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Monday, October 20, 2014

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Record year at PMA Fresh Summit 2014
Last weekend the PMA Fresh Summit was held in Anaheim with a record year of over 22,000 attendees. Besides the amount of attendees, companies use this show also to introduce new packaging, varieties and/or innovations.Click here for the photo reportOn Friday the winners of the PMA Impact Award were.....


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Big growth for Fruit Attraction
Fruit Attraction 2014 was held from October 15 to 17. With 800 exhibitors, the fair had grown quite a bit compared to last year. The exhibition room had also grown by a quarter. Fruit Attraction was organized by IFEMA and FEPEX for the sixth time. It is clearly gaining an increasingly international character.....


"We are happy we got that decision right a few years ago"
Adrian Scripps chose not to invest in pears
Adrian Scripps began farming in 1960 on a traditional Weald of Kent hop and fruit farm. A philosophy of re-investment and expansion from the beginning means that the family based company now farms 750 ha and is one of the UK’s largest fruit growers, growing 300 Ha of apples, 30 Ha of Conference pears and 75.....


Heider Cabral, Abanorte
Brazil: "Biggest challenge for Jaiba lies in logistics"
Abanorte is a Brazilian fruit growers association with about 2,400 producers under its umbrella, including cooperatives, local associations, companies and individual growers. It produces about 1,400 tonnes of fresh fruit every day only in the Jaiba region of Minas Gerais.According to Heider Cabral, marketing.....


Good prospects for the Australian summerfruit season
The season is set to commence in November, and run through to April/early May, according to John Moore, CEO of Summerfruit Australia Ltd.“It has been a good growing season so far, and we expect this to continue. Summerfruits are grown nationally however the main growing regions for our fruit is in north.....

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US (CA): Pear season winds down
Pear growers in California were picking the last of their fruit this week, as the state finishes up its harvest. Production is expected to be less than that from the previous season, as harvesting was ahead of schedule for most of the season.“Typically, we have fruit into November and December,” said Chris.....


Italy: Table grape prices dropped by 20-30% in a week
The good prices recorded a month ago in wholesale markets are a distant memory. "Prices have gone down now, regardless of whether it is Sicilian or Apulian grapes," explains Riccardo Bargellini, sales manager and co-owner of Gobbi Gino snc.Many producers are starting to get ready to stock the produce in cold.....


South African stonefruit season starts well at Fruits Unlimited
“The expectations for this season are good. There was a little of cold/ hail damage in some areas, but the volumes look normal,” says Jako van Lill. “We should start exporting nectarines this week and the apricots should be here in around 2 weeks. The plums should be ready in about 4 weeks, and we are.....


Russia invests in storage
Polish apple growers welcome in Kaliningrad
Time and again, reports on agriculture investments in Russia talk about the lack of storage facilities to get through the winter months. Where a lot of money is invested in new cultivation projects on the one hand, storage is a particular problem. Regions that can, in principle, be self-sufficient, are.....

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U.S. lettuce exporters urged to explore options in Japan
Japan’s fresh-cut vegetable market is growing despite the fact that the country’s overall vegetable consumption continues to decline. Since the early 1980s, the food service sector’s development and efforts to reduce costs have led to the growth of the cut vegetable market for industrial use.Today, a set of.....

US (CA): Brussels sprout harvest met with good demand
The main part of harvesting got underway late last month for California's Brussels sprouts growers. Early on, their vegetables have been met with strong prices spurred on by good demand.“The market has been very nice” said Steve Bontadelli of Pfyffer Associates. “We've had increased demand from our regular.....



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World's deadliest spider found in Waitrose bananas
A South London family went bananas after the world’s most venomous spider was delivered to their home in a bunch of fruit. Once they managed to trap the lethal creature - which measures the size of a human hand - they watched it rip off its own leg to escape.The Brazilian wandering spider was inadvertently.....



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Salvi ready for new kiwi season
Family company Salvi from the Italian Ferrara has existed for over 100 years. Now the Salvi group controls the entire chain from cultivation to sales. The company is now even developing its own varieties through research bureau C.I.V. and is researching better cultivation methods. 1000 people work in the.....


Envy makes believers out of apple fans
With the Washington Envy harvest now underway, the sweet, red apple enters the season inviting consumers to “Bite and Believe.”The integrated Envy marketing campaign that leverages touch points inside and outside of the store will launch at Fresh Summit. “Bite and Believe” is backed by significant consumer.....

Canada: Blueberry yield up by 2.3M kg
P.E.I. had a record blueberry harvest this year. There were about nine million kilograms produced this year, said P.E.I. Wild Blueberry Association president David MacNearney, up from 6.8 million kg last year. Production over the past decade has averaged about 4.5 millions kg per year. MacNearney said the.....


Acclaimed UK chef slates NZ apples as flavourless
Kiwi apples have been slated by an acclaimed British-based chef as flavourless and full of sugar. Raymond Blanc, who has received two Michelin stars for his Oxfordshire restaurant Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, said New Zealand apple varieties including Gala, Braeburn and Jazz were only tasty because of.....



