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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Dozens dead and thousands of hectares of crops damaged
El Niño floods Peru, Chile and Ecuador
In Peru, the Department of Tumbes is being affected by overflowing rivers. As a result of heavy rains on Friday and Sunday, the Government has officially declared a state of emergency in the region, a move that will allow for urgent investments to rehabilitate the affected areas.The Tumbes River has.....


FreshPlaza host final QUAFETY event
FreshPlaza hosted the final event of the three-year QUAFETY project (36 months + a 3 month extension) co-financed by the EU and dedicated to quality and safety (i.e. quafety) research and innovation for fresh-cut products.The event took place on the ship SS Rotterdam on 24-25 March 2015 at the.....

US opens door to Mexican figs
Mexican fresh fig exporters are now able to ship their fruit to the continental U.S., under the condition the produce is treated with irradiation.The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the decision yesterday (March 30) on the government’s Federal Register website, following the.....


Poland: “I think that the embargo could be, ultimately, a healthy thing”
Though the Russian ban on European goods has negatively impacted many European fresh produce suppliers, Wojciech Bogdan, the buyer for Green Factory Bronisze, believes there have been some unexpected positive benefits. His company has been compensating for the loss of Russian sales by improving their.....


Randolf Aaldijk, Origin Fruit Direct:
"Grape market definitely not bad at the moment"
The volumes of overseas top fruit for the European market have declined significantly over the years. "Producers don't send produce anymore just because they like you, you have to make permanent agreements on prices and programmes, because Europe isn't in first place anymore. For years, people have been.....

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Good volumes of Charentais melons for Easter
In the run up to the Easter holiday, Soldive, a French producer and marketer of melons, will have good volumes of their Yellow Charentais melons. Current supplies are being harvested in Senegal, and Moroccan melons should be available in Europe in the latter half of April.“There's a very good market for.....

Pazazz apple ready for 2016 launch
Pazazz, the newest apple variety to come from Honeybear Marketing, will roll out in 2016.“It can take a decade to develop, grow and market a major new variety like Pazazz,” said Don Roper, vice president, sales and marketing, Honeybear Marketing. “So when we introduce a new apple, we really want to make sure.....

US (CA): Citrus growers facing tough year
When it comes to the drought, local citrus growers are facing some of the biggest challenges. The county’s $1 billion citrus crop is reeling from both four dry years and decisions to withhold irrigation water they have relied on for more than six decades.Growers this year are not going to see any surface.....

Avocados and apricots:
Spain signs deal to open U.S. market
U.S. and Spanish authorities have signed a cooperation agreement that will open up access to the North American country’s market for avocados and apricots. Spain’s Federation of Fruit, Vegetable, Flower and Live Plant Grower Exporter Associations (FEPEX) announced yesterday the deal had been signed with the.....

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Damco, Coop Denmark sign Asian logistics partnership
Damco, one of the world’s leading third party logistics providers, and Coop, one of Denmark’s largest retailers, today announced they have signed a partnership agreement appointing Damco as Coop Denmark’s sole logistics partner for inbound shipments from Asia. The three-year contract commences on 1 May.....


Maria Cobas Vázquez: "Growing by staying small"
Photo report Open Day 25th anniversary Frukar
Last Saturday, Frukar celebrated its 25th anniversary in its own location at the trade centre in Barendrecht. Around 450 suppliers, clients and other relations from at home and abroad were present to celebrate this with a snack and a drink.Team photo FrukarManaging Director Maria Cobas Vázquez emphasized.....


Albertsons and Safeway announces new CEO
Carrefour growing internationally
Internationally, Carrefour’s (excluding France) sales in the fourth quarter of 2014 increased by 6.6%, with marked improvements in Latin America and Europe. The total turnover from international operations amounted to more than €12 bln.InFrance, the supermarket chain also grew, but to a lower extent......



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Gruppo Maddalo
Italy: packed unwashed and fresh-cut salad
Gruppo Maddaloproduces baby leaf salad for the packed unwashed and fresh-cut ranges sold all over Europe.Greenhouse crop.It grows red and green salad (Batavia), spinach, rocket, lamb lettuce, chard (Red Chard, Bull's Blood) green oriental (Mizuna/tatsoi and, during summer, also basil, melons and.....

Belgium: “Vanlangenaker Jonagold undergoes special treatment”
Brothers Erik and Roger Vanlangenaker founded the Groep Vanlangenaker back in 1974, covering a production acreage of 250 hectares. In order to meet specific demand, Vanlangenaker developed its own apple, which is sold under the brand Vanlangenaker Jonagold. Vanlangenaker is a genuine family business. Erik.....

German bio market increases by 5%
The organic market in Germany increased less sharply in 2014 than in 2013, German website oekolandbau.de reports. In 2014, German households spent 4.8% more money on organic food and drink. The revenue thus achieved amounted to 7.91 billion Euro, compared to 7.55 billion Euro in 2013.Health food stores and.....

