Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Latin America edition

Chilean group David del Curto S.A. joins Origine Group
The Chilean group David del Curto S.A. has become a part of Origine Group. Alberto Garbuglia, managing director of Origine Group, declared the news at the Asia Fruit Logistica congress in Hong Kong. He also presented the Sweeki past experience: «So our Consortium will be able to offer Sweeki to the world…..

Job Offers:
• Philips Lighting, Global Strategy Manager Horticulture LED – Netherlands
• Philips Lighting, Segment Manager City Farming – Netherlands

Strong turnover growth for Total Produce (+12%) thanks to takeovers
With growth in all three geographical areas that Total Produce has on its books, it is no surprise that the total turnover of the group over the first half of the year is higher. The Irish multinational saw the turnover rise by 12.2% to 2.15 billion Euro. Last year Total Produce achieved a turnover of 1.91…..

Macfrut 2018 in five continents: starting international promotion
The promotion abroad of the 2018 edition of Macfrut – the international trade fair for the fruit and vegetable sector to be held in Rimini from 9 to 11 May – has begun by defining the programme of international missions. With a 7-month programme, the fruit and vegetable trade fair will be promoted in 27…..

What to look forward to at Asia Fruit Logistica
Tomorrow sees the start of Asia Fruit Logistica, running 6-8 September in Hong Kong. It will take place at the AsiaWorld-Expo, where sales of exhibition space are up by 25 per cent on last year’s total. This year for the first time the exhibition will be held over two different halls.There has been a big…..

BG Door releases new generation Mobile Precool Unit
BG Door will be taking part in and showing off their Mobile Precool Unit at Asia Fruit Logistica this year. The unit is designed for soft fruit and vegetables and the company has high hopes for the technology.»Our Mobile Precool Unit is a very flexible and energy efficient solution to rapidly cool down your…..

Argentina: Strong investment to plant more acres of pistachio in San Juan
In the coming weeks, the Ministry of Production through the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock will present the Pistachio Program, a plan that includes a line of credit at the lowest rate in the market, to increase the hectares planted with this nut.»It was managed before the Nation and a $ 2 million fund…..

SweeTango apple harvest begins with good colour and volume
Harvest has begun for the 2017 crop of SweeTango apples, grown and marketed by Next Big Thing, A Growers’ Cooperative, a 47-member cooperative of family growers.With orchards spread across prime apple-growing regions in Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, and Nova Scotia, Canada, timing of…..

China: Shrinking Indonesian market brings down export price of apples
David Wang, CEO of Haoyuan Agriculture Products Limited said:» Since 1st of June this year, Indonesia has stopped its apple export to China. For the second half of 2017, the Indonesian government has adjusted the import quota by cutting it by 80% of that from the first half of 2017. In the meantime, there is…..

China: Jiangxi fig production falls 20%
«The fig production in China is widely distributed. They are seen as an uncommon fruit breed. Because of its sweet taste and smell, in the past few years, they have become more and more popular. In Jiangxi, because of the weather, this year’s fig production has decreased by 20% compared to last year,»…..

German blueberry producers satisfied with season
2016 was a difficult season for German blueberry growers, but nearing the end of 2016, although numbers are not what growers might have wanted, it is a good crop, with good quality. Although the weather this year has been far from ideal, there have been fewer issues with disease, which pretty much wiped out…..

Special Asia Fruit Logistica

China shines at Asia Fruit Logistica
Wednesday September the 6th, the Asia Fruit Logistica 2017 edition will start in Hong Kong. The event is one of the annual highlights of the fresh produce industry and will last three days.Asia’s importance to the global industry is growing, as well as the exhibition itself. The development of the Chinese…..

RK Growers

Big Opportunities in the East for Italian growers
RK Growers is an Italian partnership cooperating with Italian and foreign fruit and vegetables growers to market their products in Italy and abroad. The company is well known for its portfolio of premium fruit varieties, which includes Ambrosia apples and Arra grapes, sold in Italy and abroad. The company has…..

