Wednesday, December 07, 2016

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Bert Westera, Sweet Fruits: “Mango for Christmas not as desirable as pineapple”
Plenty of mangoes from Peru and Brazil
The mango market is currently characterised by a large supply. “Just from Brazil, 208 containers will arrive. Add to that the supply from Peru, and the market will not become any easier,” says Bert Westera from Sweet Fruits S.A, part of the Brazilian Secchi Agricola group, which has branches in Portugal and.....

Italian kiwi growers head to New Zealand
A group of 15 Italian Zespri Sungold growers from the region of Lazio are visiting Gisborne kiwifruit grower, Tim Egan's, orchard as part of a plan to educate the growers to produce better kiwis back home. Gisborne was chosen specifically because of its similar climate to Lazio, where their kiwis will.....


South-East Europe Forum
Balkan countries need to band together for stronger market position
Fruit and vegetable companies in South-East Europe are increasingly becoming more and more present in the international market, however, according to many in the industry, there are still some issues that need to be ironed out and many of the decisions made in the early stages of growth could set the tone.....


Samson M. Wakibia, Wintechs Merchants:
"We can supply Kenyan avocados almost year-round”
“In Kenya, we have a large production of avocados. Our company is specialized in this product, and we want to increase exports to Europe,” says Samson M. Wakibia from Wintechs Merchants ltd. He indicates that they have their own production schemes and various small scale growers, who are GG certified. The.....


Cucumber in a cardboard box
Staay-Hispa has created a new, eyecatching packaging: a cucumber in a cardboard box. It is a preview of the packaging possibilities of the sustainable Eat&Care line, which was launched by the company earlier this year.The Eat&Care brand already consists of limes, pineapples and salatrio. “These are.....

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5 hectare pilot project:
France: Buratti to start with greenhouse Kiwi cultivation
Kiwis are usually not the first things you expect to see in a greenhouse. Nonetheless, fruit grower Scea Buratti will become among one of the first companies that will soon plant Kiwi trees inside a recently built new greenhouse in Southern France. Buratti, an Italian family that grows apples and kiwis in.....


Levarht and Beijing HongFu International Algriculture Co.
HongFu International Algriculture Co.'s grower, Geert Leffers, says that their financial partners and Levarht have wanted to grow quality tomatoes in China for a long time. By establishing Dutch style glasshouses, using Dutch technology and selecting various varieties, they believe they have met this.....

New Zespri head office in New Zealand
The Zespri Board last night approved plans for a new office building on its current site in Mount Maunganui.Zespri Chief Financial Officer Dave Hazlehurst explains that Zespri’s new building will provide a home for its brand and a future-proof building to support possible future growth in the industry......

Argentina: Lemon from Tucuman meets requirements to enter the US
After having visited the US Department of Agriculture in Washington, Governor Juan Manzur said this morning at a press conference, that the US agency would be publishing a resolution permitting the entry of lemons from Tucuman into the North American market."At a meeting with representatives of the USDA, we.....

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Kees van den Bosch, Freeland:
“Cauliflower scarce, iceberg lettuce far below cost price”
Greenhouse vegetables have had shortages due to bad weather, but that is not reflected on the outdoor vegetable market. “It is very calm. We normally hope for colder weather, so that our trade will start, but that appears to no longer work for us,” says Kees van den Bosch from Freeland in Emmen, the.....


Bart de Keizer, Continental Fruit Importers:
“Good demand and prices for cucumbers from the Canaries”
After two extremely bad years for cucumbers from the Canary Islands, this year started well. “There is good demand, prices are good, it is just the supply that could be slightly higher,” says Bart de Keizer from Continental Fruit Importers from Barendrecht, the Netherlands. The company has been importing.....


Christoph Walter:
“Working together on innovation”
“The market is changing from a push to a pull market,” according to Jacko Obels from Capgemini. “The producer is no longer the most important, the consumer decides.” During a dual presentation with Christoph Walter from Sanlucar at the EU Fresh Info Forum, they talked about the changes on the market because.....

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Blockchain creates fairer playing field?
At the end of last month, American retailer Walmart announced its cooperation with IBM in order to test a blockchain. This way of saving data, which is also behind the success of Bitcoin, offers many advantages for sharing information and ensures better food safety. During the EU Fresh Info Forum Paul-Adrien.....


Jan Rozema, Olympic Fruit:
Grapes: Delicious and fair, with or without seeds
The advance of seedless grape varieties has become very pronounced in recent years, but that is no longer at the expense of the seeded grape market. Jan Rozema from Olympic Fruit, sees that this market is also doing well, and flavour plays an important part on that market. Fairtrade is also an increasingly.....

Aledo variety harvest campaign in full swing
Spain: Rainfall causes damage to Vinalopo grapes
The rainfall recorded in recent days (and weeks) in the region of Medio Vinalopó is proving very beneficial for its agriculture after the severe drought it had been suffering for years. However, according to the agricultural union La Unió de Llauradors, the abundance and persistence of rainfall is also.....

