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Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Increasing production costs threaten Chinese garlic
The rising cost of labour is increasing the production costs of Chinese garlic, according to Mr Li of Huaguang Food. “Across the country, Chinese garlic growers are being forced to spend more on the production of garlic as the cost of labour rises. While other countries, like the nearby South Korea are.....

Great Wall Fruit more chinese pears to US, Indonesian markets
Chinese pear grower Great Wall Fruit plans to focus on the American and Indonesian markets this year, according to Jessy Zhang.“We export to the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Holland Russia, Mexico, the UK and South-east Asia, but want to expand our market share in the American and Indonesian markets.....


Cherry Time
The Dutoit Group launches new cherry brand
The Dutoit Group (Pty) Ltd has launched their latest fresh produce brand, Cherry Time. Produced by the group, these locally grown, superior quality cherries will be marketed under this brand during the cherry season that runs from November to January.“We have obtained the exclusive rights for the growing and.....


Houweling’s Tomatoes honored with 2014 Cool Planet Award
Houweling’s Tomatoes was honored to receive a 2014 Cool Planet Award (Agriculture Sector) in recongition of the Company’s efforts in sustainability, relating to energy conservation and efficiency. The Cool Planet Award recognizes Southern California Edison business customers for demonstrating exemplary.....

NZ: Zespri denies using scare tactics
Scaremongering by kiwifruit industry leaders is one of the chief reasons the Psa compensation claim against the government is on hold until next month.That's the view of Matthew Hooton, spokesperson for the Kiwifruit Claim, who says the group is “taking a breather” and plans to file papers with the High.....

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Quantity steadily improving in North Carolina sweet potatoes
The sweet potato harvest in North Carolina is a little over halfway done and growers are enthusiastic about the quality and yield of their crop. “We planted a couple more acres this year,” states Laura Hearn of Nash Produce, “so we have more quantity and are up in acreage.”The quantity of sweet potatoes has.....


First edition of the HortiDaily Buyer's Guide is now available!
We are proud to announce that the first edition of the HortiDaily Buyer's Guide has been printed! In this directory, many suppliers of advanced greenhouse structures, technology, consultancy, greenhouse supplies and much more are listed. The first buyer's guides have been distributed during the Canadian.....


'Wholesale market' Moscow shut down for lack of cooling
Poland withdraws half of claims
The EU member states had until yesterday to check the compensation requests under the first plan. The compensation was halted after three weeks, because 'dubious claims' were coming in. Poland was blamed for these dubious claims, now it turns out that the country withdrew half of its claims. Ukraine.....


Global citrus production on the rise
USDA estimates for 2013/14 show that global citrus production is likely to rise. The increase applies to all types of citrus except lemons and limes, which exhibit decline. The worldwide production of oranges rises by 2 percent compared to last year and amounts to 50.7 million tons. The growth in Brazil and.....

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Slow demand and low consumption at the moment
Spanish lemon prices under pressure due to Turkey's competition
Two weeks in advance compared to last season due to the mild summer temperatures, the lemon campaign started in mid-September with the Fino variety, which will be available until April, when the Verna variety, harvested until late July, will take over."We started the campaign earlier because circumstances.....



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Ireland: Pumpkin growers small in number but producing giant fruit
Irish pumpkin growers may be small in number, but they are producing some very big pumpkins this year.Fruit familyCommercial pumpkin growing is a niche activity in Ireland. Just under 60 acres (24 hectares) are planted by the State’s 11 pumpkin growers, according to the latest figures from Bord Bia. While it.....


Italy: Good prices for chard at the Lusia fresh produce market
It was a positive year for chard producers. The vegetable is sold at the Lusia fresh produce market throughout the year.Most of the produce is available between April and November with 150/200 tons per month. Chard is packed loose in plastic crates. Leaves are dark green with a white and fleshy heart. Plants.....

