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OVERVIEW GLOBAL BANANA MARKET
Competition is getting tougher in Latin America. Costa Rica is expanding their production and Ecuador feels the consequences. In most European countries, the demand peaks in the first months of the year. The only exceptions are Poland and Italy. India is looking to boost banana exports, mostly within its.....


South African growers pleased, despite small-sized pears
The South African pome industry is in agreement that the 2016/17 apple season will be a good one, in line with Hortgro’s estimate of a 3% increase in the apple harvest. Pear growers unanimously report small-sized pears, with volumes down on certain cultivars.Hannes Pienaar, head of pomefruit at Capespan,.....


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China: Better return for farmers from organic ginger
"The availability and cultivation of organic ginger is similar to that of conventional ginger. Compared to conventional ginger, the planting and production process does take more consideration and one needs to look for alternatives to frequently used chemicals and fertilizers. For health and safety reason,.....

Last hurdle has been overcome
Fyffes take-over is finalised
The High Court agreed to the take-over purchase of Fyffes on Thursday. With that, the deal has overcome all the necessary hurdles and can be finalised. Earlier, the shareholders of Fyffes and the European competition watchdogs voted in favour of the deal. The Japanese Sumitomo will take over the Irish banana.....


Israel: Jaffa Orri finds new markets
The Jaffa Orri is a new brand joined into the Jaffa family, which includes the Jaffa Sunrise and other fruit brands. The Orri is an easy-peeler mandarin, which has become well known internationally. "Jaffa is well-established, with some of the biggest products. The Orri brand is very important to Jaffa......

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Henk van der Meij, Hars & Hagebauer:
“Mango market is at a turning point”
After a period in which mangoes were sold below cost price, the market has now reached a turning point. “It is all looking much more positive,” says Henk van der Meij from Hars & Hagebauer. “Volumes from Peru are decreasing, and Brazil is also sending limited volumes, in part thanks to a strong, local.....


Giumarra partners with Seeka to offer Exotic kiwiberries
Giumarra Wenatchee has announced the second season of its New Zealand-grown kiwiberries. The fruit will be offered in partnership with Seeka, one of New Zealand’s premier produce companies. The kiwiberries will be shipped now through the end of March. Normal 0 false false .....

Great yield expected for Egyptian grapes
Due to a good winter temperatures, the Egyptian grape sector should see good volumes in the coming season. More cold periods have led to a good fertility of the Egyptian soil, which in turn should translate into an increased yield during the harvest.According to Mohamed El Baroudy of the Egyptian company El.....


Guangzhou import market update
Chinese imports stabilise after New Year
The end of the Chinese Spring Festival marks the end of the export season of Chilean and Australian cherries. Most of the cherries are off the market, making space to a range of other import products.Affected by the high prices of import cherries, prices of imported produce were pushed up and sales are going.....

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Harm Valckx plants 20 hectares of blueberries in Lithuania
Lithuania fills gap between EU and South American cultivation
While many blueberry cultivators are looking for an expansion of the early season in countries such as Spain, Morocco, Romania and Ukraine, Dutch cultivator Harm Valckx is going further north for expansion. This spring, he started planting 20 hectares of blueberries in Lithuania. “In the past ten years we.....



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Europe

Aartsenfruit new exclusive distributor of Chilean Copefrut
"We have started a new collaboration with Aartsenfruit since January 2017," says Commercial Director René Wünckhaus. "The contacts have been there for a long time, but they have now become our exclusive partner for our Chilean top brand Copefrut in the Benelux. After the closing of our office in the.....


Italy: The road haulage situation
Most of the protagonists who determine the trends of the fresh produce market gathered at Fruit Logistica in Berlin, the beating heart of a Europe driven by Germany.Operators took the chance to talk about international issues which have direct consequences on their work. The most popular topics: Trump and.....


More fruit shipments directly to Port of Antwerp
Brazilian melons direct to Port of Antwerp this year
During the Fruit Logistica, the Port of Antwerp was present to show which activities they, and its companies, do in the field of fruit and vegetables. It was recently announced that they have secured a banana contract. Besides, more types of fruit are entering the Port of Antwerp. The various companies who.....

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Polish apples in race to meet Western European standards
The situation of Polish apple producers, as well as of the country's exporting companies, is not easy at the moment. The closure of the border with Russia a few years ago has put them in a delicate position as far as the fruit's standards are concerned. In the past, Polish producers were shipping Royal Gala.....


Spain: "The key for us is buying directly from the grower"
This year has been somewhat atypical due to the bad weather and the high demand for vegetables across Europe. "These two factors have caused the price of the goods to go up quite a bit, although it is now going down," states Juan Giraldo, manager of Al-Andalus Fructus. This company works with the policy of.....

New biodegradable bioplastics to increase crop yields
The goal of a project funded by Valencian Climate-KIC, the European initiative against climate change, is to use new biodegradable plastics with active components to increase crop yields in agriculture and to improve its competitiveness in the market.Researchers at the Institute of Food Engineering for.....

