United States receives almost all of its limes from Mexico
Conventional limes expanding outside Veracruz
Conventional limes from Mexico are what makes up 95% of that particular fruit that gets imported into the United States each year for 52 weeks a year. There aren’t many players in the organic lime game, but Vision Imports will be. “We recently started an organic lime project and looking to develop that side of…..

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Direct and indirect damage to Peruvian production
The Peruvian media has been offering extensive information on the rains and floods that the country is suffering. The big question in our sector is how this unfortunate situation is affecting crops in Peru. Apparently, grapes, mangoes and lemons have not been directly affected, since the campaigns ended before…..

Banana import to China provides opportunities for starting new supply chain
Importing ripe bananas from Latin America
The road travelled by a banana before it reaches a consumer, is set in stone. After transport, a storage period follows, and then a ripening chamber, before being transported to shop shelves. Imagine that supply chain being shorter, and that a link could be removed from it. Aad Gouw from AGF Adviesbureau is…..

Peru could become one of the UK’s leading suppliers
Peru might become one of the leading suppliers to the UK if they achieve a bilateral agreement with this country after it exits the European Union, stated the Association of Exporters (ADEX), which identified 180 missed opportunities at that destination.According to Juan Varilias Velasquez, the president of…..

Visiting growers Staay Food Group
HDG visits Costa Rican melon cultivation
At the start of the melon export season 2017, Mitchel Schippers from HDG The Fruit Consultants, visited a large number of growers of the Staay Food Group in Costa Rica. HDG has taken care of the quality inspections of, among other products, the Costa Rican melons for Staay Food Group for some seasons now. By…..

Peru: 38% of ag companies exporting to China quit within a year
The director of the Peruvian Chamber of China Commerce (Capechi), Miguel Galvez Escobar, stated that the Peruvian agricultural companies who export to China have a high rate of defection because they don’t continue doing business there.Galvez Escobar said there were 73 Peruvian companies exporting agricultural…..

Central America’s watermelon exports grew by 17%
Export variationsBetween January and September 2016, Central America exported 172,000 tons of fresh watermelon worth $43 million. This volume is 17% higher than the 147,000 tons exported in the same period of 2015, which generated a revenue of $35 million.Exports by countryIn the first three quarters of 2016,…..

Argentina: A label that shows the nutritional characteristics of pears
Valued for their benefits to health, Argentine pears are seeking to reposition themselves in the domestic market. In order to understand the detailed nutritional characteristics of the Williams variety, a team of researchers from the INTA and INTI studied its properties and chemical composition. With that…..

First pears from Moño Azul for Aartsenfruit
Aartsenfruit has entered into a collaboration with the Argentinian supplier Moño Azul. With this we therefore have another well known brand in stock. Moño Azul has over 2500 hectares of production in top fruit and stone fruit. The location of their plantation is exceptional. As the fertile valley is surrounded…..

Peru: Producers to grow organic grapes in Gran Chimu
The Regional Agricultural Management Committee of La Libertad (COGERALL) and the Alabama SA company will provide technical assistance to more than 1,500 farmers in order to increase the quality of grape production in the province of Gran Chimu.This public-private partnership comes in the wake of the suspension…..

Michoacan is Mexico’s second largest producer of grapefruit
Secretary Francisco Huergo Maurin stated that Michoacan had ranked as the second biggest producer of grapefruit in the country thanks to the more than 4,000 hectares devoted to this crop that it has in at least 7 municipalities, in which the municipality of Mugica stands out.Michoacan produced 49,566 tons of…..

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Photo report: Record number of visitors at Kom in de Kas
A few drops of rain on Saturday, but mostly sunny and warm. The 40th edition of Kom in de Kas (Enter the greenhouse) could hardly have wished for better. Throughout the country, more than 200 greenhouse horticultural companies opened their doors to audiences, livened up with bands, bouncy castles, candy floss,…..

Rick Chong on his cherry gift box that includes a 1 oz. x 24 karat gold cherry
“Our goal is to be innovators in the cherry industry”
“We are always looking for new ways to strengthen our brand and maximize grower returns,” says Rick Chong with Sutherland, S.A. “The other day, Clive Sutherland and I were chatting about the price of gold and how it might impact the value of the US dollar this season. Suddenly, the idea of golden cherry boxes…..

South-Africa risky investment
Junk status for South Africa after firing of 9 members of the cabinet
Two large credit rating agencies (S&P and Moody’s) have lowered South Africa’s status to ‘junk status’. This now marks the country as a risky investment. This measure was taken after president Zuma sent part of his cabinet home last week. Among others, the respected minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, was…..

Peter de Jong:
“100% in control of supply chain”
The banana trade seems set in stone, yet importers Peter de Jong and Yasin Özturk from Barendrecht, the Netherlands, see opportunities on the market. In cooperation with Ecuadorian, Lacey Quevedo Madero, they are starting a new banana brand: LAZBANA. The trio focuses on the European market with the bananas,…..

Investing in the mental availability of product is important
Twenty years ago, Amazon was still a book shop, and e-commerce played no part in the land of supermarkets. The large chains built their empires and hypermarkets were shooting up. Bryan Roberts from TCC Global starts his presentation by looking back during the Global Berry Congress. In the past two decades,…..

Retail Center Rijk Zwaan opened
Last Monday, breeding station Rijk Zwaan became the first Retail Center in the world. “Germany is one of the largest sales markets in Europe, and that’s why Berlin became the city to have the first Retail Center in the world,” according to Jan Doldersum from Rijk Zwaan.
“Russian greenhouse tomato production increased by 50%”
Last week, we informed you about the upcoming Russian Greenhouse Management Forum that wants to connect investment initiators and decision-makers of large scale greenhouse projects with international experts during a three day networking event in the Netherlands. In order to highlight the potential Russian…..

