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Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Israel: Carrot market depends on Rouble
The Israeli carrot market is waiting to see what the Rouble will to do. This will likely affect the demand for Russian importers. There is enough Israeli volume, as 90% is already in the ground, and the last 10% is for the end of January and will go to the local market. Although there might be more demand in.....

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Locally-grown as a guarantee of freshness and quality
The U.S. firm BrightFarms, interested in urban agriculture since 2006, has been on a quest to bring it to the market on a commercial scale since 2011. Toby Tiktinsky of Bright Farms affirms that “our products are all grown locally in our 56,000 square feet greenhouse in Bucks County,.....


Logistics, key to future of cherries in China
"The increase in Chile's cherry production in recent years has been closely linked to China's growing demand; in fact, we are increasingly shipping less fruit to the United States and Europe. As a company, we allocate between 85% and 90% of our production to the Chinese market," explains Ricardo Monge,.....


Spain: Great future for kakis Eastern Europe
The current Bright Red kaki campaign is underway with lower prices than last season, mostly due to the weather's impact on calibres, the Russian veto and the drop in consumption as a result of the recession.According to Jordi Motilla, manager of Quid Pro Quo Fruits, "the season has been marked by a number of.....


Kenneth Meyer, Natural Tropic:
"Avocado prices down, supply up"
The avocado season is currently in full swing at Spanish company Natural Tropic. "The season started with very high prices, but eventually the price level dropped significantly. The current situation being enough avocados available on the market but sales are slow. There's a lot of competition from countries.....

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Apple consumers increasingly more interested in taste
Chelan Fresh specialises on three products: fresh Washington apples, pears and cherries. They also pack ship and market Canadian apples for a select group of premium quality BC Canada growers “We bring down approximately 175,000 cases of Ambrosia (organic apples) and 350,000 of Gala, which we pack and.....

US (NC): Sweet potato production rises to meet demand
Consumer demand in the USA for sweet potatoes has risen by 40% since 2008. With exports rising exponentially during the same period, North Carolina, as the leading state in sweet potato production, has increased its volume to meet the demand.“North Carolina’s growers and shippers have invested heavily in.....


Floor van Os: "We're still an old-fashioned tenant farmer"
"Late March we'll know where we stand in the top fruit market"
Usually, Floor van Os of the eponymous wholesaler from Benschop has an outspoken expectation about the top fruit market. This year, he is more cautious. "I just don't know this season. That's also the reason why we're continuing to sell as normal with these low market prices, spreading sales across the.....


UK: Meyer Lemons in time for holidays
Tesco and AMT (Munoz) the UKʼs leading citrus specialist has once againwelcomed in the supply of the exclusive Meyer Lemon from the USA.Available across the retailerʼs stores nationwide, the citrus is a knownfavourite ingredient of chefs throughout the country, notably Jamie Oliver whohas recently.....

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Gerard Hoekman, Mulder Onions:
Onion dependence on Africa growing
The Dutch onion export season started early and with large volumes. This has caused the price to fall quite quickly. "For many consumers in Africa and the Far East the onion is a basic necessity. The lower the price, the more they consume," says Gerard Hoekman from Mulder Onions in Kerkrade. He is positive.....



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UK: Sprouts to star on Christmas TV
Brussels sprouts are set to have a starring role on the small screen this Christmas.Sprout farmer, Martin Haines, who is based in Chipping Campden, hosted a visit from Adam Henson and the Countryfile crew to give them a unique insight into Brassica production and their place as a festive tradition both in.....


Rudi Coosemans, Coosemans Belgium:
"Endive volumes to America stalled"
In the past weeks, demand for Belgian endive has increased, and the market has been reasonably good. Prices have been at a fairly good level in recent weeks, although now they've decreased again. "It's hard to predict what will happen now," Rudi Coosemans of Coosemans Belgium thinks. "With the upcoming.....


Spain dominates market as of old
German market sees no Dutch cucumber
Spanish cucumber is dominating the German market. Greece is also supplying, being mainly present on the trade floor in Munich. Import from the Netherlands has ground to a complete halt. Mass production and moderate demand made it impossible to increase prices. A reasonable price was only had in Munich, but.....

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Additional aid for Bulgarian growers
Last week, Bulgaria's State Fund Agriculture (SFA) announced it would accept requests for additional support from the "Fruit and Vegetable" sector. The Management Board of the SFA decided to allocate 5 million lev (2.56 million Euro) of additional resources after the budget update.2.2 million Lev (1.12.....

Bulgarian domestic produce at risk
In 2015, Bulgarian fruits and vegetables may disappear from the market.This has been the warning issued by 11 fruit and vegetable associations, which represent over 200,000 small farms in Bulgaria.The reason behind this is the plans to reduce the subsidies for the 2015-2020 period."The decision made at the.....

