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OVERVIEW GLOBAL COURGETTE MARKET
The market situation for courgettes in Europe has been determined by the snow and frost in the south of the continent, which has caused shortages in many countries and huge losses in Spain and Italy. In the US, the cold has also taken a toll and a smaller volume is expected.Substantial price increases in.....

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Rijk Zwaan introduces first hybrid African eggplants
Vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan has introduced its first hybrid varieties of the African eggplant. These have numerous advantages over varieties that are traditionally grown in Africa and will enable farmers to generate a better income for themselves. Rijk Zwaan spent almost 10 years working on the.....


Domestic Rockit apple program is growing
The miniature Rockit (cultivar name: PremA96) apple, launched seven years ago in New Zealand, is having its first year of a domestic crop for Yakima, Wa.-based Borton. The company is partnered with Chelan Fresh in Chelan, Wa. to grow, market and distribute the crunchy, sweet snack apple and while Borton is.....


Company steps up measures to combat counterfeiters in China
With Chinese New Year rapidly approaching exporters around the world are shipping fruit to the Asian markets before the festivities begin. It is the tradition to give big sweet red fruits to friends and family at this time of the year and cherries make the perfect gift.Tasmanian cherry grower Reid Fruits has.....


Influx of grapes as Peru season ends and Chile begins
As the market for Timpson grapes from Peru is coming to a close, it’s ending in the midst of an oversupply of grapes. “Grapes from Peru are still going strong and the north of Chile is shipping an abundance of red seedless grapes. There’s a lot of fruit sitting around,” says Casey Ison of Fresno, Ca.-based.....

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Egyptian strawberry growers enjoy an advantage
The Egyptian strawberry sector has been able to capitalize on the current slump in the Spanish strawberry production. Smaller volumes of Spanish strawberries are finding their way to the market and Egyptian growers and exporters have been able to fill the gap. “The Egyptian strawberry sector is doing fine,”.....


Prices could start going up
Spain: Acceptable first stage of raspberry campaign
There are three stages into which the current Spanish raspberry campaign could be divided: the first stage is finishing with acceptable results in terms of quality and average in terms of demand and prices, with a lower yields per plant compared to last season, mostly due to the high temperatures during the.....


Joost Schoondermark, Nature’s Pride:
“The Netherlands and Germany also discovering green asparagus”
The European asparagus market is currently making the switch from the Peruvian to the Mexican season. “Mexico is on the market from late January to mid-April, and Peru supplies practically year-round. But during the Mexican season, volumes are so large Peru cannot compete with their prices. Traditionally,.....

Mild Winter benefits crop development
China: "Garlic growth: so far, so good"
"In the past period, the export price of garlic was the double of the price during the same period last year. This put pressure on the export market, resulting in many clients from foreign countries slightly decreasing their ordered amounts. But in the end, the export amounts show an upward trend," says.....

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Chile: Avocados in greenhouses
The avocado requires a subtropical climate with a mild winter with no frosts to develop. In Chile, there are few areas with these characteristics and many of them have scarce water resources. The avocado industry is interested in growing, but not having land suitable to grow avocados is a major constraint to.....


Spanish onions: a stable product
"We could say the onion harvest has been good this campaign," assures Ramón Marhuenda, Import and Export Manager at Pepsur Marketing. The pace of exports to countries such as the United Kingdom and Ireland has been very good, although, at present, they have enough stock to "finish the campaign without any.....



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Nutri Red carrots - how freezing affects carotenoid content
Nutri Red carrots are a variety of red carrots that, in addition to ß-carotene, are rich in lycopene, and could thus be an interesting alternativeto tomatoes as a source of lycopene in the European diet.However, the way carotenoid content changes during processing, especially in the case of freezing, has yet.....

Spain: Castellon loses half of clemenules, but prices don't increase
The loss of about half of the province's clemenules harvest (about 220,000 tonnes, according to the Council) has not resulted in an increase of the price of the oranges being harvested. Consequently, Fepac-Asaja has issued a complaint. "The game is rigged," said its vice president, José Francisco Nebot. "The.....


