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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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Slow UK grape market
The UK grape market is slow at the moment according to David Brown from Hars & Hagebauer. "There is not a big demand on the market but there is no big supply either, it is all just ticking over just now.""We are fulfilling orders but don't have extra supply. Brazil is short of grapes this year."He puts.....

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Prince de Bretagne introduces new packaging to promote kale sales
The kale season started for Prince de Bretagne in early September, and harvest volumes have continued to increase. According to Gaëlle Juton, the reason for this growth is that “The product has been a success, so there have been more plantings this year to cover the market demand.”Last year, the company had.....


French garlic aims to increase market share
Jardins du Midi is a French company specialised in the production and sale of garlic, onion and shallots. It has partnership agreements with shallot and pink onion growers in Brittany and with garlic producers in southern France.“We are based near Toulouse, which is France’s historical garlic-producing.....


Oregon growers now allowed to ship frozen berries to China
Thanks to a collaborative effort between a Curry County cranberry harvester and government officials at the county, state and national levels, farmers of cranberries, blueberries and strawberries in Curry and Coos counties now have a chance to make greater profits when exporting their product to China......

Processor to be again wholly owned by family Hessing
Sale to Hessing gives The Greenery room to invest
The Greenery BV and Hessing BV have reached an agreement for the repurchase of Hessing Supervers' shares by family Hessing. This entails that all shares of the producer of cut vegetables, processed fruits, fresh juices and salads will be fully owned by the Hessing family after a period of 12 years. No.....

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Capespan forms Turkey venture
Global fruit supplier Capespan has formed a venture in Turkey, the South Africa-based company's latest move in an emerging market.Capespan will hold a 50% stake in the venture, called Mayfresh, with managing partners Nese Coruk and Metehan Aslantas taking the remaining shares.Mayfresh will supply to, and.....


‘One light-One fruit’ software
Marco introduce new developments YCM
Pack house productivity specialists Marco have introduced two new technology developments, further increasing the effectiveness of their well-established YCM Yield Control Module. The YCM already has a strong track record in pack houses around the world, deskilling the labour-intensive manual packing.....


Greenhouse centre Russia put into use
Wider range of vegetables in Russian greenhouse
The European Commission is disbursing 5.3 million euros in compensation to Belgian farmers. The money is to be disbursed in the following weeks. China export more vegetables to Russia. Compared to last year, the volume increased by 45.3%, and the worth by 22.5% to 204,000 MT and 82 million dollars.....

UK to hold 7th European short course "Quality & safety of fresh-cut produce"
Following Italy, Spain, Germany, and Turkey, the 7th edition of the European Short-course on "Quality & Safety of Fresh-cut Produce" will take place in Cardiff, UK, on January 21-23, 2015."We have put together an excellent programme of Speakers for this course edition" says Dr. Hilary Rogers of Cardiff.....

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Thai court dismisses defamation case against UK activist Andy Hall
A Thai court has dismissed a criminal defamation case against a British labour activist who criticised conditions in the food industry.The court said the investigation into the case did not meet certain legal requirements. Last year, Mr Hall authored a report for Finnwatch, a Finland-based watchdog, alleging.....



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International demonstration of peppers by Seminis
The Central European team from Seminis combined variety and technology demonstration for more than 200 visitors during their Pepper Demonstration event in Romania.Seminis hold it’s annual crop event for it’s partners in Central Europe & Balkans in early September, in Romania, on the field of a leading.....

KP Nuts announces £1 price-marked packs
KP Nuts, the UK’s number one nuts brand, is launching a selection of £1 price-marked packs (PMPs) across its best-selling flavours to help retailers drive significant incremental retail sales value in the Nuts category.Available exclusively to convenience and independent retailers, the new KP Nuts £1 PMP.....


TOMRA opens new production and distribution facility in Slovakia
TOMRA Sorting Solutions and Prologis, Inc., the global leader in industrial real estate, today celebrated the grand opening of a 12,600 square metre, BREEAM-certified, build-to-suit facility in Slovakia that is fully customized to accommodate TOMRA’s production and distribution requirements. The grand.....

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27th National Peach Convention in Italy
Italy struggling, Spain becoming a fierce competitor in Europe
Italy is struggling and Spain is becoming a fierce competitor in Europe - this is what emerged from the first three presentations of the 27th National Peach Convention held in Ravenna, Italy.The presentation of Hans Christopher Behr from Bonn's AMI.Elisa Macchi, CSO director, Giancarlo Minguzzi, chairman of.....


Real 'apple store' opened at Borough Market
A 'real apple store' has been opened in Borough Market, mocking the famous brand, and to mark the area's 1000th birthday this year. Apples of all shapes and sizes were put on display from all over the world this weekend. Over 1200 people visited, many queueing outside to see what all the fuss was about.Over.....

