organization has had a presence in…

Foodservice edition of berry newsletter introduced

California Giant Berry Farms has introduced a new foodservice edition of The Buzz newsletter. California Giant has always taken great pride in its efforts to support the foodservice industry. The brand has a core emphasis on consistent supply of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries…

Mexican tomato grower adds blueberries to program

Magic Sun, a hydroponic grower in Mexico, is seeing continued growth and demand in its original tomato product line. Over the last two seasons, the company has expanded its…

Improving the international fruit and vegetable supply chain by data standardization

IFPS, the International Federation for Produce Standards representing produce associations worldwide, wants to improve the supply chain efficiency of the fresh produce…

Celebrating the life of Canadian produce veteran Sam Bertucci

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague, Sam (Salvatore) Bertucci," says a press release from Catania Worldwide. Sam passed away…

Walmart introduces restoring pollinator habitat program

Imagine mornings without orange juice or summer picnics without strawberries. Such a future is possible if we don’t take collective action to begin restoring pollinator…

The company plans to increase its purchase of Spanish products by up to 15%

Aldi bets on seasonal and local fruits and vegetables

The supermarket chain Aldi bought more than 3,100 tons of seasonal fruits and vegetables of Spanish origin between March and May 2020, i.e. 27% more than in the same period of…

New program for grower’s imperfect produce

A recent loss conscious program focuses on selling Nature Fresh Farms imperfect produce to reduce food waste. The Waste Me Nots program was created to leverage Nature Fresh Farms’ tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers that don’t meet the criteria of its Quality Control team. As most greenhouses hope to grow…

Packaging Matters and Origin Materials announce partnership

US-based carbon-negative materials company Origin Materials has partnered with packaging company Packaging Matters to develop advanced packaging materials. In the…

Seatrade Group and Jamaica Producers Group Ltd announce joint venture acquisition of Geest Line

Seatrade Group and Jamaica Producers Group Limited are pleased to announce the joint venture acquisition of Geest Line Limited. Geest Line has been the operator of one of the…

Total Produce completes $1.44 bln refinancing

Total Produce plc announced today that it has entered into a credit agreement with Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A., New York Branch, as administrative agent and collateral agent,…

AgroFresh appoints Clinton A. Lewis Jr. as CEO

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc., a global player in produce freshness solutions, today announced that Clinton A. Lewis Jr. has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer and to the…

Blueberry councils hire new director of communications

Jill Scofield has been hired as the director of communications and industry relations for the North American Blueberry Council (NABC) and the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council…

Braga Fresh promotes senior director of sales

Braga Fresh promoted Heather Fuller to vice-president of sales.Fuller joined the company more than five years ago and most recently was the senior director of sales. In her…

Center for Growing Talent

New opportunities for professional development

Center for Growing Talent by PMA has announced the newest addition to a suite of development opportunities for produce and floral industry young professionals. The new…

April 30

Apple quality solutions and market trends discussed at Quality Summit

Hazel Technologies, Inc. announces the first ever virtual Apple Quality Summit. The one-hour event will be held on Friday April 30th and feature keynote speakers from across the industry ahead of the 2021 Northern American apple season. “Apples are a powerhouse within fruit — the second largest behind…

Club apple brand teams up with upcoming DreamWorks film

JAZZ™ apples are joining an epic adventure thanks to an exclusive new partnership with the new DreamWorks Animation film, Spirit Untamed. The film, which arrives in theaters June 4, 2021, is the next chapter in DreamWorks Animation’s franchise that began with the 2002 Oscar-nominated film Spirit:…

France's Agrial reports sales dip as pandemic still hurts

Agrial,  France’s largest agri-food cooperative group stated yesterday that its 2020 sales had dropped as it suffered from prolonged bar and restaurant closures due to COVID-19.…

NatureSmart – Wilene Burger

Fresh marketer connects Namibia and South Africa

NatureSmart was established last year to facilitate the growing fresh produce trade between Namibia and South Africa. It makes sense for Namibian growers to enter the South African market since labour and pack-at-source costs are much lower in Namibia than in South Africa. “We've ended our first year on…

