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"CTU welcomes living wage for fruit pickers"

The Council of Trade Unions is welcoming today's announcement by Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi and Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor that the 2000 people from the…

Strange send-off in an empty office

Holland Fresh Group's Ger van Burik to retire on 1 December

Ger van Burik began his career in the fruit and vegetable sector in 1983. That was at the Dutch Fruit and Vegetable Wholesale and Brokers Industrial Board. In 2006, he entered the international fruit and vegetable trade shows' world for the first time. In recent years, Ger has enjoyed organizing the…

Woolworths clarifies "at risk" suppliers

In a response to reports of slavery in the fresh produce chain Woolworths has issued a statement saying that the data in the report 332 sites where workers were reportedly "at…

Troy Foods: Ready-to-eat vegetable processing facility completed in the UK

Through the completion of a fourth site in Yorkshire, vegetable, salad and mayonnaise producer Troy Foods has now expanded its operations. Supported by a £500,000 investment…

TROPS is the first Spanish agri-food company to certify its sustainability strategy

TROPS has become the first company in the Spanish agri-food sector to receive the Certification of Sustainability and Business Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), granted by AENOR, proving that an agri-food company can be sustainable while also being a national and international…

Japanese ag-tech giant in the making

Japan: Mitsui invests in Dutch breeding company Totam

Mitsui & Co., Ltd. has reached an agreement to take a 75% stake in Totam Seeds B.V. and signed a share purchase agreement on November 25, 2020. Totam originates from Prominent, the largest tomato growers' association in the Netherlands and is an innovative seed company based in the Netherlands, active in…

The company from South Tyrol

Isolcell equips existing cooling cells with ethylene absorption machine

For Isolcell, innovation is more than just the introduction of new products. It is also about improving and further developing already existing solutions. The company, which is based in the South Tyrol region, is specialized in modified and controlled atmosphere for the storage of fruit and vegetables.…

First Fruit Day Experience Store opens in Shanghai

On November 22, the Fruit Day Experience Store opened its door in the newly upgraded Xintiandi Fashion I shopping mall in Shanghai. The experience store, located in Xintiandi's innovative Foodie Social, presents premium fruits from all around the world to bring consumers a unique experience and gourmet…

CMI Orchards provides free digital advertising tools to retailers

In late 2019, CMI Orchards launched a digital marketing strategy designed to directly target apple consumers and drive retail sales.  In the most recent campaign, the participating…

Cas van Loon, The Greenery Retail, the Netherlands

"Good prospects for new Sweet and Sunny strawberry import season"

The Dutch are working towards the end of the year. But, in Spain, they're making the necessary preparations for the new Sweet and Sunny strawberry season. It will start in early 2021. Cas van Loon of The Greenery Retail, in the Netherlands, discusses these preparations. Cas is The Greenery Retail's soft…

Packlinq wants to further expand its fruit and vegetable range:

"Why sell candy in cone bags, but not radishes?"

Hans Wijgers is no stranger to the Dutch horticultural and fruit and vegetable sectors. He used to own Mecari Plastics, and those sectors widely used his flexible, plastic packaging. Now, he's involved in another Dutch company, Packlinq. Its webshop contains no fewer than 18,000 articles. It produces its…

Orders from the foreign H&R sector are dropping

The rise in infections in most of Europe pushed many countries to introduce new restrictive measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 in the Continent. Restaurants were among the first businesses to close, with the possibility to continue with deliveries and takeaways. Many Italian businesses supplying…

Proprietary "Happy Fruits" label popular worldwide

Swiss-Indian food company pushes onto Turkish market

Pioneering Ventures, a Swiss-Indian food technology company, is entering the Turkish market through its subsidiary DistriCo Anatolia. The company's newly founded subsidiary…

Peter Grundhöfer, Grundhöfer LLC:

"We can only hope that the sector will recover quickly, returning to its usual levels"

The second lockdown in Germany is taking its toll on the fruit and vegetable trade. Even those who are indirectly or only partially affected by the closure of the hospitality industry are noticing the effects. Wholesalers have the economic advantage of systemic relevance, but on the other hand they have…

Nick Maglio, ProEx Food, on the increased demand for processed food

“Blanching fruits and vegetables is better for aesthetic, hygiene and convenience”

Demand for processed fruits and vegetables has gone up in the last few months. Consumers have been stocking up on non-perishables in case of a lockdown or quarantine. Hospitality-closures and working from home have increased home-cooking  which increased the need for fresh-cut or prepared meals. “There are…

Dragon Microgreens

Welsh microgreens company expands into England

Crickhowell based company Dragon Microgreens is produces microgreens, a food group that is increasingly popular. Microgreens are the seedlings of leafy herbs and plants that…

