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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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Veiling Haspengouw and UNIVEG investigate commercial cooperation
The Board of Directors of Veiling Haspengouw and UNIVEG today announced during a press conference that they are investigating a close commercial cooperation.In this regard, a Letter of Intent was signed to confirm that UNIVEG will take a stake in two subsidiaries of Veiling Haspengouw, H-Fruit and.....

Excellent quality for South African citrus season
Excellent weather conditions in South Africa have contributed to an earlier citrus harvest in the Western and Northern Cape regions of South Africa, resulting in earlier arrival of citrus to the US. Containers carrying Easy Peelers and Navel oranges will arrive at the Port of Newark over the next 2-3.....


Montague to reinvigorate Aus apple category
2015 is shaping up to be a big year for Australian apples, and Montague is right at the heart of a lot of the action, with a strong showing for its flagship variety, Jazz, on track to hit up to 800 000 cartons when it is in full production over the next couple of years. “When I go back and visit the business.....

StePac acquired by Johnson Matthey Plc
StePac is pleased to announce that it has been acquired by Johnson Matthey Plc, a global leader in sustainable technologies. The transaction, which includes all assets of StePac, is an important step in the development of Johnson Matthey’s Atmosphere Control Technologies business, which sits within the New.....


California Giant Berry Farms' new website delivers custom user experience
California Giant Berry Farms, a year-round producer of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, today announces the launch of their new website. Designed to deliver the most sought-after consumer content and information, the next-generation site features exclusive recipes, free e-books,.....

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China says yes to all US apples
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that China’s agriculture regulatory agency has allowed access for all U.S. apple varieties, according to a news release today from Northwest Fruit Exporters.Phytosanitary certificates for export will be available after USDA has updated their phytosanitary export.....


Transport manager Piet Daniels, Scherpenhuizen:
Migrants storm our trucks in Calais
Migrants are climbing into trucks headed to England from Calais, France. Truck drivers from the Eindhoven transport company, Scherpenhuizen, complained so much to Transport Manager Piet Daniels, that he decided to see for himself. Last week he made the trip over the sea, and saw what the problems were.Piet.....


South Africa: Young plant grower starts production in triple layer retractable
Multiplants in Britts, just one hour outside of Johannesburg South Africa has started production in their 7,000 m² triple layer, computer controlled retractable roof greenhouse.The retractable roof covering allows crops to be exposed to direct sunlight and lower humidity when outside conditions are ideal,.....

Chile: Asoex asks Government to intervene strike
The president of the Fruit Exporters Association of Chile AG (Asoex), Ronald Bown Fernandez, expressed the association's deep concern about the indefinite strike being carried out by Customs since last Wednesday, May 20."Our industry is directly affected by any stop of any sector linked to the export.....

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Medvedev: Decision on boycott lifting in August
Russian Prime Minister Medvedev confirmed once again that any decisions about the boycott will be taken in August and will depend on the position taken by Europe. According to the Russian phytosanitary service, there are negotiation attempts underway, but Europe is not collaborating. The EU approved about.....

Slight delay due to cool temperatures
US (FL): Two weeks into the Mexican table grape season
“We have a large Mexican table grape program,” says Chris DeSana with Seald Sweet. “We ship about 700,000 cartons of table grapes from Mexico each season.” Our three year plan is to market over a million cases annually. The season started May 11 and supplies are increasing daily. However, the rate of.....



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UK: Children get a taste for greens at salad farm
Vitacress, a leading fresh produce business in the UK, invited children from St Mary Bourne School to its farm in Hampshire last week. A group of 27 pupils, from years 4 and 5, braved the wet weather and took part in a range of activities at the farm. The school children learnt about how watercress, rocket.....


Rick Mengers, ZON fruit & vegetables:
Good balance between supply and demand on asparagus market
Pentecost brought hardly any increased demand for asparagus this year. This is the conclusion that asparagus seller Rick Mengers, from ZON fruit & vegetables, has come to. "There is not too much going on on the market. Supply is now at the average of what it has been in other years, only the late variety.....


The unstoppable rise of seaweed in the supermarket
Touted as “the new kale”, seaweed is popping up everywhere, from restaurant menus – with crab, cucumber and dill at Kitty Fisher’s; hake and pak choi at Grain Store in King’s Cross, and in butter at The Sportsman in Kent – to, as of this week, Tesco’s veg aisle. On Monday, the chain became the first major.....

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Italy: Fennel season starting at Caligari e Babbi
"We are starting the fennel season from the Romagna area with a 15-day delay. The produce is harvested locally and, although at the beginning it might show some weather damage, quality should be excellent in June," explains Marco Babbi, sales manager for Caligari & Babbi."2015 did not start well, but.....

Turkey’s vegetable production expected to rise
The production of fruits, vegetables and cereals and other crops is expected to increase when compared with previous year, the Turkish Statistics Institute (TÜİK) said on May 26.“An increase is expected in the production of cereals and other crops, fruits and vegetables in the first estimation of 2015.....

Spain: Aragon expects to harvest 600,000 tonnes of fruit
The Spanish region of Aragon expects a normal fruit campaign, with a similar production volume as last year. Initial prospects point to harvest volumes reaching about 600 million kilos. Production remains stable due to the 4,000 additional hectares devoted to peaches and nectarines, while other varieties.....

Poland: Strawberry harvest promises to be good
"This year's strawberry harvest in Poland promises to be good, but the final yield will depend on the weather," said the President of the Strawberry Growers Association, Janusz Andziak. Field-grown strawberries will hit the market in approximately 2 weeks. According to Andziak, the harvest volume should.....

