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Thursday, November 27, 2014

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Ecuadorian Vice Minister for Trade present in Rotterdam to receive fresh shipment
Total Exotics first Ecuadorian Kent Mangoes
The first of this season's Ecuador Kent mangoes arrived this morning at Total Exotics. These arrived via air freight into The Netherlands. Mr Juan Francisco Ballén, Vice Minister of Trade, and Mr Juan Patricio Navarro, Director of Pro-Ecuador Rotterdam, were on hand to receive the first shipment. Mr Juan.....


China optimistic for Dutch Conference pear
The first containers filled with Dutch pears left Rotterdam this month heading to China. A relatively new commodity in China, Dutch shippers hope the product will catch on as Chinese consumers become aware of the fruit's qualities. “I think the Dutch pear will become more popular with the Chinese,” said.....


NZ apple exports shift to Asian market
New Zealand's biggest apple grower/packer/exporter Mr Apple, was part of the New Zealand stand at the recent China FVF in Beijing. Fresh Plaza spoke to Mark Pay, Export Sales Executive at the company about different challenges faced by apple exporters in today's market.Mr Apple exports to 60 countries around.....


Winter Peruvian grapes begins
Awe Sum Organics, one of the largest importers of organic apples and organic kiwifruit in North America, has just kicked off the second season of their exclusive organic Peruvian grape program. The first organic green seedless Sugraones arrived in mid-November, and quality reports have been outstanding......

US (WA): Bigger pear sizes this season
This season's pear crop in Washington has had sizes larger than those from the previous year.“We're up about a size on pears this season,” said Roger Pepperl, marketing director at Stemilt Growers. “We thought this might happen, so it isn't a revelation that pear sizes are bigger this year.” Volume has.....

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Growing with brackish water in the desert
The AgroCenter in the Negev desert in Israel does research to find the best crops and varieties for growing in this desert using the brackish water that’s available in the area. The goal of the center is to share their knowledge with the farmers.Research center is experimenting with different rootstocks and.....


Iranian kiwifruit more production, higher demand
Strong demand for Iranian kiwifruit last season spurred on increased plantings, which has resulted in more production in Iran this season. The ban on European goods in Russia has also encouraged increased demand for fruit there, which has opened up more opportunities for Iran's kiwifruit exporters.“This.....


Trucks Lithuania not allowed into Russia
Russians spend 40% household budget on food
Russia has limited transport of products from Belarus with destination Kazakhstan. This trade is only possible through a number of specific checkpoints. According to the Russians, too many shipments are disappearing, ending up on the Russian market. In response to Russia's accusations, Macedonia has launched.....


Increasing avocado consumption in China
If you happen to visit China and visit your local supermarket, chances are you will not find an avocado display in the produce department. Even Western owned retailers with branches in China may only have a token few pieces of fruit for an expat customer. But generally, it is very difficult for Chinese.....

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Unique recipes with #VeryVeggieThanksgiving
Nature Fresh Farms promotes #VeryVeggieThanksgiving with unique recipes. The holiday season brings families & friends together from far and wide to celebrate this time of the season; good friends & great food create lasting memories for years to come. With family celebrations focused on food,.....



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Paul van der Linde:
"Not pessimistic about carrot season"
At the moment, carrot trade isn't wild yet, but Paul van der Linde of the Emmeloord trading company with the same name is not pessimistic at all. "In Germany and Belgium, the carrot quality is reportedly very bad, partly because harvest took place under wet circumstances. Mouse damage is also not nearly as.....


Year round vegetables thrive in Scotland
The winter months are especially busy for a north eastern Scottish family-owned and run business as it supplies the major retailers with a steady stream of carrots, swedes, and beetroot. This means December, January and February are hectic at Maxwell Farms as it produces and sells more than 10,000 tonnes of.....


Apple sales on the rise
Apple sales in Czech stores are currently on the rise. The reason is simple; their price has dropped by almost a fifth compared with last year, which is a direct consequence of the Russian food embargo in force since the summer. The Czech market has received large volumes of Polish and Italian apples that.....

