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FMC to investigate carriers’ runaway rates success

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-17 Thu 09:12

Following up on last week’s efforts by the Chinese Ministry of Transport to curb runaway spot rates, United States authorities have threatened to take carriers to court if they discover evidence of collusion in the container shipping industry’s highly profitable response to the global pandemic.

The US government’s Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) called a private meeting yesterday (16 September) to discuss what it described as “market trends in trade lanes serving the US and actions taken by both individual carriers and global alliances in response to Covid-19 and related impacts to the shipping industry”.

Spot rates between Asia and the US peaked last week at US$3,711/FEU on the west coast and US$4,496/FEU to the east coast, according to Freightos’ FBX01 Daily and FBX03 Daily Indexes.

The resulting surge in carrier profitability and a miserable peak season for shippers dealing with soaring transportation costs have surprised all leading analysts.

New transport boxes without stacking rim, suitable for any pooled RTP

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-17 Thu 09:10

The blue rigid EPS-trays won't longer be used in 2021. A foldable crate will be the alternative, but that won't be a suitable solution for everyone. Therefore, for several growers, it becomes more interesting to start using their own pool trays. One of the options on the market are the transport boxes of…

'As a catering supplier we are in competition with the discounters'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-16 Wed 08:50

The catering industry is slowly getting back on its feet after the difficult first half of the year. This means a sigh of relief for the wholesalers who have specialised in this sector. However, normality has not yet returned; public festivals in particular are painfully absent from the annual turnover…

Joint decision-making approach for tomato picking and distribution considering postharvest maturity

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-09 Wed 08:10

Fruit maturity is an essential factor for fresh retailers to make economical distribution scheduling and scientific market strategies. In the context of farm-to-door mode, the fresh retailers could incorporate the postharvest maturity time, picking time and distribution time to deliver high-quality…

'We call on governments to support the adoption of ePhyto'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-09 Wed 08:05

The Industry Advisory Group (IAG) of the IPPC ePhyto Solution calls on governments to support the adoption of ePhyto to facilitate international agricultural trade, which would be crucial in safeguarding global food security beyond the Covid-19 recovery period.  Global trading operations of plant products…

Farmpal: Removing middlemen and connecting growers to businesses directly

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-08 Tue 10:08

In Pune, start-ups like Farmpal have opened new collection centres to help growers deliver fresh produce easily by connecting growers to their markets and cutting off the middlemen.  Going back for one moment: India grew more grain in 2017 than ever before and the government’s agriculture budget rose 111 per…

The advantages of ripening in a paper bag

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-07 Mon 13:48

Consumers are currently able to purchase one of the most famous peaches in the Spanish region of Aragon: the one under the PDO Melocotón de Calanda, which is known for ripening inside a paper bag. This protects it from pests, making it possible for it to receive practically no phytosanitary treatments.…

Amazon is expanding its partnership with Kohl's in a big, new way

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-07 Mon 13:47

US: Albertsons embraces micro-fulfillment to power e-commerceTo support e-commerce growth, Albertsons Cos. has expanded its partnership with automation specialist Takeoff Technologies to deploy micro-fulfillment centers (MFCs) to fill online grocery orders. Currently, Albertsons has two Takeoff-powered…

250,000 essential bees almost did not reach Canada this year

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-04 Fri 08:11

Importing bees is a challenge Rod Scarlett knows well. When most international flights stopped in March, thousands of queen bees were stranded abroad, and Scarlett, the executive director of the Canadian Honey Council, had to figure out how to get them to Canada on time. “The early spring is when we…

Reducing claims through improved cold air flow within a reefer container

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-02 Wed 11:11

In refrigerated containers the chilled air often short circuits, not keeping the fresh produce at the desired temperature. “Cold air is lazy, it takes the path of least resistance,” explains Barry Hugo, managing director at Dunlash South Africa and Refrigerated Air Flow Technologies (RAFT).  This challenge…

