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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

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US: Chilean lemon season in full swing
“We are in the middle of the Chilean lemon season and supplies are very good,” says Eric Gingrich with Earth Source Trading. “The fruit came early, but the timing was perfect as the California lemon season wrapped up early this year.”Large volumes from beginningTypically, Chile starts shipping mid-June and.....


Hail caused 6 million euro damages in Valencia
According to La Unió de Llauradors' initial assessment, the Valencian countryside had direct losses for more than six million euro due to this weekend's hailstorms. Most of the damage was confined to the region of Alto Vinalopó, in Alicante, especially in three locations (Beneixama, La Cañada and Camp de.....

NZ: Seeka to acquire Australian produce business Bunbartha Fruit Packers
Listed produce company Seeka Kiwifruit Industries Limited (“Seeka”) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the kiwifruit and orcharding business and assets of Australian company Bunbartha Fruit Packers Pty Ltd (“BFP”) and its associated entities for a purchase price of AUD$22.....

Innovations for Horticulture 4.0
In the first week of December the global fresh produce industry and its information management- and ICT partners, will meet again in Rotterdam for the second EU Fresh Info Forum & Round Tables. Already at the launch event in 2014, the fresh produce industry called its partners to prepare new solutions.....


"The search for new specialities is a great sport"
PUURgroenten grows micro vegetables, edible flowers and herbs
The company PUURgroenten in Middenmeer has been producing special types of mini and micro vegetables, edible flowers and herbs since 2012. They recently introduced something new: the sweetcorn shoot. "The application of this product is very wide," says Saski Lammers. "The sweetcorn shoots can be put into a.....

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Costa Rica, Dole and NCRC launch banana and pineapple PhD programs
There are college students in Costa Rica balancing long hours in the laboratory with high-level science classes who are wondering where their education will take them. For at least two students, the answer is North Carolina. Dole Food Company is sponsoring.....

T&G Vizzarri Farms expands asparagus category
A new asparagus joint venture sees the creation of Australia’s leading year-round asparagus operation, according to an announcement made on Monday. The new company named T&G Vizzarri Farms Pty Ltd, is forecasting revenue of $40m and harvest of 5000 tonnes in the first full financial year, with volumes.....

Grape delivery service a fresh approach
Grape growers have begun setting up an online ordering service networking growers together. Grape Grapes aims to deliver biologically grown, ready to eat grapes to people’s homes. “We aim to be a supplier of an exclusive line of premium fruit,” says Black Knight Table Grapes owner and grower Richard Lomman......

Flipping of the seasons
Israeli apricots in March?
Good news for apricots lovers in Israel: the short availability season of the summer fruit will be extended and apricots could be seen on supermarkets shelves as early as March. This will be made possible by a return of apricot orchards to Ein Yahav, an agricultural moshav in the Arava Valley located in the.....

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The fight against illegal growing of protected varieties
Illegal grape shipment destroyed by European customs
In May 2015 a grape shipment arriving from Egypt containing two and a half tons of illegally grown grapes was destroyed at the Belgian customs. The grapes were of a protected variety and were grown without the necessary license. The variety in subject is the well-known white seedless grape variety “Early.....



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Prince Charles plants 1000 varieties of apples
Prince Charles is aiming to spread the growth of apple trees—and he’s doing so by planting 1,000 trees on his Highgrove Estate.On the grounds, Prince Charles has planted an orchard, more formally known as “a gene bank for apples.” But instead of stacking the fields full of your grocery store favorite apples.....

Yet export demand for top fruit has fallen
Ukrainian apples take share of market from bananas and citrus
In the last season, the apple has managed to win a share of the market from its closest competitors- the banana and citrus fruit. According to market analysts, in the 2014/15 season apples occupied 33% of the Ukrainian fruit basket, a 5% increase on last year.The apple’s leader status was.....

Turkey aims to increase Bursa Black fig exports
Uludag Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters Association (UYMSIB) have started work on exporting the famous Bursa Black fig, with the aim to generate close to €46 million. Having seen huge interest in the black fig from European companies, permission to export the figs to the USA is also.....

