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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Bob Whitaker Chief Science and Technology Officer PMA USA
"In order to use, be prepared for game-changing technologies we need to overcome the initial period of chaos"”
The retail sector prizes innovation and technology can hold answers in this direction. Bob Whitaker, Chief Science and Technology Officer at PMA USA, said at the recent PMA Fresh Connections in South Africa, that, “we need to understand some of the challenges we face, and consequently our global challenges;.....

US (CA): Table grape season maintains early start
The early start to this year's table grape season in California has continued this year as harvesting remains ahead of last year's time-table. But with more than half of the season's crop yet to be picked, there's still much more season ahead.“We're about 12 to 14 days ahead of normal,” said George Matoian.....

US (CA): Date growers hope demand continues to grow
With California's date harvest set to begin next month, growers are hoping that demand for their product continues to grow as it's done over the last several years.“Demand for dates this past crop year has been good,” said Lorrie Cooper of the California Date Administrative Committee. “As each year passes,.....


Interview with VOG Director, Gerhard Dichgans:
2014/15 apple harvest starting early with good size and quality
Following the 2013/2014 season which, despite delays, still closed on time, the new harvest – 10 days earlier than last summer - is already knocking on the door. Everything points to a full harvest, not only in the Alps region and Italy, but also in Europe's most high profile growing areas.The Europe-wide.....

California Giant announces Executive Director for Blueberry Division
To further establish a strong commitment to being a leader in the blueberry industry, California Giant has made a significant staffing change to facilitate growth and expansion in the blueberry market.Nader Musleh, has been promoted to Executive Director - Blueberry Division for California Giant Berry Farms......

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Pink Lady apple operations expand into South East Asia
Exports of Australia's most popular apple, the Pink Lady, will start a new marketing campaign for Asian markets. There's been huge growth in Pink Lady exports across Europe and the UK.Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL) is the licensed owner of the Pink Lady variety, and its managing director for.....

Spain: 130 million Euro in aid to Canary tomatoes in 5 years
The Canary tomato sector has received 130 million Euro of state aid over the past five years, but the Government has ruled out making aid payments relating to past campaigns, as this possibility "does not seem legally feasible" under EU legislation.This is what was reported to the Congressman of Nueva.....


Skyrocketing vegetable prices in Gaza drive inflation up
The monthly report issued by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Thursday shows a sharp increase in the rates of inflation and the cost of living in the Gaza Strip during the month of July.Fresh vegetable prices in the Gaza Strip have increased by 50.86%. Aubergines have registered a 318.56% price increase;.....


NZ: EastPack CEO to step down
Long-standing EastPack CEO Tony Hawken will step down at the end of this year, he has announced. Mr Hawken decided the time was right to pursue other interests after 31 years at the helm of the kiwifruit packhouse company.EastPack would retain Mr Hawken's services on reduced time for special projects for up.....

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FDA Deputy Commissioner Mike Taylor to speak at The Washington Conference
Michael Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will present the keynote address Wednesday, September 10 at the Breakfast General Session of The Washington Conference. Deputy Commissioner Taylor will provide an update on the FDA’s rulemaking for the.....



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Promising but fragile plum season in France
Plum picking in the Lot-et-Garonne is just beginning. Last weekend the North of the region was very much effected by wind, hail, and 10-50mm of rain in 2 days. Patrick Léger says that this did not happen at the worst time, “there is nothing disastrous for the time being, but it is just before picking”. He.....


Sil Moonen: "Larger packaging needed in retail"
Difficult season for blueberries with top productions and Polish competition
The Dutch blueberry season started early this year, but there is no happy summer start. "Compared to last year - which was a late season - we're even two weeks earlier, but I wish we had had a late season," says grower Sil Moonen, who grows blueberries in both Limburg and Drenthe. The fact that the.....

Spain: Exports represent 60% of the turnover of Murcia's cooperatives
Agricultural cooperatives in the Region of Murcia, Spain, made a total turnover of 860 million Euro in 2013, of which 60% corresponded to exports and the rest to the domestic market and the processing industry.In Murcia there are 140 cooperatives, which represent 4% of the country's total. Their 860 million.....

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Belarus is to develop intensive agriculture
Belarus is going to increase the area of intensive orchards, - the deputy head of Fruit and Vegetable Production Department of Ministry of Agriculture Tatyana Gumenyuk has informed.At the moment the republic has 104 500 ha of fruit plantations, among them 13000 ha are gardens of intensive type that we plan.....


Ireland's 'Mr Lettuce' gets big boost from using hi-tech water
Not surprisingly, the number of large growers in Ireland in areas such as lettuce has dwindled in recent years from twenty to just five. Expensive fixed overheads such as winter heating and fertilizer are the bane of a growers life.However, if a farmer could increase his crop yield by 20pc at no extra cost.....


Spain: Brazil possible alternative to Russia for apples and pears
The pome fruit campaign is facing a difficult situation in a market with prices that were already under pressure on top of the recent veto that Russia has imposed on the import of fresh products."The market was already in a difficult situation for both stonefruit and pome fruit, and the Russian veto has been.....

