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Thursday, November 20, 2014

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Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina also suspected of illegal export
Hefty decrease Russian import
Several European countries that fall outside the boycott, are facing possible sanctions. Russia suspects these countries of illegal export of European produce, and has requested clarification regarding increased export volumes. On the other hand, Russia is willing to negotiate with Moldova on lifting the.....


Peru: Peruvian citrus and avocados will enter the Chinese market in March 2015
Juan Manuel Benites Ramos, Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, said he felt optimistic because the Peruvian fresh citrus and fresh avocados would enter the Chinese market in March 2015.In this regard, he noted that he was going to travel with Jorge Barrenechea Cabrera, head of the National Service of.....


First grapes from South Africa
Beginning of this week Don-Limon received the first grapes from South Africa to Hamburg, Germany. This was also the first SA grapes to arrive in Hamburg.This is also the first varieties SA has to offer. And they received positive response from the markets for the taste, colour and the freshness of the.....


Great Wall Fruit focuses on American and Indonesian markets
Chinese pear grower Great Wall Fruit plans to focus on the American and Indonesian markets this year, according to Jessy Zhang.“We export to the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Holland Russia, Mexico, the UK and Southeast Asia, but want to expand our market share in the American and Indonesian.....


First batch of Dutch Conference-pears have arrived in China
Earlier this week the first Conference pears from Fruitmasters arrived in China. After six years of preparation and negotiation within the fruit sector, it has been officially confirmed (late October) that Chinese consumers can eat our pears. After the opening of the Chinese market, orders at Fruitmasters.....

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AU: Bumper avocado crop expected
Avocado production in Manjimup and Pemberton is at an all-time high as the State enjoys a record crop.Advanced Packing and Marketing Services Manjimup owner and marketing manager Jennie Franceschi said the season was set to produce more avocados than ever.“The combined volumes of fruit going into the.....


Del Monte Fresh opens new fresh cut facility in Ontario
Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. is expanding its Canadian presence with a new fresh cut facility in Oshawa, Ontario. The operation is designed to complement the company’s first Canadian distribution centre, which opened in January this year. The facility services the Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa.....


UK: 5.71 million tonnes potato production in 2014
The Potato Council’s provisional estimate of total production in Great Britain for the 2014 crop year is 5.71 million tonnes, marginally down (-0.3%) from the final 2013 figure of 5.73 million tonnes. Average yields for GB are estimated at 47.2 tonnes/ha, up 0.8% on 2013.Planted area is estimated at 121,100.....

Fruit logistica 2015 partner country Portugal
Portugal, the FRUIT LOGISTICA 2015 partner country, has announced a record-breaking presence at the leading international trade fair for fresh produce marketing. Covering some 600 square metres, the Portuguese pavilion will host the nation's key exporters and serve as the site of the official FRUIT LOGISTICA.....

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November 21th at 2 pm (CET)
Scientists of EU Project QUAFETY return to tacler in November
Dear FreshPlaza readers, the Italian scientists of EU project Quafety will be on tacler platform (www.tacler.com) next 21th November from 2.00 to 3.00 pm (CET), to discuss some topics that are being studied within the project.You can find the full version of the interviews and of the open discussions of the.....



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Roberto Piazza
Italy: Apple market affected by oversupply and Russian ban
"The apple market is not going so well, especially for produce from the plain. Fruit from Trentino and Alto Adige is doing a little better," explains Roberto Piazza, director of Fedagromercati-Acmo Bologna."This is the result of an abundant production and most of all, because of the Russian ban. The problem.....


acquisition provides entry into German market
Hessing takes over Tacken family business
The Dutch company Hessing Supervers has acquired (with mutual agreement) the German family business Tacken GmbH. Tacken is active in the German market in fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, and supplies to numerous retailers, especially large supermarket chains. In regards to how much the acquisition cost, both.....


Record-breaking strawberry crops in the UK
The British strawberry crop has broken all records this year, with growers producing 60,170 tonnes of the summer berry, according to industry body, British Summer Fruits (BSF).But, says local producer Alistair Busby of Border Berries, Rutherford, Kelso, the record is due to large supermarket-supplying.....

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Xander Rodenburg, Vroegop-Windig:
Increasing demand for fresh cranberries
At Vroegop-Windig, cranberry season is in full swing. Since the supply of these cranberries was delayed, the company allowed the first shipment to be sent by air. Meanwhile, the company is already in the middle of the boat-berries season. "Cranberries are a real autumn product, and they are especially.....


