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Nature’s Pride’ soft fruit activities to continue as ‘Berries Pride’

Nature's Pride' soft fruit activities to continue as 'Berries Pride'
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In recent years, Nature’s Pride has developed into an important player in the soft fruit market. With a dedicated team of product specialists, they know how to provide many customers in Northern Europe with a broad assortment, including soft fruit, every day. To perfect the conditions for berries, they will start a new business from July 1st (2020) in a new location, under the name of Berries Pride. Nature’s Pride predicts a strong future for the soft fruit category. Although they are proud of the share owned in this category together with their partners, they can also see even more potential. The launch of Berries Pride will enable them to give to berries their full attention, thanks to a team that has knowledge and expertise about their products and the chain.

Their aim is to be a leading soft fruit supplier by supplying the highest quality soft fruit to the Northern European retail market year-round. They can only achieve this through sustainable business relationships. This is why they will focus on transparency, share as much data as possible and promote joint entrepreneurship. In addition, their berry experts are moving to a location in De Lier on July 1st. They expect all this to lead to a strong and efficient chain, in which the potential of the category is optimally utilised.

Berries Pride. Better Together!

From 1 July, Berries Pride’s address will be: 
Jogchem van der Houtweg 9, 2678 AG De Lier, The Netherlands.

For more information, please contact Eric van Arendonk, Marketing Manager
T: +31174 532 099

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International Paper launches sustainable, innovative corrugated dividers

International Paper Launches Sustainable, Innovative Corrugated Dividers to Support COVID-19 De-Escalation in Europe, Middle East & Africa


Brussels, Belgium, June 25, 2020 – International Paper, a leading producer of renewable, fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper, is excited to announce the launch of its innovative Space Divider series as some countries around the world lift COVID-related restrictions. The corrugated separators come in many different shapes and forms, enabling businesses, restaurants, schools and public administration offices to meet social distancing requirements to keep people safe and prevent the spreading of the coronavirus. Printable in full color, the separators can also serve to reinforce messages of care or applicable safety procedures in a visually appealing and memorable manner.

“Our corrugated space dividers are enjoying already great popularity in the region”, said Eric Chartrain, Vice President & General Manager of International Paper’s corrugated packaging in Europe, Middle East &Africa (EMEA). “The product gives customers more options to return safely and efficiently to the new normal of their business operations while at the same time contributing to the circular economy with an environmentally-friendly solution.”

Free-standing Corrugated Separator 

The free standing corrugated separator is especially suitable for businesses operating production and assembly lines that require employees working closely to each other, for example in the food processing, fruit & vegetables, pharmaceuticals, hygiene and e-commerce sectors. It allows employees to carry out their jobs normally while being physically separated and maintaining a safe distance. Easy to assemble, it can be moved freely as needed while not requiring any additional support. This model is also suitable for use in hospitals and restaurants, as well as for any business dealing with waiting queues and limited space. 

Desk Partition

The modular desk divider meets the special requirements of offices and education bodies. It can be easily adapted to any workplace or desk featuring two pre-cut openings enabling hassle-free passing of computer cables and free vision for the user towards for example white boards. 


Unlike similar products using alternative materials, International Paper’s Space Dividers are made from renewable resources and can be fully recycled when disposed of. As dividers need frequent replacement for hygiene reasons, the product offers an excellent solution for environmentally conscious businesses.



About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, and Russia. We produce packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., employ more than 50,000 colleagues and serve more than 25,000 customers in 150 countries. Net sales for 2019 were $22 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit

In Europe, Middle East, Africa & Russia (EMEA), International Paper focuses on the production and marketing of office papers and fiber-based packaging. We are a leading supplier of high-quality cutsize papers, coated and uncoated paperboard and corrugated containers for a wide range of applications, and employ approximately 10,000 people. Net sales for International Paper in EMEA were approximately $3.1 billion in 2019.

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This summer, DEL MONTE EUROPE is bringing the passion back to the fans with its “Fruitball” Cup!



Monaco, June 27, 2020 – In a year where many sports events have been canceled, to the deepest regrets of fans, Del Monte Europe is aiming to reignite the passion by launching its own “Del Monte Fruitball Cup 2020”. The interactive competition will take place on Del Monte Europe Facebook and Instagram pages, and the fans of the most delicious fresh and preserved fruits as well as sport amateurs will be able to join the fun.

