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Thursday, May 05, 2016

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One-day event is dedicated to ‘Putting Produce First’ in the foodservice industry
London Produce Show announces brand new Food Service Forum
The London Produce Show and Conference announces the schedule for the brand new Foodservice Forum on June 8, 2016 from 8:45am – 5:25pm in the Ballroom of the Grosvenor House Hotel. The Foodservice Forum is a one-day, interactive seminar programme dedicated to the UK’s diverse and thriving foodservice.....


Oversupply and inferior quality plague domestic production
China: Call for branding to strengthen fruit industry
Demand for premium and safe fresh fruit has been growing significantly in China. The domestic fruit industry is facing a number of challenges, including poor quality and insufficient quality control, that stimulate the import of fruits. Last week, the Pagoda Group, one of China's largest fruit chain-stores,.....

Increased demand for South African mangoes in Europe
The mango season came to an early end in South Africa this season. It was by no means an easy season due to hail at the end of last year and extreme temperatures during the growing season.Erwee Topham from Alliance Fruit said that "The mango harvest finished at the end of February, around a month earlier.....


Cherries with QR code
Cherry campaign Fraga has begun
The cherry campaign in Fraga has just begun, where, according to Manuel Navarro, partner and manager of the company Namifruits, "there has been no frost damage like in other Spanish production areas"."Yesterday we started harvesting and exporting the first cherries of the Early Bigi variety, which are.....


Up to 30% frost damage in Hungary
Frost which hit Hungarian apricot growers last week, is expected to have caused up to 30% losses in production. Fortunately some producers were able to save their crops by using frost candles, while others saw complete losses.Blooming had been doing really well leading up to last week and it had appeared.....

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Grupo Fashion expects 75 million kilos of watermelons this season
Difficult start for watermelon exporters due to bad weather
The warm temperatures recorded throughout the entire winter resulted in an earlier start of the watermelon harvest in the west of Almeria, which kicked off in mid-April. For now, even though the volume available is still limited, initial prices have been relatively low on average because of the lack of.....


Olivier Jauzion: "Pink Lady is number two in Belgium"
Pink Lady wants a younger audience
The European production of Pink Lady has strongly increased in recent years. The volume in season 2014/2015 doubled compared to 2008/2009. Pink Lady has a goal for the coming years to present itself more to the younger consumer. "We want to rejuvenate the target audience. PinKinds was introduced to do this:.....

UK: Weather has made for disastrous cauliflower season
It has not been a good time for vegetable growers in the UK for the last couple of years and last winter was particularly bad for Cauliflowers. The supply was either full on or nothing due to the unseasonal weather. "We have now had a gap for the last 6-8 weeks," explains Julian Pitts, director of Veg UK......


Matthew Jones, Reynolds UK
“Price still king for tomatoes”
Matthew Jones of Reynolds presented a presentation about the company and the trends in tomatoes during the Tomato Conference in April. According to Jones the price is still king for foodservice customers when it comes to tomatoes. “Yet we also notice that flavour, quality and colour are becoming more.....

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US: Boston’s Freight Farms grows greens in shipping containers
Imagine leafy greens growing in Boston’s bitter winter, or fresh herbs thriving in the rocky mountains of Colorado. This is all possible, by way of farming inside shipping containers. The Leafy Green Machine, a creation of Freight Farms of Boston, Massachusetts, provides a way to grow greens in the harshest.....


Loblaw forecasts grocery prices will fall, profit widens in first quarter
Amazon Fresh expected to launch in the UK this month
Supermarkets cut fruit and veg prices by up to 12pc in a month The price of salad is plummeting as supermarkets are cutting the cost of fruit and vegetables by up to 11pc a month, figures show, following a major crackdown on misleading multi-buy offers by watchdogs. Popular supermarket items dropped in price.....



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"Growing interest for Purple garlic worldwide"
What if there was a reference brand for garlic?
The 2015/2016 garlic campaign is about to come to a close, with prices that remain competitive and stable due to the low stocks available at the moment. "This month, we will finish the campaign with about 18 million kilos sold and we'll start the new season with the harvest of early Spring White and Spring.....


Jeroen Buyck, Calsa
“Export opportunities India exist, but we will have to work hard for them”
At the end of April the largest Belgian economic mission ever went to India. A small delegation of people from the fresh produce sector also joined, including Jeroen Buyck from export company Calsa. He definitely saw opportunities in India, although he says not too exaggerate these. “Currently Belgian apples.....


Construction started on onion breeding centre
Thursday April 28 construction commenced at breeding company De Groot en Slot in Broek op Langedijk by the directors Martin Slot and Jeroen de Haas. The new Breeding centre will be at the location of the old company halls. With the new and modern facilities, De Groot en Slot will have a good position to.....

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Bonduelle grows thanks to non-Europe markets
The Bonduelle Group's turnover for quarter 3 of FY 2015-2016 stands at 471.8 million Euro, an increase of 3% on a like for like basis and therefore up by 2.8% for the first 9 months of this financial year. Based on reported figures, the aggregated turnover remains virtually unchanged (- 0.4%), with a slight.....

