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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Most exotic and tropical produce completely lost

Florida produce industry assesses the damage of hurricane Irma

Florida growers of exotic and tropical produce were severely impacted by hurricane Irma last week. “Virtually all farms and groves in Miami Dade county were affected by the storm in one way or another,” says Peter Leifermann with Brooks Tropicals. “Overall, we estimate about 90 percent of the remaining Florida.....

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Hot summer fuels intense but short California fig season

It's been a hot summer in California, especially in the agricultural regions. This has created mixed fortunes for many producers, ranging from lower yields to damaged fruit to a bumper crop for some. For fig growers though, it has meant that their season turned into a 'blink and you'll miss it' year. Most fig.....

Flavor-modeling programs predict consumer liking

Sensory testing key element in selection of new produce varieties

Many years of development precede the launch of a fruit or vegetable variety in the market. An important part of the developmental stage is taste-testing. “My intent is very simple. I want to bring tasty fruits and vegetables to the population,” says Chow-Ming Lee, Sensory Scientist with Monsanto’s Vegetable.....

Overview of the North American strawberry market

Price of strawberries more important than flavour in US

The North American strawberry market is growing, both in production and consumption. The US is the largest producer, with a local production of 1,166,000 tonnes in 2015. Local production in Mexico amounted to 393,000 tonnes that year, and in Canada it amounted to 23,000 tonnes. The difference in consumption.....

New varieties of mandarins continue to emerge in the US

California mandarins will get a bit of an early start to its fall harvest.“We’re going to start an earlier variety of Satsuma mid-October and other Satsuma varieties will take us into late December this year,” says Madalyn McCracken of Reedley, Ca.-based Ripe to You. “The fruit is looking great—it’s sizing out.....

UC Davis settles strawberry breeding lawsuit

A nasty lawsuit over the strawberry breeding program at UC Davis – the wellspring of about half of California’s strawberry crop – is history.The university on Friday settled a lawsuit against two berry breeders who quit UC Davis, formed their own company and began developing new strawberry varieties without.....

Earthcycle™ granted OK HOME Compost® certification for Europe

Following closely on CKF’s announcement of European compostability certification, the Company is pleased to announce that the Earthcycle ™ product line has been further qualified for Home compost situations. AB Vincotte is one of the certifying bodies for European compostability standards and administers the.....

Daisy Girl™ leads branded organic apple sales in the US

CMI Orchards is gearing up for another year for its Daisy Girl Organics brand. With organic apple production estimated to be up by 15%, CMI is looking to expand distribution even further during the 2017 season.According to George Harter, Vice President of Marketing at CMI, Daisy Girl is riding a wave of sales.....

Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic on its path

Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Dominicana

Countries still recovering from Hurricane Irma, have taken another hit with Hurricane Maria making landfall last night in the Island Dominicana as a category 5 storm. It weakened to a category 4 storm after landfall said the US National Hurricane Center early Tuesday. The hurricane continues its path over the.....

"Chinese garlic takes leading role in European and American markets"

"Compared to 2016, the 2017 garlic production in China has increased by at least 30%. This is mainly due to this year's amazing weather and an expansion in production," explains Mr. Yang Guotai from Shandong Weifang Import and Export Co Ltd.Exported garlic from Shandong Weifang Import and Export Co.,.....

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International Strawberry Congress 2017

International Strawberry Congress 2017

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Fruit and vegetables in Moscow

Fruit and vegetables in Moscow

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Asia Fruit Logistica 2017

Asia Fruit Logistica 2017

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PMA Fresh Connections South Africa 2017

PMA Fresh Connections South Africa 2017

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Organic Produce Summit 2017

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Spain: Start of quince season

Quinces, which usually hit the market at the start of autumn, are beginning to arrive. It is a fruit that, because of its flavour and texture, is mostly consumed in processed form."This is an advantage for its producers, who are not burdened by the need to sell it quickly to prevent it from spoiling," explains.....

Italy: Grapes taste better when they're sustainable

The harvesting campaign of the Italia and Red Globe variety is in full swing at Fichera & Torrisi (Sicily). Company agronomist Sergio Rizzo reports: "despite the early ripening due to the high temperatures and lack of rain, bunches have a good quality with high sugar content and a great muscat aroma for.....

What does the future of peppers look like?

PHOTO REPORTAre peppers a superfood? Which pepper goes best with drinks? Is there such a thing as 'beer peppers'? The consumption of peppers is on the rise. How do we best play into this as a sector to guarantee a healthy future. Are we all offering a super healthy and super fresh product? How do we ensure that the.....

