Processed fruit and vegetables

Processing plant of GEKO GmbH receives organic certification

Pre-processed Brandenburg organic potatoes and vegetables available to Berlin school caterers

From now on, Brandenburg will have an efficient peeling plant for the processing of organic potatoes. GEKO Uckermärkische Fruchthandels LLC has had its existing processing plant…

Hans van Kemenade, Jakova BV

Poland has enough onions to last until March”

Last year was a dramatic one for onions in Western Europe. This year’s prospects for the new harvest were considerably better. When farmers could irrigate, yields were higher.…

Rabobank says ‘Fries are on the menu globally’

World Potato Map 2019

Rabobank’s World Potato Map 2019 shows that the North-western European potato sector benefited most from the growth in global trade during the last decade. During the last decade, developments in the global potato sector were dominated by the consumption growth of frozen processed potatoes. This benefited frozen processed…

Del Monte presents its new pink lemonade

The Venezuelan company Del Monte Andina CA, which was founded more than 59 years ago, has presented its new refreshing drink, Limonada Rosada Taf, which is now part of the…

Ghana, 1-District-1-Factory:

Kwahu South to get banana processing factory

The Kwahu South Municipal Assembly is benefiting from an ultra-modern banana processing factory under the 1-District-1-Factory policy.  According to the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Kwahu South, Atta Fori Senior, the company will produce banana juice, biscuits, bread among others for both the local and…

‘Made in Britain’

Birdseye reveals its secrets for producing 750,000 bags of peas each week

Suffolk’s Birds Eye employs more than 500 staff at its factory in Lowestoft, making up a significant proportion of the total workforce, who put frozen fish, vegetables, burgers, and ready meals on millions of dinner tables all over the nation. When it comes to its peas, the company has worked out a tight…

Philippines: Purchases of Belgian potato products jump by 300%

According to industry experts, last year, the Philippines’s purchases of Belgian fries quadrupled to 30,000 tons, compared to some 9,000 tons imported in 2010. Original…

A chocolaty sweet potato spread

Croatian grower succeeds with sweet potato ‘Batela’

Diana Prpic works on her estate in Brežani in Croatia. This young farmer took over an OPG several years ago which was initially launched back in 2003 by her grandmother Mara.…

Packaging must be sustainable and functional

"Fresh cut and ready-made products are no longer a trend, but a need"

At this year's edition of Fruit Attraction, there has been a noteworthy rise in the popularity of fresh cut and ready-made products. Among the new ones, Primeale has stood out with its innovative microwave range, with three kinds of potatoes in exclusive packaging, one of Brussels sprout hearts and…

Greek peach producers despair over US peach tariffs

The United States’ decision to impose an additional 25 per cent tariff on a range of EU products has left Greek peach producers very frustrated. The increase came into effect…

Natalie's introduced two new cold-pressed juices

Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company showcased two new products of their Holistic Juice line at the 2019 PMA Fresh Summit. The two new beverages are: Aura, which is made from blood orange, strawberry puree, and the exotic Indian herb ashwagandha. Replenish, which is made from a blend of cucumber juice, celery…

Simply Fresh Snacks made debut at PMA Fresh Summit

FiveStar Gourmet Foods has launched new snacking lines which include 25 SKUs. According to the company, the lineup have clean ingredients and no additives, following the brand's requirements. The line made its debut at Fresh Summit and will launch nationwide in early November. “The Simply Fresh brand…

New gourmet entree salads from Bonduelle

Bonduelle Fresh Americas has introduced the Fresh Picked™ Gourmet Entrée Salad range. The company said the new range is based on traditional chef salads with premium ingredients, including Spanish Inspired Chef Salad with Smoked Ham and Apple Walnut Baby Greens Salad with Quinoa. “The extension of the…

Malaysia's frozen durian exports to China drive demand for pulp

“Durian exports from Malaysia have skyrocketed since the shelled durian gained access to China in May 2019. Within just one month from July to August, our company exported 675 tons to China, nearly 4 times that of last year,” Luo Sheng, Manager of Malaysia company KAMI FOOD SERVICES SDN BHD said. Mr.…

Pulled Jackfruit: A meat substitute

An increasing number of people are choosing a (partially) vegetarian diet, or they are trying to decrease the amount of meat they eat. Before, this kind of dietary choice was made mainly for animal welfare of health reasons. Now, more and more people are choosing this path for environmental reasons. If…

