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AU: Inaugural National Banana Day to champion industry

Australians love bananas. We eat them at breakfast, drink them in smoothies, pack them in lunchboxes, and we even sing jingles about how they make our bodies sing. So it is fitting that an entire calendar day has been dedicated to celebrate the much loved Aussie favourite. Wednesday, May 1, has been…

Table grape growers using inventiveness to fight fruit fly

Sunraysia table grape grower Peter Argiro has built a new spray rig to apply bait sprays that will reduce his pest management costs in reducing fruit fly at his family vineyard. “We have 100 hectares of vines here in Merbein. To bait the whole area, we needed a much faster and much more economical way of…

Educational sessions

International organic produce supply and trends discussed at Organic Produce Summit

A pair of educational sessions related to the burgeoning growth of organic production and sales from a global perspective await attendees at the fourth annual Organic Produce Summit, this coming July in Monterey, CA. Sponsored by Robinson Fresh, the two sessions will explore how international organic…

Smoothies you can eat with a spoon unveiled

Dole Packaged Foods, LLC unveiled its latest product offering: Dole Spoonable Smoothies™. Available at select grocers starting this spring, these smoothie bowls are launching in two new flavors: Dole Whip Spoonable Smoothies™ Pineapple Banana and Dole Spoonable Smoothies™ Strawberry Banana. Designed to…

International Asparagus Days to be held at the end of October in Angers

With 2,000 tons per year grown on 300 ha, the Maine-et-Loire department is the 3rd largest producer in France, after the Landes (3,300 t, 600 ha) and the Gard (2,100 t, 420…

Photo Report: Freskon 2019

From the 11th until the 13th of April, Thessaloniki was the host to the trade fair of Freskon. The Greek exhibition is a great opportunity for the companies who can not attend Fruit Logistica or Fruit Attraction, to still get their produce and brands out there. Potential buyers who are based close to Greece also seize the…

Registration for Prognosfruit 2019 has opened

As of now registrations for the 2019 edition of Prognosfruit are open. This year the Prognosfruit Conference will take place from 7-9 August 2019 in Alden Biesen, Belgium,…

Freskon 2019: Slow start proves useful for networking

The first day of Freskon has gone by and for the exhibitors it was a great success. Although the trade fair is smaller in size than the giant exhibitions in Berlin and Madrid, the traders felt Freskon is a great opportunity to meet up with existing clients that are based closer to Greece. According to…

Infoagro Exhibition is already 98% full

In a little over a month, the third edition of Infoagro Exhibition will open its doors. This fair, devoted to intensive production and the auxiliary industry, will be held in…

Greece: 5th edition of Freskon opens today

Freskon, the 5th International Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Trade Show opened today, with 215 direct and indirect exhibitors from 16 countries, in comparison to 191 of the previous event, and 205 hosted buyers from 35 countries, of whom 130 are individual hosted buyers from 33 countries and 75 are hosted…

Symposium on plant-based nutrition to be held in Los Angeles

Wonderful® Pistachios announced it will host the first Plant-Based Nutrition Leadership Symposium™ April 15-16, 2019 in Los Angeles. The event is a two-day immersion into…

China Fruit Logistica postponed until 2020

The organisational team behind China Fruit Logistica has announced it would be postponing to 2020. The event needs more time to position itself as the leading…

Sunset® wins Best Organic Product at CPMA

Sunset ® Organic Angel Sweet® has won the Best Organic Product Award at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association Convention and Tradeshow in Montreal, Canada. Showcased in Sunset’s new backyard-compostable packaging, organic Angel Sweet® was one of 53 products to compete in the New product Showcase,…

Organic Produce Summit

Panelists confirmed for Retailer roundtable at OPS

Fresh produce leaders from three of the nations’ most progressive retail and on-line grocery operations have been confirmed as panellists for the Retailer Roundtable at the fourth annual The Organic Produce Summit, on July 10-11 in Monterey, Ca. The Retailer Roundtable will feature panellists Don…

Berry-themed Chef Invitational encouraging submissions

California Giant Berry Farms is one month away from selecting their chef finalists to compete in the 2nd annual Chef Invitational held at Tehama Golf Club in Monterey, Ca. Submissions are due May 1, 2019 while finalists will be announced May 10, 2019. This year, along with asking chefs to bring their…

PMA seminar to address the present and future of sustainability in the Chilean fruit industry

