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US officers discover $1.75 million of cocaine in boxes of oranges at Savannah port

In May, federal agents discovered more than fruit in a shipment of fresh oranges that had arrived at the Port of Savannah. The agents seized $1.75 million in cocaine from a…

Pertunia Setumo, FNB Agribusiness agricultural economist: Xalanx

'South African farmers will feel delayed impact of fuel price increases’

Pertunia Setumo, agricultural economist at FNB Agribusiness, has stated that many South African growers will experience a delayed impact of the current fuel price increases.…

Elena Niccolai

Northern Portugal: Over €20 million in damages due to hailstorm

This Sunday, while the Portugese Algarve region simply experienced a cloudy afternoon, areas around Viseu and Fundão, Castelo Branco, Belmonte, Covilhã and Penamacor had to…

Pay issues central in Yakima County fruit plant worker strikes

Negotiations between two separate fruit packing companies in Yakima, Washington and their employees are at a standstill over compensation. Employees at fruit packing companies…

Citing a lack of food processing units, pack houses, ripening chambers, cold storages, warehouses and laboratories Max5128

India: Anantapur fruit producers seek better infrastructure

Fruit producers in India’s Anantapur district -state of Andhra Pradesh- claim the district is devoid of adequate infrastructure facilities like food processing units,…

Australian agrifood company looking for fresh produce startups to drive future innovation

Australia's first dedicated agrifood tech venture capital firm is encouraging the next wave of fresh produce startup companies developing innovative agtech. Tenacious Ventures was formed under the Australian Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnership scheme, and 80 per cent of investments will be…

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Some of the Oriental power houses...

Continued growth for Australia's fresh produce exporters using phytosanitary irradiation

The 2019/20 export season delivered another record result for the Australian fresh produce industry utilising phytosanitary irradiation protocols, according to the nation's treatment provider. Despite the major disruption to airfreight caused by COVID-19, Steritech reported surpassing the 2018/19 record…

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As Official Partner - following successful World Cup

Jaffa extends relationship with British Canoeing

British Canoeing has announced that citrus fruit brand Jaffa has been appointed as Official Fruit Partner for the organisation until 31st December 2021. The 18-month deal is a continuation of the commercial partnership announced last year, when Jaffa were appointed as principal partner for the 2019 ICF…

Washington fruit company anticipates Bee Better Certification for organic blueberries

As summer approaches and the upcoming Washington blueberry season nears first pick, Rainier Fruit Company announced their 100% organic blueberry operation is on track to earn…

Slow climb back for foodservice demand

As restaurants around the U.S. begin to reopen, demand for foodservice supplies is on the rise though not to the level it once was. “The foodservice industry was hit hard and will continue with some serious uphill challenges,” says Tony Incaviglia of GR Fresh based in McAllen, Tex. “Many restaurants,…

Belish

EU chief Brexit negotiator Barnier points finger at UK ahead of talks' resumption

As the Brexit talks will resume on Tuesday, the UK and the EU are looking for an agreement over their future relationship now that Britain has formally left the Union but…

Goulburn Murray Valley - Australia Christopher Bellette

Lack of Queensland Fruit Fly project funding is troubling

The amount of resources to be spent on the national fight against Queensland Fruit Fly (Q-fly) remains uncertain as it awaits confirmation of state government support. The GMV…

Argentina

Two blueberry companies in Concordia hit by fire

As reported by El Entre Ríos, on Wednesday night, a large fire affected the facilities of two well-known blueberry firms in the Concordia region. Cristian Bravo, head of the…

The EC modifies the regulation on MRLs after dimethoate was banned for cherries

EC Regulation 2020/703, published on May 27 in the Official Journal of the European Union (DOUE), modifies and updates the regulations on maximum residue limits (MRLs) for…

"On our farm alone, we were throwing away around five metric tonnes a week"

An Australian company making the most out of fresh produce waste

A Queensland-based food manufacturing company is continuing to expand its operations and product-base, using the excess produce and waste from growers around Australia. Natural Evolution Foods, from Walkamin in the state's Far-North, started making products from bananas 10 years ago after realising the…

