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Friday, October 24, 2014

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Start negotiations with Cutrale-Safra
Shareholders Chiquita reject Fyffes deal
Chiquita Brands International will begin negotiations to be acquired by Cutrale Group and Safra Group after its shareholders rejected a proposed purchase of fellow banana producer Fyffes. Shareholders of Charlotte, North Carolina-based Chiquita didn’t back its bid for Fyffes at a special meeting today,.....

Jon Clark - Total Cherry
"Very optimistic about South American cherry season"
The cherry market is pretty fairly low key at the moment according to Jon Clark from Total Cherry. "There is a little very early South African fruit from the Free State region, this is typically small fruit due to the area where it is grown. But it is nice and sweet and the only thing on the market just.....


Biojournaal visits organic Greek growers
Greek citrus season starting later due to wam nights
The contrast was huge: from sunny Greece to cold and wet in the Netherlands. Organic Greek citrus growers would love to switch places. The start to the citrus season is late in coming, due to the relatively warm nights. Lenneke Schot, edotor for FreshPlaza's sister website for the organic sector,.....

Costa Rican banana industry cries foul over port strike
Costa Rica’s National Banana Corporation (Corbana) has called on representatives of the JAPDEVA Workers’ Syndicate (SINTRAJAP) to put an end to strikes in the ports of Limón. In a release, Corbana said the situation – which reportedly has been alleviated somewhat through the emergency hiring of foreign.....


AU: FTA with Korea to be game-changing for cherry exporters
The cherry season is about to start in Australia, and according to Simon Boughey, CEO of Cherry Growers Australia, “production volumes are expected to be similar to 2012, of 14.5 to 15 thousand tonnes, depending on seasonal fluctuations until late February. All states report a good flowering, so the.....

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Knowledge, networking and workshops on Fresh Information Management & Standards
GS1 in Europe and Frug I Com are organising the 1st EUropean Forum and Roundtable on FRESH INFO(rmation management) on 3rd & 4th of December in Rotterdam. To create a forum, platform, to share knowledge, developments, needs, ideas from growers, packers, cooperatives, traders and retailers. And to boost.....


Supplier tells of harsh treatment by retailer
"If you want to supply Tesco you have to pay"
Tom Salmon former managing director of Hedon Salads, one of the grocer’s key producers of aubergines, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, reveals how his company was treated by Tesco.Salmon had experienced first-hand the relationship between the grocer and some of its suppliers that is being examined in an.....

US (CA): Strong prices for almonds
Demand for almonds at home and abroad has contributed to high prices this year. The likelihood that this year's almond crop in California will be lighter than expected has made those prices climb higher.USDA estimates predicted an almond crop in California of 2.1 million pounds, but with harvesting.....


Mexico starts production of organic bananas
The market for organic products is booming and the notable presence of producers with new organic food products at the recent PMA Fresh Summit 2014 shows that the industry is more relevant than ever.Among those who have decided to market organic products we find the Mexican company Coliman, which presented.....

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Prices should be good for both growers and consumers
2014-15 forecast: Citrus season shapes up favorably
The 2014-15 Florida citrus season could be a good one for both growers and orange juice drinkers.Orange growers should see higher farm prices for their fruit in the current season, which began on Oct. 1, but OJ consumers should see lower or stable prices, said Marisa Zansler, chief economist at the Florida.....


French apple sector concerned about market situation
EU extends free trade agreement Ukraine
The EU is extending its free trade agreement with Ukraine until the end of 2015. This is a unilateral agreement, established after Russia imposed sanctions on Ukraine in April. The agreement lowers import duties, and gives many agricultural products free access to the European market. The French apple sector.....



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Lower Saxony kale season to start soon
In the German state of Lower Saxony the mild temperatures are enabling the kale to continue growing through the autumn. The kale season is starting to get going with the first offers in the restaurants, reports the German website Proplanta.de.Kale lovers can look forward to a good season, says Erich Klug,.....

Turkey exporting to Russia en masse
Turkey is filling in the shortage of food in Russia, reports the website deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de. In the first nine months of this year Turkish producers exported 53 per cent of their vegetables to Russia. This shows that Turkey isn't bothering about the EU guidelines. Before this Brussels warned.....

Clearly less organic farming in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
For the first time in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern the area of organic farming has fallen, reports the German website Fruchthandel.de. On August 31, 2014 organic farming land was 5,000 hectares less than it was last year at the same time. In 2012 there was talk of increasing the total organic.....

