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Worldwide citrus market update
The overall trend in the citrus market is that growers in Latin America aren't receiving the prices they need. Where consumers in their export markets have to pay high prices for their products. Northern Hemisphere citrus is still in availability, but in February Southern Hemisphere is slowly joining the.....

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New York apples offer variety to Chinese market
Although the first impact of apple exports into China will be from Washington State, the New York Apple Association is enthusiastic about the potential within the Chinese market. “We have a few more travel restrictions than Washington due to our location and distance from China,” states Jim Allen, president.....

Ban brought positive changes for Indian mango
The Indian mango export season is due to start at the end of March - beginning of April. The harvest starts earlier though according to Nagesh Shetty from Deccan Produce, "We have to wait till the prices drop to realistic levels to start doing business overseas."Most of India's mango export to Europe is done.....

Fairtrade Germany unhappy with banana prices
The banana is the second favourite fruit in Germany. 7.9 kilos per capita are consumed on average per year. Only the apple with 26 kilo is more popular across Germany. The most important markets for bananas within the EU are the supermarkets and discounters. In food retailing, the bananas are often offered.....

Disappointing summer weather won’t hinder Australian asparagus plans
A wet summer has not dampened the spirits of Australia’s asparagus growers, as the industry sets its sights on reducing reliance on imported asparagus to supply major supermarkets year round. The Australian asparagus harvest over recent years has shown Joe Vizzarri, President of the Australian Asparagus.....

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70-75% of Polish apples still find export destinations
According to Jan Nowakowski, of Polish importer/exporter Genesis Fresh, last year’s mild spring temperatures and absence of frosts, as well as good weather conditions during the summer, have resulted not only in an increased apple yield, with good quality fruit, but also in larger calibres.While this.....

The demand for pears is too low
Lately, full warehouses and a low demand for pears on the European market has caused a bad feeling amongst the importers. Due to this situation, the prices were also on a constant low level. Dirk Schulz of SFI Hamburg GmbH, one of the largest importers of pears from Argentina said: “The pear market in Europe.....

NZ: Packhouse fined after fraud
A Hawke's Bay packhouse has been slapped with a $40,000 fine after it used fraudulent paperwork to export non-compliant apples to Taiwan.Matipou Orchard Ltd was fined when it appeared in Hastings District Court yesterday. It had pleaded guilty to 10 charges laid by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) in.....

"Junk status Russia unjustified"
Egypt seeks free trade zone with EEU
Egypt is said to be on the verge of signing a free trade agreement with the EEU, the union of former Soviet republics. The ties between Russia and Syria are also being strengthened. According to Russia, the downgrade to junk status is unjustified, with the Russian economy's strengths not being taken into.....

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Capespan Group launches Contour Logistics
Aspen International Services, part of the global Capespan Group, is officially rebranded as Contour Logistics.Contour managing director Mariaan Rademan said the company would continue its stellar clearing and forwarding track record by offering clients extraordinary attention to detail, attentiveness to.....

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Severe flooding hits Malawi
Heavy floods in southern Malawi have killed at least 79 people, forced more than 170,000 from their homes and cost about 160,000 people their livelihoods, a UN agency said on Wednesday.A state of emergency has been declared in 15 of Malawi’s 28 districts, and 63,000 hectares of land are under water, the Food.....

US (OH): Bumper crop urban farming
Agriculture has been "cropping up" more frequently in unexpected places in urban settings across Ohio, according to OSU extension educator Mike Hogan.Hogan, who recently was elected president of the National Association of County Agriculture Agents, spoke to about 50 listeners Tuesday at the North End.....

French man posts letter using sticker from banana label
A man from a small village in the South West of France sent himself a letter using a sticker from a banana instead of a real stamp. To his great surprise the envelope stamped with the “Banane de Guadeloupe et de Martinique” sticker arrived at its destination with no additional charges!

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Ontario apples high in demand
Although prices may be off, apples are currently high in demand due to consumers searching for a more health conscious snack; consumers also receive an excellent value. “To help maintain the interest and demand, the Ontario Apple Growers are conducting an in-store sampling program starting mid-February.....

Wisconsin tart cherry crops down in 2014
Wisconsin made two-and-a-half percent fewer apples last year than in 2013 -- but the preliminary harvest was still a lot bigger than in 2012, when bad weather hurt the crop.The USDA said the Badger State produced 40.7 million pounds of apples last year -- about 1 million fewer than the previous year, but.....

Poland: Weather affecting raspberries, strawberries
It seems that this season prices of raspberries will be quite good. In chile crops of raspberries are at 15 - 30% lower than year ago. Poor weather in Serbia also influenced the volume of production but final results will be known soon. It is expected that poor weather conditions will have an influence on.....

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Export season for Kenyan herbs heats up
With European countries not growing large quantities of herbs during winter, Kenyan growers are able to increase their exports to Europe. Those exports have been steadily increasing over the years as Israeli companies have lent their expertise with herbs to an already robust fresh produce industry.“During.....

