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Life Resilience makes progress in the fight against Xylella in Tuscany

The partners of the European project Life Resilience, which was co-funded by the Life program of the European Union, met on June 18 at the headquarters of Coldiretti Pisa, in Pisa (Italy), to collect all the progress and results recorded in the last three months and determine the next steps to follow.…

The expansion will allow it to expand its agricultural exports window

Peru: Cerro Prieto Agricultural acquires shares in Colombia

Agricola Cerro Prieto acquired 100% of the shares with voting rights of the recently established company Cerro Prieto Colombia with the goal of expanding its agricultural…

Swiss concern announces reduction of approximately 90 places

Migros Eastern Switzerland reacts to intensifying competition

Migros Eastern Switzerland is reacting to the increasingly intense competition by streamlining its organization at its headquarters in Gossau. There is a reduction of about 90…

Photo report

France: MIN of Toulouse

The Grand Marché of Toulouse in Occitania is the 2nd National Interest Market (MIN) of France in terms of volumes of food products. Established in the region since 1964, the wholesale market covers an area of 18 hectares and welcomes 2,000 visitors daily. Click here to view the photo report More than half of the fruits and…

HF Foods Group and B&R Global Holdings enter merger agreement

HF Foods Group Inc. and B&R Global Holdings, Inc. announced that they have entered into a merger agreement pursuant to which they will combine their operations. Pursuant…

Purpose-built health food factory in Skelmersdale

UK factory in Lancashire opens - creating 100 jobs

The factory, operated by Spanish firm AMC group, produces a variety of dairy free products, baby food and soups, and fresh juices. Construction of the new 55,000 m 2 site…

Grupo IFA surpasses 24,000 million Euro consolidated turnover

Grupo IFA held its Annual Shareholders Meeting, at which the results for the 2018 period were presented. The company reported consolidated turnover of 24,361 million Euro. Of…

New Hoogsteder site: the inauguration reflected the company’s ambitions

Last Saturday afternoon, Hoogsteder inaugurated its new site during a “Grand Opening” in Bleiswijk. More than 500 employees came to visit the premises, enjoy the party organized in the warehouses and to have a good time with their family. The event was an opportunity for Hoogsteder to present its new…

Thomas Bos, Thomasol:

"I grease the cogs of Spanish suppliers and international clients"

Sixteen years ago, Thomas Bos arrived in Spain, intending to stay just a year. Since then, 15 years have been added. And Thomas's company, Thomasol, supports wholesalers, retailers, importers, and exporters with the buying and selling of Spanish fruit and vegetables. This is done from the Spanish city of…

Asparagus campaign finished, soft fruit and melons fully available

Photo Report: wholesale market Cologne

Within German wholesale, this year's asparagus campaign officially ended last weekend. The last regional 'White Gold' of the year arrived at Cologne's wholesale market in pleasing quantities, selling at good prices. Now the focus turns to berry fruits, drupes and melons from all over the world.…

Erdal Dogan, FruechteKick GmbH:

"French Orangered apricots are now increasingly in the market"

This year's soft fruit season is slowly but surely picking up speed. After the official end of the asparagus season, the eyes are now gradually turning to other exclusive products, says Erdal Dogan, owner of the FruechteKick GmbH based in Cologne's wholesale market. "The sales of domestic strawberries is…

Suning.com to acquire 80% share of Carrefour China

On June 23, Suning.com announced that Suning International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company, plans to invest 4.8 billion RMB to acquire 80% shares of Carrefour China.…

Tomra launches customer service center in Bengaluru, India

Tomra Food has opened a new customer service center in Bengaluru, India as part of its efforts to improve the organizations’ responsiveness to all its stakeholders. The…

Discounter observes the long-term potential of the organic trade

Lidl wants to expand organic share to five percent "short-term"

Discounter Lidl wants to expand its organic range rapidly due to increasing demand. "The organic share in the total market is about five percent, and we at Lidl are not there…

Colombia: Frubana intends to expand operations to Mexico and Brazil

Colombian eCommerce and agrotech start-up, Frubana, is seeking to enter larger Latin American markets. With a solid and strong foundation already established in its native country, Frubana is ready to launch abroad in hopes of capturing a larger share of the market. Allegedly, the start-up is already…

Agristo founder Luc Raes passed away

During an accident with horse drawn carriages in the Ardennes on Wednesday evening, Agristo founder Luc Raes sadly passed away. Raes founded the potato processing company in…

“Already a lot of local and foreign interest”