Bumper fruit crop already 8% ahead of 2013 total
Warm British autumn weather extends strawberry season
British growers are enjoying a bumper crop of strawberries this year, as the warm autumn weather helped them harvest fruit late into the season.More than 60,000 tonnes of strawberries have been produced so far this year, already 8% ahead of 2013. The season is expected to continue into early December, thanks.....

Ireland: Protein rich crop production must be encouraged
There is a scary amount of potatoes still left in the fields. Harvesting is progressing well in most parts and yields look well so far, but delayed harvesting could yet start to impact on saleable yield. Combine this with one of the lowest national acreages ever since the crop was first introduced to this.....

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French purple garlic achieves AOC
Following a fifteen year process the INAO have unanimously voted on the demand for an AOC (designation of origin) for the Cadour purple garlic. This is a big step forward for producers who are suffering from competition from Spanish garlic. The aim of such a demand was originally to stabilise prices which.....


Lower potato prices in Poland and Europe
According to the Polish Ministry of Agriculture, the price of domestic potatoes for direct consumption dropped in October. The average price in the first three weeks of the month averaged 0.30 zł / kg (0.07 Euro) and was 19 percent lower than in the previous month and about 54 percent lower than last.....


Poland: Up to 23.7 million Euro to help growers affected by Russian embargo
Up to 100 million zł (23.7 million Euro) may be allocated to support Polish growers exporting apples, brassica vegetables and onions. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is also looking for new markets for producers affected by the Russian embargo. Dairy farmers already have access to the.....

Pre-harvest calcium chloride applications reduce post-harvest anthracnose incidence on papaya
Papaya, Carica papaya L., is a large perennial plant with rapid growth. It is an important fruit for Malaysian economy after durian and banana.The most popular cultivar in the local and export market is "Eksotika II", however postharvest pathogens cause significant losses.Anthracnose by Colletotrichum.....


Romney Marsh, Kent, 13 November, 2014
South East Potato Day 2014
Potato Council’s fourth South East Potato Day takes place at St Mary's Bay Village Hall, Romney Marsh, Kent, 13 November, 2014. The technical event will provide local growers, agronomists and advisors with a focused programme of talks from industry experts. Hot topics on the agenda include the latest on.....


Poland: Fruit and vegetable prices lower than last year
According to Margaret Skoczewska, spokesperson of Bronisze wholesale market, warm weather has been conducive to a higher vegetable production. In the second half of October, only greenhouse tomato and cucumber prices have increased, although the latter are still cheaper than a year ago. Open field.....


Canada opens market to Polish apples
"Polish apples should soon be available in the Canadian market, as an agreement has been reached between the Canadian and Polish sides; now everything depends on the importers," stated Poland's Ambassador to Canada, Marcin Bosacki.As noted by Bosacki, this decision, reached last Friday, coincided with an.....

EC inspectors to check all Polish compensation requests
On 17 November, the Polish Ministry of Agriculture will receive inspectors from the European Commission, who will check the applications for compensation issued in the framework of the Russian embargo.Controls will last until 21 November. The reason for this measure is the exceptional volume of requests.....


Oceania


NZ: Proposed ripening device a world first
New Zealand scientists are studying the use of a remotely-activated device to start the process of ripening in packaged fruit and vegetables. Yvonne O'Hara reports.Plant and Food Research scientists have received funding to create a remotely-activated device that will encourage packaged fruit and vegetable.....

Record harvest expected for cherry growers
Picking is underway for what could be Australia's largest ever crop of cherries.One of the first crates of fruit was picked at Narromine in central-west New South Wales and delivered in Orange yesterday.Manager of the Caernarvon Cherry Company, Allan Bramble, says a lot of new trees are coming into full.....

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AU: Carnarvon Medfly sterilisation program part biosecurity boost
Management of agricultural pests and diseases in Western Australia has been given a boost, with the State Government's announcement of a $20 million biosecurity program.Over four years, the Boosting Biosecurity Defences project will focus on protecting local produce and exports through a variety of.....


Test-tube science and the mystery of mushroom production
Ever wondered what it takes to grow perfectly formed shitake and pearl oyster mushrooms? In the north of New South Wales, qualified chef, Gabe Staats found out.Mr Staats quit the hospitality trade to set up his own mushroom farm and to focus full-time on mushroom production. He now harvests around 40.....


AU: Koo Wee Rup asparagus growers reaping bumper crops
The crop marks a significant turnaround in the industry’s fortunes, with growers in the Koo Wee Rup-Dalmore region battling flooding in 2012 and severe heatwaves last year.Dalmore grower Allan McDonald said the weather in recent weeks had virtually guaranteed a premium crop.“We’re now two-thirds of the way.....

APAL appoints new Chair
Michele AllanDr Michele Allan has been appointed as the new Chair of APAL, effective 1 January 2015.Dr Michele Allan has been appointed as the new Chair of Apple and Pear Australia Ltd, effective 1 January 2015. She will replace John Lawrenson who is retiring from the position.“The APAL Board is very pleased.....

