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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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Vietnam ban on AU produce imports likely
Vietnam has decided to suspend imports of fruits from Australia for concerns over fruit fly, according to the Department of Plant Protection under Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Wednesday.Nguyen Xuan Hong, director of the department, said imports of all 38 kinds of.....

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Bad start yet again for Israeli bell pepper
After a number of bad years, this season was looking to be better for Israeli bell pepper growers. The Russian boycott was to give the sector good export opportunities. But nothing could be further from the truth, says Frank Mosterd of Gilad. "It's as if they switched to eating potatoes and carrots instead.....


Gert Bouman, Frutaria:
"Spanish citrus sales more difficult than last year"
Demand for Spanish citrus is currently lagging far behind. That's what Gert Bouman of Spanish private producer Frutaria says. He points to the recession in Europe as an explanation for the difficult sales - "even worse than last season" - because of which, quite simply, less fruit is sold. "But export to.....


Excellent conditions produce perfect Tasmanian cherries
The weather in Tasmania has been favourable leading into harvest and cooler weather has made the harvest later than previously expected for cherry producer Reid Fruits.“Some good sunshine and warmth prior to the season commencing has allowed the fruit flavour complexity and brix to develop perfectly. We.....


Volumes South African litchi down 30%
Harvesting of litchis began mid November in South Africa, the growing season was good but a lack of rain and cold units has led to a drop in volume.Gavin Hardy, Chairman of South African Litchi Grower's Association said the climatic conditions has led to 30% less production than last year. "This will not.....

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Rouble crisis could head to Europe
Although the Russian economy is going down, and the rouble got into a free fall, president Putin was elected 'man of the year' in his country. The poll showed that 68% of Russians would grant him this title. The devaluation of the rouble and the weak economic position has consequences for fresh produce.....

Italy: Kiwis becoming more popular overseas
If harvested and shipped at the right time, Italian kiwis have a rather good quality - Brix level is high and acidity is low. This means they have a better chance against their main competitors.Some importers overseas now prefer Italian kiwis to the French ones. An operator reveals that "most of the.....

Zespri forecasts record grower returns
Record per-hectare returns for Green and Organic Green are forecast this season as a combination of supply constraint, favourable market conditions and strong end-of-season sales leads to increased Zespri grower returns across all categories. Per-hectare returns for Green growers are forecast at $52,987 and.....


Despite rain enough Chilean cherries
The start of Chile’s cherry and blueberry export season has been marked by rains, with estimated cherry losses of fifteen percent. However, Karen Brux, of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association, affirms that “we were predicting a 45% increase over last year, so we are still going to see increased volumes. It.....

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Mayan Sweets test the UK market
Pacific Produce have received their first container of Mayan Sweets. These large sweet onions have been brought into the UK by the company as a trial to see how the British consumers take to them.The farm in Peru where Pacific Produce sources the onions produces up to 50 containers per week for the US market.....

Poland: Unsold apples frozen until spring
Polish fruit-growers have some 1.2 million tonnes of apples lying unsold in cold storage areas in the wake of a Russian embargo on Polish food.As Miroslaw Maliszewski from the Fruit Growers Association of Poland explains, the situation results both from the Russian import ban and an exceptionally large.....


Ecuador out on top in EU agreement
After the signing of the commercial agreement between Ecuador and the European Union, the Ecuadorian government has claimed a victory. The statement was signed by Ecuadorean Minister of Foreign Trade Francisco Rivadeneira and Commissioner of Trade for the European Union, Cecilia Malmstrom.The agreement seeks.....



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Hans Steltenpool, Dutch Carrot Group:
"Carrot export rough, but it's early days"
So far, the carrot market has been rough, but according to Hans Steltenpool of the Dutch Carrot Group, it's to early to draw too many conclusions from that. "It's only December, and there's never a lot of export around this time. All countries eat through their stockpile first. Some of it is going to Africa.....

UK: Sprouts popular, but carrots are tops
More than seven out of ten people in the UK will be tucking into sprouts for Christmas lunch this year, according to a new survey by vegetable specialists Freshtime. But sprouts are not the nation’s favourite: carrots are the most popular festive veg, with 73% of people expecting to see them on their plate.....

Zucchini prices rise post Moroccan storms
Heavy rainfall in the north of Morocco has caused zucchini crop failure, reports the GermanAgrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) (Agricultural Market Information Company) on theirwebsite. As a result, export volumes have fallen considerably. This also has consequences for the European market. Prices in.....

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Italy: Good quality, prices support artichoke market
The artichoke sales trend at the Centro agroalimentare in Bologna is satisfactory."Whereas the Genoa and Milan markets prefer thorny varieties, over here people prefer them minus the thorns. At the moment, we are talking about Violetto catanese, Tema and Morello (or Toscano), which come mainly from Sicily.....

Romanians big potato consumers
Romanians are among the biggest consumers of potatoes in Europe, with about 94 kg per year, of which more than 20 kg are large, poor quality potatoes, which are imported at very low prices, according to the Romanian Potato Federation.“Potatoes with a diameter greater than 8 inches are sold for nothing.....


