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United Fresh to host food safety meet-up for assessing suppliers

United Fresh to host food safety meet-up for assessing suppliers

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The United Fresh Produce Association will hold a virtual webinar to discuss what factors should be considered when assessing a supplier’s food safety risk. The event will take place on Friday March 19 (2pm – 3pm US/Eastern). Discussion will include whether a third-party audit is enough, how to rank the risk of certain products and suppliers, how to manage this when time, financial, or other types of resources are limited.

The webinar is an opportunity for the produce food safety community to meet for informal networking to discuss these challenges and identify the types of tools and resources that would help assess risk.

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Upcoming webinar: The future of integrated weed management in vegetable farming

Upcoming webinar: The future of integrated weed management in vegetable farming

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Integrated weed management (IWM) is vital for getting on top of weed problems in vegetable production. It involves combining all appropriate weed control options in a coordinated, supportive and flexible way.

Applied Horticultural Research is holding the last of a series of three webinars, during which the weed teams from University of New England and Soil Wealth will discuss the findings from their Hort Innovation-funded project – a strategic approach to weed management for the Australian vegetable industry (VG15070):

Webinar 3: IWM for veg growers – the future | 1pm-2pm (AEDT) Thursday 4 February: This webinar will look into the future of IWM and how new innovations can benefit the vegetable industry.

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INC Webinar Series Connects Over 1500 Professionals from 75 Countries in the Nut and Dried Fruit Industry

INC Webinar Series Connects Over 1500 Professionals from 75 Countries in the Nut and Dried Fruit Industry
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Plant-based protein and new consumption channels are key for the nut and dried fruit industry in the midst of COVID-19.

INC Webinar Highlights: https://youtu.be/VHrE6J6fUpc

June 16, 2020. The International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC) launched a series of webinars bringing together over 1500 professionals from 75 countries within the nut and dried fruit industry. The expert-led webinars discussed new trends like plant-based protein, consumer demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, crop forecasts, and product development.

As consumers become more health conscientious and include more plant-based protein, nuts and dried fruit are apt to benefit. Furthermore, despite COVID-19, many products saw increases in retail demand and the experts believe it is necessary to find new channels of consumption via product innovation.

During the webinars, experts from the most relevant producing and consuming origins around the world also discussed preliminary crop forecasts –still subject to the end of the crop year conditions– and supply expectations for the 2020/21 season.

Regarding tree nuts, with yet another annual increase of 16% compared to the previous season, the global crop is forecasted to reach around 5.4 million metric tons (kernel basis, except pistachios in-shell) in 2020/2021; representing an increment of over 730,000 MT from 2019/20. Pine nut, pistachio, almond and pecan crops are expected to be significantly higher than last year, while walnuts, cashews, macadamias, hazelnuts and Brazil nuts are forecasted at similar levels to the prior season.

Similarly, and anticipating an increment of 4.5 million MT from 2019/20, peanut production is forecasted at 46.1 million MT (in-shell basis) for this season. As for dried fruit, total production in 2020/21 is expected to reach over 3 million MT, remaining within the same levels reached in 2019/20.

About the INC

The INC is the international umbrella organization for the nut and dried fruit industry. Its members include more than 800 nut and dried fruit sector companies from over 80 countries. INC membership represents over 85% of the world’s commercial “farm gate” value of trade in nuts and dried fruit. The INC’s mission is to stimulate and facilitate sustainable growth in the global nut and dried fruit industry. It is the leading international organization on health, nutrition, statistics, food safety, and international standards and regulations regarding nuts and dried fruit.

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Gulfood holds webinar event to discuss future of sector

Gulfood holds webinar event to discuss future of sector

With international expositions and conferences currently suspended due to the pandemic, Gulfood is offering a virtual webinar to keep industry professionals informed. On Wednesday April 29th at 15.00 UAE time, there will be a free to join 1 hour webinar focusing on whether our supply chains can cope with the current quarantine conditions.

During the 2007/8 crisis The World Bank blamed export restrictions for price increases of between 30% for rice and 45% for wheat. Is this a sign of things to come? We are already witnessing countries restricting major export commodities, significant logistics challenges and big increases in freight and shipping costs.

► Duration: 45 minutes speaker debate + 15 minutes Q&A

A focused webinar agenda will highlight:

  • How are retailers responding to the crisis and exponential increase in demand? 

  • How will the increasing export bans affect food on shelves?

  • Social distancing in production lines: What impact it has on productivity and output?

  • How can local production support the food manufacturing industry

  • What innovations and changes are required today are here to stay beyond the disruption?