Miscellaneous

Brazil authorizes use of pesticides banned in EU due to their toxicity

The environmental organization Greenpeace has reported that, so far this year, the Government of Brazil has authorized the use of 262 pesticides, 31% of which are banned in the European Union due to their high toxicity and the risks they pose to people's health and the environment, such as acetate or…

Bulgarian police discover cocaine in banana shipment

According to a police statement last Saturday, a Bulgarian warehouse worker discovered 75 kilograms of cocaine hidden among bananas shipped from Ecuador to Bulgaria's Black…

Otay Mesa, California

CBP officers find 4 tons of marijuana inside a Jalapeño pepper shipment

CBP officers assigned to the Otay Mesa cargo facility seized almost four tons of marijuana last week co-mingled in a shipment of jalapeño peppers, valued at $2.3 million. Cbp.gov quoted Otay Mesa Port Director, Rosa Hernandez, as saying: “I am proud of the officers for seizing this significant marijuana…

US offered help

Georgia announces success in combating stink bug

“We have been fighting the stink bug for three years and this year we have finally successfully combated it”, said Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze today in the w…

German Fruit & Vegetable Congress starting soon

Focus on digitization and modern infrastructure

Digitization is changing our beha vior and the entire trade. What is the relationship between data, technology and human factors? How can new developments and insights be used…

United Fresh announces 2020 Convention Committee

Four leaders from different segments across the industry have committed to co-chair the United Fresh 2020 Convention & Expo Committee. The event will take place June…

Superfresh Growers scholarship recipients honored at WAEF luncheon

Superfresh Growers® honored recipients of its scholarship programs at the annual Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) luncheon. The event, which also celebrated several other local scholarships, marked 25 years of community service by WAEF. WAEF administers Superfresh Growers Kershaw Companies…

Australia’s first rescued-food supermarket opens

At OzHarvest’s new marketplace in Kensington, old carrots and tins of beans past their use-by date are treated with respect and dignity. Ripe, rosy tomatoes, otherwise destined for the dumpster, are piled up proudly. Over the aisle, juicy apples are organised into a pyramid beside bananas. This trial…

PMA announces partnership with investment company

SVG Ventures and Produce Marketing Association (PMA) have entered a three-year strategic partnership to connect PMA growers with cutting-edge technology. SVG Ventures will…

USDA lifts PACA reparation sanctions on Georgia produce business

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that La Central Produce LLC satisfied a $10,496 reparation order issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act…

Peru: Tips for finding fruit and vegetable buyers in the European market

The Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries - CBI, has published a list of tips for finding buyers of fresh fruits and vegetables in the European market,…

New packaged produce sourcing program launched

Fresh Gourmet Co. has announced the launch of Grower Direct, a new sourcing program, saying this makes the process of ordering packaged produce simpler and more efficient. With the Grower Direct program, retailers gain a one-stop option to source packaged produce. With this new sourcing option, the…

Worry grows about China's falling currency and rising dollar debt

The Chinese government had put plans in place to reduce the high levels of debt in the country's economy this year, but the negative economic effects of the trade war have put those plans on the back burner and companies are again levering up, in large part with dollar-denominated debt. As the yuan…

GMV Regional Fruit Fly Project secures extension

Victoria’s Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes has announced the Goulburn Murray Valley (GMV) Regional Fruit Fly Project will be extended until 30 June, 2020. GMV Regional…

China has opened its doors to Filipino coconuts

John Tan has started shipping tons of aromatic young coconuts to China. Since its first shipment late last month, his company has shipped 108,000 young coconuts to the cities of Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong Province, and Xiamen, East China's Fujian Province. "I am very, very happy that China…

3,000 kilos of mangoes stolen from producer in Spanish region of La Axarquía

With the Spanish mango campaign about to start, Asaja Málaga has warned of the seriousness of the problem caused by the theft of fruits for both producers and consumers. Although the campaign has yet to kick off, there have already been numerous cases of theft in the Axarquia. One of Asaja's partners…

