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Greater support of initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South America

Apeel Sciences announces $250M in new financing

Apeel Sciences announced $250M in new financing. GIC led the most current capital raise, and with previous investment from Oprah Winfrey in 2019 and others, it brings the company’s valuation to over one billion dollars. The new financing will enable the company to continue tackling the food waste problem…

California avocado producer expands, refines and automates facilities

To ensure that all operations remain up to date with current technology and to address any precautionary measures in light of COVID-19, West Pak Avocado has made recent strides to expand the capabilities of its various facilities.  "Continuous improvement through innovation and integrated systems are core to…

Nature Fresh Farms works to make banking more accessible to their workers

To make banking more accessible for its employees, Nature Fresh Farms is working with BMO to bring them on-site access to an ATM to access cash or to complete simple, every day banking transactions.With current social distancing and business restrictions still in place, individuals are primarily leaving…

Stefanie de Kok, Meerbuscher Kartoffelhof:

"Seamless transition from the storage season to the early potato campaign"

While the first new potatoes are already being harvested in the northern potato areas, the Rhineland still offers the last remaining stocks of last year's harvest. But soon the Rhineland cold stores will be empty as well, predicts Stefanie de Kok (right in the picture), manager of the Meerbusch Kartoffelhof.…

Edelpilzzucht Kroll puts vending machines into operation

Exotic mushrooms in Offenbach 24/7

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is currently the unofficial motto of the German fruit and vegetable sector. In many places, people are trying to compensate for losses caused by the Corona-virus. Some people are implementing plans that have actually been in the back of their minds for quite some time.…

South Australia

Thomas Foods fresh potato business sells to Mitolo Family Farms

Following an agreement to purchase Thomas Foods International’s fresh potato business, Mitolo Family Farms is set to strengthen its grip on Australia’s potato industry. The…

CPMA announces board of directors for 2020-2021

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association announced its Board of Directors for 2020-2021. Elections took place last week, following the 2020 CPMA Annual General Meeting. The…

First herb allotments will be available in five branches from the end of May

ALDI SÜD and Infarm grow fresh herbs in their stores

Mint, basil, coriander and other fresh herbs now thrive in ALDI SÜD stores. Customers can buy the plants freshly harvested from so-called indoor farms. This is made possible by an exclusive cooperation with Infarm from Berlin, the world's fastest-growing farming network. The first herb allotments will be…

Sjankauskas

Zimbabwe: Saviour Kasukuwere farm take-over scuttles US$5 mln investment

After the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) denied citrus producer Saviour Kasukuwere an export licence, his thriving ‘Cornucopia’ Farm in Mashonaland Central province was taken…

Opening plant in Yokohama, Japan

Fresh Del Monte Produce continues international push

On May 22nd, Fresh Del Monte Produce cut the ribbon on its new fresh-cut vegetable and fruit plant in Japan today. The facility has been under construction since 2019 and cost…

Farm Fresh Produce welcomes Pablo Fitskie as Commercial Director out of Netherlands office

Farm Fresh Produce Inc. welcomes Pablo Fitskie to their team. Operating out of the Netherlands’s office, Pablo will hold the title of Commercial Director. Pablo has worked in…

Neil Merritt promoted to Director of North American Sales for Natural Delights

Effective June 1st, Natural Delights' Neil Merritt will enter the role of Director of North American sales from his previous role as Director of New Business Development. In…

Sarah Frey to be honored at 2020 Women in Produce LIVE! general session

Sarah Frey, President and CEO of Frey Farms, and Founder of Tsamma™ Watermelon Juice and Sarah’s Home Grown, will be the honoree and featured speaker at the Women in Produce LIVE! General Session at 12:00 noon Eastern, Tuesday, June 16, during United Fresh LIVE! Headquartered in rural Orchardville, IL,…

South Africa: Naspers Foundry gets R100 mln in funds for Aerobotics

On Wednesday, Naspers's start-up fund Naspers Foundry announced a R100 million (€5.2 mln) investment in agritech business Aerobotics due to its "world-class technology…

first top fruit, lemons and pineapple traded online

"More than 100 sign ups to trade platform Optifruit eight days after launch"

Rene Noordam and Eric Manneke, who have both been active in the fruit and vegetable sector for many years, have taken up the challenge of making fresh fruit and vegetables…

The Greenery is ready with new varieties for the Dutch soft fruit season

The Greenery and its growers are ready for the Dutch, non-heated, soft fruit cultivation season. "The recent years' varieties are going to make a crucial difference in the supply. These are strawberries, raspberries, and red currants. They are selected from Plant Sciences Inc. and Sant Orsola's breeding…

