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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Another year of ups and downs in the fruit and veg trade is behind us. This year there has been more unpredictable and even extreme weather, as well as difficult trading conditions at times. But on a brighter note there have been breakthroughs in technology and numerous varieties of better and.....

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Early stonefruit season hampers South African imports
Early stone fruit season hampers South African importsThe early start to this year's stone fruit harvest in South Africa resulted in lighter crops and smaller sizes, but shippers are optimistic about volumes and fruit sizes going into 2015.Harvesting of stone fruit in South Africa got off to a very early.....


Lower shipments drive lime prices up
The German company Don Limon attended the recent edition of the New York Produce Show, and according to owner Andreas Schindler, the U.S. has been a market of great interest since 2008. “We participate in every PMA, we have an office in Guatemala who have been working with the U.S. for the past two years,.....

Israeli pepper growers under pressure from Russian crisis
The quick devaluation of the Russian currency is taking a big toll on exporters and will put huge pressure on many of them. Mr Avi Kadan, of the Israeli company Adafresh, states that “the big question is who will survive and who will not, depending on how much the Rouble will fall.”This situation has.....


Big early volumes of South African grapes
Volumes of South African grapes are more plentiful than they were at this point in the season last year. But rather than pointing to a season with a lot more fruit, early volumes are simply a consequence of an earlier start to the season. “What has happened is that the season is earlier from all.....

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APHIS to talk apples with China
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is ramping up talks with China, the world’s largest producer of apples, to allow both countries to ship more of the produce item across borders, but the U.S. apple industry is happy about it, reports Pro Agriculture’s Bill Tomson this morning.APHIS.....

Global efforts needed to protect banana industry
Without global efforts to respond to a fungal disease affecting banana production, the $36 billion global industry, which provides a source of income or food to some 400 million people around the world, is under threat, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).The agency and.....

Weather cuts back Turkish citrus production 2014
Citrus production in Turkey has steadily increased over the last 15 years, and gains were good in 2013 on the back of some favourable weather. But unfavourable weather in 2014 made for drops in production for almost all of Turkey's citrus varieties.Grapefruit production is estimated at 205,000 metric tons.....

New Orleans port OKs $5.3M construction for Chiquita site
The Port of New Orleans’ Board of Commissioners has approved a contract with Metairie-based Centric Gulf Coast Inc. to build racks that will hold containers filled with bananas for Chiquita.It has been reported that the containers will plug into a refrigerated unit that keeps the fruit at a certain.....

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Peruvian Hass avocados to Japan mid-2015
The procedures carried out by Peru to be able to export Hass avocado to Japan, which started over five years ago, could be completed in the next four months, as announced by the head of the National Agricultural Health Service (SENASA), Jorge Barrenechea."We are about to finish the work plan with Japan,.....

Mexican citrus affected by weather
Hurricanes hitting different parts of Mexico's citrus-producing regions could lead to lighter crops for the 2014-2015 season.Orange production in Mexico, most of which is centred in the state of Veracruz, is forecast at 4.3 million metric tons, according to a report from the USDA's Foreign Agricultural.....

More modes of ripening fit ready-to-eat trend
Thousands of years ago, the Egyptians and the Chinese had already deployed techniques to increase the ripening of fruit after harvest. Bananas are probably the most familiar fruit to ripen after harvest, other known fruits being mangos and avocados. In the United States, pears have been ripened for ten.....

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Method developed to target contaminated fresh produce
The workpackage N°1 of Quafety consists of providing diagnostic kits for the evaluation of microbial contamination and of quality degradation, and it was reached through 4 tasks. The first 2 tasks were aimed at developing fast and reliable detection methods of Listeria monocytogenes and Escherichia coli.....



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Under pressure from French growers?
French minister promotes local produce
In France, something is always happening when it comes to sales of domestic production. Multiple times a year, media show French growers protesting against imported products. Early this week, the minister of Agriculture, Le Foll, sent a guide to all mayors and various other members of the government in.....


Italian grape cultivation:
Puglia and Sicily biggest producing regions
After China (4.9 million tons) and Turkey (1.6 million tons), Italy is the third largest producer of table grapes worldwide with 1.4 million tons. 70% of which is grown in Puglia. Forth and fifth on the list of largest producing countries are Brazil and Chile. Grapes have to have hot and dry weather and need.....


