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Monday, June 29, 2015

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Driscoll's expands organic nursery plant production
After a seven-year process of research and planning, Driscoll's will now provide all of its organic growers with organic nursery plants. The move puts Driscoll's ahead of current regulations regarding nursery plants for organic berry production in the United States.“In the United States, you can supply.....

China’s Hebang Group buys 51% stake from Stockton Group
Today (June 29, 2015) an agreement was signed in Beijing the sale of 51 percent of the Israeli Stockton Group to the Chinese-based Hebang Group in return for a $90 million investment in the company.The Hebang Group is a public Chinese company, traded on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, and is active in a variety.....


Philippines: Banana yields down 50-60% due to El Niño
PhilFruit is a relatively small Philippine company devoted mostly to supplying the highest quality bananas to several export markets, but also looking to diversify with other products, such as pineapples and mangoes, and of course, to develop its own farming. In terms of volume, the firm’s main export.....


Delay due to customs actions in Rotterdam as well
MyFerryLink halts ferry crossings until further notice
MyFerryLink halts all ferry crossings until further notice. For July 2, the port company also expects hindrances due to strikes. In the Netherlands, transporters have to reckon with delays at the port of Rotterdam, because customs are campaigning for a better working conditions.The Dutch transport.....


Panic on stock exchange after impending Grexit
Greek economic problems piling up
It is unknown what awaits the Greeks and Europe. The entire EU is in terra incognita now that the negotiations this weekend between Greece, the EU and the IMF came to a complete standstill. Tomorrow at midnight, Greece is to pay 1.6 billion euros to the IMF, money that the country doesn't have in the till. A.....

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AU: Indian mandarin exports expected to double
Initial mandarin shipments to India have proved successful enough for those involved to anticipate more than double the volume to leave the Australian market bound for India next year. “We are expecting our first imports to Mumbai to sell well. Chennai is also a good future target where consumers have more.....


Boycott list remains the same
The list with boycotted products remains unchanged, the Russian Prime Minister says. Spanish export organization Fepex calls for an extension of the compensation, and an Iranian site interviewed a Serbian researcher about the situation. Het views the boycott from a different perspective.Boycott list remains.....


Michelangelo Rivoira from Rivoira-Kiwi Uno
Impossible to export to Egypt and Lybia
FreshPlaza visited Rivoira-Kiwi Uno, one of the leading exporters of fruit, to talk with Michelangelo Rivoira about the situation of Italian produce on the main marketsFreshPlaza (FP): How are things going for top fruit, stone fruit and kiwis?Michelangelo Rivoira (MR): Last year we managed to export 80.....

Analysis on microbiological risk of fresh and fresh-cut leafy vegetables marketed in Italy
Recent outbreaks of foodborne illnesses occurred in Europe and USA have revealed a close correlation between pathogen contamination and leafy green vegetable consumption.Nine governmental regional veterinary institutes named Istituti Zooprofilattici Sperimentali (IZSs), namely Lombardia and Emilia Romagna.....

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US (NC): Tight supply sweet potato storage crop
“The market for sweet potatoes is strong,” says Jose Calderon (aka Pepe) with Farm Pak. “Demand is higher than normal and supply from storage is becoming tight.” Sweet potatoes have never been a popular summer crop and although demand slowed down for the summer, Farm Pak is experiencing strong movement this.....


Farmers urge Tesco to make meaningful commitment
Ocado closes deal for overseas expansion
UAE’s Lulu and Geant take battle for grocery customers onlineThe battle for grocery shoppers is about to intensify as two of the UAE’s biggest hypermarket operators, LuLu and Geant, introduce new online offerings, thenational.ae reports. LuLu has invested US$5m ahead of the August relaunch of its.....



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French cherry production expected to be similar to last year
On the 1st June 2015, cherry production decreased by 2% compared to 2013; i.e. 14% below the 5 year average. At the start of the season prices are slightly higher than the 2010-2014 average (2012 and 2013 were recorded as having the weakest productions in the last decade). The first harvest of Burlat.....


Italy: Good start for Cesena summer fruit campaign followed by drop in consumption
Everything seemed to be going well - the quality of produce was great and quantities were not excessive - until everything went south due to the lack in consumption."Demand is stuck and we can't figure out why. We all expected things to go much differently but now we have unsold produce with unprecedented.....


Growth regulators to increase the size of pears
Turkish scientists have studied the effect of plant growth regulators [1) benzyladenine (BA) and 2) benzyladenine associated with gibberellins A4-A7 (BA + GA)] on the size and quality of the pears 'Akca', which is a slow yielding summer variety with small fruits.After 14 days after full bloom, the pear trees.....

