Monday, September 22, 2014

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Interview with Marc Peyres, of Blue Whale
“More than anything else in the fruit business, the key is the orchard”
Last year’s apple season for the French exporter Blue Whale, which accounts for around 22% of the country’s fresh apple export, started really well, with very good prices between summer and Christmas for many varieties. In the second half, however, the market came under pressure and some prices dropped,.....

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US (CA): Good movement, prices for grapes
As availability of tree fruit in California winds down, the relatively empty market has made for good movement and a strong market for grapes.“Compared to this time last year, prices are probably one to two dollars higher,” noted George Matoian of Visalia Produce. “Compared to a month ago, prices are about.....


Zweer van Aalsburg, Fruitmasters:
"After the harvest there will be some calm in the market"
The top fruit market is under some pressure at the moment. "But it always is at the beginning of the season. Everyone is picking and the growers are offering all the product. The season also started quite early and it isn't apple weather. We need cooler weather for a good apple consumption," says Zweer van.....

US: Halt in potato exports to Mexico manageable
Though the stop to U.S. potato exports to Mexico has been unfortunate, not being able to ship potatoes deep into Mexico is not likely to significantly affect export programs this year.“The Mexican market is a very important market for us, and increased access to that market would be beneficial,” said John.....


Russian boycott, food safety and new trade flows
Photo report Deutscher Obst & Gemuse Kongress
On Friday, the Deutscher Obst & Gemuse Kongress 2014 was held in Düsseldorf. Topics such as the Russian conflict, automation of the industry and transparency of the chain were key, and judging from the 400 participants, there's a lot of interest from the German market for these matters. Prior to the.....

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French PM condemns farmers protests in Brittany
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called for farmers who set fire to public buildings in the Breton town of Morlaix last night to be prosecuted after their protests over red tape and a drop in vegetable prices escalated.The protesters, numbering around 100, arrived on tractors, ransacked and set fire to the.....


Moldova wants to get rid of boycott
Russia trades grain for Egyptian and Turkish fruit and vegetables
Moldova is facing big problems. The country saw the export increase in the first months of this year, mainly to Russia, but is now being hit hard by the Russian boycott. Because the country isn't an EU member, it's on its own. Moldova is working hard to meet Russian demands, and reports say that the.....

Chiquita strikes deal for US shipments
The company that transports fruit for Chiquita has reached an agreement to establish a container shipping service between Central America and the U.S. How this impacts Chiquita’s facilities planned for New Orleans is uncertain.The industry journal American Shipper reports that the space-sharing agreement.....

US (CA): Cantaloupe supplies transition from California to Arizona
Higher-than-normal temperatures this season have made for a quicker transition from supplies of cantaloupes in California to supplies from Arizona. With supplies winding down in California and the Arizona season still getting started, prices have firmed up.“Supplies are dropping off significantly,” said.....

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CA (ON): Ontario apples exhibit good colour
Cool weather during the growing season has made for good colouring on Ontario's apple crop this season. That same weather, however, could also lead to a slightly lighter crop.“This is one of the best seasons in terms of quality,” said Marius Botden, President of Binkley Apples in Ontario. “I've never seen.....

US (CA): Valencia market strong, Navel quality good
Prices for Valencia oranges continue to be strong, as the season for those oranges in California hits its homestretch. Prolonged heat has made for what could be a Navel orange season with very good quality, though a lack of rain could mean less-than-anticipated production.“Valencia oranges are still.....



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En'Diva
Italy: Barbucine endive now available on the market
At Macfruit 2014, French company En'Divawill presentBarbucine®, a salad variety born in Paris in 1630 and forgotten for almost a century. With Barbucine®, consumers will have the pleasure to taste a produce that recalls the flavours of the olden days. "Crunchy, sweet with a hint of bitter..." are the.....

Germany: mushroom consumption falls slightly
In 2013 every German ate, on average, 1.8 kg of mushrooms. Total mushroom consumption in Germany was at 145,000 tons, shares the German 'Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft' (BMEL) (Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture). 63,000 tons of the 145,000 were imported from outside Germany, almost.....


