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Thursday, October 30, 2014

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US: Three sweet potato growers in a mash
Whoever thinks that sweet potatoes are only available in their original form, should take a look at the company Yamco in North Carolina. The company is property of the cultivation companiesFarm Pak,Ham FarmsandBurch Equipmentand after years of research, in collaboration with the North Carolina State.....


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Much fewer Brazilian mangoes over the past weeks
Although the total mango supply from Brazil this year is 9% higher than last year, supply was significantly lower in the past few weeks. Wholesalers mentioned daily shortages, and weren't able to meet demand. Below are the containers shipped over the past few weeks from Brazil to Europe, compared to last.....


AU: Pineapple production hotting up for summer
Harvesting of the Gold pineapples has been going on for a couple of weeks at Pinata Farm's site in northern Queensland, Gavin Scurr, Managing Director said that volumes are just starting to come in now and will continue through summer till February. They are picking around 28,800 pines a day.The pineapples.....

Good prospects for South African lychee season
Harvesting will begin mid to late November for the new season South African lychees. Derek Donkin, CEO of Subtrop said it is a bit early to accurately predict how the season would go but it is looking better than last year."In some areas we had a very poor crop last year, but those areas are looking better.....


Filip: "We are in a good position to do faster business"
First electronic auction clock opened in Shanghai by Filip Fontaine
At 10 o'clock on the the 23rd of October the official introduction of the new auctioning system in the Shanghai wholesale market took place, in the Shanghai Xijaio Interal Central. This is the start of a shift in the traditional trading on fruit and vegetables and other agrarian products in China. The use of.....

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Toucan Fruit introduces pre-packed range of exotics
A leading London exotic fruit importer has expanded its range and launched a pre-packed range of exotics.Toucan Fruit, a relatively young company has been importing exotics from Colombia, Thailand and Mauritius and are now broadening their source countries to include Malaysia, Dominican Republic and Brazil;.....


Fast start to Chinese pomelo season slows down
Plentiful volumes of Chinese pomelos were available in August, when the harvest there began, which confirmed early predictions that yields would be up this season. But yields have dropped as the season has progressed, and many growers now believe volumes will be on par with those from the previous.....


Canada opens borders for Polish apples
Russia intercepts fruit from Netherlands
Russian authorities report having intercepted a shipment of 18 tonnes of fruit from the Netherlands. The country of origin indicated on the fruit reportedly did not match what was on the documents, and the labels were said to have been replaced. Belarusian customs held back 100 tonnes of fruit and vegetables.....


Greece: a lot of hail damage
Georgios Saltos' orchards were hit by a heavy hail storm at the start of October. This has caused a lot of damage to the orchard, located in the Achelous river, 12 kilometres from Mesolongi. The grower estimates the damage caused by the hail at around 20,000 Euro. The difference can be seen clearly: the.....

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Gert-Jan Slobbe, Fortuna Frutos:
"Supply of Canarian tomatoes two weeks later"
Across the board, supply of Canarian tomatoes is two weeks later than usual. According to Gert-Jan Slobbe of Fortuna Frutos, this is related to the financial problems there. "Producers were owed subsidies by the Spanish government. Right before the season, part of this was received, but part of it still.....



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Frosts destroyed the yield of cabbage in Russia
Due to abnormally low temperature the growers of Ulyanovsk region failed to harvest the yield of cabbage. From 23 to 27 October, the air temperature deviated from climatic norm by 7 degrees. Neither gardeners nor vegetable producers were ready for such a sharp fall of temperature. As a result, the cabbage in.....


Ad van der Staay: "The cultivation looks great"
Spain: Staay Food Group, uses 1,200 hectares for field vegetable crops
By 1987 Ad van der Staay had already left the family business to grow field vegetable crops in Vilanov d' Escornalbou, which lies in the state of of Tarragona in Northern Spain. At the moment Savasun S.A. - which is a part of the Staay Food Group - is growing their crops on 1,200 hectares. They directly sell.....

Pumpkin's increasing popularity in agri food industry 
Pumpkins are a sign of Halloween, or Thanksgiving in America. The vegetable that used to be mainly used in soups is now found in dishes, cakes and even ready to drink coffee. Starbucks has released their Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte coffee whilst Dunkin' Donuts have come up with a pumpkin donut. The.....

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Bad weather for carrots in France
Early rain in the Autumn delayed harvest and refrigerating of carrots in Hesbaye. When the season is too humid picking becomes a problem. Denis Dumont from the Yerne cooperative says that “for the time being, in a ton of harvest, we have half of which is soil and 250kg of good carrots and the rest can be.....


