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OVERVIEW GLOBAL MELON AND WATERMELON MARKET
The supply of melons in the northern hemisphere currently comes from the southern hemisphere. In this market, Latin America has the most dominant position but the supply is erratic. Spanish growers have observed a drop in the Brazilian volume, Belgium has recently been flooded with melons and Dutch importers.....


Shipment by Talsa and Hortifrut
Peruvian blueberries warmly welcomed in China
This morning, a festive ceremony was organised at the Guangzhou import market in Southern China to celebrate the arrival of one of the first containers of Peruvian blueberries. The shipment was initiated by a joint venture between Talsa and Hortifrut, the latter being an owner, partner and grower of.....


Ben van der Most, Driscoll’s:
New tastier varieties boost strawberry consumption
The soft fruit market is enjoying good demand. “We are still seeing strawberry consumption increasing with percentages of five per cent on the European continent and up to ten per cent in the UK. Raspberry sales are even increasing by 15 to 20 per cent. All in all, they are becoming more and more successful.....


Bankruptcy of Hanjin, the "Lehman Brothers" of the maritime sector
The bankruptcy of Hanjin, the announced acquisition of Hamburg Süd, the cooperation between shipping lines; 2016 has been a turbulent year for maritime shipping. "It has been an interesting year with many changes," affirms Shereen Zarkani, head of Reefer Management at Maersk, when looking back on the.....


Growers need to consider end customer for packaging
A Polish company has been nominated for an innovation award for the first time ever at the Fruit Logistica this year. Although they didn't win one of the big awards, Adam Sikorski, Commercial director for the company, said that just being nominated was a sufficient reward for Poland. From left to right,.....

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Indian companies focus on Russia
For Indian onion exporters, the Middle East is still an attractive market. But the European and Russian markets are also opening up. It was said that both demand and onion prices have risen on the Russian market when compared to last year. An Indian company supplies white and red onions to the these.....


Spain
"Of the 60,000 kg of clementines produced, 40,000 had to be discarded"
This is a campaign that already started in an atypical way, since prospects had pointed to a 21% increase of the production in Spain, but it all ended "in a chaotic way," states Antonio Sinisterra, owner of Huerto Sinisterra. "We have been able to save a third of the clementines, but we know that other.....


Chicory in top five at REO Veiling for fifth year already
“Consumers of the future have to be attracted now”
2013 and 2014 were very difficult years for the chicory sector. Prices were low and consumption did not increase as a result. In 2015 and 2016, the sector appeared to improve a bit, even if the season was not entirely positive. Is the crisis over by now? That cannot yet be determined according to Dominiek.....


Kees Havenaar, Frutas Luna: "Better to be expensive than not for sale"
"Good winter for Spanish greenhouse vegetables"
"It's been a wild one. Look at the prices," Kees Havenaar of Frutas Luna looks back at the extreme situation with Spanish greenhouse vegetables at the start of the year. "All in all it was a good winter. I always say: better to be expensive than not for sale. 'Normal' prices for this time of year are now.....

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Fruit Logistica 2017: Innovation Award

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Fruit Logistica 2017: Latin America

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Portuguese kiwifruit looking for more sales markets
Portugal is not in the top of the largest kiwifruit producers. Yet in the past four years, production doubled, and Portuguese traders are looking for new markets. “We have to anticipate that by tapping new markets,” says Avelino Luis, manager of the Portuguese Association for Kiwifruit Growers (APK).The.....


Valuable space in empty trucks
The costs associated to the rising number of traffic jams in the Netherlands grew by 30 percent in 2015. Specifically, the EVO trade association calculated that traffic jams to have cost 852 million Euro, which is huge, especially when taking into account that 30 percent of the trucks drive partially or.....


Think Pink for a brighter British strawberry future
Retractable rafter house innovation, combined with advances in LED technology, is enabling a June-bearing strawberry re-think; resulting in three crops a year.Combining technological advances in horticultural production with rethinking an established working practice, is facilitating the growing of.....