Produce industry embraces range of meeting options to conduct business in ongoing pandemic

The COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted everything in some capacity or another. Technology that companies and people are utilizing to conduct meetings and virtual gatherings…

Viraj Puri: "Patient approach has allowed us to scale rapidly and sustainably"

Gotham Greens double their acreage within six months

In the last six months, US greenhouse company Gotham Greens has more than doubled its footprint by opening four new greenhouses. Newest in their 'collection' is the one in Denver. For decades the area next to an abandoned runway at the former Denver Stapleton Airport site had been sitting vacant. Only 3…

Seed supplier Agri Saaten GmbH looks hopefully to the future

"In our view, the demand for vegetable seed has not diminished"

The current Corona-crisis has so far been an exciting time for domestic vegetable cultivation: On the one hand, the increased focus on regionally produced agricultural…

Béatrice Chauffaille, Jessica Roussel, Luce Savian – Perlim Meylim Alliance:

“Our convictions and CSR commitment: a real asset during the Covid-19 crisis”

Perlim Meylim Alliance has been prioritizing CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) as a development axis for a few years already. “CSR is not a communication strategy for us, but the expression of our convictions. For example, if we choose to propose an organic apple, we want that the packaging it is…

Seeka sells Australian kiwifruit orchards for AUD$26.5m

Seeka a listed New Zealand produce handler, has entered into a conditional sale and lease back of three of its Australian owned kiwifruit orchards – Austral, Lakes and…

Topics covered COVID-19 and the global food supply

Karen Caplan featured as speaker on International Women’s Forum podcast

Karen Caplan, president and CEO of Frieda’s Specialty Produce was recently featured on the Washington, D.C.-based International Women’s Forum Game Changers podcast, which…

Patrinka Crammond joins Shanley Farms

Citriburst Finger Lime grower Shanley Farms has added Patrinka Crammond in business and program development. Crammond, has an extensive background in the Produce Industry,…

The Fruitery appoints new Commercial Manager

Ashley Leete has been appointed Commercial Manager of The Fruitery, the prepared, ready-to-eat fruit facility opened by Chambers in 2019. Leete joins Chambers with a…

UK: Morrisons selling 11kg fruit and vegetable boxes

Morrisons has launched new fruit parcels packed full of fruits and vegetables. The new boxes contain no less than 135 portions of fresh produce. A typical box weighs in at…

Fruitimprese: Growth in exports during the first two months of 2020 (+6.9%)

Fruitimprese reported that, during the first two months of 2020, there was a significant growth in the value of exports despite the drop in the volumes commercialized. Imports…

Fresh Del Monte invests in a new avocado plant in Mexico

The increase in avocado consumption in the United States, which according to data from the Hass Avocado Board (HAB) increased by 168% between 2008 and 2018, led Fresh Del…

North American companies confirm COVID-19 cases, take swift action to prevent spread

Cases of COVID-19 have occurred in produce companies in the US and in Canada. Divine Flavor, who are located in Nogales, Arizona, experienced its first positive cases in the first week of May and has responded quickly to contain the spread. The company has been on a mission to be an example for how to…

Organic leafy greens grower receives EFI certification

After two years of hard work and diligence, Misionero, a grower and of organic leafy greens, announced its Gonzales facility received Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) certification. This makes the Gonzales facility the first processing-only facility to be certified in the US, and the first EFI-certified…

New entrepreneurs show they are positive in times of Corona:

"In spite of everything, we are quite content"

For many long-established companies, it is a challenge to keep their business afloat in these difficult times. But how does the Corona crisis affect new companies in the fruit and vegetable sector? FreshPlaza.de spoke to two new entrepreneurs in the industry about their experiences in their first year of…

Sorting and packaging equipment manufacturer Van Doren Sales acquires Agjet

Van Doren Sales Inc. announced the acquisition of Agjet LLC. Van Doren Sales is a peripheral manufacturer and turn key integrator of fresh produce sorting and packaging…

Underpinning fresh produce traceability by adding an extra layer of scientific validation

A New Zealand based scientific traceability company says businesses need to be aware of the risks of counterfeiting and fraud in fresh produce, as agricultural exports de-commoditise in favour of brand premium products. "Australian (and New Zealand) agriculture continues to grow in export markets,"…

The total value of the donation exceeds 5.76 million yuan [810 thousand USD]

Pagoda works together with 30 fruit companies from New Zealand, Chile, and China to support Wuhan

The outbreak of COVID-19 created a sense of community among the countries that "battle" the virus. Many fruit companies across the world worked closely together to support the people on the front line. Pagoda recently made an announcement concerning donations to Wuhan during the 80 day period between the…

