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Friday, April 18, 2014

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Happy Easter from the FreshPlaza team
The FreshPlaza team would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Easter. We will be back on Tuesday the 22nd of April with the latest news in the fresh produce sector.

US (FL): Watermelon season off to good start
A couple of weeks into the Florida watermelon season, quality has been looking good, according to the state's growers.“Quality is excellent, sugars are high and internal quality is really good,” said Jim Barfield, President of the Florida Watermelon Association and grower with Wolf Island in Immokalee,.....

Strong USA Pink Lady® market setting up promising import season
Good movement at good prices should be bringing positive conditions in the USA market for Pink Lady® growers in the Southern Hemisphere harvesting fruit to soon be joining domestic supplies. According to contacts in the industry by Pink Lady America LLC (PLA) in Yakima, Washington, shipments by Pink Lady.....

France: Breton cauliflower season to end early
Similar to other winter vegetables, the cauliflower season 'wasn't a good season at all, according to Mr Jacq from Pierre Jacq. Due to the mild winter, consumers were turning to salads and there was less demand for winter vegetables. “The prices paid to the producers weren't right. The absence of winter.....

Interview with Juan Carolus Brown, new president of Fedefruta
Chile: "We will seek free transit regulations to prevent port strikes"
Great challenges are ahead for the new president of Fedefruta, Juan Carolus Brown, who replaced Cristián Allendes. His team was formed yesterday, with the latter in it, as well as Felipe Garcia-Huidobro (first Vice President), Jorge Valenzuela (second Vice President), María Inés Figari (secretary), Antonio.....

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US (CA): Rivermaid Trading Company installs 40-Lane AirJet™ defect grader
Rivermaid Trading Company, a Lodi, California cherry and pear packer has installed a GP Graders AirJet™ Defect Grader in its Lodi facility. The 40-lane cherry line is the largest ever installed by GP Graders. Rivermaid’s CEO, Patrick Archibeque and his team traveled extensively last year to evaluate all the.....

"Special microclimate with lower use of pesticides"
Poland: 'Owoc Sandomierski' apples from Sandomierz
Grupa Sadownicza "Owoc Sandomierski" Sp. z o.o. is a Polish company founded in 2010 and devoted to the distribution of various fruits from the Sandomierz region. It started with 10 growers with a total of 100 hectares and has now reached 112 growers and more than 900 hectares. "Owoc Sandomierski" supplies.....

QUAFETY projects reveals how nitrates and glucosinolates can indicate nutritional quality in Rocket
"Rocket" refers to a widely consumed leafy vegetable belonging to Diplotaxis and Eruca genera of Brassicaceae family.Rocket is an important leafy vegetable and is a good source of antioxidant compounds and anti-cancer molecules such as glucosinolates and other sulfur compounds. Conversely, rocket is also a.....

Shelf life extension big challenge in growing berry consumption
During last week’s Global Berry Congress 350 berry players from around the world came together. The consumption of berries is growing and to meet the increasing demand innovations in the field of quality and shelf life are necessary. The Respiration Control System from PerfoTec can play an important role.....

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US (NC): Apple farmers dodge a bullet with cold temps, so far
The timing could not have been worse — just as petals were starting to fall and fruit was beginning to set in apple orchards across Henderson County, temperatures plunged into the mid-20s.That was April 11, 2012, which was followed by another hard freeze the next day. The hard freeze devastated the county's.....

India: Onion prices rise by 40% in a week
The average wholesale onion prices at the country's largest wholesale onion market, the Lasalgaon Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC), have increased by 39.44% in just a week due to poor supply of the crop caused by the recent unseasonal rains and hailstorms in the district.In the district APMCs, the.....

Gilad introduce Black Bullet
"Limited supplies of imported peppers, good demand for Dutch produce"
The Dutch pepper season is off to a good start. Supplies of imported peppers are limited and poor quality has led many customers to swap over to Dutch produce, which Arjen Bouma of Gilad Produce knows. He has a new pepper in his assortment: the Black Bullet. This jalapeño pepper is named for its bullet shape.....

