Monday, May 04, 2015

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Leon Mols, Ahold:
'Food safety a source of constant vigilance'
Out of all the things consumers take into consideration when they're at the supermarket, food safety rarely gets much attention. But for the the people who are entrusted with providing that food, food safety is of paramount concern, and the ways fresh produce suppliers and retailers ensure the food.....


Hein Deprez, Univeg:
"Within ten to fifteen years 50% of fruit and veg sales online"
"We strongly believe in very intensive agriculture and horticulture. That's the only way to feed the world in a sustainable manner." Hein Deprez (54), also called vegetable emperor in the industry, is the chairman of the board at Univeg, Greenyard Foods and Peatinvest, jointly accounting for 3.7 billion.....


Rubigold apples destined for China
Rubigold is not a type of apple all Australians would be familiar with, such as Royal Gala or Pink Lady, but this Tasmanian grown, naturally occurring hybrid first discovered 14 years ago is making its mark on China following its launch there. Grower Dane Griggs, and his brother Brett, of BW Griggs &.....


US (CA): Another early start to stone fruit season
Like last year, harvesting of California's stone fruit will begin earlier than usual. With not a tremendous amount of production anticipated, the market is expected to be strong this year.“It's an early season again,” said Jeff Simonian of Simonian Fruit Company. “Last year it was maybe a week ahead of.....

Gold Nugget mandarin prices are average
Despite directly competing with the main variety of spring mandarins, Murcott, demand for Gold Nugget mandarins continues to hold steady. Bulk sales are good with bag sales expected to increase throughout May. Gold Nuggets are currently priced at $1/lb FOB, which is average for this time of year. “Last.....

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Andreas Daroudis, TIF Helexpo: (Organisation Freskon)
“International buyers necessary for a successful trade fair”
Nowadays many national and international trade fairs and events are organized. That makes it difficult to stand out as an organisation. Andreas Daroudis agrees, he is the Director of Exhibitions of TIF-Helexpo SA and the vice chairman of the European Chapter of UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition.....


Russian reserves replenished, but flight of capital continues
Austria against long-term conflict Russia
Austria visits Moscow, with talks about the Minsk agreements being included on the agenda. Austria is against a long-term conflict between Europe and Russia. There is also a lot of economic news about Russia. The country’s capital reserves increased by the end of April, but the lower reserves over the.....

Organic market growth decreases produce price
The organic market is steadily moving from a niche market, to encompass more growers and more crops. Within the last few years, the rapid growth of the organic market within Canada, the United States, and Mexico has introduced not only new growers, but those who have switched from conventional crops to.....

US (CA): Snap, snow peas come into volume
As production of green peas winds down in Santa Maria, volumes of snap peas and snow peas are increasing. Prices for the two latter varieties have been good.“Production of green peas in Santa Maria takes place from the beginning of March to the end of April, and in Salinas they'll go for two to three.....

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Blueberries offering diversity for Qld farmers
Berry farmers Jason and Kim Lewis, who have been growing strawberries out of the Wolvi farm, near Gympie in Queensland, are diversifying their offering, and planting 650 blueberry plants to extend their growing season and earn more off their yield. “We’ve done it to diversify, and to extend our income into.....



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Jackie Boussier
20 cent price difference between Belgian and Dutch strawberries
According to Jackie Boussier, from Boussier export company, the strawberry sector is doing fine, "The strawberry season has been going for a while and there are around 200 tons of strawberries being supplied in Belgium daily. The strawberries are good quality and are not overly expensive. The auction price.....

Valencian Community
Spain: Warning issued on non-payments to persimmon farmers
The Farmers Union warned about the increase in non-payments to farmers that cultivated persimmon last season, as there have been at least four companies that bought the fruit and that have later filed, or will shortly file, for bankruptcy. This situation was known and had been previously experienced in.....


New pepper taste model coming into operation
Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture has teamed up with two Dutch breeders, Rijk Zwaan and Enza, to develop a model for a quicker prediction of the taste level of bell peppers. The research has been partly funded through the TTI Groene Genetica Programme and has been possible thanks to the contribution.....

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Fruit cooperation AC Meliki grows in the traditional way
“Greek farmers and traders work hard to survive”
With 800 farmers and 5000 hectares AC Meliki is one of the larger fruit cooperations in the north of Greece. The enterprise was founded in 1928 and supplies kiwis, peaches, nectarines and other fruit. And they produce frozen fruit and vegetables. The largest part of the products is for export. Sales managers.....

BLE market report 17/15
New potato sales are picking up speed
The new potato trade at the German wholesale markets slowly starts to pick up speed. This is evident from the newsletter KW 17/15 from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food (BLE). Imported new potatoes from Italy increased the available range of new potatoes, which in previous weeks was still quite small. The.....