Hortofrutícola Costa de Almería joins Anecoop as a new partner

The company Hortofrutícola Costa de Almería SL, a European leader in the production of peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, watermelons and melons, has three first-rate warehouses: Paraje la Cumbre, San Agustín and Cehorpa, which account for a total production volume that exceeds 160 million kilos. After…

AgriGarden boosts TC young plant production in China

AgriGarden, a turnkey horti-project solution provider with 18 years of experience setting up high-tech horticulture projects across China, has selected VIVI from the Viscon Group company to build high-tech and highly automated tissue culture laboratories in strategically chosen locations within China.…

Nature Fresh Farms wins Presidents Choice Fresh Product of the Year Award

This year, Nature Fresh Farms proudly accepted the PC Fresh Product of the Year Award for their Ontario Greenhouse Mixiany Cherry Tomatoes.  Each year, the award is distributed by Loblaw Companies Limited to one of their nominees. The criteria requires the product to be unique and stand alone as first to market…

Love Beets celebrates 10 years of business

Ready-to-eat beet brand, Love Beets USA, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month. The company took what was formerly thought of as a polarizing vegetable and created tasty, modern, and versatile offerings that revitalized how Americans view beets.  Love Beets began as a true labor of love by husband-and-wife…

private equity Victus Participations participates in both

Taks Handling Systems takes over Berkvens Greenhouse Mobility

Taks Handling Systems, located in Etten-Leur, The Netherlands, has taken over all shares of Berkvens Greenhouse Mobility in Asten. This is an important step in the company's growth strategy. Taks Handling Systems develops, builds and installs complete harvest processing solutions in packaging halls for…

for further growth within the horticulture greenhouse market

Kind Technologies acquires Martin Stolze

High-tech scale-up, Kind Technologies, has expanded its position in the horticulture greenhouse market by acquiring Martin Stolze B.V., an international specialist in the automation of internal transport. Increasing demand for technology and automation within the horticulture and food processing worldwideMartin Stolze…

Bulltec machine installed in Sicily

Innovation for bell pepper grading

Bell peppers can now be graded automatically and precisely thanks to Bulltec. Master Fruit from Licata (Agrigento) chose this technology for a number of reasons. "Master Fruit focuses on innovation and needed a customized line for the electronic grading of bell peppers. The system is made up of different…

New brand 'SuezFruit' starts its Egyptian legume season

"We were able to create a professional production base through cooperation"

SuezFruit has started its Egyptian legume season. Since last week, the first Egyptian-made snow peas have been arriving in Europe. "Through partnerships and cooperation, we have created a professional production base that is large enough to guarantee supply security. The products are marketed under the…

Gemüsebau Frey signs exclusive partnership deal with Del Monte®

"Cooperation ensures a constant supply of pre-matured goods"

With immediate effect, the Karlsruhe-based trading company Gemüsebau Frey is cooperating with Del Monte®, one of the world's leading suppliers of fresh produce, known for its long experience and outstanding quality. The wholesale and food retail service provider located at the Fresh Produce Center…

Nicole Kiemle (Gärtnerei Kiemle) on the current herb market

"Closure of hospitality industry affects unusual herb varieties more than anything"

Over the years, freshly cut domestic herbs have gained a high status in the German specialized trade. Parsley, chives, basil, etc. are becoming more and more popular both in the wholesale and the retail trade. However, the current closure of the hospitality industry has a noticeable effect on wholesale…

Crisis model: Duisburg's fresh food service defies the pandemic

"In no time, my mother had 600 new customers"

It is cool in the hall at the Duisburg wholesale market. At 5 degrees Celsius, almost everything you can imagine in the field of fruit and vegetables is stored here: Truffles, purple potatoes, mini garlic, kumquats and numerous local fruits and vegetables as well as herbs. Pumpkins in summer and…

Santiago Contreras, Hausladen Fruchthandelsgesellschaft, on the market for exotic fruits

"The avocado proves to be a permanent fixture"

With the end of autumn and colder temperatures approaching, these days more and more exotic fruits are ending up in the shopping carts of consumers, who in the summer months have access to the abundant seasonal and regional fruit selections. Probably the most popular of the exotic fruits is the avocado,…

Camposol reports third quarter 2020 financial results

Camposol has released their financial results for the third quarter of 2020. CSOL Holding's EBITDA for the first nine months of 2020 amounted to USD 55.5 million and the…

G&R Farms

Sweet onion grower launches annual "Season of Giving"

In an effort to give back during the holiday season, G&R Farms has partnered with Costco and Schnucks Supermarkets in a new annual promotion entitled “Season of Giving.” The…

Despite rumours of internal discontent and financial woes

Royal Pahang Durian claims all is well in company

The Royal Pahang Durian Resources PKPP (RPDR-PKPP) denies the joint venture is in dire financial difficulties or any conflict with its shareholders as widely alleged on social…

