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Monday, April 20, 2015

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Canada: Photo report CPMA Montreal
On April 16 and 17, the CPMA tradeshow was held in Montreal, QC. It was the largest event in the organization’s 90-year history. Close to 300 exhibitors from primarily Canada, the US and Mexico showcased their (new) products, ranging from the Tombar to apple cider and fresh-cut pomelos. Freshplaza was.....

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Argentina: Lemon exports to increase, despite floods
At the moment, Argentina is making very few lemon shipments. Only the northern provinces of Salta and Jujuy, which have the country's earliest production, are currently exporting."Shipments from Argentina so far have reached 10% of what was exported in the same period of 2014. The reason for this is.....

AU: Driving competitiveness in Asian markets
Research into successful vegetable innovations commercially available overseas will soon be used by stakeholders across the Australian vegetable industry’s supply chain to increase the attractiveness and competiveness of Australian grown vegetables to Asian markets.The research, which was conducted by.....


Ecuador: Good start for bananas, despite threat from Russia and safeguards
Ecuadorian bananas have had a good start this year, favoured also by the problems in Costa Rica, Guatemala and the Philippines."So far, we continue to have greater export volumes than at the same time last year, growing by between 4% and 5%. Hopefully, the reduction in exports to Russia will stop.....

German and Belgian strawberries for the first time
Spain and Italy dominate the German strawberry market
For the first time in 2015, in week 15 German and Belgian strawberries appeared in German hypermarkets. Both achieved a market share of one percent each. Because of the low availability, German strawberries are being sold for an average of 3.90 euro per tray of 500 grams. Because of the low quantities,.....

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Italy: Sicilian aubergines replace Spanish on domestic market
The situation described a few weeks ago, when Spanish aubergines and the lack of domestic produce were creating problems on the market, no longer applies as Sicily is now in full production. "The season started in early April, maybe one week later than usual, and the produce looks good, has a high quality.....

AU: Citrus exports: increased value, rising volumes
There is plenty of optimism around Australian citrus growing at the moment, according to Judith Damiani, head of Citrus Australia. Ms Damiani has nearly finished a round of regional grower forums, with only Western Australia left to visit. “People are quietly confident they’re going to have a good season......


“Russia over worst of crisis”
The Russian economy will start growing again within two years, president Putin said yesterday during his annual TV show in which he answers questions from the people for hours. “Experts believe the worst of the crisis is over for us,” the president said. Since the beginning of this year, the rouble has.....


Arend Zeelenberg:
“Regionalization limits growth Dutch organic vegetable export”
Dutch companies doing business in organic produce saw their revenue increase by 11% to 928 million Euro in 2014. Chain organization Bionext mapped the export trends for the ministry of Economic Affairs. The chain organization expects the export to exceed 1 billion Euro this year. Organic greenhouse.....

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Hein Buedts: "€10 is reasonable and saleable"
Belgium: Asparagus market normalized again
Asparagus is not yet in full production. As expected, the supply will continue to increase in the coming weeks. The price has been high and peaked at 24 Euro around Easter. The market is back to normal and asparagus are going for 10 Euro per kilo. According to Hein Buedts the high price mainly has to do.....


Tesco poised to report loss of £4bn | Woolworths's frozen veggies sell well
Costco gets unique and much sought after deal
Costco Wholesale Corp. has attained a goal that retailers have sought for years: near-zero expenses for credit-card payments, Bloomberg reports. In a deal with Visa Inc. and Citigroup Inc., Costco’s acceptance costs will be about zero, according to people familiar with the arrangement. The arrangement.....



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Kevin Schietecatte, Sint-Katelijne-Waver:
Tomato puree 'Tompuur' solution to overproduction
If the production of tomatoes is at it's highest in the summer, there can be an oversupply, which can then cause prices to fall. This happened last year as well. Grower Kevin Schietecatte from Sint-Katelijne Waver thought it was high time for a solution, and in 2014 he started making purée out of some of.....

Germany: less interest Spanish tomatoes
German wholesale markets mostly saw a presence of Spanish tomatoes in week 15. They did see slowly decreasing interest though. Supplies from the Netherlands and Belgium gradually increased. The quality of the fruit was good. Prices went down due to the large supplies. Even beef tomatoes and vine tomatoes.....


