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US produce companies donate to alleviate shortages during crisis

Many US companies have announced donations in support of those fighting the coronavirus as well as those who have been negatively affected by the precautions taken to prevent its spread. Companies have donated money, masks, gloves, and food in support.  Organics company funds personal protective equipmentOrganics…

Loek Smets (P. Smets): "A safe work space for our staff is more important than a little revenue"

"Our sales warehouse has been closed to visitors for more than a week now"

Warehouse sales remain an essential part of P. Smets' business. This wholesaler is based in Geleen, the Netherlands. Nevertheless, more than a week ago, the company decided not to allow any clients into its warehouse at all anymore. "We declared an internal lockdown on Wednesday evening, 18 March. Only…

The Spanish agricultural sector shows its solidarity with those most affected

Andalusia donates fruits and vegetables to the emergency hospital set up at IFEMA

The agricultural sector is showing, once again, its solidarity with society in this difficult time for Spain. Not only is it being altruistic by working at full capacity amid the state of alarm to ensure the supply of fresh products for both the Spanish and European populations, but it has also decided…

The first drive-in sessions at Fresh Munich was a complete success:

"The coronavirus will change consumer behaviour in the long term"

Necessity is the mother of invention, as is becoming increasingly evident in the wholesale trade. Delivery services are becoming more and more popular, but other alternative concepts are also gaining in importance, giving some companies the opportunity to make up for some of the losses caused by the…

New Zealand: Waikato berry grower ordered to pay $76k for labour law breaches

Although Olde Berry Farm claims to be the "world's best berry farm" on its social media page, an investigation uncovered employment breaches related to 304 employees. The…

New Zealand vegetable growers are working frantically during lockdown

Just in time, Wilson's Vegie Stall at Wilson's Crossing, near Invercargill, has been deemed an essential business, so it doesn't have to dump its entire winter vegetable crop…

United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program application period now extended to May 15, 2020

The application period for the 26th class of the United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program is now extended through May 15, 2020.  “We’re all focused right now on the critical…

Farm Frites founder Gerrit de Bruijne passed away

Gerrit de Bruijne, founder of Farm Frites in Oudenhoorn, The Netherlands, has passed away last Sunday after a short but incurable disease at the age of 86. His son and…

Hamburg wholesaler Johann Quast on the Corona crisis

"Unfortunately, no one can predict what's coming or what impact it will have"

At the Hamburg wholesale market, all the hustle and bustle has almost completely disappeared in the last two weeks, unfortunately. "In this very unusual situation we are in at…

Sister companies Gamma-Wopla and Smart-Flow offer sustainable complete logistics solutions

"Well thought-out and sustainable hygiene during transport and storage"

Matters of hygiene and sustainability are becoming increasingly important, and not just in times of global epidemics. At this year's interpack (now postponed until February 2021), Gamma-Wopla and Smart-Flow were to focus on their smart and sustainable hygiene packaging solutions. With their robust, recyclable,…

Hortiblue active in packaging and distribution of soft fruit from Venlo

"Conclusion to the second overseas season, in which we packed over 6,000 tonnes of blueberries"

In September 2018, Hortiblue was established as a subsidiary of Euroberry Sevilla. "We initially started to package and distribute products for the Northern European market for Hortifrut Chile, market leader in the supply of blueberries and other soft fruits from South America. We are now completing our…

Pepijn de Jong, Levarht:

"There is still a lot of potential in Asia"

"Our company grew nicely in Asia in 2019. It was a good year for us," says Pepijn de Jong. He is responsible for Asian sales at the Dutch company, Levarht. "This expansion was mostly thanks to our fixed retail clients. They are in Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore. There we enlarge our assortment every…

Spain

Anecoop donates 7,500 kilos of fruit

Faced with the coronavirus crisis, which is hitting the most vulnerable people in particular, Anecoop and its member cooperatives and companies are showing their solidarity by…

Corona crisis affects day-to-day business at Karlsruhe wholesale market

"Sales of fruit and vegetables down 60%"

Wholesaler Nadir Sahin confirms that the wholesale market business in Karlsruhe in southern Germany has lost some of its vitality in recent weeks, as has been the case in many other German fresh food markets. "We are a full-range supplier and fortunately supply a wide range of customers - in addition to restaurateurs,…

Freight Farms welcomes Rick Vanzura and Jake Felser

Freight Farms announced that it has hired veteran consumer brand executive Rick Vanzura as CEO who will also join the company's Board of Directors, while co-founder Brad…

Uniform ripening and degreening achieved by controlling ethylene output levels

Fresh Produce Instruments has found a solution for European ripeners and quality control managers involved in the management of ethylene within ripening rooms for fresh produce: The Easy-Ripe®Generator and Ethy-Gen® II Ripening Concentrate.   With specially formulated liquid Ethy-Gen® II, the Easy-Ripe® Generator easily…

