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"some plots can be completely discarded"
Hail hits Dutch fruit growers hard right before harvest
For a long time, fruit growers in the Netherlands seemed to manage to evade the hail, but last night - right before the harvest - severe weather passed over the country from the southwest to the northeast, with heavy local thunderstorms, heavy winds and big hailstones. In Zeeland, West-Brabant and the.....

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Interview with Mark Greenberg, President of Capespan North America
South America plays important role in North American table grape supplies
While the California table grape season is still in full swing, countries in South America are getting ready for their export season. “We have a small table grape program from Brazil”, says Mark Greenberg, President of Capespan North America. The first fruit is scheduled to depart Brazil the second week of.....

South African citrus season expected to end normally
In a recent meeting of the EU Standing Commission regarding South African citrus, it has been reported that no additional measures have been decided on. At this point, a suspension of trade or closure of the market is not expected, but the committee will convene again in 3 weeks. A recent FVO report appears.....

Don’t delay China-Australia FTA, say fruit growers 31 Aug 2015
Support for the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement is crucial for growth in horticulture, especially for job growth in Australia, says the Voice of Horticulture (VOH). In light of wavering commitment to the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Australia’s largest organisation representing fruit.....

Retailers want to ensure enough supply
Spain: First citrus sales up to 15% greater than in 2014
Spain expects a significantly smaller mandarin and orange harvest in the 2015/2016 campaign. In Valencia, high temperatures (above 40 degrees Celsius) during the fruit setting, combined with frequent hailstorms, have resulted in a drop of between 20 and 25% in the expected orange production. The most.....

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High demand for small mango sizes
Supplies of imported mangos are fairly light, and demand for smaller sizes is strong in the western part of the U.S. Demand on the East Coast is better, and prices for fruit from South America are robust.“The market slowed down a little out here in the western part of the country,” said Manny Cota of R.C.F......

Camposol largest exporter Hass to China
After signing the Protocol of Phytosanitary Requirements with the People’s Republic of China, which opens the Asian market to new Peruvian agricultural products, Camposol will become the largest exporter of Hass avocado to this country.This important opening took place after Peru supplemented the information.....

NZ: Kiwifruit rival sells shares
Dissatisfaction with its direction and performance are cited as the reasons kiwifruit company DMS has sold its shareholding in rival company Seeka.Seeka's strong focus on other produce internationally, such as bananas, cherries and stone fruit through its recent $25 million expenditure in Australia, are.....

UK: Positive plum season, despite English weather
According to Jon Clark of Total Worldfresh, the plum season looks good and positive.“Opal Start is the first variety that we’ve had, which started three weeks ago. Initially it looked like it was going to be a normal crop, but all the growers have had a much heavier crop than they anticipated, so there was a.....

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The sweet grapes from Italy
High Brix-value thanks to extra dose of sun
The BioTropic project manager in Italy, Doris Thewes, commends the current Italian table-grape harvest. She says: “The grapes are very pretty and sweet this year” No wonder: this year's Italian summer was hot, with little rain and an extra dose of sun – this benefits the vines. The brix-value (sugar content).....

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US: Philadelphia pilot program helps reduce supermarket wasteA trio of Philadelphia-area universities partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help make use of food that would otherwise be discarded. A pilot program on the city's west side salvaged 35,000 pounds of surplus produce.....

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Peru: Regional food exports amount to 1.807 billion in 2015
The Association of Exporters (Adex) stated that regional food exports, not including Lima and Callao, amounted to 1.807 billion dollars in the first half of 2015, 0.8 percent more than in the same period of 2014.According to figures from the Adex Data Trade Business Intelligence System, the region's food.....

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BLE Market report CW 34/15
Apple assortment grows rapidly - Capsicum from the Netherlands is dominating
ApplesThe assortment is growing rapidly. Ever more varieties are being made available. Besides the already established domestic Delbarestivale, Elstar and Jamba, for example Cox Orange, Royal Gala and Primerouge are newly storming into the assortment. From France, amongst others, Elstar and Gala are being.....

Reduced supply and demand
Strawberries: Prices orient upward
The supply of German fruit was reduced considerably. This shows from the BLE market report of CW 34/15. Of course demand is limited during colder weather, so that expected and targeted price increases could not be pushed through. Prices of German strawberries © BLE Not until Wednesday, with better weather.....

