Friday, September 19, 2014

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France: Rough start to apple export season
True to the conventional wisdom in France, that a bad end to the stonefruit export season is the precursor to a bad apple export season, French exporters have had difficulties with both commodities this year. Dealing with low prices and increased competition from other European countries shut out of Russia,.....


Allfresch Group
Significant increase in demand for Honey pomelos
The UK-headquartered Allfresch Group of companies has built a strong reputation in Europe for the Red Dragon brand of Chinese Honey pomelos over the last seven years, and that has in turn helped transform the fruit from a speciality item to a mainstream commodity in the European markets. There has been a.....


Altaifresh and Qifeng partner to strengthen kiwifruit program
An importer and exporter of fresh produce based in China, Altaifresh has partnered with Qifeng Fruit, a large grower, to strengthen their kiwifruit program. They now have access to greater volumes of Chinese kiwifruit and will be responsible for exporting the fruit abroad. “We had a new shareholder partner.....


Congo aims to attract foreign investment to develop domestic agriculture
At the PMA Fresh Connections South Africa, recently held in Pretoria, Mr Barthelemy Mumba, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock of the Republic of Congo’s southern Katanga province, gave a speech on his country’s efforts to attract foreign investment and promote domestic agriculture. “The Katanga.....


Marco pack house system increases productivity for Windset Farms in California
Marco’s YCM yield control equipment is bringing important productivity improvements for Windset Farms at their expansive fresh produce operation in Santa Maria, California.Installed in 2013, the multi-line system, designed to simplify and deskill the manual packing process, is helping Windset increase.....

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Demand for Argentinean soft fruit
Rung product on Russian market
Argentina sees a lot of opportunities for exporting soft fruit to Russia. The country sees interest from Russian traders increase. On the Russian market, lemon prices go up to unprecedented levels. Partly because the season in Argentina and South Africa is drawing to a close, and the volumes there were.....


Pakistan’s mango exports to EU fetch $30m
Exporters of Pakistan have successfully fetched $30 million from the exports of mangoes to European Union (EU) countries in the outgoing season levelling the values of previous year but averted possible ban due to Hot Water Treatment Technology (HWT).Exporters said Pakistan overall exported different.....

Cutrale-Safra responds to Fyffes investor presentation
Cutrale-Safra stated that an investor presentation filed Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by Fyffes is nothing more than a desperate attempt by Fyffes to salvage its proposed transaction with Chiquita Brands International, which the investment marketplace has valued at a little.....


Dutch Fruitmasters goes for low costs and added value
With over one hundred years of experience and more than four hundred affiliated growers, sales organization Fruitmasters is able to supply end users with year-round quality fruit at home and abroad. Kees de Kat and Leonard Kampschöer, Managing Director and Commercial Director respectively, offer us a glimpse.....

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Turkey: Citrus export campaign kicks off
Turkey's citrus export season is officially kicking off on 18 September, as reported by the Mediterranean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters Association and the president of the Citrus Promotion Group, Ali Kavak. Last year, the country shipped 1 billion 371 million 156 thousand kilos of citrus, generating $.....



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Europe

Greek strawberry producers seeking alternative markets
A meeting was held last week between the Greek Minister and Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Food, Georgios Karasmanis and Paris Koukoulopoulos, and representatives of the strawberry sector to discuss the problems caused by the Russian embargo on exports, which were shipped primarily to the Moscow.....

Grower Jos Stevens:
"Cauliflower supply abnormally low last month"
Cauliflower supply was low during the past month. According to Flemish grower Jos Stevens, cauliflower growth is running behind. "Not much has been harvested for the time of year, but prices were good because of the shortage. Within 14 days, we expect to cut more units again."Good pricesThe price was over.....


UK: Tomatoes that thrive in endless summers
It’s one of the UK’s biggest tomato sources, hidden in a secret corner of the Fens under the shadow of British Sugar’s flagship beet factory. During Red Tractor Week, STACIA BRIGGS visits Cornerways, Britain’s biggest glasshouse.The towering silos of the Wissington sugar factory dominate the skyline near.....

