Monday, June 27, 2016

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United Fresh provides one-on-one time with buyers
United Fresh’ tradeshow and conference took place at McCormick Place in Chicago from June 20-22 this week. About 260 companies were showcasing the latest innovations in fresh produce and value-added processing. The show had a good turnout, but because it was not extremely busy, exhibitors had the opportunity.....

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Johan Nicolaï:
"Club varieties are no longer defining, retail will introduce exclusive varieties themselves"
“The Netherlands and Belgium have become unimportant apple producers.” The conclusion made by Belgian tree grower Johan Nicolaï on the state of the apple cultivation wasn’t particularly hopeful. During a meeting at fruit grower Domus de Jonge in Kapelle he laid out the perspective for the new apple.....


Víctor M. Morales, of Caisa:
"Baby bananas are more popular in Europe than in the US"
Baby bananas are considered an exotic product in the European and US markets, and in recent years, the demand for this niche product has increased slightly. "Baby bananas are an excellent product. They have the same nutritional properties as traditional bananas, but they taste much better, so their potential.....


FINKUM opens new office
Turkish company ready to conquer more of Europe
FINKUM Europe has opened its doors in Amsterdam joining other players in the fresh fruit and vegetables export and import business in Netherlands. It has hit the ground running with Central Europe and Scandinavian countries topping the list of its target destinations.According to FINKUM Europe, Commercial.....


First fresh food congress Storecheck
"Fresh food sections drives the growth of supermarkets
Fresh food is a very important part of a supermarket, it drives the growth of supermarkets. For the consumers, fresh food makes a difference. However, to achieve good fresh food sections is a complex process. A lot can be gained by further professionalizing the collaboration between producers and.....

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Froosh-Anna Hagemann Rise:
'Why we need a rethink in the fight against global poverty'
Froosh Public Affairs & Communication Director Anna Hagemann Rise, was recently given the opportunity to speak for TEDx at the Stockholm School of Economics to speak about the fight against global poverty. Anna voiced that although there are a lot of good people with good intentions in the aide.....


Papayas are at their peak
Papaya is in peak production right now, especially the Caribbean Red® from Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.“The Brazilian solo papaya is humming along despite the recent drought that has so adversely affected many others,” said Peter Leifermann of Brooks Tropicals. “Overall, we’re well positioned to.....


"After Japan and South Korea, we now focus on European expansion"
Roasted, ready-to-eat sweet potatoes new healthy hit snack
“To meet growing demand from our customers in South Korea and Japan, we, at the beginning of last year, have seriously boosted our frozen roasted sweet potato production,” explains Jenny Ma of Shandong Jining Green Living International Trade. “Our product is the result of a precise processing procedure. Part.....


Cherry season off to early, uneven start in British Columbia
As with the previous season, this year's cherry harvest in British Columbia got off to an early start. For the regions that have begun picking, production has been light, though steadier volumes are expected in the coming weeks.“The season hasn't hit its stride yet,” said Graem Nelson with Graem Nelson.....

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Alejandro Moreno, de Exportadora e Importadora JJLE SAS:
"We want to turn Colombia into a cherry tomato producer"
If we talk about the production of cherry tomatoes, we tend to think of a number of countries, but Colombia is not on the list of potential exporters of this vegetable. A group of growers from this South American country aims to change this mindset and turn Colombia into a source for the product. "So far,.....


WinCo Foods to build large DC in North Texas
Research: Aldi and Lidl are set to benefit most from Brexit
Cora and Carrefour to renew purchasing agreement -Supermarket chains Cora and Carrefour have begun proceedings to extend their joint purchasing agreement into the future. Whether such a renewal is feasible or not will be decided by L'Autorité de la Concurrence. Commenting on the issue, the body stated.....



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Activities restart at the Peviani facility in Ginosa
Less than seven months since the accidental fire in the Ginosa warehouse,Peviani Spa reports that activities at the packing station have finally restarted.Gino Peviani said that "the solidarity of the locals and the commitment of our team have been essential. We managed to carry on with the vegetable season.....


A list of potato varieties with best yields after 90 days
According to Emilia-Romagna producers, ideal potatoes are appealing, easy to peel, early and productive. On 15th June 2015, azienda agricola Daniele Montemaggi (Forlì-Cesena) held an open day to showcase the 2016 potato varieties with the help of Consorzio Agrario Adriatico.There were 22 potato varieties on.....


Peter de Brauwer, de Notekraker:
“Lower nut sales because of rain and terrorist threats”
Several months ago, De Notekraker from Belgium introduced the new concept Pernoix: cups filled with several mixes of nuts, dried fruit and vegetables. Peter de Brauwer, manager of the company, indicates that the market is slowly growing. “We mostly supply them to traditional shops, such as specialist shops,.....