US (FL): Labor Department uncovers violations in agricultural operations
Federal farm labor law violations continue to sully the reputation of this county’s most lucrative crop — strawberries.David Weil, administrator for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, was in Tampa Wednesday to discuss a multi-year investigation that uncovered widespread labor law.....

Polish apples handed out for free at EU institutions
This week, more than half a tonne of Polish apples have been handed out in Brussels by Poles working in EU institutions as part of the +Eat apPLes+ campaign, intended to familiarise their colleagues with the fruit's taste and promote its sales.As the organisers explain, the action also aims to consolidate.....

European Parliament debates proposal to unite fruit and milk school programmes
The Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament has started debating the draft Regulation submitted by the Commission to amend the programmes for the distribution of fruits, vegetables, banana and milk in schools. The goal is to bring these all together under a common legal and financial framework.At.....

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Greece to strengthen controls on fruit and vegetable exports
The Greek Minister of Rural Development,George Karasmanis,has ordered a strengthening in the controls of the country's fresh fruit and vegetable shipments destined for Bulgaria and Romania, with a special emphasis on citrus.Checks made at the start of the export season should deal promptly and effectively.....


Biological agent that fights apple scab may soon be available
Apple scab, caused by the Venturia inaequalis fungus, is, economically speaking, the most damaging disease in apple production worldwide. In order to fight against apple scab, repeated chemical fungicides must be administered in the spring and summer. Over the past two years H39, a potential antagonist based.....


Carrefour will only sell French vegetables in its French stores
Carrefour, the supermarket chain, has reached an agreement with the French Federation of Vegetable Producers, Légumes de France, by which the chain will only sell vegetables produced in France in its hypermarkets and supermarket stores in France during the country's production season.The agreement aims at.....

Website dedicated to packaging solutions for fresh fruit, vegetables now live
A new website dedicated to packaging solutions for fresh fruit and vegetables is now live. Thinking-fruitandveg.com contains all the packaging solutions from Sirane suitable for the global fresh produce trade – neatly packaged into an easy-to-navigate site.Gillian Carter, Sirane’s sales executive for fresh.....

Largest nut and dried fruit importer and wholesaler in Poland
Atlanta Poland’s sales revenue up by 13.1%
In the first quarter of its financial year, which ran from 1 July to 30 September 2014, the company Atlanta Poland reached 13.33 million Euro in sales revenue and 427,019 Euro in net profit. A year earlier, the results were of 11.79 million and 204,020 Euro respectively.This entails a 13.1% increase in sales.....

Dirk van Roode:
"Horticulture frontrunner with opportunities for ICT"
ICT is evolving rapidly, and the horticulture and fresh produce sectors are also continuously developing. Dirk van Roode of Nederland ICT, the ICT trade association, follows the developments closely. He refers to a study in which horticulture is named as one of the sectors with the most opportunities when it.....

Why 50% sustainability isn’t enough
Fruit & Vegetables industry invests in 100% sustainability
The Sustainability Fruits and Vegetables Initiative (SIFAV), believes that when it comes to preserving farmers’ ability to produce healthy vegetables in the long run, nothing short of 100 percent sustainability will do. Jumbo, C1000, Ahold, ICA, Coop and Lidl are just a few big names that signed up to the.....

Czech Republic: Vegetable trade deficit widens compared to 2013
The Czech Republic's agricultural foreign trade deficit for the first three quarters of this year has dropped compared to the same period last year, totalling 448.27 million Euro, according to data provided by the Agricultural Association of the Czech Republic (CTK).During the first nine months of the year,.....

Ministry of Finance reports progress made in agreements between EU and third countries
The State Secretary of Trade, Jaime Garcia Legaz, and the representatives of the Directorate General of International Trade and Investment reported yesterday the current state of trade negotiations with the EU and third countries, held at the headquarters of the Ministry of Economy and Finance.Jaime Garcia.....


Oceania


Independent supermarkets accused of labelling US onions as Australian
Australian onion growers say onions from the United States are being sold in independent supermarkets labelled as Australian product.A photo of imported American onions posted on social networking site Facebook has attracted plenty of complaints."Up to $6 a kilogram in one store in Goondiwindi I saw, for.....

Potato shortage in Fiji due to supplier shortage in NZ
Consumers can expect limited supplies of potatoes at major supermarkets following a shortage in supply from overseas suppliers.Local importer and distributor of agricultural produce, BL Naidu & Sons Ltd, confirmed there was shortage of potatoes in the past week as a result of a shortage in supplies from.....

