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France bans imports of cherries produced with dimethoate

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 13:35

France has introduced an emergency measure to ban imports of cherries from other Member States or from third countries where phytopharmaceutical products containing the active substance dimethoate is used. France adopted similar measures in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Chilean apple exports down 5% after difficult winter

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 13:29

Chile’s apple exports are expected to fall due to the smaller crop that stemmed from adverse weather conditions during the spring and winter. According to USDA data, total fresh apple exports will reach 739,000 tons in MY 2018/19, down 5% from the previous campaign. The country’s total apple planted area totalled 34,427 hectares in 2018/19, a drop of 4.2% from MY2017/18.

Troubled times for EU apple markets

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 13:24

The high apple stocks in the EU combined with the arrival of Southern Hemisphere fruit is putting severe pressure on prices. As of April 1, stocks were at 2.3 million tons, which is 1.1 million tons more than in 2017-18 (an unusual year), and 210,000 tons more than the more typical season of 2016-17, according to data from the World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA).  A large proportion of these stocks come from Poland, but there are large differences between one variety and another.

Global Cold Chain Expo promises innovative education

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 12:59

Over the course of three days, June 10–12, the Global Cold Chain Expo and Conference combine to deliver the most valuable and comprehensive networking and education event serving the perishables industry. Industry thought leaders will present cutting-edge breakout sessions that include:

Agroponiente Group launches 'Kisy', its new 'personal' size watermelon

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 12:47

Kisy is here, the new "personal size" watermelon for individual consumers, which launches Grupo Agroponiente with Jimbo Fresh. It is a mini watermelon of great flavor , easier to peel, eat and drink anywhere, which is a response to market demands in the sense of a type of Watermelon for small families or individual consumers. It is a 'mini' watermelon of 650 to 950 grams and great flavor, with between 10 and 11 degrees Brix

Rijk Zwaan to exhibit at GreenTech in Amsterdam for the first time

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 11:02

Rijk Zwaan to exhibit at GreenTech in Amsterdam for the first time, top-quality seeds and high-level services for horticultural projects

International vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan will be exhibiting at GreenTech for the first time ever this year. The Netherlands-based firm is a valuable partner for investors in the high-tech greenhouse industry. The theme of this year’s trade show, which is being held in Amsterdam from 11-13 June, is ‘Solutions for horticultural projects – top-quality seeds and high-level services’.

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Spain’s CGC bemoans country’s "irrelevance" in plant health and accuses IVIA of turning its back on the export sector

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 10:58
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The European Commission (EC) has recently appointed the five centres or consortiums that will serve as European Reference Laboratories (EURL) in the field of plant health. These entities will be responsible for performing the analyses to confirm possible positive by pests and diseases from the samples taken in the ports to the horticultural imports of third countries or phytosanitary controls in the field. Well, despite the evident strategic importance of such designations, the Ministry of Agriculture has not presented candidatures in favour of any Spanish centre.

Latin American banana exports worth $5.6 billion

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 10:50

Latin America and the Caribbean is the world’s largest banana-exporting region. Estimates point to a total combined export value of around US$11 billion for bananas and major tropical fruits from Latin America and the Caribbean, of which bananas accounted for about US$6 billion, according to data published by FAO. Between 2016 and 2018, the total production volume of bananas in the region was an estimated 30 million tons per year, while total exports reached an annual average of 13 million tons, representing 80% of world banana shipments, worth US$5.6 billion per year.

GreenTech announces nominees for Innovation Awards 2019

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 10:45

Exhibitors at the GreenTech exposition to be held in Amsterdam next month submitted 50 innovations for the GreenTech Innovation Awards 2019. This number represents an increase from last year’s edition and shows the enormous developments in the horticultural sector. The winners will be announced during the official opening of GreenTech on Tuesday 11 June 2019.

ZUMEX® strengthens its position in the USA and develops a customised industrial juicing line for the leading New York company LiDestri

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 09:37

The project, developed by ZUMEX's® Food Engineering division, has enabled the US company to create LiDestri Beverage, which will specialise in the development of products such as freshly squeezed orange and other citrus fruit juices

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