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Thursday, September 03, 2015

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Waiting for arrival of Mexican blackberries
Weather conditions for blackberries have not been very favorable over the last few months. “Many domestic production regions of the delicate berry were affected by heat,” says Evan Pence with Berry Fresh. “In Oregon and Washington for instance, the heat has been relentless.” Due to a tight domestic market,.....

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Demand for Tommy Atkins mango variety decreases
Ready-to-Eat“-Mangos popular at UNIVEG
Mangos are, not only in Germany but worldwide, the most loved exotic fruit. And they have become a standard fruit in every fruit and vegetable stand. “The demand for ripe and fibre-free mangos has grown in the last three years,” explains Inke Steffen of UNIVEG Germany. “The customers changed their shopping.....

Total Produce posts higher half yearly revenues and profits
Fresh produce distributor Total Produce has reported higher revenues and adjusted pre-tax profits for the six months to the end of June.The company said its revenues for the six month period rose by 9.2% to €1.73 billion, while adjusted profit before tax increased by 11.5% to €30.3m.The company said that a.....

Giorgio Spinetti (Top Melon)
Italy: Canary yellow melons available September and October
"Our melon campaign will continue throughout September and October with canary yellow melons, which will replace the netted varieties. 2015 has been quite positive - it started slow because of the delay on the early varieties but June and July were good due to the hot temperatures, which supported.....

US(NY): Good volumes, anticipating sweet apple crop
As the apple harvest in New York ramps up, growers are anticipating volumes in line with what the state normally produces. Some growers had to contend with less water this season, and, as a result, fruit sizes could skew smaller this year, however the very hot weather has contributed to high sugar levels.“A.....

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Chilean 2014-15 blueberry, cherry season breaks records
This season the Chilean Blueberry exports reached a record figure of 92.200 tons, passing the previous record of the 2012/13 season (87.079 tons). With respect to the shipments distribution per market, the U.S. continue leading, although every year with a lower share than the previous, going from an 85% in.....

Ecuadorian Banana plantations sold to Japanese company
Russian Bank VTB published the information about the assets sale of the JFC group Vladimir Kekhman (Bonanza), Ecuadorian banana plantations, which it obtained after the bankruptcy of one of the largest Russia’s fruit importer.In 2014 VTB group acquired 100% of shares Fideicomiso Pacific Plantations, the.....

Syngenta to sell vegetable seeds, buy back shares
Swiss agricultural chemicals group Syngenta AG plans to buy back more than $2 billion (1.31 billion pounds) worth of stock to boost shareholder returns after rejecting a takeover approach from Monsanto Co, selling its vegetable seeds business to fund the measure.The world's largest pesticides company is.....


German company to strengthen year round sales
Kedem Group, an Israeli company, has a marketing company in Germany which acts as a marketing arm. “We are a strong player in the organic market”, explains Tal Kedem from Kedem Hadarim. “Most of our activity is with Israeli products in the European winter.” As a result there is a lack of summer activity to.....

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Lyfruits gaining ground in the pomegranate market
"There is an interesting gap for Smith pomegranates in September"
The Valencian company L'Agües&Yagua has kicked off the pomegranate harvest with the Smith, Acco, Valencia and Mollar varieties and will soon start also with the Wonderful. The goal is to market the fruit in Europe, particularly in France and the UK, where the company has reached agreements with various.....

Exclusive import Brazilian grapes from GVS brand
The overseas sister of Port international, Port International FRUIT, will exclusively market GVS grapes from Brazil once again this year. The first quantities are loaded in the 36th calendar week.As one of four marketers outside of Brazil, the company from Hamburg imports GVS grapes from Brazil again.....


US: "The perfect snack size to just toss in the lunch bag"
This September, Orangeline Farms, the growers of Zing! Healthy Foods, is taking a refreshing look at the most basic of lessons. Zing! Healthy Foods is helping parents pack a crunch when it comes to their kids’ lunches this school year. Their award-winning Sweet Mini Peppers provide a great new flavour and.....


