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Friday, May 25, 2018

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Belgian endive consumption in the US on the rise

European expats, consumers looking for gluten free appetizers, and restaurateurs are helping demand for Belgian endives to grow. Attention has been brought onto the vegetable thanks to TV shows and chefs that are presenting it in different ways. In Europe, many people cook Belgian endives during the winter.....

Packaging company acquires Colorado distribution facility

Volm Companies, Inc., a company providing packaging and equipment solutions to the fresh produce industry, has announced that it has acquired the business of Atech, Incorporated in Monte Vista, Colorado.Atech has been a long-time and valuable partner for Volm, representing the Volmpack line of equipment with a.....

Washington's rhubarb season off to perfect start

In Washington, the domestic rhubarb season has kicked off in ideal conditions. Perfect temperatures, overcast skies and a smattering of rain have helped growers produce a nice crop. The season began last month and is expected to continue well into fall."We started our field rhubarb season on April 9 and.....

Record cherry season expected in British Columbia

With the sunshine in the Okanagan Valley and summer on the horizon, the excitement is growing about the imminent arrival of summer fruits from the orchards of BC Tree Fruits Cooperative (BC Tree Fruits). A combination of ideal weather conditions through bloom and the post-bloom periods as well as new.....

All US states can export now

Guatemala lifts US potato restrictions

Fresh and seed potatoes from all states of the US are now permitted entry into Guatemala; a welcome market expansion from only one permitted state four years ago.On May 14, 2018, the USDA confirmed simplified phytosanitary certificate requirements that eliminate previous state-by-state limitations. ‘Potatoes.....

United Fresh reacts to Administration's H-2A statement

“United Fresh is pleased with the announcement by the Trump Administration and the Departments of State, Agriculture, Labor, and Homeland Security, regarding their commitment to address the critical challenges of the existing bureaucratic temporary agricultural labor programs. We look forward to continuing our.....

US: Chimacum man finds huge mushroom in field

Doyle Yancey of Egg & I Farms in Chimacum, Washington, was mowing a field on Monday when he saw something, right in the path of his machine’s blades.“I was just out mowing and I always keep my eye out for animals. I thought it was a dog, so I stopped about 18-inches away from it,” he reported. Upon closer.....

Exclusive transatlantic service

Maersk Line expands presence in Canada and Europe

Maersk Line today announced the expansion of its product portfolio between Europe's Mediterranean region and Canada, to cater for the growing demands of importers and exporters on both sides of the Atlantic.The exclusive, fully Maersk Line-operated weekly service will be a five-vessel rotation stopping in.....

For rapid tracing of unsafe produce

Consumer & Food Safety Groups urge FDA to establish industry requirements

Consumer and food safety groups called on the US Food and Drug Administration to propose, within six months, requirements for comprehensive and rapid traceability of produce, including leafy greens.The Center for Science in the Public Interest, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, The Pew.....

Trucker's strike brings Brazil to a standstill

Brazil appeared on the verge of a standstill on the fourth day of a nationwide truckers' strike on Thursday May 24, as road blockades caused severe shortages of fuel and food. This all occurred despite a move by the state-owned oil company to defuse the crisis.Airports and gas stations were running out of.....


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Costa Rica: Italian owner of pineapple export company was killed

An Italian entrepreneur was ambushed and shot by two assassins outside the embassy of Italy in San Pedro de Montes de Oca.Authorities identified the victim as Salvatore Ponzo, a 37-year-old Italian, who at the time of the attack was accompanied by an Ecuadorian woman named Lopez Toaquiza, who apparently was.....

Gramm Agropecuaria, awarded with an international quality seal

Gramm Agropecuaria has been a producer of blueberries, based in Concordia, Entre Rios, for 16 years.​Seventeen products in total were selected to carry the "Argentine Foods, a natural choice" seal of quality.Fresh Concordian blueberries, two new honeys, a yerba mate, and dried pistachios are now part of.....

Carrefour's rogue attempt results in actual change

Supermarket chain uses Black Markets to highlight absurdity of EU regulations

It’s heart-warming when a brand uses its weight in the interest of the public good. It’s better still when its impact is so massive it changes harmful laws.French grocery chain Carrefour accomplished just that, and in a deliciously subversive way, by launching the “Black Supermarket” alongside agency.....

‘Sweet potatoes everywhere’

Australia: Hume Highway closed after crash

The northbound lanes of Hume Highway have been closed at Benalla following a truck roll-over that spilled sweet potatoes everywhere. Emergency services were called to the scene of the crash at midday on Friday.A southbound truck had left the road and travelled into the northbound lanes, hitting a car and.....

