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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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Clementines under pressure
South African citrus competing with Chilean fruit
The South African soft citrus season started early this year – beginning in early June rather than its usual July 4th start and supply has been good for clementines. “We’ve had really good supply from early June,” said Marc Solomon from Capespan North America. “The season is now tapering off for the regular.....

Zespri's plans to grow 'Kiwi' kiwifruit in China
All New Zealand kiwifruit outside of Australia and New Zealand is sold under one umbrella brand: Zespri. Kiwifruit grown in New Zealand might not seem special to New Zealanders, but in certain markets overseas it fetches $3 or $4 a fruit – all thanks to constant marketing by Zespri and rigorous control of.....


Iceberg lettuce ousted by other types of lettuce?
Approximately 40 years ago, iceberg lettuce was an unknown product in the Netherlands. Nowadays it is hard to image a supermarket that does not have this lettuce on its shelves. Yet there has been a small decrease in consumption in recent years. “This is mainly due to the increase of other types of lettuce,.....

Summer lemon market continues to be strong
Peak demand for lemons usually hits in the summer, and prices for lemons coming from California continue to be strong as the summer months roll on. Demand for smaller sizes has picked up, and pricing has inched upward over the last several weeks.“Pricing has actually been lower than it has been over the last.....

South Africa: Strong top fruit harvest tempered by currency fluctuations
With all Tru-Cape apple and pear trees picked, the company, the largest marketer of South African POME fruit, says that despite challenges in terms of fruit size and quality, overall it has been a busy and successful harvest and that Tru-Cape is happy with the way the year is panning out.“Sales into the UK.....

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Peruvian citrus season in full swing for Aartsenfruit
Aartsenfruit has been the exclusive receiver of Goldcup tangerines for the free market in the Benelux since 2010. The good years of cooperation with producer-exporter La Calera ensured that Goldcup has become a household name on the market. Aartsenfruit receives weekly arrivals of clementines,.....


Good year for pears at Origine Group
Winter fruit: 2015/16 was a rather good year for pears. Kiwis did not do as well but, despite this,Origine Group can be rather pleased with its first year."Quality was rewarded, those who managed to grow good grades and good quality did well. Though this was not always possible due to the weather," explains.....


Exotic fruit trend at Italian wholesale market
The price of avocados skyrocketed on the Bologna wholesale market. The fruit comes from South Africa, but volumes are really low, so prices have doubled. "4-kg crates now cost €17 or even €18, when the usually would cost €8-10," explains a wholesaler.Prices are so high that some wholesalers have even removed.....

Grapefruit could help fight Zika virus
An ingredient found in grapefruit and certain other plants has shown early promise in repelling the mosquitoes that transmit Zika and other viruses. This means that a good repellent against Zika-carrying mosquitoes could be found in the produce section of your grocery story.The National Institute of Allergy.....

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Sweden: Live tarantula found in fresh fruit aisle
A huge tarantula, crawling through a pile of apples in a Swedish supermarket, gave customers quite a fright. The terrifying discovery was made at an ICA store in Joenkoeping in the south of the Scandinavian country.Customer Martina Trofast, 28, said: "When I was walking towards the fruit counter, I saw that.....

Short supply Swiss vegetables, high prices
During the first five months of the year, Switzerland imported 20 per cent more vegetables than in 2015, 210,000 tonnes compared to 180,000 tonnes. The Union of Vegetable Cultivators reports that this is due to heavy rainfall, causing many fields to flood. This made harvesting more difficult, and replanting.....

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Russia, Turkey hold high-level talks
High-level talks between officials from Russian and Turkey will be held for the first time since the jet crisis, with visits by Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli and Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci to Moscow on Tuesday 26 July. The talks aim to increase cooperation in fields such as energy,.....

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Turkish juice company receives €50m loan from EBRD
For the purpose of investment and expansion, the Turkish fruit juice company, Anadolu Etap has secured a €50m loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The company will use the loan to invest in modern fruit processing machinery and equipment as well as expanding processing.....

What post-Brexit trade with the EU could look like
Branded food manufacturers based in the UK face a risk that their exports to the European Union will attract duties now the UK government has confirmed it will push ahead with plans to leave the EU following the Brexit referendum result. These could be imposed after the two years of mandated talks on a.....


UK: Scientists invent tomato that stays firms
University of Nottingham scientists have created a formula for a tomato which can last weeks longer on supermarket shelves. Their findings claim to have found a genetically modified way to stop tomatoes going soft but still ripening – which they have hailed as a "major breakthrough".Graham Seymour, a.....

Polish tomato prices drop
On the back of steady price growth last week, the Polish tomato market saw a sharp change in the price situation, with the commodity becoming almost 10 percent less expensive over the weekend of 23-24 July.According to Fruit-Inform, current prices fixed by Polish growers vary between 0.50-0.61 Euro/kg,.....

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UK lemon market grows by £14 million
Thanks predominantly to shoppers buying them more often, retail sales of lemons in the UK are up 13.6% on last year to 47,000 tons.Kantar Worldpanel data also shows that the 5.3% rise in the frequency of lemon purchases helped push up the lemon spend to a total of £87.6 million for the 52 weeks to May 22.....