Dutch abbGrowers might sell 50% of its shares to overseas growers

abbGrowers is one of the largest blueberry traders and importers in the Netherlands and Western Europe. This Dutch company is considering selling half its stock to overseas growers. Fred Douven This sale will ensure that abbGrowers remains in the hands of farmers. This is according to the company's…

HZPC determines definitive seed potato price at €42.22 per 100 kilos

Netherlands: Highest financial yield per hectare in history of HZPC

Seed potato trader HZPC Holland BV has determined the definitive seed potato price for the harvest of 2018. HZCP pays Dutch seed potato growers a record price of €42.22 per 100 kilos. This is considerably higher than the average price of recent years. The price paid is resulting in the highest financial…

Hema Fresh becomes independent business group

An open letter from Yong Zhang, CEO of Alibaba, published on the group’s official Weibo on early June 18th, announced a series of the group’s future-facing organizational…

The OMIP experience in Mexico

Pitting machines for avocado and stone fruit: the Latin American market responds well

The feedback from the just-ended Expo Pack exhibition in Guadalajara, Mexico, has been very positive as there has been a good interest in the avocado and fruit processing lines in general. "The cost-benefit advantages of our lines for pitting, peeling and extracting pulp from fruit have been appreciated.…

Lamb Weston signs agreement to acquire Australian frozen potato processor Ready Meals Pty Ltd

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Ready Meals Pty Ltd (Ready Meals), a frozen potato processor in Australia. Terms were not…

Photo report: Blue Whale 50th anniversary

Last Thursday, Blue Whale previewed its new logo. The 50th anniversary was also an opportunity to trace the incredible history of the company. With a network of 300 fruit growers, 400 customers and thirty fruit stations, the enterprise knew how to establish itself as a reference in France and abroad in…

Nursery farm Rusthoeve

Busy Open Day at Rusthoeve despite rain and thunder

On Wednesday June 19 it was once again time for the annual Open Day at nursery farm Rusthoeve in Colijnsplaat in Zeeland. Despite the rainy weather that afternoon it there was a relaxed atmosphere and a good sized crowd. "We might have started the day with thunder storms, but the attendance was higher…

New vision for future of blueberries in Huelva

During the main programme of the fifth Congreso Internacional de Fruto Rojos in Huelva, Spain, on Thursday, and on the invitation of Fruit Logistica, Jaguar The fresh company explained their vision of how they see the sales and marketing of blueberries in the short and medium terms, to meet market…

Bowery Farming: expanding assortment outside lettuce and leafy greens

"Just because it's possible to grow a crop indoors doesn't mean you should do it"

It is one of the favourite topics for critics of indoor farming: how will you feed the world with lettuce? The team with Bowery Farming doesn’t see it as its primarily goal to feed all of the world, but is expanding its produce assortment anyhow. Yesterday at the Indoor AgTech in New York, Bowery Farming…

Bad weather did not affect Selenella potatoes

According to Massimo Cristiani, the new potato season started in the best of ways and is going very well for the Selenella brand. "Producer prices are good and demand is lively. All in all, the weather did not penalize production save for a few small areas and we can say we are pleased with how things…

Autogrow announces first industry collaboration with Ridder Group and Native

Global automation company Autogrow has announced a collaboration with competitor Ridder Group and New York agriculture software firm Native. The collaboration is made possible with the launch of Autogrow’s new farm management platform, FarmRoadTM, which was announced by CEO Darryn Keiller at the Indoor…

Blue Whale unveils new logo on its 50th anniversary

Yesterday, French apple exporter Blue Whale celebrated its 50th anniversary in Montauban. Alain Vialaret - CEO of Blue Whale - and Christophe Belloc - President of the company - inaugurated the evening with a speech tracing the history of the cooperative, its beginning, challenges and extraordinary rise…

AgroFresh commits further to environmental sustainability

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. announced a focused effort to formalize and strengthen its decades-long commitment to sustainability. AgroFresh is positioning itself to further…

Mexican anti-trust officials blocked deal

Walmart deal with delivery app Cornershop falls

Walmart and delivery app Cornershop have ditched plans to link up after Mexican anti-trust officials blocked the deal earlier this month. This was stated by Cornershop co-founder Oskar Hjertonsson, on Twitter. Walmart had struck a deal to buy the popular app for $225 million in a bid to boost its…

Significant turnaround from last year's losses

Del Monte Pacific reports higher Q4 and Full Year net income

Singapore Mainboard and Philippine Stock Exchange dual listed Del Monte Pacific Limited reported its fourth quarter FY2019 results ending April. The Group generated fourth…

