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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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SUNSET’s Coldwater greenhouse opens Phase II
Greenhouse growers SUNSET® Produce have recently completed Phase II construction of their greenhouse Coldwater Farms, doubling the operation to 60 acres.Open since 2012, the facility grows SUNSET® tomatoes on the vine and grape tomatoes 365 days a year. This state of the art greenhouse uses advanced.....

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"In the future, the main issue will no longer be colour or size, but lack of supply"
Keys for the future of retail in Latin America
It is a hot winter afternoon and vehicles are moving slowly and uninterruptedly through the streets and alleys of the huge city of Sao Paulo, South America's most important business hub and one of the cities with the worst road traffic in the world.Long distances between the city's main points of interest.....


US: Sparse supplies of sweet potatoes now, better volumes ahead
Unfavorable weather conditions during last year's growing season and harvest contributed to current low supplies of sweet potatoes out of North Carolina. Low volumes have made for high prices, but as this year's growing season has been close to ideal, big volumes in the future could make for lower.....


Food Lover's Market
South Africa: 70-80% of fresh produce is sourced from wholesale markets
Fruit & Veg City was established in 1993, before this CEO Brian Coppin had a wholesale business supplying some of the South African supermarkets. FreshPlaza spoke to him at the recent PMA Fresh Connections Southern Africa to lean more about his companies."We decided we wanted to open our own brand, at.....

Additional $20 million of synergies
Chiquita reaffirms commitment to Fyffes merger
Chiquita Brands International re-affirmed its commitment to a merger with Irish tropical fruit company Fyffes Plc today and said it expected the deal to yield cost synergies of $60 million.Earlier in August Chiquita rejected a rival takeover offer form Brazilian juice maker Cutrale and the Safra Group, a.....

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Italy ruined by the ban
Russia covers 34% of greenhouse vegetable demand, but not in winter
Yesterday, the European Union (EU) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) met in the Belarusian capital Minsk to address the crisis sparked by the situation in Ukraine; however, their views are so far apart that a solution appears not to be in sight. Meanwhile, European countries are seeking solutions to.....

Jon Clark - Total Cherry
"Momentous summer for English cherries"
The English cherry season came an early close after a very positive season, says Jon Clark, Director at Total Cherry. They are now importing from the North-west US, Clark says this will also come to an early end due to wet weather bringing an early finish to exports, he is expecting supply to end early to.....

Experts find no evidence to back EU’s citrus fears
Amid the debate about the impact of citrus black spot on the European citrus industry, world experts have found no evidence that the disease can spread on citrus products without leaves as a pathway.In a summary report released yesterday, an expert panel of professionals in the plant health field from South.....


AU: Blood orange grower chasing lucrative Asian markets
The market for blood oranges in Asia is ripe for the picking. Just ask Red Belly Citrus, one of the country's largest suppliers.The business based at Griffith, in south-west New South Wales, was part of a state-wide trade delegation at Hong Kong's recent Food Expo.Owner of Red Belly Citrus Vito Mancini says.....

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South Africa: Difficult citrus season but up to expectations
Rosle Farm, situated in the Mpumalanga region of South Africa has 525 hectares of citrus and 78 hectares of grapes.Koos De Wet, Farm Manager at Rosle Farm said it has been a difficult season for citrus with rain and wind storms, but basically the season is going all right. "We are reaching pre-season.....

Australia's cherry production 2014-15 forecast to expand
Australia’s cherry production for 2014-15 is forecast to expand to 18,000 metric tonnes (MT), 12 per cent above the previous year, with the harvest area significantly revised upwards. Higher production is driven by improved seasonal conditions, especially in Tasmania, combined with rising prices in key.....



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Russia: Kuban vineyards harvest 12,500 tonnes of grapes
In grape provinces of Krasnodar Territory farmers are now harvesting table grapes, as well as champagne and cognac varieties of grapes. The total area of the Kuban vineyards is 26,800 hectares. This is 34% of the vineyards in the country which produce more than half of Russian grapes. Last year, the gross.....

New mushroom variety discovered in Finland
The research group of experts studying the forests of Finland, has recently discovered a new variety of mushroom, previously unknown. According to some assumptions, in the forests of Finland there are two thousand registered species of mushrooms with different tastes. In fact, it has recently turned out that.....


