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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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Ireland: Supply of Spanish produce "critical"
"The situation in Spain is critical and the weather they are experiencing is extreme, even for this time of year. After the heavy rains which either washed away or severely damaged the plants, we now have very low temperatures and the remaining plants are not performing."For the past few weeks we have been.....

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US: Peak season for branded apples
A new analysis of the apple category reveals that the late winter and early spring months are peak seasons for distribution and sales of the top branded apples. The study indicates that expanded distribution of premium branded apples and aggressive retail promotions during this period drive consumers’.....

Asian fruit market filled with challenges
"We import fruits from Southeast Asia and Europe and sell in China. Compared to domestic fruit, imported fruit has a more obvious market advantage, which is mainly due to its good quality," said Mr.Lee from the XiaMen ZuoDa import and export Co.Ltd."Imported fruits are sold to the wholesale markets of.....


South African grape growers invest in late season varieties
Big expansions are taking place in the Namibian grape production, it is one of the earliest Southern Hemisphere countries and the fruit mostly arrives on an empty market. Aussenkehr, the main production area, has a very tight community of growers and the government also has a hand in new developments, making.....


China import market:
Polish apple quality can compete with Chilean supply
Last week, the first pallet of Poland gala apple arrived in GuangZhou. The fruit appearance is similar to Chilean first-class gala apple, tasting sweet and sour.Just before the arrival, Polish apples where heavily promoted in Shanghai and Guangzhou. After initial interest, their marketability depends on.....

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Tomato prices skyrocketing
At the start of January, tomato prices were at a low level in Belgium for the time of year. Supply was larger than demand. Since last week, tomato prices have skyrocketed, due to increasing demand. “Volumes from the more southern countries are much smaller because of the cold weather circumstances, and this.....


UK: Discounters offer the least choice in produce category
Spanish greenhouse growers have been adding acreage with organic crops over the last few years. The demand for organic vegetables in the beginning mainly came from Scandinavia. But nowadays Spain is also a key supplier of organic vegetables to countries like Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and the.....

New product expected in February
Ontario's greenhouse industry challenged by cap and trade
While the greenhouse pepper industry is between seasons right now, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers General Manager, Rick Seguin, says hopefully that will change in the future. With acreage for red, yellow and orange peppers increasing every year, they’re currently researching lighting options for.....


Dehydration during freezing means big losses
Dehydration during the freezing process can mean big losses for producers. In a mechanical freezer, dehydration can damage as much as 4% to 5% of fresh produce. For example, losses of 5% against 10,000 tons of produce can bring losses of 500 tonnes per year.Dehydration is the process of water loss through.....

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Guatemala: "Preparations for mango campaign have begun"
Eight weeks before Guatemala starts exporting fresh mangos, producers have stated that they would focus their marketing of fresh mango on North America and Europe. Mauro Suazo, the president of Suazo Agro International LLC, a consultant in supply chains and procurement of fruit, said he had met with.....


At former site of The Greenery in Breda
Up-to-date refrigerated company space for rent, 8,500 m2, part rental negotiable
The former Greenery building at the front of the I.A.B.C. site in Breda has 8,500 m2 cold store for rent. The entire shed is refrigerated, and the space contains 12 cooling cells with a cooling capacity from 200 to 400 tonnes per cell, and temperatures can be adjusted from -3 to +20 degrees Celsius. The.....


US grocery chain creates healthy fruits-only aisle
AU Amazon seeks skilled workers for fresh food delivery
First fully vegan supermarket chain just went bankruptThe first entirely vegan supermarket chain has filed for bankruptcy due to a lack of demand, according to reports on Monday. The chain Veganz, which shuns animal products, will close at least four of its nine of its branches after announcing its.....



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Spain: Pineapples shipped by air from Colombia
The air transport of fruit and vegetables from Latin America is a very recent form of export. Its main advantages are the better quality of the products, as they can ripen for longer on the plant, as well as the shorter transit times; however, this form transport has not been implemented in all countries.....


Italy: Increasing success for DolceKiwi
"The kiwi campaign is going on as expected. Demand is good and quotations are rather high. Unfortunately, stocks are half what they were last year and we have to limit our sales in order to guarantee supplies to our usual clients," reports Marco Eleuteri (in the photo), sales manager ofAOP Armonia."Quality.....


Agro Care building reaches final stages inTunisia and Morocco
Agro Care is not just expanding in Wieringermeer this year, but is also growing in North Africa. The construction of stage 4 in Tunisia is starting, and the Moroccan plot is also being filled up with buildings.Desert JoyIn 2012, Agro Care started the Desert Joy project in El Hamma, Tunisia. In 2014, the.....