Ireland: Keelings announces first Irish strawberry harvest of 2020

Irish supplier and producer of fresh fruit Keelings has announced the arrival of the first Irish strawberry harvest of 2020, with punnets now available across supermarkets…

Lincoln potato supplier recruiting for temp workers

Lincoln-based potato supplier Branston is offering temporary jobs to bolster its workforce amid the coronavirus outbreak. The company have created new roles specifically for the increased demand of potatoes, including team leaders and machine operatives or drivers. James Truscott, the managing director…

Cork tech firm Everseen raises €3.5m from investors

Irish tech firm Everseen, whose systems help to prevent fraud and theft at the point of sale in shops, has raised almost €3.5m in fresh equity from a raft of investors,…

Landgard says goodbye to Armin Rehberg

After the supervisory board appointed Dirk Bader and Labinot Elshani to the board of producers' cooperative Landgard three days earlier, the group announced yesterday that the…

BayWa ends the financial year 2019 on a successful note

In the financial year 2019, revenues at BayWa AG, Munich, Germany, increased to €17.1 billion (2018: €16.6 billion), thereby exceeding the mark of €17 billion for the first…

CMA CGM completes first transaction of the sale of 8 port terminals

The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, announces the first closing of its agreement with China Merchants Port, with the sale of its stakes in eight port…

Scott Ryall - Rimor Equity Research

"A supermarket retailer’s fresh offering must be strong to retain short, medium and long-term competitiveness"

Australian supermarket retailing, on the face of it, has a strong market structure. But, as in North America and Europe, the sector has experienced structural pressures over 10 years or more, with discounters acting as the main agents of change, added to emerging online pressures. "A supermarket…

Lea Valley Growers

“It’s not the growers filling their boots at the moment”

Whereas UK citizens are hoarding groceries due to the more strict lock-down that came into effect this week, it is growers who are currently paying the price. The demand skyrockets, but so do the labor and transport costs and currently they’re not able to pass these on because the prices are set. “We…

Horti China introduces global technology to improve fruit and vegetable plantation

Isolation saved lives and now a new sun is about to rise over China. Looking back on the past few months, not only did the Chinese fruit and vegetable industry experience a great trial, but they never interrupted the supply of fresh fruit and vegetables. Furthermore, major production areas donated large…

Category Managers Ed van Venrooij (Hoogvliet) and Wim van den Burg (Coop)

"Stocks quickly levelled out thanks to collaboration with our suppliers"

Last week, hoarding took on a new dimension with the Corona virus situation. We asked Category Managers Wim van den Burg and Ed van Venrooij, of Coop and Hoogvliet respectively, about the current state of affairs in the fruit and vegetable department. "What is happening is unprecedented. As Coop, we are…

"We see huge opportunities for both our club and traditional top fruit varieties"

Ad Pollux joins Fruitveiling Zuid-Limburg, in the Netherlands', new General Manager

Ad Pollux has just taken up the position of general manager at Fruitveiling Zuid-Limburg. This cooperative is based in the Netherlands. Originally from the Dutch city of Venlo, Ad has been active in various fruit and vegetable companies in recent years. These posts have been in the Netherlands as well as…

Anicée Henin, Mabru

"Despite the closure of the flower hall, trading at Early Market continues as usual"

Despite the measures taken by the Belgian government to contain the coronavirus, the Brussels Early Market can remain open at this usual trading hours. However, these measures only apply to the food sector, which forced the flower hall to close its doors. The flower hall will be closed until 5th of April…

Swiss wholesaler Gunterswiler AG starts Drive In fresh food market in Frauenfeld

"Due to the impairment of the catering trade, we have decided on this alternative"

Similar to what their colleagues of Munich-Fresh are doing at the Munich wholesale market, there is now also a drive-in fresh food market in Switzerland. As of this week, Swiss private customers have the opportunity to order fresh fruit and vegetables and pick them up themselves one day later at the headquarters…

Trade agency Depol Frucht does not see major impact on Polish mushroom imports

"Last week we sold 20-30% more, now the whole thing is balancing out"

In the course of tightened border controls and the ensuing traffic jams at the German-Polish border, there was a lot of alarming news about bilateral trade relations last week. Especially in the wholesale trade, there have already been bottlenecks and delays in the supply of traditional Polish products (seasonally…

LiquidSeal Fruits BV expands into Asia

New post-harvest solution approved for Japanese and Chinese market

Recently the regulatory status of the Liquidseal Fruits BV products expanded regarding to the food contact laws and regulations in Japan and China. This expansion brings the company new market opportunities by offering their post harvest product to the local growers, importers and packers active in the…

Contract extended

BayWa keeps CEO Klaus Josef Lutz on board for another 5 years

The Supervisory Board of BayWa AG, Munich, Germany, unanimously appointed Klaus Josef Lutz (62) as Chairman of the Board of Management of BayWa for another term until 2025.…

NGA and United Fresh partner on produce procurement efforts

The National Grocers Association, the trade association representing the independent supermarket and the United Fresh Produce Association have partnered to connect produce…

