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Auchan will not withdraw from the Chinese market

Auchan China convert stores to the RT-Mart model

Recently, Auchan China announced on its official Weibo website that it will not withdraw from the Chinese market and will continue to carry out in-depth new retail integration…

Update on proposed merger of J Sainsbury and Asda Group

In a joint statement, a spokesperson for Asda and Sainsbury's said: "J Sainsbury plc and Asda Group Limited attended a Competition Appeal Tribunal hearing today concerning the process and timetable of their proposed merger. The Court ruled in the Parties' favour and found that the timetable for…

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Almost 2,000 people from the fresh fruit and vegetable industry at Postuma's opening

Postuma AGF relocated to their new building in the Dutch town of IJsselmuiden this month. Last weekend the building - which totals 10,000m2 - was officially taken into use. Three flags were hoisted in front of it. This wholesaler services fresh fruit and vegetable specialists in virtually every corner of…

With this merger, it will exceed 400 million kilos per year

Spain: Garlic producer Coopaman joins Unica Group

The Unica Group has taken another step forward in its merging strategy with the incorporation of Coopaman, S.C.L., a second-tier agricultural cooperative and one of the biggest national garlic producers, based in Las Pedroñeras, Cuenca. This operation strengthens Unica's leading position as the main…

Ron Carkoski to retire at the end of December

Ron Carkoski, who has served as the CEO of Four Seasons Family of Companies since 2002, will be retiring on Dec 21st, 2018. Ron started his career at Four Seasons Produce in 1994 as the Director of Procurement after previous leadership roles at Gateway Foods in Wisconsin. David Hollinger, founder and Chairman of Four…

Financing of the cooperative secure until 2023

Landgard completes long-term refinancing

Cooperative Landgard now has completed a new, significantly improved, long-term refinancing two years before the current financing was up for expiration. This means the…

Solar project to produce 2,10,000 units of electricity annually

IG International installs Solar PV Project for its Bangalore cold stores

In addition to providing fresh, high-quality fruits, India’s largest fresh fruit importer IG International is now working towards ecologically sustainable operations. With an aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it has announced the installation of a new 150 kWp Net Metering Rooftop Solar PV Project…

McCanns’ Balmoral group counts on surprise asset increase

Balmoral International Land is a property company that was spun out of tropical fruits group Fyffes more than a decade ago. Balmoral has told investors it expected its net…

Bio c’Bon opens its capital to the Japanese group Aeon

Already partners for some years, the Bio c’Bon stores and the Aeon group have decided to engage a little more in their partnership: the Japanese distribution leader (65…

Colruyt reports higher revenue and net profits for first half of 2018/2019 book year

Colruyt, the Belgian supermarket group's,  turnover increased by three percent to almost EUR4,6 billion. This was for the period of 1 April to the end of September 2018. Excluding…

Flagship store Foodmaker opens at Meir, Antwerp

Continuing to build on the vegetable cutting company of his mother, Lieven van Lommel opened a Foodmaker flagship store at the Meir in Antwerp, Belgium. In the busiest shopping street of Antwerp they offer a ‘Garden of Freshness,’ a healthy convenience chain of 500 square metres. Foodmaker is testing a…

Scales pays $23.2 million for 60% of US pet-food manufacturer

Mr Apple owner Scales Corp has announced that it has bought 60 percent of a United States-based pet-food manufacturer. Scales says it will pay $23.2 million for the stake in…

Strengthens management team

Limoneira announces new leadership appointments

Limoneira Company, a diversified citrus packing, sales and marketing company with related agribusiness activities and real estate development operations, announced four new leadership appointments effective as of November 1, 2018. The organizational changes include: John Carter has assumed the newly created position of Vice President…

Chelan Fruit Cooperative board names Mark Stennes as interim CEO

Chelan Fruit Cooperative board of directors announced that chief executive officer Reggie Collins will transition from his current position to an advisory position effective…

They will have over 65,000 tons of products and 1,200 partners

Spain: Coopcisa, Coopego and Novacitrus join forces to form Green Fruits Coop. V.

