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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Christiaan van Ravenswaaij (Ravex): "Our customers are afraid of disaster just as much as we are"
Fruit and vegetable exporters tensely await possible sanctions against Russia
Fruit and vegetable exporters to the Russian market are tensely awaiting the consequences of the plane crash in Ukraine and the possible sanctions it will entail. "We are constantly keeping an eye on it, following the news, as well as listening to what our own government and the foreign ministers have to say.....


US: Airlines awash in international shipments of cherries
Cherries sure mean a lot of work at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, just like they do in the Yakima Valley. The number of international cargo flights — carrying everything from U.S. seafood to computer chips to customers around the globe — doubles each June and July.“All because of cherries,” said.....


Spain: Good prospects for this year’s table grape campaign
The table grape campaign in Vinalopó, Alicante, is currently in full swing with the early white seeded variety Victoria and the white seedless Superior, but with lower volumes compared to last year's bumper crop."This week we will start working with the red seeded Red Globe variety and soon we will have.....

US (CA): Early start, strong prices for figs
Warm weather made for an early start to California's fig harvest this year, with volumes coming early due to rapid maturation. Robust demand and good quality of fruit have also contributed to a strong market this year.“Like many other crops, figs have matured early this year,” said Kevin Herman of The.....


Asian Citrus Holdings says typhoon Rammasun impact "significant"
Asian Citrus Holdings Ltd Tuesday said Typhoon Rammasun has had a significant impact on its business in China.The orange plantation company said the typhoon, which hit Vietnam and China Monday, had caused widespread damage in Guangxi, China, where its Hepu Plantation is located.Asian Citrus said the damage.....

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US: Citrus imports include larger sizes from Peru
Opportune rains this year have made for large-sized tangerines imported into the United States from Peru. The volume of fruit coming in this year also looks to be more than in previous years, as more groves contain fruit-bearing trees.“We're seeing much larger sizes for Murcotts than we've seen in the.....


20-30% Senegalese mango production lost annually
According to Cheikh Ngane, President of the Federative Cooperative of Horticulture in Senegal, 20-30% of mango production is lost each year due to white fly attacks. Such a loss could be estimated to cost hundreds of million of CFA francs. Cheikh Ngane claims that out of the 90,000- 120,000 tons produced.....


Turkey and Russia discuss Customs Union collaboration
Stalled progress towards EU membership has shifted Turkey’s economic interest, and it is now looking for closer cooperation with Russia’s Customs Union, Economic Development Minister Aleksey Ulyukayev said.Ulyukayev discussed the plan with Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci at the G20 trade ministers.....

Get ready to do more business in Hong Kong
With more business opportunities than ever on offer at Asia’s leading fresh fruit and vegetable trade show, it’s time for produce professionals to plan their trip to Hong Kong.Asia Fruit Logistica and Asiafruit Congress have an unparalleled combination of business, networking and learning opportunities lined.....

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Czech vegetable consumption the lowest in Central Europe
In a recent survey conducted by the European Food Safety Authority, which focused on the average consumption of fruits and vegetables, the Czech Republic was revealed to have the third lowest rate in Europe. Only Iceland and Sweden are behind. According to the report, the average intake of vegetables.....



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Hail destroys vegetables in Sennfeld
Last week Friday northern weather fell upon the German district of Schweinfurt (Bayern), the municipalities affected include Sennfeld and Gochsheim, reports the German newspaper 'Mainpost' on their website. While there was not much damage in the region, Sennfeld was hard hit by the sudden hail and lost a lot.....


'Deutsches Gold': a rare tomato
It's only available for a short period of time: the rare beef tomato from Germany, with the name 'Deutsches Gold'. Klaus Trübenecker and his daughter Simone sell the tomato at their stand at the Viktualienmarkt in Munich, German website tz.de reports.Worldwide, there are 2,500 different tomato varieties. But.....


High quality but low prices of French radishes
The mild Spring in France was favourable to radish growth but led to prices decreasing. Fleuron d’Anjou’s Commercial Director, Pascal Laidet says that this year ‘'the campaign was very difficult with more volume and a much greater offering in France than normal over the Spring, however we had a very good.....

