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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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Looking inside the packing house of a California avocado grower-shipper

PHOTO REPORTEvery hour, approximately 32,000-33,000 individual avocados can be sorted, graded, and packed at West Pak’s packing house in Murrieta, California. In addition to its own product, avocados from around 165 outside growers are packed in the facility. Last month, FreshPlaza had an opportunity to visit the.....

California pear growers pack first crop of the season

After a slight delay, some California pear shippers have already opened up the season and are busy packing the first varieties. The very first varieties may not be the most familiar but larger volume crops like Bartletts are not far away. It will, however, take a few weeks for shippers to build volume while.....

California Giant looks back on very successful First Annual Chef Invitational

Last week, California Giant Berry Farms held its first annual Chef Invitational at Tehama Golf Club in Carmel, CA. Chef Luis Reyes from foodservice partner, Sysco Foods, took the title of Top Chef with his berry tomato beet salad.“We launched the Chef Invitational with the goal to further cement relationships.....

Fourth-generation working for organic banana grower distributor

Organics Unlimited, San Diego-based grower and distributor of organic tropical fruit, has announced the addition of Daniella Velazquez de León as its new logistics manager. She is a fourth-generation member of her family with its roots planted firmly in growing organic bananas.“It’s so exciting to be working.....

Southern hemisphere citrus exports hindered by weather

Weather has brought about some difficulties for the Southern hemisphere citrus season. Heavy rains and cool weather have caused delays and lighter supplies from South America, while in South Africa, it's the lack of rain that has resulted in fruit not sizing up as much as the market would have hoped.....

Western melon shippers feeling the increase in freight costs

While supply of melons is good, the impact of this year’s spike in freight costs is being felt by Western shippers. “Supply’s probably been too high and I think it’s because of the freight costs,” says Jim Malanca of Westside Produce in Firebaugh, Ca. Malanca notes supply of cantaloupes and honeydew melons is.....

Greenyard estimates damage of recall at 30 million Euros

Yesterday we reported that Greenyard is under fire after the listeria contamination. The company has now released an estimate of the financial impact the recent recall will have. The past two weeks, Greenyard reported on the recall of frozen products that were produced by its Hungarian production facility in.....

Oppy celebrates 160-year journey with an eye to future innovations

More than a quarter century before Coca-Cola served up its first soft drink—and a half century before the first Boeing airplane took flight—Oppenheimer Bros. & Co. was going strong, provisioning the fortune seekers bound for the Cariboo Gold Rush.Celebrating its 160th anniversary this month, the Vancouver,.....

E-commerce, Supply Chain and Organic Opportunities Dominate

Third annual Organic Produce Summit draws 1,500 to Monterey

Opportunities and challenges associated with e-commerce highlighted conversation at the third annual Organic Produce Summit held in Monterey, California July 11-12. The third annual OPS continued its impressive growth, with over 1,500 people in attendance this year, including nearly 300 retail buyers, as well.....

NY cherry growers could harvest sweet profits with tall greenhouses

Cherry producers in New York state and the Great Lakes region don’t have it easy. They face extreme temperatures in the winter, and in the summer, excessive rain can ruin the fruit. But if they can manage to avoid those risks, they stand to cash in: Cherries are one of the most profitable fruit crops, and.....

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Greenyard estimates damage of recall at 30 million Euros

Yesterday we reported that Greenyard is under fire after the listeria contamination. The company has now released an estimate of the financial impact the recent recall will have. The past two weeks, Greenyard reported on the recall of frozen products that were produced by its Hungarian production facility in.....

How effective is certification for the banana industry?

If you are involved in the the fresh produce business these days you will know how important it is have the right certification. In fact, if you don't have it its impossible to export to some markets. GlobalGap is essential and most consumers are demanding environmental and organic certificates too.Good.....

Harvesting potatoes at night to improve their quality

PHOTO REPORTPotatoes should be harvested between 5 am and 2 pm, to avoid high temperature which can decrease the shelf-life potential. Cepa organised a night time potato harvest in Molinella (Bologna) to demonstrate how to work during the night.Click here for the photo galleryLuciano Trentini, one of the promoters,.....

Rebrands four plum varieties

Metis plums back on the shelves

In spite of the climatic hazards, Metis is back on the shelves in 2018 with a potential of 4500 tons. The month of July marks the Italian production arrival which joins that of Spain. The Métis campaign launched mid-June. A brand new identity with new creative concepts and new names for Metis product.....

27 September- Warsaw, Poland:

Continued growth expected for Fresh Market 2018

The XI meeting of buyers from retail chains of Central and Eastern Europe with suppliers of fruit, vegetables and flowers, will take place on 27th of September 2018 in Ożarów Mazowiecki near Warsaw - next to the largest in Poland Warsaw Wholesale Market "Bronisze". The unique formula of the business.....

