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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

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Chinese importers to tour Washington apple country
Fresh on the heels of the Chinese market opening for all varieties of apples from the US last spring, nine Chinese importers are visiting Washington and Oregon to learn more about the apple and pear industries. The Washington Apple Commission and Northwest Pear Bureau are jointly sponsoring the trade mission.....

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Grapes on their way
Peruvian blueberries arrive in UK via seafreight
As the Peruvian citrus season comes to a close, blueberries are arriving and grapes are on the way. FreshPlaza spoke to Rob Cullum from Pacific Produce to take a look at the various seasons.CitrusCullum expects to have three more weeks of citrus arrivals from Peru, predominantly Nadorcotts, also some Honey.....

AU: Creating value-added and exportable products
John Dollisson, Chief Executive Officer of APAL, recently visited growers around Australia along with Chair Michele Allan, and followed up on many of the issues raised.John Dollisson (lt) and APAL Chair Michelle Allan (centre) visited Batlow Apples Co-operative packing shed as part of their NSW grower.....

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US: Food writers summit for Ambrosia™ apple education
CMI recently hosted seven national food writers for an in-depth press tour of Wenatchee Washington, the “Apple Capital of the World”. The purpose of the three-day tour, held from September 24-27, was to educate top-tier writers on how Ambrosia™ apples, the latest apple variety to join the top ten list of.....

Chinese Lvfeng Lemon confident in the future
Growing lemon import does not threaten local industry
The lemon season in Anyue county, Sichuan province, runs from September to July the following year. Nearly 90% of all lemons produced in China come from Anyue. Production in the 2015-16 season is estimated to reach 450,000 tons. Production quality is stable; about 70% of all lemons meet national quality.....

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View on Trans-Pacific Partnership deal
Tariffs are just one variable in fresh produce trade
It took five years of negotiating, but on October 5 a deal was reached among 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The countries include the US, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.Elimination of tariffsUnder the deal, 98.....

Philip Damas, Director of Drewry Supply Chain Advisors
Container ships expected to take market share from specialised reefers
According to Philip Damas, Director of Drewry Supply Chain Advisors, a global market leader in sea freight market intelligence and benchmarking, there have been big changes in shipping times since the 1990’s. He illustrates this with the case of exports from New Zealand to northern Europe, for which transit.....

Low AUD, exports spike helping avoid spring slowdown
Exports from Australia’s fresh produce growers are making news this week, however one exporter says prices have been improving for ‘at least a year’ already. “We are more competitive on price when compared to South Africa especially on navel oranges, pears and apples,” says Vince Brullo of Australia.....

Boycott possibly until 2018
Russia launches apples to ISS
The boycott will possibly continue until 2018, a Russian expert predicted at a dairy convention. According to the expert, the Russian agricultural sector is starting to see the importance of agriculture, and a lot of investments are being done. Russia launched a rocket to the ISS space station with apples,.....

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Diamantino winning tomato variety for Turkey
During the winter production of 2014-2015, Diamantino has proven again to be a very reliable variety. Smyrna Sera, a Turkish tomato grower that grows Diamantino as the main variety, has recorded the highest tomato production in Turkey.Mr. Osman GÖKSAN, owner of Smyrna Sera, explains: “We started growing.....

North America potato overview
Good 2015 potato yields with better range of sizes
“Prior to discussing the 2015 potato crop, I’d like to share that nearly all old crop storage potatoes are gone,” says Kathleen Triou with Fresh Solutions Network (FSN). “It’s a good thing as this year’s harvest is looking very good.“Red potatoes from North DakotaIdeal 2015 growing season for most.....

Lime expansion 'not risky' for WA grant recipient
The expansion of the citrus industry in Western Australia has become significant, with grower Harvey Citrus receiving a $500,000 Nurture Fund Grant from Coles to plant 9000 new lime, lemon and mandarin trees, increasing lime production by 800 percent.“We go directly into Coles, 99 percent of our premium.....

Italy: 2014/15 pear campaign
Exports up 14%, prices down 13%.
2014/15 pear campaignThe export trendOver 163,000 tons were commercialised during the past campaign, and exports showed a 14% increase with respect to the previous year. Average prices dropped by 13%.As usual, EU28 countries absorbed most of the quantities - 87% of the total exports was shipped to Community.....

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Potatoes week 38/15
Germany: Lower supplies – prices stable
The large and often stable supply matched the satisfactory demand. Due to rainfall the supply of potatoes to the market lowered. However the prices mainly remained stable. In Cologne the trade was slow, price reductions should change that and speed up the sales.The supply in Berlin was too high. The traders.....

Czech Republic: Drought causes considerable drop in vegetable sales
The Union of Vegetable Producers of Bohemia and Moravia has revised the estimate on the impact of drought on vegetable sales, which are now predicted to drop by about 800 million crowns (29.50 million Euro), as reported on Tuesday by the president of the Union, Jaroslav Zeman. The biggest losses will be.....

