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Citronex to lease 4,000 sq meters for banana ripening facility in Bucharest

Citronex is set to become a tenant at MLP Bucharest West in the first quarter of 2020. MLP Group was once again assisted by Dunwell, the leading industrial real estate agency in Romania. In November this year, a distributor of bananas sold under the Yellow brand signed a contract with MLP Group to lease…

Krzysztof Sak, Agronom Berries:

"Hydroponics help us guarantee constant soft fruit supply"

Only a couple of years ago the team with Agronom Berries, one of Poland’s biggest soft fruit growers, started growing strawberries hydroponically instead of in the open field. “We thought we'd better start learning since we believe that it would become a necessity within the next decade”, says Krzysztof…

An innovative product will be available soon

Final hurdle removed for bananas in fresh-cut industry

The newest fresh-cut offerings include bananas. This fruit is very difficult to handle in the ready-to-eat segment, due to its rapid oxidation and degradation, but it was made possible by the Agribologna research and development department for the Fresco Senso brand. Desiree Magagnoli "All the new Fresco…

Spanish group Royal SAT expects to increase its turnover by 10% thanks to berries

The Sevillian group Royal SAT, based in the town of San José de la Rinconada, is a leading name in the European fresh fruit market. It is devoted to the production and marketing of stone fruit and berries, especially blueberries and raspberries, of which it has its own varieties thanks to genetic…

Karlsruhe restaurant supplier Baris Karaman relies on continuous capacity expansion

"We've increased our sales by 60-70 percent over the past two years."

In 2003, Baris Karaman from Karlsruhe started the wholesale company carrying his name at the local wholesale market. After working mainly as a middleman for about 12 years, he took over the supply of regional gastronomers in 2015. Since then, he has quickly made a name for himself in the urban environment…

Social media and produce marketer’s calendars now available

DMA Solutions, a full-service marketing agency exclusively serving the fresh produce industry, announces the launch of the sixth annual Social Media and Produce Marketer’s Calendars. The calendars serve as a valuable tool to support marketers and fresh produce industry professionals in making strategic…

Good Foods concludes charitable campaign with No Kid Hungry

 Good Foods, announced a donation of $65,000 to the No Kid Hungry campaign. The check will go toward fighting to help end childhood hunger in America as part of the company’s overall charitable mission.  Throughout the months of October and November, Good Foods partnered with the University of Wisconsin’s football team…

Wonderful Pistachios launches new "Almost Everyone Loves No Shells" campaign

Sheldon the tortoise introduced into No Shells campaign

Wonderful® Pistachios launched its new “Almost Everyone Loves No Shells” marketing campaign featuring No Shells on television for the first time as part of a $15 million investment in the No Shells brand, the largest to date. The comedic campaign debuts on television, online and on social media and…

Nature Fresh Farms ceremony marks transition of phase 1 greenhouse

On December 4th, Nature Fresh Farms announced that they would be passing on the keys to their Phase 1 and 2 greenhouse to a new group of dedicated growers. The ribbon-cutting ceremony occurred at the Phase 1 greenhouse where Founder and Owner, Peter Quiring; General Manager, John Ketler; and Executive Retail…

Anti-microbial tech for extending shelf-life gets USDA grant

Hazel Technologies Inc., a USDA-supported agricultural technology company delivering new packaging solutions to extend shelf-life, increase sales, and combat food waste, announced it has secured an additional $100,000 grant from the USDA as part of the USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)…

Third annual conference held December 4th and 5th

2019 Organic Grower Summit looks to the future

The Organic Grower Summit tackled a wide variety of issues and topics, attracting hundreds of organic growers, producers, and processors to its third annual conference held in Monterey, CA, on December 4th and 5th, 2019. Presented by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and the Organic Produce…

New and exclusive representatives for Easyfresh in India announced

Easyfresh announced the appointment of New Global Logistik LLP as the new and exclusive representatives for Easyfresh in India. The company was initiated in 1950 under the…

Christiaens Agro Systems sees customer demand for established process revived

"Renewed interest in our laser sorting system from international asparagus sector"

The laser asparagus sorting system from Christiaens Agro Systems was launched on the market in 1996: although the sorting principle of the process remains roughly the same over 20 years later, the management of the Dutch machine supplier sees renewed interest in the tried and tested process. "The user-friendliness,…

Jos Looije, Looye Kwekers:

“Make sure you sell emotion; that's how you build a good brand”

There are many tomato farmers around. Dutch growers, Looye Kwekers, are also specialized in this. Owner, Jos Looije, is not so concerned about the numbers. He is too busy developing a strong brand. "A tomato is made up of 90% water. So, you must sell an emotion to build a brand," says Jos. Building a brand…

