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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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US cauliflower outlook holding steady despite rain

Cauliflower production is remaining steady despite heavy rain in California this past week. A lot of production continues in Yuma and will do so for the next few weeks as the transition to Salinas takes place. Although this year, warm weather in Yuma is expected to cause an early finish to the season there."We.....

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Quebec flexible packaging company ventures into fresh produce

A Quebec based packaging company has just introduced a label for netting, marking their entrance to the fresh produce packaging market. Transcontinental Flexipak is a second-generation, family-backed company focusing on flexible packaging options. They have been manufacturing packaging for decades, offering.....

US: Mixed reaction to extension of E-Log waiver

Last week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced an additional 90-day waiver from the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) for agriculture related transportation. The issue of the E-logs has been a common theme among many in the fresh produce industry across the United States. Many.....

Fresh Del Monte Produce to buy back $300 million in outstanding shares

Fresh Del Monte Produce announced that its board has authorized a stock buyback plan, which authorizes the company to repurchase $300.00 million in shares on Wednesday, February 21st. This repurchase authorization authorizes the company to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase.....

US Billionaire Larry Ellison launches Sensei

Hydroponics, focusing on nutritional value per hectare

Oracle’s billionaire founder, chairman and CTO Larry Ellison has launched a new business, called Sensei, a new L.A.-based company that will focus on developing hydroponic farms. Ellison co-founded the company with his long-time friend, David Agus, a prolific author and professor of medicine at USC.According to.....

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Avocado and mango producer obtains Fair Trade status

Freska Produce International, LLC yesterday announced that it became Fair Traded Certified. Freska has certified with Growers in the Mexican state of Oaxaca and is working on getting all its growers in Mexico Certified this year according to company sources. Fair Trade is a phrase that signifies more than you.....

Washington fruit grower celebrates 90th anniversary

This month, Auvil Fruit Company celebrates its 90th year of delivering dessert quality fruit to consumers all over the world.Starting with just 22-acres and a dream of offering consumers a beautiful and juicy piece of fruit with consistent flavor and nutrition, Grady Auvil, with the help of his brothers,.....

Jeff Hitchcock, CEO of Boggiatto Produce

“There are four benefits of sustainable agribusiness”

“I believe responsible produce growers across the country share a deep commitment to the highest standards of best industry practices,” says Jeff Hitchcock, CEO of Boggiatto Produce in Salinas, CA. For many, the importance of sustainable agriculture spans multiple generations. “Even before agroecology became a.....

Fresh produce importer now offering Florida grown blueberries

Crystal Valley Foods has announced that it will begin shipping conventional and organic Florida blueberries under the Crystal Valley label this season. The first shipments will begin at the end of March and they will be available through the end of May.The company has an exclusive partnership with a.....

Machinery company opens new Californian customer service facility

Durand-Wayland, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of a new and modern customer service facility in Reedley, California. Along with the new facility Durand-Wayland has increased its local team by adding new service technicians, sales people and expanding the parts department.Western Regional General.....

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Celebration of Primland Chile's 20th anniversary

On Thursday 1 March, PRIMLAND celebrated the 20th anniversary of Primland Chile. Thanks to this subsidiary, PRIMLAND can offer its customers involved in the distribution and importing of Oscar® kiwis all year round. This event brought together 140 guests in grand “Franco-Chilean” style (Institutional agents,.....

Is ProeVkantoor taking on the retailers?

Retailers are becoming more powerful. It seems to be almost impossible to compete alongside these purchasing organisations. Yet, three years ago, Dutch company, ProeVkantoor, started doing just that. "I am passionate and have an agricultural background. I also live in the vegetable garden of the Netherlands",.....

Wimco Groenendaal, Groda AGF:

"Buyers expect better quality when apples are expensive"

The apple market can look forward to high prices. "At the moment, speculationis also driving prices up. You now see that these high prices are becoming an obstacle for buyers", says Wimco Groenendaal of Groda AGF, which is based in the Dutch town of Est. "People then, automatically, expect that expensive fruit.....

