Processed fruit and vegetables

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…

Pomodoro di Montagano products from Molise

"Processed tomatoes from Montagano are our leading products and are a true local delicacy," explains Giovanni Palumbo, owner of the Molise Goloso family business, which was established in 2012 as a simple website for the promotion of regional produce but which was then turned into a processing facility.…

Rising popularity of arugula in Spain for use in bagged salads

The proliferation of bagged salads in the supermarket shelves has given a boost to the cultivation of arugula in the Spanish Region of Murcia. This plant, which had been…

Manufactured by Scott Technology

DriedFresh to roll out evolved V2.5 OVDMA dryer

Over the last 15 years DriedFresh have developed and refined a fresh idea for drying nature's food. The company dries from fresh (no freeze-drying required) at low temperatures and Oxygen free. Food for longlife storage with a gold standard nutrient preservation status keeping nature's colours, taste and…

"Our pre-season volume estimates have tripled, creating a bumper year for us"

New Zealand’s Grove Avocado Oil has tripled pre-season volume estimates, creating a bumper year. General Manager James Greenlees says the Bay of Plenty-based family-owned company has processed one of the largest seasonal volumes of fruit in its 19-year history. “Grove was set up by local avocado…

Raynal et Roquelaure shake up the grocery sector

Leading French food specialist Raynal et Roquelaure is shaking up the grocery sector with the launch of a range of cooked vegetables in a totally new-look packaging for these types of products. The company is introducing three unique recipes - Quinoa and Provencal Lentils, Lentils Compote and Vegetables…

NEXTY award for ready-to-eat beets product at Expo West

Love Beets, the creators of ready-to-eat beets, celebrated the win of a NEXTY Award at this year’s Natural Products Expo West, taking home the prize for their Golden Beet-o de Gallo in the “Best New Savory or Salty Snack” category. Of the more than 3,600 exhibitors, Love Beets were one of just 32 NEXTY…

Blended Burger Project is back

Chefs, sharpen your knives, the James Beard Foundation have announced restaurants can now begin registering for the 5th Annual Blended Burger Project™ competition, which challenges chefs to make burgers better by blending at least 25 percent finely chopped fresh mushrooms with meat. In addition, the initiative will expand to…

Chinese IQF vegetable industry growing fast

China is relatively late with the development of its quick-frozen vegetable industry in comparison with other developed nations, but its development has been extremely rapid. China is already one of the world's largest exporters of quick-frozen vegetables. This is mainly because the Chinese vegetable…

Spanish frozen vegetable industry continues to grow

The Spanish frozen vegetable industry produced 785,707 tons in 2018, which is 10,741 tons more than in 2017 (+1.38%), thus maintaining the growth trend of recent years. This…

"China's next onion production season is about to begin"

"The new onion production season of 2019 is about to begin in most onion production areas throughout China. In our estimate the overall production volume of 2019 will remain on the same level as 2018. The size of onions will also maintain the same overall line. This is mainly because the weather…

New processing facility - Big boost for Australian fruit industry

A $55 million state-of-the-art processing facility in Shepparton, Victoria, will employ more than 1300 people over five years, while ensuring apples and pears don’t go to waste. The FRUITCo project includes a $15million investment from the Federal Government and further investment from fruit processing…

Facility may close

Greenyard recalls green beans for jimson weed risk

Greenyard Frozen France has recalled frozen green beans because they could contain parts of a poisonous plant commonly known as jimsom weed or jimsonweed. The scientific name of the plant is Datura stramonium and it contains high levels of tropane alkaloids including atropine, hyoscyamine and…

Pound depreciation affects Sicilian blood orange commerce

This year, Spain has had a rather hefty presence on the European citrus fruit market due to its high production volumes. As for Italian blood oranges, the physiological drop in yields was worsened by the effects of the floods in late October/early November 2018. "The quotations of Sicilian Tarocco…

Beet root wedges, kale, pumpkin spinach and more

US: Strong Roots introduces product range

Strong Roots, an innovative and award-winning line of premium root vegetables, veggie burgers and bites from the namesake company founded in 2015 in Dublin, Ireland, is entering the U.S. with eight of its top-selling products. All are verified vegan and non-GMO. Offerings include three types of burgers:…

Lower demand for Polish frozen strawberries

Eurostat data shows that in 2018, imports of frozen strawberries to the EU increased by 31% to a record level of 159,000 tons. The main reason for this was the increase in the…

