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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

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Odd lime market as both prices and volumes high
Usually, prices are low when volumes are high, but for the current lime market in North America, both prices and volumes are exceptionally high. The market is coming down, however, and it's expected that good volumes through the summer will bring prices down to normal levels."The weird thing is that we're.....

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European apple season getting longer
Because of more late varieties and better storage techniques, European apple suppliers are stretching apple availability in Europe longer into the year. Rising freight costs and changing currency valuations have also diminished the presence of Southern Hemisphere fruit, further allowing European suppliers a.....


"India is hungry for premium quality fruit"
Indian Kailash Agro is looking to import apples
The Indian apple market is evolving into a more organized sector. New players are entering this nascent market every year. Global biggies like Del Monte, Capespan, Univeg have formed joint ventures with Indian companies to explore new opportunities. Mr. Kartik Jalan, a young entrepreneur and the CEO of.....

Israeli government policy causes peppers price to skyrocket
The Israeli peppers industry was once one of the strongest in the country, but in recent years it has hit a rough period with profits steadily dwindling due to overproduction and a poor outlook in the export markets. After much turmoil, roughly one year ago, the Israeli government enacted a policy to support.....


Willem van Rooij, Hispalco
“Slow start stonefruit season, increasing demand from Asia”
Due to the cold weather in Europe business was still rather slack at the start of the season. “We started with limited volumes, but demand is not very high yet. It is worth noting that bigger sizes are already available at the beginning of the season compared with other seasons,” Willem van Rooij of.....

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Vezet Convenience Nordic AB
Kramer & Sons and Total Produce Nordic in new Scandinavian joint venture
G. Kramer & Sons and Total Produce Nordic want to start a new company which will be active exclusively in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. On 26 April, the companies asked the Authority for Consumer & Markets (ACM) for permission for the joint venture which will be given the name Vezet.....


French parliament votes against sanctions
Inflation and consumer confidence drop in Russia
Iran wants to take over Turkey’s position on the Russian market. Tanzania also sees opportunities for export. President Putin recently visited Uzbekistan, where trade relations were on the agenda to be discussed, among other things. The Armenian apricot harvest turns out lower because of a cold March. French.....


Outrageously Fresh line designed to invigorate snacking category
At the CPMA show last month, SunSelect featured its exclusive jar bag. “A bag that has been designed to sit on kitchen counters, desks or in lunch bags,” says Mike Reed with SunSelect. The company has the exclusivity on the bag design and is currently packing grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and a mix of.....

Last grapefruit batches with stable prices
Spain: Lemon prices continue to increase
According to the price list of the Council of Murcia for week 17 (from 25 April to 1 May, 2016) published by Ailimpo, Verna lemon prices have gone up by 3 cents compared to the previous week and are sold for between 1.00 and 1.15 Euro per kilo at origin, with an average of 1.08 Euro per kilo.According to the.....

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Ends six-year battle
US: Supreme Court declines Pom Wonderful petition
On Monday 2nd May, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear POM Wonderful L.L.C.’s petition concerning a 2013 Federal Trade Commission ruling that found some of the company’s health-related claims to be misleading. As a result, the F.T.C.’s cease and desist order that was issued in January 2013 will stand.The.....


Aldi to source 100% sustainable bananas | Australia pushes Filipinos to buy its fruit
UK: Sales Big 4 all drop for the first time in a year
Greggs to introduce Fairtrade bananas to 350 shopsThe Fairtrade Foundation and leading food on-the-go retailer Greggs are proud to announce that from Thursday 5 May, customers will be able to buy Fairtrade bananas in 350 of its shops as part of the chain’s commitment to extending its healthy snacking.....



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Five containers of BelOrta apples to India per week
“India has much more potential than Canada”
BelOrta also participated in the economic mission to India at the end of April. Filip Fontaine, BelOrta’s manager, is happy about the visit and thought the Indians were just like the Flemish. “We understood each other: our thought pattern was similar. It all ran smoothly, the atmosphere was good immediately......


Objective is to promote them more on the domestic market
First Galatina new potato with PDO mark available
The "La DOP per la Patata Novella di Galatina: una straordinaria opportunità di sviluppo per il nostro territorio" convention ("PDO for New Potatoes from Galatina - an extraordinary opportunity for our territory") promoted by the Patate Novelle di Galatina PO, was held on 28th April 2016 Alliste, Lecce.When.....


Good quality and decent prices for agretti
The 2016 greenhouse agretti campaign would only reach a mark of 7/10 after three years of being 9/10. The popularity of agretti depends on the area - they are quite popular in central Italy but only a few people eat them in the north. They are cultivated mainly in Romagna and in the Fondi area in the Lazio.....

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Imports from South Africa, Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil
EC to review emergency measures against black spot
The European Commission (EC) has announced that it will review the emergency measures to strengthen the Community's protection against the black spot phytosanitary threat because of the citrus imports from South Africa, Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil.In mid-March, the Spanish citrus sector asked Brussels to.....


Rien Panneman: "Expected rise in convenience above 10% per year"
Construction started for Fresh-Care Convenience new building
In February 2015 Dammis van der Staay, Rien Panneman and Marco Klein discussed the tight housing of Fresh-Care Convenience during the Fruit Logistica in Berlin. "The turnover developments were taking shape that made the factory too small. You can sit around and wait, announce you're no longer taking.....


Hazera creates hybrid round radish
Hazera a worldwide market leader in round radish has reached this position by breeding this crop actively for several decades, focusing on innovation and a well chosen range of key traits. Below is a short look at the latest innovations in this crop, that is becoming increasingly popular among.....