HortNZ welcomes Horizons’ support for Levin vegetable growing

Horticulture New Zealand is welcoming Horizons Regional Council’s decision to adopt recommendations on Plan Change 2 that affect vegetable growing.   ‘The new requirements are tough but…

New role in Canadian business development generates expansion opportunities

Oppy freshens up product line in time for CPMA Fresh Week

As the industry anticipates the return and revitalization of Canada’s primary produce event in its new form, Oppy adds Canadian category development to the role of one of its most valued veterans. Having spent the last 13 years building Oppy’s North American greenhouse business within the sector’s…

Agri-Ethique: new fruit sector with the French fair trade label

After wheat, barley, milk, meat, eggs, honey, dried vegetables and condiments, fruit are now also part of the Agri-Ethique approach, the first French fair trade label. This initiative is led by Le Domaine de Marcerolles, a brand located in southeastern France. Starting in May, cherries, apricots,…

Henkjan van Essen (JBB Packaging): "Everything we make is customer-specific”

Ornamental cultivation packager takes first steps in the fresh produce sector with a line of paper bags

As a packaging company from the Dutch Westlands region, JBB Packaging from Maasdijk supplies a lot of packaging to cut flower and potted plant growers. A request from a growers cooperation last year led to the company also taking up activities within the fresh produce sector. “we are ready to supply the…

'Family Segments' series connects citrus, cooking and family

Sunkist Growers recently debuted Family Segments, a new three-part series on YouTube. Hosted by chef influencers in Canada, the at-home cooking tutorials give viewers an intimate window into how families connect with one another over conversations, culture and citrus. The first YouTube segment, featuring…

Facility expansion for manufacturer of retractable roof greenhouses and cooling houses

In response to increases in global demand for its retractable roof greenhouses, cooling houses and field covering systems, Cravo is expanding its production, warehouse, outdoor storage and shipping facilities. “We have seen a dramatic increase in the number and size of new projects especially after the…

Under the patronage of Confindustria Serbia

La Linea Verde Dobrinci announces the creation of a supply-chain for fresh-cut vegetable farmers

On 31st March, under the patronage of Confindustria Serbia, La Linea Verde Dobrinci, agro-food company specialised in the production of fresh and ready to eat vegetables, organised a special meeting to present Serbian farmers its successful supply-chain model for fresh-cut. La Linea Verde Dobrinci is the Serbian hub of the Group La Linea Verde, important player with an…

Global fresh fruit supplier turns to agri-data provider to improve market intelligence

UniFrutti forge partnership with Tridge to support international growth strategy

UniFrutti Group, an international fresh fruit supplier, has turned to Tridge to provide comprehensive market analysis to support its ambitious growth strategy and to help improve its market intelligence within the fruit and vegetable market. Tridge is a global trade ecosystem that uses a combination of…

24 acre greenhouse to rise in Georgia

Pete's plans project in Peach County

Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that Pete’s, a long-time, California-based greenhouse grower, will invest $18 million in opening their first eastern U.S. indoor, controlled environment agriculture facility in Warner Robins in Peach County, Georgia. “Agriculture is our top industry, and Pete’s will…

Production site in the Tula region

McCain invests in local production facility in Russia

As a global company, McCain Foods operates in 160 countries around the world, with 51 facilities in local markets to best serve our customers. After more than 20 years of…

Thermo King launches new Container Fresh & Frozen (CFF) refrigeration units

Thermo King®, providing transport temperature control solutions and a brand of Trane Technologies, has introduced new Container Fresh & Frozen (CFF) refrigeration solutions for containers. The new Thermo King CFF reefers feature improved temperature and humidity control, lower total cost of ownership and…

New Chief Executive for kiwifruit organisation Kiwifruit Vine Health

Kiwifruit Vine Health announced today that Leanne Stewart has been appointed as the biosecurity organisation’s new Chief Executive. KVH Board Chairman, David Tanner says…

Salling Group

Netto tests climate labeling to help consumers make conscious choices

Netto will be the first retail chain in Denmark to help customers make more climate-conscious choices through climate labeling of food. This is being done in a pilot in selected stores, where signage and labeling of the products leads customers to the less climate-damaging alternatives. The goal is to…

