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Dada announces partnerships with over 20 regional retail chains in China

Dada announces partnerships with over 20 regional retail chains in China
Photo: JDDJ’s posters at a Zhenhua Supermarket

In China, Dada’s local on-demand retail platform, JD Daojia (JDDJ), has accelerated its geographic expansion into lower-tier markets and established new partnerships with more than 20 regional supermarket leaders, including Ouya Supermarket, Zhenhua Supermarket, Sanhe Supermarket, Zhebei Supermarket, Guihe Supermarket and Sifang Street, reports PRNewswire.

With these agreements, JDDJ has now established partnerships with more than 2/3 of the top-100 supermarket chains in China. In addition to signing new partnerships in 2020, JDDJ also strengthened existing partnerships with other leading retailers and grocers, including Walmart, Yonghui Supermarket and CR Vanguard. JDDJ ranks first in market share for supermarket O2O platforms in China.

Huijian He, vice president of Dada Group, said, “The lower-tier market has become a major growth driver and an important part of our development strategy for JDDJ. The platform will continue to accelerate business expansion into lower-tier cities and establish partnerships with more of China’s top supermarkets and regional leaders to jointly develop the local on-demand retail market, bringing one-hour delivery to more consumers in lower-tier cities.”

 

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DiMuto Joins International Pineapple Organization (IPO) as Trade Technology Partner

DiMuto Joins International Pineapple Organization (IPO) as Trade Technology Partner
DiMuto 4T Suite Solution /// Source: Press Release

 

DiMuto, a tech-based trade solutions platform, is now the official Trade Technology Partner for International Pineapple Organization, a global trade organization. The new partnership will see DiMuto providing support to IPO members to digitalize their produce and supply chains while strengthening the IPO’s presence in Southeast Asia.

 

Singapore, 15 April 2020 – DiMuto, a trade tech solutions platform that provides end-to-end supply chain visibility for global agri-food businesses, has joined the International Pineapple Organization (IPO) as an official Trade Technology Partner. The new collaboration will see DiMuto providing support to the global pineapple association not only through its trade technology solutions, but also for R&D and marketing efforts.

The IPO is a Global Trade Organization of pineapple growers from pineapple growing regions around the world, maximize efficiency and profit for the pineapple industry through identifying common needs in Buying, Marketing, Cost Savings, and Consulting. With active presence in Latin America as well as the US, the cooperative’s mission is to identify common needs among its members and leverage the group to maximize efficiencies and economies of scale.

According to market research by Tridge, 28.3 million metric tonnes of pineapples were produced in 2018, and the export of fresh pineapples was valued at US$2.1 billion, increasing by 11% from 2014 to 2018. The top pineapple exporting markets are tropical countries such as Costa Rica, Brazil, Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand. A 2018 FreshPlaza reports that global consumption of pineapples continues to grow with the largest growth markets in Asia such as China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Philippines.

Under the partnership with IPO, DiMuto will be working with members to support the digitalization of their pineapple supply chains, as well as help strengthen the presence of IPO in the Southeast Asia region, in particular pineapple exporting markets such as Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines.

Using the DiMuto 4T Suite Solution, a 4-part trade technology solution combining blockchain, AI and IoT, DiMuto digitalizes the agri-food supply chain for data visibility and trade transparency, aiming to solve the industry’s various challenges such as food waste, food safety and food sustainability.

The DiMuto 4T Suite Solution creates traceability for every single fruit as they move through the supply chain by capturing important data at key supply chain stages. Individual products and cartons are tagged with DiMuto QR codes to assign each one a digital identity. These products and cartons are then digitalized through DiMuto’s proprietary Digital Asset Creation devices (DACky). Buyers can then use the DiMuto Receiver App to acknowledge the receipt of goods and provide feedback, all recorded on the DiMuto Platform to truly close the supply chain loop on one single platform. With the visibility provided by data captured as the product moves through the supply chain, DiMuto helps to reduce disputes over quality and creating trust amongst trade parties.

“IPO is always on the lookout for technology and solutions that would benefit our pineapple growers. I have every confidence that DiMuto’s technology will help create supply chain visibility for our members from around the world and help them grow their international presence,” said William Cavan, Executive Director of IPO.

“We are thrilled to have the support of International Pineapple Organization as we strengthen our presence in the produce industry. With our technology, IPO growers will be able to show buyers the high quality of their pineapples for every single carton before it is shipped. This creates trust and reduces uncertainty amidst the disruptions brought on by COVID-19,” said Gary Loh, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of DiMuto.