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Lemon, mandarin and grapefruit production up; oranges down
Spain: Murcian citrus harvest to grow by 8.4%
Murcia's Council of Agriculture and Water expects the Region to harvest 815,850 tonnes of citrus next campaign, which would represent a8.4% increase. This was announced yesterday by the Councillor of Agriculture and Water, Antonio Cerdá, along with the president of the Interprofessional Association Ailimpo,.....


Francisco Sánchez, manager of Onubafruits
"Fresh raspberry consumption is growing every year"
Consumption trends are changing in Europe, wherevalues ​​such as health and welfare are becomingincreasingly relevant; values which are associated with red fruits or berries, making them increasingly more important. In terms of popularity, raspberries have been gaining strength in recent years,.....


Jan Prinsen's vision on cultivation seedless grapes and new seedless varieties
Many shifts in Italian grape landscape
Jan Prinsen recently visited the grape region in Italy, and wondered whether seedless grapes would win out over the flavoursome Italian grapes with seeds, such as the Italia. He also examined the shifts taking place in Italy, when it comes to switching from grapes with seeds to seedless.Click here for the.....


Family Farms in South Tyrol: An agriculture innovation case study
The cultivation of apples in South Tyrol dates back to at least the sixteenth century. Over the course of more recent decades, it has been characterized by historical, cultural, social, political, geographical, and economic factors. These led to apple cultivation becoming the single most important sector of.....

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EU: Call for lift on unfair potato export barriers
A European farm body has called for ‘unfair’ restrictions on EU potato exports to be lifted.At a seminar in Brussels last week Copa-Cogeca pointed to the issues producers were facing with sliding prices.The price pressures are being compounded by the Russian trade embargo and UK farmers are being hit with.....

New environmentally-friendly way to grow lettuce
The results of a study entitled "The application of amino acids in vegetable crops" conducted at the Horticultural Laboratory of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki showed that amino acids could be used to completely replace ammonium nitrate as fertiliser in lettuce cultivation. Ammonium nitrate is the.....

Fresh-cut fruit: Listex P100 against Listeria monocytogenes
In recent years, Listeria monocytogenes has been the cause of many serious foodborne diseases, being a very versatile bacterial pathogen it grows within both plant and animal cells in a very wide temperature range. For these reasons, the scientific community and the food industry are looking for new and more.....


Jan van Heijningen: "Big growth in the pepper market"
Eminent presents specialty's in in-store display
Where some of the fruit and vegetable companies have had to really push through some hard summer months, Jan van Heijningen from Eminent Food - one of Europe's largest suppliers and producers of exclusive greenhouse vegetables that differ in size, form, colour and taste - is not complaining. "We actually.....


Tozer Iberica to showcase new vegetable varieties at Fruit Attraction
Tozer Iberica will be exhibiting at Fruit Attraction 2014 in Madrid from the 15th-17th October 2014. Their stand will be located in Pabellon 9, Stand 9511C. Tozer Seeds are market leaders in the breeding and development of Parsnip, Celery and Rocket. The company will be showcasing a selection of their.....


September 23 – 26 2014, Dirkshorn (NL)
International Open Days showcase Clause, Hazera and Vilmorin
From September 23rd to September 26th, vegetable professionals from all over the world are welcome at the International Open Days to discover the latest novelties of open field vegetable varieties offered by seed companies Hazera, Clause and Vilmorin. This event is a real “living catalogue” of many crops and.....

Slovakia: one of the least affected by Russian embargo
For Slovakia, the Russian ban on imports of agricultural products from the European Union will entail an annual loss of about six million Euro. This means it will be one of the least affected member states.The only EU countries which will be less affected are Luxembourg, where annual losses will amount to.....


Oceania

Young Nuffield Scholar looks to minimise fruit damage
Tom Eastlake, from Young NSW was last night awarded a prestigious Nuffield Scholarship supported by Horticulture Australia Limited, as part of the across industry program with matching funds from the Australian Government.He will study cherry field handling, packing techniques and packaging materials.With 15.....

