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Friday, July 25, 2014

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Joep van Lierop, of De Groot International:
"The impact of Citrus Black Spot measures on importers is currently not very big"
According to Joep van Lierop, of De Groot International, the impact of Citrus Black Spot measures on importers is currently not very big. He affirms that "measures are currently in place to stop citrus from Black Spot areas, but for now this has not had great consequences for importers. However, until Today.....

US: Effects of storms on imported bananas still not clear
Wind storms earlier this month in banana-producing regions in Colombia are likely to affect volumes of fruit imported to the United States, but the overall effect of those storms on the market is still unclear.It was reported that about 4,500 hectares of banana plantations were destroyed in Colombia as a.....


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Complex future of asparagus in Peru
Peru's position as the world's largest exporter of fresh and canned asparagus is currently facing a complex problem.The higher freight costs, compared to Mexico, the steady decline in profitability and the consequent change of local farmers to crops with higher profit margins, are factors that endanger the.....

Business as usual between Europe and Russia
The emotion in Russia is tense after the plane crash in Ukraine. "This tragic event has been a shock,” says Gabriel Berard, owner of Bretonskiy Koupets, a representative agent in Russia for European exporters of fresh fruits and vegetables, who lives in Moscow since 2004. “Russian buyers of fresh fruits and.....


Italy: Good table grapes season expected starting 15th August
"After a slow start due to the poor quality of Victoria grapes, better quality bunches will be available on the market from the first week of August," explains the manager ofOrchidea Frutta, a company specialised in the production and sale of table grapes, cherries, citrus fruit, peaches, apricots,.....

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Chinese banana harvest destroyed by typhoon
Authorities in Nanning town, in the Zhuang du Guangxi region are trying to save a banana harvest that has been severely damaged by typhoon Rammasun.On Tuesday, over 1.6 million banana trees in Tanluo were knocked over by the storm, with financial loss at over 58 million Yuans. The Mayor of the town, Wei.....


Chiquita wins dismissal of US suits on Colombia torture
A US court has thrown out claims that US fruit giant Chiquita was liable for thousands of deaths during Colombia's civil war.The firm was accused of supporting terrorists because it secretly paid $1.7m (£1m) to a right-wing paramilitary group that carried out the killings.The Cincinnati, Ohio-based firm.....


AU: Southerners driving Top End melon expansion
An increasing number of southern melon farmers are expanding their operations into the Northern Territory, driving significant industry growth across the Top End.Melon production has tripled in value over the past five years, with the NT industry generating nearly $64 million in the 2012/13 financial year,.....

German top fruit harvest could break records
Experts are counting on a rich apple harvest in the orchards of Germany, as reported by German website Proplanta.de. This year, a harvest of 80,000 tonnes of apples could be possible in the orchards, as the 'Verband der Deutschen Fruchtsaft-Industrie' (VdF) announced last Tuesday.Throughout Germany, 250,000.....

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The country looks for alternative exotic destinations
Polish strawberries taking over the Russian market
The president of the Association of Polish Fruit Growers, Miroslaw Maliszewski, stated that Polish strawberries this year have conquered the Russian market, displacing other producers. Russia is also the main importer of Polish apples; however, due to the uncertain political situation in the East, Polish.....



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Edeka calls mushrooms back due to glass shards
The German retailer Edeka is calling back the article 'Gut & Günstig Champignons 1. Wahl in Scheiben', reports the German website t-online.de. These mushrooms are sliced and packaged in glass with a capacity of 280 grams (drained 170 grams). This call back is only regarding mushrooms that have the date.....

Bulgaria: Domestic watermelons replaced by Greek produce
Bulgarian-produced watermelons are in danger of disappearing from their domestic markets; this is due, on the one hand, to the effects of hailstorms occurred in recent months, and on the one hand, to the lower prices of imported fruits and vegetables.According to Bulgarian traders, Greek watermelons have.....

Bulgaria: Potato prices to increase sharply around New Year
Potato prices in Bulgaria will be significantly higher around and after the New Year as a result of shortages. This was stated in an interview by Vencislav Kaymakanova, president of the National Association of Potato Producers. Kaymakanova explained that this year's potato harvest will be carried out late......

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Norway: Finström’s apple harvest in danger due to hailstorm
Last Saturday's hailstorm in Finström could cause substantial losses to apple growers. The extent of the damage will be determined in a few days.On Saturday afternoon, thunderstorms raged in northern Åland, accompanied by hail. Tjudö, Västanträsk and Finström are some of the areas affected."It is still too.....