Maintenance will make landline unavailable for 30 minutes

FruitMasters telephone network scheduled to go down on 25th of November

"The telephone network within FruitMasters will be renewed on Wednesday 25 November 2020. With this network, FruitMasters hopes to improve the reliability and options for use…

RotoGro International to raise $1.53M for vertical farming

RotoGro International (RGI) has received firm commitments to raise $1.53 million through a placement. More than 38.2 million fully-paid shares will be issued to professional and sophisticated investors at 4 cents each. "This raise is an important step forward for RotoGro as the company welcomes a number of…

Zespri launches first kiwifruit trial project in China

Zespri recently signed a memorandum of intent for a trial project with Sichuan State-owned Assets Operation and Investment Management, in hopes of advancing the development of…

Laurent Klotz, Agrosta:

"Our technology has become a reference in the fruit and vegetable sector"

Agrosta, a French manufacturer of scientific instruments for the fruit and vegetable sector, has greatly benefited from the boom in the blueberry market to prove the effectiveness of its technologies and improve its reputation. "Our instruments are considered a standard in this field on the European…

The American company Berry People signs alliances with Peruvian producers

Berry People, the California-based marketer of organic and conventional berries and avocados, has signed alliances with producers in Peru to cover the supply gaps for these…

Juan Mora, manager of Frutas Antonio: “It is the right time to start this adventure”

"We will start with 100,000 kilos of organic Asturian kiwifruit in our first year at Biomarket"

The inauguration in Barcelona of Biomarket, the first wholesale market devoted entirely to organic food in Spain, is just a few days away and the companies participating in this ambitious project are finalizing their preparations. One such firm is Grupo Frutas Antonio, which will have 3 stalls in this…

CMI Orchards partners with Independent Warehouse, Inc.

CMI Orchards has entered into a partnership with Independent Warehouse, Inc. to expand pear distribution to domestic and international retailers. The Dryden-based company will continue to grow and pack, and CMI Orchards will serve as the sales and marketing agent domestically and internationally. The…

Vanguard Direct adds three new hires to sales and operations teams

On the cusp of the important season getting underway, Vanguard Direct are proud to announce the hiring of new positions in key sales and operations roles at the California and Pennsylvania offices. In total three new employees joined the Vanguard Direct teams bringing a variety of skills and experience…

Adriana Chelli, of Les Herbes du Roussillon:

"During this period of uncertainty, we are focusing on the production and on food safety values"

"This is a challenging time for us, as it is for everyone," says Adriana Chelli, of Les Herbes du Roussillon. "Fortunately, we have the chance to continue working, despite the lack of visibility, like all players in the food sector." The demand from customers in the out-of-home catering sector is…

Free fruit growing tool Farmable available since the start of the year

"We are thrilled to see so many diverse fruit growers on our platform"

Digitization and automation are also becoming increasingly important in the German fruit and vegetable sector. Producers are looking for ways to optimize operational processes. Farmable has set itself the task of reinventing ways for growers to collect, organize and use their data and information about…

Pieter Gabriëls, Bejo Samen LLC:

"The Coronavirus is a catalyst for the development of consumer trends"

Vegetable producers in Europe are already far into their preparations for the next season. Large parts of the planning cannot be done personally due to Corona, but people are attempting to aid their customers as well as possible nevertheless, explains Bejo's Pieter Gabriëls: "We are all strained and…

Volkan Günes (Sun Früchte Freiburg) on the current Corona situation

"Fortunately, many specialist retailers still shop with us"

The current Lockdown Light and renewed closures of the hospitality industry are putting a big crimp on the plans of many fruit traders at local wholesale markets. As is well known, many wholesale market suppliers live predominantly from supplying the regional gastronomy and community catering. At…

Driscoll’s Scott Komar and Plenty’s Nate Storey

“Through this partnership we hope to unlock new flavors and expand our global reach”

In October, Driscoll’s and Plenty Unlimited Inc. announced a partnership to grow Driscoll’s proprietary strawberries year-round in Plenty’s vertical indoor farms. Last week, Scott Komar, Driscoll’s Senior Vice President of Global R&D & Plenty’s Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, Nate Storey joined on…

Austchilli: 25 years in business

Austchilli is celebrating 25 years in business. Rather than resting on its laurels, it is looking to the future and for founder and managing director David de Paoli, that’s getting food into space. This ambitious target is the logical next step for David who thrives on challenge and innovation. De Paoli has built the company…

on-demand stock packaging in box quantities

"Webshop offers broader online presence serving key markets"

Macpac is no stranger to selling online through its website. For over 4 years the Stockport–based thermoformer has sold its highly successful Plantpac range on a digital platform, which is now experiencing considerable momentum in an exploding digital market. With a rapidly growing e-commerce demand the manufacturer…