DT Dijkstra and Prinsen Handling Solutions develop potato processing line

DT Dijkstra and Prinsen Handling Solutions have together produced a potato processing line, which was installed in Canada in March. For more information: DT Dijkstra info@dtdijkstra.nl www.dtdijkstra.nl

New produce depot in North Hollywood

Food Forward hopes to rescue 33 million pounds of food

Food Forward, established a decade ago, connects excess fruits and vegetables that otherwise would go to waste from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmers markets and L.A.’s wholesale produce market downtown with partner agencies serving the needy from Santa Barbara to the California-Mexico…

Uzbekistan grows and so do fresh produce companies

A lot of people attended the AgroTech fair in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, held between 12th and 14th June 2019. In addition to local businesses, exhibitors from Italy and Germany and many exporters from Korea and China also took part. Futura from Cesena was the only European company with fresh produce sorting…

Miss Fresh partners with Tencent to Build 12.9 billion euro platform

On June 13th, Miss Fresh and Tencent jointly held a strategic cooperation conference, announcing the launch of the “Smart and Fresh 100 Billion Plan”. Under the framework of…

Laseta Mushrooms and production company Champworld bankrupt

The mushroom sector has been under pressure for years. The latest victims of the competitive struggle are sales company Laseta Mushrooms and mushroom production company…

Intention is development of own breeding programs

KWS expands to vegetable seed breeding with acquisition of Pop Vriend Seeds

Seed specialist KWS has signed a binding agreement to acquire Pop Vriend Seeds. Pop Vriend Seeds is market leader in spinach seeds and offers a portfolio of other vegetable seeds. The company, founded in 1956 and strongly growing, achieved a turnover of around 75 million euros in the 2017/2018 financial…

Francisco Riego Ramos, from Martimar:

"Currently, the fruit and veg distribution is in a phase of wild concentration"

The launch of the Sakura cherry brand, of Extremadura origin, coincides with an excellent start to the Jerte Valley cherry season. Sakura presents different varieties of cherry, among them California and Lapin, with an intense garnet colour, optimum organoleptic characteristics and exquisite flavour.…

Australia: DWS invests $134 mln into Coles Queensland facility

Frasers Logistics & Industrial Asset Management has sold a half-stake in a Coles cold storage distribution centre in Queensland to German asset manager DWS. The price was $134.2 million. The property was purpose-built for Coles in 2008 and is situated approximately 29 kilometres south of Brisbane’s…

New bulk almond-receiving warehouse in operation for fall 2020 harvest season

Blue Diamond Growers is further expanding the capabilities of its Salida facility with a new bulk receiving warehouse that will store an additional 50 million pounds of almond meats and bring the total number of bulk warehouses at the facility to eight. Today the cooperative will commemorate the…

RedStar tomatoes will soon be on Dutch shelves as an Albert Heijn house brand

Until recently, RedStar sold very few tomatoes in the Netherlands. That is, however, about to change, according to the Dutch newspaper, the Financieel Dagblad . These TOVs…

NZ kiwifruit marketer Zespri forecasts annual profit growth

Kiwifruit marketer Zespri is forecasting annual profit growth of up to 7 per cent. The firm, which markets kiwifruit on behalf of 2,500 New Zealand growers and another 1,200…

Australia: Invigor Group shares surge 25% as Sun Asia delivers

Through its recently acquired Sun Asia Group, Invigor Group Ltd has secured a A$25 million per annum sale agreement for the supply of Australian produce into Asia. As a…

Mustafa Kilinc, Kilinc GmbH Obst und Gemüse:

"For four to five months, we'll have green plums in the assortment"

"At the moment we have the first variety of green plums in our assortment. The fruits come from Italy and are selling quite well," says Mustafa Kilinc, of Kilinc GmbH. The trader, who sells his goods in the Frankfurt fresh produce center, almost exclusively sources Italian goods: "We have good suppliers…

Tim Espley to take the lead at The Fresh Produce Centre

Fresca Group Chief Executive, Ian Craig, has confirmed that Tim Espley will be taking a new role from July 2019, becoming Managing Director of The Fresh Produce Centre Ltd.…

Otflow wins Start Up Funding Event 2019

The Rotterdam start-up Otflow has won the Start Up Funding Event 2019. They beat 159 participants to win, and as well as the prestigious title, they will also receive €42,000 worth of marketing material. The panel of 50 professionals acting as judges were enthusiastic about the Dutch innovation and…

