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The government of the Dominican Republic is interested in the country's imports and exports

During the Agroalimentaria fair in the Dominican Republic, representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture showed their interest and shared their knowledge and information with the attendees. They have long been concerned about the lack of consistency in product quality and the supermarkets' lack of interest in.....

Peru and Colombia get ready to meet US export requirements

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) came together to train 59 trainers from Peru and Colombia about the new requirements for processed food exports established by the United States government.The training empowers them to.....

It will be especially beneficial for the agricultural and agroindustrial sectors

Colombia and Israel are closer to having an FTA

With 70 votes in favor and 21 against, the Colombian House of Representatives approved the initiative that will put into effect the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Israel."This agreement is especially beneficial for the agricultural and agroindustrial sectors," said the Minister of Commerce, Industry and.....

Spain: Chinese delegation visits horticultural center in Murcia

A delegation from China VIP Club Spain, which brings together the Chinese companies that operate in Spain, visited the facilities of the Tany Nature horticultural plant in Zurbaran on Thursday.The visit was part of a number of meetings the delegation has recently had in the region, with the aim of promoting.....

Coviran makes steady progress in Portugal

Coviran, the cooperative from Granada, has made steady progress in the Portuguese market, where it has added six new supermarkets in the districts of Faro, Leiria, Lisbon and Viseu to its network in recent weeks. The first one, which is located in Estoi, is managed by its partners Jose Nunes and Joana Afonso,.....

Increasing protectionism in emerging countries major threat to trade

“Will the Chinese grow their own Conference in future?”

He is a well-known China expert, but is interested in other countries too. During an event for the Belgian fresh produce trade, Flemish Jonathan Holslag went deeper into the political uncertainty and how that influences the market. Various topics were discussed for this, including power shifts, trade shifts,.....

8 June: D-day for British pound

The British general election on Thursday is promising to be quite exciting. That is a setback for Prime Minister Theresa May - and the British pound.On Thursday, the British population will head for the ballot box for the second time in a year. On 23 June 2016, EU membership was decided in the Brexit.....

A calcium and anti-pest sunscreen

Crops also need sunscreen

Summer crops are highly exposed to high temperatures and high solar radiation.This is affecting production more and more due to climate change.That's why Codiagro has developed Agrowhite®, a concentrated liquid suspension that is applied in the field to avoid stains caused by sunburn. This product belongs to.....

Domestic stocks are slowly being reduced

Austrian apples are already in short supply

The pace of reducing the Austrian apple supplies has now been significantly lowered. At this rate, the low level of domestic supplies should last until August.According to data from Agrarmarkt Austria [Austrian agricultural Market] (AMA), apple stocks were at 12,256 metric tonnes on 1st of May, of which 9,693.....

Cold front expected to bring welcome rains to parts of Western Cape

An "intense" weather system could bring as much as 80mm of rain to mountainous areas in the Western Cape.But according to Michael Barnes of the South African weather service's Cape Town weather office, the system does not mean an end to the dry weather currently being experienced in the southern and western.....

UK: Supermarket worker finds exotic lizard hiding in Spanish veg shipment

A stunned Hamilton supermarket worker found an exotic lizard hiding in a shipment of Spanish vegetables.The Scottish SPCA were alerted to the discovery after the stowaway was spotted under some cellophane wrap.He was suffering from dehydration and lurking in a broccoli head after the trip over from Europe, but.....

Dutch Growers Co-op, FresQ, declared bankrupt

Dutch Growers Co-operative, FresQ, has been declared bankrupt. This was requested by their own Board. This happened after the court ruled last month that the withdrawal of approval is valid. This ruling means the growers organisation must repay millions of euros of CAP-subsidies.BankruptcyLast year, the Dutch.....

Chinese yuan rises to highest level since US election

The Chinese yuan has jumped to its highest level against the US dollar since the aftermath of the US presidential election. The yuan jumped as much as 0.5% against the greenback on Thursday, bringing its gains in the past four trading sessions to 1.2%.A stronger yuan is likely to please Trump, who frequently.....

Launch of veal summer grilling promotion with Mushroom Council and the Beef Checkoff

The Beef Checkoff and the Mushroom Council team up for a third Veal Mushroom Summer Grilling Promotion. A new Veal Mushroom Blend Sliders recipe will be introduced through labels placed on specially marked packages of veal. The promotion will be supported with a consumer sweepstakes featuring a $500 grand.....

Cologne police pull 20 metric tonnes of carrots off the road

On the Wednesday before last (May 24th), near Bensberg, the police pulled over a truck with a deliberately manipulated brake system on the federal highway 4 (Bundesautobahn 4). Officials of the police in Cologne noticed the truck which was loaded with 20 metric tonnes of carrots as it was speeding on the.....

Israel: Prosperous agriculture in the middle of the desert

Israel is an exemplary country in many ways, especially regarding the application of technological developments to advance production. This, for example, is something that they have done in agriculture, a thriving industry in a nation that is in the middle of the desert. How did they accomplish this miracle?.....

