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25,000 celebrate the tomato in Almería

About 25,000 people were gathered on February 18 for the big tomato party held in the centre of the city of Almería. The province produces around one billion kilos of different varieties of tomatoes each season. Its main destinations are the international markets, with 70% of production being exported.This.....

Cucumber named 'flavor of the year'

Firmenich has announced cucumber as the 2017 ‘Flavor of the Year’ based on the growing appeal of this refreshing flavor.According to Chris Millington, President of Firmenich’s Flavor Division, the growing demand for refreshing, clean, and healthy food and beverages is driving cucumber’s surge in popularity......

February 21, Centerville

US (NY): 2017 Produce Auction Growers Meeting

Speakers from other New York auctions (sellers and buyers) and Cornell Cooperative Extension will provide attendees with information on produce production for profit, diversifying your product line, high tunnel organic fertility approaches, disease resistance in tomatoes and cucumbers, and Food Safety.....

US: Syngenta gets ready for a new generation of growers

As a new generation of growers prepares to take over their family farms, agribusinesses like Syngenta are getting ready for the transition. These young growers are part of America’s largest demographic — millennials, generally defined as people born between 1982 and 2004.“Millennials are one of the most.....

NewStar Fresh Foods extends line of “Pick Me” with culinary herbs

NewStar Fresh Foods, one of the world’s largest shippers of iceless green onions, today announced the introduction of the company’s new line of culinary herbs under the NewStar “Pick Me” brand. According to the company their new line is grown for quality and peak flavor to meet the demands of today’s growing.....

Quebec Produce Marketing Association releases Chilean fruit guide

The Quebec Produce Marketing Association (QPMA), in partnership with the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA), has released the Coup de coeur pour les fruits du Chili, a new food guide featuring blueberries, grapes, plums, peaches, and nectarines from the farms and orchards of Chile. "Julie.....

European first: heart-shaped Cantaloupe and watermelons

Rungis has had heart-shaped cucumbers and square watermelons for a while already, but now the company has gone one step further. As of Valentine’s Day, they started advance sales of the first-ever heart-shaped Cantaloupe melons and heart-shaped watermelons in Europe.“Supplying these Japanese specialities.....

CAN (AB): Financial software for greenhouse vegetable growers

Dustin Morton is a commercial horticulture specialist with Alberta agriculture, and he fills us in on the software and upcoming workshops to learn how to use it.Listen to the interview with Dustin Morton here.Adding it Up: Getting a Handle on Your Greenhouse Financials is being offered twice this.....

UK aquarium asks for lettuce donations to help their sea turtles

Sea Life has announced in a press release that it is also suffering because of the lettuce shortage in the UK. The company has eight aquariums in the UK with 12 green turtles which live on the scarce vegetables. They are calling on visitors to spare lettuce or broccoli for their shelled inhabitants who are.....

Many new packaging possibilities for Hoogstraten:

Strawberries packaged as chocolates

Coöperatie Hoogstraten presented a wall with packaging possibilities in a separate room during the Fruit Logistica last week. “We wanted to show customers that we have endless packaging options. We wanted to inspire, for now or for in the future,” says Natalie Snijers from Coöperatie Hoogstraten. “For.....

BelOrta introduces engaging, playful packaging concepts

During the Fruit Logistica, BelOrta had an entire wall of innovations. Some were recognisable from last year, but other products were presented to visitors for the first time ever. Various new products had already been shown at the product show late last year, such as the pink coeur de boeuf Monterosa, red.....

Bayer showcases Food Chain Partnership

Bayer showcased its Food Chain Partnership activities at Fruit Logistica in Berlin that took place from February 8 to 10. The company presented a number of successful partnership examples from various regions that link partners along the value chain enabling safety, quality, affordability, transparency and.....

New Dole Go Berries! targets healthy snacking on the go

Dole Berries have announced a new product they hope will stick for busy strawberry lovers looking to enjoy their favorite fresh fruit snack on-the-go.The leading berry provider is launching Dole GO Berries!, three snack-size packages that snap apart. Each contains 4 ounces of fresh DOLE Strawberries designed.....

May 1-4

Phil Hogan to visit Canada in European business offensive

Commissioner Phil Hogan will continue his series of foreign diplomatic missions aimed at opening up new markets for EU agri-food products with a visit to Canada on 1-4 May 2017.He will be accompanied on the visit by a delegation of up to 60 senior representatives from European companies and/or producer.....