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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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Clarifruit’s App Can Pick Out the Bad Apples

By | January 25th, 2019|Global Industry News|

Israeli startup Clarifruit (listed as AclarTech) uses computer vision and machine learning technology to quickly evaluate the quality, ripeness, and freshness of fruits and vegetables. Founded in 2016, ClariFruit develops a produce monitoring mobile app that scans fruits and vegetables and analyzes their condition to determine whether or not they are ready to go to [...]

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Small-sized citrus: Spain, Italy, Turkey, Israel & Morocco currently on market

By | January 25th, 2019|Global Industry News|

The mandarin market was dominated by Spanish produce, in particular Clemenvilla. These strengthened their presence and were mostly convincing taste-wise. Israeli Orris left nothing to be desired in terms of their diameter and color. Their sales were quite steady, despite strong demand from distributors. Only in Cologne, prices went down somewhat. Turkey increasingly participated with [...]

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Spain: Egyptian citrus arriving during 2nd part of campaign

By | January 14th, 2019|Global Industry News|

According to many in the sector, the start of the Spanish citrus season was affected by the entry into the European market of South African citrus; a result of the trade agreement that came into force in 2017. This forced Spanish exporters to compete with those from South Africa during some crucial months. However, the [...]

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Printed fruit very popular during the holidays

By | January 14th, 2019|Global Industry News|

Besides supplying fruit to more than 2,500 companies per week, Fruitsnacks also offers apples or pears with a message or logo printed on them with their enterprise Logofruit. “The options for printing are extensive. One customer might want an apple with a logo for an open day, another might want an apple with a thank [...]

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Spain’s citrus exports to non-EU countries down by 14%

By | December 11th, 2018|Global Industry News|

The citrus sector is not achieving good results as far as exports are concerned. At a time with on-going protests by agricultural organizations, such as those convened by the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-Asaja), the Provincial Federation of Agricultural Producers of Castellón (Fepac-Asaja) or the Union of Small Agricultural Producers (UPA-PV), the latest export [...]

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Promoting Sicilian red-oranges

By | December 4th, 2018|Global Industry News|

The last citrus fruit campaign in Sicily was extremely positive. However, this year the volumes are not the same as last year. This is mainly because of the Tristeza (CTV) effects and of the heavy and persistent rains which devastated the Western-Sicilian production areas. Despite all these issues, experts still have positive expectations. Sara Grasso [...]

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Corsican clementine harvest halted due to yellow vests

By | December 4th, 2018|Global Industry News|

Corsican clementines are much consumed during holidays in Cosica. However, they will most likely be scarce. Indeed, because of the movement of yellow vests, nearly 700 tons of Corsican clementines were blocked in trucks from the Paca region, causing an interruption of the harvest in Corsica. Even if losses are not huge at the moment, [...]

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Boosting New South Wales’ preparedness for Citrus Canker

By | December 4th, 2018|Global Industry News|

Exercise Orange Juice was held in October in Griffith and was designed to review and evaluate New South Wales’ preparedness for a detection of the exotic disease. It was based on a hypothetical scenario where citrus canker was detected in a NSW retail outlet. More than 50 participants attended the exercise, including members from both [...]

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