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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

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Youssef Moussa: "Never seen before long period of high prices Egyptian grapes"
Masr Fruit active with locations in five countries
In 2009 Masr Fruit started in Barendrecht in the Netherlands. Now the Dutch location has been located at ABC Westland in Poeldijk for a number years and the company has locations in France, Germany, Sweden, Russia and the UK. With most of its own cultivation in Egypt - Masr means Egypt - Masr Fruit supplies.....

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Michelle Kruger, ClemenGold.
"It is becoming increasingly important to separate good quality from the rest"
For a consumer brand like ClemenGold, providing consistently good eating quality fruit is a cornerstone in the growth and sustainability of its business model. "Adhering to this principle creates long-term consumer loyalty, and in return, some stability in the value chain. Crops vary from year to year for.....


Russia hit by drought
Russia intervenes in Greek crisis
President Putin decided to intervene in the Greek crisis. The president called the Greek Prime Minister, the French President and the IMF. In Russia, analysts are concerned about the consequences for Russia of the Greek 'no'. The Russian envoy in Europe said in an interview that European companies still try.....


Ag Industry Competitiveness White Paper opinion
Long term export benefits from white paper
The Agriculture Industry Competitiveness White Paper will be good news long term for the export industry, according to Vince Brullo, Export Manager for Australia Fruits. “I think they’re moving in the right direction, that’s for sure, but even with the recent FTA with China signed, tariffs won’t come down.....


The power of merchandising
US: Re-design of produce department drives sales
“People select to shop at a grocery store based on its produce offering,” says Mark Chenoweth with Carlson AirFlo. It’s the big driver of sales at the grocery store. “This department is a very competitive market place and we support the retailer in merchandising its products well. Our equipment can be found.....

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UK: Pink Lady®, Asda launch apples for children
Coregeo®, the master Licensor for Pink Lady® in the UK, has this week launched an exciting new brand extension into ASDA stores across the country. Pinkids® sees a pack of eight smaller Pink Lady® apples perfect for smaller mouths, but with exactly the same great Pink Lady® taste. The little apples are the.....


Worldwide: China is global leader for online grocery sales
According to the ranking of the 10 leading markets for what concerns online grocery salesdrafted by IGD, not only is China the current leader in the sector, but it is also set to quadruple the value of this segment in the next five years, thus distancing other countries such as the UK and the US.According to.....


Kris Wouters, Wouters Fruithandel:
"Germany is the new Russia for Conference"
The top fruit sector went through a lot this year, but the situation at the end of the season isn't as bad as expected. A lot of exporters were 'startled awake' and realised that they had to find new markets besides Russia. "It's not good to be completely dependent on one market," says Kris Wouters of.....


Low lime prices in Europe
Big supplies of imported limes in Europe have caused prices there to dip. But as summer is the time of year when the most limes are consumed, importers are expecting prices to increase in the coming weeks.“The market is very bad in terms of prices,” said Olivier Fakhri, commercial Director of Georges Helfer.....

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Walmart Mexico keeps up strong sales | Leclerc gets record fine
Lidl benefits from Greek crisis
US: Ahold fresh formats executive resigns -Ahold USA said Monday Bhavdeep Singh has announced plans to resign as EVP, fresh formats, effective July 17, supermarketnews.com reports. Separately, Paul Kneeland has joined Ahold's fresh formats as lead fresh merchant, according to his LinkedIn profile......



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France: Lettuce prices, volume increased in May
The 2015-2016 lettuce season has begun well in terms of prices and volume, both of which are higher than in May 2014. Unlike last year, prices during the first month of the season are within the 2010-2014 average. As of August 2014 prices continued to increase compared to the 2009-2013 average. This.....

Nico Veldhoen: "The weather is the buyer"
Warm weather clears up melon market
The warm weather has given the sales of Spanish melons a considerable boost. "The prices were still at a very low level two weeks ago. The season started late with a lot of large sizes, which always counter productively for the price and we also had bad weather for quite a while. But last week's warm weather.....


