Thursday, May 26, 2016

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Dear readers,We have good news and bad news. The good news is that our parent company "Uitgeverij P.Boekhout" is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The bad news is that we will be celebrating it tomorrow, therefore, we will not be sending our newsletter. However we will be back on Monday!

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New Zealand growers are optimistic about the current season. The country is diversifying its exports to new markets. In the background lurks a conflict over export rights. The seasons in Europe are approaching their end. France is switching to imports from Chile; stocks in Italy are running out and the large.....

US(CA): Avocado prices high heading into summer
Avocados have jumped in price this month as Mexican imports have dropped off. It's likely prices will remain high until imports increase once again.“We were expecting more fruit from Mexico,” said Gary Clevenger with Freska Produce International. “Maybe there was some bad communication with how much fruit.....

London Produce Show announces exhibitor list
The third edition of the London produce Show will take place at The Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, June 8-10, 2016. The previous editions have had attendee lists which covered every continent of the world and exhibitors showcased produce from every category. A wide range of UK and international.....

Tom Lange Family of companies sponsors driver in Indy 500
At the age of 40, Phil “Rock” Gumpert decided it was time to start crossing things off his bucket list. As if buying and selling produce didn’t give him enough of a rush, he wanted to start driving race cars. Gumpert, the CEO and Chairman of Tom Lange Family of Companies, enrolled in driving schools and.....

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AU: Citrus grower teams up with nursery for better trees
There is great demand for citrus trees in Australia, in some cases growers can wait up to two years for root stock. One of Australia's biggest citrus producers, Seven Fields has teamed up with Mildura Fruit Nursery to increase their supply of root stock and trees.Click here for more photos and.....

Photo report iFresh Shanghai
From the 15th to the 17th of May, iFresh organised its annual Spring conference in Shanghai that united Chinese participants in the fresh produce industry. On the Monday and Tuesday, a number of lectures were organised that covered current issues that mark the Chinese sector. This included an overview of.....

French company takes a hands-on approach in Peru
In its recent partnership with BEO, a French grower and shipper of fresh produce is taking a more hands-on approach to its sourcing program in Peru. The new endeavor puts Alterbio employees on the ground to ensure all shipments from Peru meet the company's strict standards.“Our staff in Peru will be able to.....

'Fruit and veg consumers would pay the price'
City councillor pushes for 30 hour work week in Sweden
Leader of the Left party on Gothenburg’s City Council, Daniel Bernmar, is currently running a trial mandating a 30-hour week for workers and is hoping to make it the standard in Sweden. An audit published in mid-April concluded that the program had seen a sharp decrease in absenteeism, and improved.....

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Opening speech by Michael Jackson
Connecting and networking to tackle the challenge of change
At the opening of the recent PMA AU/NZ Fresh Connections, held in Brisbane between 17 and 19 May, the strategic business, marketing and communications expert Mr Michael Jackson talked about how quickly the times are changing in the sector and how important it is to keep up with this change, even though “it.....

Big market in Indonesia for convenient fruit
There's a greater emphasis on living a healthy lifestyle in Indonesia, and the country's fruit suppliers are hoping that translates into more sales. Per capita consumption of fruit is not great, so there's plenty of room for the fruit market to grow.“You see it in the new sports facilities and growing.....

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Photo report event ‘On the market together, cooperatively’
"Being half a cooperative is not working"
Are cooperatives dead, or still very much alive? Are they still of this time? These questions were at the forefront during the cooperative-event of 24 May. Speakers reached the conclusion that cooperatives definitely have a future. Rita Demaré, chairperson of the VBT spoke during the opening. The core of her.....

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US: Washington cherry harvest 9-10 days early
“Yesterday was our first day of commercial harvest with the Chelan Variety,” says Roger Pepperl with Stemilt Growers. “We got through the past weekend of weather with no damage and right now have a much cleaner crop than last year.” Our peak days on the early cherry varieties will be May 28-June 3 shipping......

Spain: Agrícola El Bosque takes part in project for biocontrol on blackberries
Agrícola El Bosque, the only company at European level that produces blackberries all year round, based on the municipality of Lucena del Puerto, Huelva, is currently developing an R&D project that aims to improve the quality of fruit in the pre-harvest and post-harvest using biocontrol tools.The.....

Cort Brazelton:
“Potential of Europe is being underestimated”
The global blueberry cultivation is facing a big challenge, says Cort Brazelton, director of Business Development at Fall Creek Farm & Nursery. According to the American blueberry expert there are too many berries of a lower quality than the consumer desires on the market. This problem has to be tackled.....

