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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

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Quebec: Savoura becomes insolvent
The largest greenhouse tomato producer in Quebec, Savoura, has become insolvent and has to sell their greenhouses and trademark. Their major creditors asked the Court to appoint a receiver under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act on Thursday. Raymond Chabot was chosen to initiate an assets sales process to.....


Galil Export begins using French ripening room
Galil Export began using their new ripening room several weeks ago, just in time for the Israeli avocado season. The new facility named Coccolo in Cavaillon, France, allows them direct access to supermarkets and provides additional business from growers who wish to ripen their produce.“Ever since we have.....

Low prices for Israeli peppers
An abundance of Spanish peppers in Europe has resulted in low prices for Israeli growers seeking to export their product to Europe. While Israeli growers have suffered a string of seasons with low prices in recent years, this season could turn out to be worse than those past seasons.“The situation right now.....


Australian 'super apple' not likely any time soon
Although there are new breeds of GMO Apples heading to the US, and more and more GMO products available in Australia already, there is not likely to be an Australian ‘super apple’ any time in the immediate future, according to John Dollisson, CEO of Apple and Pear Australia Limited. “There is a lot of great.....

US: Peru mango imports still on track
Though Peruvian mango imports for the season have trailed those from the previous season, the pace of current imports is still on track to meet initial projections.By the last week of February, 7.3 million boxes of mangos had been shipped to the United States from Peru. That's less than the 11.5 million.....

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‘Robust’ year for Total Produce
A strong profit performance in Scandinavia and the UK helped Total Produce deliver a “robust” performance in 2014. While revenues dipped by 1.4 per cent to €3.13 billion against a difficult operating environment, analysts say that the fresh food company nonetheless reported a sold set of results.Chairman.....

Short supplies of quality spinach in France
Cold weather in the French region of Provence has made it tough for spinach growers there to harvest quality spinach. That's increased prices for top-grade spinach, which is in high demand.“It's really windy in Provence, and that wind affected the leaves on many spinach plants,” explained Aurelie Guillen of.....

US (CA): Warm weather spurs strawberry production
Warm weather in California has sped along the strawberry season. Though volumes are good, it's not known whether shortages will appear later in the season.“The plants think it's spring,” said Cindy Jewell of California Giant Berry Farms. “We're harvesting all the way up to Salinas, which usually doesn't.....

Greece asks Russia to allow orange, strawberry, peach and kiwi imports
The Greek Government in Athens has asked Russian authorities for the lifting of the embargo on Greek strawberries, oranges, peaches and kiwis.The request has been confirmed by the representative of the Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor), Alexei Aleksiejenko, after meeting.....

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Polish apple producer associations unite against crisis
At the Fifth National Forum for Fruit and Vegetable Producers, which took place on 19 February in Warsaw, representatives of producer groups discussed several interesting examples of cooperation in Poland.One of them is the LubApple initiative, which brings together six groups of producers from the Lublin.....


Spain: Anecoop receives Internationalization Award
Last Friday, Anecoop president Alejandro Monzón received the Internationalization Award at a gala dinner that closed the 7th Congress of Agro-food Cooperatives, held in Valencia on 26 and 27 February. The Congress presented the awards to cooperatives that have excelled in three categories: Social.....



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Europe: limited import of colourful lettuce
The supply of coloured lettuce remains limited in Europe, reports the German Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) on its website. Due to the cool temperatures and the lack of light over the last few weeks the growth of the lettuce plants in Southern Europe was slowed. As a result of this the import has.....

Turkey: Bad weather pushes food prices up
Unfavorable weather conditions throughout the country have resulted in great yield losses from agricultural land and greenhouses in recent months, causing the prices of fruits and vegetables to soar, many of which have become twice as expensive as they were at the beginning of the year.Heavy precipitation as.....

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Spain: Rainfall benefits artichoke production in Malaga
Unlike in the 2013/2014 season, when drought took a significant toll on production volumes, artichoke growers in the Spanish province of Malaga should have a good campaign this year. Although rains have not been very abundant, they have had a good impact on productivity, although it is still too early to.....

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German fruit growers counting on rising strawberry prices
Strawberries from Germany could be significantly more expensive this year due to the introduction of the statutory minimum wage, reports the German website extremnews.com. The German newspaper 'Bild' has reported that picking the berries will be about 30% more expensive. Jens Stechmann, President of the.....

