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Thursday, July 24, 2014

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Russian importers hope situation will not escalate
Russia is a great importer of all sorts of fruit and vegetables from many countries, including Europe, South Africa, Israel or China. The former is a great source of business, and as a result, Russian importers fear the effects of the possible sanctions that may close the Russian borders to European.....

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California fruit recall keeps expanding
As food recalls go, the recent stonefruit recall from California-based Wawona Packing Company is arguably both better and worse than most: better in that there have been no confirmed reports of people getting sick from contaminated food, worse in that the scope of the recall keeps growing.On July 19, the FDA.....

US (FL): TreeSteamer could help in fight against citrus greening
Citrus greening disease has plagued the citrus industry in the United States, but its threat is especially potent in Florida. In the quest to fight the disease, a Florida company, ScoringAg, is hoping their TreeSteamer can help the state's growers eradicate citrus greening before it harms the state's.....


SUNSET® becomes official sponsor of Leamington Tomato Festival
Some exciting news is coming out of Leamington this week: Mastronardi Produce/SUNSET® is proud to announce they have become the new official sponsor of the Leamington Tomato Festival.What began as the Heinz company picnic has evolved over the years into an iconic festival for the entire community. Now in the.....

India: New early maturing garlic variety
The National Horticultural Research and Development Foundation ( NHRDF) has recently identified a new garlic genotype “G-389” which can be harvested within 72-80 days during Kharif, late Kharif and 85-95 days in the Rabi season, about 40-50 days earlier than other garlic varieties grown in India.The new.....

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With new varieties and a greater focus on flavour
Spain: Driscoll's to increase berry production in Huelva
The North American brand Driscoll's has been linked to Huelva's agriculture for about 20 years through the firm Alconeras, which owned the production rights for Spain and Morocco of the varieties managed by Driscoll's, one of the world's leading names in the berry industry for over a century. In early 2011,.....


International Asparagus Congress
Peru: Advances in new asparagus hybrids
The Peruvian Asparagus and Vegetables Institute (IPEH) organizes the VI International Asparagus Congress (CIE), Leading the Market with Innovation and Excellence, that will be held at the campus of the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (UNALM) on September 18 and 19.Carlos Zamorano Macchiavello,.....


cold weather in Sao Paulo has contributed to good flowering
Brazil: Larger volume of mangoes expected in 2014/2015 season
A report by the Centre for Advanced Studies in Applied Economics (Cepea) estimates that the volume of mangoes that will be produced in Monte Alto / Taquaritinga, São Paulo, in the 2014/2015 season will be greater than in the previous harvest.The expectation is that the phenomenon of.....


Naturipe builds largest berry processing facility in SE USA
The Blueberry People held a grand opening ceremony for its new Fresh and Value-Added Blueberry facility on July 16th in Alma, Georgia. There were over 250 in attendance between grower-members, business and community leaders, and local and state dignitaries including Peggy Murphy, Mayor of Alma and Georgia.....

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Zespri juicy water fight revitalises Shanghai summer
In a marketing success for Zespri, more than 1,000 people took part in an enormous Zespri ‘Juicy Water Fight’ in Shanghai to celebrate the launch of Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit in China this season. The Juicy Water Fight was held in Shanghai’s Central Park on Saturday 19 July. Participants soaked up the festive.....



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Spain: Pink tomato harvest kicks off in Somontano
July marks the start of Somontano's pink tomato campaign. This year, the harvest has started almost at the end of the month due to the low temperatures registered during the first weeks of the summer; however, these conditions have not affected the production in either quality or quantity, with harvest.....


Jan Engelen, Veiling Hoogstraten:
"Strawberry price last week was pleasant surprise"
The strawberry market saw a nice revival last week, and this week it has returned to slightly more normal levels. Yesterday was a national holiday in Belgium, but there have been some sales nevertheless. Jan Engelen of Veiling Hoogstraten says that there's more supply now than last week. "That has caused.....


