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Thursday, August 27, 2015

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US (CA): Pear growers reaping rewards
Scully Packing Co. in Finley was a whirl of activity early this week as more than 200 workers sorted, packed and loaded a bounty of Lake County pears headed for markets across the country and beyond.The bustle represents the final sprint of activity in the earliest pear harvest on record in Lake County, a.....


Colombian avocados find their way to Europe
FCE Export is expanding its activities with avocados from Colombia. With years of expertise in Peru, they will also offer Colombian avocados now. In recent years, the country has heavily invested in the planting of avocados. At the moment, it's still small volumes being exported, but this is expected to.....

South Africa: Great prices for grapefruit, but quality needs to improve
This season has been a particularly good season for South African grapefruit, but it has been an extremely odd one, according to Stephan Scillers of Soleil Sitrus, as the pre season first started with a lot of talk and planning between producers, exporters and people with their own agendas, which is normal.....

Demand for Idaho Russet potato exceeds supply
Harvest of Idaho Russet potatoes started in early August. “It’s a little bit ahead of schedule, but hopefully, we can continue to harvest without any disruptions through the middle of October,” says Jamey Higham with Potandon Produce. “We just finished up last year’s potato crop during the past few.....

Promising market for Scottish blueberries
The Scottish blueberry season is just getting under way, around a week later than normal.Peter Thompson, Director at Thomas Thompson, said they picked for the first time on Tuesday, but the Scottish blueberry season reaches it peak in September and October."So far things are looking good, the season is a bit.....

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Fyffes earnings continue strong growth in first half
Fruit distributor Fyffes said earnings continued to grow strongly in the first half of the year, and group revenue rose almost 9 per cent as it said it was still targeting the increased earnings target ranges announced earlier this year.Adjusted pretax profit rose 9.3 per cent to €33.9 million for the first.....

US(CA): Medjool date harvest begins on positive note
Harvesting of Medjool dates began in California this week, and growers are seeing positive signs. Good growing conditions have contributed to what looks to be good production this season, which is expected to last through late-October.“The size of the crop looks good and we expect big, plump dates coming.....

India: Pomegranate season hampered by erratic monsoon
Indian pomegranates are available throughout the year, but this year the growing season was hit by an erratic monsoon season resulting in different harvest results.Kalpesh Kivarsara from INI Farms said that the fruit’s visual appearance has been impacted, "The full colouration has not yet developed. So, even.....


"The future will show who the best mango ripeners are"
Special Fruit focuses on 100% fibre-less mangoes
Special Fruit has mangoes year round from various origins. Francois de Rooij is the mango specialist for Special Fruit; he talks about how they work from the beginning stages of plantation, all the way through to ripening, "We source mangoes year round from 14 different countries. In terms of volume, we have.....

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24-27 November, Irapuato, GTO, Mexico:
Preparations for new Expo Agroalimentaria Irapuato in full swing
The Expo Agroalimentario in Irapuato is the major event for the Mexican greenhouse industry. Each year the trade show houses hundreds of international and national exhibitors who welcome nearly 100,000 visitors to the show. This year the show takes place a few weeks later than usual, it will be held from the.....

Southern mandarin growers losing out to Qld competition
At least one mandarin grower in the Buronga/Mildura region straddling the Murray River are struggling to compete with a later Queensland harvest, now also being sold at the Sydney markets. “Our window of opportunity is the first week of June or so until mid-July,” says grower Joe Scopelliti. “This year we.....



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Hans van Luijk, Van Nature
It's going to be a good season for many cucumber growers
A limited supply and good demand results in high prices on the cucumber market, "If this continues, its going to be a great season for many growers," says Hank van Luijk from Van Nature. "It seems that the prices will remain long enough so that everyone can benefit."Last week on the cucumber market prices.....

Spain: Best courgette price of the past ten years
Courgette producers in the province of Almeria have obtained the best average price of the decade and almost doubled that obtained in the previous season, according to estimations by Hortoinfo based on data from the Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Government of Andalusia and.....

Almeria veg exporters are beating Russian veto
Almeria veg exports have not only managed to survive the Russian veto but have in fact increased over the last few months according to new figures.The secret, exporters have discovered, is to branch out into new markets while taking care of the existing ones, as found by 80 companies in the province that.....

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less tomato and cucumber, more peppers
Consumers bought less fresh vegetables in first half of 2015
In recent years the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables in the Netherlands has been declining. No turnaround is yet in sight. In the first half of 2015 Dutch households bought 3 percent less fresh vegetables and almost as much fresh fruits as in 2014. The average price the consumer paid for a kilo of.....

Black currant grows better in cool summers
Black currant (Ribes nigrum L.) is a perennial small shrub, indigenous to central and northern Europe, Caucasus, Central Siberia and Himalaya. It is commonly grown in Eastern, Central and Northern Europe, in addition to New Zealand and China. Black currant berries are known for their high content of.....

