Agreement opens opportunities for US fruit in Japan
JBT introduces Bin Scrubber System
With increasing scrutiny on food safety, JBT FoodTech introduces a patented Bin Scrubber System aimed at better cleaning of field bins. JBT's Bin Scrubber System is unique in its ability to really scrub bins, with a brush. “With our technology it takes as little as 15 seconds to clean a bin, so this is faster and cleaner than other systems, even those done by hand or by other competing machines that only use high pressure water,” said manager Hassan Khan. The system is 100% programmable and designed for use on plastic and wood bins.
Costco’s arrival as America’s top organic grocer
Costco sees a big future in selling organic produce – if it can source enough of it.
The warehouse giant now ranks number one for organic sales among America's retailers, besting even Whole Foods.
With annual sales already topping $4 billion, it anticipates exceeding $10 billion a year by 2020 thanks to the double-digit growth it expects every year until then. “We cannot get enough organics to stay in business day in and day out,” CEO Craig Jelinek told investors at a Costco shareholder meeting.
Global Green Team exports peppers to China
After years of preparations, the first Dutch peppers will be exported to China mid July, said Paul Schriel, sales manager at Global Green Team, a Dutch fruit and vegetable trading company that operates worldwide. “We are accessing a market with a huge potential where we can distinguish ourselves by guaranteeing healthy and safe products,” Schriel said.
Trends driving America’s produce category
The recent wave of consumer interest and demand for health and wellness products has been great for the fresh produce business in the United States.
However, winning in produce requires more than just resting on the inherent health aspects of fruit and vegetables, warns the Nielsen Perishables Group.
Health & organic food trends driving US sector
US opens to Ecuador's blackberries, raspberries
As of May 9, fresh Andean blackberries and raspberries can be imported from Ecuador into the continental United States under what is known as a systems approach.
Designed to protect against the introduction of quarantine pests into the US, in this case the systems approach would include requirements for commercial consignments of the berries to come from a pest free production site within a certified low pest prevalence area for fruit flies, and pest monitoring and trapping.
Health trend favours frozen over fresh fruit
Frozen fruit sales benefitted more than fresh fruit from the trends towards healthier diets which influenced the fresh food market in the United States last year.
According to Euromonitor, Americans are increasingly “counting ingredients, not calories” and eschewing heavily processed foods for fresh and natural offerings.
Trends in Americans' fruit and veg choices
Americans are eating less potatoes and whole head lettuce, and more avocados, chili peppers, blueberries and kale, than they did a decade ago.
Analysis of the USDA Economic Research Service's loss-adjusted food availability data for the ten years to 2013 shows Americans' annual consumption of total fruits and vegetables has dropped 27 pounds to 272 lb per person.