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Friday, October 31, 2014

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Situation in the lime market currently starting to improve
According to Andreas Schindler, owner of Don Limon, the situation in the lime market has been bad since the end of August, although it is currently starting to improve. The company, specialised in supply chain management, has a close relationship with producers in Mexico, Columbia and Brazil is involved in.....

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€ 39 million EU support for the promotion of agricultural products
The European Commission yesterday approved 27 programmes to promote agricultural products in the European Union and in third countries. The total budget of the programmes, the grand majority of which will run for a period of three years, is € 77.4 million of which the EU contributes € 39 million. The.....


4.8 million visitors a year
Photo report State Farmers Market Raleigh, North Carolina
The Farmers Market still plays a prominent role in the United States. Last week I visited the State Farmers Market of Raleigh, the largest in the state of North Carolina. The Farmers Market in Raleigh has a consumer and a wholesale section. In 2013, the market was visited by 4.8 million people. The market is.....

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Peru exports 23% more tangerines in first half of 2014
Peruvian tangerine exports between January and August this year amounted to US $77 million, 23.1% more than in the same period of 2013, when they totalled $62.5 million, stated the management of ADEX Agro.According to them, shipments of this product were divided into two batches, fresh or dried mandarins,.....


China: Good colour and big sizes for new season Fuji
The harvest of Fuji apples at Isnaet, China has come finished for the season, the apples are on the market and in storage. Peter Zhu from the company said there are some differences compared to last season."Sizes are larger this year, especially in the Yantai growing region. Yields are down 20% but prices.....

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First Egyptian supply at Masr Fruit
UK: High prices for spring onions
The UK market is short of spring onions, this is due to storms last week which effectively put an end to the Dutch and German supplies, the English season also ended early leaving the market pretty empty."This has put the focus on the Egyptian crop," said Zine Zouggari from Masr Fruit's UK office. "We will.....


New Zealand asparagus predictions positive
The temperature in Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand has been ideal for asparagus cultivation lately, according to grower Lindsay Kay. “We’ve just had days that were around 20 degrees, which is perfect for the cultivation, the asparagus flourishes under these conditions. This means the season should be good. There.....


Fernando González, CEO of Naranjas Torres
Spain: "Citrus campaign starts with similar difficulties as last season"
After a very dry year in the Valencian coast, with high temperatures in late summer and early autumn, "the citrus season has started with similar difficulties as last season, in the context of a financial crisis that is slowing sales down," explains Fernando González, CEO of Naranjas Torres, during.....


US: Sakata Seed launches new watermelon plant program for SE states
Sakata Seed America, Inc. announces this week the launch of the company’s Watermelon Plant Program for the Southeast. Effective immediately, young transplants of Sakata’s Bold Ruler and Affirmed triploid watermelon varieties and Ace and SSX8585 pollenizers are available to order through Siegers Seed Company,.....

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Cabbage harvest Russia partially destroyed by frost
Russia catches smuggler Polish produce
Russian authorities announced having sent back shipments of fresh produce in various locations in the country, because the documents weren’t in order. Bell peppers and eggplants were sent back to Belarus, and pomegranates from Egypt were refused. Most notably, the inspection caught a smuggler. The truck.....


Greece starts harvesting organic kiwis this week
The organic kiwifruit harvest is getting started this week at Georgios Kyriakopoulos' company. The orchard is located in Agios Vasillios, three kilometres north of Mesolongi. The grower was visited on Monday, October 20. This visit was part of the press trip organized(between October 18 and 21) by BioNet.....


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"It’s very important to invest in connecting the network"
At the recent Cool Logistics event, held in Rotterdam, Joris Tenhagen, of Seacon Logistics, stated that not only is re-using containers very important nowadays to remain profitable, but also connectivity, “as is the case in the fruit and vegetable cluster, which combines all the different activities.....



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Good harvest of storage carrot expected, market still has to place itself
The harvest of storagecarrots has been going on for a while. "It was good weather for it this week," says Klaas Bouma of Hagranop. "The yields are quite good. The prices on the other hand could go up a little. The demand is slightly friendlier at the moment than it has been, but it could be higher.".....

Tangerines ripen in Russian Sochi
At Sochi Museum Garden “Tree of Friendship” the first crop of tangerines has ripened.The Sochi garden-museum is located on the hillside, thus, the citrus fruit there gets plenty of sunlight and heat, consequently, ripening rapidly. Tangerines have been grown there over the last eighty years. In the.....


It will distribute 130,000 tonnes of Spanish oranges and mandarins
Mercadona starts sale of Spanish oranges
The supermarket chain Mercadona has recently started selling early season oranges, harvested mainly in Valencia, Murcia and Andalusia.Naveline oranges are already available and will be followed by the Navel, the Navelate, Lane-Late, Lane-Late Powell and Valencia Late, which will last until August 2015,.....

