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A very special shout out to Alabama natives and mango pros Jim Burnette of Delina Inc  (  )  and Greg Mills of Alpine Fresh Marketing  ( )  !!! ...



By RALPH D. RUSSO— Jan. 7 11:53 PM EST

Alabama's Eddie Lacy (42) reacts after rushing for a touchdown during the first half of the BCS National Championship college football game against Notre Dame Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Miami. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Alabama's Eddie Lacy (42) breaks away for a touchdown run during the first half of the BCS National Championship college football game against Notre Dame Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Miami. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Alabama head coach Nick Saban leads his players on the field before the BCS National Championship college football game against Notre Dame Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Miami. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Alabama head coach Nick S…



THE FRUIT HUNTER ...Hopefully available in USA soon ...

Adventurers, exotic fruits fanatics and even movie star Bill Pullman, are the subjects of The Fruit Hunters, the new film from acclaimed director Yung Chang. 

A thrilling journey through nature, commerce and adventure, The Fruit Hunters is a cinematic odyssey that takes viewers from the dawn of humanity to the cutting of edge of modern agriculture - a film that will change not just the way we look at we eat, but what it means to be human.



How can the National Mango Board ever be expected to be taken seriously on Food Safety ?

After the 2012 Daniella Mango recall Fiasco and the inept action plan by both Splendid Products and the National Mango Board, the NMB promised to put Food Safety first.

Here we are almost six months later, and not a single Board Member has stepped up to the plate.

The most important produce industry initiative, The Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) is sadly lacking major mango importer support.

How can the NMB ever be taken seriously ??? ...

Here are the proactive industry leaders who understand how importatnt PTI is ... LOOK AT THE COMPANY NAMES ...ALL THE MAJOR RETAILERS "GET IT"...TIME FOR THE MANGO INDUSTRY TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY ...if the NMB ever hopes to have any credibility.

Participating Industry Companies

PTI is supported by the volunteer work of dozens of companies that hail from across the fresh produce supply chain, from farm to store to table.

Representatives of these …


Kingston & Associates to expand Peru mango program

January 07, 2013

Kingston & Associates Marketing LLC, based in Idaho Falls, ID, announced the expansion of its Peruvian mango import program for the 2013 season, noting a 60 percent increase in production over last year's campaign.

The move comes after a very successful Ecuador program where the company experienced strong sales and good customer acceptance of the "Kingston" branded fruit.

While Kingston has been developing its mango program with grower partners in Central America and South America for some time, this year's Ecuadorian program was the introduction of "Kingston" branded mango boxes.

"We have been growing and improving the program to get to a level where we felt confident putting the Kingston name on it," Dave Kingston, chief executive officer at Kingston & Associates, said in a press release. "It was the right time and we are very happy with the response from customers.&…

India's economy: Charming the market

Jan 7th 2013, 14:23 by P.F. | MUMBAI

MARGARET THATCHER said that you cannot buck the market. 

But if the experience of India’s government over the last few months is anything to go by, you can charm the pants off it. 

My e-mail inbox is overflowing with missives from the finance ministry that promise a bounce in the economy, assert a step change in investor sentiment, deny there is a bad debt problem in the banking system and promise a stable tax regime.

That love bomb is a huge change compared with 2011 and the first half of 2012, when the ministry nearly prompted a financial crisis by imposing retrospective taxes on foreign companies, terrifying equity investors with confusing rules and missing its borrowing forecasts. Everything changed in September when the government, led by a new finance minister, Palaniappan Chidambaram (pictured), proposed a mini-package of reforms. Since then he has been a one man source of animal spirits—expressing optimism even while conditions on the ground re…


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Ecnología pos-cosecha: Aplicación de luz UV en productos frescos

El uso de luz ultravioleta (UV) está bien establecido para el tratamiento de agua, desinfección del aire, y descontaminación de superficies, sin embargo su uso es limitado aún en el tratamiento de alimentos, y en particular en productos frescos como tecnología pos-cosecha.

Se ha demostrado la capacidad de la luz UV para desinfectar y retrasar el crecimiento microbiano en la superficie de los productos recién cortados sin alterar su calidad, esta luz puede ser más eficaz que el cloro, el peróxido de hidrógeno u ozono, en la reducción del crecimiento microbiano, haciendo que se extienda el tiempo de vida útil, según estudios recientes.

 En general, las longitudes de onda de luz UV son de 100 a 400 nm, que se puede subdividir en UV-A (315-400 nm), UV-B (280-315 nm) y UV-C (200-280 nm).

Luz UV-C es eficaz para bloquear el desarrollo de microorganismos mediante la alteración de su ADN, además la irradiación con dosis bajas (0,25-8,0 kJ/m2) pueden inducir reacciones beneficiosas en la planta, …

Peru to host international seminar on produce traceability ...

North American industry experts on traceability and food safety regulations will speak Jan. 22 in Lima, Peru, at an event organized by Peru's export and tourism promotion board (PromPeru).

