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Superbug may have met its match….the Pineapple

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The superbugs have been a growing threat for years due to an over reliance on antibiotics. What if I were to tell you that scientists have discovered another weapon to combat the superbug by simply fighting nature with nature?

Turns out the pineapple is a potential key component in the fight against antibiotic resistant bacteria, also known as the superbug.  Studies have shown the enzymes, namely bromelain, contained within the stem and the roots of the pineapples can cure diarrhea in pigs. What a relief for both the pigs and the farmers!  This natural solution would reduce the reliance on antibiotics in pig farming while also having the effect of not only diminishing antibiotics in pigs themselves but also reducing the human exposure to antibiotics during consumption.

Scientist believe this may also help reduce diarrhea in humans as well.  So the next time you find yourself spending more time in the restroom than the office, try some pineapple, your organization will appreciate it.

Read more from the Sydney Morning Herald to learn about the natural superbug solution

Bromelain has been widely discussed in our blog read more about it here.

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Chestnut Hill Farms Participates in Fruit Logistica

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Chestnut Hill Farms and Procomer, a public Costa Rican institution who promotes the exportation of Costa Rican goods and services throughout the world, participated last week at Fruit Logistica 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

Fruit Logistica is the leading trade fair for the international fresh produce trade. Fruit Logistica unites the fresh produce industry once a year and give’s industry makers the opportunity to approach potential business partners.

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Eat Happy Project: Education from around the World

By Dr. Lloyd Berg, PhD.

We are so very proud to share the results of a recent project we embarked on with one of our longstanding customers, European-based Tesco PLC. An admirable example of what can be done in the sphere of social responsibility, Tesco recently launched the Eat Happy Project. Since its inception it has been committed to helping the next generation have a healthier and happier relationship with food. To make this change, Tesco works to give children the tools they need to live a healthy life and make better decisions about what they put on their plates when they grow up.

In addition to the Eat Happy Project’s “Farm to Fork” trail visits and hands-on cooking demonstrations, Tesco has partnered with Google+ Hangouts to produce Online Field Trips that bring far away farms and factories into UK classrooms, and host lessons from food suppliers around the world via live video chats.

Honored to be selected for a recent Online Field Trip for three England-based elementary schools, Chestnut Hill Farms joined students one afternoon to introduce them to the world of “prickly pineapples.” Joining one of its packing houses in Kent, our very own President and COO Raul Romero help lead a discussion about pineapple basics and answered a few questions.

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The results? Fantastic! As one of the classroom’s homework assignments, Mr. Handley asked students to post their own pineapple recipes in his classroom blog. Click here to see the fun and (very, very) versatile recipes.

For more information about the Tesco‘s Eat Happy Project, visit http://www.eathappyproject.com/resource-hub/online-field-trips/pineapples/. For more information about Chestnut Hill Farms’ Perfect Pineapple™ please contact our offices at (305) 592-6969.

 

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Chestnut Hill Farms: ‘We think pineapples’

We are proud to share with our customers and friends a recent article published in this week’s Miami Herald featuring Chestnut Hill Farms.

As a part of the publication’s recent “Gateway” series, highlighting companies making waves in the trade industry, the Business Monday section chose to profile Chestnut Hill Farms as one of the leading export/import companies headquartered in the region.

Described as “a major pineapple grower and marketer in the international market,” reporter Joseph Mann includes our company’s beginnings, specialties and future projections.

We invite you to take a read and find out how we are working each and every day to better serve you, our customers!

To read the full article, please click here.

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FRUKTUS Foundation Promotes 29 New Community Leaders

By Raul Romero, President and COO

The FRUKTUS Foundation, a private non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, supporting and developing sustainable communities in Costa Rica’s Caribbean region, recently awarded 29 students diplomas for their completion of the Foundation’s “Harvesting Leaders, Growing Opportunities” program this summer.

The adult educational program, designed to empower inhabitants from five of the communities within Chestnut Hill Farms pineapple and banana-producing areas, focuses on teaching workers healthy, cognitive and sustainable standards and providing them with the tools to become positive community leaders. A variety of topics such as gender issues, conflict resolution and team work are discussed, among other important work/life strategies.

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Students receive their diplomas and warm congratulations from the FRUKTUS Foundation staff and partners during a graduation ceremony for the “Harvesting Leaders, Growing Opportunities” program this summer.

The 2014 graduating class of the Foundation’s “Harvesting Leaders, Growing Opportunities” program

The 2014 graduating class of the Foundation’s “Harvesting Leaders, Growing Opportunities” program

 

In addition to the recent program graduation, the FRUKTUS Foundation also helped build and inaugurate a new pre-kindergarten classroom at the Rio Cascadas School in La Lydia, benefitting more than 25 local students and children of many farm workers.  Elementary and high school students in the area, and families of workers, welcomed nearly 1,000 school packages donated by FRUKTUS in its mission to improve and maintain a better quality of life for community members.

The FRUKTUS Foundation also completed the following initiatives during the first half of 2014:

  • Began preliminary development of a baseball stadium for the community of El Limbo
  • Planted 250 trees, along with Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica, in an effort to reforest areas located within pineapple farms
  • Sponsored a summer camp excursion for more than 70 teenagers from three communities to the leading amusement park in San José.
  • Hosted inspirational speaker Gaetano Pandolfo for a special lecture and book signing
  • Launched a National Pineapple Magazine publication for communities in the region to maintain literacy and industry knowledge

Research was also a priority this year for the Foundation, as Earth University was invited to partner on local, scholarly discussions concerning water issues, collection and garbage disposal in five of the areas communities – and nearly 20 students from San José’s UN Peace University Master’s Program of Responsible Management & Sustainable Economic Development were invited to create a case study on how pineapple activity can be sustainable and positive for economic growth of local communities. Needless to say, the Master’s students were very impressed with region’s social vision and the Foundation’s projects.

