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Friday, May 29, 2015

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The heart of Melbourne wholesale market
While on recent visit to Melbourne, FreshPlaza was invited by Karipis Bros to visit Melbourne wholesale market. This was a great opportunity as soon the old market will be closing its doors and the tenants will move to a brand new state of the art, custom built premises on the outskirts of the city. Steve.....

Egypt: Grape season kicks off with higher quality, smaller volumes
Egypt’s grape season kicked off in the third week of May and so far the results and prospects for the Egyptian companies involved in this market remain favourable.Taher Trade, a firm devoted to the export of fresh fruit and vegetables, started with white seedless varieties, and within ten days it will also.....

US (CA): Kale plentiful, prices remain low
With kale coming out of several regions, supplies are such that the market remains cool. With no signs that supplies will dip in the coming weeks, prices are expected to remain at their current levels in the near future.“There's plenty of kale coming from the Salinas Valley, and there's also some coming out.....

Distribution agreement for Village Farms, Great Northern Hydroponics
Village Farms International Inc. and Great Northern Hydroponics (Great Northern) located in Kingsville, Ontario have announced an exclusive distribution agreement between the two companies. According to Michael A. DeGiglio, President & CEO of Village Farms, “We are happy to be able to extend our.....


Ton Wortel, The Greenery:
“Focus on core activity and chain cooperation”
Nine months ago, Ton Wortel joined The Greenery as its new CEO. With a background in retail, he ‘entered the sector fresh’, at an organization in the middle of a reorganization. Now he has found his niche within the cooperative and the sector.Ton Wortel, CEO The Greenery.The Greenery is in the middle of a.....

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Driving consumption: one of the biggest concerns in global food industry
As the first stand-alone global affiliate of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) since October 2009, PMA Australia + New Zealand, with its own board of directors, staff and charter with the Government of Australia, operates as an entity with branding rights and access to the same benefits as other global.....


“More and more cross-pollination between classic retail and food service”
Fruit and veg trendsetter in development food concepts
New food concepts are popping up everywhere. In various places in Europe and the US, shops are emerging with a different look and feel than in the past. The Netherlands and Belgium are not lagging behind either. We have Marqt, the Foodhallen, Bilder & De Clercq and the Markthal in the Netherlands. CRU,.....

Where is the fruit?
Freshfel research exposes deceptive food products
Freshfel Europe, the European association representing the interest of the fresh fruit and vegetables sector in Europe, is revealing in a study entitled “Where is the fruit?” that the image and name of fresh fruit is very often being misused by other food sectors.The research, commissioned to an Irish.....


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Greece: Challenging market for banana importers
Papastamakis is a Greek company devoted to the ripening of bananas, importing from Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador and Cyprus and acting as representative for Del Monte in Greece. It also represents Cypriote growers and is in charge of distribution to all big supermarkets, including Vassilopolous, Lidl,.....

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Italy: Dutch tomato and pepper season at Cherry Passion
"In late April-early May we started importing Dutch red vine tomatoes and California peppers once again. Volumes are good and the produce is destined mainly to Northern Italy," explained Stefano Pezzo, sales manager forCherry Passion Srl, an import-export firm located in Verona."Cuori Rossi" vine.....


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Amazon US starts own food line; Amazon China to offer fruit/veg
Lidl Austria raised sales by over 10%Lidl Austria raised its sales from EUR 900m (USD 985m) in the preceding year to EUR 1bn in the financial year 2014/15, friedlnews.com reports. Over the year only one shop was added, sales growth was achieved on the same retail space, the company announced......



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NZ: Fruit contractor faces migrant exploitation charges
A Tauranga based fruit farm labour contractor has appeared at the Tauranga District Court this morning on 32 charges under the Immigration Act 2009, including 12 relating to the exploitation of migrant workers.It is alleged that between April and September last year Jafar Kurisi (also known as Md Wagid ALI),.....

Namibia: Grape workers living in squalid conditions
About 10 years ago, government made an undertaking to provide decent housing at Aussenkehr which is home to an estimated 16 000 residents when the farm's landlord Dusan Vasiljevic had donated 600 hectares for the development of a town.But a decade on, residents - most of whom are grape farm workers and the.....



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US: Oppy’s NZ pipfruit arrives in North America
Though it’s been a “tough time getting to market,” New Zealand pears and apples are now being marketed by The Oppenheimer Group throughout North America.According to Vancouver-based David Nelley, executive category director for Oppy’s apples and pears, New Zealand pipfruit growers were beset by hail in.....

