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South Africa: 2018 Prestige Awards officially launched

Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde has officially opened the 2018 Prestige Agri Awards.This year marks the seventh year that the Department of Agriculture has partnered with supermarket giant Shoprite to sponsor the awards.The competition aims to celebrate excellence among those.....


Greenhouse vegetable growers await an average year after a gloomy start

The Economics Bureau of the ING expects an average year for Dutch greenhouse vegetable growers. “After a dark start of the year for greenhouse vegetable growers, the sun is finally starting to shine again. The backlog in production has been caught up with, the quality is good, as is the demand and the.....

George Baker between the grapes

Sing along with the vegetable edition of Little Green Bag

Tum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum.... Once it's in your head, you will hardly get it out and start singing along. Now there's another reason to sing a long with the song Little Green Bag by the George Baker Selection. The band fell for the commercial possibilities and allowed Dutch retailer Lidl to.....

Balancing attraction and transaction in the fruit and veg department

A relaxing shopping trip in the weekend or a quick stop at the discounter store, for some essentials? Various supermarket concepts attract various shoppers, by focusing on experience or functionality, for example. It is important to create a balance between attraction – the way the products are presented –.....

Carrefour’s 'Black Market' - 7 months after launch

Last month, we wrote a piece on France’s Carrefour supermarket chain, highlighting the fact that the agricultural seeds market is covered by European legislation, in effect banning no fewer than two million varieties of France-grown seeds. Ninety percent of the planet’s cultivable varieties have already died.....

Prison terms demanded for fraud in Westland tomato trade

Trust in the Westland tomato trade is of great importance, and according to the Public Prosecution Office, this trust was seriously misused by a commercial employee of a producer organization. Against this former employee and two joint defendants, the Public Prosecution Office last week demanded imprisonment.....

Consumers still hesitate to buy fresh produce online

In a recent survey, the reasons people generally gave for online grocery shopping reflect larger e-commerce trends. People are looking for good deals, they want to save time or they want to avoid the hassle of brick-and-mortar stores.Still, consumers typically turn to friends and family when looking for.....

Wendy's is moving all of its tomato production to greenhouses

Wendy’s Co. says it wants to make sure no one finds a mushy tomato on one of its burgers anymore.To do so, the chain is shifting its tomato production to vine-ripened tomatoes grown in greenhouses from those plucked from fields. The change comes as the use of fresh ingredients is becoming an increasingly.....