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Monday, September 15, 2014

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Marcel van der Lem:
"Banana shortage causes remarkably high prices in summer"
Although traditionally bananas are eaten a lot less during summer, the past weeks showed a remarkably high level. "Usually during summer production is larger and sales are less, but as a result of a storm in Colombia, during which a lot of damage was done to the plantations, a banana shortage arose", says.....

US (FL): Static over statins affects grapefruit consumption
With Florida's citrus growers dealing with a blight that could destroy significant parts of their industry, supply side problems are bad. But reports about the effects that consuming grapefruit could have on some medications has made for some demand-side problems as well, even though growers feel the.....

US: Apple export season ramps up
With large apple crops expected in several states this year, shippers will begin to figure out what part exports will play this season. One issue will be where and how much of this year's crop will be sent abroad, but the recent Russian ban on European and American goods will also factor into how this.....


Mexico: Oil spill affects 10,000 tons of orange in Nuevo Leon
Producers from the Township of Cadereyta Jiménez estimated that at least 10,000 tons of oranges had been lost because of the lack of irrigation caused by the oil spill into the San Juan River that a clandestine outlet on Pemex’s pipeline caused.The producers presented their estimates at a meeting with.....


Marcel de Koning, Garcia Ballester:
"Good prospects for Spanish citrus with better sizes"
The history of the Spanish group Garcia Ballester goes back to 1907. The head office is located in Burriana (Castellon). The commercial team is formed by the companies sofWeiss and gBFresh for the eastern and western European market respectively. The company has packaging stations in Burriana, Vasilisa and.....

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US (CA): Demand fuels walnut production growth
In spite of a couple of problems faced by the state's growers, this year's California walnut crop is expected to be one of the largest on record. If forecasts pan out, this year's crop will continue an upward trend in production the state's growers have seen the last several years. That growth has been.....


Okanagan cherry growers find success selling to Chinese consumers
It rained overnight at Cholla Ranch, a former cattle ranch that sits about 580 metres above sea level in the hills above Okanagan Lake and is the highest of the seven sites around Kelowna where David Geen’s Jealous Fruits grows sweet, late-season cherries. And the forecast calls for more, putting Mr. Geen.....


Mexican avocado sales increase by 29%
Mexican avocado exports in the first half of the year amounted to $794,446,000, a 29 percent increase when compared to the same period in 2013.According to preliminary data from Mexico's Ministry of Agriculture, the estimated export volume between January and June 2014 totalled 353,000 tons.The Mexican.....

CA (BC): Greenhouse vegetable growers in homestretch of season
Moving into the fall months, British Columbia's greenhouse vegetable growers are into the final part of their season. With plenty of light and good weather, the province's growers have had a good year.“The season here ends around the end of October and start of November,” said Tom Demma of the BC Vegetable.....

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Cyprus complains about labelling fraud
Russia not yet self-sufficient for the coming years
While products from banned countries frequently appear on the Russian market having been rung in Belarus or Kazakhstan, Europe is also dealing with fraud in labels specifying the country of origin. Cypriot growers are complaining about foreign produce being marketed as local produce. And the low food prices.....


Fruition Group wins the Waitrose Way award for Championing British
On 11th September, Waitrose announced that Fruition Group, part of Worldwide Fruit had won the Waitrose Way award for Championing British. Rik Connor, Business unit Manager for Fruition and Steve Maxwell, CEO of Worldwide fruit collected the award from Mark Williamson.This year’s awards were held at the.....



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Imara, a new raspberry variety with maximum earliness and 2 kg per plant
In early September, we witnessed the collection of Onubafruit’s earliest raspberry variety, the Imara, when we visited the Las Palmeritas farm in Lepe (Huelva), with one of the partners of Cooperativa La Bella.We had the opportunity to check Imara’s high productivity and quality with Pilar Lidueña, quality.....


Interview with Callum Kay
First Zespri tests on covered kiwi plants in Italy
"Kiwis are everything for Zespri. If they die, we die with them! That’s why we work every day to be able to face whatever comes our way," explains Callum Kay (in the photo), Global Supply Development Manager for the New Zealand company. Research and development are therefore essential for.....