New cold store and logistics centre for Kivits-Goes, VGK Cool Logistics and ERP at Nieuw Reijerwaard

The Dutch company, Kivits-Goes Beheer BV wants to build a new cold storage and logistics centre at the Nieuw Reijerwaard Business Park. This will be for, mainly, fruit. Kivits-Goes needs 2,4 hectares of land for this. They have reserved a plot on Selderijweg in the Dutch town of Ridderkerk. The building will…

Apeel & Nature's Pride debut longer lasting produce in Europe

Apeel Sciences and Nature's Pride announced that Apeel avocados are now on store shelves in Europe. As Apeel’s supply partner in Europe, Nature’s Pride has integrated the Apeel solution across its expansive avocado value chain to bring Apeel avocados to EDEKA and Netto in Germany, and Salling Group…

Lorenz Hartmann de Barros joins HLB Tropical Food

The German tropical fruit importer and distributor HLB Tropical Food GmbH is announcing some major personnel changes in its Kelsterbach headquarters. A few months ago, Mr.…

Washington state - US

New apple packing plant near Yakima

The latest totally new world-class apple packing plant in the Pacific Northwest opened this fall on the southwestern edge of Union Gap, just south of Yakima. Borton Fruit Co.…

Christmas atmosphere at Frischezentrum Aschaffenburg:

"Medjool dates are very popular, despite high prices."

Dates are increasingly becoming a standard product within the German trade. The sweet exotics benefit from a growing preference for a healthy diet and the increasingly international cuisine in Germany and Europe. The fruits are particularly well received at Christmas time. "For the most part, we sell Medjool dates…

New leadership for Feltracon

This year, Jan van Felius and Erik Mooijman have a special December greeting for the people around them. For some time, Jan van Felius, owner of Feltracon BV, had been looking for a successor. He has…

Oomiak Refrigeration opens an office in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur receives Australian refrigeration company

Australian company Oomiak Refrigeration has opened an office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to drive its expansion into South East Asia. The company started in 2006 in Adelaide, South Australia, and has established a presence in every mainland Australian state with its expertise in the design and manufacture…

Stuart Payne on GP Grader's current and future innovations:

"Having our own software means we can drive development"

GP Graders develops and distributes grading equipment for fresh produce, and as the Australian-based company’s director Stuart Payne explains, there’s plenty more to come. Are cherry installations still your core business?Stuart Payne: "We’re still doing a lot [of cherry graders] but we’ve continued to branch…

Alico, Inc. announces financial results for Fiscal Year 2019

Alico, Inc. (“Alico” or the “Company”) announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2019. Results of operationsFor the fiscal year…

Best of Four and Van Nature are now Oxin Growers

New name is a fusion of two Dutch growers co-ops

Earlier this week, Dutch growers cooperatives, Best of Four and Van Nature, presented the name and logo of their new cooperative to its members. The festive unveiling was done…

Produce marketing veteran joins Starr Ranch Growers

Krista Beckstead, a produce industry marketing veteran, joined Starr Ranch Growers as a marketing and brand specialist. In the new role for the company, Beckstead will work on…

Lemonade Day and Limoneira Company establish 2-year charitable licensing agreement

Lemonade Day and Limoneira Company have established a two-year charitable licensing agreement designed to support Lemonade Day in advancing its mission to equip kids with business and character building skills that will prepare them for life. The agreement was completed in September and coincided with…

Sainsbury: Rhian Bartlett returns as Director of Fresh Food

Sainsbury’s is pleased to announce that Rhian Bartlett has now returned to the business as Director of Fresh Food, reporting to Commercial Director, Paul Mills-Hicks. Rhian is…

Company Hai Thanh from Vietnam relies on KRONEN technology in mango processing

Increased capacity and efficiency of convenience production

For two months now, a KRONEN GS 10-2 belt cutting machine has been in operation in mango processing at HAI THANH, a company based in Vietnam. The company, which originally specialised in the processing of seafood and the production of surimi, recently expanded its business activities to include fruit…

Spanish cooperative Vicasol inaugurates its new facilities in El Ejido

The first-degree Almeria-based cooperative Vicasol has recently inaugurated its new facilities in El Ejido, Vicasol 3. They are intended as a commercial and service area for its agricultural partners, their families and for the entire region. The event has been chaired by the Councilor of Agriculture of…

Photo report: Open day, Winter days at Wholesale Claessens

Last Sunday and Monday, 1 and 2 December, Wholesaler Claessens organised an Open day, Winter days. During the open days, visitors could take a look in addition to the new assortment; at the new offices, tasting kitchen, Cash & Carry and warehouse. "We have doubled in surface area," says Julie De Bie about…