The Present and Future of Sustainability in the Chilean Fruit Industry will be the main theme of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) seminar on Wednesday, April 3. According to Andres Rodriguez, representative of PMA in Chile, consumers in Chile and the world "... are demanding sustainable and…

Fifth annual Viva Fresh kicks off with wholesale produce market tour

The fifth annual Viva Fresh Produce Expo will kick off on Thursday, April 25th with an opportunity for growers, wholesalers and distributors to tour the San Antonio Wholesale Produce Market (SAWPM). The SAWPM is a key unified wholesale center for fresh produce and related industries. The SAWPM facility…

Peru becomes first Asia Fruit Logistica partner country

Peru is the inaugural partner country for Asia Fruit Logistica 2019, taking place on 4-6 September in Hong Kong. “I am delighted that Peru will become our first-ever partner…

Organic whole cranberries launched

Up until the 1960s, cranberries were harvested by hand, a tiresome and inefficient process. Fortunately, someone realised that the air cavities in the berries could be used to the farmer’s advantage. Water picking is now the preferred method for harvesting cranberries. The farmer’s skill then enables…

Beijing to host international course on post-harvest management and preservation technology in April

The foremost agricultural countries in the world all place an emphasis on such key issues as storage, preservation, and processing in the development of their agricultural…

"Chile is the place where you can find all fresh products"

Fruits from Chile to launch social network at CPMA's Conference and Trade Fair

The Chilean export fruit industry, grouped under the Fruits From Chile brand, is getting ready to participate in the Conference and Trade Fair of the CPMA (Canadian Produce Marketing Association), where it will showcase the best of its export offer, and its representatives will have the opportunity to…

Photo report: Global Berry Congress

The Global Berry Congress took place in Rotterdam earlier this week, with good international turnout and high quality speakers. The day's program featured speakers who spoke about re-shaping the future of the berry offer and opportunities in the different markets around the world. Click here for the…

Mushroom industry grows in creative ways

The mushroom industry is developing different approaches to reach consumers today. Demand for mushrooms has seen a hike in recent years thanks in part to popular food trends amongst consumers looking for healthier, nutritious alternatives. Mushrooms are packed with vitamins and minerals which make them…

Macfrut puts horticultural innovation in the spotlight

Greenhouse horticulture will be one of the hot topics of the 36th edition of Macfrut, 8-10 May in Rimini, with the Greenhouse Technology Village and an international conference. By 2050, the world’s population will reach 10 billion and, as a result, the fruit and vegetable demand will amount to 3.5…

Morten Hansen to keynote United Fresh

Morten Hansen will set the stage for this year’s United Fresh Convention & Expo as keynote speaker during the United Fresh Breakfast General Session, Tuesday, June 11 at…

Ted Allen and Dan Buettner to keynote PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo

TV host, writer and cookbook author Ted Allen will speak at PMA’s Foodservice conference crowd on Friday, July 26 with his talk on “Changing the way Americans view and taste food.” Explorer, researcher, and speaker Dan Buettner will present “Blue Zones: Secrets of a long life” on Saturday, July 27, prior…

Greek exhibition to be held from 11 to 13 April

Even more side-events for the 2019 edition of Freskon

Thousands of trade visitors and exhibitors from Greece and lots of other countries are expected to attend the “5th Freskon – International Trade Show for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables”, a fair which will be held from 11 to 13 of April 2019 in Thessaloniki. The choice of the city is crucial, as Thessaloniki…

CPMA’s convention and trade show by the numbers

The 2019 Canadian Produce Marketing Association Convention and Trade Show, taking place in Montreal, Quebec, is only one week away. The following is a snapshot – by the…

Asia Fresh

Gathering solutions for problems in cold chain

Asia Fresh is the flagship trade exhibition of VNU Tfresh Conference and Exhibition Co,. Ltd. in China. This exhibition is a global exposition specialized in the fresh fruit supply chain. After more than 10 years of hard work and experience in the Chinese fruit industry, VNU Tfresh will organize the Asia…

First VeggieWorld on Asian continent draws over 1500 visitors

On the weekend of 16th and 17th of March the first VeggieWorld on the Asian continent came to a successful end. In Hong Kong, 50 exhibitors and over 20 speakers met over…

Italy: Contact group on tomatoes to meet in Ragusa

Massimo Pavan, a Venetian entrepreneur firmly rooted in Sicily, has been appointed as coordinator of OI Pomodoro. The next meeting of the tomato contact group will take place…

