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US (CA): Gaps in broccoli supplies loom ahead
Unusually warm weather along California's Central Coast is threatening to cause gaps in supplies of broccoli in the coming months. With prices already strong, less produce could lead to even higher prices.“Our greatest concern right now is the above-average temperature,” said Mark McBride of Coastline.....


Peter Davis - Davis Workdwide
"Change to Spanish season a disaster"
UK company Davis Worldwide started up back in 1999 in Lincolnshire, England and also has an office near the fresh produce hub Barendrecht in The Netherlands. The UK office deals mainly in the fruit and vegetable imports from Spain, France, Italy and Morocco, while the Dutch office handles produce from.....


Wim van der Schoot, De Groot International:
"25% less Chinese pomelos to the EU this year"
Honey pomelos from China are available at De Groot International once again this season. These pomelos, originating from the region Pinghe, are available from September until mid January. "Eastern Europe is traditionally the main sales market for pomelos. But we are also increasing the amount of product in.....


Insufficient apple supply in Russia
Russia stopped a shipment of Vietnamese cashews having entered Russia through Estonia. The country of origin wasn’t a matter for discussion this time, but a label was missing on the pallets. After thorough inspection of the pallets, the shipment of nuts was finally allowed into Russia. Russian producer.....


Washington generates the apple price
BC apples distinguish on unique varieties
The apple market in British Columbia is strong and fruit quality is excellent. The crop saw an increase in volume compared to last year and the lower value of the Canadian dollar is keeping the price of apples high. “Returns have improved in the last year,” states James Hanna of Hanna & Hanna Orchards,.....

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Markus Fellman, Hellmann Perishable Logistics
"Fruit shipping moving from bulk to packaging"
When it comes to global logistics trends, Markus Fellman, Global Vice President of Hellmann Perishable Logistics U.S.A., said that more and more exporters and importers are looking at integrated control, from farm to consumer.At the recent Cool Logistics Conference in Rotterdam, Fellman explained,.....

US (CA): Growers harvest lettuce quickly to avoid damage
Sustained warm weather in the Salinas area has growers harvesting much of their lettuce in a short amount of time before it turns. That's made for an accelerated harvesting schedule, and that could lead to fewer supplies and higher prices in the near future.“With current weather patterns, a lot of people.....


Delayed start to Turkish leek season
A lack of rain early in the growing season will likely lead to a delayed start to this year's leek harvest in Turkey. But though the start of the season will be pushed back this year, volume is not expected to suffer, as the duration of this year's harvest is expected to remain the same as that of.....

Ontario apple growers rely on domestic support
Ontario apple growers are experiencing yields very similar to last year despite the apple crop being large worldwide. “Ontario doesn’t have a huge apple crop like Washington,” states Steve Martin of Martin’s Family Fruit Farm, “We may even yield a little less than last year.” While States like Washington,.....

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Chiquita board rejects latest Cutrale-Safra offer
Chiquita again recommends shareholders back a tie-up with Fyffes Chiquita again recommends shareholders back a tie-up with FyffesThe board of Chiquita Brands International said last night that a takeover bid by Brazilian juice maker Grupo Cutrale and investment firm Safra Group was "inadequate". It again.....



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Carrot forum held for the sixth time in January 2015
On January 12 and 13, 2015, Germany will host the carrot forum for the sixth time now, German website Fruchthandel.de reports. This industry forum around the carrot is organized by the German Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) and the'Rheinischer Landwirtschafts-Verlag GmbH'.Themes surrounding.....


John Grootscholten: "season not that great"
Radish market upswing not far off
Typical for this time of year is a quiet radish market, something this year's high temperatures can't change either. John Grootscholten of Daily Fresh Radish is only expecting some movement from November on. "That's when German demand starts picking up again."Despite the high temperatures, the radish market.....