Netherlands: Aartsenfruit becomes Aartsen

Saturday afternoon started rainy in Breda, the Netherlands, but as soon as Jack Aartsen and his family revealed Aartsenfruit’s new name and officially opened the Aartsen family company’s renewed head office, the sun broke through. Almost as if it was planned that way. Naturally, that wasn’t the case, but…

Location was changed and modernized whilst operational

Successful opening of the first Landgard Fresh Market Fruit & Vegetables in Dresden

Landgard pulls some very positive conclusions after the opening of the first fresh market fruit & vegetables in Dresden on June 13. "During the past few weeks, we have been using our current operations to visually and structurally change, to modernize and bring the market forward. It's great that our…

Stephan Kohn, Heinrich GLAESER Nachf. GmbH:

"Heat and moisture are stored in the soil better and the yield has increased"

When the strawberry season is over, the next strawberry season is about to start, so the fruit producers will soon have to start growing again next year. In order to optimize cultivation conditions, Heinrich GLAESER has a mulch film for (among other things) the cultivation of strawberries in its…

Butterfly completes acquisition of Bolthouse Farms from Campbell Soup Company for $510 million

Butterfly, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm specializing in the food sector, today announced that it has closed on its previously announced acquisition of Bolthouse…

Bernd Jäger, Jäger GmbH:

"Reichenau cucumbers are cheap, but tomatoes are quite high priced"

In the far south of Germany, on the island of Reichenau, locally-grown vegetables are currently harvested in large quantities. Bernd Jäger, owner of the same name wholesale, which offers the Reichenau products on the open market: "Cucumbers are cheap, but tomatoes are in the high-priced segment and are…

Acquisition of Blueberry Foods completed

Bakkavor Group plc, has completed the purchase of the trade and assets of Blueberry Foods, a desserts business owned by Samworth Brothers Limited. Blueberry operates from a…

Juan Marin Bravo, president of Proexport:

"We face society's challenges without shirking any responsibility"

The president of Proexport, Juan Marin Bravo, stated in Proexport's General Assembly, which was held in Murcia, that the association was facing up to the issues, such as water, Brexit, PAC, agricultural prices, lack of authorizations for active materials for crops, climate change, the demands of the…

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"Frankfurt Fresh Center is characterized by a diversity of products and providers"

"The Frankfurter Frischezentrum is characterized by the diversity of its products and suppliers," says Wolfgang Lindner, Managing Director of Lindner GmbH, headquartered at the Frankfurter Frischezentrum, describing the mood on the wholesale market. In addition to being a very cohesive lot, he also…

Daniel Ghadiri, ProexFood LLC:

"Our new peelers use very little water"

ProexFood LLC is developing complete solutions, from the arrival of fruit and vegetables at a processing plant all the way to final packaging. The lines are available for many different products, including potatoes, carrots, onions, sweet corn, mushrooms, berries, apples and many more. The company is…

Increase in prices of summer fruit for "La Nuova Miriam Frutta"

"We offer a large number of products that allow us to be present on the markets throughout the whole year. Currently we offer: apricots, peaches, Percoca peaches, watermelons, tomatoes and courgettes, including some organic products such as apricots, cherries and Percoca peaches". This is what Angelo…

Promoting Italian Fruit and Vegetables in Asia

CSO Italy Project - The European Art Of Taste

China, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong will all be involved in The European Art of Taste until 31st January 2022. They will carry out promotional activities and campaigns for a total value of 3.7 million Euro. Conveying the values of the European fruit and vegetable sector, and of the Italian production in…

Hermiston, Oregon

Lamb Weston cuts ribbon on $250 million US expansion

Last Thursday, Lamb Weston cut the ribbon on a $250 million expansion of its Hermiston processing plant. The 300,000-square foot expansion increases the facility’s capacity and adds 150 full-time jobs to what was already Hermiston’s largest employer. Potatonewstoday.com reported that at Thursday’s…

Seven Tinkerbell colors & hottest Dutch chilli draw attention at Eminent Seeds Open Day

Eminent Seeds recently organized an open day. It was held from 11 to 13 June in the World Horti Centre in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands. Here visitors were told about the company's exclusive products. These are tomato, bell pepper and chilli varieties that distinguish themselves in size, shape, color, and…

Italy loses its leadership in the fruit and vegetable processing machine sector to the Netherlands

