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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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12 hour delay in Dunkirk
Huge back up at Calais, as port is again blocked by strike
Due to continued strike action the port of Calais remains blocked. There no ferries crossing the Channel and the trains are running empty because protesters are blocking the entrances. On the A16 and the A26 the exit to the ferry terminals is closed as are exits 43 and 44 to the Channel Tunnel.Huge back.....


Greek trade hampered by current financial situation
The strenuous situation in Greece at the moment, marked by the temporary closure of all banks ahead of the referendum to be held on Sunday 5 July, has entailed difficulties for the country’s importers, many of whom are being forced to pay with cash. According to Evangelos Nenopoulos, of Fructa Union, this.....

US(WA): Fire damages packing facility
Washington State is struggling with severe drought and during the last few days, wildfires hit central and eastern parts of the state.In Wenatchee, the Bluebird packing facility of Domex Superfresh Growers was destroyed. The facility packs organic apples, pears and conventional as well as organic cherries......


Seeka gaining ground with record kiwi harvest
New Zealand's kiwi harvest has been exceptional this season. Michael Franks CEO at Seeka Kiwi Industries said they saw a record harvest this year."It was not without its headaches," explains Franks. "But we had good volumes, 26.4 million class 1 trays compared to last year's 20 million. We finished.....


Duffy Kniaziew, Orangeline Farms:
"Do something that nobody else does"
Strawberries, runner beans, chocolate peppers, purple peppers, a wide range of chilli peppers, plus a large acreage of red, yellow and orange bell peppers. You can find all of these crops at Orangeline Farms in Leamington, Ontario. Ever since the Kniaziew family started to market their own produce under the.....

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Polish banana market down
In what has become an annual occurrence, the banana market in Poland has been down this start of summer. With stiff competition from domestic strawberries, prices for the usually-popular banana have been under pressure.Strawberries Edge Out Bananas“Polish consumers are traditional consumers,” explained Bart.....


French customers retain mushroom consumption patterns
While shoppers across Europe have broadened the way they consume some fresh produce items, French customers continue to buy and consume mushrooms as a seasonal item. This has kept some French producers of the item in the same patterns of cultivating and marketing mushrooms strongly during fall.“Mushrooms are.....

US (CA): Living lettuce and watercress extend shelf life
“We harvest our lettuce and cress products with the roots attached,” says Pete Overgaag with Hollandia Produce. “This means the plant is still alive, which keeps the leaves greener and fresher longer than lettuce harvested conventionally. It enables us to deliver the freshest product possible.” Products with.....

Brazil, China: US$20bn fund for production capacity cooperation
China and Brazil agreed Friday to set up a US$20-billion fund to back bilateral production capacity cooperation as they roll out more concrete programs to consolidate their partnership.The agreement was one of the outcomes of the fourth meeting of the China-Brazil High-Level Coordination and Cooperation.....

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QLD, NT growers moving forward with CCGMV plan
One of the biggest hurdles the Australian cucurbit industry faces is inter state market acceptance of produce grown in areas where the virus has been found, namely parts of the Northern Territory and one farm in Northern Queensland. “We have to have market acceptance. It’s important to have a strategy so.....


Greek grocers being bled dry | Peapod to deliver farm-fresh produce
Lidl invests £220M in UK store expansion programme
AU: Woolworths selling its chain Thomas Dux Australia's largest supermarket operator Woolworths Ltd is looking for buyers for its upmarket Thomas Dux grocery stores, according to a Fairfax Media report, Reuters writes. It said that Woolworths was asking for between A$10M and A$20M for the.....



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Turkish consumers prefer organic cherry tomatoes
Tomato vendors in southeast Turkey have said that the public is showing a preference for cherry tomatoes. There is a high demand and fondness for tasty and especially organically grown cherry tomatoes from the public. This is pleasing tomato vendors, who state that the preference for cherry tomatoes instead.....


Demand for winter vegetables shorter due to mild autumn and early spring in France
The 2014/2015 winter vegetable season in France moderately decreased compared to last year for all types of vegetables. However, the decrease in harvest was bigger compared to the 2009/2013 average for cauliflowers, chicory and salads whilst carrot and leek production was close to the 5 year average.The.....