Spain: Almeria, world tomato capital for third consecutive year
This Saturday, 18 February, the city of Almería will become the world tomato capital for the third consecutive year. This is a multitudinous event, intended as a celebration of the province's flagship horticultural product. A thousand million kilos of tomatoes of different varieties are shipped each year.....

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Oceasoft creates two automation tools to optimize cold-chain monitoring
Oceasoft, a leading provider of wireless connected solutions for monitoring and tracking critical physical parameters has developed two new tools to streamline the high-volume management of its Bluetooth-enabled dataloggers products.The company’s new automation tools, a Loading Bench for fast datalogger.....


Biorationals deliver nematode control in carrots and parsnips
As industry calls for more alternative nematode control options in carrot and parsnip crops, results of a recent grower survey suggest that good nematode control can be achieved through the use of biorational products.The survey conducted on behalf of Certis UK indicated that the lack of options available to.....

25 years of Max Havelaar
Exactly 25 years ago on Tuesday, the Max Havelaar Foundation was started. What began in 1992 with the launch of fair trade coffee is today a central component of many people's daily consumption in Switzerland. In terms of fair trade, the Swiss may even be praised as world champions.The Max Havelaar.....

AGRO Merchants implements new WMS in Rotterdam
AGRO Merchants Group is one of the largest logistic service providers globally in the cooling and freezing sector. AGRO owns and exploits 57 branches in nine countries in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia, and has more than 750,000 m2 refrigerated storage.Boltrics recently reported that AGRO’s.....


Master chef Angélique Schmeinck surprises with Bejo’s carrots
Bejo Zaden is at the start of an entire supply chain in the fresh produce trade, and the agriculturalist also wants to make himself well-known as a partner within that chain. The Fruit Logistica was naturally a great time to invite supply chain partners from various countries. During the food event, Explore.....

US border tax could increase tariffs for EU fruit & veg imports
The European Commission recently made a bold stance saying it wouldn't take a US border tax lying down. The proposed border could increase tariffs on tomatoes, onions, truffles, dried carrots, pears and peaches imported into the US from the EU.“If somebody is behaving against our interests or against.....

UK remains largest importer of fruit and veg in the EU
In the period from January to the end of September 2016, the United Kingdom imported 6.1 million tonnes of fruit and vegetables worth 7.17 billion Euro from other EU countries. The UK thus remains the EU's largest fruit and vegetable importer.In the first three quarters of last year, the UK bought 3.3.....

Poland granted new limit for withdrawal of apples
The European Commission has granted Poland a new limit for the withdrawal from the market of almost 8 thousand tonnes of fruit and vegetables, as reported by the Ministry of Agriculture in a statement. The Ministry decided that it will be used for the withdrawal of apples.The withdrawal from the market is an.....

Spanish mandarin production much greater than last year
Preliminary data on the production of mandarins in Spain in the 2016/2017 campaign, point to the total volume reaching 2,446 million tonnes, compared to 1,972 million tonnes in the previous season. The production in the current season is thus expected to grow by about 24 percent.A considerable volume of.....

Poland: Record frozen vegetable production expected this season
According to data from Euromonitor, the market value of Polish frozen fruits and vegetables amounted to 806 million złoty (about 186.90 million Euro) in 2015, and in 2016 this figure increased to 824 million złoty (about 191.07 million Euro).Regarding the prospects for the 2016/2017 campaign,.....

French carrot production falling, but acreage stable
According to data from the French Ministry of Agriculture, the country's carrot production in the 2016/2017 campaign is expected to amount to about 327.4 thousand tonnes; about 4% less than in the previous season and up to 8% below the five-year average. The acreage, however, will remain stable compared to.....

Cultivated blueberry production continues to increase in Germany
In 2016, just as in the previous years, more cultivated blueberries were grown in Germany. The cultivated blueberry acreage increased by 9% compared to 2015 to 2,710 hectares. And according to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) about a third of the entire acreage used for the cultivation of soft fruit.....

Throughput up 0.3% to 138M tons for Port of Hamburg
In 2016 Germany’s largest universal port achieved a turnaround in seaborne cargo throughput, reaching a total 138.2 million tons in the general and bulk cargo segments. ‘Seaborne cargo throughput in the Port of Hamburg again developed upwards with an increase of 0.3 percent. Stronger general cargo throughput.....

Israel: Fast testing system for E.coli and Listeria in leafy veg validated
Yarok Technology Transfer Ltd., a developer of tests for the fresh food industry, today announced the validation of modules for fast, accurate detection and count of E. coli and Listeria monocytogenes in leafy vegetables with its new technology and testing system.The validation process, carried out by IFFM,.....

Swedish ambassador to Zimbabwe seeks increased bilateral trade
The Swedish ambassador to Zimbabwe, Sofia Calltorp, stated that she was disappointed with the current amount of trade between Zimbabwe and Sweden and believes that there is potential to grow trade in the future.“Trade between Sweden and Zimbabwe is very limited, but has potential to grow as Zimbabwe is a.....

