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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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Great atmosphere at PMA Foodservice tradeshow
On Sunday, July 26, the PMA Foodservice tradeshow was held as part of a weekend full of activities including educational sessions, a golf tournament and a 5k run. The popularity of the show continues to grow due to a combination of location, opportunities for networking and growth of the fresh produce.....

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Importance of Israeli premium stone fruit grows
While the market for Israeli stone fruit in Europe gets tougher, the importance of premium fruit grows. The good prices and high-end retailers that look for premium fruit are what's keeping some Israeli growers doing well in the stone fruit category, which is dominated by Ben Dor.“The entire stone fruit.....

Zespri's Sweet Green’s future unclear
The future of new kiwifruit variety Zespri Sweet Green is unclear, with growers struggling to produce commercial volumes and consumers failing to distinguish it from conventional Hayward Green.Zespri CEO Lain Jager says the company is committed to marketing Sweet Green through to the 2016/17 season before.....

India: Bacterial blight affects pomegranate quality up to 70%
Pomegranates in Maharashtra have been affected by bacterial blight (oily spot) disease this season, causing damage to the fruit’s quality by up to 70% in the state.As a result, prices have been impacted by 30% compared to the previous season, Prabhakar Chandane, chairman, Maharashtra Pomegranate Growers.....

CMI plans to expand Pear Pouch bag success
The initial Washington State pear crop forecasts for the 2015 harvest are in, with a slight increase in production predicted, up from the smaller 2014 harvest. While there are plenty of pears on trees, hotter than normal termperatures throughout the growing season are reported to have reduced pear.....

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AU: Avocado prices soar
THE planets have aligned for avocado growers, with some receiving the best prices they've seen in 40 years.Sydney Markets figures show high-grade Hass avocados achieving up to $55 a carton for July, averaging about $46, with other lines achieving similar averages over the $40/carton mark.The prices have been.....


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.....

South Africa's rand wobbly ahead of trade data
South Africa's rand struggled against the dollar on Monday, with traders and analysts seeing scope for further weakness if local trade data comes out softer than expected and the Federal Reserve issues a hawkish statement later this week.The rand touched a fresh 14-year low of 12.6900 to the dollar,.....

Honduras: Fungus could take a toll on banana exports
Despite the decline registered since 1994, bananas remain Honduras' second most important product for export, only behind coffee.A drop in this category would entail a significant impact on the economy, as the currency flow would be reduced.Furthermore, it could also take a toll on job creation, especially.....

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Amazon to invest $5bn in India | DIA posts increase in Q2 profit
Sainsbury leaves Asda behind as No. 2 UK supermarket
Russian X5 Retail Group expands with 100 stores -Russian food retailer X5 Retail Group has acquired 100 stores owned by the Soseddushka retail chain in Orenburg, whichs analysts estimated to be worth 1.5bn rubles ($25m). Due to the purchase of SoseDDushki, X5 almost tripled the number of its.....



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'Turkish cherries' hit hard by crisis in Russia and poor weather conditions
Ziraat-900 cherries grown in Konya’s Hadim district in the south and known abroad as ‘Turkish cherries’ have seen a decrease in demand, especially from Russia and the product’s quality has been affected by poor weather conditions leading the price to fall to €1 a kilo.Grown in the cooler.....

Agrupaejido announces labourers and growers have been paid
Agrupaejido's management board met this week with representatives of the Works Council and the heads of the agro-food sector of UGT and CCOO in Almeria, a meeting that served to analyse the current situation in the company after the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Cecilio Guillén, unilaterally broke the.....

Lufthansa Cargo congratulates the center
Perishable Center Frankfurt celebrates 20th anniversary
It doesn't matter: asparagus from Peru, meat from Argentina or flowers from Kenya, every day up to 700 metric tons of cargo is handled at the 9,000 square metres large area. The largest climate controlled centre in Europe is celebrating its 20th anniversary. To perfectly store perishable produce 20 different.....

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La Réunion : Loss of production due to cold weather
The cold weather that spread over the island a couple of weeks ago has frozen and damaged crops in the Plaine des Cafres. The CGPER met on the 19th July to ask the State for help with the damages (which reach €500,000). Jean-Philippe Smith is one of the many farmers affected by the frost. He grows potatoes,.....

Turkish West Mediterranean Exporters Union (MPWS) at WorldFood Moscow 2015 Fair
The WorldFood Moscow 2015 Fair organized in part by the MPWS, has the distinction of being the Russian Federation’s most important fresh fruit and vegetables fair.West Mediterranean Exporters Union (MPWS) will participate in the event, WorldFood Moscow 2015 which will be held in Russia’s.....

Asia-Europe container freight rates fell 22.8% last week
Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe dropped 22.8 per cent to $400 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended last Friday, data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index showed.Freight rates on the world’s busiest shipping route have tanked this year.....


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NZ onion growers look to better season after export slide last year
New Zealand onion growers are optimistic about a better season for the country's largest fresh vegetable export after suffering a 16% decline in the past year as poor weather affected yields and returns were hit by a higher currency and increased competition from northern hemisphere rivals.Exports of onions.....

Traders must adjust to new Melbourne Market premises
There are some stallholders ‘not ready’ and ‘not happy’ about the new Melbourne Markets premises, in Epping, due to open for trade next Monday, August 3, according to Jim Cochrane, of Jim Cochrane Farms. “We have a B-Double truck we use to deliver produce, and they can’t even find parking for it,” he told.....

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Exporters should benefit from country of origin label: grower
Country of origin labeling may work for products exported out of Australia, but those importing, who would want the country of origin shown on labeling may still be disappointed, according to one grower and exporter. “You don’t know, for example, with frozen berries, where does it come from?” says Susan.....

Campaign to get Aussies eating more fruit and veg
Queensland plates are about to get more colourful, following the launch of a new campaign to promote health and happiness.The Queensland Government campaign, endorsed by the Cancer Council, aims to help Queenslanders maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle to improve overall wellbeing.Cancer Council Queensland.....


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Jon Clark, Total Cherry
Excellent demand for sweet English cherries
The UK cherry season has had a good start, according to Jon Clark of Total Cherry, with exceptionally sweet fruits this season.“We started with the Merchant variety on the 24th of June, and have just picked Stella and Van. We will now move on to primarily Kordia and Penny. All of the fruit is exceptionally.....

New study:
Beetroot juice helps lower blood pressure
If you're looking to lower your blood pressure and improve your stamina while exercising, the solution could be beetroot juice, as new research has suggested that this potion could help us exercise for longer.According to the study, the drink enhanced people’s performance in exercise after they drank it for.....


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Amazon to invest $5bn in India | DIA posts increase in Q2 profit
Sainsbury leaves Asda behind as No. 2 UK supermarket
Russian X5 Retail Group expands with 100 stores -Russian food retailer X5 Retail Group has acquired 100 stores owned by the Soseddushka retail chain in Orenburg, whichs analysts estimated to be worth 1.5bn rubles ($25m). Due to the purchase of SoseDDushki, X5 almost tripled the number of its.....



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