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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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UK wholesalers visit South West of France
Blue Whale wholesale market customers from all over the UK made a visit to the South West of France, last week. From England to Scotland, Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester , Gateshead, Edinburgh and Glasgow wholesale markets were all represented. The group were invited on a 3 day trip to see the new season.....

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What to expect in the sweet cherry market for the 2015 Chinese New Year?
With greater volumes than last season and a celebration that will come very "late". The question is: How much of the Chilean supply will be available for the Chinese New Year (CNY)?Large volumesWith a record volume of 46,617 tons and an increasing share of the total exported volume, ended the 2013/14 season.....

US tables new rules to widen SA citrus imports
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed new rules to enable imports of citrus fruit from more regions in South Africa.A draft ruling was issued by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and was made in response to a market access request by the South African government, according.....


"More flexibility for South American sellers on European market"
New blueberry packaging line at LBP
The number of services at LBP continues to expand. This being some eight new ripening chambers were installed - mainly for ripening mangos and avocados - and now the logistic service supplier has also purchased a packaging line for blueberries. "The demand for the various packagings is increasing and we.....


GOGO Cold Rooms
First South Africa coldstore with phytosantitary treatments
Problems in the transport and logistics of fruit movement in South Africa is a recurring problem, the ports have been one of the main sticking points in recent years.The GOGO group have been working towards lessening the pressure on ports at the height of the grape and citrus seasons. The solution - the.....

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PIQA® BOO® brand wows attendees at Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong
PIQA®BOO® is a new bock red fruit that combines characteristics from European, Japanese and Chinese pears. PIQA® fruits are conventional crosses of the worlds favourite pears.“This new fruit was enthusiastically received”, reports Dr Brett Ennis, Chief Executive of Prevar Ltd. “It is so rewarding to see that.....


Central Asia turns out to be empty granary for Russia
Rouble reaches new low
The Western sanctions appear to be having more and more effects on the Russian economy. The value of the rouble reached a low point compared to the dollar on Monday. Investors favour more stable currencies. In addition, Central Asian countries seem to have reacted with a bit too much enthusiasm to the.....

NERGI® in stores and connecting with its fans
September is the month that the NERGI® kiwi berry takes pride of place among the other fruit berries in stores, alongside raspberries, blackcurrants and blueberries.The soft fruit category is booming, with consumers in search of authentic products that are good, healthy and easy to eat and share with.....

Belgian apples and pears welcome in US
The outgoing European commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht has reported that the United States are planning to give priority to European fruit-growers for the export of apples and pears to the American market.The plan will come into action starting from next year’s harvest. The decision is a welcome one for.....

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Brazilian mango's expectations in Russia and Europe
The Brazilian Fruit Institute (IBRAF) invited all its affiliates to a business conference with four Russian companies in Sao Paulo, to address the embargo to Europe and the United States. "Russia is a market with which we have only dealt indirectly, but we are interested in entering it, as it is able to pay.....


Driscoll’s celebrates second harvest glasshouse blackberries
As a result of continuous investments in applied research and extensive breeding programmes, Driscoll’s started with their second harvest of glasshouse blackberries in the Netherlands this year. By producing in both spring and autumn, the berry company is able to extend the blackberry season in Northern.....



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Turkey: August vegetable export up 50% in 2014
This past August Turkey exported 50% more vegetables than last August, reports the German website Fruchthandel.de. According to the 'Mediterranean Exporter Union' tomatoes made up the bulk of exports, adding up to 28% of all vegetable exports. 1,000 tons of potatoes were exported from Turkey. Since last.....

Planning underway for leek growers’ association agronomy day
Planning is now underway for the forthcoming Leek Growers’ Association Agronomy Day, to be run in conjunction with NIAB Field Trails to be held at Lawrence Bridge Farm, Wimblington Road, Manea, March, PE15 0JRWe are delighted to announce that both Seminis and Syngenta have agreed to sponsor this event and we.....