Castellon, Region of Valencia
Spain: Wild boars, the newest threat to melons
Castellon's melons are threatened by a new predator: wild boars. In recent days, several growers in this Spanish province have been visited by these hardy animals, which have arrived from the nearby Raco de la Figueta due to the food and water shortages caused by drought.Vicente Pardo, owner of a plantation.....


Massimo Marchetti (La Diamantina)
Italy: Excellent quality for summer apples and pears
Massimo Marchetti, chairman of La Diamantina PO, talked about the top fruit season.Gala trees."The Carmen and Santa Maria pear varieties that we are currently harvesting are 15 days early with respect to 2013. Gala apple harvests will also start early.""Fruits look very good and the colours are great. In.....


market report BLE week 29
Good prices for Belgian lettuce in Germany
On the German wholesale markets in week 29, there was a large presence of domestic iceberg lettuce in particular. There was also a small supply from the Netherlands. Part of the produce suffered from quality issues, on account of them being harvested during the rain. There was plenty of domestic lettuce too,.....

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Portuguese stonefruit producers also concerned
The Council of Ministers of the European Union and the Committee of Management have received demands from peach and nectarine producers from Italy, France and Spain for urgent, extraordinary anti-crisis measures to try salvaging the current campaign.Meanwhile, Portugal, and more precisely the region of Cova.....


35% more than last year
Thüringen has very good strawberry harvest
According to provisional numbers strawberries were grown this year on 180 hectares in the German state of Thüringen, reports the German website Proplanta.de. Compared with the previous year there has been a 6% increase (11 hectares) in the growing area. This makes the total strawberry acreage the largest it.....

Average asparagus harvest in Brandenburg
According to provisional numbers from the Bureau for Statistics from Berlijn-Brandenburg, 15,800 tons of asparagus were harvested in the German state of Brandenburg in 2014, reports the German website Proplanta.de. That is 100 tons or almost 1 percent more than last year.The average yield per hectare was.....


UK: Crunchy new apples to be grown in Kent
Researchers in Kent are working on a new project to develop a new variety of apple that lasts longer and suits our changing tastes.Tom Savvides talks to Richard Harrison and Professor Peter Gregory from East Malling Research and Tony Harding from Worldwide Fruit. Click here to watch the video

French producers turning to cucumber production
In the Pyrénées-Orientale, there has been a new-found interest in cucumbers over the last few years. There are 40 or so hectares of production in the department, of which 15 ha are under the group Saveur des Clos-Plaine du Roussillon. "We produce 4,000 tons over 22-25 ha crops, depending on the years’’.....


Supporting the Scottish potato industry
Potato Council has been working to raise the profile of potatoes amongst Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs), promoting their health and sustainability credentials and creating awareness of the significant contribution they make to the Scottish economy.As a result, a Members’ Debate on potatoes took.....


Tons of frozen peas for school canteens in Brittany
Eat five fruit and vegetables a day! Despite the well known slogan, it is often hard to incite young people to consume fruit and vegetables. To enable young people to discover the natural flavour of frozen vegetables, professionals within the sector in Brittany are giving 100,000 portions of peas to school.....

Increase in consumption of organic products in Ukraine
Ukrainians are increasingly switching to environmentally friendly products, according to the newspaper Vesti. The total growth of organic product sales in Ukraine in 2014 is estimated to be of around 15%."If last year the domestic market for organic products reached 12.2 million Euro, up by more than 50%.....

Romania: Climate change forcing varietal conversion
Climate change is turning agriculture upside down in Romania, as vegetables and grains suffer from drought and great changes in temperature.Because of this, researchers are trying to obtain new tomato, pepper and cucumber varieties that can better resist these conditions. In the meantime, growers are using.....

GEO invests 700,000 Euros in foil machine for cucumbers
GEO, the Austrian vegetable growers organization, has invested around 700,000 Euro in a new foil machine for packaging cucumbers in Wallern, Austrian website orf.at reports. A retail chain wants to receive the cucumbers mainly packaged, after all.The new foil machine was built by employees of vegetable.....

Promoting national garlic encouraged in France
In a press release on the 22nd July, the commercial agricultural relations mediator “recommends large retail companies and negotiators that supply them to promote French garlic production as of August”. This recommendation comes when the 2014 harvest is announced to be of good quality with moderate volumes......

