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Thursday, July 02, 2015

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Corrie Visbeen, Total Exotics:
"Careful market recovery limes after tough weeks"
During the first half of the year, the lime market was rather fickle. "In the past weeks, we've seen the classical pattern again, with prices of Brazilian limes going up, and Mexico - traditionally a major exporter to the US - waited for the prices to reach normal levels. Around May, the lime prices.....


Spanish stonefruit season underway
Last week was the first week that supplies of peaches and nectarines from Spain were available. The season has been off to a promising start, with good sizes and high sugar levels observed.“Everything is set for this to be a promising season,” said Laurence Maillard of Regal'in Europe. “We believe that we'll.....


Ferry strikes not affecting UK food supplies, yet
The ongoing strikes in Calais are continuing to cause chaos on both sides of the Channel. Although trucks are stacked at both Calais and Dover, the lack of deliveries does not yet seem to be affecting the fresh produce supply in the UK.UK supply not affected, yetColin Galbraith from Moorhouse & Mohan:.....

US (CA): Early almond harvest expected
An early bloom and warm weather are two of the factors that have contributed to what will likely be an early start to this year's almond harvest in California. Despite water shortages, the state's growers are expecting a crop on par with last year's crop.“This year, I expect the harvest to begin a month.....


50% longer shelf life for bell peppers
This year at the Cravo Demonstration and Education greenhouse, a comparison on bell and lamuyos pepper production was conducted in cooperation with some of the world's leading seed suppliers.On October 11, 2014, Cravo transplanted the young plants into 2 different areas in the retractable roof greenhouse......

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Avo industry working on quality, consistency
The Australian avocado season is just finishing in Northern Queensland, with Central Queensland half way through and South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales part way through. The national volume is holding steady at 200 000 to 220 000 trays per week, according to John Tyas, CEO of Avocados.....

US (CA): Many different citrus varieties available in summer
While citrus production in California and Arizona hits its peak during the winter months, demand continues to be strong into summer. “We want to support sales by offering promotional opportunities during this time of the year,” says Joan Wickham with Sunkist. “We have some delicious varieties in-season.....


Gerard van Loon, The Greenery:
Supermarkets handling large supply of soft fruit well
The Dutch soft fruit supply is quickly being put onto the market due to the current hot weather, "Temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius (86* Fahrenheit) is not good for anyone, including the product. So we need to step up our efforts in production and logistics in order to get the product to the customers as.....


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HDG the fruit consultants, formerly known as Harmsen & de Groot, now brings a unique offer via Tacler Services. “The team of HDG would very much like to get you acquainted with their way of working and reporting. HDG is a Dutch company, yet a global service provider to the produce industry and insurance.....

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AU: Macadamia harvest still at record levels
The Australian macadamia harvest has made news again, with reports of a record crop of 47 000 tonnes still on track following estimates reported by Fresh Plaza back in May. Of those 47 000, approximately 12 000 tonnes inshell will be sent to China, Jolyon Burnett, CEO of the Australian Macadamia Society,.....


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It's official: Lidl establishes in North CarolinaThe news of European retailer Lidl opening a new regional headquarters and distribution center in Alamance County was made official Wednesday in press releases by Lidl and Gov. Pat McCrory, thetimesnews.com reports. Graham’s City Council approved the.....



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Decrease expected French apricot production
On the 1st June 2015, apricot production was predicted to reach 165,700 tons, i.e. 6% below the 2014 harvest but 6% above the 2010-2014 average. Vegetation is a week to 10 days late compared to 2014, which was considered to be a premature year. Fruit falling in the Rhone-Alpes (58% of national production in.....


Tomato consumption remains constant at 25 kilograms
66 percent of the tomato consumption exists of processed tomatoes, tomato juice, and puree or dried form and at about 16.4 kilograms per person per year. And demand for beefsteak tomatoes increases again.Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable in Germany. According to the Federal Agency for Agriculture and.....

Ukraine: Berry market far from saturated
The berry market in Ukraine which grew over the past five years by 7-1% every year, is still unsaturated, as demand for berries exceeds their real supply, according to profile experts."Today the fields with blueberry are 800-1,000 hectares. At least 6,000-8,000 ha is required to saturate the Ukrainian.....