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Switzerland: Braeburn, Gala and Fuji varieties pay the best
Out of the 25 fruit companies that participated in a comparative study done by the Swiss research institute, Agroscope, the Braeburn, Gala and Fuji varieties came out on top. This was reported in NFO's newsletter. Milwa (Junami) and Nicoter (Kanzi) did not score as well, but would have reached better.....

Strawberry demand Germany increasing slowly
In Germany the strawberry season starts in the middle of June. Due to better weather conditions the demand on the German market is growing steadily. The strawberry situation on the different German wholesale markets looks different. According to the weekly market report of the German Federal Ministry of.....

Wouter van der Beek: "Good hopes for restart"
Optical sorting project kills Quallium Onions
Onion sorting and packaging station Quallium from Tollebeek (Flevoland) has been declared bankrupt by the court of Midden-Nederland. Owner Wouter van der Beek says he is working hard on a restart. He blames the bankruptcy on the optical onion sorting installation he purchased. "The conclusion was that it.....

130 litres per kg of water being used for potatoes
To compare the direct and indirect water use that occurs during the production of various products, the term 'virtual water' was developed. For example, with the production of meat, this term not only includes water that is used for drinking (direct water use), but also water that is necessary for the.....

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Spain: New thrips detected in Almeria's citrus
A new type of thrips has been detected in both Almeria and Malaga, according to the Alert and Phitosanitary Information Service (RAIF) of the Andalusian Government, as reported by Hortoinfo.According to this agricultural site, the presence of Pezothrips kellyanus has raised concerns amongst greenhouse.....

Polish Association of Juice Producers launches promotional campaign
A new three-year promotional campaign programme is being launched by Poland's National Association of Juice Producers (KUPS). One of its goals is to increase the intake of fruit juices in Poland, where consumption is lower than the average of Western Europe.The campaign is targeted primarily at parents, who.....

Ebola nurse:
'Eating strawberries saved my life'
An Army volunteer who contracted Ebola has been successfully treated with an experimental drug, but credits the humble strawberry with saving her life. Corporal Anna Cross was the first person in the world to be treated with MIL 77, after choosing to do so following 'careful consideration'. But when asked.....


Raffaele Benedetti (Unitec)
Italy: the Blueberry Vision technology
TheGlobal Berry Congressheld between 23rd and 25th March in Rotterdam (Netherlands) is one of the main events in the blueberry sector.Speaker Raffaele Benedetti (in the photo below), sales manager for Unitec, spoke about technology which will guarantee a more substantial quality from the various.....

Israel: 60% of all strawberries under Agrexco
Agrexco was founded in 1956 by the Israeli government. After a reorganization, the market share of the Israeli fresh produce market has decreased considerably, but Agrexco still manages to be a known brand. Agrexco Carmel sells vegetables, fruits, citrus, and flowers and is particularly strong in the field.....


Spain: 5,000 tonnes of Murcian products withdrawn due to Russian veto
Growers in the Spanish region of Murcia have withdrawn more than 5,000 tonnes of fruits and vegetables from the market since the start of the Russian veto eight months ago.During all this time, the European Commission has approved four aid regulations to palliate the market crisis, which established the.....

£20million temp-controlled distribution centre for Tilbury
One of the largest “fridges” in Europe is to be built at the Port of Tilbury.The £20million temperature-controlled distribution centre – known as a “reefer” in the trade – will be built by Forth Ports Limited with NFT Distribution.The new centre will create up to 500 jobs at the port and is expected to open.....


Interview to Miguel Valero, Corporate Director of AGQ Labs
Self-management food safety plan for the entire chain
Every day, large distributors are becoming more demanding when it comes to food safety, requiring all kinds of production, handling or packaging certifications from their suppliers. Some brands go beyond, and in addition to requiring certifications such as GlobalGAP, BRC, etc., they establish their own.....

Italy: The relaunch of Gruppo Orsero
Gruppo Orsero, among the leading international operators in the fruit marketing sectors, inaugurates the season with a new growth.This is due to the reorganisation signed on March 27th betweenGF Group and Carige and Carisa (holders of 40% of the debt) as well as Unicredit, Mps, Intesa, Bnl, Banca Popolare.....


Moreno Bonfatti
Italy: High quality guaranteed throughout the year with HillFresh Italy
After opening two branches in Spain and France, Dutch group HillFresh becomes operative in Italy too.Moreno Bonfattiis the director of HillFresh Italy - fresh produce available 365 days a year from selected Italian commercial farms and historic supplier partners for counterseasonal products."No.....

Russia will not ban Serbian fruit imports
As reported by the Russian authorities to Wyborcza.biz, there will eventually not be a ban on the import of fruit and vegetables from Serbia. The introduction of a veto had been taken into consideration after allegations that Serbs were re-exporting Polish apples to the Russian market. Snezana Boskovic.....