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Grape import duty down 45% in Israel
Although usually considered a summer fruit, grapes are likely to show up on Israeli store shelves this winter – and are likely to cost less than they have in the past. The new batch of cheaper grapes comes courtesy of Finance Minister Yair Lapid, who on Wednesday signed an order slashing the import duty on.....

Bumper fruit harvest in Austria
Austria has recorded a particularly good fruit harvest for 2014 despite bad weather, Statistics Austria reported Wednesday.The statistics office said 272,000 tons of table fruit and 9,600 tons of elderberry were harvested, 25 percent more than 2013 and 12 percent above the 10-year average.The main reason for.....


Andalusia: World's biggest cherimoya supplier
In Andalusia, around 40,000 tonnes of cherimoyas are grown annually at the moment, on an acreage of 3,000 hectares. The revenues made here are almost 48 million Euro, website agronoticias.es reports. The main cultivation areas are the provinces of Granada and Málaga.When it comes to consumption, cherimoyas.....


Remy Tanghe: "In terms of tonnage, we can handle twice as much now"
RTL Patat serve wider audience
On August 1, 2014, Terrapoint bv from Breskens stopped sorting and packaging potatoes and onions. In September, the entire Terrapoint inventory was bought by family enterprise RTL Patat from Lauwe in Belgium. Rik and Remy Tanghe will continue operations together with Daan Dees of Terrapoint. This year, they.....

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Italy: Sharka-resistant apricots tested
The PPV virus (Plum Pox Virus), commonly known as Sharka, affects apricot, peach and plum trees causing a number of symptoms and, in the worst cases, also causes fruit drop. It can lead to significant losses - up to 80-100% - depending on the fruit and its susceptibility to the virus.In the last 30 years,.....

Poland: Increased apple prices
After three months of apple price drops in the Polish market, the trend slowed down in the first half of November, and in the middle of the month prices have even recorded a slight increase, as reported by analysts of BGZ Bank. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the net purchase price of apples for.....

High-quality Ukrainian apples to retail chains
For the present, high-quality apples are sold in Ukraine mainly through retail chains, while middlemen prefer less expensive produce in the majority of cases.Ukrainian growers manage to ship premium-quality apples only in contracted volumes at prices varying between UAH 5.40-6.50/kg (EUR 0.28-0.34/kg)......

Banana consumption down in Ukraine
Consumption of bananas has been going down in Ukraine.Ukraine imported just 18,000 tons of bananas in October 2014, a decrease of 18% compared with the same month of the previous year, when the import volumes had stood at 22,000 tons.Ecuador accounted for the largest share in Ukraine's banana imports: 85%......


Interpom Primeurs 2014 photo report
From the 23rd to the 25th of November 2014 the Interpom Primeurs took place in Kortrijk. There were 19,529 visitors at the fair this year. This is an increase of 10.5% compared to the 2012 edition. Stallholders were happy with the fair, although not all were pleased with the earlier opening times. This year.....


Christmas in the Bag at GreenVale
Greenvale, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of fresh potatoes, has Christmas in the bag with a festive version of its 2kg bags of GreenVale All Rounder Potatoes. The new design will be available from mid November until the end of December.The distinctive paper bags have been updated with a jolly Christmas.....


Fruit and desserts on the menu
Florette Food Service has 320 employees on their site in Torreilles. Their factory does not produce smoke or pollution as on their 19 production lines installed over 9,000m2, they only work with natural products : fruits, vegetables, and mainly ready to eat salad. It is called the 4th range, “invented” here.....

Milani & Fragor Group
Italy: Creditors can participate in hearing
The Court of Verona set the hearing for the legal representative of Milani & Fragor Group Spa (which closed in 2012), Mr. Santi Luciano, the commissioner and the liquidator, for January 16, 2015 at 11:30 am.The creditors of the company can also participate. Milani & Fragor dealt with around one.....


