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Friday, November 28, 2014

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Israeli pomegranate production to increase
After last year's quality issues that limited pomegranate production in Israel, this season's pomegranate production is set to top that from last season. With harvesting of the Wonderful variety completed, Israeli packers are busy readying this season's fruit for export.“We suffered from quality issues.....


AU: Expanding avocado production seeks opportunities in Asia
Australia, with its huge variety of climates, has the capacity to grow avocados all year-round in different production sites in Queensland and down the east coast. John Tyas, CEO of the Avocados Australia Board, explains that “most of this fruit is currently intended for the domestic market, which absorbs.....


Microgreens: tiny greens with huge flavor
The market for mircogreens is holding steady this year but seeing prices lower than average as more growers continue to enter the market. Some of these growers are attempting to capitalize on the locally grown movement to sell their products. The majority of sales belong to the foodservice, mostly fine.....

Ecuador raises banana price 9%
A box of Ecuadorian bananas for export will cost $ 6.55 in 2015, said the Ministry of Agriculture of Ecuador.The new price, 9% higher than the current $ 6, was set by Ministerial Agreement and approved Thursday and will come into force from January 1 until December 31 next year.Ecuador, the leading exporter.....


Mexico becoming first raspberry and blackberry exporter to China
SVA Fruits is a joint venture between the Chilean fruit producer San Clemente and Hortifrut. “The company in Shanghai started about 7 years ago with San Clemente, which was one of the first Chilean companies to focus on China as a primary market, and was actually Chile’s largest exporter to Shanghai for many.....

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New generation PEF technology for potato processing
Dutch company Pulsemaster has introduced a new generation PEF (pulsed electric field) technology that significantly improves potato processing. With this cost efficient application, the final breakthrough of PEF processing in the food industry is approaching.The Pulsemaster PEF technology induces poration of.....


TADECO bags GLOBALG.A.P. award
Tagum Agricultural Development Company, Inc. (TADECO) is one of the four GLOBALG.A.P. certified producers in the world that was awarded for obtaining the most outstanding results in their consistent compliance to GLOBALG.A.P. principles and high commitment to implementation of good agricultural practices......

PMA AU-NZ welcomes two new board members
News from the PMA Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) Annual General Meeting held on 19 November 2014 included the appointment of two new Board members, and the re-election of a third.Rachel Audigé of Bayer CropScience (AU), and Ronan Bowles of Foodstuffs North Island Limited (NZ), will replace Rob Fisher of.....


Israel: Arava keeps serving Europe with bell pepper
Unlike in the Netherlands, where it typically spans from spring to winter, the bell pepper production period for the Israeli company Arava Export Growers runs from autumn to summer. “We plant in late July and the growing lasts until December. Yields are also lower, of about 70 tonnes per hectare,” affirms.....

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Nature Fresh Farms promotes #VeryVeggieThanksgiving with unique recipes. The holiday season brings families & friends together from far and wide to celebrate this time of the season; good friends & great food create lasting memories for years to come. With family celebrations focused on food,.....



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Hungary: Guinness World Record pursued
On 5 December, an apple eating Guinness World record attempt will be made at Semmelweis University, in Budapest, Hungary. The initiative is intended to promote fruit and vegetable consumption.The record attempt, organised by the National Institute for Health Development and Communication, will involve all.....


Italy: Pears doing well, too early for kiwis
The Abate pear season is looking good, though we will have to wait until January 2015 for the "real" kiwi market.Abate pearsAn operator talks about the situation regarding the pear, and explained that prices were rather low at the beginning of the campaign (September-October 2014) because the goods were in.....


UK importer sponsors marmalade eating bear
Pacific Produce a UK import company with Peruvian roots could not miss a recent opportunity to link up with the launch of the new Paddington Bear Movie. This small bear comes from Darkest Peru and has a liking for marmalade sandwiches, he is a great favourite with children and adults alike in the UK.A few.....

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Leon van den Hombergh, Frankort & Koning:
Brazilian melons bring joy to Christmas"
The melons are reaching record prices this month. Commercial director Leon van Hombergh of Frankort & Koning goes into the causes of this and takes a look ahead. "The drought in Brazil is continuing, which is causing much lower volumes. Due to the delayed arrivals it could be exciting around the.....


Spanish onions in difficulty
The situation that the Spanish onion sector is currently going through puts its future viability in jeopardy. The growth of over 20% in the cultivated acreage this year, together with the increase in yields, with numerous plantations exceeding 100,000 kg/ha, have led to overproduction, and consequently to.....


