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Friday, November 17, 2017

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OVERVIEW GLOBAL SWEET POTATO MARKET

Sweet potatoes are grown and marketed worldwide. When looking at the ranking of the largest producers, some African countries appear at the top next to China. However, that picture changes completely when the export data are taken into account. Then the US, the Netherlands, Vietnam and Spain are at the top. It.....

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Five southern States top Fattest States list

Mississippi we’re looking at you. According to personal finance Web site WalletHub’s new report, 2017’s Fattest States in America, Mississippi tops the list as the fattest state in the United States. It’s followed closely by West Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana. The bottom five states? Montana,.....

Small bump in US beets for 2017

US domestic beet supply is looking a little healthier this year. “This year with our baby beets, we increased the plantings a little bit. Volume is up by about 20 per cent,” says Ande Manos with Babé Farm Specialties in Santa Maria, Ca. And after 2016’s rains, Babé also has beets planted in better farming.....

US ag exports climb to $140.5 billion with tree nuts leading growth

U.S. agricultural exports totaled $140.5 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2017, climbing nearly $10.9 billion from the previous year to the third-highest level on record, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today.As it has done for well over 50 years, the U.S. agricultural sector once again posted.....

US: Oregon University seeking cherry growers to develop new pest management plan

Oregon State University is looking for sweet cherry growers in the Northwest to help develop a long-term Integrated Pest Management plan.The first step is to assess the situation as it is now, according to an announcement from OSU. The university’s extension and integrated plant protection programs want to.....

Capitalising on consumer demand for convenience

Fresh cut producer releases new line of ready-to-cook vegetables

Inspired by consumer demand for more convenient, healthy and unique ways to serve fresh vegetable dishes, Eat Smart, a producer of fresh-cut vegetables and salads for the United States and Canada, is launching TimeSavors, a line of ready-to-cook fresh vegetable side dishes.The line’s three initial offerings.....

Registration for the third annual Organic Produce Summit opens next week

Retailer and buying organization registration for the third annual Organic Produce Summit will open November 20 on the OPS website. OPS 2018 is scheduled for July 11-12 at the newly renovated Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, CA.OPS 2018 will again feature a gala opening reception, a series of.....

Ready Pac Foods launches new Thanksgiving salad bowl with cranberries

As temperatures cool and holiday decorations begin to appear, Ready Pac Foods is leaning into fall with the launch of its latest seasonal creation, Smoked Turkey with Pomegranate Vinaigrette Bistro Bowl salad.“Seasonal flavors this time of year often means pumpkin spice, but this year we wanted to give our.....

Farmington Fresh named exclusive US provider of sliced Opal® apples

Farmington Fresh, a provider of fresh sliced apples, oranges, pears, and other fruits and vegetables to the food service industry and retailers, has reached an agreement with FirstFruits Marketing of Washington to be the exclusive U.S. provider of sliced Opal brand apples.Discovered in Europe in 1999 and grown.....

J&J Family of Farms welcomes new Director of Grower Development

J&J Family of Farms recently hired Mark Konstan as its new Director of Grower Development, Western Division.Mark Konstan brings more than 34 years of experience in the produce industry and 26 years of experience with national fresh produce company. For over 20 years, Mark worked at The Produce Exchange.....

USDA reduces size requirements for Florida citrus to help struggling growers

Hammered by Hurricane Irma, Florida citrus growers are being allowed to pack smaller oranges this season in the hopes of recouping some lost sales.The Florida Citrus Administrative Committee requested the U.S. Department of Agriculture to relax size restrictions, and an interim rule was published Nov. 16.The.....


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Mango, grape, avocado, and exotic fruits

Peru: Asian importers are interested in products from Piura

Mauricio Zuñiga, the coordinator of Exports at Promperu in Piura, said that Asian importers were interested in Piura's agricultural production."The buyers want mango, grape, avocado, and exotic fruits, such as pitahaya, blueberries and aguaymanto," the official stated.According to Gabriela Vallejo, from the.....

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Quality over quantity at Amsterdam Produce Show

On Thursday, 16 November, the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam was, for the second time, the venue for the Amsterdam Produce Show. This trade fair was the initiative of the American, Jim Prevor, who has also organised produce shows in New York and London. The cocktail evening was on Wednesday, and there are more.....


Fruitmore »


Shine-Muscat takes the top position in the market

"Shine-Muscat, a variety of muscat grapes, originated from Japan. Since being brought into China few years ago, have been planted and promoted in many regions. This variety is oval shaped, has emerald green, shiny skin. The flesh is crisp and juicy. Due to its unique characteristics the variety has been.....

