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Friday, August 29, 2014

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Eco Flavor Bowl up for PMA Impact Award
SUNSET's new Eco Flavor Bowl has been chosen as one of the finalists for this year's PMA Impact Award: Excellence in Packaging. The winner of the award will be announced at this year's PMA Fresh Summit conference in October.The PMA Impact Award singles out innovations in packaging in the fresh produce.....

Aphis proposes the import of Chinese fresh citrus into US
Aphis is proposing to amend the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation into the continental United States of commercial consignments of five species of fresh citrus fruit from China. As a condition of entry, the citrus fruit would have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach.....


"Russian ban will not affect UK market" - Adrian Barlow, English Apples and Pears
English apple season looking rosy
The English apple season is, as expected, looking very rosy. The warm spring months gave the trees a great blossom, there were good proportions of warmth and rain which has provided good sizes and the cooler weather of the last couple of weeks has given the fruit great skin colour.Adrian Barlow from English.....

US considers citrus imports from South Africa's CBS regions
As the EU continues to impose strict conditions on the import of South African citrus another export opportunity might be opening up for growers within the citrus Black spot region of South Africa as the US considers allowing imports from these regions.APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) are.....


NZ: Lower European apple prices bite into Scales profit
Scales Corp, the listed fruit and vegetables logistics company, said first-half profit fell 22 percent from a year earlier, reflecting lower apple prices and the one-off costs of its NZX listing.Profit was $20.6 million in the six months ended June 30, down from $26.4 million in the same period a year.....

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Poland aims to export their apples to Canada
Switzerland supports Europe and with further sanctions against Russia
With current reports about Russian soldiers operating in Ukraine and various organisations showing satellite images of Russian military activity in Eastern Ukraine, the EU and the U.S. are likely to expand the sanctions against Russia, which already responded with a warning that a response from the West will.....


Code red as Icelandic volcano erupts
The Bardabunga volcano in Iceland, which has been the subject of heightened scrutiny and international alarm in recent days, began erupting on Thursday night.So far, the eruption appeared to consist mainly of basaltic lava, which does not create the explosive ash clouds that are hazardous to aviation and in.....


Hugo (Antônio Jordão) Bethlem, PMA Fresh Connections Brazil
Strategies to reduce waste
"We are what we do, but we are especially what we do to change," said Hugo (Antônio Jordão) Bethlem in his dissertation at PMA Fresh Connections Brazil. Modern consumers, with their greater access to information, are increasingly prepared to make good buying decisions. They are no longer only concerned about.....

Argentina: Top fruit export to Chinese market promising
Argentina's Agricultural Concierge in China highlighted the potential there was for exports of pears and apples to China in a report released by the Argentina Chamber of Exporters (CERA).The study warned that the growth the import of these products had recorded has "caught the attention of the world's.....

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Revenue Poland, Spain and the Netherlands was growing every year
EU: Exports to Russia by countries
Europe's export volumes to Russia were substantial, although the total volumes and revenue generated by each EU country differed greatly. Slovenia's exports were virtually non-existent, whereas Poland shipped nearly a million tonnes. Today, an overview of the total export values ​​and volumes of.....


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Interpoma 2014: Grappling with apple overproduction, Russian ban
2014 will set a record for the European production of apples. This is what emerged during the 38th edition of Prognosfruit, the annual conference organised by WAPA, the “World Apple and Pear Association” held in Istanbul from 6-8 August this year, during which the international forecasts for apple production.....



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Germany: apple prices not great
A lot of domestic apples were present on the German wholesale markets in week 34. These were varieties such as Delbarefestival, Elstar and Gravenstein. Italian volumes also increased quite a bit, namelyRoyal Gala, Elstar and Summered. From France, there were the Akane, Elstar and Granny Smith varieties......


Italy: Difficult to save the melon season
"The hail and fungi that damaged many crops in different production areas mainly in Northern Italy reduced the melon supply for weeks," explains Francesco Rensoni, Codma PO technician."Our crops in Umbria and Marche are still in production and melons are good. Sugar content is high and has been throughout.....

Germany: cauliflower balanced prices
The 'Deutsche Bauernverband' (DBV) (German Farmers Association) recently shared that this season in Germany there is talk of uniform pricing for cauliflower and that this is normally rather unusual for cauliflower.Fluctuations in the supply had less of an effect on the price than usual. The price is now.....

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Spain: Use of melons and watermelons as "bait" by supermarkets reported
José Ángel Serrano, spokesman of the Melon and Watermelon segment of Cooperativas Agro-Alimentarias in Castile-La Mancha, addressed the problematic situation the sector is in due to some retail pricing practices, as supermarkets are lowering the products' prices to use them as bait during the summer.These.....