Swiss industry software Frutico gains importance

"We don't just offer an ERP, we offer full process optimization"

Just under a year ago, the innovative ERP software Frutico from  Swiss software developer Deep Impact AG had its market launch. The flexible and future-oriented software system has already made waves in the domestic fresh produce industry. The solution is designed to enable goal-oriented work and to make daily…

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Conference scholarship named after industry veteran launched

Center for Growing Talent (CGT) by PMA, Karen Caplan and Jackie Caplan Wiggins announce the founding of the Frieda Rapoport Caplan Women’s Fresh Perspectives Scholarship that enable a woman in the industry to attend the Women’s Fresh Perspective Conference annually at no cost.  This year’s conference is September…

Women in Produce honoree recognized for product development work

Nature Fresh Farms’ product development specialist, Luci Faas, has been recognized for her excellence in the produce industry. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association, in partnership with Grocery Business Magazine, has developed the Women in Produce initiative recognizing the achievements of…

ITC held hearing on the effects of cucumber and squash imports from Mexico

The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association says yesterday’s International Trade Commission hearing on the effect of imports on the U.S. Cucumber and Squash Industries was a…

Seipasa obtains in Mexico the label extension of the Fungisei bio-fungicide for grapes

Seipasa, a Spanish company specialized in the development and formulation of bioinsecticides, bio-fungicides, and biostimulants for agriculture, has obtained the extension of the phytosanitary registry of t…

Fortune Agribusiness - Southbank, Victoria

Fruit grower gets largest Northern Territory water licence ever

Fortune Agribusiness is a Southbank company that plans to build a massive Central Australian fruit and vegetable farm. Last Thursday, it was handed the biggest water license…

Driscoll's sells ‘in conversion’ blueberries as it moves to organic production

Even while Driscoll's farms are transitioning to organic production, the berry brand is encouraging consumers to continue eating its fruit. Driscoll's "in-conversion…

ACM allowed to impose fine on cold store exploiters

The CBb Appeals Tribunal has made a ruling on April 6 in one of the juice cartel cases in the cold store sector. The CBb ruled that the Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM)…

Change at the top of Lehmann Natur

Raphael Kennerknecht is leaving company management

Shortly before Easter, Lehmann Natur Ltd. and Raphael Kennerknecht, Managing Director of Lehmann Natur since 2016, ended their years of successful cooperation by mutual agreement. Raphael Kennerknecht will also resign from his position as Managing Director of Biodirekt Ltd. Raphael Kennerknecht (2nd on the…

Red Horticulture: a revolution for the crops

Red Horticulture specializes in intelligent LED lighting systems to optimize plant growth. The French start-up based in Lyon has just raised 2.5 million euros [2.97 million…

Grower referendum affirms continuation of California Avocado Commission

The California Department of Food and Agriculture recently completed a state-mandated referendum vote that determined the California Avocado Commission is approved to continue…

Avocado grower/shipper releases inaugural environmental and social report

Mission Produce, Inc., producer and distributer of fresh Hass avocados, announced yesterday the release of its inaugural Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report, Finest for the Future. The report highlights Mission’s accomplishments in sustainable farming and details the status and scope of its…

100 % cardboard

Zero plastic for Solarenn and partners DS Smith & ETpack

The Solarenn cooperative has been working for two years on changing its packaging. For the 2021 season, three actors from the fruit and vegetable sector have developed innovative, optimized and eco-designed packaging. An efficient tripartite partnership and design. A tripartite partnership for…

Provides update for Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2021

Lamb Weston reports Fiscal Third Quarter 2021 Results

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. today announced its third quarter fiscal 2021 results and provided a business update for the fourth quarter fiscal 2021. “We delivered solid sales…

Best convenience packaging

Cultivar's grape packaging wins first prize at World Food Innovation Awards 2021

Cultivar, in partnership with Alzamora Group, has developed an innovative packaging format for grapes that has won the award for "Best Convenience packaging" at the World Food Innovation Awards 2021. In its evaluation, the jury highlighted the reduction of plastic use while maintaining functionality and aesthetic…

