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Monday, August 29, 2016

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"Jazz won't be replaced by a different variety"
Jazz apple off the shelves for a month
This year the consumer will have to do without the Jazz apple for a while. There is a 'gap' from mid September to mid October, as the New Zealand season has ended earlier and the European season doesn't start until October. "Until now there has never been a seamless transition for the Jazz apple from the.....


Jining Green Living launches new sweet potato varieties
“We have just launched the harvest of two new, exciting sweet potato varieties: the red skinned White Flesh sweet potato (known as the GL18 variety) and the Purple sweet potato (the GL98 variety). We have developed these varieties to serve overseas markets including Canada and Europe. Their skin colour is.....


Oxfam report calls out German supermarkets over imported fruit
A recent report released by Oxfam Germany has singled out large German retailers as being partly responsible for poor working conditions in the cultivation of pineapples and bananas in Ecuador and Costa Rica. The report points to the power retailers have over suppliers as a reason supermarkets should take.....

Steady movement of larger Washington apple crop
This year's Washington apple crop is expected to be larger than last season's, and movement of available apples has been smooth. Quality and sizing is also looking better this season.“It was probably a little warm this season, so the fruit was ready about a week earlier than normal, but this is a good year.....


Kenneth Meijer expects a good Spanish mango harvest
"Spanish mango acreage to stabilise after years of extension"
The Spanish mango season is ready to go. “There are some producers that started with greenhouse mangos, but these volumes are limited and they do not have the right brix percentage. Fortunately, the Spanish growers realise that it is better to wait a little longer, so that the season can start well. "We will.....

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Nergi berry season begins
Small volumes of Nergi berries were harvested in Portugal and France this week, and volumes are expected to increase significantly in the coming weeks. The kiwifruit variety, which has an edible green skin, should be on supermarket shelves across Europe later next week.“The berries have good sugar levels and.....


Erik Kieftenburg, Fruit Noordholland:
"Plum market increasing after week of top supply"
The sunny weather has been very good for plum sales. “More plums are sold at the side of the road which drops the supply faster,” says Erik Kieftenburg of Fruit Noordholland from Zwaagdijk. “This upswing was good for the market. There was a peak supply in the middle of the country last week, there were 5000.....


Watermelon market steady into Labor Day, unclear after
Good demand and steady supplies of watermelons from California have made for a stable market going into Labor Day. The holiday in early September is the last big summer event, so growers are expecting less demand afterward. Shippers, anticipating less consumption, typically pull back on supplies, and pricing.....


Good but short season for Polish blueberries
This year's blueberry season is coming to an end in Poland. Domestic prices showed seasonal ups and downs but still remained at rather high levels compared to last season.The Polish blueberry season usually runs from the first of July through to the end of August, but very sunny days this summer with high.....

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from soft fruit grower Jan Pertijs
First Dutch artichokes at The Greenery this week
The Greenery has a first: artichokes from Dutch soil. "Our strawberry and raspberry grower Jan Pertijs has managed to grow artichokes in Brabant after years of experimenting. Last weekend the harvest will commence and we will start to supply," says Theo Jegerings.Jan Pertijs"The cultivation in the.....


China: Imported plums versus domestic
A first batch of imported Spanish plums had failed to reach the market by Friday last week due to a delay at the Customs Inspection. The plums will now have to compete with similar products currently on the market, ie American 'Dragon Egg' plums and plums produced in China.A large-scale transportation of.....


Wal-Mart recalls fresh veg in 9 states | Countdown unveils $500m expansion
Biggest rise in fresh produce sales at Poundland, B&M, 99p Stores
AU: David Jones sells apples for $2.50 each -A photo circulating on the internet, said to be from David Jones food hall shows apples for $2.50 each. The image of Royal Gala apples was thought to have been taken in Melbourne. It was posted to Reddit where users were shocked at the price. Please, click.....



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José Antonio García, director of AILIMPO:
"Brazil is set to become one of the countries posing the highest phytosanitary risk for EU citrus production"
The European Commission has recently sent a statement to the Brazilian authorities, alerted by the considerable number of detections of citrus canker that have been recorded in containers with limes shipped from the port of Santos, in the state of São Paulo, which entered Europe via the United Kingdom.The.....


New mobile fertiliser ap keeps growers in control
Farmers and agronomists can now optimise their cropping strategy, thanks to Muddy Boots’ Greenlight Grower Management. In addition to existing geo-located inspections, activity recording, AgChem planning and pesticide audit functionality, the new fertiliser application allows farmers to create, confirm and.....