INN lands in Chile to discuss the development of new varieties of fruit trees

The annual meeting of the International New Varieties Network (INN), a company composed of a select group of fruit and nursery managers of the world, whose representative in Chile is the company ANA Chile, was held in Pucon on March 18 and 19. The INN, which is based in the United States, also has…

New solutions for citrus

One of the most urgent challenges for the world citrus sector at the productive level is dealing with the main pests and diseases that are somehow present in all production areas. Studying their behavior, combating them, and eradicating them is therefore a key objective for the Research Centers such as IFAPA, which is…

NEPC announces retailer roundtable participants

The New England Produce Council (NEPC) and the Organic Produce Network (OPN) announce the retailer participants for the roundtable session. Brian Fleming (Stop & Shop…

FruitVegetablesEUROPE General Assembly and Event 2019

"Cultivating the taste of Europe"

FruitVegetablesEUROPE (EUCOFEL), the European Association representing the EU fruit and vegetables producers and exporters at European level, was honoured to organise its…

Greenhouse Technology Village

Opportunities for evolving horticulture

Macfrut (8th-10th May 2019) introduces the Greenhouse Technology Village, showcasing the producers of technologies, materials and technical means, seed producers and specialized nursery gardeners with the aim of increasing protected crops to extend the supply calendars and defend them against extreme…

Chile: XIV International Blueberry Seminar 2019

The Seminar, which will be held on April 11 from 7.30 am in the Hotel Monticello Conference Center, Km. 57, Ruta 5 Sur, San Francisco de Mostazal, will focus on analyzing the current situation of the industry, international markets, new technologies and technical and commercial challenges in the…

Tour de Fresh 2019 announces route - school districts set to benefit

Tour de Fresh, presented by The California Giant Foundation, is excited to announce the new 2019 route for the sixth annual ride. The ride will take place this fall with the Pacific Ocean and coastal highways as its backdrop. This year, the route will start in Carmel and continue along the breathtaking…

4th International Symposium on Biological Control of Bacterial Plant Diseases

BIOCONTROL 2019 is organized by the Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie e Forestali (DAFNE), Università della Tuscia in collaboration with FAO, under the Patronage of the Italian…

Save the date : MedFEL 2019 24 to 26 April in Perpignan

Organised by the Occitania / Pyrenees-Mediterranean Region and the AD'OCC regional economic development agency, medFEL will be held from 24 to 26 April 2019 at the Perpignan…

"Cooperation is a key to success for all blueberry growers"

Thanks to cooperation, new ideas, creative initiatives and innovative products are created. Thanks to cooperation we meet new people and establish new relations. This cooperation in many situations is the key to further development. Cooperation was the slogan of The VII International Blueberry Conference…

Marco Salvi highlights the importance of opening new markets

Fruitimprese: Spain progresses in fruit and veg exports - Italy is in distress

"The latest data on Spanish fruit and vegetable exports show a further loss of competitiveness of our fruit and vegetable system and indicates the need for new markets," affirms Marco Salvi, national president of Fruitimprese, while commenting on the Fepex data (the Spanish exporters' association). Spain…

Annual EUCOFEL assembly to be held in Warsaw on March 15

FruitVegetablesEUROPE (EUCOFEL), an organization made up of associations of producers and exporters from different European Member States, including FEPEX, will hold its…

Peruvian producers will exhibit numerous products

Brazil's Anufood 2019 Fair, an opportunity for the Peruvian market

Small and medium Peruvian producers will participate from March 12 to the 14, 2019, at the Anufood Brazil 2019 fair, which will be held in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo,…

United Fresh Innovation Awards application period now open

United Fresh announces the application period is now open for 2019 United Fresh Innovation Awards. Companies are encouraged to nominate their products and solutions in seven…

Maluma Symposium, 13 & 14 March 2019, Tzaneen, South Africa

Livestreaming of Maluma avocado symposium

The growth of the annual Maluma Symposium, which starts this Wednesday, livestreamed and free of charge, has exceeded their wildest expectations, says Dr André Ernst of Allesbeste Boerdery ( pictured right ). The symposium started nine years ago when a handful of avocado producers gathered to discuss a…

The focus of Lab Innova's programme of this year: fruit and vegetables (in collaboration with Macfrut)

