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Friday, August 22, 2014

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Northwest pear industry revised crop estimate to 445,144 tons
With harvest currently underway, representatives of the Northwest pear industry have officially updated their initial projections for the 2014 fresh pear crop yield. Reports of a crop of excellent quality have been confirmed from all corners of the pear growing regions in Washington and Oregon, and the.....

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UK-grown watermelons in Tesco stores
A UK supermarket is stocking British-grown watermelons for the first time following a successful crop nurtured by a student. Joe De Pascalis, 19, convinced his boss at S&A Produce, based in Marden, Hereford, that he could grow the crop.Tesco, which has put them on sale, said it did not think people would.....


Update Dossier Russia: In Europe more competition through decreasing prices
Russia: More import from Central Asia means more drugs
News appear every day in the international press about the Russian boycott and the implications for certain countries or producers. Europe has to search for new export markets and the surpluses, for example in Poland, threaten to be detrimental for growers across Europe. In Russia, it appears that the.....


Tim Riley - Giumarra and Kevin Fiori - Sunkist
Partnership and the right marketing plan way to global expansion
Tim Riley, president of the North American company Giumarra, and Kevin Fiori, VP of Sales and Marketing of Sunkist USA, took part in a session entitled Global opportunities abroad, in which they outlined their companies’ strategies for international growth and how they tackled some of the obstacles along the.....


US (WA): Looks like a record cherry crop
Another record year for cherries? It sure looks that way.This week, shipments by the region’s growers hit 23.4 million boxes to surpass the previous record of 23.1 million set in 2012, said B.J. Thurlby, president of Northwest Cherry Growers.“And it’s not only a huge crop,” he said. “The quality is amazing,.....

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Brazil’s planted area for apples for 2014 to decrease 2 percent
Brazil’s total planted area to apples for 2014 is estimated to decrease to 37,579 hectares, a 2 percent decline from the previous year, as the planting of new trees is limited by the higher costs of production. The reason for the reduction in the area is the eradication of old orchards,.....

Chile’s peach and nectarine production to recuperate
Chile’s production estimates for peaches and nectarines are expected to recuperate after a 40% drop compared to last year caused by heavy frost last September. Cherry production and exports will expand significantly as large areas of newly planted orchards are coming into production and weather conditions.....

Japanese cherry production expected to increase to 19,500 MT
Favourable growing conditions in 2014/15 will drive increased production of Japanese cherries and peaches. However, as the greying Japanese population continues to shrink and per capita fruit consumption remains stagnant, prospects for future market growth appear limited. Japanese fruit consumption:Since the.....

US (CA): Early end to avocado season anticipated
Warm weather and a lack of water have contributed to a year in which the avocado season in California has consistently been ahead of schedule. With the season winding down, the next few weeks will see the state's growers finish harvesting the majority of this year's crop.“The season usually ends around the.....

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South Tirol apple harvest starts with Gala variety
It that time of year again. The apple harvest has started in South Tirol, reports the website southtyroleanapple.com. The apple growers here traditionally harvest from mid August to mid November. Once again this year the season starts with the harvest of the variety Gala. Due to ideal cultivation conditions.....



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Germans bought more fresh vegetables in the first half of 2014
At 36.1 kg per person, the German consumers have bought around 3% more fresh vegetables in the first half year of 2014 compared to the same period last year, the German Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) reports on its website. The average of the last five years was also exceeded by 1%. Due to the.....


Czech Republic: 400 tonnes of peppers wasted in Kounice
Desperate Czech growers have to throw away hundreds of tonnes of their peppers. Retail chains, claimed to purchase products from Hungary and the Netherlands, are blamed for it. In the meantime, Czech vegetables are left to rot in the fields."The reason why we see rotting peppers in our fields is that many of.....

Peter Damen, KCB: quality a priority
"Vegetable quality pretty decent in week 33"
"In week 33, quality of most products was pretty decent. Perhaps due to some stagnation in trade, I saw produce that wasn't exactly fresh any more." That's what Peter Damen, quality specialist of the KCB, writes."Tomatoeswere of good quality, but showed damage sometimes, causing this good quality to become a.....

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New high for irregular bell pepper season
Bell pepper prices have gone up in the past few days. This is caused by decreasing productions, Benny Cuypers of LAVA says. And yet, it's still not enough to save the season. "It fluctuates more than the past years.""Production has decreased somewhat, giving the market breathing space, causing prices to go.....

BLE market report week 32
German apple market not satisfying
There was already a lot of European harvest of apples on the wholesale markets in Germany in week 32. This was reported by BLE. Of the first of the new harvest were the domestic Boskoop, Gravenstein, Alcmene, Gala and Jamba were present. Gala and Jerseumac, Elstar and Ozark Gold came from France......


