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Thursday, January 19, 2017

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King Winter has the sector under control:
Stolen courgettes, big losses and changes in the menus
The wintry weather has the European fruit and vegetable sector in a bind. The consequences of the snowfall in Spain and Italy are taking their toll on the sector. After previous reports about empty shelves in British supermarkets, the news regarding the weather's impact hasn't stopped. Examples include.....


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Indian grapes heading for Rotterdam
The export of Indian grapes started last November with the early Thompsons going mainly to the Russian market, exports to Europe are currently on the water with a few containers already reaching Rotterdam.Deccan Produce, exporter of grapes, pomegranates and mangoes has not sent any grapes to Europe this.....

China: Chilean cherry prices up 30%
"The Chilean cherry season begins in October and lasts about a month and the market price is up about 30% over the same period last year," said Mr DeChao Wang, manager of the QingDao Xiang DeFeng business Trading Co.Ltd.The arrival times for the imported cherries will vary according to the mode of transport -.....


Turkish exporters faced with low demand in Russian market
In the first weeks after the holiday season, demand for Turkish citrus on the Russian market has been low due to an oversupply in Russia. According to sales representative Natela Tanyol of Uçak Kardeşler (Turkey), “The Russian sector still has large amounts of citrus fruit in stock. Because of this,.....


“Export world for onions becoming smaller”
It is winter, and that is very obvious when looking at the trade of certain products. “Carrots especially usually show an increase in demand and prices when the weather gets colder. A recovery can be seen, and prices are several cents higher compared to a few weeks ago,” says Nicolas Vandenboogaerde......

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Formosa papaya, directly from Brazil
"The truth is that this has been a very pleasant surprise for us. We haven't been importing papayas for too long and we weren't expecting this welcome," said Antonio Montes, from Hermanos Montes. This company decided to open its doors and give the Formosa papaya an opportunity in the domestic market,.....


Push for flow-wrapped apples without cardboard trays
German packaging machinery supplier, Barsch, will be present this year to showcase their flow-wrapping machines for fruit and vegetables. The packaging can be used for all products and provides a versatile solution for their customers in Germany, the Benelux, Switzerland and Austria. Flow wrapping is a.....


Italy: Vegetables in the sitting room with Tomato+
A clever mini-greenhouse to grow over 30 types of vegetables at home throughout the year. This is what a company from Brescia has introduced with their new appliance (yes, that's what we'll call it) that enables to easy-to-grow vegetables with no chance of them being affected by weather or parasites.The.....


UK: Challenging litchi market picking up
The UK litchi market had been a bit more challenging than normal in the last few weeks, when the first exports of South African litchis arrived before Christmas, a bit earlier than normal. "Madagascan product which tends to be a bit cheaper, and doesn't eat quite as well as the South African product, put.....

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South African cherry planting expanding to the Cape
South Africa has a very short cherry season which is very difficult to predict, but coming just before Christmas, there is the opportunity for growers to earn good returns in these few short week."Cherries were disappointing in terms ofvolumes this season," explains Roelf Pienaar, Managing Director of.....


Good growth prospects for Moroccan avocados
In recent years, the cultivation of avocados has expanded in Morocco, reaching a production of about 12,000 tonnes per year. "At the moment, we are exporting about 20% of our national production," explains Hicham El Airaj, supply and export manager at the Arbor Group. This wouldn't be possible without the.....


Carrefour Q4 sales growth slows | Sales Seven & i continue to decline
Ahold Delhaize sales up | 'Woolworths to overtake Coles'
Aldi & Lidl mostpopular brands in UK - Aldi has once again come out top in YouGov's annual BrandIndex poll, with rival discounter Lidl snapping at its heels. The top five brands are: Aldi, Lidl, BBC iPlayer, John Lewis and Dyson. (esmmagazine.com) Ahold Delhaize sales up 2.8% in fourth.....



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Kiwi from Mar del Plata for the United States
Argentina: First quality seal for products that are free of toxic waste
In the coming days, producers from General Pueyrredon will launch the first quality seal in Argentina that ensures that the production of fruit and vegetables is free of toxic waste."Laboratory tests showed that 98% of the production in the region does not contain pesticide residues," said Ricardo.....