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Durian odour triggers patient evacuation at Melbourne hospital
Firefighters were called to the Mitcham Private Hospital in Mitcham,Australia, around 10 pm on Monday amid concerns there had been a gas leak in one of the wards for the elderly. However, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) was later told the unusual smell was from a durian fruit, believed to be a gift to a.....

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Scientists baffled by superfast growth of Space Station cherry tree
Scientists are baffled by the amazingly fast growth of a tree that grew from a cherry stone sent into space. The stone was harvested from an ancient 1,250-year-old Chujohimeseigan-zakura cherry tree at Ganjoji Temple in the Gifu Region of Japan. Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata took the stone up to the.....

Australian Nurserymen's Fruit Improvement Company (ANFIC):
AU: No Little Cherry Virus detected in Mother Blocks for cherry trees
Virus freedom testing for Little Cherry Virus in ANFIC plant material in Australia The Australian Nurserymen's Fruit Improvement Company (ANFIC) Ltd and Neerim Hi-Plains Growers (D&Y Pike), would like to announce that Neerim Hi-Plains Growers have been tested by DPI VICTORIA and no Little Cherry Virus.....

Blueberry market, the most dynamic in 2013
Blueberries have a number of features that make them more attractive than other fruits, such as good post-harvest properties and a "superfruit" status because of their health benefits.With a 9% volume growth rate worldwide, the fruit has doubled the growth registered in 2012 and tripled that of the fruit.....

Worldwide cherry acreage and production continue to increase
Between 2010 and 2012, the world's ​​cherry acreage registered a 4.2% increase, reaching 401,656 hectares, according to figures from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). During this same period, some changes took place in the share that each country has in the total.....

California farmers planting more grapes
Grape vines are growing over more and more of California as farmers add to their grape acreage, according to a report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the USDA.California’s 2013 grape acreage totaled 878,000 acres, up from 847,000 acres the year before. Of the total grape acreage last.....

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Van Vugt Kruiden introduces BloomBites
Edible flowers are hip. Consumer magazines are full of it, television shows and hobby cooks are using edible flowers in their recipes, but finding edible flowers in the shops is not so easy. Van Vugt Kruiden wishes to change all that. "We noticed the demand for edible flowers was growing on the market and we.....

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2014 domestic and international industry outreach meetings
National Mango Board working with mango producers, industry members
The National Mango Board (NMB) is collaborating internationally with the top six importing countries and domestically at the ports of entry with industry members to bring the latest knowledge straight to mango producers and importers. The NMB has nine international Mango Producer Extension Workshops plus an.....

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Mexico: The price of limes dropped by 42% in a week
The Secretariat of Economy announced that the price of limes in the Central de Abasto, in the Federal District, had drastically dropped in the last fortnight, to the point that it dropped 42.77% in one week.Starting last Sunday, popular and traditional markets sold the citrus at 15 pesos per kilo, on.....

U.S. closer to allowing entry of Argentine lemons
The USDA took another step towards allowing the import of lemons from northern Argentina.The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service released a draft of the risk assessment of the pesticides in Argentine limes.The USDA and Argentina's SENASA asserted that there had been progress made in the negotiations.....

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NZ: Kiwifruit management increasingly off-site
Kiwifruit orchards are popular investments for out-of-town owners and provide opportunities for management companies to make their mark. Zespri figures show 1781 of its 3276 supplying orchards have some type of management function.Senior communications adviser Rachel Lynch said it might vary from 100 percent.....

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Organic sector growing in Switzerland
The organic sector in Switzerland is beating records. In 2013 turnover was over the 2 billion franc line for the first time ever. Market share for organic produce has gone up to 6.9% compared to 6.3% in 2012, according to Bio Suisse. The organic produce umbrella organisation announced in a press release that.....

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Home remedy: 19 therapeutic uses for pomelo
Pomelo's are thirst quenchers, aide in digestion, are great for reducing weight, loosens phlegm and relieves coughs. They contain a variety of vitamins, citric acid, calcium, phosphorus, iron, etc. It can also reduce the sugar in your blood.Here are 19 therapeutic ways to use the pomelo:1. To relieve dry.....

