Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Latin America edition

Two new early asparagus varieties

Cabilfrut set to deliver its first Rainforest Alliance Certified™ avocados to Europe
Chilean avocado grower and packer, Cabilfrut, S.A., announced today that the company has exported its first avocados from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms from Chile to the European market. Two containers of fruit left the Port of Valparaiso on December 1, and will arrive in Rotterdam in time for the…..

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First West Coast shipment of Chilean Fruit arrives in Los Angeles
The Port of Los Angeles received their first breakbulk vessel shipment of Chilean Summer Fruit on Friday December 22nd, 2017. Steve Hattendorf, Merchandiser from the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association, Miguel A. Cea, President of AG-Fume Services, Inc. and Reza Marashi, County of Los Angeles Department of…..

Modified atmosphere packaging for the retail market
The way fresh produce is handled and packaged is of important consideration to anyone in the industry. From the grower, to the shipper and the retailer through to the customer, it’s in everyone’s best interest to keep the produce as fresh as possible for as long as possible. There are countless solutions in…..

Exportaciones Aguado:
“Prices of transport per container create new opportunities for oranges”
The orange campaign is developing quickly given the lower volumes available this year and the good ripening of the fruit. Although sales started slowly, the market is expected to improve with the arrival of the Navel and Navel Late while the clementine volumes gradually fall.According to Vicent Aguado, manager…..

Hamlins likely to finish much earlier than normal
Smaller orange harvest in Florida
Florida’s orange crop continues to suffer defeat from Hurricane Irma. The forecast for the crop has been lowered by eight per cent and seasons are quickly finishing. The USDA’s latest forecast estimated growers will produce 46 million 90-pound boxes of oranges in the 2017-18 season – 4 million less than in a…..

Two new early asparagus varieties
The demand from the market for early cropping asparagus varieties continues to grow. After a lengthy, and carefully run series of trials, Limgroup has succeeded in launching two new varieties, Aspalim and Frühlim, in a short time frame. These varieties perfectly satisfy the market demands in both the green and…..

Good volume on Meyer lemons in the U.S.
Meyer lemons are seeing solid supplies domestically right now. “There’s currently a good supply of Meyer lemons available–supply is keeping up with demand,” says Sandra Bertelli of Orosi, Ca.-based Fruition Sales. Overall notes Bertelli, there is currently less fruit available than in the past at this time of…..

Fresh cut range already accounts for 20% of the business at Vicente Peris
“People consume about 40% more fruit if it’s peeled and sliced”
Although the Peris and Vicentín brands for Piel de Sapo melons and watermelons are already consolidated in the Spanish market, the fresh cut range already represents around 20% of the business for the Valencian company Vicente Peris, which decided to bet heavily on it a few years ago.The new facilities of…..

China: First session of second Latin American Fruit Festival
On 21 December 2018, the second Latin American Fruit Festival was held in the AEON Foshan Dali store!The opening ceremonyThe opening ceremony of the second Latin American Fruit Festival attracted many important guests. Among them were a few guests who received a special invitation, such as Xiao Kuyou, head of…..

China: “Microbial fertilizer increases soil fertility and improves product quality”
“Microbial agents can have three different functions when they are applied in agriculture. Firstly, they increase the fertility of the soil. They also help the absorption of nutrition by the crops, and of nitrogen from the air. Lastly, they strengthen the disease and drought resistance of the plants. That is…..

Special Fruit Logistica

Packaging Automation to demonstrate new motion tray sealer at Fruit Logistica
At Fruit Logistica this year, Packaging Automation (PA) will be exhibiting their latest patented technology in high speed tray sealing, designed for packing fruit and vegetables.On display will be the fully electric SL4 Motion tray sealer. Other products boasting the same technology as the SL4 include the…..

Global Focus Bananas

Costa Rica to close 2017 with banana export record
Costa Rica will close this year with a record in banana exports, both in volume and in revenues. Jorge Sauma, the general manager of the National Banana Corporation, expects total exports by the end of 2017 to have reached about 125 million boxes [of 18.14 kilograms each].It is also estimated that -for the…..

