Leadership coach set the tone for Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference

Attendees at the Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference (WFPC) last month offered rave reviews for the opening general session from Wendy McManus, leadership coach of Connect 2 Potential. McManus’ talk was titled, “Get on the Same Page: How to shape your culture collaboratively from any seat in the…

Probably first encounter of the species since 1912

Recent moth interception by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Detroit Metropolitan Airport

A recent moth interception by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) is now considered to be the first…

Rebeca Gálvez, of Patagonia Biotecnologia: "The power of seaweed improves the yields, quality, size and condition of a wide range of fruits"

"The fertilizer industry is at a turning point"

The crisis in the price and availability of agricultural fertilizers is having a major impact on global agriculture, and has even raised fears of food insecurity. The war conflict in Ukraine initiated by Russia (the largest global exporter of nitrogen fertilizers, the second largest of potassium and the…

South African locust outbreaks under control for now

The worst of South Africa’s locust season seems to be over thanks to cooler climatic conditions. Various reports say that only Murraysburg in the Western Cape and areas…

CBP agriculture specialists in Pharr intercept rare pest

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists at the Pharr International Bridge discovered a rare pest, a first in nation discovery, in a shipment of fresh fruit.…

Shawn Coetzee & Waheed Mahomed – South African Plant Improvement Organization (SAPO) Trust

South African plant improvement body plays the long game amid challenges

The SAPO Trust organisation was set up in 1974 with the aim of enhancing plant improvement within the deciduous fruit industry (the pome and stone fruit), the table grape industry, the raisin industry, and the canning industry.Shawn Coetzee, CEO of SAPO Trust, says: “South African farmers are very…

California desert water agencies win $100 million in U.S. funding for aging dams, canals

Southern California desert water districts with aging or failing infrastructure won big federal funding on Monday, with more than $100 million allocated for major dam and…

Belgian coating manufacturer Acotec launches one-coat PFP

Humidur Char, launched by Acotec, is a two-component, solvent-free, 100% solids, polyamine cured epoxy PFP system, which offers anti-corrosion and fire resistance properties by intumescent action in just one coat. A significant difference from the traditional PFP coating process, which requires up to 5…

Potatoes and broccoli will be packed and cooled in one of the largest South Island solar installations

Oakley’s Premium Fresh Vegetables have announced the installation of 564 solar panels to power their Southbridge post-harvest site in Canterbury.  Potatoes and broccoli will be…

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British garden centers sell vegetable themed condoms

Condoms aimed at gardening-loving mature Brits are being put on sale in some garden centers with the idea of encouraging the older generations to continue practicing safe sex. The odd range of gardening-themed condoms – naughtily nicknamed "hornicultural" prophylactics – were developed to counter the…

Peruvian producers take care of children and communities

The global fruit trade truly does impact the rural communities beyond  just creating jobs. This is demonstrated in Peru where producers are taking their social responsibility very seriously. They host impactful programs aimed at uplifting communities, from pre-school and school- going children to adults in…

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UK: Polytunnels and worker caravans bid for Herefordshire farm

A UK soft fruit grower plans to expand production in Herefordshire with new polytunnels and seasonal worker caravans. Ledbury-based Haygrove has applied to install up to 6.5 hectares of new tunnels on fields at its Huntington site by the Welsh border, with 18 caravans to be placed between them. The…

Innoplant is participating in the Green Moon project to grow vegetables on the Moon

From Granada to the Moon

The seeds that will sprout the first extra-terrestrial orchard on the Moon are being studied in Granada. Innoplant, a firm specializing in the search for scientific and technological solutions to the…

Freshplaza May special - Asia

For the upcoming month FreshPlaza shines a light on Asia in our May Special. The container issue has become massive in Asia, as prices for logistics were already at a high level. Are you an importer or grower of fruit and vegetables or do you provide services in Asia? Do you export fruit and vegetables or services from there to…

A tense calm in the Sundays River Valley but citrus workers not yet returning

On the eve of a long weekend, an uneasy calm has returned to the towns of Kirkwood and Addo.  Work has not yet resumed at the packhouses and in the citrus orchards of the Sundays River Valley and the citrus industry is  waiting for feedback from yesterday's community meeting. News outlet New Frame reports: "Commercial…

