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Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Largest fresh market in Africa aims to continue moving forward
During last week’s PMA Fresh Connections Southern Africa, Joburg market, was presented to the audience attending Woman’s Fresh Perspectives Breakfast, they also sponsored the breakfast. This market has been around for more than 120 years, and according to its CEO, Simangele Sekgobela, “we are still fresh,.....

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AU: Ag groups come out in protest against changes to agricultural levies
Agricultural groups have come out swinging in a ferocious public campaign aimed at blocking “political intervention” on changes to agricultural levies. A dis-allowance motion by Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm that aims to reverse increases to the onion, mango and mushroom levies has.....

WorldFood Moscow 2014: Increase exhibition bookings from non-EU companies
Following Russia's recent food import bans imposed on European countries, the national group stands of Egypt, China, Brazil and Argentina have substantially increased their exhibiting space at WorldFood Moscow.Russia’s largest international food and drink tradeshow will take place on 15 – 18 September 2014.....


US (NC): Apple harvest under way across county
Henderson County apple growers have began harvesting early apples amid guarded optimism that the 2014 crop will bring favourable market prices.Crews fanned out in apple country orchards where the earliest varieties, the yellow Ginger Gold and the popular Gala, have ripened."We've just been getting started.....


Argentina: All Lemon finished the 2014 campaign with a 45% decrease in exports
ALL LEMON ended the 2014 season with a lower export volume and with optimal quality fruit as a result of the intensive controls it carried out.ALL LEMON, the Argentinean lemons for export seal of quality, is in its final weeks of the campaign, which was characterized by having a lower fruit volume than the.....

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Side Delights Gourmet Petite product line to compete in PMA’s Impact Award finals
Fresh Solutions Network named as a finalist for PMA Impact Award in packaging
Fresh Solutions Network has been named as a finalist for the 2014 PMA Impact Awards in Excellence in Packaging for their innovation and excellence in the Side Delights Gourmet Petite potato product line.The Produce Marketing Association reported that 56 companies submitted 67 entries. The Impact Award.....

Ranks 2nd in crop report
US (CA): Avocados make guacamole out of competitors
The annual report, released last week through a presentation to the Board of Supervisors by Agriculture Commissioner Henry Gonzales, also contained a few other surprises.That strawberries values would fall in 2013 had been forecast by Gonzales: the top crop since 2002 - when strawberries replaced lemons in.....


Ocean Mist Farms embraces tool to grow better crops and save water
Artichokes are important to Ocean Mist Farms. It is one of the company's premier crops. Chris Drew, product manager for Ocean Mist said, "The land near Castroville, California is ideal for growing artichokes. The Salinas Valley is currently experiencing serious drought conditions, getting only 15 inches of.....


Russia lifts all restrictions on import from Kyrgyzstan
As reported by the Kyrgyz Ministry of Economy, Kyrgyzstan appealed to Eurasian Economic Commission to assist in the promotion of agricultural and industrial production of Kyrgyzstan. And therefore, to cancel bans imposed by Russia and Kazakhstan against products from Kyrgyzstan; to organize a green corridor.....

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Value of Hungarian mushroom production to double by 2020
Nagy Laszlo, of the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organisation's (FruitVeB) branch for mushrooms, said the value of the production could reach HUF 30-40 billion per year, compared to the current HUF 15-20 billion per year.The expert noted that despite the fact that mushrooms are an.....


Spain: Scientists identify gene that will enhance the competitiveness of strawberries
A group of researchers from the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training (IFAPA) in Churriana, Málaga (an institution under the Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development), has identified the FaFAD1 gene, responsible for the combined aromatic notes of peaches and apricots.....

Rudi Coosemans:
"Demand and prices of endive increased"
For some, the situation seemed desperate, but since last week, demand for endive has increased. That's what Rudi Coosemans of import and export company Coosemans says. "Since the middle of last week, things have all gone a bit more smoothly. Demand has increased, and prices are also better than before. Our.....