Friday, 26th September 2014
Germany: In-house exhibition & customer day at KRONEN in Kehl am Rhein
This year, Kronen Nahrungsmitteltechnik is once again arranging an in-house exhibition for customers and interested parties – on Friday, 26th September 2014.GEWA XL Washing machine „High capacity“."At this Kronen customer day we offer to all participants an extensive program with practical insights into.....

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Germany: Early organic potato season ends with lower prices than last year
The easy availability of imported goods, as well as the early start of the German organic potato season, has clearly resulted in lower prices than last year, reports the German agricultural information service (AMI) on their website. Moreover, stored organic German potatoes were being sold six weeks longer.....


Jos Buis, producer organization Reine Victoria:
"Plum season doom and gloom"
The plum acreage in North Holland has seen a downward trend for years now, and given the sales problems this season, next year is also not expected to see a rebound. "The cold stores are filled with imported stonefruit. Not that a lot of Dutch plums were going to Russia, but that does apply to Spanish and.....


Sam Gielen: "Good demand for Turkish figs"
Turkish season starts at Roveg
The Turkish season has started at Roveg. The company is already supplying Sultana grapes, figs and pomegranates, and this will be followed by Kwee pears, grapefruit, minneolas and lemons later on in the season. "Supermarkets are working more with Turkish products. Turkey is becoming an important production.....


Spain: Strengthening of export promotions in wake of Russian ban
A significant group of leading companies in the horticultural sector will participate in the coming weeks in the two major fairs to be held in Hong Kong, China, from 3 to 5 September, and in Bombay, India, from 24 to 26 September.In Spain, FEPEX and IFEMA have strengthened the promotion of Fruit Attraction,.....

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Why Czech farmland is a better bet than stocks and bonds
Martin Burda gave up managing $8.1 billion of securities for something with better returns: dirt. In July he helped start Cesky Fond Pudy, the first investment company focused only on Czech farmland. Agricultural property in the Czech Republic, says Burda, “is among the least expensive in Europe, and it.....


Romania had the best agricultural season of the past 20 years
In 2013, Romania had the best agricultural season of the past 20 years; a miracle which strongly boosted Romania's economy. Unfortunately, however, the miracle has not continued in 2014. This year, Romania's domestic agriculture has been hit by three factors that will certainly have a severe effect on the.....


Celebrate the new avocado season with a Mexican moustache!
Mexican avocado grower José Luis is not just proud of his delicious organic avocado's but also of his magic moustache. Nature & More will therefore conclude the successful Organic Summer Campaign with a moustache fiesta. In order to celebrate the arrival of the new crop avocado’s from Mexico, Nature.....

Netherlands: Export figures week 28

Vineyard technology could be the future of fruit and veg cultivation
Experts from Aberdeen University have helped in the research of cutting edge technology used to improve the growth of wine grapes.Video-capturing ‘drones’, GoPro cameras and GPS systems – along with the expertise of university academics – are being used to assess the health of grapes in some vineyards. And.....


The event will include a fair, concerts and popular contests
Estonia hosts traditional garlic festival
On Saturday, August 23, the Estonian city Jogeva will host a popular in the country Garlic Festival. Over a hundred of producers will attend the event and bring to the traditional annual fair more than 15 tonnes of garlic. It is promised that only the products of Estonian farmers are to be sold at the.....


John van Laethem says that the risk of infection is minimal
No salmonella on basil from decent companies
Research from earlier this month from a bio-scientist from Gent University shows that certain intestinal bacteria, such as E-coli and salmonella, can survive at 22 degrees on basil leaves and therefore can cause health risks. According to John Van Laethem who is manager of Bell'aroma, a Belgian herb.....


domestic consumption rises
Netherlands: New harvest of seed shallots has started
Soon there will once again be new shallots in the shelves of the supermarket, as the harvest is now in full swing. Yields are still hard to estimate, but seem to be slightly under the multiple year average. As far as quality is concerned, the product looks fine. This year´s harvest is around the same as the.....


Spain: Fruit and vegetable selfies against Russian veto
The Spanish Association of Distributors, Self-service stores and Supermarkets (Asedas) has started the campaign "Take a selfie for our fruits and vegetables" to promote the consumption of Spanish foods in the wake of the Russian ban on agricultural imports from the European Union.Photos: AsedasSources from.....

