Friday, January 23, 2015

Sort by continent | Sort by sector


Large apple crop could affect Southern Hemisphere imports
Large apple crops throughout Europe could have ripple effects once imports from the Southern Hemisphere begin arriving. While it is likely there will still be good demand for popular varieties, overall volumes from the Southern Hemisphere could be less than those from previous years.“There are lots of apple.....

Job Offers:

Low quality and over supply on UK citrus market
The UK lemon market has not been easy during December and January, according to Rob Cullum from Pacific Produce. "Turkish exporters have been asking for higher prices for the last six weeks but the problem is the market won't pay and the volume keeps coming. This is probably because Russia has not been the.....


Raúl Martinez, Country Manager Driscoll's Spain:
’Focus on quality, the way to succeed in Spanish soft fruit sector’
In the United States, Driscoll's has been market leader for years and is known for its berries coming from its own breeding programmes, but in Europe the company has only been active for a relatively short time. Four years ago, Driscoll's Spanish subsidiary was created in Huelva after a merger with the.....


Moroccan berry growers look for niche in European market
Using Australian blueberry varieties developed for plantings in Morocco, African Blue is hoping that the gap in the blueberry production between Chilean and Spanish supplies can offer Moroccan growers a lucrative window in the European export season. “Moroccan blueberry production is well-positioned.....

Grapes from California till mid-February available for export markets
Grapes from California continued to be shipped around the world into the New Year, with volume expected to remain in some markets into mid-February.“Several target export markets had large volumes of California grapes available into the New Year,” said Susan Day, vice president of international marketing for.....

Click here to receive this news directly in your inbox

"Exporters are not responsible for what may end up in Russia"
Still a lot of Belgian pears on Russian shelves?
Russia was an important buyer of Dutch and Belgian pears, and this buyer was lost due to the boycott. Exporting European fruit and veg directly to Russia has become completely impossible. On the other hand, rumours have been heard for months that pears or other fruit and vegetables do eventually end up on.....

Israel: Four new varieties of grapefruit
Four new types of citrus fruit have recently been developed in Israel. The new types are tasty, seedless and peel easily. These new types of citrus fruit have also been unveiled in Europe, where they were highly praised.The new citrus types are:FlamingoA red grapefruit, which is a hybrid between the.....


Ongoing development at Saint Charles International
Saint Charles International, one of the largest platforms for the trading of fresh produce in France, will roll out a uniform set of quality standards this year. The guidelines will apply to all member firms, from the smallest outfit to the largest of traders.“We keep adapting to see how we can add value for.....

San Antonio contain 60,000 square feet
Pure Hothouse Foods announces expansion in Texas
Pure Hothouse Foods® has recently broke ground on a brand new state of the art distribution center In San Antonio, Texas. This facility will encompass 60,000 square feet of cooled space, with fully insulated cooler panels and including all the latest eco-friendly technologies to ensure all produce is.....

Click here to receive this news directly in your inbox


New streamlining Greenery results in more job losses
Over the past year The Greenery BV has recorded a significant improvement of its operating profit, following a reorganisation and the implementation of a stringent chain costs reduction programme. Despite the extremely difficult market conditions and substantially lower price levels in the fresh produce.....


Norwegian currency little effect on import
The Norwegian currency started to get cheaper as of October compared to the Euro. In December it even had a major increase.Øyvind Briså from Bama mentions that so far it has not effected import business too much. “Of course imported goods get more expensive, but we keep on importing on the customer's demand......

German pear market dominated by Italy
Pear business was dominated by Italy as usual. This is the result of the German Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE) and its market review of week 2/2015. Abate Fetel were located at the top of this range of products. Rosada increasingly replaced Santa Maria and Williams Christian on the market......


Local pomegranate prices keep back Indian exports
A strong local Indian market has made growers prioritize the local market over the export one. The falling value of the ruble and stiff European Union standards are also obstacles Indian exporters have to deal with. “There were more than 1,500 tons of pomegranates exported from India last year to Europe and.....



Latest photo reports

Visit to greenhouse-China 2014

Visit to greenhouse-China 2014

» view pictures

Whole Food Columbus Circle

Whole Food Columbus Circle

» view pictures

Horticultural Mission Southern Germany

Horticultural Mission Southern Germany

» view pictures

New York Produce Show 2014

New York Produce Show 2014

» view pictures

1st EU Fresh Info Forum

1st EU Fresh Info Forum

» view pictures

Sort by continent | Sort by sector

Special  —  Fruit Logistica


Click here for more information about our specials


Europe


Positive broccoli campaign with growing demand in Spain
While frost has destroyed a significant part of the artichoke production and brought that of lettuce to a halt, the broccoli campaign is developing normally and prices remain at a reasonably average price of between 0.70 and 0.90 Euro per kilo at auctions."Broccoli is a plant that tolerates cold temperatures.....