Another case of Psa disease found in New Zealand
Another Gisborne kiwifruit orchard has had a test result come back positive for Psa-V taking the number of infected sites in the Gisborne-Nuhaka district now to 15.There were two cases identified in a vineyard in the Hexton area back in September involving only a few infected plants, which were removed.“The.....

2014 Momentum Conference, 6-7 November, 2014
Kiwifruit’s future under scrutiny
The future of New Zealand's kiwifruit industry comes under intense scrutiny in Tauranga next week when Zespri hosts the 2014 Momentum conference.With a working theme of “The Shape of our Future”,the fourth Momentum conference focuses on exploring the future global competitive environment in which growers and.....


Africa

Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
Ethiopia's economic diplomacy bearing fruits
Ethiopia has given top priority to the kernel of the entire diplomacy, economic diplomacy, as the nation has one formidable enemy, poverty, said Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).According to the ministry, economic diplomacy has been enabling the country to attract more investment, trade, and tourism among.....


TAHAL builds infrastructure for Angolan farming project
Israeli experts discuss the chances of success for the Quiminha Integrated Agricultural and Regional Development Project.Somewhere around 2008, Yakov Orenstein found himself with a colleague on a boat, on a river, in Angola. The two were in the midst of a difficult period of gathering water and soil samples,.....

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World


Record year at PMA Fresh Summit 2014
Last weekend the PMA Fresh Summit was held in Anaheim with a record year of over 22,000 attendees. Besides the amount of attendees, companies use this show also to introduce new packaging, varieties and/or innovations.Click here for the photo reportClick here to see the photo report with Latin American.....


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Green BEAN Delivery
Organic grocery delivery service coming to Kokomo
Green BEAN Delivery, the Midwest’s largest online natural and organic grocery delivery service, is set to begin serving Kokomo in the coming weeks. Green BEAN previously delivered to the Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Muncie, Anderson and Pendleton areas, but will add a service to Kokomo as it sprawls out to.....

Whole Foods ups sustainability ante with new ad campaign
Whole Foods Markets has decided to go big, with a national TV ad campaign that kicked off during a recent World Series game. The message is one of “values,” talking about the natural grocery store chain’s commitment to sustainability and transparency.The new approach blunts a criticism long held about Whole.....

Waitrose leads UK supermarkets in customer experience
Waitrose and M&S Food are the top UK supermarkets when it comes to customer experience, according to the 2014 UK CEE (Customer Experience Excellence) Survey.Waitrose came seventh in customer experience management company Nunwood’s annual CEE ranking, which ranks the UK’s top brands — not limited to.....

Russia's X5 retail group says Q3 net income up 49%
Russian supermarket operator X5 Retail Group NV said on Wednesday its third-quarter net profit rose 49 percent, year-on-year, to 3.42 billion roubles ($80.6 million).The company also reported a 21.5 percent increase in earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) to 11.17.....

Caraquet Co-op survives merger with IGA chain in Quebec
The Co-op grocery store on the Acadian Peninsula has closed its doors, but lives on through a merger with another grocery chain out of Quebec. It's a business model never seen before in New Brunswick, where the Co-op's locally run structure still intact as IGA — a Sobeys brand in Quebec — takes over.....

“Ugly” fruit and vegetables to see UK supermarket shelves
The UK has previously been heavily criticised for rejecting ugly fruit and contributing largely to food waste, but a growing number of supermarkets are preparing to follow the French lead and stock produce that isn't as aesthetically pleasing. Fruit and vegetables are a staple in the English diet and, as.....


Ruling against Tesco is too late for £41m Sainsbury’s plan
A legal battle blocking a major development in Perth has been settled. It has, however, come too late to salvage a planned £41 million supermarket that would have been built on the former Perth Mart site on Crieff Road.In March, Tesco lodged a challenge at the Court of Session in Edinburgh against a decision.....

Tackles sustainability in-store with digital
US: Inside Whole Foods' store of the future
Just one week after launching its first national branding campaign, Whole Foods is promoting its sustainability cred in its stores.The upscale grocer—with the help of SapientNitro and digital shop Second Story—has loaded up its new flagship store in Alpharetta, Ga., with digital experiences that show.....


Poland: Tesco and PKN Orlen sign partnership and test service store format
PKN ORLEN and Tesco are testing a new convenience store format. The plan is to create 10 Tesco Express at selected Orlen service stations in Warsaw, Lodz and Krakow. The test programme will last for one year. Tesco Express stores at Orlen stations will not only feature a brand new interior, but also a.....

China: Winning a share of the US$8.2 bn Singles’ Day market
November 11th marks Singles’ Day in China - so named because 11.11 resembles four single people and started as a joke by some students in the early 1990’s. This unofficial holiday in China has been embraced by leading online retailer Alibaba and has become the world’s biggest shopping day, dwarfing last.....



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