Adwo

Australia: Batlow apple growers call for more government support

It has been five months since bushfire decimated apple orchards across the NSW Riverina Highlands and with apple harvest now completed many growers are finally able to focus…

Canadian growers face an uncertain future Modfos

British Columbia food production too dependent on foreign workers

Border disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic have B.C. facing a shortfall of up to 8,000 temporary foreign workers this year, Agriculture Minister Lana Popham says. The…

Trocphunc

Vietnam: South-central region adjusts farming schedules amid severe drought

The south-central region of Vietnam is estimated to have 51,000 – 70,000 ha of farmlands facing a water shortage and a temporary halt to cultivation until there is rain or…

Second wave of locusts leaves millions food insecure Wrangel

East Africa sees locusts return

As the COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Africa, East Africa is facing another crisis. A second wave of desert locusts is threatening to ruin new crops just a few months after initial swarms hit…

Aliced

Northern Ireland 'could access UK market and EU single market'

DUP agriculture minister Edwin Poots has suggested that the Brexit Deal could bring advantages to Northern Ireland, giving it access to both the UK market and the EU single…

Invasive moth discovered by US Customs and Border Protection experts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed a moth discovered May 7 by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists was the first local discovery of the moth…

For the first time since the 90s Wrangel

Highly destructive locust swarms spotted in parts of Vidarbha, India

A large swarm of desert locusts is underway in parts of Vidarbha, forming a major threat to the orange orchards in the area. Officers of the agriculture department said this…

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Experts claim: Vegetables can be used to self-distance children at school

Many parents fear sending their children back to school following lockdown – insisting it is impossible to keep  from hugging and playing with one another but health experts say…

UK farmers predict surging food prices as industry is 40,000 pickers short

The National Farmers Union has revealed that they still need to recruit as many as 40,000 British fruit and veg pickers to help tackle the harvest. On an average year, 70,000…

India: Mango Board & Flipkart join hands for home delivery

The Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation (KSMDMC) on Tuesday officially partnered with Flipkart to supply mangoes to consumers’ doorsteps at no extra…

At Texas check point US Customs and Border Protection

More than 3,000 lbs. of marijuana found in broccoli shipment

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility intercepted a significant amount of alleged marijuana…

Tanaonte

Influential thinktank Institute:

Johnson's ‘Brexit border in Irish Sea' will not be ready in time

An influential think tank warns that UK will need to extend the transition period in wake of the Corona-virus, or risk a very hard border, as it claims Boris Johnson's promised Brexit border in Irish Sea 'will not be ready in time'. This was stated in a new analysis that warns more than 60…

Column Elena Malkova:

"Are we open-minded enough to accept those new ways of thinking and working?"

Elena Malkova has worked in the Dutch fresh produce trade for no less than 25 years. Last year she exchanged her commercial job in the fresh produce sector to work as a coach.…

UN Agriculture Agency: Photographerlondon

Locust swarms might hit India and Pakistan next month

According to a top official of the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization, the desert locust invasion, which poses a significant threat to the livelihoods and food…

Using technology to bolster trust and security along fresh produce supply chains

The need for integrity systems it is becoming more and more common in the fresh produce industry, according to a leading Australian traceability and information service company. Andrew Grant, Co-founder of Trust Provenance says a combination of different processes are used by a company to protect their…

Pantone

570 pieces of Heinz 57 for the ketchup lovers

Quarantine starting to get to you?

This new 570-piece puzzle from Heinz is perfect for your tomato ketchup crazy friends or family members, especially if you want them to be quiet for a bit! All the pieces are the exact same colour, Heinz 57 Red.  This is what the puzzle looks like completed Heinz 57 Red is the colour of cooked, ripe Heinz-developed…

Peter Titmuss

South Africa: Poor winter rainfall forecast amid ongoing drought

According to agricultural meteorologist Johan van Den Berg, severe drought conditions still dominate large parts of the Northern Cape, and were prevalent in “smaller patches”…

Rising electricity tariffs are a major constraint for agriculture and the overall economy

NERSA has announced its decision regarding Eskom’s Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) application for the 2018/19 financial year. NERSA approved an RCA balance of R13,3 billion…

