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Spain: Guardia Civil intercepts 1,335 kilos of hashish

The Guardia Civil have made one of the most significant drug busts in Spain in recent years, when discovering more than a 1,000 kilos of hashish in a lorry heading to the UK. As a part of the Guardia Civil’s Action Plan for the Surveillance of Communication Roads (PAVICOM), officers are charged with…

Chile decrees agricultural emergency zone in 10 communes of O'Higgins

Yesterday, the Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, decreed an agricultural emergency zone in the municipalities of Mostazal, Graneros, Codegua, Machali, Rancagua, Requinoa, Rengo, Olivar, Malloa, and Chimbarongo, due to the complex situation that the hailstorm that took place on November 12 and that…

Federal Councilor Johann Schneider-Ammann could not achieve a breakthrough

For the time being, no free trade negotiations between Switzerland and the USA

For the time being, there will be no more formal free trade negotiations between Switzerland and the USA. During his visit to Washington, Federal Councilor Johann…

French consumption habits change after yellow vests demos

According to a Perifem/Opinionway survey published earlier this month, 56% of French people aged 18 and over have changed their Christmas shopping habits or will do so…

Del Monte Fresh Produce comes up with a game for the season

Ringing in the Holiday season

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. (“Del Monte”) announces its first-ever holiday game for the 2018 holiday season. Del Monte created the game as a fun-filled way to encourage everyone to eat healthy fruits in…

The organization says the bill will improve efficiency and safety at U.S. Ports of Entry

FPAA applauds bipartisan entry ports senate bill

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) said it supports the United States Ports of Entry Threat and Operational Review Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S.…

'Hidden regulations and red-tape used to distort trade flow'

Australia tries to break down non-tariff barriers to export markets

Australia’s federal government has launched a new initiative to reduce the costs and red tape confronting Australian exporters in international markets. Free trade agreements…

France: Cabinet delays raising food prices for farmers after protests

French farmers, who have always been a powerful factor in French politics, have long complained of being hit by a price war between retailers, which has benefited consumers…

Where in Europe will climate change hit the hardest?

...I'll start looking for my snorkel.

Pacheco Pass, California

Truck spills fruit during harrowing stunt

We see the moment a truck spectacularly loses control on a mountain road and spills its cargo all over the lane. Footage recorded on a dash-cam in the vehicle behind shows the truck, loaded with crates, drive down the hard shoulder and hit the muddy bank. The truck then tilts to the left and smashes to the ground…

UK Experts: ‘There should be more thought for post-Brexit farming’

The UK Agriculture Bill is currently at the Reports stage in Parliament, and sustainable food project IKnowFood , which came from the N8 Agrifood Resilience Programme at the University of York, said the Bill needs to give more thought to the implications of farming methods on the UK’s food industry and…

Massive rodents pose great danger to California's agriculture

Merced County sweet potato farmer Stan Silva hadn’t even heard of “nutria” until a few months ago. He’s still never seen one, but he’s worried about the damage these 20-pound rodents with big orange buck teeth could do in California. “It would be devastating,” Silva said. “They can basically ruin the ag industry here:…

Agriculture minister Didier Guillaume:

“French farm sector review to be implemented early next year”

According to Agriculture minister Didier Guillaume, France will delay until early next year a decision to raise regulated minimum food prices and limit bargain sales in…

Spain: 55 million Euro to guarantee the water supply in Murcia

Murcia's regional government will strengthen its investment in water in 2019 with 55 million Euro in order to guarantee water resources to irrigators and agricultural producers. These will go to modernization projects and infrastructure to help in water management, so that the Region can remain a world…

List of Vietnamese orchards and packagers registered for export to China

On December 3, 2018, the official website of the General Administration of Customs announced the list of registered Vietnamese orchards and packaging plants for exporting to…

What people keep in their refrigerators - in 20 countries around the world

The company Admiral Home Insurance asked 20 people from 20 countries to photograph their fridges and reveal more about what’s inside. The kitchen is often called “the heart of the home” because it’s where people gather to cook and eat meals together. Refrigerators are a central part of kitchens around the world, and…

