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Monday, August 03, 2015

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Import requirements for Medfly host commodities from Chile
Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is implementing restrictions on all commercial consignments of Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata or Medfly) host commodities imported into the United States from Chile.The APHIS announcement below on updating import.....


Africa urged to exploit Russian opportunities
Russia opened doors for Mexican berries, avocados and lemons
The Russian borders are now open for Mexican produce from Jalisco. The first shipments of avocados, berries, lemon, cactus and other produce will start within 6 months. Currently, Jalisco is the leading producer of raspberry and blueberry, with 1,512 and 611 hectares planted, respectively, while.....

Canadian cherries are well received in Europe and Asia
“Canadian cherries are the best in the world,” says Thierry Delapre with A.M.S. Export. “They are grown in the Okanagan Valley and the Okanagan Lake brings temperatures down at night, resulting in the desired firmness of cherries.” The region didn’t have to deal with high temperatures that other cherry.....

Canned vegetable manufacturer HAK for sale
Canned vegetables manufacturer HAK will possibly be sold according to sources within the market says Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.The current owner NPM Capital, an investment company, hired Rabobank to check the strategical options of the company. NPM Capital is for more than 10 years owner of HAK. The.....

California table grape harvest well underway
The 2015-16 California table grape season is well underway with the crop estimated at 113.3 million 19-pound boxes, a harvest slightly larger than that of 2014. Harvesting began early in both the Coachella and San Joaquin valleys and shipments of green, red and black, seeded and seedless grapes are making.....

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Collaboration paying off for New Zealand’s avocado industry
Plans to quadruple sales of New Zealand avocados by 2023 is off to a roaring start with the industry almost hitting the half way mark last season with a record 7.1m trays worth $135m harvested during 2014-15 season.Chief Executive of NZ Avocado, Jen Scoular, says the goal is to achieve $280m worth of sales.....


South Africa: Tru-Cape fights good fight for hearts, minds and tummies of children
Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, the largest marketer and distributor of South African-grown apples and pears, is working hard to draw children away from sugary drinks and fast food to rather eat more healthy fruit and vegetables.Managing Director Roelf Pienaar says that the company is repeating the extremely.....

Malaysians will soon get a taste of Pakistan
The Pakistan High Commission has launched a festival of mangoes to promote the fruit from the South-Central Asian country, which is the world’s sixth largest producer of the fruit.The promotional launch, held at Sunway Giza today, involves 30 hypermarkets in the Klang Valley – including Econsave, Aeon, Giant.....

Italian citrus production affected by drought, disease
Italy's citrus production for the 2014-2015 season is expected to take a hit due to a lack of water and the Citrus Tristeza Virus (CTV).Italian orange production for the 2014-2015 season is expected to be 24 percent lighter than production from the previous season, according to a report by the U.S......

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Tas growers push for in-house quarantine officers
The move towards having Authorized (quarantine) Officers (AO’s), rather than Federal Government officers for Tasmanian exporters, is a natural progression, according to Lucy Gregg, Marketing Manager of Reid Fruits. “Quite a few people have been trained already as AO’s, and they can undertake inspections for.....



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Turkey: Organic strawberries watered by the sun
In Konya’s Huyuk district, farmers are taking advantage of irrigation technology, thanks to agricultural subsidies for farmers turning to organic strawberry production. Having given up growing grain and cereals, farmers who previously carried out dryland farming have installed solar panels,.....

Turkey: Watermelons most highly sold items during Ramadan
Turkish Retailers Federation (TPF) Chairman Mustafa Altunbilekle states that during Ramadan sales increased as much as 35%, varying by region, in comparison with the previous month, as reported by corumhaber.net. Sales of meat were high in Asia Minor especially, and across Turkey in general high sales were.....

Quality of Ukrainian apples needs to catch up with Europe
The past marketing year disproved all of the bold apple price predictions in Ukraine. The panic among producers connected to the lack if demand and critically low apple prices, gave way to excitement among buyers and soaring prices in just the first few weeks of winter. During the three months.....

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Turkey: Pickling cucumber harvest starts late
In the Cubuk district, a flat plain 38 km north of Ankara, the pickling cucumber harvest has begun. District Chamber of Agriculture chairman Orhan Gulle, said in a statement to an Anadolu Agency reporter, that this year's cucumbers are being cultivated to be sold at the 11th edition of the.....

