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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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South African authorities doing everything to ensure proper procedures are followed
With the South African Valencia exports just getting into full flow, the threat of an export ban into Europe is back in the news. It has been rumoured that four interceptions of Citrus Black Spot have now been made, but this has not been confirmed.Despite all the best efforts and rigorous controls by South.....

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Improving vegetable and fruit supply for 1M Chinese
Golden Wing Mau joins hands with Bayer CropScience
On July 3rd, 2014 Shenzhen Golden Wing Mau Enterprise Development Co., Ltd. and Bayer CropScience Vegetable Seeds signed a strategic collaboration agreement on sustainable development of vegetable production. Mr. Jason, general manager of Golden Wing Mau and Mr. Rolf Schrauwen, global head of marketing of.....


Israel: Fig demand this year higher than anticipated
For the Israeli company Avniv Israel, the fig campaign is divided in two stages, with the first starting in May and going on with a continuous harvest at several locations until August, “when we normally stop due to the start of the Turkish season and also because we cannot compete with the domestic.....


US: New citrus rules call for smaller fruit sizes
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has adopted a rule that will reduce the size and grade requirements for grapefruit and oranges grown in the lower Rio GrandeValley.These rules are in response to market demand and maximize shipments of fresh fruit, according too the agency.The new rule changed the size.....

LINKFRESH looks to streamline supply chain with ERP software
With a strong focus on the fresh produce industry, LINKFRESH's ERP software can help streamline the process that takes products from the field to the consumer's hands. Integrated within Microsoft's Dynamics enterprise software, the LINKFRESH software suite can make the supply chain easier to handle.“The.....

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Peter Maes, Zeghers
"Shortage of lemons causes high prices"
Demand for lemons is currently high, but the volumes just can't keep up. This is mostly related to the shortages that developed during cultivation in Argentina. Over half of the lemons couldn't be harvested. The Spanish lemon season was already a month longer this year. That's what Peter Maes of importing.....

The Produce Mom honours Nature Fresh Farms as 2014 Partner of the Year
Nature Fresh Farms has been named the 2014 Produce Mom Partner of the Year. The recognition was announced at the 27th Annual Indianapolis Fruit Company Trade Show.“All of my partners are valued. The Partner of the Year recognition is like a team’s MVP award,” explains Lori Taylor, The Produce Mom. “Nature.....


US (CA): Citrus growers, legislators push for putting water bond on ballot
Standing near a water-starved citrus grove in east Fresno County, farmers, legislators and agriculture leaders on Tuesday urged public support for a multibillion-dollar water bond to build new reservoirs.Agriculture officials say that without more above-ground water storage, California will continue to.....


Depron absorption base ensures longer shelf life for strawberries
Depron has succeeded in developing an absorption base which demonstrably lengthens shelf life of strawberries. The HAS University of Applied Sciences in Den Bosch has, after extensive tests, determined that strawberries cultivated in open field have a longer shelf life if the traditional bubble wrap is.....

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Italy: Foreign demand of mini-watermelons increasing slightly
"Slight increase in the consumption of mini-watermelons abroad in the last ten days, though prices are lower than 2013," explains Antonio Latorrata, sole administrator of Agricola Ceres srl.Antonio Latorrata.The company cultivates mainly table grapes, followed by citrus fruit, apricots, cabbages and.....


UK: Anglesey vegetable grower launches search for Wales' oldest carrot
Medwyn Williams wants to track down the vegetable, which dates back to the 16th century.One of the UK’s most successful vegetable growers has launched a search for Wales’s oldest variety of carrot - dating back to the 16th century.Produce from Medwyn Williams’ Anglesey gardens have just gone on sale at.....

New white organic French fries
Demand for Organic foods in both retail and food service continues to soar compelling Russet House, the third largest sweet potato processor in North America to announce their launch of Organic White Fries in early fall of 2014. This comes as a result of the enormous success of their organic sweet potato.....

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Vegetables were imported from Poland
Over tonne of thrips-contaminated aubergines blocked in Russia
Over a tonne of thrips-contaminated aubergines held off in Kaliningrad, Russia The vegetables were imported from Poland.Detection of Californian Thrips – a pest of most vegetable crops and flower plants – has been confirmed by laboratory analysis tests. Contaminated aubergines (1.1 tonne) have been sent for.....

Romania to import Moldovan fruit and vegetables
Romania's Prime Minister, Victor Ponta, and his Moldovan counterpart, Lurie Leanca, reached an agreement for the import of fresh and canned fruits and vegetables from Moldova in an attempt to mitigate the effects of the Russian Federation's announced restrictions on the import of Moldovan agricultural.....


