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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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12 hour delay in Dunkirk
Huge back up at Calais, as port is again blocked by strike
Due to continued strike action the port of Calais remains blocked. There no ferries crossing the Channel and the trains are running empty because protesters are blocking the entrances. On the A16 and the A26 the exit to the ferry terminals is closed as are exits 43 and 44 to the Channel Tunnel.Huge back.....


Greek trade hampered by current financial situation
The strenuous situation in Greece at the moment, marked by the temporary closure of all banks ahead of the referendum to be held on Sunday 5 July, has entailed difficulties for the country’s importers, many of whom are being forced to pay with cash. According to Evangelos Nenopoulos, of Fructa Union, this.....

US(WA): Fire damages packing facility
Washington State is struggling with severe drought and during the last few days, wildfires hit central and eastern parts of the state.In Wenatchee, the Bluebird packing facility of Domex Superfresh Growers was destroyed. The facility packs organic apples, pears and conventional as well as organic cherries......


Seeka gaining ground with record kiwi harvest
New Zealand's kiwi harvest has been exceptional this season. Michael Franks CEO at Seeka Kiwi Industries said they saw a record harvest this year."It was not without its headaches," explains Franks. "But we had good volumes, 26.4 million class 1 trays compared to last year's 20 million. We finished.....


Duffy Kniaziew, Orangeline Farms:
"Do something that nobody else does"
Strawberries, runner beans, chocolate peppers, purple peppers, a wide range of chilli peppers, plus a large acreage of red, yellow and orange bell peppers. You can find all of these crops at Orangeline Farms in Leamington, Ontario. Ever since the Kniaziew family started to market their own produce under the.....

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Polish banana market down
In what has become an annual occurrence, the banana market in Poland has been down this start of summer. With stiff competition from domestic strawberries, prices for the usually-popular banana have been under pressure.Strawberries Edge Out Bananas“Polish consumers are traditional consumers,” explained Bart.....


French customers retain mushroom consumption patterns
While shoppers across Europe have broadened the way they consume some fresh produce items, French customers continue to buy and consume mushrooms as a seasonal item. This has kept some French producers of the item in the same patterns of cultivating and marketing mushrooms strongly during fall.“Mushrooms are.....

US (CA): Living lettuce and watercress extend shelf life
“We harvest our lettuce and cress products with the roots attached,” says Pete Overgaag with Hollandia Produce. “This means the plant is still alive, which keeps the leaves greener and fresher longer than lettuce harvested conventionally. It enables us to deliver the freshest product possible.” Products with.....

Brazil, China: US$20bn fund for production capacity cooperation
China and Brazil agreed Friday to set up a US$20-billion fund to back bilateral production capacity cooperation as they roll out more concrete programs to consolidate their partnership.The agreement was one of the outcomes of the fourth meeting of the China-Brazil High-Level Coordination and Cooperation.....

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QLD, NT growers moving forward with CCGMV plan
One of the biggest hurdles the Australian cucurbit industry faces is inter state market acceptance of produce grown in areas where the virus has been found, namely parts of the Northern Territory and one farm in Northern Queensland. “We have to have market acceptance. It’s important to have a strategy so.....


Greek grocers being bled dry | Peapod to deliver farm-fresh produce
Lidl invests £220M in UK store expansion programme
AU: Woolworths selling its chain Thomas Dux Australia's largest supermarket operator Woolworths Ltd is looking for buyers for its upmarket Thomas Dux grocery stores, according to a Fairfax Media report, Reuters writes. It said that Woolworths was asking for between A$10M and A$20M for the.....



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More than $100,000 for college students
California Grape Growers award scholarships
Students in California’s grape growing region are ready to attend college thanks to table grape growers.Five field worker scholarships were awarded in 2015: three $20,000, four-year field worker scholarships and two $3,500 two-year scholarships to community colleges. Also, two $20,000 four-year agricultural.....

Costa Rica: Ag sector on alert due to floods in Caribbean
The Minister of Agriculture, Luis Felipe Arauz Cavallini, stated that the effects of the heavy rains fallen in the last hours in several communities in the Caribbean have the agricultural sector institutions on alert and in constant coordination with the National Emergency Commission to address the needs of.....

