Thursday, May 26, 2016

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Dear readers,We have good news and bad news. The good news is that our parent company "Uitgeverij P.Boekhout" is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The bad news is that we will be celebrating it tomorrow, therefore, we will not be sending our newsletter. However we will be back on Monday!

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OVERVIEW GLOBAL MARKET KIWIFRUIT
New Zealand growers are optimistic about the current season. The country is diversifying its exports to new markets. In the background lurks a conflict over export rights. The seasons in Europe are approaching their end. France is switching to imports from Chile; stocks in Italy are running out and the large.....

US(CA): Avocado prices high heading into summer
Avocados have jumped in price this month as Mexican imports have dropped off. It's likely prices will remain high until imports increase once again.“We were expecting more fruit from Mexico,” said Gary Clevenger with Freska Produce International. “Maybe there was some bad communication with how much fruit.....

London Produce Show announces exhibitor list
The third edition of the London produce Show will take place at The Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, June 8-10, 2016. The previous editions have had attendee lists which covered every continent of the world and exhibitors showcased produce from every category. A wide range of UK and international.....


Tom Lange Family of companies sponsors driver in Indy 500
At the age of 40, Phil “Rock” Gumpert decided it was time to start crossing things off his bucket list. As if buying and selling produce didn’t give him enough of a rush, he wanted to start driving race cars. Gumpert, the CEO and Chairman of Tom Lange Family of Companies, enrolled in driving schools and.....

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AU: Citrus grower teams up with nursery for better trees
There is great demand for citrus trees in Australia, in some cases growers can wait up to two years for root stock. One of Australia's biggest citrus producers, Seven Fields has teamed up with Mildura Fruit Nursery to increase their supply of root stock and trees.Click here for more photos and.....


Photo report iFresh Shanghai
From the 15th to the 17th of May, iFresh organised its annual Spring conference in Shanghai that united Chinese participants in the fresh produce industry. On the Monday and Tuesday, a number of lectures were organised that covered current issues that mark the Chinese sector. This included an overview of.....

French company takes a hands-on approach in Peru
In its recent partnership with BEO, a French grower and shipper of fresh produce is taking a more hands-on approach to its sourcing program in Peru. The new endeavor puts Alterbio employees on the ground to ensure all shipments from Peru meet the company's strict standards.“Our staff in Peru will be able to.....


'Fruit and veg consumers would pay the price'
City councillor pushes for 30 hour work week in Sweden
Leader of the Left party on Gothenburg’s City Council, Daniel Bernmar, is currently running a trial mandating a 30-hour week for workers and is hoping to make it the standard in Sweden. An audit published in mid-April concluded that the program had seen a sharp decrease in absenteeism, and improved.....

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Opening speech by Michael Jackson
Connecting and networking to tackle the challenge of change
At the opening of the recent PMA AU/NZ Fresh Connections, held in Brisbane between 17 and 19 May, the strategic business, marketing and communications expert Mr Michael Jackson talked about how quickly the times are changing in the sector and how important it is to keep up with this change, even though “it.....


Big market in Indonesia for convenient fruit
There's a greater emphasis on living a healthy lifestyle in Indonesia, and the country's fruit suppliers are hoping that translates into more sales. Per capita consumption of fruit is not great, so there's plenty of room for the fruit market to grow.“You see it in the new sports facilities and growing.....



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Cort Brazelton:
“Potential of Europe is being underestimated”
The global blueberry cultivation is facing a big challenge, says Cort Brazelton, director of Business Development at Fall Creek Farm & Nursery. According to the American blueberry expert there are too many berries of a lower quality than the consumer desires on the market. This problem has to be tackled.....


Frank Valckenier:
“Spanish blueberries not overly expensive”
Nearly all domestic soft fruit is already on the market, it is just the blueberries that will arrive later. Frank Valckenier from Brussels, Belgium, has the complete Belgian soft fruit assortment and is still waiting for blueberries. “I have been shopping around a bit, but it will be about two weeks before.....


Sous Fresh, inspiring chefs
Professional chefs look to the Dutch company “Sous Fresh” for support in fresh fruit and vegetables. Although the company has been supplying fresh fruit and vegetables to a wide range of businesses for years, two years ago the focus has shifted. Today Sous Fresh supports and inspires chefs in professional.....

