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Artisan foods corporation in Shandong province
Chinese wasabi heading for international market
Market price for wasabi forecast to grow approximately 10%"Another characteristic product of ours is wasabi. The growth of wasabi is severely limited by geographical conditions: it needs to be grown between 1300 - 2500 meters above sea level, the air temperature needs to lie between 8-20 degrees in the.....

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Date market grows thanks to migrants and health hype
Although consumption is not yet at the level of bananas or avocados, twice as many dates are being eaten worldwide now compared to five years ago. The global market for medjoul dates amounts to 60,000 tonnes, and about half of that comes from Israel.“In recent years we saw that production and consumption.....

European grape market just about to get crowded
South African grape growers have enjoyed a good season, despite worries after last year's droughts. The Northern regions have enjoyed some rain, easing the worries of the growers, and packing is still in full swing in the later regions where the weather is hot and ideal for harvesting and packing. There are.....


Thomas Besnard-Schwerdlin, ABCD L’Exotique:
“Every week the banana market is different”
“The current banana market is fluctuating, due to the increase of demand in Ecuador and the lack of historical European bananas. Everyone is focused on this increase. There was also a shortage in week 8 from Colombia, Guadeloupe and Martinique due to bad weather conditions a month ago. This all results in a.....


Lady Alice apple continues to gain popularity
“We have a great Lady Alice crop this year,” says Aaron DeHerrera with Rainier Fruit. “Production levels showed a nice increase over last season,” he added. Lady Alice is an apple variety that was discovered as a chance seedling in one of Rainier’s orchards in the Yakima Valley. “While her parenting is.....

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José Mechó, manager of Agribur:
"Not many companies can deliver all clementines with leaf"
"Clementines with leaf are our specialty; we are currently working with Nadorcott and Ortanique mandarins, and in two weeks we hope to start marketing the Murcott and Orri varieties," explains Jose Mechó, manager of Agribur.Based in the municipality of La Vall d'Uixó, Castellon, Agribur has its headquarters.....


Drought's end might attract more growers to sector
Watermelons: large supply depresses prices in South Africa
The 2015/16 season was an exceptionally good one for the watermelon industry, with a long, dry and therefore disease-free season. Consumers had a large appetite for watermelons during the heat of the drought, prices were high and consequently watermelon plantings increased for the 2016/17 season.The.....


Oliver Boutwood - Isle of Ely Produce
"We see opportunities for our products outside the UK."
Traditionally known for processed potatoes for the food service industry and fish and chip sector, UK company Isle of Ely Produce, have ventured into the world of fresh washed potatoes."We have opened up a new site where we wash potatoes for wholesale, catering and export," explains Oliver Boutwood,.....

Seeka delivers record $10.4m profit for 2016 - up 143%
Seeka has announced an audited net profit after tax of $10.4 million for the 12 months to 31 December, 2016 - up 143% on the previous corresponding period (PCP). Turnover increased 24% to $229.4 million, while total revenues were $191.3 million, up 35% on the previous year. Earnings before interest, tax,.....

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Russian crisis weeds out bad importers
The spending power of middle-class shoppers in Russia has been reduced in the last couple of years, so Andrey Volkov from Tropic group said that importers have to play it safe with what they purchase and are more hesitant to introduce new exotics. People are only really buying the basic fruit and vegetables,.....



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Danish machine cuts labour costs while increasing productivity
Offering a machine that cuts down on labour costs and increases productivity is an interesting prospect for pretty much any company in the industry. Danish machine manufacturer Egatec Packaging Int., is offering just such a machine and felt that Fruit Logistica in Berlin was a great venue to demonstrate.....


Mack and Fruits Unlimited team up to bring Zaiger plums to the UK
UK produce supplier, Mack and RSA stone fruit grower, Fruits Unlimited, have teamed up to invest in a joint venture that will bring a series of exclusive Zaiger Interspecific plums to the UK market. Zaiger Interspecific plums are varieties which have been cross pollinated naturally with other stone fruits.....