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$6bn Tesco Korea bid nears completion | Costco sales decline
Auchan to cede Arcimbo: combines “drives” with fresh produceAccording to Lepoint.fr, on Monday, Auchan announced their intention to divest their “Arcimbo” store, which opened in the Paris area in 2013 and which combined “click and collect” with the sales of fresh produce, as it does not offer a “viable.....



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Murcia, Almeria, Granada and La Rioja guarantee broccoli supply
Summer is the season when the majority of broccoli growing companies temporarily stop their production, as the warm weather and low rainfall make it difficult to obtain premium quality harvests. Some of those with the right temperatures and altitude needed to however take the risk in order to supply the.....

Ireland: Retail value of prepared fruit, veg sector up 10%
The retail value of the Irish prepared fruit and vegetable sector has increased by 10% year-on-year to €90m, according to Bord Bia.Market research carried out by Kantar on behalf of Bord Bia for the year ending March 2015 shows that the majority of fresh produce sales are in the non prepared format.However,.....

Sicily: gray mould may have become fungicides resistant
Gray mould, caused by Botrytis cinerea, is one of the most serious fungal disease of table grape (Vitis vinifera L.) worldwide. This pathogen is responsible for heavy losses in one of the most important Italian areas for the table grape production (Mazzarrone - Sicily) an area that has been recognized by the.....

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Bananas for Germany
Volker Ribniger from the Westphalian city of Hamm is a pioneer of the organic cultivation of bananas in Costa Rica.He runs a plantation at the border river to Panama, close to the Bribri site in the region of Talamanca. There he grows around 250,000 perennials on 130 hectares. Ribniger harvests around.....


Siep Koning, NFO: "Situation very sour"
The calamity after the Dutch storm
Yesterday the growers started to inventory the damage done by the hail last Sunday night. 60 companies have now reported their damage to hail damage insurer OFH. Gert Jan van Dijkexpects most to be in by now. "All the reports are from top fruit growers and there may be a few more companies today who decide.....


Lucien de Wit, Sous Fresh:
"Always a revival on the grape market mid-September"
The sales of Italian grapes have been more difficult recently than in the past few weeks. "We had a very good start, but at the moment the market is a bit calmer," says Lucien de Wit of Sous Fresh. Yet he remains optimistic about the course of the market. "The necessary retail offers are in the offing. But.....


Spain: Declaration of disaster area by severe hailstorm requested in Aragon
August came to an end Monday in a destructive way in the Spanish region of Aragon. After weeks recovering from the previous hailstorm, registered in mid-July, another very severe one took place in Bajo Aragon and Matarraña. Hail the size of ping pong balls caused severe damage and panic, especially in.....

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Wholesale Cesena market
Italy: Slow sales and low prices for table grapes
"We expected a better season and did not think sales could be so difficult. There is too much fruit on the market - peaches are still available and local Royal Gala apples are early," explains Riccardo Bargellini from Gobbi Gino. "Italia grapes"The Apulian table grape campaign started twenty days ago and.....


Erik Kieftenburg, Fruit Noordholland:
"We have a strong trump card with the Conference pear"
Although the fruit production in North Holland wasn't hit by hail, the weather conditions have left their mark on productions. "Particularly with plums, quite a bit was rained out, and yields are much lower," says Erik Kieftenburg of Fruit Noordholland in Zwaagdijk. "We're also in the middle of the Delcorf.....

Almeria
Melons generate just 1 cent per kilo at origin
Melon growers in the province of Almeria have only earned a cent per kilo from their work, according to estimations by Hortoinfo based on data from the Andalusian Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development and its Prices and Markets Observatory.Taking Galia melons as an example for the.....

Focus on global horticulture sector
Van Nifterik sells tree nursery department and fruit cultivation sector
Supplier Van Nifterik Holland has reached an agreement in principle for the sale of the tree nursery department and fruit cultivation sector. The Van Wesemael, Agro Buren and Agro de Arend group of companies is buying the two departments. All employees will keep their jobs.The current team leader of the tree.....

