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Thursday, May 28, 2015

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Loren Zhao, FruitDay Co-owner, speaks on JD´s $70 milliom investment
In an interview with FreshPlaza, Loren Zhao, co-founder of the Chinese company FruitDay, has thrown light into some of the main reasons why e-commerce giant JingDong has decided to invest in the firm. These are: a) Concentration: “Ideally, those involved in the Fresh Food E-commerce market must be strong.....

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Mor International makes inroads abroad, at home
After a trial program with only a few containers last year, Mor International will increase their Sharon Fruit exports to the United States this year. The season, which got off to an early start, will provide plenty of fruit for the American, European and South African markets.“Last year, only three.....

AU: No official word on citrus exports to Indonesia
Citrus Australia is awaiting official word from the Department of Agriculture and the Indonesian government before making any statements about the rumours around Indonesia restricting citrus imports. Any suggested impact on the $60 million per year export relationship, which includes other commodities.....


Organic market exceeds Alterbio's expectations
With 20 years of experience growing and selling organic produce, Alterbio is no stranger to the organic business. But given the tremendous growth the sector has enjoyed the last few years, even industry stalwarts like Alterbio have been impressed with the popularity organic produce has gained.“If we compare.....


Credit insurance important for international trade
Shipping fresh produce is a risky endeavor. Even after securing quality product, finding a buyer, working out logistics and delivering the perishable cargo on time, payment is not always guaranteed. Because so much money and effort is invested, it's imperative that exporters protect themselves against.....

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First Happy Grapes arrive at FMI
The Egyptian grape season has started and FMI has already received several air shipments this week. Along with various grower labels, FMI has received the first grapes under the new brand 'Happy Grapes'. FMI wants to grow 'Happy' into a creative, happy consumer brand. Along with grapes, other 'Happy'.....

KÖLLA expects a good stone fruit harvest from Italy
The supply of stone fruit is increasing daily at the German market. The stone fruit season has begun for the KÖLLA GmbH & Co. KG too. The company from Kaarst, near Dusseldorf, imports among others peaches and nectarines from Italy.Apricot harvest 30 percent lower than last yearThe company expects various.....


Early start Washington stone fruit season
It’s “game on!” for stone fruit in the Pacific Northwest, much to the delight of consumers. Thanks to a mild winter and spring, fruit has come on a week to 10 days earlier than normal this year, and Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers, with both conventional and organic tree-ripened fruit in good supplies, will ship.....


Russian soldiers gather at border Ukraine
Belgian top fruit up to 40% cheaper because of boycott
At the eastern border of Ukraine, a convoy of Russian soldiers has been spotted, with equipment including tanks and missile installations rolling toward the border. America will maintain the sanctions the country imposed after the annexation of Crimea. The acreages in Russia have increased. According to.....

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Costco's profits rises | El Corte Inglés comes with fresh produce strategy
Greengrocers experiencing a comeback
Spain: El Corte Inglés comes with pricing strategy for fresh produceEl Corte Inglés has expanded what it describes as a 'very competitive' pricing structure for fresh produce sold in its stores, esmmagazine.com reports. Three years on from the implementation of a strategic review of its fresh produce.....



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Switzerland: Tomato consumption doubled
Last year an average of 7.82 kilo of tomatoes per person were eaten in Switzerland. This means tomatoes take the second place in the vegetable “hit parade”. And in addition, a further 2,64 kilo of cherry tomatoes were consumed per person, so cherry tomatoes also make it into the top ten too, and reach the.....

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UK: Planning underway for leafy salad variety trials
Planning is now underway for the forthcoming Leafy Salad Variety Trials to be held at G’s Fresh, Barway Road, Barway, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5TZ on Wednesday 1st July 2015 for BLSA and HDC members. There will be three interactive workshops in the morning, including Peter White of Soil Moisture Sense will.....

World Union of Wholesale Markets congress held in Budapest
The World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) is holding a congress in Budapest between 27 and 29 May; the international event has attracted nearly 200 participants coming from 35 countries, as reported by the organisers.The congress has been organised jointly by the Wholesale Market Budapest Nagybani PIAC and.....

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Romania: Growers should work together to improve domestic supermarket supply
For years, Romanian retailers and growers have wanted to benefit from increased collaboration, but this does not happen."We want to buy from Romanian growers, but we can't because we lack the necessary infrastructure. This is why Romanian fruit and vegetables are difficult to findin stores," stated Calin.....


