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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

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Waiting for August to bring relief
US: Mexican lime volumes temporarily outpace demand
Opposite to last year, supply of limes currently exceeds demand. “Prices are lower than I am comfortable with,” says Raul Millan with Vision Import Group. “We expect this trend to continue through July. Historically, August brings a small gap in volume and I am hopeful it will result in prices to tweak up a.....


Belgium closes E40 due to chaos Calais
From Tuesday, 4.30 pm, Eurostar Le Shuttle trains started running between the United Kingdom and France. Thirty MyFerryLink employees set fire to three stacks of tyres at around 300 metres from the French entrance to the Channel Tunnel, and blocked the railway with concrete slabs. Due to the delays, the.....


Canada reinforces sanctions, Russian response expected
Devaluation rouble, not boycott, biggest support growers
A study among Russians shows that most of the population believes the West wants to "humiliate and weaken" the Russians. The counter-sanctions have broad support among the population. Russian research shows that it wasn't the boycott that supported the Russian agricultural sector, but the devaluation of the.....


US: Summer fruit puts pressure on bananas
Though demand for bananas wasn't as affected by competition from summer fruit last year, this year's banana sales have been. While bananas are available year-round, demand during the summer is dependent on the volume of available competing fruit.“The last two years we haven't seen a decrease in demand for.....


Rijk Zwaan South Africa starts sales activities
As of today, Rijk Zwaan South Africa has taken over the sales activities from its former distributors Javelin Seeds and Filmflex Plastics. By establishing this new subsidiary, Rijk Zwaan expects to be able to serve the South African vegetable market even more effectively.Over the last couple of months, the.....

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Good start to Chilean lemon exports
As of week 25, the total exported volume of Chilean lemon had an important raise of 198% from last season.Even though this year the lemon exports started earlier (week 19), throughout the season an important raise in the total volume has been noticed. Until week 25 this year, the accumulated total volume is.....


Ireland: First Sicilian grapes at Smyth's
On Monday morning Smyth's food group, Ireland, took delivery of the first of this season's Sicilian grapes from Mazzarone.The supply will last into November, all going well. Christopher Graham from Smyth's said, "The grapes look great but are not at their fullest flavour as one would expect for the.....


Tas grown Royal Gala apples in demand
Apple growers are encouraged by requests for Tasmanian Royal Gala apples from the Australian mainland, but would like prices to be a bit higher, as some specialty varieties finish their season. “We are encouraged that wholesalers around the country are starting to ask for premium Tasmanian Royal Gala. The.....

Australia’s date with the future
Date production in Australia is entering an exciting time, with the discovery of a variety of a male date palm that produces a high amount of pollen. It is now clear that the discovery, originally reported in May, might mean that growers are able to fetch up to three times the price they currently receive at.....

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Meijer commits to locally-grown produce | Amazon opens in Mexico
Ocado reports rise of 20% active shoppers
Israel: Mega suppliers restrict deliveries -A long list of suppliers halted their supply of merchandise to the Mega chain yesterday, after the chain asked the court to summon a creditors meeting for the purpose of reaching a debt settlement, globes.co.il reports. Mega owes NIS 1.29bn: NIS 705m to.....



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French peach harvest to decrease
On the 1st June 2015, annual peach, nectarine, brugnon and pavie production is estimated to be 3% lower than the harvest in 2014 and is expected to reach 226,000 tons. This is 14% below the 2010-2014 average, taking into account that acreage has decreased by 13% over this period. In Languedoc-Roussillon,.....

UK: Budgens revamp continues with bagged salad
Budgens is rolling out the third wave of its new Budgens own label this week with a range of bagged salads.The new bagged salad lines are the latest category in the Budgens own label rebranding as it continues to move away from the SuperValu brand.


