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Friday, December 19, 2014

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Empty market in favour for French kiwi
The French kiwi season started well this year with an empty market. Chile had a very low crop this year and left an empty market for Northern Hemisphere kiwi producers, which resulted in good prices at the start.Although an empty market is in favour of the growers and gave this year an earlier start to the.....

Vietnam to block Australian 2015 fruit imports
Vietnam will stop importing fruit from Australia from next year because of insect issues, an official from the Plant Protection Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development confirmed Tuesday.The department will also stop granting plant quarantine certificates for Australian fruit from.....

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Collaboration brings red flesh apples
Redmoon® Surprise is a new brand for a series of red flesh apples. The brand is born out of the collaboration between French Escande and KIKU Variety Management from the Braun brothers, known for the global brand KIKU. "KIKU is one of the best addresses globally for the management of varieties and.....

Israel ready for avocado season
Yonatan Packing & Marketing is a 20 year old Israeli packing house owned by two moshavs and devoted mostly to the cultivation of mangoes, as well as avocados and citrus in the winter. “We produce 10,000 tons per year and deal with clients in Europe (the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the UK), Russia,.....

US: Strawberry volumes to pick up in January
Volumes of strawberries coming from Mexico are expected to increase at the start of next month, and berries from Florida are also expected to increase in volume during that time. California production will likely increase shortly after, making for robust volumes for the first month of 2015.“Oxnard should.....

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Ideal growing season for Tas onions
Tasmania has provided ideal growing conditions for onions so far. Field Fresh's early onions in Hagley are going well, planted in the first week of May they will be ready for lifting just after Christmas.These will be set for export mid to late February.The winter this year was mild and it has not been.....

Russians start to stockpile
Moldavian apples for the EU
The European Parliament has voted on a proposal to open the borders for small volumes of Moldavian apples, grapes and plums. The fruit will most likely be set for the Romanian market. The parliament also voted for a cooperation agreement with Georgia, where political and economic ties with the country were.....

US (CA): Strong demand for cauliflower, celery in December
Production of cauliflower and celery is winding down in California. Demand for both commodities has been good this month, as the Christmas pull kept prices up.“Cauliflower has been very active for the month of December,” said Jason Lathos of Church Brothers. “With the Christmas pull over, demand has been.....

McKinsey report: "Without change, it will only get worse"
"50 % of Dutch greenhouse growers unable to pay bills
At the moment, 50% of Dutch greenhouse vegetable companies are unable to pay their bills, with another 15% having no money to invest in the company. If the sector doesn't change, the remaining 35% will also run into problems. That's what the McKinsey & Company report shows when it comes to the.....

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Italy: 2014/15 apple production
The Assomela marketing committee has analysed the apple situation at a regional and provincial level.The productionClick here to enlarge.2,460,005 tons of apples were produced, i.e. +14.3% more than 2013.The productive season was favoured by a mild spring and a cool and wet summer.The quality of the fruit is.....

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Italy: 45% of Abate Fetel pears already sold
The definitive data concerning the Italian pear production reports 736,000 tons produced at a national level, quite a lot below the country's potential. Supply is similar to last year's and 6% less than the 2009-2012 average.This is what emerged from OI Pera data processed by theCSO.As regards pear stocks in.....

Tree fruit nurseries: often forgotten player
While the grower receives much of the credit for the fruit in the supermarket produce department, and deservedly so, many accomplishments in the nursery are also vital in the overall satisfaction the consumer receives when biting into a tasty, juicy fruit variety. It also helps to have a rich history as a.....

Courgette prices increase
According to the Relaxnews national price barometer, the price per kilo of courgettes has increased by 20% when sold in bulk and 11% when sold in net bags. These recent increases in figures brings the prices close to those recorded over the same period in 2013. Bulk courgettes reach €2.32/kilo and courgettes.....

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'Flotte Karotte' makes home deliveries of regional foods
Christian Goerdt is the founder of the German company'Flotte Karotte'. From Bochum he delivers locally grown food to homes in the region. He gets the food from suppliers, most of whom he has known for 18 years."You can achieve more together than alone," Goerdt is sure of this. "I know all the companies in.....

New rules for food labelling
On December 13, 2014 the EU Food information regulation was put into force. "This is an important milestone for clarity and truth in the presentation and labelling of food, and it makes it possible for people to be able to better identify what is in their food," says Christian Schmidt, the German minister of.....


NZ: Worker shortage as cherry harvest looms
A large cherry crop combined with new plantings coming into production has growers worried they won't have enough workers to harvest fruit and grapes in the wider Central Otago area this season.After exhausting all avenues to find workers, the Ministry of Social Development had declared a seasonal worker.....

AU (Queensland): Lychee harvest begins
It's harvest time for lychees on Queensland's Capricorn Coast. Ian Groves and his family have been growing tropical fruit on their Bungundarra property since the early 1980s, including lychees, mangoes, and avocadoes.For the next eight or nine weeks, the Groves family, with the help of half a dozen.....

