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E-commerce is unlocking new fresh produce markets

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-26 Thu 13:20
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Since the start of the Covid pandemic, online sales have boomed. And it’s not just online alcohol sales that spiked in lockdown; health-conscious consumers were keen for fresh produce delivered to their door, causing meat deliveries and veg boxes to soar in popularity. Data gathered by The Food…

📗 Chapter 1: Globalization 4.0 of The Future of Global Produce Consumer

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-10 Tue 15:11
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Chapter 1: Globalization 4.0 of The Future of Global Produce Consumer report is now available! Topics in the 5-part series include the impact of water scarcity, precision nutrition, produce’s role in healthy lifestyles and the rise of intelligence systems.pma.com/content/articl… pic.twitter.com/7Q6rhnn7R

Singapore firms fined for illegal food imports

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-10 Tue 12:23
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Four Singapore companies have been fined in the past month, being accused of illegally importing food products. All of the firms had penalties set in court. In October, CCL Impex Pte Ltd. was fined S$3,600 (US$2,700) for illegally importing fresh fruits, vegetables and processed food for sale. In…

"Price differences can make falsification of geographical origin profitable"

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-05 Thu 10:07
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A few weeks ago there was a million-dollar fraud case in the Austrian fruit trade: 460 tons of apples of Czech origin were offered on the market as Austrian goods. Imprint LLC, based in Neutal in Burgenland, has been fighting this type of fraud for many years. Managing Director Bernd Bodiselitsch…

📄 UK food system mapped and quantified in new report

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-04 Wed 13:51
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500Foods shared this story from HD.com. The expansive UK food system has been mapped and quantified in a new report that reveals both the value of the agri-food sector and the multiple challenges it faces. Mapping the UK Food System – A Report for the UKRI Transforming UK Food Systems Programme is the inaugural report published by the £47.5M…

CANAPEP demands all pineapple containers are scanned before they're exported

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-23 Fri 13:25
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The National Chamber of Pineapple Producers and Exporters (CANAPEP) has requested that the authorities of the Ministry of Finance and Public Security scan 100% of the containers loaded with fresh and industrial pineapple that the country exports, regardless of the destination port, to prevent these…

Ranking list shows global pineapple production from 1961-2017

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-21 Wed 16:42
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In 2017, 27,4 million tons of pineapples were produced worldwide. Costa Rica was the largest producer, with more than three million tons. The Philippines, Brazil, and Thailand follow it. In the 20th century, Hawaïi was a dominant pineapple producer, mainly for the US. In 2017, Costa Rica, Brazil, and the…

Past and future of the banana industry

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-13 Tue 12:11
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It is green, yellow, white and brown, it grows on trees, it looks like a boomerang, it has been with us for thousands of years and you can find it all over the planet and in many forms. What is it? Right, the banana. 

Over the past few decades, the banana trade has experienced an important rise thanks to the improvements made in shipping and ripening. Freshly harvested, unripened perishable products are loaded into the container and cooled to a holding temperature in a range of from about 14 to 21 degrees Celsius.

Use of very low oxygen concentrations and minimal ethylene concentrations can produce a fruit whose pulp is riper than indicated by the color of its peel. In other words, they ripen during transportation to the place where they will be sold.

80% of the world's orange production is used to make juices and extracts

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-08 Thu 11:14
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Orange-based drinks are among the most popular around the world. In fact, according to estimates by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), nearly 80% of the oranges produced in the world are used to make juices and extracts. The main producing countries are Brazil (which…

'I used to sell millions of heads of lettuce a year. Not anymore'

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-08 Thu 11:13
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According to Henk van Doorne, lettuce sales are mediocre. He's from Van Doorne Imex in the Netherlands. "There's not even a large supply. But, there's also little demand. The Middle East still wants some lettuce. But sales in [the Netherlands] neighboring countries is dead. I attribute this largely to…

How a Chilean raspberry scam dodged food safety controls from China to Canada

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-07 Wed 08:43
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In January 2017, Chilean Customs inspectors acted on a tip from a whistleblower: The country’s prized crop of raspberries was under threat. Inspectors raided the offices of Frutti di Bosco, a little-known fruit trading company on the second floor of a tower block in downtown Santiago. The files, company…

B.C. blueberry farmers brace for impact as U.S. sets sights on berry and produce tariffs

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-05 Mon 13:51
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After waging war on Canadian dairy, steel and aluminum, Donald Trump's White House is setting its sights on foreign berry farmers and vegetable growers.