Thousands expected to join sit-in against extradition bill

Hong Kong airport occupied by protesters amid tightened security

Hundreds of people have joined a mass sit-in at Hong Kong International Airport on Friday, in a fresh round of anti-government protests designed to secure international backing for the movement. Organisers expected thousands to show up, and hoped police would respect what they said would be a peaceful…

Japan expands trade and investments in Africa

In connect ion with the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, Japanese cumulative FDI in Africa increased from $3.9bn in 2007 to $10bn in 2016. The big…

Proposed stadium site is the city's current fruit market

UK-based consortium in talks to buy Bristol Rovers

The Al-Qadi family are in talks over the sale of Bristol Rovers to a UK-based consortium, with a proposed stadium site at the city's fruit market central to takeover plans. According to an article on bristolpost.co.uk , discussions between the parties have been ongoing throughout 2019 and have reached an…

Scarborough, North Yorkshire

UK: New world record at Egton Bridge gooseberry show

Defending champion Graeme Watson has smashed the world record at the 219th annual Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show, presenting a berry of rare size at the weigh-in at St Hedda’s School. He was quietly confident that it was a potential record breaker, but the true test would be the society scales. As the…

India: Kashmir’s security arrangements are affecting fruit trade

Kashmir’s current security arrangements are affecting the shipments of apples, plums and pears from Jammu & Kashmir. The few truckers who are still operating have raised freight charges by 30% this week, meaning prices are likely to rise for these products in major markets. Apples in the Delhi’s…

FPAA expresses concerns regarding Tomato Suspension Agreement proposal

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) believes the Tomato Suspension Agreement proposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce in July has deeply flawed provisions…

What future for French varietal innovation?

One year after the decision of the European Court of Justice, French seed companies remain in a context of legal uncertainty. In 2015, 9 organisations referred to the Conseil…

Celebrating 40th Anniversary with charitable donations

Gold Bell, part of the Arrowfarms company, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Founder Joanne Cipriano Dolan says, "We started Gold Bell 40 years ago with the idea to provide our customers with seasonal specialty items year-round. We have grown throughout the east coast and beyond. We are…

Friends of the Earth:

‘Pesticide widely used in US particularly harmful to bees’

According to a study published on Tuesday, agriculture in the US has become 48 times more toxic to insects over the last 25 years, largely due to a controversial, widely used…

Swedish krona at lowest level vs euro in about a decade

The Swedish krona has reached extreme lows against the dollar and euro, Some media are labelling it a "junk currency". Here's what that means for Sweden's international…

Tributes paid to Canadian grower Stéphane Roy

After it became clear last month that Stéphane Roy, the president of the Quebec tomato growing company Savoura, and his teenage son Justin did not survive a helicopter crash,…

United Fresh releases Q2 2019 retail report

The Q2 2019 issue of United Fresh’s FreshFacts® on Retail is now available to download from the publications library of the United Fresh website. This quarterly report…

ZambiaFresh Lusaka Market planned on the principles of South African agent-based markets

Zambia’s first agent-based fresh produce market to open in 2020

Zambia’s cholera outbreak of almost two years ago has been the impetus behind the development of the country’s first agent commission-based fresh produce market, specifically aimed at taking the produce of small-scale farmers. Fresh produce sold at informal markets was implicated in the outbreak which…

Native insect employed against brown marmorated stink bug in Piedmont

After years of research, the final stage of the HALY-End project was launched on 18th July 2019 - a considerable step forward to counter the brown marmorated stink bug without using chemicals.For the first time, Anastatus bifasciatus was introduced to a hazelnut grove in Piedmont. The insect was…

real expands "Too Good to Go" initiative to the whole of Germany

A common fight against food waste

Real has been working successfully with the Too Good To Go initiative for one year to save excess, but otherwise flawless foodstuffs, from destruction. What started as a pilot phase in selected real markets, is now being successfully continued throughout Germany. In the future, all 279 locations will…