Légulice to produce their own mushrooms in France
Légulice commercialises fresh French mushrooms under the brand “Lou” in supermarkets. The company has a €11 million turnover, 6 employees and will soon be producing their own mushrooms in Poilley (Ile-et-Vilaine). National production is insufficient, so “we were sellers and we wanted to become producers”.....

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Genetically modified ‘sparkling’ apple has juice like a fizzy drink
Good news for anyone whose daily caloric intake is primarily comprised of soda: a carbonated apple — yes, like an actual, physical, apple — now exists.Devised by the mad scientists at Swiss fruit company Lubera, the so-called “Paradis Sparkling Apple” releases fizzy juice when an eater bites into it. The.....

Our immune system loves colourful vegetables
The aromas and colours of fruit and vegetables are true bodyguards for the immune system, German women's magazine Brigitte is reporting on its website. Aromas and colours of vegetables are even slightly better than those of fruit. A precondition is that the vegetable has not been completely rid of aromas,.....

Saint-Petersburg
Logistics centre Agropolis to be built in Russia
Company Agropolis Northwest has obtained permission to build an innovative logistics centre for agricultural production in Saint-Petersburg. Construction works are to start in November 2014. The centre will occupy an area of 40,000 square metres and comprise a complex of buildings and warehouses for.....

A quarter of UK kids have NEVER tasted a tomato
Only a quarter of UK children get their five fruit and vegetables a day and almost 450,000 children don’t eat any fruit and veg at all.These new statistics, taken from a survey of 2,000 UK parents, and revealed today by the free, healthy eating, educational programme, ‘Eat Like A Champ’, have exposed some.....

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Spain: Creation of first blog devoted exclusively to lemon and grapefruit
New technologies are taking over the Spanish citrus sector. A superb example is the creation of the first on-line blog devoted to lemon and grapefruit, which can be accessed atwwww.limonypomelo.es.This innovative initiative was recently presented at Fruit Attraction 2014, held in Madrid; its creation has.....


Spain reaches its quota in a week and asks EU to be able to withdraw more pears and apples
The Spanish quota of pears and apples, set at 8,700 tonnes in the regulations of the European Commission for domestic production, was reached in a week. As a result, the general director of Production and Markets of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fernando Miranda, has submitted Afrucat's request to increase.....


TV campaigns to be launched in Spain and Canada to promote kakis
Anecoop registers drop in volume and revenue in 2013/2014 season
While the 2012/2013 campaign was record-breaking for Europe's largest fruit and vegetables marketer, Anecoop, with over 700,000 tonnes sold and 560 million Euro in turnover, the results of the most recent financial year (2013/2014) are less satisfactory, with a decrease in both volumes marketed and.....

It’s about thyme! Provençal herb protected in France
Following in the footsteps of 'Niçois olives', 'camembert cheese', and 'champagne', 'Provençal thyme' has now been granted protected status, ensuring that only thyme grown using traditional methods in designated areas of Provence can be sold under the name.The decision by France’s National Institute for.....


Giuseppe Campisi
Italy: The Syracuse lemon campaign will start next week
The Syracuse lemon campaign will be very different from the 2013/14 one. "Last year, thrips attacked plants during blossoming and affected the look of fruit but, this year, produce is looking perfect," explains Giuseppe Campisi, coordinator of the Comitato Limoni dell'Organizzazione interprofessionale.....

UK: Aldi makes play for middle classes with affordable organic range of produce
You can forget Whole Foods and farmers' markets, the place to stock up on organic produce is Aldi. The budget supermarket is launching a range of organic products which it says could see customers save 25 per cent on their usual organic basket. The first produce to be introduced to the store will include.....

Poland: Food banks aim to distribute larger volumes of fruit and vegetables
Polish Food Banks strive to be able to distribute yet larger volumes of fruit and vegetables among the poorest people. In Poland, an SMS charity number (75365) has been set up for anyone willing to help (5 € + VAT). The goal is to provide the needy with around 6,000 tonnes of vegetables and fruits.According.....

