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    Port of Hamburg improves operating result

    In the first half of 2018, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) improved on the already strong prior-year result. Both Group revenue and the Group operating result increased slightly in the first six months against the same period of the previous year, which was already very strong. This development was driven by...

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    European apple and pear crop 36% higher than last year’s low crop

    The 2018 European apple and pear crop forecast estimates that most European countries are moving back to a full crop, after experiencing a severe setback last year due to April and early May frosts. On 9 August 2018, close to 300 representatives of the international apple and pear sector met at the...

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    Russia increased citrus import by 12.2%

    In the first half of 2018, Russia increased the import of citrus fruits by 12.2%, according to customs statistics (FCS) for January-June 2018. In general, the share of imports of food products and raw materials for their production during the reporting period slightly decreased from 13.6% last year to 13.0%. Of the...

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    Effects of frost on citrus fruits in Chile

    As reported by various media, there have been considerable frosts in June and July of this season. The low temperatures affected different producing areas, and reached -3°C to -4°C in some affected orchards. Fortunately, the extension of the phenomenon has been limited, and has only affected some sectors in the valleys and...

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    The Vegetable Robot Revolution

    In the very near future, robots are going to be picking the vegetables that appear on grocery...

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    Table grape farm in Paarl opens purpose built R30 million agri-worker housing development

    3 August, 2018 – A group of 30 farm workers at the South African table grape farm...

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    When does the perishable industry feel the trade war?

    Although only in early stages, the tit-for-tat exchange of retaliatory tariffs is setting up a food fight of epic proportions that will impact businesses large and small around the globe. Global Food Fight At 12:01 AM EDT on the sixth of July, the Trump administration triggered the largest trade war in modern...

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    Chinese food importers hold trade talks with Aegean fruit, vegetable exporters

    The Aegean region, one of Turkey’s most important centers in terms of food exports, has hosted Chinese food importers. A delegation consisting of procurement authorities in the Guangdong Imported Food Association established in the People’s Republic of China and five importing companies, members in this association, held bilateral business talks with 30...

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    Cherry growers could double returns per acre by using high tunnels

    Cherry producers in New York state and the Great Lakes region don’t have it easy. They face...

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    Are tomatoes fruits or vegetables?

    Round. Red. Good in salads and great on a BLT. Tomatoes are a typical find in the kitchens of families in the United States, so popular we are the world’s third largest producer of them. Though some people like to engage in the “tuh-MAY-toh” versus “tuh-MAH-toh” debate, the more popular question when...

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    Who will harvest british fruit after Brexit?

    FAVERSHAM (Britain) • After weeks of uninterrupted sunshine, the strawberry season is in full swing in the so-called Garden of England. But with a shortage of seasonal labourers to pick the fruits, a trend exacerbated by Brexit, there are growing fears many may be left to rot on their stems. “We will...

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    Concord Foods Partners With California Avocado Commission

    Brockton, Mass. – Concord Foods is proud to announce its partnership with California Avocado Commission (CAC) to bring free guacamole samples into retailers this summer. To maximize sales during the Fourth of July weekend, Concord Foods and CAC partner to bring flavorful, creamy guacamole prepared and the new Concord Fresh Success guacamole mixes, which include no artificial flavors,...

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    Good Foods launches Avocado Mash

    Pleasant Prairie, Wis. (June 25, 2018) – Dedicated to providing better-for-you food choices, Good Foods is excited...

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    Refreshing Chilean citrus promotions aim to boost consumption in the UK and Japan

    SANTIAGO, CHILE, 14 February, 2018 — With the aim of promoting consumption of Chilean citrus, including its...

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    Child labour in agriculture is on the rise

    12 June 2018, Rome – After years of steady decline, child labour in agriculture has started to rise again in recent years driven in part by an increase in conflicts and climate-induced disasters. This worrisome trend, not only threatens the wellbeing of millions of children, but also undermines efforts to end global...

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    Terrifying news for future vegetable production

    If no action is taken to reduce the negative impacts on agricultural yields, the researchers estimate that the environmental changes predicted to occur by mid- to end-century in water availability and ozone concentrations would reduce average yields of vegetables and legumes by 35% and 9% respectively. In hot settings such as Southern...

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    Biosecurity Australia tries to find origin of Citrus canker outbreak

    FEDERAL biosecurity staff are yet to pinpoint the source of a spreading outbreak of citrus canker first...

