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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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Australian berry practises to be used for new China venture
A new joint venture between Australian produce company Costa and US berry company Driscoll’s is set see the berry market grow even more rapidly in China and beyond.At the end of January 2016, the two companies released a statement announcing a partnership through which they will grow berries in China “to.....


Train to bring Polish apples to China in 14 days
Back in September and October last year, phytosanitary inspectors from China visited Appolonia growers, packhouses and orchards. Since then, the Polish and Chinese government have been working together to prepare an agreement between the two countries. With the option of faster transport via a.....

US: Pear supply strong and sparse, depending on variety
“Our domestic pear supply is dwindling,” explained Addie Pobst of Viva Tierra Organic. The Washington state company is dealing with sparse inventory as the supply of organic pears harvested in 2015 is running low and the wait for imports is beginning.“Very soon we will be into imports from Argentina,” said.....


Peter McBride - Chairman, Zespri
"This is about New Zealand Inc. working together to develop markets"
Last week at Fruit Logisitca in Berlin, Zespri and T&G signed an MOU which will see the two companies working together to market New Zealand products.The move has been approved by regulatory bodies and there is no issue of a monopoly according to Peter McBride Chairman of Zespri. The company has marketed.....

Fewer Israeli carrots, Orris in Europe
The European market will likely have fewer carrots and fewer Orris from Israel this season, though a drop in consumption may steady the market in the case of the former commodity. Israeli avocados are currently very scarce with high prices accompanying the commodity, and demand for grapefruit is expected to.....

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US(FL): Orange season still on track for lighter crop
The latest Florida citrus forecast put out by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has this season's production for the state as 29 percent lighter than last season's crop. The tangerine forecast improved, though production for that item is still expected to be less than that from the previous season.Orange.....

"The United States could also be hindering the process"
Spain: Political instability hampers protocol negotiation with China
With the farms already registered and ready, the stonefruit sector is waiting for the Chinese authorities to officially authorise the protocol that will allow the export of peaches, nectarines and Paraguayo peaches to this country. While the sector expects news in this regard later this month, the current.....


Nematodes hindering Dutch seeding goods export
Stonefruit, strawberries and lettuce burned and pulverised
The Russian inspection service Rosselkhoznadzor has intercepted various parties of fruits and vegetables from boycotted countries over the last few days. What is striking is that the stonefruit is from Australia. The inspection placed images of the products and the destruction on the website. The Turkish.....

US(CA): Strawberry demand exceeds supply
The supply of strawberries from California and Mexico has not been enough to satisfy current demand for berries. With the Valentine's Day pull, supplies have been stretched thin and prices are robust.“As we're getting into Valentine's Day, the market is getting stronger,” said Derek Sass with Beachside.....

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Worldwide: Unitec opens new branch in Turkey
"I eat a lot of blueberries and 10-30% of a punnet must always be thrown away - this does nothing to retain customers. In Chile, a company using our technology manages to ship their produce long distances and sell it at prices that are 20% higher than those of other suppliers," explains Unitec president.....



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UK: Vitacress fined £60,000 after employee loses fingertips in machinery
Hampshire bagged salad supplier Vitacress has been prosecuted after a modification it made to a bagging line was found to have led to a worker's injury.Basingstoke Magistrates' Court heard that in April last year a bagging machine operator had reached under the guard to pull film through the machine. The.....


Mooy Logistics has premier in the Netherlands
Nijssen realises ripening chambers for three pallets high
The extension of the Mooy Logistics logistic centre in Hazeldonk (Breda) will receive ripening chambers with a height of three pallets(three-tier ripening chambers). Nijssen Koeling will realise this Dutch premier in a building combination with American companyThermal Technologies Inc (TTI). The new building.....


Bayer recovered the melon's traditional flavor
Galkia, the latest novelty in Galia melons
Bayer officially launched Galkia, its latest melon innovation, at Fruit Logistica 2016. With this development, Bayer combines the melon's traditional flavor with the highest quality throughout the whole summer.Galkia melons in Fruit Logistica 2016Bayer's goal was returning to the traditional melon, with.....

