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Friday, March 24, 2017

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OVERVIEW GLOBAL PEAR MARKET
In the northern hemisphere, there are currently pears from storage available. Last month, the World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA) published the updated stock figures. In Europe, stocks are lower than last year, but in the US there are more pears available for sale. In these countries, producers are.....


Israel: Year-round availability for edible flowers
The market for edible flowers is growing. A few years ago, edible flowers were mostly interesting to gastronomy, but by now, they can even be found in supermarkets. Consumers are buying them to decorate the dishes they make at home or for cocktails. “We supply our edible flowers to supermarkets in France and.....


Only citrus grower in South Africa to produce 12 months of the year
ALG Estates celebrates its 250th anniversary
ALG Estates celebrated its 250th anniversary at a dinner and award ceremony on 23 March 2017 in their packhouse, next to their new Greefa sorting line. They celebrated the Van der Merwe family’s farming activities in Citrusdal since 1776, when it was still the northernmost outpost of the Verenigde.....


Less demand but great quality for Moroccan strawberries
The strawberry season in Morocco is nearing its final stages. The peak of the season took place in December and lasted until January. According to Kaoutar Abouljalil of the export company Leader Morocco, the quality and prices of the strawberries were great, though demand was lower than last year. “I think.....


India: Grape exports suffer from quality issues and market surplus
The international grape market has been hit with huge volumes from Chile. According to Nandkumar Ahire of the Indian company Jay Agro Export, the season for Thompson seedless white grapes was coming along nicely, until the surge of Chilean grapes in the middle of February. “The volumes rose from week 3 to.....

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Working toward year-round asparagus outwith Dutch season
The Spanish asparagus season starts mid-February. For some years now, Teboza has been cultivating green and white asparagus in the Andalusia region. Additionally, the asparagus company started production in South Africa.A month before the first asparagus could be harvested in Spain, Will Teeuwen from Teboza.....

NZ: More kiwiberries to hit the shelves
Freshmax is focusing their 2017 Munch’n kiwiberry marketing investment on retail sampling sessions, social media, as well as PR tasting packs to journalists and food bloggers in the main and upcoming markets across Asia, as they are confident - once you try a Munch’n kiwiberry, you buy.The appearance of the.....


Namibia: Difficult conditions for date production
South African company ZZ2, started to produce dates in Namibia a few years ago. Dates take around four years to come into production and they are now starting to see the fruits of their labour."The date harvest took place in late February, early March. We are currently busy packing them," explains Clive.....


HanXiang Fruit and Vegetable Processing Agricultural Cooperative
China: Guizhou red-heart Kiwi prices rise
"The main production areas for red-heart kiwis are located in Guizhou, Shaanxi, Sichuan and Hubei Province. The production season of Guizhou red-heart kiwifruit is from mid August until the end of October. Compared to 2015, the total annual output of Guizhou red-heart kiwifruit increased by about 15% in.....

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FuturPera bets on the internationalisation of the product
Increasing awareness and the presence of the pear on the foreign markets, to promote its consumption and to achieve good prices for producers, are the main aims of OI Pera - Organismo Interprofessionale Pera (IO, Inter professional pear Organization) pursued through a series of initiatives such as FuturPera,.....


Italy
Agricola Bellia produces Radicchio Variegato di Castelfranco all year round
"It was 1969 when our father Elia started cultivating his first owned hectare," explain the brothers Bellia, currently the managers of family business "Bellia Claudio".Photo taken byTom Moggach: Claudio Bellia, who manages the company with sons Damiano and Francesco.Buying the land was an important.....


Italy: Geofur exports half of its radicchio
Cristiana Furiani, owner of Geofur (Verona), talks about the winter radicchio season. "The year was better than the previous one, although that was easy to achieve, considering the disappointing results of 2015/2016. We are very pleased with the quality. Prices could have been better on average, but they.....

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Orogel
Italy: January frost pushed up frozen product sales
The Orogel group ended 2016 with a turnover of €239.5 million - €213 million for the frozen segment (+10%) and €26 million for Orogel Fresco. There are now 1,845 employees. The investments to be carried until 2019, which had been calculated at €80 million, will now reach €100 million thanks to the update of.....


