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Friday, January 19, 2018

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US grower launches reduced carb potato

As consumers continue to seek out healthy food options, companies are continuing to provide alternatives to traditional fresh produce. Potandon Produce, a potato and onion marketer based in Idaho Falls, recently introduced a new variety of potato. Branded CarbSmart, these potatoes have 27% fewer carbohydrates.....

California kiwi fruit season turns from harvesting to packing

Kiwi fruit growers in California are finishing up the harvesting phase of their season as the focus now turns to packing and shipping. Although much of the region has experienced cold temperatures recently, growers say these did not affect the crop and they are happy with yields, which are close to.....

Grown in self-contained, sustainable hydroponic greenhouses

Demand for local butter lettuce good in Louisiana

Tapping into the local food supply trend, one Louisiana-based grower is seeing a demand for its product, butter lettuce, grow in a new type of greenhouse. “We’re greenhouse grown so our supply of butter lettuce right now is great,” says Kohlie Frantzen of Helical Outpost Farms, LLC. “A recent cold snap wiped.....

Equipment revolution in blueberry industry

“This represents a real revolution in the blueberry industry to us. In a couple of years, those without this technology will be left on the sidelines.”That was the comment from Cristobal Duke, Managing Director of Collipulli (Chile), on UNITEC Blueberry Vision technology back at the end of 2016."Blueberry.....

US Sampling

Fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residue

More Americans are seeking out organic food or produce free of pesticides and other chemicals. But can you escape the pesticide residues on foods, and is it always worth it to shell out the dollars for organics?Some produce is worse than others, according to the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit that.....

New research:

Drinking 100 percent fruit juice does not affect blood sugar levels

One hundred percent juice does not have a significant effect on fasting blood glucose, fasting blood insulin, or insulin resistance according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science. The findings are consistent with previous research indicating that 100% fruit juice is not associated.....

Double Diamond welcomes new VP of Business Development USA

Double Diamond Farms is proud to welcome Eddie Condes as the company’s new VP of Business Development—USA. Condes will be operating out of Double Diamond’s newly expanded Nogales, AZ office.“I’ve personally known Eddie for over 20 years in this industry, so I’m very excited to have someone with his skills and.....

Canadian agriculture and agri-food industry issue NAFTA statement

Canada’s agriculture and agri-food industry supports the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) provided it upholds fair and free principles, preserves integrated supply chains across the continent. They are urging negotiators to conclude negotiations as soon as possible for the.....

Automated transplanting company welcomes new VP of Engineering

PlantTape has announced its newest addition to their team, Lance Portman as Vice President of Engineering. He joins the company at a pivotal time and will support automated transplanting technology, which the company said is seeing growing global demand.“We are very excited to welcome Lance to our PlantTape.....

Eco Pack Systems

Reusable totes keep produce fresh from field to store

Getting fresh produce from field to market or processor has long relied on one-time-use, wax-coated corrugated boxes. Although the wax is intended to prevent the box from collapsing in a high-humidity environment, it frequently fails. Further, the coating adds to the boxes’ cost and renders them.....


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New Zealand

Zespri multimillion-dollar office space constructed in Tauranga CBD

A new four-level office development on The Strand and the latest stage in the construction of Zespri's multimillion-dollar head office contributed to $32 million in commercial consents issued in Tauranga last month.According to a nzherald.co.nz article, the latest monthly building consent report showed $2.7m.....

AU: Fruit Fly Detection on Flinders Island

​Biosecurity Tasmania has identified the larvae of two fruit flies on a residential property at Lady Barron on Flinders Island, in the Bass Straight between the Australian mainland and Tasmania. Entomologists have identified the larvae as a species of Bactrocera fruit fly. The larvae were discovered on.....

Trump’s threats in advance of NAFTA talks

If there is no Wall, there is no Deal!’

President Donald Trump referred to the North American trade deal as ‘a bad joke’, and Thursday repeated the well-known threat to force Mexico to pay for a border wall.“The Wall will be paid for, directly or indirectly, or through longer-term reimbursement, by Mexico,” Trump wrote in a tweet in which he slammed.....


Fruitmore »


Free Tru-Cape apples given to uniformed firefighters in South Africa

As a thank you for the extraordinary efforts by Fire and Rescue teams, Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, headquartered in Somerset West, invites any uniformed fire fighters to enjoy free Tru-Cape apples at their offices.Putting out fires is something everyone in business has to deal with all the time and South.....

Mexico: Low temperatures freeze strawberries

The low temperatures have literally frozen the strawberries produced in Irapuato.Fidel Zavala Garcia, the secretary of the Asociación Pro Mercado de la Fresa, stated that more than 900 hectares of the 1,700 hectares devoted to strawberry production in Irapuato had been affected by the low temperatures,.....