Spain: Cheaper peppers than eight seasons ago
During the current campaign, which is about to come to a close, the average price paid to growers for all pepper varieties has been lower than eight seasons ago, according to data processed by Hortoinfo and supplied by the Prices and Markets Observatory of Andalusia.In the 2007/2008 campaign, the average.....

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Not the best cherry year ever
Germany: 50700 metric tons of cherries expected
According to the Bureau of Statistics the fruit growers expect a cherry harvest of 50700 metric tons, which is just below the average of the past decade. According to the first estimates a harvest of 33100 metric tons of sweet cherries and sour cherries 17600 metric tons can be expected in Germany.An initial.....


Italy: Spanish cherries on market at bargain prices
Forecasts were good at the beginning of the cherry season in Vignola, as prices were expected to be quite high. "Unfortunately though, we were wrong," explains Stefano Zocca, director of the local fresh produce market."Nobody expected that Spain would be so strong in the market. It is flooding markets such.....

Italy: Foreign lettuce has the same quality
A domestic importer commented on the fact that a Dutch exporter reported that Italy prefers Polish lettuce.The operator referred that "Italian buyers interested in Iceberg lettuce are spoilt for choice - produce can be imported from Sweden, Germany, UK, Poland, the Netherlands and Denmark and quality is more.....

Melon and watermelon prices in Almeria
Spain: Galia melon prices plunge due to oversupply
The increase in the supply of Galia melons has taken a very negative toll on prices, which now barely reach 0.20 Euro per kilo at auctions in Almeria, approximately 50% less than a week ago. Galia melons consequently remain as the variety with the worst prices, as black melons stand at around 0.50 Euro per.....

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Top Melon
Italy: Market conditions improving
Summer 2015 will be quite special for the Spinetti family, because the family business is celebrating its 20th anniversary.Left to right: Marco, Gianni, Giorgio and Chiara Spinetti. Maco and Chiara are Giorgio's children and they work at Top Melon."We are very proud of these 20 years. We started with two.....


Italy: One ton of chips sold daily at Expo
Those who have been to Belgium know chips there are just unique. At the Expo, you can smell them as soon as you set foot on the Decumano. The kiosk is just next to the country's pavilion and it sells approximately one ton of chips a day together with 30 kg of ketchup, 30 kg of mayonnaise, 20 kg of Andalusian.....

Valencian Community
Citrus campaign has positive and negative extremes
The Regulatory Board of Protected Geographical Indication Valencian Citrus has assessed this citrus campaign season in Valencia, noting that results had been irregular for oranges, but positive for lime and tangerine.The Managing Director of PGI Valencian Citrus, José Enrique Sanz, stated that the "citrus.....


more than half a million kilos
Veiling Hoogstraten hits new record with strawberries
The summer temperatures are literally bearing fruit; Veiling Hoogstraten has just sold the most strawberries ever in the history of their company. On the morning of July 6th, 501,948 kilos of strawberries were for sale. The previous record, which was reached on May 26, 2014, stood at 385,000 kg.Extremely.....


Larger areas for Munich wholesalers
New Munich market hall design chosen
In future traders will get larger sales areas in the new Munich wholesale market hall. The design of the market hall has been chosen. During a closed council assembly the members selected the design of Ackermann Architects, a studio in Munich. The council had 13 designs to choose from.© Ackermann Architects.....

Drop in consumption
Early potato prices Spain continue falling trend
The Ministry of Agriculture is carrying out a promotional campaign to support Spanish new potatoes.The Coordinator of Agricultural and Livestock Organizations (COAG) has provided some data that illustrate the poor performance of early potatoes, which are grown in Mediterranean regions in winter or early.....


Spud vending machine proves critics wrong
Two of Scotland’s top potato producers, men with a slick, multimillion-pound arable enterprise, were installing a spud vending machine in a Dundee shopping centre?The doubters says the concept was bizarre and asked if the potatoes would be dispensed one at a time. They wondered if shoppers would need to.....

New CFO for Messe Berlin
At its regular meeting today the supervisory board of Messe Berlin appointed 45 year-old Dirk Hoffmann, a business studies graduate, as the chief financial officer of Messe Berlin. He will take up his post on 15 September 2015 and oversee Finances, IT and Human Resources.Dirk Hoffmann studied Business.....

