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Zespri update on Psa antibiotic resistance
Zespri executives updated MPs from Parliament’s Agriculture Select Committee yesterday on the New Zealand kiwifruit industry’s bounce back from Psa. As part of the update Chairperson Peter McBride answered questions on the first signs of streptomycin (an antibiotic) resistance in Psa, detected through.....


Good prospects for Aragon's cherry campaign
"Asia increasingly more interesting for Spanish cherries"
The situation at the start of Aragon's cherry campaign is very different to last season's, when it was marked by oversupply and a predominance of smaller calibres."This week we'll start our cherry campaign with the earliest varieties and great prospects, given the expected drop in production during the.....


Less Florida grapefruit coming to Europe
Less grapefruit is coming to Eurpoe from Florida. The Euro/dollar exchange rate is not the only reason for this. Citrus greening is also causing the decline in volume. However, Michael D. Schadler from the Florida Department of Citrus is optimistic, Florida grapefruit has always had, and still has, a top.....

Fyffes remains on course to deliver 2015 earnings targets
Fyffes has said it is maintaining its target earnings for 2015 with a positive performance in the early months of the year.In an announcement to the stock exchange ahead of its AGM on Thursday, the company said profits in the year to date have been in line with expectations.It continues to pursue necessary.....

Attention: Mete Guneyhan active on Dutch market again
Attention: Mete Guneyhan from Merson (Turkey) who was previously active in the Netherlands, is active once again. Even our editing team received a fax about the start of the Turkish cherry season.Impala FruitandJager Hollandpreviously warned people about the actions of this fraudster who mainly attempts to.....

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How generation Y will ripple through produce consumption habits
“Generation Y is both tech savvy and interested in trying new food.” Elena Ozeritskaya shares insight as one of the keynote speakers at PMA’s Fresh Connections in The Netherlands. “They love eating tasty food while they crave staying on top of current food trends. They are constantly looking to find new.....

Total Worldfresh UK Stone-fruit Grower Day
There could be a no more fitting day for a UK grower conference than St George’s Day on April 23rd. The UK was covered in glorious sunshine that beamed down on the beautiful setting of The Orangery in Maidstone, the venue for Total Worldfresh’s presentation to its group of UK growers/partners who arrived.....

Seeka kiwi harvest on track, full review coming after fire cleanup
Kiwi fruit producer Seeka is still expecting to handle between 25 and 26 million trays for its 2015 harvest, despite two months of disruptions following a fire that destroyed a significant part of one of its major packing and cooling sheds called Oakside. Thanks to swift action by external parties, along.....

US (CA): Sweet corn market steadies
After a strong start to the sweet corn season in California, prices have come down. With steady volumes, the market is steady.“The market started off strong at the beginning, but then it dropped off,” said Danielle Cultrera of Van Groningen and Sons. That was partly due to Mexican imports trailing off.....

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mostly own production, export to Balkans
Thessaloniki wholesale market in pictures
The wholesale market in Thessaloniki is a large market with over 200 stall holders. A lot of fruit and vegetables grown domestically are supplied, along with imported products. The Central Market of Thessaloniki was founded in 1966 as the Central Fruit and Vegetable Market of Thessaloniki (CMT) and has been.....


Lidl teams up with Media Markt | US supermarket selling produce outside
Lidl is losing battle of the discounters
Lidl’s slow store opening programme has caused its share of the lucrative UK discounters market to slip 4.7% points 2010 and 2015, despite its success in food and grocery, retailgazette.co.uk reports. Lidl has opened the fewest stores within the period estimated at 69 versus 195 at Aldi and 220.....



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New asparagus variety is tender enough to be eaten raw
Tesco has begun trialling a new variety of Norfolk-grown asparagus that can also be eaten raw.The Burgundine variety is a purple-green cross which can be eaten raw after being washed as it contains lower amounts of lignin, the fibrous constituent of asparagus.Tesco produce buyer James Strathdee said: "The.....


First quinoa sown in the Netherlands
Wageningen UR has sown the first quinoa fields at its test facilities in Lelystad and Vredepeel. A number of fields have been sown for nitrogen trials and a number of fields for research into varieties. A further five hectares have been sown for conventional cultivation.Sand and clayThe research into.....

