Friday, September 12, 2014

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Jacques du Preez - HortGro
Tough 2015 for South African top fruit
As the south African top fruit export season reaches it conclusion, FreshPlaza caught up with Jacques du Preez from HortGro at Asia fruit Logistica to discuss this season and see what is in store for the next."For pears we will end up with similar volumes as last year which is not too bad, it has been a.....

Offering unique varieties and new packaging
FirstFruits marketing apple season underway
Apple season is underway for FirstFruits Marketing of Washington, who represents the largest contiguous apple grower in the U.S. and is the exclusive marketer of Opal™ apples. This year FirstFruits will offer new ultra mesh bags along with their traditional packaging.After kicking off the season in August.....


Grupo Fischer
Brazilian apples expanding to India, Russia and Middle East
The Brazilian Grupo Fischer was created in 1932 by the German Carl Fischer, but only started expanding exponentially from the 1960’s with the construction of Citrosuco’s juice processing plant. The Citrosuco division, devoted to the production of orange juice, introduced the means for offshore.....


Jet-Ready Portable Precooler/ReCooler™
US: Jet Precoolers continue growth
After a product launch earlier this year, the Jet-Ready Portable Precooler/ReCooler™ has already proven itself against many competitive precooling designs. Jet users are cooling cherries, grapes, asparagus, herbs, citrus, apples, pears, apricots, tomatoes, bell peppers, and many other products.According to.....


Huge growth in China for Banabay
Banana importer Banabay has seen huge growth in its first few years in business and following rapid growth in China, recently opened a dedicated office in Shanghai. David Guo (Guo Sihao) has been appointed Operations Manager for the new office.According to managing Director Mark O’Sullivan, this is an.....

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All Lemon to start global lemon campaign
The largest exporter of lemons in Argentina, ALL LEMON, is putting the finishing touches on a wide-ranging campaign that seeks to educate the world about all aspects of lemons. The campaign, which will be accompanied by a regularly updated website, will not be limited to the ALL LEMON brand or to any.....

US (ID): Potato growers expect smaller crop, low prices
As Idaho's potato growers begin this year's harvest, they've encountered a market with low prices. Even though volumes are expected to be lower than they were last season, high transportation costs may make it difficult for growers to recoup their costs this year.“It's going to be a smaller crop this.....

New Zealand potato production, exports hold steady
Potato production in New Zealand for 2014 will likely be similar to that from the previous season, which was in the range of a normal crop size. Exports will also likely match those from 2013, which were slightly higher than 2013 exports.Potato production in New Zealand is expected to total 525,000 metric.....


Potato prices Russia +18%, more demand for seed potatoes
Iran wants to export to Russia, but is dealing with problems
Russian potato prices have seen a significant increase. Last week, potatoes became 18% more expensive, fetching 20 cents per kilo. The South Russian region is investing millions in the ambitious plan to cultivate truffles in the region, and Muscovites are pleased with the fruit and vegetables from Crimea......

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World looks to Australia for nation branding
The success of Australia’s only country-of-origin certification program, administered and promoted by the not-for-profit Australian Made Campaign, is prompting other countries to revisit their own branding schemes.Speaking alongside Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, at an event in Dublin this week,.....



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Walther Faedi, CRA-FRF director
Italy: White strawberry jam - an idea for those allergic to red strawberries
Strawberries are one of those products that can generate allergies, especially in kids. Recent studies showed how the fruit contains an allergen that seems to be directly responsible for the red colour of strawberries.TheConsiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura - Unità di Ricerca per la.....

Czech Republic: Lemon prices reach record levels
A pound of lemons at Tesco in Prague currently costs 45 Czech crowns (1.63 Euro), which means 90 crowns per kilo (3.26 Euro). In Albert stores, a kilo of lemons imported from South Africa also costs 90 crowns and one-pound package is sold for 52 crowns (1.88 Euro). These are record-breaking prices in the.....

