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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

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US (NC): Sweet potato growers hope for respite from the rain
Coming off a short crop last season and dealing with strong demand domestically and abroad, North Carolina's sweet potato growers are hoping this year's crop can be swiftly harvested. But constant rains along with cold weather could delay harvesting. Such adverse conditions could prevent the state's growers.....


Palmer mangoes becoming increasingly popular in Europe
Mango cultivation in Brazil mainly concentrates in three areas: in the south of Sao Paulo, where only Palmer mangoes are grown; Petrolina, which cultivates all kinds of varieties, including plenty of Tommy Atkins, and another in the middle of the country, where Palmer mangoes also predominate.Claudio.....


Harvest will begin ahead of schedule
Argentina: cherry exports will increase by 50%
The cherry season in the southern hemisphere is about to begin and it will be crucial for the Argentine, who had weather problems and a low level of exports in 2013.Argentina's production of exportable cherry is located in Patagonia (70% -90%) and in the province of Mendoza. The plantations in northern.....

USDA Gain report:
NZ: Prospects for MY2013 apple and pear production look promising
After more than a decade of mediocre to negative profit margins deciduous fruit orchardists enjoyed a very profitable year in MY2012. Despite the biggest apple crop since MY2003, at 531,000 metric tons, and likewise a similarly large export volume now revised to 322,000MT, prices and returns were still 20%.....


SUNSET® partners with Pink Ribbon during October
With October marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month, SUNSET® is proudly continuing another year of their partnership with Pink Ribbon Produce.SUNSET’s Campari® brand cocktail tomato packs will once again be getting a pink makeover to help bring awareness to breast cancer and help support research and.....

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France: En’Diva showcased its Carmine® variety
The French company En’Diva, based in northern France, was present at the recent edition of MacFruit; it is a firm specialised in the cultivation of endive, with 100% of its production grown in water (hydroculture).Alban Descamps, sales person of the company, says that different countries have different.....


Brazil aims to increase popularity of Prata Bananas in Europe
Brazil is a very large banana producer, although it exports almost nothing. The reason for this, according to Heider Cabral, Marketing Manager of Abanorte, is that “the country has a really good internal market which absorbs almost the entire production, and that due to high production costs, it is difficult.....


'our goal is to open new markets'
Peru pursuing to export directly to even more destinations
Peru is becoming a very relevant fresh producer worldwide; its asparagus, avocado, pomegranate, table grape and blueberry production, as well as its many varieties of citrus are growing increasingly popular. According to Carlos Enrique Camet Piccone, president of the Peruvian Agricultural Guilds.....

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New cardboard punnets for Hoogstraten strawberries
Leading up to fall Veiling Hoogstraten introduces new packaging for their strawberries. Hoogstraten strawberries will be available in cardboard punnets from October 1st 2014. The 500-gr punnets will be available in a larger cardboard box containing 8 punnets each. The cardboard punnet has been developed to.....

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Peru: Avocado exports could grow by 62% this year and 25% in 2015
In recent years, due to high international demand and the higher price of Hass avocados, many Peruvian producers have been switching from the Fuerte variety, which they traditionally cultivated, to the Hass, as pointed out by the bank Scotiabank.The country's avocado exports could break a new record in 2014,.....


Court dismisses Zespri case
The New Zealand High Court has dismissed a claim by a Chinese importing company that Zespri should pay an $8 million fine imposed on it by the Chinese Court.The claim was made against Zespri by Shanghai Neuhof which was fined in China for underpayment of duties on Zespri kiwifruit.Shanghai Neuhof and fellow.....


11,000 hectares of avocado will be added to the export program in 2014-2015
Mexican avocado exports to U.S. increase
The delegate of the SAGARPA, Pedro Luis Benitez Velez, said that 11,000 hectares of avocado would be added to the export program after they complied with the safety, health and quality protocols of the departments of Agriculture from Mexico and the United States.Benitez Velez stated that there were a total.....



