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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Willem Bestbier, CEO of South African Table Grape Industry
Good volumes, new markets for South African grapes
As the South African grape season approaches with a latest estimate for 2014/15 season of 52.5 million (4.5kg) cartons for export, this is an increase of 7% on last season which was affected by frost, hail and rains, Willem Bestbier, CEO of South African Table Grape Industry is hopeful of new market.....


U.S. lemon lovers tasting bitter price shock from drought
A prolonged drought in California, which grew 91 percent of U.S. lemons this year, contributed to a surge in costs. Wholesale prices almost doubled from a year earlier, and retail lemons are up 36 percent to $2.327 a pound in August, the highest since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking them in.....


NERGI berry sees first commercial volumes
Although developed and planted over four years ago, Prim'land's NERGI berry has, up to now, not been widely available. This year, now that early plantings have matured, will see increased availability of this new variety.The first commercial volumes of NERGI are now being harvested and Prim’land expect to.....


Global citrus production increases
Estimates released by the USDA for 2012/14 show that global citrus production will likely increase. The rise applies to all types of citrus except lemons and limes. The worldwide production of oranges rises by 2 percent compared to last year and amounts to 50.7 million tons. The growth in Brazil and China.....

US (WA): Strong blueberry volumes continue
With availability expected to extend into October, Washington's blueberry growers continue to produce volumes of fruit greater than those harvested the previous year.“Volumes have been strong,” noted Blake Belknap, sales manager for Rainier Fruit Company in Selah, Washington. “They are 14 percent higher.....

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Rolf Vrolijk, Total Produce:
"Exceptional ginger season"
At the moment ginger is breaking all the records concerning market prices for fruits and vegetables and the season in China will end sooner than in previous years. This was said by the Rotterdam importer Total Produce. "It is hard to find any real alternatives to supplement this shortage, as the Chinese.....


US (CA): Arra grape varieties beat the drought
Last month Grapa and Giumarra conducted their annual open field day for the ARRA varieties in Bakersfield, California. "Over 300 visitors from all over the world attended the ARRA breading program in Giumarra vineyards, making this field day our largest yet," said Rafi Karniel, managing director for Grapa......


Pomuni takes over competitor Potato Masters
The consumption of potatoes is no longer rising and is therefore putting pressure on the potato packers. Scaling-up and offering added value are two obvious methods to maintain or increase market share. That is why Pomuni and Potato Masters went ahead with a scaling-up and cooperation scenario. Both.....


Rotten fruit for Russian supermarkets
Southern Hemisphere fruit may reach Russia through EU exporters
There is uncertainty about re-exports to Russia. Reports from South Africa say that re-export from Europe is not possible, but a trader says it is business as usual. Russia achieved according to official figures a record harvest of nearly 1.65 MT of apples. In general, Russian growers are happy about the.....

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Carlos Andre de Faria, Sun City:
"Local Brazilian mango market increasingly important"
The current mango market is very unstable, both in terms of price and quality. "On the spot market, it is dangerous to do business," says Carlos André de Faria from the European sales office at Brazilian mango producer Sun City from Bleiswijk. "As for the programs with retail, the quality and the prices are.....



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Italy: No gap in fennel supply Paolillo Srl
"The fennel summer campaign was rather positive with respect to 2013, as the weather favoured us. The autumn campaign started from mid-September and, at the moment, there is quite a bit of produce available so prices are lower. Things are going ok, despite the fact that we were expecting a gap in supply and.....

"Particularly interesting for companies with freshly cut vegetables"
New at Dendauw-Stragier: yellow carrots
The new company, Dendauw-Stragier grows, stores, processes and delivers fresh carrots all year round. They also supply celery. This year they have started test growing yellow carrots. According to Nicolas Vandenbogaerde they are still in the test phase. "There is approximately 20 to 30 tons available right.....

Delhaize recalls turnips and endive lettuce in Luxembourg
In Luxembourg, testing on Delhaize products has resulted in pesticides being found on turnips and endive lettuce. The products have been taken off the shelves and previously purchased products can be taken back to the store, reports the Luxembourg website tageblatt.lu.The vegetables had residue of pesticides.....