Norway signs US$ 3 million deal with WFP to support Tanzanian farmers

On Monday, the Norwegian government signed a US$3 mln deal with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) aimed at supporting the Farm to Market Alliance (FtMA). The FtMA is an…

Angola sets new rules for import of 54 products

This Monday, in Luanda, Angola’s Ministry for the Economy and Planning presented a list of 54 products covered by measures to accelerate import substitution, including glass…

Agriculture in Mozambique is making progress

The Macfrut delegation that presented the 2019 edition in Mozambique also had the chance to visit a few companies and markets so as to better understand the level and potential of the segment. For Mozambique, strengthening the fresh produce sector is a priority for economic and social development. Most…

Reunion: risk of shortages because of yellow vests

The yellow vests movement is causing a potential crisis in Reunion. Indeed, the island is now exposed to a real risk of shortages of basic necessities, even vital necessities,…

Digital newcomers out to disrupt South African banking

Three South African digital banks are betting on aggressive pricing and data analytics to attract tech-savvy, price-conscious consumers when they launch next year, really…

Canada: 18,000 seasonal workers to head home as Ontario harvest draws to a close

Farmers all over Ontario are nearing the end of another successful fall harvest. The harvest was made possible by a seasonal labour program that has helped the province’s fruit and vegetable industry to thrive for more than 50 years. Approximately 18,000 workers from Mexico and the Caribbean, employed at approximately 1,450…

Most welcoming countries for Expats

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Rupee falls to historic low

Devaluation is ‘inevitable’, says Pakistan government

Pakistan's rupee suffered another sharp devaluation in the market on Friday, dropping to its lowest value ever against the US dollar at Rs144. This was before the State Bank…

Mexico: Migrant caravans could affect vegetable trade

The arrival of more migrants at the border and the warnings made by President Donald Trump, who says he'll close the border, have increased the fear that this situation will affect trade between both countries. In the case of vegetables, the problem could be much greater, stated Mario Haroldo Robles…

Switzerland: Portuguese man smuggles everything, from apples to a carrier pigeon

"I'll just see where it goes," a Portuguese man must have thought, when he was about to cross the border at Ramsen last Thursday around midnight. His truck was well loaded. Customs officiers found 25 kilograms of tree nuts, 35 liters of olive oil, 96 kilograms of chestnuts, a carrier pigeon, five wheel rims and…

Swiss Federal Councilor Schneider-Ammann travels to Washington

This week, in Washington, Federal Councilor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann will hold talks on trade relations as well as a possible free trade agreement between Switzerland and…

Dan Botts lauded for his service to MCFA, specialty crop producers

It takes a special person to bring together representatives from across the specialty crop community, the crop protection industry and the federal agencies that regulate them. On Nov. 27 that person was Florida’s Dan Botts, and the event was a farewell reception for Botts held by the Minor Crop Farmer…

Two apples, one air canon and a slow-mo camera

Watch the amazing moment two apples are catapulted at each other in high velocity and are filmed in slow motion. Red and green apples are shot out of opposite air canons and splatter as they hit each other with 100 mph.

UK: Sterling slumps to five-week low due to Brexit turmoil

Last Monday, the Sterling fell to its lowest level since the end of October as growing concerns about British parliamentary approval for a proposed Brexit deal prompted…

United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

Canadian Produce Marketing Association welcomes signing of USMCA

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association said it welcomes the signing of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) last week in Buenos Aires, Argentina. CPMA has…

Organic farming: copper re-approved in Europe

After over a year of discussions and negotiations, the Member States of the European Union have ruled on the future of copper in agriculture, an active ingredient particularly…

Why farmers are angry in India's fastest-growing farm economy

Madhya Pradesh (MP) is an Indian a state that depends on agriculture for 30% of its income and reported 10.9% annual growth in its agricultural sector for 8 years up to 2015, India’s fastest growth. Now, farm protests are sweeping MP. At their core lies a deeper crisis; a fractured farm economy, where 46% of households…