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Research in El Oro, Ecuador
Spain: Electricity and bioethanol from bananas
Agricultural energy researchers from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) have carried out a study, through the use of geographic information systems, to evaluate the potential that the residual biomass of the bananas produced in the province of El Oro, in Ecuador, has for bio-energy.....

Fruit and veg can help prevent chronic inflammation
The University of Liverpool's Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease conducted a study which identified food stuffs that can help prevent chronic inflammation that contributes to many leading causes of death. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables, which contain polyphenols, protect against age-related.....


Natural enemy Drosophila suzukii now being distributed
Trichopria drosophilae,Drosophila suzukii's parasitoid developed byBioplanetin cooperation with qualified Italian research institutes, is now being distributed to the public. Trichopria drosophilaeThe arrival and spreading of the drosophila in Italy undermined the defence strategies of delicate crops such as.....


Area survey BelOrta
Specialties keep growing
BelOrta’s area of specialties keeps increasing. An area survey held by the association last year shows this.In October 2015, BelOrta sent an area survey to all active and newly joined cultivators in order to report the cultivation planning for 2016. The surveys have now been processed. Below is the list of.....

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Ukraine imported more bananas in April
Fruit-Inform reports that Ukraine's banana imports were up 42% year-on-year in April 2016. The import volumes totaled 17,000 tons against 12,000 tons in the same month of the previous year.However, cumulative imports in the period from September 2015 to April 2016 have reached record lows of 121,000 tons, a.....

Spain: Agrícola El Bosque takes part in project for biocontrol on blackberries
Agrícola El Bosque, the only company at European level that produces blackberries all year round, based on the municipality of Lucena del Puerto, Huelva, is currently developing an R&D project that aims to improve the quality of fruit in the pre-harvest and post-harvest using biocontrol tools.The.....

Spain: Strawberry season very long, hard, and complicated
The Andalusian strawberry sector, which is concentrated in the province of Huelva, has entered the final stretch of a very long, hard, and complicated campaign, marked by ups and downs in prices and by major production peaks that have, sometimes, been difficult for the markets to take on.The president of the.....

UK: Businesses agree on joint approach to increase organic produce sales
Over 50 representatives from across the fruit and vegetable industry in the UK, including retail, processing/packing and growing, converged at G’s Fresh main site in Cambridgeshire on Tuesday 17th May 2016 to discuss improving prospects for the organic produce sector. Ocado, the Soil Association, England.....

WUWM welcomes new chairman and board
Board of Director elections were recently conducted during the World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) annual general meeting held in Lublin, Poland from 18-20 May 2016.Hosted by the Lublin Wholesale Market JSC in Elizówka, in collaboration with the Union of Polish Wholesale Markets (SPRH), this WUWM.....

Iraq replaces Russia for Turkish citrus exports
Turkey’s National Citrus Council’s (UTK) Financial General Assembly recently took place in Mersin. In 2015, Russia was Turkey’s biggest market for citrus exports, worth 90.52 million dollars, so far in 2016 Iraq has taken their place with exports to the country worth 84.54 million dollars. The president of.....

Ireland's purple potato reaches Invent 2016 finals
Purple Magic is a new potato variety developed by Paul Watts, at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) in Loughgall, Northern Ireland.Watts hopes the variety will appeal to modern consumers, as there is a growing awareness of the positive health benefits of increased consumption of highly colored.....

Hungary: Asparagus acreage continues to increase
Hungarian asparagus producers may obtain smaller revenue this year, as the cool weather has resulted in a very slow start to the season, with some areas expecting a 20-30 percent fall in the production volume. The demand for high-quality Hungarian fresh asparagus for consumption in the domestic market is.....

China has given all-clear
CMA CGM set to acquire Neptune Orient Lines
China has given the French group CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping firm, regulatory clearance to proceed with its planned takeover of Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines (NOL). On Wednesday (May 25) CMA CGM received confirmation of the deal's approval by the anti-monopoly Bureau of the.....