Johan Vanhaeren: "Organic cannot be compared with conventional"
BioVibe, already 30+ growers
Belgian firm BioVibe, a wholesaler in organic fruit and vegetables, has been in existence since July this year. BioVibe was founded by André Vanhaeren. Together with his three sons, Johan, Erwin and Ive, he's been growing organic vegetables on an acreage of 45 hectares in Limburg, for around 40 years now......

Germany: 2014 potato variety list
The German potato variety list for 2014 was published last week, reports the German website Proplanta.de. This list includes a description of all potato varieties allowed by the German 'Bundessortenamt' (as of the 15th of October 2014). In clear tables the resistance, quality and harvest characteristics of.....

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High temperatures lead to Seville oranges 25% drop
According to the Technical Services of Asaja-Seville, orange production in the province of Seville for the 2014-2015 citrus season will decrease by 25 percent over the last season because the high temperatures in the moths of April and May harmed the orange' flowering, which especially affected the later.....


Italy: Uncertainty for citrus fruit
"In this sector, even the best have become amateurs - the ever-changing weather and fast and unpredictable market mean all programmes must be revised. We need to plan things for February or March but nobody knows what is going to happen between now and then. The problem is production and processing costs.....

Italy: Terrible season for clementines
Confagricoltura has explained that the "low prices, invasion of Spanish clementines and high temperatures that accelerated ripening are casing many problems for clementine producers.""The abnormal weather concentrated supply in just a few weeks. In addition, the Russian ban meant the European market was.....


ILFRES
Italy: Good first year for endive imports
"We can confirm the positive trend of Belgian endive sold with our brand - volumes are 30% more than last year, although we have to say we only sold the produce under general brands last year. We are also hoping for the same excellent results in 2015," explains Raffaele Lasciarrea, sales manager.....


"BEENOW" launched
Partnering is key to improve bee health
The "Bayer’s Perspective on Innovation 2014" international press forum held in Leverkusen, Germany, was the venue for the launch of the company’s first bee health magazine, "BEENOW". The magazine presents Bayer’s efforts to unite partners from around the world, including research institutes and universities,.....

Bulgarian producers pursue protection
Bulgarian small and medium producers want the State to provide more subsidies for their exports to EU countries, as well as other measures to give Bulgarian products a position of advantage over imported goods at public institutions, such as hospitals and kindergartens, strengthening at the same time the.....

Right food composition promotes mobility of elderly
A long running German research has shown that the right food composition promotes the mobility of seniors, reports the German newspaper 'Die Welt' on its website. The best thing to do is to eat brightly colour fruits and vegetables five times per day, a new German health service, which informs people about.....

Ernst Schulte leaves Chiquita
Ernst Schulte, the Managing Director of Germany/Austria for Chiquita Germany, will leave the company at the end of 2014, reports the German website Rundschau.de.According to an announcement Schulte decided against extending his contract with Chiquita after over six years. He wants to focus on new challenges.....


Spain: Canary tomato sector to receive additional funds
Last Friday, the Canary Council of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water published the Resolution granting supplementary aid to the additional POSEI funds for the archipelago's tomato exports, through which this productive subsector will receive 4,070,691.30 Euro.This figure represents the maximum.....


Burg Machinefabriek hosts client/demo days
On Friday the 12th, and Saturday 13th of December, Burg Machinefabriek held its client/demo days in Kruiningen. Although the factory held an open day just two years ago, when the new building was opened, the company's 60th anniversary was reason enough to host another one.Everywhere in the building, machines.....


2 other auctions
Greenhouse horticulture company sold privately
On December 18, 2014, the online foreclosure auction will take place of a greenhouse company with company housing in Meterik. The auction will occur through online auction platform BOG-Auctions.com, on behalf of the mortgage lender. On the same day, a greenhouse horticulture company in Barendrecht will be.....

Greece: Fruit and veg exports for week 50
As reported by Agrotypos, with data from the Directorate of Documentation and Statistics of the Greek Ministry of Agriculture, Greece's kiwi, apple and cucumber exports have increased compared to last year.Meanwhile, Clementines, mandarins and Navelina oranges, which have also increased, record similar.....


UK Short-Course on fresh-cut produce: deadline extended
Registration for the European short-course on "Quality & Safety of Fresh-cut Produce" has been extended until January 5th, 2015. The organizers decided to postpone the deadline in order to allow more people to take advantage of this unique training event in the United Kingdom.The Course, consisting.....


Israeli growers hand out free fruit and veg
This Tuesday, Israeli growers from around the country have given out around 10 tonnes free fruit and vegetables in Tel Aviv to protest against prices in retail chains, that are causing them great economic losses.For several months, growers have protested against the large gap between fruit and vegetable.....