Leon van den Hombergh, Frankort & Koning:

"Partnership with melon grower, Agrolibano, in Honduras aligns perfectly with Brazilian season"

The partnership agreement between Agrolibano and Dutch company, Frankort & Koning, was reconfirmed this week. This deal is for the upcoming season. "We are delighted to give form to this partnership in the coming season once again," says Frankort & Koning's Leon van den Hombergh. “This partner in…

Unica Group grows by 44% since the start of the campaign

Unica Group has reached a sales volume of more than 107 million kilos since the 2019/20 campaign started on September 1, which represents an increase of 44%. Also very significant is the fact that all cooperatives integrated in Unica have grown considerably since joining the second-degree cooperative.…

Pacific Produce transitions to Produce Pro Software

Pacific Produce has served the Bay Area for over three decades, and pride themselves on providing fresh produce to food service providers. After becoming one of the only…

California Table Grape Commission appoints new director of trade policy

Jodi Devaurs is the new director of trade policy for the California Table Grape Commission. Devaurs’ responsibilities include market access, technical issues, and general…

Mucci Farms sponsors Huron Memorial Stadium

Mucci Farms announced that they have partnered with the Huron Athletic Booster Club to finance a new turf at Huron Memorial Stadium, home of the Huron Tigers High School Football team.  The $400,000 (USD) sponsorship includes an 8-year naming rights agreement which will officially rename the venue to “Mucci…

Mehdi Haddadi, Med Fruit:

"It is definitely a different season than last year”

Spain faces a difficult year in terms of its citrus quality and volume. This is according to Mehdi Haddadi of Dutch fruit and vegetable wholesaler, Med Fruit. “There is a discrepancy between expectations and the amounts of Clementines and Navels now being harvested. It was already evident during these…

Natalie and Marcel Zuidgeest talk over the '3D-puzzle in 40 trailers'

Zuidkoop already busy building almost 5,000 m² of stands for Fruit Logistica Berlin

Once the three busy Fruit Logistica trade show days in Berlin are over, most exhibitors do not have to think about the next edition. Not so for Dutch stand building company, Zuidkoop. "We actually start again from the moment we return," says Natalie Zuidgeest. "However, preparations only begin in earnest…

Filippino trading firm

AgriNurture to buy shares in Australia aquaculture firm

Agriculture trading firm AgriNurture Inc (ANI) has moved a step closer to expanding its business in Australia. The company said the shareholders of Australian firm Plentex…

Singapore agrifood start-up secures funding from SGInnovate

Singapore-based supply chain platform DiMuto has raised an undisclosed amount of investment from government-owned venture firm SGInnovate. This will help drive its expansion…

Bobalu Berries hires Anthony Gallino as first ever VP of Sales

Bobalu Berries has hired Anthony Gallino as their first Vice President of Sales in the 61-year history of the company. This huge step for the company is just the first of many to come as Bobalu Berries is now well positioned as a grower, shipper, processer of fresh berries. The company has primarily been…

Greenyard UK appoints new Managing Director

Greenyard Fresh UK has gone through a significant “transformation”, dealing with severe competition in the UK market, an organisational redesign and a fire in its distribution…

Brighter Bites and The Produce Moms® announce partnership

A little more than a year ago, The Produce Moms® launched their now popular podcast with their first guest, Lisa Helfman, founder of Brighter Bites, the nonprofit that provides families and teachers in under-served communities with fresh fruits and vegetables and nutrition education to decrease…

Chris DeSana joins Classic Harvest as Senior Director of Sales

Chris DeSana joins the Classic Harvest team as Senior Director of Sales – Deciduous. In this newly created role, Mr. DeSana will lead Classic Harvest's initiative in the…

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North Bay Produce, Inc. announces partnership with Guatemalan farm

“In order to bring the very best products to our customers, we are constantly searching for great growing environments,” says Brian Klumpp with North Bay Produce. The company found a new growing environment in UniSpice, a beautiful farm in Guatemala specializing in French Green Beans, Snow Peas, Sugar…

Living product farm to be launched at US retailers this year

The Kroger Co. announced a partnership that will bring modular living produce farms to North America, delivering fresh-picked produce. The partnership between Kroger and Infarm marks the first-of-its-kind in the United States. The living produce farms will launch before the end of 2019 at two of the 15 stores…

Iranian kiwifruit sorted with Italian technology

Arya Sam Coldstore & Food is now using a sorting line designed and installed by Italian company Futura to sort its kiwifruits. At the centre: Omar Papi in Iran with the company representatives "Our company supplies fresh produces and our core business is apples and kiwis of which, this year, we have…

Donegal Investment Group posts 61% annual operating profit

According to its latest financial results, the Donegal Investment Group has reported a 61% annual increase in operating profit, to €3.1 million. The potato seed and dairy…