Roberto Latorre, Surexport:
"Fewer strawberries planted in Spain, more blueberries and raspberries"
Spanish strawberry planting is a lot lower this year than last year, while the acreage of blueberries and raspberries, on the other hand, is increasing. According to Roberto Latorre of Spanish soft fruit producer Surexport from Almonte (Huelva), that trend is understandable after last year's disappointing.....

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Filip Verlae: "Summer months weren't bad"
Lamb's lettuce market in slump due to increased supply
The summer was pretty good for lamb's lettuce growers, but since a week and a half, the price has plummeted. "We're looking at very bad prices at the moment," says grower Filip Verlae. "In past days, the price has collapsed. Before that, the price was normal at around 2 Euro. For the summer months, that.....


Really good summer broccoli campaign
Spain took advantage of Europe's broccoli shortages
The summer broccoli season lasts from June to early October, and although with fewer volumes compared to the autumn-winter campaign, it is basically intended to ensure continuous supply of the domestic market. Some small volumes are usually also exported to countries such as Italy, France and Portugal......


Tesco turns back time with launch of purple carrots
Tesco are selling a new variety of purple carrots in stores across the country.Harking back to the 17th century when carrots were usually purple or yellow, the Purple Bushytops are a brand new and unique variety of carrot which have been cultivated in Cambridgeshire to have a purple exterior with a vibrant.....

Record gross harvest of apples in Russia
In the season 2013/14, the gross harvest of apple production in Russia hit the record level of the last 7 years. According to official statistics, in the season 2013/14 a bit less than 1.65 million MT of the fruit was gathered, which is 12% higher than the result of the previous season. According to industry.....

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Two new pumpkin varieties bred in Russia
Russian scientists from Rice Research Institute in Krasnodar, produced two unique varieties of pumpkin. The perfect combination of taste and good appearance has been sought for decades. Russian scientists started to breed a new variety of pumpkin which was called Romashka during the Great Patriotic War,.....


Vegetable growers flock to Co. Durham for annual show
The World Record for the heaviest leek was smashed as veggie growers showed their wares in the North. The best grown leeks, the heaviest marrows and the longest cucumbers are on display at the South Causey Inn at Stanley, County Durham this weekend.John Soulsby is the chairman of the North East Horticultural.....


Fucino plain
Italy: Not a good potato season
The 2014 season on the Fucino plain was characterised by unstable weather which affected the campaign. "Sowing was rather regular and transplants were carried out in the right period, but things changed in June as it rained a lot and temperatures were below average," explains producer Angelo Giommo."This in.....


France: Let's learn more on PDO Noix de Grenoble
Around 1,800,000 tons of walnuts are produced globally every year. The main producers are China and United States and France is the main European producers with an average of 36,000 tons per year.The area in which Noix de Grenoble are produced covers 261 municipalities in three departments in the valle.....


Italy: Family farming and innovation in Alto Adige
The United Nations declared 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming.In collaboration with its partners, FAO is working to:support the development of agricultural, environmental and social policies in favour of sustainable family farming;increase public knowledge and awareness;increase the knowledge.....

Spain expects normal, stable 2014/15 lemon season
The first estimate for the 2014/15 Spanish lemon harvest by Ailimpo association assumes a harvest volume of 970,000 tons. This would put the harvest volume at roughly the same level as last year, reports the German website Fruchthandel.de. The definitive result will depend on the coming rainfall and the.....

Austrian potato market: harvesting is slow
The harvest for the Austrian potato growers is going slowly at the moment due to the weather conditions. After the reasonably dry weekend, when people were able harvest from the lighter ground, rain has been predicted for the next few days again. However, the available supply is still more than sufficient,.....


Chillventa in Nuremberg, Germany, on 14-16 October
Interko seeking new installation partners from across the globe
“Chillventa is the leading international trade fair for refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation and heat pump systems,” says Chris Maat, managing director/partner of Interko. “It's one of the most important technology events in the world and we see it as an ideal place for meeting and doing business.....