Czech Republic: Apple growers afraid of plunging prices
Apple growers in the Czech Republic are afraid that the sale of their fruit will be far more challenging than ever before. Because of the ban on imports into Russia there is a huge oversupply of fruits and vegetables, so prices have dropped.750,000 tonnes of apples from Poland alone have remained in the.....

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Czech Republic: Potato harvest large enough, despite rains
Although potato growers were afraid the rainy weather, especially at the beginning of this week, was going to affect their production, the weather improved and harvesters are back on the fields."This week we got into a bit of trouble with the supply of potatoes because of the weather; the fielda were muddy.....

Spain: Valencia to harvest 11.5% fewer mandarins and 5% more oranges
The Region of Valencia's citrus harvest campaign which is now starting will record a slight 2% drop in production compared to the previous season, according to estimates by the Valencian Growers Association (AVA-ASAJA), which were released yesterday.The mandarin production will drop by 11.5%, especially in.....


Sales of Comber potatoes double in Tesco outlets
Tesco Northern Ireland’s commercial manager Cliff Kells has confirmed that sales of ‘Comber’ potatoes more than doubled, year-on-year, in local Tesco outlets during the months of July and August.He said: “We wanted to champion the cause of Comber Earlies, given the tremendous work put in by growers and the.....

28 firefighters turned out for burnt onions
In an apartment in Austrian Rum, a pan with onions on a stove caused significant heat and smoke development on Thursday, around 6 pm. The resident was able to remove the pan from the stove in time to take it to the balcony, Austrian website meinbezirk.at reports.However, Rum's volunteer fire department had.....

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Russia: Exotic fruit for employees?
Trend of healthy eating has spread to offices, and increases the profit of fruit delivery companies. In Saint Petersburg there are more than 30 companies that deliver fruit baskets and plates. The total market is estimated at 90-120 million rubles (1.8 -2.4 million euros).Employers offer their employees.....


Jurgen van Herp, Cabka IPS:
"Optimal fruit and vegetable shelf presentation and less loss due to new Eye-Catcher system"
The fuller the fruit and vegetable shelf and the more attractive the presentation, the more the customer will buy. This is why Cabka IPS has developed the shelf presentation system Eye-Catcher. The system results in an optimal product availability, a higher turnover and 30 to sometimes 50% less loss. "The.....


Giant reefer ship from South America makes maiden call in port of Rotterdam
On Thursday 4 September, the Cap San Lorenzo, owned by shipping line Hamburg Süd, docked for the first time in the port of Rotterdam. At the Euromax Terminal, the captain was presented with the traditional port plaque associated with a maiden call, in the presence of Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO Allard.....

Turkish nut specialist opens European HQ in Germany
The Turkish nut specialist Tadim is to set up a major presence in Emsdetten in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, having received support from Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI); the state's economic development agency, NRW.INVEST; and the city of Emsdetten's Service Center Wirtschaft.Tadim will.....


Head of Tomra Sorting Food 'Pleased' at growth in first half of 2014
Tomra Sorting Executive Vice President and Head of Sorting Dr. Volker Rehrmann advised that the sorting business achieved order intake in the first half of this year well above that in the initial six months of 2013. Dr. Rehrmann commented that he was pleased with how the food sorting business has supported.....


Turkey: Fresh fruit and vegetable exports up 14%
Between January and August this year, Turkey's fresh fruit and vegetable exports have reached 1,955,131 tonnes, compared to the1,720,886 tonnes of the same period last year; an increase of around 14%. However, the revenue generated dropped by 3%, down to 1.34 billion dollars, from an average of 0.75 dollars.....


Oceania


Apple grower Robert Green named Australian Farmer of the Year
Lenswood apple grower Robert Green has been named the Australian Farmer of the Year.Mr Green won the horticulture category and then the major award for Australian Farmer of the Year.“It was a big thrill, it’s the only national award for farmers and it doesn’t get any bigger,” Mr Green said.“The award was due.....

