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Friday, July 03, 2015

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Elizaveta Nikolaeva of Global Fresh Trading:
"Banana is a commodity product, so people will always buy bananas.”
With about 2,000 banana-producing hectares in Ecuador, Global Fresh Trading exports bananas to Russia and Europe. Though competition from neighboring producers and complications from the Russian ban on European goods has caused some challenges, they've continued to export around 400,000 boxes of bananas per.....

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Polish apple prices up
Counter to what many believed would happen at the start of this year's apple season in Poland, prices for apples are high. Despite concerns about the effects of the Russian embargo on prices, the season is ending on a high note for Polish suppliers. “A lot of apples were sold to processing and a lot of.....

US (CA): Water shortage affects melon business
The prolonged drought in California will likely take a toll on the state's melon production, especially in the Central Valley. If water shortages continue, melon production could shift to other growing regions where water is more available.For Milas Russell, President of Sandstone Melon Company, water.....

Eating quality, good storage gives South African topfruit edge over competitors
South African apple exports are up as much as 17% to Europe, and 32% for the UK (end of June), while pear exports are down between 11% and 18%. “We’re down on the previous year but the previous year was a record. It was still a good enough crop, so it’s all still relative,“ explains Jacques Du Preez, of.....

FruitFactor introduces FruitRangers, the new fruitbrand for children
Ready-to-eat kiwis will be followed by mandarins and bananas
From week 23 onwards a new brand can be found in supermarkets. FruitFactor, based in Ridderkerk, developed FruitRangers. The brand targets children from the age of three to nine years old and focuses on education and adventure. Eating fruit is not only tasty and healthy but also cool.All products within the.....

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Johan Bytebier:
Belgium: "Lettuce prices increase fivefold in one day"
The Belgian lettuce market finds itself in a bizarre situation. The past months, the growers' prices were around 10 cents, while on the first of July, it rose to just over 50 cents, and on July 2 it even increased to 72 cents. "Incredible," Johan Bytebier says, surprised. "It's been so bad since April, I had.....

Weather conditions cause shortage of Thai mangoes
According to Mr Nattapon Suewatanakul, owner of Siam Fresh, a company devoted to the supply of tropical fruits from associated growers, demand for Thai mangoes has been fine so far."Production has been bad, as due to climate change there have been shortages of water and raw materials and the season arrived.....

Wilfred Mohr, Consul General, Hong Kong:
"Doing business in Hong Kong is easier than in China"
Hong Kong and the Netherlands have a lot in common, geographically - as a gateway to bigger hinterland - but also in terms of people. "The mentality is similar. Dutch people and Hong Kong Chinese are internationally oriented, open-minded and eager to learn, and they have an eye for business deals. Both have.....


FAO: boycott caused shift trade flows
"Insufficient results boycott for Russia"
According to the FAO, the main consequence of the closed Russian border is a restructuring of the global trade flows. According to an adviser to the Greek exporters, the door to Russia is really locked, and the country has to look for growth without this market. In Russia, critical voices are heard, saying.....

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Increase in smoked garlic acreage in Arleux, France
The Association of smoked garlic producers from the Arleux region have held their general assembly. Whilst the number of producer members in the group remains stable (7 subscribers and 2 supporters), acreage is increasing every year. It has gone from 12.75 hectares in 2013, to 13.5 hectares in 2014 and now.....

Carrefour launches their Quality Line coeur de boeuf tomatoes
The first ‘coeur de boeuf’ tomatoes from Carrefour’s new Quality Line are now available in 1,200 Carrefour Market hyper and supermarkets. This new line was announced in May and is a partnership with the cooperative Rougeline (in the Lot-et-Garonne). Five producers from Rougeline are expected to produce about.....


Enough grapes available
Grape prices put customers off
The German grape trade competition is fierce. Increased supply from all over the world and high prices in the supermarkets cause problems for the traders. “It is a difficult situation at the moment,” states a large German importer from Düsseldorf, “The grape trade isn't going too well. We imagined the season.....

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Germany: Expected cherry yield 2015 just below long-term average
The German fruit farmers expect 50,700 metric tons a cherry harvest just under the average of the last decade. And according to the first estimates of the German Bureau of Statistics (Destatis) an amount of 33,100 metric tons sweet cherries and 17,600 metric tons of sour cherries can be expected.The cherry.....


Success in 1st Red Fruits Congress
Planasa looking to obtain off-season strawberry variety
PLANASA, official sponsor of the First Red Fruits Congress, is greatly satisfied with the results of the event which has brought together 1,000 visitors, including producers and companies within the sector. PLANASA claims that interest in the event has been clear, given the full house at their conference and.....

Ukraine: Cucumber prices see sharp decrease
The Ukrainian market is currently characterized by a rapid decline in cucumber prices (in the western regions especially), according to Fruit-Inform daily price monitoring.Prices have halved at Shuvar Wholesale Market, Lviv, over a week: from UAH 8-9/kg (EUR 0.32-0.36/kg) in the middle of the previous week.....

Turkey: Organic cherries benefiting farmers and economy
For the first time in the western Turkish district of Kutahya, organic cherries are making an appearance on the market and pleasing the growers who are producing them.In the last few years, throughout Turkey the cherry market has been experiencing its worst seasons with cherries being bought for between.....

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Spain: Strong fruit demand, prices not recovering
Cooperatives have confirmed the current "strong demand" for summer fruits, driven by high temperatures that boost consumption, although prices have not yet reached the right levels to ensure profitability. This was explained to Efeagro by the President of Cooperativas Agro-Alimentarias, Cirilo Arnandis,.....