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Good apple harvest expected on the Lower Elbe
The fruit growers on the German Lower Elbe are looking forward to a good apple harvest this year. On the approx. 9,000 hectare cultivation area there are more apples ripening than in the last five years, reports the German website Gabot.de. Experts from the fruit cultivation testing station in Jork speak of.....

Czech vegetable area increased by 8% in 2014
The vegetable area in the Czech Republic in 2014 is around 8% higher at 9,211 hectares than it was last year, shows a first estimate by the Czech Bureau for Statistics (CZSO). However, the area of some vegetable varieties decreased, reports the German Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) on its.....


Koos Slagter:
"Cauliflower market revived, broccoli doing well for weeks"
Cauliflower prices have been revived since Thursday last week, to a level of around one Euro. The broccoli price is around 90 cents. Koos Slagter of cultivation and trade company Fa. P.N. Slagter from Andijk, looks to the coming weeks with confidence. "Supply isn't overly large, the holidays are over and the.....


Gert Bouman, Frutaria:
"Disastrous stonefruit prices, grapes the only ray of light"
The Spanish stonefruit season started very early this year. "The retail wasn't ready for deal prices yet and only responded when the large volumes arrived. For a short time the prices were attractive, but the market completely collapsed in mid July," says Gert Bouman of the Spanish private producer Frutaria......

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Spain: More positive melon campaign for Castile-La Mancha
Castile-La Mancha's melon and watermelon season, which just like in other producing areas such as Almeria, Murcia or Valencia started about 12 days earlier than usual due to the good weather conditions, is currently marked by optimism after the first results.According to Raúl Arroyo, technician at the.....

Spain: FEPEX demands exceptional measures for melons and watermelons
FEPEX has demanded melons and watermelons to be included in the framework of the European Commission's Regulation of exceptional support measures for the fruit and vegetable sector.The melon and watermelon sector, with direct exports from Spain to Russia amounting to 825 tonnes and total EU exports reaching.....

Peach and nectarine market reactivated by EC measures
After several discussions with the Ministry of Agriculture, Afrucat, the Association of Catalan Fruit companies, has been able to communicate to its associated companies that, despite not having yet had access to the regulation's text, it is already possible to start requesting withdrawals based on its.....


lower supply of greenhouse vegetables causes prices to rise
"Fine prices in courgette market"
A low supply of courgettes is reflecting in the prices. They have gone up to 70 cents for yellow and green. Grower Helmoed Meijer: "Sometimes thepieces fall into place and it goes really well."The day trading shows better prices this week for most greenhouse vegetables. The lower supply and contracts that.....

Belarus: Successful fruit harvest this year
The weather has opened up new opportunities for Belarusians. The heat period this summer has become the longest in 25 years. Forecasters say that agro-climatic zones have shifted. This means, in addition to the usual potatoes, beets, onions, it has also become possible to grow melons. As a result, the.....


Mildew threatens potato crops in France
Mildew is a big threat to potato farmers in the North of France at the moment due to climate conditions favourable to the disease. “Humidity and temperatures of 20°C favour its spreading. We have to treat the fields every 3-4 days to avoid the spores reaching the tubers” says Nicolas Courtois. If this.....

Customs green card to ease fruit and vegetable import from Abkhazia to Russia
To simplify the import of agricultural products from the republic of Abkhazia into Russia, a specialized authority has been created in Sukhumi. It is to serve for goods control, documentation accounting, and tax payment; after that fruit and vegetables are to go through a special corridor across the border.....


Eryvan Pires, Fruitmarket:
"Mangoes really shouldn't be imported during the summer"
The summer is usually not a good period for the mango market. According to Eryvan Pires of Fruitmarket, this year was even very bad for the entire month of July thus far. "The holiday period in Europe caused a decrease in demand. Imported products do especially badly, since the competition with European.....


