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Friday, May 29, 2015

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The heart of Melbourne wholesale market
While on recent visit to Melbourne, FreshPlaza was invited by Karipis Bros to visit Melbourne wholesale market. This was a great opportunity as soon the old market will be closing its doors and the tenants will move to a brand new state of the art, custom built premises on the outskirts of the city. Steve.....

Egypt: Grape season kicks off with higher quality, smaller volumes
Egypt’s grape season kicked off in the third week of May and so far the results and prospects for the Egyptian companies involved in this market remain favourable.Taher Trade, a firm devoted to the export of fresh fruit and vegetables, started with white seedless varieties, and within ten days it will also.....

US (CA): Kale plentiful, prices remain low
With kale coming out of several regions, supplies are such that the market remains cool. With no signs that supplies will dip in the coming weeks, prices are expected to remain at their current levels in the near future.“There's plenty of kale coming from the Salinas Valley, and there's also some coming out.....

Distribution agreement for Village Farms, Great Northern Hydroponics
Village Farms International Inc. and Great Northern Hydroponics (Great Northern) located in Kingsville, Ontario have announced an exclusive distribution agreement between the two companies. According to Michael A. DeGiglio, President & CEO of Village Farms, “We are happy to be able to extend our.....


Ton Wortel, The Greenery:
“Focus on core activity and chain cooperation”
Nine months ago, Ton Wortel joined The Greenery as its new CEO. With a background in retail, he ‘entered the sector fresh’, at an organization in the middle of a reorganization. Now he has found his niche within the cooperative and the sector.Ton Wortel, CEO The Greenery.The Greenery is in the middle of a.....

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Driving consumption: one of the biggest concerns in global food industry
As the first stand-alone global affiliate of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) since October 2009, PMA Australia + New Zealand, with its own board of directors, staff and charter with the Government of Australia, operates as an entity with branding rights and access to the same benefits as other global.....


“More and more cross-pollination between classic retail and food service”
Fruit and veg trendsetter in development food concepts
New food concepts are popping up everywhere. In various places in Europe and the US, shops are emerging with a different look and feel than in the past. The Netherlands and Belgium are not lagging behind either. We have Marqt, the Foodhallen, Bilder & De Clercq and the Markthal in the Netherlands. CRU,.....

Where is the fruit?
Freshfel research exposes deceptive food products
Freshfel Europe, the European association representing the interest of the fresh fruit and vegetables sector in Europe, is revealing in a study entitled “Where is the fruit?” that the image and name of fresh fruit is very often being misused by other food sectors.The research, commissioned to an Irish.....


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Greece: Challenging market for banana importers
Papastamakis is a Greek company devoted to the ripening of bananas, importing from Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador and Cyprus and acting as representative for Del Monte in Greece. It also represents Cypriote growers and is in charge of distribution to all big supermarkets, including Vassilopolous, Lidl,.....

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Italy: Dutch tomato and pepper season at Cherry Passion
"In late April-early May we started importing Dutch red vine tomatoes and California peppers once again. Volumes are good and the produce is destined mainly to Northern Italy," explained Stefano Pezzo, sales manager forCherry Passion Srl, an import-export firm located in Verona."Cuori Rossi" vine.....


Dia and Intermarché join together | SpartanNash Q1 profits up
Amazon US starts own food line; Amazon China to offer fruit/veg
Lidl Austria raised sales by over 10%Lidl Austria raised its sales from EUR 900m (USD 985m) in the preceding year to EUR 1bn in the financial year 2014/15, friedlnews.com reports. Over the year only one shop was added, sales growth was achieved on the same retail space, the company announced......



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Thijs Jasperse (P8): Retail price war also affecting bell peppers
Will traditional red, yellow, green bell pepper pack still exist in ten years?
The Dutch bell pepper season got off to an interesting start. Not because of the acreage, because that was virtually unchanged from last year, but because of the cold spring weather; which caused production to start much later than in previous years. "The interesting thing was that the Spanish season ended.....


Robert Vogel, Vogel AGF:
"Spanish and domestic Chinese cabbage overlapped"
The Dutch Chinese cabbage season has recently kicked off for the company Vogel AGF. For this product, the open ground vegetable specialist collaborates with a grower in the south of the country. "Twenty years ago there were also Chinese cabbage growers in the north of the Netherlands, but those crops are now.....

