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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

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From Port to Table: PMA Fresh Connections Rotterdam
Transparency key for supply chain efficiency
The international supply chain that takes fresh produce from one part of the world to another is complicated, intricate and dependent on many players with sometimes competing interests. Though it's apparent to all who take part in the supply chain that more transparency and open communication would create a.....


South African Summer Citrus
Texas and expansion goals for US program
The Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum (WCCPF) conducted its annual planning sessions for the Summer Citrus export program to the US, with much of the discussion linked to the importance of the African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA).(left to right) Kelly Davis, Wakefern Category Manager for Produce,.....

2015 Chilean citrus season launches with first clementine shipment to US
The Chilean citrus industry has kicked off with the year’s first shipment of clementines to the U.S. market. Exports began in week 17, with the shipping of about 170 tons aboard the ship MSC Federica from Valparaiso. Six containers are headed to the port of Philadelphia, and 2 containers are destined for.....

TPP deal could shake Latin America
When President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in Washington last week to discuss creating the world’s biggest trade bloc with 10 other Pacific Rim nations, most Latin American countries didn’t pay any attention. But they should have.The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which.....

Jazz and Envy available early June
Canada: Excited for new apple crop from New Zealand
“We are looking forward to the arrival of the new apple crop from New Zealand,” says David Nelley, executive apple and pear category director with Oppy. “The fruit will be here early June and available through mid-September.” It was a difficult growing season that started with hail last October. “However,.....

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QLD strawberries: Post storm cleanup begins
Queensland’s strawberry farmers have been hit with a ‘double whammy’ after a second powerful storm in as many weeks moved through Caboolture and surrounding areas, where up to 90% of the state’s strawberries are grown. The storm dumped between 250ml and 330ml over the weekend, before leaving almost as.....


Spain: High prices and good quality for first cherries
"Yesterday we made the first shipments of early cherries of the Early Bigi variety to Switzerland and France at very high prices," said the exporter Manuel Navarro Rubio, manager of the company Namifruits, of Fraga, Aragon."We are among the first to start harvesting and cherry supply volumes are currently.....


Gert-Jan Slobbe, Fortuna Frutos: cucumber season historically bad
"Slightly lower production of Canary tomatoes with just higher prices"
Fortuna Frutos expects to continue to offer Canary tomatoes for another few weeks. "So far we have had a reasonable season with slightly lower productions and just higher prices," says Gert-Jan Slobbe. "As far as quality is concerned the Canary tomato season is going fine. I expect it to continue for.....

US (CA): Artichoke prices remain strong
Lower than usual supplies continue to prop up higher than normal prices for California artichokes. With volumes this season expected to continue as they have so far, prices could stay at these levels for the foreseeable future.“Prices are good, and they have been for a little over a month,” said Bob.....

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US: Mango imports from Mexico continue to increase
The volume of mangos imported from Mexico has outpaced the rate at which the fruit made its way into the United States last season.“We've seen steady increases in the volume of mangos from Mexico,” said Chris Ciruli of Ciruli Brothers. “For the last two weeks, we saw an excess of three million cartons.....


"Sales organic groceries 450% in 2025" | Both Aldi and Lidl losing share
Lidl adjusts plans to enter US
Changes in the food industry landscape and customer expectations will cause the market share of traditional retailers to drop from 71% of retail food sales to 62% by 2025, according to a new report from Technomic, supermarketnews.com writes. Technomic does predict some growth for traditional retailers over.....



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Italy: Kareena aubergines are truly unique!
"The aubergine campaign went well until April 25th, then there was a sudden drop in prices due to the bank holiday, which always seems to affect prices," explains Tommasso Ferrisi, Verd'Oro line sales manager forGold Green.The company's newest product are Kareena aubergine, created because of a "bet" made.....


Gerwin de Vries, Witlofkwekerij LOF:
"Chicory market shows rising line after Easter dip"
After Easter the chicory market was in a firm dip for a while, but now the market is fighting its way up again. "It was difficult in the week after Easter, but since then the sales have been going a lot better, partially thanks to various supermarket deals. The price level today is around 95 cents to 1.....

Young shoppers like sweet corn
Some vegetables do not make it to the top ten of most adolescents, however sweet corn does.Compared to other kinds of fresh vegetables sweet corn has a fairly young consumer base and therefore its future looks good. Because eating habits learned at a young age often survive into old age.In general the.....

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Spar Austria bets on crispy-fresh radishes and young onions from Tyrol
After the long winter months, people can look forward to the first kinds of domestic vegetables. The red-glowing radishes and fresh young onions from Tyrol appear to be bursting with vitamins. In the last 8 to 12 weeks, they have been grown on the fields of Biachlhof in Thaur, and they perfectly complement.....

