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Monday, September 01, 2014

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US (WA): Apple growers ready for big crop
With the possibility of one the state's biggest apple crops on the horizon, Washington's apple growers are bracing for near-record production this year. With many other apple-growing regions throughout the United States, and around the world, poised to have big years, Washington's growers are preparing to.....

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Peru: Photo report Expoalimentaria 2014 in Lima
The sixth edition of Expoalimentaria, the region's largest international fair about food, beverages, machinery, equipment, supplies, packaging, services, restaurants and gastronomy, was held in Lima between 27 and 29 August. The event has become an international meeting point of exporting companies and.....


Sofruileg announce partnership with Italian company
Sofruileg made a new partnership with Groupe ORTOFRUIT ITALIA de Saluzzo (Piémont). This new alliance is a continuation of the development of planting variety Arguta Hortgem NERGI in EUROPE and plans initially 500 acres of new plantings.In the next 5 years the planning will be to sell over 60 million units.....


Aviation warning after small eruption
Monday again red alert over Iceland volcano
Iceland's authorities have raised the aviation warning code for a region close to the sub-glacial Bardarbunga volcano after a small fissure eruption in the area. Eruption this morning happened in roughly the same place as one on Friday. The red warning code means no flights are allowed in an area of about 40.....


Brazil is expected to increase its apple imports
Estimates are that the Brazilian apple production will decrease slightly during 2014 because of adverse weather conditions and reduced plantings.According to a report by the USDA, the total area planted with apples in Brazil in 2014 could be decline to 37,579 hectares, 2% less than in the previous year,.....

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“Best of both worlds” melon
Game changing FIJI offers reduced labour for producers
HM.CLAUSE, a company dealing in melon seed sales, has announced increased availability of FIJI. FIJI is a “best of both worlds” melon from HM.CLAUSE’s HARRIS MORAN commercial brand that provides labour savings for growers while still delivering a mouth-watering eating experience for consumers. FIJI’s field.....


Europe and U.S. want to impose more sanctions
First direct imports from Africa and China to Russia
Russia remains committed to producing its own crops. A seed company will try to make the Omsk region independent of Dutch imports. Furthermore, Russia continues to look for new suppliers in Africa and Asia. At the border, a shipment from the Netherlands was rejected because it was unclear to the customs.....

US (CA): Lettuce market strong
Warm weather along California's Central Coast has made for dips in supplies of lettuce. That's resulted in strong prices and a strong market for lettuce coming out of California.“The market for lettuce has been quite strong, even in spite of the holiday weekend, which has a tendency to disrupt normal.....


Dr Martyn Davies, CEO of Frontier Advisory South Africa
What does Africa need to tap into its potential?
Dr Martyn Davies, CEO of Frontier Advisory, a leading strategic and advisory firm specialising in the development of emerging markets, took part in the recent edition of Fresh Connections Southern Africa, held in Pretoria on 13 and 14 August, where he outlined the current economic situation of South Africa.....

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Italy: Early harvesting of pears
"Counterseasonal Abate pears from overseas did not do well on the Italian market, so much so that stocks only finished 25 days ago, much later than usual," explains an operator."In particular, the quality of Abate pears from Chile was not very good due to russeting and to the fact that there was a lot of.....

Chiquita claims NGO's statements are "wrong"
US: Chiquita mulls lawsuit over NGO allegations
Chiquita Brands International is considering whether to sue an NGO that has issued a lawsuit over the banana supplier's alleged false marketing claims.The produce giant told just-food it may hit Water and Sanitation Health with its own suit for defamation after the NGO accused the company of "unfair and.....



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‘Superfood’ berries benefit from raw food trend
In line with raw food and a healthy lifestyle in general, berries have been quick to jump on the bandwagon. The consumption of blueberries in particular increases significantly, but other berries grow in popularity as well.Honey berryA little-known berry is the honey berry. The honey berry,.....


Kristien Van Essche, 't Hoogveld: "Consumers do not notice it"
Apple growers fear difficult year
At the fruit company 't Hoogveld in Bertem apple production is the top priority. At the company, various varieties of apples are grown, in particular Zari, Gala and Decosta," says Kristien Van Essche, who runs the company together with Eddy Decoster. She said that right now it is quiet on the market. "The.....