Metro Group buys shares in Emmas Enkel
The German Metro Group bought a 15% stake in the start-up 'Emmas Enkel', reports the German website markenartikel-magazin.de. Metro wants to support the course of events and the continued growth of the new trading company throughout Germany. There is a plan to, among other things, intensify the expansion in.....


Germany: lemon prices falling
In week 50 on the German wholesale market there was a large supply of lemons from Spain and Turkey. Spain delivered the most Primofiori variety of lemons. Thanks to the cool weather, demand for the product was good. Prices were lower than the previous week, and also lower than the same week last year. The.....

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Germany: highest prices for NZ kiwis
The average prices of kiwis were quite high in Germany in week 50. The New Zealand shipments fetched particularly high prices compared to volumes from other countries, also compared to last year's price during the same week. The New Zealand kiwi fetched 3.17 per kilo on average, with the French costing 2.41.....

Polish soft fruit promoted in Europe
An agreement is to be signed for the launch of a campaign promoting the consumption of Polish soft fruits in the European markets. The three-year budget for these activities will be 4 million Euro, of which more than 20% will come from the Fund for the Promotion of Fruit and Vegetables. "With the.....

Poland: Apples for export 50% cheaper than last year
Prices of Polish apples for export in November this year were considerably lower than in 2013. According to the Institute of Agricultural Economics, the average price for that month was 0.52 zł/kg (0.12 Euro); similar to October and almost 49% lower compared to the same period last year, report analysts.....


Polish apples may go to Azerbaijan
Poland plans to ship fruits and vegetables, especially apples, as well as other food products, to Azerbaijan. Deputy Minister of Agriculture Tadeusz Nalewajk talked about this in Baku with his counterpart Ilham Kulijewem. Nalewajk is one of the members of the Polish economic mission to this country,.....

QUAFETY Scientists have studied Listeria monocytogenes serotype prevalence and biodiversity in diverse food products
Human foodborne listeriosis has been mainly linked to the consumption of meat and dairy products, however, the incidence of Listeria monocytogenes has increased in fresh-cut fruit and vegetables in the last years because of their increasing consumption. L. monocytogenes contamination of food products may.....


Many changes for Macfrut2015
The next edition of Macfrut , to be held from 23 to 25 September 2015, will be a very specific, future-oriented mission with the aim of offering a large trade fair on the theme of professional fruit and vegetable growing. It will be the first edition held at the Rimini trade fair centre, organised, once.....

Kenya: Duty free access for EU imports
The European Council of Ministers has decided not to oppose the delegated act which reinserts Kenya into the Market Access Regulation. The European Parliament has also registered its non-objection at its plenary meeting held this week. This means that the delegated act can be published before the end of this.....

Polish growers call for boycott on Czech products
Polish growers are issuing a call on consumers to boycott goods produced in the Czech Republic in response to the allegedly stricter controls on Polish products by Czech authorities, reports "Dziennik Gazeta Prawna" (DGP). "We want to persuade consumers shopping for the holidays to avoid purchasing.....


Exotic spider amongst supermarket bananas
A customer at a Biedronka store in Milicz, Poland, was about to purchase bananas, but was shocked to find a spider the size of a hand, as well as a cocoon with a number of smaller ones.The spider apparently arrived to the store in a shipment of bananas from Colombia. The store's workers managed to trap the.....


Oceania

Organisation gets behind Australian onion growers
Australia's peak industry body for onions is throwing its support behind the Queensland onion industry which is currently faced with an influx of US red onion imports.Onions Australia has been undertaking an extensive education and information campaign after concerns were raised that independent retailers.....

AU: Vegetable growers to collectively bargain with processors
The competition watchdog has proposed to grant authorisation to vegetable growers to collectively bargain with vegetable processors.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft determination that, if approved, would allow members of the Tasmanian Farmer and Graziers Association to.....

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APAL: 'Voice of Horticulture' launches
Growers across 21 horticultural industries have united under the ‘Voice of Horticulture’ to represent and build support and understanding of Australia’s $50 billion horticulture industry.“Voice of Horticulture represents horticultural growers and businesses across fruit, nuts, turf, nursery plants and cut.....

Zespri optimistic over gold kiwifruit crop
Kiwifruit marketer Zespri says the industry is on track to complete its recovery from the Psa disease disaster, with a big lift in gold kiwifruit production expected next year.In its latest forecast, Zespri lifted this year's grower returns for all kiwifruit varieties and predicted per hectare earnings for.....


Africa

Guinea-Bissau to increase cashew exports
The government of Guinea-Bissau wants declared cashew exports to increase from 150,000 to 200,000 tons per year, the country’s Trade Minister said noting that exports should be as close as possible to the country’s total production.“Guinea-Bissau produces more than 250,000 tons per year, but exports only.....


