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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

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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.....

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Arrivals to U.S. during week 5 historic high
Chilean blueberry season in full swing
They may have gotten off to a slower start than expected, but since Week 51, weekly shipments of Chilean Blueberries to the U.S. and Canada have been higher than last season. In fact, during Week 5, the U.S. market will see a new historic high for weekly arrivals, with more than 6,000 tons of Chilean.....


Mark de Deugd, FruitMasters:
More opportunities with new wax line for apples
Fruitmasters participated in the Fruit Logistica in Berlin with a new stand. The full supply of fresh fruit was presented to existing and potential customers at the stand; from Dutch top and soft fruit in various packaging to the full import package. Besides this there was widespread attention for novelties.....

US(CA): West Coast sweet potato stocks up
California's most recent sweet potato harvest yielded a large crop, and with more product available to customers on the West Coast, prices are lower. With more attractive prices, movement has been brisk.“Honestly, I don't know why yields were up this season,” said Larelle Miller of Quail H Farms. “I don't.....


Unitec and TR Turoni create UT instruments
UT instruments, a partnership betweenUNITEC, a leading company in the processing machinery sector, andTR Turoni, specialising in scientific tools for agriculture, was established in 2015 and will become fully operative in 2016. The objective is to develop portable, smart, quick and safe devices to.....

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Sydney Markets make Chinese New Year fun for all
Sydney Markets is gearing up for Chinese New Year, with major celebrations planned for both of its locations.Marketing Coordinator Kristen Lilley says both Paddy’s Markets locations will hold events over the weekend.“We have a Lion Dance troupe going through Haymarket and Flemington this weekend. They’ll be.....


Apples, kiwis and tomatoes destroyed
Putin not in talks with Erdogan
Putin will not take up the invitation of his Turkish colleague to talk about the cold relationship between the countries. The inspection intercepted apples from Poland, kiwis from Greece and tomatoes from Turkey. The products were destroyed. The majority of Russians are sombre about the economic situation in.....

US(AZ): Tomatoes, watermelons top imports coming through Nogales, AZ
From September 2014 to August 2015, the top 10 imports, as measured by volume, coming through the Nogales, Arizona border crossing made up 89 percent of the total volume of Mexican fresh produce making its way into the country at the Nogales crossing. Of those 10, tomatoes, watermelons and cucumbers made up.....


Europe: Growing markets for VI.P
Good results for Val Venosta apples - the 2015 harvest was in line with the previous year for a total of 360,000 tons. "There has been a 3% drop in Golden Delicious, met by a 7% increase of Gala, Red Delicious and Pinova," explains Josef Wielander (in the photo below), director ofVI.P, l'Associazione delle.....

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Wageningen study gives insight into product experience in young and old
Tastes vary by age
The older generation often enjoys things that would give their younger counterparts the creeps, as many of us know. A new study, published in the international trade journalFood Quality and Preference, confirms that taste preferences can indeed differ between the old and the young - something to keep in mind.....

Blackcurrants could decrease diabetes risk
A new clinical trial at the University of Aberdeen will investigate whether eating blackcurrants cuts the risk of diabetes in people who are over weight. According to dailymail.co.uk, the researchers believe that antioxidants in the fruit affect how the body breaks down carbohydrates and sugars, reducing the.....

Spain: Success in boosting strawberry aroma
Strawberries are not plants that go unnoticed. They develop a flower with white petals and yellow filaments and a bright red fruit that attracts the attention of animals, both fruit eaters, which help them spread their seeds, and insects, that can become parasites. To attract the former and repel the latter.....

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Spain: Andalusian citrus fruits are free from greening disease
Andalusia's citrus farms are currently "free" of any major diseases, as stressed by the General Director of Agricultural and Livestock Production, Rafael Olvera.Olvera was in Huelva to take part in the opening of a technical seminar on citrus greening disease (Huanglongbing or HLB), which specifically.....

Enza Zaden
Second generation herb varieties offer reliability to whole chain
Enza Zaden recently introduced new basil, parsley and arugula varieties with resistance to Downy Mildew. These ‘second generation’ varieties offer reliability and consistency for growers, retailers and consumers. “Due to the disease resistance the varieties are more stable to produce. The risk of.....

Spain: Request for aid to sweet fruits conversion plan
In a meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, the entity Unión de Uniones defended the need to put in motion a second plan for the conversion of sweet fruit plantations in order to help professional growers in their adaptation to the fruit market with new varieties.From left to right:.....

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Lidl switches to sustainable bananas
This week Lidl has followed in Asda's footsteps by limiting themselves to only selling sustainable bananas certified by the NGO Rainforest Alliance. Tesco may soon follow suit and the Co-op, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose already stock only Fairtrade or organic bananas.By rough estimates, UK consumers eat more.....

