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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

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Popularity of sweet potatoes growing in Europe
When Steven Ceccarelli began making inquiries as to the viability of shipping sweet potatoes from the United States to Europe, he was met with confusion and bewilderment. Many of the French brokers he spoke with weren't interested because of the obscurity of the product among European consumers. That was 12.....


45% stake in US avocado grower and 100% in Dutch soft fruit exporter
Total Produce growth continues through succesful acquisitions
Fresh produce distributor Total Produce has reported total revenues of €1.59 billion for the first six months of 2014 - down 1.7% on the same time last year. Earnings per share for the six months to the end of June were up marginally to 4.86 cents, while pre-tax profits rose by 5.7% to €24.2m.The company.....


Big Turkish fig season expected
The Bursa fig season in Turkey just got underway, and though it was delayed by about a week, the delay has made for large sizes of fruit. In addition to large sizes, growers in Turkey are expecting crop volumes that will challenge last year for the distinction of having the most figs.“The reason for the.....


New variety at Prince de Bretagne
Artichoke growers in Brittany wait for a rebound in September
Following a sluggish market in August, artichoke growers in Brittany hope the European market heats up in the next few weeks. A slow return by buyers from their summer vacations has been noted as a reason for the slow start to the second half of the artichoke season, and once buyers get back to business,.....

US (CA): Watermelon growers deal with less water
With the state's water woes, California's watermelon growers have had to find a way to keep up production with dwindling water allocations. While some growers have managed to keep up good yields, others across the state have suffered by having to do with less.“Overall, this year has been good with good.....

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Lean van den Hombergh, Frankort & Koning:
"A lot of overlap in European and Brazilian melons over the next few weeks"
The Brazilian melon season is coming slowly but surely. Frankort & Koning expect the first arrivals on Friday, after which the numbers will increase weekly. Commercial director Leon van den Hombergh expects a difficult start to the season. "There are a number of melons on the field in Spain. Prices of.....


Onubafruit revolutionises the market with exclusive raspberries
Thanks to the produce marketer Onubafruit, consumers all across Europe will now be able to enjoy Huelva-grown raspberries. The new, unique and exclusive varieties feature great flavour, quality and shelf life. Through this move, the firm has been able to strengthen its leadership in the sector as Europe's.....


EU has to live up to its target: no more war and no more hunger
Is there the threat of a new Cold War? And what are the consequences of Putin's rhetoric about federalism for domestic politics? Russian media also analysed the situation and concluded that an end to the economic warfare is still far away. The compensations in the EU are part of the policy of the Union,.....


First fresh produce exporter of Vietnam certified for ETI
The Fruit Republic has become the first fresh produce exporter of Vietnam who is certified according to the social standard of the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI).The Fruit Republic is proud to have been certified to be in compliance with the social standard of the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI), both for the.....

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David Hodnett, deputy CEO of Barclays Africa
Diversification, transparency and partnerships: three keys to success in Africa
At the recent Fresh Connections Southern Africa, held in Pretoria, deputy CEO of Barclays Africa, David Hodnett, outlined the opportunities that agriculture presents for Africa as a whole and more specifically for commercial operators. He also highlighted some of the changes going on and addressed the.....


Olympic Fruit and COOP test new Sormabag
Olympic Fruit and COOP are introducing a new citrus packaging: the Sormabag. The packaging is an improvement in various areas. It offers more space for communication, has a handy hold, is more presentable and is also fully recyclable. The packaging will be tested over the next few months.Most supermarkets in.....

Colombia can overtake Chile and Peru in the avocado market
According to the worldwide producer and exporter Westphalia, the Colombian avocado industry could double its size in the next decade and provide strong competition to Chile and Peru, as it would have access to the U.S. market.Pedro Aguilar, manager of Westphalia in Colombia, said he believed the planted area.....



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Green bean harvest in Niedersachsen has begun
In the German state of Niedersachsen the green bean harvest has begun. Growers hope there will be a considerable harvest, reports the German website Proplanta.de.According to a spokesman for agricultural trade from Niedersachsen, around 20 percent of German green beans are from this state. The green beans.....


