Friday, February 12, 2016

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More export opportunities for New Zealand
Valentine's day pushes up demand and price of strawberries globally
The demand for strawberries is peaking both in the US and Europe this week. In the run up to Valentine's Day the demand traditionally rises. In the US this means that shortages are threatening and the prices are going up. In Europe the prices are going up too, but there are no shortages as of yet. With the.....


Canadian exporter offers cherries to fit all markets
With 90% of production for Sutherland Produce being exported out of North America, the company will continue the expansion of its network of growers in 2016 with production in California set to start by mid-April of this year, Tasmanian production started a month ago and the company is also getting cherries.....

Costa Rica expects high mango prices
"We are lucky that we are in this timeframe with our production,” says Andres Medina from Manga Rica. “We are able to export our mangoes from February till the last week of April. We expect Peru to finish early, due to the early start this year. There will be less supply of mangoes, which works to our.....


Claas van Os: "Recognisable overall concept for specialties"
Levahrt launches Taste line for Foodservice
At Fruit Logistica, Levarht introduced the special Taste line for its Foodservice customers. "With our Taste line, Levarht will be able to cover the Foodservice's needs when it comes to specialties; which include tasty and attractive mixes of different products, such as tomatoes, aubergines, peppers and.....


Russia: "moment to end sanctions this summer"
Support for sanctions crumbling: more EU member states opposed
According to Russia this summer will be the 'moment of truth' for Europe. The sanction will end again then. According to Russia there will be the opportunity to end the sanctions. The country is investing in its relationship with Belgium and Luxembourg. The French prime minister will talk to Moscow about.....

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US(CA): Orange inventory strong, growing interest in all varieties
“The orange supply is very strong,” said Abe Lopez of 1st Quality Produce in Fresno, California.California’s Central Valley is in peak season for Navels and Cara Caras, and some Blood Oranges remain readily available, too. “We are seeing increased usage in these lesser known varieties such as Cara Cara and.....

Fyffes accused of mistreatment and underpayment of workers
Dublin-based banana company Fyffes have come under fire after allegations were made about mistreatment and underpayment of workers on their Central American plantations.The allegations according to UK newspaper the Guardian, that staff on Central American fruit plantations are being serially mistreated, has.....


Gabriel Fonzo, of Integrity S.A.:
"75% of our blueberry production is protected by tunnels"
Integrity S.A. is a company that provides services to the Chilean fruit export market. Its business is focused in three areas: cooling, with more than 30 cold stores in Chile and Argentina; packaging, with plastic packaging made from recycled PET and manufactured in Santiago de Chile and Lima, Peru; and.....

Start-up's total proposed acreage now 80 hectares:
Australia: Nectar Farms to build second 40 hectare project in Oberon
After announcing the realization of their first 40 hectare glasshouse project in Stawell, Victoria, Australian start up Nectar Farms now announces its second 40 hectare greenhouse project at its proposed site in Oberon in regional NSW. “Our mission is to be the leading glasshouse operation in Australia,.....

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Sainsbury to be first retailer with 'lower regular prices'
Kroger possibly to acquire chain | AU: Jones to alter grocery market
Sainsbury to be first retailer with 'lower regular prices' -Sainsbury's has said it will be the first UK retailer to call time on multi-buy and buy-one-get-one free promotions. The supermarket said that by August, customers will no longer see the deals across brand products and its own-brand soft.....



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Silvestrelli (Rijk Zwaan)
Huge change for the fresh-cut sector
Rijk Zwaan worked on it for 10 years, developing an assessment test to identify a specific genetic trait to improve lettuce varieties, which was then included in various cultivars.We are talking about the process that led to the development of KNOX, a genetic trait that maintains lettuce leaves fresh.....


SWISSCOFEL
Consumers desire products from their own region
The Swiss Association of Fruit, Vegetables and Potato Traders, SWISSCOFEL, used this year’s Fruit Logistica in Berlin to discuss the issues the industry faces. Manager Marc Wermelinger explains: “Overall the consumption of fruit and vegetables in Switzerland is stable. An important topic that concerns us is.....


president Manuel Galdeano "Holding on to excellent taste"
Cooperation Murgiverde cultivating and trading Sweet Palermo since 2002
The Spanish growers cooperation Murgiverde has been growing and trading Sweet Palermo since 2002. "An unsurpassed, tasty pointed pepper," says Manuel Galdeano. "Our customers keep asking for it. No other sweet peppers get into my house. My favourite recipe? Grilled Palermo from the oven with a dash of olive.....

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Produce World Agronomy Manager is Top of the Crops
Produce World’s Strategic Agronomy ManagerJohn Sedgwick has won the title of BestAgronomist 2016 at the prestigious UK GrowerAwards. John joined Produce World in 2014following the acquisition of Fenmarc’s rootsbusiness. In his first year John has re-energisedthe agronomy function, delivering more effective.....

EU companies boost use of bioplastics for sustainable food packaging
The compounder and plastics distributor FKuRKunststoff GmbH, Willich, Germany, the filmmanufacturer Oerlemans Plastics BV, Genderen,the Netherlands, and the specialist foodstuffspackaging distributor BK Pac AB, Kristianstad,Sweden, are closely working together onexpanding the possibilities for using.....

France: Number of non-complying weighing devices still high
A national operation to control weighing devices in the agri-food sector was launched by Emmanuel Macron, the Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital, in September and October 2015. The aim was to to ensure fair commercial transactions between consumers and professionals.In the.....

Switzerland : Coop stops agricultural imports from Western Sahara
Switzerland's second largest mass retail cooperative, Coop, will stop importing tomatoes and melons from Western Sahara occupied by Morocco as of next year. In a press release it was stated that “The retailer is removing itself from a politically and ecologically controversial production zone”.Coop says that.....

