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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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Photo report Huizan wholesale market Shanghai.
Chinese consumer willing to pay for top quality
While on a recent trip to Shanghai, FreshPlaza visited the Huizan Wholesale market, the market was opened two years ago and is only for importers. Kayla from Good Farmer was kind enough to show me around.Click here for the photo reportBuyers at the market are mainly buyers for secondary markets and will buy.....

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South Africa doubles citrus exports to the East
This year has been difficult in most markets for South African citrus producers, particularly the EU, with the CBS issue. Justin Chadwick, of South Africa’s Citrus Growers Association, explains that “we’ve had to implement a series of measures that are making citrus shipping to the EU more difficult and.....


Interpoma 2014
"We need to import less and export elsewhere"
The ninth edition of Interpoma started with the international convention "The apple in the world". The congress was coordinated by fruit-growing expert Kurt Werth and has become a must for the entire sector. The first of the three days was dedicated to the new market flows.The Russian banDominik Wozniak,.....


Three years in a row bad prices
Israel: Horticulture really tough for young growers
While some in Israel believe agriculture is not an economically sustainable activity, others defend that achieving self-sufficiency is very important for the country. Yonatan Bar-On, of Arava Export Growers, explains that “the number of growers is dropping because it’s a really tough activity; many young.....

US: Larger avocado sizes out of Mexico
Following an abundance of small sizes during last year's Mexican avocado import season, this year's shipments have been lacking smaller fruit. Most avocados imported into the U.S. come from Mexico during this time of year.“There have been sufficient supplies of 48s and decent supplies of 40s and larger,”.....

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Year-round worldwide supplies of own cultivation in four countries
Joint venture TOP and Wiskerke: Daily Shallot
At the PMA in Los Angeles, TOP Onions and Wiskerke Onions introduced new joint venture Daily Shallot. Through own cultivation in the United States, Canada, France and the Netherlands, the company guarantees year-round worldwide supplies of shallots. "TOP has originally been more specialized in cultivation,.....


China FVF
Poland launch bid to supply apples to China
At last week's China Fruit and Vegetable Fair EU apples launched their bid to enter the Chinese market. The week before they presented at WOP Dubai.Konrad Zawadzki from the Association of Polish Fruit and Vegetables Distributors, "Fruit Union" said the project was to promote European bi-coloured apples."The.....


Bananas attractive to new points of sale
The banana market is currently stable with supply and demand in balance. Market prices have seen a small increase. However demand is growing in the fresh fruit market, which has allowed bananas to enter new points of sale. “The portability and value of bananas is making them an attractive.....

South African stonefruit exporters look for new direct routes to Russia
This year, South African stonefruit growers have faced some localised problems with hail, although according to Anton Rabe, of HortGro, “the quality and size are looking promising at this stage, and the harvest will also start about 8 to 10 days earlier than last year.”In terms of markets, he explains that.....

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U.S. mango imports 11% lower due to weather conditions in Latin America
The United States' mango import volume has increased by 62% between 2005 and 2013, but this year the weather issues in Latin America have affected its usual growth."Peru, Ecuador and Brazil have all shown declines in exports to the United States this year, as the weather phenomenon El Niño has caused some.....


iFresh China
Branding the next big thing in China
The fifth edition of IFresh took place from 20 - 22 November in INTEX Shanghai. Event organiser Christine Tsai said there were over 200 exhibitors and around 15,000 visitors.This event takes place twice a year, in the spring and again in the autumn, "We do this to cater for the different seasons within China.....

Zespri doubles kiwi sales in India
New Zealand's top kiwi brand Zespri has seen more than double sales in the past three years and hopes to see a further doubling in the next three years as doctors, patients and WhatsApp push the exotic fruit, owing to its medicinal properties that are believed to help fight the dreaded dengue fever.Although.....


Big changes on potato market during first half of 2014
World market for consumption potatoes stabilizes
Starting in 2011, the global (commercial) production of potatoes seems to be stabilizing at 370 million tons. Until that time, there was clear evidence of growth. It is true that production is still growing in some countries. Examples are China and India (together accounting for 37% of the world total),.....



