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Friday, December 02, 2016

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OVERVIEW GLOBAL MARKET ORANGES
The Mediterranean citrus campaign has already started. Extreme weather is playing tricks on growers in several countries. In Egypt, the volume is slightly smaller. On the Italian island of Sicily, the production volume will be lower than expected. At one point, there was drought; at another point, an.....


Egyptian strawberries enter European markets
The Egyptian strawberry season has recently kicked off but European volumes for strawberries are still quite low. According to Fady Adly, Export Coordinator of Capespan - Egypt, "This season, strawberry quality is going to be excellent. The strawberries are medium in size and have a nice conical shape. They.....


UK: ‘All we want for Christmas is a steady supply of sprouts’
It is not looking good for the supply of sprouts for this year's Christmas dinner. The weather, of course is the main culprit. It was wet way back when the sprouts were planted, then dry in August and September, meaning that yields will severely down this year.This was further compounded by a few major.....


Heirloom navels revitalize the orange category
“Citrus has always been a strong part of retailers’ produce portfolio. But changing consumer demands have caused both growers and retailers to rethink their citrus offerings. “Since mandarins were introduced in the US, this segment has seen tremendous growth driven by the sweet, seedless and easy-to-peel.....


British pound stronger against euro and dollar
The British pound surged against both the dollar and the euro in response to the news that the British government is willing to pay for market access to the EU after the country leaves the EU. With this trend the markets are betting on a ‘soft Brexit’.The pound rose 1.5 percent on Thursday against the.....

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China: Sweet red dragon fruit production doubled
"Our red dragon fruits blossom every year in March. The trees bear fruit around mid-May. Compared to last year, our production volume has doubled, and prices have also increased. Our dragon fruits are currently sold both through traditional platforms and online. They are sold in the wholesale markets of.....


Fruit Vandepoel revives nuts and dried fruit assortment
New: nuts and dried fruit in tubes
Nuts and dried fruits are eaten increasingly often by consumers. Nuts are part of the health trend that has been taking place for years. Wholesaler Fruit Vandepoel from Brussels, Belgium capitalises on this by presenting these products in a new and colourful manner. “Last year, we carefully started with six.....


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Interpom | Primeurs: 20,000 visitors
The 18th edition of Interpom | Primeurs registered a record number of visitors: 19,938 people from at least 55 countries. This shows an increasing interest from abroad. Although the fair characterises itself as a fresh produce fair, its main focus is on potatoes.This year, the trade fair recorded a new.....


Wilko van der Zwaard, WilkoFruit:
Good start for Berkane-Clementines
Wilkofruit has packaged the first real Gaudias Berkane clementines during the past week, and today the first three trucks will arrive. “We do not leave anything to doubt, so we have a partnership with someone on the spot in Berkane. We have the right fields at our disposal, with large calibres, a high sugar.....

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"Best reactions from Germany, Sweden, and the Middle East"
QTee has been sold in 13 different countries this year
The red pear variety Celina, with the brand name QTee, has been harvested more in Belgium than last year. “A volume of 520 tons,” says Kris Wouters of Fruithandel Wouters. “The season went well; everything has been sold in the meantime. We have chosen to sell the pears to several markets.”QTee is available.....


Honghui Fruit and Vegetables on the stock market
The Shantou Enterprises Honghui Fruit and Vegetables stock has opened on the exchange motherboard for transactions. The abbreviation for the company stock is Honghui Fruit and Vegetables (reference code 603336). It is understood that 26 companies so far have entered the Shantou stock exchange, making it the.....



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Special  —  Year Overview


Year Overview - January
Warm weather plays havoc with winter veg
2017 came in quietly with mild temperatures in Europe, this was to influence the production into the spring, causing over-production which alternated with a lack of production. Dutch asparagus was early due to warm weather, asparagus growers in the south of the Netherlands were surprised to see their crop.....


2016 Year Overview
As the year draws to an end FreshPlaza will look back on the highs and lows in the industry in 2016. It was year with very unseasonable weather, political decisions which had big influences on the exchange rates and so the whole fruit and vegetables industry.

Tomorrow we will start way back in January, when the crazy climate was already affecting production.
 


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Europe


Apples to meet consumer demands thanks to Unisorting's 'Apples Sort'
The managers of Unitec (PresidentAngelo Benedetti) and Unisorting (Vice-PresidentLuca Montanari) chose Interpoma 2016 to present a new innovative system for the selection of various quality characteristics (internal and external) for all apple types - 'Apples Sort'.Above: A moment during the press conference.....


