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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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Peru is bigger than it’s problems
"At the moment the focus is on the humanitarian problems"
El Nino is causing many problems in Peru. This is a humanitarian and infrastructure issue on a big scale and the situation is not over yet, as Piura had one of the worst days in terms of rain only 3 days ago and rain is forecast for the rest of this week.According to official statistics last Friday,.....


Kees Rijswijk:
“I expect a run on good pears after Easter”
Wholesaler Kees Rijswijk has been active in the fresh produce trade for 53 years, and his emphasis has been on pears for the last 17 of those. He also takes care of the purchasing for Fruithandel Rijswijk & Van der Gulik, of which his daughter Gerda is the boss. The experienced fruit trader is relieved.....


Labels, sorting and flavour: everything to sell more soft fruit
Photo report Global Berry Congress 2017
Flavour and quality were the key words of the Global Berry Congress, held in Rotterdam yesterday. During the various sessions, a remarkable amount of attention was paid to consumers and their changing behaviours. It wasn’t surprising that terms such as flavour and quality were often mentioned, although the.....


Guatemala benefits from low mango supply in Mexico
Guatemalan mangoes were off to a good start due to the good quality and color of its mangoes. Mexico competes with Guatemala, due to its cheaper transportation costs, mainly in the US west coast and northern areas. However, Mexico has lower volumes at the moment. This has positively influenced the first.....


Shenzhen Tian Mu Agricultural Development Co. Ltd.
China: Domestic orange prices hit a new high.
Workers are loading navel oranges"At the present stage, all varieties of late maturing citrus are listed intensively; the 72-1 navel orange from Chongqing area and the late maturing oranges from the Hubei area are the two main varieties. In the South and Hunan regions, the oranges picked last winter have.....

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Murcia's apricot harvest volume could double
Spain expects greater stonefruit harvest
Murcia's stonefruit harvest will start in late April with the first apricots, peaches and nectarines. "It has rained when the rain was needed and we've had enough cold hours, so for now we expect a great quality harvest, with a well-shaped fruit and an amazing health," states Joaquín Gómez, president of.....


Spain: "With fair competition, there is fruit for all of us to work"
This year, prospects for the stonefruit campaign are quite good. The cold this winter has allowed the trees to rest, unlike last year, when the bloom was irregular. "The production will be good if the weather stays good, so we expect a great volume," states Elena García, manager of SC Elena Garcia.This.....

Turkey: "Expectations are high thanks to the good weather"
The current weather stability favors the preparation and flowering of the trees in the next season. "It will be a good season because everything is proceeding normally," said Omer Elçiçek, of Elçiçek Agricultural & Natural Products.This Turkish company has been marketing cherries since 2013 and the.....


Cheap imports cause difficulties for Slovenian growers
They are many still many challenges ahead for vegetable growers in Slovenia. The country's market prices are traditionally low, making it difficult for producers to compete with the cheap vegetable imports coming from Italy, Spain, the countries which make up the former Yugoslavia, Austria, Germany,.....

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Gabrie van Eeden, Goede Hoop Citrus
Western Cape's largest citrus packhouse encourages expansion in new varieties
Goede Hoop Citrus grew out of the original Citrusdal citrus cooperative founded in 1926. Today it is one of the biggest citrus packhouses in South Africa, functioning in a sorting, packing and marketing capacity for more than 50 citrus growers. With annual volumes between 75 000 to 85 000t, it is the biggest.....


Italy and Spain cooperate to improve quality and sustainability of flat nectarines
An excellent and productive meeting was held on 22nd March 2017 in Lerida. "We agreed to combine the experience developed by Irta regarding the breeding of flat nectarines with CREA's know-how concerning peach genetics, starting with the huge germplasm bank available to the research centre," explains Marco.....



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Chile surpasses Thailand as a supplier of fruits for China
According to data released by the Chinese Customs, in 2016, Chile exported about $1,200 million dollars of fresh fruit to China, i.e. 22% more than in the previous year, replacing Thailand as the largest supplier of fresh fruit for China.What is so special about Chilean fruit? How could it suddenly.....


