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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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Peru is bigger than it’s problems
"At the moment the focus is on the humanitarian problems"
El Nino is causing many problems in Peru. This is a humanitarian and infrastructure issue on a big scale and the situation is not over yet, as Piura had one of the worst days in terms of rain only 3 days ago and rain is forecast for the rest of this week.According to official statistics last Friday,.....


Kees Rijswijk:
“I expect a run on good pears after Easter”
Wholesaler Kees Rijswijk has been active in the fresh produce trade for 53 years, and his emphasis has been on pears for the last 17 of those. He also takes care of the purchasing for Fruithandel Rijswijk & Van der Gulik, of which his daughter Gerda is the boss. The experienced fruit trader is relieved.....


Labels, sorting and flavour: everything to sell more soft fruit
Photo report Global Berry Congress 2017
Flavour and quality were the key words of the Global Berry Congress, held in Rotterdam yesterday. During the various sessions, a remarkable amount of attention was paid to consumers and their changing behaviours. It wasn’t surprising that terms such as flavour and quality were often mentioned, although the.....


Guatemala benefits from low mango supply in Mexico
Guatemalan mangoes were off to a good start due to the good quality and color of its mangoes. Mexico competes with Guatemala, due to its cheaper transportation costs, mainly in the US west coast and northern areas. However, Mexico has lower volumes at the moment. This has positively influenced the first.....


Shenzhen Tian Mu Agricultural Development Co. Ltd.
China: Domestic orange prices hit a new high.
Workers are loading navel oranges"At the present stage, all varieties of late maturing citrus are listed intensively; the 72-1 navel orange from Chongqing area and the late maturing oranges from the Hubei area are the two main varieties. In the South and Hunan regions, the oranges picked last winter have.....

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Murcia's apricot harvest volume could double
Spain expects greater stonefruit harvest
Murcia's stonefruit harvest will start in late April with the first apricots, peaches and nectarines. "It has rained when the rain was needed and we've had enough cold hours, so for now we expect a great quality harvest, with a well-shaped fruit and an amazing health," states Joaquín Gómez, president of.....


Spain: "With fair competition, there is fruit for all of us to work"
This year, prospects for the stonefruit campaign are quite good. The cold this winter has allowed the trees to rest, unlike last year, when the bloom was irregular. "The production will be good if the weather stays good, so we expect a great volume," states Elena García, manager of SC Elena Garcia.This.....

Turkey: "Expectations are high thanks to the good weather"
The current weather stability favors the preparation and flowering of the trees in the next season. "It will be a good season because everything is proceeding normally," said Omer Elçiçek, of Elçiçek Agricultural & Natural Products.This Turkish company has been marketing cherries since 2013 and the.....


Cheap imports cause difficulties for Slovenian growers
They are many still many challenges ahead for vegetable growers in Slovenia. The country's market prices are traditionally low, making it difficult for producers to compete with the cheap vegetable imports coming from Italy, Spain, the countries which make up the former Yugoslavia, Austria, Germany,.....

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Gabrie van Eeden, Goede Hoop Citrus
Western Cape's largest citrus packhouse encourages expansion in new varieties
Goede Hoop Citrus grew out of the original Citrusdal citrus cooperative founded in 1926. Today it is one of the biggest citrus packhouses in South Africa, functioning in a sorting, packing and marketing capacity for more than 50 citrus growers. With annual volumes between 75 000 to 85 000t, it is the biggest.....


Italy and Spain cooperate to improve quality and sustainability of flat nectarines
An excellent and productive meeting was held on 22nd March 2017 in Lerida. "We agreed to combine the experience developed by Irta regarding the breeding of flat nectarines with CREA's know-how concerning peach genetics, starting with the huge germplasm bank available to the research centre," explains Marco.....



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Italy: Rosa di Gorizia is the most expensive radicchio in the world
"Continuous research, a passion for the countryside and local tradition are combined in an ambitious project, which has grown year after year, and has created Azienda Agricola Lucia. To us, agriculture is not just a job, but a mission. We are very proud of it, considering we are producers of a Slow Food.....


Italy: CREA plans agriculture to meet consumer demands
Citrus fruit, and oranges in particular, are widely recognised by consumers as essential elements of a well-balanced diet, as they are primary sources of vitamin C and other antioxidant substances useful to our bodies.Among these, Tarocco, Moro and Sanguinello blood oranges, which have a higher content of.....


