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Peru and UK agree to maintain trade benefits

Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry (Mincetur) disclosed on Tuesday that current trade benefits between Peru and the United Kingdom will be valid until the Free Trade Agreement - recently signed between the two nations - enters into force. The UK has announced its exit from the European Union. For that…

Human "broccoli" arrested during protests against climate change in London

Demonstrators from all over the world continue marching the streets to protest against climate change, despite the numerous arrests there have been, including that of a man in…

Woman stuffs onions in fake LV bag, daughter busted

An elderly woman in Southwest China who was filling her Louis Vuitton bag with stolen vegetables, attracted police and led to her daughter being busted for selling…

New scourge for agriculture is underway

Stink bug alert for Portugal

Pest investigators in Portugal are sounding the alert over a new bug that threatens over 300 plant species, many of them agricultural crops. Halyomorpha halys –the Brown marmorated stink bug– appears…

Special ride for first-time Tour de Fresh participant

Yesterday was the third day of Tour de Fresh - a cycling event organized by the California Giant Foundation to raise funds to benefit the national Salad Bars to Schools initiative. Tuesday saw the riders make their way from Solvang to Redondo Beach - in sight of the finish line in Anaheim. Marieke…

Artist carves PM Modi and President Xi on watermelon

M. Elanchezhian , a fruit and vegetable carving artist in Tamil Nadu’s Theni district, has carved out the images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on a watermelon. Source: hindustantimes.com  

Island nation of Tonga

Trio in fruit picker’s murder appear in court

Three men that have been charged in the murder of a returning fruit picker at Holonga appeared at the Magistrate’s Court in Mu’a on October 9. Motuku Ve'evalu Kafalava (25),…

Linked to Turkish military advance into Syria

October: Threat of sanctions makes Turkey's lira drop

The effects of the Turkish military advance into Syria on the lira has made it October’s worst performing major currency. Of course, the lira is no stranger to volatility, but this month’s 5% dive against the dollar stands out when compared to a 1.3% gain for MSCI’s Emerging Markets Currency Index. The…

Spanish speaking countries

Muy esclarecedor.

EU to dispute Colombia tariff on french fries

The European Union is to launch a dispute through the World Trade Organization against Colombia. This case is in response to the tariffs the South American country imposed on imports of frozen french fries from Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. EU trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom on Monday said the…

The volunteers that make Tour de Fresh possible

The second day of Tour de Fresh - organized by the California Giant Foundation - saw riders make their way from Morro Rock to Solvang, a distance of around 100 miles. To travel by bicycle from Monterey to Anaheim over the four days takes a lot of work behind the scenes.  Left to right: Morgan Maitoza, Sergio…

Race involving asparagus harvesters

A race for asparagus harvesters took place over the past few weeks in Forlì to compare various solutions equipped with lithium or traditional lead batteries. "Professional timekeepers were also involved so as to compare completion times. Harvesting machines equipped with a lithium battery proved better than…

Japanese grocer crafts cardboard boxes into anime figures

Customers stopping by the Okabayashi Shoten produce market here might wonder about the creativeness of the store owner: an array of popular anime characters is on display in and outside the shop, along with the various fruits and vegetables. Masamichi Okabayashi, 63, the store owner, whose hobby is…

2019 Tour de Fresh underway!

The 6th annual Tour de Fresh organized by the California Giant Foundation commenced its long journey down the California coast on Sunday. Tour de Fresh is a four-day cycling event that raises funds to benefit the national Salad Bars to Schools initiative. FreshPlaza's North America editor Marieke Hemmes is participating in the…

Rich Dachman, Vic Smith to receive leadership, collaboration awards

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) said it will honor two industry veterans with leadership awards at the Fresh Summit. Rich Dachman, CEO at Brighter Bites and former…

Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur hotel creates Durian Room

The Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur became the first hotel in Malaysia to have a room for durian tasting. Malayan United Industries Bhd (MUI) chairman and chief executive officer Andrew Khoo said durian was a national pride and it should be given importance. The MUI Group owns and operates Corus Hotel.…

The suicide rate among French agricultural producers is 20% higher than average

The French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (Institut National de la Statistique et des Études Économiques-INSEE), has published some figures on the…