Malaga, Andalusia
Spain: Record asparagus harvest in Antequera
The rising temperatures in recent days in Antequera have allowed for the green asparagus productive capacity to reach 95%. This means that a total of 15 tonnes of the vegetable are being handled daily, with production volumes exceeding 800,000 kilos, as stated by the manager of Horticultores El Torcal,.....

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Spain: Harvest season for seaweed, a superfood
At this time of the year, the seas of Galicia start yielding their first crops of edible seaweed, considered a superfood by nutritionists worldwide.Seaweed, which can be consumed fresh, salted, dehydrated and in powder, is classified in three different colours (green, brown and red), with varieties such as.....


Marketing campaign focuses on young people
“Eating apples should be cool”
Can you get young people to consume more fruit with a large-scale campaign? Joya Europe thinks so, which is why a new apple brand was launched three years ago: Joya. The campaign wants to improve the apple’s image, the focus is on teenagers. How does Joya Europe handle this? And what have been the results.....

BLE-report week 15
Germany: focusing on European apples
In week 15 on the German wholesale market the apple sector was mostly full of German Jonagold and Elstar apples. The Italian Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples were also present. France supplied the Granny and Jazz apples and the Dutch provided Jonagold. There was a lot of interest in the European.....


Sven Roosen of Gerrits Fruit has a good feeling about next season
"More and more Belgian fruit growers sell away from auction"
Ten years ago Sven and Miet Roosen took over the company Gerrits Fruit. To start with the focus was mainly on apples, but since 1996 the largest volumes has been pears. At the moment Gerrits Fruit has 35 hectares, of which 3 hectares are apples. They also process and trade the fruit from several fellow.....

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Canary tomatoes down 672 growers and 52,000t exports in 5 years
Over the past five years, the Canary export tomato sector has lost 672 producers and 52,000 tonnes, after a reduction in the acreage amounting to 1,000 hectares, according to the Platform for the Defence of Tomatoes, Fruits and Vegetables.Given these losses, the sector has stressed in a statement how.....


French cherry industry recovery plan
Manufacturers and producers in the cherry industry announced a recovery plan for the sector which represents €350,000 over 5 years, aiming to plant 150 hectares of cherry orchards in the region. The offer is currently inferior to the demand and the industry has to get supplies from abroad. Industry.....


Manel Simón, of Afrucat:
"Russian veto offset by 23% increase in exports to other destinations"
As reported by Afrucat, the first stonefruit harvest prospects in Catalonia which accounts for more than a third of Spain's production, point to a 3% growth in production for the 2015 season, with 425,060 tonnes. This is mostly due to the 4% increase in Lleida (380,100 tonnes expected) and 2% growth in.....

Supreme Audit Office (NIK):
Poland: Farmers planted trees for EU funding
Polish farmers planted fruit trees in an attempt to gain access to EU subsidies for organic fruit orchards but many did not subsequently produce any fruit, says a report by the Supreme Audit Office (NIK).Some 14,500 Polish farmers have benefited from subsidies for organic fruit orchards over the past.....


Unique in Belgium: the first potato brand
“Princesse Amandine brings life to potato shelves”
Successful brands in the fresh produce sector are few and far between, but sometimes companies do take the plunge. One of those is Pomuni, market leader in potatoes in Belgium. They will introduce a new product in the summer of 2015: Princesse Amandine, the first potato brand to be introduced in.....

Spain: Potato sector encourages consumption after 35% in 25 years
The president of the Spanish Potato Forum, Jose Ramon Aguado, told reporters that potato producers, processors and distributors were going to launch a media campaign to encourage domestic consumption of this product, which has fallen 35% in 25 years. José Ramón Aguado presented a promotional campaign that is.....


packaging expert weblog
The influence of packaging on our eating behaviour
Do we eat because we're hungry, or is there a different reason behind our eating behaviour? According to food expert Brian Wansink* we make around 200 food related decisions every day. Most of them are unconscious and have little to do with how hungry we are. Wansink believes that our tendency to eat is.....

New packaging design for BerryFresh
BerryFresh is available year-round, in an extensive and increasing range. Sales are growing steadily as a result of consistent product quality, new tasty varieties, and societal impulses towards healthy eating –both during meals and when snacking. Soft fruit has evolved from an exclusive specialty to a daily.....

