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Retail & eCommerce Directors’ Forum to be held in person

Retail & eCommerce Directors’ Forum to be held in person © Richmond Events

© Richmond Events


The Retail & eCommerce Directors’ Forum will be one of the first industry events to take place as a ‘live’ event. Held on 22nd June at The Belfry Hotel, professionals from retail are invited to join either in person or virtually. 

Peter Cowgill, executive chairman, JD Sports will be delivering a ‘live’ keynote address plus you will hear from GSK, Asda, Card Factory, Welcome Break, The High Street Task Force, TATA, Forever Unique and Walgreens Boots Alliance amongst many others within the live workshop programme.

There is no cost to attend for retail or eCommerce directors, but places are now very limited.

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Sun World Expands Footprint in Egypt and Italy Grants Eight Licenses in Key Markets Targeted for Growth

Sun World Expands Footprint in Egypt and Italy Grants Eight Licenses in Key Markets Targeted for Growth
Press Release

Palm Desert, Calif.Sun World International LLC (Sun World), the global fruit genetics and licensing company, today announced it has granted six additional licenses to Egyptian table grape grower/marketers, bringing the total Egyptian licensees to seven. Two new Italian table grape grower/marketers have also been appointed as part of the company’s strategy to extend its reach in these high-potential gateway markets, bringing the total Italian licensees to ten.

One of the primary motivations for this expansion is to satisfy the growing market demand for newer and improved table grape varieties for the fresh market globally. The expansion also reflects the transition taking place in these regions as public table grape varieties are replaced by superior proprietary varieties, such as those Sun World breeds at their Center for Innovation in California. Having an expanded portfolio of innovative table grape varieties will give the new licensees greater access to domestic and international markets and the opportunity for meaningful new revenue streams.

“We have been eager to announce this group of tremendous new licensees,” said Garth Swinburn, Sun World’s Vice President Licensing. “A hallmark of Sun World’s many years as an international fruit breeder and licensor is the longevity of our relationships with our licensees. We make the decision to grant a license with deliberation and care, so this is an important move for our company.”

The new marketers have been granted rights to distribute fruit from existing and new varieties developed by Sun World, marketed under the company’s powerful brands, such as AUTUMNCRISP®, MIDNIGHT BEAUTY®, SABLE SEEDLESS®, ADORA SEEDLESS®, SCARLOTTA SEEDLESS®, and SOPHIA SEEDLESS®.

Joining Sun World’s existing Egyptian licensed table grape and stone fruit marketer, PICO Modern Agriculture, the company’s newly appointed licensees in Egypt are as follows:

Agrostar for Modern Agriculture has been in business since 1998 and specializes in table grapes. Its 400 hectares of table grapes are marketed by its daughter company Egyptian Fruit Exports, owned & managed by Mokhles Harraz and his family. The company currently grows public table grape varieties and is eager to satisfy its customers’ varietal needs by adding new and innovative table grape varieties from Sun World.

Belco is a family business owned by the El Beltagy family which has been growing table grapes since 1958. The export business was established in 1993 and today it cultivates around 3,000 acres producing and exporting a wide range of crops including table grapes, strawberries, stone fruits, mangoes, raspberries, and various vegetables to the largest retailers in the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Daltex, established in the ’60s, is a major exporter of potatoes with 42% market share and also occupies a significant share of the Egyptian citrus market, followed by substantial table grapes exports. “There is nothing more delightful and exciting to us than finally shaking hands and joining such a great family of breeders. It is an absolute pleasure to be part of Sun Worlds global licensing community. This is the start of a new chapter into growing our businesses together to achieve the most optimum fruitful results for both ends,” noted Mohamed Abd El-Fattah, Daltex Marketing Communication spokesman.

El Roda Company for Agricultural Development, established in 1987, was one of the first Egyptian commercial table grape farms to shift its sales focus to the export market in the early ’90s and has since maintained a leading role in the industry managing the largest flame seedless vineyard in the country. El Roda adds noteworthy table grape supply and distribution capacity to key markets such as Europe, Middle East, Far East, and Africa, with the majority of their production being exported to the UK market.

Fayed Horticulture Export Ltd. Co. (FATA), was established in 1995 and joined the Sun World licensing community in 2018 as a stone fruit grower and marketer by its sister company FayedEx, and today the company expands its Sun World portfolio to include table grapes. FayedEx / FATA has received numerous accolades and global accreditations for its operational excellence, premium quality fruit and ethical farming practices.

Magrabi Agriculture SAE (MAFA), is Egypts largest table grape grower and packer, producing over 100,000 tons of fruit yearly and exporting globally to 61 countries. In addition to table grapes, the company also grows and exports citrus, pomegranates, dates, mangos, strawberries, lettuce and capsicum.