Germany: area growth for berries continues
Berries are becoming increasingly popular in Germany. The German producers are therefore doing their best to meet the rising demand. Berries have been among the fruit varieties with extending areas in Germany for years, reports the German Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) on its website.Last year berries were.....

Middle East gets a taste for mouth-watering mashed veg
A northern Ireland producer, whose mashed vegetable dishes have scored a smash hit in the Middle East, has won deals worth £1m to supply supermarkets across the region.Family firm Mash Direct will deliver 25 of its 42 lines to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain where tastes for helpings of traditional.....

Aviko partners with Rooster Piri Piri
Potato specialist Aviko has partnered with UK quick-service casual dining chain Roosters Piri Piri, which offers ethnic and free-from menus.“Throughout 2014, we completely restructured the Roosters business, becoming more selective with site locations, as well as develop the franchise division. We’re looking.....

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Italy: Top quality for Sicilian new potatoes
"After a long period of drought in Sicily, rain is now abundant. The number of tubers is smaller than last year, but grades are good. Yields should be lower than the record ones of 2014," explains Roberto Chiesa, sales manager of Romagnoli F.lli."Sowing was carried out at the right time and in excellent.....

Regularisation of Orri mandarin will cost 66 Euro per tree
The Unió de Llauradors (Growers Association) has asked the Ministry of Agriculture to mediate and intervene in the regularisation process of Orri mandarins.Sources from the Unió argue that both the actual acreage and production in Spain are unknown and therefore reject the rights of holders and breeders to.....

Bio Company extends store network
The German organic supermarket chain Bio Company is continuing its growth. In 2014 the chain made a turnover of 114 million Euro, reports the German website lebensmittelpraxis.de. That is 14% more than in 2013. In 2015 the company wants to further extend from their 42 stores at the moment to 50 stores. Bio.....

Switzerland becoming too small for Migros' production companies
The production companies that belong to the Swiss retailer Migros are exporting more and more. Exporting abroad will be even more important in the future, especially to the Middle East and Asia, reports the Swiss 'Handelszeitung' on their website.In total, international trade from Migros' production.....

Breton shallots find Dutch competition unfair
Traditional bulb shallot producers are suffering from competition from seed products. Their representatives are back from Brussels, where the Commission is looking into a review of varieties. Following the demonstration at the beginning of January in the Finistère region when 300 traditional shallot.....

Hazelnut market unmoved by newest export numbers
The hazelnut market of Turkey stays unchanged and unmoved at TRY 35.5 or USD14.45 for every kilo and that is equal to roughly USD15, 300 for every tone C&F Europe for raw 11-13mm levants. It was noted by a trader in UK recently."Starting today and throughout the other days of the whole week, freezing.....

Poland: Construction of new processing plant in Krasnik
The construction of a new fruit and vegetable processing plant has started in the Polish municipality of Kraśnik, which the investor intends to use for the production of frozen vegetables and processed fruit. It will provide employment to around 50 people."Lublin is still the leading region in terms of.....

UK: Tesco shopper aged 50 asked for ID when buying bananas
A 50-year-old shopper told of his shock after he was asked for ID at a Tesco supermarket - for a bag of nuts and two bananas.Tony Morris went to his local store in Carlton, near Nottingham, to pick up some shopping for his tea on Tuesday night. But he thought he was going bananas when he came to pay for his.....

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Volume of European fruit and veg exports up, despite embargo
According to data supplied by the European Fresh Produce Association (EFPA), despite the introduction of the Russian embargo on food from the EU at the beginning of August 2014, the volume of fruit and vegetable exports from the EU has not decreased. Instead, it has actually registered a slight.....


Oceania

NZ: Canned asparagus source causes stink
Heinz Wattie's has not totally canned the New Zealand asparagus industry, a Hawke's Bay grower says.Asparagus Council representative Lindsay Kay said some growers had been financed by Heinz Wattie's into the industry several years ago. The multi-national was criticised this month for sourcing canned.....

NZ: Increase in planting areas
Cherry, blackcurrant and avocado plantings increased slightly, from 550 to 610ha (cherries), 1310 to 1510ha (blackcurrants) and 3110 to 3880 (avocados). Apple plantings fell from 11,270ha to 8480ha, while kiwifruit increased slightly from 11,840ha to 12,170ha.However, Pipfruit New Zealand business.....

