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Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Turkish fresh produce specialist aiming for bumper citrus season
A man with a mission: Osman Aritan of Purnatur
According to Purnatur’s director Osman Aritan the first loadings of lemons from Turkey are imminent. ‘We recently visited our citrus partner CMS, and I must say that I am extremely excited by the prospects which the season holds, especially in terms of volumes and quality. Because of the fact that our.....


Interview with Marc Rauffet, of Pominter
Russian ban will also affect premium apple prices
Pominter is a French company with a long tradition in the production and export of apples and other fruits in the Loire valley, the south west and south east of France, as well as a great capacity to save in technical aspects and labour costs. It ships to 42 different world markets. The firm belongs to.....


Florida orange growers could replant 6M trees under new fed program
Florida’s citrus growers whose groves are affected by a deadly citrus disease can recoup some of the cost of tree removal and replanting under a federal program announced Wednesday.U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that the Tree Assistance Program is now being extended to Florida growers affected.....

What would a YES vote mean for Scottish fresh produce growers?
Today Scotland is voting in an historic referendum to decide whether or not to remain part of the United Kingdom. Regardless of the outcome the country will never never be the same again.There is much uncertainty as to what will happen after the result is known, whether the Scots vote Yes or No. This.....


Australian pears retail training in Thailand drives sales
In August 2014, three Goulburn Valley pear industry representatives accompanied Claire Fitchett, Market Development Manager, APAL to South East Asia on a market visit prior to Asia Fruit Logistica: Tim Nethersole, Jeftomson; Chris Georgopoulos, GV Independent Packers; and Owen Carter, Plunkett.....

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California Giant enters fall berry season
Autumn begins next week just in time for California Giant Berry Farms’ Fall strawberry crop from Santa Maria, California complimenting the harvest still underway in Watsonville and Salinas. This time of year has become an exciting time for strawberries which typically was considered the tail end of the.....


Looks like a blueberry, tastes like a tomato
Scientists at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, United Kingdom have created an odd prototype for what the future of labelling might look like. Their product: a purple tomato that is as rich in nutrients as blueberries. The researchers borrowed a few genes from a snapdragon and mixed them with the genes of a.....


Russia anticipates loss BBB- status
Greater clarity new EU compensation
The European Commission has published a first draft of a new compensation plan. In the new plan, the amount is established according to the 2013 export figures. In addition, the list with products that qualify for compensation will likely be modified. Citrus growers have a chance of being added, and there.....


Wim van der Burgh:
"Rainbow International increasingly a 'one-stop-shopping' supplier"
Positive changes have taken place at Rainbow International over the last few years. Although the team was remained mostly the same in size, a lot of new faces have appeared. The exporter also entered open ground vegetables and recently an oral agreement was made to sell Rainbow International to Harvest.....

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Capespan invests in Good View Group in Hong Kong
Capespan Group Limited has acquired through its wholly owned subsidiary, Metspan in Hong Kong, a 25 % stake in the Good View Group (GVG), one of Hong Kong and Macau’s leading diversified fruit and vegetable distributors.In his announcement, Capespan managing director Johan Dique said, “The Far East has the.....



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Italy: Clementine harvesting to start in early October
The start of the Cemensoon harvesting campaign in Spain should start super-early on 20th September, though Italy will have to wait for October for its Clemenrubi and Caffin varieties.According to a producer from Calabria, yields should be similar to last year's, maybe something less. "In the Sibari plain,.....


Table grapes
Italy: Colour is key
Good news for the Italian table grape market, as wholesale prices are good, provided that produce has a "good colour".The Vittoria season is almost over, whereas the Italia and Pizzuttella campaigns are in full swing."Italia grapes are a bit pale and it's affecting sales. Usually, prices hover around.....


Italy: Short day onions - good perspectives for the ongoing campaign
This "weird" and rather rainy summer season is affecting the quality of onions, especially long day ones."The continuous rains during harvesting will definitely affect the shelf-life and, therefore, it could be very difficult to have stored onions for winter, so short day ones might be a good investment,".....

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Willem-Jan Coolbergen: "All focus on red, round radishes"
Dutch family companies grow radishes year round in Italy
The only year round radish supplier in Italy has been under Dutch management for years. OrtOlanda was formed by the family companies Cornelissen and Coolbergen. These companies have been growing radishes for years in Melderslo and Oude Tonge, respectively. OrtOlanda will begin purely focusing on red, round.....