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NZ: Nursery looking to sell unique apple variety to US with exclusive licence
A Waikato fruit nursery expects to sell a unique apple variety to the United States market for $2 per apple. The variety, Plumac, is a Fuji cross Braeburn apple and was discovered by Nelson couple Geoff and Marilyn Plunkett, at their Motueka garden in 1998. The variety is now managed by McGrath Nurseries in.....


Banana prices up as cold winter in far north Queensland affects supply
Consumers may find bananas a little more expensive in the coming weeks as the colder than expected winter affects production in far north Queensland.Many growers in far north Queensland - which produces about 90 per cent of the nation's bananas - have reported a slowing of the growth of their banana plants,.....


Africa


UK retailer buildering stronger relationships with S.African avocado growers
Through increased dialogue and expertise on the ground, Tesco is focussed on building stronger relationships with our avocado suppliers in South Africa. This not only means better value and a wider range for our UK customers, but it gives local growers a better return for their crop. Supplying roughly half.....

Namibia elected to Ifoam vice-presidency
Namibian organic farmer Manjo Smith has been elected vice president of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) at the just ended organisation's general assembly in Istanbul, Turkey.Smith is the Chairperson of the Namibia National Association of Horticultural Producers (NAHOP),.....

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Kenya: French bean farmers accuse assembly of interfering with co-op
More than 100 French beans farmers from Murang'a have accused the county assembly of meddling with their co-operative society so at to impose new leaders.This comes a few days after the assembly adopted a report by the Water, Energy, Forestry, Environment, Natural Resources and Co-operative Management.....

Is the Baobab Kenya's ignored economic giant?
Baobab was licensed for the European food market just six years ago, and the white, floury pulp contained in its yellow-green pods is quickly gaining ‘superfood’ status in this market. The tree’s pulp has more protein than breast milk, more vitamin C than oranges, more magnesium than spinach, more iron than.....


Ethiopia looking to earn $371mn from horticulture exports
More than 120 foreign and domestic companies are currently engaged in horticulture development efforts in Ethiopia.Ethiopia is planning to increase its revenue from the export of horticulture products to $371 million during the 2014-15 fiscal year, compared to $245 million in the previous year, an Ethiopian.....


World


Opal® - the new apple is golden
Global marketers, customers all want a genuine & enticing apple
The trademark owner of Opal®, fruit.select GmbH, recently invited approximately 30 participants to meet at Lake Constance in Germany, to share their experiences with the new disease tolerant apple cultivar‚ UEB 32642. The apple cultivar is a cross of the Golden Delicious‚ and the Topaz. The Opal® Brand was.....

Innovative fruit thinning solution for apples and pears introduced
Adama Agricultural Solutions Ltd. (formerly Makhteshim Agan Industries) have announced the global launch of BREVIS®, a novel, innovative fruit thinner for apple and pear trees.Brevis®, a novel, low dose formulation of metamitron, has been developed by Adama to increase fruit size and yield of marketable.....

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Japanese scientists develop biofuel from inedible oranges
Scientists from Japan's Mie University have developed biofuel from inedible oranges and have received promising results due to its efficiency and less corrosive nature, media reported.The team has been carrying out the project for more than a year in the western Japanese prefecture of Mie, taking advantage.....


40% of the world's cropland is in or near cities
Urban agriculture is clearly taking off around the world — in backyards, on rooftops and on local farms. But just how much of the world's cropland can we really call urban? That's been a big mystery.A study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters has stated that somewhere around 1.1 billion.....


Europe: Lemon production up by 4.7%
The C.L.A.M. (Comité de liaison de l'agrumiculture méditerranéenne) met on November 6th to make an assessment on the current citrus fruit situation.Estimates concerning the Mediterranean lemon production.Mediterranean countries are expected to produce 2.8 million tons of lemons in 2014/15. It is quite a.....


Óscar Requena, of Allium Prodiber
Spain: "Garlic sector needs to unite in order to set prices"
The garlic sector is not going through one of its best moments, as reflected in the extremely low prices of the past three campaigns.At the moment, prices range between 1.20 and 1.50 Euro per kilo, depending on varieties and calibres, "and although the average price is slightly higher than in the summer, it.....


Retail

Tops Holding II reports sales growth in Q3 2014
Tops Holding II Corporation ("Tops"), the indirect parent of Tops Markets, LLC ("Tops Markets"), have reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2014, a 12-week period ended October 4, 2014."Our top-line growth reflects the ongoing successful execution of our strategies," commented Frank.....

