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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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US(CA): Decent nectarine prices this season
“This year, nectarine supply is about normal for us,” says Jeff Simonian with Simonian Fruit Company. “We had a rain storm last week, which is uncommon for this time of the year, and we lost some production. So, all in all volumes are down a little bit.”“Prices have been good and increased a bit due to.....


EC works on new support measure
Video: Russian growers benefit from boycott
In the Kaliningrad region, growers are benefiting from the boycott. A British news site made a video report at growers and the local market. The European Commission is working on a new compensation measure to absorb the market disruption risks caused by the boycott. In Russia, the government reports that.....

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. reports second quarter 2015 financial results
Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. (NYSE: FDP) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June26, 2015. The Company reported earnings per diluted share of $1.21 for the second quarter of 2015, compared with earnings per diluted share of $1.15 in the second quarter .....

Envy apple sales up 20 percent
In 2015, sales of Envy apples increased 20 percent compared to the same time last year. In addition, volumes sold went up 36 percent during that time frame, according to Freshlook Data, cited by Oppy."Envy is proving its value to the produce department’s bottom line," said David Nelley, executive director of.....


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Netherlands: Sun ripened, sun cooled summer fruit
"Customers can expect a bit more from us. We don't just try to define ourselves with a good selection of premium brands of summer fruit. Our sustainable methods of storage are also certainly worth mentioning. The entire roof of our location on the Handelsweg is covered in solar panels, and on sunny days we.....

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Philipinnes: International interest in Davao Sasa Port project
The pre-qualification process for the Department of Transportation and Communications’ (DOTC) Davao Sasa Port Modernization Project begins Wednesday, July 29, with six local and foreign firms having expressed their interest in the project.The Sasa Port modernization project is the first.....


New tool for consumers to test produce ripeness
Consumer Physics, an Israeli startup, is preparing to ship its SCiO pocket molecular sensor to the first of its 13,000 Kickstarter backers. That campaign, which took place a year ago, raised $2.7 million (1,381 percent of its goal).The SCiO is a handheld near infrared (NIR) spectrometer, which, paired with a.....

No ban on mango exports by EU from Pakistan
Department of Plant Protection (Ministry of National Food Security and Research) Friday clarified that there is nothing as such as impositioning any ban by European Union (EU) on mango exports from Pakistan for 05 years as published in some sections of the media.According to the statement issued by the.....

Mexico: Improving the safety of avocados for export
The National Health Service, Food Safety and Quality (SENASICA) awarded the Teknolab Analysis of Pesticide Residues Laboratory approval for this type of specific studies.The role of the laboratory, which is located in the town of Tancítaro, Michoacan, and is owned by producers, is to identify, confirm and.....

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First Polish plums twice as expensive as last year
According to international traders, the implementation of the plum season from local farms in Poland has begun. According to information from those participating in the market, the first shipments of Polish plums were dispatched to the market in practically the same period as the year before......


France : Average apple harvest and decrease in pears
On the 1st July 2015, French apple production was estimated at 1.6 million tons, up +4% compared to the 2014 harvest and 2% below the 2010-2014 average. Acreage is stable overall, but with a slight decrease in the Loire region. Today, French apple orchards cover 37,500 hectares.Pear production should reach.....


French farmers block border roads in price protest
French farmers are stopping lorries importing farm produce from Germany and Spain, in a border protest over what they call unfair price competition.Farmers parked tractors to block several roads near the borders late on Sunday. The farmers' protests over food prices have disrupted traffic across France for.....

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Ukraine and Belarus want to develop cooperation in the agriculture sector
Ukrainian Ministry of Agrarian Policy invites Belarus to produce agricultural machinery in Ukraine
The Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food (Minagroprod) invites Belarusian producers of agricultural equipment to start manufacturing their products in Ukraine. As reported by the Minagroprod’s press service, the head of the Ministry of Alex Pavlenko made this proposition at a plenary meeting.....


Oceania

NZ: Annual fruit exports crack $2 billion for first time
Official figures show the value rose by 20 percent to $2 billion in the year to June.Statistics New Zealand said annual fruit exports rose due to higher prices and an increase in volume.That was helped by the highest ever monthly sales overseas in May, while June and April took out second and third place.....

UK firm Mondrian takes a $60 million stake in Costa on share float
Horticulture company Costa has raised $551 million in its listing on the share market.A UK equity firm, Mondrian, emerged as a major investor, taking about $60 million stake, third behind the owners Paine and Partners and Frank Costa.Costa shares dipped below the opening price of $2.25, but the Costa chief.....

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Orchard raids welcomed by employer
News of recent arrests of seasonal workers or immigrants who have overstayed their visa was welcomed by one orchard owner, who says it isn't hard to 'do the right thing' and go through legal channels."Nothing has changed in the last 40 years’ despite a recent spate of police raids on fruit orchards in.....

NZ: Tens of thousands in fruit fines
New Zealand is collecting tens of thousands of dollars in fines from overseas tourists carrying apples into Queenstown Airport.Figures provided to the Otago Daily Times this week by the Ministry for Primary Industries show apples were responsible for 168 infringement notices being issued last year.Each.....


Opening of purpose built Epping site pushed back to August 31
Melb Market move delay 'understandable'
The Melbourne Markets move has been delayed once again, but the latest deadline is thought to be the final one. The August 31 deadline, pushed back from August 3, will allow the traders to move in as a united front, and ensure all are able to operate from the day the new Epping site opens. “It was the right.....

Fruit and vegetables wholesalers and growers prepares bid for Perth Market
Fruit and vegetable wholesalers and growers in Western Australia will soon tender for their market facility.Last year the State Government said it would sell a number of assets to try and reduce its debt.Included in the asset sale was the Canning Vale based Market City. A condition of any sale was that the.....


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Spotted Wing Drosophila (Drosphila suzukii)
Cleaner, more reliable approach to SWD trapping
With the current monitoring systems in use, growers and advisors are generally relying on wine and vinegar based blends of liquid attractants to both monitor and catch Spotted Wing Drosophila (Drosphila suzukii) or SWD. The liquids have a short life, as the attractive volatile components dissipate quickly.....


Ozone increases productivity by 40%
The use of ozonated water on crops can increase productivity by between 15 and 40% if appropriate methods are employed, as has been found in a study conducted by ASP Asepsia (http://www.aspozono.es) on more than 250 crops in greenhouses of Almeria. This is because ozone promotes oxygenation of the roots and.....

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UK : Waitrose sells French apricots
Apricots from the Languedoc-Roussillon will be available in British Waitrose stores between the 22nd July and the 19th August. The high end supermarket will offer these apricots that have “ripened on the tree” at 175 sales points, mainly in England. The contract was obtained by Sud de France Development (a.....

El Nino good for U.S. and China, bad for Peru and Australia
In California, they’re counting on it to end a historic drought; in Peru, they’ve already declared a pre-emptive emergency to prepare for devastating flooding. It’s both an economic stimulus and a recession-maker. And it’s likely to increase the price of coffee, chocolate and sugar.It’s El Nino — most.....


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Walmart warns suppliers about labels | AU grocery revolution goes on
SuperValu might spin off fast-growing Save-A-Lot business
German Lidl and Aldi chew into the 'Big Four' British supermarketsAldi and Lidl have grabbed a record share of the grocery market as sales fell at the big four supermarkets, express.co.uk reports. Takings at the German rivals soared by 16.6% and 11.3% respectively and account for a combined 9.6% share.....



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