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French fries enjoyed all over the world

Fries are among the world’s most famous foods. The nations of both France and Belgium are of course claiming that they invented the infamous french fry.  French fries are eaten in a variety of ways in countries across the world, with preparation methods, toppings and condiments differing – further emphasising…

New Ready Sides™ launches with four flavors

Church Brothers Farms is launching three-minute microwavable Ready Sides – adding to its existing line of retail fresh-cut vegetables. This is the company’s first retail value added product bearing the Church Brothers Farms brand. Each unique side includes a seasoned butter puck with 8 ounces of fresh…

Luigi Giordano

Mexico pushes out Brazil as chief supplier of orange juice to US

Mexico has surpassed Brazil as the major supplier of orange juice to the United States. Although the dollar amount of orange juice shipped to the US between January and June…

Low product prices do not reflect value of their products

Fruit processors report higher production costs

Since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, the fruit and vegetable processing sector – as an essential sector - has done an outstanding job in meeting increased consumer demand…

Frumini Sportgel, the latest from the Spanish company Diverfruit

Launch of new natural fruit concentrate for athletes

The Huelva-based company Diverfruit, devoted to the production and marketing of healthy products obtained from fruit, has presented its new fruit concentrate Frumini Sportgel…

Cultivar choice and antimicrobial treatment are tools to control Salmonella in dried apples

Dehydrated fruits have been the subject of manufacturer recalls due to contamination with Salmonella. Scientists at USDA ARS (Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania) have investigated the…

Wonky cauliflowers and broccoli help to power health snack revolution

The launch of a new cauliflower crisp is the latest in a line of healthier snacks, using what are known as ‘ugly’ vegetables. Clare Johnston discovered how demand for nutritious and eco-friendly food options is helping Scotland’s farmers build a sustainable future. Just seven years ago, as much as 40% of…

Government of the Novosibirsk Region

Russian Federation: PepsiCo starts construction of a salted snacks plant in Novosibirsk

This week, governor of the region Andrey Travnikov has launched the construction of a plant for the production of salted snacks for PepsiCo. According to Neil Starrock, President of PepsiCo Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, the Caucasus and Central Asia, the first two production lines of the new plant will open…

Maryia Kazlouskaya

Negative effects of COVID on Washington potato industry estimated at $1 billion

A study conducted by the IMPACT Center of the School of Economic Sciences seems to indicate that the COVID pandemic has negatively affected the Washington potato industry by…

New Zealand: McCain resumes normal chip production

Due to a decreased demand in New Zealand, one of the country’s largest potato chip manufacturers was forced to cut production significantly for six weeks at its Timaru…

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JBT will be hosting free webinars on Prepared Foods

The focus will be on innovative solutions for ingredients preparations, dosing, mixing, filling and sterilizing of viscous and particulate products In the absolute broadest sense, prepared food is food that is ready for consumption, having been assembled by someone else and sold to a consumer. Great challenge…

Possible Listeria contamination prompts recall of squash noodle medley

Giant Food is recalling Giant Food brand squash noodle medley because of possible Listeria contamination. The product was sold in stores from Aug. 8 – 19. Giant Food officials…

Confagricoltura asks to intervene urgently

Sales continue to drop in the fresh cut industry

The drop in sales of packed salads and, overall, of fresh cut vegetables, started with the lockdown, when consumers were planning their shopping ahead and directed their…

Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development of Kenya

Government to get stalled Roret pineapple processing plant moving

The Kenyan government -via the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development- has announced plans to unveil the stalled Roret pineapple processing plant in…

Church Brothers Farms launches Green Giant fresh items

Church Brothers Farms is expanding its value-added offerings to the retail segment with the introduction of five new items under the Green Giant Fresh® brand: Sweet baby broccoli, Sweet baby cauliflower, Spaghetti squash, Butternut squash and Sweet potato. The Sweet Baby vegetable line includes sweet…