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Spain: Andalusian mandarins spark interest of eastern operators
Several circumstances have resulted in optimistic prospects for the mandarin campaign. The provinces of Huelva and Cadiz have kicked off the harvest season between 7 and 10 days earlier than last year, according to the report of Andalusia's Prices and Markets Observatory.The quality and calibre of the first.....

UK: Jumbled apple mess in supermarkets must be improved
English Apples & Pears chief executive Adrian Barlow has called for a "massive improvement" in retailers' displays to clearly identify English apples to shoppers."What you see now is a jumbled mess of English and imported," he told delegates at the National Fruit Show (21-22 October). We want to see.....

Onion prices up in southern regions of Ukraine
Onion prices have gone up by 25% in the southern regions of Ukraine over a week.Farmers did not hurry with harvesting due to weak demand and low prices. In addition, they were short of facilities to store grown onions. A cold spell the previous weekend was an unpleasant surprise for farmers from some.....


Biotochka - new name in Russian retail of natural products
Store of healthy food BioTochka located in Zelenograd (Moscow region) sells products made of natural ingredients only, without preservatives, flavourings, or chemical substitutes. The range includes healthy sweets, herbal teas, snacks, exotic fruit, muesli and handmade granola, sublimated berries and fruit,.....

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Over abundant potato harvest in France
Daniel Ryckmans, agricultural technician at the Fiwap (wallon potato sector) says that “Mother Nature has been generous : potato production has increased 10-15% in Western Europe, even 20% in some regions”. On top of this, Benelux, France, Germany and the UK planted 5-15% more potatoes, so there is extra.....


UK: Kent-based specialist producer takes on South Korea
Bennett Opie Ltd, a leading manufacturer and distributer of high quality produce and specialist producer in pickles, ginger and cocktail products, is announcing its expansion into South Korea. Led by owner William Opie, this growth solidifies the brand’s international presence, with products now available.....


Marlene donates 20,000 Euros to cancer charity
Six months have passed since the Spanish version of the Marlene® Facebook page became a magnet-like meeting point for a charity campaign supporting the fight against cancer. The aim of the initiative, conceived by the VOG Consortium, was to donate €20,000 to Spain's anti-cancer charity, the Asociación.....


Moldova must aim to diversify its export markets
During a tasting of Moldovan products organised on Tuesday at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, Romania, Charge d'Affairs Dean Thompson said that Moldova must diversify its export markets in the shortest time possible after Russia banned import of fruit and wine from this country. The U.S. official said that.....


Plantera officially opens during Potato Days
Plantera is a company that specializes in the breeding, production and sale of seed potatoes. Plantera focuses first and foremost on the table earth-apple market within Europe. Jeroen van Soesbergen and Gerard Bovée are the people behind the name Plantera. Both of them have a lot of experience in the field.....

Romania: VAT on fruit, vegetables could be lowered in the second half of 2015
Prime Minister Victor Ponta said on Wednesday that no tax will be raised in 2015, but quite the contrary, the VAT on fruit, vegetables and meat products could be lowered in the second half of the year. He explained however that the future government will decide on this "according to the concrete fiscal and.....


Hepro presents new asparagus peeling machine at expoSE
With over 5,000 trade visitors and over 370 international exhibitors, expoSE, Europe's most important trade fair for the production of asparagus and berries, is the ideal place for the HEPRO company to present its new asparagus peeling machine 'HSM 180/ECO'. So the machine's presentation will take place.....

AB Texel planning to take over Butter Group
Logistics service provider AB Texel is planning to take over Butter Group. Both companies have laid down this intention in a preliminary resolution. AB Texel and the Butter Group will use the coming months to carefully further examine the feasibility of this takeover. The results of this feasibility study.....


Natural way discovered to extend the shelf life of produce by 1,500%
Between a third and half of the food grown today never makes it to market. Produce of all kinds is “lost” to spoilage and disease, due mostly to transportation, storage, and other logistics issues. As a result, hundreds of millions of people still go hungry – but they don’t have to, thanks to an invention by.....

Ukraine: Sales of potatoes for export up
The demand for Ukrainian potatoes has been growing in Azerbaijan and Georgia. High interest is also shown by middlemen from Crimea and Belarus.Under conditions of high demand, growers from the western regions of Ukraine have already started raising prices. The increase in prices is insignificant now and is.....


Russia: Giant greenhouse near Tyumen ready for drilling
First stage of construction of a huge greenhouse complex in the Tyumen region is complete. Interior gas pipeline is being laid; the glazing works are nearly finished. The first seeds are hoped to be planted in November, the first harvest is expected next year.The complex currently occupies 11 hectares, and.....


