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Friday, September 14, 2018

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Southern hemisphere expects good harvest

OVERVIEW GLOBAL BLUEBERRY MARKET

The blueberry harvest is about to start in the southern hemisphere. In some countries, the pickers are already working, but the volumes are still limited. European importers are looking forward to the new overseas season. Due to the warm summer, the European campaign has finished early and there is a threat of.....

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NY apple crops looking at bigger in volumes for 2018

New York State is heavily into production on apples and the crop is proving larger than last year’s. “We’re picking heavy right now. We have a pretty sizeable crop in the orchards and the volume looks considerably better than last year,” says Jim Allen of Glenmont, NY-based New York Apple Sales Inc. “We’ve got.....

Sizing limited on larger imported limes

While supplies of imported limes look ample, sizing may take a hit for now. “We have plenty of supply on small fruit but we have limited supply on the larger fruit which is 175s, 150s and 110s,” says Alex Landin with Limonik Produce Inc. in McAllen, Tex. “We have plenty of volume on the small ones—250s, 230s.....

Strong production leaves California lettuce market subdued

Excellent growing conditions have meant that California lettuce production is very strong right now. Quality is also very high, with very little weather and disease pressure affecting any of the lettuce varieties. The weather has been ideal in the Salinas Valley, with lows in the low - mid 50s and day time.....

Interest in East Coast squash pushes up while supplies tight

Limited supplies and weather variables are pushing interest on squash right now. “Demand is very strong on summer squashes and its average on winter hard-shell squash,” says Steve Veneziano of Naples, Fl.-based Oakes Farms Inc. “But the summer zucchini yellow squash has lighter supplies due to all the rain......

United Fresh enhances industry relations team

United Fresh Produce Association has expanded its industry relations, adding new staff positions to serve members in the following sectors – grower-shipper, wholesaler-distributor, fresh-cut processor, retail and foodservice, as well as industry service providers.“As we’ve worked to support our members across.....

CA Supreme Court orders ALRB to count Gerawan employee ballots

George Radanovich, President of the California Fresh Fruit Association, applauded the recent decision by the California Supreme Court, upholding the earlier decision by the 5th District Court of Appeals ordering the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) to count the employee ballots cast in.....

Vanmark announces new facility in India

Vanmark, a potato and produce processing equipment manufacturer, has announced a new facility in Bengaluru, India, expanding its capabilities in the Southeast Asia food processing market. In addition to two locations in the United States, the new facility supports the company’s growth strategy in Southeast.....

Organic Wisconsin dairy turned to packaged Brussels sprouts

A long-time Wisconsin dairy farm is going all in on a new certified organic fresh packaged vegetable product; the first in a long time for Organic Valley, the co-op it belongs to. The four-generation Langmeier Dairy in Prairie du Chien is building a new washing and packing facility to produce retail packages.....


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Asia Fruit Logistica 2018

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PMA Fresh Connections South Africa 2018

PMA Fresh Connections South Africa 2018

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Driscoll's field tour 2018

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OZblu grower’s conference 2018

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Organic Produce Summit 2018

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Crop Trust expands #CropsInColor palette

The Crop Trust has launched the second phase of #CropsInColor, an image-led storytelling campaign that celebrates crop diversity around the world.Phase II, sponsored by Corteva Agriscience, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont will send photographers to Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas to highlight the.....

Earth's land/oceans inverted

This is just silly. But fascinating nonetheless.

Use of currencies by country

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South Africa’s dam levels:

Dams are more than three-quarters full

The weekend rains in the drought-stricken western part of the Eastern Cape has brought relief to Nelson Mandela Bay and Gamtoos Valley, where five citrus towns were fast approaching Day Zero due to critically-low dam levels.Following constant rains over the weekend, local communities, including farmers in.....

CA Supreme Court orders ALRB to count Gerawan employee ballots

George Radanovich, President of the California Fresh Fruit Association, applauded the recent decision by the California Supreme Court, upholding the earlier decision by the 5th District Court of Appeals ordering the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) to count the employee ballots cast in.....

But relaxed in Cape Town

Water restrictions remain in Eastern Cape

The weekend rains in the drought-stricken western part of the Eastern Cape brought relief to Nelson Mandela Bay and Gamtoos Valley. Following constant rains over the weekend, local communities, including farmers in Jeffery’s Bay, Oyster Bay, Kouga, Port Elizabeth, Kouga, Patensie, Hankey and Humansdorp can.....

