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Monday, July 06, 2015

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France: "no new Versailles"
Greek 'no' divides EU
Last night's Greek 'no' brings Europe even further into unknown territory. Nobody knows exactly what will happen. This morning, the Greek parliament will convene to discuss the results, and for European leaders, a meeting is planned as well. In the entire Greek dossier, more factors play a part than the.....

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Egypt has the potential to meet a growing demand for limes
Tohami Trading is an Egyptian company devoted to the export of limes and oranges during the winter period, from December to late March. 70% of Tohami corresponds to limes and the rest to oranges.“We are greatly satisfied with the results of the latest campaign. We exported some 260 thousand plates containing.....

India: Fremont mandarins from Australia now available
The Fremont Mandarins would be imported from Ironbark Citrus, a renowned grower of Mandarins in Queensland, Australia, one of Queensland’s top citrus exporters. Ironbark Citrus is Australia’s premier boutique mandarin grower and specialises in supplying premium mandarins to the world. The company processes.....

New Cupid Tomatoberry marketed in Belgian market
The Italian subsidiary of Tokita Seed, Tokita Sementi, based in Sicily and devoted to breeding with the goal of expanding the range of varieties available in the Mediterranean area and Europe, has introduced a new Tomatoberry, a hybrid heart-shaped cherry tomato variety called Cupid. Gregorio Padula affirms.....

Timorex Gold introduced to Peruvian delegation
Fungicide for table grapes in Peru
Stockton Group (STK) and its distributor in Peru, AGROKLINGE S.A., organized a visit of a Peruvian delegation to Chile to learn about Timorex Gold®. The delegation visited table grapes growers and technicians who use Timorex Gold regularly within their spraying programs and learned from their experience. The.....

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Apple and Pear Australia Ltd
AU: Strong white paper for a strong horticulture sector
Apple and Pear Australia Ltd supports the Voice of Horticulture as it welcomes the Government’s release of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.The Voice of Horticulture particularly welcomes new measures for the protection of Australian produce from pests and new investment to provide practical.....

Namibian project to boost grape, date production
The Agricultural Business Development Agency (AGRIBUSDEV) plans to devote the Orange River Irrigation Project (ORIP) to boost the agency’s financial needs. AGRIBUSDEV relies solely on the government for income as it is unable to generate additional income.The ORIP could potentially generate N$13 million in.....

New research: “WindowOn…Connected Shoppers”
Smartphones: retailers have yet to truly connect with shoppers
The latest research report from leading independent shopper research agency, Shoppercentric, has been launched today. The report, entitled: “WindowOn…Connected Shoppers” examines UK shoppers and how they use both digital and traditional touchpoints within the purchase journey. It is the result of more than.....

Coop affirms leadership position in Italy | Lidl considers 'online wine'
UK supermarkets sales figures rise but Asda 'falling behind'
UK Waitrose: Price war 'will be death of supermarket chains' - Britain's biggest supermarkets are cutting their own throats in a race to the bottom on price, the boss of Waitrose has warned, reports. Mark Price, who is also deputy chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said.....

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Regular demand stops strawberry prices decreasing in France
France is Europe’s 6th biggest strawberry producer, behind Spain, Poland, Germany, Italy and even the UK in 2013. Spain is France’s number 1 supplier followed by Belgium, Morocco and Germany. Foreign exchange deficit reached 72,500 tons in 2014, i.e. 56% of available quantity. Overall, since the start of.....

France : chicory prices up compared to last year
Available volume has decreased over the last year due to a decrease in harvest as well as a surplus of foreign trade in the spring compared to 2014. A seasonal demand means that prices have continued to increase compared to last year and the 2009-2013 average. The 2014-2015 season was marked by a decrease of.....

Etienne Leclère, Veiling Haspengouw:
Cherries doing very well
It's cherry time again and the cherry pickers in Haspengouw, Belgium are busy. Supply is starting to pick up at Veiling Haspengouw, "Over the last few days supply has been limited, but we expect a record supply of cherries next week," says commercial director Etienne Leclère.'Kordia week'Etienne continues,.....

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Reactions of De Blaeij and Valckenier wholesalers on sales during heat wave:
"Share of market traders now choosing coast over stall"
The heat is causing a lot of people to consuming more fruit. Wholesalers are noticing this in the demand. De Blaeij in Evergem sells more fruit than vegetables, and with Valckenier in Brussels the soft fruit is almost running away. "We had good sales this morning (Friday). Everything is going quickly. We.....

