Chile: Technical mission from Taiwan visits the apple sector in Maule
A technical mission of the BAPHIQ (Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine) visited and supervised five fruit processing plants and apple producing orchards in the provinces of Curico and Linares, within the Maule region, to verify the compliance of the Chilean apple sector with the export…

Peter van der Klift: “Demand for transport of fruit and plants”
Milestone expands activities in Central America with office in Guatemala
This week, forwarding agent Milestone Fresh started a new office in Guatemala. “In 2015, we opened our first overseas office Milestone Costa Rica, and we are very satisfied with this. Both suppliers and our Dutch relations have indicated multiple times that this is a very pleasant way of working. That’s why we…

Citrus fruits, bananas, mangoes and avocados
Venezuela wants to export fruit to Russia
Venezuela seeks to export citrus fruits, pineapples, bananas, mangoes, avocados, cocoa and coffee to Russia, according to a statement posted by the Russian Ministry of Agriculture on its website following a meeting with a Venezuelan delegation on 3 May.”The Venezuelan representatives confirmed their interest…

Supports meeting Foreign Supplier Verification Program standards
Traceability down to the pallet level
“Last January, we launched our ColdTrak Import-Export Traceability Solution, a full-service system that links products to traceability data,” says Frederick Wu, President and CEO of DeltaTrak. “It gives visibility down to local distribution at the pallet level,” he added. The FlashLink USB PDF In-Transit…

Zespri kiwifruit from New Zealand again
From trade tool to well-known consumer brand in 20 years
In the evening of 2 May, the first boat with Zespri kiwifruit arrived at the port of Zeebrugge. “The first shipment was SunGold, Green will follow in about two weeks. The first kiwifruit will therefore be on the shelves soon.”Last year’s estimate was 80 million boxes for Green. “This year we’ll have a bit…

Australia’s alternative to unhealthy snacking
A Queensland company responsible for providing an alternative to unhealthy afternoon snacking admits it is looking to expand interstate, and has often been asked to consider spreading internationally. Fruitbar launched its vending machines in 2014, and is now located at several sites across the city of…

India: Lime production doubles in a year
India is one of the world’s greatest lime producers. “It is even more popular than lemons in our culture,” states Karthikeyan. Last year, according to this Indian company, they had an availability of 25 tonnes a day; however, this year the volume has been doubled due to the good weather conditions and the…

Wilko van der Zwaard: “I’m trying to transfer my variety knowledge to supermarkets”
Spanish stone fruit season off to a good and early start
After the first paraguayos arrived at Wilko Fruit in Breda a few weeks ago — “because of that, we are the first in the Netherlands” — the importer has completed the stone fruit assortment with peaches, nectarines, apricots and cherries by now.“Over the years, I’ve been very absorbed in all types of varieties,…

High insulation and low weight doors
A special door designed for partitioning your warehouse or storage with relatively high temperature differences. These doors are insulated, flexible roll doors for inside use in temperature-controlled zones or areas, like fruit storage units, cooling cells, drying chambers and such.”Iso Roll Doors are…

TOMRA ships world’s largest steam peeler
TOMRA Sorting Food has delivered an industry first in the form of the world’s highest capacity steam peeler, which will be used by a leading potato processing company. The new Eco steam peeler stands more than eight metres tall, and has the capability to peel 650kg of potatoes in less than seven seconds. The…

Special Poland

Polish packaging solution perfect for organic sector
The success continues for Polish packaging producer SoFruPak. After being nominated for the Innovation Award at this year’s Fruit Logistica in Berlin, Adam Sikorski said that they continue to receive a lot of requests from customers around the world, looking for new packaging solutions for their fruit and…

Global Focus Melons / Pineapples
Jacob Aktalan, MG Fruit:

“Early start to Spanish watermelon season”
Overseas melons are gradually taking the place of Spanish product on the melon market. “Spain is already sending a considerable volume of watermelons from Almeria, and that’s earlier than in previous years,” says Jacob Aktalan from MG Fruit. “From overseas, Costa Rica and the final Panamanian watermelons are…

Biotech/GM crops surge to new peak of 185.1 million hectares
The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri‐biotech Applications (ISAAA) released its annual report showcasing the 110‐fold increase in adoption rate of biotech crops globally in just 21 years of commercialization – growing from 1.7 million hectares in 1996 to 185.1 million hectares in…

AU: Rail strikes narrowly miss citrus transport season
A Mildura-based export and packing company says it appears to have escaped last week’s rail strike unaffected.The dispute between unions and rail company Pacific National over working and pay conditions escalated, with unions first imposing a 48-hour strike and the company responding by locking out employees…

New mango variety developed in India
Mango lovers this summer will get to enjoy a new variety named “Yogi”, after chief minister Yogi Adityanathwill. The variety was developed by the famous mango grower Padamshri Haji Kalimullah.Kalimullaha, 74, who had earlier named mangoes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and actresses, has developed the…

Sandstorm damages 50% of mangoes in Indian state
Uttar Pradesh farmers are expecting exports of mangoes to be hampered this season after a massive sandstorm hit the state last week.“The fruit was about to ripen when the sandstorm hit our area. Most of the fruits have fallen, leaving mango trees almost fruitless. Now, matured mangoes will be available only in…

Tunisia’s fruit & veg exports down 25%, revenues up 13%
Tunisia’s fresh fruit and vegetable export market experienced mixed news as exports fell by 25% during the 2016-2017 season compared with the previous season (2015-2016), while revenues increased by 13% to reach 75 MD against 66 MD last season.This drop is explained by the drop in exports in the Libyan market..

