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Friday, July 21, 2017

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Len Krahn with British Columbia-based SunSelect Produce

"It's tomato saturation time"

The west coast is flush with tomatoes. “Overall we’re pretty saturated with tomatoes at the moment,” says Len Krahn of Aldergrove, BC-based SunSelect Produce Inc. “All of the main greenhouses are pounding away and the fields are starting to show some product. And Mexico is still, not necessarily putting TOVs.....

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New Mexico Hatch chiles in season; heirloom and commercial varieties

Certified Hatch chiles are just starting to come off. Typically Preston Mitchell of Hatch Green Chile says they’re ready from mid-July to mid-October. Small batches are being harvested to certain customers this week and full truck volume will be available next week. A few of his select customers will get some.....

Weather causes tight North America melon market

Snug. That’s how supply of watermelons in North America is currently described. “If you’re looking at transactional supply of watermelons, it’s tough to find supply,” says Savvas Tsoukalas of Mississauga, Ont.-based Savco Worldwide, Inc. “Product has been hit and miss and the quality hasn’t been there. But if.....

Hail storm causes total loss for Canadian apple grower

A hail storm earlier this week has severely affected Diana Fedosoff, owner of Petrofka Orchard.“It started hailing the size of ping pongs and the size of big grapes and it went on for four minutes,” said Fedosoff, the.Four minutes was enough to ruin most of the apples at the orchard, located about 50.....

Perdue researchers use big data for more sustainable farming

Due to the large usage of water in agriculture, many California communities no longer have running water, and collapsing aquifers have caused roads and buildings to sink several feet. Purdue University electrical and computer engineering professor David Ebert is using data collected from agricultural sites to.....

MAF Roda launches first ever dragon fruit sorting line

MAF Roda is a global leading sorting machinery developer and manufacturer. The company has been present in China for over twenty years. Recently, the team has experienced growth in a number of new exciting product categories on the Chinese domestic market. One of these is domestically produced dragon fruit......

Moxxy Marketing wins four American packaging Design Awards

Moxxy Marketing has been honored with four American Packaging Design Awards by Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) for their work on the Josie's Organics brand of value-added salads and fresh-cut vegetables.The four Moxxy design projects recognized with 2017 American Packaging Design Awards are:Josie's Organics.....

Organic farming continues to expand in Washington, US

Two recent CSANR reports provide updates on organic trends – one on the organic sector in Washington State in general, and one specifically on organic tree fruit.In 2016, demand for organic foods grew once again reaching a new high of $43 billion of retail sales in the U.S. Sales grew at 8.4% over the previous.....

Celebrating 10 years of The Core Blog

DMA Solutions promotes from within

Now in its thirteenth year providing marketing services to companies in the fresh produce industry, DMA Solutions, Inc. celebrates two important milestones signaling continued growth within the company and the industry that it serves; the tenth anniversary of The Core Blog and the promotion of Mackenzie.....

Southern Produce Distributors, Inc. hires Director of Marketing

Southern Produce Distributors, Inc., a leading provider of high quality sweet potatoes, announced the addition of Brooke Britt as Director of Marketing. In her role, Britt will develop and execute marketing strategies as well as oversee promotion and advertising initiatives.“Southern Produce has a strong.....


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Chile: The fruit industry analyzes the export campaigns to the US and to Europe

During the past week, Karen Brux, Director of Marketing of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association of North America, and Charif Christian Carvajal, ASOEX Marketing Director for Asia and Europe, held several meetings to analyze the promotional campaigns carried out to boost the consumption of Chilean fruit in the.....

Tour de Fresh approaches closest fundraising margin to date

With only days before the event July 25-27, Tour de Fresh, presented by the California Giant Foundation, is encouraging riders, sponsors, and industry members to come together to reach the fundraising goal of $150,000 to place at least 50 salad bars in schools around the country. Currently, Tour de Fresh.....


Fruitmore »

Apricot prices in Crimea are half as high as last year

The supply of apricots is rather high in the Crimean market, despite local growers’ concerns. In addition, even under conditions of a seasonal decrease in the supply, apricot prices continue to go down and have already fallen below last year’s levels, according to Fruit-Inform.In particular, sellers from.....

Weather causes tight North America melon market

Snug. That’s how supply of watermelons in North America is currently described. “If you’re looking at transactional supply of watermelons, it’s tough to find supply,” says Savvas Tsoukalas of Mississauga, Ont.-based Savco Worldwide, Inc. “Product has been hit and miss and the quality hasn’t been there. But if.....