"Possibly new markets due to good quality and low prices for potatoes"
At the moment it is still relatively calm in the potato market. A large part of the potatoes still has to be harvested. According to Jurgen Duthoo of Bart's Potato Company they are delaying this for as long as possible. "This is because the daily prices are low. I expect everything that can be stored to be.....

Banner year for Danish apples and pears
The right weather combinations have created the perfect conditions for growing fruit that is sweeter, bigger and crispier than normal.In backyards, fields and orchards throughout Denmark, you can currently find some of the best apples and pears in years. Perfect weather conditions have produced apples and.....


Thüringen +38%, Alte Land +11%
Germany expects good apple harvest
This year the apple harvest in various German states is looking quite good. Growers from Sachsen and Sachsen-Anhalt are counting on a good harvest due to the good weather conditions this year, said a spokesman from 'Landesverband Sächsisches Obst' (National Association of Saxon Fruit). "A lot of apples are.....

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Russia: Lemon prices triple year-on-year
Lemon prices have already tripled in the Russian market compared with the same period of the previous season.Such a sharp increase in prices is connected with lower production in Argentina and South Africa due to unfavorable weather conditions. Furthermore, the lemon export season is coming to an end in.....

Romania: Large agro-industrial park in Leţcani
A contract between the County Council and the company SC Conest S.A. has been signed for the construction of a new Transagropolis agro-industrial park in Leţcani. "The park will be the base for the development of infrastructure to support agricultural producers in Romania, Moldova and Ukraine, allowing.....


Romania: Meeting horticultural growers and large retailers
On 16 September, fruit and vegetable growers in Iasi, Romania, were invited to sit face to face with representatives of the country's major retail stores.The event, organised by the County Council in cooperation with the Agricultural Chamber, was intended to promote the diversification of the sales channels.....


Europe: Thinking about a relaunch of chestnut trees
160 participants from Asia (China and Korea), South America (Chile), Eastern Europe (Hungary, Bosnia and Macedonia) and other European countries traditionally involved in chestnut cultivation (Spain, Portugal, France and Italy) took part in the V European chestnut meeting in Spain.Promoted by Areflh -.....

Looking for a new challenge?
Growers for Growers: experienced Dutch growers connect to foreign companies
Are you a grower with experience and are you looking for a new challenge? Then 'Growers for Growers' may be for you. Ted van Heijningen and Lies van Geest have founded this organisation to connect experienced growers from the Netherlands to foreign companies and projects. Not to emigrate, but to run a.....

'Ugly' fruit for German Bondsdag
The German 'Welthungerhilfe' and other organisations have started a campaign against wasting food names 'Genießt uns!', reports the German newspaper 'Rheinische Post' on its website. At the start of the campaign they handed out 'ugly' apples which do not meet the standards of beauty, as well as the previous.....


New EC Regulation assigns Spain the greatest tonnage and includes citrus
Within the framework of the meeting of the Group of Fruit and Vegetable Experts, gathered yesterday in Brussels, the European Commission presented a draft regulation of exceptional measures to support the fruit and vegetable producers who have been affected by the Russian ban. Spain has been granted the.....

Test plot kale for baby food next to Airport Bremen
Right next to Airport Bremen, a test plot with kale for baby food is in use, German newspaper 'Bild' is reporting on its website. The vegetable has until mid-November to grow. Then it's harvest time. The plants are being used for biomonitoring. Dettmar Dencker (62), head of environmental management at the.....


“Today is a fitting reward for the Marco team" Murray Hilborne
Marco presented with Queen’s Enterprise Award
On Monday 15th September 2014, Marco were proud to welcome The Viscount De L’Isle MBE, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Kent to officially present their prestigious Queen’s Enterprise Award for Outstanding Performance in International Trade at Marco’s headquarters in Edenbridge, Kent. Following the formal.....

September 19th at 2 pm (Rome Time)
The scientists of EU Project QUAFETY come back on tacler tomorrow!
Dear FreshPlaza readers and tacler users, we invite you to meetings on the tacler platform (www.tacler.com) to learn more about the European project Quafety, as happened last July.You can find the full version of the interviews and of the open discussions of July registering on www.tacler.com and visiting.....