Hovingham breathes life into Britain's farmers markets
With so many farmers markets around the world you would think there would be more in Leeds. There are only a handful, however one such market is leading the way and breathing a breath of fresh air back into the practice. The Hovingham Village Market is giving some people hope that farmers markets could make.....

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Citrus on demand or fresh from the trees?
The coming season is looking good for citrus from Spain, according to Willem Dijk, Sr. In addition to his expectations for the approaching Spanish season, he also talks about the labels the company supplies: Elefant and Filosofo. He has had a long relationship with both labels, but the procedures of the.....

Week 46
Spain: Drop in temperatures affects Andalusian horticultural supply
The winter temperatures are regulating Andalusia's horticultural supply in a period when demand is growing. The lower temperatures recorded in the month of November have caused a slowdown in the tomato harvest.The monitoring report of the protected horticulture sector corresponding to week 46 (from 14 to 20.....


January 25, Peterborough
UK: Brassicas and Leafy Salads Conference
The forthcoming UK Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference will be held on Wednesday 25th January 2017 at the KingsGate Conference Centre, Peterborough. This conference and trade show is for all those involved in the production, or is allied, to these significant industries from home and abroad. The main.....

Greek produce may rot as Ferry strike continues
A strike in Greece is preventing the transportation of Greek fruit and vegetables grown on the islands. With the strike just extended to Friday by the The Panhellenic Seamen‘s Union (PNO) it could lead to produce rotting away with farmers unable to transport it. The strike is a response from the Union to.....

Belarus expecting foreign trade deficit in 2016
Belarus may experience a foreign trade deficit by the end of 2016 according to the national Statistics Committee. The overall decrease in exports of Belarusian goods to foreign markets was due to a slump in prices on pivotal Belarusian export products.In spite of the expected growth in consumer imports.....

UK: Pea industry looking for 'Little Pea Chef'
The Yes Peas! campaign is returning in 2017 for its second year and this time with a new sponsor, Waitrose, a British supermarket. The campaign is seeking out young culinary talent in the UK to test their mettle by creating their best recipe using peas. Primary school children of any age, up to Year Six, are.....

Mecklenburg-West Pomerania's largest Brussels sprouts producer will be plucking the healthy vegetable fresh from the field until January
2016: Brussels sprouts crop booming
According to farmer Jan Hofman, the warm autumn has benefited the sprouts, whose growth had been hindered during the dry summer.These little vegetables, which contain twice as much vitamin C as oranges, weighed 20 to 40 grams this year, which is slightly less than last year, however they were nice and.....


Ambrosia apple promotions come to a successful close
Ambrosia apples were launched in Spain at Fruit Attraction 2016. After their presentation at this event came the start of their first communication campaign in the country; the goal was for the final consumer to taste them and convince them of the quality of this fruit.To that end, this naturally divine.....

Syngenta will not cut jobs in Spain
The centres that Syngenta (the multinational devoted to the distribution of crop and seed protection products) has in Spain will not cut any jobs following the purchase of the company by China National Chemical (ChemChina).This has been pointed out by the general manager of Syngenta in Europe, Alexandra.....


Van Dijck: New customers thanks to water-based lettuce cultivation
Van Dijck Groenteproducties was able to welcome new customers thanks to their water-based lettuce cultivation, according to Peter van Dijck in an interview with duurzaambedrijfsleven.nl.At the start of this year Van Dijck Groenteproducties, originally an outdoor vegetable cultivator, started with water-based.....

Shoppers impulse buy more fresh fruit than alcohol
New research conducted by IGD in Europe and funded by iTradeNetwork has revealed surprising but good news. In their study, they collected responses from customers across supermarkets, convenience, and discount stores, and asked questions regarding shopper attitudes and opinions with regards to shopping.....

Association for the Phytosanitary Protection of Leeks, Carrots and Onion of Castile-Leon
Spain: Research to be carried out on horticultural crop diseases
The Association for the Phytosanitary Protection of Leek, Carrot and Onion of Castile-Leon, Asoprofit, was set up in March 2015 as a liaison with the administration in the fight against the diseases that currently affect these crops, and which can cause the loss of up to 30% of the production. In fact, in.....

Israel: Custom-free imports failing to decrease prices
After a customs-free import, put in place a few days ago in Israel, prices for cucumbers and zucchinis remain high. Wholesale market cucumber prices were NIS 7.5 per kilo yesterday as prices of vegetables sky-rocketed due to the dry weather experienced in November. The opening of the market for customs-free.....

Spain: Two greenhouses for pineapple growing to be constructed in El Hierro
The City Council of La Frontera, in coordination with the Cabildo Insular, has got the licence for the construction of two greenhouses in the municipality that will give continuity to the project for the regeneration and modernization of tropical pineapple cultivation in the island of El Hierro; an.....


Fewer chemicals used in cultivation of oranges
Edeka supports nature
Edeka supplied selected supermarkets with environmentally friendly grown oranges, exactly in time for the start of the new citrus season. And an extra special feature is that the pollution by crop protection products per hectare was reduced by two thirds compared to the previous year. Certain crop protection.....