Bolthouse Farms acquire carrot operations of Rousseau Farming Company

Building on its 100 plus years of carrot farming heritage, Bolthouse Farms announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Arizona-based Rousseau Farming Company’s carrot operations. This move, part of Bolthouse Farms long-term growth plans, further demonstrates its vision of Plants Powering People…

Leonard Kampschoer, FruitMasters:

"It is our duty, along with our buyers, to maintain the food supply"

"This corona crisis is a tragedy for everyone. It is up to our sector to keep the food supply going. Even in these uncertain times, during this virus outbreak, people must be kept fed. We have, therefore, noticed that, up to now, there has been a run on the entire fruit category", says Leonard…

Italian company supports (Italian) community in Berlin

"It's nice to be in a position to help"

In times of crisis, more and more people are showing cohesion and solidarity with their fellow human beings. In Italy, the situation is particularly drastic at the moment, but many Italians in Germany are also in a difficult situation, says Nicoló Sparacino from BioFruit Trading. Sparacino manages the company's…

Raphael Kennerknecht, Lehmann Natur LLC:

"We go where the people shop"

The Lehmann Natur company is a producer and supplier of organic fruit and vegetables. Its products come from all over the world, with a focus on Southern Europe and Central and South America, but they are also sourced from Asia, Africa and Australia - and from Germany itself. They are sold from the warehouse in Korschenbroich and…

Matthias Kinzel, Strauss Verpackungsmaschinen LLC:

"Weather and yields have been a problem for some time - the virus is something else entirely"

Labour shortages already were a major issue; now the coronavirus is exacerbating the situation. "In the asparagus sector, border closures and the fear of the harvest workers, which is partly justified, simply mean that not enough people are arriving for the harvest. Companies that have started harvesting…

Fastfood chain and retail group join forces

Personnel partnership between McDonald's Germany and ALDI

McDonald's Germany supports ALDI Nord and ALDI SÜD during the Corona crisis. Employees who are affected by limited restaurant operations are quickly referred to the…

Potatoes instead of asparagus characterize current food shipments

"Our advantage is that we can react flexibly to current developments"

PS Food Logistics LLC is an internationally operating forwarding agent. The company has two branches, one in Neckarsulm and one in Panevėžys, Lithuania. According to Managing Director Konstantin Popov, the crisis has not yet affected the daily business, as no goods are still transported between the two countries.…

Stockpiling results in increased sales volumes in the nut and dried fruit segment

"Homogeneous sales growth in all sales areas and product groups"

In these times of crisis, storable and long-lasting food is also in great demand. In addition to classic vegetables such as potatoes and onions, there is now an increasing demand for nuts and dried fruit. Renate Claaßen-Zöller, Key Account Manager at the specialist Sunnyday GmbH in Wermelskirchen, confirms…

ElbeFruit focuses on new projects despite Corona

"First Egyptian onions, from week 17 onwards"

Within a few years, Hamburg import company ElbeFruit has established itself as a recognised supplier of legumes from all over the world. Whether from Guatemala, Kenya, Egypt or Zimbabwe: fresh snap peas and sugar snap peas are supplied all year round in relevant quantities. Of course, the Corona crisis is…

Rainier Fruit moves toward formal EFI Certification

Rainier Fruit has partnered with Equitable Food Initiative to begin training and move toward formally certifying their largest farm of over 2300 acres. This will include a full manifest of EFI certified organic and conventional apples, organic cherries and organic blueberries, and will in turn make…

Chinese tech giant invests $85 million in farm produce platform

Wangjiahuan, a Chinese B2B portal for agricultural produce, has raised 600 million RMB ($85 million) in a funding round led by ‘super app’ Meituan Dianping. A Meituan…

Fabio Vignali: road haulage workers need to be respected

This is an emergency situation and the Coronavirus is changing our existence radically. There are people who are still working and putting their lives at risk (doctors, nurses, health care staff, ect.), but let us not forget the transport and distribution sector.  FreshPlaza talked about it with Fabio Vignali,…

Spanish firm offers its ozone generators to help tackle COVID-19

The Valencian company Agrozono, leader in the application of ozone through localized irrigation for the regeneration of agricultural soils, has offered public administrations…

Christian Befve, Befve & Co:

“We still have hope that the asparagus consumption will increase”

In the context of a crisis, when the demand neglects certain seasonal products in favor of products that can be stored, asparagus farmers are trying to delay the usually long-awaited arrival of the spring shoots. “Generally speaking, the asparagus arrived early this year, from a couple of weeks to a…

Sussex strawberries on sale at Tesco soon

Thanks to an innovative Sussex grower, a new variety of strawberry will be available across the country. The Summer Berry Company has secured a deal with Tesco to sell the…

Spain

Florette to build its seventh production center in Tarragona

Florette has announced the construction of a new production center in the municipality of Tortosa, in Tarragona. With this new plant, the seventh in Spain, the Navarrese…