Logistic service supplier opts for new building

AFL Barendrecht pre-reserves 2.2 hectares at Nieuw Reijerwaard

General director Eric Barendrecht of AFL Barendrecht and Gert-Jan Metselaar, director of the New Reijerwaard Joint Scheme, have signed an agreement for the pre-reservation of a plot of more than 2.2 hectares (22,245 m²) at Nieuw Reijerwaard. Founder Alex and general director Eric Barendrecht of AFL…

Robert Elshof, Elshof Organic Fruit: "Not added cost price, but added value"

"By taking the initiative, we've gone beyond the rules imposed on us"

In the Netherlands, Elshof Organic Fruit's organic top fruit acreage is steadily expanding. "Every year, one or two organic growers join us. We now represent an area of around 200 hectares," says Robert Elshof. He's not concerned that the market will become saturated. "We can cope well with this growth.…

Peter Quiring receives OPMA’s Cory Clack-Streef Produce Person of the Year Award

Nature Fresh Farms announced that their President and Founder, Peter Quiring, is the recipient of the OPMA’s Cory Clack-Streef Produce Person of the Year Award.  According to OPMA’s website the award is given to an individual that has demonstrated on a regular basis for the last year, untiring efforts to improve…

Homeless garden project in Santa Cruz, CA

Awe Sum Organics making a difference in both the local and global community

Awe Sum Organics has made a leadership pledge to the Homeless Garden Project’s new permanent home and expanded farm located in the hills just above the city of Santa Cruz in the Pogonip area near the University of California, Santa Cruz. Awe Sum Organics was inspired to get involved with a local…

Total Produce Ireland achieves Origin Green Gold Accreditation in inaugural year

Total Produce Ireland has today been awarded the prestigious Origin Green Gold standard in an online ceremony hosted in Dublin. Origin Green is the world’s only national food and drink sustainability programme and operates on a national basis, bringing together Government, the private sector and…

Organto announces record third quarter results

Organto an integrated provider of organic and value-added organic fruits and vegetables today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020,…

McCartney Produce joins FreshEdge

McCartney Produce (“McCartney”), a distributor of fresh produce and specialty food products, joined FreshEdge, a family of produce and specialty food companies, further…

Faircoop cooperative breaks new ground

Apples and pears now also featured in the Fairebel range

Until now, the Faircoop cooperative was known for its dairy products, through its Fairebel label. Now, it is breaking new ground: From now on, Fairtrade apples and pears will also be on offer. The expanded range was presented on Thursday morning during a video press conference, reported on by East…

Camille Marques, of Le Verger de la Blottière:

"We now offer 100% recyclable cardboard packaging for our flagship products"

Two years ago, Le Verger de la Blottière confirmed its commitment to reducing the use of plastic in its packaging. The Covid-19 crisis has not slowed this process down; quite the opposite. "Within the framework of our Demain La Terre certification, it is important for us to act as a responsible company.…

Vivai F.lli Zanzi

134 years of history in 3 minutes

Over the past few days, Vivai F.lli Zanzi has published a new multi-language video on its Youtube channel to reach long-standing customers as well as new ones from all over the world. "Instead of sending them a power point or a PDF brochure, we made a video. It is a simple yet effective formula - a lot…

Peru

Camposol extends its agricultural operations into Mexico

Camposol, the Peruvian agro-industrial company, will expand its agricultural operations in Mexico, where it plans to install avocado and blueberry plantations. According to…

Ocean Mist® Farms' Kevin Tottino receives Progressive Grocer's GenNext Award

Ocean Mist Farms, grower and marketer of fresh artichokes in the U.S., announced that Progressive Grocer has named Kevin Tottino, value added manager at Ocean Mist Farms, a…

Bobalu Berry Farms celebrates end of 2020 fresh strawberry season in Santa Maria

Bobalu Berry Farms hosted an employee celebration last Friday to mark the official end of the 2020 fresh strawberry season in Santa Maria. Bobby and RC Jones took the opportunity to host their annual end of season party following through with a raffle of two new cars for their loyal employees.     Labor is always a challenge…

Folium 2.0 hits the market ahead of schedule

Autogrow has launched the second generation of its Folium Smart Sensor Network, ahead of schedule to meet customer demand for greater access to data in the cloud.   “Since the initial launch of Folium in February we have had fantastic feedback from customers requesting further features. Because of our focus on…

Radfords embraces AI optimisation with shareholding in PlantTech

Radfords is looking forward to collaborating closely with PlantTech and joins other founding shareholders: Zespri, Bluelab, Robotics Plus, Trimax, Cucumber, Eurofins, The University of Waikato and Priority One. PlantTech has built a team of skilled AI and Data Scientists to accelerate AI and Machine…