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Morocco, Israel, and Egypt are the EU's main suppliers
According to Eurostat data processed by FEPEX, EU vegetable imports from third countries by October 2015 totaled 1,888 million Euro, 12% more than in the same period of 2014. Morocco, Israel, and Egypt are the main supplier countries of the EU.Morocco continues to be the EU's main non-member state supplier.....

Turkish lemon producers unaffected by Russian crisis
Russia’s sanctions against Turkish fruit and vegetables imports, which were introduced from January 1 this year, did not cover lemons and this, combined with the low yield, has meant high prices, which are pleasing growers.Prices in Turkey’s citrus producing centre Cukurova, vary depending on the variety and.....

Bananas potential to detect, cure skin cancer
On Monday 8 February, a team of scientists in Switzerland reported that the black spots on old banana peels may unlock a faster, easier diagnosis of human skin cancer which could boost survival chances.When bananas ripen, their skin is covered in small, round black spots caused by an enzyme known as.....

Broke Israeli Agrexco runs out of fruit, veg stock
Israeli company Agrexco has suspended all fruit and vegetable exports; the company's trustees informed the Tel Aviv District Court on Sunday 7 February that they ran out of fruit and vegetables two weeks ago and would not be renewing stocks.The company will now specialize in two areas – storage and customs.....

New jet allegations
Russian-Turkish relations deteriorate further
On January 30, Turkey accused Russia of letting another warplane violate Turkish airspace, just two months after the country shot down a Russian jet in November, leading to economic sanctions which are having serious consequences for the Turkish fruit and vegetable sector.Turkey now alleges that a Russian.....

Dutch potato processor Aviko cuts workforce
Last month, Dutch Potato Processor Aviko informed its staff that the company would cut 75 positions, mostly (mid) management, as part of its "Fit for Growth" programme. According to Aviko CEO Piet Hein Merckens, the reductions are necessary to enable the company to grow.55 positions will be cut in the.....


Willi Andree – Vegetable wholesale trader
Carrots: “A very popular winter vegetable”
“This year the price of carrots is slightly higher than last year,” states the experienced wholesale trader Wilhelm Andree of the company Willi Andree. “There are two main reasons: Last summer was very hot and dry, that decreased the production. And currently there is a high demand for carrots. All this.....

Malaga
Spain: 50 greenhouses damaged by hail
The hailstorm that took place on Friday last week in some parts of the region of Axarquia has caused damage of varying degrees to fifty greenhouses, some early potato crops and fruits, such as loquat and avocado. At least that is what emerges from the preliminary report carried out by the technicians of.....


Europe will not revise agreement on Moroccan tomato imports
Phil Hogan, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, yesterday revealed that the European Commission (EC) did not intend to review the commercial agreement on Moroccan tomato imports.Last week Spanish producers demanded the EC to carry out measures to limit Moroccan tomato imports on the.....

Spain: Request for Russian market to open to Valencian oranges
It is time for Castellon's citrus companies to strengthen its trade relations and establish new ones. This has been done at Fruit Logistica, which was held last week in Berlin. Europe's largest agro-food fair was the stage chosen by these entrepreneurs to issue a claim: the need to reopen the Russian market.....

Berry Alliance – the UK’s first not for profit supply chain model
Berry Alliance, the UK’s first not for profit businessthat supports growers supply direct to retailers,officially launched on Monday 8 February.Berry Alliance NFP is a new supply chain model that provides growers worldwide with UK based administration, packing and logistics services to supply direct to UK.....

Doubled in 6 years
EU avocado consumption increasing
Avocados are a Super Bowl food ritual for many Americans which means that the Super Bowl is a major event for the avocado industry. The Hass Avocado Board predicted that Americans would eat 278 million avocados during Super Bowl week, a large share being imported from Mexico. Yet in Europe there is no.....


Anecoop seeking to expand in Latin America
Anecoop is the only European fruit growing company travelling with European Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan to Colombia and Mexico; a trip that was organised this week to help European producers in the opening of new markets in these countries.Paco Borrás, marketing director at Anecoop.Anecoop is already.....


Sanctions requested against attacks on Spanish trucks
The Valencian Farmers Association (AVA-ASAJA) has denounced the recent attacks from French growers on Spanish trucks transporting fruit and vegetables, considering them intolerable and unacceptable. So far, there has been confirmation of an attack to a vehicle from Lorca (Murcia), which was approached by a.....


Spain: Huelva's berries gaining stronger market position
The province of Huelva's berry sector attended the recent edition of Fruit Logistica in Berlin, in which Grufesa, Surexport, Plus Berries, Hortifrut, Driscolls and Bonafru joined forces with the goal of consolidating their position in their current European markets and finding new destinations for Huelva's.....

