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Rotunda Capital Partners completes the sale of FreshEdge

Rotunda Capital Partners, an operationally focused, lower middle-market private equity investment firm, is pleased to announce the sale of FreshEdge, LLC, a prominent fresh…

Tanimura & Antle announces sales department promotions

Tanimura & Antle announced the promotion of two key sales team members. Anthony Mazzuca has been promoted to vice-president of sales strategy, and Steve Souza will now serve as director of product management. Both promotions come as the next step in the company's succession planning and as a result of…

Nearly 6,000 solar panels ensures energy-neutral process at Dutch wholesaler

In the Netherlands, the roof of fruit and vegetable wholesaler Kraaijeveld has been transformed into a solar park: 5,930 solar panels have been installed to capture the sun's energy, converting that into power. This project contributes to the company's vision of a sustainable future, it reports. Roof transformedWhen…

France: Merger of Agrial and Natura’Pro

On October 3rd, the boards of directors of the Agrial and Natura’Pro cooperatives announced their plan to merge. This project is based on a shared desire to build a common…

Cevdet Cavusoglu, Managing Director of Fresh & Cash Ltd Wuppertal:

"Thanks to the move, we have been able to expand not just our capacity, but the diversity of our offer as well"

As the lease of the old location at the Varresbeck wholesale market was not renewed at the end of 2020, Wuppertal wholesale company Fresh & Cash Ltd moved to the Vohwinkel district. It acquired a modern hall (total capacity: just under 2,000 m2), which was equipped to today's standards. Since then,…

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Frutura Obst und Gemüse is "Austria's Best Managed Company 2022"

As a producer and the largest marketer of fruit and vegetables, Frutura is one of Austria's leading companies in the food sector. For its strength, creativity and team spirit, the Styrian family business was honored this year as one of the best managed medium-sized companies. Managing Director Katrin…

Azora Group expands into agriculture with ISFA stake purchase

The Azora Group has invested an undisclosed sum to buy a 33% stake in ISFA, a company dedicated to the development and management of sustainable agricultural projects.…

Nocera, Inc. and VIE Meixin Institutional Food Development Co. enter into distribution agreement with Farmers Vending Machine Co. Ltd.

Nocera Inc., a fully integrated sustainable seafood company with a focus on manufacturing and operating land-based Recirculatory Aquaculture Systems (RAS), announced today that the Company and Meixin Institutional Food Development Co., Ltd., Nocera's Variable Interest Entity, entered into a distribution…

Following electric trailer trials with Walmart, Loblaws and Martin Brower

Thermo King by Trane Technologies accelerates cold chain decarbonization

Thermo King®, a big player in transport temperature control solutions and a brand of Trane Technologies, has completed initial testing of its innovative evolve™ electric…

Also dishing up "Taste Fest" themed mobile sampling tour in select markets

Bob Evans Farms launches Bob Evans Mashed Cauliflower

Bob Evans Farms, Inc., producer of America's #1 selling refrigerated side dishes announces the launch of Bob Evans® Mashed Cauliflower, available in two farm-inspired, creamy…

Karel Hermans is back on the road

Karel Hermans is reviving Dutch transport history. Almost 150 years after his great-grandfather, Karel Hermans, started the transport company of the same name, Karel Hermans (fourth generation) is rejuvenating the old times. "A familiar brand in a modern jacket. Karel Hermans Transport, a household name…

Groupe Guillin acquires Italy’s Ciesse Paper

France-based food packaging solutions company Groupe Guillin has acquired 90% of the shares of Italy’s Ciesse Paper, a provider of cardboard packaging for the fruit and…

South Korea: How vertical farming can tap into foreign markets actually adding value

“We might be one of the largest vegetable producers in Korea currently, supplying the major retailers and food companies. Our B2B business model of supplying big food companies in Korea helps us to stay upfront,” says Yong Park, Global Business Operations at PlantTFarm and Chief Marketing Officer at…

McCain Foods and McCain Foundation donate 2 million dollars to support Hurricane Fiona relief efforts in Atlantic Canada

McCain Foods and The McCain Foundation, like Canadians across the country, were stunned and saddened by the devastation caused by Hurricane Fiona on the country’s East Coast.…

Leak caused evacuation of the Grand Forks plant Saturday morning Youtube.com

No serious injuries following ammonia leak at Simplot potato plant

On Saturday morning, an ammonia leak caused the evacuation of the Simplot plant in Grand Forks. The leak confined to a room with a ventilation system and no employees were…