Asia Fruit Awards winners announced
Major apple and pear cooperative Belgian Fruit Valley, importer Freshmart Singapore and online to offline (O2O) retailer Hema Supermarket were announced as the winners of the prestigious ASIA FRUIT AWARDS at ASIAFRUIT CONGRESS and ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA in Hong Kong today.The ASIA FRUIT AWARD is given in three…..

Global Focus Potatoes / Onions

US potato exports hit a record $1.75Bn
Exports of all United States potatoes and potato products reached a record $1,758,130,172 for the July 2016 – June 2017 marketing year. U.S. exports also achieved a record volume level of 1,712,364 metric tons (MT).At their fresh weight equivalent (FWE), this represents the movement of 71,837,331 hundredweight…..

Tenth UK Onion & Carrot Conference to take place on 14 November
The biennial UK Onion & Carrot conference and trade exhibition will take place on Tuesday 14th November 2017 at The East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham.Planning is well advanced for the meeting point, conference and trade show for all involved in production or allied to these significant industries…..

Study links lychee deaths in India to pesticides, not the fruit
Recurrent outbreaks of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) among children in India and Bangladesh could be down to exposure to agrochemicals used in lychee orchards rather than consumption of the fruit of the Asian lychee tree (Litchi chinensis), according to recent research.The Bangladesh-US team of scientists…..

Does cooking boost nutrients in tomatoes and spinach?
Water-soluble vitamins like vitamin C and the B vitamins, which include folate, leach out of vegetables if you boil them, but some will be retained in the stock, so “use it if you’re making soup,” said Helen Rasmussen, a senior research dietitian at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging…..

Pakistan’s imports of seed potatoes have been cut in half
Imports of seed potato have been reduced by 50 per cent as a result of strong public-private partnership in locally-certified potato production through planning and technical assistance.Ahead of the start of the potato growing season, the Variety Evaluation Committee of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council…..

Toxic fruit and veg given to millions of UK pupils by the government
Toxic chemicals have been found in fruit and veg given to millions of schoolchildren by the Government. Official tests revealed 84% of apples, bananas, carrots, pears, satsumas, tomatoes and raisins destined for four to six-year-olds contained residues of one or more pesticides.Two million kids get free fruit…..

Snact releases snack bars made from unwanted bananas
The Snact brand has announced the launch of a new range of snack bars, which uses ‘unwanted and unloved’ bananas, following a recent successful Crowdfunding campaign.The bars have been created as part of Snact’s #deliciousprotest campaign, which aims to help reduce the amount of edible bananas being thrown…..

Enhanced production stimulates Chinese apple industry
«At the beginning of spring this year, the continuous lower temperatures in Gansu influenced the blossoming of early ripe apples, such as Starkrimson and Huaniu, leading to a decrease in production. In some areas, the Starkrimson harvest even failed. The rainfall has also influenced the bagged production of…..

Eggs from most venomous spider in the world found in Tesco bananas
A mum has told how she nearly fed a banana riddled with Brazilian wandering spider eggs to her baby.Debbie Campbell says she spotted a clump of white eggs on the fruit she was about to give to 18-month-old Albie.The beauty therapist is terrified of spiders and screamed when she suddenly realised the white mark…..

Belgian university protects banana diversity by hosting 1,500 varieties
A college town just outside of Brussels is an unlikely place to find banana plants – yet the University of Leuven hosts the world’s largest banana collection, with more than 1,500 different varieties.Don’t expect banana plantations or tropical rainforests, though – the university’s greenhouse has only a few…..

Australian compost trial doubles ginger production
A trial using cured compost, processed poultry manure pellets and clean seed has almost doubled ginger production in a test plot in Australia.Researchers with Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries are investigating ways to increase organic matter to improve soil health and boost yields for the…..

Sainsbury’s says Brexit could leave fruit rotting at border
Shell to sell fruit through Budgens partnership
Schwarz Group named leading grocer in EuropeGermany’s Schwarz Group, which operates Lidl and Kaufland, has been named as the leading grocery retailer in Western Europe by market research provider Euromonitor International. The organisation measured retailers’ value share from 2007 to 2016, with Schwarz stores…..

FreshPlaza funny
French bulldog being pampered