Wild asparagus technically not asparagus
The wild asparagus is here again. The wild asparagus technically isn't asparagus at all; they are the stalks of a hyacinth-like plant. They are always available for a brief period, about 6 to 8 weeks. They're grown in special nurseries in France, and only grow well in warm weather. The young stalks have a.....

Coop sells crooked (German) asparagus
For the past year and a half, Coop has been selling fruit and vegetables that don't meet the common beauty ideal, under the name Ünique. In February, the assortment was expanded with eggplants, lemons and kiwis. The retail trader now also sells curved asparagus – of course these came from Baden for the first.....


Germany: Meeting customers during Tomato Expert Panel 2015
Inspiration, networking and education, these were the keywords during the Spanish Tomato Expert Panel event from 21-23 April in Dusseldorf.This event is a type of think tank where the most relevant tomato producers player in Iberia, meet to talk about predefine topics that help them to identify in which.....

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Israel: X-ray machine reports on nutritional information
How much fat in that avocado? Eshet Eilon’s new fruit sorters use ‘X-ray powers’ to analyze the inside of produce.To survive in business today, industry expert Menashe Tamir says, fruit exporters have to know their product inside out. And if their business relates to avocados, apples, or dates, a new.....

Market report BLE
Germany: prices of Valencia Late decreased
Navelate and Lane Late from Spain were the most present of the oranges on the German wholesale markets in week 17 as far as volumes were concerned. Valencia Late from Egypt, Spain and Morocco completed the supply. There were still some Washington Navels coming from Turkey. Italy supplied blood oranges of the.....

Rising turnover for Greenyard Foods
Greenyard Foods (Euronext Brussels:GRYFO) announced their results for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2015. Marleen Vaesen, CEO of Greenjard Foods: "We are proud of the achievements Greenyard Foods has made in the last fiscal year. Sales rose by 2%, while REBITDA rose by an enormous 22%. Greenyard Foods.....


collaboration between Frans van de Polder and Horloge.nl
'Fresh fruit and watches' for Rotterdam
Watch specialists at Horloge.nl and Fruit and Vegetable trader Frans van de Polder from Rotterdam are joining forces to inform the people of Rotterdam about the importance of eating enough fruits and vegetables. With the campaign 'Verse horloges en Fruit' ('Fresh watches and fruit) they announce that only.....


Fast recooling with Tarp Pre Cool system
Technology is responding to the need to get soft fresh produce, such as soft fruit and lettuce, refrigerated as quickly as possible. What could take up to twelve hours cooling normally in a cold store, can be achieved within 35% of the time with a Tarp Pre Cool system. This results in transport being ready.....

Edeka/Tengelmann take-over:
Rewe Group rejects proposed ministerial approval
In the upcoming procedures for a ministerial approval, the Rewe Group – like in the original fusion procedures at the Federal Cartel Office – will apply for additional loads to strengthen their rejecting position. “The arguments brought forth by the requesting parties, which consisted of outstanding care for.....


La Rioja
Spain: Rincón de Soto pears to be exported next season
The sector welcomes the new Rioja company MissFruit, devoted to the production and marketing of Conference pears from La Rioja under the PDO Pera de Rincón de Soto."Five producers have joined with the goal of concentrating sufficient volumes and be able to start exporting our pears. In total, we have about.....

Spain: Nadorcott and Clemcott campaigns come to an end
The campaign for both Nadorcott and Clemcott, late varieties with seasonally adjusted consumption compared to other mandarins, has come to an end, according to the Club of Protected Plant Varieties (CVVP), again exceeding expectations as regards quality.The CVVP manages the Nadorcott and the Clemcott quality.....

Switzerland: Free trade with India unlikely
It has become quiet in recent months around the planned free trade agreement between Switzerland and India. According to the SECO director Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch there is only a small chance that there will be an agreement.Although there was progress in some areas, there is just little chance for.....

Extremadura
Spain: Carriers demand fewer sanctions
Carriers in Extremadura will ask the Government Delegation for more flexibility in the application of sanctions during the next tomato season, as well as the improvement of some of the roads, especially rural roads. The sector believes that sanctions last year were somewhat excessive and, for this reason,.....


Crimson Snow club opens doors to Russia with Serbian Partner
Serbian Agrounija/Verda Vivo join CRIMSON SNOW clubSerbian companies Agrounija, the part of MK Group and Verda Vivo started a 300ha+ project in 2014 in one of the best growing areas in Serbia.Gojko Zagorac (Verda Vivo) – Luis Clementi (Fratelli Clementi) – Miroslav Ivanovic (Verda Vivo) – Thomas Braun (KIKU).....

