Monthly Archives: March 2020

South African fresh industry supports country lockdown

By | March 30th, 2020|SA Industry News|

South Africa has followed suit: the country's president has announced a total lockdown of 21 days, which started from midnight Thursday night during which citizens will only be allowed to leave home for emergencies and food, and international arrivals will be turned away. Many in the fresh produce industry tell FreshPlaza that they are heartened [...]

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Coronavirus measures could cause global food shortage

By | March 30th, 2020|Global Industry News|

Protectionist measures by national governments during the coronavirus crisis could provoke food shortages around the world, the UN’s food body has warned. Harvests have been good and the outlook for staple crops is promising, but a shortage of field workers brought on by the virus crisis and a move towards protectionism – tariffs and export [...]

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The supply chain has experienced a massive shift

By | March 30th, 2020|Global Industry News|

It has been a bizarre couple of weeks in the fresh produce industry, there have been big changes in the supply chain as people have been forced to change their entire way of life. "Since pubs and restaurants were advised to close last week, the supply chain has experienced a massive shift, it seems like [...]

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Demand picks up slightly on lemons

By | March 30th, 2020|Global Industry News|

Demand for lemons has seen only a slight jump compared to the increasing demand for oranges. “There’s a bit of a spike in demand for lemons. But with navel oranges for example, the movement is up 250 percent on typical volume. Lemons have seen only a slight uptick,” says Michael Chavez of Golden Star Citrus [...]

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Events cancelled due to coronavirus

By | March 16th, 2020|Global Industry News|

As the coronavirus spreads around the world and movement is restricted and gatherings of large numbers of people are banned, a number of industry trade fairs have been postponed or cancelled. 2020 Syngenta Australian Melon Conference and Field Day cancelled Interpack, Germany postponed 2020 Consumer Connection Conference, Arizona cancelled Organic Growers Alliance AGM, London postponed [...]

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Good reasons to package produce

By | March 16th, 2020|Global Industry News|

Now more than ever we are reminded of the importance of food security. All around the globe consumers are preparing for the threat of the Corona virus and in many places panic purchases have ensued. A picture that can be seen in many places are empty shelves in fruit and vegetable sections of supermarkets – [...]

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Coronavirus update for fruit industry

By | March 16th, 2020|Global Industry News|

As the Coronavirus hits Indonesian imports, some restaurants there are taking dishes off the menu after the price of onions soared ten-fold. In Iran, it has caused a decline in mushroom consumption, while in Panama, the consumer protection body is keeping a close look at the soaring fruit prices. Meanwhile, Australian growers are working with [...]

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Concern about possible COVID-19 impact on SA

By | March 16th, 2020|SA Industry News|

The Deciduous Fruit Industry body, HORTGRO, says it is concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the sector. Agriculture remains a key economic driver in the Western Cape, which is the largest producer of deciduous fruit. With exports of 45% and a global market in turmoil, a difficult season is expected. - freshplaza.com

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