Fifth annual BrandStorm™ moves to Austin, TX

United Fresh’s fifth annual BrandStorm™ February 10-12, 2020, will take place in Austin, TX after four consecutive years in San Francisco, CA. It will be held at the University of Texas at Austin’s AT&T Hotel and Conference Center. BrandStorm, a project of United Fresh’s Produce Marketing &…

PMA recognizes Jill Overdorf for service as Foodservice Committee cochair

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) recognized Jill Overdorf on July 27 for her service as cochair on the association’s Foodservice Conference & Expo Committee. Current event committee cochair Nichole Towell, senior director of marketing at Duda Farms Fresh Foods Inc., presented a plaque to Overdorf…

Summer 2019 issue of United Fresh’s Fresh Insights for Foodservice now available

The Summer 2019 issue of United Fresh’s Fresh Insights for Foodservice is now available to download from the publications library of the United Fresh website. United Fresh…

Upcoming group coaching program for women still has spots available

Lean into Leadership, a group coaching program for women in the produce industry, starts soon and has just a couple of spots still open. Having run the program twice, Wendy…

Starting August 19th

Russia toughens rules for transportation of fruits, vegetables

New rules for the transport ation of fruits, vegetables and flowers across the border of Russia will take effect from August 19. Under the new requirements, people will be…

Sampling baby artichokes at PMA Foodservice Conference

Ocean Mist® Farms invited Executive Chef Christopher Vaca of the Hyatt Carmel Highlands to the PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo where he prepared and sampled Tuscan Style…

Panel to discuss the Millennial and Gen Z workforce

Crosset Company has announced that Bonnie Curtis, Chief Human Resources Officer for the Castellini Group of Companies, will lead a panel of Millennial and Gen Z young professionals in a discussion of what this “next generation” is looking for as they enter the workforce and progress in their careers. The…

United Fresh Leadership Class 25 kicks off in California

The 12 new members of United Fresh’s Produce Industry Leadership Class 25 will kick off their yearlong program in California this week. Throughout the week, the class will engage in leadership development opportunities and meetings with industry members throughout California including, Mission Produce,…

FreshPlaza is taking a Summer Break

The FreshPlaza team are taking a summer break. We will be back on Monday August 5 to bring you all latest news in the fresh produce world.

This is what goes on in a cruise ship's galley

"Action in the galley. No restaurant or hotel resort can achieve what cruise ships do every day - preparing 40 new dishes. And serve these anew every 7, 14, 21, or 30 days. All of this with the highest culinary credo", says Rudi Sodamin, the Holland America Line's Consultant Master Chef, on LinkedIn.

Ecuador plans to ask the US for help to fight the Fusarium race 4

Faced with the threat of the Fusarium race 4 plague, which was recently detected in Colombia, the Vice President of Ecuador, Otto Sonnenholzner, announced that they were…

Tour de Fresh connects with 2019 salad bar school district recipients

Since 2014, Tour de Fresh, a four-day cycling event presented by the California Giant Foundation, has donated more than 230 salad bars across the nation to help increase children’s consumption of fruits and vegetables. This year, Tour de Fresh expects to provide at least 50 salad bars to schools across…

Viva Fresh scholarship program accepting applications

The first Annual Viva Fresh Scholarship Program, named in honor of Dr. Leonard Pike, is accepting applications through July 31. This new program has been established from the…

NZ: Another fruit fly discovered in Auckland

Another fruit fly has been discovered on Auckland's North Shore, bringing the number discovered since February to ten. The find could have serious consequences for New…

Chiquita faces Ecuadoran farm workers' pesticide poisoning lawsuit

A Delaware federal magistrate judge has denied produce company Chiquita's request to be let out of litigation concerning Ecuadorian farm workers' claims that they were poisoned from exposure to pesticides used on bananas. US magistrate judge Sherry R. Fallon of the District of Delaware denied Chiquita’s…

