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OVERVIEW GLOBAL AVOCADO MARKET
In April this year, we already published an overview of the global avocado market. Since the product is very popular, we decided to take another look at the global situation. The market conditions are currently similar to those of a few months ago: a good demand and high prices. The global avocado.....

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Season of fresh barhi dates started
The season of fresh barhi dates will start next week in Israel. The season will last until September. The volumes that are coming from Israel will be stable. "Growers of the barhi dates are on the market a long time. The short season of the fruit prevents a massive entry of new growers," explains Yoav.....

Apple growers concerned by possible Polish imports
Jim Allen of the New York Apple Association says that possible apple imports from Poland could present a threat to New York's apple growers, if they bring pests or diseases with them.Its roots are in trade. Under a deal with the European Union and after strict inspection against invasive species, seven.....


Around 25% fewer grapes in Valle del Vinalopó due to powdery mildew
"July is not the best month for Spanish grapes"
The table grape campaign started with high prices (although not exorbitant) in the Spanish market, according to Miriam Cutillas, of the Alicante-based company Uvasdoce, who affirms that, at present, these remain at similar levels as last year. "In Spain, July is not the best time for the consumption of.....

Citriburst finger limes go viral just in time for season kickoff
Last week on Tuesday July 12th, Eater.com, a media brand dedicated to culinary news, released a 45 second informational video on their Facebook page highlighting Shanley Farms Citriburst Finger Limes. The short clip quickly went viral. Within one week of its release, the video has been viewed on Facebook.....

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Mónica Coito, of Naranjales Guarino:
"Europe will have 50% fewer Uruguayan citrus this campaign"
A few months into the citrus season in Uruguay, the big consequences on the production of the weather phenomenon El Niño have started becoming noticeable, namely a significant delay in the start of various harvests. "The heavy rains have postponed our citrus harvests by more than two weeks. While the volumes.....


Turkey: New cherry bags for the retail market
One of the recent innovations launched by Aypek Ambalaj is the new cherry bags intended for the retail market, which according to Vanessa Martinez, “These are better for retailers because they are made of polypropylene and polyethylene, which make the bags brighter and clearer. The bags have handles, thus.....


Natasja van Angeren: "A dip in fresh products in a moment"
Tasty & Fresh line with guacamole and salsa package
Dutch fruit and vegetable trader Levarht, after consulting with numerous customers, has expanded its Tasty & Fresh exotics line with a Guacamole Kit and a Tomato Salsa Dip. "The convenience for the consumer is central in these packages. They all have fresh ingredients in one package with the recipe.....


Republic of Srpska:
Frost damage up to 25 mln for fruit and veg
The Republic of Srpska has experienced up to 25 million euro in damages to fruit and early vegetables. The assessment for the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina is not yet finished. The Republic of Srpska government has said that it will provide help for fruit and vegetable growers, with the aide amount.....

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Italy: 80% drop in spring onion exports
"It is not a positive period for spring onions. Weird weather, a heavy market and slow demand are not generating the results we were looking for," explains Campania Export's owner Biagio Sorrentino.Campania Export headquarters"In the past few months, quality varied a lot due to the weather. Germany has.....


Sustained demand for Nortwest cherries
Through July 20th, the Northwest cherry industry has shipped 19,931,404 boxes (20-pound equivalent). "Cherry sizing and color are incredible; leading to sustained demand worldwide," said James Michael from Northwest Cherries. "These are cherries that will build excitement for next season’s crop. Over the.....

Limoneira Company adds oranges and specialty citrus varieties
Limoneira Company announced yesterday that it will go back to the future by adding its oranges and specialty citrus varieties to its ONE WORLD OF CITRUS™ model. Alex Teague, Senior Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer said, “For 124 years, we’ve been growing a wide variety of citrus. We began our.....


French seaport opens bidding for operators
The seaport of Sète is launching a call for proposals to identify one or more terminal operators for the concession of a reefer terminal in the South of France, able to handle both pallets and reefer containers. "We are looking for an operator experienced in managing port terminal and specialised in handling.....


AU: Fruit growers want supermarket backing in fight against illegal propagation
Sainsbury's takeover of Argos approved
Israeli supermarket chain skips checkout line -Grocery shopping in Israel is about to get much easier, with a new app allowing shoppers to pay for items using their smartphone and circumventing checkout lines. A new system produced by the Israeli startup SuperSmart allows users to perform their own.....