Ireland: Mangoes spark in-flight alarm
A cargo of mangoes may have sparked an alarm on a transatlantic flight.An Aeromexico Boeing 787 Dreamliner was forced to make an emergency landing at Shannon Airport after a warning indication light suggested there was smoke in the hold.The plane touched down safely at about 2.50pm and all 193 passengers and.....

Hundreds left homeless by Costa Rica flooding
Heavy rains over the weekend stopped momentarily to reveal extensive flood damage across Costa Rica’s Caribbean slope. As aid workers and security personnel worked to reestablish connections with isolated communities, President Luis Guillermo Solís said he would consider declaring a national emergency in.....

Rwanda ag startup wins $50,000 investment
Ghanaian startup Farmerline, which is expanding to East Africa and provides agricultural information to farmers, and Rwanda’s Atikus Insurance, which expands access to credit by increasing the capacity of MSME lenders via reimagined insurance and technology risk solutions have been named winners of the.....



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Paraguayo peaches originally from China
Paraguayo peaches area variety that was created from hybridization. It's the same situation as its ancestor, which arrived to Europe from the Persian Gulf. In Portugal they call it pêssegos, and in Galicia the name péxegosis used for the fruits from wild peach tree, which are planted ungrafted and have.....


Italy: Celebrating Solinda's tenth birthday
The Solinda mini-watermelon brand celebrated its 10th birthday in early June 2015.The first commercial tests were carried out byPeviani15 years ago yet Solinda still has a great advantage on similar varieties both seedless and with seeds."We can say that because we regularly test what is available on the.....

OPAL® apple ends wildly successful season
Opal® apple is closing out its fifth season which has been a success with sales and volume increases in the double digits.Opal has gained momentum nationally and saw a year-over-year sales dollar increase of 65% and a volume increase of 85% during the season. Same-store sales increased in volume with.....


Netherlands: Very successful apple day 2015
More than 2,500 visitors came to Apple day in Cothen, The Netherlands on Thursday June 25th. This is more than double that of two years ago. DLV Plant and the central Netherlands Dutch fruit growers organization (NFO) look back at the highly successful Apple day that was held at Toon Vernooij's fruit.....

US (OR): Growers trying to keep pears cool
Southern Oregon farmers might be suffering as temperatures soar, but they're not the only ones -- several orchards are taking steps to protect the fruit they're growing.Pear growers like Talent orchardist Ron Meyer have developed measures to keep their crops cool in threatening triple-digit.....


France number one exporter in 2014
“Orange Red” apricots are popular
The BLE market report week 25/2015 shows that the amount and varieties of apricotson the German wholesale markets still increases. The varieties Orange Red, Pinkcot, Flopria, Robada and Traver were sold more often. Demand was steady and stable, but still traders sporadically had to lower their prices. This.....

Norwegian strawberry season starts late, but with great quality
Large parts of Norway have had to wait for the summer heat to arrive, with autumn and winter temperatures during much of May and June. Naturally, this has caused a delay in the arrival of Norwegian strawberries, but they are finally here."The cold weather has not only had negative consequences, as it has.....

Turkey: New cherry varieties for European market
The Ministry of Food Agriculture and Livestock with the General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policy at Yalova Ataturk Central Horticultural Research Institute, have announced the introduction of the two new varieties of cherries named ‘Burak’ and ‘Aldamla’.Nejdet Kaplan chairman of the General.....



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Affinor Growers
Canada: Exclusive purchase order for sweet basil
Affinor Growers, a diversified agriculture and biotechnology company with proprietary vertical farming systems, is very pleased to announce that it has received an exclusive purchase order from Barnston Island Herbs, BC's original and best local grower of fine herbs, for all the Sweet Basil grown at.....



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1st October 2015, Norfolk
British Carrot Growers exhibition to demonstrate 68 varieties
The 2015 BCGA Demonstration site has 68 carrot varieties provided by 7 seed companies including, Elsoms, Hazera, Rijk Zwaan, Nunhems, Pro Veg, Clause and Seminis. In addition to the variety plots Syngenta, Bayer and BASF will all be demonstrating some of their products. Innovation is a continuing theme for.....



Citrusmore »

New app to keep Florida OJ flowing
Florida has nearly 70 million citrus trees on more than 531,500 acres. Now imagine trying to figure out what pesticide to spray on each of those trees to keep them safe from citrus greening.University of Florida researcher James Tansey says the answer is as close as your Android smartphone with a new app.....