British Tomato Growers Association chairman Nigel Bartle:
'British-grown produce is better but struggles to compete'
British Tomato Growers Association chairman Nigel Bartle has called on Yorkshire's consumers to back British-grown produce "because it is better". In a comment piece for the Yorkshire Post, he said: "We need everything from the curriculum through to government policy to highlight the importance of growing.....

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Seed potato exports from GB outstrip previous levels once more
As Potato Council and the GB seed potato sector prepare for next months’ Potato Europe event in Germany, recent export statistics confirm that GB seed potatoes continue to be in demand around the world, with the 2013/14 figures revealing a new seed exports record from Britain.A diverse range of certified.....

Romania: 178,350 Lei in penalties to fruit and vegetable traders
Inspectors of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) have imposed fines totalling 178,350 lei between 20 July and 10 August 2014 on fruit and vegetable traders from across the Romanian capital and the cities of Iasi, Brasov, Cluj, Timisoara and Targoviste.In the controls, more than 500.....

Greenhouse vegetable production expands boundaries
Russian-Chinese unique project
For over two years the investors from Saint-Petersburg and China have been working together on greenhouse cultivation of vegetables on the premises of LLC Berezeyevo-2, in a Georgian village. Started with 60 greenhouses on 20 hectares, the project has now expanded to 204 greenhouses with total area of 50.....

Extension of vegetable and strawberry cultivation in Germany
According to current figures from the German Bureau for Statistics the cultivation of vegetables and strawberries in Germany in 2014 has increased by 4.3%. The total cultivation area is now 129,200 hectares, reports the German Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI)on its website.This extension is.....


Could Switzerland be a gateway to export EU sanctioned products to Russia?
European producers of dairy products, meat products and vegetables have asked the Swiss authorities to let them export to Russia from their territory, since Bern is free of sanctions from Moscow as it doesn't belong to the EU.In recent days, several European organizations in the food and agricultural sector.....

Governor Alexander Tkachev:
Russia’s Krasnodar able to replace 50% of fruit import to Russia
Krasnodar Territory, a large agricultural region of Russia, is able to replace half of the imports of fruits on a national scale, Governor of the Krasnodar Territory Alexander Tkachev said Monday.“Today, 50 percent of domestic fruits and berries are under cultivation in Kuban. Our producers have been fully.....

Cyprus wants EU meeting on Russia ban sooner
Cyprus wants the extraordinary Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting to discuss measures on how to deal with Russia’s ban on EU food products, to take place sooner than on September 5.Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis said that any decision to compensate farmers or grant other financial support can be.....


Oceania

AU: CHEP launches national Logistics Control Centre, improves service delivery
Today, global Group President of CHEP Pallets, Peter Mackie, officially launched CHEP Australia’s national Logistics Control Centre at Erskine Park, NSW.Peter Mackie said: “Using our data, network knowledge and logistics management expertise, the CHEP Australia team has designed a sophisticated logistics.....


Mango quality in focus as growers prepare for bumper harvest
The Northern Territory mango industry is ramping up its quality control efforts, as growers prepare to harvest an estimated four million trays of fruit from early October.Growers and packers are being encouraged to take part in a face-to-face survey, initiated by the NT Department of Primary Industry, to.....

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Young Victorian farmer helping to grow Chinese agriculture
It's not every day you get up at 4am to work on a Chinese vegetable farm. That's the experience Ben Cameron made the most of during a visit to a farming community south of Beijing.Mr Cameron is from south west Victoria and is currently studying agriculture in Melbourne. He recently visited China to help.....


Africa


Ghana: Koforidua town becomes centre for Fruit business
Fruit vendors have sprouted in every corner of the Koforidua Township over the past few years. Gone are the days, when one could count the number of fruit traders in the town.A survey conducted by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) through the municipality indicated that the number of fruit vendors and sellers had.....

Egypt: Power cuts could lead to great increase in fruit and vegetable prices
Mohamed Abu al-Wafa Roushdy, of Egypt's Union of Farmers, said that the country's problem with power outages could lead to the destruction of agricultural land, particularly that equipped with sprinklers or drip irrigation, and called for the crisis, which has already significantly reduced the proportion of.....

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Egypt testing innovations to increase its agricultural productivity
Egypt's scientists are keen on research and innovation to promote agriculture and achieve a greater agricultural self-sufficiency. With help from the Ministry of Agriculture and other institutions, Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Rahman, a member of Egypt's scientists council, has already started working on the application.....


World

Transpacific container shippers aim for September rate rise
A container shipping organisation urged companies on Monday to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU), corresponding to an increase of 14.2 percent from current levels, from Sept. 1.TSA (Transpacific Stabilization Agreement) said the planned increase follows strong cargo.....


Mary Maersk sails from Algeciras with 17,603 TEUs, sets world record!
A record has been set with a Triple-E vessel carrying the highest ever number of containers between Europe and Asia.On Monday morning, 21 July, Mary Maersk left Algeciras, Spain on its eastward journey, bound for Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia. But this was not just any voyage. On board were no less than 17,603.....

