Friday, May 22, 2015

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Forget technology, focus on behavior industry told
Focus on consumer behavior as you navigate new technology, and notice the point of 'disruption' created by companies such as Apple, Uber, LinkedIn and Air BnB. That was the key piece of advice given to a room full of produce industry executives and marketers by Morning Show Futurist and expert on digital.....

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US: Domestic melon market down
Early, prodigious melon production from Arizona and California has not been matched with equal demand. With late shipments from Central America hitting the East Coast and siphoning off sales, prices for cantaloupe and honeydew melons have cooled.“The melon harvest started about 10 days to two weeks early,”.....


T&G officially opens new office in Shanghai China
Premium fresh produce company T&G, have celebrated the opening of their new Delica office in China alongside the launch of the Southern Hemisphere JazzTM and EnvyTM apple selling season.The new office, which officially launched on 20 May, is part of the global company’s strategy for growth markets.....

"Our flat peaches get room to grow"
Venus Growers, specialized in canned and fresh fruit
The Greek cooperation Venus sells for 60 million Euro per year and is one of the largest fruit export companies in Greece. 20% is fresh fruit and 80% is canned fruit. One of the farmers, and son of the CEO, Karaindros Vangelis, explains that they started with fresh fruit in 1964. "In the nineties export to.....

Effort to cut waste
France: Illegal for supermarkets to destroy edible food
France is making it illegal for large supermarkets to throw away edible food as part of a series of measures to cut down on waste.The country’s National Assembly unanimously voted in new laws on Thursday night that will force chains to donate discarded food to charity or allow it to be turned into animal.....

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(Freskon 2015 – Greece)
Two new packaging products presented by Soulis
The Greek company Soulis, which attended Thessaloniki’s recent Freskon 2015, is devoted to the marketing of machinery and packaging articles for fruit and vegetables. To this end, Managing Director Ioannis Stogios affirms that “We collaborate with Dr. Ioannis S. Minas (Pomologist & Postharvest.....

Arno van den Oord (Champoord):
"Lower supply causes healthy mushroom market"
Normally this period can be slightly tame in the mushroom business, but at the moment the demand is reasonably good. "The demand is quite constant this season. The supply is a bit lower than we're used to and this is causing a healthy market situation," says Arno van den Oord of mushroom and bean sprout.....


Cococrack
Innovative gadget makes opening coconuts easy
People love coconuts. In fact, the coconut water industry is now a $1 billion business. It's easy to see why the fruit is in high demand given the numerous health benefits, including increased energy, improved digestion, brighter skin, and fewer food cravings to name a few.A new gadget called Cococrack is.....


"Companies in Greece can't invest in new machines right now"
Matsalas designs, builds and sells machines for vegetables and fruit. For twenty years they've been working together with Greefa. Together they build complete product lines. The company in Greece was founded in 1982 by Christos Matsalas and is situated in the Veria area. Veria is one of the largest.....

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Lidl, Mercadona, Biedronka, Carrefour and Jumbo
"Five retailers to watch"
A leading industry expert has identified Lidl, Mercadona, Biedronka, Carrefour and Jumbo as the five 'retailers to watch' over the coming years, in a seminar held at the PLMA World of Private Label event in Amsterdam earlier this week. On Lidl, he said that the Germany-based retailer is "moving away.....



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KÖLLA market information
Stonefruit harvest from Spain and France
The peach and nectarine harvest in different regions are overlapping. The farming areas of Huelva, Murcia and Valencia start in the high season. Tarragona and Badajoz both will begin in week 22, the last week of May, with harvesting small amounts. Lérida will follow in the second week of June. In all.....

Irish farming opportunities abound in western Poland
There are tremendous prospects for young people from Ireland to establish attractive share farming opportunities in western Poland, according to Tim Bergin of Pomerania-based PSD Produce.The North Dublin native has been farming in Poland for the past number of years and now heads up the largest potato.....