Nickerson-Zwaan changes its name and launches its New Brand: Hazera
Nickerson Zwaan B.V. changes its company name into Hazera Seeds B.V. and launches its new brand, Hazera, conjoint with its partner company Hazera Genetics. The organizational structure, including management, sales team, customer service, R&D set-up and all supporting departments, will remain.....

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EU to allocate 11,900 million to improve European transport network
The European Union (EU) will allocate 11,900 million Euro for the improvement of its transport network; the Member States have until 26 February, 2015 to submit their bids, according to sources from the European Commission (EC ).It is the largest amount of EU funding ever allocated to transport.....


'An invitation to innovation':
UK: British Tomato Growers' association conference 2014
A record number of delegates have accepted the Invitation to Innovation at this year’s British Tomato Conference, don’t miss your opportunity to join them.Moving to our new venue, the Chesford Grange Hotel and Conference Centre, centrally located close to Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, the event is bigger.....


Andalusia
Spain: Ifapa tests performance of Raf tomatoes in controlled-environment chambers
Over the first half of the year, the Andalusian Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Fishing, Food and Organic Production (IFAPA), has carried out several research activities in order to create and promote an innovative business culture, linked to the needs and demands of the food industry in the.....

Turkey's trade shrinks with war-torn neighbours Iraq and Syria
Turkey’s foreign trade with its two southern neighbours, both engulfed in violent conflicts, does not look good. There is a decline in the Iraqi market, which is Turkey’s second most important market with an annual trade volume of $9 billion. In Syria, on the other hand, where there was much hope in 2010,.....

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Special Fruit sees slight increase in sales of granadilla"
"Not enough people know the granadilla"
Special Fruit offers a lot of different exotics. They're not all as well known. For instance the granadilla.This fruit belongs to the passion flora family and has a hard yellow/orange peel. The granadilla is imported from Ecuador and Colombia and is available all year round, according to the customer's.....


Oceania

AU: Rudd to help trade with China
Known variously as columnist, author, lawyer and PR consultant, Jessica Rudd is also a passionate supporter of the organic industry and she's on a mission to use her knowledge of China to help move organic products into that market.Jessica has spent the past five years living in Beijing and was often.....

AU: Regional potato meeting to provide a-peeling insight into consumers’ minds
Victorian potato growers will gather in Ballarat tomorrow to hear an update on industry Research and Development (R&D), discuss ideas for future industry investment, and learn about consumer attitudes to potatoes during a Regional Potato Levy Payers’ Meeting.“Regional Levy Payers’ Meetings are extremely.....

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AU: Commemorating 50 years of the Rocklea markets
When country-boy Robert Mann took a job at the Rocklea Markets in the 70's, he was there to give his parents a hand and in his own words was "only going to do it for five minutes".Thirty-five years later he's still there and, alongside about 200 other market workers, he's celebrating 50 years since the.....


Africa

Reprieve in store for SA fruit farmers
Hard-pressed citrus farmers may soon receive a revenue fillip if the US alters its regulations to allow more South African exports of oranges and grapefruit.The US embassy said on Thursday that country’s agriculture department had announced a proposed regulatory change that may increase SA’s opportunity to.....

Angola: Growers call for incentives to relaunch pineapple
Pineapple growers in the municipality of Quibala, central Cuanza Sul province, Tuesday requested the Ministry of Agriculture for more incentives to relaunch production in the region.Speaking to Angop about the production of pineapple in the municipality, farmer Fernando Pedro said there is goodwill to work.....

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Nigeria, Singapore’s trade soars above $217m
Nigeria’s envoy to Sin­gapore, Ambassador Nonye Rajis-Okpara, has put the volume of trade between the two countries at over $217 million just as she called for the execution of ex­isting agreements in order to boost economic and bilateral cooperation between the two nations.Mrs Rajis-Okpara, who stated that.....


Tunisia: Now supplying chilli peppers to Europe
"Tunisian chilli pepper exports have increased in the past five years from the 80 tons of 2008 to the 880 tons in 2013 also thanks to importers like Libya, Algeria, France and the Arab gulf. Currently, not a lot of produce is exported to Italy, although demand is growing. All of this is due to the lack of.....


Potatoes are nuggets to save Ethiopia as Ireland shares years of expertise
The hills of Chencha in southern Ethiopia, over 2,700m above sea level, are not a place where you might expect the Irish potato to be thriving underground. But in a country where most farmers work on small plots, providing just enough to feed themselves and their family, the humble spud is a popular crop.In.....


