Tuesday, September 18, 2017
Latin America edition

Colombia: Pineapple growers to reveal lessons from Costa Rica
What was learned during the Commercial Mission Specialized in Pineapples to Costa Rica from August 27 to September 1 will be taught to Casanare’s entrepreneurs and pineapple growers. The travelers will inform what they experienced at the Networking Meeting scheduled to take place in Yopal on September 22.The…..

Citrus greening disease found in Trinidad and Tobago
Citrus Greening Disease has been confirmed in several parts of Trinidad and Tobago, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.The disease also known as Citrus Huanglongbing (HLB) is caused by an insect-spread bacterial infection and affects all types of citrus.A release from the Ministry said the disease has…..

Panama: Coconut farming improves thanks to technical support from Cuba
The possibilities of improving productivity in coconut plantations in Panama have begun to materialize with the technical support of Cuba for the integral management of the crop, Panamanian agricultural authorities said today.The South-South cooperation model between the two countries is aimed at strengthening…..

Farm Fresh Produce congratulated for taking pioneering step in sweet potato industry
Farm Fresh Produce, Inc. is fully compliant on the GLOBALG.A.P. GRASP assessment, a social management system, as third-party verified by WQS, LLC. “It has become common in the industry to state that you have the highest quality or an innovative approach. Quality is relatively simple to measure, to prove. That…..

William Willems, Central Fruit:
«Nadorcott are really great little clementines»
Nadorcott is a popular Clementine variety in Belgium. «The season has become quite a bit more important to us due to this variety. We used to do ‘something’ once in a while. In recent years we have had a constant supply from August. We also carry it under our brand Cibel and that is a success. They are really…..

Rain, wind and mud at the trade fair in Emmeloord
Good attendance at muddy Potato Europe 2017
The 2017 edition of Potato Europe in the Dutch city, Emmeloord, was not its problems. Weather conditions were so bad that the show was cancelled on Wednesday 13 September. A day later, despite less than optimal weather conditions, Europe Potato went ahead. Boots were the order of the day to be able to walk out…..

Italy: The Golden kiwi consortium organises Dorì Day
PHOTO REPORT New Zealand, Chile, Spain, Portugal, China, Greece, France and Italy – these are the countries that took part in the second Dorì Day, organised by Consorzio Dorì Europe in Campoverde di Aprilia (Latina) on 13th September 2017.Click here for the photos!Group photo for Consorzio Dorì EuropeGuests arrived from…..

Italy: New technical products for kiwi cultivation
Dorì Day included not only tours of the orchards, but also displays of equipment.Valente Pali showed its film protection system to technicians and producers.Edoardo andAlessandro Valenteillustrated how easily and quickly the film can be hooked and unhooked.Sistema Valente»Thanks to a single elastic and…..

New farmers promote development of Chinese greenhouses
«In the past few years in China, more and more people from outside of the agricultural industry have gradually joined the industry. Simultaneously, these parties, contrary to the traditional agricultural industry, have more capital, and are highly educated. They are now promoting the development of the Chinese…..

China: Multiple selling channels bring success for red-hearted kiwis
«The production seasons for red-hearted and green-hearted kiwi fruits from Sichuan province began in August and September, respectively and will end in December and April next year. Due to the favorable weather conditions all across the country this year, and additional plantings, the gross output of kiwi…..

Special PMA Fresh Summit

DMA Solutions to offer free marketing consultation for PMA Fresh Summit
DMA Solutions will be offering free consultations leading up to and at PMA Fresh Summit to support brands looking to make an impact in 2018.From left to right, Lori Taylor,The Produce MomCEO & DMA Solutions CEO Dan’l MackeyThe company’s leadership team, including President and CEO Dan’l Mackey Almy, Vice…..

Global Focus Potatoes / Onions

JASA Packaging at Potato Europe

New sorter for taking samples and a 2-in-1 Pack
Last year JASA Packaging Systems developed the patented JASA 2-in-1 Pack™ . The market has a growing consumer demand for convenience products and this trend offers food producers, processors and packaging companies the opportunity to market innovative product concepts. JASA has played into this with the…..

Hot summer delays California table grape harvest
California has endured a long, hot summer. Not only has the heat been close to breaking 100-year records, the drawn out summer has also had a negative effect on the table grape season. The harvest is delayed this year and volumes are down as grapes take longer to achieve optimum color, particularly the darker…..

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More demand for grapefruits in Asian markets
The citrus season has begun in Israel. According to Oron Ziv, they have already started with red pomelo. They have begun harvesting grapefruit, but expect to only start shipping from 24 September onwards, because of holidays next week. The crop for this year is normal with regards to volume, he says.Florida“We…..

World first in carrot juice extraction by Rugani Carrots in South Africa
When Vito Rugani, managing director of Greenway Farms along with partner Vincent Sequeira, could take a step back from the day-to-day running of their large-scale carrot production, as a generation of younger management had come in, he devoted a year to researching an idea he had for their second grade…..

