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The rise of AI technology in agriculture speeds up

Chinese Fruit Day and Interstellar Farm announce cooperation

Fruit Day and Interstellar Farm announced their strategic cooperation during a press conferences in Beijing on August 22nd, 2019. Together they will bring top-quality raspberry products to the Chinese market. The raspberry products in the "moonlight" and "delicate color" series were researched and…

Singapore’s Black River acquires 5% stake in ANI

Singapore-based company Black River, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Black River Capital Partners Fund (Food) LP, acquired a minority a stake in AgriNurture Inc., a listed…

Oregon Potato Company to acquire assets

NORPAC Foods declares bankruptcy

NORPAC Foods, Inc., a grower-owned fruit and vegetable cooperative founded in 1924, announced that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Oregon Potato Company under which OPC will…

Costa Group half year results; 15% decline in profits

For the six months to June 30, Costa grew its revenue by 11.8% on the prior corresponding period to $573 million. However, EBITDA before SGARA, leasing and material items…

New supply network project will expand Vietnamese retail sector

Sydney-based XAct Solutions, a development company for supply chains for the Asia Pacific region, has partnered with VinCommerce conglomerate to transform the retail sector in…

Washington St. company may end blueberry harvest early due to wage increase

Zirkle Fruit to lay off 300 workers in Prosser, WA

Zirkle Fruit Company is to close its apple packing operations at its Prosser facility in October, a move that will eliminate 300 jobs. 95 workers will be laid off at the end that month and remaining layoffs will be announced at a later date. The Zirkle management notified the state Employment Security…

Organto record revenue for third quarter

Organto Foods Inc. an integrated provider of fresh organic vegetables and fruits today provides an update on commercial operations and other corporate matters. Over the past…

United Fresh Produce Association

Strong fresh produce sales for Q2 2019

The United Fresh Produce Association came out with a report indicating strong numbers for fresh produce sales for the second quarter of 2019. The FreshFacts on Retail report…

Howard Nager joins Progressive Produce

Progressive Produce has announced the hiring of Howard Nager as Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. “We are excited to have someone of Howard Nager’s caliber…

Apple industry growing in New Zealand

New 21,000m3 post-harvest facility announced in Hastings

Rockit Global Ltd., the Hawke’s Bay apple company experiencing growth in the highly competitive snack sector, is making a “significant investment” in a new site for its…

2019 Black Box NZ Gold Medal Winner Announced

Hawke’s Bay’s beverage company, The Apple Press, have scooped another award to add to their collection, this time the highly coveted Black Box NZ Gold Medal. The Black Box is…

Birgit Gutberlett from Ökobo GmbH on this year's early apple campaign:

"Price differences with the older produce from the warehouses must not be too big"

This year, the organic top fruit season started a few weeks later than last year. Despite the holiday season, demand for the first early apples has been very good so far, reports Birgit Gutberlett, Managing Director of sales cooperative Ökobo based in Meckenbeuren. "Despite the presence of old goods,…

Sweet fries come from McDonald’s Netherlands menu

McDonald's debuts sweet potato fries at restaurant headquarters in Chicago

The restaurant inside the McDonald’s global headquarters in Chicago is now offering sweet potato fries. The chain confirmed in a press release that this is part of its revolving menu of international items. The flagship restaurant, situated in the city’s West Loop neighborhood, recently debuted the fries…

Indigenous Australian vegetable supplier grows with Coles partnership

South Australian Indigenous vegetable grower Nunga Produce has grown its business by double, thanks to its long-term partnership with Coles supermarkets. Supplying Coles has given Nunga Produce the confidence to expand its operations of growing crops and purchasing vegetables and herbs, by providing the…

Mucci Farms acquires Orangeline Farms and announces expansion plans

Mucci Farms has announced that it has acquired controlling interest of Leamington, Ontario based Orangeline Farms, including its existing greenhouse and warehouse facilities, and additional land with plans for expansion. Subsequently, the company also announced additional expansion plans in Canada and…

Spain

Two fruit and vegetable companies from Murcia start bankruptcy proceedings

In recent days, two big Murcia-based entities in the fruit and vegetable sector have started the proceedings to determine their solvency and deal with the debts they…

Gina Harlan joins Integrated Fresh Solutions

Integrated Fresh Solutions, parent company to Fresh-Link Produce, LLC, and to its third-party transportation company Kool Logistics, LLC, has recently hired Gina Harlan as…

