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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Greening disease continues to cause low yields in Florida
Greening disease is affecting the production of the citrus and is the cost of the industry’s decline. “This year we’ve had the smallest crop since the 1988-1989 season,” explains David Brocksmith of Seald Sweet International, “but the Florida orange crop was estimated at 108 million field boxes which is an.....


Kiwis, the most affected crop
Chile assesses extent of the impact of recent frosts
According to information supplied by the Association of Exporters of Fruits from Chile AG (ASOEX), despite recent rain and frost in certain areas of the country, the Chilean fruit export season goes according to plan.In this regard, the president of Asoex, Ronald Bown, said: "For now we expect a normal fruit.....


Morocco signs agreement citrus export
EU suspected of export Russia through Ukraine
Russia is expanding the sanctions. Following suspicions of European re-export through Ukraine, Russia is closing its borders. Kiev did not respond to the Russian request to explain the increased export volumes, after which the borders were closed. The boycott also goes for re-export. Sanctions against Europe.....


Christiaan Reijnders, manager Bejo Spain:
"Spanish open field growers' hope pinned on frost Northern Europe"
Christiaan Reijnders has been working with Bejo for twenty-four years, eighteen years of which in Spain. During Fruit Attraction in Madrid, he shone his light on Spanish open field cultivation. "The golden rule in Spain is that cold weather in Northern Europe, with at least three days of frost, leads to good.....


Difficult for Hawaii pineapples to ship to mainland
Pineapple sales in Hawaii remain stable-year round as demands are high, however, the pineapple market on mainland America, particularly the west coast is not so dependable. “The mainland market demand depends on the pineapples America has imported from Central America and Mexico,” states Darren Strand from.....

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Italy: Positive melon campaign - less produce but satisfying prices
"The 2014 melon campaign started very well in February with produce from Senegal: the fruit was of exceptional quality and clients responded well, so much so that we did not have enough to meet demand. Unfortunately, we finished our imports from Africa overlapping with production from Sicily, but it was an.....

Chiquita reiterates value of the Chiquita/Fyffes combination
Chiquita Brands International, Inc., reiterated the value of Chiquita's combination with Fyffes plc and set the record straight regarding the inaccurate and misleading statements made by the Cutrale Group and the Safra Group in an attempt to support its inadequate $14.00 per share offer to acquire.....

NZ: Growers' kiwifruit disease lawsuit delayed
The filing of the kiwifruit growers' class action lawsuit against the Government has been delayed as the group behind the legal action makes sure its position is watertight.The group, known as The Kiwifruit Claim, is still hoping to attract more growers in its bid to hold the Government to account for a.....


“Brand exposure on the road throughout Europe is important"
Intermodal first & last Mile: Land, sea and waterMathijs Slangen, Director Strategic Accounts at TIP Trailer Services, a service and solutions provider aimed to transportation and logistics customers, opened the session on intermodal transport solutions at the recent Cool Logistics event in Rotterdam.“We.....

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Tesco ‘5-A-Day Platter’ contains five 80g portions
Sometimes, managing to eat our ‘five-a-day’ can be hard.However, from this week it will be far easier to eat our recommended daily portions of fruit and vegetables thanks to Tesco, who have created Britain’s first five-a-day grazing platter.Launching in 700 UK stores, the product will have separate.....



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Irish people boycott Greek fruit after 28 strawberry pickers shot by farmers
In July of this year a Greek court cleared farmers who shot and wounded 28 Bangladeshi strawberry workers. The ruling sparked protests with the verdict being described as an ‘outrage and a disgrace’.The strawberry pickers were asking to be paid for six months of unpaid labour when the farmers shot them in.....


Italy: Nice weather pushes courgette production but affects prices
Courgette prices are decreasing because of good weather, strangely enough. "Volumes and prices vary a lot depending on the weather," explains Nino Leonardi from Leonardi snc.To understand what happened, we must go back to week 41: "rain and hail affected production and prices increased." At the time, most of.....


Italy: Tomato prices keep increasing
Tomato quotations reached a new record due to the low supply of domestic and foreign produce."It has been the same since the beginning of the autumn season: prices increase each week. Produce has been scarce since the beginning of the campaign, as the South transplanted less and the weather affected.....

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Good demand in Spain for fresh table grapes
Sales of Spanish produce are almost at a standstill in the Barcelona wholesale market. "Prices are decreasing as, for example, chestnuts don't sell because it's too hot. Volumes of Spanish persimmons are abundant and prices dropped at least by €0.40/kg," explains Gaetano Cinturrino."Iceberg lettuce sells.....


