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'Boon for prices'
USDA predicts smallest orange crop in 50 years
State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam wants another $8.5 million next year to help fight a deadly citrus disease, as Florida's orange crop was forecast Friday to hit a 52-year low in the upcoming season.The National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicted that.....

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Ewald Gouwenberg (Waterman Onions): "Things have calmed down"
Fluctuating onion prices due to weather
The situation in the onion market is much different from what it was a few weeks ago, "Market conditions have been good, with limited supply coming in due to weather troubles. Demand has fallen and the majority of the crop has already been harvested. Nevertheless many growers still remember the 'old'.....

Tunisia in export value dates number one in the world
Over half of Tunisian dates exported
Macfrut 2015 was also host to various companies and institutions from Tunisia, such as the Technical Centre of Dates (CTD), founded in 2009. The mission of this institution is to: diversify the production and preserve the plant genetic resources in Tunisian oases, apply new technologies for the efficient use.....

Kent mango and papaya Formosa from Brazil
Kent mangoes end dry spell on German market
“The week after next we are expecting the next delivery of Kent mangos along with the Formosa papayas from Brazil, which are available throughout the year,” Jürgen Hubounig, CEO of Zimpelmann Select-Fruit GmbH & Co. KG, reports. The importer is especially happy with the Brazilian Kent mango. “In the last.....

UK: Competitive sweet potato market
There is a plentiful supply of sweet potatoes on the UK market just now as the Spanish crop is in season, there are also Israeli sweet potatoes available as well as Egyptian."The market is competitive at the moment, with product available from three countries, and all offering smooth skinned varieties,".....

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Promising outlook for California’s 2016 avocado season
California’s 2015 avocado season has wrapped up and it will take about four months for the fruit to be available again in stores and restaurants. According to first estimates, California avocado volumes are looking bigger for next year. “It is so early to call a volume number, but it looks like the industry.....

First ever UK run campaign
Chiquita turning London black cabs yellow
This October, 300 London black cabs will turning 'banana yellow' for the first ever UK run campaign from Chiquita. The move is to raise customer awareness for the supplier's Class Extra bananas. Sales kits, including merchandise material will also be distributred to retailers at a series of breakfast events.....

Indian scientists discover new banana variety
Scientists at the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) have discovered a new species of banana from a remote tropical rain forest on the Little Andaman islands. The species, Musa indandamanensis, was located about 16 km inside the Krishna Nalah forest in the island.The scientists who have made the discovery.....

Cool Fresh: Successful switch to QC One
All Quality Controllers of the Ridderkerk (NL) based fresh produce specialist, Cool Fresh, will now process all quality data of import and export shipments via the QC One tablet app. With just a single press of a button, both the sales and purchasing department are informed regarding the condition of.....

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Ord mango exports resume, fruit quality good
Western Australia's main mango producing region has regained control over a fruitfly incursion that threatened this season’s fruit, and export potential from the area. “The value of the loss from the incursion fortunately was negligible, as it occurred in late June and there were no further detections after.....

Walmart changes CFO, gets new chief merchant
Tesco takes on rivals in new price war | Whole Foods opens new DC
UK: Ocado 45% more expensive than Amazon's Ocado is 45% more expensive on average than Amazon on the chilled and frozen products the latter began selling in the UK last week, according to analytics firm Profitero. ( changes CFO, gets new chief merchant in latest.....

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expoSE in Karlsruhe
Harlander Landtechnik presents new rotavator
The company Harlander Landtechnik will present the new types of rotavators, the "SDF-158" and "SDF-168" to the European public at the leading trade fair for asparagus and berry production. They will be presented at the fair in Karlsruhe on 18 and 19 November 2015.Harlander Landtechnik presentsrotavators.....

Kees van den Bosch, Freeland:
"Bad spring open field vegetables fully compensated for"
"Worthless." That's how Kees van den Bosch of Freeland looks back on the first five months of the year in the open field vegetable market. "Due to the cold spring, production was behind two or three weeks. But a hot summer with wet weather conditions in Central Europe have fully compensated for the difficult.....

Good demand for Santa Maria and Williams Christ
Lower yield Abate pears due to weather
“Fierce precipitation descended upon Italy a few weeks ago. The local pear production has been strongly affected by this, as well as by immense hail damage,” Johann Rapali, CEO of Cavalleri & CO. KG from Munich, explains. “Especially for the type Abate Fetel, the Italian producers are counting on a yield.....

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Vitamins for the chancellor
Germany's apple queens visit Merkel
High visit in the chancellor’s office: apple queens from seven different German cultivation areas handed colorful apple baskets to the Federal Chancellor. These were bulging with freshly picked apple delicacies from domestic fruit growers. Germany's apple queens visiting the chancellor's office. f.l.t.r.:.....

