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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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Northwest growers prepare for Brussels sprouts season

Brussels sprouts shippers in the Pacific Northwest are gearing up for the start of their season in less than two weeks. Despite some unusually warm days, the weather in the region has been largely helpful to growing conditions. Volume and quality are looking good and harvest is expected to begin on time."We.....

Tariffs likely to challenge California almond market this year

The almond season in California is on the cusp of starting. Some growers have yet to start while others are already in the fields, knocking the trees and allowing the nuts to dry on the ground before picking them up. Earlier this year, a frost had likely caused some damage to almond trees but growers are yet.....

Soren Skou - AP Moller-Maersk

‘Trump’s trade war will hurt America more than anyone else’

The CEO of AP Moller-Maersk, the world’s biggest operator of container ships, has predicted that President Trump’s trade war will harm the US more than any other country.Speaking at Maersk’s global headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, Soren Skou said the US-led conflict, which has seen Washington and Beijing.....

100 degree days greet start of Washington potato season

The start of the Washington potato season has experienced a few bumps as volume picks up. It has been a hot summer in the growing region which has placed stress on some fields. Early volume and quality, however, is looking excellent. Currently, smoke haze from wildfires in surrounding regions has shielded the.....

New facility for lime grower-shipper ready in months

Having reported growth in the past several years, SiCar Farms of Mission, Texas, is opening a new state of the art facility in December 2018. This new facility is expected to handle three times the company’s current production capacity.SiCar Farms anticipates the new facility will position the company to grow.....

"Price reaches record high"

"US summer oranges popular in Chinese market"

"On April 2nd, China increased customs tariffs on the import on some US agricultural products as part of the ongoing Sino-US trade war. This directly increased the cost price for importers, and of course the market price of the products also increased. This development is most obvious for oranges in the.....

Sun Pacific promotes Popovac to Director of Sales

Sun Pacific has promoted senior sales executive Brano Popovac to Director of Sales. Popovac has over 15 years in the produce industry and has enjoyed the last 6 years with Sun Pacific as a senior sales executive. He has been responsible for growing partnerships, increasing sales, and expanding national.....

UF/IFAS

Experts suggest varieties for Irma-damaged citrus replanting

As growers decide how to use USDA funding to recover from damage caused by Hurricane Irma – and as they cope with the lingering impact of citrus greening - University of Florida researchers are suggesting varieties for them to replant.Producers can grow varieties that show tolerance to greening, also known as.....

Salad vending machines becoming big business in Chicago

Forget crisps, gum and candy bars: Chicago is all about putting leafy greens into its vending machines. Since 2013, more than 170 salad vending machines called Farmer’s Fridge have popped up throughout the city in airports, universities, hospitals and shopping areas, all because a then-27-year-old sales.....

CEO Metro Eric La Flèche:

‘New tariffs could lead to price increases in Canada’

Though it’s still early days and negotiations with suppliers continue, Metro’s CEO says grocery prices may increase slightly in the coming months as the industry grapples with the fallout from the Canada-US trade war.On Canada Day the government implemented tariffs on a number of American-made goods including.....


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Somerset

UK: Lost gold ring found on carrot

A gold ring that was lost in a vegetable garden 12 years ago has been found on a carrot dug up for dinner.Lin Keitch from Monkton Heathfield in Somerset, noticed the lost jewellery while washing her home-grown vegetables. The ring had been a 40th birthday present from her husband Dave, and was lost by their.....

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Mexico's size compared to European countries

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Flooding in Kerala state

Indian vegetable lorries stuck on Kuthiran stretch after landslide

Heavy vehicles carrying vegetables and other essential materials from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have been stuck for the past two days on the Palakkad- Thrissur National Highway after the Kuthiran stretch became unpassable following heavy landslides.This situation may pose a threat to the availability of.....

Mexico is the tenth biggest exporter of food in the world

The head of the Ministry of Agriculture, Baltazar Hinojosa Ochoa, stated at the Expo Mexico Alimentaria Food Show 2018, that the primary sector in the country had increased by 42.9 percent in the last six years, and Mexico was the tenth biggest exporter of food in the world.In addition, it is also the leading.....

Soren Skou - AP Moller-Maersk

‘Trump’s trade war will hurt America more than anyone else’

The CEO of AP Moller-Maersk, the world’s biggest operator of container ships, has predicted that President Trump’s trade war will harm the US more than any other country.Speaking at Maersk’s global headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, Soren Skou said the US-led conflict, which has seen Washington and Beijing.....