How chain stores are destroying organic production
It is only with difficulty that most organic sellers make it: some go bankrupt, some just give up voluntarily, like Henry van Calker. After almost 22 years he closed his organic corner shop in Zeven near Bremen last November. "The most important thing is that two streets away a chain store is opening," he.....

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Large crop boosts Israeli avocado exports to EU
With wet weather favoring the crop, Israel is expecting an increase in avocado production this year. A normal production year would be around 15,000 tons of avocados harvested. This year however, 24,000 tons are expected to be harvested with much of it planned to go to Europe. It marks an increase of some.....


Robbie Bloemendaal, Total Fresh:
“We join in with growth of Romanian retail”
In 2014, Robbie Bloemendaal took over activities from his employer The Greenery Central Europe, and with his company Total Fresh, he started supplying local Romanian retail. By doing so, he jumped onto a growing market. “Before Romania entered the EU in 2007, a large part of fresh produce sales still took.....


Spanish citrus production forecast to grow 20%
Report Highlights Spain is the leading citrus producer in the EU-28, and is forecast to produce 7.11 million MT of total citrus production, meaning a growth of 20 percent compared to the previous year. All citrus fruits are expected to experience important growths due to favorable weather conditions. Spanish.....

Russian ban won’t be lifted as long as EU-Moldova agreement is in force
A delegation of the Russian Federal Service "Rospotrebnadzor" is scheduled to visit Moldova next week to inspect the production lines of several Moldovan companies. However, the Russians will not completely lift the embargo as long as the association agreement, signed with the European Union, remains in.....

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Damage estimated at 7,000 Euro
Spain: Man causes damage at ex-boss's greenhouse
Agents of the Guardia Civil of El Ejido are investigating a case of criminal damage at an agricultural holding. The suspect caused severe damage to his ex-boss's cucumber greenhouse because he held a grudge against him.The events took place in late December 2016, when the owner of a greenhouse, located in.....


Introduced by JASA:
New packaging with two separate compartments
Last year, JASA Packaging Systems developed the patented JASA 2-in-1 Pack. The market is currently experiencing an increasing consumer demand for convenience products, and this trend offers food producers, processors and packers the opportunity to market modernised product concepts on the market.JASA 2-in-1.....


Germany:
Naturland mourns Hans Hohenester
Organic agriculture was his job and his calling. For 26 years Hans Hohenester has been an organic farmer and member of Naturland, and he helped shapeNaturlandin numerous functions; as President of the Board amongst others. He also contributed significantly to the development of organic farming, especially in.....


First sub 100 watt ripening fan
Interko is a Dutch manufacturer and claims to have achieved a breakthrough with the energy efficiency rating of its new range of reversible ripening room fans, which are now supplied under the brand name RƎVERSO.“Interko is the first company to manufacture a ripening room fan that achieves an energy.....


PLU codes: this is what the stickers on fruit and vegetables mean
You have probably already seen them: the small stickers on apples, bananas and other fruits and vegetables, containing a four or five-digit number. But do you know what these so-called PLU codes mean?What are PLU codes?PLU means ‘price-look-up’. Initially, these codes are meant for cashiers, who enter this.....

Bulgaria: Excessive MRL in imported lemons and peppers
Last year, Bulgarian border checkpoints halted a record amount of lemons, 1,000 tonnes, and over 100 tonnes of peppers with pesticide residues, reported the deputy director of the Bulgarian Agency for Food Safety (NVS), Anton Velichkov.In 2016, the EU prevented the import of tonnes of fruit with pesticides,.....


Italy
Rosse dell'Etna - shelf-life a key element to work on foreign markets
Rosse dell'Etna was created by Francesco Pappalardo and Claudio Moschetto, respectively son and nephew of Sales Director Pippo Pappalardo, who have relaunched the family business with great enthusiasm and professionalism."The Rosse dell'Etna brand was established in 2011 and we are now handling 1,200 cars a.....

