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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Cathy Burns, President of PMA
“We must help consumers make the healthy choice the easier choice”
At the opening day of PMA Fresh Connections Southern Africa, held in Pretoria on 13 and 14 August, Cathy Burns, president of PMA, gave a speech outlining the driving forces that are reshaping the food distribution industry as we know it today.“I have been blessed to be in South Africa for the past ten days;.....

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USDA clips wings of misleading organic marketers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced to industry stakeholders that it would rein-in misleading language on organic packaging that all too often has been suspected of confusing consumers. Specifically, the agency addressed companies marketing food products that have the word organic or organics.....


No movement towards Russian market yet
Good volumes of Indian pomegranate
The Indian pomegranate season has been under way for about a month now and according to Nagesh Shetty from Deccan Produce volumes will be good this season.He is expecting to double production this season, "This party due to good growing conditions and partly down to more area planted. Last year there was.....


Mexico: Price of oranges increased by 90% compared to 2013
The price of oranges in Mexico continues to rise. According to the SNIIM, last week prices increased by 5.49 percent, amounting to an average 90.24 percent from a year ago.The agency detailed in its most recent report that the wholesales prices for the small calibres of Valencia orange were at 9.10 pesos per.....


2014 Empress plum season underway
The 2014 Empress plum season should be a bumper crop of high quality fruit. Empress plums are a seasonal niche fruit with a loyal following in several regions of North America. They taste great fresh out of hand, and are popular with bakers everywhere. Empress plums are only available for 4-6 weeks, and this.....

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PMA Fresh Connections Brazil
Brazil: "It is not a matter of revenue, but educational marketing"
The purchasing power of Brazilians has increased in the last decade and the greater access to information has resulted in consumers being more aware and demanding.In his dissertation during the first edition of PMA Fresh Connections Brazil, Jose Luiz Tejon Megiddo, of ESPM (Superior School of Marketing).....


Export EU-Russia 3.5%. Lower than annual harvest fluctuations
EU warns candidate members Turkey and Serbia
Despite reports in the Russian media that fruit and vegetable prices would not increase as a result of the sanctions, more and more news appear as evidence of the opposite. In Moscow and Kaliningrad, prices are higher than before. Additionally, Russian agriculture needs a financial injection of 13.3.....


Grant Norman, President, Institute of Marketing Agents, South Africa
South Africa wholesale markets allow growers a trusted outlet
At the recent PMA Fresh Connections Southern Africa, FreshPlaza caught up with Grant Norman, President of the Institute of Marketing Agents in South Africa and also has his own Market Agency on Cape Town market."Members of the Institute are the custodians of the Commission Model System where we discover.....


AU: Coast farmers snap up drought aid
Since the April drought declaration of the Sunshine Coast, 96 claims have been lodged with the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry, for more than $500,000 of assistance. The measures were brought in to help farmers during the crippling drought.With up to $30,000 available per financial year,.....

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“Floral industry trending towards integrating with fruit and vegetable sector”
Golden Eagle Evergreens/IEF Corporation, a worldwide exporter of floral greens from the Pacific Northwest, also produces Christmas products for the Holidays for the US and international markets.“We see that the floral industry is trending towards integrating with the fruit and vegetable sector as the smaller.....

Mexico: American apple exporters sued for dumping
The Regional Fruit Producers Agricultural Union from the State of Chihuahua (UNIFRUT) sued the producers and exporters of apples in the United States for dumping because, this year, they introduced their apple below the cost of production in detriment of the growers in Chihuahua and Mexico.Ricardo Noe.....



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Ralph Bogers, CLTV Zundert:
"Strawberry prices better than expected"
At the moment, prices in the strawberry market are very good. "Things are even better than expected", Ralph Bogers of CLTV Zundert says. "On Monday, the week started out pretty good, and the past days the price went up very fast. These high prices are the result of a combination of factors," he explains. "An.....

Germany: tighter supply and firmer prices of lettuce
The effects of large amounts of rain in some parts of Germany this summer has been increasingly felt in the outdoor production of lettuce, reports the German agricultural market information service (AMI) on their website. On the one hand there is crop failure in the fields due to bad quality, and this makes.....


