Friday, November 21, 2014

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Oron Ziv from Befresh Europe
"European retailers want programs with Israeli growers"
Oron Ziv checking the grapefruitAfter a bad season last year for Israeli citrus exports, the start to this year's citrus export season has been promising. BeFresh, an importer and exporter of fresh produce based in Tel Aviv, has benefited from the good prices in Europe for their grapefruit. With low avocado.....


U.S. Apple Association will support customers’ right to choose or not choose GMO
The introduction of non-browning Arctic® Apples to consumers is at least a few years away, but if approved for commercial production by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Apple Association will then support the public’s right to decide whether or not to purchase a genetically.....


Gabriel Berard, Bretonskiy Koupets:
"Russian importers are currently under great pressure"
Gabriel Berard is a specialised intermediary between producers or traders and Russian companies. With the firm Bretonskiy Koupets, he acts as A local helpdesk for exporters to Russia. He is currently going through a difficult time because all fruit and vegetable exports from the EU have stopped. “Luckily, I.....


Scandinavian onions stay domestically
As the onion export season winds down in Scandinavia, growers there have diverted more of their product to the local market this year. Low prices have brought prices down, which has curbed exports.“At the moment, growers are not interested in selling on the export market because of low prices,” said Palle.....


Assistance for every Jordan Valley grower
With agriculture as the main income of the Jordan Valley residents, the test center of this area is working hard to find new and improved ways of growing. Their focus is on cultivating dates. They do test to find the perfect way to irrigate and the perfect mix of fertilizers. Ziva Gilad took us on a.....

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Gaston Pacheco, president of ADEX:
"South Korea is the gateway to Asia for Peruvian products"
South Korea is a major gateway to Asia for Peruvian products, said the president of the Association of Exporters (ADEX), Gaston Pacheco, at the opening of the I Forum of Business Opportunities between Korea and Peru.Pacheco stated that Korea had one of the most important Asian economies with which Peru.....


NZ envy® apple being harvested for first time in South Tyrol
At the Interpoma trade fair, the South Tyrol associations VOG and VI.P, in collaboration with the marketing organization and owner of the brand rights ENZA, will unveil the innovative new envy® apple, which was originally born in New Zealand. By 2020, a total of 100,000 tons of envy® apples should be grown.....

Philippines: Export banana prices to China have dropped
The buying price for bananas exported to China has dropped in the recent months to less than P100, an industry leader said."The prices in China were not as good as they were two months ago," Stephen Antig, Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Association executive director, told reporters in an interview.....


Northern Territory, QLD and WA
AU mangoes could be sold to US under lucrative new export plan
Australian mangoes may be headed to the United States next year under a new plan which hopes to double mango exports.The Strategic Export Plan, developed by the Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA) alongside the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australian governments could increase mango.....

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The new orchard platform by Sorter
During the last international fair, Fruit Attraction 2014 in Madrid, one of the exhibitors was Polish company Sorter, the only company in Poland and Middle-East Europe producing complete technological lines for sorting, packing and palletizing fruits and vegetables. Sorter’s policy is to provide complete.....



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Wout van Es: "Quality is excellent: prices more friendly than that of the Dutch"
FruitWorld Breda expects larger supply of Ethiopian strawberries
FruitWorld has been importing strawberries from Ethiopia for around five years. On Thursday the 18th of November the first volumes arrived, a few days later than last year. According to Wout van Es there is an increase compared to last year. "The area was extended and if the harvest is good and the weather.....


Supply of Spanish pepper continuing to increase in German markets
Last week most of the supply of pepper on the German wholesale market came from the Netherlands and Spain. There were also peppers from Turkey and Belgium, but in much smaller quantities. The supply from Spain further increased, while a reverse movement was visible for the peppers coming from the.....


Menno Molenaar, Van Oers United:
"Sprout supply stabilised after great yields"
The sprout market has been disappointing over the last few weeks, but Menno Molenaar of Van Oers United is positive about the current prospects. "The quality has improved greatly compared to the situation in September/October. The great yields of recent weeks are slowing down now andthis will continue. I.....

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Spain obtains the world's best courgette yield
Of the top 20 worldwide courgette and squash producers, Spain has obtained the best yield, according to data from FAOSTAT, the statistical agency of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) corresponding to the year 2012.With 502.6 million kilos produced in about 10,000 hectares,.....

