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Trade Group Announces Plans for International Asparagus Days

International Asparagus Days is a new international event dedicated to the asparagus supply chain to be held October 16-18, 2018 in the renovated exhibition spaces of Cesena Fiera. It’ll be a collaborative event between asparagus expert Christian Befve and Cesena Fiera, which organizes Macfrut.

The three-day trade fair will involve four initiatives. The first of those will be an exhibition with exhibitors coming from all over the world to be hosted in Cesena Fiera’s pavilions. In addition, it will include a full program of conferences on agronomic, commercial, strategic and technical aspects, to be held in three conference rooms, focusing especially on aspects concerning low environmental impact techniques, such as antagonistic micro-organisms for traditional and organic crops, and varieties. There will also be a series of live field demonstrations, which will take place in an area adjacent to Cesena Fiera. Last but not least, technical tours with visits to major asparagus producers in the Emilia-Romagna region.

The event stems from a partnership between Cesena Fiera and Christian Befve. As an agronomy and sales consultant to many companies in 30 different countries, Befve has three decades of experience in growing this vegetable, so much so that he is internationally recognized as an expert in this field. Luciano Trentini, who is also an asparagus and fruit and vegetable specialist, facilitated the partnership between Cesena Fiera and Befve.

This highly specialized global trade fair arises from an event promoted by Befve five years ago in Bordeaux. Today, this kind of event is much needed, according to its organizers, since there is a lack of opportunities for discussion on this topic, but also because this crop is attracting great interest worldwide.

At present, 210,000 hectares of asparagus are grown around the world, of which 7,500 hectares are cultivated in Italy. The world’s leading asparagus producing countries are Peru and China. Global demand is increasing, and so are prices. The entire supply chain is interested in increasing quality as well as promoting this product on the market more effectively, given the low consumption rate among Italian families, which is just over 40 percent.

The International Asparagus Days addresses the entire supply chain with an event that’s expected to be of particular interest to all stakeholders. Specifically: seed companies, plant nurseries, manufacturers of field processing machines (transplanters, bed formers etc.), including harvesting machines, but also producers of technologies for calibration and warehouse processing, packaging, greenhouses for protected crops and services, as well as distributors and buyers.

Pacific Pickle Works Achieves Non GMO Project Verification

Pacific Pickle Works has announced that the company’s award-winning line of 11 all-natural pickled vegetables has earned Non GMO Project Verification.

Pacific Pickle Works nonGMO pickle trioHand-packed within 24 hours of delivery, every batch of bold and spicy “West Coast” pickles features peak-season produce, sourced locally and organic whenever possible. Sporting playful names such as Jalabeaños, Unbeetables and Brussizzle Sprouts, all of Pacific Pickle Works’ Non GMO Project Verified products are also naturally gluten free, fat free and kosher, with zero artificial ingredients or refined sugars.

For Founder and CEO, Bradley Bennett, maintaining the Non GMO Project Standard aligns seamlessly with the company’s enduring commitment to a superior-quality, clean label consumer experience. “As a small business, we may lack the resources to run national ad campaigns,” Bennett said. “But the effort that the Non GMO Project has put into building consumer trust and educating consumers on GMOs helps our brand cut through the noise to reach a wider audience.”

The Non-GMO Project’s Verification seal indicates that a product has been manufactured according to best practices for GMO avoidance, including thorough vetting of the supply chain and ongoing product evaluation. New labels bearing the organization’s iconic butterfly logo roll out online and to stores beginning January 2018.

Back to Nature Foods Launches Honey Nut Granola

Back to Nature Foods Company is launching Honey Nut Granola, made with sustainably sourced honey and available beginning this month. With the new granola, Back to Nature is also kicking off a partnership with GloryBee® to support its SAVE THE BEE® initiative, which focuses on research, awareness and education to prevent the decline of America’s bee population.

Back to NatureBack to Nature’s crunchy, new Honey Nut Granola is made with tropical blossom honey and cane sugar for the perfect hint of sweetness. Made up of a satisfying mix of whole grain rolled oats, honey, pecans, almonds and coconut, the Honey Nut Granola can be enjoyed in a protein-packed yogurt parfait or a tasty trail mix.

The honey used in Back to Nature’s Honey Nut Granola is sustainably sourced from around the world and certified by GloryBee, whose diverse family of conscientious, dedicated and knowledgeable individuals have been striving to achieve the highest possible standards for their products for more than 40 years. Through this partnership, Back to Nature is a sweet supporter of the SAVE THE BEE initiative, which provides research, awareness and education needed to protect honeybees and promote healthy honeybee colonies.

“We are thrilled to launch our partnership with GloryBee, one that allows us to further our mission of capturing delicious, natural ingredients for our consumers,” said Tracy Russell, Director of Marketing, Back to Nature Foods Company. “We hope to bring a smile with every bite of this delicious granola and raise awareness around the importance of preserving the bee population.”

The Honey Nut Granola is Non-GMO Project verified, along with more than 85 percent of all Back to Nature products. As a leader in the natural foods industry, Back to Nature understands the importance of Non-GMO Project Verification and has made a commitment to obtain this certification for its wide array of products spanning multiple categories in addition to granola, including cookies, crackers, nuts and cereal.

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