Southern Russia: Plum prices twice as high as last year
At the moment, the price of plums from farms in the southern regions of Russia are on average two times higher than at the end of August in 2014. Moreover, market participants remark that the fruit will continue to further increase in price. Presently, Southern Federal District farmers are.....

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Western Australia cherry importers set to compete
WA is the smallest cherry producing state in Australia with an annual production of approximately 500 tonnes. Larger producing states Tasmania and Victoria grow 4,500 and 4,000 tonnes a year.WA currently exports less than 1 per cent of cherries and growers produce approximately half of the volumes consumed.....

Turkey produces almost five times more watermelons than Spain
In 2014, Turkey's watermelon production was almost five times greater than Spain's, according to data from the European Statistical Office (Eurostat).Turkey also grows more watermelons than the entire European Union (EU) combined, namely 44.3 percent more. The country's watermelon production has remained.....

Laimburg testing centre
Europe: Future of the apple industry
One of the stops ofVOG's press tour was the Laimburgh test centre.Journalists were welcomed by its director, Michael Oberhuber (below left). Thanks to its research activity, the Laimburg Centre guarantees the cultivation of high-quality produce in the Alto Adige region.Pomologist Walter Guerra (above right).....

Strong picking season expected in New England
As summer winds down in New England, apple-picking season is gearing up with growers forecasting a bumper crop.The U.S. Apple Association says the six-state harvest is expected to be about 14 percent higher than last year's and 18 percent above the region's five-year average. The USDA's National Agricultural.....

Rough year for Michigan peaches, good for apples
Local farmers say the March cold-snap nearly wiped out this year's peach crop. As a result, Crane Orchards in Fennville had to cancel its u-pick for peaches for the first time ever. However, Crane Orchards says the apple crop is looking better than ever right now. When it comes to crops, there are winners.....

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US: Spike in cilantro prices
Cilantro volumes dropped sharply and prices soared in August, but a U.S. ban on some Mexican product is likely only one of the causes.On Aug. 25, bunched cartons of California cilantro 30s were selling for $25-32 on the Los Angeles terminal market, up from $8-9 last year at the same time. Cartons of 60s were.....

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PotatoEurope 2015 ready to start
Every four years Potato Europe is organized in one of the four main potato-producing countries. After France, the Netherlands and Germany in recent years, Belgium will be hosting this major open-air potato event in 2015On September 2 and 3 delegates from the potato industry will meet again in Kain, near.....

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Turkey: Tackling Mediterranean Fruit Fly in citrus
In Antalya’s Kumluca district, the Food, Agriculture and Livestock Directorate are conducting studies into the Mediterranean Fruit Fly, which causes problems for exports every year. The studies related to the Mediterranean Fruit Fly which is especially seen on citrus, started on the 15 August.....

US (FL): OJ prices jump as storm approaches
Orange juice prices jumped Friday after Florida issued a state of emergency as tropical storm Erika barreled toward the state, posing risks to citrus crops.Futures for frozen, concentrated orange juice are one of the smallest commodity markets, with a market capitalization of less than $200 million, and as.....

Jordan: Citrus growers demand proper marketing plan
Citrus growers in the Jordan Valley area are hoping for the season, which will start in late September, to compensate for their previous losses, which they suffered as a result of adverse weather conditions, such as frosts and high temperatures, as well as fires which affected dozens of acres in some areas.....

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Fiji: Ag ministers urge ginger farmers to seek support
The Agriculture Ministry has asked farmers to seek and request the support services of extension officers at their nearest locality to ensure that quality ginger is being produced for overseas and local consumption.The call comes as the ginger planting season approaches.A Department of Information statement.....

Cactus Pear popular on East Coast and in Eastern Canada
The season for cactus pears, also called prickly pears or tunas in Spanish, has started in California’s Salinas Valley. “From September to March we grow, harvest and pack produce in Monterey County for both our fresh fruit and purée business,” says Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos with D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of.....

Turkey: Record fig price increase
The Bursa Black fig, which is exported all over the world, has increased in export price to €2.45 a kilo. The harvest began on 18 August and the fig started to be exported on 22 August. Due to unfortunate weather conditions and climate problems, producers feared a 40% loss in yield. Yet, the.....

Gold kiwifruit returns to California with lower volumes
Hail and wind damage to the Sacramento Valley kiwifruit crop in Northern California was still being assessed in August, but it tempered the initial outlook for the state.Harvesting could start in light volumes as early as mid-September and will steadily increase through the fall. Peak is usually mid-October.....