Jonathan Vandesande, exporter for Weiss: "Tomato prices very high"
German open ground vegetables rained upon, good demand for Belgian produce
The export of vegetables is going well for exporter Weiss. "We can't complain," says Jonathan Vandesande. "The demand for tomatoes and cucumbers is high and the prices are good too. If this remains this way all season, growers couldn't complain. The tomato prices vary from 1 Euro to 1.40 per kilo, which is.....


Ribston Pippin
UK: Why ancient apples are so ap-peel-ing!
Victorian fruit enthusiast Robert Hogg always reckoned the Ribston Pippin Apple was in "greatest perfection during November and December".Yesterday, though, the original tree's grandchild was groaning under the weight of autumn fruit, and on hand to pick some was Freya Mawhinney from the Georgian Theatre in.....

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Germany: berry acreage grows by 7%
In Germany, 1,300 companies grew berries on 463 hectares in 2013. This is more than in the previous year. The demand for berries has also increased: in the 2012/13 season Germans ate on average 2.1 kg of blackberries, blueberries and vos-berries per person, reports the German website Fruchthandel.de. The.....


-2% in amount; -6% in value
German fruit and vegetable import slightly lower in first six months
The German import of fresh fruits and vegetables was slightly smaller in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year. This is the result of a similar import of fresh fruit and a decrease in import of fresh vegetables. The value of both the import of fresh fruit and vegetables was lower.....

Norway: Large increase raspberry sales
This summer, the Norwegian retailer NorgesGruppens has sold 60% more Norwegian raspberries than last year. Interest in Norwegian raspberries is growing, and the availability of berries in stores is also greater than last year. Additionally, berries have become more accessible than they were a few years ago......


Russia: new logistics centre in Penza
Construction of logistics centre has started in Penza region. New well-equipped hangars will hold up to 15 000 tonnes of potatoes all year round. Following the production logistics requirements, a dispatch building for potato packaging is to appear in the nearest future. By 2018, the stores will be able to.....

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The Crimea returns to organic farming
According to the chairman of Agricultural Committee of Chamber of Commerce in Crimea Yury Komov, the development of organic farming in Crimea is likely to begin this year with the support of the authorities. Natural food production was widely spread in the early 20th century, however, in order to increase.....

Russia: Sales of frozen fruit and vegetables +36%
According to the analysis of Russian market of frozen fruit and vegetables prepared by BusinesStat in 2014, for the period of 2009-2013 the volume of frozen production sales in the country increased by 36% and in 2013 equalled 315 000 tonnes. In 2014-2018 the sales of frozen fruit and vegetables are expected.....


Dewulf announces agreement to acquire Miedema
The Dewulf group has reached a preliminary agreement for the acquisition of Miedema, the one to go to for development and production of modern technology for storage, sorting, transport and planting of potatoes. The company markets strong brands, like Miedema, Structural and Smart Solutions. With this.....

Russia cooperating with Latin America
Vladimir Putin: "It will be difficult for the EU to return to the Russian market"
After vetoing food imports from countries that imposed sanctions on Russia, "Moscow has been cooperating with Latin America," said the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, stating that "traditional producers" could find it difficult to return to the Russian market."We are now working with other producers in.....

Failte Produce Ltd relocate to Glasgow Fruit Market
Failte Produce, one of Glasgow’s leading fruit and vegetable provider, has relocated to a new state of the art facility in the Glasgow Fruit Market.The result of a £1.2 million investment the new premises are fitted with fully automated handling systems for washing, grading, sorting and packing fresh.....


AVR to demonstrate Puma Varioweb at Potato Europe 2014
During Potato Europe 2014 in Bockerode, near Hannover, AVR will demonstrate its lightweight harvester: the Puma+ with the patented Varioweb cleaning system. Also new to the gamma is the crop handling machinery, formerly known as Climax, which will also be demonstrated.AVR will be demonstrating three.....

Russia bets on exotics
Russia is going to substitute American and European products not only with Latin American, but also Asian. South-eastern countries are encouraged to increase their exports to Russia. Asian countries will help to diversify the Russian diet with exotic gourmet food. Minister of Economic Development Alexey.....

