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US: Peruvian citrus and Argentinean blueberries and topfruit allowed
Starting January 1, 2015, APHIS has announced that citrus from Peru and blueberries, apples and pears from Argentina will be allowed entry into ports in south Florida under the cold treatment pilot project.This is a cooperative effort between APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) in cooperation with.....

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Prepared caramel apple warning
Apple topping causes listeria outbreak
Caramel apples are responsible for a listeria outbreak that has already cost the lives of at least four people around the United States.Listeria from commercially-prepared caramel apples has been diagnosed in 28 patients, living in 10 different states. Five people have died, so far, after being hospitalized.....

Chiquita settles lawsuit over green marketing
Chiquita has reached a settlement in a lawsuit over its claims of environmentally friendly production, which a Seattle nonprofit alleges amounts to deceptive marketing. Now the group – Water and Sanitation Health, or Wash – has filed an additional lawsuit against the Rainforest Alliance, claiming that the.....


France: Despite acreage decrease chicory remains popular
Chicory is a vegetable that is considered old fashioned in France, however it remains very popular. Excluding potatoes, chicory is the most sold vegetable in France between December through until about March. It is consumed both raw as a salad and cooked. About 80% of households in France buy chicory an.....

Mexican hass avocado production to increase
The 2014-2015 Mexican hass avocado crop is expected to be larger than the one from the previous season. Exports and plantings of avocados are also expected to increase over those from the previous season.Mexican hass avocado production is expected to reach 1.50 million metric tons for the 2014-2015 season,.....

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US (CA): Brussels sprouts production winding down, prices strong
Production of brussels sprouts is winding down in California, and with Mexican supplies still ramping up, prices for the commodity have been strong this month.“Prices for brussels sprouts are very good at the moment,” noted Bob Montgomery, sales manager for Beachside Produce. “It's always a decent market.....


US: Imported blueberry prices could decrease
Prices for imported blueberries have been rising as the last shipments of the Argentine season were sent off, but those prices could come down once supplies from Chile begin arriving in large volumes. Conversely, prices for raspberries could increase later this month.“I think there will be a week or two of.....


US: Organic clementines arrive from Italy
AJ Trucco, Inc. (Trucco) is excited to announce the arrival of Organic Clementines from Italy, just in time for the holidays! The Clementines are available in 5lb gift boxes and in Trucco’s new TruStar™ Organic 2lb pouches. “We are thrilled to be launching our new TruStar™ line with the arrival of our.....


Ecuador: Mango shortage expected
"This year we had quite adverse weather conditions that made it very difficult for producers to achieve homogenous blooms; we made it in the end, but there was a 25% to 30% decline in the production when compared to previous seasons," said Jacquie A. Swett, president of Blix.Blix SA produces high quality.....

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Iran and Russia close trade agreement
Weak rouble negatively affects India and China
Although the EU imposed new sanctions on Crimea, the tone towards Russia also changed. Several political leaders said that the sanctions could be discussed if the Crimea agreements are observed. These agreements arrange a cease-fire in Eastern Ukraine. In European industry, there have also been calls not to.....


Special Fruit on its way to year-round Wonderful pomegranates
With shipments coming in from various destinations around the Mediterranean, Israel and the United States, the supply of pomegranates at Special Fruit is pretty large at the moment. Wonderful pomegranates are coming from Israel and America, but this variety is also planted more and more in countries like.....


New lightweight pallets for air cargo
Air France-KLM is fully committed to reducing the company’s CO2 footprint. Weight reduction on board the aircraft is an important part of that effort. After the successful introduction of lightweight pallet nets last year, another big step is now being taken with the introduction of lightweight pallets.Due.....



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Turkey rapidly becoming importer of farm goods
Inflation is continuing to be a major issue for Turkey; consumer inflation at the end of 2014 will be between the 9 and 10 percent band. The biggest headache in inflation is food inflation, with steep hikes in food prices being the biggest complaint of the low and middle income classes, which constitute the.....


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Italy: Metis plums make a difference
The annual general meeting of the Metis group was held last week in Nimes, France. FreshPlaza asked Giancarlo Minguzzi, chairman ofMinguzzi SpA Consortile, to comment. "We mainly analysed productive data. In total, there are 200 hectares being cultivated in Spain, Italy and France, and we wish to double.....

