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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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Goodfarmer: Strong rise in Chinese pear exports
China is the world's largest producer of pears. Traditional production regions are Shandong, Hebei and Laoning and province. Main varieties are the Ya pear, Su pear, Golden pear, Snow pear, Crown pear and Cuiguan pear. In recent years, total pear production has been rising. Older orchards are.....

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South Africa: Citrus exports to EU get extended zero tariff period
At the moment South Africa has a tariff free period for exports to the European Union countries which ends on 16th October every year, when tariffs then increase to 16%. But this is about to change as, recently, the South African Customs Union signed an Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union.....

10% growth in revenue for Total Produce
Total Produce reported an increase of total revenue by 10.4 percent to 1.9 billion euro in the first half of this year. During the first six months of 2015 total revenue was 1.7 billion euro. The results benefited from the acquisitions completed in the past year. Chairman Carl McCann is satisfied with the.....


''The Americans give nothing or just crumbs...''
France calls halt to TTIP talks
France's junior minister for trade announced today, Tuesday 30 August, that the country will ask the European Commission to halt negotiations on a massive trade deal between the EU and the US."There is no more political support in France for these negotiations" and "France calls for an end to these.....


Grown all naturally
Intense flavor makes Flame seedless a specialty
“This year, we introduced Natural Flames; a small, Flame seedless grape variety that’s grown on older vines,” says Jeff Simonian with Simonian Fruit Company. Until last year, the company grew raisins on these vines, but switched to table grapes to meet customer demand. “We did already grow the green.....

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Bell pepper prices to improve as summer winds down
Production of bell peppers throughout the country is currently fairly good. Prices are expected to rise as summer production winds down.“Volume is at its peak right now in Michigan, as well as in Wisconsin, New York, New Jersey and Tennessee,” said Todd Van Solkema with Van Solkema Produce in Byron Center,.....


Peru asparagus yield very good but delayed for September
The growing region for Peruvian asparagus is transitioning from the north to the south; Ica’s season starts in September but is somewhat delayed in meeting the month’s start. “We’re expecting a very good year in terms of yields and volume,” said Rodolfo Liau-Kang of Crystal Valley Foods. Volume imported into.....

Hilde Vautmans (Open VLD): “Intervention price of pears only covered 20% of costs”
European Commission doesn't want to give more to pear growers
The first Conference pears will be picked soon. However, not all pear cultivators will start harvesting with enthusiasm, because they have been selling below cost for two years already. Before the summer holiday period started, MEP Hilde Vautmans asked the European Commission whether Belgian pear cultivators.....


Poland: Potato variety knowledge increases consumption
The new potato harvest started in Poland approximately two months ago, and during this period, imports from other countries such as Cyprus, Italy and Mallorca have ceased. Since that time, Lukasz Ostrowicz from Bugaj Sp Zoo reports that there are now only domestic potatoes on offer.Production is going well,.....

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Consumers prefer RPC's over cardboard boxes
A recently published global survey showed that consumers around the world prefer Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) over cardboard boxes for fresh food packaging by a 55% to 25% margin. Although cardboard remains the most popular form of packaging, these RPC's are rapidly catching up and are expected to.....


Walmart India to source local | Trader Joe's and Pirate Joe's back to court
Sainsbury's to offer free fruit samples | Couche-Tard expands in US
US: Big Lots profit tops street; raises forecast - Big Lots Inc. isn’t letting soft sales in the second quarter dampen its outlook. Instead, the retailer raised its profit forecast for the year. The discounter on Friday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $22.7m, which surpassed analysts’.....



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Frans Schrijnwerkers, blueberry producer:
"I can sell all my blueberries in Belgium, for the first time"
“The blueberry market is perfectly fine right now. The demand is reasonable and the prices are generally acceptable. Sometimes I am afraid of the future. We have to be careful that there is not more production than demand. Extending the blueberry production is sometimes done too soon and people lose sight of.....

