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Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Oded Jacobson, CEO of Galilee Export, passes away
Mr Oded Jacobson, CEO of the Israeli company Galilee Export, has passed away at the age of 44. He suffered a suspected heart attack during a morning swim.Eitan Zvi from Galilee Export explains: “Mr Jacobson had a long and successful career, first at Agrexco, where he held many roles, including branch manager.....

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Minnesota company taps Chile to feed year-round hunger for Honeycrisp apples
Spring usually represents a time when Honeycrisp apple fans must go without their coveted fruit, but a Minnesota company is about to change that. A Honeycrisp crop is en route this week to U.S. grocery stores from Chile, where growers have spent the past decade perfecting the insanely in-demand apple.....


Italy: Consorzio Mundial increases Red Falcon melon crops
Pigmented Red Falcon melons, a type of Cantaloupe melon by Nunhems, was created specifically for the soil and weather conditions of South-Eastern Sicily.Red flesh melons are cultivated and sold exclusively by the companies who are part ofConsorzio Mundial, which covers 1,500 ha, 1,000 of which are dedicated.....


Poland concerned about Russian fruit and vegetable import ban
Russia’s veterinary and phytosanitary control authority (Rosselkoznadzor) may ban the import of fruits, vegetables and berries from Poland due to concerns about excessive pesticide residue and nitrate contents, Rosselkhoznadzor’s press service said on Tuesday.Poland is a major exporter of fruits (primarily.....

EU farmers demand stricter disease checks on South Africa citrus
European Union farm lobby Copa-Cogeca called on the 28-nation bloc to tighten controls on citrus imports from South Africa to prevent the introduction of the plant disease black spot.The EU should widen proposed control measures to include all South African citrus, including fruit for processing, Copa-Cogeca.....

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French strawberry producers worried for Spanish producers
Strawberry production in Brittany is at its peak period at the moment. Strawberries farmed in heated greenhouses are reaching the end of their production, whilst unheated greenhouse strawberries are in full bloom. Strawberry producer, André Hascoet, says that the first few weeks of the season were ''not very.....

South African citrus no competition in the Middle East
As volumes of South African lemons increase in the Middle Eastern market so the prices are coming down a bit. David Pearce from GF Marketing said they are now getting $18 FOB, where as in the beginning they were getting $21 FOB.The drop in price is normal as the volumes increase, at the moment South African.....


US: Strong demand for imported organic apples
An early end to the organic apple season in Washington has contributed to strong demand relative to the amount of fruit available. That, combined with a slow start to the import season, has made for strong prices.“The organic apple market has been very strong because there just hasn't been enough fruit,”.....

Group asks U.S. to examine pesticide-coated apples banned by Europe
U.S.-grown apples are widely coated with a pesticide that has been newly banned in the European Union amid health concerns, and the United States is at least a year behind in a required scientific assessment of the pesticide, an environmental group said on Thursday.The Environmental Working Group, a.....

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Mahindra enter joint venture to source seed potato from HZPC
Mahindra ShubhLaabh, the agribusiness company of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., has entered into an exclusive strategic alliance with HZPC BV, a 110 year old, Euro 225 million global leader, to produce, market and export seed potato from India. Mahindra ShubhLaabh is part of Mahindra’s Farm Equipment Sector.....


Spain: Almost 800 hectares of stone fruit affected by hail storm
Over 500 hectares of apricot, peach, cherry, nectarine and flat peach plantations have been badly affected in the Spanish municipality of Fraga by a rain and hail storm that hit the town last Sunday.Agricultural unions, the UAGA and BDA, reported that the storm has completely destroyed some areas and that.....



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Ralph Bogers from CLTV Zundert: "Nice prices in time for Easter"
"Consumers increasingly biased when it comes to buying strawberries"
The strawberry season is in full swing and just before Easter, demand was satisfactory, explains Ralph Bogers from CLTV Zundert. "Up until now, strawberries have had a pretty good Spring," he says. "Last year was, of course, a top Spring but it has not been as mad as that. Kilograms are arriving a little.....