Production on the rise every year in Granada
Spanish asparagus arrives early on Mexican-dominated market
Although the volumes are still insignificant (2% of the total), the green asparagus campaign has started this week in Granada, one of the vegetable's most important production areas in Spain.The campaign is starting very early this year, since packing plants don't normally start receiving the product until.....

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Greenhouse vegetable area headed for new record
The area of greenhouse vegetables will amount to 4,920 hectares in the Netherlands this year. That is only 70 hectares less than in the previous record years of 2010 and 2011. The sector’s urge to expand makes it seem as if this record will be broken within the foreseeable future.Area greenhouse vegetables.....


Air Cargo Belgium wants to make BRUcargo more appealing logistics platform
“More fresh produce air freight should be by BRUcargo”
During the Fruit Logistica in Berlin, Air Cargo Belgium was a first-time exhibitor. “We are a new non-profit organisation that strives to further evolve BRUcargo to become an even more appealing and successful logistics platform,” Frank van Gelder, chairman of the fresh working group, sums up the.....


Spain: Conference pears of La Rioja, PDO Rincón de Soto
A few years ago, the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Rincón de Soto was created for a group of companies producing and marketing Conference pears in the area of La Rioja. One of these companies is Frutas Pisón, which "truly benefits from the recognition," according to manager Ricardo Pisón. "In Spain,.....

Lack of seed potatoes may reduce area growth in Northwestern Europe
A lack of seed potatoes might reduce the growth of next year’s potato area for processing potatoes and contracts. According to the NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers) the expected growth of next year’s potato area might be less than previously estimated.In the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and.....

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Germany: Innovative film-topper for Ifco and Europol-Steigen
the Film-topper by the company A+P Service Peter Schiffmann e.K. has been developed to create a plastic film cover which does not need any extra materials such as glue or clamps in order to secure the film.The crates or cartons of the machine are transversely fed, aligned and separated by means of a conveyor.....


Spain: Companies working to extend the shelf life of salads
A group of companies associated to the Innovation in Packaging Cluster will work together with the largest horticultural company in the country, Primaflor, to develop an active packaging to extend the shelf life of produce.A pack with these features could extend the shelf life of Primaflor's packaged salads......


Reinventing the tomato
In the mid-1990s, the American tomato market experienced a major disruption and consumer demand for Dutch tomatoes skyrocketed. The Netherlands’ colorful and tasty varieties were so popular that Dutch tomato exports to the US rose by a whopping 800%. How did the Dutch take the tomato industry by.....

CMR Group agrees to market Del Monte products
Since January 2017, CMR has extended its large offer with the direct commercialization of the DEL MONTE product range. This agreement allows CMR GROUP to offer the brand through its different subsidiaries located in MercaBarna, MercaMadrid and MercaLeón. The commercial collaboration between the producing and.....

EU agricultural exports broke records in 2016
The total value for EU agri-food exports reached new levels in 2016, hitting €130.7 billion, up €1.7 billion on 2015, according to the latest figures from the European Commission.The biggest increases in annual exports were to the USA (up €1.26 billion) and China (up €1.06 billion).Other major gains in EU.....

Shipping route to connect Wilmington to European ports
The region’s commercial ties to northern Europe will be strengthened with the addition of the Port of Wilmington to a major transatlantic route.Starting April 1, the new route will bring a weekly container vessel to Wilmington on its way from northern Europe to New York. The route is operated by the 2M.....


Temperature control during storage and transport
Temperature control is essential both during transport and during storage. As of recently, AFL Barendrecht uses SenseAnywhere, a very simple but extremely effective system that measures temperature, humidity and movement, and immediately posts these measurements online.AFL Barendrecht is one of the larger.....

Sales of Fairtrade goods in UK rise thanks to bananas
For the first time since 2013 the sales of Fairtrade goods have risen thanks to the growing popularity of bananas and coffee sold under the ethical label, which has offset the falling sales of cocoa and sugar.Revenues from produce overseen by the Fairtrade Foundation body, which guarantees a minimum price to.....

UK professor claims consumers do not want GM foods
A trade deal with the US will give "the majority of the UK public food they don't want" as well as open "a very new can of worms" in terms of food fraud, according to Chris Elliott, professor of food safety and founder of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's University Belfast. Elliott's.....