DHL stops deliveries for Amazon Fresh in Germany

According to a spokeswoman of Deutsche Post DHL , the company will no longer deliver fresh food in Germany for Amazon as demand for the service launched in 2017 has been disappointing. Selling food is a key part of the strategy of the world’s top online retailer, especially since it bought the US chain…

Honeybear Brands adds Business Development Director

Honeybear Brands, grower and developer of premium apple varieties, welcomes Craig Arneson as business development director. The move follows several key operational leadership…

Mastronardi and DeJoria launch GIVE partnership in Middle East

Mastronardi Produce Ltd.® and John Paul DeJoria have selected the Middle East as the first market in which to develop the world’s largest and most technologically advanced indoor farming project. The newly formed company, Green International Ventures LLC (GIVE), will make locally grown fresh produce more…

AU: Alterra teams up with WA avocado grower

Alterra, an agribusiness investment company, embeds itself into the high-value avocado sector with the execution of a local partner agreement with Western Australian producer…

Laying off 53 workers

Caito Foods closes Fresh Kitchen - Indianapolis

Caito Foods LLC, an Indianapolis-based fruits and vegetables distributor, is laying off 53 workers and discontinuing its Fresh Kitchen operations. In a notice filed with the state last week, Caito said it will shut down the Fresh Kitchen facility, where workers cook and package protein-based foods and…

Kees Veldhuijzen about the Iribov project in Ghana

Make a real impact with good starting material

Iribov has had a production location in Ghana for a number of years. The location is used for the propagation of tissue culture. Most of the production will go back to the Netherlands for the customer network in Europe, but during the last three years the company explicitly also started to focus on the…

Ireland: Newry-based food manufacturer doubles sales of fruit pots

A food manufacturer, based in Newry, has seen sales of its fruit pots more than double in the past two years. Around Noon sources fresh fruit from its supplier, The Fruit People, and packages it into fruit salads for convenience retailers and coffee shop chains. The company said its sales have increased…

Farmmi partners to launch Farmmi Baba Yipinlv Organic Farm Project

Chinese agriculture products supplier Farmmi, Inc., announced the launch of the Farmmi Baba Yipinlv Organic Farm Project. The project is being jointly carried out by Farmmi's…

Corné Roks and Rob Langenberg (Fresh2You) satisfied about fresh produce sales in summer holidays

“Citrus and banana sales went surprisingly well; availability of outdoor vegetables more difficult now after warm days”

This summer, sales went remarkably well for the wholesaler. “Until mid-July it was just very good, we’ve now had about three weeks of calmer holiday weeks, but we definitely can’t complain, and we’re expecting to be at full capacity again soon. All in all, everything was better than expected,” says Corné…

Prerequisites should lead to further growth as a marketing cooperative

Landgard: Changes in management and structures

As part of the strategy of cooperative marketing 4.0 "Rooted regionally. Consolidated nationally. Growing internationally", Landgard sets a new course for the future. The goal…

Jeroen Buyck (Calsa) on five years of the Russia ban:

“Although very dependent on Russia, we managed to keep turnover up”

Five years ago, Russia implemented a ban on all fruit and vegetables, among other things, from the EU, the US, Australia, Canada and Norway. The import ban came in effect on Thursday 7 August 2014 for the period of one year, but has now been extended four times. We’re asking Belgian and Dutch exporters…

Van Nature: positive result in 2018 despite extreme weather in summer

2018 was mostly characterised by the extreme weather in summer. Because of this, both production and sales were faced with additional challenges. As a consequence, product groups had varying results, according to Van Nature in its relation magazine MEER. The tomato production had a difficult season,…

Podberry wins first major supermarket listing

The Podberry brand has secured its first major listing with a supermarket in the UK, in a move that will see it being stocked at Morrisons. From 19 August 2019, Podberry’s pea snacks will be available initially in 28 of Morrisons’ Scottish stores in 20g single-serve packs. The listing covers two flavours…

Enforcement of the Andritz Gouda- Flaminex relationship

In contradiction to the rumours others are spreading. Flaminex and Andritz Gouda will keep working together as they have been doing the last 5 years. This means that Flaminex…

Condifresh: “The first French onions have arrived on the shelves”

After a peculiar year on the onion market, French onions are available again at wholesalers and in supermarkets. “In mid-July, we started harvesting the first French onions for our brand “Condichef”, which are now available on the supermarket shelves,” explains David Archer, category director at…

