Monday, November 13, 2017
Latin America edition

World Banana Forum discusses threats from TR4
Last week, Geneva was the banana capital of the world. Although not a single banana is grown in Switzerland, this city was home to the third World Banana Forum. The FAO’s consultative body discussed current topics, including labour rights and social responsibility, the effects of climate change, and the threat…..

Ecuador: Ministry and banana producers establish a road map
The first Banana Technical Table, led by the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Ruben Flores, established a twelve-point road map to benefit the sector. Representatives of the producers and exporters of the fruit participated in the meeting. They agreed to work on the following points: port fees in Puerto…..

Scott Kosnik on Seald Sweet’s expansion into vegetables
«It was a natural progression to grow our commodity line»
Seald Sweet have been growing and shipping fruit from their various locations for decades. With already successful growing programs established in Mexico, Seald Sweet wanted to expand their options for customers. They have now decided to enter the vegetable market and have already commenced growing and selling…..

Developed by TNI and Hoogvliet
Animal shaker raises vegetable consumption in children
In collaboration with the TNI supermarket chain, Hoogvliet has developed a special children’s cup as a packaging for snack tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. The packaging has animal characters, intended to raise the vegetable consumption among children. «Children love them and are more likely to come into…..

Containerized growing system for the coldest weather
Year-round produce for Canada’s most northern communities
Getting fresh produce in remote northern parts of Canada has been costly because of the increased logistics for delivery, but now an Ottawa-based company has created a way provide these communities access to growing fresh vegetables year round. “We started developing our technology with the specific idea of…..

California strawberry supplies tighten up
A transition in California seasons has resulted in lighter strawberry supplies this week. The summer crop is finishing up and growers are busy planting their spring crop in readiness for the next rotation.»The summer strawberry season across California is winding down as well as starting up right now in other…..

AU: Premium blueberry grower doubles production
Nutrano Produce Group, which acquired the premium blueberry farm Abbotsleigh last year, says its volumes have been more than double last season’s crop.The company grows the fruit at the Southern Queensland farm, with the season running from June to January and a seasonal peak in September and October.»We have…..

Almeria, Spain
New Delhi virus reduces and delays courgette production
The courgette season is developing in Almeria with a lower production that was marked by the impact of the New Delhi virus. The delay in the production is resulting in high prices at the moment.»The New Delhi virus has caused a delay in the harvest, which also means that production is delayed. This is a…..

High quality frozen onions: Mission impossible?
Freezing onions is no easy task, with many onion processors often having difficulties getting a high quality result. Despite the difficulties, finding out a way to solve the issue is more important than ever, with frozen ready to eat products in high demand as busy consumers feel they don’t have the time to…..

China: Tongnan lemon industry achieves 1 billion yuan in export orders
On November 3, TheChina Chongqing Tongnan International Lemon Festival 2017 officially began. In the last few years, the lemon industry has become one of the leading economic forces for Tongnan District. That’s why at this year’s Lemon Festival Tongnan lemons were in the spotlight. Relevant enterprises signed…..

Special Avocados

Rik Thoen and Guido van Meggelen, JamboFresh:

«Focus on Kenyan avocados»
In 2015 Rik Thoen and Muido van Meggelen started JamboFresh. Jambo is and East African greeting, which connects to the core business of the enterprise: marketing Kenyan avocados. Last week the company moved to a sales office in the centre of Rotterdam. «We consciously chose not to have an office with a…..

Global Focus Citrus

Lorenzo Reyes: «Prices have not met our expectations»

«South African citrus fruits currently have better calibres and ripeness than Huelva’s»
The citrus fruits of the early agricultural campaign in the province of Huelva have been «harmed» by those imported from South Africa to European countries, which arrive with «better ripeness and calibres, since they are varieties that are harvested in the province and in the Peninsula between the months of…..

Food Safety Supercharger lands in Australia
The mother of all produce sanitation machines has arrived in Australia, fresh off the ship from Germany, as the country takes its food safety technology to the next level.Dubbed ‘The Food Safety Supercharger’, the custom-made 250-kilogram test-unit creates a stream of ‘supercharged air’ by applying an electric…..

Fresh Produce Marketing’s Lisa Cork joins PMA Board of Directors
With a career spanning more than 30 years in fresh produce, former Californian and now New Zealander Lisa Cork of Fresh Produce Marketing, Ltd. accepted a nomination to join this year’s Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Board of Directors.Most recently a member of both the PMA’s Global Development Committee…..

Maersk Line opens up digital trade financing to UAE customers
Maersk Trade Finance is expanding its digital service to cover the United Arab Emirates (UAE).The service offered by Maersk Line offers local customers access to lower cost trade financing for global container shipments.The UAE is the latest region where the service is offered following Singapore, India,…..

Researchers create healthier fruit and veg using genes from red beets
Researchers from Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science have been working on developing new varieties of vegetables and fruits in new and unconventional colours and with even more nutritional values.They managed to implant potatoes, eggplants and tomatoes with beet genes with excellent results.Thanks to…..

Mechanism discovered that makes Black Sigatoka fungus less sensitive to pesticides
An international team of researchers, led by Wageningen University and Research, has discovered a new genetic mechanism that makes the infamous Black Sigatoka fungus less sensitive to the most important pesticides used against the disease. The discovery is an explanation for the trend of the ever-decreasing…..

United Nations Climate Change Conference:
Discussion on small-scale farming and sustainable land & water management
During a panel discussion on «The Land and Water Advantage: Is sustainable land and water management compatible with small-scale farming under climate change?» at the ongoing United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, participants from different organisations met to discuss how to…..

What blockchain technology trial in tomatoes could mean for produce industry
Intrigued by how blockchain was changing finance, an ex-banker at Wells Fargo & Co. and a former executive at Nasdaq Inc. began looking for other opportunities. They looked at applying the technology to insurance, law, even music. Then they hit on farming.Raja Ramachandran and Phil Harris met when they…..

France to regain position as Algeria’s top agriculture economic partner
France voiced its willingness to regain its position as Algeria’s major economic partner, having been overshadowed recently by other countries.»In recent years, France has seen its economic exchanges with Algeria go from 24 percent to 10 percent,» French Minister for the Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire said…..

Global food import prices set to increase by 6%, boost in tropical fruit exports likely
According to the FAO’s latest Food Outlook report, the cost of importing food is set to rise in 2017 to $1.413 trillion – a 6% increase from the previous year and the second highest tally on record – driven by increased demand for international demand for most foodstuffs as well as higher freight rates.Of…..

Sipo starts production of organic spinach following recent trends
Sipo has started the production of organic spinach, following an important investment to renovate the production department in order to be in line with the times from a technological and process point of view.Spinach (Spinacia Oleracea) is a flowering plant that belongs to the same family of beetroot and chard…..

Italy: Melannurca Campana IGP campaign started at AOP Luce
The reddening of the last batches of Melannurca Campana IGP, which started in mid-September, is almost over. Each apple is placed on a hay bed for fifteen days and is turned two or three times to guarantee a uniform colour.It is precisely this extraordinary production process that makes Melannurca truly unique…..

Profit increase in Q3 by Swedish retailer ICA
900 store milestone in UK for Iceland Group
Spar opens first premium store in ChinaSpar has opened its first premium store in China, with a focus on green, environmentally friendly and health conscious produce. Spar Fuxiang launched the new store in the central business district of Zhangjiakou, in the northern Chinese province of Hebei. The city of…..

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