Exported greenhouse veg up by 10%
Over the first nine months of 2014, export of fresh vegetables increased by nearly 10%. Up until September, the export volume amounted to 1.6 billion kilos. Last year, this was still 1.4 billion kilos. This is shown by figures from the Quality Control Bureau (KCB),published at Agrimatie.nl.The figures give.....

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Lettuce prices steady
The lettuce market is doing very well right now. "Everything's moving along, there are no outliers above or below. For this time of the year prices are where they should be," says grower Filip Verlae. "We could actually say the same thing about autumn as well." According to him, the prices are comparable to.....

Spain: Tomato prices 55% up
Tomatoes produced in Almeria's greenhouses have kicked off the season with an average price 55.77% higher than in the same period last year, according to data from the Markets and Prices Observatory of Andalusia's Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development.The average price obtained by tomatoes.....


Food trends 2015:
Bitter vegetables making comeback
In La Place in Leiden, the 2015 food trends were discussed by food watcher Anneke Ammerlaan. She said that innovation takes place everywhere. “We tend to think trends are going very fast. That’s indeed the case with trendsetters, but it always takes a while before everyone is ready for it.” Remarkably, a lot.....


Urs Luder GKE:
"Kanzi won't lapse into 'Jonagold mode''
Urs Luder, the man behind the Kanzi apple, talks about the latest developments in the European season. He notes that it's satisfactory so far. "Despite the difficult apple market, the Kanzi is still going strong. Particularly in tough years, we have to prove ourselves, and we've managed so far," he says.Sold.....

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Spain: High prices for New Year's Eve grape campaign
Christmas is around the corner and the municipality of Vinalopó's table grapes will once again take the spotlight, as they will be needed for the Spanish tradition dictating that 12 "lucky" grapes must be eaten to say goodbye to the year, one with each bell strike. At the moment, the latest.....

Salvatore Scrofani (OP APAL)
Italy: Good start for blood oranges
Salvatore Scrofani (in the photo), deputy chairman ofOP APALtalks about the citrus sales trend."The sale of Tarocco and Moro oranges started a week ago. Prices are satisfactory but quantities are still too small to make a real assessment. Export peaks will be recorded from December onwards, when all.....


Marcel and Frank Valckenier:
"Spanish strawberries improving annually"
Father Marcel and son Frank Valckenier have been working in the wholesale market in Brussels for years now. The product range mostly consists of fruit, including top fruit and soft fruit. "We follow the Belgian seasons, but as soon as that's over, or the products become too expensive, we switch to other.....


Abel Alarcón, manager of Brio Fruits
Spain: "Clemenules oversupply in November and December"
After a complicated period for citrus between November and mid-December, demand for clementines is slightly rebounding a few days before the Christmas holidays, as explained by Abel Alarcón, manager of the Valencian company Brio Fruits."The citrus season has been positive for mandarins.....

Marja Vijverberg, SweetPoint:
Customer focus is priority
Tholen - SweetPoint is connecting up with Cooperative DOOR at the same time that they are launching a new corporate identity and beginning to focus more strongly on the customer. "We are going to focus more on the customer and we have found equal partners at DOOR," says Marja Vijverberg.SweetPoint was.....


Spanish Potato Forum agrees on SWOT analysis
The Spanish Potato Forum, formed by representatives of associations of supermarkets and production companies, cooperatives and packers, met at the headquarters of FEPEX, in Madrid, and agreed on a SWOT analysis of the sector in Spain, both in terms of production and of the remaining links in the value chain,.....

Lower Saxony: rich supply of onions
In the German state of Lower Saxony the onion growers are happy with the excellent quality of this year's harvest, reports the German website Proplanta.de. "We had good weather in the period of July to October and were able to harvest the onions dry," says Günter Primke, an onion grower from Uelzen. This.....

Bulgaria: Vegetable prices up, citrus down
Last week, vegetable prices increased in Bulgaria, while citrus fruits registered drops, according to the State Commission on Commodity and Market Exchanges. The exchange rates' index, which affects wholesale food prices, remained stable at 1,334 points.The price of greenhouse tomatoes increased by 2.5% to.....