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Polish apples in high demand
China: Cold-chain distribution lacks geographic balance
Currently, the cold chain logistics system in the second tier cities in North China is not yet mature. Distribution is still dispersed and incomplete, and there is lack of systematic management by central institutions. The government tends to invest in the cold chain logistics industry in China's first-tier.....

Watermelon profits turning some Kenyan farmers away from maize
A farmer in Kenya’s Trans Nzoia county, Mark Mukopi, has been growing maize on his farm for around 14 years now, but a recent addition to his farm is proving to be profitable.Last year he decided to farm watermelons, which are growing in popularity in the region. An acre of watermelon can fetch about 4,400.....


Trump presidency makes lengthens clearance procedure for pears
The time for custom clearances and inspections increases in the USA"While the export of pears this season is taking place on a large scale, the new American Presidency has already had an impact on export procedures. This mainly manifests itself in a comparatively longer time for customs clearance and.....


France: Boyer expands and hope to become leaders in plum production
For three years now the Director General of Boyer (and the national prune PDO), Joël Boyer, his brother, the Commercial Director and his father, the Founder, have been thinking about expanding. He explains that “Plums have gained ground, more and more varieties are farmed and new producers are arriving on.....


Bats & birds plaguing Australian orchard
Owners of a Glenbernie Orchard at Darkes Forest, Jo and Glenn Fahey, have been troubled by rising losses due to birds and bats. While some have told them this is due to urbanization and a loss of habitat for the animals, they believe it is caused by rising temperatures which are leaving them desperate for.....


"Australian Apricot season has been, crop-wise, disastrous,"
Excessive rain last year has lead to one of the worst seasons in memory for Apricot growers in South Australia's Riverland. The rain had damaged the crops, splitting their skin and darkening them which cut around $4 off the price per kilogram.The chair of the South Australian Dried Tree Fruits Association,.....



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Steady parsley supply despite lower acreage in January and February
Things are looking good for parsley—so concludes Camilo Penalosa of Miami-based Infinite Herbs. “This time of year there’s always a little shortage here and there. Unless something drastic happens, we’ll be fine,” says Penalosa, who currently receives parsley supply from Baja, Ca., Texas and Florida. “There.....



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2,000 visitors at the German trade fair Interaspa 2016
Just like the previous year over 2,000 asparagus and soft fruit farmers visited Interaspa, the trade fair for the cultivation of asparagus, vegetables and soft fruit and for direct marketing in Hanover.“Of course we would have liked even more visitors during our ten-year anniversary,” stated Dietrich Paul,.....



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Spain: Castellon speeds up orange harvest due to fear of frosts
Businesses and cooperatives are speeding up the orange harvest ahead of the possible frosts that may be imminent and which could spoil their fruit. This has been confirmed by the province's two main agrarian organizations, which have confimed that growers are "a little afraid of recording damage in the.....


Mexico city wholesale price for oranges rose in 2016
SummaryThe report shows that the consumption of fresh oranges fell slightly compared to last year at 2.6MMT, while wholesale price increased. Fresh lime production is expected to rebound and, on the whole, production is supposed to rise slightly, while wholesale prices are fluctuating. Grapefruit production.....


Italy:Trial shipment to China delayed
Despite the hopes expressed by the Sicilian Phytosanitary Service and some exporters a few months ago, it seems that the first trial shipments to China will be delayed by at least another year.After the 2015 visit to Basilicata, Calabria and Sicily by experts of the Chinese Inspection and Quarantine Bureau.....



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UK: Challenging litchi market picking up
The UK litchi market had been a bit more challenging than normal in the last few weeks, when the first exports of South African litchis arrived before Christmas, a bit earlier than normal. "Madagascan product which tends to be a bit cheaper, and doesn't eat quite as well as the South African product, put.....



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More organic agriculture required in the curriculum
BIO AUSTRIA has called for more hours of teaching for organic farming in agricultural colleges. A corresponding demand was made by the chairwoman of BIO AUSTRIA on the morning show on RadioÖ1.She called for binding, uniform standards in the transfer of knowledge across all competencies and federal states......



