Processed fruit and vegetables

Troy Foods: Ready-to-eat vegetable processing facility completed in the UK

Through the completion of a fourth site in Yorkshire, vegetable, salad and mayonnaise producer Troy Foods has now expanded its operations. Supported by a £500,000 investment…

Nick Maglio, ProEx Food, on the increased demand for processed food

“Blanching fruits and vegetables is better for aesthetic, hygiene and convenience”

Demand for processed fruits and vegetables has gone up in the last few months. Consumers have been stocking up on non-perishables in case of a lockdown or quarantine. Hospitality-closures and working from home have increased home-cooking  which increased the need for fresh-cut or prepared meals. “There are…

Interview with Mario Parisi of the CREA OF of Pontecagnano (SA)

The best agronomic solutions to increase the quality of industrial tomatoes

The industrial tomato is one of the sectors that most weighs on the economy and best represents the Italian made products in the world. Regardless of the growing environment, to obtain high processing yields and high quality industrial derivatives, the raw material must be of the best quality. For this…

Possible Listeria contamination

Hy-Vee stores recall vegetable mixes

Hy-Vee is recalling two of its vegetable mix products at all of its facilities. The following products are being recalled: Hy-Vee Short Cuts Pot Roast Mix – UPC Code 0272083305352 Hy-Vee Short Cuts Grill/Oven Ready Veggie Mix – UPC Code 0272104105992 The grocery store said there may be an organism called Listeria monocytogenes on the food.…

Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority

Pakistan: SMEDA plans agro-processing facility to promote fruit exports

Pakistan’s Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) has planned to establish an agro-food processing facility in Balochistan to minimise post-harvest losses…

President Museveni backs local growers

Uganda: Government intends to expand Soroti Fruit Factory

During his first campaign meeting in the Teso subregion, last Saturday, Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni promised to expand the Soroti Fruit Factory. "The complaint about…

Barvocado launches avocado fruit & seed based energy bar

In an attempt to educate consumers and retailers alike of the nutritional density of the avocado seed, Barvocado is set to disrupt the energy and nutritional bar category…

Developed by people who hate tomatoes

Tomato yoghurt on sale in Japan

What did you have for breakfast this morning? Tomatoes? No? Well, maybe you'll have them within a few years. The Japanese company Morinaga Milk Industry has created tomato yoghurt. Fun fact: the product was created by people who dislike tomatoes. The company has found out that people who hate tomatoes have a better…

Empa develops non-thermal drying process for foodstuffs

Dried fruit in the ion wind

After the summer harvest, fruits can be sold as dried fruit as the seasons progress. However, if fruit or vegetables are dried via heat, nutrients can be destroyed and flavorings can be lost. This is why the non-thermal drying of food - i.e. without heating - is particularly popular in the industry. Among other things, there…

Sylvia Düpmann, Düpmann LLC & Co.:

"Even for those who are not dependent on the hospitality industry, this year was definitely slower"

Düpmann LLC & Co. has been active in the convenience business since the early 1970s. It began with peeled potatoes and onions, and now the company processes a wide range of vegetables. We talked to quality manager Sylvia Düpmann about the move to the new location, this year's circumstances and the future…

JGroup Fresh-cut Fruit Research Center and Premium Cut Fruit Exposition Center open with grand ceremony

Chinese sales volume of fresh-cut fruit grows quickly

The JGroup Fresh-cut Fruit Research Center and the Premium Cut Fruit Exposition Hall simultaneously opened with a grand ceremony in the middle of November. The Fresh-cut Fruit Research Center will accompany the fresh-cut fruit processing factory and add innovative technology and production value to every…

"We buy growers' fruit that perhaps they cannot sell in their season"

Strong demand for a new Australian frozen fruit range in the inaugural year of sales

A newly formed Australian frozen fruit company says demand for its product range has been strong in the first six months of sales.     Aussie Frozen Fruit was launched into the Woolworths supermarket in April, and Chief Operating Officer Stu Hamill says there have been cautious times given the global COVID-19 pandemic, although the…

Mexico reinstates labeling exemption for US food service products

Two weeks ago, the US potato industry was informed that Mexico rescinded its new front of pack labeling regulation, reinstating the exemption for food service products. As a…