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Hans van Maurik: "Lots of interest from catering sector for new line"
Israeli cress and Italian lettuce under 'Ready to Eat' brand
Wholesaler Lukassen AGF has introduced a new line of Israeli cress and Italian lettuce with the brand 'Ready to Eat'. The company will exclusively market the micro-vegetables from the Israeli supplier 2B Fresh on the Dutch, Belgian and German markets. According to Hans van Maurik there is a lot of demand.....


Paimpol bean fair in Brittany
The season has already begun and the offer will increase. As always, every two years in August, a whole region will celebrate the renowned Paimpol beans. Organised by Prince de Bretagne’s producers from the Union of cooperatives in Paimpol and Tréguier, the event attracts about 10,000 people each time. It is.....

Non-standard package of carrots imported from Israel
The Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service received the required documentation for phytosanitary control of a load of fresh carrots (27.4 tonnes) imported into a Russian port from Israel on Zim Sao Paolo motor vessel. In the course of controlling procedures, a violation of plant quarantine legislation.....


Italy: Hailstorm makes it difficult to respect melon schedules
"After yet another hailstorm in the Mantua area, and the serious downy mildew problems, we have lost over 200 hectares of melons, i.e. almost the entire July and August production," explains Ettore Cagna, chairman of Don Camillo."Such a disaster means it will be very difficult for us to comply with the.....

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Greek table grape producers optimistic about prices
On Wednesday, 16 July, a meeting was held between the president of the Association of Cooperatives, Andrea Stratakis, and managers, supervisors and competent agronomists to determine the initial price estimates for this season's table grapes."By the end of July, prices will be determined depending on the.....

Dutch Cherry growers benefit from European downpour
The recent downpours have been good for many Dutch cherry growers. Due to the fact that in some European countries the cherry harvest was severely damaged, growers can get their fruit sold. This information comes from Monday's Volkskrant and the Dutch Fruit Growers Association (NFO).Dutch export always does.....

Northern Bulgaria boasts annual raspberry production of 8000 tonnes
The production of raspberries in northern Bulgaria is regaining momentum and is about to become a principle means of subsistence in the region.The annual production of raspberries amounts to 8000 tonnes and 80% of it is exported to the Netherlands, Germany and the UK, according to Standard daily.The highest.....

French grape season high in quality and quantity
French table grape season started in July when the first Prima and then Cardinal grapes were harvested in the South East of France. The offer will become abundant with open field Prima’s. The first lot is expected in week 30. Harvest of Muscat and Lival grapes from greenhouse productions will add to the.....

Moldovan gov. buys apples from growers for around $6 million
The Moldovan has stated that it will buy apples from growers, to the tune of around $6 million, as compensation for losses that could be incurred once Russia's embargo takes effect against Moldovan produce. According to market specialists, the total only amounts to 5,000 tonnes of Fruit, whereas the.....

47 tonnes of South African oranges in quarantine in Saint-Petersburg
Over 47 tonnes of South African oranges are detained in quarantine at Saint-Petersburg port, - the Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service reported on Monday.‘It is determined that a Phytosanitary Certificate was issued after the load had left the exporting country’ – the experts explained. It is noted.....


Belarus: Blueberry with hint of radiation
The middle of summer is known to be a high season for berries. Blueberry is among the favourites. The yields are good this year - lots of berries from Belarus, Vladimir, Tambov. All the blueberries are said to be organic, from conservation areas. And are reasonably priced – 180 roubles per kilo.All the.....


‘Tattie Tales’ project
Scottish schools rooting for home grown foods
Greenvale, the UK’s leading potato supplier, has been helping schools around Perth and Kinross to dig deep in a bid to educate them about the origins of the food they eat.The ‘Tattie Tales’ project, organised by the Royal Highland Educational Trust and sponsored by the Greenvale site in Burrelton, encourages.....

Domenico Citterio
Italian potato season not picking up speed
"After a new potato campaign characterised by oversupply, the potato campaign is also looking bleak," explains Domenico Citterio.The entrepreneur refers that "in Campania and Apulia, we even decided to interrupt operations because of the lack of demand. We cannot even quantify how much of the produce won't.....