HKW announces add-on acquisition by Fresh Direct Produce

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

Pound-Euro falls amidst negative headlines

Brexit makes pound worst-performing major currency in the world

The Great British Pound has not been doing so well lately. In fact, it’s fallen to its lowest value since 2017 and has become the worst performing major currency over the past month and year. As the Pound is under a fresh assault from the Euro, with the GBP/EUR exchange rate breaking down to a fresh 2019…

Aderito Lazaro, Plant Health Department:

“Mozambique lost 40,000 hectares through pesticide abuse”

In the 2 018-19 agricultural campaign, the nation of Mozambique lost over 40,000 hectares of cultivated land because of the abuse by farmers of pesticides in an attempt to…

CBS 4 Chief Meteorologist Bryan Hale:

“El Niño could weaken, leading to more hurricanes”

Two months into hurricane seas on, and so far only two named storms formed in the Atlantic Ocean. However, more storms could be on the horizon. CBS 4 Chief Meteorologist Bryan…

Tip for fruit vendors all over the world

Get a hair cut

A pineapple vendor in southern China got a pineapple shaped hair cut in order to look 'more professional'.

$10M funding injection to support the eradication of Qfly

Australian research into sterile insect technology has been strengthened through a $10 million collaborative project managed by Hort Innovation, with significant cash contributions by Western Sydney University (WSU) and the Government of South Australia. Funded under the Hort Frontiers strategic…

United Fresh statement on H-2A program

Below is a statement issues by United Fresh on the Administration’s efforts to improve the H-2A program: "United Fresh Produce Association appreciates the Administration’s…

Major Australian supermarkets ‘sure’ up their ethical sourcing channels in labour hire

Australian supermarkets Coles and Woolworths have taken further steps to ensure their supply chains are ethical and exploitation-free by locking down minimum requirements for…

Wasp considered to fight fall armyworms in Taiwan

According to Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture, a type of small wasp might be introduced to combat an influx of fall armyworms. These crop-destroying fall armyworms were first…

Attempting to help bees thrive

Netherlands: City of Utrecht turns 316 bus stops into ‘bee stops’

The Dutch city of Utrecht has had a great idea to help bees thrive: turning bus stops into little bee havens. These ‘bee stops’ are basically just standard bus stops with grass and wildflowers on top to encourage pollination. If our natural pollinators would be exterminated, it would cost £1.8bn a year…

Fertilizer for 10,500 haskap plants

Canada, Prince Edward Island: Transforming sea lettuce into plant food

An entrepreneur from Prince Edward Island is working on a project that he hopes will get rid of a perennial Island problem while helping to grow interest in the haskap berry…

June Luncheon highlights school lunches and influencers in fresh produce

Throughout the year the Dallas Fresh Food Association (DFFA) hosts networking luncheons for fresh produce professionals. Last month, the June DFFA luncheon guest speaker was Lori Taylor, owner and founder of Produce Moms, who spoke on the importance of influence, inspiration and the increase of…

Russia stopped 3,000 tons of illegal imports since introduction of sanctions

Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being (Rospotrebnadzor) has prevented shipments of more than 2,900 tons of products…

Vegetable prices soaring

Tokyo's lack of sunshine breaks 30-year record

On Monday, Japan's Meteorological Agency said that central Tokyo has had less than three hours of sunshine over an 18-day stretch, setting a new record since 1988. The lack of sunshine affects crop production and drives up vegetable prices. According to government statistics, the wholesale price of…

Auditor-General report 2018:

'Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board caused government to lose RM3.71 million'

On Monday, the 2018 Auditor-General report revealed that the Malaysian government has suffered a loss amounting to RM3.71 million (€802,000) following the inexpert actions of…

Report:

Walmart’s monopolization of local US grocery markets

In 43 metropolitan areas and 160 smaller markets, Walmart captures 50 percent or more of grocery sales, an in-depth analysis of 2018 spending data found. In 38 of these regions, Walmart’s share of the grocery market is 70 percent or more. Click here for a larger image. These findings provide a stark…

NZ: Millions spent this year in fight against Queensland Fruit Fly

Biosecurity New Zealand has released figures showing they have had to invest 4.1-million-dollars between February and June. The large-scale operation to rid our shores of the…

