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Focus on packaging and promoting healthy eating
Record year at PMA Fresh Summit 2014
Last weekend the PMA Fresh Summit was held in Anaheim with a record year of over 22,000 attendees. Besides the amount of attendees, companies use this show also to introduce new packaging, varieties and/or innovations.Click here for the photo reportOn Friday the winners of the PMA Impact Award were.....


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Big growth for Fruit Attraction
Fruit Attraction 2014 was held from October 15 to 17. With 800 exhibitors, the fair had grown quite a bit compared to last year. The exhibition room had also grown by a quarter. Fruit Attraction was organized by IFEMA and FEPEX for the sixth time. It is clearly gaining an increasingly international character.....


"We are happy we got that decision right a few years ago"
Adrian Scripps chose not to invest in pears
Adrian Scripps began farming in 1960 on a traditional Weald of Kent hop and fruit farm. A philosophy of re-investment and expansion from the beginning means that the family based company now farms 750 ha and is one of the UK’s largest fruit growers, growing 300 Ha of apples, 30 Ha of Conference pears and 75.....


Heider Cabral, Abanorte
Brazil: "Biggest challenge for Jaiba lies in logistics"
Abanorte is a Brazilian fruit growers association with about 2,400 producers under its umbrella, including cooperatives, local associations, companies and individual growers. It produces about 1,400 tonnes of fresh fruit every day only in the Jaiba region of Minas Gerais.According to Heider Cabral, marketing.....


Good prospects for the Australian summerfruit season
The season is set to commence in November, and run through to April/early May, according to John Moore, CEO of Summerfruit Australia Ltd.“It has been a good growing season so far, and we expect this to continue. Summerfruits are grown nationally however the main growing regions for our fruit is in north.....

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US (CA): Pear season winds down
Pear growers in California were picking the last of their fruit this week, as the state finishes up its harvest. Production is expected to be less than that from the previous season, as harvesting was ahead of schedule for most of the season.“Typically, we have fruit into November and December,” said Chris.....


Italy: Table grape prices dropped by 20-30% in a week
The good prices recorded a month ago in wholesale markets are a distant memory. "Prices have gone down now, regardless of whether it is Sicilian or Apulian grapes," explains Riccardo Bargellini, sales manager and co-owner of Gobbi Gino snc.Many producers are starting to get ready to stock the produce in cold.....


South African stonefruit season starts well at Fruits Unlimited
“The expectations for this season are good. There was a little of cold/ hail damage in some areas, but the volumes look normal,” says Jako van Lill. “We should start exporting nectarines this week and the apricots should be here in around 2 weeks. The plums should be ready in about 4 weeks, and we are.....


Russia invests in storage
Polish apple growers welcome in Kaliningrad
Time and again, reports on agriculture investments in Russia talk about the lack of storage facilities to get through the winter months. Where a lot of money is invested in new cultivation projects on the one hand, storage is a particular problem. Regions that can, in principle, be self-sufficient, are.....

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U.S. lettuce exporters urged to explore options in Japan
Japan’s fresh-cut vegetable market is growing despite the fact that the country’s overall vegetable consumption continues to decline. Since the early 1980s, the food service sector’s development and efforts to reduce costs have led to the growth of the cut vegetable market for industrial use.Today, a set of.....

US (CA): Brussels sprout harvest met with good demand
The main part of harvesting got underway late last month for California's Brussels sprouts growers. Early on, their vegetables have been met with strong prices spurred on by good demand.“The market has been very nice” said Steve Bontadelli of Pfyffer Associates. “We've had increased demand from our regular.....



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Salvi ready for new kiwi season
Family company Salvi from the Italian Ferrara has existed for over 100 years. Now the Salvi group controls the entire chain from cultivation to sales. The company is now even developing its own varieties through research bureau C.I.V. and is researching better cultivation methods. 1000 people work in the.....

Greenhouse tomatoes prices soar in Ukraine
According to the latest data, prices for greenhouse tomatoes have reached a peak this year. Based on the recent information, local tomatoes producers continue to raise vegetables costs on Ukrainian vegetables market. Tomatoes prices have gone up to 20% this month in Ukraine. At the current moment prices for.....


