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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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US lime import prices trending up
Mexican lime imports into the U.S. are trending up, as growers have recovered from an inclement October.“Yields have been good,” says Dan Edmeier of Limex Sicar, a distributor based out of Mission, TX. “We’ve had weather issues. Patricia set us behind a little bit. Now the market seems to be trending back up.....

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Senegalese melon campaign started
The first melons from Senegal arrived yesterday in France at Soldive. The melons grown in the African country are the yellow Charentais. "The beginning of the production is very satisfying with brix levels between 12 and 16," explains Audrey Brizard from Soldive. "Senegalese production is very interesting.....

Limited edition winter packaging for snack tomato
NatureSweet Tomatoes ( has revealed its limited-‐edition, Seasonal packaging: a cheerful snowflake pattern and festive gold foil labels for Cherubs, Glorys and SunBursts. “We hope that our consumers revel in the spirit of the season with our tomatoes gracing their tables, whether it’s.....

Increase blueberry acreage China
“We are a blueberry plantation in Heyuan in Henan province. Currently we cultivate 130,000 blueberry bushes, says Mr. Huang of Heyuan Maoqing Blueberry Plantation. “We sell our crop to wholesalers. Since 2013 we run a programme that the public can visit our farm and pick blueberries from our fields. In.....

Citronex has good hopes for banana marketing in 2016
The El Niño effect is starting to have a visible impact in Ecuador. According to Marek Szulc of Citronex, there is currently less sunshine and low temperatures, and by observing the plantations, Citronex is expecting that production will decrease very soon. “Last year, from January, Ecuador started to.....

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César Ruescas: "The sector needs to unite to compete"
Growing global popularity of Spanish onions
César Ruescas, manager of Ruescas Export.The onion campaign, as in the case of other horticultural products, has been affected by adverse weather conditions. The heat wave since May and the impact of storms have reduced the harvest volumes by between 20 and 30%, also with smaller calibres. "Retailers have.....

UK: Basil short due to Israeli weather
Fresh Guernsey Herbs has been growing herbs for more than 25 years on Guernsey, part of the Channel Islands. As well as growing over thirty different types of herbs the company also imports from Israel to supplement supply in the off season."Supply is a bit short at the moment, and due to weather conditions.....

Banana prices down in Russia
"We, the Russian importers, are greedy, we have imported more bananas than necessary, and supply now exceeds demand”. According to Mikhail Slastenin, the representative of the Russian company Akhmed fruit, importer of fresh fruit and vegetables to Russia, the price of bananas in Russia fell. “On average.....

Improved Port of Rotterdam inspections
In the year 2000, the port of the Rotterdam was the largest Container Port in the world. In the years since, it has fallen to 11th place. A team of logistics experts are working with the port to improve the quality of the services –such as scanning and inspections - which the port is offering to the fruit.....

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Wholesale market Frankfurt am Main
Wholesale market with a good infrastructure and satisfied traders
Since 2004 fresh fruit, healthy vegetables and exotic delicacies have been traded every day at the Frischezentrum Frankfurt am Main, the wholesale market of the metropolis along the river Main. More than 10 years after the opening of the wholesale market it is still in good shape with satisfied traders. “One.....

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Argentina: September’s frost in Colorado River destroyed 70% of the fruit
The morning of September 23 was crucial to the Colorado River. There were strong winds and temperatures dropped to 7.5 degrees below zero, were they remained stuck for eight hours. Producers turned on their sprinklers and fires, but to no avail. It was a black day for this year’s production: 70% of the fruit.....

Apples in China feature 'new' NZ flag before referendum
The sight of a new New Zealand flag allegedly being used on fruit packaging in China has drawn a collective gasp online. Tauranga's John Miller claims to have snapped a photo of apples with New Zealand labelling featuring the Silver Fern (Red, White and Blue) flag design at a fruit market in Shanghai.The.....

Severe storm warning for Queensland
The Bureau of Meteorology says "very dangerous thunderstorms" were detected near Moore and Linville in the Somerset region on Tuesday afternoon. A severe storm warning is in place for the districts of Gympie, Somerset and the Sunshine Coast. "Damaging winds and very large hailstones are likely," a weather.....

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Chile: Maqui exports increased by 168%
Claudia Carbonell, director of the Office of Agricultural Studies and Policies (PASO), said the maqui was a new growing Chilean export product. "The search for new products, focusing on specific niches, is a contribution to the export growth of our country," she added.Maqui is a native fruit that has lots of.....

Winter showers take toll on Indian grapes
The current wintry showers in Indian are expected to take a toll on the grape flowering period. With the pruning of most plants over, farmers were expecting dry and cool weather to support the growth of grapes.It is also feared the untimely showers will also damage the onion crop.Districts like Nashik,.....