Fruit and vegetable imports fell by 2% in value and increased in volume by 15.5% in the first eight months of 2014
Spanish imports of fruit and vegetable between January and August 2014 amounted to 1.092 billion Euro and 1.5 million tons, a 2% decline in value and 15.5% increase in volume when compared to the same period of 2013.Fruit imports increased by 22% and amounted to 846,216 tons. The products with the highest.....


Potential export markets for Ukrainian fruits and vegetables under new geopolitical conditions
The 11th International Conference Fruits & Vegetables of Ukraine-2014 is being daily updated with the subjects most relevant for the fruit and vegetable market. Within two conference days, all conference participants will receive the exclusive information on the fruit and vegetable market situation and.....

Hungary: Inspections strengthened to prevent illegal imports
The amount of vegetables and fruits of unknown origin entering the Hungarian market from neighbouring countries is on the rise since the introduction of the Russian ban on European imports. The National Food Chain Safety Office (NÉBIH) has consequently strengthened inspections across the country to prevent.....


Moldovan growers visit Belgium and the Netherlands on trade mission
Between 13 and 17 October, 17 Moldovan agricultural companies took part in a trade mission organised by EBA Moldova and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Moldova.The B2B visit took place in Antwerp, Belgium, and Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and was organised in partnership with CBI -.....


Plasma technology protects pears against rot
Retailers are looking at the quality of the fruit they're putting on shelves with an increasingly critical eye, and are quicker to reject it if it has a mark. For that reason, growers are applying a protective coating to increase shelf life, but that doesn't hold sufficiently yet. Jan Hoefnagels of Agrotrade.....

Estonia and Moldova seek to improve bilateral trade
The president of Moldova's Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI), Valeriu Lazar, held a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture of Estonia, Ivari Padar. The executive director of the country's Chamber of Agriculture and Industry was also part of the delegation.The parties exchanged information on trade.....

UK: Farmer swaps sheep flock for niche garlic crop
There have been no winter coughs or sneezes in Mark Botwright’s household for the last five years - in fact, no illness at all - and he believes it’s all down to the power of garlic. The dad-of-two began growing bulbs commercially a couple of years ago after his wife Wendy bought him some as a gift – and.....


Belarus: Mr. Fedya helps to grow organic greenhouse production
Since the beginning of October more than 204 MT of tomatoes and 139 MT of cucumbers, 5 MT of peppers and 3.5 MT of eggplants have been harvested in the greenhouse complex of Minsk. Besides this, the company grows lettuce, parsley, arugula, fennel and basil. The production is available at the supermarkets of.....


British scientists grow mushrooms enriched with vitamins
A British company in the county of Monaghan has managed to grow revolutionary mushrooms with a high content of vitamin D. The scientists spent nearly five years on breeding of these mushrooms, - reports Kedem. Their taste is no different to that of usual mushrooms but they are naturally enriched with vitamin.....

July 2014
Italy: Latest Fruitimprese data on fresh produce trade
The latestFruitimpresedata updated to July 2014 show the first signs of the struggle of Italian trade abroad which characterised the summer campaign.There was an increase in exported volumes (+5.5%) but their value decreased (-3.8%). Imports diminished both as regards quantities (-4.4%) and value (-5.4%)......


Frutas Montosa
Italy: "We would like to make Italy try out avocados"
Avocados are not all the same - the best varieties must be chosen and harvested at the right time. In addition, they need to reach their destination markets quite quickly. That is why specialised companies are needed.FreshPlaza Italy met withFrutas Montosa, the leading avocado supplier in Europe, at Fruit.....

Spain: Exports to countries outside Europe increased
According to data from the Directorate General of Customs, Spanish exports to non-EU countries increased by 52% compared to August 2013, exports have reached 43 123 tonnes for a turnover of 35.13 million Euro 'is up 15% compared to the same month of 2013.By country, the progressions are varied: Brazil with.....


Oceania


AU citrus exporter facing tough competition in Chinese market
Australia's largest packer and exporter of citrus fruit will keep sending fruit to China, despite a difficult season for navel oranges.The Mildura Fruit Company has sent premium navel oranges to China for four years, but this year the market was flooded with volumes of cheaper fruit from South Africa.The.....

