Thursday, November 15, 2018

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Michigan grower welcomes average year for turnips

In a year where many commodity growers are reporting up or down yields or severe weather-affected crops, turnips out of Michigan are enjoying a steady-as-she-goes year. “It’s a pretty typical season for us,” says Jordan Bremer of Victory Farm Sales LLC in Hudsonville, Mi. “The volume of our crop is similar to last…

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Mexican avocado growers resume harvest

Avocado growers in Michoacán Mexico started harvesting again Wednesday after a strike which saw no fruit being harvested or crossing into the US since late October. A resolution to the strike was reached on Tuesday and fruit is expected to be crossing the border again starting either today or tomorrow.…

Chiquita shares its efforts of recycling bananas

As America Recycles Day commences on November 15, Chiquita Brands International said it is proud to announce its efforts to minimize food waste and promote its sustainability efforts. Each year, millions of Americans take part in America Recycles Day; dedicated to raising awareness for recycling and…

California bitter melon still on the move

The bitter melon season is still going…for now. “Right now we’re almost out of season on bitter melon. It’s starting to come in from Mexico. But our product is still selling okay because…

CGT launches new HR assessment tool

The fresh produce and floral industry can turn its talent crisis into a talent opportunity by focusing strategically on its people practices, and Center for Growing Talent…

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Sheehan Genetics’ agency agreement with Williams Nursery ends

Sheehan Genetics LLC, owners of the Sheegene collection of table grape varieties, have announced that its long standing exclusive agency agreement with Williams Nurseries, for…

Canada: Short harvest causes potato shortage in Manitoba

Manitoba has a potato shortage. Potato production dropped heavily because of poor conditions at harvest. Growers in the Canadian province had expected to produce about 22…

British cabinet agrees on interim Brexit deal

After a meeting that lasted for many hours, the British cabinet has come out in support of the provisional Brexit agreement. It was presented to them by the British Prime…

Photo report Amsterdam Produce Summit 2018

This week the Amsterdam Produce Summit took place with a focus on Omni-channel retail, in between the speakers there was plenty of time for networking and to take some photos! Click here for the photo report During his presentation Stéphane Roger of Kantar Worldpanel pointed to fresh food's low share in online trading, but its importance to ecommerce will increase…

Tour de Fresh opens sponsorships for 2019 ride

Tour de Fresh, presented by The California Giant Foundation, has announced that sponsorship opportunities are now available for its sixth annual ride, which takes place in the fall of 2019 along Big Sur Highway One, California. The Tour is providing a variety of sponsorships levels that it says make it…

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Europe

Robert Elshof:

“Organic shouldn’t be inferior to conventional”

A lot of organic products are still marketed as class 2. Unnecessarily, according to Robert Elshof of Elshof Fruit in Dronten, the Netherlands. He has raised the bar with the growers whose apples he sells: class 1 is attainable according to them. Because of that focus on quality, the market can grow, and…

European Commission makes €191 million available to promote agri-food products

The 2019 programmes for the promotion of EU agri-food products will focus primarily on markets outside the EU with the highest potential for growth. The European Commission adopted the 2019…

Italy: Outlook for the courgette campaign

Carmelo Calabrese is an agronomist and the president of the OP Fonteverde di Ispica, “The courgette campaign in South-Eastern Sicily has just begun and it is characterised by two things: good prices due to a shortage of produce from Central Italy and a widespread fear of the New Delhi virus”. Calabrese, “The season is at the…

EU: Support for French fry producers against Colombia

On November 9, Belgium got the support of the European Union in its commercial fight with Colombia, which plans to introduce anti-dumping measures against the kingdom's frozen…

Switzerland: apples too small because of drought

If the volume of apples is satisfactory throughout the country (62,000 tons collected, more than the national target of 57,000 tons), their commercial potential is another…

Hans Tabak from Dutch Green about the start of the Spanish citrus season:

"We are not one of those early starters"

The first Spanish citrus arrived at Dutch Green in Amsterdam yesterday. "We got Clementines and Clemenules from Aranda. From Frutas Morell, we got the first Navelina's", says Dutch Green's Hans Tabak. Hans Tabak and Vicente Morell Last year, the importer started on 1 November already. This year, the first product arrived almost two…

Frictionless and seamless integration of online and offline retail to complement each other

Fresh food is a gateway to online commerce

At this year’s edition of the Amsterdam Fresh Produce Summit, Stéphane Roger of Kantar Worldpanel discussed FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods), with particular reference to fresh food and online retailing. Globally, fresh food (a wider category than fresh produce) accounts for almost 29% of total FMCG…

Silvia Piezzi, Cesil Import & Export:

“Damage to Chilean cherry production after hail”

Hail has damaged the Chilean production of cherries, according to Silvia Piezzi of the Dutch import company Cesil Import & Export, which is specialises in the sales of…

Theo Kampschoer, Kampexport:

“Difficult start to Breton cauliflower season”

