Wednesday, February 03, 2016

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MOU signals closer collaboration for Zespri, T&G
Zespri and T&G today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) confirming their intention to work together to create value for their respective growers and shareholders. Zespri Chairman Peter McBride and BayWa Chief Executive Professor Klaus Josef Lutz signed the MOU early this morning NZ time at the.....

Global shifts mean changes in grape sales
High demand and changes in the market are presenting new challenges and opportunities for grape wholesalers. Interest in the sweet fruit has grown in Asia, while policy changes in the Middle East have created new competition.“With an increase in foreign investors inside traditional supply states, we're.....

"Losing Russia has allowed us to access Asia"
Resounding success of Spanish garlic overseas
The garlic campaign in the overseas markets has been very positive and spells a good future for Spanish garlic. "We are very pleased with our garlic campaign. At present, there are some product shortages, good demand and higher prices, and we enjoy the advantage of having sufficient stocks," explains José.....

US: Apples remain strong during difficult produce season
While other commodities have seen supply issues, apples are having a steady off-season with no major fluctuations or shortages. Prices and supply are consistent with seasonal norms, and don’t show any signs of changing as we move into spring.“The supply is definitely steady,” Cara Auz of John’s Market NYC.....


US: Short supply keeps garlic prices up
Global shortages aren't letting up as Argentina begins shipping new crop garlic. Short supply in major production areas around the world led to a jump in price late last year, and with demand expected to rise slightly next week, prices could go higher.“Garlic is stronger than it has been normally because.....

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Ate Kalsbeek and Arjan Verhagen, Halls:
"Demand for avocados rising faster than production"
"The current market for Hass avocados is very tight, as the numbers that Chile and Colombia are exporting are going down quickly. Prices are around 13 Euro," says Arjan Verhagen of Halls. At the moment the avocados are coming from Chile and Colombia and soon Peru will also be on the market again. Besides.....

Market study, Fundación ExportAr
European market is changing
The Fundación ExportAr (Argentina) has published a report on Europe's fruit and vegetable sector that covers trends, demand, competition, requirements and distribution channels in the European market for fruit and vegetables.According to the report, supermarkets dominate a fruit and vegetables market.....

Elrita Venter - Franschoek Marketing
Heat could challenge pomegranate season
Fruit exporter Franschoek Marketing has around 1000 HA pomegranates established in South Africa at the moment. Mostly of the Wonderful variety (about 60% of total plantings). The company also has the early varieties Herskovits and Acco which make up 34% of the total plantings. Most plantings are based in the.....


For the largest logistics hub in Africa, at the Addis Ababa airport
Celtic Cooling installs 17,000 sqm of refrigerated cells in Ethiopia
The Dutch Celtic Cooling company is providing cold rooms with the newest technology, to the new large cargo terminal for Ethiopian Airlines at the Addis Ababa airport in Ethiopia. The airline had a new cargo facility built in order to be able to load 600,000 tons of goods each year, destined for Europe and.....

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More than just health advantages for hearty kale
Kale's popularity continues from coast to coast in the US, and growers are continuously trying new varieties, some of which should enter the east coast market by this spring. So popular that this versatile super food is being added to the menu at many well known fast food chains to help boost sales,.....

50-70 million lbs of avocados during the Super Bowl
The Super Bowl, which is the most important event of the year for avocado traders, is just around the corner. The company Giumarra Agricom imports avocados from four different regions (Peru, Mexico, Chile and California) to the U.S. to be able to guarantee a year round supply.According to Jack Hall, of.....


US(CA): California mandarin supply strong
There is a 40 to 50 percent jump in California clementine and mandarin production this year compared to last, with a bulk of inventory coming from California’s Tulare and Kern counties.“This year there is a bumper crop. All citrus varieties, by and large, are doing very well, for eating quality and sugar.....


Lighter potato crop expected in Egypt
Last year's Egyptian potato crop was large, and the abundance of supply made it difficult for growers to unload a lot of their product. This year, the crop is expected to be significantly smaller, and though that will make for better domestic prices, export prices will likely remain low.One of the problems.....

Camposol committed to its fresh and frozen business
In recent years, following its strategic planning, Camposol has been investing heavily in its specialisation in fresh foods, as well as in the diversification of the company's portfolio of products and customers. It has also managed to increase its presence in key markets, with good and encouraging.....



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Spain: Frozen vegetable production on the rise
According to the Spanish Association of Frozen Vegetable Processors (ASEVEC), the production of frozen vegetables continues to grow and show its strength in recent years, despite the economic crisis. Also, it is marketed as "100% Spanish produce."As explained by ASEVEC, "due to higher domestic demand and.....


Automatic tray filler
There has never been a good, fruit friendly and flexible solution for filling trays. This is why Aweta has developed a system based on existing techniques, in which the Q-flow automatically fills trays. This way a simple choice menu enabling you to set the Q-flow to work with one or two tracks. The amount of.....