BerryFresh opens Canadian cranberry season
Berry Fresh, the company brand of Special Fruit NV offers cranberries from Quebec.Berries that grow ideally in the cold climate of North Atlantic, cranberries are in the category of "super fruit". Powerful antioxidants, they are recognized as an excellent boost to the immune system during the winter season......


Poland wants stronger ties with Spanish horticultural sector
For the second consecutive year, Poland had its own stand at Fruit Attraction with a delegation of 21 horticultural companies (7 ​​last year); a testament to the fact that Poland wants stronger ties with the Spanish market. The Ambassador for the Republic of Poland, Tomasz Arabski, inaugurated.....

Crops under threat as new EU regulations are brought in
The EU's decision to ban the use of some pesticides could threaten UK crops, increase food prices and hit farmers' profits, a report has claimed.The report commissioned by three farming bodies said the EU was on course to "ban" use of 40 chemicals by 2020 to reduce environmental damage. It said this could.....

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Region of Valencia
Spain: Ivia questioned on regulation of Orri mandarin
The agricultural organisation Unió de Llauradors (Growers Association) asked the Valencian Institute of Agrarian Research (Ivia) for a "thorough review" of the regulation process of the Orri mandarin variety given the "uncertainty caused" by the suspected irregularities in its processing.The request was made.....

Renzo Piraccini new president of Cesena Fiera
Renzo Piraccini newly elected President by the Board of Directors of "Cesena Fiera", replaces Domenico Scarpellini who resigned. Renzo Piraccini is well known by professionals. General Director of "Gruppo Apofruit" for 20 years, he still holds the position of President of "Almaverde Bio" and the position of.....


Agata potatoes are the only ones doing well on the European market
"The situation is quite difficult, as the whole sector is affected by the Russian ban because the country absorbed significant volumes of table potatoes. Prices dropped as much as €50-60 per ton. It would have been better if we had little produce available, but volumes are bigger than 2013," explained a.....


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Andalusia: citrus harvest slightly lower than last year
According to the first estimates by the government of Andalusia, the citrus harvest in season 2014/15 will be around 1,947,326 tonnes, reports the German website Fruchthandel.de. Compared to the season 2013/14, this is a decrease of 5.1%, but compared to the four year average there is an increase of 10.7%......


Israeli scientists rid products of bacteria
Consumption of fruit and vegetables is essential for healthy living, however, sometimes it leads to diseases caused by bacterial activity in the products and their packaging. According to recent studies of the American Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, for this reason only in the United States about.....


UK: Food stays fresher with cool fridge gadget
A simple £40 gadget which keeps fruit and vegetables fresh in the fridge for twice as long has been launched in the UK.The 'BerryBreeze' device pumps pure oxygen around the fridge which kills the bacteria that causes food to decay. This keeps produce fresh for around 10 days longer than normal, according to.....


Bulgaria: Record price of fruit and vegetables
Significant leap in prices of fruit and vegetables is marked in the wholesale markets of Bulgaria. Markets are flooded with imported products from Poland and Macedonia, but the reason for the increased price, according to Novinite, is heavy rains. This year yields of Bulgarian fruit and vegetables are.....


Fruits from strawberry tree being freshly consumed more and more
New from Rungis: Madrones from Portugal
Starting just this week, Rungis, from Barendrecht, is now offering Madrones from Portugal. "Madrones are fruits from a strawberry tree that can be 25 meters high. They are wild fruits and are organically certified," says SVH Master Chef Niels van den Berg, who is also responsible for communication and trends.....

Spain: Fruit and vegetable exports to non-European countries up 52% in August
Spanish fruit and vegetable exports to non-European countries in August this year increased by 52% compared to August 2013, totalling 43,123 tonnes, according to the latest data of the Directorate General of Customs of the Ministry of Economy's Tax Agency. In value terms, exports to these countries amounted.....


Italy: Everything ready for kiwi harvesting Apofruit
"We are expecting to produce around 600 tons of golden kiwis - 150 tons of Hort16A (Zespri Gold) and 450 of G3 (SunGold). We should also produce around 17,500 tons of green Hayward kiwis," explains Flavio Mancini, managing director of Apofruit.Flavio Mancini."We can say that there is a slight decrease in.....


Andrea Battagliola
Italy: "We made the difference on the fresh-cut market in Spain"
"The Spanish fresh-cut market is not growing in general, but it is for us. We are expecting to close this year with a turnover of €20 million. We are growing quickly in Spain and new products are getting more popular," explains Andrea Battagliola, general manager of the Spanish branch of La Linea.....