Idai Nature already has registers of its biotech products in the US

"The North American market is essential for us"

Idai Nature, a Spanish company at the helm of the biocontrol line within the Rovensa group, has taken a further step in its ambitious internationalization plan: the consolidation of its American subsidiary Idai Nature USA. The growing use of organic products in the US and the trend towards synergistic…

Nature Fresh secures sponsorship and naming rights of Leamington recreational complex

On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, the Municipality of Leamington approved sponsorship and naming rights for Leamington’s recreational complex to Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre. Nature Fresh Farms has been growing in the Leamington community for the past 20 years. Nature Fresh Farms is thrilled by the renaming…

DiMare Fresh selected for USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program

"We'll be able to help growers move their surplus of fresh U.S. produce"

DiMare Fresh has been selected to partner with USDA “Farmers to Families Food Box” program. Being one of the few vertically integrated growers, DiMare Fresh will supply…

Carolina Maset, from Suterra: "Let's make it less expensive to fight against the Mediterranean fruit fly in this campaign"

"Special COVID-19 bonus" to facilitate labor in the field

Thousands of seasonal workers have been unable to work in the fields due to mobility limitations caused by the COVID19 crisis and the state of emergency imposed by authorities. As a result, harvesting the crops in this campaign will cost more; a cost that will fall directly on producers. Suterra, which is…

US Berry supplier Driscoll's worries market 'just is not there'

As Berry supplier Driscoll's is getting ready for its peak season, the family-owned company is gearing up for a bumper crop with a record supply of California strawberries and…

Joy Wing Mau to supply China national women's volleyball team

On May 6, Joy Wing Mau Group and China’s national women's volleyball team announced that the Group will become the team’s official supplier, and its fruit brands Jiawo Blueberry, Jiawo Durian, and Jiawo Banana will become the official brands supplied to the team. This is the first time that a fruit…

François Moran, Tropibana:

“With the lockdown being lifted, we have had a 30 to 40% increase in revenue”

Monday, May 11th marked the official lifting of the lockdown, as the French have experienced it since the 17th of March. Professionals of the fruit and vegetable sector at Rungis continued to supply their clients during these peculiar times, but activities clearly increased at the beginning of the week.…

Call for nominations to recognize the efforts of retail produce team members nationwide

The National Mango Board is inviting retail leaders in the produce industry to nominate retail produce team members who have gone above and beyond the normal expectations as a…

Laura Paternostro joins Terra Exports as Chief Financial Officer

Terra Exports, a global fresh fruit sourcing company, hashired Laura Paternostro as their new Chief Financial Officer. Laura is based in Terra Exports’ headquarters in Las…

Equitable Food Initiative celebrates its 5th anniversary

It has been five years since the formal launch of Equitable Food Initiative, the workforce development and training organization that partners with growers, farmworkers,…

Mastronardi Produce and Mucci Farms among the winners

CPMA announces winners for 2020 Virtual New Product Showcase

This year, due to the ongoing global pandemic, the CPMA New Product Showcase, which is traditionally held at the CPMA Convention and Trade Show, was moved online. The 2020 CPMA Virtual New Product Showcase, sponsored by Canadian Grocer, featured 56 products from 44 companies. CPMA announced the winners…

Produce Excellence in Foodservice Award winners 2020 announced

Nine of the country's most innovative chefs and foodservice professionals representing an array of culinary styles and backgrounds will be honored the week of June 15 during United Fresh LIVE!, as part of the United Fresh Produce Excellence in Foodservice Award Program. The program honors chefs and their…

Jan, Albert, Gerco and Nijs van Zuilen about BerryBrothers' 40 years:

“We are entirely independent in most soft fruit sales and cultivation"

The Van Zuilen family have had red currant juice flowing through their veins for 40 years now. In 1980, Jan and Karin van Zuilen started growing fruit. This was on a 3-hectare plot in Zoelmond in the Dutch Batavia region. Through the years, this cultivation company has expanded. It now consists of…

Marcel van Lith, The Greenery:

"Challenging conditions on the red currant sales market"

In the Netherlands, the anti-coronavirus measures were announced in Mid-March. The European hospitality sector shut its doors. Red currant sales then ground to a complete halt for about ten days. "Red currants were certainly a real hospitality and foodservice item at that time. Red currants were also the…

Special crop cultivation in times of Corona:

"Demand for Bavarian rhubarb and chard is booming"

Regional seasonal vegetables - such as open field lettuce, radish and kohlrabi - are traditionally very popular at this time of year in the southern German Knoblauchsland. Especially during the current crisis period, regional seasonal products are very popular with consumers. But the same applies to so-called…

