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Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Indian grapes find favour in Europe once again
Nearly four years after being rejected by the European Union on account of pesticide residues, Indian grapes have begun to find favour again with European buyers. For the season 2014, a record 19.2 million tonnes of grapes have been exported by Indian traders to around 94 countries, of which Europe and the.....

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Kevin Fiori, Sunkist
Population growth and increasing middle class drive citrus demand
At last week's PMA Fresh Connections Southern Africa, Kevin Fiori from Sunkist was one of the speakers. Fresh Plaza caught up with him to find out more about the current citrus market and Sunkist's role in it.Fiori explains that there has been a big change in the international growth in the citrus market,.....


US: Sweet Potatoes gaining as regular potatoes losing ground
U.S. sweet potato use per capita has increased significantly during the last decade and was estimated at nearly 7 pounds in 2012, up almost 50 percent over 2002 levels. People recognize the health benefits of fibre and many nutrients contained in sweet potatoes and, of course, sweet potato fries have become.....


Growing relevance of sustainability and traceability for Brazilian retailers
According to a survey on Brazilian consumer trends up to 2020, less than 50% of consumers have a healthy, low-fat diet rich in vegetables. Alex Cosme Ribeiro dos Santos, marketing director of the Brazilian supermarket chain Angeloni, affirms that “We realise that while an adult is recommended to consume.....

Consequences of the Russian ban in figures
The figures available on the damage caused by the Russian ban differ greatly depending on the source. The real extent is difficult to calculate, but based on the figures of previous years it is possible to have a general picture of European exports to Russia. Freshfel Europe calculated the export volumes and.....

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Robinson Fresh adds Green Giant fresh asparagus to lineup
Robinson Fresh® continues to add to its lineup of consumer brands with the addition of Green Giant™ Fresh asparagus. The asparagus product line is available year-round and nationwide through an exclusive licensing agreement.Green Giant™ Fresh asparagus is offered in bulk packaging in club and retail boxes,.....

Sweet ending for B.C. blueberries
After very favourable weather through spring and the summer harvest, British Columbia blueberry growers are looking to finish the season on a high note.As the late-ripening Elliott variety starts to get picked by B.C.'s 800 growers, reports are showing that brix levels, a standard measurement of sugars in.....

USDA forecasts 13% drop in early Thompson Seedless tray counts
Based on its objective measurement survey conducted in July, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service forecasts a 13-percent drop in production of California’s raisin-type varieties of grapes.Following an unusually early start to this year’s harvest on Aug. 7, Fresno County raisin grower Don.....

Greater chance of Polish apples on a Canadian market
Speeding up the process of Polish apples certification in Canada, which will enable their export to this country, was the promise made by the Vice President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Paul Mayers to the Polish Ambassador to Canada Marcin Bosacki.During the discussion with the Ambassador.....

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"The kiwi berry is a fine product to look forward to"
Hoogstraten kiwi berries on the shelves earlier this year
The 26th of August marked the official start to the kiwi berry season. Due to the warm spring the Hoogstraten kiwi berry harvest was exceptionally early, "Three weeks earlier than in other years," said Jan Engelen, sales and marketing director of Veiling Hoogstraten. "Fortunately we do not have to.....

Martijn Vogelaar, Fruvo:
"Chinese market has a lot of potential, but doesn't just fill up Russian demand"
The new top fruit season has started again. Fruvo in Krabbendijke is also cooling, sorting and packing top fruit again - from their own cultivation company Vogelaar Fruitcultures and other growers - for selling at home and abroad. The ratio at Fruvo is roughly three quarters pears, and a quarter apples. For.....



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Azienda Valleri
Italy: It's pumpkin season!
After the good season of 2013, Azienda agricola Valleri has decided to increase the areas destined to pumpkin cultivation.Pumpkins are cultivated between May and autumn on 2 hectares of open fields equipped with supporting structures for the climber varieties."This year, production is two weeks early, but.....


Cranberry and cowberry season starts in Belarus
In Mogilev region it is time to collect cranberries and cowberries. In Brest region the collection of cowberry is scheduled to start on August 25th, of cranberry – on September 5th. Cowberries have already ripened in Vitebsk and Minsk regions. Cranberries will be ready for picking in Vitebsk on September.....

Bart Nemegheer, Aardappelhoeve: "Surplus everywhere in Western Europe"
Potato market sentiment far below par
In the potato market, growers and traders live from day to day. "It's very unpredictable at the moment", Bart Nemegheer of the Aardappelhoeve laments. "Demand is good, but prices are far below par. There is too much supply, and I expect that will last a while yet. At least until the entire yield is.....

