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Martin Kodde, Head of Food Chain Engagement at Syngenta
Sustainability is one of the key issues to vegetable growers
At last week’s PMA Fresh Connections Southern Africa, held in Pretoria, South Africa, Martin Kodde, head of Food Chain Engagement at Syngenta, outlined how his company is working to understand the concerns of its customers; “customers who are all growers,” stressed Martin.“The first challenge is compliance.....

CA (BC): Apple harvest gets underway in British Columbia
Warm weather and a favorable growing season have made for an early start to the apple harvest in British Columbia. Availability of fruit is expected to last from now until May of next year.“We're a little early this year by about a week,” said Glen Lucas, general manager for BC Fruit Growers' Association......


Brazil: Agrícola Famosa to start shipping melon to Middle East
Agrícola Famosa will start shipping its current fruit crop to the Middle East in September. The company is based in Icapuí, in Brazil’s Ceará state, and sells approximately ten containers a week to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. “This is the third crop we have sold to these countries,” says.....


Russia's food ban blessing in disguise for some shipping companies
Team Niinivirta, a Finnish family-run transportation firm, turned 60 this year, but its third-generation managers now don't know if the business will see Christmas, because of Russia's new ban on European food imports. The firm based in Kotka, on the Gulf of Finland opposite St. Petersburg, was using its 12.....


CMI named as a finalist for the PMA Impact Award in packaging
Columbia Marketing International (CMI) has been named as a finalist for the 2014 PMA Impact Awards in Excellence in Packaging for their innovative single serving cherry package.The Produce Marketing Association reported that, 56 companies entered 67 products for consideration. Twenty packaging submissions.....

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Peru: Melon exports to U.S. and Europe still paralysed
The project to produce and export melons developed by the agribusiness Gandules is paralysed, said its chief executive, John Varilias Velasquez."This was an experimental project. While we did harvest the adequate quantity and quality of melons, the foreign market failed Peru because they want us to send.....


Upbeat Maersk an encouraging sign for U.S., global growth
An upbeat earnings report from the world’s largest shipping company is giving economists and investors reason to be more optimistic about the global economy.Shares in Copenhagen-based A.P. Møller-Maersk AS MAERSKB, -0.21% were one of the biggest gainers on the Stoxx Europe 600 on Tuesday after the company.....


PMA Fresh Connections Southern Africa
"This year we reached more parts of the industry than ever before"
Last week the PMA Fresh Connections Southern Afirca took place in Pretoria, South Africa, this was the fourth time for this event and has been hailed a success by the organisers and delegates alike.This edition saw a record number of delegates, a grand total of 400.Click here to see the photo reportThe theme.....


Argentina: ALL LEMON ends 2014 season with reduced exports
ALL LEMON, the quality seal for exported lemons from Argentina, is now entering the final weeks of its 2014 season which has been characterised by less volume than 2013. Despite the downturn, fruit quality has been superior and, as a result, arrivals have been well received by clients across the world......

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Turkish lemon export still strong
The Turkish lemon export increased by 31% during the 2013-14 season. Mersin, the main export region for citrus in Turkey, raised its export figures for lemons despite its neighbouring countries' conditions. The president of the sector committee of the fruit and vegetable unions and the 'International Citrus.....



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Young Victorian farmer helping to grow Chinese agriculture
It's not every day you get up at 4am to work on a Chinese vegetable farm. That's the experience Ben Cameron made the most of during a visit to a farming community south of Beijing.Mr Cameron is from south west Victoria and is currently studying agriculture in Melbourne. He recently visited China to help.....



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Rio Negro
Argentina: ACIPAN report describes drop in apple production and export
The ACIPAN Economic Observatory released the "Comahue Report 2014: Key aspects of the economies of Neuquen and Rio Negro."The report describes that the province of Rio Negro recorded a population of 638,000 inhabitants in the 2010 national census, with prospects for 669,000 people in 2013. It is estimated.....