BrightFarms appoints new Chief Executive Officer

BrightFarms, known for locally grown packagedsalads, has announced that it has hired Steve Platt as CEO, while the company’s founder, Paul Lightfoot, will continue as the company's President and Founder. Both Platt and Lightfoot will be members of the Board of Directors. “I am privileged to be the next…

Hazel Technologies raises $13M in Series B funding

Hazel Technologies, Inc, has announced $13 million in Series B funding, bringing the company’s cumulative total raised to $17.8 million. “Pangaea is thrilled to lead this financing in Hazel,” commented Keith Gillard, General Partner, Pangaea Ventures, one of the venture capital firms. “Hazel has a deep…

Texas citrus farmer Ken Martin passes away

Ken Martin, a citrus farmer and businessman originally from Southwest Missouri, who spent most of his life in McAllen, TX, passed away on August 7, 2019, at the age of 77…

HHLA releases Half-Year 2019 results

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) continued its successful business development and closed the first half of 2019 with rising revenues and results. It was again possible…

Razor will become the new Director of Member Services and Communications

California Fresh Fruit Association hires Courtney Razor

The California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) has announced the hiring of Courtney Razor as its new Director of Member Services and Communications. Mrs. Razor comes to the…

New Zealand based Agtech company appoints new Chief Technology Officer

Autogrow has named Jonathan Morgan as its new Chief Technology Officer, adding he will be responsible for continuing development of their innovations. “We are very pleased to…

Committee for Greater Shepparton extends partnership with AUSVEG

AUSVEG is pleased to announce the renewal of its Regional Partnership with the Committee for Greater Shepparton and welcomes its continued support for the vegetable industry.…

UK: Highest market share ever for discount giants Aldi and Lidl

The supermarket sales in the UK declined by 0.5% in the 12 weeks leading up to July 14 compared to the same period last year. The discount giants Lidl and Aldi and online supermarket Ocado were an exception to this trend. This was reported by Kantar Worldpanel. Image: Kantar Worldpanel The…

Spain: Martinavarro becomes Amper's main shareholder

The Martinavarro family has become the main shareholder of Amper after having acquired 4.5% of the capital from Metal Capital, a company owned by Amento Capital . As recorded…

Companies partner up to create 52 week berry supply for North American market

Always Fresh Farms Florida based grower and marketing company, and Giddings Fruit S.A., one of Lat Am’s leading berry and cherry producers and exporters have announced a new, long term partnership to create an integrated 52-week supply proposition for the North American berry market. The venture, built…

Sakata Seed America names Robb Bertels as Retail Category Manager

Sakata Seed America is pleased to announce Robb Bertels as the company’s new Retail Category Manager. With nearly 30 years of experience in the industry, the company says Robb…

Renato Häfliger, Gebr. Gentile AG:

"Regionalism in wholesale is still a niche market"

"Our great strength lies just-in-time logistics. Our core competence is that we, as a full-range supplier, can deliver the entire product range to our customers in just a few hours," says Renato Häfliger, Managing Director of Gebr Gentile from Näfels in Switzerland. Some 50 percent of the goods come from…

AgroFresh Solutions reports results for second Quarter and First Half of 2019

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc., today announced its financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2019. “Our second quarter marked the conclusion of a…

FinDev Canada invests in Peruvian agricultural producer Danper Agricola La Venturosa

FinDev Canada announced an important loan to Danper Agricola La Venturosa (“Danper ALV”), a subsidiary of Danper Trujillo, that will yield job creation, improve environmental…

Scott Owens will lead the banana, pineapple and melon programs throughout North America

Del Monte names new Vice President of Sales

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. has appointed Scott Owens to Vice President of Sales & Product Management N.A. In his new role, Owens will head the banana, pineapple and…

T&G Global is in the green despite a challenging year

T&G Global releases financial statement on first Half-Year 2019

Vegetable and fruit growers T&G Global has turned a profit despite challenging conditions with adverse weather reducing the volume and quality of its produce. The company…

Netherlands: Fire destroys building of fruit processing company VS Apple Industries

On 30 July, a fire broke out at fruit processing company VS Apple Industries in Marknesse, the Netherlands. “The fire destroyed everything and the cause is unknown,” says Caroline de Vente, daughter of the owner, in a response. About 70 firefighters in total tried to combat the fire. Photo: Freddy…

Capacity expansion and relay delivery of refrigerated transport company Joachim Jacobs GmbH & Co.