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Spain: COAG demands plums to be granted EU aid
The agricultural organisation COAG believes that the funds granted by the European Union (EU) to assist horticultural producers affected by the Russian ban are "insufficient," and has called for plums to also be taken into consideration.The regional secretary, Juan Moreno, says that the non-inclusion of.....


UK: Crops destroyed by "once in a lifetime" storm
Growers in the Vale say they have been left hundreds of thousands of pounds out of pocket after wild summer weather caused severe damage to their harvests of fruit.At what should be a celebratory time of year for fruit growers, with the Pershore Plum Fayre set to take place on August Bank Holiday Monday,.....

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Croatia: Minister says stolen apples are not a risk to public health
Agriculture Minister Tihomir Jakovina said on Thursday that there was no reason for alarm or danger to public health following the theft of apples from an orchard close to Krizevci which were previously treated with pesticides, but that it would be good to establish where the apples had ended up and that if.....


How much are berries and mushrooms in Yakutsk, Russia?
August is the season of mushrooms and berries. This year the wild strawberries in Yakutia have had a good yield. Also there is a good harvest of blueberries, red berries and blackcurrants, and in the north, cloudberries. Keep up with the Queen of the Yakut Forest - cranberry. On the main food market in.....


Greece: Tons of peaches given to charity
The Greek Agricultural Development Ministry announced on Tuesday that the tons of peaches left in refrigerators after the Russian embargo to Greek producers, will be distributed to charities, churches and other organizations, helping vulnerable social groups.Greek farmers want procedures to begin immediately.....

Frédéric Rosseneu of Europatat:
"Allowing seed potatoes is well-understood self-interest"
Yesterday, Russia decided to remove certain products from the boycott list, including seed potatoes. According to Frédéric Rosseneu of Europatat, allowing these products was 'well-understood self-interest'. "It was definitely not out of compassion for Europe. I think they drafted the list a bit too hastily,.....

The Netherlands is Europe's leading exporter of frozen french fries
The Netherlands is responsible for almost one-third of Europe’s total production of French fries and other frozen potato dishes, according to the national statistics office CBS.This means the Netherlands is Europe’s leading seller of frozen potato products. The Dutch themselves ate the equivalent of 18 kilos.....

Switzerland: 'Gemüsekultur Beerstecher' celebrates centenary
This year, Swiss family enterpriseBeerstecher AGcelebrates its centenary, German website Fruchthandel.de reports. Beerstecher produces more than 3,000 tonnes of vegetables each year, both in open ground and the greenhouse. The largest vegetable garden of Zurich will celebrate its anniversary on Sunday,.....

PotatoEurope 2014: 220 exhibitors from 13 countries
The DLG (Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft) can announce an excellent sign up result for the international open air exhibition 'PotatoEurope', which will take place on the 3rd and 4th of September 2014 at Bockerode in Springe-Mittelrode at Hannover. 220 exhibitionists from 13 countries will present a.....

Germany: turnover of organic vegetables has remained stable
In the first six months of 2014 private households in Germany bought 2.1 kg of organic fresh vegetables per household, reports the German Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI)on its website. This is an equal amount to the same period last year. However, there were shifts in the assortment. Although.....


New project to revolutionise potato farming
A technique that regroups data supplied by satellites and drones will help to achieve a better yield. This could be used here by 2017. This is explained by the reporter and cameraman, Sébastian Propète and Alain Hougardy. “In the future we will see engines flying over the countryside’s fields” says.....


November, 25, 2014 at the Crieff Hydro, Scotland
Potato Council announces growers’ event SIE14
The biennial Seed Industry Event (SIE14), to be held on November, 25, at the Crieff Hydro, will focus on key issues from seed certification and emerging overseas markets through to potatoes for processing and retail.SIE14 is a one-day strategic potato industry conference, hosted by Potato Council at one of.....


Holfeld Plastics and Produce Packaging
“Together we can act, react and make an IMPACT”
Holfeld Plastics is now the leading supplier of soft fruit punnets to Produce Packaging, a division of the leading National agricultural and horticultural input advice and supply company, HL Huchinson with a turnover in excess of £150m.Produce Packaging’s specialist packaging team advise growers on the best.....


Defra clarifies new EU greening rules - but confusion remains
Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has announced further details of what the new CAP greening rules will mean for English farmers – while calling on the EU to provide urgent clarity on the outstanding issues and review the three crop rule.The new guidance aims, within the constraints set by Brussels, to.....


Norway: Number of growers in Løten down by 50% in 15 years
A recent study has shown that the Norwegian municipality of Løten has had the strongest decline in the number of agricultural growers in the period from 1999 to 2013. Last year, Løten registered a total of 115 of producers, compared to the 197 units registered in 1999.Løten has also seen a much greater.....


