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Friday, September 04, 2015

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More demand Europe ready-to-eat and fibreless mango
Spanish volume -50%, first estimate Peru positive
Worldwide, the production of mangoes seems to be unable to keep up with demand. More markets are opening up for the tropical fruit, which is expected to push up prices. In addition, the market is rather changeable because of the short seasons for each origin. In Europe, there's a clear preference for the.....

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US(CA): Currency and weather affect table grape exports
Rains in California this summer affected the table grape crop, and some growers have held back on exports so as to not run the risk of quality issues. More prominent, however, have been economic factors that have caused shippers to scale back exports this season.“There were some quality issues with grape.....


Italy: High lemon prices slow down the market
If we had to use a word to describe the lemon situation on the wholesale market we would choose 'standstill' - both importers and customers are being very cautious.This in turn means lower imports (currently all lemons are imported from South Africa, Argentina and Uruguay), less wholesale purchases and a.....

Peru: Hass avocado exports could exceed 165,000 tons
Hass avocado exports could exceed 165,000 metric tons by the end of 2015, which could turn Peru into the world’s second largest exporter, the head of Peruvian Hass Avocado Producers’ Association (ProHass) James Bosworth affirmed.Export experience "Peru relies on a 15-year exporting experience, and it has.....


Russia bans food imports from Bulgaria
Russia has banned imports of all agricultural produce from Bulgaria as of September 1, over forged certificates from the EU country, Russia's agriculture watchdog said in a statement Thursday.A wide range of food imports from Bulgaria is already subject to Russia's food embargo, which Russia introduced.....

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Record papaya harvest in Spring 2015
The national papaya crop, which peaks between now and November, will yield the ‘heaviest spring crop on record,’ according to grower Gerard Kath. “I’m pretty confident this year we will exceed 1.4 million cartons for the year. Yearly figures are normally around 1.35 million,” he says. “There are some huge.....

Sunlight International now offers bi-color grape bags
Who doesn’t want the best of both worlds in one newly designed package? Sunlight International is shipping red and green grapes in new Pretty Lady bi-color fixed weight bags now until December.After an extremely successful bi-color bag was offered last year, the exclusive Pretty Lady bi-colored stand up.....

California expects record walnut production
This year’s California walnut production forecast is at a record 575,000 tons despite a lack of chilling hours during winter and a drought that continues to impact the state. The forecast is up 1 percent from 2014's production of 570,000 tons. Crop quality is reported to be excellent with low disease and.....

AU citrus already in demand from ChAFTA
The Australia-China FTA (ChAFTA) would be a great thing for Australia’s wholesale fruit and vegetable exporters, but scaremongering over perceived threat to Australian jobs and politics has put a lot of would be supporters off side, according to Harvey Power, Principal of Summer Harvest, a fresh produce.....

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Over 170 different types of organic potato
"Heideniere" potato of the year 2015
The potato harvest is off to a good start, and delivers fine results in terms of flavor and quality. Late species can partially be harvest up until November. The bulbs are among the commonly bought foods of organic quality. They are about five percent of the total revenue on the potato market. The ecological.....

Spain: Increase in Almeria's pepper acreage
Almeria's pepper acreage is growing; a trend which should continue in the 2015/2016 campaign, when it is expected to increase again by at least 3 percent over the 9,378 hectares of the previous year, according to preliminary prospects of the Provincial Delegation of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment of.....

Hopes of expansion to Japan and Korea
Chinese market open door to Turkish cherries
Fresh fruit and vegetable exporters are preparing to enter the Chinese market with cherries. In this regard the bilateral protocols between the two countries have been completed and Turkish exporters are taking the necessary measures to gradually begin exporting other products. Chairman of the.....

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Slight price increase for French nectarines and peaches
Stonefruit availability dropping
The summer fruit season is expiring. With the dropping temperatures, availability of stonefruit on the wholesale markets is decreasing. “The apricot season is done,” Peter Schenk, CEO of Matthäus Schenk OHG on the Munich wholesale market, explains. “Currently, nectarines and peaches from France and Italy are.....

Sabbatical year plays havoc with Israel’s etrogs export
On average, Israeli farmers export 350,000 etrogs to the United States each fall holiday season, but only about half that amount on the tail of a shmita year, according to a report by Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture.Growing and selling the four species has become a major enterprise in Arab countries such as.....

Good expectations for September
Chicory price good
The mood in the chicory market is quite positive. This past May Gijs van Dongen from Nature's Gold said that growers would be 'in the black' this year, and he is still convinced of this, "We are not talking about a great year, but we are having a reasonable year."Good moodGijs says that they had good prices.....

