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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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Potential in export market as Northwest pear crop rebounds
This year's pear Pacific Northwest pear crop is expected to be half a million boxes larger than last season's crop. While that's a six percent jump from last year's haul, it's still below the five-year average for the region. Shippers are hoping that foreign markets, with Asian countries in particular, can.....

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Altaifresh on strong AU and SA citrus imports
"No grower programme, no supply" concerns Chinese importers
"Initial feedback on the sales of Australian citrus in China has been strong,” according to Nichole He from Altaifresh. “Our last shipment will arrive by the middle of September. The varieties we import are the Washington and Lane Late Navel orange and the Low Seeded Murcott and Honey Murcott mandarins.”.....


Gert van der Bent, Wijnand de Mooij:
"Supply of Italian lettuce going well after a tight period"
"After an extremely warm period in Italy it was a little difficult to get enough lettuce varieties in. The weather conditions have now normalised and the supply is going well," says Gert van der Bent, responsible for the import from Italy at Wijnand de Mooij. In 2007 the Rotterdam wholesaler started.....

Louisiana flooding creates uncertainty
Sweet potato market is mixed
“Our market is hot right now. It’s all over the board because we don’t have much supply of sweet potatoes, but the demand is still high,” said an industry source. “The demand has been consistent, even though we have little to no supply.”“Right now, we’re working with the old crop, which was planted in 2015......


Altair Zotti, of AgroCultivo:
"The Brazilian market will grow exponentially in 10 years"
The greenhouse crop sector is still at a very early stage in Brazil, although according to Altair Zotti, general director of AgroCultivo, the country has enormous potential and no doubt, once the problems the nation is facing have been overcome, the market will begin to grow unabated.Great potential"Brazil.....

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Wild mushroom season from Eastern Europe in full swing
Two trucks of wild mushrooms arrived yesterday to German importer, I ❤Mushrooms, from Eastern European countries such as Latvia, Romania, Lithuania, and Belarus. Owner of the Cologne based company, Uwe Buschhaus, said that although there are a lot of chanterelle mushrooms available, it still is a.....


First Honey Murcotts in transition to California
Increased demand for W. Murcotts from Peru
The first container of W. Murcotts left Peru at the end of June and entered the port of Long Beach, California in the second week of July. It is a short season as the last container is expected to get to The Golden State mid-September. “We are noticing increased demand this year,” says Jim Cutsinger with.....


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Shaanxi's Hutai N°8 ready for harvest
Hutai N°8 grapes are a famous grape variety from Shaanxi province. The grapes are mainly cultivated in Hu county on the Northern slopes of Qinling. "Last week we harvested a small amount of grapes as a test. We estimate that the formal large scale harvest can start this week," says Mrs. Qiang Yaning from.....


Aart Blom, Fruitpartners Blom:
“Dutch retail sales compensate for loss of Russia”
Up until two years ago, Fruitpartners Blom from Deil, the Netherlands, exported nearly half of its fruit to the Russian market. When the boycott was implemented at the start of the top fruit season, a shift had to be made quickly. By turning to the German and, more importantly, the domestic market, the.....

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Good weather, despite dryness has crops producing well
Ontarians in for more apples this year
Apple picking has just started in Ontario this week and things are looking up over last year. “Currently the crop looks good,” said Tom O’Neill of Norfolk Growers' Association. “It’s been a little dry here so early fruit size is off a little but I’m quite surprised at how big they actually are.” He.....


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Lidl becomes fastest growing grocer | Shoprite eyeing other continents
AU: Coles sales growth under pressure; chain continues to lower prices -Coles food and liquor sales growth has slowed significantly as aggressive price cuts among the major supermarkets drive prices sharply lower. The supermarket giant revealed comparable food and liquor sales rose 2.8% in the.....



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Italy: Weather to blame for low stonefruit prediction
Italy is the largest peach and nectarine producer in the EU-28. Italy’s 2016/17 peach and nectarine production is forecast to be lower than the previous campaign, because of unfavorable weather. Italy is a major peach and nectarine exporter, mainly within the EU-28. In 2015, Italy exported 258,685 of peaches.....


Bart Nemegheer, De Aardappelhoeve:
"Consumer consciously buys Belgian products"
Potatoes are being harvested and growers are trying to bring in as much as possible, this way they will not have to harvest in the hot weather this week. The volumes in Belgium are lower than expected this season. “Not everything has been harvested at the moment, but the yield is expected to be lower due.....


Consumers in Spain tend to prefer smaller calibres
Apple campaign kicks off in Girona with 15 day delay
The apple harvest is starting in Girona with the first Royal Gala, which have arrived with a two week delay this year. "At this time, we should already be finishing with the harvest of this variety, but this year the fruit has taken a long time to complete its colouration," explains Miquel Roig, General.....