US farmers wait for Congress to pass USMCA

Trade has always been a vital part of farm income, and the importance of creating a level playing field for America’s farm and ranch families has only grown as the world…

Summer supper club coming to Instagram

Village Farms is teaming up with My Diary of Us to provide a place where folks can come together and discuss recipes and other cooking ideas. Called the Summer Supper Club, it…

Starbucks Japan’s first-ever white peach Frappuccino

Summer is getting off to a bit of a late start in Japan, with an extended rainy season keeping conditions cool and overcast. This didn’t stop Starbucks from rolling out a new…

New Zealand grower group still going strong after 100 years

The Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association (PVGA) celebrated its 100th anniversary last year and vice president Kylie Faulkner says the advocacy role of the group is crucial. “There are a lot of changes happening now with the Resource Management Act, the National Water Policy Statement and how the…

Philippines: La Trinidad serves 700 kilograms of vegetable salad

Guests and stakeholders in Benguet's capital town La Trinidad were served some 700 kilograms of fresh highland vegetables with balsamic and mango dressing as part of the three-day celebration of the Highland Vegetable Industry Week. Mayor Romeo Salda said this year's celebration is the first in the town…

Monsoon floods rip through Nepal, Bangladesh and north-eastern India

Dozens of people have been killed as monsoon floods rip through Nepal, Bangladesh and north-eastern India. At least 65 people have lost their lives in Nepal as torrential rains hit the region, police said on Monday. Thirty people are reported missing amid floods and landslides, while 38 have been…

Environmental Protection Agency approval

US: Sulfoxaflor officially allowed for a host of new crops

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved the insecticide called ‘sulfoxaflor’ for use on corn, cotton, sorghum and citrus, as well as other crops. The agency has…

Ricegrowers' Association of Australia president, Jeremy Morton:

Horticultural moratorium Australia only a 'band-aid'

Ricegrowers' Association of Australia president, Jeremy Morton, has stated that a moratorium on further horticultural developments in the southern Murray-Darling Basin would…

‘Happerley’

England’s first national food and drink transparency centre in the works

Happerley is the brainchild of farmer Matthew Rymer, who has consulted across the food industry and worked over the last three years to create, what he calls, a means and a will to turn the food and drink industry transparent, empowering consumers to make choices based on a currency of ‘fact, not…

Lake Constance region: Significant hail damage in the district of Salem

"Investing in hail protection networks is the only solution"

In Salem (Lake Constance) on Sunday afternoon, a short but heavy hailstorm devastated several orchards. On a strip of a few kilometers, large parts of the fruit harvest were…

PMA Foodservice Conference À la carte! sessions announced

PMA’s new À la carte! education and engagement stations will offer useful information for foodservice providers, suppliers, menu developers, chefs and others, PMA said in a…

Philippines: Manila Customs foil attempts to smuggle onions, sugar and rice

On Thursday, the Manila Bureau of Customs (BoC) stated that officials posted to the Manila International Container Port seized P15.5 million worth of food shipments from China…

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

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

Texas border bill aims to stop produce imports from spoiling

Texas governor G reg Abott recently signed a bill aiming to speed up the inspection process for trucks carrying fresh produce across ports-of-entries along the Texas-Mexico…

Biosecurity New Zealand respond to invasive bramble in Auckland

Officials of Biosecurity New Zealand (BNZ) h ave started an investigation after a suspected detection of Himalayan wineberry bramble in Auckland. This plant is extremely…

Why South Africa's Rand is at its strongest in five months

The South African Rand is now trading against the US Dollar at its best rate since February 2019. Despite various issues with Eskom and other SOEs, and conservative fiscal…

How simulating social behaviour can help reduce post-harvest losses

A pilot project by Wageningen University & Research in 2017 and 2018 found that Nigerian tomato farmers can reduce their post-harvest losses in terms of both quality and quantity when using plastic crates rather than traditional raffia baskets to transport their crops to the urban centres of Lagos…