EU’s largest growers record slight drop in potato production
In the 2016/2017 campaign, the production of potatoes in the five largest EU producers will be about 2 percent lower than in the previous season, reported FAMMU/FAPA, based on USDA Attache Reports.The total production of potatoes for consumption within the period at hand in Belgium, France, Germany, the.....


Oceania

New science partnership to help Uruguayan agriculture
A new relationship has been created between AgResearch and other crucial science organizations, and it is looking to benefit New Zealand. According to Chief Executive Tom Richardson the relationship should open up doors for New Zealand, especially in agriculture. The partnership is also likely to help.....

Australia: Mango exports rising along with prices
Mangoes are predicted to sell for at least $5 more per tray at retail due to a strong export market for the fruit. Percy's Fruit Market owner Percy Pugliese recommended anyone who sees a tray of mangoes selling for $25 or cheaper, to take the sale, with prices unlikely to go any lower this hot season."We.....

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Property revalutations show price growth in kiwi industry
Recent property revaluations in Western Bay, New Zealand, show the kiwi fruit orchard sector in the lead. The industry saw a full return of investment and plans to expand after the PSA results. "Confidence in kiwifruit is evidenced by these properties showing the largest increases in value of all categories.....

Almond Board of Australia Predicts Record 2017 Crop
The Australian almond industry will commence harvesting a record crop in February, should the early estimate for the 2017 production be realised. At the recent meeting of the Almond Board of Australia it was reported that the forthcoming crop would be 85,000 tonnes. This is 3,000 tonnes more than the 2015.....

Australian macadamia growers produce record crop
Australian macadamia growers have produced a record crop for the second consecutive year – 52,000 tonnes in-shell @ 10% moisture (48,600 tonnes in-shell at 3.5% moisture) - announced the peak industry body, the Australian Macadamia Society today.The 2016 Australia macadamia crop is slightly higher than the.....

Horticulture New Zealand pleased with new bill
The New Zealand Horticulture Export Authority (HEA) passed a bill, late yesterday, and Horticulture New Zealand is pleased with the possible outcomes. The new bill is expected to increase the clarity around export market entry and exit, while also aiding the flexibility of multi-tier export licensing,.....

New Zealand: Shares dropping for Orion Health Group
After releasing its first half outcome, Orion Health Group's shares have slid further down. The S&P/NZX 50 Index saw a drop of 20.59 points, or 0.3 percent, down to 6,889.77. 23; individual stocks fell within the index while 21 gained and seven remained unchanged, with a turnover of $165 million.Orion.....

APL launces new Express II service to Asia
APL, a provider of global transportation services and container shipping, announced today the launch of the New Zealand Express II (NZ2) service. This service will provide a direct connection between New Zealand and crucial North Asian ports. The new service is planned to commence on 29 December and will use.....


World

Nuts cut risk of heart disease and cancer
"People consuming at least 20 grams of nuts daily are less likely to develop potentially fatal conditions such as heart disease and cancer," The Independent reports. That was the main finding of a review looking at 20 previous studies on the benefits of nuts.Researchers found consistent evidence that a.....

Supermarkets, as we know them, will disappear by 2040
Jaime Castelló, a professor of Marketing at Esade, predicted that the supermarkets, as we know them nowadays, could disappear by 2040 because of the two factors that are changing the retail sector: convenience (where is it easier, cheaper, nearer, and more comfortable to shop) and the shopping experience.....

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Proud boy decorates entire kitchen with carrots
Children can be very creative, with just about anything, but carrots? A very proud son decorated the entire family kitchen with carrots, placing them everywhere. The image went viral on twitter after the father posted the picture of his vegetable loving son.

Video: Hungry monkey attempts to eat banana through glass
In an hilarious video a monkey shows its love for bananas, as it desperately tries to eat a banana. It may not sound funny, but that banana just happens to be behind a windshield. After running out of ideas the monkey calls his buddies over to share the mysteriously unobtainable delicacy.


Volume cooled off
Drop in temperature heats up Florida passion fruit demand
Cooler temperatures settling into the Florida market has affected the volume of this year’s passion fruit crop.“While right now we’re starting to get more volume, with the cold weather coming already, the volume has been low,” says Maria Alejandra Gutierrez of Homestead, Fl.-based Terra Fresh Foods, LLC. “We.....


Year Overview March
Short supplies of citrus and grapes, lots of opportunities for China
The citrus season was in full swing back in March, but not without a few bumps in the road. Although the market in Spain was described as 'commercially acceptable', the country was faced with low supplies. The expected short season in Spain gave hope to South African citrus growers that they might be able to.....


Retail


Nisa launches fresh produce promotion for Christmas
Ahold Delhaize to invest in own brands; eyes a doubling of sales
NZ: Foodstuffs invests $80m in new storesNew Zealand's biggest supermarket chain has spent more than $80m expanding in the last four months, opening four new stores. Lindsay Rowles, general manager of property development for Foodstuffs North Island, said the stores were New World Papakura, New.....



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