"The transport of organic products is an interesting development area for us"

Refrigerated transport Joachim Jacobs GmbH & Co. has always been a recognized service provider in the fresh transport sector in the north of Germany. The company, founded in 1992, moved to a new site on the Kaltenkirchen industrial site last year and is now ready for the future with an expanded…

Florida

One of US largest citrus producers reports higher revenue, profits in third quarter

Alico Inc., the agribusiness and land management company based in Fort Myers, Florida, reported stronger results in its third quarter. In its fiscal quarter ending June 30, it earned $16.2 million, or $2.17 a share. That was up from $9.1 million, or $1.09 a share, a year ago. The company reported…

Ahold Delhaize's second quarter results revealed

Ahold Delhaize is one of the world’s largest food retail groups and a leader in both supermarkets and eCommerce. Today it reported its second quarter results. Frans Muller, President and CEO of Ahold Delhaize: "Although our results were impacted by the strike at Stop & Shop, our other U.S. brands…

Fake microgeens on Russian market

Microgreens (Micro Leaves / Micro Herbs) - 2BFresh are counterfeited in the Russian marketplace. "It was brought to our attention that once again fake Microgreens packages with an imitation of 2BFresh's label on it - are being sold in the Russian marketplace." 2BFresh is issuing this warning to all of…

Hapag-Lloyd delivers strong results H1 2019

Hapag-Lloyd has concluded the first half of the year 2019 with a significantly higher operating result than in the same period of the previous year. Earnings before interest…

Shares of Greenyard at lowest level ever

Hein Deprez production companies in trouble as well; 53 million euro depreciation

Due to rising debts, the production companies of Hein Deprez, united in holding De Weide Blik, are in trouble. The problems make it difficult for the entrepreneur to retain…

Bonduelle releases Full Year revenue for 2018/2019

The Bonduelle Group's revenue for FY 2018-2019 stands at 2,777.1 million euros, unchanged from the previous year, demonstrating the resilience of the group in a fragile…

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. reports Second Quarter 2019 financial results

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. (NYSE: FDP) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 28, 2019. The Company reported earnings per diluted share of $0.78…

NSure closes its doors

NSure, a Dutch company that specialized in biochemical testing kits for fruits and other products, is closing its doors. CEO Arno van de Kant said in a statement: "Founded in 2006, NSure has now…

Fyffes spends €36.6 mln on Canadian mushroom deals

Tropical fruits group Fyffes spent €36.6 million last year buying Canadian mushroom companies, expanding a business that it entered into in 2016. The consideration for…

Herwi Rijsdijk: “Takeover gives us more strength to continue growing”

ABC Westland wants to continue growing to 75 hectares

In May, ABC Westland surprisingly announced that the real estate at its industrial site in Poeldijk, the Netherlands, had been sold to American real estate investor Hines. Earlier, this American company had acquired Fresh Park Venlo from ZON. “Hines makes this investment for the long term. That gives us…

Interko dedicates department to after-sales service

Interko - designer, manufacturer and installer of ripening rooms for fresh fruit – has established a dedicated after-sales service department at its headquarters in the Netherlands to ensure customer satisfaction and to drive brand loyalty. "Directed by Dan Miller, Interko’s Commercial Office…

KeyGene & Mahindra partner up to drive innovation & yield enhancement in key crops

KeyGene, the crop innovation company based in the Netherlands, the United States & India, and Mahindra Agri Solutions Ltd. (MASL), a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd and part of the USD 20.7 billion Mahindra Group, today announced a multi-year strategic research collaboration for key field…

Maria Nakasone hired as brand manager for Wisconsin-based company

Good Foods has announced the hire of Maria Nakasone as brand manager. With more than fifteen years of experience in brand and category management, Nakasone will bring added…

Ocean Mist Farms hires Paul Scheid

Ocean Mist Farms has announced the hire of Paul Scheid as Vice President of Production for Ocean Mist Farms. As the Vice President of Production, Scheid will work closely with…

Jeff Nielsen joins Key Technology

Key Technology has announced the appointment of Jeff Nielsen as Area Sales Manager for the Southeast and South Central United States. Nielsen is responsible for bringing Key’s…

Andermatt Biocontrol acquires 22% shareholding in Agricheck SRL

The Swiss based company, Andermatt Biocontrol, took 22% shareholding stake in the Argentinian company Agricheck SRL. Agricheck is a leading provider of biological solutions mainly in fruit production in Argentina. Since 2007, Agricheck is distributing MADEX, the Cydia pomonella granulovirus manufactured…

