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Monday, August 31, 2015

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"some plots can be completely discarded"
Hail hits Dutch fruit growers hard right before harvest
For a long time, fruit growers in the Netherlands seemed to manage to evade the hail, but last night - right before the harvest - severe weather passed over the country from the southwest to the northeast, with heavy local thunderstorms, heavy winds and big hailstones. In Zeeland, West-Brabant and the.....

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Interview with Mark Greenberg, President of Capespan North America
South America plays important role in North American table grape supplies
While the California table grape season is still in full swing, countries in South America are getting ready for their export season. “We have a small table grape program from Brazil”, says Mark Greenberg, President of Capespan North America. The first fruit is scheduled to depart Brazil the second week of.....

South African citrus season expected to end normally
In a recent meeting of the EU Standing Commission regarding South African citrus, it has been reported that no additional measures have been decided on. At this point, a suspension of trade or closure of the market is not expected, but the committee will convene again in 3 weeks. A recent FVO report appears.....

Don’t delay China-Australia FTA, say fruit growers 31 Aug 2015
Support for the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement is crucial for growth in horticulture, especially for job growth in Australia, says the Voice of Horticulture (VOH). In light of wavering commitment to the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Australia’s largest organisation representing fruit.....

Retailers want to ensure enough supply
Spain: First citrus sales up to 15% greater than in 2014
Spain expects a significantly smaller mandarin and orange harvest in the 2015/2016 campaign. In Valencia, high temperatures (above 40 degrees Celsius) during the fruit setting, combined with frequent hailstorms, have resulted in a drop of between 20 and 25% in the expected orange production. The most.....

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High demand for small mango sizes
Supplies of imported mangos are fairly light, and demand for smaller sizes is strong in the western part of the U.S. Demand on the East Coast is better, and prices for fruit from South America are robust.“The market slowed down a little out here in the western part of the country,” said Manny Cota of R.C.F......


Camposol largest exporter Hass to China
After signing the Protocol of Phytosanitary Requirements with the People’s Republic of China, which opens the Asian market to new Peruvian agricultural products, Camposol will become the largest exporter of Hass avocado to this country.This important opening took place after Peru supplemented the information.....

NZ: Kiwifruit rival sells shares
Dissatisfaction with its direction and performance are cited as the reasons kiwifruit company DMS has sold its shareholding in rival company Seeka.Seeka's strong focus on other produce internationally, such as bananas, cherries and stone fruit through its recent $25 million expenditure in Australia, are.....

UK: Positive plum season, despite English weather
According to Jon Clark of Total Worldfresh, the plum season looks good and positive.“Opal Start is the first variety that we’ve had, which started three weeks ago. Initially it looked like it was going to be a normal crop, but all the growers have had a much heavier crop than they anticipated, so there was a.....

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The sweet grapes from Italy
High Brix-value thanks to extra dose of sun
The BioTropic project manager in Italy, Doris Thewes, commends the current Italian table-grape harvest. She says: “The grapes are very pretty and sweet this year” No wonder: this year's Italian summer was hot, with little rain and an extra dose of sun – this benefits the vines. The brix-value (sugar content).....


A&P sells stores to save jobs | Cencosud writes down Brazil assets
Haggen says all suppliers will be paid | NorgesGruppen posts results
US: Philadelphia pilot program helps reduce supermarket wasteA trio of Philadelphia-area universities partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help make use of food that would otherwise be discarded. A pilot program on the city's west side salvaged 35,000 pounds of surplus produce.....



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BLE Market report CW 34/15
Apple assortment grows rapidly - Capsicum from the Netherlands is dominating
ApplesThe assortment is growing rapidly. Ever more varieties are being made available. Besides the already established domestic Delbarestivale, Elstar and Jamba, for example Cox Orange, Royal Gala and Primerouge are newly storming into the assortment. From France, amongst others, Elstar and Gala are being.....