The Spanish cooperative aims to reach 1,000 million kilos in three years

Unica Group increased its turnover by 134% since 2012

The Almeria-based second degree cooperative Unica Group has closed its latest agricultural season with sales totaling 395 million kilos worth 398 million Euro. These figures represent 134% growth compared to those obtained in the 2012-2013 season, when 120 million kilos worth 170 million Euro were sold,…

US companies work to support consumers during pandemic

During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many companies are trying to use their influence to help the communities they serve. Encouraging consumers to stay at homeOne example of this comes from Chiquita, who have released an updated sticker to encourage consumers to stay at home. “In an effort to show…

Slow sales and a 70% drop in exports at Mof

On March 20th 2020, the Lazio Region issued a ruling that forbids people from accessing or leaving the Fondi municipality (LT). The town has therefore been declared a red zone, but what are the repercussions on the agrifood segment?  Confagricoltura reported that a lot of produce from the MOF was either blocked or…

Fruitimprese Veneto president Stefano Pezzo

Sales in Italy and abroad are fluctuating

"This is an unprecedented situation: the fresh produce sector is doing its part, but with great sacrifice from all operators. Sales are fluctuating a lot both in Italy and abroad: for example, demand skyrocketed last week but has now dropped considerably," reports Stefano Pezzo, president of Fruitimprese…

Banana producer commits to water conservation through farm rejuvenation

Sunday March 22 was World Water Day, and Chiquita announced that the company has committed to water conservation through land gifting and farm rejuvenation programs. Currently, 59% of Chiquita’s farms are rejuvenated, with plans to rejuvenate 76% of farms by 2022. “The global population is expected to…

Excellent commercial campaign for oranges, especially for red varieties

"Everyone knows that the Tarocco orange season is in its final stages: we are at 80-90% of the campaign, well in advance compared to the previous years, because of the warmer weather". So said Vincenzo and Angelo Di Pasquale, co-founders of the Sicilian brand Donnalia. "It was a year with many surprises -…

Smart Packaging Solutions:

"Packaging plays an essential role in the delivery of vital goods"

"As a packaging supplier, we are one of the vital organisations that ensure food availability in Europe. At Smart Packaging Solutions, we make every effort to provide the market with sufficient food-safe and optimally protective packaging made of solid cardboard. We can supply you from one of our three…

Florian Wolz, Franken-Gemüse Knoblauchsland cooperative

"The focus should be on providing enough for everyone, not undercutting prices"

The coronavirus has a firm grip on the world. While the food supply is still sufficiently secured, many catering suppliers are facing the end of their supplies and producers (cooperatives) are worried about the next harvest. Seasonal workers no longer want to travel in the face of the pandemic, and even if…

Michel Jansen (Total Produce) and Eric van Arendonk (Nature's Pride) about insecurity in the import market:

"It's very hard to make decisions about trade that will arrive in in three to four weeks"

The impact of the Corona virus is also significant in the import trade. "All employees who can work from home are doing so in our company. With the exception of the quality…

Coen Swager of TB&S:

"Panic broke out in Sweden last Thursday"

Where some are pulling their hair out because of a sudden demand that has stopped, others are being driven crazy with demand. "With us it is really bizarre how busy it suddenly got," says Coen Swager of TB&S. "Last Thursday, panic broke out in Scandinavia and orders were suddenly tripled there. In the…

Gerrit van Gelder:

"The short term concerns are significant, but we will all make it through this"

The consequences of closing the Dutch catering industry are major for Van Gelde Groente en Fruit. "This is very intense. We are so focused on the catering industry that we do not just have an alternative to go to with our large volumes. We do sell on to vegetable specialist shops and independent…

ICTS promotes Joop Roijakkers to Vice-President Rental

Mr. Joop Roijakkers has been promoted to VP Rental at ICTS after successfully heading the Netherlands' operation for more than 10 years. As Sales Director Joop introduced very successfully Kässbohrer, Tirsan and Talson into the Benelux, Ireland and the Nordic Countries between 2001 and 2008. Photo from…

Richard Schouten: "Supermarkets cannot unilaterally submit additional costs to the supplier"

Labour, logistics and supply security case, for Crisis team GroentenFruit Huis

Since the Corona crisis started to take on a more ominous shape, a crisis team was set up within GroentenFruit Huis, in which all the points of attention in the chain are on the table. Such as transport, food safety, labor, market access and lobbying the government. The team is meeting daily to agree on…

Futura srl stops temporarily to restart stronger than ever

Futura, a company that designs, manufactures, installs and provides assistance for produce processing machinery, has announced that the production facility will remain closed at least until March 23rd.  “We have decided to suspend production considering the current situation. There may be a few delays, but they…

Maxime de Doncker (Guidez) on the effects of the coronavirus on his company:

“We note a 70% increase in the transport of fruit and vegetables compared to last year”