It’s Fresh! appoints Justin Creasy as new Technical Sales Director

UK food Technology Company It’s Fresh! has hired Justin Creasy as Technical Sales Director. Justin brings a wealth of experience with a 25 year career in the Fresh Produce Industry, serving as Technical Director at principal UK retail suppliers including Barfoots, Orchard House and most recently Wealmoor. He.....

Police called in for rotten 'stink fruit'

In Oppenau on Friday morning, police and firefighters were called, as in a post office several employees and a customer had respiratory problems because of an unknown gas.On-site experts of the ABC squad of the Oppenau Fire Brigade investigated the reason for the mixture in the air. After several packages had.....

Near Genoa, Italy

Growing herbs and vegetables under the sea

Underwater agriculture might be one of the solutions to help eradicate world food shortages. That is the idea behind the latest project of the Ocean Reef Group in Italy. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, at present only some 11 percent of the globe's land surface (13.4 billion ha) is used in.....

Flooding roads, shops and restaurants

Tsunami hits Mallorca and Menorca

A mini-tsunami has hit tourist beaches in parts of Mallorca and Menorca. A wave, measuring nearly five feet, hit Ciutadella on the west coast of Menorca on Monday morning. Nearby beaches were also flooded by the meteotsunami, called a rissaga in Catalan Spanish. Beaches and some buildings were flooded as the.....

Ireland: Demand for organic produce outweighs supply

According to Gillian Westbrook, general manager of the Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association (IOFGA), organic farmers are “victims of the green badge.” She was responding to a question from Senator Paul Daly, who asked were organic farmers victims of the image that wider Irish agri-food produce is.....

186 kg of carrots and 71 cauliflowers

Dudley Zoo's store manager has 1,600 mouths to feed

Store manager Gary Arnold is the man with a whopping £2,500 weekly shopping bill, including 130kg of bananas, 60 cucumbers and 56 bunches of broccoli. Arnold has the important job of making sure all of Dudley Zoo's animals are well fed and with 1,600 mouths to feed it keeps him busy.From the giraffes to the.....

New late bicolor apricot varieties

From 16 to 18 July, a new variety of late bicolor red apricot will be presented in the experimental fields of PSB Producción Vegetal in Valence, France. The open doors days will also serve to showcase other earlier and later varieties in the Red Buffalo range of red apricots.AristoThe Aristo is a late apricot,.....

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Jim Erler - Premium Fresh Tasmania

AU: Exporting gives alternatives and price power

PHOTO REPORTThe Ertler family have farmed the land in the Forth area of Tasmania for generations, known today as Premium Fresh Tasmania, it is still a privately owned company and the main pack house is situated on the same site as the original family farm 60 years ago.Premium Fresh started supplying Woolworths through a.....

Australia’s towns by population size groupings, 2016

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NZ: Price of avocados down slightly after record high

In June, the price of avocados dropped for the first time this year, after a hitting a record high of $25 a kilogram in May. A kilogram of the stone fruit cost about $21 in June, slightly lower than the same time last year. Avocado prices tend to dip about this time of year, before spiralling back up around.....

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Countries that do not officially use the metric system

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US and Canada to East Asia

Maersk Line announces price increase

Maersk Line announced it will increase its rates for US & Canada to Far East Asia services from August 1st. Here is an update to that announcement.Shipments bound for Cagayan de Oro (Phillipines), Jakarta (Indonesia), Surabaya (Indonesia), and Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), will increase on August 1st as.....

How apples are kept crisp and crunchy up to a year after being picked

Few food experiences are as satisfying as that crisp, juicy crunch when you sink your teeth into the flesh of a particularly good apple.Getting that fresh fix doesn't have to be a seasonal thing anymore, thanks to some nifty chemistry that can put an apple in suspended animation after it's picked from the.....

Consumption red raspberries may improve vascular function

A study published in the Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics shows that ellagitannins -atural phenolic compounds found in red raspberries- may improve vascular function in healthy men.“Raspberries are a rich source of ellagitannins and anthocyanins,” said study senior author dr. Ana Rodriguez-Mateos, of.....

Recorded highest temperature in the USA

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Creating artificial intelligence …with a potato

Smartibot is an artificial intelligence robot you can control from your smartphone. It can be made out of virtually anything - from cardboard to potatoes. Smartibot works with your smartphone, meaning you can use your mobile as a remote control, or by attaching it to your robot, as it’s brain. The Smartibot.....

Process solution integrated with Blockchain technology introduced in US

A large machinery group and a dynamic startup: an alliance which has Industry 4.0 technologies, grown between Veneto and Silicon Valley. Taking advantage of the combination of two important events, the United Fresh Show in Chicago and the Forbes AgTech Summit in Salinas, the Turatti Group from Cavarzere.....


HelloFresh exceeds Blue Apron in customer satisfaction

Amazon: more than 4,000 full-time employees in Wisconsin

US: Convenience stores see sales rise in H1 2018The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has announced that sales in convenience stores in the US saw positive growth in the first half of 2018. The trade association, which represents the convenience retailing industry, polled 2,106 stores in.....

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