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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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US lime import prices trending up
Mexican lime imports into the U.S. are trending up, as growers have recovered from an inclement October.“Yields have been good,” says Dan Edmeier of Limex Sicar, a distributor based out of Mission, TX. “We’ve had weather issues. Patricia set us behind a little bit. Now the market seems to be trending back up.....

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Senegalese melon campaign started
The first melons from Senegal arrived yesterday in France at Soldive. The melons grown in the African country are the yellow Charentais. "The beginning of the production is very satisfying with brix levels between 12 and 16," explains Audrey Brizard from Soldive. "Senegalese production is very interesting.....

Limited edition winter packaging for snack tomato
NatureSweet Tomatoes ( has revealed its limited-‐edition, Seasonal packaging: a cheerful snowflake pattern and festive gold foil labels for Cherubs, Glorys and SunBursts. “We hope that our consumers revel in the spirit of the season with our tomatoes gracing their tables, whether it’s.....

Increase blueberry acreage China
“We are a blueberry plantation in Heyuan in Henan province. Currently we cultivate 130,000 blueberry bushes, says Mr. Huang of Heyuan Maoqing Blueberry Plantation. “We sell our crop to wholesalers. Since 2013 we run a programme that the public can visit our farm and pick blueberries from our fields. In.....

Citronex has good hopes for banana marketing in 2016
The El Niño effect is starting to have a visible impact in Ecuador. According to Marek Szulc of Citronex, there is currently less sunshine and low temperatures, and by observing the plantations, Citronex is expecting that production will decrease very soon. “Last year, from January, Ecuador started to.....

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César Ruescas: "The sector needs to unite to compete"
Growing global popularity of Spanish onions
César Ruescas, manager of Ruescas Export.The onion campaign, as in the case of other horticultural products, has been affected by adverse weather conditions. The heat wave since May and the impact of storms have reduced the harvest volumes by between 20 and 30%, also with smaller calibres. "Retailers have.....

UK: Basil short due to Israeli weather
Fresh Guernsey Herbs has been growing herbs for more than 25 years on Guernsey, part of the Channel Islands. As well as growing over thirty different types of herbs the company also imports from Israel to supplement supply in the off season."Supply is a bit short at the moment, and due to weather conditions.....

Banana prices down in Russia
"We, the Russian importers, are greedy, we have imported more bananas than necessary, and supply now exceeds demand”. According to Mikhail Slastenin, the representative of the Russian company Akhmed fruit, importer of fresh fruit and vegetables to Russia, the price of bananas in Russia fell. “On average.....

Improved Port of Rotterdam inspections
In the year 2000, the port of the Rotterdam was the largest Container Port in the world. In the years since, it has fallen to 11th place. A team of logistics experts are working with the port to improve the quality of the services –such as scanning and inspections - which the port is offering to the fruit.....

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Wholesale market Frankfurt am Main
Wholesale market with a good infrastructure and satisfied traders
Since 2004 fresh fruit, healthy vegetables and exotic delicacies have been traded every day at the Frischezentrum Frankfurt am Main, the wholesale market of the metropolis along the river Main. More than 10 years after the opening of the wholesale market it is still in good shape with satisfied traders. “One.....

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European pear exports - Interpera
Portuguese pear exports up 20%
On 19th November 2015, during the first day of Interpera, the director of the Centro servizi ortofrutticoli di Ferrara Elisa Macchi presented the pear situation in the main European countries. Belgium and the Netherlands confirmed their propensity to exports (see chart below), but Portugal is the real.....

Swiss company joins Crimson Snow club
Andrea Iseppi, responsible for apples of Iseppi Frutta SA, 3rd generation producer/packer/marketer located in Switzerland: “We are very happy to have a license for Switzerland. The potential of the variety and the brand are enormous. The apple speaks for itself, the purple red color is very attractive, the.....

Italy: Warm temperatures lead to overlaps in cauliflower production
The situation is the same for all winter vegetables - the mild temperatures are slowing sales down and increasing production, i.e. the exact opposite of what producers, traders and wholesalers would want. Cauliflowers are no exception.A few days ago, Verona wholesalerContinental Fruitsaid that September.....

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Spain: VOG has already marketed 45% of its Gala apples
The start of the 2015/2016 apple campaign for VOG, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary and the 20th anniversary of its Marlene brand, has been marked by a feeling of confidence and some stronger first weeks of sales. The Italian consortium hopes to record a good harvest volume, around 8% below last.....

Weather negatively influences demand of citrus fruit
The clementines mainly came from Spain and some Italian clementines completed the supply. And on Tuesday Greek and Moroccan batches of clementines were available in Frankfurt. The sales didn’t go smoothly, due to several reasons. In the first place the supply was high compared to the low demand caused by the.....

Decrease in UK potato production costs
There may be a small decrease in the costs of potato production this year for the second year running, but the long-term trend is for them to increase. This is partly because the price of red diesel has gone down by almost 25 per cent, and fertiliser costs are benefiting from a 4 per cent drop in the cost of.....

Tesco celebrates start of Spanish citrus season
AMT (Part of the Munoz group), the UK’s leading citrus specialist, is celebrating the start of the Spanish Citrus season 2015 with Tesco. Following the success of recent years, the campaign once again hits the capital with the unveiling of a unique Spanish Citrus juice bar in the city’s Old Spitalfields.....