Northwest Michigan fruit crops look good
Sixty-degree days in mid-August don’t bruise local farmers' spirits."It was nice and cool, which for those of us that like the beach is not great, but everyone else is really excited," said Nikki Rothwell, coordinator of the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center.Traverse City temperatures hovered.....

Global Holdings, Inc. announces joint venture to grow strawberries
Global Holdings, Inc. announces that their joint-venture partner and a grower in Mexico dedicated 50,000 hectares (1 hectare = 2.47 acres) to the growth of strawberries. This produce will be made available to the U.S. and Mexican markets, as well as to Central American distributors and outlets. The Company.....



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Research aims to reduce water footprint increase shelf life of potted and cut herb production
New research from the University of Southampton is aiming to reduce the water footprint and increase shelf life of potted and cut herb production in the UK. Focusing on a range of potted and cut herbs, including flat-leaved parsley, basil and coriander, the aim is to reduce the use of irrigation water during.....



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PMA Fresh Connections Southern Africa
"This year we reached more parts of the industry than ever before"
Last week the PMA Fresh Connections Southern Afirca took place in Pretoria, South Africa, this was the fourth time for this event and has been hailed a success by the organisers and delegates alike.This edition saw a record number of delegates, a grand total of 400.Click here to see the photo reportThe theme.....



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Peru: Limones Piuranos purchased another 300 hectares
The Limones Piuranos SA Company is in the process of expanding their fields. "We purchased 300 additional acres," said Lisi Robles Taboada, the firm's head of exports. The company has also invested in the purchase of machinery for the selection of fresh lemon.What's nextOne of the company's goals is to.....



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Taiwan: Gov't to initiate control measures for garlic prices
The Council of Agriculture (COA) has announced that it would be implementing a land quota system for garlic farmers starting this September in order to halt production and sales imbalances.Garlic has been sold at a shocking range of prices throughout Taiwan; it is sold at NT$60 to NT$80 per kilogram in.....



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US: For many small farmers, being certified 'Organic' isn't worth the trouble
Data from this year’s census shows there are 18,513 certified organic farms and businesses in the United States, a 245 percent increase since 2002. But New Jersey is among 17 states that have seen a decline in organic certifications since 2008. LaMonica’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is one of 40.....



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Veggie RX program
US (KY): Prescriptions for fruits and vegetables instead of medication
Doctors are using prescription pads for more than just medication these days. The prescriptions have the same goal: to save lives, but instead of medication, it's written for one share of produce."Just because you are small doesn't mean that you are healthy," said Meghan Callaway, who just signed up for the.....



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Bob Whitaker Chief Science and Technology Officer PMA USA
"In order to use, be prepared for game-changing technologies we need to overcome the initial period of chaos"”
The retail sector prizes innovation and technology can hold answers in this direction. Bob Whitaker, Chief Science and Technology Officer at PMA USA, said at the recent PMA Fresh Connections in South Africa, that, “we need to understand some of the challenges we face, and consequently our global challenges;.....



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Egypt testing innovations to increase its agricultural productivity
Egypt's scientists are keen on research and innovation to promote agriculture and achieve a greater agricultural self-sufficiency. With help from the Ministry of Agriculture and other institutions, Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Rahman, a member of Egypt's scientists council, has already started working on the application.....



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AU: Shepparton SPC plant expansion set to go ahead
A $100 million expansion of the SPC fruit processing plant in Shepparton is back on track after the council blocked the company’s bid for a local road closure.Fears were high that parent company Coca Cola would abandon its SPC plant investment of $78 million, which is backed by $22 million from the Napthine.....



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Grower experience significant operational efficiencies with RedLine Cooler™
RedLine Solutions, the leader in produce traceability and inventory solutions, today announced that Deardorff Family Farms has deployed RedLine Cooler in their new, state-of-the art facility to manage inventory, improve operations, and increase customer satisfaction.Deardorff’s new facility essentially.....



