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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Ecuador-EU agreement is "wonderful" for the banana sector
Ecuador's banana sector is optimistic about the Multiparty Trade Agreement reached on Thursday between the country and the European Union, which will make it possible to improve the tariff conditions."After almost four years of negotiations, we have finally signed a balanced agreement with the European.....

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Total Produce adds pineapple to its TOP home brand
TOP - Total Produce’s home brand – includes a new product: Extra Sweet Pineapple. The new product will be available in new packaging year-round from week 30. With its mix of premium quality and prominent packaging design, TOP Extra Sweet Pineapple is a truly exclusive product. As Product Manager Stef van der.....

South Africa to fight citrus ban
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies on Monday vowed to fight tooth and nail to avert a possible European ban on citrus imports from South Africa. This came after lemons contaminated with black spot fungus were found in a shipment to the Netherlands.“If decisions are taken that keep us out of an important.....


Ilenio Bastoni (Apofruit)
Italy: Solarelli stonefruit doing well in the Middle East
"After the positive test of 2013, this year we have increased the stores in the UAE that sell our Solarelli products," explains Ilenio Bastoni from Apofruit Italia.Promotions were carried out also throughout the Ramadan, which will end on 27th July: "in one single month, we shipped 150 pallets of stonefruit.....


Citrus cooperative showcases trends to foodservice trade
Fresh ingredients are dominating restaurant menus across the country and nothing denotes “fresh” more than crisp, bright, refreshing citrus. From fast-casual to special occasion, from appetizers to entrées, desserts and beverages, diners are embracing the zesty flavours of fresh citrus as part of their.....

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High season for Prince de Bretagne fresh peas
In the Breton coastal region, conditions are ideal for the cultivation of peas: no heat, lots of water and plenty of sunlight. The 'Prince de Bretagne' peas are produced here, with the production volume spread out over the season amounting to around 300 tonnes.At the moment, the harvest is in full swing, and.....


2014 Australian orange season kicks off in Shanghai, China
More than 80 Australian and Chinese government officials, local importers, distributors and retailers gathered to celebrate the arrival of the world’s sweetest oranges in China late last week.The Chinese market is a relatively new export destination for Australian oranges, but trade has grown rapidly due to.....

Indian scientists develop seedless mangoes
First came seedless grapes. Now, Indian scientists have developed what could be the ultimate delicacy - a seedless mango which is finely textured and juicy, with a rich, sweet and distinctive flavour when mature."We have developed a seedless mango variety from hybrids of mango varieties Ratna and Alphonso,".....

Hit by declines in Ukraine, Russia, Poland seeks new export markets
Poland is on the hunt for new trade partners after seeing a 25 percent drop in exports to Russia and Ukraine, Polskie Radio reports.Sales to the two countries have been hurt by instability in Ukraine and a Russian block on importing EU pork products, Polskie Radio says.“It's an ideal time to gain new markets.....

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Israeli vegetables not harvested in time may be transferred to Palestinians
Due to the tumultuous conditions in southern Israeli that have been preventing many farmers from harvesting vegetables in time, over-ripened crops may need to be sold to the Palestinian vegetable market in the West Bank, one cooperative announced on Monday.Farmers from the Ein Yahav-based Yofi Shel Yerakot.....

Report of the second meeting on Tacler Platform with Quafety Scientists
As anticipated in the last days (read here), the scientists of EU project Quafety are on the platform of Tacler in July, on Fridays from 2.00 to 3.00 pm (Rome Time), to discuss some topics that are studying within the project.A brief report of the second meeting occurred on last 18 July follows.During.....



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Good asparagus and strawberry harvest in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
The Bureau for statistics from the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has made known the first numbers for the asparagus and strawberry harvest for this year, reports the German website Proplanta.de. According to the numbers, 237 hectares of asparagus were pulled. With an average yield of 4,000 kg per.....

20% less Polish apples expected
According to the Polish department of agriculture, apple production is expected to decrease in the 2014/15 season compared with last season. This year the prediction is that Polish growers will only harvest 2.6 million tons of apples, a decrease of 20%. The reason for this decrease has to do with.....


Italy: Mini watermelons increasingly popular but with lower prices
"The melon production started on 15th April 2014 with Long Shelf Life varieties, followed by Rotary, Fiola and Chantarais. Quality was excellent. High and mild temperatures favoured good grades and brix levels," explains Joe Fortunato fromFortunato Srl."The watermelon campaign started on 20th April and.....

