Friday, February 12, 2016

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More export opportunities for New Zealand
Valentine's day pushes up demand and price of strawberries globally
The demand for strawberries is peaking both in the US and Europe this week. In the run up to Valentine's Day the demand traditionally rises. In the US this means that shortages are threatening and the prices are going up. In Europe the prices are going up too, but there are no shortages as of yet. With the.....


Canadian exporter offers cherries to fit all markets
With 90% of production for Sutherland Produce being exported out of North America, the company will continue the expansion of its network of growers in 2016 with production in California set to start by mid-April of this year, Tasmanian production started a month ago and the company is also getting cherries.....

Costa Rica expects high mango prices
"We are lucky that we are in this timeframe with our production,” says Andres Medina from Manga Rica. “We are able to export our mangoes from February till the last week of April. We expect Peru to finish early, due to the early start this year. There will be less supply of mangoes, which works to our.....


Claas van Os: "Recognisable overall concept for specialties"
Levahrt launches Taste line for Foodservice
At Fruit Logistica, Levarht introduced the special Taste line for its Foodservice customers. "With our Taste line, Levarht will be able to cover the Foodservice's needs when it comes to specialties; which include tasty and attractive mixes of different products, such as tomatoes, aubergines, peppers and.....


Russia: "moment to end sanctions this summer"
Support for sanctions crumbling: more EU member states opposed
According to Russia this summer will be the 'moment of truth' for Europe. The sanction will end again then. According to Russia there will be the opportunity to end the sanctions. The country is investing in its relationship with Belgium and Luxembourg. The French prime minister will talk to Moscow about.....

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US(CA): Orange inventory strong, growing interest in all varieties
“The orange supply is very strong,” said Abe Lopez of 1st Quality Produce in Fresno, California.California’s Central Valley is in peak season for Navels and Cara Caras, and some Blood Oranges remain readily available, too. “We are seeing increased usage in these lesser known varieties such as Cara Cara and.....

Fyffes accused of mistreatment and underpayment of workers
Dublin-based banana company Fyffes have come under fire after allegations were made about mistreatment and underpayment of workers on their Central American plantations.The allegations according to UK newspaper the Guardian, that staff on Central American fruit plantations are being serially mistreated, has.....


Gabriel Fonzo, of Integrity S.A.:
"75% of our blueberry production is protected by tunnels"
Integrity S.A. is a company that provides services to the Chilean fruit export market. Its business is focused in three areas: cooling, with more than 30 cold stores in Chile and Argentina; packaging, with plastic packaging made from recycled PET and manufactured in Santiago de Chile and Lima, Peru; and.....

Start-up's total proposed acreage now 80 hectares:
Australia: Nectar Farms to build second 40 hectare project in Oberon
After announcing the realization of their first 40 hectare glasshouse project in Stawell, Victoria, Australian start up Nectar Farms now announces its second 40 hectare greenhouse project at its proposed site in Oberon in regional NSW. “Our mission is to be the leading glasshouse operation in Australia,.....

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Sainsbury to be first retailer with 'lower regular prices'
Kroger possibly to acquire chain | AU: Jones to alter grocery market
Sainsbury to be first retailer with 'lower regular prices' -Sainsbury's has said it will be the first UK retailer to call time on multi-buy and buy-one-get-one free promotions. The supermarket said that by August, customers will no longer see the deals across brand products and its own-brand soft.....



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Argentina: Mendoza's fruit will be smaller
As a result of the phenomenon of El Niño, Mendoza's fruit will be smaller than usual. According to the National Agricultural Technology Institute (INTA), the atypical temperatures during spring caused a delay in the maturation of crops."As a result of the climatic events in September and October, when we had.....

Produce Mom & NatureFresh team up for students
The Produce Mom and NatureFresh Farms will bring the Greenhouse Education Center to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) on May 25, 2016 for the second annual Indianapolis Public Schools’ Mega Field Day event. The event will take place on the IMS track, the Wednesday preceding the 100th Running of the.....

National Mango Board to host industry outreach webinar
The National Mango Board (NMB) will be hosting a free Industry Outreach Webinar on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 2 p.m. EST. This webinar will showcase an overview of the NMB’s 2016 marketing program initiatives, as well as upcoming projects in nutrition and post-harvest research, and new communications.....

Vidalia Onion Committee names grower of the year
The Vidalia® Onion Committee (VOC) hosted its annual awards banquet on February 6 at the Hawks Point Golf Club in Vidalia, Georgia. Jason Herndon from L.G. Herndon Jr Farms Inc. was named grower of the year and J. Scott Angle, former Dean of the University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and.....



