Mexico-based Agrizar has committed to grow exclusively for Mastronardi BerryWorld America, a joint venture between Mastronardi Produce Ltd., North America’s leading grower and distributor of greenhouse produce, and the UK-based BerryWorld.

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The world’s largest exporter of blueberries, Chile, reports that exports will reach record volumes of 115,000 tons in the 2019-2020 season. That’s up four per cent from a year ago. 

Sunions, first tearless onion

Grown in Washington and Nevada, Sunions will be marketed for the first time in western Canada in December 2019. The seed is not available in Canada. 

Romaine Task Force reports

The November 2018 crisis of E.-coli contaminated romaine lettuce from Arizona has been studied by a 100+ task force. American experts report on next steps.  

U.S.-Japan sign trade deal

Some American horticultural products – blueberries and cranberries, for example   - will have tariff-free access to Japan’s 127 million consumers. Other goods will be granted access under staged tariff elimination. Most importantly, tariffs are at the same level that Japan provides preferentially to countries in the CP-TPP agreement.

The Ontario government has announced special protection for the Ontario Food Terminal, the country’s largest wholesale food terminal. The 40 acres in Etobicoke will be named a provincially significant employment zone, protecting it from potential condo development.

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Plum pox virus eradicated in U.S.

USDA has declared the country free of plum pox virus after a 20-year battle. It’s a huge milestone for the $6.3 billion stone fruit industry. 

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The world’s largest exporter of blueberries, Chile, reports that exports will reach record volumes of 115,000 tons in the 2019-2020 season. That’s up four per cent from a year ago. 

Agrizar predicts berry sweet future

Mexico-based Agrizar has committed to grow exclusively for Mastronardi BerryWorld America, a joint venture between Mastronardi Produce Ltd., North America’s leading grower and distributor of greenhouse produce, and the UK-based BerryWorld.

Romaine Task Force reports

The November 2018 crisis of E.-coli contaminated romaine lettuce from Arizona has been studied by a 100+ task force. American experts report on next steps.  

U.S.-Japan sign trade deal

Some American horticultural products – blueberries and cranberries, for example   - will have tariff-free access to Japan’s 127 million consumers. Other goods will be granted access under staged tariff elimination. Most importantly, tariffs are at the same level that Japan provides preferentially to countries in the CP-TPP agreement.

Team Canada has announced its partnership with the Empire Company, making its family of brands the first-ever official grocer of the Canadian Olympic Committee. Four sports athletes pose with a bin of apples…and pledge their love of fruits and vegetables.

The Canadian Horticultural Council will be screening the documentary, Heartbeat: A celebration of international farm workers in Ottawa on October 16. The timing is aligned with World Food Day.

Greenhouse brand SUNSET expects to use 100 per cent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging for all fruits and vegetables by 2025. Some of those solutions will be unveiled at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in California October 17-19, 2019.

The Houweling’s Group will be using Apeel’s plant-based technology to replace single-use plastic wrap on English cucumbers. The new ‘second skin’ packaging is expected to reduce both food and plastic waste. 

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A female employee of Quebec’s ministry of agriculture, fisheries and food died in an accident October 4 while filming at a cranberry farm. 

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A swath of political and industry dignitaries were on hand October 3 to open the new Cavendish Farms’ frozen potato processing facility. The $430 million private investment is the largest in the history of Lethbridge, Alberta.

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