New West Coast retail consultant for National Mango Board

The National Mango Board has hired Angie Thomas as a retail consultant that will serve West Coast markets. Thomas will work alongside retailers of all sizes to support the…

Investment firm acquires majority stake in Sunrise Produce

Investcorp, a global alternative investment firm, announced its acquisition of a majority stake in Sunrise Produce, a wholesale produce distribution company based in Southern…

Current director/major shareholder, Martin Scherpenhuizen and Erik Franzen to share role

New co-CEO for Dutch exporter

As of November 1, 2022, the Dutch fruit and vegetable company Scherpenhuizen will have two CEOs. Erik Franzen will join Martin Scherpenhuizen in this role. Erik will bring the experience he gained at…

SEPC welcomes new Chairman of the Board

The Southeast Produce Council has officially appointed its new Board of Directors Chairman for 2022-2023 – Tim Graas of Associated Wholesale Grocers. The induction of the…

Deal with UK’s number one fruit grower/processor strengthens Puratos’ farm-to-fork fruit filling offering

Fourayes acquisition ensures fruitful future for Puratos UK

Puratos UK has bolstered its blossoming portfolio of locally made products following the acquisition of the nation’s number one fruit grower and processor Fourayes. The move underlines the bakery and patisserie ingredient specialist’s commitment to future generations through responsible, transparent and…

Pinduoduo's '10 Billion Agriculture Initiative' supports research breakthroughs in high-tech wheat

China Agricultural University has made breakthroughs in developing new wheat varieties with higher protein and mineral content with support from Pinduoduo's '10 Billion Agriculture Initiative,' paving the way for the production of healthier food. 'Nongda 753' is a new high-quality selenium-enriched wheat…

Biofruit CEO Dirk Salentin on the intensified partnership with Früchte Rosenbaum:

"Sensible exploitation of synergies makes it possible to minimize logistics costs"

A few months ago, the existing cooperation between the Düren-based organic specialist biofruit Ltd and the Cologne-based fruit trading company Früchte Rosenbaum was strengthened. After the completion of the comprehensive new building at the existing location in Cologne, biofruit has an integrated cold…

Fresh Del Monte and tech start-up provide industrywide blockchain traceability solutions

Fresh Del Monte Produce, a vertically integrated producer, distributor, and marketer of fresh and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, has announced it has invested a 39 percent…

Printed with nutritional fruit ink

Dole Sunshine company takes poor snacking habits to task with 'malnutrition labels'

Designed to spark conversation and action, Malnutrition Labels: Nutritional Ink, launched today by the Dole Sunshine Company (DSC), calls attention to the low nutritional…

Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards

Upstate NY apple orchard named the third-best in the United States

Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards has been named the third-best apple orchard in the nation by USA Today’s 10Best. The orchard, based in Central New York’s hilly, pastoral town of…

Alico, Inc. initial Hurricane Ian assessment: 125 year-old company weathers latest storm

Alico, Inc. has stated that it is remaining strong following Hurricane Ian. It has sent out a press release, saying: "Most importantly, we are grateful that none of our 200+…

California Avocado Commission announces new president

The California Avocado Commission Board of Directors has selected produce veteran Jeff Oberman to become the organization’s new president, effective October 10, 2022. Mr.…

$20 million USDA funding helps expand markets for climate-smart commodities

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program has announced a $20 million investment in Elevated Foods, providing an…

Paul-Wouter den Ouden strengthens team Rola Fresh

Paul-Wouter den Ouden joined importer and exporter Rola Fresh on the 1st of October. “With the arrival of Paul-Wouter, we are now at full capacity to provide our customers with the best sweet potatoes, imported greenhouse vegetables and French specialty potatoes.” said Robert Voskamp.…

The Natural Fruit Company acquired NaturGreen

The Natural Fruit Company (“TNFC”) and ALG NaturGreen (“NaturGreen”) have announced the agreement by which the latter joins the market consolidation project that TNFC has been…

Two evenings of celebrating this Dutch wholesaler's 110th anniversary

Postuma anniversary party photo report

Although the actual anniversary date was a little while ago, the party at Postuma AGF was postponed due to the pandemic. This Dutch wholesaler made up for that, in grand style, last weekend with a two-day 110th-anniversary celebration. On Friday evening, it was the suppliers' and colleagues' turn, and on…

Bonduelle

Bonduelle annual results 2021-2022

Business growth and profitability maintained in a particularly adverse environment

On September 30, 2022, the Bonduelle Supervisory Board, under the chairmanship of Martin Ducroquet, reviewed the statutory and consolidated financial statements for FY 2021 - 2022 as approved by the General Management and certified by the company's statutory Auditors. RevenueAt € 2,891.7 million,…

