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Monday, September 29, 2014

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Photo Report on Russian retail
Fruit and vegetables at Russian retail after embargo
Seven weeks have passed since the imposition of Russian retaliatory sanctions on US, EU, Norway, Canada and Australia. Seven weeks Russia has been living under the conditions of embargo on import of fruit, vegetables and food from the above-mentioned countries. The changes in the range of products,.....


Fyffes will get €23m payout if merger fails
A new deal forged between the two banana giants means Fyffes stands to rake in about two thirds its 2013 pre-tax profit if the merger falls apart.A "break fee" clause included in the updated agreement means Chiquita will pay 3.5pc of its own market capital, - around €23m - to Dublin-based Fyffes in the event.....


South Africa: United Exports to send first blueberries to UK
United Exports will be shipping blueberries to the UK for the first time this season, harvesting of the first volumes got under way a month ago. The first fruit was harvested in May, but due to frost in the north of the country the season has started later than normal.Blueberry production is in its early.....

US (CA): Short strawberry market leads to higher prices
Supplies of strawberries out of California have been hampered by weather effects from earlier in the season. With less fruit, prices for berries have risen.“Prices are currently reflective of a short market,” noted Cindy Jewell of California Giant Berry Farms. “Prices are higher than usual, which is good.....


José María Martínez, of Cambayas: "Lower production compensates for loss of Russian market"
Spain: Around 30% of pomegranate harvest lost
The pomegranate season of the Valencia variety, which started in mid-August, is almost finished and the markets are awaiting the arrival of the Mollar from Elche on 30 September, which is the flagship of the Spanish campaign."So far, the Valencia pomegranate season has been characterised by a reduction of.....

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US (CA): Apple growers seek to capitalize on niche window
California's apple production pales in comparison to Washington's large crop. But while California's growers can't compete on volume and don't exert the influence Washington's growers have, they hope to build their crop by capitalizing on opportune moments during the year.“We have challenges as the Pacific.....


Russian retail starts own cultivation
Price decreases due to delayed EU compensation
Greek exporters report decreasing prices, due to confusion regarding the new EU compensation plan. Because of the lack of clarity, growers opt for selling their products at lower prices, rather than waiting for compensation. In Russia, retailers are investing in own cultivation. By investing in construction.....

US: Onion exports suffer due to glut of European supplies
The Russian ban on European goods has created a glut of product available for export from Europe. The continent's onion shippers have found markets for their products in the Caribbean and South America, which has squeezed out American onion exports there.“The onion export market right now is not very good.....

Another tough season ahead for South African stonefruit?
First estimates for South African stonefruit will be released next month, but it seems that regardless of the volumes it will be an other tough season for the South African growers and exporters.Last year stonefruit was hit by hail and unseasonable rain which reduced the volumes considerably from certain.....

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US (CA): Avocado season wraps up
Most California avocado growers are wrapping up their seasons as brokers switch over to supplies from Mexico. With less fruit from California this season, prices were strong.“Probably 99 percent of the people are done for the season,” said Eric Thurston of Eco Farms. “I think there's a little fruit left,.....


Breton vegetable producer explains his anger
Amongst the vegetable producers voicing their anger at Saint-Brieuc on Thursday was Alexandre Jacob, a 26 year old producer in Paimpol. He is not earning a proper living, but wants to believe he still has a future in the sector.The young producer began in 2011, on over 40 ha he grows cauliflowers,.....

Ample opportunities for growers and retailers
5 million kilos of Sweet Sensation pears expected this year
Sweet Sensations acreage is growing worldwide and their pears are currently fully available. At the beginning of this month the pears were plucked with care, and starting next week they will be on European shelves. "We are confident that Sweet Sensation is going to prove itself on a global scale. Not only.....



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Spanish vegetable season starts with relatively good prices
The Spanish vegetable market got off to a rather good start. Only bell peppers are seeing a start with lacklustre prices. This is what Nils Angelike of Agropizarra says. Prices for Spanish cherry tomatoes were 79.7 cents on average in week 38 (September 15-20). Tomatoes of the Daniela variety varied from day.....


Unique concept gives 10 times the price for Vikentomater:
Swedish grower produces top dollar tomatoes with unique concept
Swedish grower Vikentomater has developed a unique and competitive concept that brings new meaning to top dollar tomatoes. With 83 delicious and unusual tomato varieties, this family owned and operated greenhouse attracts and delivers direct to both topnotch restaurants as well as supermarkets aiming to.....