Bayer Crop Science Italia CEO Marc Aupetitgendre

"We need to understand society's needs while at the same time helping businesses be profitable"

Marc Aupetitgendre is 42 years old and has been the CEO of Bayer Crop Science Italia since July 2019 after working for 4 years at the company headquarters in Germany and in France before that.  Freshplaza (FP): Consumers are increasingly aware of residues and respect for the environment: how are you dealing with…

Blue Whale signs a partnership with Disney

Blue Whale has just signed a partnership with Disney in order to guide and encourage children and their parents to eat healthy. This partnership is part of a global initiative launched in 2006 in the United States with the development of a nutritional charter based, in France especially, on the…

Nicolai Prytz of TOMRA on sustainability:

"We need to tackle climate impacts in and from the food supply chain"

Nicolai Prytz, sustainability and strategy director at TOMRA, has looked at how businesses, consumers and policymakers can help make the future of food sustainable. The food…

Mastronardi Produce

Largest single-build greenhouse in North America nears completion

Havecon Horticultural Projects is nearing completion on the construction of Green Empire Farms (GEF), a high-tech greenhouse located in Oneida, NY.  Seven locationsThe new industry-leading greenhouse brings Mastronardi Produce Ltd.’s internal greenhouse network to seven locations across the United States. Family…

François Moran, Tropibana:

“-30% compared to previous years because of the social unrest in November.”

Just like last year, the market currently has bananas from Martinique and Guadeloupe, as well as from Africa and America (Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala and Panama). “The bananas from the French West Indies are sold mostly in the Paris basin, while all the bananas from Africa and America are sold mostly in…

The J.R. Simplot Company acquires all interests in Pinnacle Agriculture Enterprises

"We will grow to more than 200 locations across North America"

The J.R. Simplot Company, a privately held food and agribusiness company headquartered in Boise, Idaho, and Pinnacle Agriculture Holdings, LLC, a leading agricultural…

Trandos family celebrates 80 years of growing vegetables in Western Australia

The extended Trandos family has been growing vegetables in Perth’s north and beyond for over four generations. Now, this family has celebrated 80 years of farming this month. The family business has grown from a small plot at Pappas Swamp in Wanneroo to become WA’s largest grower of sweet corn and beans,…

Digital salad bar expands into France

Greenfood’s digital salad bar Picadeli is already available in over 2100 locations in Europe. Its success now continues, as Picadeli enters into an agreement with the French premium chain Monoprix.  There is a big trend towards convenience in France: consumers demand delicious, fresh and healthy food-to-go. So…

Aimed at financing CEVA acquisition

Shipping group CMA CGM plans sales of $2 billion in assets

Shipping group CMA CGM plans to raise $2 billion to support its previously announced takeover of CEVA Logistics, half of which will be generated from a sale of port assets to…

Belgian equity fund invests in Spanish citrus group

Integra Fund is an equity fund based in Ghent, Belgium. This investment fund has invested a minimum of €5 million in Citri & Co. This is a Spanish citrus group. The citrus…

Ecubex

Maersk incorporates a new service that will reduce transit times between Europe and South America

The Maersk shipping company has announced new improvements that will further optimize their service from the west coast of Latin/Central America to Europe, by rebalancing their network to provide better solutions to seasonal variations and ensure a competitive cost for its customers. The company will…

Houweling’s European patent reinstated

On November 13, 2019, the Boards of Appeal for the European Patent Office (EPO) reinstated Houweling’s European patent directed to its Ultra-Clima Semi-Closed Greenhouse. The Ultra-Clima European Patent was opposed by eleven greenhouse manufacturers, who combined efforts to challenge the patent. The…

Fruit company expands European presence by entering Italian market

The SanLucar group expands its presence in Europe with the birth of SanLucar Italia SRL, based in Verona. After its success in Germany and Austria, the multinational company…

AM FRESH Group defines the future of Fresh Foods

"We are uniquely positioned to understand the market trends in each country"

With a turnover of approximately 1 billion euros and projections to double this figure by 2025, the Spanish company AM FRESH Group is the global leader in agribusiness and agriscience of citrus and table grapes, in addition to growing segments such as exotic fruits, super foods, plant-based foods and…

UAE: Minister of Climate Change inaugurates Carrefour’s in-store hydroponic farms

Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, has inaugurated the region’s first hydroponic in-store farms at Carrefour, operated by Majid Al Futtaim. Located at Carrefour’s stores in Abu Dhabi’s My City Centre Masdar and Yas Mall, the hydroponic farms are part of the…

Fourth generation wholesaler withdraws from family business after 17 years

Sergio Giovanelli says goodbye to Giovanelli Fruchtimport AG

Sergio Giovanelli, co-director and 4th generation owner of the fruit import company of the same name, based in Frauenfeld, has withdrawn from the family business with immediate…

Armin Rehberg and Labinot Elshani on the future of Landgard

"As a modern cooperative, we're problem solvers, which makes us sustainable."