Spain: Strawberry season very long, hard, and complicated
The Andalusian strawberry sector, which is concentrated in the province of Huelva, has entered the final stretch of a very long, hard, and complicated campaign, marked by ups and downs in prices and by major production peaks that have, sometimes, been difficult for the markets to take on.The president of the.....

Envy apple returns to the market next week
The New Zealand Envy™ apple crop is on the water, much to the delight of retailers across North America, who are eager for the strong dollar and volume contributions of this premium apple to resume.Envy sales nearly doubled in volume between 2014 and 2015, and its dollar contribution increased by over 120.....

US (CA): Labor problems trouble blueberry industry
Alexander Ott, the executive director of the California Blueberry Commission,explained that California's blueberry farmers are struggling with a scarce, expensive labor force and a drop in market price. California produces nine percent of America’s blueberries according to the California Agricultural.....

Frank Valckenier:
“Spanish blueberries not overly expensive”
Nearly all domestic soft fruit is already on the market, it is just the blueberries that will arrive later. Frank Valckenier from Brussels, Belgium, has the complete Belgian soft fruit assortment and is still waiting for blueberries. “I have been shopping around a bit, but it will be about two weeks before.....

Hungary: No drops expected in strawberry prices
According to György Csizmadia, of the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organisation and Product Board Vice Chairman, in June, strawberry prices in Hungary should remain at a level of between 1,000 and 1,400 HUF per kilo (between 3.18 and 4.46 Euro), as about 30 percent of this year's.....

Herbsmore »

Europe Retail Packing starts herbs under brand 5Senses
Europe Retail Packing, or ERP, has for years been one of the largest suppliers of fresh cut herbs. Besides product from Kenya, Israel and Spain, ERP also has their own area in the Netherlands this year. This week, the first herbs will be delivered under ERP’s own brand name 5Senses. Several types of herbs.....

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International Society for Mushroom Science, 29th May – 2nd June, Amsterdam
Sylvan to showcase research findings at ISMS 2016
Mushroom spawn innovator Sylvan will share some of its research and technical expertise in a series of presentations and papers at the International Society for Mushroom Science (ISMS) Congress 2016. Key members of the company’s R&D team will present some of the current innovative activities and studies.....

3rd September 2016
Fresh State announces new date for its annual Gala ball
The Fresh State Ball will be held on Saturday on 3 September 2016 and has even shifted to a new venue at the Peninsula located in the Melbourne Docklands precinct.Fresh State represent wholesalers and associated businesses at the Melbourne Market and this year’s event will be the sixth consecutive Ball.....

Citrusmore »

Iraq replaces Russia for Turkish citrus exports
Turkey’s National Citrus Council’s (UTK) Financial General Assembly recently took place in Mersin. In 2015, Russia was Turkey’s biggest market for citrus exports, worth 90.52 million dollars, so far in 2016 Iraq has taken their place with exports to the country worth 84.54 million dollars. The president of.....

AU's fastest-growing food company supplies China
Dongfang Modern Agriculture Holding Group has seen its market value more than double to about $900 million in the seven months since its float. But you won't see any of its produce in Australia; growing and selling all its fruit in Southeastern China, it now ranks as the biggest citrus grower in that country.....

Exotic fruit and vegetablesmore »

Imported exotic fruit demand rises in Thane
Summer is at its peak in Thane and lake city residents are buying more and more exotic fruits, such as wood apples, passion fruit, mangosteens, rambutans, longans, kiwis and dragon fruits.While seasonal fruits like mangoes and litchis are still in demand, city vendors say they have seen a steep rise in.....

Mexico: Fresnillo produces 25% more garlic
Fresnillo is one of the top five municipalities in the state where the planting of garlic is highly positioned, as it is a major producing area of garlic in the entity. This year the harvest increased by nearly 25 percent.According to the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries.....

Kiwi Gold and apples drive export New Zealand
New Zealand recorded a larger trade surplus than estimated. Mainly the larger export volumes of yellow kiwi and apples contributed to this. The trade surplus amounts to 292 million dollars. This is substantially more than the 60 million dollars expected by experts, and also more than the 184 million dollars.....

Zespri season 2015/2016 breaks all records
The 2015/2016 season broke all records for Zespri. The New Zealand company noted the highest yield per hectare for green kiwis ever, broke volume records for both the Green and the SunGold and realised the highest yield for growers ever.The total turnover increased by 21 percent compared to the previous.....

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UK: Businesses agree on joint approach to increase organic produce sales
Over 50 representatives from across the fruit and vegetable industry in the UK, including retail, processing/packing and growing, converged at G’s Fresh main site in Cambridgeshire on Tuesday 17th May 2016 to discuss improving prospects for the organic produce sector. Ocado, the Soil Association, England.....