Turkey: Disaster-hit farmers' debts suspended
The debts of farmers to Ziraat Bankası and agricultural credit cooperatives will be deferred for one year under a Cabinet decree on the suspension of the debts of farmers who have sustained damage from natural disasters, according to a statement by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Husbandry.The.....

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Italy again first in Europe for PDO, PGI and TSG products
Of 1,241 PDO, PGI and TSG products recognized by the EU 266 are Italian, of which 103 are in the cereals, fruit and vegetables category.As evidence of its excellence in the fruit and vegetables sector Italy is once again the first country in Europe for PDO, PGI and TSG products. Of 1,241 products recognized.....


Redarling on the move for tasty sprout delivery
Two new extended 15.5m refrigerated trailers, distinctively branded with Redarling livery, are now delivering fresh, high-quality produce across the UK for Lincolnshire-based brassica and vegetable growers, Staples - and will be the primary movers for the exciting red Brussels sprout variety from.....


Malta: Rise in final agriculture production
Final agricultural production in Malta last year increased by 1.2 per cent to 140,310 tonnes, according to the National Statistics Office.In a statement published on the occasion of World Food Day, celebrated yesterday, the NSO said final agricultural production in 2013 was 1.2 per cent higher than in.....


World's deadliest spider found in Waitrose bananas
A South London family went bananas after the world’s most venomous spider was delivered to their home in a bunch of fruit. Once they managed to trap the lethal creature - which measures the size of a human hand - they watched it rip off its own leg to escape.The Brazilian wandering spider was inadvertently.....

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Oceania


Range of mango varieties now available to consumers as season heats up
The mango harvest in the Northern Territory is heating up and consumers now have access to a range of varieties with farms now picking R2E2s, Calypso and Kensington Prides.About 55,000 trays were trucked out of the Darwin region last week.Boyd Arthur, from the Australian Mango Industry Association, says.....


Acclaimed UK chef slates NZ apples as flavourless
Kiwi apples have been slated by an acclaimed British-based chef as flavourless and full of sugar. Raymond Blanc, who has received two Michelin stars for his Oxfordshire restaurant Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, said New Zealand apple varieties including Gala, Braeburn and Jazz were only tasty because of.....

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Irradiated Australian produce likely to be in stores soon
Irradiated fruit and vegetables from Australia are likely to go on sale here as early as next year. Importers have welcomed the move but growers say the products could be used in fruit drinks without consumers' knowledge.Queensland's Department of Agriculture has applied for permission to irradiate 11 fruits.....

AUSVEG confirms Gold Coast will host 2015 Convention
AUSVEG has announced that its National Convention will be returning to Jupiters on the Gold Coast in 2015, bigger and better than ever. “AUSVEG is delighted to announce that the 2015 National Convention, which is the biggest event in Australian Horticulture, will take place at Jupiters on the Gold Coast,”.....


NZ: Source of Yersinia outbreak remains unclear
The source of an outbreak of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis which has sickened at least 127 people in New Zealand remains unclear, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).The agency said there have been no further confirmed cases since the first week of October and noted a peak in September. 38.....


Africa


Uganda goes bananas
A new banana value addition factory recently launched by President Museveni in Bushenyi, in Western Uganda, is set to provide a ready market for over 400 farmers.Sources say their economic status will substantially improve. Uganda is one of the top five biggest banana producers in the world.The Ush68 billion.....


World


Could Dutch potatoes solve world hunger?
The lack of fresh water is probably the biggest problem facing our planet and these salty spuds could be the solution.Sometimes even the biggest and most life-changing things start from a single seed, and in this case, the seed is that of a Dutch potato. Marc van Rijsselberghe, a 59-year-old organic farmer.....


Maersk line to raise freight rates by over 100 percent
Container shipping company Maersk Line, a unit of Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk, plans to raise freight rates sharply on main routes from ports in Asia to ports in northern Europe, with effect from Nov 1.Rates for twenty foot equivalent unit containers (TEU) will rise by $900, Maersk Line spokesman.....

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New record of 22,400+ attendees
PMA hosts largest gathering of fresh produce and floral industry in Western Hemisphere
2014 brought a record year on multiple records for the annual Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Summit with 1,090 exhibiting companies occupying 265,300 net square feet in Anaheim, California this past weekend. Highlights were bountiful as the show returned to the golden state, and included a focus.....


