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Processed fruit and vegetables

Ralph Barkmeijer: “Combination of fresh fruit and vegetables, without addition of dairy, means these ice creams are unique”

Vegetable ice creams conquer Dutch retail

Because temperatures are expected to surpass 30 degrees Celsius this week, the ice cream sales will once again take flight in the coming days. Various retailers provide the option of buying a healthy ice cream, made from fruit and vegetables. So far, strawberries, beetroot, fennel, mango, orange, carrot,…

UK first at Sainsbury's

Holy Moly’s 100% Pure Smashed Avocado

Holy Moly was the first brand in the UK to create fresh avocado-based products using High Pressure Processing (HPP). Now, this brand has announced the launch of a UK-first product into Sainsbury’s stores nationwide. Its goal is to “transform time-poor Brits’ relationship with their favourite fruit, the…

Union of Unions

The Spanish juice industry is threatened by Mercosur

The Union of Unions of Agricultural Producers and Ranchers has expressed its concern to the Cabinet of the Commissioner of Commerce of the European Commission about the signing of trade agreements with third countries. It has done so by presenting two reports, one on the active materials banned in the EU…

US: WinCo recalls frozen raspberries from 10 states because of norovirus test

WinCo Foods LLC is recalling frozen red raspberries because of potential contamination with the norovirus. The Food and Drug Administration found norovirus in a sample of WinCo brand raspberries and informed the Boise, ID, company, according to the recall notice. Rader Farms of Bellingham, WA, produced…

Prices and the margins of distributors, among the difficulties for the fresh cut sector

"We have managed to extend the shelf life of cut fruit to fifteen days"

There is an increasingly greater awareness about health issues. We want to eat healthy and tasty food, but we also want that food to be easy and quick to prepare. That is why the fresh cut fruit and vegetable segment is growing non-stop. In addition to the convenience of not having to peel or cut the…

Fermín Aldaz, commercial and marketing director of Florette Ibérica:

"The key is not to compete, but to promote habits"

"Fresh ready-to-eat products are perceived by the consumer as a healthy convenience with high added value. It is clearly a niche market. Even in times of crisis, their sales increase," says Fermín Aldaz, commercial and marketing director of Florette Ibérica. With a 50% market share, which puts it ahead…

Natura Buona healthy juices

"Natura Buona juices contain 100% fruit and are not made using concentrate raw material. This is a fundamental characteristic that sets us apart from the majority of juices available on supermarket shelves. Our main products are definitely blueberry and pomegranate juices, followed by turmeric and ginger. All our products have…

China: “Garlic prices continue to rise"

The circumstances for Chinese garlic this year are very different from other years. After Chinese New Year everyone expected that the garlic prices would come down, however the opposite happened. Since that time, the price has not fallen anymore but has only grown, as Mr. Ross from Rizhao Lvtuo Food Co.,…

Ben Messaoud:

“Exciting times on the free market”

Regional products, contract production and growers who take care of their own trade more and more often. Ben Messaoud, owner of Hortica from Andijk, the Netherlands, sees competition increasing on all fronts. Will the free market still have the right to exist in future, considering all the current…

Spain

Unica Group prepares record-breaking gazpacho

On Sunday, June 9, on the occasion of its tenth anniversary, the Spanish cooperative Unica Group has prepared the world's largest gazpacho in Almeria and beat a Guinness World Record. With this challenge, the cooperative has aimed to "showcase Almeria as what it really is: the capital of Spanish and…

Every second Polish strawberry is exported

In terms of strawberry production, Poland ranks second in Europe and eighth in the world, reports the Ministry of Agriculture. In 2018, the country produced approximately 196…

New value-added Brussels sprouts product available

This spring, Gold Coast Packing has added whole and halved Brussels sprouts to its line of specialty cut shredded Brussels sprouts to capitalize on what it sees as increased demand for the vegetable. In response to the increased purchasing of Brussels sprouts for Foodservice applications, the Gold Coast…

Bonnysa goes international with its fresh guacamole

Following several years of work and the development of a natural and fresh recipe, Bonnysa has obtained good results with the sale of its guacamole. Since January 2019, the product has been marketed under the Chef Select brand in all LIDL stores in Spain, and in recent months, the retailer has also…