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Higher melon and watermelon prices in Ukraine
According to the head of Fruit-Inform for Vegetables and Fruits, Tetiana Getman, watermelon and melon prices in Ukraine this year will increase by 20% and 20-30% respectively compared to 2013.The projected cost of watermelons is about 4-5 Hryvnia (UAH), melon prices should range between 3.50 and 7.50 UAH per.....


Germany has potato hotel
What can we not do with potatoes? Germany has opened it's first potato hotel in the Lüneburger Heide region (in the state of Niedersachsen). At this hotel everything revolves around the German's beloved night shade crop, reports the German newspaper 'Bild' on their website. At this hotel potatoes are not.....


Grappe de Raisins: fruit and vegetable perfection in Knokke
"Customers call us the fruit and vegetable jeweller"
Since 1929 the speciality store Grappe de Raisins in Knokke-Heist has focused on supplying the very best fruits and vegetables. The Hannon family has made sure since the very beginning to only offer top quality products. "We have always had the same philosophy," says owner Jan Hannon. "And our customers.....


FoodExperts given outstanding innovation award by Walmart
FoodExperts, the leading fresh produce safety standards company, has received an ‘Outstanding Innovation Award’ from International Procurement & Logistics (IPL), which is part of retail giant Walmart, owner of the Asda supermarket chain in the UK.IPL, which has over 1,500 suppliers and sources fresh and.....

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3% of Ukraine’s vegetable exports to Crimea blocked
According to the Rosselkhoznadzor Office for the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, the supply of all kinds of food from Ukraine to Crimea is implemented in full and without any delays from the Russian side; however, about 3% of Ukrainian vegetable exports do not meet the necessary safety requirements and.....


Russia bans import of Moldovan fruit
On 18 July, the Federal Service for Phytosanitary Surveillance of the Russian Federation (Rosselkhoznadzor) banned the import of Moldovan fruit, including apples, pears, quinces, apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarines and plums.The Rosselkhoznadzor has also restricted the import of plant products from.....

European Commission sets new MRL levels for two disinfectants
The European Commission (EC) has lowered the maximum residue levels (MRLs) for two disinfectants used in the food industry, with the new regulation due to enter into force next year.As a result, the fresh produce trade may need to adjust its current usage practices or explore the use of alternative.....


Italy: Difficulty in finding avocados
"People usually eat more avocados in the summer months, and this year is no exception," explains Claudio Gorini from AL.MA., a company specialised in the import and distribution of fresh, exotic and counter-seasonal fruit."Sales have not increased with respect to last year and, in addition, we are finding it.....


Fruit and vegetable professionals meet in France
Headed by Jean-Louis Géraud, professionals from the ''fruit and vegetable'' sector met around a table. Relationships between the professionals are often tense. The meeting created a dialogue between the producers, marketers and large retailers at a time when Tarn-et-Garonne production (melons, peaches,.....

Multi-million pound boost for British food industry as public sector told to buy local
The government has announced a new and improved food and drink buying standard, which means from 2017 central government will commit to buying local produce. Overall, up to £400 million could be spent on food and drink sourced from the UK.Currently, government, hospitals, schools and other public sector.....

Russia: Chelyabinsk gives fund compensation to greenhouse complex
Regional funds compensation for Agapovsky Greenhouse Complex: 10 million roubles.Village Agapovka in Chelyabinsk region. The funding of the biggest greenhouses of the region was promised by the Head of Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Sergey Sushkov, this week. Among the biggest are Agricultural complex in.....


Ecomarkets and farm markets instead of supermarkets in Moscow
Generally speaking, it has not been long since a civilized market segment started to develop in Russia – first shopping malls appeared in the end of the noughties. Before that, Russians had no option and went to markets, both flea and food. Gradual reduction of market fraction in the structure of retail.....

Belarusian scientists develop potato drink recipe
Belarusian scientists named their fragrant and sweet potato drink "Mikola". They say there is nothing like it in the world market.Olga Koloskova, Researcher of the Scientific and Practical Center of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus for Foodstuffs, Ph.D.:"Potatoes are boiled under pressure. They.....

Italy: First prices for the Borsa Patate di Bologna
On 10th July 2014, the Borsa Patate di Bologna quoted the first prices for the packaged produce with reference to the 2013-2015 framework agreement stipulated between the regional Appe and Assopa POs and the trade parts of the agreement.The first quantities of fresh potatoes started being collected this.....


