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Monday, February 20, 2017

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United Exports aims to double production this year
"Phenomenal growth" in South African blueberry industry
The South African blueberry industry is in a period of robust growth, due to high demand from the UK and the EU for blueberries in particular, as well as nascent domestic interest. It has been bolstered by a similar (if earlier) growth spurt in Australia, where many of the new cultivars used in the.....


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Big shift in New Zealand's apple export markets
New Zealand is looking at producing a record apple harvest this season. "We have had good growing conditions so far," said Pipfruit New Zealand's CEO, Alan Pollard. "Last year Nelson experienced some significant hail events which caused quite a bit of damage. But it is so far, so good this year. There has.....


Gerard Hoekman, Mulder Onions:
“We are not creating trade by dropping onion prices”
The Dutch onion trade is currently dealing with a shortage in demand. “We are and remain a gap-filler. When there are no such gaps, we have a problem. That is nothing new, we will just have to remain calm. There just is no demand at the moment, and we will not create trade by dropping prices,” says exporter.....


"It is like being in 95 supermarkets all at the same time"
A new application for the fruit industry was launched 3 weeks ago. Its main function is to provide information about fruit and its prices in 95 cities around the world. To make this possible, a network of trusted collaborators, who live in these specific places, will periodically send information to the.....


Italy: Veg prices returning to normal
"After the exceptional prices of the past few weeks, we have gone back to normal for both quotations and volumes, especially for broccoli and cauliflowers," reports an agronomist from CAAT.Until a couple of weeks ago, broccoli was sold at €2.50-3.00/kg, as volumes were short and had to be imported from.....

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Aubergine prices have fallen significantly since start of season
While enormous shortages of Spanish aubergines were still a topic of conversation a few weeks ago, this problem seems to have been solved by now. There is uncertainty about volumes and supply from Spain. Belgian aubergines are currently also on the market. “Prices are lower than expected,” says Jurgen Franco.....


US: Volumes down slightly in Chinese eggplants
Chinese eggplants coming out of Guatemala are feeling slightly tight on volume. “Volumes were a bit down in January which led to strong pricing,” says Marc Holbik of Miami, Fl.-based Ecoripe Tropicals, which ships eggplant in from Guatemala November to May and also works with farms in Honduras to cover the.....


Italy: Pio Del Prete invests in black garlic
"After considering the better antioxidant properties of black garlic compared to traditional garlic, we started importing it from Spain," reports Pio Del Prete.The company was established in 1950, when it started growing and distributing fresh and dried garlic. Over the years, it became one of the leaders in.....


Talks to form Africa's biggest retailer collapse | Lenta unveils long-term goals
DPD Germany enters grocery market
Alibaba expands bricks-and-mortar retail push with Bailian deal - China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said it has formed a strategic partnership with Bailian Group, the largest retailer by store numbers to join the e-commerce giant's drive to use big data to improve and profit from bricks-and-mortar sales. The.....

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Spain: Asaja blames European retailers for low vegetable prices
Last Wednesday, the Association of Young Growers of Almeria gave their take to the media on why the prices at origin of courgettes and aubergines sank in just a few weeks. According to the organization, everything points, in the first place, to the manoeuvres made by the large food distribution chains that.....


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Veg@table: cultivating your own vegetables at home
Last year, Archiduc, a DIY kit for mushrooms, was introduced during the Fruit Logistica. This year, the company introduced a new concept for vegetables: Veg@table. “With this, consumers can cultivate lettuce and herbs at home year-round, in a miniature greenhouse with organic soil and organic seeds. You.....


Italy: Asparagus doing well
"Asparagus has been rather profitable in the past few years, it's been one of the crops with the best performances."Newplant President Piero Turroni and Franco Girotti from Apfruit talk about a crop that is finally recovering after a few bad years."At Newplant, we have a couple of varieties that are doing.....

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Italy: European varieties not suitable for the Asian market
"The Indian market seems to be appreciating Italian apples, but it is rather difficult to manage due to logistics difficulties. Nonetheless, the quantities shipped seem to have stabilised," reports Nicola Zanotelli (in the photo below), Director of theFrom Italian Alps, consortium, the organisation set up.....