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French producers feel they are ''working for nothing"
Following the ransacking and fires in the centre of Morlaix on Friday evening, feelings of exasperation abide on vegetable farms in the North Finistère. Gwenaël Simon is an artichoke, cauliflower and shallot producer on the farm he took over from his parents in 1997 in Saint-Pol-de-Léon. He feels that he.....


Domenico Citterio
Italy: There may still be some surprises on the potato market
"Even though it seems that this year's potato harvest could be a big one, it is still early to be sure. I believe that we will have to wait and see, as a lot could change beflre November, especially weather-wise," explains Domenico Citterio.What is certain is, as Italy only produces 5% of European potatoes,.....


Macfrut, Pav. D - Stand 4
Italy: La Costiera processes 250 tons of lemons per day
"We have always aimed at expanding and that is why we work ever day to sign as many agreements as we can with other companies to strengthen our presence abroad," explains Ferdinando Vinaccia, owner of La Costiera, a company specialised in the production of lemons.La Costiera is located in the province of.....

Large apple harvest expected in Switzerland
In Switzerland, a harvest of 152,600 tonnes of apples and 25,110 tonnes of pears from fruit plantations is expected this year, German website Proplanta.de reports. With these quantities, both apples and pears are seeing one of the largest harvests in recent years, comparable to the years 2007, 2009 and.....

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Marijke Heijens, 2Go4Career:
"Demand for horticulture staff increasingly international"
At 2GoCareer everything is about people. Besides placing those seeking employment and filling in vacancies the company also takes care of countless training sessions, assessments and job suitability tests. With a background in horticulture - her husband Gilbert Heijens is a cultivation advisor - the company.....

Jan Engelen: "Retailer shows interest in year round supply"
Positive market situation for strawberries
There is slightly less supply of strawberries at the moment. According to Jan Engelen of Veiling Hoogstraten the supply is running calmly. "84 tonnes were auctioned today. We are now waiting for the greenhouse production. They will be here starting the first week of October. So we will have more volume.....


Spain: Reinette apple harvest starts with prospect for 2 million kilos
Fruit growers have started the Bierzo reinette apple campaign and the prospect, as pointed out by the regulatory board, is to produce around 2 million kilos. This is very similar to last year's volume, although slightly lower.The year has been good in terms of weather for Spain's only apple with a renowned.....

Spain: Tests with new tropical and exotic crops in Malaga
Making agriculture as profitable an activity as possible; to this end, the Experimental Station La Mayora de Algarrobo and growers of the region have long been testing and experimenting with different crops in an attempt to find varieties that are suitable for the area and allow the opening of new markets......


MERCASA
Spain: Potato prices multiply by eight from origin to destination
Recently, the agricultural organisation COAG denounced that potato prices multiplied by 11 from the production stage until they reached consumers, and in a very similar line, MERCASA, an association of 23 markets all over Spain, assured that this tuber's value multiplies by 8 from field to store, going from.....


Spain: Partnership agreement between Arc Eurobanan and La Cartuja de Moguer
ARC Eurobanan, a leading fruit and vegetables distribution group, has signed a partnership agreement with the company La Cartuja de Moguer for the production, distribution and marketing of its strawberries from Huelva.On 22 September, Donal O'Driscoll and Angel Rey, managing directors of ARC Eurobanan, and.....

Ukraine to export organic vegetables
Ukraine has great opportunities to become a reliable exporter of organic vegetables into Europe, - has announced the chairman of Agricultural Union in Ukraine Ivan Tomich. The main vegetable growers in Ukraine are individual farms: they grow 98% of potatoes, 89% of vegetables, 97% of fruit. State farms.....

Russian Slobodino to produce dried fruit and vegetables
The industrial complex Kedr-Plus located in the industrial park Slobodino, Kirov region, signed a collaboration agreement with a group of companies “Dry-food” (Moscow) and “Center for Strategic Investment” (Moscow) in the Kirov region. It is planned to build in Slobodino in 2015 a vegetable processing.....


