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Friday, August 26, 2016

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OVERVIEW GLOBAL BLUEBERRY MARKET
While Northern Europe is gearing up for the end of the season, growers in South America are looking forward to the start of the harvest. In some European countries, the harvest has stopped earlier because of the warm weather. Also in the northwest of the United States the season has finished earlier than.....

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Unprecedented high prices for Valencias in Middle East
South African Valencias will finish earlier this season as volumes are lower than normal. The crop suffered damage in the northern production areas of the country due the hail and drought conditions. Late rains in the northern parts also resulted in unexpected size increases for grapefruit, navels and.....


Jacob Aktalan (MG Fruit): "Good demand for watermelons"
Gap between Spanish and Brazilian melon season
The tropical weather is causing a good demand for melons. "Our phone is red hot. Watermelons are very 'hot' at the moment, although the demand is mainly coming from the supermarkets and I think the trade on the open market is slightly disappointing," says Jacob Aktalan, responsible for the melon sales of MG.....

Garlic prices high as California growers find pricing
Light supplies of garlic coming from China have contributed to strong prices for Garlic in the United States. Pricing for product from California is being determined by growers right now, and those prices could be good depending on what packouts look like in the coming weeks.“Harvesting in California started.....


Increasing competition from Israel for Brazilian figs
Figs are a very delicate fruit, juicy and sweet with a very good source of fiber and potassium and a highly perishable product. In Brazil they are grow in different areas but mainly near São Paulo. On the Brazilian domestic market, they are hard to find outside the regions where they are produced, and the.....

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Smugglers fixed road
Russian fresh produce segment of lower quality after boycott
The quality of the fresh produce segment has decreased in Russia since the boycott on Turkey. A convoy of angry farmers is on its way to Moscow to draw attention to the corruption of local authorities. A band of smugglers have fixed a road and broadened it to expedite the transport of illegal products......


South African kiwi imports up 50%
Kiwifruit is not a traditional fruit in South Africa, yet consumers are beginning to get a taste for it. In recent years there has been extensive promotional activities in many of the retail and other outlets, introducing the nutritional values of this fruit and informing the South African consumer about.....


Spain: Smith pomegranate harvest kicks off with smaller calibres
The Spanish company Lyfruits, specialised in the production of pomegranates grown in Valencia, has started harvesting its earliest variety, the Smith. This pioneering company decided to diversify its production with different varieties to cover almost the entire pomegranate campaign, from August to late.....

Polish Potato Association seeks to remove export restrictions
Poland is the only country in the EU where the export of potatoes is restricted, which is why it continues to be the main focus of the entire Polish industry.Up until recently the Polish potato industry was not really united like other countries such as Germany and the Netherlands, where the sector will band.....

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Bigger hazelnut crop expected in Oregon
Good pollination last winter and a good crop set are some of the reasons why a bigger hazelnut crop is expected in Oregon this year. With harvesting still about a month away, growers are hoping Eastern Filbert Blight doesn't put too much of a damper on what's looking to be a good production this year.“Every.....


Kroger,Woolworths and Dollar General to slash prices | Free apples at Natural Grocers
Department store wants to compete with Aldi by selling fresh groceries
Customers Natural Grocers to receive free organic apples -Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage plans to be the “Organic Month Headquarters” for customers during September, which is nationally recognized as “Organic Harvest Month.” On Sept. 1, the first 400 customers at each Natural Grocers location will.....



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Ecuador will open a commercial office in Iran
The Government of Ecuador stated it would open a trade office in Iran in order to promote the competitive advantages and attractiveness of Ecuador."We want smart investment that creates jobs, develops technology, added value products, and that promotes the linkage of all the production chain. Our efforts are.....


Disclosure of professional secrets
Spain: Lleida customs office manager and assistant fired
Edullesa fired their manager and his assistant on suspicion of the disclosure of professional secrecy.It appears that there was a leak of fruit sales invoices, including customer names, prices, type of merchandise, and addresses.This morning, the manager of Edullesa's Customs Station at Lleida SA and his.....



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China spurs Canadian blueberry splurge
An ageing mansion sits vacant on an estate outside Vancouver, the garage overtaken by a blueberry sorter and a walk-in cooler packed with the fruit.The owner, an investor from mainland China, leases the estate to Fred Liu at such a bargain the farmer grows blueberries in its fields even though the bottom has.....