The management team of the new second grade cooperative Green Fruits Coop. V., presented it before its partners and representatives of the regional and local Administration,…

Irish Keelings Solutions takes aim at Belgium

Olivier van Assche returns to fresh fruit and vegetable sector via software

The fresh fruit and vegetable sector has gained a pair of experts. Olivier van Assche and Rick Rebergen are storming the Benelux and Germany under the Keelings Solutions' banner. Oliver will focus mainly on the Belgian market. There is still room for software improvement in that country. They both laid…

California grower adds Sandra Sanchez to Team

Dulcinea Farms™, part of Pacific Trellis Fruit, has brought on Sandra Sanchez as Director of Quality Assurance. “She will act as a bridge between the sales team and our physical inventory. Sandra’s…

Saba Fresh Cuts AB & Saba Fresh Cuts OY

Dole Food Company sells Fresh Cut businesses in Sweden and Finland

Yesterday, Dole Food Company, Inc., announced that there is an agreement to sell Saba Fresh Cuts AB and Saba Fresh Cuts OY to BAMA International. Saba Fresh Cuts AB -with production facilities in…

Shoprite opens first of its own distribution centres in Nigeria

The Shoprite Group recently opened a new world-class distribution centre (DC) in Lagos, Nigeria. The 4 700m² facility is the first property owned entirely by the retail giant in Nigeria. Most of the space - some 2 560m² - will be occupied by Freshmark, Shoprite’s fruit and vegetable procurement, buying…

Kees Hendriks harvests his first cucumbers:

Greater planting distance leads to early cucumbers

"Today, Wednesday 12 December, I cut off the first cucumbers and expect a good production on Thursday," says cucumber grower Kees Hendriks. "We are still two weeks earlier than last year when I harvested the first cucumbers the day after Christmas. The shortest day is yet to come, but we have enough…

Carrefour opens its first laboratory store in Paris

The Carrefour store chain is experimenting with a new concept in the Clichy district in Paris. Referred to as the "Halle de Clichy", this 371 m² convenience store offers a…

Camposol wins three acknowledgements granted by the Ministry of Labor and Employment Promotion

Camposol was acknowledged with three distinctions during the last edition of the Good Labor Practices Award 2018, granted by the Ministry of Labor and Employment Promotion…

Capespan strengthens food safety promise

Capespan has announced the certification of its procurement and marketing operation in South Africa under the IFS Broker requirements. “We are one of only 12 exporters from South Africa to have this certification and I am incredibly proud that our product meets the highest level of quality standards” says Tonie Fuchs,…

SanLucar celebrates its debute in the luxury department store KaDeWe

SanLucar, a premium brand for fruit and vegetables, continues to prosper and grow, and does so in collaboration with Germany's most famous department store, the KaDeWe in Berlin. Since 5 December 2018, the SanLucar flagship store has been located in the luxurious delicatessen department of KaDeWe. Here, customers can…

Targetting supermarkets & home delivery

SumoSalad merges with THR1VE

Salad bar chain SumoSalad will incorporate its smaller rival THR1VE and hopes to take advantage of its foothold in supermarkets and its direct-to-consumer business, as it tries to build the country's…

What are the biggest pitfalls on the Chinese import market?

It isn’t easy to export to another country. You have to keep in mind a lot of things, and the products often have to meet specific requirements. Besides, exporting to a country like China, language and culture can also be a barrier. FruitMax is a company that’s professionally involved in helping foreign…

Spain: Jordi Cruz named ambassador of Jimbee brand

Three Michelin star chef Jordi Cruz is becoming an ambassador of the Spanish brand Jimbee, known for its healthy and innovative products. Thanks to the experience of the…

Multivac

New building complex in Enger for labelling and inspection systems

Last Friday Multivac Marking & Inspection inaugurated a new production and office building during a celebratory opening ceremony - and at the same time it celebrated 25…

Vitacress announces new senior appointments

Vitacress, one of the UK’s largest growers and suppliers of fresh herbs and salads to supermarkets has appointed two new members to its senior team. Mike Sheldon joins as Managing Director of…

Losses from hurricane Irma affect Alico’s annual figures

Hurricane Irma resulted in a considerably smaller harvest for American company Alico. The company is active in various sectors, including the production of citrus. The…

REO Veiling meets and informs its future generation of producers

On Saturday December 1, REO Veiling organised a meeting with its future generation of producers. Both young producers and children working in their parents' companies and their partners were welcome at Geert Neerinck and Els Dendauw's horticulture company in Ingelmunster. The inspirational initiative…

“A lot of larger apples despite dry weather”