First step towards globally tackling potato blight
European researchers and companies that are busy dealing with the potato blight Phytophthora infestans, will start working more closely with others throughout the world. The first step towards working together took place during the European network's biennial meeting 'EuroBlight', which was held earlier this.....

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Strawberry fields damaged in central Poland
Heavy rainfall and hurricane-force winds have caused serious damage in central Poland.Strawberry fields have been damaged by hailstones in Komorow village.Many farmers have no crops and no insurance so will receive no compensation. Some are hoping to get aid from the state.More rain is forecast to fall in.....

Analysis of melon and watermelon market
Spain: Average watermelon price drops 0.14 €/kg in a week
The melon market is currently very active, with consumption boosted by optimum quality in terms of both organoleptic characteristics and netting.However, the monitoring report of the protected horticulture sector, published by the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Government of Andalusia, said that, on.....


Michiel van Ginkel:
“Choice for ZON should be more than financial transaction”
Since December 1, 2014, Michiel F. van Ginkel has started working as general manager at the Dutch auction ZON, after a career at successively Procter & Gamble, The Greenery, H.J. Heinz and HAK. One of the targets he set for himself, is to give the company a bit more love for the team. “This cooperative.....


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Fresh Express: new service provider for air freight perishables
In May 2015 Tom Gemels and Jonathan Bouchat started a new agency at the airport in Liege, Belgium named 'Fresh Express'. Both men come from the world of air- perishables, and together they decided to start a new company that would specialize in fruit and vegetable air cargo, exporting mainly from Africa......

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Grupo Riberebro charged in mushroom cartel participation
EU antitrust regulators charged Spanish canned vegetables producer Grupo Riberebro Integral on Thursday with taking part in a canned mushrooms cartel, a year after slapping a 32.2-million-euro ($35.22 million) fine on two other firms for the same offence.The European Commission said it had sent a charge.....

110 kg cocaine seized in port of Istanbul
Customs in the Istanbul Ambarli port has seized 110 kilograms of cocaine with a market value of almost twelve million Euros. The news agency DHA reported on Monday that the ship came from Ecuador and was registered under the flag of Singapore. The drugs were hidden in refrigerated containers with.....

Processed fruit snacks 'contain more sugar than sweets'
Many supposedly "healthy" fruit snacks aimed at children contain more sugar than sweets, says a campaign group.Action on Sugar looked at 94 products on UK sale, such as coated dried fruit, and found a third contained three or four teaspoons of sugar and 85% were more sugary than Haribo Starmix.Child health.....

Research of the Cologne Business School (CBS)
eFood in Germany has great potential
Compared to the online pioneer industries, such as fashion or media the online food trade is only just beginning. However the digital development in the German food trade is closely monitoring and experimenting with new distribution options and channels. A survey of the Competence Center Food & Retail.....

Demand for liberalisation of water market
Spain: 2016 will be a disaster if drought continues
2016 will be a "disaster year" if the current drought continues and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment does not regularise the water transfer rights between irrigators from different basins over the next six months, to ensure everyone can buy the water they need and desalted water can be.....


Coexphal
"We have halved response times for certifications"
The GLOBAL G.A.P. Tour, held on 28 and 29 May, arrived at the right time, since it has coincided with the presentation of the new version of this standard, which comes into force on 1 June.What is your assessment of this new period for Agrocolor with GLOBAL G.A.P.?The balance of the eight months we have been.....

Russian veto
Spain: APOEXPA demands additional support measures
The President and Vice President of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruits and Vegetables of Murcia, APOEXPA, Joaquín Gómez Carrasco and Esther Gómez, respectively, asked the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament for an extension of the measures introduced by the EU to tackle the.....


Regional suppliers only a few clicks away
Web portal combines 400 farms for consumers
Local food is all the rage. Consumers are looking more and more for products from local farms. With the new web portalwww.service-vom-hof.de,developed by the Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture, interested consumers can quickly check online the nearby farms. The website was presented to the public in the.....


Oceania

10th Mango Conference a celebration for industry
The tenth annual Australian Mango conference has officially wrapped up on Thursday, and Australian Mango Industry Association CEO Robert Gray says it was an all round success. “We were very happy with attendance. Just over 200 came. We had a really good mix of growers - over 60 participants were growers. We.....