Amid rampant hyperinflation

Venezuela rolls out new currency

Venezuela has rolled out a new currency, removing five zeroes from the bolivar, in a bid to tame the country's rampant hyperinflation. Critics however say the new measures will only make matters worse. President Nicolas Maduro declared Monday a national holiday to mark the introduction of a "sovereign.....

CEO Metro Eric La Flèche:

‘New tariffs could lead to price increases in Canada’

Though it’s still early days and negotiations with suppliers continue, Metro’s CEO says grocery prices may increase slightly in the coming months as the industry grapples with the fallout from the Canada-US trade war.On Canada Day the government implemented tariffs on a number of American-made goods including.....


Fruitmore »


Moving to more technological methods of production is a must

Apricots are one of the main drivers of the economy in Malatya, and apricot growers are facing many challenges in the production. Last year a lot of apricot trees were damaged due to climate conditions and insufficient irrigation systems and that is why the production in the city declined to 70,000 tons. This.....

Cherries: The internet's most desirable fruit this summer

Cherries have been crowned the fruit of the summer. Cherry printed clothing, cherry-inspired accessories and cherry red hues have been dominating the fashion world for months now. In spring the cherry's emerging popularity already became clear, fter cherry prints popped up in fashion designers' collections......

Diego Castagnasso from Azul Sereno

Uruguay: Small delay in start of blueberry season

“It's been a very cold winter, which is good for the productivity of the plants. I expect we will be a bit on the late side with the start of the blueberry season. We will start with the Snowchaser variety, which probably has a 10 to 15 day delay. However, we still have some time to go in which a lot can.....

National Retail Report - Specialty Crops

Which produce items are advertised most by major retail supermarkets?

In 1982, President Ronald Reagan declared August National Peach Month, and called on Americans to add more peaches to their diets. Retailers made that easier for shoppers by making peaches the most advertised fruit this week. Local peaches were advertised in every region of the country except Hawaii and.....


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October 1-2, Cologne

Harvest failures due to drought: innovations in food production in sight

Food security is becoming an important issue even in Europe, where this year's summer drought has led to significant crop failures. How can future food security be guaranteed in times of climate change? Are digitisation, robotization, biostimulants and new possibilities of food production in cities, seas and.....


Citrusmore »

Chilean kumquat season kicks off

Fresh kumquats from Chile are in season starting in late August to fill the demand for the tangy and sweet, bite-size citrus.“Shoppers are asking for kumquats year-round, not just in the winter anymore,” said Alex Jackson Berkley, assistant sales manager at Frieda’s Specialty Produce. “Even Oprah recently.....

"Price reaches record high"

"US summer oranges popular in Chinese market"

"On April 2nd, China increased customs tariffs on the import on some US agricultural products as part of the ongoing Sino-US trade war. This directly increased the cost price for importers, and of course the market price of the products also increased. This development is most obvious for oranges in the.....

New facility for lime grower-shipper ready in months

Having reported growth in the past several years, SiCar Farms of Mission, Texas, is opening a new state of the art facility in December 2018. This new facility is expected to handle three times the company’s current production capacity.SiCar Farms anticipates the new facility will position the company to grow.....

UF/IFAS

Experts suggest varieties for Irma-damaged citrus replanting

As growers decide how to use USDA funding to recover from damage caused by Hurricane Irma – and as they cope with the lingering impact of citrus greening - University of Florida researchers are suggesting varieties for them to replant.Producers can grow varieties that show tolerance to greening, also known as.....


Exotic fruit and vegetablesmore »


25 years of Commercial Fruits

France: "We were forerunners in avocados and pomegranates"

Commercial Fruits is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Gabriel Burunat, founder and president of the company, was the first to import Peruvian avocados into Europe. The 'king of Rungis’ avocados’, as he is called in a documentary, did not see the time pass."We have always tried to be a forerunner in certain.....

Due to rising demand for ’vegan meat’

India: 500 ton increase in jackfruit exports

India’s jackfruit market is thriving, in large part because of the growing demand for vegan meat across the globe. When cooked, unripe jackfruit has a texture similar to pulled pork or chicken, making it a popular vegan option in countries such as the UK, the US, and Germany. Brands such as The Jackfruit.....


Organicmore »


Not as sustainable as propaganda declares

India’s organic-only farming experiment in Sikkim

India’s farm sector is in massive flux and strife right now. After a massive ten-day strike in June, Indian farmers are entering into a general strike in coalition with army veterans across much of the country. The strike included massive demonstrations and dumping of products to demand that the government.....