BanaBay wins significant contract in Turkey
BanaBay’s a producer and distributor of premium quality tropical fruit has secured its first major contract in Turkey.From this month, Veriso Ltd. Sti (Turkey) is taking weekly deliveries of a significant quantity of BanaBay’s premium Ecuadorian bananas, for an initial period of one year.With operations in.....

Poor harvest of pine nuts in Irkutsk, Russia
Poor harvest of pine nuts in Irkutsk region in 2014 is to lead to increase in the retail price. According to experts, this year the pines do not yield well not only in Irkutsk, but in many other regions of Russia. This is explained by a mass infestation of silk moth earlier this year, resulted in the fact.....

garlic stock in China decreased by 23% in two years
Chinese pomelo suppliers losing interest in export markets
Denimpex started their first arrival of pomelos from China under their own brand Dinosaur this week. Last week one of the gentlemen was in Xiamen/Pinghe to view the situation there and to visit various storehouses Denimpex has been working with since 2000."The quality and volume look good, but the local.....


Omsk
Russian scientists cloned potato in a test tube
Scientists from Siberian Research Institute of Agriculture have developed a new direction in potato breeding. Several test tubes with baby-plants grown from potato embryos were received from Ural scientists. These are samples of varieties “Kamensky”, “Gornyak” and “Amur”, - said Sergey Krasnikov, scientist.....


Novorossiysk
Russia to launch production of truffles
Officials from Novorossiysk suggest investing a construction project of agricultural complex “Truffle Valley” for the production of fresh, frozen and canned truffles. The complex is to be located on the territory of 200 hectares and to comprise production unit area of 20 000 sq. m, conservation unit with.....


24th-26th September 2014
Information for those visiting Macfrut (Cesena - Italy) for the first time
First-time visitors to Macfrut - the Italian produce fair (24th-26th September 2014) - will be pleasantly impressed. It is a big international fair, yet very people-friendly, just like the city that hosts it, Cesena, a city with 95,000 inhabitants close to the Riviera Romagnola with Rimini and Milano.....


New World’s Biggest Onion is an eye-watering sight
If you find chopping regular onions are rather tearful ordeal, then this monster vegetable would be sure to have you you crying bucketloads.Tony Glover’s mega-onion is an eye-watering 18lb 11oz and has catapulted him into the Guinness Book of World Records, outdoing the previous record-holder by 10lbs.And.....

Marco Salvi (Fruitimprese)
Italy: We need a strong signal for European fruit
"The absence of old-country countries at Moscow's WorldFood is striking- it looks like operators from South America, Turkey, China, Egypt and other North African countries are on the rise," says Marco Salvi (in the photo), chairman of Fruitimprese.Salvi was in Moscow to assess the situation at WorldFood and.....


Tony Derwael, Bel'Export: "Russia is unfortunately managing without our fruit"
Still a lot of European fruit and vegetable traders at Worldfood Moscow
The 23rd edition of Worldfood Moscow has just finished. This food fair takes place between the 15th and the 18th of September. Despite the Russian boycott there are still European fruit and vegetable companies present. One of them is the Belgian fruit company Bel'Export. According to Tony Derwael it is a.....


Tomatoes, the most exported crop
Spain: Andalusia's horticultural exports make almost 2,000 million Euro
According to data provided by the Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Government of Andalusia, the region's horticultural product exports from 1 September 2013 to 30 June 2014 have totalled 2,050.85 million kilos (including melon and watermelon), with a value of 1902.67 million.....


Sainsbury’s horticultural apprentices step into their role
Apprentices this month started on the first retailer-led national apprenticeship scheme for horticulture and agriculture. Through the Sainsbury’s scheme, the retailer is offering a City & Guilds accredited Level 2 Diploma which will give the apprentices hands on, practical experience within horticulture.....


Dagestan: New advanced greenhouse outside Makhachkala
The construction of a new greenhouse complex with total area of 10 hectares is in progress in the village Leninkent, near Makhachkala. The Deputy Prime Minister of Dagestan Sharip Sharipov visited the village on purpose to control the process of building of new greenhouses. They are being built with the use.....

Referendum platform must drive Scottish farming, food & drink sectors forward
NFU Scotland believes Scotland’s decision to remain within the United Kingdom must provide a platform to drive our farming and food and drink sectors forward.In the run up to the vote, the Union remained impartial but hosted referendum debates the length and breadth of country, in which more than a third of.....