Sun World licenses Chilean grape growers
Sun World International LLC has licensed Chilean grape exporters Rio King and RIOblanco to grow and market its proprietary seedless grapes. They join existing Sun World licensees in Chile including Subsole, Unifrutti, Dole, Compañia Frutera Santa Maria, Gesex, Santa Elena and Exser.“RIOblanco and Rio King,.....

European pear exports - Interpera
Portuguese pear exports up 20%
On 19th November 2015, during the first day of Interpera, the director of the Centro servizi ortofrutticoli di Ferrara Elisa Macchi presented the pear situation in the main European countries. Belgium and the Netherlands confirmed their propensity to exports (see chart below), but Portugal is the real.....

Swiss company joins Crimson Snow club
Andrea Iseppi, responsible for apples of Iseppi Frutta SA, 3rd generation producer/packer/marketer located in Switzerland: “We are very happy to have a license for Switzerland. The potential of the variety and the brand are enormous. The apple speaks for itself, the purple red color is very attractive, the.....

Maine cranberry harvest was good, but prices were low
Although this year’s cranberry harvest was good, prices were unusually low, making for a “depressing” market, according to a cranberry specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.“The price was … horrendous for water-harvested berries,” said Charles Armstrong, who works with the.....

Shorter U.S. apple crop reveals challenges, organic opportunities for retailers
During National Apple Month in October, apple sales typically peak nationally, generating the highest category contribution to total produce of any month during the year. The 2015 October apple category looks very different. Retail scan data just released by Nielsen shows supermarkets are struggling to.....

Spain: VOG has already marketed 45% of its Gala apples
The start of the 2015/2016 apple campaign for VOG, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary and the 20th anniversary of its Marlene brand, has been marked by a feeling of confidence and some stronger first weeks of sales. The Italian consortium hopes to record a good harvest volume, around 8% below last.....

MOA- Crown Orchard and IG International:
Virginia to export apples to India
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, announced yesterday, the new export sales of Virginia apples by Crown Orchard Company, to major Indian importer, IG International, during his trade mission to the Middle East and India.The Governor met with IG International, an Indian produce importer and distribution.....

Apple harvest with historically late end
Apple farmer Rolf Schuback is still a bit out of breath. The harvest of 2015 has demanded a lot from the growers in the Alte Land. "We have just finished. The fruit has ripened later because of the cold spring, and that's why we could not begin with the harvest any sooner", Schuback explains. Furthermore, he.....

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Kenya smallholder farmers take on export market with chives
Over 80 farmers from Nakuru County of Kenya are reaping the benefits of farming chives, a herb that belongs to the onion family, with the export market expressing insatiable appetite for their produce which earns them up to 6 Euros a kilo.The farmers, who traditionally farmed maize and beans, have now become.....

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No Horticulture 4.0 without Logistics 4.0
"In Horticulture 4.0, we will be able to deliver products to the end costumer, which could be either retailer or consumer, in a much more direct manner and also in many different ways," says Harrij Schmeitz. "However, the chain will not be ready for this challenge without further improvement of logistic.....

#HealthyThanksgiving- November 24, 2015 at 9pmEST
Thanksgiving Twitter party to benefit salad bars
For the 3rd consecutive year, The Produce Mom has organized a #HealthyThanksgiving Twitter Party to encourages the consumption of fresh produce during Thanksgiving. New this year, the event will support Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools with The Produce Mom donating $1 for every conversion user, up to 3000,.....

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"Green channel" for quick inspection
Dulata export port: first citrus exports
Yili Inspection and Quarantine bureau, Dulata office, handled a quarantine inspection of a batch of citrus for export. The batch came from Shaanxi, weighed 21 tons and had a value of 16800 American Dollars. This is the first time Dulata port exported citrus. It is also the first time in three years Dulata.....

Weather negatively influences demand of citrus fruit
The clementines mainly came from Spain and some Italian clementines completed the supply. And on Tuesday Greek and Moroccan batches of clementines were available in Frankfurt. The sales didn’t go smoothly, due to several reasons. In the first place the supply was high compared to the low demand caused by the.....

Mexico: The price of Michoacan’s lime keeps decreasing
The price of Mexican lime per kilogram continues with the downward trend it’s had for more than a week and a kilogram doesn’t exceed 3.40 pesos. Lime producers from the Tianguis Limonero, located on the road from Apatzingán to Aguililla, continue attributing this crisis to the fact that the supply of this.....

India: Kinnow ban from Pakistan likely
According to sources, Indonesian importers have already informed Pakistani exporters about a possible kinnow ban which would come into affect from January 2016.Pakistan’s Ambassador to Indonesia Mohammad Aqil Nadeem has written a letter to the Indonesian Trade Minister on November 18, requesting him not to.....

Tesco celebrates start of Spanish citrus season
AMT (Part of the Munoz group), the UK’s leading citrus specialist, is celebrating the start of the Spanish Citrus season 2015 with Tesco. Following the success of recent years, the campaign once again hits the capital with the unveiling of a unique Spanish Citrus juice bar in the city’s Old Spitalfields.....