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Orange and yellow vine tomatoes grown under light at The Greenery
Orange and yellow vine tomatoes are once again available at The Greenery.They are grown in lit cultivation by grower Peter Enthoven from Kwintsheul. Thanks to the lit cultivation The Greenery can supply orange and yellow vine tomatoes all year round.Yellow and orange vine tomatoes have a special and more.....

Abiopep develops solution against CMV in tomatoes
Abiopep Plant Health was selected for the EOI programme for its development of biotechnological solutions to improve quality and productivity in horticulture.AbioPep's success is based on having developed a product/service, AbioProtec, which ensures cross-protection in tomato crops against Cucumber Mosaic.....

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Spain: Courgette growing has caused 30 million Euro losses
Growers in Almeria who planted courgettes this latest campaign have suffered losses amounting to 29.7 million Euro, according to estimations from Hortoinfo based on data from Andalusia's Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development.These losses have been caused primarily by the impact early on in.....

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Greek peaches and nectarines seeking opportunities in Saudi Arabia
In an effort to open up new markets for peaches and nectarines affected by the Russian embargo, representatives of Greece's main cooperatives were present in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from Monday 17 November until Thursday 20 November to participate in one of the largest international food fairs in the Arab.....

Germany: KT Agrar buys vegetable plant from Greenyard Foods
German agrifood firm KT Agrar has acquired a vegetable plant in the country from Belgium-based processor Greenyard Foods.The facility processes about 20,000 tons of frozen vegetables per year and comprises three packaging lines. It also has the storage capacity of 10,000 pallets, KT Agrar said.In a statement.....


"Organic farming priority for Europe"
”Organic farming is a priority for Europe,” said Albena Simeonova, chair of the Bulgarian Organic Products Association, speaking in an interview with FOCUS News Agency.”It is no surprise the management of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food has announced organic production will be a priority. We have talked.....


Bulgaria: Significant drop in citrus prices
The citrus season already started in Bulgaria, and prices have significantly dropped over the course of last week. Oranges have registered declines of 21.3%, according to the State Commission on Commodity and Market Exchanges.At the beginning of the week, a kilo of oranges cost 1.50 Lev in the wholesale (1.....

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Roberto Chiesa (Romagnoli)
Italy: "Excellent-quality potatoes, but prices are low"
The negative consumption trend is penalising this year's excellent-quality potatoes. "Quality is very high this year despite the weird weather during harvesting, consumption however is very low," explains Roberto Chiesa, sales manager for F.lli Romagnoli and manager of the Potato & Onion division for.....

Record production of French ware potatoes
French ware potato production has reached 6,070,000 tons this year, compared to 5,235,000 tons in 2013, i.e. a 16% increase in a year. Acreage has increased by 3.6% compared to last year, covering 121,410 ha. Average yield in 2014 is 50 tons/ha. It has increased by almost 12% compared to last year, gaining.....


Yesid Bouziki:
"Mint from greenhouses doesn’t compare to Moroccan mint"
When Moroccan-born Yesid drank his first mint tea in a Dutch coffee bar many years ago, he thought only one thing: that he could do better than that. In 2009 he imported the first shipment of mint from Morocco, and now he supplies about 200 kilos to the Dutch hospitality industry every week.Yesid began by.....


The ultimate Reefer RoRo Ship design
After the release of the Reefer RoRo Ship design in September last year, Stena Ro Ro. have continued the development of the new Reefer RoRo Ship design, version II.The ship is intended for world-wide operation as a Reefer RoRo Ship in the banana trade with special emphasis on a very low box rate by very fast.....


David Murcia, of UNICA Group:
"Demand for hot peppers has skyrocketed over the past three years"
Hot peppers are becoming an increasingly attractive option to diversify the pepper range, as the company UNICA Group has been demonstrating with the development of this segment in partnership with one of its member cooperatives, CABASC, over the past five years."We started focusing our work on a line of.....