Europe: High standards for QS laboratory approval
In the most recent test, whether the laboratories had overcome the difficulties they had in analysing certain active substances in previous tests was specifically checked. A particular active substance mixture was prepared for this purpose. The potato prepared as the optimum matrix turned out to be the.....


EC still studying stonefruit anti-crisis measures
The European Commission is considering "measures" that could be adopted to address "the stonefruit crisis in countries like Spain and Italy," as stated on Wednesday at the European Parliament by the EC Director-General for Agriculture, Jerzy Bogdan Plewa.Appearing before the Agriculture Committee of the.....


Spain: Use of active ingredients against avocado and mango pests authorised
Asaja-Málaga's demands about the need to increase the availability of plant protection products for tropical crops, following their recent introduction to the area, appear to be finally listened to.Following the request of the Government of Andalusia, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment has.....


Anti-insect nets in France to fight strawberry pests
Insect proof netting is being tested to see if it can protect against Drosophila suzukii fly attacks. The first results show that they could be interesting for protecting sheltered strawberries. One month early compared to last year and the Drosophila suzukii fly is already present in tunnel grown.....


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Ex-Woolworths executive Greg Foran to head WalMart US
Woolworths' former head of supermarkets, Greg Foran, who quit in 2011 after missing out on the top job, has been appointed president and chief executive of WalMart's US operations.Mr Foran will succeed Bill Simon, who is stepping down in the wake of poor same-store sales results and supply problems at the.....


Africa


Mozambique: Coconut disease sweeps across nation
The non-governmental organisation Concern Worldwide US has warned that an insect-borne infection known as coconut lethal yellowing disease has spread across Mozambique, reducing entire coconut groves to bleak graveyards of a once thriving industry.What used to be vibrant coconut groves in Quelimane, in.....


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Germany expects rebound on cherry production
German total cherry production for CY 2014 is estimated at 51,900 MT of which sweet cherries comprise 36,300 MT and tart/sour cherries 15,600 MT. This is a 38 percent increase compared to the below average production in CY 2013. The favourable weather conditions (mild and dry conditions during flowering) are.....


Mangosteen shown to kill breast cancer cells without causing harm
A tropical fruit native to Southeast Asia has been shown in a new study to protect against breast cancer. Researchers from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences’ (UCAS) College of Life Sciences found that the pericarp of the mangosteen fruit, which is commonly grown in Thailand and Malaysia, contains.....

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Interview with Rafael Llerena
CEO at Easyfresh and expert in global reefer logistics
Would you please talk about the current reefer logistics in the ports worldwide? Are there any advantages or problems?Ports are a key component of the cold chain, which is, generally, rather fragmented. Ports concentrate a number of players, like shipping lines, customs and sanitary authorities, container.....


Retail

Norwegian retailers refuse to sell ugly fruit and vegetables
Norwegian retailers refuse to offer their consumers deformed fruits and vegetables.The French supermarket chain Inter Marché currently has a range of deformed fruits and vegetables marketed through the campaign "Inglorious Fruit and Vegetables," but Norwegian stores are not willing to try this out, writes.....


Tesco to retain leading position in Polish e-commerce market
According to Tesco, Poland's FMCG market trade on the Internet will grow very rapidly in Poland; a market which is currently valued at more than 500 million, and will reach a billion by 2018. "Interestingly, the Polish market is larger than the Czech, Slovakian and Hungarian markets combined," says Mariusz.....


FamilyMart plans to cash in on trend for dining out
Taiwan FamilyMart Co said it plans to offer indoor dining spaces in 67 percent of its stores by the end of this year, with a total seating capacity of about 40,000.The expansion is expected to help raise revenue from fresh food items to 20 percent of total sales for the year, compared with the firm’s 17.....

Delhaize continues expansion in Belgium and abroad
As Delhaize begins working with railway station operator NS in its home market of Belgium, it continues to expand in Romania and appoints a new chief executive officer for its operations in US.Delhaize begins working with NSDelhaize has announced that it is going to work with Netherlands-based station.....


Ex-Woolworths executive Greg Foran to head WalMart US
Woolworths' former head of supermarkets, Greg Foran, who quit in 2011 after missing out on the top job, has been appointed president and chief executive of WalMart's US operations.Mr Foran will succeed Bill Simon, who is stepping down in the wake of poor same-store sales results and supply problems at the.....



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