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Start negotiations with Cutrale-Safra
Shareholders Chiquita reject Fyffes deal
Chiquita Brands International will begin negotiations to be acquired by Cutrale Group and Safra Group after its shareholders rejected a proposed purchase of fellow banana producer Fyffes. Shareholders of Charlotte, North Carolina-based Chiquita didn’t back its bid for Fyffes at a special meeting today,.....

Jon Clark - Total Cherry
"Very optimistic about South American cherry season"
The cherry market is fairly low key at the moment according to Jon Clark from Total Cherry. "There is a little very early South African fruit from the Free State region, this is typically small fruit due to the area where it is grown. But it is nice and sweet and the only thing on the market just.....


Biojournaal visits organic Greek growers
Greek citrus season starting later due to wam nights
The contrast was huge: from sunny Greece to cold and wet in the Netherlands. Organic Greek citrus growers would love to switch places. The start to the citrus season is late in coming, due to the relatively warm nights. Lenneke Schot, edotor for FreshPlaza's sister website for the organic sector,.....

Costa Rican banana industry cries foul over port strike
Costa Rica’s National Banana Corporation (Corbana) has called on representatives of the JAPDEVA Workers’ Syndicate (SINTRAJAP) to put an end to strikes in the ports of Limón. In a release, Corbana said the situation – which reportedly has been alleviated somewhat through the emergency hiring of foreign.....


AU: FTA with Korea to be game-changing for cherry exporters
The cherry season is about to start in Australia, and according to Simon Boughey, CEO of Cherry Growers Australia, “production volumes are expected to be similar to 2012, of 14.5 to 15 thousand tonnes, depending on seasonal fluctuations until late February. All states report a good flowering, so the.....

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Knowledge, networking and workshops on Fresh Information Management & Standards
GS1 in Europe and Frug I Com are organising the 1st EUropean Forum and Roundtable on FRESH INFO(rmation management) on 3rd & 4th of December in Rotterdam. To create a forum, platform, to share knowledge, developments, needs, ideas from growers, packers, cooperatives, traders and retailers. And to boost.....


Supplier tells of harsh treatment by retailer
"If you want to supply Tesco you have to pay"
Tom Salmon former managing director of Hedon Salads, one of the grocer’s key producers of aubergines, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, reveals how his company was treated by Tesco.Salmon had experienced first-hand the relationship between the grocer and some of its suppliers that is being examined in an.....

US (CA): Strong prices for almonds
Demand for almonds at home and abroad has contributed to high prices this year. The likelihood that this year's almond crop in California will be lighter than expected has made those prices climb higher.USDA estimates predicted an almond crop in California of 2.1 million pounds, but with harvesting.....


Mexico starts production of organic bananas
The market for organic products is booming and the notable presence of producers with new organic food products at the recent PMA Fresh Summit 2014 shows that the industry is more relevant than ever.Among those who have decided to market organic products we find the Mexican company Coliman, which presented.....

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Prices should be good for both growers and consumers
2014-15 forecast: Citrus season shapes up favorably
The 2014-15 Florida citrus season could be a good one for both growers and orange juice drinkers.Orange growers should see higher farm prices for their fruit in the current season, which began on Oct. 1, but OJ consumers should see lower or stable prices, said Marisa Zansler, chief economist at the Florida.....


French apple sector concerned about market situation
EU extends free trade agreement Ukraine
The EU is extending its free trade agreement with Ukraine until the end of 2015. This is a unilateral agreement, established after Russia imposed sanctions on Ukraine in April. The agreement lowers import duties, and gives many agricultural products free access to the European market. The French apple sector.....



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Africa: Ebola halts harvest, international trade in affected African countries
Civil wars raged over the last three decades in the African countries of Liberia and Sierra Leone. Now, an "invisible enemy" — the Ebola virus — is wreaking havoc on the farmers who had just started to bring new economic vitality to a region desperately in need."Ebola is a disease against agricultural.....



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US (CA): Moraga's iconic pear orchards in danger
A pear is more than a sweet summertime fruit in this community. It's a symbol of local history and Moraga's small-town charm. After a year filled with unusual weather, one of the last vestiges of that history is in jeopardy because of a destructive disease. Now volunteers are coming together to save the.....


US: Growing strawberries requires human touch
When many people think of farming, they think of dirt, sprinklers, tractors and rows of green crops. But farmers think beyond just the plants and the soil and the equipment: growing strawberries in California takes plenty of people, too. While many crops have found ways to mechanize various planting,.....


Brazil increases restrictions on Argentinean fruits
Brazil's Plant Protection Department (MAPA) notified importers of apples and pears they were reinstating the import licenses for these products from Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay and that additional agencies were going to be part of the importing process.The measure, which took effect on October 11, caused.....



Herbsmore »

It’s about thyme! Provençal herb protected in France
Following in the footsteps of 'Niçois olives', 'camembert cheese', and 'champagne', 'Provençal thyme' has now been granted protected status, ensuring that only thyme grown using traditional methods in designated areas of Provence can be sold under the name.The decision by France’s National Institute for.....



