Monthly Archives: July 2020

Citrus companies setting shipping example for grapes & stonefruit

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

Citrus companies are setting an example with their increased return to conventional shipping this season, in large degree to compensate for the delays and inefficiencies at the Cape Town Container Terminal. "Year to date, we are already loading the sixteenth vessel destined for Europe and Russia, which is on average about three to four vessels [...]

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European market keen on exotic citrus

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

Exotic citrus fruits have found their niche in the European market, positioning themselves as gourmet products that have attracted the interest of the catering sector. With the start of the finger lime season in Spain, one of the European countries where the cultivation of this variety is possible, the companies working with it are facing [...]

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Finger limes offer hope against citrus greening

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

There's good news in the battle against a disease that's devastated Florida's signature orange crops. One of the most promising treatments was recently developed in the Australian finger lime. Native to rainforests in Australia, the finger lime is a few centimetres long, grows on small trees and is gaining popularity as an exotic fruit. Researcher [...]

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Boot sales for fruit & veg

By | July 20th, 2020|Global Industry News|

Cars have become mobile markets in Zimbabwe where enterprising residents are selling goods from their vehicles to cope with economic hardships caused by the coronavirus. With their car doors and trunks wide open by the side of busy roads, eager sellers display a colourful array of goods in Harare, the capital city. In the trunk of [...]

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European project tackles citrus waste

By | July 20th, 2020|Global Industry News|

Enrich-Project is the name of a European project that aims to develop biorefineries capable of processing by-products derived from the production and processing of citrus fruits. Several European entities are taking part in the study. On the Spanish side, two of the participating entities are the cooperative ANECOOP, which is the main supplier of biomass [...]

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Compostable nets are packaging of the future

By | July 20th, 2020|Global Industry News|

In recent years, the packaging discussion has become a significant part of the fruit and vegetable trade. Retailers and consumers are constantly looking for sustainable alternatives. Compostable nets are a packaging solution for many different products: "Our CompoPac nets are virtually a loan from nature, a natural packaging material for all kinds of fruit and [...]

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Automated shuttle car optimises packhouse flow

By | July 20th, 2020|SA Industry News|

Many packhouses are looking to reduce the amount of forklifts operating on the floor. Thus Somerset West-based Gossamer Packaging Machinery have designed an automated shuttle car for the circulation of empty and full pallets or bins without the use of pallet jacks or forklifts. The shuttle car can be used in combination with other Gossamer [...]

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What AI can do for orchard management

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

Orchard businesses are making decisions all the time. When to apply water? What pests or diseases are present and when to apply control measures? Where is labour coming from? At the same time, growers are balancing costs with returns. In another edition of APAL’s highly successful webinar series, which has been attended by over 200 [...]

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New citrus brand for premium end of Australian market

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

One of Australia's top stone fruit producers has made the successful transition to the citrus category, following the launch of a new brand. Mattina Fresh began sales of its premium citrus produce last week, and National Sales Manager Thomas Panna says one of the main aims behind the new brand was creating specifications that allowed [...]

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PIN-free container handling at Rotterdam

By | July 10th, 2020|Global Industry News|

This week, various parties in Rotterdam will be launching a new pilot project, in which containers are handled and released without a PIN code: a widely used verification method in this transport segment. The project revolves around a new application, Secure Container Release, which replaces the PIN code with a digital signal: a solution that [...]

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