'Alibaba of Agriculture', Agri10x, gears up to set new records

Pune-based agtech major Agri10x is expected to clock a whopping GMV of INR 100 crore by December 2021, making it not just one of the fastest growing agtech companies globally,…

Ahold Delhaize and Centerbridge Partners announce acquisition of FreshDirect

Ahold Delhaize and Centerbridge Partners announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire FreshDirect, an online grocer based in New York City. Ahold…

PlanetAgro has initiated pilot test for avocados, other produce to follow

Save Foods signs letter of intent with PlanetAgro for distribution of its products across Mexico

Save Foods, an Israeli-based food-tech company focused on developing and selling eco-friendly products specifically designed to extend the shelf life and ensure food safety of…

Emerson survey: 82% of respondents said they have changed their habits in purchasing food products

Retailers need to adjust to new consumer behaviors shaped by Covid-19

A survey released by Emerson’s Commercial & Residential Solutions business, shows that consumers have dramatically altered their shopping habits in response to Covid-19, putting pressure on retailers to adapt to changing consumption patterns. More than 8 out of 10 (81%) of respondents said they’re paying…

Marco Henschke (Macoo LLC) at the end of the Moldavian plum season

"We could have easily imported another 200,000 kilos"

Moldavian plums are obviously gaining importance in the German fruit trade. In recent years, the Eastern European country has become a recognized source of high quality stone fruits in the industrial as well as fresh sector. East German wholesale group Macoo LLC recognized this trend early on and this is…

Exhibitors and partners present themselves in the digital Special

expoSE/expoDirekt trade fair directory online now

Unfortunately, organiser VSSE - the Association of South German asparagus and strawberry growers  - had to cancel this year's expoSE/expoDirekt due to Corona restrictions.Today…

Mr. Jack Ma: "Chinese agriculture currently goes through a similar development as the internet did in 2002"

Mr. Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group, visits largest AI greenhouse in Asia

Mr. Jack Ma, the founder and former CEO of Alibaba Group, visited the largest AI greenhouse in Asia on the 10th of October. He personally carried out the inspection of Kaisheng Haofeng (Dezhou) AI Agriculture Co., Ltd. in Dezhou, Shandong. Mr. Jack Ma visits the production service area at Kaisheng Haofeng…

Giumarra now offering Fair Trade Certified™ avocados grown in Mexico

The Giumarra Companies announced a partnership with the Genel family of Rancho Agua Blanca to offer Fair Trade Certified™ avocados grown in the state of Michoacán, Mexico. Rancho Agua Blanca is family owned and operated; the company recently received its certification from Fair Trade USA in early 2020.…

Vilmorin-Mikado on their leafy range adapted to hydroponic cultivation

"More companies are looking for products dedicated to hydroponics"

With hydroponics and vertical farming gaining popularity around the world, growers are increasingly interested in finding crop varieties with a proven track record in controlled environment system. To meet this, Vilmorin-Mikado has positioned itself as a leader in plant breeding and the provision of…

Jean-Baptiste Pinel, Primland:

"We have great plans for the 40th anniversary of the Oscar brand"

It has been a few months since Primland planned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Oscar brand. But the festivities had to be adapted to the current context. "Among other things, we had planned to organize a big party and in-store tastings. Unfortunately, this will not be possible due to the health…

Lueon fresh-cut vegetable washing line receives international recognition

"A growing number of Chinese suppliers use our vegetable processing equipment"

Consumers have paid more attention to food safety since the outbreak of Covid-19. This also means that standards in fruit and vegetable processing industries have been raised. Washing the product is an important step in processing fresh-cut fruit and vegetables. Efficient and convenient washing equipment…

Dick Wolff, DWM International GmbH

"Collection from a local office hits harder than a letter from abroad"

It can be a major annoyance: outstanding customer bills. If the companies are located in your own country, it is still easy to call in a collection agency from your own…

Huelva-based cooperative Fruta de Andalucía invests € 6 million in modernization and innovation

The cooperative Fruta de Andalucía, one of the leaders in the berry sector in this autonomous region, with an annual turnover that amounts to 100 million Euro, will make an…

Wholesum hires Harumi Kuniyoshi, Ph.D. as Director of Research and Development

Wholesum, Fair Trade certified growers and shippers of organic produce, recently hired Harumi Kuniyoshi, Ph.D. as their Director of Research and Development. "While Wholesum…

Canada

Pre-cut salad company announces $5M investment in Saint-Rémi factory

Saladexpress, a Québec-based pre-cut salad and vegetable processing company, announced a major five million dollar investment in its Saint-Rémi factory, located on the South Shore of Montréal. After launching three new salad kits under the Florette brand in grocery stores last month, Saladexpress…