Tasmania - Australia

McCain Foods plans $37 million Smithton plant upgrade

Potato farmers are hoping McCain Foods' $37 million investment into the Smithton processing facility will increase demand and raise prices. Tasmanian McCain grower committee chairperson Rob Bayles said while it’s great to see McCain investing into the future, it’s important to remember the vast amount…

Uzbekistan and Egypt to set up fruit processing joint ventures

On March 1, 2019, an Uzbek-Egyptian business forum was held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. It coincided with the visit of Egyptian delegation led by Deputy Minister of Trade and…

Brazil: 2018-19 orange juice output to drop 27.5%

Orange juice production in Brazil, the world’s top exporter, will total just 874,000 tons in the 2018-19 production year that ends in June. Industry group CitrusBR said on…

Colombia: "Processed fruits represent a great business opportunity"

Colombia is the ninth biggest supplier of exotic fruits worldwide. Thanks to its geographical location and its mountain climate, Colombia's fruit production has consolidated…

Hot Pepper King pepper nursery

DIY Sambal pack introduced

Fruit Logistica was recently held in Berlin, Germany. Here, Hot Pepper King presented a new DIY Sambal pack. They are one of the Dutch association, Van Nature's, growers. Hot Pepper King or HPK is a pepper nursery, based in Pijnacker-Nootdorp, the Netherlands. HPK specializes in cultivating a wide range of hot peppers. These…

Launch of new cold-pressed, holistic juice line

Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company announced the launch of a new line of cold-pressed juices with new functional and holistic properties. The three new juices represent the next generation of Natalie’s juices and were brought to market after six months of development. According to the company, the…

Frozen Bimi® launched on European market

Bimi® announced the launch of frozen Bimi® to the European market at this year's Fruit Logistica This decade-long innovation has been developed using a technique of freezing the hand-picked crop as individually-frozen stems, delivering it to consumers in premium condition. The European launch comes after…

Strong Roots

Irish root vegetable innovator makes US debut

Strong Roots is an innovative and award-winning line of premium root vegetables, veggie burgers and bites founded in Dublin, Ireland. The company is breaking many sales records at home and in the UK, with more than 500 percent sales growth year-on-year. Strong Roots addresses fast-rising demand for…

Israel: Futuristic snack reminiscent of space age

Strauss Group Inc. is an Israeli food and beverage manufacturer. It is currently testing a futuristic new snack that is made with the same technology used by NASA to develop food for astronauts. The new snack is a nutritional cube made from freeze-dried and pressed vegetables, fruits, and grains. It…

Investments worth EGP 350 million

Egypt: IFCG plans to establish frozen vegetables factory

The International Food and Consumable Goods Company (IFCG) is planning to establish a new factory for the production of frozen vegetables, investments some EGP 350 million…

Conagra Brands

Birds Eye plans expansion in Wisconsin

US food company Conagra Brands, owner of frozen vegetables brand Birds Eye, is expanding operations at its facility in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. The project expected to create…

New potato processing facility underway

Egypt: Nile Food Industries Company awaits potato factory licenses

The Egyptian Nile Food Industries Company is planning to invest EGP 10 million (€503,000) in a new potato processing factory next year. Production capacity at the factory is expected to reach 1,000 tons annually. Mahmoud Hendy, the CEO of the company, said that the company is waiting for the licenses. He…

TecnoFrutta develops two types of dryers for the fresh produce and canning industry

"Over the first few years we focused on the creation of systems for the processing of fennel, broccoli and artichokes, then there was an evolution that enabled us to become a leading business in the manufacturing of dyers for fruit and vegetables," explains Antonio Ferragonio, sales manager for…

Convenience company vitasafe GmbH expects further growth of the to-go concept

"Current German ready-to-eat fruit market is ripe for extension of the assortment"

For more than 10 years, vitasafe, based in Hof/Saale, has been delivering pre-cut fruit in appealing to-go packaging. Due to the acceptance of the basic article by the customer as well as the steady growth of the convenience business, it was possible to introduce more articles into the assortment. Among…

Hot water treatments for longer shelf life of fresh-cut apples

Demand for ready-to-eat products is growing steadily. With the help of a hot water treatment at 55 o and for a period of 30 to 60 seconds, apples for fresh fruit salads can in future be so sanitized that consumers are offered an increased shelf life and reduced microbial load. New washing system for…