Less crop protection residue EU
The European Authority for Food Safety (EFSA) has noted in its current report that the contamination of food with crop protection residue remains low, reports the German website Proplanta.de. According to the report 97% of all samples taken had a lower level of residues, of crop protection agents, than.....


Italy: Terrible year for potato producers
The 2014 local potato market didn't do so well as sales were slow. Supply was similar to last year, although bad weather during the first part of the year delayed planting operations. The statistics office of the Lusia fresh produce market has estimated a slight production drop (-3%) with respect to the.....


Patrick Catthoor: "Enormously powerful instrument to optimize logistics"
Aucxis sees opportunities for RFID in fresh produce sector
Flemish company Aucxis has around 30 years of experience in deploying automation projects for various industries. In the fresh produce sector in particular, the company has an international reputation for its auction systems. Over the years, Aucxis has become further specialized in other areas, and now has.....

Czech inspectors deny unequal treatment
Polish growers expressed their anger after the Czech Republic's introduction of stricter regulations for imported goods, which were allegedly intended to target Polish foods. As a result, they issued a complaint to the European Commission. Czech authorities claim that the controls are not only for Polish.....

Bulgarian exports to non-EU countries down
Bulgarian exports to major trading partners outside the European Union have dropped. The greatest reduction has been registered in China, where exports of Bulgarian goods and services have fallen by almost 15%. In Russia, one of the country's Top 3 destinations, exports have dropped by nearly 9%. This is.....

Spain: New EC measures considered insufficient
The European Commission has issued the quotas for withdrawal, green harvesting and non-harvesting operations in Spain, limited to just a few products and excluding a large part of the sector, with much lower volumes than what is actually exported to Russia. Quotas planned for the first half of 2015 are: 300.....


It delimits 9,300 irrigable hectares
Spain: Forest Crown of Doñana plan approved
The Governing Council of Andalusia, Spain, has approved the Special Management Plan for Irrigation Areas North of the Forest Crown of Doñana, which will allocate 57 million Euro over the next 15 years to ensure the orderly and sustainable development of natural resources in this environment. The plan will.....

Polish growers top beneficiary of EU aid
As reported by RMF FM, Polish producers of apples and pears may be the biggest beneficiaries of the EU aid granted to the 12 EU countries affected by the Russian embargo.According to RMF FM, producers will receive support for the withdrawal of more than 155,000 tonnes of apples and pears, while Belgium, for.....


Italy: Osiris monitoring system
Real-time monitoring of orchards is an important opportunity for companies, as they can be more efficient and save considerable amounts of money.TecnoQuadro, a company specialising in the design and sale of a radio monitoring system, has been testing the solution with 20 kiwi producers.Together with general.....


Asafumi Yamashita grows the most valuable vegetables in the world
Ehre für jeden Koch. Der Japaner lebt seit Jahren in Paris und ist eine Berühmtheit bei den Sterneköchen. Jeder will sein Gemüse, selbst wenn es bis zu 20 Mal mehr kostet als auf dem Markt. Auf 2.500 Quadratmetern baut der 60-Jährige seltene japanische Gemüsesorten an, aber auch ganz normale. Der.....

Germany: Outcome of minimum wage introduction
The German companies that will be affected by the introduction of the minimum wage on the 1st of January plan to raise their prices (26%), decrease their special payments (23%), downsize workforce (22%), shorten working hours (18%) and invest less (16%). The is the outcome of a current questionnaire by the.....

UK: Gran attacks sister's artichokes
A bitter feud, in which a grandmother of two attacked her sister's artichoke patch with weed killer "out of spite", has ended with a court case, a conditional discharge and in a bill for £330. Gillian Leeden, 62, was convicted at Stevenage Magistrates yesterday of criminally damaging her sister, Lyndsey.....


What do Italian consumers look for when buying fresh-cut mixed salad?
Italian scientists have investigated the sensorial attributes and factors that consumers consider when evaluating the freshness of fresh-cut mixed salads. This survey should help the fresh-cut industry to better satisfy the requests and expectations of consumers. The scientists have collected information.....


