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Monday, February 08, 2016

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Photo Reports Fruit logistica
Last week the annual Fruit Logisitca exhibition was held in Berlin. An ideal networking event according to many of the exhibitors. According to a press release from Fruit Logistica, they had a new record of more than 70,000 trade visitors from over 130 countries. More greenhouse suppliersIn the last couple.....

WAPA Southern Hemisphere topfruit forecast
Increase in apple exports, pears slightly down
The World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA) held its Annual General Meeting on Friday morning 5 February at the Fruit Logistica in Berlin. Representatives of the key global apple and pear producing and exporting countries met to discuss the Southern Hemisphere production forecast as well as the final.....

Sarah Reiter appointed country manager
Stockton takes first step into U.S market
Stockton Israel (STK), a leader in innovativebotanical based crop protection b, announced the appointment of Ms. Sara Reiter as CountryManager of Stockton USA effective February 1,2016. Sarah joins Stockton with over 20 years ofexperience in the crop protection industry with afocus on biopesticides. In her.....

Pure Hothouse Foods Inc. launch new distribution center
Pure Hothouse Foods Inc. is announcing asignificant milestone in its supply chaintransformation, with the new fully operational60,000 square foot distribution center in SanAntonio, Texas.‘The expansion was initiated in response to an increase in business activity in the southern region’ said Jeff Moracci,.....

US(CA): Lemon crop plentiful while pricing is inconsistent
California is seeing a strong lemon crop, as the San Joaquin Valley region of Bakersfield to Fresno is in the midst of peak lemon season. Two other major lemon-growing areas sit within the golden state; the coastal region, which supplies lemons year round and the desert area, which according to Lupe Guzman,.....

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Henk van Doorne, Van Doorne Imex:
"In 45 years I've never experienced such a terrible, prolonged period for lettuce"
"I have been growing lettuce for 45 years and I have never seen lettuce this thin for this amount of time," says Henk van Doorne, lettuce grower and exporter in 's-Gravenzande, Netherlands. "Things have been difficult since the second week of December. It is not that we have too much supply. There are some.....


New Zealand Kiwiberry production on the rise
New Zealand’s Kiwiberry production is set to grow over the next few years, with increased interest in the fruit leading to more plantings across the country.Kiwi Produce owner Geoff Oliver says the niche market is slowly building around the world.“The market is growing slowly,” he says. “It is a niche.....


Canada: Lakeside Produce announces expansion
Earlier this week, Lakeside Produce announced a $7-million expansion of their Leamington, Ontario, facilities. Along with expanded greenhouses and 80,000 square feet added to their production facility, the company will be adding over 200 new jobs to the still-recovering job market, which took a hit when the.....

US: All steady for imported pineapple market
The year began with steady Central American pineapple imports, and, barring unforeseen bad weather, supplies are expected to remain steady through the rest of the year. As a result, prices have stayed near $10.00 per carton through the first month of the year.“Costa Rica supplies pineapples for the U.S......

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Maria Flynn - Ballymakenny Farm Heritage Potatoes
Ireland: Violetta potatoes a hit with chefs
Irish housewife and mother Maria Flynn has started her own business growing speciality potatoes, Ballymakenny Farm Heritage Potatoes. She grew the potatoes last year and they have been a big hit. Wife of a potato grower, she came up with the idea after talking to a grower of baby vegetables who said that.....



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Falling sales of Polish apple juice concentrate
Poland's apple juice concentrate exports in the first 4 months of the season 2015/2016 (July-October) have fallen by 9% to 84 thousand tonnes. The decline in foreign sales has mostly been the result of the much smaller exports to Canada (-2 thousand tonnes), and to Russia. Exports to the U.S. have also.....

German support for Sri Lankan ag industry
The agriculture ministers from Germany and Sri Lanka met at the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture in Berlin on 20th January 2016.Sri Lanka Minister of Agriculture Duminda Dissanayake and his German counterpart, Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture Christian Schmidt agreed on the need for better.....


In December:
Austria sells 2,800 metric tons of apples
On 1 January 2016 the apple inventory in Austria consisted of 119,920 metric tons. That is 4.8% lower than in the comparable period last year. In December the sales reached a height of 12,806 metric tons. This is an increase in sales of 4.8% compared to the previous year.With 39,216 metric tons the stock of.....

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foodlife & Irmato join forces in robotics
foodlife is proud to present Irmato as their globaland exclusive partner in robotics for the fruit andvegetable industry. Together they plan to trulydevelop the future of food processing.Their objective and vision for robotics, which they consider the future of food processing: to reduce costs, reduce manual.....

Spain: Measures requested to prevent tomato market collapse
The Contact Group for tomatoes of the French-Spanish-Italian Joint Committee has sent two letters to the European Commission to inform it, on the one hand, about the difficult situation in the tomato market, and on the other hand, to emphasise the consequences and impact of the ruling of the Court of Justice.....

