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Friday, November 17, 2017

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OVERVIEW GLOBAL SWEET POTATO MARKET

Sweet potatoes are grown and marketed worldwide. When looking at the ranking of the largest producers, some African countries appear at the top next to China. However, that picture changes completely when the export data are taken into account. Then the US, the Netherlands, Vietnam and Spain are at the top. It.....

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Five southern States top Fattest States list

Mississippi we’re looking at you. According to personal finance Web site WalletHub’s new report, 2017’s Fattest States in America, Mississippi tops the list as the fattest state in the United States. It’s followed closely by West Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana. The bottom five states? Montana,.....

Small bump in US beets for 2017

US domestic beet supply is looking a little healthier this year. “This year with our baby beets, we increased the plantings a little bit. Volume is up by about 20 per cent,” says Ande Manos with Babé Farm Specialties in Santa Maria, Ca. And after 2016’s rains, Babé also has beets planted in better farming.....

US ag exports climb to $140.5 billion with tree nuts leading growth

U.S. agricultural exports totaled $140.5 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2017, climbing nearly $10.9 billion from the previous year to the third-highest level on record, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today.As it has done for well over 50 years, the U.S. agricultural sector once again posted.....

US: Oregon University seeking cherry growers to develop new pest management plan

Oregon State University is looking for sweet cherry growers in the Northwest to help develop a long-term Integrated Pest Management plan.The first step is to assess the situation as it is now, according to an announcement from OSU. The university’s extension and integrated plant protection programs want to.....

Capitalising on consumer demand for convenience

Fresh cut producer releases new line of ready-to-cook vegetables

Inspired by consumer demand for more convenient, healthy and unique ways to serve fresh vegetable dishes, Eat Smart, a producer of fresh-cut vegetables and salads for the United States and Canada, is launching TimeSavors, a line of ready-to-cook fresh vegetable side dishes.The line’s three initial offerings.....

Registration for the third annual Organic Produce Summit opens next week

Retailer and buying organization registration for the third annual Organic Produce Summit will open November 20 on the OPS website. OPS 2018 is scheduled for July 11-12 at the newly renovated Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, CA.OPS 2018 will again feature a gala opening reception, a series of.....

Ready Pac Foods launches new Thanksgiving salad bowl with cranberries

As temperatures cool and holiday decorations begin to appear, Ready Pac Foods is leaning into fall with the launch of its latest seasonal creation, Smoked Turkey with Pomegranate Vinaigrette Bistro Bowl salad.“Seasonal flavors this time of year often means pumpkin spice, but this year we wanted to give our.....

Farmington Fresh named exclusive US provider of sliced Opal® apples

Farmington Fresh, a provider of fresh sliced apples, oranges, pears, and other fruits and vegetables to the food service industry and retailers, has reached an agreement with FirstFruits Marketing of Washington to be the exclusive U.S. provider of sliced Opal brand apples.Discovered in Europe in 1999 and grown.....

J&J Family of Farms welcomes new Director of Grower Development

J&J Family of Farms recently hired Mark Konstan as its new Director of Grower Development, Western Division.Mark Konstan brings more than 34 years of experience in the produce industry and 26 years of experience with national fresh produce company. For over 20 years, Mark worked at The Produce Exchange.....

USDA reduces size requirements for Florida citrus to help struggling growers

Hammered by Hurricane Irma, Florida citrus growers are being allowed to pack smaller oranges this season in the hopes of recouping some lost sales.The Florida Citrus Administrative Committee requested the U.S. Department of Agriculture to relax size restrictions, and an interim rule was published Nov. 16.The.....


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Quality over quantity at Amsterdam Produce Show

On Thursday, 16 November, the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam was, for the second time, the venue for the Amsterdam Produce Show. This trade fair was the initiative of the American, Jim Prevor, who has also organised produce shows in New York and London. The cocktail evening was on Wednesday, and there are more.....

Peter Klapwijk, 2Harvest:

“Organic production needs to be revised”

Organic or not organic: the sector is bound by a number of rules, and where there are rules, there’s room for debate. For years, there's been a heated discussion about whether a natural substrate in covered production should be allowed under the European organic label, for example. This is the case in.....

Masr Fruit adds Morocco products to the program

Masr Fruit, well known for their production from Egypt, have started the season of spring onions from Egypt with supply to the whole of Europe."We have started the season earlier than usual with supply to our supermarket clients mainly in UK and Germany, but also to our other clients through our distribution.....

Fico Eataly World - the world's largest agri-food park

PHOTO REPORTThe idea is good. Genius, actually, because it is simple. Having consumers experience first hand some aspects of production, processing and sales. This is what has been set up byFICO Eataly World, the world's largest agri-food park featuring typical high-quality Italian products. It was inaugurated on 15.....

"Spain consumes more organic products, especially fruit and veg"

The consumption of organic products is growing considerably in Spain. This is why in mid-2015, Sonia López and David Porras decided to found Sonbio, a fruit and vegetable marketing company based in Alicante and specialised in fruit, especially bananas, mangoes and papayas, grown in the Canary Islands."We have.....