Russia: over 30,000 tonnes of vegetables harvested in Moscow region
By 26 August, over 30 000 tonnes of vegetables and potatoes have been harvested in Moscow region, - informed Deputy Chairman of Regional Government Denis Butsaev Tuesday. This is a very good yield. Compared to the same period last year, it exceeds the yield of vegetable crops by more than 15%, - noted D......


harvest forecast around 25,000 tonnes
King courgettes back at Staay Food Group
The season at Staay Food Group has started again. Today, the first King courgettes were unloaded. "The King courgettes are of good quality. The forecasts are great. The weather is good, and the crops are looking nice and good. The harvest forecast is around 25,000 tonnes. The Escobar&Castañeda - Staay.....

Switzerland: fruit industry reports record revenues
Fruit producers in Switzerland are expecting a record harvest this year for strawberries and cherries, reports the German website Fruchthandel.de. The agriculture information service LID reported that the plums season also looks to have been just as successful. The plum harvest is currently at full speed......

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Germany: strong decrease in price of organic potatoes
The organic potato growers in Germany complained in week 33 already about too low growers prices, but the big shock came last week: the price has dropped once again, reports the German website Proplanta.de. "With such prices we are losing several thousand Euro with every hectare where potatoes are grown. We.....


Willy Becker, Flevotrade Dronten:
"Optimistic about first half onion season"
At the moment, the mood on the onion market is not too good, but commercial manager Willy Becker of Flevotrade Dronten remains optimistic. "It's true that we were used to different prices last year, but I still see the glass as half full. With a level of around 11/12 cents, the bale price may not be.....


Putting Ayrshire new potatoes back on the map in UK market
New potatoes are, as the name suggests, the first of the new crop. Ayrshire in Scotland provides some of the finest new potatoes grown in Scotland, which are in season from June to early September.As of yesterday, Scotty Brand is behind the drive to widen the distribution of Ayrshire new Potatoes putting.....

Belgorod
Morozko to expand growing facilities
Company Morozko, based Severny park in Belgorod region, is considering processing and freezing vegetables. The production capacity of the complex allows processing of up to 15 000 tonnes per year. The production is mainly broccoli, green beans, onions and potatoes. Initially, the work was focused on.....

Germany dumps McDonald's from school nutrition program
That fast food chain McDonald's should be involved in giving nutrition advice in German schools, sparked widespread anger when the program emerged a little over a year ago.Now after repeated protests from both parents and experts, the German Consumer Protection Foundation has ended its cooperation with the.....

Russia: Unique vegetable processing complex
Nowadays, Volgograd is one of the most productive southern cities of Russia. Carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes, cabbage are grown and processed at a large complex which deep processes vegetables, just a few kilometres from Volgograd. The production of this complex is of strategic importance, it contributes to.....


Relocation, expansion and new packaging at Elite Foods
Elite Groenten & Fruit is an exporter from Sint-Katelijne-Waver. About 15 years ago, the company was established in the Netherlands, but after five years or so, the brothers Zafer and Hassan Tuncer Akarca decided to continue the operations in Belgium. "We already got a lot of our produce from Belgium, so.....

Italy: What are the strategies to save basil from fungi?
"50% of the basil production in Liguria is lost, with peaks reaching 70%, whereas in other producer regions we are talking about 30%. That is why Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Camapnia, Lazio and other regions in Southern Italy are working together to find a solution against fungal diseases such.....


Spain: Government studying to raise quota for processing another 5,000 tonnes
The Spanish government is studying the possibility of increasing the quota of fruit authorised for processing into fresh juice by another 5,000 tonnes, which currently stands at 10,000 tonnes for peaches, nectarines and flat peaches.The Ministry of the Presidency reported in a statement that a meeting of the.....

Russian-Chinese ag trade talks
On 26 August, a meeting of Deputy Head of Russian Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service Nikolay Vlasov with Minister-Counsellor of Economic and Commercial Affairs of Chinese Embassy in Russian Federation Zhang Di took place in Moscow. Russian-Chinese cooperation in trade of agricultural products has been.....

Greek traders to absorb peach production intended for Russia
According to statements from fruit and vegetable traders at Athens' Central Market, large volumes of Greek peaches originally intended to be exported to Russia will end up in the domestic market, with the best possible prices for consumers, but also favourable conditions for producers affected by the Russian.....

International seedless table grape forum at FRUIT ATTRACTION
Spain: 3rd edition of GRAPE ATTRACTION
The 3rd International Seedless Table Grape Congress, GRAPE ATTRACTION, will be held on Thursday, 16 October, as part of the sixth edition of FRUIT ATTRACTION, with the aim of responding to the growing interest in both the production and distribution of seedless grapes.The congress, which is biennial and is.....

German minister, Muller, criticizes price of food
Gerd Muller, the German minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, criticized the very low price of food, reports the German website Proplanta.de. "Food is under appreciated in Germany. Food is sold at a loss to be used as bait by commercial enterprises. The producers are suffering because of this......