“We are very excited to launch this fun competition, as we believe that despite the difficult situation of Covid-19 pandemic people are looking for small occasions to smile and entertain themselves” said Thierry Montange, Marketing Director Europe & Africa. The campaign will consist of a friendly competition between European nations where the brand features social media’s fans pages. The Del Monte “fruitball” players and characters will be “fruitfully” recognizable as some of Del Monte Europe’s range of products. Each follower will be able to defend its own nation during the games up until the final, and some exciting prizes will be rewarded to the most enthusiastic and creative fans, including a special reward for some amateur football club in need of support.

The campaign will kick off on Saturday 27th June 2020, and this date was not chosen randomly as it is actually International Pineapple Day. “We picked this particular date in order to leverage this celebration which is very important for us as a worldwide leader in fresh produce pineapple. It was natural to kick off this campaign by spreading the word of Del Monte pineapple’s many benefits for sports aficionados and for other people as well”, continued Montange. Fans should not miss the start of the campaign on Saturday 27th, where pineapple theme gifts will be awarded to some lucky participants on Del Monte Europe Facebook and Instagram Channels.


About Fresh Del Monte

Fresh Del Monte is one of the world’s leading vertically integrated producers, marketers and distributors of high-quality fresh and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables, as well as a leading producer and distributor of prepared food in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the countries formerly part of the Soviet Union. Fresh Del Monte markets its products worldwide under the Del Monte® brand, a symbol of product innovation, quality, freshness and reliability for more than 125 years.

Follow the campaign from June, 27th 2020 here: and

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New board of directors for the Mango Ecuador Foundation

New board of directors for the Mango Ecuador Foundation, Bernardo Malo, CEO and managing member of tropical produce shipping company Refin S.A.
Bernardo Malo, CEO /// PRESS RELEASE


24 June 2020 – The Mango Ecuador Foundation located in Guayaquil (Ecuador), which gathers around 97 % of the country´s growers, packers & shippers, recently elected their new Boards of Directors for the 2020-2022 period. 

Mr. Bernardo Malo, CEO and managing member of tropical produce shipping company Refin S.A. was unanimously elected as Chairman of the new Board, together with Mr. Oscar Orrantia, CEO of Durexporta S.A., as Vice-Chairman.

According to Mr. Bernardo Malo one of the main goals of the new Board is to work closely with all the industry in order to achieve better results for its members, especially during this challenging moments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mango business just as any other has its ups and downs, however the key factor is to be persistent and to have the right strategies in place in order to be able to compete successfully with the each time more demanding markets in terms of quality, marketing, food safety, and so on.

Mr. Johnny Jara who is the Executive Director of the Mango Foundation will continue to interact with its members and strategic partners. One of his main responsibilities is to coordinate the export pre-clearance programs with domestic and foreign public phytosanitary agencies.

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Nebula the tasty tomato booster of innovation in China

Nebula the tasty tomato booster of innovation in China


The Taste story between Nebula tomato and the Chinese customer accompanied with the development of Chinese modern agriculture. Since 2017, with the encouragement from Chinese government on developing the Chinese modern facility agriculture, the first large scale commercial Hitech-greenhouse was built.

The Chinese cherry tomato market is characterized by soft and mealy fruits, which taste similar as tomatoes used for cooking. In order to bring differentiation and innovations to the Chinese consumers, growers and Syngenta searched for outstanding new varieties that shoppers will love for mains course and dessert.

The premium choice is Nebula, its distinguishable light red color and unique taste is unforgettable. Sweet and a bit sour, juicy, crunchy, the totally new and complex taste breaks the stereotype that tomato always is vegetable. With the name Nebula tomato, it become the best seller in high-end supermarkets and premium fruit store.

To satisfy the massive Chinese market demand, additional highly professional growers became Nebula producer. By the end of 2020, you will find Nebula from the North to the South, online or in-store. 

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Complete packing solution for dried fruit snacks

Complete packing solution for dried fruit snacks


A complete packing line solution from Ishida Europe has enabled an entrepreneurial French company to automate and bring in-house the packing of its dehydrated fruit and vegetable snacks, with the ability to increase throughput six-fold.