Italy: Good results for Cooperative Sant'Orsola
Thanks to the good weather, increasing demand and renewed commitment by its members, the 2016 turnover for Cooperative Sant'Orsola was rather respectable. The company obtained an operating result of over €999 thousand with a gross operating margin of almost €3 million (5.27%). The value of the collected.....

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For NDFC
New portion packaging for nuts and dried fruit
Nuts are dried fruit are now seen by many consumers as part of a healthy diet. “They are still gaining popularity, and we naturally like to anticipate that. We‘ve noticed that demand for various products is increasing considerably, and see sales doubling every three years,” says Jan Jelders from NDFC from.....


Christiaan van Ravenswaaij: “Social certification becoming increasingly important”
Short but intense mango season about to start in Ivory Coast
For Van Ravenswaaij, the mango season from Ivory Coast is about to start again. “The first containers have been loaded and will arrive in the Netherlands before Easter. Because Peru had heavy weather, people there could load less than initially planned. That’s why I expect a good mango market for the coming.....


“We have always stuck to the basics”
In 1916, the Netherlands introduced summer time, Albert Einstein presented his theory of relativity, and men in the British army were no longer required to have a moustache. And that isn’t all: trade company G. Sevenhuysen VOF was founded. This year, the company will celebrate its centenary and being issued.....


Supply of organic carrots quickly increasing
Six months ago, Top Fresh moved into a new building in Kraggenburg. Because of this, the cultivation, processing and trade company in carrots is ready for the future. Peter Matthijssen and Ronald Gielleit see an increase especially in the organic segment.Top Fresh was founded 12 years ago by Peter.....

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Romania saw a €600m food product trade deficit in 2016
Romania imported food products last year worth 6.8 billion euro and exported products worth 6.2 billion euro, resulting in a trade deficit of 600 million euro, up 100 million against 2015. This was reported on Monday by Florentina Dumitru, managing director of The Economics Directorate of the National.....

Spain: 60% of imported fruit and veg in January came from EU countries
The Spanish import of fresh fruit and vegetables in January totalled 243,928 tonnes, 3.6% more than in the same month of 2016, and was worth 206.1 million Euro (+14.7%). The EU was the main supplier, with 60% of the total, according to data from the General Directorate of Customs processed by FEPEX. Morocco.....


Vertical climbing airbag for box storage
The patented Mooij Climbing Airbag is the latest innovation for box storage from Mooij Agro. This stand-alone, inflatable, vertical climbing airbag is designed for easily and quickly sealing ducts in box storage for crops. This product was also developed out of a need from the market because people were.....

Muddy Boots adds Iteris weather data to Greenlight Grower Management
Users of Greenlight Grower Management from Muddy Boots can now benefit from a new feature which offers the inclusion of highly accurate, advanced weather data. Iteris, a global leader in applied informatics for transportation and agriculture, and Muddy Boots Software today announced the integration of.....

First “Easyfresh Express” reefer to travel between Spain/Netherlands
The first “Easyfresh Express” reefer container train travelling between Spain and The Netherlands will leave 25th of April from Valencia-Silla railhead. The train will be operated by Frigobreda, one of the four owning partners of Easyfresh, the only global dedicated reefer logistics operators headquartered.....


Despite complex season good prices paid
Good season for Sweet Sensation
On Thursday March 24 The Greenery looked back at the last sales season together with Sweet Sensation growers. Despite the complex season good prices could be presented.Last year was characterised by the extreme weather conditions. Ton van Wiggen, sales leader for pears: "Both during growth and picking the.....

AREFLH holds general assembly; plans to expand network
AREFLH held its General Assembly in Italy on March 23rd and 24th in Bologna with a conference on "the CAP, mid-term review and post-2020 perspectives".AREFLH hosted high-level talks at the two-day gathering of fruit and vegetable producers in Europe. At the request of Mrs. Simona Caselli, Agriculture.....


Nut consumption linked with lower risk of mortality
In a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies published in BMC Medicine1, researchers looked at the association of nut consumption and the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), total cancer, and all-cause and cause-specific mortality in adults. Higher nut intake (15-20 g/day.....


OPDR launches new service between Southern Spain & UK
OPDR, as part of the CMA CGM Group, has announced the introduction of its new POSS service. The service connects northern Continental Europe and the United Kingdom with Portugal and Southern Spain. The new link will service the Port of Seville which provides excellent hinterland connections by rail and truck.....


Italy: Harvesting of spring Radicchio di Chioggia Igp to start soon
The"Chioggia capitale del radicchio" (Chioggia capital of radicchio) event held at theBrondolo wholesale market ended on 26th March 2017. Watch the interview with Giuseppe Boscolo PaloAs stressed byGiuseppe Boscolo Palo - market representative and president of Consorzio del Radicchio di Chioggia Igp - the.....