US: Warehouse worker strikes spread across Yakima valley

Fruit packers across Yakima Valley are walking out of work, as it seems strikes among these essential workers are spreading rapidly. This as the industry says it's doing all…

Banana business is booming in Northland, New Zealand

While banana trees are not uncommon in New Zealand, they are generally grown for their exotic appearance and not for consumption. So it might come as a surprise to some people…

Michael Vi

CMA CGM receives billion-dollar loan

The CMA CGM Group has secured a €1.05 billion (US$1.14 billion) syndicated loan from a consortium of BNP Paribas, HSBC and Société Générale. This loan is part of France’s…

Danish lettuce processor achieves record profit with focus on ready-to-eat salads

An offensive growth strategy and a focus on ready-to-eat salads is starting to pay off for Yding Grønt A / S. The East Jutian lettuce cultivation company, which grows both outdoors and in greenhouses, ended 2019 with a profit of 5.2 million Danish kroner (€ 700,000). It is the biggest profit in the past…

The Lemon Tree Store Ltd introduces 'Nustrali'

A direct link between Sicily and Ireland

Sicilian fresh produce has found a new commercial outlet in Ireland  thanks to a young trader who moved to Dublin from Agrigento and specialized in the supply of excellent Sicilian products. Gerlando Agrò has been operating in the Irish capital for the past ten years via his company "The Lemon Tree Store Ltd".…

RPE welcomes Lauren Mordasky as Business Development Manager

On April 13, RPE, Inc. welcomed the newest member of their business development team—Lauren Mordasky. Lauren is based in Vermont and will be focusing on new account…

New perspectives for a sustainable packaging industry

Packnatur® Production in Styria

VPZ Verpackungszentrum LLC is opening a new production site for its beechwood-based Packnatur® net packaging in Neudau in Styria, not only creating new jobs but new perspectives for the local textile industry as well. Eight years ago, VPZ had a market breakthrough with one of its research projects at REWE/ Ja! Natürlich: net packaging…

Challenging environment affects HHLA’s start to the 2020 financial year

In the first three months of the year, changing conditions have had an impact on both the revenue and the earnings of the Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA). The company…

ICT as tools to avoid losses in the value chain

TICS4FRUIT continues to make progress in improving the fruit supply chain

TICS4FRUIT continues advancing its study of the processes that cause the most losses in fruit after production in order to develop technological solutions that minimize these…

CPMA to host 2020 virtual learning lounge sessions

The CPMA Learning Lounge Sessions, typically hosted on the CPMA Trade Show floor, are going virtual this year. While staff are sheltering at home, or social distancing within…

Kevin Manion appointed Chief Financial Officer of Calavo Growers

Calavo Growers, Inc. announced that Kevin Manion, a veteran finance executive, has been appointed Chief Financial Officer.  “We are delighted to welcome Kevin Manion as our new…

AgroFresh announces Q1 financial results

"We maintain commitment to growers regardless of the circumstances"

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020. Jordi Ferre, Chief Executive Officer commented, "We continue to look at…

Aweta: yellow pulp kiwi, more color more flavor!

IQA-InScan Pulse is the Aweta sensor for kiwi selection based on the organoleptic characteristics of each single product that determine its flavor and consistency: these are fundamental elements for operators to determine when, to whom and at which price to market their products. Until now, technology…

"Beautiful April weather has ensured good, consistent quality"

Landgard companies see great start to German open field lettuce season

Thanks to warm temperatures in the important growing month of April, Landgard member farms have had a good start into the season for German outdoor lettuce throughout the country at the beginning of May. Since March, consumers have already been able to buy the first fresh lettuces and colourful lettuce varieties…

Grandmade brand sees room for further diversification

"Our 'grandma' should convey a feeling of trust and handmade products"

The catering industry is the part of the fruit and vegetable sector that is likely to suffer most from COVID-19 containment measures. Accordingly, suppliers to the horeca sector now also have to wait until the measures are eased in the coming weeks. In many places, alternative sales channels are being sought…

Ziya Sizgin (UVA Fruit LLC) on the eve of the Turkish fruit season

"Problems in Italy and Spain will give Turkey more opportunities"

UVA Fruit LLC has been firmly established at the Vienna wholesale market Inzersdorf for many years. At present, the company offers its wholesale customers (in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Sweden) a rich selection of Turkish vegetables. These vegetables usually arrive in Vienna and…

Green Therapy sees further growth potential for Spanish green asparagus

"Green asparagus is not a staple food, but it is highly valued in Germany"