Action taken to increase banana consumption in France
The Interprofessional Banana Association wants to incite the French to eat more bananas. Bananas are the second most consumed fruit in France following apples, but “it is a banal product that we don’t always thinks of. And consumers question it’s nutritional contribution”. To answer such questions they are.....

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Italy: Traditional methods and advanced technologies for persimmon production
"Some say we are behind the times because we still use traditional techniques to remove tannins, but I say that what is important is doing things properly," explains Antonio Lugibello from Lugibello Srl.The company cultivates Vaniglia persimmons, which can be eaten right after harvesting as they are.....


McDonald’s pear sachets in France
Rémi Rocca, Director of Purchasing, Quality and Logistics at McDonald’s France states that “we have tripled our volumes of fruit sales between 2008-2013, in the child menu. Half of fruit consumed by children outside of the home is consumed at McDonald’s”. The fruit and Happy Meal adventure has been formed.....


Turkey: 53% of fruit and vegetable exports shipped to Russia
According to information supplied by Turkey's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters Association, 53% of the country's vegetable exports are shipped to Russia.In the period between January and September, Turkey exported a total of 916,292 tonnes of vegetables; 1% more than in the same period of 2013, when.....


The ins and outs of British tomato retail
Produce View empowers tomato growers with information on British Tomato Conference
Understanding the market and the retail sector is crucial in horticulture and the tomato industry is no exception. At the 2014 British Tomato Conference Mr Tim Mudge, commercial manager of Produce View, a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Growers Association, who gave a presentation about the position.....

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Schleswig-Holstein: potato harvest +10%
In the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, ten percent more potatoes were harvested in 2014 than last year, German website Proplanta.de reports. This is thanks to "extraordinarily good growing conditions during the entire vegetation period", the Schleswig-Holstein Agricultural Board announced last.....

Armavir
Russia: Investor needed for fruit and vegetables processing factory
Authorities of Armavir, Krasnodar Territory, are looking for an investor to build a factory for processing and preservation of fruit and vegetables. The investment is estimated at 229 million roubles (4.5 million Euro). The factory is expected to manufacture ketchup, tomato paste, adjika sauce, lecho,.....


Italy: Garlic trend in the Lusia fresh produce market
There exist many garlic cultivars, but the only one sold at the Lusia fresh produce market is white garlic from Polesine, which needs no particular irrigation, is compact and suitable for long storage.Harvesting starts in May when the leaves are still green. Once the ripening cycle is over and the leaves.....

Galicia
Spain: New kiwi plantations will significantly increase harvest volumes
The kiwi production in the Baixo Mińo, in the Spanish region of Galicia, will increase by thousands of kilos due to the introduction of new plantations, according to Kiwi Atlántico, which expects a growth of about 500 tonnes.The fruit will be of higher quality as a result of favourable temperatures this.....

Compensations to Romanian growers to cover 3,000 tonnes of produce
As a result of the embargo imposed by Russia, Romanian fruit and vegetable growers will receive financial support. According to a draft agenda prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture, exceptional aid will be granted to producer organisations as well as individual growers for activities carried out as of 30.....


Romania: Agricover to supply 150,000 tonnes of fruit and vegetables in 5 years
Over the next five years, the Romanian company Agricover, which manages the brand "Dor de gust", will supply over 150,000 tonnes of fruits and vegetables produced by Romanian growers to international retailer chains present in Romania, stated its CEO Robert Arsene."Dor de gust" fruits and vegetables are.....

Spain: Naranjas del Valle del Guadalquivir seeking new markets in the East
The quality brand Naranjas del Valle del Guadalquivir is attending the fair Fruit Attraction, held from 15 to 17 October in Madrid, for the fifth consecutive year, where it is holding a series of business meetings with importers from the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Brazil and the Baltic States. The Rural.....

Greece: Aid to growers affected by Russian ban granted in terms of priority
Greece has announced how the support measures for fruit and vegetable producers affected by the Russian embargo will be enforced. The Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Food, Mr. P. Koukoulopoulos, has signed a decree, published in the Government Gazette, which determines the volumes that will be.....