Germany: good harvest prospects for fruit and vegetable growers
German fruit and vegetable growers expect a good harvest in 2014 overall, German website Proplanta.de reports. For asparagus, strawberries and lettuce, the season started very early this year because of the weather conditions. For apples, strawberries, cherries, plums and berries, the harvest quantity and.....


Dutch horticulturists: plans not realistic
Russian horticulture must grow by 2,000 hectares by 2020
The Russian demand for greenhouse vegetables has increased so much in recent years that despite the growing domestic area, the import also grew. Over the next few years around 2000 hectares of greenhouses will have to be built with subsidies. The country will have to produce 1.7 million tonnes of greenhouse.....

Russian Federal Sanitary and Phytosanitary Service announced
Vegetables supplied into Ural region grown with chemicals
Inspection of 15 vegetable stores followed the numerous complaints of local people. The results are 60 tonnes of gone-off zucchini from Adygea, rotten onions from Volgograd and Kazakh melons dangerous to health. In Sysertsky district the pesticide level in soil was exceeded by almost 49 times; 22 tonnes of.....


Russian Kuban needs more greenhouses to substitute vegetable import
Taking into consideration the Russian ban of imports, the head of the Kuban region Alexander Tkachev “sets the task to double and even triple the agricultural production." The Krasnodar region, as the largest agricultural region, for import substitution needs to increase the area of greenhouses in five times.....


Sigfrido Molina, manager of Sigfrido S.L.
Positive prospects for Spanish mango campaign
The Spanish company Siegfried S. L., based in Malaga, is facing the Spanish mango campaign with optimism given the crop's good development, favoured by ideal weather conditions since the fruit's flowering stage."This season, unlike last year, the mango harvest will be plentiful and will certainly exceed.....

France: Fruit and veg prices falling
After two years of rising prices, the cost of fruit and veg in France has fallen this summer according to a survey.The average price of fruit dropped 12% compared to last year, while the price of vegetables has fallen 3%, according to the study by Familles Rurales, published in La Croix.Last year, farmers in.....


Oceania


AU: Hard work brings rewards for Uralba banana growers
The Simpsons, of New South Wales' Uralba Valley, feel a very special connection with their family-run banana enterprise. That might because their historic link with the land they manage extends back eight generations - to a time when the valley was full of rich red cedar and a tangled web of rainforest.Today.....

NZ: Seeka doubles first-half profit
Seeka Kiwifruit Industries, the fruit grower and coolstore and packhouse operator, has more than doubled first-half profit as challenging trading conditions and rising costs were offset by gains from the sale of its cornerstone stake in Opotiki Packing and Cool Storage.Net profit rose to $1.48 million in the.....

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Orchardists to save on electricity bills
AU: Cost-cutting to bear fruit
Energy consumption accounts for a huge proportion of production costs in Australian orchards, creating a massive financial burden on fruit growers and seriously impacting their overall profit margin.Thanks to Apple and Pear Australia’s (APAL) Watts in Your Business seminar at Caernarvon Cherry Co on.....

NZ: Bay economy 'only two star'
The Hawke's Bay economy scored just two out of a maximum five stars in the ASB/Main Report Regional Economic Scoreboard for the June quarter, based on measures such as employment, construction, retail trade and house prices. The report measures economic growth compared with the previous quarter.It said.....


AU: Queensland grower looking at exotic loquats as off-season crop
A Central Queensland grower is branching out in to an unusual fruit crop for the off season. Ian Groves grows mainly lychees and mangoes at Bungundarra, near Yeppoon. For the last five years, he's been growing loquats - a small, sunshine yellow fruit that's best eaten whole and fresh."The good varieties have.....


New president of the International Society for Horticultural Science:
"Life would be 'boring' without horticulture"
Queensland scientist, Professor Rod Drew, is urging politicians of all persuasions to pay attention to the 'sleeping giant' that is the horticulture industry. Professor Drew has made the plea while taking the reins as president of the International Society for Horticultural Science."Agriculture supplies.....


AU: Relocation of wholesale market causing growers, traders to leave industry
Fruit and vegetable growers and traders are leaving the industry as the protracted relocation of the Melbourne Wholesale Market drags on. The market's move from its Footscray home to Epping in Melbourne's north has been the subject of intense debate and controversy over the past decade, and traders are still.....


Africa

Tunisia: Production of table grapes put at 137,000 tons
According to forecasts of the Ministry of Agriculture, harvest of table grapes for the 2013-2014 season is estimated at 137,000 tons against 132,000 tons last season.The production of grapes for processing is estimated at 37,500 tons (270,000 hectolitres of wine). The average production of grape for.....