JAZZ-y journey sparks season start
From the branch to the bowl, the journey of a New Zealand JAZZ apple to market is chronicled in a new video from brand owner Turners & Growers (T&G).Fresh crop JAZZ apples will reach North American shores by the end of the month, according to David Nelley, Oppy’s executive category director, apples.....


Strawberry fields damaged in central Poland
Heavy rainfall and hurricane-force winds have caused serious damage in central Poland.Strawberry fields have been damaged by hailstones in Komorow village.Many farmers have no crops and no insurance so will receive no compensation. Some are hoping to get aid from the state.More rain is forecast to fall in.....


1 million ton harvest expected in August
New from Ghana: sweet green pineapples with white inside
Together with European Ghana Veg, Integrity International Cargo recently began offering a new pineapple variety from Ghana. Edward Amponsah Mensah from Integrity International Cargo is responsible for monitoring the export logistics of the pineapples and other Ghanaian products. He says that they want to.....

10th Mango Conference a celebration for industry
The tenth annual Australian Mango conference has officially wrapped up on Thursday, and Australian Mango Industry Association CEO Robert Gray says it was an all round success. “We were very happy with attendance. Just over 200 came. We had a really good mix of growers - over 60 participants were growers. We.....

Increased trade with Korea good for Florida
Last year, the United States did $114 billion in trade with the Republic of Korea. Some 150 South Korean companies have invested $11 billion in the U.S. and created more than 30,000 jobs in the past few years alone, said the Honorable Seong-jin Kim, Consulate General for the Republic of Korea in Atlanta.Now.....

Canada: Apple growers on alert for fire blight
Fire blight, a bacterial infection that can have devastating impacts on apple orchards, spread throughout the Annapolis Valley during the high winds and heavy rain Hurricane Arthur brought to Nova Scotia last July.The harsh winds damaged trees – tore leaves and broke branches – creating opportunities for the.....

Analysis of melon and watermelon market
Spain: Average watermelon price drops 0.14 €/kg in a week
The melon market is currently very active, with consumption boosted by optimum quality in terms of both organoleptic characteristics and netting.However, the monitoring report of the protected horticulture sector, published by the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Government of Andalusia, said that, on.....



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Greece: Rock samphire, a superfood with great prospects
The Greek company Ikonomoudi, a family business with a history dating back to 1936, is devoted to the production and export of rock samphire. This herb is gaining popularity when making fish dishes and its health benefits in countries like Dubai and the UK. “In Dubai, it has been called `the next superfood´.....



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Driving consumption: one of the biggest concerns in global food industry
As the first stand-alone global affiliate of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) since October 2009, PMA Australia + New Zealand, with its own board of directors, staff and charter with the Government of Australia, operates as an entity with branding rights and access to the same benefits as other global.....



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Texas citrus producers receive aid for HLB losses
Texas citrus growers suffering losses from Huanglongbing (HLB), citrus greening, may be eligible for financial assistance from the USDA Farm Service Agency for removing trees afflicted with the disease and for replanting groves with healthy stock.The assistance comes through USDA’s Tree Assistance Program.....



Exotic fruit and vegetablesmore »

US (NY): Chilean gold kiwifruit now available
AJ Trucco, Inc. (Trucco), the year-round distributor of kiwifruit and other fresh produce, is thrilled to announce that for the first time it is offering Gold Kiwifruit of the Jintao variety from Chile.Nick Pacia, CEO and President of Trucco, said “in March we visited our orchards in Chile, and we could see.....

Peruvian cherimoya sparks interest in Japan
Cherimoya has generated significant interest in the Japanese market due to its natural properties, which is why it has been identified as one of the Peruvian products to import, said Alfonso Velasquez, CEO of Sierra Exportadora.“The export activity will be important for the exotic fruit’s potential in the.....



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Organic market exceeds Alterbio's expectations
With 20 years of experience growing and selling organic produce, Alterbio is no stranger to the organic business. But given the tremendous growth the sector has enjoyed the last few years, even industry stalwarts like Alterbio have been impressed with the popularity organic produce has gained.“If we compare.....



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Joel Berg
Power, not food, causes world hunger
Worldwide, there are millions of people living in poverty and suffering from hunger. In an article in the Huffington Post, Joel Berg, from the Coalition Against Hunger based in New York City, argues that there is a relationship between hunger and power. According to the American, hunger is not the matter of.....