Spain: 1,335 kilos of hashish hidden in orange shipment

The Guardia Civil has seized 1,335 kilograms of hashish, which could have been sold for two million Euro in the market, hidden among oranges that were being shipped in a truck near Salamanca, on the Ruta de la Plata highway (A-66). The Lieutenant Colonel of the Guardia Civil in Salamanca, Jorge Montero, highlighted that…

Argentina will verify the transit of plant foods

During December, the National Health and Food Quality Service (Senasa) will perform spontaneous checks on different routes in the country to verify that the food of plant origin is being transported with its corresponding Vegetal Transit Document (DTV), which guarantees its origin and destination. The controls will also…

Chile: Teno's phytosanitary inspection site begins operations for the new season

Teno's SAG - USDA / APHIS-ASOEX Phytosanitary Inspection site, which provides certification services of horticultural products for the North American market, started operations for the 2018-2019 season. The National Director of SAG, Horacio Borquez, attended the start of operations at the site. In this…

US and China agree to temporary truce on trade

Trump agrees to freeze higher tariffs on $200 bln of Chinese goods

The leaders of the world's two largest economies, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, agreed to a temporary truce on trade, this Saturday, at a highly anticipated dinner in Argentina. After the two-and-a-half hour discussion, Trump agreed to maintain the 10% tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, and not raise…

British MPs want post-Brexit food standards guarantees

A committee of Members of the United Kingdom’s Parliament (MPs) is seeking assurances on food standards after Brexit. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee put forward…

Honduran products, the least rejected in Central America

Honduras stands out as the Central American country with the lowest rejection of containers with agricultural products sent to the international market during 2018, the deputy director of the National Service of Agricultural Health (SENASA), Miriam Bueno, announced on Wednesday. "The baseline that I keep in mind…

In Brazil, only agronomists can prescribe agrochemicals

The authorities of the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil (Map), together with Blairo Maggi and the Federal Council of Engineering and Agronomy (Confea)…

Social security benefits and the right to organize abolished

Melon plantations in Honduras: Employees without rights

The trade union of agricultural industry workers ( Sindicat o de Trabajadores de la Agroindustria y Similares : STAS) recently described the decision taken by the Ministry of…

Undercutting Woolworths and Coles by 50 percent

Amazon launches $100 billion grocery market

Amazon has joined Australia's multi-billion dollar food and grocery market and is selling products 50 percent cheaper than Woolworths and Coles. The e-commerce giant is…

US: Stinkbugs invading Wisconsin

One of the most alarming invasive insects to appear in Wisconsin in the last decade is the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys). This species native to Asia delivers a double-whammy as a pest. Not only does the species damage crops and other plants during the growing season, but these stink bugs are also a significant…

Indian rupee climbs to hit 3-month high

Rising for the fourth straight day, the rupee climbed to a three month high of 69.64 against the US dollar in early trade Friday. Forex traders said, increased selling of the…

8.2 mln farmers hit by drought in Indian state of Maharashtra

More than half of Maharashtra has been declared drought-hit. Farmers, of which the state has close to 15 mln, are seeking emergency assistance. The drought crisis has…

Thailand celebrates annual "Monkey Buffet Festival"

Bangkok celebrated the annual "Monkey Buffet Festival" on November 25th, 2018. The monkeys feasted on various kinds of fruit and vegetable to their heart's content. Thailand celebrates annual "Monkey Buffet Festival"  Thailand celebrates annual "Monkey Buffet Festival"  Thailand celebrates annual "Monkey Buffet Festival" Thailand celebrates annual "Monkey Buffet Festival"   Source: Chinanews.com

NASA technology to grow crops faster

NASA has created a new technology to grow crops on other planets with the prospect of establishing colonies on Mars or another planet in the future. A group of scientists from the John Innes Center, the Earlham Institute, the Quadram Institute in the United Kingdom, and the University of Queensland have…

Video: Modernising Aldi

Over the last few years, branches of the ALDI Süd discounter chain have been extensively rebuilt and modernized, in order to get away from its 'cheap' image. Click on the video to witness the conversion of one…

