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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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US: Good supplies of imported mangos
With imports of mangos from Mexico ramping up, supplies of mangos should be good in the coming weeks.“Supplies of mangos from Mexico are increasing, but we're also going into the full season in Guatemala in the next couple of weeks,” said Patrick Dueire of Dayka Hackett. “So there will be a good amount of.....

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U.S. top court rejects Colombian Chiquita human rights suit
Chiquita Brands International Inc will not have to face U.S. lawsuits by more than 4,000 Colombians accusing the fruit company of human rights violations after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the case.The court rejected an appeal filed by the plaintiffs, leaving intact a July 2014.....

US, Japan close to agreement on Asia trade deal
The United States and Japan are within "grabbing distance" of resolving their differences on a much-awaited massive Pacific free-trade pact, the top US diplomat for Asia said Monday.Assistant Secretary of State Danny Russel was speaking just days before Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is due to arrive on.....

The apple is the queen of exports, first lady of MedFEL
Organised by Sud de France Développement and the Languedoc-Roussillon Regional Council, MedFEL 2015 shines the spotlight on apples. Apples are the world's third most popular fruit and therefore champions of export! Enjoying the high patronage of the French Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry for.....

Innovations at the CPMA
At the entrance to the CPMA there is always a display case containing many innovations. It does not always mean they are completely new because some have already been launched but it is their first time at the fair.Click here to see the photos

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June 3-5, 2015
Registration underway for London Produce Show
Registrations are well under way for the London Produce Show and Conference (LPS15), which will take place at Europe's largest 5-star exhibition venue, Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott hotel on Park Lane, Mayfair, on June 3-5. The early bird attendee rate will close on 30 April 2015 so register online now and.....

Photo Report Frischezentrum Essen
“Working together is very important for wholesale companies"
“The best of the good – fresh every day” is the motto of the “Frischezentrum Essens” in the northern district of the city of Essen. For over 30 years, the wholesale market's retailers have been offering their goods on the 94,000 square meter area. Around 50 business enterprises from the food industry are.....

US, Europe seek to end tariffs on each other's products
The trade deal being negotiated between the United States and European Union could add $100 billion annually to the economies on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, but the issues are complex and there is no guarantee that an agreement will be reached anytime soon.The U.S. and the 28-nation EU started.....

Timorex Gold® Biofungicide
Stockton Group and Engage Agro Corporation sign exclusive distribution agreement
The Stockton Group, a leader in plant extract-based crop protection innovation, announced today the signing of a Distribution Agreement with Engage Agro, a Canadian company focused on providing growers with new and unique crop management solutions. Under this Agreement, Engage Agro will exclusively market.....

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New Zealand Kiku heading to market
2015 season KIKU is being harvested and the first of the new season KIKU is on the water and on its way to outlets in the USA and Asia.New Zealand has had the perfect summer for KIKU. Warm days have worked their magic to enhance the natural sugar levels with higher than normal brix levels as the result......

Canada: Photo report CPMA Montreal
On April 16 and 17, the CPMA tradeshow was held in Montreal, QC. It was the largest event in the organization’s 90-year history. Close to 300 exhibitors from primarily Canada, the US and Mexico showcased their (new) products, ranging from the Tombar to apple cider and fresh-cut pomelos. Freshplaza was.....

Co-op to give up fairtrade | Websites selling fruit see exponential growth
Walmart suppliers facing 30% rule
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon’s renewed focus on the “every day low price” model and away from promotional pricing may result in pressure on large and small suppliers near the boundaries of Walmart’s 30% rule. The 30% rule is the limit of sales the retailer wants any one supplier to have within its.....

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Super vegetable in your microwave
People want to eat vegetables, but hardly take any time to do so. This is one of the problems the sector is dealing with. The American website is playing into this with the new microwave line. And because it has to be very healthy, they're opting for the super vegetable kale.The health food.....