Organto’s "I AM Organic” branded products to be sold by Central Europe’s fastest-growing online grocer

Organto Foods Inc., a leading provider of organic and value-added organic fruit and vegetable products, today announced that it has partnered with Central Europe’s leader in…

Dutch vegetable and pulses company HAK to shut down entire production for six weeks

HAK is one of the largest vegetable brands in Northern Europe. Now the company seems set to shut down the entire production for six weeks due to high energy costs. Managing…

Easing supply chain bottlenecks

Maersk offers environmentally friendly rail solution for Spanish reefer exports

A Maersk Company, a subsidiary of Maersk and specialized in Intra-European logistics, is launching a new rail product from Spain to the UK especially designed for…

Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Te Mata Mushrooms site goes up for sale in Havelock North

Just weeks after laying off the bulk of its employees, Hawke's Bay company Te Mata Mushrooms is selling its entire property, located on the outskirts of Havelock North. The…

Citrosol acquires Fomesa Fruitech and Brogdex Ibérica

Citrosol, a leader in post-harvest fruit and vegetable treatments and technologies in the Mediterranean basin and Peru and with high penetration in countries, such as South…

GlobalData survey:

Aldi takes fourth place in UK grocery market in 2022 as 3.1 million shoppers switch to the discounter

Discounters are benefitting the most from the cost-of-living crisis, with their low cost and quality credentials appealing to consumers who are shifting their shopping habits…

Jacques Gautier - 70th anniversary of Gautier Semences:

“Our plan for the future: to become the reference seed company for producers”

Nearly 500 people came together in Eyragues, south of France, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Gautier Semences. The guests were received so warmly by the seed company that this authentic and grandiose anniversary will certainly be remembered for a long time. Click here to view the photo report. The…

Kenyan investor increases stake in fresh food exporting firm Kakuzi

Kenyan billionaire investor Kibunga Kimani, has raised his stake in listed agriculture firm Kakuzi to 34.54 percent after purchasing an additional 431,434 shares with a…

"Our anti-fog controlled-atmosphere packaging is dedicated to reducing waste in the production chain"

Affected by the global shortage of shipping capacity and the impact of the pandemic, problems, such as extended shipping times and delayed container clearance, have frequently occurred. How to extend the storage period and shelf-life of products and ensure product quality is the focus of many importers…

Enza Zaden, Vitalis have fruitful Summer Field Days

This summer, hardy vegetable varieties had the chance to shine. "Lettuce is very popular when it's extremely hot, so that's exactly when you have to have it," begin Bert Hendrikse and Fokke Hoeksma, Enza Zaden representatives. Bert Hendrikse and Fokke Hoeksma both represent Enza Zaden. This Dutch…

Baby Plant: A grafted plant is always more reliable

"The Kaizen method allows us to improve the percentage of plant utilization and the success of graft attachment"

Kaizen is the brand with which Babyplant SL nursery identifies its family of grafted plants such as tomato, eggplant, cucumber, pepper, melon, and watermelon. "Kaizen is also a working methodology inspired by the company's commitment to the continuous improvement of all the processes included from sowing…

Lesage Champignons buys out Champi-Fresh

"Takeover means we can spread the risk in these very tough times"

Lesage Champignons has taken over all Champi-Fresh's business activities. In these tough times for mushroom cultivation, this Belgian company saw enough advantages to make the move. "It also allows us to spread some of our risks," begins Michel Lesage. "The acquisition came about when, in the summer, Champi-Fresh…

“Commercial expert in fruit and vegetables”: new training launched by Sanlucar and the AHK

The company SanLucar and the German Chamber of Commerce for Spain - AHK have launched the new program called "Commercial Expert in Fruit and Vegetables" this year. A new qualification to train the young talents within the fruit and vegetable trade branch. Over two years, and including 100 learning hours,…

"To spearhead varietal innovation and redefine the produce experience in Asia"

AM FRESH Group buys majority stake in in Asia-based Fruit-X and creates FRESH FRUIT-X

AM FRESH Group, a leading global company in genetics, agri-tech and farming has acquired a majority stake in Asian-based FRESH FRUIT-X to redefine the produce industry in Asia and deliver a go-to-market solution of consistently high-quality and innovative produce for the hundreds of millions of Asian…

Quebec produce brand receives a makeover

A produce brand from Québec is getting a new look. Taste of the North is a local Québec brand specializing in produce export from the province to the US, and it is getting a…

