Friday, September 23, 2016

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OVERVIEW GLOBAL LETTUCE MARKET
According to the figures available, millions of tonnes of lettuce are grown annually worldwide. The largest part of this production comes from China, which accounts for 6.25 million tonnes. Other countries in the ranking include Belgium, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain and the US.The greenhouse.....

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T&G Global: additional 200 ha of grapes in Puira, Peru
"It’s a significant move for us with our first harvest in November"
Once a traditional New Zealand-based wholesaler, T&G Global now reaches markets in every corner of the globe through its offices in South Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe, Fiji and New Zealand. Next year the company marks its 120th year with plenty to celebrate.T&G has become well.....


...with more passion and pride!"
"Dutch fresh produce industry should start profiling itself again..
There’s Fruit Attraction in Madrid, Fruit Logistica in Berlin and The London Produce Show and Conference in London. Sadly, the Netherlands is missing from the list of iconic cities with a major international trade fair for the fresh produce sector. This year that will change with the first edition of The.....


Ive Lambert, Group ADW:
“Consumers must think our melons have just been picked”
The Brazilian melon season started for Group ADW with the Galia strain two weeks ago. Next Monday, other varieties will arrive: yellow melon, Cantaloupe, Charentais, water melon and Piel de Sapo or green melon. Group ADW focuses on melon strains that have high brix levels. “Consumers eating our melons have.....


Jako van Lill - Fruits Unlimited
South Africa: New plum varieties that can go the distance
At the moment everything is in place for a good stonefruit harvest in South Africa, the trees have a nice even blossom and in the Klein-Karoo the early apricot and plum crop is already on the trees."The orchards are white with flowers and it is all looking promising at the moment," says Jako van Lill, Head.....

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Jesper van Oostende, The Greenery:
"Greenhouse vegetable sales have two faces this year"
The greenhouse vegetable year 2016 is a year with two faces. The start of the tomato season was difficult, but the extreme rain and hail at the end of June caused imbalance and panic in the market. This meant the traditional dip in the industry was lacking and there were the necessary outliers this summer,.....


Kaki exports lead to opening of first Spanish office in Hong Kong
"We have been working on Spanish kakis for export overseas during the last 4 seasons and we are already working on the 2016 season. Our prospects are really promising, the sales are increasing exponentially year after year," stated Asier Uriarte, manager of Uria Export.Kaki is a product that has led the.....


The Fruit Farm Group produces 2 million boxes of pineapple per year
"Costa Rica still best country in which to produce pineapples"
The Fruit Farm Group in Costa Rica, the former Univeg Costa Rica, consists of two production companies and one export company. TFFG Costa Rica is focusing 100% on the cultivation and export of sweet pineapples at the moment. Around 2 million boxes of pineapples are produced on a yearly basis," says Gilles.....


Kenya: Passion fruit exporter eyes Netherlands and Belgium
Kenyan company Roypack exports passion fruit to the United Kingdom, this accounts for 30% of its produce, while the other 70% is sold to other exporters. The exporter is now looking to the Netherlands and Belgium as a new market for passion fruit.The Netherlands, Belgium, UK, France and UAE top the list of.....

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Italy: New tech cushions growers against post-harvest losses
Fruits and vegetable growers in Italy have a reason to smile as new preservation technology by Janny MT Italy seeks to cushion them against post-harvest losses.Janny MT, which specialises in fresh fruits and vegetables preservation technology, was recently on a tour to Italy where it representatives met with.....



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Europe

UK farm deals with post-Brexit challenges by moving to Europe
G’s Fresh of Ely, a farming business that delivers a billion lettuces to British supermarkets each year, is fighting the challenges posed post-Brexit by moving part of its operations to Europe.Appearing on the BBC’s Inside Out East, John Shropshire and his son, Henry, discussed the impact Brexit is having on.....