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Martin de Dreu: “For now, we stop sorting.”
De Dreu Onions moves to new location
De Dreu Onions from Ritthem, the Netherlands, has moved to make room for the new marine barracks near Vlissingen. For the brothers Tony and Martin de Dreu it meant they could move to a new location. Two weeks ago, the building was completed. “It took some work, but now we are very happy with it,” says.....


Ziad Fayad: “I supply to the catering industry, cruise ships and supermarkets”
Fayad exports complete fresh produce package from Barendrecht to Caribbean
For twelve years Fayad Fruits & Vegetables has been exporting fruits and vegetables to the Caribbean. At first from Miami, but for the last four years Ziad Fayad has been exporting fruits and vegetables from Barendrecht to the islands of Curaçao and Saint Martin. The reason for moving? “My wife wanted to.....


Domus de Jonge, KG Fruit, on being an entrepreneur in a changing world
“Due to our kiwi berry project I discovered which way the wind is blowing”
The theme of the meeting organised by fruit cultivator Domus de Jonge from Kapelle was ‘Being an entrepreneur in a changing world,’ and was organised to bring attention to, among other things, the kiwi berry cultivation. In a ‘conversation with himself’ he explained his vision and ambition. “Instead of.....

Gerrits Fruit participates in action for T-shirt advertising with football team
"Belgium and the Netherlands need to form one front for the pear"
A lot has already been written about the Russian boycott and the actions being taken against it. The Netherlands and Belgium has the exact same goal, but aren't carrying out the promotion together. "Why are we doing this separately? Let's wake up and form one front for the pear. We both supplied to Russia.....

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New trends in the fresh produce market
Healthy natural products, corporate responsibility and convenience
According to the Nomisma-Unaproa analysis part of the second report on the Competitiveness of the Domestic Fresh Produce Sector presented in Rome on May 4th, 2016, over the next few years, the new trends in the fresh produce market will concern mainly the following - healthy natural products, corporate.....


Cry of distress from Sint-Truiden fruit growers
"Politicians give us Russia back"
Europe has extended Russia's boycott this week. For fruit growers (agriculture in general) the consequences are killer. These decisions are no longer acceptable. As a grower said: "Our apples and pears are the weapons against Russia, but these weapons aren't being financed!"Most European leaders are.....

Murcia produces half of the Spain's broccoli
The Spanish region of Murcia produces 220,000 tonnes of broccoli per year, which represents half of the domestic production, reported the Councillor of Agriculture, Adela Martinez-Cachá, in her closing speech at the Seventh General Assembly of the Association +broccoli.The Councillor, together with the.....

The industry adapts
Consumption of superfood increases in Spain
Most superfood grows, or can be grown in our fields and in our climate and we've been using many of them for hundreds of years because of their role in the Mediterranean diet. However, there had to be an interest for superfood -those that have vitamins, minerals, omega-3, omega-6, folic acid, calcium and.....

Longer melon season in Hungary this year
This year, Hungary's watermelon acreage stands at 5,600 hectares, which is 5-6 percent higher than in 2015, as reported by the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organisation and Product Board (FruitVeB) on Monday.According to the report, the cold nights in April caused a bit of a delay in the.....


Interpoma International
Opportunities for apple growing in China
China is the world’s largest apple producer and offers excellent business opportunities to those operating in this sector. This is the message that emerged during the "Interpoma International" conference held recently in Bolzano as a preview of Interpoma 2016, the international apple show taking place from.....


Interest from 135 people
Much enthusiasm for seminar on pear storage
No less than 135 interested parties came to Randwijk, The Netherlands on Friday, 17 June, to be informed about the ins and outs of modern pear storage by both national and international experts. Organiser AgroFresh even flew in several experts from South Africa and South America to share their knowledge with.....

UK: New app promotes local fruit varieties
FruitFinder, a new search tool from People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is helping people to discover more local fruit varieties.Funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, this tool is part of an ongoing effort by PTES to conserve and restore traditional orchards across the United Kingdom in.....

Ukrainian processors start buying blueberries
Last week, beginning June 20th, Ukrainian processors started to purchase wild-grown blueberries. This year the season started with no delay compared to 2015; however, prices are averagely 7% lower year-on-year.According to Fruit-Inform, market participants speak of a rapidly growing supply of berries in the.....

Adrie Vermeulen appointed new Chairman of Agrico Potato Coop
On June 17, Board of Members of the Agrico potato cooperative appointed Mr Adrie Vermeulen as chairman of the board commencing on December 20, 2016.Mr Vermeulen will take over the chairman’s gavel from Mr Jan Wolthuis on December 20. Mr Wolthuis has been chairman of the cooperative since 2011. In accordance.....