Apple market suffers from overproduction and price pressure
Right now in Europe there is talk of an enormous price decline in apples. Agricultural economists from the international network agri benchmark Horticulture discussed the situation at length during their second conference in September in Northern Italy, reports the German website Proplanta.de. While Italian.....

Castellon, Region of Valencia
Morocco increases clementine exports to Europe, but is no threat to the sector
Citrus exports (especially clementines) from Morocco to the EU are growing. Right now, when the international market is most alert due to the Russian ban on European imports of horticultural products (which can affect the coming campaign), the North African country has increased its citrus shipments to.....

Wim Meyers of Meyers Softfruit:
Belgium: "High strawberry production right now could be disastrous for December"
The strawberry market is going well and at the production areas the good weather is an advantages. According to Wim Meyers of Meyers Softfruit the sun is having a positive effect on the flavour and the general quality of the strawberries. "The only downside is that the volumes are higher than they usually.....

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Modena Funghi
Italy: Stable mushroom prices favour consumption
"This year, production and demand is good," explains Paolo Rinaldi, co-owner of Modena Funghi snc. The company works with mushrooms throughout the year and 80% of the produce is sold to retailers.The price issue is a little more complex, as they depend on the variety: producer prices of white button.....


Lusia fresh produce market
Italy: Good news for cabbage
Green cabbage is the most popular variety at the Lusia fresh produce market (Rovigo). There are both early and late varieties.The product adapts really well to the soil of the area as well as the weather and does not need particular attention. This is why it is cultivated throughout the year, although the.....


Italy: Fennel prices are recovering
Fennel quotations are recovering on the Cesena market: the local produce is almost finished and so there is room for that from Southern Italy. Lower supplies and temperatures that favour demand are pushing sales.The winter fennel season in the South started in early October and will continue until.....


41,000 tonnes to be exported this season
Spain: First shipment of Valencian clementines to the U.S.
The first citrus exports to the United States started this week, a destination where the sector expects to ship about 41,000 tonnes, almost the same volume as last year.The President of the Region of Valencia, Alberto Fabra, and the Government Delegate, Serafín Castellano, attended Monday, along with other.....

Hope for end of export ban as EU team finds better checks
Sources said the EU team found that Apeda-approved pack-houses located across Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kochi and other cities were appropriately equipped for export of agricultural goods and dedicated teams of inspectors were there to improve the quality of checksA check by a technical team from the.....

Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) Potato Committee
UK: Concerns that retailers are selling ‘last season’ potatoes in value packs
There is concern among Northern Ireland farmers that certain packers are using last season’s potatoes, which are appearing in value packs on the supermarket shelves.Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) Potato Committee Chairman Adrian Jamison says this is not only affecting producers but it is misleading the consumer.....


GB seed potato exports resurge into Caribbean market
A recent visit to Scotland by Cuban agricultural officials has led to a revised agreement for the importation of GB seed potatoes. Supported by the unique partnership between Potato Council and Scottish Government to boost export opportunities, senior officials from Cuba’s Agricultural Ministry and Plant.....

Ukraine: Potato prices almost halved compared to last year
Potato prices in Ukraine have halved compared to last year, reported the CEO of the Ukrainian Agri-business Club (ASTP) Volodymyr Lapa. If we take into account that the Grivna has depreciated over the past year by 60%, the price reduction is substantial, by 2.3 - 2.5 times.The price at retailers is of just.....


Spain: "Another 6.3 million Euro for tomato producers in Extremadura"
The President of the Government of Extremadura, José Antonio Monagas, stressed that an additional 6.3 million Euro will reach tomato growers in the Region of Extremadura.During a visit to the Nestlé factory in Miajadas, Cáceres, for the 50th anniversary of the Solís brand, Monago stressed that tomatoes are a.....

Commercial gathering of pine nuts started in Russian Far East
Since 2007, more than 600,000 hectares of forests in the Far East have been leased for 49 years in order to gather edible forest resources and collect medicinal herbs. This year there is a bumper crop of pine nuts, thus, the commercial gathering has started. Near the village Melnichnoe, in a deep taiga in.....

Austria: recalled lettuce due to broken greenhouse
Due to a damaged greenhouse all salads "Häuptelsalat, 1 Stück lose" from last Monday are being recalled in Germany. It is possible that bits of glass may have gotten into the lettuce. This concerns the deliveries from the 24th, 25th and 26th of October.The vegetables originated from Marksteiner und.....

India to start importing Moldovan vegetables
Ion Sula, Director General of Moldova's National Agency for Food Safety, met with Kishor S. Jaia, chief executive of Baboobhai Patel & Co. Mumbai, India, a company operating in the former Soviet space since the 50's of the 20th century in various economic areas (production, trade, export-import).Jaia.....


