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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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SUNSET® teams up with food network celebrity chef
SUNSET® is putting a new twist on flavor by teaming up with popular Food Network star and celebrity chef Roger Mooking. The flavorful partnership will bring forth new recipes, blogs and inspiration, combining the fresh flavor of SUNSET® produce with Roger’s taste for the unexpected.Mooking, widely known for.....


Stock reduction makes good progress
Light easing of tensions on the apple market
The tense situation on the European apple markets has caused a lot of unrest in the past months, especially with producers and farmers. The cause of the situation were a very good harvest, the resulting full warehouses, lower outlet and low prices. According to Frank Döscher, CEO of the Elbe-Obst.....

Skyrocketing prices halt Chinese apple exports
According to Steven Leung, of the Chinese company Alfa Fruit Packers, apple prices in China have been skyrocketing this year. “Last year, I believe 70% of the apples were placed in cold storage by producers, driving prices up; furthermore, about 80% of the harvest last year consisted of large sizes. This year,.....


“Demand depends on weather”
Hungarian-Austrian company imports Iranian melons
Especially in summer, water melons are a very popular product. Nevzat Cenik imports his water melons primarily from Iran. “Water melons are our primary trade”, states the importer. With his firm TEO FRUIT, Cenik supplies Austria, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, and.....


Demand for mushrooms in Germany keeps on growing
"King oyster demand have grows incredibly"
About 59.000 tons of mushrooms have been harvested in 2014, according to the Federal Statistical Office of Germany. 98% of these are of the common mushroom variety, the other 2% are edible mushrooms such as shiitake and oyster mushrooms. A pioneer and known in the German mushroom market is the company.....

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Seald Sweet expands grape production
In line with their growth strategies in the North American market, Seald Sweet International announced today the expansion of their deciduous commodity division, through long-term commitments and substantial financial investments, increasing production of their Mexican grape program. These agreements bring.....

Chilean table grape exports to Japan, South Korea
Up to week 12, the table grape season presents an estimate advance above 61%, with the historical peak of shipments registered during the same week (89,127 tons).With the Chilean table grape season of 2014/15 showing an advance about 61% (up to week 12), it has been seen that the shipments are recovering.....

Tas Berry growers benefit from wetter summer
The Tasmanian berry season has been busy for growers, according to Phil Pyke, of Fruit Growers Tasmania. “The berry season this year was in line with the apple and cherry seasons, so it’s been a very large season for berry growers, but we’ve go no idea of tonnage at this time,” he says. “Expansion continues.....


Poland gives apples to US soldiers
Russian companies incur 2.4 billion loss
In Eastern Europe, concerns about the crisis with Russia are increasing. Countries including Poland and the Baltic states are afraid that they'll be the next country on the list where Putin will interfere. The rouble appears to stabilize, which is a ray of hope for the Russian economy. On the other hand,.....

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Limoneira introduces lemon misfits
Limoneira Company, an agribusiness with agricultural land and operations, real estate and water rights in California, announces the introduction of Lemon Misfits. “These lemons are packed with juice and perfect to increase our grocery retail partner’s sales with a customer friendly price point,” says John.....


Tesco reports 4Q results
Wal-Mart turns up pressure on suppliers
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is increasing the pressure on suppliers to cut the cost of their products, in an effort to regain the mantle of low-price leader and turn around its sluggish U.S. sales, Wall Street Journal‎ reports. The retailing behemoth says it has been telling suppliers to forgo investments.....



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Guy de Meyer, Demargro:
Leek prices up to 60 cents per kilo'
There is quite a lot of demand for leek at the moment and the prices are relatively good for this time of the year. This was said by Guy de Meyer of export company Demargro. "On the 30th of March we had prices between 55 and 60 cents per kilo. Over the last few weeks prices have slowly been improving. They.....


New challenges for the 2015/16 campaign
Spanish garlic sector hopes for recovery of prices
The Spanish garlic production and marketing sector met in Las Pedroñeras, Cuenca, at the General Assembly of the National Association of Garlic Producers and Traders (ANPCA), where the new challenges for the garlic industry for the 2015/16 campaign were discussed.The sector expects a 5% reduction in the.....


Spain: prices of peppers go up due to bad weather
"In Almeria and Granada, week 13 of 2015 was characterised by strong rain and low temperatures, which led to a drop in production and increase in prices. In Almeria, the bad weather mainly in the western area (El Ejido, Roquetas de Mar) is causing serious damage to 72 hectares."Average vegetable prices.....

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Italy: bland end of season for fennel
A rather bland end to the campaign for fennel after a season characterised by slow consumption due to a mild winter.At the moment, late varieties from Apulia and Calabria are on sale in Bologna. Prices hover between 70 and 80 Euro cents per kg for the lower qualities and reach €1-1.10 for the rounder.....