Dutch processing company to build 'factory of the future'

Fruit and vegetable processor, Hessing Supervers, wants to build a new 'factory of the future'. It will be the Greenport Venlo area in North Limburg, the Netherlands. This new production location should allow Hessing is taking an important strategic step. That should guarantee the company's continuity…

Peruvian strawberry shipments fell by 13% between January and October

According to a report by Fresh Fruit, Peru exported a gross volume of 8,655 tons of strawberry between January and October of this year, i.e. 13% less than in the same period…

Alex Guzman, CEO of Huercasa USA:

"US demand for value-added produce has gone up this year"

Demand for value-added produce has risen this year as more consumers have been cooking at home due to the ongoing complications. Huercasa offers Ready to Eat produce range, with a wide variety of products that have been treated and packed to extend their shelf-lives. Huercasa’s introduction to the…

Wholesale price of Chinese red pickled peppers shows downward trend but remains high compared to last year

The Chinese market price of red pickled peppers has been high since summer. The price is significantly higher than around this time last year. The price reached a peak in…

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Neil Murray – IHS Markit

Orange juice is back on the menu but a global shortfall is expected

Neil Murray of IHS Markit, the market analytics provider, yesterday told delegates at the inaugural Global Citrus Congress: “Global orange juice production is not looking particularly good for the current season, at about 1.6 million tonnes, down from 1.7 million, which was in turn  down from over 2 million…

Frozen fruit demand increasing all over the world

"Frozen fruit is getting increasingly popular in supermarkets all over the world. The year that is coming to an end has been affected by the pandemic - we expected a strong growth, while levels will be similar to the past years, which is not too bad considering the current situation," report Carlo…

Uganda: Kayunga pineapple plant will create over 10,000 jobs

The Kayunga pineapple processing plant is expected to create more than 200 direct and more than 10,000 indirect jobs for local residents and spur growth in the area. Via…

Potatoes NZ relieved that MBIE is investigating frozen fries import threat

The New Zealand potato industry are relieved that the Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) trade remedies team has now launched an investigation into the…

Dried Bravo Apple Slices

"Although production has slowed, we will still sell all we have on the domestic market"

A Western Australian food company says demand for its Dried Bravo Apple Slices continues to rise, despite having an extremely challenging year with the coronavirus impacting the market. Southern Forest Flavours Director says while the market has narrowed it is still popular with the consumers. But he…

San Antonio’s Fresh Texas acquires Austin Veggie Noodle Co. manufacturing plant

San Antonio’s Fresh From Texas LLC, which sells fruit and vegetable meal kits, announced it has acquired the Austin manufacturing plant of Veggie Noodle Co. Fresh From Texas…

Rosie Savio

Queensland apple growers invent new drink, using apples rejected by supermarkets

A Queensland apple-growing family claims to have created a world-first fruit drink that bottles all of the apple, minus the pips and core. The Savio family from Stanthorpe spent more than a million dollars and three years in R&D to get both the skin and the pulp of their apples into a commercially…

Jeff Dunn, CEO of Bolthouse Farms:

“The growth of plant-based foods will continue on a steep trajectory in coming years”

Fourteen months ago, after having been a part of Campbell’s for seven years, Jeff Dunn took back charge over Bolthouse Farms. In the past fourteen months, the company has returned to its roots as well as adding new dimensions with a portfolio of plant-based foods. “‘Plants Powering People’ has been our…

South Korea fears for its national dish

Kimchi, one of South Korea's most popular traditional dishes, is in serious jeopardy in 2020. The extreme weather that has affected South Korea for months has devastated the…

L'Insalata dell'Orto

Three new types of vegetable sauces

Due to the current situation, people tend to stay home and prepare their own meals, so a product like the new "Mr I-Do" sauces from L'Insalata dell'orto can be particularly useful. They are available in three versions: tomato and basil, pumpkin and rosemary, bell peppers and radicchio. "They are three fresh sauces made using vegetables. Their main…

Uhrbach Gemüsinis: Clear increase in cooking boxes during the pandemic

"Sales fluctuations in convenience vegetables partly due to corona and partly seasonal"

