Fruits & Vegetables

Researchers Develop Coated Fabric to Determine Freshness of Oranges

13 Jun 2017 --- Scientists have found a quick and reliable way to test the freshness of the fruit and it all starts with a small strip of coated fabric developed at FIU.

Amazon Fresh Launch In Germany Could Disrupt Retailers

05 May 2017 --- German online shoppers in Berlin and Potsdam can now order a range of groceries from Amazon Fresh which has launched in the cities and has plans for a nationwide roll out in the future.

 

US Blueberry Consumption Continues to Increase

04 May 2017 --- With global blueberry production up 40 percent 2012-2016 and projected to reach 658 million kilograms this year, the US Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) is focused on driving demand upward on the same trajectory. US per capita blueberry consumption grew 599 percent from 1994-2014 and the USHBC’s newest research indicates further room for growth.

Special Report: Vegetable-Inspired Trends Influence Increased Consumption

01 May 2017 --- Earlier this year European Fresh Produce Association Freshfel  a non-profit association and the forum for the fresh fruit and vegetables supply chain in Europe and beyond  published a vegetable-inspired consumption trends report. FoodIngredientsFirst takes a closer look at this report, the latest data on trends within the fresh produce sector as well as the challenges to overcome and opportunities up for grabs. 

Pesticide Residues in Food Remain Low in EU

18 Apr 2017 --- Food consumed in the European Union continues to be largely free of pesticide residues or contains residues that fall within legal limits. That’s according to the latest monitoring report published by EFSA that reveals that more than 97% of food samples collected across the EU in 2015 were within legal limits, with just over 53% free of quantifiable residues. 

Wilmar and Verité Confront Systemic Labor Issues in Indonesian Palm Oil Industry

06 Apr 2017 --- Focusing on Wilmar-owned plantations first in Indonesia, Wilmar International Limited and Verité, a global fair labor non-profit organization, are collaborating to develop robust and sustainable solutions to address recurring and systemic labour issues towards improving labour practices in the Indonesian palm oil industry.  

Tetra Pak Responds to Market Growth with Online Coconut Handbook

29 Mar 2017 --- With global demand for coconut-based products racing ever higher, Tetra Pak has launched an online version of its acclaimed Coconut Handbook.

Dalziel Ingredients Serves up “Customized” Veg

22 Mar 2017 --- According to Dalziel Ingredients, green veg is on trend – the company has created some quirky new techniques to meet demand for innovative vegetable products.

FrieslandCampina Investigate Sale of Fruit Juice Manufacturer Riedel

01 Mar 2017 --- Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. is investigating the sale of Riedel, market leader in the field of fruit juices and fruit drinks in the Netherlands. The brand portfolio of Riedel includes familiar brands, such as Appelsientje, CoolBest, DubbelFrisss, Taksi and Extran. Riedel is located in Ede and has its own production and packaging facilities. 

Key Interview: Vibrant Harvest Whole Food Powders, Clean Label, Sustainable & Nutritious Offerings from PLT Health

13 Feb 2017 --- PLT Health Solutions is a trusted discoverer, developer, and marketer of high-quality, scientifically-supported ingredients that enhance health and functionality. Today, the company delivers solutions across a number of health & wellness platforms that respond to existing and emerging consumer demand. 

Bad Weather Leads to UK “Courgette Crisis”, Supermarkets Hike Up Prices

07 Feb 2017 --- Rain, frost and snow in Spain have resulted in a shortage of courgettes, broccoli and iceberg lettuce. Prices have surged, and supermarkets are now rationing the scarcest produce. A spate of poor weather in southern Spain – where most of the UK’s courgettes come from – has led to failed crops and a blip in the courgette supply chain.

New Study Evaluates Breeding Methods for Chickpeas

02 Feb 2017 --- The small but mighty chickpea packs a dietary and environmental punch. They are an important source of nutrition, especially protein, for billions of people across the world. Additionally, bacteria that live in root nodules of chickpea plants pull in atmospheric nitrogen, increasing soil productivity.

Jaffa Orri Mandarin Export Sales Expected to Increase by 50 Percent

25 Jan 2017 --- The Plant Production and Marketing Board of Israel predicts an export increase of 50% for Jaffa Orri mandarin fruit in 2017. The harvest of these highly desired mandarins started in mid-December, 2016 (a week before the season started last year), and met the growing demand for Jaffa Orri. The fruit was available on shelves by Christmas. 

Nordzucker Enters into Organic Segment

03 Jan 2017 --- The demand for organic sugar from regional sugar beet has been rising steadily for many years. Nordzucker is responding to this trend and has taken steps to conclude contracts for the first organic sugar beet in 2017, and to market the first volumes of organic beet sugar in 2018. The company believes that the greatest potential and the best conditions for organic beet cultivation can be found in Germany and Denmark. 

Campbell Soup Launches Line of Soup Featuring Simple and Clean Ingredients

21 Dec 2016 --- Campbell Soup Company have announced the launch of Well Yes!, a new ready-to-serve soup line that features clean, simple and nutritious ingredients. The innovative line of soups showcases ingredients that people know and understand, including wholesome grains, meats and vegetables.

AGRANA Fruit Expands its Presence in South East Asia

08 Nov 2016 --- AGRANA Fruit, which has a leading market presence in China and South Korea, have announced its business expansion in Asia by using strategic collaborations with local partners. AGRANA Fruit has also opened a new representative office in Thailand and India.

KEY INTERVIEW: Algae Trending as Top Plant-Based Protein Source

31 Oct 2016 --- TerraVia, a next-generation food, nutrition and specialty ingredients company and pioneer in algae innovation, have highlighted that its AlgaVia Protein-Rich Whole Algae continues to gain traction among leading food manufacturers and pioneering plant-based brands. 

Rooting for Cassava - the Vegetable with Tons of Potential

28 Oct 2016 --- Improving yields of calorie-packed cassava crops in Sub Saharan Africa could be game changer for regions where the population is predicted to grow by 120 percent in the next 35 years. Despite the cassava being a staple food on the continent, yields have not significantly increased since 1961 and yet this vital carbohydrate-heavy crop accounts for 30 percent of a person’s daily calorie requirement.

PurePulse Preserves Nutritional Values in Juice and Extends Shelf Life

27 Oct 2016 --- Mild pasteurization with PurePulse makes it possible to preserve more valuable nutrients during the production of pomegranate juice. This results in a longer shelf life without losing a lot of nutritional value, which is exactly what retail is asking for. This is a big step forward compared to the process of plain pasteurization.

World Food Prize for Sweet Potato Biofortification Scientists

17 Oct 2016 --- The 2016 World Food Prize has been awarded to a team of scientists for their long-term work breeding vitamin-A enriched sweet potatoes in Uganda and Mozambique which will have an impact on the nutrition of millions of people.