Sweet potato acreage could expand by 15% in western Andalusia

Spain: "Heavy rainfall makes it necessary to import carrots from the UK"

The heavy rains that have been recorded in recent days in the south of Spain are having an impact on carrot, leek and radish crops, as well as on other vegetables produced in the open ground.Carrots are very sensitive to rain and excess moisture. "At this time, the harvest has practically come to a standstill,.....

Californian prunes increasingly appreciated by Polish consumers

Dried plums from California have a reputation for reaching high quality standards. A study commissioned by the California Prune Board in 2017 shows that Poles increasingly appreciate the premium quality of Californian prunes.There is a growing perception of California-grown plums being a fruit with a better.....


Organic berry acreage increasing significantly

While the acreage used for the cultivation of organic berries in 2010 was just under 30 hectares, it will be 124.1 hectares this year. This is shown by figures from the Swiss Fruit Association. The most important crop is the Aronia berry, followed by strawberries. The cultivation of organic berries has.....

Improper specification of origin for fruits and vegetables:

Foodwatch is warning Amazon Fresh

foodwatch has warned online grocer Amazon Fresh about the improper specification of the origins of fruit and vegetables. The consumer organization has criticized Amazon Fresh for listing multiple possible countries of origin in its online store for many products such as grapes, lettuce or tomatoes - a clear.....

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Hamburg Süd: Improved Asia – Europe/Mediterranean network

Since February 2017, Hamburg Süd, through its partnership with 2M, has been able to offer its customers access to the world’s most comprehensive Asia–Europe/Mediterranean network. As part of a regular network review, and in an effort to enhance schedule reliability, the decision has been made to rearrange this.....

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NZ: The apple varieties putting the focus back into taste

As Royal Gala apples took off in the 1980’s, New Zealand orchardist Bill Lynch noticed that visual appeal became more important to growers than taste - so he set about changing that.While Fashion Foods Ltd is yet to commercialise, the company will undertake final marketing trials on two new varieties that were.....

New Zealand company creates robots for horticulture

Worldwide, the value of the horticultural industry will increase with better pollination systems, robust quality control, better traceability systems, more cost-competitive practice and solutions for the difficulty of finding seasonal orchard crews.The Tauranga-based company Robotics Plus believes the time is.....

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Global population divided into urban and rural groups

Great graphic that shows how the global population from 1960 until today was split into urban and rural. In 1960 twice as many people lived in rural areas than in the cities; it took until 2007 for city dwellers to overtake the rural folks. Click here for a larger graphic.

Labelling the concept of "food restrictions" as false rumours

China’s state television combats fictional dangerous food combinations

China's state television broadcasters have taken a strong stance against the widely-practiced Chinese belief that combining certain foods when cooking will produce a fatal poison.During its annual televised gala for the ‘National Day for Protecting Consumer's Rights’, there was a 13-minute-long segment in.....

Maersk to cut 17 port calls from new Asia-Europe schedules

Global carrier Maersk Line is relaunching its Asia-Europe Network with an overall reduction of 17 port calls on its North European and Mediterranean strings. Furthermore, the company will add one vessel, in a move that is designed to improve schedule reliability. The first Westbound sailings on the new.....

A difficult Chilean season

US seems best option for Chilean table grape exporters

“Through week 9, Chilean table grape loadings worldwide continue to lag behind last season by 24 percent” says Mark Greenberg, CEO of Capespan North America. Loadings to the US East Coast are only 21.9 percent below last season while loadings to Europe and Asia are down by considerably more. “In spite of a.....


Grand Rapids: SpartanNash delivery

Dollar General's strong same-store sales: revamp paying off

US: SpartanNash expands delivery to Grand RapidsSpartanNash is expanding its Fast Lane online grocery shopping experience to include at-home delivery in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Delivery will be available on shopthefastlane.com to customers in 24 ZIP codes covering the greater Grand Rapids region, and fulfilled.....

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