Processed fruit and vegetables

Kenyan farmers find sweet spot with nutritious, drought-hardy crop

In a modern factory in central Kenya, the only one of its kind in Meru County, dozens of products are being made. These include bread, cakes, doughnuts and crisps, and they…

Peruvian canned artichoke exports made $ 90.9 million in 2019

According to data provided by the portal Agrodata Peru, in 2019 Peru exported 37,748,002 kilos of canned artichokes with an FOB value of $ 90,977,515. These figures entail a 16% fall compared to 2018, when 41,644,735 kilos were exported worth 108,804,002 dollars. Last year, the main destination of these…

Avocado tortillas made from 20% avocado pulp

Salud Foodgroup Europe recently introduced its latest product: the avocado tortilla. "Salud Foodgroup is the European market leader in frozen avocado products. This new product melds perfectly with our current product line. We not only have pure avocado products like sliced and diced avocado, and…

Cruzcampo launches the first Spanish beer made with mangoes from La Axarquía

Cruzcampo has launched the first beer made with Spanish mangoes from the Malaga region of La Axarquía. This new limited edition product has been devised by brewer masters Juan Navarro and Jorge Varela. "This time, we wanted to continue experimenting with local and seasonal raw materials, and incidentally…

"From an excellent brand, to a great national brand of reference in apple-based products"

Established in 2013, Leni's is the VOG Products brand that offers a range of apple-based products to satisfy the rising market demands, in particular for juices, mousses and fresh apple wedges. "After seven years, we present a new Leni's." So began Christoph Tappeiner, general manager of VOG Products,…

Robot solution was a big hit in Berlin:

"There is a lot of catching up to do in the automation for processing and packaging"

Last week's Fruit Logistica in Berlin was a successful display of processing and packaging capability for the US company ProEx Food, LLC, with offices in the United States and an additional office in Germany. The team had its new full washdown, hygienic pick-and-place robot on the stand, which was the…

Carrefour launches first spread with 99% avocado, produced by Reyes Gutiérrez

Carrefour has presented its first avocado pulp spread, which is preservative and gluten-free and contains 99% avocado. This avocado pulp is made by the Malaga-based company Reyes Gutiérrez, which is headquartered in one of the areas with the highest avocado production in Vélez-Málaga. This fruit is a source…

John Binedell, Eptech, South Africa

Veg fresh-cut and salad grow need for processing equipment

Eptech, based in Paarl, supplies food processing equipment to the South African food processing industry as sole representative of some major companies that manufacture the equipment needed to wash, dry, sort, peel, slice and dice food. “In 1991 the company started, I’d been working for Molenaar for…

"Frozen vegetables satisfy Chinese consumer demand for convenient food products"

Many Chinese companies closed before Chinese Spring Festival [25 January, 2020] and have remained closed in response to the corona epidemic. However, starting from this week, several companies intend to gradually open their doors and resume business as usual. Although the market did slow down during this…

Fresh-cut: Market demand for new range of antioxidants

Food Freshly will be bringing new solutions to Berlin. The German-based company is developing antioxidants that extend the shelf-life and improve the quality of fresh-cut…

Northern Ireland: Mash Direct continues to boom year-on-year

Mash Direct, a business run by the Hamilton family in Northern Ireland, is a classic example of successful farm diversification. This successful processed vegetable company recently announced plans to increase production capacity to meet growing demand for its products, following a £10 mln funding…

The juice industry, a solution for the stone fruit surplus in Spain

Recently, representatives of the national organization Cooperativas Agro-Alimentarias of Spain and of the Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives of Murcia (Fecoam) visited…

Hans Keijzer, zti smart machines's co-owner:

"Our new pineapple peeler prevents juice loss"

A pineapple peeler is not, in itself, a new machine. There are already many kinds. "You can, however, improve the existing pineapple peelers in a large number of ways. Included here is considering several important core elements. Think of increasing the pineapple's shelf life, a better yield, and an ROI.…

Despite low prices

Orange juice demand in US and Europe continues to drop

Although orange juice production has risen in Florida and Brazil, falling demand in major markets like the US and Europe has brought the FCOJ (from concentrate orange juice)…

A novelty introduced by the Melchiori company

A new apple juice with a touch of pear

Can an apple juice stand out among the countless offerings available on the market? The company Melchiori di Predaia (Trento) firmly believes it is possible, when it comes to their apple juice. "We have a new product made with apples and pears," explained Alberto Corazzola, who attended the Marca fair in…

Del Monte Philippines to sell 13% stake to Singapore’s SEA Diner

Del Monte Philippines Inc is a wholly-owned subsidiary of global branded food and beverage firm Del Monte Pacific Limited (DMPL). It is selling 13 per cent of its existing…

Prepping for the Canadian pea growing season

French company Roquette to open pea processing plant by the end of 2020

Along the stretch of Trans-Canada highway between Winnipeg and Brandon, not far from Portage la Prairie, a new build is going on. French company Roquette is set to open its…

Australia; Development of $11.6 million pineapple plant in Yeppoon is underway

In a little over six months, the Capricorn coast of Queensland will be home to a new $11.6 million pineapple processing plant. Hidden Valley Harvest will develop the plant at…