Organic food offered in over half of French canteens
Almost 6 out of 10 canteens offer organically farmed produce, double that of 2009. With 80% of school canteens offering organic produce, the demand is generally from 68% of parents and 53% of employees who want to see organic food in schools and workplaces. The development of organic in canteens is above all.....

Russia complains about Ukrainian potatoes again
Grave concern of the Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service is provoked by detection of Golden Eelworm (Globodera rostochiensis) in Ukrainian potatoes, - Press Service reports.The Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service in Russia have repeatedly expressed their concerns caused by violations of.....


Italy: Carmen pears tested in Ravenna
Testing company "M. Mariani" carried out a guided visit of its Carmen pear orchard, an early variety currently being tested with Farold 40 and 69 rootstocks in cooperation with CRPV - Centro Ricerche Produzioni Vegetali."We planted the trees in 2003 to confront different rootstocks and pruning techniques......

Russia: Greenhouse vegetable production on the rise in Magnitogorsk
Agricultural products will be grown on local greenhouse complexes in the area of the Agapovsky district, in Chelyabinsk. At a meeting of the regional government, the Agriculture Minister Sergei Sushkov confirmed the granting of subsidies in 2014-2015 for the purchase of high-tech equipment for greenhouse.....

Italy: Latest FruitImprese data on Italian foreign trade
According to the latestFruitImpresedata, the turnover of the first four months of 2014 was of €410 million, +7.6% with respect to last year. Exports increased both in terms of quantity (+6.9%) and value (+1.1%) and imports dropped a little (-0,4% in volume and -1.4% in value).Italy exported around 1.33.....

Israeli farmers doubtful they will received full compensation for conflict damages
Farmer Guy Kahlon, whose agricultural plots are located as close as 17 km. from Gaza, has little hope that he will ever receive state compensation for the millions of shekels he has lost during the current conflict.Kahlon’s farmland located closest to the Gaza Strip is a 30-hectare plot in Moshav Klahim, in.....


Oceania

NZ: Seasonal employee increase welcomed by kiwifruit growers
The kiwifruit industry is welcoming a move by the government to increase the cap on seasonal workers.It's raised the number of temporary overseas horticulture workers who can be employed from 8000 to 9000.NZ Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated says the move is necessary to keep up with growth.It claims that by.....


Africa

Ghana importing vegetables that can easily be produced in own country
Ghana, a net exporter of food items some few years back, is now a net importer of food items that can easily be produced in the country. Most of the daily consumables – such as oranges, onions, tomatoes, plantain, carrots, garlic, okro, cabbage, ginger, and ‘kontomire’ – are imported into the.....


GM scaremongering in Africa is disarming the fight against poverty
Transforming agriculture is central to sub-Saharan Africa's development prospects. Three-quarters of people in extreme poverty – existing on less than $1.25 a day – live in rural areas, and crop yields across the region are often a fraction of those in developed countries.Increasing productivity could help.....

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Kenya: Farmers reap rewards from Marakwet irrigation project
For a long time Arror location of Tunyo division in Marakwet West sub county was synonymous with incessant conflicts brought about by cattle rustling between the Marakwet and their neighbours, the Pokot.This coupled with the harsh climatic conditions of the arid Kerio Valley saw most of the local inhabitants.....


World

Freezing blueberries improves antioxidant availability
Blueberries pack a powerful antioxidant punch, whether eaten fresh or from the freezer, according to South Dakota State University graduate Marin Plumb.Anthocyanins, a group of antioxidant compounds, are responsible for the colour in blueberries, she explains. Since most of the colour is in the skin,.....


"Eat unripe bananas but don't eat mash or cook potatoes for a healthy diet"
The ways to eating healthily are quite simple according to one professor: eat unripe bananas, don’t mash potatoes and don’t cook with olive oil.Rodney Bilton spent 15 years researching what a healthy diet based on scientific evidence is and offered several rules to readers. These include eating green bananas.....

