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Friday, April 24, 2015

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Photo report Medfel 2015
Tuesday 21st of April Medfel opened its doors. The show that is focussing on the Mediterranean, with mainly French exhibitors as it is held in Perpignan, shows a small growth every year in number of exhibitors. Click here for the photo reportClick here for the photo reportMany exhibitors say that this show.....

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Retail roots key for Canadawide
Although Canadawide has grown into one of the largest fresh produce wholesalers in Montreal, its fresh produce operation was initially only meant to support the retail arm of the business. Since the 90's, they stopped their retail business and grew as a wholesaler. However the retail experience has made.....


UK: High avocado prices due to lack of supply
The summer avocado campaign, which is expected to last until September, has recently kicked off for the British company Pacific Produce, which works with Israel in winter and markets its own fruit from Peru in summer. “We sell to a wide range of clients, including supermarkets and the wholesale. We started.....

Slight overlap with Chilean season
US (CA): Grape harvest could begin sooner this year
A lack of wet, especially cold conditions this winter could push up California's table grape harvest this year. Though an early start would have California's crop competing more with the tail-end of the Chilean import season, light supplies from Chile aren't likely to impact California's season much.“On a.....

Australian navel oranges in demand
The forecast for Australian navel orange exports has taken a turn for the better, thanks to the difficult circumstances facing traditionally large supply markets such as California. The benefit will come from higher demand out of Asia, and demand for export into the US because drought stricken producers.....

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Spanish late, Washington early on cherry season
The Spanish cherry season has started a couple of days late compared to last year, according to Jon Clark, of Total Cherry, “The very first Spanish fruits such as the Burlat, early Bigi, Earlise, are great for local sale but do not travel too well. This year we are also getting greater amounts of better.....


"Apple prices finally on the rise"
It wasn't looking great for the top fruit market in August. Few people expected a revival, but the season has taken a positive turn. According to a grower and trader from Belgium, it's even 'very good' for pears. "Apples are finally on the rise as well," he says. "The prices slowly started to rise at the.....


First UK spring onions hit the shelves
The first UK grown spring onions hit the shelves this week, volumes remain relatively small until the peak season in the next month or so. The season usually runs from now up until around the beginning of October. Import company Jacana Produce, had some of the first spring onions this week. Mark Stuart.....

Increased focus on domestic production
US: Spring blueberry volumes heating up for Berry Fresh
“From predominantly relying on the import of blueberries and blackberries, we are taking significant steps this year to continue solidifying our supply in the domestic market,” says Evan Pence with Berry Fresh. The company has formed new partnerships with growers and packers in Florida and Georgia,.....

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US: Banana market steady, some volumes light
Prices for imported bananas have remained relatively steady despite some lighter supplies caused by color issues. With supplies of bananas with the best color more difficult to find, the best fruit is commanding good prices.“Volumes of bananas from Colombia and Costa Rica has actually been patchy, and there.....

US (CA): Fruit processing machines for fresh-cut industry
“During the past 15 years, we have noticed a shift in demand for fruit processing equipment,” says Alan Stender with Atlas Pacific Engineering Company, Inc. “Historically our Company has maintained a significant market share in equipment for the canned fruit industry, but during the past decade, growth has.....

Spain selling most expensive cucumbers in the EU
Taking into account the list of ten largest suppliers in 2014, Spain is the country selling the most expensive cucumbers in the European Union (EU), according to data from Euroestacom (ICEX -Eurostat) and processed by Hortoinfo.In 2014, Spain obtained 449.81 million Euro from the sale of cucumbers in the.....


Wawa expands presence in Florida | Sainsbury's to axe hundreds of jobs
Tesco to cut third of product range
Shoppers have been told to expect tens of thousands of items to disappear from Tesco’s shelves as the supermarket chain struggles to recover from one of the biggest losses recorded by a British company, The Times reports. In an effort to lead Britain’s biggest grocery chain out of a financial crisis, Dave.....