Norway: Rosenqvists and Ferskvarehuset sign contract for production of french fries

A new state-of-the-art processing line for classic and coated French Fries, with inauguration in mid-2020, is planned by Ferskvarehuset AS in Norway. Design and equipment will be sourced from Rosenqvists Food Technologies. The new plant includes all equipment from raw material intake to the IQF freezer…

Aarhus - Denmark

Coscura plans second pea processing plant

Belgian pea processor Coscura is opening a second pea processing plant, expanding its presence in the plant-based food market. This announcement follows the completion of a…

Brazilian Frozen Concentrate Orange Juice increases by 30% in 2019-20 season

For the last three months, Brazilian exports of Frozen Concentrate Orange Juice (FCOJ) Equivalent have been increasing. Between July and September 2019 (2019/20 crop), Brazil…

POM Wonderful launches new marketing campaign

POM Wonderful is launching a new marketing campaign to highlight the health benefits of antioxidants of POM Wonderful 100 percent Pomegranate Juice. The advertisements display the POM bottle in various designs that demonstrate the health benefits of antioxidants. “Two-thirds of super premium juice…

Cauliflower products trending in 2019

Over 2019, cauliflower has been cropping up in numerous new applications. Food manufacturers are fanatically swapping the vegetable in for customarily carb-laden components. The trend caters to consumers seeking to cut out carbs, go gluten-free or sneak more vegetables into their or their children’s…

Declining sales trend for pre-cut ​​iceberg lettuce

Switzerland: One in four lettuces is pre-cut

Iceberg is one of the most popular lettuces in Switzerland. Every fourth head of lettuce is pre-cut and sold ready packed. In the last twelve months, 2,359 tonnes of pre-cut…

Russia: Bonduelle opens frozen vegetables factory in Belgorod

French processed vegetables company Bonduelle Group has launched its third plant in Russia, located in the Shebekinsky district of the Belgorod region. The facilities have been set up at the location of the bankrupt SHOK plant (Shebekinsky Vegetable Plant LLC), the purchase of which the group had…

Bolthouse Farms will focus new line on fresh carrots and plant-based foods

Driven by its vision for the future – Plants Powering People – andbuilding on its rich heritage of fresh carrots and plant-based foods, Bolthouse Farms announced it will launch more than 25 new products for Spring 2020 shipping, including line extensions, new flavors, new categories and innovations in…

EU to dispute Colombia tariff on french fries

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

New line of "clean ingredient" salad dressings launched

Good Foods has announced a new line of six gluten-free salad dressings. The dressings will be on display at PMA Fresh Summit October 17-19 and available for retailers to purchase following the show. The Good Foods salad dressings include six flavors, three of which are plant-based; Harvest Apple, Asian…

Indian government offers puree as alternative to costly tomatoes

This festive season, Indian households have been struggling as the retail prices of tomatoes went up and up. In Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), the supply of…

Bonduelle launches first frozen vegetable production plant in Russia

Bonduelle-Belgorod LLC (part of the Bonduelle group) has launched the first plant for the production of frozen products in the Shebekinsky district of the Belgorod region,…

New Mexico - US

La Luz pomegranate farm will produce wine and brandy

Somewhere in the beautiful landscape of La Luz, New Mexico, 60 acres of land are covered in pomegranate plants laden with fruit that will soon be used to make wine and brandy.…

David Jahn - Brillopak

The Unipaker is single pick and packs up to 75 packs a minute

The processing and packaging market is fast moving and OEM providers need to design machines to be both reliable and efficient while at the same time having an eye on future pack and presentation trends. British end of line automation specialist BrilloPak has been in the business for nearly 20 years and…

Salad producer joins blockchain-based platform

BrightFarms announced it is incorporating blockchain technology as a member of the IBM Food Trust network. Food Trust, a blockchain-based information-sharing platform, connects supply chain data across the ecosystem. In addition to providing provenance insights, network members such as BrightFarms, say…

Turkey strives to make single-digit inflation permanent

Turkey’s government will introduce a series of measures to ensure that consumer price inflation remains in single digits. The steps will include curbing prices set by the…

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

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

Nine-fold growth of Russian frozen potato production

The production of frozen potatoes in Russia between 2014 and 2018 increased from 4.7 thousand tons to 42.4 thousand tons, as reported by RBC, citing the “Analysis of the…