Huntelaar exchanges football career for growers’ existence

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, the professional footballer suffering from injuries, will leave German club Schalke 04 after this season. The performances of the former top scorer were disappointing, partly due his injuries, so that his contract in Gelsenkirchen won’t be renewed. It’s unclear whether and where he’ll.....

New polls send Pound rising past $1.29

The pound's sensitivity to opinion polls ahead of the general election next week is evident today. After a rollercoaster session, where the local currency slumped to $1.2768 after a YouGov poll showed the UK risks a hung parliament after the general election, it jumped to a day's high of $1.2901 on the back of.....

Hort Connections: Build a strong brand, and they will come

An international fresh food marketing organisation says the most successful and effective brands are those that best capture a company's mission, vision and values. Explaining the Brand Temple model at a Hort Connections seminar, Fresh Produce Marketing's Gianni Russo explains that it has three levels."The.....

Spain: 170 tonnes of figs for consumption in bad condition discovered

The Local Police of Badajoz have discovered 170 tonnes of figs in a clandestine industrial warehouse. The fruit, which was in very poor condition, was intended to be washed for later human consumption, report the police in a press release.The merchandise was discovered at about 1 pm on 25 May. When the agents.....

Hort Connections: Protecting your brand is protecting your integrity

An asset management specialist has warned any business wanting to enter the rapidly expanding Asian market to ensure they have control over their product throughout the supply chain.Speaking at a Hort Connections seminar, Watermark says Australia has built a reputation as a clean green producer of food, and.....

For foodservice and produce distributors

Idaho Potato Commission announces training game

The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) is reaching out to foodservice distributors, foodservice fresh produce buyers and their sales teams to encourage them take a short, online educational quiz that enters them into three monthly drawings for cash and prizes. Incentives for playing the IPC Foodservice Training.....

USApple meets with senior White House officials to discuss Association priorities

On Thursday, May 25, USApple Vice Chairman, Mark Boyer was joined by USApple President and CEO Jim Bair and Senior Vice President Diane Kurrle at the White House to meet with Ray Starling, President Trump’s Special Assistant for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance and Richard Chalkey, Associate Director of.....

Brazil is the least of Carrefour's problems

It is necessary to solve Carrefour's structural problems in its domestic market, as that continues to generate almost half of the operating profit.When asked about what hindered his work, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan replied: "Events, dear boy, events." Carrefour would agree. Just as the French.....

"The asparagus business isn't over"

Peru: "Piura has become famous for the quality of its produce"

Fernando Cilloniz, the regional governor of Ica, arrived in Piura yesterday to close the International Agro Symposium (Siagro Norte) that took place in the city from May 23 to 25. He said that being there, he realized how different these lands were compared to how the news depicted them, as they seem to be.....

Joost Derks, Dutch Payment and Exchange Company:

Trump botches up value of the dollar

The currency world is upside down. The political developments of recent weeks are the complete opposite of the anticipations of market parties around New Year: worries about populism within the EU are ebbing away, while Donald Trump’s antics cause unrest for the dollar.In recent weeks, the euro rose by more.....

Applications for 2018 are already open

Landgard Foundation expands project "Our school garden"

With "Our School Garden", primary school children under the auspices of Johannes B. Kerner, learn about healthy fruit and vegetables by growing them themselves. Together with teachers, parents and supporters, two raised vegetable patches were filled and planted with various native fruit and vegetable varieties.....

China: 17 kinds of durian appear during the Thai durian festival

One only has to mention Thailand to evoke thoughts of the durian in the minds of many people, especially the golden pillow durian. But in fact there are many more varieties in Thailand than just this one kind.On the 24th of May, the second edition of the '2017 self-service buffet of Thai durians' took place in.....

In the Netherlands and Belgium

Arrests and investigations over drug transports from South America

On 23 May, a total of 17 people were arrested in a large Belgian investigation into planned drug transports from South America to the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam. Thirteen of the arrests occurred in the Netherlands, and four in Belgium. Ages varied from 30 to 61. In the Netherlands, police searched 21.....

Debt owed to vs debt owed by the US

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Map of world population density

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Hort Connections: The top 20 vegetables on Australian market

Potatoes were the most sold vegetables on the Australian market, with nearly twice as much tonnage than the nearest product, for the year ending June 2016. Delivering a presentation to Hort Connections last week, market research and analysis company Freshlogic ranked the top 20 vegetables across four.....

Severe fruit losses in France due to the frost in April

The frosts at the end of April caused significant losses for many French farmers, according to the French National Association of Apples and Pears. In some areas of the country temperatures fell below 7 degrees Celsius, causing many producers to lose almost all of their crops, stated France Bleu. Some.....

AU: Working visa conditions leading to less farm volunteers

A farmer in North Queensland is renewing calls for the Federal Government to consider reversing legislation allowing volunteer workers from overseas to extend their working holidays in Australia.The changes announced in the 2014 budget significantly affect people on the international Willing Workers on Organic.....