International market tour Northwest Pear orchards
During Northwest Bartlett harvest in August, 21 USA Pear marketing representatives from around the world toured the pear growing regions with Pear Bureau Northwest. Key representatives from Mexico, China, India, UAE, South and Central America and more watched workers hand-pick fresh pears in the orchards of.....


Co-financing scheme between the Rabobank and Dutch Good Growth Fund
Raspberry nursery FruitWorld in Tanzania expands
On Tuesday, 23 August, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and Kilihortex Holding BV signed an agreement with the Rabobank to finance the expansion of a raspberry nursery in Tanzania. It is a co-financing scheme between the Rabobank and the Dutch Good Growth Fund, or DGGF. They are both providing the company.....

Australia: Costa Group profits up 30%
The Australian Costa Group reports a profit of 49.3 million Australian dollar over the financial year 2016. Profits increased by almost 30 per cent. For the first time, turnover exceeded the magical threshold of one billion dollar. It is the first year the group is listed and reveals its annual figures. The.....


Guinness World Record
Chinese seed company grows 131 enormous watermelons
Taking the world “superfruit” to a whole new level, a Chinese watermelon plant just broke a Guinness World Record by sprouting 131 enormous fruit. Each melon weighed an average of 10 kilograms, or 22 pounds, and the whole lot took only 90 days to mature after planting. Not only is the feat super-impressive,.....

Likely shortage of pears in Hungary
The week marked the start of the Williams pear harvest in Hungary, and on average, the growers estimate an almost fifty percent drop in the production because of the impact of frost and ice damage, as reported by György Csizmadia, of the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organisation and.....

"Supermarket promotions have boosted sales"
Spain: Galia, Cantaloupe and Yellow melons to finish 15 days earlier
The Galia, Cantaloupe and Yellow melon campaigns will finish two weeks earlier than usual this year because of the mild temperatures recorded this summer compared to previous campaigns. Both Murcia and Castile-La Mancha have seen a reduction in their volumes."This is the last week when the export programs.....

US may allow import of fresh raspberries from Morocco
APHIS is proposing rule to allow the importation of fresh raspberries from Morocco into the continental United States. The proposed rule will be available for review and comment beginning August 26, 2016.Raspberries may carry a fungal pest (Monilinia fructigena) that is found in Morocco. The proposed rule.....



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Jacqueline Monden, De Kruidenaer:
“We hope to increase water-based herb cultivation in coming years”
Traditionally, herb sales are slightly diminished during the summer holidays. “Unless it is 30 degrees Celsius, which is when we see an increase in coriander and mint sales, but we have not yet experienced that this summer,” says Jacqueline Monden of De Kruidenaer. “However, I think we have passed the.....



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Rijk Zwaan: Asian melon & watermelon seminar
On Tuesday 6th September, one day before the start of the Asia Fruit Logistica, Rijk Zwaan organises a seminar dedicated to the entire fresh melon supply chain. This new global event gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about the Asian melon market, gain insights from experienced professionals and.....



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California oranges arrived from Cordoba
The Palacio de Portocarrero, where some Franciscans brought orange seeds from Palma del Río, Córdoba, on the second voyage of Christopher Columbus in order to plant them and prevent vitamin C deficits, has the key to the origin of California oranges.Thanks to its location, between the confluence of the.....


Oranges help put out packing house fire
The largest fire in recent Lindsay history finally ended last week after it smoldered for five days from the initial flames.While there were no more flames when Lindsay firefighters left the Suntreat packinghouse at the corner of Tulare Road and Oxford Street on Aug. 13, there were still about $800,000 worth.....

Argentina: Tucuman has already harvested 80% of the lemon for export
Tucuman has already harvested nearly 80% of its lemons for export, and so far the quality and health of the fruit that is arriving at the international markets is very good. To achieve this, producers have taken thorough care of their plantations and the Senasa conducts controls that are giving good results,.....