Gebr. De Mooij Amsterdam introduces resealable Fino Fresco packaging
From this week Gebr. De Mooij Amsterdam will supply Fino Fresco baby leaf lettuce in a resealable flow pack. They will start with two products: rucola and mesclun. In addition, all sorts of baby leaf lettuce can be supplied in the new packaging. By introducing the new packaging Gebr. De Mooij Amsterdam is.....


HillFresh starts with Chilean kiwis
Since last week, HillFresh has had kiwis from Chile available. "Up until week 20, the kiwis from Italy were available, and after that we switched to kiwis from the southern hemisphere. These kiwis also fully adhere to the special selection criteria of The Expert in Taste, so that consumers will.....

Swisscofel wants to show the consumer the connections
Swisscofel, the association of the Swiss fruit, vegetable and potato trade, organized its General Assembly in Bern in early May.According to a press release Marc Wermelinger, CEO Swisscofel, presented an overview of the issues that had an impact on the industry in the past year and the challenges ahead at.....

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Croatia: Nuclear sterilzation boosting fruit production
More than 20 million sterilized male fruit flies are being released this week in the Neretva Valley of southern Croatia – an important milestone in an environmentally friendly project to help the region’s fruit producers.Consumers worldwide prefer fruits and vegetables that have been treated with the lowest.....

Sky-supermarket and Elbe-Obst involved with "Apples for the kids" in Nordersstedt
The kids in the childcare "Streifenentenclub" in Norderstedt know that apples are healthy. And since the visit to the Sky-supermarket in Norderstedt they find the small vitamin bombs really tasty. The childcare "Streifenentenclub" is one of five facilities that won the action "Apples for the kids" by.....


Poland: Maspex purchases fruit and veg processor Agros Nova
The leading Polish producer of food and juices Maspex is about to purchase Agros Nova, a company specialised in the processing of fruit and vegetables. The deal was approved by the Polish Commission for Competition and Consumer Protection and will result in the creation of the largest food and beverages.....


New brand for French company
“We buy directly from the grower”
JMF Partenariat created their own brand under which they will market their produce from Belgium and France. In the near future, they hope to have a brand through which they can market their Spanish product.“We now buy directly from growers and pack the product in-house and put it in a box with our brand,”.....

Bulgaria: One-day contracts introduced for the harvest
The Bulgarian Government has approved the introduction of one-day contracts. The amendment will go into the Social Security Code. Day employment contracts can only be offered by registered producers and are to be used exclusively for the harvesting of fruit, vegetables and flowers.Anko Tzenov, owner of a 120.....


Defence mechanism of plants against adverse conditions discovered
Researchers of the University of Córdoba (UCO) have succeeded in finding the function of an enzyme in the regulation of nitric oxide, a component used by plants to tackle adverse conditions, such as pests or drought.In a situation of biotic stress, such as those caused by pests, or abiotic stress, such as.....

Ukraine: Falling greenhouse vegetable prices
According to "APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits", the producer price index in Ukraine for the previous week (from 16 to 22 May 2015) dropped by just 6.9%, despite the fact that the decline in prices was observed only in the greenhouse vegetables segment."In just a week, greenhouse cucumber prices have.....


“Short date” products sold with 50% off
The association “Les gueules cassées” who came up with the “ugly” fruit and vegetable initiative have decided to go into “short date” products. Buying these products that have a shorter expiration date will help to limit food wastage and they will be sold for 50% less. Over 600,000 tons of products are.....


Sensor tag detects food spoilage
VTT has developed a sensor that detects ethanol in the headspace of a food package. Ethanol is formed as a result of food spoilage. The sensor signal is wirelessly readable, for instance, by a mobile phone. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is searching for a partner in order to commercialise.....

Spain: Courgettes make up for bad start in vegetable export season
Spanish fresh fruit and vegetable exports in the first quarter of 2015 grew by 7.5% in volume and 9.9% in value compared to the same period of 2014, reaching a total of 3,745,274 tonnes worth 3 4 million Euro, with vegetables representing 52% of the value and fruits the other 48%, according to the Department.....

Turning grocery stores' food waste into fertilizer
Larry LeSueur is used to former peers from the software world asking him, “What the heck are you doing?” It’s a reasonable question, considering the decidedly different turn he and his former Microsoft colleague Jose Lugo took in 2010 when they founded Redmond, Wash.-based WISErg, anxious to solve the.....


Oceania

AU: Winter veggies washed out
While much of the state lingers in extended drought, vegetable growers are battling with a case of too much of a good thing after massive rainfalls during April.The two tales tell a story of extremes - as their western counterparts deal with a second or third consecutive winter without a crop, those who.....