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Spain: New potato varieties for extreme climates
Pepsur Marketing, a subsidiary of Pan European Potato Enterprise Limited, a company dedicated to the production and marketing of potatoes and seed potatoes, has developed several new varieties (Tornado, Fandango, Gatsby, La Strada, and Sunset) especially for the producing areas of Spain and (Gatsby, La.....


Italy: No problems for Sicilian melons
"The preventive measures put in place to avoid viruses attacking melons have proved effective. Non-woven fabric covers and anti-insect nets successfully prevented the spreading of whiteflies, responsible for transmitting diseases."This is according to Consorzio Mundial president, Domenico Raneri, when.....

Peter Wijnen, Frankort&Koning:
"Leek market has been fine for the whole season"
The leek producers and traders are not complaining this year. “The leek prices are around 80 cents at the moment. This is the lowest price we have had in weeks. As regards demand, we are going through a tough period, but the prospects towards the end of the season are good. March and April could become some.....


Italy: New sprout mixes from Vivo
"Vivo", a leading Italian company in the production of organic and traditional fresh soy sprouts, has recently introduced its new "Trimix" range.TRIMIX FITNESS"First of all, we have Trimix Fitness, which is a mix of fresh clover (25 g), purple radish (25 g) and fenugreek (25 g) sprouts. Every sprout type has.....

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Italy: High-quality green beans from Senegal
They come from Senegal, where they are cultivated using Italian techniques, and are harvested and processed by hand. We are talking about counter-seasonal green beans. The leading Italian company in this sector is "Giorgini Vittorio" from Cesenatico (Forlì-Cesena), which has been helping various Senegalese.....


Italy: Orange tree adoption at Agricola Pappalardo
"Azienda Agricola Pappalardo was established in 1960 by my wife's father, who planted the orchard," recallsGiuseppe Pappalardo explaining how his father-in-law stopped working for third-parties when he bought two hectares of citrus groves. In the photo: Filadelfo Pappalardo."Fifty years later, in 2010, my.....


Tom Deckers, PC Fruit:
“Belgian fruit cultivators have avoided fire blight problems up till now”
Belgian pear cultivators were startled by fire blight, also called ‘pear fire,’ this week. There were various cases in Wellen in particular. According to Tom Deckers, researcher with PC Fruit, there are regions that had more cases of fire blight infections than normally in 2016. “Whether that will lead to.....


Italy: Sweet snacks sector, a good market for Sweet Palermo®
Sweet Palermo® peppers are recording strong growth in the European market. The Italian production is mainly intended for supermarket chains and specialised, gourmet and bio stores, with 90% of the supply sold in the domestic market. "It is a product that stands out because of its quality and unique.....


"Less paper and more information, key to success of new packaging"
"At Special Fruit, we try to use the smallest possible amount of packaging," points out Koen Maes, Business Development Manager at Special Fruit. Since mid-January, this Belgian company has launched a new pack for its Calinda strawberries, aiming to use the smallest possible amount of paper and taking.....


Lettuce shortage boosts demand for Spanish endives
"The campaign is going very well because, given the shortage of lettuce, which is a complementary food, the demand for endives has increased significantly," affirms Carlos Menchaca, head of the export department of the Navarre company, Endinava. To this we must add that now is the best time of the year for.....

International Kiwi Congress, 27 April 2017, Thessaloniki, Greece
Production and trading of kiwi fruit in the spotlight
For the third consecutive year FROUTONEA magazine has organized an international congress for fresh produce in order to inform Greek and European professionals about the new technological and growing trends. This year the International Kiwi Congress will be on the 27th of April in Thessaloniki, Greece.All.....

Leeds awarded £150,000 grant to tackle polluting refrigeration units
Leeds City Council has been awarded a major air quality grant from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to help it tackle highly polluting transport refrigeration units.The council applied for the £150,000 Air Quality Grant with help from clean cold technology firm Dearman, which is.....

Eurofrigo's welcomes new Vice President
Eurofrigo has announced in a press release that Mr. Jeroen Tempsels has joined their management-team as Vice President. The company stated that his joining was part of the succession planning whereby Mr. van Mackelenbergh will step down as Managing Director of Eurofrigo and hand over his responsibillities as.....