Thanakorn Suppamethasawat

CEO of Marks & Spencer:

“Customers may never shop the same way again due to Corona-virus”

Steve Rowe, the CEO of Marks & Spencer has speculated that Customers “may never shop the same way again” thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak. Rowe explained that while some customer habits may return to normal once we emerge from the pandemic, many others will be permanently changed and will affect how…

Brazilian retail tycoon Diniz praises response of local supermarkets

Brazilian retail veteran and Carrefour SA board member Abílio Diniz has said that retailers in Brazil were faster than those in some European countries to adopt new protocols…

WSU extension

Asian hornets found in Pacific Northwest & Canada

The Asian giant hornet - sometimes called the killer hornet - arrived in Northwest Washington last fall, alarming entomologists and prompting Washington State University…

May 20: World Bee Day

"75% of crops worldwide depend on pollinators"

On May 20, the world will celebrate bees, one of the insects that most actively contributes to the global population's food security and nutrition, as 75% of the world's crops depend on pollinators like them. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), “some…

Australia: Lots of pickers available for Queensland harvest season

Growers will have no trouble sourcing labour for this season’s harvest with the Queensland government working closely with industry and labour hire companies to ensure farm…

Feng Yu

Canadian government sues Washington farms over infringement of cherry patent

In a lawsuit, the Canadian government claims its patent for a cherry cultivar was infringed upon by three Washington farms that have produced the variety without permission…

Valencian agricultural producers voluntarily disinfecting the streets

The symbolic image of tractors disinfecting the streets against COVID-19 in Valencian towns is gradually becoming rarer as the de-escalation process continues. The Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-ASAJA) estimates that nearly a thousand producers have voluntarily and altruistically…

From Delhi to Chennai: Snehitdesign

Indian wholesale vegetable markets are turning into COVID hotspots

Chennai’s COVID-19 numbers, which up until 1 April showed a rather linear rise, skyrocketed the following month, with the figure pegged at 4,882 cases on 12 May, according to…

Food security is in jeopardy Miguel Nicolaevsky

Pakistan is getting ready for second battle against locusts

Tomany farmers in the south-east of Pakistan, an impending locust attack is a much bigger problem than the current pandemic. Their summer crops of cotton, sugarcane and rice…

Tatiana Golmer

Vietnamese province of Ca Mau faces severe irrigation shortages

Ca Mau is the only province in the Mekong Delta that cannot access water from the Mekong and relies mostly on rainwater for irrigation. But more and more often, Ly Van Lam…

UK: British Apples and Pears launch fruit picking jobs campaign

As Covid-19 continues to change life in the UK, British apple and pear growers are starting an ambitious recruitment drive to mobilise the UK’s workforce. Brits are being…

Victoria, Australia

Potato growers supported by public at farmers’ markets

Many industries have faced changes due to COVID-19, including potato growers. The Great Trentham Spudfest in Victoria, Australia was cancelled earlier this month due to…

Vertical urban agriculture finds its niche in Brazil

Pink Farms, a vertical urban garden that was born in 2016 with the purpose of producing food at the place of consumption, is located in São Paulo, the largest city in South…

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South African COVID-19 strategy needs updating

In the context of the initial COVID-19 uncertainty, South Africa’s early lockdown was prudent. It allowed time to prepare the health care system, to ramp up wide-spread…

An Israeli company seeks to install a fruit drying plant in Panama

The ambassador of Panama in Israel, Adis Urieta, stated that the Israeli company Sasson, which is based in Kiriat Gat and specializes in nuts and dried fruits, is interested…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: Belgian study reveals locked down shoppers turn to vegetables, shunning ready meals

As the COVID-19 situation is reaching a stage of normalisation, a Belgian study from the University of Antwerp shows that shoppers cut spending on ready-made meals and bought more fruit and vegetables, turning to healthier eating. In the US, processor Lamb Weston returns part of the 2019 potato crop to…

Victorian Government Upskill and Invest Young Farmers Scholarships program

Australia: Scholarships available for young Victorian growers

Young Victorian apple and pear growers can apply for scholarships of up to $10,000 to enable study and training, or to invest in on-farm initiatives. The scholarships are  provided…

