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Mexican greenhouse grower unveils fresh new brand
For more than two decades, Divemex has set the standard for greenhouse vegetable production in Mexico. Today, the grower introduces a fresh new brand that reflects its impressive history and sets a distinct challenge for even greater achievements ahead.“Growing Beyond Expectations” captures what Divemex does..

California is packing up a fast-moving orange season
“The naval orange season is winding down quickly,” says Randy Jacobson of Cecelia Packing Corp. in Orange Cove, Ca. “We’re done this week and I know a number of other packers are finishing up or have finished up. Some of the very large packers will probably go through this month, possibly into June.” Jacobson…

J. Antonio García, of Ailimpo: Seeing Macri talk about lemons with Trump is a milestone
“The opening of the US market for Argentinian lemons makes us envious”
The Spanish Verna lemon campaign is already in full swing and the production volume is estimated to have grown significantly compared to the previous season, going from 193,680 tonnes last year to 300,000 tonnes in 2017; that is, a 55% increase. “It is worth noting that last year’s campaign was marked by a…

Short-term limit on imported papaya supply into the US
Supplies are looking slim on imported papayas.“It’s getting tight on good quality papaya supplies,” says Tadeo Better of Pharr, Tex.-based Agromod Produce Inc. “The papaya production in Mexico has been affected by the hot weather. It started earlier than expected this year, and trees produced a lot more than…

Argentina: 60% of the fruit & veg in Buenos Aires has agrochemicals
For the first time, an agency of the national State certifies what is an open secret between producers and environmentalists. According to official reports, 60% of the food that arrives in the Central Market of Buenos Aires has agrochemical residues. “We suspect that many markets in the country have these…

Russia will be a true competitor in the apple sector
The fact that Russia aims at being self-sufficient as regards the production of fruit and vegetable is common knowledge. According to economist Gianluca Bagnara, the Russian ban against European produce is just a test to organise its own production chain.Jochen KagerDuring a recent convention, Jochen Kager…

The Chilean Fresh Fruit Exporters Association sponsors Passport D.C.
On May 6, Chile opened the doors of its U.S. embassy in Washington D.C. to more than four thousand DC visitors and guests joining the annual “Around the World Embassy Tour”. With fresh fruit being one of Chile’s key exports, Fruits from Chile representatives were on hand to showcase and sample the wide variety…

China: Qifeng fruit expands to overseas markets
“Following the development of the Internet and e-commerce, our website has already become an excellent business card for the brands and products of Qifeng. In order to expand overseas more successfully, Qifeng implemented a business model that works both online and offline. We also hire professionals to update…

Fresh crop New Zealand JAZZ™ apples arriving into US
Fresh crop New Zealand JAZZ™ apples are arriving now. Complete with a fresh new logo, and supported by a full suite of nimble visual components, JAZZ™ is primed to stand out in the category with contemporary colors, eye-catching graphics and a compelling brand message.JAZZ™ apples originated in New Zealand,…

Less food waste with PerfoLid
“Because of this packaging, fresh produce can continue to breathe”
A new packaging, called PerfoLid was recently introduced to combat food waste. “This packaging is resealable and ensures fruit and vegetables stay fresh longer, and it therefore results in less food waste. Waste in fruit and vegetables is a major problem: because of the limited shelf life, almost 50 per cent…

Special Poland

G’s

Operation in Poland doubled each since 2014
UK vegetable producer G’s expanded further into Eastern Europe at the start of 2014 with a facility in Warsaw, Poland. The company already has growing operations Spain, the Czech Republic, USA, Senegal as well as the UK.The Polish operation started up in 2014 and has seen rapid growth from the start, with a…

Global Focus Melons / Pineapples

Mid-summer rains heavily disrupted production in some areas

Year-round melon production in the very north of South Africa
Melons require semi-arid areas with low rainfall and low relative humidity. Little surprise then that the fruit can be grown over large parts of the country, especially the western side, where it is often used as a cash crop in newly established citrus orchards or vineyards.Some of South Africa’s largest melon…

Kees Oskam:
“Pear sales are steady, apple market slightly slow”
Dutch top fruit is nearing the end of the season. “I expect the pear supply to be big enough to make it to the end of July. With apples the Elstar is expected to be done by mid July, but I expect varieties such as Jonagold, Jonagored and Red Prince to be able to switch seamlessly into the new season,” says…