Processed fruit snacks 'contain more sugar than sweets'
Many supposedly "healthy" fruit snacks aimed at children contain more sugar than sweets, says a campaign group.Action on Sugar looked at 94 products on UK sale, such as coated dried fruit, and found a third contained three or four teaspoons of sugar and 85% were more sugary than Haribo Starmix.Child health.....

Toxin from chili peppers associated with gallbladder cancer
Gallbladder cancer seems to be associated with aflatoxin, according to a study published in the May 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.Leticia Nogueira, MPH, PhD, from the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, MD, and colleagues recruited incident gallbladder cancer cases (36.....

Could drinking OJ boost memory?
Drinking orange juice every day could help improve the brain power of elderly people, researchers claim. And it takes less than two months to show marked improvements in memory, speech and reaction times, according to a study.Scientists think the results are down to chemicals called flavonoids - a natural.....



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Research of the Cologne Business School (CBS)
eFood in Germany has great potential
Compared to the online pioneer industries, such as fashion or media the online food trade is only just beginning. However the digital development in the German food trade is closely monitoring and experimenting with new distribution options and channels. A survey of the Competence Center Food & Retail.....



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Regional suppliers only a few clicks away
Web portal combines 400 farms for consumers
Local food is all the rage. Consumers are looking more and more for products from local farms. With the new web portalwww.service-vom-hof.de,developed by the Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture, interested consumers can quickly check online the nearby farms. The website was presented to the public in the.....

New quality control app for inspections
Produce Pro Software is releasing its brand-new Quality Control App, which allows users to perform product inspections, capture product images, and generate inspection reports, all without extra steps or messy paperwork.“No more taking pictures on their phones or digital cameras and uploading to emails.The.....



Processed fruit and vegetablesmore »

Fruit juice industry in Germany is World Champion
Nowhere in the world are there so many juice manufacturers as in Germany. Every second fruit company of the EU, in total 375 companies, has its headquarters in this country. And the fruit juice consumption in Germany is, despite a slight decrease, the highest in the world. The consumption per capita.....



Coolingmore »

India: Refrigerated trucks to cater to all sector demands
With a clear shift in favour of ready to eat food and quick service restaurant chains, Carrier Transicold India, one of the industry leaders for refrigerated transportation equipment of fresh and frozen food, is getting future-ready - be it eco-friendly products or its cold chain aimed at curbing wastage......



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More potato tampering in Nova Scotia
An Atlantic Superstore staff member stumbled across a nail inside a potato over the weekend at the grocery outlet’s Quinpool Road location, Halifax Regional Police warned May 25.“An employee of the Superstore was inspecting these bags when he observed what he believed to be a potato stuck with some kind of.....



Nuts and dried fruitsmore »

B.C.’s hazelnut crops hit hard by blight
As recently as 2010, Canadian Hazelnut Inc. processed hazelnuts from up to 15 orchards, a sizable portion of B.C.’s total production of more than 495,000 kilograms. Last year, total production fell to about 130,000 kilograms, according to growers.This year will be much worse, as nearly every orchard in the.....



Packaging and Labellingmore »

Companies collaborate on packaging made from agriculture waste
Zelfo Technology and Upgrading have produced an up-cycled wheat straw based packaging concept.The Micro and Nano Fibrillated Cellulose (M/NFC) packaging is made using 100% agriculture waste.Packaging can use a mixture of up-cycled plant based M/NFC at various percentages with new cellulose or de-fibred waste.....



Product informationmore »

Appliance for fruit and veg cultivation at home launched in UAE
The Urban Cultivator, an appliance intended for the cultivation of vegetables, fruits and plants at home, has officially been launched in the UAE.According to Alaa Abu Saud, director of operations at Global Group Catering Services, which will distribute it, the device is really easy to use. "Aspects such as.....



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Dia and Intermarché join together | SpartanNash Q1 profits up
Amazon US starts own food line; Amazon China to offer fruit/veg
Lidl Austria raised sales by over 10%Lidl Austria raised its sales from EUR 900m (USD 985m) in the preceding year to EUR 1bn in the financial year 2014/15, friedlnews.com reports. Over the year only one shop was added, sales growth was achieved on the same retail space, the company announced......



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Sensor tag detects food spoilage
VTT has developed a sensor that detects ethanol in the headspace of a food package. Ethanol is formed as a result of food spoilage. The sensor signal is wirelessly readable, for instance, by a mobile phone. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is searching for a partner in order to commercialise.....



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