New veggie-based snack to be launched at Natural Products Expo West

Calbee North America, known for their Harvest Snaps, will announce the launch of Popper Duos at this year’s Natural Products Expo West Booth N744. Popper Duos will be the first product unveiled under their brand, Honestly Veggie, which promises: "the first ingredient will always be vegetables, no…

Kenya: State acquires mango processor to serve 30,000 coastal farmers

Yesterday, the Kenyan government announced plans to revive a mango processing factory in readiness for the region's harvesting season. The revival of the plant is expected to…

North American producer sees higher demand for ready-to-eat beets

Beets are in season in North America, with a good supply of product available at the moment. Producers say that the winter months also tend to see a spike in demand for the red colored root vegetable, as consumers look for healthier meal options. "In 2019, the demand in the market for more healthy and…

Condifresco presents fermented onions and shallots

A combination of organic fermented garlic, shallots and onions (from Montoro) will be officially presented at Biofach in Nuremberg by Condifresco. The packaging of Tris Nero is made of recyclable recycled plastic. The three black products have balsamic, sugary and liquorice notes as well as hints of…

Beet-inspired campaign to celebrate heart health month

Love Beets, the creators of ready-to-eat beets, will celebrate National Heart Health Month with their “Love Your Heart-BEET” campaign during the month of February. The campaign will span both in-store efforts and digital activations across the Love Beets social platforms with the goal of educating…

Eating sauerkraut to fight breast cancer

Doctors claim there is no anti-cancer diet, but some products, like the sauerkraut, can however reduce the risk of breast cancer. The sauerkraut, chopped cabbage fermented…

US: Indian River Transport starts new Cordele terminal

The Indian River Transport Company announced Monday that it plans to build a new trucking terminal in Cordele, off Interstate 75 at Exit 102. The Cordele terminal will be its…

Spain: Canary banana flour suitable for those with coeliac disease

Scientists from the Canary Institute of Agricultural Research have managed to develop a flour from green Canary bananas. This product can be consumed by diabetics and those…

US: Healthy and snack food trend continues to drive new products

The movement of consumers towards snacking and healthy foods is driving companies to innovate and come up with new products. This is also the case for companies that have been around for generations, like Del Monte Foods. Del Monte has been introducing new products in different sections of stores to…

Boise metropolitan area - Idaho

McCain Foods again eyes property in Caldwell

After plans to build a large facility in Caldwell fell through last year, McCain Foods USA, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of frozen potato products, is again eyeing property in the city of Caldwell in Idaho. Caldwell is considered part of the Boise metropolitan area. McCain Foods was…

Western Canada: Fresh Attitude Prewashed Baby Lettuces and Salad Kits now available

Canadian, family-owned company Vegpro International is introducing their most popular products to Western Canada. Fresh Attitude prewashed baby lettuces and salad kits have officially made their debut in the produce sections of Western Canada's grocery stores, and can be found in major retailers such as…

Jamaican government targets expansion of agro-processing

Jamaica’s Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Mr Audley Shaw, recently stated that his government is looking to expand agro-processing for local consumption and export. He noted that four distinct markets are being targeted – CARICOM, the Jamaican Diaspora, hotels, and the school…

Just under 4,000 hectares of acreage affected by current trade stop

Austria: Domestic frozen vegetables in danger?

The Lower Austrian Chamber of Agriculture and producer organization Frozen Vegetables ETG are raising the alarm. Since frozen vegetables' sales have been falling for years,…

A start up of two young girls is also betting on fourth range and juices

Recipes for extracts, a growing sector

Ten recipes for extracts: how to transform fresh fruit and vegetables into ready-to-drink extracts. This is just one of the proposals of the Alima company that also has another peculiarity: the owners are two young sisters, Domenica and Rosa Reggio. The company participated in the recent MARCA fair in…

Cambodian farmers urged to boost production

Cambodians consumed an average of 540 tonnes of vegetables a day last year, while the country was only able to produce just 400 tonnes of vegetables a day in 2018 according to a recent report from the Ministry of Agriculture, who urged farmers to boost production to meet rapidly growing domestic demand.…

Erik Waterman, Waterman Onions:

"Europe wants Dutch onions"

Challenging - this is how Erik Waterman of Waterman Onions describes the current onion season. He also, however, sees enough positive things about the market. "It is often quickly said in other countries that we, here in the Netherlands, always have too many onions. They say this means onions can no longer fetch good prices.…


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