AU: Banana growers refuse to bend on eradication campaign
Government enforcement teams are closing the net on the last of the growers holding out against the National Banana Freckle Eradication campaign.In less than a week the number of “hazardous” addresses still to be cleared has been reduced from 28 to 12 as government inspectors have destroyed banana plants on.....

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Potatoes South Australia names young industry leader
Young farmer Gavin Hibberd from Virginia on the Northern Adelaide Plains has been named the 2015 Potatoes South Australia Rabobank Industry Award winner.Awarded for his passion and commitment to the potato industry, Mr Hibberd, 32, will receive a scholarship to attend Rabobank’s prestigious Farm Managers.....

22 suspected illegal workers detained in Queensland
The Federal Government is claiming its first scalps in the crackdown on the exploitation of foreign workers and visa fraud on farms, despite not releasing the details of a taskforce to tackle the issue.The Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said about 120 Immigration and Border Protection officers, along with.....

NZ: Fruit contractor faces migrant exploitation charges
A Tauranga based fruit farm labour contractor has appeared at the Tauranga District Court this morning on 32 charges under the Immigration Act 2009, including 12 relating to the exploitation of migrant workers.It is alleged that between April and September last year Jafar Kurisi (also known as Md Wagid ALI),.....

AU: Asian supermarkets will become vital to hort
That’s according to Bryan Balmer, the director of Trade and Investment at the Department of Economic Development.Mr Balmer discussed the crucial role Asian supermarkets will play at the recent Horticulture Centre of Excellence masterclass.“The Asian markets are incredibly important to the Victorian economy,”.....


World


Less room for middlemen with imported onions in Dutch market
European onions are becoming an increasingly major competitor for the imported onions from countries like New Zealand. According to Gerard Hoekman of Mulder Onions, the trade in imported onions has changed in recent years. “From New Zealand, more and more produce goes directly to the supermarkets. In my.....


Joel Berg
Power, not food, causes world hunger
Worldwide, there are millions of people living in poverty and suffering from hunger. In an article in the Huffington Post, Joel Berg, from the Coalition Against Hunger based in New York City, argues that there is a relationship between hunger and power. According to the American, hunger is not the matter of.....

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Spain: Net profit from melon cultivation up 122%
In the 2013/2014 campaign, Galia melon producers in the province of Almeria increased their net profit from this fruit's cultivation by 122% compared to the previous season, according to calculations made by Hortoinfo based on data from the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Andalusian Government.These.....


The success of the sweetest melons in Spain
The Trigo brothers come from the municipality of Villaconejos, the place where Spain's sweetest and juiciest melons are grown. They established a farm in El Burrero, in Ingenio (Canary Islands), after the success of their first harvest, which amounted to 300,000 kilos. They hope for a repeat next Christmas.....

China: Garlic prices still on the rise
According to Monica Gao, of the export department of the Chinese company Luscious Fresh, the situation for garlic in this Asian market is currently positive. “More plants are purchasing fresh garlic from growers compared with last year; volumes are greater and prices for new crops are more expensive.” She.....

Gaza Strip achieves watermelon self-sufficiency
The head of the vegetable department in the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture in the Gaza Strip, Hussam Abu Saada, said that "despite the frost and low temperatures registered in March and April, as well as the marked reduction in the acreage, we expect the local watermelon production in 2015 to reach.....

Could drinking OJ boost memory?
Drinking orange juice every day could help improve the brain power of elderly people, researchers claim. And it takes less than two months to show marked improvements in memory, speech and reaction times, according to a study.Scientists think the results are down to chemicals called flavonoids - a natural.....


Retail


“More and more cross-pollination between classic retail and food service”
Fruit and veg trendsetter in development food concepts
New food concepts are popping up everywhere. In various places in Europe and the US, shops are emerging with a different look and feel than in the past. The Netherlands and Belgium are not lagging behind either. We have Marqt, the Foodhallen, Bilder & De Clercq and the Markthal in the Netherlands. CRU,.....


Dia and Intermarché join together | SpartanNash Q1 profits up
Amazon US starts own food line; Amazon China to offer fruit/veg
Lidl Austria raised sales by over 10%Lidl Austria raised its sales from EUR 900m (USD 985m) in the preceding year to EUR 1bn in the financial year 2014/15, friedlnews.com reports. Over the year only one shop was added, sales growth was achieved on the same retail space, the company announced......



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