Cesena market
Italy: Big apples are doing well, small ones not so much
The first local Goldens arrived on the wholesale market in Cesena 10 days ago, so we can make a first very early assessment."The season did not start very well, and things are most definitely not the same as 2013: last year quality was really good, but this year both quality and sizes are poor. This was.....


Russia: Putin orders development of new logistics centre in Kurgan
Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the acting governor of Kurgan region Alexey Kokorin to work out the idea of building in the Kurgan region, a logistics centre for the supply of goods from Asia: China, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. Geographically, the Kurgan region has a favourable location, it is a.....

Saratov region in Russia to increase greenhouse vegetables production
The Ministry of Agriculture in the Saratov region has discussed the increase in the production of greenhouse vegetables. As reported by Deputy Minister of Agriculture Alexander Solovyev, the greenhouses in the region occupy an area of 89.7 hectares. This year, it is planned to produce more than 27 000 tonnes.....


Oceania

Quarantine starts in October
AU: Celery and carrot industries under threat
Australia will implement emergency quarantine measures from 20 October 2014 to protect the carrot and celery industries from an exotic bacterial pathogen that has become widespread in Europe.The pathogen, Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum, causes leaf curling, leaf yellowing, stunting and root.....


Walnuts Australia sees growing global demand for walnuts
Walnuts Australia is a producer of nuts, and a subsidiary of Webster Limited. The company has walnut orchards in Tasmania and the Australian Riverina region. After the harvest, the walnuts are sorted by size and quality, and packaged for selling. Afterwards they are sold at home and abroad. General manager.....

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NZ: Aitutaki, where the wild things grow
When archaeologists set about the fiddly business of tracking the great waves of Polynesian migration across the Pacific, fruit and veggies proved handy. When crops grown in one part of the Pacific would pop up in another area a few decades later, the paths rowed by the great twin-hulled canoes could be.....


Africa

Competition continues to increase across Africa
As Kenya-based Nakumatt reveals plans for an IPO, Fruit & Veg City expands into Swaziland, South Africa’s Shoprite, Pick n Pay and Woolworths makes strategic moves across the continent, we round-up news from Africa.Nakumatt plans for IPO to fund further expansionKenya-based Nakumatt has announced plans.....


World


Genetics breakthrough could change the taste of vegetables
Researchers say they have unravelled the genetic code of the rapeseed plant, and say it could lead to better tasting vegetables.Genomics researchers of the University of Arizona's iPlant collaborative, housed in the BIO5 Institute, have helped unravel the genetic code of the rapeseed plant, most noted for a.....

Fyffes H1 pretax profit rises
Fyffes plc reported pretax profit of 22.23 million Euro for the 6 months to 30 June 2014, compared to 20.70 million Euro, prior year. Profit to equity shareholders increased to 18.56 million Euro from 18.43 million Euro. Earnings per share in cents was 6.12, compared to 6.13, previous year.Adjusted profit.....

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Ghana: Pineapple exports on the low
Export of pineapples to the European market has seen a steep decline from 71,000 metric tonnes in 2004 to 40,000 metric tonnes in 2013.The worrisome trend has reduced Ghana’s 10 percent share of the EU export market to only 3 percent, and also cut earnings from US$24 million to US$19.2 million within the.....


Rijk Zwaan will launch snack line in Asia
During this year’s Asia Fruit Logistica, Rijk Zwaan will highlight its product line Sensational Snacks. After the increasing popularity of snack vegetables in other parts of the world, Rijk Zwaan believes that Asia is ready for a healthy ‘snack attack’, too.“Snack vegetables seem to be the perfect way to.....


Levarht ready to kick off Brazilian melon season
Exhibitor Asia Fruit Logistica to spread Japanese success story into Asia
The Brazilian melon season is about to start. Levarht expects its first melons by the end of next week, quickly followed by the watermelons. "The growing conditions in Brazil have been good; even though some have had to face droughts, so far these have had no impact on the productions," says Frank Levarht......


Retail

Aldi to introduce 'healthier tills' at all 500 of its UK stores by Jan. 2015
The discount grocer Aldi has become the latest supermarket to introduce "healthier tills" at all of its stores across the UK, though the change will not happen until January 2015.All confectionery, chocolate and sweets will be removed from stands at Aldi's checkouts and replaced with healthier options.....

