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Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest Alliance urges collective effort

Rainforest Alliance urges collective effort
Rainforest Alliance

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The Rainforest Alliance has stressed the need for collective power in order to create a shared vision of sustainability. The NGO’s annual report for 2020 highlights the importance of collective strength. Big businesses also have great power and resources to implement sustainability solutions on a large scale, the report says.

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Transgenic Cavendish banana plants

Transgenic Cavendish banana plants
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Transgenic Cavendish banana plants. Breakthrough achieved in the test of the first transgenic banana plants with resistance to Fusarium. Researchers from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia hailed the tests as very encouraging. The Cavendish banana is at risk of extinction due to TR4.

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Dole and Total Produce merge

Dole and Total Produce merge
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Dole and Total Produce merge. The new company Dole plc is now the world’s largest fresh fruit and vegetable supplier. 

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Peru’s fruit sector growing

Peru's fruit exports rise to $3.8 billion in 2020

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Peru’s fruit exports rose to $3.8 billion in 2020. Grapes, blueberries, and avocados drive Peru’s fruit exports, followed by citrus and mango.  Although Chile remains the dominant Southern Hemisphere exporter, Peru has now caught up with other major suppliers Ecuador and South Africa. 

Source: FreshFruitPortal.com

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Blueberries

Blueberries transit the Pacific Ocean for 51 days

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United Exports recently announced that a container of fresh OZblu® blueberries transited the Pacific ocean in 51 days, from the port of Manzanillo in Mexico to the port of Hong Kong. The fruit arrived fresh and ready for sale. 

Roger Horak, Co-founder of OZblu stated ” For fruit to be on the water for 51 days and still be sold as a premium product is unheard of”.

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Food scraps get a new life as food waste is turned into materials

Scientists at Institute of Industrial Science at The University of Tokyo developed a new method to reduce food waste by recycling discarded fruit and vegetable scraps into robust construction materials.

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A team of scientists at the University of Tokyo have found a way to turn food scraps into materials strong enough to be used for construction projects.

With shocking levels of global food waste, amounting to hundreds of billions of pounds per year, a large proportion of  such waste comprises edible scraps, like fruit and vegetable peels.

Using a heat pressing concept, the team mixed food powder with water and seasonings to then press it into molds at high temperatures. 

Such innovation will be vital in helping global efforts to recycle food waste.

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Tomato sales boom in Britain

British tomato industry looking to grow more on home soil as consumers want to shop locally for home-grown produce

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The British tomato industry has plans to produce more than half of the tomatoes consumed in Britain by 2030. 

The British Tomato Growers’ Association (BTGA), which makes up 90 per cent of large UK growers, said consumption is up by 12 per cent over the last 12 months.

Britons are now more willing to pay more for tomatoes, though more than a third still keep their tomatoes in the fridge, according to a recent poll.

Tomatoes grown on the vine in Britain will be on the vine for longer so will be rich in flavour and nutritional value by the time they reach consumers’ plates.

Source: FPC FreshtalkDaily

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How hydrogen energy storage may be the future of perishable produce transport

Major new project at Nottingham University in the UK is developing dual-use energy storage technology

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New £1m project is developing dual-use energy storage technology. This technology can deliver hydrogen to a fuel cell and generates direct cooling for refrigeration. Such technology can be used by commercial food operations where refrigeration can be responsible for 30-60 per cent of electricity usage and 1.2 per cent of the UK’s total CO2 emissions.

Source: FPC FreshtalkDaily

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Andean banana nations back Global Alliance Against TR4

Andean banana producing nations of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru will work together with the alliance in the fight against the deadly disease

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Fusarium TR4 has now been detected in three Latin American countries and Andean banana-producing nations are backing Global Alliance Against TR4 to work together to combat this deadly disease.

TR4 is the greatest threat to the banana industry ever seen and without coordinated efforts to combat the disease, banana crops that provide a vital food source for over 400m people globally could be at risk.

The Alliance’s actions are based on three fronts: prevention and training, genetic improvement and control methods.

Source: AsiaFruit

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Shipping lines can’t cope with booming perishables trade

According to shipping consultancy group Drewry, shipping lines are “far from coping” with the seasonal demands of perishables.

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Reefer container freight rates are soaring, but shipping lines still can’t cope with the seasonal demands of perishables, according to shipping consultancy group Drewry.

With a big uptick in seasonal cargo demand together with rising bunker charges,  a weighted average of rates across the top 15 “reefer-intensive” tradelanes jumped 26% in the first quarter, reported Drewry.

Tight container supply is adding to the problem and despite record reefer production levels, container shortages are expected to continue beyond 2021. 

For customers, this presents a very challenging scenario. 

Source: The Loadstar

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