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Thursday, February 23, 2017

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Korea fastest growing market for NZ avocados
The world's avocado production is increasing every year but according to those within the industry demand is still far higher than supply. The Australians are renowned for their love of the avocado, this is music to the ears of both Australian and New Zealand producers.Australia continues to be the largest.....

PMA Fresh Connections: China, March 15-17
Connect with local Chinese buyers
Selling into the Chinese market and understanding how to do business in China are two major topics addressed at the Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) 5th annual Fresh Connections, organised in Shanghai on March 15-17.“PMA Fresh Connections: China’s premier goal is to help attendees create long-term sales.....


Chile: "Producers can lose business opportunities due to lack of knowledge"
Despite the initial concerns of producers, who had been alarmed by the earlier start of the harvest and the consequently low prices, the Chilean blueberry campaign finished with good results. It was the increase in demand that saved this campaign, which was boosted by the frequent promotional campaigns.....


Fermín Sánchez, manager of Gruventa:
"Lack of 'extra quality' citrus after difficult weather in December"
The market has already stabilised. "Not all areas of Spain were affected by the bad weather; southern areas, like Seville, for example, have been spared," affirms Fermín Sánchez Navarro, manager of Gruventa. "What is now going on is the biggest selection of "extra quality" product for overseas exports," says.....


The only commercial producer of bite-sized Ronde de Bordeaux figs
Fig exports from South Africa steadily on the rise
The South African fig export industry, barely a decade old, is expanding, with domestic demand also showing improvement as a result of the so-called “foodie” culture. It is a difficult fruit to export because it spoils easily: it needs to be picked at the optimal time (at 85 to 90% ripeness for export) and.....

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Patrick van Schetsen, Purple Pride:
“Aubergine market went from extremely good to extremely bad”
The Dutch aubergine season started out as very good in January, but by now, the market has hit a major slump. “We started unusually early as a result of the favourable weather and the amount of sunshine after planting. The first three weeks of the season, up to the first week of February, were exceptionally.....


Danish peas - the snack of the future?
The idea behind Danish company Greenpeas started back in 1977, born from a childhood memory of eating raw peas from their pods, and has grown into a company with a lot of potential for expansion outside of its native country of Denmark. "I started as a grower back in 1977, growing a lot of different crops.....

Opportunities for Egyptian stone fruit
Egypt isn’t particularly known for its stone fruit production. Evagro is one of the few Egyptian companies that is involved with this type of fruit and the new season is expected to start at the end of March.Emad El Din Ahmed of Evagro sees great opportunities for the Egyptian stone fruit season, as the.....


Andreas Eschbach, 2BFresh:
“We wanted to be closer to the market”
Andreas and Margret Eschbach About a year ago, 2BFresh started a joint venture in Switzerland. “We started there in March 2016,” Andreas Eschbach says. “We have greenhouses, a packing station and a cold store in Switzerland, all the necessary installations to produce micro-leaves. All of our seeds come from.....

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Ive Lambert on the Brazilian melon season
“The market was not bad but there was too much volume”
Up till now, the Brazilian melon season has been going well, qualitatively. “However, price-wise it was quite disappointing. Much too much has been sent. Many people then say ‘the market is bad,’ but that is not the case. The ‘market’ or the ‘consumer’ is often blamed when this happens, but the volumes sent.....



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Italy: Lively demand for asparagus
"We started harvesting twenty years ago. The produce is good, even though frost slowed down the growth of shoots," reports Giuseppe Collodoro, asparagus producer from Mazzarino (Caltanissetta). It is still early for asparagus, so demand is high for the ones available on the market.Archive photoAnalysing the.....


Andiprim has expanded considerably due to take-overs
“We want to become the largest logistics service provider in Belgian fresh produce sector”
The Belgian logistical service provider Andiprim has taken over various other logistics companies in recent years. Manager Dirk Smets indicates that after the take-over of Adritrans in 2013, three more take-overs followed. “It concerns DAV trans, Daans from Putte and Vervoer Gunther Huyssens. By now, the.....


Italy: A good moment for potatoes
Good sales rhythm at the Bologna wholesale market. Roberto Piazza (in the photo), director of the Bologna market wholesalers association, reports that "sales are good also because quality is excellent. Prices are 55-60 eurocents/kg for 5-10 kg sacks. Smaller sacks are sold at 75-80 cents/kg."This was due to.....

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"We may see changes in tomato prices in two weeks"
Until a couple of weeks ago, the tomato production was too small due to the low temperatures; however, "it is now back to normal levels," affirms Jerónimo García, manager at Marsol Fruits Spain. García points out that "the demand from consumers is currently being met," although producers are not fully.....

Israel/Turkey to discuss non-tariff barriers for fruit & veg
The Israeli consul-general in Istanbul has pledged he would talk to authorities in Israel about non-tariff barriers in the fruit and vegetables trade, encouraging further trade between the countries. The envoy also stated that business people will from now on be able to get three-year, multiple-entry.....


New tray aimed at growers and soft fruit pickers
Goplasticpallets.com has launched a new light fruit tray, aimed at growers and soft fruit pickers.Created specifically for the fruit industry, the company claims their GoEuro 64120LP offers a simple, yet durable solution to fruit picking."The super light tray comes with a ventilated base and walls, for.....


School children visit LBP and learn about "Eating Healthy"
“Eating Healthy” was the title of a national school scheme for very young school children intended to make them aware of all the benefits of eating healthy food - and also to teach them awareness of where these products come from."School 'De Driemaster' from Hook of Holland made contact with LBP to connect.....