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Big growth for Fruit Attraction
Fruit Attraction 2014 was held from October 15 to 17. With 800 exhibitors, the fair had grown quite a bit compared to last year. The exhibition room had also grown by a quarter. Fruit Attraction was organized by IFEMA and FEPEX for the sixth time. It is clearly gaining an increasingly international.....


Oceania


AU: Watermelon virus outbreak prompts re-think biosecurity controls regarding imported seeds
The Federal Department of Agriculture is considering tightening regulations around seed imports, in response to the outbreak of a melon disease in the Northern Territory. It has devastated the Territory's melon industry since first appearing on a farm near Katherine last month, leading to the quarantine of.....

NZ: Compac secures multi-million dollar contract
NZ produce sorting specialist Compac Sorting Equipment has won a multi-million dollar contract to supply the new pack line solution for Limoneira Company, one of the largest growers of lemons and avocados in the United States. Limoneira’s challenge was to implement a pack line that was expandable, flexible.....

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AU: Pesticide ban a ‘national disgrace’
Perth Hills fruit growers have called a ban on fruit fly pesticide fenthion a national disgrace.The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) banned the use of fenthion on fruit last week over concerns it posed environmental and public heath risks. It granted a 12-month phase-out.....


New coolstores under construction in Te Puke
$3.5 million worth of new coolstore space is being built in Te Puke as Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool Ltd prepare to handle a record kiwifruit crop from orchardists who are putting the Psa crisis behind them.The fast-growing company already has 26 coolstores on its 20ha site on No 1 Rd, Te Puke, but is building.....


Africa


$13.8 million project aims to boost banana production in Uganda and Tanzania
Millions of smallholder banana farmers in Tanzania and Uganda are set to benefit from a new $13.8 million project to develop and distribute higher-yielding, disease-resistant hybrid banana varieties. The effort is being funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the International.....


Egypt supports creation of FTA with Eurasian Customs Union
The ambassador of Belarus in Cairo, Sergei Rachkov, confirmed Egypt's support for the establishment of a Free Trade Zone with the countries of the Eurasian Customs Union, which includes Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus, during a visit by Industry Minister Mounir Fakhri Abdel-Nour to Mnesc on 17 and 18.....

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Nigeria: Cashew farmers want government to serve as buying agent
The Cashew Farmers Association of Nigeria, Oyo State Chapter, on Tuesday appealed to the government to assist farmers in selling and exporting of cashew nuts, in order to avoid post-harvest losses.Mr Sodiq Adebayo, the association’s chairman told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, that sourcing for.....

Nigeria imports $997million USD fruit juice annually
Dr. Hussain Ibrahim, the Director General, of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) has said Nigerians spend N165 billion ($997million USD) annually on the importation of fruit juice.While presenting a paper on Tuesday at a workshop in Kaduna, Ibrahim said importation of concentrates was.....


World

McDonald’s revenue drops 30% in Q3
McDonald's Corp reported a 30 percent fall in quarterly profit due to a food scandal in China and tough competition in the United States, and the world's largest restaurant chain said these factors were expected to hurt current-quarter results.The company's shares fell 2 percent in premarket trading after it.....

Sharp drop of Polish apple exports to non-EU destinations
Preliminary data released byEurostatshow that in the first month after the introduction of the Russian embargo Polish exports of apples to countries outside the EU have decreased by 31%. In the same period last year, Russia received 83% of Poland's apple exports to non-EU destination. Most noteworthy in.....

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New package nationwide for Queen Bee Honeycrisp™ apples
CMI has announced the national rollout of its new pouch bag line for Queen Bee Honeycrisp™ apples. The new program launched early this fall started as a test but was almost immediately expanded nationally due to strong demand from retailers. “The CMI Queen Bee Honeycrisp™ project was developed this summer,”.....


Photo report of novilties at PMA
Marketing is very much centred on children
you can see all the novelties in this photo report.Every year in the field of novelties a lot of new products are presented. Noticeably, the focus of marketing is very much centred on children. 'Kids Marketing' was everywhere. For example at the fair cartoon characters like Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse were.....


Record year at PMA Fresh Summit 2014
Last weekend the PMA Fresh Summit was held in Anaheim with a record year of over 22,000 attendees. Besides the amount of attendees, companies use this show also to introduce new packaging, varieties and/or innovations.Click here for the photo reportClick here to see the photo report with Latin American.....


Retail


USA: Food-delivery startups are fattening up on technology
Technology entrepreneurs have revolutionized how people shop for clothing, find vacation rentals and flag down taxis. Now they’re shaking up the world of eating.Whole Foods Market Inc. is partnering with startup Instacart to deliver groceries to shoppers’ doorsteps, and tech behemoths Amazon.com Inc. and.....