NZ shoppers paying $7 for iceberg lettuce amid veg shortage
As the lettuce shortage continues in New Zealand shoppers are paying up to $7 for a head of lettuce, and lettuce isn’t the only product seeing a post-cyclone price hike.The Herald compared prices at two inner city supermarkets in Auckland on Wednesday afternoon.At New World Victoria Park, iceberg lettuces cost…

Italy: Edible coating made with snail slime
The minds behind the “A passo di Lumaca! Utilizzo di un antimicrobico naturale per il miglioramento della shelf-life di prodotti di IV gamma” project are three young students of Liceo scientifico Quinto Ennio in Gallipoli who, together with Professor Rossana Congedo, developed a snail slime extract which,…

New research to better use nitrogen in mango production
A research project into helping mango growers better understand and utilise nitrogen and other nutrients in production, has begun in the Northern Territory.It is embedded in a larger national framework called “More Profit from Nitrogen”, which includes agricultural sectors such as Dairy, Sugar, Cotton and..

Greece: EU funding programs to lift the economy
The Greek ministry of Rural Development and Food is working under Commission Regulations to run a number of programs in order to promote European agricultural products. According to Eleni Kolokotroni, who is the Head of the Promotion Department in the Greek ministry of agriculture, through these programs,..

The future of the tomato
What kind of tomatoes do growers want? What kind of tomatoes do traders want? And what kind does the consumer want? Tough questions, right? Try answering them eight to ten years from now. What do people want in 2027? This is the biggest challenge for breeders.”When I asked people what they wanted, they said ‘a…

Western Australia fruit exports to resume after pest quarantine lifted
Exports of West Australian apples, pears, and stone fruit will resume into all states with the tomato potato psyllid quarantine effectively lifted. Strawberries and leafy vegetables will also be allowed to trade again under updated quarantine measures, which will include washing produce, targeted inspections,…

Excellent season for Egyptian dry garlic, less demand for green garlic
After the relatively unexpected Egyptian season for green garlic had ended, Egyptian growers and exporters were surprised by the huge demand for dry garlic. Demand for dry garlic has risen all over the world, with the exception of Spain and China, as China has its own supply of garlic and Spain has a season…

Packaging extends shelf life, but how?
The increasing globalisation and international trade in the fresh produce sector demands the utmost of the products. The products are transported thousands of miles before they find their way to the consumer. Shelf life during transport is crucial to get a good price for products. One of the factors that can…

Enjoying potatoes together more often
Cooled potatoes anticipate the need for fresh convenience products. The segment has grown considerably in recent years. The products also serve more and more as a source of inspiration for the versatility of potatoes, which, moreover, are no longer consumed only during the traditional evening meal.For Quik’s..

Lourens Krijger and Jaap Simonse on the subject of commissioner
Onion commissioners prevent surprises for grower and buyer
Is there a future for the onion commissioner? This is the question we asked Lourens Krijger, whose commission company Krijger Uienhandel was founded 60 years ago this year, and Jaap Simonse, who was a buyer at a large chips factory for ten years and at an onion processor for six years before he switched to the…

Doctors call for warning sticker on avocados
There is a new danger in the kitchen, and it comes in green. As the popularity of avocados continues to rise so too do emergency room visits with amateur chefs cutting themselves trying to prepare the trendy fruit. The injury even has its own nickname, “avocado hand”, a serious cut resulting from failed…

New advice to help tomato growers eradicate Pepino Mosaic Virus
Growers can help to eradicate Pepino mosaic virus (PepMV) by following new biosecurity recommendations. PepMV is one of the most economically important diseases of tomatoes and fruit infected with multiple strains of the virus experience more severe symptoms. As a result, steps must be taken to ensure, even…

Otago University reveals how to make vegetables last longer
New research from the University of Otago has revealed the best home storage methods to lengthen the shelf life of vegetables.Love Food Hate Waste, the national campaign to help New Zealanders reduce the amount of food they waste, partnered with the University of Otago to test storage practices for many common…

Ukraine ag exports increase in Q1 2017
According to the State Statistics Service, in January-March of 2017 the export of agricultural and food products from Ukraine totalled 4.6 bln USD in monetary terms, an increase of 1.3 bln USD (or, up almost 40%) compared with the 1st quarter last year, declared the Deputy Director on scientific work at the…

