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Friday, February 16, 2018

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Excellent weather conditions for kale growers in Mexico

Mild weather in the Mexican growing regions has seen kale production thrive. In the Baja California region, growers are able to produce kale year-round, with the current season crops responding well to recent warm and sunny conditions."We grow, harvest and process all our kale year-round in Baja California,".....

Delay in mango campaign means Peru doesn't have to compete with Ecuador and Brazil

The manager of the Peruvian Association of Producers and Exporters of Mangoes (APEM), Juan Carlos Rivera Ortega, stated that Peru exported 5,030 containers of fresh mangoes between the beginning of the 2017/2018 campaign, which started in week 45 (November 6), up until the end of week 5 (February 4). In the.....

Expanding track-and-trace options

Optel Group buys GeoTraceability

The Optel Group has made another acquisition in the track-and-trace category, buying Anglo-Canadian company GeoTraceability.Just a few weeks after buying Verify Brand, Optel has reached a deal to take over GeoTraceability, taking ownership of its information systems, which it says combine “traceability and.....

Mississippi Choctaw Indian tribe among recipients

Grants offered to farmers through Cultivating Change

Farmers across the US vied for $75,000 in grant money through Cultivating Change, a local farm grant program that's empowering the future of farming. Cultivating Change is a local farm grant program offered by Greener Fields Together (GFT), to fund projects and initiatives to help farmers do what they do best:.....

John McKeon appointed to CA Organic Products Advisory Committee

The California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) has welcomed 17 year organic industry veteran, John McKeon, Senior Manager of Organic Compliance and Sustainability for Tanimura & Antle, as a producer alternate to the committee.Cathy Calfo, Executive Director & CEO of the California Certified.....

Vegalab provides business update on recently acquired M&G Packing

Vegalab, Inc. ("the Company" or "Vegalab"), (OTCQB: VEGL) today provided a business update on M&G Packing, which was purchased on October 18, 2017. The facility consists of approximately 11 acres of real property and 30,000 sq. ft. of buildings. M&G packing had approximately $8.6 million in fruit sales.....

Granny Smith apples for St. Patrick's Day

Go for the Green with Granny Smith apple displays and promotions. Granny Smith apples are the ideal apple for St. Patrick’s Day displays, adding a pop of bright green to retails displays that will convert into “green” at the cash register. Available in both organic and conventional, add Granny Smith bulk.....

Strawberry Picking Challenge raises nearly $100K

The Strawberry Picking Challenge presented by Monte Package Company raised nearly $100,000. The fifth annual charity event’s proceeds will benefit children of the Redlands Christian Migrant Association.The fundraiser featured 21 corporate-sponsored teams competing in an exciting relay-style strawberry-picking.....

Petra Veldman, Stoffels Tomaten, on the story behind the ‘Automato’

Automato focuses on self-service trend

Tomato nursery Stoffels from Rijkevorsel, Belgium, stood out with the launch of the ‘Automato’ during Fruit Logistica Berlin back in 2016. For its latest innovation, the company even received the jury price of the Innovation Award. But where did this idea come from?According to co-owner Petra Stoffels-Veldman,.....

Mushrooms are increasingly popular protein source for 'blenditarianism'

Mushrooms are topping 2018 trends lists as consumers develop a continued appreciation for their nutritional and functional properties, including ‘Blenditarianism’, a new food movement for consumers as a robust food source instead of meat. They may actually be onto something.A study in October 2017 found that.....

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Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market 2017

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Florimond Desprez, Germicopa:

France: “80,000 tons of seed potatoes in 2020”

In 2014 Germicopa joined the Florimond Desprez Group, a French family business founded in 1830. Last July, after working for seed company SESVanderhave in the USA, Florimond Desprez became the general director. The 29-year old is the sixth generation involved in the family business and is full of.....

Avocados from plant to plate

VIDEOThe avocado is very popular, consumption is rising and consumers want to find out more and more about this versatile fruit. Nature's Pride tells the story behind the EAT ME avocado in a short documentary. Where do the avocados from Nature's Pride come from and what journey will the fruit make before it ends up.....

Petra Veldman, Stoffels Tomaten, on the story behind the ‘Automato’

Automato focuses on self-service trend

Tomato nursery Stoffels from Rijkevorsel, Belgium, stood out with the launch of the ‘Automato’ during Fruit Logistica Berlin back in 2016. For its latest innovation, the company even received the jury price of the Innovation Award. But where did this idea come from?According to co-owner Petra Stoffels-Veldman,.....

Every 10th German farm produces organically

Germany: Organic sales hit €10 billion mark

"In 2017, an average of five farmers converted an agricultural area of around 500 football fields to organic every day." This is how Peter Röhrig, Managing Director of the Federal Organic Food Association (BÖLW), described the strong interest of German farmers for organic farming on the occasion of the balance.....

Germany: Biofach discusses marketing trends

The BioFach is the world's leading trade fair for organic food - from 14 to 17 February at the convention centre in Nuremberg. According to the Landvolk Press Service, it presents the trends of today and focuses on the future with an emphasis on "Next Generation Bio".Nearly 3,000 exhibitors are showing off the.....

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AU: South Queensland mango season above average despite heat

Despite the Queensland heat resulting in an earlier mango harvest season in state's south, growers are following the national trend of a better than average season.Spring Creek Orchards, located west of Brisbane, usually begins harvesting its earlier varieties in January and the later varieties in March. But.....

BerryWorld Australia increases berry presence with raspberry launch

Specialty Australian berry producer, BerryWorld Australia, has launched premium raspberries within six months of announcing its presence in the premium berry category with strawberries.Grown under polytunnels at Stanthorpe, southern Queensland, BerryWorld's first raspberries arrived on supermarket shelves in.....

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Air-shipped pineapples, healthy snacks and fresh packs

Photo reports Fruit Logistica 2018

PHOTO REPORTThe Fruit Logistica in Berlin has three usual ingredients: a temperature below zero, chaos around the buses after the end of the day and a quiet Friday. This was also the case this year for the three-day trade fair, which transforms the German capital into the Fruit and Vegetable capital of the world. Thanks.....

Silver medal for ADORA tomato

The 9th of February will go down as a day to remember for the ADORA tomato. After being nominated for the Innovation Awards at the 2018 Fruit Logistica trade show in Berlin, it won the silver medal.This honour comes less than six months after the official introduction of ADORA to the fruits and vegetables.....


Now that the end of the European season is fast approaching, traders are looking to the southern hemisphere to purchase their apples. The harvest there has just kicked off and traders are noticing the greater demand from Europe. The question is whether these countries will be able to supply the European market.....

Why a global decline in genetic crop variety matters for the future of food

One day last March I talked with Juliana and Elisa, a mother and daughter who farmed just outside the city of Huánuco, Peru. Although they had only one acre of land in this mountainous landscape, they grew dozens of local varieties of potatoes and corn, along with other crops. And they knew each of their.....

US: More plantings of organic celery

Perfect growing conditions in both California and Mexico have led to healthy volumes of organic celery. “We have an excellent supply and quality of organic celery at this time,” says Joe Angelo with Castroville, Ca.-based Ocean Mist Farms, which grows both organic and conventional items. This year’s supply is.....


Costco tests new kiosk ordering system

H-E-B has acquired delivery service Favor

US: Peapod opens 4th PA wareroomEcommerce grocer Peapod, in partnership with sister division Giant Food Stores LLC, has opened its newest wareroom in North Coventry, Pa., to serve up to 25% more shoppers in the Philadelphia area. This is the fourth Peapod wareroom in Pennsylvania, and will bring 120 new jobs.....

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