Oceania


Orchard Plant Protection Guide
AU: New guide helps growers bear fruit
The latest orchard guide gives NSW orchardists the most up-to-date information on protecting deciduous fruit trees, says Department of Primary Industries (DPI) development officer, temperate fruits, Kevin Dodds.The Orchard Plant Protection Guide is published by DPI to provide detailed information on all.....


AU avocado growers lobby for levy reforms
Three avocado growers with common concerns about poor returns from agricultural levies will lobby hard for major structural reforms during the Federal Senate inquiry into the national levy system. Between them, the growers from south-west Western Australia produce about 50 per cent of the State’s annual.....

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AU: Potato growers fear deregulation
John Omodei hopes that one day his five-year-old grandson Raphael becomes the fifth generation of the family to grow potatoes in the South-West but he knows the industry faces an uncertain future.The life-long potato grower said the Economic Regulation Authority's recommendation that the State Government.....

AU: Organic farmer Steve Marsh faces $800,000 in costs
A West Australian organic farmer, who sought to sue his neighbour for $85,000 for allegedly contaminating his property with genetically modified canola, could now have to pay $800,000 in court costs.In June, the Supreme Court rejected Kojonup farmer Steve Marsh's compensation case against his former.....


Kiwifruit exports set to surge
Single desk seller Zespri says the kiwifruit industry is looking like putting on a growth spurt after the Psa virus cut a swathe through the country's most productive areas from 2010 through to 2013.Zespri chief executive Lain Jager says kiwifruit exports are set to increase dramatically as the recovery from.....

Kiwifruit scientist recognised by global industry
Dr Mark McNeilage, a scientist at Plant & Food Research, has been recognised for his contribution to the global kiwifruit industry with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Kiwifruit Working Group of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS).Presented at the International Symposium on.....


Africa


Kenya: 40km water pipeline gives farmers a future
A water pipe costing just €450,000 is the difference between life and death for thousands of Kenyan farmers.The Gitgo-Kamainde pipeline, construction of which started in 2012, is the first capital scheme that Trocaire has ever funded, and was built with the help of Irish donors. The first connections were.....


World

4 things you should know if you think you have no money for marketing
James is a tomato grower.He often hears the word "marketing", and enjoys reading marketing articles on Freshplaza."Though," he thinks, "marketing is not for me. It is for big companies only, those that have a lot of money and can afford investing in advertising. I have no budget for that, so – in the end.....

Maersk reaches out to China anti-trust authorities on alliance plans
Maersk Line's chief executive has paid visits to Chinese authorities about its planned vessel sharing alliance with a Swiss company - including to the Ministry of Commerce which previously blocked a bigger ship-pooling scheme on competition concerns.Maersk Line, the world's biggest container shipping firm.....

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FDA releases supplemental proposals on FSMA
Mike Taylor to engage with industry leaders at Fresh Summit
On the 19th of Sept., the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released four supplemental proposals under the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act on produce safety, preventive controls for human food, foreign supplier verification programs and preventive controls for animal feed. Industry will have 75 days to.....

PMA Fresh Summit mobile app
Personalize your visit to the Fresh Summit. The official Fresh Summit mobile app is a great pre-show planning and onsite navigational tool. With the mobile app, you can:• Create a personalized schedule with on-the-go details like workshop information• Bookmark exhibitors you want to see• Connect with fellow.....


Retail

Russia: New X5 logistics centre in Rostov
X5 Retail Group opened a new distribution centre of premium class in Rostov region. With the total area of 30 200 sq. m, the centre is able to load up to 260 trucks a day. The complex consists of three units – dry stores, low-temperature warehouses and temperature controlled units. The complex is to.....

Alibaba to become world's largest retailer by 2016
“We want to be bigger than Walmart,” said Jack Ma, the founder and driving force of Alibaba Group, to CNBC on Friday, as his company’s shares began trading on the New York Stock Exchange.Not only does Ma’s e-commerce giant want to surpass the Bentonville-based retailer, it thinks it will do so soon. In.....

