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Friday, November 27, 2015

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Peru and Mexico optimistic about the campaign
El Niño has been disastrous for blueberries in Argentina and Chile
El Niño, bad weather in Argentina and delays in the supply from Chile have determined the mood on the blueberry market. Worldwide, there are reports of difficulties in the supply from South America. Because of the lower and delayed supplies from these countries, Peru could take advantage and position its.....

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Depressing Israeli capsicum market let growers try new things
Very low capsicum prices for several years in a row have many Israeli growers abandoning the business or leaving fields fallow. But some growers are investing in new businesses in the hopes that different commodities can bring the returns absent from the pepper market.“We had a bad year with capsicum last.....

Russia prepares sanctions against Turkey
Yesterday, during a cabinet meeting the Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, ordered the drafting of a sanction list. He gave the order, which came from President Putin, to the government. Over the next two days the Kremlin will create a list, with possible economic measures against Turkey. It is.....

Kinnow campaign kicks off in Pakistan
The Kinnow mandarin campaign is only just starting for the Pakistani producer and exporter Iftekhar Ahmed & Co, in a campaign in which exports are expected to drop by about 30-35%. Sales Manager Mr. Fawad Zafar explains that the winter season has actually been delayed, as the Kinnow needs the right.....

Julian Pitts - Veg UK
UK: Current low prices not sustainable
Veg UK is a company producing Cauliflower, Broccoli, all Cabbages, onions, potatoes and salads grown in various places around the UK including Kent, Lincolnshire and Scotland, giving regular continuity with supply. The company also imports from France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Holland and Germany when.....

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Small sized crop due to summer droughts
New Shandong ginger harvest yield -20%
The ginger harvest in Shandong is coming to an end. “Due to droughts throughout summer, the average yield per mu (1 mu is 0.07 hectare) is about 20% less than expected. Despite the fact that more ginger has been planted this season, as a result of high market prices in 2014, total yield is not higher than.....

Sunflower garden center
Almost unique range of fresh fruit and vegetables in Frankfurt
The Sunflower garden center offers an almost unique presentation of fresh fruit and vegetables in Frankfurt am Main. The garden center offers its customers not only flowers, plants and gardening tools but also fresh fruit, tasty vegetables and unusual exotic varieties, of high quality and seven days a.....

Cuna de Platero doubling its raspberry and blueberry production
Spain: Strawberry campaign kicks off with receptive market and high prices
The strawberry season officially started last week for the Huelva-based cooperative Cuna de Platero with the first Fortuna and San Andreas; the weather conditions have been favourable and this should result in a high quality harvest."One of our goals is for our strawberries to reach the market soon so that.....

Bulgarian cherry, plum production much lower than expected
Megafruit is a Bulgarian company founded in 1995 by Mrs Liliana Dineva and devoted to the production and export of fresh fruits and vegetables, namely plums and cherries, as well as to the processing of walnuts and the cleaning, packing and export of sunflower seeds. According to Dineva, the latest season.....

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Fall in Turkish carrot production
Chairman of the Turkish Union of Agricultural Chambers (TZOB) Semsi Bayraktar explained that because of problems in the market, carrot production has fallen to 536,200 tons this year from 558,000 tons in 2014. Bayraktar describes carrot production over the years, “In 2012, 714,280 tons of.....

European champion
Germany European market leader potatoes
With a production value of 53.3 billion Euro Germany is now second-largest agricultural producer in the EU after France. In the previous years the German agriculture was able to expand its position to main agricultural producers for the 27 EU Member States.According to the Rheinische Agricultural Association.....

Czech Republic : Apple, plum, grape imports increased in September
In September 2015, 2,132 tons of bananas from France and 2,073.7 tons of bananas from Ecuador were imported into the Czech market. Apple imports increased by 41% compared to last September, reaching 7,049.8 tons. Poland and Italy are the biggest exporters with 21% of exports. 3,080.5 tons of plums were.....

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Spain: Valencian citrus still losing ground to kakis
Valencia's most important, emblematic and traditional crops continue losing ground as a direct result of lack of profitability, as denounced by the Valencian Farmers Association (AVA-ASAJA). This has been determined after analysing the latest official survey data on acreage and yields (ESYRCE) prepared by.....

Früchte Braun
"Optimal conditions for a successful start in 2016"
The Früchte Braun Company, the Braun Fruit Company, in the Lower Bavarian Bäderdreieck was audited successfully for the 10th consecutive time according to the TÜV Süd IFS guidelines in November. The fruit wholesaler is a traditional family company and is now led by the third generation Braun, Annette.....

Olympic Food Group announces new MD Albert Knol
Thijs van den Heuvel, owner at the Olympic Food Group, announced today that Albert Knol will be appointed as the new Managing Director, effective January 1, 2016. Albert Knol will succeed Thijs van den Heuvel, who has decided to step aside earlier this year. Albert Knol, will bring a lot of experience to the.....

George Thompson Ltd:
William Sibley appointed Non-Executive Director
George Thompson Ltd has announced that Will Sibley has joined the company as a non-executive director. Will is a familiar face to many in the fruit industry, a leading nurseryman and grafter and has been instrumental in the development of Braeburn and apricots as major UK success stories. Previous roles.....