Ukrainian fresh produce prohibited access into Russia
On Tuesday, July 29, the Russian consumer rights regulator, Rospotrebnadzor, suspended the import of canned fruit, vegetables and fish from Ukraine, RIA Novosti learned at the agency’s press office.According to the regulator, inspections of canned fruit, vegetables and fish made in Ukraine showed that.....


Oceania

Australian Made calls for mandatory country-of-origin labelling across all food products
The Australian Made Campaign is renewing its call for mandatory country-of-origin labelling across all food products, after Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) revealed that this information would remain optional on a small range of unpackaged foods.FSANZ was originally instructed to develop a.....


Asian demand a boon to NZ food and beverage market
High-value foods and beverages are in demand in Asia - and New Zealand is cashing in on the trend. A new report published by the NZ government shows the increased demand is driving export growth and diversification in the country.The report, “What Does Asia Want for Dinner? Emerging Market Opportunities for.....

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Africa


South African authorities doing everything to ensure proper procedures are followed
With the South African Valencia exports just getting into full flow, the threat of an export ban into Europe is back in the news. It has been rumoured that four interceptions of Citrus Black Spot have now been made, but this has not been confirmed.Despite all the best efforts and rigorous controls by South.....


World

Due to lack of adherence to international standards
50% of agricultural production in Arab countries has to be destroyed
Hassan Al Nuaimi, Director of the Regional Bureau for the Arab Organization for Agricultural Investment and Development, said that the neglect of standards and international food safety requirements led to the destruction of 50% of the agricultural products in the Arab world, thereby contributing to an.....


Public-private partnership (PPP) program:
Philippine Ports Authority plans to privatize 3 ports in Mindanao
State-run Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) plans to privatize 3 ports in Mindanao under the government's public-private partnership (PPP) program.Juan Sta. Ana, PPA general manager, said among the Mindanao ports that would privatized through the PPP route is that in Davao.The Davao Port has a capacity of.....

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Maersk unveils low-sulphur surcharge, but customers of other carriers must wait
Maersk Line is preparing customers for a low-sulphur fuel surcharge of up to $150 per 40ft container after January 1, when stricter ship emission regulations are enforced in the emission control areas (ECAs) of Europe and the US.However, with less than six months until the deadline, most other major ocean.....


Port of Antwerp handled up to 98,229,046 tonnes in H1 2014
The port of Antwerp handled 98,229,046 tonnes of freight in the first six months of 2014. That is 2.7% more than in the same period last year, itself already a record year. Container freight once more contributed good growth figures, while liquid bulk too continued the upward trend, the company said in its.....


Retail

‘School Tools for Cool Kids’ School supply drive at Publix
Publix Super Markets invites our community to participate in a program to collect school supplies for children in Suwannee County. This program is similar to “Stuff the Bus.” Store customers can purchase donation tickets which range from $5 to $10. The school supplies will then be packaged and delivered to.....


Aldi and Lidl 'Victors In Supermarket War'
Discounters Aldi and Lidl have seen their market share surge as Britain's four biggest outlets suffer in the ongoing bitter supermarket war.Research firm Kantar Worldpanel said in the three months to June 20, both of the German-based retailers saw significant growth compared to the same period last year.It.....

Joe Fresh stores open in Saudi Arabia in Loblaw and Fawaz A. Alhokair & Co. deal
Loblaw, owner of the Joe Fresh brand, in partnership with Fawaz A. Alhokair & Co., has announced the opening of the first three Joe Fresh stores in Saudi Arabia.The first 4,800sq ft store in Mall of Dhahran opened on 2 July 2014, followed by the 4,500sq ft in the Sahara Mall which opened on 11 July 11.....

B&M announces strong first quarter results
UK discount chain B&M has announced strong first quarter results. Group sales rose by 39 per cent to £367 million, while UK sales alone increased by 22.6 per cent to £341.2 million.Like-for-like sales was down slightly to 6 per cent from 7 per cent in 2013.Terry Leahy, former chief executive of Tesco, is.....

Morrisons appoints Poundland's Higginson Chairman
UK supermarket chain Wm Morrison has announced that it has appointed the Poundland chairman, Andrew Higginson, as its new chairman.The current chairman, Ian Gibson, will retire from Morrisons in 2015, while Higginson will join Morrisons' board at the start of October as non-executive deputy chairman and.....

Tesco experiences record sales decline
Tesco experienced a massive 3.8 per cent decline in sales for the 12 weeks ending July 20, according to Kantar Worldpanel data. The decline is the worst in two decades, since comparable records began in 1994.It again lost more of its UK market share, with a decrease of 1.4 per cent to 28.9 per cent. This is.....



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