Turkey’s fresh fruit and vegetable exports drop
In comparison with last year, the amount of exports from Turkey in the first half of the year has fallen by 9% and the value of these exports has fallen by 13%Eastern Blacksea Exporters Association chairman Ahmet Hamdi Gurdogan made a statement in which he explains that Turkey’s fresh fruit and vegetable.....

Cabbage and carrot shortages in Latvian shops
Due to unfavorable market conditions and cold weather, there are shortages of locally grown cabbage and carrot in Latvian shops, according to a report by the Center for Support of the Agricultural Market.According to the Center, prices for most food products decreased in June 2015, compared to March. For.....

Prices under pressure
German importer seeks to improve lime trade
The lime is the little sister of the lemon with a distinct taste and thin rind. The citrus isn’t consumed like the orange, but it is often used in recipes and drinks. That is why many consumers love the lime. And limes are, just as many other fruit, available in organic and conventional form. Many organic.....

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Spain: Focus on Galia at Seminis melon field days
Last week and this week, Seminis organized personalized melon days for European key traders and retailers to showcase the current assortment and the future of the Galia, Cantaloupe segments along with future innovations.Visitors were excited by the new introductions they were shown in the Galia segment,.....

Zerbinati, 100% Italian Fresh Soups for "Bellavita Expo"
Zerbinati, an Italian company leader in the market of ready-to-serve fresh vegetables and of fresh ready-made dishes, will be at "Bellavita Expo. The excellence of Italy", an international exhibition exclusively dedicated to the Made in Italy excellences to be held in London from 19 to 21 July at the.....

EDEKA Nord keeps on growing
EDEKA Nord achieved a sales increase of 3.4% in fiscal year 2014. The turnover increased by 4.4% to 2587.8 million Euro. One reason for this success is expansion. 24 new stores opened and 20 stores expanded. The sales area increased by 3.4% to a total of 763,000 square meters.EDEKA Nord management: Dr. David.....

Kees Vlastar leaves Best Fresh Group
After 27 loyal years of service to the Best Fresh Group, Kees Valstar has sold his shares to his brother Mart, "I'm taking a leap of faith here, but this was a very well-thought out decision," says Kees, who became the second representative for the-then Commission trade for M. Valstar & Co. for the third.....

Jack Groenewegen: "Prominent does not want to change"
Prominent celebrates 20 year anniversary
Twenty years ago, Germans who could not appreciate Dutch 'Wasserbomben', ensured the founding of the 'Prominent' growers association, who supplied quality tomatoes to meet the needs of the market. The six entrepreneurs chose to grow vine tomatoes to save the Dutch tomato image. From the six entrepreneurs,.....

The demand changes
Gastronomy and catering: unprocessed food more popular
The target audience for convenience and ready-made food is large. And the corner stores with a deli counter, as well as the large commercial kitchens want a slice of this market. Berger & Tolls is a wholesaler who can fulfil all the different needs with the right products. The wholesaler from Düsseldorf.....

Sigfrido Molina: "Avocado demand in Spain is skyrocketing"
Avocado and mango prices on the rise
For about a month and a half, mangoes shipped by sea have suffered a decline in prices, failing to reach 3 Euro per 4 kilo box in Europe; prices which do not cover production costs."The market has been oversupplied with mangoes from many sources, such as Brazil, Dominican Republic, Senegal, Mali, Burkina.....

Port of Antwerp participates in railway to duisport
The Port of Antwerp and duisport strengthen their cooperation. The port of Antwerp participates in the rail shuttle, which connects the two ports. The duisport Group started the direct rail connection from Duisburg to Antwerp under difficult conditions in 2006. The commitment of the port of Antwerp to the.....

Revenue of Andalusian cooperatives up 5.9%
In 2014, Cooperativas Agro-Alimentarias of Andalusia reached a turnover of 6,372 million Euro; an increase of nearly 6% compared to the previous year. The Andalusian Federation has a total of 669 associated entities and 272,196 partnered growers and farmers.On 24 June, Andalusian cooperatives held their.....

Irish Farmers' Association
Call for follow up addressing inequity in food chain
IFA president Eddie Downey at the IFA's 60th Annual General Meeting at the Irish Farm Centre in Dublin.President of the IFA, Eddie Downey, said that EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan's comments on unfair trading practices in the food chain must be followed up by determined action.Following comments made.....

Lack of penetration of Greek products in France
The value of Greek exports of agricultural products (including processed foods and beverages) to France in 2014 amounted to a total of 150.1 million Euro. The main categories were fish products, processed fruit and vegetables and table olives. Meanwhile, French exports of agricultural and food products to.....