Demand for SugarBee-brand cider previews strong apple season ahead

Chelan Fresh’s SugarBee®-brand apple cider began shipping this month and is already flying off retailers’ shelves, the company reports. This indicates consumer demand will be strong for new-crop SugarBee apples when they arrive in stores later this fall.  Retailers should act fast to get in on the cider action,…

Spain

Mercadona launches a facial oil made with tomatoes from Extremadura

The Spanish supermarket chain Mercadona has launched an innovative facial oil made with lycopene, a powerful natural antioxidant extracted from the tomatoes known as “red…

Dustin-Dwight Tummers, Tummers Machinery

Making steam peeling more sustainable

Steam peeling is one of the most effective ways to peel potatoes and get an optimal yield. You place water and potatoes in a rotating steam drum. A ‘pressure drop’ converts the water into steam, loosening the potatoes’ skins. The disadvantage of this method is that it uses a lot of electricity. It’s not…

Nudie Snacks - Caulifower Crisps Nudie Snacks

UK: Snacks made from wonky vegetables

Innovative brand Nudie Snacks has chosen wonky vegetables to market a new product made from fresh produce that would usually have been discarded. The company’s Caulifower…

Ryan Hoel

Brazil: Orange exports increase amid pandemic

Brazil is the top producer of oranges in the world, producing more than half of this citrus for juice processing. The Brazilian government says demand has been growing, as…

Need for automation surges despite and because of COVID-19

"Is your investment strategy set for 2021?"

2020 has been a tough year for businesses around the globe. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on all sectors and brought to light many shortcomings in daily procedures. While fruit and vegetable processors were considered essential and were mostly able to continue their work, higher costs and…

USDA

Used mostly by food services

Third of US-grown potatoes turned into frozen french fries

A little more than one-third of all potatoes grown in the US are manufactured into frozen products, 85 percent of which are french fries. Spurred by decades of explosive growth within the quick service restaurant industry (QSRs), processed potato products, which include frozen, chipped, dehydrated, and…

Florida Department of Citrus Florida Department of Citrus

FDOC efforts successful regarding orange juice sales

According to the Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC), sales of 100 percent orange juice continue to show promising results. In the 4-week period ending Aug. 1, average…

Minister for Agriculture Mahendra Reddy assures growers

Fiji: Agriculture Ministry to launch candy made from pawpaw and pineapple

In an attempt to minimise pawpaw and pineapple flooding the market, the Fijian government will soon be launching candy products made from these fruits. Minister for…

Shaun Flannery

WM Morrison Produce Plc sets Haith its biggest ever challenge

Haith has had a long relationship with WM Morrison Produce Plc already, but it was in June 2017 that the supermarket set the company its biggest ever challenge. Realising that the layout of its Rushden factory was impacting on efficiencies, WM Morrison Produce’s head of operations Jason Kelly and…

The EU-Mercosur treaty will give free rein to the massive entry of citrus juices from Brazil

Even though the European Union treaty with the Mercosur countries (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay) was announced on June 28, the Commission and the Spanish…

WanaBana

Ecuadorian processed fruit finds its way into China's e-commerce

The WanaBana brand, specialized in fruit purees and pulps, has become the first Ecuadorian brand to enter China's e-commerce. Austrofood, the company that makes these products…

Paul Cyr

McCrum just opened North America’s newest fry processing plant

Now with six generations of farming in Aroostook County in Maine to their name, the McCrum family started processing their own potatoes in Belfast, Maine, in 2004 after purchasing Penobscot Frozen Foods. This acquisition made them one of the largest suppliers of specialty potato products in North…

Insjoy

Australian jujube growers turn waste into sustainable new products

Australian jujube farmers have come up with innovative ways to turn their waste fruit into pantry staples for consumers after battling extreme weather and the coronavirus…

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Dutch enthusiasts create low carb french fry

A group in Holland have created a low carb french fry, which they claim is healthier than traditional fries. After being forbidden to eat French fries any longer by his…

