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Argentinian blueberries could enter Chinese market next year
The Argentinian blueberry season has passed its peak earlier than usual this year, according to Carlos Stabile, of the Argentinian Blueberry Committee (ABC), “The winter was really mild and the peak arrived in week 43 instead of week 45. It has been a good year in terms of absence of big frosts, although.....

US (CA): Firm grape market
Late-variety grapes in California are commanding robust prices, as the season progresses into its latter stages. The feeling among some growers is that production could be lower than initial projections, and less fruit could make for even stronger prices.“What is happening is that product is in fewer.....


Turbulent times on the apple market addressed at Interpoma
Georg Kössler, President of the South Tyrolean Apple Consortium and Arnold Schuler, Provincial Agriculture Councilor, both spoke of a difficult time in the fruit business, touching on the challenges currently being faced. The bumper crop in Europe and the import embargo imposed by Russia present the.....


Kanzi enthusiastically received in London
The BBC Good Food Show took place in London from the 14th to 16th of November. This is a popular show in which delicious food products are presented, and tasted. This year Kanzi was also present with it's own stand. During the fair approximately 12,000 pieces of apple were handed out and 4,000 flyers with.....

US: Mango prices dipping
Although shipments of mangos from Brazil and Ecuador still trail behind those from last year, prices for those imported mangos have dipped through the first weeks of November.For the week ending on November 15, 2014, the average price for a flat of Tommy Atkins mangos at the Philadelphia port was $5.71,.....

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Madagascar lychee season set to start
The lychee season in Madagascar has started already, and growers are confident that this year's crop will have agood quality. They'll look to capitalize on that good crop by maintaining traditionalmarket and expanding their presence in one new market. “We expect good quality because the weather is.....


Israeli grower wants to build a better fig
Chaim OrenThe modern fresh produce landscape requires constant improvement – improvements in yields, in disease resistance, in flavor and in the ease with which a product can be grown and harvested. For one Israeli fig grower, that process of continuous improvement takes places in a testing ground for new.....

US (CA): Steady market for Brussels sprouts going into Thanksgiving
Demand for Brussels sprouts has been good through the Thanksgiving pull, though prices have eased up slightly. Though production has been slightly down and demand has been strong, prices aren't likely to approach those seen last year.“We're about halfway through our season, and the crop has been a little.....


Growth prospects for Peruvian asparagus
Peru's asparagus production is currently at its peak, namely with the goal of covering the high demand caused by the year-end festivities."The peak has been positive so far and harvest levels are good. The mild climate has helped us and we should reach slightly higher production levels than in 2013," states.....

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US (CA): Kiwifruit prices top those from last year
A shortage of imported kiwifuit earlier in the season has resulted in higher prices for California kiwifruit this year. Already into the second half of this year's harvest in California, the market is steady going into the holiday season.Prices for a container of kiwifruit from Central California have been.....


A banana from Ecuador has an edge over bananas from other countries
Bonita wants to recapture place in Western European banana market
Do not mistake Bonita's recent quietness for idleness. At the start of this year Bonita, with it's headquarters in Antwerp, has made a strategic shift to focus on the future. From mid-May Ecuador has been sending +/- 250 reefer container shipments (40 feet) to Europe weekly. They are using a dedicated MSC.....


Russian region harvests 1.26 million tonnes of vegetables
Greece closes export deal with Saudi Arabia
The Italian apple market is under pressure from the boycott. The biggest problem is not the closed border, but Polish apples flooding the market. Polish growers took to the streets and blocked some main roads in the country. Growers are demanding better compensations. Polish workers in Brussels handed out.....



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Ukraine: Sharp drop of Borscheva vegetable prices in Dnipropetrovsk
Borscheva vegetable prices in Ukraine's Dnipropetrovsk region have dropped from 20 to 50% compared to November last year.The average retail price of a kilo of onions last autumn was of 4.46 UAH (0.23 Euro), while this year it stands at 2.22 UAH (0.12 Euro). Beet prices dropped by nearly 36%, carrots and.....


