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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Waitrose shares key elements for boosting the British tomato industry
“The British tomato industry has an amazing potential. However there are some points we could work on to make the industry even more successful.” said Waitrose's Technical Manager Agronomy Alan Wilson at this year’s British Tomato Conference. Wilson listed some key elements that are of crucial importance.....

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South Africa: Increased volumes of grapes expected
South Africa's table grape crop is expected to be up on last season by 4-7%. Last season the country had to deal with adverse weather which affected volumes, this season's volumes are more online with the volumes from the 2012/13 season and will be boosted by new planting coming into production.According to.....


Russian market is vital for the Moroccan easy peelers
2013-14 was a disastrous season for Moroccan exporters of clementine. "Results barely covered the costs of the packing and shipping. It did not cover the costs of production. Many growers are in danger," explained Fatiha Charrat, Sales & Marketing Director at Delassus.Because of this the Moroccan.....


Turkish export Russia +30%
Russia sets up domestic food aid programme
In the first nine months of this year, Turkey exported 30% more fruit and vegetables to Russia. That means Russia has a share of 53% in Turkish export. Moroccan exporters are more cautious. Although the country is looking to increase export to Russia, exporters also fear a repetition of last year’s events,.....


Chilean truckers block roads, ports to protest lengthy inspections
Chilean truck drivers held a road and port-blocking protest last Friday to draw attention to lengthy inspections and a host of other problems and demand a rapid government response, strike organizers said.The protesters, who began demonstrating on Thursday, said they are being hard hit by lengthy.....

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MMG Citrus Innovation Award given to ‘Mandarossa’ clementine
Innovation pays... in the fresh produce industry too. Especially when it creates value all the way down the production chain, from grower to consumer.Thomas Drahorad (NCX) and Rocco Lardaruccio (COA).This was demonstrated yet again on 16 October, when the ‘MMG Citrus Innovation Award’ was given to the.....


Kenneth Meyer: "More and more demand for organic products"
Natural Tropic invests in growing mango's, avocado's and cherimoya's
The Spanish production company, Natural Tropic, is fully investing in new plantations. The first 50 hectares have already been planted with mangos, avocados and cherimoyas; and there are plans for another 60 hectares. "We are one of the few Spanish companies that is investing in avocados. We see a lot of.....


China: New supplies of ginger could bring down prices
Prices for ginger in China have risen dramatically over the course of this year. But with the 2014 harvest about to increase supplies, those prices could come down in the coming weeks. “This month, the ginger market reached its highest point in two years,” noted Jason Jiang, sales manager for Qingdao Renhe.....


Jean-Paul Nuijten:
"SpecialTom growers get say in strategy"
After having worked with companies in the fresh produce trade for 27 years, grower's son Jean-Paul Nuijten has started his own company: SpecialTom. The focus is on tomato specialities. Apart from Dutch and Belgian tomatoes, he imports tomatoes from Morocco, Spain, Italy, and Tunisia. "I look out for tomato.....

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“Special One” status for Jazz Apple as it’s voted UK’s tastiest
The Jazz Apple has claimed “Special One” status after filling the podium in the 'Tastiest Apple' category at the National Fruit Show and confirming its place as the Britain's most scrumptious apple.The National Fruit Show’s 'Tastiest Apple' category sees over 80 apples entered from the UK’s best growers.....



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UK: Bumper crop of blackberries
Warm weather has led to a bumper crop of blackberries and other edible berries this year.The Woodland Trust said it had been an ‘unusual’ year with far more records received for rowan, blackberry and elderberry than at the same time last year.Thanks to prolonged sunshine and a good supply of rain there have.....


Zespri SunGold in production for the first time
Italy prepares for new kiwi season
Zespri is about to start the new season in Italy. The harvest will start around the end of October/beginning of November. The Italian regions of Emilia-Romagna and Lazio have the highest number of kiwi growers. In these regions the climate is suitable for growing kiwis. During a visit to the kiwi farms, in.....


Spain: Fresh & Life symposium a great success
During the opening of the congress, held in the framework of the sixth edition of Fruit Attraction, Freshuelva president Alberto Garrocho defended the nutritional values, new technologies and the application of innovation in the industry as "the way forward to promote the marketing of berries in new markets,.....

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"Snack cucumbers now reaching level of snack tomatoes ten years ago"
Scherpenhuizen banking on Spanish cultivation of mini cucumbers
For several years now, Scherpenhuizen has been growing cucumbers on an acreage of 10 hectares in Don Benito - halfway between Madrid and Lisbon. This season, half of the acreage has been reserved for cultivation of mini cucumbers. "I expect us to grow 100% mini cucumbers in this greenhouse within two years......

QUAFETY Scientists validate the ELISA-based detection of fresh-cut vegetables pathogens
Most of leafy vegetables used for fresh-cut industry are grown in soil and bacteria contamination from Escherichia coli O157 and Listeria monocytogenes can easily occur.Washing practices during minimal processing are able to reduce the bacterial load and allow to preserve the fresh-cut leafy vegetables for.....

