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Thursday, February 11, 2016

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Darren Drury T&G
Demand outstrips supply for Jazz and Envy
New Zealand is looking forward to the 2016 apple season with the markets a bit more settled compared to last year when the apple trade was facing the reality of zero exports to Russia from Europe. "It is going very well for our own varieties, especially for Jazz with sales up year on year to the point where.....


Hazera's mini watermelons' success in the US market
Personal watermelons currently account forabout 15% of the US watermelon market, andthe percentage is steadily increasing. Amongthe reasons for growth are consumers' appreciationof the taste and convenience of the mini-watermelon, as well as the fact that American families are getting smaller.Recently,.....


The RSA Group
South Africa: Fruit and veg price up 30% due to drought
The RSA Group is one of the largest fresh produce traders in South Africa and as the group is represented countrywide, they were asked for comment on the current drought affecting the country.South Africa is currently experiencing the strongest El Nino phenomenon in 18 years. This has a medium and long term.....


First ever shipment:
Puerto Rican GoMango goes for US
After primarily exporting their mangoes to the local and European market, Puerto Rican based mango producer GoMango, now has its eye on the US market. Exports of green mango to the US are set to start at the beginning of this year's mango season, which typically runs from May to the end of July.Yoav Cohen,.....

US: Lull in availability for limes
Though the supply of limes from Mexico is year-round, there are several lulls in production when imports become relatively scarce. February is the start of one of those lulls, and prices are expected to increase through April.“Limes are a volatile commodity,” noted Steve Leal of S&J Distributing, “so.....

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Eddy Kreukniet, Exsa Europe:
"High prices on the grape market after unforeseen shortages"
The grape market is exciting to say the least. "The prices went up considerably in a few weeks. South Africa was expecting a record harvest, but it didn't come and it even seems like the volumes may be lower than last year. In the last two weeks South Africa has exported less than last year again," says.....

US(CA): Good weather raises hopes for cherry crop
Though California's cherry harvest is still several months away, the state's cherry growers have seen promising signs this winter. Plenty of chill hours and more rain than in previous years are providing good conditions for this season's crop.“We have had rain and we have had cold weather this winter,” said.....

Dutch grow sweet snack peppers Vitapep and Piccolo tomatoes in Portugal
Atlantic Growers Portugal chosen as the best quality supplier to M&S
The company Atlantic Growers in Odemira Portugal has been active since 2001. The Harvest House growers Ferry Enthoven, Wim and Martien Zuidgeest grow in the Dutch style in a glass greenhouse on the Atlantic coast on an area of 12.5 hectares. Ferry has been living in Portugal for 17 years and heads the.....


France: Weather pushes back citrus season
Saint Charles sells 18 varieties of citrus, most of which come from Spain and Morocco. This season, unusual weather in both of those regions has complicated the marketing of several citrus varieties in Europe.“Middle season citrus varieties arrived very early when the early varieties sales were not even.....

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Jack Kloosterboer: "Doubling Chiquita banana arrivals in Vlissingen"
Chiquita drops Bremerhaven and moves streams to Vlissingen
Chiquita will mostly move the import streams of bananas inEurope to Vlissingen. Chiquita will send the conventional reeferships of the Great White Fleet only to Vlissingen as of this week and drop the German Bremershaven from the shipping schedule. Bananas will still arrive in the Bremerhaven through the.....


Photo Reports Fruit logistica
Last week the annual Fruit Logisitca exhibition was held in Berlin. An ideal networking event according to many of the exhibitors. According to a press release from Fruit Logistica, they had a new record of more than 70,000 trade visitors from over 130 countries. More greenhouse suppliersIn the last couple.....



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Positive environment for European potatoes
According to the NEPG, current potato stocks are well underway in the 5 main producing countries. Current exports of potatoes are within the multi-annual average, but experts expect the volumes exported to increase, mainly towards the East. Export of processed potato-based products to countries outside the.....