Brits 'Too Lazy to Pick Vegetables'
A company that supplies vegetables to major UK supermarkets has claimed that Brits are too lazy to pick vegetables.The company has received planning permission from the government for 52 new caravans where it will house student migrant workers from EU countries. There are already 63 caravans on the site,.....


UK: Food scandals help growing mushroom sector
The horsemeat scandal, and growing concerns about the environmental impact of imports, have helped the British and Irish mushroom industries enjoy a renaissance, with more than £1m spent on mushrooms every day.G's Fresh Mushrooms has invested £25m over three years in its new farm outside Ely, Cambridgeshire,.....

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Princesse Amandine®: new potato concept
French potato producersPom'Alliance, Pomuni, Terre de France, Trois Laboureurs and Touquet Savour have teamed up, introducing a unique brand concept to German trade:'Princesse Amandine®'.This potato will enter the market in Germany in November 2014, German website food-monitor.de reports.The potato.....


Bas Poeltuyn, Gourmet:
"Full chain control of first class shallots, onions and garlic"
Gourmet from Grootebroek is a cultivation company which was created from the Broersen family company. The fourth generation of Broersens are now active in Gourmet and the company has over 80 employees. Besides their own cultivation, Gourmet is also specialised in the processing, packaging, supplying and.....


Potatoes power profits for British business
Once a staple on British dinner plates, the humble potato is in a state of flux. Consumption has fallen by a quarter since the mid-1990s, due to increased competition from other foodstuffs and a growing trend for low-carbohydrate diets.People love potatoes but are buying fewer of them, says the Potato.....

Greek peach and nectarine growers heavily affected by Russian embargo
Additional measures targeted at supporting Greek peach and nectarine producers affected by the Russian embargo were requested by Greece at the meeting of Agriculture Ministers held on 10 November in Brussels. Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan expressed understanding, noting that many Member States have.....

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Wim Dillen, Haven van Antwerpen
Huge global growth in refrigerated containers, but we will still continue to defend conventional shipping methods
In 2013, 191 million tons of transported goods were handled in the port of Antwerp. "This year we are expecting close to 200 million," says Senior Business Development Manager, Wim Dillen. "This makes the port in Antwerp the second largest in Europe. We are still the European leader and we plan to stay that.....


New Covent Garden Market
Market traders celebrate 40 years at Nine Elms
New Covent Garden Market tenants past and present turned out in force on Saturday to mark the 40th anniversary of the market’s move to Nine Elms. More than 550 guests were at the market’s annual dinner and dance, held at a packed Westminster Park Plaza. Traders were joined by customers and suppliers and a.....


Prince of Wales views rare vegetables at National Heritage Garden
The Prince of Wales has visited a garden belonging to celebrated chef Raymond Blanc to view rare vegetables.The National Heritage Garden at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Great Milton, Oxfordshire, has almost 140 rare specimens including the Delicata squash and the Carruthers pea.The prince was.....

App to reduce waste
Every year, 1.3 billion tonnes of food are thrown away worldwide. More than 40% of it is disposed of by retailers and consumers. The German initiative FoodLoop aims to tackle excessive food waste; the platform links companies to each other and to consumers. Christoph Müller-Dechent talks about the.....


Oceania


NZ: Weather hits asparagus growers
A Mangaweka asparagus grower says in his 25 years growing the spears, he has never had such a difficult year. The changeable spring weather took its toll.George Turney grows asparagus in the Kawhatau Valley and said the cool, wet and windy weather meant the crop wasn't as good in yield or quality as previous.....


AU: Berry boom makes Tassie the pick of the crop
Australia's growing appetite for berries is creating a booming industry for Tasmania.Berry production company Driscoll’s has plans to double its Tasmanian operations to keep up with demand. This will see an expansion from 200ha under production now to 400ha over the next five years.Driscoll’s Australia.....

