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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Martin Kodde, Head of Food Chain Engagement at Syngenta
Sustainability is one of the key issues to vegetable growers
At last week’s PMA Fresh Connections Southern Africa, held in Pretoria, South Africa, Martin Kodde, head of Food Chain Engagement at Syngenta, outlined how his company is working to understand the concerns of its customers; “customers who are all growers,” stressed Martin.“The first challenge is compliance.....

CA (BC): Apple harvest gets underway in British Columbia
Warm weather and a favorable growing season have made for an early start to the apple harvest in British Columbia. Availability of fruit is expected to last from now until May of next year.“We're a little early this year by about a week,” said Glen Lucas, general manager for BC Fruit Growers' Association......


Brazil: Agrícola Famosa to start shipping melon to Middle East
Agrícola Famosa will start shipping its current fruit crop to the Middle East in September. The company is based in Icapuí, in Brazil’s Ceará state, and sells approximately ten containers a week to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. “This is the third crop we have sold to these countries,” says.....


Russia's food ban blessing in disguise for some shipping companies
Team Niinivirta, a Finnish family-run transportation firm, turned 60 this year, but its third-generation managers now don't know if the business will see Christmas, because of Russia's new ban on European food imports. The firm based in Kotka, on the Gulf of Finland opposite St. Petersburg, was using its 12.....


CMI named as a finalist for the PMA Impact Award in packaging
Columbia Marketing International (CMI) has been named as a finalist for the 2014 PMA Impact Awards in Excellence in Packaging for their innovative single serving cherry package.The Produce Marketing Association reported that, 56 companies entered 67 products for consideration. Twenty packaging submissions.....

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Peru: Melon exports to U.S. and Europe still paralysed
The project to produce and export melons developed by the agribusiness Gandules is paralysed, said its chief executive, John Varilias Velasquez."This was an experimental project. While we did harvest the adequate quantity and quality of melons, the foreign market failed Peru because they want us to send.....


Upbeat Maersk an encouraging sign for U.S., global growth
An upbeat earnings report from the world’s largest shipping company is giving economists and investors reason to be more optimistic about the global economy.Shares in Copenhagen-based A.P. Møller-Maersk AS MAERSKB, -0.21% were one of the biggest gainers on the Stoxx Europe 600 on Tuesday after the company.....


PMA Fresh Connections Southern Africa
"This year we reached more parts of the industry than ever before"
Last week the PMA Fresh Connections Southern Afirca took place in Pretoria, South Africa, this was the fourth time for this event and has been hailed a success by the organisers and delegates alike.This edition saw a record number of delegates, a grand total of 400.Click here to see the photo reportThe theme.....


Argentina: ALL LEMON ends 2014 season with reduced exports
ALL LEMON, the quality seal for exported lemons from Argentina, is now entering the final weeks of its 2014 season which has been characterised by less volume than 2013. Despite the downturn, fruit quality has been superior and, as a result, arrivals have been well received by clients across the world......

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Turkish lemon export still strong
The Turkish lemon export increased by 31% during the 2013-14 season. Mersin, the main export region for citrus in Turkey, raised its export figures for lemons despite its neighbouring countries' conditions. The president of the sector committee of the fruit and vegetable unions and the 'International Citrus.....



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Spain: "Tomato of the year" auctioned for 620 Euro per batch
Horticultural products took centre stage during the last day of the August Fair in the Spanish municipality of Coín; more specifically, the tomato variety "Huevo Toro", in an event with a great number of visitors participating in the activities.The most striking has been the auction-contest of the.....

Russia: Load of contaminated plums from Serbia detained
A quarantine pest – San Jose scale – was detected in a load of plums imported into Russia, August 13, 2014, country of origin – Serbia. It is the third detection of San Jose scales in plums imported into Murmansk from the beginning of the year. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, this quarantine pest was never detected.....

overview of average wholesale market prices for BLE
Germany: highest pear price for Forelle
BLE gives average prices for fruit and vegetables being sold on the German wholesale markets every week. A short overview of week 32 in this piece.ApplesThe Gala and Royal Gala stood out in apples, up to 1.70 Euro per kilo was paid for them. Jazz from New Zealand received the highest price, up to 1.98 per.....

