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US (CA): Growers offering roadside stands with fruits and vegetables

The warm conditions this week had the valley strawberry crop maturing quickly, but farmers wanted to also offer some healthy reminders. Heulong Siong has already opened his…

US: Local growers donate produce

In several places, produce is harvested which then can not be shipped to regular clients. Some growers decide to donate the produce to local charities.  The Berkshire Education and Correction Services aquaponics training facility at the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office and House of Correction was getting ready to harvest its very…

5 years of Westland Horti Tours ambassadors for Dutch horticulture

Westland Horti Tours celebrated its 5th anniversary on April 1st. 5 years ago, Aad Verduijn started guiding mainly foreign visitors in greenhouses and companies in the…

Vegetable growers to establish free supplies to pensioners in Moscow region

The greenhouse industry enterprises that are part of the Greenhouses of Russia Association have decided to hold a campaign, within which they will provide vitamin products to…

Direct sales to consumers during COVID-19

During these unprecedented times, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) recognizes that it is not ‘business as usual’. We hope to provide some support and guidance to help you continue to sell and market your agricultural products. Regardless of whether your business is considered an essential…

CAN (ON): Seacliff Park amphitheatre to be named Sunset Stadium

Mastronardi Produce and the Municipality of Leamington have announced that the recently built amphitheatre located in Seacliff Park will be named Sunset Stadium. “This was an…

Alternative ways for local growers to market their produce

As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts local food systems, local farmers and markets must adapt to ensure consumers can access fresh, nutritious food. There are numerous ways that local producers can offer products to consumers while practicing social distancing, and farmers’ markets can make adjustments to…

Why Soviet Russia named a tomato after an American celebrity

In 1990, Marina Danilenko founded a seed business with her mother. As the owner of the first private seed company in Moscow, she purchased seeds from a network of farms and eventually sold approximately 500,000 packets through the mail to Russian gardeners. One of her specialties was tomatoes, as her…

The AHEIA – a voice for Australian horticultural exporters and importers

There's never a dull moment for Australian horticultural exporters and importers. By its nature, the sector is at the frontline for all issues impacting the value chain…

Iranian police arrest five over prank aubergine-rain video

Iranian police have arrested five people over a prank video that shows aubergines falling from the sky in front of a Tehran landmark, state news agency Irna said on Monday. “A…

Qwix cucumber with dipping sauce

Dutch grower comes up with novel snack cucumber concept

Since last year, cucumber nursery Mellantas from the Dutch town of Sevenum has been taking care of all of their sales themselves. This makes them strive for creativity because, aside from the regular distribution channels, the nursery is betting on a new concept. The mini-cucumber as a fast snack. Dipping…

Spanish strawberries for children

Photos of a 1-kg crate of strawberries in a dedicated packaging perfect for children were sent to FreshPlaza by a reader from Rome who purchased it in his local supermarket last week. The label states all the details: the strawberries were produced in Huelva (Spain). Category I, grade 22+, Rociera variety.…

Codema appoints three new salespeople

On March 1, 2020, Codema welcomed two new Account managers and a new Commercial Representative APAC. Martijn Egberts is the new Account manager Software, Remco Meewisse is appointed as Account manager Water solutions and Amanda Liu is Commercial Representative APAC. Martijn Egberts is 34 years young and has…

Sweet Palermo Taste of the Year 2020 in Spain

Rijk Zwaan’s sweet pointed pepper Sweet Palermo has been chosen as Taste of the year 2020 by an independent group of consumers specialised in sensory analyses. The seal “Taste of the year” represents more than 20 years of experience in Europe and 10 year experience in Spain. The selection was based on…

Mastronardi, Oppy and Red Sun Farms among Canada’s Best Managed Companies award winners

Canada’s Best Managed Companies is a business awards program, recognizing excellence in Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $25 million. The award, which is sponsored by global financial services company Deloitte, as well as CIBC, Canadian Business Magazine, Queen's Smith School of…

Marco van der Velden new director of Berg Hortimotive

Since February 2020, Marco van der Velden has been Managing Director and CEO of Berg Hortimotive Group. With a background in the metalworking industry and general machine building, he has the broad base required to lead this group - consisting of Berg Hortimotive BV and HortiKey BV. The companies…

Austrian agri sector wants to contribute to climate protection with less imported vegetables

"We'll see how we can extend the season for the growers"

Günter Achleitner is harvesting kale. Lettuce, leeks and spinach also grow in variations and organically on his fields around Eferding. The farmer is one of the pioneers in the…

US (MI): Governor Whitmer proclaims March as Michigan Food and Ag Month

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed March as Michigan Food and Agriculture Month, to honor and celebrate Michigan’s farmers, the diversity of products grown and processed…

Van Lipzig Tuinderijen entered the market with a new corporate design

“We take care of our own sales this year”

What do you do when the sales organization that used to sell your cucumbers stops? Then you look for another, or you opt to take care of sales yourself. This is what Frank van Lipzig of Van Lipzig Tuinderijen will be doing this season since Quality Queen went bankrupt at the end of last year.   Photo right: Frank van…

India: Dutch Embassy sees great horticulture potential in Telangana

A delegation from the Netherlands Embassy said there was tremendous potential for development of horticulture in Telangana State. Representatives from the Netherlands explained the ‘Village Level Cold Chain Model’ to State agriculture officials and said that such a facility would help boost export of cut…

"If I am acting lawfully, why should I have to hide?"

Spanish distributor of Moroccan products denounces damages and threats

A fruit and vegetable distribution company in El Ejido, Almería, accused by other Almeria-based producers of "re-labeling" products from Morocco to make them look like Spanish products, has denounced threats and damages to vehicles and the company's headquarters after the protests carried out by…

Food Freshly presents solutions for shelf life extension

Fresh-cut: Rising demand for innovative products

This year FOOD freshly will again present new solutions for the fresh-cut sector that will make a difference. The Bielefeld-based company develops antioxidants that will improve the shelf life and quality of convenience fruits. "In addition to traditional applications such as sliced apples, we see a growing…

BLE market report, week 5 / 2020:

'The availability of cucumbers increased marginally'.

In the case of the snake cucumbers, Spanish goods dominated over the Greek shipments. Only complementary products came from the Netherlands and Belgium, but these were usually light quite small. The availability increased marginally. As a result of the increased prices of the previous week, customers…

Temperature slump in Spain leads to high prices

Current cucumber price: higher than ever before

Anyone in Germany who bought a cucumber last week, had to pay an unusually high price for it. The price for the green vegetable is higher than ever. At 1.35 euros, the average…

Helping you determine what consumers want

Did you know Vineland Research and Innovation Centre’s Consumer Insights team now offers a wide range of services to help with your next product launch? From sensory profiling, consumer taste testing to demographic data analysis, they can guide marketing initiatives and drive sales. "Our multi-disciplinary…

Canada’s Agriculture Day reminds consumers good food is grown close to home

Canadian consumers are only one step removed from the people who produce most of the food that lands on their dinner tables, according to Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) director of Industry…


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