At this time of year, traditionally the fresh produce trade is dominated by local white asparagus. However, its green equivalent from the southern European growing regions is increasingly coming onto the market as well. Green Therapy, based in Cordoba in southern Spain, specializes in the cultivation and…

Agrimola processes frozen fruit as well as fresh chestnuts

Agrimola has been producing high-quality frozen fruit since 1978 and is also a leader in the processing and commercialization of chestnuts. "To guarantee the high-quality of the over 40 thousand tons of fruit processed, we use state-of-the-art equipment such as optical sorters, high-resolution metal detectors to remove any foreign bodies and product checks both befor…

Greenyard's adjusted EBITDA for FY 19/20 amounts to € 95,7m

Based on Greenyard’s ongoing audit, a final number for the adjusted EBITDA was specified on May 8th. The adjusted EBITDA (pre-IFRS 16) for financial year 2019/2020 amounts to…

Lipman Family Farms

Partnerships with local family-operated farms to support American economy

As the need to support local farmers and small businesses grows throughout the U.S., Lipman Family Farms honors its ongoing commitment to foster partnerships with family-operated farms through its Lipman Local program. The program pairs locally sourced produce with Lipman’s national distribution network…

Spring 2020 United Fresh’s Fresh Insights for Foodservice report now available

The Spring 2020 issue of United Fresh’s Fresh Insights for Foodservice is now available. Special focus has been given to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the…

In the Covid-19 era Giro' guarantees supplies without increasing prices

Packaged versus unpacked fruit and vegetables

The international company dedicated to packaging solutions for the fruit and vegetable sector, Girò, continued to operate in complete safety and without interruption throughout the Covid-19 emergency period, in order to guarantee constant supplies to its customers all over the world. "The Covid-19 pandemic…

L'Ortofrutticola F:

High tomato quantities while red and yellow pepper sales are lively

"Now that it is over, we can say we are pleased with the artichoke campaign. Our heads come from plants obtained from a hybrid seed, which is profitable for us producers thanks to the higher yields and to the fact that plants grow faster. Most of all, this technique enables us to plan volumes more…

ABC Fresh LLC: Egyptian grape season is about to start

"We are glad that the grape debacle in India is over"

It is a difficult year for the grapes. Since the beginning of the season, the fruits have been suffering from the weather, aggravated by the spread of the coronavirus. We spoke to ABC Fresh LLC, with branches in Hamburg and in the Netherlands. They are currently working there with a significantly reduced…

"Having the best soft fruit assortment has proven to be a customer keeper"

Aartsen goes big with Driscoll's promo week

Last year the kick off of the collaboration between Driscoll's and Aartsen took place. Although their activities differ considerably from one another, both companies seem to match perfectly. "Quality finds each other," say Richard Uijtdewillegen of Aartsen and Ben van der Most of Driscoll's with…

ONE expands its reefer fleet with 5,000 new units

The Ocean Network Express (ONE) company has announced the expansion of its reefer container fleet capacity with the addition of 5,000 units (40 "HC), including 200 units equipped with advanced controlled atmosphere technology (AC), to meet the growing demand for refrigerated cargo worldwide. "With this…

Yordan Lazov, Pilzservice Lazov GmbH Vienna:

"We hope for a relaxation of restrictions by the start of the mushroom season"

This year's wild mushroom season is about to start: The first morels and chanterelles are already in circulation at the fresh markets, and larger quantities from the Eastern European collection areas are expected to arrive by the end of the month. Importer and wholesaler Yordan Lazov of the family…

Heinz Schacht (Fruchtgroßhandel Schacht) on the Corona-crisis

"The worst seems to have passed"

While certain fresh products were "hoarded" at the beginning of the crisis, this was not the case for apple and pear sales. "We didn't feel the crisis much in the sense that almost normal quantities have…

Tanzania: East Africa Fruits Co. closes its $2.05 million Series A funding

East Africa Fruits Co., a Tanzanian company addressing food distribution challenges to improve efficiencies in the farm-to-market sector, closed Series A equity funding…

Nevada’s Cultiva nets $2.94 million funding to stop crops getting sunburn

Sunburn of high value fruits like apples or pears is already a major cause of costly yield losses for farms in warmer climates. Anticipating a future of ever hotter summers,…

Produce industry donations

Supporting front-line associates, their families and communities

NatureSweet® Tomatoes is working to transform the lives of their NatureSweet associates, their families, and communities during the COVID‐19 pandemic. When grocery trips drastically reduced in March due to closed retailers, and the uncertainty of a “normal” future was looming, NatureSweet Associates…

Dutch wholesaler closes its doors

Tiggelaar’s Fruit & Vegetables from Venlo in the Netherlands has decided to discontinue its wholesale trading activities. This is due to both business and personal reasons.…

