MEPs also opposed renewing the approval of glyphosate starting December 31, 2022

The European Parliament calls for a new Biodiversity Law in the EU with binding objectives for Member States

The Plenary of the European Parliament has approved, by 515 votes in favor, 90 against, and 86 abstentions, a report calling for the drafting of a new European Biodiversity…

Taking a collaborative approach to protecting our region’s horticulture industry from Queensland fruit fly

The Goulburn Murray Valley Fruit Fly Project draws on the support and dedication of a broad volunteer base to help lead the charge in protecting the region against Queensland fruit fly (Qfly). More than 3000 volunteers from Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs, school kids and other community groups have helped…

Ava-Asaja: "The situation of the citrus sector in 2016, when the agreement was signed, has radically changed"

The European citrus sector will request an investigation before the imminent review of the trade agreement with South Africa

The Spanish-French-Italian-Portuguese citrus contact group met online on June 9 and decided to request their respective Ministries of Agriculture to defend, within the…

Spain modifies the regulations for the registration of plant varieties

The Council of Ministers approved today, at the request of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (MAPA), a royal decree that modifies the regulations for the…

James Kabrovski - Forward Insight & Strategy

“We have over 20 years’ experience of working with leading international businesses within the fresh produce sector"

Forward Insight & Strategy is a global strategic research and insights agency, focused on understanding markets and building brand and innovation strategies that build value…

NZ Apples And Pears Chief Executive to step down

NZ Apples and Pears Inc. (NZAPI) chairman, Richard Punter, has announced that the organisation’s chief executive Alan Pollard will step down from his role later this year.…

Awareness-raising action to make the situation of the Spanish agro-food sector more visible.

Coexphal warns about the consequences of marketing products of Moroccan origin

The Board of Directors of Coexphal has presented the awareness-raising initiative "Origen Marruecos" ("Origin Morocco"), which aims to address the situation suffered by the Spanish agro-food sector due to trade agreements with Morocco. It has been sparked by the current diplomatic and humanitarian crisis…

XHuelva believes Moroccan berries should be taxed to stop unfair competition

In a meeting with Jorge Garcia Cumbreras, the head of the Miguelines fruit and vegetable company - which has been dedicated to the cultivation of strawberries and blueberries…

Trade between the two countries has grown at an annual average of 5% since the signing of the FTA in 1996

Chile and Canada: 25 years of close relations after the Free Trade Agreement

The ninth Administrative Commission of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Chile and Canada was held on June 2. The Undersecretary of International Economic Relations,…

United Fresh, PMA name senior management team for new association

Future co-CEOs Cathy Burns of PMA and Tom Stenzel of United Fresh have named seven current association staff leaders as the senior management team for the new combined…

Asaja said the Government must defend the interests of its farmers

Spain's Ministry of Agriculture confirmed that the agreement with Morocco won't be reviewed

Asaja-Almeria met with representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture to share the sector's concern about the repercussions that the Trade Agreement with Morocco is having on…

Twenty fruit and vegetable growers vs Landgard

Information from Taspo claims that "at the end of May, more than twenty domestic fruit and vegetable producers terminated their contract with Landgard Obst & Gemüse Ltd & Co.,…

WayCool begins research on applying photonic technology for fruit ripeness detection

WayCool Foods signed a three year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM) Kancheepuram".…

Spanish government streamlining phytosanitary certification for vegetable exports

In Spain, the Council of Ministers approved the Royal Decree that will regulate how to obtain a crop protection certificate for the export of vegetables, fruits and plant…

The conflict between Spain and Morocco endangers the return of more than 12,600 seasonal workers

The diplomatic crisis unleashed between Madrid and Rabat is affecting other much less visible, unrelated issues, that are key to the relationship between both countries. One…

Occitania: Organic farmers mobilize against the CAP reform

Following a call from the Farmers Confederation and the National Organic Federation, organic farmers of Occitania have joined the movement and will demonstrate on June 2nd in…

EU tomato growers unite against the agreement with Morocco

Tomato producers in Italy, France, Portugal, and Spain have complained to Community authorities that Morocco is breaching the Association Agreement the EU signed with that…

Freshfel Europe & CIQA China meet online to discuss common concerns for fresh produce sector

On 26 May delegations from Freshfel Europe and CIQA met virtually to exchange expertise on a number of issues of common concern. Topics covered included lessons learnt from…

The organization is confident that the province will be able to host a pilot project for hiring at source