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Italy: Germany absorbs almost half of carrot exports
China is the main carrot producer worldwide, with over 16 million tons on a total of around 37 million tons. However, when we look at things from the point of view of yields, Iceland emerges as leader followed by Uzbekistan, UK, Israel and Belgium.First 5 countries per yield(hectograms per hectare) of.....


Italy: Lollo lettuce disappears in Germany
According to what is referred to FreshPlaza by sources in the seed world, the "Lollo" lettuce sector in Southern Italy has been affected by the new commercial policy of German retailers.Some retailers decided to eliminate this kind of lettuce altogether in order to meet the new quality standards, deal with.....


Europe's expenditure in Spanish tomatoes reached almost 1 billion Euro
In the 2013/2014 campaign (from 1 September, 2013 to 31 July, 2014), Spain made a total of 949.43 million Euro in revenue from the export of fresh tomatoes, according to data from the statistical service Estacom (Icex-Agency Tax).The total volume of fresh tomatoes exported in that period was of 957.31.....

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Small and medium calibres to predominate
Spain: Mollar pomegranate season has officially started
The Mollar pomegranate season has officially started in the Spanish municipality of Elche after the symbolic "first pick" was made ​​by celebrity chef Alberto Chicote, chosen by the Association of Producers of Pomegranates from Elche to carry out this duty. The event brought producers and traders.....

Bonduelle sees another year of financial growth
On the 26th of September 2014, the Supervisory Board, under the chairmanship of Isabelle Danjou, reviewed the statutory and consolidated financial statements for FY 2013 - 2014 as presented by the Executive Board and certified by the company's statutory auditors.Commenting on the year's results, the.....

UNIVEG hires former Freshfel and Europatat employee
UNIVEG announces that Frederic Rosseneu has joined the company today, 1 October, with the title of Business Development Manager reporting to Francis Kint, CEO of UNIVEG Group.Frederic is an agronomist, with specialization in soil and water management and holds a Master in General Management from the Vlerick.....


Centre for Senses, London University:
Strawberries evoke happy summer memories
The experts have already suspected it, but now it is also scientifically proven: strawberries will give you the ultimate summer feeling! The Centre for Senses at the London University discovered that 77 percent of the consumers immediately think of happy summer memories when they smell a fresh strawberry. A.....

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Remco van der Spruit: "Looking for charters for the busy winter period"
Angvik Auto Holland's new property offers greater cross-dock facilities
In October 2012 Remco van der Spruit started Angvik Auto Holland, which specialized in fruit and vegetable transport to Norway. "The first two years of Angvik Auto Holland have gone very well. We have managed to extend the trust of existing clients and we have gained the trust of new clients; all of this has.....

Danish GDP unexpectedly revised to growth in Q2
Denmark’s economy expanded in the second quarter after a preliminary estimate had shown a contraction amid rising consumer spending.Gross domestic product rose 0.2 percent from the first three months, according to figures published by the statistics office today. The data was revised from an initial reading.....


UK: Lancashire grown vegetable crisps make debut at Booth's
Roots Hand Cooked Vegetable Crisps have made their crunchy debut at Booths stores in Lancashire.The crisps are made from carrots, parsnips and beetroot grown in Lancashire and across the UK by Huntapac - a leading grower and supplier of vegetables which has a rich Lancashire heritage dating back to the.....

Germany: Wholesale prices for week 39

UK: Award success for Freshtime’s food products
Lincolnshire snack salad and vegetable specialist Freshtime UK is celebrating after winning one national food award and being shortlisted for another.The SPAR retail chain won a national prize at last week’s Wholesale Quality Food and Drink Awards in London for its Sweet Chilli Noodles, which are made by.....

Czech Republic: Cheaper apples due to Russian embargo
In South Moravia, a kilo of apples can cost less than 20 crowns (0.73 Euro); a bargain for the consumer, but a big threat to Czech fruit growers.South-Moravian apple producers are afraid of fruit imports from Poland. "Polish growers harvested three million tonnes of apples last year, exporting around eight.....