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Altieri Giacomo & Figlio to focus on exports
"We are very interested in the Chinese market, despite the difficulties. Phytosanitary protocols are very rigorous but, when we welcomed a Chinese delegation in November 2015, we realised they really appreciate our products. Now we just need to take the next step," reports Pascal Altieri from Altieri.....


Promising French asparagus season
"The prospects are good; it is quite cold and sunny. The 2017 season looks promising," assures Maxime Gervasoni, of Tresacois. It is thus time to work hard in France; a country that takes advantage of the gap left in the asparagus market between the end of the Spanish and Italian campaigns and the start of.....

Ukraine to increase fresh fruit and vegetable exports to EU
Ukrainian exporters’ plans on fresh fruit and vegetable exports to the EU are ambitious in 2017. According to the Shuvar Wholesale Market, almost all companies with export experience in the past year plan to raise their exports to the EU countries.Traders see the highest export potential in the sector of.....


Ups and downs in fruit and vegetable sector
2016: Higher consumption but damage in cultivation due to flooding and hail
2016 was a year of changeable successes. For the first time in years, a small increase can be seen again in the Dutch consumption of fruit and vegetables. The import value of fresh fruit and vegetables increased by nine per cent to 5.7 billion euro. The export value increased by ten per cent to 8.8 billion.....

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Netherlands aids Pakistan in growing salt-tolerant potatoes
The Netherlands and Pakistan have agreed to increase bilateral cooperation in the field of agriculture and horticulture in order to promote the sectors in each country. The decision was made in a meeting between the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Jeannete Seppen, and Minister for.....

Spain: Good development of exports to UAE and Saudi Arabia
The Spanish export of fresh fruits and vegetables to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia has recorded a positive development in recent years, growing by 2% and 13% in the period from January to October 2016, compared to the same months of 2015, totalling 50,124 tonnes and 36,692 tonnes, respec-tively,.....

More than half are Golden Delicious
South Tyrol: current apple stock figures
The Chamber of Commerce of Bolzano and the Assemela in Trento regularly publish information on the current stock of apples in the Trentino-Alto Adige region. The overview from the beginning of January is nowonline.According to the surveys of Assomela and the Chamber of Commerce, 1,056,991 metric tonnes of.....


Quik’s presents innovations during Fruit Logistica 2017
Sjips, 'Potatoes on the table' and sweet potatoes
Last year, Quik’s Quality Potatoes presented various new products during the Fruit Logistica. This year, Quik’s hopes to surprise its customers and interested parties with innovations and the familiar range at the Fruit Logistica as well. Quik’s anticipates user convenience with new products, but leaves room.....


Farming lobby leader in Germany demands plan for after Brexit
The head of Germany's farming association has stated a need for a plan to deal with changes to EU finances and massive trade volumes of food once Britain officially leaves the EU. She finds the lack of preparation troubling given the amount of trade that goes on between Britain and the EU.As Britain is a.....


"Red peppers good for burning calories"
Certain foods have been known to have specific effects which help you burn calories as you chew. One of the most notorious fat burning foods is a red pepper. But with there being hundreds of varieties on offer, nutritionist Cassandra Barns explains why some are better at helping you beat the flab than.....


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G. Sevenhuijsen VOF receives predicate Royal Warrant during centenary celebration
In 1916, Pieter Sevenhuijsen founded the international trade company G. Sevenhuijsen VOF, and named it after his son Gerrit. During the first years, its main activities were in cabbage but over time the company has developed into a specialist in overseas export of consumption and seed potatoes, onions,.....


UK supermarkets see courgette shortage
Shoppers have been reporting that it is becoming a struggle to find courgettes in British supermarkets which have been seeing supplies of the vegetables dwindle. Sainsbury’s has no loose or packed courgettes available to buy on its website and Tesco conversely has loose courgettes available, but none that.....

Rise in production and exports of Polish fruit and veg
According to data from the Central Statistical Office of Poland (CSO), the country's fruit production in 2016 amounted to 4.5 million tonnes, compared to 4.1 million tonnes in the previous year. Increases were recorded by almost all fruits, except for strawberries, and the most notable increase, compared to.....

Moldova sets quality standards on a par with Europe
Moldova will set the quality standards for its fruit and vegetables on a par with European and international quality standards, reports NOI.md.The list of fresh fruits and vegetables affected by this change includes apples, pears, table grapes, strawberries, peaches and nectarines, sweet peppers, tomatoes or.....

Spain: Tropical crops gain ground in greenhouses in Axarquia
The greenhouse acreage in the Axarquia region remains more or less stable compared to 2015, with 741 hectares; only nine hectares less than in the previous year. However, the protected horticultural production in the eastern part of the province is losing ground to the subtropical sector, and more.....