Stronger relationship between Italy and African countries

The African market for fruit and vegetables has significantly grown over the past years. Thanks to the relationship with Italian enterprises, and via Macfrut, they have been able to discuss supply and demand issues. This is the objective of the international training program "Lab Innova - Africa…

Former astronaut to speak at PMA Fresh Connections: Mexico

Former astronaut José Hernández is the featured speaker at Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Fresh Connections: Mexico scheduled May 29-30 at the Hotel Hard Rock in…

Hall 10 – Stand H58

Schoeller Allibert: Latest innovations on show at the CFIA 2019 in Rennes, France

Schoeller Allibert, the European market leader of reusable plastic packaging and containers, exhibits each year at CFIA Rennes (France), the major international agri-food fair. At the 2019 edition held from March 12th to 14th at the Parc Expo of Rennes Aéroport, some of the company’s latest solutions…

Paris will be home to the world’s largest urban farm in 2020

On the roofs of the exhibition grounds at the Porte de Versailles (XVth arrondissement), the world’s largest urban farm is being built over 150,700 square feet. The Pavilion 6…

Agricultural products from Gaoxiong flood the Japanese market

Official opening of International Food Exposition in Tokyo

The 2019 International Food Exposition in Tokyo stands next to the ANUGA in Cologne, Germany, and the SIAL in Paris, France, as one of the three largest specialized food…

Historic potato conference in store for top European researchers

The latest scientific progress in all fields of post-harvest research and development will be presented at a conference in Norwich on 12 to 14 March. Hosted by AHDB and Certis, the post-harvest section of the European Association for Potato Research (EAPR) meeting will focus on the future of long-term…

October 3rd - Camblesforth

British Carrot Growers Association Demonstration Day 2019

The British Carrot Growers Association are underway organising the 2019 Demonstration Day which will be held at a field location near the village of Camblesforth (near Selby)…

Event to be held in Rotterdam from the 25th to the 27th of March

CIV’s strawberry varieties at the next 2019 Global Berry Congress

During an evening event at the Steigenberger Hotel in Berlin, the first CIV & Friends Meeting included the presentation the CIV Product Portfolio, featuring new apple varieties and selections for the numerous sector-operators in attendance. Then, during the usual Modi® Apple International Meeting…

Viva Fresh Expo announces 2019 education program

The 2019 Viva Fresh Produce Expo is excited to announce the agenda for this year’s educational sessions. The lineup will include a wide-range of topics from steps on how to prevent a food-safety crisis to practical applications of the “food as medicine” movement along with retail trends. “The educational…

First Tropical Fruit Exposition in China to take place in 2019

The first session of the Tropical Fruit Exposition takes place simultaneous with the Sanya International Mango Exposition on March 7th-9th. The exposition showcases the…

Sustainability, logistics and new markets: major issues for the PMA in Chile

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA), a leading association that represents companies from all segments of the global fruit and vegetable chain, and which has a strong presence in Chile, has defined its 2019 agenda. The agenda focuses on sustainability, logistics, new markets and the analysis of the…

The World Fresh Forum will offer a space for commercial relations

Fruit Attraction 2019: India and Singapore, importing guest countries

In order to favor fruit and vegetable commercial relations between the countries of the European Union and other non-EU markets, India and Singapore will be importing guest…

Fruits & veggies in Bulgaria on a rise

With nearly 250 billion euro per year, the growing consumption of fruits and vegetables brings many opportunities and impetus for changes around the entire world. Expected to continue rising, the trend is mainly based on the non-traditional foods like nuts and berries. The international trade of only…

Paulina Carrera, Hilli Fruits GmbH & Co. KG.:

"Fruits are not all exactly the same"

When Paulina Carrera came to Germany from Ecuador 15 years ago to study Logistics, she was anything but enthusiastic about the taste of the fruits she found in the supermarket: "I only knew the many exotics which came to the table fresh from the tree in the sun, so I really had to get used to the fruit I…

Sustainable Packaging in Fresh Produce Seminar

PMA A-NZ will be hosting a Sustainable Packaging in Fresh Produce Seminar on March 13 at the Sydney Markets. The event will focus on the efforts being made to achieve the…

‘The Best of Kaohsiung:

Fresh Produce of Southern Taiwan’ to strengthen ties between Kaohsiung and Malaysian agriculture

Taiwan is well-known for its unique food choices, from pineapple cakes to fancy bubble milk tea and beef noodles, but the true gem lies in their countless variety of fresh…