Spain: 11% increase forecasted for persimmon production
The 2014 season promises to be excellent with a production increasing by 11%.The Regulatory Board named " Caqui de la Ribera del Xúquer " expressed its forecast for the 2014 campaign with production expected to reach 80,000 tonnes, +11 % from the previous season. Fruits are considered high quality and good.....


Italy: Autore increases land dedicated to basil and aromatic herbs
"From the three hectares of basil we used to have, we now have five in order to comply better with demand from the domestic and foreign market (Germany, England, France and Holland)," explains Giombattista Autore.The company has recently updated itswebsitefor both clients and consumers."In this part of.....

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Freezers left out in the cold as younger shoppers shun food ‘graveyards’
Freezers across the UK are ‘neglected’, ‘under-used’ and ‘under-appreciated’, with younger shoppers dubbing them ‘graveyards’ for food that is soon to go off, according to the latest consumer research from IGD ShopperVista.Eighteen to 34-year-olds are twice as likely to agree that they don’t like eating food.....

Czech Republic: Low potato prices due to exceptional harvest
Czech growers report an exceptionally good harvest. Compared to last year, there is a 16 percent higher volume of cereals, including corn, and the potato harvest should be about 25 percent greater, according to the latest data supplied by the Czech Statistical Office. Growers estimate that nearly 670,000.....

100 to 1,000 euro fines
Spain: Galicia is fining people who collect too many mushrooms or collects them in plastic bags
Getting too excited with the Boletus edulis has a price: the fine for collecting more than two kilos of mushrooms per person, the limit stipulated by the Decree that regulates the mycological activity, is of 100 to 1,000 Euro. The Decree was published in the DOG on May 27 this year, so this is the first.....


British food production 'under threat', says new report
The report, commissioned by the NFU, AIC and CPA, looked at the economic impact of plant protection products (PPPs) on UK agriculture and the wider economy.It found that the production of apples, fresh carrots and frozen peas in the UK is under threat as a result of loss or restricted use of active.....

China to grow vegetables in Chechnya
Investors from China intend to grow rice, vegetables and soft fruit in the Chechen Republic, as well as to develop tourism. By the end of the year it is planned to build an eco-village in the Shelkovskaya district, - has announced the Head of the region Abdulkakhir Izrayilov. The project is implemented by.....


Mario Trartari from Eurofruit
Italy: The Russian ban is a stimulus to find new markets
Early variety Green Light is ready to give way to Hayward kiwis. But the Russian ban is still a problem."Green Light early kiwis are finishing and is now time for the Hayward variety," explains Mario Tartari from Eurofruit. Harvesting in Northern Italy should start in week 44.Eurofrut's stand at the Centro.....

Italy: Hayward kiwifruit ripening in line with last year
Checks carried out during week 42 have so far confirmed that the ripening process of the Hayward kiwifruit is substantially similar to that of last year.Northern ItalyThe parameters measured in the different growing areas in the north of Italy during week 42 (starting from 13th October) gave values of sugar.....


The 2014 Nergi® season comes to an end
This summer’s particularly favourable weather conditions made it possible for Nergi to launch the sales season a fortnight early.A sustained programme of in-store animations with partner retail networks, backed up by active communication on the NERGI® Facebook page, helped boost sales for more than 7 weeks......


Oceania


Bad banana deal wins NZ trader $450,000
A New Zealand-based trading company has won a $450,000 judgement against the suppliers of "defective" Philippine bananas.International New Zealand Trading, which wanted to sell bananas in Iraq, last year filed a High Court claim against Fresh Fruit Trading and one of its directors, Auckland woman Leyda.....


AU: Citrus growers to vote on size of industry levy next week
Australian citrus growers will head to the polls next week to decide on the level of levy investment in their industry. The vote is part of the National Citrus Growers’ Levy 2014 Ballot. The ballot will start at 9am next Wednesday (October 29) and will remain open for a month.Citrus Australia chief executive.....

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NZ: Avoco sets sights on Asian consumers in Singapore
Singapore consumers keen to try avocados at recent event with NZ Avocado ambassador Nadia Lim. Education and promotion in Asian markets is the key to driving avocado sales as growers face the challenge of marketing a record crop, says exporter Avoco.The national crop estimate for the 2014/15 season is more.....


AU: Mite of hexacopter aids strawberry farmers
A need to find another way led Strawberry Fields manager Brendan Hoyle to invite a 'hexacopter' to fly over his Stanthorpe strawberry patch dropping predatory mites onto the plants below."Once we saw the trials and data start coming out of their Sunshine Coast season we thought we'd try it for ourselves to.....


Asia promise:
Sunraysia exporters to benefit from coalition trade specialists
Sunraysia exporters say appointing specialist trade experts would help more local produce break into lucrative Asian markets. The Coalition has promised to create three trade specialist positions based in Thailand, Japan and the Middle East if re-elected in November’s Victorian election.Australian Table.....