Rising sea levels

'Waterworld'... We already knew it was terrible.

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Australian woman makes bizarre discovery in Coles spinach salad

A Coles customer ready to tuck into a bag of baby spinach found a series of mysterious bug eggs stuck to the leaves. The Sydney woman said she bought what she believed to be “prewashed and ready to eat fresh greens”. But no.University of Queensland entomologist Kathy Ebert told Yahoo7 News the eggs were like.....

Millions at risk as Super typhoon heads for Philippines

Philippine authorities started to evacuate thousands of people from coastal areas on Thursday as a super typhoon with winds of more than 205km/h bore down on the country’s main island.Typhoon Mangkhut is forecast to make landfall early on Saturday on the northern tip of Luzon island, and will be the strongest.....


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Turkey: Apples from Siirt are exported to 8 different countries

An entrepreneur has set up a major apple production area in Siirt, a city located in southeastern Turkey. The apples grown here are currently being exported to Russia, India, Libya, Lebanon, Jordan. Qatar, Iraq, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.Company partner Kasim Ceylan: “We have a production area of 30 million.....

France : Limousin needs over 1,000 apple pickers

The Golden is the only French apple with a PDO and harvest has officially begun in the Limousin region. However, a shortage of manual labour is a recurring problem. At least 600 employees are needed in the Haute-Vienne, 400 in Dordogne and 350 in Correze, to harvest about 90,000 tons of fruit.4,000 to 5,000.....

NY apple crops looking at bigger in volumes for 2018

New York State is heavily into production on apples and the crop is proving larger than last year’s. “We’re picking heavy right now. We have a pretty sizeable crop in the orchards and the volume looks considerably better than last year,” says Jim Allen of Glenmont, NY-based New York Apple Sales Inc. “We’ve got.....

UK: Asda receives 6 million apples from Maidstone orchards

UK apple growers have reported a bumper harvest this year as a result of the scorching summer weather. After a disappointing 2017, this year has seen a revival, with one farm in the county producing 6 million apples for one supermarket chain.WM Skinner & Co, based in East Sutton, near Maidstone, has been.....

Mirabelle harvest in the Tarn valley

France : Mirabelles take over cherry production

The mirabelle harvest in the Tarn valley has begun and looks promising. Production is expected to reach 500 tons this year, taking over cherry production. The trees are heavy with brightly coloured, juicy, sweet fruit that is fully mature. Acreage has more than tripled in 10 years.Some producers have turned.....

Research claims prunes have bone-building power

Prunes are a nutrient rich, natural dried fruit now backed by research showing they can aide in reducing bone loss and in-fact preserve bone density in post-menopausal women.Prunes can assist in keeping ones family regular with their natural fibre content which is also great for generating healthy gut.....

Cornell AgriTech

US: Big, blue Everest Seedless is Cornell’s latest grape

The Everest Seedless is a cold-tolerant, blue-colored Concord type with berries that weigh up to seven grams, roughly twice the size of the traditional Concord.Because the grapes are relatively easy to grow and produce large, flavorful, seedless berries, Bruce Reisch, professor of horticulture in the College.....


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"The future of fruit is digital"

In a world that needs the fruit industry to grow and gain efficiency, the question is what the digital transformation can accomplish for the industry, says Mr Chris Komatas, Vice-president of Global Operations for Compac. A growing population requires less food losses and an increase in production.He was one.....

CoolFresh to tackle issue with new project

Keeping fresh fruit and vegetables relevant in the future

CoolFresh released a statement today, concerning their upcoming project on how to keep fresh produce, like fruits and vegetables, relevant for the years to come. "As a company we came have come to understand that new generations of consumers think differently about food. They buy and consume differently......


Citrusmore »


Sizing limited on larger imported limes

While supplies of imported limes look ample, sizing may take a hit for now. “We have plenty of supply on small fruit but we have limited supply on the larger fruit which is 175s, 150s and 110s,” says Alex Landin with Limonik Produce Inc. in McAllen, Tex. “We have plenty of volume on the small ones—250s, 230s.....

European Commission to keep the special and reinforced controls on Turkish lemons for 2018-2019 season

The European Commission has decided to keep the special and reinforced controls on Turkish lemons for the 2018-2019 season, starting in September, with the aim of ensuring compliance with EU legislation on maximum pesticide residue limits, as it believes they still constitute a risk. As a result, checks will.....