Ben van der Most, Driscoll's:
High demand for blackberries leads to increased production in Europe
Soft fruit has had a very good year so far across the board, "The retail sector is focusing increasingly on the entire soft fruit category. We are seeing increasing demand for multi-line presentations of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, which are not only offered in the 125 gram pack, but in other.....

Fachbeirats Obst, Gemüse, Kartoffeln concludes revisions 2016
Changes in the testing systems as well as laboratory accreditation were the focus at the meeting of the Fachbeirats Obst, Gemüse, Kartoffeln on September 28, 2015.Unannounced checks for wholesalecompaniesand producersStarting next year, checks at wholesale companies will occur unannounced. Companies have a.....

Spain: Florette presents its Seasonal Creamy Soups
With the arrival of autumn, Florette has presented its Seasonal Creamy Soups made with 100% fresh vegetables and no preservatives. There are three sorts: Vegetables, Pumpkin and Courgette, which will be available at supermarkets and hypermarkets, kept at temperatures of between 1 and 4 degrees Celsius."We.....

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SanLucar to take part in Fruit Attraction
From 28 to 30 October, the international company SanLucar will be in Madrid to take part as an exhibitor in the seventh edition of Fruit Attraction, the International Exhibition for Fruit and Vegetables. The premium brand has chosen Madrid's event to pay tribute to its producing partners, with a joint stand.....

Contact day Belgian Metro/Makro draws fresh produce visitors
On Thursday, October 8, NKVK organized a contact day at Makro/Metro Cash&Carry in Belgium. The day attracted about 50 visitors, about a third of which from the fresh produce sector. They got the chance to meet with Tom Moreels, Category Manager Fruit & Vegetables, who has been working at Makro/Metro.....

"Despite killer competition we're a stable partner for Germany"
Kristophe Thijs leaves VLAM Germany and fruit and vegetable sector
Kristophe Thijs, director of Germany for VLAM since 2011, will leave the sector on October 15. He ended up at VLAM Germany during the tense EHEC crisis. "It was quite a tough start, but it gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of people quickly. Suddenly, working together closely across the border, which.....

Chinese journalists enthusiastic about Dutch product and production
This week the Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (Civil Service for Enterprising Netherlands) is touring through the Netherlands with nine Chinese journalists.This is in preparation for the multisectoral mission to Beijing and Shanghai with the Royal couple, minister Ploumen and the state secretaries.....

Albert Bartlett enters UK frozen potato category
UK potato brand Albert Bartlett has started production on its first frozen brands from its recently acquired frozen potato factory in Westwick, Norfolk. The business has already found listings in Sainsbury’s and the Co-op and products include Homestyle chips in 900g and 1.5kg formats and 750g Rooster Roasts.....

Ireland: Rooster potato prices increase by 40%
New season Rooster potatoes are securing prices in the range €370/t to €400/t,” according to IFA potato committee chairman Eddie Doyle.“That’s up €150 on this time last year. Chipping varieties, such as Maris Piper, are also securing good prices. In our own case, we are getting between €280 and €340 for good.....

Spain: Mango prices skyrocketing
Prospects already pointed to a year of rising prices due to a lower mango production, and the prediction has been confirmed. With between 50 and 70% less volume, tropical producers have received up to € 2.20 per kilo for the Osteen variety, which is far above the average of € 0.90 reached last year. At the.....

Spain: Huelva's citrus sector estimations clash with those of the Council
Huelva's citrus sector does not agree with the production estimates for the 2015/2016 season in the province published the Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of Andalusia.According to this first estimate, which has been presented in Cartaya during the Technical Conference on the.....

Prepackaged fruit and vegetables often unpopular
Fruit, vegetables and meat are often prepackaged in plastic. Pre-packing offers many advantages for the retailer. It is easier to transport and store the products; it speeds up the check out process because the products don’t have to be weight and priced anymore. However consumers would like to refrain.....

Air cargo industry presents market development analysis
European air cargo loses ground
The international air cargo trade has changed a lot over the last eight years: The European competitors lost market shares while cargo companies in the Middle East and Turkey have grown. This shows the market development analysis presented by the three airfreight associations BDI, BDL and DSLV.Growth of.....

Cronus Logistics survey:
UK: Government actions greatest challenge to exporters
Government actions and policies are some of the greatest challenges to UK exporters according to a new business survey conducted in the South West on behalf of Cronus Logistics. More than a third of respondents said political and governmental actions were a real challenge to their businesses on a par with.....

