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Monday, December 22, 2014

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US: Peruvian citrus and Argentinean blueberries and topfruit allowed
Starting January 1, 2015, APHIS has announced that citrus from Peru and blueberries, apples and pears from Argentina will be allowed entry into ports in south Florida under the cold treatment pilot project.This is a cooperative effort between APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) in cooperation with.....

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Prepared caramel apple warning
Apple topping causes listeria outbreak
Caramel apples are responsible for a listeria outbreak that has already cost the lives of at least four people around the United States.Listeria from commercially-prepared caramel apples has been diagnosed in 28 patients, living in 10 different states. Five people have died, so far, after being hospitalized.....

Chiquita settles lawsuit over green marketing
Chiquita has reached a settlement in a lawsuit over its claims of environmentally friendly production, which a Seattle nonprofit alleges amounts to deceptive marketing. Now the group – Water and Sanitation Health, or Wash – has filed an additional lawsuit against the Rainforest Alliance, claiming that the.....


France: Despite acreage decrease chicory remains popular
Chicory is a vegetable that is considered old fashioned in France, however it remains very popular. Excluding potatoes, chicory is the most sold vegetable in France between December through until about March. It is consumed both raw as a salad and cooked. About 80% of households in France buy chicory an.....

Mexican hass avocado production to increase
The 2014-2015 Mexican hass avocado crop is expected to be larger than the one from the previous season. Exports and plantings of avocados are also expected to increase over those from the previous season.Mexican hass avocado production is expected to reach 1.50 million metric tons for the 2014-2015 season,.....

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US (CA): Brussels sprouts production winding down, prices strong
Production of brussels sprouts is winding down in California, and with Mexican supplies still ramping up, prices for the commodity have been strong this month.“Prices for brussels sprouts are very good at the moment,” noted Bob Montgomery, sales manager for Beachside Produce. “It's always a decent market.....


US: Imported blueberry prices could decrease
Prices for imported blueberries have been rising as the last shipments of the Argentine season were sent off, but those prices could come down once supplies from Chile begin arriving in large volumes. Conversely, prices for raspberries could increase later this month.“I think there will be a week or two of.....


US: Organic clementines arrive from Italy
AJ Trucco, Inc. (Trucco) is excited to announce the arrival of Organic Clementines from Italy, just in time for the holidays! The Clementines are available in 5lb gift boxes and in Trucco’s new TruStar™ Organic 2lb pouches. “We are thrilled to be launching our new TruStar™ line with the arrival of our.....


Ecuador: Mango shortage expected
"This year we had quite adverse weather conditions that made it very difficult for producers to achieve homogenous blooms; we made it in the end, but there was a 25% to 30% decline in the production when compared to previous seasons," said Jacquie A. Swett, president of Blix.Blix SA produces high quality.....

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Iran and Russia close trade agreement
Weak rouble negatively affects India and China
Although the EU imposed new sanctions on Crimea, the tone towards Russia also changed. Several political leaders said that the sanctions could be discussed if the Crimea agreements are observed. These agreements arrange a cease-fire in Eastern Ukraine. In European industry, there have also been calls not to.....


Special Fruit on its way to year-round Wonderful pomegranates
With shipments coming in from various destinations around the Mediterranean, Israel and the United States, the supply of pomegranates at Special Fruit is pretty large at the moment. Wonderful pomegranates are coming from Israel and America, but this variety is also planted more and more in countries like.....


New lightweight pallets for air cargo
Air France-KLM is fully committed to reducing the company’s CO2 footprint. Weight reduction on board the aircraft is an important part of that effort. After the successful introduction of lightweight pallet nets last year, another big step is now being taken with the introduction of lightweight pallets.Due.....



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Asafumi Yamashita grows the most valuable vegetables in the world
Ehre für jeden Koch. Der Japaner lebt seit Jahren in Paris und ist eine Berühmtheit bei den Sterneköchen. Jeder will sein Gemüse, selbst wenn es bis zu 20 Mal mehr kostet als auf dem Markt. Auf 2.500 Quadratmetern baut der 60-Jährige seltene japanische Gemüsesorten an, aber auch ganz normale. Der.....