AU: Apple industry brings opportunities
Hawke’s Bay’s buoyant apple industry is opening up opportunities for young people keen to make horticulture a career.Employed at T&G’s Whakatu packhouse for the 2014 season, Deanna Muir and Maatu Akonga were among a dozen workers identified as having the potential to go further with the international.....

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Ducasse variety wins historic Banana Cup
When it comes to buying bananas the choice seems crystal clear.Consumers are more likely to buy Cavendish bananas because as the main variety grown in Australia they dominate the supermarket shelves, and are also cheaper.But another variety has caught the attention of consumers in northern New South Wales.Of.....


Successful Export forum for AHEA
AHEA was extremely pleased at the positive response to the Export Forum which attracted over 80 participants who gained an insight of the current status and emerging issues of the Australian horticulture export industry.The AHEA Chair, David Minnis, AOM, opened the Forum with an overview of the state of the.....

Airport plan could mean new markets
Andy Brackley would stand to save thousands if an international airport went ahead at Proserpine.The Bowen farmer forked out $2500-$3000 every time he freighted a truck load of tomatoes and mangoes to export from Brisbane.If current talks between the Whitsunday Regional Council and the state government go to.....

APAL says farewell to HIA Marketing manager
APAL has been advised that Luke Westley will finish up as Marketing Manager for apples and pears at Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited (HIA) in July.At HIA, Luke was responsible for the management of the levy funded marketing program for Aussie Apples and Australian Pears and has been a passionate.....

Retailers work together for labour hire solution
The fresh produce industry's Produce Marketing Association (PMA Australia-New Zealand) today announced that major retailers, including Coles, Woolworths, Metcash and ALDI, have agreed to work with representatives of the produce sector to find a robust, workable and enduring solution across the supply chain.....

NZ: Gold kiwifruit returns disappointing
Te Puke kiwifruit grower Russell West says returns have been disappointing despite Zespri recording an exceptional season, but the orchardist is grateful not to be bankrupt following his battle with Psa.Mr West said it was the first time he had full crops since Psa devastated his vines in 2010.The gold.....


World

Scientists find way to create supersized fruit
When Spanish explorers first brought domesticated tomatoes to Europe 500 years ago, the fruit was already gigantic compared with its olive-sized wild counterparts. Researchers trying to understand the genetic basis of this girth have uncovered a way to make other fruits larger as well. The team discovered.....

Beetroot: underrated superfood
While there's a lot of talk of "eat your kale" and "substitute bread with quinoa" and nearly every other person worth their skinny waistline is sipping green smoothies in the morning, many root vegetables are being overlooked.One hundred grams of cooked beetroot has 43 calories, 0.2 grams of fat, and 16.....

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Lower melon and watermelon yields and higher Brix levels
According to figures supplied by the Provincial Delegation of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment of Almeria, since the start of the "No green harvesting" campaign, on 15 April, 87 controls have been carried out on more than 40 trading companies. Over 1,050 tonnes of watermelons were inspected on 79.....

Giant solar floating farm to fight food shortage?
The world is less than 40 years away from a serious problem: producing enough food for 9 billion mouths. But with climate change cutting more than a quarter of crop yields by 2050, innovators must devise strategies to confront dwindling global food supplies.Enter Forward Thinking Architecture.The.....

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Indian market is growing rapidly, but lacks knowledge
Crates should improve banana ripening in India
The Indian banana market is huge. With a total acreage of nearly 800,000 hectares and a production of 26.5 million tonnes in 2013, the Asian country is one of the world's top banana producers. The majority of the bananas are sold in the domestic market. In the field of ripening, Indian companies still have a.....


Interview to Isabel Díaz, of Syngenta
Piel de Sapo melons still have room for growth
Syngenta's melon research and development takes place in Spain. This is where the research team and breeders of Piel de Sapo and Yellow melons are based.Its breeding department has two people working in the station of El Ejido, which FreshPlaza recently had the opportunity to visit. The test network is.....


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Walloon supermarket D'ici
Pineapples from Costa Rica, tomatoes from Spain, pears from Italy... the Walloon supermarket chain D'ici stopped purchasing these and its range consists exclusively of local products. The supermarket south of Namur opened in 2013 with the name "D'ici, ma région régale me", or "Local, I enjoy my region." This.....


Costco's profits rises | El Corte Inglés comes with fresh produce strategy
Greengrocers experiencing a comeback
Spain: El Corte Inglés comes with pricing strategy for fresh produceEl Corte Inglés has expanded what it describes as a 'very competitive' pricing structure for fresh produce sold in its stores, esmmagazine.com reports. Three years on from the implementation of a strategic review of its fresh produce.....



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