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Germany: The vegetable season has begun
On the 15th and 16th of February, many vegetable farmers in the Rhine region planted the first vegetables in the fields according to the Provincial Association of Rhine fruit and vegetable farmers in Bonn.The first plantings of lettuce and kohlrabi could be made exceptionally early this year. The reason for.....

Switzerland: Migros imports potatoes
Due to the rainy spring, the potato harvest fell dramatically in 2016 compared to previous years. The consequences are as follows: in Migros branches from next week onward there will be no more Swiss potatoes for around six months.The cooperative, Migros Bern Aare, announced two days ago that the Swiss.....

France: 20% increase in organic market in 2016
According to the Agence Bio, the organic food market in France has increased by 20%, reaching €7 billion in 2016. Whilst in 2003 half of the population had never eaten organic food, today seven out of ten consume organic produce at least once a month. 15% of the French population consumed organic produce on.....


Russia not in a hurry to lift sanctions on Turkey
Russia is in no hurry to lift the boycott on Turkish products. "There are no plans to lift the boycott in the near future," said Sergey Dankvert of Russian phytosanitary watchdog, Rossekhoznadzor, to Sputnik News.“The import of a number of products is already allowed. The other products are boycotted by us.....


Launch of the film "Smurfs: Lost Village"
Fresón de Palos and Sony Pictures join forces in promotional campaign
Fresón de Palos and Sony Pictures have joined forces to promote both strawberry sales and the launch of the movie "Smurfs: Lost Village", which will be released in theatres on 31 March. The affinity between the product and the famous animated characters has facilitated a collaboration targeted at both adults.....

Europatat Congress set for June 15-17 in Belgium
Belgapom, the Belgian Potato Traders and Processors, and Europatat, the European Potato Trade Association have confirmed the dates for the annual Europatat Congress, that this year will take place in Antwerp (Belgium) from 15 to 17 June 2017, at the beautiful Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, located in the city.....


Over 12,000 million Euro for the first time
Spain: Record-breaking horticultural exports
The value of Spanish fresh fruit and vegetable exports in 2016 increased by 5% compared to the same period of 2015, totalling 12,486 million Euro (and exceeding 12,000 million for the first time), according to data released this week by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness and processed by.....


Eating "10 a day" of fruit & veg could prevent 7.8m deaths a year
According to a new study by Imperial College London the ever popular "5 a day" saying for fruit and vegetables should be updated to "10 a day". The study, which analysed 95 studies involving two million people's eating habits, showed that increased consumption reduced the chance of heart attack, stroke,.....

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Larger variety in vegetable cultivation in 2016
A total of 68 farms cultivated vegetables in 2016. Of these 68 farms, 30 cultivated the vegetables in high tunnels and greenhouses. According to the Statistical Office the open field acreage in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern increased with 5.2%, compared to 2015, to 1,709 hectares. The largest surface, 1,242.....


UK scientists remove broccoli's reliance on seasonality
Scientists at the John Innes Centre are developing a new line of fast-growing, sprouting broccoli that goes from seed to harvest in 8-10 weeks. It has the potential to deliver two full crops a season in-field or it can be grown all year round in protected conditions, which could help with continuity of.....


Oceania


$16.5M to bolster Australia’s export reputation in Asia
The grower-owned research and development corporation, Horticulture Innovation Australia, today announced a $16.5M strategy to take the nation’s reputation for delivering premium produce in Asia to new heights.Being delivered in partnership with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QLD.....

American Airlines Cargo increasing service between New Zealand and LAX
Since the route between Los Angeles (LAX) and the New Zealand city of Auckland's (AKL) mid-year launch in 2016, the carrier has seen consistent, rapid expansion—a developing story perfectly illustrated by the short notice shipment of a world renowned honey.“Customers across New Zealand are benefiting from.....

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Blueberry pickers in Australia to benefit from new laws
Blueberry pickers in the upper Clarence at Tabulam will benefit most from new planning laws adopted by Kyogle Council that will encourage temporary on-farm accommodationKyogle Mayor, Danielle Mulholland, said: "Supporting rural businesses by ensuring a range of appropriate worker accommodation options are.....

NZ: Port of Tauranga kiwifruit shipments rise by 16%
Port of Tauranga chief executive, Mark Cairns, says he's relieved to see revenue growth as cargo volumes grow at New Zealand's biggest port, after the completion of a five-year, $350 million capital spending programme that included preparing for bigger ships.Revenue rose 2.8% to $125 million in the six.....

New variety of plum hits Western Australian stores
A variety of plum called the Queen Garnet which some claim to be a 'super-fruit' has entered stores in Western Australian this month.The variety, which was developed in Queensland, is believed to be high in antioxidants, and studies conducted on rats in 2014 showed significant weight loss when the plum was.....


World

Spanish project for smart irrigation praised by international jury
UNESCO, Harvard BusinessRevier, Canal+, National Geographic and TechHub, among other institutions, have awarded 250 projects from around the world, including a Huercal-Overa company called Expanhouse SL, to develop and promote projects aimed at improving our quality of life.The water deficit in the province.....


“Presenting Miss Perfect in new ways”
Presenting products in new ways is a permanent aim for Den Berk Délice. During the Fruit Logistica, the company was located at the Hoogstraten stand, and they promoted a new presentation concept for Miss Perfect. It concerns multiple flow-packs of this tomato, packaged in a display box.Easy way to.....


Retail


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METRO to connect customers with suppliers
French organic chain NaturéO turnover up 42%French organic supermarket chain NaturéO saw its turnover rise by 42% to reach €92m in 2016, according to LSA-Conso.fr. It opened 11 supermarkets over the calendar year, taking its total number of outlets to about 30. It plans to augment this with a further 20 or.....



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