Monthly Archives: March 2018

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California’s oranges face global challenges and opportunities

By | March 29th, 2018|Global Industry News|

While California’s orange supply is thin this year, the demand worldwide continues to be stable for the fruit from the West Coast. “While the California navel crop is the smallest volume crop the industry has seen since the 2008-2009 season, our volumes have remained consistent compared to the previous few seasons,” says Will Mehrten from [...]

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AU: Time is right to move into digital trading world

By | March 29th, 2018|Global Industry News|

Australian digital fruit and vegetable wholesale market HiveXchange believes there has never been a more important time for growers and buyers to invest in diversification of their supply chains, to better use technology to deliver their product more efficiently. "There is significant disruption happening in fresh supply chains, driven by changes in consumer demand, in [...]

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Forelle pears offer a silver lining in difficult pear season

By | March 29th, 2018|SA Industry News|

The South African pear season is ending on a high note thanks to Forelle pears. They are the first pears of the season whose volumes aren’t markedly down and the sizing on Forelle is “surprisingly good”, after a season of depressed volumes and small sizes on the earlier cultivars. The Forelle harvest started in week [...]

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SATI Chairman passes away after motorbike accident

By | March 29th, 2018|SA Industry News|

The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) is sad to announce the passing away of its Chairman Michael Laubscher following a serious motorbike accident. After bravely fighting for his life he passed away in a Paarl hospital last night (26 March) due to complications following the accident that took place outside Worcester just over two [...]

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The new jumbo grape varieties taking on Japan

By | March 17th, 2018|Global Industry News|

An Australian company is stepping up its sales in Japan, with a new larger, sweeter Crimson line commencing this month in selected stores. Budou Farms, based in Merbein in South Victoria, says its Jumbo size Crimson is like having a new variety, which is crunchy, juicy with a good ratio sugar to acid. "The response [...]

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Rombola Farm pinpointed as origin of listeria

By | March 17th, 2018|Global Industry News|

The rockmelon farm at the centre of the deadly listeria outbreak has been revealed as Rombola Family Farms, authorities have confirmed. The NSW Food Authority said it was working closely with the farm, located in the NSW Riverina, to determine the exact cause of the outbreak. Four people died and there have been 17 confirmed cases [...]

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Spanish Tangos open season for South African consumers

By | March 17th, 2018|SA Industry News|

During the past week South African consumers have been able to start enjoying Tango Fruit™ mandarins again, well before the local harvest. This is a follow-up to the successful introduction last year of locally grown Tango Fruit™ mandarins to Freshmark, the fresh produce division of Shoprite Checkers, the leading and biggest supermarket chain in Africa. [...]

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Problems for the Sicilian Moro orange segment

By | March 6th, 2018|Global Industry News|

Everybody knows things are not going well for Sicilian citrus fruit, though there are a few contradictions that are rather surprising. The CTV virus has definitely been one of the sector's worst enemies over the past few years, leading to the uprooting of many hectares. Moro oranges have been one of the varieties most hit, [...]

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Clean bill of health for South African deciduous fruit

By | March 6th, 2018|SA Industry News|

The source of the ‘worst outbreak’ of listeria in South Africa was confirmed yesterday by health minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, as coming from processed meat plants in Polokwane and Germiston. Hortgro, the organisation representing the deciduous fruit industry, believes it is a relief that the source has been found. The deciduous fruit industry reiterates its [...]

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Strong end expected for South African grapes

By | March 6th, 2018|SA Industry News|

The harvest of South African grapes is still going strong in the Hex River and packing is expected to continue for at least four more weeks. The Northern Province and Orange River regions have finished packing and reached volumes mid-range within the 4th crop estimate and marginally above the upper limit of the 4th estimate [...]

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