Alibaba tries to facilitate US trade

Robinson Fresh and Office Depot will be among first to join

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is opening its oldest online platform to US merchants, promising to help American businesses at a time US-Chinese tensions are affecting global trade. Last Tuesday, the Chinese e-commerce giant opened up Alibaba.com to US sellers for the first time, allowing them to peddle to…

PMA’s Richard Owen to take on leadership role in Western U.S. and Canada

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has announced that Richard Owen will step into a new leadership role as vice president of membership and engagement focused on supporting PMA’s efforts in the western U.S. and Canada. Owen will be responsible for engaging new members in the region. In addition, he…

San Miguel Produce moves to new facility

San Miguel Produce, Inc. has announced the move to a new state-of-the-art facility in Oxnard, CA, a few miles from their old facility/headquarter location. The 85,000 sq. ft. facility addresses the increasing demand and growth the company said it has experienced and allows for additional office and…

Equitable Food Initiative receives Walmart Foundation grant

Equitable Food Initiative has received a $1.2 million grant from Walmart Foundation to advance responsible labor practices through workforce development programs on fresh produce farms in Mexico. The grant runs through the end of 2020. Since 2012, EFI said it has worked to build its social assurance…

Greenhouse grower introduces new Procurement Manager in Mexico

NatureFresh™ Farms has announced and welcomed the newest addition, Paul Hulsbos, to their sales team as Procurement Manager based in Mexico. With over 21 years of experience…

NatureFresh™ Farms introduces new procurement manager in Mexico

NatureFresh™ Farms announces and welcomes their newest addition, Paul Hulsbos, to their sales team as Procurement Manager based in Mexico. With over 21 years of experience in…

HKW announces add-on acquisition by Fresh Direct Produce

HKW, a middle-market private equity firm focused on growth-oriented companies, today announced that its portfolio company, Fresh Direct Produce, Ltd. (“Fresh Direct Produce”),…

Grant Wingrove joins Delecta as they focus on the Far East Markets

Over the last 22 years Delecta Fruit (PTY) Ltd. has shown significant growth in the South African deciduous and citrus fruit exporting industry. With the aim of further…

Hema Fresh: Convenience is the most important trend

As one of the world leaders in online shopping, China is also leading in online sales for fresh fruits and vegetables. Hema Fresh, a large supermarket chain in China have developed their own online delivery service, as Ms. Huang Ling explained: “We made a system where we can deliver fresh fruits and…

Quick temperature checks en route

The new Bluetooth loggers, model “B1” from Cydiance, can be quite useful when intermediate checks are needed in the fruit logistic routes. Cydiance B1 – Bluetooth temperature logger with USB PDF report "You may now use mobile phone to access to the temperature history, without stopping or even touching…

Syngenta :

Presentation of new varieties at Melon, Watermelon and Courgette Open Day

On July 9, 2019, Syngenta held an open day at its Sarrians (Vaucluse) site to present new products in its melon, courgette and watermelon ranges. Throughout the day, the Syngenta and BFP Prosem sales teams welcomed technicians, distributors, specifiers, nurseries and producers, mainly from the…

Vegfor Cooling Technology

"Our vacuum pre-cooling equipment in China has about 15% of the market"

Vacuum cooling is one of the most effective ways to pre-cool fresh produce. As Arvin Lau from Vegfor explains: "Vacuum cooling systems are fast and very effective in reducing product spoilage, because the fastest deterioration of fresh products takes place right after it has been harvested. With a vacuum…

Ryan Meyer joins Monterey Mushrooms

Monterey Mushrooms has announced that Ryan Meyer has joined the company as a Sales Finance Manager. Prior to joining Monterey, Meyer was at Earthbound Farm where he was a…

Juan Segura, president of Coprohníjar:

"The Spanish production relies on consumption in Europe"

Almeria's watermelon campaign has come to a close and some companies are getting ready to plant other crops. "The watermelon campaign has ended with disastrous prices for producers. They will be lucky if they have managed to even cover the production costs," says Juan Segura Morales, president of the…

CAN (ON): How a grocery store delivers hydroponic greens year-round without any packaging

NU Grocery is the first zero-waste grocery store in Ottawa. Instead of picking up pre-packaged items to unwrap at home, customers scoop their own pasta, fill jars with coffee beans, or warm-up beeswax wrap to preserve a piece of cheese. The store’s mission is to avoid single-use packaging and offer…