Silvan Logistics opens new refrigerated warehouse
Transport and logistic company from Poznań - Silvan Logistics - has signed a long-term warehouse rental agreement. The cutting-edge facility located in Gądki, near the main transport interchange, expedites efficient logistic customer services for partners from Poland and abroad. The warehouse.....


Oceania

New Zealand’s kiwifruit growers begin referendum vote
From 24 February until 17 March, New Zealand’s kiwifruit growers will be able to participate in a postal and online referendum for a compulsory levy on kiwifruit exports except Australia.The proposed levy would continue to fund NZKGI’s activities which will include an increased focus on communication and the.....

Australian researcher looks to create gas regulating packages
A researcher interested in the field of food packaging, quality and shelf-life is looking into how innovative packaging techniques can extend shelf-life and preserve quality.Matthew Wilson, a postdoctoral research fellow with the ARC Training Centre for Innovative Horticultural Products at the Tasmanian.....

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Fiji ministry training pineapple growers to increase exports
Fiji pineapple growers are looking to produce fruit of consistent quality in order to increase their reach into foreign markets.According to a Ministry of Agriculture statement, the farmers were trained in effective skills to improve their husbandry practices of pineapple farming last week."The 4-day.....

Tasmanian farm trialling cover crops
One Tasmanian baby leaf producer is trialling both new and old style cover crops — crops grown for soil protection and enrichment rather than for harvest — at their property at Cambridge in the state's south.Houston's Farm's trial covers nearly six hectares and has been set up to look at how cover crops can.....

New Zealand MPI intercepted 12,600 biosecurity risks in January
Faced with record numbers of international visitors, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) biosecurity staff have been busy protecting the country's economy and environment. Among these was the discovery of fruit fly larvae in mangos found at Auckland Airport inside a suitcase from Malaysia jammed full.....


World


Marisol Parra, of CEPASS:
"Colombia to hold first world passion fruit congress"
The trends in fruit and vegetable consumption show a clear inclination for exotic products. Based on this reality, Colombia has decided to encourage the cultivation and consumption of passifloras, or passion fruits, giving them priority in the fruit growing sector as the crops with the most potential for.....


Lab tests brought together in a new system
In 2013, a number of large companies joined forces. The laboratory paperwork, although largely digitised, was starting to be difficult to handle, and at the same time, the importance of residue analysis results has been becoming increasingly important. Together, these companies were looking for a piece of.....

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WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement enters into force
A major milestone for the global trading system was reached on 22 February 2017 when the first multilateral deal concluded in the 21 year history of the World Trade Organization entered into force. In receiving four more ratifications for the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), the WTO has obtained the.....


27 companies from Kenya present at Fruit Logistica
This year’s edition of Fruit Logistica in Berlin was once again attended by a delegation from Kenya. The delegation had its own pavilion at the event and had brought along 27 companies from Kenya. Charles Tumbo, of the Export Promotion Council, and Carol Muumbi of the Agriculture and Food Authority,.....


HM.Clause unveiled a new tomato variety at Fruit Logistica
The seed company HM.Clause, creator of the popular Raf tomato, presented a new variety of tomato with unique characteristics in terms of taste, shape and texture at this years Fruit Logistica.Thanks to the presence at the show of some of the Spanish companies responsible for its production and distribution,.....

Homegrown Organic Farms announces new Category Specialist
Homegrown Organic Farms announces Ricardo Corrales as a new member of the Homegrown team. He was recently hired and is now operating as a Category Specialist for the company’s overall organic program.Chad Hansen, Homegrown Organic Farms’ Blueberry Category Director, said, “Ricardo brings specific skills and.....


Retail


Walmart starts new price war | Fresh produce has won Kiwi shoppers
Lidl's UK vegetables enjoy Brexit
Brazil retailer GPA reports quarterly loss - Brazil's largest diversified retailer, GPA SA, reported a fourth-quarter net loss of 29m reais ($9m) on Friday, falling short of forecasts for a first profit in seven quarters. The consolidated net loss for the company narrowed sharply from a loss of 384m.....



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