Spain: European Commission leaves out oranges and mandarins
Last Monday, the European Commission approved the new list of products eligible for support to palliate the effects of the veto imposed by Russia on the import of certain products from the European Union and the United States. In the list, citrus fruits, which are an essential product for Valencian growers,.....

Dozens of trucks can't get to Russian Kaliningrad due to embargo
Trucks loaded with Russian fruit and vegetables got stuck at a border between Lithuania and Russia due to new requirements. The carriers of agricultural products must provide proof of the country of origin of goods. As it has been reported by local media, a long queue of carrier trucks has formed at the.....

Poland: 20% of organic products fail to meet legal requirements
An audit carried out by Poland's Trade Inspection revealed that 22% of organic products do not meet certain requirements. Entrepreneurs found to have marketed such products will have to pay fines of up to 10% of their total revenue. The value of this market in Poland is estimated at more than 700 million.....

Poland: Promotion of apple juice consumption to tackle oversupply issues
The Polish Association of National Juice Producers has launched a campaign for the promotion of juices, nectars and drinks made from Polish apples. In Poland, up to 260,000 tonnes of Polish apples are used in the production of juices and nectars (140,000 tonnes) and beverages (120,000 tonnes). The average.....


New project iPot focuses on sustainable growth Belgian potato production
On Tuesday, August 19, a new project was presented in Gembloux. The purpose of iPot is to realize an increased and sustainable potato production in Belgium. The Belgian potato industry saw a spectacular development in the past years, and is the biggest exporter of frozen potatoes in the world, volume-wise......


Afrucat demands peach and nectarine regulation project to include withdrawal for composting
Afrucat (the Fruit Industry Association of Catalonia) considers that the draft regulation presented yesterday after the meeting with the Minister of Agriculture, Isabel García Tejerina, is inadequate unless it includes withdrawals for composting.At the moment, it seems that the only destination for withdrawn.....

Alex Vos, Banken Champignons
"No consequences of boycott in fresh mushroom market as yet"
Although there was some confusion whether EU mushrooms were also banned by Russia - they weren't specifically named on the blacklist, after all - further enquiries at Frugi Venta reveal that the CN codes of mushrooms are also included in the ban.Judging from sources in Poland, according to sales manager Alex.....

Spain: Russian ban will cause prices to plunge and will affect third countries
The Russian ban on imports from the European Union has become a nightmare for thousands of fruit and vegetable producers in Lleida and the Mediterranean area, especially in Alicante and Murcia. But this impact can go far beyond the sales to Russia, given the implications for third countries and the collapse.....

Malaysian grapes, Serbian apples and tomatoes
Import of unbanned apples, tomatoes and grapes started in Kaliningrad, Russia
Kaliningrad region received the first load of fruit and vegetables from exporting countries which are not subject to the Russian sanctions, ITAR-TASS reported. We received Malaysian grapes, Serbian apples and tomatoes, that look exactly the same as those previously imported from Poland, - said Acting Deputy.....

Farmers anxious as EC talks on peach damages not due before Friday
At a loss about what to do with thousands of tons of produce that remains undelivered due to a Russian food embargo, Greek peach and nectarine producers must wait until Friday when European Commission officials are expected to draft a plan for compensating farmers producing those fruits in Greece and other.....

First greenhouse complex to be built in Russian Baykalsk in a year
A large greenhouse complex for growing vegetables is to be built in Baykalsk, Russia, by September 1st, 2015.This is the first step in creation of agricultural complex in Baykalsk that will comprise several agricultural enterprises. The implementation of the project is led by the Ministry of Economic.....

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"Russia has enough staple foods for coming weeks"
Now that Russia has put an import ban on agricultural products and food from several Western countries, the Russian government wants to increase financial support for the domestic agricultural sector, German website aiz.info reports. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has instructed the responsible cabinet.....