IFPA Virtual Town Hall

Top 10 consumer trends for 2022

“How are consumers' values and behaviors shifting? And what does this mean for business?” These were some questions answered at yesterday’s IFPA Virtual Town Hall where Alison Angus, head of lifestyle for Euromonitor International, rounded up the “Top Ten Global Consumer Trends for 2022.” “Last year, consumers were resilient…

Record drug bust in Tanger

Moroccan police find large quantity of cannabis inside plastic fruits and vegetables

Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) made on Wednesday what it described as a record drug bust, aborting an attempt to traffic more than 31 tons of…

Andermatt Madumbi: offering small changes that make big differences

Andermatt provides specialized inputs for both the row crop and fruit industries globally, with a focus on integrated pest management principles. Its subsidiary in South Africa is Andermatt Madumbi, which is able to provide the South African market with the exposure of the research and development done…

Carrefour employees sleep at the store to guarantee supply for Shanghai residents

The employees of Carrefour in Shanghai sleep in the stores to guarantee uninterrupted supplies for nearby residents. Manager Zhang sleeps in her office and wakes up at five in the morning to help here employees prepare more than 3,000 orders of vegetables, meat, and other necessities. Manager Zhang and…

‘European Central Bank must act soon to avoid currency crisis’

The euro has declined steadily for the past year from above 1.22 per dollar to within close range of the 1.0640 low of March 2020, when the pandemic first hit. A test of…

Pilot killed after plane crashes into in Idaho potato processing plant

A pilot is dead after a plane crashed into a potato processing plant last week in central Idaho. On Wednesday 13 April, a single-engine Cessna 208B registered to Spirit Air in Salmon crashed into the building of Gem State Processing in Heyburn and flipped over on the roof. Heyburn Police, Minidoka and Cassia County Sheriff’s…

The internal processes behind the Varietal Reliability label

'System seeks to offer its customers maximum security when purchasing plant material'

Viveros Hernandorena presented few months ago its seal of Varietal Reliability, its own certification that endorses its work methodology under three concepts: Varietal Authenticity; Varietal Adaptability; and Plant Health. A new working system which it seeks to offer its customers maximum security when…

World's oldest gorilla celebrates her 65th birthday with a fruit pie

On the 13th of April, 2022, the world's oldest gorilla turned 65. The gorilla, named Fatou, lives in Berlin Zoo in Germany. Fatou received a birthday pie made of fruit, vegetables, and cooked rice Source: Chinanews.com

How to reduce redness caused by stressful situations in black eggplant

The Ecoculture Biosciences company has managed to develop solutions to reduce redness in black eggplant derived from stressful situations. This is a problem that occurs when…

Carrefour flagship store in Asia was closed, what is the future of traditional supermarkets?

Recently, the Beijing Zhongguancun Carrefour store was officially closed. It used to be the largest flagship store in Asia. Opened in 2004, the store covered an area of 11,600…

Jaques Landman – Stoller South Africa

Plants are ruled by their hormones

Hormones play a crucial role in human physiology and it is no different with plants. “Hormones are signaling molecules that in certain concentrations direct plant growth towards a specific direction,” explains Jaques Landman, senior agronomist at Stoller South Africa. “We have patented a hormone cycle…

South African rand gains momentum

The South African rand gained momentum on Monday, supported by higher precious metals prices. At midday, the rand traded at around 14.6125 against the dollar, around 0.2%…

Cruise ship to house 1,400 refugees at Rotterdam Fruit Wharf

"I got a phone call saying Rotterdam's Mayor, [Ahmed] Aboutaleb, wants to house Ukrainian refugees in a 225m-long cruise ship from the well-known Holland America Line. Given its size and draft, there was only one place, near civilization, it would fit - the quay at our company, Rotterdam Fruit Wharf,"…

“If you’re going to lose money, you can just as well do good”

South African pears donated to Ukrainian refugees

In the northwestern Ukrainian city of Lutsk, 200 km from the Polish border, the city council gives free meals to more than 15,000 Ukrainians displaced by the war. Last Friday, the feeding scheme saw the addition of South African pears, fruit that were initially packed and shipped out for Russian…

Gasoline costs the most in ...

Hong Kong. There, gasoline currently costs $2,879/liter - making it the most expensive in the world. The Netherlands, however, is a close second at $2,517 per liter. Monaco, Norway, and Finland complete the top five. You can see the complete list at https://www.globalpetrolprices.com/gasoline_prices/.   