UK: Seasonal new potatoes, fresh from Italy, hit supermarket shelves
Branston, one of the UK’s largest potato suppliers, will this week unveil their fresh new season crop of fluffy skinned potatoes exclusively supplied from a small grower in Italy across Tesco stores nationwide.The seasonal new potatoes are imported into the country from the Puglia region where they are grown.....

"Get close to the customer" at Fruit Logistica 2015
A well-attended lecture at the recent Freshfel conference in Brussels was titled "Get close to the youth". To counteract the declining consumption of fruits and vegetables, the speaker highlighted the importance of targeting young people with new, surprising and humorous marketing ideas.Fruit Logistica takes.....


10 Food trends worth watching
Clear Label Leads Top 10 Trends for 2015
“From Clean to Clear Label” and “Convenience for Foodies” lead the Innova Market Insights food & beverage Top 10 Trends list for 2015. Innova Market Insights will present these trends in a webinar on November 6 (4pm CET, 10am EST). Register here!The Top Ten Trends likely to impact the food industry in.....


Almeria accounts for more than 40% of Spain's horticultural exports
Between September 2013 and August 2014, Almeria's horticultural companies exported 2.3 million tonnes of fruit and vegetables, 7.3% more than last season. The sector's revenue totalled 2,000 million Euro.Fresh vegetable exports, which reached 1.9 million tonnes, increased by 8.2%. This volume represents.....

QUAFETY Special Session at 1st Food Structure Design Congress in Porto
The QUAFETY Special Session at 1st Food Structure Design Congress in Porto held at Fundação António Cupertino de Miranda, Porto, Portugal, occurred last October 17th.The Session was opened by Manuela Pintado, from Catholic University, Portugal, with a brief but complete introduction of Quafety Project,.....


Oceania

AU: Fruit growers on a mission to lift horticulture's profile in Canberra
Apple and pear growers want the country's politicians to pay more attention to their industry.A group of orchardists from across the country and board members of their peak grower body, Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL), travelled to Canberra this week to educate Federal MP's on issues affecting grower.....

AU: Election pledge for almond research centre
The Victorian Government says it will build a national centre for almond research, if it's re-elected next month.The $12 million Almond Centre of Excellence would be based at the government's Irymple site, south of Mildura.Victorian Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh says the region grows about 70 per cent of.....

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NZ: Record returns for green kiwi growers
Green kiwifruit growers are anticipating a record high return of $51,047 per hectare thanks to good quality fruit and decreased competition in the markets.Zespri has announced forecast per tray returns of $5.71 for green fruit, up 37 cents, meaning orchard gate returns will break the $50,000 mark for the.....


Africa


10% more than last season
Possible record for the export of stonefruit from South Africa
Favourable weather conditions and an expansion of the crop area have ensured a record export of stonefruit from South Africa for the 2014/15 season, reports the German Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) (Agricultural Market Information Service) on their website. According to first estimates, 17.56.....


War-scarred Ivory Coast aims to conquer the world of cashews
A decade ago, the Ivory Coast was a middling producer, growing around 80,000 tonnes of raw cashews per year. By last season, however, as demand for the nuts has grown, output had jumped to around a half million tonnes, making it the world's top exporter and second to India in overall production."The growth.....

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World

Arkas Logistics initiates new route between Turkish, Israeli, Russian Ports
Turkish logistics company Arkas has launched a new service between ports located in Turkey, Israel and Russia. The Reefer Express service (REX) will provide services between the Turkish ports of Mersin and Limash, the Israeli ports of Haifa and Ashdod and the Russian port of Novorossiysk.The main goal of the.....

Yanqing, Beijing, China, in July 2015
Registration opens for 9th World Potato Congress
World Potato Congress Inc. General Manager, John Coady, announced today the launching of registration for the Beijing 2015 World Potato Congress.Planning and preparation have been underway for over a year, said Coady, we are pleased today to initiate registration. The 9th World Potato Congress will be held.....

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South Korea will export Asian pears to Latin America for the first time
South Korea will export Asian pears to Mexico. This is the first time that the Asian Country will export Asian pears to Latin American, stated the QIA.Previously, South Korea had signed agreements for the export of Korean pear with Chile in 1999, and with Peru in 2013. However, this is the first time that.....


Record year at PMA Fresh Summit 2014
Last weekend the PMA Fresh Summit was held in Anaheim with a record year of over 22,000 attendees. Besides the amount of attendees, companies use this show also to introduce new packaging, varieties and/or innovations.Click here for the photo reportClick here to see the photo report with Latin American.....