Celebrating 10 year anniversary
Frischezentrum (Freshness center) Frankfurt organizes 'Frische-Erlebnis-Tag' ('Fresh Adventure Day')
From eggplants and zucchini to fresh herbs, apples and kiwi's: in the 'Frischezentrum Frankfurt' (Freshness Center Frankfurt), the most important trans-shipment point for fresh food in the German state of Hessen, all different kinds of food is purchased for retailers, market traders, restaurants and.....

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Fruit grower Luc Bels:
"Top fruit prices in supermarkets too low, but slightly logical"
Despite the difficult market a lot of top fruit growers are just picking at the moment. "There's not much else they can do," says Luc Bels, grower and president of Veiling Haspengouw. "Many are busy at the moment and have little time to think about where the fruit is going, but there will be a moment when.....


Andalusia
Spain: 25% of Anecoop's production grown in Almeria
Almeria is becoming increasingly important for Anecoop, the leading Spanish fruit and vegetables trader. The five companies from Almeria associated to this second-level cooperative are Camposol, Albentillas, Agroiris, Coprohnijar and Hortamar, which contribute around 150 million Euro, almost 25% of the.....

Tver
Blue potatoes are grown in Russia
Scientists of Redkinsky Agricultural Company in Tver region have cultivated a hybrid of coloured potato in a test tube. The new variety is claimed to be rich in vitamins and ideal for a healthy diet.With the help of the breeders from the Institute of Potato Farming, Redkinsky Company has introduced several.....

New Secratary General for Europatat
The Board of Europatat, the European Potato Trade Association, is pleased to announce the appointment of Raquel Izquierdo de Santiago, as the new Secretary General of the association, with effect as of 1st of October. She will succeed Frédéric Rosseneu who has successfully leaded the association for the last.....

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"Unique technology to improve fresh produce shelf life"
PerfoTec nominated for European environment award
PerfoTec has been nominated for the EBAE, the prestigious European Business Award for the Environment. There are 16 finalists from 9 different countries. The winners will be announced during a ceremony in Lyon on December 1, 2014, during the Pollutec exhibition. The EBAE is awarded to innovative companies.....

Bonduelle launches “Salad of the day” in France
Bonduelle is launching their latest 4th range (fresh, raw fruit and vegetables ready to use- e.g. salads in bags) product, ‘La Salade du Jour’’, Salad of the Day. The composition of the salad will change every day depending on the products in stock in the Bonduelle atelier. “For a maximum indulgence, this.....


Full fruit and vegetable chain represented at former machine fair
Macfrut in Cesena (Italy) for the last time
The 31st edition of the Macfrut will take place in the Italian Cesena this week from Wednesday 24 to Friday 26 September. Whereas the emphasis was on machines in the past, the exhibitors are now more varied, ranging from supplier of cultivation techniques to exporters and retailers. Last year almost 25,000.....


Spain: Almeria is the leading vegetable exporter; Valencia largest for fruit
Almeria was the leading vegetable exporter in the 2013/2014 campaign (1 September to 31 July) with a total of 1,923.64 million kilos, while Valencia, with 2,167.09 million kilos, was the largest fruit exporter.Of the 5,309.18 million kilos of vegetables shipped overseas by Spain in that period, the province.....

Moscow markets and fairs to be inspected
Federal Administrative Technical Control and Veterinary Service in Moscow region are to inspect fairs and markets in the region, the first raids will take place on Wednesday.The administrative-technical and veterinary inspectors will check the Moscow trading venues in order to identify violations of safety.....


Oceania

NZ: Mild winter boosts sales of greens
A mild winter has brought cheap avocados to supermarkets. A mild winter has brought cheap avocados to supermarkets.Avocados are selling for as little as 50c each at New Zealand supermarkets and there is so much lettuce that some growers are choosing not to harvest it as shoppers prefer their greens packed in.....


NZ: Bumper start to much anticipated asparagus season
A mild winter and an early start to spring have hoed the way for a bumper start to the much-anticipated asparagus season.The little green spears have hit the supermarket shelves in earnest during the past week, with growers in Waikato and Horowhenua switching to harvesting every day and their Hawke's Bay.....

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NZ Avocado sales more than doubled last year
The New Zealand dollar is likely to be little changed from its current level by the end of this year, providing little respite for the nation's 1,600 avocado growers who are heading into their peak export season from September through February.The kiwi, which recently traded at 78.61 US cents, is likely to.....

