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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Justin Frank, CHEP, addressing PMA Fresh Connections
Perishables a ‘battleground’ retailers must get right: CHEP
The future of food production will connect local communities to local producers, on a digital platform, according to Justin Frank, Marketing and Strategy head, Australia and New Zealand, for CHEP. Mr Frank warned audience members that perishables is a 'battleground', and offered ways of creating value.....

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SUNSET® honored with international taste award
SUNSET® has done it again. This year, the family-owned greenhouse company has been honoured with the Superior Taste Award from the prestigious International Taste and Quality Institute in Belgium.Among the products that were given top honors, Campari® led the way with an incredible evaluation from the.....


French apple export season finishes better than expected
Despite economic troubles in Europe and the closing of the Russian market to European goods, French apple exporters were able to finish off the season relatively well.“It has been much better than expected, to be honest,” said Marc Peyres of Blue Whale. “Some varieties finished badly, but, average will be.....

JD.com put focus on online produce sales
Online retailer invests $70m in FruitDay
Chinese e-commerce site and Alibaba rival JD.com is putting its money into fresh fruit and vegetables after it led a $70 million Series C round in FruitDay, a company that sells fresh produce across China.FruitDay imports over 80 percent of its produce from overseas, and it claimed to be on course to hit.....


Greece: Growing popularity of pomegranates in Greece
Elios Group is an agricultural cooperative founded in 2007 and based in northern Greece, near Sparta. It has 20 members, mostly devoted to the production of pomegranates, but also to Kontoula pears and some peaches, nectarines and citrus. “We started with a small production, but every season the trees become.....

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2014/15 Cherry export figures and industry news
Cherry exports a lesson for industry
Cherry exports from Australia have been solid this past year, with Victorian output increasing 110%, and a 30% increase overall, according to the 2014/15 Export Market Intelligence report. The cherry figures represent a lost opportunity for the produce industry as a whole while there are still problems.....


Production still increases
World trade in onions stagnating
The global production of onions is still increasing. However, international trade has all but stagnated since 2010, concludes a new report from Fruit & Vegetable Facts. The (commercial) onion cultivation has grown to over 85 million tons. Over the last decade, production has increased by an average of 3.....

Poland: Low stocks may be driving apple prices up
"The growing prices of apples in Poland at the end of the season are probably the result of a fairly significant reduction in supply. Although WAPA estimates that in Poland, on 1 April, stocks of apples were 1.4% higher, the strong rise in prices could, however, mean that they are actually much lower than a.....

Second horticultural convention program updated
Updated hortcon program, ‘big’ year for pome fruit
This year’s national horticulture convention will be taking place off the back of a ‘bigger’ season for pome fruits than last year. APAL has also updated its program for the convention, to include new speakers. Those featured will be South Australia orchardist Robert Green, Ben Van Hooijdonk from Plant and.....

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Dutch asparagus to overseas destinations
Growing acreage offers opportunities
In the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, the asparagus acreage is growing year after year. According to Michiel Geraedts of ZON, Will Teeuwen of Teboza and Hein Buedts of the company by the same name, there is still plenty of room for growth on the domestic markets in the Netherlands and Belgium. In.....



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Red vitamin bombs
Brandenburg is snappy
Not only asparagus and strawberries are grow in Brandenburg. Nowadays farmers also cultivate peppers. The bright red vitamin bombs are grown in Bralitz, a small village in Märkisch-Oderland.The greenhouses where the heat-loving plants of the nightshade family grow, are on the riverbank of the river Alten.....


Almeria peppers taking market share from the Netherlands
In recent seasons, the extension of Almeria's pepper cultivation and marketing campaign has definitely affected the planning of other producing areas, which at given times of the year are unable to compete with ease. This has not only affected the neighbouring sector in Murcia, which its coming into the.....

The Swiss remain faithful to their expensive strawberries
The price gap between imported and Swiss strawberries has increased again this year. Nevertheless, the Swiss consumer prefers the domestic strawberries.The harvest of Swiss strawberries has started. The strawberries grown in tunnels have been harvested since the beginning of May, and at the end of the month.....

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Companies collaborate on packaging made from agriculture waste
Zelfo Technology and Upgrading have produced an up-cycled wheat straw based packaging concept.The Micro and Nano Fibrillated Cellulose (M/NFC) packaging is made using 100% agriculture waste.Packaging can use a mixture of up-cycled plant based M/NFC at various percentages with new cellulose or de-fibred waste.....

Bayer Magazine
'A day at the potato farm'
The dark-haired farmer from Rutten in the Netherlands loves his potatoes, be they on his plate or on his fields. He also is familiar with their great diversity: “There are many varieties, and only some are right for certain dishes,” he explains, cutting his potatoes with a knife. “For this,” he says,.....


Switzerland
Coop and Migros take Monsanto product of the shelves
The WHO reports that the herbicide glyphosate is probably carcinogenic influenced some companies. The Swiss retail chains Migros and Coop take glyphosate out of their stores. In Bavaria a ban was up for debate, however the parliament was against it.Demonstrations against Monsanto and its products. Photo:.....

Polish blueberries successful in the export markets
"The main export markets for Polish blueberries are the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. Interest in blueberries from Poland is quite big and our fruit has become a brand in itself," said Irenaeus Komorowski, President of the Blueberry Growers Association, in an interview to www.sadyogrody.pl. "Their quality.....

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Polish growers seek to export to Slovakia
Polish exports of agro-food products to Slovakia were the theme of a conference held in Bratislava on 10 March, 2015. The event was organised by the Ministry of Agriculture together with the Polish Embassy in Slovakia.The main goal of the event was for Polish producers and trade organisations to meet with.....