“So far, the coronavirus has generated a real explosion of our volumes, a 70% increase compared to the same time last year,” reports Maxime de Doncker of Transports Guidez, a refrigerated transporter specialized in fruit and vegetables. The company mainly transports potatoes and endives (50% of the…

Eric Tastayre, Apifood:

“We live day by day, because the situation can change at any moment”

The impact of the coronavirus was relatively moderate at first for the company Apifood. But today, tensions are starting to be felt at the supply level. “We have a sword of Damocles hanging over our heads. For the moment, despite a slight decrease in supply, we manage to maintain our activity and we do…

Raising €3.2 million to feed Londoners

UK start-up Oddbox features sustainable fruit & veg box

UK start-up Oddbox, who is behind one of Britain’s first sustainable fruit and vegetable box delivery service, is planning to expand nationwide after securing approximately €3.2 million from the Northern Venture Capital Trust (VCT) Funds. Oddbox was founded in 2016 and works with farmers to supply…

Retailer Casino will sell Leader Price assets in France to Aldi

According to a Reuter article, Debt-laden French retailer Casino (CASP.PA) has agreed to sell 567 Leader Price stores in France, plus three warehouses, to German discount rival Aldi in a deal with an enterprise value of 735 million euros (670.6 million pounds), it said on Friday. The sale of discount…

Hapag-Lloyd net results for 2019 are an improvement on 2018

Hapag-Lloyd published its audited business results for 2019 today. The Group net result improved significantly to around USD 418 million (EUR 373 million).  “Today we are in rapidly…

Manolo Reyes of NatureSweet. "We have a lot to learn from European packaging"

"Tomatoes will continue to become more expensive because of the protectionist policies of the United States"

The members of the Global Development Committee (GDC) who traveled to Spain on a trip organized by the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) met in Murcia and Valencia in the first week of March to learn about the Spanish fruit and vegetable sector's achievements and challenges. In the framework of this event,…

UNICA supplies two million kilos of vegetables daily

"We are in a position to supply supermarkets in Spain and across Europe"

The need to supply the domestic and international markets with fruits and vegetables at a time when the demand for these products has increased across Europe due to the health crisis caused by COVID-19 is leading companies from Almería to work extra hard, keeping their production structures at full…

Lamb Weston announces new additions to Board of Directors

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. announced the appointments of Robert J. Coviello, Senior Vice President, Sustainability and Government Affairs at Bunge Limited, and Robert A.…

New initiatives announced to help consumers during pandemic

Many companies have announced initiatives to help consumers during the ongoing pandemic. One of these is Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Co., who announced that they will be offering their immunity juices as a 45% discount, to help consumers “win the good fight with our vitamin C-packed juices.” The…

Chris-Hans van der Hout, Freight Line Europe:

"Unmanned ferry transport is the safest option"

This week, Freight Line Europe decided that, until further notice, to offer only unaccompanied transport for shipments to the United Kingdom. This was done due to the coronavirus protocol. "I am incredibly proud of all our employees and charters. They work hard, every day, to ensure that the transport…

Spalding, Lincolnshire

UK: Naylor Farms comes out with crunchy coleslaw

Naylor Farms' cabbages are well sought-after and so is its coleslaw range. Growing and production take place on the 111-year-old family firm’s land in Spalding, Lincolnshire, an operation now turning over £26 million and employing up to 200 people, depending on the season. White, green, red and Savoy varieties, plus a…

Willem van Leuveren, Mandersloot:

"Efficient distribution thanks to extended fleet hub and network of logistics hubs throughout Central Europe"

With a fleet of 200 trucks and  three hubs in Poland, two hubs in the Czech Republic, one in Hungary and one in Romania, which also serve the Slovak and Bulgarian markets in addition to the main location in the Netherlands, Mandersloot is one of the market leaders in conditioned groupage transport to Central…

Calogero Montana - Gruppo Montana

"Maybe some products will not be available, but we will continue working nonetheless"

"Despite the current emergency situation, I have had to notify our partners, suppliers and clients that our work will continue," explains Calogero Montana, administrator of Gruppo Montana which has various facilities in Italy as well as one in France for commercialization. The latter is located inside…

Uwe Sakowski, Josef Stapf Großmarkt LLC:

"Precautions vary from stand to stand"

The corona virus has a firm grip on the German wholesale markets. While the retail trade is barely able to keep up with the volumes, the catering trade customers are almost falling away. Uwe Sakowski from Josef Stapf Großmarkt knows this: "We see a certain amount of hectic situations and panic, but we…

The SuperAlp cooperative joins Blue Whale

The apple growers cooperative SuperAlp has joined Blue Whale. For Blue Whale, this merger is an opportunity to enrich its range of fruits from the Alps, extend its offer of pears and contribute to strengthening the local quality fruit sector. For SuperAlp, it is the opportunity to ensure markets and…

Dutch wholesalers, Michel van den Berg and Wijnand de Mooij, respond

Do stores and market vendors compensate for the loss of catering clients?