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Reforms to lift growers out of the dumps
Australian vegetable and potato growers have welcomed the announcement of proposed Federal Government reforms which will make it tougher for importers to “dump” cheap foreign products on Australian shores.Requirements for companies to comply with Australian anti-dumping investigations to avoid being slapped.....

AU: Veggie Patch Project comes to end
Job seekers planted seeds and grew vital skills thanks to the Veggie Patch Project, which has come to an end after 18 months.More than 100 raised garden beds were installed in communities across the North-West Coast by the group of 25 participants, giving older people, those with low incomes and families.....

AU: Helping Cambodia's mango industry
In the shade of a mango plantation, an hour's drive south of Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh, a group of Australian researchers are busy checking trees. The team includes researchers from the New South Wales and Northern Territory Department of Primary Industries, and they've spent the last 18 months visiting.....


Decrease in South African lychee production
According to Gavin Hardy from the South Africa Lychee Growers Association (SALGA), South African lychee production will record a 30% decrease this year. According to Mr Hardy, this decrease caused by weather conditions and insufficient cold chains in the sector will not affect the quality of the fruit, which.....


Are apples healthier than bananas?
Foods differ in the amount they raise your blood sugar. So you'd think that a diet with foods that hike your blood sugar levels less, would reduce your risk of diabetes and heart disease. A new study in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that's not necessarily so."Some.....

September 2014
Russia, Fyffes, Chiqita .... the story continues
The Russian ban on fresh produce imports was still dominating the new in September 2014, the effects were being felt throughout Europe as well as in Russia.The Russian branch of McDonald’s removed salads from its menu. According to the fast food chain, since the boycott the quality of ingredients has.....


Small retailers disappearing in Croatia
Since the beginning of the economic crisis in 2008, some 5,771 small shops have closed in Croatia, resulting in between 15,000 and 20,000 lost jobs, according to latest data.President of Traders Guild of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HOK), Boris Vukelic, speaking at the ninth meeting of retailers,.....

Mercator posts €2.85 billion sales
Slovenian retailer Mercator Group expects €2.85 billion of sales revenue for 2015, which is 6.94 per cent more than the 2014 estimate, according to the business plan approved by the supervisory board.The group, which is majority owned by Croatian food-to-retail concern Agrokor, expects EBITDA to reach €182.....

UK: Social supermarket cuts prices for needy
Community Shop, a ‘social supermarket’ which found success in Yorkshire, has launched in London, selling reduced price produce to people nearing food poverty. Selling edible food that high street retailers would have disposed of, the store offers up to 70% off top brands and supermarket prices such as.....

Brazil: Carrefour offloads 10% stake
Carrefour has kept open the possibility of listing its Brazilian unit as it announced the sale of a stake in the business to a company led by billionaire Abilio Diniz.Diniz's Peninsula is acquiring a 10 per cent holding for $663 million (€525 million), the French retailer said. Peninsula also has options.....

Takeover of Intermarché’s Bosnian unit
After months of negotiations, Bosnian retail chain Bingo has officially took over rival Interex, which was operated by France’s Intermarché for the past 14 years.The value of the acquisition was not disclosed, but a €30 million price tag is being mentioned unofficially.Bingo purchased 24 Interex outlets that.....

Lidl marks 20 years in Spain
Lidl will today open a new store in Erandio, Pais Vasco, which will be its twenty-first in Spain.The German discounter pumped €190 million into the country in 2014 – an increase of almost 20 per cent on last year (€160 million). On top of this, it opened its ninth Spanish logistics plant (in Lorquí,.....

Ireland: Eurospar undercuts rivals
Eurospar has slashed fruit and vegetable prices to as little as 9c — just weeks after other major retailers agreed not to sell produce below cost.At the start of the month, Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, and the Musgrave Group pledged not to sell fruit and vegetables at below-cost prices in the run-up to Christmas. The.....

US (SC): You can now drink beer while shopping at Whole Foods
Whole Foods Marketing Team Leader Pam Fischette, in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, recently announced via twitter that, "You can now drink beer while you shop with us.""The way it works is the customer buys the beer from the cashier and if the customer doesn’t have a bottle opener, the cashier sends them to.....

US: Putting online deliveries to the test
Upcoming changes in the Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service in Seattle are causing some longtime customers to think twice. Is it worth the new $299/year Prime Fresh subscription? What about one of these newer services like Instacart, or delivery from a traditional supermarket like Safeway?GeekWire ordered.....

Finnish grower installs demo greenhouse in grocery store
All over the world consumers want to learn more about where their food is coming from. Many farmers and growers felt this awareness and realize that they should tell consumers about the good practices that are being conducted during the production of their food. Finnish grower Puutarhuri Yli-Nikula also felt.....

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