Czech president criticises predominance of foreign retailers
The CzechPresident Miloš Zeman criticised the predominance of foreign retail chains on the Czech market. He believes that "their profits are too high, and on top of that, they do not seek to promote sales of domestic producers." The Czech, according to the president, "should follow the example of other.....


Slovakia: Tesco starts promoting local fruit and vegetable
In Slovakia, retailer chain Tesco has started the campaign "Ode to freshness", sponsored by Masterchef'sMichael Králiková, who has been the face of the chain for several months. Under Tesco's "100% satisfaction guarantee" policy, customers will be allowed to return the fruits or vegetables if their freshness.....

Alfonso Gálvez, general secretary of ASAJA Murcia
Spain: "It is outrageous that citrus and melons are excluded from EU aid"
ASAJA Murcia criticised the exclusion of melons and citrus from the list of products to receive aid after the Russian ban on Spanish fruits and vegetables imposed three weeks ago, as reported by sources of the agrarian organisation in a statement.Its general secretary, Alfonso Gálvez, said that "we find it.....

Russian market fresh vegetables +1% in 2013
According to statistics, the volume of fresh vegetables market in Russia in 2013 increased by less than 1%, but still exceeded the level of 2009. Production of fresh vegetables in Russia in 2013 was quite efficient due to increased cropping areas and gross harvest of fresh vegetables. More than 50% of the.....


From tomatoes to pasta sauce, from peppers to ice
Vegetable growers can opt to supply their product as is, but there are other options as well: an increasing number of growers are coming up with surprising new vegetable products. What to think of leek-candy, pasta sauce made from surplus produce, or paprika ice cream?Leek pralines Leek soup sounds like a.....

Italy: Too early to assess damage caused by Russian ban, Massimo Bragotto (La Linea Verde) says
Sales Manager, Massimo Bragotto, of La Linea Verde, talks about the Russian ban."Such a ban is a problem not only for our company, but for many others that believed Russia to be an important strategic market. It's still to early to asses the damage, as the market over there is not ripe, it is still growing".....

AMI: almost 5% more apples on EU-market
Dr. Hans-Christoph Behr from the German Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) (Agricultural information services) has emphasized that the indirect consequences of the Russian import embargo are going to, in particular, effect the German market. Most of the export that would normally be going to Russia.....


Czechs spent over € 6 mln in fairtrade products
Czechs are quite familiar with the Fairtrade logo. It serves as a guarantee that the product is environmentally friendly and that growers from developing countries were paid sufficiently to have a dignified life. Just last year, Czech consumers spent more than 170 million Koruna (over 6 million Euro) in.....

Ukraine: prices of vegetables and fruit kept low
The most popular goods in the wholesale market in Kiev are potatoes. Greengrocers are glad that the demand is getting higher due to the coming winter, but the prices are not increasing. Onions cost 0.15 Euro per kilogram on the market; potatoes, beetroot, carrots are of the same price. Garlic prices vary.....


Russia: next year production of greenhouse vegetables Moscow
In 2015 the company "Greenhouse Growing Technologies” is to launch a project of greenhouse vegetables production in Moscow region, - said the deputy chairman of Moscow Region Government Denis Butsaev. The equipment used by the company allows to harvest 3-4 seasons. The project is being implemented with the.....


Oceania

AU: Fruit growers get funding for nets
Funding is now available to all NSW orchardists to install netting to protect their crops from flying foxes.The Flying Fox Netting Program was previously only available to growers in the Sydney Basin and Central Coast regions, but has been extended to all NSW growers experiencing damage form flying foxes.NSW.....


AU: Arrests after avocado tip-off
Two Northland men allegedly selling stolen avocados at an Auckland market have been arrested and hundreds more fruit have been discovered in a police raid on two Whangarei homes.The news has delighted Northland avocado growers but industry leaders are reminding growers to remain vigilant and take extra.....

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AU: Mango Industry Association CEO happy to support wider review of Ag R&D levies
Australian Mango Industry Association chief executive Robert Gray says he would support a senate inquiry into agricultural levies to improve 'what is already a good system'."We'd certainly like to see an efficient process. It would be really important that the people contributing the money, ie the growers,.....