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Minimum wage initiative in Swizerland: vegetables would become 25% more expensive
The union of Swiss Vegetable Producers (VSGP) and the 'Schweizer Bauernverband' (SBV) are guarding themselves against the minimum wage initiative, reports the Swiss website Schweizerbauer.ch. This initiative could make labour in Switzerland so much more expensive that extra vegetables would have to be.....

1 Cent for the future hoping to improve life in the Patagonian desert
Making a small but relevant contribution with your supermarket purchase - that is the idea behind the "1 Cent for the Future" campaign of Nature & More. For each kilogram of campaign-fruit that is sold, at least one cent goes to a social project in the grower's region. In this way Nature & More apple.....

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Lack of fennel in Italy and Spain drives prices up
The fact that temperatures were mild this winter continues to affect crops. In the case of fennel, for example, the winter campaign ended earlier than usual.Giovanni Ancona,one of the owners of Fratelli Ancona said, "this year, warm temperatures in winter caused a number of problems. Fennel was ready 40 days.....


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Tozer Seeds plan for October pumpkin and squash trial
After an absence of 5 years, Tozer Seeds have announced that they will once again be hosting a pumpkin and squash trial in 2014. The trial day which is scheduled for Wednesday, the 8th of October will include over 200 varieties of pumpkin and squash. Sowing has already begun on the different varieties and.....


Elliot produces 500 tonnes of blueberries per year
Polish producer Elliot was founded in July 2011 as a cooperative of five growers specialised in the production of blueberries. Elliot Group produces blueberries from July to September and owns a total of ​​80 hectares, as explained by Dorota Zegota, who along with her ​​husband.....


TPSens from Roteritalia
Remote controlled monitoring device for machinery
TPSens is a remote-controlled monitoring device for mechanical problems. Roteritalia, which also owns the Forigo brand, created it for machinery with units powered by endothermic motors, i.e. wet mechanical transmissions, or hydraulic ones. In addition, the device enables the collection of other useful.....

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Alberto Garrocho, Interfresa:
Spain: "Some European countries prevent the entry of Huelva's strawberries"
The Andalusian Strawberry Interprofessional Association, Interfresa, denounced the "unfair proceedings" of some European countries "which are preventing the entry of this product, despite Europe's free movement of goods regulations."The president of Interfresa, as well as of the Association of Producers and.....


Juan Carlos Mojica, of Fruit Diamond:
Spain: "Asia is the most interesting market for European cherries"
The cherry campaign in the production area of Mequinensa, in the Spanish province of Zaragoza, officially started yesterday for the company Fruit Diamond. The campaign started with the launch in the Spanish market of the first open ground cherries of the season; one of the earliest to be harvested in Europe......


2014 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year award winner announced
Tessa Bunney was announced as the 2014 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year at a prestigious awards event held at the Mall Galleries, London on Wednesday, the 23rd of April.Tessa Bunney (UK/PDR of Lao) Noodle MakingFood in Action - Tessa BunneyThe title went to the Yorkshire-based photographer for her.....


Theme in EU election battle: concentration of seeding companies
After most Austrian parties had already presented their election placards, 'Die Grünen' have now also presented their election posters. The special part: Die Grünen vary regionally between the words 'Paradeiser' and 'Tomaten' in their campaign, reports the Austrian newspaper 'Die Presse'.The green party says.....

Good start for Italian fruit and veg exports
According toFruitimprese, 2014 started well for Italian trade. Data concerning January 2014 shows that there has been an increase both in terms of volume and value. The final balance is of €141 million, 1.6% more than January 2013.In January 2014, Italy exported around 340,000 tons of produce.....