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AU: New website aims to improve mental health of farmers
Researchers in Australia have developed a world first: a website which aims to improve the mental health of farmers specifically. The website aims to help farmers, who traditionally have among the highest rates of suicide across the globe, with effective coping techniques and prevention methods.The 2014.....

Mexico wants to export to Canada without intermediaries
A delegation of 10 Mexican agricultural food companies is on a working trip to Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal to export to the Canadian market without intermediaries.The mission, organized by the representation of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) in.....



Fruitmore »

Turkey approves new technology to improve apple quality
AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. announced on July 18 that it has received approval in Turkey for its new and easier-to-apply Harvista™ formulation, and expects apple growers in Turkey to expand their use of Harvista technology to obtain better crop quality, reduce loss, and improve yield margins. The patented.....


New red fleshed and non-anthocyanic nectarines
Innovation is essential, especially in the peach and nectarine world. But it must not "only" be limited to the introduction of new cultivars because, nowadays, they are not very different with what can already be found on the market. CREA-FRF is instead focusing on new genetic material, and it seems red.....


New Fragolà season starting at Ceradini Group
Despite the difficult campaign, it was a record season forCeradini Group, which closed the year with little over 15 thousand tons. "Finally the work we've done ever since the 1980s, when we started cultivating kiwis, is paying off. Ceradini is now associated with high-quality produce," explains owner.....


Grower Sil Moonen:
"We have to be careful the blueberry doesn't become a commodity"
Sil Moonen of BerryFarm.nl has started with the first blueberry harvest. The grower has production areas in Drenthe, Limburg and near Oldenburg (D) and brought the first early varieties on the market this week. Last week, the price was still at a reasonable level, however, now there is more supply and the.....


Not all doom and gloom for Serbian fruit supplier
Hail the size of golf balls over the last few weeks in Serbia has led to almost a total loss for apricots and also ruined the last few weeks of the cherry season. In order to prevent this happening in the future, large investments are being made in Serbia , to modernise farming, such as hail nets, to get the.....

The recovery of Hungary’s watermelon sector
The effectiveness of the National Watermelon Program, launched in 2011, has been significant, with an increase in the acreage devoted to the fruit in ​​Hungary. The country currently has around 6 thousand hectares for the production of watermelons, as reported by the Ministry of Agriculture.....

Poland: Autumn apple harvest may face export problems due to quality issues
Poland's apple production this season will be really high, although a large share of the fruit has been affected by hail. For this reason, there could be problems with its commercial quality, making it difficult to sell. The high yields and low prices of industrial apples will certainly have a negative.....


“Gradisca and Kizuri have potential to seduce the consumer”
Two apple contracts signed by Melinda at ABCz
On 20 July, consortium Melinda signed a contract with ABCz about the production of Gradisca apples. “It is a second contract within a month. The previous one was about apple strain Kizuri,” says Achiel Rijckaert of the ABCz Group. Melinda is going to commercialise these strains exclusively in Italy.Left:.....



Herbsmore »


Potted herbs a coincidental success
Parsley, chives, basil and mint are grown on an area of 25 hectares for the 'Gartenbauzentrale Papenburg' (GBZ). The GBZ has sold 84 million herb pots and 12 million packs of cut herbs in the last year. Back in 1931, 15 growers united in Papenburg to collectively sell vegetables from 15 hectares of open.....



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PMA Fresh Connections Southern Africa
Exploring opportunities in Africa, Asia and the world
This year will see the 6th edition of the PMA Fresh Connections in Southern Africa, the event will take place 17-18 August in Pretoria.The event has changed considerably since the first year when it attracted 150 attendees and was over in a day. This year, 600 attendees are expected from 15+ countries, it.....



Citrusmore »

Lemon prices up by as much as 71%
Spain: Alicante closes one of its most profitable citrus campaigns
ASAJA Alicante has expressed its satisfaction about the results achieved this citrus campaign in the province, especially with fresh lemons, which in some cases saw increases in the price at origin of up to 300% compared to the 2014/2015 campaign. For the next harvest, prospects point to an increase in the.....


Brazil: Increase in contract based food supply
“We notice a trend in the market, which is mainly the increase of food supply based on contracts despite the spot market. It's an important change for the business chain stability and as well for the food safety. From one side, growers are more and more challenged to implement new certifications from the.....

Abundance of clementines makes for soft market
With plenty of clementines coming into the United States from Peru and Chile, prices have been soft. In addition to competition from summer fruit, imported citrus prices have been kept down by the number of importers bringing fruit into the U.S. market.“Our clementines are coming from both Chile and Peru,”.....