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Reactions from Dutch exporters: Lennart van den Heuvel, Alexander Visser and Rien Panneman
UPDATE: 125 million Euro compensation for growers. But what about exporters?
The European Commission is initially reserving 125 million Euros for the growers that have been hit by Russian sanctions. The commission announced on Monday. This applies to handing out free produce, harvesting unripe produce and non-harvesting. The measures apply to tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, white.....

Israeli fruit and veg suppliers looking hopefully at Russia
Russia is looking for new suppliers to prevent empty supermarkets. Israeli fruit and vegetable exporters can hardly wait. "The Russians want more, and we expect more." That's how Eli Lutsato of Israeli fruit and veg exporter Best Grow looks back on over a week of Russian food sanctions. Russia is already one.....


Fruit and vegetable prices continue to drop in Bulgaria
According to the statistics of State Commission for commodity exchange and wholesale market, wholesale prices of fruit and vegetables in Bulgaria continue to drop. The price of Polish tomatoes decreased by 33.6%, from 0.6 Euro to 0.4 Euro per kilo.Nevertheless, the prices of Bulgarian greenhouse tomatoes.....


UK: Salad days success for Mercedes-Benz Actros
Chichester-based NV Transport had a fuel efficiency target in mind when it ordered eight Mercedes-Benz Actros from south coast Dealer Pentagon Commercials – within just two weeks, the new trucks were already ahead of the game.NV Transport is part of Madestein UK, one of the country’s most innovative growers.....

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Russians now go grocery shopping in Finland and Switzerland
The Russian boycott isn't giving all Europeans a hard time. The Finns and Swiss take advantage of it. The Finns in particular, with their 1,300 kilometre-long border with Russia, are laughing all the way to the bank. After all, the Russians are finding empty shelves in their supermarkets, so they cross the.....


Fred Krijnen: Rotterdam Fruit Wharf: "Capacity of 12,000 pallets available"
"Demand for cooling storage from exporters and grower temporarily stuck due to boycott"
At Rotterdam Fruit Wharf the closure of the Russian border to fruit and vegetables from the EU has caused an increase in the demand for cooling storage. The fruit storage company, which is part of the umbrella organisation Belgian Sea-Invest Group, is specialised in the storage of importing fruit, but also.....


Suppressed by Russian Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service
EU countries’ attempt to import to Russia their fruit and vegetables via Belarus
Russian Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service reports about attempts of re-export of banned vegetables and fruit from Europe into Russia via Belarus.Some EU countries have started to ship products to Belarus, without specifying the actual country of origin. It says, for example - Macedonia, but we.....


Oceania


NZ: Kiwi's mad about mushrooms
The country's largest mushroom grower, Meadow Mushrooms, has just finished a $120 million development that will produce millions more mushrooms a week for shoppers.It seems they can't get enough of them. Tray after tray, shelf after shelf, row after row of mushrooms, millions of them.Meadow Mushrooms in.....


Abandoned Alice Springs table grape farm revitalised with melons, pumpkins
An abandoned table grape farm in the Northern Territory is being revitalised with melons and pumpkins.It's been more than a year since the Indigenous-owned non-for-profit company Centrefarm bought Territory Grape Farm, about 150 kilometres north of Alice Springs.Since then it has been re-branded as the.....

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AU: Shepparton SPC plant expansion set to go ahead
A $100 million expansion of the SPC fruit processing plant in Shepparton is back on track after the council blocked the company’s bid for a local road closure.Fears were high that parent company Coca Cola would abandon its SPC plant investment of $78 million, which is backed by $22 million from the Napthine.....