Lots of innovations in processed fruit and vegetable products

Photo report: Anuga breaks all records with over 170,000 visitors

Current trends, latest innovations and visionary concepts for the nutrition of the future were more than ever the focus of Anuga from 5 to 9 October 2019. The world's largest food and beverage trade show once again proved that it is the #1 global player in the industry.With over 170,000 trade visitors (plus…

Eco-friendly Mexican leather alternative

Leather made from prickly-pear cactus

As reported by fibre2fashion.com¸ Mexican inventors Adrian Lopez and Marte Cazarez have developed the first organic leather made entirely from the nopal, or prickly-pear cactus. The designers are offering a sustainable, stylish and eco-friendly alternative to leather. The innovative leather substitute…

Mercadona chain has new distribution center in Granada, Spain

Automation ensures optimal freshness & minimal handling time for fresh produce

The Mercadona supermarket chain is a market leader in Spain’s grocery retail sector. The group has more than 1,600 stores across Spain and employs some 76,000 staff to serve 5…

Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza:

‘Crime and drought must not cause South African farmers to lose hope’

Safety and security on South African farms continue to be one of the main challenges that the sector has to grapple with. Particularly galling are crimes like stock theft and attacks on farmers and farmworkers. Speaking at the Agri SA Congress 2019 in Pretoria on 10 October, the Minister of Agriculture,…

Low temperatures worry Washington apple growers

According to komonews.com, the cold weather that struck eastern Washington this week is causing worries for growers of Washington apples. The cold front is expected to last through the weekend, and calls for lows in the 20s in the Spokane region. The Spokesman-Review says cold temperatures in October…

Worker trapped by packaging machine dies at facilities of Spanish citrus company

A 40-year-old worker from a citrus company in the Murcian municipality of Fortuna lost her life on Tuesday, October 8, when she was trapped by a packaging machine. As reported…

California Giant Foundation gears up for sixth annual Tour De Fresh

The sixth annual Tour de Fresh ride, presented by the California Giant Foundation, is set to commence in a matter of days and there is still an opportunity to support the cause ahead of PMA Fresh Summit. Each year, nearly 50 riders embark on a four-day cycling event to raise funds benefiting the United…

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Italy: New logistics organization for the Maap of Padua

A new internal logistics organization to enhance the work of operators and the timing of movements in order to provide the customers with a better service. Maap, Market AgroAlimentare of Padua, is working on this to improve its efficiency. Click here to watch the photo gallery! Overhead view of Maap “We want…

Illegal immigrant hidden in a shipment of vegetables rescued in Spain

During the inspection of a number of vehicles from North Africa that had disembarked from the Duba Bridge ship in Almeria, the Guardia Civil had to assist a person on Monday,…

UK: 13 men arrested after drugs smuggled in vegetable lorries

Thirteen men have been arrested on suspicion of smuggling drugs worth millions of pounds into the UK. The suspects were arrested in London, Manchester, Stockport, St Helens, Warrington, Bolton, Dewsbury and Leeds, suspected of smuggling drugs through UK ports over an 18-month period. Authorities believe…

Brexit chaos is getting real: Pound slumps against euro and dollar

With hopes that a Brexit deal will be struck fading, the pound has slumped to its lowest level in more than a month. With just weeks left before the 31 October Brexit…

Wisconsin co-op attempting world's largest Fair Trade produce display

Willy Street Co-op in Madison, Wisconsin, has announced it will be attempting the world’s largest display of Fair Trade Produce for Fair Trade Month, Co-op Month, and Owner Appreciation Week. Bananas and avocados will be stacked to the ceiling for the event at Willy West in Middleton, and it’s all for a…

Fresno County is top agricultural county in California and US

After the Tuesday morning release of the 2018 Tulare County crop and livestock report, which shows sales of agricultural goods produced there last year totaled more than $7.21 billion, a 2.5% increase from ag sales in 2017, it seems that -for the first time since 2013- Fresno County is the top…

Pest that feasts on broccoli

Swede midges found in Maine for first time

According to agriculture authorities in Maine, an invasive pest that can damage crops such as cabbage and broccoli has been found in the state for the first time. The pest is an insect called the Swede midge. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says Monday the UMaine…

Now focusing on internet sales

Bethel, Alaska: Meyers Farm shuts down market

Bethel shoppers might have seen a Facebook post this past weekend that brought some sad news: Meyers Farm has shut down its market on Ptarmigan Street. Tim Meyers told alaskapublic.org that the priorities have changed at Meyers Farm: “The wife really wants to retire, but I don’t want to stop growing."…