Last season finished before introduction of the embargo
Uncertainty for 22,000 tonnes of Valencian stonefruit due to Russian veto
La Unió de Llauradors (Growers' Association) is concerned about the impact that the Russian veto could have for the 22,000 tonnes of summer fruits (peaches, nectarines, apricots and plums) of Valencia that were exported to that market in 2014, worth almost 23 million Euro.It is worth noting that, last.....

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High season for Prince de Bretagne artichokes!
Camus- and small purple artichokes are already available in ample quantities. The ideal spring weather has boosted the crops, and the quality and quantity of our artichokes is optimal. Excellent harvest yield for the small purple artichokes and 600 tons for the Camus artichokes alone.. take a hold of them.....

Bulgaria: Potato acreage down 30%
Bulgarian potato producers are predicting another 30% reduction in the acreage in 2015; an understandable result of a collapse in their income over last year and the cost of growing this vegetable in the country."In other European countries, as a result of the Russian embargo, potato growers received.....


Peter Hostens (Katsima) gives advice for each sector
Tomabel has new innovative approach for market
Tomabel is made up of a group of growers under the wings of the cooperative Veiling REO. Twenty years ago they were distinguished for their quality brand of tomatoes and striking packaging, but nowadays this is not enough. The question is: How can we continue to distinguish ourselves? Tomabel was looking for.....


Why do we pick crisps over cucumber?
We make decisions every day. But why do we choose crisps instead of a cucumber? Harm Veiling of the Radbout University Nijmegen spoke about how the consumer thinks during the European Vegetable Strategies congress. "The intention to eat healthy is there, but consumers continue to make the wrong choices and.....

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Organic version contains extra fructose
Special Fruit start own organic blueberry season
Today Special Fruit starts their own organically produced blueberry season in Portugal. In 2012 the company heavily invested in a collaboration with a producer who grows, among other crops, organic blueberries. The company, Mirtisul, is located in the Alentejo region. This region has the ideal climate for.....

Flandria has 20 year anniversary
During the EVS-congress in Brussels in early May Anneleen Leon gave a presentation on VLAM and the activities being done to promote the consumption of fruits and vegetables. She said that the consumption of vegetables in Belgium is 42 kilos per year per person, and that this number should be closer to 109.5.....

Fruit juice industry in Germany is World Champion
Nowhere in the world are there so many juice manufacturers as in Germany. Every second fruit company of the EU, in total 375 companies, has its headquarters in this country. And the fruit juice consumption in Germany is, despite a slight decrease, the highest in the world. The consumption per capita.....


BayPack is growing!
The BayPack success story continues!
The packaging specialist from Unterallgäu continues its success story. Founded in December 2006, they started with 7 employees in rented premises in Türkheim, in 2011 they moved into their own production building and offices at the Bahnhofstrasse 30 in Stetten directly on the A96 and now a start is made with.....


Marijn Kruidenier: "Both producer and importer"
Mexican producer Inverafrut expands activities in Europe
Mexican producer Inverafrut has expanded its activities on the European market in order to improve the communication with its European customers and increase revenue. Two weeks ago, Marijn Kruidenier opened a sales office in Barendrecht, working together with an English partner. "The emphasis will be on.....


Deadheaded radishes and new greenhouse at Cornelissen Fresh Food
There is a peak in radish production; with the Russian boycott removing a major contingency market the prices of radishes have not been good for weeks. Fortunately, René Cornelissen from radish nursery 'Cornelissen Fresh Food' still has plenty of other business to discuss. For example, the new greenhouse and.....

Brussels takes action against German minimum wage
The European Commission starts an infringement procedure concerning the application of the minimum wages for truck drivers in transit.The European Commission does not agree with the German minimum wage law in its current form and initiated infringement proceedings against Germany on Tuesday. Brussels’.....