French melons: Increase in yield expected despite decrease in acreage
With harvest and imports currently decreasing, the offer is modest. Prices in May have slightly increased compared to 2014, but they are lower than the 2010-2014 average. Acreage is lower than the previous season, continuing a trend recorded since 2010, but an increase in yield should make up for the.....

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Sweet Palermo now available under co-brand at various retailers
"Time is ripe for differentiation in bell peppers"
At Fruit Logistica 2015 in Berlin, Rijk Zwaan introduced Sweet Palermo. The marketing machine was running at full speed, and hasn't stopped running yet. Rijk Zwaan developed the Sweet Palermo brand as a service to partners in the chain: they can use it to strengthen their market position.Rijk Zwaan now also.....

Kees Oskam:
Netherlands: "Tough sales top fruit recently, but no question of panic"
The top fruit trade is having a bit of a tough time at the moment. "There are few spikes, it's just meandering a bit," says trader Kees Oskam. The quality, according to the top fruit grower - given the time of year and the harvest that started three weeks earlier - has been very reasonable."Prices are.....

Spain: More domestic cherries at Mercadona
This season, Mercadona will once again have Spanish cherries in its fresh fruit range. The company plans to buy about 6,000 tonnes (50% more than in the previous season) up until late July from growers in the Jerte Valley, Tiétar Valley, Coria y La Vera, the region of Valdejalón (Zaragoza) the region of Bajo.....


Italy: Verdello harvesting campaign has started
The harvesting campaign of Verdello lemons from Sicily has started. "Volumes are not particularly abundant, so the season should be medium-scarce. In a period where yellow lemons are no longer seasonal, tough, Verdellos are important because we can still provide a domestic product to the market," explains.....

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France : Stonefruit to decrease
Medfel’s crop forecasts have just been reviewed and they are now estimating 2.9 million tons of peaches and nectarines (excl. pavies) compared to the 2.97 million tons first predicted in May. This is a -7% decrease for France and -9% decrease in Greece compare to the first estimates. There is a -4% decrease.....


Italy: Gautier's premium plum tomatoes doing well North European markets
Gautier Italia's Apeticio F1 and Bellacio F1 miniplum tomatoes campaign has finally started.The project involved leading companies in the production and distribution industry.Today, we want to talk about LA ZAGARA, located in Catania. "The company has always been looking for products that make a difference,.....


Not expected to improve, after extension of Russian veto
Stonefruit prices plunge, 30% down in ten days
Murcia's stonefruit campaign is already at an advanced stage, with around 80% of peaches and nectarines harvested, as well as 70% of the Paraguayo peaches and plums, while the apricot season is already practically finished. Initial forecasts pointed to a production 10% greater than what has been harvested......


Italy: Producers worried about low peach prices
"Excluding B grades for a week would be enough to help the market," explains a producer from the Veneto."It would at least help us understand if Italian peaches still make sense or if Spanish produce is enough to meet our domestic demand. If Italy still has a place on the market though, production and.....

Hungary: Start of the watermelon campaign
Next week, a large volume of Hungarian watermelon is expected to hit the shelves; as a result, the Ministry of Agriculture is urging consumers to avoid buying imported produce.In 2014, Hungarian watermelon growers cultivating some 6,000 hectares produced approximately 220,000 tonnes of watermelons. For their.....

Hungary: Campaign to promote cherry consumption
The Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organization and Marketing Board (FruitVeB) and the Ministry of Agriculture have announced the launch next week of a campaign to encourage cherry consumption.FruitVeB vice president György Csizmadia stated that if all Hungarian citizens bought just one kilo.....

Ukraine: Red and blackcurrant season kicks off with lower prices
The Ukrainian red and blackcurrant season has officially kicked off this week, as reported by "APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits".It should be noted that, despite the long spring, growers are currently harvesting the same volumes of fruit as in the past season, and that on average the first shipments will be.....

Survey: Israeli eating habits improving
Israelis skip breakfast; eat at a fast food stand at least once a week; and Israeli kids consume pizza and sugary breakfast cereals. These findings and more were found by a survey conducted by the research center Panels for Globes and the new season of the popular cooking reality show “Master Chef” airing.....

