Wednesday, December 07, 2016

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Bert Westera, Sweet Fruits: “Mango for Christmas not as desirable as pineapple”
Plenty of mangoes from Peru and Brazil
The mango market is currently characterised by a large supply. “Just from Brazil, 208 containers will arrive. Add to that the supply from Peru, and the market will not become any easier,” says Bert Westera from Sweet Fruits S.A, part of the Brazilian Secchi Agricola group, which has branches in Portugal and.....

Italian kiwi growers head to New Zealand
A group of 15 Italian Zespri Sungold growers from the region of Lazio are visiting Gisborne kiwifruit grower, Tim Egan's, orchard as part of a plan to educate the growers to produce better kiwis back home. Gisborne was chosen specifically because of its similar climate to Lazio, where their kiwis will.....


South-East Europe Forum
Balkan countries need to band together for stronger market position
Fruit and vegetable companies in South-East Europe are increasingly becoming more and more present in the international market, however, according to many in the industry, there are still some issues that need to be ironed out and many of the decisions made in the early stages of growth could set the tone.....


Samson M. Wakibia, Wintechs Merchants:
"We can supply Kenyan avocados almost year-round”
“In Kenya, we have a large production of avocados. Our company is specialized in this product, and we want to increase exports to Europe,” says Samson M. Wakibia from Wintechs Merchants ltd. He indicates that they have their own production schemes and various small scale growers, who are GG certified. The.....


Cucumber in a cardboard box
Staay-Hispa has created a new, eyecatching packaging: a cucumber in a cardboard box. It is a preview of the packaging possibilities of the sustainable Eat&Care line, which was launched by the company earlier this year.The Eat&Care brand already consists of limes, pineapples and salatrio. “These are.....

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5 hectare pilot project:
France: Buratti to start with greenhouse Kiwi cultivation
Kiwis are usually not the first things you expect to see in a greenhouse. Nonetheless, fruit grower Scea Buratti will become among one of the first companies that will soon plant Kiwi trees inside a recently built new greenhouse in Southern France. Buratti, an Italian family that grows apples and kiwis in.....


Levarht and Beijing HongFu International Algriculture Co.
HongFu International Algriculture Co.'s grower, Geert Leffers, says that their financial partners and Levarht have wanted to grow quality tomatoes in China for a long time. By establishing Dutch style glasshouses, using Dutch technology and selecting various varieties, they believe they have met this.....

New Zespri head office in New Zealand
The Zespri Board last night approved plans for a new office building on its current site in Mount Maunganui.Zespri Chief Financial Officer Dave Hazlehurst explains that Zespri’s new building will provide a home for its brand and a future-proof building to support possible future growth in the industry......

Argentina: Lemon from Tucuman meets requirements to enter the US
After having visited the US Department of Agriculture in Washington, Governor Juan Manzur said this morning at a press conference, that the US agency would be publishing a resolution permitting the entry of lemons from Tucuman into the North American market."At a meeting with representatives of the USDA, we.....

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Belarus expecting foreign trade deficit in 2016
Belarus may experience a foreign trade deficit by the end of 2016 according to the national Statistics Committee. The overall decrease in exports of Belarusian goods to foreign markets was due to a slump in prices on pivotal Belarusian export products.In spite of the expected growth in consumer imports.....

Ecuador has high expectations of the EU
Exporters believe that, now that the country has signed a trade agreement with the European Union, they have the possibility of converting Ecuador into an agricultural powerhouse thanks to its natural advantages.After almost 10 years of negotiations with the European Union (EU), Ecuador has finally signed.....



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Jan Rozema, Olympic Fruit:
Grapes: Delicious and fair, with or without seeds
The advance of seedless grape varieties has become very pronounced in recent years, but that is no longer at the expense of the seeded grape market. Jan Rozema from Olympic Fruit, sees that this market is also doing well, and flavour plays an important part on that market. Fairtrade is also an increasingly.....


Chile: "Grape production in the fifth region to increase by 30%"
The grape campaign, which has already started in some areas of Chile, will only begin in late December in the fifth region. Ivonne Santibañez, from Agricola Montolín, said this campaign bodes well. "The frost and climate change really affected the stone fruits. So at first we thought this was also going to.....


Argentina: Cutting edge technology to select melons
Embedded technology allows producers to select and sort melons by color, which allows them to standardize their offer. The goal is that every box should weigh 14 kilograms.The melons from San Juan reached the markets about 20 days ago.This campaign, La Niña Bonita, a company of the Barcelo family,.....