Hungary: No drops expected in strawberry prices
According to György Csizmadia, of the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organisation and Product Board Vice Chairman, in June, strawberry prices in Hungary should remain at a level of between 1,000 and 1,400 HUF per kilo (between 3.18 and 4.46 Euro), as about 30 percent of this year's.....

UK: Pre-chopped produce price shocks
UK newspaper the Daily Mail has investigated the prices of ready prepared fruit and vegetables, compared to their natural state equivalents. In some cases, such as that of pineapple, the pre-chopped alternative cost three times more that the unprepared product. Whatever the case, consumers pay a premium for.....

Romania: Over 6,000 tonnes of non-EU fruit and veg inspected
Food safety and health inspections have been carried out this week in Romania to check the pesticide residue levels in fruit and vegetables imported from non-EU countries.More than 6,000 tonnes of fruit and vegetables imported from countries such as Turkey, Albania, Iran, Macedonia, Serbia, Colombia, Egypt,.....

Week 19
Spain: Tomato prices at lowest level so far in the campaign
Tomato prices continue to fall and currently stand at the lowest level so far in the campaign. The monitoring report published by the Observatory of Prices and Markets of the Government of Andalusia reported that, in week 19 (9 to 15 May), the average price stood at 0.22 Euro/kg, while last season at this.....

Can apps tackle world food waste?
Saasha Celestial-One and Tessa Cook have created an app called Olio which allows greengrocers, cafes, restaurants and neighbours to photograph and post food that is surplus, unappealing or close to expiry; other app users then request it and are notified where to pick it up. Their app aims to tackle the UK's.....


A partnership for children:
Edeka and Tabaluga the dragon join forces
Edeka and Peter Maffay with his famous green dragon Tabaluga formed an alliance for children with the slogan "For a healthy diet and a conscious lifestyle." This partnership further develops Edeka’s commitment to children. “To find such a competent partner as Edeka at our side, is a sign of motivation and.....


Les Paysans de Rougeline open their new eco-greenhouse
Les Paysans de Rougeline’s Director, Gilles Bertrandias, proudly opened their 4 hectare eco-greenhouse on the 20th May in Lapouyade (Haute Gironde). The greenhouse is for vine tomato production, and will run off biogas (from the Veolia rubbish dump). The first tomatoes have been in production since March.Mr.....


International Society for Mushroom Science, 29th May – 2nd June, Amsterdam
Sylvan to showcase research findings at ISMS 2016
Mushroom spawn innovator Sylvan will share some of its research and technical expertise in a series of presentations and papers at the International Society for Mushroom Science (ISMS) Congress 2016. Key members of the company’s R&D team will present some of the current innovative activities and studies.....

Italy's share in global fruit, veg trade down
A report by Nomisma on the state of Italy's fruit and vegetable sector has revealed that Italy’s share in the global trade of fresh fruit and vegetables (US$ 156 billion) has fallen over the past decade from 5.1 per cent to 3.6 per cent.During the same period, Italy’s share of processed fruit and vegetable.....

Turkey aiming to export tomatoes, cherries to the Middle East
A number of Turkish organisations have gathered together to arrange the export of Turkish fruit and vegetables to the Middle East. The West Mediterranean Development Agency (BAKA), Turkish Airlines (THY), the Investment and Support Agency (TYDTA) and the Western Mediterranean Exporters Union (BAIB) organised.....


Photo report event ‘On the market together, cooperatively’
"Being half a cooperative is not working"
Are cooperatives dead, or still very much alive? Are they still of this time? These questions were at the forefront during the cooperative-event of 24 May. Speakers reached the conclusion that cooperatives definitely have a future. Rita Demaré, chairperson of the VBT spoke during the opening. The core of her.....

Russia destroyed 12 tonnes of Ukrainian strawberries
The Rosselkhoznadzor has destroyed 12 tonnes of Ukrainian strawberries after checks were carried out on a shipment transported to Russia via Belarus under the guise of Serbian products."The batch, travelling from Belarus to Russia, was accompanied by a Belarusian phytosanitary certificate, in which the place.....


Oceania

Zespri season 2015/2016 breaks all records
The 2015/2016 season broke all records for Zespri. The New Zealand company noted the highest yield per hectare for green kiwis ever, broke volume records for both the Green and the SunGold and realised the highest yield for growers ever.The total turnover increased by 21 percent compared to the previous.....