Sweden: Supermarket billboard show tricks of storing fresh produce
Retailers in Sweden are working on a series of innovations. For example, Coop Sverige installed giant billboards explaining how to store fruit and vegetables to make them last longer. The short shelf-life of fresh produce often drives costumers away, but it is just a question of explaining the tricks to.....

Italy: Weather damage in Puglia
Coldiretti Puglia has announced that strong winds and hailstorms created many problems in the region. It is still raining and temperatures are dropping. Damage is currently being assessed."It rains a lot, temperatures are low and there is a hailstorm every once in a while. Cherry orchards have been damaged.....

Italy: +35% of kiwi orchards in Lombardy
Kiwi orchards in Lombardy have grown by 35% in just 7 years. In 2007, 409.5 ha were dedicated to the cultivation of this fruit, whereas now there are 554.6, 80% of which are in the province of Mantova."The fruit is very popular both domestically and abroad, and Italy is one of the main producers worldwide,".....


Thijs Jasperse, P8:
"With summer weather comes summer prices for peppers"
Although the Dutch pepper area is a little smaller than last season, the production is at a much higher level than usual due to the high temperatures and plentiful sunlight. Spain has also had a climatologically calm winter, so the Spanish product is also still on the market and areas such as Almeria is.....

Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV create the fourth largest shipping company in the world
On Wednesday 16th of April Hapag-Lyoyd PLC and Compańía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV) signed a Business Combination agreement and thereby completing a binding agreement on the merger of CSAV and Hapag-Lyoyd, reports the German website, Fruchthandel.de. Subject to regulatory and competition authorities CSAV.....


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Apple harvest yield in Tasmania up 25% more than last year
Apple harvest is in full swing in Tasmania and reports are the yield this year could be up to 25 percent more than last year and the quality is excellent.Howard Hansen from Hansen Orchards says growers are likely to get a great return for their apples this season after shortages in mainland states.The apple.....


Africa

South African citrus no competition in the Middle East
As volumes of South African lemons increase in the Middle Eastern market so the prices are coming down a bit. David Pearce from GF Marketing said they are now getting $18 FOB, where as in the beginning they were getting $21 FOB.The drop in price is normal as the volumes increase, at the moment South African.....


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E.E Muir & Sons
AU: "More and more growers identifying advantages of stonewool substrates"
Family owned and operated - E.E Muir & Sons are highly recognised as a major distributor of fertilisers, chemicals, seeds and other farm inputs to the Australian field and protected agriculture market, the company has long recognised the importance of providing the right information and backup to its.....

The changing face of global banana trade
Despite the continued importance of multinational companies in the global trade of bananas, their involvement in banana production has fallen dramatically over the past three decades, shifting their sphere of action to favor other areas in the sector and opening the door to opportunities for other.....


Retail

Wal-Mart’s 'Everyday Low Prices' fail to stir Brazilians
A relentless focus on everyday low prices helped Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) become the world’s largest retailer. The strategy hasn’t been working in Brazil.Wal-Mart is still losing money there two decades after entering South America’s biggest market, acquiring two local chains in the mid-2000s and opening.....

Safeway reports 1st-Quarter loss
Safeway has posted a net loss for the first quarter because of higher costs and acquisition expenses.The grocery-store chain is being acquired by an investment group in a deal worth about $7.64 billion. The deal, which combines Safeway and Albertsons, is expected to close in the fourth quarter.Safeway and.....


Sweden: Supermarket billboard show tricks of storing fresh produce
Retailers in Sweden are working on a series of innovations. For example, Coop Sverige installed giant billboards explaining how to store fruit and vegetables to make them last longer. The short shelf-life of fresh produce often drives costumers away, but it is just a question of explaining the tricks to.....

Lidl is first food retailer to have 10 million Facebook fans in Europe
On 27th February, Lidl reached the milestone of 10 million fans on Facebook as verified in the study "Lidl Now #1 European Food Retailer on Facebook" recently published by the social media monitoring agency Socialbakers. Lidl began its international social media activities in September 2011 in 7 pilot.....



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