Argentina: Moño Azul continues working without its employees
Plant workers from the Moño Azul fruit packing company, which is located in General Roca, complained that the company continued to work the fruit through cooperatives and not with its employees.A delegate from the Packaging Guild, Jose Luis Estrada, told Telam that the conflict they have with the company.....



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Interpoma Congress & Exhibition to focus on the future of China's apple sector
The international congress on the current situation and future prospects of the apple sector in China will take place from 28 to 30 June 2017 during the first Interpoma China Congress & Exhibition at the Weihai International Exhibition & Conference Center. As part of the Interpoma China Congress.....


Despite complex season good prices paid
Good season for Sweet Sensation
On Thursday March 24 The Greenery looked back at the last sales season together with Sweet Sensation growers. Despite the complex season good prices could be presented.Last year was characterised by the extreme weather conditions. Ton van Wiggen, sales leader for pears: "Both during growth and picking the.....


Italy: Good results for Cooperative Sant'Orsola
Thanks to the good weather, increasing demand and renewed commitment by its members, the 2016 turnover for Cooperative Sant'Orsola was rather respectable. The company obtained an operating result of over €999 thousand with a gross operating margin of almost €3 million (5.27%). The value of the collected.....


"They are as good as the reference varieties in the sector"
Chilean raspberry varieties grown in Spanish territories
Chilean raspberry varieties have proved to be a success for Spanish producers and exporters.Currently, Masiá Ciscar SA is the licensee for Spain and Portugal. The varieties were developed by the Genetic Improvement Program in Chile's Fruit Technology Consortium, in collaboration with Dr. Marina Gambardella,.....


Besana UK Limited expands its facilities in Ipswich
Besana UK Limited, a major supplier of private label nuts, seeds and dried fruits to UK multiple-retailers, as well as in bulk to industrial and catering customers, are actively investing in the expansion of their packing operation based in Ipswich - having spent more than £3,000,000 on the facility over the.....


Berries are the best selling supermarket item in Australia
When one thinks of the best selling supermarket items in Australia, one may think of bananas, avocados or even milk, but one would be wrong. Surprisingly, this year the number one selling product was berries, says Woolworths CEO Brad Banducci.At the Global Food Forum being held in Melbourne, the boss of the.....



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New herbal tea-mixes give tea category a fresh approach
Earlier this month at Southern Exposure, Rock Garden South introduced its brand-new tea mixes. “At the show, we introduced the new product to the public,” said Jonathan Roussel with Rock Garden, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Coosemans Worldwide. “The idea for this product originated just a few months ago when.....



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Photo Report Agritrade Guatemala 2017
Last week, Guatemala hosted the 18th edition of Agritrade; a fair that features many sectors. Representing the fruit and vegetable sector, there was a wide range of Guatemalan exhibitors, as well as international companies, including producers of beans, peas, mangoes, papayas and avocados. The event was also.....



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Italy: CREA plans agriculture to meet consumer demands
Citrus fruit, and oranges in particular, are widely recognised by consumers as essential elements of a well-balanced diet, as they are primary sources of vitamin C and other antioxidant substances useful to our bodies.Among these, Tarocco, Moro and Sanguinello blood oranges, which have a higher content of.....

Peru: ProCitrus won't apply the seal of quality to export citrus
Peru's Citrus Growers Association (ProCitrus) would not implement the seal of quality to the national citrus fruit that will be exported this season.The CEO of ProCitrus, Sergio del Castillo Valderrama, said that the union didn't see it fit to implement this system to validate the quality of the products for.....



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Zespri opens new Middle East office to support growth
Zespri officially opened its Middle East office in Dubai earlier this week to manage its growing sales and marketing programmes in this region and other developing markets. Zespri Chief Executive Lain Jager said at the event that Zespri was growing its presence across the Middle East, India and Africa and.....