Poland: Food banks start receiving banned fruit and vegetables
Caritas Poland will start receiving food items affected by the Russian embargo, which will go to food banks, community centres and distribution points for those in need."Food will be distributed via Caritas to the poor and to individuals who qualify according to the principles of social assistance," said.....

Poland: Fruit exports down
According to data supplied by FAMMU/FAPA, of the Polish Ministry of Finance, in the period between January and June this year, Poland exported a total of 907.5 thousand tonnes of fruit, 406.7 thousand tonnes of vegetables and a little under 30 thousand tonnes of potatoes. For comparison, in the same.....

Ukraine: Fruit and vegetable prices down 9%
During the first two weeks of September, fruit and vegetable prices in Ukraine fell by almost 9%; a sharp contrast compared to the same period of 2013, when the value of horticultural produce increased by 22.4%, reports "APK-Inform".From 6 to 21 September, the fruit and vegetable index dropped by 3.7%,.....

Romania: € 14.6 mln to promote fruit consumption in schools
Last Wednesday, the Romanian Government approved a programme devised to encourage the consumption of fresh fruit in schools, with a budget of 14.6 million Euro, of which 7.16 million will be funded by the EU. 1.76 million children in both public and private schools will benefit from the initiative.The.....

Bulgaria: Dropping fruit and vegetable prices cause deflation
After a modest 0.4% increase of prices in July, Bulgaria's average prices of goods and services dropped by 0.2% in August, according to data released yesterday by the national statistics service.Since the start of 2014 until the end of August, average prices have dropped by 1.2%, showing the calculation of.....

Bulgaria: more inspections to prevent fraud and illegal imports
The National Revenue Agency and the Bulgarian Agency for Food Safety will strengthen inspections of the fruit, vegetables and foods of animal origin traded in the country.These will be carried out at commodity markets and sites for production and trade. Fiscal inspectors will focus on whether accurate.....

First half of 2014
Latest FruitImprese data on Italian foreign trade
According to the latestFruitImpresedata, the balance of Italian trade in the first half of 2014 was of €400 million, with a 15.9% increase with respect to the same period of the previous year. There was an increase in exported quantities (+6.9%) though their value diminished (-2.4%). Imports have dropped.....


Minister Martina
Italy: Food safety is crucial- the EU needs to be braver
According to the the latest Sofi report presented by FAO with Ifad and Pam, the number of undernourished people in the world has dropped by 100 million in the last ten years and 200 million in 20 years. Despite this, there are still 805 million people worldwide who still do not have enough food.According to.....


European debate on the social impact of organic agriculture
Valor Ecológico-CAAE (ECOVALIA) is one of the organisers of the meeting to be held on 18 and 19 September at Hotel AR Almerimar in El Ejido, which will bring together experts from the producing, manufacturing and marketing sectors with the goal of studying the implementation of social standards for organic.....


Defra secretary underlines importance of British food
British food is better for the environment and local economies – as well as being better for farming, Defra secretary Liz Truss has said.Ms Truss underlined the importance of British food during a farm visit in her south-west Norfolk constituency. Her comments came ahead of British Food Fortnight – the.....


Cold store for rent in Maasdijk
Apart from its transport operations, C. Vreugdenhil has six cold rooms in its building on the Transportweg 23 in Maasdijk. These rooms have a total storage capacity of 1150 pallets. The building features 10 dock shelters, 1 overhead door, and a separate office space.In short:- 6 cold rooms (can be programmed.....

Only 10% of fruit, vegetables consumed in Bulgaria produced locally
Only 10% of the fruit and vegetables consumed in Bulgaria are locally produced, with the remainder being imported, according to Slavi Trifonov, Chair of the National Union of Gardeners.Trifonov announced at a press conference Wednesday that Bulgaria lacked fresh produce harvested within 48 hours of sale,.....


Looking to EU market despite setbacks and uncertainties
Palestinian horticultural sector preparing for new season
Palestinian growers have invested a lot in the previous seasons to improve their crops and post harvest handling in order to compete better in the international markets. Especially in the Gaza Strip, promising progress has been made, given the difficult political situation. Farmers and their cooperatives.....