Driedfresh and Scott Technology enter agreement

Driedfresh has entered into a non-exclusive global manufacture, distribution and support agreement with Scott Technology Ltd (SCOTT) for its OVDMA produce dryers. Scott Technology Ltd (SCOTT) and Driedfresh Ltd (DFL) have announced they have recently entered into a heads of agreement to build a…

Nasce Antiga Sardigna is the new production facility for La Linea Verde

La Linea Verde, an Italian group specializing in the production of fresh-cut salads and ready-to-eat dishes, has announced its new addition to strengthen the fresh-cut segment. The new facility in Sardinia has a potential to handle 10 thousand packages a day and boasts two production sites in the…

KÖHRA - Frisch GmbH still sees potential for growth in the pre-cut segment

"In our delivery area, sales are growing steadily"

In recent years, the German convenience sector is growing and flourishing at a rapid pace. From the traditional ​​salads and peeled raw materials (potatoes, carrots, onions), the national market is increasingly turning towards ready meals, delicatessen and fine menus. As a result, there are new…

Frischeteam Geschwister Kluth relies on work relief and advice

"There is no 'no can do' in the precut industry"

In the field of large-scale consumption and gastronomy, the shortage of staff and thus also the demand for low-expenditure fresh produce is the order of the day. Parallel to this social trend, the product selection of high-quality cuttings and convenience items is also growing. The family-owned company…

Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh - Fresh Del Monte Produce

“If you don’t love what you do, I don’t think you can excel in your ambitions”

After almost 50 years in the produce industry, Fresh Del Monte Produce Chairman and CEO, Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh, is reaping the fruits of his labor. When Abu-Ghazaleh bought Fresh Del Monte Produce in 1996, it was certainly not the thriving multinational company it is today. The business was saddled with…

AgDevCo announces multi-million Euro investment in Africado

"We will introduce new avocado cultivars and expand the outgrower programme"

AgDevCo announce a multi-million Euro investment in Africado, a successful avocado company based in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. Africado grows avocados on its own farm…

Steel construction of new building at Freight Line Europe

The steel construction for the new company building of Freight Line Europe at industrial estate Honderdland in Maasdijk, the Netherlands, is currently being erected, so that the lines and height of the building are becoming visible on the south side of the building. The entire frame will be erected in a…

United Fresh promotes Amanda Griffin

The United Fresh Produce Association has promoted Amanda Griffin to Vice President, Education & Program Management. Griffin joined the association in the fall of 2013 to…

Jasper Trujillo joins North American packaging manufacturer

Fox Packaging™ has announced the hire of Jasper Trujillo as business development manager. Trujillo joins the Fox Packaging team with a background in economics and business…

Seven Seas adds Steve Kim to California team

Seven Seas has added Steve Kim as an Account Manager in the Seven Seas Visalia, CA office. Kim brings nine years of perishable logistics and Asia market trading experience to…

Harm Valckx: “Growth of blueberry market not finished yet”

New cooperative for blueberry growers founded: Coöperatie European Blueberry Growers U.A.

Last month, a new cooperative for blueberry growers was founded: Coöperatie European Blueberry Growers U.A. “We’ve been working with these growers for quite some time within Berry Packing Services. Sales will now be taken care of by the new grower’s cooperative. It was a long-cherished wish to group…

Plenty of new developments for largest Dutch chicory company Frysk-Witlof

“If customers order a lorry of chicory at 7 am, it’ll be ready for them by 2 pm”

Chicory company Frysk-Witlof from Sexbierum, the Netherlands, has no shortage of chicory. The company, formerly known as Hameno, harvests between 250 and 280 hectares of chicory from Dutch and Belgian origin every year, and as a result, it’s the biggest chicory company in the Netherlands. “That’s our…

Las Vegas distributor completes 40,000 square foot expansion

Get Fresh Companies of Las Vegas, Nevada announced the completion of a significant expansion to their processor division including a new 30,000 square foot USDA Kitchen facility, and a 10,000 square foot expansion of its Get Fresh Cuts operation that combined will provide 120 new jobs. “This will provide…

Del Monte creates new Product Development Team

The North America NPD team will better serve consumers and integrate Mann Packing into the ongoing product development processes. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. has created…

New partnership between Nutrano and Keenan Produce

Nutrano announces today it has taken an equity stake in Keenan Produce Pty Ltd, a citrus packing shed operation in Griffith NSW. Nutrano has been in discussions with founder…