Germany: Asian fruit fly causing more and more problems
The Asian fruit fly is originally from Asia and established itself in Southern Europe a number of years ago. Now the vermin has penetrated into the German Hessen. The white or cream coloured larvae are destroying the fruit flesh of cherries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries in gardens. Wine grapes.....

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Germany: Stable sales volumes of organic fruit
German households bought on average 2.2 kg of organic fruit in the first half of 2014. This is the same amount as last year during the same period, reports the German Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) (Agricultural market information service) on their website. The average from the last five years.....


Researcher:
Britain’s farms could be ‘overwhelmed’ by pests within 30 years
A predicted rise in pests could cause vast bread and potato shortages and force the nation to change its diet, scientists claim.According to a study, Britain’s farms could be ‘overwhelmed’ by pests within the next 30 years and the risk to crops has been ‘significantly underestimated’.One in ten pest types.....

Soil Association urges UK public to make a small change to organic
The Soil Association has launched 2014’s Organic September campaign – the UK’s biggest celebration of all things organic, which takes place in a year which saw the organic market return to growth and scientific evidence showed nutritional differences in organic vegetables, fruit and cereals Building on the.....


Vitaal Europe celebrates tenth anniversary
This weekend, Vitaal Europe celebrates its 10th anniversary! Robert Voskamp, now Sales Director, started on his own, 10 years ago, in a small office at ABC Westland in Poeldijk. Now 7 people work at the Poeldijk office, and 3 at the office in Emmen.Some years back, Vitaal Europe established a separate.....

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Nico Schaft: "Boot limes come by air"
New harvest of Brazilian limes from 888 Fruit Company
888 Fruit Company has new Brazilian limes in. The first containers from Cool Control in Maasdijk arrived yesterday. "We started with a new supplier and we have already received limes via air. Due to the good quality of the limes we will continue on with boot limes," says Nico Schaft, who gets a new supply.....


Rene Tunker and Edwin Steenbergen:
"Flying start for Van Den Bos Freshpartners"
On the first of November 2013 Van den Bos Freshpartners opened a fully renovated cooling house at ABC Westland in Poeldijk. Although the Van den Bos group was originally specialised in the international sales and cooled storage and transhipment of lily bulbs, the extension fit into the group's strategy of.....


UK: How growers can draw down on the €125 million EU support measures
The NFU outlines the preliminary details of the how UK growers will be able to draw down on the €125 million of EU support measures for fruit & veg, announced in response to the import restrictions imposed by Russia on 6 August.Last week the Commission announced it will make available €125 million of.....

Mainly more pears and greenhouse vegetables
Dutch fruit and vegetable export up 9% in first half year
Export of fresh fruit and vegetables from Dutch soil amounted to over 1.5 billion kilos in the first half of 2014. 9 percent more was exported than in 2013. In particular, export of pear (+81%), tomato (+13%), cucumber (16%) and bell pepper (14%) was significantly higher. Export from the Netherlands to.....


Spiessens first on potato demo day:
Drum to wash potatoes without water
On the Potato Demo Day in Westmaas, Spiessens showed something new: A drum to wash potatoes without using water. The product only comes into contact with soft rubber, so damage is prevented. Depending on the load and the rotation speed, washing can take place very thoroughly. With the slogan "don't transport.....


Singer Sting charges 262 Euro for harvesting his grapes
The Telegraph reported on a story that has caused some controversy. The singer Sting offers the chance to harvest the grapes and olives from his plot in Tuscany, but the uniqueness of this story is that the musician charges 262 Euro for the job.The singer of Every breath you takesays that harvesting grapes.....

German Öko-Institute: how much does eating healthy cost?
Is healthy food actually expensive? The German Öko-Institute researched what costs are hidden from Germans in the food industry. The research showed that the general diet of Germans nowadays is anything but sustainable and healthy: too much meat, fat, and sugar. More than half of all Germans are overweight.....

Spain: Region of Valencia to promote horticultural product consumption
The Region of Valencia, Spain, will promote the consumption of horticultural products to help ease the effects of the Russian ban on European fruits and vegetables, which according to estimates from agricultural organisations, will lead to losses of over 500 million Euro for the Region.The president of the.....