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Scientific study reveals health benefits of red raspberries
A detailed review of the scientific literaturepublished in the January issue of Advances inNutrition has revealed the numerous healthbenefits of raspberries. These include thepotential role of red raspberries in helping toreduce the risk of metabolically-basedchronic diseases, including.....

Washington's fruit industry growing, but numbers of farms decreasing
The trends, challenges and opportunities in Washington’s fruit industry were discussed throughout the Economic Outlook Conference held at Central Washington University on Wednesday 10 February. While Washington state’s fruit industry, particularly tree fruit, is continuing to produce more each year, the.....

Increasing strawberry production in Pakistan
With better agronomic practices, Pakistan can increase its strawberry production from the current 300-400 kilograms per acre. Experts are informing strawberry growers of proper agricultural practices to help them increase their yields.A press release issued by the media liaison unit of Punjab agriculture.....


Jaime Zaforas: "The production started earlier than ever"
Fresón de Palos expands with products processed from berries
Although strawberries are Huelva's berry par excellence, the sector's trend to diversify to other berries is undeniable; something that goes hand in hand with changes in consumption habits. In an interview with Jaime Zaforas, Marketing Manager of Fresón de Palos, Spain's largest strawberry cooperative, we.....

Mexico: 30% more strawberries exported overseas
Strawberries, Mexico's most representative berry, are gaining ground in the international markets through the use of better technology for their production.In 2015, the fruit's exports grew by 30 percent, reaching a total value of $ 168 million dollars, according to the Agriculture and Fisheries Information.....



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US: Cilantro supplies strong while demand sleepy
A healthy supply of cilantro is currently available in the U.S. The fine-leafed herb is currently being grown in Texas, now through May, while it’s available year-round as an import from Mexico.“There is a very good supply of cilantro,” says Samuel De Los Santos of Don Hugo Produce, Inc., which operates out.....



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“It tastes better together” the BVEO campaign slogan for 2016
The joint stand of the German producer organizations during Fruit Logistica was designed and presented with posters and slogans of the consumer campaign “Germany – my garden.” The stand stood in hall 20 and in no other hall was the German fruit and vegetable production better represented. The German hall.....



Citrusmore »

AU: Proposed new R&D/biosecurity citrus levy moves one step closer
As part of its review of the proposal to increasethe citrus R&D levy to $3.20/t and the PHAbiosecurity levy to $0.30/t (a total increase of$1.50/t), the Department of Agriculture and WaterResources is providing a six week period forlodgements of objections or support.Levy payers wishing to object should.....

Increase in Moroccan citrus exports
So far this campaign, Morocco has seen an increase in the export of citrus fruits, although exporters are also convinced that, at the current pace of growth, it won't be possible to achieve the goal set for 2018 of shipping 1.3 million tonnes to all overseas markets.The export season in Morocco lasts from.....



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Brazilian fruit from Jaíba
Jaíba region expands to KADEWE
Quality fruit from the Jaíba region (Brazil) comes to Berlin.For three years SEBRAE and the fruit producers from the Southeast region of Brazil have been working on a strategy, to develop and differentiate the region and its products.The strategy of the Brazilian region has been created together with the.....



Organicmore »


German ag minister sees great potential organic farming
German Federal Agriculture Minister Schmidt sees great potential for organic farming in Germany, but does not believe in pressuring the country's farmers into converting to organic cultivation.Minister Christian Schmidt is encouraging German farmers, in the face of fluctuating world market prices, to enter.....



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Vegetables best for beating the blues
A study by a team of researchers at Daedong Hospital in Busan and Seoul National University College of Medicinehas revealed that vegetables are best for beating the blues, as a meat-heavy diet means more susceptibility to depression.Researchers classified the diets of 9,717 adults into three categories:.....



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Capespan live with SI Foodware AGF in seven countries within a year
At the start of 2015 Capespan decided on the fruit and vegetable specific software package SI Foodware AGF by Schouw Informatisering. Now, less than a year later, Capespan Continent and Capesan international are live in 7 countries within the time and budget with this application based on Microsoft Dynamics.....



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Tool for grapes, apples
Cornell University developing farming weather technology
Aswinters in the Northeast become increasingly warmer,Cornell’s Institute for Climate Change is creating farming weather technology that could prevent crop devastation, according to University climate change experts. Warm winters hinder the development of fruit and vegetable crops, causing problems for.....


