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Chilean pink plums popular in China
Chilean plums have been gradually reaching the Chinese market since the end of January. They haven’t quite managed to take advantage of the golden opportunities of the Chinese New Year, yet, in the way the Chilean cherries have. But, because…..

Over 80% loss in blueberry & peach crops after Deep South freeze
Last week’s deep freeze in the Southeast appears to have nearly wiped out Georgia’s blueberries and South Carolina’s peaches. In South Carolina, 85 percent of the state’s peach crop is gone while the small pink blooms remain on the trees,…..

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Smartphone traceability from grower to consumer
Could barcodes be a thing of the past?
Dataphyll is a start up company in New Zealand which has been developing a product for the horticultural industry called Binwise. The Binwise system replaces current barcode systems for harvest, logistics and traceability management……

Global Focus Grapes

Demand for California raisins has dropped
There’s enough supply to meet the demand for raisins grown within the 50-mile radius of Fresno, California. “Our 2016 production in September was excellent,” said Kalem Barserian, CEO of the Raisin Bargaining Association in California. Quality…..

Stricter regulations make Thai exports to EU difficult
Thai exporters are experiencing the consequences of unchecked export to Europe. After years in which the market was flooded with barely inspected products, the EU has closed its doors. Import requirements were accentuated, products were…..

UK: Lime market getting tight
The lime market is tightening up as Brazilian volumes reduce, due to hot and dry weather, and Mexican production is not yet at full speed.Demand for limes in the UK has been increasing steadily for the last few years and although it is still…..

Prices likely to firm up
Volume of imported blackberries to slow down
Imported blackberries have seen a season of good volume. So says Rodolfo Liau-Kang of Miami, Fl.-based Crystal Valley Foods. “There’s a good supply of blackberries right now from Guatemala and Mexico,” says Liau-Kang. “We just passed the peak…..

Amazing Oriental supplies varied & fresh outdoor products from the East
Tokos (Asian shops in the Netherlands) can be found nearly everywhere throughout the nation, but Amazing Oriental exploits supertokos in various larger cities. They distinguish themselves from regular tokos through a large supply of fresh…..

Ukrainian cucumbers fair better than tomatoes
It’s a mixed season for Ukrainian greenhouse growers. While cucumber growers are seeing exports double, domestic tomato growers are being faced with strong competition from cheaper Turkish imports.»Since the beginning of this year, official…..

UK: Thanet Earth expands with 6th greenhouse
Just weeks after the latest greenhouse at Thanet Earth began production of its tomato crop for 2017, the team confirmed construction of another greenhouse at this landmark site in Kent.This greenhouse plot is expected to be operational in less…..

MedFEL 2017 pledges to attract 120 international buyers
MedFEL is due to take place on 25‐27 April 2017 at the Parc des Expositions in Perpignan. In 2017, this international business gathering of the fruit and vegetable sector will shine the spotlight on potatoes and sweet potatoes. For three…..

Processed root vegetables gaining popularity
Processed fruit and vegetables have always been big business in the European food industry; this sector of the market is said to be worth EUR 47 billion, or 6.7 % of the overall value of the EU food industry’s output.Fruit has always taken up…..

Chayenne Wiskerke, Wiskerke Onions:
“Good local harvests unbalance onion market”
Dutch onion exporters are faced with a shortage of sales opportunities. “There is much product everywhere in Europe, and of good quality at that. On average, the stocks in Europe nowadays are about ten per cent higher, and even more than 30 per…..

Falling prices for garlic in Northeastern China
Recently, large volumes of new garlic, originating from Yunnan province and other southern regions, have entered the market. Because of their relatively low price, the price for garlic overall has been driven down. The golden era for garlic is…..

“You don’t just sell the product here, you also sell the story behind it!”
Niels Klapwijk and Paul Schockman start with NatureFresh, Canada
After years in the Dutch fresh produce sector at Levarht in Aalsmeer, Niels Klapwijk and Paul Schockman recently moved to Canada to start for greenhouse vegetable giant NatureFresh Farms. “A great adventure with a fantastic company!”“I have…..

Michigan cherry producers vote to continue Cherry Promotion Program
The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development Director, Jamie Clover Adams, announced, March 17, that the state’s cherry producers have approved a referendum to continue the Michigan Cherry Promotion and Development…..

California farmers could experience labor shortage this season
San Joaquin Valley farmworkers are convinced farms are likely to be raided by federal agents intent on rounding up undocumented immigrants and shipping them back to Mexico or Central America this spring. This has led some to wonder if…..

Autumn Glory® apple sold out months before expected
Forty-five million. That is the number of people reached during the 2016-2017 marketing campaign focused on Autumn Glory® apples, the proprietary apple of Domex Superfresh Growers®. Due to strong consumer demand, Autumn Glory sold out months…..

Canadian farmers to plant GM potatoes in 2017
Industry experts believe 2017 will be the year J.R. Simplot Company’s genetically modified potatoes will begin being planted in Canada. “Other than plot-sized production, there was no commercial production in Canada [in 2016] because of the…..

Spanish protectionism through the European backdoor?
Halfway through December 2016, the European Parliament voted for a resolution that could have major repercussions for the import of citrus. On the initiative of Spanish MPs, the proposal was made to sharpen the regulations regarding Citrus…..

Tomato export starts soon for Elite Foods
“Deliberately not growing too quickly”
The season for exporter Elite Foods is gradually starting. “There is some movement now. We currently still sell mostly winter vegetables, in addition to cucumbers and greenhouse lettuce. Tomatoes are still a bit expensive for our buyers in…..

