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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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Photo report Huizan wholesale market Shanghai.
Chinese consumer willing to pay for top quality
While on a recent trip to Shanghai, FreshPlaza visited the Huizan Wholesale market, the market was opened two years ago and is only for importers. Kayla from Good Farmer was kind enough to show me around.Click here for the photo reportBuyers at the market are mainly buyers for secondary markets and will buy.....

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South Africa doubles citrus exports to the East
This year has been difficult in most markets for South African citrus producers, particularly the EU, with the CBS issue. Justin Chadwick, of South Africa’s Citrus Growers Association, explains that “we’ve had to implement a series of measures that are making citrus shipping to the EU more difficult and.....


Interpoma 2014
"We need to import less and export elsewhere"
The ninth edition of Interpoma started with the international convention "The apple in the world". The congress was coordinated by fruit-growing expert Kurt Werth and has become a must for the entire sector. The first of the three days was dedicated to the new market flows.The Russian banDominik Wozniak,.....


Three years in a row bad prices
Israel: Horticulture really tough for young growers
While some in Israel believe agriculture is not an economically sustainable activity, others defend that achieving self-sufficiency is very important for the country. Yonatan Bar-On, of Arava Export Growers, explains that “the number of growers is dropping because it’s a really tough activity; many young.....

US: Larger avocado sizes out of Mexico
Following an abundance of small sizes during last year's Mexican avocado import season, this year's shipments have been lacking smaller fruit. Most avocados imported into the U.S. come from Mexico during this time of year.“There have been sufficient supplies of 48s and decent supplies of 40s and larger,”.....

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Year-round worldwide supplies of own cultivation in four countries
Joint venture TOP and Wiskerke: Daily Shallot
At the PMA in Los Angeles, TOP Onions and Wiskerke Onions introduced new joint venture Daily Shallot. Through own cultivation in the United States, Canada, France and the Netherlands, the company guarantees year-round worldwide supplies of shallots. "TOP has originally been more specialized in cultivation,.....


China FVF
Poland launch bid to supply apples to China
At last week's China Fruit and Vegetable Fair EU apples launched their bid to enter the Chinese market. The week before they presented at WOP Dubai.Konrad Zawadzki from the Association of Polish Fruit and Vegetables Distributors, "Fruit Union" said the project was to promote European bi-coloured apples."The.....


Bananas attractive to new points of sale
The banana market is currently stable with supply and demand in balance. Market prices have seen a small increase. However demand is growing in the fresh fruit market, which has allowed bananas to enter new points of sale. “The portability and value of bananas is making them an attractive.....

South African stonefruit exporters look for new direct routes to Russia
This year, South African stonefruit growers have faced some localised problems with hail, although according to Anton Rabe, of HortGro, “the quality and size are looking promising at this stage, and the harvest will also start about 8 to 10 days earlier than last year.”In terms of markets, he explains that.....

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U.S. mango imports 11% lower due to weather conditions in Latin America
The United States' mango import volume has increased by 62% between 2005 and 2013, but this year the weather issues in Latin America have affected its usual growth."Peru, Ecuador and Brazil have all shown declines in exports to the United States this year, as the weather phenomenon El Niño has caused some.....


iFresh China
Branding the next big thing in China
The fifth edition of IFresh took place from 20 - 22 November in INTEX Shanghai. Event organiser Christine Tsai said there were over 200 exhibitors and around 1500 visitors.This event takes place twice a year, in the spring and again in the autumn, "We do this to cater for the different seasons within China.....

Zespri doubles kiwi sales in India
New Zealand's top kiwi brand Zespri has seen more than double sales in the past three years and hopes to see a further doubling in the next three years as doctors, patients and WhatsApp push the exotic fruit, owing to its medicinal properties that are believed to help fight the dreaded dengue fever.Although.....


Big changes on potato market during first half of 2014
World market for consumption potatoes stabilizes
Starting in 2011, the global (commercial) production of potatoes seems to be stabilizing at 370 million tons. Until that time, there was clear evidence of growth. It is true that production is still growing in some countries. Examples are China and India (together accounting for 37% of the world total),.....



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Nicaragua: China will begin to build a canal worth 50 billion dollars in December
The Government of Nicaragua and HKND of China announced that they would begin the construction of a canal in the Pacific sector on December 22."We'll begin the first works in preparation for the construction of the canal on December 22, such as the access roads and transporting heavy machinery", said Paul.....


AU: ‘Tornado’ hits farms and brings down powerlines at Gol Gol
Millions of dollars of damage was done to horticultural properties near Mildura when a tornado-like storm hit on the weekend. Farms at Gol Gol North were “devastated” by ferocious winds and hailstones on Saturday afternoon.Wentworth Shire Council mayor Don McKinnon said damage to crops spanned about 120ha.....