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How organic are organic vegetables from abroad?
Cheap organic fruit and vegetables from abroad are being sold in many supermarkets and discounters. In its Schleswig-Holstein magazine, the Norddeutsche Rundfunk (NDR) investigates the quality of organic fruit and vegetables and clears up the questions as to whether it is sometimes not better to buy.....

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Colorful potatoes may help prevent cancer
Compounds found in purple potatoes may help kill colon cancer stem cells and limit the spread of the cancer, according to a team of researchers.Baked purple-fleshed potatoes suppressed the growth of colon cancer tumors in petri dishes and in mice by targeting the cancer's stem cells. Colon cancer is the.....

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Cindy van Rijswijck, Rabobank
Wanted: 'e-daptable' horticulture chains
Cindy van Rijswijck of the Rabobank has never ordered food shopping from the internet herself, she confesses in her latest blog. "But types like me are a dying breed. The Rabobank expects around a quarter of groceries to be bought over the internet in 2030. Those grocers will not just be nappies and crates.....

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Statutory discard-stop for supermarkets remains necessary
Last Thursday, the constitutional court of France toppled the statutory discard stop for supermarkets, which had passed the national assembly only in May. The law was part of the extensive law bundle for the French energy transition. According to the first announcements, the French environment minister.....

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Europe: Fruit and veg become noble ingredients thanks to dehydration
"I have dehydrated a lot of things in my life," says Antonio Bettarello, owner of Capuzzo, a company established in 1962 and specialising in the production of a wide range of diced, powdered and flaked fruit and vegetables as well as fruit in syrup, semi-finished products for the baking industry, organic and.....

Nigeria spends $1.5b annually on tomato imports
Nigeria spends over $1.5 billion annually on tomato products' importation from China and other parts of the world, the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer, Raw Material and Research and Development Council (RMRDC) Dr Husaini Ibrahim, has said.He stated this yesterday while addressing farmers in Lafia,.....

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Largest order of refrigerated containers in the history of Hapag-Lloyd
Hapag-Lloyd is investing a two-part sum of millions in its container fleet and has ordered 6,000 altogether, refrigerated containers (“Reefer”; corresponds to 12,000 TEU). The company is already one of the largest Reefer-carriers worldwide. Because of this strong position, Hapag-Lloyd can benefit not only.....

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FDA response to caramel apple outbreak questioned
In a presentation to the U.S. Apple Association’s Outlook and Marketing Conference Aug. 20, the Food and Drug Administration’s Roberta Wagner took questions from the audience about pending food safety rules and the fallout from the foodborne illness outbreak in late 2014 linked to Listeria monocytogenes in.....

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Ivory Coast: Over 30,000 tons of cashew nuts produced in Zuenola
Zuenola’s cashew nut production has increased from 17,688 tons in 2014, to 30,634 tons in 2015. The Director of Agriculture, Irié née Rahab Gouadé has urged producers to work even more to reach 35,000 tons next season. The Director General of the cotton and cashew council, Sanogo Malamine, has promised that.....

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AU: Banana crate trials a win for the industry
Recent trials by CHEP Australia in the use of reusable plastic crates as an alternative to cardboard cartons for the banana industry have returned positive results for growers and other members of the supply chain.Early estimates show a 10 to 15 per cent cost saving, while also reducing damage to the fruit.....

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Pilot project on Munich Airport
Shopping service delivers fresh food to passengers upon arrival
A new pilot project has started at Munich airport. An innovative shopping service supplies passengers with fresh foodstuffs upon arrival. As of now, passengers can purchase fresh foodstuffs at the baggage claim area in Terminal 2, and take them home. A reservation takes place.....

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A&P sells stores to save jobs | Cencosud writes down Brazil assets
Haggen says all suppliers will be paid | NorgesGruppen posts results
US: Philadelphia pilot program helps reduce supermarket wasteA trio of Philadelphia-area universities partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help make use of food that would otherwise be discarded. A pilot program on the city's west side salvaged 35,000 pounds of surplus produce.....

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Spain expects 25% less volume
South Africa alone on the market
The USDA calculated that there will be 7.3 percent less volume of oranges on the market this season. The decrease is visible in all production areas with the exception of South Africa, according to the American organisation. The South Africans started their season a few months ago on an almost empty world.....

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