Canada: Ontario government declares provincial food terminal a protected employment zone

The Ontario Food Terminal located in west-end Toronto has been declared a protected employment zone. This, in fact, prevents it from being relocated. Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark says the province made the decision to protect the estimated 100,000 jobs that depend on the terminal. The province…

France: New world record for the largest fruit salad

Chécy, a French municipality of the Loiret department, has set the new world record for the largest fruit salad and will now appear in the Guinness book of records.  Apples, pears,…

D’Arrigo California honors fallen heroes and their families

In 2017, the California State Legislature gave approval to name highway stretches after five fallen Monterey County veterans. The Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 57 is designated for the Fallen Heroes Highway Memorial Project which was authored by State Senator Anthony Cannella and State Senator Bill…

Katie Wilson to keynote 2020 FreshStart Conference

As Executive Director of the Urban School Food Alliance, Katie Wilson leads a collaboration of foodservice directors from 10 of the largest school districts in the United…

Criminals exploited 600 Romanian and Moldovan workers in Spain

Spain’s Civil Guard dismantled a criminal organization that exploited workers from Romania and the Republic of Moldova. The authorities found a total of 145 human trafficking victims who were held in semi-slave-like conditions and forced to work in difficult conditions with very little pay. The victims…

Scottish scientists investigate stink bug threat

Scientists are investigating whether a stink bug which wreaks havoc on a wide range of crops could establish itself in Scotland. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug originates from…

Nemlab works on wide range of fruit and vegetable crops throughout Africa

South African firm on the road to commercialisation of beneficial nematodes

Throughout South Africa fruit and vegetable crops are experiencing the effects of drought and a concomitant vulnerability to stress factors. In the absence of more water or fertilisers, farmers are increasingly looking at harnessing the positive power of beneficial nematodes, which have for a long time…

Penn State awarded $7.3 million research grant to combat spotted lanternfly

A $7.3 million grant awarded to Penn State will support an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional team of researchers as they conduct research and develop strategies to combat…

Food artistry: Banana Cake

Genuine artist creates a ‘cake banana’. You try to figure out which one is real. Click here to view the amazing clip.

Ekumfi Pineapple Factory in Ghana will start operations within weeks

According to the Director of the Ekumfi Pineapple Factory, Frederick Kobbynah Acquah, the factory management has given itself up to six weeks to start full production, so that by Christmas, Ghanaians will be able to enjoy fresh pineapple juice from the factory. He told this to a delegation from the Ghana…

Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa: “Blame ANC for big farmers’ success”

The Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa (TAU SA) recently held its annual congress, in Pretoria. One of the highlights, according to farmersweekly.co.za, was a…

University of Florida / Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

UF/IFAS gives update on Lebbeck Mealybug

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) entomologist Lauren Diepenbrock provided an update on the lebbeck mealybug pest at a recent…

USDA national retail report:

"Significant increase in prices for black seedless grapes, blackberries, and strawberries"

Late season peaches, strawberries, and raspberries were well-advertised this week, along with clementines, avocados, and tangerines. Specialty grapes provided a fun twist to the usual offerings. Winter squashes were leaders in the vegetable ads, followed closely by potatoes and tomatoes on the vine.…

Quarterly U.S. rural economic review

"US orange production estimates raised to 5,327,000 tons"

Total shipments for the 2018-19 almond crop year finished strong despite the trade headwinds, bringing ending stocks to their lowest level since 2012. Prices for processing…

Visaka Industries

18 solar powered pushcarts donated to vegetable vendors

An integrated solar roofing system, weather resistant, eco-friendly and sustainable, while providing a resting space for the vendor: Visaka Industries offer ATUM Smart Carts that can light a bulb, a fan and a mobile phone. With four hours of sunlight, the 320 W ATUM solar panels generate 1280 W. The 18 carts,…

North Bay Produce, Inc. awarded for financial excellence

Beginning October 2019, North Bay Produce, Inc. has been recognized as a Trading Member with Blue Book Services, Inc. By becoming a Trading Member, North Bay is recognized as…

Central Michigan farmers are feeling impact of bad weather

One farmer in Michigan’s Bay County says only 20 to 30 percent of his crops have been harvested instead of the usual 50 to 60 percent. In this county, some roads have flooded…