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After eight years of research, the fruit's cultivation has consolidated in Bolivia
Bolivia: Blueberry crops gain ground
Even though Bolivia isn't known as a major producer of blueberries, which are considered a super fruit because of its antioxidant and anticancer properties, in 2006 the government of Tarija commissioned an investigation to adapt this crop in the Central Valley, as a new productive alternative for rural.....


AU: Orchardists push for visa extension to ease skilled worker shortage
Fed up with re-training overseas workers, some fruit growers are calling on the Federal Government to extend their visas. Those on working holiday or 417 visas can only spend a maximum of six months on one farm.Orchardists, like New South Wales Riverina apple grower Ian Cathels, says it's an unproductive way.....

Greek peaches and nectarines seeking opportunities in Saudi Arabia
In an effort to open up new markets for peaches and nectarines affected by the Russian embargo, representatives of Greece's main cooperatives were present in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from Monday 17 November until Thursday 20 November to participate in one of the largest international food fairs in the Arab.....

Understanding how tart cherry trees work is key to quality, cost control
After Dr. James Flore joined the horticulture department faculty at Michigan State University in 1974, he decided to focus on answering those questions for cherry growers, especially for tart cherry growers. Michigan grows two-thirds of the nation’s crop, so it seemed logical that someone at the state’s land.....

NZ: Scales could beat forecast profit
The fruit and vegetable logistics company announced yesterday it would pay a 3c per share (cps) interim dividend.According to its June prospectus, the Christchurch company expected annual profit of $15.9 million in 2014 and forecast a dividend of between 9.4cps and 9.6cps.In announcing the interim dividend.....

Feds to purchase surplus Washington cranberries
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved spending up to $55 million nationwide to purchase up to 68 million pounds of surplus cranberry products, a move that will boost Washington cranberry growers, members of the state's political delegation said Monday.Washington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria.....

Florida strawberry growers announce start of new season
Harvest will begin soon from 11,000 acres of Florida winter strawberries planted this year in a season that annually runs November through April and provides fresh-from-the-field, U.S.-grown strawberries to markets east of the Mississippi River, including the Eastern Seaboard and parts of Canada.Be on the.....



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Yesid Bouziki:
"Mint from greenhouses doesn’t compare to Moroccan mint"
When Moroccan-born Yesid drank his first mint tea in a Dutch coffee bar many years ago, he thought only one thing: that he could do better than that. In 2009 he imported the first shipment of mint from Morocco, and now he supplies about 200 kilos to the Dutch hospitality industry every week.Yesid began by.....



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17-19 March, 2015
4th Horti ASIA & AGRI-Asia 2015 gearing up for BITEC, Bangkok
The Horti ASIA and AGRI-Asia join forces to showcase together in the ‘AGRI Food Business Week Asia’ during 17-19 March, 2015 at Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC), Bangkok, Thailand. Both are the international tradeshows for technologies and innovations for horticulture and.....

Crop Protection and the Food Chain:
Meeting the challenges of reduced pesticide availability
The UK fresh produce industry will face difficult challenges to maintain a sustainable supply for UK consumers, says the Fresh Produce Consortium. The growing impact of EU legislation means a reduction in the armoury of crop protection products available to UK and European growers, as well as tighter.....

Canadian Produce Industry has successful meetings on Parliament Hill
On November 18 and 19, industry leaders representing the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) met with over 40 Parliamentarians and civil servants in Ottawa to discuss the key issues currently affecting the Canadian fresh fruit and vegetable sector. Some of.....



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US (FL): Grapefruits doing well, Treasure Coast growers say
Growers from Martin County through Brevard County are saying that grapefruit are great this season.“It actually demonstrates a lot of hope for the future of the industry,” explained Hale Groves President Alex Brown.He says the healthy crop of grapefruit is welcome news for all growers and packers.To date,.....


Surplus and low consumption affects global citrus market
The citrus market, in particular the orange market, is plagued by several current events this season. Among these are the good harvests, low consumption and political unrest in Russia. The latter especially affected Spanish growers. Improvement is nowhere to be seen.Spain, Morocco and Egypt all saw good.....


Bulgaria: Significant drop in citrus prices
The citrus season already started in Bulgaria, and prices have significantly dropped over the course of last week. Oranges have registered declines of 21.3%, according to the State Commission on Commodity and Market Exchanges.At the beginning of the week, a kilo of oranges cost 1.50 Lev in the wholesale (1.....