Italy: The many negative repercussions of harvesting kiwis too soon
The problem for kiwis in September is avoiding the introduction of fruits on the market when it’s too early. To better understand the negative effects of this phenomenon, we talked to professor Raffaele Testolin (in the photo) from the University of Udine, who also selects and develops promising…..

2017 California persimmon crop welcomes big bump
California persimmon growers could be looking at a healthy-sized crop this fall/early winter. “Our fields were pruned very hard last year because of some big wind storms that had happened the previous winter. There were a lot of broken branches,” says Susan Bidvia-Kragie of Madera, CA’s Western Fresh Marketing…..

Carrefour launches premium banana and supports Pink Ribbon
“Our premium bananas have shorter transit and longer ripening”
Supermarket chain Carrefour Belgium is launching a new premium banana in their assortment, which has more natural sugars and a shorter travel time from plantation to supermarket, according to the supermarket group.Carrefour Belgium donates one euro per sold box of bananas to the Pink Ribbon foundation, which…..

World Banana Forum to hold third global conference this November
The World Banana Forum (WBF) has announced that its Third Global Conference will take place between 7 and 10 November 2017 in Geneva at CICG (Geneva International Conference Centre).The conference, which is now open for registration, will benefit everyone who has an interest in the banana sector – from…..

Rising carbon emissions are making veggies less healthy
There’s been a long decline in the nutrition of our crops, often attributed to people breeding plants for higher yields rather than health benefits. But, as is often the case, climate change is making it worse.An altered atmosphere means altered food, because plants suck up CO2 from the air and turn it into…..

Spain: Andalusian agro-food supply promoted in Canada
A total of eleven Andalusian horticultural companies have been promoting their agro-food supply in Canada between 11 and 14 September in the framework of a direct commercial mission organised by the Council of Economy and Knowledge through Andalusia’s Foreign Promotion Agency (Extenda). The mission has been…..

Taiwan playing a key role in revitalising Saint Lucia’s banana industry
The Assistance of the Taiwan has been Crucial to the Ongoing Success of the Banana Productivity Improvement Project.Project Manager for the Banana Productivity Improvement Project, Kerde Severin, is lauding the assistance of the Taiwan with Saint Lucia’s banana improvement projects.Mr Severin said the…..

Perle du Nord launches their 2017-2018 chicory season
Chicory producing brand, Perle du Nord, presented their 2016-2017 report last year as well as their aims for the year ahead.The brand has 140 chicory producers in 6 producer organisations. With over 52% market share in the pre-wrapped sector, they hold a leading position on the French chicory market.Patrick…..

Zespri’s new kiwi box
To increase fruit consumption, Elsa Muse (blogger and Artistic Director) has come up with a box containing Green and Sungold Zespri kiwis to eat each day of the week. She designed the box herself and explains that the kiwis can be personalised with stickers that are included in the box. The box was launched on…..

Hapag-Lloyd orders 1,000 new CA equipped reefers
Hapag-Lloyd has ordered 7,700 refrigerated containers (reefers), including 7,000 x 40-foot and 700 x 20-foot units.1,000 of the new containers are equipped with the company’s controlled atmosphere technology, which slows down the ripening process of various types of fruits and vegetables, allowing them to be…..

Qatar feels pain of sanctions
Qatar is much affected by the boycott of four other Arabian countries. The Qatar Investment Authority has sold millions of shares in recent months, which resulted in 40 billion dollar to keep the economy afloat, according to Dutch newspaperFD(link to Dutch article). Before the summer, Saoudi Arabia, the United…..

Nigeria to help develop Rwanda’s potato industry in multi-million dollar deal
The government of Rwanda has signed a multimillion dollar deal with a Nigerian investor, the Blackpace Africa Group, to revamp and develop Rwanda’s potato industry and help make the country a key producer and exporter of potato products.It is a new dawn for Irish potato growers in the country following the…..

Adrie Kleinjan:
“Never say no and always supply product at market prices”
Kleinjan’s Aardappelhandel BV buys and sells exclusively on the free market. Risky? “Not necessarily. We move with the market. That way, you can create a win-win situation for everyone,” according to Adrie Kleinjan. Although he thinks it’s still too early to give predictions for the new season, he sees plenty…..

Organic crop cultivation continues expanding worldwide
In a report published recently by the Office of Agricultural Studies and Policies (ODEPA), prepared by sectoralist, Pilar Eguillor, it has been noted that organic production is carried out in 179 countries, with a total area of 90.6 million hectares, and with Europe as the leading region for this…..

First Semester of 2017
The EU reduced horticultural exports by 7% to third countries
The volume of fruit and vegetables exported by the EU to third countries in the first half of the year decreased by 7% in volume and 1% in value, compared to the same period in 2016, totaling 2.9 million tonnes and €2,408 million, according to the latest data updated by the European Statistical Office,…..

FreshPlaza funny
Proposing man drops ring in pond