Index Fresh announces Debbie Willmann as Director of Sales

Index Fresh announced Debbie Willmann as the Director of Sales. In her new role, Willmann will help manage the company’s existing domestic and international account base and…

Armin Rehberg joins SanLucar as CEO Operations

Stephan Rötzer, founder and owner of the globally operating company and Europe's biggest player for premium fruit and vegetables, strengthens his team and the company…

The first Beechcraft King Air 360 enters service to support agribusiness

California-based Stamoules Produce Company delivers fruits, vegetables, and nuts from its 17,000-acre farm in the San Joaquin Valley, where it traces a history back to 1927.…

Ark Foods makes first packhouse purchase in historic farming community

Ark Foods has purchased and opened its first-ever owned property, a 12,000-square-foot packhouse within the historic farming community of Immokalee, Florida. The Ark Foods team has been farming in Immokalee — a hub of agricultural output — since 2014. This acquisition is a major move for Ark Foods'…

George Stergiou, Anyfion Greece SA:

"The sample boxes with Greek kakis for the Swiss market were sold out immediately"

Although Spain is still the most important supplier of kakis in Europe, this does not mean that it is the only country with commercial interest in this exotic fruit. There are already some producers in the north of Greece who grow several older and some newer varieties. Now, a Greek company, in…

Strong Ocean performance and growth in Logistics & Services

A.P. Moller - Maersk further improves profitability in Q3

During the third quarter A.P. Moller - Maersk improved profitability across the business and delivered strong free cash flow, despite the negative impact on global economies…

Steirische Beerenobstgenossenschaft eGen relies on domestic ERP-solution

275 Austrian berry farmers use traceNET GO APP for optimal harvest management

Every year, Steirische Beerenobstgenossenschaft eGen. sells about 8 million kg of black and red currants, elderberries, elderflower and chokeberry. About 300 active berry…

Lipman Family Farms launches inaugural "Day of Good from the Ground Up"

Lipman Family Farms celebrated its first annual "Day of Good from the Ground Up" to support local communities across its network in the United States, Mexico and Canada. From supporting food banks with produce donations to distributing supplies to foster children and women’s shelters, Lipman employees…

Hazel Tech announces partnership with Fruits n’ Rootz

Hazel Technologies Inc., a USDA-funded technology company delivering solutions for the fresh produce industry to extend shelf-life, increase sales, and fight food waste, announces a partnership with Miami, Florida-based tropical produce company Fruits n’ Rootz. Founded in 2018, Fruits n’ Rootz specializes…

AgriNurture profit surges to P390 million

Agriculture trading firm AgriNurture Inc. (ANI) saw its nine-month income surge three-fold to P390 million from P107 million despite lower revenues. ANI said consolidated…

UK herb grower reports losses

Pre-tax losses at one of the largest growers of fresh cut and living pot herbs in the UK widened during its latest financial year, new accounts have revealed. Lincolnshire Herbs operates out of a…

Mr Apple fruit handing site up for sale

A housing development, rest home or childcare facility or a boutique retail hub are among future possibilities mooted for a large fruit-handling site for sale on Havelock…

SIZA said goodbye to the current Chairman of the Board and welcomes Nicholas Dicey, the new elected chair

It is with a heavy heart that this week we bid farewell to Mr Nigel Mudge, the long-standing and first official Chairman of the SIZA Board of Directors. He served on the SIZA…

Greenyard announces profit improvement and decrease of the debt ratio

Greenyard has released its financial results for the first half of the 2020/2021 financial year. Greenyard's turnover increased by 10.3% in the first half of the 2020/2021 financial year to 2.17 billion euros. Organic sales growth is 11.1%. Sales were 0.2% depressed by divestments and exchange rates had…

Don Limón unveils flexible direct sourcing partnerships for corporate retailers

Don Limón – the international fresh fruit exporter-importer – is excited to announce the launch of its retail partnership programme to offer greater flexibility as the trend…

Landgard comments on allegations from Der Spiegel

"Alleged escapades at Landgard agricultural cooperative"

On Saturday, an article was published on the online Der Spiegel edition, alleging serious accusations against the Landgard agricultural cooperative: How officials would spend…

A. & K. Engemann goes into the new marketing season

"There is more growth potential for organic chicory, within food retail as well"

For some two weeks, leading organic company Engemann GbR has been delivering new organic chicory. "The volumes to be marketed are still modest, but should soon increase," says Fabian Borgwald, salesman at the company. "Due to the colder weather, the desire for chicory has returned and we are seeing some…

Tomato breeder Ben Silvertand makes an impression on popular Youtube channel

Influencers are what it's all about in consumer marketing nowadays and also the team with BASF has heard this message. That's why BASF has teamed up with SORTEDfood, a UK-based YouTube cooking channel and global online community of food lovers. Set up in 2010 by school friends, SORTEDfood now unites over…