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    Cornell mourns Carl Gortzig, professor of floriculture

    Carl Gortzig ’52, professor emeritus and chair of the former Department of Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture, died June 2 at the Oak Hill Manor Nursing Home in Ithaca. He was 87. Gortzig was also the Elizabeth Newman Wilds Director Emeritus of Cornell Botanic Gardens, formerly Cornell Plantations. His research covered floriculture economics...

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    Passion fruit yields decreasing in Chile

    Renzo Gomez, member of the Passion Fruit Work Table of the Association of Exporters (ADEX), stated that Peru had 6,500 hectares of passion fruit, which yield an average of 18 to 20 tons per hectare. The area with the highest production is Chimbote with 2,000 ha. It is followed by Piura, Olmos,...

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    Getting high on fresh produce

    The Mexican Army seized a multi-million dollar shipment of different drugs that was hidden in boxes of fruit and was destined for the United States. The drugs included large quantities of the most commonly used illicit substances among American addicts, such as fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana. In the black market,...

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    Refreshing Chilean citrus promotions aim to boost consumption in the UK and Japan

    SANTIAGO, CHILE, 14 February, 2018 — With the aim of promoting consumption of Chilean citrus, including its health benefits, the Chilean Citrus Committee of Chile’s Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX), together with ProChile, has created a promotional campaign for this season for the UK and Japan; two important export markets for these colourful,...

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    Farm robotics impact on labour shortage over-estimated

    The capacity of farm robotics to deliver quick-fix solutions to agriculture’s labour concerns is vastly over-estimated according to researchers in the Netherlands. Dutch robotics scientist, Rick van de Zedde, told delegates at F&A Next: “Industry expectations for farm robotics are definitely too high at present. “There is a tendency for users to...

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    Chart of the day: How to replace proteins

    To make sustainable diet choices easier for consumers, WRI introduces a new protein scorecard ranking foods from...

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    Chart of the day: How inefficient is beef?

    Beef is extremely inefficient to produce, as cattle consume a huge amount of calories and protein in...

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    Turkish tomato companies may export to Russia

    The restriction on Turkish tomato companies exporting products to Russia has been lifted as of May 1st. Even though press reports claimed all the restrictions have been lifted, that is not accurate as the annual aggregate quota is still in place at 50,000 tons. Before the political crisis between the two countries,...

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    Farming with drones and robots

    European consumers expect a clean supply chain and biodiversity to be conserved. Therefore, reducing the inputs of pesticides and chemical fertilisers to a minimum and/or replacing them by agro-ecological or robot solutions is required. Furthermore, the average age of European farmers is among the highest of all sectors, thus farming needs to...

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    Kiwi industry dreams of robots

    Robotics are being talked up as a solution to labour shortages in horticulture industries around the world. The new technology could replace crop harvesting jobs that farmers are increasingly struggling to fill. Staffing had rapidly become a global challenge for the horticulture industry, Robotics Plus founder Steve Saunders said at a conference...

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    Investments to make fresh tomato production all-year round in Ghana

    The government has decided to construct small irrigation systems with solar-powered pumps for constant supply of water  to farming fields to make the production of fresh tomato an all-year round activity. Mr. George Oduro, a Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, said when he addressed a stakeholders meeting of the tomato farming...

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    Horticulture in India grows less than population

    Horticulture production is estimated at 307.2 million tonnes (mt) in the current year (July-June), up 2.2 per cent over last year , according to second advance estimates of released by the Union Agriculture Ministry on Tuesday. Last year’s production was 300.6 mt. The production of fruits is estimated to be about 94.4...

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    Chilean scientists is applying artificial intelligence to help fruit farmers

    A group of Chilean scientists is applying artificial intelligence to help a sector not usually associated with this kind of high technology–fruit farmers. The team has designed a special software called Agronomic Simulation and Agroclimatic Information, known by its Spanish acronym SAIA, which places real-time data about the soil, plants and weather...

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    World Bank announces USD 140 mn project to support irrigation in Tunisia

    The World Bank announced today a USD 140 million project to support the Tunisian government’s focus on irrigated agriculture as a means of managing scarce water resources while creating economic opportunities, especially in underdeveloped rural regions. The new project will finance the repair of irrigation systems to make them more efficient and...