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Turkish Black Sea region: Local kiwifruits enter market in Ordu
Ordu Vegetable Producers Chamber board member, Hakan Saylan said the season's first local sales of kiwifruit have been recorded at €1.16.Kiwifruit growing started in the region as a supplementary crop to hazelnuts, but has become a thriving industry in its own right. Ordu is Turkey’s second.....

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Qatar goes homegrown and organic
A year-long project in Qatar to develop organic produce at reasonable prices is finally bearing fruit, according to the country’s Ministry of Environment (MOE). Speaking to Al Sharq this week, the ministry’s head of agricultural affairs said that Qatar now has five organic farms in operation. The aim of the.....

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ICRIER survey:
Young Indians not eating enough fruit, veg
People below the age of 35 in India are consuming only 3.3 servings, while the WHO recommends five servings of fruits of vegetables in a day, revealed the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) survey. The primary survey covered 1,001 respondents from Mumbai, Kolkata,.....

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iTechIT Limited
The future in fresh produce management software
iFiniti is The Future in Fresh Produce Management Software designed for fresh produce companies to operate efficiently and profitably. iFiniti is being used by Companies from all sectors of the fresh produce industry:- Primary Wholesalers, Secondary Wholesalers, Importers and Market Wholesalers etc. iFiniti.....

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Israeli growers develop seedless aubergine
A frustrating quality of aubergines is the excess of seeds, which make their taste more bitter, are difficult to remove and doing so often leads to wasting part of the product.With the goal of preventing this problem for all aubergine enthusiasts, producers of Ein Yahav, in southern Israel, have developed.....

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Spain: Lodosa Piquillo pepper production stands at 1,500 tonnes per year
The harvest season of Lodosa Piquillo Peppers lasts from mid-September to November. Its production volume amounts to around 1,500 tonnes per year. It is picked by hand to ensure its quality is protected and that it reaches the consumer in the best possible condition.At present, the level of mechanization of.....

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Nijssen replaces old R22 installations at Kloosterboer Vlissingen
Nijssen Koeling recently supplied a new cooling/freezing installation to Kloosterboer Vlissingen. With the new energy efficient and environmentally friendly ammonia installation for three terminals on the Denemarkenweg Kloosterboer is taking another green step on the road to sustainable conditioned storage......

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CDC: Cucumber linked to salmonella outbreak
A salmonella outbreak linked to imported cucumbers has sickened many people in the United States.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said more than 800 people have been sickened, and four people died after eating the tainted cucumbers from Mexico.The outbreak is affecting 38 states, including New.....

Supermarket only veg won't solve Vietnam food safety
By forcing the sale of fresh vegetables to move from street markets to the supermarket the Vietnamese government will not achieve the desired effect. This government policy is based on concerns about food safety and better control of the chain, but consumers have their own reasons for buying products from.....

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Australian macadamias: powerful first impression in China
Australian macadamias will step into the spotlight in China for the first time this week, with the launch of a million dollar consumer marketing campaign in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.The China campaign is funded by Australia’s 650+ macadamia growers (via an industry marketing levy through Horticulture.....

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Bioplastics an environmentally friendly packaging material
Sustainable production is a fundamental characteristic of organic food. But how environmentally friendly is the packaging material of processed organic food? Can plastics be used and which types? The new bioplastics toolon the Association of Organic Food Producers (AÖL) website can answer these questions......

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Red Love
Naturally red apple juice launched in UK
AG Thames recently announced the launch of Red Love, the UK’s first commercially available naturally red apple juice. The new product will be available from 16 November 2015.Red Love is an entirely British apple juice, being exclusively produced in Kent by Biddenden Vineyards, in conjunction with AG.....

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Brookshire end sale process | SuperValu regains top slot
Lidl starts delivery simular to HelloFresh in home market
Irish SuperValu regains top slot in supermarket leagueNew data this morning from research group Kantar Worldpanel shows that SuperValu, the brand owned by Cork-based Musgrave, had a 24.6% share of Ireland’s multi-billion euro grocery market during the 12 weeks to November 8. Tesco had 24.1%......

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Baby leaf, rocket salad and watercress
UV SDS reduces decontamination, improves shelf life
foodlife recently presented the SDS7000+ (Suction Dry System) with UV integration for the decontamination of produce & shelf life improvement.The SDS7000+ suction dry system is designed, tested and proved for the processing of baby leaf, rocket salad and watercress @ 500KG+ per hour @ 1-3%AW.Some Key.....

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Price Ecuadorian bananas possibly lower in 2016
Worldwide oversupply pushes banana prices down
There is currently a worldwide oversupply of bananas. Traders in Europe, Russia and the U.S. pointed out that prices are low due to a large supply. In China, prices fell because of a large domestic crop and increased imports. In Latin America, several countries started producing bananas, creating new.....

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