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Processed fruit and vegetables

Ghana: Kintampo South and North get new ginger processing centre

The ginger industry in Bono East of Ghana, received a boost with the commencement of construction works for a new ginger processing and demonstration centre for the Women, youth, and persons with disability in the Kintampo North The new centre, which is still under construction, is a Local Economic…

Using secondary-grade artichokes from local growers and giving them a new life

California production of artichokes accounts for 98% of overall artichoke production in the United States. While there are high and low seasons for artichoke production in California, they are grown year-round. Jane Shaffer, president of Monterey Farms, has worked with the local central coast growers for…

How one Australian company is turning mushrooms into a meat alternative

An Australian company that began turning mushrooms into meat alternative products less than three months ago says demand is already incredibly strong. Fable Food Company CEO Michael Fox explains that mushrooms are used as the base for the plant-based protein products, which he says try to be as close to…

Vietnam wants to increase investment in fruit and vegetable processing

Vietnam is in need of major investors in fruit and vegetable production in order to boost processing, especially in the packaging and post-processing stages, to preserve…

Brazil: Just one large orange processor currently operating

Orange pressing the 2019/20 crop slowed down in the first fortnight of March at most of the processors in São Paulo State. This was due to the low supply in the Brazilian…

Targeting Australia and New Zealand with automated solutions

"We have the answer ready to go – today"

The market in Australia and New Zealand faces glaring and common issues across customers in the region: Processors can’t find labor to staff their lines, they can’t retain the personnel they do find, they can’t afford to pass increasing labor costs to their customers, and there is a renewed focus on…

Argentina

La Pulpera de San Rafael incorporates new products into its processing line

In its third production season, the Pulpera de San Rafael processing plant, which is located in the town of San Rafael in the province of Mendoza, has decided to incorporate new products to diversify its offer. The plant, which has worked with stone fruit in previous seasons, has begun to process pears…

The cosmetic sector discovers the properties of the Axarquia mango

The Granada-based company Flor del Eden has presented its new range of artisanal products made with natural ingredients exclusively from the province of Malaga. Its novelties…

Spain

Bonnysa launches a new gluten-free natural tomato juice suitable for celiacs

Bonnysa has just launched its new natural tomato juice. It is made from 100% fresh products, has no additives, sugars, preservatives or dyes, and it is gluten-free, making it…

British potato snack market continues to grow

The Snack, Nut and Crisp Manufacturers Association (SNACMA), estimates the total value of the UK’s savoury snack industry for the coming year at £3.2 billion. This is a significant increase on last year’s figure of £2.5 billion.  There are now more than 170 different businesses operating within the UK snacks…

Peru

Verdeflor increases its fruit processing capacity with a second plant in Ica

Verdeflor, a Peruvian agribusiness company, will inaugurate this week in Ica its second fruit processing plant, which will have a processing capacity of 10 tons per hour and will have two cold tunnels and two refrigerated chambers, with a cold storage capacity of 100 tons. "We are investing in one of the…

Rwandan vegetable farmers want to make milk from peas

Peas -locally known as Amashaza- present a very valuable opportunity to Rwandan farmers that are interested in value addition through agro-processing. Nutrition Scientists in the US have come up with a new innovation that strategically turns peas into alternative milk. Pea milk is also called pea-protein…

Amanti Guacamole

A Dutch company presents a Gouda cheese - avocado fusion

The Netherlands Daily Dairy company, which already stands out for its original production and combination of flavors, has presented its Amanti Guacamole, a novel product that…

Patent to pre-treat vegetables still ambiguous

J.R. Simplot and McCain Foods US potato battles

J.R. Simplot and McCain Foods have spent the last few years battling in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho over various issues. Each party is asserting a design patent related to a spiraled potato. Jdsupra.com sports an interesting an article, focusing on the challenge to McCain's utility…

Alcampo launches a range of creams and soups made with discarded vegetables

In the framework of Alcampo's fight against food waste, the retailer has introduced a range of dehydrated vegetable creams and soups made with agricultural products that, due…