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Willem Koole: "More large sizes available"
Frukar has Spanish Serena Navelinas again
This week, Frukar has started the Spanish Navelina season again. "We have received the new oranges again under our own Serena label", Willem Koole says. He indicates that the Navelina harvest is higher this year than last season. "At the moment, it looks like lower volumes of the later varieties, such as.....

Dirk van Nieuwkerk, Anaco Greeve
Tomato market upturn: vine surpasses loose
It took an entire season, but vine tomato prices are not bad at all at the moment. They even significantly surpass prices of loose tomatoes at the moment, says Dirk van Nieuwkerk of Anaco Greeve. There is not a lot of Spanish produce yet.A lot of Dutch tomatoes are still being traded at Anaco Greeve, Dirk.....

Greece: Oversupply drives potato prices down in Drama
Particularly low prices are currently registered for winter potatoes this year in Drama, Greece, partly because of the import of cheap produce from Cyprus and other countries, but also to the accumulation of stocks from the spring harvest in areas such as Tripoli, Thebes, Kozani and Achaea. Thus, "the.....


Most children under seven don’t know their vegetables
The majority of children aged under seven are unable to correctly identify common vegetables.Almost one third of children involved in a research study did not recognise a red pepper while 85% could not name a leek. Most knew what to call broccoli yet only one in three knew what chips were made from.The.....

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Orogel
Italy: Spinach represent 20% of our frozen products
"The spinach sector in Italy was affected by the weather in autumn, so much so that suppliers had to limit their promotional activities during the first four months of 2014 and consumption dropped. Then production improved again in spring, so things went more normally starting from May," explains Maurizio.....

Perm
Russia: Commission of Magnit logistics centre postponed till 2015
Commissioning of the logistics centre owned by the Russian retailer Magnit has been postponed till 2015. Earlier JSC Tander (Management Company of Magnit network) was intended to complete the construction in October. A large distribution centre with 100 fleet vehicles and a gas station is being built in the.....

Tula region
German investor to build potato processing factory in Russia
The new factory will be specialising in production of potato crisps. All raw materials for processing will be purchased from local producers of vegetables.Thus, the areas for potato cultivation in the region are to be increased up to 1,000 hectares. Besides this, three breeding farms are to start production of.....


Italy: Very few chestnuts available
"Production in the Caudina valley used to be of 2,000/3,00 tons but this year there are only few dozens of quintals available," explain various producers in Campania.The chestnut campaign in Southern Italy started at the beginning of October or, actually, it started for those few who managed to produce.....


Greece: Free fruit and vegetables distributed in schools
This year, Greek schools will receive additional support for the free distribution of fruit to students. The funds allocated for the school year 2014-2015 are estimated at 3,880,988 Euro, of which 19% (737,388 Euro) will be funded by the national government and the other 81% (3,143,600) by the European.....


Maersk Line to continue slow steaming efforts, despite reduced benefits
Maersk Line will continue slow steaming aboard its ships despite plunging bunker prices that have narrowed the financial benefits of doing so, reports ShippingWatch. The company rejected speculations of speeding up ships to their design speeds, although analysts have pointed out that using more fuel would be.....

Spain: Initiative to prevent new increases in Chinese garlic quota
This Tuesday, the Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Food unanimously approved a transactional amendment signed by all parliamentary groups urging the government "to take whatever steps necessary involving the European Institutions to prevent further increases in the tariff quota allocated to China."The.....


Bulgaria may export fruit and vegetables to Japan
Bulgaria has the potential to export quality fruits and vegetables to Japan, while the Bulgarian market has a place for Japanese manufacturers of agricultural machinery. This was announced by the Bulgarian Prime Minister Vasil Grudev, after a meeting with the Japanese Ambassador to Bulgaria, Takashi.....

Greek plum exports enter the Indian market
Mr George Polihronakis, Specialist Consultant for the Association of Greek Fruit, Vegetable and Juice Exporting Companies, INCOFRUIT - HELLAS, has welcomed the entry of Greek plum exports into India. In his statement, he said that "after years of hard work from members of our Association, and with the.....

French farm uses chicory waste for energy
For a month now, the chicory production site in Soyécourt has been lit thanks to chicory waste used in a biogas container beside the fields. The idea of creating gas with organic waste has an enormous potential for farmers. It is already being done with carrots in the Landes and cow manure in the Ardennes......