Good prospects for Greek horticultural exports to India
In an interview to Agrotypos, Dr Jagvir Singh Yadav, Chief Director of «Premium Farm Fresh Produce Ltd» in India, addressed the criteria for cooperation with fruit and vegetable traders in New Delhi and the prospects for Greece in this respect. Singh Yadav emphasises that besides plums (which recently became.....


Bergerac, Cherie and Luciole
UK: Packs of rainbox potatoes to brighten up mealtime
Leading potato supplier, Branston, is offering shoppers a new and innovativeproduct to brighten up their mealtimes.Packs of Rainbow potatoes have been launched exclusively in Tesco storesnationwide and over 12,000 units were sold in the first three weeks of thembeing on shelf. Each pack offers three.....

Crop Protection and the Food Chain:
Meeting the challenges of reduced pesticide availability
The UK fresh produce industry will face difficult challenges to maintain a sustainable supply for UK consumers, says the Fresh Produce Consortium. The growing impact of EU legislation means a reduction in the armoury of crop protection products available to UK and European growers, as well as tighter.....

Friweika invest ten million Euro in new potato warehouse
The well known German potato processor Friweika has started building a new warehouse, reports the German website freiepresse.de. A 6000 square metre hall will be built next to the A4 at Glauchau. In comparison: that's the size of a football field. The investment costs are ten million Euro according to the.....

Macedonia checking information on re-export of EU products to Russia
The Macedonian Government has instructed the relevant departments to carry out checks and examine the information on the re-export of fruits and vegetables from EU countries to Russia.As reported Wednesday by the Macedonian Minister of Economy, Bekim Neziri, the country's cabinet has ordered the Ministry of.....

Turkish exports to Russia up in September
According to the Turkish Statistical Office (Turkstat), Turkish exports to Russiain September 2014amounted to 412.2 mil Euro; up by 8% compared with August 2014 (378.9 million Euro), although down by 13.3% compared with the same month last year, when the overall value amounted to 466.9 million Euro.The value.....


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AU: Orchardists push for visa extension to ease skilled worker shortage
Fed up with re-training overseas workers, some fruit growers are calling on the Federal Government to extend their visas. Those on working holiday or 417 visas can only spend a maximum of six months on one farm.Orchardists, like New South Wales Riverina apple grower Ian Cathels, says it's an unproductive way.....

NZ: Scales could beat forecast profit
The fruit and vegetable logistics company announced yesterday it would pay a 3c per share (cps) interim dividend.According to its June prospectus, the Christchurch company expected annual profit of $15.9 million in 2014 and forecast a dividend of between 9.4cps and 9.6cps.In announcing the interim dividend.....

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AU: Farmers looking to appeal tomato farm approval
Farmers from Guyra are exploring the avenues for appealing the approval of a new tomato farm. The facility has been conditionally approved by the Joint Regional Planning Panel.Richard Campbell's property is on the southern side of the site for the new facility.He said he's one of a group of 10 farmers who.....


Western Australia's Gascoyne horticultural region
AU: Millions of sterile fruit flies planned for release in late 2015
WA Minister for Agriculture, Ken Baston, announced the pilot project to rid Carnarvon of Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) last month as part of a suite of biosecurity projects for the state.Medfly costs the industry millions annually and the insects target everything from citrus, mangoes and grapes, to.....


Australian vegetable growers continue to feel pressure from rising costs
Australian vegetable growers are continuing to do it tough, according to new data released by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). The latest data for vegetable levy-paying growers shows that increasing financial pressures are being driven by costs, which have risen.....

Zespri create new leadership role for supply chain
Kiwifruit marketers Zespri have created a new role to provide leadership to the supply chain side of the business. Simon Limmer has been appointed as the company's new chief operating officer.Zespri chief executive Lain Jager says the role will help to generate an ‘end-to-end' view of the supply chain. “It.....


AU: ‘Tornado’ hits farms and brings down powerlines at Gol Gol
Millions of dollars of damage was done to horticultural properties near Mildura when a tornado-like storm hit on the weekend. Farms at Gol Gol North were “devastated” by ferocious winds and hailstones on Saturday afternoon.Wentworth Shire Council mayor Don McKinnon said damage to crops spanned about 120ha.....