Photo report

Fruit Logistica 2019: Sustainability & Brexit

Fruit Logistica 2019 can be summarized in two themes: sustainability and Brexit. Sustainability was featured in almost every stand. The reduction of plastics was high on the agenda, but also restrictions on the use of pesticides. Brexit hung like a dark cloud above the trade fair. Everyone knows the…

"Change is here"

United Fresh 2019 registration now open

Registration has opened for United Fresh 2019 Convention & Expo, June 10-12, in the North Hall of McCormick Place in Chicago. This year, attendees and exhibitors will…

First edition of Agroland kicks off 22nd of November

AgroLand, the professional specialized Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs Exhibition, “fresh, frozen & dried”, will be taking place for the first time 22-24 of November 2019 at…

“Win a trip to South Tyrol" is underway in Belgium and the Netherlands

The second edition of the competition “Win a Trip to South Tyrol” by Marlene® is now underway in Belgium and the Netherlands. The contest is organized in collaboration with the brand’s distributors in the Benelux area, Ringoot in Belgium and Aartsenfruit in the Netherlands. After last year’s great…

Lemon Festival 2019: a program on the theme of fantasy

For its 86th edition, from February 16th to March 3rd, the famous Lemon Festival of Menton will feature fantastic worlds. The 240,000 expected visitors will discover what can…

Coliman shows its strength in Germany

Coliman has departed to Germany and has attended Fruit Logistica with BioFach coming up next. With a tradition of more than 55 years, the brand originated from the peaceful…

New theme for Center for Growing Talent's women's leadership program

Center for Growing Talent (CGT) has announced the new theme for Women’s Fresh Perspectives events for 2019: I WILL! With this, CGT launches a new year of leadership development for women. Each year, the Center for Growing Talent’s (CGT) charitable contributions from industry professionals and…

2019 GreenTech Amsterdam Promises a Glimpse into the Future of Horticulture

Calling all horticultural industry professionals! The first of 2019’s horticultural exhibitions are concluding, bringing fresh momentum to the industry’s spring and summer events. Europe, and specifically Amsterdam, is promising to pack a punch with upcoming events. The 2019 GreenTech Amsterdam recently…

First time at Fruit Logistica's Flia. The ambassador in Berlin also congratulated

Italy wins in Germany thanks to the red kiwi by Jingold

For the first time, the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award went to an Italian company. It is the "Oriental Red red pulp kiwi" from the company Jingold. Buyers and professionals visiting Fruit Logistica voted over two days at the fair. "More than 1,500 people made the tasting - comments the president of…

International Cherry Symposium to take place in Vignola

The International Cherry Symposium is back in Vignola (Modena) on 22nd-23rd May 2019 after four years. It will be organised by: Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, Consorzio Ciliegia di Vignola IGP and Accademia Nazionale di Agricoltura. Homepage of the symposium website "We're still working on…

Öko-Bauernhöfe Sachsen GmbH at the BioFach 2019:

"Organic farmers were able to stabilize their yields through irrigation"

The BioFach exhibition in Nuremberg is imminent and exhibitors and visitors are preparing for these exciting days for the organic sector. Steffen Mucha, Managin g Director of ÖBS GmbH, also has great expectations for the event: "The fair is an opportunity for us to meet our customers in person. We want…

Fruit Logistica:

Jordan's produce returns to Berlin

Following regional roadblocks limiting Jordan’s access to Russia and other traditional eastern European markets, the Jordanian exporters and producers association (JEPA) has…

How consumption changes

Lidl: 40 new outlets in 2019

There are more so-called "high-spending" consumers, but also more buyers who are looking for the lowest price: as a consequence, mid-range products are penalized. This was the picture of fruit and vegetable sales in last year's large-scale survey, taken by Stefano Galli of Nielsen at the recent Forum of the Cdo Agroalimentare.…

Meet the FreshPlaza team at Fruit Logistica

Next week, Fruit Logistica Berlin will be held from February 6 – 8. Many North America produce companies will have presence at the show, either by exhibiting or by walking the floor and attending meetings. If you are at the show, please take a minute to stop by FreshPlaza’s booth in Hall 3.2, booth…

The "green mine" of the Latin American economy: the avocado

In the past few years, avocado has become a food that is opening doors to the national and Latin American agribusiness in different international markets, because, consumers…


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