AU: Western Australian cherry grower’s Christmas treat of bumper yields
One of Australia’s largest cherry producers is on track for record yields, following perfect conditions over winter.With the popularity of the fruit increasing over Christmas, there was extra reason for Western Australian company Cherry Lane Fields to celebrate, with ideal conditions midway through the harvest…..

Pook-Coconut Crisps: Nominated for the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award
Germany: “For next year, we are planning two or three new flavors”
Crisps from apples, beets and sweet potatoes are already widely available on the market. For almost a year now, there have also been coconut crisps. With these unique products, PookSpaFoods is encountering great enthusiasm within the food industry. It is no coincidence that this start-up is one of the nominees…..

Steenebrug, Piketberg, Western Cape
Suiderland Plase: From shark liver oil to table grapes and citrus
Steenebrug Farm, part of Suiderland Plase, is pulling out all the stops to survive the drought. So far they have not been obliged to take out or cut down vineyards like some other allied farms. “When I look at the vineyards I can’t believe how well they look. The vineyards are very vigorous, it’s actually…..

Landpack GmbH: pioneer in packaging made of hemp and straw
Germany: “Younger generation prefers ecological packaging”
Today sustainability, a rural appeal and of course appearance are the most important requirements in the food sector. This does not only apply to the products, but also to their packaging. The Landpack GmbH company from Puchheim started operating in this area in 2013, but is currently known all over Europe for…..

EU and Chile negotiate modernisation of Association Agreement
The EU and Chile have started negotiations in Brussels for the renewal of the Association Agreement. The first round was held in November and the Commission subsequently launched a consultation aimed at the sectors affected in order to find out their opinions on the issue. This process is planned to conclude…..

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Queensland, Australia:
Purple sweetcorn delivers phytonutrient health benefits
Purple sweetcorn varieties are being bred to help growers respond to increasingly health-conscious consumers.Being delivered by the University of Queensland, and jointly funded by the grower-owned research and development company, Hort Innovation, the new varieties are being developed through natural breeding…..

Apples and tomatoes may help repair lungs of ex-smokers
A study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found the natural decline in lung function over a 10-year period was slower among former smokers with a diet high in tomatoes and fruits, especially apples, suggesting certain components in these foods might help restore lung damage caused by…..

Lebanon builds a banana Christmas tree
On December 19, on a street in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, citizens built a huge Christmas tree out of bananas. Source: Visual China Group

Yi Mu Tian blueberry industry data
China set to become the world’s largest market for blueberries
The blueberry is currently the world’s number two large berry after the strawberry. The president of China’s Blueberry Association and a professor at the Jilin Agricultural University, Li Yadong, pointed out during a presentation on the analysis of data in global blueberry production that the total output of…..

Some artistic license
Artistic rendering of cabbage and pear.

Warehouse space for rent in Bleiswijk, the Netherlands
Available immediately in Bleiswijk (Klappolder), the Netherlands: complete warehouse for storage/transhipment and/or cross-docking space.Size of the warehouse: 500 m2 in total, 250 m2 of which is cold store and 250 m2 of which is ‘dry’ space.Two loading docks.Office space is available if needed.If interested,…..

Uzbekistan expands export destinations for fruits and vegetables
The chairman of Uzbekozikovkat holding, Tohirjon Zhalilov, affirmed in an interview that Uzbekistan intends to significantly expand the number of countries to which it will export of fruit and vegetable products in the coming year. In 2017 the company reached agreements with partners from Russia, China,…..

Vietnam exports first batch of star apples to US
The first batch of Vietnamese star apples has been exported to the US by the Cat Tuong Agricultural Products Producing & Processing Co Ltd from the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang, as announced by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).With this shipment, Vietnam has become the first…..

4 new Italian stores opened by Penny Market
Booths: lower sales in 2016/17
Denmark: First Aldi City-store opens in the centre of CopenhagenAldi Danmark has opened the first City-store in Gothersgade in the centre of Copenhagen. The store is part of the modernisation plan of Aldi. Customers can enjoy, amongst other treats, the quality of Coffee-to-go, freshly baked bread, a wide…..

FreshPlaza funny
Police snowball fight