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Collaborations and economic opportunities between Italy and Tanzania

A gathering of Italian entrepreneurs in Tanzania was held from September 27-30, 2022, at the Italy-Tanzania Business and Investment Forum to showcase partnership and business opportunities for Italian companies in Tanzania. About 800 companies, including a hundred Italian or local ones with 100% Italian…

TomaTech-Nirit appoints Julia Parry as new VP Business Development & Downstream

There is a buzz of excitement around Tomatech-Nirit. The recent merger of the two tomato-focused breeding companies (TomaTech and Nirit) clearly pointed to the emergence of a new world order in tomato varietal development. And today, the company announced the appointment of Julia Parry as VP of Business…

Freshfel Europe defends fresh produce sector competitiveness in the European agenda

On Friday Freshfel Europe met the Czech Republic Deputy Minister of Agriculture, the EU Member State currently in charge of the rotating Presidency of the Council to the…

France: Launch of process to develop a sovereignty plan for the fruit and vegetable sector

On the 27th of September, the French Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty, Marc Fesneau, met with professionals of the fruit and vegetable sector to validate with them the development process and the shared calendar for the medium and long-term sovereignty plan for the sector, announced by the…

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…

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…

Interfel: “Energy crisis: the fruit and vegetable sector on alert”

Inflation, lower purchasing power, and unprecedented drought. After a particularly complicated summer for the professionals in the sector, Interfel alerted the French…

Botswana citrus growers join the Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa

The Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa (CGA) is proud to announce that citrus growers in Botswana have become members of our organisation, joining over 1400 from…

“Impenetrable wall of inflation in food production”

France: Coopération Agricole calls for a Sovereignty Pact

Since 2021, the food sector has been experiencing the worst inflationary crisis in over 40 years on all agricultural and agri-food production costs. In addition to this, there…

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Citrus Growers Association mourns loss of board member Wilmot Simmons

Тhе Сіtruѕ Grоwеrѕ Аѕѕосіаtіоn (СGА) has expressed its ѕаdnеѕѕ оn thе lоѕѕ оf Wіlmоt Ѕіmmоnѕ, а mеmbеr оf іtѕ Воаrd оf Dіrесtоrѕ. СGА nоtеѕ thаt Ѕіmmоnѕ ѕеrvеd оn thе Воаrd…

Maarten van Dijk and Mariëlle Ansems- Van Mourik, BDO Accountants & Advisors:

"Private Equity has Food & Flower sector in its sights"

"In recent years, we have seen the Food & Flowers market being discovered much more by Private Equity parties. Until a few years ago, this interest was fairly low, but it has been rising strongly in recent years," note Maarten van Dijk and Mariëlle Ansems-Van Mourik of BDO Accountants & Advisors, both…

Jürgen Bruch, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Cobana & Co. on the supply chain issue:

"We need to transform ourselves into managers of the supply chain, thinking beyond the commodity"

Exceptional times, such as those currently being experienced, call for a thorough rethink. Jürgen Bruch, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Cobana & Co. appealed to those present at his talk at this year's DOGK: "We have to transform ourselves into supply chain managers and think beyond the commodity."…

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US: Specialty crop farms have the highest labor cost as a portion of total cash expenses

A farm's reliance on farm labor varies by commodity specialization. On average, labor costs (including contract labor, hired labor, and worker benefits such as insurance) accounted for about 14 percent of the total farm cash expenses in 2020. Farms specializing in the production of specialty crops, which…

COAG will ask the Minister of Agriculture to reduce the VAT to 10% and implement the contracting of the dual power system

High energy costs suffocate Spain's irrigation

Irrigation in Spain is being suffocated by the high energy costs, which have increased by more than 90% in the last year. The Coordinator of Farmers' and Livestock…

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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…

Gerard van den Anker, Veiling Zaltbommel about digital auction system:

"We must get rid of the pricing 'black box'"

In early 2022, Gerard van den Anker took over directorship of the Dutch cooperative, Veiling Zaltbommel. He refers to these early days as draining. "It seemed the world had gone crazy, with new dilemmas rapidly emerging. It's was a very dynamic time," he begins. Gerard gained experience and a network…