At Fruit Attraction
Apple and pear attraction: sales, promotion and marketing top of agenda
Apple and pear sales, promotion and marketing in the European Union, the United States and Spain will be at the top of the agenda during a series of seminars and workshops organised by FEPEX at Fruit Attraction. These will take place in Madrid from 5 to 7 October and will be attended by European Commission.....

Interview with Michael Grasser
VI.P-Val Venosta apples: We have plenty of access to credit
Due to the chilly spring weather, the production of VI.P-Val Venosta apples has dropped by 15-20%. "It doesn't mean that we will not be able to supply our markets for 12 months a year. We only need plan our deliveries better", explainsMichael Grasser, marketing director of VI.P-Val Venosta.The harvest of.....

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Syngenta tomato congress
“A tomato is more than just a stomach filler”
On Thursday, Michael Kester of Syngenta opened the tomato congress in Delft, the Netherlands, with the following words: “A tomato is more than just a stomach filler. It is also an experience, for it is all about marketing. We could still improve in that field. Take that freedom, try to think big.” That.....


Russians require vegetables, greenhouses and irrigation plants
On the second of Macfrut, in Rimini (Italy), the chances to do business with Russia, especially in theprovince of Belorechensk, in the region ofKrasnodar, werediscussed. This area of agriculture is developing quickly. The production of fruit and vegetables increases exponentially every year and it is all.....


Adri den Dekker, HAK: “It is highly questionable whether we will make the connection with the 2017 season”
After the storm comes too much calm
After the rain and hail storms of this summer, Adri den Dekker, purchasing and agrarian manager with HAK, spoke about the largest vegetable shortage in 40 years. The high temperatures of recent weeks are causing a new challenge. “We have done everything to absorb those shortages, and planted certain products.....


More than 600,000 plants of the Italian variety
Pir5 Strawberry continues to rise in Bazil
Pir5 strawberries are really popular in Brazil where they are 20-30% more expensive than others. We talked about them three months ago because of a TV programme in South America. "This year about 600,000 plants have been planted in the several produttiva areas. In mid-November my colleaguePierluigi Lucchi.....

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Rob Morren, sector economist ABN Amro, on the retail market:
“Focus on the fresh experience, not frozen pizzas”
“How do food producers stay relevant in this changing world?” That is the question sector economist, Rob Morren of ABN Amro, focused on during the MFC-Event in Gorinchem, the Netherlands. “Food continues to rise on the ladder of interest of consumers. The need to eat is mostly central to that interest,.....

Spain: Sustainable Extremaduran tomatoes for the global market
The tomatoes grown sustainably in Badajoz can be found in major international markets in Europe, Japan, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Oman and the United States, among others; they are even exported in powder form to China.This has been revealed during a conference held in Badajoz, attended by European.....

Netherlands: Mushroom firm boss faces jail for worker exploitation
The former boss of a mushroom company in Limburg, the Netherlands, has been sentenced to 4.5 years in jail for fraud, forgery and human trafficking involving 600 Polish workers, the public prosecution department said on Thursday 22 September.Geert V, former director of Prime Champ Production, the company’s.....

Valencian company reveals organic citrus programme
Valencian company Daifressh had yet another good performance in the 2015-2016 export campaign, with more than 100 million kg of citrus fruits, vegetables and stone fruits exported. One of the Daifressh success factors is being able to deliver anywhere in Central and Eastern Europe within 72 hours, ensuring.....


Red delicious was EU's main apple variety 2013-15
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Heralds end to mega-ship building era
Maersk makes new acquisition plans
Maersk will stop ordering newly built vessels and instead pursue takeovers in an industry that has been plagued by overcapacity for almost a decade, reports Bloomberg.A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S, whose Maersk Line unit has repeatedly broken world records for mega container ships developed with Asian ship yards,.....


Michel Lukassen, G. H. Lukassen and Sons:
“Only the best for our customers”
G. H. Lukassen and Sons is more than just a regular wholesaler. “We are a large player on the fresh produce market. We supply to retail, market trade, the catering industry and the processing industry throughout the entire Benelux area. Thanks to close relationships with suppliers, customers can count on a.....