Colruyt Group makes fruit and vegetable deliveries greener

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-02 Wed 11:09

Since mid-August, green folding crates have replaced the blue crates in the freshmarts of Colruyt Group's food stores (Colruyt Lowest Prices, OKay, Bio-Planet and Spar Colruyt Group). Four folding crates take up as much room as one old crate saving the group transport and space. The transition from blue…

Amazon: U.S. regulatory approval to start drone delivery trials

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-01 Tue 09:11

Amazon.com Inc’s drone service has received federal approval that will allow the company to begin testing commercial deliveries through its drone fleet, the e-commerce giant said. Amazon Prime Air, the company’s special service delivering packages in 30 minutes or less, has been approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to test delivering orders using autonomous drones.

More diversity in fresh cucumbers and a new delivery program for Windset Farms

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-31 Mon 09:03

At Windset Farms, one of North America’s largest sustainable suppliers of naturally grown produce, Nunhems talked with David Coronado (Senior Cucumber Grower) and Shiho Uzawa (Marketing Manager) about the changing demand for greenhouse grown cucumbers and their new delivery program, Windset Direct. “The…

E-grocers double down on farm-to-plate sourcing models

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-31 Mon 09:01

Online grocery start-ups such as Jumbotail, BigBasket, ShopKirana, among others, are doubling down on farm-to-plate sourcing models with a significant spike in demand for fresh produce. Free movement of goods continues to be a challenge for medium and large farmers and fast moving consumer goods brands…

Mexican tomato imports still irk US growers

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-27 Thu 09:28

Nothing says “summer” like a fresh tomato. And thanks to trade, tomatoes aren’t just a seasonal treat for Americans. A trade policy battle, however, over our favorite little red vegetable that had simmered on the back burner for decades recently heated up again and might have threatened our ability to…

A safe and environmentally-friendly method to keep Chinese fruit fresh

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-27 Thu 09:27

Fruit is a naturally nutritious food. Fruit has many of the vitamins that humans need to stay alive and healthy. China is the largest fruit producer in the world in terms of surface area devoted to fruit plantation, and the third-largest in terms of production volume. However, fruit is seasonal and…

Preventing high demurrage/detention fees in times of COVID-19

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-27 Thu 09:25

Forwarders, shippers, and importers have long complained about unreasonable demurrage & detention charges. However, the issue has ballooned in recent months as the coronavirus pandemic is heavily distorting cargo flows. The combination of blanked sailings due to a lack of critical mass of cargo, and…

Restrictions on Mexican agricultural products could lead to a trade war with the United States

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-25 Tue 09:05

Legislators, exporters, and importers are debating the impact that the United States' intention to restrict imports of Mexican agricultural products could have, as this measure could even lead to a trade war. In a second hearing organized on Thursday, August 20 by the administration of President Donald…

Retailer looking for direct supply deals as it continues expansion

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-24 Mon 09:47

PARAMUS, NJ — H-Mart, a Korean grocery chain that was founded in New York in 1982, has ambitious expansion plans and is looking to make deals directly with growers to supply the dozens of stores it operates nationwide.

Gi Moon, who works in the procurement department for Lyndhurst, NJ-based H-Mart, met with The Produce News Aug. 14 at the chain’s location, here, to discuss the shift in its buying practices, which heretofore have focused on the use of brokers and distributors.

“We have plans to open four to five new stores per year, and along with that we are interested in making deals directly with growers as a way to get the freshest, best quality product at the best price,” he said.

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For example, Moon said he has been recently working with ProComer, the export promotion agency for Costa Rica, to procure various products from that Central American nation. He hopes to connect with other similar organizations and directly with growers in the United States and abroad to help satisfy the demand by H-Mart shoppers for top-quality fruits and vegetables.