"They are as good as the reference varieties in the sector"
Chilean raspberry varieties grown in Spanish territories
Chilean raspberry varieties have proved to be a success for Spanish producers and exporters.Currently, Masiá Ciscar SA is the licensee for Spain and Portugal. The varieties were developed by the Genetic Improvement Program in Chile's Fruit Technology Consortium, in collaboration with Dr. Marina Gambardella,.....


1.2 million kilos won't enter the market
The Canaries to destroy 600,000 kilos of bananas
Last week, a few months later than last year, producers of bananas from the Canary Islands received bad news.On week 13 of 2017 Asprocan ordered the first pica, or withdrawal of fruit of the year, which means that 1.2 million kilos of the islands' favourite fruit won't reach the markets.Half of those 1.2.....


EU nations vote against GM crops
A majority of EU nations voted against genetically modified corn during a meeting of the EU appeals committee. However, that was not enough to stop GM cultivation. The decision now rests with the Commission.A majority of EU countries voted on Monday against allowing two new genetically modified crops to be.....

LEAF calls on industry to collaborate and seize growth opportunity
Working together and recognising the value of certification schemes in a post-Brexit world: that was Linking Environment And Farming’s (LEAF) message to the food and farming industry at the second annual LEAF Marque summit last week. The 2017 LEAF Marque Summit explored the theme From My Field to Your Fork:.....


62 Romanian crops awarded with Global G.A.P. certification
In 2017, a total of 62 Romanian fruit and vegetable crops have been awarded with the international quality certification for Good Agricultural Practices GLOBAL G.A.P., following a national program launched by Kaufland Romania to aid in the development of local producers. The list of Romanian crops whose.....


Besana UK Limited expands its facilities in Ipswich
Besana UK Limited, a major supplier of private label nuts, seeds and dried fruits to UK multiple-retailers, as well as in bulk to industrial and catering customers, are actively investing in the expansion of their packing operation based in Ipswich - having spent more than £3,000,000 on the facility over the.....

Bulgaria: Construction of organic fruit and veg processing plant
A plant for the processing of organic fruits and vegetables will be built in the Bulgarian village of Dagonovo, in the municipality of Belica. The project is being developed by the young Sofia-based Company "Bio Organic Bulgaria", which will be making an investment of 2.8 million Euro. The plant will be.....

Top 3: Apples, strawberries and asparagus
Baden-Württemberg: Weather caused smaller fruit & veg harvest
The fruit and vegetable cooperatives in Baden-Württemberg can look back on a year in which the weather posed great challenges to them. The member companies of the twelve cooperatives supplied 224,000 tonnes of fruit and 112,000 tonnes of vegetables for sales in 2016. That is 17 per cent less fruit and eight.....

Association Agreement boosting EU exports to Georgia
By signing the Association Agreement (AA) in June 2014, relations between the EU and Georgia were brought to a new level. The AA, with its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, foresees far reaching political cooperation and economic integration with the EU by significantly deepening mutual ties and.....

Huge growth of asparagus acreage in Andalusia could cause prices to fall
The Union of Small Producers of Andalusia (UPA) has warned that the huge growth of asparagus cultivation in the region could cause an imbalance between supply and demand, with serious consequences, especially for large growers. The campaign is starting with the production expected to increase by 10%.The.....

German asparagus sees early harvest thanks to sunny weather
Heavy sunshine has blessed German asparagus growers this year with an early season. Peter Lipp is one such German farmer, now harvesting, who tells of his hopes for the season.“On March 13 we found the first asparagus but it was only one so it wasn’t really worth it. But now, thanks to the intense sunshine.....

Test with ionized water in Murcia
Spain: Water saving in iceberg lettuce cultivation
The Council of Water, Agriculture and Environment of Murcia is carrying out a test on the use of ionized water in iceberg lettuce cultivation with the goal of achieving greater water savings in irrigation, as well as reducing the damage caused by fungi and bacteria, such as botrytis and sclerotinia.Ozone is.....

Green Reefers signs contract to use NSSLGlobal VSAT on 18 vessels
NSSLGlobal announced that, following a successful initial trial project, it has signed a new contract with Green Reefers to install VSAT aboard 18 cargo vessels to enhance satellite communications across the fleet. Green Reefers transports refrigerated and frozen cargoes such as fruit, vegetables and fish.....