Kris Wouter: "You reach more markets with this pear than with Conference"
Fruithandels Wouters and ABCz introduce QTee, the red pear
You often see new varieties introduced in the apple world. It's less common in pears. Kris Wouters, exporter and fruit grower speaks about the new variety Celina, with the brand name QTee. It has a red blushed appearance and is intended for marketing when there is no Forelle on the market. "There are other.....


Strawberries, fresh herbs and cherry tomatoes ready from mid November
Export capacity from Gaza expected same level as previous years
Despite damages and losses during the summer, farmers in Gaza planted their fields as they used to do in the past. From the middle of November production of strawberries (60 ha), fresh herbs, cherry tomatoes and sweet pepper (120 ha) is expected to be ready for export. Strawberries usually are available till.....

Greece: Higher export volumes, but lower revenue
Greek fruit and vegetable exports during the first seven months of 2014 increased by 5.7% in volume compared with the same period last year, reaching a total of 891,421 tonnes, although with a 8.6% drop in value, which amounted to 516,542,234 Euro. Compared with the same period in 2012, there was an increase.....

December 10 and 11 in Saint-Pol-de-Leon
International congress Cauliflower
On December 10 and 11, 2014, the international congress "Cauliflower: Challenges of European production" will take place. The congress, organized by CERAFEL and CTIFL, will be held in French Saint-Pol-de-Leon, Brittany. With 15,500 ha and 1,150 growers, Brittany is the main cauliflower producer in France and.....

Unearthing so many reasons to fall in love again with the potato
This year's main-crop potato harvest is getting under way, and across Europe yields look good, with a bumper harvest expected, up 7 per cent on last year. With the prospect of so many potatoes, prices are dropping and the situation is made worse by the trade restrictions recently imposed by the Russian.....


Oceania

AU: Riverland grower looks to turn from wine grapes to dried fruits
A grower in South Australia's Riverland is looking to a crop that used to be popular in the region as an alternative to wine grapes. Wine grape prices are forecast to stay low for the next few years, and 94 per cent of growers in the region were unprofitable last year. The dried fruit industry fell over due.....

AU: Plant breeders gather to discuss latest in crop development
Accelerating genetic gain for future crop improvement will be the focus of the 15th Australasian Plant Breeding conference, which opens in Melbourne on Monday. Hosted by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) the three-day conference provides a unique opportunity to review and discuss.....

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Happy times for the mango industry with both volumes and price increasing
About 250,000 trays of mangoes were trucked out of the Northern Territory last week as the Top End season nears its peak.The good news for growers is despite the escalating supply, the price is also increasing in some markets, with Kensington Pride's averaging $55 a tray in the Sydney markets.Boyd Arthur,.....


NZ: Golden lining for Bay's new coolstores
Te Puke-based post-harvest company Trevelyan's Pack and Cool is building $3.5 million worth of new coolstore space to handle its share of a record kiwifruit crop from orchardists who are beginning to put the worst of the Psa crisis behind them.Trevelyan's packed 8.1 million trays of kiwifruit this year and.....


Citrus farm overhauls worker visa checks after immigration raid
Passports of citrus pickers will now be checked weekly at a southern New South Wales farm, where immigration raids were carried out earlier this month.The raids discovered 37 workers, who were hired by a contractor, had invalid visas.Hillston property owner Ken McDougall says he's no longer using a.....


AU: CGMMV detected in Territory pumpkin crop
The Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries has confirmed cucumber green mottle mosaic virus has been detected in a pumpkin crop in the Northern Territory.The department made the announcement on October 24 as Katherine watermelon producers impacted by the highly contagious virus continued to destroy.....


Africa


Ivory Coast mango producers ask for official price fixing structure
Banana producers are asking for an official structure to determine financial speculation in order to guarantee them a profit when the products are commercialised. Mr Coulibaly, President of the advisory board for mango cooperative Gninnangnon explained the request to the Minister of Agriculture, Coulibaly.....


Rwanda potato farmers count losses as prices drop
Rwanda potato farmers have decried the low farm-gate prices currently being offered by dealers.“Retailers from Kigali are currently buying the crop at between Rwf70 and Rwf100 compared to Rwf120 in August,” Tuyizere Innocent, a farmer in Shingiro sector, Musanze District, said.A kilo of Irish potatoes is.....