AU: Low avocado numbers not a complete surprise according to industry body

Avocados Australia has moved to reassure the public that supplies are on the way back up, after low numbers over the past month.There have been reports of cafes taking avocados off the menu, and retailers selling the fruit for over $5 a piece - that is if they could source any at all. But the peak industry.....

"Golden Berry" supports convenient shopping in "fresh food week"

Miss Fresh and Chilean Blueberry Association convene strategic cooperation

Miss Fresh&The Chilean Blueberry Associationconvened a news conference for strategic cooperation on January 15th, in Beijing. Vice-ambassador of the Chilean embassy in China, Gustavo Gonzalez; Supervisor of the Eurasian Market Department of the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association, Charif Christian Cavajal;.....

Berries del Sol

Argentina: "The blueberry production will increase due to the renewal of plantations"

For the 2018 season, the growth prospects for the berries produced in Argentina are very good, since there is expected to be growth due to the renewal of plantations that has been carried out by some companies, and which are reaching their full productive potential, as is the case of Berries del Sol. This.....

Blueberry campaign kicks off with the earliest variety, the Snowchaser

"With 30% more blueberries in Huelva, we expect a difficult year"

Huelva is currently starting to harvest the first blueberries of the season, which will last until mid-July. "Not everyone is able to start the blueberry campaign so early," explains Francisco Sánchez, manager of Onubafruit. "We can, thanks to the variety Snowchaser, developed by the breeder Rústicas del.....

Southern U.S. still cold

Georgia: Peaches getting extra chill hours

Last year Georgia had a mild winter; that usually means fewer chill hours for fruits like berries and peaches. As temperatures now are dropping into the 20s and 30s (-6 to -1o Celsius), 13wmaz.com asked Lee Dickey, co-owner of Dickey Farms from Musella, Georgia, how the fruits are doing. "Last year was one of.....


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To raise funds for Brighter Bites

Viva Fresh Produce Expo announces 2018 Golf Tournament

The Fourth annual Viva Fresh Open will be held at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort’s renowned TPC golf course on Thursday, April 5 and will launch the 2018 Viva Fresh Expo. Presented by Bebo Distributing, Inc. and Wonderful Citrus, this year’s tournament will raise funds for the Brighter Bites.....


Citrusmore »


Bavarian gastro supplier sees citrus market as satisfactory

“Spanish citrus very constant in quality”

The availability of goods in the Spanish import market currently leaves much to be desired for some products. However, in the citrus sector, the current market situation is rather satisfactory, especially in terms of quality. If the oranges and clementines were mostly rotten and mouldy at the wholesalers in.....

Texas: Multi-million dollar citrus industry under threat from recent cold spell

Last Wednesday, Texas citrus growers woke up to chilly news as orange and grapefruit groves showed signs of the freeze. The cold snap covered many things with ice, even in South Texas. The multi-million dollar citrus industry could be severely affected if temperatures dip any further.Texas Citrus Mutual.....

Through National Institute of Food and Agriculture:

USDA invests in fighting Citrus Greening Disease

Wednesday, January 17, 2018WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced awards to combat citrus greening disease. The funding to support research and extension programs is made through the emergency Citrus Disease.....


Exotic fruit and vegetablesmore »


California kiwi fruit season turns from harvesting to packing

Kiwi fruit growers in California are finishing up the harvesting phase of their season as the focus now turns to packing and shipping. Although much of the region has experienced cold temperatures recently, growers say these did not affect the crop and they are happy with yields, which are close to.....

South Africa: Prickly pear grower has big plans for the fruit

A prickly pear (cactus pear) grower north of Pretoria, whose cultivation has grown from a sideline to a strong business, has big plans for the fruit.Daan Boraine’s harvest at Prickly Business has been going well, although it has been a dry summer with some signs of water stress on younger cladodes (pads) and.....

NZ: Enzed Exotics sends off first sea shipment of Kiwano for 2018 season

Enzed Exotics says it will have an ample supply of high quality Kiwano this season to meet the growing demand for sustainably farmed exotic produce.The first sea container of fruit for the season departed the Enzed Exotics packhouse for the US on Jan 19th, with air freight expected to begin next week. Once in.....

"Still room for Durians on mainland Chinese market"

"The mainland Chinese market for imported fruit has been growing rapidly in recent years as a result of the higher income level of Chinese consumers and their continuously increasing demand for high-quality fruit. Year after year, the import volume shows growth. In comparison with European and American.....

Former air stewardess is now exporting durians

Malaysia's 'Musang Queen'

Former air stewardess Anna Teo nowadays is one of Malaysia's largest exporters of durians. Among her products is -of course- the popular Musang King variety with its deep yellow flesh.Apart from fresh durians, her company also exports durian puree and cakes to meet the growing demand for the king of fruits in.....


Organicmore »


Appeal to financial sector through Dutch Queen

Volkert Engelsman, CEO of major organics marketer Eosta and one of the driving forces behind the True Cost Accounting movement, has made an appeal to banks and investors through HRH Queen Máxima calling on the sector to move up a gear with more “inclusive finance”. By including the environmental and societal.....


