Processed fruit and vegetables

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…

Ecuador intensifies avocado, pineapple, and frozen fruit exports to the EU

Despite having a trade deficit globally, Ecuador's trade balance with the EU is positive. However, the difference between exports and imports with the European bloc is…

Tonkens Agrar AG achieves 17% increase in consolidated sales in 2018/2019 financial year

Increase in sales is largely due to positive sales and revenue development in the potato and onion segments

In the 2018/2019 financial year, Tonkens Agrar AG increased its consolidated revenues to EUR 16.88 million (previous year: EUR 14.47 million). This sales increase is mainly attributable to the sales development of the subsidiary Börde Vita LLC. Börde Vita expanded its sales volume by just under 16%, and in…

The Chinese introduced to the 'exotic' Conference pear and James Bint

There was a record number of agri-food companies in attendance at the recent Prince's Mission to China. This event was held from 17 to 22 November. These numbers were recorded by the Flanders’ Agricultural Marketing Board (VLAM). The mission's participants hailed from several fresh produce sectors: these…

Carrefour launches a new spicy guacamole of Spanish origin

Carrefour has presented its first spicy guacamole of Spanish origin, which will be marketed under its own brand. The product, made with 95% avocado, is suitable for consumers with celiac disease, since it doesn't contain gluten, and it is made without preservatives. As an accompaniment to this guacamole,…

Sun & Vegs

'es coco ', a new 100% vegetable alternative to yogurt and soy

Sun & Vegs, the most innovative brand of Citrus Food Group (GAC) continues to expand its assortment of fresh and healthy products with innovative solutions for consumers looking for a more sustainable plant-based lifestyle. The brand has just launched 'es coco' in Spain, a new development within the vegetable…

Rwandan garlic farmers to get Rwf1.3 bn processing plant

Garlic farmers have reason to rejoice now the construction of a Rwf1.3 billion (€12.6 mln) garlic processing plant and seven dry shelters has begun in Rwanda’s Musanze…

Fresnack, the new Spanish sweet fruit snack developed by IRTA

The FRESNACK Operating Group (GO), coordinated by IRTA and led by Frit Ravich, has developed a healthy snack of sliced ​​and dried sweet fruit (apple, pear and peach) of high sensory quality. The product has a good flavor and aroma and a crunchy texture; it is healthy, minimally processed and also easy…

British sauce maker Sauce Shop partners with Amazon

New: Brussels sprout ketchup

Brussels sprouts is a vegetable that is generally either loved or hated. People who fall into the former category will be thrilled to know that Amazon has launched a limited-edition Brussels sprout…

“Pomegranate aril market in Europe is growing at an immense rate”

Despite the embargo that the United States has placed on pomegranate arils from India, the aril market has been booming. Thanks to plentiful alternative markets, one exporter of Indian arils expects a significant growth, especially in the European market. With the embargo between the United States and…

Ghana: Ekumfi Fruits and Juices factory commercially ready in 20 days

The management of the Ekumfi Fruits and Juices factory says the factory will be commercially ready in 20 days. This means Ghanaians could find some of their products on the market for Christmas. The factory  is the first fruit processing factory to be established under the One-District-One-Factory by the Akufo-Addo…

Florida delegation asks USDA to increase funding for orange juice purchases

This week, the Florida delegation, led by US Rep. Darren Soto and US Rep. Ted Yoho wrote to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, requesting the USDA increase funding for orange…

EU demand for Brazilian frozen concentrate orange juice remains strong

Last October, for the fourth consecutive month, Brazilian exports of Frozen Concentrate Orange Juice (FCOJ) equivalent increased. This season (July to October/19), Brazil has…

EU launches WTO trade dispute over Colombia's anti-dumping duties on deep-frozen French fries

The European Union has filed a dispute with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against unlawful anti-dumping measures imposed by Colombia on frozen French fries from Belgium,…

Ortogel brings Sicilian blood orange juice the Asian market

Ortogel has just attended FHC China (Shanghai, 12th-14th November 2019) held at the Shanghai International Exhibition Centre. In addition to the prestigious Sicilian blood orange juice, the other Italian products promoted included oil, fish products, food, sweets, coffee and craft beers.  "We presented our citrus…

Orange juice on wheels

"Juice, the smart way to recycle fruit and vegetables"

The juice sector is a key and strategic sector for Spain. Last year's citrus campaign was disastrous and one of the alternatives to avoid losses and the uprooting of trees was to resort to the juice industry and the vending style. The current citrus campaign, marked by low volumes and high prices, is not…

Avocado, the new ingredient to make beer

Avocado, one of the most popular fruits around the world, has become an innovative ingredient for beer making. Avocado beer could become a new trend as it is 100% vegan and is…

Indian Army has weaponized ghost peppers

The Indian Army just weaponized one of the world's hottest peppers. The newest biological weapon on the market is a homegrown substance for India: Ghost Peppers. The army has…

New line of ready-to-use lemonade bases introduced

John Cavallo, PhD, Senior Vice President, Technology & Commercial Development, Citromax Group, is pleased to announce that Citromax has launched a new line of lemonade bases,…

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…


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