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Thursday, September 29, 2016

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Rising tension on mango market
Already a fair amount of Tommy Atkins and Palmer mangoes are entering the European market from Brazil. The first Keitt from that country has also already arrived, and more follow weekly. Additionally, a small number of Osteen mangoes from Spain is available.“The market is not yet under pressure, but you can.....


Fruit and vegetables: packaged or not?
As a result of a previous analysis arising from an interview with Rosario Trefiletti, in Italy, there is an issue about advances in the fruit and vegetable supply chain and consumers' ideas, especially when it comes to product packaging.From the data of Confcooperative, we know that most fresh fruit traded.....


Europe is an open market... maybe even too open
Italy exports a lot of fruit and vegetables (both fresh and processed), but it could do more if there were no "barriers" in extra-European countries. In addition to tariff barriers, in fact, there are non-economic blocks such as those against certain residue levels and the introduction of insects and.....


Turkey: Increased support for sustainable glass
While Turkey is known for its large greenhouse industry, which mainly consists of plastic greenhouse structures, more growers are said to be interested in glass Venlo structures. The increased support and available incentives from the government for sustainable technologies are especially pushing more.....

No early pomegranates from India
The Indian pomegranate export season should have started by now, the early pomegranates from the Maharashtra region should have great colour due the rainy season and be on the way to the export destinations."This year we had a bad flowering period and volumes are low," explained one trader. "This has caused.....

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Organic cultivation and processing
China: Export of late season Keitt mangoes
Huaping County in Lijiang, Yunnan province, is the most northern place for late season mangoes. It is the most optimal in terms of natural conditions and cultivation procedures for late-ripe mangoes and this brings a clear advantage on the market."At present, the cultivation surface for our organic mangoes.....

Great Britain is Amsterdam Produce Show's featured nation
Now, be honest. That’s not what you were expecting to hear, is it?Unless you have been living and working under a rock, you’ll no doubt have noted that in June, more than half of the fine people of Great Britain voted to leave the European Union after 42 years of doing a decent impression of being the.....


New Gala rootstocks in southern Brazil
Nowadays, apple rootstocks must have good performances in vigour, precocity, yields, fruit quality and resistance to diseases. These parameters have all been considered for the improvement of apples at a global level. The balance between plant efficiency and fruit quality combined with a simpler orchard.....

Egyptian grower looking for seeds and support
The Egyptian company El-Fady for Export, based in Cairo, is a family business started in December 2000 for the cultivation of cut flowers, which has recently begun growing organic vegetables for export to the EU. To facilitate this process, Mr Kamal Mankarious explains, that the firm counts on the.....

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Sprouts confirms Florida, NC expansion | US Aldi DC rewarded
Global e-grocery market grown 15% to $48bn | Raley's offers free fruit
Discount supermarkets in Italy surpass 5,000 mark -The number of discount stores in Italy reached 5,065 in July, up 165 from a year earlier, according to data from Nielsen, as reported by daily Il Sole 24 Ore. The Puglia region boasts the highest number of discount outlets (30%), followed by.....



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Lemon crop back to normal and grapefruit stable
Ailimpo has reviewed the lemon and grapefruit forecast for this 2016/2017 season confirming the figures released previously in July. The main conclusion is that lemon crop goes back to normal volumes achieved in the past, while grapefruit production remain stable. Spanish sector will continue consolidating.....


Agribologna: Fresh-cut fruit is growing, especially in retail shops
"All the fresh-cut branches are growing, more than we expected", Paolo Mariani, marketing manager ofConsorzio Agribologna, says."It seems that people have overcome the economic crisis", he adds.Agribologna staff at Macfrut. From left to right: Marco Guidi, Emilio Colombini, Monica Stepien, Paolo Mariani e.....


Jacques Luteijn expects higher sales due to unique ‘Body and Brains’ concept
"The importance of healthy food is often underestimated”
Jacques Luteijn expects that the sales of soft fruit will rapidly increase with the introduction of the brand name Body and Brains. He says: “The Body and Brains logo triggers and reminds the consumer of the importance of healthy food. I consider this brand as a boosting tool for the retailers to stimulate.....

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Great potential for chestnuts
Either the Italian chestnut production becomes more modern and professional, or it will disappear in the next few years and chestnuts will have to be imported.Non-professional harvest in the Appenine areaElvio Bellini, President of the Centro di studio sul castagno in Marradi, reports that, "imports have.....

Working from home leads to eating more fruit and veg
In the United Kingdom, more than 4 million people work from home. And, it seems, they are more healthy, more active, less stressed and more productive because of it. Those who work from home take fewer sick days, eat better and exercise more – but they typically take seven days less holiday a year than their.....