Oceania

AU: Slow end to citrus season
Overseas market conditions have made for a slow end to the citrus export season.Despite a strong start, Sunraysia growers say they're now noticing a lull in demand.Citrus Australia CEO Judith Damiani says the market would usually see a "kick-up" towards the end of the season."The main thing there really is.....


AU: Ginger growers angered over decision to allow fresh ginger imports from Fiji
The head of Australia's ginger industry says he's furious with a decision to allow imports of fresh ginger from Fiji, with confirmation some permits have already been granted.The Department of Agriculture finalised the import conditions last month, one month after the Federal Government announced a review.....

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AU: Melon industry on alert as new virus suspected on Top End farm
Biosecurity officers are being deployed to every watermelon farm in the Northern Territory, amid fears a potentially devastating exotic virus has been found in a Top End crop.Tests conducted by the NSW Department of Primary Industry earlier this month found signs of the Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus in.....

AU: Costs put crunch on carrot growers’ profits
Aussie carrot growers are experiencing tough financial conditions, similar to many other vegetable producers, as increasing costs drive falling returns, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).The latest data illustrates that carrot growers’.....


Doug Laing: 'We'll be ready if fruit flies visit again'
The Ministry for Primary Industries has identified a potential increase in the threat to New Zealand from the Queensland fruit fly because of an increase in numbers and its spread into previously pest-free areas of Australia.As a result, MPI has been looking at each pathway and what can be done to better.....


Rabobank­ analyst Mark Sciocco:
Australia's almond industry is “an incredible growth story”
Australia's almond industry is “an incredible growth story”, and the industry is in a very strong position as global demand continues to grow, according to Rabobank­ analyst Mark Sciocco.Mr Sciocco said for a long time almonds had been a “pretty scary” proposition for wine grape growers seeking to diversify.....


Africa


Provincial Affairs Minister, Chris Mushohwe:
Zimbabwe: 'Hands off white farmers'
Manicaland Provincial Affairs Minister, Chris Mushohwe, on Tuesday, warned villagers in Chipinge not to disrupt the operations of the few remaining white farmers in the province saying this could have disastrous repercussions on Zimbabwe’s already fragile economy.President Robert Mugabe has, twice this year,.....


Youth program to bridge gap between supply and demand in Nigeria
Better days are ahead for the teeming population of unemployed youths in the South-West. The good news came from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), and six states in the South-West geo-political zone.A youth empowerment programme, entitled:.....

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Uganda: Minister says agriculture taxes to stay
The state minister for Industry and Technology, Dr James Mutende, has told farmers and civil society organisations (CSOs) to stop lamenting over the proposed agriculture taxes, and instead focus on transformation to commercial farming.Mutende, speaking at a market symposium organised by Agri Pro Focus (APF).....


World

Worldwide: Spice production increasing
According to FAO data, 1.15 million tons of spices were produced globally in 1993, whereas in 2012 around 2.10 million tons were produced.Global spice production-1993-2012Source: FAOSTAT - Click here to enlarge.Asia produces 94.2% of global spices. India is the main producer (1.01 million tons), followed by.....

Onion, broccoli compounds point way to health-giving superfoods
Compounds found in broccoli and onions could have a role in protecting the body's cells from attack by raising production of antioxidants, according to new research.Researchers at the University of Warwick found that a protein, Nrf2, continually moves in and out of the nuclei of human cells to sense the.....

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Berries in cancer therapy trial
Wild berries native to North America may have a role in boosting cancer therapy, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Pathology.Scientists suggest chokeberries could work in combination with conventional drugs to kill more cancer cells. But the UK research is at an early stage, with experiments.....


Ruby Fresh JEWELS nominated as 2014 PMA Impact Award finalist
Attracting 67 entries from 56 companies, Ruby Fresh JEWELS Grab-N-Go Pomegranate Aril cups are one of 20 products that have been selected as a Finalist for the 2014 PMA Impact Award: Excellence in Packaging. Winners will be announced at the PMA Fresh Summit on Friday, October 17, 2014.The 2014 PMA Impact.....


Macfruit 2014, 24-26 September:
Technical guided tours, conferences, meeting dedicated to entire supply chain
Almost 30 conferences have been scheduled, including bilateral meetings between companies and foreign delegations, technical guided tours and the prestigious Oscar award for innovation. Once again, the 2014 edition of Macfrut, the international trade fair for the fruit and vegetable sector to be held at.....