Wim de Rijder: “Much growth potential in potato sector”
Eqraft building factory of the future
Last month, ERC, Qreeno and Propak announced they would merge with Eqraft. During the Interpom | Primeurs fair in Kortrijk, Belgium, the new company presented the new black and yellow corporate identity to the wider public for the first time. A bold move, after both weighing and packing machines have been.....


Collaboration to provide evidence for health benefits of cress
SysBioSim and Koppert Cress have teamed up to "enhance the understanding of the long-term benefits of consuming cress, freshly germinated seedlings". SysBioSim will perform in silico analyses by modeling signaling and metabolic pathways that have exceptional predictive power. These analyses will.....

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Crisp restaurant in London
Crisp lovers rejoice. A new unusual restaurant in Soho has one main dish on the menu, crisps. The restaurant, HipChips, may confuse some locals who are used to calling them crisps rather than the more American term chips. The restaurant is located in Soho and offer a wide range of crisps from different.....

Ukrainian producers to reduce expenditure in seeds and agrochemicals
In the 2017/18 campaign, Ukrainian producers will save not only on seeds, but also on plant protection products, as reported by Alexander Horev, head of the project "APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits", in his speech at the thirteenth international conference "Fruits and Vegetables of Ukraine - 2016......

Turkey strives to normalise relations with Russia
In an interview with Tass, the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlut Cavusoglu, issued a call for an end to the crisis with Russia and for all trade and travel restrictions to be abolished, claiming that the focus should now be on re-building their strategic relations.The Minister stressed that the.....

PepsiCo owned company reduces water and carbon emissions by half
Walker Crisps, a PepsiCo-owned company, accomplished the difficult feat of cutting their water use and carbon emissions, required to produce potatoes, in half in just five years. A new measuring technique, issued in 2011, has led to new insights into where savings could be made.The PepsiCo-owned.....

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Russia bans re-export of fruit and veg from Guinea, Afghanistan and San Marino
Starting from 28 November, Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) has introduced a ban on the supply to Russia of vegetables and fruit from Guinea, Afghanistan and San Marino, through third countries, because of the increased volume of re-exports via.....

Russia records increase in greenhouse vegetable production
Russian greenhouse complexes continue to increase their vegetable production volumes, according to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation.Based on data from regional agro-business management bodies, the gross yield of greenhouse vegetable crops in the whole country amounted, as of 29 November,.....

To strengthen exports
Germany becomes official partner country of Fruit Logistica
Fruit Logistica celebrates its 25th anniversary on 8-10 February 2017. Honouring this occasion, the host country will serve for the first time as the partner country. Germany is Europe's biggest consumer market. At the same time, German fruit and vegetables are increasingly becoming a sought-after export.....

New technology may make bad odours a thing of the past
While it may still be unhealthy for the rest of your body, fried food may become easier on the nose. A new technology developed by the brainiacs at Blumchen, a German manufacturer of deep fryers, uses plasma to filter the air of bad odours. This technology was inspired by early tests in plasma back in 2001.....

No sign of further abnormalities in the goods declaration
Naturland: mislabelled organic carrots
Following the incident where organic carrots from various EU countries were re-labelled as organic carrots from Germany, the market cooperative Naturland-Bauer eG commissioned further independent tests, the results of which are now available.After the first steps towards complete clarification of the.....

Canary bananas turned into wine
Bodegas Platé is a pioneer in the production of wines through the fermentation of Canary bananas. Its first flagship product is the Platé Afrutado; a delicious drink obtained by following the same procedure as that used to obtain wine from grapes, and they have recently also launched a semi-dry Platé.The.....

Spain: Highest banana imports since September 2009
In September 2016, the Canary Islands shipped 35,786 tonnes of bananas to mainland Spain, while imports from Africa and Latin America amounted to 23,122 tonnes and re-exports reached 7,989 tonnes, so Spanish consumers had access to about 50,920 tonnes of bananas; the highest figure in a month of September.....

Georgia: DCFTA has increased trade flows by 16%
The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) has increased trade flows between Georgia and the EU by 16 percent in 2015. This was the first year after the implementation of the DCFTA.The conditional application of the DCFTA enabled the removal of certain quotas and custom tariffs which according to the.....