Italy to regularise migrants in face of coronavirus

On Wednesday, the Italian government decided to temporarily regularise illegal migrants working in the agricultural sector or as domestic helpers, to control the black market…

Miami customs authorities seized a package with Asian caterpillars

The United States Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported that, on April 28, customs officers at the Miami airport had seized a package that had been sent by…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: Wisconsin potato growers not as hard a hit as their western counterparts

In today’s brief update, we are looking at the situation regarding potato growers in Wisconsin, who seem to be less hard hit by COVID-19 than their western counterparts. Also in the US, Americans paid 2.6% more at the store in April than in March, while in Florida, watermelon growers are adapting to what…

Stuck in a lockdown? Put emojis on your fruits and vegetables!

Brijesh Dhobi is beating boredom during lockdown by editing emojis on food items and creating ridiculous scenes. Head over the Instagram page of Ahmedabad-based photographer Brijesh Dhobi (@brijesh.dhobi) and you will see fruit and veg in a whole new way. Image: Brijesh Dhobi Unable to travel due to the…

Remus Cucu

Jordan Valley farmers struggle with wild boar menace

Each year, hordes of wild boars cause damage to the lands bordering the Jordan River, and this year they are causing more damage due to the coronavirus pandemic, as farmers…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: EU demand for Ukrainian workers prompts easing of travel bans

In this edition of the Corona-virus update, we see how the EU demand for Ukrainian workers is prompting eased travel bans. Turkey is launching a sprawling COVID-related probe, checking 29 companies for allegedly inflating prices during the pandemic. In Wales, fruit and vegetable growers need support to…

The Australian technology tracing fresh produce data from farm to retail shelf

Growing Australian supply chain tracking technology is constantly surprising fresh produce businesses with the level of transparency in the supply chain, according to its founding company Escavox. CEO Luke Wood says the innovative system gives food suppliers more information to better manage the food…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: COVID-19 flaring up at Indian cold storage and fruit and veg markets

This weekend, the number of COVID cases in some parts of India in particular seems to have gone up substantially.  A COVID-19 outbreak at the Koyambedu vegetable and fruit market has led to surge in cases in Andhra’s Chittoor. At the Muhana market, sales have dropped after another seller tested COVID-19 positive…

Jacques Kloppers

South Africa set to introduce new quotas for foreign workers

The Department of Employment and Labour is looking to formalise a new employment policy which will restrict the number of foreign nationals working in specific sectors of the…

A welcome time to celebrate foodservice

Whether it’s a café offering eat-in options or a specialty take-out counter with gourmet items for meals at home, grocery stores are incorporating more and more foodservice concepts into their retail footprints. “Grocery stores are evolving into more of a food experience,” says Greg Corsaro, president…

An overview of the new trends by Duccio Caccioni, deputy director of the Caab of Bologna

The virus is changing the approach to supermarkets, specialty stores and the web

Wholesaling markets will emerge strengthened from this pandemic, as will the purchasing of fruit and vegetables from local shops. Consumption has changed and some changes will remain even when we return to normality, according to Duccio Caccioni, deputy director of the Caab, Bologna's Food and…

France: different workforce this year in the Loir-et-Cher for the strawberry and asparagus harvest

With the Covid-19 crisis, Damien Venot, farmer in Villermain (Loir-et-Cher), was forced to adapt in order to recruit the workforce for his asparagus harvest. Indeed, with the…

MIN of Rungis: act of solidarity between the fruit and vegetable sector and the flower sector

Tradition has it that on the first of May, the French presidential couple welcomes lily producers to the Elysée, as well as representatives of the Rungis market in order to receive a sprig of lilies. This year, the reception took place in a small committee, but the custom was held once again despite the…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: Dutch government allocates € 50 million to help potato growers

In this last Corona-virus update of the week, we take a look at the government of the Netherlands providing € 650 million to save from losses caused by the pandemic. On a more global scale, the question has arisen as to whether COVID-19 will bring about a new global freight strategy. Canada is not…

EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan on Brexit negotiations:

‘UK shows ‘no real sign’ of approaching trade talks with plan to succeed’