Wide price range on apple market
The range of apples availableon the marketincreased with the arrival of Belgian Delbarestivale, Sissired and GreenStar and the German Goldparmäne. The availability of German Elstar apples increased, but their quality varied. Several batches looked and tasted great while others left something to be desired......

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Low potato yields for Switzerland
The extreme weather in Switzerland will affect the upcoming potato harvest. Tubers are small, so the supply is expected to be tight.The Swiss potato association Swisspatat reports a sale-able potato yield of 26.9 ton/ha This is close to the all time low of 26.2 ton/ha in 2003. Yield is 25% below the.....

Ukraine: Tomatoes for processing reach record high
Ukrainian processors are forced to purchase raw tomatoes at record high prices this year, according to Fruit-Inform.Current prices of tomatoes for canning are similar to those fixed in the fresh market and vary between UAH 2.20-2.80/kg (USD 0.09-0.12/kg). Prices in early September have never been higher than.....

Idared leads EU production growth rates
Idared is a leader in production growth rates among most popular apple varieties in the EU, according to the results of the market study "Apple Business of Ukraine, Russia & Kazakhstan 2015" conducted by Fruit-Inform.Idared is now the third most popular apple variety in the EU. Idared has also managed to.....


Expansion through cooperation
Brunsbuttel port: strong hinterland logistics
The Brunsbüttel Ports GmbH, owner and operator of the Brunsbüttel harbour as well as operator of Glückstädter harbour, is expanding its portfolio to include extensive storage capabilities in the nearby harbour Hinterland. Through the new cooperation with the China Logistik Centrum (CLC GmbH), the companies.....

Spread of pesticides over long distances burdens organic farming
Bioland demands ban on herbicides Pendimethalin and Prosulfocarb
Pesticides can contaminate the harvests of organic as well as conventional farmers in large areas around the point of origin. This is shown by case in Brandenburg. Since several years the fennel harvest at the organic farm “Gut Wilmersdorf” has been contaminated with residues of the herbicide Pendimethalin.....

Visit to Norway
Cooperativas Agro-alimentarias studies Norwegian equality model
Cooperativas Agro-alimentarias of Castile-La Mancha has travelled to Norway along with Cooperativas of Asturias, Castile-Leon, Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands in the framework of the programme "Entrepreneurship and Leadership of Rural Women in Cooperativas Agro-alimentarias," carried out by.....

The tug of war continues
Rewe wants to take over Tengelmann departments in NRW
The courting for supermarket chain Kaiser's Tengelmann continues. Now, head of Rewe Alain Caparros has expressed his own interest in Tengelmann. “We could also just take over the departments in NRW” (North Rhine-Westphalia), said Caparros. In the course of the planned fusion of Tengelmann and Edeka, Caparros.....


Turkey: 80% increase expected in pistachio production
The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock have predicted an 80% increase in pistachio yield compared to last year, to 144,112 tons. A statement from the Ministry, explains that this year's pistachio harvest is capable of being identified as accurately as possible; the “Pistachio yield.....


Israeli govt. seeks to settle crisis in agriculture sector
At the conclusion of a month of turmoil, full with widespread protests and extensive press coverage, Israeli farmers register a symbolic victory. The finance ministry has agreed to form a joint committee with the agriculture ministry and the Israeli farmers union to outline the core issues faced by farmers.....


VGI starts construction or 2,750 m2 new building
Hercuton has started the construction of a new 2,750 m2 building for Van Geest International in De Lier Westerlee. The new building will be opposite the current location. The choice of the new building was partially based on the growth of the company's activities, but the exporter also wants to rent space to.....


Fruit Rangers campaign now available in Germany
The "FruitRangers" campaign, started by the Dutch company FruitFactor, is now available in Germany. On July 30th 2015 the German website (also with an English option) www.fruitrangers.dewentonline. The campaign targets children between the ages of three and nine years old and tells the story of the fruit.....


Localised irrigation improves CO2 absorption in citrus plantations
A study on the capacity for net carbon fixation in citrus farms, carried out by the Valencian Institute of Agrarian Research (IVIA), has found that drip irrigation improved net CO2 assimilation in these plantations by more than 30% compared to traditional irrigation.The study, led by researchers of this.....


Polymer Logistics launches ‘CleanPal’ hygienic HDPE pallet
Polymer Logistics has launched the new ‘CleanPal’ hygienic pallet to rival wooden pallets.Features are said to include added durability, flexibility and overall cost savings in the supply chain.Polymer Logistics said food manufacturers are increasingly turning to plastic pallets in the face of food hygiene.....