Kühne + Nagel Group
New rail transport service between China and Europe
With the introduction of the KN Eurasia express, Kühne + Nagel is offering LCL transports (Less than a Container Load) between China and Europe. The company is currently finishing off its previous offer for FCL transport (Full Container Load) in imports and exports.KN Eurasia Express connects China, Russia.....

Support for EU initiative on agricultural patents
The European organization, Copa and Cogeca, have welcomed the initiative of EU ministers against the use of patents on plant varieties essentially obtained through biological processes. Copa has constantly stated that, "patent law is not the appropriate instrument for the EU agricultural sector."This.....

Spain: New lettuce varieties to win over the market
Bayer has recently added important new products to the Nunhems brand catalogue to satisfy the current needs of lettuce producers and traders. The company has released new lettuce varieties they expect will meet the demands of the entire food chain and help ensure production and quality throughout the year.....

Romanian fruit and veg growers to be offered additional financial support
Fruit and vegetable producers in Romania will receive temporary financial support, allowing its beneficiaries to recover some of the losses suffered due to the crisis caused by the Russian ban. These excepcional measures, recently approved by the government, will allow fruit and vegetable growers to withdraw.....


Romania: Profructta juice manufacturer doubled its revenue in 2016
The Premium Fruct juice factory in Campulung, manufacturer of the Profructta brand, saw 2016 come to a close with 110,000 Euro in revenue, which is double the figure achieved in the previous year. Nearly half of this revenue comes from the sale of apple juice.Business partners Marius and Criana.....

EU agri-food exports hit record levels in 2016
The European Union saw record agri-food exports in 2016, with the USA and China being its major trading partners. Food imports, however, didn't see the same growth and shrunk.The European Commission (EC) reported on Thursday that the EU achieved a new all-time record of 130.7 billion euros ($138.4 billion).....

Greece: Fruit and veg boosted agricultural exports in 2016
Fruit and vegetables (fresh and processed) exported by Greece in 2016 generated three times more revenue than oils and fats, four times more than dairy and seafood and many more times that of other agricultural products, according to an analysis carried out by the Association of Greek Fruit, Vegetable and.....

Sales increase of 6.3% for Greenyard in Q3
Greenyard Foods experienced increased sales of 6.3 per cent compared to the previous year when the third quarter ended on 31 December 2016. The sales of the group amounted to 996.9 million euro. The group realised an internal growth of five per cent. The exchange rates had a negative effect of 1.6 per cent,.....

Asda releases pineapple pizza capitalizing on Iceland president's comments
After joking about his hatred for pineapple on pizza by saying he would ban the practice if he could, Iceland's president Gudni Thorlacius Johannesson made headlines and sparked heated debates on social media.Taking advantage of the free marketing however, Asda has just announced a pineapple only pizza.An.....

Value increased by 17%
Spanish horticultural imports up 12% in 2016
In 2016, the Spanish import of fresh fruit and vegetables grew by 17% in terms of value compared to the previous year, amounting to 2,313 million Euro, and by 12% in terms of volume, totalling 2.8 million tonnes, according to data from the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, processed by.....

British growers think a labour solution is urgently required
Jack Ward, Chief Executive of the British Growers Association, has welcomed Andrea Leadsom’s commitment to innovation and productivity, but warned that it will be a hollow promise without a matching and immediate commitment to resolving the labour shortage in the fresh produce industry.Speaking at the annual.....

Spain: Lidl opens first store in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
The supermarket chain Lidl has opened its first store in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria after an investment of 6.2 million Euro and has hired 40 people.Lidl arrives in the capital of Gran Canaria with its most sustainable store model; "a milestone in the history of the company, which already has seven stores in.....


Team Augurk, Willem Dijk AGF:
“High hopes for new cucumber season”
Today, the first Dutch cucumbers were auctioned at ZON Fruit & Vegetables in Venlo. Willem Dijk AGF has bought a size C small for its customers. This is the kickoff of another beautiful cucumber season for the company from Enschede, the Netherlands. In recent years, the company took many large steps in.....