Guido Spix departs as joint Group President of MULTIVAC on 31 December

Management change at MULTIVAC

Guido Spix is leaving his position as joint Group President of MULTIVAC on 31 December 2022. From 1 January 2023 Christian Traumann will preside over the company as Group President and Spokesman for…

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Bonduelle mourns death of former chairman Bruno Bonduelle

The former president at the head of Bonduelle, the family business that has become such a large player in processed vegetables, died on Friday September 16. Aged 89, the…

AgPick Technology

Harvest technology introduces SMS recruitment system ahead of summer fruit season

Labour management and harvest technology provider AgPick Technology has enhanced the capabilities of its key tool, AgPick to include an SMS system, which allows growers to recruit and communicate with pickers directly ahead of the Australian cherry season. Chief executive officer Henrietta Child said…

The Spanish Government approves more than 12 million euro in aid for fruit processing plants affected by the April frost

On September 13, the Council of Ministers adopted a royal decree laying down the regulatory basis for the granting of minimum State aid to fruit processing plants affected by…

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Dangerous month of September for small and medium-sized agri-food companies

Soaring production costs, a third of the renegotiations with distributors still pending, weather hazards, drought, water restrictions, bird flu, unprecedented energy crisis,…

UK: Call to deem food production as 'vulnerable' amid surging energy costs

Hard-pressed farming businesses are to be included in new measures to address soaring energy costs, but calls have been made for the government to go further and deem food production as 'vulnerable'. Businesses will get help with surging energy bills, with prices capped for six months, a smaller period…

UK: New Defra farming minister appointed

Mark Spencer has been appointed Defra Minister of State, replacing Victoria Prentis, who was in the role for over two years. The MP for Sherwood, who comes from a farming background, said he was "looking forward to supporting food production and the environment and our rural communities." Before becoming…

Ronald van Bilsen is the new Liquidseal sales manager

Liquidseal introduces Ronald van Bilsen as their new sales manager. The company is known for its invention of a safe and cost-effective post-harvest solution that extends the…

Researchers propose new framework for regulating engineered crops

A Policy Forum article published this week in Science calls for a new approach to regulating genetically engineered (GE) crops, arguing that current approaches for triggering safety testing vary dramatically among countries and generally lack scientific merit – particularly as advances in crop breeding…

Ranil Jayawardena is the new Defra secretary

Former minister for international trade, Ranil Jayawardena has taken on the role of Environment Secretary in the new Truss government. Ranil Jayawardena is Conservative MP for…

Johan Vrijland joins Up & Up Talent Solutions

"We want to be a one-stop-shop for fruit and vegetable companies' staffing and management needs"

For more than 25 years, Johan Vrijland provided Dutch vegetables to the British market. Last year, he stepped down as director and owner of JNV Produce Marketing. One aspect of his work he enjoyed most was seeing people's careers advance. Once he got the chance to start doing something else, Johan opted…

Rocco De Lucia - Siropack

"We are already at war"

"The one taking place in Italy at the moment is not an outright war, but rather a silent war whose victims are businesses," reports Rocco De Lucia from packaging company Siropack. "Day after day, we remain speechless when faced with the terrible management of the energy crisis by European politics, while more and more companies…

Australian macadamia industry appoints new CEO

Australia’s macadamia industry has welcomed Clare Hamilton-Bate to the role of Chief Executive Officer, following the departure of Jolyon Burnett last month after 14 years at…

Asoex to denounce New Zealand internationally for 'kiwi monopoly'

Zespri's position in the kiwi market has been under the industry's eye for years. After 35 years in office and when he's about to leave his post, the president of the…

OGA / OGV Nordbaden markets 4,000 tons of plums from Germany and 2,000 tons from Eastern Europe

"We need a Europe-wide industry solution for uniform sustainability and climate protection standards"