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EU apricot estimate down 4% on 2014
The European apricot harvest is expected to be 4% lower than last year and the 2009/2013 average, reaching 510,000 tons. Figures on the 2015 season were released at MedFel yesterday.ItalyItaly’s production is also expected to decrease, to 197,000 tons, down 7% compared to 2014, and -12% compared to the.....


“Curly endive is rewarding vegetable for restaurant business”
Frisée seeing more price fluctuations than in the past
Dirk Declercq from Gits, near Roeselare in Belgium, has been growing frisée or curly endive since 1993, following in his father’s footsteps. Dirk has an acreage of one hectare under glass and close to another hectare on the open field, making him the biggest grower of curly endive in Belgium. Dirk sees a.....


Spain: White asparagus competing with Peruvian and Chinese
White asparagus is in the spotlight for Aragon's agricultural sector these days. The harvest is expected to be "excellent", both in terms of quantity and quality. Integrated in the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) of Navarra, which covers nearly 1,000 hectares, the product is fighting to conquer.....

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Robin Rustenburg, Arie Rustenburg & Zn:
"Best shipments are now released on reluctant carrot market"
The high prices on the carrot market have caused some reluctance among buyers, says Robin Rustenburg of Arie Rustenburg & Zn. This family enterprise has had a wholesaler at the wholesale market in Amsterdam for over 70 years, led by his brother Michel. Robin is responsible for cultivating and packaging.....


Asparagus supermarket sales is not going strong
Clever foil management slows harvest
Two weeks ago the 2015 asparagus season in North Rhine Westphalia started. Now increasing quantities of German asparagus are delivered daily, and combined with a steadily growing demand, the sale in wholesale markets all over Germany keeps on growing. Johannes Laurenz, state certified farmer and owner of.....

Current apple stock South Tirol +10%
The 'Handelskammer Bozen' and Assomela in Trient regularly publish the current stock of apples stored in the region Trentino-South Tirol. The overview for the start of April is now online, reports the'Südtiroler Bauernbund' on its website.The figures show that on the 1st of April there was still 603,703.....

Spain: 10-15% less garlic acreage could slow price drops
The reduction of around 10 to 15% in Spain's garlic acreage in 2014 and the prospects for a good campaign could result in the end of the disastrous price trends of recent years. This has been one of the conclusions of the meeting of the Joint Spanish-French-Italian Garlic Committee, which was held in.....

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Bulgarian tomatoes could disappear from market
“There is a risk for the Bulgarian greenhouse tomato to disappear from the market,” said Krasimir Kichukov, chairperson of the management board of the Bulgarian Association of Greenhouse Growers, speaking in an interview with FOCUS News Agency.“There is a need to pay higher attention to the sector and.....


Italy: slow strawberry market in Bologna
After a good start with high prices, things in Bologna's wholesale market seem to have changed. "Lately, there have been quality problems, especially with the Spanish produce. What is more, there is a lot of produce available and the weather hasn't helped." "Strawberries are a delicate product and their.....

Switzerland: Large spinach acreage
The second largest area for growing vegetables in Switzerland is used for spinach. However, spinach is not only a mayor player in the field, it performs every well at the table too.The spinach eaten in Switzerland is probably a cross between two wild species from Southwest Asia. Spinach was first cultivated.....


Italy: Galatina New Potatoes become a PDO product
Galatina new potatoes (Solanum tuberosum, Sieglinde variety) were awarded the PSO mark on April 21st, 2015.The production area corresponds to that identified as the "Salento and Ionic area" and includes the following municipalities:Acquarica del Capo, Alliste, Casarano, Castrignano del Capo, Galatina,.....

Co-funding from EU approved for €4.3m potato campaign
The EU Commission has approved 50% EU co-funding for ‘Potato Potential’, a €4.3m programme to promote potatoes on the Irish and UK markets.Speaking about the Commission’s decision, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney welcomed the EU recognition and financial support for an industry programme to raise.....

New potato supply remains manageable
A recent analysis concludes that the available and expected quantities of potatoes are smaller than the previous year. Less important suppliers, such as Morocco and Tunisia, are hardly or not all on the market. From Egypt come fewer potatoes than planned and Israel only recently began with shipping the.....