Maersk Line orders 14,800 new reefer containers
Maersk Line’s 2016 investments in new reefer container equipment are adding 14,800 reefers to the world’s largest reefer fleet of more than 270,000 containers. While part of the reefers replace older equipment, the investment will expand the reefer fleet and cater for Maersk Line’s future growth in the.....


Nispen Verpakkingen Cradle to Cradle certified
With the personal conviction that a better environment starts at home, director Marcel Baelemans started the initiative to make Nispen Verpakkingen into a Cradle2Cradle company a few years ago. "We all have a responsibility towards our planet. Including me. It's my dream for our children and the generations.....

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EU adjusts flutriafol import limit for gourd vegetables
The EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) has reported that on September 23, it will issue a suggestion for revising the maximum amount of residual flutriafol in gourd vegetables. According to the regulation of the European Commission No 396/2005, chapter 6, Great Britain received the request from Cheminova.....

Joost Derks, Dutch Payment & Exchange Company:
"Importers miss great opportunities with currencies"
Many export companies invoice in euros, therefore they have no currency risk. Importers that buy products from non-euro countries do get invoices that are written with foreign currencies. Some importers are allowed to pay with euros, if their supplier agrees. These entrepreneurs have no currency risk either,.....

New research into cherry cracking
When sweet cherries have more water than their skin can handle, the pressure increases and the skin bursts – almost like the tyre of a car. But, it isn't that simple, says a team of German researchers who want to understand why cherry fruits burst following rains.“There are many reasons why a cherry might.....

Spain: Avocado cultivation promoted in Tenerife
The council is promoting the cultivation of avocados in Tenerife, as the fruit has already become a very profitable alternative to other traditional crops. The Insular Corporation, through the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, has organised a training activity in Guía Isora.The Vice.....


New breeding centre for onions of De Groot en Slot
Last April, breeding station De Groot en Slot was still located in an old building in Broek op Langedijk, the Netherlands. A completely new breeding centre was officially opened at the same place yesterday.After celebrating its 60-year anniversary in 2015, another milestone followed in 2016. On 27 September.....

Ukrainian tomato exports to EU grew 10-fold
As European importers’ demand for Ukrainian tomatoes has been rapidly growing, exports of tomatoes to the EU countries have already grown almost 10 times since the beginning of this year, reports Fruit-Inform.In particular, the export volumes totaled 2,300 tons in January-August 2016 against just 243 tons in.....

Italy: More promotion for Cuneo PGI red apples
Showcasing one of the most important PGIs in the Italian fruit sector, as well as the terrain that produces it, as the foundation of a sales strategy that looks beyond Italy’s borders: this is the policy of Asprofrut – Assortofrutta with regards to Cuneo PGI red apples.“As far as the apple sector is.....


EUROPLANT Germany
Great success for the Annalena variety!
At the annual potato Potato Festival "Dary Lata barwy jesieni" in Przysiek (Poland), the potato variety Annalena got first place for the tastiest variety.“This shows again that the quality of the potato is very a important criterion for the customer!” states a happy Krysztof Korolewicz, CEO of EUROPLANT.....

Spain: Dia joins Amazon to sell foods on-line
Amazon is again putting pressure on El Corte Inglés, Mercadona, Carrefour and Lidl. The US giant, which launched its supermarket of non-perishable products in September 2015 and started selling fresh, frozen and refrigerated foods in Spain last July, has sealed an alliance with Dia to promote the sale of.....

''Maersk has its eye on Hanjin and HMM take-over''
Maersk may attempt to take over Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), according to investment bank Jefferies International.Both Hanjin Shipping, under court receivership, and HMM, adjusting debts, needed a strong partner, and Maersk was the only shipping company with the funds to take over the.....

Spain: Hail damages 2,720 hectares in Lleida
The hailstorm recorded in the afternoon of last Friday in several municipalities of the county of Segrià, Lleida, has caused damage to a total of 2,720 hectares of crops, as reported on Monday by the director of the Territorial Services of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food in Lleida, Ferran Noguera,.....

High prices are a hurdle
Spain: Organic foods gain ground in Murcia
The organic sector, with products such as fruits, vegetables and meats, is earning more followers every day. These foods, which are grown and produced in all corners of the Murcian geography, are considered healthier, as fewer fertilizers and pesticides are used. They are already available in specialised.....