Retail

Apple Pay coming to Wegmans Lehigh Valley stores
Wegmans Food Markets Inc. will be one of the first supermarkets in the nation where customers can pay with Apple Pay.Apple Pay is a new mobile service that Wegmans customers will be able to use starting Oct. 20 – a convenient way to pay for groceries and pharmacy items. Wegmans has three stores in the.....

Whole Foods to launch first national ad campaign amid high competition
Whole Foods Market is preparing to launch its first national marketing campaign as the chain battles for market share — and fights against its "Whole Paycheck" image among some shoppers.Despite the grocer's impressive growth and highly loyal clientele, analysts say the Austin, Texas-based company faces.....

Costco seeks China path that avoids Wal-Mart's potholes
By selling directly to Chinese consumers on Alibaba's platform, a move announced Tuesday, Costco Wholesale Corp. aims to employ local knowledge and a low-cost structure to avoid missteps that caused even the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., to stumble.Many global retailers opening in China.....


US: AmazonFresh same-day delivery is about much more than groceries
Amazon.com Inc. is extending its AmazonFresh grocery delivery program to New York. It will first offer its same-day and morning grocery delivery in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with more areas to follow, it says.Amazon is moving into a competitive area where even existing supermarket chains are having trouble.....

Russia: X5 Retail Group launches new Perekrestok store concept
X5 Retail Group has launched a new Perekrestok supermarket concept in Moscow and acquired a local chain in the Samara region.New supermarket conceptAfter a successful relaunch of Pyaterochka discount store concept, X5 Retail Group has launched a new Perekrestok supermarket concept in Moscow. The store.....


Retailer Okay opened first store in Orenburg
Russian fast moving consumer goods retailer Okay opened the first store in Orenburg. According to the representatives of the company, the hypermarket is located in the shopping mall “Kit”, occupies an area of 11,630 square metres with sales area of 7,600 sq. m. The range of the goods accounts for more than.....

Supporting access to better food
Canada: Sobeys Inc. launches Better Food Fund
Sobeys is proud to today unveil the Sobeys Inc. Better Food Fund, which aligns its community investment activities to the Company's mission of helping Canadians Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better.The next step in Sobeys' better food journey that kicked off last fall with a partnership with Jamie Oliver,.....

AEON Malaysia targets RM250,000 sales in Japan
Aeon Co (M) Bhd is targeting to achieve RM250,000 sales for 158 products made in Malaysia in conjunction with the Best of Malaysia (BEM) programme 2014.Its Senior Manager, Corporate Communications and Branding, Nor Laila Mohd Samin said the fourth edition of the programme which started Friday until October.....

Germany: Metro Group posts reported sales of €63 bln in FY 2013/14
German department store operator Metro Group's reported sales came in at 63.0 billion Euro during the financial year 2013/14. Adjusted for the disposal of company operations, mainly Real's complete Eastern European business, sales were down by 1.1% year-over-year. Further, exchange rates moved in a.....

UK: Sainsbury’s and Waitrose add charity dimension to Christmas campaigns
Major retailers, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, will be adding a charitable dimension to their Christmas TV advertising campaigns this year, throwing down the gauntlet to other biggies to follow suit.Waitrose is calling on the nation, and its own staff, to lend their voices to its Christmas advert this year in a.....

UK: The week ahead: all eyes on Tesco
All eyes will be on Tesco on Thursday when it delivers its interim results.This will be the first presentation by Dave Lewis, the new chief executive, since he was parachuted in last month to turn the retailer round. Investors will want to hear more about the £250m black hole Mr Lewis found in Tesco’s books.....

Tesco executives could face prosecution in South Korea
Tesco executives in South Korea potentially face prosecution over allegations that the retailer sold customer data.The growing scandal in South Korea, Tesco’s biggest market outside the UK, is a further headache for the company as it battles against falling sales and the discovery of a £250m accounting black.....

Walmart’s Mexico Chief to Leave Next Year
The CEO of Wal-Mart de Mexico, widely known as Walmex, the publicly traded arm of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will step aside next year according to reports. Scot Rank will assume a position as vice-chairman of Walmex. The company has not yet named a successor but says it will do so soon.Earlier this month a.....



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