In these times of pandemic and lockdown there are significant shifts in the German market for fruit and vegetables. Delivery services and food retailing (thanks to increased cooking at home) are gaining; other areas, such as gastronomy and traditional office lunches, have seen a significant decline this…

ATS-Tanner Banding Systems and Terralog deliver convenience food to Migros:

"So PotatOh! closes the gap between a ready meal and a conventional meal"

About three tons of high quality, unprocessed potatoes are used to make the new potato side dish So PotatOh! every week. The idea behind this is to provide consumers with receive a fresh, healthy and delicious product that can be prepared quickly and easily. The potatoes are mixed with a marinade…

NeonMind manufactures 4 superfood mushroom coffees

Better Plant Sciences Inc. announced that its majority owned subsidiary NeonMind Biosciences has completed an initial production run of all four of its Ayurvedic, functional mushroom coffees. “With this production run successfully completed, we are now prepared to begin consumer testing. We are also…

Kiremko Remote Service starts up new Moroccan French fry line using augmented reality

The new French fry line that was installed last summer was eventually started up entirely remotely using augmented reality, in a cooperation between Dutch food processing…

Manuel Pentz (Pentz LLC & Co) on marketing pre-cut vegetables

"Worst case scenario unfolded for us during the lockdown"

At Pentz LLC & Co, the winter season is now getting started. The current highlight in the autumnal assortment of the wholesale trade is the Hokkaido pumpkin, which is predominantly offered in a ready-to-cook form. "We see a considerable increase in demand this year, especially as the Hokkaido is…

Virtual public auction of processing, packaging and farming equipment of Scarborough Farms on November 12

Scarborough Farms holds out hope for a white knight ahead of auction

ThreeSixty Asset Advisors and Tauber-Arons Auctioneers have announced that the firms will conduct a real-time virtual public auction of the processing, packaging and farming equipment of Scarborough Farms on November 12, 2020. Meanwhile, the firms are entertaining offers from buyers interested in…

Kenya: Thika-based juice maker Del Monte to increase female workforce

Thika-based juice maker Del Monte Limited has announced plans to increase its female workforce. In the next four years, the company intends to increase the workforce to…

Superior Fresh announces new salad variety: Citrus Splash

Superior Fresh is proud to unveil its newest salad blend: Citrus Splash. Filled with bright sunny citrus notes, this blend offers consumers a unique opportunity to expand their culinary experience. Citrus Splash brings more than exceptional flavor to the salad bowl. Paired with our non-GMO, organically…

Packed-unwashed baby leaves appreciated for their longer shelf-life

"We are optimistic as regards the new winter campaign, as scheduling proceeded without particular changes. Consumption is lively. There is more uncertainty for H&R segment because of the closures in the various European countries due to Covid-19. We will have to wait and see how the various lockdowns…

New line of "carrot swaps" launched: Hot dogs, fettucine and rice

Taking a giant leap toward their long-term vision of Plants Powering People™, Bolthouse Farms announced a new line of plant-powered products: Bolthouse Farms Wunderoots™, new carrot-based “swaps” featuring Carrot Dogs, Carrot Fettuccine kits and Riced Carrot kits that provide consumers easy ways to eat…

Two Harvard grads introduce their new mushroom coffee brand

Founded by two Harvard grads, Boston-based startup Ryze Superfoods launched in March 2020 with their 8-ingredient mushroom coffee. Using adaptogenic mushrooms, which are quickly gaining traction in the wellness world, this simple yet unique coffee blend aims to remove the ‘negative’ side effects of…

Linah Musangi

Kenya: Mango processing to add value in Kitui County

Kenya’s Kitui County is characterised by unreliable rainfall across the year, with mangoes being among the few evergreen trees in the area. Now, the Kitui County Government, in collaboration with the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, has come up with a project of value chain…

Russia: Volgograd sees investment project for processing and freezing vegetables

The Volgogradtruboplast company has launched a unique line for vegetable ‘shock freezing’. The investment project -with a total value of 545,2 million rubles  (€6 mln)- which started…

