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Friday, March 27, 2015

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First Indian mangoes reach Europe after lifting of ban
Kay Bee Exports, India’s leading fresh fruits and vegetable exporter, has successfully shipped a consignment of the delicious Alphonso mangoes to UK using Vapor Heat Treatment. The EU had banned Indian mangoes and four other vegetables with effect from 1st May 2014, which brought the 2014 summer mangoes.....

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High avocado prices on EU market
The European avocado market is under supplied at the moment, with high prices being paid due to the growing demand ahead of the Easter celebrations.Spain is selling its final volumes, which are reaching prices of around 14 Euro per case for the scarce commercial calibres 18, 20 and 22."We barely have any.....

South Africa: First apples to China
History was made this week when the exporting company, Core Fruit, sent the first consignment of apples to ever be exported from South Africa to the Chinese market. The consignment of 1 120 cartons (18,25 kg) of Royal Beaut apples, was loaded for the CMA Puccini on Monday the 23rd of March. The ship will be.....

Bas van Walderveen:
"Good demand Maroc Late"
One fine day Van Walderveen started with a citrus testing field in Morocco, and now the wholesaler is importing a large volume of Moroccan citrus each year, working together with the Copag cooperative, like it does with vegetables. The first Valencia Lates arrived again last week. Van Walderveen expects.....

Greece: Hass avocado production continues to gain ground
According to Menelaos Tzouris, shareholder of “Menelaos Fruits”, Greece, "The avocado production this year will be a little higher than the last season. Yet, we have some issues with the wet weather and strong winds at the moment." Due to the weather, avocados are more prone to have bruises so the.....

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Egyptian melon season to start in two weeks
The melon export season will kick off for the Egyptian company Taher Trade in about two weeks. Export Manager Muhammad Abdul Qader explains that “It will start with the cantaloupe, followed by regular and seedless watermelons, both red and yellow-fleshed, around mid-May. Our exports go mostly to the Gulf.....

Polish tomato season underway
Though volumes are still light, Poland's tomato harvest is already several weeks old. Most sales are currently domestic, though exports should ramp up in the coming weeks.“In two weeks, we should start with the cherry tomatoes and the rest of the varieties,” said Damian Gulewski of Green Group .....

India: Good demand for US Pears
Ample demand from China and India for US pears is expected to keep pear growers in America’s Pacific Northwest happy, despite the small crop of 2014, down from the 2013 season’s record. The 2014 Northwest crop was pegged at 20.8 million boxes. In 2013, the crop was 21.6 million boxes.With the middle class.....

Canada: Will consumers fall for blue potato?
“We have been growing potatoes for more than 50 years and continuously want to innovate”, says Tina Gokstorp with Grand Bend Produce. “After five years of product development, trials and testing we have just launched our blue potato into the market.”Colored veggies contain certain health benefits. In a late.....

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Tougher conditions EU stonefruit market this season
The start of the stonefruit season is just around the corner for the Fairfruit Group, which is devoted to the production of apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums and cherries in a total of 1,100 hectares in Hungary, Spain, Portugal and soon also in Austria. “Our several stonefruit varieties, chosen for.....

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Sipo introduces three new product lines
"The contacts we made in Berlin during Fruit Logistica are opening up new opportunities for us in Scandinavia, UK and Germany," explains Massimiliano Ceccarini, general manager for Sipo.From left, Nicolò Bentivegni, export managerand Giulio Campana, export department. The objective for2015: develop a.....

BelOrta has Coeur de boeuf d'Antan for the first time
On Wednesday March 25th, 2015 Coeur de boeuf d'Antan was auctioned off at BelOrta for the first time. Buyer, Bollaerts Primeurs, bought the first 3.5 kg box for 2.61 Euro/kg. This remarkable tomato is very plump and has an intense taste. The Coeur de boeuf d'Antan is especially known for it's heart shaped.....