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Steven Lauwers, Vegobel:
"Wasabi and tea herbs very popular in the Netherlands
Vegobel from the Belgian Duffel is specialised in the year round cultivation of an extensive assortment of herbs in pots. Over the last few days the herb nursery made its debut on the Bio-Plein at the AGF Detail in Houten, and Steven Lauwers is pleased. "We have brought out a trio of tea herbs, consisting of.....



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Fresh Summit Sensory Experience Contest puts spotlight on healthy eating for kids
Students from the Walker Junior High School in LA Palma, California will tackle healthy eating on Friday, October 17 when they put 10 produce-centric recipes to the test at the 4th annual PMA Fresh Summit Sensory Experience Contest. The contest, sponsored by Bolthouse Farms and supported by Disney Consumer.....



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2014-2015 California citrus crop could be mixed bag
California’s all-orange forecast for 2014-15 is projected to be 101 million cartons of fruit, a 1 percent improvement over last season’s revised final utilization.The all-orange crop includes 81 million cartons of Navel and 20 million cartons of Valencia. The Valencia numbers are forecast to be 9 percent.....



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Taiwan, Colombia seek bilateral market access for exotic fruits
Representatives from Taiwan and the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) have met in order to speed up the establishment of phytosanitary protocols for trade of various exotic fruits both ways between the two countries. Taiwan is hoping to export fresh lychees to Colombia, while the South American country.....



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Spain: Andalusia has over 800,000 hectares of organic crops
The General Director for Quality, Agro-Food Industry and Organic Production of the Government of Andalusia, Ana Romero, stressed that the organic farming sector continues to consolidate in Andalusia, with 806,726 hectares of land devoted to these crops, representing 54% of Spain's total, and 9,931 operators,.....



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US (NY): Hospital to start handing out prescriptions for fruit and veg
Visits to the farmer’s market could soon replace trips to the pharmacy for some patients.Elmhurst Hospital is the latest city hospital to adopt the Wholesome Wave Fruit and Vegetable Prescription program targeted to overweight or obese children.Doctors write fruit and vegetable “prescriptions” for their.....



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Eat Smart launches new consumer website optimized for mobile devices
Apio, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Landec Corporation (LNDC) and a leading national producer of fresh-cut vegetable products, announces the launch of their new Eat Smart consumer website. Optimized for busy, on-the-go consumers, EatSmart.net not only provides consumers detailed information on all the.....



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McCain to make soup with uncalibrated vegetables in France
Alongside their partners, agri-food giant McCain, has developed an initiative to collect unsold merchandise from producers in order to make soup. Their first such experience was 4 years ago in Colombia where they developed a program supporting producers distanced from their land by drug traffickers. “We work.....



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Armavir
Russia: Investor needed for fruit and vegetables processing factory
Authorities of Armavir, Krasnodar Territory, are looking for an investor to build a factory for processing and preservation of fruit and vegetables. The investment is estimated at 229 million roubles (4.5 million Euro). The factory is expected to manufacture ketchup, tomato paste, adjika sauce, lecho,.....



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DeltaTrak® features FlashTrak telematics pre-cooling solution at the PMA Fresh Summit in Anaheim, CA
DeltaTrak®, a leader in cold chain management solutions, today announced it will showcase its innovative FlashTrak Telematics Pre-Cooling Solution at the PMA Fresh Summit (booth # 664), at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, October 18 and 19, 2014. This RF wireless system is designed specifically.....



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Irradiated Australian produce likely to be in stores soon
Irradiated fruit and vegetables from Australia are likely to go on sale here as early as next year. Importers have welcomed the move but growers say the products could be used in fruit drinks without consumers' knowledge.Queensland's Department of Agriculture has applied for permission to irradiate 11 fruits.....


NZ: Source of Yersinia outbreak remains unclear
The source of an outbreak of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis which has sickened at least 127 people in New Zealand remains unclear, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).The agency said there have been no further confirmed cases since the first week of October and noted a peak in September. 38.....



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US (CA): Walnut prices remain strong
Strong demand from abroad and healthy demand at home is fuelling good prices for walnuts in California. The states growers are currently finishing the latter half of this season's harvest.“Harvest will be over by the end of the month,” said Bill Carriere, President of Carriere Family Farms. “We're at the.....


Mexico: Chihuahua produces 65% of national nut production
Nogamex is a group of Pecan producers that have associated to buy and sell their products, thereby avoiding middlemen and achieving better prices.The company's functions include using their economic resources to grant producers direct loans, AVIO, secured and simple loans.The company offers agricultural.....



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BestChoice sugar snap bag wins a Silver Pentaward in Tokyo
The 8th edition of the Pentawards took place on the 9th of October in Tokyo. Special Fruit's design bureau, Quatre Mains, managed to win a silver award in the category Food / Fruit and Vegetables with the BestChoice sugar snap bag.Pentawards is the only world level competition where the best packaging is.....



