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Australian grower recognized for efforts in China

Costa Group has been announced as a finalist in the prestigious 25th Annual AustCham Westpac Australia-China Business Awards.Nominated for the Business Excellence Award for Agriculture, Food & Beverage, Costa has been recognised for its operations in China with its focus on the development of large scale.....

Japan: Springtime is strawberry time

In Japan, strawberry picking is a popular spring activity. When the fruits become ready to pick in early January, many families flock to strawberry farms, some even making a trip to famed picking spots in mountainous regions, to enjoy the sweet, red fruit in season.Sugiyama Strawberry Farm is a scenic farm.....

Swiss consumers want sustainability and regional goods

The Swiss attach great importance to sustainably produced products that are regionally produced. This is the conclusion of the "Trusted Brands 2018" survey by Reader's Digest. The environmental demands are pronounced, says Reader's Digest in a press release. 74 percent of respondents want significantly more.....
Noise complaints filed

UK fruit and veg seller banned from vocally promoting his wares

A Hampshire fruit and veg seller has been banned from shouting about his produce in a seaside town where he has spent his entire working life. He was accused of being too noisy. Wayne Bellows, a fourth-generation market trader, claims town council officials gave him a gagging order after receiving a noise.....

Australian horticulture receives $5M export boost

To help open up more market opportunities domestically and internationally, Hort Innovation has launched a $5M effort with researchers, industry and regulators to strengthen evidence of pest control measures.The four-year national project, funded by Hort Innovation and research partners and led by CSIRO,.....

US (NY): Save time, add profit for pepper and tomato growers

Growers who are first to market with peppers, tomatoes, and other fresh market vegetables have a distinct advantage. Earlier spring crops, double yields, and the potential for $1390 in added net revenue are among the results noted in the 2017 vegetable production research report posted at www.nnyagdev.org by.....

Mickaël Falini, E. Leclerc:

France: "Consumers prize famous import products"

Mickaël Falini is responsible for the fruits and vegetables department at the French supermarket E. Leclerc Ploërmel in Brittany. Mickaël: "I attribute great importance to the origin of my products. I mostly prefer the local products, followed by the French. If I had to prioritise my choice, it would be:.....

Anthony Otto, Magic Sun"

"Never enough product in the middle of the winter"

As the consumption of tomatoes, interest in snacking tomatoes as well as consumers’ demand for organic product options all continue to increase, at least one greenhouse grower is expanding its organic tomato offerings to cover more areas of growth. Magic Sun of Richmond, Va. is a year-round hydroponic grower.....

Acadian Plant Health and Van Iperen sign partnership agreement

Acadian Plant Health announces an international partnership with Van Iperen International, with focus in Europe, Africa and the Gulf Region. Several years of successful collaboration has blossomed into a close working relationship dedicated to the needs of the grower.Van Iperen International is a Dutch.....

Prominent focuses on millennials:

“It’s one of the most influential generations in history”

In the third and final video of the series, Prominent gives us a glimpse of Bella’s life. A girl growing up in the city. Born in the late 1990s, and shaped into who she now is at the start of the new millennium. “Millennials like Bella consciously choose a healthy lifestyle. It’s one of the most influential.....

Sweet Palermo Congress

"Brand development key element for pepper category"

The fourth edition of the Sweet Palermo Congress was held in Almeria, Spain, on Tuesday, 10 April 2018. Organised by seed company Rijk Zwaan, the event was attended by around a hundred growers, cooperatives and traders from all over Europe. Speakers from countries including Germany, Spain and the Netherlands.....

Innovation Award for You Make Me Pasta Kits at Viva Fresh Expo

Sunset won the first annual Gateway to Innovation Award for its You Make Me line of four pasta kits at the Viva Fresh show this past weekend. The pasta kits won the Most Innovative Value-Added Solution. The You Make Me pasta kits launched by SUNSET in 2017 were designed to provide busy consumers with a.....

UF/IFAS expert urges scientists to breed for flavor

Imagine sinking your teeth into a fat, bright red tomato, whose aroma promises a tantalizing treat. Instead, you realize you got a great looker, but not a great taster. That’s because the consumer has been left out of the breeding process.For 20 years, Harry Klee, a professor of horticultural sciences at the.....
Seven healing health and beauty benefits

Beating the heat with cucumbers

The summer has officially arrived in the Indian subcontinent; people are gearing up for long, sweaty days and punishing heat. It's important to take care of your diet during summers as there are certain foods that can ensure you stay cool from inside, while some others may end up aggravating your body and.....