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December 10 and 11 in Saint-Pol-de-Leon
International congress Cauliflower
On December 10 and 11, 2014, the international congress "Cauliflower: Challenges of European production" will take place. The congress, organized by CERAFEL and CTIFL, will be held in French Saint-Pol-de-Leon, Brittany. With 15,500 ha and 1,150 growers, Brittany is the main cauliflower producer in France and.....



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Willem Koole: "More large sizes available"
Frukar has Spanish Serena Navelinas again
This week, Frukar has started the Spanish Navelina season again. "We have received the new oranges again under our own Serena label", Willem Koole says. He indicates that the Navelina harvest is higher this year than last season. "At the moment, it looks like lower volumes of the later varieties, such as.....



Exotic fruit and vegetablesmore »

Nigeria: Global recognition for Nigerian fruits, vegetables
In one of the papers presented at the 17th World Food Congress, held at the Palais des Congres, Montreal, Canada, Prof. Charles Aworh of the Department of Food Technology, University of Ibadan and a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (FIAFoST), highlighted the important role.....

Nepal: Surge in garlic imports raises suspicions
Garlic imports particularly from China have surged which customs officials believe are intended for re-export to India.According to the Biratnagar Customs Office, 1,797 tonnes of garlic worth Rs 59.84 million were imported during the first quarter. However, in the whole of the last fiscal year, imports of.....

Brazil: larger papaya export
The Brazilian papaya branch is hoping to improve its export balance this season compared to last year, reports the German website Fruchthandel.de. Until now the export level has been continuously above the level of the previous year, according to the market statistics from the ministry of Foreign Trade.....



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"Kale pays the bill"
Eastern Carolina Organics sees demand for sweet potatoes rise
Tholen - The American company ECO (Eastern Carolina Organics) is very much an organic company. The company supplies organic fruits and vegetables, and potatoes, from farms directly to retailers and restaurants. Customers include Whole Foods and Albert's Organic. Eighty percent of sales goes directly to the.....

Clearly less organic farming in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
For the first time in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern the area of organic farming has fallen, reports the German website Fruchthandel.de. On August 31, 2014 organic farming land was 5,000 hectares less than it was last year at the same time. In 2012 there was talk of increasing the total organic.....



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Most children under seven don’t know their vegetables
The majority of children aged under seven are unable to correctly identify common vegetables.Almost one third of children involved in a research study did not recognise a red pepper while 85% could not name a leek. Most knew what to call broccoli yet only one in three knew what chips were made from.The.....

US: Fun, friendly website helps teens eat more veggies
Videos featuring animated-cartoon teens learning about nutrition may help real-life teens eat more veggies, according to a study by scientists funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).The smart and sometimes funny cartoon teens appear in short videos that are part of the experimental,.....



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Eat Smart launches new consumer website optimized for mobile devices
Apio, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Landec Corporation (LNDC) and a leading national producer of fresh-cut vegetable products, announces the launch of their new Eat Smart consumer website. Optimized for busy, on-the-go consumers, EatSmart.net not only provides consumers detailed information on all the.....



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French farm uses chicory waste for energy
For a month now, the chicory production site in Soyécourt has been lit thanks to chicory waste used in a biogas container beside the fields. The idea of creating gas with organic waste has an enormous potential for farmers. It is already being done with carrots in the Landes and cow manure in the Ardennes......



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Orogel
Italy: Spinach represent 20% of our frozen products
"The spinach sector in Italy was affected by the weather in autumn, so much so that suppliers had to limit their promotional activities during the first four months of 2014 and consumption dropped. Then production improved again in spring, so things went more normally starting from May," explains Maurizio.....

Tula region
German investor to build potato processing factory in Russia
The new factory will be specialising in production of potato crisps. All raw materials for processing will be purchased from local producers of vegetables.Thus, the areas for potato cultivation in the region are to be increased up to 1,000 hectares. Besides this, three breeding farms are to start production of.....


Kickstarter campaign wants to empower Nigerian farmers with tomato paste
This has to be one of the most interesting crowdfunding projects we’ve seen in Africa. Launched by social entrepreneurs Mira Mehta and Shane Kiernan, Tomato Jos (that’s not a typo) wants to raise US$50 000 within the next month in a grand effort to help Nigerian farmers make awesome tomato paste.“Our mission.....



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New coolstores under construction in Te Puke
$3.5 million worth of new coolstore space is being built in Te Puke as Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool Ltd prepare to handle a record kiwifruit crop from orchardists who are putting the Psa crisis behind them.The fast-growing company already has 26 coolstores on its 20ha site on No 1 Rd, Te Puke, but is building.....



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US (PA): Peppers recalled at Giant Food Stores due to possible salmonella contamination
Giant Food Stores has removed some of its store-brand hot peppers from shelves because of the potential for Salmonella contamination, the company said in a news release on Wednesday.The removal of Giant Serrano, Anaheim, Red Cherry Hot and Finger Hot Peppers is in line with a voluntary recall from Bailey.....