Spain: "Corvera airport could benefit Murcia's horticulture"
The president of PROEXPORT, Juan Marín, expressed his satisfaction about the progress made to ensure the inclusion of a cargo terminal to Murcia's future airport, as it could help the Region's fruit and vegetable exports to enter new markets. He made this statement at his meeting with the Councillors of.....

Spain: Almonds stolen due to high prices
Sources from the Spanish Civil Guard in Zaragoza explained to Efeagro that thefts of almonds are growing as their price increases, although, as has been pointed out, is not a new phenomenon. Last year, in Aragon, a wholesaler actually went to court for purchasing almonds without traceability.This year, ROCA.....

WorldFood Moscow 2015 saw visitor increase
Russia’s 24th International Food Exhibition, WorldFood Moscow, took place on 14 – 17 September 2015 at the Expocentre in Moscow, Russia. The event, known as Russia’s leading food trade show, brought together 30,981 visitors – a 3% increase from 2014.This year, WorldFood Moscow took place during a period of.....

BLE market report CW 40/15
Cauliflower from the Netherlands complements German offers
Cauliflower Predominant German parties are locally supplemented by Dutch imports. Firstly the quantities came in in increasing quantities, which inevitably led to price decreases. On the other hand, declining supplies initiated higher ratings. The trade in Cologne and Berlin was constantly and abundantly.....

UK: Growers hit out at National Living Wage plans
Scots fruit and vegetable growers could be pushed out of business as a result of the new National Living Wage, warns NFU Scotland.The farmers’ union says the wage, which comes into force next April, could result in growers’ margins being completely eroded unless retailers pay more for their produce.The.....

Customs limits on produce in Israel lifted
Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development, Uri Ariel: “Unfortunately, a shortage of fruit and vegetables was created due to the heatwave which resulted in rising prices. We are trying to prevent this situation, particularly on the eve of the Jewish Holidays. Therefore, I instructed Ministry of.....


AU: Watermelon growers begin voting industry levy
Watermelon growers across Australia have begun voting on whether or not to introduce an industry levy on their produce. The levy would provide the Australian Melon Association (AMA) with funds for research and development, to be matched by the Federal Government. It would also sign the group up to the.....

Lemon harvest peak down on last year
The lemon harvest has just peaked in many growing areas around Australia, and picking was completed three weeks ago, with limited volume still available. “Availability will be mostly in seedless varieties for the next two months, before volumes start to pick up again prior to Christmas,” says grower Greg.....

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AU: NT mango crop forecast downgraded
The mango industry has downgraded its crop forecast for the Northern Territory after a significant fruit drop event around the Darwin region.Boyd Arthur from the Australian Mango Industry Association, says the Darwin rural area is now on track to produce 1.6 million trays, down from the original forecast of.....

‘Pick Right. Feel Bright!’
National Nutrition Week 2015 kicks off in Australia
Nutrition Australia and the fresh produce industry are saying ‘no’ to fancy food fads, and ‘yes’ to fresh fruit and vegetables, as National Nutrition Week kicks off!With an alarming 95% of Australians not eating enough fruits and vegetables, Nutrition Australia is supporting the Produce Marketing Association.....

Offers on Zespri site considered
Offers to buy a prime development site in the heart of Mount Maunganui will be considered by the Tauranga City Council today. The 8100 sq m council-owned property on Maunganui Rd was currently the head office of kiwifruit marketing company Zespri and former offices of the Mount Maunganui Borough.....


Kingsburg Orchards excited for introduction Percinnamons® at PMA Atlanta
Kingsburg Orchards is excited to announce that they will be featuring a new and exclusive persimmon called the Percinnamon® at the PMA in Atlanta this year. It is a new and unique variety of Persimmon that is wonderfully sweet with a hit of cinnamon flavor that can be eaten fresh out of hand. The.....

Slovenian apple sellers find better market
After the low prices European apple shippers saw last season, this season has started off with good prices in addition to good volumes. Slovenian grower-shippers have seen their volumes increase over the years, especially quantities of top-quality fruit for export.“We have a very good year, especially.....

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Pure Flavor debuts new booth with special guest at PMA 2015
Pure Flavor is gearing up to debut their new booth this month in Atlanta, Georgia. Taking place October 24-25, Pure Flavor can be found at booth #4575, the ultimate Fresh Summit destination. The new open concept booth will unveil the start of the company’s brand revitalization project and will be featuring.....


Walmart changes CFO, gets new chief merchant
Tesco takes on rivals in new price war | Whole Foods opens new DC
UK: Ocado 45% more expensive than Amazon's Ocado is 45% more expensive on average than Amazon on the chilled and frozen products the latter began selling in the UK last week, according to analytics firm Profitero. ( changes CFO, gets new chief merchant in latest.....

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