Italy: First Spainsh citrus hits the market
This is the time for Spanish citrus fruit as the Italian season is finishing and the produce from the Southern hemisphere will not arrive for a few months."The Italian Tarocco orange season is ending. Prices are around €1.50/kg for the extra category. The Navelate and the first Valencia are arriving from.....

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Italy: New business opportunities for the Verona area
The summer season started at Verona airport. The new direct connection Amsterdam-Verona operated by Transavia was presented during the event organised at theItalian Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlandsby the Chamber of Commerce of Verona and Valerio Catullo airport."The new direct flight between Amsterdam.....


Italy: Eco Farm aims at producing 1,000 tons of apricots
"Despite the delayed blossoming due to the low temperatures and abundant rain during February and March, we are carrying out thinning operations as usual," explains Carmelo Stagnitto, production manager at Op Eco Farm."Yields per hectare are expected to be bigger than last year, except for varieties such.....

Pepper volume up by 32%
Hoogstraten gives more than half auction fees back to growers
Veiling Hoogstraten gives back more than half of the auction costs to its producers. On Tuesday, 28 April, Veiling Hoogstraten closed the year 2014 with the statutory annual meeting, where truly successful figures were reported. Horticultural product sales increased by € 18 million, amounting to € 192.....


Floor van Os:
"Market upturn shows resilience Conference pears"
Tholen - "Very surprising"; that is how fruit grower Floor van Os assessed the revival of the pear market. "It has been unexpected, but exporters have nevertheless managed to explore new markets. This shows that our Conference pear has a tremendous resilience and great prospects for the future. Prices now.....

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Bruyn International files for bankruptcy
Tholen - Bruyn International, of Heerhugowaard, has gone bankrupt. In 2013, it had already gone through a reorganisation. Cees Bruyn says that the company itself has filed for bankruptcy as a result of market struggles. "The chains are becoming shorter and intermediaries like us are becoming.....


LB Foster completes top banana solution for Fyffes
In the UK, Fyffes has four banana ripening and distribution centres - Basingstoke, Coventry, Livingston and Normanton, West Yorkshire. The Normanton DC is a new, 60,000 sq ft facility - a replacement for a smaller building located nearby in Wakefield which had served as a Fyffes production centre for over.....


Fairtrasa intensifies collaboration with Greece
Since 2009 Fairtrasa has worked with various Greek growers and companies and imports products from the country as well. They have plans to make their ties with Greece even stronger and to open a branch. An example of a collaboration with Greece can be seen in Bio Agros, a growers group that mainly produces.....


Florette renews image and launches new products
Florette, a company devoted to the production and distribution of fresh packaged salads, has renewed its image and expanded its product portfolio, as reported by the company in a statement.The change has already been applied to the entire range of Florette salads, giving even greater visibility to the.....

new app tracks fruit
Child labour, sustainable fruit and veg production
Fruit and vegetables grown intensively in developing countries may well have been picked using child labour, according to Dutch food research foundation QuestionMark. The organisation looked at the origin of over 3,300 different types of fruit and vegetable products on sale in Dutch supermarkets. It found in.....

Israeli professors keep veggies fresh for a month, without a fridge
Dr. Rivka Elbaum from Hebrew University's Faculty of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Quantity Sciences, Robert H. Smith Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture, has invented a solution that delays the natural aging process undergone by fresh produce, in some instances by up to a.....

S&A seek to reassure residents over expansion of asparagus crop
S&A seek to reassure residents over expansion of asparagus cropA new liaison committee is being set up by residents of Kings Caple and Marden-based firm S&A Group after residents raised concerns about a new asparagus operation. Work started about one month ago, planting 140 acres of asparagus in.....


Mercurio Award to Agrícola Santa Eulalia
Spain: Great recognition given to Murcian broccoli exporter
The company Agrícola Santa Eulalia, which manages the brands Mr. Broko and San Juan del Valle, will receive the Mercurio Award for Exporters, presented annually by the Chamber of Commerce of Murcia. For the managers of the company, this is another step forward as a broccoli exporter, with this vegetable.....