Romania to trial disease resistant GM plum trees
Researches at Bistrita Fruit Growing Research Station are developing a genetically modified plum tree which will be resistant to plum pox, an incurable disease which can only be stopped by cutting down affected trees.The Bistrita researchers are cooperating with the United States, where one of the classic.....

Russia: Belaya Dacha to produce potatoes for McDonalds
Russian holding company Belaya Dacha plans to cultivate potatoes in the Lipetsk Oblast, and McDonalds could be their main customer. The company plans to sign a corresponding agreement during the first quarter of the year to start work with a new investment partner, the company's founder, Victor Semenov,.....

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Turkey increasing trade with Peru
As Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan makes a three-country tour of Latin America, boosting economic relations with Peru has been at the top of his agenda. Erdoğan and Peruvian President Ollanta Humala addressed the issue of economic cooperation during bilateral and inter-committee meetings......


Hapag-Lloyd enhances fleet with 3,000 PrimeLINE units
Enhancing its capabilities for shipping perishablegoods, global container shipping line Hapag-Lloydrecently added 3,000 PrimeLINE® units to itsfleet, with 1,000 of the refrigerated containersequipped with Carrier Transicold’s innovativeXtendFRESH™ controlled-atmosphere system.Carrier Transicold is a part of.....

Port of Antwerp agrees partnership with big Chinese bank
On Thursday 4 February, Antwerp Port Authoritymade a partnership agreement with the Industrialand Commercial Bank of China (ICBC).The Memorandum of Understanding was signed theprevious week at the official opening of the ICBC’sAntwerp branch in Brasschaat Castle. Until now ICBC only had an office in.....

Bfruit And Special Fruit enter into strategic alliance
Portuguese berry growers organisation, Bfruitand the Belgian service provider, Special Fruit,announced their new strategy alliance at FruitLogistica in Berlin last week 3-5 February, in the presence of Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development in Portugal, Luis Capoulas Santos.Through this.....

Florimond Desprez acquires 49% stake in Danespo
Florimond Desprez has acquired 49% of the sharesin Danespo from DLG, thus entering into an equalpartnership with DLF who owns another 49% of theshares. The remaining 2% are owned by growersand employees.Danespo is the leading company in Northern Europe in the field of breeding, producing and selling quality.....

Europe: Yellow cards to warn producers
The Agricultural advisor of the Dutch Embassy in Spain, Catharina Zwitser, spoke about the priorities of the presidency of the European Union (EU).The Netherlands, which is currently holding the presidency of the EU, will work hard to make the CAP simpler and to boost progress, said Zwitser.She also spoke.....

Ukrainian exporters unsatisfied with EU trade quotas
On Jan. 1, a free trade regime came into effect between Ukraine and the European Union; one month on, there are still rumblings of discontent over conditions. This is because some Ukrainian farmers argue that the quotas were set too low and the duty-free trade volumes have already been exhausted in the first.....


Asda trials 'wonky' veg boxes
In response to a campaign by TV chef Jamie Oliver, UK retailer Asda has started selling £3.50 'wonky veg' boxes at 128 of its stores. The low cost boxes make use of 'ugly' vegetables usually thrown out by retailers and are part of a bid by the chain to reduce waste across its stores.Claiming it is the first.....


Sparking consumer curiosity and engagement
Fyffes new communications campaign
In 2016 Fyffes wants to work together withits retail partners to drive new interest into the banana category – which, according to recent extensive research, has become increasingly commoditized and is failing to engage the consumer. Fyffes wants to change that by bringing a new energy to the category and.....

Spain: Improvement in quality and value of Basque tomatoes
The Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development, Neiker-Tecnalia, a public company under the Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness of the Basque Government, has launched the Traditom project, which aims to genetically identify andselect the Basque Country's best traditional.....

Sjoerd Meijer, Fruitmarket:
"Mango very popular this week"
According to Sjoerd Meijer of import company Fruitmarket the mango was very popular product last week. "The volumes which arrived were less than in previous weeks. This was due to the Fruit Logistica, as less fruit is sent then in general."He indicates that there are more containers coming in again next.....


Bayer launches new Galia melon
At Fruit Logistica 2016 Bayer officially launchedits latest innovation in melon: Galkia. With thisnovelty, Bayer pulls together the melon flavourof yesterday and provides best quality through thewhole summer.Bayer’s goal was a return to the time-honoured melon, with all its aroma and flavour. Galkia promises.....


European Union
South Africa, Costa Rica and Chile, largest non-EU fruit suppliers
The value of the European Union's fruit imports from third countries up until October 2015 stood at 9.833 million Euro, 11% more than in the same period of 2014, with South Africa, Costa Rica and Chile as the main suppliers, according to data from Eurostat processed by FEPEX.EU imports from South Africa.....