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Symposium to boost exports to Malaysia and UAE
Over 60 Australian vegetable growers will converge on Adelaide tomorrow for a two-day symposium aimed at helping the industry capitalise on United Arab Emirates and Malaysian export markets, currently worth a combined $31 million each year.“Both Malaysia and the UAE are currently in the top ten destinations.....

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'Florida citrus still a big deal'
When researchers from the University of Florida presented the latest study of the citrus industry’s economic impact at December’s Florida Citrus Commission meeting, no one expected a small number. We all know Florida citrus has long been a vital contributor to prosperity here in the Sunshine State.However,.....

Argentina: Citrus producers predict difficult year
Dante Grigolatto, president of the Citrus Federation of Entre Rios (Fecier), stated that the exchange rate would also complicate the Argentine citrus sector."We knew that there would be 30 to 40 percent more output in the 2014 season and that it would be a difficult year if we were unable to export to the.....

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Italy: Adfruit discusses kiwis stopped in Taiwan
Adelino Cordioli, owner of Adfruit and Giulia Frutta, talked about the kiwi containers that were denied access to Taiwan: "The correct positioning of probes is essential, that is why I need to thank agronomist Giovanni Bulzacca and the technicians of the Phytosanitary service in Verona, who set up the probes.....

Kiwi orchards worth gold
Orchard sales have soared in the Bay of Plenty and values are back to pre Psa levels for kiwifruit canopies but some growers are still doing it tough, an industry body says.Figures from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand show 98 horticulture farms were sold in 2014 compared to 50 in 2013 while the.....

Goldenberry™ now available in Chicago
The Goldenberry™ is now available in the food service industry and grocery stores throughout the Chicago area. Studies show that the superfood, the Goldenberry™, contains properties that help battle diabetes. The Goldenberry™, also known as Physalis Peruviana, offers a multitude of health-benefiting.....

Argentina: Mendoza to produce +100,000 tons of garlic
According to the Institute of Rural Development's Harvest Estimate, Mendoza's production of dry and clean garlic, estimated up to February 2015, should slightly exceed the 100,000 tons.The report done by the IDR Horticultural Development's technical area stated that the production of red garlic amounted to.....

Tunisia: date and pomegranate harvests up
According to the Minister of Agriculture, the date harvest this season reached about 223,000 tons compared to 198,800 tons last season, i.e. an 11% increase. The harvest is made up of almost 159,700 tons of Deglet Nour with a 12% growth compared to last year and 63,600 tons of other varieties, up 9% compared.....

UK: Black garlic gaining popularity
Mark and Wendy Botwright were sheep farmers at Hazel End Farm, Hazelbury Bryan for ten years until foot and mouth took its toll. 17 years ago Wendy gave Mark some garlic bulbs to grow in the family garden, and as the bulbs grew and flourished, so did a new idea.The couple is now the UK’s largest producer of.....

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Organic up in Sweden
ICA and Coop Sverige have announced that organic sales increased by 55% and 40% respectively in 2014, with organic now representing 7.7% of total sales at Coop Sverige.Different products driving the trend for both retailersCoop Sverige, which sells a range of 2,400 organic products, revealed that the most.....

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Eat a banana to help blood pressure
"Bananas help restore normal bowel activity, rich in non digestible fibres, help with constipation and diarrhoea and normalise the colon's function to absorb large amounts of water for regular bowel movements. Bananas have long been recognised for their antacid effects that protect against stomach ulcers and.....

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Italy: The pros of using a DA-Meter
"The DA Meter was launched seven years ago and is now being used by the main global producers. Excellent results have been achieved on apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, apricots and plums. A similar device, DAK, can be used on kiwis," explains Enrico Turoni, owner of a company specialising in devices for.....

Mexico: New fertilizer that boosts crop growth rate
The companies Agroquímicos y Aspersores de Perote and ADV Mechanics, together with the Technological Institute of Monterrey, will sell a new organic fertilizer made from pumice residues.The product is expected to be up to 50% cheaper than others currently in the market; its production and marketing will.....

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Indian food processing sector 8.4% growth
In agricultural economies like India, a strong and dynamic food processing sector plays a vital role in the diversification and commercialisation of agriculture, the enhancement of the shelf life of agri produce, value addition to agricultural produce, the generation of employment, the enhancement of.....

Bulgaria: New fruit and veg canning plant in Pavlikeni
A new plant for the processing of fruits and vegetables will open in the Bulgarian municipality of Pavlikeni. Its construction will require an investment of around 2.5 to 3 million Lev (1.28 to 1.53 million Euro) and another 1 million Lev (511,489 Euro) will go for the purchase of the necessary machinery,.....

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US: Jet Precoolers used for South American berries
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently allowed blueberriesfrom Chile to be fumigated on arrival at USA ports. This enables exporters who are unable to fumigate at country of origin to have an alternative so that they can ship. It also creates a need to “Re-Cool” those berries.....