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Jaime Zaforas: "The production started earlier than ever"
Fresón de Palos expands with products processed from berries
Although strawberries are Huelva's berry par excellence, the sector's trend to diversify to other berries is undeniable; something that goes hand in hand with changes in consumption habits. In an interview with Jaime Zaforas, Marketing Manager of Fresón de Palos, Spain's largest strawberry cooperative, we.....


BLE market newsletter week 5, 2016
Iceberg lettuce: lower prices
LettuceOnly the supply of Spanish iceberg lettuce was high, sometimes even abundant. However the quality wasn’t always good. The prices were rarely constant and often dropped, they might increase a bit on Friday. The supply of round lettuce was differentiated, supplies from Belgium as well as Italy. And the.....

Tastier and more colorful tomatoes
Better tomatoes with human urine?
Researchers at Ghent University discovered that tomatoes fertilized with certain algae are tastier and have a better color than conventionally grown tomatoes. The problem with the discovery is that these algae are grown using human urine.

French PM: ”too little too late to help (struggling) farmers”
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the Commission had so far “done too little, too late,” in response to a downturn in agricultural markets, he was speaking after a meeting with supermarket retailers about the farming situation on Monday 8 February.According to Valls, France had in particular called for.....

Andalusia
Spain: Increase in tropical exports boosts employment
There has been a 10% increase in the number of jobs available in Andalusia's export sector, according to Hays, which notes that the foreign market "has been instrumental for the improvement of the Andalusian economy during the recession years," stressing that the boost in the export of tropical fruits and.....


Oceania

Canberra ag export boost from new air links
It was announced in January that Canberra International Airport would commence flights to Singapore and Wellington in September, via Singapore Airlines, giving farmers a more direct link to booming export markets in Asia.Federal Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb will address an event at the Airport.....

Perth Markets sale ‘great opportunity for BML shareholders and horticulture’
Brisbane Markets Limited (BML) has welcomedthe sale of Perth’s wholesale fruit and vegetablemarkets to the horticulture industry-basedconsortium Perth Markets Limited, in which ithas a major cornerstone investment.BML Chairman Tony Joseph said placing ownership of Perth’s Market City in the hands of the.....

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New rural jobs network to benefit Queensland producers and workers
Rural employers and jobseekers will benefitfrom a landmark partnership launched today,12 Feb., by Queensland Agriculture MinisterLeanne Donaldson."The Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) is a partnership between the Palaszczuk Government and industry to make it easier for agricultural employers.....

As 'dumping duties' imposed
AU: Italian tinned tomato prices rise
On Thursday 11 February, the federal government announced that “dumping duties” would be applied to Feger and La Doria tinned tomatoes on the advice of the Anti-Dumping Commissioner, reports theguardian.com.Feger and La Doria account for at least 40% of the Italian tinned tomatoes exported to Australia. Both.....

NZ: Fruit and veg prices jumped in January
According to Statistics New Zealand, fruit and vegetable prices rose 4.4 per cent in January, influenced by seasonally higher prices for strawberries, apples, and tomatoes. The higher prices pushed the cost of food up 2 per cent in the same month, the biggest monthly increase since mid-2013.Yet, Ajay Jina,.....


AU: Shops display ‘no cash or avos kept on premises’ signs
The recent hike in avocado prices has led to the cafe Cuckoo Callay in Sydney’s inner-west suburb of Newtown updating their chalkboard sign outside to read ‘No avocados kept on the premises overnight’.The joke is a reaction to the recent price hike and shortage on avocados which is due to an alleged industry.....

AU: Proposed new R&D/biosecurity citrus levy moves one step closer
As part of its review of the proposal to increasethe citrus R&D levy to $3.20/t and the PHAbiosecurity levy to $0.30/t (a total increase of$1.50/t), the Department of Agriculture and WaterResources is providing a six week period forlodgements of objections or support.Levy payers wishing to object should.....


West Australia salmonella cases not linked to lettuce
Five cases of salmonella in Western Australia are not linked to contaminated lettuce from Victoria, the health department says.A WA Health Department spokeswoman said although the local cases were the same, relatively common strain of salmonella, the tainted lettuce was not sold in WA.It is not yet known.....


World


Macro Plastics
Shorter stackable bin gives new option for delicate fruits
After being recognized as one of the top 10 innovative ag products in 2015, Macro Plastics was present at this year's Fruit Logistica in Berlin to demonstrate the Hybrid 44 Plastic Series bin to visitors and share the news of the company's latest product soon to be released, the 'Short Shipper'.(From left to.....


Lexportia Bio, of Almeria, exports organic produce to Europe
"Making organic fruit and veg affordable and accessible for everyone"
The company Lexportia Bio was founded in Almeria in 2012. It currently consists of a team of young people with a common conviction in the need to promote a healthy lifestyle and respect for the environment. The owners are Torres Carmona and Luis del Olmo Llanos. Nils Angelike, who works in the firm's.....

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Photo Reports Fruit logistica
Last week the annual Fruit Logisitca exhibition was held in Berlin. An ideal networking event according to many of the exhibitors. According to a press release from Fruit Logistica, they had a new record of more than 70,000 trade visitors from over 130 countries. More greenhouse suppliersIn the last couple.....


Retail


Sainsbury to be first retailer with 'lower regular prices'
Kroger possibly to acquire chain | AU: Jones to alter grocery market
Sainsbury to be first retailer with 'lower regular prices' -Sainsbury's has said it will be the first UK retailer to call time on multi-buy and buy-one-get-one free promotions. The supermarket said that by August, customers will no longer see the deals across brand products and its own-brand soft.....



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