The role of producer cooperatives as a link between producers and the food retail trade, current developments in the organic sector and the trends of the coming years - these were all topics that Armin Rehberg, CEO of Landgard eG, and Labinot Elshani, General Manager Fruit & Vegetables at Landgard, discussed…

Greenhouse grower and whisky producer partnership

A renewable fuel source in the form of whisky cull barrels

Nature Fresh Farms has recently teamed up with Hiram Walker & Sons Limited– the whisky producer is now providing the greenhouse operation with a renewable fuel source in the form of whisky cull barrels. Beginning in 2018, whisky producer Hiram Walker & Sons reached out to Nature Fresh Farms seeking help in…

California Giant fuels Santa’s workshop

The California Giant staff have been preparing for the Holiday season for months and the annual Santa’s Workshop activities to support the community.  Each year, the staff conduct fundraising events to adopt families, kids and causes during the holiday season. They are supported by company owners with matching…

The European Art of Taste to encourage European fruit and veg in China, Japan, and Hong Kong

Cirio tomatoes was recently featured in a media presentation held in Shanghai as part of The European Art of Taste: Italian Fruit & Veg Masterpieces Project, coordinated by…

McCain Foods proposes to cut 230 jobs in UK at PAS Grantham plant

McCain Foods (GB) Ltd announced today it is proposing, subject to consultation, to reduce the employee numbers at its subsidiary PAS Grantham Ltd at Easton. The company says…

Opening of the first Carrefour Bio store in Poland

In Warsaw, Carrefour Poland inaugurated its first organic supermarket. Poland is the fourth country integrated in the Carrefour Group to open a 100% organic store after France, Spain and Belgium. Located in Warsaw, this first Carrefour Bio store of Poland offers 2,500 products, including some exclusive…

HarvestEye Ltd partners with Grimme UK to provide crop information

Lincoln-based Agri-tech company HarvestEye Ltd is has announced a partnership with root crop machinery specialists Grimme UK, aimed at delivering HarvestEyeTM technology to the potato industry HarvestEyeTM is the UK patented technology that provides insight on size, count and crop variation on unwashed…

Lufa Farms announces expansion

"Montreal will be the home of the world's largest rooftop greenhouse"

Lufa Farms has announced the construction of their fourth commercial rooftop greenhouse, soon to be completed in the borough of Saint-Laurent, Montreal. The greenhouse will measure 163,800 square feet (about 3 football fields), making it the largest rooftop farm in the world. Construction began in…

Simplifying vegetable consumption with "Veggie Cakes"

Veggies Made Great gained traction in 4 major retailers. The company works to simplify eating vegetables for consumers with their veggie-rich products – in fact vegetables are the #1 ingredient in every Veggies Made Great product. The company is on a mission to create the highest quality and nutritionally…

Eimskip releases financial results for Q3 and first nine months

Eimskip has released the financial results for the third quarter and the first nine months of 2019. According to Vilhelm Mar Thorsteinsson, CEO of Eimskip, the company is…

Aartsen is Zniber's exclusive partner in the Benelux and Asia

The Moroccan clementine season has only just begun. However, the first shipment of Zniber Berkane mandarins has already arrived at the Dutch company, Aartsen. Aartsen is the exclusive seller of Zniber in the Benelux and Asia. "We not only import clementines. We also get Nour and Nadorcott mandarins, navels,…

The Food Co

Tesco arrives in Spain with store in Mazarrón

The British retailer Tesco will open its first store in Spain in the Murcian municipality of Mazarrón, which has the largest community of Britons in the Region of Murcia. Most of the people from the United Kingdom live in the Camposol urbanization, whose population is mostly English, although it also…

PMA Australia & New Zealand announces new Directors

PMA Australia-New Zealand announced at their Annual General Meeting on 20 November, that Craig Taylor, Andrew Common and Ilango Surendran, will be joining PMA A-NZ Board of…

Walmart in Chile asks government for protection

Walmart Inc.'s unit in Chile has asked the government to help protect its stores and workers from riots and other protest violence that has rocked that country for a month. Walmart Chile said in a news release that 34 of its supermarkets have been set on fire, with 17 of those destroyed. In addition,…

Experts predict "challenging" year for key crops Costa Group

Fruit and vegetable giant Costa Group has closed off a bumpy period with the completion of a $176 million capital raising. However, City analysts have warned of a "challenging year" for some of the company's key crops, including mushrooms. Costa tapped the market to strengthen its balance sheet, raising…