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    Sweden-based maker of real-time data tracker for perishables signs distribution agreements in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador

    STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 21 May, 2018 — MOST, the Sweden-based creator of one of the world’s most innovative real-time data and temperature tracker for perishables, has announced new distribution agreements in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador, continuing the company’s dynamic expansion across Latin America.  MOST’s new partnership will cover the three territories and is...

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    Discovering China’s New Retail Landscape

    Exploring the fresh fruit section at a Hema Fresh supermarket. The group of more than 50 international entered the Super Species supermarket outlet on March 20 in Shenzhen and made a beeline for the fruit—peering, sniffing, poking and exclaiming in a manner that seemed extreme even among China’s most fruit-fanatic consumers. The...

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    Fresh Produce Packaging Study Shows Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 60%

    Pullach, Germany — April 17, 2018: A new study, Carbon Footprint of Food Packaging, comparing the carbon footprints of Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) and single-use cardboard boxes, has shown that RPCs emit 60% less CO2 when used for packaging, shipping and storing fresh produce. Published in February 2018, the study was conducted...

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    Opinion: Labels and GMO

    Brandon McFadden Humanity needs an innovative food system to not only survive, but to thrive. In 2050, nearly 10 billion people will populate the Earth. Future generations will be dealing with not only greater numbers of neighbors and denser population centers, but also a food system likely to face the negative impacts...

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    Mandarin Orange flavored towels from Japan could change the world of hygiene

    If the thought of drying your body with a towel steeped in the fragrance of “mikan” mandarin oranges has ever appealed, you’re in luck. Ehime Prefecture, the nation’s primary producer of mikan, is also renowned for its Imabari brand of cotton towels. Marrying these two aspects of the local culture was a...

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    Mucci Farms and the new wave of agriculture

    A $70 million privately funded, groundbreaking agriculture venture in Huron remain confident they can produce and achieve...

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    Study: Optimal plot size and number of replications in a field pepper crop experiment

    rrigated pepper crop had greater and more uniform growth rates than without irrigation. • Daily irrigation provided higher growth rates when the lowest depth of water was applied. • Irrigation every two days resulted in higher growing rates when the largest water depth was applied. • The experimental plot size was always...

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    Study: Brush Mechanism for Distributing Apples in a Low-Cost Apple Harvest-Assist Unit

    Apple harvest depends on a large seasonal workforce, and decreasing availability of agricultural employees, increasing labor costs, and occupational injuries are creating challenges for apple harvest activities. Researchers at The Pennsylvania State University developed a low-cost apple harvest-assist unit to improve apple harvest efficiency. The unit performed reliably during field tests. Apple...

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    Study: Apple and peach production, distribution and consumption in Mediterranean fruit sector

    Peach and apple are two important products in the Mediterranean fruit sector. The aim of this work is to analyse environmentally the entire life cycle stages of Mediterranean fruit production, from cradle to grave, considering agricultural, retail, consumption and disposal stages, using a multiyear approach with data from ten years of real...

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    Deciduous fruit associations name change

    The two largest deciduous fruit industry associations, the South African Apple and Pear Producers’ Association (SAAPPA) and the South African Stone Fruit Producers’ Association (SASPA) will in future be known as Hortgro Pome and Hortgro Stone. Hortgro, the deciduous fruit umbrella-group, said in a statement that the name changes will streamline future...

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    Study: Improving the processing of raspberry by freezing

    Raspberry fruit is very sensitive and susceptible to rapid decay. The decline in quality starts practically from the moment when the fruit is picked. Fruits initially lose strength, then release the juice, intensify the development of mold and at last the rotting process starts. The goal of all technological processes after harvest...

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    Study: Effects of High Temperature Stress of Pear Trees

    To understand the effect of high temperature stress on Pyrus trees, the changes in antioxidant substance, antioxidant enzymet and osmotic substance in leaves of 2-year-old ‘Huangguan'(P. pyrifolia ‘Cuiguan’) and ‘Cuiyu'(P. bretschneideri × P. pyrifolia) seedlings were measured, and the expressions of related genes at different stages were analyzed by q RT-PCR. The...

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    APAL: Pros and cons of club varieties

    After exploring how to choose a new variety last issue with Steve Spark, AgFirst’s John Wilton shows us the ins and outs of managed club varieties.  High colour sports are now raising colour standards: Lady in Red is on the left, standard Cripps Pink on the right. Since the Australian apple industry...