FRUKTUS Foundation is a private nonprofit organization, whose members are second generation family members of shareholders of companies dedicated to the pineapple and banana production in Costa Rica. The farms Piñera Parismina (pineapple), Agroindustrial Bananera del Caribe (pineapple), Bananatica de Costa Rica (banana) and Chestnut Hill Farms are the main sponsors of FRUKTUS Foundation.

To join Chestnut Hill Farms and become a supporter of the FRUKTUS Foundation, please contact Andrés Corrales at andres@fruktus.org.

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September is Fruits & Veggies – More Matters® Month!

By Dr. Lloyd Berg, PhD.

September is Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® Month and our partner
Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) is celebrating by providing a ‘Fuel Up with Every Form’ toolkit for helping Americans increase fruit and vegetable consumption for better health. The kit provides everything from important nutritional facts for every day practice to fun and easy recipes for at-home meal planning. For starters, here’s the Top 10 Reasons to Eat More Fruits & Veggies:

10. Color & Texture

9. Convenience

8. Fiber

7. Low in Calories…

To continue reading, visit Fruits & Veggies More Matters page.

Needless to say, pineapples are among the fresh fruits that help make up a

healthy diet and lifestyle. Make sure to add a pineapple to your cart today in

celebration of this month’s fruit festivities!

Interested in fueling up with more fruits and veggies this month? Visit this

website, here.

For more information about Chestnut Hill Farms and its dedication to increasing

pineapple consumption, please contact us at marketing@chfusa.com.

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Non-GMO Pineapples!

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2014: Week 06 at the Source (Week 08 in the market)

Rain: The dry and cool spell continued! The total rainfall for the week, although a little more than prior week, was concentrated during the weekend so most of the week was rather dry. Total accumulative rain for the week was 16.6 mm (0.66 inches).

Temperature: Minimum air temperature continued low. The minimum reached 20.7°C (69.2°F) – 0.7°C higher than prior week, but again we had three days with night temperatures lower than 20°C (68°F). The average temperature did remain stable at 25.5°C (78°F), and the soil temperature was also stable at 25.6°C (78.1°F).  Solar radiation during the week was variable with days of very high intensity and other days of low solar radiation. No data for relative humidity is available.

Observations: Our farmers’ intuition is that natural fruit this year will come later than usual. We experienced low night temperatures during week 6 that may indicate the occurrence of a stress to plants that can result in NDF. Fortunately, precipitation has been low and this could be a factor that reduces the intensity of the event. We will not know for sure until enough time has elapsed to see fruit during our field sampling. We continue to be frustrated by the variability in our weather pattern and the fact that it continues to be atypically dry for this time of the year. We expect precipitation to increase from one day to the next and we want to be cautious with our harvest age.

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2014: Week 05 at the Source (Week 07 in the market)

Rain: Our climate during week 5 was the opposite of the prior week because it turned dry and rather chilly. Total rainfall for the week was next to nil – 5.8 mm (less than a 1/4 of an inch) and during one single day of the week.

Temperature: However, our minimum air temperatures continued to decrease. The minimum reached 20°C (67.9°F) – 1.6°C lower than prior week and we had three days with temperatures lower than 20°C (68°F). The average temperature did remain stable at 25.3°C (77.7°F).  The soil temperature increased to 25.5°C (77.9°F) – 0.6°C higher than prior week due the lack of rain, while the solar radiation was very high.

Observations: The sunny dry days were followed by rather cold nights and the difference between the high of the day and the low temperature of the night was very significant. These extremes could stress plants and bring on an NDF event. This variability in climate from one week to the next and the extremes in day and night time temperatures undoubtedly have an effect on plant growth, it impacts our harvest age and makes it very difficult to pinpoint with accuracy the harvest schedule.

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2014: Week 04 at the Source (Week 06 in the market)

Rain: More in line with the seasonal expectations, week 4 had double the precipitation of the prior week with a total accumulation of 86 mm (3.4 inches) of rainfall. We experienced heavy downpours throughout the week but the weekend was relatively dry with only a light drizzle!

Temperature: Minimum air and soil temperatures continued to decrease. The weekly average minimum reached 21.6°C (70.9°F) – 1.2°C lower than prior week and we had  three days with minimum temperatures lower than 20°C. The average temperature remained stable at 25.4°C (77.8°F) but the soil temperature decreased to 24.9°C (76.8°F) – 0.5°C lower than prior week.  Solar radiation ranged from low to very low for most of the week but increased significantly during the weekend.

Observations: Cooler temperatures, increased precipitation, and dense cloud cover have made giving external color to the fruit a rather challenging task. Also, we must remain alert as internal translucency has increased so we cannot raise harvest age any further unless we begin to lose control of sugar content and internal consistency – who says the harvest of pineapples is a science?!  This weather has without a doubt now stressed plants and caused an NDF event.  The field samplings performed last week have confirmed that the first NDF event occurred between week 49 and 50 of 2013 but it was very mild. A second event seems to have occurred between week 51 and 52 and we predict that during weeks 3 and 4 a third event  has occurred.

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