Which fruit peels are safe to eat?
Experts tell you to eat a “rainbow” of fruits and vegetables throughout the day — but they don’t tell you much about the rainbow peel and skin. Are you supposed to eat it or throw it away? Can you eat it? Some peels you already eat, like those from apples. But banana peels and kiwi peels are tougher and.....

Germany: Outcome of minimum wage introduction
The German companies that will be affected by the introduction of the minimum wage on the 1st of January plan to raise their prices (26%), decrease their special payments (23%), downsize workforce (22%), shorten working hours (18%) and invest less (16%). The is the outcome of a current questionnaire by the.....

UK: Gran attacks sister's artichokes
A bitter feud, in which a grandmother of two attacked her sister's artichoke patch with weed killer "out of spite", has ended with a court case, a conditional discharge and in a bill for £330. Gillian Leeden, 62, was convicted at Stevenage Magistrates yesterday of criminally damaging her sister, Lyndsey.....



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Giancarlo Minguzzi
Italy: Metis plums make a difference
The annual general meeting of the Metis group was held last week in Nimes, France. FreshPlaza asked Giancarlo Minguzzi, chairman ofMinguzzi SpA Consortile, to comment. "We mainly analysed productive data. In total, there are 200 hectares being cultivated in Spain, Italy and France, and we wish to double.....


Challenges of producing smaller melons
"In the context of the European crisis of 2008, producers started shipping more quality melons to the domestic market, which has resulted in the production volume of Piel de Sapo melons doubling over the past two to three years," said Vinicius Saraiva, adding that: "Improvements in packaging, particularly.....


Urs Luder GKE:
"Kanzi won't lapse into 'Jonagold mode''
Urs Luder, the man behind the Kanzi apple, talks about the latest developments in the European season. He notes that it's satisfactory so far. "Despite the difficult apple market, the Kanzi is still going strong. Particularly in tough years, we have to prove ourselves, and we've managed so far," he says.Sold.....


Spain: High prices for New Year's Eve grape campaign
Christmas is around the corner and the municipality of Vinalopó's table grapes will once again take the spotlight, as they will be needed for the Spanish tradition dictating that 12 "lucky" grapes must be eaten to say goodbye to the year, one with each bell strike. At the moment, the latest.....

Argentine pome may be pulled by the Russian crisis
According to Argentina's Chamber of Integrated Fruit Growers (CAFI), the picture for next season is very complex. CAFI estimated, as a result of the crisis in international markets, a higher stock of fruit in the northern hemisphere, and an expected increase in production in the southern hemisphere, losses.....


Marcel and Frank Valckenier:
"Spanish strawberries improving annually"
Father Marcel and son Frank Valckenier have been working in the wholesale market in Brussels for years now. The product range mostly consists of fruit, including top fruit and soft fruit. "We follow the Belgian seasons, but as soon as that's over, or the products become too expensive, we switch to other.....


The Greenery and Goodfarmer cooperating on pear sales
Steven Martina (director Retail & Trade) and Bert Wilschut (product manager Top Fruit) of The Greenery attended a meeting of the Chinese company Goodfarmer.Bert WilschutPurpose of the meeting is to inform and enthuse Goodfarmer's clients about the Dutch Conference and Sweet Sensation pears, to further.....

Cuba potential market for WA tree fruit
With the United States moving to normalize relations, Cuba is a potential market for Washington tree fruit but probably not for some time and not in large volumes.Cuba only has 11 million people and more than five decades of communist control has resulted in a poor economy and very little middle class, said.....



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Kenyan herbal tea on the rise
Walking around his herb nursery, The African Herb Company at the foot of Mount Kenya, Jean-Pierre Dekker (47) constantly pops leaves and flowers in his mouth. They taste like, lemon, wasabi, garlic and apple. Unique products with names like lemon verbena, apple blossom and cressabi, which are eagerly bought.....



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Asia Fruit Logistica unveils new website
Asia Fruit Logistica, Asia’s only dedicated fresh fruit and vegetable trade fair, is launching a new-look website this week. The revamped website is clear and easy to use, with simple but stylish graphics, imagery and signpost tabs to guide visitors swiftly and efficiently.One of the standout features is the.....