Keelings Knowledge Ltd. and RI-Solution Announce Partnership

"Partnership is an important milestone in the German market"

Irish family business Keelings Knowledge Ltd., which developed an industry-specific Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution for the fresh goods sector, and Munich-based IT services company RI-Solution, met with Irish President Michael D. Higgins at the event called "A Celebration of Irish Industry…

Teagasc and IPM Potato Group sign new 15 year agreement

Teagasc and IPM Potato G roup (IPM) have recently signed a new fifteen year agreement in Oak Park, Carlow. The two groups have been collaborating since the early 1970s when…

Samskip picks Kari-Pekka Laaksonen as Group CEO

Pan-European transport service provider Samskip has appointed Kari-Pekka Laaksonen as the Group Chief Executive to execute growth plans based on a customer focused approach.…

"Wonder" green relaunched under new name

Pete's, a California greenhouse grower with a focus on producing "living products" - or produce with the roots still intact - have relaunched one of their living staples under a new name. Since 1999, the company has been growing watercress, initially for foodservice, but later expanding to the retail…

Supply chain solutions start-up DiMuto closes deal with Thai durian exporter

Start-up company DiMuto -based in Singapore- which provides end-to-end supply chain visibility for the fruits industry, has closed a deal with Thailand's largest fresh durian…

CAN (QC): Savoura president and son missing after helicopter flight

Stéphane Roy, the president of the Quebec company Savoura, and his teenage son are missing following a helicopter flight in northern Quebec. In a brief statement, Savoura said…

Princes International food and drink group

Pea plant as part of £80 mln Long Sutton investment

With the opening of a new pea plant at the facility, international food and drink group Princes has completed the first phase of a planned £80m investment in its Long Sutton…

Andreas Buchner, Hausladen Fruchthandelsgesellschaft:

"Our Struwwelpeter brand only contains articles of which we can control the quality ourselves"

The Munich wholesale market in the district of Sendling has a legacy - this not only applies to the marketers with regular stands, but also for Hausladen Fruchthandelsgesellschaft, which has its base on the site. The company was founded in 1932 by Emmeran Hausladen and is now run by third and fourth…

Research and knowledge at the service of taste and aesthetics

Spain: Edible flowers are a booming market

Edible flowers, until now a niche specialized market, are booming in Spain. "We have a few companies in Spain. Each of them has its own specificity and, although we are natural competitors, we are not rivals: there is a real need for corporatism to represent our interests in such an innovative sector. We…

Cologne wholesaler supplies regional gastronomy with almost everything

"We have to adapt to new generations of our clientele"

The family business of Uralkaya GmbH supplies a wide range of customers and restaurateurs in the metropolitan area of ​​Cologne. Senior manager Nayif Uralkaya has been present at the Cologne wholesale market since 1998, but even before his entry to the Cologne wholesale market, he was already…

Bratigny reveals its new visual identity: between modernity and tradition

Bratigny, the wholesale market brand of the Omer-Decugis Group has just revealed its new visual identity which will soon decorate its storefronts in building D2 at the MIN of Rungis. This visual identity is part of the redistribution of the activities of Bratigny and its transformation plan launched in…

Merritt Bruce joins Church Brothers Farms

Merritt Bruce has joined Church Brothers Farms as vice president of retail business development. Merritt Bruce comes to Church Brothers Farms from Growers Express along with…

San Miguel Produce hires John Killeen as Vice President and General Manager

San Miguel Produce, Inc. has announced a new member of the San Miguel family with the hiring of John Killeen as Vice President and General Manager. With 30 years of experience…

AgTech company announces new modularized components for platform

Zest Labs has announced the availability of new modularized components of its Zest Fresh™ solution for growers, packers, processors, shippers, restaurants and grocers. All…

Photo report: Peak season at Emsland Gemüse

"Planning to extend the season so that we can still harvest by the end of November."