Germany:
Gas heater explodes in fruit & veg van
Fruit and vegetables flew through the air, according to a police report of a freak accident in Frankfurt, Germany. A gas cylinder exploded in a fruit and vegetable trader’s van. The trader had been trying to protect his produce from the cold.The explosion in the parked van startled nearby residents. The roof.....


Spain: 2,000 buds of Tudela artichokes at FITUR
Artichokes, and especially their gastronomic uses, continue to be a tourist attraction at the International Tourism Fair (FITUR), especially in regions such as Valencia and Navarre. The City Council of Tudela will distribute a total of 2,000 artichoke buds for their tasting during the fair, held from the.....

Spain: CGC denies presence of South African citrus on shelves
The Citrus Management Committee (CGC), the association that brings together the country's main private operators, exporters and importers, denied the presence of citrus fruits imported from South Africa, or any other source in the southern hemisphere, on the shelves of Spanish supermarkets or hypermarkets.....

Finnish supermarkets sell out of vegetables after price drop
The S Group has reported that the sales of domestically produced vegetables have surpassed their expectations after prices were reduced by a retail co-operative at the start of January.Antti Oksa, the director of fresh foods at the S Group, says the surge in demand for domestically produced vegetables has.....

MSC to add seasonal call in Pecém, Brazil to its services
The Geneva, Switzerland-based carrier, MSC, said they will be adding a seasonal call in Pecém, Brazil to its NWC-SAEC I service in August.The port call "will be of particular interest for exporters of melons," MSC said. "The main destinations for this commodity, and other fruits exported on this route, are.....

Fruit South Africa encourage kids to eat more fruit
Fruit South Africa (FruitSA) has partnered with The Great Fruit Adventure to help promote awareness around the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables, especially amongst children. Two explorers, Max MacGillivray and Gareth Jones initiated the Great Fruit Adventure when they took their 3-month motorbike.....


Prunes may help prevent bone loss
As the demographic shift to an older population continues, a growing number of men and women will be diagnosed with osteoporosis and a search for potential non-pharmacological alternative therapies is increasing. In addition to existing drug therapies, certain lifestyle and nutritional factors are known to.....


Oceania

Top fruit supplier Freshmax on sale for $500m
Maui Capital, a kiwi private equity firm, has announced that it is looking to sell its Freshmax business in a deal that could total a whopping $500 million. Street Talk reported that Muai has hired Goldman Sachs investment bank to value, market and manage the sale. While Freshmax's owners are looking for a.....

Coles rolls out unwaxed apples
Many supermarkets around the world have been waxing apples for a long time now but Coles has decided to put a stop to it. Apples may be less shiny in the fruit isle now but the supermarket chain says they made the decision due to customer demand. The apples garnered positive customer reviews during trials in.....

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Australian pineapple farmers using sunblock to protect crops
Tourists aren't the only ones in need of sunblock in Australia this year. High temperatures and excessive sunlight are leading some farmers to use sunblock to protect their crops. Glass House Mountains grower, Murray Pike, said the extreme heat and sunlight can damage the pineapples, so a protective sunblock.....


World


These types of fruit contain the least amount of sugar
No fat, no sugar, no carbohydrates: for those who wish to lose weight, the correct type of food plays a major role. However, you do not have to hold back with the following types of fruit, because they contain very little fructose, according to website bunte.de. Tenth place:.....

Messe Berlin and DFHV organize trip for young employees
Speed dating for trainees during Fruit Logistica 2017
Messe Berlin and the German Fruchthandelsverband (DFHV) have organized another visit for trainees to Fruit Logistica 2017. “We want to facilitate encounters between trainees in the fruit trade and a wide range of national and international fruit and vegetable traders," stated Susanne König, DFHV responsible.....


Retail


UK MPs criticise grocers for fresh food deals | Finnish veg sold out at supermarkets
'Continual focus on fresh' says Ahold Delhaize CEO
Morrisons adds five new varieties to wonky fruit and veg range - British retailer Morrisons has added five new varieties to its wonky fruit and vegetable range. The new lineup will include swede, apples, pears, sprouts, and peppers. (thegrocer.co.uk) Ahold Delhaize CEO: We continue to focus on freshIn.....



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