Monday, March 30, 2015

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Kiwifruit industry set for strong growth
The first kiwifruit charter ship for 2015 is set to sail from the Port of Tauranga tomorrow (Sunday 28 March), marking the start of a season promising strong growth with volumes back to pre-Psa levels this season, Zespri’s Chief Executive Lain Jager says.The 2015 harvest began in orchards in Gisborne,.....

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Italy: Great pepper demand from East drives prices up
The wholesale price of peppers increased a lot in the past week. Luigi Battisti from Loffredo Stella explained that "there is little produce from Spain on the market due to a drop in production.""Eastern Europe markets win most of the auctions in Spain, as demand grew for all varieties."In Italy, the only.....

Tail end of season affected by sluggish demand
US: Chile important player blueberry imports
“Right now, we are finishing up our Chilean blueberry program”, says Mike Bowe with Dave’s Specialty Imports. Dave’s imports blueberries from four different countries during the US off-season. “Although we represent blueberry growers throughout the United States, imports are our forte”, said Bowe. The.....

Worldwide demand for Thai mangoes on the rise
The market for Thai mangoes continues to grow every year. According to Ms. Soonthorn, Export Manager at Blue River Limited, “We offer the Nam Dok Mai variety which is very popular worldwide, as it is a super sweet mango, and also the Mahachanok, whose season starts by late April. We mainly supply these two.....


Spain grows large size early varieties
High quality cherries available early April
“As of April 7, we will be shipping cherries from Spain into Canada and the US”, says Rick Chong with Sutherland S.A. Produce. Spain’s production has already started in small quantities, but in about ten days, supplies will be large enough to export. This is the second year Sutherland S.A. Produce is.....

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Organic greenhouse vegetable season starts at BioVibe
Spring has started and so has the greenhouse vegetable season at BioVibe. Johan Vanhaeren says that they are offering various vegetables at the moment, which include green oakleaf, read oakleaf, cabbage lettuce, rucola, spinach and chervil. "These products will be fully available for the whole summer as of.....

Fresh face for Green Giant
Frozen and canned vegetable sales are falling. Green Giant’s strong suit — frozen veggies packed in sauce — has been particularly hard hit. There’s even speculation that General Mills Inc., Green Giant’s owner, might sell the venerable brand with deep Minnesota roots.Golden Valley-based General Mills won’t.....


Global Berry Congress
Italy: Leading companies in the soft fruit sector
Another edition of the Global Berry Congress ended in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in which over 400 operators took part.There is still a lot of room for the sector to grow and FreshPlaza talked to a few Italian companies that attended.From left, Jonathan Baldwin, Ilip UK resident area manager, Mauro Stipa,.....

US (CA): Early start, record numbers for strawberry season
While the drought has devistated most of the state, it has been a positive side for one of the central coasts top crop. Strawberry season kicked off to an early start because of drought conditions and already growers are talking record numbers. Please click here to view the video report from ksbw.com.

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US (CA): New record for table grapes
Setting a new record for crop value at $1.76 billion, California’s table grapegrowers harvested their second largest crop ever, sending 110 million 19-pound boxes of grapes to consumers worldwide.Export volume and value were also the second highest in history, with 44.5 million 19-pound boxes shipped at a.....

India: Only premium quality mangoes will be exported
As a result of the recent storms in India, between 15% and 20% of the crops of Seven Star Fruits, Indiahave been damaged. However, Rajendra Deore, Marketing Manager, explains that “This will mostly affect mangoes intended for the processing industry.” As for the backlash of last year’s European ban on.....


Consumers starting to purchase vegetables online
"Will UK's 'Big Four' still exist in 10 years time?"
UK Sainsbury's looks to wipe out 'Big Four' by 2025. Sainsbury’s boss Mike Coupe says the grocer could double its convenience estate to more than 1,500 stores and predicted that the big four may not exist in 10 years’ time, retail-week.com reports. He said its convenience shops were a.....