Germany: broccoli supply still tight
There is still a supply of broccoli in Germany, reports the German Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) (Agricultural Market Information Service). A significant increase in the yield is not yet in sight. However, the current high prices surge this week as there is more resistance in the food trade.....

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Andalusia concerned about 2014/15 citrus season
According to current estimates the 2014/15 citrus season in Andalusia may yield 10% less than last year, reports the German Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) (Agricultural market information service) on their website. For official estimates it is still too early to tell because weather conditions in.....


Tesco to launch Surprize, yellow apple with pink flesh apple
Britain’s latest apple sensation is to go on sale this week – a spectacular new yellow and orange skinned variety with pink flesh.The variety called Surprize, is very sweet and aromatic and has been grown in Herefordshire.The Surprize apple follows another stunning and unusual variety called the Rosette.....


Spain: Canary tomato production could grow by up to 60%
It will be possible to achieve substantial improvements in both the production volumes and quality of export tomatoes in the Canary Islands, as long as their cultivation is optimised by introducing changes in cultivation techniques and applying improvements to the protective structures, such as by.....

UK: Cherry farms miss out on record crops
Farmersaround the country are boasting record cherry sales this year, but the fortunes of those in Oxfordshire have blossomed less well.Advertising agency Red Brick Road said that growers in the UK had shifted some 3,000 tonnes of the fruit to supermarkets – compared with 1,520 tonnes this time last year.But.....

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NEPG expects record harvest in North-Western Europe
The North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) estimates that the upcoming harvest could lead to a new record, even higher than 2011 when production reached a 26.8 million tons.Based upon a five year average yield data and various trial digs in the 5 key countries it is estimated that production could be.....


Spain: First prospects point to lemon harvest reaching 970,000 tonnes
AILIMPO's initial estimate for the 2014-2015 campaign points to Spain's lemon harvest reaching 970,000 tonnes; a similar figure to last season, although the final volume will depend on rainfall and the availability of water for irrigation.The 2013/14 campaign finished with a total production of 994,000.....


Italy: Gavina is the future of mini-watermelons
The Gavina mini-watermelon campaign will end in week 39. Salvatore Lotta, sales manager of Agricola Campidanese, provided an assessment. "There are still 7 hectares being harvested. Fruit is looking good and healthy, we are really pleased."In the photo, Salvatore Lotta (second from left) with some.....


Greater food safety
Spain: Cartonajes La Plana obtains BRC-IOP certification
With the improvements introduced in production control and by ensuring that the packages sold are 100% safe and fit to contain products for human consumption the company Cartonajes La Plana has obtained the BRC-IOP certification from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) for its production plant in Betxí in.....

Meet and coach your next business relation in tropical and exotic fruit from Colombia
CBI, PROEXPORT Colombia, ASOHOFRUCOL and ANALDEX have joined forces to coach future exporters in the Tropical and Exotic Fresh Fruit sector in Colombia with an Export Coaching Programme. In order to make the most out of this programme they are involving European entrepreneurs. Are you interested in.....

Spain: master in Mediterranean Greenhouse Horticulture
The University of Almeria (Spain) has a new master in Mediterranean Greenhouse Horticulture. Dr María Teresa Lao Arenas is the coordinator of the master.The master is aimed at researchers, students and professionals working in the integrated management of protected horticultural crops in arid and.....


Poland: Tesco launches TV spot for fruit and vegetables
Tesco Poland has launched a new campaign starring Robert Maklowicz, a famous Polish journalist, writer and food critic. In the TV spot, Mark emphasises the freshness of the fruits and vegetables available at the store.The 30-second spot shows the various stages through which fruits and vegetables must go.....

19th-23rd October 2014
Spain: Companies seek contacts for B2B meetings at SIAL
Marta Puigvert, representative of some Spanish produce companies, contacted FreshPlaza looking for businesses interested in setting up B2B meetings at SIAL (Paris, 19th-23rd October 2014).The Spanish companies specialise in:peeled and frozen chestnuts;chestnut purée;Marron Glacé;chestnuts in syrup;cooked.....