New board members join Hort Innovation

New and returning Board members will help oversee Australia’s horticulture Research and Development Corporation (RDC), Hort Innovation, following an election at the not-for-profit’s Annual General Meeting in Sydney recently. Hort Innovation Chair Selwyn Snell said the new and returning recruits – Jan Vydra…

Collaboration with Nicolaï fruit for export to Japan

Japanese football boss to export Belgian fruit to Japan

CEO Takayuki Tateishi of football club STVV recently revealed his plans for STVV and Sint-Truiden. He want to create financial stability for the football club and also invest…

UniFrutti warns industry about counterfeit produce

On October 22nd, 2019 an article was published named “Price of Chinese lemons drops to lowest point in years” containing pictures and references to trademark “UNIFRUTTI” in…

Sun World grants new fruit licenses in Chile and Peru

Sun World International has added a Chilean and two Peruvian grape companies, Pronto Exports, Agrícola Interandina, and Sun Fruits, to its list of licensees worldwide. The…

California

Del Monte announces plans to sell Mendota production facility next year

Del Monte has entered into an agreement to sell its production facilities in Mendota, but what exactly that means to Mendota is not yet clear. The food production company revealed Tuesday in an update on its “supply chain optimization” for the Philippine Stock Exchange that it has entered into an…

Cosco Shipping Ports announces 2019 Third Quarter results

Cosco Shipping Ports Limited today announced third quarter results of the Company and its subsidiaries for the three months ended 30 September 2019. 2019 Third Quarter Results…

In extended catalog, Agri-Saaten LLC focuses on sweetcorn, root vegetables and herbs

"The future challenge is to preserve yields and at the same time be more environmentally conscious"

New, high-yield and disease-resistant varieties are constantly being put into the German vegetable market. Today's trend crops include herbs, sweetcorn and root vegetables (eg…

Logistics company's acquisition in the Netherlands and Belgium to expand overland network

Kuehne + Nagel announces the acquisition of the overland and logistics activities of Rotra, a company headquartered in the Netherlands with approximately 800 employees and a yearly net revenue of above EUR 100 million. Following the recent takeover of the Jöbstl Group in Austria, this acquisition is another…

NBWM joins forces with iBanFirst

"This move means more services such as nominative IBANs and more hedging solutions"

iBanFirst, global financial services provider delivering solutions across banking borders, announced that they will join forces with NBWM, first foreign exchange start-up in…

Chiquita Brands International invests in project

Puerto Almirante in Panama to update infrastructure and equipment

Chiquita Brands International has invested in the infrastructure and yard equipment of Puerto Almirante in Panama specializing in the movement of containerized cargo for the region.    Puerto Almirante is located in Bocas del Toro province in the western side of Panama close to the border with Costa Rica. The distance to…

Levarht announces Bram Hulshoff as Commercial Manager Mexico

Levarht has announced that Bram Hulshoff will be joining their team as of the 25th of November. Bram will become Commercial Manager Mexico, located in Querétaro. He will be…

BelOrta wants to conquer China with Conference during the Royal Mission

On Monday, 18 November, Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium will start off in China for what will become the largest Belgian economical mission to have ever taken place. More than 600 participants will be representing the best, that Belgian industry has to offer and in the spotlight, both…

Lidl in Spain: How this discounter is winning abroad

When Lidl entered the Spanish market 25 years ago, the discounter was found only in Mallorca, on the Costa Brava or in Andalusia - that is, where German tourists spent their holidays.…

Crystal Valley Foods acquires specialty produce importer

Crystal Valley Foods (Crystal Valley) announced today that it is finalizing the acquisition of Joco Produce (Joco), a pioneer in the import and marketing of fresh Asian,…

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Tour de Fresh celebrates sixth year with record breaking donation

Tour de Fresh, the four-day cycling event presented by the California Giant Foundation, celebrates six years of success with a record breaking donation of more than $180,000 to the United Fresh Start Foundation to provide salad bars to schools. From October 12-16, nearly 50 cyclists came together to embark…

Ortogel brings Sicilian blood orange juice the Asian market

Ortogel has just attended FHC China (Shanghai, 12th-14th November 2019) held at the Shanghai International Exhibition Centre. In addition to the prestigious Sicilian blood orange juice, the other Italian products promoted included oil, fish products, food, sweets, coffee and craft beers.  "We presented our citrus…

Kuqo Paulin on his partnership with CO.SER

Italian technology in Albanian greenhouses

In Kucove, in the district of Berat (Albania), growing tomatoes, courgettes, cucumbers and peppers in greenhouses, is made possible by the use of Italian technology. Greenhouse farmer and entrepreneur Kuqo Paulin disposes of 2.5 hectares of greenhouses for the production of these vegetables,1 hectare of which…