The Netherlands: Photo report: Strawberry Day and ISFC 2017
The soft fruit sector is developing hugely both nationally and internationally. The areas are increasing and the innovation in the sector is moving at top speed.This development can be seen at the Strawberry Day and the International Soft Fruit Conference, held this week at the Brabanthallen in Den Bosch......

French leek production decreases by 3%
The 2016-2017 leek harvest saw a 3% decrease, reaching 159,800 tons, representing a 2% decrease compared to the five year average.Production in the North was affected by crop loss following flooding over the spring and drought at the end of the summer. Production has decreased by 14%. A 16% decrease in.....

Spain: Canary Islands already growing red bananas
Red bananas are a variety with a reddish-purple skin. Its fruits are smaller and thicker than those of regular bananas and the colour inside ranges from yellow to pale pink. Some varieties have a slight raspberry flavour. It is very much appreciated in many parts of the world because of its beautiful.....


Spain: Carrefour denounced for selling oranges at 0.30 Euro
ASAJA-Seville and ASOCIAFRUIT have denounced a new case of unfair retail practices at the Carrefour Camas Aljarafe centre in that province, where Navelina category I oranges are sold to the public for a sale price of 0.30 Euro/kg. This price undoubtedly entails the trivialisation of a quality product and.....

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2,000 visitors at the German trade fair Interaspa 2016
Just like the previous year over 2,000 asparagus and soft fruit farmers visited Interaspa, the trade fair for the cultivation of asparagus, vegetables and soft fruit and for direct marketing in Hanover.“Of course we would have liked even more visitors during our ten-year anniversary,” stated Dietrich Paul,.....


Spain: Huelva sets quota of immigrant labourers for strawberry harvest
The meetings held since October between the agricultural organizations and the central government, in order to negotiate the arrival of non-EU workers for the agricultural campaigns in the province of Huelva, have resulted in the setting of a quota of 2,200 workers - 1,600 for the picking of strawberries and.....

Organic Trade Board approved for share of €10.4m EU funding
The Organic Trade Board and Organic Denmark are set to receive €10.4 million’s worth of European funding over the next three years after their joint application was approved. 70% of the fund will be spent in the UK, the trade board said, with the rest being spent elsewhere. It cited figures that showed the.....


Oceania


Japanese & Australian governments sign agriculture memorandum
The Northern Territory and Japanese governments today signed a Memorandum of Cooperation which will maximise the access of Territory agri-­‐businesses to the Japanese market. The historic agreement, involving the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries, will promote and progress.....

New Zealand shoppers dismayed at apple shortage
After a shortage in apples, shoppers in New Zealand are having trouble finding their beloved apples on store shelves."NZ apples are in between seasons at the moment and the strong export market last year means they're in short supply until the new season of New Zealand apples," a Countdown spokesperson.....

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Study predicts more rain for Australia as temperatures rise
According to new findings out of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, farmers can expect a wetter future for parts of the continent while predicting drought for others as air temperatures continue to rise. The study revealed that a two-degree rise in average global temperatures would lead.....


World


Cultivating and processing lettuce during maritime shipment
The freshest way to export fresh vegetables to destinations with unsuitable conditions for their production, such as the United Arab Emirates, has been born. We are talking about "transportable agriculture," which involves the cultivation of 'aeroponics' crops in containers transported by ships to their.....

Russia bans import of produce from Burundi via Belarus
The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) has imposed restrictions on the supply to Russia of vegetables and fruits from Burundi. From 16 January 2017, the plant production of this African country will only be allowed access into Russia when shipped directly.....

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ERP solution for agriculture industry
United OFOQ is an Oracle Gold Partner and specialises in implementing the Oracle JD Edwards ERP solution. According to United this is the only Tier 1 ERP system. United OFOQ's end-to-end agriculture management solution is embedded and integrated natively in the entire ERP and will be presented for the first.....


Mexican banana grower discusses supply, distribution and consumption
"Our bananas are packed and palletized in Muchachita and TropiFruit brand boxes," says Jose Hernandez withBananera Muchachita. "Packing is followed by a few hours of stabilizing the fruit in our forced air coolers and then loaded into controlled atmosphere containers that take almost two days to get to the.....


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US grocery chain creates healthy fruits-only aisle
AU Amazon seeks skilled workers for fresh food delivery
First fully vegan supermarket chain just went bankruptThe first entirely vegan supermarket chain has filed for bankruptcy due to a lack of demand, according to reports on Monday. The chain Veganz, which shuns animal products, will close at least four of its nine of its branches after announcing its.....



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