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US (CA): Horizon Nut Company expansion in the works
California produces 40 percent of the world's pistachios. Here in the Valley, one grower-owned company is expanding to keep up with the increasing demand.Horizon Nut Company is set to bring hundreds of jobs to Fresno County when its new processing facility is complete, at Jerrold and Shaw Avenues, southwest.....

Cashew nut export brings US$1.5 billion in nine months
Vietnam exported 225,000 ton cashew nuts yielding US$1.46 billion in the first nine months this year, up 19.6 percent in volume and 21.8 percent in value compared to the same period last year.According to reports at a seminar recently hosted in the southern province of Binh Phuoc, the export output reached.....

AU: Riverland grower looks to turn from wine grapes to dried fruits
A grower in South Australia's Riverland is looking to a crop that used to be popular in the region as an alternative to wine grapes. Wine grape prices are forecast to stay low for the next few years, and 94 per cent of growers in the region were unprofitable last year. The dried fruit industry fell over due.....

India: Preference for dried fruit during diwali despite rising prices
The Diwali tradition of north India seems to have caught on in the city with consumers increasingly switching to healthier dry fruits from ghee-laden sweets.Instead of offering and gifting sweets to friends and guests, people are showing a marked preference for dry fruits despite soaring prices. According to.....


Italy: Very few chestnuts available
"Production in the Caudina valley used to be of 2,000/3,00 tons but this year there are only few dozens of quintals available," explain various producers in Campania.The chestnut campaign in Southern Italy started at the beginning of October or, actually, it started for those few who managed to produce.....



Packaging and Labellingmore »


BestChoice sugar snap bag wins a Silver Pentaward in Tokyo
The 8th edition of the Pentawards took place on the 9th of October in Tokyo. Special Fruit's design bureau, Quatre Mains, managed to win a silver award in the category Food / Fruit and Vegetables with the BestChoice sugar snap bag.Pentawards is the only world level competition where the best packaging is.....



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Stemilt taps into juicing and smoothie trend with the launch of Fresh Blenders
Stemilt Growers is tapping into the growing crowd of people that juice and blend their fruits and vegetables with the launch of Fresh Blenders™, a product line of 5lb. pouch bags for both sweet and tart apple varieties. According to NPD Group data from May 2013, blenders, juicers, and food processors are the.....



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Singapore: FairPrice steps up bid to cut food waste
Supermarket chain FairPrice will step up efforts to cut down on food wastage next year.It plans to introduce a slew of new initiatives under its FairPrice Food Waste Framework, which will involve reducing food waste in its operations, working with various organisations and educating the public.FairPrice.....

India
Chop and shop: online veg shopping gets easier
From offering cut vegetables to using ozone technology in cleaning greens, ensuring minimal human intervention while packaging to express deliveries, online retailers are innovating to reach increasingly harried consumers.Bigbasket.com has recently introduced cut vegetables as part of its product offerings......


Aldi move into organic sector
You can now get organic produce on a budget, as discount retailer Aldi is launching a new range which it claims could see customers save 25 per cent on their usual organic basket.The first produce to be introduced to the store will include cauliflower, carrots, broccoli and onions, with prices ranging from.....

Tesco’s woes hit supermarket sector as shares tank
Tesco’s highly-anticipated first-half results delivered a blow to the UK supermarket sector on Thursday despite profits coming in ahead of expectations, as analysts raised concerns about the struggles facing its new boss as he attempts to turn the business around.Tesco’s shares were 7.3% lower at 169.6p in.....


Romania included
Auchan, Metro agree on joint acquisition strategy
Two large international retailers, Auchan and Metro, recently shook hands on jointly handling acquisitions on an international level, hoping this would help them cut costs, the two companies have announced. The international partnership will also affect the way these companies will operate in Romania,.....

IGD forecasts
Convenience will account for nearly a quarter of food and grocery sales by 2019
Significant growth opportunities lie ahead for convenience stores, which are now visited on average 12 times a month – more often than any other type of grocery format, according to findings from IGD’s ShopperVista research.Half of shoppers now believe that it’s more convenient to shop around rather than buy.....

Half-Year Results Indicate That Tesco Has Been "Rocked To The Core"
Tesco has been "rocked to the core" by the recent accounting scandal, which has manifested itself in disappointing half-year results, according to one analyst.Tesco revealed that group like-for-like sales were down 4.4 per cent in the first half of the year, with group trading profit down a massive 41 per.....

plans to reach 100 stores milestone by yearend
Kaufland opens a new hypermarket in Bucharest
The German discounter opened its eighth hypermarket in Bucharest and reached 98 units launched so far countrywide, with a target of 100 opened stores by yearend, the company announced.The next two openings are planned also in Bucharest. According to estimations, the averaged investment for a unit is.....



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Andrea Battagliola
Italy: "We made the difference on the fresh-cut market in Spain"
"The Spanish fresh-cut market is not growing in general, but it is for us. We are expecting to close this year with a turnover of €20 million. We are growing quickly in Spain and new products are getting more popular," explains Andrea Battagliola, general manager of the Spanish branch of La Linea.....



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