Spain: Almeria running out of bell peppers
Almeria's bell pepper campaign will finish ahead of schedule and not in late April, as in previous years. A weather issue in November is currently causing shortages, with a drop in supply of around 50% over the past two weeks, and Murcia is not yet ready to meet the market needs. Prices have skyrocketed as a.....

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Start of the asparagus season in Rhineland
Sun and mild temperatures are promoting the growth and harvest of the asparagus. The famous and coveted white stalks are currently only available in small amounts, the Provinzialverband Rheinischer Obst- und Gemüsebauern from Bonn reports. Current harvests are mostly limited to greenhouses and under.....

France and Spain icrease mushroom production
As an annual tradition, a meeting of the Groupement Européen des Producteurs de Champignons (GEPC) was held in Brussels in January. This organization brings together the most important European countries where mushrooms are being produced. On this occasion, the production figures that are collected.....

German apple grower organisations
Important step in the development of new markets
“Today, the German agricultural economy reached an important milestone for the opening of new export markets,” says Dr. Henning Ehlers, Secretary-General of the German Raiffeisen Association (DRV), during the signing of the contract between the Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI) and the apple producer.....

Henk Vlaeminck, VDFB:
30-40% less Spanish strawberries
Weather conditions in Spain are already better than the beginning of last week, but the supply of Spanish strawberries has clearly fallen. It will be harder for importers to serve their customers optimally this week and next week, says Henk Vlaeminck from Van Dijk Foods Belgium. Van Dijk Foods Belgium is.....

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AVA-ASAJA plans to convert 10,000 hectares of oversupplied varieties
Spain: "Citrus campaign has so far been an unmitigated disaster"
At a general assembly held this week, the president of the Valencian Growers Association (AVA-ASAJA), Cristóbal Aguado, defended the need for the Consell to create a round table for citrus, which would bring everyone involved in the sector together with the regional administration with the goal of designing.....

UK raspberries 2 weeks early, on the shelves
The first UK raspberries hit the shelves today, two weeks earlier than last year. Laurance Olins from British Summer Fruit said this is due to the move to the Berryworld Plus variety Diamond Jubilee, bred by Peter Vinson of Kent – Diamond Jubilee requires less chill so is ahead of Tulameen. The variety.....

Buyers have little understanding for packaged organics
Consumer buys unpackaged organic fruit and vegetables more often
Organic fruits and vegetable are being sold unpackaged more often. Research by Wageningen UR and the GroentenFruit Huis Comité Biohandel, through a virtual supermarket, shows that 20 percent more consumers bought these products when they were unpackaged. In the second instance it was shown that the sales.....

De Groot now 100% owner of Borgers Groep
De Groot Fresh Group BV in Hedel has recently taken over Borgers Holding's minority stake in Borgers Groep BV. This means it acquires 100% interest in Borgers Groep BV. No further comments are made about the contents of the transaction.

Spain: "We are very optimistic ahead of the new potato campaign"
The Spanish new potato season will start a little later this year due to the impact of the weather, although the sector is looking forward to the campaign and is optimistic after finding out that there will be a reduction of around 20% in the potato acreage.In Andalusia and Cartagena, areas devoted to the.....

UK: Produce Investments hurt by supermarket price war
Produce Investments PLC Thursday reported a massive drop in profit in the first half of its financial year on a decline in revenue that it blamed on a combination of challenging market conditions and supply outstripping demandBut the fresh potato and daffodil producer raised its interim dividend, saying that.....

Israel: New edible packaging to be presented at Agritech 2015
At the Agritech 2015 exhibition, to be held from 28-30 April 2015 in Tel Aviv, the Volcani Institute will present a custom packaging for any fruit or vegetable which protects it from external contamination and physical injury and will also be edible. This will help prevent environmental pollution caused by.....

explaining the fruit and veg calendar
Pineapple from Ecuador better than bell pepper from Westland?
Which has a bigger impact on the environment? A pineapple from Ecuador or a bell pepper from Dutch greenhouses? According to the fruit and veg calendar from information organization Milieu Centraal, environmentally conscious consumers should choose the pineapple over the bell pepper. Year after year, Dutch.....