New cooling technique ensuring longer shelf life fresh produce
Permachill is a new cooling technique, developed by food innovation company TOP bv from Wageningen. The technique cools in a stable manner, ensuring the same optimum temperature of just above zero degrees to be achieved everywhere in the cold store. This ensures fresh produce can be stored longer, and less.....


Elche, Region of Valencia
Spain: Russian ban to affect 30% of Mollar pomegranate exports
Around 30% of Elche's mollar pomegranate exports are in jeopardy due to Russia's ban on fruit and vegetable imports from European countries.The president of the Association of Producers and Marketers of Pomegranates from Elche, Francisco Oliva, pointed out that "Russia is one of the main markets for mollar.....


Governor of Saratov region visit greenhouse complex
Governor of Saratov region Valery Radaev visited the greenhouse complex Volga on August 18. The complex grows cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. The total area of greenhouses equals 14 hectares. Since the beginning of the year over 4500 tonnes of vegetables have been harvested. The reconstruction of.....


Latvian farmers sustain losses due to Polish import growth
Active growth of Polish import of fruit and vegetables has jeopardized the existence of many farms in Latvia.The Russian restrictions on import of agricultural products forced Poland to urgently search for new markets. However, for Latvian farmers Polish dumping can turn out to be devastating. The situation.....

Gert Mulder, GroentenFruit Huis:
"Partly thanks to strength of exporters to Russia, Dutch economy has grown"
Manager Gert Mulder of the GroentenFruit Huis cannot emphasize the uniqueness of the Russian boycott enough. "That the entire EU and a few other countries aren't able to export to Russia for a full year, is unprecedented. We're not talking about MRLs, bugs or bullying, for which solutions are often found.....


Jos van Dessel, BelOrta:
"Tomatoes' price image pulled up by intervention"
It isn't just European decisions that are being made in aftermath of the boycott. Every European country is dealing with the consequences in their own way. The too large volume of tomatoes in Belgium is being handled through interventions. Jos van Dessel of Veiling BelOrta says that they believe it is.....


Russia: Fruit and vegetables from Central Asia are of good quality, but require strict inspection
Due to Russian sanctions, a growth in deliveries of fruit and vegetables from Central Asia is expected. Asian production is of a higher quality than the European, - says the head of service, Viktor Ivanov. However, in this regard, a stricter monitoring and inspection of imported products is required, as FDCS.....

Polish broccoli growers should not be severely affected by Russian ban
Data provided by the Foundation of Assistance Programmes for Agriculture shows that Polish broccoli and cauliflower exports in 2013 amounted to 25.5 thousand tonnes, with a value of approximately 9 million Euro, of which Russia received 4 thousand tonnes (worth approx. 1.43 million). Additionally, according.....

Sweden: Hailstorms affect 60% of apple harvest
The warm summer weather has been beneficial to the flavour of Swedish apples. But recurring hailstorms have damaged about 60% of the harvest. Part of it, therefore, will be lost or may be sold as Class II, according to Äppelriket Österlen. CEO Henrik Stridh speaks of an historic apple harvest and a.....

Czech traders found to falsify origin of fruits and vegetables
Czechs are increasingly demanding food - especially fruits and vegetables - of domestic origin. Traders should label these products with the appropriate country of origin, but this information has been found not to be always true. As reported by the news channelEkonomika ČT24, an increasing number of.....


Oceania


Strawberry yields forever
Pinata Farms will use Queensland's Granite Belt to provide year-round strawberry production. Pinata Farms has announced its most southerly strawberry farm at Stanthorpe will come online for commercial production by September this year.Strawberry production manager Sean Riley said until now, Pinata had not.....

Tasmania to remain free of GMO for at least five more years
Tasmanian agriculture is set to remain free of genetically modified organisms for at least five more years, with the State Government opting to extend a long standing GMO ban.The Bill tabled in the House of Assembly yesterday has received qualified support from the state’s peak farming body, bee keepers and.....

