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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Enza Zaden variety showcase report
The 2014 Enza Zaden variety showcase was held September 25th at the company’s research station in San Juan Bautista, California. With 250 local and international growers and retailers in attendance, the partnership-themed event was an opportunity to assess growth potential through a fresh lens fuelled by.....


Washington state expects record apple crop
The Washington Apple Commission is projecting that this year's crop will be the largest in state history.The commission says Washington could have a crop of 140 million bushels this year, breaking the record of 128 bushels set in 2012. A bushel weighs 42 pounds.The state typically produces an average crop of.....


Exporters expect over 600% growth by 2018
Colombia: Avocado exports to easily double in 2014
At the moment, the only important overseas market for Colombian Hass avocados is the EU, where the country exported 72 containers during the 2013 season, which accounted for nearly 100% of its exports.It was recently announced that the long-awaited opening of the U.S. market will soon become a reality."I.....


Sweet Cherry of the U.S. season finale in Asia
Sweet cherries of the U.S. had a good 2014 season, last week the USDA gave an update of the estimated export volume, where is mentioned that the total export of sweet cherries this season reached 89,000 tons, 33% more than the previous season. The exports distribution maintained the top four places (showing.....


Washington Fruit Company investing in expanding Yakima Packing Operations
One of Washington State’s largest and most productive apple post-harvest facilities is set to double in size with the announcement that Compac & Van Doren Sales have been awarded the contract to design and build a new sorting and packing line for Yakima’s Washington Fruit Company. Capable of processing.....

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Tom Verbakel, Nature's Pride:
"Coming weeks few avocados available"
The number of available avocados is declining by the week. That is what Tom Verbakel, responsible for purchasing and selling avocados at Nature's Pride, says. "Supply from Peru is really coming to an end now, with less than 50 containers coming to Europe this week. South Africa and Kenya are still in the.....


Plastic Covers and PSA containment - new Retilplast on-field tests
Retilplast - a leading company in the production of films and covers supported by poles, steel cables and wires - tested the technology used to protect cherries and other small berry fruit on kiwi orchards. Anti-rain cover tests were carried out in Cisterna (Latina - Italy) in the following companies:.....


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New compensation EU: additional 165 million
The European Commission has announced the new compensation plan. The EU is reserving an additional 165 million euros for compensation. The most important changes: citrus has been added to the list, and the compensation per member state is based on the export figures of the past three years. Figures show that.....

British blackberry sales rocket as warm weather delivers bumper harvest
Sales of blackberries grown in the UK have rocketed this year after the warm weather delivered a bumper harvest a month earlier than usual.The old-fashioned fruit is also enjoying a revival as a result of the introduction of much sweeter “snacking” varieties, eaten straight from the punnet, which have more.....

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Romke van Velden: "Customer can choose from eco version to films"
Sorma Group introduces variations on Sormabag during Macfrut
Earlier this year during the Fruit Logistica the Sorma Group introduced the Sormabag. What makes this packaging with a handle different is that this Sormabag saves raw materials, is made completely from polypropylene and is therefore fully recyclable. This was done to respond to the urgent, direct demand to.....


South Korea: Asia Seed develops new baby leaf hybrid
Salads and the greens that go into them have enjoyed a surge in popularity worldwide, as consumers become more aware of the benefits of a healthy diet full of greens. Capitalizing on this trend, Asia Seed Company has developed a baby leaf hybrid that they think will do well in the market.“In the past, there.....


Saudi Arabia: NCPD looks to make dates more profitable
The quantity and diversity of dates in Saudi Arabia is impressive, with over 400 varieties grown on 25 million trees. But the National Center for Palms and Dates (NCPD) wants to hone that great potential into a more focused date crop that will be more lucrative for the nation's growers.“Right now we have.....


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Conservative Conference:
An apple a day is good for the economy - if it's British
The new Environment Secretary today promised a drive to persuade Britons to eat more home-grown apples, pears and cheese.Liz Truss won cheers as she told the Tory conference: “I will not rest until the British apple is at the very top of the tree.”Ms Truss, who was promoted to the Cabinet two months ago,.....

The struggle to produce food in Syria
Open warfare means whole swaths of farmland are off limits, crops long since unharvestable. Landholders in a position to successfully harvest often find themselves turned away at security checkpoints before they can get their produce to market in city and town centres.According to the United Nation’s Food.....



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Hybrid witch finger grapes for curious consumers
Driven by changing demographics and an ever more curious consumer, grocers have found it pays to stock the shelves with exotics – breadfruit, taro, sugar cane. And, to compete with the latest superfruit, producers of old familiar standbys are creating novel hybrids. After a decade of development, the Witch.....