Van Ossenbruggen invests in new packing station and access road to N320

The top fruit market had to jump quite a few hurdles this year. “Fruit is being sold, but shelf life in particular isn’t great. That means you have to pay even more attention to your storage management,” says Kees van Ossenbruggen of the top fruit production, sorting and trade company of the same name in…

HKW buys fruit and vegetable distributor Fresh Direct Produce

Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company, Inc. (“HKW”), a private equity firm focused on partnering with talented management teams to build world-class companies, announces the…

Leadership change for Fresca Group

The board of Fresca Group confirmed today that Nigel Trood, Managing Director of The Fresh Produce Centre Ltd and a board director of Fresca Group Ltd, is to leave the…

Ifema and Fepex will continue organizing Fruit Attraction together

IFEMA and FEPEX (the Spanish Federation of Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers and Live Plants) have renewed their collaboration agreement to continue organizing the international fair Fruit Attraction together. The event has been held annually since 2009, and in just ten years, it has become one of the main events and business…

Chinese retailer closes chain with opening 'largest plant factory in China'

JD.com is the largest online retailer in China. With over 300 million customers, they are known to have a vast network of warehouses and delivery stations, and deliver most orders in less than a day. Now they're expanding in the fresh industry as well. The company partnered with Japanese chemical…

Monaghan Mushrooms acquires 100% of Walkro

Irish company Monaghan Mushrooms has agreed to acquire all shares of Walkro held by Gimv and Walkro’s management. Walkro was founded in Belgium in 1991 and has grown into one of the…

Mike Storey to retire after 36 years

Dr R.M.J. (Mike) Storey has been a key player in the potato industry for a long time – some 36 years with AHDB and its predecessor organisations and six years in…

Total Produce appoints non-executive director

Total Produce plc is pleased to announce that Imelda Hurley will join its Board as a non-executive director with effect from 2nd January 2019. Imelda (46) has over twenty years’ experience in…

Eimskip's revenue grows but their EBITDA drops

The Icelandic shipping company, Eimskip, has achieved a turnover of EUR182,2 million for the third quarter of this year. This result is 4,8% (EUR8,3 mill) higher than in the…

Lidl is Spain's fruit and vegetable sector's largest client

Lidl is investing heavily in Spanish fruit and vegetables. This German supermarket chain is doing so to fill its store shelves worldwide. Lidl's purchasing of these products…

Cambridgeshire, UK

Barry Hamilton retires after almost 50 years of selling fruit and veg in St Neots

Barry Hamilton, 68, has retired from Hamiltons Greengrocers, in the Cross Keys. The shop was originally called Hamilton and Son where Barry and his father ran the shop after moving to St Neots in 1967. Barry was only 20 when he started working at the shop and says it has been a huge part of his life. “I’m not quite…

The goal: Accelerate and strengthen its presence in South America

Sakata Seed opens commercial offices in Argentina

The Sakata Seed Corporation, a Japanese vegetable and flower seed company, inaugurated its commercial offices in Argentina, which required an initial investment of more than $40 million. The objective is to accelerate and strengthen its presence in South America. The inauguration was attended by the President of the…

Russian discounter challenges Aldi & Lidl

This is going to be exciting: a Russian food discounter is to venture into the very same country that once invented the 'Discount' model, perfected it and made it huge. The…

Ocean Mist Farms selects Zest Fresh to optimize freshness management

Zest Labs, an AgTech company aiming to modernize the postharvest fresh food supply chain, announced that Ocean Mist Farms is utilizing Zest Fresh™ to automate data collection…

Column: Heleen van Rijn-Wassenaar

Will Win-Chain be the fresh-produce winner in China?

In 2016, the successful online retailer Alibaba took one of many important steps – this time in the fresh produce supply chain – when it founded Win-Chain. The first time I personally encountered this new Alibaba subsidiary was on 4 September this year, during my visit to the Asiafruit Congress in Hong…

New Zealand: New HortNZ president excited about the future

According to new president and chairman of Horticulture New Zealand Barry O'Neil, he is taking over at an exciting time for the sector. The HortNZ board has elected O'Neil to the positions, replacing Julian Raine who has stood down to pursue other business interests. Mr O'Neil has been a grower since 1984, owning kiwifruit and avocado…

Smurfit Kappa strengthens its presence in Western France with Caradec Box Plant acquisition

Smurfit Kappa Group has significantly strengthened its presence in Western France with the acquisition of two Europac sites in Brittany. The packaging leader has acquired the…