Branch report ABN-Amro: Rise of club varieties will continue
"Growing group of top fruit growers choosing own sales"
Dutch top fruit growers have had a difficult year. The Russian food boycott combined with overcapacity on the Europe market caused the efficiency to come under firm pressure, especially in the first half of the season. The returns were over 19 percent lower than a year ago. ABN AMRO thinks that growers can.....


William Willems, Central Fruit:
"Large volumes of South African citrus still on their way"
The South African citrus season is going 'well to very well' according to William Willems of Central Fruit. "There are not real stores on our market at the moment. The larger volumes are currently on their way by boat. This is quite normal for this time of year, there is always a peak around this time. The.....

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Belarus potato export skyrockets
In January-July 2015 Belarus increased potato export by more than 3.1 times. According to the source, in January-July 2015 Belarus exported over 200,000 tonnes of potato. The bulk of the shipments went to Russia. Close attention has been paid to the potato-growing industry in Belarus in the last few years......

2-3 September 2015, Tournai, Belgium
Europlant presents top potato varieties at Potato Europe
Europlant Pflanzenzucht GmbH is represented again this year at PotatoEurope, the worldwide leading trade fair for potato production. The international industry event is taking place on 2 / 3 September 2015 in Kain by Tournai (Belgium). At stand T49 in the tent hall, Europlant visitors will have the chance to.....


Gert Kögeler, Eosta:
"Revenue increase supermarkets offering unpackaged organic produce"
The production of organic greenhouse vegetables increases by 15-20% each year, and according to commercial director Gert Kögeler of Eosta, that's in line with the increase in the market. "But we aren't looking for switchers very actively. Sometimes conventional growers come to us when they want to try.....

7% lower than 5-year average
VTA trial grubbing: 16% fewer potatoes than last year
VTA organized a trial grubbing among its members in mid-August, according to a set protocol. This yield measurement has taken place since 2001, and is always carried out at the same time of year. With the trial grubbing, samples are taken from a large number of consumption varieties across the.....

PENNY at first place at Customer Survey
PENNY has won again in the “Customer Survey for Food Discounters 2015” by DISQ. On behalf of the news-channel n-tv, the German institute for Service Quality (DISQ) held the survey from October 2015 until January 2015. They ask customers online about their opinions on the leading discounters in Germany. With.....

1,400 certified organic growers in Bulgaria
According to Milen Stoyanov, member of the board of the "Bioproducts" association, there are currently about 1,400 certified organic producers in Bulgaria. In an interview with Focus News, he stated that "while the number of organic producers at the time of Bulgaria's entry into the EU was quite low (about.....

Supporting growers in entrepreneurship
Royal ZON starts ZON Growers Academy
Supporting growers in entrepreneurship is one of the pillars of ZON's strategy. To expand this, ZON is starting the 'ZON Growers Academy' in October 2015. This course offers members of ZON the chance to work on expanding and deepening their entrepreneurship with professional support.Dutch horticulturists.....

Locus Traxx Europe moves to Antwerp
Locus Traxx Europe is moving their office to Antwerp. “Due to the unprecedented growth in the EMEA area, it has been decided to move Locus EMEA headquarters to the internationally oriented city of Antwerp,” said Jan-Willem Schrijver. “As of September 2015, our new office in Antwerp offers us the ability to.....


Fresh Produce Category: An Era of Change
Russian event to further fruit, veg sector development
The Conference "Fresh Produce Category: An Era of Change" organized by FruitNews Information Agency and ITE Moscow Exhibition Company will take place on September 15, 2015 in Moscow within the Russian Food Forum of World Food Trade Show. This event is a unique meeting place to conduct business dialog for.....

Spain: Creation of Castile-Leon Potato Interprofessional demanded
UPA-COAG and URCACYL have appealed to the Council of Agriculture to immediately constitute a Potato Interprofessional for Castile-Leon in order to protect the interests of producers and bring order to a sector that is currently lacking structure. They recalled that losses last season amounted to 3,000.....

Alan Bartlett&Sons
Worldʼs first fully automated parsnip trimming line in UK
Chatteris based root vegetable specialist Alan Bartlett and Sons have welcomed to their site the worldʼs first fully automated parsnip trimming line. Developed in partnership with Dutch engineering firm, Feltracon, the machinery offers a series of benefits – notably, increased output capacity and an.....

UK implements total ban on fresh curry leaf imports
A "spicy" new business opportunity for growers of protected edibles has been flagged up by AHDB Horticulture. AHDB has been informed by Defra that the UK has implemented a total ban on fresh curry leaf imports from the remaining countries who are exporting – namely Kenya, Ghana, Gambia, Dominican Republic –.....


Andalusia
Spain: Almeria leads horticultural shipments overseas
In the first six months of 2015, Almeria has been the leader in sales overseas, with 1,395.4 million Euro (43.8% of the total) and an 8.1% growth compared to the same period last year. Huelva follows, with 739.2 million Euro (23.2% of the total) and a 7.1% growth, and Seville is in third place, with a 16%.....

