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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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Okkie Burger and Arno Mouton - Quattro Citrus
South Africa: Start of citrus packing in Citrusdal
Yesterday was the start of the packing season for Quattro Citrus. The firm began in 2014 with four shareholders, AMC South Africa being the fourth, managing the South African interests of the Muñoz Group. The other three directors are directly involved in the production and packing side.Quattro Citrus, the.....

Edwin Fillekes, HillFresh:
“Scarcity of supply in pineapple market”
The pineapple market is dealing with a considerably diminished supply. “The fact is we've had a lot of problems in recent months. In December, Costa Rica was still very wet, in January and February it was extremely dry, and last week there was such a strong wind that boats couldn’t moor. The delays, as a.....

South African avocados take advantage of empty EU markets
Strong opening prices for SA avocados in EU
The first South African avocados have started arriving in Europe to find quite empty markets because recent floods have disrupted the Peruvian avocado industry, causing a delay in ripening and loading their fruit.“We normally receive good prices this time of the year due to an empty market. Because of the.....

Friso Sterk, BioWorld:
"Supply of organic granadillas threatened due to Peru floods"
This month the first granadillas arrived from the jungles of Peru at BioWorld in Poeldijk. "We receive these granadillas from the same grower that provides us with ginger and tumeric," says Friso Sterk. However, the floods are causing trouble at the moment. "This has a strong impact on the production and the.....

Could cause $1Bn in crop damage
Cyclone Debbie rages through north-east Australia
Cyclone Debbie is currently storming through north-east Australia and has the potential to wipe out fruit and vegetable crops worth over one billion dollars, devastating regional communities. Ahead of the storm, over 25,000 people were urged to evacuate their homes due to predictions the cyclone would be.....

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French greenhouse grower introduces new labels
Rougeline recently introduced its new line of labels. These feature not only the origin and the grower of the product, but also the quality level. "For several years Les Paysans de Rougeline have proclaimed the French origin of their products," but, says Isabelle Rebrioux. "It was important to go one step.....

Corsican grapefruits facing no competition
The harvest of the grapefruit variety Star Ruby is starting these days. This is a timely moment of the year, as "the campaign in Florida, Spain and Turkey is over, and that of South Africa has yet to begin," states David Casoni, head of Corsica Comptoir. That is why this company from Corsica can offer.....

Hardly any broccoli available in coming weeks
The broccoli market has gone crazy. “Hardly any broccoli is available on the market. When Spanish production areas were flooded during weeks 47 and 48 last year, nothing could be planted. We are now seeing the consequences of that, because broccoli has a production cycle of 100 days,” according to an.....

Daniel Castellar, Arcoval
Spain: Start of carrot campaign with strong competition in Europe
The Spanish carrot season kicked off a couple of weeks ago in Cadiz with good yields; however, everything points to a difficult campaign, as "even though the quality of the Spanish production is very good, the European market has greater stocks than last year, so there is strong competition and prices will.....

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Ger Kingma, Hagé International:
“Plenty of room for Spanish tomatoes due to delay in Dutch supply”
The Spanish tomato season could be considered fairly extreme. “I’ve been in this trade for 38 years now, but I have never experienced anything this extreme,” says Ger Kingma from Hagé International. “Bad weather circumstances caused enormous shortages and sky-high prices. Furthermore, the slow start of the.....

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Turkey: Different attitudes to cold chain logistics in Europe and Asia
According to Burak Söylemez of the Turkish company IMGE Industrial Cooling Systems, there is a noticeable difference between the requirements for cold chain logistics and other cooling solutions between Asia and Europe. While the European market has a larger emphasis on quality, the Asian market is geared.....

Opportunities for combination concepts with forgotten and conventional vegetables
More colour and flavour on plates. That is what Hollandteelt offers with a varied supply of coloured carrots, tubers and forgotten vegetables. Harold Zondag primarily sees a future for new concepts in which conventional products are combined with forgotten vegetables.For years, Harold Zondag grew carrots at.....

More demand for carrots in plastic bags
A new palletiser wasn’t actually planned on yet, but when Marco de Vries from Vriemex heard about Solidtec’s new machine, it was an easy decision to make. “The carrots are not just stacked quickly, but also very neatly.”Vriemex, active in the storage, processing and trade of carrots, sells and buys carrots.....

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The Greenery arranges 150 million for restructuring horticulture
With an investment fund of 150 million euro, The Greenery wants to boost the restructuring of their members. “We have seen that the scale continues to grow in the sector,” the cooperative says.The market asks for large, efficient cultivation companies, but Dutch greenhouse horticulture mostly consists of.....