Juice consumption in Spain has been reduced by 20%

On the occasion of the celebration of World Juice Day on May 30, the Spanish Association of Juice Manufacturers (Asozumos) prepared a report analyzing the sector's situation.…

Morocco one of the main canned food suppliers to the United States

An American study by IndexBox reveals Morocco to be the 9th most important exporter of canned fruits and vegetables to the United States. The Top 10 exporters account for 85%…

Natursnack starts its activity in this segment

Dehydrated fruit consolidates as the ideal healthy snack in Spain

Natursnack, a company specialized in healthy dehydrated fruit-based snacks made with local products and distributed in sustainable packaging, has started operating in the Spanish city of Valladolid. Entrepreneur Sandra de Blas. who is behind this project, said that "I found that there was a world to…

The Ministry of Agriculture aims to balance supply and demand

Withdrawal of 30,000 tons of stone fruit for processing into juice approved in Spain

The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has approved a 30,000 ton quota to transform withdrawn peaches, nectarines, Paraguayo peaches, platerinas and flat…

T.B.Fruit begins construction of fruit processing plant in Poland

T.B.Fruit is one of the largest processors of fruits and berries in Ukraine. It has currently begun the construction of the eighth plant of the group for processing fruits and…

Frozen food retailer Gelagri celebrates 40 years

In Loudéac (Côtes-d’Armor), the frozen food factory Gelagri is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The company was created in the late 1960s near Landerneau. In the…

New seasoning mixes launched for summer

Concord Foods announced it will be launching three new Fresh Success vegetable seasoning mixes just ahead of the busy summer season. The three new mix flavors include Garlic & Parmesan Sauce, Buffalo Cauliflower and Street Taco, and are expected to hit the shelves July 2019. The company said the…

Bonnysa at PLMA with fresh gazpacho in Spainnovation

Bonnysa has presented its catalog of innovative products within the framework of the PLMA in Amsterdam. The company selected its range of gazpachos,"La Gazpachera", because of its recipe, freshness, and absence of additives or preservatives, as one of the products for the Spainnovation part of the event.…

Does the Chinese market for quick-frozen fruits and vegetables have potential to grow?

Many Chinese consumers buy quick-frozen food products in the supermarket because they do not want to spend much time cooking. Frozen food is easy to prepare and can be kept…

State of Punjab, India

Machhiwara soon to have vegetable processing industry

A vegetable processing project, having capacity of 80,000 tons per year, will come up in Machhiwara, in Punjab’s Ludhiana district. The first stone of the facility is expected…

Ghana: Officials initiate build of avocado processing factory

Ghana government officials have cut sod for an avocado processing factory at Akyem-Nkronso, in the Abuakwa South Municipality. Under the One District, One Factory (1D1F) initiative, Akuapem Gold Agro Processing Ltd, funded by EXIM Bank, intends to drive the government’s “Ghana Beyond Aid” agenda and help…

Up 6.8% over the previous year

Peru's potato production continues to increase

Even though Peru's potato production continues to increase, the country is often forced to import this product due to the size of domestic demand. According to engineer Celfia Obregon Ramírez, the executive director of the Center for Productive Innovation and Technological Transfer of Potato and other…

Limited edition mango salad introduced in time for mango month

Ready Pac Foods, a brand of Bonduelle Fresh Americas, announced the introduction of its Limited Edition Bistro® Tropical Mango Salad with Mango Cilantro Vinaigrette. The salad has already hit the shelves just in time for the remainder of National Salad Month in May and in celebration of National Mango…

Washington producer expands to sliced, peeled and diced pears

Crunch Pak®, a producer of sliced apples, announced it is extending its value-added space to fresh sliced, peeled and diced pears. The value-added pears, available in 7-ounce and 32-ounce packages for foodservice customers initially, are made from Anjou and Bartlett varieties. The company will introduce…

It's the food industry's favorite protein source

Peas: the newest ingredient for vegan "meat"