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AU: Berry industry wants gov support
The local industry is anticipating a significant increase in production, above the 6,000 tonnes produced during 2013-14. The Australian Blueberry Growers Association has just released a 50-page "ambitious export strategy" to build on growing international demand.Association president Greg McCulloch said the.....

NZ: Banana demand remains strong
A major banana importer says a world shortage has reduced its supply at a time of stronger demand from New Zealanders who have switched from expensive summer fruits. MG Marketing, which supplies 45 per cent of the New Zealand market with the Dole brand, said its supply from growers in the Philippines had.....

Bugman' Ruud Kleinpaste on Queensland fruit fly
In the wake of the latest appearance of a Queensland fruit fly (Bactrocera tryoni) in a pheromone trap in Grey Lynn, it may be prudent to chuck a spotlight on these devilish but beautiful insects and their unfortunate lifestyle.First of all, we may need to clearly define what type of "fruit fly" we are.....

NZ: Lower yields likely in apple harvest
The 2015 export apple harvest begins in Central Otago this week and although crops are expected to be down compared with 2014, the industry is in good shape, a leader says.Cox's orange and honeycrisp varieties will be some of the first to be picked in the harvest, which lasts about 10 weeks.Pipfruit New.....

AU: Korea trade deal bears fruit for growers
Australian horticulture exports to Korea have jumped since the start of a free trade agreement late last year, Australian officials said on Tuesday, boosting hopes for a similar benefit from a trade deal with China.No official data has yet been released, but Australian Bureau of Agriculture, Resource.....

AU: Increase in farm production value, export earnings
The Australian commodity forecaster is predicting sustained improvement for livestock profitability into next financial year, and a turnaround in fortunes for the cropping sector. Farm cash incomes will fall, but remain 20 per cent higher than the long-term average.Marking its 70th year, the Australian.....

Farmer opinion on AU country-of-origin food labelling
The recent spread of hepatitis A via contaminated frozen berry imports has Prime Minister Tony Abbott committing to strengthening country-of-origin labelling laws in Australia.Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce will present a labelling reform proposal to Cabinet by the.....

AU: Avocado growers attack HIA
Avocado growers claim research and marketing projects are at risk of losing 'momentum' amid continuing uncertainty about the way industry levies will be spent.The new, grower-owned horticulture peak body has released its vision for Australia's $9 billion horticulture sector, including plans to spend $20.....


Africa

Moroccan tomato prices in the EU up 47%
The price of Moroccan tomatoes exported to the European Union (EU) has increased by 47% compared to the same period last year, as reported by the Prices and Markets Observatory of Andalusia.Compared to the previous week, the increase in the average price of Moroccan tomatoes exported to the EU has been of.....

Egypt: Saudis account for 27% of Arab investments
Saudi Arabia is the largest Arab investor in Egypt with their investments reaching some $5.7 billion (SR21.3 billion), or 27 percent of the Arab totals invested in that country, Egyptian Commercial Attache in Riyadh Ahmed Zaki said.Total Arab investments in Egypt are reaching $20 billion (SR75 billion). The.....

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World

Spain: New table grape varieties from Murcia
Murcia will incorporate new varieties of seedless table grapes to expand production schedules and sales of this product. It is one of four major programs to breed grapes that will allow the region of Murcia to be the owner of its own variety.According to the online edition of La Opinion de Murcia, the.....

Superfruits have just got even more exotic
We all know we should be eating the recommended ‘five a day’ of fruit and veg. Now there’s a host of exotic superfruits that are said to help reverse the skin’s ageing process, boost energy levels and even fight disease.MangosteenNative to South-East Asia, mangosteen is also known as the ‘queen of fruit’,.....

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AU: Mangoes start at good prices
A mango producer in the Tweed Valley in northern New South Wales is pleased with the start of this year's harvest.Steve Baker said prices for their fruit have never started this high."As the season progresses the price usually comes up, but this year's probably the highest we've started at," he said."There's.....

Two things that all great brands have in common
Years ago, only the big companies, the ones with large marketing budgets could dream of building successful brands. Today, the world has changed, and many examples show that one can win in branding even without investing a lot of money.So, where should you start if you want to build a successful product or.....


Retail

Ultra chosen best supermarket for fruit and veg in Norway
This week, Ultra has received the award for best supermarket in Norway to purchase fruit and vegetables."This is a prestigious competition that it is incredibly fun to win. Fruit and vegetables are an important category that we are expanding on, and it is particularly pleasing that we have succeeded in this.....