Europe: Researchers examine how much fruit and veg school children eat
Less than every fourth child in Europe have enough fruit and vegetables included in their daily diet, a study by Swedish researchers at örebro University and Karolinska Institutet shows. The findings are a part of an EU-funded study and are presented in Public Health Nutrition today.- It is time to act, says.....

Migros will grow it's own greenhouse vegetables
On July 14th the Swedish retailer Migros announced that the group plans to build a greenhouse, reports lematin.ch. The greenhouse must be built in the Swiss state of Wallis, which lies within the Collombey-Muraz municipality. It will be heated only using waste water from the incinerator SATOM SA in Monthey......

Joop de Hoog, Friskom
Cucumber price revival, but one swallow doesn't make a summer
The cucumber market has seen a revival this week. For the first time this season, an improvement is seen in Dutch and Belgian prices, Joop de Hoog of Friskom says. Today, prices for size 30 cucumbers on the free market are around 25 cents. The 35-sized ones go toward 33 cents. The 40-sized ones are a few.....


Israeli produce prices increase due to war in Gaza
Fresh produce prices continue to skyrocket today, due to Operation Protective Edge. The wholesale price of tomatoes has jumped 47% since the beginning of the operation, and its price this morning was NIS 6.5-6.8 per kilogram. Melon is up sharply, more than 180%, with a wholesale price of NIS 5.6-6.0 per.....


Oceania


AU: Supermarkets to make healthy snacking easier
While Australians are still not eating the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables, research shows the fastest growing consumer trend is healthy snacks.Australia is following Europe's lead, where sales of snacking vegetables grew by 337 per cent over three years, between 2009-2011, in the.....


KIKU® apples displayed at PMA convention in New Zealand
At the recent PMA convention in Auckland, KIKU® apples were displayed by one of the licensed KIKU® partners from New Zealand. After previous events in Melbourne and Sydney this convention has emerged to be an important platform in Oceania. Meantime the recent Auckland conference managed to draw a record.....

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High-flying kiwi hurting SMEs
Many small businesses are being left exposed to currency fluctuations by failing to adopt adequate hedging policies, PwC advisers say.It is tough going for export businesses with the New Zealand dollar recently sitting above US88c, just short of its post-float high of US88.42c in 2011. Last week it came back.....


AU: Almondco celebrates robust growth
Since its launch 70 years ago, Almondco Australia remains a pivotal part of the Australian almond industry, with 85 per cent of growers nationwide having their almonds processed and marketed through the cooperative.The business has gone from strength to strength in recent years on the back of prices touching.....

NZ kiwifruit growers welcome boost to Horticulture Industry
New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated (NZKGI) has welcomed the Government’s plans to get more Kiwis into seasonal work, and its decision to increase the annual Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) cap to a total of 9000 workers.NZKGI President, Neil Trebilco, says this boost to seasonal workers is.....


Africa


Indigenous vegetables ‘boost food security in Nigeria’
Indigenous vegetables grown by rural farmers in Africa have the potential to improve food security, nutrition and incomes on the continent, researchers in Nigeria say.In a paper presented on underutilised vegetables project in Nigeria during the Research to Feed Africa Symposium in Naivasha, Kenya, last.....


Cameroon exported close to 133,000 tonnes of banana in first half of 2014
According to the Cameroonian Banana Association (Assobacam), close to 133,000 tonnes of bananas have been exported since the start of 2014. The largest of these exports is that of Société des plantations du Haut Penja (PHP). With 55,518 tonnes exported on June 30, 2013, the Cameroonian subsidy of Compagnie.....

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Tanzania: Pasteurizer, juice making plant to help mango farmers
In a move to create a stable and lucrative domestic market for small scale farmers engaging in mango and other tropical fruits production, the Tanzania Agricultural Productivity Program (TAPP) has donated a pasteurizer and juice making plant worth 80,000 Euro (Tsh184million) to a local liquid food processing.....

Ghana, France to deepen trade ties
France plans to increase its trade in the country, which is currently about US$1.7billion, its Ambassador to Ghana has announced. France’s Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Frédéric Clavier, was speaking at the reception to celebrate the French National Day in Accra.“This Chamber is going to raise the level and.....

Ghana: Fare hikes increase price of commodities
Following the announcement by the commercial transport unions that transport fares should go up by 15 per cent, commodity prices in some markets have gone up, the GNA Market Watch team has observed. However, Market Watch did not find a direct “15 per cent increase in commodity prices as it had been with the.....