An interview with Maurizio Zappatore, Orogel commercial director

Frozen food sees growth despite the coronavirus

The increase in the consumption of frozen vegetables is going on even now, at the height of summer and despite the lockdown. So said Maurizio Zappatore, commercial director of Orogel, commenting on the data for the first 6 months of 2020 compared to 2019. "Organizing production, processing and marketing…

Grace Kariuki on their avocado oil trade

“Demand for avocado oil has increased by 10 per cent this year”

It’s been a relatively good year for the avocado oil business in Kenya. Demand did not falter, despite the global pandemic. One avocado oil trader even claims demand has increased by about ten per cent in 2020. Although the year 2020 has been challenging in many aspects, the business of avocado oil…

In response to petition on behalf of Ocean Spray Cranberries Natalya Stepowaya

FDA announces 'qualified health claim' for some cranberry products

The US Food and Drug Administration has responded to a petition submitted on behalf of Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. which requested authorisation of a health claim regarding…

A larger quantity of plums can be exported tax-free from Moldova to the EU

“Despite the spring frosts affecting the orchards in some regions, we will be ready to deliver qualitative plums with a good caliber to buyers from different countries of the world”, says Iurie Fala, the executive director of the Fruit Producers and Exporters Association Moldova Fruct. Moldovan producers…

Aperturesound

Ukraine wants to build French fry production plant

Potato Agro, which sells potatoes under the BESTPOTATO brand, plans to launch its own processing plant next year. Konstantin Sarnatsky, Business Lead & CEO of Potato Agro,…

Edible® celebrates record-breaking First Half of 2020

Edible® announced a record-breaking performance across the organization for the first six months of 2020. Over the course of the first half of this year, Edible sales were up…

Yanadee

Brazilian orange juice exports: 2019-20 harvest produces 1,07 million tons

Brazilian orange juice exports at now a total volume of 1.07 million tons in the 2019/2020 harvest. This number is an increase of 17% compared to the previous harvest (920,029…

TropicMax plantain chips, tostones, croutons and strips

Sold out of product during pandemic due to increased demand and low supplies

The trend for healthier snacking products hasn’t only reached the fresh produce aisles, but also the processed products and plantain chips have been gaining a lot of popularity in recent years as a healthy chip alternative. TropicMax is a producer of plantain chips and sources their plantains from…

Agrimola

New acquisition to get stronger abroad

Agrimola gets even stronger with the acquisition of "La Nuova Tradizione", a company focusing on semi-processed products for ice-cream parlors and patisseries. The company from Casalfiumanese (Bologna) - one of the leading European businesses dealing with chestnuts (fresh and processed) and frozen and…

ProEx Food, LLC

"Space and budget constraints result in a need to be inventive with machine solutions"

More and more companies are trying to diversify their product lines in order to be able to adapt to changes in the market. In an increasingly globalized and ever changing fruit and vegetable sector growers, packhouses and processors are looking for flexibility for their daily operations. ProEx Food LLC.…

Mark Urban, Johann Köster LLC

"The Coronavirus has slowed the development of our convenience business"

Convenience is becoming an increasingly important component in the German retail sector. This applies not only to the food retailing industry but to wholesalers as well, as they are increasingly adding processed goods to their product range in order to offer their customers a wider range from a single…

And then there was 'milk' made from avocados

Apparently, avocado isn't just for eating; it's for drinking, too. At select grocery stores in the US, consumers can now find avocado milk on shelves. The non-dairy milk…

Sunshine Export (Peru)

"It won't be a good campaign for frozen avocado"

The Peruvian company Sunshine Export has concluded its mango campaign achieving a record figure in container shipping and a 66% growth over the previous years, despite the…

Juan Carlos Navarro, general director of Big Garlic:

"This year, the markets will have to accept the inner beauty of garlic"

The Spanish garlic campaign continues with the harvest in the region of Castile-La Mancha. Although the garlic acreage in Spain has slightly increased this year, the abundant rains have spoiled an important part of the production and affected the appearance of the product. "This year, we expected very good…