IFPA celebrates Tom Stenzel’s service to produce industry

Following International Fresh Produce Association’s (IFPA) Washington Conference on September 28, more than 150 industry and association leaders convened for a dinner at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. to celebrate Tom Stenzel’s three decades of service to the fresh produce industry. In…

Mission Produce hosts 10th golf tournament fundraiser

Mission Produce, Inc. hosted its annual philanthropic golf tournament in support of The Mission Foundation, which gives 100 percent of event revenue back to charitable organizations. This year’s tournament was held on Sept. 16th, 2022, at the Moorpark Country Club in Moorpark, California, where over 180…

Mercadona, Carrefour and Lidl strengthen their leadership as DIA's and Eroski's market share falls

According to the data of a report presented on Thursday by the Kantar consultancy, up until August, the combined market share of Mercadona, Carrefour, and Lidl increased to…

Menno Chemie

Menno Chemie presents modern disinfection solutions at Fruit Attraction 2022:

"Interest from the Spanish market has so far been tremendous"

A smooth supply chain is crucial for the timely delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables, because between the harvest of the product to be marketed and the actual purchase at the point of sale, there is a risk that the goods will lose quality. Because of this, the goods are usually harvested in top…

Former SPC director Reg Weine joins APAL

Former SPC managing director Reg Weine has been appointed chair of Apple and Pear Australia Ltd. Weine was appointed chair in July, after joining the APAL board as a…

Retilplast will attend the Madrid fair to assess the market for the next few months

"After two years of absence due to the pandemic, we are finally back at Fruit Attraction in Madrid, where we always managed to achieve the best results with domestic and foreign buyers in terms of visibility and establishment of new relations," explains Francesco Ruggia, general manager at Retilplast, an…

Seed meets Technology: Anticipation through innovation

"It is nice to see how the fair is also a bit of a reunion of 'old warriors' in the trade," Vertify director Johan Kos said towards the end of Day 1 of Seed meets Technology. The eighth edition of the specialist fair kicked off on Tuesday, the 27th of September.  For three days, connoisseurs from the profession…

Fyffes focuses on access to healthy nutrition by fighting food loss

To mark UN International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, Fyffes has partnered with food charities across the globe to ensure that, at this time of rising prices, the most vulnerable in society continue to have access to healthy nutrition. For 2022, Fyffes has chosen food banks and food charities…

Leon van den Hombergh on Haluco, Frankort & Koning, Nedalpac integration

"Strong Dole plc player formed on European market"

"After final approval from the European authorities, we quickly formed a well-oiled machine that's active in almost all fruit and vegetable areas of the European market," says Leon van den Hombergh of Frankort&Koning enthusiastically. Frankort&Koning premises in Venlo, the Netherlands "Our three branches…

As fuel prices go up and demand slows down

Maersk vessels to return to normal cruise speeds to save fuel

Maersk will begin to slow down their container ships to lower fuel costs after sailing at full speed to keep up with demand during the pandemic. The Copenhagen-based firm…

State of Oregon fines Hermiston potato processing plant for groundwater contamination

On Tuesday, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued a $127,800 fine to a Hermiston potato processing plant for repeated wastewater violations that contaminated…

IFPA announces Advocate of the Year at The Washington Conference

International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) has announced the 2022 Industry Advocate of the Year Award recipient, DNO Produce. The award was given at The Washington Conference and featured in the Wednesday, September 28 breakfast general session. It recognizes one IFPA member company each year that…

Jan van der Merwe – SupPlant

Getting orders straight from the plant

SupPlant is a market leader in artificial intelligence-driven tree telemetry in the world, coming from Israel where optimal water use is front of mind, and gaining ground in other water-scarce countries like South Africa, Israel, Australia, Mexico and Morocco.Distributed in South Africa through AECI…

Awe Sum Organics makes key hires to support the launch of organic avocados

Jared Bray, recently hired as a sales professional is looking tolead the company into the organic avocado space. As a veteran in the produce industry, Bray brings with him expertise in the organic avocado market. Bray brings strong customer service skills with promotional planning, food service, and…

Francisco José Gómez elected as new president of Freshuelva

Francisco José Gómez, representative of the associated company Cuna de Platero in the new Board of Directors, has been elected as the new president of Freshuelva, replacing…

Freshmax New Zealand pipfruit sold

Freshmax Group has successfully sold its New Zealand pipfruit business, inclusive of Freshmax Exports, Crasborn Fresh Harvest, Freshmax Orchards and Freshmax Farms. The…