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European project LIFE+SU.SA.FRUIT launched in Zagreb July
Italy and Croatia united to reduce pesticides in fruit production
The EC has just funded a project to develop, apply and demonstrate an economically viable strategic plan to implement integrated pest management (IPM) by promoting a low use of chemicals in field and post-harvest fruit production practices in typical Croatian and Italian agro-ecosystems. The project aims to.....


BLE peach market message week 34
Germany: meagre prices for peaches
In week 34 in the German wholesale market there were slightly less peaches than in the week prior. Most of the peaches came from Spain and Italy, but there were also peaches from France, Greece and Turkey on the market. Demand was lower due to the bad weather and the prices were not high. The lack of export.....


Campaign with high and stable prices
Spain: Almost 90% of grapes with seeds were intended for Russia
The Spanish table grape campaign is moving forward, although withbetween 20 and 30%lower yields than last year. This is due to the fact that the vines are "tired" because of last season's abundant harvest, when an overproduction of up to 30% was registered."Right now the market is quiet, coinciding with.....

10,800 tonnes worth 6.67 million Euro
Spain: Almeria increased potato production by 163% in 2013
The Spanish province of Almeria devotes just under 500 hectares to the cultivation of potatoes, from which it produced 10.8 million kilos in 2013; 6.1% more than in 2012. The value of this production amounted to 6.67 million Euro; a 163% increase. This is mainly the result of increased acreage and harvest.....

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Frans Schwiebbe: "Turkish citrus on the rise in global retail"
R&F Import Export handles full sales Turkish citrus packing station Agromall
Frans Schwiebbe and his companion in Turkey established R&F Import Export on February 1. With a new packing hall in the Turkish citrus region of Mersin, and a sales office at ABC Westland, the new company is ready to supply buyers with Turkish citrus. The focus is initially on grapefruit, lemons and.....


Italy: Prices of potatoes are very low
The situation of potatoes on the Italian market is not very good, as prices are low and supply is abundant. Things are made worse by the French production and the Russian ban."It's a difficult year. Producers should make around 25-30 cents per kilo, as production costs hover around 20 and 24 cents per kilo......

Russia: Serious violations at Sverlovsk greenhouses
Russian Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service in Sverdlovsk region detected serious violations in the cultivation of vegetables in Krasnoufimsk area, - said the press service of the department.As a result of the inspection, it has been found out that in three greenhouses the bags with fertilizer such.....

Germany: Wholesale prices for week 34


Spain: Over 50 fruit wholesalers extorted to sell fruit for stalls
The Police have dismantled a family clan that allegedly extorted and even assaulted at least fifty fruit wholesalers of Mercamadrid to force them to sell them produce at prices well below those set in the market in order to re-sell them in stalls.As reported by the Police, three members of one family have.....

7 October, 2014
Freshfel Europe to hold Europe Policy meeting and AGM
Freshfel is extending their invitation to the Freshfel Europe Policy Meeting, to be held on 7 October 2014 in the framework of the Freshfel AGM. The meeting takes place at a key moment as the new European Parliament takes up its new five-year term. It will provide a unique opportunity to review the key.....

Tozer Iberica to exhibit at Fruit Attraction 2014
Tozer Iberica will be exhibiting at Fruit Attraction 2014 in Madrid from the 15th – 17th October 2014. The stand will be located in Pabellon 9, Stand 9511C. We will showcase a selection of their vegetable varieties including Flower Sprout®, various new leek varieties, kales and pumpkins. James Hatherill.....

Hungary: The dominant role of agriculture in economic growth
Last Sunday, the Hungarian state secretary of Agriculture, Nagy István, highlighted the dominant role of agriculture in Hungary's economic growth, with the gross value of the production increasing by 22%. István added that, as a result of this growth, the share of agriculture in the national economy.....


Largest in Northern Russia greenhouse complex
The largest in the north of Russia greenhouse complex is being built in the Murmansk region. The investment of the construction equals 1.6 billion dollars. The complex is being constructed on an area of 5.8 hectares by means of energy-saving and other advanced technologies. This investment project is a.....


Bijlsma Hercules continues introduction of new models of hall fillers
Bijlsma Hercules has been active as a logistics specialist in the area of processing agricultural crops and other bulk goods. From the field to the supermarket, Bijlsma Hercules offers solutions with which a large variety of products can be optimally processed and with which the customer can further optimise.....

Maersk Line aligning with MSC early 2015
Tha Danish container shipping line Maersk and the Swedish shipping group Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) will align and jointly benefit through increasing their shipping capacities and delivering services starting January 2015, according to Reuters.com. In September the two companies will share sailing.....

