Monthly Archives: December 2017

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Short crop expected for California Navel orange season

By | December 5th, 2017|Global Industry News|

A month in, and the Navel orange season is off to a mixed start in California. Weather is good right now, but expectations are for a lighter crop this year. The market is sluggish at the moment after customer demand eased following the Thanksgiving Holiday rush. But that is expected to change soon as the [...]

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Climate has effect on southern hemisphere grapes

By | December 5th, 2017|SA Industry News|

The harvest in South Africa will be in full swing in December. According to Robert van Melle, the country can be divided into two when looking at the grape production. “In the north of South Africa, near Orange River and the border with Namibia, it’s looking well,” he continues. “Namibia is also expecting a decent [...]

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Dry fog system controls humidity level in warehouses

By | December 1st, 2017|Global Industry News|

Keeping produce ripe and fresh is an ongoing challenge for growers and shippers of fresh produce. When it comes to avocado and citrus, for example, de-greening as well as controlled ripening often requires storage in a controlled humidity environment. Corrigan Corporation of America have developed a humidity system called VaporDry that they say controls the [...]

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Bio-degradable packaging is here!

By | December 1st, 2017|Global Industry News|

Collecting waste products (orange and apple peel, beetroot pulp, etc.) and using them as raw material by extracting fibre and active compounds to make biodegradable and edible covers and films for fresh food products. This is the mission of a university start-up/spin-off Packtin which, after years of R&D at the University of Modena and Reggio [...]

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Langkloof receives its best rain in two years

By | December 1st, 2017|SA Industry News|

The Eastern Cape’s Langkloof, one of South Africa’s prime top fruit producing areas, has had its best rain in two years and farmers are heaving a big sigh of relief. Rainfall in the Kloof during the months of October to November varied between around 50mm to over 100mm in some areas. In places like Krakeel, [...]

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Water-wise bin washers for SA fruit producers

By | December 1st, 2017|SA Industry News|

Hygiene plays a major role when perishable products like fruit have to be harvested and transported to the packing shed, especially when a major overseas journey lies ahead. Up until now, South African producers have been relying on imported automatic bin washers to ensure sparkling clean bins for a pristine start. But enormous importation costs have [...]

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