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Friday, September 14, 2018

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Southern hemisphere expects good harvest


The blueberry harvest is about to start in the southern hemisphere. In some countries, the pickers are already working, but the volumes are still limited. European importers are looking forward to the new overseas season. Due to the warm summer, the European campaign has finished early and there is a threat of.....

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NY apple crops looking at bigger in volumes for 2018

New York State is heavily into production on apples and the crop is proving larger than last year’s. “We’re picking heavy right now. We have a pretty sizeable crop in the orchards and the volume looks considerably better than last year,” says Jim Allen of Glenmont, NY-based New York Apple Sales Inc. “We’ve got.....

Sizing limited on larger imported limes

While supplies of imported limes look ample, sizing may take a hit for now. “We have plenty of supply on small fruit but we have limited supply on the larger fruit which is 175s, 150s and 110s,” says Alex Landin with Limonik Produce Inc. in McAllen, Tex. “We have plenty of volume on the small ones—250s, 230s.....

Strong production leaves California lettuce market subdued

Excellent growing conditions have meant that California lettuce production is very strong right now. Quality is also very high, with very little weather and disease pressure affecting any of the lettuce varieties. The weather has been ideal in the Salinas Valley, with lows in the low - mid 50s and day time.....

Interest in East Coast squash pushes up while supplies tight

Limited supplies and weather variables are pushing interest on squash right now. “Demand is very strong on summer squashes and its average on winter hard-shell squash,” says Steve Veneziano of Naples, Fl.-based Oakes Farms Inc. “But the summer zucchini yellow squash has lighter supplies due to all the rain......

United Fresh enhances industry relations team

United Fresh Produce Association has expanded its industry relations, adding new staff positions to serve members in the following sectors – grower-shipper, wholesaler-distributor, fresh-cut processor, retail and foodservice, as well as industry service providers.“As we’ve worked to support our members across.....

CA Supreme Court orders ALRB to count Gerawan employee ballots

George Radanovich, President of the California Fresh Fruit Association, applauded the recent decision by the California Supreme Court, upholding the earlier decision by the 5th District Court of Appeals ordering the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) to count the employee ballots cast in.....

Vanmark announces new facility in India

Vanmark, a potato and produce processing equipment manufacturer, has announced a new facility in Bengaluru, India, expanding its capabilities in the Southeast Asia food processing market. In addition to two locations in the United States, the new facility supports the company’s growth strategy in Southeast.....

Organic Wisconsin dairy turned to packaged Brussels sprouts

A long-time Wisconsin dairy farm is going all in on a new certified organic fresh packaged vegetable product; the first in a long time for Organic Valley, the co-op it belongs to. The four-generation Langmeier Dairy in Prairie du Chien is building a new washing and packing facility to produce retail packages.....

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Asia Fruit Logistica 2018

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PMA Fresh Connections South Africa 2018

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Driscoll's field tour 2018

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OZblu grower’s conference 2018

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Too big for the Dutch, but fine for the Greeks

Greece a good market for larger sizes

Large shipping companies don’t let their ships sail the Mediterranean for days. They’d rather moor the ships close to the Strait of Gibraltar, after which the containers have to continue their journey on smaller boats. That takes a long time. This is why Anton Rutten from Maasdijk, the Netherlands, has run a.....

Freeze-dried fruits and berries

Those who are aware of the importance of healthy food as part of a balanced and more dynamic lifestyle are starting to get interested in freeze-dried products, which are becoming increasingly popular in the US and some European countries such as the UK.At Salone internazionale del biologico e del.....

Attempt to save tumbling currency

Turkish lira jumps after Central Bank ups rates

This Thursday, the Central Bank of Turkey increased its benchmark interest rate to 24 percent, a hike of 625 basis points from the previous rate of 17.75 percent. The Turkish lira jumped more than 2 percent on the news, consolidating at around 6.1 against the dollar.The move, which exceeded market expectations.....

Turkey: Apples from Siirt are exported to 8 different countries

An entrepreneur has set up a major apple production area in Siirt, a city located in southeastern Turkey. The apples grown here are currently being exported to Russia, India, Libya, Lebanon, Jordan. Qatar, Iraq, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.Company partner Kasim Ceylan: “We have a production area of 30 million.....

Turkey: High productivity for potato harvest in Bitlis

High productivity is expected from 50 million square feet of potato production areas in Ahlat, Bitlis, a city located in southeastern Turkey.14 potato growers have been operating in the area and the productivity is expected to be higher than the previous year.7 % of Turkey’s potato seed production takes places.....