Who are The Fresh Academy?

In the Netherlands, six professionals from different disciplines have started a new company - The Fresh Academy. It aims to smooth the road for young fruit and vegetable talent who want to enter the job market. Taco van der Louw had previously shared the company's plans with us. They want to get Senior Secondary and Higher…

Australian & NZ produce companies show a sense of humour with April Fool's Day product announcements

After some challenging times across the Australian and New Zealand fresh produce and horticulture industry, it is good that a strong sense of humour still exists. Here are some of the April Fool's Day jokes that appeared on social media today, with companies showing great creativity by announcing some…

Australia: Record oil price fuels wave of diesel thefts on farms

A cut to the petrol tax announced in Tuesday's federal budget has been received as welcome but ineffective. As trucking businesses labelled a cut in the fuel excise announced…

Against record low of 139 on March 7

Ruble appreciated to 83 to the dollar intraday on Tuesday

The ruble has regained most of its losses; it continues to gain and is up 60 per cent against the US dollar from its lows in the first week of March. The ruble appreciated to…

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Investigations ongoing into cause of fire at Joburg Fresh Produce Market

The Johannesburg Emergency Management Services are investigating the cause of a fire at the Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market on March 19. At that date, a section of the fruit…

Russia sanctions might increase impetus for Chinese yuan

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia has led to the most intense financial sanctions by Western countries against another country in modern history. Two financial sanctions stand…

Egyptian pound drops almost 17% against dollar

On Monday, the Egyptian pound dropped nearly 17 percent in value against the US dollar, following a rise in inflation and amid mounting economic hardships. The local currency…

Australian horticulture employers urged not to wait specifically for the Ag Visa

The Australian government is urging horticulture workers not to delay worker recruitment strategies to wait on the introduction of the 'Ag Visa'. The Australian Agriculture Visa program was announced last year, with the aim of addressing workforce shortages in the sector and trying to build a stable and…

2021 investigations recovered more than $1.9M in wages; assessed $1.7M in penalties

US Dept of Labor campaign seeks to increase Southeast ag industry compliance

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is continuing its multi-year education and enforcement initiative to increase compliance with federal labor laws in the…

SKM holds nationwide agitation over 'unfulfilled promise' on MSP

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), a coalition of over forty Indian farmers' unions to coordinate satyagragh (non-violent resistance) against the three farm acts initiated in…

Western Cape Agriculture commits funds to combat locust infestation in Karoo

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has made R5 million immediately available to provide support in personal protective equipment, sprayer pumps and aerial spraying…

USDA to invest 250 million to support American-made fertilizer

The US Department of Agriculture has announced it will support additional fertilizer production for American farmers to address rising costs, including the impact of Russia’s…

Tim O'Malley - Nationwide Produce

UK produce industry comes together to help Ukrainian refugees

So, it all began on Thursday 3rd March, about a week after the Ukraine war began, with a conversation between two of our traders – Barry Gaskell in Southport and Sylwia Rzeznik in Spalding.  Silv (as we know her) has a great back story. She came over from Poland back in ‘07 and has done everything from picking…

An interview with Aon's Niek van As and Vincent Spierings

What happens when there is a recall?

A recall: every food processing company or distributor's worst nightmare. Most businesses in this sector pay a lot of attention to food safety, yet there are often recalls. Even if a company sticks strictly to its own or imposed protocols, errors or contamination in the production process can never be…

US: Bill offering relief for drought-hit farmers passes House

The damage is done from the drought of 2021, but help could be on the way for the farmers who sustained the worst of it. By a 101-33 vote, the House on Thursday passed HF3420,…

Does the EU rely on Russia for its wood?