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Gerrit de Vlieger, Fresh produce wholesale Vrijders
Netherlands: I would rather sell soft fruit in the winter
The sun is back and it is immediately noticeable in the increasing number of buyers in the Mabru wholesale market in Brussels, Belgium. "The beginning of last week was hard because of the cooler weather, but now we are seeing an increasing demand for soft fruit," says Gerrit De Vlieger from Vrijders.....


1st Berry Congress
Berry trends: Integrated, organic and zero-waste production
The presentation of integrated, organic and zero waste production as current trends in the cultivation of berries, was the focus of the first topic on opening day of the First Berry Congress, held in Huelva, Spain, on 24 and 25 June. Integrated farming, which falls somewhere between organic farming and.....

Finland: Bumper blueberry crop expected
Despite the cool damp weather, Finnish forests could produce a bumper crop of blueberries this year.Blueberry plants are now bearing the largest number of blossoms seen in 22 years, says the Natural Resources Institute Finland.A project by the Institute has surveyed 200 one-square kilometre test areas in 40.....


Smooth sales
Lower stonefruit volumes across Europe
Overall, the weather in spring and the low intensity thinning have resulted in fewer fruits being produced per tree in Spain, with better calibres and quality, according to Manel Simon, CEO from Afrucat.The reduction in harvest volumes compared to 2014 is reflected in the latest data, which reveals a 7% drop.....

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Growth of processing sector, Spanish subtropical products
Over the last three decades, La Axarquia has become a large producer of subtropical fruits. Its privileged climate, with mild winters and virtually no frost, has allowed mango and avocado plantations to adapt perfectly to the environment, thus creating a great economic engine with a large potential. The.....


Now also carambolas under YAMI at Aartsenfruit
In May, Aartsenfruit introduced YAMI, a new brand for products from Asia. "Our first product under this brand was Chinese ginger, and now we're presenting the second product under this private label: carambolas. The YAMI carambolas are available daily in the sizes 20 and 24. Together with our partner in.....


"Bizarre that cut Belgian endive wasn't available before"
Lathouwers introduces Belgian endive salad at Colruyt
"Bizarre that this was never in stores before," is the reaction from consumers to the new concept by Lathouwers. This company introduced a Belgian endive salad to the market at the end of June 2015. "Belgian endive is seen by many as a winter vegetable, and we want to present it in a new way. Belgian endive.....


After impressive growth in Italy
Zerbinati fresh soups are now approaching Europe
The fresh soup market has enjoyed a very positive growth in the last years in Italy: in 2014, as an example, it grew by 7.7% in value.Within this market, Zerbinati plays an important role: the 100% Italian company, based in the Monferrato area in the Piedmont region, achieved a 30% growth in 2014.....


New warehouse vanWylick: cooling,ripening at one location
The BMP Olching, a joint venture between the shareholders of MP Holding and ISARKIES group, will realize a logistics’ warehouse for vanWylick, the fruit importer. BMP Olching will build a cold storage for fruit and vegetables as well as the ripening of bananas. The warehouse will be built on a plot of.....

Gijs van den Oever: "New harvest ready later due to cold spring"
Netherlands: Leek market finally doing well
Over the past two years leek sales have been quite unexceptional. But recently the new harvest has caused a small revival in the leek market. "Two weeks ago prices were around 50-55 cents, and now we are at 65-70 cents," says Gijs van den Oever, a salesman for Van den Elzen Groentenverwerking (vegetable.....

Bulgaria: Strengthened inspections, 8 violations found
Inspectors from the Bulgarian Agency for Food Safety (NVS) in Blagoevgrad, Varna, Plovdiv, Rousse and Sofia have found eight administrative violations following strengthened checks on fruit and vegetable traders.On the capital market in Druzhba inspectors noted the absence of registrations under the Food.....

Austria: Tons of fruit and veg destroyed
Each week 40 metric tons of vegetables are destroyed, just in the administrative district Innsbruck Land. Consumers expressed their disapproval of this practice only one year ago in reports of ORF.at, butstilla lot of fruit and vegetables are.....

EU goes bananas with currency rigging
The European Union is going bananas as it pursues a probe into currency-rigging. Literally.Antitrust regulators are seeking to bolster their case against some of the world’s biggest banks using a March ruling at the EU’s top court in a banana cartel involving Dole Food Co..“The commission will be encouraged.....

UK mother fined for eating banana
A single mother who was caught eating a banana at the wheel while stuck in gridlocked traffic has moaned she was treated 'like a criminal' after being fined £100.Elsa Harris, who works as a carer, was pulled over while driving to work along a gridlocked road in Christchurch, Dorset. She was handed the fine.....


GS1 Germany is Top Supplier Retail 2015
The EHI Retail Institute awarded GS1 Germany in the category Best Enterprise Solution for solutions in the supply chain and traceability.During the gala at the fair EuroCIS in Dusseldorf, the EHI Retail Institute awarded the Retail Technology Awards Europe (reta) for the 8th time. For the first time the.....