Eurostat

Trade statistics on fruit and fresh vegetables sector in the EU

About 1.5 million holdings in the European Union manage fruit orchards and about 0.8 million farms cultivate fresh vegetables A little over 1.5 million farms in the EU managed fruit orchards in 2016, which was equivalent to about one in every seven (14.8 %) of all the EU's farms which had some utilised…

Maps of areas in danger of spotted lanternfly's establishment in US and world

The Journal of Economic Entomology by Agricultural Research Service scientists has published maps identifying the areas suitable for establishment of the spotted lanternfly (SLF) in the United States and other countries. The SLF, originally from China, has spread to Korea and Japan, and has been found most…

Rare insect pest intercepted at US-Mexican border

When CBP agriculture specialists inspected a commercial shipment of prickly pear pads arriving from Mexico, they found a rare pest that has never been seen in the United…

Dr. Todd Dewett to keynote BrandStorm 2020

Dr. Todd Dewett, considered one of the world’s most watched leadership personalities and authenticity experts, will deliver the opening keynote during BrandStorm™ 2020, on…

AFPA calls for the development of permanent local workforce for harvesting

The Australian Fresh Produce Alliance welcomes the release of research by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARES) which highlights that while…

Taiwan: Farming losses from Typhoon Mitag reach NT$1.88 million

Taiwan's agricultural losses from damage wrought by Typhoon Mitag since Sept. 29 have been estimated at NT$1.88 million (US$60,500), according to preliminary statistics released Tuesday by the Council of Agriculture (COA). Yilan County was the hardest hit of any locality in Taiwan, with losses estimated…

Seized at Pharr International Bridge

Found in cargo of carrots: 211 pounds of cocaine

A big drug bust was made at the Pharr International Bridge; the seizure occurred when Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility encountered a tractor-trailer containing fresh carrots arriving from Mexico on September 26. Authorities said after…

Deadly fungus found in Far North Queensland

The Poison Fire Coral, one of world’s deadliest fungi, has been found in Far North Queensland for the first time. It is a long way from its usual home in the mountains of Japan and Korea. Dr Matt Barrett  of James Cook University, confirmed the identity of the Poison Fire Coral fungus after local photographer…

“India has potential for IP grape varieties due to climatic conditions”

India has the potential to host quite a few of the grape IP-varieties. In fact it could be a huge opportunity for the Indian grape industry, one exporter says. Invites have already been extended to several breeders, claiming the Indian climate is favorable for some of these special varieties. The harvesting…

Canned vegetable cartel: millions in fines for Coroos and Groupep CECAB

The European Commission fined Coroos and Groupe CECAB a total of 31.647 million Euro for breaching European competition rules. Bonduelle has not been fined for revealing the…

Community grants program application period now open

The United Fresh Start Foundation’s 2020 Community Innovation Grants Program application period is now open. United Fresh says the program funds initiatives that aim to…

Kenya intends to rescind GMO ban

Kenya, that has had a ban on GM technology in place since 2012, is set to soon allow genetically modified organism (GMO) crops and products. Kenyan officials have revealed intentions to lift the ban…

El Niño triggers 27.9% decline of vegetable production in Philippines

According to statements by the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) of Northern Mindanao, there was a 27.9 percent decrease in the volume of vegetables, root…

Blue Diamond Growers responds to US-Japan Trade Agreement

Blue Diamond Growers, a nonprofit grower-owned cooperative, celebrates the US-Japan Trade Agreement. This agreement further promotes trade between the two countries by…

Somaliland: Awdal region stripped bare by locusts

Dozens of farms in the Awdal region of Somaliland have been invaded by locusts. Farmer from Harirad, Halimale, Maralay, El-Bahay, Qoqol, Arorsel, and Werar villages said their…

ABARES survey shows vegetable growers are largest users of visa holder workforce

Ausveg, Australia’s peak industry body for vegetables and potatoes, has called on the federal government to continue to work with industry to find a solution to its complex…

Tesco partners with Kenyan supplier to turn surplus food into free school lunches

Tesco and Flamingo, a global produce supplier, are working together to roll out a new scheme to turn surplus food from packhouses into soup, that will then be distributed free of charge to schools in Kenya. The scheme was launched in March as a pilot has now been rolled out to two schools in Naivasha,…