Federal Center for Nutrition

Ecuador: Healthy banana peels - making use of waste products

Antioxidants and phenols found in the skins of bananas seem to have properties that are anti-carcinogenic and that slow down the ageing process. Furthermore, they seem to have anti-inflammatory properties. This was revealed in a study carried out at the University of San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador......

US: Oregon University seeking cherry growers to develop new pest management plan

Oregon State University is looking for sweet cherry growers in the Northwest to help develop a long-term Integrated Pest Management plan.The first step is to assess the situation as it is now, according to an announcement from OSU. The university’s extension and integrated plant protection programs want to.....

JOYA® increases market share among South African apples

The JOYA® apple brand, at the top tier of the Cripps Red cultivar, is enlarging its shelf space in South Africa. Currently the apple is only available at Woolworths. Recent tastings at various Woolworths stores brought the tangy apple to customers’ attention, ahead of the upcoming summer holiday.In South.....


Herbsmore »


"Large in small" with herb specialities

Strawberry blite, salvia elegans tangerine, variegated creeping thyme: exotic sounding herb names which only a few people can clearly picture. Organic herb nursery Puur Aroma has plenty of space for these and about 80 other specialities. “Large in small,” is how Frank Radder describes the company, which he.....


Agendamore »


450 exhibitors from 14 nations present themselves at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Center

Trade fair duo expoSE & expoDirekt once again set exhibitor record

The previous record of 2016 (434 exhibitors) has once again been topped by trade fair duo expoSE & expoDirekt: 450 exhibitors from 14 nations will present their innovative products and services at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Center on the 22nd and 23rd of November 2017.Over an area of more than 25,000 square.....


Citrusmore »


Increased CBS interceptions on late Valencias the focus of thorough analysis, says CGA spokesperson

South African citrus industry to add new CBS mitigation measures

Spanish agricultural union UNIÓ de Llauradors regards the increased number of CBS interceptions on South African citrus during the latter part of the 2017 season as evidence that the South African industry isn’t taking the pest seriously, a claim the South African industry denies.“The industry has done a.....

USDA reduces size requirements for Florida citrus to help struggling growers

Hammered by Hurricane Irma, Florida citrus growers are being allowed to pack smaller oranges this season in the hopes of recouping some lost sales.The Florida Citrus Administrative Committee requested the U.S. Department of Agriculture to relax size restrictions, and an interim rule was published Nov. 16.The.....

Pakistani kinnows – a long way from penetrating the European market

Pakistani kinnows are known worldwide for their quality. The fruit is widely available in the Gulf region, making the Middle East the largest market for kinnows. Unfortunately, kinnows have been struggling to capture the attention of Europe.In Europe, kinnows are known to be typically consumed by Pakistani.....


Exotic fruit and vegetablesmore »


Week 45 import market review

Price of imported fruits increased before 11.11 sales

Less than a week away from the 11.11 Shopping Festival, China's main on-line stores, including fresh food stores, began to stock up to meet the large amount of orders. As a result, market prices of imported fruit have risen by varying degrees in the past week. For example, the recently introduced, but already.....

Fruit processors preparing for growing demand of exotic fruit

Global demand for exotic fruit is rapidly increasing. Today, the worldwide fruit puree concentrate market is valued at more than US$400m (€332m) and is expected to grow to US$700m (€581m) by 2026.Similar growth is expected in the exotic fruit puree concentrate market which is predicted to reach US$274m (€227m).....


Organicmore »


Peter Klapwijk, 2Harvest:

“Organic production needs to be revised”

Organic or not organic: the sector is bound by a number of rules, and where there are rules, there’s room for debate. For years, there's been a heated discussion about whether a natural substrate in covered production should be allowed under the European organic label, for example. This is the case in.....

Registration for the third annual Organic Produce Summit opens next week

Retailer and buying organization registration for the third annual Organic Produce Summit will open November 20 on the OPS website. OPS 2018 is scheduled for July 11-12 at the newly renovated Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, CA.OPS 2018 will again feature a gala opening reception, a series of.....

"Spain consumes more organic products, especially fruit and veg"

The consumption of organic products is growing considerably in Spain. This is why in mid-2015, Sonia López and David Porras decided to found Sonbio, a fruit and vegetable marketing company based in Alicante and specialised in fruit, especially bananas, mangoes and papayas, grown in the Canary Islands."We have.....


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Five southern States top Fattest States list

Mississippi we’re looking at you. According to personal finance Web site WalletHub’s new report, 2017’s Fattest States in America, Mississippi tops the list as the fattest state in the United States. It’s followed closely by West Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana. The bottom five states? Montana,.....


ITmore »

Singapore fresh produce distributor saves thousands with new ERP software

Oracle NetSuite, a provider of cloud-based financials / ERP, HR, Professional Services Automation (PSA) and omnichannel commerce software suites, announced today that SunMoon Food Company Limited (SunMoon), a global distributor of fruit and food products, has deployed NetSuite OneWorld.SunMoon distributes a.....