Growing organic food market in Germany
While organic food is growing more in Germany than in most countries, sales total only 5 percent of the nation's groceries market. Today, about 95 percent of the food sold in Germany - as measured by retail sales value - isn't organic. That's despite the fact that total organic food sales in Germany have.....

Spanish dried fruit and nut sales see 7th year of growth
Sales of dried fruit, nuts and snacks have grown in Spain for the seventh consecutive year, showing a slight acceleration in 2016, according to sectoral analysis company, Observatorio Sectorial DBK de Informa. At the close of 2016, provisional sale figures were €2.2 million, 4.3% more than 2015.The dried.....

New El Niño possible this year according to weather experts
Scientists from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) say there is a possibility of a new El Niño event forming later this year. Back in 2015 and 2016, El Niño drove up global temperatures and played a role in droughts in many parts of the world.Normally the weather phenomenon only re-appears every two.....


UK: Mechanising the future of apple growing
Adopting fruit-wall orchards instead of traditional orchard systems, could make mechanising the pruning of apple trees easier for growers and help reduce costs, latest AHDB Horticulture research finds.Uncertainties about the fruit industry’s ability to source seasonal workers following Brexit and an increase.....


Spain: Veg to Berlin in two and a half hours with train of the future
A team of more than 30 students from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), in Spain, is planning the first prototype of the "Hyperloop UPV"; a train capable of travelling at 1,000 kilometres per hour (it is worth noting that the AVE travels at 305 km/h.), so that vegetables grown in the greenhouses.....

IFE 2017 Industry Associations promote frozen food
The Craft Guild of Chefs (CGC), the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF), and the organisers of IFE, Fresh Montgomery, have collaborated to create the pop-up Ice Café at IFE 2017 (The International Food & Drink Event), aimed to showcase how fantastic frozen food can be.Sponsored by Bidvest, the pop-up.....

It has already replaced 80% of citrus in Marina Baixa
Spain: Avocados have become Alicante's most important emerging crop
Over the past five years, avocados have become "the most important emerging crop in the province of Alicante, mostly due to the high price per kilo paid at origin, and they have already replaced 80% of the citrus in the Marina Baixa," according to the Association of Young Agricultural Producers (Asaja) of.....


Oceania

February forecast confirms 30% drop in New Zealand green kiwifruit supply
The latest industry forecast completed earlier this month shows a significant crop reduction can be expected for New Zealand green kiwifruit this season, with 25% to 30% less fruit available compared to 2016.But NutriKiwi, one of the largest New Zealand exporters of green kiwifruit into the Australian.....


Top chefs showcase Australian prunes
The Australian Prune Industry Association (APIA) has partnered with two well-known chefs to create 12 recipes showing the versatility of prunes. Chef and restaurateur David Campbell of Hungry Duck, Berry and Wharf Rd Restaurant & Bar, Nowra, and Sydney Morning Herald Young Chef of the Year 2013.....

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World


Spain: Launch of first walnut drink
Borges has launched the first commercial walnut drink under the brand "Borges Natura". It is a 100% vegetable, lactose-free and gluten-free beverage that allows you to enjoy all the nutritional benefits of walnuts at any time and with a great flavour, according to the company. It is designed for all those.....


BelOrta at Fruit Logistica
Apple grill pack, mega bell pepper and strawberry punnet with games
During the Fruit Logistica, BelOrta had an entire wall of innovations. Some were recognisable from last year, but other products were presented to visitors for the first time ever. Various new products had already been shown at the product show late last year, such as the pink coeur de boeuf Monterosa, red.....

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Fewer visitors can mean more business at Fruit Logistica
Last year, Polish packaging company Famag, made the decision to move their stand from the top floor at Fruit Logistica and go 'underground' in the machinery section. This was a strategic decision because they decided that, instead of going for visitor numbers, they would rather focus on getting the 'right'.....


Saved by social media
Between the late 1800s and the early 1900s, a natural mutation of Sanguinello blood oranges was noticed in the territory near Francofonte, Sicily. The variety was called Tarocco, and has since become a favourite thanks to its flavour and sweetness as well as for its organoleptic qualities.From Francofonte,.....


Special Fruit wants to generate boost in consumption of sugar snap peas
New: Snack cup with sugar snaps and hummus
“Sugar snaps are not widely known by consumers. By focusing on snacking, health and the combination with hummus, we want to generate a boost in consumption,” says Koen Maes, Business Development Manager for Special Fruit. During the Fruit Logistica, the company introduced a snack cup with the combination of.....


Retail


Carrefour to sue Lidl France | Southeastern Grocers to transform private-label
Morrisons looking for the best local food
SA: Woolworths confirms more local sourcing - Woolworths has turned its focus to sourcing goods from SA and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), a move that CEO, Ian Moir, says has been good for business. (bizcommunity.com)Carrefour takes legal action against Lidl FranceFrench retailer.....



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