Cibus Tech, the fair that will take place in Parma between 22nd and 25th October 2019, was presented on 12th June 2019 in Milan. The event was attended by Thomas Rosolia, president of Koeln Parma Exhibitions, Antonio Cellie, Ceo of Koeln Parma Exhibitions and Maria Ines Aronadio, director of the Made in…

New owner will align branch to the catering industry

Greenyard Fresh Germany sells Freiburg location

Greenyard Fresh Germany intends to sell the location in Freiburg to the Heizmann family. Over the years, the branch in Freiburg has developed into a location that specializes…

PS Food Logistics GmbH celebrates its 10th anniversary

"Over the last three years, we have grown by 30-40%"

PS Food Logistics GmbH based in Neckarsulm is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The express company has grown a lot since its founding in 2009. "Especially in the last 2-3 years, our company has a significant expansion and our customer base has grown by 30-40%," says CEO Konstantin Popov. In…

AG Thames releases financial results for 2018 FY - announces transformation

AG Thames Group; specialists in the supply and production of fresh fruit, remain passionate and proactive in facing the challenges of today’s highly competitive fresh produce…

Mark Tweddle - Jupiter Group

From tractor driver to CEO - What's next for Jupiter?

In the last 12 months UK based Jupiter Group has made many important steps forward to becoming a very big player in the global fruit market. Following February’s announcement on being awarded the exclusive ARRA production and marketing rights by Grapa Varieties in India, Jupiter announced their chosen…

Miss Fresh eyes $14 billion in revenue by 2021

Chinese fresh food start-up Miss Fresh announced on Thursday its plan to reach 100 billion yuan ($14 billion) in revenues by 2021. It certainly intends to compete strongly against rival platforms backed by other major tech giants such as Alibaba Group's Hema Store and JD's Daojia. Xu Zheng, founder and…

Financial report for quarter and Year Ended March 31, 2019

Seneca Foods Net sales increased 3.2% to $1,199.6 million

Seneca Foods Corporation announced their financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended March 31, 2019. Highlights (vs. year-ago, year-to-date results): Net sales…

Tauro Essiccatori manufactures driers for all needs

Tauro Essicatori offers a wide range of driers against fruit and vegetable waste and to produce high-quality aromatic herbs. "Thanks to our thirty years of experience, Tauro's professional driers are perfect for those businesses or greenhouses that deal with high-quality material and are looking for new…

Lucía Bello, of Grupo G´s:

"Our company has the largest organic acreage in Campo de Cartagena"

"Selecting the right seeds is vital if you want to cultivate products with the colors and flavors that are most appreciated by the consumer. Choosing the right variety allows you to have quality, optimal organoleptic characteristics and, in some cases, an earlier start of the season. An example of this…

Jessica Roussel et Lionel Lassoureuille, Perlim-Meylim alliance:

HVE level 3: "More than 800 hectares of orchards with zero herbicide"

Recently certified HVE level 3 (more information here ), the Perlim-Meylim alliance - a structure marketing and producing Limousin PDO apples (the only region with this quality sign) - has decided to go even further in its commitment to biodiversity, by extending mechanical weeding to all its orchards.…

Despite political troubles

Dole reaffirms commitment to Honduras

Some 10 days ago, over 60 banana containers belonging to the Dole Food Company’s Honduran subsidiary were blocked from accessing the port and over half of them burned near the town of Colon. The incident came in the midst of rising protests across the country over Presidential decrees by Juan Orlando…

Sumitomo Group

Fyffes gets over €180 million equity injection from Japanese parent

Tropical fruits group Fyffes has received an almost €183 million equity injection from its Japanese owner Sumitomo. It is intended to replace parental borrowings and lower its overall debt level. The Tokyo-based group bought Fyffes two years ago in a €751 million deal, ending the company’s 35 years on…

Frigga is looking for retailers across the globe to work together for mutual benefit

China: Frigga announces assets management solution for real-time monitoring in a push for true AI

Frigga announced multi-lingual support for their real-time monitoring solutions last month, as well as the launch of their mobile app Frigga Track. These innovations were well-received in the Chinese market and overseas. Frigga came up with another important announcement this month. The company announced…

New packaging center and office building to be finished at the end of 2020

Construction started on new building for Cooperation DOOR

Cooperation DOOR celebrated the start of construction for their new office and packaging center in business park Honderland II in the Dutch town of Maasdijk on Wednesday the 29th of May. All the employees, members, construction partners, and other involved parties were there to celebrate. During the…