Germany: Wholesale prices for week 50


Marlene receives increasing attention
South Tyrol is an important apple area. One in ten European apples come from the region. With up to 300 sunny days per year, climatic conditions are excellent. The apples are collectively sold through VOG.The Association of South Tyrolean fruit growers is located in Terlano in the Val d'Adige region. In.....


Oceania

NZ: Broccoli from China for patients?
The Southern DHB envisages almost $900,000 in annual savings if it joins a national food services contract but hospital food workers say expect broccoli from China and catfish from Vietnam on menus.Under the HBL contract foods would no longer necessarily be sourced from local suppliers. Patient meals and.....


AU: Packing job has bags of appeal
Packing about 150,000-190,000 boxes of grapes, 80,000 trays of mangoes, and more than one million boxes of mandarins from 45,000 bins of citrus means the future is looking fruitful for Central Fruit Packers Mundubbera.General manager Brent Chambers said the business was expanding and locals were set to.....

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AU: Tomato variety can be registered as trademark
Mastronardi Produce Limited has succeeded in an appeal against a decision of the Registrar of Trademarks that refused registration of the trademark ZIMA for tomatoes.The principal issue in contention was whether ZIMA functions as a trademark to distinguish the goods of Mastronardi from those of other.....


Africa

Egypt: Garlic prices up
A number of markets in the Giza Governorate, Egypt, have registered increases in garlic prices, which have reached 20 pounds (2.25 Euro) compared to 15 pounds last month. The low supply and their use by the pharmaceutical industry, which withdraws large volumes from the market, have been identified as the.....


World


Interpoma: meeting point for apple industry
Interpoma is becoming more and more important in the global community. The show provides for interfacing with breeders, intellectual property managers, grower organizations and marketing firms. Associated International Group of Nurseries (AIGN®) and its members have found it necessary to attend this very.....

Leafy vegetables improve heart health
Mother was right – eating your greens really can improve your health. Spinach, broccoli, cabbage, kale and even lettuce contain the beneficial chemical nitrate, which can reach all parts of the body, claim British researchers.In three independent studies they found leafy green vegetables can thin the blood,.....

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August 2014
The month of the Russian ban
August 2014 is not a month that many fresh produce producers, exporters will forget. It was of course the month when the Russian ban for fresh produce and other products from the EU, US, Australia, Canada and Norway came into place and of course the news was dominated by it. At the end of July.....


Retail

South Korea: Major retailers fined for abusing power
South Korea’s antitrust watchdog said Monday that it has fined three major retailers a combined 580 million won ($527,220) for abusing their market power in deals with smaller suppliers.Hyundai Department Store and E-Mart were ordered to pay 290 million won each in penalties, according to the Fair Trade.....

Tesco: Best sales performance since June
Tesco had its best quarterly sales performance since June as a revenue decline eased, according to Kantar Worldpanel.It provides some rare good news for the troubled UK supermarket leader ahead of the peak holiday season.Sales fell 2.7 per cent from a year earlier in the 12 weeks ended 7 December, the.....

UK: Greggs reports strong H2
Leading UK food-to-go retailer, Greggs has issued a trading update for the 24 weeks to 13 December revealing like-for-like sales up 5.2% within its company-owned store estate. This improving performance has boosted like-for-likes in the year to date to +4.2%, compared with -1.1% in 2013.2014 a good year for.....

Conad plans Chinese venture
Italian retailer Conad has announced plans to enter the Chinese market.Promoting Italian quality worldwideFrom 19 February 2015 - Chinese New Year - Conad will open five stores in the municipality of Shanghai, and in Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces in the east of China, working with a local partner. They will.....

Tri-Cities retail sales up 'dramatically'
Tri-Cities retail activity improved dramatically during the third quarter in all three cities, and marked the best performance in more than two years, according to a report released Tuesday by the East Tennessee State University Bureau of Business and Economic Research.On a year-to-year basis, the ETSU.....

Scottish retail sales slip
Retail sales in Scotland fell last month, despite a rise in the number of shoppers on the high street.A report by the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) and KPMG found overall sales were 1.4% down on a year ago. Non-food sales were 0.7% lower than the same month last year, while food slipped by 2.3%.However,.....

Wal-Mart to pay $188 million in class action
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered Wal-Mart Stores Inc to pay $188 million to employees who had sued the retailer for failing to compensate them for rest breaks and all hours worked.Wal-Mart said on Tuesday that it might appeal the decision, which upheld lower court rulings, to the U.S. Supreme.....

Merry Lidl Christmas for German discounters
The German discount chains are set to “win Christmas” for the second year running, with a quarter of British grocery shoppers saying they are more likely to head to Aldi or Lidl than they were last year. The survey results are a blow to the hopes of the struggling big four – Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and.....


Coop changes criteria of 'Miini Region' products
The Swiss retailer Coop wants to establish new criteria for its products with the 'Miini Region' stamp. Commencing autumn 2015 the products will have to come from a 20 kilometre radius from the point of sales, said Roland Refel of Coop to the Swiss newspaper 'SonntagsZeitung'. This is despite Coop not.....



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