René van Graafeiland, Haluco:
“Haluco remains a specialist in volume products, but we are keeping our eyes peeled”
Since 1 January of this year, René van Graafeiland took over commercial tasks from departing manager Jan van der Lugt. As one of the trio in charge of Haluco, he thinks it is important to maintain the firm’s course.Working in trade was obvious for Van Graafeiland: his father was an importer of fruit and.....

pear area almost 2,000 hectares larger than apples
Good apple and pear harvest expected in the Netherlands
The Dutch apple and pear growers are expecting a good harvest of excellent quality this year. The trend of the last few years is continuing: less apples and more pears. The harvest estimate is 332 million kilos of apples and 352 million kilos of pears. Compared to last year this is a slight decrease in.....


Austria: market report fruits and vegetables
Austrian fruit harvest 2016The current estimates of Statistik Austria confirm existing prognoses. Concerning stonefruit cultivation, a sharp decrease in harvest is assumed. For example, the apricot harvest in the state of Lower Austria amounted to just 30 per cent of last year’s harvest. A total harvest.....

Fruits, veg that could fight belly fat
Achieving a flat stomach is not an easy task, but there are certain foods, that could actually help you lose stomach fat. According to a round up by the Daily Mail, blueberries, kiwifruit and leafy greens could help you shift unwanted weight, while Elle Magazine champions the fat burning potential of.....

Exploring the UK's potato industry: visit to McCain
AHDB Potatoes' Next Generation recently paid a visit toMcCain GB Foods headquarters in Scarborough, as part of their exploration of GB's diverse potato industry. The visit incorporated crop production processes at local potato seed and ware growers, James Stockdale, before a tour of the McCain facilities at.....

UK: Mum finds spider nest in Asda bananas
Tiffany Stephens, a mother in Lancashire found a sac of spiders’ eggs on a banana, after putting it in her daughter’s lunchbox. Miss Stephensbought from the bananas from an Asda store. At first she though the “white fluff-like” substance was mould. But after searching on the internet she discovered it was a.....

Record high potato prices in Russia
According to Rosstat data, since the beginning of the year potatoes, carrots and cabbage rose in price by 40, 37 and 24 percent respectively. In June, potato broke records for its increase in price, in less than one month, it increased by 3.4 percent.While onions, cucumbers and tomatoes decreased in.....

Czech Republic: Plans to expand aid to farmers and growers hit by drought
The Ministry of Agriculture plans to add another 600 million crowns (22.20 million Euro) to the fund to compensate farmers and growers affected by drought. Overall, such compensations would reach 1.2 billion crowns (44.40 million Euro).In the spring, the government had already released 300 million crowns.....

Polish fruit growers protest against low purchase prices
"In view of the drastic decline in the purchase prices of fruits for processing, we firmly protest against the situation. The prices offered are a mockery to the cost of production," said the Association of Polish Fruit Growers in a statement.From day to day, prices continue to fall, which unfortunately is.....

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Poland: Lower supply of cauliflower and cabbage due to pests
Pests have attacked brassicas, consequently reducing the supply of these vegetables, according to a report of professionals from the Polish wholesale market of Bronisze. This is particularly true in the case of cauliflower and cabbage.The brassica season is in full swing in Poland; however, the crops have.....

Organic market booming in Russia
The Russian organic food market is booming. In the past five years alone, the demand for organic products in the largest country in the world has increased by more than 60 percent. Experts predict further increases, reports WorldFood Moscow.The success of organic products is regarded as a consequence of the.....


Oceania

Kiwifruit sets records
NZ fruit exports are the ''shining star of commodities''
Over the past year, fruit exports from New Zealand have managed to counteract a weak period for exports of dairy, making fruit exports the shining star of commodities.The country's merchandise exports advanced 2 percent to $49.34 billion in the 12 months ended June 30, Statistics New Zealand said on Tuesday.....

AU: Independent supermarkets pulling out all the stops
With the arrival of discount supermarket chain Aldi back in 2001, the Australian food retail playing field changed. Now, independent supermarkets are pulling out all the stops to compete with discount giants and remain relevant in one of the most competitive times for Australia's food and grocery sector.A.....

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AU: Nursery business back on track after banana disease
Chris Nathanael's research and production nursery was badly hit when the Northern Territory Government ordered the destruction of most of the Top End's banana plants in a bid to control the disease threat of banana freckle.He estimates the quarantine measure cost him 25 per cent of his business, reports.....

AU: Costa creates new General Manager - Berry International position
In recognition of the continued international expansion of Costa’s berry category the new position of General Manager – Berry International has been created, with an internal Company announcement late last week confirming Mr Peter McPherson has been appointed to the role.“With our blueberry plantings in.....

NZ: New fruit, veg ordering service to open
In Palmerston North, a new fresh fruit and vegetable ordering service is set to open this week, which will allow customers to purchase a $12 bag of fruit and veggies capable of feeding a family of four for a week.The hub, starting on Thursday 28 July, is a joint venture between MidCentral District Health.....


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New cherry pesticide study released
The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has released a new study of residues on cherries of commonly used pesticides, intended for growers looking to export.Here’s the announcement:For the sixth consecutive year, the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has conducted studies to provide the.....

Chinese market gaining importance for European exporters
For the Valencia-based company SanLucar, China has become an increasingly important market. The company has branches in all parts of the world and uses this to produce and distribute fruit and vegetables like Ecuadorian bananas, which then are sent to China.“The current banana supply in China isn’t up to the.....


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'Ugly' fresh produce gets hipper for grocers, but there's one problem — supply
German Edeka opts for environmentally friendly packaging
Nielsen: Value of UK supermarket sales down 2.4% in past month -Nielsen has released UK supermarket sales data for the four weeks to 16 July, which indicate that the value of sales was down 2.4% compared to the same period a year ago - the worst four-week performance since July 2014. The week.....



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