BLE: market message week 29 cherry
German cherry price slightly up again
In week 29 on the German wholesale market mainly cherries were present on the domestic side. The second biggest supplier was Turkey. This week there was less supply of smaller calibers, but there were enough big cherries (from 26mm). In Frankfurt, Kordia and Regina were sold in sizes 30/32 and 34. Those.....

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Spain: Fuentes onion production volumes to double in 2014
Fuentes onion production volumes are expected to double this year, reaching 5 million kilos, reported today the designation of origin which protects this product grown in the Spanish province of Zaragoza.The PDO Fuentes de Ebro Onion has started the harvest campaign, which will be exceptional if the weather.....


Hans van Dodewaard: "Raspberry prices currently super high"
Zaltbommel auction sees future in Kwanza
In 2012 Zaltbommel introduced the Kwanza variety. Approximately 90% of the supply of raspberries that are delivered to Zaltbommel are of the Kwanza variety and are sold under the same name. Hans van Dodewaard says that they are very pleased with this variety so far. "The market situation is currently very.....


British new season plums launched in Waitrose
The British plum season has launched in Waitrose this week with Opal plums now on sale. The seasonal summer stonefruits are grown on selected farms for Waitrose including Bentleys Castle Fruit Farm in Newent, Gloucestershire. Growers Michael & Chrissie Bentley have owned the farm since 2002 and grow.....

Russia: Yield of 85,000 tonnes of potatoes estimated for Penza
At least 85 000 tonnes of potatoes are planned to be harvested in Penza this year, - Andrey Burlakov, the Minister of Agriculture in Penza region, announced on Tuesday, July, 22nd.Generally, our potatoes are doing well. We are very likely to harvest 85 000 tonnes of potatoes, as it has been planned,.....

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Strawberries from Finland well received in Russia
Strawberries grown in Finland were sent to Saint-Petersburg, Russia, Finnish media informs.During several weeks Russians had a chance to taste Finnish strawberries, available at merchandise retailers, such as Stokmann and Azbuka Vkusa. Polka variety appealed to residents and guests of Saint-Petersburg the.....


Spain: Oversupply and low consumption drive potato prices down
Castile-Leon's potato campaign started in Salamanca three weeks ago with great difficulties due to the low prices of early potatoes in southern Spain; a product which is still stored in chambers, awaiting to be sold. The situation affects Cordoba Antequera, Seville, Cartagena and Extremadura, which have.....

Russia will replace Moldovan fruit with Polish, Italian and Czech
Russia imposed an embargo on Moldovan fruit, even in the contents of passengers’ hand luggage. Apples will be affected the most, however experts are positive about price stability. The embargo was imposed July, 21st on import of fresh apples, pears, quince, as well as apricots, cherries, peaches, plums,.....


Russia may ban food imports from Ukraine
Russia may ban food imports from Ukraine after the country’s association with the European Union, the Russian agricultural watchdog said on Wednesday.Earlier on Wednesday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Russia will protect its economic interests in the world using all legal means. Medvedev has.....

Flat peaches reach 90,400 tonnes (+20%)
Spain: Murcia's peach harvest 30% greater this year
With the campaign already finished, the Council of Agriculture and Water expects this season's peach harvest to reach 330 239 tonnes; an increase of 30% compared to the previous year, according to data from the Agricultural Associations and Statistics Service, obtained in collaboration with the District.....


Oceania


AU: Convincing tomato lovers that black is the new red
Two vegetable growers from Virginia in South Australia say consumers need to be prepared to try unfamiliar varieties of fruits and vegetables.Bill and Emmanuel Cafcakis have just picked their first crop of Otello tomatoes, a black and red fruit with an unusual shape.Otello is a hybrid Spanish variety which.....


AU: SE potato growers in negotiations about Safries
Until now farmers had been transporting their harvested potatoes to McCain's Ballarat plant 300km away, with the company footing the bill, after the Penola plant closed late last year.McCain Foods can't take all the farmers' potatoes at once so the farmers are looking to take control of the Penola plant to.....