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Shaanxi kiwi output down, Cuixiang variety ranks top in price
Recently comes the harvest season of Shaanxi kiwi, and some can already be seen in the wholesale market.Cuixiang VS Yate kiwi varietyIn 2016, during the spring season, the kiwi plantation area in Shaanxi province was severely hit by extreme weather conditions such as cold and hail. "Generally speaking, the.....

Persimmon from New Zealand into US
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to amend its regulations concerning the importation of fruits and vegetables to allow fresh persimmons from New Zealand into the United States. APHIS scientists determined that persimmons produced.....



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Five "old" vegetable varieties new in the Alnatura range
Since mid-august Alnatura offers five heirloom vegetables, organically and regionally cultivated, in its supermarkets. The taste and visual variety characterize these traditional varieties.Old-fashioned vegetables are old varieties and optimally adapted to the geographical, climatic and cultural.....



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Western diet increases Alzheimer's risk
Globally, about 42 million people now have dementia, with Alzheimer's disease as the most common type of dementia. Rates of Alzheimer's disease are rising worldwide. The most important risk factors seem to be linked to diet, especially the consumption of meat, sweets, and high-fat dairy products that.....


Fruit and veg makes men smell good!
Rather than slathering on aftershave, men would do better to eat their veggies. An Australian study shows that men who eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, smell a lot better. Their body odor is described as floral and sweet.Proteins like meat, eggs and tofu also improve body odor. Men who eat a lot of.....



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Synchronize inventory information with real-time warehouse activity
“Our software offers the ability for a customer to know exactly where any pallet is within their facility, in real-time,” says Adrian Down with RedLine Solutions. “Many companies’ systems lack the ability to synchronize inventory information with activity in the warehouse, resulting in a difference between.....



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Singapore farmers go high-tech to boost productivity
Some Singapore farmers have already jumped on the technology bandwagon to boost their yields.From automated processes to artificial lighting, they have applied technology to overcome the challenges of land scarcity and climate change.From 2010 to last year, Singapore's production of leafy vegetables grew by.....



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Poland: Falling production of frozen veg, exports up
According to the Central Statistical Office of Poland (GUS), the country's frozen vegetable production in the 2015/2016 campaign in plants employing 50 people or more amounted to 571 thousand tonnes, compared to 586 thousand tonnes in the previous season (-2.6%). The reason for this decline was the much.....



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Egypt investigates claims of hepatitis-A virus in strawberry exports
The Agriculture Ministry is investigating claims from a US media outlet that several cases of hepatitis-A infection in the state of Virginia are linked to strawberries imported from Egypt, ministry spokesman Edi Hawash said on Tuesday.In his statement, Hawash said that the US has not officially informed.....



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Bigger hazelnut crop expected in Oregon
Good pollination last winter and a good crop set are some of the reasons why a bigger hazelnut crop is expected in Oregon this year. With harvesting still about a month away, growers are hoping Eastern Filbert Blight doesn't put too much of a damper on what's looking to be a good production this year.“Every.....



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Uflex successfully tests Flexfresh™ liner bags for Papaya
Global flexible packaging solution company, Uflex Limited has been working towards expanding the reach of its Flexfresh™ Liner Bags to improve product availability and offer better shelf life extension solution for fresh produce.One of the major Tropical Fruits is Papaya with exceptional nutritional benefits.....



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Value added packs grow SunSelect’s Outrageously Fresh line
As SunSelect’s BC season unfolds, it’s clear the Outrageously Fresh brand is about much more than its signature mason jar bags. While the colorful jar shaped bags of snacking tomatoes are popular on the market, the grower has also introduced the distinctive Outrageously Fresh moniker successfully on more.....



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Kroger,Woolworths and Dollar General to slash prices | Free apples at Natural Grocers
Department store wants to compete with Aldi by selling fresh groceries
Customers Natural Grocers to receive free organic apples -Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage plans to be the “Organic Month Headquarters” for customers during September, which is nationally recognized as “Organic Harvest Month.” On Sept. 1, the first 400 customers at each Natural Grocers location will.....



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OVERVIEW GLOBAL BLUEBERRY MARKET
While Northern Europe is gearing up for the end of the season, growers in South America are looking forward to the start of the harvest. In some European countries, the harvest has stopped earlier because of the warm weather. Also in the northwest of the United States the season has finished earlier than.....



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