X5 Retail Group launched new concept
X5 Retail Group, one of the leading Russian food retailers, announces the opening of the first supermarket based on the new concept of network Perekrestok. The shop has officially opened in Moscow after reconstruction. New Perekrestok embodies best ideas and technology, developed by the network within.....

Deflation makes GB market growth uphill work
The latest 12 week data release from Kantar Wordlpanel for period to 12 October 2014, shows GB grocery market growth remains sluggish, on just 0.4%. The latest measure of inflation shows prices falling by 0.2%, indicating that while the market is struggling for value growth, the volume uplift is slightly.....

How the French stopped Aldi and Lidl
France is the only country in Europe where big supermarkets have successfully fought back and discounters have seen a significant drop in market share. Their simple formula: fewer complex promotions and big price cuts across the board.French retailers managed to turn the tide after a law change in 2008,.....

Showdown in the produce aisle: Whole Foods vs. Walmart
Whole Foods grocery store is in a bind. The chain built a loyal customer base by offering organic foods, ethically-sourced products and a singular shopping experience. Whole Foods became the standard-bearer for conscientious — some may say precious — food-shoppers. Then Walmart entered the picture.Selling.....

Sainsbury’s performance worst since 1990s as sales slide by 3.1%
Sainsbury’s has suffered its worst sales performance since the 1990s over the past three months, as Tesco shows signs of recovery in a supermarket price war which has tipped the grocery industry into deflation for the first time in more than a decade.Sainsbury’s, which recently cut prices on branded goods,.....

AU: Code of conduct plan a threat to retailers
A lucrative source of income for Coles and Woolworths could come under threat from a proposed grocery code of conduct and the competition watchdog's crackdown on profit gouging in the $111 billion food and grocery trade.At risk is the $20 billion-plus in rebates, discounts and promotional allowances that.....

Tesco boss Dave Lewis to provide impact of accounting error next week
Tesco's new boss Dave Lewis has told staff that he expects to provide a "clear and accurate indication" of the impact of the firm's £250m accounting error when the grocer reports delayed first-half results on 23 October.Lewis, who has been at the helm for just over six weeks, said the figures will give the.....


Russian retailer Lenta: Results of the III quarter of 2014
On 16 October, Russian retail network Lenta announced consolidated operating results and the amount of revenue for the third quarter ended 30 September, 2014. Operational highlights for the third quarter of 2014 are as follows:*Revenue increased by 32.9% to 48.5 billion roubles (950 million euros) compared.....

AU: Inflation eases, fruit and veg goes up
There are signs inflation pressures are easing, giving scope for the Reserve Bank to cut interest rates.The bureau of statistics reported today that the consumer price index lifted by 0.5 per cent in the September quarter. At an annual rate it fell to 2.3 per cent. The closely watched underlying measures of.....

Vietnam: AEON to sell private label via local chains
AEON's cooperation with Fivimart and Citimart will offer a short-cut to scale for AEON in the Vietnamese market; the domestic retailers have a combined network of more than forty stores, whereas AEON currently operates a single store as the anchor tenant of its first mall in the market, which opened in.....

Market Basket cited as a model for other companies
Market Basket employees basked in another curtain call celebrating their unusual labor action, but this one took place far from the grocery aisles and shopping plazas where they staged their remarkable protest: It was in the halls of power in the nation’s capital.The two-month employee movement on behalf of.....

Woolworths launches new low-carb food range
If you are watching your carbohydrate intake but can’t always find the time to cook from scratch, help is at hand. Woolworths is launching a new CARBCLEVER range that is packed with fresh and flavoursome ingredients, but excludes pasta, potatoes and rice.The dishes also have no wheat, grains, legumes or.....

Poland: Selgros Cash&Carry opens new warehouse in Lublin
Selgros Cash&Carry has inaugurated its new facilities in Lublin, the sixteenth of twenty planned Selgros warehouses in Poland. Its construction started in April this year and has lasted for six months. The cost of the investment amounts to 80 million Zloty (18.96 million Euro).The new warehouse has a.....

Poland: Carrefour opens new hypermarket in Piła and plans to continue expansion
On 17 October, Carrefour Poland opened a new hypermarket in Piła, which is also the retailer's 96th hypermarket in Poland. The company plans to continue expanding with new hypermarkets in newly built shopping malls in Warsaw (Wilanów Gallery and North Gallery) and the completion of a retail park in.....



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