Three weeks have passed since Russia invaded Ukraine. It is now becoming evident how reliant the European Union is on Russia for oil and gas. That's why alternative sources…

British Columbia: General minimum wage increasing from $15.20 to $15.65 an hour

On June 1, 2022, B.C.'s lowest-paid workers will get a pay boost, with the general minimum wage increasing from $15.20 to $15.65 an hour. The Province is following through on…

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Assessing cherry, tomato and blueberry quality with durometers

Measuring the firmness of fruit flesh is one of the most important parameters to determine the shelf-life of a product. This parameter is usually measured with a penetrometer, which is very easy to use as it measures the strength necessary to penetrate the flesh of a fruit. "But there are products that are…

New plastic ducts for hydroponic cultivation

In 2021, 4ESSE was patented and is now the exclusive holder of a new plastic duct for the soilless cultivation of strawberries, tomatoes and other crops. Duct for the cultivation of strawberries at FeVi Frutta in Policoro (Photo provided by 4ESSE) The company is located in Cirò Marina (Crotone) and was…

US plans to revoke Russia's favored trade status

The White House is warning Russia against taking steps to seize the assets of US and international companies that have announced plans to suspend operations in Russia or to…

Egypt and Sudan call for serious talks with Ethiopia over Nile dam scheme

Officials from Egypt and Sudan have called on Ethiopia to join them in serious mediated negotiations aimed at resolving an impasse over a giant Nile dam scheme. The two…

Russia-Ukraine crisis has hit many currencies hard

Currency markets have not escaped losses classes in recent weeks and experts are changing their strategies in light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The Deutsche Bank Currency…

Ukraine crisis

EU agrees to extend the scope of sanctions on Russia and Belarus

The European Commission welcomes today's agreement of Member States to adopt further targeted sanctions in view of the situation in Ukraine and in response to Belarus's involvement in the aggression. In particular, the new measures impose restrictive measures on 160 individuals and amend Regulation (EC)…

Dr Pieter Haumann – Fertiliser Association of South Africa (FERTASA)

Loss of Russian fertilizers is an inconvenience but prices are extremely worrying to South African farmers

South Africa imports between 70 to 75% of its fertilizer needs, some of that from Russia – how it will be affected by the Russian war is a source of concern to South African farmers. In 2020 South Africa imported 11.3% of its fertilizer requirements from Russia, third most after Saudi Arabia and China,…

Euro advances from 22-month lows on EU bond issuance report

On Tuesday, the euro climbed from 22-month lows against the US dollar hit the previous session, lifted in part by expectations that the euro zone will increase fiscal spending…

Pound hits new low as traders flock to the dollar

The pound dropped to its lowest level against the dollar since December 2020, as investors rushed to the dollar. Sterling tumbled as low as $1.314, a level not seen since…

Flow-on impacts of eastern flood crisis having an effect on fresh produce quality

Major Melbourne fruit and vegetable retailer Alexanders Fruit Market has noticed inconsistencies between fruit and vegetable produce quality and price, following the flooding emergency in South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales. The flooding of the Brisbane Produce Market, between Sunday and…

California Fresh Fruit Association president speaks out about inflation

The California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) president Ian LeMay recently penned an op-ed highlighting the impacts of inflation on the state’s agriculture and specifically,…

Former Russian exporter Alexander Visser and Dirk Klerk (van Klerk Planten, Veen) organise food transports

Support requested for Ukraine aid campaign

An old friend from the sector, former Russian exporter Alexander Visser and Dirk Klerk (of Klerk Planten, Veen) are organising an initial food transport to Ukraine this weekend. "Standing by is not an option for us. We want to do something quickly. Tomorrow and Saturday we are going to make 20,000…

NSW Farmers welcome disaster declarations

The state’s peak agricultural body has welcomed disaster declarations for 17 Local Government Areas affected by heavy rain and flooding. NSW Farmers Business, Economics and…

Steps necessary to fight locusts across large parts of South Africa

The large swarms of brown locusts currently that are moving across the Northern, Eastern and Western Cape need to be eradicated as soon as possible. These swarms are still in…

"This is another challenge that growers will work to overcome in the coming weeks and months."

Queensland vegetable production takes a hit from major flooding

Australia's peak vegetable body says it is too early to gauge the full impact of major flooding on the supply chain, with many properties inundated and suffering damage following major storms. Many regions across southeast Queensland and northern New South Wales are experiencing devastating weather and…

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Exporters pull the brakes on packing for Russia, hoping fruit will be exempt from sanctions

South African fruit has big exposure to Russian risk

South African exporters have mostly stopped packing fruit (stonefruit, topfruit, some grapes) for Russia as credit insurers withdraw their cover and some shipping lines (for instance MSC, Ocean Network Express, Hapag Lloyd, Maersk) temporarily halt bookings to and from Russia.There are shipments of South…


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