The UK is showing “no real sign” of approaching Brexit trade talks with a plan to succeed during the coronavirus pandemic, the EU’s trade commissioner has said. Phil Hogan has…

Tanzania: East Africa Fruits Co. closes its $2.05 million Series A funding

East Africa Fruits Co., a Tanzanian company addressing food distribution challenges to improve efficiencies in the farm-to-market sector, closed Series A equity funding…

Due to chronic inflation and US sanctions Aoutphoto

Iran will remove four zeros from its currency

Iranian government officials have reportedly approved a plan to slash four zeros from the national currency, the rial, which has been falling sharply in value amid chronic…

Compton Tucker, NASA GSFC

Locusts threaten food security in Pakistan

Desert locusts have arrived and are ravaging crops in south western Balochistan, one of the remotest parts of Pakistan. According to residents of Garang, a sparsely populated…

Horticultural industry says Prime Minister asking visitors to go home is "counterproductive"

Horticultural industry leaders are urging backpackers not to go home. Cherry Growers Association president, Tom Eastlake, said it was important to keep as many overseas…

The new post-lockdown consumer: more control over spending and more online purchases

The behavior of consumers has been evolving since Spain went into lockdown, and as consultant Nielsen has corroborated in its webinar "The return to (the new) normality in consumption," a new buyer profile has emerged. According to the consultant, post-lockdown buyers will be more concerned about control…

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Corona-update: Fresh food prices spike in Europe as lockdown continues

As the COVID-19 situation seems to be lightening up here and there, agricultural industries all over the world are still faced with a myriad of problems. Food prices have crept up across Europe during the lockdown, as food growers struggle with supply chains disrupted by measures against COVID-19.…

Alexsvirid

Locusts added to humanitarian threats facing Iran

For the second consecutive year, swarms of locusts are threatening widespread destruction across southern Iran’s farmland in what’s expected to be the worst infestation in…

New Zealand Finance Minister Grant Robertson:

Get ready for deficits for 'extended period' - debt at all-time high

Finance Minister Grant Robertson has revealed that the New Zealand government will be running deficits for an "extended period" of time and its debt levels will reach an…

Survey reveals avocado growers are encouraging pollinators

A survey of avocado growers in Western Australia's South West Region found that three-quarters of the respondents have encouraged pollinators such as insects and birds onto their properties, mainly by maintaining ‘weeds’ in their inter-rows. The survey is part of a five-year project being undertaken by…

Cesare Antonio Palma

Sterile Insect Technique opens new markets for Ecuadorian fruit

Ecuador is one of the largest producers of tropical fruit in the Western Hemisphere. That nation is adding non-traditional fruits to its export portfolio as a result of…

Fraudster poses as an employee of Schliecker & Co. Fruchthandels

Schliecker & Co. Fruchthandels from Jork warns colleagues in the industry about a fraudulent situation: "In our name, goods are currently being wrongly purchased across Europe.…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: USDA to purchase millions in asparagus, tart cherries and other Michigan crops

Today we are looking at the situation in -among other places- the US, where the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the purchase of $470 million in surplus food purchases for distribution to communities nationwide. On the logistics side of things, the Federal Maritime Commission has sent a…

Gary Alpert

Invasive giant hornets spotted in the US for the first time

For the first time, Asian giant hornets have been spotted in the United States, specifically in Washington state, scientists say. Beekeepers have reported piles of dead bees…

La Unión and Nice Tech create Alunt La Union Nice Almería

Almeria will have an innovative processing plant

The Almeria-based company Alhóndiga La Unión and Nice Tech, a company specialized in food technology, have partnered to build the first plant in Europe for the production of…

Remote imagery research into providing better fruit yield forecasts

A remote imagery research project on citrus orchards is set to be expanded, after promising results at a Western Australian farm. Professor Andrew Robson, from the University of New England, has been involved in a project with WA's Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) to…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: Lockdown in India extended for two more weeks

Today we learned that the national lockdown in India has been extended beyond 4 May, for another two weeks. New guidelines, outlined on Friday, update the country's designated red, green and orange zoning system. In the US, All across the Pacific Northwest, small and mid-sized farms are grappling with a…

East Africa: Second wave of locust invasion, combined with floods, threaten economies