Chicago proposed home of second Second Chances Farm

Garfield Produce, located in the East Garfield Park area in Chicago, is working together with Second Chances Farm to establish the Second Chances Farm Chicago in the Windy City. Garfield Produce is an indoor vertical farm and a licensed wholesale food establishment whose mission, values and passion…

Singles' Day Sale final data

Tmall and JD.com saw record high turnover of 769.7 billion yuan

During the Singles’ Day Sale his year, Tmall’s turnover exceeded 498.2 billion yuan and JD.com’s accumulated order value exceeded 271.5 billion yuan. Together, they reached a record high turnover of 769.7 billion yuan. The period for Tmall’s data this year was extended from the day of November 11 in…

Otflow in Sprout.nl Challenger50 list

The air distribution mat for Otflow refrigerated containers has not escaped the attention of the general public. After winning the Start-up funding event and the Rotterdam Entrepreneurs Award "Nieuw Helden", the company has now also been included in the Challenger50 list of Sprout.nl, a platform for…

Hortifrut achieves growth for the third consecutive quarter

As of September 2020, Hortifrut has registered an accumulated profit attributable to the owners of the controlling company of US $38.30 million, i.e. $32.38 million (+ 547%)…

Branston looking to expand

A Lincolnshire-headquartered potato business has submitted plans for a new processing facility. Branston, which supplies own-label products to supermarkets, such as Tesco, as well as selling under…

Muddy Boots joins forces with TELUS

Muddy Boots Software, a leading provider of data-driven food supply chain solutions, today announces that it has been acquired by TELUS, a world-leading communications and…

Partnership with Western Growers to accelerate field harvest automation

Members of Western Growers are family farmers growing fresh produce in Arizona, California, Colorado and New Mexico, together they provide over half the nation’s fresh fruits,…

Dirk Garos, Restrain, explains using ethylene for potato storage

"Help, my potatoes are germinating!"

You can use ethylene to prevent potato germination. That's nothing new. This technique has been used since 1999. The CIPC ban, however, means many more potato growers will have to use alternatives. But new methods and substances require a slightly different approach. That sometimes takes some getting…

Sylvia Düpmann, Düpmann LLC & Co.:

"Even for those who are not dependent on the hospitality industry, this year was definitely slower"

Düpmann LLC & Co. has been active in the convenience business since the early 1970s. It began with peeled potatoes and onions, and now the company processes a wide range of vegetables. We talked to quality manager Sylvia Düpmann about the move to the new location, this year's circumstances and the future…

Oppy secures spot among Canada’s Top 100 Employers

Oppy was recently selected as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, marking the first time the grower, marketer and distributor of fresh produce from around the world has been…

Pinduoduo expands online grocery shopping to drive agricultural e-commerce ambitions

Pinduoduo, China’s largest e-commerce platform for agricultural products, has expanded its online grocery ordering service to most provinces since introducing it in the cities of Wuhan and Nanchang in August. Duo Duo Maicai, as the grocery feature is called, was introduced in response to the surging…

Two Dutch traders reunite at HMP Distribution

From fruit to hemp

Twenty years ago, Kees Valstar started FruitWorld in the Netherlands. He wanted to sell soft fruit, which was a new thing at the time. Back then, Kess hired Piet Meerkerk as a salesman. Twenty years later, these traders' paths have crossed again. Kees has been selling hemp products for several years now. And from 1 January…

Moxxy Marketing expands West Coast team

Moxxy Marketing has expanded its West Coast team, adding Project Coordinator Hailey Terrones, based in California, to support clients throughout Western North America,…

Costa announces appointment of new CEO

Costa Group Holdings Limited, Australia’s leading grower, packer and marketer of fresh fruit and vegetables today announced the appointment of Mr Sean Hallahan as the…

Munich wholesale market traders suffer from strict Corona conditions

"I believe the situation will only ease up from February-March onwards"

At Munich's Sendling wholesale center, sales are rather slow at the moment. Normally the Christmas season will slowly be getting underway at this time of year, but in this exceptional Corona year, everything is different, says wholesaler Helmut Bienek, owner of the trading company of the same name. "Many…

Wilhelm Stemmann on this year's kale harvest

"Good climate conditions give us hope for a good harvest"

In some fields, the kale harvest had already begun by the end of September and it will continue into March. Under the right weather conditions, the palm leafy kale plants -…

Christian Kruse, Haygrove LLC:

"Protected cultivation is an important growth market in Germany and still has great potential"

Berry growers in Germany are already in full preparation for the 2021 season, and the trade fair duo expoSE/expoDirekt is usually a good opportunity for the sector to exchange ideas and find out about the latest trends. For this very reason, the cancellation hits the sector hard: "For us, an important…