23rd June 2020 – Il Était Un Fruit, based in Montpellier, was founded in 2014 by Laure Vidal, who wanted to ensure her children were able to eat the required five portions of fruit and vegetables each day.  She devised a means of drying seasonal fruits from the region, such as apples, pears, strawberries and apricots.  In 2016, the company raised €1.2m to support its commercial development, including investment in equipment to industrialise the process.  Further investment is planned for 2020. In addition, in 2019 the product offering was diversified with the introduction of dried sliced vegetables, including a special Apéritif range.

Il Était Un Fruit’s products are sold in a variety of bag sizes for the retail sector – 10, 15, 30, 50 and 80g – as well as 1 and 2kg bags for specialist retail companies.  With the many different fruit and vegetable varieties, this equates to around 40 different product lines, requiring a fast and flexible weighing and bagging solution.

Initially the company contracted out its packing operation but when the decision was made to take it in-house, Ishida was selected for its ability to provide a complete solution for which it had total responsibility, as well as the company’s reputation for accurate weighing and reliable after-sales service.

The Ishida designed line comprises a 14 head CCW-RV multihead weigher mounted directly over an Astro 103S vertical bagmaker, which provides a compact and space-efficient combination, together with a DACS-GN-SE-012 checkweigher with integrated CEIA metal detector.

The RV-214 weigher incorporates a special C4 coating which prevents product sticking to the contact parts.  This ensures a consistent flow of the dried fruit and vegetables throughout the weigher.  Thirteen of the weighing heads are dedicated to the main ingredient, such as apple, while a small quantity of a second, high value item, for example fig, is manually fed into the fourteenth head and weighed. Once this individual ingredient has been weighed, the weigher combines it with the main product, delivering accuracy to within 0.02g of the target weight.

The intermittent motion Astro bagmaker features servo motors and software controlled variable seal time, jaw temperature and pressure to ensure a high level of precision.  Stripping plates clear the seal area before sealing which ensures good pack quality and servo driven and vacuum assisted pull down belts enable accurate and consistent bag lengths to maximise film use and optimise pack presentation.  
Nitrogen gas flushing is used to support the preservation and freshness of products that are naturally susceptible to air (oxygen) degrading the product, giving an ambient shelf life of around six to ten months depending on the product.

The weigher and bagmaker combination is currently running at 30 bags per minute on a 30g pack, well within its top speed of 70 packs per minute.

The DACS checkweigher and integrated metal detector provides a final quality and weight check.  Rejected packs are directed into two separate containers, depending on whether they are non-compliant in terms of weight or contain foreign bodies.
The checkweigher features an intuitive and robust display with an easy to learn menu structure that ensures quick and easy set up and is fully compliant with the European directive on measuring instruments.  

The checkweigher’s open frame design ensures easy cleaning and maintenance, including a complete washdown of the line every week.

“We are pleased with our investment,” comments Nicolas Rey, industrial director at Il Était Un Fruit. “The various machines have all lived up to their expectation, while Ishida’s after-sales service is quick to react if there is a problem. We are currently producing one million bags a year but are confident we can continue to grow because the line can cope with up to six million bags a year.”

Il Était Un Fruit

Il Était Un Fruit has developed a special technique for the drying of fruit and vegetables with no added sugar, additives or preservatives.  The fruit is sourced from eco-responsible orchards and organic fruit and vegetables are Ecocert certified.  95% of the fruit and vegetables are supplied by local growers in the Occitanie region.

The products are washed in water, disinfected, peeled, diced and then dried using a patented drying method developed in partnership with the CIRAD (French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development).  

The new Apéritif range has been developed in association with leading French chef Gérard Cabiron, recipient of the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France.



Torsten Giese
Ishida Europe Ltd

Tel: 44 121 607 7700
Fax: 44 121 607 7740

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Matteo Gentili named chairman designate of Ucima

Matteo Gentili named chairman designate of Ucima
In this order, Riccardo Cavanna, vice chairman (from Cavanna), Matteo Gentilli Chairman
(from Tissue Machinery Company TMC), and Roberto Paltrinieri, vice chairman (from Tetra Pak)
Image source: UCIMA /// PRESS RELEASE


Enrico Aureli’s successor at the helm of the Italian packaging machinery manufacturers’ association for the two-year period 2020-2022 will be elected during the Annual Members’ Meeting in July.
He will be succeeded by Riccardo Cavanna as chairman for the two-year period 2022-2024.