Alsum Farms brings on director of sales & business development

Alsum Farms & Produce Inc., a fresh market grower, packer and shipper of Wisconsin grown potatoes, onions and provider of fresh, quality produce, announces the recent addition…

Design company Freshmade wins awards

Sunset's Queen of Greens website and social media recognized by advertising awards

Mastronardi Produce’s website and social media design work for their new Queen of Greens line has been recognized in the American Advertising Awards. Recognized as the advertising industry’s largest national competition, the American Advertising Awards recognizes excellence in design and advertising.…

Hazel Tech hires account executive

Hazel Technologies Inc. announces Alex Jimenez has joined the company as an AgTech account executive. Jimenez joins Hazel Tech following several years of supply side service…

"Dutch-style greenhouse vegetables will create a lasting impact on Chinese market"

Jaguar The Fresh Company is proud to announce that with immediate effect, Leopard Fruit Trading (Shanghai), a 100% subsidiary of Jaguar, and FoodVentures China, have entered into an agreement for the marketing and sales of fresh produce grown by a new FoodVentures project in Shanghai. FoodVentures will…

Baby spinach to grow in new high-tech US greenhouse

Element Farms has completed all phases of construction and onboarding at its first facility and has revealed its plans for expansion: a 2.5-acre spinach greenhouse designed with the exact specs for growing free baby spinach all year round. Element Farms already grows over half a million pounds of…

PEI Potato Board presents 2021 potato industry awards

The PEI Potato Board traditionally presents Potato Industry Recognition Awards at its annual banquet to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the industry. Three awards were presented at the board’s monthly meeting in March 2021 and they will be recognized at the banquet in…

Del Monte Fresh restructures multiple divisions and names new Senior Vice Presidents

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. announces restructuring of the North America organization following the departure of former Senior Vice President, Annunciata (Nucci)…

Ocean Spray hires Monisha Dabek as Chief Commercial Officer

Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., the agricultural cooperative founded in 1930, has named Monisha Dabek as its new chief commercial officer. As CCO, Dabek will be responsible for…

Joining the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

Driscoll’s prioritizes sustainable packaging solutions for fresh berries

Fresh berry produce company Driscoll’s has joined The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. They have done this in an effort to make sustainable packaging solutions for its…

Helmer and WDP partner up for construction

Cold store of 12,000 m2 being built in the Netherlands

Helmer's storage, transshipment, and cross-docking clients will soon be served in new premises. This cold storage company's new building will be complete in the last quarter of 2021. Together with WDP, Helmer's constructing a new building. It's 100 meters from its current location in Breda, the…

Packaging Group remains on course for internationalization

Klingele takes over corrugated board plant in Guadeloupe from IP

The Klingele Paper & Packaging Group has taken over the Société Guadeloupéenne de Carton Ondulé (SGCO) production site on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe from…

Mango board accepting nominations for D3 importer

The National Mango Board (NMB) will open nominations for a board member seat serving through the end of 2022. The position open is for one (1) District 3 importer. The…

Alpine Fresh welcomes new VP of sales

Alpine Fresh, Miami-based grower, shipper and marketer of fresh fruits and vegetables, welcomes industry veteran Chris Elmer to its team as vice-president of sales. “We are…

John Rothenbueler retires

Kimberly Paxton-Hagner becomes board chair for Kwik Lok

Kimberly Paxton-Hagner, co-owner of Kwik Lok Corporation based in Yakima, Washington has been elected to the role of Board Chair for the company. Kwik Lok is a global company…

California packer named Business of the Year by local Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Mid-Central Coast serves the children and youth of the Central Coast every day. When the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in California, the Santa Maria Boys & Girls Club stepped in to serve the residents of the Central Coast and had help from Gold Coast Packing. The Club held food…

Revenue potential of approximately CDN$65 million

Organto enters into exclusive organic avocado supply agreement with Mexican partner

Organto Foods Inc., an integrated provider of organic and value-added organic fruits and vegetables announced it has entered into a 5-year exclusive supply agreement with a…