Butirra Morettini pears increased resistance to post-harvest fungal infections
The early Butirra Morettini pears that grow outside the foliage are exposed to sunlight and acquire a red blush on their peel compared to those that grow inside the foliage.Although there is no difference for what concerns the main physical-chemical parameters (including compactness, Brix grades and.....

Ukrainian walnut industry struggles to gain market share
According to a USDA report released this month, global walnut production for 2015/16 is estimated to rise 155,000 tons from the previous year to 2.0 million tons, with China and the United States accounting for over 75 percent of total output. World exports, dominated by the United States, Chile, and.....

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Andalusia
Spain: Promotion of 17 Andalusian agro-food companies in Texas
Between 27 July and 9 August, a total of 17 Andalusian agro-food businesses took part in a promotion carried out by twenty outlets of the supermarket chain H-E-B in Austin, Texas, with the support of the Council of Economy and Knowledge of Andalusia in partnership with the Extenda-Trade Promotion Agency of.....

Hungary: Fruit and veg left unpicked
Hungary's fruit and vegetable sector is facing a huge shortage of seasonal labour, predicted to be between 50,000 to 80,000 seasonal workers. Due to this, scarcely anyone can be found to pick tomato, cucumber and apple crops, according to a report in the daily Világgazdaság on August 26.Ferenc Ledó,.....

The organic seed experience at Sativa Rheinau
The goal of Sativa Rheinau, a Swiss organic seed company, is to support independent organic farming and preserve biodiversity with its organic seed. The urgency becomes clear when you look at the current market of plant and seed producers.There are only a few seed companies, however they control a large.....

Reduction in the acreage of other vegetables
Spain: 6.4% increase in Almeria's pepper acreage
The Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Government of Andalusia, through the Delegation of Almeria, reported that the acreage under plastic in the province of Almeria will amount to around 36,600 hectares in the 2016/2017 campaign for courgettes, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers,.....

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Spain: 16% fall in fruit and veg shipments to non-EU European countries
Exports of fresh fruit and vegetables to non-EU European countries totalled 160,214 tonnes in the first half of this year, falling by 16% in volume and 5% in value (which amounted to 208 million Euros) compared to the first half of 2015.Noteworthy is the case of Russia, with a volume of zero tonnes, just as.....

Spain: Revenue of aubergine producers down 15 million Euros
The 2015/2016 season has been the worst in the last ten years for aubergine producers in Almeria's greenhouses. This has been revealed by data from the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Government of Andalusia regarding prices at origin -.....


UK: Traders want to sell groceries in pounds and ounces
Ahead of Britain leaving the European Union, ministers are coming under pressure to allow shops to sell meat, fruit and vegetables in pounds and ounces, reports the Telegraph.Customers have been asking shop owners if they can have groceries weighed in pounds and ounces rather than grams and kilograms ahead.....

Canary banana production breaks all-time record
So far this year, up until the middle of this month (week 33), the production of Canary bananas (Plátano de Canarias) has reached an all-time record, with a total of 282 million kilos, which represents an increase of 8 million compared to the previous peak in production, reached in the same period of 2010.A.....


Photo report open days
Potato trader Flevostar Potato expands its activities in seed and industry cultivation
On Friday 26 and Saturday 27 August, Flevostar Potato kicked off its new style with two open days. “We had two fantastic days,” new general manager and co-shareholder William Verhage reports. “We had over 400 visitors, from domestic and international customers to cultivators, friends and family.....


Minister for Rural Affairs of Baden-Wuerttemberg on summer tour
Peter Hauk visits the German island of Reichenau
The minister for Rural Affairs visited the vegetable island of Reichenau during his summer tour. Reichenau faces major changes; for vegetable cultivation on this World Heritage island requires modern greenhouses. While at the same time unprofitable and old-fashioned greenhouses need to be dismantled.Photo:.....

Volkert Engelsman, manager Eosta:
“It is criminal what supermarkets are doing”
Eosta manager Volkert Engelsman has had enough. Supermarket chain Albert Heijn is behind the times, according to him, and sees transparency as ‘something life-threatening.’ The largest Dutch trader of organic fruit and vegetables is of the opinion that the liability principle has been lost. According to him,.....