The East African Community secretariat will set aside emergency funds to turn tides against floods and locusts. While floods are wreaking havoc across the region, a swarm of…

Weird trick can make an onion taste like an apple

Our five senses—taste, touch, smell, hearing, and sight—don’t function in completely separately. They work together in intricate ways. Consider this: With our eyes covered and our nose plugged, we probably can’t ­distinguish an apple from an onion. Without our eyes to see, an apple is an apple and an…

Marco Pedroni, president of Coop Italia: business on the rise in medium-sized supermarkets, while falling in large ones

Point of sale: Italians like it smaller

Sales increased by 40% in medium and small supermarkets, while they decreased by 15% in big ones, like hypermarkets. This is the description that Marco Pedroni (pictured), president of Coop Italia, gave of the sales of the last two months. He talked about it during a cycle of online interviews organized…

African Development Bank:

‘Subsidies can support food production during COVID-19 crisis’

Experts all over Africa are coming up with their own solutions to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a statement by the African Development Bank…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: Food & Beverage brands that have adapted to Covid-19

In the last Corona-virus update of this week, we look at food & beverage brands who have adapted successfully to Covid-19. In the US, COVID travel restrictions still complicate Californian farm shipments, while Florida Congressman Ted Yoho has sent a letter to president Trump, asking the White House to…

Fyffes comments on Honduran melon farm accusations

Last week, a joint report (by the International Labor Rights Forum, Fair World Project and Banana Link) was published, accusing Fyffes of ongoing human and labor rights violations on the company’s melon plantations in Honduras. In addition, it claims working conditions are unsafe and unhealthy. The…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: Italy considers permits for undocumented migrants

Today’s Corona-update is short and sweet. We open with the discussions going on in Italy around the possibility of giving permits to undocumented migrants, due to the lack of farm workers. In the US, Arizona to be more precise, border produce suppliers clash with USDA over the increased quality control…

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Dutch Customs find 4.5 tons of cocaine in bananas from Costa Rica

Dutch Customs officials have found 4.5 tons of cocaine hidden in a shipment of bananas from Costa Rica. They reacted to a tip-off by a company in the port of Vlissingen. The…

Montri Thipsorn

New Zealand dollar rebounds after record exports in March

The New Zealand dollar rose about 1 US cent after the value of the nation's exports hit a record in March and contributed to a higher than expected trade surplus for the…

Port of Livorno – Italy Chernetskaya

Stricter Covid-19 port controls result in 40 kg of cocaine discovered among bananas

As the Corona-virus is blocking trade between countries and between continents, this also creates problems for drug traffickers who need to get their product to the consumer…

Replacing the existing EU-Mexico Global Agreement

European Union and Mexico conclude negotiations for new free trade agreement

Four years after negotiations started on a new trading relationship between the two sides, the European Union (EU) and Mexico have now concluded negotiations for a new free…

South African dam levels Fabian Plock

Northern Cape dams: water storage levels at 92.7%

In January, the Northern Cape was declared a disaster area because of the drought. R300 million (€15 mln) was set aside by the government to assist the province.…

51% of respondents say Britain’s ability to produce own food has become more important Estelle Bowden

Public support for British farmers on the rise

According to a survey, carried out during the coronavirus pandemic, people believe Britain’s ability to produce its own food is increasingly important. The general public also…

Deanpictures

Norwegian supermarket chain Rema wins battle for consumers during Corona crisis

After several years of declining numbers, supermarket chain Rema 1000 won the battle for Norwegian consumers during the Corona crisis. In March, the market share increased by 0.3 percent: from 23.3 to 23.6 percent. The competitors; NorgesGruppen, Coop and Bunnpris, fell 0.3 percent in the same period.…

"The person's pretending to be a buyer from Denner"

StC International warns of a conman

The Dutch company, StC International, wants to warn their fruit and vegetable sector colleagues about a fraudster. "We were approached by someone via email. They are…

Agricultural unemployment in Spain falls by 10.6% in first quarter

According to data from the Active Population Survey (EPA), provided on Tuesday 28 by the National Statistics Institute (INE) of Spain, in the first quarter of 2020, agricultural unemployment fell by 10.6%. This means 19,700 fewer people unemployed during this period, with the total number in the sector…