US cranberries partner with maverick Indian chef Saransh Goila

US Cranberries has announced a new partnership with Saransh Goila, one of India's most influential celebrity chefs. The aim is to promote the extensive health benefits of…

New Zealand: Orchard owners fear for Hawke's Bay stone fruit after storm

A Hawke's Bay orchard owner says Tuesday’s hailstorm that hit the region was the heaviest in 20 years, and could have significant consequences for the summer fruit season. The McPhail family has owned and operated the boutique orchard on the south side of Napier city since 1997. They produce a range of…

United Fresh and PMA issue joint statement on Romaine Task Force report

Below is a joint statement from Cathy Burns, CEO, Produce Marketing Association and Tom Stenzel, President & CEO, United Fresh Produce Association: "After the immediate crisis…

Tom Stenzel responds to Senator Gillibrand’s letter to Secretary Perdue regarding produce pricing

Last week, New York Senator Gillibrand sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in which she called for an investigation of produce pricing. She mentioned that…

Flooding in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, eastern Uttar Pradesh

Floods in several Indian states drives potato prices up 3% in 14 days

Owing to floods in the Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and eastern Uttar Pradesh, the prices of potato have increased 3% in the past fortnight. As a result, potato traders and farmers in Uttar Pradesh, the largest producer of the crop in the country, who were worried about surplus…

Lucrative turnaround of community’s blueberry and snack pepper venture

Throughout 2017 the Upper Gxulu community in Keiskammahoek, Eastern Cape, worked without pay to keep their blueberry project alive. Ten hectares of blueberries had been established under shade netting, but without the necessary operating capital, the project’s future was in jeopardy. Their efforts to…

Leadership coach announces changes to group program

Wendy McManus is re-vamping her training and leadership development program for produce industry professionals. McManus’s flagship group leadership development program,…

Mexico's cartels fighting for control of avocado business

Four competing drug cartels are extorting avocado producers in Michoacán, Mexico. This really shows how the fruit is becoming an increasingly important source of illicit…

SXSW Chief Programming Officer, Hugh Forrest to keynote BrandStorm 2020

Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer of SXSW (South by Southwest), will deliver a keynote during BrandStorm™ 2020, on Tuesday, February 11 in Austin, TX. Forrest will speak…

Crops damaged

New Zealand: Heavy lightning, hail and flooding in Hawke's Bay

On Tuesday afternoon, a heavy hail storm pummelled Hawke's Bay, badly damaging some fruit orchards and collapsing a shop roof. Temperatures dropped dramatically mid-afternoon bringing hail, thunder and dramatic lightning strikes near Napier. Thunderstorms and heavy rain were also reported in Central Hawke's…

Breaking records to promote STEM education

David Rush uses a sword to slice grapes

An Idaho man claimed his second real-life Fruit Ninja record by slicing through 70 flying grapes in one minute, standing on a balance board. David Rush, who has broken more than 100 Guinness records to promote STEM education, stood on the balance board while Jonathan Hannon threw grapes into the air one…

Santa Barbara K9 uncovers drugs in banana boxes

A Santa Barbara CHP K-9 sniffed out a shipment of narcotics after these arrived in a box of bananas at Port Hueneme, California. The Santa Barbara CHP posted the bust on its Facebook page Tuesday, saying K-9 Officer EDY uncovered 11.85 kilos of cocaine hidden in a box of bananas at the port in Ventura…

Floodwaters ruin hundreds of highland vegetable crops in Dominican Republic

The Tireo and Constanza rivers in central La Vega province broke free from their banks due to the rains on Tuesday, flooding hundreds of plantations with various crops in highland towns. The floodwaters damaged cabbage, potato, broccoli, cauliflower and other vegetable crops. The hardest hit were the…

FreshEdge to sponsor United Fresh foodservice awards program

FreshEdge™, a collection of produce and specialty food distributors and fresh-cut operations, will sponsor the 2020 United Fresh Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards…

“Reservoirs state-wide are in good shape”

New Jersey is in a drought but farmers don’t mind

The US state Department of Environmental Protection has determined New Jersey is officially in a drought. However, some of New Jersey’s farmers say that there are some…