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Technology supports organic agriculture

The organic sector is growing, as shown by the data supplied by SINAB (Sistema d'Informazione Nazionale sull'Agricoltura Biologica). From the last annual report, it is clear how the Italian organic sector has risen with a trend growing constantly both in Italy and abroad.The sector's dynamism is most.....


Processed fruit and vegetablesmore »


Capitalising on consumer demand for convenience

Fresh cut producer releases new line of ready-to-cook vegetables

Inspired by consumer demand for more convenient, healthy and unique ways to serve fresh vegetable dishes, Eat Smart, a producer of fresh-cut vegetables and salads for the United States and Canada, is launching TimeSavors, a line of ready-to-cook fresh vegetable side dishes.The line’s three initial offerings.....

Ready Pac Foods launches new Thanksgiving salad bowl with cranberries

As temperatures cool and holiday decorations begin to appear, Ready Pac Foods is leaning into fall with the launch of its latest seasonal creation, Smoked Turkey with Pomegranate Vinaigrette Bistro Bowl salad.“Seasonal flavors this time of year often means pumpkin spice, but this year we wanted to give our.....

Farmington Fresh named exclusive US provider of sliced Opal® apples

Farmington Fresh, a provider of fresh sliced apples, oranges, pears, and other fruits and vegetables to the food service industry and retailers, has reached an agreement with FirstFruits Marketing of Washington to be the exclusive U.S. provider of sliced Opal brand apples.Discovered in Europe in 1999 and grown.....


Coolingmore »


Consumers on emerging markets also want ripened fruit

One year ago, Greenyard planned new ripening chambers on location in Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium. Cooling Service Holland, supplier of the chambers in Barendrecht, the Netherlands, was given the assignment to build 14 new cells. At the yellow doors of the ripening chambers on two storeys, Edwin Walstra and.....


Food safetymore »


Food Safety Supercharger lands in Australia

The mother of all produce sanitation machines has arrived in Australia, fresh off the ship from Germany, as the country takes its food safety technology to the next level.Dubbed ‘The Food Safety Supercharger’, the custom-made 250-kilogram test-unit creates a stream of ‘supercharged air’ by applying an electric.....


Nuts and dried fruitsmore »

Louisiana pecan farmers expect bad harvest this year

Louisiana pecan farmers expect this year's crop to come up short.A good year yields close to 20 million pounds of pecans, growers say, but it looks like this year's production might not even be half of that.Mike Montgomery, who owns Montgomery Pecan Farms in Bossier City, said the projection was 15 million to.....

US ag exports climb to $140.5 billion with tree nuts leading growth

U.S. agricultural exports totaled $140.5 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2017, climbing nearly $10.9 billion from the previous year to the third-highest level on record, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today.As it has done for well over 50 years, the U.S. agricultural sector once again posted.....

Italy: Madi Ventura presents healthy nut and dried fruit mixes

"We travel the world looking for the best fruit that grows in the most suitable environmental and weather conditions. This has led us to becoming leaders in our sector, thanks also to our partnerships with the best producers."Fabio Tosello, sales manager at Madi Ventura Spa."It's important to work well with.....


Packaging and Labellingmore »


Goplasticpallets.com introduce Multitank to improve transport of produce in bulk

Goplasticpallets.com introduce the new Multitank 400 litre IBC — which has been designed to improve the packaging, storing and transporting of food and non-food products in bulk, in a sustainable way.The Multitank’s unique conical design and robust construction means it’s a cost effective reusable packaging.....


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Albertsons Companies invests in El Rancho Supermercado

Amazon: Steeper price cuts at Whole Foods Market

Walmart shares jump on strong U.S. sales growthWalmart Stores Inc reported better-than-expected U.S. comparable sales, as customers stocked up on food and other supplies ahead of hurricanes and online purchases soared, sending its shares up more than 8.5%. The third quarter marked Walmart’s strongest U.S......


Global Marketmore »


OVERVIEW GLOBAL SWEET POTATO MARKET

Sweet potatoes are grown and marketed worldwide. When looking at the ranking of the largest producers, some African countries appear at the top next to China. However, that picture changes completely when the export data are taken into account. Then the US, the Netherlands, Vietnam and Spain are at the top. It.....


Climatemore »


Tornadoes hit Sicily

On the morning of 10th November and during the night between 10th and 11th November 2017, heavy rains fell in the Ragusa province destroying local greenhouse crops. Some areas were hit by actual tornadoes, such as for example Vittoria.Above: greenhouses destroyed by a tornado in Scoglitti (RG).It will take.....


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