SIPO: the Friggitelli Peppers of Verdure di Romagna harvest has begun
SIPO announces that the friggitelli pepper season has started, which are included in the Verdure di Romagna line. The vegetables are grown on a farm specialized in the cultivation of these peppers, in San Mauro Pascoli (Emilia Romagna, Italy).Stefano Pazzagli, SIPO's head technician highlights: "The harvest,.....


Negative influence of the weather
Germany: Average asparagus season coming to an end
Asparagus farmers in Saxony are barely satisfied with the season, which is approaching the end.“The yield is smaller than expected,” stated Jürgen Kopf, Manager of the asparagus farm Kyhna near Leipzig. Although, the season has to end first.But Kopf expects a 15% lower yield compared to last year. The rain,.....

Switzerland:
A good report for strawberry producers
A study presented by Kassensturz, a Swiss consumer program, on the pesticide use in strawberries gave the Swiss producers a very good report. In all samples, the concentrations of chemicals were clearly below the legal limits.In the beginning of June Greenpeace tested pesticide residues on Swiss.....

Upward trend in Greek fresh produce exports
Greece continues to record increased rates for summer fruit exports, mostly due to the earlier start of the harvest, namely for peaches (+70%), apricots (+142%) or nectarines (+203%), while cherries have recorded a 50% drop and watermelon shipments have fallen only slightly.Prospects, despite the reduced.....


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National Awards for Excellence
APAL announces national award winners
“Congratulations to everyone who was nominated for an award – it was so exciting to examine the nominations and to be reminded about the innovative work people in our industry are doing to help improve orchard productivity and profitability,” says APAL CEO John Dollisson.“Recognising the role that fruit.....

Pineapple enzymes to become antibiotic replacement?
Pineapples are the latest - and strangest - weapon to emerge in the global battle against superbugs which are predicted to kill up to 10 million people a year by 2050.La Trobe University biochemist Rob Pike said the collection of enzymes found to treat diarrhoea in piglets would likely provide an alternative.....

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NZ seeks guarantees over UK, EU trade
Although Britain's withdrawal from the EU may take years, New Zealand has already been talking to both sides about continued trade access. Trade Minister Todd McClay says that even ahead of Thursday's Brexit vote he had sought and received assurances from United Kingdom and EU officials access rules would.....

Indonesia to supply NZ with tropical fruit
As the result of negotiations held last week (June 20th), Indonesia is set to start exporting tropical fruit to New Zealand as part of the archipelago's efforts to reduce a trade deficit with the South Pacific island nation, a trade ministry senior official said.The two countries have been involved in a.....

Kiwifruit boosts NZ's May exports
The month of May saw a bigger than expected trade surplus in New Zealand as increased Chinese demand for logs and a growing international appetite for kiwifruit boosted exports.The trade surplus of $358 million in May exceeded the $164 million expected in a Reuters survey of economists and was a touch.....

Call on young New Zealanders to share in apple industry
New Zealand’s world leading apple industry is putting a call out to school leavers and graduates across the country to come share in its success.Pipfruit New Zealand’s new capability development manager Erin Simpson has been charged with growing and retaining young people into Zealand’s apple and pear.....

NZ minister visits Korea to promote Maori business
Last week, beginning June 20th, New Zealand Minister for Maori Development Te Ururoa Flavell visited Korea to raise the profile of Maori businesses and promote their time-honored traditions. On his first visit, Flavell led a trade delegation of nine Maori firms covering food and beverage, seafood,.....


World


Naïo Technologies launches robotic weeder for large vegetable farms
“Could you make a bigger version of Oz, a robot that straddles and weeds large, tightly planted vegetable beds?” This recurring question has led Naïo Technologies to create a new robotic weeder, 4 years after the launch of their autonomous weeding robot Oz. The new robot goes by the name of Dino and has been.....

Cold nights shrink strawberries and prices in Poland
The recent weather in Poland has had an effect on strawberries for processing as well as fresh. The season for processed strawberries is reaching its end in the south of Poland with only a week remaining, and will make the switch to northern production."Prices are crazy at the moment, with raw materials.....


Retail


WinCo Foods to build large DC in North Texas
Research: Aldi and Lidl are set to benefit most from Brexit
Cora and Carrefour to renew purchasing agreement -Supermarket chains Cora and Carrefour have begun proceedings to extend their joint purchasing agreement into the future. Whether such a renewal is feasible or not will be decided by L'Autorité de la Concurrence. Commenting on the issue, the body stated.....



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