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Happy Easter from the FreshPlaza team

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The FreshPlaza team would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Easter. We will be back on Tuesday the 22nd of April with the latest news in the fresh produce sector.
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US (FL): Watermelon season off to good start

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A couple of weeks into the Florida watermelon season, quality has been looking good, according to the state's growers.“Quality is excellent, sugars are high and internal quality is really good,” said Jim Barfield, President of the Florida Watermelon Association and grower with Wolf Island in Immokalee,.....
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Strong USA Pink Lady® market setting up promising import season

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Good movement at good prices should be bringing positive conditions in the USA market for Pink Lady® growers in the Southern Hemisphere harvesting fruit to soon be joining domestic supplies. According to contacts in the industry by Pink Lady America LLC (PLA) in Yakima, Washington, shipments by Pink Lady.....
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France: Breton cauliflower season to end early

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Similar to other winter vegetables, the cauliflower season 'wasn't a good season at all, according to Mr Jacq from Pierre Jacq. Due to the mild winter, consumers were turning to salads and there was less demand for winter vegetables. “The prices paid to the producers weren't right. The absence of winter.....
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Chile: "We will seek free transit regulations to prevent port strikes"

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Great challenges are ahead for the new president of Fedefruta, Juan Carolus Brown, who replaced Cristián Allendes. His team was formed yesterday, with the latter in it, as well as Felipe Garcia-Huidobro (first Vice President), Jorge Valenzuela (second Vice President), María Inés Figari (secretary), Antonio.....
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US (CA): Rivermaid Trading Company installs 40-Lane AirJet™ defect grader

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Rivermaid Trading Company, a Lodi, California cherry and pear packer has installed a GP Graders AirJet™ Defect Grader in its Lodi facility. The 40-lane cherry line is the largest ever installed by GP Graders. Rivermaid’s CEO, Patrick Archibeque and his team traveled extensively last year to evaluate all the.....
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Poland: 'Owoc Sandomierski' apples from Sandomierz

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Grupa Sadownicza "Owoc Sandomierski" Sp. z o.o. is a Polish company founded in 2010 and devoted to the distribution of various fruits from the Sandomierz region. It started with 10 growers with a total of 100 hectares and has now reached 112 growers and more than 900 hectares. "Owoc Sandomierski" supplies.....
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QUAFETY projects reveals how nitrates and glucosinolates can indicate nutritional quality in Rocket

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"Rocket" refers to a widely consumed leafy vegetable belonging to Diplotaxis and Eruca genera of Brassicaceae family.Rocket is an important leafy vegetable and is a good source of antioxidant compounds and anti-cancer molecules such as glucosinolates and other sulfur compounds. Conversely, rocket is also a.....
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Shelf life extension big challenge in growing berry consumption

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During last week’s Global Berry Congress 350 berry players from around the world came together. The consumption of berries is growing and to meet the increasing demand innovations in the field of quality and shelf life are necessary. The Respiration Control System from PerfoTec can play an important role.....
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US (NC): Apple farmers dodge a bullet with cold temps, so far

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The timing could not have been worse — just as petals were starting to fall and fruit was beginning to set in apple orchards across Henderson County, temperatures plunged into the mid-20s.That was April 11, 2012, which was followed by another hard freeze the next day. The hard freeze devastated the county's.....
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India: Onion prices rise by 40% in a week

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The average wholesale onion prices at the country's largest wholesale onion market, the Lasalgaon Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC), have increased by 39.44% in just a week due to poor supply of the crop caused by the recent unseasonal rains and hailstorms in the district.In the district APMCs, the.....
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"Limited supplies of imported peppers, good demand for Dutch produce"

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The Dutch pepper season is off to a good start. Supplies of imported peppers are limited and poor quality has led many customers to swap over to Dutch produce, which Arjen Bouma of Gilad Produce knows. He has a new pepper in his assortment: the Black Bullet. This jalapeño pepper is named for its bullet shape.....
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Onions New Zealand appoints Dr Jane Adams as Research and Innovation Manager

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Onions New Zealand (ONZ) has identified via the development of its industry strategic plan completed in January 2014, that successful research and innovation is core to the achievement of industry objectives. These are to expand its position as a world class industry delivering sustainable growth and.....
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Zimbabweans Introduce South Africans to New Greens

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A novelty to South Africans, various green leaf vegetables have over the past few years come to dominate immigrant green market stalls all over the city of Cape Town. The veggies, shunned by many locals, are favoured by many refugees from northern and central African countries.The common varieties, as.....
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Josie’s Organics brand sleeved celery and celery hearts

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¾ Sleeved celery and celery hearts are the newest fresh vegetables Braga Fresh has added to its sustainable produce brand, Josie’s Organics.“We are proud to expand our offerings of fresh, sustainable produce to help retailers meet growing consumer demand for organic vegetables,” said CEO and president of.....
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Ecuador to promote bananas at Madrid's Marathon

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PRO ECUADOR, via its commercial office in Madrid, will promote Ecuadorian bananas at the 37th edition of the Rock 'n' Roll Madrid 2014 Marathon. The Ambassador of Ecuador in Spain participated, on Friday April 4, in the official presentation of the marathon, which will take place on April 27.Ecuador will.....
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AU: Ord Valley bananas hitting the market

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After a ten year break Kimberley Produce in the Ord Valley is busy harvesting and packing bananas. In September last year the company ripped out 12 hectares of grapefruit trees and replaced them with bananas and the first truck load of fruit is heading out of the packing shed today.Bananas have made a return.....
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Spanish onions seek to consolidate in Europe

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The 2013/2014 onion campaign can be rated a good season, as stated by sources from the sector itself. However, as it usually happens in horticulture, when something is going well for some, it does not necessarily go likewise for others. Growers have managed to reach profitable levels with their production,.....
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UK Potato Council marks 50 years of storage research

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This week saw the Potato Council division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of its Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR) facility, near Spalding in Lincolnshire.The leading post-harvest applied research centre for agricultural storage.....
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US: Onion grower says he's shipping early, despite regulation

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A major vidalia onion grower says he's shipping out his produce early in defiance of the state agriculture commissioner who's warned that a new regulation prohibits shipping the onions before Monday.Delbert Bland and Bland Farms in Tattnall County sued the agricultural commissioner, saying Gary Black.....
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