White House garden harvests orange sweet potato
For the first time, this year’s crop in the U.S. White House kitchen garden included orange sweet potato (OSP), a root vegetable rich in vitamin A, that is becoming popular in Africa.The sweet potato was chosen to highlight its role in improving the nutrition and health of millions of children and women.....

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World


Fresh-cut butternut squash grows in popularity in Greece
Demand for butternut squash has grown steadily in Greece over the last several years. With winter on its way, and cold weather spurring greater sales, that demand could continue to increase into 2015. “In recent years we have seen a growth in domestic consumption,” said Lior Touron of Trikala Farms. “The.....

Five good reasons to eat Garlic
Garlic has many health benefits ranging from heart health, anti-inflammatory and can kill bacteria among others. Below is a summary of the health benefits of garlic.1. Cardiovascular BenefitsGarlic has cardioprotective properties which aids in helping the person have a healthy heart and circulatory system......

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Dragon fruit: tropical "superfood"
Dragon fruit is often considered a tropical "superfood" because of its wealth of benefits, and its somewhat "under the radar" quality that makes it less well known than many mainstream fruits and health foods.It is also known as "pitaya" if it comes from the very closely related Stenocereus genus, but the.....

Fruits keep depression away
In a recent Australian study, scientists confirmed that fruit consumption proves efficient in combating depression.Scientifically, hints connecting fruit consumption to fighting depression were presented in a similar study on the benefits of daily fruit portions on the mental well-being . But now, the.....


2-4 September 2015, Hong Kong
Asia Fruit Logistica unveils new website
Asia Fruit Logistica, Asia’s only dedicated fresh fruit and vegetable trade fair, is launching a new-look website this week. The revamped website is clear and easy to use, with simple but stylish graphics, imagery and signpost tabs to guide visitors swiftly and efficiently.One of the standout features is the.....


August 2014
The month of the Russian ban
August 2014 is not a month that many fresh produce producers, exporters will forget. It was of course the month when the Russian ban for fresh produce and other products from the EU, US, Australia, Canada and Norway came into place and of course the news was dominated by it. At the end of July.....


Retail

Tesco is no longer worst-performing supermarket
Overall, prices fell by 0.7% compared with the same time last year, according to analysts at Kantar Worldpanel, who said retailers had increased the number of items on promotion, resulting in savings of £182m for shoppers on their festive grocery bills.“Britain’s supermarket price war is ramping up ahead of.....

DIA courts middle class
Spanish discount grocer DIA is sprucing up its stores and food range as it seeks to cash in on an economic recovery and grab customers from mid-market rivals.The retailer, like many discounters around Europe, has weathered the economic downturn better than more expensive rivals as wages and consumer spending.....

Ireland: SuperValu seeks voluntary redundancies
SuperValu bosses are seeking voluntary redundancies among long-serving staff in 24 stores, according to reports.According to the Irish Independent, sources said that the redundancies are being sought at former Superquinn stores, which were taken over by the Musgrave Group three years ago.The chain has said.....

Russia: Panic in the aisles
With Russia moving closer to economic crisis as its currency continues to plummet, the pain is starting to be felt down its shopping aisles.On Tuesday, the Russian rouble fell more than 11 per cent against the US dollar, following Monday’s double-digit drop. Despite efforts to raise interest rates, the.....

Mercatò tackling unemployment with new outlet
According to a report in La Repubblica, Mercatò, the Italian grocer, is to open a new outlet in the heart of Rivoli, Piedmont, with the city's unemployment services operating in conjunction with the retailer to combat urban joblessness.The store will open in April 2015, in Corso IV Novembre in the northern.....

Christmas opportunities for convenience retailers
The latest research from IGD’s ShopperVista shows that less than three out of ten (27%) shoppers are planning to do a ‘big Christmas shop’. This offers a huge opportunity for convenience retailers who are well placed to benefit from last minute top-up shops, forgotten items and last minute gifts.Shopping.....

South Korea: Home delivery for 7-Eleven
7-Eleven, operated by Lotte in the Korean market, will offer a deliver service to locations within 300 metres of the store, reports Korea JoonAng Daily. Shoppers will need to spend a minimum of KRW 10,000 (US$9) to qualify, and have goods delivered between 9am and 9pm. Orders can be placed by phone. Four.....

US: Online Christmas retail sales +15%
U.S. online retail sales rose 15 percent year on year to $42.451 billion for the first 44 days of the Christmas season, through December 15, according to digital metrics firm comScore Inc.The most recent workweek, beginning with December 8, which is called Green Monday, posted a 12 percent increase as sales.....

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Woolworths accused of bullying suppliers
Woolworths has been accused of bullying suppliers into paying millions of dollars to fund a discount war, prompting the competition watchdog to examine whether the supermarket giant is in breach of competition and consumer laws.Just days after Coles requested to settle a similar case with the Australian.....



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