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Stemilt taps into juicing and smoothie trend with the launch of Fresh Blenders
Stemilt Growers is tapping into the growing crowd of people that juice and blend their fruits and vegetables with the launch of Fresh Blenders™, a product line of 5lb. pouch bags for both sweet and tart apple varieties. According to NPD Group data from May 2013, blenders, juicers, and food processors are the.....



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Apple Pay coming to Wegmans Lehigh Valley stores
Wegmans Food Markets Inc. will be one of the first supermarkets in the nation where customers can pay with Apple Pay.Apple Pay is a new mobile service that Wegmans customers will be able to use starting Oct. 20 – a convenient way to pay for groceries and pharmacy items. Wegmans has three stores in the.....

Whole Foods to launch first national ad campaign amid high competition
Whole Foods Market is preparing to launch its first national marketing campaign as the chain battles for market share — and fights against its "Whole Paycheck" image among some shoppers.Despite the grocer's impressive growth and highly loyal clientele, analysts say the Austin, Texas-based company faces.....

Costco seeks China path that avoids Wal-Mart's potholes
By selling directly to Chinese consumers on Alibaba's platform, a move announced Tuesday, Costco Wholesale Corp. aims to employ local knowledge and a low-cost structure to avoid missteps that caused even the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., to stumble.Many global retailers opening in China.....


US: AmazonFresh same-day delivery is about much more than groceries
Amazon.com Inc. is extending its AmazonFresh grocery delivery program to New York. It will first offer its same-day and morning grocery delivery in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with more areas to follow, it says.Amazon is moving into a competitive area where even existing supermarket chains are having trouble.....

Russia: X5 Retail Group launches new Perekrestok store concept
X5 Retail Group has launched a new Perekrestok supermarket concept in Moscow and acquired a local chain in the Samara region.New supermarket conceptAfter a successful relaunch of Pyaterochka discount store concept, X5 Retail Group has launched a new Perekrestok supermarket concept in Moscow. The store.....


Retailer Okay opened first store in Orenburg
Russian fast moving consumer goods retailer Okay opened the first store in Orenburg. According to the representatives of the company, the hypermarket is located in the shopping mall “Kit”, occupies an area of 11,630 square metres with sales area of 7,600 sq. m. The range of the goods accounts for more than.....

Supporting access to better food
Canada: Sobeys Inc. launches Better Food Fund
Sobeys is proud to today unveil the Sobeys Inc. Better Food Fund, which aligns its community investment activities to the Company's mission of helping Canadians Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better.The next step in Sobeys' better food journey that kicked off last fall with a partnership with Jamie Oliver,.....

AEON Malaysia targets RM250,000 sales in Japan
Aeon Co (M) Bhd is targeting to achieve RM250,000 sales for 158 products made in Malaysia in conjunction with the Best of Malaysia (BEM) programme 2014.Its Senior Manager, Corporate Communications and Branding, Nor Laila Mohd Samin said the fourth edition of the programme which started Friday until October.....

Germany: Metro Group posts reported sales of €63 bln in FY 2013/14
German department store operator Metro Group's reported sales came in at 63.0 billion Euro during the financial year 2013/14. Adjusted for the disposal of company operations, mainly Real's complete Eastern European business, sales were down by 1.1% year-over-year. Further, exchange rates moved in a.....

UK: Sainsbury’s and Waitrose add charity dimension to Christmas campaigns
Major retailers, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, will be adding a charitable dimension to their Christmas TV advertising campaigns this year, throwing down the gauntlet to other biggies to follow suit.Waitrose is calling on the nation, and its own staff, to lend their voices to its Christmas advert this year in a.....

UK: The week ahead: all eyes on Tesco
All eyes will be on Tesco on Thursday when it delivers its interim results.This will be the first presentation by Dave Lewis, the new chief executive, since he was parachuted in last month to turn the retailer round. Investors will want to hear more about the £250m black hole Mr Lewis found in Tesco’s books.....

Tesco executives could face prosecution in South Korea
Tesco executives in South Korea potentially face prosecution over allegations that the retailer sold customer data.The growing scandal in South Korea, Tesco’s biggest market outside the UK, is a further headache for the company as it battles against falling sales and the discovery of a £250m accounting black.....

Walmart’s Mexico Chief to Leave Next Year
The CEO of Wal-Mart de Mexico, widely known as Walmex, the publicly traded arm of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will step aside next year according to reports. Scot Rank will assume a position as vice-chairman of Walmex. The company has not yet named a successor but says it will do so soon.Earlier this month a.....



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The answer to discolouration of guacamole
Guacamole is no longer considered a speciality or ethnic food. Guacamole has gone mainstream. Oxidative browning has always been the main detractor to this popular dip. Once prepared, there is very little time to enjoy guacamole before colour changes begin. NatureSeal’s scientists have been working.....



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