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Google Glass may become another farm tool
Farmers have more than enough to keep their hands busy. With the Google Glass device, they can perform a variety of computer functions without ever taking their hands off the tractor wheel.“It’s a smart phone that happens to be on your face,” said entrepreneur Bruce Rasa, who was among the “Explorers” chosen.....

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Pomì in quota
Italy: Sustainable agriculture and advanced technology
Attention towards environmental sustainability is increasing in all sectors and this tendency is all the more evident in the agricultural sector. The "Pomì in quota" project was created precisely with this in mind.The official presentation to the press.The project consists of the collection of data from land.....

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Reichel Foods expands Dippin’ Stix® line with new flavours!
Fresh‐cut produce snack producer, Reichel Foods, is pleased to introduce four new single serve products to its line of Dippin’ Stix®. Apples & Caramel with Greek Yogurt chips; Apples & Caramel with Peanuts & Chocolate; Sweet Gala Apples & Caramel with Peanuts and Celery Stix & Ranch.....

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Varekamp Coldstores Holland achieves AEO certification
On the 8th April 2014, Varekamp Coldstores B.V., based in Poeldijk, was awarded the AEO certificate (Authorised Economic Operator) by Customs. With this AEO certification, Customs classifies Varekamp as a reliable and dependable company. The AEO status offers a variety of benefits in international.....

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Canadian food inspection agency
No detectable pathogens for 99.9% of leafy green vegetables tested
As part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) routine testing of various food products, a survey released today found that more than 99.9 per cent of leafy green vegetable samples had no detectable levels of bacterial pathogens and were safe to consume.As part of a five-year microbiological plan.....

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US Pecan Council votes to change name
The U.S. Pecan Council Board of Directors voted to change the organization's official name. Going forward, the council will be renamed the American Pecan Board.President Mike Adams says the change was made after careful consideration and counsel from marketing specialists.Adams adds that producers, buyers.....

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Italy: New INFIA website in three languages
The new INFIA website is now online. The company specialises in packaging for fruit and vegetables and produces 3 billion pieces each year, destined to over 75 countries worldwide. The website is available in three different languages (Italian, English and Spanish) at:www.infia.itThe new website can also be.....

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Crunch Pak® strikes licensing deal with NY Yankees
Crunch Pak is swinging for the fences this spring, as the company joins Yankee Global Enterprises as a Yankee licensee. As part of the new relationship, Crunch Pak products featuring the iconic Yankee logo will be sold in select grocery stores in the Northeast. The apple packs will be available in select.....

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Migros builds first bio take-away in Switzerland
In Shopville in Zurich, a shopping centre under the railway station, a Swiss retailer, Migros will shortly open a organic take-away. The organic take-away is the first of its kind. "The format is similar to that of a normal take-away with warm and cold meals and drinks. The difference is that all products.....

Canadian grocer Metro's profit beats as Ontario sales rise
Canadian grocer Metro Inc (MRU.TO) posted a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as a reorganization of its Ontario operations boosted sales and the company raised its dividend.Metro, which is facing stiff competition from U.S. retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores (WMT.N) and Target Corp (TGT.N), said in.....

Lidl's parent company sees strong growth
Schwarz Gruppe, Lidl's parent company, has had a good fiscal year, with a 10 % increase in turnover. The increase helps it draw closer to the largest European retailers, Carrefour and Tesco. The company will however not reveal any profit figures.Better than German competitionAccording to the German media,.....

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QUAFETY projects reveals how nitrates and glucosinolates can indicate nutritional quality in Rocket
"Rocket" refers to a widely consumed leafy vegetable belonging to Diplotaxis and Eruca genera of Brassicaceae family.Rocket is an important leafy vegetable and is a good source of antioxidant compounds and anti-cancer molecules such as glucosinolates and other sulfur compounds. Conversely, rocket is also a.....

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