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Russia: Load of contaminated plums from Serbia detained
A quarantine pest – San Jose scale – was detected in a load of plums imported into Russia, August 13, 2014, country of origin – Serbia. It is the third detection of San Jose scales in plums imported into Murmansk from the beginning of the year. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, this quarantine pest was never detected.....



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African cashew alliance expo returns to Accra in November
The African Cashew Alliance’s prestigious World Cashew Festival and Expo returns to Ghana for the second year running, with the 4-day event beginning on 11th November 2014 at the Accra International Conference Centre.A statement signed by the African Cashew Alliance’s Communications Manager, Craig Duncan, to.....


Ministry of Agriculture confirms 7.6 million date palms in Oman
The number of date palms in Oman stands at 7.6 million, according to the latest report released by the directorate general of agriculture development for 2014. The number of date palm trees is expected to rise and match last year's figure as more palms are to be planted by December.There were eight million.....


Turkish freeze may be boon for Oregon hazelnuts
A frost that damaged the hazelnut crop in Turkey might be a boon to growers in Oregon — at least in the short term — even as it hits Nutella-lovers' pocketbooks.The extent of the damage isn't clear yet, but because Turkey supplies 70 percent of the world's supply, big hazelnut buyers — including the biggest,.....

US (CA): Drought, heat take toll on almond sizes, weights
Drought, heat and disease pressure in the southern San Joaquin Valley are so far producing a lighter almond crop than expected in California, industry insiders say.As the harvest of Nonpareils has been underway in southern areas for several weeks, growers are seeing a higher level of rejects than usual as.....

US (CA): Sutter County ag value booms to $600 million
Last year was a record-breaker for Sutter County agriculture, with total value increased 13 percent from the year prior. The total value was approaching $600 million, according to the new 2013 crop report.Rice is still the top crop in Sutter County, but walnuts are closing the gap. Both crops were by far the.....



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CMI named as a finalist for the PMA Impact Award in packaging
Columbia Marketing International (CMI) has been named as a finalist for the 2014 PMA Impact Awards in Excellence in Packaging for their innovative single serving cherry package.The Produce Marketing Association reported that, 56 companies entered 67 products for consideration. Twenty packaging submissions.....



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Fresh Express launches shredded broccoli & cauliflower mix
Fresh Express is launching a new Shredded Broccoli and Cauliflower mix, offering a convenient, ready-to-eat, vegetable-packed salad.When consumers prepare a salad, often they are adding more than just salad dressing to their lettuce. They’re adding their own selection of toppings like vegetables, cheeses and.....



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Suppliers need to use insights from success of Aldi, Lidl and Poundland to boost retail prospects, says Bridgethorne
A report that discount supermarkets Aldi and Lidl could be on track for combined sales in excess of the UK’s fourth-biggest multiple – Morrison’s – together with news that Poundland has posted double-digit rises in full-year sales and profits, boosted by the opening of 32 new stores, reinforces the view the.....

Forget supermarket price wars, Tesco just needs to improve its image
A call for Tesco to down weapons in the ferocious supermarket price wars has given cheer to investors.Shares in the retail giant climbed 1.8pc on Friday morning, making it one of the top risers in the FTSE 100, after analysts at Nomura said it may not need to cut its prices to increase sales.The retail giant.....

Walmart Neighborhood Market coming to Village Shoppes of San Pablo
A Walmart Neighborhood Market is coming soon to the Village Shoppes of San Pablo at Atlantic Boulevard and San Pablo Road.A leasing brochure from Colliers International for the shopping center says a Walmart Neighborhood Market will anchor the center in a space vacated by Food Lion.The 84,000-square-foot.....

NZ: Pams and Budget to adopt Health Star Rating on all packaging
Foodstuffs has today announced that Pams and Budget product packaging will include the Government’s Health Star Rating.Dave McAteer, General Manager, Foodstuffs Own Brands Ltd says, “We support the principles behind the Health Star Rating System as it provides customers with an easily understandable way to.....