World's longest turnip smashes records at four metres

A new Guinness World Record for the longest turnip ever to be recorded was made this weekend. The venue was the Malvern Autumn Show, near Worcester. Grower Joe Atherton was delighted to break the world record with a turnip measuring 4.064m. “Every time you plant a seed you hope it’s going to break a…

Guatemala: BritCham visits Congress for UK trade pact with Central America

A visit by BritCham officials, following up on the arrival in Congress one week ago of the UK – Central America Association Agreement, sent by the Executive and which became the Law Initiative 56-14, talked about the UK trade pact with Central America. The bill is due to enter the plenary once the…

A woman had to be hospitalized after ingesting wasabi; thinking it was avocado

An Israeli woman has become the first person in the world to contract Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, better known as the "broken heart syndrome", after ingesting a large amount of…

Belize: August export revenues up by over 100 percent

According to the latest data from the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), export revenues were up by over 100 percent for the month of August. The SIB’s latest External Trade Bulletin (ETB) puts the total domestic exports for August 2019 amounted to $45.5 million, up substantially by 101.9 percent or…

Top 50 US container ports

Each year, America’s ports handle millions of twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) containers holding cargo that is worth billions of dollars to the United States economy. These ports serve not only as entries and exits to the U.S. but as a gateways to the rest of the world. While all ports work hard to process cargo quickly and…

Earthquake in Pakistan: 19 dead and 300 injured in Kashmir region

At least 19 people have been killed and 300 injured after a shallow earthquake struck north-eastern Pakistan, creating large cracks in roads and heavily damaging the regional infrastructure. The quake sent people in Lahore and Islamabad running into the streets. With rescue operations expected to…

Demonstrators dragged off - 17 arrested

Chile: Police stop demonstration against water crisis

On September 22, in the Petorca province in the Valparaiso region of Chile, more than 100 farmers and ranchers demonstrated against the water crisis that is killing their animals and crops. Their protest however, was ended by the Carabineros (national police force). In order to draw the attention of the…

Global Witness campaign

Demand for palm oil & pineapples threatens indigenous lands in Southeast Asia

This week, human rights groups wanted the international press focused on the fact that palm oil plantations in Indonesia and commercial fruit orchards in the Philippines have uprooted indigenous people and rural communities from their land. This is being done despite laws put in place to protect them.…

New Zealand

Māori farming organisations are increasing their investment in horticulture

As Māori farming organisations are increasing their horticulture investments, the new investment strategy isn’t only for better financial returns and job prospects, but also a…

AMT: Independent market analysis of the South African fresh produce industry

Economist: "In SA the fresh produce industry is closely linked to the free market"

Avocado prices are 200% up over last year on the municipal markets of South Africa. The average potato price is 22% higher and the carrot price 20% lower than this time last year, according to the market intelligence produced by AMT. AMT specialises in the analysis and forecasting of the South African fresh…

Man proposes to girlfriend by growing carrot inside engagement ring

A Canadian seeking an imaginative way to propose to his long-time girlfriend, so he secretly grew a carrot inside of an engagement ring, after which he lured her to the garden to pick the lucky carrot out of the bunch. John Neville and Danielle Squires, who live in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada with their…

Dwight Ferguson to moderate discussion with Earvin “Magic” Johnson

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has announced that PMA board member and president and CEO of Naturipe Farms will moderate the Fresh Summit Forum for the Future discussion with Earvin “Magic” Johnson. The event will take place on Friday, October 18, 2019 in Anaheim during the third and final Forum for…

United Fresh Produce Association visits Peruvian embassy in US

The Peruvian Embassy in the United States received a group of entrepreneurs from the United Fresh Produce Association interested in learning about the Inca country's economy and the Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) signed between both nations. Peruvian Ambassador Hugo de Zela welcomed the delegation and…

Followers watching his videos on better farming techniques

India: Punjab farmer has over 2 mln YouTube subscribers

Over the years YouTube went from pure entertainment to education, and now it has become a one-stop platform for all content providers and its beneficiaries. Punjab resident…

United Fresh submits comments on proposed reforms to H-2A program

The United Fresh Produce Association has submitted comments regarding proposed reforms to the H-2A agriculture visa program. According to the organization, the reforms…

Citrus Products of Belize Ltd:

Drought brings strange citrus fruit

Nikita Usher, the Chief Administrator at Citrus Products of Belize Ltd (CPBL) who also chairs the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, certainly has had his hands full…