Cyprus seeking to increase exports to United Arab Emirates
The Cypriot Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, Nicos Kouyialis, will hold a meeting with traders from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday in an attempt to re-allocate agricultural products which would normally be exported to the Russian market.According to the statement, Mr......

Calls from Copa-Cogeca for more agricultural sector support
Copa-Cogeca, the umbrella organisation for EU farm unions and agri-cooperatives, stepped up its calls yesterday for additional support for the EU agricultural sector in response to the ban imposed by Russia on EU agricultural exports, warning producers' livelihoods are threatened as prices hit rock.....


Minsk, Europe's smuggling capital
Russian retailer looking for $ 9.5 billion in products from other suppliers
In Minsk, presidents Poroshenko (Ukraine) and Putin (Russia) have reached an agreement. Both parties aim for a cease-fire; the bloodshed in eastern Ukraine should stop and border control should become more efficient. Regarding the sanctions, for the time being nothing will change, and even a de-escalation of.....


Oceania

AU: Veggies on verge of 'extinction'
Where grandma planned a week ahead, families are now planning their meals on a day-to-day basis.This was one of the research observations delivered to International Horticultural Congress delegates from Professor of Behavioural Science Tony Worsley, Deakin University, Victoria.His address at the opening.....


American pistachio expert, Louise Ferguson:
'AU pistachio industry just as advanced as counterpart in US'
Despite being only a fraction of the size, research and development in the Australian pistachio industry is just as advanced as its counterpart in the United States, according to an American pistachio expert.In the American state of California, where around 99 per cent of the industry is based, the area.....

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Tony Parlato, new board member of NZ Potatoes:
NZ: A head for potatoes
Tony Parlato knows a bit about growing potatoes. He has been in the business for almost 20 years. He farms at Moutoa, in Manawatu, with his brother and father as well as two full-time staff, and he employs about six people seasonally.Parlato talks freely about the potato industry. But talking is new to him.....


Africa

South African citrus growers seek panel on EU black-spot dispute
Citrus growers in South Africa, the world’s biggest orange exporter, asked the government to set up an independent panel to help resolve a dispute with the European Union over the region’s stricter import requirements.The association wants the panel to consider the merits of the findings of a report, which.....


World


Hall 3 stand T-25
INI Farms return to Asia Fruit Logistica
Indian pomegranate and banana producer INI Farms will be returning to Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong for the second time this year.Kalpesh Kivasara said that the Asian market is important to INI Farms as customers there are able to buy the company's products throughout the year as opposed to some other.....

Convenient, economical method testing for avocado sunblotch viroid
Nucleic acid hybridization assay (ASBVd) is found in avocado growing regions worldwide. Trees infected with ASBVd can result in a loss of yield and / or production of unmarketable fruit. However, symptoms are not always present making pro-active testing a critical disease control measure.Agdia’s ASBVd.....

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European food companies call foul over Thailand fruit company
Business joins the international outcry over Thai company's lawsuits against human rights investigator Andy Hall. He faces civil and criminal charges over his work for rights group Finnwatch.A group of major European firms has joined the growing international outcry against the trial of a British activist in.....

Maersk shipping records high freight volumes in 2014
AP Moller-Maersk the container shipping line has raised its full-year profit forecast after its earnings are rising because of higher freight volumes and lower costs.Earnings excluding discontinued operations, impairment losses and divestment gains will total $4.5 billion compared with a previous forecast of.....


Australia Fruits to take new varieties to Hong Kong
Australia Fruits are a diverse Melbourne based produce business specializing in Exports, Imports and Packaging, as well as services and logistics. The company has taken part actively in the past five Asia Fruit Logistica expos with the Australia Fruits booth generating great success. The event has proven the.....


Jean Baptiste Pinel, Managing Director of PRIM’LAND:
‘AsiaFruitLogistica is the annual event for fruit & vegetable professionals in Asia’
‘AsiaFruitLogistica is the annual event for fruit and vegetable professionals in Asia,’ says Jean Baptiste Pinel, Managing Director of PRIM’LAND. ‘As France’s leading kiwi fruit in Asia over the last 20 years, OSCAR® has been at the trade fair for many years now. It’s a great opportunity to meet the majority.....


Retail

Sprouts Farmers Market to Present at the Goldman Sachs 21st Annual Global Retailing Conference
Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. today announced that Doug Sanders, president and chief executive officer, and Amin Maredia, chief financial officer, will present at the Goldman Sachs 21st Annual Global Retailing Conference at the Plaza Hotel in New York, NY. The presentation will begin at 9:35 a.m. (EDT) on.....