Interview with Driscoll's Theo Houwen
Winning the hearts of European berry consumers
Berries are one of the fastest growing fresh producecategories in terms of consumption. In 2015 thecategory has shown an astonishing growth in theNordics and the Netherlands. According to Driscoll’sEMEA Managing Director Theo Houwen this is onlythe beginning, as the berry company is winning thehearts of.....


German ag minister sees great potential organic farming
German Federal Agriculture Minister Schmidt sees great potential for organic farming in Germany, but does not believe in pressuring the country's farmers into converting to organic cultivation.Minister Christian Schmidt is encouraging German farmers, in the face of fluctuating world market prices, to enter.....

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"We need to deliver our products worldwide to continue growing"
Fruit exporter Mitrosilis celebrates 40th anniversary
The Greek fruit exporter Mitrosilis is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016. Over the years, its number of export markets has grown considerably. Owner Christos Mitrosilis explains that, about 30 years ago, they decided to start supplying retailers directly. "With this, we became the first Greek exporter.....


"Getting the best out of the market together with growers"
Hoogstraten places all products under one brand
During Fruit Logistica 2016 Hoogstraten presented its new name, logo and house style. Hoogstraten has been working on developing a new identity for the future since 2013, which was presented for the first time during the fair. "We have decided to change our name to Cooperation Hoogstraten. This is because.....


"The miniature apple is a hip and healthy snack"
First Belgian Rockit apples in supermarket
Rockit apples from Belgium can be eaten for the first time this year. The trees were planted in 2012 and 50 tonnes were harvested this season. At the moment the miniature apples are available in a tube in various Belgian supermarkets. TheLimburgse Tuinbouw Veiling is the exclusive distributor in the Benelux.....


Geke van der Ven-Gaakeer, The Greenery:
"More products and faster turnaround possible with Gourmet Mix"
During the Fruit Logisitca The Greenery introduced the Gourmet Mix. "Siggi Müller signalled the demand for smaller packaging for catering suppliers among our German Cash&Carry customers. The regular packaging was found to be too big. The concept is now also suitable for retailers. With the Gourmet Mix we.....

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Erik Frens, Partners Network:
"The Russian boycott won't stop this year"
Partners Network from Nunspeet has been active in the export of meat, fish and poultry to Asia, Africa, Russia, the Ukraine and Central Asian countries for years. The importer and exporter has been spreading its wings into the fruit and vegetable section since 2014. During Fruit Logistica we spoke to Erik.....

Hryvnia devaluation helped Ukraine's mushroom producers
Since the collapse of the USSR, mushroomproduction in Ukraine has developed more thanin any other country; today Ukraine producesmore than 50,000 tons of mushrooms per year,whereas Belarus produces 15,000 tons andRussia only 9,000.Despite the fact that the domestic market is saturated and mushroom prices are.....


Valentine's packaging for San Lucar strawberries
Packed with love: SanLucar presents the new400 g strawberry punnet with heart-shaped window just in time for Valentine´s Day. The SanLucar brand campaign always uses pictures of real fields and growers on its advertising- and packaging material. In the case of the San Valentin's strawberries, the sunny.....

Evelina Bio® apples at the centre of new project
VOG is preparing to launch a new project that will feature the club apple variety Evelina BIO®, of which the consortium is the exclusive producer in Italy. It consists of a co-branding with Bio Marlene®, the consortium's brand devoted to organic production, under which no fewer than nine apple varieties are.....

UK: Ł150k potato storage fellowship cultivates innovative fruit research
Dr Richard Colgan, leading post-harvest physiologist at the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), aims to improve the delivery timing of potato crops into the UK retail and processing sector in one of three AHDB Potatoes awarded fellowships. To do so, he plans to capitalise on work from the horticulture.....

Bell pepper exports from Poland down by a third
Polish exporters significantly reduced their bell pepper shipments in the current season. Exports totaled just 10,800 tons in the first three quarters of this season with more than 90% of the peppers exported in the third quarter. Exports fell by a third compared with the same period of the previous season.A.....


Alifresca
New supplier quality checks
"The millions of Euro spent every year to check on suppliers could be spent better, they could be invested," explains Vladimir Cob Sevilla, CEO of Alifresca AG.The company was bought by Coop Suisse,Alifresca Italywill therefore source the mainly Italian products sold by the Suisse cooperative, while a.....