Filter papers extend shelf life by 2-4 days
For several years, It’s Fresh!, a food freshness technology company with offices in the UK and US, has been developing special filter papers that slow down the ripening process of fruit and vegetables when inserted into packaging.Currently, the papers are used by fruit and vegetable growers and suppliers.....


Oceania


IFTA conference discusses orchard netting, rootstocks and tree architecture
The second day of the International Fruit Tree Association’s 60th annual conference featured a slew of speakers on topics including rootstocks, tree architecture and orchard netting and the announcement of the 2017 award winners.Three awards were given at the banquet on Tuesday evening:• Jim Mattheis of the.....

Competence of seed tests questioned after virus detected in Australia
After the detection of a suspected case of cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) some are questioning the adequacy of current measures taken to test imported seeds.Biosecurity Queensland is sampling testing in order to confirm if the virus is present at a greenhouse cucumber farm in the Bundaberg.....

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New rootstock for mandarins to be launched next month in Australia
A new rootstock for mandarins will be launched next month, providing growers with the first opportunity to view the performance of mature trees.Malcolm Smith, citrus breeder at the DAF Bundaberg Research Station, said the new variety would be named after Patricia Barkley, a retired citrus pathologist who was.....


World


Coco Wilson, the first and only Nam-Hom green coconut imported by Spain
Bright future beckons for fresh coconut water
It is called Coco Wilson and comes directly from Thailand. It is a fresh green coconut of the "Nam-Hom" variety ("aromatic water" in Thai), and is considered the best in the world because of its sweet and floral flavour. It contains pure and raw coconut water, whose packaging is the semi peeled coconut.....


Swiss data logger company launches data-flow system
Started two years ago, as a cooperation between Escort Cold Chain Solutions and Viemme, a manufacturer of electronic devices, Switrace was born. The company has developed temperature monitoring Data Loggers which are produced entirely in Switzerland. Covering the perishable sector, the loggers are a USB.....

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The global economy by GDP
Top ten countries ranked by GDP (GDP in brackets)1. United States ($18.03 trillion)2. China ($11 trillion)3. Japan ($4.38 trillion)4. Germany ($3.36 trillion)5. UK ($2.86 trillion)6. France ($2.42 trillion)7. India ($2,09 trillion)8. Italy ($1.82 trillion)9. Brazil ($1.77 trillion)10. Canada ($1.55.....

Could there be another El Niño phenomenon in 2017?
Scientists at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) believe there is a possibility of another El Niño phenomenon this year, even though this weather phenomenon usually reappears two to seven years after the previous one. According to experts, the so-called Super El Niño, which took place in 2015 and.....


Overview of container shipping companies based on market share and alliances
The bankruptcy of Hanjin shook up the maritime sector. One of the largest shipping companies will remain in the port indefinitely. Within the maritime sector, three large shipping companies combined own the lion’s share of the sector. Maersk has a market share of almost 16 per cent. Mediterranean Shg Co has.....


Fresh Servant invests in Tramper tray sealer
The 25th edition of the Fruit Logistica in Berlin was held two weeks ago, attracting more than 75,000 visitors. During this exhibition, Tramper’s international sales team enjoyed meeting many new and existing contacts at their booth, where various robust tray sealing machines were displayed.This exhibition.....

Veggie consumption trends and their opportunities for the fresh produce sector
Flexitarians, vegetarians, vegans, meat-free-Mondays or Veggie-Fridays, whatever it is called, veggie trends are here to stay. Consumers have become increasingly interested in experimenting with veggie inspired diets and Freshfel believes this trend is only going to continue. However, is the fruit and.....


Retail


Carrefour to expand organic produce; sets produce prices for 5 years
Aldi wants to guarantee origin of fresh produce
Loblaw fourth-quarter profit up 57% to $201M - Loblaw had $11.13bn of revenue and a $201m net profit in the fourth quarter, according to earnings announced Thursday morning. The profit amounted to 50 cents per share. The net profit was up 57% or $73m from a year earlier, while revenue was up $265m or 2.4%......



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