Organic farmers in Austria testing vegetable crops in winter
A project from Bio Austria has shown that cultivating vegetables in the winter in Austria is possible. Seven organic farms grew vegetable crops without heating in the winter for the first time.After the first harvest the participating growers found out that at least 150 types of vegetables are suitable for.....


Candonga: strawberry variety and brand name
Belgian soft fruit consumption lags behind
In the soft fruit sector labels and brand names are used in various ways. BelOrta works together with their clients to find suitable labels. Driscoll's uses the company name and focuses on quality, and the Italian 'Planitalia Club Candonga' puts strawberries on the market under the variety name. During the.....

Heero Gramsma, Nedato:
3-5% acreage decrease expected in 2015
Potato prices have been persistently low, "Potential better prices in the coming weeks and months could come with good processing, good export, slightly better domestic production and the cold fall weather," says director Heero Gramsma from Nedato. Nedato has been engaged in cultivation, collection and the.....

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Spain: Presence of African citrus psyllid in Galicia raises concerns in Murcia
Murcia's Councillor of Agriculture and Water, Adela Martínez-Cachá, held a meeting with officials of the Interprofessional Association of Lemon and Grapefruit (Ailimpo) to analyse the situation of the citrus sector due to concerns raised by the presence of the African citrus psyllid in some plantations in.....

UK: Researchers to start GMO spud trial
British scientists are developing a genetically modified “super spud” free of fungal diseases and other pest problems, as well as being potentially healthier than conventionally grown potatoes.Field trials are expected to be announced in June after the general election because of the public sensitivity of.....

UK: Potato harvest ahead of Easter rush
On the island of Jersey, off the coast of Normandy, the traditional harvesting season of the Jersey Royal new potato is underway. Up to a 100 pickers have been deployed by suppliers The Jersey Royal Company this week as it prepares to meet demand of the busy Easter period.Hand planted from January onwards,.....

Bosnia Herzegovina: Green light for potato export to EU
On behalf of the European Commission, the Delegation of the EU to Bosnia Herzegovina/European Union Special Representative Office stated:"At its meeting on 26/27 March 2015, the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed, the body responsible for food safety, evaluated positively data received from.....


Van Elven Agra distinguishes itself with own label
Restyled packaging stands out in potato shelves
Van Elven Agra from Veerle-Laakdal grows and supplies potatoes, carrots and onions. The company was founded in the early 1980s, and is now run by Stefaan and Nele Van Elven-Devoghel. The enthusiastic couple thinks it's important to stand out, so introduced their own label, 'Vers van de Boer' (Fresh from.....


Wild strawberries at Fruit World Breda
From now on, Fruit World not only has pineberries available, but wild strawberries as well. The season for these special strawberries runs until December. The wild strawberries come in a 12x100 gramme packaging. This special variety is sold under top brand ICONS."The extraordinary wild strawberry is also.....


Spain: Pros and cons of exporting avocados and apricots to the U.S.
Spain's tropical and stonefruit sector welcomes the opening of the U.S. market for avocados and apricots; however, there are also doubts regarding some practical issues, namely the challenges involved in exporting to such a faraway destination and in competing with other origins, not to mention the.....

Italian investors: Ag projects in North Caucuses
Negotiations regarding a possible partnership to develop horticultural projects took place between Italy's Honorary Consul General Pierpaolo Lodigiani and Lev Kuznetsov, minister of North Caucasus Affairs.Italian investors are particularly interested in horticultural projects, such as apple production,.....

Ukraine: Record low for strawberry imports
Ukraine's imports of strawberries reached 7-year low in 2014 after a fall of 74% year-on-year.Greece traditionally led in strawberry exports to Ukraine with the share of 68% in Ukraine's total imports. The Netherlands and Turkey accounted for 10% and 7%, respectively. Ukraine also remained a net importer of.....

Germany: 150 million euros for EU school fruit program
For the 2015/16 school year 150 million Euro in total will be invested in the European Union's school fruit program. 27.97 million of that 150 million will go to Germany. The program reaches 12 million children across Europe from 25 countries. Sweden, Finland and Great Britain are the only European.....

Corrugated industry: strides in UK market
The UK Corrugated Industry - a major part of the £6.5billion turnover UK Paper Industry - is the fifth largest market in Europe and is doing more with less by taking effective steps to hold its own in a fiercely competitive global market. Corrugated’s versatility makes it a vital logistics partner in the.....


Willem Kea (Greenfresh) on the herb market
"A bad Easter can be better than a good Christmas"
The demand for herbs always rises to a peak towards Easter. "This period is characterised by the start of the local production. You can offer some different things and tastes from your own country. Easter is early this year, so the numbers from Dutch soil are still small, but it still feels a bit like the.....