Industry partnership translates farm data into financial management

Rabo AgriFinance and Conservis announce a partnership that marks the next evolution in how farms utilize ag data to make informed business decisions. The companies will…

Strengthening position in plant-based foods

Landec acquires Yucatan Foods

Landec Corporation announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Apio, Inc., has acquired Yucatan Foods, L.P, adding two leading guacamole brands, Yucatan® and Cabo Fresh®, to the Landec Natural Foods portfolio of 100 percent clean ingredient, plant-based brands that also includes Eat Smart® packaged fresh vegetables and salad…

Leclerc enters a partnership with Shopopop

The start-up company Shopopop, specialized in collaborative home deliveries, has just signed a partnership with one of France's retail giants in order to develop the…

Mushroom grower promotes Bruce Knobeloch

Monterey Mushrooms has promoted Bruce Knobeloch to vice president of product development and marketing. In this role, Knobeloch is responsible for the company’s gourmet division operations, which…

Duncan Family Farms appoints new directors

Duncan Family Farms (DFF), a grower of organic baby lettuces and greens, kales and herbs with operations in Arizona, California, Oregon and New York, has announced the promotion of multiple team members to director-level positions. The company said the move recognizes the employees’ expertise and…

New shared leadership announced at Fall Creek

Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc., has announced the succession of its top leadership. After forty years, company co-founder and blueberry industry innovator Dave Brazelton…

Samskip’s UK investments secure supply chain against Brexit disruption

Two years of pre-Brexit investment in North Sea container shipping services is proving decisive in winning shippers away from cross-Channel ferry routes at a critical time for…

Mathijs Lak, fresh produce category manager of Picnic:

“We only buy what has been sold”

For offline shops, fresh produce departments are the showpiece. That’s also true for online supermarket Picnic, according to Mathijs Lak, fresh produce category manager of Picnic. “A good fresh produce department ensures regular orders. In general, fruit and vegetables have a limited shelf life, and consumers therefore…

Auchan Retail deploys blockchain on its fresh produce

After successfully experimenting with the system in Vietnam, the supermarket chain is deploying blockchain technology to its products in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and…

Sebrechts celebrates 60th anniversary in new building

Last Saturday, Sebrechts Groenten & Fruit opened its new warehouses on the Kielsbroek in Antwerp. It was a double celebration, because the company also celebrated its 60th anniversary. The third generation of Sebrechts, the sisters Ellen and Nathalie, now runs the company with father Karel and Bart,…

Customized orchards at Battistini Vivai

Battistini Vivai focus on getting to know their clients, thus creating customized orchards that are made to measure for their needs. Click here for the Battistini Vivai catalogue "When an entrepreneur asks us for advice as regards the type of orchard, we reply with a series of questions: what are the sales channels, cultivation areas, level…

Backyard Farms®’ expands with high-tech greenhouse in the Northeast

Mastronardi Produce Ltd. is expanding the beloved Backyard Farms® brand with the introduction of a high-tech greenhouse in New York, the largest-ever single build in North…

Sensor technology company Tomra strengthens set-up in China

TOMRA is committed to its long-term development in China and has further strengthened its set-up in this fast-growing market. Since establishing the first subsidiary in China in 2010, TOMRA has been actively increasing its investment and business activities in this dynamic market. Currently TOMRA has…

New headquarters of Interfel and Ctifl

Inauguration of the House of Fruits & Vegetables

The House of Fruits & Vegetables was inaugurated on Monday, November 26th, at the new headquarters of Interfel and Ctifl. The House of Fruits & Vegetables is an initiative led by the respective chairmen of Interfel and Ctifl, Mr Bruno Dupont and Mr Jacques Rouchaussé. Because of its unitary nature, it is…

Aviko to cut ties with Snow Valley in China

Aviko, a subsidiary of the Dutch company, Royal Cosun, and Snow Valley Agriculture have agreed to end their joint venture in China. Both partners have determined that their visions regarding the…

Hollander Barendrecht introduces sister company, Fresh Fulfilment

Hollander Barendrecht launches start-up Fresh Fulfilment as an answer to new developments in food E-commerce and fresh retail. The independent sister company offers room for…

Hans van der Meulen, Rida Trade:

"Ginger market improving after a difficult year"

Traditionally, the demand for ginger increases again at the end of the year. "But is has not been an easy year", says Hans van der Meulen of the Dutch company, Rida Trade. "There was a lot of stock on the market and prices were lagging. Demand has only just started picking up in the last two weeks. I…