Research reveals best white asparagus varieties for temperate climates
Optimal use of Limgroup rangeIn addition to choosing the right plot and preparing the soil, deciding which variety of asparagus to grow is a crucial decision that should be taken before the new plot is planted.Limgroup has categorised asparagus growing according to the cultivation method and.....

UK: Soft fruit growers in Scotland told of health benefits of berries
New scientific evidence that consuming berries may have beneficial effects for people with some of the most serious and common health problems was presented to soft fruit growers at a meeting in Invergowrie yesterday.Scientists from the James Hutton Institute (JHI) and Aberdeen’s Rowett Institute told.....

Poland gets withdrawal subsidy for 8000 tons of fruit and veg
On February 15th a Polish news agency reported that the Polish Bureau for the Development of Agriculture and the Regions, said that Poland will gain a withdrawal subsidy for 8000 tons of fruit and vegetables granted by the Commission of the European Union. The subsidy was granted to compensate Poland for the.....

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2016 - Record asparagus harvest in Brandenburg
In Brandenburg in 2016, vegetables were grown on around 282 more hectares of land than in the previous year. This expansion is largely due to asparagus farming.A total of 5,952 hectares of outdoor vegetable fields were cultivated by 194 farms. According to the Statistics Office for Berlin-Brandenburg, 50.....


One hundred hectares more Belgian strawberries in 2016
The VBT (an association of Belgian horticultural cooperatives) has calculated that the Belgian strawberry area amounted to 1,900 hectares last year. That is approximately 100 hectares more than in 2015. Since 2012, the area has increased every year. The FOD economy (figures from administrative databanks).....


NORMA: once again the best organic trader in 2017
As expected: NORMA! In Germany, the discounter has once again been selected as the food retailer with the best quality organic produce. This is demonstrated by the results of the large organic-quality inspection, which have now been published for the BIOFACH 2017 trade fair. No other company has received.....


Spain: Guardia Civil seizes 85,000 unlicenced almond plants
The Spanish Guardia Civil has seized 85,000 almond trees from a nursery in the municipality of Huelma. The owner is under investigation for intellectual property crime, as the exploitation of these varieties corresponds exclusively to a company in possession of a State contract. The intervention has taken.....


Giant seedless grapes at UK supermarket
Making their début on Waitrose shelves are a new, extra large variety of grape, called by the supermarket King Adora. Aptly named because of their size, the giant vine fruits are up to 50% larger than the average black grape. Measuring up to a whopping 26mm, they are the largest seedless variety of grape the.....

Horticulture leaders troubled by possible labour shortage after Brexit
In the latest of the round-table debates on farming after Brexit, Abi Kay spoke to growers and horticulture specialists to discuss the future of the sector when the UK leaves the EU.Import substitution, a new crop protection regime and the possibility of benefiting from any future support scheme, were all.....

1.2 million Euro lost in allegedly fraudulent transactions
Spain: Former president and manager of CASI, charged with causing losses
A judge has ordered the prosecution of the former president of the San Isidro Agricultural Cooperative (CASI) José María Andújar, and of the former manager Antonio González, after determining that there is sufficient evidence of losses caused during their management between the years 2012 and 2014, amounting.....

UK retailers report the demand for organic food is at ten year high
Demand for organic food is rising each year and, according to major retailers in the UK, is at its highest level in over a decade.After being hit hard by the economic downturn, the industry has climbed back out and is now returning to rude health as more shoppers say organic food is worth paying the premium.....

Maersk announces partnership with Chinese e-logistics platform
Denmark's Maersk Line has signed a strategic agreement with the Chinese online logistics platform Yun Qu Na to jointly develop online booking services.Yun Qu Na was launched in Febuary 2015 and provides a platform to facilitate deals between small to medium sized shippers and shipping agencies.Through the.....


PLUS introduces organic apples from Bio Südtirol
In cooperation with its supplier, Van der Lem, the Dutch retailer PLUS has introduced Italian apples from Bio Südtirol in 2016. "As the most responsible supermarket in the Netherlands, we will give more priority to organic this year.. Hence our focus on the Italian organic apples from Südtirol," explains.....