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Moroccan citrus producers worried about the rouble
Moroccan citrus producers are worried by the devaluation of the Russian rouble. The 60% decrease in value of the rouble since the start of the year will have a negative impact on commerce between the two nations.Rabat is Moscow’s second biggest commercial partner on the African continent and primarily.....

Salvatore Scrofani (OP APAL)
Italy: Good start for blood oranges
Salvatore Scrofani (in the photo), deputy chairman ofOP APALtalks about the citrus sales trend."The sale of Tarocco and Moro oranges started a week ago. Prices are satisfactory but quantities are still too small to make a real assessment. Export peaks will be recorded from December onwards, when all.....

Florida limes seeing minimal acreage increase
Florida’s lime production began to decrease after the 1984-1985 season consisting of 6,700 acres and producing 1.64 million boxes at a value of $12 million. Limes continued to decline within Florida and saw only 1,900 acres ten years later in the 1994-1995 season which produced 230,000 boxes priced at $2.....


India: Big losses for orange growers
Oranges piled up in heaps by small-time vendors on city footpaths may give an impression of a bumper crop, but the reality is much starker. Farmers are saying that crops this year will see big failures due to the delayed monsoon.One of the biggest reasons being cited for this situation is the lack of orange.....


Abel Alarcón, manager of Brio Fruits
Spain: "Clemenules oversupply in November and December"
After a complicated period for citrus between November and mid-December, demand for clementines is slightly rebounding a few days before the Christmas holidays, as explained by Abel Alarcón, manager of the Valencian company Brio Fruits."The citrus season has been positive for mandarins.....

Bulgaria: Vegetable prices up, citrus down
Last week, vegetable prices increased in Bulgaria, while citrus fruits registered drops, according to the State Commission on Commodity and Market Exchanges. The exchange rates' index, which affects wholesale food prices, remained stable at 1,334 points.The price of greenhouse tomatoes increased by 2.5% to.....



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Hans van der Kooij, Joko Impex:
Not enough coconuts to meet demand
For a few weeks now there has not been enough coconuts to meet the demand. This results in higher prices, but Hans van der Kooij, from Joko Impex, prefers meeting demand. "The market situation now is resulting in much higher prices than in the previous month. Right now we are at about 12/12.50 Euro for a.....


"15 to 20 pallets of wild mushrooms weekly"
Fruit Vandepoel in full Christmas spirit with specialties
Wholesaler Fruit Vandepoel is already in the Christmas mood. There is a diverse assortment available, and according to owner, Wim Vandepoel, the specialties are doing well. "The 'normal' products such as citrus and apples are selling moderately well, but the exotic products such as soft fruit, wild mushrooms.....



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India: "Need to promote organic farming"
Looking at immense bio-diversity and natural resources in the country, India needs to promote organic farming, Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh said recently while underlining the importance of organic farming.The minister was chairing the In-Session meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative.....



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Eating your way out of a stomach ache
The fact is that overeating is a part of the festivities and to combat the side-effects of this, you can try to include some of the following foods to your daily diet. Consuming these along with the festival fare, can help your digestive system work better.Chew on mint leaves: This is an age-old nuskha or.....



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Patrick Catthoor: "Enormously powerful instrument to optimize logistics"
Aucxis sees opportunities for RFID in fresh produce sector
Flemish company Aucxis has around 30 years of experience in deploying automation projects for various industries. In the fresh produce sector in particular, the company has an international reputation for its auction systems. Over the years, Aucxis has become further specialized in other areas, and now has.....



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Japanese launch futuristic farms
Four years ago Takayoshi Tanizawa was developing massage armchairs in Panasonic’s research centre when his boss offered him a new adventure : agriculture. A few days ago the engineer celebrated the first sales of spinach grown on a model farm made using Panasonic’s high-tech. “After all, its almost the same.....



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Simplot files damaged fry suit
Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. has filed a lawsuit against a railway company after a large freight carrying french fries traveling to Georgia spoiled because it wasn't properly sealed.According to the lawsuit, the company paid BNSF Railway Company more than $12,000 last year to deliver roughly 5,000 cases of.....



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First cold storage facility due to open in Gulf of Mexico
Friopuerto Veracruz, the first temperature controlled facility located within Puerto Gulf of Mexico, will become operational in the second half of January 2015. In its first phase it will have more than 2,500 square meters covered and a storage capacity for 3,500 tons (22,000 cubic meters).The Veracruz's.....