Anouncement of two management resignations and new investments

Changes at Schwabfrucht

Mr. Horst Rieper has resigned as Managing Partner of Schwabfrucht GmbH & Co. KG on March 31, 2019 due to health and age-related reasons. This concludes a 30-year successful career in which Horst Rieper, together with the workforce, always tried to position the Hessian trading company in a dynamic, competitive environment,…

Orogel to open new branch in New York

Orogel is set to open a commercial branch in New York to further penetrate the US market. The frozen food company from Cesena is already working with an agent, but feels the time has come to take a step forward. "Our products are already available in the US and Canada, but we want to increase the…

New Dole facility in the Bergamo province

Thanks to the new ripening and distribution center, Dole Italia has improved the efficiency and control of the final part of the banana and pineapple chain. The new warehouse within the Italtrans logistic hub is located in Bergamo and an open day was organized for the press on 7th June 2019. Click here…

New Zealand: $39 million golden kiwi development at Tiniroto

Bay of Plenty’s Apata Group has started its $39 million development on 76 hectares of land on Tiniroto Road, on the land bought from the Wi Pere Trust. The development will be more than twice the size of any existing kiwifruit operation here and will result in the largest single kiwifruit orchard in…

Seeka appoints new SeekaFresh general manager

Seeka's Chief Executive, Michael Franks, is pleased to announce the appointment of a new General Manager SeekaFresh, Verena Cunningham. Ms. Cunningham will lead Seeka's…

Limoneira Q2 Fiscal Year 2019 financial results show a tough quarter

Limoneira Company reported its financial results for the second quarter ended April 30, 2019. Management Comments Harold Edwards, President and Chief Executive Officer,…

Newly appointed director for Horticulture New Zealand board

Horticulture New Zealand’s Board has appointed Dr Bruce Campbell, of Tai Tokerau Northland, as an appointed director. Dr Campbell is experienced in governance, innovation,…

Japanese farmers' group opens online store for Hong Kong shoppers

Japan's nationwide association of farmers has opened an online store for Hong Kong shoppers to directly market fresh produce and tap into overseas consumer needs. On June 6,…

Dr. Bob Whitaker announces retirement after 11 years at PMA

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has announced that Dr. Bob Whitaker will retire in January 2020. Dr. Whitaker was the Association's first Chief Science and Technology…

Standard Fruit suspends layoffs in Honduras

The banana company, Standard Fruit of Honduras, a member of the Dole group, announced the temporary suspension of the dismissals of individual work contracts. The company…

Alfred Price & Sons, Knowlsley

UK fruit importer edges towards profitability

A Knowsley-based fruit and vegetable importer has expressed confidence that its strategy is 'the right one to return the business to profitability'. It made this statement…

Extensive reconstruction and modernization

Landgard opens first "Fresh Market Fruit & Vegetables" in Dresden

After intensive renovation work, Landgard will open the first new "fresh produce market" on June 13, 2019 in Dresden. On an area of ​​3,100 square meters, customers an expect to see a modern, new market design, a revised customer guidance system in the market, new furniture, attractive thematic product…

The network Compagnie Fruitière is expanding in Italy

The network Compagnie Fruitière continues to grow in Italy. After acquiring the Stradella site near Milan in May 2017, the group is developing with 2 new sites on the C.A.R.…

Baldor Foods opens its new Boston facility

Baldor Specialty Foods has announced the opening of its new Boston facility in Chelsea, MA. The new 100,000 square foot construction expands Baldor Boston’s warehouse capabilities from nine loading doors to thirty seven, includes five temperature zones and a new regional corporate office. This modern,…

Andrew Maiman to helm Berry World America®

Mastronardi Produce® is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Maiman to the role of President, BerryWorld America® (BWA). In this role, Maiman will pilot…

The Tango Italy consortium has been set up

"Over the past few years, there has been an increased need for businesses to aggregate according to varieties having the same organoleptic qualities, shared growing techniques and following a same zero-residue production specification," explains Francesco Paolo Gallo, president and administrator of Tango…

The company promotes social e-commerce products

Chinese Alibaba establishes investment company with three Russian tycoons

Alibaba Group announced no June 5th that the group establishes a joint investment company with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the Russian social media and IT group…

California lettuce grower and salad processor enter partnership

Church Brothers Farms and FiveStar Gourmet Foods have entered into a formal partnership. The companies say this will enable them to expand their respective product portfolios.…

Ocado joins Priva and 80 Acres Farms in Infinite Acres’ Global Indoor Farming Venture

Infinite Acres today announced that Ocado Group (LSE: OCDO), the world’s largest dedicated online grocery retailer, has signed a memorandum of understanding to partner in a…

