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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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UK wholesalers visit South West of France
Blue Whale wholesale market customers from all over the UK made a visit to the South West of France, last week. From England to Scotland, Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester , Gateshead, Edinburgh and Glasgow wholesale markets were all represented. The group were invited on a 3 day trip to see the new season.....

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What to expect in the sweet cherry market for the 2015 Chinese New Year?
With greater volumes than last season and a celebration that will come very "late". The question is: How much of the Chilean supply will be available for the Chinese New Year (CNY)?Large volumesWith a record volume of 46,617 tons and an increasing share of the total exported volume, ended the 2013/14 season.....

US tables new rules to widen SA citrus imports
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed new rules to enable imports of citrus fruit from more regions in South Africa.A draft ruling was issued by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and was made in response to a market access request by the South African government, according.....


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New blueberry packaging line at LBP
The number of services at LBP continues to expand. This being some eight new ripening chambers were installed - mainly for ripening mangos and avocados - and now the logistic service supplier has also purchased a packaging line for blueberries. "The demand for the various packagings is increasing and we.....


GOGO Cold Rooms
First South Africa coldstore with phytosantitary treatments
Problems in the transport and logistics of fruit movement in South Africa is a recurring problem, the ports have been one of the main sticking points in recent years.The GOGO group have been working towards lessening the pressure on ports at the height of the grape and citrus seasons. The solution - the.....

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PIQA® BOO® brand wows attendees at Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong
PIQA®BOO® is a new bock red fruit that combines characteristics from European, Japanese and Chinese pears. PIQA® fruits are conventional crosses of the worlds favourite pears.“This new fruit was enthusiastically received”, reports Dr Brett Ennis, Chief Executive of Prevar Ltd. “It is so rewarding to see that.....


Central Asia turns out to be empty granary for Russia
Rouble reaches new low
The Western sanctions appear to be having more and more effects on the Russian economy. The value of the rouble reached a low point compared to the dollar on Monday. Investors favour more stable currencies. In addition, Central Asian countries seem to have reacted with a bit too much enthusiasm to the.....

NERGI® in stores and connecting with its fans
September is the month that the NERGI® kiwi berry takes pride of place among the other fruit berries in stores, alongside raspberries, blackcurrants and blueberries.The soft fruit category is booming, with consumers in search of authentic products that are good, healthy and easy to eat and share with.....

Belgian apples and pears welcome in US
The outgoing European commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht has reported that the United States are planning to give priority to European fruit-growers for the export of apples and pears to the American market.The plan will come into action starting from next year’s harvest. The decision is a welcome one for.....

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Brazilian mango's expectations in Russia and Europe
The Brazilian Fruit Institute (IBRAF) invited all its affiliates to a business conference with four Russian companies in Sao Paulo, to address the embargo to Europe and the United States. "Russia is a market with which we have only dealt indirectly, but we are interested in entering it, as it is able to pay.....


Driscoll’s celebrates second harvest glasshouse blackberries
As a result of continuous investments in applied research and extensive breeding programmes, Driscoll’s started with their second harvest of glasshouse blackberries in the Netherlands this year. By producing in both spring and autumn, the berry company is able to extend the blackberry season in Northern.....



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Protecting and restoring biodiversity: Chiquita’s conservation efforts
Working with the Rainforest Alliance, Chiquita’s active biodiversity program goes beyond the boundaries of its banana farms. The program has opened doors to productive partnerships with customers, governments and organizations, protecting biodiversity on and around its farms and neighbouring banana and.....

Pink Ribbon produce challenges you to fill your plate and donate
This October, Pink Ribbon Produce will continue its partnership with big names in the grocery industry to support the fight against breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Harris Teeter, Meijer and Price Chopper have once again joined together to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation.....


Colombia: FTA negotiations with Japan continue
The seventh round of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), which aims at achieving an FTA between Colombia and Japan, began on Monday in the Japanese capital.The seventh round of the EPA will focus on market access and has the participation of 37 Colombian negotiators and 101 Japanese negotiators.The.....