Peas have emerged as the food industry's new favorite protein source, and are being used to replace animal proteins, given the environmental concerns linked to meat…

But trade wars will also be driving up prices of canned goods

Del Monte Foods makes a move into frozen and refrigerated

Few companies are associated as heavily with canned fruits and vegetables as Del Monte Foods. However, the company's CEO said in an interview that for much of its recent…

Sandra Domweber, Biohof Fink:

"We have clear chances to develop further with regard to processed organic products"

In the Europe-wide trade, the demand for fresh, regional products is increasing at a rapid pace. Organic fruit and vegetables are also booming on the Austrian market. However, it is not just the fresh produce that quickly finds its way to the customer, because processed organic products are also…

China: Price of pickled red peppers drops

The price of pickled red peppers in Wanbang Market showed a downward trend in comparison with last week. The average price this week is 15.63 yuan [2.27 USD] per kg. The…

Swiss family business Dreyer AG breaks new ground

"Fresh vegetables are clearly on the increase, sauerkraut is dropping off a bit"

In Switzerland, the local summer vegetables are now slowly arriving in the market. Open field crops of all types, but also greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers are in the domestic scene. For the Dreyer AG, with its headquarters in Gerolfingen, they are trying to offer the classical company specialties…

The potential of the country's products is unimaginable

Dominican company makes essential oils with avocados and rotten mangoes

A Dominican company buys rotten mangoes and avocados to grind them and extract their essential oils. Then these oils are exported to Genoa, Italy, where they are used in the cosmetic industry for the production of shampoo, moisturizers, and soaps. At the celebration of the seventh International Food,…

Dutch onion peeling company celebrates 40 years

Last Saturday, Snebo, an onion peeling business from Ossendrecht, the Netherlands, threw a party. Forty years ago, Henk Snepvangers came home with a bag of dirty onions. His wife peeled and sold these. This, in a nutshell, is how Snebo got started in 1979. The company's current director, Toon…

Biocoop offers a militant apple juice

Since 2013, Biocoop has been committed to shared products. This year, the brand is promoting militant apple juice. This is the reissue of a flagship product. Made from apples…

Canned vegetables to enjoy perishable products through out the whole year

Canning fresh products is an efficient and safe method to enjoy certain seasonal products, which can't be stored any other way because they are perishable. To discover the advantages of preserves, let's find out more about their elaboration through the Spanish canning factory Pedro Luis, from Lodosa,…

A world of innovation at Bonduelle

French processed vegetable company Bonduelle, wants plant-based food to become the main ingredient of a meal, to innovate, to give meaning and above all taste, while respecting everyone’s eating and cultural habits. “We are convinced that our products should inspire people to cook and eat vegetables…

Four new chopped salad kits launched

Taylor Farms, a producer of ready-to-eat fresh foods, has announced the launch of four new chopped salad kits for the spring and summer seasons. New Roasted Garlic, Tangerine Crunch, Steakhouse Wedge and Salsa Ranch Chopped Kits increase the Taylor Farms chopped kit portfolio to 18 retail recipes. “We…

Blood orange flavored Fanta

A new type of Fanta is now available: Fanta Blood Orange No Added Sugar made with the juice of PGI blood oranges from Sicily checked by Consorzio di Tutela Arancia Rossa di Sicilia IGP. The new product was presented at TuttoFood, the international fair dedicated to food & beverage in Milan. With this blood orange flavored…

Being an agricultural consultant in Thailand:

“I grow produce in my own farms to test growing techniques”

Cultivating and exporting fruits and vegetables from Thailand can be a bit more challenging. Not only are some of the products hardly known over the globe, there is also room to grow in terms of growing techniques and marketing options. For this reason, Chris Petcharalum has spent most of her…

Martin Baier, Georg Baier GmbH:

"Forest fruits and mushrooms losing out to processed products"

The first morels of the season were on offer last week in southern Germany. Thus, the domestic forest mushroom campaign has actually started. It will take a while before the first fresh porcini mushrooms and chanterelles from Europe can be offered in market relevant quantities. Also, the trade in fresh…