Chicory market dramatic since November
"What we earned last summer we are now spending"
Last year there were high hopes for a good chicory year, but it has been tough since November. According to grower Gijs Dongen of Nature's Gold, the summer went well. "Unfortunately it was a decreasing line since November. We didn't expect this, as that month usually goes well. So far there have been almost.....

Spain: Andalusian company exporting all over the world
34 years ago, a group of growers in the Andalusian municipality of Brenes decided to join forces and create Citran S.A.T. (Andalusian Citrus) in order to sell their products themselves. They started with a 2,000 square metre warehouse in Brenes and in 1999, in order to adapt to the market's needs and expand.....

Europe: Salad and citrus supplier streamlines supply chain
G’s Group, one of Europe’s largest fresh produce companies, has revealed it has been working closely with retail giant Tesco to improve the efficiency of its supply chain, in particular for produce shipped up to the UK from Spain.As Adam Hill, senior account manager at G’s Spain, explains, a lot of work has.....


UK: Twitter sniggers at Tesco cucumbers that are ‘ideal for Valentine’s Day'
A Tesco store has been mercilessly mocked online after suggesting cucumbers as the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.A shopper in the fruit and veg section spotted the eye-popping sign which suggested the salad staple was “ideal” for February 14.The find came after another branch made waves by suggesting whipped.....

Norway: Considerable increase in avocado sales
In November 2015, the entity Norstat for Opplysningskontoret for frukt og grønt (OFG), conducted a nationwide survey to identify Norwegians' taco consumption habits. The same survey was done in 2011. The results show that avocado sales in Norway have increased and that the product is used for more than just.....


Poland: Small fruit traders affected by massive donations
Thousands of tonnes of fruit and vegetables are being given away by the Agricultural Market Agency because producers could not sell them to Russia. Some people are happy, because they have fruits and vegetables (apparently!) for free, but the problem is that for others it means a lot of trouble."I was first.....

Polish producers face uncertain 2016
2015 has been a very difficult year for Polish agriculture, for several reasons: the Russian embargo, the warm winter and drought. The end of the season was marked by more optimism, as prices on the domestic market increased, even though the profitability of foreign trade deteriorated, as reported to.....

Poland: Domestic beetroot consumption stable
Poland has no equal in the EU when it comes to beetroot production volumes. Depending on the year, Polish growers harvest between 300 and 360 thousand tonnes, although exports are low compared to other fruits and vegetables, informs "Puls Biznesu".Mariusz Dziwulski, an analyst at BNP Paribas BGZ, said that.....

Association created to promote Polish broccoli
Poland is currently Europe's fourth largest broccoli producer. In recent years, the acreage has been growing rapidly. Nevertheless, the country's domestic consumption is still low. In order to boost the consumption of vegetables and popularise Polish broccoli producers have set up the Association for the.....


Oceania


Melbourne Market celebrates Chinese New Year at new site
Melbourne Market has been busy in the lead up to Chinese New Year, with a wide variety of popular Asian produce and official celebrations set to mark the occasion.On Monday, 8th February, the Market hosted a traditional Lion Dance performance by the Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne (CYSM) with dancing,.....

AU: Stagnant stonefruit prices concern farmers
Australian stonefruit farmers are concerned by the fact that, although the cost of their input is increasing, the price they receive for their fruit remains unchanged and has done so for the past 15 years. While major supermarkets such as Coles and Woolworths compete for their market share and slash the.....

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AU: PM accused of 'ignoring' potato problems
As the future of the Western Australian potato industry looks uncertain, prime minister Colin Barnett has been accused of turning a blind eye to the blight of growers there. Potato Growers Association of WA chief executive Ross Taylor said Mr Barnett had refused to meet the PGAWA or act on its blueprint for.....

AU farmers warned to plan ahead for GST hit
According to a big Australian taxation advisory firm, farmers should begin to plan ahead to protect their profit margins, as it looks likely that the goods and services tax (GST) could be extended to fresh food."Most would agree GST reform is necessary and will more than likely cover fresh food in the new.....

AU apple growers warned about post harvest sanitation
In January, Independent consult Dr Robert Premier, Global F.S Pty Ltd, gave a forthright warning to apple growers on the impacts of a health scare involving an agricultural crop. He was speaking on sanitation and food safety management across the supply chain at the Apple and Pear Australia Limited's (APAL).....

Kagome Australia begins tomato harvest
Last Monday, 25 January, Australia's largest tomato processor Kagome Australia began harvesting crops. The harvest will continue until early April, by which time Kagome will have harvested 250,000 tonnes of tomatoes from its own farms and other suppliers.Teams of four workers operate in three eight-hour.....