BanaBay to use PMA as a springboard to US market
Global fresh produce grower and distributor, BanaBay Ltd makes its first official US introduction at the PMA Fresh Summit Convention and Expo in Anaheim, California in October. BanaBay offers conventional, organic and organic Fairtrade bananas, pineapples, and plantains with customized and flexible packaging.....


Retail


Can organic food maintain its margins?
We’ve grown accustomed to the higher prices and higher margins associated with the organic-food industry. But that may be starting to change. On Kroger's earnings call last week, the company’s CFO noted that natural and organic foods may not be able to maintain their premium margins forever.“Margins I tell.....

Is Costco one of the best companies in America?
In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama took the time to praise one big U.S. corporation: Costco Wholesale. Obama declared, "Profitable corporations like Costco see higher wages as the smart way to boost productivity and reduce turnover. We should too."Costco has a remarkable commitment to.....

Wawa trumps 7-Eleven as favourite convenience store, poll says
There are by far more 7-Eleven stores than Wawa's, but consumers nationwide prefer the latter by nearly a two-to-one margin.That's according to a survey of more than 5,000 consumers conducted by Market Force, a customer intelligence solutions company.Market Force asked respondents to rate their satisfaction.....

WinCo Foods buys property in Garland to open a new store
WinCo Foods has purchased 12 acres in Garland to build a new store that will open next spring.The Idaho-based grocer entered the market earlier this year with two stores in McKinney and Fort Worth. This summer it opened a store in Dunanville in a space that was vacated by Wal-Mart several years ago. Two more.....

Kroger customers could soon order goods online
The Kroger Co. is testing online ordering at a local store, but the service isn’t yet available for customers.At Kroger’s Liberty Twp. Marketplace grocery store off Yankee Road, employees are now pilot testing online ordering and in-store pick up, according to the company. It’s the first Kroger-branded store.....

Aldi expansion gives Coles green light for IGA buys in WA
The competitor regulator has taken into account Aldi's expansion into Western Australia in deciding to grant supermarket giant Coles approval to acquire three independent grocery stores supplied by Metcash.Despite early concerns about the impact on competition, the Australian Competition and Consumer.....

‘Better, simpler, cheaper’–hypermarket gets a reboot
Shopwise Alabang, the first in a chain of 13 hypermarkets that opened 16 years ago, was relaunched early this month as part of Rustan’s Supercenters Inc.’s (RSCI) efforts to be more responsive to changing consumer needs.A “hypermarket” combines a supermarket and a department store.The two-story Alabang.....

Only the best, naturally, at Andalucia’s largest organic supermarket
The largest organic supermarket in Andalucia has opened on the outskirts of Marbella.Family-run Chipolino Natural in Centro Comercial Los Halcones, in Benahavis, on the Ronda road, is stocking everything from non biological washing powder to organic pet food.Its 250 square metres are packed with vegetables,.....


Farmer among those helping big box stores meet ‘local’ expectations
In a verdant stretch of land between Tacoma and Puyallup Tim Richter grows a variety of produce for big chains like Safeway, Walmart and Kroger. Richter is president of EG Richter Family Farm, founded in 1906 by his great-great grandfather, Edward. Edward started with hops then switched to berries.Rhubarb.....

South Africa retail sales up 2.4 percent year-on-year in July
South Africa's retail sales rose 2.4 percent year-on-year in July, above market expectations and compared with 0.9 percent contraction in June.Economists polled by Reuters had forecast retail sales would increase by just 0.3 percent compared with the same month last year.On a month-on-month basis, sales were.....

Report: Giant Eagle hiring 1,000 new associates
Giant Eagle is planning to hire as many as 1,000 new associates to keep pace with its growing grocery business, the Pittsburgh Business Times reported Tuesday. According to the report, Giant Eagle will hold three events to hire new employees from Sept. 19 to 21.Giant Eagle advertised the hiring events, which.....

USDA Gain Report
The rise of online grocery retail in India
According to a recent USDA report released on the 12th of September, growth in India’s online retailing for food and groceries is a function of the rise in total internet users from 120 million to 213 million in the past year as well as a fall in mobile handset prices and a rise in smartphone penetration......



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