Demand for processed tomatoes exceeds supply

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-01 Thu 10:48
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The future of the tomato industry after the pandemic will be characterized by a change in the price of the finished products. The current sales campaign is coming to an end, and industrial costs are higher also due to the lower yields. The real problem will be meeting the demand from the retail channel,…

An in-depth look at the Alberta greenhouse industry

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-29 Tue 09:41
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The latest Profile of the Greenhouse Industry in Alberta provides current benchmark data on greenhouse crop operations. "This report is of significance to greenhouse growers, researchers and agricultural financial institutions that rely on this information for business decisions," explains Emmanuel Anum…

Canadians welcome pineapples from newer countries of origin

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-23 Wed 13:17
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Canadians are increasingly interested in pineapples coming from new countries of origin, including Colombia and Ecuador. “Our supplies are steady right now. We’ve probably tripled our volume over last year,” says Vaughn Smith of Global Citrus Group in Brantford, ON. He notes that Global Citrus has been…

Border Inspections: First Line of Defense to Protect Agriculture

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-18 Fri 12:57
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Now’s not the time to let our guard down when it comes to protecting our U.S. borders, urged National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) president A.V. Roth. Unfortunately, an estimated $630-million shortfall in Agriculture Quarantine Inspections (AQI) funding through the end of fiscal year 2021 has the pork industry very concerned about future funding for agricultural inspections at U.S ports of entry.

“Pork producers are already facing an unprecedented crisis as a result of the COVID-19 human health pandemic. An outbreak of ASF or other foreign animal diseases in the U.S. would be a devastating blow to hog farmers already teetering on the edge,” Roth said during a media teleconference on Thursday.

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

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

Mexican tomato imports still irk US growers

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

'The goal is to make US fresh produce market data more accessible'

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-27 Thu 09:21
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Agronometrics is continuing with its goal of making US fresh produce market data more accessible with a major relaunch of its service that includes innovative tools like market updates, price alerts, and easy navigation through USDA commercial data. With this latest version of Agronometrics, the company…

Consumer preference for microgreens

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-26 Wed 11:05
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Microgreens are tender immature greens of wild species, herbs, grains, or vegetables, harvested upon the emergence of the first pair of true leaves. Microgreens are analogous in size to sprouts but are eaten without the roots and require additional days to thrive and acquire larger, colored, and…

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

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

Third of US-grown potatoes turned into frozen french fries

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-19 Wed 10:24
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A little more than one-third of all potatoes grown in the US are manufactured into frozen products, 85 percent of which are french fries. Spurred by decades of explosive growth within the quick service restaurant industry (QSRs), processed potato products, which include frozen, chipped, dehydrated, and…

US mushroom business migrates to Canada

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-24 Fri 09:38
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One of the largest US mushroom growers, based in southern Chester County, plans a major expansion. However, this would take place in Canada, which has been growing more mushrooms and exporting to grocers in the US, where production has declined in recent years. Kennett Square-based South Mill Champs is a…

'We try to be quick choosing varieties that allow us to continue being innovative'

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-24 Fri 09:37
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The European tomato market is undergoing important changes, both in the productive potential and in consumer trends and preferences. How do you survive in an increasingly competitive market? Product diversification and the constant selection of varieties is one of the keys for Bonnysa, which in addition…

Singapore: Five importers fined for bringing in fruit and vegetables illegally

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-23 Thu 09:18
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In Singapore, five importers were fined a total of $28,000 for bringing in food products that did not conform to import permit requirements. This was made clear by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) in a statement on Wednesday. The agency said that its officers had detected 2,565 kg of undeclared and…

USMCA provides an opportunity for continued growth in agricultural trade among the three member countries

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-21 Tue 09:20
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The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a new economic and trade agreement that modifies the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), adding provisions for continued growth in agricultural trade among the three member countries. Agriculture has a large and growing stake in…

'The price war on the tomato market has started again'

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-09 Thu 10:53
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It is a peculiar year for the tomato. When the lockdown started around mid-March, French producers were just gaining volumes. Despite this difficult context, the tomato campaign went well for Prince de Bretagne during the lockdown. “The French origin was promoted in stores, which was favorable to us,”…

The final purchase price won't be allowed to fall below the effective cost of production

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-08 Wed 11:38
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On February 26, the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA) published Royal Decree-Law 5/2020 on urgent measures in agriculture and food, which amended the Food Chain Law. One of the consequences is that it has become compulsory to include an estimation of the “effective cost of…