Sun World’s existing Italian licensed grape marketers include Giuliano, Di Donna, Orchidea Frutta, Peviani, Salvi Unacoa, and Unifrutti, while Agrintesa and Apofruit Italia are licensed marketers of Sun World’s table grape and stone fruit varieties. Joining this select group of Sun World licensed marketers in Italy are:

AgriMessina is a family-run business and one of the oldest leading growers and exporters of table grapes out of Puglia, Italy. “Having been one of the first Italian licensees for SUPERIOR SEEDLESS®, Agrimessina is extremely delighted to finally become a Sun World licensed marketer. By adding Sun World’s AUTUMNCRISP® branded grapes to our portfolio, we are able to prolong our green grape season and provide flavorful varieties like SABLE SEEDLESS® to our valued customers,” Sales Manager Francesco Messina noted.

Agricoper’s ancient family tradition started in 1938 in Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot, where its vineyards have found their ideal habitat, perfectly embodying, through their colors and aromas, the essence of the Mediterranean values. “Our business is constantly growing, thanks to the efforts and knowledge of the Liturri family and their experienced team, that led Agricoper to became one of the biggest Italian growers and exporters of table grapes,” Sales & Marketing Manager Domenico Liturri stated.

“Everything we do, and every aspect of our breeding and genetics program, is done with the success and prosperity of our growers and marketers in mind,” continued Swinburn.  “I’m delighted to welcome these impressive new marketers to the global Sun World Community.”




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World of Fresh Ideas 2021 aims to inspire!

World of Fresh Ideas 2021 aims to inspire © Fruitnet
© Fruitnet


World of Fresh Ideas will be held online by Fruitnet, with the support of Fruit Logistica, on May 26-27. The free online event is aimed at all players in the global fresh fruit and vegetable business and promises to be an ideal opportunity to be inspired, learn and network. Along with the conferences, visitors will have the opportunity to meet people on an interactive platform. Moreover, all content will be available on demand.

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Global Women Fresh announces line-up for WOFI event

Global Women Fresh announces line-up for WOFI event © Global Women Fresh

© Global Women Fresh


Global Women Fresh (GWF), the international network for women in produce, has announced the speaker line-up for its latest webinar, which takes place on 26 May within Fruitnet’s World of Fresh Ideas online learning and networking event.

Zespri CEO Daniel Mathieson, Nicole Neeman Brady, CEO of S-DAC and Lori Taylor, founder and CEO of Produce Moms, join moderator Michelle Redfern for a lively discussion on issues affecting women in produce. This will be followed by the announcement of the winners of the inaugural GWF Woman of Impact and EmpowerHER Awards.

Founder, Julie Escobar, said: “We’ve invited three exceptional industry speakers to join us for critical conversations around gender equity, setting the stage for the exciting announcement of the winners of our first ever awards celebrating the role of women in the global fresh produce arena. We’re thrilled with the amount of nominations we have received for the awards, as well as the support of companies who have already come forward to sponsor the event and the work that GWF does. We’d invite more companies to get involved and help us to empower, inspire and connect women around the world.”

Fruitnet’s World of Fresh Ideas is a live online learning and networking event for the global fresh fruit and vegetable business that takes place over two days on 26 and 27 May. It will feature four different programme tracks offering a wide range of talks, interviews, and interactive discussions with experts from across the international fresh produce business.

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EU ends ban on Argentine citrus imports

EU ends ban on Argentine citrus imports © Plantaciones de Limon

© Plantaciones de Limon


The European Commission has lifted its ban on citrus imports from Argentina. Trade was suspended last August following a number of interceptions of Citrus Black Spot in shipments. Argentina’s plant health authority Senasa said the new measure would come into effect on 1 May.

Senasa’s president, Carlos Paz, said the lifting of the ban followed concerted efforts by the public and private sectors to strengthen control measures in the field and packhouse and increase the number of staff on its regional teams in order to improve the monitoring and supervision of citrus exports.

Citrus accounts for four out of every ten fruits that Argentina exports and the EU is one of its biggest markets, taking around 200,000 tons of citrus in the last five years.

The measures and conditions for the re-entry of citrus fruit to the EU include additional actions that must be carried out both by the different actors of the private and public sectors.

These include mandatory field application of phytosanitary treatments against Black Spot; official verification of the application of these treatments; laboratory analysis of the fruit sampled both in the field and in packaging when suspicious symptoms of the disease are detected; official communication to the EU of the lists of production units and names of the companies responsible for the units, as well as updates to these lists.

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Photo: IBO SUMMIT 2021

The International Blueberry Organization (IBO) and the Association of Blueberry Producers & Exporters from Peru (PROARÁNDANOS) are responsible for organizing the IBO Summit 2021, which will be held virtually from August 23rd to 25th, with Peru as the host country.

The IBO Summit is the most important event of the blueberry industry, gathering the industry’s top leaders in a blueberry producing country. This time we will gather virtually in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, to address common challenges and coordinate potential solutions, explore opportunities and, fundamentally, to promote the health and sustainability of the blueberry industry.