New fruit-picking robot "could change the food chain"
A new fruit-picking robotic system, built by development firm Cambridge Consultants, uses complex signal processing to pick and sort irregular shaped fruits without damaging them. The robot could boost productivity across the food chain by sorting fruit and vegetables or, for example, identifying and.....

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China replaces Russia as 2nd export destination
EU agri-food exports continue to increase
According to the latest figures published by the European Commission Wednesday 27 January, the value of EU agri-food exports in November 2015 amounted to €10.9 billion, approximately €500 million higher than in November 2014. Exports to the USA, China – now taking over from Russia as the EU's second.....

Spain: More products from Extremadura for the US
Last year, the Association of Cooperatives of Extremadura (Acopaex) exported to the United States 15 percent more than in the previous year; a trend that is expected to continue in 2016.The president of Acopaex, Domingo Fernandez, said that this increase was due to the continuing depreciation of the Euro.....


Maltese-Dutch potato farming, culture promoted by 'Poetry in Potato Bags'
A project entitled 'Poetry in Potato Bags' is promoting the cultural exchange of poetry with the help of potato bags shipped between Malta and the Netherlands. The Valletta 2018 Culture Capital initiative is a collaboration between Potatoes Go Wild, Inizjamed, Appoġġ, and Leeuwarden 2018.Malta and.....


Niels Pelkmans and Giuseppe Castro, Alcion Holland:
"Our strength lies in our combination of transport and forwarding"
Logistics server Alcion is entering its twentieth year this year. Alcion has been at the Hazeldonk transport zone in Breda, Netherlands since 2002. The company is active in temperature controlled transport throughout Europe, "Our strength lies in the combination of transport (with our own trailers) and.....

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Luc Bels, Bels-Best: "It will have to come from the exports"
Pear prices under pressure
Pears are not doing as well right now as they were at the start of the year. According to Luc Bels from Bels Best, in January the pear market was doing reasonably well, "Pear sales were doing well and we were getting prices that we could live with. The prices weren't high, but the costs were being covered......

Turkey’s new export destinations: Central Asia and Far East
As exports to Russia and the Middle Eastern markets have ground to a halt, and the share to Europe cannot be increased, Turkey is now aiming to export to Central Asian and Far Eastern countries like China, Japan and Kazakhstan.Uludag Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters Association (UYMSIB) Chairman Senih.....


New Schaap Holland Inspiration line
"The fun part is that we adjust our products to local tastes and regional recipes"
Schaap Holland is bringing it's new Inspiratie line, tasty and easy, to Fruit Logistica from 3 to 5 February in Berlin. With eight new variations the PolderGoud Inspiratie line is an inspiration for many potato lovers. From BBQ, Gourmet and Asparagus potatoes to Hashbrowns and Spanish Tapas spuds. A lot of.....

Spanish strawberries compete against Morocco
The president of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Strawberries from Huelva, Freshuelva, Alberto Garrocho, stressed that competition with countries like Morocco have fallen mainly due to the fact that they are opting for varieties that are intended for the processing industry rather than for.....

After ten years at LTO Glaskracht
Dick Hylkema new director of NAO
After ten years at LTO Glaskracht, Dick Hylkema has decided to pursue his career elsewhere. Hylkema will start at the NAO (Dutch Potato Organization) as the director on April 1st. The NAO is the branch association for the trade of seed and consumer potatoes.Since the start of Glaskracht, in 2005, Hylkema has.....


Kiremko gives go-ahead for construction of new building
Construction of a new building for Kiremko was festively launched on February 1st. Directors, Paul Oosterlaken and Andy Gowing, gave the official go-ahead by hitting the symbolic first pole in the presence of the employees and other invited guests.For the occasion everyone wore a white construction helmet.....

Kees van den Bosch, Freeland:
"Dutch outdoor grown vegetable market good, too much import"
On the outdoor grown vegetable market there is currently a difference between the imported product and the Dutch product, says Kees van den Bosch from the outdoor vegetable company Freeland. "Due to the warm weather a great deal of product has come in from Spain. Here it was cold enough that there was not.....

Chinese-Scottish discovery of potato blight's ‘Achilles heel’
Joint research between scientists at the University of Dundee and James Hutton Institute in Scotland, and colleagues at Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, and Heilongjiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Harbin, has potentially uncovered an Achilles’ heel in the organism which causes potato.....

Israeli Foreign Ministry to help exporters affected by labeling policy
The Israeli Foreign Ministry, in conjunction with the Israel Export Institute (IEI) has pledged to help Israeli businesses impacted by EU labeling find new markets in Asia.Deputy Foreign Minister Tzippi Hotovely met with Foreign Ministry Economic Department Director Yaffa Ben Ari as well as IEI Director.....