WP Rawl kicks off holiday season with processing expansion in Florida

The holiday season will look a little different for WP Rawl as the grower, processor and shipper of leafy greens began processing value-added leafy greens at their Bunnell, Florida facility early November. Wayne Rawl, president of WP Rawl. In 2013, WP Rawl first broke ground on the farming and packing…

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas celebrates 75-year anniversary

Founded in 1944, the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) celebrated its 75th year as an association at the Annual FPAA Produce Convention & Golf Tournament at the Tubac Golf Resort on November 7-9, 2019.  The FPAA Convention is the event to attend for educational sessions, networking opportunities, food,…

Bud Holland installs 1,600 solar panels

Recently, the team of Wattco NL and Elektravon have been working hard on the realisation of solar panels on the roof of Bud Holland. With the installation of more than 1600 solar panels by Wattco, Bud Holland is able to generate around 25% of their annual energy consumption. The total installation took…

Apeel expands with 3 satellite facilities in Peru, Mexico and the Netherlands

Apeel Sciences is opening three satellite facilities in Peru, the Netherlands, and Mexico, in order to meet the global demand for Apeel produce. To help facilitate the…

Greenyard opts for full stand-alone scenario based on encouraging recovery in H1

"In the first half year of AY 19/20, Greenyard’s recovery proved to be faster and stronger than expected, demonstrated by a significant increase of operational results.…

Signify and Fragaria Innova join forces

Innovative cultivation concept for lit strawberry cultivation

Signify Horticulture LED Solutions and Fragaria Innova are joining forces. In the coming years, both parties will be working on the creation of a new cultivation concept for the lit production of strawberries in which the latest technologies in the field of LED go hand in hand with production, taste,…

MSC takes on Maersk's former head of operations as new CEO

According to Danish media ShippingWatch, shipping firm MSC has poached rival A.P. Moller-Mærsk’s former head of operations Soren Toft to become its new chief executive…

Good Luck Bags soon in Germany as well?

Denmark: Lidl Good Luck Bags against food waste

Discounter Lidl is committed to the fight against food waste. So-called Good Luck Bags should ensure that smaller portions of fresh goods will also find their way to the…

After backing out once, Oregon Potato Company offers to purchase one NORPAC facility

NORPAC Foods filed a motion in bankruptcy court Friday afternoon to sell its Quincy, Wash., plant for $93.5 million to Oregon Potato Company. However, no new sale has been proposed on the company’s plants in Salem, Brooks and Stayton. When the Salem-based farmer cooperative filed for Chapter 11…

Restart A.C. Hartman:

Netherlands: 'company continues to work at full capacity'

Recently it was announced that the Best Fresh Group has taken over the assets of the bankrupt nursery A.C. Hartman in Sexbierum, the Netherlands. This way, a restart was realized and the production and supply to existing customers can be continued. The receiver and a spokesperson on behalf of Best Fresh…

New annual B2B event to act as Africa's gate to fresh produce

AgroGate is designed to act as Africa’s Gate to the fresh produce, and is held in Egypt. It is an annual B2B event which will bring together the Egyptian producers and the related service providers in one place with international buyers to enable/create new business opportunities and be exposed to the…

Construction starts on Arco's new headquarters in Hull’s Fruit Market

Construction has begun on Arco’s new headquarters in Hull’s Fruit Market, expected to cost around £16 mln. The project –the largest development of its kind in the city for over half a century– will eventually see over 500 Arco staff move into the new, five-storey complex. The site, in Blackfriargate,…

100,000 sq.ft. greenhouse

Gotham Greens opens urban ag center in Chicago

Gotham Greens today opened its largest greenhouse in Chicago. The expansion enables Gotham Greens to deliver consumers a year-round supply of fresh produce to keep up with increasing demand from retail, restaurant and foodservice customers across the Midwest. Re imagining a portion of the former Ryerson…

Indian farming company works to increase traceability for 20th anniversary

Desai Fruits and Vegetables (DFV), a Gujarat based contract farming company, is celebrating its 20th anniversary as India's leading supplier of quality bananas. With a volume of more than 80,000 MT and total exports of over 2,500 containers in FY20, the company has retained the title of 'Banana King'…

Chinese Alibaba reached new sales record of 38.4 billion USD on November 11th

The Chinese e-commerce tycoon Alibaba announced that during the commercial Double 11 [November 11th] holiday, their overall sales value exceeded 30 billion USD. This is more…