Exotic fruit and vegetablesmore »

India: Ginger prices likely to stay firm
Indian ginger prices are high compared to imports, and likely to stay firm till the new crop hits the market, traders said. In the coming months a normal monsoon is likely to help with increased sowing and production of ginger.India produces 275,000 tonnes of ginger per annum, almost a third of the world’s.....



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Organic tomato grower partners with organic seed breeder
Wholesum Harvest is a certified organic greenhouse grower which is demonstrating its commitment that organic agriculture should start with organic seed. They arrived at this decision through rigorous trialing of genetic material under multiple organic production systems and locations combined with a varietal.....



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Free fruit for diabetes risk kids in L.A.
This summer the Eisner Pediatric and Family Center in Los Angeles is providing children at risk of diabetes with "prescription" for fruit and vegetables, known as an FVRx. The prescription can be redeemed at local farmers markets and the area's 20 Target stores for free produce.It's one of several FVRx.....



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Cegeka to implement new AX7 for GF GROUP/Fruttital
Cegeka can add another customer to their list of European Food companies with the Italian GF Group. Cegeka will implement Microsoft Dynamics AX7 Cloud. GF Group’s daughter company Fruttital will be the first one to be implemented, and is therefore the first Italian company that will work with Dynamics Cloud......



Innovationsmore »


Natasja van Angeren: "A dip in fresh products in a moment"
Tasty & Fresh line with guacamole and salsa package
Dutch fruit and vegetable trader Levarht, after consulting with numerous customers, has expanded its Tasty & Fresh exotics line with a Guacamole Kit and a Tomato Salsa Dip. "The convenience for the consumer is central in these packages. They all have fresh ingredients in one package with the recipe.....



Processed fruit and vegetablesmore »

South Africa: Will kids eat veg if they taste like chocolate?
Food scientists at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, have invented a chocolate spread crammed full of vegetables— the ultimate "stealth health" ingredient for school lunchboxes. S’coolBeans is being developed as a low-cost chocolate and hazelnut-flavoured spread made from fermented sugar beans and.....



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An interview with CSQA's Alessandro Mattiazzi as regards GlobalGAP
While the GlobalGap standard for Good Agricultural Practices is still only marginally used in the agricultural department (cereal production, industry productions, olives to make oil, grapes to make wine, etc.), it is quite relevant in the fresh produce segment.This is what we gathered from our interview.....



Nuts and dried fruitsmore »


Brazil nut market goes global
Modern processes of globalization and improvement of production and logistics processes stimulate the development of exotic product markets. For example, if earlier Brazil nuts were strictly a local commodity, now they are gaining popularity. The striving of the population towards healthy nutrition, along.....



Packaging and Labellingmore »


Turkey: New cherry bags for the retail market
One of the recent innovations launched by Aypek Ambalaj is the new cherry bags intended for the retail market, which according to Vanessa Martinez, “These are better for retailers because they are made of polypropylene and polyethylene, which make the bags brighter and clearer. The bags have handles, thus.....



Product informationmore »

Changing trend in lettuce
AU: Iceberg gets the cold shoulder
Australian consumers are turning away from iceberg lettuce and opting for more variety and convenience when it comes to lettuce and ready-to-eat salads, reports news site abc.net.au.Hugh Reardon, a director at Australian Fresh Salads, a company that supplies restaurants and large supermarket chains, said 50.....



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AU: Fruit growers want supermarket backing in fight against illegal propagation
Sainsbury's takeover of Argos approved
Israeli supermarket chain skips checkout line -Grocery shopping in Israel is about to get much easier, with a new app allowing shoppers to pay for items using their smartphone and circumventing checkout lines. A new system produced by the Israeli startup SuperSmart allows users to perform their own.....



Fresh-cut Managementmore »


Edible coating made from prickly pears applied to fresh-cut kiwis
The research group coordinated by prof. Paolo Inglese from the University of Palermo studied the effect on the quality and shelf-life of packed kiwi slices covered in edible coating made from the mucilage of prickly pears [Opuntia ficus-indica (OFI)].OFI mucilage was used both on its own or combined with.....



Global Marketmore »


OVERVIEW GLOBAL AVOCADO MARKET
In April this year, we already published an overview of the global avocado market. Since the product is very popular, we decided to take another look at the global situation. The market conditions are currently similar to those of a few months ago: a good demand and high prices. The global avocado.....



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