Funding for AU watermelon virus research
In 2014 a virus wiped out watermelon crops around Katherine and Darwin; in order to continue research into this virus, Horticulture Innovation Australia has given theNorthern Territory Government's Berrimah Research Farm more than $1.2 million in funding.The $1.2 million is intended to investigate how long.....

Kiwifruit winner in TPP Agreement
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement willgenerate significant value for the New Zealandkiwifruit industry and Zespri welcomed the signingof the Agreement on February 4 in Auckland.Zespri Chief Executive Lain Jager explains the TPP will eliminate tariffs on kiwifruit exports into all 12 Asia-Pacific.....

Horticulture NZ welcomes TPP signing
New Zealand’s peak body for commercial fruit andvegetable growers, Horticulture New Zealand,welcomed the official New Zealand signing of theTrans Pacific Partnership agreement on Thursday 4 February.Horticulture is New Zealand’s fourth largest export earner, sending fresh and processed products to more than.....

Queensland grower's first salad shipment to Singapore
Queensland growers Geoffrey and Anne Story and son Nathan, of Story Fresh, Cambooya have consigned their first commercial order of fresh produce into Singapore, after trialling their fresh lettuce in the south-east Asian market.The Story family has been farming vegetables since 1965, and started processing.....

Australia: CEOs and top chefs unite to feed homeless
Celebrating its fifth-year milestone,the OzHarvest CEO CookOff is backbigger and better than ever, taking place at a new location, The Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve, on Monday, 7 March.Brisbane’s business elite are also invited to participate in the inaugural Brisbane CEO CookOff event to be held at the.....

Program released
Bayer 2016 Australian Melon Industry Conference & Field Days
The Bayer 2016 Australian Melon IndustryConference & Field Days is fast approaching - 16, 17, 18 March in Mildura. Only one month before growers and industry members descend on 'Belah Heights' in Mildura for a full program of international and Australian speakers, along with almost 4 kilometres of.....

AU: Backpacker tax threatens horticulture harvests
The Voice of Horticulture has identified labourchanges as a threat to grower profitability andis seeking a reversal of the “backpacker tax”and preservation of current award conditions.A working holiday in Australia is full of so many wild, foreign, eye-popping experiences; the last thing backpackers want to.....

Sydney's vegetable basin loses ground to urban sprawl
A major study has found that the share of vegetables grown in Sydney is at threat of crashing to just 1 per cent in the next 15 years, due to urban sprawl and rising land prices. According to the Sydney Food Futures project, farmers around Sydney produced around 20 per cent of the city's agricultural food.....

AU: Salmonella scare causes organic lettuce sales to soar
The recent salmonella outbreak in Australia, which has been blamed on prepacked lettuce leaves from Victoria, has led to a boost in organic lettuce sales.The South Australian Produce Market where growers sell their fruit and vegetables to SA’s privately owned supermarkets and fresh produce stores reports.....


AU (QLD): Capsicum harvest brought forward with Maximinus
North and Central Queensland capsicum growers now have access to an early-maturing capsicum variety which has shown potential to improve overall crop profitability.Maximinus is a green to red blocky capsicum which matures between 10-21 days earlier than most other varieties, including the popular Warlock.....


Hort Innovation to strengthen Australian horticulture trade
The nation’s horticulture Research and Development Corporation, Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation), has established two new panels to help promote and boost Australian exports overseas.The panels – a Trade Assessments Panel and an industry Trade Advisory Panel - are tasked with advising the.....


World

Spain: Valencia to double its organic production
The Vice President and Councillor for Equality and Inclusive Policies of Valencia, Mónica Oltra, stressed that the implementation of the Plan for Organic Production in Valencia "is another embodiment of the commitments made in the Pacto del Botánico, which consists of a transition to organic agriculture.....


Global export potatoes stop growing
Still growth in seedlings and to some extent also in frozen potato products10 billion Euro. That’s the worldwide value of the export of potatoes. Frozen potato products account for half of the total; 2014: 4.8 billion Euro. Last year, the worldwide export of consumption potatoes had a value of 2.3 billion.....

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UN FAO Food Price Index 2016 down again
The FAO Food Price Index is a measure of the monthly change in international prices of a basket of food commodities. It consists of the average of five commodity group price indices, weighted with the average export shares of each of the groups for 2002-2004.Monthly release dates for 2016: 07 January, 04.....

Sirane’s new absorbent fruit pad technology big hit at Fruit Logistica
New absorbent fruit pad technology from Siranewhich uses anti-microbials to extend the shelf-lifeof soft and delicate fruit proved a huge draw atFruit Logistica in Berlin last week.Fruit Logistica was the first place Sirane showed their ABV technology to the world and the response was overwhelming, with the.....


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