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Less crop protection residue EU
The European Authority for Food Safety (EFSA) has noted in its current report that the contamination of food with crop protection residue remains low, reports the German website Proplanta.de. According to the report 97% of all samples taken had a lower level of residues, of crop protection agents, than.....



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India: Cashew nut exporters eye emerging China market
India’s cashew nut exporters are facing a tough time due to multiple factors that include higher input costs, shrinking sources and trade barriers in exporting to China.India is the world’s largest producer of cashew nuts and is known as a source of good quality cashew nuts. It was also the top exporter, but.....



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AFFA warns:
Kenya: Producers must stick to 50kg packaging
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Authority (AFFA) has warned all famers and traders involved in selling produce against flouting the new regulations of 50 kilogram bags packaging or face tough penalties.The authority's Interim Director General Alfred Busolo says despite the introduction of the regulations.....



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Kalettes® take media by storm
Kalettes, the new vegetable hybrid of kale and brussels sprouts, have received much acclaim from both consumers and media. Having just been named on the 12 Food Trends Coming in 2015 list by Fine Dining Report, and appearing in the Elle Magazine 25 Things You Need to Know About This Fall list, Kalettes are.....



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Tesco suppliers dragged into SFO investigation
Some of the world’s biggest consumer goods groups are to be dragged into the accounting scandal that has engulfed Tesco.The Sunday Telegraph understands that leading UK suppliers to Tesco, including Diageo and Unilever, expect to be interviewed by the Serious Fraud Office as part of its investigations into.....

Aldi and Lidl outspend Tesco on Christmas ads
German discounters Aldi and Lidl spent twice as much on British advertising as UK grocery leader Tesco in the initial buildup to Christmas as they sought to build on market share gains at the seasonal peak.Together, the budget chains spent £16.5m (€21m) in the four weeks to December 7, researcher Nielsen.....

Haggen buying Safeway, Albertsons stores
The Washington state-based grocery chain Haggen Inc. plans to buy 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona.The Bellingham Herald reported that the sales are required under the federal review of Safeway's sale to an investment group that owns Albertsons.If.....

Sainsbury's boss:
Supermarkets will suffer for two more years
Two years of pain still lie in store for the UK’s big supermarket chains, says Sainsbury’s boss Mike Coupe.Zero price inflation and depressed consumer spending will continue to create an “extremely challenging” market, he said, adding that Sainsbury’s planned to cut £500m in costs to survive.Sainsbury’s,.....

Major AU retailers at risk from Aldi?
The competitive pressure that new supermarket entrants such as German-based Aldi and US-based Costco have been exerting on the smaller Metcash Limited is well known by shareholders in the grocery wholesaler who have watched on this year as the price of their shares has slumped by over 40%.What perhaps hasn’t.....

Walmart:
'Kicking out carolers was big misunderstanding'
Confusion over student carolers getting kicked out of Walmart store in Klamath Falls, Oregon on Thursday night resulted in a video going viral, and an apology from the big chain itself.Approximately 30 Henley middle and high school choir students gathered at the store Thursday night and started to.....

Loblaw in the spotlight over pricing practices
In a memo issued to some of its suppliers last year, Loblaw Cos. Ltd. set out an extensive set of rules concerning pricing and competitive practices.The document provided guidelines regarding “ad matching” with other stores’ prices, “collisions” with competitors’ promotions, and it warned of a “three strikes.....


Clear decline in sales for Metro Group
Sales for the German Metro-Group in 2013/14 fiscal year has seen a decrease of 4%, nearly 63 billion Euro, reports German website Lebensmittelpraxis.de. The operation EBIT results for exceptional items decreased from 2 billion Euro last year, to 1.73 billion Euro this year.Sister company Media-Saturn saw.....



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What do Italian consumers look for when buying fresh-cut mixed salad?
Italian scientists have investigated the sensorial attributes and factors that consumers consider when evaluating the freshness of fresh-cut mixed salads. This survey should help the fresh-cut industry to better satisfy the requests and expectations of consumers. The scientists have collected information.....



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