In Kursk region
Russia plans to grow more than 1 mln. tons of potato
In recent years, investment companies, agricultural enterprises and farms in the Kursk region have shown greater interest in cultivating potato, reports Fruit Inform, citing news from Russian planet.This year, the region plans to produce more than 1 million tons of potatoes, of which the main share of.....

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Russian scientists develop disease resistant cabbages
Russian scientists at the Russian State Agrarian University have successfully developed three new cabbage hybrids, which they have named ‘Biryuza’, ‘Market’ and ‘Mojito’. In 2014, the breeders at the university began working on a Chinese cabbage variety which would be resistant to diseases, such as clubroot,.....


Parma (Italy), May 9-12, Pad. 3 - stand F014
La Linea Verde at Cibus 2016 with DimmidiSì
La Linea Verde, leading Italian agro-alimentary company specialised in the fresh‑cut, ready‑to‑eat and the fresh ready‑made food sectors, will take part for the first time in the international food exhibition of Parma (Italy). The Italian group is the trusted co‑packer for.....

Spain: Huelva expects to export 25,000 tonnes of blueberries
The berry sector in the province of Huelva aims to export about 25,000 tonnes of blueberries to European markets this season, which is almost its entire production, given that the domestic market absorbs only two percent.The manager of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Strawberries from Huelva.....

UK: Greggs to start selling Fairtrade bananas
Food on-the-go retailer Greggs is known for its pastries, but from Thursday 5 May, customers will also be able to buy Fairtrade bananas in 350 of its shops, as part of the chain’s commitment to extending its healthy snacking options.Health conscious customers can now enjoy Fairtrade bananas from Greggs as.....

UK: 100% sustainable bananas for Aldi by year end
Retailer Aldi has announced that it will buy all of its bananas from sustainable sources by the end of 2016. The range will be sourced from either Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms.Tony Baines, Joint Managing Director – Corporate Buying said: “Aldi is built around listening to its customers.....


Gigantic disaster, especially for apple farmers
Many Austrian fruit farmers face total crop failure - 100 million Euro damage
The cold snap of last week has led to massive damage in large parts of Styria. According to a preliminary estimation 80% of the fruit harvest has been destroyed and the damage is estimated at about 100 million Euro.After the difficult weather conditions in 2014 and 2015 Agricultural Chamber president Franz.....

Disciplinary proceedings will follow
Spain: Ethephon detected in Almeria greenhouse
Analyses carried out by the Laboratory of Production and Plant Protection of Almeria have confirmed the use of ethephon on a farm in the province which exported two batches of tomatoes to the Netherlands. The Council of Agriculture has announced that it will enforce the relevant disciplinary proceedings,.....


One in every two apples in Spain is imported
Spain reacts to defend its apples against imports
Spanish producers have reacted to the information revealed recently by a study regarding the market presence of Spanish apples compared to imports in Spanish stores.As a result, NUFRI, owner of the largest apple farm in Europe, located in Soria, as well as of plantations across the entire Spanish territory,.....

UK: Burger brand gives out free potatoes
In Nottingham, the Handmade Burger Co., will be giving out free potatoes on Friday 6 March, to show the public how fresh their chips, and other ingredients are.Handmade Burger Co., co-founders and brothers, Chris and Richard Sargeant say how working extremely closely with British farmers, butchers and bakers.....


Oceania

AU: Government ignores industry advice on backpacker tax
Peak horticulture body, Growcom is dismayed that the government has not moved to address the backpacker tax issue in the Federal Budget.Growcom CEO, Pat Hannan, said it was astonishing that despite receiving an alternative proposal endorsed by both the Agriculture and Tourism sectors, the government has made.....

Broad mix of fruit and veg can fight dementia
Dietitian Ngaire Hobbins, a lecturer with the University of Tasmania's Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, is the author of Eat to Cheat Dementia, a new book that explains how to keep your brain in peak condition.Hobbins maintains that eating foods that are as close to nature as possible and.....

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Increasing Australian fruit consumption in the Philippines
Australia wants to increase the consumption of its stonefruits and table grapes in the Philippines, and convenience stores have been established as an appropriate market for doing so.Australian Trade (AusTrade) Commission Minister Counsellor and Senior Trade Commissioner Anthony Weymouth indicated that.....

Fruit fly larvae found in Adelaide
In Adelaide, the discovery of fruit fly larvae in home-grown persimmons, has sparked a quarantine zone and eradication program.Biosecurity SA will contact homes and businesses within the 1.5km zone around the site of the outbreak in Colonel Light Gardens as they conduct an immediate baiting program.South.....


World

Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain account for nearly half fresh tomato exports
According to data from the Statistics Division of the United Nations Organization (UN), code 0702 (fresh and chilled tomato) of the Integrated Tariff of the European Communities - TARIC (Integrated Tariff of the European Communities), despite sales volumes decreasing by 8.37 percent,world exports of fresh.....


Colombian physalis finds its way into the US market
While the European culinary world and consumers are definitely familiar with the peculiar flavour of physalis, or cape gooseberry, in the United States it has only been recently introduced and exports of the Colombian fruit to this market have increased compared to last year. Also, since mid-2015, the.....

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German Rhineland tomatoes give the feeling of summer
Consumers can, even with weather and temperatures that feel more like November, get the feeling of summer on their plate with freshly harvest tomatoes from the German Rhineland. Since March the tomato producers have been harvesting tomatoes from their greenhouses, according to the Provincial Association.....


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Aldi to source 100% sustainable bananas | Australia pushes Filipinos to buy its fruit
UK: Sales Big 4 all drop for the first time in a year
Greggs to introduce Fairtrade bananas to 350 shopsThe Fairtrade Foundation and leading food on-the-go retailer Greggs are proud to announce that from Thursday 5 May, customers will be able to buy Fairtrade bananas in 350 of its shops as part of the chain’s commitment to extending its healthy snacking.....



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