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Africa


Zimbabwe economy takes another dive
It is 4 a.m. and people are already lining up outside Zimbabwe's main passport office — four hours ahead of opening time — in hopes of securing a passport that will allow them to escape their country's dearth of opportunities and search for work abroad.Several million Zimbabweans left for South Africa and.....

Two held for killing S.Africa farmworker 'with oranges'
Two farmworkers have been arrested for allegedly killing a colleague by pelting him with oranges, South African police said Wednesday.A quarrel on a farm outside Tzaneen in the northern Limpopo province on Monday turned deadly when the two men armed themselves with fruit, said Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe.....

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African suppliers are ready to export up to 100 000 tonnes of fruit and vegetables per week, previously delivered into Russia via EU
Africa is to increase food export to Russia
African producers intend to increase the direct export to Russia, bypass the European countries, - announced Elena Nagornaya, the President of the Trade Alliance of African countries in Russia. According to the results of 2014, East African countries have the opportunity to increase export of fresh products.....


World

Two bananas a day Controls High Blood Pressure
According to scientists two bananas a day can help control high blood pressure, offering a cheap alternative to expensive drugs.The finding supports earlier research that potassium-rich food such as bananas could play a role in controlling blood pressure.A study suggested people would have to eat five.....


Eat leafy vegetables to reset biological clock
Lipoic acid, found at higher levels in organ meats and leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli, may help reset and synchronise circadian rhythms or the "biological clock" found in most life forms, according to a study."This could be a breakthrough in our understanding of why lipoic acid is so important.....

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Set to challenge wooden pallet rival head on
Polymer Logistics launches next generation of produce pallets
Polymer Logistics next generation of produce pallets has just been launched and is set to challenge its wooden pallet rival head on. Targeted to be a real alternative to wood, Polymer Logistics have engineered the new pallet to deliver not only flexibility in load carrying and space saving, but also cost.....

Maersk to buy back shares for first time
Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk announced the first share buy-back in its 110-year history on Tuesday as an overhaul of the sprawling shipping and oil empire leaves it with more cash than it can usefully invest.Maersk shares jumped 5 percent after the company reported better than expected quarterly earnings and.....


Horti Asia teams up with Agri- Asia from 17-19 March, 2015:
Horti Asia will be your gateway to horticulture in the ASEAN:
Southeast Asia can be seen as one of the most promising regions for the development of intensive agriculture, advanced horticulture and sustainable production practices. Over the past three years the Horti Asia trade show in Bangkok has proved to be a successful gateway to entering these horticulture.....


Preserving fresh produce quality at Asia Fruit Logistica
StePac is returning to Asia Fruit Logistica this year to promote Xtend® packaging for prolonging the freshness of over 60 produce items. "Our packaging technology is engineered and tested to achieve the optimum freshness extension for each produce item and the results are impressive.' says General Manager.....


Bangladesh: Cut out middlemen, save guava growers
Awfully low prices are frustrating guava growers in the district famous for quality varieties of the popular fruit.Guava in the local market is now selling for as low as Tk 1 per kg while the price goes up to Tk 40-50 when the item reaches the capital and other areas of the country. (Tk 1= $0.013 USD)The.....


Retail

ICA's H1 star performance: Sweden & the Baltics
Sweden’s largest grocery retailer, ICA has released its results for the first half of 2014, reporting a 2.1% increase in net sales to SEK 48.7bn (€5.3bn).Swedish performance driven by wholesale, pharmacies and Kvantum supermarketsIn Sweden, which makes up the majority of ICA’s sales, the retailer grew by.....

Tesco replaces fruit and veg aisles with BOOZE to prepare for Reading Festival
Tesco have ditched fruit and veg aisles to make way for booze as bosses gear up for the Reading Festival.The store, which is a 10 minute drive from the massive music event, has replaced oranges and cauliflowers with bottles of vodka and Jagermeister.Social media users have been circulating photos showing.....

