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Monday, July 27, 2015

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Randolf Aaldijk, Origin Fruit Direct:
"Good prices of South African citrus"
The sales of South African citrus are going exceptionally well at the moment. "You can see that the export is being regulated far better. South Africa has also opened a lot of different markets in recent years, and this trend is continuing unhindered this year," says Randolf Aaldijk of Origin Fruit Direct......


Upcoming crop Israeli dates looks promising
Upcoming crops look promising, the reason is that growers pruned their orchards so that trees had fewer branches than in past years, that means that the tree's resources are spread among fewer dates, explains Avi Dagul from Field Produce Marketing."The result is a crop that will likely feature bigger fruit......

New Melbourne market eyeing export potential
The Melbourne Market authority says the city's new wholesale fruit and vegetable market will open next month as planned, despite calls from traders to delay the move.Plans to relocate the market from the city's west to a new site in the northern suburb of Epping were announced more than a decade ago and the.....


Fruits, vegetables, dried fruit and nuts from Central Valley
Fresno Food Expo attracts over 40 produce exhibitors
On Thursday, July 23rd the 5th edition of the Fresno Food Expo took place at the Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center. Out of 121 Central Valley exhibitors, more than 40 fresh produce companies showed their latest innovations in fruits, vegetables, nuts and dried fruit.Click here for the photo report.....

Imports of some Australian fruits get the all clear in VN
Viet Nam is expected to reopen its doors to imports of three kinds of Australian fruit on August 1, said Hoang Trung, deputy head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Plant Protection Department.Grapes, mandarins and oranges will be removed from a list of 38 Australian fruits that Viet Nam.....

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KÖLLA Group sells participation of KÖLLA Hamburg
As part of a management buyout, the KÖLLA Group has sold its participation on KÖLLA Hamburg Overseas Import GmbH & Co. KG to managing director Brigitte Gallinat and agent Dirk Lange, becoming effective as of September 1st, 2015.This decision offers the opportunity for both companies to freely develop.....


Calais disruption costs UK logistics £750,000 a day
Striking workers, protesting farmers and migrants in Calais are leaving drivers stranded on the M20 in queues formed as part of Operation Stack, costing the UK logistics industry £750,000 a day, according to the Freight Transport Association.In the past week, delays have been caused on the French side of the.....


France:
Fruit terminal Sète for sale
The fruit terminal in Sète is officially in a “liquidation process”. This terminal started its operation in 2011 with the group Orsero. The port of Sète has been booming with 30,000 TEUS handled and 40,000 pallets/year. The liquidating person in charge of the file is located in Montpellier, Mr Luc.....

CPMA and CHC applaud NDP commitment to payment protection for produce sellers
The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) applaud the commitment made Wednesday by NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair to introduce payment protection for produce farmers and sellers similar to the trust protection offered by the Perishable Agricultural Commodities.....

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UK: Record number of visitors at Fruit Focus 2015
A record number of visitors from across the country headed to Kent this week to attend the UK’s premier fruit event, Fruit Focus. Just under 1300 visitors attended the show, which took place at East Malling Research, Kent on 22 July, to see the latest agronomy, technology and machinery being displayed by 128.....


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Tesco abandons three times as many stores as rivals
US: Walmart employee to celebrate 103rd birthdayLoren Wade has been working at Walmart since 1983, and on Saturday, the retail giant will celebrate his 103rd birthday with a party in his honor, time.com reports. The World War II veteran is a full-time associate at the Winfield, Kansas store,.....



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Scottish fruit breeders receive Ribena boost
Scottish fruit breeders receive Ribena boostScottish fruit breeders at the James Hutton Institute have signed a 5-year-deal with Ribena producers Lucozade Ribena Suntory (LRS).The deal builds on a successful commercial relationship between the fruit breeders and LRS which goes back 25 years.Dr Rex Brennan,.....

Most Russian cucumbers grown by private households
Russia celebrates its green and crunchy friend, the cucumber
Cucumber Day was celebrated in the middle of July in several Russian towns and cities. The nationally famous gastronomic date was celebrated on July 18 in Suzdal, just outside of Moscow, for the fifteenth time. Every year in Suzdal the first crunch of the cucumber attracts thousands of this.....

Controlling powdery mildew on zucchini with essential oils
The common strategies to control powdery mildew (caused by Podosphaera xanthii) of zucchini include disease resistant cultivars and application of fungicides. However, the growing interest in the substitution of "synthetic fungicides" by natural substances has fostered the research on aromatic plants and the.....

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Potato blight warning in N. Ireland
It has been confirmed that the first outbreak of potato blight in Northern Ireland this year was in Coleraine on 15 July in a crop of King Edward potatoes.This has followed on from full infection periods being recorded between 8 and 14 July at sites across the North. Growers are now advised to protect crops.....

Catalonia to produce 14% fewer pears and 3% fewer apples than in 2014
ApplesCatalonia's forecast for the 2015 apple harvest is to reach 286,610 tonnes, 3% less than in 2014, with drops in all provinces except for Tarragona. Lleida will produce 196,260 tonnes (-3%); Girona 87,360 tonnes (-4%), Barcelona 1,540 tonnes (-3%) and Tarragona 1,450 tonnes (+1%).Qualitatively speaking,.....

Elderberries fight cold-symptoms caused by flights
Elderberries are rich in antioxidants that can boost the immune system. This could help protect us from the cold and flu-like symptoms many suffer after being cooped up with other passengers in dry air cabins, a study suggests.Economy class travellers given an elderberry supplement suffered fewer cold.....