Cooperatie DOOR expects a different balance between personal and online contact:

"Discussion and trading can be done well via video calls"

How is the fresh produce sector moving towards the one and a half meter society? Will working from home become the new normal? Is e-commerce accelerating? Will the supermarket become an even more important sales channel? We asked Co-operative DOOR what long-term effects of this Corona crisis are expected…

Hans Vanderhallen, Coöperatie Hoogstraten

"Now that exports are getting going, it is all hands on deck for our people"

Coöperatie Hoogstraten's new director, Hans Vanderhallen, was faced with a huge challenge. After only three months on the job, the corona crisis hit. How is this cooperative…

Stephanie Swatkow joins Nature Fresh Farms as Director of Marketing

Nature Fresh Farms welcomes seasoned marketer Stephanie Swatkow as new Director of Marketing. Beginning her career in advertising with Young and Rubicam, Stephanie worked with…

Frank Coppens new CEO Plant Sciences Europe BV

To lead its deliberate plans for expansion, Plant Sciences Europe BV has appointed Mr. Frank Coppens as its new CEO. He will start June 1st . PSE will be well positioned for…

Blue Diamond Growers

110-year anniversary celebrated with key expansions at Central Valley facilities

Blue Diamond Growers marked its 110-year anniversary on May 6th with announcements about the completion of two key infrastructure expansions. The company also was recently recognized by Boston Consulting Group & IRI as one of the Top 10 Fastest Growing Mid-Size CPGs for the fourth consecutive year. As…

app helps growers make most out of their TAPKIT

"Growing is not only about the right hardware, but also about knowledge and crop support"

With the TAPKIT, a  500 m2 greenhouse enabling growers to start-up their own hydroponic venture, TAP has brought hydroponic growing within reach of many growers all around the world. With the newly launched app, including crop advice on specific climate conditions, water quality and hundreds of FAQs, they…

Mexico

Empaque Don Jorge restarts operations for the new mango season

Empaque Don Jorge I (EDJI) opened last week for the season. EDJI, the largest hydrothermal packer in Latin America, is located in the hometown of the Crespo Organic and RCF brands, which belong to the Crespo family group. The packer was originally built by Roberto Crespo Fitch in the early 1970s and it…

Thies Claußen, Quality Manager Global Fruit Point LLC:

"Sustainable renaissance of recognition and appreciation of high-quality food"

The current corona crisis is causing some difficulties for Germany's fruit importers: The bureaucracy concerning the procurement of goods has increased enormously and with it, the time required for the entire supply chain. Nevertheless, people can basically go forward into the future with hope, says Thies…

Denis Piper, Melzig LLC

First stone fruit arrivals: "Consumers are slowly getting tired of clementines"

The mood on the German market is slowly improving. After weeks of restrictions, the easing of Corona measures is now being discussed and the first summer fruits are bringing a…

Bonduelle published third quarter results for FY 2019-2020

Bonduelle sees revenue grow despite covid-19

On the occasion of the publication of their Q3 FY 2019-2020 revenue, Christophe Bonduelle, Chairman, and Guillaume Debrosse, Chief Executive Officer, of the Bonduelle Group…

Kori Tuggle joins Braga Fresh as VP of Marketing and Product Development

Produce marketing executive Kori Tuggle joined Braga Fresh in a new position at the company as vice president of marketing and product development. In this role, Tuggle is…

Fresh Innovations welcomes Tim Stejskal as new CEO

Fresh Innovations, a supplier of sliced fresh apples and other fresh-cut fruit to schools, retailers, and food service welcomes Tim Stejskal as the new Chief Executive Officer. Tim joins Fresh Innovations after a distinguished 20+ year career with Dole Fresh Vegetables, most recently as General Manager…

Virtual silent wine auction set to raise money for emergency relief fund

Brighter Bites is actively raising funds to ensure families are able to access healthy, nutritious food during this time of unprecedented need. To kick off this campaign,…

US: Cold storage company expands fresh produce ripening capacity in Vineland, NJ

Agro Merchants Group, a cold storage and logistics solutions company, announced the addition of two new produce ripening chambers at its Vineland facility. This brings the…

Weber Verpackungen sees great potential for waterproof salad bag guard

"We want to supply a natural packaging for lettuces from renewable resources"

New cultivation concepts like hydroponics are gaining in importance. This new cultivation technique also poses challenges to the trade. At the same time, the topic of hygiene at the POS is very topical, especially in these times. Packaging manufacturer Weber Verpackungen wants to offer the industry a sustainable…