Storm causes $3.5 million damage to Israeli crops
Stormy weather and frost in Israel last week has caused crop damage of upwards of 14 million shekels (just over $3.5 million), reports Kanat, the Insurance Fund for Natural Risks in Agriculture.Since Thursday 28 January, the insurance fund has received over 700 phone calls from farmers regarding damage to.....

Waitrose launches Jersey sweet potatoes
Jersey sweet potatoes have appeared inWaitrose stores for the first time. Developed by The Jersey Royal Company, the yield was effectively trialed a year ago under glass and follows on from a prior product of Jersey Royal new potatoes.Started in business volumes toward the end of January, they are being sold.....


Cuna de Platero fully equipped with Fresh-Picking system
The Moguer-based cooperative, Cuna de Platero, will be fully equipped this season with the revolutionary Fresh-Picking harvesting system, which will become essential in a year with higher average temperatures than usual.The Fresh-Picking harvesting system is designed for harvesting days with intense heat,.....


Yavuz
Turkish products: directly to the customer without delay
“Our strength is the direct import from Turkey,” states Ruhi Yavuzs the CEO from Yavuz at the wholesale center in Frankfurt am Main. “We carry a wide range of fresh products and through the years we developed into the largest distributor and importer of Turkish produce at the Frankfurt wholesale center.” The.....

Andalusia
Spain: 25% fewer oranges in Cordoba
The orange harvest campaign has just passed its peak, with around 50-60% of the total production harvested; consequently, producers have already made their estimations. The president of the association Palmanaranja, Antonio Carmona, predicts a production decline of about 20-25% compared to last year "because.....


Chris Cooijmans, GIST:
"More of a foothold in retail"
Logistic service supplier GIST went through the transformation from flower and plant transporter to the logistic service supplier in the food sector a number of years ago on the European mainland. "Three years ago we didn't make a penny turnover from food and now this share is 40%. We are being increasingly.....

Spain: Prospect of record kaki harvest and longer campaign
The next Spanish kaki campaign could break a new record in volume by reaching 300,000 tonnes; it could also last for longer, with the period during which customers have access to the fruit expanded from four to five months, as reported to Efeagro by sources within the sector. The president of the Designation.....


Oceania

AU avocado prices will remain high till April
Wet weather in New Zealand and bush fires in Western Australia led to an avocado season shortage and subsequently an increase in prices, reports dailymail.co.uk. Avocado prices will not return to normal until April, despite the fact that 225,000 trays are currently on their way to retailers to temporarily.....

Tauranga group to protest Auckland TPP signing
The Tauranga TPPA Action Network members will be present in Auckland New Zealand tomorrow 4 Feb. to protest the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement at SkyCity. The group are concerned about the secrecy of the agreement and worry that it could be signing away sovereignty and democratic.....

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World


Fruit Logistica, hall 4.1, stand C-07
Van Wamel presents Perfect Uni-Roller
Van Wamel's Perfect Uni-Roller will be officially presented at the Fruit Logistica in Berlin. After extensive tests in the Netherlands (apples, pears) and Spain (citrus, peaches, apricots, apples) the machine is now available for the market. Due to the unique set up, in which the carriers are fixed across.....


Cutting onions without crying
In this video you will learn how to cut an onion without crying.

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Weblog Michael Wilde, Eosta:
"Organic isn't too expensive, regular is too cheap"
I like occasionally giving a guest lecture or presentation on organic agriculture. Almost everyone has a (strong) opinion on food, agriculture and health. Even though these opinions are very varied, it is striking how single minded people are when it comes to organic, (in Dutch) Michael Wilde of Eosta on his.....

At Fruit Logistic 2016
IFCO Introduces new merchandising solutions for retailers and producers
In response to a growing demand from bothproducers and retailers for customized displayoptions, IFCO is introducing a variety ofinnovative merchandising solutions which allowthe customization of standard reusable plastic containers (RPCs). This approach enables IFCO customers to take advantage of the market.....

IRTA present late-flowering almond tree varieties at Fruit Logistica
After the success achieved with the varieties withinthe growing national production, IRTA wants to expand to other almond production regions in America, North of Africa, Middle East, and Australia.Between 3 - 5 February, IRTA will participate in the Fruit Logistica fair in Berlin, the most important event of.....

Next newsletter 8th February
Due to the Fruit Logistca event in Berlin our next newsletter will be on Monday 8th February. Next week we have a full photo report of the event and many interesting articles from the exhibitors.

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Retail


Morrisons suppliers says not to worry about price cuts
Publix to enter into 7th state | Giant Eagle to give free fruit to kids
UK: Tesco to raise wages -From July, about 230,000 store workers will receive a pay rise of as much as 3.1%. Tesco, the UK's biggest private-sector employer, will increase the minimum hourly rate of pay for its in-store staff this year, following moves by competitors to comply with the UK government’s.....



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