France has the largest foreign delegation at Fruit Attraction
French fruits and vegetables will again take centre stage at the next edition of Fruit Attraction, the trade show devoted to fruits and vegetables, to be held in early October in Madrid.For the third consecutive year, the hall of Spain's near neighbour, will have the largest foreign delegation and will.....

Spain: Drought causes 165 million Euro loss in Valencia
LA UNIÓ de Llauradors has estimated that the severe drought in Valencia has already caused direct losses in the agricultural sector worth around 165 million Euro (88.8 in the province of Valencia, 40.3 in Alicante and 35.5 in Castellon), according to a report prepared by the agricultural organization; a.....


Oceania


Job attraction a big challenge for New Zealand Apple and Pear Industry
A great challenge facing New Zealand’s Apple and Pear industry is job attraction not creation, according to its leaders.Pipfruit New Zealand’s new directors Cameron Taylor, Bruce Beaton and Peter Beaven, who was re-elected for another term, said the industry cannot reach its record breaking potential unless.....


New Aussie president for international blueberry organization
The world’s leading blueberry industry body has made changes to its board, ushering in a new era of development and collaboration for the popular fruit.During the International Blueberry Organization (IBO) Summit in Argentina and Uruguay this week, the group announced Peter McPherson would take the reigns as.....

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AU: 68% of consumers don't know any carrot varieties
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Cheap Aussie strawberries not good enough for NZ
New Zealand consumers won't be able to buy cheap strawberries, this spring, unlike those across the Tasman who are paying as low as 80c a punnet. But then, if Foodstuffs is to be believed, the cut-price Australian berries may not be such a treat."Strawberries in the Australian market were recently on sale at.....


Australian grower admits to violating Hort Code of Conduct
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission confirmed Melbourne-based produce agents Young Sang & Co Pty Ltd, which runs a farm and packing facility in Bundaberg, admitted to breaching the Code by failing to provide Horticulture Produce Agreements to any of the growers it dealt with during.....


World


Watermelon pizza
Have you ever considered a pizza made out of fruit? Make a base out of a slice of watermelon, and dress it with other fruits, ham, cheese or feta. Bon appetite!


“Delivery robots will deliver 80% of parcels in 2025”
In 2025, 80 per cent of parcels will be delivered by delivery robots. Consultancy McKinsey has predicted this in the report The Future of the Last Mile. Over 4,700 respondents from the US, Germany and China were involved in this research. Autonomous transport allows same-day delivery in some cases, even in.....

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Bayer could drop Monsanto brandname
Bayer AG, the company that invented aspirin, will take on one of the business world's biggest headaches, after it proposed purchasing Monsanto Co. for 66 billion dollars. A possible remedy: stop using the name Monsanto.The German pharmaceutical and chemical conglomerate is considering dropping the name.....


Wilcox Fresh make return appearance at PMA show
“We’ve been displaying at the PMA Fresh Summit for ten years or longer. We used to display with Bird’s Eye Fresh before, but now we show our produce in our own booth,” said Derek Peterson of Wilcox Fresh. "We’ll have a full array of potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes and organic vegetables,” Peterson said......

US: Potato production slightly down in 2015
Potato production in 2015 was revised to 441 million cwt, up slightly from the estimate in the January Crop Production 2015 Summary, but slightly below the 2014 crop. Harvested area, at 1.05 million acres, is up slightly from 2014. The average yield of 418 cwt per acre is down 3 cwt from the previous.....


Retail


Fresh boost sales Eroski | EU grocers secretly do business in Crimea
Costco top in organic sales | Samsung to deliver grocery
US: IGA to launch online shoppingIGA on Thursday announced the launch of an online sales site it described as "on a par with the national chains." The service which will be marketed to shoppers as IGA GO, provides what the company called an e-commerce solution that meets shoppers' need for a.....



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