Alfonso P.B. of Explotaciones Agrarias Luver S.L.
Five years in prison for 700,000 Euro debt on 4 million kilos of potatoes
The Spanish Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of five years and one day in prison imposed on Almeria entrepreneur Alfonso P.B., manager of Explotaciones Agrarias Luver S.L., based in Roquetas del Mar, which in 2008 received about 4 million kilos of potatoes from a company in Tordesillas (Valladolid),.....

Spanish strawberries at lowest prices
Strawberry price trends in the European markets will be crucial in the latter part of the season to determine the time when producers will stop producing large volumes. Work has already concluded with 20% of the crops, mainly of early varieties, as reported last week by the producer organisation Freshuelva.....

Poland: Potato demand drops again
In 2014, Poland registered the first increase in potato consumption in six years. This year, however, demand has once again entered a downward trend."Last year, a big drop in retail prices and an improvement in quality led to an increase in potato consumption, something which we had not seen since 2008,".....


Poland: Tonnes of apples and carrots distributed for free
19 tonnes of apples and 9 tonnes of carrots were distributed for free in the Polish municipality of Rzezawa after consultation with the Food Bank in Krakow. They came from surplus agricultural production as a result of the Russian embargo.The action was carried out under the special programme from the.....


Oceania

AU: US 'Potato King' to speak at convention
Blair Richardson, a legend of the United States horticulture industry, will deliver the keynote address at the 2015 National Horticulture Convention, Trade Show and Awards for Excellence.“As President and CEO of the United States Potato Board, Mr Richardson is regarded as one of the most prominent figures in.....


AU: Good conditions for macadamia industry
China is the best and worst of customers for the export bush tucker industry that started right here, around Gympie, Australian Macadamia Society CEO Jolian Burnett said yesterday. The best customer anyone could have is currently buying about 30% of Australia's macadamia crop."In the short term it's a good.....

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Are NZ food brands really kiwi?
Roam the supermarket aisles looking for fresh Kiwi fruit and vegetables and they'll probably be easy enough to identify. The sign on the eggplants clearly says they're from Australia. The snow peas are imported from the United States.But head to the packaged foods and you'll find imported products hiding.....


AU: Dedicated aisle in Hong Kong supermarket for growers
West Australian food producers are set to secure a dedicated aisle in a major Hong Kong supermarket following a ministerial trade visit.Minister for Agriculture and Food Ken Baston met with representatives from Hong Kong chain 759 Store about stocking produce from WA. Mr Baston said the Department of.....

AU: PMA calls for crack-down on rogue labour hire firms
Following ABC’s Four Corners expose on widespread exploitation of migrant workers, CEO of PMA, Michael Worthington calls on the authorities to make a concerted crack-down on rogue labour hire firms.“The vast majority of fresh produce companies do the right thing with their employment practices and they are.....

Seeka reports second consecutive year of top returns for avocado growers
Seeka Kiwfruit Industries has reported its second consecutive year of well above industry average Orchard Gate Returns (OGR) for its avocado growers.To date, returns for the 2014-15 season have Seeka’s avocado growers being paid out an average OGR of $16.03 per export tray with further payments projected of.....

Growers to get more say on market access, R&D
Growers around Australia will be able to get informed, and have their say on proposed Research and Development (R&D), Marketing and industry priorities as the Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) roadshow visits farming areas including Mareeba, west of Cairns, on May 6, and the Lockyer Valley, west.....


Fruit-spotting bug
Biocontrol pays off
When MacKay Estates decided to move into papaya production in 2007, the company was starting with a clean slate in new fields previously producing sugarcane.From the beginning, the business adopted the integrated crop management strategies they had in place in its banana business, developed over many years.....


World

Early harvest for melon that set the standard for bold flavor
It’s time to unfold the sweet flavor of the Origami cantaloupe, as Legend Produce begins their harvest today!The art of this year's early harvest for the Origami was planting earlier and letting Mother Nature’s recent trend of warm weather ripen the melons at the perfect time. The real beauty of the unique.....

Record Chinese investments in Europe
Europe is becoming more and more attractive for Chinese companies to invest. Last year, China invested a record amount of 18 billion dollars in Europe, divided across 153 projects. In 2010, another 2 billion dollars was invested in Europe. That means China’s focus appears to be shifting from resources to.....

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Folklore and sustainability at WorldExpo2015 Milan
Between May 1 and October 31, Milan is all about Expo2015. At this exhibition, countries from all over the world can admire each other's innovations when it comes to fruit and veg and other food. A small impression of imagery on social media:The pope gives his blessing to theExpo.Aspects of growth are.....


Retail


"Sales organic groceries 450% in 2025" | Both Aldi and Lidl losing share
Lidl adjusts plans to enter US
Changes in the food industry landscape and customer expectations will cause the market share of traditional retailers to drop from 71% of retail food sales to 62% by 2025, according to a new report from Technomic, supermarketnews.com writes. Technomic does predict some growth for traditional retailers over.....



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