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Zespri doubles kiwi sales in India
New Zealand's top kiwi brand Zespri has seen more than double sales in the past three years and hopes to see a further doubling in the next three years as doctors, patients and WhatsApp push the exotic fruit, owing to its medicinal properties that are believed to help fight the dreaded dengue fever.Although.....



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"Organic farming priority for Europe"
”Organic farming is a priority for Europe,” said Albena Simeonova, chair of the Bulgarian Organic Products Association, speaking in an interview with FOCUS News Agency.”It is no surprise the management of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food has announced organic production will be a priority. We have talked.....



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Veggie diet better than drugs to beat diabetes
Millions of people with diabetes should eat a vegetarian diet to help reverse the killer condition, doctors say. A healthy, plant-based diet can significantly improve blood sugar levels and even potentially leave patients free of the disease. An analysis of previous studies showed a vegetarian diet had.....



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Dirk van Roode:
"Horticulture frontrunner with opportunities for ICT"
ICT is evolving rapidly, and the horticulture and fresh produce sectors are also continuously developing. Dirk van Roode of Nederland ICT, the ICT trade association, follows the developments closely. He refers to a study in which horticulture is named as one of the sectors with the most opportunities when it.....



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GreenOnyx
Israeli start-up bringing urban farming to countertops
An Israeli couple has found an innovative way to make sure their kids get their vegetables. Inspired by 3-D printing, Tsipi and Ben Shoham have found a high-tech way to grow a nutritious vegetable source with no care or fuss."This is a real high-tech system integrated with agriculture in a way nobody has.....



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Global frozen food market will grow to $307.33 billion in 2020
The global frozen food market is expected to reach USD 307.33 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Consumer shift towards adoption of food requiring less time to prepare on account of their changing lifestyle is expected to remain a key driving factor for the global frozen.....



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Energy costs at fruit and veg store cut by 25% with RDM controls
Controls from Resource Data Management are saving fruit and veg distributor Sharrocks 25 per cent in refrigeration running costs at its new facility. The cold store, at the company’s headquarters near Preston, is being cooled with a custom built, high efficiency refrigeration system equipped with the latest.....



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Salmonella outbreak in NE linked to bean sprouts from Brooklyn company
New Hampshire health officials say four residents have been affected by a Salmonella outbreak in the Northeast linked to bean sprouts from a Brooklyn company.The state Department of Health and Human Services said Saturday that the bean sprouts were consumed in restaurants.So far 63 people have become sick in.....



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Tanzania: Cashew nut farmers urged to open bank accounts
Cashew nut farmers have been urged to open bank accounts to avoid unnecessary disturbances when receiving their payments. The call was sounded on Tuesday in the House, by deputy minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Godfrey Zambi when responding to a supplementary question put forward by.....



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Canada: New boutique packing facility in Southern Okanagan Valley
The Star Group through Consolidated Fruit Packers (CFP) is expanding with its own state of the art packing facility in the Southern Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada.Located in Osoyoos, this central location will enable CFP and The Star Group to invest a significant and long term interest in the.....



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Bergerac, Cherie and Luciole
UK: Packs of rainbox potatoes to brighten up mealtime
Leading potato supplier, Branston, is offering shoppers a new and innovativeproduct to brighten up their mealtimes.Packs of Rainbow potatoes have been launched exclusively in Tesco storesnationwide and over 12,000 units were sold in the first three weeks of thembeing on shelf. Each pack offers three.....



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Aldi builds largest solar plant in Switzerland
The German discount retailer Aldi is committed to sustainable energy, and is investing in the largest solar plant in Switzerland. For this project, Aldi has entered a partnership with the Swiss energy company, CKW.The roof of the distribution centre in Perlen (kanton Luzern) will have, according to the.....


Spain: Caprabo's new store format a great success
Caprabo has increased its sales volume at its new generation supermarkets by 9.5%, which is 1.5 points over the initial company forecast. The chain is currently in the middle of a transformation process for its store network, to which end more than 80 million Euro will be invested until 2016.The new format.....

Carrefour launches convenience stores
France's Carrefour, the world's second-largest hypermarket group by sales, confirmed that it is expanding in China with its Easy Carrefour convenience chain store brand.Its first Easy Carrefour shop in China, located in Shanghai, was spotted by people and reported by Chinese online media on Monday.A.....

US: Natural Grocers up on Q4, 2015 outlook
Stock in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage was up by 17% early Friday following the release of solid fourth-quarter financial results and an optimistic outlook for 2015.The Lakewood, Colo.-based retailer said net earnings in the quarter ended Sept. 30 increased by 43.1% to $3.2 million on a $135.7 million.....

