• Friday, October 9, 2020

    Mucci Farms discusses product innovations, year-round program and expansion

    With just a few days to go until Fresh Summit kicks off, most of the preparation work has been done for exhibitors. “We’ve had a lot of fun preparing for a completely different type of show,” says Emily Murracas, Director of Marketing with Mucci Farms. With a fully digital platform, the main focus has…

    OVERVIEW GLOBAL MANGO MARKET

    With the season coming to an end in Mexico, Brazil and Spain are currently the main mango suppliers. Exports from Egypt, which mainly serves the Eurasian market, and Ecuador, which supplies the North American west coast, will soon follow. The volumes from Spain and other Mediterranean countries, such as Israel, are lower than…

    International Banana Convention

    Preparing for TR4: How the disease has spread and important steps to take

    One of the topics addressed at the International Banana Convention this week was one that is very important and detrimental to the industry: TR4. Altus Viljoen, who is a professor of AgroSciences in the department of plant pathologies at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, discussed the…

    Volume tight on Mexican blackberries

    Supplies of blackberries from Mexico are currently on the slim side. “It’s very low supply right now, mainly because of the rain last week,” says Jorge Mardones of OTC Produce…

    Arctic® apple launches in convenience market with apple slices

    Okanagan Specialty Fruits?, developer and grower behind the Arctic? apple, has announced the launch of Arctic apple slices to the convenience store market. Arctic apples’…

    Plantai

    New app for automatic fruit counting and citrus crop estimating

    Plantai, a Brazilian startup, announced this month the launch of the very first application of the market that provides citrus crop estimates based on photos taken from a cell phone. Elaborated with Artificial Intelligence and intensively tested in the field, its objective is to give the entire citrus…

    Pharr International Bridge hosts “Start of the Produce Season 2020-2021”

    A celebration for the “Start of the Produce Season 2020-2021” was held on October 8, 2020 at the Pharr International Bridge, which seems appropriate for a bridge that crossed 190,174 fresh produce truckloads in FY2020 – more than any other international bridge in the US. Attendance was lighter this year…

    SmartWash Circle of Excellence

    Recognizing top-performing US-based processing plants

    SmartWash Solutions, a company founded on advancing process control systems to improve food safety and mitigate wash line cross-contamination, is highlighting food safety…

    BBQ and Sea Salt & Vinegar

    Wonderful® Pistachios to launch two new No Shell flavors in Spring 2021

    In Spring 2021,?Wonderful? Pistachios?will launch two additions to its successful Wonderful Pistachios No Shells product line—BBQ and Sea Salt & Vinegar, both tried and true…

    Strong season anticipated for California citrus

    California’s citrus domestic season has begun to ramp up, and the Bee Sweet Citrus team is anticipating a strong season. "Throughout the fall and winter months, consumers can expect the return of some of their favorite citrus varieties,” stated Bee Sweet Citrus Sales Representative Joe Berberian. “While…

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    And more news on a starting citrus season in Spain

    Spanish citrus fruit harvest for the 2020/2021 season estimated at 6.93 million tons

    Good recovery of the growing capacity, the not cleared uncertainty regarding the USA and the UK markets and a "COVID effect" which increases the domestic consumption are some of the main topics concerning this 2020/2021 citrus fruit season in Spain. In mid-September, the Ministry of Agriculture presented…

    Xianfeng Fruit and ClemenGold jointly build citrus brand in China

    China is a big consumer market for citrus and how to meet the increasing demand for high-quality citrus throughout the year has become a problem for Chinese fruit retailers.…

    Enrique Fuentes, of Hijos de Alberto del Cerro:

    "No clear lemon consumption patterns marked by COVID-19"

    The Spanish lemon campaign is around the corner and as of next week, large distribution chains are expected to cut the supply programs of the southern hemisphere and start focusing completely on the production of the northern hemisphere. "Last week, we started marketing some small volumes of lemons, but…

    Strong season anticipated for California citrus

    California’s citrus domestic season has begun to ramp up, and the Bee Sweet Citrus team is anticipating a strong season. "Throughout the fall and winter months, consumers can expect the return of some of their favorite citrus varieties,” stated Bee Sweet Citrus Sales Representative Joe Berberian. “While…

    Plantai

    New app for automatic fruit counting and citrus crop estimating

    Plantai, a Brazilian startup, announced this month the launch of the very first application of the market that provides citrus crop estimates based on photos taken from a cell phone. Elaborated with Artificial Intelligence and intensively tested in the field, its objective is to give the entire citrus…

    Bananas more »

    International Banana Convention

    Preparing for TR4: How the disease has spread and important steps to take

    One of the topics addressed at the International Banana Convention this week was one that is very important and detrimental to the industry: TR4. Altus Viljoen, who is a professor of AgroSciences in the department of plant pathologies at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, discussed the…

    Company news more »