UK: World garlic eating champion munches way through 33 raw cloves in 1 minute
The winner of the World Garlic Eating Competition is celebrating after chomping 33 raw cloves of Iberian garlic in 60 seconds.David Greenman, 34, beat the runner-up by two cloves - but missed out on equalling the world record by just one portion.Organiser Mark Botwright, 50, said: “It was only running out of.....


Biobest completes acquisition of The Bug Factory
Biobest today announced the closing of the acquisition of 100 % of the shares of The Bug Factory. The Bug Factory has been Biobest’s exclusive distributor in Western Canada since 2003. The Bug Factory has also produced certain beneficials complementary to Biobest’s own product range and has served a number.....



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Scientists studying weather at apple orchards
University of New Hampshire scientists are studying weather data to predict when an apple orchard is at risk for infection.By studying the weather models, the researchers at the New Hampshire Agricultural Experimental Station have more accurately determined when fungicides should be sprayed.The scientists.....

Canada: Summerland Varieties Corporation expands
Two preeminent scientists have been appointed to the board of Summerland Varieties Corporation.Frank Kappel, a retired cherry breeder, and Norman Looney, scientist emeritus, both of Agriculture and AgriFoods Canada, were appointed to the board of SVC Aug. 25 by the sole shareholder, the B.C. Fruit Growers’.....

Argentina: A new plant for the production of dried grapes was opened in San Juan
There are new agribusiness investments in San Juan despite the difficult context marked by the current financial crisis, cost inflation, low dollar, the consequent lack of international competitiveness and the setbacks of the Argentine trade policy in world markets.This week, the Diario de Cuyo newspaper.....


Tesco to launch Surprize, yellow apple with pink flesh apple
Britain’s latest apple sensation is to go on sale this week – a spectacular new yellow and orange skinned variety with pink flesh.The variety called Surprize, is very sweet and aromatic and has been grown in Herefordshire.The Surprize apple follows another stunning and unusual variety called the Rosette.....

UK: Cherry farms miss out on record crops
Farmersaround the country are boasting record cherry sales this year, but the fortunes of those in Oxfordshire have blossomed less well.Advertising agency Red Brick Road said that growers in the UK had shifted some 3,000 tonnes of the fruit to supermarkets – compared with 1,520 tonnes this time last year.But.....

AU: Cold weather delays cherry flowering
The first cherries of the season may be a little late this year after cold weather delayed flowering. South Australia's Riverland region is usually one of the first cherry producing areas to send fruit to market.While the cold has set flowering back between seven and 10 days, Renmark grower Leon Cotsaris.....

Why pretty apples lose when it comes to taste
This story usually starts in an Iowa apple orchard in the late 1800s. That’s where the apple that came to be known as the Red Delicious originated, the feral tree persistently sprouting up between two cultivated rows of Yellow Bellflower apples.A descendant of that tree stands today, outside Peru, Iowa, but.....

Fruit fly causes havoc across U.S. as it spreads through US, Southern Canada
In 2013 a new fruit fly pest was identified in South Dakota, the spotted wing drosophila or two spotted fruit fly, Drosophila suzukii. It is now commonly thought to be spread across most, if not all, of the U.S. and parts of Canada."These fruit flies differ from the standard vinegar fruit fly, Drosophila.....

Local farmer reports abundant fruit production
It’s another big, big year for Michigan apple growers.“It is another good crop. I think there are more apples planted, so during years the weather is favourable, we should have more apples,” said Richard Friske, owner and operator at Friske Orchards in rural Charlevoix.And he’s got more apples.“Our.....


Italy: Gavina is the future of mini-watermelons
The Gavina mini-watermelon campaign will end in week 39. Salvatore Lotta, sales manager of Agricola Campidanese, provided an assessment. "There are still 7 hectares being harvested. Fruit is looking good and healthy, we are really pleased."In the photo, Salvatore Lotta (second from left) with some.....