Healthmore »


New research:

Drinking 100 percent fruit juice does not affect blood sugar levels

One hundred percent juice does not have a significant effect on fasting blood glucose, fasting blood insulin, or insulin resistance according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science. The findings are consistent with previous research indicating that 100% fruit juice is not associated.....

Plums could lower blood pressure

There could be a tasty new means of lowering blood pressure – dig into into some Queen Garnet plums. Developed by Queensland Government scientists to be very high in anthocyanins, is cementing its place as a superfood, with the first human trials demonstrating its ability to effectively lower blood pressure in.....

Cancer-fighting properties of avocado seeds

A team of researchers in South Texas have found new chemical compounds in avocados that could help treat cancer and other diseases. Dr. Debasish Bandyopadhyay and his research team at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley are collecting what is usually discarded: the outer layer of the avocado pit.Two.....


ITmore »


32 trillion data points for solid environmental intelligence

Autogrow, a global ag tech company, has announced their strategy to use trillions of available growing data points to help their growers’ crop production.“Due to the unique nature of our architecture, over 32 trillion data points flow through our systems each year which would be one of the most substantial.....


Innovationsmore »


Real-time monitoring gets personal

The Polish-French venture, blulog, has developed a new solution to add to its line of temperature monitoring solutions, called BluRoad. Customised to meet users’ needs, the device measures and delivers temperature data by the minute. It is comprised of temperature data loggers placed inside the refrigerated.....


Processed fruit and vegetablesmore »


Uruguay: Puro Jugo, bag in a box, a new 100% natural apple juice

Puro Jugo is a new way for Uruguayans to consume fruit. It is a way to make them see that they can consume healthy and tasty food in a very convenient manner, by just pressing a button and serving it in a glass. This new product of the Moizo Fruit company is being marketed in the innovative Bag in Box system,.....


Coolingmore »


Interest grows around the globe

Ripening rooms play key role in achieving desired color, brix level and taste

“Proper fruit ripening is important as it provides control over fruit uniformity for greater amounts of product,” says John Sydoriak with Advanced Cold Storage International. “Without controlled ripening chambers, fruit would not ripen to the desired color, brix level and taste.” In addition, maintaining a.....


Food safetymore »

South Africa: Deadliest listeriosis outbreak in history

The deadly and record-setting South African listeriosis outbreak is not slowing down. Contaminated food is the suspected culprit, but health officials have not yet identified a specific source.Since the new year began, the country’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed six more.....

US Sampling

Fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residue

More Americans are seeking out organic food or produce free of pesticides and other chemicals. But can you escape the pesticide residues on foods, and is it always worth it to shell out the dollars for organics?Some produce is worse than others, according to the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit that.....


Nuts and dried fruitsmore »


The Wonderful company launches new natural, raw pistachio product

Yesterday, Wonderful Pistachios announced a new flavor, joining the Wonderful portfolio, with new Natural Raw Wonderful Pistachios set to hit store shelves this February, just in time for Heart Health Month. The company said that Natural Raw pistachios are the closest pistachio lovers can get to snacking.....


Packaging and Labellingmore »

Eco Pack Systems

Reusable totes keep produce fresh from field to store

Getting fresh produce from field to market or processor has long relied on one-time-use, wax-coated corrugated boxes. Although the wax is intended to prevent the box from collapsing in a high-humidity environment, it frequently fails. Further, the coating adds to the boxes’ cost and renders them.....


Product informationmore »


Altus Biopharm

Innovation and biotechnology applied to the field

Reducing the use of synthetic chemicals in agriculture has become more and more necessary in recent years, mainly due to export guidelines, but also to the desire on the part of producers to stop the gradual degradation of their lands and continue to produce without harming the environment and the health of.....


Retailmore »


Amazon narrows down candidates for 2nd HQ

Walmart has trademarked 'Wam! by Walmart'

US: Shipt expands delivery pilot with Lidl to RichmondShipt, a rapidly growing online grocery marketplace, announced a pilot program expansion with Lidl, one of the world’s largest retailers. This expansion follows successful pilot launches in North and South Carolina in late 2017. Starting January 25th, 2018.....


Global Marketmore »


OVERVIEW GLOBAL BLUEBERRY MARKET

The blueberry market continues to grow, not only in Europe, but also in North America and China. The latter is getting a lot of attention from Latin American countries, who would like to export to China. Eastern European countries are investing in the crop and see a lot of potential. Prices are rising in.....


Climatemore »

Intense times for regional vegetable farmers

Falling temperatures & hard freezes in Texas and Mexico

As far south as Mexico, cold temperatures, freezes and even rare snow events have farmers on edge, trying to find ways to keep their fields warm and their winter vegetable plants alive.In the usually warm Rio Grande Valley of Texas, at the very southern tip of the state, produce farmers are scratching their.....


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