Pakistani kinnows – a long way from penetrating the European market

Pakistani kinnows are known worldwide for their quality. The fruit is widely available in the Gulf region, making the Middle East the largest market for kinnows. Unfortunately, kinnows have been struggling to capture the attention of Europe.In Europe, kinnows are known to be typically consumed by Pakistani.....

Hubert Deconinck, parsnip grower

"TV chefs are making vegetables trendy"

The forgotten vegetables are now no longer so forgotten. Hubert Deconinck and his father Nico have noticed this at their cultivation company in Wannegem. Although they originally started with peas and still work with carrots for the frozen industry, they also started growing parsnips intended for processing.....

Italy: Madi Ventura presents healthy nut and dried fruit mixes

"We travel the world looking for the best fruit that grows in the most suitable environmental and weather conditions. This has led us to becoming leaders in our sector, thanks also to our partnerships with the best producers."Fabio Tosello, sales manager at Madi Ventura Spa."It's important to work well with.....

Cerescon presents new robot at Expo-SE 2017

“First asparagus robot that harvests three rows at the same time”

The Dutch high-tech start-up Cerescon will present the first asparagus harvest robot in the world that harvests three rows at the same time during the Expo-SE 2017 on 22 and 23 November. After a trial period during the past season with a version that harvests one row, Cerescon will present a prototype of the.....

Scientists embark on £128,000 project which could banish blackened bananas

Scientists in Norwich are embarking on a project that could save our skin.The researchers at Tropic Biosciences, based at Norwich Research Park, have got money to fund work that could help banana growers keep their produce fresh for longer and make them more resistant to disease.And the welcome side-effect for.....

An overview of what VLAM noticed during the Fruit Attraction and PMA

“Chicory is becoming increasingly popular in the US”

Late October everyone was working hard to promote our potatoes, fruit and vegetables. VLAM was part of the Fruit Attraction in Madrid from 18 to 20 October, and we were also present with our fruit and vegetable sector at the Fresh Summit PMA in New Orleans from 20 to 21 October. It was therefore quite.....

Fruit processors preparing for growing demand of exotic fruit

Global demand for exotic fruit is rapidly increasing. Today, the worldwide fruit puree concentrate market is valued at more than US$400m (€332m) and is expected to grow to US$700m (€581m) by 2026.Similar growth is expected in the exotic fruit puree concentrate market which is predicted to reach US$274m (€227m).....

SanLucar CEO Stephan Rötzer:

Using "emotional branding" to gain consumer loyalty and trust

On November 21, SanLucar will attend the fourth edition of the National Fresh Product Congress in the municipality of Bunnik (Utrecht).Company founder, Stephan Rötzer, and distribution director Oliver Daniel will give a speech about the significance of a brand as a distinguishing factor on the market.Both will.....

NovAtel’s navigation system passes German automatic steering test

The German Agricultural Society or Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft (DLG) has released DLG Test Report on the NovAtel SMART6L receiver's PPP automatic steering test.This new report describes the benefits growers can experience using NovAtel’s TerraStar-C and TerraStar-L Precise Point Positioning (PPP).....

Climate is the main topic for fruit growers at 2018 Bodensee Obstbautage Conference

From February 23 to 25, 2018, Fruchtwelt Bodensee will give visitors a glimpse of a wide range of approaches to current problems and answers to the industry’s pressing questions. Experts will be on hand to offer overviews of the latest developments in methods, trends and technologies for the global.....

EU invests €26.25m into agri-food promotion in Asia

The 2018 programmes for the promotion of EU agri-food products will focus primarily on the markets with the greatest potential growth, essentially countries outside the European Union (EU).The funds included included €26.25m in programmes in Asia, €22.5m in North and Latin America and an additional €26.25m.....

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Australia has identified fruit export opportunities as markets have grown

Export opportunities for high quality Western Australian fruit have been identified in a market analysis published by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.Department of Irrigated Agriculture Executive Director, John Ruprecht, said the State’s fruit exports had grown substantially, led.....

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OVERVIEW GLOBAL SWEET POTATO MARKET

Sweet potatoes are grown and marketed worldwide. When looking at the ranking of the largest producers, some African countries appear at the top next to China. However, that picture changes completely when the export data are taken into account. Then the US, the Netherlands, Vietnam and Spain are at the top. It.....

How artificial intelligence is helping farmers improve decision making

From precision farming to personalised nutrition, there are many potential technological applications in farming, food production, and food consumption.However, technological performances, user acceptance, and practical applications of the technology continue to pose challenges.Chiara Cecchini investigates the.....

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Slow start for Turkish lemon season

The new lemon season in Turkey is off to a slow start. This goes especially for Interdonato lemons. The main reason for the slow market is the volume, which is significantly lower than last year. Another reason for the sluggish Turkish season is the fact that South Africa has managed to extend its lemon season.....

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Amazon: Steeper price cuts at Whole Foods Market

Walmart shares jump on strong U.S. sales growthWalmart Stores Inc reported better-than-expected U.S. comparable sales, as customers stocked up on food and other supplies ahead of hurricanes and online purchases soared, sending its shares up more than 8.5%. The third quarter marked Walmart’s strongest U.S......


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