Philippine banana imports double as China exits two-year trade recession
Shipments to China from around Asia have risen sharply in both value and volume, ending what economists at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. described as Asia’s two-year trade recession.Higher commodity prices are lifting export values for countries like Indonesia and Malaysia. “Asian exports have…..

For poke and California avocados, freshness is key
In Hawai’i, poke is a popular salad and ubiquitous snack. Riding on the wave of a booming trend, poke is now a widespread item on mainland menus, from supermarket foodservice to quick service to white tablecloth restaurants. Poke traditionally starts with cubes of ultra-fresh tuna or other seafood, but…..

ICA eco laser label program expands
A few months after the introduction of laser labelling for their organic avocados and sweet potatoes back in December, Peter Hägg from ICA Sweden said that the program is going well.Out of the 70 pallets of avocados going to the retailer each week, the lasered avocados still only make up around 6% of the…..

Damage in Debbie’s wake assessed through new science
In a glimpse into the future of Australian crop mapping capability, scientists have released a map that conveys certain tree crops affected by cyclone Debbie to help with response and recovery efforts.Produced using a range of satellite and aerial imagery, and informed by on-ground data, collected by industry…..

Pita Pit Canada adds free avocado spread to their menus
Pita Pit Canada, the Ontario founded global franchise, is adding avocado spread to their casual restaurant menus for free.”We’re constantly trying to bring even healthier, more flavorful and in-demand options to our product line, and no other food is more popular than avocado right now,” said Kevin…..

Officials find 4,000kg of artificially ripened mangoes in Indian market
The Tamil Nadu food safety and drug administration department seized a total of 4,000kg of artificially ripened fruits from Koyambedu wholesale market in March.On March 23, a 17-member team fanned out in Koyambedu market and seized close to 1,100kg of mangoes, 1,800kg of sapota and 300kg of papaya, along with…..

India mango exports expected to increase by 10-15%
Mango exports from India this season are expected to rise around 10-15% on the back of a good crop, said top officials. Already 2,10,000 mango orchards have registered on MangoNet – a system established by APEDA that has made it mandatory for exporters to pick mangoes for exports only from the registered…..

Dutch graphic group
Graphic&Mail reveals new name and latest LED printing press
Graphic&Mail evolved from the former mailroom and repro activities of the former Veiling ZON in Venlo, the Netherlands. By now, the full service supplier of graphic products has outgrown the horticultural sector. Last Friday, Nino Venezia celebrated the expansion of his activities with a new name, Dutch…..

Prices will rise; slightly higher than last year
Strawberries increasing in supply towards Easter
California’s strawberries are currently in good supply coming out of Santa Maria; growers are almost finished cleaning up from the previous week’s rain. Supplies are steadily increasing. Prices were $12 to $14 last week and will rise to about $14 for the Easter holiday. “This is a bit higher than last year,”…..

Tomra celebrates 45th anniversary after record revenues
Since its founding on April 1, 1972, Tomra has progressed from being a pioneer in automated recycling technology to a company today offering sensor-based solutions which they believe are helping increase sustainability in the industry.Starting in a small shed in Asker, Norway, the brothers Petter and Tore…..

AUSVEG:
“Queensland growers need support to get back on their feet”
Growers hit by ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie need the full support of Australians to get back on their feet, as they face huge recovery costs in the wake of the storm, according to industry bodies AUSVEG and Growcom.“Growing operations in the regions hit by this storm are facing a massive clean-up bill, and we’re…..

Adelaide Retail Tour to take place on May 16th
The Adelaide Retail Tour is upcoming and is planned to take place on Tuesday May 16. The tour offers a way to experience innovative concepts in fresh produce retailing. Departing from the Adelaide Convention Centre on Tuesday afternoon at 12.30pm, the tour will visit the Frewville Foodlands store,…..

Consultant helps Nevis with monkey problem affecting crops
Monkeys are becoming a “massive problem” for farmers in Nevis, a small island in the Caribbean, according to the St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture in Nevis, Eric Evelyn.“The problem is that the population of monkeys is so huge that it’s gonna take some time, but we…..

Polish apple area: a rock at a lonely height
Organic agriculture: a modern-day David and Goliath? The European organic cultivation area is plain modest compared to its conventional counterpart, but demand for organic fresh produce is increasing rapidly, and many growers are still switching to organic. The report Facts and Figures on Organic Agriculture…..

Much American interest in Belgian picking robot
Next month, the Belgian company, Octinion, hopes to present a functioning prototype of their newly developed strawberry picking robot. “There’s some urgency for robots,” says Tom Coen from Octinion during the Global Berry Congress. Rising labour costs and the shortage of labour are the most important motives…..

Russia: Over 200 tonnes of agricultural imports stopped in Novosibirsk
In March, more than 200 tonnes of vegetables and fruits from Central Asia were detained by inspectors of the phytosanitary control post in Karasuk, of the Regional Office of the Rosselkhoznadzor.According to the press service of the institution, 147.15 tonnes of these products came from Kyrgyzstan, 62.35…..

Spain: Courgette spirals in innovative packaging
A healthy, quick and convenient alternative to traditional pasta, with all the advantages of steam cooking and the best of Mediterranean cuisine; that’s what the new Calapasta, manufactured by Verdifresh, is offering: 100% natural courgette spirals that are now presented in an innovative packaging that allows…..

Morrisons strongest of Big 4 | Carrefour Romania to source local produce
Aldi accused of using plastic for its fresh produce
Supermarket promotions at lowest level for 11 years – NielsenThe proportion of consumer spend at UK supermarkets that goes on items on promotion has hit its lowest level in 11 years, according to Nielsen retail data released today. In the four weeks ending 25 March 2017, just over a quarter (26%) of spend at…..

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