Carrots could use a boost
“The crazy carrot weeks,” this is the headline in Dutch newspaper Trouw above an article bringing attention to the versatile consumption possibilities of carrot. The many shapes in which carrot is available, both fresh and processed, are…..

Orange-brown tomato with carotenoids and chlorophyll
Tomatoes are a significant source of antioxidant compounds such as carotenoids, lycopene and β-carotene. During ripening, carotenoid accumulation and chlorophyll degradation determine the colour of the fruit. These traits continue to be…..

Will super food yacón remain on the organic circuit?
Although yacón has been cultivated in the Netherlands for a number of years already, it is still a new type of food. It has not yet found its way to the masses through the supermarkets, according to Wiel van de Bool, who has cultivated the crop…..

Intermarché goes viral with romantic TV commercial
Seducing the check-out girl with fresh fruit and vegetables
French supermarket chain Intermarché has its latest commercial floating around on social media, also outside of France. The commercial is about a boy who falls in love with the check-out girl from the local Intermarché. To draw her attention,…..

Koppert Cress introduces new range of packaging
“I once bought a shirt, and this later turned out to be the inspiration for Koppert Cress’s new design,” says Rob Baan. “No more complaints about the blue boxes. The cress is now cultivated in loose, blue punnets, and is therefore easy to…..

East Malling to host global Horticulture Research Conference
The world’s leading plant scientists are set to gather for the Fourth International Horticulture Research Conference, taking place at NIAB EMR in East Malling, Kent, from 16th to 20th July 2017.The Conference will bring together international…..

Tomra shows off its latest potato sorter
TOMRA Sorting Food will showcase the TOMRA 5A, its newest potato sorter, at the new biennial processing event ProFoodTech 2017. The first edition of ProFoodTech takes place in Chicago, April 4 – 6 and visitors to TOMRA at Booth 1721 will…..

Value of Unilever Brand Protfolio more than double KraftHeinz
Every year, leading valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance values the brands of thousands of the world’s biggest companies. The world’s 50 most valuable food brands are included in the Brand Finance Food 50.Combining the values of…..

Scientists increase nutrients in factory vegetables to increase consumer appeal
Vegetables grown in a factory with no pesticide chemicals might be safer to eat than field-grown vegetables, but consumers are still reluctant to bite. To correct this, Kyoto Prefectural University has a nutritious sales pitch it hopes will…..

Indonesian farmers to develop and grow seedless oranges
Indonesian farmers in Tapin District, South Kalimantan Province, will develop and grow seedless oranges in some sub-districts, the districts deputy, Sufian Noor, has said.The district administration has asked the Agriculture Ministry’s research…..

India lifts ban on Vietnamese dragon fruit & cassava
India will lift its suspension of the import of some Vietnamese agricultural products, which was enforced on March 7.During a working session of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Embassy of India in Vietnam last…..

Pakistan almond trader urges government to invest in modern facilities
The main strength of the economy of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) depends largely on dried fruits and agriculture, and is famous worldwide for its almond, apricot, cherry and other dried fruit production. But, the most popular crop of Gilgit…..

Azerbaijan doubles vegetable exports in January 2017
Azerbaijani vegetable exports in January 2017 were 2.3 times higher than in the same month of the previous year, according to Interfax-Azerbaijan.As a result, Azerbaijan exported about 6,800 tons of vegetables (up 2.3 times) valued at $6 mln…..

Australian farmers turn to cumquats after stone fruit prices drop
Cumquats are a rare find in the Riverland region, which is often renowned for producing various varieties of citrus. But with a stone fruit crop struggling to reap rewards and on the lookout for a new farming venture, Andrew and Patria Kohler…..

Australian Measurement Institute to audit fruit and vegetable weights
Fruit and vegetable packers will come under extra scrutiny as they will be audited to check that a bag of produce actually has as much weight in it as it says on the label.The National Measurement Institute, a division of the Department of…..

World’s largest macadamia grower expands in Emerald, Australia
Macadamia grower Phil Zadro has properties in Bundaberg, Childers, Northern NSW, Mt Bauple, South Africa and, most recently, Emerald. He produces 7500 tonnes of macadamias annually with large areas of new plantings set to gradually begin…..

South African food exporter to expand into Nigerian market
A South African company, Berfin, is looking to expand trade to Nigeria. The Cape Town-based food exporter will form part of a 20-member strong delegation of South African companies the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will lead to Ghana…..
The PPECB welcomes new board members
The Perishables Products Export Control Board (PPECB), South Africa’s official export certification agency for the perishable produce industry, has announced the appointment of its new Board Members for the three year period effective 1…..

Smartphone traceability from grower to consumer
Could barcodes be a thing of the past?
Dataphyll is a start up company in New Zealand which has been developing a product for the horticultural industry called Binwise. The Binwise system replaces current barcode systems for harvest, logistics and traceability management……

Demand for California raisins has dropped
There’s enough supply to meet the demand for raisins grown within the 50-mile radius of Fresno, California. “Our 2016 production in September was excellent,” said Kalem Barserian, CEO of the Raisin Bargaining Association in California. Quality…..

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Dollar General to offer more fresh produce
Walmart intends to make more acquisitions – Marc Lore, Walmart’s head of e-commerce, says the company will make more acquisitions going forward. “We’re being pretty active, yeah,” he told Recode Senior Editor Jason Del Rey at the…..
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