Indiana scientists could prevent the next potato famine
Plants differ to humans, in that they only react to infections when they sustain specific kinds of damage. In a study which appeared in Science 11 Feb., scientists at Indiana University describe how they altered a plant’s genes to increase its resistance to disease.They haven’t reprogrammed them to make.....

Tastier and more colorful tomatoes
Better tomatoes with human urine?
Researchers at Ghent University discovered that tomatoes fertilized with certain algae are tastier and have a better color than conventionally grown tomatoes. The problem with the discovery is that these algae are grown using human urine.



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As 'dumping duties' imposed
AU: Italian tinned tomato prices rise
On Thursday 11 February, the federal government announced that “dumping duties” would be applied to Feger and La Doria tinned tomatoes on the advice of the Anti-Dumping Commissioner, reports theguardian.com.Feger and La Doria account for at least 40% of the Italian tinned tomatoes exported to Australia. Both.....



Coolingmore »

China: e-commerce suffers from expensive cold chain
As an important platform for agricultural products, the national fresh agricultural products trade through e-commerce channel reached 56 billion Yuan in the year 2015, and it is expected to hit 128.3 billion Yuan by 2018. However, the momentum of its vigorous development can not conceal the reality that the.....



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West Australia salmonella cases not linked to lettuce
Five cases of salmonella in Western Australia are not linked to contaminated lettuce from Victoria, the health department says.A WA Health Department spokeswoman said although the local cases were the same, relatively common strain of salmonella, the tainted lettuce was not sold in WA.It is not yet known.....



Nuts and dried fruitsmore »

Mendoza is Argentina's largest exporter of nuts
According to a report made public by the National Health Service and Food Quality (Senasa), Mendoza is the leading exporter of nuts in Argentina.. The document notes that Mendoza produced nearly 60% of the total tons sold in 2015 and that the sector's exports grew by 300% in the last five years.According to.....

Mexico: Sonora to export pecans to China at lower tariff
The government of the People's Republic of China reduced the tariff on Mexican pecans, which gives Sonoran producers an advantage. The state of Sonora produces 15,000 tons of pecans worth more than 60 million dollars every year.According to Julio Cesar Corona, the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture issued a.....


US(CA): Dried cherries enter snack arena
Sunrise Fresh, based in California’s Central Valley wants to get dried cherries into consumers' hands.“Dried fruit over the years has gotten a bad rap,” explained Jim Samuel, owner of Sunrise Fresh. He’s hoping to change that perception while promoting Sunrise Fresh’s all-natural, preservative-free dried.....



Packaging and Labellingmore »

EU companies boost use of bioplastics for sustainable food packaging
The compounder and plastics distributor FKuRKunststoff GmbH, Willich, Germany, the filmmanufacturer Oerlemans Plastics BV, Genderen,the Netherlands, and the specialist foodstuffspackaging distributor BK Pac AB, Kristianstad,Sweden, are closely working together onexpanding the possibilities for using.....



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Marina Verde BBQ, of Fulgencio Spa
New mix of Padrón peppers and cherry tomatoes for BBQ
At the upcoming edition of Fruit Logistica, Fulgencio Spa will showcase Marina Verde, its mix of Padron peppers with cherry tomatoes for BBQ and oven."Since we presented it in Madrid, at Fruit Attraction, we have been really happy with the good results it has been achieving," points out the marketing.....



Retailmore »


Sainsbury to be first retailer with 'lower regular prices'
Kroger possibly to acquire chain | AU: Jones to alter grocery market
Sainsbury to be first retailer with 'lower regular prices' -Sainsbury's has said it will be the first UK retailer to call time on multi-buy and buy-one-get-one free promotions. The supermarket said that by August, customers will no longer see the deals across brand products and its own-brand soft.....



Fresh-cut Managementmore »

400 kg fresh produce per hour in air drying tunnel
Dutch manufacturer Sormac, specialized in machinery for the fresh convenience sector, present a special version of the air drying tunnel LDT. This version has been constructed specially for the Fruit Logistica exhibition, according to a spokesperson of the company.It is the type LDT-40/5 with a capacity of.....



Global Marketmore »

More export opportunities for New Zealand
Valentine's day pushes up demand and price of strawberries globally
The demand for strawberries is peaking both in the US and Europe this week. In the run up to Valentine's Day the demand traditionally rises. In the US this means that shortages are threatening and the prices are going up. In Europe the prices are going up too, but there are no shortages as of yet. With the.....



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