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Summerfruit Australia Hall 3 stand Q
Growing excitement and momentum about access to China
Summerfruit Australia will be attending Asia Fruit Logistica for the 6th time. John Moore CEO of Summerfruit Australia, explains, "Each year we create more interest in our Australian Fresh Summer stonefruit. Australia is so close to Asian destinations and we have a reputation for clean fresh fruit and.....


Retail

Booming economy puts UK ahead of Euro pack as growth is revised up to 3.2%
The UK economy is expanding at the fastest pace for six years as official figures revealed it is growing more quickly than previously thought.The Office for National Statistics said the economy grew 3.2 per cent between the second quarter of 2013 and the same period this year – a slight increase from the 3.1.....

Die Schwarz-Gruppe to be Europe's biggest retailer?
Retail market analysts have suggested that by 2018 Lidl's progenitor, Die Schwarz-Gruppe, will be the largest retailer in Europe, overtaking Carrefour, the chain that holds the position at present.A report from Planet Retail stated:"The discounters are now a growing force in the Western European grocery.....

ASIC pings Aldi for credit card failure
German discount retailer Aldi might be the hot supermarket brand with shoppers at the moment but the chain, known for its heavily discounted range of groceries, clothing and other merchandise, looks to have failed to properly inform its customers about the true cost of paying by 'tap and go' at the.....

7-Eleven beats McDonald’s, Jollibee
At lunchtime in Manila, Isha Vida avoids fast-food restaurants and joins thousands of other workers and students buying ready-made meals at minimarts across the Philippine capital.The 29-year-old recruitment coordinator’s preference for the steaks, fried chicken and salads at convenience stores is typical of.....

Tander-Magnit seeks to boost imports from Serbia
At Friday’s meeting with representatives of Russia’s largest retail chain, Tander-Magnit, the president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia (PKS) Zeljko Sertic presented a list of Serbian exporters that have the potential to sell food products in the Russian market amid growing demand for food.....

Walmart's new U.S. CEO hints at major problem
Walmart’s new U.S. CEO is dedicated to keeping the company's shelves stocked, addressing a problem the retail giant hasn't always been happy to discuss publicly."We will deliver against these key customer requirements: being in stock, clean stores, the right price, the right items, improved service, better.....

WinCo Foods plans up to four grocery stores in Oklahoma City area
Idaho-based grocer WinCo Foods LLC is finalizing leases to open as many as four stores in the Oklahoma City metro area, commercial real estate firm Price Edwards & Co. said.In its midyear retail market survey, Price Edwards & Co said that WinCo is negotiating to lease space for three to four new.....

Analysts expect healthy second-quarter growth in Canada's CPI, retail sales reports
Economists are looking to Friday’s economic data for another indication that the country’s poor performance in the first quarter was an anomaly, and that the economy has stabilized.The first quarter saw an annualized 1.2 per cent GDP growth rate that fell short of expectations. The weakness in the economy.....

Morrisons goes after 'dusk and dawn' shoppers
Morrisons has fired the latest shot in the battle to claw back market share from discounters by extending opening hours at nearly half of its stores.Britain's fourth biggest supermarket will on Monday extend opening hours to as long as 6am -11pm at 230 of its 490 shops.It hopes the move, which will mean.....

More Coyte Farm questions for Sainsbury's after it pulls the plug on Exeter distribution depot
FRESH doubts have been cast over Sainsbury's involvement in a planned retail park development at Coyte Farm on the outskirts of St Austell after it cancelled plans for a huge distribution hub in Exeter intended to service its stores in the South West.The news comes four months after the company stopped work.....

As working class become poorer, they drag down Walmart’s sales
Walmart’s not doing so hot lately. Sales have been sluggish for the mega retailer. Walmart has blamed higher health care costs, slow foot traffic, investments in e-commerce, and even the weather for their poor performance. But Slate cuts right to the chase — low and middle-income workers just can’t afford to.....

Aldi supermarkets in Spain are cheapest in Europe
MARBELLA is notorious for its weighty price tags.But cash-strapped families in the town can actually shop for cheaper than anywhere else in Europe, as it turns out.A price comparison of Aldi supermarkets across the UK, Spain, France and Germany revealed that the Spanish one in Marbella is the cheapest – and.....

Coles seeks to boost local producer ties with RANGEme
Australia's second-largest supermarket chain Coles has adopted a new online tool to give small- and medium-sized businesses an opportunity to pitch their products directly to its buying team.The initiative, called RANGEme, is designed to serve as a platform that gives producers direct access to Coles’ team.....

Indonesia: Matahari Putra Prima to focus on revamp of hypermart stores
Matahari Putra Prima is preparing to revamp its hypermarket chain Hypermart in its latest bid to capture Indonesia’s growing consumer demand.“We hope to open the new concept of Hypermart — the generation seven — by the end of this year,” said Danny Kojongian, a director at the listed retailer, in a media.....

FamilyMart may take franchising route
Ayala Land Inc. is now looking at the franchising route to speed up the expansion of its FamilyMart convenience-store network and improve its competitiveness versus the bigger operators.Jaime Ysmael, CFO of ALI, said the FamilyMart consortium is now studying the mechanics of the franchising business as it.....



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