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Spain: Strawberry campaign ends, 20.7% higher turnover
The Association of Producers and Exporters of Strawberries from Huelva, Freshuelva, reported that the sector has completed the 2014-2015 season with a total production amounting to 288,660 tonnes, slightly higher than last year (+1%), even though the acreage was reduced by 9%. Turnover, meanwhile, totalled.....

Moscow: Largest berry producer still not permitted to sell
The largest producer of berries, Lenin’s State Farm, has still not received permission to sell their products in the Moscow region, reported the company's director Pavel Grudinin to Russian News Service. The only option for the Moscow-based manufacturer is to sell strawberries and wild strawberry at markets.....


Demeter bananas from the Dominican Republic
Distinguishable and reasonably priced bananas from Demeter
Farming for Demeter is a special undertaking. Fruit and vegetables are produced according to specified bio-dynamical and anthroposophic principles. The company Grell Naturkost is a regional wholesaler for organically produced products, near Kaltenkirchen in the north Germany. "Demeter bananas from the.....


Spain: Good grape campaign expected in the Vinalopó Valley
The table grape harvest in the Vinalopó Valley will start at the usual date this year, as opposed to last season, when it kicked off two weeks earlier as a result of the high spring temperatures."We expect to start harvesting the first Victoria table grapes (with seeds) in the second week of July, with.....

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Marco Salvi
Italy: Government unaware our companies aren’t competitive
After the Russian government extended the ban against European produce, Fruitimprese chairman Marco Salvi (in the photo) talked to FreshPlaza about the problems of the industry - from production costs to the relationship with retailers."We are working with the Ministry for Agricultural Policy to include the.....

Turkey: Hazelnut export earnings increase
Turkish hazelnut producers earned $2.5 billion from exporting 192,151 tons of hazelnuts in the ten months between 2014 and 2015, the Black Sea Hazelnut and Product Exporters' Association said Wednesday.Hazelnuts from Turkey are mostly exported to EU countries throughout the season that began on Sept. 1,.....

Bulgaria: No pesticides found in imported fruit and veg
The Bulgarian Agency for Food Safety recently conducted a test to determine whether fruit and vegetables imported from the European Union and third countries met the country's phytosanitary regulations. A total of 18 samples of tomatoes, apricots, pears, raspberries, nectarines, aubergines, peaches, cherry.....

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
UK: Latest round for PhD funding
AHDB has published its latest call for new research projects, making funding of up to £1 million available for its postgraduate studentship programme.The research call for around 15 PhD studentships opened earlier this month and applications will be open to all research institutes, universities and colleges.....


"Cold chain export shipments now unbroken"
Logistics export soon under one roof at Veiling BelOrta
The idea took some time to realize, but at the end of June, the moment was there: an agreement has been reached on theGAP BelOrta - Brucargo project. A Gateway Access Point is realized on site at BelOrta, in conjunction with various parties. Soon the first shipment will leave through the new full-in-house.....

Maersk: no issue funding Greek operations
Oil and shipping conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk said it was experiencing no problems funding operations in Greece or getting paid by Greek customers despite the imposition of capital controls by Athens.Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping company, has offices in Greece and vessels passing.....


BLE market newsletter week 26/15
German cherries too small - Spain dominates onion trade
CherriesThe importance of Turkish, German, French and Greek cherries steadily increased. The Spanish supply of cherries slightly decreased. The Hungarian cherries went for €1.25 to €1.50 per 500g in Hamburg. Several varieties are available, for example, Hedelfinger, Samba and Summit from Germany and Regina,.....

Bulgaria: 703 thousand Lev granted to growers affected by Russian ban
Nearly 703 thousand Lev (359,449 Euro) have been granted to Bulgarian producers affected by the Russian ban on agricultural imports from the European Union, as reported by official sources.The funds have been provided entirely by the European Fund for Agricultural Guarantee; they have been paid through two.....

Bulgaria: Opportunity to increase exports to China
Bulgaria has been chosen as the seat of the Centre for cooperation in the field of agriculture, as explained to journalists by the Minister of Agriculture and Food, Desislava Taneva, in Kyustendil.The Centre is intended to promote cooperation between China and 16 countries of Central and Eastern Europe in.....