Oceania

NZ: Otago fruit company in receivership
A Central Otago fruits business which employs several hundred casual workers over the peak summer fruit picking season, has gone into receivership.Summerfruit Orchards, based near Clyde, grew, packed and exported a number of fruits including cherries, apricots, nectarines and apples. It went into.....

AU: Favco acquires Riversun Citrus
Favco has acquired the Riversun Citrus brand and trademark from Riversun Pty and will continue the collaborative marketing structure that was previously operated by the members of Riversun Pty over the past 15 years.As such, DNE will continue to be the exclusive marketer of the Riversun brand for Australian.....

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New dedicated IP business announced
The Freshmax Group has announced the formation of Innovar – the company’s own intellectual property commercialisation business.Freshmax is a multinational fresh produce marketer that delivers a variety of key sales and distribution functions across a number of regional platforms in Australia, New Zealand and.....


AU: Taskforce calls for doubling of fruit, vegetable production in Tasmania
A report into the Tasmanian fruit and vegetable industries has called for a doubling of production in the state by the year 2020.The Tasmanian Fruit and Vegetable Taskforce has made a number of findings and recommendations and was released today in Canberra.The Taskforce is made up of a number of.....


AU: Government refuses halt of Fiji ginger imports after discovery of roundworms
The Federal Government is refusing to suspend fresh ginger imports from Fiji, despite live roundworms being found in cartons shipped to Sydney.The Queensland Government has called for an immediate halt to the imports, but the Federal Government says they won't be suspended because the type of roundworm.....

Former NZKGI chairman joins kiwifruit claim committee
All kiwifruit growers and post-harvest operators who have been adversely affected by Psa have an obligation to their families and shareholders to seriously consider signing up to The Kiwifruit Claim against the former Biosecurity NZ, prominent industry figure Grant Eynon said today.Mr Eynon was confirmed.....


Africa

Decrease in Ghana’s pineapple production
According to the Sea-Freight Pineapple Exporters of Ghana (SPEG), insufficient access to water and fertiliser is the main hindrance to the development of pineapple production in Ghana. Director General of the SPEG, Stephen Mintah, stated that this is having a large impact on national production. “As we.....

Kenya: New Bill takes on potato industry cartels
Potato farmers are set to earn more for their crop after the Government initiated legislation that seeks to dismantle the cartel-like behaviour that has characterised the Sh60 billion industry. Through the Potato Produce and Marketing Bill 2014, the Government has set out a plan to shield farmers from.....

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World


US (PA): Increase in apple production for 2014 season
Half of the Pennsylvania's apples had been harvested by Monday, compared with 60 percent or more at this time in previous years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Out in Adams County, Gala and Honeycrisp are already done according to a Sept. 22 USDA crop report. Quality on both varieties was.....


United Arab Shipping Co. head:
Container shipping slowly recovering
United Arab Shipping Co. expects a slow recovery and more-stable freight rates for the container-shipping industry after one of the industry's longest down cycles, as giant alliances take control of the world's busiest ocean routes and push smaller players out, the chief executive of the cash-rich,.....

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168,000 hectares of asparagus worldwide
Currently, there are 168,118 hectares of asparagus worldwide, with China, Germany, Mexico and Peru as the countries devoting the largest acreage to this crop, reported the representative of Agronegocios Génesis, Piet Beurskens.He noted that China has the largest asparagus acreage with 65,000 hectares. The.....


Asparagus shipper adds sweet packaged corn to product list
Jacobs, Malcolm & Burtt (JMB) is bringing sweet corn back and has a newly re-designed booth at this year’s PMA Fresh Summit in Anaheim, California October 17-19, 2014.Available in four and eight packs, JMB’s sweet corn has been added to their product list for 2014. Like JMB’s other fresh produce, their.....


Retail


Alnatura opens tenth Super Natur Markt in München
As of a last week there has been a new Alnatura Super Natur Markt in München: the tenth Alnatura shop was opened in the LindWurmstraße in München, reports the German website bio-markt.info. The almost 380 square metre large store offers the customers a large organic assortment with a lot of products from the.....