Avocado supplier expands organic role
Oxnard-based Mission Produce today announced that Megan Rood has been promoted to Organic Category Manager. In this role she will be responsible for managing key account relationships, working with emerging sources of organic supply, and developing new organic customers.Rood has been with Mission Produce for.....

Organic trade meets in D.C. as battle brews over standards
It’s “Organic Week” again in Washington, D.C., and attendees of the “signature policymaking event” for the Organic Trade Association (OTA) have much to celebrate. Last week, the OTA, the leading voice for the organic industry, announced that the sector posted its largest-ever annual dollar gain in 2015, with.....

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Fruit and veg can help prevent chronic inflammation
The University of Liverpool's Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease conducted a study which identified food stuffs that can help prevent chronic inflammation that contributes to many leading causes of death. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables, which contain polyphenols, protect against age-related.....

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Sous Fresh, inspiring chefs
Professional chefs look to the Dutch company “Sous Fresh” for support in fresh fruit and vegetables. Although the company has been supplying fresh fruit and vegetables to a wide range of businesses for years, two years ago the focus has shifted. Today Sous Fresh supports and inspires chefs in professional.....

Processed fruit and vegetablesmore »

UK: Pre-chopped produce price shocks
UK newspaper the Daily Mail has investigated the prices of ready prepared fruit and vegetables, compared to their natural state equivalents. In some cases, such as that of pineapple, the pre-chopped alternative cost three times more that the unprepared product. Whatever the case, consumers pay a premium for.....

Coolingmore »

Geerlofs implements ammonia cooler in future company building
All Kompany activities from one central location
"It has always been our wish to carry out all our own activities from one central location." This wish is about to come true at the Fresh Park Venlo with a new building. From here the 300 million cucumbers of Kompany will be cooled, packaged to customers desires and distributed. Screw compressors with a.....

Food safetymore »

Romania: Over 6,000 tonnes of non-EU fruit and veg inspected
Food safety and health inspections have been carried out this week in Romania to check the pesticide residue levels in fruit and vegetables imported from non-EU countries.More than 6,000 tonnes of fruit and vegetables imported from countries such as Turkey, Albania, Iran, Macedonia, Serbia, Colombia, Egypt,.....

Nuts and dried fruitsmore »

Dried fruit and nut consumption up globally
Both demand and consumption of dried fruits and nuts have increased globally, according to the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC), in Reus, Tarragona (Spain).According to, figures from the INC show in Spain alone, consumption of dried fruits and nuts increased 33 per cent compared to.....

Vietnam's 2016 cashew exports exceed US$1 billion
Vietnam's Cashew Association chairman, Mr. Nguyen Duc Thanh, has reported that in the first five months of this year, the cashew industry exported more than 118,000 tons of cashew nuts, bringing in about US$1.1 billion, exceeding the export plan in terms of both volume and value.The US was the biggest.....

Packaging and Labellingmore »

`Equilibrium Modified Atmospheric Packaging´
EMAP for shelf life extension
In 2014, India’s largest global flexible packaging company Uflex decided to offer shelf life extension solutions to the Indian Fresh Produce Industry. With the help of the foreign technology partner, Uflex came out with a solution. “The solution Equilibrium Modified Atmospheric Packaging (EMAP) entails.....

Product informationmore »

Minicamp to be launched to the market this month
Hydroponic agriculture is already possible at home
This month, a new hydroponic cultivation system will be launched which will make it possible to cultivate a wide range of fresh vegetables or flowers for decoration at home.It is called MINICAMP, developed by the company NGS, which is devoted to the development and manufacture of advanced solutions for high.....

Retailmore »

A partnership for children:
Edeka and Tabaluga the dragon join forces
Edeka and Peter Maffay with his famous green dragon Tabaluga formed an alliance for children with the slogan "For a healthy diet and a conscious lifestyle." This partnership further develops Edeka’s commitment to children. “To find such a competent partner as Edeka at our side, is a sign of motivation and.....

Lidl to invest 500mln in Belgium | Supermarket chain Mars to go out of business
Whole Foods' 365 debuts in CA | Costco tops Q3 profit estimates
US: Hannaford joins Robinson Fresh 'Misfits' produce program -Delhaize America’s Hannaford banner is piloting an “ugly” produce program at its 14 stores in the Albany, N.Y, region, the retailer announced. The aesthetically challenged fruits and vegetables are supplied by Robinson Fresh, whose.....

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New Zealand growers are optimistic about the current season. The country is diversifying its exports to new markets. In the background lurks a conflict over export rights. The seasons in Europe are approaching their end. France is switching to imports from Chile; stocks in Italy are running out and the large.....

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