The analysis of Alessandro Dalpiaz
The new Italian apple season
The first estimates for the 2016 apple campaign were announced during the 40th edition of Prognosfruit in early August. A 3% drop was expected in Europe, but what about Italy in particular? Assomela director Alessandro Dalpiaz talked about it during the 14th edition of the meeting promoted by the Verona.....

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Italy: Stone fruit situation improved at Terremerse
Terremersereported that, after a slow start of the campaign in July, the apricot and plum campaign seems to be bouncing back, as is happening for the bigger peach and nectarine grades. However, the opposite is happening for watermelons.Apricots suffered a lot until around July due the quality, affected by.....


Early ripening but excellent demand and prices for Costa d'Amalfi lemons
"I have been working in this sector for many years, but have never witnessed a campaign like this - production was higher than average in May, when we usually programme our marketing campaigns," reports Carlo De Riso, administrator ofCostieragrumi De Riso.Prices were also high due to the lower pressure.....


New procedure for scanning on external track
Problems solved for customs' scanning delays
A solution to the problems around customs' scans in the port of Rotterdam is within reach. Customs and the three interest groups, GroentenFruit Huis, EVO and FENEX, have reached an agreement for a solution. That solution can be found in a new procedure for external scanning, which further ensures the safety.....

For varieties Challenger and Fontane
Belgium: Potato association to provide more pricing info
Belgapom, the association of the Belgian potato trade and processing industry, has through its price committee since 2000 every week quoted the Belgian free market price for potatoes of the Bintje variety for storage potatoes and for various varieties of early potatoes. In addition, the market sentiment was.....

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Halyomorpha halys now affecting apple orchards in Piedmont
The brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) is not the only harmful pentatomidae that can be found in orchards, so it is very important to be able to recognise the other species as well. Agrion technicians have therefore prepared the table below to make them easier to recognise.H. halys compared to.....

Eating fruit, veg may help gout sufferers
According to a new report published 16 August, eating a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and low-fat dairy could be successful in helping gout sufferers. The research indicates that a healthy diet can effectively lower blood levels of uric acid, a known trigger of gout.The findings are published in Arthritis.....

Bulgarian veg producers earning less for veg
Bulgaria’s producer prices in agriculture have dropped by 0.8% year-on- year in the second quarter, as the crop output index rose 0.6%, while the animal output index fell 2.2%.The prices of goods and services used by agricultural producers in the second quarter of 2016 fell 4.8% compared with the same period.....

Spain: One of the best garlic campaigns on record in Extremadura
This year's has been one of the best garlic campaigns in recent memory in Aceuchal, Extremadura's garlic "capital". There are years of tradition behind the product's planting, harvesting and trading.Everything points to the growers being able to sell the product for more than 1 Euro per kilo; an encouraging.....

Mexico and the EU are negotiating the modernisation of the global agreement
The EU and Mexico have recently held in Brussels the first round of negotiations for the modernisation of the Economic Political Coordination and Cooperation Partnership Agreement (Global Agreement), which has been in force since October 1, 2010, and that aims at adapting relations between both regions to.....


New direct service APL India and Pakistan
From 1 October, container shipper APL will start a new, weekly service that will connect four ports in India and Pakistan directly with Rotterdam.The India Pakistan Europe service, or IPE, will call at Nhava Sheva, Hazira and Mundra in India, and Port of Qasim in Pakistan. Besides Rotterdam, IPE will also.....

Spain: Marijuana hidden in vegetables to the Netherlands
The Spanish National Police in Alicante have arrested four members of a group that allegedly brought marijuana grown in Spain in the Netherlands by hiding it in heavy trucks exporting vegetables. 263 kilos of buds of this drug have been seized in the operation.According to a statement from the provincial.....

Excess fruit, veg packaging deters customers
A new study has revealed that excess packaging on fruit and vegetables is putting customers off a healthy diet. The Dutch experiment found consumers are twice as likely to pick healthy food if it isn't coated in cellophane and plastic wrapping- even in the case of organic food where it cost one-and-a-half.....

Baden Württemberg, Germany:
Significantly lower apple harvest in 2016
This year’s apple yield will be even lower than the disappointing yield of the previous year, according to the Statistical Office of Baden-Württemberg. This is evident of the first estimates in the fruit harvest report of mid-July.A total harvest of 263 million metric tons of apples is expected, a situation.....