The Australian Made Campaign launches in South Australia
The Australian Made Campaign, the not-for-profit organisation that administers and promotes Australia’s country-of-origin certification trade mark, is launching in South Australia. “Australian Made is proud to announce a new partnership with Business SA,” Australian Made Campaign Chairman, Glenn Cooper said......


Africa

New Rijk Zwaan subsidiary will be launched in South Africa
As of 1 July 2015, Rijk Zwaan South Africa will take over the sales activities from current Rijk Zwaan distributors Javelin Seeds and Filmflex Plastics. With the establishment of this new sales subsidiary, Rijk Zwaan expects to reach a stronger market position in the region.Rijk Zwaan has been active in.....


World


Argentina: onion export falls by 41%
Argentinian onion export has fallen in the last season, reports Fresh Plaza. De Barrera Zoofitosanitaria Foundation (FUNBAPA) has indicated a harvest volume of 350,000 tons of onions for the protected region of Patagonia, in which 126,000 tons were exported. The export volume has fallen by 41% from last year.....


Maersk-MSC tie-up approval may run to late 2014
The proposed alliance between Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world's two largest container shipping lines, is likely to obtain the only antitrust clearance it needs from the US by late November but with additional conditions attached.Marketed as 2M, Copenhagen-based Maersk Line and.....

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New lure will help almond growers battle the navel orangeworm
Scientists at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service have developed a promising new combination of all-natural compounds to lure navel orangeworm moths into traps.According to team leader John J. Beck, preliminary tests indicate that the experimental lure is at least seven times more powerful than the most.....

How to use volatiles to assess quality and shelf-life of fresh-cut produce
During a meeting on 25 July 2014, two scientists involved in the EU QUAFETY project from Cardiff University (UK), Dr Hilary Rogers and Natasha Spadafora, were interviewed along with Matthew Bates from Markes International, on "how to use volatiles to assess quality and shelf-life of fresh-cut produce".The.....

Nigeria: Growing commercial usage reduces fruit wastage by half
Postharvest losses of fruits such as mango, pawpaw, orange, guava, pineapple have gone down to about 25percent from about 50 percent three years and beyond due mainly to increased commercial utilisation.Peter Hartmann, former director-general of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).....

Quality counts at Asia's top trade show
As Asia Fruit Logistica prepare to open its doors at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong, trade visitors and exhibitors can be assured of a show of unparalleled quality, according to organiser Global Produce Events (GPE).Asia Fruit Logistica is on course for another record year, with around 7,000 industry.....

Continued 15% growth in the market
Fairtrade delivering change: More support & services for farmers & workers
Shoppers continue to reach for FAIRTRADE Mark labelled products in ever growing numbers while Fairtrade’s offer to farmers and workers deepens, according to a new report out today by Fairtrade International. The world’s leading ethical label had strong continued growth as consumer sales of Fairtrade.....

Canada's B.C. Blueberries to exhibit for at Asia Fruit Logistica for first time
In order to identify and work with new international customers, the British Columbia Blueberry Council is heading to the Asia Fruit Logistica tradeshow in Hong Kong for the first time this week. With only half of the region's 55 million kilogram production being consumed by Canadians, B.C.'s 800 growers,.....

Egypt’s PICO looks to Asia and Russia for export market growth
Egyptian fresh produce company PICO has predicted that both Russia and Asia could become important markets for its fruit and vegetable exports in the near future, with the firm poised to benefit from Russia’s current freeze on EU and US imports. Speaking ahead of its participation in the international trade.....


Retail

Morrisons selects Profitero's Price Intelligence
Profitero, the leading global provider of online insights and eCommerce intelligence for retailers and brands, today reports that Morrisons has become the latest retailer to enlist its Price Intelligence solution.Profitero is providing competitor market data to Morrisons, enabling the supermarket to match an.....

Czech president criticises predominance of foreign retailers
The CzechPresident Miloš Zeman criticised the predominance of foreign retail chains on the Czech market. He believes that "their profits are too high, and on top of that, they do not seek to promote sales of domestic producers." The Czech, according to the president, "should follow the example of other.....