World

New Denso reefer machine on display at 6th Cool Logistics Global
Cool Logistics Global 2014 attendees will get a first-hand look at the brand new refrigerated container machine from Japanese manufacturer Denso, a gold sponsor at this year’s event. Courtesy of Reefer Sales Europe, a 20ft CIMC reefer box incorporating the Denso unit will be on display alongside the SS.....


Spain: Oversupply drives onion prices down 25%
In late August, the new Grano de Oro onion harvest,also known as Reca onion,started in Navarra. The weather, with mild temperatures and little rainfall during the spring, has favoured an increase in the yield, leading to an oversupply in the market, as it already happened with potatoes."Despite the fact that.....

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PMA reveals finalists for Impact Award
PMA revealed the PMA Impact Award finalist for 2014. PMA’s Impact Award: Excellence in Packaging is a global program recognizing companies that use innovation and excellence in packaging to maximize the selling of fresh produce and floral. This notable award recognizes trendsetters that create and deliver.....


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Peru: Changes in consumer habits in the retail market
Marco Antonio Merino, marketing manager ofCENCOSUD supermarketsThe marketing manager of the Peruvian retailer Cencosud, Marco Antonio Merino Montani, gave a conference at Expoalimentaria 2014 regarding changes in consumer habits; changes driven by economic progress which have given way to "a society in which.....

NZ: Food prices rise on more expensive fruit and veg
New Zealand food prices rose in August, paring the previous month's fall, as more expensive tomatoes, lettuce and broccoli offset discounted breads.The food price index rose 0.3 percent last month, paring a 0.7 percent fall in June, according to Statistics New Zealand. The index was 0.7 percent higher than.....

Plans for first Loudoun Wawa hit opposition
Wawa is finding a bumpy road as it prepares its entry into Loudoun’s convenience store market.The Board of Supervisors is reviewing an application by the Pennsylvania-based chain to build a store and gas station on 3 acres at the northwest corner of the Old Ox Road/Oak Grove Road intersection near Loudoun’s.....


Grocery becomes larger focus
Changes to inventory and format at Big Lots
Big Lots stores in Western New York have made some big changes to their inventory and format. Grocery has become a much larger focus than it was in the past."Grocery is a really hot category for us and it's growing," said Peter Mensinger, a district manager for Big Lots.Stores here have added large coolers.....

South Africa: Woolworths to halve own-label GM goods
Woolworths aimed to reduce by 50 percent the number of its private-label products that contained genetically modified (GM) ingredients, the food and fashion retailer said last week. It would do this within 12 months.The retailer said this followed a number of pleas from its customers that they would prefer.....

AU: 'Retail duopoly comes at cost'
In the Lower Hunter it started in the early 1980s. It was a dual assault. The shopping malls attacked from one side, the supermarkets from the other.Now there are few independent food retailers left standing. At Westfield Kotara, for instance, the last butcher shop has shut, and there is no greengrocer. If.....

UAE: Carrefour Market to redefine shopping experience
Carrefour Market by Majid Al Futtaim, today announced the opening of its new convenient store in the heart of Jumeirah one, on Al Wasl Road. This new store will be located inside wasl properties' brand new wasl vita development, a mixed-use commercial and residential project."The new store in wasl vita will.....

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Asda sets a precedent in British food assurance scheme
Leeds-based supermarket chain Asda has made an unprecedented move to promote quality assured British vegetables.From next month, Asda will begin to roll out the inclusion of the Red Tractor logo on eight lines of its own brand canned vegetables.It will be the first time that canned British vegetables sourced.....

Dollar General to take place of Spagnolo's Foodland
An Indiana grocery store that closed this summer will be a Dollar General by December.Indianapolis-based J and C Commercial Services started gutting the former Spagnolo's Foodland on Fourth Avenue a week or so ago, according to Project Superintendent Brad Thurston.Work includes renovating the store's.....

Supermarket giant Asda:
Food prices will rise in an independent Scotland
Supermarket giant Asda became the biggest retailer yesterday to warn shoppers that prices will rise in Scotland if becomes an independent country.In a blunt warning to customers, Britain's second largest retailer said trading across a new border would make business more 'complex' and push up costs.The pain.....



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