The Rotterdam market closed on Friday. Companies in the hospitality industry followed suite over the weekend. "That is, in total, 50% of our client base. So it does affect us," says wholesaler, Wijnand de Mooij from Rotterdam in the Netherlands. "In contrast, our loyal Turkish, Moroccan, and Polish…

Colombia

Green SuperFood diversifies its portfolio with Tahiti lime, passion fruit, and papaya

The Colombian company Green SuperFood, which launched a major processing, post-harvest, and commercialization project for Hass avocado in the department of Quindio in 2018, has decided to diversify its product portfolio by adding three new references: Tahiti lime, passion fruit, and papaya. According to…

Is there a threat of an acute shortage of seasonal workers?

Coronavirus slows down German vegetable harvest

Asparagus farmers have started harvesting, but the corona crisis is worrying them. Border controls are discouraging seasonal workers. Others don't even set off for Germany because…

Dolav Germany GmbH focuses on large producers and processors with Alto 1400

"New large box is especially suitable for use under difficult conditions"

The presence of new exhibitor DOLAV Germany LLC at Fruit Logistica was focused on the new harvest box: the Dolav Alto 1400. The large boxes made of HDPE and special additives have a total volume of 1,400 litres and can be used without problems, even under difficult conditions in the field or in the warehouse.…

Lennart Middelburg leaves VMP

Gert and Lennart Middelburg have mutually agreed to separate. This means that Lennart will leave the Vegetables Market Place (VMP) from the end of March. Gert will continue at VMP with a focus on services delivery, existing lines and programs. Lennart and Gert Middelburg Gerard Burger, who has been with Quality Queen for the past…

The Council published a handbook to operate in complete safety

Turnover dropped by 50 percent at the Ortomercato Milano

"The shutdown of both local and open-air markets has significantly reduced the demand for fruit and vegetables. To date, the chain of users at our Ortomercato is reduced to wholesalers in the nearby provinces, shops, discount stores and logistics platforms that distribute to several supermarkets." This was…

Walter Ahn (Wasto-Pac GmbH) supports companies in the fight against corona

"Those who are willing to clean regularly, need have no fear of contamination"

For many companies, the corona virus is a historical catastrophe, but at the same time, one now has the chance to redefine existing business processes. This is the motto of Walter Ahn, the managing director of Wasto-Pac LLC. He supports the fruit and vegetable sector in the fight against corona with reliable…

New 6 ha LED-lighted strawberry facility to be realised in Lincolnshire, UK

Only recently it was announced that Beeswax Dyson Farming – Britain’s largest privately owned farming business – will realise a multi-million pound state-of-the-art indoor strawberry production facility in Lincolnshire, UK. Now the team with British company CambridgeHOK, chosen to design and build this…

Argentina

La Pulpera de San Rafael incorporates new products into its processing line

In its third production season, the Pulpera de San Rafael processing plant, which is located in the town of San Rafael in the province of Mendoza, has decided to incorporate new products to diversify its offer. The plant, which has worked with stone fruit in previous seasons, has begun to process pears…

Asia GmbH sees great potential for "new" exotics on the German market

"Unusual exotic fruits and vegetables are clearly on the rise"

Unusual exotics have been rapidly gaining in importance in recent years: in addition to avocados, papayas and sugar snap peas, coloured fruits and vegetable crops from all over the world are now available in specialist shops. "This trading segment is clearly on the rise", says Hacer Temiz, Managing Director…

Increasing access to fresh fruit during COVID-19 crisis

Edible® eliminates delivery fees and adds home fruit delivery

In response to the growing number of citizens being asked to remain in their homes or limit travel, Edible® announced it is eliminating fees for same day delivery. In…

Financial results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019

AgroFresh has solid 4th quarter 2019, but slightly worse full year

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019. Jordi Ferre, Chief Executive Officer, commented “We are…

Rinze Jonkman of Fuji Benelux on the effect of coronavirus

"We are left wondering 'What now?'"

It is not only the direct fruit and vegetable trade that is feeling the impact of the corona virus. Due to the many stock exchanges that cannot go ahead due to the situation, the problems have been piling up. They remain positive at Fuji Benelux, although they cannot deny that the situation will also…

Puerto Caldera increases shipments of Chilean grapes by 21% this season

The volume of table grapes shipped during the 2019-2020 fruit season through the Puerto Caldera Maritime Terminal (TMPC), which is located in the Chilean region of Atacama,…

Assosementi on securing the supply of seeds to safeguard the future

Ensuring the supply of seeds is an essential step to protect the Italian agri-food industry, as farmers are about to begin the sowing season aimed at the production of crops of vital importance for the Made in Italy industry. This call to action was launched by Assosementi, the association which…

Owned by the Wonderful Company

Neptune Pacific Line acquires PDL from Pacific International Lines

Pacific International Lines (PIL) has sold its liner shipping business Pacific Direct Line (PDL) to Neptune Pacific Line (Neptune). PDL specializes in providing liner shipping…