Poland: Admiro tomatoes reach 2.80 Euro per kilo
The start of the season entails a slow growth of the production and, in turn, a high price for Admiro tomatoes. If to this we add the high demand for tomatoes observed in certain countries, the price goes up considerably. "This happens every year; as the season develops, the volume will increase and prices.....

Italy: The secret behind DimmidiSì's I Piatti Unici success
Almost 10 years after it was first launched, consumer response regarding the "I Piatti Unici" range is very positive. The mixed salads are an excellent healthy alternative to a sandwich on the go and are just as practical, as they come with both cutlery and condiments. It's not by chance thatLa Linea.....

Twenty-five years of Fairtrade in Germany
Fairtrade, the quality mark of fair trade, is turning 25. In Germany, the association TransFair is behind the hallmark. Dieter Overath, responsible for TransFair’s management, has dedicated himself to fair trade since the year of the company’s founding. Dieter: “We managed to take fair trade out of the.....

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Spain: Castile-Leon's potato acreage could exceed 20,000 hectares
Potato planting is currently underway in Castile-Leon, although the activities have slowed down in recent days due to the low temperatures. The earliest plantings started at the beginning of the month and about 40% of the total acreage may now be already planted, especially in the areas of Salamanca and.....

Costa Rica, the largest supplier by far
Spain: 43,060 tonnes of bananas available in January
In January 2017, the Canary Islands shipped 27,575 tonnes of bananas, while imports from Africa and Latin America amounted to 23,633 tonnes and re-exports to 8,147 tonnes, so Spanish consumers had access to some 43,061 tonnes of bananas. This is about 852 tonnes less than last month, representing a 1.9%.....

GFI to visit “El Dorado for Foodies”
On Wednesday a GFI delegation comprising 25 wholesale and street market managers embarks on the annual study trip to a European market metropolis. Last year the destination was London, this year it is Madrid. GFI board chairman Uwe Kluge is looking forward to the trip: ”This will be an exciting few days,.....

Tozer Seeds opens new offices and warehouse in Spain
On Wednesday 22nd March Tozer Chairman Peter Dawson formally opened the company’s new office and warehouse in Murcia. The company hopes this new addition will help to underpin the continued expansion of the company.The opening coincided with the Tozer Ibérica field trial which was, for the first time held on.....

Spain: Opportunities for Platano de Canarias in Morocco
Asprocan representatives have recently visited Casablanca to see first hand the opportunities for exporting Platano de Canarias bananas to Morocco.On this trip, organized in collaboration with the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX), the Canarian delegation held meetings with the main Moroccan fruit.....

Spain: Researchers increase antioxidants in carrots by 2,000%
Researcher agronomist from the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) have managed to multiply the healthy compounds of carrots, increasing their antioxidants by 2,000%, according to a Doctoral thesis by Anna Carolina Formica de Oliveira, who is dedicated to the optimization of sustainable post harvest.....

First edible UK grown bananas
Bananas are known to be grown in tropical countries, but this is a slowly changing trend as greenhouses and oddly warm winters are allowing for the growth of the highly popular fruit in more temperate climates. The mini versions of the popular fruit of the Musa acuminata 'Dwarf Cavendish', have been.....

Interview with Frank Uwihs from Agravis Raiffeisen
Germany: 2017 will be a good asparagus year
The asparagus season is approaching, and the delicious vegetable can almost be harvested again. But before asparagus can end up on a consumers table, growers first have to invest a lot of work and time into it. Frank Uwihs, an expert from the German cooperative Agravis Raiffeisen, explains to us a few things.....

From 2007 to 2016
Germany triples Spanish pepper imports; Canada's increase five-fold
Germany has tripled its purchases of peppers from Spain over the last ten years, while Canada has quintupled them (although its volume is much smaller), according to data from the statistical service Estacom (Icex-Tax Agency), with code 070960 of the Tariff Integrated of the European Communities (TARIC).The.....

Spain: Garlic acreage growing by 5 to 10%
Julio Bacete, president of the National Garlic Board, has participated in a meeting of the Garlic Contact Group of the Spanish-French-Italian Fruit and Vegetable Joint Committee, held in the Italian city of Sulmona. Sulmona is famous for the production of an autochthonous variety called Aglio Rosso di.....

First Spanish potato of the season
Spain: Malaga's new potatoes hit the shelves
Ibérica de Patatas, leader in the marketing of potatoes for consumption in Spain, is again selling the new potatoes from Malaga, the first Spanish potato of the season. The product will remain available from this week until early May in supermarkets and hypermarkets across Spain.The new potato from Malaga is.....

