Apprentice hub launches in Kent to boost fresh produce workforce

A new initiative launched by MDS and Growing Kent & Medway is aiming to get non-graduates and career changers into the fresh produce business through the creation of an “apprenticeship hub” in Kent. The two-year pilot program is designed to offer a fast track into the industry via a number of businesses to those seeking […]

Pink Lady apple founder John Cripps passes away

The legend behind the the Pink Lady apple, John Cripps has passed away in Australia where he released his apple formula to the market 30 years ago. He was 95 years old. According to News.co.au, Cripps daughter Helen Cripps commented on her father’s legacy in an interview with ABC radio. “It took 25 years of research […]

Despite soaring profits, Maersk sees economic risks coming this year

New initiatives keep Maersk Line at forefront of global transport service

Danish shipping group AP Møller-Maersk anticipates “a slowdown in the second half, a normalization”, according to its chief executive Søren Skou and in a report in The Financial Times. This comes despite the highest profits of $19.3 billion (+55%) made in its 114-year history, in the first quarter. “The visibility is quite low. Mainly we see risks […]

SIAL Paris set to bring food innovations back live in October

Returning for the first time in more than two years this fall, the massive celebration and exhibition SIAL Paris is again set to bring together the most creative and innovative food companies in the world. Under the umbrella theme of Own the Change – both an embrace of the environment and sustainability and the digital […]

Inflation, supply issues cause Del Monte’s profits to dip in first quarter

Report: Brexit decision could threaten bananas coming from Ghana

Despite posting higher sales year-on-year, Fresh Del Monte Produce saw a significant drop in its first-quarter profits because of inflationary pressures and ongoing supply chain constraints. Net income for the three months ended April 1 was $25.8 million, down from $42.7 million in the same quarter last year, while gross profit dropped to $89.8 million […]

Wholesale market: Food safety as you’ve never thought about it before

When we hear the phrase ‘food safety’ in the produce industry, many people’s minds go right to traceability, block chain, paperwork, and certifications. Take my family’s wholesale/distribution business, S. Katzman Produce, for instance. Every day, we check temperatures, fill out paperwork, tag up product, track packages all throughout the supply chain, and, of course, go […]