AU: Culinary world's elite relish Tasmania's prime produce
The eyes and stomachs of the culinary world are focussing on Hobart as three elite chefs prepare to serve up Australia on a plate.Neil Perry, Peter Gilmore and Ben Shewry have taken time out from their world-class eateries to cater for a gala feast at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).Around 80 food.....


Africa

Angola: 120,000 ton harvest expected for Lumbala Nguimbo
At least 120,000 tons of assorted goods will be harvested at the end of the 2014/2015 farming season in the municipality of Lumbala Nguimbo.The information was released by the municipal director of Agriculture, Canhica Latson, who added that the above amount of crops of the season in respect is 50 tons more.....

Tanzania: Cashew nut farmers urged to open bank accounts
Cashew nut farmers have been urged to open bank accounts to avoid unnecessary disturbances when receiving their payments. The call was sounded on Tuesday in the House, by deputy minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Godfrey Zambi when responding to a supplementary question put forward by.....

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Mr Seth Terkper, Minister of Finance:
Ghana: Government to reduce food insecurity
Mr Seth Terkper, Minister of Finance, said the objective of government under the food security and emergency preparedness programme is to reduce food and nutrition insecurity. This would be done through modernised agriculture, management of national strategic stocks for emergencies and the establishment of.....


Kenya: Sh30 Million fruit processing plant to be built in Mpeketoni
The Lamu government will spend Sh30 million to build a fruit processing plant in Mpeketoni.Deputy Governor Eric Mugo said the plant will employ more than 2,000 fruit farmers.Addressing journalists at the Kenya Ports Authority offices in Lamu on Saturday, he said many fruit farmers in Mpeketoni have for long.....


Nigeria: How the private sector can grow agribusiness
The Nigerian born Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She began her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in the United States and in South Africa. She returned to Nigeria in 2000 to promote entrepreneurship and.....


World


Surplus and low consumption affects global citrus market
The citrus market, in particular the orange market, is plagued by several current events this season. Among these are the good harvests, low consumption and political unrest in Russia. The latter especially affected Spanish growers. Improvement is nowhere to be seen.Spain, Morocco and Egypt all saw good.....

Maersk Line's new Asia-Pac chief eyes regional growth opportunities
Maersk Line’s new chief executive for the Asia Pacific region Lars Mikael Jensen aims to grow its business in the region and make it an even more important part of its offerings to customers."The great thing about Southeast Asia, and we’ve got Australia and New Zealand as well, is the diversity, you’ve got.....

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17-19 March, 2015
4th Horti ASIA & AGRI-Asia 2015 gearing up for BITEC, Bangkok
The Horti ASIA and AGRI-Asia join forces to showcase together in the ‘AGRI Food Business Week Asia’ during 17-19 March, 2015 at Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC), Bangkok, Thailand. Both are the international tradeshows for technologies and innovations for horticulture and.....


The agreement with the Jumex Group will benefit 4,000 farmers
Mexico: Jumex will export lime from Guerrero to Europe
The Jumex Group announced the formalization of an agreement with Guerrero producers to begin exporting about 30,000 tons of lime to European markets starting in 2015.The agreement was achieved thanks to the mediation of the Director of Guerrero's Industrial Trust (FIGUEIN), Julian Lopez Galeana, and it will.....


Spain: Courgette prices expected to increase in the coming weeks
There is plenty of courgette in the markets at the moment, although according to Andalusia's Prices Observatory, its production has increased only moderately compared to other vegetables, as many early crops are coming to the end of their cycle."In general, the courgette production is greater than last year.....


Retail

Aldi builds largest solar plant in Switzerland
The German discount retailer Aldi is committed to sustainable energy, and is investing in the largest solar plant in Switzerland. For this project, Aldi has entered a partnership with the Swiss energy company, CKW.The roof of the distribution centre in Perlen (kanton Luzern) will have, according to the.....


Spain: Caprabo's new store format a great success
Caprabo has increased its sales volume at its new generation supermarkets by 9.5%, which is 1.5 points over the initial company forecast. The chain is currently in the middle of a transformation process for its store network, to which end more than 80 million Euro will be invested until 2016.The new format.....