Hungary: Potatoes in Budapest 78% more expensive than in 2015
In week 3 of 2016, potato prices at the Budapest Wholesale Market, regardless of the variety, have been on average 78 percent higher than in the third week of the previous year. The most significant price difference, in any case, has been registered by the Laura variety, whose price has doubled, compared to.....

Export volumes halved
Russian sanctions on Turkish imports likely to be expanded
A decision may be taken in the next few weeks regarding Russia's restrictions on the import of fruits and vegetables from Turkey, which may actually be expanded to more products, as reported to TASS by Rosselkhoznadzor assistant manager Alexei Alekseenko.According to Alekseenko, these restrictions may be.....


Oceania

AU: Spotlight on managing soil-borne disease
Soil-borne diseases are a major threat to vegetableproduce in intensive cropping systems, costingAustralia’s $4 billion vegetable industry around$120 million per annum, while management hasbecome more difficult with fewer chemical controloptions, more intensive rotations and consumerdemand for “perfect”.....

No further Tau flies found
New Zealand lifts fruit movement restrictions
After a single male Tau fly was found in a trap on January 22, the Ministry for Primary Industries put in place restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables in and out of Manurewa.The ministry has now lifted all the restrictions, as their surveillance manager Brendan Gould says no further flies were.....

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Victoria's hazelnut industry on alert: mite found
Hazelnut mite have been found in Victoria’s north east and within the Dandenong Ranges, for the first time in Australia, according to the Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria (NGIV). The pest has the industry on alert.The mite (Tetranycopsis horridus) feeds on hazelnut leaves causing discoloration. It.....

NZ missing out on South American market
According to the Southland Chamber of Commerce, Latin America is being overlooked as a trade market by some Southland businesses, but opportunities abound.Southland Chamber of Commerce acting general manager Miriam Erikson said that Latin America was often overlooked as a trade market due to the emergence of.....

AU weighs backpacker tax options
The introduction of a flat rate backpackers' tax of 32.5 per cent on July 1 this year is causing controversy in Australia. Last week farming groups launched a new public campaign to protest the issue.Under current working holiday visa conditions, backpackers receive a tax-free threshold of $18,200 then pay.....


World


Qimarox takes even heavier pallets to a higher level
New modular pallet lift for pallets up to 2000 kg
With the Prorunner mk10, Qimarox introduces a robust product elevatorfor pallets of up to 2000 kg. This product lift can transport up to sixty pallets per hour, ten metres upwards. This standardised, modular product lift can be integrated into any end-of-line packaging system or storage system and can.....

2015 saw marginal air cargo growth
In its monthly market update, analyst WorldACD summarised 2015 as a period of marginal growth for air cargo demand, despite the strong first quarter. The analyst said that volume increased by a “meagre” 2% during the full year despite starting the year strongly because of strike action at US west coast.....

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Rich in beneficial fats
Cashews good source of nutrients
In order to provide a better approximation of the real nutrient content of cashews, a team of researchers has analyzed the nutritional composition of raw cashew nuts from the largest growing regions around the world, for the first time.Researchers studied the composition of raw cashew kernels from India,.....

New transport solutions to Northern Europe
CMA CGM upgrades service to French West Indies
CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping Group, hasannounced the upgrade of its service to the FrenchWest Indies. During the first quarter of 2016, thePCRF line which offers direct connections betweenthe French West Indies and Northern Europe, willincrease its capacity and add two new calls atZeebrugge and.....

Major melon supplier for the UE
Spain: world's second largest melon exporter
Spain has no real match in the melon market, since almost 90 percent of its sales are made in the European Union (EU), where it holds a dominant position, according to a global analysis of melon trade in 2014, made with data from the Statistics Division of the United Nations (UN) and the statistical service.....

GROW provides $150,000 grant to Project Amigo
The GROW Fund, a nonprofit program developed by Organics Unlimited in 2005, has approved a grant of $150,000 to Project Amigo for 2016 program support. Organics Unlimited and its GROW brand are longtime supporters of Project Amigo, a nonprofit that helps provide access to education for youth in the state of.....


Retail


Ingles' Q1 sales increase | Sobeys partners with Orckestra
Sainsbury's outperforms its 4 rivals | Walmart expert moves to Asda
Britain's Sainsbury's outperforms big 4 rivals -British supermarket Sainsbury's continued to outperform the industry in the early weeks of 2016, industry data showed on Tuesday. Market researcher Kantar Worldpanel said total sales at Sainsbury's rose 0.6% in the 12 weeks to Jan. 31 year-on-year and.....



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