Marketing agency launches 2019 calendars

Now in their fifth annual instalment, DMA Solutions, Inc. announced the release of its 2019 Social Media and Produce Marketer’s Calendars. The calendar's are free and include…

India - Singur March

Thousands of farmers march to Kolkata under red flag

At least 10,000 farmers and agricultural workers launched a historic march towards Kolkata on Wednesday. The national highway lit up in the afternoon sun, as the farming community of Singur and south Bengal, holding aloft giant red flags, covered 10 km in just under three hours. On Wednesday, AIKS general secretary Hannan…

Federal government in Australia pours money into fighting fruit fly

Australian Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud last week came up with another funding announcement: AUS$16.9 million to improve fruit fly management. Mooroopna orchardist Peter Hall…

Russian Federal Phytosanitary Service Rosselkhoznadzor:

Moldova’s Cantemir and Ialoveni districts won't export stone fruit to Russia

At the request of Russian Federal Phytosanitary Service Rosselkhoznadzor, Moldova’s National Agency for Food Safety has stopped issuing phytosanitary certificates for stone…

Supermarkets badly affected by yellow vests’ protest

If at the beginning of the protests last Saturday, the impact on the economic life of the yellow vests’ protest seemed uncertain, this is no longer the case. Indeed, hundreds…

20 million Euro invested already

Romania targets hail clouds with rockets

NFO reports that the technique isn't new, and perhaps not the best health-wise, but as of August this year Romania has had six launch- pads with silver iodine loaded rockets, with which potential hail clouds are bombarded. The country hopes to protect around 6% of the total agricultural area against hail…

Specialty Crops Market News Division

The coming onslaught of winter holiday shopping

With Thanksgiving meals now reduced to lunchbox leftovers, retailers are prepared for the onslaught of winter holiday shoppers. Popular items were largely the same as last week: holiday staples such as sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, carrots, asparagus, avocados, celery, potatoes, citrus, grapes,…

Just another day for Port Kembla Biosecurity

Australia: Stinkbugs and 'Fury Road'

Biosecurity officers at Port Kembla deal with all sorts of things; beetles, stinkbugs, stagnant water on board ships and... the vehicles from the movie Fury Road. Yes indeed, the trucks and cars used in the most recent Mad Max film came in through Port Kembla, once filming in South Africa was over. “It’s not too…

The fruit came from Ecuador

Poland: 170 kg of cocaine discovered hidden among plantains in several stores

A large batch of cocaine was found in several stores in Poland. The drug was hidden in boxes of plantains from Ecuador, reported Polish radio RMF FM. "The drugs were found in boxes of…

Yellow vests: a threat to the fruit and vegetable sector

After a hectic weekend and more than a week of demonstrations, the yellow vests continue their movement despite significant losses for storekeepers. The importer and exporter Frutas Ponche France is located in Perpignan. According to Charles Farran, the movement of "yellow vests" paralyzes the trade. People are especially…

Retail food supplier invests in updated brand

Throughout this year, Concord Foods said it has been committed to the advancement of the brand by elevating consumer and trade marketing efforts. According to the company, with the growth of the avocado and convenience industries in mind, it has focused on differentiating its produce companion packets…

Japanese chef carves intricate patterns into fruit and vegetables

Japan has many ancient traditions and mukimono , the art of carving fruit and vegetables is just one of them. Chef Takehiro Kishimoto has perfected a special art: using only a knife and his imagination he carves the most beautiful, intricate patterns into fruit and veg. Many of his designs allow for the fruit or veg to move, making the…

'CCECOIN is helping durian farmers to reach the wider world'

Crypto-asset investment is one of the latest ways to make (or lose) a fortune. However, no matter how scary crypto-asset investment looks, there is plenty signs that points towards a future where crypto-assets will be adopted on a worldwide scale. Yesterday, Bitcoin news reported that there has been an increase of…

Ireland looking to produce more food without more pollution

Next month, UCD will host a conference to mark World Soil Day. The Cinderella science might pique more interest after a year of extreme weather when Ireland turned so very…

France: Cannabis in onion truck

During a check on a truck carrying onions, customs officials discovered 140 kilos of cannabis herb. Registered in Bulgaria, the truck was intercepted on the A 63 in the Landes. The merchandise was simply placed over…