Italian merger creates third biggest European tomato group
A merger between the Casalasco Rivarolo del Re (CR) consortium with ARP (Piacento United Farmers) has created the largest Italian and third biggest European tomato group.The two shareholders' meetings have given the go-ahead for the creation of a group that will, in terms of production capacity, become the.....

Hapag-Lloyd continues on positive course in first half of 2015
Merger with CSAV is expected to deliver USD 100 million higher synergies than targeted. Strong operating results and significant increases in transport volume and revenue driven by the merger.In the first half of 2015, Hapag-Lloyd increased transport volumes and revenue as well as earnings. The volume growth.....

General assembly cancelled
Chairman of the Palatinate supervisory board resigns
The extraordinary general assembly of the Palatinate market, September 2, 2015, was cancelled. The re-election of all members of the supervisory board and advisory council should be left to the coming official general assembly, which will decide on the new election of the committee members anyway, because of.....

New partners for KÖLLA Hamburg & Natura
According to news reports Brigitte Gallinat and Dirk Lange are the new partners of Herbert Scholdei at KÖLLA Hamburg & Natura.Gallinat and Lange are now stakeholders of KÖLLA & Co. Herbert Scholdei, CEO of KÖLLA Hamburg, will continue to hold 50 percent of the KÖLLA shares.


French farmers invading Paris with army of tractors
For months now, French farmers have been protesting declining food prices and cheap imports while demanding assistance from the government. Now, they are bringing their grievances to the French capital. They have even adopted a Twitter hashtag: #1000tracteursetmoi.Hundreds of tractors were on the move.....


shipment destined for Delhaize
30 tonnes of Spanish melons on Brussels Ring
At the exit from the Brussels inner ring to Zellik, a truck went off the road early yesterday morning. The transport was loaded with nearly 30 tonnes of Spanish melons, destined for the Delhaize distribution centre in Zellik. The accident happened just before 3 AM. The driver and his passenger were trapped.....

More potato fields flooded in the Netherlands than in Belgium
Potato prices drop back to normal level
Most of the potatoes are still growing. According to Bart Nemegheer from the 'Aardappelhoeve', they were spared, in terms of how much rain they received, in comparison with the Netherlands, "In the Netherlands the situation is worse. Many fields were flooded by the rain. What is going to happen to the.....

C.H. Robinson names new Europe Operations President
C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., one of the world’s largest logistics companies, has announced that Jeroen Eijsink has joined the company as President of C.H. Robinson Europe, B.V. Eijsink will report to President and Chief Executive Officer John Wiehoff.“C.H. Robinson’s clear strategic focus on growth.....


Takii creates sunflower display at Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum and Takii & Company, LTD (Takii Seed) are pleased to announce the sponsorship of the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam for the upcoming three years, becoming the museum’s exclusive Sunflower partner. 2015 marks the 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh’s death and in honor of this milestone.....

Afrucat and ACCIÓ organized trade mission to Singapore and Malaysia
Afrucat, the Business Association of Fruit of Catalonia, and the sales office of ACCIÓ in Singapore have organized a trade mission to Singapore and Malaysia this September. The mission, funded by ACCIÓ, will have an agenda with meetings with local business contacts, large importers and distributors, purchase.....

Turkey: Retail industry wants VAT reduction on fruit and veg
A leading representative of the Turkish retail industry seek a deduction of the value added tax (VAT) for fruit and vegetables (as well as red meat, bakery products, olives and olive oil) from the current 8 percent to 1 percent with the goal of boosting the industry's development, creating more jobs and.....


Israeli growers protest: “The government is out to end us”
Hundreds of Israeli fruit and vegetable growers and their supporters staged peaceful protests in three different locations across country, blocking intersections with tractors and marching along major roads. Their cause was to protest against the new legislation proposed by the Israeli government, which.....

Greece: Peach growers request more free distribution
On Wednesday 2 September, representatives of peach producers of northern Greece requested an amendment to the regulation for the free distribution of fruit and vegetables to people in need, with an increase in the allowed volumes eligible for disposal. Beneficiaries of the products should include.....

