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Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Nico van Staden - Core Fruit
Spreading the risk is the way forward
Core Fruit market fruit 52 weeks of the year across the globe as well as in the local South African market. Nico van Staden, MD at the company explains that by marketing year round they utilise people and resources. The company exports a very wide range of fruit including citrus, avocado, top/stone fruit,.....


Europe: Great avocado shortages and high prices
The European avocado market is under supplied at the moment, with high prices being paid due to the growing demand ahead of the Easter celebrations.Spain is selling its final volumes, which are reaching prices of around 14 Euro per case for the scarce commercial calibres 18, 20 and 22."The market is really.....


Univeg: Grape production in India expanded to 1,700 hectares
For a long time, Univeg has seen potential in the Indian market. About three years ago, the multinational signed an agreement with Bayer CropScience with the aim to improve grape production in India. To become better acquainted with the Indian and global markets and continue its expansion, a joint venture.....


The codling moth pest was detected in 15 shipments
Brazil suspended imports of Argentine pears and apples
The Argentine producers and exporters of fruits that have been affected by competitiveness problems and external markets on the fall received yet more bad news yesterday. Brazil decided to suspend imports of pears, apples and quinces from Argentina after detecting the codling moth pest in 15.....

Chile closes cherry campaign with 45% growth
The president of the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG, ASOEX, Ronald Bown Fernández, reported the end of the 2014-2015 cherry export season, noting that a total volume of 99,461 tonnes was shipped, which represents an increase of 45.1% compared to the previous campaign. This is a new record for.....

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Argentina: Orange prices plunge, bringing harvest to a halt
In Argentina, the crisis of the orange sector is very clear. A consumer in Buenos Aires pays 8-12 pesos per kilo, and while the fruit is sold in the Central Market at a much lower price, about 2 pesos, producers in Entre Rios and Corrientes, the main sweet citrus producing areas, receive just 40 cents per.....


First-ever campaign to promote versatile super green vegetable
US: Broccoli rabe – popularity growing
The growing desire for healthy, delicious and versatile greens has increased the awareness of this traditional super green. This super green broccoli rabe has gained momentum due to its versatility that has made it more mainstream. Broccoli rabe has been used as a main course, side dish, in a juice and.....

Robert van Ooijen: "They can grow well for these prices"
Optimistic atmosphere in greenhouse vegetable market
It's spring and the demand for domestic vegetables is starting to pull up. "You notice the interest in fresh vegetables grown locally is increasing. The approach of Easter also has a positive influence. The atmosphere is optimistic," says Robert van Ooijen. "We're now between seasons and more people are.....


Landgard starts asparagus season 2015
Some suppliers of Landgard eG have already produced the first asparagus from heated soil. In order to that the company officially opened the asparagus season 2015. Within the 16th calendar week, the company expects to start the outdoor season.Price increase due to the minimum wageAfter the asparagus record.....

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US: Easter Egg radish extremely popular
“Easter Egg radishes are always in high demand during spring and the Easter holiday”, says Ande Manos with Babe Farms. What makes them so attractive is their beautiful variety of colors. They add a splash of color to any meal and are great for a spring menu. Easter Egg radishes from Babe Farms are.....


AU: Major blast from new food facility
The global success of Rockit™ apples has led to a $17 million investment into land development and a state-of-the-art food packaging facility in Havelock North.Minister for Economic Development, Hon. Steven Joyce officially opened the multi-million dollar food facility today (Wednesday).Havelock North.....


Bas Melissant:
"Growing and marketing onions completely different in Canada"
Bas Melissant always wanted to live in the United States or Canada because they were larger and offered more possibilities. In the early 90's, he and his wife Marina visited Alberta. "I loved the idea of farming here right away, but my wife preferred to stay in the Netherlands until we came with the whole.....

Poland and Oman talking about trade agreement
Ambassador Russia: no danger boycott Serbian fruit
Russians appear to be resorting to currencies other than the rouble, and Russian have removed 34 billion dollars in capital from Russian banks last year. Poland sees many opportunities in Oman, the Gulf state has confidence in Polish produce. The Ukrainian apple import, especially from Poland and.....


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Tesco opens Farm food-to-go concept
Tesco opens Farm food-to-go conceptTesco has added to its growing portfolio of food-to-go ventures with the opening of 'Farm' in London, IGD Retail Analysis reports. Farm's mission is to offer "food we love from farms we trust" and this is well communicated in store with imagery of the.....



