Monthly Archives: February 2019

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“We prioritise products that are good to eat, not good to sell”

By | February 21st, 2019|Global Industry News|

Always on the lookout for quality products with a taste identity, Apifood was one of the first to import the oranges with leaves from Portugal. “It took us 4 or 5 years to develop a brand. We had to find the right product, the right producers, the right terroir and a regular supply, to make [...]

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“Wholesalers should stop using plastic”

By | February 21st, 2019|Global Industry News|

Dutch trader, Hilhorst Fruithandel, is at the end of the chain. As such, this company's Jos Hilhorst is becoming increasingly annoyed by the unnecessary use of plastic packaging. "I do not need it, and neither do my customers," he says. Jos removes all the unneeded plastic when he sets up his stall. He also ensures that [...]

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Chilean nanotechnology to combat grape moth

By | February 21st, 2019|Global Industry News|

A team of researchers in Chile has managed to develop microscopic biopolymers equipped with pheromones that are capable of disorienting the grape moth ("Lobesia botrana"), one of the greatest threats to agriculture in the country. The moth, which is six-millimeter long, attacks grapes and other fruits that are grown, mainly for export or to prepare [...]

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SA needs to sell the country to China and its grapes will follow

By | February 21st, 2019|SA Industry News|

The European market presents a challenge to the South African grape industry but one which has just emphasised again the importance of retail programmes, says Clayton Swart, Communications and Market Development Manager at the South African Table Grape Industry (SATI). The grape season has entered the final weeks – it’s expected to run until the [...]

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World’s first expertise centre for Agri-Food Robotics

By | February 8th, 2019|Global Industry News|

The world's first Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) for agri-food robotics is being established by the University of Lincoln, UK, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has awarded £6.6 million for the new Centre, which will see a massive influx [...]

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Spain imported over 9,300 tons of citrus

By | February 8th, 2019|Global Industry News|

In Spain, the import of citrus fruits from third countries (in the southern hemisphere) is not only carried out in the summer, which is when there is no domestic production. Imports from countries such as Egypt, Morocco or South Africa continue in the autumn and winter, despite the crisis that has hit Valencia in the [...]

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Flash Gala expands in SA

By | February 8th, 2019|SA Industry News|

Such is the enthusiasm for the new apple cultivar, Bigbucks, marketed as Flash Gala™ apples, that new plantings are expected to reach a million trees in South Africa by the end of this year. According to the South African Plant Improvement Organisation (SAPO), it’s the quickest rate at which any new cultivar has ever expanded [...]

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