Falling Italian fruit prices mean inflation woe
Matteo Tosato saw deflation coming months ago as he hauled his travelling fruit and vegetable stand to outdoor markets around the northern Italian city of Padua while his country slid back into recession.“Wherever a factory closed down and people got fired, demand collapsed and I had to lower prices to keep.....


Garlic smuggler on the run is one of Britain's Most Wanted
A garlic smuggler from West Drayton is one of Britain's Most Wanted tax fugitives after going on the run before he was due to be put in prison. Murugasan Natarajan, 59, evaded around £2million in customs duty while bringing Chinese garlic into the country.As owner of the Southall-based Perfect Imports &.....

UK: "Innovation in the supply chain- Why, Who & How?"
The need for innovation in the UK and International Agri-Business, Fresh Sector and Drink supply chain is clear, and of course, everyone is talking about it and the phrase rolls of the tongue readily. But how is it really achieved, what are the real benefits to customers and other industry stakeholders – or.....


Oceania

Organic berry firm snares new market
OOB, the award-winning organic berry and icecream company from Northland, has just taken another major step in its export strategy. The first OOB organic frozen blueberries and mixed berries have just gone on sale in 750 Coles supermarkets across Australia.This follows sales to 860 Woolworths Australian.....


AU: Significant losses across board' for Queensland fruit growers
Queensland's strawberry and banana growers have been hit hard with extreme recent weather conditions. Following the rain over the last couple of weeks in the southeast, Queensland Strawberry Industry's Jennifer Rowling said growers are seeing "significant losses across the board." She said the Sunshine Coast.....

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Market research to track consumer views of Australian potatoes
Australian potato growers are set to gain fresh insights into how consumers view their products as part of a new market research project that has started this month.The Potato Tracker project, being undertaken by leading research agency, Colmar Brunton, will determine what drives Australian consumer.....

PMA A-NZ Technology Manager Richard Bennett recognised at 2014 HACCP Awards
The Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) is pleased to announce that Richard Bennett has been recognised at the 2014 HACCP Awards in Sydney on 27th August 2014, receiving the Ross Peters Memorial Award for Excellence in Food Safety.Bennett was recognised for his work over the last.....


AU fruit, veg industry may buy markets
WA's fruit and vegetable wholesaling industry has emerged as a possible buyer of the Canning Vale Markets site - one of three State-owned assets the Barnett Government has put up for sale to try to contain ballooning debt.Premier Colin Barnett and Treasurer Mike Nahan announced yesterday that the 55ha.....


Africa

Gambia: 'Mango Out Growers’ total income quadrupled in 2014
The total income of Gambia Mango out Growers has hit a staggering D2,910,440 ($73,415.85 USD) in 2014, representing an increase of D221, 207.2 compared to the last year’s total income of D698,368 ($17,616.33 USD). This also shows an increase of the kilograms of mangoes harvested from 92,048 kilograms last.....

Egypt seeking to increase horticultural exports to South Korea
According to Mohammed Dawood, head of Egypt's trade representative in South Korea, Egypt is attempting to open the Korean market for a number of Egyptian exports. Dawood said that South Korea is one of Egypt's most important trading partners and explained that the list of goods that the office seeks to.....

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Egypt’s competitive logistic and productive advantages
During the Business Forum of Korea, which was held this week in Cairo, Egypt's Minister of Industry and Trade, Mounir Fakhri Abdel-Nour, said that Egypt has highly competitive advantages for the production of fruit and vegetables, as well as other industries, such as textiles and garments, furniture and.....


World

Apple crop is big worldwide
United States apple growers are harvesting a big crop—the third largest ever—but that’s a small part of the big picture. The U.S. crop is only about 6 percent of world production, and there are lots of apples elsewhere, especially in China. And, more than usual this year, political events are affecting plans.....


Older consumers want ‘natural’ rather than ‘organic’ food
Consumers over 55 associate ‘natural’ products with healthy lifestyle and diet and prefer it to ‘organic’ food, according to a report from Canadean."Only 13% of older consumers said that they look for organic food and 35% report that they look for healthy food optios. By contrast, 38% of those aged 55 and.....

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Chiquita sued for deceptive advertising
A Consumer Protection Act lawsuit has been filed against Chiquita Brands International (CQB), alleging unfair and deceptive marketing practices. The lawsuit, filed by Seattle based Water and Sanitation Health (WASH) (Federal District Court Case number: 2:14-CV-00010-RAJ) claims that Chiquita "advertises that.....

Brazilian companies press fight for Chiquita
Two Brazilian companies trying to buy Charlotte-based Chiquita Brands International took their case to an influential shareholder advisory firm Tuesday, seeking to win support to preempt Chiquita’s planned merger with an Irish produce firm.Cutrale, a juice company, and the Safra Group, a banking and real.....