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AU: Northern Territory farmer breeds mango with a coconut flavour
A Northern Territory farmer is adding to the reputation of the mango as one of Australia's most iconic tropical fruits by breeding a new variety that tastes like coconut.Leo Skliros, from Berry Springs, south of Darwin, is an experienced grower of the popular Kensington Pride variety. But after years of.....

AU: Onion industry confident anti-levy motion will fail
The onion industry says it's confident a push by Liberal Democratic Senator David Leyonhjelm to stop increases in marketing and research levies, won't go ahead.Senator Leyonhjelm plans a disallowance motion to block levy rises for mushrooms, mangoes and onions, and he wants the Federal Government to review.....


Africa

Local onion, potato production promoted in Namibia
Potatoes and onions are commodities most frequently imported and consumed in Namibia.They also have the greatest potential for increased domestic production for import substitution. In order to stimulate potato and onion production in Namibia, and to promote sales of Namibian produced potatoes and onions,.....


Mozambique: Coconut disease sweeps across nation
The non-governmental organisation Concern Worldwide US has warned that an insect-borne infection known as coconut lethal yellowing disease has spread across Mozambique, reducing entire coconut groves to bleak graveyards of a once thriving industry.What used to be vibrant coconut groves in Quelimane, in.....

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World

Scientists work to make fruits and vegetables healthier
Scientists are trying to make fruits and vegetables even better for your body. Researchers at Kansas State University are boosting the amount of phytochemicals in lettuce and tomatoes.Phytochemicals are natural chemicals in plants that improve our health. Researchers found stressing the plants with more.....

Port of Rotterdam
Ability to scan cargo on moving trains with no loss of security
The days of halting trains and unloading contents for inspection appear to be over at the Dutch Port of Rotterdam, where trained operators can now use high-power X-ray scanners to produce clear, unambiguous imagery of densely packed cargo in trains moving at speeds up to 60 kilometres per hour (35.....

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Come on tacler tomorrow to learn more about it!
How to use volatiles to assess quality and shelf-life of fresh cut produce
Dear FreshPlaza readers, as anticipated last week (read here), the scientists of EU project Quafety will be waiting for you on the tacler platform (www.tacler.com) on Friday from 2.00 to 3.00 (GMT+2 or 2 pm Rome Time), to discuss some topics that are studying within the project.Tomorrow, 25th July, there.....


Retail

Russia's Magnit Q2 net profit rises 34%
Russia's biggest food retailer Magnit said on Wednesday its second-quarter net income rose 34 percent, year-on-year, beating forecasts.Net profit rose to $356.3 million compared with $265 million a year ago, Magnit said in a statement. Analysts had forecast a $310 million profit.Earnings before interest.....

Reliance Retail shifts focus to profitability
Reliance Industries Ltd’s retail unit, which posted its first annual profit in the last fiscal year, will focus on improving profitability now that revenue growth has stabilized. As part of its efforts to boost margins, Reliance Retail Ltd shut “low-performing” stores across its different formats, the.....

Loblaw Companies receives average recommendation of “Buy” from analysts
Shares of Loblaw Companies Limited (TSE:L) have been given an average rating of “Buy” by the ten analysts that are presently covering the stock, Analyst Ratings Net reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12-month.....

Walmart sued over juice labels; echoes of POM Wonderful v Coke?
Six weeks after the Supreme Court gave POM Wonderful the green light to sue Coca-Cola over its juice labels, Walmart has been targeted in a consumer class action lawsuit making near-identical allegations.In a complaint filed Florida on July 17, plaintiffs Ira Reynolds and Patricia Bell accuse Walmart of.....

Netherlands: Consumption went up slightly in May
Dutch families have spent slightly more in May, a 0.1 % increase compared to last year, which is a first for this year.The biggest increase was with sustainable products like clothing, shoes and electronics, which went up 4.5 % after two years of declines.Source: retaildetail.eu



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