Spain: Banana imports amounted to 16,500 tons in February
In February 2015, consumers had some 38,200 tons of plantain and bananas available for their use, 3,200 tons less than in the same month last year, which represents an 8% decrease in the available supply. If the Canary Islands forwarded 28,000 tons, imports amounted to about 16,500 tons and re-exports to.....


Richard Bolle: "Growers with stocks are steadfast"
Quiet onion market, calm before the storm?
After a sudden price increase this month, it has now become quiet in the onion market. "Prices have also dropped slightly to 18-20 cents per unit for the large and 15-17 cents for the medium," says Richard Bolle, of Together Strong. "We can consequently only offer the grower 15 cents, but nobody is willing.....

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Kees Schouten, Potato trader Altena:
"Finally more potatoes from Malta"
The Maltese potato season started at Potato trader Altena from Wijk en Aalburg at the start of last month. "The supply has been quite mediocre, but will really get going this week, especially the Alpha's," says Kees Schouten. He has been working with the Maltese potato company Quality Fruit &.....

UK farming contributed nearly £10bn in 2014
Farming contributed nearly £10billion to the UK economy last year despite a drop in incomes on farms. Figures released from farming ministry Defra confirm UK farmers’ income fell by nearly 5% last year.Provisional figures from the UK Government’s food and farming department suggest Total Income From Farming.....


Raytec Vision presented its new products at BTA
Raytec Vision has presented its new Raynbow 3Way tomato sorter at BTA (Barcelona Tecno Alimentaria). The machine will be installed in June 2015 at Alimentos Españoles Alsat (Don Benito -​Badajoz), a leading company in the tomato processing sector.Raytec technicians have improved this machine.....

Turkey's exports decreased in April
According to Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) data, Turkey's exports decreased by 9.8 percent to $11.8 billion when compared to April 2014.The figures announced by TİM indicated that in the first four months of the year, exports decreased by 8.1 percent to $49 million. In the last 12 months, when.....


Mexican fruit exporters visit LBP in Maasdijk
A group of around thirty Mexican vegetable and fruit exporters and representatives of local governments visited the Netherlands this week. The group is part of a trade mission from Michoacán organised by the local government of this Mexican province along with Pro Mexico. The Mexicans have mainly been.....


Oceania

Table grape farmer coping with disadvantage
One table grape farmer who has decided to tough it out in South West Queensland’s St George region is convinced that the yields from another part of Queensland, Emerald, which have increased as much as ten fold in recent years are down to favourable weather patterns. “A little over three years ago it started.....


Blue tomato varieties hit AU market
New blue tomato varieties have made their way to Australia, and Robbie Keck is one of the few growers in Victoria.Ten months ago Robbie, from Seymour, was researching tomato varieties on the internet when he came across the crossbred heirloom varieties. “I saw a few photos of these varieties a while ago.....

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Melon virus confined to one part of Queensland farm
A crippling cucurbit disease found in a North Queensland watermelon crop two weeks ago has not spread through the farm.Biosecurity Queensland confirmed that the case of Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV) was confined to Jon Caleo's 40-hectare melon crop.The virus has wiped out most of the Northern.....


World

Cucumber, fruit for the summer
Fruits and vegetables have long been associated with a reduced risk of many adverse health conditions. Studies have shown that increase consumption of vegetables such as cucumber can help curb the risk of heart diseases, diabetes, skin infections, obesity, and overall wellbeing.Belonging to the same family.....

Hortim, of Czech Republic
Global Fresh Trade reports non-payer
Global Fresh Trade wished to send a warning about the company Hortim, from the Czech Republic, which it accuses of breaching terms when it comes to payments and claims. "The customer has been urged dozens of times to pay and there is little or no response. When finally there is a response, it is to report.....

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Spain: Melon and watermelon campaign kicks off with good prices
Melons and watermelons are recording favourable prices at the start of the Andalusian campaign. The monitoring report of the protected horticulture sector, published by the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Government of Andalusia, said that during week 16 (between 13 and 19 April), the Galia recorded an.....


Pears from across the globe flooding Indian markets
China, USA and South Africa appear to be in a race to get their pears accepted by Indian consumers. Volumes have jumped up exponentially from 2007 to 2013, and so have valuations.Though China exported 381,281 tonnes of pears in 2013, down 6.9 per cent, exports to India have jumped. The Asian neighbour has.....


Retail


Farmers exploring supermarkets | Tesco spurns £4bn offer for Korean stores |
Publix earnings and sales keep growing
A group of South African fruit growers visited the UK for the first time as part of a training and skills programme developed by the Fresh Produce Exporters' Forum and funded by Sainsbury's and the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), 4-traders.com reports. For a week, 11.....



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