They requested the extension of the standard
Spain: Castilla-La Mancha planting melons
The regional government will recognize in a few days the inter-branch Melon and Watermelon organization from Castilla-La Mancha, which represents more than 60% of the producing and marketing sectors of these fruits, which are practically concentrated in the region of Ciudad Real in La Mancha, in a few days;.....

Milen Marinov new Global Corporate Development Director at Valagro
Valagro announced thatMilen I. Marinov has become its new Global Corporate Development Director.Milen Marinov will report to CEO Giuseppe Natale for what concerns strategic development activities and to COO Prem Warrior for what concerns business development activities.Milen Marinov has become part of the.....

Sharp drop in Ukrainian fresh produce price index
In the week April 23rd-29th, the Ukrainian fresh produce price index fell by 9.2%, after a decrease of 13.9% a week before, reports Fruit Inform. As a result, the Ukrainian market has started to be clearly characterized by a seasonal decline in fruit and vegetable prices.''As a week before, the price index.....

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Up to 100% losses
Cold spell decimates W. Ukraine's stonefruits
Fruit-Inform reports that an unexpected cold spell has decimated orchards and berry plantations in the western and some central regions.On the night of April 25th, air temperature fell to 4-6 degrees below zero, causing serious damage to orchards in Chernivtsi, Khmelnytskyi and Zakarpattia Oblasts with some.....

Maersk's profits take a hit
Danish shipping giant and energy group A.P. Moller-Maersk has seen a drop in profits due to low oil and freight rates; but the good news is that its not as sharp a drop as analysts feared.The company said Wednesday 4 May that underlying profit plunged to $224 million from $1.5 billion a year earlier. Revenue.....


Ishida helps UK salad producer maintain its Zenith
The combination of Ishida’s advanced weighing technology and project management skills have played a significant part in the recent growth of specialist UK salad producer Zenith Nurseries,based near Evesham in Worcestershire.Four Ishida weighers are handling around ten baby leaf products, including rocket,.....

Spain: Cherry sector rejects dimethoate use
"The sector has joined this ministerial resolution, despite the fact that the cost of authorised treatments with active substances can be 300 percent higher than the current ones," explains the spokesperson of the Cherry Sector Association, Emilio Sánchez Serrano.The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has.....


Oceania

AU: An apple for everything
At the beginning of the 20th Century there were more than 2000 apple tree varieties on offer, however, when someone later investigated comparisons they discovered than many were identical varieties, but had just been given different names.Still, there is an enormous range of apple tree varieties available in.....

Bundaberg, May 6
AU: Ag Minister to meet with macadamia industry and AMS CEO
The Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Leanne Donaldson MP, will be in Bundaberg tomorrow (Friday 6 May) where she will meet representatives of the Bundaberg and Queensland macadamia industry, and Australian Macadamia Society CEO Jolyon Burnett.The Minister will tour the Pacific Gold Macadamias.....

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AU: Spinach growers urged to use IDM against Downy Mildew
Spinach growers from Australia and New Zealand have been urged to adopt Integrated Disease Management (IDM) for the best chance of growing a marketable, Downy Mildew-free crop.Downy Mildew, agronomics, market trends and spinach breeding techniques were all under the microscope at Seminis Spinach Insights and.....

NZ: In pursuit of the perfect kiwifruit
NZ at Te Puke breeds around 100,000 kiwifruit cultivars annually in its bid to find the perfect species. The institute has numerous trials underway, including work for Zespri, which aim to match desirable consumer and market traits, as well as create new varieties.Plant and Research kiwifruit breeding team.....


AU: Backpacker tax ''likely to be delayed''
In what looks like a temporary reprieve for Australia's fruit growers, the tax on foreign backpackers is likely to be delayed. The pushing through of the tax, scheduled for July 1, risks exposing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s election campaign to a furious backlash from rural Australia.The West.....


World

Spain obtaining highest revenue from pepper exports
Spain is the country that obtained the highest revenue from its pepper exports worldwide, with a total of 873.62 million Euro of the 4,086.65 million achieved by the world's total exports, as reported by the Statistics Division of the United Nations (UN), COMTRADE, with code 070960 (fresh and.....

Eduardo Ledesma:
Ecuador: "It's sad that the banana industry is not promoted as it deserves"
2.03% more exports than last year; that would be the result achieved by Ecuadorian banana traders this year. Despite the weather and natural conditions that have loomed in Ecuador in recent weeks, the Association of Banana Exporters of Ecuador (AEBE) confirmed that the lands devoted to this fruit have not.....


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Loblaw forecasts grocery prices will fall, profit widens in first quarter
Amazon Fresh expected to launch in the UK this month
Supermarkets cut fruit and veg prices by up to 12pc in a month The price of salad is plummeting as supermarkets are cutting the cost of fruit and vegetables by up to 11pc a month, figures show, following a major crackdown on misleading multi-buy offers by watchdogs. Popular supermarket items dropped in price.....



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