Fruit Attraction- 28 October, 2015
Persimmon Symposium to cover cultivation, marketing, future perspectives
Cultivation of persimmons in Spain, their marketing on the European market and future perspectives for the fruit will be the main topics that will be covered at "Persimmon Attraction", the 1st International Persimmon Symposium", which will be held in the scope of the technical conferences of the.....

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Polish blackcurrant growers requesting aid
Until the end of September, the Polish Agency for Restructuring and modernization of Agriculture (ARMA) has been accepting applications for financial support from blackcurrant producers, who have suffered severe losses in 2015.While 30 September was set as the deadline to apply, by 16 September a total of.....

Tonnie Hooijmans, Oké Trading:
"Shortage of chestnut and oyster mushrooms"
The past weeks, the mushroom market has done better than last year. "Only this week, sales of white mushrooms are lagging behind a bit, and the chestnut mushrooms and oyster mushrooms are scarce," says Tonnie Hooijmans of Oké Trading from Velddriel. "Supplies are going as planned, and will increase in the.....

Artevos presents new variety at the expoSE in Karlsruhe
Haronia will be introduced to the European public at the trade fair in Karlsruhe on 18 and 19 November 2015. This year at the expoSE Artevos presents a new redcurrant variety:Haronia, a coincidental seedling found in Oberkirch/Tiergarten in southern Baden. The sweet flavor and the long raceme are the.....

Germany: Toll for trucks lowered five year in a row
The lowering of the toll for trucks sidelines rail freight. In the current market report Allianz pro Schiene states that the toll for trucks had dropped by almost 16% compared to 2010, while freight train charges are on average 13% higher in the same period. “In the course of a short five year period a gap.....

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Spain: Tropical fruit growers demand guaranteed access to irrigation
After two years of low rainfall, tropical fruit producers in La Axarquía, Spain, are not hiding their concerns about the possibility of there being insufficient water reserves in The Viñuela reservoir, the main source of water for the sector in the eastern region of Malaga, where 91.46 cubic hectometres are.....

Polish fruit exports down by 28% in 2015
In the period between January and June 2015, Polish fruit exports dropped by 28%, down to 676.9 thousand tonnes, compared to 930.1 thousand tonnes in the same period of 2014, as reported by FAMMU/FAPA, citing figures from the Ministry of Finance. At the same time, the total volume of fresh vegetable exports.....

Fourth edition Pasarela Innova launched at Fruit Attraction
Fruit Attraction, The International Trade Show for the Fruit and Vegetable Industry, organised by FEPEX and IFEMA, will be held from 28 to 30 October, and for the fourth consecutive year will be offering the Pasarela Innova, a place devoted to highlighting the latest varieties of fruit and vegetables of the.....

After the success in London, now Madrid and Berlin
Zerbinati proceeds with its expansion abroad
Zerbinati, leader in the Italian market of ready-to-serve fresh vegetables and fresh ready-made dishes, was founded in 1970 by Ferdinando Zerbinati, a fruit and vegetables dealer who combined passion and quality to build a real 100% Made in Italy success over the years.Today the Italian brand offers more.....

Successful conclusion to the fruit-merchant seminar of 2015
The requirements for the fruit trade are constantly rising, and with that also the many tasks for the employees in the industry. Merchandise knowledge, logistics, marketing, internal organisation, food legislation, quality management, as well as trade and agricultural politics are only some of the themes.....

New label for vegan and organic: first certifications
The association VegOrganic will present its new independently checked seal of approval for plant-based food products in organic quality at the food product fair ANUGA. The first products certified by the association stem from Voelkel, Tofutown and AOT All Organic Trading GmbH, producers and suppliers of.....

Cucumber prices flat under pressure from Spanish supply
The supply of Spanish cucumbers is increasing at the moment and the price level of the Dutch cucumber is collapsing as a result. "The contract season ends in this period. Traditionally many retailers in Germany and the Netherlands then switch to Spanish cucumbers," concludes a spokesperson for sales.....

Farmers in Russia predict rise in apple, potato prices in December
Lenin state farm director Pavel Grudinin said in an interview on the "Russian news service" that in December the prices of fruit and vegetables will increase. In particular, the farmers are of the opinion that the price increase will affect apples and potatoes. Grudinin is certain that the.....

Israeli tomato prices soar to new heights
Tomatoes sold for NIS 12-12.50 a kilo on the wholesale market today, only 8% less than at the end of last week.The price of tomatoes remained high today, while prices of other vegetables dropped significantly. Tomatoes sold for NIS 12-12.50 a kilo on the wholesale market today, only 8% less than at the end.....

Farmers see red over Turkish tomatoes
The Cyprus Euro-Agrarian Association (Euroagrotikos) is crying foul over 16 tonnes of tomatoes it says came illegally to the Republic of Cyprus from Turkey via the Turkish Cypriot market in the north.The association, a group of professional farmers throughout the island of the Republic, has been outspoken.....