Greece: Potatoes gaining ground in Foufas
The potatoes grown in the Foufas community of the Eordea Municipality, in Greece, are gaining more and more popularity amongst consumers. For the past 40 years, potato growers in the area have seen their efforts to build a reputation for the area's production pay off; the acreage in the region has reached.....


UK: 'Deadly' spider found in Lidl bananas
A mother had the shock of her life when a huge spider fell out of a bunch of bananas bought from a Lidl supermarket. The spider was dead but it was accompanied by lots of smaller spiders emerging from an egg sac.It has now been sent off for testing due to concerns it could be a Brazilian wandering spider -.....


Oceania

AU farmers could feed 80 million people
At the last count, Australia has around 140,000 farmers and these farmers produce enough food to feed 80 million people. They satisfy more than 90% of local demand and export two thirds of their product to world markets with the value expected to pip $60 million in this financial year.The Australian Bureau.....

NZ: New varieties contribute to cherry sector boom
New Zealand’s traditional horticulture industry is set to maintain its success as the buoyant sector continues to grow exports. Alistair King, Crowe Horwath’s horticulture specialist says, ‘The numbers are stacking up to support this and with exports and production increasing significantly every year, the.....

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Australia's melons, pumpkins granted access to Japan
Japan and Australia have announced that they have agreed on rules concerning market access for Australian melons and pumpkins to be sold in Japan, reports abc.net.au.Australia's trade agreement with Japan has already eliminated tariffs on pumpkins and watermelons, with other melon tariffs due to disappear in.....

AU: Seed breeder, supplier showcases veg varieties
At the National Horticultural and Innovation Expo held at Gatton during July, seed specialist Bejo showcased an assortment of vegetable varieties in the format of a field demonstration at crop maturity.At the expo, people from all aspects of the vegetable industry could view, inspect and taste the already.....

AU: Northern Territory mango season strong
The Northern Territory mango industry is preparing for a promising season, and shows no signs of slowing down, despite many crops flowering later this year across the Top End, reports abc.net.au.Nearly 100 people attended the first pre-season mango meeting in Humpty Doo last week, with growers, retailers and.....

Fiji: Project to reduce tomato damage
For Fijian farmers tomatoes represent an important source of income, yet the tropical climate can make it difficult to store the fruit. So Fiji National University lecturer Salesh Kumar has been investigating what causes damage to tomatoes en route from farm to market and what can be done to reduce loss and.....


PMA, Horti Innovation and AUSVEG to deliver joint venture conference
On Monday 29 August, Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) congratulated PMA Australia New Zealand Limited and vegetable industry body AUSVEG on combining their efforts to deliver a joint conference and trade show, saying industry will reap the rewards.Announced this morning by the two.....


World

FAO
Maritime containers are vehicles for agricultural pests
Oil spills attract the public attention and generate concern, but biological discharges pose a greater threat in the long term and are not as publicised.An exotic fungus wiped out billions of American chestnuts in the early twentieth century, dramatically altering the landscape and ecosystem.But perhaps the.....


The dragon fruit is a rare bloomer
Did you know the dragon fruit grows on a cactus that blooms for one night only per fruit cycle?


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Golden Bay, New Zealand pavilion - Hall 3c O-01
AU: New apples varieties popular in Asia
Interest in the Asian markets has increased considerably in the last few years as interest in imported produce rises and people have more money to spend on "luxury" fruit and vegetables."Our export markets were traditionally the UK and Europe," explains Patrick Meikle from New Zealand apple exporter Golden.....


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Walmart India to source local | Trader Joe's and Pirate Joe's back to court
Sainsbury's to offer free fruit samples | Couche-Tard expands in US
US: Big Lots profit tops street; raises forecast - Big Lots Inc. isn’t letting soft sales in the second quarter dampen its outlook. Instead, the retailer raised its profit forecast for the year. The discounter on Friday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $22.7m, which surpassed analysts’.....



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