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    Study: Future sunburn browning risk in apple

    Climate change impact assessments are predominantly undertaken for the purpose of informing future adaptation decisions. Often, the complexity of the methodology hinders the actionable outcomes. The approach used here illustrates the importance of considering uncertainty in future climate projections, at the same time providing robust and simple to interpret information for decision-makers....

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    New online tool can reduce the risk of trellis failure

    A Washington State study into designing high density orchard trellises has some useful messages and handy online tool for Australian growers. A new online tool which can reduce the risk of trellis failure under high load by customising orchard systems to meet the demands of local conditions is the key output of...

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    Genomic associations that could be used in breeding apples for improved fruit quality

    Breeding apples is a long-term endeavour and it is imperative that new cultivars are selected to have outstanding consumer appeal. This study has taken the approach of merging sensory science with genome wide association analyses in order to map the human perception of apple flavour and texture onto the apple genome. The...

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    2018 AREFLH General Assembly: the future of the CAP on the agenda

    AREFLH’s general assembly (Assembly of European Horticultural Regions) was held yesterday 28th of March in Brussels. In the presence of distinguished guests such as MEP Herbert Dorfmann and João Onofre from the European Commission, the association put forward its position on the future of the fruit and vegetable sector in the post-2020...

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    New Zealand kiwifruit harvest begins

    First kiwifruit being picked  Increased harvest volumes expected this year   The first kiwifruit is being picked in New Zealand with orchards cleared to be harvested from the top of the North Island to the top of the South Island. Over 2,500 growers will be harvesting some 13,500 hectares of kiwifruit.  ...

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    SATI Chairman passes away after motorbike accident

    27 March, 2018 – The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) is sad to announce the passing away of its Chairman Michael Laubscher following a serious motorbike accident. After bravely fighting for his life he passed away in a Paarl hospital last night (26 March) due to complications following the accident that...

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    ARC AND CULDEVCO PARTNERS AGAIN

    A new agreement between Culdevco and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) for a further 10 year period...

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    Walmart enters the robot pollination business and insiders wonder why

    Walmart has filed a patent for autonomous robotic bees, technically called pollination drones, that could potentially pollinate crops just like real bees. The drones would carry pollen from one plant to another, using sensors and cameras to detect the locations of the crops. First spotted by CB Insights, the robot bee patent appears along five other...

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    The Australian Food and Grocery Council explained

    The AFGC is an industry association which represents the manufacturers and suppliers behind Australia’s food, beverage, and...

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    Fruit World Map with bigger size, same price

    The Fruit World Map has been a cornerstone of AgroPress since the 1970s. The updated version of...

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    Which trade show is worth it, which isn’t?

    Exhibiting or visiting a trade show can be very expensive. “Some are worth it, some are just...

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    Fertilizer made of rocks could change carbon footprint of agriculture forever

    Enhanced rock weathering involves adding minute rock grains to cropland soils which dissolve chemically taking up carbon...

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    South Australia wins planning exemption for orchard netting

    South Australian growers will no longer be required to seek local council planning consent for orchard netting...

  • Cherries
    More cherry exports via Chile

    In what looks set to be a record year for volume, the Argentine cherry sector is increasingly...

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    The irrational promises of the blockchain

    by Marc van der Sterren,  Fruit World The Netherlands Data is becoming more important to all stakeholders...

  • Logistics
    “A single view of the truth” – Blockchain in the global food system

    An old dream could come true with blockchain: total transparency of the entire food supply chain from farm to fork. Today’s consumers want to know what they eat – where the food comes from, how it is produced, stored, transported and treated. Suppliers and dealers want to limit their liability, and authorities...

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    Wanted: Grower of the year in Australia

    Nominations for the apple and pear industry Awards for Excellence are open until Tuesday, 3 April. Each winner and runner-up will be nominated for the Hort Connections combined industry awards. The Awards for Excellence recognise the outstanding achievements of our industry’s most successful growers, researchers, people and businesses working across all areas...

  • Fresh Fruit
    Russian ‘Babylon’: when one city takes it all

    by Oleg Nikishenkov, Fruit World Russia, Moscow Sergei Sobyanin, Moscow mayor, said that almost one-third of the...

  • Greenhouse
    Positive trend for 2017/18 crop season in Almería

    by Daphne and Christine Schmidt, Fruit World Spain, Borriol The current vegetable season 2017/18 is developing satisfactorily...

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    CAN BLOCKCHAIN SUPPORT FRICTIONLESS TRADE IN AGRI-FOOD?