Shares “Tech for Agri” Approach

Pinduoduo Takes Part in G20 Global Forum on Digital Agriculture

Having the right combination of technology, talent and training are crucial for the adoption of digital agriculture to make farming more efficient and sustainable, according to panellists at a G20 global forum on agriculture. Pinduoduo, the largest agricultural platform in China, shared its experience connecting…

Pistachio brand partners up for the Panda Cup

Wonderful® Pistachios announced a partnership with gaming organization Panda Global as an Official Snack of the Panda Cup, the first North American Super Smash Bros.™ circuit to be officially licensed by Nintendo. Wonderful Pistachios will also be the title sponsor of the “Wonderful Pistachios Last…

Veiling Zaltbommel's digital auction to go online around Feb 2023

The Dutch cooperative Veiling Zaltbommel is hard at work preparing to introduce its digital auction. This system will increase fruit and vegetable auction sales via a digital portal. It should be operational around February of 2023. The current auction room up for renovation According to director Gerard…

KinderCare joins partnership in effort to increase access to fruits and vegetables

KinderCare announces plan to increase access and affordability of healthy food for all children

In support of today's White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, KinderCare Learning Companies today announced its plan to help increase access and affordability…

Marco Limited open new site in Pennsylvania, USA

Marco Limited, the productivity improvement experts for the food and formulation industries, is excited to announce the opening of Marco North America in Pennsylvania, USA. This marks an important event in Marco's history and demonstrates our full commitment to our customers in North America. As part of…

Perthshire farm halts blueberry production after nearly 30 years

It has been nearly 30 years since Peter and Melanie Thomson planted the first blueberry plants on West Haugh Farm in Blairgowrie. All that time, they sold locally grown fruits…

World’s largest container line MSC enters air cargo market

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA aims to enter the air freight market, starting the development of a new MSC Air Cargo solution. MSC Air Cargo has been under development for several months, and the new solution will be available from early 2023, following the delivery of the first of four…

Mash Direct secures major food deal with Tesco in England and Wales

Beer battered chips and onion rings with chilli baby potato bakes from Northern Ireland can now be enjoyed by consumers in England and Wales after Mash Direct secured a…

Alan Lieberman joins Southern Specialties

Southern Specialties announced that Alan Lieberman has joined the company as senior vice-president. In this newly created position within the company, Lieberman will oversee…

Monterey Mushrooms adds to executive team

Monterey Mushrooms has revealed the recent expansion of its executive team. As the company continues to grow, it has appointed Mike Stephan to senior director of business…

Murcian cooperatives accounted for 32.6% of the product volume that Anecoop marketed last year

Yesterday, Antonio Luengo, the Minister of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Environment, and Emergencies, met with Alejandro Monzón, the president of Anecoop, and…

New partnership will strengthen and simplify customer support for Fruit Packers

TOMRA Food welcomes ICOEL as an integrated business partner

TOMRA Food and ICOEL S.r.l. have reached an agreement that positions ICOEL as a TOMRA Food integrated business partner for Europe and our partner in cherry solutions in LATAM. This new working relationship, announced today, will tap into the two businesses’ synergies to strengthen the sales, service and…

QC One now Normec QC One

On January 1, 2002, QC One joined Normec Foodcare. This acquisition allows Normec Foodcare to offer more added value to companies throughout the (fresh produce) chain. Yesterday, on September 27, the…

CGA secures major pilot project on traceability

Cherry Growers Australia has secured a major innovative project to strengthen traceability for cherry exports high-value markets. Cherry Growers Australia (CGA) and…

DP World London Gateway reaches 10 million containers

Just nine years after the logistics hub in the capital of the United Kingdom opened for business, DP World London Gateway has handled its 10 millionth container. Last year,…

Naranjasyfrutas.com

Spain's leading crop sales portal updates its website including improvements suggested by users

Naranjasyfrutas.com has turned 10 years old and has established itself as the leading portal for buying and selling crops. The website currently has thousands of crops published and hundreds of shops and professionals who seek or periodically receive information on the available crops that are registered…

Sama allies with Ángel Camacho Alimentación

Italian-Spanish alliance in the preserved and processed fruit sector

The shareholders' meeting of the Italian company Sama Spa approved the proposed capital increase reserved for the historic Spanish partner Ángel Camacho Alimentación S.L., a transaction that affirms years of historic cooperation and aims to expand and intensify the presence of the two companies in their…

Garden Fresh has opened Rwanda’s first privately owned fresh produce packhouse

Garden Fresh, a Rwandan company specializing in export of fresh produce, has opened the country’s first privately owned packhouse located at the Prime Economic Zone in Masoro.…

