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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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Rolf Vrolijk, Total Produce BV:
“Exceptional garlic season”
When thinking about garlic, you immediately think of China, which is not surprising, considering the country is one of the largest global suppliers and has been dominating prices for years. Indeed, several countries, including Spain, Hungary and Slovakia, could profit from a scarce market with local.....

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Nicolaus Vorwerk, Agora America GmbH:
"The European guacamole market will continue to grow"
Guacamole is one of the most consumed products derived from avocados. Agora America is a German company that produces avocados in Mexico in order to process them and import them to Europe. The company is mainly focused on the distribution of guacamole and frozen avocados, but does not rule out the marketing.....

First orders received by Turkish exporters
Russia lifts boycott on Turkey and Egypt
Turkey and Egypt can once again export fruit and vegetables to Russia. Moscow reopened its borders to both of the boycotted countries. Russia does not want to negotiate with Europe about the sanctions during a meeting of the UN. An Austrian politician says the annexation of Crimea is a reality, and that.....

George David Nyagisere, Kisaju Fresh Limited:
“Kenya wants to boom in vegetables as they did in flowers”
In Europe, Kenya is mostly known for its snow peas and and beans, but the country produces many more vegetables, such as baby corn, scallion, spinach, exotics and sweet potatoes. George David Nyagisere, manager of Kisaju Fresh Limited, explains that they cultivate many types of fruits and vegetables. “Beans,.....

Sil Moonen, BerryFarm:
“Strange blueberry season ends with skyrocketing prices”
“It has been a very strange blueberry season. At the start of the season, the mood was quite negative, due to the Brexit and the fall of the British pound, but eventually it turned into quite a good season,” says Sil Moonen of BerryFarm from Roggel, the Netherlands. “The berries are currently incredibly.....

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This week's import market
China: Imports reinvigorated, Spanish plums on sale
Last week was the Mid Autumn festival holiday in China, which was preceded by a sales peak. Earlier this week, the import market in Shanghai had cooled down. But in the last few days it has bounced up again. Many types of products are surging up in different degrees.During this season in the Southern.....

Greenyard breaks ground on new US facility
UNIVEG Logistics America, part of the fresh division of Greenyard, officially broke ground last week on the company’s northeast US operations, with construction of a new 152,200-square-foot, state-of-the-art packing and cold storage facility. This marks the first expansion of the fresh division of Greenyard.....

Comment on the market trend by Cristian Moretti (Agrintesa)
Italian peaches and nectarines: no Brexit effect
A year on, averages are positive for the peaches and nectarines sector.As for export, Cristian Moretti, director of Agrintesa, affirms: "In the UK there was not the dreaded Brexit effect. The English market is no longer a target one like 8-10 years ago; in the meantime Spanish exports have caught on......

Egyptian pomegranate season starts earlier
In Egypt, there are mostly two pomegranate varieties: the Wonderful, whose season lasts from mid-September to late October or early November, and the Baladi, which according to Mr Ayman Bayoumy, Export Director of the Egyptian company Fruit Link, does not have as strong a skin as the Wonderful, but has, in.....

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Allfresch Group
"Heavily involved in sustainable sourcing through organic and Fairtrade projects"
This month the Soil Association have actively been promoting all things organic with their campaign, ‘Organic Your September’- Eat, Drink, Use and Choose Organic. The campaign highlights the benefits of buying organic products and the positive impact that this can have.For Allfresch and their partner.....

Argentina: Blueberry producer's packing plant suffers fire
On Monday 26 September at 6:30 pm, the packing plant of the Argentinian company Extraberries de Concordia S.A. suffered a fire that for now has been evaluated as accidental. This company supplies an average of 800 tonnes per year, making it one of the leading producers and suppliers of Argentinian.....

Spain started early, but no enormous productions yet
“Low bell pepper production in Netherlands leads to favourable price”
The bell pepper market has been reasonably favourable recently. “Low production in the Netherlands has led to decent pricing. Demand is now mostly coming from the ‘regular’ European market, the US and Japan. Due to low production in the Netherlands and the rise of Spain, we have seen several retailers.....