Hispanic shoppers moving to the mainstream
The acculturation of many Hispanic consumers has begun to affect their food buying habits, according to the market research firm Packaged Facts, and those evolving habits mirror those of the mainstream market.“It’s become evident that Hispanic consumers are spending a significantly higher portion of their.....

Can supermarkets ever be sustainable?
In his recent appearance on Desert Island Discs, former Tesco CEO Sir Terry Leahy, described small independent shops as “medieval”. A recent Economic Evaluation for Herefordshire – carried out by the Transition Network and REconomy Herefordshire – found that between 70 and 83% of all food and drink sold in.....

NZ: Checkers scan through to regional final
Contestants were welcomed on stage with an almighty roar from the crowd frantically waving supporter signs, clanging and blowing noisemakers as they jumped around to booming music – but it wasn’t X-Factor, it was the Wellington heats of Foodstuffs’ Checker of the Year competition.Around 80 supermarket.....

Vietnam’s Jan-Aug inflation hits five-year low
Consumer prices in Vietnam grew 1.84 percent in the first eight months of this year, the slowest pace since 2009, as demand for goods and services remained weak, an economist said.In August alone, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), a closely watched measure of inflation, rose only 0.22 percent from the previous.....

German fruit and vegetable conference
NRW Retail & Food Trent Tour September 16-18, 2014
In collaboration with "Rhine/Neuss county economic development" and renowned German retail experts the German fruit and vegetable house is inviting you to participate in a special Retail and Food Trend Tour NRW. A maximum of 20 tour participants will discover the newest German retail trends. We are proud to.....

Rewe Romania opens 5th Penny Market in Bucharest
Rewe Romania will open a new Penny Market in Bucharest on Wednesday, the 5th unit of its kind in the Romanian capital and the 151st on a national level, writes Mediafax.Every new Penny Market requires a EUR 2 million investment according to a press release from the retailer.“The new Penny Market in the.....

Competition continues to increase across Africa
As Kenya-based Nakumatt reveals plans for an IPO, Fruit & Veg City expands into Swaziland, South Africa’s Shoprite, Pick n Pay and Woolworths makes strategic moves across the continent, we round-up news from Africa.Nakumatt plans for IPO to fund further expansionKenya-based Nakumatt has announced plans.....

Delhaize launches grocery e-commerce in Romania
Belgium-based Delhaize's Romania-based subsidiary Mega Image has launched a grocery e-commerce banner in conjunction with eMAG. The Romanian grocery e-commerce market, shaped by retailers like Cora, Metro Cash & Carry and Carrefour, is one of the most competitive grocery e-commerce markets in Central and.....

FamilyMart forms EasyCard alliance
The nation’s second-biggest convenience store chain is set to benefit from its new partnership with smart card system giants, according to Morgan Stanley.Taiwan FamilyMart Co, the nation’s second-largest convenience store chain, is expected to benefit from a rewards point system it has set up in conjunction.....

Business people: Kroger wins Pinnacle Award
The Kroger Co. was named a 2014 Pinnacle Award honoree by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) in recognition of the company's significant contributions to patient care and outcomes. Kroger, which was named this year's Group Practice–Health System–Corporation Award winner, operates more than 2100.....

Safeway Inc. announces quarterly dividend of $0.23
Safeway declared a quarterly dividend on Friday, August 22nd, American Banking & Market News reports. Investors of record on Thursday, September 18th will be given a dividend of 0.23 per share on Thursday, October 9th. This represents a $0.92 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.66%.On the.....

UK: Sainsbury's local hits 650 stores
In January this year, Sainsbury's convenience estate hit the important milestone of overtaking supermarkets to be the dominant format. This continued push to open two stores per week is helping change the shape of the retailer's business, positioning it for future growth, and better meeting shopper missions......

New Zealand food prices decline 0.7% in July
Food prices in New Zealand dipped 0.7 percent in July, Statistics New Zealand said on Wednesday.That was well shy of forecasts for an increase of 0.7 percent and down sharply from the 1.4 percent gain in June. Prices also were up 0.6 percent in May."There were lower prices for meat in July as well as cheaper.....

FMI Conference looks at energy issues in retail
The annual Food Marketing Institute Energy & Store Development Conference takes place Sept. 7-10 at the Union Station Hotel in downtown St. Louis.Last minute registration information can be accessed by contacting Deborah Stewart at dstewart@fmi.org.The focus of the annual event is on energy efficiency.....



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