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Over 8 million kilos damaged by the cold
Spain: 20% of Granada's asparagus lost
The low temperatures registered in the province of Granada in recent days have caused the loss of 20% of the green asparagus harvest, some eight million kilos, as reported by the Union of Small Growers (UPA) of Granada.In a statement, the general secretary of the agricultural organisation, Nicolás Chica,.....

Spain: Recovery of lettuce prices
Iceberg lettuce production in Murcia is currently low and this, according to Javier Soto, president of Proexport's Iceberg Lettuce section, has allowed prices for this vegetable to recover. In recent weeks, he said, the price of a box of lettuce has gone from between 2.10 and 3 Euro to 9 Euro; a 200%.....


Italy: Imports of "low cost" Spanish aubergines damage the market
"Consumption is good, but prices are not very profitable," explains Nino Leonardi from the Veronamercato market.At the moment, aubergines found in Italy come from two areas. The first one is Sicily, though there is little produce available because of the great temperature changes in February and March......

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ICONS pineberries at Fruit World Breda
From now on, the pineapple strawberries are available at Fruit World again. The pineapple strawberry, also called pineberry, has a fresh, sweet taste, like a mixture of pineapple and strawberry. Pineapple strawberries are tasty to eat as a snack, and also very decorative in culinary dishes.The season for.....


New building plans for packaging and distribution warehouse
Hoogstraten happy but not euphoric about increase in turnover
On the 26th of March Hoogstraten opened the new fruit and vegetable season. Because there are no first strawberries any more, as strawberries are now available all year round, a general opening was held for all products. Jan Engelen of Veiling Hoogstraten indicates that they can look back at last year with.....

Spain: Huelva produces 9% more citrus than last season
In October last year, Andalusia's Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development announced the prospects for the region's citrus harvest in the 2014/15 campaign. In the province of Huelva, the harvest was expected to remain more or less stable, with perhaps even a slight 2% increase in production,.....

UK: Norwich-bred broccoli gets patent
The Beneforté broccoli was created by Professor Richard Mithen when he was working at the John Innes Centre (JIC) during the 1990s.The new broccoli variety is rich in glucoraphanin, a substance which research suggests could help to maintain cardiovascular health and to help reduce the risk of cancer, and is.....

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Spain: 12 Extremaduran horticultural firms visit Shanghai
Twelve Extremaduran horticultural companies are part of a trade mission held in Beijing-Shanghai-Guangzhou, China, from 20 to 27 March.The export of Spanish fruit (plums and peaches) to China is booming and Extremadura is a leading region in the production of these two fruits, with it being Europe's.....

First prototype: elastomer gripper for unpackaged food
The German Institute of Food Technologies (DIL), Fraunhofer IVV Dresden and the German Institute of Rubber Technology (DIK), have developed elastomer grippers for hygienic handling of unpackaged foods to be launched next year.


Aenor and UAE sign agreement to facilitate export Spanish products
The Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification (AENOR) and the Authority for Standardization and Metrology of the United Arab Emirates (ESMA) signed an agreement that will lead to the mutual recognition of product certificates and quality brands that will facilitate the entry of Spanish.....


partnership with AAB
Foundation laid for new building Enza Zaden
Wednesday afternoon, March 25, the first pile was ceremoniously driven for the new building in Enkhuizen. In this building, the Zandslootgebouw, seeds from all over the world will soon be received, stored, cleaned and processed.Thanks to a good and close partnership between Enza Zaden and AAB, last.....


Kees Schouten: "Much less supply after cold winter"
First Malta potatoes at Altena early this week
At Aardappelgroothandel Altena, the first Santé potatoes from Malta will arrive the start of this week. "There are even about a dozen bags of Alphas already," Kees Schouten says. "Supply is very lacklustre due to the bad weather in Malta. During the first weeks, supplies will be limited due to the rain.....


Martijn van Damme, Dacomex:
"Purchasing sales ratio lost in onion market"
It's relatively calm on the onion market at the moment, and a number of packaging stations are even still. "There are a few orders from Europe, but it's not busy. South America, especially Brazil, who was the main atmosphere maker until now, is also buying less," says Martijn van Damme of Dacomex from.....