The start of the French cauliflower season is difficult this year, according to vegetable exporter Theo Kampschoer from Brittany. “Because of the warm weather, the growers from the Netherlands and Belgium are still harvesting, so a lot of cauliflower is available in Northern Europe. The advantage is that…

The National Fresh Congress

Fresh products' role in e-commerce, perception and convenience

The National Fresh Congress was recently held in the Netherlands. This year, the focus was on the role of fresh products in e-commerce, perception, and convenience. Fresh products remain the anchor point for many developments. The fresh fruit and vegetable sector is an important category within the fresh…

Rik Tanghe, RTL Patat:

“Next week’s weather forecast puts pressure on potato supply”

“There’s currently plenty of Bintje supply on the market. Yet there are still some batches with floaters that are being pulled up first by industry. The Fontane and Challengers are being pushed towards January, so that glassy Bintje with storability problems aren’t lost,” says Rik Tanghe of RTL Patat.…

Lennart Middelburg (VMP): "Also have storage and transit space for third parties"

"Good step taken by opening our own warehouse"

At the beginning of April, VMP started operating from its new location in the Dutch town of Poeldijk. "The season began in April in Holland. This means we got off to a good start. We have grown significantly in the UK, Ireland, and Scandinavia. We also quickly found two or three partners. They are using…

Dimitros Argentos:

“New citrus markets hard to find”

A group of ten Greek growers in the Argos region decided to take control of their own sales four years ago. In the past, the products were sold by traders. “It’s the fourth season for us operating as Helmi King,” says Dimitros Argentos. “We had to start from scratch.” The company trades oranges,…

Italy: Sardinian spiny artichoke campaign has started

Giovanni Pess is the owner of the company that bears his name, located in the Sardinia region. It is a business that produces large quantities of vegetables, but it is specialised in the Sardinian spiny artichoke, “For more than 40 years, we have been farming artichokes, to the point that today the…

First exports of Huelva's earliest strawberries

Huelva's strawberry campaign is starting earlier than ever with the introduction of a new variety, the earliest to be grown in this production area so far. Its harvest has already been underway for a couple of weeks, with the supply going to the local market, and now some batches are also being shipped…

Spain: "The delay of Huelva's mandarins causes production overlap"

This year, due to climatological reasons, the ripening of Huelva's earliest mandarins has been delayed by almost a month, causing that production to overlap with that of later varieties, including the Clemenules, which is the most marketed in Spain. Thus, although the first batches reached good prices, now we…

Spain: Citrus fruits allegedly being sold again at open prices

The Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-Asaja) has warned that some citrus buyers are bringing back the old practice of acquiring oranges and mandarins without setting the price to be paid to the producers, which is illegal. The procedure consists in buying the fruit with no other condition than including…

Spain: Agrofruit goes into liquidation

The company Agrofruit Export SA, of Tortosa, which had managed to become the largest exporter of citrus fruits in Catalonia, has gone into liquidation, as ruled by the commercial court number 1 of Tarragona. The new bankruptcy administrator has launched the liquidation phase, and an Employment Regulation File (ERE)…

The Ruby Red variety can be grown in the open ground

Spain: Pitaya cultivation gaining ground in Malaga

Originally from America, the pitaya, also known as dragon fruit, is a tropical fruit that is expanding very quickly in La Axarquía, in Malaga, where local producers are making…

BLE-Market report KW 45/18:

'Availability of tomatoes grew, prices frequently dropped'

The supply of tomatoes was very diverse and shipments came from several different countries. Regular products came mainly from the Netherlands, Spain and Belgium, round tomatoes and beef tomatoes mainly from Belgium and Morocco. Italy and the Netherlands were ahead in cherry tomatoes. Here and there,…

Verbraucherzentrale Rheinland-Pfalz publishes market research

More than half of organic vegetables come from local fields

More than 60 percent of organic vegetables in the trade come from Germany, just under 30 percent from the Netherlands and Spain, and the rest from other EU countries. This is…

Market Report Austria KW 46/2018

Balanced potato and onion market, below average carrot harvest

The situation on the Austrian table potato market has remained virtually unchanged for weeks. A manageable supply, is contrasted with a seasonally easy but steady domestic…

Hamburg importer launches campaign with brand new company name 'Elbfresh'

Egyptian spring onions more and more present in the German wholesale and retail trade

The supply of local spring onions is currently coming to an end and so imported products are getting into view. By the end of the week, the last local lots will be on the market, after which the goods from Egypt will be there. Major, Hamburg-based supplier Elbfresh is also prepared for an interesting…

Specialized trade sees opportunities in the organic sector

"Few consumers still grate horseradish themselves"

This year's horseradish harvest started last week (CW 45). In many places there were crop failures due to the dry summer. In Poland, almost the entire harvest had failed, said a specialized wholesale business in a Freshplaza interview. In Poland, there is little irrigated cultivation and so growers knew…

José Illan, l’As du Ventoux:

France: "There will be a shortage of ceps for Christmas"

The wild mushroom season is quite difficult. The lack of rain has caused a shortage of some of the species found throughout Europe, despite the rain of these past few weeks. According to José Illan of l'As du Ventoux, there will be a shortage of ceps for Christmas. "The amount of ceps is really very…