UK: Basic food prices up 8%
A basket of everyday items, including tea bags, bananas, potatoes and milk, went up in price by nearly eight per cent over the past year, according to the Office for National Statistics.The figures for the 12 months to June have been released as part of a project to find new ways to monitor the list of.....

BLE Market newsletter week 35
German Williams Christ pears become more important
PearsItalian Santa Maria and Williams Christ pears dominated the trade. The availability of the German and Dutch Clapps Liebling grew. This variety couldn’t count on a high interest, thus their price went down. The importance of the German Williams Christ increased greatly and caused a diminished interest in.....


Latvia: Large vegetable farm, propagation greenhouse for sale
If you are looking to enter a new industry or market, this vegetable farm located in the central part of Latvia might be your thing. The company is specialized in the cultivation of carrots, cabbage, potatoes and other field vegetables, as well as spring onions. The company's 6,000 square meter.....


Oceania

Horticulture Innovation Australia
Two strategic appointments for fruit fly management
Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) welcomes two strategic contract appointments in the area of Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) Area Wide Management (AWM) and Sterile Insect Technique (SIT).The first announcement is Mr Dan Ryan who has been appointed to the role of Program Director of the SITplus.....


Nominations open for 2015 Fresh Carriers Hayward Medal
The Fresh Carriers Hayward Medal judging panel is once again calling on the kiwifruit industry to nominate their finest leaders for the 2015 award.The kiwifruit Industry Advisory Council (IAC) set up the Hayward Medal four years ago to honour the people who have led the industry and established it as a New.....

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AU: Construction underway for first fruit fly facility
The construction of Australia’s first facility to combat fruit fly has now commenced in Port Augusta, South Australia. The $3.8 million National Sterile Insect Technology (SIT) facility will aim to combat the spread of Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) in major horticulture growing regions. Construction of the.....

AU: Strong action from tomato anti-dumping commission
The Statement of Essential Facts (SEF) by the Anti-Dumping Commission (ADC), has found that imported processed tomatoes from two Italian companies (Feger and La Doria) have been illegally dumped in Australia.The Commissioner is recommending preliminary dumping duties be imposed at margins of 7.5% and 5.1%......

NZ: Licences keep gold kiwifruit boom under control
The number of hectares of kiwifruit is expected to increase across the Bay of Plenty as the industry booms. However, those wanting to grow gold kiwifruit may be in for a long wait as Zespri has no plans to release any more licences, despite high demand.Zespri chief operating officer Simon Limmer said it had.....


World


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Worldwide: Sipo presents new products at Macfrut
The new edition of Macfrut in Rimini will be very interesting for Gruppo Sipo, also at an international level. General manager Massimiliano Ceccarini, who followed the organising process, is sure it will be a success".This year's bran new initiative is"Dal Campo alla Tavola: For Real!" (From the field to the.....


World Food Moscow
Worldwide: Insalata dell'Orto in Moscow to conquer new markets
"Attending World Food Moscow is an opportunity to penetrate new markets and increase our international clientèle. We will present our packed unwashed products with a guaranteed shelf-life," explains Cinzia Busana fromL'Insalata dell'Orto."We will showcase our product mixes that combine the more traditional.....

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How to perfectly skin a watermelon
It’s nothing more than a party trick and doesn’t require too much special skill. Just get two similar shaped watermelons, shave down one while cutting the other in half and then insert the ‘skinned’ watermelon into the shell of the other. Magic!Source: gizmodo.com.au


"We should not expect much (short term) change in Russia"
Belgian fresh produce sector waiting for breakthroughs in the U.S. and Brazil
After the Russian boycott last year many European exporters started searching for new markets, and the search continues this year as well. Veerle Van der Sypt from Fresh Trade Belgium says that they are fully committed to promoting the export of fruits and vegetables, "Searching for new markets and improving.....


Biodiversity stored in seeds
More than 7 million seed samples are stored at about 1,750 banks scattered around the world; a great contrast compared with the 1970s, when only a dozen centres existed."To continue producing the food we need we have to improve our varieties" at a time when the climate, the forms of production or consumer.....


Retail


Albertsons says Haggen suit is 'attempt to deflect attention'
South African tycoon Christo Wiese eyes UK supermarkets
UK: Co-operative back in profit The Manchester headquartered Co-operative Group is back in profit, but warned annual results would see a drop in earnings due to investment under a sweeping overhaul. The group said its supermarket business saw sales growth of 0.8% and posted a 21% rise in.....



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