Carrefour launches convenience stores
France's Carrefour, the world's second-largest hypermarket group by sales, confirmed that it is expanding in China with its Easy Carrefour convenience chain store brand.Its first Easy Carrefour shop in China, located in Shanghai, was spotted by people and reported by Chinese online media on Monday.A.....

US: Natural Grocers up on Q4, 2015 outlook
Stock in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage was up by 17% early Friday following the release of solid fourth-quarter financial results and an optimistic outlook for 2015.The Lakewood, Colo.-based retailer said net earnings in the quarter ended Sept. 30 increased by 43.1% to $3.2 million on a $135.7 million.....

US: Alco stores begin liquidation sales
Going-out-of-business sales began Friday at all Alco stores.Alco, a discount variety chain based in Coppell, Texas, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October. The court on Thursday authorized Tiger Capital Group, SB Capital Group and Great American Group to conduct liquidation sales at all 198.....


Carrefour Group to buy Dia’s French activities
On the 21st November The French Competition Authority authorised the Carrefour group to buy Spanish group Dia’s French activities, i.e. 750 stores.In June 2014 the French retail group announced their €600 million offer to buy the hard discount food stores. However the competition authority has laid out.....

Aldi announces new CEOs for the UK and Australia
Aldi is changing its senior management structure in both the UK and Australia, moving from its successful joint MD approach in each market to having a single UK CEO and a single Australasia CEO.Matthew Barnes takes on UK CEO roleAfter four years of running the UK business together as joint MDs, Matthew.....

Slovakia: Leading retailers join new trade association
Some of Slovakia’s largest grocery retailers are to join a new trade association in Slovakia, the Slovak Alliance of Modern Commerce (SAMO), SITA newswire has reported. Launching retailers include Lidl, Kaufland, Tesco, Billa and Metro.According to SITA newswire, the aim of the new association is ‘to.....

Carrefour strengthening presence in Europe
As Carrefour announces another acquisition in Italy, we look at other recent moves to strengthen its business in western and central Europe.Building a convenience presence in ItalyCarrefour is acquiring 16 stores from Il Centro in the provinces of Florence and Arezzo, and one store in La Spezia. The stores.....

Woolworths' Project Oxygen leaves supermarkets gasping
On November 10, Woolworths and its US partner, Lowe's, quietly tipped another $90 million into their struggling hardware business Masters Home Improvement. According to the latest Australian Securities and Investments Commission filings, it brings total investment in the hardware joint venture to a whopping.....

Supermarket price war blamed for food producers folding
A supermarket price war is being blamed for a sharp rise in the number of food producers going bust.So far this year 146 food producers have entered insolvency, up from 114 last year, according to research by accountancy firm Moore Stephens. The company said supermarkets are squeezing producers in order to.....

Group keen to buy Tesco's Thai operations if put up for sale
Charoen Pokphand Group (CP), Thailand's largest agribusiness conglomerate, is keen to buy Tesco Plc's (TSCO.L) operations in the Southeast Asian nation if the British retailer decides to sell, the group's chairman said on Monday.Dhanin Chearavanont, the country's second-richest man, told reporters he was.....

Malls rise as South African townships boom
The number of township households in South Africa with no income at all “fell sharply” to 1.6 percent by 2010, the World Bank report found. Annual consumption per capita rose 12.5 percent in the townships to 18,419 rand ($1,644) in the five years ending in 2011, about the same as the increase for urban.....

Price Chopper promotes new grocery app
Price Chopper is encouraging shoppers to use Snap, Groupon’s new grocery savings app.“Have you checked out the new app Snap by Groupon?” the retailer wrote in a Facebook post.Snap is a free app that provides cash back on groceries purchased at any retailer in the U.S. or Canada. IPhone and Android users who.....

Let's be smarter about getting food to low-income people
In most metropolitan areas, getting groceries is as easy as going online. Peapod, Instacart, Amazon Fresh and Fresh Direct are among a growing number of companies looking to make food shopping faster and easier. While for most of their current customers, the service they provide is a convenience, for the 30.....



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