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Perth Hills region- Western Australia
AU: Unusually short growing season for stonefruit results in early harvest
Stonefruit growers in the Perth Hills region of Western Australia, are trying to figure out why they're picking up to 20 days earlier than usual this season.It means their harvest is overlapping with other large growing regions, such as Gingin, which has led to waves of fruit hitting the market at the same.....


AU: Potato prices rebound, far north in Queensland still under threat
Third generation potato farmer Brad Jonsson recalls a time when the red soil, Atherton Tableland Sebago potato demanded a premium. But those days are gone now, as is the window of opportunity that once saw far north Queensland spuds hitting the market at the end of the Victorian and South Australian growing.....


NZ: FOT model may boost kiwifruit returns
Changing the way fruit is delivered to customers in international markets may improve returns for New Zealand kiwifruit growers. Using more reefer shipping and Zespri holding fruit in its own off-shore facilities is the subject of on-going industry discussions, says Zespri CEO Lain Jager.“Currently we use.....


AU: Mango exports set to double
Australia currently exports between 4000 and 5000 tonnes of mangoes annually worth about $20 million, and is aiming to lift that to between 8000 to 10,000 tonnes.The plan will target affluent consumers in key markets such as China, Korea or the US, Australian Mango Industry Association CEO Robert Gray.....

Sunraysia hailstorm rips off roofs and wipes out crops
A weekend hailstorm described as being like a tornado has ruined fruit crops and damaged homes in Sunraysia in north-west Victoria.Roofs were blown off homes and property was damaged in the Gol Gol and Curlwaa districts when the storm swept along the Murray River on Saturday afternoon.Reports of significant.....


NZ: Kiwifruit growers 'sick of positive talk'
A kiwifruit grower who has just discovered Psa on his vines says industry leaders are glossing over how bad the situation is for producers.A report released last week into the vine killing disease in 2010 suggests New Zealand is now a world leader in being able to manage an outbreak. It is estimated to have.....


Africa


Madagascar lychee season set to start
The lychee season in Madagascar has started already, and growers are confident that this year's crop will have agood quality. They'll look to capitalize on that good crop by maintaining traditionalmarket and expanding their presence in one new market. “We expect good quality because the weather is.....


World


Global frozen food market will grow to $307.33 billion in 2020
The global frozen food market is expected to reach USD 307.33 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Consumer shift towards adoption of food requiring less time to prepare on account of their changing lifestyle is expected to remain a key driving factor for the global frozen.....


Veggie diet better than drugs to beat diabetes
Millions of people with diabetes should eat a vegetarian diet to help reverse the killer condition, doctors say. A healthy, plant-based diet can significantly improve blood sugar levels and even potentially leave patients free of the disease. An analysis of previous studies showed a vegetarian diet had.....

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Prices as low as 0.19 Euro per kilo
Mercadona and Alcampo also selling Spanish citrus fruits at a loss
Spanish citrus growers face a real threat as the current citrus season progresses, and it is not drought or small calibres, or any other weather-induced issues, but a price war by large retailers started by the German chain Lidl, which Spanish supermarket chains Mercadona and Alcampo have joined, as reported.....


Why does South Korea represent a great opportunity for Mexico?
After twelve years of negotiations and hard work, technical officials of Mexico and South Korea agreed on a Roadmap for the Export of Mexican Persian Lime to the Korean market, and according to SAGARPA, the first shipments are expected to arrive to Korea before the end of 2014.According to information.....


Spain: Horticultural exports drop by 8% in volume and 4.6% in value in September
Spanish horticultural exports in September dropped by 8% in volume and 4.6% in value compared to the same month of 2013, reaching 510,698 tonnes and 442.9 million Euro, according to updated data supplied by the General Customs Directorate of the Tax Agency and processed by FEPEX.Vegetable exports dropped by.....