China expects larger harvest of peaches, nectarines and cherries

China expects to harvest more peaches, nectarines and cherries in the season of 2017/2018 than in the previous season. This was reported by the USDA. The increase is mainly thanks to young plants coming into production. The cold and dry spring in the production regions are changing the season. Smaller calibres.....

Chinese pear production volume rises steadily

"The new pear season has already started, and will last until October. This year, the weather has been reasonable, without any natural disasters, so the pear production volume has grown by 20% compared to last year," according to Mr. Wang from Guanxian Dongyuan Agricultural Produce Co., Ltd.Packaged pearsPear.....

Driscoll's Fair Trade Program helps schools in San Quintín, Mexico

More than 1,600 members of the San Quintín community received free access to health care offerings, including pediatric, women’s health, dental and optometry services, in May. This was part of the first Health Fair organized by farmworkers employed by BerryMex—one of Driscoll’s largest independent growers in.....

Italy: Remontant strawberries a good solution to extend production season

Diversify, extend the calendar and make strawberry plants more productive - remontant varieties are the perfect solution for all these objectives. This is how Antonio Benzi, one of the leading strawberry producers in Emilia-Romagna, is extending the production season to increase his income.Antonio Benzi.....

Global consumption and promising foreign markets to be discussed at Futurpera 2017

Market trends and new commercial outlets; world pear consumption and the comparison with leading producer countries to learn more about innovations in their production techniques: these are some of the topics to be discussed during the two conventions to be held on 16th and 17th November during FuturPera,.....

Aksun

Turkey: Lower prices for cherries drive success in Southeast Asia

The Turkish export season for cherries is in full swing. According to Akin Soyleyen of the Turkish export company Aksun, business is booming, especially with regards to the Asian market. “We’ve been very busy with the Far Eastern market. The supply this year is good, we haven’t had any problems. The quality is.....

Hail storm causes total loss for Canadian apple grower

A hail storm earlier this week has severely affected Diana Fedosoff, owner of Petrofka Orchard.“It started hailing the size of ping pongs and the size of big grapes and it went on for four minutes,” said Fedosoff, the.Four minutes was enough to ruin most of the apples at the orchard, located about 50.....


Herbsmore »


Fresh herbs: from seasoning to marketing tool

Herbs can convey an emotion more than anything else, and herb suppliers are well aware of that. At the same time, there’s a certain scarcity on the market. How do suppliers position their herbs? And which are this season’s seasoning? We’ve asked producers of potted and freshly cut herbs.Plukkruidje: Premixed.....


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CPMA 2018 booth registration opens to exhibitors

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) is pleased to announce that exhibitor registration for the 93rd Annual Convention and Trade Show is now open.CPMA 2018 will take place in Vancouver from Tuesday, April 24th to Thursday, April 26th. Exhibit space is limited and selling fast. Exhibitors can.....


Citrusmore »


Justin Chadwick - Citrus Growers' Association of Southern Africa

Modification to Russian labelling requirements

Earlier this season the Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin in an attempt to clarify the labelling requirements for citrus consignments destined for Russia.Justin Chadwick, CEO of the CGASA, has confirmed that a positive reaction has been received.....

Jaguar Fruit

China: Demand for South African hard to meet

"In the past few years, Chinese agricultural technology has developed dramatically. The quality of agricultural produce has also improved. However, compared to imported fruit, the differences in quality are still rather big. This is mainly because farmers and packing factories abroad have adopted mechanized.....

Mexico: Persian lime is a productive option for Sinaloa

The sowing of citrus and particularly Persian lime is becoming increasingly important for the agricultural producers of Sinaloa, who see this crop as a new productive option to maize, and which allows them to diversify their crops and offers a better profitability in the short term.According to the.....

Don Limón:

“The supply chain is so complex, dynamic and changing”

Don Limón’s new office in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has a very strong focus on South African fruit. “We are happy with the season so far even though we had some quality issues on the Navels earlier this season”, says Andreas Schindler, one of the company’s CEO’s.This office, which has always received goods.....

Argentina to export lemons to Mexico for the first time

Argentina will be able to export lemons to Mexico for the first time after sanitary inspection agencies from the two countries reached a deal, Argentina's agriculture ministry said on Thursday.Mexico became the third major export market this year to open to Argentina, the world's largest producer and exporter.....