AU: Pomegranates a juicy way to make a living
Pam Clifton picked a pair of pretty pomegranates promptly after sunrise at her home on the north side of the Sutter Buttes on Wednesday. She and husband Loren Clifton, who are both full-time civil engineers, planted their first trees in 2007 with the intent to supplement their retirement income by growing.....


AU: Heavy August rain forces growers to dump tonnes of fruit
Strawberry growers are hoping the run of fine weather continues until the end of the season after some lost most of their crop during a peak period in August.Plants were carrying plenty of fruit but rain on August 22 and 23, and the following weekend, caused many to become waterlogged and split.Strawberries.....


Byron Bay Brookfarm macadamia nuts big sellers in United Kingdom
Figures from the Department of Agriculture show that Australian tree nut exports have risen from $3.7 million to $15.1 million in a decade.Martin Brook, from Brookfarm at Byron Bay — one of Australia’s leading producers of macadamia products — said the UK was the company’s first export market because of its.....


Robots planned for orchard work
Robots could be picking fruit and doing other tasks in tomorrow's kiwifruit and apple orchards.Scientists from Auckland and Waikato Universities as well as Plant and Food Research, and the Robotics Plus company, are collaborating on a four-year project to develop multi-purpose robotic technology for.....


AU: Citrus growers vote to close Riversun Exports
Citrus producers in South Australia's Riverland have voted to wind up a grower-owned export company. Riversun Exports was set up as a single desk exporter in the nineties for growers in the Riverland to access the newly opened US market. But last week the shareholders, who are all growers, voted to windup.....


AU: Lazarus tackles ginger importation
Queensland Palmer United Party (PUP) Senator Glenn Lazarus has asked the federal government whether ginger growers will be compensated for losses incurred by the importation of fresh ginger from Fiji.As tensions escalated this week between PUP leader Clive Palmer and the party’s Tasmanian Senator Jacquie.....


Africa


Reprieve for consumers in Kenya as tomato prices drop
The cost of tomatoes in Kenya has dropped slightly as production increases following a dry spell.However, Tuta Absoluta, the deadly pest that has contributed greatly to decrease in supply after ravaging tomatoes in different parts of the country still persists.In the capital Nairobi, a 64kg box of tomatoes.....

Swaziland: EU market’s changing patterns threaten local citrus sector
Citrus production increased in the country by 8.9% to 57 536 tonnes.The Central Bank of Swaziland (CBS) Annual Report April 2013 to March 2014 says the citrus industry has performed better in 2013 compared to 2012. This was despite the continued reduction in the area under citrus production due to high.....

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Gloomy sight for pineapple farmers
The General Manager of the Sea-Freight Pineapple Exporters of Ghana (SPEG), Stephen Mintah, has disclosed that lack of access to constant water supply and right fertiliser applications are limiting the capacity of farmers who are currently engaged in the otherwise lucrative venture.He told the B&FT in an.....


Madagascar: export possibilities for lychees in South Africa
Madagascar is expecting a larger lychee harvest this year and so has to find new markets to get rid of the extra. The possibilities of a proposed export to South Africa are being looked into at the moment, reports website lexpressmada.com The realisation of this is a new sales possibility for Madagascar.....


World


Gordon Ramsay uses massive Leicestershire onion to create an eye-watering dish
Foul-mouthed celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has cooked up a dish which will make your eyes water - and it’s all thanks to a green-fingered vegetable producer from Leicestershire.The Michelin star-winning restaurateur tackled a massive onion on the BBC’s One Show on Tuesday creating some of the biggest onion.....


Melissa’s presents four new processed products at PMA Expo
In line with its focus on innovation and customer-oriented service, the Californian distributor of speciality and organic fresh produce Melissa's/World Variety Produce, Inc. is launching four new products which will be presented at the PMA Expo in Anaheim, CA on Oct. 18 & 19.Clean SnaxCLEAN SNAX™ comes.....

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MARCO exhibits at PMA
Meeting global fresh produce pack house challenges
Year-round consumer demand for pre-packed fruit and fresh produce is steadily increasing and pack houses around the world are facing significant challenges to remain competitive. Marco’s Murray Hilborne spends a high percentage of his time talking with global growers and packers in order to understand their.....


Retail


German supermarket Globus photo shoot
We will forget the price tomorrow, but we will remember the taste
The third photo shoot in a series of German retailers is taking place in Cologne in Globus. This supermarket is led by Jochem Wolthuis who attended the German Desk GroentenFruithuis NRW Retail and Food Trend Tour. Globus won the Retail Award from Fruchthandel (fruit trade) Magazine in 2010, 2012, and 2014......