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Pomegranate can help prevent Hepatitis C infection
A new research has shown that pomegranate could be a rich source of certain compounds that can help prevent Hepatitis C virus infection.Researchers at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, have found three compounds in pomegranate (punicalin, punicalagin and ellagic acid), which suppress the.....


BLE market report week 27
Germany: decreasing apricot prices
There were mainly apricots from France and Turkey present on the German wholesale markets in week 27. There were also deliveries from Spain, Italy, Greece, Germany and Hungary. The prices of week 27 were lower than in the previous weeks. 2.18 was given for a kilo of French, whereas 4.10 Euro per kilo was.....


Peru: Ecuador's restrictions affect exporters
Yesterday, during the presentation of Expoalimentaria, which will be held in Lima between August 27 and 29, Jorge Rochabrunt, head of the Exporters Association (Adex), said that the trade restrictions imposed by the Ecuadorian government had hurt more than a hundred national exporting companies.The manager.....


Retail

Sainsbury's store powered by food waste
A Sainsbury's superstore is being powered directly by its own food waste, the first time a retailer has come off the National Grid to power a store.The store at Cannock, Staffordshire, already sends all its food waste to the UK's largest anaerobic digestion plant. The facility, run by Biffa, turns food waste.....

Metcash boss warns on excessive market power of Coles and Woolworths
The boss of Metcash’s $9 billion food and grocery division has warned the aggressive push into financial services by supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths could pose a serious threat to competition much in the same way their petrol shopper dockets squeezed independent retailers before the competition.....

Edeka will start using 'Ohne Gentechnik' logo
From September 2014 onwards, German retailer Edeka will feature the 'Ohne Gentechnik' logo on selected private label products, German website lebensmittel-praxis.de reports. At the moment, extensive and rigorous control procedures are running at suppliers of suitable products.To support this logo, Edeka has.....

UK: Tesco could learn a lot from Carrefour
If Tesco’s board and shareholders are looking for clues as to the battle ahead for the retailer, then look no further than Carrefour. The similarities between the struggles facing Britain’s biggest retailer and France’s biggest retailer are stark.The pair battle it out for the title of the world's second.....

Vanderlande has helped to drive retail sales in South Korea
Over the last five years Shinsegae International’s sales have increased over 184% and continue to grow further. To propel their growth Shinsegae International invested in a new DC equipped with two state-of-the-art CROSSORTERs 700 supplied by Vanderlande.The new facility was completed at the beginning of.....

Japan: Convenience store giants leave smaller rivals in dust
Major convenience store chains are racing to expand their networks around the country while their smaller rivals fall behind.Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Lawson Inc. and FamilyMart Co. each passed the 10,000 mark for domestic stores by the end of May.Seven-Eleven, a unit of retail giant Seven & I Holdings.....

Spar Express to expand at German rail stations in SSP deal
Spar Express is expanding in Germany in a new deal in partnership with the EDEKA group and food and drink travel operator SSP. A total of 40 of SSP’s own brand Point outlets are set to be rebranded under the Spar Express name by the autumn.The move will include the remodelling of three flagship outlets, and.....

UK: Bosses of Morrisons and Marks & Spencer under increasing pressure
The bosses of Morrisons and Marks & Spencer were under increasing pressure last night following the departure of Philip Clarke as chief executive of Tesco.The positions of Dalton Philips, the chief executive of Morrisons, and Marc Bolland, head of M&S, have been seen, along with Clarke, as vulnerable.....

Publix launches tools for Back to School campaign
Having the right school supplies can mean the difference between a passing or a failing grade. That’s why Publix Super Markets will offer the Tools for Back to School campaign Thursday, July 24 through Wednesday, August 13. Customers and associates are encouraged to stop by their neighbourhood Publix to.....

Target Canada asks suppliers for cost break to share in its struggles
Target Canada is pushing its suppliers to give it a 2-per-cent cost break to help the U.S. discounter turn around its struggling Canadian operations and win an increasingly tough retail battle.In a recent letter to its suppliers, obtained by The Globe and Mail, Target Corp. said it is setting up the Target.....



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