Fruit and vegetable manufacturing companies can be given a helping hand, from concept to completion
Wim de Rijder and Rutger Keurhorst start Qreenno
As of October 1st Wim de Rijder and Rutger Keurhorst have officially started Qreenno BV. After years of experience in the fruit and vegetable sector they have taken up residence in the Water tower in Goes, where they will focus on engineering and project management for industrial plants and buildings in the.....

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Mediterranean corridor could boost competitiveness
FEPEX considers that the implementation of the Mediterranean Corridor for freight would create a huge improvement in logistics for the Spanish fruit and vegetable producing and exporting sector, boosting its competitiveness.The director of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruits and Vegetables.....

Czech Republic: Exotics popular before Christmas
Unlike in the pre-1989 period, Czech stores now offer consumers products from all over the world. Do people remain faithful to traditional fruits, or are sales of exotics on the rise?"Nowadays, exotic fruits like avocados, carambola, papayas, cape gooseberry, pineapples, mangoes, or kiwis have become.....

Spain: Over 1,500 tonnes of Lodosa Piquillo peppers
The harvest campaign for one of Reyno Gourmet's most emblematic Navarre products, Piquillo Peppers from Lodosa, has already finished with a "very positive" balance. According to the Regulatory Council of the DO, all initial expectations have been met.This year, over 1.7 million kilos of fresh red peppers.....

Romain Cools Belgapom:
Potential bright spots in potato market
There are two views on the development of the free potato: a rather positive one and a downright negative one. The positive camp hopes that some of the storage problems will fall away, andthat the market will get more breathing roomthanks to increased consumption in processing and animal feed. Negative.....

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Bio-Maintalkresse
35,000 boxes cress enter German market daily
Forty tonnes of seed go into the greenhouses of cress nursery Bio-Maintalkresse in Albertshof each year. Within seven days, that grows into a product, meaning around 35,000 boxes of cress leave the company every day. Elmar Gimperlein talked about his product during thehorticultural mission to Germany.Elmar.....

Russian embargo
Spain: Processed oranges and clementines for charity
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment has announced the processing of up to 20,000 tonnes of oranges and 5,000 tonnes of clementines into juice for charitable organisations, as pointed out in a statement.The General Director of Producciones y Mercados Agrarios (Productions and Agricultural.....

Scottish farmers ready for Christmas
Scottish farmers have grown four billion potatoes and 730 million Brussels sprouts to ensure Christmas dinners are well stocked this year, according to the Scottish Government.Scots should eat local seasonal produce this year to support the country's farmers, Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said."I.....

Better varieties and media attention good for unknown herb
Red basil growing market
Red basil is largely eclipsed by its big brother, green basil. And yet, this relatively unknown herb, which largely relies on its colour, is on the rise. The volumes still cannot be compared, but interest is growing. Willem Kea of Greenfresh and Steven Lauwers talk about red basil.“Red basil is rather.....

Antonio Della Spina
Italy: Half of cherry tomatoes sold domestically
Crop programming and market diversification are two winning strategies in horticulture. The perfect example of this isOrto Serre, specialised in the soil-less cultivation of cherry tomatoes (Juanita) between March and November. Juanita tomatoes are harvested daily and available between June and November both.....

Spain: Oversupply drives lettuce prices down
Spanish iceberg lettuce is not going through the best of times. Oversupply and pressure from large retailers to reduce prices are putting producers in a very delicate situation."For this winter campaign, we expected a similar production to last year's, although prolonged high temperatures.....


Iceberg lettuce campaign difficult in Italy
"Despite a superior leaf quality with crunchy heads and excellent shelf-life, Italian iceberg lettuce finds it difficult to achieve the same prices of the Spanish or French produce on the European market - it always sells at around €1.20 less per crate," explains Loreto Cerrato from F.lli Cerrato.On the one.....

Austria: traces of mercury found in vegetables
In the Austrian area of Görtschitztal (in the state of Carinthia) elevated traces of mercury has been found in spinach (and other vegetables), reports the Austrian website Kurier.at. This was caused by a cement factory in Wietersdorfer burning blue lime. When this happened hexachlorobenzene and other toxins.....