Peruvian exporters will hear Ed Treacy, vice president of supply chain efficiencies at the Newark, Del.-based Produce Marketing Association speak about the components of the Produce Traceability Initiative and review implementation dates with exporters.

Food export industry leaders will gather in order to learn what is new in issues such as food safety and traceability of fresh fruits and veegetables.

Meanwhile, Dan Vache, vice president of supply chain management for the Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association will give a presentation focusing on the benefits of traceability through the supply chain.

A panel discussion and networking session will allow attendees to ask questions about traceability and food safety issues.

In addition, Robert Guenther, senior vice president of public p…

Food MythBusters -- Do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world ???...

How can we feed the world—today and tomorrow?

The biggest players in the food industry—from pesticide pushers to fertilizer makers to food processors and manufacturers—spend billions of dollars every year not selling food, but selling the idea that we need their products to feed the world. 

But, do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world? 

Can sustainably grown food deliver the quantity and quality we need—today and in the future?

 Our first Food MythBusters film takes on these questions in under seven minutes. So next time you hear them, you can too.

Kingston expands Peruvian mango deal ...

Gill McShane |

 07 January 2013 

Success with Ecuadorean mangoes prompts US importer-distributor to boost Peruvian volume and offer consistent, year-round supply

Kingston & Associates Marketing has announced in a press statement the expansion of its Peruvian mango import programme for the 2013 season, with a 60 per cent increase in volume compared with last year’s campaign.

The decision follows a very successful Ecuadorean mango programme for which the Idaho Falls-based company said it achieved excellent sales and good customer acceptance of the Kingston-branded fruit.

While Kingston said it has been developing its mango programme with grower partners in Central and South America for some time, this year’s Ecuadorean deal saw the introduction of Kingston-branded mango cartons.

“We have been growing and improving the program to get to a level where we felt confident putting the Kingston name on it,” noted CEO Dave Kingston. “It was the right time and we are very happy with the response f…

TANZANIA: It`s harvest season for mangoes, but huge demand exist ...


7th January 2013

Mango Testing Festival

Mango growers in Tanzania can only manage to meet the market demand of the crop both within the country and overseas, if they will produce at least 5 per cent of the current global demand. 

Hamad Mkopi, an agronomist with the Association of Mango Growers (AMAGRO) made the remarks yesterday after the three day Mango Tasting Festival that took place at Mnazi Mmoja grounds in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.

“Mango growers should raise crop production because the demand for the fruit is still high and the cultivation capacity still remains very low,” he said.

Highlighting on the global market demand, he said, at the moment, mango demand from Tanzania are between 100 and 200 tonnes of mangoes a week, while the domestic market buys 100 tonnes per week for industrial processing. At least 15,000 tonnes are needed for processing locally in one season, he said.

He said although mango growers are working hard to raise production in their farms, st…

Mango exports rise as Ecuadorian season comes to an end ...

January 7th, 2013

Exported mango volumes were up 10% last week, coming in at 1,324,204 boxes, the National Mango Board reported.

Ecuador took the lead over Peru with 702,000 boxes and 11% growth. Peru grew 9% at 622,204 boxes.                                         

As the Ecuadorian season comes to an end, however, Peru will soon take over the reins.

The Ecuadorian season began in late September and ends shortly in mid-January, reflected by the projected volume drop of 450,000 boxes for the next week. The season is expected to close at 8.8 million boxes.

Peru began in November and will end in mid-March with approximately 9 million boxes. The nation is forecasted to put out 1,327,585 and 1,203,293 boxes respectively over the next two weeks.

The main varieties for Ecuador were Tommy Atkins (70% of exports), Keitt (15%) and Ataulfo (10%). 

Peru is dominated by Kent (90%), followed by Haden (5%), Tommy Atkins (4%) and Ataulfo (1%).

The Tommy Atkins variety showed price drops for both nations, w…

PANALPINA: Freight Forwarding and Logistics Group Has Bad End to a Poor Year ...

02 January 2013

Swiss 3PL Operator Hit with Double Whammy in December

SWITZERLAND – NORWAY – Not a good end to the year for Swiss 3PL group Panalpina which has not only had to write off some of the assets it thought it held in Grieg Logistics, the Norwegian agency it partially acquired in 2011 from the Grieg Group, but also found itself at the wrong end of a 3.12 million Swiss franc fine from its home country’s Competition Commission along with substantial penalties imposed on other major freight forwarding groups.

The Grieg Logistics freight portfolio consists largely of oil and gas contracts and it is presumably the loss of one of these lucrative energy related customers which has caused Panalpina to announce that it expects an impairment charge of CHF 29 million to be recorded against the former Grieg assets in its full-year financial statement 2012.

Just a week or so before in yet another of the seemingly endless anti trust cases we have witnessed in the past few years the Swiss auth…