This partnership comes hot on the heels of DiMuto’s latest investment from Latin Leap, a Venture Capital Studio focusing on opening up opportunities in Latin America for outheast Asian tech-scale ups. To date, DiMuto has tagged over 30 million fruits and tracked and traced over US$100million worth of agrifood trades. With presence in 7 countries including US, China, Indonesia, Australia and Mexico, the partnership with IPO will strengthen DiMuto’s international footprint in the global fresh produce industry.

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Chileans stand by Chinese partners during coronavirus outbreak

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Chilean Fruit Exports Association (Asoex) has offered support to China by offering to donate fresh fruits to the medical staff working to treat people affected by coronavirus. Containers filled with fresh Chilean produce sent to different ports across China had been held back due to the outbreak. With Chinese consumers turning to online markets to buy fresh produce, overall consumption has reduced. Shipping companies have been working to keep the containers in the market so as to increase availability of refrigerated storage.

In a statement issued by the organisation, Asoex president, Ronald Bown Fernandez, said: “It is complex, it requires constant monitoring as to how it evolves. We are relying on Chinese authorities to contain the virus, with the aim of returning to normalcy in the shortest period of time possible.” It’s unknown how long the current situation in China will last, with Asoex announcing it will work with the government to minimise the negative effectives by implementing a “specific campaign to promote the healthy attributes of fruit consumption”.

Around 265,000 tons of Chilean produce have been exported so far this season, with the main products being cherries, blueberries, table grapes, avocados, nectarines, plums, apples, and kiwifruit. This figure is up 27.7% from the same period last year.

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“Boosting the organic sector by integrating breeding into value chain partnerships” workshop

"Boosting the organic sector by integrating breeding into value chain partnerships" workshop

FiBL workshop “Boosting the organic sector by integrating breeding into value chain partnerships” focused yesterday morning (13/02/2020) on how to foster and finance the breeding and the selection of organic varieties. It was organised with the collaboration of Eurofresh Distribution magazine, OPTA, Cotton Accelerator and Econatura.

Still less than 30% of organic crops come from organic seed & plants in Europe (less than 10% worldwide). Major changes shall happen by 2036 to fulfill with the new EU regulation.

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CVVP adds partners and launches Leanri

CVVP adds partners and launches Leanri, credit: CVVP
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Spanish non-profit organisation CVVP (Compañía de Variedades Vegetales Protegidas) has been strengthened by the addition of a new partner, Fruit Growing Quality. Manager, Reyes Moratal, said, “With the incorporation of this company, we are progressing towards achieving our dual aims of attracting new members and diversifying our products.” Fruit Growing Quality produces gold and red kiwi marketed under the Kibi brand. “We are very pleased that a firm like Fruit Growing Quality trusts our organisation. This is a clear indication that our work is being appreciated by the sector. We welcome new partners to offer them the best possible service not only in citrus but also in other products like kiwis, berries, grapes.” The 2019/20 campaign will be the first commercial season for Leanri variety of mandarin, managed by CVVP since 2016. It is a high-quality mutation of Clementine x Murcott. The fruit, harvested between January and February, is seedless and has a red-orange colour, a round shape, and a smooth peel. Additionally, Summer Prim lemon variety will be available for next spring. This variety is in great demand among European distributors. 

For ten years, CVVP has supported its partner producers in the Spanish fruit sector. It provides auxiliary services to assist with the management, promotion, defence, licensing and development of protected varieties. Furthermore, it offers administration services, computer management and control, human resources, complementary and auxiliary marketing, communication and legal consulting services. CVVP comprises five partners: Club de Variedades Vegetales Protegidas, the Navel M-7 Association, New Lemon Company, ANBGCM Material Vegetal and Fruit Growing Quality.

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Australia and Japan partner up to grow fruit

New Australian project for protected cropping 

Australia and Japan have signed an agreement to work together to ensure year-round supply of fruit. At a summit in November 2018, the Australian and Japanese prime ministers agreed to devise a cooperative fruit supply programme, to take advantage of the two countries’ complementarily opposing seasons. Australian producers in the north-eastern town of Ayr will grow a local variety of melons using Japanese growing techniques to reproduce the quality and flavour that Japanese consumers prefer. The project will include a contribution from each country of farmland and technical personnel. Farmers will be able to monitor production via video link and offer instructions to staff onsite. Other products to be grown in the Ayr region include persimmon and strawberries, which will be exported to Asian markets. The aim is to target the gifting fruit culture that is growing among Asia’s expanding middle class. Australia chose Ayr as its production region in a bid to drive economic development in the area.