Seeka sees annual profit growth of up to 11%, planning for beefed-up capacity
Seeka Kiwifruit Industries, the country's biggest kiwifruit grower, sees annual profit growth of up to 11 per cent and is planning to expand its capacity in coming years as kiwifruit crops recover from the outbreak of the Psa-V vine disease.The Te Puke-based company forecasts net profit of between $2.6.....

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Highly Commended Award for banana growers in Safe Work Awards
Peak horticulture body Growcom congratulated banana growers, Jade and Craig Buchanan from LMB Farms and Steve Lizzio and his family from Liverpool River Bananas in north Queensland who were given a Highly Commended Award in the Queensland Safe Work Awards 2014 announced this morning in Brisbane. A loud cheer.....


AU: Fenthion extension gives harvest relief
Fruit growers have been granted a one-year extension for the use of the chemical fenthion.The Hills Orchard Improvement Group (HOIG) and the Fruit Fly Action Group said fruit growers which had been lobbying on the issue, had been given a lifeline.HOIG spokesman Brett DelSimone said the decision by the.....


Africa

EU Ambassador:
Ghana must utilize free trade with Europe
Ambassador William Hanna, Head of European Union (EU) Delegation to Ghana, has advised companies to make good use of the opportunity to indulge in free trade with the Union (EU), for sustainable development.Giving the advice at a media interaction in Accra, Ambassador Hanna said, it was prudent for the.....


Rwanda seeks investors for $23b in lucrative projects to boost economy
Rwanda is seeking international investors to tap into 15 bankable projects worth $22.93b to boost its economy.President Paul Kagame presented the projects on Monday during the Global Africa Investment Summit (TGAIS), held in London. Kagame addressed tens of international business executives and said his.....

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Zimbabwe: Pineapple farming makes life sweet for rural women
Nestled in the foothills of the scenic Chimanimani Mountains, bordering the national park and Mozambique, lies a field of pineapples managed by a group of dedicated women from Chikukwa village.Group leader Roselyn Chipunza says that the group was forced to re-evaluate their rural roots and concentrate on.....


World


Wholesum Harvest wins top award in 2014 Sensory Experience Contest at PMA Convention
Organic grower Wholesum Harvest took home top honors on Friday in the 2014 Sensory Experience Contest at Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA’s) Fresh Summit Convention and Expo in Anaheim, Calif. Wholesum Harvest, one of 10 finalists competing in the contest, won the Buyers’ Choice Award for its Organic.....


Record year at PMA Fresh Summit 2014
Last weekend the PMA Fresh Summit was held in Anaheim with a record year of over 22,000 attendees. Besides the amount of attendees, companies use this show also to introduce new packaging, varieties and/or innovations.Click here for the photo reportClick here to see the photo report with Latin American.....

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NY Apple growers partner with Wegmans to Introduce SnapDragon™
The New York Apple Growers LLC (NYAG) will be launching a new apple called SnapDragon™ in all Wegmans’ stores starting in November. Known for its crispy texture combined with a sweet and juicy flavor, SnapDragon has a distinctly bright red dappled color. Unlike many other produce items, apples are commonly.....


Retail

Alcampo to open hypermarket at Palma Springs shopping centre, Majorca
Auchan-owned Alcampo has announced plans to open a hypermarket in the Palm Springs shopping centre in Majorca, which is currently under construction.Alcampo operates a chain of 55 hypermarkets and 300 fuel stations across Spain. It is the first banner to announce its presence in the location, which is being.....

AU: Key trends for 2015: tech and cauliflower
A new paper from the research company highlights four key trends which will apparently dominate consumer behaviour in Australasia through 2015: customer rights and activism; healthy eating and food retailing; the switch to wearable technologies (or the merging of the physical and virtual worlds) and.....