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US: Chimacum man finds huge mushroom in field

Doyle Yancey of Egg & I Farms in Chimacum, Washington, was mowing a field on Monday when he saw something, right in the path of his machine’s blades.“I was just out mowing and I always keep my eye out for animals. I thought it was a dog, so I stopped about 18-inches away from it,” he reported. Upon closer.....

Stacks of food, new Instagram trend

A new way to stand out with your Instagram account is to create food Jenga towers. The trend is based on the eponymous game. The rules are simple: the tower has to be built as high and as pretty as possible.

Loads of avocados and 88 illegal immigrants found

US: Trailer pulled over in Texas

Some 88 undocumented immigrants were found inside the trailer of an 18-wheeler truck last Tuesday night in south Texas, less than 50 miles from the border with Mexico.The immigrants, two of whom were children, were found “packed like sardines” inside the refrigerated trailer, said Frank Torres, emergency.....

Fresh produce companies join up to promote healthy summer snacks

Collaborating with the aim to help drive more fresh produce sales this summer, California Giant Berry Farms, Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Envy Apples, and Good Foods announce the launch of their “Skinny Dips” Sweepstakes inviting shoppers to choose lighter snacking options during swimsuit season.With a shared.....


Fruitmore »

Brazil: Lack of watermelons for domestic market

"In the month of May, Uruana, in the state of Goiás, will be the main supplier of watermelons for the domestic market. The harvest kicked off in the second half of April and should reach its peak from mid-May, and the season will then continue until October. Producers in the region believe that productivity.....

Most expensive fruits in the world

There are some fruits that will require you to dig deep into your pockets. Pagalparrot.com made a list for us.#1 Budha- shaped Pears- These can be found in China. A farmer named Zing Hangchow from Hebei province is the one who is responsible for this fruit. Chinese myth says that if you eat magical Buddha.....

China: "Laoshan honey apricots to enter the market in early June"

"Laoshan honey apricots grow in the hinterland of Laoshan. The mountains are high and the water is clear. Irrigation and fertilization are excellent, which makes the soil here perfect for the plantation of honey apricots. Under regular weather conditions, Laoshan honey apricots begin to flower every year in.....

Argentina: Coca-Cola is interested in blueberries from Tucuman

Governor Juan Manzur and the Minister of Productive Development, Luis Fernandez, held a meeting with David Lee, the president of the Reginald Lee bottler (of "La Coca") and with Esteban Carreño, the executive director of the Association of Argentine Coca-Cola Manufacturers.After the meeting, Lee stated: "The.....

Record cherry season expected in British Columbia

With the sunshine in the Okanagan Valley and summer on the horizon, the excitement is growing about the imminent arrival of summer fruits from the orchards of BC Tree Fruits Cooperative (BC Tree Fruits). A combination of ideal weather conditions through bloom and the post-bloom periods as well as new.....

Useless having a good variety without the right rootstock

The success of products like pears derives from the right choice of rootstock. When it comes to the Abate and William varieties, Vivai F.lli Zanzi recommend Fox 9."Fox 9 rootstocks are very interesting for the Abate Fetel, Kaiser and William varieties. They propagate easily and adapt well to the environment......

Carlos Cumbreras, manager of Grufesa:

"Growing strawberries sustainably and with a high productivity is not within everyone's reach"

Huelva's strawberry campaign is coming to an end, while blueberries and raspberries will continue to be harvested until late July. In general, the campaign has been marked by the impact of rainfall, as rains have been frequent."Although the total strawberry volume has been reduced, and at given times the.....

FLASH GALA™ the new apple on the block

With over a quarter of a million trees already purchased, Bigbucks, the improved Corder Gala apple strain, is now the most successful new variety in terms of orders placed in the history of the South African Plant Improvement Organisation since launch date.Named after Buks Nel, Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing’s New.....


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Wireless system for precision irrigation in soil-less greenhouse basil cultivation

Dielectric moisture sensors are particularly suitable to manage irrigation in soil-less greenhouse production. Identifying the practical effects of substrate water content on crop performance is crucial for sensor-based irrigation.A) Main network control unit (MNCU); B) wireless SDI-12 Host Node (WSHN)."We.....


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Last chance opportunies at London Produce Show

Registrations remain open and the final exhibition stands are selling out for the immersive three-day fresh produce trade event of the year.The London Produce Show and Conference (LPS) has announced a handful of remaining opportunities to get involved with the biggest gathering of fresh fruit and vegetable.....


Citrusmore »

Chile expects citrus exports to increase by 17% this season

The Citrus Committee of Chile-ASOEX, stated that they expected a 17% increase in citrus exports for the 2017-2018 season. According to the Committee's forecasts the increase would be led by mandarins, which are expected to increase by 32% over the previous season, followed by oranges, and clementines.Mandarin.....