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Minimum wage causes problems for the sector
Uncertain times for German gherkin growers
The 2015 gherkin season starts in Lower Bavaria starts in mid June but the increasing discussion about the upcoming season and harvesting has already started. The main poinr of the discussion is the minimum wage decided by the German government. Josef Hofmeister of GEO Bayern GmbH, a grower association and.....


Noordhuys Tomatoes and The Greenery
New 'Uniek' tomatoes created for catering sector
Noordhuys tomatoes and The Greenery have developed a new tomato concept together that is interesting for the hospitality sector, "Authentic mini vine cherry tomatoes that can be enjoyed immediately," says Theo van Noord, owner of Noordhuys Tomatoes. Uniek Tomatoes come from islands of South Holland, The.....


Global Berry Congress 2015
Blueberries among dairy and beauty products
The supermarket and the supplier can sometimes be diametrically opposed to each other, so the big supermarkets are often under close scrutiny. Driscoll's is working together with Danish retailer Dansk Supermarked to promote soft fruit. In the United Kingdom, British Summer Fruits is investing in the.....

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NAO: More potatoes to overseas destinations
The total export figure for consumption potatoes until February is, at 521,000 tonnes, over 15,000 tonnes more than last year's export in the same period, the export figures from the Dutch Potato Organization (NAO) show. The slightly higher export of potatoes is mainly on account of overseas destinations.To.....

Spain: Growing pepper and green bean prices
Pepper and green bean prices have increased in the final stage of the autumn campaign. The monitoring report of the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Government of Andalusia also notes that in week 11 (9 to 15 March) domestic prices dropped for cucumbers and tomatoes.The latter recorded a price drop.....

Agreement to launch campaign to promote consumption
Spain: Significant drop in potato acreage expected
The FEPEX Potato Committee held a meeting in Madrid, where it analysed the prospects for the 2015 campaign, in which the cultivated acreage in all producing regions is expected to drop by an average of 20%, and agreed to organise a campaign to promote consumption in the domestic market which should.....


Spain: Murcia's stonefruit volumes to peak in May
The weather conditions this year in Murcia will likely result in a satisfactory stonefruit season, with good volumes and quality. Production volumes in May will also be higher compared to other seasons."So far, we have not suffered any setbacks caused by frost or hail, so the flowering and settling of the.....

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Turnover of Belgian VBT auctions over 800 million
The global turnover of all auctions connected to the VBT was € 805.8 million in 2014 and was in line with 2013 with this (€ 800.6 million). It should be noted that the VBT was able to count on the membership of Veiling Haspengouw again in 2014, which distorts a comparison of the total VBT auction turnover.....

Russia: Temporary ban on Egyptian potato imports
Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) has imposed a temporary ban on the import of potatoes from Egypt, as reported by fruit-inform.com. The reason is the frequent violation of regulations in the field of plant quarantine. Russian phytosanitary services.....

UK: 5,000th child on board the Potato Factory
Sherwood Primary School in Fulwood has this week had a visit from Billy Branstonʼs Amazing Potato Factory. And the school also has the privilege of having one of its pupils being the 5,000th child on board the Potato Factory, which was launched in September 2014.Conceived by leading potato supplier,.....


“Consumers are increasingly paying attention on the regional origin”
Potatoes: Good harvests and bad producer prices
Potatoes from German production were sold in good amounts during the last weeks. Despite the good sales, the producers are unhappy with the prices. The German potato trading association (Deutscher Kartoffelhandeslverband, DKHV) is representing the interests of German potato corporations.....


Van Gulik importing ready to eat mangoes and avocados
The Rotterdam wholesale company, Wim van Gulik, has started directly importing ready-to-eat avocados and mangoes, "We now have contact with a supplier that can provide us both mangoes and avocados (in all sizes) year round. The avocados and mangoes are being sold under the brand name 'Sublime Gold'."Van.....


Zespri ® Ibérica opens new offices in Madrid
The Zespri® Ibérica team has recently started working at its new offices in Madrid. They have moved from Mercamadrid, where the company had been set up since arriving in Spain in 2002.These facilities, located in Office 101-102 of the Administrative Building, represent a step forward for Zespri® Ibérica,.....


Spain: Canary Islands to modernise pineapple production
Representatives of the Council of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water of the Canary Islands, the Cooperative Campo Frontera, the SAT Frutas de El Hierro, the Government of El Hierro and the La Frontera City Council, agreed on the implementation of a project to regenerate and modernise the.....