Study of German deli, specialty, convenience food France
The Mecklenburg-Vorpommern agricultural marketing bureau (AMV) and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture published a study of German delicatessen, specialties and convenience food in France.This study shows that small and medium enterprises often can’t survey the needs of othermarkets; this hinders a.....

Turkey’s best fig growing region’s produce hits the markets
Turkey’s best fig growers in the Odemis region in Izmir have entered their season’s first figs onto market stalls. This first harvest is being offered for sale at €1.35 a kilo.The collecting of figs began in the Birgi quarter of the region, but the fig trees occupy land especially on the Bozdag plains, and.....

Aldi and Lidl start a price war
Discounters drop prices, pressure competition
Reduction after reduction, Aldi and Lidl are fighting a serious price war at the moment. If one discounter drops the price, the other is quick to follow. The prices of similar products, and several others, are cut. A downwards spiral is created and the competition is put under a lot of pressure. According to.....

1,500 baskets with fresh produce donated in Gaza Strip
The Zakat public administration, through various committees in the Gaza Strip, has distributed 1,500 baskets with fruit and vegetables to the poor and needy as part of the charitable projects carried out in the holy month of Ramadan.Mr Osama Aslam, manager of the Zakat General Administration, confirmed that.....

Total Produce July market report
UK: Stonefruit and tomatoes steal the spotlight this month

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“Protecting Your Future”
AU: Melon industry launches research fund with Bayer CropScience
In an exciting and positive new initiative for the Australian melon industry, Bayer CropScience Australia and the peak industry body, Australian Melon Association (AMA) are launching a research fund, “Protecting Your Future”.Protecting Your Future will support research initiatives in the melon industry that.....

Changes to backpacker laws could hurt AU citrus
Citrus harvest in South Australia is in full swing and orchards and packing sheds are filled with seasonal workers.Last year Loxton citrus packers Venus Citrus launched an ecological brand; fruit grown by a group of farmers using sustainable practices and minimal chemicals, in an effort to stand out in the.....

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Visit Melbourne markets
Queensland banana growers learn about supply chain
Bananas may still be the nation's best-selling fruit, but growers were told at the recent biennial industry congress in Melbourne they could not afford to take anything for granted in the face of "constant attack" from other fresh fruit categories and the burgeoning snack and processed food market.Meeting.....

OzHarvest and the United Nations
Addressing food & nutrition security in Australia
For the third year running, Australia’s leading food rescue organisation has teamed up with the United Nations to tackle food and nutrition security and food waste at the upcoming Think.Eat.Save events being held across the country on July 27.Think.Eat.Save events will see Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide,.....

DA Meter research key for stonefruit exports
Getting the right flavor profile for stonefruit varieties is a key challenge for growers and retailers, and fruit maturity is one key indicator of what flavor fruit will have when eaten. One non destructive device that has the potential to revolutionise the pre and post harvest testing that tells growers.....


Steve Maxwell - Worldwide Fruit
“Within seven years we want to double Jazz sales"
Importing fruit that needs to be presented as ripe and ready to consumers is a challenge, but Worldwide Fruit has established itself as a key player in the volatile import space by selecting the right varieties and investing in ripening technology, processes and people. Chief Executive Steve Maxwell spoke to.....

Mexico: Irapuato promoted as Strawberry Capital of the World
The third edition of the Festival of the Strawberry Capital of the World started in the City Hall, where, compared to last year, there was an increase in the amount of foreign visitors, particularly from Japan.Mayor Sixto Zetina Soto was in charge of inaugurating the third edition of the festival, which.....

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Banana consumption advisable during Ramadan
During Ramadan, experts advise eating bananas after breakfast or for Suhoor because of their multiple benefits, especially as the fruit contributes to the tackling of thirst while fasting.Bananas are useful in preventing stomach ulcers; they are also rich in fibre and are an ideal source of energy because of.....

Davao exports down in Q1
The regional office of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) recorded a decrease in Davao Region's exports by 21.07 percent to $424.4 million in first quarter this year from $537.8 million of the same quarter last year.Data from PSA-Davao also showed that the volume of exports decreased by 46.7 percent.....


Coop affirms leadership position in Italy | Lidl considers 'online wine'
UK supermarkets sales figures rise but Asda 'falling behind'
UK Waitrose: Price war 'will be death of supermarket chains' - Britain's biggest supermarkets are cutting their own throats in a race to the bottom on price, the boss of Waitrose has warned, reports. Mark Price, who is also deputy chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said.....

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