Spain: Andalusia to produce 11% more tomatoes than in 2013
The Andalusian Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development estimates that the Region's tomato production will grow by 11% this year compared to 2013, with prospects to exceed two million tonnes, while last season's production volumes amounted to 1,655,490 tonnes.Tomatoes are the highest produced.....

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25% Russian vegetable production cabbage
By the end of 2013 cabbage possessed 25% of Russian gross harvest of field vegetables. This is the result that cabbage has constantly achieved in the overall Russian production of fresh vegetables since 2005. The Republic of Dagestan became the main supplier of fresh cabbage in 2013, with yields of more than.....

Golden Delicious most popular apple variety in EU
In the current season the Golden Delicious apples still hold the first place among the most popular apple varieties in the EU. As estimated by the World Association of Manufacturers of pears and apples (WAPA), in the season 2014/15 this variety will have about 22% of the total apple harvest in the EU. This.....

Air Moldova supporting domestic apple growers
According to the press service of the company, on 18 August, Air Moldova decided to supply the passengers in all its flights with apples purchased from Moldovan growers.By doing that, the carrier intends to support and encourage the fruit's domestic production. The Government of Moldova welcomed the.....

Italy: Warning - Rijk Zwaan reports seed theft
Rijk Zwaan has reported that its warehouse in Bologna was broken into during the night between 12th and 13th August and that the seeds of numerous varieties were stolen. The police are currently investigating on the matter."We would like to warn all our clients and operators not to trust products that.....

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Fruit and vegetable wholesale value down by 11%
The supply of fresh fruit and vegetables for the second quarter amounted to 12.6 million kg, an increase of 0.1%. On the other hand, the wholesale value dropped by 11.4%, from €6.1 million in the second quarter of 2013 to €5.4 million this year.The volume of fresh vegetables supplied declined by 1.1 per cent.....

Spain: Ministry of Agriculture appreciates EU for making removal of peaches and nectarines more flexible
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama) is in favour of the decision taken by the European Commission to make the implementation of the 29.7 million Euro aid for the withdrawal of peaches and nectarines, as a result of the Russian embargo, more flexible.The Magrama recalled, via a.....


Italy: No consequences of ban on export of Dutch vegetables so far
"Bunch tomatoes are the most imported product from the Netherlands this time of year, followed by California peppers and salad tomatoes, endive, aubergines, cucumbers and radishes," explains Stefano Pezzo, sales manager forCherry Passion Srl."During the entire season, the price of bunch tomatoes was much.....

Italy: Difficult situation for table grapes without the Russian outlet
Following the Russian ban on all food products from the EU, US, Norway, Australia and Canada, the Italian table grapes sector is going through a difficult period."The situation is critical as President Putin's ban basically ruined us!," declared the owner of a Sicilian import-export firm. "We don't sell.....

Switzerland: Blueberries on the rise
Blueberries are popular in Switzerland, and their consumption is increasing. In Swiss supermarkets, Swiss blueberries are also increasingly sold between July and September, German website Gabot.de reports.The powerful flavour and intense colour of the blueberry is being discovered more and more in Swiss.....

Country falls into deflation
Poland: Plunging fruit and vegetable prices due to Russian ban
For the first time since 1982, Poland has fallen into deflation. Prices of goods and services in July fell by 0.2%, according to local statistical offices. Even despite the 0.3% rise in June.As highlighted by local economists, given the current political situation in Poland, the war of sanctions is likely to.....


Bell pepper cultivation Czech Republic on track
Since 1992, Reprosam has been the exclusive distributor of Rijk Zwaan in the Czech Republic. In 2003, the republic of Slovakia was added. Chain manager Zbynek Skvára sells seeds and establishes chain projects. A successful partnership is that of cultivation company ZOSI Agro and retailer Globus. The latter.....

Germans eating less table grapes
On average Germans consumed 5.1 kg of table grapes per person in 2013, reported the German website Proplanta.de. This number includes all the products that are made from table grapes as well, such as grape juices and jellies. The consumption of table grapes has been slowing for a few years now. In 2007.....