The Sicilian citrus fruit sector is heading east

"We are definitely better known for our fresh blood oranges and juices, which are produced in Sicily and sold all over the world. However, not many know that we also grow and distribute mangoes, pomegranates and Miyagawa tangerines," explains Nello Alba, CEO of Oranfrizer.  Nello Alba "Of course our core business…

Sunvado: Ethiopian avocado oil factory is a real opportunity for farmers

Sunvado is a brand new organic avocado processing facility in Ethiopia. The Sunvado factory has successfully completed its first test-runs and is now ramping up production.…

Papua New Guinea: First frozen fruit and veg to test imports

Papua New Guinea's reliance on imported frozen fruits and vegetables will be tested as its own frozen food facility is set to change the market. More specifically it will…

Citrus juice showcased at Anuga

Sicilian blood oranges are known all over the world for their distinctive taste and properties. Ortogel will attend Anuga, the most important European fair to be held in Cologne between 5th and 9th October 2019, to promote the production chain that gathers producers and operators.  "We will bring the 'Sicily' brand to Cologne to promote…

Sarah Hofer, Fruit Group AG:

"We appeal to people who care about social responsibility and Mother Nature"

Soon, Anuga, one of the world's leading trade fairs for food and beverages, will open, to run from 5 to 9 October 2019 in Cologne. Many new and familiar faces will be there, introducing their products to an international audience. The Swiss Fruit Group will be attending Anuga for the second time. "We primarily…

Sunvado: Ethiopian avocado oil factory is a real opportunity for farmers

Sunvado is a brand new organic avocado processing facility in Ethiopia. The Sunvado factory has successfully completed its first test-runs and is now ramping up production.…

-Along with their associated tin can makers-

US tariffs to hurt Greek peach producers

Exporters and farmers in Greece are seriously concerned about Washington’s intention to impose additional tariffs on a series of their products, at a time when local exports to the United States have been staging a recovery. The biggest blow is expected to hit peach producers and can manufacturers.…

Swiss market leader sees future for modern and well-tried canned vegetables

"No trend without a countertrend"

As in many parts of Europe, in Switzerland the convenience trend has gained a foothold as well. New, trendy fresh products are appearing throughout Switzerland on the shelves of the Coop and Migros stores and other retailers. The processing industry also has to break new ground, says Schöni Swissfresh AG.…

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

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

Two new flavors for salad brand

Ready Pac Foods, a brand of Bonduelle Fresh Americas, has announced the introduction of two new Ready Pac Foods Bistro® flavors: Slider and Reuben salads. These salads combine the Slider and the Reuben salads with the brand’s Bistro Salad. “We are always looking for new ways for people to eat healthier, and that means extending…

Javier Valle, new general secretary of Asozumos:

"The Spanish fruit and vegetable sector is closely linked to the juice industry"

The new general secretary of the Spanish Association of Juice Manufacturers (ASOZUMOS), Javier Valle, has decided on a strategy. To this end, he has spent a few months with Alfonso Mena, recently retired after 40 years at the head of Asozumos. “The role of Alfonso Mena has been key in the development of…

Omusati region

Namibia to open asparagus processing factory

In Namibia's northern Omusati region the first ever asparagus processing factory was launched on Friday, it is the result of a memorandum of understanding that Namibia signed with the Spanish company Industrias Alimentarias de Navarra in 2017. The factory has 300 permanent workers of whom 80 percent are…

Schamel Meerrettich delicatessen presents new and well-tried product selection at Anuga

"It is important for us to make organic horseradish available to consumers"

The traditional Bavarian company Schamel Meerrettich has often been represented at Anuga and will present an excerpt from its wide range of products this year. In addition to the classic products, all of which have a new design, the focus is on the new Bavarian organic horseradish and the grated rustic horseradish,…

Frutco AG presents new projects at Anuga 2019

Swiss fruit processor is looking to the future

For Swiss Frutco AG, this year is all about the future and its accompanying challenges. In the face of a tense world situation, fiercer competition and the increasing demand for full process control and transparency, Frutco AG has succeeded in initiating the backward integration of the retailer of…

Eisberg & Bell Food Group focuses on new product trends at Anuga 2019

"Pre-cut ​​vegetables, fruit mixes and additional assortments in the foreground"

