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Monday, July 21, 2014

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US considers Chinese apple import
APHIS is proposing to amend the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of fresh apples (Malus pumila) from China into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, apples from areas in China in which the Oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis) is not known to exist would have.....


Anton Filippo, LBP Rotterdam
"Big Peruvian exporters invest on large scale blueberries"
In one of the valleys just outside of the City of Trujillo in Peru, Best Berries of Peru is very busy growing Blueberries for the Overseas Market. Following the success of Chile, Peru has a growing interest in exporting Blueberries for the European Market and also for Markets in other areas of the World.Best.....


In contrast, Chilean apple exports have increased
Argentina: Apple exports dropped by nearly 50% in 6 years
Chile is one of the largest exporters of apples and their production and exports level has continued to rise in recent years.In contrast, exports from Argentina, as can be seen in the following graph published by the Department of Pomology of Rio Negro, have been declining in recent years.So what.....

Favoured by the conflict between the Philippines and the Asian giant
Banana from Ecuador continues to gain ground in China
"Ecuador is regaining a market that used to be theirs," said Eduardo Ledesma Garcia, executive director of the Association of Banana Exporters of Ecuador (AEBE).Ecuador is currently the world's largest banana exporter and, in the past, it used to lead the Chinese market, as it exported more than 300,000.....


Black spot found in shipment of South African oranges to Netherlands
South Africa’s citrus industry suffered a blow on Sunday when the fungal infection citrus black spot (CBS) was found in a consignment of oranges in the Netherlands, the first incident this year.The Dutch authorities issued a notification of phytosanitary non-compliance and communicated this to their.....

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US: Frost cuts into apple imports from Chile
Frosts earlier this season affected the apple crop in Chile, and, subsequently, affected volumes of fruit imported into the United States. Amid continued robust demand for apples, pricing has remained strong.The majority of apples imported into the United States come from Chile, and weather-related.....


Another shipment of Egyptian potatoes blocked by Russia
In the port of Novorossiysk, representatives of the Rosselkhoznadzor (the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) detected a quarantine pest in another batch of Egyptian potatoes.The phytosanitary inspection, carried out by Rosselkhoznadzor state inspectors for Krasnodar Krai.....


AU: Kale suppliers say rapid rise of popularity leading to worldwide shortage
One of the world's major kale seed suppliers says it has run out of every variety of the trendy vegetable."You could describe it as embarrassing to us, but it's just one of those things that's happened on a global basis," Tony Hubbard from Bejo Seeds, which is based in the Netherlands, said. "It's caught us.....

Landec increases investment in Windset
Corporation, has announced that its subsidiary, Apio, Inc., has increased its equity investment in Windset Holdings 2010 Ltd. by purchasing 15,857 shares of non-voting Junior Preferred Stock which represents 8.5% of the outstanding Junior Preferred Stock and an additional 68 shares of Common Stock from the.....

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Poland: Soft fruit farmers raise alarm over low prices
Fruit farmers put up a roadblock on national road 19 in Kózki by the Bug River in eastern Poland on Saturday, 19.07.2014. The farmers are protesting against low bulk purchase prices of blackcurrants and other soft fruits. The roadblock, in force since Saturday on national road number 19 in Losice county, are.....



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Marcel Van Assche:
Dramatic radish market inexplicable
The radish market is in a dramatic state right now. According to the Belgian grower, Marcel Van Assche, this began about fourteen days ago. "This is when the prices collapsed. The strange thing is that there is always a reason to point to when the prices are so bad, but this time it is unexplainable. "I am.....


Promising season for French melons
June was favourable to melons. Laurent Poisson, winegrower and melon producer is delighted, ''harvest started Thursday last week. It is promising. June was favourable, but now it all depends on the weather. We cannot predict anything. The season is beginning. Now we will plant every 15 days and the harvest.....


Melon and banana prices increase in France
According to the Relaxnews price barometer, Charente melons are more expensive than last week. Price of larger calibres increases 14% to €2.07/a piece whilst 550-800g melons are €1.63/a piece.Melons are the fresh product with the highest price increase, between 14% and 12% depending on size. Banana prices.....