AU grower says he's locked out of Middle East because of AU bureaucracy
Nick Tana of Sumich told a trade hearing that the Middle East Market could be lucrative again for vegetables, but for the ruling on a micro-organism as pest..Please click here for the audio report from abc.net.au.

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AU: New multi-million blueberry farm in Queensland has difficult start
A new multi-million-dollar blueberry farm in Queensland's North Burnett region has had a rocky start to its first harvest.The sprawling SmartBerries farm near Mundubbera was developed in response to demand for fresh berries, and to grow new varieties suited to dry, warm weather.Workers are halfway through.....


Africa


Zimbabwean fruits make cash for rural women
In most areas, the fruits were mainly for personal consumption or for brewing beer. Now, though, the focus is changing through a programme initiated by the African Women’s Initiative In Developing Economies (AWIDE).AWIDE has been at the forefront of promoting women farmers and ensuring adequate skills.....


Burkina Faso to boost economic ties with Singapore
Burkina Faso is keen on giving a boost to its economic relations with Singapore, through a mutual investment promotion and protection agreement (APPI) and a memorandum of understanding between the two countries, APA learns from the Economy and Finance Ministry.Before the end of 2015, Burkina Faso will be.....

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Packaging giant maintains strong presence in Western Cape
As one of the leading paper and plastics packaging businesses in southern Africa, Mpact sees the Western Cape as an important region, where it maintains a substantial manufacturing presence that enables it to work closely with local customers, ranging from independent farmers to regional representatives of.....


Egypt: Inflation reaches 11.4 percent in August
The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) has declared an increase in the annual inflation up to 11.4 percent in August 2014, considering it as the highest rate reached since January."Food and drinks prices were up by 11.6 percent, while bread increased by 33.9 percent," CAPMAS said......


World


Photo report
Asia Fruit Logistica, Hong Kong
This year’s edition of Asia Fruit Logistica which took place in Hong Kong surpassed expectations according to Gerald Lamusse, event Director.“This edition has seen a strong growth in exhibitor and visitor numbers,” explains Lamusse. “There have been lots of opportunities to do business and network.”Click.....


Argentinian fruit and vegetables out to win Chinese market
Sixteen Argentine fruit and vegetable companies showed the quality of their products in Hong Kong, as part of the Asia Fruit Logistica fair, which is considered the most important in the Asian continent.The companies held meetings with business partners from all over the world and their participation at the.....

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Barden and Premium Fresh saw Asia Fruit Logistica as perfect event for product launch
Having spent over five years developing and implementing their “Export Ready” strategy, investing in technical development of their growing and packing operations, and driving efficiency in their supply chain, Barden and Premium Fresh took the opportunity to launch their retail ready range for supermarkets.....


Retail

Finland: Retailers using sounds to boost fruit sales
How does it sound shopping with the sound of chirping birds and mooing cows while at the grocery store? "Sound Showers" is the newest medium for retailers to influence consumer behaviour.K-supermarket, in Helsinki, is one of the few grocery stores that use the so-called sound showers. In practice, it is a.....

Selling green: retailers must ‘Walk the Talk’
Retailers such as Carrefour, Costco, IKEA, Tesco and Walmart should aim for more comprehensive carbon disclosures and collaborate to define meaningful GHG emissions reduction strategies for the industry.The detailed analysis of GHG emissions by independent analyst firm Verdantix, covers grocery retailers.....

Scottish independence: Tesco Bank says it will move to England
Tesco Bank has confirmed it will redomicile in England in the event of Scotland gaining independence, following commitments from four other major banks yesterday morning. The supermarket's personal finance arm issued a statement this afternoon saying that it had been “developing contingency plans.........

