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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

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The fight against illegal growing of protected varieties
Illegal grape shipment destroyed by European customs
In May 2015 a grape shipment arriving from Egypt containing two and a half tons of illegally grown grapes was destroyed at the Belgian customs. The grapes were of a protected variety and were grown without the necessary license. The variety in subject is the well-known white seedless grape variety “Early.....


US(WA): More moderate apple crop expected
Washington State supplies about two-thirds of the US apple crop. Last year, the state dealt with an exceptionally large apple crop. “It was our largest volume ever,” says Keith Mathews with FirstFruits Marketing of Washington. “About 150 million bushels were harvested that we intended to pack, yet 144.....

Israeli growers replace pepper production
Peppers and the Arava region in southeastern Israel were once considered one and the same; Israeli peppers from the Arava were a massive success in international markets and were regarded as one of Israel's best agricultural exports. These peppers brought much pride to the growers in the Arava, along with.....


Sales continue strong into summer
Ambrosia™ and Honeycrisp lead top 10 sales dollars
Demand is high for Ambrosia™ apples this summer. Recently released scan data from Nielsen Perishables Group revealed that for the most recent four week period through June 27, Ambrosia™ and Honeycrisp were the only two apples in the top 10 varieties that generated an increase in sales dollars. All other top.....


Aweta develop new grading system for pears
An in depth study and a long test period, carried out by Aweta customers in Holland and Chile, brought a grading system, with "wet" feed, new infeed singulator, grader and packing stations that can satisfy all the wishes and demands that users of a grading system may have.The core of the system is the new.....

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Now Crunch Time Apple Growers
New York Apple Growers unveils new name
After their recent launch of the SnapDragon® and RubyFrost® apple varieties, New York Apple Growers (NYAG) has changed its name to Crunch Time Apple Growers. The organization is comprised of 145 grower members who are united with the mission of introducing exclusive, flavorful apple varieties to the.....

US(NJ): First season for specialty African eggplants
Global Bloom, a global produce sourcing company that is located in the Bronx, NY, was started in 2014. The company is being managed by Claire Sakho, who worked in the Netherlands for a number of years. “During my time in Europe, and other travels I have seen some really nice produce items and I am making an.....


Greenhouse vegetables: Russian quest self-sufficiency delayed, not stopped
A self-sufficient Russia, that’s what the Russian government wants. The country’s fruit and veg sector is also to become as independent as possible from other countries, by 2020. The sector still has to undergo serious change though. In 2013, 800,000 tonnes of tomatoes and 200,000 tonnes of cucumbers were.....

Avocados from Mexico makes summer Avocatour across Canada
Avocados from Mexico announced the launch of their national tour in Canada, providing consumers with free samples of healthy and delicious avocado-based snacks all summer long. The Avocatour will offer nutritious street food and a variety of recipes as surprising as they are tasty.The Avocatour in.....

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Cameroon: 178.5 billion project to develop fruit tree cultivation
On July 28, 2015 in Yaoundé, the Cameroonian Minister of Agricultural and Rural Development, Essimi Menyé, officially launched the Fruit Tree Cultivation Development Support Programme. The project needs 178.5 billion FCFA in financing, a portion of which has been provided by the FAO in the framework of the.....



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Spain: decreasing trend in the acrylamide content in potato crisps
Acrylamide is a process contaminant generated in several foods during cooking as a consequence of the Maillard reaction, derived from the reaction between the free amino acid asparagine with reducing sugars or other carbonyl compounds. This chemical reaction mainly occurs when foods are subjected to high.....

Turkey: Fig trees should be protected by law
Buharkent is a district in Turkey’s important fig growing province Aydin. The Chamber of Agriculture President there, Naim Ozdamar is calling for one of Turkey’s most important agricultural export products, the fig, to be protected by law. Due to geothermal power stations, climate change and.....


Hinoman’s Vegetable Whole-protein Ingredient Granted GRAS Status
Hinoman, Ltd., has been granted self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status for its Mankai, a vegetable whole-protein ingredient with high nutritional value. The announcement was made during the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) conference in Chicago, July 12-14.The GRAS designation is for.....

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Turkish researchers develop new melon variety for dry climates
Cukurova University Research and development scientists performing studies against the potential harm of climate change, have developed a new melon variety that can be grown in limited to no water conditions. Western Mediterranean Agricultural Research Institute (BATEM) in work with partners,.....