Vietnam agencies pass buck over Chinese fruits with fake US-grown labels
Vietnamese regulatory agencies are pointing fingers at each other over the question of which of them should be held responsible for Chinese fruits bearing fake U.S.-grown labels, which are widely sold at local markets.Chinese fruits imported to Thu Duc Agriculture Wholesale Market are distributed to smaller.....

Borton & Sons Inc. adds Koru, Rockit apples to lineup
This season, Borton & Sons Inc., headquartered in Yakima, WA, plans to add two new apple varieties to its manifest. The company is a premium grower, packer and shipper of high-quality apples, pears and cherries with more than a century of industry expertise. The fourth generation of family members.....

Situation unlikely to improve
India: Apple prices on the rise as floods hit supply
The floods in Jammu and Kashmir has resulted in shortage or no supply of apples in other parts of the country, and according to traders from the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) markets in Mumbai and New Delhi, the situation is unlikely to improve in the next 20-25 days.Sarabjeet Singh, APMC.....

Row crops taking backseat to fruit in Union,Illinois
A discussion of agriculture in Union County invariably leads to specialty crops. Located in the southwestern corner of Illinois, the land is marked by extensive fruit production, especially apples and peaches.While the Illinois Agricultural Statistics Service doesn’t list fruit production by county, it is.....

Frieda's offers specialty fruits for Jewish New Year
It is a tradition for Rosh Hashanah, a celebration of the Jewish New Year, to try a new fruit to celebrate the “new year.” Frieda’s Specialty Produce encourages retailers and foodservice to take advantage of the holiday by stocking up on specialty fruits for a destination display or special holiday menu.Rosh.....

Innovative vision grows the apple category for CMI
Apples and innovation go hand in hand at Columbia Marketing International. Steve Lutz, vice president of marketing, said emphasis on brand development, organic sales and category management will keep the company and its customers at the top of their game.The company is headquartered in Wenatchee, WA, and is.....



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Italy: What are the strategies to save basil from fungi?
"50% of the basil production in Liguria is lost, with peaks reaching 70%, whereas in other producer regions we are talking about 30%. That is why Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Camapnia, Lazio and other regions in Southern Italy are working together to find a solution against fungal diseases such.....



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Spain: master in Mediterranean Greenhouse Horticulture
The University of Almeria (Spain) has a new master in Mediterranean Greenhouse Horticulture. Dr María Teresa Lao Arenas is the coordinator of the master.The master is aimed at researchers, students and professionals working in the integrated management of protected horticultural crops in arid and.....



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Andalusia concerned about 2014/15 citrus season
According to current estimates the 2014/15 citrus season in Andalusia may yield 10% less than last year, reports the German Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) (Agricultural market information service) on their website. For official estimates it is still too early to tell because weather conditions in.....


Spain: First prospects point to lemon harvest reaching 970,000 tonnes
AILIMPO's initial estimate for the 2014-2015 campaign points to Spain's lemon harvest reaching 970,000 tonnes; a similar figure to last season, although the final volume will depend on rainfall and the availability of water for irrigation.The 2013/14 campaign finished with a total production of 994,000.....

US (TX): Rainy weather halts pest control for citrus growers
The weather forecast for more rain could hinder citrus growers’ efforts to combat an insect that threatens the Rio Grande Valley’s citrus crop, experts said Monday.Tropical weather systems have dumped about 4 inches of rain in the Harlingen area since Friday, National Weather Service meteorologist Mike.....

US (KY): Frostproof firm buys 1,475 acres in Charlotte County
A frostproof company has bought 1,475 acres of orange groves here for $12.26 million.The deal comes as the state's citrus growers contend with the citrus greening disease, which is killing trees and shrinking Florida's signature crop to the lowest level in decades.The buyer of the property on State Road 31.....



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Italy: New campaign for Trybeca
"Summer hasn't been all that great this year but luckily it did not affect us that much: our Nashis did quite well, as flavour is good and grades are uniform," explain the owners ofTrybeca (in the photo, Fabrizio Oderda)Trybeca has invested a lot in research over the years to find the best fertilizing.....