Karin Barendse, Oranje Paprika Vereniging;
Promotional work starting to pay off
Orange bell peppers are here to stay. The 'Oranje Paprika Vereniging' (OPV) (Orange bell pepper association) is working hard to keep it that way. The OPV has been actively promoting the product in the Netherlands, Germany and England. Karin Barendse: "This has happened after years of promoting the product......

Prices up for Spanish lettuce on German wholesale market
The German Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food reports in its market review of week 2/2015, that Iceberg lettuce from Spain was able to record a significant price increase. This results from the fact that the lettuce was only available in small quantities due to weather conditions and was also sold.....

Click here to receive this news directly in your inbox


UK carrot market stagnent
Due to the unseasonably warm weather the UK carrot market has been pretty static. "People are just not in the winter mode," says Martin Evans from FreshGro."This week is the first really cold week we have had, and now we have 5 inches of snow. The carrots have grown well after the warm summer but demand has.....


Courgette prices up 30% in France
According to the Relaxnews national price barometer of fresh products, the price per kilo of courgettes has increased by 30% to €2.88/kilo in net bags. Courgettes are the fresh product with the highest price increase this week. Tomatoes have also seen prices increase this week, by 19% for Spanish varieties.....

"2014 was bad year for mushrooms"
Piet Siberg sees export opportunities for mushrooms in Japan
The mushroom traders have put a difficult year behind them. According to trader Piet Siberg of mushroom wholesaler Siberg from Testelt, prices were consistently low. "Around Christmas, trade went well, but the months before that sales were disappointing. At the moment it's business as usual. It's not getting.....

UK: Difficult strawberry supply
Overall sales on the UK strawberry market have been relatively good for the last couple of months according to John Gray, from Angus Soft Fruits. Supply, on the other hand has been tricky."It has been a struggle on the supply side due the bad weather in Egypt last week and this week in Morocco, also Spain.....

Click here to receive this news directly in your inbox


Guglielmo Costa
Italy: "Covering orchards is not the limit"
"Just a few years ago, thinking of a cherry orchard being in a polytunnel or greenhouse would have seemed crazy, but it is no longer so because of climate change," explains Guglielmo Costa, professor at the Department of Agricultural Science of the Bologna University and speaker at the Vignola Cherry.....


Good results for first batches of hybrid mandarins
For yet another week, Andalusian packers have found it difficult to sell their oranges; by contrast, the first batches of hybrid mandarins currently being marketed are reaching successful results. Meanwhile, lemon sales and prices continue on the same trend of previous weeks.The monitoring report published.....

Spain: Upward trend banana imports November (+28%)
Spain’s banana imports continued their upward trend, with a 28% growth in volume and 26% in value in November 2014 compared to the same month of the previous year, to a total of 22,674 tonnes and 13.1 million Euro, respectively, according to data of the Directorate General of Customs of the Ministry of.....


Italy: Reducetarian diet
According to AIRC (Italian association for the research against cancer), consuming excessive food of animal origin increases the risk of tumour. There is no proof though that moderate consumption has negative effects on our health.This is how the new "reducetarian" diet was created: reduce the quantity of.....

Germany: more and more people prefer organic
The demand for organic products further increased in Germany in 2014, reports the German website Proplanta.de. The 'Bundesverband Naturkost Naturwaren' (BNN) announced this week that the turnover in the organic branch increased by 8.4% in the first three quarters compared to the same period a year before......


UK: Record sales of organic vegetables during holidays
Bosses of a Peterborough-based grower and supplier of fresh organic vegetables say there was record demand for organic vegetables during Christmas.Produce World Group, which has its head office at Lynch Wood, says the value of organic vegetables rose by 5.6 per cent at the start of 2015 compared to the start.....


Rob Bal leaves Red Star:
CEO of largest Dutch tomato grower resigns
CEO Rob Bal is leaving Red Star. Bal is effectively leaving the company on February 1, 2015. The reason of resigning is a disagreement over the policy and the management of the organization. Rob Bal started in his function as CEO of Redstar in the summer of 2013. Until a replacement is found, Interim -.....


One in two Germans would buy imperfect fruit and veg
Fruit and vegetables in the supermarket do not have to look perfect: many Germans would buy fruit and vegetables even if they had spots on them and were not perfectly shaped, reports the German website wz-newsline.deApproximately one in two Germans (49%) would buy fruit and vegetables with visual defects, if.....