The domestic season for fruit vegetables is currently in full swing. In all major growing areas in Germany tons of cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers are harvested. This goes for Emsland Gemüse as well. Since its founding, the farm has been entirely dedicated to the production of tomatoes in three…

US: AeroFarms raises $100m as investors rush to indoor farms

Another multi-million dollar investment in vertical farming. AeroFarms confirms the publication by The Financial Times, reporting that they raised $100m in their Series E fundraiser to further expand their warehouses of stacked growing trays and branch out into different produce. This round again was led…

NBWM moves into new office space and rings gong

The Nederlandsche Betaal- en Wisselmaatschappij (Dutch Payments and Exchange Association) has a new office space at Beursplein 5 Amsterdam. In honour of this Joost Derks, general director, rang the gong to open the trading day. Founded in 2013, the currency experts at NBWM help companies save in exchange…

SanLucar announces a renewal of its organizational structure

Despite the excellent sales forecast for the 2018/2019 campaign, of around 440 million Euro; an increase of almost 9%, the firm SanLucar has announced a renewal of its…

A global platform for buying and selling affordable agricultural machinery and vehicles

Investing in machinery and vehicles can mean large investments for companies in the fruit and vegetable sector. "The Tradus platform is an international marketplace for commercial vehicles and second-hand equipment from all over the world. We can help companies find what they are looking for at the right…

Organically Grown Company announces new leadership

Northwest-based organic produce distributor Organically Grown Company (OGC) has recently promoted Mike Boyle to Vice President of Sales and Sourcing, and welcomed Bryce White…

Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group to sell 6.77% stake in agriculture subsidiary

The Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group will sell a 6.77 percent stake in subsidiary Hoang Anh Gia Lai Agriculture JSC to restructure its finances. It registered to sell 60 million shares…

Bakker Belgium selects Goodman's Boom Logistics Centre as its distribution centre

Bakker Belgium, a Greenyard subsidiary, has selected Goodman Group’s Boom Logistics Centre as its logistics base for the distribution of fruit and vegetables in Belgium for…

Del Monte Kenya invests Sh580m in new fresh fruit packing facility

Fruits juice maker Del Monte Kenya has invested Sh580 million (€5.04 mln) in a new fresh fruit packing facility. The new facility, which is being constructed within Del Monte…

After merger with Copisi, UNICA will reach 500 million kilos next season

The incorporation of the Almeria-based cooperative San Isidro Labrador S.C.A., Copisi, to the UNICA Group, approved on July 4, will allow the group to reach 500 million kilos next season. In this way, UNICA consolidates its position as the most important agro-food company in Almeria and the largest…

Keelings Knowledge Ltd. and RI-Solution announce partnership

Keelings Knowledge Ltd., an Irish based ERP software provider for the fresh produce industry, and the Munich-based IT service company RI-Solution, met with the Irish President Michael D. Higgins in Berlin at the event “A Celebration of Irish Industry Presence in Germany” to announce their business…

David Martinez joins River Fresh Farms

Veteran produce industry sales executive David Martinez has joined River Fresh Farms as Senior Vice President of Business Development. "I’ve known and admired Dave for most of…

New Organic Product Manager for Ocean Mist Farms

Ocean Mist® Farms will be in attendance at this year’s Organic Produce Summit with new Organic Product Manager Katie Tossie, in addition to showcasing Ocean Mist Organic®…

GreenFruit Avocados expands sales team

GreenFruit Avocados has announced the addition of produce industry veterans Lisa Cabuto and Dave Culpeper to its sales team. As senior sales representative and senior account…

AgroFresh on opening their new Innovation Center

"This location enables us to expand our services to a broader range of crops"

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. has opened its Innovation Center in Fresno. In addition to advancing its core post-harvest technologies, AgroFresh’s R&D and Technical Service…

Arrival ceremony was held at Shanghai Huizhan Market

"Ceremony held for first shipment of cold-treatment-free cherries from Izmir, Turkey"

Today (July 8), cherries from Izmir in Turkey made a grand entrance at the Shanghai Huizhan Market, where a ceremony took place. These cherries were imported by Shenzhen Kingship Co Ltd., a high-end food importer in China, and transported by Panalpina, a global shipping giant, without undergoing cold…

By autumn, a new production hall is to be completed

Joachim Tenhaef: "Our unique feature is the day-to-day business"

Tenhaef Obst- und Gemüsemarkt GmbH moved to the new site in Xanten-Birten four years ago after a major fire at the old site. Now the ambitious owner, Joachim Tenhaef, is expanding his current capacity significantly. Because in about three months, the brand new hall (around 1,000 m2) will be built on the…

Reemoon and KW Automation expand reach in Australian market

Hort Connections 2019 was a success for Reemoon, a Chinese based company that manufactures and distributes fruit sorting equipment. The recent partnership between Reemoon and KW Automation, has now made this equipment available to the Australian market. Dennis Clock representing Reemoon at Hort…


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