UK: London fruit and vegetable supplier announces debut café

Natoora, one of London’s most established and acclaimed produce suppliers, is launching a debut cafe at its new store on Portobello Road (Notting Hill). The brand, which supplies premium, “radically” seasonal fruit and vegetables to many of London’s best restaurants -and also Waitrose supermarket-has…

Todis launches plastic-free packaging

With the "A tutto sapore" range, supermarket chain Todis announces the start of a plastic-free project for an eco-friendlier future. "A tutto sapore" includes 9 products - cherries, cherry tomatoes, plum tomatoes, marinda tomatoes, yellow peaches, nectarine peaches, Saturn peaches, Italia grapes and…

Information improves consumer trust

Blockchain technology has helped Carrefour increase its sales

The supermarket chain Carrefour has reported that the use of blockchain technology developed by IBM to track its fresh products has led to an increase in sales, namely thanks to the data provided to consumers regarding the origin and handling of the food they buy. This blockchain technology allows…

AgroFresh and Zest Labs collaborate for comprehensive freshness management

AgroFresh Solutions and Zest Labs™ announced today a strategic collaboration between AgroFresh and Zest Labs to strengthen their end-to-end solutions. AgroFresh will…

Calavo Growers, Inc. announces record fiscal 2019 second quarter results

Calavo Growers, Inc. reported an all-time record quarter, in which fiscal 2019 second quarter net income rose 16 percent on an eight percent increase in revenues from the…

Cromwell

New Zealand: Cherry exporter announces major investment

New Zealand Cherry Corp is expanding its operations and investment in Cromwell. The company is a long established, locally owned Cromwell business. Its 32ha cherry block is…

Alliance between Unica Group and Suranan

"We expect the production to grow to 450 million kilos in the next campaign"

The Almeria-based Unica Group has just signed an integration agreement with the citrus cooperative Sunaran, based in Palma del Río, Cordoba. With the move, the production is expected to grow to 450 million kilos in the next campaign. The cooperative Sunaran SAT brings together 100 producers who cultivate…

AGRO Merchants Group acquires Iberian operations of Friopuerto

AGRO Merchants Group announced the acquisition of the three Iberia-based cold stores from Friopuerto. This transaction substantially expands AGRO’s footprint and service…

Greenyard faces year of truth

Greenyard will have to make crucial decisions over the coming years. However, during the presentation of the annual figures (which were not positive) there was no mention of the capital increase and…

Uzbekistan a new frontier for Futura

"Uzbekistan is representing a new and increasingly interesting frontier for Futura, a company that manufactures small-medium sized sorting systems. Four new lines are about to be tested for a company growing peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers in greenhouses. Between 12th and 14th June 2019, Futura will take…

George Galloway to retire from Pretty Lady Vineyards

Pretty Lady Vineyards has announced that George Galloway will be retiring on June 8th, after an impressive 40-year career in the produce industry. For the last 15 years,…

Naturipe Farms' Jill Overdorf moves into new role

Naturipe Farms has announced the appointment of Jill Overdorf as Director of Business Development, Food Service. In her newly created role, Overdorf will be responsible for…

Expectation of minimal impact from trade tariffs

Gladstone Land acquires two Michigan blueberry farms for $7.8 million

Gladstone Land Corporation announced that it has acquired two farms totaling 516 gross acres near South Haven, Michigan, for approximately $7.8 million. The two farms consist…

Soft citrus and lemon harvests off to a good start after poor stonefruit season

Lucerne Agri Investments has its eggs in many baskets

A fourth-generation fruit and vegetable enterprise in Robertson, Western Cape, has ambitions to increase its exporting of citrus, avocado, stonefruit and butternuts, while consolidating its position in the local tomato market. In summertime, Smuts Brothers Agri (the farming division) produces, packs and…

New record set

New Zealand: Zespri revenue breaks $3 billion barrier

After some strong growth in both volume and value and across all fruit categories last season, Zespri's returns to growers and the industry have reached new levels. Operating revenue from global kiwifruit sales and licence release revenue exceeded $3 billion for the first time. The results reflect…

Natasha Solano, Kuehne + Nagel:

“Cooperation crucial to keep cold supply chain closed”

Kuehne + Nagel originally started with seaborne cargo in 1890 from the German ports of Bremen and Hamburg, and after 1950 they quickly internationalised in all forms of modality. They also offer their services in air freight, for example. The company is one of the larger players in the transport of fresh…