Ngqura Container Terminal

Transnet suspends workers for illegal strike

Transnet says it has suspended a number of employees at the Ngqura Container Terminal -near Port Elizabeth- for participating in an illegal strike which is now in its second…

Kenya: 83-year-old arrested for disguising marijuana as bananas

The Kenyan Police have busted an 83-year-old woman in Nyeri County in possession of bhang which they suspect was intended to be sold to the local public. The woman was caught by detectives and local administrators while posing as a banana vendor along the streets of Nyeri town. Rolls of bhang were found…

Alternative crop protection could make Spanish spinach less competitive

Spinach growers protest pesticide ban in Murcia

Concerned with the competitiveness of their products, spinach farmers from all over Spain this week congregated at Proexport in Murcia to protest over what they see as a…

Best Agrishot 2019 photo contest

Promotion is fundamental for companies, especially for those working within the agricultural and advanced technology sectors. This is the case for Irritec, a leading Italian company working in the production and distribution of sustainable irrigation solutions. This year, the company launched "BEST AGRISHOT 2019, Premio…

Russia: President Putin under threat as he faces unexpected domestic dilemma

Vladimir Putin has received some severe criticism about how he and his officials are running the Russian economy. There is now one specific problem they are facing. The…

1 month, 1 motorhome, 8 grocers and 16 dates:

There is the Tour de France by bike... and the one with a motorhome!

While the first miles were pedaled in Brussels on the 6th of July during the 106th edition of the Tour de France, the very first edition of the Tour de France for the early fruit and vegetables began in a motorhome on the 2nd of July at Rungis. On board the vehicle, a team of 8 early adopters will travel…

2019 Caplan Family Business Scholarship application period opens

The United Fresh Produce Association has announced that the application period for the 2019 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship is now open. The Frieda Rapoport…

World's heaviest fruit slicer

Visitors to the Russian Army 2019 show were treated to an interesting sight: a Russian main battle tank slicing fruit into pieces with a blade. The exhibition reportedly took place at Kubinka, outside Moscow. The video shows a Russian T-80U main battle tank with a 125-millimeter gun, eminently suitable for taking out its…

Srinagar- Jammu National Highway

Kashmir fruit traders demand government ensures smooth traffic of fruit trucks

On Wednesday, fruit traders protested against the unnecessary interruption of fruit trucks on the Srinagar- Jammu National Highway. These trucks were deliberately stopped on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway with the intention to weaken the economic position of the Valley, said the traders. Chairman of…

US: Invasive peach fruit flies found in Palo Alto

Two invasive peach fruit flies were found in separate areas of the Californian city of Palo Alto during the past two weeks. Efforts to eradicate the invasive species started this Thursday, according to officials from Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The fruit flies were identified and confirmed on…

Maersk’s one hundred years in the USA

The first Maersk company in the United States was established on 7 July 1919 by ship-owner A.P. Møller. One hundred years ago. From steamships with a capacity equal to 325 containers to ultra large vessels with a capacity of 20,000 containers. From one office in Denmark to global representation. Every…

University of Maryland research paper

Avocado, coffee and citrus fruits ‘threaten global food security’

A recent study, looking at 40 years of data, claims that Western appetites for foods like avocados, coffee and citrus fruit are threatening global food security. Global…

New facility to combat mealybugs opened in South Africa

In June this year, in a ceremony at Letsitele - in the Limpopo province of South Africa - BioBee South Africa, together with its shareholders: BioBee Sde Eliyahu, ZZ2 and Hishtil SA inaugurated a new production facility. During the ceremony, Ran Gan-El, BioBee Sde Eliyahu’s CEO announced that these new…

Australia: Victoria government on farm IoT trial technologies

The government of Victoria has released details of the IoT technologies that will be available to farmers participating in the on-farm IoT trials. However it has yet to select…

Egypt: Ministry issues recommendations to protect citrus from climate change

The Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture urged spreading awareness of the threats that climate change poses on agriculture, as well as the different measures needed to protect…