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Spain: New biodegradable packaging for fruit and veg
The Technological Institute for Packaging, Transport and Logistics (ITENE) has introduced a new biodegradable packaging format for fruits, vegetables and other foods, as reported by the agency itself.ITENE took part with a stand on 18 and 19 November at the Professional Packaging Exhibition EMPACK 2015, held.....

Metro Cash & Carry advises against Russian sanctions to Turkey
One of the biggest foreign retailers in the Russian market, the German chain Metro Cash & Carry, expects another rise in food prices if a food embargo is imposed by Russia against Turkey. This was stated by the head of Metro's Russian division, Boris Minialay, to Espreso.TV citing reports of.....

Berlin: 3-5 February, 2016
Fruit Logistica 2016 turns on the 'Spotlight'
As of 26 November, the first Spotlight articles, highlighting debuts and innovations lined up for Fruit Logistica 2016, will be made available in German and English on the Fruit Logistica website. Spotlight already includes reports on nine world premieres and two European premieres. Additional Spotlight.....

Five Extremaduran agro-food companies in trade mission to China
Five Extremaduran companies in the food, educational and industrial sectors are participating in a direct trade mission to Xi'an and Shanghai, China, organised by the Government of Extremadura through Extremadura Avante.The companies have an agenda of meetings oriented to the marketing of food products.....

Clean and high quality baby leafy vegetables by using floating system
New cultural techniques have been developed to satisfy market requirements and to produce healthy and sustainable food. The growing demand for baby leafy vegetables (BLV) encourages researchers to develop new production techniques. Floating system is a soilless culture system that allows growing plants at.....

A look at the Northern Cypriot pomegranate market
Northern Cyprus: Exporting pomegranates all over the world
Alnar Narcilik Ltd was set up by a group of pomegranate growers in 2008; the company has been successful in breaking out of the local market and exporting their pomegranates worldwide. The first exports were made to Sweden in 2011, followed by the UK, Belgium, Germany and the.....

Video: Russian inspection shows working method
EU prepares extension of sanctions
Next month, the EU is to take a decision on extension of the sanctions against Russia. According to various sources, the EU is preparing a six-month extension. The Russian inspection service has made a video about the service's working methods. Also, pears were intercepted that are possibly illegal, the.....


Bright avocado season predicted in NZ
Avocado volumes have dropped 40 per cent this season. Carmen Hall asks NZ Avocado chief executive Jen Scoular about the fewer numbers and the future of the industry.Why such a drop in volumes?It's a good question. Volumes of avocados being produced by New Zealand growers is down markedly from the last season.....

AU avocado growers: industry marketing vital
Concerns about the rapid growth of the avocado industry and the potential for supply to outstrip demand, has growers calling out for more industry marketing on the eve of the first Western Australia avocado festival.Avocado production in the state has grown by 30 per cent in the past three years from 18,575.....

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Inaugural Annual General Meeting for Hort Innovation
A fresh start for Australian horticulture
Australian horticulture growers shaped the future of their industry at the inaugural Annual General Meeting (AGM) for Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) held today.Hort Innovation is the sector’s new, not-for-profit, industry services body and Research and Development Corporation (RDC) for.....

Brisbane Market confirms takeover bid
Brisbane Markets Limited (BML) has received confirmation from Produce Markets Queensland Pty Ltd (PMQ) that it has despatched its Bidder’s Statement for its unsolicited and conditional offer to acquire all shares in BML for $3.50 per share.BML’s Target’s Statement, its formal response to the PMQ Bidder’s.....

HortNZ warns not to ‘Cherry Pick’ LWF recommendations
Horticulture New Zealand supports the 60 recommendations made in the report released today by the Land and Water Forum. However, it does so with stern words of caution for the Government, that it cannot cherry-pick its way through the recommendations.“This is an all or nothing situation for horticulture,”.....

Kiwifruit Claim wants gov. to get serious about biosecurity
With climate change increasing the risk of foreign sub-tropical pests to the horticulture industry, it is more important than ever that the government gets serious about its responsibilities to safeguard New Zealand’s biosecurity, Kiwifruit Claim chairman John Cameron said today.A new report yet to be.....

SA hort growers trading as normal following bushfire
Growers and retailers are trading ‘as normal’ in South Australia, but remain on high alert as bush fires in the state’s Mid North, spanning 265km, are being brought under control. “The majority of the big fires have been happening in really dry country in Mallala, where there are grain crops growing. Those.....

Fresh veg trumps frozen in AU
The latest findings from Roy Morgan Research show that the great majority (87%) of Australians do include vegetables in their diets, eating fresh, frozen and/or canned veggies at least once in an average seven days.In the 12 months to June 2015, 87% of Australians aged 14+ ate fresh, frozen and/or canned.....


Guadex expects 40 million kilos of oranges
Guadex, the horticultural centre based in the Spanish municipality of Palma del Río, whose facilities burned in February, officially kicked off the citrus campaign on 28 October with prospects of handling 40 million kilos of oranges.The president of Guadex, Manuel Bajo, stated that "we started with 260.....


Auchan accused of not selling local veg | Foodland to expand
Walmart after wealthier shopper | 'Buying fruit online to grow'
Romania: Local fruit and veg boosted bynew CarrefourCarrefour has opened Timişoara's first hypermarket at the complex Shopping City Timişoara. It is its 29th store in the country. "We are pleased to open the first hypermarket in Timişoara. With an area about ten times greater than that of a.....

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