University of Kansas Researchers

Study finds 100% orange juice is good as water or sports drinks

A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Health Sciences found drinking 100% orange juice after exercise, contributes to hydration equally as well as water and sports drinks. Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas and principal investigator, Dr. Dawn Emerson: “There were no symptoms…

"For now, our vegetable soups are doing well in South East Asia"

In China currently, a lot of fruit and vegetable markets are picking up production and sales. With some workers still in their hometowns, the production has not fully recovered, but with the available staff the first sales are now being made. Jessica Li from Easiland Commercial Co., Ltd. participated in…

Vietnamese enterpreneur exports to South Korea, Japan and Australia

Watermelon noodles to the rescue

Entrepreneur Le Duy Toan is substituting water with watermelon juice in the rice flour used to make noodles. They are exported to South Korea, Japan and Australia. Click here for a colorful clip.

Update orange juice market - February 2020

Average price US orange juice dropped by 6% over the last six months

The recent six-month average price of Brazilian orange juice dropped by 4% compared to the previous six-month average (Mar-Aug 2019), driven by higher production and end…

Philadelphia initiative

Reveal: Hidden Gems find new uses for avocado seeds

Sheetal Bahirat anf Zuri Masud are ​the CEO and COO of Hidden Gems. Hidden Gems, as a beverage company, wants to change the way people look at resources. It claims its mission…

More Coronavirus

Pakistani exporters turn to sea route as border with Iran closed

Pakistani traders have begun exporting fruits and vegetables via the sea route to Iraq and Azerbaijan. They decided on this after their government halted trade with Iran.…

Canned Greek peach debuts in the Colombian market

The European Union has launched an information and promotion campaign in Colombia, Mexico, and Canada to position canned Greek peaches in these markets, strengthen its image…

For ginger and pepper

Togo: €20.3 mln processing plant to be completed by 2022

The foundation stone of a ginger and pepper processing plant was recently laid in Gbadi-Nkougna, Togo. The project is led by Boss Approche Agricole, which partnered with…

China is opening market to US chipping potatoes

This week, US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced that China has taken numerous actions to begin…

Foreign demand motivates Egyptian frozen veg manufacturers to increase investments

The growth of external demand on frozen vegetables and fruits has stimulated Egyptian manufacturers to expand their operating investments, starting this year. All this can be…

Berliner Gemüse Manufaktur receives patent for convenience brand

"We have now learned for ourselves that preliminary activities involve a great deal of work"

The Berliner Gemüse Manufaktur has been a household name at Frischezentrum Berlin for several years, and recently the convenience brand was officially patented. The company specialises completely in the production and regional marketing of fresh convenience products and its product range has been…

CEO Citrus Australia:

Poor prices could spell the end for fresh Australian orange juice

According to Citrus Australia, major retailers must lift the prices they pay juice growers, as the latter are facing a decline in production. Citrus Australia CEO Nathan…

CitrusBR

Brazil orange juice stocks jump 41.8% after large crop

On Dec. 31 2019, Brazil orange juice stocks (FCOJ, frozen concentrated equivalent) were projected at 853,778 tonnes, 41.8% more than seen a year earlier, local orange juice…

Subway is testing cauliflower fritter wraps & dippers

According to sources from Subway, 70 percent of consumers report they are trying to increase their vegetable intake. Now, for a limited time only at participating Subway restaurants, guests can try new Cauliflower Fritter Signature Wraps and Cauliflower Dippers. Subway is testing the new veggie-forward…

Robert Eder (Früchte Eder GmbH) offers a growing convenience range

"Over the next few years we will increasingly develop into a full-range supplier"

The shortage of personnel is becoming increasingly noticeable in the catering industry. As a result, people are resorting all the more frequently to partially processed or even further refined fresh products. At the same time, there is a growing desire to get everything from a single source. In the…

French fries in China: Great possibilities, but obstacles as well

The market for French fries in China is growing rapidly but barriers to entry exist for foreign providers, as Peter Peverelli of just-food.com…

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…


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