World's first "vegetable-based" energy drink with real cucumber juice

Vegetable Energy from Austria

An energy drink brand from Austria is presenting the world's first vegetable-based energy drink with the full power of green cucumbers and mint. The cucumber energy drink from PURE BIO ENERGY draws its power from super caffeine, coming from organically grown coffee beans. "Nothing picks you up quicker and longer than concentrated…

Peace River Citrus expansion in Bartow

Some 175 jobs to open up due to US juice processing plant expansion

An expansion of the Peace River Citrus Products Inc. juice processing plant in Bartow will bring 175 new high paying jobs to Polk County when it opens in early 2021. According…

South Africa

Agri-processing could be ideal to drive Northern Cape economic growth

Investments have been made in manufacturing facilities for speciality rooibos tea at Niewoudtville in the Northern Cape, as well as in new vineyard development for groups of…

Polish producer of fruit salads Fructofresh receives patent for German and international market

"We offer a solution for the production of fruit salads and mono-products with extended shelf life"

Just in time for Fruit Logistica in Berlin, the Polish producer of fresh fruit salads Fructofresh has managed to patent a solution for extending products' shelf lives. With this process, the shelf life of Fructofresh fruit salads and mono-products can be extended. The company, based in Gubin in western Poland,…

Together with Lakers star Anthony Davis

Ruffles potato chips launches new flavour

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Anthony Davis collaborated with PepsiCo-owned brand Ruffles to launch a new flavor, Ruffles lime and jalapeno. The Lakers forward helped pick the flavor and unveiled the product at an event in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The new flavor’s release marks the first time in…

South Africa: ‘Slap’ chips might get cheaper thanks to new deal on potatoes

Local farmers have not had easy access to Mondial potatoes in the past. Mondial potatoes are disease resistant, deliver a high yield, and are perfect for "slap" chips. This was due an exclusive deal between a Dutch potato breeder and a local company; it was an exclusive agreement between HZPC Holland,…

More choices & more convenience with fresh-cut fruit

The latest quarterly earnings report for Del Monte Fresh Produce, Coral Gables, Florida, revealed a notable jump in fresh-cut fruit sales, a move that is indicative of the…

Ross Beaton – The Apple Press

How a marketer turned 'ugly fruit' into a new category

Owner and CMO of The Apple Press, Ross Beaton, has staked everything on his apple juice varietals and plans to grow the chilled juice category.  This innovator was a very successful apple grower for over 30 years, and has now taken over 13,000 tonnes of non-export grade (dubbed ‘ugly') fruit and turned it…

Sales of fresh fruit and vegetables are rising

The Dutch embrace sliced vegetables and fresh packages

During 2019, the Dutch bought 2 percent more fresh fruit and vegetables. This growth is mainly driven by sliced fresh vegetables and fresh packages. Especially the fresh food…

ProEx Food Focusses on Robotic Automation in 2020

Helping processors solve labor shortages

ProEx Food has set its sights on 2020 as the year in which robotic automation solutions will be a key focus of its market awareness, solution engineering design and sales strategies.  “Our foundational products and service build upon food processing equipment, mainly in sweet corn and green beans; making proprietary…

Uganda: UGX 1.4 bln pineapple factory commissioned in Ntungamo

In Uganda’s Ntungamo district, a 1.4 bln shillings (€336,000) pineapple factory has been commissioned. The factory owned by Nyakihanga Fruits and Vegetable Growers Cooperative…

Virú S.A. and Mensajero Alimentación S.L. form Mensajero Virú

The Peruvian canning company Virú expands its activity in Spain

The Peruvian agroindustrial firm Virú S.A. has partnered with Mensajero Alimentos SL, a Spanish company based in Murcia and dedicated to the production and marketing of canned…

Potato war: Colombia takes anti-dumping measures against European frozen french fries

In October of last year, the European Commission (EC) lodged a complaint with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) about the import tariffs Colombia has imposed on frozen french fries from Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. According to the European Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, the European…

Dutch company Farm Frites plans French fries plant in Kazakhstan

Sometime in the next two years, Dutch company Farm Frites Beheer B.V., plans to build a plant for the production of French fries in Zhambyl region. “The total cost of the project for the construction of an export-oriented factory for the production of French fries is $145 million. The project will be…

Question: Why does toothpaste makes orange juice taste terrible?