Russian fruit prices rising 5 times faster than EU rate
From January to June 2015, consumer prices for fruit in Russia grew by 25.4%, whereas the EU average increase was only 5.4%, as reported by Rosstat. In general food products in Russia in the first seven months of 2015 grew in price by 10.6%, while in the EU prices decreased by 0.1%. In.....


first arrival new harvest Israeli medjool dates at BUD Holland
"Mangosteen remains a rather exclusive product"
Early this week, the first Israeli medjool dates of the new season arrived at BUD Holland by air freight. "We have now started with the 5 kg packagings, and at the end of September, we'll also receive the 500 gramme, 1 kg and 2 kg packagings. The premium dates will once again be packaged under the King.....


Last year's drop in production made up for the Russian veto
Spain: Greater pomegranate harvest and difficult campaign expected
The pomegranate season has already started in the fields of Elche, Spain's main producing area, with the Valencia variety. The Mollar, which is the most popular one, is expected to arrive in late September.This year the sector expects a greater harvest, regaining the 30% drop registered last year due to the.....

Significant increase of Bosnian fruit and veg exports to Russia
This year, exports from Bosnia and Herzegovina to Russia have increased significantly, particularly for fruits and vegetables. The channel "Al Jazeera" visited one of the many fruit growing estates in the area of ​​Gradiška, where producers have joined forces to gain ground in the Russian.....


Oceania

Beetroot becoming staple for more and more Aussies
Promotion of the beetroot as a 'superfood' has led the vegetable to become a kitchen staple among Australian consumers who purchase vegetables primarily for their nutritional health benefits, according to new consumer research from Project Harvest.The industry-funded research, which is conducted by Colmar.....

New research helps stonefruit grower’s battle brown rot
New research by Victorian scientists at the AgriBio Centre is set to increase stonefruit production by helping growers better protect their crops from brown rot. Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) Plant Pathologist Oscar Villalta and his team have led the development.....

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Grown in Australia
Italian Modi™ apple set to hit Aussie supermarkets
The Modì™ Apple will be coming to Coles supermarket shelves next month, marking its official launch to Australian consumers.Australian Modì™ Apples are grown in the Goulborn Valley, Victoria, and will this year be available during September and October. The deliciously crunchy Modì™ Apple will be available.....

Scales Corp posts 59% profit leap
Agribusiness Scales Corp has posted a 59 per cent leap in first half profit to $33.2 million. Its shares rose 4 cents to $2.02 in early trading.The company said the result reflected a strong divisional performance including increased apple exports.The bottomline profit for the half-year to June 30 2015 was.....


Key general manager appointment for Rockit brand
The continued international success of Rockit apples has led to a significant key appointment with highly respected business leader Austin Mortimer being appointed as the Group’s General Manager.Havelock North Fruit Company, the parent company of the Rockit brand, has been in a rapid growth stage, both in.....

Seasonal workers still needed for asparagus
A group of 250 workers from Vanuatu will begin working on Victoria’s labour intensive asparagus harvest from next week. The workers are a necessity because sourcing local labour has become too difficult, and because of the delicate nature of the ‘trendy’ vegetable, which has grown popular enough to be.....

Zespri jumps on health benefits bandwagon
Zespri has big plans as it sets to reinforce the health benefits of kiwifruit on the global marketplace. Chief executive Lain Jager said its key marketing platforms were health communications as consumers focused more on health and nutrition.It was targeting new markets in rapidly developing economies,.....


World

US expert: 1 large mushroom a day reduces cancer risk
Mushrooms are king, says a visiting cancer specialist who has found just 100g a day is a major line of defence for our bodies.Dr Shiuan Chen, who has discovered mushrooms contain natural aromatase inhibitors which he links to a reduced risk of breast and prostate cancer, was in Adelaide to speak to an.....

Bad image of genetically engineered food
According to market research firm HealthFocus, 87 percent of consumers in industry- and emerging countries assume that food without genetically engineered organisms is healthier. 55 percent of those consider genetically modified plants to be damaging for the environment.In Europe, 90 percent of the.....

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Rijk Zwaan to present broadening fresh produce ranges
From 2-4 September, Rijk Zwaan will once again be exhibiting at Asia Fruit Logistica with its own stand. By presenting a variety of innovative products, the breeding company is keen to demonstrate to its Asian chain partners that broadening the fresh produce category can boost fruit and vegetable.....


Retail


Temasek joins MBK in bid for Tesco's Korea business
Albertsons comps rise in 1Q | Walmart to expand in Brazil
Woolworths braced for board shake-up Woolworths has bowed to pressure from shareholders and is set to announce a board shake-up, clearing the way for the appointment of a new CEO to replace outgoing CEO Grant O'Brien. Woolworths chairman Ralph Waters, who had intended to stay on the board until a new.....



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