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Brazilian fruit from Jaíba
Jaíba region expands to KADEWE
Quality fruit from the Jaíba region (Brazil) comes to Berlin.For three years SEBRAE and the fruit producers from the Southeast region of Brazil have been working on a strategy, to develop and differentiate the region and its products.The strategy of the Brazilian region has been created together with the.....


Carlos Amorós: "Its popularity is much greater than expected"
World's first certified organic coconut water
After three years of research and development,Genuine Coconut was launchedin the summer of 2015. It is certified organic coconut water delivered in its natural container: a coconut. The product is equipped with an easy opening system patented by the company, as well as a straw, to be able to enjoy the sweet.....

Spain: Castellon, almost 100 days without rain
The Spanish province of Castellon has registered virtually no rainfall for almost 100 days; a situation which, growers warn, is taking a negative toll on their crops, because it accelerates the production period.This is a situation that most other countries in Europe have also been suffering, given the.....

Spain: Almeria, world tomato capital
On Saturday 13 February, Almeria's Plaza Vieja will host the second edition of the Tomato Day, an initiative that aims to highlight the role of the province's flagship agricultural product.The Tomato Day, which was already held last year with great success in terms of participation and attendance, aims to.....

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Spain: Higher withdrawal prices intended to heal the market
Mr Andrés Góngora, provincial secretary of COAG Almeria and head for Fruits and Vegetables at national level, reported on Monday that the sector strives for the fruit and vegetable market to recover by means of management tools intended to boost prices at origin. The goal, consequently, is "not to obtain an.....

How do countries choose passport colours?
Countries can choose their passport colours for a number of reasons andalthough countries have the freedom to determine their own shade, in the past it hasn't always been an easy decision, reports dailymail.co.uk.It took nine members of the-then European Community (now the 28-strong EU) years to finally.....

UK: Crucial point potato season, good marketing necessary
The Agriculture and Horticulture DevelopmentBoard (AHDB) has said that although prices haveimproved over the past year, marketing is goingto be vital moving forward, as the season reachesa crucial point.Prices have grown on the year and have remained relatively steady in the opening weeks of 2016 but AHDB.....


Boost for UK crop science as NIAB and EMR join forces
Two leading UK crop research institutes are joiningforces to create a major new centre for appliedcrop science and innovation.East Malling Research (EMR) has become part of the NIAB group. This alliance, bringing together internationally renowned expertise in crop genetics, agronomy, environmental and data.....

Bolzano, 24 - 26 November 2016
Interpoma 2016 International apple trade fair
The biennial event of the international apple show,started in 1998, returns to Fiera Bolzano from24 to 26 November. For this special occasion,the 10th edition of the show, the trade fair will beeven larger, occupying the four areas of 25,000 sqm available, and visitors from at least 70 countriesworldwide are.....


Ludwig Blendinger
Mangos: shortage in airfreight products expected
The last shipment of mangos by air from Northern Brazil is expected this week. Manager Gerhard Dressel of the company Ludwig Blendinger explains: ”This last shipment is the end of the season in Northern Brazil. And our experience shows that it will be two or three week until the mangos in the south of Brazil.....

Greece's farmers' blockades costs exporters 30.8 mln Euro a day
Greek farmers have been protesting social security reform proposals since mid-January by setting up blockades at key junctions on the national road work and at borders that often last as long as 12 hours, preventing the passage of trucks carrying cargo as well as private vehicles. These blockades may be.....

Turkey seeks to strengthen ties with Eastern Europe
Given Turkey's situation after the veto imposed by Russia on its fruit and vegetable exports, the country is currently planning to strengthen its ties and cooperation with the countries of Eastern Europe.In this sense, Turkish companies prefer not to seek ways to export into Russia through third countries,.....

Bulgaria: Indirect damage from Russian veto much greater than direct losses
274 million Lev (140.16 million Euro) is the total loss suffered by Bulgaria's agriculture because of the Russian embargo on the export of the EU's agricultural goods, as announced by the Minister of Agriculture Desislava Taneva during a recent parliamentary control.Taneva instantly clarified that these are.....