Russian ban
Spain: Valencia exported 67 million worth of citrus, kaki and pomegranates to Russia
The Region of Valencia's annual turnover from its citrus, kaki and pomegranate shipments to Russia (three sectors that are scheduled to receive aid) stands at about 67 million Euro, according to LA UNIÓ (the grower's union). This figure corresponds to 38 million in citrus, 16 in kakis and 13 in pomegranates,.....


Catalonia
Spain: Girona starts apple harvest with 30% increase in volume
Prospects for the 2014 apple campaign point to a production in the province of Girona of close to 91,000 tonnes, 30% higher than in 2013.The harvest started last week with the Gala variety and the sector will give employment to between 2,500 and 3,000 people.Girona's increased apple production coincides with.....


Spain: Strawberry acreage expected to severely drop next campaign
While last season's acreage decreased by 2% compared to that of 2012/2013, from 7,515 to 7,330 hectares, according to figures provided by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, this percentage is expected to increase considerably for the new strawberry season, with the acreage possibly.....

Moldova to invest in coldstores for fruit and vegetables
Moldovan authorities intend to solve the problem of storage of fruit and vegetables by investing in coldstores. Average fruit yield in Moldova is about 400,000 tonnes, which is sufficient for both domestic consumption and for export, - writes TV7. Nevertheless, there is still a need for local markets to.....


Region’s growers play role in record potato exports
The Potato Council has announced that a new British export record was set in seed potatoes over the course of the last export season. During the last 12 years, the UK has grown exports from 70,000 per annum to more than 100,000 tonnes - the new record set in 2013/14.According to the industry body, the.....


Netherlands: Joosten increases output with Herbert machine
Herbert Engineering, one of the leaders in root crop handling systems, has supplied a new washing line to a specialist Dutch carrot grower to improve quality and throughput.Joosten is a family business from North Limburg in the Netherlands, which, for many years, has focused on farming and freshpack,.....


Dutch share increased by 10% in first half of 2014
Spain and the Netherlands are largest fruit and veg supplier in Norway
In the first six months of 2014 the Norwegian import of fresh fruits and vegetables in amounts has remained the same to that in the first six months of 2013. However, the value was 7% lower. The import from the Netherlands (excluding re-export) was 10% less in amount. The value of the import of Dutch product.....

St Petersburg: Moroccan potatoes with moth larvae
During the inspection of the load of potatoes from Morocco, Russian Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service detected live insect larvae, similar to the potato tuber moth larvae. According to the analysis results received by Leningrad Veterinary Laboratory, the contamination with quarantine pest - potato.....

Record yield of carrots and onions Mordovia
In the fields of Mordovia the harvesting is at its peak. The farmers have started to harvest carrots, onions and new potatoes. In one of Mordovian farms 15 hectares are seeded with onions of Dutch varieties: salad leek, red onion, Spirit, Sandro. In Mordovia farmers know how to grow large, tasty bulbs, which.....


Spain's horticultural sector considers EU aid insufficient
The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama) met yesterday with organisations and agricultural cooperatives, unions and representatives of the autonomous regions to study the effects of the Russian ban and try to find solutions, as so far almost all affected sectors consider that the.....

Bulgaria: Wholesale fruit and vegetable prices remained low in August
Bulgaria's auction prices index, which reflects wholesale food prices, increased this week to a level of 1,274 points, where it stood in the first days of August, as reported by the State Commission on Securities and Stock Exchange. The lowest index level so far this year was registered a week ago, with.....


Greece's first organic farmers continue to fight the good fight
Christoforos Diamantis started farming organically in Marathon, northeast of Athens, in 1985, at a time when there were no agencies for certifying agricultural products, but even then he understood that pesticides and other heavy chemicals had no place in the cultivation of superior crops.Diamantis studied.....


Oceania


Climate researchers:
AU: Climate change will ensure profitable fruit production for another 50 years
Every time an Australian has taken a bite into the flesh of a pear, chances are it came from Victoria's Goulburn Valley which grows over 90 percent of Australia's crop.A combination of the perfect weather, soils and geographic location have combined to make the Goulburn Valley perfect for pear production.The.....


AU: Queensland cold snap causing ‘winter greying’ in bananas
It's been so cold in the tropics even bananas are turning blue, with supermarkets warning consumers of “winter greying” of the nation’s favourite fruit.It comes during a “cold” snap in far north Queensland, with temperatures in Cairns this week predicted to plunge to 15C at night, down from 25C during the.....