Healthmore »

Penn State's College research

Button mushrooms as treatment against diabetes?

According to a team of US researchers, eating white button mushrooms can create subtle shifts in the microbial community in the gut, which could improve the regulation of glucose in the liver. The researchers also suggest that better understanding this connection between mushrooms and gut microbes in mice.....


ITmore »


Prophet keeps track of complexities within fresh produce supply chain

“The fresh produce market is more complex than people from other industries realise,” says Prophet South Africa Director, JD van Wyk. “The traditional South African fresh produce exporter, who is the primary focus of Prophet SA’s QX product, for example buys produce in South African Rand, pays shipping costs.....


Innovationsmore »


Salad vending machines becoming big business in Chicago

Forget crisps, gum and candy bars: Chicago is all about putting leafy greens into its vending machines. Since 2013, more than 170 salad vending machines called Farmer’s Fridge have popped up throughout the city in airports, universities, hospitals and shopping areas, all because a then-27-year-old sales.....


Processed fruit and vegetablesmore »

Juice company introduces cucumber jalapeno juice

Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company announced today the addition of Cucumber Jalapeno Juice to its family of clean, authentic juices. The company describes it as a "specially-crafted blend offering customers a welcoming cool and crisp taste and featuring just the right amount of kick".According to Natalie’s,.....


Coolingmore »


Mobile chill technology ready for its moment

Fighting for dollars to invest in agricultural practices technology can be a challenge. But one product developer believes his technology will move with the trends already being seen in the agriculture business.The most pressing trend is the emergence of the ‘New Fresh Paradigm’ (NFP) which is the push towards.....


Food safetymore »

US: One supplier named in separate salad and pre-cut fruit outbreaks

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed a total of 476 cyclospora illnesses in 15 states linked to salads sold at McDonald’s restaurants in an August 16th update. According to FDA, the salad ingredients were supplied by a company that has also been implicated in a separate fruit-related outbreak.....


Nuts and dried fruitsmore »


Tariffs likely to challenge California almond market this year

The almond season in California is on the cusp of starting. Some growers have yet to start while others are already in the fields, knocking the trees and allowing the nuts to dry on the ground before picking them up. Earlier this year, a frost had likely caused some damage to almond trees but growers are yet.....


Packaging and Labellingmore »

Kennisinstituut Duurzaam Verpakken

"Organically degradable plastic packaging isn't preferred"

Recently there has been a discussion as to whether and how the use of organically degradable plastic packaging offers opportunities for producers and importers who bring packaged products on the market. The Kennisinstituut Duurzaam Verpakken (Knowledge institute of Sustainable Packaging) has heard about this.....

Aldi to phase out black plastic trays that are not recyclable

Black plastic trays, which cannot be readily recycled, are being phased out by budget chain Aldi. The move comes after the government announced plans for a crackdown on firms which sell products in single-use throwaway plastic. They are doing so through the introduction of new levies and taxes on the trays,.....


Product informationmore »

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Retailmore »


Lidl to open 1st Maryland store

Walmart: virtual reality retail plans

US: Supervalu's retail store sales could incite a feeding frenzyWhen United Natural Foods eventually puts Supervalu’s remaining retail chains up for sale, it will offer grocers the rare opportunity to buy up prime real estate in major markets, according to various reports. UNFI said it planned to sell off.....


Global Marketmore »


California heading for record year; sunshine accelerating European season

OVERVIEW GLOBAL STRAWBERRY MARKET

There has been a long hot summer in Europe and the consequences for the strawberry market are very clear. The fruit ripens quickly, the sizes are small and the shelf life is limited. There has also been limited demand due to the summer holidays, so the situation for growers and traders has not been ideal. The.....


Climatemore »

Which country suffered the most?

Drought in Europe

What caused the unusually hot and dry weather, and threatened Europe?According to the world meteorological organization (WMO) in the first half of the summer cause of the drought became prolonged periods of hot weather, record high temperatures and extremely low rainfall.Already the spring months, April and.....

2018-2022 expected to be abnormally hot years

The worldwide heatwave this summer makes 2018 a particularly hot year. And the next few years will be similar, according to a study led by Florian Sévellec, a researcher at the Laboratory for Ocean Physics and Remote Sensing (University of Brest) and at the University of Southampton.Using a new method, a.....


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