Turkey: Onion harvest has started in Bandirma

Onion production has only a 2 year history in Bandirma, Balikesir, a city located in northwestern Turkey. The production fields are around 15 million square feet.The production has been spread throughout the season with early harvest, in-season and late harvest products to ensure that the growers do not flood.....

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UK couple growing vegetables the size of small adults

Although Tahira and Mujeeb Mirza have won numerous awards for their growing abilities, their latest endeavour may just be the best one yet. The couple managed to grow a few dudhis (gourds) to a staggering 4ft 10in (125 cm) in height."We are very proud that for a few years we have been getting awards also for.....

France : Limousin needs over 1,000 apple pickers

The Golden is the only French apple with a PDO and harvest has officially begun in the Limousin region. However, a shortage of manual labour is a recurring problem. At least 600 employees are needed in the Haute-Vienne, 400 in Dordogne and 350 in Correze, to harvest about 90,000 tons of fruit.4,000 to 5,000.....

UK: Asda receives 6 million apples from Maidstone orchards

UK apple growers have reported a bumper harvest this year as a result of the scorching summer weather. After a disappointing 2017, this year has seen a revival, with one farm in the county producing 6 million apples for one supermarket chain.WM Skinner & Co, based in East Sutton, near Maidstone, has been.....

Mirabelle harvest in the Tarn valley

France : Mirabelles take over cherry production

The mirabelle harvest in the Tarn valley has begun and looks promising. Production is expected to reach 500 tons this year, taking over cherry production. The trees are heavy with brightly coloured, juicy, sweet fruit that is fully mature. Acreage has more than tripled in 10 years.Some producers have turned.....

Germany faces potato shortage after record hot, dry summer

This week, the German Farming Society (DLG) warned that the nation faces a severe potato shortage as a consequence of unusually hot and dry weather this summer, "We are expecting one of the smallest potato harvests of all time in Germany", said Martin Umhau, a member of the DLG supervisory board.According to.....

Despite smaller turnover

UK: S&A Group Holdings fresh produce supplier grows profit

A West Midlands producer and supplier of fresh fruit and vegetables has grown its profit during its latest financial year despite a drop in turnover. The company's produce is sold in major retailers across the UK.Newly filed accounts for S&A Group Holdings, which operates across Central and South America,.....

Baresa's Funghi Porcini - Secchi Speciali

Malta: Consumer warning against mushroom product

In accordance with the Food Safety Act and Regulation, the Environmental Health Directorate has informed the public that according to information received from the involved company, and later through the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed, the following product must not be consumed. There is a possibility.....

Record export volume for Holland Onions

The export season of 2017/2018 ended after week 26 with impressive export figures. A staggering 1.153.267 (metric) tons of Holland Onions had crossed our borders by then. An absolute record with an increase of more than 10%. And this growth is in line with the growth in export destinations. This season the.....

Fyffes to support Irish amputees ahead of World Cup campaign

Irish banana importer Fyffes has signed-up to support the Irish Amputee Football Association as it prepares to select a team that will represent Ireland in the forthcoming Amputee World Cup being held in Guadalajara, Mexico at end-October / early-November next.Under the arrangement, the company – already.....

Turkish exporters eye Far Eastern countries

Due to their population density and increasing purchasing power, Far Eastern countries are more and more often looked at by the Turkish fresh fruit and vegetable industry.Turkey's fresh fruit and vegetable sector, a leading sector for value-added exports, which set a target of $14 billion for 2023, initiated a.....

Post-Brexit farm policy outlined in bill

On Wednesday, Britain will introduce legislation for its agriculture policy Post-Brexit. It will link support for farmers to the provision of public benefits like tackling climate change or maintaining beautiful landscapes.The Agricultural Bill, mostly covering England, should provide the basis for policy in a.....

UK: Avocado that easily comes away from its skin launched

Tesco is launching an avocado with a thicker, easily peelable skin that it claims could limit painful hand injuries from cutting into the fruit. The hybrid variety is called EasyAvo; it is grown in South Africa by Tesco supplier Westfalia Fruit and comes away easily from its skin when cut in half, the.....

CoolFresh to tackle issue with new project

Keeping fresh fruit and vegetables relevant in the future

CoolFresh released a statement today, concerning their upcoming project on how to keep fresh produce, like fruits and vegetables, relevant for the years to come. "As a company we came have come to understand that new generations of consumers think differently about food. They buy and consume differently......

European Commission to keep the special and reinforced controls on Turkish lemons for 2018-2019 season

The European Commission has decided to keep the special and reinforced controls on Turkish lemons for the 2018-2019 season, starting in September, with the aim of ensuring compliance with EU legislation on maximum pesticide residue limits, as it believes they still constitute a risk. As a result, checks will.....