100% British lettuce turns heads
Sainsbury’s has just introduced what they describe as their most attractive lettuce yet: a red butterhead.Grown in Lincolnshire, it’s a stunner, with green, red and deep purple leaves that come together in a rose-like head.And it’s perfect to make a head-turner of a salad. The variety, which is 100 per cent.....

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Paraguayo peaches originally from China
Paraguayo peaches area variety that was created from hybridization. It's the same situation as its ancestor, which arrived to Europe from the Persian Gulf. In Portugal they call it pêssegos, and in Galicia the name péxegosis used for the fruits from wild peach tree, which are planted ungrafted and have.....


Italy: Celebrating Solinda's tenth birthday
The Solinda mini-watermelon brand celebrated its 10th birthday in early June 2015.The first commercial tests were carried out byPeviani15 years ago yet Solinda still has a great advantage on similar varieties both seedless and with seeds."We can say that because we regularly test what is available on the.....

Branston Cornish new potatoes launched by Jack Stein
Leading potato supplier, Branston, has teamed up with one of Cornwall’s finest chefs to celebrate the start of the Cornish potato season.Cornish chef and son of legendary chef Rick, Jack Stein is the ambassador for Branston’s PR campaign for the Cornish season. This includes branded content for the website.....


Netherlands: Very successful apple day 2015
More than 2,500 visitors came to Apple day in Cothen, The Netherlands on Thursday June 25th. This is more than double that of two years ago. DLV Plant and the central Netherlands Dutch fruit growers organization (NFO) look back at the highly successful Apple day that was held at Toon Vernooij's fruit.....

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Smets Food Trading now has Spanish watermelons
Increasing demand for melons from Greece and Spain
Demand for melons from Greece and Spain has significantly increased after a slight dip last week. Smets Food Trading has long enjoyed a solid producer in Greece. Starting this year Smets Food Trading will also have Spanish watermelons. "From Greece we have the long varieties of watermelons, which are full of.....

Israel: Dramatic increase in organic banned substances
Fresh organic agricultural produce is supervised by the ministry of agriculture by law since 2008 when regulations for the production and selling of organic produce were instituted. Since the introduction of the law the ministry performs an independent inspection, on top of the regular inspections done by.....


France number one exporter in 2014
“Orange Red” apricots are popular
The BLE market report week 25/2015 shows that the amount and varieties of apricotson the German wholesale markets still increases. The varieties Orange Red, Pinkcot, Flopria, Robada and Traver were sold more often. Demand was steady and stable, but still traders sporadically had to lower their prices. This.....

Norwegian strawberry season starts late, but with great quality
Large parts of Norway have had to wait for the summer heat to arrive, with autumn and winter temperatures during much of May and June. Naturally, this has caused a delay in the arrival of Norwegian strawberries, but they are finally here."The cold weather has not only had negative consequences, as it has.....

Poland: Citronex continues to invest in banana segment
With 140 ripening chambers, the banana ripening facilities run by Citronex in Zgorzelec are the largest of their kind in Europe, reports General Manager Marek Szulc to www.sadyogrody.pl."The banana ripening cycle lasts for 5-6 days, so we are able to prepare around 180-190 thousand cartons of fruit for.....

Turkey: Potato prices drop below €0.60 a kilo
Up until the last week of April potatoes were being sold for €1.50 a kilo, but an acceleration in the harvest coming to production centres has meant that the price has dropped to €0.60 a kilo.The chairman of Balikesir's Vegetable and Fruit sellers, Ayhan Baydan made a statement in which he explains that.....

Turkey: New cherry varieties for European market
The Ministry of Food Agriculture and Livestock with the General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policy at Yalova Ataturk Central Horticultural Research Institute, have announced the introduction of the two new varieties of cherries named ‘Burak’ and ‘Aldamla’.Nejdet Kaplan chairman of the General.....


Positive balance of Konsum Dresden thanks to large investments
The consumer’s cooperative Konsum Dresden survived the pressure of the competition and closed the 2014 balance with a good result.An increasing number of branches of supermarket chains open in Dresden. Especially on the high street's supermarkets and discounters open their doors; the competition is growing,.....

1st October 2015, Norfolk
British Carrot Growers exhibition to demonstrate 68 varieties
The 2015 BCGA Demonstration site has 68 carrot varieties provided by 7 seed companies including, Elsoms, Hazera, Rijk Zwaan, Nunhems, Pro Veg, Clause and Seminis. In addition to the variety plots Syngenta, Bayer and BASF will all be demonstrating some of their products. Innovation is a continuing theme for.....