Apple pay off to slow start at Whole Foods
If you thought people would be setting up makeshift campsites or jumping into a Black Friday-like rage to be among the first to use Apple Pay on its Monday launch, you thought wrong. Rather, any adoption is going to be gradual.Just after lunchtime on Monday, managers at two Whole Foods Market Inc. stores in.....

Romania: Billa expects 15 million Euro in sales of new brand
The supermarket chain Billa recently launched a new brand, "Bun, din Romania" ("It's good, it's from Romania"), for the promotion of local products. In recent years, as a result of the recession, Romanians have been shifting towards local products, while before 2008 they usually preferred renowned foreign.....

Aldi Süd has 5000 stores
It is now official: as of October 2014, the Aldi Süd business group 5000 stores worldwide. This number shows that Aldi Süd has managed to become highly successful with its basic principle 'best quality at the lowest price' not just in Germany, but also internationally.What began in 1914 with a small shop.....


Auchan to launch platforms of fresh produce in Russia
Retail network Auchan plans to launch new logistics platforms for fresh produce in the regions of Russia.The first platform will be established in Tomilino, Moscow region. The Moscow experience will be shortly followed by other cities, such as Samara, Saint-Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Novosibirsk. The project.....


Tesco announces interem results 2014/2015
Tesco PLC’s Interim Results 2014/15 were announced today at 7.00am. View all results materials including full release online.Sir Richard Broadbent, Chairman, “The issues that have come to light over recent weeks are a matter of profound regret. We have acted quickly to clarify the financial performance of.....

Northern Ireland: Eurospar wins prestigious Retailer of the Year award
The popular Kelly’s Eurospar in Moneymore, is celebrating after being named Northern Ireland’s Neighbourhood Retailer of the Year 2014.Attended by more than 450 industry professionals, the 17th annual Neighbourhood Retailer Awards – supported by platinum sponsor Cashzone - were held at Belfast’s Ramada Plaza.....

Morrisons to trial three new lab stores
Morrisons has announced that it is to experiment with three new lab stores tailored towards different communities. The stores, located at Milton Keynes, Weybridge and Birtley, are all set to open by next spring.Stores tailored to local catchmentsThe Format Flex stores feature differing propositions, ranges.....

Romania: New Carrefour Market ready to open in Alba Iulia
As of Thursday, 23 October, a new Carrefour Market will open in the Romanian city of Alba Iulia. The store will be open from Monday to Saturday between 8.00 and 22.00 and on Sundays between 8.00 and 20.00.The supermarket has been advertised as a new way to shop, based on values such as friendly staff, quick.....


Romania: Kaufland opens new supermarket in Oradea
Kaufland opened its third store in the Romanian city of Oradea. It has an area of ​​about 4,000 square metres and has a range of approximately 20,000 food and non-food items. The hypermarket has 240 parking spaces and service is provided by 130 employees.Kaufland representatives stressed the.....

Ahold tests virtual supermarket
Ahold USA embraces a virtual shopping simulation tool that provides marketing and merchandising concept tests without store disruption, said Ed Sheedy, director of category management insights.“We’re able to manage tests more effectively in a controlled environment,” Sheedy said in a presentation Wednesday.....

Tesco chairman to quit over profits error
Tesco chairman Sir Richard Broadbent has announced that he will be leaving the firm, following the firm's announcement of a bigger-than-forecast hole in its profits.Sir Richard said he was preparing to step down, although no date has been set for his departure."The issues that have come to light over recent.....

Kroger is suddenly Whole Foods' biggest threat
Kroger's strategy is helping it buck trends in the industry. Kroger is thriving in a difficult market for grocery stores. The supermarket chain is expected to surpass Whole Foods Market within two years and become the nation's top seller of organic and natural food, according to a recent report by.....

Canada: Walmart joins “Half Your Plate” campaign
Walmart Canada customers will soon be asked to load up on fruits and vegetables. That’s after the discount chain became the first major national retailer in the country to sign up for the “Half Your Plate” campaign.“Half Your Plate” is a healthy eating program that encourages consumers to make sure that 50%.....



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