As Hans Lehar, Managing Director of OGA/OGV Nordbaden recently informed us, plums and damsons have established themselves as an important mainstay for the company, in addition to asparagus, sweet corn and soft fruit. "In this area, we have developed very strongly in recent years. The season runs until…

RSA Group CEO announced as new IFPA Southern Africa chairperson

Jaco Oosthuizen, CEO of RSA Group, has been announced as the new chairperson of the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) Southern Africa Country Council, a position he will hold for the next three years. Trevor Dukes and Jaco Oosthuizen Trevor Dukes, outgoing chairperson and CEO of the Fruit…

vegetablesWA welcomes appointment of new CEO Stephen Brown

vegetablesWA is pleased to announce the appointment of the new Chief Executive Officer for the industry association Stephen Brown, who will commence the role on Monday, August 29, 2022. vegetablesWA President Dan Kuzmicich welcomed the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer: "After a comprehensive recruitment…

Management changes at Kuehne+Nagel Germany

Holger Ketz will join Kuehne+Nagel's global Air Logistics management team in Schindellegi (Switzerland) as Global Head of Network and Carrier Management on January 1, 2023. As part of the strategic development of the Air Logistics business, the newly created role will bundle the global management of the…

Asoex presents Iván Marambio, successor to president Ronald Bown

The Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile, Asoex, has held a meeting highlighting the work of the union's president, Ronald Bown Fernández, who was in office for more than…

Mexican fruit fly quarantine in portion of San Diego county

A portion of San Diego County has been placed under quarantine for the Mexican fruit fly following the detection of six flies and one larva in and around the unincorporated…

Anne Dingstad will be company's first female CEO

Saga Robotics appoints new CEO

Current chief financial officer (CFO) of Saga Robotics Anne Dingstad has been selected as the company's new chief executive office (CEO) and will be its first female CEO. She will commence the role…

Joost van Altena, Miedema AGF: “Much more demand for processed fruit and vegetables”

"Staff shortages mean eateries can only partly recover after the pandemic"

Ask any hospitality business about its biggest challenge, and they'll say staff shortages. "That's forcing them to make choices," says Joost van Altena of Miedema AGF in Amsterdam, which supplies fruit and vegetables to that sector. "For example, many restaurants are adjusting their capacity." "Some,…

ASOEX: "The goal of the meeting wasn't to solve the problems they have generated in the markets"

"We are shocked by the meeting Zespri requested"

“Zespri, which exclusively manages New Zealand's kiwi export, met with the Chilean kiwi industry, represented by the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile (Asoex), the…

Western Growers calls on U.S. Senate to pass farm workforce modernization act in new video

Western Growers released a new video today that calls on the U.S. Senate to pass the Farm Workforce Modernization Act to ease the industry's labor shortage and, in turn, help lower the burden of food prices on consumers. The current broken immigration system fails to provide the workers the agriculture…

Felipe Silva re-elected as president of the Chilean Blueberry Committee

On August 2, the new Board of Directors of the Chilean Blueberry Committee began, which is renewed every two years. In the initial session, Felipe Silva was re-elected as…

Kenyan elections - still no winner declared

Elections cause delays at Port of Mombasa

The result of the Kenyan presidential election held on 9th August hangs in the balance. Yesterday's figures had the two candidates, William Ruto, current Vice President, and Roula Odinga from the opposition, in almost a dead heat. According to privately owned Citzien, on Thursday, the 11th of August,…

South African government negotiates a settlement with the European Union to clear citrus blocked in EU ports

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) confirms that it has managed to negotiate a settlement that will see the clearing of citrus…

Calavo Growers, Inc. names Helen Kurtz to lead Prepared Segment

Calavo Growers, Inc., a global avocado-industry leader and provider of value-added fresh food, today announced that Helen Kurtz has been named Senior Vice President & General…

How education may turn the fresh produce sector in a period of crisis

"Is it our responsibility to create a new leadership generation?"

“We need to keep on learning, otherwise we won’t be able to catch up with the speed of the changing consumer demand” – CFNA Deputy Secretary General of the Fruit Branch…


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