AU: Fruit growers net subsidy extension
NSW Farmers has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of the extension of the Flying Fox Netting Program.NSW Farmers spokesman Peter Comensoli said flying foxes have caused significant damage to orchards in areas like the central west and north coast. “This announcement is a welcome relief for.....


Africa

African cashew alliance expo returns to Accra in November
The African Cashew Alliance’s prestigious World Cashew Festival and Expo returns to Ghana for the second year running, with the 4-day event beginning on 11th November 2014 at the Accra International Conference Centre.A statement signed by the African Cashew Alliance’s Communications Manager, Craig Duncan, to.....

Kenyans abandon tomatoes over high prices
Tomato prices in Kenya have doubled, pushing the commodity out of the hands of many families. With a 64 kg box of tomatoes going for between 77 U.S. dollars and 91 dollars in different wholesale markets in the East African nation, families have to find alternatives.Retail prices have equally shot up, with.....

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Protecting produce: 10 African countries get biosecurity investment
The Australian International Food Security Research Centre recently announced the launch of a two-year, $800,000 initiative for sub-Saharan Africa. The project aims to help 10 countries become better equipped to combat plant biosecurity threats."Agricultural performance is therefore key to growth and poverty.....


World


Could spinach soon fuel cars?
In a recent study, an international team of chemists and physicists have taken the first “snapshots” of photosynthesis in action—the process plants use to convert light into chemical energy. This is big news for science, and even bigger news for cleantech, which has long been searching for a way to provide.....

WhiteWave Foods hits 52-week high on strong Q2
Shares of The WhiteWave Foods Company reached a 52-week high of $34.06 on Aug 15, after it reported another quarter of sales and margin outperformance on Aug 7. The company beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate for both earnings and revenues in second-quarter 2014. Moreover, the company raised its 2014 earnings.....

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UTi Worldwide and Ansell name Safmarine "Partner of the Year"
UTi Worldwide Inc. a global supply chain services and solutions company, together with its client, Ansell Limited, named Safmarine their "Partner of the Year" for 2013-2014 during their annual Ocean carrier performance review meeting in July.The award recognizes the strength of Safmarine's relationship with.....

Thailand: Longan growers urge government to alleviate effects of falling prices
About 100 longan growers from Huay Sak, Doi Larn and Muang districts today gathered at the Chiang Rai Civic Hall urging government agencies to help them as the prices of longan have been dropping.At the beginning of the crop season, AA grade longans had been sold at 26 baht per kilogram, 16 baht/ kg for A.....

Cool Fresh Group at Asia Fruit Logistica 2014 for first time
The Cool Fresh Group will attend the Asia Fruit Logistica as exhibitor for the first time this year. Recent developments in the world as well as internal achievements have made it clear that the Group can offer Asian clients added value in various aspects. A number of group companies will present their.....


Retail

Suppliers need to use insights from success of Aldi, Lidl and Poundland to boost retail prospects, says Bridgethorne
A report that discount supermarkets Aldi and Lidl could be on track for combined sales in excess of the UK’s fourth-biggest multiple – Morrison’s – together with news that Poundland has posted double-digit rises in full-year sales and profits, boosted by the opening of 32 new stores, reinforces the view the.....

Forget supermarket price wars, Tesco just needs to improve its image
A call for Tesco to down weapons in the ferocious supermarket price wars has given cheer to investors.Shares in the retail giant climbed 1.8pc on Friday morning, making it one of the top risers in the FTSE 100, after analysts at Nomura said it may not need to cut its prices to increase sales.The retail giant.....

Walmart Neighborhood Market coming to Village Shoppes of San Pablo
A Walmart Neighborhood Market is coming soon to the Village Shoppes of San Pablo at Atlantic Boulevard and San Pablo Road.A leasing brochure from Colliers International for the shopping center says a Walmart Neighborhood Market will anchor the center in a space vacated by Food Lion.The 84,000-square-foot.....