AVA-ASAJA

"We are asking for an extension in the use of methyl chlorpyrifos in Spain"

The Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-ASAJA) has asked the Council and the Ministry of Agriculture to follow the steps taken by the Italian Republic and re-authorize the use of the active substance methyl chlorpyrifos for the fight against citrus and kaki pests, at least while there…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: Turkish government provides six-month postponement for farmers' loans

In today’s news, we take a look at the EU measures to alleviate the impact of the current crisis on farmers and farming activities. Also, in a response to user feedback, Facebook has started rolling out two new additions to their existing range of emojis. In the US, Arizona farmers are rallying to feed…

Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Ghana: Creating more awareness of the dangers of the Fall Armyworm

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture has declared Fall Armyworm an endemic pest in Ghana. This animal will continue to pose serious threat to food security and livelihood of…

Paul Funk

Airlines open Cargo Only Services as passenger demand has dropped

Basically, the bottom has just dropped out of passenger transport for the major air carriers, which are just getting used to turning their fleets over for freight only duties. Carrying cargo on seats has now become the norm for many. Virgin Atlantic is scheduling over 90 cargo-only flights per week in…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: King Philippe visits Port of Antwerp - port has remained 100% operational

More news coming in with regard to the global effects of the Corona-virus on horticulture, trade and logistics everywhere. In New York, organic farmers have turned from selling to restaurants to consumer’s homes. Canadian officials have stated that fruit pickers coming to British Columbia need subsidized…

Enea works on the future of vegetable production

A team of Italian scientists designed GREENCUBE, the first micro-plot to grow vegetables during future space missions. It will be launched into orbit 6,000 km from Earth during the maiden voyage of the VEGA-C rocket by the European Space Agency (ESA). ENEA, Università Federico II in Naples and Università…

41% of Spaniards believe that consumption habits will change after COVID-19

"We are moving towards more responsible and frugal consumption"

The results of an open survey on consumer habits during the health crisis and the possible consumer trends once trade restarts, carried out by Escodi and led by the professor in Consumer Psychology Albert Vinyals Ros, show that 42% of the participants think that consumption habits will remain the same…

Aroas

Polish growers warn of food crisis due to lack of migrant seasonal workers

Polish growers are warning of an impending crisis due to a shortage of seasonal agricultural workers. Many of these would normally come from Ukraine, but now they are…

'Take care of each other, we'll take care of your fruit & veg'

"It's clear for everyone, the coronavirus has an impact on our daily life, in the Netherlands and around the world. We're dealing with extreme measures that hit everyone, both consumers and the fresh produce industry. And it's not ending anytime soon. Together, we must get through this." Care for fruit and…

Nicolas Mazard with Koppert Cress USA dba Flavour Fields®

“I believe good things will come out of this”

How will life look like after COVID-19? “I believe this year will make it into the history books and we will talk about life pre-corona versus post-corona,” says Nicolas Mazard with Flavour Fields, based on Long Island, NY. In its greenhouses, the company grows microgreens that are being used in chefs’…

Two out of every three consumers support the implementation of carbon footprint labels

According to a new international study commissioned by Carbon Trust and carried out by YouGov. among more than 10,000 consumers in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands,…

GfK study shows crash of the consumer environment

Corona shock: consumer climate reaches historic low

The Corona pandemic and the measures taken to contain the virus have severely affected consumer sentiments in April. Incomes and the propensity to buy are in free fall, while economic…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: Global container shipping capacity down 11% in April

In today’s update, we look at comprehensive EeSea data, showing that the global container shipping capacity is down 11% in April. In the US, a Massachusetts congressional delegation is pushing Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to provide direct financial relief to Massachusetts cranberry farmers, while…

Drewrawcliffe

Indian federal government urged to fix prices of fruits and vegetables

A consumer body has urged chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami to form committees at district and local body levels to help consumers get vegetables, fruits and essential…

Allowing for more manufacturing and retail Alan Santos/PR

South Africa to reopen agriculture sector

South Africa plans to reopen its agriculture sector and allow some manufacturing and retail to resume. This is quite necessary, as the country balances the need to restart…