Bulgaria: Russian embargo losses may exceed $6.7 million (USD)
Direct losses to Bulgaria's economy from the Russian embargo on goods range from BGN 5 to 10 million ($3.4 to 6.7 million USD), and this figure does not even include indirect losses, caretaker minister of agriculture and food Vasil Grudev told reporters."Our producers suffer from illegal imports of fruit,.....


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AU: Family adapts to change in stonefruit industry
Robert and Robyn Hood, their daughters Michelle and Julie, and older brother Bill, of Newrybar, came to the north coast of New South Wales already familiar with stonefruit and orchard production. So they revelled in the warmer climate, compared to their first foray into horticulture in western Sydney. This.....


AU: Supporting local citrus growers
Regional consumers are often better placed than those in the city to eat and shop local. Outside city areas is where the food is grown and can be on your dinner plate direct from the farmer.ABC Riverland's talking to local food producers over the next few weeks about what fresh food is in season and how to.....

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AU: Piñata Honey Gold mangoes set for bumper season
Honey Gold mango flowering is in full bloom in the Northern Territory, indicating to producer Piñata Farms that a bumper season can be expected this summer.An unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, captured this view (above) of Peter and Julie Deans’ Honey Gold mango crop at Katherine. The Deans have been.....


AU: Apples, grape, strawberries could soon be treated with radiation
Apples, grapes, strawberries and other popular fruits could soon be treated with radiation before lobbing on shelves.The nation’s food watchdog has recommended allowing apples, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, honeydew, rockmelon, strawberries, table grapes, zucchini and squash to be zapped.....

Australia’s native nut is in bloom and so are its prices
Australia’s native nut is flowering — and so are its ­exports.Commercial production of macadamias began in 1974, and from humble beginnings the industry now has more than 750 growers who produce about 40,000 tonnes of nuts-in-shell each year.Seventy per cent of the crop is exported to more than 40 countries.....

Sydney Markets to auction the first tray of mangoes
Mango season is so close you can almost taste it. And what better way for mango lovers to show their eagerness than to enter a bidding war to get their hands on the first tray of mangoes, and all for a good cause?The Sydney Markets Foundation and the Australian Mango Industry Association have teamed up once.....


Africa


Kenyan farmers adopt early maturing crops for higher returns
As fortunes of maize decline in Kenya due to Lethal Necrosis Disease (LND) and erratic weather, farmers are turning to early maturing crops like capsicum, French beans, watermelons and tomatoes.The crops have become popular among farmers in the East African nation, with many in areas that were once dominated.....


Angola builds banana-processing unit
The first banana-processing unit in Angola is scheduled to start operating at the end of the year in Caxito, Bengo province, followed in the first quarter of 2015 by a tomato-processing unit, said the chairman of the Caxito Rega company.João Domingos Mpilamossi told Angolan news agency Angop that the bananas.....

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Congo-Brazzaville: Chinese company to cultivate cassava
China Geo-Engineering Corporation International Ltd, CGCINT with headquarters in Beijing, China is seeking some 30,000 hectares of land in the Congolese economic and industrial metropolis, Pointe-Noire to invest in cassava cultivation, Africa Time reported.The company plans to set up a cassava starch plant.....

Egypt: New juice and jam processing facility to be set up in Aldlnecat
Mustafa Hadhoud, governor of the coastal governorate of Beheira, Egypt, announced the completion of the feasibility studies on the technical, economic, marketing, design and engineering details necessary to establish a jam, juice and sauce processing facility in the city of Aldlnecat, a project sponsored by.....


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Worldwide strawberry production up 13%
The international trade of strawberries, either fresh or processed, has grown in recent years. According to data provided by Trade Map, worldwide sales in 2013 reached 1,533,000 tonnes; 29% more than in 2006..The motivation for Chile to invest in the strawberry market is given by the opportunities that the.....

New method could authenticate organic produce
How do you know you're vegetables are actually organic? According to experts, fake organic food really does exist. However, scientists studying conventional and organic tomatoes are trying to come up with a new way to make sure farms are labelling their produce appropriately.Researchers from the Bavarian.....

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Nunhems
Onions with better storage capacity and skin retention
Better storage and greater retention of the outer skin are two traits that best characterise the new onion varieties developed by Bayer CropScience, designed to meet the needs of all operators in the food chain. Large producers and marketers in Spain and Portugal have been the first to see them during the.....