The internationally operating Eisberg Group will be represented at the forthcoming Anuga in Cologne together with the Bell Food Group. After first being present in 2017, now they will focus on the wide-ranging freshness concept of fresh-cut products and additional assortments. In a market hall of specialties,…

British Columbia - Canada

Fruit-packing and processing plant proposed for Southeast Kelowna

A large fruit-packing and processing plant is proposed for Southeast Kelowna, British Columbia. The venture is proposed by Okanagan Sunshine Fruit Packers Ltd., a produce…

Gerard van der Laarse – Simply Garlic

Winning friends with black garlic

Simply Garlic, a Pretoria-based black garlic processor, started eleven years ago when they approached a retailer with the offer to produce black garlic locally at a much cheaper price than the expensive imported product, and today very little black garlic is imported. “We only use Class 1 bulbs with a…

"Allowing more consumers to taste frozen pineapple sticks from the Philippines"

“This February saw the Philippines gaining access for its frozen fruits into China. This July, we received our first batch of frozen pineapple sticks from this country,” Mr. Zhong of GoGo Qingdao Limited Shanghai commented. “As this is the first year we have imported this product, and also as the sales…

Packaged salad producer expands Midwest distribution

BrightFarms has partnered with Crosset Company to distribute its products into over 100 new independent retailers in the Midwest, a majority of which are based in Ohio. BrightFarms’ newest greenhouse in Wilmington, Ohio will supply the new retailers with the company’s core portfolio of baby greens. In…

Funding will secure research on PSHB and deadly fungus

Hortgro is in the final stages of securing funding for a new research project that will look at the ability of the fungus carried by the polyphagous shot hole borer beetle to infect deciduous fruit trees as well as common windbreak tree species. The polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB) with its deadly…

The fruit juice market is growing

Over the past few years, the overall sales of fruit juice were penalized by a change in consumption trends, with consumers looking mainly for healthy products. When choosing food and beverages, Italians have been increasingly aware as regards sugar content.  "Identifying the radical changes in consumer behavior and…

Inka Crops break Peru's native potato exports record

The Association of Exporters (ADEX) reported that the Peruvian company Inka Crops had broken the country's native potato export volume record after marketing 83 tons of…

Farm Frites Egypt

Egypt inaugurates potato factory

On Tuesday, Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry Amr Nassar inaugurated the latest Farm Frites Egypt factory with investments of US$40 million. The factory spans an area of 9,300 m2, providing 100 direct and more than 5,000 indirect jobs. The opening ceremony was attended by Minister of Investment and International…

Indian exporter Freshtrop on the future of pomegranate arils

“Europe has quickly become the biggest destination for our pomegranate arils”

The Indian pomegranate season started slightly later than usual this season, due to delayed rains. Weather also had an effect on sizes, but an Indian exporter who has been in the agri-business for decades now, believes they’re heading towards a strong season. The company believes a lot can be done to…

Gert Mulders, Kwekerij Mulders:

“Prices of Belgian blueberries were mediocre but better than last year”

Family company Kwekerij Mulders in Poppel, Belgium, grows both tomatoes and blueberries. Gert Mulders explains how this surprising combination came about: “We grow our tomatoes on three hectares. Because we couldn’t expand regarding space, we started growing blueberries in 2017, and we’re still enjoying this.…

Frozen concentrate orange juice exports from Brazil increase in July-August

The Brazilian exports of Frozen Concentrate Orange Juice (FCOJ) Equivalent have been increasing for two consecutive months. From July to August 2019, Brazil has shipped 199.6…

Peruvian agribusiness Agromar bets on exporting processed avocado

The general manager of the Peruvian company Agromar Industrial, Fabian Hidalgo, stated that the company had decided to bet on the diversification of its portfolio of products…

DeHaat teams up with Coca Cola, working with Indian litchi growers

AgriTech platform DeHaat announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Coca Cola India, determined to cooperate with over 50,000 litchi growers in east…

"But they won't replace frozen market completely"

China: "Rising market share for whole frozen durians"

In China, where durian is a popular fruit, only frozen durian pulp was allowed to be imported, which could not meet the growing demand. This summer, whole Malaysian frozen durians gained access to this market. “Chinese consumers are very picky about the taste of different varieties, but as soon as they…

Groves hit by citrus greening

Could Florida oranges find a future through pea powder?

