Fruits & Vegetables

Fruit fillings: Puratos highlights growing need for natural ingredients

11 Apr 2018 --- Consumer demand for natural products is increasing continually. The latest “Taste Tomorrow” survey, from Puratos, has revealed a distinct consumer preference for fruit because it is both natural and tasty. Not only did the Taste Tomorrow survey reveal a preference for fruit on the part of the consumer and the customers; demand for cleaner label products was also clearly expressed, including products without artificial preservatives, colorings and flavorings.

World first: Plastic-free supermarket aisle opens in Amsterdam

01 Mar 2018 --- Organic supermarket chain, Ekoplaza, has opened the world’s first plastic-free aisle in its Amsterdam store in what is seen as a major victory for the international A Plastic Planet campaign. Plans are ahead to roll-out further plastic-free aisles across all of Ekoplaza’s 74 branches by the end of 2018, including a new store in The Hague, which is set to open later this year.

Total Produce strikes US$300 million deal for 45 percent Dole Food stake

01 Feb 2018 --- Ireland-based fruit and vegetable giant Total Produce plans to make a significant investment in US rival Dole Food Company with proposals to acquire a 45 percent stake in the iconic fruit brand and create a powerful partnership. The transaction brings together two of the world’s leading fresh produce companies, with complementary market positions in various product segments and geographies, and represents a very significant step in the history of Total Produce, whose range includes deciduous fruits, tropical fruits, citrus fruits, salads, stone fruits and vegetables.

Diana Food: Agronomic expertise key to answering consumers' flavor demands

30 Jan 2018 --- With the rise of the clean and clear label trend, the modern consumer is looking for clarity and more healthy foods, but is not willing to compromise on taste. To support its customers in creating products that will meet these consumer demands, Diana Food has just introduced a new range of 100 percent clean label natural juice concentrates, which the company says improve clients’ industrial performance, deliver a “real” taste signature, with no need for other taste components. FoodIngredientsFirst spoke with Sébastien Langlais, Science Platform Leader, Taste at Diana Food about the new range as well as the benefits of the company’s recent integration into Symrise and the importance of local expertise.

Organic farming: European Council endorses new rules

21 Nov 2017 --- The agreement on new rules for organic farming endorsed yesterday by European Council representatives will simplify and harmonize many of the rules covering organic food production both within the European Union and in non-EU countries, says Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan said. The agreement will go to vote in the European Parliament. Once adopted, the new rules will enter into force on January 1, 2021. This will give enough time for producers, operators and trade partners to adapt to the new framework.

Listeria fears sparks recall of packed vegetables in Canada and US

25 Oct 2017 --- US firm Mann Packing is recalling a variety of packed vegetables across North America as the company fears they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Mann Packing has issued the voluntary recall in response to a single positive result found on one of its products during random sampling by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. 

CSIRO partners on apples that won't go brown

23 Oct 2017 --- Earlier this month, a special kind of sliced apple went on sale at select US supermarkets, and thanks to CSIRO research these apples won’t turn brown when they’re cut, bitten or bruised. Arctic apples have been developed by Canadian biotech company, Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF). OSF is the first company to license CSIRO’s non-browning technology.

Brusco launches barley & spinach powders to meet clean label trend

05 Oct 2017 --- Brusco, a UK-based company which sources and supplies bulk ingredients to the food industry, has launched 100 percent Italian barley and spinach powders that are able to boost the clean label and healthy credentials of a plethora of food and drink products.

UK: Tesco launches rare gold-flecked gourmet avocado

28 Sep 2017 --- A rare and unique gourmet variety of avocado has been launched by Tesco in the UK. The Gem avocado has eye-catching, natural gold flecks on its outer skin offer customers a smoother and creamier taste than regular varieties because it remains on the tree for much longer.

New opportunities in star-shaped vegetables

14 Sep 2017 --- Back in August, FoodIngredientsFirst reported on Tesco revamping its fruit and veg aisles in a bid to include popular carbohydrate substitutes and vegetable-based meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. As part of the retailer’s commitment to clamping down on food waste in its stores and supply chain, Tesco is revamping the fresh produce aisles – traditionally a place where shoppers purely bought their fruit and vegetables.

New fruit applications: UK supermarket on a flavor mission

11 Sep 2017 --- UK supermarket, Asda, are on a mission to increase fruit consumption, by launching new varieties of candy flavored fruits and not just children – sweet-toothed Brits up are going wild for candy flavored fruit. Asda is currently going through an innovative phase of fruit growing where growers able to naturally develop different varieties and bring something new and interesting for Asda customers to try.

Solid sugar beet yields forecast despite changeable weather during growing season

05 Sep 2017 --- The Nordzucker Group is launching this year’s sugar beet campaign with forecasts of good yields with large regionals differences. Expected to end in the second half of January 2018, the campaign will start at the Polish plant in Opalenica with the first batches of sugar beet from the region being processed there from today. 

Welch’s Global Ingredients Group uses the power of purple to highlight the goodness of Concord grapes

29 Aug 2017 --- Concord grapes are a great way for manufacturers to “go purple,” according to supplier Welch’s Global Ingredients Group. Purple has been earmarked as one of this year’s major food and beverage trends and colored purple foods are popping up everywhere. The power of purple goes beyond color alone and often indicates nutrient density and antioxidants.

BRC publishes new guidance on food packaging

22 Aug 2017 --- Brand and consumer protection organization, BRC Global Standards has published the first edition of food packaging materials guidance. It’s geared towards achieving a common understanding, terminology and point of reference for good practice for businesses involved in the delivery of food and to prevent substances from packaging materials from getting into food.

Boesch Boden Spies launches new fruit innovations

18 Aug 2017 --- Hamburg-based ingredients specialist Bösch Boden Spies will present two innovations to its extensive range of natural fruit ingredients at Anuga in Cologne (October 7-11, 2017): wild, dried blueberries from Canada and goldenberry juice concentrate from the Andes.

PGRO Announces Major Role in European Legume Research Project

04 Jul 2017 --- The PGRO (Processors and Growers Research Organization) have announced that, as part of a wider European consortium led by the James Hutton Institute, they have been successful in receiving support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research program. 

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.