Supermarket wars in Meir Park as Tesco objects to Morrisons store plans
Supermarket giant Tesco has objected to plans for a new superstore set to open on its doorstep.Tesco is urging planners at Stoke-on-Trent City Council to reject an application from rival chain Morrisons to create a store next door to its Meir Park branch.Tesco claims Morrisons' plans to merge with B&Q,.....

Walmart nets deals with Savings Catcher
Walmart's lowest price pledge has been the foundation of its business philosophy since opening in the 1960s.The company guarantees you'll "Save Money. Live Better" and it coined the term "rollback." The world's largest public corporation was also the first to introduce a year-round price-matching policy,.....

A touch of Tao greets Orchid Island's first 7-Eleven
Taiwan's 7-Eleven convenience store chain opened its first store on remote Orchid Island on Friday, overcoming criticism from civic groups that the outlet would hurt the island's indigenous culture.The store officially opened its doors to business at 7am, with workers greeting customers using the indigenous.....

A Supa lifeline
Donor dollars are the lifeblood of many charities, including the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), which relies on donations to continue to deliver the finest care to the furthest corners of NSW.The announcement that Khans Supa IGA Supermarket Group made another donation of $12,370.50 to the RFDS is good.....

Loblaws, a grocery store? Not anymore
And you thought Loblaw was just a grocery store.Last year’s blockbuster deal between the food retailing giant and Shoppers Drug Mart helped transform the country’s largest grocery chain.But Loblaw was already well on its way to diversifying itself into a multitude of businesses well beyond selling food......

New shopping experience coming to Save-On-Foods
Shoppers will be introduced to a completely new grocery experience when Save-On-Foods finishes renovations.But, for now, they will have to wait until the grand opening.“It will be a surprise, we don’t want to give everything away,” said store manager Brad Hickey with a laugh. “It is going to be a totally.....

Raley's recognized by EPA's GreenChill Partnership as 'Distinguished Supermarket Partner'
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's GreenChill Partnership announced Tuesday that Raley's Family of Fine Stores received a GreenChill 2013 Achievement Award for extraordinary leadership and initiative in achieving the partnership's mission to better protect the Earth's ozone layer and reduce the.....

Whole Foods plans customer reward program, report says
Whole Foods Market Inc., which is changing course after three decades with a series of new initiatives, will begin testing a customer rewards program later this month with an eye toward expanding it nationwide by the end of 2015, reports Bloomberg.It's part of a larger strategy for Austin-based Whole Foods.....

WinCo Foods buys 12-acre Garland tract to build its latest store
One of the grocers expanding in North Texas has bought a 12-acre tract of land to develop a large grocery store in Garland.WinCo Foods LLC plans to build a new 85,000-square-foot grocery store at 1122 West Centerville Road at the northeast quadrant of Centerville and Interstate 635 in Garland. The store is.....

Grocery Outlet opening in Chula Vista
Extreme food discounter Grocery Outlet is opening its 10th San Diego store and its second in South County on Oct. 2.A grand opening party will follow on Oct. 4.The company, which passes savings on to customers by buying surplus food and household goods, is opening its newest store on Third Avenue in Chula.....

Sprouts Confirms Lakeland, Germantown Stores in 2015
Sprouts Farmers Market, one of the fastest-growing grocery chains in the country and the first new grocer to enter the Memphis area in several years, will open a second location in Germantown.Sprouts will turn the 30,000-square-foot former Schnucks location at The Shops of Forest Hill at Poplar Avenue and.....

Wawa to expand in South Florida
Wawa is seeking high traffic corners in South Florida to build its gas station and food stores.The Pennsylvania-based company has reached 50 locations in Florida only two years after entering the state. All of them are in the Orlando and Tampa markets. Wawa VP and Chief Real Estate Officer Peter Gilligan.....

Grocery Outlet announces partnership with Hellman & Friedman
Grocery Outlet, Inc., the largest “extreme-value” grocer in the U.S., announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Hellman & Friedman LLC along with Grocery Outlet’s senior management team from its principal owner, Berkshire Partners LLC. The terms of the.....



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