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Shatang oranges leave the market wide open for Orah mandarins

By | March 15th, 2019|Global Industry News|

The Orah mandarin production season is still in full swing. "We are right in the middle of the retail season. Up until now we have already sold about half of our production volume. We expect that the Orah mandarin supply season will last at least until late April. The production season of Shatang oranges is [...]

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Demand for untreated citrus is growing steadily

By | March 4th, 2019|Global Industry News|

Parallel to the social discussion about sustainability and natural fresh products, the demand for untreated goods is steadily increasing. Especially at this time of year, large shipments of untreated citrus fruits arrive at German specialist traders. Tim Wehmeyer - Managing Director of the Bielefeld-based Schmidt Fruchtimport GmbH - discovered this interesting niche five years ago. [...]

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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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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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