Scotland: Labour concerns for fruit farmers
This summer, Scotland's fruit growers have benefited from supermarkets putting more local produce, and less imports, on their shelves. However, it has not been all good news; concern over the 'unprecedented' increase in labour costs inflicted by the introduction of the national living wage, plus worries.....

Israel to overcome tomato shortage with Turkish imports
Israel is expecting a tomato shortage during the high holidays due to a crop destroying virus and government plans to buy cheaper produce from Jordan, Gaza, and the Palestinian Authority. Therefore, the government has decided to import thousands of tons of tomatoes from Turkey without tariffs to mitigate.....

Spain: Over 1,500 Andalusian producers supervising crops with app
More than 1,500 people are already using the app launched by the Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of Andalusia in March, to monitor the phytosanitary status of their crops via mobile devices. With this tool, it is possible to gain instant access to all plant health-related content.....

25th anniversary
Fruit Logistica social media campaign # 25fruits starts now
Fruit Logistica is launching a social media campaign this week to mark its 25th anniversary: hashtag #25fruits.Founded in 1993 as the result of an industry impulse, Fruit Logistica has evolved to become a global trade fair for the fresh produce industry. Fruit Logistica Global Brand Manager Wilfried Wollbold.....


Oceania

406% growth in imports
Japan's growing appetite for Aussie grapes
According to a recent Australian Table Grape Association (ATGA) trade report, Australia exported the highest ever single volume of table grapes in April at 32,587 tonnes, eclipsing the March 2016 record. China remained the biggest importer of grapes, but Japan posted the strongest rise for the season with a.....

Australia a 'lucrative market' for Kenyan avocados, veg, cashews
Australia's diplomat in Nairobi has said that the surge in demand for avocados, vegetables and cashew nuts in Australia, has opened a lucrative window for Kenyan producers.Australian High Commissioner John Feakes said Kenya stands to reap a fortune from supplying the continent with the products alongside cut.....

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AU: Beverage processor squeezes new life into juice industry
Major beverage processor Lion is re-thinking its operations in Leeton and Sydney in light of Australia's changing fruit juice drinking habits. A $28 million upgrade to the Lion Dairy and Drinks juice business will see faster, state-of-the-art processing technology from the US installed late this year at.....

Pound to New Zealand Dollar rate set for more downside
According to analysts at BNZ bank, risks are skewed to further downside in the GBP to NZD pair, however, this technical analysis of the charts does not confirm this view in the very short-term.The GBP/NZD exchange rate has risen for two weeks in a row now, having bounced off the floor just at 1.7744 on the.....


Papua New Guinea: Helicopter company goes into fruit, veg business
Over the past year, Airborne Logistics have started providing service flights to several isolated villages in Central Province, Papua New Guinea. The company has a novel way to make ends meet - by buying fruit and veg off the villagers and then selling their produce at market in Port Moresby, reports.....

AU: Woman awarded $660,000 after fruit shop fall
Meng Khim Heang​, 36, was walking in a Sydney fruit shop when she slipped and fell heavily on the right side of her body. After the fall, the previously healthy mother of two was unable to work or carry out simple domestic chores. As a result of the fall, she suffered soft tissue damage to her neck,.....


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Why do apples float?
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Mexican asparagus season could be interesting
“The coming season, starting in December, is going to be an interesting one. As we normally experience a “la Niña” climate after dealing with El Niño. This means stormy weather nearby Baja California and often drought in the south of California. Caborca is positioned in the middle of these two extremes. This.....

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"We hope to make 2017 a 90% export season"
Australian growers and exporters, Capogreco Farms have harvested approximately 10,000 tonnes of Rockmelon/Honeydew Melon/Watermelons and almost 1,000 tonnes of Broccoli this season. The company exports around 85% of their total production to the Middle East and Asia."With a successful sea freight program we.....


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Wal-Mart recalls fresh veg in 9 states | Countdown unveils $500m expansion
Biggest rise in fresh produce sales at Poundland, B&M, 99p Stores
AU: David Jones sells apples for $2.50 each -A photo circulating on the internet, said to be from David Jones food hall shows apples for $2.50 each. The image of Royal Gala apples was thought to have been taken in Melbourne. It was posted to Reddit where users were shocked at the price. Please, click.....



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