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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Interview with Bruno Rouquette and Céline Mura, of Groupe Rouquette
Competition in the apple market will be fiercer in the low prices segment
Groupe Rouquette is a family-run French company with 50 years in the fruit business. It runs three packing houses; one devoted to apples, prunes and melons, another dedicated to kiwis and strawberries, and a new one launched in February, also focused on apples.Coldstore where products are stored for a check.....

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Fyffes offer EU concessions for their $526 mln tie-up with Chiquita
U.S. fruit producer Chiquita Brands and Irish peer Fyffes have offered concessions to European Union antitrust regulators to allay concerns that their proposed $526 million tie-up may reduce competition.The merged entity will have 14 percent of the $7-billion global banana market, making it the world's.....

"good consumer up-take of the new Gold variety across the board"
Zespri see huge potential in Asian market
Zespri are around 3/4 way through the marketing period of this season's kiwi crop and according to Simon Limmer, General Manager Grower & Government Relations and General Manager China for Zespri. This is going really well, "All markets are looking really good, but the strongest growth this year has been.....

Corrugated packaging hygienic transport of fresh produce
For those in the fresh produce sector handling vegetables and fruit items, corrugated packaging is the safest solution because every box, tray and carton is only used once as the virgin packaging before it is recycled. This enables growers, retailers and consumers to have optimum hygiene.....

Walter Willems: "Foreign expansion is the biggest challenge"
Service2Fruit wants a market share of 5-10% in main production countries
The digital trading platform Service2Fruit started in mid 2011. In the first year 25 million kg of fruit was traded, 35 million kilos was traded in the next and this year the "automatised commissionaire" hopes to achieve around 50 million kilos. The biggest challenge is the foreign expansion, according to.....

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Rogier Albas, Arava Holland:
Product availability more and more difficult due to climate change
Israeli herb growers are preparing themselves for the new season. "We still have rosemary, thyme, cilantro and dill available, but we are waiting for the 'winter crop' that will become available in October. From that time onwards the volumes will have to increase by the day," says Rogier Alblas from Arava.....

Brazil: Lime exports to Europe will grow by 20%
The Brazilian lime campaign is going on well and exports to Europe show a significant increase compared to last season."Up to week 33, we have exported 2,312 containers, while last year around the same time we had only shipped 1,895. And not only the volume has been greater, but prices have also increased,".....

New compensation plan Dutch growers
Free trade agreement EU-Ukraine in force next year
The free trade agreement between the EU and Ukraine, which was meant to have been signed last year, will come into force next year. The European Parliament debated on the EC's response to the Russian boycott, in which criticism was voiced on the Commission's bad preparation. And reports came out on the new.....

New package rolling out nationwide for Sweet Gourmet Pears™ by CMI
CMI's Sweet Gourmet Pears™ program drove almost $900,000 in incremental dollars in a test with a major U.S. retailer.With the fresh pear crop now being harvested, CMI has announced the national rollout of its new pouch bag for Sweet Gourmet Pears™. Introduced on a test basis last year, the bag proved to be a.....

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100% pure pear juice with spiral press vacuum system
"Many growers opt for pear juice production"
Given the pear surplus, growers were faced with the decision to leave the fruits on the tree. However, many felt that destroying pears or any other fruit for that matter is a step too far. That's why they choose another option: processing into juice. The PUR'sap company from St-Katelijne-Waver offers the.....

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Kristha Heibrink, Kwekerij LOF (LOF nursery)
Chicory market finally looking up
The chicory market is finally starting to look up after a few difficult months. "It has been very bad for a long time. In the summer some growers stopped and the yield has declined, this combination has created a favourable price trend," says Kristha Heibrink, a saleswomen for Kwekerij LOF (LOF nursery)......

Poland: Trains distribute apples
InterCity Express train passengers in Poland are currently being offered a tasty and healthy surprise, as PKP Intercity is distributing free apples amongst its passengers as part of a promotion that started on 9 September. With this, PKP Intercity pursues to continue promoting Polish food products, as all.....

Poland: Blueberry production growing faster than demand
Piotr Milewski, CEO of Milbor, which is a manufacturer and exporter of blueberries and juices marketed under the brand Merry Berry, said that he believes that "with the amount of blueberries currently being planted in Poland, prices will only steadily decline, as production is growing a little faster than.....

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Spain: 50% drop in Vinalopó table grape production expected
The Unio de Llauradors (Growers' Union) expressed its concern regarding the start of Vinalopó's bagged table grape harvest, which is taking place these days. The reason for this is a significant reduction in production volumes compared to last season, which is the result of drought. "In some varieties, the.....

French peach and nectarine market improved in August
According to Agreste, nectarine prices have gone back up following a disastrous start to the season for producers, yet prices remain lower than the five year average. The season was hard for French arborists who had an abundant harvest, further increased by the massive presence of cheap Spanish peaches on.....

Erik-Jan Thur (Marni Fruit):
"Spanish mandarin varieties following each other quickly"
At Marni Fruit, the Spanish citrus season kicked off last week, with the first Satsuma (Iwasaki) from regular supplier Pardo. Erik-Jan Thur visited the plantations personally, noticing the optimism with the Spanish about the new season. "Quite a lot is being harvested, because temperatures are high. A short.....

First batches reach up to 15 cents more than last year
Spain: First Okitsu Satsuma in the market with better calibres and prices
The Okitsu Satsuma mandarin campaign started today for the Valencian company Cítricos Asunción López, based in one of Spain's major citrus production areas, which has reported a significant decline in production and an improvement in quality and prices compared to last season."This year we are kicking off.....

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People who like sour tastes consume more fruit
One of the topics most discussed in culinary discussions is the convenience of consuming healthy products such as fruits and vegetables. At that time, however, there are divergences as some people eat a lot more fruit than others. The reason, it seems, lies in their preference for sour tastes.A study in.....