Romania to export agri-food products to the Arab states
Romania has signed a new agreement for delivering agri-food products to the Arab states. It involves the creation of a collection center in Constanta and another one in Doha or Abu Dhabi, said Daniel Botanoiu, Agriculture Minister.“The Arab states have been asking for vegetables, grains and animals. They.....

Spain: Wine made from Valencian oranges and mandarins
Wine is no longer exclusively a product made from crushed grapes, and now Valencian oranges and clementine mandarins have become the basis for Tarongino, the first orange wine in the market. With the experience of five generations devoted to orange cultivation, the three brothers of Naranjas Che, with fields.....

New Spanish interprofessional to protect fruits and vegetables
Spanish fruits and vegetables will count with the protection of a new national interprofessional organisation, as reported to Hortoinfo by the president of the Fruits and Vegetables Interprofessional of Andalusia (Hortyfruta), Francisco Góngora.In addition to the organisations already present in Hortyfruta,.....


Russian veto
European Commission asked to increase aid to fruit and veg
The Vice President of the Agriculture Committee in the European Parliament (EP), Clara Aguilera, has asked the European Commission (EC) to introduce additional aid measures for the fruit and vegetable sector given the continuing impact of the ban on these products by the Russian Federation.Aguilera pointed.....

Kloosterboer expands in Scandanavia
On Friday 22nd May 2015, the formal acquisition of Mosseporten Frysehotell AS in Moss, Norway by logistics service provider Kloosterboer took place. The acquisition represents Kloosterboer’s decision to further expand its services to customers in Scandinavia. The cold store, measuring 8500 m2, has 20,000.....

Greece: Increase in domestic horticultural production
"Domestic consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables in Greece has showed annual fluctuations over the last decade," stated the director of economic and sectorial studies of ICAP Group, Stamatina Panteleou.According to Ms Panteleou, "imports represented about 20-22% of total demand in recent years; during the.....


Call to David Cameron
UK: Supermarkets should give wasted food to charity
More than 100,000 people have told David Cameron he should force supermarkets to give their wasted food to charity.The campaigners want a new law copying one in France, where supermarkets are being banned from destroying leftover food in a bid to tackle £14bn a year of waste.In less than a week a.....

Alicante, Region of Valencia
Spain: Import of tropical fruits and almonds equals that of footwear
For the first time since official data from the Regional Directorate of the Ministry of Industry and Foreign Trade Institute of Spain (ICEX) have been available, the province of Alicante imports as much fresh fruit (especially tropical fruits) and almonds as it does footwear. In the first quarter, the.....


Oceania

AU: Kingaroy orchards sold
A 294-hectare stone fruit property in southeastern Queensland that was once part of a managed investment scheme has been sold to neighbouring stone fruit growers.Kingaroy Stone Fruit in the tiny agricultural hamlet of Kumbia, about 140 kilometres north of Toowooomba, has about 35ha of peach and nectarine.....


Successful conference for Onions Australia
Almost 50 industry onion representatives converged on South Australia’s South East region for Onions Australia’s May conference.Delegates travelled from The Netherlands, New Zealand and every state of Australia to attend the two day event, hosted by Onions Australia in Bordertown.Those attending were.....

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AU: Faster access to Asian markets from program
Fruit growers in the Australian state of Victoria will soon be selling more produce to China and Thailand after the state government backed an experimental program to boost exports on Tuesday.The pilot program is the brain child of Australia's six state agriculture ministers, who met in Sydney last week to.....

NZ trade surplus narrows in April
Statistics New Zealand said the trade surplus was $123 million in April, compared with the $100 million expected in a Reuters poll of economists. That’s smaller than the $754 million surplus in March, which was revised higher from the $631 million initially reported.The annual trade deficit was $2.62.....

AU: Hort levy leakage 'complex issue'
The horticulture sector’s productivity and global competitiveness is under threat from “leakage” and growers getting a “free ride” on research and development and marketing levies, says Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited (HIAL) CEO John Lloyd.Mr Lloyd was asked about levy revenue “leakage” when he.....


World


David Romera, of Agroponiente
"Piel de Sapo melons must follow steps to success of seedless watermelons"
Around 8,100 hectares of watermelons have been planted in Almeria this spring, almost triple the 3,000 hectares devoted to melons. Watermelon production is growing every year in the province at the expense of melons, although the latter remains an important crop. In any case, watermelon consumption trends.....

Market report: May 18th-24th, 2015
South America dominating world fruit market
In the U.S., lower prices for Chilean R. Galas. On Continent, the market is reported stable. In the UK, same prices are registered for the Southern Hemisphere supplies. In Russia, the bitter pit issue of Chilean Granny S. is affecting its prices. In Latin America, few condition issues are reported in.....

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How the ban has reshaped the activities of Russian importers
The Russian ban on European products has certainly reshaped the activities of Russian importers, which have been forced to look for alternative suppliers. Mohammed Mohammedli, General Manager of Akhmed Fruit Company, states that “We’ve started new relationships with Chile, Argentina or some African countries.....


Retail


Système U - Auchan alliance threatens EU-retailer
Reliance retail shuts over 100 value format storesReliance Retail, a part of Reliance Industries (RIL), shuttered over 100 stores, primarily in value (food and grocery retailing) and jewellery formats in fiscal 2015, dnaindia.com reports. The unit reported an 116% increase in operating profit (Ebitda) at Rs.....



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