Irish vegetable sector in crisis
Most local vegetable growers will be out of business within 24- 36 months unless the supermarkets start to pay realistic prices, according to a group of Co Armagh growers.Earlier this week Farming Life’s Richard Halleron met a number of the growers in order to hear their grievances at first hand......


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Plastic packaging prompts petition
Catriona Atkinson has started a petition asking Countdown supermarkets to scrap the wrap, and it has been signed by nearly 7000 people so far.Some of the items observed at a Wellington Countdown by Radio New Zealand included seven radishes in a plastic box, seven mushrooms laid out on a tray sweating under a.....

AU: Ag grads starting on lawyer salaries
Tertiary agriculture students are entering jobs with starting salaries equivalent to lawyers.The statement chimed in the already pricked ears of listeners at the 2015 National Horticulture Convention on the Gold Coast yesterday.The statement's creator, Professor Neal Menzies says ag graduates face a.....

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AU: Peanut trials held in NT
Katherine may be known for its mangoes and its beef – but if the Territory government gets its way, peanuts will soon be added to the list.The latest crop of peanuts to be planted at the Katherine Research Station went in on April 21 and Dr Ali Sarkhosh, who is leading the trial, said the point of the.....

APAL 2015 National Awards for Excellence
Apple/pear industry award winners announced
Winners of APAL's 2015 National Awards for Excellence have been announced at the Gala Night of the 2015 National Horticulture Convention."The Board would like to congratulate all the winners of APAL's awards and to thank them for their outstanding and special contributions to our industry," said APAL Chair.....

NZ: Concerns over changes to dumping law
Heinz Wattie and Hawkes Bay fruitgrowers have lined up against what they say would be a relaxation of New Zealand's anti-dumping regime if Government proposals go ahead.A Government discussion paper, the consultation period for which ended last Friday, proposed an automatic termination period (ATP) for its.....

NZ exporter Ray Ellis honoured
Decades of service to the export sector by Tauranga's Ray Ellis was formerly recognised last night when he was awarded the ‘New Zealand Trade & Enterprise Service to Export' award at the Bay of Plenty ExportNZ awards' dinner.The award recognises Ray's outstanding contribution to export success through.....

NZ: Migrants make beeline for Bay
Industry leaders say migrants play an important role in the local economy - doing seasonal jobs that some locals are unwilling to do and helping to address skill shortages.However, New Zealand First list MP Clayton Mitchell says Kiwis should be given priority for jobs and houses. He was particularly.....


Banana-a-peel
AU: $36,000 raised for Royal Children’s Hospital
L&R Collins were honoured to present a $36,000 cheque to The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation (RCH) on June 18th at The Australian Banana Industry Congress 2015 at Crown Promenade Melbourne.The funds were raised as part of the Banana-a-peel hosted by Oakville Produce on Tuesday June 16th, 2015 when.....


World


Crates often not clean enough after washing
Not every crate leaves the crate washer equally clean. Sometimes, stubborn dirt sticks to the crate. In order to solve that problem, Lets developed a crate washer that can also wash the crates under high pressure. The machine was developed especially for the fresh produce sector. When dirt remains in the.....


Ismea report on melon trends
Increase in melon exports since 2010
Ismea's Market service department published a report on melon trends.In 2014, there were 602,000 tons of melons available (including 35,000 tons of imported produce). Italy exported 30,000 tons, 13% more than 2013, for €21.2 million (+21% than 2013).Not counting withdrawn and discarded produce, 92% of the.....

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Edwin De Boeck, KBC:
India: Only emerging market doing really well
Edwin De Boeck, Chief Economist at KBC Corporate, talked economics and interest rates on June 22. In his presentation he discussed various facts and expectations about the situation in the U.S., Germany, Belgium and other European countries. Edwin used Germany as an example. The GIPS countries, Grexit and.....

US (OR): Blueberry volumes arrive early
Warm weather in the Pacific Northwest has brought blueberry volumes on early. The additional early fruit has made for lower than anticipated prices.“Everything in the Northwest is trending about two weeks early,” said Jeff Malensky of Oregon Berry Packing. “We had a warm spring. We also had a good second.....

UK: Pick your own strawberries straight from the shelf
If you ever feel that your supermarket strawberries could be a little fresher, then this might be the innovation for you.Marks & Spencer is working on a plan to offer shoppers the chance to pick their own fruit in the store itself. The strawberries would be grown in baskets under LED lights, and.....


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Farmers urge Tesco to make meaningful commitment
Ocado closes deal for overseas expansion
UAE’s Lulu and Geant take battle for grocery customers onlineThe battle for grocery shoppers is about to intensify as two of the UAE’s biggest hypermarket operators, LuLu and Geant, introduce new online offerings, thenational.ae reports. LuLu has invested US$5m ahead of the August relaunch of its.....



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