PMA/CGT add Diversity & Inclusion series and courses

Center for Growing Talent (CGT) by PMA has announced the first two initiatives to come after a task force convened to determine how the industry could advance diversity,…

Florida citrus company adds 2,500-acre grove to portfolio

IMG Citrus, a family-owned, vertically integrated citrus grower, packer, and shipper in Vero Beach, FL, announced the acquisition of a large citrus grove in Charlotte County. The 2,500-acre grove increases their control of citrus land management in Florida by 27%, bringing their total acreage in Florida…

Broad offer of machinery for the fruit and vegetable industry

If you are looking for fruit and vegetable processing machines, you are in luck! Industrial Auctions is organising two online auctions in Kapelle and Eindhoven (NL) which offer machines such as; vegetable slicers, multihead weighers, traysealers, packaging machines, turning tables, metal detectors,…

Abu Dhabi: Silal signs up 850 farms to supply fresh produce

Abu Dhabi's new fresh produce and agritech company Silal has signed agreements with more than 850 local farms to supply more than 30,000 tons of fresh produce during the…

The Mushroom Council announces newly elected officers

At the February 18 Council virtual meeting, the Mushroom Council® elected new officers for 2021. Chairperson: Sonya Beltran, director of operations, Masda Mushrooms/First Generation…

Grower-shipper vaccinates employees against COVID-19

Walter P. Rawl & Sons has partnered with Pelion Family Practice to offer free COVID-19 vaccines to all its South Carolina employees. The second event in the company's multi-part immunization series took place March 31 at WP Rawl's headquarters, allowing approximately 200 team members to get vaccinated.…

Packaging council recognizes industry veteran

The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) has selected Steven C. Voorhees, former CEO of WestRock, as the recipient of its 2021 Robert T. Gair Award. Named after the man whose innovation gave birth to the modern folding carton, the Robert T. Gair Award is reserved for individuals who have made significant…

Multi-week clinic offers vaccines to food processing employees

Bonduelle, the home of Ready Pac Foods, began offering on site COVID-19 vaccinations free to its Irwindale employees last week as part of a multi-week clinic. In partnership with Albertsons, the Bonduelle COVID-19 vaccine clinic will provide shots for up to 200 employees per day, with a goal of fully…

Putting mushrooms on the menu for Earth Month

April is Earth Month and the Mushroom Council® will make the most of these 30 important days to remind diners that researchers consider mushrooms “one of the most sustainably produced foods in the United States[1].” Studies1 find production of a pound of mushrooms requires only 1.8 gallons of water, 1.0…

Winners of 2021 Produce Excellence in Foodservice announced

United Fresh is proud to announce nine of the country's most innovative chefs and foodservice professionals representing an array of culinary styles and backgrounds will be honored this June during the United Fresh 2021 Convention & Expo as part of the United Fresh Produce Excellence in Foodservice Award…

Children’s book honors Frieda Caplan

Frieda’s Specialty Produce celebrates its 59th Anniversary today April 2 with the release of a new children’s book titled Try It! How Frieda Caplan Changed the Way We Eat. Authored by Mara Rockliff and illustrated by Giselle Potter, the book celebrates the life of Caplan—the produce pioneer who helped…

France: Launch of the brand “Bon&Engagé”

“A clear response to better eating: products that are always more responsible, accessible and tasty...for everyone’s pleasure!” That is the promise made by “Bon&Engagé” (good…

Hessing starts construction of new production location in Greenport Venlo

Hessing has started construction of a new vegetable production location in Horst aan de Maas, Greenport Venlo. The first lot of concrete was poured on Wednesday, in the presence of Joost van den Akker, deputy of the Province of Limburg, Ryan Palmen, mayor of Horst aan de Maas and alderman Rudy Tegels.…

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New OP Esperidio website is online

With the arrival of the new spring season, OP Esperidio is also changing its look. The new company website is operational, with new graphics and an innovative interface packed with rich content, together with a commercial calendar and a news section dedicated to the Sicilian citrus sector. The new…

Tom Stenzel and Cathy Burns answer questions about new association

The mantra for this merger is ‘better together’