Nuts & chocolate consumption growing globally
According to a new survey, nuts and chocolate may be the perfect match. A survey done by the Almond Board of California (ABC) and Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) sampled 5,400 consumers, without nut allergies, from various countries and found that 70% of consumers prefer chocolate with nuts compared to.....


Amount of applied pesticides further decreased
The total amount of pesticides applied in agriculture and horticulture has decreased further, according to figures from the CBS.It is difficult to see in which fields profit has been made from the figures, which are divided into applications. In 2015, more kilograms were used to combat moulds, bacteria,.....


Fake fruit sensors measure shipment temperatures
On the long journey from the fruit plantation to the retailer's shelf, fruits can quickly perish. In particular, the refrigeration inside the cargo containers is not always guaranteed and existing methods for measuring the temperature are not sufficiently reliable. A sensor developed at Empa solves this.....

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Biolchim-Cifo agrees to buy 60% of Ilsa S.p.A.
The Biolchim-Cifo Group, based in the province of Bologna (IT), recently signed an agreement to purchase 60% of Ilsa S.p.A., a solid company based in Arzignano (province of Vicenza) producing and selling organic and organo-mineral fertilizers, bio-stimulants and products with specific action since 1956......

Fruit Logistica trend report predicts future changes to the industry
Who wouldn't want to peek into the future? The Fruit Logistica trend report "Fresh Produce Trade 2025" outlines perspectives for the produce industry. The report focuses on important business issues ranging from "What major changes do international experts see in the fresh produce sector?", to "Which topics.....

A third businessman was acquitted
Spain: Two businessmen sentenced for selling illegal seeds
Two of the three businessmen who had been accused of reproducing, marketing, and selling tomato seeds that were legally protected by copyright and plant variety rights, were sentenced to three months in prison. A third person was acquitted.During the hearing at the Criminal Court No. 5, the prosecution.....


Fyffes graduate video boosts recruitment programme
Tropical fruit importer Fyffes is advancing its 2017 graduate recruitment drive with the launch of a YouTube video in which last year’s successful applicants, currently on a two-years long overseas placement, discuss their experiences.All ten graduates chosen by Fyffes to participate in their 2016.....


Russia: 76 tonnes of Polish apples, Chinese cabbage and mushrooms destroyed
Smolensk customs officers have destroyed a large consignment of Polish products at the landfill site in the Rudnyansky district. They were four batches of banned goods totalling more than 76 tonnes: two batches of apples, one batch of Chinese cabbage and one of mushrooms. The product labelling revealed that.....

Moldova seeks abolition of customs duties on exports to Russia
Chisinau is seeking to abolish customs duties on fruit, vegetable, canned food and wine exports to Russia. This, according to RIA Novosti, was announced by Moldovan President Igor Dodon at a business conference held on 17 March in Moscow."The agro-industrial sector is facing several issues, with the first.....


Maersk launches enhanced container system for high-value fresh produce
Extending the profitable market reach of high-value perishables, Maersk Container Industry (MCI) has launched an extension of its established controlled atmosphere system. Effectively controlling the ripening process, the Star Cool CA+ system extends the market reach of sensitive low-respiring.....

Spain: Extremadura expects 14% more tomatoes
Extremadura's Tomato Board, which brings together tomato producers and processing industries, has outlined the prospects for the sector in the upcoming campaign. Despite a small reduction of the acreage, the production volume may increase by up to 14% compared to last year. This will be the goal, as long as.....


Results of 2015-2016 campaign
Anecoop grows by 10.7% in revenue and 4.8% in volume
At its General Assembly of partners, Anecoop has presented its main results of the 2015-2016 campaign before representatives of its 68 cooperatives and associated agricultural companies across Spain. The event counted with the presence of the Councillor of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of.....

