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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Most exotic and tropical produce completely lost

Florida produce industry assesses the damage of hurricane Irma

Florida growers of exotic and tropical produce were severely impacted by hurricane Irma last week. “Virtually all farms and groves in Miami Dade county were affected by the storm in one way or another,” says Peter Leifermann with Brooks Tropicals. “Overall, we estimate about 90 percent of the remaining Florida.....

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Hot summer fuels intense but short California fig season

It's been a hot summer in California, especially in the agricultural regions. This has created mixed fortunes for many producers, ranging from lower yields to damaged fruit to a bumper crop for some. For fig growers though, it has meant that their season turned into a 'blink and you'll miss it' year. Most fig.....

Flavor-modeling programs predict consumer liking

Sensory testing key element in selection of new produce varieties

Many years of development precede the launch of a fruit or vegetable variety in the market. An important part of the developmental stage is taste-testing. “My intent is very simple. I want to bring tasty fruits and vegetables to the population,” says Chow-Ming Lee, Sensory Scientist with Monsanto’s Vegetable.....

Overview of the North American strawberry market

Price of strawberries more important than flavour in US

The North American strawberry market is growing, both in production and consumption. The US is the largest producer, with a local production of 1,166,000 tonnes in 2015. Local production in Mexico amounted to 393,000 tonnes that year, and in Canada it amounted to 23,000 tonnes. The difference in consumption.....

New varieties of mandarins continue to emerge in the US

California mandarins will get a bit of an early start to its fall harvest.“We’re going to start an earlier variety of Satsuma mid-October and other Satsuma varieties will take us into late December this year,” says Madalyn McCracken of Reedley, Ca.-based Ripe to You. “The fruit is looking great—it’s sizing out.....

UC Davis settles strawberry breeding lawsuit

A nasty lawsuit over the strawberry breeding program at UC Davis – the wellspring of about half of California’s strawberry crop – is history.The university on Friday settled a lawsuit against two berry breeders who quit UC Davis, formed their own company and began developing new strawberry varieties without.....

Earthcycle™ granted OK HOME Compost® certification for Europe

Following closely on CKF’s announcement of European compostability certification, the Company is pleased to announce that the Earthcycle ™ product line has been further qualified for Home compost situations. AB Vincotte is one of the certifying bodies for European compostability standards and administers the.....

Daisy Girl™ leads branded organic apple sales in the US

CMI Orchards is gearing up for another year for its Daisy Girl Organics brand. With organic apple production estimated to be up by 15%, CMI is looking to expand distribution even further during the 2017 season.According to George Harter, Vice President of Marketing at CMI, Daisy Girl is riding a wave of sales.....

Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic on its path

Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Dominicana

Countries still recovering from Hurricane Irma, have taken another hit with Hurricane Maria making landfall last night in the Island Dominicana as a category 5 storm. It weakened to a category 4 storm after landfall said the US National Hurricane Center early Tuesday. The hurricane continues its path over the.....

"Chinese garlic takes leading role in European and American markets"

"Compared to 2016, the 2017 garlic production in China has increased by at least 30%. This is mainly due to this year's amazing weather and an expansion in production," explains Mr. Yang Guotai from Shandong Weifang Import and Export Co Ltd.Exported garlic from Shandong Weifang Import and Export Co.,.....


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International Strawberry Congress 2017

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Fruit and vegetables in Moscow

Fruit and vegetables in Moscow

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Asia Fruit Logistica 2017

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PMA Fresh Connections South Africa 2017

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Organic Produce Summit 2017

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Cooperating in a quickly changing China

Agricultural experts are working in the economic departments of fifty Dutch embassies. In China, Nynke Runia was until recently responsible for veterinary and phytosanitary affairs. Henk Stigter is her successor.A conversation about the opportunities, challenges and content of this job in a lively.....

Senior MPI staff take the stand at the Kiwifruit Claim hearing

Senior Advisors at New Zealand's Ministry of Primary Industries have taken the stand in the Kiwifruit Claim at the High Court in Wellington, as the case enters its seventh week.The case was brought following the outbreak of the disease Psa in November 2010 which spread throughout the industry. 212 claimants.....