UK: Morrisons announces Bos Bros closure
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Rewe boss takes aim at Edeka/Kaiser's link up
The CEO of German retailer Rewe seems intent on roadblocking rival Edeka's controversial takeover bid for Tengelmann's retail chain Kaiser's, according to reports.Rewe CEO Alain Capaross has criticised that "The strongest in the market would become even stronger and widen the gap within the competition" in.....

Albert Heijn CEO:
"Put supermarket managers in charge again"
Albert Heijn's CEO Wouter Kolk feels it is imperative his company regains a sense of flair and entrepreneurship in its stores while its organization becomes competitive again.Wouter Kolk has decided to use Albert Heijn's employee magazine, Ahá, to make his first public statements since he was appointed CEO.....

Delhaize discloses shareholding information
Delhaize Group discloses the information required under article 15, § 1 and 18, § 1 of the Law of May 2, 2007 regarding the disclosure of major shareholdings in listed companies following a capital increase resulting from the exercise of subscription rights by employees.Information as of February 27, 2015 :.....

Two-Thirds of 'cheshunt nine' leave Tesco
Two-thirds of the executives suspended over Tesco's £263m profits overstatement scandal have left the supermarket giant.Sky News understands that William Linnane, the head of buying for impulse purchases, is to leave the company as part of a vast programme of redundancies just weeks after being reinstated to.....

Tesco considers leaving Central Europe
British retail company Tesco is considering a departure from some countries in Central Europe, including the Czech Republic and Slovakia, as part of its austerity plan, Slovak daily Sme said today. Tesco's Slovak activities could be sold in a package together with activities in Hungary, the Czech Republic.....

Latvia retail sales growth accelerates sharply
Latvia's retail sales growth accelerated sharply at the start of the year, after easing in the previous month, figures from the Central Statistical Bureau showed Monday.Retail sales climbed a calender adjusted 6.7 percent year-over-year in January, much faster than December's 2.7 percent increase.The latest.....

M&S updates on China investment plans
M&S' latest international plans show how the retailer has a clear growth strategy for its priority markets of China, Hong Kong and Macau.China: modernisation and new key citiesM&S will be closing five of its stores in the greater Shanghai region by August 2015, instead focusing on its flagship store.....

China: Leading hypermarket saw success in 2014
Sun Art Retail Group Limited, a leading hypermarket operator in China, has announced its 2014 annual results. Turnover increased by 6.6% to RMB91,855 million. Profit attributable to equity shareholders of the Company increased by 4.8% to RMB2,908 million. Basic earnings per share amounted to RMB0.30. For the.....

Maxima and Rimi:
Latvia: 'Local vegetables too expensive'
Two largest supermarket chains in Latvia, Rimi and Maxima refuse to buy local vegetables, indicating that they are too expensive, Chairman of the Farmers' Saeima, Juris Lazdins said in an interview with the Latvian Television show Riga Panorama on Monday, informs LETA.He explained that foreign producers are.....

DIA CCO:
‘Discount opportunity in the UK’
Spain-based DIA’s chief corporate officer, Amando Sánchez-Falcón, has said that the retailer could consider entering the UK through a similar arrangement as that between Sainsbury’s and Denmark-based Netto.’We would be ready to look at opportunities...’While Sánchez-Falcón said that ‘there is a discount.....

German retail sales rose faster than expected
German retail sales rose much faster than expected in January as consumer spending remains a strong contributor to growth in Europe's largest economy.Retail sales in January rose by 2.9% in calendar- and seasonally-adjusted terms compared with December, the Federal Statistics Office said Tuesday. Economists.....

Publix reports rise in sales, stock price
Publix Super Markets Inc. reported all-around gains for both the final quarter of 2014 and for the fiscal year as a whole.The Lakeland-based chain announced quarterly sales of $7.9 billion, a 6.9 percent increase from the $7.4 billion in sales one year earlier.Meanwhile, its quarterly net earnings —.....

Multinational retailers go mini as Argentina gets poorer
As high inflation gnaws away at their purchasing power, many Argentines have altered their grocery shopping habits, changing not only what they buy but where they buy it.For some, that means abandoning U.S.-style supermarkets (and even bigger hypermarkets) in favor of doing their shopping at smaller.....



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