UK: Winter floods hit Autumn apple harvest in Somerset
Autumn is here, English apples are in season and this year they're said to be particularly big, sweet and juicy because of the summer growing conditions. The national crop is up fifteen percent, the biggest for years, as the resurgence in planting apple trees continues.But not everything in the orchard is.....

Czech Republic: Increased funding for promotion in schools
Financial support for the promotion of fruit and vegetable consumption in Czech schools is on the rise; a project which has been underway since 2009/2010 under the European Common Agricultural Policy. Its aim is to reverse the declining consumption of horticultural products and improve eating habits amongst.....


Czech Republic: Stricter import regulations to prevent dumping
Food import regulations will be tightened in the Czech Republic. The Minister of Agriculture, Mariana Jurečka, announced that importers will be required to report more details about the products shipped in advance, including the price. The measure is intended to protect the Czech food market from dumped.....

Large logistics centres to appear in Moscow
In two or three years large wholesale distribution centres will appear in the Moscow region, - Deputy Prime Minister Denis Butsaev announced Thursday. The federal program is designed to create a network of wholesale distribution centres, which are supposed to contribute to a more balanced market saturation.....

Russian Academy of Sciences established a representative in Crimea
Russian Academy of Sciences announced that Nikitinsky Botanical Garden, also known as National Scientific Center, has become the Academy’s representative office in the Crimean Federal District. Yury Plugatar, Doctor of Agricultural Sciences and Director of Nikitinsky Botanical Garden, was named executive.....


From Ryazan to Moscow with love
More than 30 farms of Ryazan region presented their production at the agricultural fair in Moscow. The fair was visited by the Mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin, and the Governor of Ryazan, Oleg Kovalev, who were convinced in the great demand of the Ryazan farmers’ production. Oleg Kovalev emphasized that in.....

Russian Krasnodar to launch mushroom production factory
Investment project of construction of the factory producing and processing mushrooms is being implemented in the industrial area of Krasnodar region, - reports the Ministry for Strategic Development, Investment and Foreign Economic Affairs of the region. The factory will comprise buildings for growing,.....


‘Fruit garden of Moldova’:
EU supports agriculture development with €120 million EIB loan
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending €120 million to support SMEs and micro enterprises active in Moldova’s horticultural sector. Improving access to finance will help increase the sector’s competitiveness and product quality, and facilitate exports from Moldova to diverse markets.The project,.....


Suspension of EC aid
Spain: Horticultural product prices going down
This week, the European Commission must approve the new regulation for the granting of aid to producers affected by the Russian veto, which were suspended until it could be determined whether the data reported by some countries, especially Poland, were accurate. This delay, however, is seriously affecting.....


Czech Republic: The goal of horticultural self-sufficiency
Next year, the Czech Ministry of Agriculture will allocate a quarter billion crowns to support fruit and vegetable growers (around 9 million Euro). The goal is to maintain rural employment and to approach the goal of achieving self-sufficiency in these commodities."Before 1990, we were self-sufficient in the.....

Turkish greenhouse complex to be built in Volgograd
At the International Economic Forum “Sochi-2014” the Governor of Volgograd Andrey Bocharov signed an agreement with Turkey on construction of a greenhouse complex. It has been negotiated with NASSAN Company to implement the investment project of vegetable growing in the Volgograd region. As a result, the.....


Italy: Top Melon reveals the way to get out of the crisis
"It's no news that the 2014 campaign was characterised by awful weather, which penalised Northern Italy a lot. In Central Italy, the season wasn't brilliant but a good organisation and the professionalism of our agronomist, Mr. Ademo Lumaccioni, meant we were able to avoid losses," explains Giorgio Spinetti,.....


Oceania


ABARES data paints reasonable picture for Aussie horticulture
The value of horticultural produce is forecast to increase by 4.5 per cent to $9.5 billion this financial year.Figures have been partly ­boosted by strong growth in the almond industry, which led to growth in exports in 2012-13 and 2013-14, said the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and ­Resource Economics.....

