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Dan Siekman

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In-Store Displays Boost Envy Apples Sales in Leadup to CNY

Envy and Jazz have already both been performing well in China in recent years, but a focused in-store promotional campaign this season yielded some pretty dramatic results for Envy.

March 04, 2019
Dan Siekman
Le Cordon Bleu Shanghai Teaches Cooking with Blueberries from Chile

A group of Chinese foodies discovered blueberries as a culinary ingredient in Shanghai on February 27, thanks to an event staged by the Chilean blueberry industry in collaboration with Le Cordon Bleu Shanghai.

February 28, 2019
Dan Siekman

Chef Philippe Clergue, Technical Director of Le Cordon Bleu Shanghai Culinary Arts Academy

Fruit Logistica World of Fresh Ideas 2019 Recap

For the 2019 edition, Fruitnet journalists put together a wide-ranging event on February 5 that covered a lot of ground—doing an admirable job of surveying the contours of the fresh produce industry in the buildup to the February 6-8 Fruit Logistica show.

February 19, 2019
Dan Siekman

Presentation of the Fruchthandel Magazine German produce retail awards

Fruit Logistica Trend Report 2019 'Surprises in Store' Unveiled at World of Fresh Ideas

The 2019 edition of the World of Fresh Ideas, held on February 5, kicked off with a summary of the Fruit Logistica Trend Report 2019, Surprises in Store, which was authored by global management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, “based on an in-depth consumer survey – examining the responses of 6,850 customers in 14 different markets across Europe and North America.”

February 19, 2019
Dan Siekman
First Sea Shipments of Ecuadorian Mangos to China Will Set Sail in 2019/20 Season

Ecuador originally gained market access to China for mangos at the end of 2016. But so far, all shipments to China have gone by air freight, which is expensive and greatly limits the volumes that can be shipped. It is estimated that for the 2018/19 season, only about 1,000 to 2,000 4kg boxes of Ecuadorean mangoes were sent to China.

February 19, 2019
Dan Siekman

Yamil Farah, President of the Mango Ecuador Foundation

Kenya Closes in on Market Access in China for Avocados

Chinese phytosanitary officials are expected to visit Kenya this April in order to conduct training and inspections of avocado packing facilities.The visit is likely to pave the way for Kenyan avocados to be added later this year to China’s list of permissible imported fruits.

February 18, 2019
Dan Siekman
"No-Deal" Brexit Would Likely Cause Short-Term Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Shortages in UK

If March 29 comes without an agreement and the so-called “No-Deal Brexit” comes to pass, fresh produce shortages could be among the earliest and most obvious fallout experienced by consumers in the UK, which imports over 10 billion euros worth of fruits and vegetables every year and depends on the EU for roughly 1/3 of its fresh fruit and vegetable supply.

February 16, 2019
Dan Siekman

Nicole Visbeen, CEO of Daily Fresh Logistics. Image: MZMC

Jingold's Oriental Red Kiwi from China Wins Innovation Gold Prize

Italy-based Kiwifruit supplier Jingold won the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award (FLIA) gold medal in Berlin last Friday for its Oriental Gold® brand red-hearted kiwifruit—which has high sweetness and tropical flavor notes, and was bred in China.

February 14, 2019
Dan Siekman

Harry Xu (left) and Federico Milanese (right) of Jingold

Fruit Logistica Opens Today in Berlin: "Most International Logistica Ever"

The 2019 edition of Fruit Logistica, the world’s largest fresh produce industry trade exhibition and hub for Europe’s produce industry, kicks off today at the Messe Berlin fair grounds in Berlin. The show features more than 130,000m2 of floor space and exhibitors from every sector of the global fresh fruit and vegetable industry.

February 05, 2019
Dan Siekman

Mike Knowles, Editorial Director Europe, Fruitnet Media International (UK); Kaasten Reh, Director Events + Awards, Fruitnet Media International (Germany) and Chris White, Managing Director, Fruitnet Media International (UK)

Taste Australia Cherries are Fastest Airfreight Cherries to China During Winter

It’s the first season in which mainland Australian cherries have been allowed to be shipped to mainland China by air freight. One of Taste Australia’s key messages for this season is the 96-hour transit time from Australian packer to arrival in China afforded by air freight shipment, and the resulting freshness of the cherries.

February 04, 2019
Dan Siekman

Tom Eastlake, President of Cherry Growers Australia