Halley - new early raspberry variety by Vivai Molari

"Spring 2020 is rather peculiar for our nurseries. As known, we have had to deal with a lot such as the sudden passing of founder Gilberto Molari, events that often cause instability and discouragement. But we could not stop, we would have betrayed what Gilberto taught us over the years," explains Matteo…

Mehmet Bozkurt (Fruchtjäger LLC) cooperates with Serbian large-scale producer

"Demand for blueberries and raspberries is showing a significant annual increase"

The market for soft fruits is growing significantly every year. "We still see opportunities for soft fruits on the German market, both in fresh markets and in the food retail trade. The growth rates for blueberries and raspberries in particular are encouraging," said Mehmet Bozkurt, Managing Director of Fruchtjäger…

Special crop from protected cultivation available all year round

Pointed peppers on the rise in Austrian Burgenland

LGV Sonnengemüse is a supplier of various types of regional vegetables to the Austrian food trade. In addition to cucumbers, radishes, various tomato varieties and peppers, its product range also includes fresh lettuces, potatoes as well as leaf, cabbage and root vegetables. Furthermore, as an leading innovator,…

IoT start-up Strella Biotechnology plans retail entrance after its $3.3M seed round

Strella Biotechnology, makers of technology that predicts produce ripeness, just announced its first significant round of fundraising — a $3.3 million seed round that will…

Empowering retailers with key category data on stone fruit

Prima® Wawona, a U.S. stone fruit producer, has partnered with a leading fresh produce strategic insight and research company to provide retailers with key stone fruit category data. These insights help retailers identify areas of growth and opportunity within the category and allow Prima® Wawona to…

Kerry acquires IsoAge Technologies and Biosecur Lab Inc.

Kerry, the Taste & Nutrition company, is pleased to officially announce that it has expanded its clean-label food protection capabilities through the acquisition of two…

Mart Valstar (Best Fresh) about the corona crisis' expected impact on the fruit and vegetable sector:

"Despite all the limitations, I have found my empty diary strangely soothing"

Best Fresh's Director, Mart Valstar, has recently been writing a weekly coronavirus update. This was for his colleagues in the Netherlands. Companies like ABC Logistics, Bioworld, Eminent, Sous Fresh, Valstar, and Yex are part of Best Fresh. This week was, however, the last one. "I think it is time to…

Packaging company announces membership of sustainable packaging coalition

Fox Packaging™ has announced its membership of two sustainability programs, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and How2Recyle®, a standardized labeling system that clearly…

Citrus grower launches "When Life Gives You Lemons" talk show series in Canada

Sunkist Growers, the 127-year-old citrus cooperative, recently announced the new virtual talk show When Life Gives You Lemons. Hosted by television and online personality…

Quebec growers await foreign workers

Quebec growers with spring crops are waiting and wondering if their temporary foreign workers will arrive on time to help with their crops. Alex Zenebisis of EagleXport/Alcaro Farms in St.-Remi, Que. notes that so far, he’s seeded 2.5 million heads of cabbage (or 180,000 cases of cabbage) and 70,000 20…

Broom Group continues its expansion in The Netherlands

As of may 1, 2020 Chilean based Broom Group has acquired the cold-storage and distribution facilities of Saphir, Ridderkerk in The Netherlands. The company will be renamed…

United Fresh names 25 Retail Produce Manager Award honorees

Marking its sixteenth year recognizing exceptional retail produce managers, United Fresh Produce Association has announced the honorees of its 2020 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program. The group of 25 produce managers represents supermarket banners, commissaries and independent retail stores from 16…

Dublin, Ireland

Keelings claims it can save fruit crop without additional workers

Dublin fruit and vegetable producer Keelings has stated it believes it can save most of its fruit crop this year without the employment of additional workers from outside the…

Worldwide Fruit - Lincolnshire

Ever improving results for major UK fruit distributor

Worldwide Fruit, which is headquartered in Spalding, Lincolnshire, has reported a turnover of £160.9 million for the 12 months leading up to 28 December 2019, up from £155.3…

Produce donations to those in need continue

"I know that this is only a temporary relief, but we hope we can do more in the future"

This week, the donations to those in need continued. In Arizona, the Hopi, Navajo, and White Mountain Apache Nations were brought three truckloads of fresh produce, and in California Bolthouse farms is working to supply both monetary and produce donations. Donations to tribal nations in ArizonaEarly on…

VLAM introduces new vegetable campaign for millenials

Blending vegetables with Mister Easy or veggies on the go? "If you can think of it, it is on the website www.vegetablesarethenewsneakers.eu. The website is part of an online campaign by the Flemish Centre for Agrarian and Fisheries Marketing (VLAM). The aim is to encourage young people to eat more…

