Produce Processing

March/April 2020

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26 M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 2 0 T H E P UL S E N E W S F R O M A R O U N D T H E I N D U S T R Y I N D U S T R Y INSIDER B&G Foods acquires veggie-fries maker Farmwise B&G Foods Inc. has acquired Farmwise LLC, the creator of Veggie Fries, Veggie Tots and Veggie Rings. B&G Foods funded the acquisition with cash on hand. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Based in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Farmwise was founded by Dave and Cristina Peters with a mission of developing healthier alternatives to some of America's favorite foods without compromising on taste. Farmwise Veggie Fries, Veggie Tots and Veggie Rings are vegan, non-GMO project verified and free of the top eight allergens, including gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, tree nuts and peanuts. Based in Parsippany, New Jersey, B&G Foods and its subsidiaries manufacture, sell and distribute branded shelf- stable and frozen foods across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. B&G Foods' portfolio of more than 50 brands includes Back to Nature, B&G, B&M, Cream of Wheat, Green Giant, Las Palmas, Le Sueur, Mama Mary's, Maple Grove Farms, Mrs. Dash, New York Style, Ortega, Polaner, SnackWell's, Spice Islands and Victoria. Tropical Fruit Congress to focus on avocados The 2020 Tropical Fruit Congress will focus on a rising star in Europe: the avocado.The event, to be held May 6-7, 2020, during Macfrut in Remini, Italy, will highlight the tropical fruit, which increased in European consumption by 19% last year. An estimated 636,119 tonnes of avocados were consumed by Europeans in 2018-19, led by France, the UK, Germany and Spain. Denmark ranks first in per capita consumption at 2.69 kilogram per year. Norway, the Netherlands, France and Sweden also rated above 2 kilos per capita, according to data processed by CIRAD, based on EUROSTAT and professional sources. Ten international speakers will share thoughts during the event. They include: • Roberto Della Casa, Agroter/Bologna University • Daria Lodi, CSO Italy • Thomas Padilla, Senior Director of Export Sales, Mission Produce • Said Bannany, Director of Total Exotics • Pierre Escodo, Director of Eurofresh Distribution • Michael Horney, Peruvian Agritrade • Jorge Restrepo, Executive Director, Corpohass • Andrea Passanisi, Sicilia Avocado • Therese Bruwer, Westphalia • Eelke Westra, Wageningen University Roundtable discussions and workshops also are planned. For more information, visit tropicalfruitcongress.com. Vanmark introduces equipment to reduce water treatment Vanmark, an industrial potato and produce processing equipment manufacturer, has introduced two new machines that reduce water treatment usage from the company's line of abrasive peelers. These solutions allow potato and produce processors to operate more sustainably. The Water Reclamation System (top photo) recirculates process water from Vanmark's Peeler/Scrubber/Washer — reducing water usage up to 90%. The skid-mounted system removes peel waste from process water, collecting it to be sold and avoiding the drain system. Filtered water is then recirculated back into the peeler in a closed loop. It can integrate with and support up to three machines, with each now operating on less than 1.5 GPM (5.7 l/ min) of freshwater input. The Waste Separating Auger filters solid waste out of Peeler/ Scrubber/Washer process water — reducing waste to the drain system and resulting water treatment costs. Peel waste is removed through a self-cleaning screen and collected to be sold. Its small footprint and ease-of-use allows it to be implemented quickly without impacting equipment line flow. More info can be found at vanmark.com. China to allow fresh US potatoes for chipping China has taken numerous actions to start implementation of its agriculture-related commitments under the landmark U.S.- China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement on schedule. The agreement entered into force in mi-February. These actions include: • Signing a protocol that allows the importation of U.S. fresh chipping potatoes. • Lifting the ban on imports of U.S. poultry and poultry products, including pet food containing poultry products. • Lifting restrictions on imports of U.S. pet food containing ruminant material. • Updating lists of facilities approved for exporting animal protein, pet food, dairy, infant formula and tallow for industry use to China. • Updating the lists of products that can be exported to China as feed additives. • Updating an approved list of U.S. seafood species that can be exported to China. In addition, China has begun announcing tariff exclusions for imports of U.S. agricultural products subject to its retaliatory tariffs and it announced a reduction in retaliatory tariff rates on certain U.S. agricultural goods. These types of actions will facilitate China's progress toward meeting its Phase One purchase commitments. MORE ONLINE Get all the latest news and updates online at produceprocessing.net +

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