Russia and China great markets
Fairtrade bananas unknown in Poland
The Polish banana market is different to the Western European market. Here you will find no supermarkets that import bananas, and Fairtrade bananas are still unexplored territory. The pressure on prices, however, is similar, with discounters driving prices down. Marek Szulc, of Citronex, gives an insight.....

UK: Potato prices remain down by £30/t
Potato prices have been edging up over the past three weeks, although they still remain almost £30/t below the same time last year.In the week to 21 November, the Potato Council’s GB average increased by 78p to £114.50/t, while the free-buy average lost 13p to £83.30/t.“The proportion of free-buy trade was.....

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Corsican clementine price drop
According to the Relaxnews price barometer, the price of Corsican clementines with leaves has decreased compared to last year to €3.24/kilo.The largest price increases this week are Moroccan tomatoes between 57-67mm which reach €1.65/kilo (+19%), potatoes reach €0.32/kilo (+19%) and Conference pears are.....

Russia suspects apple trafficking
Due to the large increase in exports from Bosnia and Herzegovinia, Russia suspects that they are side-stepping the embargo on European agri-food and are trafficking agricultural products imported from the EU. Apple and pear exports between January- September 2014 are 100 times higher than the same period in.....


Salvatore Secondulfo
Italy: Good year for table grapes
Salvatore Secondulfo, owner of the Secondulfo PO cooperative with brothers Ciro and Maurizio and brother-in-law Pasquale, talks about the table grape season."Our attention lately has shifted towards seedless grapes - our company recently planted 15 hectares in Apulia.""From an agronomical point of view, we.....


Israel: Water price to rise 21%
Last week, an agreement was reached between the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and the Water Authority which will result in a 21 cent increase of agricultural water prices, to 2.15 shekels (0.45 Euro) per cubic metre. The new tariff will apply to the agricultural sector and not to the general.....


Is this the end for Chemical Based Temperature Indicators?
The term ‘temperature indicator’ is mostly associated with chemical based, time vs temperature or irreversible labels. That is until now; Cryopak’s new ‘K1’ is a temperature indicator of a different breed. An electronic alert indicator with the option of one or two alarm thresholds, the K1 brings the.....

Scotland: Farmers set for subsidy boost
Scottish farmers and crofters are set to receive a cash injection in the New Year as part of a £69million refund to the UK from the European Commission.According to the Scottish Government, this will result in an average boost of £670 per Scots farm business. The money had been taken away from farmers’.....

FEPEX wants veto measures maintained
FEPEX has suggested the need to maintain the exceptional measures for fruit and vegetables adopted by the EU against the Russian veto, laid down in Regulation 1031/2014, which will come to an end on 31 December.The European Commission is considering adopting a new regulation, oriented in principle to.....

Traffic record for Port of Hamburg
The port of Hamburg established a new record in first 9 months of 2014, with 110 million tons of goods. Container traffic dominating the port increased by + 6.4% with a record figure of 7.4 million TEU (20 - ft standard containers , EVP equivalent 20 - feet).Hamburg increases its share of the North European.....

Henk Schoonbeek:
"Withdrawal was to be expected"
He has been coming to Kazakhstan and the former Soviet Union for more than 20 years, and is even expected to move there with his family, as Kazakhstan currently houses many American partners with their families. Dutch national Henk Schoonbeek is a bit aggravated with the Dutch fruit and vegetable sector and.....

Ukraine: Water shortages drive Crimean growers to bankruptcy
The lack of water in Crimea has led to shortages of various products, higher prices and heavy losses for growers in the Dzhankoysky area.According to them, the problems in the agricultural sector started almost immediately after the annexation of Crimea by Russia. "Water from the North-Crimean channel no.....


Uko Vegter, Fresh Fruit Express:
"Easy tasty frozen veg smoothies"
Frozen fruit, juice and a blender, that’s all you need to make a smoothie. Fresh Fruit Express brings this complete concept to catering and food service.When vacationing in Brazil back in the nineties, Uko Vegter was firmly hooked on what he considered the best smoothies ever. Since that trip, Vegter.....

Bologna (Italy), 10-13 june 2014
International Symposium on the Bacterial Canker of Kiwifruit
The Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, among the first institutions to introduce kiwifruit in Italy, is a landmark for the research on PSA and its control strategies.Thus, we are proud to host the 2nd International Symposium on the Bacterial Canker of Kiwifruit. All the scientists interested in.....