New tree promises better argan oil yields
A new tree developed in Israel has the potential to significantly improve yields of argan oil. The oil, which is purported to have many health and cosmetic benefits, is currently one of the most expensive oils in the world due to low yields and labour-intensive harvesting techniques.Bottles of argan oil for.....

ZON appoints new General Director
Holding has appointed Michiel F. van Ginkel as General Director effective from 1 December 2014. He previously worked also for companies like HAK, The Greenery and H.J. Heinz. Chairman Ton Reijnders: "We want to strengthen our position in the market and we believe Michiel van Ginkel has the right background.....


Spanish company recognized for dedication in flavour of melons
Gregal S. Coop, a leading Spanish cooperative in fresh fruits and vegetables, has received a certificate of appreciation for its support of the ‘Flavour model for Galia melons’. This certificate has been given to Mr. Antonio Serrano García, General Director of Gregal S. Coop. "The company has been recognized.....


UK: WET Sensor saves on costs
Clock House Farm is based in the rolling hills of Kent, a few miles south of Maidstone in the UK. Its expansive farm is devoted to the cultivation of berries. “We produce about 1,000 tonnes of strawberries and 1,000 tonnes of raspberries a year, all grown in polytunnels on 223 hectares in multiple.....

Spain: Exports non-EU countries grew 23%
Fruits account for the majority of Spanish exports to non-EU countries in the period between January and September. In this period, Spanish fruit exports to non-EU countries amounted to 541,643 tons of total exports and recorded a strong increase of 22% over the same period of 2013.The main non-EU.....


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NZ: Cherry crop light, but bigger fruit
The cherry season has kicked off in Blenheim. Cherry picking began at Cherryland, on Middle Renwick Rd, last Monday.Packhouse manager Nicola Whyte said they planned to begin exporting cherries to South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam next week. The timing of the season at Cherryland had been about normal.Hot,.....


New funding to send NZ apples to Asia
The new $4.35 million Apple Futures II programme, funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment and leveraged by pipfruit industry investment, will support the development of new tools to control pests and diseases in the orchard and new systems to remove insects during postharvest. This.....

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AU growers now have direct say in levy funds
In Federal Parliament, the Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has tabled the governance and funding arrangements for the new research and marketing body, Horticulture Innovation Australia.It comes six months after a report a highly critical report into the old structure, which was owned by the peak industry.....

Tasmanians concerned about direct ship
A direct international shipping service from Tasmania is only part of the solution to the state's export issues, according to its peak agricultural body.The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) has called upon the state government to recognise the proposed shipping link is not a silver-bullet.....

AU Garlic industry could give boost to small Vietnam island
Off the well worn tourist track in Vietnam is an island known as the Kingdom of Garlic.For the people of Ly Son Island, located in the Quang Ngai Province in the middle of the popular South East Asian country, garlic is their main crop.The paradise doesn't attract even a fraction of the millions of tourists,.....


Kiwifruit post-harvesters boosting capacity
Bay of Plenty company DMS is one of several post-harvest operators gearing up to boost capacity ahead of the anticipated additional volume of the G3 SunGold kiwifruit variety that has been replacing vines hit by Psa.Post-harvest operators are expecting that next season about 70 per cent of production will be.....


Africa

Tanzania government to launch commodity exchange market in 2016
In a move to reduce transaction costs and access to crops market information, the government has said it will officially open the commodity exchange market in June 2016.In a phone interview at the weekend, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Industry and Trade Uledi Musa told The Guardian that the minister.....


Exciting new markets for cassava farmers in Rwanda
The Kinazi Cassava Plant (KCP), Dutch Agricultural Development & Trading Company (DADTCO) and IFDC Rwanda are proud to announce their intended partnership, aiming to develop new markets for farmers and strengthening the cassava value chain in Rwanda.

The Kinazi Cassava Plant was commissioned.....