Vegetable preferences develop during first 2 years of life
Most children do not eat the recommended amount of vegetables, mainly because they don’t like vegetables. Since the first years of life is a sensitive period in the development of taste preferences, we started a longitudinal intervention study to investigate the effect of starting weaning with repeated.....


John Lucassen
Contract farming provides stability for open field lettuce sales
The open field lettuce season is in full swing at Lucassen Agri Cultuur. The family run company has more than 40 years experience growing different kinds of lettuce in the open field. On 222 acres in Sevenum, The Netherlands the company grows a wide assortment of lettuce, including: cabbage lettuce, green.....


Levarht tours Denmark
Last week the Levarht promotional team toured Denmark to reach their Danish customers. In the morning they gave away melon salad fruit cups to Bilka customers. At the end of the day the tour ended at the Danish headquarters where they handed out fruit cups to the staff during an event.

Ardo makes massive investment in France
Belgian group Ardo’s factory in Gourin (Morbihan) will receive a €37 million investment to create a storage facility and increase production capacities. €32 million will go into the storage centre and €5.5 million into a treatment site. The factory processes frozen spinach, green beans and other locally.....


Andalusia
Spain: COAG-Huelva calls for urgent meeting of the Mesa del Castañar
It has been three years since the Mesa del Castañar (Chestnut Forum) last met in Huelva. The worrying situation of the chestnut sector in the province has led the head for this crop at COAG-Huelva, José Manuel Benítez, to request an urgent meeting of the forum, in which the regional government (through the.....


HCCR gets Top Performer Award
The Hamburger Container- und Chassis-Reparatur-Gesellschaft (HCCR) got the “Top Performer Award” from Carrier. Carrier is one of the leading manufacturers of air conditioning and refrigerator units in the world. By winning the award HCCR has beaten more than 100 other service centres in Europe alone.©.....


Preventative sprays for thrips no longer necessary
Bell pepper grower, van der Harg from Bemmel, The Netherlands, has started fighting thrips in a completely organic way this year. By putting out the Amblyseius degenerans mite early, and by feeding it Nutrimite, he was able to discontinue using and paying for preventative chemical treatments.Jan van der Harg.....


James Simpson, Adrian Scripps
"Not a fantastic year, but not as bad as we had feared."
The English apple season is fast approaching, James Simpson, Managing Director, at Adrian Scripps said that the blossom period has been good, "It was followed by reasonably warm weather through May so the prospects are good for the crop this season. We are expecting fruit size to be marginally smaller than.....


Hot weather France good for fruit and veg producers
The increasing temperatures in France have led to a higher consumption of tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, peaches and nectarines. Bernard Miozzo from the joint-trade melon group in the South East says that when the weather is good sales of fresh products such as melons can triple. Luc Barbier, President of the.....


Upcoming top fruit harvest smaller than in 2014
European BioObstForum meets in Sint-Truiden, Belgium
On Friday June 26 the BFV and BioForum Flanders received a European delegation of organic fruit growers in Sint-Truiden, Belgium. Representatives from Austria, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands were present. The fruit growers, united in the European BioObstForum, made an initial.....


Already possible to irrigate horticultural crops with sea water
Irrigation of horticultural plants using sea water directly is possible, according to a study by the Aqua Maris Foundation, as reported by Hortoinfo.The study highlights that, when we talk about water, we often assume that we are dealing with fresh water, "making the mistake of marginalising sea water, which.....


Oceania

First AU irradiated tomatoes make way to NZ
The first shipment of irradiated Australian tomatoes of 2015 is due to arrive in New Zealand this week, prompting a reminder to retailers and the hospitality sector to ensure their produce is clearly labelled as ‘irradiated’.Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) requires anyone selling irradiated.....