Florida fruit and veg growers opposing USMCA

The Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association says the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement does not address seasonal surges in imports from Mexico and is opposing the agreement. The…

AgROBOfood: Towards a European network and effective adoption of robotics

Wageningen University and Research has been assigned to manage a €16 million innovation action project. Agro Food Robotics Programme Leader Janneke de Kramer from Wageningen…

Puerto Rico: Agriculture Secretary talks about changes to incentives

The secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture, Carlos Flores Ortega, Tuesday talked about the parameters under which the new production incentive will be granted,…

Australia: Winter biosecurity update

Winter is a good time to focus on re-evaluating, improving or creating an effective biosecurity plan, as the orchards and pests and diseases that threaten them lie dormant.…

The world’s longest train route

The world’s longest train route spans more than 8,000 miles, crosses through eight countries, and covers a greater distance than the diameter between the North and South pole. Click here for a larger image. The China-Europe Block Train begins in the east Chinese city of Yiwu and crosses through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus,…

Latest dam levels

South Africa: Water interventions in Makhanda continuing

At this time, South Africa seems to have enough water to see the country through the dry winter, but the sustainability of the water may be compromised if consumers are…

Continuing protest against labour rights abuses

Sumitomo sells stake in Sumifru Philippines

Japanese Corporation Sumitomo recently announced its intention to sell its 49 percent stake in Philippines banana producer Sumifru, to its partner in the joint venture,…

Canada: Hail storm destroys pea crops east of Edmonton

The work of a farmer east of Edmonton was crushed in minutes during a hail storm. Brian Tischler told CTV News Edmonton “they were some of the best crops we have ever seen in a very long time.” It was all done in five to 10 minutes. Tischler said the storm affected about 20 farms in Mannville, a village…

Haute couture: clothing made from banana leaves

A woman in Cameroon is now a local hero, as she designs and creates clothes made from dried banana leaves sown together. She had experience creating clothes from different kinds of fabric, so her husband asked her to use banana leaves to make a jacket for him. The results were satisfactory and now she…

United Fresh adds Produce Advocacy bootcamp to Policy Conference agenda

United Fresh will host the new Produce Advocacy Bootcamp during the annual United Fresh Washington Conference on Monday, September 16 at the Grand Hyatt Washington, in…

Grower sponsors Santa Maria Valley summer cooking camp

At the end of June, Gold Coast Packing joined forces with the local Santa Maria Valley YMCA to promote the importance of eating fresh produce with children by teaching them how to grow, prepare and cook recipes where vegetables are at the center of the plate. “Gold Coast values community involvement and…

Two fresh produce companies team up for summer sweepstakes

Good Foods™ and Duda Farm Fresh Foods, growers of consumer brand Dandy®, have partnered to give one lucky winner of their Good & Dandy Sweepstakes a Weber Spirit® E-330TM…

$100,000 in academic scholarships awarded

Taylor Farms recently hosted employees and their families at its annual Scholarship Luncheon, where 20 new students were presented with college scholarships. To date, Taylor Farms said it has awarded over one million dollars in scholarship funds to more than one hundred recipients pursuing higher…

Key focuses of 12th Malaysia Plan: Modern and tech-based farming

The use of technology and the implementation of modern agricultural practices will be among the key aspects addressed under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) which begins in 2021, says Agriculture and Agro-based Industry secretary-general Datuk Mohd Sallehhuddin Hassan. He said the effort was also expected…

Pakistan fruit exports grown by 4 percent in 11 months

The export of Pakistani fruits saw an increase of 4.34 percent during the first 11 months of fiscal year (2018-19) against the exports of the corresponding period of last…

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara:

“West Africa should decide on common currency by 2020.”