Record result for Mali mango sector
The mango sector in Mali generated 14 billion CFA Francs over the 2014 season. Bakary Togola, President of the Permanent Assembly of Chambers of Trade, is pleased with this record result and says that it reflects the quality production Mali has achieved. “Today, on the global market, the label Mali mango is.....


Oceania

NZ: New funding for apple pest research
The pipfruit industry has received new government funding for pest and disease research to improve access for New Zealand apple exports to Asian markets.The $4.3 million Apple Futures II programme will allow Plant and Food Research to continue the development of new techniques to control pests and diseases.....


AU: Wet and busy mango season reaches peak
The Katherine region of the Northern Territory has reached its peak harvest period for mangoes.Last week over 430,000 trays were trucked out of Katherine and similar numbers are expected this week, however rain could slow picking.There's been heavy and reasonably widespread rain across the Top End this.....

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AU growers demand better transport hygiene standards
Queensland fruit and vegetable growers are urging supermarkets and transport companies to improve their produce hygiene standards, to prevent a major disease outbreak impacting their industries.The call follows a state-wide pest quarantine area declaration for the destructive cucumber green mottle mosaic.....


AU: Innovation cuts yard wait times
Truck drivers can look forward to reduced wait times at CHEP service centres as the pooled equipment provider looks to roll out triple-tine forklift trucks to its metro operations nationally in 2015.CHEP’s Gillman Service Centre in South Australia introduced the triple-tine forklift trucks in January 2014,.....


Australian trade increasingly complex
Fact: over 585 regional trade agreements have been signed. Almost 400 are already operating. Australia is a signatory to at least 12 of them. An intricate web of cross-cutting free trade agreements (FTAs) forms the basis of Australia's trade and investment partnerships throughout the Asia-Pacific.....


Storm takes toll in Western Australia
Recent blustering winds have taken their toll on some growers' crops in Western Australia's Gascoyne region. At Calypso Plantation in Carnarvon, mangoes are littered beneath the trees and are starting to rot on the ground. Owner Eddie Smith grows six varieties but says it's his R2E2s which have taken the.....


NZ producer aims for zero waste
Kiwifruit and avocado post-harvest operator Trevelyan's Pack & Cool is working towards a more sustainable future with the ultimate aim of producing zero waste and becoming carbon and water neutral, says executive director, Alister Hawkey.A new compost trial carried out at Trevelyan's 20ha Te Puke site.....

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AU: Boosting Australia's horticulture exports
A booklet aimed at boosting Australia's horticulture exports has been released by the Australian Horticultural Exporters Association (AHEA) and Austrade.It's the first time since the 1980s that a document like this has been produced, and the AHEA says it will help foreign buyers get a better understanding of.....


Africa


Nigeria: Push for traditional vegetables
An Agriculturist, Mr Simeon Gbolagunte, has advised vegetable farmers in Ekiti State to embrace cultivation of traditional vegetables as they prepare for the dry season farming.Gbolagute gave the advice in an interview with the newsmen at Ifisin community in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti.....

South African citrus season comes to an end
As the end of the year gets closer, another fruit season approaches its end. In this case, the South African Citrus had a good year in Easy Peelers and Lemons, while for Grapefruits the situation wasn’t so good. With respect to the Oranges, which are still ending the season in the main markets, everything.....

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Breathing life into Nigerian ag
For some time now, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) Farms, has been attracting global acclaim and recognition from Japan, United States, United Nations Educational and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and some universities in Europe and.....


World


France, the main destination
Spain is the Mediterranean orange producer most dependent on exports
According to a study conducted by Naranjas King, Spain currently has issues with orange overproduction, with a harvest this year expected to reach 3.397 million tonnes. Of this, almost 50% is exported, meaning that Spain is the country in the Mediterranean arc where exports represent the highest.....

Greece: Lower orange production, but good quality expected
The average price at origin for Naveline oranges, depending on harvest quality, stands at0.20 to 0.30 Euro this year. Prices in Argolida start at 0.24 Euro, and high quality produce can reach up to 0.30 Euro. Meanwhile, in Laconia, Naveline prices have increased slightly to 0.20-0.25 Euro due to.....


Retail

UK: Waitrose meeting needs of 'transumer'
Waitrose has recently opened two stores in UK train stations as the retailer looks to meet the needs of the 'transumer' or travelling consumer. We visited Little Waitrose in King's Cross London to see how the retailer has evolved its small store offer.Meeting the immediacy of shoppersA phrase coined by.....