Residue levels in food falling across EU
The amount pesticides or veterinary drug residues found in meat and food products across Europe is falling and the majority of products pose no risk to public health.According to a new report from the European Food Safety Authority on Chemicals in Food, the horse meat scandal in 2013 increased media.....


Angelo Benedetti (Unitec)
Italy: Technology helps achieving a better quality
Angelo Benedetti (in the photo below), chairman ofUnitec, talked about his company at Fruit Innovation, the convention held on April 14th in Milan, and stated that it is possible to improve corporate business on the international market.Angelo Benedetti's presentation.The company is among the leaders in.....


Heinz Huttges (HTS) 80
Heinz Hüttges turned 80 last week. Heinz is the founder of Hüttges Transport – Customs - Service Nederland B.V. After exactly 20 years 27-04-1995 / 27-04-2015 Heinz Hüttges is winding down. His colleagues appreciate his drive and thank him for the great collaboration and wish him and his wife many happy.....

Macfrut 2015 news:
New location, promoting internationalisation
A new location and an extensive offer of initiatives to promote innovation and internationalisation. Many new features will characterise the 2015 edition of Macfrut, the Italian Fruit & Vegetable Trade Fair, scheduled to be held from 23 to 25 September.The first and most important of these is that.....


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AU: Cold start hinders pumpkin production
Ballarat grower David Tatman won’t start harvesting until the end of the month, but feared his crop would struggle to ripen after a cool summer and autumn.“The season has been cold so yields are down, about 20 per cent conservatively, and what we do have may not ripen fully,” Mr Tatman said. “Pumpkins like.....

WA garlic farmers helped by rain
The unusually wet weather in dry Western Australia has benefited the state's garlic growers, it would seem. “The rain has helped to prepare the soil for garlic planting, that’s for sure,” notes WA grower, Angela Killick of Bawang Farm, North East of Geraldton (Bawang is a Philippino and Asian term for garlic.....

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NZ: Group provides voice for small businesses
Small Business Minister and Tukituki MP Craig Foss handed out pastries and Business Hawke's Bay CEO Susan White poured coffee at the first official function at the Hawke's Bay Business Hub, as it hosted the Government's Small Business Development Group.The Wednesday trip was the group's first activity.....

AU: Barnett to chop potato regulator
WA’s archaic “spud cop” faces the chop, with Colin Barnett declaring the Potato Marketing Corporation will be abolished within two years.The Premier told The West Australian it was time to peel back rules that dictated the varieties, quantities and price of potatoes grown in the State.“The Potato Corp’s days.....

NZ: Colourful kiwifruit taste of things to come
A red kiwifruit from Zespri's breeding programme is being sold in the Bay despite it being rejected for mass commercialisation. But the global marketing giant says a successful new cultivar could be ready to export in 2017.A Zespri spokeswoman said four growers were selling about 8000 trays of red kiwifruit.....


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Postuma AGF and Van den Belt Tomaten
Introduction Dutch RAF Tomato
Growers Klaas and Jacob van den Belt grow several tomato varieties in De Koekoekspolder in IJsselmuiden. They use geothermal heat in the cultivation. The Van den Belt brothers have cultivated RAF tomatoes as well since 2015. This green-particoloured tomato is mainly known in Spain, but is now finding its way.....

UK Grower aiming for superior salad
An efficient new method of establishing lettuce plants was among the springtime operations and innovations demonstrated for visitors to one of East Anglia’s largest salad growers.The tour of the G’s Fresh site at Barway, near Ely, was organised so members of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.....

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Emma Hancocks, Promar International:
Is Africa the Next Big Thing?
In recent years, it has been clear to see how changes in the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries have had an effect on the global economic and agricultural sector. The rate at which these countries’ economies grew for much of the last 10 years, was never going to be able to maintained forever, so.....


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Tesco poised to report loss of £4bn | Woolworths's frozen veggies sell well
Costco gets unique and much sought after deal
Costco Wholesale Corp. has attained a goal that retailers have sought for years: near-zero expenses for credit-card payments, Bloomberg reports. In a deal with Visa Inc. and Citigroup Inc., Costco’s acceptance costs will be about zero, according to people familiar with the arrangement. The arrangement.....



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