Exotic fruit and vegetablesmore »


Stone fruit and melons influence the exotic business

“Need for exotics is less due to presence of stone fruit”

Stone fruit and melons from the Mediterranean and elsewhere nowadays arrive in large quantities in Germany's major wholesale markets. This also applies to the Hamburg wholesale market area on which Helmuth Ehmann Fruchthandels GmbH is based. The presence of plums, nectarines and peaches has a significant.....

Restaurants capitalize on rising supply

Avocados on everything?

The already-popular avocado is getting a turbo boost from higher supply and lower prices -- and restaurants are eager to cash in.Starbucks Corp. has added avocado spread to its permanent menu in the U.S. and Canada after a successful test run last year, while Chili’s Grill & Bar this month began selling a.....


Organicmore »

Educational session focuses on organic ingredient industry

The sixth and final educational session at Organic Produce Summit 2018 will focus on the growing organic ingredient industry and the opportunities for producers and retailers to capitalize on new consumer products. “Organic Ingredients - Creating New Opportunities in Fresh Produce” will feature leaders from.....


Healthmore »


Berries and grapes may keep you breathing easy

New research suggests that adding more grapes and berries to your diet could be a tasty way to give your lungs a boost. Researchers claim people who ate the most foods with a particular type of flavonoid, called anthocyanins, maintained the best lung function as they aged. Anthocyanins are found in.....


ITmore »


Enhancing crop monitoring across 1 million acres

Smart Yields and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union launch cutting-edge technology

Honolulu based agri-tech company Smart Yields and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union are now utilising a state-of-the-art crowd-sourced monitoring network to navigate Mother Nature.These entities have launched a pilot program to monitor crops and livestock using wireless sensors, hardware and data analytics. It is.....


Innovationsmore »


Why CRISPR-modified crops do not count as GMOs

The world urgently needs to figure out ways to boost food production. Increasing crop yields through conventional plant breeding is inefficient – the outcomes are unpredictable and it can take years to decades to create a new strain. On the other hand, powerful genetically modified plant technologies can.....


Processed fruit and vegetablesmore »


"The easiest way to consume fresh produce anywhere"

“The company processes and serves all kinds of fresh fruit and vegetables, such as apple, pineapple, persimmon, watermelon, pumpkin, onion, carrot, lime, lemon, etc. It’s the easiest way for consumers to consume fresh fruit anywhere, with the natural flavour but without having to process, wash or cut the fruit.....


Coolingmore »


Spain: Refrigeration of goods with up to 50% energy savings

The Port of Huelva and Enagás have developed a pioneering project in Huelva's port facilities, which will allow the refrigeration of goods with the cold generated by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), achieving energy savings of up to 50%.The project was presented by the president of the Port Authority of Huelva,.....


Food safetymore »

For rapid tracing of unsafe produce

Consumer & Food Safety Groups urge FDA to establish industry requirements

Consumer and food safety groups called on the US Food and Drug Administration to propose, within six months, requirements for comprehensive and rapid traceability of produce, including leafy greens.The Center for Science in the Public Interest, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, The Pew.....


Nuts and dried fruitsmore »


Drone walnut pollination

Thanks to team work, "artificial" walnut cultivation has reached Portugal. A drone was used to pollinate trees in a three-year-old grove, which therefore had little pollen available.After tests carried out in Italy last year, the request arrived from a company carrying out a significant investment in walnut.....


Packaging and Labellingmore »


Wrong label on apples at Aldi Nord leads to confusion

'Goods from Germany' originate in New Zealand

Recently there was riot on the net about Aldi-Nord selling apples labelled 'Goods from Germany', while the country of origin was New Zealand. "This is how the consumers are being duped," says the Facebook post. The discounter has now explained to Der Westen, how this error could occur. They had contacted the.....


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SpartanNash: grocery delivery in Fargo Family Fare Supermarkets

United Supermarkets has upgraded ecommerce customer engagement

US: Webster Price Chopper latest retailer to partner with InstacartGrocery delivery service Instacart is increasing its presence in Central Massachusetts with a new partnership with Price Chopper in Webster. The service at the East Village Square supermarket on Worcester Road will begin Thursday. Via a.....


Global Marketmore »


OVERVIEW GLOBAL ONION MARKET

In the northern hemisphere, the old onion harvest is competing with the new one from the southern hemisphere. In the Netherlands, for example, only the large sizes are yielding good prices and growers increasingly decide to clear out the old stock. The first early onions are already starting to be harvested in.....


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