Strong end to the year for Metro Canada
Metro’s fourth quarter sales increased by 3.9% to $2.7bn, with same-store sales up 3.1%. Net earnings increased by 6.2% on an adjusted basis. For the full year, the retailer’s sales increased by 1.7% to $11.6bn, with same-store sales up 1.1%.Investing in pricing to drive stronger trafficThis was a solid.....

Associated Food Stores signs supply agreement with C&S Wholesale Grocers
Associated Food Stores, LLC announced Tuesday it has signed an agreement with N.H.- based C&S Wholesaler Grocers, Inc. to be its primary supplier. C&S will provide warehouse, transportation and procurement services. Associated Food Stores licenses the names Associated, Compare, Met, Met Fresh and.....

Woolworths Declines After Sales Growth Slows in South Africa
Woolworths Holdings Ltd. fell the most in more than seven months after the South African food and clothing retailer reported slowing sales growth as the continent’s second-biggest economy falters.The stock declined as much as 4.9 percent, the steepest intraday fall since April 9, and traded 3 percent down to.....

AU: Aldi supermarket chain reaches ‘critical mass’
It's good news for consumers, but bad news for the supermarket duopoly. German discount chain Aldi has just reached “critical mass” in Australia, a new report says. According to global banking giant Morgan Stanley, the point of critical mass is 350 stores and $A4.03 billion in sales. “This is the point when.....

Canadian grocers need to shed more light on supplier payments
A retailer’s deals with its vendors can have a big impact on consumers. The news this week of the Competition Bureau’s probe into Loblaw Cos. Ltd.’s supplier relations, and the potential effect on prices, is a reminder of that.Less known, however, is how “vendor allowances,” as supplier payments are called,.....

Asda promises more price cuts, as cost of UK groceries falls
Asda has revealed that it's planning a new £500 million round of price cuts in its stores, on top of the £1 billion it announced last year, as the supermarket price war shows no sign of easing.Last week, chief executive Andy Clarke said that the company planned to continue to focus on "everyday low prices",.....

UK: Scottish retail sales down 1.2% in October
Total food sales down 2.7% year-on-year and no growth recorded in non-food, though the Scottish Retail Consortium says including its estimates of online sales, total non-food sales would have increased by 2.1%The total value of retail sales in Scotland was down 1.2 per cent in October compared with last year.....

Lenta, X5 unaffected by Russian food ban, but inflation may be a risk
The operating and financial performance of X5 Retail Group N.V. (B2 positive) and Lenta Limited (B1 stable), two of Russia's largest retailers, have remained largely unaffected by the government's decision in August 2014 to ban food imports from the European Union (EU), the US, Norway, Canada and Australia.....

Albert Heijn expands web shop to Belgium
Dutch retailer Albert Heijn will expand its web shop to Belgium sometime next year. The move should help Ahold, its parent company, to grow its online turnover from 1.4 billion Euro to 2.5 billion Euro by 2017."Leading role online""Our online brands, Bol.com, Peapod.com and ah.nl have played a leading role.....

Ahold to expand into new regions
Royal Ahold NV said annual web-based sales will surge 79 per cent to €2.5 billion by 2017 as the retailer expands into new regions and products.To support the goal, Ahold will invest €60 million in the three years through 2017, the Netherlands-based company said in a statement. The bulk of spending will go.....


Tottus could grow by 10% in Peruvian market this year
Looking ahead to next year, Juan Fernando Correa, general manager of the supermarket chain Tottus, stated that they are in the process of putting together a strategic plan for 2015, when there will be fewer openings, most of them by shopping centres, although the opening of individual stores has not been.....

US: Metro launches development program for regional products
Metro is pleased to announce that some 100 new grocery products from 18 Eastern township suppliers will now make their way into 7 Metro and Super C stores in the Estrie region. This Metro initiative is aimed at offering as many regional products as possible on the shelves of its network of stores and to.....

Safeway and Albertsons announce definitive merger agreement
AB Acquisition LLC (Albertsons) and Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY) announced today the new senior leadership team and division leaders for the combined company that will take effect upon the closing of the proposed merger transaction, which is pending customary regulatory approvals.“We’re drawing on the strong.....

Whole Foods responds to workers’ demands by increasing wages
Whole Foods workers in San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) neighbourhood scored a partial victory late last week as management agreed to their demands for a wage increase. Whole Foods’s Northern California regional President Rob Twyman announced a $1.25 pay rise for all San Francisco employees at the.....



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