Size, ease of curdle and excellent post-harvest
Ateneo, the new vine tomatoes from Semillas Fitó
Semillas Fitó has taken a huge leap in recent years in the tomato segment. For this campaign, Semillas Fitó is presenting Ateneo as its big novelty in vine tomatoes as it was already tried out very successfully in the greenhouses of Almeria.Ateneo is a vine tomato recommended for plantings that range from.....

Spain: Broccoli acreage growing in Extremadura
Broccoli consumption is on the rise, partly due to its "anti-cancer" properties and its price. This has resulted in the acreage devoted to the crop in Extremadura growing year after year. According to the President of COAG Extremadura, Juan Moreno, this year the planted acreage has expanded by 10% compared.....

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SanLucar developing first large scale raspberry plantation in Tunisia
SanLucar is currently developing the first large scale raspberry plantation in Tunisia, partly with funding from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), with a sum of 4 million Euro. This fruit is mainly exported to Europe and the Middle East. "Tunisia is a country with great.....

Following on the steps of carrots and leek
Spain: 40% drop in fresh beet production due to Russian ban
Beet production in Spain has dropped by about 40% in 2015. The main reason for this is the reduction in plantings because of the low demand registered in 2014 due to the Russian ban, according to Juan Antonio Sánchez, manager of Cooperativa Frusana. This season, the acreage has been reduced by 30%."In 2014.....

Poland: Lower organic berry production, despite increased acreage
Despite the fact that more than 708 million zloty (178.05 million Euro)have been investedfor the past ten yearsinsubsidies for the promotion of organic berry crops, fruit production has not increased. What's worse, it has actually fallen from 15 to 1 tonne of fruit per hectare, as reported by the Polish news.....

EU: New imported potatoes meeting a need
The Spanish potato season started this morning at Verdi Import with the firstDoré's from the Guadalquivir delta. "Spain planted far fewer potatoes this year, and they had to contend with poor weather conditions at the beginning of cultivation. We anticipated this by milling the potatoes a bit more. This.....

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500,000 tonnes may be reached in four or five years
Spain: Increase in kaki production requires opening of new markets
The president of the Spanish Association of Kaki Growers, Vicente Masiá, said that the 2014/2015 season has turned out to be quite difficult because the final production has reached between 200,000 and 220,000 tonnes."This volume represents an increase of between 20 and 25% compared to the previous harvest.....

Spanish Verna lemons to dominate European market with 300,000 tonnes
The Spanish Verna lemon season has officially started this week after the end of the Fino and Primafiori campaigns, which have closed with around 780,000 tonnes marketed; a record figure that represents a 9% growth in sales volumes in 2014, with a slight increase in exports.According to José Antonio.....

Ettore Ceccarelli (Julius)
Italy: Argentinian pears provide perfect grafts
"The season of Abate pears from Argentina started well all over Europe. The good weather created the ideal conditions to obtain slightly russeted fruit with a red skin and a high dry-matter content reaching 15-16° Brix," explained Ettore Ceccarelli. The Ceccarelli Giulio company, led by brothers Ettore,.....

Czech Republic: 10% increase in organic food consumption
In 2013, Czech consumers spent almost 2 billion crowns (72.9 million Euro) on organic products, which is 9.5% more than in 2012. Despite the growth in the market share of organic food, total consumption remains at just 0.71%, according to data released by the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA). "For the third.....

Humble potato offers no easy fixes for farmers
Scottish seed potato exports are booming, with the latest figures indicating that 2014/15 has been a record breaking season.Scotland only grows 25 per cent of the total GB potato crop, but produces 75 per cent of GB seed and exports a total of 300,000 tonnes annually to more than 25 countries outside of the.....

Super Fruit: strawberries in cups
Bogreen is a modern nursery, where high-grade fruit concepts are developed. The company – formerly called Jac. Van der Hoeven boomkwekerij– underwent a rigorous metamorphosis in 2012 when Sjors Boers, the former manager's son, took over the business. With this takeover, the name also changed, and the.....

G’s Growers celebrate 30 years
G’s Growers celebrate 30 years of co-operation and working together to supply the UK with fresh salads and vegetables. Founded in 1985, G’s Growers started as a group of 20 East Anglia based growers who came together to more effectively service the emerging multiple UK supermarkets.Commenting on the.....