Bordex Packaging presents new meal time concept

The PressurePack can cook and warm food up

When cooking and warming up a fancy vegetable mix or a complete meal, the focus is on retaining quality, flavor, and nutritional value. That is why the Dutch company, Bordex Packaging, recently developed the PressurePack microwave packaging. It has a valve built into the side of the packaging. This valve…

Flexible solution for the urban area

First German Lidl metropolitan branch opened in Frankfurt-Niederrad

Ground-level parking, open two-story entrance area and a spacious, bright sales room on the first floor: The first Lidl-Metropole branch in Germany opened on September 19, 2019 at 7 o'clock after about one and a half years of construction.With the new property in Frankfurt-Niederrad, Lidl has come up with…

E-commerce & e-logistics become indispensable to Vietnamese exporters

At a conference held on September 13 by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, there was agreement that the new…

After closing on mainland Mexico

Hurricane Lorena weakened to tropical storm

Hurricane Lorena weakened to a tropical storm as it approached northwestern Mexico on Saturday, bringing with it heavy wind and rain. The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said in a report that on Saturday afternoon, Lorena had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles (80 km) per hour as it moved north.…

Mushroom grower awards 99 academic scholarships to employees’ children

Monterey Mushrooms announced it presented 99 children of its employees with $239,000 in scholarship awards for the 2019-20 academic year. Some $217,000 was issued to…

United Fresh announces new Produce Safety Immersion Program

United Fresh Produce Association has launched its newest leadership development offering, the Produce Safety Immersion Program, which it says is developed to build the…

Janny MT natural controlled atmosphere widens its range of use

"Other fruits and vegetables can also be stored in these modules"

Storage modules are known for their ability to naturally create controlled atmosphere conditions and to minimize weight loss during storage. They are perfectly designed for a range of ten fruits, 18 vegetables, 3 cut flowers, and also for mushrooms such as chanterelles. "But recent tests conducted by the…

Monitoring EU Agri-Food Trade: Developments until July 2019

The strong start to the EU agri-food exports in 2019 continued in July with another monthly record  figure of EUR 13.07 billion, 12.6% above the level of July 2018. Imports also increased to EUR 9.92 billion - 6% above the level of July 2018. As a result, the monthly agri-food trade surplus stood at EUR 3.15…

University of Maine crop specialist on chlorothalonil:

“Maine potato growers might need to reduce use of pesticide”

A University of Maine Cooperative Extension crop specialist has been informing the state's potato growers that they might need to reduce use of a widely used anti-blight…

Center for Growing Talent breakfast

Jan DeLyser to moderate discussion with Queen Latifah

Center for Growing Talent (CGT) has announced that Jan DeLyser, vice president marketing for the California Avocado Commission will moderate the discussion with this year’s Women’s Fresh Perspectives (WFP) Leadership Breakfast keynote speaker, Queen Latifah, as part of the Fresh Summit programming. Queen…

USDA report

Germany: Opportunities in Private Label grocery retail

Germany’s private label grocery market topped $123 billion in 2018 - 45 percent of total grocery sales in Germany. A handful of key retailers dominate the German grocery market and each retailer has a robust and growing private label product line. Popular private label product segments include frozen and…

"Double-digit sales increase in retail and hospitality products"

Photo report: Visiting Metro C + C Dusseldorf

On the occasion of this year's DOGK in Dusseldorf the metro market invited visitors to the brand new market hall. Store manager Michael Widmer led the interested parties through the 2018 newly opened and modular cash & carry market and showed the different worlds of experience. The highlight was, not surprisingly,…

Big opportunities for NZ exporters in China's smaller cities

Chengdu, China's panda capital, has no less than 16 million humans who are attracting the attention of New Zealand exporters (along with other western cities such as Xi'an, population 12 million). Because the focus for trade is often on Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, so-called tier 1 cities on the…

“Trump’s tariffs are killing apple farmers”

Babson Blaine grows apples, pears and cherries in the Hood River Valley and the Mid-Columbia with her husband and daughter. This makes them the third and fourth generation to…

African banana growers urging EU to maintain tariffs on Latin American imports

Last Friday, struggling African banana producers petitioned the European Union not to cut tariffs on imports from Latin America any further. Exporters in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) have been losing market share since 2009, when the EU agreed to progressively cut tariffs on bananas from…