Company focused on direct import of Spanish products

Viennese wholesaler company Conceptfrucht bankrupt after almost 80 years

After nearly 80 years, wholesaler ConceptFrucht, based in Vienna-Neudorf, has filed for bankruptcy. The firm can no longer meet its current payment obligations. Bankruptcy…

Smart retail cabinets set off a new boom in retail

For a long time, the development of the domestic fresh food industry has been constrained by factors such as high marketing costs, high logistics costs and high product loss. As a result, the development of e-commerce platforms and online sales of agricultural products have also been restrained. Now, the…

Driscoll's announces leadership change

J. Miles Reiter has reassumed the position of Chief Executive Officer for Driscoll’s, the market leader of fresh berries, as part of planned leadership restructuring announced…

Coca Cola India plans new project in Jharkhand Ranchi

Beverage giant Coca Cola India has assured that it will set up a project in India’s eastern state of Jharkhand. Ishtiaque Amjad, VP Coca Cola India, said at the Global…

VOG: Pardatscher follows Dichgans

It has been clear for a full year already: Gerhard Dichgans, longtime director of the VOG, will soon retire. For several months, the board has been looking hard for a possible successor. With the help of a renowned recruitment agency from Munich, they have looked at suitable candidates. The new and the old VOG…

Nick Fitzpatrick joins the team at Apeel Sciences

Apeel Sciences continues to expand its roster with the addition of Nick Fitzpatrick as the Vice President of Supplier Relations, the company’s first sales team hire. This…

Australian fresh produce company names George Haggar as CEO

Australian fresh produce company, Nutrano Produce Group Limited, has announced the appointment of George Haggar as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective 1 January 2019.…

Placement of 10.360 solar panels at Weyers in Fresh Park Venlo starts

The Weyers Group is not only active in the area of cultivation, sorting, and packaging of fresh fruit and vegetables. This Dutch company also transports and trades (import and export) these products. In the Netherlands, the group has branches in Venlo, De Lier, Dirkshorn, Zeewolde, and Weeze. They also…

Shannon Reinhard succeeds Ivo Hendriks

PerfoTec to get new Commercial Director

As of 1 January 2019, Ivo Hendriks will retire as Commercial Director at PerfoTec. He is being succeeded by Shannon Reinhard. Shannon previously held management positions at…

Venezuela gets ready for the mango season

Venezuela's mango season goes from February to June with the Haden variety. Then, from June to August, it continues with the Kent variety. "Our main challenge in 2019 will be…

Crowley merges liner services unit into integrated logistics organization

To better serve customers with integrated supply chain solutions, Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that it will complete the merger of its liner services group…

China: Luochuan Qingyi Apple launch ceremony

On November 26, the launching ceremony of the 2018 Yan'an Luochuan Qingyi Apple was held in the Luochuan County Industrial Park. 250 tons of Luochuan apple will be sold to…

Heemskerk buys neighbouring building

Fruit and vegetable processor Heemskerk fresh & easy have reached an agreement with their neighbour to take over their building. The building is being used by Pacombi Horti, part of packing material supplier Pacombi Group, at the moment and is 100 metres away from Heemskerk's current company…

Argentina: Extraberries wins the AlimentAR award

EXTRABERRIES SA was given the AlimentAR 2018 Fruits and Vegetables for agricultural export excellence award, which is a recognition of those who transcend borders and show the world Argentina's productive potential. This award highlights the role and encourages the development of companies that produce and export agricultural foods and…

Overall surface area of 16,667 hectares

China: Xinfadi has already established agricultural bases in 8 countries

The Xinfadi Market E-commerce Center collaborated with the South Africa-China Cross-border E-commerce Trade Association and the overall commercial organisations of small and…

Expanding its control over the fresh produce supply chain

China: JD 7Fresh constructs "fruit and vegetable processing center"

As consumption levels increase, people expect a greater degree of standardization in the fresh produce market. Retail businesses must be on the lookout for short shelf life,…

Joelek Goldfinger (73) dies

On Saturday evening, 24 November, Joelek Goldfinger passed away after a short illness. He was 73. Joelek was the co-founder of the Reingold firm. This company opened its doors on 1 April 1974 and was active in importing overseas fruit for the European market. Joelek was buried yesterday at 11:00 in a traditional Jewish ceremony…