Hans van der Kooij, Joko Impex:
Not enough coconuts to meet demand
For a few weeks now there has not been enough coconuts to meet the demand. This results in higher prices, but Hans van der Kooij, from Joko Impex, prefers meeting demand. "The market situation now is resulting in much higher prices than in the previous month. Right now we are at about 12/12.50 Euro for a.....


"15 to 20 pallets of wild mushrooms weekly"
Fruit Vandepoel in full Christmas spirit with specialties
Wholesaler Fruit Vandepoel is already in the Christmas mood. There is a diverse assortment available, and according to owner, Wim Vandepoel, the specialties are doing well. "The 'normal' products such as citrus and apples are selling moderately well, but the exotic products such as soft fruit, wild mushrooms.....

Spain: Export volume down 3% and value up 7%
In October, Spanish fruit and vegetable exports dropped by 3% in volume compared with the same month last year, to a total of 804,184 tonnes, while their value increased by 7%, reaching 724.2 million Euro, according to the Directorate General of Customs of the Tax Agency.The decline in volumes exported in.....

Ukraine: Horticultural prices up 10-15% in New Year
After New Year's Eve, imported fruit and vegetable prices in Ukraine can increase by up to 10-15% due to the devaluation of the hryvnia, according to agricultural analyst Maria Kolesnik in an interview for UNN."This will be especially true for lemons and tomatoes, and possibly even cucumbers," she said.The.....

Start-up invests in fruit jewellery
The start-up company 'Donovan Ali' from Munich is investing in the sales of jewellery, made of fruit, reports the German website 'myheimat.de'. But what exactly is this?It's simple: fruits like oranges, kiwis and apples are prepared and made into jewellery. Apparently, the chain of strawberries and wine.....


Ukrainian greenhouse vegetables 'beat' Turkey
Today many companies working with Ukrainian greenhouses owners ask themselves, what is the real situation in their clients’ business? It is very important question, because every B2B company depends on the effectiveness of its customers. But among the Ukrainian agrarians there is a tradition to say that the.....


"You can't make up for that day"
Belgian importers deplore strike
The fresh produce sector definitely felt Monday's national strike in Belgium. It was extremely quiet at the import centre in Brussels (ECFG), but trade has fully resumed again. According to Peter Maes of Zeghers, it could almost be called a holiday, but not in the positive sense. "There just wasn't any.....

Dirk van Nieuwkerk, Anaco Greeve
"Never this bad in run-up to Christmas"
"How to put it nicely," Dirk van Nieuwkerk of Anaco Greeve responds to the question whether business is going well. "I've been in this trade for a long time, and I've never seen it this bad in the run-up to Christmas. Demand just isn't coming."It doesn't matter what product Dirk van Nieuwkerk of Anaco is.....

September 2014
Italy: Latest Fruitimprese data
According to the latestFruitimpresedata concerning the first nine months of 2014, the Italian turnover is still positive at €587 million, although there has been a 6.7% drop with regards to 2013.Exported volumes have increased (+4.6%), 3.6% lower value than 2013. Imports are lower both in terms of volumes.....

Germany: Wholesale fruit & veg prices 6.3% lower
Sale prices in the German wholesale market were 1.1% lower in November 2014 than in November 2013, according to figures from the German Statistical Office ( Destatis ). In October 2014, prices were 0.7% lower than in September 2014, and 0.9% lower than the same month the previous year.Compared to the.....


Oceania


AU: Big boost for mango trade
The Territory’s mango industry was host to Barnaby Joyce recently when the Agriculture Minister joined Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industries and Fisheries Willem Westra van Holthe for a visit to Pinata Farms to unveil the Strategic Export Plan for the Australian Mango Industry.“The Australian.....

AU: Mangoes & pawpaws offer sweet rewards
Organic Gold Coast manager David Whyle says it’s “a huge ask” for producers “to move (mangoes) thousands of kilometres, through two or three handling stages, picked a bit under-ripe, gauging distances and times (for ripening)”. The season’s first mangoes come from the Northern Territory, just ahead of.....

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Africa

Moroccan citrus producers worried about the rouble
Moroccan citrus producers are worried by the devaluation of the Russian rouble. The 60% decrease in value of the rouble since the start of the year will have a negative impact on commerce between the two nations.Rabat is Moscow’s second biggest commercial partner on the African continent and primarily.....