Only planned programs for Israeli tomatoes
Israel tomato growers received bad prices in December at the local market. However the export to Russia was good. In January they changed to a good local market, but all export goes to planned programs. “The production now is almost 25% of Decembers, so we are only dealing with the commitments for.....


Oceania

Kiwifruit, apple crops looking 'superb'
Growers say the region's kiwifruit and apple crops are looking "superb", but both crops have yet to be picked, packed and sold into an extremely volatile international market.Grower, exporter and former Apple and Pear Board chairman John McCliskie said he had never seen such a nervous international market......


AU: Gala crop one of best in recent memory
Near perfect summer growing conditions have contributed to what will be one of Orange and district’s biggest apple harvests in years with an estimated one and three-quarter million cases to be sent to market.Orchardist Peter Darley said most orchards missed out on the almost 10 millimetres of rain that fell.....

Click here to receive this news directly in your inbox


AU: Potato farmers seek formula for higher yields
Potato growers across Australia could soon be provided a formula that tells them the perfect level of phosphorous needed for best yields and healthier soil.That's the aim of a $400,000 study run by Potatoes South Australia, which is hoping a new and more accurate phosphorous test could refine farmers'.....


Californian onions cause glut in AU marketplace
Red onions imported from California have caused a glut in the Australian marketplace, taking up supermarket shelf space and cutting prices for home grown produce, according to industry.Major supermarkets Woolworths and Coles only sell Australian onions but independent supermarkets are yet to make the same.....


Potato harvest stabilised, competition remains tough with imports
Australia’s potato growers are still doing a robust trade, with the volume produced stabilizing with 2013/14 levels at around 698,000 tonnes, but local growers are competing with more than 130,000 tonnes of imported french fries on average, as of 2012. “The quality of locally grown potatoes cannot be.....

China: Zespri agent arrested
Nine staff at one of Zespri's new agents in China have been arrested by customs there for alleged smuggling, according to a report in the NBR, but New Zealand's kiwifruit export organisation says there is nothing to indicate that any Zespri fruit is affected.Zespri appointed the importer, Dalian Yidu, as an.....


Africa

"Tomato leaf miner"
Tanzania: Tomato disease threatens growers
Tanzania is set to lose billions of shillings from the horticulture industry if concerted efforts are not made to tackle a dangerous outbreak of "tomato leaf miner" in the Northern Zone and Morogoro Region likely to wipe out this year's crop.The pest, scientifically known as Tuta absoluta, is one of the.....


Plums big business for South Africa
In South Africa, the journey for many plums starts in the picturesque Franschhoek Valley in the Western Cape, where the climate is well-suited for growing the stone fruit. And it is plums that are the most important stone fruit to the South African economy, making up a bigger share of both production and.....

Click here to receive this news directly in your inbox


Uganda: UCF providing prototype for rural farmers
The answer to extreme poverty in Africa could be Africa itself, if a new agricultural initiative lives up to its vision. The Uganda Community Farm (UCF) aims to create a prototype for self-sustainability within Uganda's poor rural communities. Pursuing a comprehensive agricultural program, it intends to set.....

Egypt: 3 tonnes of hashish found in fruit and veg shipment
Egyptian security forces stopped one of the largest ever hashish smuggling operations at the port of Nuweiba, which was used to introduce the drug into the country as contraband, in fruit and vegetable shipments.The Interior Ministry said that the operation has been possible thanks to the coordinated work of.....


EKM Exports lines up world #1 batsman as new face of GOGO Fruit
AB De Villiers, batting for GOGO
“There is nothing more powerful than a man chasing his dreams with relentless intensity.” AB De Villiers, captain of South African Cricket Team and 2014 ICC ODI Player of the Year. On Sunday 18 January 2015, in a match against the West Indian cricket team, South Africa’s star batsman -AB de Villiers- scored.....


World


Wooden packing for fruit transport
Di Filippo Legnami, a manufacturer of wooden transport solutions for fruit and a variety of other purposes, is exhibiting for the first time at Fruit Logistica. In 2013, the company built a new production line for wooden packing. The packing material is made from untreated wood and can be supplied in a.....


New machines to showcase at Fruit Logistica
Visitors to the Kronen stand at this year’s Fruit Logistica can see for themselves the practical and customer-orientated live demonstrations of new products as well as machines of the comprehensive Kronen range. Kronen will showcase its flexible and attractive solutions for processing salad, fruit and.....