AU: MP calls for strict standards on ginger imports
The Department of Agriculture recently announced it will lift a ban to allow importers to apply for permits to bring fresh ginger from Fiji into Australia. Mr Pitt said growers were understandably concerned about the threat posed by pests and diseases, like burrowing nematode and yam scale. "I acknowledge.....

NZ: Workers' conditions under scrutiny
Pressure is expected to ramp up next season to ensure kiwifruit orchard workers are not being ripped off, a Tauranga kiwifruit contractor says.Peter John was commenting on the investigation launched by Immigration New Zealand into a potential case of exploitation in which Fijians lured to work in Bay.....



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AU: Rudd to help trade with China
Known variously as columnist, author, lawyer and PR consultant, Jessica Rudd is also a passionate supporter of the organic industry and she's on a mission to use her knowledge of China to help move organic products into that market.Jessica has spent the past five years living in Beijing and was often.....



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Demand for healthy foods, growing or not?
In the past few years, healthy organic food has certainly become a popular alternative to traditional eating habits. People seem to be spending more money on fruits and vegetables. So why hasn't the food industry seen a substantial increase in consumption?While consumer demand for healthy foods seems to be.....



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Bob Whitaker Chief Science and Technology Officer PMA USA
"In order to use, be prepared for game-changing technologies we need to overcome the initial period of chaos"”
The retail sector prizes innovation and technology can hold answers in this direction. Bob Whitaker, Chief Science and Technology Officer at PMA USA, said at the recent PMA Fresh Connections in South Africa, that, “we need to understand some of the challenges we face, and consequently our global challenges;.....



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Andalusia
Spain: Ifapa tests performance of Raf tomatoes in controlled-environment chambers
Over the first half of the year, the Andalusian Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Fishing, Food and Organic Production (IFAPA), has carried out several research activities in order to create and promote an innovative business culture, linked to the needs and demands of the food industry in the.....



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Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
Natalie's Orchid Island Juice certified as women’s business enterprise
Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company is certified as a women’s business enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) as of August 22, 2014. The WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the U.S., as well as the nation’s.....



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Jet-Ready Portable Precooler/ReCooler™
US: Jet Precoolers continue growth
After a product launch earlier this year, the Jet-Ready Portable Precooler/ReCooler™ has already proven itself against many competitive precooling designs. Jet users are cooling cherries, grapes, asparagus, herbs, citrus, apples, pears, apricots, tomatoes, bell peppers, and many other products.According to.....



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California company issues recall for tomato, grocery deli salads
A California produce company is issuing a recall of some lots of tomatoes and salad kits that include them because they may be contaminated with salmonella.Taylor Farms of Tracy issued the voluntary recall Saturday night for Expo Fresh Roma tomatoes shipped to Costco locations in Los Angeles and Hawthorne in.....



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Dry fruit prices shoot up after Kashmir floods
With crops of walnut, saffron and apricot getting washed away in the devastating floods in Kashmir, the prices of these premium products have shot up steeply in the city.While shell-less walnut is now selling at close to Rs 2,000 ($32.75 USD) per kg as against Rs 1200 ($19.65 USD) per kg a month ago, the.....

US (CA): Likely pesticide ban could lead to almond pests
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation will likely ban some chemicals that are high in volatile organic compounds, including pesticides used on almonds, pistachios, walnuts, citrus, grapes, alfalfa and cotton.The ban would take effect from May to October 2015 and 2016 in parts of the San Joaquin.....

19th-23rd October 2014
Spain: Companies seek contacts for B2B meetings at SIAL
Marta Puigvert, representative of some Spanish produce companies, contacted FreshPlaza looking for businesses interested in setting up B2B meetings at SIAL (Paris, 19th-23rd October 2014).The Spanish companies specialise in:peeled and frozen chestnuts;chestnut purée;Marron Glacé;chestnuts in syrup;cooked.....