Hidden in produce

US: One million dollars worth of narcotics seized at Pharr International Bridge

Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility arrested a man from Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas after discovering $953,000…

Though not a recession yet

OECD: “Trade tariffs and higher interest rates are slowing global economic growth”

According to the latest forecasts from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the global economy will continue to slow down in 2019, amid prolonged trade…

Chinese online retail broke of 300 billion yuan record on "Double 11"

The Department of Commerce reported that the value of online retail in China on November 11th broke the record of 300 billion yuan [43 billion USD]. This is an increase of…

Spain: Vélez-Málaga to improve surveillance against fruit theft

The City Council of Vélez-Málaga will improve the surveillance on roads and fruit markets to try preventing the theft of fruit. These measures will intensify during the harvest season of subtropical crops such as avocados and mangoes. This was confirmed by the mayor, Antonio Moreno Ferrer, after holding a meeting…

Mauritius: end of the ginger production season

In Mauritius, in the region of Crève-Coeur, the ginger production season ended in early November. In order to respond to price disparities between buyers and consumers,…

Thailand: Huge stash of meth pills found among crates of longan

On Thursday morning, a huge package of almost one million methamphetamine pills was found among crates of longan abandoned on a roadside in Ang Thong's Chaiyo district. The drug shipment was spotted by farmers who were fertilising their rice fields, about 15 meters away from the Asia Highway. The drugs were found…

UK: Couple from Wigan shocked to find scorpion in Sainsbury's blackberries

A couple from Wigan was shocked to discover a scorpion in a box of blackberries, bought from a supermarket in the borough. James Green made the discovery of the pint-sized predator, which was fortunately dead, in the punnet of fruit he picked up from the Sainsbury’s at Marus Bridge. He and his wife Lynda were both…

Falling prices, trucks blocked and increased stocks

France: "Fresh products affected by strike"

Today is the sixth day of the mobilization of yellow vests. In the fruit and vegetable sector, the situation is dire. From the beginning of the week, stocks at the producer level increased, deliveries are no longer being made to stores and the risk of ending up dumping many products increases. The company Ribambelle specializes…

Spain threatens to veto over Gibraltar

Brexit one step closer as EU and UK agree on future relationship

Britain and the European Union have agreed upon a draft text, setting out a close post-Brexit economic relationship. First though, the dispute with Spain over the control of Gibraltar must be settled before European Union leaders can approve the pact. British Prime Minister Theresa May's efforts to pass a Brexit…

"The idea is to stay in Canada permanently"

Wim van der Burgh moves to Mucci Farms

After having worked in the Dutch vegetable sector, Wim van der Burgh has crossed the ocean this month to start working for the Canadian greenhouse vegetable giant Mucci Farms. In October, his immigration request was granted by the Canadian government, and it became possible to work for Mucci Farms. Wim, when asked…

Portland, Or. named top foodie city of 2018

Portland topped the list of 2018’s Best Foodie Cities in America. Personal finance Web site WalletHub released its report of the top foodie cities in America as well as related consumer trends around food. Following Portland, Or. were San Francisco, Ca. and Miami, Fl. “Portland ranked first for several metrics including accessibility and affordability…

Irish agtech company that monitors bee colonies expands into US

ApisProtect, an Irish agtech company using the Internet of Things (IoT) to monitor honey bee colonies, announced the close of a $1.8 million seed round of financing led by international venture capital investors Finistere Ventures and Atlantic Bridge Capital. Radicle Growth, the Yield Lab and Enterprise…

China: Shanghai supermarket manager fired for food label scandal

The general manager of Hema Fresh Shanghai was sacked on Wednesday after an employee of the Alibaba Group food retailer was found replacing old labels on food with new ones showing a later date. Hou Yi, CEO of Hema Fresh, apologized and said inspections have been conducted at all outlets of the food retailer to improve…

Most popular food Instagram hashtags for India

For the first time, photo sharing site Instagram released the top trending hashtags for food this year, for India. The social media site, which has millions of food…