Tunisia increases its fruit export by 47.9 percent
This year, Tunisia is seeing an enormous increase in Tunisian fruit export compared to 2013 figures. According to the Agriculture ministry of the country, fruit export increased by 47.9% quantity-wise, and 43.8% value-wise, compared to the same period in 2013. From the start of the season until July 7, 2014,.....

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Guinea Bissau is world’s fourth-largest producer of cashew nuts
The president of the National Cashew Agency (ANCA) in Guinea Bissau, Henrique Mendes, said the country is the fourth-largest producer of cashew nuts after India, Ivory Coast and Vietnam.Speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa, Henrique Mendes also said that annual production of cashews in Guinea Bissau was.....


World


Broccoli eaters get more out of life
In an intriguing finding, researchers in New Zealand have found a link between eating a lot of fruits and vegetables and experiencing the aforementioned pleasures, which collectively fall under the heading of eudaemonic well-being."These findings suggest that fruit and vegetable intake is related to other.....


Research presented at International Horticulture Congress
Study finds berries could stimulate ‘anti-obesity’ and help people lose weight
Eating berries might be the secret to losing weight, new research has found. The study will be published in the prestigious international journal GUT this month and found that cranberry extract could decrease weight gain.Professor Yves Desjardins has said that the study focused on phenolic compounds found in.....

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Bogota, Colombia Sept. 28-Oct. 2
Potato growers sought for Colombia trade show
The Latin American Association of Potato (ALAP) Congress is being held in Bogota, Colombia Sept. 28-Oct. 2.The U.S. Potato Board (USPB) will have a U.S. seed potato booth at the trade show and would like seed potato growers to join USPB employees at this biennial event.The ALAP Congress brings together Latin.....


Zespri at Asia Fruit Logistica Hall 3 Stand H-01
"Japan is our number one market for volume and value"
Zespri has participated in Asia Fruit Logistica for the past 15 years, "This is one of the most important trade fairs in our annual calendar," says Simon Limmer, General Manager Grower & Government Relations and General Manager China for Zespri. "It’s a fantastic opportunity to catch up with all our.....


Scientists try to build tomato that grows 24 hours a day
Tomato plants need their beauty sleep. If they don't get about eight hours of darkness, yellow spots appear on their leaves and the plants start to die. This isn't typically a problem for casual gardeners, but for growers who work overtime to increase yield by putting the plants under artificial light, the.....


Retail

What’s next for Trader Joe’s $80M C. Fla. industrial complex
Now that Trader Joe’s owns a 76-acre swatch of land in Daytona Beach, the niche grocery chain is moving forward with plans to build its $80 million, 800,000-square-foot regional warehouse and distribution facility.Monrovia, Calif.-based Trader Joe’s related Trader Joe’s East Inc. last week closed on the.....

Giant’s City Market at O store wins design award
The Giant at O Street Market in D.C.’s Shaw neighbourhood opened to “oohs and ahhs” last fall, with its historic two-story architecture, wine and beer bar and huge selection of prepared foods. Now it’s been recognized with a national design award.Progressive Grocer is giving its award for best overall design.....


Gino van Ossel on Albert Heijn Vlaanderen (Part 1)
"Customers drive far to get to an AH"
In March 2011, the first AH was opened in Belgium, and in July 2014 the 23rd store opened its door. How is Albert Heijn doing there? Are they really the cheapest in the country? How have they been able to grow so fast, and how do competitors react to their coming? Retail expert Gino van Ossel shines his.....

BJ’s Wholesale Club joins EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge
BJ’s Wholesale Club is the first wholesale club and the most recent participant in EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, a national initiative aimed at encouraging businesses and institutions to prevent food waste.BJ’s operates 203 Clubs in 15 states from Maine to Florida.Sending food waste to a landfill represents.....

Carrefour first to open in revamped BurJuman wing
A new 5,780 sq m Carrefour hypermarket is set to open on Thursday at BurJuman, becoming the first store to open for business in the Dubai shopping mall's remodelled North Wing.Work started more than a year ago on a major renovation of BurJuman Shopping Mall which will also add a 14-screen Vox Cinemas.....

Nakumatt plans initial public offer in Kenya within 5 years
Nakumatt Holdings Ltd., East Africa’s biggest retail chain by outlets, plans to start trading on the Kenyan stock exchange within five years and cross-list in the region, Managing Director Atul Shah said.The Kenyan company will sell a 20-per-cent equity stake early next year to fund expansion, Shah said by.....

Queen of Shops gets behind Teddington Sainsbury's campaign
Queen of the high street Mary Portas has pledged her support to a campaign to stop a supermarket giant "taking over" Teddington.Sainsbury’s was granted permission, on appeal to the Planning Inspectorate, to open a store at Calligaris Interiors, High Street, after its application for the site was refused by.....



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