US: Alco stores begin liquidation sales
Going-out-of-business sales began Friday at all Alco stores.Alco, a discount variety chain based in Coppell, Texas, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October. The court on Thursday authorized Tiger Capital Group, SB Capital Group and Great American Group to conduct liquidation sales at all 198.....


Carrefour Group to buy Dia’s French activities
On the 21st November The French Competition Authority authorised the Carrefour group to buy Spanish group Dia’s French activities, i.e. 750 stores.In June 2014 the French retail group announced their €600 million offer to buy the hard discount food stores. However the competition authority has laid out.....

Aldi announces new CEOs for the UK and Australia
Aldi is changing its senior management structure in both the UK and Australia, moving from its successful joint MD approach in each market to having a single UK CEO and a single Australasia CEO.Matthew Barnes takes on UK CEO roleAfter four years of running the UK business together as joint MDs, Matthew.....

Slovakia: Leading retailers join new trade association
Some of Slovakia’s largest grocery retailers are to join a new trade association in Slovakia, the Slovak Alliance of Modern Commerce (SAMO), SITA newswire has reported. Launching retailers include Lidl, Kaufland, Tesco, Billa and Metro.According to SITA newswire, the aim of the new association is ‘to.....

Carrefour strengthening presence in Europe
As Carrefour announces another acquisition in Italy, we look at other recent moves to strengthen its business in western and central Europe.Building a convenience presence in ItalyCarrefour is acquiring 16 stores from Il Centro in the provinces of Florence and Arezzo, and one store in La Spezia. The stores.....

Woolworths' Project Oxygen leaves supermarkets gasping
On November 10, Woolworths and its US partner, Lowe's, quietly tipped another $90 million into their struggling hardware business Masters Home Improvement. According to the latest Australian Securities and Investments Commission filings, it brings total investment in the hardware joint venture to a whopping.....

Supermarket price war blamed for food producers folding
A supermarket price war is being blamed for a sharp rise in the number of food producers going bust.So far this year 146 food producers have entered insolvency, up from 114 last year, according to research by accountancy firm Moore Stephens. The company said supermarkets are squeezing producers in order to.....

Group keen to buy Tesco's Thai operations if put up for sale
Charoen Pokphand Group (CP), Thailand's largest agribusiness conglomerate, is keen to buy Tesco Plc's (TSCO.L) operations in the Southeast Asian nation if the British retailer decides to sell, the group's chairman said on Monday.Dhanin Chearavanont, the country's second-richest man, told reporters he was.....

Malls rise as South African townships boom
The number of township households in South Africa with no income at all “fell sharply” to 1.6 percent by 2010, the World Bank report found. Annual consumption per capita rose 12.5 percent in the townships to 18,419 rand ($1,644) in the five years ending in 2011, about the same as the increase for urban.....

Price Chopper promotes new grocery app
Price Chopper is encouraging shoppers to use Snap, Groupon’s new grocery savings app.“Have you checked out the new app Snap by Groupon?” the retailer wrote in a Facebook post.Snap is a free app that provides cash back on groceries purchased at any retailer in the U.S. or Canada. IPhone and Android users who.....

Let's be smarter about getting food to low-income people
In most metropolitan areas, getting groceries is as easy as going online. Peapod, Instacart, Amazon Fresh and Fresh Direct are among a growing number of companies looking to make food shopping faster and easier. While for most of their current customers, the service they provide is a convenience, for the 30.....

Grocery sales at highest in five months
Grocery sales increased by 1.1%, year-on-year, during the 12 weeks to November 9. Those figures resulted in an additional €23m being spent by shoppers in the main supermarket retailers.According to new data, grocery market sales increased at their fastest pace, during the period, since June.“Grocery market.....

Walmart, Metro, Carrefour accused of B2B naughtiness
Several global retail chains—including Walmart, Metro and Carrefour—that were allowed to now sell only via B2B in India have instead been found to have repeatedly sold directly to consumers, in violation of foreign direct involvement (FDI) rules, according to a story in Cobrapost in India, as reported by The.....

The hard discount threat in America
For food retailers outside North America, intense competition from hard discount formats is just part of the competitive landscape. But inside North America, hard discount has not been much of a factor. We believe that is likely to change soon. Aldi is reaching an inflection point in its store density and.....



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November 21th at 2 pm (CET)
Scientists of EU Project QUAFETY return to tacler in November
Dear FreshPlaza readers, the Italian scientists of EU project Quafety will be on tacler platform (www.tacler.com) next 21th November from 2.00 to 3.00 pm (CET), to discuss some topics that are being studied within the project.You can find the full version of the interviews and of the open discussions of the.....



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