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Popular in Northern provinces

China: Greenhouse dragon fruit production

"The main production sites for Chinese dragon fruit are located in the country's Southern provinces of Hainan, Guangxi, Guangdong and Fujian. Dragon fruit can be divided into three kinds: red skin with white flesh, red skin with red flesh and yellow skin with white flesh. Among those, the dragon fruit with red.....

Alion

Cyprus takes advantage of the growing appetite for okra

Okra has not always been a top of mind vegetable when strolling along the vegetable section of the supermarket. But demand for it has been growing around the world, and more specifically in Europe. People are learning to eat okras. According to Director Theodoros Zavou, “Alion deals with vegetables such as.....

Kiwi bacteriosis - increased virulence compared to 2010

Over the past few years, kiwi bacteriosis - caused byPseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa) - generated significant economic losses for what concerns both yields and fruit quality.Pathologists from the Department of Agricultural, Forestry and Food Sciences (Disafa) and the Centre for Agricultural and.....


Organicmore »


Organic farming continues to expand in Washington, US

Two recent CSANR reports provide updates on organic trends – one on the organic sector in Washington State in general, and one specifically on organic tree fruit.In 2016, demand for organic foods grew once again reaching a new high of $43 billion of retail sales in the U.S. Sales grew at 8.4% over the previous.....


Healthmore »

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ITmore »


Driscoll’s mobile application supports supermarket staff

With the launch of their first retailer mobile application in DEMEA, the Category Development team of Driscoll’s found a new way to directly connect with in-store supermarket personnel. The app guides the fresh produce staff through a 5 step “Fix the Basics” programme, in which tips and tricks are provided for.....


Innovationsmore »


Locra and Pura

Chinese tech company Cydiance launches two new data tracking lines

Chinese tech company Cydiance will soon launch two new lines of real-time data monitoring devices, called the Locra and Pura line, which the company will distribute worldwide. Both lines will be launched at the end of the month.Locra and PuraThe Locra is a temperature data logger and real-time location.....


Processed fruit and vegetablesmore »


Japanese airport offers orange juice from the tap

A new refreshment stand with a unique faucet opened on Thursday at Matsuyama airport in Japan. What makes the Orange Bar unique, is that it pours out orange juice. At the cost of around $3 a glass, visitors can get a glass of the juice straight from the tap. The joke that orange juice comes out of faucets.....


Coolingmore »

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Food safetymore »

Texans warned of possible parasite found in fresh produce

The Texas Department of State Health Services is encouraging healthcare providers to test patients for the parasite Cyclospora if they have diarrheal illness lasting more than a few days or diarrhea accompanied by severe anorexia or fatigue. Within the past month, 68 cases of Cyclospora infection have been.....

FDA awards $30m to 43 states to increase food safety

The FDA has awarded $30.9 million to 43 states to support multiyear plans for produce safety systems, education, outreach and technical assistance to prevent foodborne illnesses, according to a statement made by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD.The funding provided to states that support the Food Safety.....


Nuts and dried fruitsmore »


Galilee Export, Israel:

“For the coming season, we expect to double our volume of Barhi dates”

"The season of Barhi dates is about to start and comes usually with moderate volumes at the beginning. This generates high prices during the first weeks of this exotic fruit. This year it won’t be different," says Yoav Nakash from Galilee Export. “The only impact may come from heat waves. Despite the one in.....


Packaging and Labellingmore »


Moxxy Marketing wins four American packaging Design Awards

Moxxy Marketing has been honored with four American Packaging Design Awards by Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) for their work on the Josie's Organics brand of value-added salads and fresh-cut vegetables.The four Moxxy design projects recognized with 2017 American Packaging Design Awards are:Josie's Organics.....

PMA launches revised U.S. labeling guide as nutrition labels change

Because industry members need to have the latest information on labeling rules in the United States, the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) released a revised “PMA Nutrition & Produce Labeling Guide” July 20, 2017. It is available free to PMA members at.....


Product informationmore »

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Retailmore »


Walmart opens new Florida e-commerce fulfillment center

Kroger reopens former Marsh stores

Amazon spent $3.2mln on Washington lobbying effortAmazon, facing potential criticism of its plan to buy Whole Foods Markets, continued its multi-million lobbying effort - shelling out $3.2mln in the second quarter of this year - an increase from the $2.9mln spent in the first three months. Amazon has long had.....


Global Marketmore »


OVERVIEW GLOBAL TOP FRUIT MARKET

The European top fruit market is under lots of pressure. Within the continent, considerable losses have been caused by frost and hail, but the extent of these losses is still uncertain in many countries. We have summarised the prospects in most European countries and the US. The market is expected to be.....


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