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September 5-7, Hong Kong

Snack vegetables: a key theme at Asia Fruit Logistica

Snack tomatoes in a variety of colours, the One-bite cucumber and Silky Pink tomatoes complete with packaging ideas – these are just some of the innovations Rijk Zwaan is presenting at Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong from 5-7 September 2018.The Dutch vegetable breeding company is exhibiting at this event.....

"The future of food production is just around the corner"

During the AFTP conference in July 2018, the organization took the opportunity to chat with members of the AFTP community and gain their opinion on what lies ahead for food and agriculture businesses in the near future. In a first piece, Chris Wells Managing Director of AFTP affiliate partner Leatherhead.....

US (HI): Kilauea Community Agricultural Center continues to grow

It’s the second season of the Community Supported Agriculture box program from Kilauea Community Agricultural Center, and one of the many strides community organization 'Aina Ho’okupu o Kilauea' has made in the last six months.The Kilauea Community Agricultural Center has been AHK’s main project and its.....

UK: Horticulture specialist joins AHDB Board

UK Ministers have appointed a new member of the Board of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, who will also chair its Horticulture Sector Board.Hayley Campbell-Gibbons will take up her post from 1 November 2018. Her appointment will run until 31 October 2021.This appointment has been made.....

August 12-19

Canada: Ontario celebrates Farmers' Market Week

Ontario farmers' markets provide an opportunity to taste and enjoy the delicious food grown in Ontario, during Farmers' Market Week, August 12-19."The month of August is the height of the growing season in Ontario and farmers' markets are packed full of local bounty," says Farmers' Markets Ontario Executive.....
Pink watermelon radishes to be a new social media hit

M&S starts selling first 'Instagrammable vegetable'

M&S has started selling the first vegetable specifically grown to be Instagramable after spending six years developing bright pink "watermelon" radishes. It is the latest in a string of supermarket products launched with social media in mind, but is thought to be the first vegetable bred with a certain.....

Australian farmer turns to watermelon to feed hungry cattle

The drought conditions across the east of Australia have led to a tripling in the cost of hay. Hay stocks have dwindled across parts of New South Wales and Victoria as the drought deepens. Prices have increased dramatically and some fodder is being sourced from as far away as Western Australia.Michael.....

Noah Robbins - Ark Foods

"We want to make specialty peppers more accessible"

More and more regions in the United States are growing hot peppers as the summer season matures. For Ark Foods, a grower of specialty peppers, their season has ventured north for the summer into North Carolina and New Jersey. The company is reporting excellent yields in New Jersey while North Carolina is.....

"Growing demand for bespoke packaging"

"Adopting fine-tuned environmentally-friendly design practice should always be considered at the start of the design process." This is stated by the team with packaging specialists MacPac. "Working in collaboration with customers to minimise environmental impact and avoiding costly downstream delays and.....

Lipman Family Farms announces partnership with NatureSweet

Tomato industry leaders Lipman Family Farms and NatureSweet are joining forces to better serve customers and quick service restaurants by ensuring year‐round premium, high‐quality, high‐flavor slicing and salad tomatoes. NatureSweet brings to the table years of greenhouse growing expertise,.....

"Changes in food culture could open new opportunities for farmers"

Last Wednesday, Professor Michael Winter presented the inaugural Nuffield Farming Lecture, promoting the opportunities for UK farmers to improve the health of the nation by adapting to changes in food culture.The Exeter University academic argued that in order to meet the needs of the modern consumer,.....

Cristina Calceanu, Albert Heijn:

“Salads: From sidekick to superhero”

Salad has always been popular in summer, but is now a growing trend as well. In late April, Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn gave the segment another boost with the introduction of more than 30 innovations. “Salads have developed from sidekicks into superheroes. They’re an increasingly more important.....

US: "Mini pepper category is now a core commodity"

As summer provides greenhouse bell peppers with additional light and warmth, growers are maintaining that demand is outpacing supply. Despite the fact that greenhouse bell pepper volume has grown over the years, demand has grown even more, leaving plenty of room for more production."The growing conditions.....

Australian Made Campaign appoints new CEO

The Board of Australian Made Campaign—the organisation responsible for promoting and administering the iconic green-and-gold Australian Made, Australian Grown (AMAG) logo—has appointed Ben Lazzaro as its new Chief Executive, following a Board meeting in Melbourne on Tuesday. Mr Lazzaro will succeed retiring.....