Spanish oranges dominate the German markets
The season for oranges is nearly over. The current market newsletter of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food (BLE) shows that the German wholesale markets are still dominated by Spanish Navelate oranges and Lane Late navel oranges. Both varieties cost around 0.73 Euro per kilo last week (20-26 of.....

French potatoes still sold as Spanish
Asociafruit, an association that brings together 80% of Andalusia's potato producers, traders and processors, claims that Spanish distributors are responsible for "large-scale deceptive advertising practices" when it comes to the marketing of seasonal potatoes.After due inspection, what is advertised by many.....


Spain: La Vega Alta de Murcia expects outstanding stonefruit campaign
Growers in La Vega Alta de Murcia have excellent prospects for the coming stonefruit harvest, which has not suffered the impact or frosts or pests. If there are no hailstorms, the 2015 campaign can be outstanding, as stated by the local president of Coag Iniciativa Rural in Cieza, Manuel Martínez, who.....

Seed firm Vilmorin warns on Russia, Ukraine crisis
French seed group Vilmorin cut its full-year sales and margin targets on Monday, blaming a financial crisis in Russia and Ukraine that has dented spending by farmers.Stalled activity in the two countries, plus an expected drop in maize and sunflower sowings across Europe and in maize in the United States,.....


Fresh Business Expo 2015, 1-3 December in Ukraine
"I believe the worst has already passed for Ukraine"
This year, the exhibition Fresh Business Expo will be held in Ukraine between 1 and 3 December. According to organiser Kuno Jacobs, of Nova Exhibitions, there already appears to be interest in the fair. He organises three other agro-fairs. "We have just started promoting the event. Companies can already.....


Shared Interest Society offers loans to Fairtrade producers
Shared Interest Society is helping fair trade farmers across the world to access the capital they need to grow their businesses and support their communities.Through its innovative investment scheme, around 9,000 UK members have invested £32m in share accounts, enabling the society to support hundreds of.....


Stricter import regulations Serbian apples
Polish apples destroyed
Russia is imposing stricter import regulations on Serbian apples to put an end to fraud and illegal imports of European apples, reports the Russian inspection service. Serbia understands the measure. A batch of Polish apples has been destroyed. The apples were found at a market after arriving from the.....

Turkey: Strong snowfall may affect fruit prices
Last week, snowfall in a number of Turkish cities caused the closure of the road between the cities of Antalya and Konya for five hours.The channel CNN Turk reported that the snow reached as much as 20 centimetres in the city of Karse and 15 centimetres in Ardahan, resulting in the closure of roads and a.....


Oceania

Persimmons prove popular, packing up to 95% grade 1
Persimmons are becoming more widely known, thanks to Australia’s passion for cooking shows and increasingly adventurous palette. Each state grows persimmons at different times of the year, with Queensland producing the most, and at the moment Western Australia is in a hurry to catch up and satisfy local.....


Australian almonds making their mark globally
It is a case of right timing for South Australian almond farm Jubilee Almonds. The business is taking advantage of some cooler, wetter days to do a second shake of its trees and collect an additional 200-300kg/ha or 5-10% of additional crop, as the almonds take on water and become heavier, which makes them.....

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Terry Watts, VidaFresh
"We expect to have a very good Spanish season,"
VidaFresh is one of the main melon importers in the UK, supplying the UK market year round. Customers include retailers, food service, wholesale and fresh cut processors. "The Costa Rican season is just coming to an end and the last fruit is arriving next week. It is a transitional time of the year and the.....


South Africa: Can the fresh produce markets survive?
In the 1940s, there were about 135 fresh produce markets scattered around South Africa. Almost every dorp had a market. With improved roads, farmers and buyers could travel further afield to reach the larger urban markets, which offered more variety. Today, there are only 24 markets in the country, some.....


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Lidl teams up with Media Markt | US supermarket selling produce outside
Lidl is losing battle of the discounters
Lidl’s slow store opening programme has caused its share of the lucrative UK discounters market to slip 4.7% points 2010 and 2015, despite its success in food and grocery, retailgazette.co.uk reports. Lidl has opened the fewest stores within the period estimated at 69 versus 195 at Aldi and 220.....



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