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5 novelties not to miss at IPM

Sustainable propagation, robots & climate control take centre stage at IPM 2020

This morning the IPM show kicked off in Essen and being one of the biggest shows in Europe means also a good place to launch novelties. We scooped some for you already! With over 1,500 exhibitors from nearly 50 countries, there is again plenty to be seen and to be learned at the IPM in the coming four…

Coline Laurent, Connecting Food

Blockchain technology is gaining importance in the fruit and vegetable sector

The French company “Connecting Food” developed a transparency platform based on blockchain technology. “By scanning the QR code on the packaging of the final product, consumers are able to know when the product in their hands was produced and if all the specifications have been met,” explains Coline…

Advertised prices for specialty crops at major retail outlets

US retail turns to Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year

US retailers quickly rebounded from Thanksgiving promotions and turned to Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s. Poinsettias and evergreen wreaths decorated stores and ad flyers across the nation. Holiday essentials such as sweet potatoes, pomegranates, cranberries, asparagus, celery, onions, apple juice,…

Artsy. Duct-taped banana selling for $120,000 at Art Basel Miami

A banana, duct-taped to a wall, went on a sale at Art Basel Miami Beach this week. The price was $120,000. And, according to art market website Artnet, two of the three editions have already sold, with the last now going for $150,000. The work, by Maurizio Cattelan, was presented Wednesday by Perrotin, a…

Report predicts up to 4% hike in 2020

Imported produce and climate change driving up Canadians’ grocery bills

Canadian families can expect to fork out $487 more on food this year. Rising meat, produce and seafood prices are to blame, according to the 2020 Canada’s Food Price Report. Released today, the 10th annual report provides a price forecast for eight food categories and is a joint project between the…

Stephan Weist, REWE Group:

"Huge growth on the fresh tomato shelf does not help consumer nor retailer"

870 SKUs (Stock Keeping Units) for fresh tomatoes. No one benefits from that, according to Stephan Weist of the German retailer REWE Group during the recently held Global Tomato Congress. The unbelievably high number caused astonishment among the attending international tomato industry players, but they…

BayWa AG assesses flagship project in the UAE positively

One year of growing tomatoes in the desert: process optimisation and expanding the range

A year after the official opening of its climate-controlled greenhouses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), BayWa AG has assessed the project positively. The Group, which implemented the project as a joint venture with Al Dahra Holding, LCC, Abu Dhabi, used the past year to optimise production-related…

Wilf Whittle - James Hall & Co

“We are offering more fruit and vegetables from local producers and relying less on imports”

James Hall & Co, the supplier to over 640 SPAR stores have revisited their offer by sourcing more local produce. “We are offering more fruit and vegetables from local producers and relying less on imports” explained Wilf Whittle, Fresh Trading Manager at the company. “Of course, it is not always possible…

Denmark: Grown and harvested in stores now in Copenhagen

Starting Nov. 21st fresh Infarm produce will be available to Danish consumers for the first time at Copenhagen’s Irma Østerport (Oslo Pl. 2, 2100 København, Denmark). Local shoppers (and perhaps even local chefs) will be able to choose from a selection of living Italian Basil, Greek Basil, Parsley and…

US (WA): Seattle-area supermarket strikes deal for in-store cultivation

Visitors to Seattle-area Kroger supermarkets next week will be able to walk out with fresh parsley, cilantro and other greens grown in the store with Infarm urban farming technology, the latest example of grocers bringing the farm right to their aisles. Kroger’s deal with German startup Infarm includes…

Nudging: a push in the healthy direction?

Research after research shows that consumers eat too little fruit and vegetables, even though they know how healthy it is for them. Because most consumers get their fruit and vegetables from the supermarket, there is still a lot to gain. But how can supermarkets encourage consumers to buy more fruit and…


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