Retail

French regulator clears Dia France deal, Carrefour to sell 56 stores
France's competition watchdog said on Friday it had approved Carrefour's purchase of discount supermarket unit Dia France, after Carrefour agreed to sell 56 stores to allay its antitrust concerns.Spain's Dia, the world's third-largest discount supermarkets group, had agreed in June to sell its loss-making.....

Poland: Carrefour plans to expand bio waste management programme
Carrefour Poland launched a project called "BIO Waste Management", under which a network of 22 hypermarkets and supermarkets recover fruits and vegetables unfit to be sold so that they can be re-used for composting purposes or the rehabilitation of urban green areas. In the first quarter of this year.....

Good atmosphere in supermarkets good for customer retention
How attractive and popular a grocery store is, is not only determined by prices and products, but also by the atmosphere in the store, German website wuv.de reports. Customers value this highly, and they're also paying more and more attention to how clearly the groceries are organized and to the range of.....

Canada: RedHat Co-operative selling 'misfits' produce at a discount
An Alberta produce distributor has launched a line of misshapen fruits and vegetables called 'the misfits' and the produce is flying off the shelves.Mike Meinhardt with RedHat Co-operative spoke on the Calgary Eyeopener about the idea, which came from a store in France."A grocery store called Intermarché did.....

US: Documentary spotlights campaign against Publix
A new documentary about farm labour conditions in the United States delves into a dispute involving Publix Super Markets Inc."Food Chains," which made its national debut Friday, includes a look at the ongoing campaign against Publix by the South Florida-based Coalition of Immokalee Workers. The Coalition has.....

Hart ascending to new role as Aldi U.S. CEO
Aldi U.S. on Friday announced that Jason Hart, one of three leaders comprising the retailer’s office of the president, will be promoted to a new role as CEO effective April 1.Charles Youngstrom and David Behm will support Hart in continued roles as co-presidents, the retailer said.Hart has spent his entire.....

UK retail sales resurgence points to continued economic growth
UK retail sales volumes rose by 0.8 percent month-on-month in October, according to figures released on Thursday, recovering from a fall of 0.4 percent in September and supporting the recent data showing that economic growth remains strong despite a slowdown in the rate of growth.In addition the Office of.....

US: Target, Metro Inc top estimates with Q3 growth
Target and Metro Inc have reported better-than-expected profit growth for their fiscal third quarters, highlighting the strength in some sectors of the retail industry.Target said net profit rose by 3.2% to $352m, while revenue was up 2.8% to $17.7bn, with US like-for-like sales up 1.2%. The results beat.....

AU: Cigarettes and junk food dominate supermarket sales growth
Australians now spend 10 per cent of the nation's annual grocery bill on tobacco products, and one in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to confidential industry data.Of the $85 billion spent on supermarket groceries each year, raw meat, fresh fruit and.....


UK: The couple who helped transform the way we shop
Clive Humby and Edwina Dunn The couple have been married for 32 years after first meeting when working in the same officeAs the owners of a small business with just 30 members of staff, Edwina Dunn and her husband Clive Humby shouldn't have been in Tesco's boardroom.Yet back in 1994 they had been invited to.....

Dis cheapest supermarket in Serbia, Maxi most expensive
A survey of 60 basic items from the consumer basket has revealed that the cheapest supermarket chain in Serbia is Dis.Dis was followed by Roda, Tempo and Univerexport, while Maxi, Mercator and Idea stand out as the most expensive. The survey, conducted, conducted by the Association of Serbian Consumers.....

I’m a UK retail junk bondholder, get me out of here!
Bondholders of Iceland Foods Group, which sponsors the “I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!” reality television show, are feeling the pressure.The UK frozen-food chain’s £200 million of 6.75 per cent notes were at 76.18 pence on the pound today, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The notes, which.....


Malaysia: Tesco opens new look hypermarket
Tesco has opened a new look hypermarket in the IOI City Mall in Putrajaya in Malaysia. High quality look and feelIt is one of three planned hypermarket openings this financial year, with one more store still to open. The store displays a very different look and feel to a standard Tesco hypmermarket, with a.....



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