AFFA warns:
Kenya: Producers must stick to 50kg packaging
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Authority (AFFA) has warned all famers and traders involved in selling produce against flouting the new regulations of 50 kilogram bags packaging or face tough penalties.The authority's Interim Director General Alfred Busolo says despite the introduction of the regulations.....

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World

Eating your way out of a stomach ache
The fact is that overeating is a part of the festivities and to combat the side-effects of this, you can try to include some of the following foods to your daily diet. Consuming these along with the festival fare, can help your digestive system work better.Chew on mint leaves: This is an age-old nuskha or.....

Which fruit peels are safe to eat?
Experts tell you to eat a “rainbow” of fruits and vegetables throughout the day — but they don’t tell you much about the rainbow peel and skin. Are you supposed to eat it or throw it away? Can you eat it? Some peels you already eat, like those from apples. But banana peels and kiwi peels are tougher and.....

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October 2014
Who will win the tug of war for Chiquita?
October was a month of 'will they or won't they' when it came to the proposed Chiquita merger with Fyffes. It had seemed that the merger would be relatively smooth sailing, until the news surfaced that shareholders had delayed the vote as EU backs Fyffes merger. The proposed $1 billion banana.....


Fruit sourcing important for Fructofresh
Sourcing fresh fruit is important for Fructofresh, the Polish fresh cut fruit salad company, because the quality and shelf life of their products depend on getting quality fruit. That's why they work hard to develop strong relationships with growers throughout the world, so they can get the best fruit for.....


Retail

Tesco suppliers dragged into SFO investigation
Some of the world’s biggest consumer goods groups are to be dragged into the accounting scandal that has engulfed Tesco.The Sunday Telegraph understands that leading UK suppliers to Tesco, including Diageo and Unilever, expect to be interviewed by the Serious Fraud Office as part of its investigations into.....

Aldi and Lidl outspend Tesco on Christmas ads
German discounters Aldi and Lidl spent twice as much on British advertising as UK grocery leader Tesco in the initial buildup to Christmas as they sought to build on market share gains at the seasonal peak.Together, the budget chains spent £16.5m (€21m) in the four weeks to December 7, researcher Nielsen.....

Haggen buying Safeway, Albertsons stores
The Washington state-based grocery chain Haggen Inc. plans to buy 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona.The Bellingham Herald reported that the sales are required under the federal review of Safeway's sale to an investment group that owns Albertsons.If.....

Sainsbury's boss:
Supermarkets will suffer for two more years
Two years of pain still lie in store for the UK’s big supermarket chains, says Sainsbury’s boss Mike Coupe.Zero price inflation and depressed consumer spending will continue to create an “extremely challenging” market, he said, adding that Sainsbury’s planned to cut £500m in costs to survive.Sainsbury’s,.....

Major AU retailers at risk from Aldi?
The competitive pressure that new supermarket entrants such as German-based Aldi and US-based Costco have been exerting on the smaller Metcash Limited is well known by shareholders in the grocery wholesaler who have watched on this year as the price of their shares has slumped by over 40%.What perhaps hasn’t.....

Walmart:
'Kicking out carolers was big misunderstanding'
Confusion over student carolers getting kicked out of Walmart store in Klamath Falls, Oregon on Thursday night resulted in a video going viral, and an apology from the big chain itself.Approximately 30 Henley middle and high school choir students gathered at the store Thursday night and started to.....

Loblaw in the spotlight over pricing practices
In a memo issued to some of its suppliers last year, Loblaw Cos. Ltd. set out an extensive set of rules concerning pricing and competitive practices.The document provided guidelines regarding “ad matching” with other stores’ prices, “collisions” with competitors’ promotions, and it warned of a “three strikes.....


Clear decline in sales for Metro Group
Sales for the German Metro-Group in 2013/14 fiscal year has seen a decrease of 4%, nearly 63 billion Euro, reports German website Lebensmittelpraxis.de. The operation EBIT results for exceptional items decreased from 2 billion Euro last year, to 1.73 billion Euro this year.Sister company Media-Saturn saw.....



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