    Smart agri-food chains offer the opportunity for innovation based on a deeper understanding of customer needs. One of the enabling technologies is blockchain, which provides a secure audit trail for transactions, providing evidence of the origin of produce and its cultivation, and also de-risking international trade. Applications for this emerging technology are...

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    MAYA THE BEE HAS A TASTE FOR SANLUCAR’S SWEET BERRIES

    Valencia, Spain. – 07 March 2018). SanLucar, the premium brand for fruit and vegetables, and Maya the...

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    Grower portal opens on marketing resources

    Launched by Hort Innovation in February, the portal on the Aussie Apples website will enable growers to...

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    Trump trade ideas might affect California nut crops

    Some 45 million metric tons of food grown in the United States ends up in China. Sales there will fall as it becomes more expensive. There’s more. As steel becomes more expensive, we’ll pay more for tomato sauce. That’s because most of it comes in cans, and those cans – so shiny we call...

  • Featured
    Fruit fly challenges for the island state

    From initial reports of detections on Flinders Island in Bass Strait to other detections at Spreyton, Sassafras and then George Town on the Tasmanian mainland. “We first picked up about fruit fly when my wife Linda heard it on ABC Radio,” said Spreyton apple grower, Brett Squibb. “I googled the ABC site...

  • Exotics
    Win-win situation for avocado industries in Mexico and the US

    by David Agren, Fruit World Mexico, Mexico City Small quantities of Mexican avocados started crossing the US...

  • Asia
    Fresh fruit imports thriving

    Liu Ziije, CEO of Goodfarmer, Shanghai, told Fruit World, that , having being one of the major exporters of apples and garlic, fruit imports into China are taking a share of 65% of turnover. Liu said, that a professional banana distribution centre is udner construction, because „the banana is our no. 1...

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    Tyre industry needs citrus growers

    Orange growers and processors in Florida could be about to get a boost from an unexpected direction...

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    TOMRA acquires precision grading system manufacturer

    AUCKLAND:  TOMRA today signed an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares in BBC Technologies*. The...

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    Poland welcomes you to the world’s biggest Blueberry Conference

    The 6th Blueberry Conference will take place in Ożarów Mazowiecki near Warsaw on 1-2 March 2018. It...

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    Fresh Produce Show to become bigger and better

    Tom Stenzel, president and CEO of the United Fresh Produce Association talks about changes in consumer behavior in the USA, the growing trend for fresh-cut and fresh fruit combined with proteins as a healthy diet in his interview with the Fruit World at Fruit Logistica 2018. Tom Stenzel is President and CEO...

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    Organic pumpkins become latest product to join laser labelling revolution

    VALENCIA, SPAIN, 19 February, 2018 — Bio Freshi, one of Europe’s largest importers and marketers of organic...

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    Hortgro reacts to Oriental Fruit Fly interception in Grabouw area

    Over the past decade Hortgro has been pro-actively preparing for the possibility of the occurrence of Bactrocera dorsalis or Oriental Fruit Fly (OFF) in the Western Cape. Hortgro Science’s Crop Protection Programme has been conducting research since 2005 in an effort to prepare for such a possibility, said Hugh Campbell, Hortgro Science’s...

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    Expectations of Brazilian Avocado harvest 2018

    Jaguacy Brasil, located in the main Brazilian region of avocado production, is the main producer and exporter of Hass Avocado in Brazil, and starts its 2018 crop by offering the fruits to the foreign market starting in March/2018. The Brazilian production of Avocado Hass has been growing in recent years, and Jaguacy...

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    Taking part in the FRUIT WORLD TOUR: How does it work?

    Taking part in the FRUIT WORLD TOUR – What do I get? The FRUIT WORLD TOUR offers...

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    Economic Affairs Minister Zypries visits Don Limón at Fruit Logistica

    The German trading house Don Limón, a rather small player in the world of fruit and vegetables...

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    Don Limón – Bird’s-eye view on fruit trade

    Interview with Andreas Schindler, CEO, Don Limón – Pilz Schindler GmbH, Hamburg On the occasion of the...

  • Featured
    A booster for food safety: Croptimal takes the laboratory to the field

    Croptimal performs real time immediate tests and analysis in the field for crops, soil and water, replacing...

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    The race for the fresh produce traceability revolution is on

    At Fruit Logistica Dan Sun, CEO of Harvestmark provided an interesting outlook on the importance of traceability...