Eden granted US EPA regulatory approval

Eden Research, an AIM-quoted company, focused on sustainable biopesticides and plastic-free formulation technology for use in the global crop protection, animal health, and…

Reser’s opens new state-of-the-art facility in Pasco

A new Reser’s Fine Foods plant in Pasco, Washington, shows how a company, which started in a farmhouse kitchen, can become one of the most successful private businesses in the…

Seed-X sells its GeNeeTM technology to organic seed producer

De Bolster, an organic seed breeding company, has purchased Seed-X's GeNeeTM technology. De Bolster aims to harness the power of GeNeeTM Technology to improve the usable plant rate of its tomato, pepper, and cucumber seeds. GeNeeTM technology is a seed scanning solution that uses computer vision and…

Costa Group CEO Sean Hallahan departs Australia fruit grower

Australia fruit-and-veg supplier Costa Group is looking for a new CEO as Sean Hallahan steps down. Hallahan has occupied the chief executive seat since March last year when…

Injunction could delay IFG's sale to Spanish conglomerate

An escalating legal battle among co-founders of a Bakersfield table-grape breeding company may have lasting implications for growers of Kern County's top crop. International…

Marquee Global Investors Inject Rs3.1 bln in Indian Agri-business

Nashik-based Sahyadri Farms Post Harvest Care Ltd, a little-known farmer-led agri-processing company, has raised Rs3.1 bln (€40 mln) from a consortium of impact investors…

Bangkok, November 2-4

Join the knowledge hub at Asia Fruit Logistica 2022

The Asia Fruit Congress and the Asia Fruit Business Forum will take place together on the show floor at Asia’s premier trade show to deliver an unrivaled combination of information and insights. Executives will discuss the big issues in Asia’s fresh produce business at the Asia Fruit Congress. The Asia…

The multinational Atlántica Agrícola announces the launch of Grupo Atlántica, The Natural Company

"Atlántica Agrícola has announced the global launch of Grupo Atlántica at a time when this sector is witnessing a process of mergers and acquisitions within an increasingly…

A.P. Moller - Maersk expands its warehousing footprint in India

Strengthening its position as a global integrated logistics company, A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) Friday inaugurated two new warehouses in India, that are strategically located near the National Capital Region (NCR) in the northern part of the country. Soren Skou, CEO, A.P. Moller – Maersk, Navneet…

Two Belgian cooperatives moving closer toward integration

Two Belgian cooperatives, BelOrta and BFV's, Boards of Directors have, in principle, agreed on how they will achieve the cooperation and integration announced in the spring. A…

8,000 m2 building destroyed; rest of wholesale market undamaged

Halles Mandar warehouse at Rungis fresh produce market burns down

There was panic yesterday in Rungis when a fire broke out at France's largest fresh produce market. A massive column of black smoke hung over the city all day. It was caused by a blaze that broke out in the late morning in the heart of the MIN de Rungis, in an 8,000m2 fruit and vegetable warehouse. About…

Antares Binder, Lotze Fruchtimport & Co. Hannover:

"With 10 delivery vehicles, we are servicing up to 200 customers in all areas daily"

At the local wholesale market in Hannover, the Lotze company has been able to assert itself over the past four decades as a point of contact for the entire range of fruit, vegetables and exotics from Germany and abroad. In a detailed interview on site, managing director Antares Binder discusses today's…

Fresh Direct:

US East Coast: "CEA products are becoming the top search on our website"

"In the case of indoor farming, FreshDirect, as an online grocer, has the advantage of already working with short supply chains, which fits nicely into CEA principles. Currently, the typical produce chain involves growing food, sending it to a warehouse, then to another warehouse in another country, and…

Marie-Laure Etève, COT International:

“2022 has been a remarkable year on all levels for our company!”

2022 is a year rich in novelties and events for COT International, a French company that researches and distributes fruit varieties. The company celebrated its 30 years of existence with its clients, friends and various supporters. But for this French breeder, 2022 also marks: the marketing of 3 new…

Ghana-based agribusiness company Maphlix Trust

Farming business supplies KFC and exports to Europe

Ghana-based agribusiness company Maphlix Trust exports vegetables to markets such as the UK and Dubai and also supplies local companies like KFC and Shoprite.   Founder and managing director…

Freshflow GmbH

Avik Mukhija, Freshflow Ltd, on artificial intelligence in the fruit industry:

"The next step is to implement our process within wholesale as well"