International Journal of Food Microbiology

Listeria found in 25% of frozen vegetables in England

Listeria was detected in almost a quarter of frozen vegetable samples in England. Between December 2018 and April 2019, 1,050 frozen fruit and vegetable samples were collected…

Arctic® apple launches in convenience market with apple slices

Okanagan Specialty Fruits®, developer and grower behind the Arctic® apple, has announced the launch of Arctic apple slices to the convenience store market. Arctic apples’…

Treasure Valley company

US family firm creates Real Idaho Potato Chips

Some years ago, Treasure Valley brothers Marc and Kyle Nehring put their heads together, setting out to create an authentic, savory potato chip made from real Idaho potatoes.…

High-flavor tomatoes to stand out from the crowd

The number of highly-specialized tomato productions along the southern Sicily coast is increasing. They are often grown by medium-small businesses wanting to stand out from the commodities segment and maybe start commercializing with niche platforms or retailers in Italy and abroad. Gioacchino Russo…

Tummers’ expansion project starts with excavation works

Tummers Food Processing Solutions' ambitious expansion plan has officially started on September 2nd. With this long-awaited building project the Dutch machine building company prepares for a sustainable future, which will also be reflected in its new building. Tummers’ construction project is expected to…

Spanish company takes its gazpacho to the US

After investing 31 million euro in a new factory in Alcantarilla (Murcia), Alvalle, the Spanish company that specializes in the production of gazpachos, cold soups, and…

80% of the world's orange production is used to make juices and extracts

Orange-based drinks are among the most popular around the world. In fact, according to estimates by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), nearly…

How an ops guy helps ProEx Food create value-orientated solutions

"We started a podcast to keep in touch with our clients when face-to-face meetings aren’t possible"

The fruit and vegetable sector is continuously globalizing and companies from all walks of the industry notice the strain on the international connection due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses everywhere are struggling to keep their clients in the loop and engaged when they can’t visit them personally.…

Ghana: Akuapem Gold grows avocados for export

Akuapem Gold Avocado Cultivation and Processing Limited is nursing 1.5 million avocado seedlings for its farms, to process the fruit for fresh produce as well as oil exports. The nursing takes place on the company’s two-acre nursery at Nkronso in the Abuakwa South Municipality in the Eastern Region. It…

Celebrate the versatility of guacamole during 'Guactoberfest'

Good Foods, a developer of plant based dips and good-for-you products, is elevating the versatility of guacamole throughout the month of October by way of the “Guactoberfest”…

North West region of Tasmania

Massy-Greene Drive cold-storage potato facility opened by McCain

A storage facility capable of storing 11,000 tonnes of potatoes has opened at South Burnie. The facility can hold 9,000 tonnes in cold-storage long term as well as a further…

Vanmark

Vanmark presents clean-in-place system for potato processing equipment

Industrial potato and produce processing equipment manufacturer Vanmark has introduced a new option to its Peeler/Scrubber/Washers that automatically and effectively cleans the peeler bed and rolls in as little as 10 minutes — allowing for cleaning during production and dramatically reducing downtime…

Rosso Gargano

Demand for processed tomatoes exceeds supply

The future of the tomato industry after the pandemic will be characterized by a change in the price of the finished products. The current sales campaign is coming to an end, and industrial costs are higher also due to the lower yields. The real problem will be meeting the demand from the retail channel,…

New addition to Simply Fresh Salads® launched at Costco

FiveStar Gourmet Foods has announced their latest extension to their Family Size line of Simply Fresh Salads® with their new Fig & Walnut Salad. As fall approaches, figs and fresh apples are in peak season. It is a wonderful pairing of fruit and nuts that provides freshness beyond what is expected. Other…

Kenya: Murang’a banana growers want to set up value adding facility

For about 20 years, the Saba Saba Agribusiness Cooperative Society in Murang’a been aspiring to do value addition on bananas, striving to produce various products which can…

Ocean Mist Farms

Five new products added to Season & Steam convenience vegetable line

Ocean Mist Farms, a grower and marketer of fresh artichokes in North America, announced the launch of five new products in their award-winning Season & Steam convenience vegetable line. All five new items are among the top ten value-added vegetables to post growth in the past year according to a July…