NZ: Orchardists kept busy with frosts
Fruit growers in the Teviot Valley, at Alexandra and at Cromwell were a bit jaded yesterday after spending their second successive night frost-fighting.Manager of 45 South orchard at Cromwell Tim Jones said the overnight temperature dropped to -3degC so it was ''a pretty good frost.'''Some other places.....

Weakening Aussie dollar a boon for North Coast berry growers
North Coast berry growers are hoping the weakening Australian dollar might boost their export business. The dollar has fallen from as high as US$1.06 in early 2013 to below 87 US cents last week.Blueberry growers west of Coffs Harbour say they are now getting significant interest from overseas buyers.Costa.....

Research shows:
Sound of an apple's crunch plays large part in enjoyment of it
A new piece of research – published in the journal Food Quality and Preference – has confirmed how much of our pleasure in eating apples is due to the sound. Crispness is one of the main things people look for when buying apples. Italian researchers asked a group to taste firm Fuji apples and softer Golden.....

NZ: Early strawberries arrive as delicious mystery
It's almost always not until Labour Weekend that Paul Hammington sees the fruits of his labours. So why is the Cambridge strawberry farmer harvesting a bumper crop now - almost a month earlier than usual?Hammington isn't sure of the answer. It could be global warming. It could be pure luck in avoiding frost.....


Cherry crop higher than expected in BC
The cherry crop is higher than expected in Creston, British Columbia. Great weather with agreeable amounts of sunshine and rain are attributed to the cherries developing a high than average yield. Caroline Martin of Cherrybrook Farms exports her cherries throughout North America. “Cherries grown in Creston.....

Daniel Bobbaers of BelOrta:
"Blackberry prices at a good level"
The raspberry season will run for another few weeks, but blackberries will be available for a bit longer. Daniel Bobbaers of BelOrta in Borgloon says: "There aren't many raspberries to come off the field. It's all tunnel cultivation now. If the weather is good, they'll be available for another three weeks......



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Italy: Seed coriander increasingly popular
The coriander harvesting campaign ended in August and, according toAssosementidata, seed coriander boomed - crops went from covering 700 hectares in 2004 to over 10,000 ha during the latest campaign."Seed coriander is mainly cultivated inMarche, Apulia, Emilia-Romagna e Umbria. Thanks to the significant.....



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International retailers join round table at PMA Fruittrade Latin America
A group of international buyers including Associated Wholesale Grocers, Costco Canada, Kroger, Sam’s Club Grupo Pao de Acucar, Spinney’s Dubai, and Tesco will participate in a unique “matchmaking” program, otherwise known as the International Business Roundtable, at the inaugural PMA Fruittrade Latin.....

Locus Traxx introduce new European venture at Fruit Attraction
International real-time monitoring specialist Locus Traxx will be introducing a range of innovative products at this year’s Fruit Attraction trade fair in Madrid, Spain as the company brings its pioneering system for fresh produce shipments to Europe. Following the opening of its European office earlier this.....


Macfrut innovation Oscars Awarded
On the last exhibition day at Macfrut, the Innovation Oscars have been awarded. The ceremony was one of the most awaited events at the international fruit and vegetable exhibition, which took place from 24 to 26 September at the Fiera Cesena premises. The awards went to novelties developed for the fruit and.....



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Italy: Spain beats us complementary and programming-wise
Having a look at what goes on in other countries is a great strategy to keep in touch with the evolution of the sector - this is the reason behind the visit to Bollo International Fruits, a leading citrus fruit, melon and persimmon producer.Italian agronomist Francesco Perri (at the centre) visited Spain as.....


Florida citrus growers see increased demand in organic
The majority of Florida citrus growers rely on conventional methods to grow their crop; however, they are experiencing initiative to turn organic. “There is a higher demand from consumers for organic fruit,” states Tom Witt from Spyke’s Grove. “Since we don’t import any products, we would grow them.....



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India: Coconut prices shoot up
A drastic dip in coconut production in the sprawling farms of Coimbatore and Tirupur district is the prime reason behind skyrocketing coconut prices. Of the 10 million coconut trees cultivated in the sprawling groves of Pollachi and Udumulpet, about 50 per cent have dried up due to drought and infestation of.....


Italy: The fight against Psa continues
Two conferences were dedicated to thePsa-Pseudomonas syringae pv actinidiae and the new possible solutions to live with it at Macfrut 2014: "Operative instructions to contain bacteriosis", promoted byIko-Hydro srland "Bacteriosis: coexistence is possible", held on 26th September."You must not make the.....


NZ: Green light for Zespri Mt expansion
Zespri has been allowed to extend its Mount Maunganui head office onto an adjoining open grassed area regarded by nearby residents as a neighbourhood park.Tauranga City Council today backed the case put up by Zespri which will put a temporary building onto the front of the park until it had either.....