Reduced supply and demand
Strawberries: Prices orient upward
The supply of German fruit was reduced considerably. This shows from the BLE market report of CW 34/15. Of course demand is limited during colder weather, so that expected and targeted price increases could not be pushed through. Prices of German strawberries © BLE Not until Wednesday, with better weather.....

Southern Russia: Plum prices twice as high as last year
At the moment, the price of plums from farms in the southern regions of Russia are on average two times higher than at the end of August in 2014. Moreover, market participants remark that the fruit will continue to further increase in price. Presently, Southern Federal District farmers are.....

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Cucumber prices at a record level
"Outstanding situation for producers"
The price level for cucumbers on the German market is currently higher than it has been in 10 years. The reason being the lower harvest quantities in Germany and the Benelux countries. “Due to the big heat waves this summer, the cucumbers have not grown as much as usual,” Kai Fuchs, acting CEO of.....

Turkey produces almost five times more watermelons than Spain
In 2014, Turkey's watermelon production was almost five times greater than Spain's, according to data from the European Statistical Office (Eurostat).Turkey also grows more watermelons than the entire European Union (EU) combined, namely 44.3 percent more. The country's watermelon production has remained.....


Laimburg testing centre
Europe: Future of the apple industry
One of the stops ofVOG's press tour was the Laimburgh test centre.Journalists were welcomed by its director, Michael Oberhuber (below left). Thanks to its research activity, the Laimburg Centre guarantees the cultivation of high-quality produce in the Alto Adige region.Pomologist Walter Guerra (above right).....

NDR-television
How organic are organic vegetables from abroad?
Cheap organic fruit and vegetables from abroad are being sold in many supermarkets and discounters. In its Schleswig-Holstein magazine, the Norddeutsche Rundfunk (NDR) investigates the quality of organic fruit and vegetables and clears up the questions as to whether it is sometimes not better to buy.....

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Turkey: Tackling Mediterranean Fruit Fly in citrus
In Antalya’s Kumluca district, the Food, Agriculture and Livestock Directorate are conducting studies into the Mediterranean Fruit Fly, which causes problems for exports every year. The studies related to the Mediterranean Fruit Fly which is especially seen on citrus, started on the 15 August.....


Draught has negative influence on yield
Onions: Demand and price show positive tendencies
Over the last weeks, many onion fields in all of the Federal Republic have suffered from continued drought. Dipl. Ing. agr. Andrea Scheinder of Fachverband Deutsche Speisezwiebel e.V explains the current situation: “So far there has been far too little rain. Furthermore, the spring was marked by low.....

Greek company Elizafruit awarded in Poland
The renowned Greek importer and exporter of fruits and vegetables ELIZAFRUIT, with headquarters in Warsaw's Central Vegetable Market (Bronisze), has received an award from the Polish Minister of Agriculture and Development, Mr Marek Sawicki, after 20 years operating in the Vegetable Market, as one of the.....


Europe: Fruit and veg become noble ingredients thanks to dehydration
"I have dehydrated a lot of things in my life," says Antonio Bettarello, owner of Capuzzo, a company established in 1962 and specialising in the production of a wide range of diced, powdered and flaked fruit and vegetables as well as fruit in syrup, semi-finished products for the baking industry, organic and.....


Staay-van Rijn: Last day for Hero Haak
Today (28th Aug.,2015) is Hero Haak's last day at Staay-van Rijn. To mark the occasion, Hero was put in the spotlight and given a parting gift from his colleagues.Hero started working for Staay back on the 1st of Jan., 2005, which means that he has experienced 10 dynamic years in the fruit and vegetable.....


Marco Di Maggio, Apimex Fruchthandel GmbH
"Working together with major customers lets the business grow"
“Think fresh, deliver fresh.” This is the motto of Apimex Fruchthandel GmbH from Munich. The import- and wholesale company primarily supplies major customers such as supermarkets and the European processing industry. “When one, as a trader, works together with the larger companies, from the start one needs.....