Fyffes expands its offering in Germany by increasing its stake in vanWylick

The partnership between Fyffes and Fruchtimport vanWylick goes back to 2011 when Fyffes acquired one third of the business. Fyffes has worked during this time with its valued…

Jeroen van den Brink, Brima Fruit, NL:

"Our Cash & Carry revenue has more than doubled in the last two years"

Brima Fruit was founded in 2011. Since then, this Dutch produce wholesale company has slowly been expanding. It has air-conditioned warehouses in Babberich, the Netherlands. A Cash & Carry has been successfully running there for several years now. That is in addition to distribution to German supermarkets…

"Overall import volume of fruit in China is stabilizing"

Chinese companies have suffered the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic to various degrees since the Chinese Spring Festival [25 January, 2020]. Now that conditions are improving day by day, many companies have begun to resume operations and gradually return to normal levels. Regardless of its size, whether…

Bobalu Berries signs contract with SCJewell, Inc.

Bobby and RC Jones, partners in Bobalu Berries, have just rounded out their sales and marketing program by signing a contract with the new marketing firm established by Cindy…

Südwestdeutsche Saatzucht sees increasing potential for Ramires and Raffaelo

"Market demands thicker asparagus varieties with lower proportion of non-marketable product"

The first asparagus -from heated cultivation- of the season has already been harvested. In a few weeks' time, the first vegetables from unheated cultivation will also be available. Every year, this is an exciting time for asparagus growers, because the asparagus market is always on the move - both in the…

Key Technology promotes Quentin Kemph to Area Sales Manager for South Central US

Key Technology announced the promotion of Quentin Kemph as Area Sales Manager for the South Central United States. Kemph is responsible for bringing Key’s high performance…

Compagnie Fruitière extends over Europe and opens its office in Germany

Compagnie Fruitière is a network of ripeners in Europe with 600,000 tonnes of ripened bananas per year and 21 distribution sites in Europe. As a Leader in Europe in production…

New marketers appointed in Mexico and California

Sun World expands supply capability of licensed grapes

Sun World International, LLC has granted new licenses to several California and Mexico produce companies, further expanding the supply and distribution of its proprietary…

Financial results for Q1 Fiscal Year 2020

Calavo Growers, Inc. gross profit impacted by poor quality fruit

Calavo Growers, Inc. reported financial results for its fiscal 2020 first quarter. Revenues rose to reach a new first-period record, paced primarily by a sharp increase in…

Alessandra Di Maio from CO.SER

Coronavirus having a minimum impact on businesses

"Up until last week, the Coronavrius did not affect our business much and our clients only lamented lower revenues. Things are different this week and the smaller clients selling to local markets are clearly the ones in most difficulty," reports Alessandra Di Maio from CO.SER. "Our clients, however, are…

For its part, Mercadona guarantees the supply at its Spanish stores

Lidl orders extra supplies in Madrid, Barcelona and Vitoria due to fear of the coronavirus

The supermarket chain Lidl contacted its regular suppliers on Tuesday morning to inform them that it urgently needed to make some extra purchases. According to an email to…

Revolution Farms launches new package design in stores across Michigan

Revolution Farms, the largest indoor hydroponics farms in Michigan, is launching a new packaging and identity platform in stores across the state this week. The new packs contains the farm’s four current packaged lettuce and salad blends under new product names. Updated package designs feature the…

Jacobs Farm Del Cabo welcomes Brad Stark as Sales Manager

Jacobs Farm Del Cabo welcomes organic industry veteran Brad Stark as Sales Manager. Stark will be responsible for the strategic and day-to-day sales and marketing of the company's Jacobs Farm and Del Cabo branded products.  “I am pleased to welcome Brad back to Jacobs Farm Del Cabo,” said Aaron Brookes, Director of…

Limoneira releases first quarter financial results

"Avocados, oranges and specialty citrus revenue increased"

Limoneira Company reported their financial results for the first quarter which ended January 31, 2020. Harold Edwards, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company,…

Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd to merge brands

ALDI Nord and ALDI SÜD are harmonising their product ranges, merging around 100 own brands by the end of the year. In line with the motto "Everything will stay better", ALDI Nord will partially take over ALDI SÜD's proprietary brands and vice versa. The change will mostly affect brand names and packaging…

UK: Lincolnshire potato grower AH Worth and Company in financial trouble

A Lincolnshire potato grower which supplies to the likes of M&S has reported a drop in turnover that made it slip into the red during its latest financial year. AH Worth and…

California

Gold Leaf Farming acquires almond orchards in San Joaquin Valley

For an as yet undisclosed amount, Gold Leaf Farming has acquired 1,850 acres of almond orchards located in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The Mendrin Group acted as…

Marc Evrard, Belgische Fruitveiling

“We send fruit to Italy daily and have, for now, not been affected by the situation”