Fruitmore »

Decrease in French peach, nectarine and pavie prices this year

According to Agreste, peach, nectarine and pavie turnover is 2% below that recorded last year and 4% below the 5 year average. The increase in quantity did not make up for the decrease in prices.Volume was up 4% compared to 2016 but 5% below the 5 year average due to a 10% decrease in acreage. Production.....

Italy: Grapes taste better when they're sustainable

The harvesting campaign of the Italia and Red Globe variety is in full swing at Fichera & Torrisi (Sicily). Company agronomist Sergio Rizzo reports: "despite the early ripening due to the high temperatures and lack of rain, bunches have a good quality with high sugar content and a great muscat aroma for.....

Chile: Talks about the entry of pears into China are advancing

During the past week representatives of the national public and private sector met with representatives of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China (AQSIQ), with the aim of advancing the entry process of Chilean pears into China, as well as.....

Brazil: Increase in watermelon production through contracts and programs

The increase in production in recent years has been rising, as it is expected to happen in the coming ones. "We are expanding our Imperial watermelon plantation little by little, according to market demand," explains Roberto Martorelli of Martorelli Logística. In this way, Brazilian farmers can be assured of.....

Daisy Girl™ leads branded organic apple sales in the US

CMI Orchards is gearing up for another year for its Daisy Girl Organics brand. With organic apple production estimated to be up by 15%, CMI is looking to expand distribution even further during the 2017 season.According to George Harter, Vice President of Marketing at CMI, Daisy Girl is riding a wave of sales.....

Overview of the North American strawberry market

Price of strawberries more important than flavour in US

The North American strawberry market is growing, both in production and consumption. The US is the largest producer, with a local production of 1,166,000 tonnes in 2015. Local production in Mexico amounted to 393,000 tonnes that year, and in Canada it amounted to 23,000 tonnes. The difference in consumption.....

UC Davis settles strawberry breeding lawsuit

A nasty lawsuit over the strawberry breeding program at UC Davis – the wellspring of about half of California’s strawberry crop – is history.The university on Friday settled a lawsuit against two berry breeders who quit UC Davis, formed their own company and began developing new strawberry varieties without.....


Herbsmore »


Early high demand for Israeli herbs

According to Omer Kamp, who heads the fresh herbs division at Arava Export Growers, global demand for herbs has started early this year. “Peak demand is normally from mid-October to early November”, he says. “This year there has been very high demand early on already.”Weather effectsArava Export Growers export.....


Agendamore »

ALDI North: The availability of freshness and variety increases

What is so special about fish filets, toothpaste or fruit and vegetables? ALDI supermarket answers this question in their new commercial in which the viewer is taken on a journey through the high-quality product variety at ALDI. The message is clear: yet again the range of goods of especially fresh products.....


Citrusmore »


New varieties of mandarins continue to emerge in the US

California mandarins will get a bit of an early start to its fall harvest.“We’re going to start an earlier variety of Satsuma mid-October and other Satsuma varieties will take us into late December this year,” says Madalyn McCracken of Reedley, Ca.-based Ripe to You. “The fruit is looking great—it’s sizing out.....


Exotic fruit and vegetablesmore »


Spain: Start of quince season

Quinces, which usually hit the market at the start of autumn, are beginning to arrive. It is a fruit that, because of its flavour and texture, is mostly consumed in processed form."This is an advantage for its producers, who are not burdened by the need to sell it quickly to prevent it from spoiling," explains.....

Hot summer fuels intense but short California fig season

It's been a hot summer in California, especially in the agricultural regions. This has created mixed fortunes for many producers, ranging from lower yields to damaged fruit to a bumper crop for some. For fig growers though, it has meant that their season turned into a 'blink and you'll miss it' year. Most fig.....

Most exotic and tropical produce completely lost

Florida produce industry assesses the damage of hurricane Irma

Florida growers of exotic and tropical produce were severely impacted by hurricane Irma last week. “Virtually all farms and groves in Miami Dade county were affected by the storm in one way or another,” says Peter Leifermann with Brooks Tropicals. “Overall, we estimate about 90 percent of the remaining Florida.....