Italy, Spain and France meet to talk about garlic
Prices are increasing for good quality garlic, though the level must be maintained high. This was one of the arguments put forward on 23rd March 2017 in Sulmona during a meeting of the Italy, Spain and France contact group. The event was organised byConsorzio Aglio rosso di Sulmona, led by PresidentStefania.....

End of Turkish counter-sanctions first
Russia extends Turkish boycott
The friendship between Turkey and Russia appears to be cooling off again. In a response to a Turkish measure which put Russian exporters at a disadvantage, Russia responded with the announcement that the sanctions against Turkey will remain in effect. This was reported by Russian news website

Judith Haarman, BUD Holland:
"Portuguese mini vegetables very popular"
Besides the existing lines of mini vegetables from France and South Africa, BUD Holland has recently started to carry Portuguese mini vegetables. "The Portuguese mini vegetables are available all year round, although we can't influence situations such as the heavy snow fall and frost last January. This meant.....

Citrosol joins Alimpo to benefit Spain's lemon and grapefruit sector
Citrosol has formalized its incorporation in Ailimpo as member of the multiprofessional organization's Advisory Committee. By doing so both entities consolidate a relationship that they have now been cultivating over various campaigns with a view to fostering synergies and a mutual knowledge base to benefit.....


Northland, NZ produces $40m in kiwifruit
With harvest just beginning, 120 kiwifruit growers in Northland expected to pick a $40 million share of New Zealand's largest fresh fruit horticultural export. While the national crop this season is forecast to be slightly down on last year, NZ Kiwifruit Growers says it is still shaping up to be a good.....

Unemployed Australians urged to pick fruit for seasonal work
Thousands of jobless Australians will be able to earn up to $5000 doing seasonal work and not lose their welfare benefits under a proposed new laws.The federal government on Thursday introduced a bill in parliament to trial the changes, announced in the mid-year budget review, for two years from July 1.Up to.....

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Horticulture's rapid export growth reliant on sound trade policy
Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says that, to continue its rapid growth, horticulture needs a good trade policy, and he welcomes today’s announcement from the Government enabling that."Horticulture is the primary industries’ quiet achiever - expanding, growing and meeting global.....

NZ: Kiwi orchards in high demand despite fall in rural property values
The latest report by Quotable Value's rural arm, Ruralvalue, said overall rural property values in New Zealand have been trending downward. While markets for dairy, beef and sheep farms shrink - however, kiwifruit orchards remain in high demand."Sales volumes over the summer season have been lower than.....

Australia's $1Bn tree nut industry meets in Melbourne
A who’s who of the Australian nut industry will converge on Melbourne today for the biennial Australian Nut Conference (ANC). The ANC brings together the key commercial players across the supply chain from the almond, macadamia, walnut, pecan, pistachio, chestnut and hazelnut sectors. Collectively these.....

Event looks to empower women in AUS/NZ's fresh produce industry
What defines a female leader in the fresh produce and floral industries? Bold. Accountable. Innovative. These are the beliefs of Women's Fresh Perspectives who's goal is to empower the women in Australia's and New Zealand's industry.This May 17 will mark the third year of the event and this year they hope to.....

Victorian potato farmers urged to remain vigilant for potato psyllid
After the Tomato Potato Psyllid was found in Western Australia horticulturists in Victoria are being urged to implement best practice biosecurity measures in order to prevent the spread of the costly pest.Australia’s chief plant health officer Gabrielle Vivian-Smith said there had been no confirmed reports.....

Tasmanian apples going to waste as growers struggle to find workers
According to Sassafras Orchards owner John Brown, apples are going to waste in Tasmania as there are thousands of bins worth of apples, ready to pick, but a shortage of workers willing to pick them.“Unless we get more people immediately we will have second-grade apples or they will need to be juiced,” Mr.....


Automation already a reality - fewer people working on processing lines
During a recent lecture held at Bocconi, one of FreshPlaza's Italian editors talked about labour cost reduction in the fresh produce sector and about the technologies that can replace manual labour. She also brought the following examples of best practice:the processing plant at Mivor in Laces (BZ), one of.....

'Grape N' Go"
"We have injected innovation in every step of this process"
Convenience, ready to eat, small packs, kids packs, healthy packs, is what we have been hearing for the last few years. The trend is worldwide and offers a challenge to growers, marketing firms and retailers to come up with the next big thing.One Australian entrepreneur with many years experience in the food.....


Morrisons to pay suppliers quicker | Amazon postpones opening c-stores
Woolworths forced to raise prices | Tesco agrees with fine
Croatia: Agrokor vows to meet suppliers' payment deadlinesCroatia's heavily indebted food and retail group Agrokor, the country's largest privately owned firm, met on Monday with its local suppliers, which according to media reports are owed 16bn kuna ($2.34bn), and said it would meet all payment.....

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