Spanish Ministry of Agriculture to restructure its overseas network of councils
The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment has its own network of "embassies," the so-called councils, whose main function is to support the department head by Isabel García Tejerina through diplomatic missions in each country.Now, with the heat of the Russian veto starting to cool.....

Stephan Weist, REWE:
Retailers also need co-financing for fruit promotion
Last week during the European Freshfel Policy Meeting Stephan West, from REWE, spoke about why retailers can't do anything with their extra fruit volumes right now. "Concentration of the market in many European markets has resulted in close relations between growers and service providers, and also between.....

Italian startup makes clothes from oranges
Can you wear citrus, be fashionable and respect the environment at the same time? Now it’s possible thanks to two Sicilian girls keen on fashion and sustainable development: Adriana Santocito, 36-year-old fashion designer, and Enrica Arena, 28-year-old communication specialist.Their adventure started in.....

Greece: Wholesale fruit and vegetables push food prices down
The Greek Ministry of Development has released a statement informing that the General Prices Index for the category "Food and non-alcoholic beverages has dropped by 1.5% during the month of September 2014 compared with the same month of 2013, with most basic foods registering strong deflationary.....


Sustainable entrepreneur Volkert Engelsman tells WTO boss: "Level playing field is missing"
Roberto de Azevędo acknowledges hidden trade barriers‏
"The main trade barriers do not lie at national frontiers." That was Nature & More's message to Roberto de Azevędo, Director General of the WTO, when he visited the Netherlands in September. The WTO leader wanted to learn from Dutch entrepreneurs what trade obstacles they encountered in their work. "The.....

German consumer consumed 9.1 kg apples on average in 2013
The German apple harvest is still in full swing, but it's already clear that 2014 will be a good apple year, German website Fruchthandel.de reports. In the past year, every German consumer consumed 9.1 kg of apples on average.That makes the apple the number 1 most popular fruit variety in Germany, according.....


UK: Fish shop takes delivery of sack of giant potatoes up to a FOOT long
Owners of a fish and chip shop have made some mammoth fries after a sack of giant potatoes were delivered to the takeaway - some measuring up to a foot long.Jonathan Noblett, the owner of Noblett's chip shop in Preston, Lancashire, said: 'We get fresh spuds every day, and in this particular bag there were.....

Professor Olivier de Schutter on a healthy lifestyle
"Raise fruit and vegetable consumption by pushing people in the right direction"
Olivier de Schutter spoke about promoting a healthy lifestyle in the EU during the Freshfel Europe's Policy Meeting. He was a special UN reporter on the right to food until the end of May 2014. Professor de Schutter pleads for a world wide agreement to stimulate healthy eating habits and raise fruit and.....

Spain: Andalusia has over 800,000 hectares of organic crops
The General Director for Quality, Agro-Food Industry and Organic Production of the Government of Andalusia, Ana Romero, stressed that the organic farming sector continues to consolidate in Andalusia, with 806,726 hectares of land devoted to these crops, representing 54% of Spain's total, and 9,931 operators,.....

Number of growers in greenhouses decreases further
The number of greenhouse companies in the Netherlands has gone down from 15,800 in 1980, to a mere 4,800 in 2013. That means a 70% decline. The decreasing number of greenhouse companies is mainly a result of the increasing consolidation and modernization of the sector.


Ukraine asks EU to increase export quotas
Russia closes borders to Belarusian export
Russia closes its borders to products from Belarus on October 20. In the past months, the Russian inspection service intercepted 82 shipments that didn’t meet import requirements. Following warnings, the border is now closing. Ukraine is also being threatened with expansion of the boycott. Russia suspects.....


New greenhouses to appear in Dagestan
This year 30 hectares of new greenhouses for growing vegetables are planned to be built in Dagestan, - Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Republic Sharip Sharipov has informed. Sharipov has assured that with the support of the government the development of high-tech greenhouses will shortly encourage.....


