Monday, May 25, 2015

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PMA A-NZ Conferene Day, Dan'l Mackey-Almy
Shared goals open doors for successful produce marketing
Marketing has officially left the trade show, events and packaging only realm, members of the industry have been told. Sales may still dominate, but businesses need to harmonise the interplay between sales and marketing and understand important macro trends to take advantage of key opportunities, according.....


WA apple dump worst in state history
Fruit transporters are dumping millions of pounds of apples across Washington, leaving them to rot under hot sun. State officials call the dumps "historic."In Pateros, a hillside is covered with rows of Red Delicious apples. Trucks pull up several times a day, unloading thousands on top of sage brush and.....


William Nannes, Beemsterboer:
"More demand for onions from Africa due to Ramadan"
Growers are currently being given up to 25 cents for the onions. "But this doesn't really match the current bale price. Apparently buyers expect the the price to rise in time," concludes William Nannes of J.P. Beemsterboer Food Traders. "Estimating how much are left remains difficult, but the number on the.....


HPP to reduce waste, boost exports from WA
A new $1.2 million ‘High Pressure Processing’, or HPP, machine in Western Australia is aimed at reducing food waste, improving the return on investment for growers and opening up export markets to the region’s growers. HPP technology provides a method of cold pasteurizing fresh produce, making it safe for.....

India: More obstacles for mango exporters
Over the past four months, three countries have opened their doors to Indian mangoes, but the higher price and increase in freight costs are proving to be hurdles for exporters. Also, the lack of availability of ‘export-quality’ fruit, due to the recent unseasonal rains, is compounding their woes.Trade.....

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Spanish fruit and veg imports up 9% in value and 2% in volume
The Spanish import of fruits and vegetables increased by 2% in volume and 9% in value in the first quarter of 2015, reaching 631,529 tonnes and 456.4 million Euro, mostly due to the growth of fruit, with a 3% increase in volume and 14% in value, reaching 282,427 tonnes and 286.5 million Euro, respectively,.....


Greece: Fructa Union looks at gaps in market
While based in Greece, Fructa Union imports most of their products from abroad and ships the majority of thesetoBalkans and Europe.Their job, as explained by Fructa Union's owner, Evangelos Nenopoulos, is to find what's missing in the market and quickly supply it. “Our purpose is to quickly ship quality.....

100% British tomatoes at Waitrose this week
It is British Tomato Week! We thought that this was a good occasion to take a look at the country of origin of the tomatoes on the shelves at the major retailers in the UK. With the help of the Price tracker reports from ProduceView we were able to analyse the offerings from last Monday, May 18.From the.....

Spain: First Jerte certified cherries soon to hit the market
The Regulatory Council of the Protected Designation of Origin Cereza del Jerte (Jerte Cherry) has started certifying the first cherries of the Navalinda variety.These cherries, which will soon hit the market, include a label that guarantees the highest quality. The President of the Regulatory Council,.....

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Convenience store growth continues
Wal-Mart wants food shoppers to go online
Auchan fined for misleading advertisingHungaryʼs Competition Office (GVH) fined Auchan Magyarország HUF 56 mln on charges of unfair price comparison practices, bbj.hu reports. According to the competition office, Auchan claimed its prices were lower than its competitors, but it made the claim based on.....



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Impact of heat wave
Drastic drop in citrus production volumes expected in Valencia
The abnormally high temperatures recorded in Valencia in May are having a negative impact on the development of almost all crops, including citrus, for which the excessive heat has already resulted in serious problems in the settling.The water stress suffered by the trees greatly complicates the.....

Sweden: Frozen berry sales up despite scare
Less than two weeks after imported frozen berries were confirmed as the source of a vomiting bug which killed three pensioners and made more than seventy people fall ill, one of Sweden's largest supermarket chains has told The Local it has seen an increase in sales of similar products.Asked if fewer people.....

Ukraine: Cheaper greenhouse veg brings down price index
The Ukrainian fresh produce price index has decreased by 6.9% in the week from May 16th to 22nd due to significantly less expensive greenhouse vegetables."Prices of greenhouse cucumbers have more than halved over a week, and, together with negative price trend in the segment of greenhouse tomatoes, have led.....

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Maersk Line
Plan to reduce CO2 emission per container by 60%
Chief Commercial Officer Stephen Schueler launched the Maersk Line Sustainability Update Friday 15 May 2015, while speaking to a group of US customers at a session on ‘The Future of Sustainable Supply Chains’ in Newport, US.With the launch of this new CO2 reduction target, Maersk Line is accelerating the.....


British Astronaut launches rocket seeds into space
Two kilograms of rocket seeds supplied by Tozer Seeds will shortly take off from Florida bound for the International Space Station.British astronaut Tim Peake has invited school children to help him in an experiment to learn more about how to grow food in space. Tim wants the children to plant the seeds of.....