Slovenian daily on a new possible merger of Croatian, Slovene retailers
Following the Croatian food concern Agrokor's takeover of Slovenia's leading retailer Mercator, another Croatian-Slovene retail group is likely to be formed, consisting of the Croatian retailer Plodine from Rijeka and Slovenia's Tus, whose owner Mirko Tus last week received approval from banks for the.....

Morocco’s Marjane supermarkets to stop selling alcohol beverages
The same source said that Marjane Holding’s administration did not supply their stocks of alcohol after the month of Ramadan.The stocks of alcoholic beverages are to be gradually transferred to Acima stores which will continue selling them on behalf of the group.The daily magazine l’Economist, which is very.....

Lotte Mart to open supermarket in Indonesia
Lotte Mart, an affiliate of retail giant Lotte, said Wednesday it is opening a supermarket in Indonesia, a move that comes as local retailers step up their overseas expansion amid flagging consumption on their home turf.The company is set to open a 1,300-square-meter supermarket Thursday on the ground floor.....

Delhaize wants to cut Bottom Dollar Food loose
According to a specialized American site, Delhaize has asked business bank Wells Fargo to sell 66 Bottom Dollar Food store, its discount subsidiary. Analysts believe Aldi and Supervalu might be possible buyers.66 stores for saleAccording to Food World/Food Trade News, Delhaize America plans to sell 66 Bottom.....

Woolworths makes executive changes
Woolworths Holdings Limited announced last week it would be making executive management changes to some of its brands following its acquisition of upscale Australian department chain, David Jones. The South Africa-based company operates several retail brands including, women’s fashion brand Witchery and the.....

Suppliers fret about new Thai owner of supermarket chain Metro Cash&Carry
Vietnamese suppliers are worried about their future contracts with Metro Cash & Carry, which has been bought by the Thai company Berli Jucker.The suppliers who have been Metro’s loyal partners are looking forward to hearing information abou BJC’s new policies.The director of a consumer goods.....

Target Corp. regrets opening so many stores so quickly in Canada
If Target Corp. could re-do its launch into Canada, it would start with just a handful of stores, instead of the more than 100 it opened last year despite their lukewarm reception, the retailer said Wednesday.However, Target chief financial officer John Mulligan said the retailer is not changing its plan to.....

Kroger Co. (KR) explores downtown grocery options - What would that look like?
Kroger’s “Short North” store in Columbus is a 53,000 square-foot retail establishment at 1350 North High St. It has a façade full of windows that showcase Kroger produce and organics to passing pedestrians. It also has a bistro, sushi bar and restaurant seating inside. It has 24 self-checkout scanners to.....

Sprouts beating Whole Foods in food-price battle
Sprouts Farmers Market Inc., one of Whole Foods Market Inc.’s fastest-growing competitors, is undercutting the prices of its larger rival by about 13 percent, according to analysis by Bloomberg Industries.As natural and organic foods go mainstream, Whole Foods has already been lowering its prices to appeal.....

Dutch government supports supervisor plan
End of the supermarkets' power?
Farmers and horticulturists need to be better protected against the growing power of Albert Heijn, Jumbo and other large supermarkets. A Chamber majority signed in favour of a new supervisor in the image of the British who checks that the supermarkets aren't abusing their power. The Dutch political party.....

UK retail sales growth muted as food sales dip
U.K. retail sales grew at a slower pace than expected in July after a fall in the amount spent on food for the first time in 25 years when compared to the previous year, official data show.Retail sales increased by 2.6 percent compared with July last year and were up 0.1 percent on the previous month,.....


Czech Republic: Smurfs sponsoring fruits and vegetables at Ahold and Spar
For the first joint campaign after the merger of Ahold and Spar, the Smurfs have been chosen to sponsor fruits and vegetables, not only in Albert stores, but a week later also in Spar and Interspar.This is the first major joint marketing campaign conducted by both chains after the Office for Protection of.....



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