Poland: New protests demanding action against Russian embargo
In Annopol, Poland, on national road No. 74 (Kielce Kraśnik) and in Leokadiowie, on national road No. 12 (ZAP-Zvolen) picket growers are periodically blocking the way. They want the government to solve the problem caused by surpluses in the fruit market. Fruit growers demand the withdrawal from the.....

Bart Nemegheer, Aardappelhoeve:
"Perhaps things won't end that badly for potatoes"
The potato market is undergoing a change. That's because weather conditions weren't ideal for harvesting and storing. "A lot of people harvested with far too high temperatures, between 20 and 25 degrees. In addition, due to the warm nights, cooling may have been done insufficiently, something to which.....

Baden-Wurttemberg: circa 8,800 tons of berries harvested
In the German state ofBaden-Württembergsufficient rain and average temperatures allowed for good growing conditions for berries this year, reports the German website Fruchthandel.de.However, the harvest was influenced by the suzuki-fruit fly. This fly caused crop failure in many of the following harvests:.....

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New report from Rabobank:
EU: Shoppers warming up to online frozen food
European consumers will turn more and more to online shopping and discounters to buy frozen food, a new report from Rabobank states.Its look at the European frozen food sector shows that online shopping will see the most growth when it comes to shopping for frozen food. In what it describes as an ‘ice storm’.....


28 million Euro invested
Spain: Smurfit Kappa opens new Bag-in-Box manufacturing plant
The Smurfit Kappa Group has inaugurated its new Bag-in-Box plant in the town of Ibi, Spain, after an investment of 28 million Euro. The plant's construction started in the autumn of 2012. The facilities, which will integrate 100% of the manufacturing processes for this type of packaging, will increase the.....

Danish watchdog:
Migrants 'exploited' in Italian tomato industry
An investigative report by a Danish watchdog has revealed that illegal migrants in Italy who are hired to pick tomatoes, which are then exported to Denmark, are “grossly exploited” and work under “harsh conditions”.According to the report from DanWatch, cited on The Local Denmark, two out of every three.....


UK (Scotland): Tattie farmers face difficult challenge of shifting bumper crop
Potato farmers face the difficult challenge of shifting another bumper crop this season. Provisional estimates from the Potato Council suggest that this year’s GB harvest was on a par with last year’s bumper crop at 5.71million tonnes.The levy body said average yields were estimated at 19.1 tonnes per acre,.....

Apple sales go down in Ukraine
The Ukrainian apple market has been experiencing a decrease in trading rates. Growers say that as of mid-November, they have been facing problems with sales, even at minimum prices. Apples are now sold to wholesale companies at no higher than UAH 3-4/kg (EUR 0.15-0.20/kg). Many farmers are ready to end.....

Germany: Wholesale prices for week 46

EU: Slovenians leading the way in apple consumption
More than 92,000 tons of apples were produced on agricultural holdings in Slovenia in 2013, which is about a quarter more than a year before. About three quarters of apples were produced in orchard plantations and they are mostly used as so-called dessert apples; only a small share of these apples is.....

GreenOnyx
Israeli start-up bringing urban farming to countertops
An Israeli couple has found an innovative way to make sure their kids get their vegetables. Inspired by 3-D printing, Tsipi and Ben Shoham have found a high-tech way to grow a nutritious vegetable source with no care or fuss."This is a real high-tech system integrated with agriculture in a way nobody has.....


Analysis of 2013/2014 campaign
Spain: Record volume and drop in average value of horticultural production
Greenhouse tomatoesAlmeria's horticultural production increased by 4.3 percent during the 2013/2014 campaign, reaching a record 3,180,689 tonnes, although average prices and the production's value decreased by 7 and 2.8 percent, respectively.This data was published in the "Analysis of Almeria's horticultural.....


ABN Amro: cause - crisis in the organization sector
Dutch acreage is not very large and the boycott is not the cause of bad prices
The main reason for the decrease in greenhouse vegetables this year is the surplus in production caused by the good weather in Europe. The Russian boycott is now cited as the straw that broke the camel's back, but the core of the problem lies deeper. At least that is what ABN Amro has concluded in the.....


Oceania

AU: Groundbreaking fungicide for downy mildew set for release next year
Devonport-based, Peracto, is evaluating the fungicide in a trial crop at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture's vegetable research centre in Forthside. Peracto technical specialist, Phil Frost, says it kills the disease differently to any other fungicide on the market."We're screening a range of new.....