For those among us that ever drank a glass of orange juice in the morning after brushing our teeth: that was a lesson learnt. And it’s a lesson most of us learn as young kids — orange juice and toothpaste just don’t mix. But why? In fact, it is all in the taste buds. Our taste buds can detect different…

Witte peeling plant focuses on cultivation and processing at one location

"Halved and quartered potatoes account for up to 90% of our turnover"

In an age of staff shortages and increased customer needs, high-quality convenience products are increasingly in demand. If possible, the products should be sourced from regional cultivation, processed gently and delivered within the shortest possible time. Exactly this short, regionally shaped supply chain…

Report of the Center for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries

Europe is the world's second-largest importer of dried chili peppers

According to a report by the Center for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries, CBI, the main importer of dried peppers in Europe is Spain. However, new…

10th anniversary of the Blue Skies Foundation

Making papaya more accessible to consumers

Blue Skies fruit company has operations in Ghana, Egypt, South Africa, Brazil and the UK where they specialise in fresh-cut fruit, juices and ice cream. They supply these products into markets around the world  and have just launched fruit juices and fresh-cut fruit into Dubai and will soon bring their ice…

The EU reconsiders the extension of tariffs on canned citrus from China

The European Commission has decided to reconsider the extension of tariff measures on canned citrus fruits from China. The Regional Minister of Agriculture of the Valencian Community, Mireia Molla, expressed her satisfaction at this decision. In a visit to Agriconsa, a cooperative that is controlled by…

Brazilian orange juice exports up 54%

The months of July through November saw 535,714 tons of orange juice shipped abroad from Brazil. This is in fact up 54% from a year ago. Exports fetched USD 921 million, up…

Margaret van Oers, Apio Snacks:

Tasty bar snacks... made of celeriac?!

There are probably few among you who think of the traditional Dutch bar snack bitterballen when you think of celeriac. But why not? Vegetarian snacks are trendy and celeriac appears to be surprisingly tasty in a croquette or bitterbal, says Apio Snacks' Margaret van Oers. Almost a year ago, Margaret started…

Choví

Launch of first aioli with guacamole

Choví has presented its most original innovation, combining a classic sauce with one of the most popular trendy foods: aioli with guacamole. The brand is the first on the…

Contract farming will boost Cambodian mango processing capacity

The Cambodian Ministry of Commerce has urged the China-owned Long Wo Fruit Industry Co to carry out contract farming with more farmers’ associations or farmers directly, in order to ensure its processing capacity and supply chain can increase exports of a processed-mango. During a working visit to…

Guyana: Ministries and agencies visit TOPCO’s Expansion Project

Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) Executive Chairman Komal Samaroo is of the strong view that the agriculture sector must be developed to include value added processing of the nation’s fruits and vegetables into pulp and juices, for local consumption and export. To this end, he explained DDL’s decision…

Ukraine exports record volume of frozen vegetables

According to a report published by the EastFruit consultant, Ukraine exported a record volume of frozen vegetables despite having a shortage of raw materials and facing an…

Queensland - Australia

Development underway on $11.6 mln pineapple plant in Yeppoon

In about six months Queensland's Capricorn coast will be home to a new $11.6 million pineapple processing plant. Hidden Valley Harvest will develop the plant at Yeppoon, just…

Masseria Fruttirossi

Lome Super Fruit orange juice line makes its debut

As mentioned in our previous article (see FreshPlaza of 10/09/2019), the agri-food plant Masseria Fruttirossi from Apulia, renowned for its 100% pomegranate juices under the brand 'Lome Super Fruit', has recently started producing and packaging new cold-pressed local orange juices. These are treated with…

Sweden: Unpasteurized spinach drink tied to increasing cryptosporidium cases

Officials in Sweden are investigating a recent increase in the number of cryptosporidiosis cases. Public Health Agency Folkhälsomyndigheten has linked some illnesses to one…

Concept first introduced in test setting

Lidl Switzerland introduces juice presses in its branches

Since late November, orange juice presses have been installed in the Lidl branches at Weinfelden, Baar, Wettingen and Zurich Fraumünsterpost. Lidl Switzerland wants to offer…

Kipepeo GmbH relies on dried fruit specialities from Tanzania

"Dried exotics are not only nutrient-rich, they also finance development projects."

As a direct importer, Kipepeo brings organic and fair-certified dried fruit to Germany. The fruits are grown in Tanzania, harvested ripe and dried gently. Kipepeo is committed to the import of excellent goods and fair trade with partners and small farmers: the value chain in Tanzania is to be exploited…

Start-up Food Fellows heads towards break-even point in 2020

Harvest House growers process 3 million excess tomatoes in blend, sauce and soup

During the biennial inspiration trip to New York four years ago, Harvest House members saw a considerable share of processed products on the shelf. "If this is the way the market is going, why don't we process our residual flows," the tomato growers wondered. Food Fellows was born a few Friday afternoons…

Lynn Jackson -RK Drysdales

Shredded swede 'swoodles' the lastest carb replacement

With the increased demand for convenience food and ready-prepped vegetables, more and more producers have made this a standard part of the business. RK Drysdales located in the Scottish borders is one such company. A well-established grower of swede, Brussel’s sprouts, leeks and more recently Kallettes®…

Albert Bartlett buys into frozen food brand Kiddyum

Manchester-based frozen food brand for children, Kiddyum, has sold a 40% stake to Albert Bartlett, a grower and packer of potatoes. The undisclosed investment will support…

Soroti fruit factory - Arapai sub county

Ugandan fruit factory restricts business to registered groups

The Soroti Fruit Factory has restricted its purchase of oranges to farmer groups and associations. The processing plant that commenced the production of orange and mango juice…

North American french fry shortage could be coming

Some potato producers in North America have been reporting a cold and wet fall, that has negatively impacted crop yields. This, combined with an increased demand for the…


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