Top European exports to the US by country
This map from Reddit shows the most exported goods from each European country to the United States. The top exports from Russia, Spain and Portugal are Petroleum with the United Kingdom, Italy and Sweden main export to the US being cars. A full size version of this map can be found here. source: twitter.com

Spain: Mercabarna presents study on feeding trends
During the fiftieth anniversary of Mercabarna, the wholesalers market, on Monday, the exhibition “50 years of evolution of food in Catalonia,” will be inaugurated. The exhibit, which is based on a study commissioned by Mercabarna to the Fundacion Alicia, makes a journey through five characteristic…

CHEP to sponsor Hort Connections 2017
Combining the National Horticulture Convention and PMA Fresh Connections, Hort Connections 2017 brings together the largest number of growers, supply chain members, government stakeholders and industry service providers in the Australian horticulture industry. CHEP has announced it will be a platinum sponsor…

IFCO saves 318,000 metric tonnes of food from going to waste
IFCO, a reusable packaging solutions company for fresh foods today released estimates quantifying the positive impact the company has had on the environment since it was founded in 1992. According to a recently published life cycle analysis1 and previous damage rate studies2, over the past 25 years. IFCO…

Naturipe celebrates 100 years strong
Naturipe Farms celebrated its one hundred year anniversary with the growers and staff of one of the company’s partner-owners, Naturipe Berry Growers (NBG), on Friday, May 5.The festivities were held at the Naturipe headquarters in Salinas, CA, and included live mariachi music, a Naturipe branded semi-truck,..

“Hydroponic lettuce and kale can’t keep people alive for long”
Over the past few decades federal governments, provincial governments, and academic institutions in Canada have been pouring millions of dollars into indoor food production projects in Canada’s North.The intention is to provide the food security that is so desperately needed in northern communities. However,..

Radbout Buijs, Nature’s Pride: “Fresh is a different kettle of fish compared to a pack of coffee”
“Data quality essential for fresh produce”
“Unfortunately, data quality is still not top of the list of the fresh sector. That’s a shame, because data quality is needed to further professionalise the supply chain. That’s why GS1, Frug I Com and GroentenFruit Huis, in cooperation with retailers, will organise information meetings for the sector. We have…

Sugarlup cantaloup to be available in May
Seminis newest cantaloupe, the Sugarlup from the Almeria area will be available early, from the beginning of May. According to Seminis, the Sugarlup is overperforming on brix and flavor level.They also report that it maintains the firmness of the flesh, and keeps a fresh and attractive external appearance. Its…

Cargolux and Emirates SkyCargo sign cargo memorandum
Luxembourg all-freight operator Cargolux and Dubai-based Emirates SkyCargo have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), paving the way for a strategic cargo partnership.The partners said the agreement, which was signed at the Air Cargo Europe event in Munich, is the first of its kind in the air cargo…

Indian mango growers suffer 30% loss after thunderstorm
Indian mango farmers in the surrounding areas of Rangareddy and Chevella are staring at a massive 30% loss of crops due to Tuesday night’s thunderstorm that destroyed mangoes ready for plucking in hundreds of acres. Shamshabad, Shadnagar and other surrounding regions of the city were the worst affected while….

6 Do’s and Don’ts when freezing IQF mango
As the global health trend continues, demand for frozen berries and tropical fruits is also increasing as more people start to prefer these over canned or dried fruits.”One of our most popular IQF fruits is the mango, which is mostly used for confectioneries, frozen salads and smoothie mixes. Today’s end…

California almond growers see largest harvest in history
California almond growers expect to harvest as much as 2.2 billion pounds of almonds this year, the most in history, according to the initial subjective forecast for the 2017 California almond crop from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.Forecasted production is 2.8 percent above last year’s…

CID Bio-Science acquires CP Pigment Analyzer Technology
The technology of the CP Pigment Analyzer, manufactured by CP, has been acquired by CID Bio-Science and its sister company, Felix Instruments – Applied Food Science.CID Bio-Science and Felix Instruments plans to implement the Pigment Analyzer into its range of instruments using NIR technology. The United…

Spanish Dia sees 4.1% sales increase | Bigbasket supports tomato farms
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India: Bigbasket helps tomato farmers Bigbasket, India’s largest online supermarket, has shown its support to tomato farmers, who have been affected by the fall in prices in Karnataka, by procuring them at Rs 7 per kg to cover their cost of cultivation and provide them a subsistence income. The market price is..

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