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New Zealand organic pioneers place farming unit up for sale
A sizeable landholding which is part of one of New Zealand’s oldest organic farming operations has been placed on the market for sale.The farms just north of Tolaga Bay on the East Coast and trading under the brand Kiwi Organics, have been run by the Parker family for more than 50 years – the last 23 of.....


Africa


Nigerian engineers partner IITA to halt devastation by weeds
Efforts to control weeds in cassava farms received a boost with Nigerian engineers joining forces with experts from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) to seek sustainable solutions to tackle the menace.The team of engineers drawn from members of the academia, IITA, public and private.....

Tunisia: Production of table grapes put at 137,000 tons
According to forecasts of the Ministry of Agriculture, harvest of table grapes for the 2013-2014 season is estimated at 137,000 tons against 132,000 tons last season.The production of grapes for processing is estimated at 37,500 tons (270,000 hectolitres of wine). The average production of grape for.....

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Netherlands supports Ghanaian fruit and vegetable exporters
The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) in collaboration with CBI, an agency of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands, has started an integrated Regional Programme to support exporters in the fruit and vegetable sector.The programme, which is being implemented in Ghana, Benin, Mali and Senegal,.....


World

Scientists launch study on heart benefits of drinking orange juice
Officials from the Institute of Food Research, on Norwich Research Park, are launching the trial, which involves asking volunteers to drink two glasses of juice every day for up to four weeks.More than two million people are affected by heart disease in the UK every year and there is evidence that eating.....


Australia: Natural pest solutions on basis of essential oils
Botanical Innovations is an Australian family business devoted to the manufacture of natural solutions for the agricultural industry on the basis of essential oils. “Basically, we look at some of Australia’s native plants from which essential oils can be produced and we study the various properties these may.....

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Executive officers acquire shares of Chiquita stock
Chiquita Brands International, Inc. has announced, in accordance with Rule 8.1 of the Irish Takeover Panel Act, 1997, Takeover Rules 2013, that as of August 23, 2014, Brian W. Kocher, its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, acquired 7,447 shares; Kevin R. Holland, its Executive Vice.....

Fresh Del Monte Produce SVP sells 10,000 shares of stock
Fresh Del Monte Produce logoFresh Del Monte Produce SVP Jose Antonio Yock unloaded 10,000 shares of the company’s stock on the open market in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $31.01, for a total value of $310,100.00. Following the completion of the sale,.....


Enza Zaden cherry tomato Tremolo successful in Japan
From 3-5 September Enza Zaden will participate in the Asia Fruit Logistica. The Asia Fruit Logistica is for Enza Zaden an excellent platform to exchange ideas with the chain about the latest trends and discuss how we as a vegetable breeding company can provide chain solutions meeting these developments.....


Avocado distributor teams up with brewery
The 2nd annual Avocado Festival was a celebration of all things Avocados. The highlight was of course the now famous Avocado Ale, brewed with Fresh locally–sourced Avocados. Green Earth Produce donated Fresh Avocados along with other consumer-targeted promotional materials. In addition, there was food trucks.....


Weather makes for a challenging year supplying tropical fruit
Adverse weather in Mexico made for a challenging year for tropical fruit providers who deal in tropical fruit. Limes and mango supplies were hit especially hard, but for large suppliers, who have a large logistics network, the problems with sourcing tropical fruit from Mexico were handled sufficiently.“Weather.....


Retail

US economy:
Buckle up as Sept comes around
There are few catalysts to perk up trading as this month's trading enters its final week.Even the much anticipated annual gathering of central bankers at Jackson Hole in the United States failed to generate any excitement for investors, as they shrugged at the speeches made by Federal Reserve chief Janet.....

Competition and future of AH Vlaanderen (Part 2)
"Belgian retailers see Albert Heijn as a market disrupter"
Despite the commotion in various media Albert Heijn remains a relatively small player in Belgium. "Of course other supermarkets are 'bothered' by it, but there are only 20 stores at the moment," says retail expert Gino van Ossel. "The three largest retailers in Belgium are Colruyt, Carrefour and Delhaize......