Spain: Vegetales Línea Verde strengthens its ready-to-eat product line

The company Vegetales Línea Verde has built new facilities in Jimenado, in the municipality of Torre-Pacheco, Murcia, dedicated to the production of ready-to-eat fresh…

The popularity of ready to eat fresh products increases

Alimarket tracks boom in convenience

The ready-to-eat product range is the sector experiencing the greatest growth within the fruits and vegetables sector. The consumption of these products, which offer consumers a convenient way of eating healthy and varied options, is increasingly growing. The development of new ready to eat fresh…

Kenya: Nyeri government to set up avocado processing plant in two years

According to Governor Mutahi Kahiga, the Nyeri government plans to set up an avocado processing and packaging plant in the next one to two years. He said he is hopeful the new…

System which improves French fry quality and provides energy savings

GEA has recently concluded tests proving the effectiveness of its award-winning CALLIFREEZE® system which improves product quality and provides energy savings by automatically controlling and monitoring the condition of frozen products as they exit the freezer. Because CALLIFREEZE® uses Aquantis sensors,…

Bud Holland expands its range with 40 new flavors of Ponthier fruit and vegetable purees

With 40 new flavors, Bud Holland is expanding the range of Ponthier fruit and vegetable purees. Most of these purees consist of 100% pure fruit or vegetables. The other varieties consist of a minimum of 90% pure fruit and a maximum of 10% pure cane sugar without additives. "The fruit is always harvested…

B-Berry

Dutch blueberry sorter sends juice to Asia for the first time

"abbGrowers sorts and packages blueberries and has many international contacts. We cultivate blueberries too. We are also the only grower in the Netherlands that makes its own blueberry juice - b-berry juice," says Suzanne Douven. She is the b-berry marketing and research specialist at abbGrowers. “Our…

Starbucks adds hot pink vegan dragon fruit drink to the menu

Starbucks has added a refreshing hot pink vegan dragon fruit drink to its permanent menu in U.S. and Canada stores, and it’s taking Instagram by storm. In a press conference in 2017, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson revealed that Starbucks was planning to increase its profits by developing more plant-based…

Vegetable growers find value in waste streams

A group of Dutch farmers saw too much of their produce going to waste. They now process overripe – and therefore unmarketable – vegetables into sauces and soups. The products are expected to hit supermarket shelves later this year. Harvest House is a cooperative of 54 growers who cultivate tomatoes,…

Bonduelle Fresh Americas launches new heat and eat lunch bowls

For most consumers, a quick, delicious, satisfying hot lunch means a trip to a restaurant or drive thru. But companies say consumers are able to satisfy their desire with convenient ready-to-heat-and-eat meals. Consequently, Bonduelle Fresh Americas has launched their Heat & Eat Harvest Bowl™s, which…

Togo: President Gnassingbé inaugurates pineapple-processing factory in Zio prefecture

On April 25, Togo’s president Gnassingbé inaugurated the ‘Jus Délice’ pineapple processing factory in Gbatopé, Zio prefecture. This facility will help Togo process more of its local fruit, making this sector more competitive. More than 8 tons of pineapple will be processed into organic juice every day.…

Natural Vending by ZUMEX®: An on-the-go juice vending machine

People with little time and an accelerated lifestyle increasingly choose to eat between meals and away from home, so snacks are increasing and now account for almost 50% of meals *. The growing demand for snacks in the vending channel clashes with the low variety and lack of supply of healthy and fresh…

Apple juice “C’est qui le patron?!” sells more than 1 million cartons

It has been two years since these Alsatian farmers offered their apple juice to the brand “C’est qui le patron?!” [Who’s the boss?!], after the success of their milk. It was…

Salad producer wins Walmart produce innovation award

BrightFarms, a supplier of locally grown salads for supermarkets, was recently awarded the Innovation Award (Produce) at Walmart’s 2019 Supplier Growth Forum in Rogers, Arkansas. The Innovation Award follows the launch of the company's salads in Walmart stores in Ohio. BrightFarms said its produce…

Turkey: Countdown to the 5th Artichoke Festival

Izmir's Urla district will host the 5th Artichoke Festival this week. The festival starts on April 26th and welcomes international visitors for three days. Artichoke producers, farmers and local traders are now getting ready for this vibrant festival. Urla will present everything to do with artichokes…