AU: Volunteers pull together to help struggling broccoli farmer
You might remember growing up with broccoli as a staple on your dinner plate.Well one Queensland broccoli farmer is struggling to make ends meet, making it tough to pick these green gems.To help the farmer, a green army has headed to his Birkdale property this morning.Steve spoke to Emma-Kate Rose from Food.....

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Juice factory halves throughput, boosts payments to farmers during low citrus harvest
A Queensland juice factory is processing only half its usual volume because the citrus crop has been smaller and of higher quality, meaning less juice-grade fruit. And a global lemon shortage has forced the factory to push up its payments for lemons by 800 per cent.Each year, Central Burnett Fruit Processors.....


AU: Fruit fly trial could slash mango export costs, open up new markets
Researchers are hopeful an upcoming fruit fly trial will help Northern Territory mango growers reduce their export costs, and potentially open-up new markets overseas.Over the next few weeks, NT Department of Primary Industry staff will begin strapping caged fruit flies to mango trees in commercial orchards.....


Aussie growers prepare for bumper mango crop
Yeppoon farmer Ian Groves says his trees are in full flower and reports from other areas of the country indicate a good season Australia wide. But Mr Groves says that is not necessarily a good thing for producers."The mango crop everywhere across Australia looks to be a bumper, so we might not be looking at.....


Macadamia industry marks 40th anniversary with special tree plantings
Forget the candles on the cake, the 40th anniversary of the start of the commercial macadamia industry in Australia is being celebrated with tree plantings. The latest tree has gone in the ground at an accommodation facility for cancer patients, their carers and families at Lismore in northern New South.....


Western Australian commissioner to Japan highlights avocado trade opportunity
A significant trade opportunity for the West Australian avocado industry has been identified by a prominent trade delegate.The Western Australian commissioner to Japan Craig Peacock said he will personally front a campaign to get fresh avocados from the state into Japan.In his first visit to Australia since.....


Africa


Uganda: Largest cassava grower extends knowledge to other farmers
One of the most prominent cassava farmers in eastern Uganda owns 65 acres of the crop. Augustine Akutu from Amuria district has been growing cassava for ten years and he has used the proceeds to acquire more land. Even amidst challenges like price fluctuation, Akutu rakes in over 80 million shillings every.....


Uganda: Museveni to launch Soroti Fruit Processing Factory
President Yoweri Museveni will today launch the proposed fruit-processing factory in the Eastern region, which Government expects to boost employment figures and also create a viable market for the fruits, especially mangoes and oranges of Teso farmers.The factory will be development under a.....

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Egypt: Fruit and vegetable prices stabilised in August
Adel Naser, head of Economic Research of Giza Chamber of Commerce, said that fruit and vegetable prices have stabilised during the month of August after registering continuous drops since the month of July.He said that the most horticultural products have suffered significant price drops, with only a few.....


World

Wim Moerdijk: "Calm week expected after huge Africa export"
Which way is the onion market going?
In the last few weeks a huge amount of Dutch onions have been exported to Africa. "I think that Africa is a little higher now due to all the onions that have gone that way," Wim Moerdijk jokes from a sorting and packing station in Monie, Nieuwdorp. "Everything is set and done. The expectation now is that a.....


Children eat more vegetables if their parents went to college
Children of parents who went to college or university eat more veggies and drink less sugar, a new University of British Columbia study has found.The researchers surveyed almost 1,000 students in grades 5 to 8 in Vancouver schools. They found children whose parents completed some post-secondary education.....

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The potato, the world's favourite staple
Labelled the world’s favourite staple, this tuberous crop comes in numerous varieties. Like some of the other members of the nightshade family to which potatoes belong, they originated in South America and have travelled the world.Much like rice, wheat and maize, potatoes are an important part of the world’s.....

U.S. Potato Board:
Potatoes classified as largest, most affordable source of potassium
The U.S. Potato Board (USPB) classifies potatoes as the largest and most affordable source of potassium of any vegetable or fruit on its consumer site, www.potatogoodness.com.The site also refers to potatoes as the highest for potassium content among the top 20 most frequently consumed raw vegetables and.....