Dutch processing company to build 'factory of the future'

Fruit and vegetable processor, Hessing Supervers, wants to build a new 'factory of the future'. It will be the Greenport Venlo area in North Limburg, the Netherlands. This new production location should allow Hessing is taking an important strategic step. That should guarantee the company's continuity…

Village Farms' clean energy subsidiary renewed

Village Farms International, Inc. announced Village Farms' wholly owned subsidiary, Village Farms Clean Energy, Inc., has renewed and extended its existing contract with the…

Bard Valley expands staff to meet growing demand

Bard Valley Medjool Date Growers announces the addition of two new members to its sales team and the internal promotion of three key staff members. The additional staff will…

Index Fresh and Apeel

New partnership will save avocados from wastestream

A new partnership between Index Fresh and Apeel will create more happy endings for avocados by preserving freshness for consumers, creating more consistent quality and…

Denis Piper, Melzig LLC, on club apple varieties and the start of the citrus season

"Every year we are being offered five varieties that claim to be the new Pink Lady"

Apples are one of the staple foods in the German retail trade; right now consumers are enjoying freshly harvested produce. Every year there are new club varieties that want to conquer this market, but these unfortunately often only have moderate successes, says Denis Piper from Melzig LLC in…

Orango launches patented solution with magnets

"We see opportunities for reusable lids in the convenience fruit segment"

orango® has developed and patented a reusable lid that uses magnets. The innovative solution is made of silicone and the first samples are already successfully in circulation, the management confirms on request. The sustainable packaging solution was developed primarily for dairy products in cups - such…

Ralf Gerths (vegetable wholesale Gerths) on this year's season

"Abundant yields and sales problems are hurting the cabbage sector"

The cabbage harvest in the northern Dithmarschen region is slowly but surely approaching its end. The plentiful supply situation for all types of cabbage is now confronted by Corona-related sales problems in the hospitality and bulk consumption sectors. This is accompanied by correspondingly low prices…

Müller Transporte invests 10 million euros in new logistics location

New facility to be completed in summer 2021

Müller Transporte LLC is investing 10 million euros in a new logistics center at its existing company site in Wiener Neudorf. With a photovoltaic system, green roofs, company restaurant and rest rooms for drivers, the investments are particularly sustainable. The foundation stone was laid on November 5,…

Uwe Buschhaus on Corona, German king trumpet mushrooms and an extraordinary chanterelle season

"Wild mushrooms saved us in this exceptional year"

The current Corona hit marketing year is slowly but surely coming to an end for the edible mushroom industry. The recently tightened regulations are also making extreme demands on this trade segment, while new sales markets and opportunities are opening up especially in these difficult times, says Uwe…

Vietnam: HAGL sells 35 million shares to restructure loan

HAGL, once a leading real estate firm in Vietnam, has been growing fruits and vegetables since 2016, mainly providing passion fruit, bananas, dragon fruit and chili. Its main…

Edible Garden

US: Crowdinvesting campaign to scale greenhouse grower

Greenhouse company Edible Garden® today announces the launch of an equity crowdfunding campaign via crowd investment platform Republic, which will help fund the commercialization of the company's  greenhouses. "This will further reduce our carbon footprint and expand access to its USDA-Certified Organic, sustainable…

Financial report first nine months 2020

HHLA resists effects of the coronavirus pandemic

Despite the lasting impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) recorded a positive operating result in the first nine months of 2020. However,…

The Hardest Harvest

Canadian greenhouse grower releases documentary about guest worker program

Nature Fresh Farms has released a twenty-two-minute documentary offering an inside look at their operations during the Covid-19 outbreak centering around the experiences of their guest workers. The film focuses on the Guest Workers that have come to Canada as an opportunity to work, and for some a way to…

The company specializes in fennel that exports to all of Europe

New website for Fino'

There are now new graphics and new content for the website of Caligari&Babbi, who specialize in fennel. The address remains the same: www.finocchioitaliano.com Vittorio Caligari and Marco Babbi "Our brand Finò is known all over Europe, so it was time for a restyling of the website, alongside with the new company headquarters location,…

Sev-Rend announces addition of James (JC) Nyssen to the team

Sev-Rend announced the addition of James (JC) Nyssen as their new Pacific Northwest Sales Manager. Bringing JC Nyssen on as the Pacific Northwest Sales Manager lines up with…

Nominations now accepted for 2021 Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards Program

United Fresh has opened the nomination period for the 2021 Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards Program. Developed to honor the foodservice industry’s most innovative…

Chiquita deploys nationwide disaster response to Hurricane Eta relief effort

Chiquita is lending a helping hand to Central Americans impacted by Hurricane Eta by spearheading donation efforts from its North American headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The company is committed to doing its part to provide immediate aid to those who have been affected, and help restore the damage…


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