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French strawberry season comparable to last year
The 2014 strawberry production started earlier than in 2013 but has the same standards as previous years. The 2014 harvest is in the declining stages and only the Pays de Loire (where open air production is predominant) is still in full production. Harvested quantity should reach 56,300 tons, slightly higher.....

Germany: herb market continues to grow
Even though there is hardly any statistics on herb cultivation, the AMI (Duitse Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft) says that in Germany the revenue from herbs increased in 2013. According to information from market statistics from AMI, profit from fresh herbs in Germany reached 68.1 million Euro (this is.....


France responds to attacks on Spanish fruit with campaign "Origin France"
In response to France's price crisis and after the latest attacks on Spanish fruit, not only has the French Ministry of Agriculture not condemned what happened, but has announced the immediate launch of a campaign to promote the consumption of "French produce." Likewise, the largest French distributors,.....


Stonefruit sector expects urgent measures from EU to tackle crisis
Professionals of the peach and nectarine industry from the Spanish-French-Italian contact group, who met via videoconferencing last Friday, agreed to request urgent EU-wide measures for effective crisis management in order for their respective Ministries of Agriculture to raise the issue this Monday at the.....

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Spain: Shortages and high prices expected in table grape market
Murcia's table grape campaign has arrived 15 days in advance with a decline in production volumes of between 20 and 30% compared to a normal harvest, due to a change of the production cycle in the vineyards; the same that brought about a 30% greater volume last year.However, these shortages in supply have.....

France's organic market stabilises
The organic market as a whole reached €4.5 billion in 2013. Sales for domestic use increased by 9% whilst turnover in the mass catering sector stabilised (+1.8% compared to 2012). A promising sector over the last few years that has seen it's market double since 2009.School canteens are the number one mass.....

Shoppers could save £440 a year swapping wheatgrass for broccoli
'Superfood' alternatives cheaper and have same amount of vitamins
Shoppers could save hundreds of pounds a year by swapping expensive and fashionable "superfoods" such as blueberries and wheatgrass for cheaper alternatives, according to research published on Monday.Which? said consumers could save up to £440 a year by ditching popular superfoods in favour of better value.....


Swiss apricot season to be ''exceptional''
Apricot producers are happy thanks to a year that should be ''exceptional, with harvest increasing 11% compared to 2013, which was already a good year''. Some 7,200 tons will be present in shops and almost 3,000 tons for direct sales or distillation. For 20 or so years, the canton has invested almost 10.....

Poland: Prices offered by fruit processing sector not covering production costs
The season has brought unfavourable prices for Poland's strawberry producers. The prices offered by processing plants and dealers fluctuated between 1.0 and 1.2 Złoty (1 zloty = 0,24 Euro) per kilo for the fruit with the stem and 2.0-2.5 zł / kg without the stem. This level of pricing is not.....

Italy: Slow watermelon sales
What is happening to peaches and nectarines is also affecting watermelons: there is plenty of high-quality produce available but nobody wants it. "The season did not help, for when spring months are as bad as they have been so far, it is very difficult for the market to recover," explains Renzo Mainetti, one.....

Diederick Knijnenburg, Oakfield Mushrooms:
Hope for mushroom market revival through reducing supply
Mushroom sales traditionally fall during the summer months. According to Diederick Knijnenburg from Oakfield Mushrooms in Stramproy the production of chestnut mushrooms has been reasonable in balance with the demand in the last few weeks. The same cannot be said for the white mushroom. "More than in other.....

Farmer no longer supplying Leclerc sees own photo on packaging
A farmer in the Bouches-du-Rhône was surprised to see a photo of himself on a crate of courgettes and aubergines in Leclerc. The label stated that he was the happy farmer who produced the vegetables… He may be an aubergine and pepper farmer, but has never produced courgettes! Whilst he had posed for Leclerc.....

Russia: new greenhouse of 11 ha. from September in production
A new greenhouse complex worth 2.2 billion Rouble will start operating next September in the Tyumen region. The Department of Investment Policy and State Support of Entrepreneurship of the Tyumen region announced that this large-scale construction project is being carried out near the village of Narimanovo......