Polish apples may arrive to Vietnam
Negotiations are currently underway for the entry of Polish apple exports in the Vietnamese market, as reported by the State Inspectorate of Plant and Seed Health (PIORiN). On 18-19 March 2015, deputy PIORiN Chief Inspector, Dariusz Wiraszka, was part of a delegation visiting Vietnam, along with.....


Photo report
International character Anuga FoodTec
Last week, the triennial Anuga FoodTec was once again held in Cologne. This is an international trade fair for suppliers to the food and beverage industry. Over 1500 exhibitors were present, 56% of which were from outside Germany. Not only was there an increase in the number of exhibitors (14%), but the.....


Largest rooftop greenhouse in Switzerland being built
As of spring 2015 the Swiss company 'ecco-jäger Früchte und Gemüse AG' is growing and breeding fresh fish, lettuce and herbs on the roof of their own company building, reports the German website Gabot.de. The 1,000 m2 greenhouse on the roof is ready and the 200 m2 aquaponic is being installed at the moment......

Polish fruit and veg exporters still face problems
Since the imposition of the Russian embargo on the import of fresh fruit and vegetables from the EU, exporters have continued to face problems due to the lack of alternative markets for goods previously exported to Russia, as reported to portalspozywczy.pl by Sebastian Sadowski-Romanov, CEO of ITRO."In the.....

Polish greenhouse complex for tomato cultivation in Russia
Local media in Bryansk, Russia, has reported a meeting between a Polish delegation and the local authorities. The subject of the discussion was the construction by a Polish company of a greenhouse devoted to the production of tomatoes.The head of Bryansk's Administration, Aleksandr Bogomaz, met with.....


Oceania

QLD: Good news for banana growers as TR4 contained
Banana growers have started to breathe a sigh of relief, but are continuing to spend money on quarantine measures as news broke that the plants infected with Panama Tropical Race 4 (TR4) disease have been killed, and no new infectious plants have been identified from samples taken. “We’ve spent $100,000 in.....

AU: PM declares war on spud board
The Abbott Government has declared war on WA's so-called "spud cop", with Small Business Minister Bruce Billson saying the Potato Marketing Corporation is a $3.8-million-a-year drag on the State economy.Mr Billson, who will today receive the Harper review into competition, said he was "taken aback" by the.....

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NZ: Fruit fly lockdown eases
Restrictions in Auckland's fruit fly zone have been eased.The inner-city suburb of Grey Lynn was put under a fruit and vegetable lockdown after a male Queensland fruit fly was found on February 16, the fourth time the pest had been found in northern New Zealand since 2012.But the last fly was found on the.....


Tasmanian onions available until July
Tony Abbott visits Tasman shipping agent Van der Lans International
Mid-March, the Australian prime minister visited a Van der Lans International shipping agent, Wynyon, eating an unpeeled raw Tasmanian onion as if it were an apple, causing a rage in Australia. The photo below was taken at Charlton Farm. Tony Abbott is signing the guestbook. In the background, a big bag is.....


World


Raffaele Benedetti:
"Food industry threat to fruit and veg sector"
The fruit and veg sector is in danger of losing to the food industry, Raffaele Benedetti of Unitec argued at the Global Berry Congress last week. Where the food industry is able to deliver consistency in products, fresh producers have too much quality differences in one package. When it comes to packagings,.....

WAPA apple harvest of southern hemisphere +5%
The 'World Apple and Pear Association' (WAPA) estimates that the apple harvest in the southern hemisphere will reach 5.5 million tonnes in 2015, reports the German website Gabot.de. This is 5% more than in 2014 and 2% more than the three year average. Of this total amount, an estimated 1.7 million tonnes.....

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Growing production of organic foods in the world
The value of the world's organic market is estimated at 55 billion Euro (2013), with the United States in the lead, accounting for 24.3 billion; 43% of the total. Behind the U.S. we find Germany, with 7.6 billion Euro; France, 4.4 billion and China, with 2.4 billion Euro.According to expert estimates, Poland.....

Top 6 post-workout foods
Whether you're an endurance or strength athlete, recovery is a crucial component of your training. During your workout you're breaking down muscles; it's after your workout that you actually get stronger. Feeling stiff and sore for days after training can significantly reduce your ability to train again and.....

Fruit giveaway to boost local business
Fruit and vegetable retailer Harris Farm has made its stand for local businesses by giving away bags of fresh fruit, and received a good response according to those in the store. “It went well. I don’t know how many bags went overall, but it was at least four boxes worth,” Said the Edgecliff.....


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Albertsons and Safeway announces new CEO
Carrefour growing internationally
Internationally, Carrefour’s (excluding France) sales in the fourth quarter of 2014 increased by 6.6%, with marked improvements in Latin America and Europe. The total turnover from international operations amounted to more than €12 bln.InFrance, the supermarket chain also grew, but to a lower extent......



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