Basil is booming in Swiss kitchens
Considerably more basil, mint and coriander were sold last year than in previous years in Switzerland.The sales of fresh kitchen herbs achieved a total turnover of 60.3 million Swiss francs in 2014 according to the Fruit and Vegetables Newsletter of the Marketing Department of the Ministry of agriculture.....

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Belgians scout Brazilian market for access for pears
The Voedselagenschap (Food Agency) is supporting Belgian companies looking for alternative export markets. This is mainly due to the Russian embargo.In mid June the Voedselagentschap paid a working visit to Brazil. The main goal was to facilitate the short term export of pears, whilst other export cases were.....


HM.CLAUSE Special export Melon Event 2015
Diverse commercial line up, as well as the latest novelties
HM.CLAUSE, a leading player in the melon seed business, once again organized a special melon event at its research station in Murcia during the first week of July. The event welcomed the primary European melon traders, processors and those focused on the current portfolio for the export markets.The event.....

Turkey: important warning concerning pistachio nuts
Turkey’s Chambers of Agriculture Union (TZOB) Chairman Semsi Bayraktar, announced that an increase is expected in the production of pistachios, and to prevent a drop in prices, exports need to be increased. Bayraktar, in a written statement, stresses that in the years 2013 and 2014 the.....

Construction of biogas heated greenhouses begins in SW France
Veolia and Paysans de Rougeline have formed a partnership to install 8 hectares of biogas-heated greenhouses in Lapouyade, Aquitaine. Veolia has just begun working on the site, which will be used to grow tomatoes. The new buildings will be alongside Veolia’s non-hazardous waste storage facility, which will.....

Violent storms over Saxony and the Southwest of Germany
Almost no damage reported according Farmers' associations
In the night of 22 July a storm, with heavy rain and lightning has caused a lot of damage, especially in the southwest of Germany and in Saxony. During the storm many roads and basements were flooded and trees and transmission towers fell over.No reports according to Farmers' associationsDespite the heavy.....

Spain: Heat and storms reduce Aragon's horticultural harvest
The high temperatures and recent storms have reduced the harvest prospects at different levels in different areas of the region of Aragon. The heat waves which have affected the country this past July have taken a toll especially on vegetables."Vegetable are suffering the most; they are boiling," stated.....

Bulgaria: First electronic wholesale market for fresh fruits
The first electronic wholesale market for fresh fruits and vegetables in Bulgaria was officially launched on Thursday with the aim of boosting production and consumption of healthy foods."This project is a step towards the development of the fruit and vegetable sector," Bulgarian Agricultural Minister.....


Marine Devaux, Trade Manager, Maersk Line UK and Ireland
How reefer technology helps UK businesses meet growing customer demand
The UK’s foodie boom, that explosion of interest driven by TV chefs over the past twenty years, has led to the country’s palate expanding like never before. Consumers not only pick up non-native food in passing, but actively seek it out, and the likes of pineapple, melons and New Zealand meat are.....

Cocaine worth £1million found in box of bananas at Tesco
Drugs with an estimated street value of more than £1million have been found inside a box of bananas by a stunned Tesco worker.The young employee was unpacking the fruit when he discovered five bags, each weighing 1kg and containing a white powder that is believed to be cocaine.Police were called to the.....


Angry French tobacconists dump tons of carrots on Paris streets
French tobacconists, up in arms at French government proposals to introduce plain cigarette packaging in France, this week dumped tons of carrots outside the French Senate in protest.The unusual protest grabbed French media attention as hundreds of State-licensed tobacconists, known as buralistes in France,.....


Oceania


'Clear, honest' info helping sell frozen berry product
It’s quite often hard to discern what’s what when shopping for Australian Made products, according to Ruth Gallace, co founder of Matilda’s Frozen Berries, which announced it will be in production from next month on Thursday. "Working in the industry I'm pretty well informed in terms of knowing what to look.....

Costa could inspire more hort companies with IPO
UK equity firm, Mondrian, has taken a $60m stake in the Costa Group, after its first day of trading on the ASX raised $551 million. The money will go towards seven berry growth projects, as well as tomato expansion in Guyra, Northern New South Wales. News of the IPO was accompanied by comment that other.....

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New Zealand sees first trade deficit of 2015
New Zealand has recorded its first monthly trade deficit of 2015 and its biggest 12-month deficit in six years.The trade gap was NZ$60m in June — the first June deficit since 2009 — against forecasts for a NZ$100m surplus. The deficit marks a substantial fall from the NZ$371m surplus one month earlier, which.....

HortNZ Hears Consumers Are ‘Taking A Big Bite Out Of The Earth’
Every meal we eat costs the planet 10 kgs of soil, 800 litres of fresh water and 1.3 litres of diesel fuel.“That’s what it takes to feed the typical person for just one meal – and when you multiply it by 7.3 billion people each eating around a thousand meals a year, our modern food system is devouring a vast.....


World

Turkish greengrocer renames religious plums
The name of a must-have summer fruit the ‘Priest Plum’ has been changed by an Turkish greengrocer who, made uncomfortable by the moniker, has now put them up for sale under the name of the ‘Imam Plum’.According to Kayseri resident and greengrocer Caner Topuz, the name ‘Priest Plum’ made people uncomfortable.....


Retail


Amazon releases Q2 results | Fresh items for Coles agenda
Tesco abandons three times as many stores as rivals
US: Walmart employee to celebrate 103rd birthdayLoren Wade has been working at Walmart since 1983, and on Saturday, the retail giant will celebrate his 103rd birthday with a party in his honor, time.com reports. The World War II veteran is a full-time associate at the Winfield, Kansas store,.....



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