BENT serves up photoreal food
BENT image lab fires up the imagination with a seamless weave of ultra-realistic CG animation, photogrammetry and gorgeous live-action for Raley's "Eating Seasons" campaign. Working hand-in-hand with agency Ivie & Associates and the folks at Raley's Family of Fine Stores, BENT Partner David Daniels.....

Bills, junkmail and cucumbers? USPS wants to deliver groceries
The U.S. Postal Service has been delivering groceries for Amazon and has decided it wants to do a lot more. The agency this week, according to The Wall Street Journal, asked the Postal Regulatory Commission for permission for a 2-year test of the plan in multiple geographies.In the filing, which follows a.....

Two-thirds of Germans say supermarket marketing for Christmas starts too soon
With Christmas food and drinks items already on manysupermarket shelves, a new survey has revealed how German consumers believe such marketing is starting way too soon on the calendar. One-third of the shoppers surveyed by YouGov said they believe the government should take action to set a launch.....

GFS Marketplace opening in Sarasota
Gordon Food Service Marketplace, a grocery chain that distributes primarily to restaurants and caterers, is getting close to opening its first store in Sarasota County.The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based chain is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 7 at 10 a.m., which will kick off an entire week of grand.....

Smart & Final Extra opens in Rancho Cordova
Smart & Final Stores Inc. opened a new Rancho Cordova store Thursday with a speciality concept that emphasizes fresh meat and produce.Smart & Final Extra covers 30,000 square feet at 2344 Sunrise Blvd. The store fills part of an 83,000-square-foot space that once housed a Kmart store in the Rivergate.....

Fresh food rescue program delivers 50 million pounds of food across Kroger Nation
The Kroger Co., the nation’s largest traditional grocery retailer with 14 stores throughout the Triangle and North Carolina, has announced that it has donated more than 50 million pounds of fresh meat, produce, dairy and bakery items to local Feeding America food banks in 2013 through its groundbreaking.....

Giant Food repeats private label promotion
For the fourth time this year, Giant Food will give away free private label products when consumers purchase selected national brands.The promotion is called the “Buy Theirs, Get Ours Free Challenge.”Officials of the 167-store Landover, Md.-based chain, a division of Ahold USA, Quincy, Mass., did not offer.....

Medford City Council approves business agreement with Casey's General Stores
Medford is one step closer to gaining a Casey’s General Store after Monday evening’s meeting.On Monday, the Medford City Council approved a developer’s agreement with Casey’s General Stores, Inc. that is conditional on the city engineer’s approval of the company’s site plan, landscaping plan, utility.....

Couche-Tard: With or without acquisitions, investors win
It has been four years since Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. abandoned its bid for the U.S. convenience-store chain Casey’s General Stores Inc. It seemed like a missed opportunity at the time, a lost chance to take out a competitor and boost its own U.S. store count by more than 50 per cent.Well, Couche-Tard.....

Corporate Solutions Logistics boosts fleet to support Lidl contract
Corporate Solutions Logistics (CSL) has added 44 trucks and trailers to its fleet to support growing volumes on its contract with supermarket chain Lidl. The Solihull-based operator has added 44 Montracon refrigerated trailers and 44 Euro-5 tractor units- a mixture of Daf, MAN and Mercedes- to its.....

'Don't invest in crisis-hit supermarkets', says Neil Woodford
Star stock-picker Neil Woodford capped a week of woe for Tesco today as he warned it could be years before he again dared to sink cash into the supermarket giant or its major rivals.The £7 billion fund manager — who sold his stake in Tesco in the wake of the grocer’s first seismic profit warning in early.....

Changing of the Guard at Couche-Tard
Alain Bouchard officially stepped down as CEO of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. on Wednesday on the occasion of the convenience store company's annual shareholders' meeting that for the first time in the history of the company took place outside of Quebec, reported the Canadian Press. He has been succeeded by.....

Keeping innovation alive in the Family Business
There are challenges in every business, but family businesses tend to suffer harder when there are obstacles and especially conflict. Family businesses must turn the “familiarity mindset” into an advantage. Combining this familiarity with a culture of innovation can accelerate new ideas and ways of doing.....

Can Market Basket keep growing despite new debt?
It’s been a month since Arthur T. Demoulas announced his agreement to buy Demoulas Supermarkets from the other side of his family, ending the employee protests and customer boycott that made national news. Arthur T. is back in control, but the company he’s leading is different in one key way — for the first.....



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