EU absorbs 94% of Spanish horticultural exports
The distribution of Spanish fresh fruit and vegetable exports remained largely unchanged in January, with the EU accounting for 94.4% of the total, European non-EU countries for 2.5%, and other geographical areas, including America, Africa, and Asia, for 3% of the total, according to data from the Department.....

Samara, Russia now able to import fruit & veg from Ivory Coast
Samara Oblast, a region south-east of Moscow and not far from the border with Kazakhstan imports products directly from Ivory Coast.The Rosselkhoznadzor Regional Office (Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service) has stated that fruits and vegetables from Ivory Coast are allowed to enter the country only.....


Study finds 10% fruit and veg subsidy could save £7.2bn
According to a recent study, subsidizing fruits and vegetables by up to 10% could help encourage healthy eating habits in the UK. Economists say rolling out the scheme would cost up to £991 million but, over the course of a lifetime and across the population, could save a massive £7.2 billion.The 10% subsidy.....


MAC FRUIT ATTRACTION China will take place in Shanghai from 22 to 24 November 2017
Mac Fruit Attraction China has been created though an alliance of IFEMA and Cesena Fiera with VNU Exhibitions Asia. The event will take place in the framework of Horti China, a fruit and vegetable trade show to be held from 22 to 24 November 2017 at the Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of.....


Oceania


Zespri Chief says keeping up with technology is their biggest challenge
According to Zespri's chief executive Lain Jager, the biggest challenge facing kiwifruit exporter Zespri is not another plant disease dilemma but keeping up with rapidly changing technology.Jager has spent 17 years in the Tauranga-based kiwifruit grower co-operative and thinks there will be more.....

Australian grower develops first Australian nectarine variety
Michael Tranchita, a grower in Australia has developed the April Jewel, the first nectarine variety originating from the country. Thanks to the new variety, consumers can expect more locally grown nectarines on store shelves. “All the other varieties are made in America — this is the first ever nectarine.....

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Zespri backs government on reducing trade barriers
Zespri has announced its support for the governments plan to redouble efforts to expand New Zealands network of free trade agreements and improve access to markets for New Zealand exporters.Zespri Chief Executive Lain Jager says that Trade Agenda 2030, a refresh of New Zealand’s trade policy strategy, is a.....


World


AGQ Labs starts commercial activities in South Africa
AGQ Labs has just opened a commercial office in South Africa, where it will offer its services to the local agro-food sector and to multinational companies working in the African country."We have three technicians who will be in charge of both the technical and commercial part, providing assistance to.....


Capital punishment by country
Historically, capital punishment has been used in almost every country in the world. Currently, the large majority of countries have either abolished or discontinued the practice. Despite this, the United States is the only Western country to use the death penalty. As of 1 December 2016, of the 195.....

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AGCO names suppliers of the year
AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and infrastructure, presented eight supplier awards during its fourth annual AGCO North America Supplier Day, held near its global headquarters in Duluth, Ga.AGCO’s Supplier Awards ceremony is held as a celebration of outstanding supply.....


New Zealand sees stellar season for apples
New Zealand’s stellar season is proving why it is the best place in the world to grow apples, according to Pipfruit New Zealand's chief executive, Alan Pollard.Harvesting of the 2017 record apple crop is in full swing, with orchards across New Zealand’s apple growing regions a picture of red and green apple.....

AU: Late season leads to missed markets
The grape harvest in Australia's Sunraisia region started 3-4 weeks late, which led to Chile stepping in and taking some of the market share in Korea and Japan. Despite this, the majority of growers must be commended for not falling to the temptation of harvesting the grapes before they were at the ultimate.....


Retail


Lotte invests $192m in Chinese grocery | Ahold Delhaize to focus on Delheize in Belgium
Amazon, Big Basket & Grofers to invest $695m in e-grocery
Ahold Delhaize plans to make Delhaize ‘Belgium’s favourite supermarket’Ahold Delhaize has said that its ‘key priority’ over the next few years is to make its Delhaize Le Lion the ‘favourite supermarket’ for Belgian shoppers, ‘winning the hearts and minds of customers and become the best retailer in.....



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