Clubfruit - fruit and technology in the heart of Sicily

VIDEO"Our company was established over a century ago in the heart of Sicily. Our history coincides with the history of our territory and its economy, which went from cereal cultivation and livestock farming to fruit cultivation," explains Francesco Cucurullo.Pomegranate plants with, in the background, the.....

Jack Aarsten on 110 years of Aarstenfruit:

"I haven't experienced the rapid growth of the last three years before"

Aartsenfruit has been celebrating its 110 year anniversary. Friends were welcomed with a cappuccino and a treat. We also went by the main office in Breda and spoke to general director Jack Aartsen, who has been involved in Aartsenfruit for 35 of those 110 years, about the past and in particular about the.....

Fyffes granted reprieve from expulsion from Ethical Trading Initiative

Dublin-based tropical fruits company Fyffes has secured a reprieve from being expelled from an influential ethical body as the firm and its new Japanese owners entered talks with unions over a dispute with Honduras melon farm workers’ rights.The UK government-sponsored Ethical Trading Initiative, which Fyffes.....

Jan Kraak:

“As long as harvests are unpredictable, the need remains”

Closing contracts on the potato futures market has been common for years. Besides, the futures market is an indicator of the mood on the actual market. Especially the rise of the chips industry caused a major change. According to broker De Vries & Westermann, growers, but also users, can gain much on the.....

Decrease in French peach, nectarine and pavie prices this year

According to Agreste, peach, nectarine and pavie turnover is 2% below that recorded last year and 4% below the 5 year average. The increase in quantity did not make up for the decrease in prices.Volume was up 4% compared to 2016 but 5% below the 5 year average due to a 10% decrease in acreage. Production.....

UK students are buying 266% more avocados than their predecessors

Millennials, or Generation Y, were known for their love of avocados, but their younger counterparts appear to be even more obsessed with the fruit.According to a study by Barclays, Generation Z – the generation after Millennials – are buying and consuming 266% more avocados than their predecessors.The study,.....

WUR releases report on Ethylene Postharvest Gas Analyser

The MACView Ethylene Postharvest Gas Analyser is independently evaluated and tested on its performance by Wageningen University and Research. The test report is now released by the WUR and the report is published by EMS and publicly available.The Ethylene Postharvest Gas Analyser is tested on several important.....

Accredited Dutch food and food-related laboratories for Japan

In order to streamline and accelerate food import procedures in Japan, MHLW has an obligatory approval program for foreign official laboratories who perform analysis of food and food-related products to be exported to Japan. The MHLW quarantine stations at the Japanese ports of entry only accept test reports.....

Fyffes partners with software specialist in backing sports training initiative

Fruit importer Fyffes has teamed with Irish sports technology specialist Metrifit to host a competition that gives sports teams and coaches the chance to trial a Metrifit athlete monitoring software system as part of their training regime over a one year period.Fyffes Emma Hunt-Duffy and Metrifit’s Peter.....

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Senior MPI staff take the stand at the Kiwifruit Claim hearing

Senior Advisors at New Zealand's Ministry of Primary Industries have taken the stand in the Kiwifruit Claim at the High Court in Wellington, as the case enters its seventh week.The case was brought following the outbreak of the disease Psa in November 2010 which spread throughout the industry. 212 claimants.....

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Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic on its path

Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Dominicana

Countries still recovering from Hurricane Irma, have taken another hit with Hurricane Maria making landfall last night in the Island Dominicana as a category 5 storm. It weakened to a category 4 storm after landfall said the US National Hurricane Center early Tuesday. The hurricane continues its path over the.....

Veteran mushroom grower to launch new product at PMA Fresh Summit

Phillips Mushroom Farms was founded 90 years ago in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The family business now distributes more than 70 million pounds of mushrooms in the United States annually. They have been a regular exhibitor at the PMA Fresh Summit event for over 30 years now and are looking forward to this.....

Idaho potato grower looking forward to tenth PMA Fresh Summit

For participants at the PMA Fresh Summit, gathering together and networking at the event is and has been a valuable part of their year. As vendors see the opportunity to present new products as well as to connect with customers and suppliers, they continue to attend year after year to take advantage of this.....


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Walmart to build new HQ | Ocado sees strong growth

UK: Ocado sees strong growthBritish online grocer Ocado said on Tuesday it was growing sales at a rate ahead of the industry average and saw a slight acceleration in its latest quarter. Ocado said retail sales rose 13.1% to 312.7m pounds ($423.4m) in the 13 weeks to August 27, its fiscal third quarter. They.....

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