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Listeria Recall: Frozen Fruit
Inventure Foods has issued a precautionary recall of its Rader Farms Fresh Start Smoothie Blend, Fresh Start Sunrise Refresh Fusion, and Fresh Start Daily Power Fusion because of a potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections.....

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Vietnam exports to decline in Jan.
Vietnam is expected to earn 1.95 billion U.S. dollars from exports of agro-forestry-fishery products in January 2015, a year-on-year decrease of 13.8 percent, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) said on Monday.Among the January's farm exports, key agricultural products are forecast to.....

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Italy: 7 types of sormabag
"We like to innovate and come up with new solutions," explains Rita Biserni fromSorma Group, a leading company in the packaging sector which includes Sorma andNetpack.Andrea Casali, director of Gruppo Sorma, at Fruit Logistica 2014.Last year, we presented sormabags - a practical net that cost less to.....

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Heirloom red spinach
Adding red spinach for Valentine's Day
Church Brothers is getting foodservice operators to add red to their salads for Valentine’s Day as the company ships its Heirloom red spinach to restaurants nationwide.Church Brothers, a grower/processor/shipper of more than 500 fresh vegetable SKUs, is currently growing the exclusive Heirloom variety in.....

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New norm: fewer deals, higher prices
Promo prices on leftover clementines from Christmas and discounted apples stored since the fall. Those are about the best offers shoppers have seen on fruits and vegetables in recent weeks as grocers grapple with a crashing exchange rate that’s sending produce prices sharply higher.The deals on clementines.....

Tesco, SuperValu slapped on wrist for overcharging
Shops operated by Musgraves and Tesco are among those who were issued with compliance notices by the industry watchdog for overcharging.The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission published its list of enforcement actions taken over the past six months.The Commission secured two convictions in this.....

Schnuck Markets Inc
Data breach loss capped at $500,000
A St. Louis-based supermarket chain has a $500,000 cap on how much it must pay for a data breach it suffered in 2012 and 2013, says a federal court in a case filed by the retailer against its payments processor and merchant bank.Schnuck Markets Inc. had suffered a data breach between December 2012 and March.....

Traditional markets still safe in Africa
Most Africans still buy their food at teeming, chaotic open-air food markets that would make many hygiene-conscious Westerners squirm. But a new study from the International Livestock Research Institute released on January 27 has yielded a surprising finding: that the milk and meat from these informal.....

Tesco names store closures
About 2,000 jobs are at risk after Tesco revealed the identities of the 43 unprofitable stores it will close as part of new chief executive Dave Lewis’s efforts to revive the embattled grocer.The retailer said it would be closing 30 convenience stores – 18 Express outlets and 12 inner-city Metro shops –.....

Asda changes home deliveries minimum
Asda changed minimum spend on home deliveries to £40. There’s going to be some furrowed brows and promises to shop elsewhere as Asda have changed the minimum spend terms & conditions for a home delivery.Previously, the minimum you spend was £25, meaning you could get a weekly shop delivered to you and.....

Convenience retailer sees opportunities
Convenience store retailer CJ Lang & Son has said it has significant growth opportunities in spite of uncertainty about consumer spending and increasing competition from supermarkets.The Dundee-based firm, which owns the SPAR franchise in Scotland, said it is well-placed to grow its market share with a.....

Retail executives:
SuperValu doing most to support Irish producers
Two-thirds of retail executives feel SuperValu is doing more than any other supermarket in supporting Irish producers.Close to 200 delegates at the annual Checkout Conference, which comprises top-level executives from the retail and consumer goods sectors, were asked, “Which supermarket do you think puts.....

Gulf retail sales expected to grow
Retail sales across the Gulf region are forecast to grow annually by more than 7 percent to 2018, reaching a total of $284.5 billion, according to a new report.Food retail sales growth is anticipated to outperform the non-food retail sales due to higher demand for healthier and high-value food in the region,.....

Japan's December retail sales inch higher
Japanese retail sales rose 0.2% in December from a year earlier, marking the sixth straight month of increase, the government said Thursday, on stronger sales of cosmetics and food and beverage products.The figures, released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, highlighted that consumer demand..... launches imported foods initiative, Inc., China's largest online direct sales company, has launched a major initiative to bring imported food to its tens of millions of Chinese customers. The US Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, Max Baucus, spoke at a recent event to promote the online sales of US-produced food and.....

Discounter sales growth slows in Germany
Germany may be the traditional home of the discount retailer, but according to market research firm GfK, the performance of the discounters there has started to diminish.GfK found that the revenues of the German discounters decreased by 1.4 per cent in the first 11 months of 2014.It also noted that given the.....

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Organized by Cardiff University
Successful edition of educational event in fresh-cut industry
About 70 participants from 9 Countries throughout Europe met last week in Cardiff, UK for an important educational event for the fresh-cut industry organized by Cardiff University, in cooperation with the University of Foggia (Italy), Cranfield University and University of Reading. As in the last.....

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