Andrej Aleksandrov

European Commission warns against protectionism in agri-food sector

Struggling with the COVID-19 outbreak, countries across the EU are increasingly considering protectionist measures. This means promoting national agri-food products and…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: Organic food around the world gets coronavirus boost

In the last update article of this week, we look at the US, where Arizona growers are worried about their future, which would put fruit and vegetables in short supply locally. Wisconsin, on the other hand, might see oversupply of potatoes and cranberries. State officials in Florida are looking at ways to…

Fears that it will reach Western Australia regions

Australia: Fall armyworm spreads across Kimberley

Western Australian growers are bracing themselves for the spread of an invasive species as the fall armyworm continues its journey across the state and more than 1,000…

Dan Whelan

UK fruit exchange gets green lighted to become a hotel

In Liverpool, the grade two-listed building on Victoria Street is to be converted into an 85-bedroom hotel, as approval has been gotten from the Liverpool City Council. The historic four-storey building, built in 1888, was listed in 2008 but has stood vacant for a number of years, although the ground…

Raysonho

India: 23,500 fruit growers hit by rain and hail

Over 23,500 small and marginal farmers in the fruit belt of Shimla, Mandi, and Kullu have lost around 13,908 tonnes of crop, mainly apples worth Rs 272.3 mln  (€3.27 mln) grown…

Sidney De Almeida

Brazilian currency falls to all-time low of 5,40 to the US dollar

On Wednesday, Brazil’s Real dropped to an all-time low close to 5.40 per dollar, as expectations intensified that the central bank will cut interest rates significantly in the…

Deciduous fruit producers donate 10,000 fruit parcels

Earlier today, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and the Deciduous Fruit Development Chamber of South Africa (DFDC-SA) handed over 10 000 fruit parcels to the NGO, Gift of the Givers, for further distribution amongst vulnerable communities in the Western Cap. Gift of the Givers is currently…

Other areas include Trentino, Calabria, Campania, France and Hungary

Veneto has started the launch of antagonist insect against Drosophila suzukii

The fight against Drosophila suzukii in the hills between Verona and Vicenza has begun. The antagonist insect Trichopria drosophilae was launched on a vast area of over 200 hectares. The Coronavirus crisis is not expected to have too much impact on the possibility of accessing the farms, but only in the…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: Specialty crop growers in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley face significant problems

In today’s article, we see how specialty crop growers in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley are facing significant problems due to disruptions and market losses; we also take a look at more impacts for growers in Florida. On a more humorous note, we can enjoy footballer Ronaldo’s own ‘fruit toss’, where he decides…

Restraining order sought © Yujie Chen

US: Global Container Terminals go to court to block exit of Maersk

As the COVID-19 situation unfolds and demand has dropped, global carriers are heavily curtailing ocean services. Just as it makes sense to rationalize vessel deployment, it…

Reacting to $19 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Hai Huy Ton That

Farm Groups thankful for COVID-19 package, but claim greater need

Over the weekend, a range of farm groups said the $19 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced late Friday was an…

Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation - Jorge Montenegro

‘Land use planning will avoid overproduction in Peru’

According to some, the Corona-virus emergency has created a series of opportunities. One of them is to work in coordination so that production is in line with market demand,…

Belarus: Customs officers stop illegal transport of 60 tons of fruit to Russia

Earlier this week, Mogilev customs officers stopped an illegal transport of fruit worth more than Br75,000 (€27.500) to Russia, BelTA learned from the State Customs Committee.…

Don't waste any time protecting your IP rights in the international market

Australian growers and producers are being encouraged to register any new Intellectual Property (IP) and trademarks as quickly as possible, before entering international markets. David Bennett, Councillor (Intellectual Property) at the Australian Embassy in Beijing, provides advice for growers entering…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: Belgium struggles with absent workers and closed markets

In today’s somewhat shorter COVID-19 update, we are looking at farmers in Belgium who struggle with absent workers and the closed markets. The Tasmanian government has unveiled a $3 million package to support around 26,000 temporary visa holders stuck in the state because of the pandemic. The Baltic…


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