Argentina: Second shipment of cherries from Neuquen and Rio Negro arrives in Miami
Yesterday, the second shipment of cherries exported directly from the Juan Domingo Peron airport to Miami arrived in the US city. 47 tons of fruit, belonging to producers from Neuquen and Rio Negro have already reached their destination.The companies that exported the fruit were: Cerezas Argentinas, Cecco y.....

Canada and the Chinese blueberry market
The Canadian Minister of Agricultural and Agri-Food (AAFC), Lawrence MacAulay, recently visited China. He was leading a delegation of the largest agricultural production and processing system of Canada. When the delegation was visiting Beijing, time was taken to visit the Canadian Agriculture Exhibition at.....


Ambrosia apple promotions come to a successful close
Ambrosia apples were launched in Spain at Fruit Attraction 2016. After their presentation at this event came the start of their first communication campaign in the country; the goal was for the final consumer to taste them and convince them of the quality of this fruit.To that end, this naturally divine.....

Aledo variety harvest campaign in full swing
Spain: Rainfall causes damage to Vinalopo grapes
The rainfall recorded in recent days (and weeks) in the region of Medio Vinalopó is proving very beneficial for its agriculture after the severe drought it had been suffering for years. However, according to the agricultural union La Unió de Llauradors, the abundance and persistence of rainfall is also.....

Chile: Half of cherries exported to China
Chilean Agriculture Minister, Carlos Furche, said on Tuesday that China is the leading market for their country's cherry exports. He sees closer ties with China and further trade deals could increase the number of exports, as there is still room for the market to grow in China. Nearly half of the more than.....

China's insatiable appetite for Tasmanian cherries
Tasmania sees a bright future in the cherry industry with the help of the insatiable appetite China has for the fruit. In the last two years there has been a shift of Chinese investment into the industry with six Tasmanian cherry orchards coming under Chinese ownership.The island state has a combination of.....



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Living herbs and microgreens available in organic
“North Shore Greenhouses is located in the Coachella Valley, in southern California,” said Micki Dirtzu. “Our herbs are still living when they reach grocery store shelves, which means we have the freshest products available on the market.”"North Shore was started 30 years ago by Leo and Suzette Overgaag......



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January 25, Peterborough
UK: Brassicas and Leafy Salads Conference
The forthcoming UK Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference will be held on Wednesday 25th January 2017 at the KingsGate Conference Centre, Peterborough. This conference and trade show is for all those involved in the production, or is allied, to these significant industries from home and abroad. The main.....

Bookings open for Asia Fruit Logistica produce show
Exhibitor registrations are now open for ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA 2017, which returns to Hong Kong next September, 6-8, at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo.Exhibitors can register now to secure their stand at the fresh fruit and vegetable trade show, and reach out to Asia’s international fresh produce business and.....



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Citrus on demand or fresh from the trees?
The coming season is looking good for citrus from Spain, according to Willem Dijk, Sr. In addition to his expectations for the approaching Spanish season, he also talks about the labels the company supplies: Elefant and Filosofo. He has had a long relationship with both labels, but the procedures of the.....

Nicaragua: Orange profits up 35.1%
According to the Center for Export Procedures (CETREX), up until November 30, the country had sold 51.7 million kilograms of oranges, i.e. 54.4% more than in the same period of 2015.In that period, fresh oranges exports amounted to US $7.2 million, 35.1% more than in the same period last year, according to.....

Tunisia: Citrus production to double this year
Tunisia's citrus production this year is expected to nearly double, compared to what was achieved last season, raising the concerns of producers, who fear that prices will fall due to the greater supply.According to the Regional Commissary for Agriculture in Nabeul (north east), the citrus production in the.....



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Property revalutations show price growth in kiwi industry
Recent property revaluations in Western Bay, New Zealand, show the kiwi fruit orchard sector in the lead. The industry saw a full return of investment and plans to expand after the PSA results. "Confidence in kiwifruit is evidenced by these properties showing the largest increases in value of all categories.....



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Spain: Andalusia invests another 25 million in organic production
The Councillor of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of Andalusia, Carmen Ortiz, has announced that her government will "add an additional 25 million Euro to the budget intended for the promotion of organic farming." The value of the requests submitted had exceeded the funds available for subsidies.....



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Nuts cut risk of heart disease and cancer
"People consuming at least 20 grams of nuts daily are less likely to develop potentially fatal conditions such as heart disease and cancer," The Independent reports. That was the main finding of a review looking at 20 previous studies on the benefits of nuts.Researchers found consistent evidence that a.....