Bulgaria: Potato growers in Smolyan affected by cheap imports
Tens of tonnes of potatoes in the Bulgarian municipality of Smolyan are at risk of spoiling due to lack of market opportunities and low purchase prices. These are the reasons why the number of potato producers in the area is falling every year.A major obstacle for the sale of the production is reported to be.....

Good performance, Greek fruit and veg exports
The export of Greek oranges and mandarins continued with a better flow and improved demand due to the favourable weather conditions in the destination markets.Some of the best rates were achieved by kiwifruit, with a small increase in demand from India (624 tonnes) and Indonesia (138 tonnes). There has also.....


Oceania

AU: Takeovers Panel issues Declaration of Unacceptable Circumstances
Brisbane Markets Limited (BML) has been advisedtoday, 10 February, that the Takeovers Panel hasmade a Declaration of Unacceptable Circumstancesand issued Orders in relation to the hostile takeoverbid by PMQ/VGI.The BML Board welcomes the Panel’s Declaration of Unacceptable Circumstances and Orders, which,.....

APAL: More to good profits than harvesting a good crop
For Apple and Pear Australia Limited, 2016beganwith a Post-harvest Seminar thatacknowledged the importance of post-harvest in delivering first class apples andpears. According to APAL, the 2016 crop looks like another good crop of apples and, following the devastating hail storms in the Goulburn Valley, a.....

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Otago NZ expects record cherry exports
Central Otago provides more than 90% of New Zealand's cherry exports, and as the season comes to an end, the industry is expecting record export volumes. Export statistics for New Zealand to the end of January show volumes reaching 3,000 tonnes and, with a few weeks of data still to be calculated, numbers.....

Controversy over AU minister's involvement in Vietnamese dragon fruit farm
The Northern Territory's Primary Industry and Fisheries Minister Willem Westra van Holthe has come under fire over his involvement with a Vietnamese company that is looking to make a large-scale investment in the NT and with whom he in turn planned to invest almost $600,000 in the proposed “Space Ship One.....

AU: Pecan industry set to expand
The expanding New South Wales nut industry has experienced unprecedented growth over the last decade, and is now set to benefit from ongoing research generated by NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI).Newly appointed DPI research scientist Jacquelyn Simpson, based at the Yanco Agricultural Institute.....


World


Genuine Coconut wins the 2016 FLIA award
An easy-to-drink organic coconut with patented opening and a straw - this is the product that won the 2016 Fruit Logistica Innovation Award (FLIA).The ceremony took place on Friday 5th February 2016 during the last day of the fair. Professional guests could also cast their vote.Genuine Coconut is 100%.....


Coagrisan chosen as Bama 'supplier of the year 2015'
Coagrisan, one of the producers of Fortuna Frutos, was chosen as 'Supplier of the year 2015' of Bama Norway on Thursday February 4 during the Nature's Pride dinner in Berlin. Representing Coagrisan were president Juan Jose del Pino, financial director Roman Diaz Gil of Coagrisan and director Gert-Jan Slobbe.....

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Good season for Mazzarrone PGI table grapes 30% increase
Giovanni Raniolo, president of the Mazzarrone PGI table grape consortium, talks about the 2015 season. "We sold around 1,500 tons, 30% more than 2014. It was a good year because we managed to achieve fair prices despite the high production costs and there were no weather problems."The bigger volumes were.....


Photo Reports Fruit logistica
Last week the annual Fruit Logisitca exhibition was held in Berlin. An ideal networking event according to many of the exhibitors. According to a press release from Fruit Logistica, they had a new record of more than 70,000 trade visitors from over 130 countries. More greenhouse suppliersIn the last couple.....


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Leaked papers unveil Amazon’s secret plans
UK urged to force supermarkets to give unsold food to the needy -Pressure is mounting on the UK Government to introduce legislation to ban supermarkets from sending unsold food to landfill, after France introduced a law that bans supermarkets from throwing away waste food. Now, charities are calling.....



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