Togo: Juice Délice opens a state-of-the-art factory in Tsévié

After fundraising 2.6 million euros thanks to its investors, the company Jus Délice is working on the installation of its factory in Tsévié. The company is the result of a…

UK: AlphaBio Control win Key Green Award

Cambridge headquartered agri biotech innovators AlphaBio Control have been presented with a prestigious Silver Award for Environmental Best Practice at The Green Organisation’s Green Apple Awards 2018. The ceremony was held at the Houses of Parliament and was hosted by Liz Kendall MP. Founded by Iain Fleming and Alfeo Vecchi, Alphabio…

Increasing quantities of overseas pears and kiwis for the Julius brand

There are increasing quantities of overseas Julius branded kiwis and pears. The Ceccarelli Giulio company CEO, Ettore Ceccarelli, says, “Specifically, the import of overseas produce increased by 30% for Hayward kiwis and by 10% for pears. I am referring to the off-season campaign period – from March to…

Naturalia, Idai Nature's new experimental farm

"We want to be a meeting place for sustainable agriculture"

"We want Naturalia, Idai Nature's new farm, to be a meeting place for sustainable agriculture that is accessible for farmers and society in general," stated Carlos Ledo, the General Director of Idai Nature. The goal of this initiative, for which there are few precedents in the sector, is to combine research and innovation…

Zummo, the company with the best international projection in its sector

Femeval, Valencia's Metallurgic Business Federation, has awarded Zummo, a manufacturer of professional juicers, with the External Projection 2018 award in recognition of its impeccable trajectory. The Femeval awards are a recognition of the business activity carried out by the Valencian metal companies. In this…

China: "Gold Anda" invests 10 million USD in Chilean fruit processing factory

Chile has become an important player in China's imported fruit market because of their wide product variety and the complementary nature of its production seasons. The Shenzhen Gold Anda Agricultural Technology Development Co., Ltd. (hereafter 'Gold Anda') invested more than 10 million USD in the Chilean…

South Italy: Current situation of the fruit and vegetable campaign

The first observations on the 2018/19 winter vegetable campaign pointed out a not very reassuring trend. The frequent and unusual adverse climate conditions extremely affected the production. To better understand this, FreshPlaza interviewed Rocco Viggiano, the legal representative of the Fe.Vi. Frutta – a…

Tonie Fuchs - Capespan

"We are currently focused on returning to our roots”

For many years, the Capespan name has been synonymous with fresh produce from South Africa and during the past two decades Capespan has built a prominent international profile. The Capespan Group Limited (CGL) manages a global footprint of integrated business units offering a range of quality products,…

Have a healthy, good time on Black Friday

An increasing number of sales festivities are making their way to the Netherlands. Much is being expected of Black Friday, happening tomorrow. This sale day has its origins in America. Consumers are expecting great deals. The Dutch company, Ton Kanters Gezond Genieten, has come up with a nice idea:…

Hazera celebrates 20 years in Polish market

Hazera Poland is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The company was officially registered in September 1998 and has operated on the Polish market to the present day. Hazera Poland started its operations with very limited staff and by offering 16 varieties of vegetables. Now, after 20 years of business activity, Hazera Poland…

Multiple processing plants upgraded to continue ensuring food safety and quality

Quality and food safety are essential for Ardo, one of the world’s largest fresh-frozen fruit, vegetable and herb producers. That is why they have invested in the latest…

Rabobank: Global food price stability in 2019 threatened by trade wars, disease and El Niño

A “melting pot” of risks – including US trade war with China, disease and extreme weather – threaten global food price stability next year, according to research from…

Polymer Logistics North America leadership announcement

Polymer Logistics, a reusable packaging and merchandising systems company, announced today that Fred Heptinstall (pictured, right) will step down as CEO Polymer Logistics…

Dry summer, Listeria and competition put pressure on results

Greenyard closes first six months in the red

During the first six months of this year, Greenyard had to deal with some considerable blows: the warm and dry weather, a Listeria outbreak and continuing pressure on the…

Kuehne + Nagel acquires a specialist in time-critical shipments

Kuehne + Nagel has announced the acquisition of Quick International Courier, a market leading provider of time-critical transportation and logistics solutions globally. Quick…