France: Top management change at Auchan
Arnaud Mulliez, CEO of Auchan France, resigns after 11 years, effective end of 2014. We also look at other recent developments for Auchan in Spain and Asia.Strategy for 2020 remains in placeThe French business has had a difficult time of late, with reports saying most recent results (first nine months of.....

US: Walmart workers hold 24h Thanksgiving fast and protest
Walmart workers across Los Angeles were fasting Thursday in a protest for better jobs.Employees and community leaders began a 24-hour fast at noon outside the Walmart Supercenter in Long Beach.The fast was representing the hunger Walmart associates and their families endure due to the company’s low wages and.....

UK: Three of Tesco’s ‘Cheshunt Eight’ departed
Tesco profit warning Experts have predicted the Serious Fraud Office investigation into Tesco's £264m profits overstatement could take several years. A number of the eight Tesco executives who stepped aside in the wake of the accounting scandal that wiped billions of pounds off the supermarket giant’s stock.....

UK: New CEO set to make brutal decisions
When chief executive Dave Lewis took the decision early on in his Tesco career to suspend four, and later eight directors, there were some seriously raised eyebrows about the drastic nature of the move.But as revealed today, it seems his instincts to ask some of the most senior members of the old,.....

SCOOP Aldi conquers Aussie market
In Australia, where supermarket chains Coles and Woolworth have dominated the market for decades, a German outsider, in just a matter of years, has become one of the three largest market leaders.After first opening a supermarket in 2001, Aldi now has over 350 stores and a turnover of nearly three billion.....

UK: Morrisons to close six convenience stores
Morrisons had aimed to open 100 M local stores a year but in September it admitted it would only be able to open between 60 and 70 this year. Morrisons is closing six convenience stores, just two months after saying it would scale back the opening programme for its M local chain.Stores in Enfield and.....

Globus is top choice
The Germans' most popular food retailer is Globus, German website Gabot.de reports. That's the conclusion of a study carried out by consultancy firm OC&C, for which around 3,500 customers of 80 German retail companies were interviewed. The customers reviewed categories including price, quality, product.....

AU: Aldi restructures as turnover exceeds $4bln
In the same week that the German retailer walked away with several wine awards at the Sydney International Wine Competition, a Morgan Stanley report claimed that Aldi Australia has reached “critical mass” in Australia with $4 billion in sales from 350 stores and that “this is the point where private label.....

India: Max unveils ‘SPAR’ stores
Max Hypermarket India, as part of its new partnership agreement with SPAR International, has unveiled its five rebranded ‘SPAR’ stores in Bengaluru. Viney Singh - Managing Director, Max Hypermarket, said the new initiative by SPAR hypermarkets offer value package, which includes a year round ‘all below MRP’.....

Spain: Makeover for Eroski group
Eroski, the Spanish supermarket group with over 1,000 stores, has appointed London-based Missouri Creative to develop a new look and feel for the brand, following a four-way pan-European pitch.Missouri Creative is tasked with creating a complete, flexible communications style to be applied across every area.....

US: Natural and organic growing in Mid-Atlantic division
Kroger’s share of the market for natural and organic foods is growing faster than the national average.“There is high demand for natural foods throughout our region,” said David Wilson, natural foods specialist for the Mid-Atlantic region. “We attribute our growth to being responsive to changing tastes of.....

First bitcoin supermarket in the Netherlands
SparArnhem, the capital of the province of Gelderland and one of the largest cities in the Netherlands, has the first supermarket where you can pay in Bitcoin. The Spar Arnhem Centraal started to accept Bitcoin this week.Spar Arnhem Centraal, opened in March 2014, is a relatively new supermarket near Arnhem.....


Romania: Carrefour's new format in Slatina
Carrefour Romania has opened its third hypermarket in Slatina. The store, however, will operate in a different way; it will be the prototype of a new store concept under the name "Supeco".The new "Carrefour Supeco"hypermarket will offer a mix between discounters and cash & carry; a format which only.....

Russia: New Year project for X5
X5 Retail Group N.V., announced the launch of Х5000 (the “Project”), the Company’s pre-New Year project organized around the opening of X5’s 5,000th store. The Project will mark this symbolic milestone with a number of ceremonial store openings across Russia. The Project also has a special focus on the.....



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