South Africa table grape industry looks for improvements over 2020-21

Weeks ahead of the season’s first South African grape exports, South Africa’s table grape industry (SATI) released a strong statement on Sept. 22. Growers are expecting a much better season than the previous one. Last season was one of the toughest since the post-deregulation era two decades ago. Increases in production cost input, freight costs […]

European vegetable farms struggling with energy crisis

Vegetable producers in northern and western Europe are contemplating halting their activities because of the financial hit from the region’s energy crisis, Reuters reports. The publication recounts that surging power and gas prices will impact crops grown through the winter in heated greenhouses and those which need to be placed in cold storage.  Tomatoes, peppers […]

Perfection Fresh Australia CEO gives producers’ perspective on global grape industry

When Michael Simonetta rejoined the family business in 1984, he thought he’d spend the rest of his career selling lettuce, cauliflower, and broccoli in Sydney, Australia’s wholesale markets. Today, he travels the world as CEO of Perfection Fresh Australia in search of the next best-tasting fresh produce – including grapes. The company Simonetta’s father founded […]

To beat heat, Lidl working with British suppliers to prevent produce waste

Discount retailer Lidl has reached out to fresh produce suppliers across the UK to ensure that their fresh fruits and vegetables baked by intense dry spells will not go to waste. Lidl officials say they will be helping “identify key crop challenges, and where possible work to accommodate these products within its existing lines.” In […]

Veg Power teams up on cherry tomato Grow Strong Project with Edinburgh Community Food

The health-driven non-profit Veg Power added another strong partner to its growing stable of helpers, combining forces with social enterprise Edinburgh Community Food to help deliver its Grow Strong project. Grow Strong is an initiative whereby 38 schools are taking part in the production of cherry tomatoes that are converted to create pasta sauce. Former […]

UK’s Freshgro co-op looks to produce world’s first carbon-neutral carrots

Carbon neutral is all the rage across the globe as governments, businesses and individuals strive for a more sustainable planet. Growers are trying to do their part, as well. The Nottingham-based Fresh Growers, or Freshgro co-operative, is hoping to deliver the world’s first carbon-neutral carrots later this year. The 10 farmers said premium Chantenay carrots, […]