Click here to receive this news directly in your inbox


Hall 3.1 - Stand D-11
Italy: MET Ozone Experts present machines at Fruit Logistica
MET Ozone Expertswidens its range of ozone gas and water-dissolved ozone generators and invests in agronomic research in cooperation withAgrisana Srl.2014 was a positive year for MET, with many of its plants operating mostly in Italy, but also in Germany and the Middle East.The hot an humid weather with.....


Bato Allround Trough suitable for all substrates
The Bato Allround Trough is suitable for all substrates. The gutter/trough can be installed directly on the ground, because the two ribbed legs provide stability. The invention has a unique drainage system for moisture control.The Allround Trough offers several drainage options:1. Two open, round drainage.....


Global greenhouse vegetable market update: week 4
In this article you can find a worldwide impression of the greenhouse vegetable prices and productions of last week. Holland & BelgiumThe largest group of the Dutch growers are currently waiting to harvest their first crops. There are no Dutch aubergines or courgettes on the market yet, but.....


Retail

Bi-Lo Holdings names new CEO
Bi-Lo Holdings on Thursday announced that Ian McLeod, an international retailer with turnaround experience on two continents, has been named its president and CEO effective March 2, succeeding Randall Onstead.McLeod is known for leading a successful turnaround effort at Coles, one of Australia’s largest food.....

Coopernic appoints new president, vice-president
Coopernic has been through a number of changes since 2013, when four members – Colruyt, Conad, Coop Switzerland and Rewe – left the alliance to establish CORE, and were replaced by Italy-based Coop and Belgium-based Delhaize in 2014.With a new membership structure comes a new board, which is made up of Maura.....

UAE: Waitrose confirmed as first Al Khail anchor tenant
Nakheel on Thursday confirmed high end British supermarket chain Waitrose as the first anchor tenant at Al Khail Avenue, its new regional mall to be constructed at Dubai's Jumeirah Village Triangle.Waitrose will occupy 35,000 square feet at the new shopping, dining and entertainment hub, which has attracted.....

Tesco: Rebuilding relationship with suppliers
Tesco is trying to rebuild its relationship with suppliers by launching a new online network where businesses will be able to interact with Britain's biggest retailer.The supermarket group has created the Tesco Supplier Network, which it claims will help 5,000 members to communicate with the retailer and.....

Italy retail sales rise
Italy's retail sales increased for the first time in seven months in November, the statistical office Istat showed Thursday.Retail sales grew 0.1 percent from October, when it remained flat. The growth rate came in line with economists' expectations. This was the first monthly rise since April.Sales of food.....

European retailers are driving growth
With retailers in France, Switzerland, Portugal, Netherlands and UK, amongst others, having reported fourth quarter results or Christmas trading updates, Jon Wright takes a look at their performance and the strategic developments spotlighted by companies across Western Europe.1. Sales trends were more.....

Middle East sees retail expansion
As Carrefour announces plans for new stores in Egypt, Al Maya, in UAE, Al Meera, in Qatar, and SPAR, in Lebanon, set out expansion strategies for their operations, we round up news from the retailers.Carrefour to grow store presence in EgyptThe Egyptian government has confirmed that Majid Al Futtaim, which.....

Carrefour has to pay Intermarché 800,000 euro fine
A Parisian court has fined Carrefour 800,000 euro, which it has to give to its competitor Intermarché. The latter had filed a complaint because of "derogatory and deceptive comparing advertising", even though Carrefour mainly targeted E.Leclerc with the ads.TV price warEarly 2013, Carrefour France used TV.....

Germany: turnover of discounters decreased
Setback for Aldi and Co: The German food discounters have lost ground in Germany compared to the classic supermarkets, reports the German website Proplanta.de. According to calculations by market researcher Wolfgang Adlwarth of the'Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung' (GfK)the turnover for the discounters.....

Whole Foods: Success in low-income neighborhoods
Whole Foods, the grocery store that for the longest time had the not-so-flattering nickname “Whole Paycheck,” is beginning to open in low-income neighborhoods.There are now Whole Foods stores in low-income neighborhoods in the cities of Detroit and New Orleans, and a store is planned for Englewood, one of.....

Lidl announces jobs boost in Scottish expansion drive
Discount supermarket Lidl has announced plans to create 500 jobs in Scotland over the next 12 months, as part of an expansion drive north of the border.The plans include constructing at least three new stores and refurbishing or relocating existing outlets.It also wants to relocate its Scottish Regional.....



FreshPlaza Funny

Almost!!!!


 


free daily newsletter - your banner here - contact