Joe Laffin, of Jones Laffin Co., recently developed a powder made by restructuring pea molecules in a Georgia-based lab. When added to juices, he says the powder blocks bitter…

The Juicy Juicy Factory:

"We are ready to serve the European market"

The Juicy Juicy Factory is based in Colombia. Since 2008, this company has been producing fresh fruit juices for the Latin American region. "We are now ready to service the European Market." Fresh fruitA representative from the Juicy Juicy Factory says, "We only work with local growers. We, therefore,…

Moldovan apple producers outraged by low prices paid by processors

The fruit producers who are members of the Moldova Fruit Association have expressed their outrage about the ridiculous prices offered by the processing factories for the…

Zumex®

Freshly squeezed juice segment continues to grow at European retailers

After almost a decade with juice consumption declining in Europe, the growing concern for health and food sustainability has led to a profound change in trends. This has been driven by ZUMEX®, a strategic global leading partner in the development of the juice business, with the growth of new juice…

Vietnam: Central Highlands’ largest fruit & veg processing centre opened

On September 9, the largest fruit and vegetable processing centre of the Central Highlands was inaugurated in Vietnam’s Gia Lai province. The Dong Giao Foodstuff Export factory complex covers 6ha and is designed to manufacture 52,000 tons of products annually. It comprises of three modern automated…

USDA GAIN report

Japanese Processed Vegetable Market Update 2019

The United States is the second leading supplier of processed vegetables to Japan, following China, with other smaller supplying countries including Thailand, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium. While the United States is the top supplier of frozen potato, tomato paste, and sweet corn, the market is…

Tasmanian McCain potato growers get better price

Tasmanian potato growers, supplying McCain now will receive a long-awaited price increase; grower Beau Gooch said the $33 per ton increase would help put profitability back.…

New steak salad introduced to salad brand

Although Labor Day is now over, summer is still on in the United States and FiveStar Gourmet Foods, producers of the Simply Fresh™ brand, has introduced its latest…

Ag Report: Tomato prices down, volume increases

The United States imports of Mexican tomatoes showed gains in volume last month compared to a year ago, but prices were down. According to trade data from the USDA, imports of…

The Juice Executive celebrates it's 5th birthday

"There is a nationwide thirst for healthier drinks"

A Kent entrepreneur that started a cold pressed juice manufacturing business after gaining inspiration from traveling in Indonesia is celebrating the firm’s 5th birthday in style. Alexandra Auger, the 27-year-old Managing Director of The Juice Executive, has seen sales hit £1.2m for the first time in its…

Sliced apple specialist introduces sliced pears

Crunch Pak®, a producer of sliced apples, is now offering fresh sliced pears to retail customers. Available in a 7-ounce package, the Opera sweet sliced pears will be available to customers nationwide beginning in mid-September. The company first introduced its fresh cut pear technology at United Fresh…

Healthy fruit and vegetable juices obtained via high pressure

"I believe we cannot still offer clients the usual pasteurized fruit juices full of sugar and additives in 2019! We knew non-pasteurized juice of a green color would not be appreciated by all, I think you either love it or hate it. However, it was developed for consumers who like the flavor of vegetables…

Pre-made salad and leafy vegetables still the most popular on the wholesale market

"Standard cut salads still cover up to 90% of our convenience offer"

The convenience sector in the German wholesaling and retail business has seen a rapid rise in recent years. More and more fruit salads, ready-to-cook vegetables and processed raw materials are being made available to wholesalers and private customers. In the wholesale market events, however, one sees more…

Brazilian 2018-2019 season ends with inventories dropping off

According to data from CitrusBR (Brazilian Association of Citrus Exporters), inventories of Frozen Concentrate Orange Juice (FCOJ) Equivalent at Brazilian processing plants…

Situation of Pineapple Industry in China: risks and challenges

Pineapple is the third largest tropical fruit product in the world, only after banana and mango. There are 1,000,000 hectares of pineapple in the world. Most of them are distributed in Asia and Africa. There are 400,000 hectares of pineapple in Asia, of which about 70,000 hectares are in China. Pineapple…

Founders of Holy Moly Dips are riding the UK avocado wave

Tom Walker and Gaz Booth have latched on to the popularity of the humble avocado to make their fortune.  They are the founders of Holy Moly Dips, a range of four different tubs…


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