Industrialization nourishes food security
Xu Shouzhi and his 12 colleagues are typical of many groups of Chinese workers operating across Africa today. The 63-year old from Qingdao, in eastern Shandong province, is in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, to build a cashew nut processing factory."It is exactly like our factory at home," he says. "All.....


World


Tilbury wins CMA CGM North Europe-Med service to meet demand
Tilbury’s London Container Terminal (LCT) will cement its burgeoning position as a UK hub for the shortsea intra-European trades today when it welcomes CMA CGM’s 2,800teu Santa Bettina to the port.The call comes after Tilbury won the UK port-of-call status for the French carrier’s FEMEX1 service, which.....


BioSafe Systems introduces complete potato storage protection programme
Following research and development, BioSafe Systems offers storage solutions which include environmentally sustainable protection with a complete line of potato storage products.OxiPhos, a broad-spectrum bactericide/fungicide, is used to protect potatoes from pathogens such as Bacterial Soft Rot, Early.....

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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, says a study."This could be a breakthrough in our understanding of why lipoic acid is so important and how.....


Stonefruit hard work for Washington growers
With the speed of a Vegas card cheat, Amelia Beltran flashes through her work packing apricots.The 26-year-old single mother, one of the fastest packers at the Valicoff Fruit Co.’s stonefruit shed, receives them in buckets, sorts them by size and cranks out roughly 150 boxes per day. And like the rest of her.....


New freight train from China through 5 countries in Central Asia
Early morning, July, 16th, the first “Made in Chengdu”-freight train honks the horn and departs from the Chengdu Railway Station to Central Asia. The freight is due to arrive in 5 countries of Central Asia in 9 days.According to Van Bingvay, the CEO of Logistics company of “Chengdu-Central Asia”, this train.....


Retail

The rise of Aldi and Lidl looks unstoppable
It may already be too late for Tesco and Sainsbury's
It shows the intrigue surrounding the brand, and highlights the potential for Aldi to grow sales.Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons have allowed the interest in Aldi and Lidl to develop as families have looked for ways to battle declining household incomes. Now there might not be anything they can do to.....


Junk food sales ploys 'bolt' into produce aisle
Bolthouse Farms, the baby carrot kingpin recently purchased by Campbell Soup Co., has announced plans to broadly expand into everything from kids fruit snacks to kids smoothies. It will set up "healthy snacking" stations in the produce sections of major grocery store chains that bundle together these.....


Market Basket fires 8 employees amid protests
At least eight Market Basket employees were fired Sunday, including organizers of a protest that has targeted the grocery chain in recent days by workers pressing for the return of ousted president Arthur T. Demoulas.Seven of those fired received a letter that arrived by courier, according to the employees.....

UK: 'Coupon Kid' compares supermarket prices for fruit and veg
A recent report highlighted that, due to bumper crops, our fruit and veg is cheaper this year than last. Farmers are experiencing a boosted harvest, resulting from ideal rain and sun conditions, which should mean lower prices in the supermarkets - although the overall price of food is increasing.Some fruit.....

Competition for online grocery shopping customers
AmazonFresh, the online delivery company’s expansion into grocery sales, has grown beyond the firm’s hometown of Seattle and into Los Angeles, with plans to go as far as possible with the delivery network available to it. At the same time, Google is trying to get its own Google Shopping division to move into.....

Walmart to expand network in India
Walmart Stores infused more funds into its Indian cash-and-carry operations in June to expand the network, taking the world number one retailer's total investment in the country to nearly Rs 2,000 crore and underscoring its renewed optimism about business prospects in the country.Funds amounting to Rs 6.23.....

Things won't stay this way; an interpretation of Costco in Spain
On 15th May 2014, the American chain Costco opened the doors of its first store in Spain, in the former ‘City of the Image’, Seville. The store is a warehouse club, a retail format in which customers form part of a kind of shopping association.To fill the 140 employment positions at the Seville store,.....


Lidl to set up first Australian stores in 2015
The success of German supermarket chain Aldi is encouraging other international competitors to come to our shores, with German supermarket, Lidl, set to open their first Australian stores in 2015.Lidl are currently sourcing a Melbourne location for their Australian expansion next year, according to.....

Kroger cuts energy use by 35%, ramps up sustainability efforts
The Kroger Co. has reduced energy use in its stores by 34.6 percent since 2000, saving more than 2.5 billion kilowatt hours (kWh). That’s enough electricity to power every home in Charlotte, North Carolina for a year — or the equivalent of taking 362,000 cars off the road for a year. The largest supermarket.....



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