Baggiovara, 18 June 2020 – Following consultations with member companies, the Designation Committee of Ucima (Italian Automatic Packaging Machinery Manufacturers’ Union) has opted for an arrangement in which two business leaders will take turns as Chairman during the four-year period 2020-2024. Matteo Gentili, Chairman of TMC (Tissue Machinery Company), has been designated as the new Chairman for the two-year period 2020-2022. He will be succeeded by Riccardo Cavanna, CEO of Cavanna Packaging Group, for the two-year period 2022-2024.

The vice chairmen will be Riccardo Cavanna from Cavanna and Roberto Paltrinieri from Tetra Pak. Luciano Sottile from Goglio, a member of the Board of Directors and Vice Chairman for the four-year period 2016-2020, has been assigned responsibility for promotional and exhibition activities.

Gentili will be elected during the Annual Members’ Meeting in July and his agenda will be presented, thereby officially sealing the handover from current Chairman Enrico Aureli, CEO of Robopac and OCME.

The appointments were agreed during the Board of Directors’ meeting on 18 June, where it was decided that in order to give equal representation to the two candidates who both enjoyed strong support amongst members, they will each take turns as Chairmen during this term of office. This arrangement reflects the value of the programmes presented and will send out a message of cohesion and common purpose regarding the development goals of Ucima and the sector it represents.

“In recent years Ucima has acquired great international authority and credibility and has become the main point of reference for everyone working in our sector,” says Matteo Gentili. “We have developed new projects and expanded our services. I intend to continue in this direction by providing services and tools that are increasingly focused on supporting and growing our companies.”

Matteo Gentili, 58, is chairman of TMC (Tissue Machinery Company), a company based in Castel Guelfo (Bologna) that produces and markets automatic machines for the packaging and management of Tissue and Personal Care products. In 2018 the company joined the IMA Group.

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ISF elects new president, Donald Coles



Nyon, Switzerland – Australian seedsman and business leader Donald Coles has succeeded Eduard Fito as President of the International Seed Federation (ISF), the 10th person to hold the position since the merging of FIS and ASSINSEL in 2002.  He will serve a term of two years.

Donald Coles was former First Vice President of the ISF Executive Committee from 2018-2020. Eduard Fito will continue to serve on the ISF Executive Committee as Past President for another two years.

The ISF Executive Committee, after the first ISF General Assembly by written procedure, is composed of:

  • Donald Coles, President
  • Marco van Leeuwen, First Vice President
  • Eduard Fito, Past President
  • Christoph Betschart, Treasurer
  • Marc Cool, Chair of the Breeders Committee

“The role of agriculture in the steady supply of quality, healthy food has been greatly highlighted during the COVID-19 crisis. Today seed is widely recognized as an essential good and a key element in food production,” said Coles. “This gives us further determination to ensure the efficient movement of quality seed in order to continue to deliver benefits to the entire value chain. In addition, it is very important to ensure continued innovation. New plant breeding methods can continue to contribute solutions to the global challenge of building sustainable food systems in the face of climate change as well as meeting an ever-growing consumer demand for quality, healthy food. Seed creates food in a matter of weeks.”

Donald Coles is Managing Director of Valley Seeds Pty Ltd. and is a past Director of the Australian Seed Authority. In 2012, he was elected President of the Australian Seed Federation. He has held national positions within Australian Government agencies and affiliated bodies such as the Gene Technology Regulator.

His career of over 40 years spans supply chain management, quality assurance systems, retailing and retail supply. During this time, he has been directly involved in breeding new plant varieties, specifically the development, maintenance and auditing of trial protocols for forage, turf seed and cereals.

“Changing leadership from various regions and seed sectors provides an excellent dynamic for ISF and is a showcase of the diversity that ISF represents. With the new leadership under Donald Coles we will prepare, in these unprecedented times, a clear way forward based on the upcoming renewal of the ISF Key Strategic Objectives 2021-25 and the recognition of seed as the essential element of food production,” said Michael Keller, ISF Secretary General. ISF ushers in a new chapter as the seed sector faces the enormous task of responding to climate change, fulfilling an increase in global food demand, the need for more sustainable food systems (producing more with less), supporting farmers of all sizes globally as well as other stakeholders in the value chain in order to maintain food security.

