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Friday, April 20, 2018

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Dan Acevedo with GreenFruit Avocados

"Our new avocado ripening facility is the best way to control quality"

GreenFruit Avocados, a year-round grower, packer, shipper and marketer of Mexican avocados, has opened up a brand new ripening facility in California. After acquiring the empty building last year, the company renovated it and fitted it out with new ripening technology. The facility officially opened in.....

For fruit in trays as well as labeling mulitple rows in a pattern

High tech pattern labelers enter the market

When it comes to labeling, precision is generally a key requirement, not only in accuracy of the label, but in the placement as well. In Europe particularly, it is common to ship and pack fruit in trays. As a result, Sinclair International, a producer of labels and labeling equipment, has launched a Compact.....

At CPMA Vancouver

Demonstration of instruments that predict harvest dates and measure ethylene levels

Instruments from Felix Instruments - Applied Food Science will be available for demonstration at the QA Supplies Booth at CPMA.Chelsea Gaya, Marketing Manager for Felix Instruments - Applied Food Science will be available for meetings and demonstrations of the F-750 Produce Quality Meter, as well as the newest.....

Florida watermelon growers start building on volume

Despite the challenges of growing the first melons in the region, Southern Florida watermelon supplies look steady. “The first watermelon crops in South Florida are always tricky. It’s a tough place to grow,” says Jose Dalmau of Fresh-Pro, Inc. in Altamonte Springs, Fl. “The supply this time of year is always.....

Off-shore lime pressure pushing prices high in U.S.

With off-shore pressures and until now, higher pricing on limes, demand for the citrus has been slightly slow. Though that’s likely to turn now that volume is building on the commodity. “Supply is going to increase weekly until we get to the full-blown peak season of limes which hovers around June through.....

Organic banana producer now back to peak production

Organics Unlimited’s Mexico farms are back to peak production of organic bananas. April through September are typically the highest banana-producing months in Mexico for the San Diego-based grower and distributor of organic tropical fruit. The welcome arrival of the spring season and warmer weather follows a.....

Pacific Trellis Fruit / Dulcinea Farms add logistics and marketing talent

Pacific Trellis Fruit / Dulcinea Farms, headquartered just east of Downtown LA’s Arts District, continue to add talent to their roster.As General Manager Josh Leichter explains: “As 2018 got underway, we saw an opportunity to improve our logistics. At the same time, we also wanted to put renewed focus on our.....

Foodservice distributor welcomes Jeff Oberman as VP of Strategic Programs

PRO*ACT welcomes Jeff Oberman as Vice President of Strategic Programs, in what the company said is a continued strategy of growth in alternative channels.Oberman brings an array of produce industry leadership, including a 21-year tenure at United Fresh, where his talent for relationship development was.....

Veggie noodle start-up founder joins produce association board

Cece’s™ Veggie Noodle Co., an Austin, Texas-based food brand, is pleased to share that Mason Arnold, company founder and Veggie Nerd, has joined the board of directors of the United Fresh Produce Association.Arnold’s two-year term kicks off this week in Santa Fe, NM at the Spring meeting of the Board of.....

Canadian growers in dire straits

Maine, USA: Wyman’s CEO denies blueberry price fixing

President and CEO of Jasper Wyman and Son in Maine denies accusations that processors are colluding to keep the price of wild blueberries down. Tony Shurman has stated that it is consecutive years of record crops in Canada that have caused an oversupply of wild blueberries, driving down prices across the.....

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New concepts boost sales

Focus on innovation within vegetable convenience

Meals always have to be quickly and easily prepared, but consumers also want to eat healthily. The space created between these two factors is where processed fresh produce can find opportunities. The growth within this segment is two-fold: the traditional products are sold more, but the market is also growing.....

Frank Bennemeer of Palletcentrale sees turnover increasing year after year

“Selling pallets online results in additional customer segment”

Palletcentrale supplies a broad range of new and used pallets, both nationally and internationally. With five branches and their own production, the pallet company offers a 100 per cent availability guarantee. The increasing wood prices, however, are currently causing wood shortages.The wholesaler of used and.....

Turkey: Cherry harvest is approaching

In Kemalpasa town of Izmir, where 10% of sweet cherry production in Turkey takes place, the growers are preparing to harvest the first products of the season and to offer it to the market at 25 -30 USD per kg.Annually around 60,000 tons of cherries is grown in Kemalpasa and the products from the area are well.....

New agreement between Greenyard Fresh and Carrefour Belgium

Greenyard announced that on 18 April, Greenyard Fresh and Carrefour signed a new cooperation agreement under the name ‘First-In-Fresh’. This further strengthens the long-standing cooperation between the two parties. The new cooperation involves the logistical bundling of various product categories adding more.....

Mandarin tops the list

Turkish export figures of fruits and veg to Russia first quarter of 2018

Turkey has exported 74,119 tons of mandarin to Russia in the first quarter of 2018 and generated a revenue of 42.3 million USD in return. East Black Sea Region Exporters Association President Ahmet Hamdi Gurdogan: “In order to develop the trade relations between two countries, it is imperative to lift the.....

Global artichoke consumption on the rise

Artichoke consumption and production are on the rise following the growth of the global frozen vegetable market which was valued at over $25 million in 2016 and is expected to reach $35 million by 2023 (Business Wire). Overall, the global frozen food market is expected to grow with a compound annual growth.....

A less bureaucratic CAP that focuses more on digital technology

European farmers should invest and bet on agriculture beyond 2020, as it will be less bureaucratic, more focused on making the most of digital technology, and much more focused on improving the quality of life of farmers, according to what the Commissioner of Agriculture of the European Union (EU), Phil Hogan,.....

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Seeka buys T&G Global Northland kiwi operations

T&G Global Limited (T&G) has reached an agreement regarding the sale of its Kerikeri-based kiwifruit orchards, packhouse facilities and assets to Seeka Limited (Seeka). The agreement, valued at approximately $40 million will see Seeka purchase T&G’s post-harvest facilities in Kerikeri for the.....

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At the moment, the situation in the global market is strongly determined by the high prices in the US. Exporters in countries such as Mexico, Guatemala and Colombia prefer this market as a destination for their fruit, as in the US, prices are about twice as high as in the same period last year. This choice on.....

France: New varieties shown at Indoor Lettuce Discovery Day

Last Thursday, March 29, lettuce professionals met for the Indoor Lettuce Discovery Day, organized at the Gautier headquarters in Eyragues. The event was in two parts: a visit of the trial platforms followed by a technical conference on the bioaggressors.The afternoon began with a visit to the tunnels at the.....

Porsche's answer to Tesla


Map showing travel time to nearest city with at least 50 K residents

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Battle of the Oranges

Ivrea, Italy: World’s craziest festival

Every year, the small northern Italian town of Ivrea comes under attack during the ‘Battle of the Oranges’. Thousands of people come from far and wide to take part in the annual Carnevale di Ivrea. In most cases, the participating teams usually dressed up in brightly coloured medieval costumes and engage in a.....

New UF blueberry variety machine-friendly

At an education session at January’s Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, University of Florida (UF) Assistant Professor of Blueberry Breeding and Genomics Patricio Muñoz, showed a list of blueberry varieties the university has released over the years.Those 21 blueberry varieties have many.....


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