Goodbye sheep, hello horticulture
Row upon row of almond trees. That's the sight that welcomes you to Sholto Douglas' property, on the Darling River in south-west New South Wales.In fact, there's very little sign of the Merino enterprise that was once the station's main focus.Sixteen years ago, Sholto decided to make the move from sheep to.....

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NZ: Berry company wins ice-cream contracts in China
Berry company OOB has sealed two deals with Shanghai-based companies to sell its organic ice-cream.The first deal is a one-year, ten-container, contract with retailer Li Feng which has already been trialling the ice-cream product for some stores. It plans to stock the ice-cream in 200 stores across Shanghai......

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NZ: Groser lauds progress over Kiwi exports
New Zealand exporters are transitioning up the value chain, but the ongoing demand for high quality commodities is masking the progress that is being made, says Trade Minister Tim Groser.Developing and distributing new branded products in large and complex markets like China was difficult and expensive, he.....


Kenya: Researcher invents virus resistant, high yielding Irish potato variety
A researcher at Masinde Muliro University ( MMUST) has discovered a new variety of Irish potato, which is set to increase farmers’ yields. Prof Hassan Were said the new Irish potato variety called Mayan Gold is resistant to viral infections, matures in four months and can yield up to 34 tonnes per acre......

Baobab holds out promise for Malawi’s farmers and forests
Sitting in his well-ordered office on the outskirts of Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, Chris Dohse reflects on the metamorphosis of the mango. How, he asks, did the once-exotic south Asian fruit achieve high street ubiquity, reinventing itself as everything from a cheesecake and smoothie to salsa and skin.....

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Mozambique exports US$70 million in bananas
Exports of bananas produced in Mozambique brings in over US$70 million per year, according to António Gomes, vice-president of the Confederation of Economic Associations (CTA) with responsibility for agricultural business.Gomes said that alongside efforts to produce quality bananas, prices in South Africa.....

Banana sellers urge for opening of Senegal-Guinea border
Effects of the Ebola epidemic can be felt in the fruit trade in Senegal which is normally controlled by Guinean sellers. Fruit sellers want the border to be opened between Senegal and Guinea as it is their natural source of fruit. In the three shops visited the message was the same, “we want the border.....


Demand for innovative solutions for sustainable agriculture drives Bayer CropScience
Bayer CropScience is optimistic about the development perspectives of the agricultural markets and commits to invest significantly to deliver new solutions for sustainable agriculture. "We are convinced of the long-term growth potential of the agricultural markets despite increasing volatility," said Bayer.....

Eco Flavor Bowl up for PMA Impact Award
SUNSET's new Eco Flavor Bowl has been chosen as one of the finalists for this year's PMA Impact Award: Excellence in Packaging. The winner of the award will be announced at this year's PMA Fresh Summit conference in October.The PMA Impact Award singles out innovations in packaging in the fresh produce.....

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Lotpath releases developer API for fresh produce inspection software
Lotpath, a provider of software apps to the fresh produce industry have announced the availability of a Developer API for Lotpath Quality, the industry leading fresh produce inspection software app. Lotpath Quality has a built-in customizable dashboard for viewing inspection data, inspection photos, and.....


Big Lots turnaround initiatives gaining traction
Big Lots, Inc.’s turnaround initiatives have started to gain significant traction as reflected from its second-quarter fiscal 2014 results.The company posted earnings from continuing operations of 31 cents per share, a penny ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Apart from beating earnings estimates, the.....

Safeway to discuss CPG partnerships
At this year’s Shopper Marketing Conference & Expo, Chris Almeida, Safeway’s VP of shopper marketing, core business and loyalty, will discuss tips for creating a successful partnership between brands and retailers. The session will be held Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 8 a.m.To make collaboration succeed, both.....

Tbilisi opening only the beginning for Spar in Georgia
SPAR International recently announced the opening of three brand new SPAR supermarkets in the capital city of Tbilisi, Georgia.The conversion of these existing stores from the Foodmart chain enabled the very rapid introduction of the SPAR brand into the Georgian market, coming only a few months after the.....

President chain to offer Muji products at 7-Eleven
President Chain Store Corp (PCSC, 統一超商), which operates the nation’s largest convenience store chain, 7-Eleven, yesterday said it plans to introduce products from Muji (Taiwan) Co Ltd (台灣無印良品) in a bid to fuel growth momentum.PCSC started.....

U.S. retail sales down in first half of September
National chain-store sales edged down 0.4% in the first half of September from the comparable period in August, according to Redbook Research's latest indicator, released Tuesday.The index's drop compared with a targeted decline of 0.2%.The Johnson Redbook Sales Index also showed seasonally adjusted sales.....

Hannaford buying 3 supermarkets in northern Maine
Hannaford Supermarkets will expand its footprint by purchasing three independent supermarkets in Houlton, Caribou and Calais.The Scarborough-based grocery chain reached an agreement with Paradis Shop ‘n Save to purchase supermarkets in those eastern Maine locations, according to a release from the company......

Lidl unveils plan for £10m Nairn store
£10 million Lidl store which developers claim will create up to 80 long-term jobs is being planned for Nairn.The German company wants to locate the store next to Sainsbury’s at Balmakeith and says it will be of a design not seen before in Scotland."We know that there are many shoppers locally making the.....

US (IL): New grocer seeks tax incentive to open shuttered Dominick's
Opening a new grocer on North Avenue took a giant step forward Monday when River Forest's economic development commission recommended that a county property tax exemption be granted so Fresh Thyme Farmers Market can renovate the shuttered Dominick's site.Approval of the financial incentive, which would allow.....

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