Citrus fruit linked with melanoma in preliminary study
Using data from two long-term studies of women and men, researchers found a potential link between citrus consumption and malignant melanoma of the skin.But the study did not test whether citrus fruits were the cause of the skin cancers, and more work will be needed to confirm the connection, the authors.....


Spanish government regulating studies and comparative analyses on food products
The latest Council of Ministers approved a Royal Decree, to be published on the Official State Gazette (BOE) on Saturday, which will serve to regulate studies and comparative analyses on food products. Such studies are highly demanded by consumers and occasionally play a big role in determining purchase.....

Ireland: Mangoes spark in-flight alarm
A cargo of mangoes may have sparked an alarm on a transatlantic flight.An Aeromexico Boeing 787 Dreamliner was forced to make an emergency landing at Shannon Airport after a warning indication light suggested there was smoke in the hold.The plane touched down safely at about 2.50pm and all 193 passengers and.....


Decco Worldwide
Leading the way in postharvest
Decco Worldwide, the postharvest division of the agrochemical multinational UPL, has just completed its World Wide Meeting 2015 in Antalya, Turkey, where it gathered its management team from the Group’s 13 entities.Turkey, which is one of Decco’s emerging markets, served as an ideal platform to discuss the.....


Greece closes banks
Greenhouse growers can't order new seeds, supplies
Greece' greenhouse growers could face problems next week if the situation with the frozen bank accounts does not improve. As the Greek Central Bank has taken measures to prevent a capital flight abroad, greenhouse growers and distributors of imported greenhouse supplies like fertilizers, technology and.....


After extension of Russian veto
Canada: A priority goal for Murcia's horti sector
The Canadian market has become a priority goal after the trade mission organised by the INFO (Promotion Institute of the Region de Murcia), in which nine horticultural companies took part, including GRUVENTA.Based on the data provided by INFO, the main items exported in 2014 from Murcia to Canada were fruit.....


Spain: Crops threatened by heat wave
The heat wave that is keeping 42 Spanish provinces in 15 autonomous regions under alert, is currently putting growers and farmers to the test.In some areas of the country temperatures have exceeded 44 degrees Celsius, according to the Meteorological Agency (AEMET), and this is having an impact on the.....


Oceania

NZ: Young fruit growers to compete for national title
Young fruit growers nationwide have been competing in regional championships in the lead up to the national competition in a few months' time.Katikati man Craig Ward, who works as a technical advisor for avocado and kiwifruit post harvest operator Apata Group, won the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower's.....


World

Peruvian blueberries could cover China's high demand
"The production of blueberries in Peruvian soil kicks off when other countries are not in season," stated Colin Fain, director of Agronometrics.com, during the Second Blueberries Seminar.He explained that while Peru is able to produce the fruit all year round, the production for export starts between.....


Spain: First Red Fruits Congress kicks off
The First Red Fruits Congress, which will address issues such as current trends in cultivation, promotion in Europe, marketing and the nutritional properties of berries, has kicked off in Huelva. Exports in this sector, which includes strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries, have experienced.....

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According to The Economist
Top economies in 2050
According to its recent report "Long-term macroeconomic forecasts. Key trends up to 2050", China would displace the U.S. as the world's largest economy, achieving the highest nominal gross domestic product (GDP), going from 10,335 billion dollars (reported in 2014) to 105,916 billion in 35 years.While the.....


Laser labels might be heading to US
Fruit is getting a facelift on produce shelves in Europe, and the new look could be heading to the United States.Instead of using stickers, melons and other fruits now have a high-tech upgrade, sporting a sleeker look called the laser label.“This is not a melon anymore, it’s a branded melon—a melon that has.....


Retail


Greek grocers being bled dry | Peapod to deliver farm-fresh produce
Lidl invests £220M in UK store expansion programme
AU: Woolworths selling its chain Thomas Dux Australia's largest supermarket operator Woolworths Ltd is looking for buyers for its upmarket Thomas Dux grocery stores, according to a Fairfax Media report, Reuters writes. It said that Woolworths was asking for between A$10M and A$20M for the.....



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