Oceania


AU: Some stonefruit growers to leave industry due to fenthion ban
Some stonefruit growers could leave the industry following the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority's (APVMA) decision to ban the fruit fly insecticide, fenthion."If they (growers) were having second thoughts about leaving anyway, this could certainly be the final thing where it just.....

AU: Walnut grower’s crop reports a high-quality crop with declining yields
One week into October with about two more weeks left in this year’s harvest, yields in Doug Verboon’s Kings County walnut orchards were coming in about 20 percent under last year’s levels. However, the quality and the price of the nuts are running high.Raised on the family’s farm, where his grandfather.....

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Encouraged to buy into water trade instead
Big superannuation funds reluctant to value agriculture investments
Big institutional investors are being encouraged to get a slice of the $1.6 billion market in annual water trading. Since water titles were split from property titles, irrigators have been trading water, sometimes for greater returns than growing a crop that year. But Australian superannuation funds have.....


NZ: Growers blame cuts for food poisoning fiasco
Angry growers are doubtful authorities will be able to prove the origins of the painful food poisoning outbreak as a consumer backlash against carrots and lettuce hits home.Horticulture New Zealand and the Labour Party yesterday blamed cutbacks to the Ministry for Primary Industries' (MPI) food safety.....

AU: Largest ginger processor adds voice to debate over Fiji imports
Buderim Ginger's Roger Masters says imported product does present a biosecurity risk, but says Fiji is a quality ginger growing area. The processor sources some of its supply from Fiji already. However, it's processed there before it comes to Australia.“It’s cut, processed and brined so it doesn’t present a.....

Western Australia’s potato marketing campaign first-hand
Robbie Davis CEO, Potatoes South Australia Incorporated, the peak body for the potato industry value chain, will visit Western Australia this Friday to see first-hand the successful 'serve up some goodness' marketing campaign. The visit will see Ms Davis meet with industry stakeholders and witness the.....

WHS and WorkCover special focus of this year’s Workplace Essentials Seminars
Peak horticulture body Growcom will deliver essential workplace information and support to horticultural growers in north Queensland this week when the annual Workplace Essentials Seminars get under way in Mareeba, Mourilyan and Rollingstone.An overview of Workplace Health and Safety laws will be followed by.....


Africa


Moroccan citrus producers will not make same mistakes as last year in Russia
Morocco’s latest export campaign towards Russia should soon begin, but authorities are making sure that necessary measures are taken so as not to make the same mistakes as last season. With serious competition from Egypt, South Africa and Turkey, Morocco believed that Moscow would be a real outlet for.....


Rwanda: Irish potato farmers to get processing plant
Plans are underway to construct an Irish potato processing plant in Musanze District to cut down post-harvest losses, Tony Nsanganira, the State Minister for Agriculture, has said. He said the processing plant will help transform Irish potatoes into chips and flour.The plant will be constructed on a.....

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Frontier 100 Forum, New York City
Global corporate leaders discuss innovative investing in African emerging markets
The Initiative for Global Development (IGD), a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., will convene its Frontier 100 Forum in New York City on October 21st-22nd, 2014. The two-day invitation-only event, Africa: Innovative Investing in Emerging Markets,ť will convene corporate leaders from around.....


World


Organic apples redden with joy in British Columbia
Apple yields are higher than average worldwide this year, leaving some growers and exporters to worry about a decrease in price or sales. In British Columbia, the local demand for organic apples is big, leaving prices and growers unchanged. “The market is good,” states Robyn King owner of Bite Me Organics.....


This is how we genetically transformed tomatoes over the past 10,000 years
Evolution of tomato sizes (Photo: Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences)Every time you eat a piece of tomato in a salad, you're placing a piece of human history in your mouth, the result of the efforts of thousands of growers to obtain a bigger and tastier food product. The history of tomatoes goes back.....