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Bonduelle has decent growth despite economic situation
Bonduelle managed a turnover of 1,981.8 million Euro in its fiscal year, which ended in June 2015. Last year, it managed 1,921.1 million Euro, which is a 4.1 % increase at level exchange rates (+ 3.2 % including exchange rate fluctuations).Its fourth quarter turnover growth (+ 2.2 %) is also its 4th straight.....

Bavaria promotes sales and processing of local products
Those who want to invest in the sales and processing of local and regional produce can request government support. Helmut Brunner, Mister of Agriculture, states that there is 1.27 million Euro available for suitable projects.The funding program “VuVregio“, an initiative of Brunner, started three years ago......

Russia allocates same amount of funding for agriculture 2016
The government has taken the decision to leave the financing for agriculture at the same level. Thus, in 2016, 237 billion roubles(around €3.5 billion)will be allocated for farmers' needs - the same amount as this year. In a message posted on the website of the government, it.....

President of Belarus, Lukashenko demands regulation of fruit and veg prices
Alexander Lukashenko urges the analysis of the formation of retail prices for fruit and vegetables. He set such a task today during a visit to the PMC "Minsk vegetable factory", the press service of the head of state reports. The President drew attention to the fact that fruits and vegetables,.....

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Food safety first with sorting machines
Data revealing aflatoxins to be the biggest cause of food-related recalls demonstrates the important role effective sorting and quality analysis systems can play in boosting food safety on the production line, says TOMRA Sorting Food.The first quarter European Recall & Notification Index, produced by.....

Increased need for technology as the focus on quality ramps up
Muddy Boots Software is approaching its 20th year of operation. During that time, the company has grown from a small group of technicians developing early farm recording software, to a market leading organisation, supplying cutting edge transparency and compliance solutions to food businesses around the.....


Oceania

AU producers getting lowest prices in living memory
Primary producers around Australia are getting the lowest prices in living memory for their produce and many are being driven from the land.The importation of food, increased competition, deregulation and oversupply in some lines has hit producers hard. Some simply cannot make ends meet.A News Corp Australia.....


Lettuce burgers are the newest menu item at McDonald's
The new menu item features two giant lettuce leaves — instead of buns — around a meat patty and burger toppings."'Lettuce' introduce you to our famous lettuceburgers," a McDonald's in Queensland, Australia wrote on Instagram. "All the same ingredients packed into a couple of large lettuce leaves!"The lettuce.....

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Fiji: Comapny makes big investment in ginger
One of Fiji's largest family-owned private companies has ventured into making good use of locally-grown matured ginger — turning the crop into ready-to-use ginger paste for cooking and other uses.Foods Pacific Ltd produces many different food lines such as ready-to-eat products, meals, sauces, spices,.....

Coles shopper cuts open red capsicum to discover family of caterpillars
A shopper made a not so tasty discovery after buying fruit and veg at a Coles in South Australia, unearthing a family of caterpillars after chopping open a red capsicum.Matthew Wilson posted a photo of his multi-legged find on Coles' Facebook page on Monday, joking that he "took some friends home with us".....

Call for Non-Executive Directors
Shaping Australian horticulture’s future
Horticulture Innovation Australia, the horticulture sector’s new not-for-profit, grower-owned Research and Development Corporation (RDC) for Australia’s $9 billion horticulture industry, is now seeking applications for Non-Executive Directors.Horticulture Innovation Australia invests more than $100 million.....


World

Asia Fruit Logistica 2015
Global trade set to do more business in Asia
Asia remains the fastest-growing market for the global fresh fruit and vegetable trade, and Asia Fruit Logisitica is the place to meet and do business with the industry leaders driving the expansion. Asia’s only dedicated fresh fruit and vegetable trade show – which returns to Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo.....


Retail


Tesco criminal probe heads final stage | Fairway reports 1Q loss
Dutch supermarket delivers for free and keeps prices low
Metro proposes Barry Callebaut chief as its chairmanGerman retailer Metro has proposed that Juergen Steinemann, outgoing chief executive of Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut, should take over as chairman from Franz Markus Haniel next year, Reuters reports. Metro said in a statement that its.....



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