Kaufland soon to market organic products in Poland
Kaufland Poland has launched a promotional campaign for organic fruits and vegetables, reports portalspozywczy.pl. This is a test prior to the introduction of such products to the retailer's permanent range.Kaufland is currently offering several promotional BIO products, including bananas, apples, lemons,.....


soon integration 40 cold stores BelOrta
ACR storage system measures and controls itself
The Advanced Control of Respiration storage system by Van Amerongen CA Technology will see a grand introduction in the fruit sector in the upcoming storage season. The 'smart' ARC technology measures the respiration values of the apples through sensors in the cold store, and adjusts these itself if.....

Greek fruit exporters must grow without Russia
"After the signing of the extension of the Russian embargo on EU fruit and vegetables for another year, it is safe to say Greece has been driven out of the Russian market and must look ahead," saidGeorge Polihronakis,Special Adviser of the Association of Greek exporting companies and Handlers of Fruit,.....


Austria: Fieldeye® - Good Big Brother supervises fields
Following the growth of crops can be very complicated and affect the economy of commercial farms. Technology can now provide some help, enabling you to follow what is happening on the fields even when far away. This can be achieved thanks toFieldeye® 3.0, a specific video camera developed by an Austrian.....


Germany: Bosh technology to cultivate white asparagus
An international conference on scrum technologies was held during the Scrum Day in Fiederlstadt, Germany, between 16th and 17th June.In the business world, the term scrum refers to those small work groups who operate to develop a product in contact with clients and final users.CEO Volkmar Denner took part.....

Greek crisis making Israeli exporters nervous
Israeli exporters are nervous about the repercussions of the crisis in Greece on the Euro-NIS exchange rate. According to exporters, if the crisis weakens the Euro, Israeli export business to Europe will be harmed. “The main concern is the impact of the crisis on the Euro exchange rate. If the Euro weakens.....

Israel: AgroMashov meeting place for marketers and clients
This year is the 25th consecutive year in which the Israeli agricultural showcase “Fresh AgroMoshav” took place in Tel Aviv. In recent years the exhibition has gotten stronger in the marketing of agricultural produce, and the number of prospective buyers among the visitors of the exhibition has been.....


Willem Kea, Greenfresh:
Increasing demand for special herbs
Warm weather is definitely not bad for herb sales, although shelf life is still an important issue. The heat even causes a sales boost for some herbs. "Basil is doing really well right now. Mint is also doing good; people like to add mint to there, mojito's (and other cocktails) and summer lemonades. Chives.....


Campaign starts in Berlin
Ban on food waste supermarkets
In Berlin, the Prinzessinnengärten, started the campaign "Leere Tonne" onFriday 3 July. Leere Tonne (empty garbage cans) is an initiative of Aktion Agrar, foodsharing.de and Slow Food Youth Germany. Supported by the filmmaker Valentin Thurn ("Taste the Waste, "10 Milliarden"), Raphael Fellmer and many.....

UK: GLOBALG.A.P. updates standards, regulations
The GLOBALG.A.P. Board has announced the introduction of the update to Version 5 of its Integrated Farm Assurance Standard for Crops and Aquaculture. The update follows a four year routine cycle of continuous improvement, and with respect to stakeholder involvement and impact, the current revision has been.....


Great success of cheap, ugly fresh produce France
The French campaign launched last year, supporting the consumption and sale of so-called "ugly" fruits and vegetables, has yielded excellent results, reports FAMMU/FAPA.The products included in this category are those with an unusual or ugly appearance, which cannot be sold as first class. In France, they.....

UK: Global Plant Genetics delivering horticultural solutions
Global Plant Genetics Ltd is a new UK based business co-owned by Rupert Hargreaves and Jamie Petchell.The new company will be primarily involved in the berry and asparagus business, supplying Plants / Seeds, Intellectual Property Management, Joint Venture Business Development as well as Technical Support......