“This pear season is characterized by several things - excellent quality, shelf-life, consumption quality, and the Conference pear's Brix level. In January, we usually see somewhat firmer price formation. Good prices are paid for Class II pears too," says Marc Evrard of the Belgische Fruitveiling, a…

Alessandro Dal Bello commented on the current situation

Closed schools and canteens are affecting banana sales

"We too have been reducing banana imports. Some sales channels stayed strong, others are falling sharply. We' ll see what happens now. Certainly, what matters first and foremost is health." This is what Alessandro Dal Bello of SIFE said about the current state of the banana industry. Alessandro Dal Bello…

Expansion of ownership group

United Apple Sales announces Brett Baker's promotion

United Apple Sales (UAS) a grower, packer, shipper, and marketer of domestic and import apples, pears and cherries, has announced the promotion of one if its longest-tenured…

Giddings Fruit secures US$90 million cross-border note purchase agreement

DLA Piper represented Giddings Fruit S.A., a Latin American fruit export company, as the borrower in a US$90 million note purchase and guarantee agreement. The notes will be…

Peru

Verdeflor increases its fruit processing capacity with a second plant in Ica

Verdeflor, a Peruvian agribusiness company, will inaugurate this week in Ica its second fruit processing plant, which will have a processing capacity of 10 tons per hour and will have two cold tunnels and two refrigerated chambers, with a cold storage capacity of 100 tons. "We are investing in one of the…

842.800 in traded volume

Anecoop grows again in terms of volume and turnover

On March 10, Anecoop held its General Assembly, which was attended by more than 300 members from all over Spain and served to present the figures corresponding to the 2018-2019 financial year. In that campaign, the second-degree cooperative has exceeded 842,800 tons in volume traded (3.8% more than in the…

Roland Wirth from Frigotec on the Softripe maturing process:

"We are convinced that we have found the future standard of ripening"

At this year's Fruit Logistica, in addition to bananas, Frigotec presented avocados that were being ripened via the new Softripe process. The visitors to the stand were impressed and, for Managing Director Roland Wirth, it was a clear success: "My impression is that this trade fair appearance has shown the…

Starr Ranch Growers partners with Stadelman Fruit

"The partnership adds more than 3 million boxes of fruit to Starr Ranch's portfolio"

Starr Ranch Growers is the new marketing and sales arm of Stadelman Fruit. The partnership, effective May 1, adds more than 3 million boxes of apples, cherries and pears to Starr Ranch’s portfolio of 21 million boxes of fruit overall. Stadelman Fruit will continue to own the storage and packing facility but…

Produce companies celebrate National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day

Despite the news of COVID-19, now on the rise in America, hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes continue to be the top health conditions in the U.S. To combat these…

Wonderful® Pistachios win 2020 SnackNation Insights Award

Wonderful® Pistachios won the 2020 SnackNation Insights Award for “Best Nut or Trail Mix.” This is the second straight year that a Wonderful Pistachios variety has been named one of the country’s most popular snacks. Wonderful Pistachios Roasted & Salted received the award in 2019. Snacking is the new norm,…

Braga Fresh named Walmart Supplier of the Year

Braga Fresh, a third-generation farming family, and a visionary leader in the produce industry, was named Produce Supplier of the Year at the 2020 Walmart Supplier Growth…

Full Year 2019 financial results announced

DP World increased revenue by 36 per cent in 2019

DP World announces robust financial results for the year ended 31 December 2019. On a reported basis, revenue grew 36.1% and adjusted EBITDA increased 17.7% with adjusted…

Historic milestone for the Italian apple industry

VOG exports the first Italian apples to Vietnam

A first for the Association of South Tyrolean Fruit Cooperatives: At the beginning of March, the first container of native apples was loaded up for Vietnam. The cargo, a total of 8 tons of apples, will arrive in Asia in a little less than a month. The export to Vietnam is the result of long and difficult…

Jean-Pascal Scardigli, JP Scardigli et Fils:

“Consumers no longer see us as a vegetable factory”

A family business specialized in fruit and vegetable growing for three generations, JP Scardigli et Fils operates 13 hectares of greenhouses of the plastic tunnel type in Arles, where fruits and vegetables are grown exclusively in the ground. Besides the Grand Frais stores, its clients include…

Matt Roy joins Tanimura & Antle

Tanimura & Antle has announced the hiring of Matt Roy. Roy joins the company in the role of Vice President of Business Development CEA (Controlled Environment Agriculture), reporting directly to…

Avocados From Mexico partners with Dietitians of Canada

Canada: Spotlight on avocados for 2020 Nutrition Month

Avocados from Mexico is renewing its collaboration with Dietitians of Canada for a fourth consecutive year, as sponsor of the 2020 Nutrition Month campaign. Through the whole…

Chiquita releases new sustainability report

Chiquita honors its global responsibility by continuing its sustainability practices that have led the industry for nearly three decades. Building on the foundation of the brand’s “Behind the Blue Sticker” approach, Chiquita is releasing its updated sustainability report, highlighting its efforts to…


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