Switzerland
Agroscope may test GM potato
The Federal Office for the Environment allows Agroscope to conduct a field trial with genetically modified potatoes. A number of security measures must be taken.Potato against late blightAgroscope wants to test a potato with improved resistance against late blight. Scientists at Wageningen University.....

Dutch biotech firms worried about minister’s patent plans
Dutch biotech firms are worried about government plans to limit patent rights on plant breeding, the Financieele Dagblad reports. The paper says the firms are concerned they will lose their investments if farm minister Sharon Dijksma succeeds in her wish to break open current EU patent legislation to favour.....

UK: BBC bans tropical fruit
The BBC has banned bananas from its Belfast HQ.The blanket ban on the popular fruit has left office workers at Broadcasting House in Belfast city centre going bananas after they received an email warning them of a co-worker's allergy.The message warned office workers that they are forbidden from bringing the.....

Fewer interceptions quarantine organisms in import 2014
The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) found significantly fewer quarantine organisms during import inspections of plants and plant products from countries outside the European Union in 2014, the report 'Fytosanitaire signaleringen 2014' says.Quarantine organisms are organisms that.....


European ginger consumption up
Worldwide ginger consumption is increasing. India is the biggest producer, but Europe mostly imports ginger from China, Brazil and Thailand. One company that specializes in fresh ginger from China, is Rida Trade Netherlands, which deals in ginger and exotic vegetables. The company was founded in March.....


Spanish melon season is coming
Springlike weather leads to greater demand on the German market.Additionally, the Spanish melon season is near. Over the last few weeks, the first batches of smaller Galia melons were being auctioned. These fetched prices of 1.40 Euro per kilo. Greater quantities are not expected until the end of April.12.....

January and February
Spanish fruit and veg exports up 3% in volume and 5% in value
Spanish fruit and vegetable exports in January and February 2015 grew by 3% in volume compared to the same months of 2014, reaching a total of 2.4 million tonnes, and by 5% in value, standing at 2,255 million Euro, according to data supplied by the General Customs Directorate of the Spanish Tax Agency and.....

Bulgaria: Vegetable prices between 20 and 120% higher than last year
At the moment, most vegetables in Bulgaria are between 20 and 120% more expensive than in the same period last year. One of the greatest increases has been registered by cabbages, which now cost 1.15 Lev/kg, compared to 0.51 Lev last yearCucumber prices are also almost a Lev higher. They currently stand at.....


France: Meeting of the garlic contact group in Perpignan
The Italian, French and Spanish garlic contact groups met in Perpignan (France) on April 21st, 2015. Julio Bacete (Coopaman chairman) represented Spain, Christiane Pieters (Aniail) represented France and Donato Palmieri and Francesco Delfanti (both from Fruitimprese) represented Italy.Group photo(click.....


First day Freskon passed quietly
Yesterday was the first day of Freskon, the fresh produce fair in Thessaloniki, Greece. It was still very quiet, but exhibitors were pleased with the quality of the visitors. The trade fair is being held for the first time. Exhibitors are enthusiastic about the fact that the event is organized specifically.....

Palestinian tomato prices to fall again
In recent days, vegetable and fruit prices in the West Bank markets have increased dramatically, leading to the inability of many citizens to purchase basic items.According to market sources, the price of a kilo of tomatoes has reached 10-12 shekels (2.35-2.81 Euro), while the price of a kilo of cucumbers.....

EU fresh produce exports up in value, down in volume
European Union exports of fresh fruits and vegetables to non-EU countries in 2014 totalled 7.7 million tons – up a tenth on 2013, Eurostat data shows.However, they were 5% lower in value at €5.38 billion, analysis by FEPEX, the Spanish federation of associations of producers and exporters of fruits,.....

New CEO Veiling Haspengouw
Thursday 23rd of April General Director Filip Vanaken and the Board of Directors of Veiling Haspengouw decided to end their collaboration. The Board of Directors was working on a new plan for the future, Filip Vanaken couldn't see himself fitting into that plan. Previous Financial Director Marijke.....