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Italy: Organic avocados are still a niche product
"We have been importing and selling avocados from Frutas Montosa for ten years, especially organic ones, which are destined to the Italian, Austrian, Slovenian and Croatian market," explains Tom Fusato, sales manager ofBrio S.p.A."The Hass variety, which is actually the most prestigious one, is still.....


Air disinfection cooling cells by Bioclimatic
A bacterial- and mould-free cold storage unit is essential for the proper storage of fresh products. For its location in Breda, Aartsenfruit, has reinvested in air disinfection for their fresh fruit cooling units. Earlier in 2013 Bioclimatic delivered an air handling unit in the cold room that destroyed.....

Kun Han: "Never give a small present to the Chinese"
Fruit traders learn the do' and don'ts of doing business in China
Since July Kun Han has been working as an ambassador for the Dutch fruit and vegetable sector in China. She studied agriculture in China and Wageningen and she does different marketing projects, all of which somehow relate to China. During her presentation to the members of the fruit traders commission she.....

Bulgaria: 282 suppliers approved for “Fruit in schools” programme
282 companies have been approved as suppliers of fresh fruits and vegetables for the "Fruit in schools" programme. Another 129 candidates have also applied, some of which still have to provide additional information or eliminate gaps and inaccuracies in the submitted documents. After reviewing the remaining.....


Greece: Free food for 5,000 people prepared with ugly vegetables
Free meals for 5,000 people will be prepared ​​using fresh produce that did not reach the market. The event will take place on Sunday, 9 November, from 11 am to 4 pm at the White Tower of Thessaloniki.The meal will be prepared by the Association of Chefs of Thessaloniki. The fresh vegetables and.....

Significant increase of Greek vegetable exports to North-Rhine Westfalia
According to the Statistical Office of the German State of North-Rhine Westphalia, overall Greek exports increased slightly by 0.2% in the period between January and August 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, although the total volume of Greek exports to Germany decreased by 4.8%.Specifically, Greek.....

QUAFETY Scientists demonstrated superior performance of Layer-by-Layer edible coating in preserving fresh-cut melon quality
In the framework of the EU project QUAFETY – Comprehensive approach to Enhance Quality and Safety of Ready to Eat Fresh products, scientists coordinated by Dr Victor Rodov at Institute of Postharvest and Food Sciences, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center (Israel) have compared the.....


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NZ: Weather causes potato harvest headache
The early season potato crop is now being harvested around the country as planting of the the main crop, to be harvested next year, begins in earnest.Potatoes New Zealand chief executive Champak Mehta said the harvesting of new potatoes began in Pukekohe in September and will progress southwards as the.....

AU: Little cherry disease threatens crop
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is urging NSW growers to check their cherry crops for possible signs of little cherry disease. DPI Leader Plant Pest Surveillance, Dr Louise Rossiter said DPI, in partnership with industry, is supporting surveillance in NSW cherry orchards, following detection of.....

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Australia: Market trial streamlines fruit and vegetable record keeping
A trail of electronic record keeping began at Melbourne’s Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market this week.If successful, the new system — created by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries — could soon see paper plant health certificates replaced with electronic records, improving the efficiency.....

NZ: Growers worried about Watties closure
Asparagus growers are worried about the impact that closing a major canning facility will have on their industry.Asparagus Council chair Tony Rickman said the industry was struggling to make money from exports due to the high New Zealand dollar. It was also likely to lose another avenue for its product with.....


AU: Bumper avocado harvest will see 60% jump in national volume
Huge numbers of avocados are set to flood the Australian market this summer.The summer harvest has begun for growers in Western Australia and New Zealand with bumper crops in both regions.An influx of avocados in the past two weeks has increased Australia's average volume by 60 per cent, from about 200,000.....


Africa

Increase in Egyptian potato export
According to an official report from the Ministry of Agriculture in Egypt the total amount of potatoes approved for export to foreign destinations has reached 697,710 tonnes. This means an increase of 254,000 tonnes compared to the amount exported last year.According to the report the European Union is.....

Major Nigerian ecommerce platform launches fruits delivery service
Gingerbox.com.ng has been launched in Nigeria to deliver fruits and nuts to offices. GingerBox was formerly Jaramall an ecommerce platform that was offering over 700 products.Adekunle Jinadu, CEO and founder of the company told HumanIPO the decision to stop Jaramall was not as a result of fierce competition.....

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Ebola inflicts heavy toll on Guinean potato trade
The Ebola epidemic has seen Senegal and Guinea Bissau close its borders with Guinea and the economic consequences have started to be felt, especially in Fouta Djallon, where the renowned potato industry has been hit hard. Please click here to view the video report.