Walmart to raise supplier requirements | IGA partners with Digital Foodie
Sainsbury sales weaken | Amazon partners with Spanish grocer
Russian Magnit announces reviewed 1H 2016 report Magnit has announced its reviewed first half 2016 results in accordance with IFRS. The Company, as of June 2016, has expanded its total store base to 12,888 stores (9,902 convenience stores, 228 hypermarkets, 170 “Magnit Family” stores and 2,588.....

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Photo report Empack Brussels
The Empack in Brussels was held on the 21st and 22nd of September. The two-day event was not busy, but several stallholders were satisfied with the quality of the visitors. As befits a packaging exhibition, there were many kinds of packaging shown, related to food as well as non-food. The visitors could ask.....

Poland continues to see growth in fresh cut market
Last week Friday, 23 September, marked the 5th year that Italian grower and producer Mioorto, attended the Fresh Market event in Warsaw. Marco Bertoli and Laura Pedrini from Mioorto at Fresh Market Warsaw 2016."We make sure to participate in the show annually because there are always new buyers and new.....

Interview with Claudio Dall'Agata
How to turn fruit and vegetable packaging into value
FreshPlaza interviewsClaudio Dall'Agata, director ofBestack, Consortium of corrugated paperboard packaging companies specialising in fruit and vegetables.According to the director, the logical sequence would be - cost, convenience and finally value. He thinks that the packaging value cannot be lower than its.....

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Agritechno and Adron: "We'll test drone on radicchio"
"Satellite farming is in Italy, too. It is used, for example, to find infestations in a few hectares", Massimo Longo, CEOofAgritechno, explains.His company has a partnership withAdron Technology, a company specialised in rotating-wing drones.Drone of Agritechno-Adron flying, at Macfrut."In 2017, Longo.....

"Another poor chestnut harvest this year"
The chestnut harvest will start in the area of Cimini Mounts (Latium) by the end of the month. "Unfortunately the chestnut harvest will be poor again this year", Aroldo Mastrogregori, the eponymousowner of the company, says.The company does not grow chestnuts but it processes and trades them as fresh or.....

Try-out-experience: the craziest peppers in one box
Eminent introduces purple-and-yellow Eclips tomato
Eminent Food’s Eclips tomato is still in the trial section this year, but that is definitely going to change. During the AGF Detail, the supplier of exclusive greenhouse vegetables that differ in size, shape or colour showed this purple-and-yellow tomato to a large audience, without arousing high.....

Exhibitor numbers up 20%
Excellent participation confirmed for Fruit Attraction
The Organisers’ Committee of Fruit Attraction, the International Trade Show for the Fruit and Vegetable Industry, met this week in Madrid and confirmed the excellent level of participation expected for the eighth edition, which will take place from 5 to 7 October. Exhibitor numbers are up 20% in comparison.....

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New: electric cargo bike
Sortimo, a German producer of company vehicle equipment, went off the beaten track when revealing an electric cargo bike for urban entrepreneurs at company vehicle fair IAA. The cargo bike, called ProCargo CT1, was designed in the first place for freelancers in urban home maintenance, according to.....

EU apple stocks over the years
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Agreement EU-Ecuador
EP approves proposals for protection of Canary bananas
Following a proposal of the MEP Gabriel Mato, the European Parliament (EP) has demanded the strengthening of the safeguard measures against banana imports from Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Central America, and requested compensatory aid for producers whenever such imports lead to a "severe" deterioration or a.....

Ibérica de Patatas to present its new brand
Ibérica de Patatas, leader in the marketing of potatoes in Spain, will present its new brand, La Auténtica Patata Especial Castiza, at Fruit Attraction, in Madrid; a product that stands out for its high quality and freshness. The Castiza potato, whose season lasts from July to October, also bears the.....