Seatrade Blue's new container service between UK, NZ, Peru
London Container Terminal (LCT) in Tilbury, has secured a new fast transit reefer service covering Pacific, New Zealand, Peru & US East Coast. The Meridian service operated with eight 2,500 TEU capacity vessels, four of which have been specifically built for this reefer orientated service, makes its.....

Spain: Potatoes no longer a secondary crop in Murcia
A few years ago, the storms that hit the Andalusian province of Seville during the potato harvest for two consecutive seasons took a toll on the results of the local sector. The markets thus opened up to the productions of the Region of Murcia as an alternative to the damaged Sevillian harvests. This partly.....

Switzerland's vegetable consumption fell in 2016
Switzerland saw a drop in total vegetable consumption in 2016. Vegetable consumption in 2016 totaled 83.5 kg per capita, a decrease of 1.5 kg from the previous year. This trend was recorded for the first time in many years.Industry experts believe that weather conditions were far from favorable last year......


Oceania


New drought measurement index launched in NZ
Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy has welcomed the launch of a new tool to monitor drought in New Zealand’s regions.Developed by NIWA with the support of the Ministry for Primary Industries, the New Zealand Drought Index uses the best scientific information available to determine the status of.....

Hort Innovation Australia joins forces with the Churchill Trust
Hort Innovation’s Leadership Fund is part of Horticulture Innovation Australia's (HIA) new strategic co-investment initiative, which aims to create more leading figures in Australian Horticulture with a variety of scholarships and education opportunities addressing key industry areas. "We’re pleased to.....

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Zespri opens new Middle East office to support growth
Zespri officially opened its Middle East office in Dubai earlier this week to manage its growing sales and marketing programmes in this region and other developing markets. Zespri Chief Executive Lain Jager said at the event that Zespri was growing its presence across the Middle East, India and Africa and.....


Cyclone Debbie aftermath could send tomato/avocado prices skyrocketing
Farmers are currently tallying up the costs amidst the aftermath of cyclone Debbie which barreled through north-east Australia. The cyclone has caused widespread crop damage in Bowen, an important agriculture producer for Australia. Amidst the devastation, experts are predicting shortages and increased.....

Maersk planning to expand into Australia's logistics market
Maersk Line has announced its plans to expand into the Australian logistics market and add other services to its port calls, according to Gerard Morrison, Managing Director of Maersk’s Oceania business.Through this, new bundled services could be offered to customers such as retailers and produce exporters.....

Fiji potato revitalisation program giving growers hope
In Fiji the Agriculture Ministry's potato revitalisation program is giving hope to a group of potato farmers in the Sigatoka Valley.Co-operative treasurer of the Nabaka Holding Society, Saten Dass, said a number of farmers in their group planted potatoes. "We have about nine farmers planting potatoes," he.....


Berries are the best selling supermarket item in Australia
When one thinks of the best selling supermarket items in Australia, one may think of bananas, avocados or even milk, but one would be wrong. Surprisingly, this year the number one selling product was berries, says Woolworths CEO Brad Banducci.At the Global Food Forum being held in Melbourne, the boss of the.....


World

Reddest, smoothest and roundest tomatoes, the most effective against colon cancer
Researchers at the University of Almeria have observed the effect of different types of tomatoes in colon cancer cell cultures. According to the scientists, any tomato variety prevents the proliferation of colorectal cancer cells at very low concentrations. But the study, carried out in in vitro tests,.....

Continued steady growth for Australian macadamia crop
The 2017 Australian macadamia crop is forecast to reach 54,000 tonnes in-shell at 10% moisture (50,500 tonnes at 3.5% moisture) - representing a fourth consecutive year of steady growth for the industry - announced the Australian Macadamia Society (AMS) today.The 2017 crop is expected to be 4 per cent higher.....

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Craig Stauffer, CEO of Vanguard International
“Peru is finishing up a challenging grape season”
“Uncharacteristic weather patterns have significantly effected Peru’s table grape season,” says Craig Stauffer, CEO of Vanguard International. The country recently declared an El Niño event, which means heavy rains, particularly in the North as well as in the Andes mountains.Longer harvest seasonThis was the.....


Retail


AmazonFresh to operate in Australia in 2018 | Woolworths seeks cheap organics
HelloFresh now available at supermarkets
Korean egrocer to sell fruit straight from farms - Gmarket launched a service on Monday called Gtable that provides seasonal fresh food from farms around Korea. The online retailer will oversee the entire process, including selection of fruits and vegetables, washing and packing and delivery. “We.....



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