Mucci Farms finalist for packaging with “Impact”
Mucci Farms has been named one of the 2014 PMA Impact Award; Excellence in Packaging Finalists. Out of the 67 entries (submitted by 56 companies), 20 of those submissions have been identified as program finalists. Mucci Farms captured 3 of the spots with the following entries: Mucci Farms has always tried to.....


CMI named as a finalist for the PMA Impact Award in packaging
Columbia Marketing International (CMI) has been named as a finalist for the 2014 PMA Impact Awards in Excellence in Packaging for their innovative single serving cherry package.The Produce Marketing Association reported that, 56 companies entered 67 products for consideration. Twenty packaging submissions.....


Retail

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
US (AK): U.S. Department of Agriculture agrees to consider rural concerns
Senator Lisa Murkowski’s outreach to the Secretary of Agriculture has yielded an agreement from the USDA that they won’t use Lower 48 perishable food availability standards to judge how Alaska’s rural residents and retailers participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).With the.....

Casey’s General Store’s earnings beat estimates in first quarter
Casey’s General Store’s first quarter EPS remained $1.35, which is dropped by 6.5% but ahead of our forecast of $1.25 or consensus estimation $1.24. Company beat completely because of gas margins, which remained at 19.5¢/g versus estimate 17.48¢/g. We noticed that grocery remained in-line while prepared.....

Taiwan: FamilyMart acquisition could threaten 7-Eleven
Taiwan FamilyMart Co (全家便利商店), the nation’s second-largest convenience store operator, could acquire Hi-Life International Co Ltd (萊爾富國際) to compete with its stronger rival President Chain Store Corp.....


Trader Joe's to open in USC's new residential-retail complex in 2017
Grocery chain Trader Joe’s plans to put a store in USC's planned $650-million residential and retail complex, the biggest construction project in school history.The university and Trader Joe's announced this week that the grocery will open at USC Village in the fall of 2017, serving both students and the.....

Retailer Carrefour buys 1.2 hectares in future Bucharest mall project
French retailer Carrefour has purchased 12,000 sqm of the ParkLake shopping center, which will be built in Bucharest’s Titan area, and it plans to build and operate a new hypermarket. The value of this transaction was not made public. Via this transaction, Carrefour becomes co-owner of the shopping center.....

Northwest Cherry Growers benefit from Alibaba
Mark Zoske understands the impact of Alibaba. Fourteen years ago he started Saltworks in Woodinville. It's now the largest gourmet salt producer in the world, and he's just now starting realize the potential boost Alibaba can have on his sales."It's absolutely been good for us," said Zoske. "It's given us.....

Aldi vs. Lidl: how do they use Facebook and Twitter?
Lidl surprised consumers in the UK recently with its new TV campaign that aimed to alter perceptions of the brand.Popular opinion suggests that you get what you pay for at Lidl, so the products match the low, low prices.However the #LidlSurprises ads play on that image by showing consumers who are pleasantly.....

Whole Foods to test first rewards program
Whole Foods — feeling the heat of new competition in the natural and organic arena — is about to test a program that will reward folks just for shopping there.Beginning this month, the organic and natural grocery chain will test its first-ever national affinity program, Whole Foods Market Rewards, at its.....

Jobs boom in Burton - Tesco is in with 266 positions
TESCO is adding to Burton's jobs boom with the creation of more than 260 positions as part of its multi-million pound new-look superstore.It will plough £5.7 million a year into the local economy and create 266 jobs if new plans for a smaller store, off Hawkins Lane, are approved later this year.Subject to.....

Lakeland hopes new supermarket restores lost sales tax revenue
Sprouts Farmers Market — an upscale organic grocery store chain — is taking over the former Kroger space on U.S. 64 in Lakeland, officials confirmed Wednesday.Sprouts, similar to Whole Foods, started renovations two months ago in the space at Country Bridge Shopping Center. The Phoenix-based company expects.....



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