On March 31st, the United Fresh Produce Association and the Produce Marketing Association announced that starting January 1st, 2022, the two associations will combine to form one global association. Yesterday April 1, Tom Stenzel and Cathy Burns hosted a call to answer any questions about what this…

For increased health and better taste experiences

Aroma's new sales manager wants more people to choose high-quality fruit and vegetables

A priority goal for the new owner Sjöson is to strengthen Aroma Frukt & Grönt's sales and marketing function. Now as the first new recruit, Anna Wallman, steps in as sales…

J&J Family of Farms launches new facility, expands grower network and implements sustainability best practices

J&J Family of Farms ("J&J"), a Florida-based grower, packer and shipper of field-grown vegetable commodities and value-added produce, announced strategic infrastructure…

Temperature control and light management

Arrigoni’s thermo-reflective mesh improves productivity

High temperatures need no longer be a threat that can compromise quality and create unpleasant working conditions. Arrigoni, an international leader in the production of technical fabrics for agriculture, offers Prisma® thermo-reflective mesh, a hi-tech solution tested in the field to protect crops and…

Angvik Auto Holland strengthens export planning

Dutch carrier expands team

The Dutch trucking company, Angvik Auto Holland, has welcomed a new team member, Jan van Marion. "Jan's made quite a mark in the fruit and vegetable sector. He has years of trucking experience to Norway and the rest of Europe. So, we're delighted that he, with all his experience, is joining our team," says Remco van der Spruit.…

The Honey Belle

Coles supermarket to receive Australia-first pear variety

A new Australia-first pear variety called Honey Belle, which until recently was grown exclusively in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, is now a feature in Australia’s Goulburn Valley.…

Trops joins the international avocado platform Green Motion

Trops, the largest avocado producer and marketer in Europe, has strengthened its global leadership by becoming a member of Green Motion. The platform was born after a ground-breaking partnership announced earlier this year between Spain-based Eurosemillas, a global leader in the development and…

Astrid Etèvenaux, PDO Asparagus of France:

“Good asparagus demand since the beginning of the campaign”

The asparagus harvest started around mid-February in the Landes department, two weeks later than last year. “It is a more classic year in terms of timing,” explains Astrid Etèvenaux of PDO Asparagus of France. The national production is estimated at 20,000 tons. With a volume of more than 6,000 tons this…

France: The Savéol cooperative ahead on all fronts

Savéol has developed a range without pesticides for its tomatoes and complied with the requirements of the Agec ban from January 1st, 2022 by creating 100% cardboard…

Sun World's David Marguleas comments on acquisition by Bridgepoint

Sun World International LLC, the global fruit genetics, R&D and licensing company, announced an agreement to be acquired by Bridgepoint, an international private equity group. Bridgepoint will become controlling shareholder alongside management and succeeds a transformative and successful period of…

Oppy's new hydroponic strawberry line sets the table for category growth

Expectations are high for the first-ever Ocean Spray® specialty berry pack which debuts this fall, backed by a trio of partners intent on elevating the category with a unique tabletop strawberry proposition. New Wave Berry, LLC is a joint venture formed by grower, marketer and distributor Oppy,…

European Lift Lock crates

Cradle to Cradle Silver certification for IFCO

Lift Lock is the first and only range of reusable food packaging in Europe to have obtained this demanding sustainable certification. Ifco, global leader in reusable packaging for fresh products, has obtained the Cradle to Cradle Silver certification (3.1 version) for its European range of reusable Lift…

Demers to build large fruit and vegetable greenhouses in Quebec

"This 70M investment will reduce dependence on imported fresh"

Productions Horticoles Demers, a Quebec greenhouse production company, will more than double its output with the construction of a new, 15-hectare greenhouse In Lévis.…

ASX Announcement Vitalharvest Freehold Trust

Binding Roc Offer received

Further to the announcements on 18 March 2021 and 22 March 2021, VTH RE received late on 31 March 2021 a proposal, which is expressed to be binding, from Roc Private Equity Pty Ltd to acquire: 100% of…