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World


Stability for mandarins and lemons
Spain: Sharp drop in orange prices
In Andalusia, Spain, prices at origin of Navelina oranges plummeted in mid-November due to the progressive increase of supply in the market. Meanwhile, mid-season mandarins and lemons remain stable, with the latter registering smooth sales.According to the latest market study issued by Andalusia's Prices and.....


Retail

Rapid expansion for African retail
As Botswana-based Choppies and South Africa-based Shoprite set out their expansion plans, South Africa’s Woolworths and Pick n Pay highlight the benefits of buying locally, especially in fresh, and Masssmart announces plans for click and collect lockers, we round-up news from the region.Massmart-owned Makro.....

Spotlight on Mexican retail
Mexico is a market that's already much talked about. Below are the reasons why the industry thinks it's going to come into focus even more in 2015 and beyond.1. Strong longer term economic growth prospectsLike many markets in Latin America, 2014 has brought growth levels in Mexico below what had been hoped.....

Metro Group divests Greek Cash & Carry operations
Metro has divested its Cash & Carry business in Greece to local retailer Sklavenitis. This will allow Metro to continue to focus on its online and multimedia initiatives in its most profitable markets.Acquisition worth €65mnMetro has continued to renew its Cash & Carry business in international.....

UK retail market explained at NY Produce show
It is commonplace now to hear experts declare that businesses must seek new markets, the so-called BRIC countries — Brazil, Russia, India and China — are often the focus of opportunity. Of course, recent restrictions on trade with Russia have taken the bloom off that particular rose and exposed some of the.....

Poland: Mila launch in 2015
In 2015, the Polish market will see the launch of a new supermarket chain, MILA, which will run 170 stores currently owned by Group Polomarket which employ nearly 5,500 people.MILA is planning to develop with 30 new store openings per year. The company has recently opened a logistics centre with an area of.....

Sainsbury’s to rethink South Cumbria plan
A national supermarket chain has confirmed it is reassessing plans to build a store in South Cumbria town.Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd secured permission to build a 14,000sq ft shop in Ambleside in February.But bosses at the firm have announced the proposals are now being reviewed along with a number of.....

According to Hraparak:
"Carrefour caused Armenian price hike"
The opening of a Carrefour hypermarket in Yerevan will create serious problems, including for business entities. According to Hraparak, the hypermarket demands huge discounts and pays from suppliers.“SAS and Yerevan City supermarkets, which are the biggest ones in Yerevan, have also decided to make similar.....

AF Blakemore posts 7.4% increase in profits
AF Blakemore has posted a 7.4% increase in profits and 5% increase in sales in its latest set of accounts.The West Midlands-based food retail, wholesale and distribution business recorded annual sales of £1.19bn with pre-tax profits up from £7.1m to £7.6m for the 2013/14 financial year. Net Assets have also.....

Wal-Mart dismisses 30 China executives
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), the world’s largest retailer, dismissed about 30 senior executives in China amid a restructuring in Asia that includes store closures in Japan and management changes in India.The departure of the executives, including directors and more senior staff, is to streamline and simplify.....

Law firm is soliciting angry Tesco shareholders
A law firm is soliciting angry Tesco shareholders to participate in a lawsuit against the UK’s biggest retailer following the accounting scandal which wiped billions of pounds off the company’s stock market value.Stewarts Law said the legal action would seek to establish whether shareholders were entitled to.....

Carrefour Belgian Express stores to increase
Carrefour hopes to expand its number of Belgian Express convenience stores by nine before the end of the year. These stores target consumers in a hurry, which is clearly shown in its more basic product range.Checkered formulaIts philosophy is the same everywhere, but there are differences that can be divided.....

French exporters: "Carrefour policy always the same"
The French retailer Carrefour (1,200 locations) made international news this week by pledging to source the main winter vegetables from their own country, and so swap products like potatoes, carrots and onion from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany for those grown domestically. The European Commission did.....



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