McCain Foods unveils distribution center expansion in Idaho

This past Monday, one of the largest potato manufacturing companies unveiled a $200 million distribution center in Burley, ID. McCain Foods held a grand opening ceremony of a 259,000 ft 2 expansion of its distribution center. The company has been operating in Burley since 1997. The ceremony invited city…

Celebration of specialities

Netherlands: Rungis celebrates 150 seasons in 30 years

Assuming the strength of each season, Rungis doesn’t divide the year into four, but into five seasons: winter, spring, early summer, summer and autumn. The catering wholesaler specialised in fruit and vegetables therefore didn’t celebrate its 30th anniversary in 120 seasons, but in 150 seasons. The team,…

Planet Farms announce largest vertical farming facility in Europe

Planet Farms , a company established in Milan by Luca Travaglini and Daniele Benatoff, have announced the largest and most advanced vertical farming facility in Italy and…

Super U employees oppose compulsory work on Sundays

As they have done since May 26, employees of the Super U de Savigneux, in the Loire department, rallied again last weekend to denounce the mandatory nature of Sunday work.…

Inverafrut opens new branch in the United Kingdom

Inverafrut World Wide has announced the opening of its new branch Inverafrut UK LTD, which will be its newest location to add to the existing branches around the world such as Korea, United States and Holland. "Inverafrut has been exporting Persian limes for many years. This year it's our fifteen…

David Busby joins Canadian vegetable supplier

Peak of the Market has announced that David Busby has joined the team as Director Business Development. David was with Richardson International for 11 years. He held…

Adds Norma Hollnagel to team

Hazel Technologies announces 40% claim reduction in stone fruit

Hazel Technologies Inc. has announced that Norma Hollnagel has joined the company as Senior Sales Manager. Hollnagel joins Hazel Tech following 19 years at regional…

Organto announces appointment of Ine Potting as business development director

Organto today announced the appointment of Ms. Ine Potting to the position of Business Development Director. Ms. Potting brings over 30 years of fresh fruits and vegetables…

Ireland: Total Produce ready for more acquisitions

In a statement, Irish fruit and vegetable distributor Total Produce has said it is open to making further acquisitions, despite being mainly focused on continuing to integrate…

UK: Supermarket in York wants to change food industry

The rebellious supermarket Hisbe in York, the UK, wants to change the food industry. By offering local products and paying producers a fair price, the supermarket wants to make a difference.

Grimmway Farms expands Southeast operations

Grimmway Farms has announced that it has acquired the southern Georgia and north Florida processing facilities and assets of Lake Park, Georgia-based Generation Farms. The acquisition marks the expansion of the company’s farming and processing operations in the Southeast for the second year in a row.…

IFCO acquisition by Triton and ADIA has been finalized

IFCO Systems announced that the acquisition by Triton and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) has been finalized on May 31, 2019. The two investment companies acquired IFCO…

Delecta Fruit appoints new managing director

South African based fruit export leader, Delecta Fruit, came under new leadership earlier this month. After 7 years as Managing Director, Stefan du Plessis has handed over the…

Greenyard debt increases significantly

Greenyard’s debt has increased to seven times the amount of its gross profit. The company released its full year report of 2018/2019 and although Greenyard is trying to reform…

Beali, an Argentinian success in the export of organic asparagus

Matias Cabrera and Franco Gervan are two Argentine entrepreneurs who have achieved commercial success with the production of organic fruits and vegetables for export. Beali,…

Fruity Line & Fruity King join forces

Fruity Line produces premium cold pressed juices and smoothies. This Dutch company has taken over Fruity King B.V. and Fruit Industry Production B.V. Fruity Line is a…

Bonduelle acquires frozen food factory in Russia

The Bonduelle Group announces that it has acquired the industrial assets of the LLC SHOCK frozen vegetable production company located in the Belgorod region (Russia). A strong…

Total Produce releases financial highlights 2018

Total Produce has stated its full year earnings growth expectations remain unchanged, in a trading update, the fresh produce company said it is targeting continued growth for…

Brambles announces completion of sale of its IFCO RPC pooling business

Brambles, referring to its announcement on 25 February 2019, has entered into a binding agreement to sell its IFCO reusable plastic containers (RPC) business to Triton and a…

Roger & Roger acquires Greenyard’s frozen plant in Hungary

Roger & Roger, a rapidly growing producer of potato- and corn snacks, and Greenyard, a global market leader of fresh, frozen and prepared fruit & vegetables jointly…


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