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US: Organic now in kitchens of over 80% of households
As former Georgia Governor, Sonny Perdue, begins his confirmation process to become the next Secretary of Agriculture, new Nielsen findings released by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) on Thursday show things have changed in the kitchens of American households across the country - from small towns to the.....



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Reddest, smoothest and roundest tomatoes, the most effective against colon cancer
Researchers at the University of Almeria have observed the effect of different types of tomatoes in colon cancer cell cultures. According to the scientists, any tomato variety prevents the proliferation of colorectal cancer cells at very low concentrations. But the study, carried out in in vitro tests,.....



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Muddy Boots adds Iteris weather data to Greenlight Grower Management
Users of Greenlight Grower Management from Muddy Boots can now benefit from a new feature which offers the inclusion of highly accurate, advanced weather data. Iteris, a global leader in applied informatics for transportation and agriculture, and Muddy Boots Software today announced the integration of.....



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Vertical climbing airbag for box storage
The patented Mooij Climbing Airbag is the latest innovation for box storage from Mooij Agro. This stand-alone, inflatable, vertical climbing airbag is designed for easily and quickly sealing ducts in box storage for crops. This product was also developed out of a need from the market because people were.....



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Study shows frozen produce holds the same nutritional value as fresh
According to a new study, frozen and fresh fruits and vegetables, that includes strawberries, blueberries, cauliflower, broccoli, green peas, green beans and spinach, may hold around the same nutritional value.The findings of the two-year study were printed in Elsevier's Journal of Food Composition and.....

Peru: Fruit pulp exports decrease
The volumes of fruit pulp exports this year have been much lower than in 2016. According to Agrodata Peru, in January Peru exported 298,557 kilos of these products, far less than the 925,121 kilos that the country shipped in the same month last year. In February, the difference was smaller but it was still.....



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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.....



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United Fresh publishes Recall Resource Guide for industry
The United Fresh Produce Association has published the Recall Resource Guide to help the produce industry better prepare for potential recall events as part of the association’s Recall Ready suite of services. The new resource provides a general overview and outline, explaining why it’s critical for.....



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Nut consumption linked with lower risk of mortality
In a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies published in BMC Medicine1, researchers looked at the association of nut consumption and the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), total cancer, and all-cause and cause-specific mortality in adults. Higher nut intake (15-20 g/day.....


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New portion packaging for nuts and dried fruit
Nuts are dried fruit are now seen by many consumers as part of a healthy diet. “They are still gaining popularity, and we naturally like to anticipate that. We‘ve noticed that demand for various products is increasing considerably, and see sales doubling every three years,” says Jan Jelders from NDFC from.....



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Jordan: "Packaging vegetables has always been a great challenge"
Their limited specialization in the packaging of perishable goods is a problem that Jordanian exporting companies must deal with on a day-to-day basis; however, they know that they must live up to the expectations of their European customers in order to compete with them. For this reason, "we have decided to.....



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E-2001 Fertiliser
China: New organic fertiliser means higher production & less waste
Tomato greenhouse"The American organic fertiliser E-2001 is a new type of fertiliser for the 21st century. It is an organic micro-organic agent that is not poisonous or harmful. It contains several useful living organisms. The fertiliser is imported from the US, where it was first sold in 2003. Since then.....



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AmazonFresh to operate in Australia in 2018 | Woolworths seeks cheap organics
HelloFresh now available at supermarkets
Korean egrocer to sell fruit straight from farms - Gmarket launched a service on Monday called Gtable that provides seasonal fresh food from farms around Korea. The online retailer will oversee the entire process, including selection of fruits and vegetables, washing and packing and delivery. “We.....



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OVERVIEW GLOBAL PEAR MARKET
In the northern hemisphere, there are currently pears from storage available. Last month, the World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA) published the updated stock figures. In Europe, stocks are lower than last year, but in the US there are more pears available for sale. In these countries, producers are.....



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