NZ: Pams and Budget to adopt Health Star Rating on all packaging
Foodstuffs has today announced that Pams and Budget product packaging will include the Government’s Health Star Rating.Dave McAteer, General Manager, Foodstuffs Own Brands Ltd says, “We support the principles behind the Health Star Rating System as it provides customers with an easily understandable way to.....

FTSE rises as global tensions ease but Tesco falls on fears of dividend cut
Markets are moving higher on hopes of an easing in geopolitical tensions, but closer to home, Tesco has come under renewed pressure.Shares in the supermarket are down 1.8p to 248.2p, making it the leading faller in the FTSE 100. The move follows a Sunday Times report that new chief executive Dave Lewis may.....

Supermarket Rimi, Estonia: fruit and vegetable prices drop
Fruit and vegetable prices have recently changed in favour of consumers, which could be caused by sanctions imposed by Russia.According to the representative of retailers chain Rimi - Alice Erbach, the prices started to drop in spring, in May and June fruit and vegetables cost almost 10 % less than last.....

Haggen names Clougher new CEO
Haggen, Inc., Bellingham, Wash., said it has hired John Clougher as CEO of the 18-store chain, effective Sept. 8.He succeeds a three-man office of the president that has overseen the company since late 2012. Two of the three executives — Clement Stevens and John Turley — will remain with Haggen as SVPs; the.....

Japan's c-store competition heats up
As competition in Japan's highly developed convenience market increases, retailers are launching new outlets aimed at delivering differentiation and attracting new customers.FamilyMart launches karaoke storesFamilyMart has partnered up with Daiichikosho Co. karaoke to launch three stores that feature karaoke.....

Migros H1 focus: convenience & supermarket expansion
Turkish retailer, Migros Ticaret has released its results for the first half of 2014, reporting a 12.9% increase in revenue to TRY 3,738m (€1,288m). The retailer also reported that annual gross profit increased by 13.3% to TRY 995m (€343m).Around 150 new stores will open in 2014.The retailer opened 82 new.....

San Jacinto: Circle K to build first new prototype in Southern California
Circle K Stores has selected San Jacinto for the company’s first new prototype in Southern California.The groundbreaking for the Circle K/Mobil will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18, at 1450 S. Sanderson Avenue at the northwest corner of Sanderson and Esplanade avenues.The combo concept will be on 1.24 acres.....

Walmart invests in front-end service
Walmart has announced a new service-based initiative which it plans to implement in its Supercentres and non-food stores in the US to improve the experience for its shoppers.‘The Checkout Promise’ – shorter check-out queuesDuncan Mac Naughton, Walmart’s chief merchandising officer, stated that the retailer.....

Global (food & grocery) retail market sales to reach US$11 trillion by 2018 says new study
The "Global Food and Grocery Retailing, 2013-2018" report, provides an analysis of current and forecast market data on retail sales in the food and grocery categories across different channels globally. Also provides, food and grocery data by categories food, drinks, household products and tobacco. In.....

Canada's Couche-Tard makes short-list in $16 billion Sinopec unit sale: sources
Canadian retailer Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc and China's Tencent Holdings Ltd are among suitors short-listed to buy a $16 billion minority stake in China's Sinopec Sales, the world's largest fuel retail network, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.China Life Insurance Co Ltd, the nation's biggest.....

Ahold repurchased 1,102,084 Ahold common shares for € 14.16 million between August 11 and August 15, 2014
Ahold has repurchased 1,102,084 Ahold common shares in the period from August 11, 2014 up to and including August 15, 2014.The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 12.8446 per share for a total consideration of € 14.16 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share.....

Canada: Metro stock ‘a steady story’ in ongoing grocery wars
Shares in grocery and drug giant Metro Inc. are trading near all-time highs despite intense competition across the sector, although future growth could be limited as larger players keep up the fight for loyal customers.The Montreal-based company behind such retail banners as Metro, Food Basics and Drug.....



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