Freshuelva celebrates the authorization of the migration agreement with Honduras

Freshuelva has celebrated the decision of the Council of Ministers to greenlight the signing of the agreement between Spain and Honduras on the regulation and management of…

Australian fruit grower says there is a desperate need for a worker quarantine facility to ease labour shortages

"Failure to secure the facility will make it extremely difficult for us to harvest our crops"

One of Australia’s largest fruit growers has warned that the nation may experience fresh fruit shortages if Australia does not act to secure a worker quarantine facility. Managing Director of Piñata Farms, Gavin Scurr, stated that he fully supports the agricultural industry’s proposal to utilize the…

Former World Potato Congress director Ron Gall has passed

Sadly, the World Potato Congress has learned of the passing of former World Potato Congress Director and International Advisor, Ron Gall. President Romain Cools issued a…

Ausveg

AUSVEG announces Michael Coote as new CEO

Australian vegetable industry body AUSVEG has announced the appointment of Michael Coote as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective 1 July 2021. Michael Coote has…

South Africa: Fruit industry strengthened by new SU Research Chair for Dr Elke Crouch

Companies in the South African fruit industry believe that the creation of the new Post-Harvest Physiology Research Chair in Deciduous Fruit at Stellenbosch University will substantially improve knowhow about the handling of deciduous fruit, and ultimately be to the benefit of both producers and…

Egypt cuts compensation claim on Ever Given to $550 million

Usama Rabie, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, issued a statement on the 25th that the Canal Authority has decided to reduce the amount of its compensation claim against…

Freshfel Europe urges MEPs not to forget the ongoing effect of Russian embargo on fresh fruit & vegetables sector

Freshfel Europe circulated an open communication addressed to the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in the Agriculture and the International Trade Committees, urging…

Ag Research Council signs MOU with Deciduous Fruit Development Chamber South Africa

ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij and the Deciduous Fruit Development Chamber have been working together on areas of deciduous fruit development through research and training. This…

La Unio warns that there are no studies on the impact it would have on the agricultural sector

Is the Spanish government making a mistake in its rush to ratify the EU-Mercosur trade agreement?

La Unio de Llauradors believes that the Spanish Government, which announced through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs that it was going to accelerate the ratification of the…

Webinar about KMS Solutions

Need a better grip on your quality documents?

Document management might be the last thing fruit and vegetable traders consider. However, it doesn't have to be difficult to keep a company's quality documents in order. Luc Meijs and Pepijn Broekman of the Dutch company, Thysia proved that. They held a Webinar on Tuesday 18 May. They discussed a new…

Danny Dumas elected chairman of the board

United Fresh volunteer leadership groups to remain through 2021

With the recent decision of the Board of Directors and endorsement of the membership to combine with the Produce Marketing Association to form a new association in 2022, the…

T&G Global Chairman to step down

T&G Global today announced that after nine years as Chairman, Prof. Klaus Josef Lutz will step down from the T&G Global Board at the end of its Annual Meeting on 23 June 2021. Prof. Lutz joined the…

Christo van der Rheede - Agri SA

"The government must work in tandem with the sector to achieve market access"

The South African agriculture sector is doing well at the moment despite challenges in shipping and COVID restrictions. “As a country our agricultural sector did remarkably…

Vietnam develops measures to distribute agro products amid pandemic

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is working to promote the distribution of farm products amid the fourth outbreak of COVID-19 in Vietnam as well as establish…

Farmers fear fruit ‘left to rot’ amid shortage of pickers

Soft fruit farmers fear berries could be left to rot in polytunnels due to a shortage of pickers coming from Eastern Europe. Increased costs and delays to paperwork are being…

La Union Extremadura denounces the horticultural centers before the AICA for breaching the Food Chain Law

La Union Extremadura Union has submitted a complaint to the Food Information and Control Agency (AICA) against horticultural centers for breaching the Food Chain Law's…

Asaja Almeria: "Trade agreements should be adapted to European production costs"

The area devoted to tomatoes in Almeria fell by 16% in the last 9 years

According to the data provided by Asaja Almeria, the Andalusian province has lost 16% of the surface destined to the production of tomatoes in greenhouses in the last 9 years,…

A sustainable approach to integrated pest management

There is more scrutiny today than ever before regarding conventional herbicides, fungicides and insecticides, and regulations are tightening. “Complete replacement of…

