Considerable Crop Damage in Hokkaido Island due to Typhoon Lionrock

Typhoon Lionrock damages Northern Japan

Many of our Japanese customers have informed us that the passing of Typhoon Lionrock thru the Northern part of Japan last week left vast areas of agricultural land flooded. Hokkaido is one of the main agricultural areas in Japan and the damaged caused by Thyphoon Lionrock will generate shortages in supply of several agricultural products grown in the area, e.g., Sweet Corn.

NHK reported that in the Island of Hokkaido, at least two rivers broke through their banks and at least 11 people have been found dead as a result of the passing of Typhoon Lionrock last Wednesday, August 30th.

Heinz to put food titan Kraft on a diet.

By now most, if not all, people in the food industry know about the marriage of two titans to form the 5th largest food company in the planet. I found this article in the New York Post by Josh Kosman (link to article here) which gives a nice summary of what to expect next. “Ketchup…

Amy’s Kitchen recalls frozen food over possible listeria-tainted spinach

Amy’s Kitchen has voluntarily recalled about 74,000 cases of frozen food items because they could contain listeria-tainted spinach, the organic prepared-food company announced in a statement “While we are unaware of any illnesses, we immediately contacted FDA and out of an abundance of caution are voluntarily recalling the specific lots of some of our frozen…

Popular Weed-Killer Is Probably Carcinogenic, WHO Says

I read this article from the Associated Press last week and I’ve been dwelling on it’s implications for a couple of days. We are talking about one of the most used and popular weed-killers worldwide. How do we know first it the weed-killer has been applied in the fields from our vegetables come from (taking…

General Mills looks to sell Green Giant frozen vegetable business

At this stage, it is difficult to know whether a deal will be done. Pinnacle Foods, the owner of the rival Birds Eye brand in the US, has been touted as a possible buyer. Would France-based Bonduelle, another supplier of canned and frozen vegetables, also be interested? We’ll be following the story and we’ll keep…

ILWU v.s. PMA costing millions of dollars to exporters in the USA

I think not many people are aware of the huge cost the International Longshore and Warehouse Unions (ILWU) versus the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) dispute is inflicting to USA West Coast exportes, it’s MILLIONS of dollars and hundreds of layoffs. And this is just the beginning, end consumers still demand the product so they are…

Cockroach Protein in Instant Noodles

Today we woke up with what some people call the “Mother of all Storms” hitting the Bay Area (San Francisco), flash flood warnings have been issued for most of the Bay Area and at least 37,000 families have lost power at some time during the day. We also learned that two Japanese companies, Maruka Foods…

Big Japanese Conglomerates looking for expansion into SE Asia

We found a really interesting article in the WSJ highlighting two things: The Japanese shrinking population is forcing its big corporations to look into other markets via JVs with established brands, in this case SE Asian established brands, to continue to bring revenue and fatten the bottom line. The next one is that we might…

Nearly 5.5 million kilograms of frozen vegetables destroyed by fire

The fact that nearly 5.5 million kilograms — or 12 million pounds — of frozen vegetables and unpacked goods were destroyed in the fire could make for a tighter pea market. Link to Original Article:www.cbc.ca Bonduelle CEO Daniel Vielfaure says the company will rebuild its heavily damaged food-processing plant in Tecumseh, Ont. — if part…

ConAgra Foods Acquires Chinese Potato Processor TaiMei Potato Industry Limited

Here’s a copy of ConAgra’s latest acquisition announcement, a very interesting $93 million move after just finishing a $200 million expansion of its Lamb Weston frozen potato plant in Boardman, Oregon. Seems like ConAgra is putting a lot of attention to the Asian market. OMAHA, Neb.– (BUSINESS WIRE) — Jul. 14, 2014 — As part…