Farm-to-Fork Focus: SPAR Shandong’s sourcing success

Food quality and safety are becoming increasingly top of mind for shoppers around the globe. In China, SPAR Shandong’s farm-to-fork strategy meets these demands by raising the bar in direct sourcing. This approach is boosting efficiency, transparency, and traceability along the whole supply chain.  More than…

Aldi wants to carry more water-efficient fruit and vegetables

Aldi will be imposing stricter rules on its suppliers. That's regarding water usage in fruit and vegetable cultivation. The discounter wants water to be used more efficiently…

Jaren Raybould to be 2021-2022 chairman

Potatoes USA elects 2021 – 2022 leadership

Potatoes USA, the marketing and promotion board for the U.S. potato industry, elected new leadership during the Annual Meeting on March 11, 2021. The newly elected Chairman…

Accreditation for Belgium's Normec Foodcontrol's organic acids

Normec Foodcontrol in Belgium is one of the first Benelux laboratories accredited for the enzymatic determination of the three main food acids. These acids are active against…

Biobest & ecoation join forces

AI-Optimized IPM offered to the European market

Biobest Group NV (Biobest), a worldwide supplier of solutions for biological control of pests and disease, and Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc. (ecoation), a Canadian developer of automated greenhouse management and crop health monitoring technologies, have signed a partnership agreement effective…

Afrucat presents the Next Fruit Generation project

After an exhaustive analysis of the reality of the Catalan fruit sector, Afrucat estimates the sector must invest 370 million euro in the next 5 years to develop the priority investments it must undertake if it wants to be competitive, efficient, resilient, and to ensure market leadership. The…

Transformation of the MIN of Marseille

As a meeting place for regional producers, wholesalers, importers and distribution professionals, the Market of National Interest of Marseille Méditerranée is starting an…

Ribbon cut at berry grower’s new headquarters in Florida

Wish Farms, an international grower and year-round marketer of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, is pleased to announce the ribbon cutting on its new headquarters in Plant City, FL. The ceremony commemorated the official move in to Wish Farms’ new 24,000 square foot office on its…

Two US grower-shippers announce national onion marketing agreement

Miami, FL-based Generation Farms and Delray Beach, FL-based Fresh Start Produce Sales Co. announced yesterday they have formed a partnership to market and distribute Generation’s national onion program. Generation Farms' Vidalia, GA operations grow, pack and ship year-round production of both domestic…

FiveStar Gourmet Foods appoints new president

Fresh food producer FiveStar Gourmet Foods, makers of Simply Fresh™ is bringing aboard Michael Solomon as president, effective immediately. Reporting to CEO Tal Shoshan,…

Continues investment and expansion into Eastern Canada with key business growth

Taylor Farms acquires FreshPoint Toronto

Taylor Farms announces the acquisition of FreshPoint's Toronto operations, effective March 28, 2021. The fresh cut vegetable operation will continue to serve current…

largest greenhouse in North America: 77-acre

Construction completed on Pomas Farms

After having a record-breaking 2020, South Essex Fabricating is continuing its upward trajectory, as the Canadian greenhouse manufacturer recently finished its work with Pomas Farms in Leamington, ON. After building the massive 77-acre expansion, Pomas Farms has effectively doubled its area to become the…

FruitAma

Traditional jams proposed in a tube format

In 2015, Flavio Amaglio, who at the time was only 30 years old, decided to change jobs, and from the insurance world he ended up in the production of jams. He created a small revolution in this sector. He successfully brought together traditional ingredients in a revolutionary packaging. Not the classic…

Dole Packaged Foods names Juan Carlos Dalto President as part of leadership expansion in the Americas

Dole Packaged Foods, LLC today announced the expansion of its US leadership team as part of its strategy to achieve its commitments to make nutritious foods accessible for 1…

GKE Corporation

Singapore

GKE Corp to expand agri operations with newly obtained farm licence

GKE Corp has been granted a farm licence for its subsidiary GKE Agritech to grow and sell agricultural produce commercially in Singapore. The integrated warehousing and logistics solutions provider has stated it received approval from the Singapore Food Agency for its farm licence application on March…


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