The demand for German hazelnuts increases
Hazelnut producers want to expand
“The demand for hazelnuts is for double the amount we currently produce,” states the hazelnut producer, Fritz Stiegler, from Cadolzburg in Franken, Bavaria, Germany.In the previous year the growers of the Frankish Association of Hazelnut Producers sold a little over 4 metric tons of hazelnut kernels to.....

Cyprus: Ag output drops 8.2 percent
Cyprus' agricultural sector recorded a drop in gross output by 8.2% in 2014 compared to 2013, new data from the the Cyprus Statistical Service shows. According to the “Agricultural Statistics” report, the drop is attributed mainly to a lower volume of crop production in cereals (85.8%), green fodder for.....

Brexit throws Irish mushroom industry into turmoil
The Irish mushroom industry is “in turmoil”, according to IFA mushroom committee chair Gerry Reilly. At Tuesday 27 September's presentation to the Oireachtas agriculture committee, Reilly said €7m worth of exports and 130 jobs have been lost since the Brexit vote in June.Currently, Irish growers produce.....

Royal family avoids garlic
There are some ingredients that are unlikely ever to make an appearance in dishes set before the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall – notably, chilli, garlic and onions.The royal couple do not eat spicy food and stick mainly to British dishes as they are concerned about “stinking” during.....

Dacom and Crop-R combine forces
Dacom and Crop-R are combining forces. From now on they will continue under the name Dacom Farm Intelligence. With this joining of forces, Dacom and Crop-R are placing a strong combination on the market. Data driven insights are the future of agriculture and the developments in this follow each other in.....

Mushrooms enriched with vitamin D help keep you healthy in winter
Brits will soon have an easy and delicious way to heed the advice of health experts and meet their recommended daily amount of vitamin D during the winter months.This week, beginning 26 September, Tesco will exclusively launch the UK’s first ever range of mushrooms which are grown in extra light to naturally.....

Organisers already busy preparing for next year
Successful end to Macfrut
With more than 38,000 participants, +9% of visitors compared to 2015 and +30% of participants from abroad, the 2016 edition of Macfrut ended with remarkable record numbers. Cesena Fiera, the organiser of the international trade fair of the fruit and vegetable sector that ended a few days ago in Rimini, is.....

“Move more, eat better”
German EDEKA foundation puts nutrition on the school timetable
The “Move more, eat better” project of the EDEKA foundation is part of the curriculum of 18,000 children in the academic year 2016/17. It is the fourth time that the Hamburg foundation has motivated elementary school pupils to eat a balanced diet, exercise more and also offers them the opportunity to take.....

Increase boosted by lemons
Spain: Murcia expects about 871,000 tonnes of citrus
The Council of Agriculture of Murcia expects the citrus production to total about 871,000 tonnes in the 2016/2017 campaign, compared with 713,000 in the previous season. This increase has been boosted by the strong 25% increase expected for lemons.The increases expected for mandarins (22 percent) and oranges.....

Growing tomatoes at -46°C: Turkey’s first geothermal greenhouses
The first harvest of tomatoes from geothermal greenhouses in the Çaldıran province of Van, Eastern Turkey, where temperatures can drop to -46ºC, is underway. The 34,000 m2 greenhouses heated by 120 kilometers of pipes were built with the support of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock at a.....

Turkey: Pomegranate production doubles and growers want consumers to eat more of the fruit
In Adana’s Seyhan district, 2nd chairman of the Chamber of Agriculture, Cahit İncefikir, reports that although pomegranate production has doubled since 2010, more needs to be done to encourage further growth.The Chairman states that the fruit’s export grew from 9.4 million USD in 2009 to 108,4 million.....

Spain: Valencian citrus sector celebrates creation of brand Naranja de Valencia
Valencia's citrus sector has celebrated the official launch of the brand Naranja de Valencia (Orange from Valencia); a project led by theProtected Geographical Indication, Cítricos Valencianos, in partnership with the Association for the promotion of the collective brand, Naranja de Valencia, which aims to.....