Light crop to drive up Christmas lychee prices
The Australian lychee season usually begins during October, but the popular fruit is only just starting to trickle onto domestic markets now.President of the Australian Lychee Growers Association, Derek Foley, says cool spring conditions have delayed fruit-set in many regions, driving down crop estimates......

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NZ: Fighting food fraud with forensics
A technique used by forensic scientists to identify bodies at crime scenes is being used by food producers to deter ­counterfeiting of their products.All plants and animals absorb the natural chemicals of their environment, and similar technology can provide irrefutable forensic evidence of where an apple.....

AU: Vegetable farmers going into debt to cover operational costs
Australian vegetable growers face production costs so high an industry group claims farmers are going into debt just to cover operational costs.Industry-commissioned research by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) revealed the cost of vegetable production had gone.....

NZ: Growers say industry coped well with Psa
Kiwifruit growers say a report on the outbreak of vine-killing disease Psa-V in 2010 shows they they did a good job as an industry coping with it.The independent report similar to one carried out in 2012, that looked at the biosecurity response to the Psa incursion did not investigate how the disease got.....


Africa


Egypt: Cooperation between Aswan and Switzerland to create 6,500 jobs
The Bureau of International Cooperation of the Swiss Embassy and CARE International have started a project to boost youth employment in the Aswan Governorate, Egypt, under the auspices of the Governor of the region, Yousry al-Sayyed Atallah.The three year project, on which 5 million Swiss francs will be.....


Agricultural production in Angola expected to rise by 12% in 2015
The 9.7 percent GDP growth rate included in Angola’s State Budget for 2015 is the aggregate result of sector forecasts, with a focus on agriculture, which is expected to grow by 12 percent next year, said the Minister for Planning and Territorial Development.Job Graça, who spoke to members of the 5th Economy.....

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APMT signs $1bn deal with Ghana for Tema Port expansion
Danish operator APM Terminals has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ghanian government to develop a $1 billion expansion the Port of Tema. The deal will see APMT partner with Bolloré Africa Logistics (Meridian Port Holdings) and the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) to deliver the.....

Export to EU not an easy walk
Mr. Ignacio Burrull, Head of Cooperation of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Ghana, has urged exporters to understand the required rules and standards and ensure compliance as exporting to the EU market is not an easy walk.Mr. Burrull, who was addressing the Steering Committee members of the Trade.....


World


Chemosphere Journal
Greenhouse crops present higher pesticide levels
Researchers of Chemosphere Journal published a study this week which reveals that crops grown in greenhouses and poly-tunnels had higher levels of pesticides, twice as much as those of open field crops.Data on pesticide content were analysed in foods taken from various points in the food chain, and the.....


Russia remains important market for Turkish citrus exporters
Despite the complications in the Russian market for fresh produce exporters, Russia remains the number one export destination for Turkish citrus. Last year, except for oranges, Russia was the main recipient of Turkish citrus across every category. For easy peelers, Turkey sent 206.6 million kilograms of.....


Retail

Aldi Sud considers market entry to China
According to German media, Aldi Nord and Aldi Sud have adopted a decision in principle about Aldi’s expansion to China based on which Aldi Sud would be responsible for implementing the strategy.China not top priority yetWe consider this step to be premature. No doubt Aldi is looking for new markets, and in.....

German supermarket cuts down on waste by Nixing packaging
You can buy anything from fresh vegetables and pasta to soap and shampoo in a new supermarket, but one thing you won’t find are the bags and bottles to carry the products in. Customers in Original Unverpackt, which means "originally unpackaged," must bring their own packaging to transport around 400 products.....

Whole Foods Co-CEO says it’s full steam ahead in Canada
Whole Foods Market Inc.WFM -0.19% is committed to expanding in Canada and elsewhere, even as competition in the speciality grocery business intensifies and eats into margins.That’s the message company co-chief executive Walter Robb shared Wednesday as he oversaw the launch of the new 41,000-square-foot Whole.....

Carrefour to open its first Shanghai convenience store
With retail sales growth slowing in China, many international retailers are looking for new growth opportunities, and the latest is Carrefour's move into convenience. Its first convenience store, under the 'easy' banner, is set to be opened in Shanghai next week.Convenience: the fast growing channelThe top.....

Asda online creates 230 posts across Northern Ireland
The growth of Asda's online shopping business has created 230 jobs across its 17 stores in Northern Ireland, the supermarket giant said.Northern Ireland shoppers' enthusiastic reception of the grocer's Click & Collect has grown more than five-fold year on year since it was introduced last year - the.....



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