Philips introduces new GreenPower LED toplight range
Philips Horticulture LED lighting has introduced the new GreenPower LED toplighting range extension and a brand new design for the North American market at Cultivate’ 15. GreenPower LED toplighting is now one-and-a-half times more efficient at converting electricity to light (up to 2.7 μmol/Joule) than.....

Minister of Agriculture and Food, Desislava Taneva:
'Bulgaria needs to catch up to reach 1989 production levels'
“Next year EU subsidies for agriculture producers will reach a billion and a half annually in the form of direct payments.” That is what Minister of Agriculture and Food Desislava Taneva said during her visit in Burgas, a reporter of Radio FOCUS - Burgas announced.She added that the Ministry has taken.....

Europeans increased their fruit and veg intake
Citizens of the European Union consumed slightly more fresh fruits and vegetables than in 2013, although still less compared to the average of recent years.Freshfel released the latest Consumption Monitor Report on the intake of fruits and vegetables in the European Union. In 2013, the average daily.....

Polish fruit and veg exports down 20% in first quarter
Polish fruit and vegetable exports have dropped by about 1/5 in the first quarter. This may partly be due to the Russian ban on such imports. Fruit last year accounted for 4.4 percent of Poland's total exports to Russia, while vegetables represented 2.7 percent, reports the Central Statistical Office.....

Business development director Sharpak Aylesham, Ruth Price:
Why packaging matters in a customer-centric world
When considering the growing importance of packaging, it is crucial to explore the forces that drive consumer behaviour. After all, packaging not only directly influences product satisfaction, but also shopping behaviour and consumers’ purchasing decision. Packaging is clearly crucial to leaving a lasting.....


Oceania


Grower calls for group effort marketing potatoes
The potato industry within Australia needs to come together to develop a plan and make potatoes appealing again from a marketing perspective, to solve the oversupply issues plaguing the industry. That is the message from grower Tony Cummaudo, of Cummaudo Farms, situated just half an hour away from.....

WA citrus grower happy with domestic, tourism market
One citrus grower in WA is not looking to export any time soon, as the state’s large navel orange growers prepare to ship overseas for the first time. “We’re a boutique grower and we supply the premium market. We also get a lot of tourists and visitors here,” says Rocco Zampagna, who runs Golden Grove.....

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Samoa exporters hope to increase sustainable trade
Samoa Women in Business Development is one of seven exporters from the Pacific currently in New Zealand on a Pacific Trade Mission.Its media specialist, Faumuina Felolini Tafunai, says she is hoping to gain knowledge on what the New Zealand market needs, and how their products should look.She says they are.....

Growers elect two new members to HortNZ Board
Horticulture New Zealand’s grower members have elected two new directors to their board. Voting closed on Friday.The two new directors are:John Cook, a kiwifruit grower, from Bay of PlentyMike Smith, a kiwifruit grower, from Bay of PlentyJohn Cook has an extensive background in agriculture and horticulture,.....


World


'Less is more' for G's brand
The G's unwashed salad brand fresh & naked who's traditional staples of baby salad leaves, including a new variety of baby kale, has just undergone a re-brand, the focus of which was to keep it simple, and use strong colours to differentiate the products.fresh & naked has been on the market since.....

Green leafy veg keeps brain strong
Something as simple as eating more leafy veggies could significantly slow down cognitive decline and keep your brain healthier for a longer period of time. A new study found that nutrients and vitamins found in plants such as spinach, kale, collards and mustard greens help keep your mental abilities.....

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US (CA): Peach prices low despite low volumes
Over the last several years, production of peaches in California has gone down in response to declining demand. That lagging demand has also made for low prices this season.“It's an interesting year in that volume for stonefruit is down,” said Ray England of DJ Forry Company. “But markets have been, overall,.....


Retail


Walmart Mexico keeps up strong sales | Leclerc gets record fine
Lidl benefits from Greek crisis
US: Ahold fresh formats executive resigns -Ahold USA said Monday Bhavdeep Singh has announced plans to resign as EVP, fresh formats, effective July 17, supermarketnews.com reports. Separately, Paul Kneeland has joined Ahold's fresh formats as lead fresh merchant, according to his LinkedIn profile......



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