Spain: Kaki acreage six times greater in ten years
The acreage and productive potential of kakis in Valencia has registered a 20% growth rate since 2004. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the acreage devoted to this subtropical crop has expanded from 2,281 hectares to 12,000 hectares, thus becoming six times greater in a decade. In the region of La.....

Which Israeli summer fruits get sprayed the most?
Summer fruits are a major business for Israeli growers, who employ modern techniques which allow them to produce large quantities for local consumption. In the local market, fruits are a big hit among Israeli consumers during the summer months. However, some of the fruits reaching consumers contain high.....

UK: Study reveals parents lack of food knowledge
Brits think bananas are produced in the UK, are unsure as to whether apples grow on trees or not and the majority have no idea where kale comes from, new research shows.A recent study of 2,000 Brits found many to be clueless when it comes to food knowledge with a quarter of parents in Yorkshire and the.....

Turkey: Record fig price increase
The Bursa Black fig, which is exported all over the world, has increased in export price to €2.45 a kilo. The harvest began on 18 August and the fig started to be exported on 22 August. Due to unfortunate weather conditions and climate problems, producers feared a 40% loss in yield. Yet, the.....

PotatoEurope 2015 ready to start
Every four years Potato Europe is organized in one of the four main potato-producing countries. After France, the Netherlands and Germany in recent years, Belgium will be hosting this major open-air potato event in 2015On September 2 and 3 delegates from the potato industry will meet again in Kain, near.....

Egyptian president’s visit to Russia, a blow to Turkish exports
The Turkish agency "Ceyhan" reports that the recent visit of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Russia will cause damage to the Turkish economy, since President Sisi offered his Russian counterpart the shipment of fruit and vegetables for prices 40% lower than those of Turkish companies.According to.....


Oceania

NZ: Sales of spinach on the rise
LeaderBrand, one of New Zealand’s largest producers of fresh vegetables, has noticed a significant increase in spinach sales this year. The leap has been accounted to consumers becoming more aware of the superfood’s health benefits as well as the increased interest in eating clean and avoiding processed.....

Asian export
Western Australia cherry importers set to compete
WA is the smallest cherry producing state in Australia with an annual production of approximately 500 tonnes. Larger producing states Tasmania and Victoria grow 4,500 and 4,000 tonnes a year.WA currently exports less than 1 per cent of cherries and growers produce approximately half of the volumes consumed.....

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Fiji: Ag ministers urge ginger farmers to seek support
The Agriculture Ministry has asked farmers to seek and request the support services of extension officers at their nearest locality to ensure that quality ginger is being produced for overseas and local consumption.The call comes as the ginger planting season approaches.A Department of Information statement.....

Melon industry levy would give growers a voice
The peak body for the Australian melon industry has begun a new push for a grower levy to secure crops against further outbreaks. “The incursion of CGMMV has been a big wake-up call for melon growers in Australia,” said Jon Caleo, Executive Member of the Australian Melon Association (AMA), and a melon.....

Melbourne Wholesale Market site kicks off “smoothly”
It's been more than 10 years of in the making, endured years of controversy and was postponed at the beginning of the month. But this morning the new Epping Melbourne Wholesale Market site finally opened, and things went “surprisingly well”.Long time relocation critic Vegetable Growers Association of.....


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New product of Juliet during Asia Fruit Logistica
The well-known organic apple brand Juliet is going to intorudce a new product at the Asia Fruit Logistica. "We have a new product, which is a squeeze pouch of apple puree from Juliet." This is 100% organic with Juliet apples and no added sugars.The squeeze pouches are available in two packagings:You'll find.....


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A&P sells stores to save jobs | Cencosud writes down Brazil assets
Haggen says all suppliers will be paid | NorgesGruppen posts results
US: Philadelphia pilot program helps reduce supermarket wasteA trio of Philadelphia-area universities partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help make use of food that would otherwise be discarded. A pilot program on the city's west side salvaged 35,000 pounds of surplus produce.....



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