    Moxxy Marketing hires Christina Fuentes as Project Coordinator

    Moxxy Marketing has hired Project Coordinator Christina Fuentes to support an expanding East Coast team. Based at her home office in Miami, where she works with teammates…

    Superfresh Growers adds MLK Day as a paid holiday starting 2021

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day of service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. Many companies observe MLK Day, but don’t take it off as it’s not the norm in the…

    Greenhouse more »

    Mucci Farms discusses product innovations, year-round program and expansion

    With just a few days to go until Fresh Summit kicks off, most of the preparation work has been done for exhibitors. “We’ve had a lot of fun preparing for a completely different type of show,” says Emily Murracas, Director of Marketing with Mucci Farms. With a fully digital platform, the main focus has…

    General fresh produce more »

    Western Australia's food supply could be in peril by Christmas

    The Western Australian agri industry has warned the cost of fruit and vegetables could increase up to 60 per cent and food supplies could be under threat by Christmas if the…

    Ramaphosa: ‘South African agricultural transformation is a presidential imperative’

    South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has highlighted access to agricultural land for subsistence farming and commercial production as a national priority. In his weekly…

    Miscellaneous more »

    Burdekin region of Australia

    North Queenslander fined $65,000 over worker death linked to heat stress

    An Australian watermelon grower has been fined $65,000 in connection to the death of a backpacker who collapsed with heat stress while picking fruit in the Burdekin region.…

    Ethiopia faces critical shortage of spraying aircraft to combat locusts

    The Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture has issued a statement saying it needs more additional aircraft to spray the fields in the face of the fast spreading desert locust…

    Hurricane Delta - Update on US Gulf Ports

    Hurricane Delta is expected to grow in size as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast, where dangerous storm surge and hurricane-force winds are likely beginning today. This is particularly true for portions of the Louisiana coast. Storm Surge and Hurricane Warnings are in effect. View the latest details regarding…

    Ocean Spray CEO responds to TikTok "Dreams" meme

    The CEO of fruit juice company Ocean Spray has responded to a popular TikTok meme that combines the classic Fleetwood Mac song “Dreams” with goodness of cranberry juice. According to a BBC report, the meme has also boosted interest in both Ocean Spray and Fleetwood Mac, catapulting 1977’s “Dreams” to its…

    Agenda more »

    Pharr International Bridge hosts “Start of the Produce Season 2020-2021”

    A celebration for the “Start of the Produce Season 2020-2021” was held on October 8, 2020 at the Pharr International Bridge, which seems appropriate for a bridge that crossed 190,174 fresh produce truckloads in FY2020 – more than any other international bridge in the US. Attendance was lighter this year…

    Organic more »

    Massive growth in organic food sector as Canadians spend $6.9 billion annual on organic groceries

    New research reveals that the organic food industry has much to celebrate. New August 2020 data shows that organic products sold in Canada now account for 3.2 per cent of all…

    Health more »

    Using a potato to help get rid of neck pain and migraines

    According to Stephen Makinde, the clinical director of Perfect Balance Clinic, when it comes to aches and pains in the body, it might be smart to turn to the humble potato.…

    Innovations more »

    Civiltronics project measures the areas of high damage risk due to shocks and vibration

    Smart avocado reveals the bumpy ride after harvest

    In some packhouses, avocados fall as far as 300mm as they are tipped from the bin into the water bath at the start of the packline, a university research project has found, potentially diminishing the fruit’s quality and shelf life. Prof Wynand Steyn, head of the civil engineering department at the…

    'This innovation protects apple and pomegranate trees'

    Apple and pomegranate are two of the most common crops globally. The high consumption and the competition on the market require a massive production, aware of all the risks that could affect quality. Sunburns, uneven colouring, and invasive species are the dangers that producers face in the cultivation…

    Food safety more »

    SmartWash Circle of Excellence

    Recognizing top-performing US-based processing plants

    SmartWash Solutions, a company founded on advancing process control systems to improve food safety and mitigate wash line cross-contamination, is highlighting food safety…

    Nuts and dried fruits more »

    BBQ and Sea Salt & Vinegar

    Wonderful® Pistachios to launch two new No Shell flavors in Spring 2021

    In Spring 2021,?Wonderful? Pistachios?will launch two additions to its successful Wonderful Pistachios No Shells product line—BBQ and Sea Salt & Vinegar, both tried and true…

    Climate more »

    New report claims food systems are damaging our health and the planet

    The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition is today announcing the launch of its new report, Future Food Systems: For people, our planet, and prosperity. The report, produced by an independent international team of leading experts, makes concrete recommendations on the practical next…

    Retail more »

    Instacart: New service to support seniors with shopping online

    Dollar General has rolled out its newest retail store concept

    Canada: Goodfood announces launch of Goodfood WOW, a new unlimited same-day grocery delivery serviceGoodfood Market Corp. (“Goodfood” or “the Company”), a leading online grocery company in Canada, is proud to announce the launch of Goodfood WOW, its new unlimited same-day grocery delivery service, in the…

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