Rain over summer affects French leek production
The leek season began in France in September and will continue through until April. Mr Dumont, Director of JMF Partenariat says that production has suffered this year in Northern France, and Belgium in particular, due to climate conditions. JMF Partenariat has producers in Belgium and the North of France.....

Bonduelle launches 3 frozen veggie products
Bonduelle has launched three new frozen products for the festive season : Extra fine green beans with parsley, celeriac mash and sautéed forest mushrooms. With these three products Bonduelle is offering a choice of tasty vegetables to accompany festive holiday dishes. The green beans are pre-cooked, they.....

Spain: Damaged clementine province Castellón
The recent heavy rainfall on the Mediterranean coast may have ended months of drought in Spain, but it has caused a lot of damage to the clementines, German website Fruchtnews.de reports.Particularly the Clemenules variety, with large quantities still to be harvested, has been hit hard. If this variety hangs.....


Stoffels leaves Veiling Hoogstraten
Stoffels Tomatoes is starting 2015 with big changes. From January 1 on, Stoffels and Veiling Hoogstraten are going their separate ways and on good terms. "From then on, our products can be ordered directly from us," says Paul Stoffels. "We guarantee optimum flexibility. Anyone with questions about the new.....

Region of Valencia
Spain: Great lemon production, low sales
The Unió de Llauradors (Growers Association) has stated that the unusual weather in recent months (high temperatures and lack of rain) has caused delays in the ripening of citrus fruits in Alicante, especially lemons. For this reason, according to José Manuel Pamies, head of the Association's citrus.....


Purple Garlic from Las Pedroñeras a success in the Basque Country
This year, the PGI Ajo Morado de las Pedroñeras (purple garlic) has chosen the Basque city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, 2014 Capital of Spanish Gastronomy, to promote the benefits and quality of this product. It is worth noting that purple garlic is the only one in Spain with a European quality seal used in the.....

Lower Saxony, Germany: good onion harvest, low prices
Onion growers from the German state of Lower Saxony are pleased with the excellent quality of the harvest this year, only now they are faced with low prices, reports the German website topagrar.com."We often can't cover the costs," says growerGünter Primke. For the next couple of weeks however, he is.....

German buying power to increase 2.74% in 2015
In the recent report 'GfK Kaufkraft Deutschland 2015', conducted by German research bureau GFK, Germans will have, on average, 572 Euro more per person to spend in 2015 compared to 2014 (+2.74%). However, this will differ vastly per region, reports the German website Gabot.de. There will be less to spend, on.....


Guy Cooper at the Ag Bio Congress
Stockton presents the benefits of plant extracts
The future of modern agriculture was the central theme of Ag-Bio Congress 2014 organized by Informa Life Sciences earlier this month in Berlin, Germany. The conference drew agribusiness companies, scientists, R&D, formulation research, application technology, technical directors, legislators and.....


Imported fruit over domestic
According toAurel Tanase, director of Prodcom,Romanians are increasingly choosing to eat more imported apples, pears and plums because they are cosmetically more attractive. "Romanian fruit consumption was reduced by a third, and there is a risk it may disappear from shops and markets over the next 3-5.....

Low pesticide levels on Danish fruit and vegetables
According to a report from the Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, non-organic fruit and vegetables in Denmark contain fewer pesticides than foreign produce and the organic varieties are completely free of pesticides.Dan Jørgensen, the food minister, saw the findings as a reason to buy Danish......


Patience is a virtue when trading with Italy
Do you want to start exporting to Italy? Then you better be...patient. This is basically the advice given by the the US Department of Agriculture in its latest report on Italian retail and distribution.ImportersThey are the key to doing business in Italy. They know what to do and can contact retailers.....


Italy: New fennel processing line at Caligari e Babbi
Caligari & Babbi activated a new automatic grading line for fennel in order to precisely select produce."We also required a special feature, i.e. an ozonisation system: ozone-enriched water is safe and healthy, so much so that the Ministry of Health recognised this gas as natural defence against.....


Production volumes could triple if dam water was used
Spain: Granada growing over 80,000 tonnes of tropical fruit
The climate in the Coast of Granada-Malaga is perfectly suitable for the production of tropical crops such as cherimoyas, avocados, medlars and mangoes, among others.The Tropical Coast produces about 50 million kilos of cherimoyas per year, 99% of the European production; 20 million kilos of avocados (30%),.....