Luxembourg holds presidency of EU Council, Russian veto a priority
Luxembourg held the six-month presidency of the EU Council, which will last until December 31. Among its priorities, regarding the food sector, Luxembourg will have to track the consequences that the Russian veto has on European farmers.According to the priorities that were made public on Monday, regarding.....

Turkish exports decline further in June
Turkey's exports decreased by 6.4 percent to $ 11.7 billion in June compared with the same month in the previous year, according to the report by the Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TİM) released yesterday. According to TİM data, exports declined 8.1 percent to $73.3 billion between January 2015 and.....

Turkish garlic prices at all time high
In the mid-west of Turkey the price of garlic per kilo is €3.35, which is lowering the purchasing power and leading sellers to report that sales are not going well.Market trader Recep Sener who has been selling garlic for many years claims that prices have never been this high. Sever states that garlic has.....


Eddy Jager, Jaguar the fresh company
EU: South Americans not making up for drop in South African citrus volumes
So far the orange market has been doing well. Eddy Jager from Jaguar expects this to continue for the time being, "Substantially less is being sent to Europe from South Africa - partly due to the opened U.S. and Canadian markets - these volumes are also not being picked up by South American exporters......

Value of Greek exports to Cyprus up
The value of all Greek exports to Cyprus in 2014 increased by around 7.8% compared with 2013, from 1.12 to 1.21 billion Euro, according to the Cypriot Statistical Office.The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (ECA) of the Greek Embassy in Nicosia confirmed that Greece is Cyprus' most important trading.....


Spain: Climatic instability affected close to 695,000 hectares 2015
At the end of the first half of the year, variability and instability are the features that can better define the weather conditions which Spanish agricultural products have been subjected to. Since January, a number of weather phenomena have taken place, damaging a total of 694,837.89 hectares of insured.....


Oceania

Leading New Zealand Grower Rebrands
One of New Zealand’s leading growers and the largest organic apple producer, Bostock New Zealand, has launched a new corporate name and brand to reflect the consolidation of the company and the positive growth.The Bostock Group’s three main brands JB Organics, JM Bostock Ltd and D M Palmer will all now.....

NZ Kiwifruit: industry sees employment growth
More Work and Income clients in the Bay of Plenty shifted off benefits and into seasonal kiwifruit work this year - a move the department hopes will continue to gather momentum as they strengthen relationships with partners in the region.The main kiwifruit harvest is over but industry experts say it is.....

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World

Mexico: No market for Michocan blackberry
According to the President of the Blackberry Product System, Jose Jesus Garcia Contreras, blackberry producers had losses of about 70 million pesos during their crops' last process due to overproduction of this fruit, which was generated as a result of the low foreign demand.Garcia Contreras said in an.....

Top 10 Banana Producing Countries in the World
Bananas are considered the most edible fruit because it is widely appreciated fruit due to its vitamins and other minerals having the average weight of 125 grams. It’s one interesting quality, It is not much effected by transportation from one place to the another place if they are picked up green and you.....

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UN report: steady decline in food prices
Real prices for global agricultural products will continue their gradual decline over the coming decade due to a combination of strong crop yields, higher productivity and slower growth in global demand, according to a new report issued by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).Released.....


British blueberries come into their own
Blueberries are fast becoming a staple for UK consumers, but making people aware that there are UK grown blueberries may take a bit longer.“The British Summer Fruits campaign is doing a good job to promote the British blueberry. It’s difficult to get consumers to realise that we do grow blueberries here,”.....

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The digitalisation of trade: top theme Fruit Logistica 2016
E-commerce is on the rise. According to a recent Nielsen study, 20% of all households have purchased fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) over the Internet at least once. Online sales in Germany are still low (around 1%), but at a rate of 41% they are growing fast. There is still a lot of potential, as seen in.....


Retail


Auchan, Carrefour and Casino opening in Africa and Middle East
Online shoppers often disappointed by freshness
It's official: Lidl establishes in North CarolinaThe news of European retailer Lidl opening a new regional headquarters and distribution center in Alamance County was made official Wednesday in press releases by Lidl and Gov. Pat McCrory, thetimesnews.com reports. Graham’s City Council approved the.....



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