Government’s Ag Insurance Pool in Turkey to cover banana frost damage
Banana growers in Alanya, Gazipaşa and Anamur can finally breathe a sigh of relief as the Government’s Agricultural Insurance Pool confirms it will cover crops against frost.Ahmet Şeref Gümüş, chairman of the Chamber of Agriculture in Anamur, states that frost regularly causes heavy losses in.....

Citrus trees in Northern Cyprus could be lost due to lack of water
The North Cyprus Citrus Growers Union head, Turgut Akcin, published a written statement drawing attention to the sector’s problems in need of an urgent solution.Whilst growers and producers in the north rely heavily on water from Turkey, especially following the crippling drought, producers in Guzelyurt.....

Turkish producers in famous apricot growing area demand a fixed price
Apricot producers in Malatya, in the Eastern Anatolian region of Turkey, ask that the government set a minimum price for apricots. The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock’s recent announcement that compensation will be paid to producers who have suffered losses due to hail and rain, were welcomed,.....

Can buying more assets solve Maersk's problems?
So, Maersk might step in and buy some Hanjin assets after the South Korean shipping company's bankruptcy filing, according to a Bloomberg News report (citing analysts). While it's understandable that the Danish giant's new boss Soren Skou feels pressure to deliver growth and head off competition, he must.....


First cooperation between Zespri and restaurant chain Wagas
On September 19, Zespri and the snack food chain Wagas, announced that all the retail stores of Wagas and Baker & Spice in China, together will promote 'Fantastic Z Breakfast' on Wednesday. The main menu includes special kiwi juice, a cup with kiwis, a ham and cheese sandwich with kiwi juice etc. "This.....

''Lower backpacker tax rate still unacceptable''
The Federal Government has dropped its plan to introduce a 32.5 per cent tax on working holidaymakers, instead applying a 19 per cent tax rate, yet this decision is still being criticised by some of Tasmania's Federal Parliamentarians, reports,A $10 million fund for the tourism sector to market.....

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NZ: Challenges of switching to organic farming
Organic farming practices began on a commercial scale in the 1980s and are now an increasing segment of the New Zealand market. New Zealanders are now reported to be buying organic products more than ever before and more farmers are committing to organic production of fresh fruit and vegetables.Organic.....

AU: Hanjin bankruptcy still worrying farmers
Fresh food exporters are still worried about the flow-on effects of Korean company Hanjin Shipping going into receivership around one month ago, reports The company was thrown a lifeline last week by the Korean State Bank and its largest shareholder Korea Airlines, which provided loans of around.....


92% of the world’s population live in places with unclean air
A new WHO air quality model confirms that 92% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits*. Information is presented via interactive maps, highlighting areas within countries that exceed WHO limits. Click here to read more.Source: WHO Twitter

Four groups control more than 80% of the world's production of herbicides and seeds
If the mergers announced for this summer are successful, four groups will control more than 80% of world's production of herbicides and seeds. Last week's announcement of Bayer purchasing Monsanto fired alarms and even Bernie Sanders, the Senator who disputed the US Democratic presidential nomination with.....

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La Minita Fresh expands with sweet corn, and pepper programmes
In its second year as an exhibitor, La Minita Fresh will use the upcoming PMA Fresh Summit event to tout their expanded sweet corn and pepper programmes. Like the rest of their product offerings, the shipper will source its sweet corn from Mexico and distribute it throughout the United States.“We're.....

Peru: Arequipa once again the country's largest producer of onions
Once again, Arequipa ranked first place in the production of onions, concentrating 60% of what is grown nationwide and showing a sustained average annual growth rate of 5.7%.Arequipa produced 1,600 tons of the Pink Panther and yellow onion varieties on 8,500 hectares.According to the general manager of the.....


Walmart to raise supplier requirements | IGA partners with Digital Foodie
Sainsbury sales weaken | Amazon partners with Spanish grocer
Russian Magnit announces reviewed 1H 2016 report Magnit has announced its reviewed first half 2016 results in accordance with IFRS. The Company, as of June 2016, has expanded its total store base to 12,888 stores (9,902 convenience stores, 228 hypermarkets, 170 “Magnit Family” stores and 2,588.....

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