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Could we breed mutant superhealthy tomatoes?
Horticulturists and farmers have been cross-breeding tomatoes for many many generations, trying to figure out how to make tomatoes that grow faster, grow bigger, stay fresh longer, hold up better to shipping, need less room, and even taste better. But what if instead, we tried to breed tomatoes that were.....

'Plant-based' diet can help women fight breast cancer
In the most in-depth review of its kind, 85 studies involving more than 165,000 women from around the world were analysed. The focus was on lifestyle changes that boost the odds of surviving breast cancer – rather than preventing it in the first place.Overall, women should aspire to a ‘plant-based diet’ –.....

Dieters who ate spuds still lost weight
You CAN eat potatoes and get slim!
They have been banished under low-carb diets and maligned nearly as much as bread. But potatoes aren't necessarily bad for the waistline - and could actually help us lose weight, a study claims.Dieters who included potatoes in their meal plans all lost weight - as long as they reduced their overall calorie.....


The New Board of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) from 2014 to 2018
On August 21, 2014, at the meeting of the General Assembly in Brisbane during the 2014 International Horticultural Congress (IHC2014), the ISHS members present confirmed and inaugurated the new Board of the ISHS. As laid down in the Statutes and in the Rules of Procedure of the Society, the Board is composed.....

German apple queens visit Chancellery
The German Chancellery, normally only a place where top politicians convene, was host to seven apple queens from various German cultivation areas on October 8, German website Fruchthandel.de reports.In front of the Chancellery's cabinet room, they presented richly filled fruit baskets with various German.....


SUNSET Featuring Unique Tomatoes, Sustainable Packaging at PMA Fresh Summit
Looking to discover flavor? Then check out SUNSET®’s new Wild Wonders™, an exotic blend of colors and flavors to die for. Packed in their new Eco Flavor Bowl™, this tomato medley is ideal for creating unique dishes.“Wild Wonders is a mix of cherry, grape and cocktail tomatoes with diverse shapes, colors and.....

Packaging for organic produce at PMA Fresh Summit 2014
Sambrailo Packaging launches Go Greener!
Sambrailo Packaging will be introducing its new Go Greener!™ clamshells, the latest packaging innovation for organic growers, at PMA Fresh Summit 2014. Made with 100% post-consumer recycled PET from clear and green beverage bottles, the green translucent colour of Go Greener!™ clamshells will capture the.....


Two items featured in new products showcase
Mann Packing to celebrate diamond anniversary at PMA Fresh Summit
Mann Packing, a leading supplier of washed and ready-to-eat vegetables, will celebrate the company’s 75th year in business and highlight two products in the new products showcase at PMA Fresh Summit in Anaheim in booth #1538 of the Salinas Valley Grower Shipper Pavilion.Mann’s Veggies and Hummus fresh.....

Potandon Produce debuting new items at the PMA
Potandon Produce LLC will be showcasing two new varieties at the PMA show in Anaheim next weekend. Klondike Royale, a wonderful yellow fleshed potato of French heritage that brings a unique plate presentation as the surface of the skin is adorned with naturally occurring kiss-shaped purple marks. Also being.....


Retail

Americans waste one-third of food produced in US each year
Global food waste stands at 2.8 trillion pounds a year -- created by farmers, supermarkets and humans alike -- all along the food chain, according to an article this month in National Geographic.In the U.S. more than 30 percent of the food isn't eaten, Elizabeth Royte said, author of "The High Cost Of Food.....


Greek retailer AB Vassilopoulos to invest 100 million Euro in 2015
Greek retailer AB Vassilopoulos plans to invest EUR 100 million in 2015, which according to managing director, Leonidas Vrettakos, will mostly be used for "the opening of new stores, both in Crete and Northern Greece, and the renovation of existing stores."The company's management also believes that the.....

What to expect from Convenience Retailing 2014
Ahead of the IGD Convenience Conference on 23rd October we look at some of the key themes which will be explored on the day. The theme for the conference focuses on consistency and change, exploring how convenience retailers and suppliers need to adapt to make sure they're competing in a multichannel world.....