Australian Melon Industry Conference & Field Days
AU: Melon conference with a difference
The Australian Melon Association is set to continue its innovative approach to horticulture industry conferences with the 2016 Melon Industry Conference & Field Days next March 2016 in Mildura. Following the success of the on-farm conference in Bundaberg in 2013, the next national melon industry.....

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Lime census to provide valuable industry info
Citrus in Australia is benefiting from kinder growing conditions, favourable export conditions and smart promotional strategies. While limes don’t count for an awful lot of that activity, forming around 2% of Australia’s citrus production, the industry is becoming savvy enough to cultivate limes up to 8.....

Onions NZ makes changes for export growth
Onions New Zealand Inc (ONZ) is the peak body representing onion growers and export marketers. Its role is to identify, develop and maintain competitive advantages for the benefit of the New Zealand Onion Industry, as well as promote the effective export marketing of onions.Onions New Zealand now enters a.....

AU: Applications now accepted for agri-food grants, scholarships
Applications for a new, four year, $20 million grants and scholarship program are now open to agri-food producers and manufacturers wanting to capitalise on the growing global demand for Victorian products. Launched on 11 June at the Heart of Victoria event by the Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford, Food.....

McCain Australia
Limited edition flavored frozen potato wedges launched
McCain Australia has recently launched the new wedges ‘Chorizo and Caramelised Onion’ and ‘Samosa’ flavours. The Samosa wedges consist of the potato wedge with a flavor mix of coriander, cumin, turmeric and garlic herbs and spices.Both flavors of wedges are designed to be accompanied with different dipping.....

Jonathan Mason joins Westpac NZ board
Experienced financial executive Jonathan Mason has been appointed to the board of Westpac New Zealand.Mr Mason has more than 30 years’ experience as a Chief Financial Officer in major corporates in New Zealand and the United States of America including Fonterra, Carter Holt Harvey and Cabot Corporation.He is.....

AU: Picking fruit at night boosts mango production
Queensland’s mango growers have been the first to pioneer new picking and sorting technology, using hi-tech LED and camera’s to improve productivity.Piñata Farms has developed a new machine allowing their army of workers to pick fruit at night out of the hot sun, more than tripling their crop yield every.....


World

Strawberries boost antioxidants in blood
Researchers have shown that strawberry consumption boosts the blood’s antioxidant capacity by improving the response of red blood cells to oxidative stress.Blood samples were taken from 12 healthy individuals who ate 500 grams of fresh strawberries each day, after 4, 8, 12, 16, and 30 days later. The results.....


Over 300 Latin American blueberry producers, industry professionals met in Argentina
The situation of the blueberry sector, sustained growth, and the possibilities of industrialization and progress in the domestic market were evaluated during the Seventh Regional Technical Conference on Blueberries, organized by the Association of Producers of Blueberries from Mesopotamia Argentina (Apama)......

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Avianca enhances cargo area and looks to Europe and Asia
2015 will be the year for cargo area of the Colombian airline Avianca. Even though they assume that the economic downturn has slowed the overall market, their projections are optimistic and they want to secure their routes to Europe and Asia.As a matter o fact, they aspire to grow 8% in billed cargo and 12%.....

US (WA): Raspberry growers still feeling effects from winter
The effects of a late freeze last winter are still being felt by raspberry growers in Washington state. Warm weather has spurred on early production, but volumes are down from previous years.“We were hit by a late freeze last winter,” said Tom Rob of Sterino Farms. “So our tonnage is off by about 50.....


Retail


Meijer commits to locally-grown produce | Amazon opens in Mexico
Ocado reports rise of 20% active shoppers
Israel: Mega suppliers restrict deliveries -A long list of suppliers halted their supply of merchandise to the Mega chain yesterday, after the chain asked the court to summon a creditors meeting for the purpose of reaching a debt settlement, globes.co.il reports. Mega owes NIS 1.29bn: NIS 705m to.....



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