FTSE rises as global tensions ease but Tesco falls on fears of dividend cut
Markets are moving higher on hopes of an easing in geopolitical tensions, but closer to home, Tesco has come under renewed pressure.Shares in the supermarket are down 1.8p to 248.2p, making it the leading faller in the FTSE 100. The move follows a Sunday Times report that new chief executive Dave Lewis may.....

Supermarket Rimi, Estonia: fruit and vegetable prices drop
Fruit and vegetable prices have recently changed in favour of consumers, which could be caused by sanctions imposed by Russia.According to the representative of retailers chain Rimi - Alice Erbach, the prices started to drop in spring, in May and June fruit and vegetables cost almost 10 % less than last.....

Haggen names Clougher new CEO
Haggen, Inc., Bellingham, Wash., said it has hired John Clougher as CEO of the 18-store chain, effective Sept. 8.He succeeds a three-man office of the president that has overseen the company since late 2012. Two of the three executives — Clement Stevens and John Turley — will remain with Haggen as SVPs; the.....

Japan's c-store competition heats up
As competition in Japan's highly developed convenience market increases, retailers are launching new outlets aimed at delivering differentiation and attracting new customers.FamilyMart launches karaoke storesFamilyMart has partnered up with Daiichikosho Co. karaoke to launch three stores that feature karaoke.....

Migros H1 focus: convenience & supermarket expansion
Turkish retailer, Migros Ticaret has released its results for the first half of 2014, reporting a 12.9% increase in revenue to TRY 3,738m (€1,288m). The retailer also reported that annual gross profit increased by 13.3% to TRY 995m (€343m).Around 150 new stores will open in 2014.The retailer opened 82 new.....

San Jacinto: Circle K to build first new prototype in Southern California
Circle K Stores has selected San Jacinto for the company’s first new prototype in Southern California.The groundbreaking for the Circle K/Mobil will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18, at 1450 S. Sanderson Avenue at the northwest corner of Sanderson and Esplanade avenues.The combo concept will be on 1.24 acres.....

Walmart invests in front-end service
Walmart has announced a new service-based initiative which it plans to implement in its Supercentres and non-food stores in the US to improve the experience for its shoppers.‘The Checkout Promise’ – shorter check-out queuesDuncan Mac Naughton, Walmart’s chief merchandising officer, stated that the retailer.....

Global (food & grocery) retail market sales to reach US$11 trillion by 2018 says new study
The "Global Food and Grocery Retailing, 2013-2018" report, provides an analysis of current and forecast market data on retail sales in the food and grocery categories across different channels globally. Also provides, food and grocery data by categories food, drinks, household products and tobacco. In.....

Canada's Couche-Tard makes short-list in $16 billion Sinopec unit sale: sources
Canadian retailer Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc and China's Tencent Holdings Ltd are among suitors short-listed to buy a $16 billion minority stake in China's Sinopec Sales, the world's largest fuel retail network, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.China Life Insurance Co Ltd, the nation's biggest.....

Ahold repurchased 1,102,084 Ahold common shares for € 14.16 million between August 11 and August 15, 2014
Ahold has repurchased 1,102,084 Ahold common shares in the period from August 11, 2014 up to and including August 15, 2014.The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 12.8446 per share for a total consideration of € 14.16 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share.....

Canada: Metro stock ‘a steady story’ in ongoing grocery wars
Shares in grocery and drug giant Metro Inc. are trading near all-time highs despite intense competition across the sector, although future growth could be limited as larger players keep up the fight for loyal customers.The Montreal-based company behind such retail banners as Metro, Food Basics and Drug.....



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Report on the third meeting on Tacler Platform with Quafety Scientists
As anticipated in the last days (read here), the scientists of EU project Quafety have been available on the platform of Tacler July, on Friday from 2 to 3 pm (GMT +2), to discuss some topics that are being studied within the project.A brief report from the third meeting which occurred on 25 July.....



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