Francis Charlier, Lejeune:
"Shame supply Belgian grapes too small"
At Lejeune wholesale various grape varieties have been available since the start of August again. Francis Charlier, the grape expert for this company indicates that the supply is less again this year. "The volume is very limited," he says. "We regularly have to say no to our customers."ExclusiveThe season.....

Russia: Local berries and vegetables to be sold in retail chains Central Urals
The government of the Sverdlovsk Region is finalising a regional strategy for the procurement of vegetables and edible wild plants - mushrooms, berries and nuts - for the population. Intermediaries between large logistics centers, where vegetables and wild plants will be stores, and the.....

Spain: First "D suzukii" trappings in berry plantations
A new raspberry production cycle is starting, particularly in plantations with remontant varieties pruned in June and July, and the first cases ofDrosophila suzukii trappings are being registered inside the greenhouses,coinciding with the arrival of the first ripe fruits. It is worth noting that most.....

Spain: Valencia expects to produce 220,000 tonnes of kakis
Valencia's Regional Councillor for Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change and Rural Development, Elena Cebrián, has shown appreciation for the "good work" carried out in the production and international promotion of Valencian kakis and has defended the "sustainable success" of this fruit.Cebrián made these.....

Belgium : Good quality potatoes but 20% decrease in yield
The potato harvest is in full swing and whilst conditions are excellent for working in the fields, farmers have noted a decrease in quantity (about -20%). This decrease is due to the weather over the summer which was too dry for some varieties such as the Bintje, as well as a very cold spring followed by a.....

Sustainable development in France
Kultive joins Demain la Terre
Followng SARL Cormorèche in April, the company Kultive is joining the Demain la Terre Association. Kultive will be able to offer the association, which already has a diverse range of products, 22,000 tons of cucumbers. The Demain la Terre Association was set up in 2004 and now counts 9 average sized,.....

£120,000 pumpkin crop losses after blackmailer cyanide threats
A lorry driver who attempted to ruin a Lincolnshire farmer after threatening to poison his crops has been jailed for eight years at Lincoln Crown Court.Michael Young demanded £50,000 from Spalding grower David Bowman warning that he had injected the farmer’s pumpkins with deadly potassium cyanide.Young.....

Mandarins and pomegranates important winter fruits
Turkey: Seedless pomegranates hit the market
Antalya: In Gazipasa’s Doganca neighbourhood, the first harvest of seedless pomegranates is appearing in greengrocers and on market stalls. In the greengrocer ‘Banana’, seedless pomegranates are being sold for €1.20 a kilo. The seedless exotic fruits are attracting a lot of attention from both.....

Vegetables from the East
Russia: Levokumske district builds 22 acre greenhouse project
The large-scale construction project of a greenhouse complex, costing more than €71 million in the Levokumske district in Stavropol, is approaching the finishing line. The project has been a priority for both the region and the country. The complex “Vostochny” (Eastern) is22 acres of.....

Aronia berries many health benefits
Thomas Thompson have been growing Aronia berries for years, the company grows them to supply Tesco, who are the only supermarket in the UK to stock them. Although the berry is said to have many great health benefits it cannot be marketed as such as it not scientifically proven, but there is plenty of.....


Kiwifruit Claim
Zespri urged to back growers
Following the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) signed yesterday morning, only days before the High Court’s 9 October deadline for growers to sign up to the claim against the government for its alleged negligence behind the devastating introduction of Psa-v disease into New Zealand, The Kiwifruit.....


Earthcycle™ for Red Sun Farms
Top sealable pint finalist in PMA Impact Awards
Canadian food packaging company, CKF Inc. is pleased to announce that the newly developed Earthcycle ™ top sealable pint used by Red Sun Farms for its organic grape tomatoes has been chosen as one of 20 finalists out of 71 entries for the PMA Impact Award for Packaging Excellence. The Earthcycle ™ top.....

year round availability expected within a few years
Sweet Sensation season starts
The Dutch Sweet Sensation pears were plucked last week and will be available from week 42 on, "There is a lot of interest again from various customers, we expect this to be a good season for sales. Due to the cold spring, there is less volume and the pears are somewhat smaller, but the 'pack-out' is larger,".....

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NOW Organic starting fresh ginger export from own factory
The first container with fresh ginger from NOW Organic's own factory was shipped out last weekend. After obtaining the export license, the brand new factory in Dalian, China was officially up and running.Starting mid-November weekly containers of ginger will arrive in Rotterdam from China.Rob van Baal,.....


Village Super Market posts increased sales
Tesco spoiling suppliers as its own profits half
Carrefour China ramps up Easy store rolloutCarrefour China says it expects to have 10 of its new Easy convenience stores open in Shanghai by the end of this year. The French-headquartered retailer opened its third easy store on Huangjincheng Rd, in the city’s Changning District late last month......

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