StarMeal and Foodmaker take vegetables one step further

Lieven van Lommel was quick to respond to the desires of millennials and the health trend with a vision. In 1993, when he was 18, he opened a salad bar in Belgium. “I put 250,000 euro in one shop. As second shop of ten square metres was soon added to that, and another one in Brussels followed. In two…

Bart Bruyninckx, Bruyninckx Chiconnettes:

“Demand for mini-chicory peaks during Christmas period”

“Prices for chicory have been low for years, but fortunately, they’ve been slightly better in the past two months. We only sell miniature chicory, although we also offered regular chicory in the past,” says Bart Bruyninckx of Bruyninckx Chiconnettes. “Demand for mini-chicory increases towards Christmas,…

Third generation family member is tapped to head sales function

Specialty produce company promotes Alex Berkley

The eldest daughter of Frieda’s Specialty Produce CEO Karen Caplan, and the granddaughter of founder Dr. Frieda Rapoport Caplan, Alex Berkley joined the company in 2011 after…

California producer hires marketing specialist Mary Poma

Mary (Langford) Poma joined the marketing team at Church Brothers Farms, a fresh produce farming/shipping company and grower-owned processor. Poma has spent time with other produce companies in…

Aberdeen Standard European confident

Two warehouses bought in Netherlands

Aberdeen Standard European Logistics Income PLC has announced it acquired a newly built pre-let warehouse in Zeewolde, the Netherlands, for €29.3 million. In addition to this, the investor said it agreed to buy an existing cross-dock warehouse in Waddinxveen, also in the Netherlands, for €33 million. Aberdeen Standard European said…

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Van Mierlo Plant

Smurfit Kappa’s Van Mierlo plant in Belgium is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The plant, which was founded by entrepreneur Jan Van Mierlo back in 1918 and quickly established itself as a leading supplier of corrugated board in Belgium before extending its reach throughout Europe. The Van Mierlo plant produces corrugated…

Alba Bio: hard times for the tomato, good the courgette

Vittorio Gona, the president and marketing manager of the Alba Bio PO from Sicily said: “The winter season production of greenhouse vegetable kicks off in the second week of November. Our PO farms almost all the produce demanded by the market. However, at the moment, the placement is proving to be quite…

Albert Heijn impresses with mechanised distribution centre

Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn is constructing the distribution centre of the future in Zaandam. Practically the complete assortment of non-perishable products will be mechanically handled from arrival to loading in this new, mechanised, distribution centre. With this new DC, Albert Heijn responds…

Collaboration between Skillpack, Verstegen ,and Swirling Spoons

"Our fermentation process using packing machines is unique in Europe"

The process of fermentation has been around for many centuries. Every chef knows: good and, especially, consistent fermentation is of the utmost importance. The food innovation of Verstegen and Swirling Spoons and Skillpack's processing technology know-how makes consistent, safe fermentation a reality.…

Willem Boon, Boon Food Group:

"When you have an excellent concept, money is less important"

Food and drink are at the bottom of Maslov's pyramid. They are considered to be a basic human necessity. This is not the right place for them, according to Willem Boon, the Boon Food Group's Commercial Director. The Boon Food Group is a Dutch foodstuff and fresh produce wholesaler. "Food does something…

Steve Church receives 2018 Valley of the World award

Steve Church, chairman of Church Brothers Farm, Salinas, Calif., was honored with the National Steinbeck Center’s Valley of the World Award. Organizers say the annual event recognizes key figures in the Salinas Valley agriculture industry. Award ceremony presenters left to right: Susan Gill, John D’Arrigo, Steve Church (Honoree) Lorri Nucci-Koster…

APAL appointment signals export readiness kick-off

Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Justin Smith to the role of Industry Services & Export Manager. CEO Phil Turnbull said redressing a historical…

"Stable retail for imported kiwi fruit in Taiwanese market"

"The Italian kiwi fruit production season is in full swing. This year's production volume increased in comparison with last year's production volume because of excellent weather conditions. Product quality is also much better than last year. The kiwi fruit production volume in Taiwan, however, is limited…

Costa announces agreement for acquisition of Nangiloc Colignan farm

Costa Group Holdings Limited, an Australian horticultural company, advises that it has signed a conditional agreement for the acquisition of the farming operations of Nangiloc…

Lennart Middelburg (VMP): "Also have storage and transit space for third parties"

"Good step taken by opening our own warehouse"

At the beginning of April, VMP started operating from its new location in the Dutch town of Poeldijk. "The season began in April in Holland. This means we got off to a good start. We have grown significantly in the UK, Ireland, and Scandinavia. We also quickly found two or three partners. They are using…