Fresh produce from the Saxony region
Schmidt: Direct marketers benefit from proximity to customers
Minister of agriculture Thomas Schmidt has encouraged the direct marketers of agricultural products, to compete with the food retail trade and play to their own strengths. “The farm shops or stands on the weekly market have many advantages compared to the supermarket,” the minister said on Saturday (August.....


Hydroponic greenhouse in Yozgat, Central Anatolia
Yozgat supplies tomatoes for Turkey's big cities
In Yozgat’s Sorgun district, Central Anatolia, cluster tomatoes are being cultivated hydroponically, inorganically and without the use of hormones, while making use of the district’s geothermal hot springs; the tomatoes produced are being sent to big cities such as Ankara, Istanbul, Bursa and.....

Wind and rain caused damage
Turkish fig harvest delayed a week
The Hamburger import company Micheal Priestoph received new information about the fig market from Turkey.The "Crop Estimation Committee" has concluded its study about the production areas. And the following can be reported:The fig harvest of 2015 is estimated at 74,505 metric tons (+/- 5 %). The previous.....

Gold seen more as a summer fruit than Green
Zespri SunGold sales booming
The New Zealand kiwi season has flown by. Nele Moorthamers from Zespri says that they are very happy so far, "The SunGold season, in particular, went quicker than was originally planned. Sales for the Gold variety have been, and are, booming. We see that this product appeals to the consumers, both in terms.....


Oceania

AU: Wet winter bodes well for asparagus growers
After this year’s exceptionally cold and wet winter, the asparagus season is here and it’s expected to be a good one.The winter rain, combined with spring sunshine, will encourage the emergence of the spears from the crown of the plant, which has been lying dormant beneath the soil during winter.More than 95.....

Grower 'confident' to diversify following grant funding
Citrus farming is becoming bigger business in Queensland, and Nick and Lissette Bligh, of Bounty Farms, are set to take advantage of the opportunity for expansion in the Murray-Darling basin, with a $100,000 grant fund to support the diversification of the land into permanent citrus crop. “Citrus.....

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AU: NT largest citrus grower to triple orchard size
The Northern Territory's largest commercial citrus grower is planning to triple the size of its lemon plantings.Sevenfields farm, in the Venn district near Katherine, grows 30 hectares of lemons, eight hectares of red grapefruit and a sizeable crop of mangoes.Farm manager, Tim Byllaardt, said Sevenfields.....

Royal Adelaide Show
AU: MasterChef onions on show
Onions Australia will team up with 2014 MasterChef Runner Up Laura Cassai to showcase the aromatic flavours of onions as part of the SA Taste Pavilion at the Show. Laura will host two sessions showcasing SA produce, at 1pm and 3pm, in conjunction with Onions Australia CEO Lechelle Earl.Laura, one of the.....


World


'Pickme' pomegranate arils to be shown at Asia Fruit Logistica
Sam Agri - India, the pioneer in Ready-To-Eat fresh Pomegranate Arils, has launched a new brand "Pickme", followed by new types of eye catching easy to handle packaging.<br><br><iframe width="460" height="259" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1kRrIZePEhM?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0".....

Hapag-Lloyd presents full reefer range at Asia Fruit Logistica
Hapag-Lloyd presents its full range of specialized services for fresh fruit and vegetables at this year’s trade fair Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong. As one of the leading global players in the container shipping business, the Company will attend the fair with its expert team and booth in order to.....

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VOG displays wide range of apples at Asia Fruit Logistica
South-East Asia is a rapidly expanding market of extreme interest to apple exporters. With this in mind, this year VOG will once again be participating at Asia Fruit Logistica. Over the 3-day event, the Consortium will be displaying its wide array of apples at the EOS stand in pavilion 3 (stand W-23)......


Retail


SA Woolworths appoints CEO | Auchan reports 'resilient' global H1
$6bn Tesco Korea bid nears completion | Costco sales decline
Auchan to cede Arcimbo: combines “drives” with fresh produceAccording to Lepoint.fr, on Monday, Auchan announced their intention to divest their “Arcimbo” store, which opened in the Paris area in 2013 and which combined “click and collect” with the sales of fresh produce, as it does not offer a “viable.....



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