Retail

PriceSmart earnings: slow but steady growth
PriceSmart has posted results for its fiscal fourth quarter, and the warehouse retailer's headline numbers were no big surprise.Quarterly revenue improved to $623 million from $585 million a year ago. Wall Street had been expecting $621 million in Q4 revenue, so you can count that as a slight beat for.....

Metro Cash & Carry purchasing produce from 100 Romanian growers
The German chain Metro Cash & Carry, which has 31 stores in Romania with annual turnover of over 1 billion Euro, cooperates with 100 Romanian fruit and vegetable producers. In spring 2012, the company launcheda programme to come into contact with producers to reach agreements for the supply of fruits and.....

Metro and Auchan join procurement
German retailer chain Metro and French Auchan have agreed to combine their forces in the procurement of goods at the international level. According to the agreement, together the retailers will cooperate with the most important international suppliers of branded goods. Moreover, Metro and Auchan will be able.....

Carrefour opens new hypermarket in Poland
Carrefour Poland opened the first Carrefour hypermarket in Pila, the 96th in the country. The hypermarket is in the new shopping complex near the station. Carrefour Pila has a 3,500 metre squared shopping area and approximately 30,000 products. A team of 100 or so employees are at the service of customers.....

Grocer recognized at Annual Stars and Stripes Benefit for the Troops
Giant Food has announced that it was recognized for a fourth year in a row by USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore’s Circle of Stars. Giant is being recognized this year as a 4-Star member of the Circle of Stars. The USO-Metro was founded to lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families living.....

Five ways Netto can win in the UK discount channel
The rise of discounters in the UK has been a consistently hot topic over the last few years and the channel's profile has been boosted again with the announcement of Netto's return. The Danish discounter, part of Dansk Supermarked, exited the UK in 2010 after selling its store estate to Asda but is coming.....

Carrefour takes 'Express 2.0' concept to Luxembourg
Carrefour has opened its first Express store in Luxembourg City yesterday (29 October), rolling out a new version of the concept which has already opened in Belgium.New customer-focused concept from BelgiumCarrefour has been present in Luxembourg for 15 years, operating Carrefour Market in the north of the.....

S Group launches drive-thru click & collect
Finnish S Group co-operative, HOK-Elanto has launched drive-thru click & collect in partnership with Digital Foodie, creator of the Foodie.fm platform.Latest development follows other online innovationsIn September, HOK-Elanto launched a new click & collect service at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, also in.....

UK's Fraud Office opens criminal probe into Tesco profits error
Britain announced a criminal investigation on Wednesday into accounting practices at Tesco, the country s biggest retailer, after the supermarket group overstated its profits by £263 million ($424 million, 333 million Euro).Tesco said it was "cooperating fully" with the inquiry by the Serious Fraud Office.....

Assets of Russian retailer Magnit exceed 18.4 billion Euro
On 28 October, the value of assets of the well-known retail chain Magnit exceeded a trillion roubles (18.4 billion Euro), - has posted in his blog the CEO of OJSC Magnit Sergey Galitsky. According to the Moscow Stock Exchange, within 24 hours the shares of Sergey Galitsky have increased by 4%, which.....


X5 Retail Group gives up online trade
X5 Retail Group plans to sell the shares in the online store E5.ru, and negotiates the deal with Wikimart, which is likely to acquire 75% of the project. The CEO of Wikimart, Maxim Faldin, has reported about their offer to create a joint venture with X5. The cost of E5.ru is not specified, however, according.....

Hungary: Retail sales up 2.5 % in August
Retail sales in Hungary rose 2.5% in August year-on-year, according to calendar-adjusted figures, the Central Statistics Office (KSH) revealed today.Retail food, drinks and tobacco sales were down 1.6% in August. Non-food sales were up 6.8% while vehicle fuel sales climbed 4.3%.Food, drinks and tobacco.....

Wesfarmers raises retail sales through Coles
Wesfarmers, the owner of Coles, has seen a pick-up in food and liquor sales, but petrol sales fell.In the first quarter of the financial year, food and liquor sales jumped 5.8 per cent to $7.3 billion dollars when compared to the first quarter in 2014.When excluding the impact of new stores that were not.....


X5 Retail Group chooses NCR SelfServ checkouts
NCR Corporation has announced that X5 Retail Group is deploying NCR SelfServ™ Checkouts at its stores in Moscow, Ekaterinburg and St Petersburg.The project, which started at the end of 2013 with the installation of NCR solutions at the Perekrestok supermarket and Karusel hypermarket in Moscow, provides.....


Woolworths positive about Namibian prospects
Woolworths has opened its ninth store in Namibia at The Grove in Windhoek. The store, which is 2 400 square metres, offers a range of clothing and general merchandise including beauty. In addition, the store is currently the largest food market to date in Namibia at 480 square meters.“Woolworths has had.....



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