Artificial intelligence was a foreign word until a few years ago, but now it is rapidly gaining importance. Avik Mukhija, CEO of Freshflow Ltd, a company founded in 2020, and his cooperation partner Carmine Paolino, have developed an AI-based process to increase efficiency as well as sales in the fruit…

CPMA hosts 2022 semi-annual board of directors meetings

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) held its semi-annual board of directors meeting in Victoria, British Columbia September 13-17. The event brought together the executive committee, board members and past chairs to focus on important issues impacting the produce industry and CPMA members.…

Nanobubble technology helps leach salts on nut crops by improving water infiltration

Maricopa Orchards, a family-owned farm in Fresno, California growing mostly pistachios and almonds, was able to increase water infiltration into the soil which aided in salts…

Agreement secures funding stability for the next 5 years and room for further growth

Greenyard closes refinancing with banking group

Today, Greenyard announces it has closed a new financing agreement for € 420m, consisting of a € 220m senior secured term loan A and a €200m senior secured revolving credit…

Hortifrut: the deterioration in plantations in Chile in the last 12 months amounts to nearly 55 million dollars

The Hortifrut company informed the Commission for the Financial Market (CMF) of a discrepancy they have with the representative of bondholders regarding if the issuance…

"We want to share this new stage with all those companies and organizations that have accompanied us over the years"

The Association of Ethical Trade Forums (AFCE) is established

The Forums of Ethical Trade (FCE) has announced its new legal form that arises thanks to the push of organizations and companies in the sector that have been working together on this initiative since 2012. "We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Association of Ethical Trade Forums (AFCE)."…

FruitMasters to cease auction sales on January 1, 2023

As of January 1, 2023, FruitMasters will no longer be doing auction sales. The Dutch cooperative shared this news with its growers and buyers last week. Spokesman Tim Kievits…

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Jörn Böttcher, Managing Director of Großmarkt Hannover Ltd:

"We are fortunate that a succession has already been secured for a significant portion of our companies"

As one of three northern German metropolises, Hannover has also had a wholesale market since the Middle Ages. As the need for space steadily increased, the market was moved to its current location at Am Tönniesberg in 1958. Started in 1958 with 70,000 m², today the marketplace spans 230,000 m², mainly…

Uvasdoce is working tirelessly on its 'Grapes with Soul' campaign

Like every year, Uvasdoce is busy with the preparation to participate in Fruit Attraction, one of the most important fairs in the fruit and vegetable sector. The entity from…

Jose Antonio Hidalgo assumes the inter-gremial coordination of Ecuador's Banana and Plantain Cluster

Jose Antonio Hidalgo, executive director of the Association of Ecuadorian Banana Exporters (AEBE), has been appointed as inter-gremial coordinator of the Ecuadorian Banana and…

MAF RODA Group

"This year we have three great innovations in automation, robotics, and quality classification"

The MAF RODA Group arrives with great news at this edition of Fruit Attraction. "MAF RODA Agrobotic consolidated in the sector thanks to its automatic calibration systems and has become the benchmark in complete industrial automation of fruit and vegetable plants. Its value proposition focuses on…

COSCO delays investment in Hamburg terminal

COSCO Shipping Ports, the port division of China's COSCO group, is delaying the expected completion of its proposed acquisition of a 35% stake in Hamburger Hafen und Logistik…

Innomy generates €1.3 million to make mushroom-based alt-protein

Bilbao-based foodtech startup Innomy has raised €1.3 million to develop alt-protein sources based on the humble mushroom. The company is now ready to scale up its tech and…

USDA selects Gevo’s Climate-Smart Farm-to-Flight Proposal with a funding ceiling of $30 million

Gevo, Inc. is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has selected Gevo’s Climate-Smart Farm to Flight proposal for funding with an award ceiling of up to…

Taylor Farms takes one California facility off the grid

Taylor Farms has partnered with Bloom Energy, Ameresco, Inc., and Concept Clean Energy to install a microgrid capable of taking one of its California food processing facilities off the traditional energy grid. The energy companies plan to combine six megawatts (MW) of Bloom fuel cells, 2MW of solar power…

New York company satisfies terms of consent decision in alleged PACA violations

In a complaint filed on Sept. 30, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) alleged that New York Mart Group Inc. (NYMG), Long Island City, New York failed to make full…

Terra Exports hires Chief Commercial Officer

Long-time fresh produce professional Victor Anderson joins global fresh produce company Terra Exports as its new chief commercial officer. Prior to Terra Exports, Anderson…

Freshness solutions on display at Fruit Attraction in Madrid

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. is participating in Fruit Attraction in Madrid Oct. 4-6 at booth 3C12. Organized by IFEMA MADRID and FEPEX, Fruit Attraction is an international…