Over $1 million worth of heroin seized at Pharr International Bridge Heroin

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility seized $1,150,000 worth of heroin and cocaine that officers discovered within a commercial truck arriving from Mexico. “I commend our officers for discovering these narcotics by utilizing…

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Fruit World Bodensee 2020 dedicated to new market participants

Young entrepreneurs with ideas on fruit growing and agriculture will be given a platform at Fruit World Bodensee, to raise awareness of their concepts and make contacts with international trade visitors. From now on company founders can apply for a free presentation in the new start-up area of ​​the fair.…

Cyber Risks to food processing and manufacturing?

The Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) at the University of Minnesota protects the global food supply through research, education, and the delivery of innovative solutions. It addresses vulnerabilities of the global food system through a comprehensive, farm-to-table view, partnering with…

Austria deals a blow to EU-Mercosur trade pact

A free trade pact between the EU and four South American countries was thrown further into doubt on Wednesday after Austria's parliament rejected the agreement. When the…

India: Floods leave trail of destruction in Nandyal

Yesterday, the floodwaters finally began draining in Nandyal after a let-up in the torrential rains that have lashed the region in the past few days. The receding waters left in their wake a trail of damage; 15 counties have been affected by the flash floods, with the worst-affected being Mahanandi,…

Damage to greenhouses estimated at about 177 million dollars

Japan: Typhoon Faxai caused heavy damage to agriculture

So far, typhoon Faxai has caused more than 290 million dollars in damage to agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries, mainly in eastern Japan. The amount is expected to rise. Farm ministry officials say the total covers damage reported as of Thursday morning in Chiba, Ibaraki and six other…

Versus Euro and Dollar

Pound Sterling could come under pressure sooner than expected

The British Pound was coming under pressure against the Euro, the US Dollar and other major currencies on Thursday, September 19. A potential reason behind the softness could…

Integrating solar farm in northeast of the country with surroundings

Blueberry farm to be planted next to ‘largest’ Dutch PV project

UK solar developer Solarcentury and its Dutch counterpart PowerField have unveiled plans to build the “largest” solar project in the Netherlands. The project will be…

Vitaal Europe warns of impostor posing as buyer for German commercial firm

Vitaal Europe is warning colleagues in the fresh produce sector of the person mentioned below, who is posing as a buyer for Rudolf Bargstedt Fruchtgroßhandel GmbH, but who has…

Spanish Guardia Civil investigates theft of 20,000 kilos of melons in Toledo

The Spanish Guardia Civil is investigating two men, 35 and 26 years old, and a minor, for their alleged implication in the repeated theft of a total of 20,000 kilos of melons.…

Photo report: DOGK 2019

German fruit and vegetable sector faces the "Greta question"

The German Fruit & Vegetable Congress, which took place yesterday in Dusseldorf, is considered by many industry players as being the most important event for the trade, in addition to Fruit Logistica. Decision makers from all over Germany came to cultivate contacts and make new ones. More and more…

With Burger King's "Meltdown" campaign starting tomorrow

McDonald's offers fruit bag instead of Happy Meal toys

In a bid to cut back on plastic waste, fast food chain McDonald's intends to ask people if they want to swap the toy for a fruit bag instead, claiming it will let customers…

Woman makes ultra-realistic miniature fruits and vegetables

Small, smaller, smallest

With over 700,000 people following her online, a woman from central China’s Henan province showed off her skills at sculpting clay into ultra-realistic mini fruits and vegetables. Source: youtube.com

Northern New South Wales

Australian farmers hit hard as freak hailstorm wipes out crops

The same farmers who have been struggling to cope with the drought and were desperate for rain, in northern New South Wales have instead been hit by a severe hailstorm, which has wiped out a number of crops. The storm hit late Tuesday, and ripped through the small hinterland town of Comboyne, south-west…

Woolworths, Salvos, Lifeline, Rural Aid support STAND Drought Action Appeal

Supermarket group Woolworths is promising to boost its drought support agenda in the face of deteriorating and prolonged dry conditions in many regions. The group is…

New Zealand symposium focused on combating myrtle rust

The audience to the recent Myrtle Rust Science Symposium heard how myrtle rust has wiped out species from some areas across the Tasman. Solutions were discussed to battle the…


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