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Spain: Financial crisis boosts premature mango harvesting
At present, Malaga's producers are harvesting only small volumes of open ground mangoes, even though this year's fruit setting problems, caused by the impact of low temperatures, have affected mostly the earliest varieties, such as the Tommy Atkins.The first greenhouse mango harvests took place in late July.....


UK: Outcry after Tesco drops saltires from Scottish berries
Supermarket giant Tesco has been criticised after it admitted removing an image of the Scottish saltire from punnets of Scottish berries.The flag has been replaced with the union jack on boxes of strawberries and raspberries grown north of the border.Tesco's official Twitter account told one customer that.....


Fresh specialist ’t Vitamientje well-known in Limburg and surrounding area
“Presentation is key, people buy with their eyes”
In 1981, ’t Vitamientje started as a small shop in the heart of Hasselt, Belgium. Slowly but steadily the number of catering customers increased so much that supplying them from the shop in the centre became impossible. Nowadays, ’t Vitamientje has three branches in Hasselt, two of which are small shops in.....


Mobile Pre Cool Unit (MPU)
Quick, flexible, efficient cooling
The developed Mobile Pre Cool Unit (MPU) has found more applications. It was mainly used for soft fruit, but now, it is used for the successful cooling of lettuce, cauliflower, green beans, and pears. Flowers such as chrysanthemums are cooled as well with the MPU. In the clip below, you can see how the unit.....

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Croatian potato growers unable to compete with imports
Consumers in Croatia say that local potatoes should not be more expensive than German or French potatoes.Croatian farmers must set aside 40 percent more money for seed, fertilizers and other costs involved in potato growing and they cannot compete with prices abroad, says Damir Mesarić, potato producer.....

Romanian MEP concerned about pesticides in imported tomatoes
Romanian MEP Daniel Buda has warned that increasingly more imported fruits and vegetables that contain a significant amount of pesticides are appearing in the domestic markets."The tomatoes that are available both in supermarkets and in food markets withstand long periods of time without suffering changes in.....

European retailers receive a billion RPC per year
The IFCO is pleased to announce the achievement of another important milestone: one billion shipments of reusable plastic containers (RPC) per year from producers to retail stores across Europe over a period of 12 months. This record figure has been reached thanks to the continuous growth of IFCO's RPC for.....

Malta: More vegetables and fruit produced, wholesale value declines
During the first half of 2016, the volume of fresh fruit and vegetables increased by 9.1 per cent, whereas the wholesale value declined by 2.0 per cent over the comparative period in 2015.Fruit and Vegetables: January-June 2016The volume of fresh fruit and vegetables sold through official markets amounted to.....


Oceania

NZ: Work on training the next season's growers
Primary ITO, the industry training organisation for the primary sector, is supporting the current growth of New Zealand's horticulture industry by inspiring people to upskill through the launch of their Let's Grow initiative."New Zealand horticulture is enjoying quite a boom at the moment and we're on a.....

AU: Supercharging the future of the horticulture industry
As part of its biggest industry leadership campaign in history, Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) today announced two more initiatives to help future-ready the vegetable, fruit, nut, turf, nursery and cut-flower sectors.The initiatives – which include a Master Class in Global Horticultural.....

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Bayer takes enhanced breeding focus for northern Australia
The 2016 National Horticultural and Innovation Expo held at Gatton in Queensland proved to be a very productive and successful event for the Australian vegetable seeds business of Bayer. The salads team consisting of produce chain specialist Damien Odgers and sales specialists Samantha Strano, Shane Bario.....


Woman who threw banana at AFL player Eddie Betts fined $543
A 27-year-old woman who threw a banana at indigenous Crows player Eddie Betts has been fined $543 by police over the incident. South Australia Police today confirmed the woman had been issued with the fine for disorderly behaviour at a licensed premises. The woman, from Adelaide's southern suburbs, has also.....


World


"We are promoting Seeka as both a New Zealand and Australian company."
Last year Seeka Kiwifruit Industries were at Asia Fruit Logisitca for the first time as part of the New Zealand Pavilion, but this year they have decided to take their own stand."The reason we have opted for our own stand this year is that we are also promoting the Australian part of the company,".....


Retail


SpartanNash to support Fair Food | Giant Food to offer fresh meal kits
Lidl becomes fastest growing grocer | Shoprite eyeing other continents
AU: Coles sales growth under pressure; chain continues to lower prices -Coles food and liquor sales growth has slowed significantly as aggressive price cuts among the major supermarkets drive prices sharply lower. The supermarket giant revealed comparable food and liquor sales rose 2.8% in the.....



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