Big export plans for Pomegreat
Wonderful extends pomegranate juice assortment
The company Wonderful presented its new drink Pomegreat during Fruit Logistica 2016. Tom Hazelof, sales director of Wonderful Europe, says that the brand Pomegreat was bought over in 2015. "Of course we already have a pomegranate juice in our assortment, Pom Wonderful, but with Pomegreat we are serving a new.....


Sicilian asparagus three weeks early
Sicilian asparagus arrived on the market three weeks early. "We usually start selling our produce from mid-February onwards, but we started harvesting two weeks ago," explains Enzo Rasŕ, president ofConsorzio Asparago Sovrano.At the moment, the produce comes from 50 hectares of greenhouses, while open fields.....

Spain: Oranges already 50% more expensive due to lack of supply
The orange campaign in Andalusia has entered an upward trend with the start of February, with prices that are almost 50% higher than in 2015 as a result of a growing shortage.The situation has led the industry to predict that these good prices will remain stable for the later orange varieties, according to.....

Maersk: ''Global trade is worse than it was during the financial crisis''
Maersk's chief executive Nils Andersen, has warned that conditions for global trade are even worse than they were during the height of the 2008 financial crisis.In an interview with the Financial Times after the company released its annual results, Andersen, said:"It is worse than in 2008. The oil price is.....


"This concept is particularly suited for export"
Archi.duc: grow mushrooms at home
Mushrooms can be grown at home nowadays. With the new concept Archi.duc, consumers can even harvest three times. Archi.duc was introduced for the first time during Fruit Logistica by the Flemish Steven van Robays and Hilde Lapierre, both born among mushrooms.Available in the supermarketThe'do-it-yourself'.....


Problems for vegetables due to warm temperatures
"The winter season has practically skipped Apulia. I would have thought that there would have been a gap in supplies this or next week, but I was wrong. There is a lot of produce around, maybe there will only be less cauliflowers available around late March," explains a producer from Bari.The situation is.....


Landgard expands to China
Landgard, the producers cooperative, reached an important milestone in the internationalization of the cooperative. During Fruit Logistica 2016 Landgard signed, together with partner Rayen, a contract establishing a joint venture with a representative in China.From left to right: Jens Pawlik, Manager.....

Kaufland includes Eastern European purchasing in EMD
Kaufland will bundle the purchasing for stores in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Romania and include them in the EMD alliance. Lidl sister company Kaufland has been strongly linked to the purchasing and marketing alliance EMD, which Superunie has also been a member of since 2005, since day one......

Increasingly lower margins
France: Agricultural producers block large distribution platforms
Groups of French agricultural producers have blocked at least three major distribution platforms located in the northwest of the country, in the regions of Ille-et-Vilaine and Morbihan, as protest against their dwindling profit margins.They started their protests 15 days ago to demand greater public.....

Campaign "Fraises d'Europe: La vie en rouge"
European strawberries seek to boost consumption in France
The European campaign "Fraises d'Europe: La vie en rouge" has kicked off in France with an official presentation to the media. The purpose of the campaign is to promote the consumption of European strawberries amongst French consumers, stressing the quality, sustainability and traceability of the.....


“It tastes better together” the BVEO campaign slogan for 2016
The joint stand of the German producer organizations during Fruit Logistica was designed and presented with posters and slogans of the consumer campaign “Germany – my garden.” The stand stood in hall 20 and in no other hall was the German fruit and vegetable production better represented. The German hall.....


EU and Colombia to start negotiations on organic trade
The Government of Colombia and the European Commission announced today the start of negotiations towards a bilateral agreement on trade in organic products between the European Union and Colombia.Both sides confirmed their interest to swiftly conclude, at the end of the negotiations, an agreement that would.....


Oceania


New Zealand strawberry exports rise to meet new markets
New Zealand strawberry growers have seen increased demand for exports as markets open up around the world.“It’s broader now, in terms of where we can go, so it’s opened up opportunities for us a bit more,” North Island grower Phil Greig says.“We definitely did more export this season. We always do a lot.....