Monsanto CEO flies to Europe to meet Syngenta investors
Monsanto Co. Chief Executive Officer Hugh Grant will be in Europe this week and next to meet with Syngenta AG investors as he pursues a takeover of the Swiss pesticide producer.Grant, in his first European trip to lobby shareholders on the potential deal, will be accompanied by Chief Financial Officer Pierre.....


Problems in Mexico and Dominican Republic
Heat and fungus trouble organic limes
Summertime is cocktail time; in the hot sun everybody wants a cool and refreshing cocktail. For several sweet alcoholic drinks organic limes are often used. The untreated peel is an excellent ingredient for a cocktail. The Dominican Republic and Mexico are classic cultivation countries for the small green.....

France: potato prices stabilized
Potato prices in France stabilized late last week. Significant quantities have been delivered over the past 2 weeks. The fresh wholesale market closed with a few shipments from Nord/Pas-de-Calais, France to Romania, reports Fiwap.


Potato consumption in Spain down 12% in six years
The preference of large distribution chains to import old potatoes for storage, bought at low prices, has caused a 12% drop in potato consumption in Spain over the last six years. According to data from the Food Consumption Panel MAGRAMA 2014, Spain has gone from an annual domestic consumption of 1,147,000.....


AHDB Next Generation group explore potato processing
The AHDB Potatoes ‘Next Generation’ tour kicked off in Yorkshire last month, visiting two progressive Yorkshire based potato businesses. The day focused on processing, a star performer of the £4.1bn GB potato industry.The first session in Scarborough was hosted at the GB headquarters of McCain Foods. As the.....

Greek tomatoes pave way for increased exports to UAE
Greek tomatoes have paved the way of a new trade route between Greece and the United Arab Emirates, and there is also increased interest in other Greek fruits and vegetables. As explained to Agrotypos by Mr Michalis Vrettakis, responsible for the Greek Office of Economic and Commercial Affairs (ISD) in.....

Greece: Difficulties for marketing of perishable products
At the moment, fruit traders in Greece are facing significant difficulties in the transport of fresh and perishable products, such as peaches, apricots, cherries and nectarines, as a result of the "freezing" of financial transactions due to the closure of banks and restrictions on capital movement imposed by.....

using new generation denesting machines
Dörr follows new trend: packaging potatoes in cardboard trays
It is becoming more and more popular to package potatoes in cardboard trays. The trays come in the consumer measured quantities of one, one and a half and two kilos. Dörr Kampen is following this trend closely with their denesting machine. The new generation ofDörr denesting machines feature a specially.....


Portable CA test facility for fruit and veg
Besseling Group has built a portable, comprehensive CA test facility, commissioned by one of their Romanian distributors. The modular units will soon be transported to Romania where the system will be put into operation at a leading fruit and vegetable research institute. The research institute wants to use.....


IFCO SYSTEMS sponsors refrigerator truck
During a handover ceremony at the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Kappeln Burkhard Rautenberg got the keys for the much needed refrigerator truck. Burkhard Rautenberg is the manager of a food bank in Kappeln that provides food to people in need.The logistics company IFCO, known for their reusable fruit and.....

LEI Wageningen UR study:
Produce sector potential for food and nutrition security
Following the initial idea of the Topsector Horticulture and Starting Materials, an explorative study has been conducted by LEI Wageningen UR within the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) on the potential of the Fruits & Vegetables Sector for Food and Nutrition Security. Although there.....


Spain: Unemployment in agriculture up 3.6% in June
After three months with positive results, unemployment in agriculture has again entered an upward trend, registering a 3.6% increase in June. The number of people unemployed now stands at 202,456 people.The agricultural sector was also the only one in which unemployment increased compared to May, although.....


Oceania

Fiji: Good demand for pineapple export
There are provisions for a good pineapple export market for Fiji considering that New Zealand intends to import 500 tonnes of pineapple on an annual basis.This was revealed by divisional planning officer North Alipate Bolalevu, who said during the Seaqaqa District Development Advisory Council meeting.....


AU: Yuzu taking off for SA wholesaler
When all of a sudden diners see fruits such as pomelo or alpine strawberry, or vegetables such as purple potatoes or baby turnips spring up on trendy Adelaide or metropolitan restaurant menus, AMJ Produce is one of the main reasons they hit the plate. Husband and wife team Chris and Margy Abbot are the.....

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World

Bizerba presents new generation of checkweighers
The company Bizerba presents a new generation of checkweighers for controlling the target weight of packaged food. The four different versions of the checkweigher can be used for weight control of packaged products, but also for a completeness check at the end of the line, for product classification and a.....


Cédric Geens, W. Jonckheere:
"Stonefruit going well, prices not high"
The weather is good and stonefruit is selling well, despite the holidays and Ramadan. "Still, there are more than enough supplies on the market," says Cédric Geens of import company W. Jonckheere. "Supplies are very high. Sufficient volumes are coming in for nearly all the stonefruit. That's why prices.....

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Strawberries + straws = beautiful and practical
Strawberries with whipped cream, strawberries with sugar, strawberries with balsamic vinegar, strawberries with champagne - these are all great combinations. Now for one that is a little less obvious: strawberries with straws!With a straw through the hull of the strawberry you can make this bright, healthy.....


UK: AHDB releases 2015 first total potato plantings
The first estimate of total potato plantings1 for the 2015 crop year in Great Britain from AHDB Potatoes is 113,100 hectares. This is down 6.6% on the final 2014 planting figure of 121,100ha. This initial estimate is provisional, being based on a sample2 covering 64% of producers by area. As with all.....


Retail


New concept store in California | Albertsons to expand
Walmart Canada launches grocery pickup
Turkish supermarket Bim continues expansion to Morocco and EgyptAs reported by dunya.com, Turkish supermarket Bim has more than 5000 stores at home and abroad. They are now continuing their expansion in to Morocco and Egypt, according to figures from the end of last year, the company has a total of 162.....



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