Le Havre-Charleston
Direct import from France to US
CaroTrans, a leading global NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, has announced the addition of an expedited Le Havre, France to Charleston LCL import service. This is the only direct, weekly Le Havre to Charleston LCL service available in the market. It is a 12 day.....

Hungary: 1.45 million Euro to modernise Gloster canning facilities
A total of434 million HUF (1.45 million Euro), partly fromEU funds, will be invested in the development and modernisation of Gloster's canning facilities in Máriapócs, as reported by the fruit and vegetable processing and trading company on Monday. The investment will go to the construction of a new.....

CASI Almeria opens new facility in The Netherlands
CASI, a global leader specialized in tomatoes, will open a new facility this April in the Netherlands, to provide service for distribution and marketing closer to its customers.The cooperative idea to have 4 centers throughout Europe shows the ambition for its future expansion. The Netherlands was an easy.....

UK: Drug cartel jailed after smuggling cocaine in banana boxes
Three members of a Columbian drugs cartel who imported £24 million of cocaine stored in banana boxes have been jailed for a total of 59 years.The consignment, which came from the South American nation and weighed more than 100kg, arrived in Dover on July 8 last year before being delivered by lorry to a unit.....

UK: Children prefer insects to vegetables
Kids don't want to eat their greensKids are more likely to eat a worm than a plate of Brussels sprouts.Almost half (47%) of children aged between two and 10 have eaten garden bugs - but 71% refuse a portion of greens.Worms top the list of favourite creepy crawlies (18% of kids say they’ve eaten one),.....

Ireland: €5.7m allocated to horticulture sector
Funding of €5.7m has been allocated to the horticulture sector, the Minister of State with special responsibility for Horticulture, Tom Hayes has announced.The funding has been awarded under the 2015 Scheme of Investment Aid for the Development of the Commercial Horticulture Sector and the investment will.....

Spanish avocados and apricots may be exported to the U.S.
FEPEX recently signed a cooperation agreement with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the United States (APHIS) for the export of fresh apricots and avocados, which includes an annual specific product inspection programme and a financial plan that covers all costs and incidents related to.....

Ishida displays range at Ipack Ima
At Ipack Ima, weighing and quality control solutions that encompass everything from small target weights to difficult-to-handle products across a wide range of end markets and applications will provide a comprehensive demonstration of Ishida Europe’s wide-ranging capabilities.Models on display from the.....


Oceania

AU: WA digs in on potato control
The State Government is digging in over the future of WA's potato industry, saying it won't be bullied into bringing down the curtain overnight on more than 60 years of regulated marketing.Agriculture Minister Ken Baston met Spud Shed owner Tony Galati yesterday and spelt out the State's position on.....

Hort NZ Chief Executive resigns
Horticulture New Zealand president Julian Raine has accepted the resignation of the organisation’s long-serving chief executive Peter Silcock. “We are sad to see Peter go and will miss his industry knowledge and experience. He has served our industry very well.“Peter has worked for grower representative.....

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Scientists find new weapon in the fight against potato blight
This week, an article appears in 'Nature Plants', written by scientists of Wageningen University and The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich (Great Britain), in which they report having discovered a new gene against the phytophthora potato blight in a South American wild potato. That gene provides a previously.....

Eating spinach could halt mental decline
Popeye may have eaten spinach to get his bulging muscles, but a new study has found that one portion of leafy greens a day could also be good for your brain.Researchers at Rush University in Chicago discovered that adults who ate vegetables such as kale and spinach one or twice a day suffered considerably.....

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Hamburg Süd takes first spot
Global schedule reliability improved by nearly 5 percentage points from January to February according to SeaIntel’s latest industry-leading Global Liner Performance report. On-time performance increased to 72.2% in February (based on 9,931 vessel arrivals. Data from INTTRA shows that container delivery.....


Annual report 2014
Brazil main growth market for Carrefour
Carrefour is the largest retailer in Europe and the second largest in the world. With over 10,000 stores in 34 countries, the French supermarket chain employs nearly 365,000 people. In 2014, the retailer saw sales increase by 3.9%, reaching 84 billion Euro. In the fourth quarter alone, sales increased by.....

April Fools' Day jokes leave the unwary gobsmacked
April Fools' Day is a special time of year for the media.Plucky public relations companies attempt to hoodwink unwitting journalists spruiking too-good-to-be true sales such as "cabin class trips to London for $199", or natural phenomena such as crocodiles appearing in Centennial Park.Other publications just.....


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Tesco reports 4Q results
Wal-Mart turns up pressure on suppliers
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is increasing the pressure on suppliers to cut the cost of their products, in an effort to regain the mantle of low-price leader and turn around its sluggish U.S. sales, Wall Street Journal‎ reports. The retailing behemoth says it has been telling suppliers to forgo investments.....



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