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Produce and wholesale provider recommends new software solution
La Galera Produce, a merchant, at the Chicago International Produce Market (CIPM) is committed to bringing the best in Mexican fruits and vegetables to their customers. In 2015, they began their search for a flexible software system that could increase operational efficiency and traceability.Francisco Vega,.....



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Christoph Walter:
“Working together on innovation”
“The market is changing from a push to a pull market,” according to Jacko Obels from Capgemini. “The producer is no longer the most important, the consumer decides.” During a dual presentation with Christoph Walter from Sanlucar at the EU Fresh Info Forum, they talked about the changes on the market because.....


Blockchain creates fairer playing field?
At the end of last month, American retailer Walmart announced its cooperation with IBM in order to test a blockchain. This way of saving data, which is also behind the success of Bitcoin, offers many advantages for sharing information and ensures better food safety. During the EU Fresh Info Forum Paul-Adrien.....



Processed fruit and vegetablesmore »

Spain: Saving of 515 million litres of water in tomato cultivation
Since 2014, the "Solís Responsable" ("Responsible Solis") initiative has allowed Nestlé to save 515 million litres of water in the integrated production of all tomatoes used as raw material at its plant in Miajadas (Caceres), equivalent to the monthly consumption of a population of 118,000 people.Nestlé's.....



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China: The importance of controlled-atmosphere technology
"Controlled-atmosphere storage technology is a very useful application to lengthen the storage life and shelf life of fruits and vegetables. In the past few years, we have cooperated with research institutions both in China and beyond. When it comes to this technology, we have already become one of the.....



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Association for the Phytosanitary Protection of Leeks, Carrots and Onion of Castile-Leon
Spain: Research to be carried out on horticultural crop diseases
The Association for the Phytosanitary Protection of Leek, Carrot and Onion of Castile-Leon, Asoprofit, was set up in March 2015 as a liaison with the administration in the fight against the diseases that currently affect these crops, and which can cause the loss of up to 30% of the production. In fact, in.....



Nuts and dried fruitsmore »

Tanzania: CBT calls on government to ease cashew shipping regulations
The Cashew nut Board of Tanzania (CBT) is pleading with the government to create a more sustainable cashew nut business by allowing shipments via truck. Currently shipments must be made via boat and with current loads at thier maximum, buyers are unable to get returns on their investments. With a more open.....

Almond Board of Australia Predicts Record 2017 Crop
The Australian almond industry will commence harvesting a record crop in February, should the early estimate for the 2017 production be realised. At the recent meeting of the Almond Board of Australia it was reported that the forthcoming crop would be 85,000 tonnes. This is 3,000 tonnes more than the 2015.....

Australian macadamia growers produce record crop
Australian macadamia growers have produced a record crop for the second consecutive year – 52,000 tonnes in-shell @ 10% moisture (48,600 tonnes in-shell at 3.5% moisture) - announced the peak industry body, the Australian Macadamia Society today.The 2016 Australia macadamia crop is slightly higher than the.....



Packaging and Labellingmore »

China: Growing demand for single-unit fruit & veg packaging
Single-unit packaging caters to large public"Suitable fruit and vegetable packaging materials and shapes not only increase the preservation time of the fruits and vegetables, but they also reduce the loss rate during the processes of harvesting, storage and transport. As people become more aware of this, the.....



Product informationmore »

Riviera receives delicate produce scale from Yamato
Yamato Scale Dataweigh has delivered and installed their Omega ADW-O-1214S Multihead Weigher to Riviera. The machine is engineered to help weigh delicate produce without damage. The company's own Dimple is used on the bucket doors. This is a specific type of dimple/ embossed plate, engineered to stop.....



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Nisa launches fresh produce promotion for Christmas
Ahold Delhaize to invest in own brands; eyes a doubling of sales
NZ: Foodstuffs invests $80m in new storesNew Zealand's biggest supermarket chain has spent more than $80m expanding in the last four months, opening four new stores. Lindsay Rowles, general manager of property development for Foodstuffs North Island, said the stores were New World Papakura, New.....



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OVERVIEW GLOBAL MARKET ORANGES
The Mediterranean citrus campaign has already started. Extreme weather is playing tricks on growers in several countries. In Egypt, the volume is slightly smaller. On the Italian island of Sicily, the production volume will be lower than expected. At one point, there was drought; at another point, an.....



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