Italy: New campaign for Trybeca
"Summer hasn't been all that great this year but luckily it did not affect us that much: our Nashis did quite well, as flavour is good and grades are uniform," explain the owners ofTrybeca (in the photo, Fabrizio Oderda)Trybeca has invested a lot in research over the years to find the best fertilizing.....


HZPC still sees a lot of potential for Annabelle
"Annabelle is a real family potato in Germany"
During this year's Potato Europe in Germany, HZPC was one of the exhibitors. In its stand, various potato varieties were shown, but the emphasis was on Annabelle. "This variety has been in existence for a number of years, but it still has a lot of potential," says Feico Born, product manager Retail Fresh......


UK: World garlic eating champion munches way through 33 raw cloves in 1 minute
The winner of the World Garlic Eating Competition is celebrating after chomping 33 raw cloves of Iberian garlic in 60 seconds.David Greenman, 34, beat the runner-up by two cloves - but missed out on equalling the world record by just one portion.Organiser Mark Botwright, 50, said: “It was only running out of.....

German children hardly encouraged to eat fruit and vegetables
The initiative 'Germany - Mein Garten' held a representative questionnaire among around 1300 children and young adults between 10 and 25 in the summer of 2014 commissioned by the 'Bundesvereinigung der Erzeugerorganisationen Obst und Gemüse e.V.' (BVEO). The research yielded partially concerning results.....

Castile-La Mancha
Spain: Onion prices at origin drop as low as 5 cents per kilo
The sale of late onions has been cut short by the Russian veto on Western products, adding to the oversupply in both Castile-La Mancha and in some European countries, which has led to market saturation. Late onions will be stored in cold storage to be sold until March.Late onions, also known as Reca, are.....

Czech Republic to offer support to fruit, vegetable and potato producers
Minister of Agriculture, Marian Jurečka, announced on Friday that the Czech Republic would support national fruit, vegetable and potato producers. A quarter of a billion crowns will be invested in order for the country to go back to being self-sufficient in traditional fruit and vegetable production. At.....

Hungary: Heavy rainfall may cause problems with many crops
The heavy rainfall in Hungary may cause problems for the autumn harvest, affecting the processes of seeding and soil preparation. The average precipitation has been several times higher than the average of many years, according to a statement from the National Association of Agricultural Economics (NAK) on.....


Oceania

AU: Cold weather delays cherry flowering
The first cherries of the season may be a little late this year after cold weather delayed flowering. South Australia's Riverland region is usually one of the first cherry producing areas to send fruit to market.While the cold has set flowering back between seven and 10 days, Renmark grower Leon Cotsaris.....


McDonald's offers Sweet Potato Wedges for limited time
For a limited time, McDonald’s is offering a fresh take on its beloved French Fries in the form of thick-cut sweet potato wedges. McDonald’s Sweet Potato Wedges are a rare attempt by the company to offer something new in the fries department. For the asking price of $3.95, you get a single serve in a.....

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AU: MP calls for strict standards on ginger imports
The Department of Agriculture recently announced it will lift a ban to allow importers to apply for permits to bring fresh ginger from Fiji into Australia. Mr Pitt said growers were understandably concerned about the threat posed by pests and diseases, like burrowing nematode and yam scale. "I acknowledge.....

NZ: Workers' conditions under scrutiny
Pressure is expected to ramp up next season to ensure kiwifruit orchard workers are not being ripped off, a Tauranga kiwifruit contractor says.Peter John was commenting on the investigation launched by Immigration New Zealand into a potential case of exploitation in which Fijians lured to work in Bay.....


New Zealand: New funding to support high value food exports
Plant & Food Research has received funding for two new projects in the latest government science investment round. Maintaining the quality of fruits and vegetables during transport is key to growing New Zealand’s horticultural exports, currently worth $3.6 billion. The Remotely Activated Controlled.....


Africa


Uganda: Lira farmers take to banana and chilli growing
Lira District and the rest of Northern Uganda were traditionally known for growing crops like simsim, sorghum and millet. But this is now changing, with many farmers taking to growing bananas and chilli. NTV’s Ivan Kimuli Kigozi visited several farmers in Lira District who have experimented with these crops.....