NatureFresh Farms launches OntarioRed™ tomato
NatureFresh Farms is taking its locally grown tomato program to new heights with their launch of OntarioRed Tomatoes. “Customers want consistency in what they buy”, commented Peter Quiring, President. “Our mobile Greenhouse Education Center is helping tell the story of how we grow our vegetables but that only..

FPAA members name Chris Ciruli as Member of the Year
During the annual meeting of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) on May 2, the association’s president, Lance Jungmeyer, presented the FPAA Member of the Year Award to Chris Ciruli, the COO of Ciruli Brothers. The Member of the Year is nominated by FPAA members and is defined as someone who…

Italy: Plum exports recover in 2016
The 2017 plum campaign is about to start, so we can make an assessment of the past campaign. 2016 started off well: the red varieties went back to normal volumes after the lower quantities of 2015 and the sale of black varieties was smoother, just like that of Stanley.In Emilia Romagna, volumes of the leading…

Felix Instruments
Produce Quality Meters and Gas Analyzers demonstrated at CPMA next week
Felix Instruments- Applied Food Science will be at CPMA 2017 in Toronto to demonstrate tools for measuring fresh fruit quality. Alongside the company’s entire range of ethylene gas analyzers, Felix Instruments will feature F-940 Store It! Gas Analyzer – a handheld tool that measures ethylene, CO2, and O2. The…

EU and US sign important agreement for citrus fruit
The US Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, and the acting US Trade Representative, Stephen Vaughn, said on Wednesday that the European Union (EU) had changed the requirements to import US citrus. Specifically, the EU has reduced its requirement to inspect US citrus plantations for citrus canker, which…

Shanxi Haisheng Group
China: New partnership model in fruit industry–farmers become shareholders
In recent years, the Shanxi Haisheng Group has built apple plantations in some villages in Ningxian County, including Jiaocun, Zaosheng and Liangping. These plantations built on the “Haisheng Model” have a total area of over 22,000 acres. The new model of apple cultivation focuses on planting shorter trees…

Chinese company uses plastic additives to increase greenhouse film durability
BASF’s plastic additive Tinuvin XT 100 has been adopted by Yuxi Xuri Plastics Production Co., Ltd, a greenhouse film manufacturer in China, to make low density polyethylene (LDPE) film. The film is used to cover a greenhouse for growing grapes in Yunnan province in China.The requirements for greenhouse films…

Orgacure receives food preservation patent in the US
Orgacure B.V., an agriculture and food science technology company with a focus on food waste solutions for farmers, processors and supermarkets, has announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued US Patent 9,591,860 covering a preservative composition and solution which does…

NIAB Leafy salads to open on June 22nd
This year’s leafy salad varieties open day will be held at G’s Fresh on 22nd June. The event will include four interactive soils and growing-media-themed workshops in the morning. In the afternoon delegates will have the opportunity to visit over 90 variety plots demonstrated by Bruce Napier and…

Exporters plead with Gulf countries to delay Jordan vegetable ban
Farmers and exporters on Sunday urged the Gulf countries which imposed a ban on the imports of Jordanian vegetables to delay the starting date of the decision.They said the agricultural sector needs additional time to adjust to the new requirements and standards.The appeal of the agricultural sector’s…

Rising visitor numbers at MedFEL 2017
Welcoming a grand total of 6,362 visitors, a 4% increase over the previous year, MedFEL 2017 fully met its targets. The 250 exhibitors and 120 international buyers recruited by Sud de France Développement brought fresh dynamism to this ninth edition, generating more than 5,000 B2B meetings.From 25th to 27th…

New withdrawal compensations
EC announces Delegated Regulation for fruit and vegetables
The Head of Unit G-2 Wine, Spirits and Horticultural Products of the Directorate General of Agriculture of the European Commission, Joao Onofre Antas Gonçalves, announced last week in Madrid that the Delegated Regulation that includes the new withdrawal compensations wil be published in the Official Journal of…

Nigeria begins exporting vegetables to the UK
Nigeria has commenced exports of vegetables to the United Kingdom, Coordinating Director, National Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), Vincent Isegbe has disclosed.He also stated the country is expected to earn about $100 billion from the export of pigeon peas to India following an offer received from the…

Auchan launches health and wellbeing campaign internationally
Intense competition keeps UK grocery prices down
China: Dairy Farm profits marginal in Q1For the first quarter, Dairy Farm has reported increases in sales and operating profits for various divisions. However, this was offset by weak sales in their Food Division, particularly in the Southeast Asia markets. Sales were also lower than expected during Chinese…

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