Australian avocado industry developing Asian export plan
The Australian avocado industry is developing a new export plan with a focus on regaining old and developing new markets in Asia.It was one of the agenda items outlined at Avocados Australia's recent annual general meeting in Port Macquarie in northern New South Wales.The peak industry body's chief executive.....

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AU: Diversity, understanding keys to Asian success
While the concept of Australia becoming a food bowl for Asia has been debated at length recently, Alister Trier said he agreed with federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce that achieving such an ambitious goal was not realistic.Instead, Mr Trier said he believed diversity would provide long-term growth.....


Iconic mango auction celebrates Rocklea-based markets' golden anniversary
There is nothing more decadent than a juicy mango to kick off a celebration. This season, the golden King of Fruits has become the symbol of the Brisbane Markets’ golden anniversary as it celebrates its 50 years of moving to the Rocklea site from the city markets – that’s half a century of selling the Lovin’.....

AU: Ginger industry body calls for halt on imports from Fiji
A first consignment of half a tonne of locally produced fresh mature ginger has been sent to Australia.Sai Yee Foods Industries Limited’s, Director Ken Yee confirmed the first consignment of 500 kg fresh ginger landed safely in Australia and has been cleared.Fiji currently exports 1,500 tonnes of processed.....


Fiji: Dry spell causing fruit, vegetable shortage along with higher prices
Labasa Town is experiencing a drastic shortage of fruit and vegetables, attributed to the dry weather conditions.As a result, market vendors have no other choice but to increase their prices in a bid to keep their businesses operating.Vendor Dharmendra Prasad said the supply of citrus, cucumber, watermelon,.....


Africa

Gambia: Looking to mango out-growers and processing scheme for 2015 season
The Gambia Horticultural Enterprise (GHE) Limited one of the investors selected by the Growth and Competitiveness Project for a Window 1 Matching Grant Facility for the establishment of a mango out-growers and processing scheme, and the Mango out-growers across the West Coast Region, over the weekend.....


Ebola also killing West African commerce
Mabinty Suma sells fish, vegetables and cooking oil along the once-packed Lumley Beach here in Sierra Leone's capital. Business is usually brisk, but not lately."The Ebola situation has made things difficult for me," said Suma, 34, who supports her family selling food items. "I can't move as usual across the.....

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Tanzania: Using fruit and vegetables as weapon against disease
Mondulit District Hospital has become the focal point in a new programme in which fruits and vegetables are to be used as the latest weapon in the war against disease in the district.The acting Arusha Regional Commissioner, Mr. Jowika Kasunga, who is also Monduli district commissioner, lauded the initiative.....


World


Seatrade shows path for specialized reefer carriers
Despite growing competition from container lines, specialized reefer operators can still thrive, according to Drewry’s latest Reefer Shipping Market Annual Review & Forecast.Specialized reefer operators peaked some years ago in terms of cargo volumes and are now having to contend with falling volumes and.....

PMA Fresh Summit mobile app
Personalize your visit to the Fresh Summit. The official Fresh Summit mobile app is a great pre-show planning and onsite navigational tool. With the mobile app, you can:• Create a personalized schedule with on-the-go details like workshop information• Bookmark exhibitors you want to see• Connect with fellow.....

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New fill-by-weight clamshell filler for blueberries to be displayed at PMA Fresh Summit
Lakewood’s newest 12-head weigh-filling clamshell filler, the EZ Fill, is now available through the Michigan based packing equipment manufacturer. The machine has been designed to offer blueberry growers a machine tailored specifically to them using the input of existing blueberry-packing customers as the.....


Retail

Rewe home delivers products in Osnabrück
The German retailer, Rewe, has been delivering it's products to home addresses in Osnabrück since last Monday, reports the 'Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung' (newspaper) on their website. Customers can order online and therefore have access to everything that is also in the store. The minimum order price is 40 Euro.....