Spain: Revenue of Mercabarna companies up 3% in 2014
According to estimations of the Mercabarna Wholesalers' Association (Assocome), its food businesses closed 2014 with a 3% increase in turnover compared to 2013, reaching 4,850 million Euro.Despite the impact of the Russian veto, especially in the fresh produce and meat sectors, exports still accounted for.....

Bulgaria: Growers request almost 500 million Euro for equipment
Bulgarian growers have requested funding for equipment and modernisation projects worth966.3 million Lev (a little over 494 million Euro), greatly exceeding the planned budget of EUR 150 million. As a result, applications will have to be studied and a ranking elaborated to determine which projects have the.....

Donegal Investment Group says it was excluded from affairs of the company ELST
Mushroom firm told to buy out shareholder DIG for €30.6m
The majority owners of a Co Monaghan-based global mushroom and compost business have been ordered by the Commercial Court to buy out a minority shareholder’s interest for €30.6 million.ELST, a company whose “driving force” was described by a judge as manager and controller Ronnie Wilson, must buy out the.....

Ukrainian agricultural prices in 2015 almost doubled
The price of carrots in Ukraine has increased from 9.5-11 UAH*/kg in April 2014 to 19-22 UAH/kg in 2015. Beets have also become about 1.5 times more expensive, going from 10-12 UAH to 15.5-22 UAH, and apples have gone from 22-26 UAH/kg to 34 UAH and more. Only potatoes, onions and cabbage are.....

Romania: Exports to Italy up 10% in 2014
Trade between Romania and Italy in 2014 reached a total value of 12.58 billion Euro, up 6.9% compared to the previous year, as reported by the Italian Agency for Foreign Trade (ICE), citing INS data. Grains, fruit and vegetables and meat are the three major product categories.In 2014, Romania exported to.....

breeders collaborate, Wageningen UR and Hill Fresh
New Galia melon flavor model in use
In collaboration with breeding companies Enza, Bayer CropScience, Seminis and Sakata, and importer HillFresh, Wageningen UR Horticulture has developed a model to quickly predict the taste level of Galia melons. The model predicts the taste of Galia melons based on a few measured parameters.This new taste.....


Vegetable cultivation of the future
Vegetables are healthy - and popular. For years, the demand has risen in Germany. Most of it is planted and harvested in open fields - only one percent comes from the greenhouse. However cultivation takes up space. This might change in the future, three concepts for agriculture are:Idea number 1: Vertical.....

Reduced tariffs - facilitates trade
German produce processors welcome TTIP
The German fruit, vegetable and potato processing industry exports goods worth approximately 26 million Euro to the United States. In roughly equal proportions of jams, frozen potato products and pickled vegetables (cucumbers, gherkins and sauerkraut).The import duties applied on these products in the.....

Moroccan watermelon exports to Europe up 260% in 2014
While Spain remains Europe's leading watermelon supplier, competition from third countries is increasingly stronger.Morocco and Turkey are the most noteworthy competitors. In 2014, Morocco exported more than 30 million kilos of watermelons to the European Union, when the previous year it had only shipped 8.....

Spain: Fruit and veg exports up 7.5% in volume and 9.9% in value
In the first quarter of 2015, Spanish fresh fruit and vegetable exports 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 3,487 million Euro, with 52% of this value corresponding to vegetables and 48% to fruits, according to the.....


Tomato peel transformed into biodegradable plastic
The project developed at the Centre for Scientific Research of Spain and the University of Malaga aims to exploit the natural viscoelastic properties of tomato peel, as well as its waterproof nature and protection capacity against other liquids, as well as parasites; a discovery that could also in principle.....

Greece: Hailstorm damages apples, peaches and cherries
Major damage was caused to apples and peaches in Kastoria and Kozani as a result of hailstorms last Tuesday. As reported to Agrotypos by the head of the branch of EL.GA Kozani, Mr George Vrontzou, "on Tuesday we had hail in the regions of Kastoria and Kozani and even in the area of Platanorema, Servia and.....