'Icepack use growing in the fruit and vegetable sector, especially for online sales'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-24 Mon 09:41

People often send, for example, broccoli from the Netherlands to Spain. Then they scoop a decent amount of ice over its crate. That's to keep the broccoli in optimal condition. That, however, has a drawback. Things become a mess on arrival. There are puddles of water under all the pallets. Hygiene is…

Fruit and vegetables still most non-compliant import categories

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-20 Thu 09:56

Imported fruit and vegetables are still the foodstuff with the most non-compliances. This was shown in the latest round of testing by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA). As food safety statistics from January to June show, 396 of 3,177 consignments of fruits and vegetables failed. A total of 87.5 percent of…

'Rigid transport boxes are still an integral part of the supply chain'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-20 Thu 09:54

When it comes to secondary packaging and transport packaging, people nowadays often think of hinged crates as used in the common pool systems. Nevertheless even rigid fruit and vegetable crates still have a right to exist, says Gerold Wilms from bekuplast. "This type of crate has been around for 25…

'We will continue to focus on sustainable refrigerated logistics'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-19 Wed 10:25

For over 40 years ,TBV Kühlfahrzeuge LLC has been an established manufacturer and dealer of refrigerated transport units for the food industry. The main sales area has always been southern Germany, but thanks to an extensive network of national and international partners, the innovative solutions are now…

Apeel expands distribution in Germany, reveals food waste reduction

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-18 Tue 10:06

Germany’s Edeka Group is offering citrus and avocados treated by Apeel Science’s plant-derived technology in more than 11,000 Edeka and Netto stores throughout Germany.

A pilot test this year of Apeel’s technology in about 2,900 Edeka and Netto Marken-Discount stores resulted in a 50% reduction in wasted avocados and greater consumer satisfaction, according to a news release.

The release said Edeka and Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Apeel plan to introduce additional items, subject to approval by European Union authorities.

“With the nationwide launch of Apeel in our stores, we are reaching a new milestone in our goal of reducing food waste and the use of plastic packaging step-by-step,” E Mosa, CEO of Hamburg-based Edeka AG,  said in the release.  “We also support our shoppers to make an active contribution themselves to prevent valuable food in the household from ending up in the garbage bin.”

The pilot with Apeel was conducted in the first half of the year. Avocados from Chile and Peru were treated with Apeel’s plant-based solution. Over a period of twelve weeks, shrink and food loss, sales and turnover values were tracked, according to the release.

When compared with avocados from a control group, Apeel treated avocados had half the waste. Stores with the Apeel program saw a 20% growth in avocado sales, with fewer avocados lost to spoilage and increased customer demand.

Do promotions contribute to food waste?

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-13 Thu 10:08

With global supply chains being threatened by a combination of extreme climate events and transport restrictions, it is increasingly important to tackle the global problem of wasted food. Most of this waste occurs in our homes. People buy food, presumably with the intention of eating it, but end up…

Walmart is partnering with Instacart

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-12 Wed 09:39

US: Whole Foods launches free virtual home economics classesAs part of its new brand design rollout for its 365 by Whole Foods Market private label, Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods is launching Home Ec 365, a digital curriculum that updates the fundamentals of home economics while putting a modern twist…

Fresh-key shows the way for innovation in the cold supply chain industry

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-12 Wed 09:37

The "10th Global Cold Supply Chain Summit" took place in Shanghai on the 6th of August, 2020. The summit was attended by JD Distribution, Carrier, Haier, and Thermo King, as well as distribution associations from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Korea. The participants enthusiastically discussed…

Walmart teams up with Instacart to rival Amazon for same-day grocery delivery

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-11 Tue 09:48

Walmart is partnering with grocery delivery platform Instacart in yet another bid to rival Amazon and its growing offline network of Whole Foods stores and same- and one-day Prime delivery. The partnership, first reported on Tuesday by CNBC, means Walmart customers in four pilot markets spanning California and Oklahoma can now choose Walmart’s grocery options when putting together an Instacart order.

Instacart already works with major grocery chains like Albertsons, Aldi, Costco, Kroger, and Target, as well as smaller chain stores like Wegmans and pharmacies like CVS. The platform also has an existing partnership with Walmart-owned Sam’s Club that will remain intact. The addition of Walmart — Amazon’s primary rival that has been working...

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