Ile de Ré aims to increase PDO potato production
The new potato season started three weeks ago on the Ile de Ré and will continue until the end of June. Harvest looks good this year, with 50 tons per day at the Bois-Plage cooperative. The aim is to increase production as the demand is high. Ile de Ré potatoes are some of the few to have a PDO (Protected.....

UK: Premier Logistics, The Blueberry Group announce agreement
Premier Logistics has announced that it has won a contract to handle freight distribution for Market Harborough’s food specialist, The Blueberry Group.The initial, 18-month contract will see Premier Logistics taking sole responsibility for The Blueberry Group’s domestic palletised freight distribution, with.....

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Russia prevents entry of 20 tonnes of Egyptian oranges
According to reports from the quarantine office of the Novgorod region and the Republic of Mari El, Russia, 20 tonnes of Egyptian oranges were prevented entry last week because of the presence of agricultural pests, reports the Russian site "Vremya".The Office for Seed and Quality control of agricultural.....

Bulgaria: Drastic increase in fruit and veg sales revenue in Plovdiv
A drastic increase in fruit and veg sales revenue has been registered in the city of Plovdiv during the May holidays, as reported by theNational Revenue Agency(NRA) after control activities undertaken by the Agency in Southern Bulgaria.NRA-Plovdiv spokesperson Bojana Ilieva, said the data has been collected.....


"Hip and hygienic self service tomatoes"
Stoffels develops 'candy machine' for tomatoes
A number of trends have been highly noticeable in recent years. The self service hype probably hasn't gone unnoticed by anyone, but the growing number of vending machines among store shelves can also be clearly observed. All sorts of snacks and juices are offered to us in a more or less automated manner in.....

Total Produce
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Huelva makes 126 million in revenue from strawberry and raspberry exports
In January and February 2015, Huelva exported agro food products worth 152.63 million Euro. This figure represents an increase of 31.04% compared to the same period in 2014, when the turnover generated amounted to 116.48 million Euro. According to the territorial delegate of Agriculture, Fisheries and.....


Oceania

Administrator puts AU mushroom business on market
Canberra Mushrooms, based in Yass, called in administrators in April. A spokesman for administrator Eddie Senator would not say how much money was owed."This is sensitive information at this stage. We have a 'care and maintenance' plan in place to achieve continuity of the business while an expression of.....

Industry united on country-of-origin labelling
The Australian Made Campaign is urging the Australian Government to stay on course with its proposals for mandatory country-of-origin labelling and not be distracted by issues related to the USA’s country-of-origin regime.“The Australian Made Campaign strongly supports the call by AUSVEG for the Australian.....

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Chinese fruit pickers underpaid in northern Victoria
Chinese backpackers working as fruit pickers in northern Victoria have been grossly underpaid thousands of dollars in the latest details of migrant worker exploitation to become public.The pickers were paid illegal hourly pay rates while employed under the controversial 417 working holiday visa scheme on a.....

10th Australian Mango Conference
Mango industry representatives from around Australia will tonight celebrate the biggest Australian mango crop in history as the 10th Australian Mango Conference kicks-off in style at the Darwin Botanical Gardens. The Moroccan themed Welcome Reception will be hosted by Silver Sponsor Harris Farm Markets, one.....


World


Grupo AGF to produce over 70 million kilos of Fashion® watermelons
Farms in western Almeria have been the first to start harvestingFashion®branded watermelons this new season. Grupo AGF, owner of the brand, expects to market over 70 million kilos in the current campaign, which will entail an increase of between 2 and 3% compared to 2014.At their peak in terms of ripeness,.....


Colourful product range at South African baby vegetable nursery
Baby rainbow carrots, baby eggplant, baby leek, baby peppers and baby beetroot. A small selection from the colourful product range of the South African Yukon Group.The Yukon group has now been in business for 25 years, and specializes in baby vegetables. The company has an area of 356 hectares. But.....

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Machine peels orange in seconds
Oranges are great except for the nightmare of peeling them. But most problems, you can solve it with a robot. Forget peeling an apple with a drill; this orange peeler from ZTI Mechatronics tackles the entire peeling process beginning to end and looks mighty fine doing it.

The biggest catch is that you won't find a price listed for this wonder machine—or its cabbage chopping cousin—on TI's website. And if you have to ask you probably can't afford it.


Retail


Convenience store growth continues
Wal-Mart wants food shoppers to go online
Auchan fined for misleading advertisingHungaryʼs Competition Office (GVH) fined Auchan Magyarország HUF 56 mln on charges of unfair price comparison practices, bbj.hu reports. According to the competition office, Auchan claimed its prices were lower than its competitors, but it made the claim based on.....



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