In Amsterdam also fruit and vegetables made in Italy

Italians abroad: with Vico Food Box, the flavors of the tradition delivered home

For Italians abroad who do not want to give up the culinary traditions of our Belpaese, here comes an online grocery shopping service in the main capitals of Europe. Fruit and vegetables made in Italy included, if you live in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. The service is offered by Vico Food Box and was…

The Spanish citrus cooperative Soex 2 opens a new 3,700 m2 warehouse in Xilxes

One of the citrus partners of Anecoop, Soex 2, has opened a new warehouse in the municipality of Xilxes, in the Spanish province of Castellon. The facilities were originally acquired with the absorption of the La Junquera cooperative and 750,000 Euro have been invested in their refurbishment. The inauguration…

United Fresh 2020 convention registration open now

The United Fresh 2020 Convention Committee celebrated the grand opening of registration for the June 2020 show during its meeting in San Diego, CA. The committee kicked off the open registration season for United Fresh 2020 Convention & Expo, June 16-19, in San Diego. From left to right: Ben Zamore, Paul…

CEO of worldwide avocado marketer will retire in 2020

John Grether, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Index Fresh, a worldwide marketer of avocados, has announced that the Board is embarking on a search for a new Chief…

Sunkist hires Matt Shekoyan as VP of Strategy

Sunkist Growers recently hired citrus-industry veteran Matt Shekoyan to serve as Vice President of Strategy for the 126-year-old citrus cooperative and its sister co-op, Fruit…

AGQ Labs acquires a laboratory in Costa Rica

On October 28, AGQ Labs' purchase of 100% of the shares of Lambda Chemical Laboratory was formalized. “This acquisition is part of our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, which has as one of its key objectives consolidating our position in the Americas. Now, and after the purchase in Colombia of Prodycon in 2017,…

Philadelphia-based wholesaler celebrates 100th anniversary

The year 2019 has been a big one for John Vena Inc. The specialty produce wholesaler, distributor, and importer has been celebrating its 100th Anniversary with a series of launches and events to commemorate their heritage and usher in the next era of excellence in produce distribution. Credit: John Vena…

Plant-based product producer announces new VP of technical services

Good Foods, a producer of plant-based dips and good for you products, announced the hire of Malin Benicek as vice president of technical services. Benicek will lead the global…

Oppy announces new VP of operations, Steve Roosdahl:

"I look forward to supporting growth in my new role"

With a tenure of 24 years working up through the ranks at Oppy, Steve Roosdahl takes on his new role as vice president of operations. Starting as an application developer in…

Nature Fresh Farms celebrates 20th anniversary

On November 8th, 2019, Nature Fresh Farms celebrated its 20 years of growing with an anniversary event that marked a major milestone for the company along with the announcement of an exciting addition of a Group Retirement Plan to their existing benefits plan. The special event was organized at their Phase…

Jupiter Group announces expansion in South America

New Colombian grower base expands year-round avocado offering

Jupiter announced they have formalized an exclusive agreement to build their own procurement and grower base in Colombia.Jupiter Colombia is their latest base in South America and will encompass a procurement team focusing on a range of exotics. Solidifying offeringsTheir existing offering of avocado, pineapple,…

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Hars & Hagebauer is looking for agents/producers in South Africa

Hars & Hagebauer is a German company, with daughter companies in the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom. They are looking for a producer or agent in South Africa to…

Bob Nunes, co-founder of Nunes Company, passes away at 88

Frank Robert (Bob) Nunes, 88, passed away peacefully on November 6, at his home in Pebble Beach, California, a short distance from the Salinas Valley where he grew up and made…

New foldable intermediate bulk container solution for both container and unloading systems

Graco and Schoeller Allibert announce a cooperation introducing a global solution for both the container and the unloading systems for tomato paste and fruit juice. Combining Schoeller Allibert's new foldable intermediate bulk container (IBC), the Combo Fructus and Graco's SaniForce bin unloader offers a…

Sakata Seed America

New senior plant breeder to strengthen sweet pepper breeding program

Sakata Seed America is proud to announce the addition of well-known industry plant breeder, Brian Just, as the company’s new Sweet Pepper Lead and Senior Plant Breeder. Brian…

Western Growers announces new Chairman of the Board of Directors

Western Growers announced that Ryan Talley, co-owner and farm manager of Talley Farms, will assume the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors. Talley, who has been…

Calavo Growers - CEO Lee Cole retiring

Calavo Growers President and CEO Lee Cole has announced plans to retire in early 2020, kicking off a search for his successor by the Santa Paula avocado growing and packing…

Almondco marks 75 years in business

This weekend, Almondco Australia Ltd celebrated 75 years in business and 25 years at its Renmark headquarters (last September). Almondco's 75th was celebrated with 200 guests…


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