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Thursday, July 30, 2015

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China market response a 'highlight' for Sonya apple
New Zealand grown Sonya apples are arriving in ten different export markets, and taking off in China, with strong sales and positive consumer reaction to the super sweet taste. “The real highlight to the 2015 Sonya season has been the consumer reaction in China,” said Freshco General Manager Glenn Pool......

First shipments of Mexican figs arrive in the US
After a deal was reached earlier this year allowing the shipment of Mexican figs into the United States, the first amounts of Mexican fruit have now reached U.S. markets, says a release from SAGARPA, dated July 23. With the U.S. market now open to Mexican exporters, plantings of figs in Mexico could.....

Dow interested and Bayer not in acquiring Syngenta
The CEO of German drugmaker Bayer has quashed any talk of acquiring its competitor Syngenta, which is currently being pursued by U.S. firm Monsanto."I would say that Syngenta is not a logical acquisition target for Bayer because there is quite some overlap in the businesses," Bayer's CEO Marijn Emmanuel.....


Egypt build side channel to Suez Canal
Egypt aims to build a new side channel to the Suez Canal to allow access to east Port Said around the clock, according to a Reuters news agency report.Currently, ships are only able to access the port for approximately eight hours due to the traffic on the Suez Canal.The Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT).....

Orange watermelon developed in Russia
A group of young scientists in the southern Russian region of Astrakhan have succeeded in creating a hybrid species of “orange watermelon,” the press office of local governor Alexander Zhilkin announced on his website Wednesday.The new variety is the result of a new technology resulting in the production of.....

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Ukraine increases apple production despite reduction in apple orchards
Over the past 10 years, the area of apple orchards in Ukraine decreased 1.5 times, at the same time apple production increased by approximately the same amount. This was discussed during the press conference “The Apple Business of Ukraine 2015: endless possibilities or hidden threats?" reports.....

Cross between Thompson seedless and Concord
Grape Jammers making their way into the stores
“We have just launched seedless Thomcord grapes under the Grape Jammers brand,” says Michael Reimer with Brandt Farms. Grape Jammers are a cross between a Thompson seedless and a Concord grape. “They provide the eating quality of a Thompson grape with a thin skin and without seeds. At the same time, they.....

US (NJ): Zucchini supplies still low
The lingering effects of heavy rain in New Jersey have kept zucchini volumes low. In addition to the complications in harvesting the rain brought, abundant moisture has spread a disease that has also hurt supplies.“Phytophthora is always in the soil,” explained Tom Sheppard of Eastern Fresh Growers, “but.....

London Produce Show and Conference announces 2016 dates
The third annual London Produce Show and Conference (LPS 2016) will take place on June 8-10, 2016 at the five-star Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott hotel on Park Lane, London. Now established as the UK’s produce networking event of the year, the London Produce Show attracts a full house of exhibitors and.....

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France:
Fruit terminal Sète for sale
The fruit terminal in Sète is officially in a “liquidation process”. This terminal started its operation in 2011 with the group Orsero. The port of Sète has been booming with 30,000 TEUS handled and 40,000 pallets/year. The liquidating person in charge of the file is located in Montpellier, Mr Luc.....



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Bramley apple pie filling gains EU recognition
Traditional Bramley apple pie filling already has its place in the heart of many Britons - and now a European ruling has recognised it as a historical delicacy too. The mixture is defined as a blend of fresh Bramley apple pieces, sugar and water, with the option of Bramley apple puree, cornflour and.....

Bulgaria: Producers expanding cooperation with hypermarkets
Bulgarian fruit and vegetable producers are increasingly interested in expanding cooperation with hypermarkets after the adoption of amendments to the Competition Protection Act, according to Slavi Trifonov, Chair of the National Union of Gardeners.Only 15% of the goods sold at hypermarkets in Bulgaria are.....

Southeast Turkey Siirt region’s biggest peanut producer is installing a second greenhouse
Turkey: Peanut producer sets up Siirt’s second largest vegetable greenhouse
Peanut grower Hamza Keles is building Siirt’s second largest greenhouse for vegetable production. With 3 million peanut plants, Hamza Keles is Siirt’s biggest peanut plant producer, at the same time, 4 years ago he began to cultivate organic greenhouse vegetables on 12 acres of land. Keles.....

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Russia: New rules for Moscow trade in fruits and vegetables
The city authorities recently banned the selling of fruits and vegetables from boxes sitting on the ground, and the rest of the trade is to be carried out exclusively in covered pavilions. “The fairs will be covered, protecting them from the sun and rain," - announced the head of the department.....

French farmers warn of further protests
French farmers furious over falling food prices stopped as many as 400 lorries bringing produce from Germany for several hours on Monday (27 July), as a similar protest took place near the Spanish border.The farmers later lifted the blockade near the German border after winning an audience with France's.....

33 greenhouses opened on 401,000 m2 cultivating tomatoes and cucumbers
Diyarbakir, Eastern Turkey: Greenhouse production accelerating
Diyarbakir - an agricultural centre, the homeland of wheat, and in the province greenhouse production is growing with each passing day. Under the Rural Development Project 22, and the Agricultural Credit Cooperative 11,33 greenhouses were constructed on 401,000 m2. Work is now being carried.....


Oceania

SCiO tech highlights supply chain QA issues
New consumer based technology, designed to detect ripeness, has highlighted problems ‘higher up the supply chain’ according to a researcher in the industry. An Israeli-designed device, called SCiO, is about to be shipped around the world to allow shop owners or customers to scan items and get a reading on.....

Australia: Fruit and veg chamber set to bid for markets
The Chamber of Fruit and Vegetable Industries in WA will lead an industry bid to buy Canning Vale’s Market City, which accounts for nearly 60 per cent of all fruit and vegetables sold in the State.The market is one of Perth’s biggest industrial sites and has been put on the block as part of the State.....

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AU: Supermarkets dominate fruit and vegetable trade
Over 1.5 million Australian grocery buyers (14+) purchase fruit and vegetables from a market or stall during an average week—but even the majority of these locally and organically minded, anti-GM, farmer-friendly shoppers take their totes to a supermarket’s produce section too, new retail data from Roy.....


World

New US variety benefits Queensland strawberry grower
A Queensland strawberry grower hopes a new variety from the United States will help ensure the security of his future in the industry.Ray Daniels, grows the fruit at Wamuran north of Brisbane, and is of the first Australian growers to plant the new variety, called splendour. The splendour strawberries are a.....

Biobest sets foot on British soil
For the first time, Biobest – a leading global player in pollination and biological control with HQ in Belgium – will present itself to British soft fruit growers at FRUIT FOCUS. Soft fruit production in the UK is steadily growing in volume and sophistication. High tech greenhouses extend the season for.....


Retail


Ahold 1st retailer to protect farmers | Delhaize posts surprising results
Whole Foods sales sour after price scandal
Amazon Italy adds food to rangeAmazon Italy has added a selection of food and household products to its website, igd.corm reports. The food ranges cover "thousands" of national and international brands, and are mainly products with a long shelf life. Later in the summer Amazon Italy will offer.....



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