World


Heavenly Villagio Marzano voted Best Flavored Tomato during PMA Fresh Summit 2014
Village Farms is pleased to announce that all votes have been tallied and their exclusive authentic variety ‘Heavenly Villagio Marzano®’ won the distinction of best tasting tomato during PMA Fresh Summit in Anaheim, CA. Visitors to Village Farms exhibit that took part in the Garden Fresh Flavor™ Challenge.....


Retail

British food winning over French consumers
“You can’t trust people whose cuisine is so bad.” It was 2005 when France’s president Jacques Chirac made his infamous put-down of his British neighbours. But almost 10 years on, British food is flying off French shelves – so much so that posh crisps from companies such as Tyrrells are known as “English.....

U.S. economy grows 3.5% in third quarter
The U.S. economy grew by a 3.5% annual rate in the third quarter, fuelled by a surge in exports and the biggest jump in federal spending in five years.Although growth slowed from a 4.6% pace in the spring, the economy continued to show solid if unspectacular improvement during the period stretching from July.....

Kroger leaders aren't worried about Amazon in online grocery battle
Kroger Co. is aggressively going after online supermarket sales and isn't worried about a battle looming with competitors like Amazon. That's what the Cincinnati-based supermarket operator's executives told analysts and investors on Wednesday during the company's annual investor conference held at the METS.....

Natural Food Channel analyses Trader Joe`s
Renowned for its quirky personality and unique products, Trader Joe's Co. is an $11.3 billion, not-quite-nationwide, chain of more than 400 small-footprint stores that likewise appeal to both natural food shoppers and gourmets and command intense fandom. Unlike conventional supermarkets, Trader Joe's is a.....

Jerónimo Martins spotlights deflation in Q3 results
Portugal-based Jerónimo Martins has announced results for the third quarter saying that sales rose 7.3% to €3.3 billion, with growth driven by its Biedronka chain in Poland. However, the retailer noted that the increase in sales came ‘despite food deflation’, which ‘increased pressure on sales value and.....

Colombia: Latin America’s next big thing?
Boasting Latin America's third biggest population and strong economic growth prospects, we look at how Colombia is emerging as a market of opportunity.An emerging force in Latin AmericaIn the past Colombia hasn't had the best track record. But the country as a whole is on the up. Bogotá sits as the fulcrum.....

Asia: Winning loyalty from senior shoppers
Singapore's NTUC FairPrice launches three new initiatives aimed at attracting older shoppers to its stores.New Pioneers programme has threefold benefitsUnder the banner "Pioneers OK!", FairPrice has designed a programme of discounts and treats exclusively for older shoppers which will run until the end of.....

Four global developments shaping Aldi beyond the store
From discounter to 'supermercado'As part of the relaunch of its website, Aldi Nord has adopted a distinct and new positioning as a 'supermercado'. The discounter has changed its logo as part of this revamp and now refers to itself as Aldi Supermercados - Aldi Supermarkets, in line with its new sophisticated.....

Wal-Mart's Japan stores, Seiyu, will close 30 stores
Wal-Mart says its Japanese unit Seiyu plans to close 30 underperforming stores.Seiyu says the stores are "not aligned with the company's strategy." It also plans to remodel about 50 stores in its next fiscal year. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says the store closings will cost it 4 to 5 cents per share in one-time.....

Morrisons executive Paul Coyle on insider trading charges
The former treasurer and head of tax at the Morrisons supermarket chain has appeared in court charged with two counts of insider trading.Paul Coyle, 50, appeared at Harrogate Magistrates' Court earlier.The charges relate to trading in Ocado Group shares between February and May 2013. The two firms announced.....

For fancy Xmas fare, Lidl ties with Waitrose
Discount store Lidl has done as well as posh nosh specialist Waitrose in a mass blind-tasting of indulgent Christmas foods.BBC Good Food compared more than 240 festive treats from 11 supermarkets and both won three categories.Fellow discounter Aldi won two of the 30 gongs on offer across six categories, the.....

AU: Woolworths ramps up click-and-collect options
The strategy will reduce BIG W's fulfilment costs, as it is cheaper to deliver multiple online orders to a single store rather than to a dozen homes. The strategy will reduce BIG W's fulfilment costs, as it is cheaper to deliver multiple online orders to a single store rather than to a dozen homes......

Replacement named as Food Lion president announces departure
Food Lion President Beth Newlands Campbell is leaving the company, with the grocery chain naming Bottom Dollar Food President Meg Ham as her replacement, effective Saturday.Salisbury-based Food Lion said Newlands Campbell is departing for personal and professional reasons. She has been the company's.....



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