Metro Cash & Carry considers pulling out of Denmark
After first having intensively and carefully looked at all possible options, the German Metro Group is considering pulling out of Denmark with its wholesale stores. The trading company explains this step with the fact that the Danish market is considered to be saturated, giving insufficient perspective for.....

by Chris Blackhurst
You can’t blame Aldi and Lidl for this Tesco fiasco
My first reaction on hearing Tesco had overstated profits by £250 million and suspended four executives, including UK head Chris Bush, was one of suspicion.Bush and the former group chief executive Phil Clarke were close, having worked together in Asia. No sooner was Clarke ousted and Dave Lewis.....

US: Albertsons-Safeway unveil new structure, exec team
The Albertsons and Safeway groups have unveiled the new structure and management team for their combined operations, once their merger is completed. The deal is expected to be completed during the fourth quarter of the year.The two sides said the new structure will see the merged entity operate across three.....

Maxus Hong Kong wins 7-Eleven account
Maxus Hong Kong has won the media planning and buying account for 7-Eleven.The incumbent media planning and buying agency was ZenithOptimedia.Rose Yeung, director of sales and marketing at The Dairy Farm Company, which owns 7-Eleven in Hong Kong, said the company was impressed by the energy and the passion.....

Walmart sets Sept. 24 grand opening for Robertsdale supercenter
Walmart's newest 24-hour supercenter will open officially in Robertsdale Wednesday following a 7:30 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony."We look forward to being a convenient shopping option for customers allowing them to save money and live better," said store manager Tim Dorothy.The 124,000-square-foot store,.....

Whole Foods' Pricey, personal formula could put pressure on N.H. farmers
Whole Foods opened its first New Hampshire store in Nashua last month. It plans to add stores in Bedford and Portsmouth by 2016.It’s an open question whether the Texas-based chain known for high-end natural and organic products can compete with farmers markets on the one hand and with the reopened Market.....

Coles and Woolworths biggest losers from competition review
Applying the broadest of brushes, the big winners from Monday's draft review of Australia's competition law and policy are small business and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The biggest losers will be the dominant players in various industries but particularly the big supermarkets, Coles.....

X5 Retail Group announces senior management changes - quick facts
X5 Retail Group N.V. announced that Janusz Lella will be stepping down as general director of X5's Perekrestok supermarket chain and Vladimir Sorokin will be promoted to general director of Perekrestok and to the company's executive board effective 1 October 2014.Commenting on Sorokin, the company said he.....

Online Grocery stores spreading across India
The buzz around online retail in India has reached a new high in the past few months, beginning with Amazon entering the fray in June 2013: There was the Rs 20 million Flipkart-Myntra deal in May followed by the fresh infusion of funds ($2 billion for Amazon in India and $1 billion for Flipkart) in July, and.....

New mushroom species discovered in London grocery store
What's a good place to look for undiscovered species? Remote rainforests? The deep ocean? What about your local grocery store?That's where Bryn Dentinger and Laura Martinez-Suz, mycologists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in London, recently discovered three new kinds of mushroom.They were found in a.....

Morrison supermarkets and Sainsbury are too cheap to ignore
Investors are once again dumping UK supermarkets today after the sector’s largest player, Tesco ,warned on profits for the fourth time this year and revealed that it had overstated first-half profit by £250m.These revelations have hit Tesco’s shares hard. However, investors have also sold the shares of.....

Asian markets mostly lower amid cautious trades
Asian stock markets are mostly trading lower on Tuesday, with a weak lead from Wall Street and geopolitical concerns amid reports about fresh U.S. airstrikes on the Islamic State in Syria weighing on sentiment.However, the downside is limited thanks to a report from Markit Economics that showed China's.....

Aldi accused of pushing vegetable growers to extinction
Vegetable and potato growers are protesting outside the Aldi Headquarters and Distribution Centre in Naas today.Addressing the protesters, IFA President Eddie Downey said the current behaviour of all the major retailers towards vegetable growers will ensure the extinction of this specialised production.....

Thai, Japanese, South Korean retailers overtake Vietnamese counterparts
The Japanese Aeon retail group, for example, has recently received a license for the development of a shopping mall in Hoa Lam Shangri-La Hi-tech Park in Binh Tan District, HCM City.With the project, it plans to pour another $128.5 million into Vietnam after investing $512 million to develop Aeon Tan Phu.....



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