Germany
Soft fruit cultivation increases in the Rhineland-Palatinate region
Growers in Rhineland-Palatinate grew about 1,550 metric tons of soft fruit in 2016. An increase of 10% compared to 2015 according to the Statistical Office. The acreage increased by 40 hectares to 303 hectares. The largest surface, 160 hectares, is used for growing elderberries. About 530 metric tons of.....


Fyffes backs champions bid for four-in-a-row
As part of its ‘ongoing commitment to promoting healthy eating and an active lifestyle across all age groups’, banana importers Fyffes has renewed its support of the SSE Airtricity League of Ireland champions Dundalk FC for the forthcoming 2017 season.The partnership, which is now entering its sixth year,.....


Oceania


New Zealand: Pressure mounts on Parliament to support GM Free growing regions
The pressure to protect Hawke’s Bay’s GM Free status mounts as the Prime Minister, Ministers and MPs descend on Hastings for a major economic summit hosted by Ngati Kahugnunu.A group of exporters and growers from Pure Hawke’s Bay are using the “Taniwha Dragon” summit as an opportunity to promote the economic.....

Zespri updates December forecast showing increased returns
Zespri has announced an updated December forecast to kiwifruit growers on global sales for 2016. The update shows a total forecast fruit and service payment of $1.37 billion. The update also showed that average returns were up across all grower pools.Yields of the Green variety are expected to be.....

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How to pour tomato sauce
Humans have enjoyed commercially produced tomato sauce since the mid-19th century, but many have been struggling to get it out of the bottle ever since.Now, science may have discovered a better way to get to the bottom of that bottle. Researcher Dr Anthony Stickland, who teaches chemical and biomolecular.....

Fifty-two more Fijian workers headed to New Zealand
Fifty-two Fijian workers for the Seasonal Workers Scheme were bid farewell by the government yesterday .According to a statement from the Department of Information, Mrs Daunabuna said workers were selected by the Vanua."These workers were selected through the vanua and have successfully undergone a physical.....

Late start leading to poor prices for stone fruit growers in Australia
Adrian Conti, who farms at Cobram, said he had been receiving $2/kg at the farm gate for his peaches and $2.40/kg for his nectarines.The industry says about $3/kg is needed to cover the cost of stone fruit production.“There’s certain lines, including peaches, that are in abundance and are on special this.....

Acting Prime Minister calls for critical water infrastructure in Queensland
Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has urged Far North Queensland community leaders to apply pressure on the Queensland Government to get critical water infrastructure moving in the north.Mr Joyce, addressed a small but influential group of local government, industry and agricultural leaders in.....

Young New Zealand farmers urged to upskill to navigate changing agriculture
The New Zealand agricultural sector is facing considerable change in 2017 and strong business management skills are needed if farmers are to secure a successful future for their business, the head of Rabobank New Zealand has told farmers.Announcing the opening of applications for this year’s Farm Managers.....


World

Spain obtains world's best watermelon yield per square metre
Spain is the country with the world's best yield in the production of watermelons with 4.78 kilos per square metre, according to data for 2014 released by Faostat (the statistical agency of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO), processed by Hortoinfo.Spain is followed by Morocco,.....


Map of second languages in each country
A leftover of an age of conquest and colonialism has led to many languages lingering in countries long since liberated. Algeria's second language for example, is French - a remnant of France's occupation - and much of Africa speaks English, Italian or French as a result of colonial rule, alongside their many.....

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Marek Marzec from Ewa-Bis:
Poland: Many are so focused on China, they forget India
For the last few years, many companies have been set on China as THE market for fruit and vegetable exports. However, Marek Marzec from Ewa-bis, said that, with all of the focus so firmly set on China, many apple producers might be missing a great market right under their noses...India. "Everyone is going on.....


Retail


Talks to form Africa's biggest retailer collapse | Lenta unveils long-term goals
DPD Germany enters grocery market
Alibaba expands bricks-and-mortar retail push with Bailian deal - China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said it has formed a strategic partnership with Bailian Group, the largest retailer by store numbers to join the e-commerce giant's drive to use big data to improve and profit from bricks-and-mortar sales. The.....



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