Strong brands in the fresh fruit and vegetable sector? They do exist

EUR300 million in extra retail revenues there for the taking

Supermarkets reign supreme. Prices and margins are under pressure. Brands do not work for fresh fruit and vegetables. Sales growth at supermarkets is difficult. Things are looking gloomy in the sector. Is all this true? When one looks are the hard figures, it can be seen that fresh fruit and vegetables are an…

Spanish horticultural exports affected by roadblocks in France

A considerable number of trucks transporting fresh fruits and vegetables from Spain to other EU countries have had to stop or are dealing with serious difficulties in their circulation through French territory. The reason is the protests that have been taking place in France since Saturday. These protests are causing…

CPMA applauds Fall Economic Statement

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) said it applauds Finance Minister Bill Morneau and the Government for the Fall Economic Statement. The Fall Economic…

Detecting a fly’s DNA in fruit is key to reducing crops destroyed by the pest

Quick and accurate identification is one way fruit growers can stay ahead of Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD). The pest, which the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has been tracking since 2011, affects berry crops and caused significant losses in cherries in 2017. Its impact…

The average price of agricultural land in Spain grew by 2% in 2017

In Spain, the average price of land for agricultural use grew by 2% in 2017. This consolidates a trend of increases that began in 2014, according to the data published by the…

Spain: Japanese delegation learns about El Ejido's agricultural model

A Japanese delegation from the Tohoku region has recently visited the municipality of El Ejido to learn first-hand about its prosperous productive system and find out whether it's possible to transfer some of its techniques and methods to the agriculture of their own region. The councillor of…

Iran-EU conference on agro-food cooperation in Tehran

In Tehran, a joint conference on the development of agricultural cooperation, standards and agro-food trade between Iran and the EU commenced on Monday. It was attended by…

Memorial for California produce veteran on November 30

Leo Mario Rolandelli March 15, 1941 - October 31, 2018 Resident of Orinda Leo Rolandelli passed away Oct 31st, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife…

Tomra strengthens presence in China

At this time, Tomra has three businesses operating in China: Recycling Sorting, Food Sorting and Grading and Beverage Container Collection. Since establishing its first subsidiary in China in 2010, Tomra has been actively increasing its investment and business activities in this dynamic market. Tomra’s business activity…

Probe into alleged antitrust behavior by Maersk, & DP World at Mumbai port

India’s antitrust regulator has ordered a probe into alleged anti-competitive practices by Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk and Dubai’s DP World at the terminals they operate at the country’s largest container port in Mumbai. The decision by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to investigate follows a complaint by…

US: Trailer hauling celery bursts into flames in Washington State

Yesterday, a semi truck hauling celery caught fire along I-5 in Washington State. The truck was heading north near SR-512 just before 10:30 am when it burst into flames, according to trooper Johnna Batiste with the Washington State Patrol. According to komonews.com ¸ the driver managed to get out but the firefighters stated that the…

Amazingly skilled fruit carver

Look at this guy go.

Trinidad: Marijuana smuggled in grapefruit

A 53-year-old man was arrested today after he attempted to smuggle 330 grams of marijuana embedded in fruits into the Maximum Security Prison, Arouca. According to prison…

Robbery investigation in southern Spain bears fruit

Officers from the National Police have arrested a man in Velez Malaga for allegedly stealing 9 tons of fruit from farms all over Almayate. Police claim the man, who has not…

Chile: Opening of first fruit plant completely funded by China

The plant was officially inaugurated on Saturday, November 17, with the presence of the Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, who stressed that the new infrastructure would have a great political and social impact in the area. He also said that the new facility would generate employment and that it was the first…

Truck drivers and customs employees plan large-scale strike

Chinese exports to Philippines delayed

Chinese exports to the Philippines recently encountered difficulties. The products arrived, but are stuck in the port unable to clear customs and reach the customers. Local…

United Fresh names BrandStorm 2019 advisory committee

United Fresh Produce Association has named the 2019 BrandStorm™ Advisory Committee, or “Brand-bassadors,” as they call them. These produce industry marketing leaders work to…

