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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Peru is bigger than its problems

"At the moment the focus is on the humanitarian problems"

El Nino is causing many problems in Peru. This is a humanitarian and infrastructure issue on a big scale and the situation is not over yet, as Piura had one of the worst days in terms of rain only 3 days ago and rain is forecast for the rest of this week.According to official statistics last Friday,.....

Low imported and domestic avocado supply continues to push prices higher

Supplies are continuing to be tight on imported avocados. “From Mexico right now, we’re seeing decline in what’s been available to ship to the U.S.,” says Dan Acevedo of Newport Beach, Ca.-based Greenfruit Avocados. “And we’ll continue to see that decline until we start to harvest the new crop in mid to late.....

Short-term supply gap for chard during transition to Santa Maria

Chard has finished up its season in Brawley, California. As temperatures increase, so does bug pressure and product quality declines. “That’s what dictates when we have to pull the plug,” said Patty Emmert, specialty crop manager at Duncan Family Farms. All of the farm’s produce is 100 per cent certified.....

Good supply, not affected by rainfall

Heirloom artichokes available until April

Now that temperatures are warming up in the heart of artichoke country, supply is looking pretty good, even after small affects of heavy rainfall. Pezzini Farms in Castroville, California grows heirloom artichokes, which are perennial. They stay in the ground year after year, which can make the roots.....

Labels, sorting and flavor: everything to sell more soft fruit

Photo report Global Berry Congress 2017

Flavor and quality were the key words of the Global Berry Congress, held in Rotterdam yesterday. During the various sessions, a remarkable amount of attention was paid to consumers and their changing behaviors. It wasn’t surprising that terms such as flavor and quality were often mentioned, although the two.....

Guatemala benefits from low mango supply in Mexico

Guatemalan mangoes were off to a good start due to the good quality and color of its mangoes. Mexico competes with Guatemala, due to its cheaper transportation costs, mainly in the US west coast and northern areas. However, Mexico has lower volumes at the moment. This has positively influenced the first.....
There is a lack of connectivity and security

Peru: Rains hinder normal development of exports

The rains and mudslides in recent weeks that have affected infrastructure works, have hindered the country's connectivity, preventing the normal development of the sector's activities. In addition, there are security issues that concern entrepreneurs, stated the Association of Exporters (ADEX).The union's.....

Gabrie van Eeden, Goede Hoop Citrus

Western Cape's largest citrus packhouse encourages expansion in new varieties

Goede Hoop Citrus grew out of the original Citrusdal citrus cooperative founded in 1926. Today it is one of the biggest citrus packhouses in South Africa, functioning in a sorting, packing and marketing capacity for more than 50 citrus growers. With annual volumes between 75 000 to 85 000t, it is the biggest.....

Zespri opens new Middle East office to support growth

Zespri officially opened its Middle East office in Dubai earlier this week to manage its growing sales and marketing programmes in this region and other developing markets. Zespri Chief Executive Lain Jager said at the event that Zespri was growing its presence across the Middle East, India and Africa and.....

Shenzhen Tian Mu Agricultural Development Co. Ltd.

China: Domestic orange price hits a new high

Workers are loading navel oranges"At the present stage, all varieties of late maturing citrus are listed intensively; the 72-1 navel orange from Chongqing area and the late maturing oranges from the Hubei area are the two main varieties. In the South and Hunan regions, the oranges picked last winter have.....

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Citrusmore »

Peru: ProCitrus won't apply the seal of quality to export citrus

Peru's Citrus Growers Association (ProCitrus) would not implement the seal of quality to the national citrus fruit that will be exported this season.The CEO of ProCitrus, Sergio del Castillo Valderrama, said that the union didn't see it fit to implement this system to validate the quality of the products for.....

Exotic fruit and vegetablesmore »

Zespri opens new Middle East office to support growth

Zespri officially opened its Middle East office in Dubai earlier this week to manage its growing sales and marketing programmes in this region and other developing markets. Zespri Chief Executive Lain Jager said at the event that Zespri was growing its presence across the Middle East, India and Africa and.....

Organicmore »

China: Product differentiation brings market strength

"In the choice of fruit and vegetable varieties, we strictly follow the commercial standards of maximizing the value of resources. The selected products are distributed throughout the country with the help of a well controlled modern marketing system, through both online and offline channels," said Yan.....

Healthmore »

Spain: Researchers increase antioxidants in carrots by 2,000%

Researcher agronomist from the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) have managed to multiply the healthy compounds of carrots, increasing their antioxidants by 2,000%, according to a Doctoral thesis by Anna Carolina Formica de Oliveira, who is dedicated to the optimization of sustainable post harvest.....

ITmore »

Vinsight helps almond & grape growers better predict yields

Farmers know how hard it is to predict yield accurately. High-value crops like grapes or almonds prove particularly challenging. Farmers expect, and settle for, twenty to forty percent uncertainty with these crops. Vinsight founder and CEO, Megan Nunes, who grew up in the farming business, found that.....

Innovationsmore »

Automation already a reality - fewer people working on processing lines

During a recent lecture held at Bocconi, one of FreshPlaza's Italian editors talked about labour cost reduction in the fresh produce sector and about the technologies that can replace manual labour. She also brought the following examples of best practice:the processing plant at Mivor in Laces (BZ), one of.....

Processed fruit and vegetablesmore »

How one man went from heroin addict to a fruit juice millionaire

As Khalil Rafati overdosed on heroin for the ninth time the paramedics frantically tried to save his life.A drug addict who slept rough on the streets of Los Angeles, he eventually regained consciousness after the medical team used a defibrillator to give him an electric shock.This was back in 2003, when.....

Coolingmore »

To serve European customers

Mission Produce opens Ripe center in the Netherlands

Oxnard-based Mission Produce today announced that it has completed construction on its first Ripe Center in Europe. The Center, based in Breda, The Netherlands, is strategically-located near the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp—the primary ports for importing avocados into the European market.Mission has.....

Food safetymore »

United Fresh publishes Recall Resource Guide for industry

The United Fresh Produce Association has published the Recall Resource Guide to help the produce industry better prepare for potential recall events as part of the association’s Recall Ready suite of services. The new resource provides a general overview and outline, explaining why it’s critical for.....

Nuts and dried fruitsmore »

Nut consumption linked with lower risk of mortality

In a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies published in BMC Medicine1, researchers looked at the association of nut consumption and the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), total cancer, and all-cause and cause-specific mortality in adults. Higher nut intake (15-20 g/day.....

Packaging and Labellingmore »

US: Lef Farms introduces new retail and food service packaging

With its simple elegance, the lēf packaging aims to break out from the field of brands that have turned to old-school clams and tubs. It starts with lēf’s classic black retail bag which shows off its greens through a see-through front window of cascading leaves. And clear side panels allow.....

Product informationmore »

Bar code gives insight into internal supply chain

Despite many products ending up on supermarket shelves in packaging, part of the fruit and vegetable selection is still presented loose. Conveniently, because this way, consumers can buy just what they need. Inconvenient, because how will the supermarket have a good insight into the volume sold? An Italian.....

Retailmore »

Shipt launches grocery delivery in Wilmington

AmazonFresh Pickup grocery stores officially open

Korean egrocer to sell fruit straight from farms - Gmarket launched a service on Monday called Gtable that provides seasonal fresh food from farms around Korea. The online retailer will oversee the entire process, including selection of fruits and vegetables, washing and packing and delivery. “We.....

Global Marketmore »


In the northern hemisphere, there are currently pears from storage available. Last month, the World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA) published the updated stock figures. In Europe, stocks are lower than last year, but in the US there are more pears available for sale. In these countries, producers are.....

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