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Seeka gaining ground with record kiwi harvest
New Zealand's kiwi harvest has been exceptional this season. Michael Franks CEO at Seeka Kiwi Industries said they saw a record harvest this year."It was not without its headaches," explains Franks. "But we had good volumes, 26.4 million class 1 trays compared to last year's 20 million. We finished.....



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Israel: Dramatic increase in organic banned substances
Fresh organic agricultural produce is supervised by the ministry of agriculture by law since 2008 when regulations for the production and selling of organic produce were instituted. Since the introduction of the law the ministry performs an independent inspection, on top of the regular inspections done by.....



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Citrus fruit linked with melanoma in preliminary study
Using data from two long-term studies of women and men, researchers found a potential link between citrus consumption and malignant melanoma of the skin.But the study did not test whether citrus fruits were the cause of the skin cancers, and more work will be needed to confirm the connection, the authors.....



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GS1 Germany is Top Supplier Retail 2015
The EHI Retail Institute awarded GS1 Germany in the category Best Enterprise Solution for solutions in the supply chain and traceability.During the gala at the fair EuroCIS in Dusseldorf, the EHI Retail Institute awarded the Retail Technology Awards Europe (reta) for the 8th time. For the first time the.....



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After impressive growth in Italy
Zerbinati fresh soups are now approaching Europe
The fresh soup market has enjoyed a very positive growth in the last years in Italy: in 2014, as an example, it grew by 7.7% in value.Within this market, Zerbinati plays an important role: the 100% Italian company, based in the Monferrato area in the Piedmont region, achieved a 30% growth in 2014.....



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CO2 cools fruit Rotterdam port
Usually, CO2 contributes to global warming, but in the new stores at Opticool, part of Agro Merchants, in the port of Rotterdam, CO2 actually contributes to cooling apples, pears and grapes. The new Opticool cooling installation uses CO2 as a natural coolant (CO2 is naturally present in the air, after all).....



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Taiwan: Food tops list of import rejects
Food products topped the list of imported food-related products that failed to meet the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) standards in the first five months of the year, followed by vegetables and tea leaves, according to statistics released by the agency yesterday.“As of May this year, a total of 253,707.....



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AU: Peanut trials held in NT
Katherine may be known for its mangoes and its beef – but if the Territory government gets its way, peanuts will soon be added to the list.The latest crop of peanuts to be planted at the Katherine Research Station went in on April 21 and Dr Ali Sarkhosh, who is leading the trial, said the point of the.....



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Plastic packaging prompts petition
Catriona Atkinson has started a petition asking Countdown supermarkets to scrap the wrap, and it has been signed by nearly 7000 people so far.Some of the items observed at a Wellington Countdown by Radio New Zealand included seven radishes in a plastic box, seven mushrooms laid out on a tray sweating under a.....



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French Anjou shallots soon to have a PGI
Whilst the shallot season is in full-swing, the Fleuron d’Anjou cooperative have announced that an “Anjou Shallot” PGI is imminent. The decision will take effect at the end of July and was long awaited by the 30 producers in the sector. Anjou shallots are planted and harvested by hand and cover 150 hectares......



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Greek grocers being bled dry | Peapod to deliver farm-fresh produce
Lidl invests £220M in UK store expansion programme
AU: Woolworths selling its chain Thomas Dux Australia's largest supermarket operator Woolworths Ltd is looking for buyers for its upmarket Thomas Dux grocery stores, according to a Fairfax Media report, Reuters writes. It said that Woolworths was asking for between A$10M and A$20M for the.....



Fresh-cut Managementmore »

NatureSeal for Fresh-Cut
Consumer product to keep avocados from browning
NatureSeal for Fresh-Cut Produce is simply a blend of vitamins and minerals jointly developed by Mantrose-Haeuser Co., Inc. and the USDA that keeps select fresh-cut produce, including apples, pears and stone fruit, from browning, while maintaining the fresh taste, texture and color.NatureSeal for Guacamole.....



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Organic and Fairtrade on the rise
Ecuador feels pressure regional competition
While in Aberdeen the banana was recently banned from a festival to appease superstitious sailors, banana traders in Europe are getting ready for the quiet summer months. The banana is facing competition from summer fruit across the continent. In the producing countries, a division is visible. The.....



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