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    Big Topic for next edition: Traceability for Fresh Produce will change the game

    Fresh produce is finally in the digital age: The blockchain and traceability solutions will spark a revolution...

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    AgroPress prepares for The Fruit World Tour

    The Fruit World Tour is an amazing journey into fresh produce. The journalists of AgroPress in Switzerland...

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    DeltaTrak Features Wireless Monitoring Solution at Fruit Logistica 2018

    Pleasanton, Calif., February 6, 2018 — DeltaTrak® will feature the FlashLink BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) Wireless Monitoring Solution at Fruit Logistica 2018, Hall 23/Stand A-10, February 7-9, 2018, at Berlin ExpoCenter City, in Berlin, Germany. According to Frederick Wu, President and CEO of DeltaTrak, “With the current security feature, shippers have the option to require...

  • Featured
    South African Table Grape Industry harvest volume resilient despite drought

    5 February, 2018 – The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) says the country’s harvest is resilient...

  • Featured
    South Africa’s agriculture under pressure

    While much of South Africa is enjoying good summer rains, its two western provinces have been hit...

  • Featured
    Cryptocurrency for Fruit and Vegetables is a scam

    A CRYPTOCURRENCY start-up that was designed to radically alter the fruit and vegetable industry has scammed its...

  • Featured
    NAFTA or America First?

    An opinion by Allan Golombek found in Real Clear Markets Florida tomato farmer Tony DiMare has a...

  • Featured
    Trump USDA’s School Nutrition Rollbacks Should Worry You

    In May of 2017, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue moved to make school meals great again by issuing a proclamation in support of more lenient school nutrition standards. Specifically, the proposed rule permits the continued use of whole grain waivers, which exempt certain products from meeting whole grain standards; freezes current sodium limits...

  • Featured
    University of Florida scientists will use $10 million to help growers cope with huanglongbing

    Newswise — GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With citrus greening devastating Florida’s $8.6 billion-a-year citrus industry, three University of Florida scientists will use $10.52 million in federal grants to study ways to help growers cope with the disease, including research on genetic editing that may produce potentially resistant fruit and trees. Since greening –...

  • Featured
    How important is self-sufficiency for Japan?

    How does Japan stand with regard to the food self-sufficiency rate? The calorie-based rate for fiscal 2016 dropped 1.91 percentage points to 37.58 percent, the lowest since 37 percent was recorded in fiscal 1993 when the rice harvest was poor due to a cold spell. Administrative vice farm minister Masaaki Okuhara says...

  • Featured
    How to get bananas from Jamaica back on the world market

    The last large export of banana from Jamaica was 2007-2008, led by the large estate producers. One...

  • Featured
    Exports of fresh fruits and vegetables from India down 15 per cent

    New Delhi, January 27 (IANS) Exports of fresh fruits and vegetables have slumped by 15 per cent in terms of revenue during April-November 2017, apart from a substantial dip in the export of pulses and wheat. Low demand and supply of onions, tomatoes, bananas and raisins to the top exporting markets was...

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    Future of NAFTA concerns farmers and traders

    MONTREAL – A controversial American proposal that would place seasonal tariffs on a host of North American...

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    Internet access on farms becomes a political issue in the US

    WASHINGTON – Legislation was introduced this past week to promote precision agriculture and rural broadband deployment to the nation’s cropland and ranchland. The “Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018,” introduced by U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., would direct the Federal Communications Commission to establish a task force to...

  • Featured
    Fresh Insiders Night hosts the best of the best in fresh produce during Fruit Logistica

    The FRESH INSIDERS NIGHT that is taking place during Fruit Logistica brings together some of the most...

  • Featured
    Green Week becomes more international

    Partner country Bulgaria promotes its meat dishes The association “Traditional Air-Dried Meat Products” is exhibiting at the Green Week for the first time, and its primary aim is not to conduct sales but to publicise certain typically local products more widely. At the centre of its display are Bulgarian meat products protected...

  • Featured
    Winners of the first Startup Day at the Green Week 2018

    Startups provide market access to local honey, laying hen and fish products Berlin, 24 January 2018 – The winners of the first Startup Day at the International Green Week have been announced. The first prize went to nearbee (https://nearbees.de/), a Munich-based website marketing honey products from local producers all over Germany. ’Find...

  • Featured
    Global fruit trader Salix appoints new CEO and outlines 2018 expansion plans

    Salix names Alejandro Moralejo as next CEO as the US firm prepares to broaden its products and...

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