Better Juice developed a technology that reduces the sugar in orange juice by up to 80%

FoodTech's startup Better Juice Ltd. has decided to implement its sugar reduction technology on a large scale with the installation of a semi-industrial pilot plant, which…

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Bangladesh is presenting Rangamati hills pineapple chips

In Bangladesh, pineapple chips are now being processed experimentally for the first time in Naniarchar county of Rangamati, a region famous for cultivation of the juicy fruit. Different varieties of pineapples are cultivated in the local hills. Among those, the 'Honey Queen' is a famous one. It looks…

‘Yes Peas!’

Fen Peas set plan in motion to put peas on more plates

One of the frozen market’s main suppliers, producer group Fen Peas, has big plans for the healthy, eco-friendly vegetable that has long punched above its weight. The Lincolnshire-based cooperative has around 100 farmers and growers in its 2,000-hectares plus fold. Crops from 15 varieties supply its…

Poor potato harvest affects profits of McCain UK

Profits more than halved at frozen foods specialist McCain UK last year. The reason for this was ‘one of the worst potato harvests in 40 years’. Newly filed accounts for the…

AJ Bernstein of Bolthouse Farms:

“Consumers are increasingly looking for plant-based options, especially during the pandemic”

The onset of the pandemic in March brought on some unexpected purchasing habits and everyone in the produce supply chain had to pivot to be able to continue to meet consumer demand. One of the strongest trends is the focus on healthy, immunity boosting, plant-based foods. Bolthouse Farms has been…

Ugandan government earmarks Shs19 billion for Nwoya fruit factory

The Ugandan government has earmarked Shs19 billion (€4.56 mln) to establish a fruit factory in Nwoya District. The factory, with an expected output of 12 tonnes per hour, will…

Governor Melchor Diclas wants to expand production

Philippines: Benguet province wants more vegetable processing facilities

Benguet province is intent on constructing vegetable processing facilities in five of its municipalities. Governor Melchor Diclas disclosed the proposal for the possible set-up of a processing center for other Benguet towns that was earlier discussed with Secretary William Dar of the Department of…

Hussein Abdullahi/KNA

Groundbreaking ceremony for Kenyan fruit processing factory

On Tuesday, Kwale governor Salim Mvurya presided over a groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the second phase of the Sh.600 million fruit processing plant in Shimba Hills, Kubo South Ward in Matuga Sub County. Governor Murya assured the people of Kwale that his administration is committed to…

Increase of French fry imports from EU Liubov Kazarinova

US potato industry experts: Mixed foreign trade outlook

International trade experts within the potato industry are encouraged by a new trade agreement with China, but at the same time they have concerns about a rise in frozen fry…

Michael Marx (FFD LLC) on the current market for fresh convenience goods

"The most important thing is to start dining out again"

The Corona crisis paralysed the gastronomy industry between March and May. In the course of the reopening of the gastronomy sector, this retail segment -and therefore also the production of fresh convenience goods- is slowly but surely getting back on track. For Michael Marx -Operations Manager at FFD…

La Linea Verde

New products and strategies to deal with the Covid emergency

It is a given fact that the Covid emergency has affected the sales of fresh-cut and ready-to-eat products. This is why companies like La Linea Verde, owner of the Dimmidisì brand, have had to put in place specific strategies. FreshPlaza talked about it with general director Andrea Battagliola (in the photo).…

Green onion flavoured cereal on sale in South Korea

Green onion flavoured cereal is now for sale in South Korea. Although the new Chex flavour is a limited edition release, it is proving to be very popular, selling out online within two days. But creating this strange cereal flavour has taken a lot of effort. In 2004, Kellogg's Korea launched a…

Florette starts construction of its new production center in Tarragona, its seventh in Spain

The Spanish company Florette has announced that work has started for the construction of its seventh production center in the country, located in Tortosa, in the province of…


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