European potato market (week 46)

France: "Difficult markets for Bintje"

Belgium Fiwap/PCA Market Message: Industrial varieties: Fontane: 25,00 to 27,00€/q; stable market; Challenger: 25.00 to 27.00€/q; stable market; Innovator: 27.00 to 28.50 € / q; firm market. Bintje: • "frying quality": max…

NOS: Volume of Russian market for organic products is €160 million

According to the National Organic Union of Russia, the volume of the Russian market for organic products is €160 million. And 80% of this volume comes from imports. “The volume of the…

British cabinet agrees on interim Brexit deal

After a meeting that lasted for many hours, the British cabinet has come out in support of the provisional Brexit agreement. It was presented to them by the British Prime…

Sorting machine for frozen chips presented at Interpom 2018

Since 2011, the Austrian company Insort has been developing sorting machines for various foodstuffs (potatoes, berries, almonds, nuts…), which recognise foreign substances using Chemical Imaging Technology (CIT®) and remove them from the production process at high speed. The machines are being used by…

Photo report Amsterdam Produce Summit 2018

This week the Amsterdam Produce Summit took place with a focus on Omni-channel retail, in between the speakers there was plenty of time for networking and to take some photos! Click here for the photo report During his presentation Stéphane Roger of Kantar Worldpanel pointed to fresh food's low share in online trading, but its importance to ecommerce will increase…

Impacting potato supply & processed potato products

Germany: Potato harvest at historically low level

The German association of fruit, vegetable and potato processing industry (BOGK) confirmed their press release statement from July this year, now the German potato harvest is…

Kiwilife, production and commercialization of Portuguese kiwis

“Sales will start when the Greek kiwifruit is out of the market”

"We started harvesting last week and we will continue until the end of November. The expectations are that Portugal as a country will have about the same amount of kiwis like last year. Our growers have had some damage caused by a big storm on October 8, resulting in lower production. However, the…

“Ukraine will be a major player in the organic market”

With the abundance of apples currently available in Europe, just cultivating a large amount of apples isn’t going to work for anyone. Prices are very low and growers need to find a way to add some value to their produce, if they’re going to profit from the season. Ukrainian company Vinaigrette finds that…

Cuprokylt granted emergency approval in top fruit

With wet weather setting in, a new emergency approval for Cuprokylt in apples and pears has been granted at a key time of the season for protection against Nectria canker. The derogation for protectant fungicide Cuprokylt (copper oxychloride) is available for use in apples and pears until 30 November 2018, subject to…

Oceania

Sydney Markets: First box of cherries goes under the hammer

Each year a five kilogram box of cherries is auctioned off to mark the beginning of the stone fruit season at Sydney Markets, with money raised going to a selected charity. The first box of cherries of the Australian season has gone under the hammer at the Sydney Markets at Flemington, to raise money for the Save…

Corporate Leadership Award goes towards the company from New Zealand

Seeka takes a win at Tauranga Business Awards 2018

Seeka has won the Corporate Leadership Award 2018 for outstanding contribution to the local economy it operates in. The gala dinner held earlier this month awarded Seeka for the company’s economic impact, employment scale, investment in the area and community involvement. Michael Franks, Seeka’s CEO is appreciative of…

New Zealand: Yamaha puts $12 million into Robotics Plus

Ag-tech start-up Robotics Plus, a Tauranga-based maker of automation systems to address labour shortages in horticulture and forestry, has revealed a US$8m ($12m) investment from Yamaha. The Japanese giant has now put in a total of US$10m, including an earlier investment in May. An October 31 Companies Office update…

Australian biosecurity risks minimised with new x-ray unit

At Melbourne International Airport a 3D x-ray unit that will help detect biosecurity risks faster and more effectively has been installed. It should help minimise the risk of…

Australia: Bright future for Sunraysia agriculture

The benefits of industry collaboration are clear across all sectors but particularly in agriculture. This is increasingly so in Victoria’s Sunraysia region as it continues to attract significant local and international investment. For a region boasting 98% of Australia's dried fruit, 74% of table grapes and 24%…

World

Robots are invading the agriculture industry

The world population is expected to hit a whopping number of 9 billion by 2050. What is expected to follow is a dramatic rise in agricultural production, doubling to meet the coming demand. This need has caused farmers to turn to robotics as a solution for the coming future. Now you have probably heard of how…

Frictionless and seamless integration of online and offline retail to complement each other

Fresh food is a gateway to online commerce

At this year’s edition of the Amsterdam Fresh Produce Summit, Stéphane Roger of Kantar Worldpanel discussed FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods), with particular reference to fresh food and online retailing. Globally, fresh food (a wider category than fresh produce) accounts for almost 29% of total FMCG…

MSC, A.P. Moller – Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network to establish container shipping association

Five container shipping companies intend to create an association with the purpose of paving the way for digitalization, standardization and interoperability in the container shipping industry. IT executives from MSC, A.P. Moller – Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, and Ocean Network Express are currently discussing the creation…


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