Bulgaria: Wholesale vegetable prices dropped last week
According to figures of the State Commission on Commodity Exchanges and Wholesale Markets, wholesale vegetable prices became cheaper last week, recalling that in April, and especially around Easter, fruit and vegetable prices had recorded notable increases.The long-awaited drop of seasonal vegetable prices.....

Consumers view fruits, veg as hunger-satisfying, expensive
Consumers tend to associate more nutritious foods, such as fruits and vegetables, with hunger satisfaction, whereas finding less healthy options such as sweets and potato chips unsatisfying, according to research presented at the European Obesity Conference in Prague.In an online survey of consumers, those.....


Oceania

OzGroup Coffs Harbour facility to process 50t a day
A new Coffs Harbour site, purchased by berry processing company OzGroup, will be able to handle 50 tonnes of blueberries per day by the time it is fully operational during next year's peak season in October, says Kamaldeep Singh Clair, CEO of OzGroup. “We do also have raspberries starting, but that will be.....

Industry develops education and marketing programs
Consumers urged not to squeeze avocados
The Australian avocado industry is attempting to educate consumers on the correct handling and ripening techniques for the fruit.More than 60 growers met this week at Waikerie, in South Australia, to discuss issues facing the sector which included inclement weather and brand marketing.Avocados Australia.....

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Niue looks to pineapple to boost local industries
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community is assisting Niue in preparing disease-free and hardy fruit.Technical Project Manager at Niue's Department of Agriculture, Poi Okesene, says pineapples will help increase the resilience of the island's crops while providing for the local hospitality industry.Mr.....


Fruits and vegetables form the basis in new food pyramid
In the new food pyramid from the Australian non-profit organization 'Nutrition Australia' fruits and vegetables make up the basis of the diet. According to the organization, plant nutrients should make up 70% of the diet. Two servings of fruit and five servings of vegetables should be the new standard.Left:.....


Felix Instruments to attend the 10th Australian Mango Conference
Felix Instruments—Applied Food Science will be attending the 10th Australian Mango Conference in Darwin, Australia from May 25-28, 2015. Felix Instruments General Manager, Michael Larman, will be available to demonstrate the full Felix Instruments product line including the F-750 Produce Quality Meter. The.....


World

Top 10 facts about tomatoes
1. Until the 18th century, the tomato was more often called the love-apple in English.2. That name derived from the fact that the tomato was once seen as an aphrodisiac.3. The Aztecs called the tomato xitomatl, meaning “plump thing with a navel”.4. In 1893, the US Supreme Court ruled, for the purpose of.....

Crop Farming 2030: The reinvention of the sector
Imagine a farmer who, rather than relying on his gut instincts, lets farm management software apply smart algorithms and a large pool of field data to make the daily decisions on how to work his fields. Instead of sitting on equipment outdoors, he and a handful of associates operate all the equipment for a.....

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José Antonio Baños, manager of Ejidomar:
"Almeria has learned to harvest watermelons at the right moment"
Watermelon yields have been affected by the weather at the time of ripening in Almeria by between 30 and 50%, depending on the area of production, which, in part, has also resulted in better initial prices."Watermelon prices in Almeria are much better at the start of the season compared to last year, almost.....

Jet fuel from rotting fruit, leaves
Researchers at the north Richland campus have discovered a way to develop a component of jet fuel from a common black fungus commonly found in decaying leaves, soil and rotting fruit. The discovery could pave the way for an economical method to biologically produce aviation fuels in coming years.There's.....


Retail


Lidl, Mercadona, Biedronka, Carrefour and Jumbo
"Five retailers to watch"
A leading industry expert has identified Lidl, Mercadona, Biedronka, Carrefour and Jumbo as the five 'retailers to watch' over the coming years, in a seminar held at the PLMA World of Private Label event in Amsterdam earlier this week. On Lidl, he said that the Germany-based retailer is "moving away.....



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