Walmart's Sam's Club to source goods from 100 local suppliers
Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.’s Sam’s Club division has announced that it is participating in a San Diego-based supplier event, in which it will provide more than 100 regional small businesses the opportunity to supply their food and beverage products to its stores across the country. Out of an.....

Kroger could be aiming for another acquisition
Kroger Co. could be on the prowl for another acquisition, and this one involves a New England company embroiled in a power struggle.Cincinnati-based Kroger, the nation’s largest operator of traditional supermarkets, is rumoured to be a potential bidder for Market Basket, a 71-store chain based in Tewksbury,.....

Ohio closeout retailer Big Lots wants to sell you groceries, too
Between the furniture and patio chairs, next to the pillows and bath puffs, Big Lots has refreshed and reshuffled its grocery section. Bright orange signs and exclamation marks posted throughout the store point to the closeout retailer's expanded selection of name-brand and perishable foods.By adding more.....

Retail sales growth slows to 4.1% in June
Retail sales in Hungary rose by 4.1 percent in June from the same month a year earlier according to calendar year-adjusted data, slowing from a 4.9 percent increase in May, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Wednesday, revising figures published earlier.Retail sales were also up 4.1 percent.....

GB grocery market growth hits 10-year low
Kantar Worldpanel's latest data, covering the 12 week period to 17 August 2014, shows that GB grocery retail growth continues to slow, falling to a 10-year low of 0.8% over the three month period. Meantime sector inflation has also continued to fall, dropping to just 0.2%, putting a significant brake on.....

Do you accept my ginger discount card? Thrifty red-head saves hundreds of pounds using homemade ID
A cheeky Scottish red-head claims to have saved hundreds of pounds in the high street - thanks to his home-made 'ginger discount card'. Richard Macrae, 30, from Aberdeen, was given the fake card by a friend for his birthday and he has successfully used it in bars, restaurants, cinemas and even with taxi.....

Rouble weakness hurts Rewe in Russia -CEO tells paper
Weakness in the rouble may wipe out any gains by German retailer Rewe in Russia, which remains its fastest-growing market in local-currency terms despite sanctions on food imports, the head of the group's international operations was quoted saying.Frank Hensel told Austrian newspaper Wirtschaftsblatt that.....

Lidl & large! Supermarket chain is backing Britain
Supermarket Lidl are set to hire thousands of new staff and have launched a new £20m ad campaign [PH]The Germany-based grocery giant is unveiling a £20million national TV ad campaign and plans to expand to 1,500 stores across the country.Bosses expect sales to soar by 20%, with revenue topping a huge.....

Market Basket
Deal reached to sell supermarket chain to ex-CEO
A New England supermarket chain that has been in turmoil for weeks over a workers' revolt and customer boycott has announced that the former CEO is buying the company from rival relatives.Market Basket said in a statement late Wednesday that former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas would be returning to the company.....

Morrisons reports its first month of sales growth since last autumn
Morrisons has reported its first month of sales growth in more than nine months as the supermarket's efforts to slash prices appears to be bearing fruit.The Bradford-based chain saw sales rise 2.4% in the four weeks to 17 August, according to figures from Kantar Worldpanel, after cutting prices on 1,200.....

Woolworths lifts FY profit by 10%, lags consensus
South African retailer Woolworths reported a lower-than-expected 10% increase in full-year profit on Thursday, hit by costs related to its acquisition of Australia's David Jones.Woolworths, which sells upscale food and clothes, said diluted headline earnings per share totalled 360 cents, below a 389 cent.....

Inside Fresh Thyme: A Whole Foods-Trader Joe's hybrid, seeded with Meijer money
If you combined Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, the result would be something that resembles a Fresh Thyme Farmers Market.Chief executive Chris Sherrell likes to think his new Midwest chain of natural organics speciality stores offers the organic produce selection of the upscale Whole Foods and a unique line.....

Are nutritional rating systems a market basket killer?
A new study by Cornell University Study found that nutrition rating guides in stores led to a sharp decline in sales of "junk food" but only a more marginal gain in healthier items.The researchers, including Cornell Food and Brand Lab's David Just, PhD, and Brian Wansink PhD, author of the upcoming book,.....

Wal-Mart’s Massmart profit falls on weak South Africa spend
Massmart Holdings Ltd. (MSM), the South African food and goods wholesaler owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT:US), said the country’s retailers may face headwinds into next year as higher interest rates and prices sap consumer confidence.Earnings excluding one-time items declined 26 percent to 364 million.....



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