Crimea to supply fruit, vegetables and nuts to Yakutsk
During a delegation visit to Sebastopol, the presidents of the Chambers of Commerce of Yakutia (Vladimir Chlenov), Crimea (Alexander Basov) and Sevastopol (Lyudmila Vishnya) signed a cooperation agreement. This agreement is intended to develop business, tourism, information consulting, marketing and training.....

Russia to impose tariffs on Moldovan exports
The Russian government plans to impose duties on the import of wine and agricultural products from Moldova. This is stated in the draft resolution, which was prepared by the Economic Development Ministry.Russia's Foreign Ministry has already stated that this is a response to Moldova's signing of an.....

Russia: Serbian and Polish apples may take Moldova’s place
Representatives of the Russian government and businesses have issued a proposal to Serbia and Poland to compensate for the loss of Moldovan products on the Russian market, according to sources in the Russian government.According to experts from these countries, Moldova would need at least another 3-4 years.....

Higher prices for Argentinian apples in Russia
At Moscow's wholesale markets, the price for Argentinian apples this month has increased by 10-11%, according to international traders. Argentinian Fuji apples reach prices of between 0.94-0.98 Euro/kg, while the Cripps Pink, known by most customers under the brand name Pink Lady, is available for about.....


Italy: Apulia table grapes to enter wholesale markets
Just a few weeks after its start, the Italian table grapes season is going great: at the moment, it is one of the very few doing well.Sergio Ronchetti, manager of Fruttital at the Caab-Centro Agro Alimentare di Bologna, explained that "we mainly sell seedless Thompson grapes from Apulia. Vittoria grapes have.....


Oceania


AU: New roots help tropical fruits to grow longer
A Darwin horticulturist says he's found a way to extend the growing life of niche market tropical fruit crops in the Northern Territory.Garcinian fruits like the achacha and mangosteen grow well in the wet season, but the trees go dormant in the dry season.Horticulturist Chris Nathanael says in the past.....

NZ: South Island leading the way in farm sales
The South Island's leading the flock, when it comes to an increase in farm sales. 70 more farms were sold in the three months ended in June, than over the same period last year.Latest data from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand shows the median price per hectare rose 6.4 percent from May.Rural.....

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Africa


Uganda earns big from organic agriculture
Uganda has one of the fastest growing organic certified lands in Africa. The products grown organically and sourced from Uganda include cotton (lint, yarn and finished garments), coffee (Arabic and Robusta), sesame (simsim), dried fruit (pineapples, apple bananas, mangoes, jack-fruit), fresh fruits.....


World


World Potato Congress Inc. appoints three new directors
David Thompson, President & CEO, World Potato Congress Inc. announced the appointment of Mr. Ron Gall, New Zealand; Dr. Nora Olsen, USA; and Anne Fowlie, Canada; as members of the Board of Directors, on July 17.The three eminent individuals are recognized world-wide for their contributions to the.....

EU warns fruit exporting countries, sets deadline
The Euro­pean Commission has warned that it would take strict action against the import of fruit and other products from specific countries, including Pakistan, if they fail to improve compliance with phytosanitary regulations by September 30 this year.The European Commi­ssion’s Directorate-General for.....

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Escort Cold Chain Solutions:
Affordable cold chain solutions to protect valuable assets
Escort Cold Chain Solutions SA, originally partner of Escort Data Loggers, is a cold chain specialist devoted to the supply of state-of-the-art USB data loggers and real time monitoring solutions. It has a head office in Switzerland, which deals with all countries worldwide except Europe, another one in.....


Triple-E ships boost Maersk’s Asia–North Europe capacity by 15%
According to Alphaliner, Maersk Line’s weekly Asia–North Europe capacity increased 15% year-on-year as of July, largely due to the phasing-in of 18,270teu Triple-E ships to the carrier’s flagship AE10 service, replacing 15,500teu E-class ships.These Emma Maersk-class ships have been cascaded onto the Danish.....