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Greater food safety
Spain: Cartonajes La Plana obtains BRC-IOP certification
With the improvements introduced in production control and by ensuring that the packages sold are 100% safe and fit to contain products for human consumption the company Cartonajes La Plana has obtained the BRC-IOP certification from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) for its production plant in Betxí in.....

How digital printers can help companies keep up with food trends
Food and beverage manufacturers have plenty of reasons to be optimistic about future sales as the millennial generation begins to wield more buying power. Generation Y—those born between 1980 and 2000—may be the most food trends–focused group ever, which provides food and beverage brands with unprecedented.....



Product informationmore »


McCain onion rings could contain glass
McCain Foods is asking consumers not to use onion rings from the batch with the code V40728 as they could contain glass. Under the supervision of the ACIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) the company has begun recall procedures on 397g packages marked best before 28 October 2015. This is also aimed at.....



Retailmore »

Online-to-offline unfolds in Asia
As e-commerce in grocery gains traction in markets across the region, multi-channel retailers are increasingly focused on forming stronger ties between their online shopping platforms and physical store networks. This offers greater convenience for shoppers, with benefits including incremental sales and.....

Wegmans tests new meals-to-go concept in Pittsford
Wegmans Food Markets Inc. is test-marketing prepackaged meals to go at its Pittsford supermarket.Since 2008, Wegmans customers could choose an entrée and two sides and the meal would be packaged on the spot by employees in the deli section. The meals cost $6, $8, or $10, depending on the entrées selected.But.....

How the flu shot became the new doorbuster deal
Pharmacies are using coupons and early season promotions in an aggressive competition to give flu shots to more Americans. The hope is that these efforts give their overall sales a shot in the arm. Take a look at any chain pharmacy in your neck of the woods, and odds are it’ll be advertising special deals.....

Spar reports service levels reach new record
Spar reports its service levels are at their highest ever – currently running at 98.7%, with all five Spar wholesalers recording on average 97.5% of deliveries arriving on time over 13,000 deliveries made per week.This success is thanks to Spar’s streamlined consolidation centre system and the huge effort.....

Whole Foods Market and Kroger starting to sharpen their blades
The supermarket industry is like a modern coliseum since it brings as much action as gladiator fights did, but in the current state of affairs only the margins bleed, favouring the one that’s stronger in numbers. Whole Foods Market, Inc. and The Kroger Co. are two giants showing different battle techniques.....

International brands face stronger customer after Auchan, Systeme-U deal
France's fifth- and sixth-largest retailers, Auchan and Système U, are to team up on buying - with the companies working together when dealing with international brands.The deal will also exclude private label, which accounts for 25% of the two retailers' sales on average.The grocers sought to further.....

Lidl opens new supermarket at Bucharest
German retailer Lidl announced it opened a new supermarket at Bucharest, reaching a countrywide network of 180 units.The new unit to be launched on September 18 will deliver 1200 sqm and employs 22 professionals. Currently, the retailer employs over 3.500 professionals working in the retail units, regional.....

Greece: Supermarket chains stifling traditional retail food stores
Over 3,500 food retail stores shut down between 2010 and 2013, which shows that not even shops selling essential commodities escaped having to pay the ultimate price during Greece’s economic crisis.The blow was clearly harder for traditional stores such as independent butchers, grocers and minimarkets, which.....


Poland: Tesco launches TV spot for fruit and vegetables
Tesco Poland has launched a new campaign starring Robert Maklowicz, a famous Polish journalist, writer and food critic. In the TV spot, Mark emphasises the freshness of the fruits and vegetables available at the store.The 30-second spot shows the various stages through which fruits and vegetables must go.....



Fresh-cut Managementmore »

The scientists of EU Project QUAFETY come back on tacler in September
Dear FreshPlaza readers and tacler users, we invite you to meetings on the tacler platform (www.tacler.com) to learn more about the European project Quafety, as happened last July.You can find the full version of the interviews and of the open discussions of July registering on www.tacler.com and visiting.....



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