AU: Coles helps farmers by dropping banana prices
Yesterday, May 25, supermarket giant Coles announced that it has dropped the price of bananas across its New South Wales stores to just $1/kg, for one week only. The market is experiencing an oversupply of the fruit, hence the decision to make it available for 50c cheaper to encourage consumers to enjoy more.....

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Improved returns
Seeka’s avocado policy pays off for its growers
Seeka Kiwifruit Industries’ commitment to its avocado growers has paid off with average export returns of $26.86 per export tray for the 2015-16 season, well up on last season’s $16.64 per export tray.“Our growers have done a great job in producing really good quality fruit,” said Simon Wells, Seeka General.....

Avocados break record for New Zealand sales at $41 million
New Zealand’s love affair with avocados has produced record-breaking domestic sales of $41 million during the 2015-16 season.Jen Scoular, Chief Executive of NZ Avocado, today, Thursday 26 May, announced impressive end-of-season results of $134 million in industry value from export and New Zealand market.....

Third largest hort export item after kiwifruit and pipfruit
Increasing NZ onion profitability
LandWISE 2016 kicked off in Havelock North on Wednesday 25 May, and the first day of the event saw the unveiling of ground-breaking Hawke's Bay onion research, which aims to boost New Zealand onion production.About 150 were at the presentation by sustainable land and water management consultant Dan Bloomer,.....

AU's fastest-growing food company supplies China
Dongfang Modern Agriculture Holding Group has seen its market value more than double to about $900 million in the seven months since its float. But you won't see any of its produce in Australia; growing and selling all its fruit in Southeastern China, it now ranks as the biggest citrus grower in that country.....


3rd September 2016
Fresh State announces new date for its annual Gala ball
The Fresh State Ball will be held on Saturday on 3 September 2016 and has even shifted to a new venue at the Peninsula located in the Melbourne Docklands precinct.Fresh State represent wholesalers and associated businesses at the Melbourne Market and this year’s event will be the sixth consecutive Ball.....

Kiwi Gold and apples drive export New Zealand
New Zealand recorded a larger trade surplus than estimated. Mainly the larger export volumes of yellow kiwi and apples contributed to this. The trade surplus amounts to 292 million dollars. This is substantially more than the 60 million dollars expected by experts, and also more than the 184 million dollars.....


World

Dried fruit and nut consumption up globally
Both demand and consumption of dried fruits and nuts have increased globally, according to the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC), in Reus, Tarragona (Spain).According to efeagro.com, figures from the INC show in Spain alone, consumption of dried fruits and nuts increased 33 per cent compared to.....

65,000 people opposed to Syngenta patenting South American tomatoes
In May, a record 65,000 people from 30 countries and 32 organizations have backed the complaint issued to the European Patent Office due to the approval of a Syngenta tomato discovered in South America and cultivated by traditional methods.The tomato was accepted as an "invention" in August 2015, with patent.....

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Ricardo Jaramillo, of AgroFuturo:
"Latin American countries need to work together to gain strength overseas"
South America has many fairs devoted to the agricultural sector, mainly divided by country, which bring together a number of producers and exporters of fruits and vegetables in order to promote the sale of their products. Ricardo Jaramillo, founder and CEO of the Colombian company Agrofuturo, has a broader.....


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A partnership for children:
Edeka and Tabaluga the dragon join forces
Edeka and Peter Maffay with his famous green dragon Tabaluga formed an alliance for children with the slogan "For a healthy diet and a conscious lifestyle." This partnership further develops Edeka’s commitment to children. “To find such a competent partner as Edeka at our side, is a sign of motivation and.....


Lidl to invest 500mln in Belgium | Supermarket chain Mars to go out of business
Whole Foods' 365 debuts in CA | Costco tops Q3 profit estimates
US: Hannaford joins Robinson Fresh 'Misfits' produce program -Delhaize America’s Hannaford banner is piloting an “ugly” produce program at its 14 stores in the Albany, N.Y, region, the retailer announced. The aesthetically challenged fruits and vegetables are supplied by Robinson Fresh, whose.....



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