Ardo upgrades processing technologies with Sentinel II optical sorting machines

Tomra Food selected to partner Ardo

Tomra Food, a manufacturer of sensor-based sorting machines for the food industry, has been selected to partner Ardo, which is known for their work in the fresh-frozen vegetable sector. Ardo has installed two Tomra Sentinel II optical sorting machines at its processing plant in Ardooie, Belgium, as part…

An award-winning goji berry jam

"Traditional crops were no longer profitable so we opted for innovative healthy products," explains Juri Piermattei, owner of Campagna Magna since 2006. The organic company (which has held the certification since 1990) is located in San Severino Marche (MC) and only grows high-quality raw material selected to create healthy…

Kenya receives Japanese donation for construction of Marakwet fruit factory

Kenya has received US $84,000 from the Japanese government as donation towards the construction of Marakwet fruit factory in Marakwet County, western Kenya. Second Secretary…

Dutch onions exports higher in week 12 than 6 weeks earlier

Dutch onion exports' seasonal total was more than 705,000 tons in week 12. That is the third week in March. In that week, the export amount was just over 12,000 tons. These…

New single serve ready-to-eat salads launched in Canada

Bonduelle Fresh Americas has launched its Fresh Picked ready-to-eat salads in Canada. Each of the new salads feature fresh leafy greens, seasoned meats such as chicken, turkey and ham, dressings and a variety of toppings such as cheese, veggies or crumbled bacon. The company says they are the first of…

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…

France: “Plant-based appetizer market is growing at a rate of 25% per year”

In 2018, the company France Champignon revised its range of fresh products for the fruit and vegetable shelves. “We changed our black trays for fully recyclable green packaging, made from recycled plastic,” explains Chris Chamballu, sales manager of the company. “We also created a mascot ‘Chef Champi’ to…

Functional snacks featuring vegetables - chips become healthy

"Enjoy Chips is a combination of know-how and creativity that has been creating a revolutionary snack range since 1987. We have been accurately mapping food habits for the past thirty years, which has led us to creating niche snacks. Our mission is to make sure people can enjoy chips in a healthier way,…

"Dragon fruit juice will officially enter the Chinese market in July"

"This is the time when seasonal fruits enter the market and consumers have a great variety to choose from, but Hainan dragon fruit is still doing quite well overall. The price is quite reasonable." This is according to Michael Gao of Hainan 18 Degrees Northern Latitude Fruit Co., Ltd. Yang Lan tastes "18…

Biloba: 100% natural fruit juice

In Neufchâteau, Belgium, a brand of artisanal fruit juice is enjoying great success thanks to its 100% natural label. Xavier Regout grows conference pears, Doyenné du Comice, and Jonagold, Golden and…

"The direction of Brexit negotiations is the main reason for increased export"

"Rapid growth of frozen vegetable exports from China to the UK"

"Overseas buyers are pessimistic about the final outcome of the continued Brexit negotiations. As a result, UK importers have increased their activities. We have seen a rapid growth of the export volume of our frozen vegetable products." This is according to Xu Chuangang of Rizhao Lvtuo Food Co., Ltd.…

New York's Baldor Specialty Foods expands veggie side kits range

Baldor Specialty Foods, an ingredient source for NYC’s top chefs, announced the expansion of its retail line of Urban Roots Veggie Side Kits that the company premiered last year. The new kits, which are set to appear on produce shelves later this month, include a new line of veggie noodle sides as well…

"Overseas demand for Chinese quick-frozen vegetables grows year on year"

The price of vegetables is currently rising as market demand grows and transport becomes more expensive. Vicky Zhang of Laiyang YafuRui Import & Export Co., Ltd. confirmed…

“Cooked vegetables to cater for modern eating habits”

Healthy and local produce that can be cooked easily is a new and important trend. To meet this new demand, the Ferme Vermersch offers cooked vegetables. The farm just launched their asparagus season. Côme Vermersch, a commercial developer, explains that “the asparagus come directly from the producer (in…


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