Spain: Agrofruit goes into liquidation

The company Agrofruit Export SA, of Tortosa, which had managed to become the largest exporter of citrus fruits in Catalonia, has gone into liquidation, as ruled by the commercial court number 1 of Tarragona. The new bankruptcy administrator has launched the liquidation phase, and an Employment Regulation File (ERE)…

MSC, A.P. Moller – Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network to establish container shipping association

Five container shipping companies intend to create an association with the purpose of paving the way for digitalization, standardization and interoperability in the container shipping industry. IT executives from MSC, A.P. Moller – Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, and Ocean Network Express are currently discussing the creation…

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Carrefour guarantees freshness of fruit and vegetables

As of September, customers of Carrefour can be sure of the good quality of the fruit and vegetables they buy from the supermarket. In September, the retailer presented its…

Opening of store "Les Comptoirs de la Bio" on Reunion Island

On November 7th, the network Les Comptoirs de la Bio inaugurated its first store overseas on Reunion Island. With its 300 m², this point of sale is located in the town of…

Significant increase in port logistics expected

HHLA exceeds last year's high level

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) continued the positive development of the current financial year and once again exceeded the already strong results of last year in the…

Two promotions for healthy snacks and salads company

Good Foods is pleased to announce the promotions of Danyel O’Connor and Juan Larios, both of whom have been named to the company’s executive team. O’Connor, now the Executive…

Greenbelt Microgreens nursery on the MJ market

New chapter opens up for Canadian microgreen growers

They put organic microgreens on the map, now it’s time for another type of green plant. Ian Adamson and Michael Curry built their company Greenbelt Microgreens from 40,000 sq.ft. up to the current 3.5 acres and, by their extensive knowledge of the plants and the cultivation, extended the shelf life and…

UK company expands further into South Africa

Global fresh produce grower and trader the Jupiter Group are pleased to reveal news of an acquisition that further expands its international portfolio. The family-run, Shropshire-based firm has purchased the major share in the South African-fresh produce company Bonaire, as it continues to build on its…

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China: "The ROI of projects is more important than ever"

With the Chinese horticulture market on the rise, there are huge opportunities for both investors and suppliers. However, as both groups might recall, it’s not an easy market. There’s a gap between the Chinese demands and the suppliers' offerings in knowledge, language, culture and other topics. That’s…

Kalter Aardbeien happy with new variety Sonsation

"Switching in one go was the right choice"

Kalter Aardbeien has been growing Sonsation strawberries since this spring, a step they are very happy about at the company in the Koekoekspolder in IJsselmuiden (Netherlands). Richard Kalter, from the company that changed more than just the variety this year: "It is a  beautiful, shiny, and very important,…

Kiremko appoints General Sales Manager

As of December 1st 2018, Ton Hendrickx (52) is appointed as General Sales Manager at Kiremko. Ton Hendrickx has been associated with Kiremko since 2013 as external strategic…

Vermeersch Vegetables means to also expand further

Vergro celebrates its 50th anniversary

Last Saturday evening saw the big celebration of Vergro's 50th anniversary. More than 400 guests celebrated this auspicious occasion with this Belgian exporting company in the town of Meulebeke, Belgium. After the reception, a jubilee show was given. Here, sports reporters, Martial and Noël, took a humorous look at…

Mercato ortofrutticolo di Lusia: Slow exchanges and oscillating prices in October

October 2018 was pretty stable. The temperature was good and it did not rain much thus facilitating the harvesting and the usual fruit and vegetable supplying for the Mercato…

David Hernández Trujillo, domestic tomato trader at Unica Group:

"We are going to have more kilos of tomatoes and new varieties"

"It is very difficult to determine what this tomato campaign will be defined by, since there are many aspects to take into account, such as the weather, pests, etc. What we do know is that we will have more kilos than last season and that we will have new varieties," says David Hernández Trujillo, a…

Lidl Poland launches promotion to encourage healthy eating

A new promotion is underway at Lidl Poland. For every 50 zloty (about 11.62 Euro) spent in the store, customers will get a sticker. With six stickers, they will be able to…

Pure Sunfarms expands cannabis production

Village Farms reports 11% decrease in sales

Village Farms International announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018. Highlights for the Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2018 Sales of US$39.7 million, a decrease of (11%) from…


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