30,000 tons pomegranate expected in Denizli this year
Denizli, southwestern Turkey, now contributes 15% of the country’s total pomegranate production as a result of a government project where growers were offered certified saplings. Hamdi Gemici, chairman of Denizli Chamber of Commerce, states that the surface area dedicated to the “Hicaz” pomegranate has.....

Turkish citrus sector aims exports to reach 3.5 billion USD in 2023
Kemal Kaçmaz, chairman of the Turkish National Citrus Council, states that they are working towards an export target of 3.5 billion USD in 2023, whilst the target for fresh fruit and vegetables is to reach 10 billion USD.Kaçmaz emphasizes that their biggest customers are neighboring countries “the relations.....

Poland: This year’s fruit and veg production will be much greater
According to the Central Statistical Office of Poland (GUS), this year's fruit and vegetable harvest will be much better. Preliminary estimates reveal that this year's vegetable harvest will amount to 4.4 million tonnes (about 17 percent more), while that of fruit will reach approximately 4 million tonnes.....

Big drop in Russia’s onion imports in 2015
Last year, Russia imported a total of 264 thousand tonnes of onions, which is almost exactly 100 thousand tonnes less than in 2014, when import volumes amounted to 362 thousand tonnes, reports FAMMU/FAPA.In previous years, the most dominant supplier of onions to the Russian market was the Netherlands. In.....


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All-time high of 47.9 tonnes per hectare
AU: Apple and pear yield increased by 28%
The results of the most comprehensive study to determine how Australian apple and pear growing businesses are performing, show that the benchmark yield increased by 28 per cent between 2014 and 2015, to an all-time high of 47.9 tonnes per hectare.Every year, AgFirst compiles the results of the Orchard.....

APAL bids farewell to John Dollisson and welcomes new CEO
John Dollisson completed his role with APAL on Friday, 23 September. Independent APAL Director, Philip Turnbull has now been announced as the new CEO and will commence in the role, Tuesday 4 October.APAL Chair Michele Allan, has advised that John stepped down as CEO to pursue other opportunities. John joined.....

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AU: Tully property settlement deferred
The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has announced that the expected settlement of the TR4 infected farm in Tully will be deferred, pending the outcome of testing of a suspect plant from another Queensland property.The ABGC received formal notice yesterday from the Commonwealth‘s Department of.....

More quarantine staff to protect New Zealand
The graduation of 23 new quarantine officers will help protect New Zealand and relieve peak-time congestion at the country’s main international airports, says the Ministry for Primary Industries.The new officers are among more than 40 MPI frontline staff that will graduate today, 29 September, in Auckland,.....

NZ: Avocado export cooperation bears fruit
As we previously reported here, earlier this month Australian avocado growers were displeased that Woolworths had switched to New Zealand suppliers a month earlier than expected, raising fears of a glut of avocados in Queensland.However, in a move that reflects increased co-operation within the NZ industry,.....

Aussie blueberry producer to support developing farmers
Mountain Blue Farms will donate five cents from every blueberry punnet sold in Coles stores to projects helping farmers in some of the world's poorest countries, announced World Vision Australia.Mountain Blue Farms, which was founded by Ridley Bell after he introduced the blueberry to Australia in 1976 and.....


AU: Why don't locals want to pick fruit
Fruit picking is usually the choice of work for backpackers. The work is hard, and the days can be long, but there's jobs to be done all year round.Tom Elliott found out why more young Australians struggling to find work won't be enticed to take up fruit picking.Redbelly Citrus director Vito Mancini said.....


World


Launch of Peruvian sweet onion season
This month Shuman Produce has officially launched the RealSweet® Peruvian sweet onion season, which dovetails with the RealSweet® Vidalia® onion season to provide customers with sweet onions year-round.Shuman Produce began growing sweet onions in Peru decades ago, due to the high demand of RealSweet® Vidalia.....


"Garlic is flying off the shelves"
Spain: "This year we'll look for alternatives to Brazil for our onions"
The long-storage onion harvest will come to an end in about a week in the Spanish region of La Mancha. "The onions have a superior quality compared to last season, since there has been no heavy rainfall or hail storms. This year, we have very healthy onions that are very appealing to the eye," explains.....


Retail


Sprouts confirms Florida, NC expansion | US Aldi DC rewarded
Global e-grocery market grown 15% to $48bn | Raley's offers free fruit
Discount supermarkets in Italy surpass 5,000 mark -The number of discount stores in Italy reached 5,065 in July, up 165 from a year earlier, according to data from Nielsen, as reported by daily Il Sole 24 Ore. The Puglia region boasts the highest number of discount outlets (30%), followed by.....



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