Ready to Eat introduces precooked and sealed corn on the cob

Ready to Eat from Nieuwegein is introducing pre-cooked and sealed corn on the cob. "Our cobs come from South America and are available all year round. They are beautiful, bright yellow corn kernels that are extremely suitable for, say, a salad or on the barbecue. The vacuum sealed packaging makes the…

Spain's citrus sector is worried about the arrival of mega-ships with Brazilian orange juice to Huelva

In the last four months, three boats from the Brazilian company Citrosuco have supplied pasteurized squeezed orange juice to the Andalusian bottling company Don Simón,…

Italian chili peppers increasingly popular abroad

Italian quality and origin make the difference in the chili pepper segment, especially considering that there are a lot of products being imported from abroad. "Chili peppers are without doubt one of the most popular spices in Italy - and in some regions in particular - thanks to their intense color, flavor…

Chinese consumers are enthusiastic about sweet potato with cheese and shredded pork

There is a new product in the Chinese market, combining steamed sweet potato with cheese and shredded pork. The sweet potato forms the basis of this product, and imported cheese and milk are added into the mix. This combination improves the nutritional value of this product, and also gives Chinese…

Bolthouse Farms:

Superfood Immunity Boost joins lineup of juices and smoothies

Continuing to deliver products that meet the fast-changing needs of today’s consumer, Bolthouse Farms is adding to its suite of juices and smoothies that help support a healthy immune system with its new Superfood Immunity Boost. The new blend, an excellent source of Vitamin C, D and Zinc, was crafted…

Plant-based dip line expanded with single-serve options

Good Foods, a developer of plant based dips and good-for-you products, announced the launch of its three most popular plant based dip flavors, Queso, Buffalo and Tzatziki, now available in single-serve sizes. The Queso and Buffalo dips are currently available in Publix Super Markets. Good Foods’ award winning…

Sustainable MacFries Fund

McDonald's issues grant to boost sustainability of UK potato growers

UK potato growers who are suppliers to McDonald's will receive £1 million in grants to help boost soil quality and optimise water management. This essentially is the launch of…

McCain dishes up hot chips with a side of lower greenhouse gas emissions

McCain Foods’ Timaru plant is reducing its energy usage environmental impact, now looking to electrification, by installing New Zealand-first McCain proprietary technology.The plant operates 24 hours, seven days a week to process potatoes into a range of consumer frozen chip products. Energy demand is…

Caulipower

Caulipower is seizing market opportunities

The vegetable-forward company Caulipower was built out of a working mother's need for a convenient and healthy gluten-free option. The company keeps growing by looking for products it can improve. Gail Becker started Caulipower in 2017, it was born out of a need she found after trying to make her sons…

Spain

The Danone group chooses the PDO Pera de Jumilla for its new creamy fruit yogurt

The PDO Pera de Jumilla, a pear of the Ercolini variety, has been chosen by the Danone Group from among the best Spanish fruits with a Protected Designation of Origin for the…

New cultivation and marketing project for agricultural products from Tunisia

"We want to market sun-dried tomatoes as an export product"

Sun-dried tomatoes have always been known and loved in the Mediterranean region. In Tunisia, too, these delicacies from local production are an indispensable part of the kitchen. An ambitious support group has now set itself the goal of offering North African products on the German market. The…

Guacamolito

Mexican business to sell guacamole recipe to take-out restaurants in New York

Now that the 100% Mexican avocado pulp processor, Guacamolito®, has had two years of positive experience in the market, the company has decided to step forward and will offer the traditional Mexican guacamole in the booming and unexplored market of New York City. The company will initially invest up to 5…

Crunch Pak enters meal replacement category with Lunch Kitz

Crunch Pak® is entering the meal replacement category with new Lunch Kitz. Lunch Kitz is a 4-ounce snack tray that contains fresh sliced apples, a slow baked artisan cracker, string cheese and Italian salami. The first Lunch Kitz features the character Woody from Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story movie on…

Report: “Evaluation of the socio-economic impact of climate change in Belgium” Masfoto

‘Climate change in Belgium threatens beer and fries’

According to a report commissioned by the National Climate Commission, production of two of Belgium’s iconic products, beer and fries, could be severely affected by climate…

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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…


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