Spain: Storm destroys Almeria greenhouses
The coastal towns of Spain are hoping for an improvement in the weather as Easter Week approaches, but for the time being the start of spring is coming with low temperatures, high winds and rain. In Almeria the rain was especially heavy on Friday during the weekend. This was causing problems for growers due.....

Sweden: Food and agricultural exports up 9% in 2014
Sweden is a net importer of agricultural products; its trade deficit, which in 2014 reached 50 billion crowns (5.3 billion Euro) has steadily grown over the past ten years, except for 2010. The deficit is due in part to the many products the country consumes which are not produced in Sweden.In 2014, Sweden's.....

Irish shoppers crazy about fruit & veg
If an apple a day keeps the doctor away then people in Cavan must be as fit as fiddles.A recent study by Tesco has revealed that Cavan shoppers buy a larger proportion of apples than the rest of the country.The supermarket analysed weekly data collected in stores in the Republic of Ireland over 12 months to.....


Record in AU fruit imports
Australia’s fresh fruit imports reached a record 137,000 tonnes worth A$348m. Australia’s fruit imports grew by more than 30 per cent, but they still accounted for less than 10 per cent of total consumption in value terms. Australian consumers munched through 31 per cent more imported fruit in 2014 compared.....

NZ Council admits lack of consultation over spraying
The Greater Wellington Regional Council has admitted it failed to properly consult Wairarapa iwi before spraying a popular patch of watercress.A drain that runs alongside Manaia Road southeast of Masterton where the watercress grows was treated with herbicides by council captionLocal iwi,.....

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AU: Melon virus eradication no longer option
Watermelon growers in the Katherine region have been dealt a further blow after the Northern Territory government announced on Thursday that it was no longer feasible to eradicate cucumber green mottle mosaic virus.After an initial outbreak of the disease in 2014, Primary Industry and Fisheries Minister.....

Sweet Treat for Aussie citrus growers
Citrus growers are taking advantage of new mandarin varieties that have been through the rigours of independent citrus evaluation project at Dareton, NSW.The varieties promise sweeter, more seedless types for growers, as well as more choice for consumers.NSW Department of Primary Industries, Dareton-based.....

Growers hope for ‘traction’ from Voice of Horticulture
A new advocacy organization representing more than 30,000 horticultural growers, close to 62,000 employees and an industry that reached exports estimated at $1.8 billion has also made its debut. Voice of Horticulture is chaired by Tania Chapman, who is also Chairwoman for Citrus Australia.At the launch of.....


Chiquita registers 62.5 million losses
36 million dollars paid to leaving management team
The annual report that Chiquita presented earlier this month to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission revealed that the multinational registered losses last year. Despite higher sales, amounting to nearly $ 3.1 billion, higher than the $ 3.05 billion achieved in 2013, the company reported a loss of.....

fraudster poses as ETK purchaser
Exsa Europe and ETK warn against fraudster
Exsa Europe was approached by someone posing as a purchaser for ETK in Estonia yesterday, under the name Marek Jarlak. "This man even stole the photo from the website for use on his Skype address. After a check of the phone number he gave, it turned out this man had provided false contact details. The real.....

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Markets remain robust for Montague
As the harvest of Summerfuit in Australia comes to an end, Montague has turned its attention to the upcoming apple harvest, and the market is looking fair, according to Rowan Little, General Manager of the company, which procures and distributes both crops. “With stonefruit it’s fair to say we had an.....


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Retailers glad with Target's retreat
Retailers in Canada are not celebrating Target’s retreat, but after four years of cut-throat competition, they are enjoying a little bit of breathing room, reports. “The exit of one of the big players – it’s good news for the industry that square footage is easing a bit,” said the.....

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