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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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2015 may be record high
US: Looking forward to a strong blueberry season
“US blueberry supply has a very good forecast for this year,” says Kyla Oberman with Naturipe Farms. Currently, Florida production is at its peak and Georgia production has just begun and will continue to increase in the next two to four weeks. As far as the US West Coast, Californiasupply is looking to be.....

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Two largest ports in the nation affected
US (CA): Port truckers on strike
Several hundred truck drivers at the US’ largest port complex of Los Angeles and Long Beach were striking Monday against four ground-shipment companies. The drivers are unhappy as they are classified as independent contractors and not employees, leaving them with fewer workplace protections and lower pay.....

Domestic demand strong for California cherries
Demand for cherries is very strong for domestic and export markets as the California cherry season gets underway. The volume of crop has increased significantly in California since last year when the state experienced a crop failure. “Currently we’re at half our crop potential with 5.5 – 5.75 million boxes.....

New fears of Grexit after stalled negotiations
The threat of a Grexit is again in the air. Negotiations for a new aid package worth 7.2 billion Euro last Friday yielded no results, thus feeding the speculation machine. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, chairman of the Eurogroup, is not giving up and reiterated that a detailed list of reforms is needed before the.....


First edition of Freskon a success!
The first 'Freskon' International Exhibition of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables, held from 23 to 25 April at Thessaloniki International Exhibition Centre, exceeded all expectations. The goal of TIF-Helexpo to promote 'Freskon' as a point of reference for the sector in the broader region of South-East Europe and.....

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Cabbage prices triple
Russia tightens boycott
Russia has taken the first step to tighten the sanctions against Europe. Re-exports from Bulgaria have been prohibited since last weekend and the Kremlin does not discard adding more countries to the list. The reason is alleged document fraud. Cabbage prices in Russia have tripled over the past six months;.....


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Cherries for $47 at Shanghai retailer
Cherries for 47 USD and a bouquet of roses for 75 USD? It is possible in China. Last week during the Hortiflorexpo, I had a chance to visit several luxury retailers in Shanghai to see what kind of fresh produce they have to offer, and most important; for what kind of price!I visited Ole', a luxury retailer.....

Fruits and vegetables continue to be the largest organic category
US: Close to 20,000 certified organic operations
Across the country, more and more people are looking for organic options at their local markets. Thanks to the remarkable growth in the number of domestic and international certified organic operations, Americans now have more choices than ever.According to the USDA, there were 19,474 certified organic.....


Nostalgia, health and environment: packaging trends
Packagings are constantly undergoing renewal. Market demands and requirements are ever changing, as are applications. What are the packaging trends and developments, and how do producers respond to that?Self-service in storesBunzl sees an increase of self-service in stores. Mariska Zweden of Bunzl mentions.....

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US(IN): Locally grown produce from indoor vertical farm
“We grow produce in a controlled environment, which allows us to deliver a safe and high quality product year -round,” says Robert Colangelo with Green Sense Farms. The company grows leafy greens, micro greens, culinary herbs and lettuce in a pesticide-free, herbicide-free and non-GMO environment. The.....


Tesco Lotus to expand in Thailand | X5 Retail announces 5000th store
Kroger and Tesco breaks exclusive relationship
Customer science and data company Dunnhumby has announced that it will end its exclusive partnership with supermarket chain Kroger in order to work with other US retailers and fast-moving consumer goods clients, thedrum.com reports. The move comes as Tesco tries to make Dunnhumby more appealing as it.....



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Italy: Flavour Valley launched new endive campaign
"We will start in early May with the harvesting of curly and plain endive. This year, the weather has been good - temperatures weren't too cold in March-April except for last week, though luckily they only slowed the cycle down rather than damaging it, so there is no problem from a quality and yield.....

Record-breaking apple exports to Ukraine
Polish apple exports to Ukraine have grown sixfold over the last year, as Russia still upholds a trade embargo with Poland.The export market for Polish apples in Ukraine increased by 4,000 metric tonnes to 25,000 metric tonnes between July 2014 and March of this year, according to fruit-inform.com, a website.....