This year the summit will be held on a 100% digital platform created exclusively for the event, allowing participants to virtually visit farms in different regions in Peru and participate in a wide range of presentations and discussions by renowned professionals from around the world. 

The IBO Summit 2021, whose motto is “Together to be the Berry Best”, will be a global event, projecting to attract participants from more than thirty countries, including the Africa, America, Asia, Australia and Europe. It will be a unique opportunity for sponsoring companies to generate business contacts and exposure for their brands.

For more information please visit the event´s website:


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Coop Sole launches new SiBon 500g packaging

Coop Sole launches new SiBon 500g packaging
Photo: Coo Sole

Coop Sole’s new packagaing has three distinctive attributes. It is environmentally friendly and made of kraft paper, certified suitable for contact with food. The lid window is made of biodegradable plant material, so that the entire packaging can be disposed of and is 100% recyclable.

It is also highly functional. In addition to optimally protecting the product and preserving it during any handling after packaging, it gives visibility to each individual strawberry, so that the consumer can fully assess the integrity of each fruit.

The packaging is also elegant. The essential design and neutral cardboard, combined with the brand’s only touch of colour, make this package an elegant and refined container, in line with the quality of SìBon.

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Fanfare greets launch of Dazzle apples in China

Fanfare greets launch of Dazzle apples in China © Dazzle

© Dazzle


New Zealand’s newest apple variety Dazzle has arrived in China with large celebrations at wholesale markets as importers and retailers race to get a taste. It’s the first year that there have been large volumes of Dazzle apples available for Chinese customers and they weren’t wasting any time to get their hands on the delicious, red, sweet apple from New Zealand.

Joy Wing Mau’s International Buyer Li Bin was involved in the launches at Guangzhou and Shanghai wholesale markets and says it is very exciting to have access to larger volumes of Dazzle Apples for Chinese consumers this year. “We are so happy and very excited to introduce Dazzle apples. Dazzle is a variety which we know has been specifically developed for the Asia market, with its sweet, crunchy and delicious taste, as well as good storability. There is a strong brand and it’s great to be part of a successful launch which will help us promote Dazzle to Chinese consumers. We value our strong relationship with New Zealand apple growers and suppliers,” said Bin.

© Dazzle


The New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Trade Commissioner, Pete Frost presented at the celebrations and cut the ribbon, officially launching Dazzle apples to the China market, saying New Zealand’s apple industry is rated the best in the world. “New Zealand apple growers are agile and innovative. They use world-leading science and technology to deliver to ever-changing customer demands. The New Zealand horticulture industry is investing in new varieties, which are earning premium prices in the global marketplace,” said Frost.

Dazzle Apples were developed over 20 years by Plant and Food Research – a New Zealand Government Crown Research Institute. They are exclusively available from a selected group of exporters and are set to be one of the most popular and largest volume apples coming from New Zealand.

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New wholesale distribution centre to be built in Moscow region

New wholesale distribution centre to be built in Moscow region © P. Gaillard, Réussir Fruits et Légumes

© P. Gaillard, Réussir Fruits et Légumes


The construction of an export-oriented wholesale distribution centre for storage and processing of agricultural products has begun in the city of Elektrostal, in the Moscow region of Russia. The announcement was made by the Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Moscow Region, Sergei Voskresensky.

“A large investment project for the construction of an export-oriented wholesale distribution centre for storage and processing of agricultural products is being implemented by the “Freshistoria” company. The volume of investments will amount to over 1.1 billion rubles. The total area of ​​the centre will be about 20 thousand square meters. More than 180 new jobs will be created,” Voskresensky said.

The project involves the construction of cold storage units for strawberries, mushrooms, tomatoes, cucumbers, freezer units for storing frozen products such as fish and meat and warehouses for dry products, auxiliary and technical premises. The centre will provide services for sorting, processing and packaging of vegetables, berries and other products, their transportation outside the Russian Federation, internal and external logistics services.

“Work is now underway to complete the development of project documentation. Construction work will begin in the second quarter of this year. The planned completion date of the facility is the second quarter of 2022,” said Voskresensky.

The construction of the wholesale distribution centre will facilitate the promotion of Russian agricultural products to foreign markets.

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Surge in Thai fruit exports

Surge in Thai fruit exports © Réussir Fruits et Légumes

© Réussir Fruits et Légumes


Thailand, the world’s seventh largest fruit exporter, has free trade agreements for exporting its fresh fruits to 18 countries. In the first two months of 2021, shipments to these countries rocketed by 107% y-o-y, reports Thailand’s National News Bureau. Director-General of the Department of Trade Negotiations, Oramon Sapthaweetham, said the total trade was worth US$461m, accounting for 94.9% of the country’s total fruit exports.

The products that have registered strongest growth are durian, mangosteen, longan and mango. The main destination markets are China, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Australia and Chile.