Project aims to rid potato sector of Blackleg disease
The bacterial disease blackleg has proved to be a tough one to control but it is hoped a £300,000 joint AHDB Potatoes and Scottish Government research project, now in its final year, will come up with some of the answers.Gerry Saddler, of SASA, has been working on secondment to the project.Speaking to.....

German officials go bananas over major cocaine find
Police in Germany have reported finding hundreds of kilograms of cocaine hidden inside shipments of bananas sent to supermarket chains in the north and west of the country. The drugs' street value is in the millions.BananenGerman authorities announced Friday that some 400 kilograms (880 pounds) of cocaine.....

Ukraine: August fruit and vegetable price prognosis
August is the month for the lowest fruit and vegetable prices. The price of melons and watermelons is already significantly falling every week. Soon, so will the price of domestic apples and pears. However, the changeable weather is not allowing fruit and vegetables to become as cheap as.....

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Beijing International Import Food Expo 2015: Chinese love Turkish dried fruits
Turkey is the world leader in the production and export of seedless raisins, dried figs, dried apricots and pistachios, and the promotion drive of these products is gaining pace in China. Participating in Beijing International Import Food Expo (CIPFA 2015), Turkey’s Dried Fruit Promotion Group.....

Only a third of Ukrainian exporters benefit from EU preferences
Only one third of Ukrainian exporters benefited from the autonomous trade preferences which were granted to Ukraine by the European Union. As a EvroPravdy correspondent reports, this is according to a study conducted by the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting based on a.....

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Belarus: Domestic demand greenhouse vegetables to be met within 5 years
In 5 years' time Belarus' domestic demand for greenhouse vegetables should be met in full, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said during his visit to Minsk Vegetable Factory on 31 July, BelTA has learned.“Let's agree to have this issue settled within the next five years. We should build a necessary.....

Agri-food accounts for 7% of overall E.U. exports in 2014
The E.U. maintained its position as the world's number one exporter in 2014, with agri-food exports representing more than 7% of all goods exported and with a net surplus of €18 billion, the European Commission said on July 31.Currently, the top five destinations for EU28 agri-food exports are the U.S.,.....

Copa and Cogeca to hold mass demonstration for action on market prices
Copa and Cogeca are to hold mass demonstration in Brussels in September to call for action to improve the drastic market situation hit by Russian crisis.Copa and Cogeca have welcomed as a step forward the EU Commission move to introduce new measures to support EU fruit and vegetable growers and dairy.....


Oceania

AU: Property checks for fruit fly in Kununurra
Kununurra properties will be inspected as part of efforts to retain the Ord River Irrigation Area’s freedom from the pest, Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly).Department plant biosecurity director John van Schagen said department officers would begin visiting properties in town tomorrow (23 July) to inspect for.....


NZ: Bay of Plenty grower receives President's Award
Horticulture New Zealand presented its inaugural President’s Award to lifelong kiwifruit industry supporter and grower Ian Greaves last week.The award was presented to Ian by HortNZ president Julian Raine at the Horticulture New Zealand conference awards dinner in Rotorua. Hort NZ President Julian Raine.....

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World


Total global trade worth 1.7 billion euros
Netherlands losing ground in fresh mushroom trade
Worldwide, 1.7 billion euros worth of fresh and processed mushrooms are traded. The Dutch share is roughly 30%. Volume-wise, this is 1.2 million tonnes. In terms of value, the international trade in fresh mushrooms accounted for 800 million euros in 2014. A total of 730 million euros in mushroom preserves.....


Lactic acid bacteria to improve safety and shelf-life of fresh cut fruit and vegetables
The consumption of fresh cut fruits and vegetables continues to increase, but the use of chemical preservatives not always are able to guarantee the safety of fresh cut fruits and vegetables during their shelf-life that is of 4-10 days at refrigerated temperatures. For this reason, scientists are stimulated.....

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SeekaFresh Kiwiberries – the fresh berry super snack
A sweet, ready-to-eat taste sensation, SeekaFresh kiwiberries are quickly becoming a family favourite. Retailed in the fresh berry section, SeekaFresh kiwiberries pack the tangy taste of fresh kiwifruit into a bite-sized berry that’s perfect for kids’ lunches, a quick snack, or a healthy addition to your.....


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Casino declares itself a ‘good citizen’ in agrifood price dispute
Morrisons is expected to lose 25% profit
NZ: Countdown's top-3 products are bananas, tomatoes and broccoli A spokesperson for Countdown, one of New Zealand’s biggest supermarket chains, told Radio New Zealand that many consumers are buying fresh produce instead of the myriad chemical-laden junk on shelves. “The first department our customers see.....



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