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Spain: Melon production in Murcia expected to grow by 6%
The Association of Producers-Exporters of Fruits and Vegetables of the Region (Proeport) expects the melon production in Murcia to increase by around 6% this campaign, mainly due to the good weather conditions registered during the winter and the increased acreage. The harvest is expected to start around.....

UK: Large watermelon demand expected during Ramadan
The month of Ramadan should have an impact on consumption. British retail chain Asda expects a significant increase in demand for watermelons during the said month, which will start in a few days. Asda's purchasing managers have communicated this to their suppliers in order to plan a larger volume of orders.....


Fewer imports from Argentina and Chile
Spain: Onion prices skyrocketing due to lack of large calibres
The new Spanish onion season started in late April in Andalusia, where about 80% of the country's total production takes place. In early May, the first Spring onions from Murcia and Valencia also arrived.The 2014/2015 campaign has been one to forget, as despite the slight increase in the value of onions for.....

18,800 tonnes
Spain imported 27% more bananas in March
In March 2015, the Canary Islands shipped 36,100 tonnes to the domestic market, while the country imported 18,800 tonnes and re-exported 6,300 tonnes. Consumers consequently had access to 48,600 tonnes of bananas, which is 10,365 tonnes more than in the previous month (+27%). With these figures, the market.....


London Produce Show
UK: Business potential ripe-and-ready fruit
Rising consumer interest in eating tropical fruit is generating new demand for state-of-the-art ripening systems that can deliver ready-to-eat supplies without compromising the high quality standards expected from the category.With interest high in ripening solutions for both bananas and tropicals, Interko.....

Trendy vegetable carb alternatives offered at Tesco
They are two of the hottest trends amongst foodies and the diet conscious – blitzing in a food processor or spiralising vegetables to create less calorific replacements for carbohydrates.Among the most popular are vegetable substitutes for pasta, mash, rice, couscous, pizza bases and bread.The trend has been.....

Heavy hailstorm destroyed 2,500 hectares
Austria: Damage estimated at 1.5 million Euros
Two days in a row, May 19 and 20, a hailstorm damaged crops in the Styrian districts Weiz, Hartberg-Furstenfeld, Südoststeiermark and Graz. A total of 2,500 hectares was severely damaged, in particular, fruit crops (strawberries, plums, apples, pears), vegetables and field crops (corn and squash). After the.....

Vietnam: FSA Research Project 2015
Interested in business development, or improvement of your existing business in Vietnam?The FSA Research Project is an excellent opportunity to provide answers to your business questions. We deliver tailor made professional consultancy services and research reports for companies with international.....

German Farmers' Day 2015 in Erfurt
Debate on the future and direction of the agriculture
This year the German Farmers' Day will take place in Erfurt on 24 and 25 June 2015. More than 600 delegates of 18 national farmers'organisationsand numerous guests and speakers from politics, agriculture, research and social groups are expected in the capital of the federal state Thuringia. The theme.....


Oceania


Fresh hopes for AU Citrus headed to the US
Australian citrus exports to the USA are expected to rise this year, particularly for navel oranges, thanks to excellent growing conditions and a much more amenable US dollar exchange rate. Pack-outs of Class-1 quality citrus, and fruit ideal in size for the US market, will also be higher. ‘We had very.....

Teaming up to get geniune Aussie products on shelves
The Australian Made Campaign is teaming up with RANGEme to help give Aussie growers and manufacturers a competitive edge when pitching their products and produce to retail buyers.RANGEme is a revolutionary online platform used by retail buyers within the grocery, pharmacy, convenience and health food.....

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10th Australian Mango Conference
'Great time to be a mango grower in AU'
‘It’s a great time to be a mango grower in Australia.’ That was the message from the Federal Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce, to delegates as they attended Day One of the 10th Australian Mango Conference at Skycity Casino in Darwin. Although unable to attend in person, Minister Joyce wished.....

AU Hort events inject millions into Gold Coast economy
Australia’s largest horticultural event, the National Horticulture Convention, Trade Show, and Awards for Excellence, is forecast to boost the Gold Coast economy by over $2 million over the course of the three day event.Now incorporating both AUSVEG and Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL), the Convention.....

AU: Banana-a-peel for Royal Children’s Hospital
Tuesday June 16th, 2015 marks the first official shipment of bananas from the new L&R Collins farm in Lakeland, QLD. To commemorate the occasion, Director Len Collins will donate all sales from his first pallet of bananas to The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne (RCH). The Banana a-peel will take.....


Fresh Intelligence Consulting's Wayne Prowse at PMA Fresh Connections
FTAs ‘tools’ do not revolve around produce
Protectionism still exists in trade among countries today, and exporters need to find areas with strong demand and lack of access, according to industry consultant and researcher Wayne Prowse, of Fresh Intelligence. “Agriculture has always been difficult. Multilateral trade agreements have always been.....


World

Best fruit, veg to buy organic
Although organics are still only four percent of the U.S. food market, sales have been increasing about 10 percent a year for the last few years.The largest share of this market comes from organic fruit and vegetables.Of course, the main drawback to organic food is that it can cost considerably more than.....

Spain: Net profit from watermelon cultivation up
In the 2013/2014 campaign, watermelon producers in the province of Almeria saw the net profit generated from the cultivation of this fruit increase by around 567% compared to the previous year, according to estimations from Hortoinfo based on data from the Markets and Prices Observatory of Andalusia.These.....


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Ahold Q1 earnings drop on product promotion costs | Iceland expands in UK
Ocado wants to partner with US retailer
German Kaiser's and Edeka threaten with job lossesThe Federal Cartel Office has rejected a merger of Kaiser's Tengelmann and Edeka. Now both enterprises try their luck with the Federal Minister of Economics, n-tv.de reports. Thousands of jobs are at stake. Rewe, the competitor of Kaiser's Tengelmann.....



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