'Our first Grower Day yielded a positive response'

On Friday, 16 September 2022, Fall Creek®️ South Africa welcomed more than 150 attendees to their  first in-person Grower Day. Since putting down roots in the Western Cape in 2020, the farm and nursery in Paarl have expanded threefold, to accommodate current and expected demand, and this event was their first…

Futura srl at Fruit Attraction together with its Spanish partner ALSI from El Ejido

An Italian-Spanish collaboration on the technological front

For the first time, the Italian company Futura will attend Fruit Attraction with its Spanish partner ALSI of El Ejido (Hall 10 - stand 10C11A). "The purpose of this presence with ALSI," says Omar Papi, CEO of Futura, "is to bring together the long-standing experiences of the two companies (more than 60…

Dealing with water scarcity

"It's a tricky balance between environmental and financial feasibility"

Water scarcity is a major challenge for growers all around the world. To some, this may come as something new to deal with, but other growers have faced this reality for many years. Yet, they found ways to thrive, nonetheless. DANA Global is a company specializing in desert tech, and they have been…

The Sido brothers from Syria, running an ethnic wholesale business at the Hannover wholesale market:

"In part, we purchase our goods from compatriots who are running a vegetable farm in Turkey"

Faced with the war in their native Syria, Ahmad, Soran and Nasso Sido moved to Germany in 2015. Two years ago, the three brothers from Aleppo found their place at the local wholesale market in Hannover, where they founded their wholesale business Aram Großhandel Ltd. Since then, the trio has been serving…

New European player in heavy haulage:

Gruber Logistics and Universal Transport step into the future together

A major European alliance in the logistics sector has been sealed: the traditional company Gruber Logistics from South Tyrol (Italy) and the long-standing successful Universal…

Avocado distributor to open UK distribution center in 2023

Mission Produce, Inc. has announced plans to open a state-of-the-art ripening, packing and forward distribution center (FDC) in Dartford, England in 2023. Strategically located with direct access to major international ports and transportation networks, the facility is expected to strengthen Mission’s…

US (KY): AppHarvest announces fall planting progress for salad greens, strawberries, and tomatoes

AppHarvest announced it has completed calibration of its “touchless growing system” for salad greens at its 15-acre Berea, Ky., indoor farm by having grown more than 20 varieties of lettuce and is approximately 80% complete with the planting of its 30-acre AppHarvest Somerset Farm. The company’s 60-acre…

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Oregon Fruit Products announces Joe Prewett as President and Chief Executive Officer

Oregon Fruit Products LLC has announced that the company’s Board of Directors has appointed Joe Prewett as President and Chief Executive Officer. Prewett will assume the role effective mid-October, while current CEO, Chris Sarles, will help to ensure a smooth transition. Prewett has been with Tillamook…

Dutch company presents packaging lines at Business Relation Days

Last week in the Netherlands, Manter invited local and overseas guests to see several of its packaging lines in action. Last Wednesday and Thursday, the 14th and 15ht of September, dealers from around the globe participated in a two-day program with presentations and demonstrations. Knowledge was shared, and…

Bushel Boy Farms launches year-round, greenhouse cucumbers in Midwest

Bushel Boy Farms, a producer of fresh, local, greenhouse-grown produce year-round in the Upper Midwest, now grows cucumbers at its Owatonna greenhouse. The first harvest will hit shelves at major retailers throughout the Twin Cities in October. Bushel Boy Farms is the first company in Minnesota to…

Growing interest for Save Foods’ innovative eco-treatments among European retailers and distributors

Save Foods, Inc., an agri-food tech company specializing in eco crop protection that helps to reduce food waste and ensure food safety while reducing the use of pesticides,…

Traction Ag announces 3 million seed funding to expand cloud based farm accounting and management application

Traction Ag Inc., the first cloud-based  farm management software that delivers financial solutions to growers across the midwest, today announced it has raised $3 million in Seed…

Belgian company Fruit Vandepoel declared bankrupt

Earlier this month, a court in Brussels, Belgium, declared Fruit Vandepoel bankrupt. Guy Claessens has confirmed that, as of August 28, 2022, this Belgian wholesaler ceased all its activities. "The corona crisis,…

Day Presta joins Grupo Intersur

French producer Day Presta, led by Julian Day, joins Grupo Intersur. Day Presta has a long experience in the cultivation of high-quality potatoes. During the last years, Agromar France has been marketing Day Presta's production. Agromar France programs, produces, and markets French potatoes for all of Europe and the Middle…


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