Bulgaria: Agricultural land prices expected to drop
Delays in the implementation of the programme for the development of rural areas has significantly reduced the income of growers and slashed their earnings, and this is having an impact on the agricultural land market. The sales prices of fields continue to fall, dropping by up to 20% in some cases, mostly.....

Greece unhappy about EU measures for 2015
The Association of Greek Fruit, Vegetable and Juice Exporting Companies, INCOFRUIT-HELLAS, has announced its dissatisfaction withthe measures proposed by the European Commission for the first half of 2015 to support fruit and vegetable producers affected by the Russian embargo.George Polihronakis,.....


Oceania

NZ Avocado industry waits for China clearance
The New Zealand avocado industry is waiting for clearance to export to China, as it expands its trade into Asian markets. The Ministry for Primary Industries was negotiating an access agreement for China and avocados are at the top of its priority list for horticultural products. Chief executive of New.....


Sydney Markets supplies a third of population
During the busiest week of the year, Sydney Markets is turning over millions of dollars worth of Australian fruit and vegetables in time for Christmas. 500 trucks arrive from farms around Australia overnight, the produce is traded and delivered to stores within days of being harvested.It's an anxious time.....

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Africa

France honors Egyptian Agriculture Minister
French Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll granted his Egyptian counterpart Adel el Beltagy an Order of Merit in appreciation of his efforts to develop agriculture field in Egypt.El-Beltagy received the Order in celebrations attended by a host of French officials.During his visit to Paris, el-Beltagy met.....

Malawi: 'Eliminate illiteracy to improve farming'
The National Smallholder Farmers' Association of Malawi (NASFAM) says farmers' literacy is a catalyst for agricultural development.Operations Manager for NASFAM, Snowden Mbalafana made the remarks on Thursday when he presented certificates to 748 local farmers who have completed a six months adult literacy.....

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World

Obesity controlled with potato extract
The miracle ingredient for fighting obesity may already be in your pantry: A simple potato extract may limit weight gain from a diet that is high in fat and refined carbohydrates, according to scientists at McGill University.Investigators fed mice an obesity-inducing diet for 10 weeks. The results soon.....

Health benefits of eating grapes
Studies at the University of Switzerland proved that resveratrol, found in grapes, mopped up brain-damaging plaques and free radicals. These nasties could increase the risk of your developing Alzheimer’s disease.Cancer-prevention propertiesResveratrol, which is found in high quantities in grapes, has.....

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December 2014
A month of firsts and weather disruption
At the beginning of December the Rouble had reached a new low. Russia had doubts about Switzerland’s export figures. The Alpine country exported a lot more to Russia since the boycott, which causes Russia to suspect banned products are also being exported. By the 17th the rouble had gone into free.....


Retail


Real opens new drive-through supermarkets
German supermarket chain Real opened its first drive-through supermarket in Isernhagen near Hannover four years ago, and a pick-up point in Cologne a year later. Next year, two more drive-through supermarkets are to be added to these, German website mobiflip.de reports.In the drive-through supermarkets, the.....

Worldwide retail sales to top $22 trillion in 2014
We've already seen some record setting retail days this holiday season, with both Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday both topping $1 billion each. This year's Cyber Monday became the largest single shopping day in history and the first ever to break the $2 billion marker. Meanwhile, in China, this year's.....

Coalition calls for boycott of El Super
A community coalition that includes El Super grocery store workers, union leaders and community organizers are calling for a boycott of the Paramount-based grocery store chain, citing alleged health code violations, low wages and other unfair or unsafe conditions. The store, however, disputes those.....

Organic chain opens first St. Louis area store
An organic grocery chain will open its first St. Louis-area store next month in the metro-east. Fresh Thyme Farmers Market will open its doors on Jan. 14 at 6569 N. Illinois St. in Fairview Heights. Fairview Heights Economic Development Director Mike Malloy said the city has heard from many residents asking.....

Ireland: Draft regulations for grocery sector published
Draft regulations aimed at legally controlling the balance between suppliers, retailers and others in the grocery sector have been published by Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton.The new regulations follow complaints from suppliers, particularly in the agricultural sector but including manufacturers,.....



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