Total Produce shares drop on Dole Food trading update

Shares in Total Produce were down 1.3% in afternoon trading yesterday, after it announced a decline of €4.37 million in the quarterly earnings at US-based Dole Food. Earlier…

Maison Bayard in the spotlight

Heads of State ate Somme potatoes during diplomatic lunch

On November 11, many heads of state and government officials visited Paris in commemoration of the 1918 armistice. Emmanuel Macron received them at the Elysée for lunch, where the renowned Chef Guillaume Gomez had prepared a wonderful meal with the Somme potatoes from the Maison Bayard family business.…

Spain: Multiple reports of kiwifruit and avocado theft in Valencia

Kiwifruit and avocado growers in Valencia are being heavily hit by theft. In recent times, both subtropical fruits have been gaining ground in the Region of Valencia because…

New Zealand police find record 190 kg of cocaine in banana container

New Zealand police have made the country’s largest cocaine seizure, with 190 kilograms of the drug found in a container of bananas shipped from Panama. NZ police and customs officials say…

Sèvres, France

A kilo of vegetables may change in weight soon

Over the centuries a ‘kilogram’ has been defined and redefined. But the standard since 1889 is known as ‘Le Grand K’, a cylinder of platinum-iridium. It is kept inside a jar at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) in Sèvres, France. For close to 130 years now, this cylinder’s mass is…

Smart traps

Fight against fruit fly strengthened with technology

New high-tech systems, giving early warnings of fly movements, will aid Australian fruit and vegetable growers in their ongoing fight against the fruit fly. Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said a $16.9-million-dollar package would assure trading partners when produce came from a fruit-fly free…

PMA and United Fresh to host Ethical Charter webinar

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and United Fresh Produce Association launched the Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices in July of 2018, and the associations…

The association says cheap Mexican imports ‘decimate’ U.S. prices and market share

FFVA’s Stuart to trade commission: Florida growers still suffering

Farmers in Florida will continue to go out of business if the U.S. government fails to provide critical trade relief to combat cheap Mexican produce imports flooding the…

3 new sections added

China and Singapore sign Protocol to Upgrade Free Trade Agreement

This protocol introduces revisions in the original Free Trade Agreement between China and Singapore in the 6 sections on product origins, convenience of customs procedures,…

A.P. Moller-Maersk: Trade war will hit container shipping

Top US importers are stocking up on Chinese goods before new import tariffs take effect, said shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk on Wednesday. It also warned a trade war would…

CGT launches new HR assessment tool

The fresh produce and floral industry can turn its talent crisis into a talent opportunity by focusing strategically on its people practices, and Center for Growing Talent…

Tour de Fresh opens sponsorships for 2019 ride

Tour de Fresh, presented by The California Giant Foundation, has announced that sponsorship opportunities are now available for its sixth annual ride, which takes place in the fall of 2019 along Big Sur Highway One, California. The Tour is providing a variety of sponsorships levels that it says make it…

Morocco/Spain: Increase in the number of Moroccan seasonal workers in Andalusia

Each year, thousands of Moroccan farm workers travel to Spanish strawberry fields for the agricultural season. This year, there were about 20 000, twice as many as in the…

Peru confirms that it is free of HLB

Yesterday, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) stated that the incurable plague of citrus Huanglongbing (HLB) and the insect that transmits it, which can be…

Global food security improvements projected to be largest in Asia

ERS’s annual International Food Security Assessment (IFSA) estimates and projects levels of food insecurity at a national level for 76 low- and middle-income countries. Using a demand-oriented model, ERS projects per capita food consumption based on prices and income and evaluates it against a daily…

USDA:

US trade with Southern Africa grows

The two-way agricultural trade volume between the US and countries in Southern Africa reached a record $1.5 billion last year, according to most recent international ag trade report from the USDA. The Foreign Agricultural Service defines the Southern Africa region as the countries of Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius,…

A total of 6 projects receive 28 million euros

Netherlands: Research grants awarded for stronger lettuce and smarter agrofood robots