Melon season opens in Moscow
Melon season has officially started in Moscow with the opening of more than 200 stands around the city, news website Moskva24 reported Monday.Watermelons and dinya — a yellow-fleshed sweet melon — from the southern regions of Dagestan, Rostov and Astrakhan and countries including Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan,.....

N Ireland: Worst Tyrone potato harvest in years
A late spring followed by a wet summer and difficulties in securing arable land have led to fears that Tyrone’s potato harvest could be the worst in years.According to the Department of Agriculture, the effects of the poor weather have been exacerbated by rules governing the grants payable to potato growers.....


Gooseberries lead a berry surge as bakers seek out traditional recipes
Supermarket Waitrose saw demand rise 24 per cent in 2014 and expects that success to be repeated this year.The two types of gooseberry, tart greens for cooking and plumper, mellow dessert ones for eating, thrive best in a climate like Britain’s with its frosty spells and mild springs.Almost all are.....

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BASF lines up financing for potential Syngenta takeover
German chemicals group BASF has lined up a loan package from large multinational banks for a potential takeover offer for Syngenta, the Swiss crop chemicals maker, but will bide its time, several people familiar with the matter said.Syngenta has already rejected a $45 billion takeover approach from Monsanto,.....


Henk Duijn: "Customers doesn't just buy airfreight, they also get a bit of peace"
'Flying' start with Milestone Fresh Airfreight
Transporter Milestone Fresh has further extended the activities at its airfreight office in Hoofddorp. "And it's proven to be a good choice, because we've had a flying start," says Henk Duijn. "At the moment we're mainly active in the airfreight of flowers and plants, but we've had our first vegetable sector.....

Health risks from a lower fruit and vegetable consuption in Central and Eastern Europe
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality rates are considerably higher in countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Former Soviet Union (FSU) compared to Western Europe (WE). Differences in diet quality between the two regions - fruit and vegetable consumption in particular - has been one of the.....


International operators will be the key players at Macfrut
From Italy to Saudi Arabia and from Spain to South Korea, Macfrut, the international trade fair for the fruit and vegetable supply chain, scheduled to be held at the Rimini Expo Centre (Italy) from 23 to 25 September, has already received confirmation of participation from many international importers,.....


New population forecasts point to a new world order in 2050
New population forecasts from the United Nations point to a new world order in 2050. The number of people will grow from 7.3 billion to 9.7 billion in 2050, 100m more than was estimated in the UN's last report two years ago. More than half of this growth comes from Africa, where the population is set to.....


Oceania

NZ apples held at Spanish port
Several shipping containers of New Zealand apples are being held-up at a port in Spain because of issues involving pre-export inspections.But Pipfruit New Zealand chief executive Alan Pollard expects the issue to be resolved without putting the apples at risk.He said the matter is being handled by Ministry.....

Produce Marketing Association and Nutrition Australia join forces
‘National Nutrition Week 2015’
New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) and Nutrition Australia are proud to announce the start of a fresh new era promoting consumer health awareness. PMA A-NZ and Nutrition Australia are joining forces in this year’s National Nutrition Week (11-17 October) to help people choose to live healthier lifestyles. “Our.....

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Māori kiwifruit growers set up trade deals in Asia
As TPPA trade talks falter, a group of Māori kiwifruit growers are setting up their own trade deals within the Asian region.There are definitely some similarities between the Japanese and Māori cultures, like the importance of looking after guests and doing business face-to-face.That is why a.....

NZ Unions oppose Recognised Seasonal Employer expansion
Unions in New Zealand say they oppose any expansion of the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme.The RSE allows Pacific workers into New Zealand on short term visas to work in the horticulture sector.The criticism from New Zealand's Council of Trade Unions comes as talks on the PACER Plus regional trade deal.....


World

PICO
Asia full of potential for Egyptian fresh produce
Major Egyptian fruit producer PICO believes Asia will be the ‘next Europe’ and is full of potential for Egyptian fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly given the increasingly developed nature of the supply chain in Asian countries.Speaking ahead of its appearance at upcoming trade fair Asia Fruit.....


Retail


Tesco Lotus price fresh food cut by 15% | Ingles boosts Q3 sales
Earnings Publix hit $1bn milestone
Thailand: Tesco Lotus cutting price fresh food by 15%The hypermarket chain said it was spending Bt3 billion to lower prices, focusing on mother-and-baby products with cuts of up to 20% on more than 870 product lines, nationmultimedia.com reports. It will also lower fresh-food prices to wholesale levels.....



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