Sainsbury's Q2 sales impacted by deflationary environment
J Sainsbury plc posted its Second Quarter Trading Statement for the 16 weeks to 27 September 2014 today, 1 October 2014, at 7.00am (BST). Mike Coupe, Chief Executive, said “The market remains dynamic and fiercely competitive. The longrunning trend of more frequent, convenient shopping has accelerated,.....

Leclerc's new partnerships within Coopernic
Italian Coop Italia and Belgian Delhaize have joined European distributor Coopernic, of which French E.Leclerc was the only company for almost a year.Coopernic was created in 2006 and is presented as “the first alliance of European distribution retailers”. However they lost 4 of their five founders in.....

Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) commences full investigation on Tesco
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has notified Tesco that it has commenced a full investigation following the overstatement of expected profit for the half year which was described in the company’s announcement of 22 September 2014 and which is currently the subject of an independent review by.....

How do you reward loyalty in an age of disloyalty? Look beyond discounting and price smart
Today’s shoppers are a notoriously disloyal bunch. And where loyalty does exist, this is increasingly for low-cost in-store experiences. With the proof in the pudding being Aldi’s announcement yesterday that it has recorded a 65 per cent rise in pre-tax profits.Research conducted in July showed that, on.....

Smart & Final continues to rise
Smart & Final is up 14.1% over the past week and is continuing its upward momentum on account of share purchase by insiders.Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (SFS) was up 9.6% to $13.70 on Friday. Since the grocery retailer’s IPO last week, the company’s stock has risen 14% and continues its upward.....

The Co-operative to open 63 new c-stores
The Co-operative has agreed a deal to open 63 new convenience stores on existing or former Marstons pub sites. Building on a deal done in AprilThis deal was originally done in April of this year when the retailer agreed to lease 54 pubs from the property investor NewRiver Retail. The increase in the number.....

Competition Council proposes fines for large retailers in Romania
Romania’s Competition Council has recommended fines for retailers Metro, Rewe (Selgros Cash & Carry), Mega Image and Interex and their suppliers. This comes after the council completed the investigation on the retail market. The fines will range from 2% to 4% of each company’s turnover.The first hearings.....

Delhaize Group to join the European Buying Alliance Coopernic from January 2015
Delhaize Group is pleased to announce that it will join Coopernic, the European Buying Alliance as from January 2015. Coopernic is currently formed around E. Leclerc and will be joined this October by Coop Italia.The three companies have decided to share their expertise in the following three areas:– Private.....

Sneak Peek: PG's annual produce review
Though the average supermarket fresh produce department has been riding a wave of unprecedented gains during the past 12 months, retail category executives are modestly cautious about getting carried away by the possibilities of ever-riper category growth for the balance of the year, according to consensus.....

S. Korea's consumer prices grow 1.1 pct on-year in Sept.
South Korea's consumer prices grew at the slowest pace in seven months in September due to falling prices of factory goods and the stabilization of farming goods costs, a government report showed Wednesday.The country's consumer price index rose 1.1 percent last month from a year earlier, decelerating from.....

'Ugly' fruit and vegetables prove a hit in France
"Ugly" fruit and vegetables – such as bumpy oranges, two-legged carrots or misshapen aubergines – have proved such a hit in France that supermarket chains – which would previously dump them – are putting the produce on sale in thousands of outlets across the country.The initiative lets consumers buy the.....

7-Eleven rolls out health-conscious menu
Soda, chips and hot dogs may be the go-to snacks at gas stations, but one major chain is working to change that by bringing nutritional options to an increasingly health-conscious customer base.On Tuesday, 7-Eleven -- the world's largest convenience store chain -- rolled out a new line of "nutritionally.....

Premium food retailing on the rise
Whole Foods opens a new GTA store; Pusateri’s plans Oakville location; Loblaws and Longo's reach into the luxury food market.Two days after it opened in North York, the newest Whole Foods Market in the GTA was packed at lunch, with office and construction workers lined up for fresh-baked pizza, made-to-order.....



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