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Spain: Castile-Leon aims to reach 30,000 hectares of potatoes
The Councillor of Agriculture and Livestock of Castile-Leon, Milagros Marcos, has announced her department's goal to increase the region's potato acreage by 50 percent in the coming years and reach 30,000 hectares.Milagros Marcos made this statement in Medina del Campo at the opening of the new plant of.....

Apple harvest with historically late end
Apple farmer Rolf Schuback is still a bit out of breath. The harvest of 2015 has demanded a lot from the growers in the Alte Land. "We have just finished. The fruit has ripened later because of the cold spring, and that's why we could not begin with the harvest any sooner", Schuback explains. Furthermore, he.....

Girteka Logistics makes significant investment
Shareholders of the Danish transport company group Thermo-Transit have signed an investment agreement with one of the leading European transport company groups operating under the brand name of Girteka Logistics. Agreement includes the purchase of 40% of the share-capital of Thermo-Transit.Thermo-Transit.....

WilkoFruit warns of Guneyhan Marketing (Mete Guneyhan)
After Jager Holland and Impalafruit, Wilko Fruit from Breda has now also warned against doing business with Guneyhan Marketing (contact Mete Guneyhan). On July 24 2013 an agreement between Wilko Fruit and Guneyhan Marketing was made to load one truck of cherries as quickly as possible. After receiving the.....

No Horticulture 4.0 without Logistics 4.0
"In Horticulture 4.0, we will be able to deliver products to the end costumer, which could be either retailer or consumer, in a much more direct manner and also in many different ways," says Harrij Schmeitz. "However, the chain will not be ready for this challenge without further improvement of logistic.....

Spain: Citrus growers request phytosanitary protection from third countries
Representatives of the Spanish citrus sector organizations have sent a letter to the Spanish MEPs asking them to ensure the protection of European plantations from the entry of vegetable products and materials from third countries.Organizations like COAG, ASAJA, UPA, Cooperativas Agroalimentarias, the.....

Technology for Polish suppliers in search of new markets
Locus Traxx Worldwide has appointed Genesis Fresh as its representative in Poland. This will give exporters access to crucial tools as they search for new markets in the face of the Russian produce embargo. Through this agreement with Locus Traxx Worldwide, Genesis Fresh will distribute the innovative.....


For sale : 16,000 square meter cucumber business in New Zealand
A New Zealand cucumber business is for sale. This is the dominant telegraph cucumber growing property in the South Island of New Zealand and is being offered for sale due only to the retirement of the vendors. Take the chance to consider this option if you are thinking of changing your location and.....

Supporting domestic produce
AU: Coles loans mango grower $500k
Northern Territory and Queensland mango producer Manbulloo Mangoes has received a $500,000 interest-free loan from the Coles Nurture Fund to expand production. The loan aims to ensure customers can buy locally-grown mangoes at Coles.The announcement came as Manbulloo managing director Marie Piccone was.....

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Australian macadamias: powerful first impression in China
Australian macadamias will step into the spotlight in China for the first time this week, with the launch of a million dollar consumer marketing campaign in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.The China campaign is funded by Australia’s 650+ macadamia growers (via an industry marketing levy through Horticulture.....

Apples in China feature 'new' NZ flag before referendum
The sight of a new New Zealand flag allegedly being used on fruit packaging in China has drawn a collective gasp online. Tauranga's John Miller claims to have snapped a photo of apples with New Zealand labelling featuring the Silver Fern (Red, White and Blue) flag design at a fruit market in Shanghai.The.....

NZ: New mobile biosecurity x-ray machine unveiled
The Ministry for Primary Industries has unveiled a new biosecurity tool for keeping destructive pests and diseases out of New Zealand – a mobile x-ray for scanning hand baggage carried by cruise ship passengers.The new machine has so far been trialled in Auckland and the Bay of Islands. During the summer it.....

Severe storm warning for Queensland
The Bureau of Meteorology says "very dangerous thunderstorms" were detected near Moore and Linville in the Somerset region on Tuesday afternoon. A severe storm warning is in place for the districts of Gympie, Somerset and the Sunshine Coast. "Damaging winds and very large hailstones are likely," a weather.....

AU: Trial Cathay flight has ag exporters hopeful
The historic first international freight flight from Wellcamp airport will deliver a valuable entree to the Chinese market for Darling Downs producers.Story Fresh vegetable growers Geoff and Anne Story watched with excitement as the Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-8 loaded two tonnes of their ready-to-eat.....


Turkey: Fruit, veg exports declining
Turkey’s fresh fruit and vegetable exports have been declining in recent years and claims about the reselling of hazardous returned exports in the domestic market must be investigated, Turkish Association of Agriculturalists (TZD) head İbrahim Yetkin has said. Fresh fruits and vegetables worth $1.5.....


Brookshire end sale process | SuperValu regains top slot
Lidl starts delivery simular to HelloFresh in home market
Irish SuperValu regains top slot in supermarket leagueNew data this morning from research group Kantar Worldpanel shows that SuperValu, the brand owned by Cork-based Musgrave, had a 24.6% share of Ireland’s multi-billion euro grocery market during the 12 weeks to November 8. Tesco had 24.1%......

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