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BrandZenBio, a new concept
Consuming organic food in Argentina is not always more expensive
The market for fresh herbs is slowly growing in Argentina and these are increasingly gaining presence in supermarkets."There are organic products in supermarkets, but I get the feeling it's more of an institutional issue than a step to meet customer needs. They are not paid the same attention as other.....



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What does 1 serving of vegetables really look like?
When it comes to eating your vegetables, do you really know how much is enough? According to the US Department of Agriculture, the average 19- to 30-year-old woman requires two and one-half cups of vegetables per day. If this amount sounds out of reach, don't fret. The following photos will show you how to.....



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Bonduelle launches “Salad of the day” in France
Bonduelle is launching their latest 4th range (fresh, raw fruit and vegetables ready to use- e.g. salads in bags) product, ‘La Salade du Jour’’, Salad of the Day. The composition of the salad will change every day depending on the products in stock in the Bonduelle atelier. “For a maximum indulgence, this.....



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US (WA):Fresh apple juice made in Prosser sold to grocery stores nationwide
To make 'tude Juice, the whole apples, minus the seeds and stem, are pressed. The skins of the apples are ground up in the process and become part of the juice, giving the juice its unique colours.The apple juices made by Fresh Matters come in green, yellow, deep orange and whitish pink. The colours created.....



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UK: Refrigeration firm Lowe is on the right track to expand
From perfectly chilled strawberries and cream at Wimbledon to ice-cold drinks at the weekend's Singapore Grand Prix, a Lisburn refrigeration business is preparing to expand its international markets after an investment from Irish venture capitalists.Lowe Refrigeration handed MML a 55% stake in the company in.....



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China: CFS finds excessive pesticide residues in two vegetable samples
A spokesman for the Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (September 24) said the CFS is taking follow-up action after pesticide residues at levels exceeding the legal limits were found in white string pod and green string pod samples. He reminded members of the.....



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Orchard prices surge
AU: Super nut becomes quite a super spread
A spike in the price of almonds, rising global demand and a severe drought in California have created arguably Australia's hottest rural property sector.Almond orchard prices have surged from $25,000 a hectare in 2011 to above $47,000/ha as the almond price has risen from $5 a kilogram to more than.....

Tanzania: Cashew export manual applauded
The cashew is one of Tanzania's major cash crops and therefore an important foreign exchange earner. It is estimated that about 300,000 farmers are engaged in the cultivation of the cashew crop.Our country is Africa's largest cashew nut grower, after Nigeria and the Ivory Coast, and the world's eight biggest.....

India: Chestnuts rule market as costliest dry fruit
Gone are the days when cashew nuts and almond were known as kings in dry fruit markets.Now in the pricelists of the dry fruits shops, chestnuts are mentioned as costliest not due to festival season or recent floods in Jammu and Kashmir but courtesy people, who follow the advice of Yoga gurus, Ayurvedacharyas.....


South Carolina pecan growers to join in national marketing effort
With South Carolina situated perfectly in the nation’s “pecan belt,” which wraps itself from North Carolina to California, statewide pecan producers agreed earlier this month to collaborate in a specialized national marketing effort.“I’m more excited about the pecan industry going in and working together.....



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SAFEBAG project
Chemical-free decontamination system for fruit and vegetables
Globally, we are witnessing an increase in the number of outbreaks of food-borne illness associated with ready-to-eat fruit and vegetables. The treatments currently used, including chlorine washing, often leave a chemical residue and waste water. There is growing demand to reduce the amount of chemicals used.....



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Baby carrots that taste like chips?
Company using junk food-style flavourings, packaging to encourage kids to eat veggies
A carrot company has given its products a makeover to seem more like junk food, in an effort to win over children.Bolthouse Farms is rolling out kid-friendly items such as Veggie Snackers, a brightly coloured pack of baby carrots that comes in a variety of seasoning designed to taste like chips.'We believe.....



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Lidl multiplies by 12 the purchase of Spanish products in 25 countries
This was announced by the division manager of Lidl Spain, Daniel Pasquini, at the launch of a campaign in which they have gone from a purchase volume of 13.6 million Euro in 2013 to 160 million in 2014, and from 50 references to 225.To achieve this, the company has created an umbrella brand, Sun&Sea,.....

Aldi supermarket chain posts big rise in pre-tax profit
Aldi, the discount supermarket chain, has posted a big rise in full-year profits as its share of the British grocery market continues to grow.The company said pre-tax profits rose 65.2% to £260.9m for the year to 31 December 2013.Group turnover rose 35.7% to £5.27bn over the period.Its market share grew from.....