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Eating hot peppers decreases mortality
Like spicy food? If so, you might live longer, say researchers at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, who found that the consumption of hot red chili peppers is associated with a 13 percent reduction in total mortality - primarily in deaths due to heart disease or stroke—in a large.....



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Software by and for seed companies
Virtual stocks early in the season
Because it is uncertain how many potatoes are stored in the barns at the end of the season, specially adapted software is needed. Eight seed companies decided to work together, and had software developed that meets their demands. The result is called Agrio, and it was developed by Newminds.Agrio is based on.....



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BLV presents new HPS and LED solutions
German lighting manufacturer BLV, will be present at the IPM to promote their latest HPS lighting. Additionally, the company will also introduce a new, double-ended MH lamp. Suppliers, contractors and cultivators are invited to visit them in order to profit from their expertise regarding horticulture.....

Next step is export to the US
Mexico: Bioplastic obtained from avocado seeds
In November 2012, the young innovator, Scott Munguía, created the company Biofase after the successful creation of a biopolymer for different uses obtained from avocado seeds. In 2016, the product's average monthly production stood at 500 tonnes, with some intended for the Central American market.The.....



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Fresh Blood Orange and Carrot Tomato Celery
Two new juices hitting the shelves
Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company is helping Americans kick off 2017 in a healthy way by introducing a unique pair of nutritional juices, said the Florida-based, clean label, juice company. Starting this week, handcrafted bottles of Natalie’s squeezed fresh Blood Orange and Carrot Tomato Celery juices.....



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Cold storage capacity increasing globally, but decreases in Europe
Total capacity of cold stores reached a size of 600 million m3 globally in 2016, an increase of 8.6 per cent compared to 2014. The storage capacity in most European countries, however, decreased during this period.In 2016, China built the most new cold stores; 31 million m3 extra space was added. India still.....



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Fresh-cut processor expands SmartWash solutions to improve food safety
True Leaf Farms, the processing affiliate for fresh cut produce under Church Brothers, takes the next step in their food safety program by expanding their use of SmartWash Solutions™ on all their wash lines.After trialing various wash line competitors to challenge and enhance their current food safety.....



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Vietnam expects cashew nut exports to reach $3b in 2017
Vietnam predicts exports of up to 360,000 tonnes of cashews for a value of US$3 billion this year which would be an increase of 3.4% in volume and 5.6% in value over last year, according to the Vietnam Cashew Association (Vinacas).Speaking at a meeting in HCM City on Monday, Vinacas chairman, Nguyen.....

Almondco named Australian exporter of the year
Riverland-based almond co-operative Almondco Australia was chosen again as the Australian Regional Exporter of the Year. This was the co-operatives second time in five years to win the award.The co-operative of 140 growers from SA, VIC and NSW was one of twelve national winners at the 54th Australian Export.....

Nigeria plans to expand cashew cultivation area threefold
Nigerian cashew producers are working on a four-year plan with the ultimate goal of increasing land dedicated to cultivating the crop and to increase exports threefold to 500,000 tons a year.With about 160,000 hectares of land producing about 150,000 tons a year, farmers are seeking to bring an additional.....



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Push for flow-wrapped apples without cardboard trays
German packaging machinery supplier, Barsch, will be present this year to showcase their flow-wrapping machines for fruit and vegetables. The packaging can be used for all products and provides a versatile solution for their customers in Germany, the Benelux, Switzerland and Austria. Flow wrapping is a.....



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Carrefour Q4 sales growth slows | Sales Seven & i continue to decline
Ahold Delhaize sales up | 'Woolworths to overtake Coles'
Aldi & Lidl mostpopular brands in UK - Aldi has once again come out top in YouGov's annual BrandIndex poll, with rival discounter Lidl snapping at its heels. The top five brands are: Aldi, Lidl, BBC iPlayer, John Lewis and Dyson. (esmmagazine.com) Ahold Delhaize sales up 2.8% in fourth.....



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OVERVIEW GLOBAL KIWIFRUIT MARKET
Europe is harvesting fewer kiwifruits this season. Italy and Spain report considerable losses. By contrast, Greece claims to have had a good season. It is these countries that dominate the market, along with France. Later, Chile and New Zealand will follow. The former expects an early start, while the latter.....



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