Why Whole Foods is losing the organic battle against Wal-Mart, but winning the war
It makes sense that food sold at Whole Foods Market has historically been more expensive than other supermarkets' offerings. When you sell organic foods, prices are bound to be higher than conventional fare. And that, in a nutshell, is how the company garnered its "Whole Paycheck" moniker.Recently, however,.....

Excentus Corporation and Price Chopper Grocers Settle Lawsuit
Excentus Corporation, the Price Chopper grocers, and QuikTrip Corporation announced today that they have entered into a settlement and licensing agreement settling all outstanding litigation between them. “We are glad to resolve this dispute so that we can continue working with others to reward their.....

Goldman Sachs recommends Kroger calls ahead of earnings
Kroger Co has been a strong performer in 2014, rising almost 31 percent year-to-date, but Goldman Sachs thinks investors are underestimating the grocery-store chain and recommends buying calls in the company ahead of its results.Goldman analyst Stephen Grambling expects the company to raise its full-year.....

Kroger to hire about 1,800 for Michigan stores
Kroger Co. is hiring to fill an estimated 20,000 permanent positions in its supermarket divisions, including about 1,800 in Michigan.Currently, there are about 17,000 Kroger associates in the state.Cincinnati-based Kroger are hiring to fit the needs of its long-term growth strategy, which was announced in.....

Ocado Q3 sales supported by shift to online grocery
Ocado has reported that gross retail sales for the 12 weeks to 10 August rose 15.5% to £218.5m, boosted by a 17.4% increase in average orders per week. Total revenue was up 22.5% to £231.9m, supported by Ocado’s tie-up with Morrisons. Meanwhile the company is partnering with Transport for London to introduce.....

Waitrose announces positive H1 sales
Sales at The John Lewis Partnership show strong trading, up 9.4% for the half year ended 26th July 2014, driven by excellent growth from John Lewis and goods sales growth from Waitrose. The grocer's like-for-like sales are up 1.3% from 2013, maintaining its position ahead of the market. However, profits were.....

Arch Retail Systems with Spar in Angola
In an exciting development, Spar South Africa recently opened its first store in the oil-rich city of Cabinda in northern Angola. Spar joined forces with Webcor, a group with extended business interests in Africa, to establish and grow the Spar brand in Angola.The modern, newly built store of 2 700sqm is a.....

Zimbabwe's Innscor earnings hit as consumer spending falters
Zimbabwean fast food and retail group Innscor Africa reported a 35 percent decline in full-year earnings on Thursday, after consumer spending in the southern African country was hammered by an economic slowdown.Innscor, which runs the popular Chicken Inn and Pizza Inn chains, as well as the local operations.....

International superstores, emerging middle class driving Nigeria’s retail industry – Analysts
Changes continue to occur in Nigerian grocery retailing due to the increasing number of supermarkets and hypermarkets, which have traditionally accounted for 1 percent of total retailing, as the environment continues to move slowly from traditional to modern retailing.Euromonitor international report reveals.....

Sainsbury's Bank launches personal loan sale - but you'll need to act fast
Sainsbury's Bank is holding a rate sale on its medium-sized personal loans.The supermarket has knocked 0.1% off the cost of borrowing between £7,500 and £15,000 on its Standard and Reward Shopper deals, until 3pm on 23rd September.Sainsbury's has two types of deals you can go for.The Standard Loan offers the.....

Publix renovating at least a dozen Duval super markets
Publix Super Markets Inc. continues renovating is stores in Duval County, inching closer to a $10 million investment.The Lakeland-based chain submitted plans last week to renovate the 12th of its 30 Duval County supermarkets.HGR Construction Inc. is listed as the contractor to renovate the North Jacksonville.....

New Food City opens Wednesday in Phoenix
A new Food City Supermarket is holding a grand opening celebration Wednesday at 1940 W. Indian School Rd. in Phoenix.The first 500 shoppers who visit the store after it opens at 6 a.m. will receive a free bag of groceries with a purchase.Others will receive gift cards and prizes, including a grill and ice.....



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