Lower frozen veg prices in Poland
Frozen vegetable prices in the European market have remained lower than last year, showing a tendency to decline even further. In Poland, between January and the first week of April, frozen onions have become 18% cheaper, dropping to 0.32 Euro/kg, which is also about 31% lower than a year ago, as reported by.....

Iglo sold for 2.6 billion euro
Iglo's current owner, Permira, has accepted a take-over bid from investment fund Nomad Holdings. Most of the shares in the company will be sold for 2.6 billion euro, but Permira will still hold a 9 % stake in the frozen food manufacturer.Worth up 50 % since 2006Iglo became Permira's in 2006, when it bought.....

Pineapple rises in fashion
The pineapple is on the rise. On cushion covers, on glasses, as a plant pot - the fruit has been becoming increasingly popular in interior decorating for a few years. Now it's also on t-shirts, trousers and candlesticks.Candlesticks in pineapple shape (H&M), t-shirt with pineapple print (H&M), DIY.....

Value decreased by 5%
2014 fruit and vegetable export from EU to non-EU countries up 10%
EU exports of fresh fruits and vegetables to non-EU countries in 2014 increased by 10% in volume over the previous year amounting to 7.7 million tons. However, the export value decreased by 5% in the same period and amounted to $5,380 million Euro, according to data from the Statistical Office of the EU,.....

EU: Poland ranks 25th in fruit and veg consumption
For several years, fresh fruit and vegetable consumption in the European Union has been declining, with Poland currently ranking 25th in the list of top EU consumers.The possible reasons for this were discussed by experts during a debate organised by the PAP and KUPS under the slogan "Polish diet too low in.....

Poland: Onions 70% cheaper than last year at Bronisze
According to Małgorzaty Skoczewskiej, of the Warsaw Agricultural and Food Wholesale Market Bronisze, domestic cucumbers, grown in Polish greenhouses, have currently completely replaced imported ones. The year also promises to be interesting for raspberry tomato growers.Regular tomatoes in Bronisze are.....


Cucumber virus found on Queensland melon farm
Queensland's biosecurity resources are under further pressure following the discovery of cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) on a farm west of Charters Towers.In a statement, Biosecurity Queensland said it appears to be an isolated case at one location and is the first time CGMMV had been found in.....

WA's royal blue over potato patrol
WESTERN Australia's potato patrol needs to be modernised but should not be mashed as long as it keeps prices appealing to consumers, state Nationals leader Terry Redman says.THE Potato Marketing Corporation, which restricts the variety of fresh potatoes that can be sold, has been lined up for the chop by.....

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Hawke's Bay Kiwifruit growers learning to live with Psa
Hawke's Bay Kiwifruit growers are learning to live with vine disease Psa, says Hawke's Bay Fruitgrowers Association Kiwifruit chairman Peter Olsen.Industry organisation Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) statistics show 18 of Hawke's Bay's 50 orchards are infected with Psa.Mr Olsen said the statistics did not show.....


Johan De Klerk, COO Capespan Farms
"A good balance is 60% -70% programmed and the rest for trading,"
At the start of what may prove to be a challenging topfruit season, FreshPlaza caught up with Johan De Klerk, COO at Capespan Farms, to get his views on the coming season.De Klerk is optimistic, "Sizes are smaller this year, but the Packhams, Grannies and Fuji, which were down last year, are back to average.....

Pakistan: USAID brings off-season veg with greenhouse tech
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) helped more than two hundred Pakistanis farmers bring off-season vegetables to the second annual Vegetable Fair in Islamabad Thursday.“The produce we see here today marks the large-scale introduction of greenhouse technology in Pakistan. Through.....


Co-op to give up fairtrade | Websites selling fruit see exponential growth
Walmart suppliers facing 30% rule
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon’s renewed focus on the “every day low price” model and away from promotional pricing may result in pressure on large and small suppliers near the boundaries of Walmart’s 30% rule. The 30% rule is the limit of sales the retailer wants any one supplier to have within its.....

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