Lane Cove-based organic food co-op Nourishing Source is growing
A Lane Cove-based co-op promising organic food that doesn’t cost the earth, has branched out to 80 families in three years.Nourishing Source began in 2011 with 11 families signed up as members and has grown to 80 members. Co-ordinator Ragna Gilmour said they offered organic food and products between 30 to 40.....

Delhaize Group joins Coopernic
Delhaize Group has announced that it will join Coopernic, the European Buying Alliance as from January 2015. Coopernic is currently formed around E. Leclerc and will be joined this October by Coop Italia.The three companies have decided to share their expertise in the following three areas:Private Brand.....

7-Eleven tests 'healthy' fresh food by fitness guru
Nutritional eats and natural drinks might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of 7-Eleven.But the world's largest convenience store chain today will roll out a test in Southern California with an eye on changing that. Some 104 stores in the Los Angeles market will begin to sell a line of.....

SpartanNash $1.3B merger hinged on keeping debt in check, executing on integration
The structure of the “transformational” merger last year that created SpartanNash Inc. set the Byron Center-based company on a course to take advantage of the growing consolidation trend in the supermarket industry.Set up as a $1.3 billion all-stock transaction between Spartan Stores Inc. and.....

AmazonFresh prepares to take on US east coast
Amazon is reportedly set to begin AmazonFresh grocery deliveries in New York, its first move to the US east coast. According to insiders the company could be set to roll out the service as early as next month, where it will compete with existing online retailers including FreshDirect, Peapod and delivery.....

This sounds familiar: Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, ACME, Shaw’s hit by second credit card data breach
When someone wrote me to say there was a data breach at the company behind several major supermarket chains — including Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, ACME, Star Markets, and Shaw’s — I thought, “That happened about six weeks ago, didn’t it?” Alas, the company has announced it is the victim of a new, separate.....

Whole Foods Market, Inc. initiates loyalty program
Oppenheimer had positive comments about Whole Foods Market, Inc. after visiting its Princeton, New Jersey location this past weekend, where Whole Foods is piloting a new loyalty card pilot program.The rewards card will allow consumers to earn points at the Princeton store that can be used to redeem products.....

Waitrose to begin Aberdeen delivery trial
Aberdeen residents will soon be able to have Waitrose goods delivered directly to their door steps for the first time, as the supermarket begins a trial delivery service to its most northerly postcodes yet.Households within a 30 minute drive of the city’s John Lewis department store will be able to place.....

Awkward questions for Tesco should be answered by its accountants too
Auditors are vital to the financial markets. But when they miss a catastrophe in the offing, they’re not doing their job.So the supermarket that shoved horsemeat in its burgers now admits to sprinkling horse manure on its balance sheet. That quip has been doing the rounds since Tesco confessed last week to.....

Tesco will close its free, ad-supported Clubcard TV streaming service on October 28
Tesco will close Clubcard TV, its ad-supported movie and TV streaming service, on October 28.The supermarket quietly announced its decision in a support page, citing a lack of interest from its sizeable Clubcard community in the UK. “Whilst many enjoyed our free service, we weren’t getting the level of.....

Grocer Morrisons mired in insider dealing scandal as former treasurer faces possible criminal trial
Morrisons is the latest grocer to become embroiled in a financial scandal after the City regulator charged its former treasurer and head of tax with two offences of insider dealing.Paul Coyle, who was arrested at the turn of the year, was the subject of an investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority.....

Shaky supermarket stocks
Australian investors should take heed of the tough time investors in supermarket chains are having in the UK.The share prices of the three grocery companies listed on the London Stock Exchange – Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons – have fallen 30 per cent on average since the start of 2011.The past 12 months.....

Australian Market sluggish amid cautious trades
The Australian stock market is seeing a choppy ride Tuesday with investors treading cautiously following a weak close on Wall Street overnight. Weak iron ore prices are also contributing the sluggish trend in the market.Shares from healthcare, information technology and telecommunications sections are.....

Modern Australian life reinvigorating the humble convenience store
A growing number of time-poor, city-dwelling Australians is driving a new golden age for the humble corner store.Urban consolidation is seeing convenience stores spring up across Australia’s inner city areas – in apartment buildings and near public transport hubs, hotels and tourist attractions – with many.....



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Turkish and Middle-Eastern market
HSG- Istanbul introduces new fresh & healthy apple snacks ‘APPY’
A very fresh idea has been born under the brand, ‘APPY’ – fresh cut apple snacks for Turkey and the Middle-East market. Istanbul-based company HSG has opened a fully automatic apple processing and packaging line to introduce and feed the demand for fresh & healthy apple snacks, under the brand name.....



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