Riviera receives delicate produce scale from Yamato
Yamato Scale Dataweigh has delivered and installed their Omega ADW-O-1214S Multihead Weigher to Riviera. The machine is engineered to help weigh delicate produce without damage. The company's own Dimple is used on the bucket doors. This is a specific type of dimple/ embossed plate, engineered to stop.....

Lidl Plantations: Victory over labour rights for Make Fruit Fair!
Labour rights movement Make Fruit Fair! has made progress in Costa Rica and Ecuador recently. The movements started on social media and attracted 75,000 people who demanded that Lidl, the supermarket juggernaut, put fair labour practices into place on their plantations. The movement has made good progress.....


Oceania

AU: Backpacker tax debate finally over, farmers relieved.
Farmers across the country can breathe a sigh of relief as politicians have made a final agreement. Backpackers will now be taxed at 15 percent, while the government is entitled to 65% of the backpackers superannuation upon leaving the country. If the agreement had not been reached farmers were looking.....

Australia: Warm dry season means large durian crops
Thanks to a warm and dry season Han Shiong Siah, a durian grower in the Northern Territory, expects huge volumes this harvest. The tropical fruit is consumed mostly by Asian markets and is known for it's strong and unpleasant smell. He expects about seven tons of the fruit this season."We have been sending.....

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Australia: Farmers affected by hail storm offered Concessional Loans
A hail storm raged through Sunraysia last month and is reported to have wiped out over 10 per cent of the nation's table grapes. It also devastated stone fruit, almond, dried fruit and wine grape crops. The total damage caused by the brutal storm was estimated to be between $77 and $150 million.Farmers.....

Queensland farmer capitalising on peppers
A farmer in Queensland has taken a different approach to crop selection. While other crops are more usual for the region, he decided to go with something a little bit more exciting, peppers."We wanted to do something different, so we looked at farming grapes and coffee, but thought that was pretty boring,".....

AU: Fruit & veg wholesaler to repay $76k in employee wages
PWFV Pty Ltd, a fruit and vegetable wholesaler has been ordered to pay back $76,000 after being convicted of underpaying its workers. According to The Fair Work Ombudsman, the workers were not paid what they were entitled to by law.The company paid the employees a $20 an hour flat rate when they were.....

AU: New funding for Sunraysia to create 20 new jobs
Coles has made a $500,000 investment into a Sunraysian citrus grower's family business. The company plans to use the funds to invest in infrastructure and to increase its volume of high-grade figs by 30 percent. They also plan on creating twenty new jobs to handle the increased workload. “The citrus season.....

Blueberries New Zealand hires former Olympian as brand ambassador
Blueberries New Zealand has hired the record breaking former Olympian, Eliza McCartney. She was announced as the company's new brand ambassador at an event launching the 2016/17 season of fruit.The company hopes that the partnership will help grow their exports in the Asian region. She will be featured in.....

Zespri's SunGold and Green products breaking records
Things are looking up for Zespri's Sungold, a substitute for the Gold which was wiped out by Psa in 2010-2011. Having been mostly planted over three years ago, the crop of Sungold is now reaching full production, helping aid Zespri's performance.During its 2015-16 financial year, Zespri and the New Zealand.....

Robotics in spotlight as high-tech Citrus Forum returns to Mildura
The adoption of new technology is essential for the growth of the local citrus industry and Australian packers and growers will be exposed to the latest technical innovations at the Citrus Technical 2017 Forum and Field Day next March.Mildura will once again become the technical hub for the Australian citrus.....


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Year Overview - January
Warm weather plays havoc with winter veg
2017 came in quietly with mild temperatures in Europe, this was to influence the production into the spring, causing over-production which alternated with a lack of production. Dutch asparagus was early due to warm weather, asparagus growers in the south of the Netherlands were surprised to see their crop.....


Exotic produce consumption driven by multiculturalism, unrestricted imports and logistics
"For the longest time, exotics have been playing an important role in Eastern Canada,” says George Pitsikoulis with Canadawide, based in Montreal. Over the years, many exotic produce items have become mainstream. “I remember when avocados and Maradol papayas were called exotics. When we say exotic, we think.....


Retail


Lidl UK invests £70m in new DC | UK grocers sell £1bn less on promotions in 2016
Kroger struggles with high food prices | Save Mart gets new CEO
Italy’s Selex posts 4% growth in 2016Italy’s third largest retail group Selex has reported a 2016 turnover of €10.4bn, up 4% on the previous year, while its market share has risen to 11.7%. For 2017, the forecast is of a further growth of 4.2%, taking the turnover to €10.8bn, against the market trend. Over.....



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