NZ: Trevelyan's Pack & Cool ready for big kiwi year
In preparation for the 2016 kiwifruit harvest, Trevelyan's Pack & Cool is spending $12 million on expansion, including optical fruit handling machinery worth $3 million, says general manager Steve Butler.The Te Puke company expects to spend a total of $12 million on the development, which includes two.....

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Bangarra and OzHarvest announce new healthy eating partnership
Bangarra Dance Theatre and OzHarvest aredelighted to announce a new healthy eatingpartnership. Forged by a mutual vision ofcreating positive change to health and nutritionin Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islandercommunities, the partnership was launchedin Yirrkala in North East Arnhem Land, duringBangarra’s.....

NZ: Fungicide approved to fight apple and grape disease
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) hasapproved an application from KakenPharmaceutical Co to import the fungicideEsteem, for use to control disease in apples andgrapes. Esteem contains Polyoxin D zinc salt, anactive ingredient that is new to New Zealand.Esteem is intended to be used by commercial.....

NZ: Submissions sought on agent to combat crop pest
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) hasopened submissions on an application to release atype of parasitic wasp as a biological control agentto combat a psyllid (plant louse) that attackstomatoes, potatoes, capsicums and tamarillosin New Zealand.The application, from Horticulture New Zealand Inc, on.....

AU: Italian canned tomato exporters guilty of dumping
The Australian federal government decidedtoday (11 Feb.) that all Italian canned tomatoexporters are guilty of dumping product inAustralia, vindicating food manufacturer SPC.SPC Managing Director Reg Weine said: “The Australian Anti-Dumping Commission (ADC) and the Australian government have made the right.....

But keen to finish 'big things'
AU trade minister Robb to retire
Andrew Robb, Australia's trade minister will retire from politics at the next election, and although he is keen to finish 'big things' first, it looks as if ratifying the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) won't be one of them. Mr Robb announced his intention to move on to a new career in the.....

AU: Multi-peril crop insurance on the agenda this year
Insurers will be broaching the market on a widespread basis for the first time this year, and it is said that Western Australia growers will be a prime target for multi-peril crop insurance products. This was revealed at a WAFarmers and Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) event on the topic.....


World


Fresh thinking in tomato & berry packing
Freshseal, the latest pack format for tomato, berryand fresh produce packing is now available in theUSA, Canada and Mexico. Developed jointly by anAnglo Canadian partnership this technology offersthe fresh produce market a quick and easy meansof transitioning into film sealed punnets and traysfrom clam shell.....


Australian artist makes art from fruit and veg
Is it a basketball? No, its a tangerine! Is it a meat grinder? No, its a cucumber! Danling Xiao makes cheerful, bright art from fruits and vegetables.On Xiao's website, Mundane Matters, she says that she started using instagram because of depression. With small words and pictures she escaped the pain of her.....

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from crisis brand to set value on global market
Flandria 20 years old: party at Fruit Logistica
From a brand created to defeat the chicory and tomato crisis to one of the largest brands for fresh vegetables in Europe. It's clear that Flandria has had a success story over 20 years. Now the brand includes over 60 products, worth over 600,000 tonnes of product.1995: start!An over production of chicory and.....


Carolynne Akinyi, Roveg Organics:
"More and more shelf space in retail for organic product"
Last year Roveg started its own separate organic department. During the Fruit Logistica the importer and exporter from Waddinxveen went all out with its organic assortment. The organically ripened mangos were presented as a novelty, among others. Besides this Roveg Organics offers organic ginger, limes,.....


Retail


Metro Group sales dip | Whole Foods' Q1 comps sales drop again
Whole Foods forecast an explosive change in food consumption
Ahold US’s COO: retailers need to provide choice -Speaking on a panel at a FMI Midwinter Executive Conference Ahold US’s COO James McCann said that food retailers need to focus on what their shoppers are demanding from them as the pace of transparency accelerates. McCann noted that retailers need.....



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