Container carriers bringing down carbon emission
BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) said in its latest annual CO2 emission performance data for the container shipping industry that on an average, its member carriers have reduced CO2 emissions per container transported in 2013 by 7.7%. Clean Cargo Working Group is a business to business collaboration.....


Fruit Republic launch new product lines at Asia Fruit Logistica
Vietnam’s leading fresh produce exporter, The Fruit Republic is gearing up for its 3rd Asia Fruit Logistica participation. In the past years TFR successfully launched the TFR Wildboi brand on the international market for pomelo, lime, dragon fruit , coconuts and a range of fresh cut fruits.Upon request of.....


November 11 and 12, 2014
The New York Times gathers food experts to discuss the future of food
Nearly 1 billion people go hungry each day, while more than 34 percent of the U.S. population is considered obese. That these realities can exist simultaneously shows that our food system needs to be fixed—and soon. Food advocates, chefs, businesses, and eaters must collaborate with each other today to.....


Interko plans first-ever participation at Asia Fruit Logistica
Interko, the world's leading supplier of cooling and banana ripening systems, will explore new business opportunities in Asia when it exhibits for the first time at Asia Fruit Logistica on 3-5 September 2014 in Hong Kong.Over the next few years demand for sophisticated cooling and ripening systems is.....


National scientist made Philippines world’s second biggest mango producer
Ramon Barba may not be your stereotypical scientist but this simple man’s technological breakthrough has propelled the country to become the second biggest mango exporter in the world.With his languid smile and easy swagger, the 74-year-old takes pride in his work in plant physiology that has been adopted.....


Retail

How we shop for food is changing, in three charts
The grocery industry is grappling with significant transformation in the marketplace. Traditional supermarkets are feeling pressure from new competitors, including upstarts focused on natural and organic goods and big-box retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target that have expanded their grocery offerings. All.....

Veritas Investments to buy upmarket Nosh supermarket chain
Veritas Investments, which owns the Mad Butcher franchise business, has entered into a conditional agreement to buy the gourmet-supermarket chain, Nosh Food Market from Nosh Management for an undisclosed sum.The Auckland-based company said the acquisition will be funded by a facility of up to $5 million with.....

Woolworths' NZ stores increase profit
Australian supermarket chain Woolworths has lifted annual earnings from its New Zealand Countdown stores 4.2 percent despite "subdued" trading conditions.Pre-tax earnings before one-off items rose to $309.8 million in the 52 weeks ended June 29 from $302.7m in the 53-week period in 2013, the Sydney-based.....

The future can still be bright for Tesco
Aldi, Lidl and Amazon set to make the next few years even harder for Britain's biggest supermarkets, but they are still in a powerful position.How times change. At a glitzy event at the Victoria & Albert museum on Wednesday night, guests drank champagne and enjoyed a four-course meal on behalf of.....

Tesco to donate Ice Bucket Challenge profits
The supermarket giant decides to hand over money raised through a surge in ice sales - and nominates its rivals to do the same.Tesco is donating profits from ice cube sales to charity as more people stock up for a crack at the ice bucket challenge.The supermarket said 36 million individual ice cubes were.....

Deliberate fire causes £700,000 damage to Tesco store in Glasgow
Police are investigating a deliberate fire that caused more than £700,000 of damage to a Tesco store in Glasgow.The fire started after rubbish that was piled against a fence between Old Shettleston Road and Cockenzie Street, in Shettleston, was set alight.The blaze took hold at about 13;15 on Wednesday and.....

Giant Food Stores holding food drive
Giant Food Stores is encouraging grocery shoppers to help fight hunger this September by donating $1 to benefit their local food bank.From August 31 to September 13, the grocery store will give all customers who donate $1 at the checkout register a Unilever product coupon book. Unilever owns dozens of brands.....

Groupe Auchan contributes $1.5 million to Rana Plaza Donor’s Trust Fund set up under the auspices of the ILO
Groupe Auchan has decided to contribute a total of $1.5 million to the Rana Plaza Donor’s Trust Fund set up under the auspices of the ILO.The company’s employees, buyers, Group council personnel representatives, and shareholders were all distressed by the tragedy of April 24, 2013 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where.....

Price Chopper names Nolan CIO
Tracy Nolan has been named SVP, CIO, of Price Chopper Supermarkets, with responsibility for aligning business strategy to information technology for the 124-store chain.Nolan has 30 years of IT experience, having worked for several Fortune 500 companies, including General Electric where he spent over 20.....

Aldi loses turnover
According to market research by the German market research bureau GfK Aldi's turnover in Germany is declining. Especially drinks and body care products are being bought less by customers, reports the German news letter 'WirtschaftsWoche' on its website. According to the figures WirtschaftsWochehas.....



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