Organicmore »

Organic crop cultivation continues expanding worldwide

In a report published recently by the Office of Agricultural Studies and Policies (ODEPA), prepared by sectoralist, Pilar Eguillor, it has been noted that organic production is carried out in 179 countries, with a total area of ​​90.6 million hectares, and with Europe as the leading region for this.....


Healthmore »


I Love Avocados earns heart-check certification

West Pak Avocado, the parent company for I love Avocados™, is pleased to announce that the brand has earned the American Heart Association’s (AHA) coveted Heart-Check mark designation, a certification to meet strict dietary criteria for heart-healthy foods. The requirements for certification are based on the.....


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Paul Stynes, Keeling Solutions:

"How to move to operational excellence in fresh produce"

Fresh produce businesses are increasingly looking for innovative ways to stay ahead of the competition by reducing costs while operating effectively.With the industry typified by low margins, seasonal peaks and trading in some categories like a commodity, Paul Stynes at Keelings Solutions, a provider of.....


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"A carrot is there to sustain life" - Vito Rugani, Greenway Farms

World first in carrot juice extraction by Rugani Carrots in South Africa

When Vito Rugani, managing director of Greenway Farms along with partner Vincent Sequeira, could take a step back from the day-to-day running of their large-scale carrot production, as a generation of younger management had come in, he devoted a year to researching an idea he had for their second grade.....


Processed fruit and vegetablesmore »

NZ co-operative ships first batch of tamarillo pulp to US

What is expected to be the first of many shipments of tamarillo pulp has left Whangarei en route to a US-based food producer and distributor.NZ Tamarillo Co-operative recently finalised a major deal with its produce destined to join Serious Foodie's product line as New Zealand Tamarillo Grill Sauce &.....


Coolingmore »

Chandler Megafresh installs Bio Turbo systems to prolong produce shelf-life

Chandler Megafresh are a fruit and vegetable retailer located in the eastern suburbs of Brisbane (QLD, Australia) which is owned and operated by Fruiterer Dominic Casagrande. Megafresh recently installed three Bio Turbo systems into their cool rooms to prolong the shelf-life of their fresh produce to improve.....


Food safetymore »

New FDA guide helps small businesses follow FSMA Produce Safety Rule

Small Entity Compliance Guides (SECGs) are designed to help small businesses meet federal standards. They are among the resources that the FDA is providing to support compliance with the new FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) standards.The FDA announced today the availability of an SECG to help small.....


Nuts and dried fruitsmore »


Drones deliver improved outcomes for South African macadamia

Farming for tomorrow is becoming increasingly sophisticated, especially in the ever growing macadamia nut industry.For a business like, Green Farms Nut Company (GFNC), a processor and exporter of macadamia, the pressure is on for not only increased volume, but also quality, making farmers aware of the.....


Packaging and Labellingmore »


Earthcycle™ granted OK HOME Compost® certification for Europe

Following closely on CKF’s announcement of European compostability certification, the Company is pleased to announce that the Earthcycle ™ product line has been further qualified for Home compost situations. AB Vincotte is one of the certifying bodies for European compostability standards and administers the.....


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HelloFresh looks to beef up its tech workforce

Walmart to build new HQ | Ocado sees strong growth

UK: Ocado sees strong growthBritish online grocer Ocado said on Tuesday it was growing sales at a rate ahead of the industry average and saw a slight acceleration in its latest quarter. Ocado said retail sales rose 13.1% to 312.7m pounds ($423.4m) in the 13 weeks to August 27, its fiscal third quarter. They.....


Global Marketmore »


OVERVIEW GLOBAL MANDARIN MARKET

The seasons on the southern hemisphere are past their peak; however, around the Mediterranean Sea, growers are getting ready for the start of the new mandarin campaign. The first Spanish mandarins are already available. Prospects are not positive everywhere. Spain and Israel expect a smaller production. Egypt.....


Climatemore »


Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic on its path

Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Dominicana

Countries still recovering from Hurricane Irma, have taken another hit with Hurricane Maria making landfall last night in the Island Dominicana as a category 5 storm. It weakened to a category 4 storm after landfall said the US National Hurricane Center early Tuesday. The hurricane continues its path over the.....


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