Oman International Container Terminal enhances capabilities at Sohar Port
Oman International Container Terminal (OICT) has successfully completed the complex, month-long task of moving its massive quayside cranes together with other container handling equipment from its old terminal at Sohar Port to its state-of-the-art Terminal C.Four post-Panamax cranes, each weighing a mammoth.....


Retail


export, import, wholesale, retail: everyone is feeling it
Holidays puts pressure on Belgian fruit and vegetable sector
It is quiet in the Belgian fruit and vegetable sector right now. Like every year, vacation time puts pressure on sales. Traders out various parts of the country do not expect the quiet demand to change much in the coming weeks. Due to the warmer weather it seems that the demand for fruit and vegetables is.....


Waitrose wins Brammy Award
Waitrose celebrated at The Brammy Awards yesterday having been awarded Best Bramley Retailer.Jocelyn Clarke, Waitrose Buying Manager Fruit, and Greg Sehringer, Waitrose Top Fruit Buyer, received the award from Adrian Barlow of English Apples and Pears Ltd.Waitrose were recognised for:• The sales achieved •.....


Canada: Sobeys closure bumped up a month
Although the new closing date of both stores is now Aug. 20 instead of Sept. 25, employees will continue to be paid until the initial closing date.“It’s nothing earthshattering by any stretch, but it’s something that we’re pleased to be able to negotiate for those members,” United food and Commercial Workers.....

United Natural closes Tony's Fine Foods acquisition
Specialty foods distributor United Natural Foods, Inc.has completed the acquisition of all of the stock of Tony's Fine Foods, a specialty distributor of perishable food products, for $195.3 million. Tony's Fine Foods is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Natural and will continue to operate as Tony's.....

Higher same-store sales lift 2Q profit of 7Eleven Philippines
The Philippine licensee of the 7-Eleven chain of convenience stores grew its profit by a fourth in the second quarter of the year on higher same-store sales.In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Philippine Seven Corp (PSC) said its net income rose to P224 million in the April to June period from.....

Nielsen research:
AU: Bananas top supermarket buys
A key shopping study has unveiled the nation’s top 50 grocery buys — and some of the results may surprise. Fresh fruit and vegetables, milk and bread, mince and sandwich fillers are the staples that dominate our baskets and trolleys.Nielsen research tracked the most frequent purchases for 10,000 households.....

South Korea: Shinsegae Group jumps into convenience store business
Shinsegae Group, the nation’s largest retailer, is planning to expand in Korea’s crowded convenience store sector, aiming to open 1,000 With Me outlets by the end of this year.Shinsegae, which owns Emart and Shinsegae Department Store, acquired With Me, a mid-size convenience store operator, in December.The.....

India: Carrefour shuts shops as sale sparks frenzy
The second largest retail chain in the world and biggest in Europe, Carrefour, has downed shutters across all its five stores in India, much ahead of the planned September exit. Discounts up to 50 per cent by the French retailer recently resulted in a riot-like situation, with mobs looting the stores, said.....

Ahold names Singh to new formats role
Ahold USA on Friday said that Bhavdeep Singh, who currently serves as EVP of operations, has been appointed to EVP, new formats. In this position, a new role at Ahold USA, Singh will oversee testing and development of new format opportunities. As part of this transition, Mark McGowan, EVP of merchandising,.....


Billionaire Co-Founder of Aldi Stores dies at 94
Karl Albrecht, the reclusive businessman who became one the world’s wealthiest people after co-founding the Aldi discount supermarket chain after World War II, has died. He was 94.He died in Essen on July 16 and was buried in a private ceremony today, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported.

Tesco chief Philip Clarke leaves after profit warning
Tesco chief executive Philip Clarke is leaving Britain's biggest retailer and will be replaced by Dave Lewis, a senior executive at Unilever.Mr Lewis, who is president of personal care at Unilever and a non-executive director of BSkyB, will become the first ever outsider to run Tesco and will be tasked with.....

US (VA): Walmart tops in area food sales
Walmart has retained its title as king of grocery sales in the Fredericksburg region for a second straight year. The discount behemoth, which has 10 area stores including a new one in Locust Grove, raked in $286.20 million locally in a recent 12-month period. That’s up from $257.50 million the previous 12.....



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