Washing the whole head before cutting improves the safety of fresh-cut Iceberg lettuce
US researchers have compared the effectiveness of two washing methods in reducing the load of Escherichia coli O157: H7 on iceberg lettuce artificially inoculated.The two methods differed in washing the whole-head lettuce before or after cutting:1) Traditional Method (TM): cutting head before washing; 2) New.....

September 16, 2014
7th annual “Fruit & Vegetable Business of Russia – 2014” coming to Moscow
The “Fruit & Vegetable Business of Russia – 2014” conference is to be held in conjunction with WorldFood Moscow 2014, the largest food exhibition in the Russian Federation, which makes the conference as informative as possible. The exhibition and the conference are annually attended by leaders of the.....


Peruvian fresh produce continues to grow at Fruit Logistica
Peru will participate at Asia Fruit Logistica for the seventh time since 2008, when the leading trade fair for the Asian fresh produce business first moved to Hong Kong. After continuous participation, which has been successful every year, Peruvian exhibitors are waiting with high expectations for their.....


If your diet is a dismal colour, it could be making you sick
The Colour Games: the best food in each colour group
America is getting sicker. A study just out indicates that 2 in every 5 Americans are expected to get diabetes in their lifetime – to give you some perspective of how huge this number is, it’s almost half the United States population. Diabetes is winning, and the catalyst for acquiring it is obesity......


Retail


Key Tesco investor cuts stake
One of Tesco’s largest and most loyal shareholders, Harris Associates, has sold nearly two thirds of its stake amid mounting concerns that Britain’s biggest retailer has become “too risky”.David Herro, chief executive of the American investment fund which until the sell-off was Tesco’s seventh largest.....

1 Simple reason why Canada’s grocers should be in your portfolio
Since the financial world looked like it was about to collapse back in 2008-2009, stock markets across the world have practically been on an uninterrupted march skyward. Sure, there have been a few stumbles thrown in there because of weakness in Europe and the Federal Reserve starting to turn off the money.....

Morrisons invests £19m in chilling fresh fruit & vegetables
Morrisons is investing £19m on extending the shelf life of its fresh fruit and veg...

Lidl is ready to undercut larger rivals with promise to remain 'unbeatable' on prices
A spokesperson for the German chain said: “Part of our business model is that we focus on providing our customers with the very best quality at unbeatable prices."We will remain committed to that."Last week Lidl unveiled plans to create 5,000 jobs over the next five years as part of a £220 million UK.....

Market Basket shelves filling back up fast
Market Basket goes from empty shelves, to steady business in just days. Company executives said it would take a week to ten days to fully restock, but now that the family feud is over, stores are quickly filling up with groceries and customers.Click here for the video.source: wcvb.com

Big Lots boosts sales but still has far to go in its recovery
Deep-discount retailer Big Lots (NYSE: BIG ) reported its fiscal second-quarter earnings this morning, and the company managed once again to keep its revenue growing, recovering from a long downturn that saw Big Lots suffer falling same-store sales in eight consecutive quarters. Yet even though Big Lots now.....

Woolworths maintains strong growth
Woolworths has released full year results for the 52 weeks ending 29 June 2014, with sales up 5.9% to AU$60.8bn and EBIT from continuing operations up 5.3% to AU$3.8bn.Australian Food and Liquor sales up 4.7% to AU$41,171m, with EBIT up 9.1% to AU$3,279mLike-for-like (LFL) sales in supermarkets increased.....

Rewe Group joins European association Independent Retail Europe
By joining the European association Independent Retail Europe on 1 September, the REWE Group gets to the final round in reaching one of its key objectives: strengthening its independent retailers. Independent Retail Europe represents groups of independent retailers and associations of these groups, and.....

Tesco buys out Cotter syndicate €40m Nama loan
Ireland's biggest supermarket chain, Tesco, has bought some Nama loans associated with developer Michael Cotter's highly successful Park shopping centre in Carrickmines, marking the first time that the grocery giant has done a major deal with the State agency.Tesco has also written off borrowings of up to.....

Iceland Foods returns to public markets in £950m refinancing
Iceland Foods is reported to have returned to the public markets for the first time in almost a decade as the result of a £950m refinancing.The food retailer, which is based in Flintshire and run by founder and chief executive Malcolm Walker, has completed the refinancing to repay loans issued at the time of.....



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