According to Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, Western African countries meeting certain pre-set conditions should declare whether they will join a common regional…

New Zealand creates new import rules against stink bug

The NZ government is tightening up rules f or car and machinery imports, in an attempt to stop the brown marmorated stink bug getting into the country. The bug is known to…

Fall Armyworms found in Japan for first time

Fall armyworms have been found on fields in the southwestern Japan prefecture of Kagoshima. It is unfortunately the first discovery of the exotic invasive pest in the country,…

Kenyan social entrepreneur wins Commonwealth Award for connecting farmers to global markets

A Kenyan social entrepreneur whose company is connecting smallholder farmers across Africa into global supply chains has won the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Innovation…

Ghanaian farmers urged to seek out export opportunities in Dubai

In Accra, the third edition of the 'Meet the Farmers Conference' (MTFC), an agro-trade and networking platform has been launched. It is aimed at bringing together farmers across the world to trade and exhibit their products in the Dubai market and ultimately connect large scale agro commodity producers…

Breaking Bud and the science behind creative marketing

Dorian Perry has founded creative agency Breaking Bud to inject some chemistry into the fresh produce industry’s marketing effort. The ex-Albert Fisher and Arbor International…

California grape growers award scholarships

California’s table grape growers recently awarded scholarships to seven students in grape growing regions of the state. All recipients will be attending California universities or vocational schools. Four field worker scholarships were awarded: one $3,500, two-year award for study at a vocational school…

Quarantine laboratory established in Eastern Nepal

A quarantine laboratory has been set up in Biratnagar 1 to test pesticides in vegetables and fruits. The laboratory started operations on Monday from the building of the Ministry of Land Management, Agriculture and Cooperatives of the state. So far, vegetables and fruits imported from India were allowed…

Ghana: Five firms allowed to resume vegetable exports

Five Ghanaian vegetable export business have received approval to resume trading in the suspended vegetable commodities on the international market. The approval was given…

Biosecurity New Zealand: Escalating war on stink bug

Biosecurity New Zealand is stepping up its war on the brown marmorated stink bug. It has provisionally released new rules that will apply to this year's stink bug season, which starts on Sept. 1 and will run until April 30. The brown marmorated stink bug has spread to the United States and Europe from…

Russia & Iran see increase in trade tonnage, decrease in prices

Iran and Russia, two major powers of the region, continue fruitful economic cooperation. The statistics on trade turnover between the two countries show significant growth.…

USDA GAIN report

China: Smart consumers and ‘New Retail’ drive food retail sector

China’s retail sector recorded $5.4 trillion in sales revenue in 2017, a 10 percent increase from 2016, with similar strong growth expected to have happened in 2018. Driven by its huge population, urbanization, and the rising per capita disposable income of the growing middle class, China’s demand for…

Kenya and the Netherlands to cooperate in agriculture

This Monday, Kenya and the Netherlands signed the terms of reference for bilateral cooperation in agriculture. Mwangi Kiunjuri, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation who signed the deal in Nairobi with Dutch Vice Minister for Agriculture, Nature…

Hochfeld invests in future supply chain

An on-going series of strategic investments in farming is creating a secure future supply chain for customers of the UK-based Richard Hochfeld Group (RHG). RHG has undergone a radical change of direction in the last three years; a change that its management team believes has secured not only the…

Guatemalan workers share burden with Del Monte after May storm damage

On May 29t h of this year, severe winds destroyed over 80% of production at two of the eight plantations owned by Del Monte’s Guatemalan subsidiary, Bandegua, in the Northern…

Major Australian agribusiness strengthening horticulture investments in technical services

Building on its position in the Australian horticulture landscape was one of the aims for iconic agribusiness Elders at this year's Hort Connections. Now in its 180th year, Elders is focusing on the future by investing heavily in technical services support for customers, helping farmers adopt research,…

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Traders rally against shifting of fruit market from city of Mingora

A large number of fruit and vegetable dealers on Saturday blocked the Shahdara-Watkey Road here against the shifting of fruit and vegetable market from Mingora to Udigram. The protesters alleged that officials of the municipal administration on the orders of the Malakand divisional administration had…

Australia: East Melbourne fruit and veg shops fined for underpaying workers

The operators of a fruit, vegetable and flower business with stores across Melbourne's east have been fined $243,000 for underpaying workers and producing misleading pay…


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