The Yield announces appointment of new CFO to support business growth

The Yield Technology Solutions Pty Ltd today announced the appointment of Patrick Maguire as Chief Financial Officer, who will play a key role in the company’s expansion plans…

Southern Hemisphere outlook survey

SHAFFE members look positively towards the future

During the Southern Hemisphere Fruit Trade Congress 2021, members of the Southern Hemisphere Association of Fresh Fruit Exporters reviewed the challenges and opportunities exporters and growers from the region are currently facing. SHAFFE members have a positive perception of future seasons, whilst E-commerce…

Lori Tauber Marcus and Kristin Colber-Baker

Fresh Del Monte Produce welcomes new Board of Directors

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., one of the world’s leading vertically integrated producers, marketers and distributors of high-quality fresh and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables,…

AC Goatham & Son welcomes UK-India trade announcement

The UK’s largest apple and pear grower AC Goatham & Son has welcomed the Government’s announcement this week of a new UK-India trade deal which will see restrictions lifted to…

Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

CFVGA has a new president / More WIC funds target fruits and vegetables

The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association has a new president: Bruce Talbott, of Talbott’s Mountain Gold, Palisade peach, and grape orchards has been elected…

MEP Francisco Guerreiro warns the EU of the risks of overcertification and greenwashing in agri-food products

Most of the fruit sold in EU supermarkets carries certification labels issued by private bodies, such as the Rainforest Alliance. These sustainability certifications are…

Nadine Tunley is HortNZ’s new Chief Executive

Nadine Tunley has been announced as Horticulture New Zealand’s new Chief Executive.  ‘We are very pleased to have been able to appoint a candidate of Nadine’s calibre, with her…

Place UK’s new boss plans exciting new growth phase

Place UK, based at Tunstead near North Walsham, has appointed Pieter van Egmond as its new managing director. His predecessor, Tim Place, decided to step back to concentrate…

New Board of Directors For Argentine Blueberry Committee

The chamber that brings together the exporters of the sector has a new board of directors for the period 2021-2023. The Argentine Blueberry Committee (ABC) held elections and…

Seasonal Worker Pilot operators appointed

The NFU has been pushing for the urgent announcement of the two new Seasonal Worker Pilot operators for 2021, so the news that AG Recruitment has joined with another agency hot on their heels is very welcome. Read how we've been making a difference. Horticulture growers will be relieved to hear that the…

Christo van der Rheede - Agri SA

Agri SA work to encourage growth within the sector

Agri SA is the biggest federation of agricultural organisations in South Africa it was established in 1904 as the South African Agricultural Union and consists of provincial affiliates, commodity organisations and corporate members. In the last few years there have been many issues facing fruit and…

La Unió to request citrus import ban from Argentina if 5 or more interceptions are detected in a month

La Unió de Llauradors stated that the European Commission had decided to allow imports of oranges and lemons from Argentina to the European Union since May 1, after the…

The EC responds to possible fraud in the indication of origin of Moroccan horticultural products

MEP Clara Aguilera has received the response from the European Commission to a  question asked last November regarding the possible fraud in the indication of origin of Moroccan…

The EC and the Spanish Government support raising environmental requirements for agricultural imports

In a virtual seminar organized by Cooperativas Agro-Alimentarias, Representatives of the European Commission (EC) and the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Tourism (Mincotur)…

Freshfel Europe calls on EU & Japanese authorities to build fresh produce trade on the outcome of the new EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

Freshfel Europe is calling on EU and Japanese authorities to build fresh produce trade on the outcome of the new EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement. The European…

Dozens of Nulexport partners claim for the liquidation of the Clemenules campaign

Nearly thirty members of Nulexport met at the cooperative's facilities yesterday to demand explanations from the management and the presidency of the entity about the delay in…

"The British have a good perception of the Spanish brands, quality, and products"

The EC expects Spain will maintain its food exports to the United Kingdom

The deputy director of the Representation of the European Commission in Spain, Jochen Müller, stated in an interview that the departure of the United Kingdom from the European…

BC Tree Fruits extends tenure CEO Warren Sarafinchan

BC Tree Fruits Cooperative has extended chief executive officer Warren Sarafinchan’s contract for another five years. Sarafinchan has been heading the organization for 18…

A bankrupt cooperative from Alicante and its subsidiary owe its 175 workers € 4,000,000

According to the reports sent to the commercial court number 2 of Alicante by the bankruptcy administrator of the Agricultural Cooperative of Altea, which started its…