“I am looking forward to working with our members from around the world. More than ever, collaboration is necessary to continue to maintain sustainable food systems post COVID-19. Partnerships will play an important role in addressing challenges and arriving at solutions in a collaborative manner,” said Coles.

About ISF

ISF is the voice of the global seed sector. It has represented the interests of its members since 1924, and represents 96% of the international seed trade today. With a global reach extending to members around the world and official observer status in intergovernmental and international organizations, ISF is uniquely positioned to assist in the development of government policy and business strategy.

T: +41 22 365 44 20
F: +41 00 365 44 21

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China internet celebrity watermelon



With the rapid development of E-commerce in China, consumers can buy everything online and have it delivered through developed express network. It’s commonly seen fresh products are purchased online, especially during COVID-19 outbreak.

To become a best seller online, watermelon fruit must have good flesh quality, great flavor and sweet taste, and must have excellent storage and transportation ability to fit supply chain conditions.

Syngenta and his partners growers have foreseen the consumer trends and launched to the market WT1202 variety – 蜜童sweet baby -fulfilling online business requirements and consumer expectations. High flesh density and rind thickness are allowing supply chain efficiency.

The single fruit weight is about 2kg, suitable for family consumption: easy to store and cut; seedless is more convenient and preferred by children. High sugar content (Brix more than 13%), attractive red flesh color, crispy taste.

Together with retailer and fruit collectors, our watermelon experts went from farms to farms, to give crop advice and guidelines to growers for producing the best quality watermelon in the right season and right locations all over China.

蜜童sweet baby (WT1202 )-is now available year round and always in its best quality no matter where and when you find it. By integrating the whole fruit industrial chain, we help to create added value for growers, also bring benefits to fruit collectors, retailers, and more important consumers.

 Inadvertently, 蜜童sweet baby (WT1202 )- became the “Chinese online celebrity watermelon”. For more information visit:

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Walmart China partners with Sweeki for top-quality kiwis

Walmart China partners with Sweeki for top-quality kiwis
Image source: Origine Group /// PRESS RELEASE


The top-quality brand of Origine Group for the first time in Walmart shops and online in China

Ferrara, Italy / June 17, 2020 – Over 400 Walmart China stores nationwide, as well as the chain’s online platforms, are currently promoting  kiwifruit belonging to the Sweeki brand of the Italo-Chilean produce consortium Origine Group. Customers can now purchase Sweeki kiwifruit through Walmart’s omnichannel.

Numerous Walmart stores will hold a wide array of promotional events in the next few weeks, including product samplings to let customers experience the unique taste of Sweeki kiwifruit in advance. Sweeki is the premium kiwifruit brand of the Origine Group, a consortium of nine Italian and Chilean fresh produce companies renowned for providing high-quality products to the global market. The total annual value of the fresh fruits and vegetables produced, packaged and traded by the companies comprising the consortium exceeds $1.2 billion.

The new partnership with Sweeki to stock fresh kiwifruit also covers both hemispheres, with fruit being grown in both Italy and Southern Chile to ensure an uninterrupted supply throughout the year. Given the collaboration with Sweeki, Walmart is able to employ simple and efficient procedures for harvesting and shipping, which will ensure freshness and quality while maintaining cost effectiveness, enabling Chinese customers to spend less while enjoying higher-quality kiwifruit via the Walmart China omnichannel.

The Sweeki brand was established by the group in 2015, with a primary focus on exporting to Asian markets. The name Sweeki is a portmanteau of “sweet” and “kiwi” and represents the company’s commitment to its quality standards. All Sweeki kiwifruit must display a dry matter content of at least 16% prior to harvest and meet stringent standards for sweetness, ripeness, color and shape.

  • fiche/Origine Group

The consortium Origine Group was founded in 2015 by several companies, leaders in the international markets in the production and trading of fresh fruit and vegetables. The consortium represents companies already firmly present on the domestic and international markets, with a total turnover of over 1,200 million dollars, which have joined their resources to provide a top-quality product, working together on innovation and new varieties to look out into new emerging markets. Origine Group member are the Italian groups Apofruit, Frutta C2, Gran Frutta Zani, Kiwi Uno, Minguzzi, Salvi-Unacoa, Spreafico and the Chilean groups David Del Curto and Copefrut.