Africa

Ghana encouraged to take advantage of high demand for cassava
Cassava which is one of the most preferred tubers consumed by majority of Africans in particular as a staple is now assuming an international status as white gold.This was the testimony given by the Executive Director of Ghana Cassava Centre of Excellence, William Agyei Manu, when he spoke to Radio Ghana’s.....

Swaziland : Over 400 tonnes of conventional, baby vegetables exported last year
National Agricultural marketing Board (NAMboard) Chief Executive Officer Siphephelo Dlamini says over 400 tonnes of produce both conventional vegetables and baby vegetables were exported to South Africa and other markets last year.He said Swaziland was gaining significant ground in this area as the country’s.....

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World


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Big growth for Fruit Attraction
Fruit Attraction 2014 was held from October 15 to 17. With 800 exhibitors, the fair had grown quite a bit compared to last year. The exhibition room had also grown by a quarter. Fruit Attraction was organized by IFEMA and FEPEX for the sixth time. It is clearly gaining an increasingly international character.....


Global trade in top fruit
Is there a trend visible in the trade of top fruit? The database of the International Trade Centre gives an insight into the trade flow, as well as an overview of the changes in the import and export values in Euro of countries worldwide. The changes in value show a clear pattern with large peaks for.....

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New record of 22,400+ attendees
PMA hosts largest gathering of fresh produce and floral industry in Western Hemisphere
2014 brought a record year on multiple records for the annual Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Summit with 1,090 exhibiting companies occupying 265,300 net square feet in Anaheim, California this past weekend. Highlights were bountiful as the show returned to the golden state, and included a focus.....


Retail

UK: Makro contributes to Booker sales hike
Wellingborough-based cash-and-carry wholesaler Booker Group has increased half-year sales by almost 2 per cent to £2.3bn as Makro started to make a "real contribution.Like-for-like sales for the 24 weeks to 12 September 2014, excluding Makro, were also up by 2.4 per cent, with non-tobacco revenue rising 3.4.....

British retailers to enjoy sales of £240 mln this Halloween
New research from Mintel reveals that retail sales of Halloween products reached £230 million in 2013 and are expected to grow to around £240 million this year.In 2013, more than two fifths (43%) of Brits joined in the Halloween festivities by spending on products or services for the occasion, with younger.....

France shows UK grocers how to beat discounters at own game
The success of French retailers in stopping the advance of discounters in the last five years shows a way out of the crisis embroiling Britain's "big four" grocers. Their simple formula: fewer complex promotions and big price cuts across the board.In Britain, Tesco, Wal-Mart's Asda, Sainsbury and.....

UK: Waitrose launches first tube station click & collect lockers
Waitrose has opened its first two sets of click & Collect lockers at non-Waitrose sites, as it steps up its multichannel strategy.Metropolitan line chosen for first lockersThe first two locations at Chorleywood and Ickenham London Underground stations have now opened and are part of a 10 location trial.....

2013-2018 report analysis research:
Food and grocery market dynamics, retail trends,competitive landscape in Americas
The Food and Grocery Retailing in the Americas, 2013-2018 report, published by Conlumino, provides an analysis of current and forecast market data of retail sales in the food and grocery categories across different channels in Americas. Also provides, food and grocery data by categories food, drinks,.....

No longer “average shopper” in today’s retail environment
There is no longer an “average shopper” in today’s retail environment, according to Information Resources, Inc. How consumers shop, where they shop and when they shop is changing, because consumers have so many options from which to choose.“Following years of economic trials, the ‘golden ring’ of C.P.G......

Aldi offers consumers the thrill of discovery
Like a “treasure hunt”: It’s one way to describe the fun of shopping at Costco and Trader Joe’s. But another retailer, who just might surprise you, has joined the party — Aldi.The efficiency of high inventory turns and labour saving handling of a small number of SKUs, i.e. under 1,500, allowed this hard.....

Majid Al Futtaim launches new Carrefour city stores in Dubai
Dubai-based mall operator Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) has launched a new concept of smaller sized convenience stores under the brand name of Carrefour City in Dubai.The new concept will cater to smaller neighbourhoods across Dubai and will offer quick and easy shopping options, said MAF, which owns the Carrefour.....

Musgrave rationalises Londis store estate to rebase discipline
In an interview with Independent Retail News, Musgrave senior management has revealed that it has shed some 200 stores from its Londis network as a first step in its turnaround plan for its GB operation; in a drive to remove retailers from its customer base that do not meet its required loyalty levels.Focus.....

US (NY): Peapod leases Elmsford distribution center
Peapod LLC, an Internet grocery shopping and delivery company, has leased 18,000 square feet of warehouse space at 175 Clearbrook Road in the Cross Westchester Executive Park in Elmsford. The facility will be Peapod’s distribution center for the Westchester and Fairfield county markets.The lease deal was.....



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