Research grants were recently awarded to more than 75 scientists, along with the business community and various organizations in the Netherlands. Subsidies from NWO (the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research) will go to six major research programs that were approved on November 8. The research will…

SFI Rotterdam warns of fraudster ordering on behalf of a German client

SFI Rotterdam wants to warn colleagues in their branches of a scammer. "There is a fraudster busy ordering goods on behalf of one of our German clients. He is using the number, +49 157 8370 5058, and calls himself “Kai Henning” of “Kruse Frucht.” He orders loads to be sent to northern German locations such as Bremen,…

UF/IFAS experts:

"More food traceability and grocery delivery in 2019"

As we head toward 2019, we’ll see more nutrient-loaded, lesser-known foods; an increased ability to trace food sources and more plants on your plate. Those are some the…

Queen of England finds dead slug in her salad, leaves brutal message for chef

Cooking for the Queen and members of the royal family would be an anxious job for most. Failing to deliver a delicious meal would have you walking on eggshells, or out of a…

Zimbabwe farmers call for help to deal with drought effects

Farmers in Zimbabwe are appealing for funds to irrigate their land, in hopes of fending off a possible drought predicted by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. FAO…

Mexico: ripe for growth in high-value horticulture crops

Mexico is endowed with a people who have a notable agriculture calling and strong farming roots, making this a country of rural origins which has evolved to turn agriculture…

Spain: Plants with greater resistance to drought and no impact on growth

Researchers led by Ana Caño-Delgado, scientist of the Center for Research in Agrigenomics (CRAG), have managed to develop plants with a greater resistant to drought by…

Senegal: JICA supports small producers

In Senegal, horticulture is dominated by smallholder farmers. They struggle with low incomes due to the low capacity of farmer groups, lack of skills for production and…

Selling fruit and veg on glass a suspension bridge

China: Farmers market for the brave

During an event to help farmers at the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park in China on November 9, 2018, vegetables were sold on the glass suspension bridge in Shiniuzhai National Park, in China’s Hunan Province. The Haohan Qiao bridge, also called “Brave Men’s Bridge,” features a magnificent glass walkway, nearly 200 meters above a…

US: Fruit fly findings lead to extra precautions at LA-Long Beach port complex

The California Dept. of Food & Agriculture has announced that fruits being imported through the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex will be subject to extra safety precautions for at least the next few months due to an ongoing quarantine. As part of the quarantine, which was imposed November 6 by the CDFA due…

Agribusiness will become ‘new oil', African Investment Forum participants said

Africa agribusiness, a US$1 trillion business by 2030

As project sponsors, borrowers, lenders and investors gathered at the Africa Investment Forum (www.AfricaInvestmentForum.com) to make deals on investment opportunities,…

Protesting late Supreme Court ruling

India: Traders sell vegetables stuffed with firecrackers

Traders in New Delhi’s Sadar Bazar on Wednesday stuffed old firecrackers inside the vegetables they sold. This was done as a protest to the Supreme Court's order on the use of…

Dutch-Dominican skater slices tomatoes with skate blade

In order to get fit for the 2022 Winter Olympics, skater, Manuel Leito, has found a rather unique way to slice his fruit and vegetables. If social media is to be believed, he slices his tomatoes using his skate blade. The photo on Manuel's Instagram The 33-year-old skater specializes in the 500 and 1,000m events. In 2022, he is…

Costa Rica: Two people arrested for trafficking drugs in pineapples

According to the Public Prosecutor's Office, a merchant took advantage of a contact he had at a pineapple exporter to camouflage drugs in their shipments without their…

Talking taters at Fairfax School salad bar celebration

This week, the National Potato Council and United Fresh Start Foundation joined students, teachers and school administrators at Lemon Road Elementary School in Falls Church, VA for a “Celebration of Potatoes” lunchtime event. Kindergarten students learned how and where potatoes are grown, about different…

UF/IFAS experts predict more food traceability & grocery delivery in 2019

As we head toward 2019, we’ll see more nutrient-loaded, lesser-known foods; an increased ability to trace food sources and more plants on your plate. Those are some of the forecasts from faculty at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences as they predict food trends for 2019:…

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