Polish apples waiting for Kaliningrad kids through InterMarché project
Five trucks containing 40,000 kilos of Polish apples are waiting to be sent into Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave as part of an initiative to help feed children going back to school in the coming days.The project has been set up by the French-based InterMarché supermarket, which wants to help Russian children at.....


It's Fresh Queensland
AU: Drakes Supermarkets buys out fruit and vegetable supplier
A taste for growth has seen Adelaide-based company Drakes Supermarkets buy out one of its long-term suppliers of fruit and vegetables, Wilson's Fresh Produce.Under the new owners, the Rocklea Markets business has this month been rebranded as It's Fresh Queensland.Queensland manager for Drakes Supa IGA.....

Romania: Mega Image sells private label products worth EUR 122 mln in 2013
Private label sales represented 23 percent of Mega Image’s turnover in Romania in 2013 or about about EUR 121.8 million (RON 538 million), according to a company report cited by Mediafax. The retailer, part of Belgian Delhaize group, operates a network of 331 stores in Romania under the Mega Image.....

Profit of Russian retailer O’Key +5%
According to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), net profit of one of the leading food retailers in Russia O’Key for the six months of 2014 increased by 5% - to 1.69 billion roubles (~35.4 million Euro), - the company has said . It is added that the total revenue for the first six months.....

US: Fairway Market offers senior discount
Fairway Market is reaching out to older customers by introducing its 6% FOR SIXTY discount program.Starting Aug. 26, customers 60 and older will get a 6 percent discount on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Fairway Markets in Plainview, Westbury and Lake Grove. The program was launched in the spring at Fairway.....

Canada: Loblaw expanding discount concept
Loblaw is to open a third smaller-format discount store under its ‘Box’ banner in Hamilton, Ontario.Based on its successful ‘No Frills’ soft discount store format, ‘Box’ is Loblaw’s new hard discount concept. It aims to offer a value-led, quick and convenience shopping experience through an EDLP pricing.....


‘Wild by Nature’ natural food marketplace opens 5th location in Long Island
Wild by Nature, a full-size, full-service natural food marketplace, has opened a 22,000-square-foot store in West Islip, New York. The opening was celebrated on Friday, August 22, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by representatives from Town of Islip and the West Islip Chamber of Commerce as well as.....

Poland retail sales rebound in July
Poland's retail sales grew at a faster rate in July, in line with the consensus estimate, figures from the Central Statistical Office showed Tuesday.Retail sales grew 2.1 percent year-over-year in July, the same growth rate as the consensus estimate. In June, retail sales had risen 1.2 percent.On a.....

Whole Foods Market is latest retailer to reject checks
Whole Food Market is the latest retailer to stop accepting personal checks, but more may follow soon.As of Sept. 1, Whole Foods stores in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma will no longer take personal checks. Whole Foods has stopped taking checks in other markets in recent years.“Most of our regions no.....

29 Tesco stores fail hygiene inspections between 2012/13
Tesco supermarkets prove to be worst for hygiene after 29 stores failed inspections aimed to protect customers from food poisoning between 2012 and 2013, according to figures published by the SunLidl and Waitrose were the only two 'big seven' chains which saw all stores pass.The FSA reviewed hygiene.....

German vegetarians prefer to buy from Rewe, Aldi and Edeka
Organic products and natural products are popular in Germany. 42 percent of Germans indicate that they purposefully buy these products. But it is often a question of money, as of the smaller earners (monthly net income under 1,000 Euro) only 1 in three people (35%) buy organic products, whereas this.....

The supermarket that Australian customers love the most
When it comes to the weekly grocery shop, loyalty is extremely important to Australian customers. A recent survey conducted by Canstar Blue found that one in every two Aussie shoppers was loyal to a single supermarket chain. The consumer research business found that familiarity with a supermarket’s layout.....

Morrisons to invest £19m in fresh food supply
Morrisons is investing £19m to speed up the supply of fresh produce as it tries to win back customers lost to rival supermarkets, The Yorkshire Post can reveal.The Bradford-based grocer is keen to boost its fresh credentials over German discounters Aldi and Lidl, which have invaded its northern heartlands.....



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