Millions of dollars in losses due to the banana workers' strike in the Panamanian province of Bocas del Toro

The banana workers' strike in Bocas del Toro, which has lasted for more than 15 days, is generating millions in losses. Producers are protesting the placement of security…

New UN-backed framework to boost agricultural trade between African nations

According to the UN agency, the initiative will help “unlock the potential” of the agricultural sector to contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth across the continent, and promote the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement that began in January, establishing the world’s largest…

Western Growers launches Global Harvest Automation Initiative

Western Growers is spearheading a Global Harvest Automation Initiative to accelerate harvest automation across the fresh produce industry, with a goal of automating 50 percent of harvest within 10 years. “For well over a decade, our members have struggled with a dwindling number of available workers. If we…

Fruit Growers Tasmania welcomes Liberal plans to accelerate agriculture

Fruit Growers Tasmania has welcomed the announcement by the Tasmanian Liberal Party to increase investments in Tasmania’s agricultural sector and strengthen its resilience…

NZ Young Farmers

The importance of balancing traditional methods and innovation in the future of the NZ farming industry

Young people entering today's farming industry need to have an understanding of technology and science and be open to embracing innovation and change, according to the New Zealand industry body NZ Young Farmers (NZYF). Chief Executive Officer Lynda Coppersmith told the MobileTECH Ag conference in Rotorua…

Incentives to purchase fruits and vegetables

USDA invests more than $330 million in specialty crops grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of more than $330 million to help agricultural producers and organizations in the food supply chain…

AgroFresh appoints Clinton A. Lewis Jr. as CEO

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc., a global player in produce freshness solutions, today announced that Clinton A. Lewis Jr. has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer and to the…

New Chief Executive for kiwifruit organisation Kiwifruit Vine Health

Kiwifruit Vine Health announced today that Leanne Stewart has been appointed as the biosecurity organisation’s new Chief Executive. KVH Board Chairman, David Tanner says…

FG Adriaanse – Adagin Technologies

Credible data on worker productivity releases farmers from onerous policing

FG Adriaanse and JD Naudé, the managing directors of Adagintech at the Stellenbosch LaunchLab, spend hours discussing what it is that farmers really want of a digital management system in the field and in the packhouse. “What we've realised is there is fundamental need among farmers to measure their…

USDA restricts PACA violators in California and Texas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on five produce businesses for failing to meet contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased and…

At its second meeting, the Brexit Channel analyzes the evolution of Spanish trade with the UK after it departed the EU

Yesterday, the Brexit Channel, a forum for collaboration between the administration and companies to analyze the evolution of trade with the United Kingdom after it left the…

Companies take action towards living wages

IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative has announced with global companies Aldi Nord, Aldi Sud, Eosta, Fyffes, Fairphone, L’Oréal, Schijvens, Superunie, Taylors of Harrogate,…

Del Monte Fresh restructures multiple divisions and names new Senior Vice Presidents

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. announces restructuring of the North America organization following the departure of former Senior Vice President, Annunciata (Nucci)…

Ocean Spray hires Monisha Dabek as Chief Commercial Officer

Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., the agricultural cooperative founded in 1930, has named Monisha Dabek as its new chief commercial officer. As CCO, Dabek will be responsible for…

Labour shortage hits crisis point

Desperate pleas for a government plan to allow Pacific Island seasonal workers to return

As the labour shortage across New Zealand hits crisis point as fruit harvesting is at its peak – Exporters, Growers, Food Companies and industry leaders make a desperate plea to Government for a plan to allow Pacific Island seasonal workers to return later this year. At a media conference in Hawke’s Bay,…

USDA lifts PACA reparation sanctions on Arizona and Maryland businesses

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that Los Fuertes Produce LLC, satisfied a reparation order in the amount of $37,322 issued under the Perishable Agricultural…

The contact groups of the Spanish-French-Italian-Portuguese Joint Committee plan further meetings in the coming months

The garlic and stone fruit contact groups of the Spanish-French-Italian-Portuguese Joint Committee are expected to meet on April 6 and May 25, respectively. These meetings…

Ebbe Rabie - Price Forbes

Insurance has become an essential part of the fresh produce sector

The risks faced by businesses across all sectors are more complex and integrated than ever. It’s not just about the risk of property, assets, casualty or liability that most are familiar with, but risks that touch every facet of a business and its environment. For businesses, risk has evolved beyond the…


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