India: Del Monte recommends gifting premium juice range during festive season
Processed food major Del Monte recommended that its range of premium juices and dried fruit be gifted this festive season.The company stated that its premium fruit juices and healthy super fruit would be attractively packaged and priced.With fruit gaining popularity in India, dried cranberries and prunes.....

Wal-Mart drastically cutting back on building supercenters
Wal-Mart is drastically cutting back on the growth of new supercenter locations. The company plans to open between 60 and 70 supercenters in fiscal 2016, down from 120 new locations in fiscal 2015, the company said Wednesday during a presentation to investors. Wal-Mart US CEO Greg Foran said that Wal-Mart is.....

Gatheredtable launches meal planning service, partners with Peapod
Former Starbucks exec Mary Egan is looking to change the way Americans plan family meals. Former Starbucks exec Mary Egan is looking to change the way Americans plan family meals.Gatheredtable, a new Seattle startup backed by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, angel investor Geoff Entress and others, today is.....

Costco shares drop after China Alibaba announcement
Costco Wholesale Corp. shares were down to knees after the company stated that it would move into China for the first time via the starting of an online flagship store on Alibaba Group’s (BABA) Tmall Global platform, an extension of Tmall.com, China’s biggest third-party platform for brands and retailers......


Best bets on convenience stores in India
The supermarkets can offer a greater variety of groceries than the neighbourhood mom-and-pop store or stall-trader. But that is not as big a competitive edge as it may seem, says BCG’s Mr Singhi. Supermarkets compete with clusters of kiranas, which together can offer most of the same products. Next door to.....


Penza
Russian retailer Magnit to open agricultural distribution centre
Distribution centre of agricultural products is planned to be built in the Penza region. The total area of the centre will reach 40 thousand square metres. The investment for the project (i.e. 29 million Euro) is said to be provided by the JSC Tander, a management company of the retail network Magnit. The.....

Russia: X5 Retail Group purchased Agrotorg Samara
X5 Retail Group, one of the leading food retailers in Russia, acquired 100% of the company Agrotorg Samara.Agrotorg Samara, founded in 2004, previously worked with the X5 in commercial concession agreement. The network currently has 116 stores in Samara and Samara region with total sales area of 36,000.....

Netherlands: Expansion, online and retailer results
As Coop Supermarkten announces continued expansion plans, Deen Supermarkten reveals plans to move online, while SPAR evolves its online offer and Sligro announces mixed results, with its EMTE supermarket chain underperforming, we round-up news from the market.Coop maintains growth strategyCoop Supermarkten.....


Russian retailer Magnit changes name
Largest grocery retailer in Russia has announced a change of the name from Open Joint Stock Company to Public Joint Stock Company. According to the press service of the company, the change of the name is caused by amendments in the Civil Code of the Russian Federation. Open and closed joint stock companies.....

Tackling food waste
Carrefour awarded 2014 Anti-Gaspi Prize in the “Distribution” category
Carrefour won the 2014 Anti-Gaspi Prize in the “Distribution” category. The award was presented to the retailer in recognition of all of its efforts in tackling food waste. The prize, given as part of the Pacte National de Lutte contre le Gaspillage Alimentaire (national pact to combat food waste), which was.....

AmazonFresh makes East Coast debut in Brooklyn today
AmazonFresh is making its long-rumoUred expansion into New York City, offering its grocery-delivery service in Brooklyn starting today.Fresh already operates in Seattle, Southern California communities from Los Angeles to Orange County to San Diego, and the Bay Area in Northern California.The New York.....

Walmart planning to abandon minimum wage
The latest sign that the tide is turning in favour of better pay for low-wage workers: Walmart's CEO on Wednesday announced the company's intention eventually to abandon the minimum wage.Walmart chief executive Douglas McMillon told reporters after an investor conference that the company plans to pay all of.....



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