AU: Paying more for fruit and veg but less for petrol
Prices rises in Australia are getting smaller and smaller, further easing any pressure for an interest rate rise. According to the latest TD Securities–Melbourne Institute Monthly Inflation Gauge, inflation was flat in August following a rise of 0.2% in July and a flat result in June.In the twelve months to.....


Slovakia: Tesco starts promoting local fruit and vegetable
In Slovakia, retailer chain Tesco has started the campaign "Ode to freshness", sponsored by Masterchef'sMichael Králiková, who has been the face of the chain for several months. Under Tesco's "100% satisfaction guarantee" policy, customers will be allowed to return the fruits or vegetables if their freshness.....

Tesco's new boss promises to bring fresh perspective
Tesco's new boss has said that it needs a "fresh perspective" and that his lack of shopkeeping experience does not mean he is the wrong person to turn the ailing supermarket around.In his first public comments as chief executive, Dave Lewis conceded his appointment was interesting in that "I have never run a.....

Pick n Pay launches brand match in South Africa
South Africa-based Pick n Pay has launched Brand Match, a price comparison mechanic that will see it compare prices on 1,000 branded products. The announcement comes after rivals published results that suggested the market is becoming ever more competitive as shoppers remained under pressure in the face of.....

UK: Costcutter adopts ‘scan, bag and go’ mobile payment technology
Swansea University is set to become the first in the UK to adopt a revolutionary new payment system at its retail outlet, thanks to a mobile phone app that converts smartphones into cash registers.The Costcutter store, based at the Students’ Union, will go live with the ‘Mini Checkout’ app today, allowing it.....

Morrisons to use Profitero’s pricing intelligence technology
Pricing intelligence service provider Profitero has announced that Morrisons has become the latest retailer to enlist the company’s pricing data solution.Profitero said it is providing competitor market data to Morrisons, enabling the retailer to match an online shopper’s list of selected purchases at.....

Giant Eagle CEO loves competitive Columbus grocery market
Giant Eagle, a privately owned grocer based in Pittsburgh, has added dozens of stores in central Ohio since coming to the market in 2001 during Big Bear’s death throes. Columbus is the chain’s most competitive market, where it goes up against Kroger (the nation’s largest grocer), Wal-Mart, Meijer and many.....

Ireland: Dunnes Stores increases its market share, while Tesco continues to lag
Irish chain Dunnes Stores has managed to increase footfall levels within the past two months, largely by drawing in customers with branded promotions.The latest supermarket share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, published today for the 12 weeks ending 20 July, show a strong performance for Dunnes.....

Auchan H1 results boosted by emerging markets
Auchan has reported a strong rise in reported profit and revenue for its fiscal first half, citing improvements in emerging markets such as China and Poland.For the six months to 30 June, net profit was up 9.1% to €388m, while revenue was up 12.4% to €26.03bn. Those numbers were up 12.8% and 16.1% on a.....

How NZers' grocery habits are changing
New Zealanders are eating more fresh fruit and vegetables, visiting supermarkets more often, spending more and seeking more self-service checkouts, says supermarket boss Murray Jordan.Jordan, managing director of the country's biggest supermarket chain, Foodstuffs, which owns Pak'nSave, New World, Four.....

FamilyMart warms up to its fastest growing market
It has been just over a year since the very first FamilyMart convenience outlet in the country was opened at Glorietta 3, but the Japanese convenience store brand has already grown by leaps and bounds here.In fact, the Philippines is FamilyMart’s fastest growing market in Asia, Philippine FamilyMart CVS Inc......

Co-op members back shake-up
Bosses at the Co-operative Group will be hoping to show that the troubled mutual is finally on the road to recovery when they deliver a trading update later this week.The Co-op, which employs around 7,600 people in Yorkshire, is due to release its half year results on Thursday.It slumped to a £2.5bn loss for.....

New member: Dutch retailer Jumbo Supermarkets builds on GLOBALG.A.P.
Jumbo Supermarkets is one of the 
most popular retail chains in The Netherlands and is growing rapidly. With over 400 stores selling more than 32,000 brand items, this family-owned business owes its success to an effective formula: “The lowest price, the greatest range, the best service.” All the more.....



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