UK: Some parents count crisps as veg
A new study indicates that as many as one in twenty UK parents believe that a packet of crisps (that is, a small bag of chips, to Americans) counts one of those five-a-day servings.Now, to be fair, technically, the potato is a vegetable. But starchy vegetables and fruit like potatoes and cassava and the.....


Anecoop: Another record campaign, despite 8% drop in turnover
Last week, at its general assembly, Anecoop presented the main results of the 2013-2014 campaign to representatives of its 71 associated agricultural cooperatives across Spain.In the 2013-2014 campaign, the largest European fruit and vegetable exporter marketed a total volume of fruit, vegetables and wine.....


Poland: Possible cooperation with Mongolia
At a meeting titled “Made in Poland – Opportunity for cooperation with Mongolian companies” held on Monday, representatives of the Ministry of Economy of Poland Ewa Swedrowska-Dziankowska reported that Poland is interested in cooperating with Mongolia in mining techniques and technology, and in food.....

EC wants to reduce U.S. demands for FTA
The head negotiator of the European Commission for the trade agreement with the United States, Ignacio Garcia Bercero, said they were trying to reduce the requirements on fruit and vegetables to avoid the absurd situations caused by the slowness of authorizations by the United States. There are some.....

UK: Winner of a Honda Jazz announced
Waitrose customer, Mrs Nicholls of Bracknell, Berkshire, was delighted today to receive the winning prize of Win a Honda Jazz with Jazz in Waitrose. The competition was exclusive to Waitrose, entered by simply purchasing a promotional pack of Jazz Apples in Waitrose and registering details on the competition.....


Oceania


make Echuca a little healthier
AU: Pick-a-Box with Kagome
The tomato harvest has been going well since late January and the Kagome farms are heaving with flavoursome, beautiful, vine ripened tomatoes. The company has extended an invitation to everyone in the local community to Pick-a-Box of their, sustainable tomatoes on Saturday March 28th from 9 am to 12 noon.....

Fiji: Niche market with year round tomatoes
Beqa Island is well known for producing tomatoes. Permanent Secretary for Agriculture Uraia Waibuta says the island is the only place in Fiji able to produce tomatoes all year around.“They have a specific climate that allows them to produce tomato during the off-season and that is their competitive.....

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Panama disease outbreak
AgForce wants in on biosecurity
Queensland's main primary industry body, AgForce, wants to help set the terms of reference for a review of the state's biosecurity after an outbreak threatening the $600 million banana industry.The review was announced on Friday afternoon by Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne after he spoke at a at a Rural.....

ABGC destroys TR4 affected banana plants
The banana industry’s peak body, the Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC), has destroyed banana plants on part of the Tully Valley farm quarantined for Panama TR4, acting on behalf of the farm’s owner.On Saturday, an ABGC field officer and his assistant destroyed a total of 210 plants on a 10-hectare.....


'Cool your (chest) nuts'
Chestnut campaign for customer awareness
Harvesting of the 1,000 tonnes chestnut crop has commenced in some parts of Australia and will continue through until late April.'Cool your (chest) nuts' is the one single message that the Australian Chestnut industry wants the complete supply chain to implement” said Mr Trevor Ranford, Industry.....


World

The Avolution
Avocado success from ‘long term’ focus
The avocado industry has hit its stride within Australia, as consumption increased to an average of 3.1kg per person per year, prices remain strong and growers have been able to drive increasing demand to match supply. One of the organisations involved with that success, which has developed over the course.....


Retail


Consumers starting to purchase vegetables online
"Will UK's 'Big Four' still exist in 10 years time?"
UK Sainsbury's looks to wipe out 'Big Four' by 2025. Sainsbury’s boss Mike Coupe says the grocer could double its convenience estate to more than 1,500 stores and predicted that the big four may not exist in 10 years’ time, retail-week.com reports. He said its convenience shops were a.....



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