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Kickstarter campaign wants to empower Nigerian farmers with tomato paste
This has to be one of the most interesting crowdfunding projects we’ve seen in Africa. Launched by social entrepreneurs Mira Mehta and Shane Kiernan, Tomato Jos (that’s not a typo) wants to raise US$50 000 within the next month in a grand effort to help Nigerian farmers make awesome tomato paste.“Our mission.....

Kenyan farmers using rabbit urine as fertilizer for potatoes, beans
Rabbit rearing in Kenya is rapidly gaining a new meaning in the agricultural sector.For many years, rabbits were kept in the households as pets or for meat, but their importance have significantly changed. They are now providers of cheap and cost efficient fertilizer.Farmers across the country are taking up.....

Nigeria: Global recognition for Nigerian fruits, vegetables
In one of the papers presented at the 17th World Food Congress, held at the Palais des Congres, Montreal, Canada, Prof. Charles Aworh of the Department of Food Technology, University of Ibadan and a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (FIAFoST), highlighted the important role.....


Africa: Ebola halts harvest, international trade in affected African countries
Civil wars raged over the last three decades in the African countries of Liberia and Sierra Leone. Now, an "invisible enemy" — the Ebola virus — is wreaking havoc on the farmers who had just started to bring new economic vitality to a region desperately in need."Ebola is a disease against agricultural.....


World

CMA CGM acquires 7,000 reefer containers
To meet the demands of a growing market, the CMA CGM Group has acquired more than 7,000 last generation ‘high cube’ 40 ftreefer containers, including 6,000 low-consumption engines.With a total reefer fleet of 185,000 teu, the French shipping company has been increasing its reefer volume by 13% per year and.....


“Go-Go Fresh” cherry snacking pouch
CMI is awarded PMA Impact Award for Excellence in Packaging
“Go-Go Fresh” cherry snacking pouch by CMI wins the excellence in packaging award for the fruit industry. Each year at the PMA Fresh Summit the award winners for packaging excellence are revealed. The PMA Impact Awards for this year were announced at the Fresh Summit in Anaheim. CMI was among the five.....

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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.....


Retail

Singapore: FairPrice steps up bid to cut food waste
Supermarket chain FairPrice will step up efforts to cut down on food wastage next year.It plans to introduce a slew of new initiatives under its FairPrice Food Waste Framework, which will involve reducing food waste in its operations, working with various organisations and educating the public.FairPrice.....

India
Chop and shop: online veg shopping gets easier
From offering cut vegetables to using ozone technology in cleaning greens, ensuring minimal human intervention while packaging to express deliveries, online retailers are innovating to reach increasingly harried consumers.Bigbasket.com has recently introduced cut vegetables as part of its product offerings......


Aldi move into organic sector
You can now get organic produce on a budget, as discount retailer Aldi is launching a new range which it claims could see customers save 25 per cent on their usual organic basket.The first produce to be introduced to the store will include cauliflower, carrots, broccoli and onions, with prices ranging from.....

Tesco’s woes hit supermarket sector as shares tank
Tesco’s highly-anticipated first-half results delivered a blow to the UK supermarket sector on Thursday despite profits coming in ahead of expectations, as analysts raised concerns about the struggles facing its new boss as he attempts to turn the business around.Tesco’s shares were 7.3% lower at 169.6p in.....


Romania included
Auchan, Metro agree on joint acquisition strategy
Two large international retailers, Auchan and Metro, recently shook hands on jointly handling acquisitions on an international level, hoping this would help them cut costs, the two companies have announced. The international partnership will also affect the way these companies will operate in Romania,.....

IGD forecasts
Convenience will account for nearly a quarter of food and grocery sales by 2019
Significant growth opportunities lie ahead for convenience stores, which are now visited on average 12 times a month – more often than any other type of grocery format, according to findings from IGD’s ShopperVista research.Half of shoppers now believe that it’s more convenient to shop around rather than buy.....

Half-Year Results Indicate That Tesco Has Been "Rocked To The Core"
Tesco has been "rocked to the core" by the recent accounting scandal, which has manifested itself in disappointing half-year results, according to one analyst.Tesco revealed that group like-for-like sales were down 4.4 per cent in the first half of the year, with group trading profit down a massive 41 per.....

plans to reach 100 stores milestone by yearend
Kaufland opens a new hypermarket in Bucharest
The German discounter opened its eighth hypermarket in Bucharest and reached 98 units launched so far countrywide, with a target of 100 opened stores by yearend, the company announced.The next two openings are planned also in Bucharest. According to estimations, the averaged investment for a unit is.....



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