Exotic fruit and vegetablesmore »


Too big for the Dutch, but fine for the Greeks

Greece a good market for larger sizes

Large shipping companies don’t let their ships sail the Mediterranean for days. They’d rather moor the ships close to the Strait of Gibraltar, after which the containers have to continue their journey on smaller boats. That takes a long time. This is why Anton Rutten from Maasdijk, the Netherlands, has run a.....

Avocado prices slashed to just 10 cents

At a Coles supermarket in Perth, avocado lovers found the expensive fruit available for an astonishing ten cents. A picture appeared on Twitter on Tuesday, with the caption: 'At a Coles in Perth'. The image shows numerous boxes of Hass avocados slashed to ten cents per avocado on 'special'. They were marked.....

Devastating disease hits Kerikeri, Northland

NZ feijoa grower fears they 'won't be here next year'

Feijoa crops in Kerikeri in Northland are being devastated by a fungal disease, already costing growers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Anthracnose disease is rife in all but 2 of Kerikeri's 20 orchards. Orchard owner Stuart Duff has just over 1800 trees and 600 of them have the fungus. Duff says he's.....

UK: Avocado that easily comes away from its skin launched

Tesco is launching an avocado with a thicker, easily peelable skin that it claims could limit painful hand injuries from cutting into the fruit. The hybrid variety is called EasyAvo; it is grown in South Africa by Tesco supplier Westfalia Fruit and comes away easily from its skin when cut in half, the.....


Organicmore »


Organic avocado supplies are shifting - California still in play

While California’s crop of avocados is dwindling quickly, steady supplies of organic avocados remain available. The FOB price is relatively high, though.“We are still buying organic avocados from California and will be doing so for the next six weeks,” said David Weinstein of Heath & Lejeune Inc., a Los.....


Healthmore »


Tour de Fresh brings 46 more salad bars to U.S. schools in its 5th year

Celebrating five years of success, Tour de Fresh presented by the California Giant Foundation, continues to support Salad Bars to Schools in a big way – this year, by bringing 46 salad bars to four school districts across the country. Tour de Fresh 2018 Nearly 50 cyclists came together July 23-26 to ride 300.....


ITmore »

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A new way of fruit cutting in retail

In Scandinavia, most of the fruit retailers sell fruit such as melon and watermelons in halves, quarters or even smaller slices. However, for the fresh produce employees in charge of cutting and preparing the fruit for sale and display in the shop, the fruit cutting process was always a time-consuming, tedious.....

India: Increasing shelf life of onions

A young onion farmer from India’s Vijayapura district has designed a shed that increases the shelf life of onions by at least two months. Rajkumar Aski, an onion farmer from Hachal village of Sindgi taluk, has designed a simple yet effective onion storage shed with the help of Social Media and Horticulture.....


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Freeze-dried fruits and berries

Those who are aware of the importance of healthy food as part of a balanced and more dynamic lifestyle are starting to get interested in freeze-dried products, which are becoming increasingly popular in the US and some European countries such as the UK.At Salone internazionale del biologico e del.....


Coolingmore »

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Baresa's Funghi Porcini - Secchi Speciali

Malta: Consumer warning against mushroom product

In accordance with the Food Safety Act and Regulation, the Environmental Health Directorate has informed the public that according to information received from the involved company, and later through the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed, the following product must not be consumed. There is a possibility.....


Nuts and dried fruitsmore »

Investments worth $15 million

Egypt: HB Dates adds three production lines

Egyptian Export Centre for dates “HB” has signed a contract to receive three production lines for dates packaging from Italy and China with investments worth $15 million.Basma Albanna, the Head of Exports, said that the production capacity of the new lines is an estimated 300 tons daily. She added that the.....


Packaging and Labellingmore »

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Product informationmore »

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Retailmore »


iFresh to distribute biometric automated retail technology in the Americas

Walmart Canada collaborates with Instacart

Amazon expands grocery delivery from Whole Foods Market to more citiesAmazon announced the expansion of delivery of natural and organic products from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now to more cities. These include Charlotte, Las Vegas, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Raleigh,.....


Global Marketmore »


Southern hemisphere expects good harvest

OVERVIEW GLOBAL BLUEBERRY MARKET

The blueberry harvest is about to start in the southern hemisphere. In some countries, the pickers are already working, but the volumes are still limited. European importers are looking forward to the new overseas season. Due to the warm summer, the European campaign has finished early and there is a threat of.....


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