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Chinese going "gang busters" for Marron d'Or squash

One of New Zealand's leading growers, Bostock, is stepping up the supply of its new Kabocha squash hybrid, the Marron d'Or into the Chinese market, after last year's initial shipment proved to be a major hit with consumers.Owner John Bostock says the company shipped 1,000 tonnes last year "as a sample", with.....

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Diversifying global markets key to safeguarding long-term future of NZ avocado growers

One of New Zealand's largest avocado export companies says diversifying global markets, as opposed to short-term profits, is the key to safeguarding the long-term future of the country's avocado growers. Avanza’s marketing and communications manager, Steve Trickett, says 80 per cent of avocados exported from.....

Avocado prices slashed to just 10 cents

At a Coles supermarket in Perth, avocado lovers found the expensive fruit available for an astonishing ten cents. A picture appeared on Twitter on Tuesday, with the caption: 'At a Coles in Perth'. The image shows numerous boxes of Hass avocados slashed to ten cents per avocado on 'special'. They were marked.....

Research claims prunes have bone-building power

Prunes are a nutrient rich, natural dried fruit now backed by research showing they can aide in reducing bone loss and in-fact preserve bone density in post-menopausal women.Prunes can assist in keeping ones family regular with their natural fibre content which is also great for generating healthy gut.....

Australian bananas: TR4 affected farms benefit from new agreement

Banana growers farming with Panama disease tropical (Panama TR4) and who sell fruit to New South Wales are benefiting from a new interstate fruit certification agreement. Panama TR4 program leader Rhiannon Evans said Biosecurity Queensland had reached an agreement with the NSW DPI to allow accredited.....

Devastating disease hits Kerikeri, Northland

NZ feijoa grower fears they 'won't be here next year'

Feijoa crops in Kerikeri in Northland are being devastated by a fungal disease, already costing growers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Anthracnose disease is rife in all but 2 of Kerikeri's 20 orchards. Orchard owner Stuart Duff has just over 1800 trees and 600 of them have the fungus. Duff says he's.....

Australian woman makes bizarre discovery in Coles spinach salad

A Coles customer ready to tuck into a bag of baby spinach found a series of mysterious bug eggs stuck to the leaves. The Sydney woman said she bought what she believed to be “prewashed and ready to eat fresh greens”. But no.University of Queensland entomologist Kathy Ebert told Yahoo7 News the eggs were like.....

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Southern hemisphere expects good harvest


The blueberry harvest is about to start in the southern hemisphere. In some countries, the pickers are already working, but the volumes are still limited. European importers are looking forward to the new overseas season. Due to the warm summer, the European campaign has finished early and there is a threat of.....

A new way of fruit cutting in retail

In Scandinavia, most of the fruit retailers sell fruit such as melon and watermelons in halves, quarters or even smaller slices. However, for the fresh produce employees in charge of cutting and preparing the fruit for sale and display in the shop, the fruit cutting process was always a time-consuming, tedious.....

Crop Trust expands #CropsInColor palette

The Crop Trust has launched the second phase of #CropsInColor, an image-led storytelling campaign that celebrates crop diversity around the world.Phase II, sponsored by Corteva Agriscience, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont will send photographers to Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas to highlight the.....

Earth's land/oceans inverted

This is just silly. But fascinating nonetheless.

Use of currencies by country

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CMA CGM celebrates 40 years

40 years ago, on September 13th, 1978, Jacques R. Saadé launched the first maritime line between Marseilles and Beirut, with only one ship and 4 employees. This day marked the beginning of an extraordinary human and entrepreneurial adventure. 40 years later, CMA CGM has become a recognized company, with 34,000.....

Rising sea levels

'Waterworld'... We already knew it was terrible.

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Asia Global Logistics advancing towards goal of 'global reefer expert'

Asia Global Logistics was founded and headquartered in Shenzhen, China in 2002. It has been successfully developing its logistics business for over sixteen years. It established its branches and agencies network in Asia, North America, Middle East and Europe. This network ensures the first class national.....

Asia Fruit Logistica 2018 Photo report

PHOTO REPORTLast week Asia Fruit Logistica took place in Hong Kong. According to most of the stand holders it was a very successful trade show. It did tend to differ from stand to stand on just how busy they were. In general the halls seemed less crowded than in the previous year and a few stand holders thought this may.....


iFresh to distribute biometric automated retail technology in the Americas

Walmart Canada collaborates with Instacart

Amazon expands grocery delivery from Whole Foods Market to more citiesAmazon announced the expansion of delivery of natural and organic products from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now to more cities. These include Charlotte, Las Vegas, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Raleigh,.....

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