Alisio 15 ®: new early peach cultivar for fresh fruit market
Scientists at Murcia Institute of Agri-Food Research and Development (IMIDA) in La Alberca (Murcia, Spain) have developed Alisio 15®, a new cultivar peach for fresh fruit market. The info on this new cultivar was published last February on HortScience journal.The scientists explain that Alisio 15® resulted.....

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Irish apple growers turn to heaters
The heavy frosts forecast for this week could wreak havoc in Ireland’s orchards, according to Co. Tipperary apple grower Cornelius Traas.“I have already heard of a pear grower losing his entire crop for the year, as a result of the heavy frost which affected the North Dublin area at the weekend,” he said......

Murcia arrests for exploiting foreign ag workers
Officers of the Policia Nacional have arrested two Spaniards and an Algerianin Torreaguera, just a few kilometres east of the city of Murcia, on charges of failing to respect the rights of foreigners working on local farmland and encouraging illegal immigration.The investigation into the Torreaguera company.....


Vegetable horrors without an Anliker vegetable cutter
In four images the advertising agency Werbeanstalt show the kitchen equipment made by manufacturer Anliker. The theme is: Wrong cutters are horrific for vegetables. Anliker food processors are among the absolute best in the world and it is almost impossible to run a catering company without them. For the.....

Aldi worker becomes internet sensation
A young man from Horwich in Greater Manchester has become an unexpected internet sensation after he was photographed walking a frail old man home from the supermarket.Aldi worker Christian Trouesdale, 18, said he had received a “crazy reaction” with messages of support flooding in from as far afield as.....

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Making food and eating it
Versatile pavilion at World Expo Milan
An open stand in the form of a festival, a restaurant on a carousel, food trucks with names like the Flying Dutchmen and the 'Filostoof'...The Dutch contribution to the 2015 World Expo in Milan promises to be a spectacular affair. In the Holland pavilion Dutch company life will be presented under the theme.....


Oceania

AU: High hopes for quashing cucumber virus
Scientists are hopeful of confining a deadly cucumber virus to a single farm near Charters Towers after tests on surrounding properties came up negative.Scientists tested another small crops property nearby and a third farm further away at Black River, northwest of Townsville.Cucumber green mottle mosaic.....


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Grating lemon: you've been doing it wrong
The kitchen cutting tips that have been popping up on the internet over the last few years are part of some of the small things that make life better. Now there is one for grating citrus. Turn the grater around! Do not use all your might to grate the lemon on the grater, but instead run the grater over the.....

Can eating the world's hottest pepper kill you?
The strong and sometimes overwhelming effects that come with eating spicy food are caused by one small chemical found in chili peppers: capsaicin. The discomfort of eating high amounts of capsaicin is meant to deter overconsumption, but for those able to overcome both the physical and mental pain, the.....

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Botswana: Tomato incubator to boost production
According to a press release from the Local Enterprise Authority (LEA), during the first cycle under the revised incubation programme model, Glen Valley will produce about 300 tonnes of tomatoes per month, which constitute 2.5 percent of the total national demand.The production comes after LEA instituted a.....


XSIT system dramatically reducing FCM population in South Africa
In 1976, the insect Thaumatotibia leucotreta , also known as False Codling Moth (FCM) established itself in Citrusdal, South Africa’s oldest citrus exporting region. This put citrus exports in a precarious position, with some growers reporting losses of up to 50-60% of their crops. Nevill Boersma, Quality.....


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Tesco Lotus to expand in Thailand | X5 Retail announces 5000th store
Kroger and Tesco breaks exclusive relationship
Customer science and data company Dunnhumby has announced that it will end its exclusive partnership with supermarket chain Kroger in order to work with other US retailers and fast-moving consumer goods clients, thedrum.com reports. The move comes as Tesco tries to make Dunnhumby more appealing as it.....



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