Jo Lambrecht, BelOrta:

"Hopefully the effect of increased consumption of local fresh fruit and vegetables will continue"

The Coronavirus outbreak has drastically changed day to day work. The measures that have been taken to contain the virus have ensured that working from home is the new…

Boss Fruit & Food International operational from 1st of May

"With our wide Spanish grower network, we offer our customers direct access to the source"

As from today, Boss Fruit & Food International is operational from Ridderkerk in the Netherlands. Lucien Pinas, originating from financial services, had several fruit and vegetable customers in his network, after which the proverbial, the ball started to roll. In collaboration with a number of people who…

"Considering the sluggish market situation in Asia, we are satisfied with the results"

"Our season from Italy to Asia has ended"

In these difficult times, as exhibitions and fairs are canceled, it has become harder and harder to expose potential customers to new products, and companies are having to be more creative when finding other ways to keep their clients up to date. “At RK Growers we decided to launch our own YouTube…

New Zealand’s fresh produce industry strengthened with acquisition

T&G Global has taken ownership of Freshmax New Zealand’s domestic fruit and vegetable business, in a move which will transform New Zealand’s fresh produce sector. The new…

John Beaulieu joins Meridian Growers

Meridian Growers announced it has brought on John Beaulieu to manage the processing of the various tree nuts they and their partners grow in California and Arizona. John…

Australian company Alterra has big plans for avocados

Agricultural land developer Alterra is many things to many people but at its heart is an investment in land and water, says managing director Oliver Barnes. The company has…

Videxport S.A., partner of Giumarra Companies

Mexico grower introduces sanitation tunnels for worker safety

The Giumarra Companies, marketing partner of Sonora, Mexico-based Videxport S.A. de C.V., announced the company’s new sanitation tunnels to support worker safety and ensure continued production and quality during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Videxport is a Fair Trade Certified™ and Sedex Members…

Packers respond to Hazel™ for Apples

"This product was designed to provide both efficacy and extreme flexibility"

Hazel Technologies Inc., a USDA-funded technology company delivering new packaging solutions for fresh produce to extend shelf-life, increase sales, and fight food waste, announced positive industry feedback on a version of their USDA-funded suite of technologies specifically designed for apples. The…

Crops include avocado, melon, tomato, broccoli and mango

SmartFresh™ technology expands application to include more crops

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. has expanded the global application of its flagship SmartFresh™ technology solution to optimize the consumer experience for a wide range of crops…

Camposol reports decrease in sales for 2019

CSOL Holding's, or Camposol´s, 2019 EBITDA from continuing operations amounted to USD 120.2 million and the corresponding EBITDA margin was 36.8%. Sales amounted to USD…

"Roll up your sleeves and don't give up on investment and innovation", says Omar Papi of Futura

The world after Coronavirus will change, but it will not stop

"The world will change, but it won't stop." - stated Omar Papi, head of the Futura company that designs and manufactures machines for sorting and packaging fruit and vegetables, exported all over the world. "Our watchwords are programming and organization. The food supply chain is lucky, because it is…

Zurich catering suppliers fear for their existence

"We hope to find a solution together with our main customer"

In the Zurich area, high-quality fresh products for regional gastronomers are normally handled all year round, processed where necessary and then traded on the local wholesale market. Dozens of regional producers, traders and manufacturers make their living from the business of supplying the catering trade,…

Fresh Del Monte Produce 2020 Q1 financial results

"Pandemic impacted net sales during 2020 Q1 by approximately $27.0 million"

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 27, 2020. Net sales for the first quarter of 2020 were $1,118.0 million, compared…

Sun World opens Brazilian office and appoints new licensing manager

Sun World International LLC announced the opening of its new Brazilian office to build support for licensees in this important region. Andrea Pavesi, who has already been…

Starting May 18, 2020

Index Fresh announces Steve Roodzant as new CEO

Index Fresh announced the appointment of Steve Roodzant as its new Chief Executive Officer after a national search. He will start in his new role on May 18, 2020. Roodzant…

Ninjacart launches initiative to help growers sell digitally

On Wednesday, fresh produce supply chain company Ninjacart stated it has launched ''Harvest The Farms''; an initiative that will allow farmers to sell their produce digitally…

Vegetable processing line for Beijing Daxing International Airport

A lot of fresh products move through airports so, in order to have a smooth operation each day, vegetable processing lines can be a big help. “Last year, Lueon installed two vegetable processing lines for the Beijing Capital Agribusiness Group (CAG) in Daxing, Beijing, China. These vegetable processing…


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