Oceania

Second phase for Rockit apple
The Rockit apple, an export success largely funded by Tauranga Enterprise Angels investors, has launched the second phase of its 2014-15 financing round. It seeks a further $3 million to fund new hectarage and market development.Stage one of Rockit Orchard No2 Limited Partnership (ROP2) last year was.....

AU: Berry prices climb to $16 per punnet
The price of blueberries on Queensland's Sunshine Coast has skyrocketed due to high consumer demand and a shortage in supply.Some berries have been selling for almost $16 for a 125 gram punnet; that is about $127 per kilogram.Director of Noosa, Kawana and Big Top Farmers Markets, Shane Stanley, said the.....

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AU potatoes for Malaysian and Thailand supply chains
The recently released outcomes from an in-market Supply Chain Analysis of Malaysia and Thailand demonstrate the potential for the development of a collaborative export marketing model for the South Australian potato industry. The state is the nation’s largest producer, with farm gate production worth more.....

AU: Minister rejects criticism of banana disease response
The Queensland Agriculture Minister has labelled criticism of his response to an outbreak of a devastating banana disease as "unhelpful" and "disingenuous".The LNP Opposition's agriculture spokesman Deb Frecklington strongly criticised the delay in determining an effective protocol to allow Panama disease.....

Gentle giant of fresh produce sorting and packing
Maintaining top quality while packing delicate fruit at ever faster speeds is crucial for the highly competitive fresh produce sector and an area where New Zealand company BBC Technologies has an edge.The company’s latest innovation, the CURO-16 Filling System, has been attracting keen interest at recent.....

Workshop: 6 May, Gatton, AU
Making life easier for women in agribusiness
Finding a work-life balance while balancing the books and working on the farm is a common challenge faced by women working in agribusiness. To help shed some light on how women can get the right balance the peak industry body for Queensland fruit and vegetable growers, Growcom, is holding a free half-day.....


NZ hort production exceeds $7 billion
New Zealand’s horticultural production has exceeded $7 billion for the first time, according to the latest edition of the industry statistics publication Fresh Facts.In the year to June 2014, produce from New Zealand’s horticultural industries was calculated to reach $7.16 billion, with exports of close to.....


World


Chili pepper chemical plays tricks on nerves
The chemical that gives chili peppers their burn, capsaicin, is also a popular pain-reliever found in over-the-counter and prescription medications. New research clarifies how capsaicin works to calm painful nerves, muscles, and joints.In Science Signaling, Tibor Rohacs and a team of researchers from Rutgers.....


Sustainable packaging in a broader context
Environmentally conscious entrepreneurship is becoming increasingly important. Decreasing the carbon footprint is an important mission for the packaging industry. Johan De Neef of Smart Packaging Solutions talks about their approach, in which innovative adjustments in the construction of the box can already.....

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‘Root Value’ can grow produce locally all year
US (MA): Lueken’s touts eco-friendly greenhouse on Earth Day
Staff at Root Value, Lueken’s Village Foods’ new aquaponics greenhouse, gave a tour of the state-of-the-art facility on Wednesday.The ultra-efficient greenhouse grows fruits and vegetables in water infused with the natural byproducts of 250 tilapia fish for nutrients, rather than soil and conventional.....


Tru-Cape plants SA’s oldest pear in its heritage orchard
To mark the picking of the first apples in the Cape on April 17, 353 years ago, Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, replanted a Winter Saffron Pear in its Heritage Orchard on Oak Valley Estate, Grabouw.Managing director Roelf Pienaar said that for Tru-Cape, remembering and restoring the early genetic material that.....


Retail


Wawa expands presence in Florida | Sainsbury's to axe hundreds of jobs
Tesco to cut third of product range
Shoppers have been told to expect tens of thousands of items to disappear from Tesco’s shelves as the supermarket chain struggles to recover from one of the biggest losses recorded by a British company, The Times reports. In an effort to lead Britain’s biggest grocery chain out of a financial crisis, Dave.....



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