World

Bananas kept fresh for longer
This tasty treat, with its characteristic shape and yellowish colour, is one of the most popular foods amongst athletes, as it provides a valuable combination of carbohydrates and easy to assimilate essential micronutrients that are ideal to obtain a constant supply of energy before (or during) a workout.As.....


Protecting and restoring biodiversity: Chiquita’s conservation efforts
Working with the Rainforest Alliance, Chiquita’s active biodiversity program goes beyond the boundaries of its banana farms. The program has opened doors to productive partnerships with customers, governments and organizations, protecting biodiversity on and around its farms and neighbouring banana and.....

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How digital printers can help companies keep up with food trends
Food and beverage manufacturers have plenty of reasons to be optimistic about future sales as the millennial generation begins to wield more buying power. Generation Y—those born between 1980 and 2000—may be the most food trends–focused group ever, which provides food and beverage brands with unprecedented.....

University students explore Fresh Summit and produce industry opportunities
More than 40 students from 13 universities will join 20,000+ fresh produce and floral industry members in Anaheim, California this October for the PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo. As part of the PMA Foundation Career Pathways program created in 2004 with the help of Jay and Ruthie Pack Family.....


Retail

Online-to-offline unfolds in Asia
As e-commerce in grocery gains traction in markets across the region, multi-channel retailers are increasingly focused on forming stronger ties between their online shopping platforms and physical store networks. This offers greater convenience for shoppers, with benefits including incremental sales and.....

Wegmans tests new meals-to-go concept in Pittsford
Wegmans Food Markets Inc. is test-marketing prepackaged meals to go at its Pittsford supermarket.Since 2008, Wegmans customers could choose an entrée and two sides and the meal would be packaged on the spot by employees in the deli section. The meals cost $6, $8, or $10, depending on the entrées selected.But.....

How the flu shot became the new doorbuster deal
Pharmacies are using coupons and early season promotions in an aggressive competition to give flu shots to more Americans. The hope is that these efforts give their overall sales a shot in the arm. Take a look at any chain pharmacy in your neck of the woods, and odds are it’ll be advertising special deals.....

Spar reports service levels reach new record
Spar reports its service levels are at their highest ever – currently running at 98.7%, with all five Spar wholesalers recording on average 97.5% of deliveries arriving on time over 13,000 deliveries made per week.This success is thanks to Spar’s streamlined consolidation centre system and the huge effort.....

Whole Foods Market and Kroger starting to sharpen their blades
The supermarket industry is like a modern coliseum since it brings as much action as gladiator fights did, but in the current state of affairs only the margins bleed, favouring the one that’s stronger in numbers. Whole Foods Market, Inc. and The Kroger Co. are two giants showing different battle techniques.....

International brands face stronger customer after Auchan, Systeme-U deal
France's fifth- and sixth-largest retailers, Auchan and Système U, are to team up on buying - with the companies working together when dealing with international brands.The deal will also exclude private label, which accounts for 25% of the two retailers' sales on average.The grocers sought to further.....

Lidl opens new supermarket at Bucharest
German retailer Lidl announced it opened a new supermarket at Bucharest, reaching a countrywide network of 180 units.The new unit to be launched on September 18 will deliver 1200 sqm and employs 22 professionals. Currently, the retailer employs over 3.500 professionals working in the retail units, regional.....

Greece: Supermarket chains stifling traditional retail food stores
Over 3,500 food retail stores shut down between 2010 and 2013, which shows that not even shops selling essential commodities escaped having to pay the ultimate price during Greece’s economic crisis.The blow was clearly harder for traditional stores such as independent butchers, grocers and minimarkets, which.....


Poland: Tesco launches TV spot for fruit and vegetables
Tesco Poland has launched a new campaign starring Robert Maklowicz, a famous Polish journalist, writer and food critic. In the TV spot, Mark emphasises the freshness of the fruits and vegetables available at the store.The 30-second spot shows the various stages through which fruits and vegetables must go.....



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