Bulgaria: Over 1 billion Euro to boost agricultural competitiveness
Over 1 billion Euro of EU funds, from a total of 2.3 billion, will be made available to improve the competitiveness of agricultural holdings in Bulgaria, as reported by the Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture and Food, Desislava Taneva. The rest of the funds will go mostly to agro-environmental payments, and.....


Israel interested in expanding trade with Bulgaria
Bulgaria pursues to boost its exports of agricultural products to Israel, and an opportunity may arise from the meeting between the Minister of Agriculture, Desislava Taneva, and the Deputy General Director of "International trade and international relations" of the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture, Itzhak.....


EU extends sanctions against Russia
Russia on road to partial end boycott
The EU is extending its sanctions against Russia at least until the end of this year. That is the outcome of last week's talks. Russia, on the other hand, has embarked on the road to ending the boycott. The inspection service is visiting a number of producers of animal products next month, beginning in.....

Defra will pay farmers on time
Defra will still be able to make subsidy payments to farmers on time – despite the failure of its online application system, farm minister George Eustice has insisted.“We will be able to make payments to farmers when the payment window opens in December 2015,” Mr Eustice told MPs on Tuesday (24 March).The.....

Man says one sniff of a carrot could kill him
A father of two with a severe and rare allergy said one sniff of a carrot could kill him.Andy Walters, 33, of Wrexham, suffers from a series of serious allergies – the most unusual of which is an intense sensitivity to the orange vegetables.The allergies are so severe he has been hospitalised and has sought.....

Imported vegetables dominate Bulgarian market
Bulgaria's State Commission on Commodity Exchanges and Markets has found mass imports of fruits and vegetables from Albania, mostly cucumbers, tomatoes and lemons, which are sold as Bulgarian or Greek produce. The chairman of the committee, Eduard Stoychev, said that this is done purely due to marketing.....

Greece: Fruit export protocol expansion China
An expansion of the existing protocol for Greek fruit and vegetable exports to China, meant to include cherries, plums, grapes, mandarins and oranges, is currently being negotiated, since China, which already imports kiwis, has shown interest in these products, according to a statement from the Association.....

Increase in value of Greek fruit and veg exports to Germany
Fruit and vegetables are an important sector in bilateral trade between Greece and Germany. According to data processed by the Association of Greek Fruit, Vegetable and Juice Exporting Companies, INCOFRUIT - HELLAS, from provisional ELSTAT figures, in 2014 the value of Greek exports of fresh and processed.....


Oceania

Mushrooms are ‘anti-cancer’
A apple a day might help keep the doctor away but three mushrooms a day can go a long way to reducing the risk of breast cancer for women.This was the message state co-ordinator for the Australian Mushroom Growers Association Jane Keogh brought with her when she visited Country Farm Fresh Mushrooms earlier.....

Farmers quiet on climate change impact
Farmers have been quiet on the predicted impact of global warming according to one author of a recent report collating data on climate change across agriculture and horticulture within Australia. The report, Appetite for Change - global warming impacts on food and farming regions in Australia, was prepared.....

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Korea-NZ FTA more good news for Kiwi industry
It’s already looking like a bumper harvest for New Zealand’s kiwifruit growers and marketers, but they officially have another reason to be happy this week, as a Free Trade Agreement between New Zealand and Korea was inked by both governments on Monday, promising a complete reduction of the 45% tariff.....

ORC helping fruit fly eradication
Otago Regional Council environmental monitoring and operations manager Jeff Donaldson has recently been helping with eradication efforts in Auckland after the Queensland fruit fly outbreak there.ORC chief executive Peter Bodeker said the council had provided Mr Donaldson as operations manager for the.....


World


Eat a whole watermelon (radish)
Eating a whole watermelon, skin and all? It doesn't sound very appetizing, but it is possible. That is, if you choose the watermelon radish. This root vegetable, related to the Chinese Daikon radish, is smaller than a watermelon, but can still grow to the size of a softball. The light green exterior may not.....


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Fresh organic foods shaping Metro
Tesco opens Farm food-to-go concept
Tesco opens Farm food-to-go conceptTesco has added to its growing portfolio of food-to-go ventures with the opening of 'Farm' in London, IGD Retail Analysis reports. Farm's mission is to offer "food we love from farms we trust" and this is well communicated in store with imagery of the.....



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