Norwegian aircraft evacuated because of controversial fruit

A Norwegian airplane on route from Oslo Gardermoen to Evenes airport was evacuated Thursday evening, reports Harstad Tidende. The reason was a suspicion of a gas leak from the cargo compartment.However, there was certainly no gas leak. The mistake was simply due to the presence of a fruit that was taken on the.....

Scientists claim plants can hear water

Scientists are studying and confirming that plants may actually have the ability to sense sounds, like flowing water in a pipe ― or even buzzing insects.Researchers at the University of Western Australia have conducted experiments which point to the possibility that some plants may actually detect sound.....

Hort Connections: The global trends influencing the industry

The ways in which consumers are shopping across the globe are having a profound impact on how the whole production supply chain operates. That was the message from three leading international market companies, speaking a presentation at last week's Hort Connections in Adelaide.Michael Franks from New Zealand.....

Bring on summer:

New salad products by Bonduelle

Summer is just around the corner, and most people rarely want a heavy meal on a hot day. Summer salads, on the other hand, are wonderfully refreshing and can be a varied accompaniment to a barbecue steak or a light meal. As well as Lollo Rossa, Radiccio and Rucola, Bonduelle has created a new "barbecue salad".....

National Mango Board announces its Share. Mango. Love. Recipe contest

The National Mango Board (NMB) invites professional chefs, dietitians, onsite managers and directors working in commercial and non-commercial foodservice operations to enter its Share. Mango. Love. Foodservice Recipe Contest.Designed to showcase the versatility of fresh mango in savory applications, the Share......

Chile is one of the main fruit suppliers in Turkey

"Chile is one of Turkey's main suppliers of many fresh fruits," said Özge Tüysüzoglu, Chile's commercial attaché in Turkey, during a conversation with SimFRUIT.According to her, the Turkish market imports a lot of fruits, such as apples, pears, kiwis, blueberries, and avocados. "Turkey imports these five.....

Costa Rica: The importance of certifications to sell bananas and pineapples in Europe

The Syndicate of Agricultural Plantation Workers (Sitrap), a member of the Patria Justa Trade Union Collective, spoke about the negative repercussions that the Costa Rican producers of banana and pineapple that ignore the most elementary environmental standards, or that don't comply with the most fundamental.....

Chilean Customs begin an indefinite strike today

The National Association of Customs Officers of Chile (Anfach), convened its bases to a national strike starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.According to a statement published on their website, the measure is justified because the Government, represented by the Undersecretary of Finance, has.....

NZ Budget delivers a major biosecurity boost

The New Zealand Government will spend $18.4million over the next four years to strengthen the nation's biosecurity system. It handed down the annual budget on Thursday afternoon, announcing a bigger-than-expected surplus, allowing it to invest heavily in infrastructure, with several key projects in the Primary.....

Robert Shipley, founder of Shipley Sales, dies at 83

Robert (Bob) Shipley, founder of Shipley Sales and Viva label melons, died Monday, May 22, surrounded by family. At 83 years old, he remained active and passionate in running his fresh produce company.Mr. Shipley was a 60-year veteran of the produce industry. He was raised in Phoenix, AZ and had an early.....

Fruits and garlic, amongst the most affected

Argentina: Mendoza shipments to Brazil are delayed by the crisis

The local industry is alarmed by the crisis in Brazil, Argentina's main partner, mainly because some importers have begun to reduce their orders and because exporters fear there will be a considerable change in the payment mechanism.According to Jorge Perez Cuesta, President of ProMendoza, "some buyers have.....

United Fresh report highlights foodservice menu trends for fresh produce

The spring 2017 issue of United’s Fresh Insights for Foodservice report, a quarterly publication from United Fresh showcasing the latest innovations in fresh produce use in foodservice, as well as the creativity of chefs and foodservice operations in incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables to create.....

Largest part of supportive measures for Russian boycott already used

Some member states have already exhausted the full scope for intervention measures related to the Russian boycott. Other countries have already claimed more than 75 per cent of available volumes. This is evidenced by the minutes of the meeting of the Expert Group and Management Committee for GMO Fruit and.....

Irrigation access in some areas completely cut off

Disaster declaration in Western Cape "already too late"

The Western Cape has just been declared a disaster area due to the drought. According to Premier Helen Zille: “Pure drinking water is only for drinking, cooking and washing clothes.”In some areas in the Boland the irrigation access for farmers has been cut off, affecting about 600 farmers in the Berg River.....

Hort Connections: Addressing the state of the industry

Even the slightest of increases to the intake of fresh produce from the Australian public could lead to around a quarter of a billion dollar boost to the sector, according to a leading industry expert.Darren Keating from Produce Marketing Association Australia and New Zealand, told a conference at last week’s.....

Manager Gijs Dröge, SMK:

“Milieukeur certification gaining momentum in Southern countries”

To enable the international use of the certification mark 'Milieukeur', SMK introduced a new name during its Jubilee Event on 11 May: on the way to PlanetProof. “The Milieukeur name wasn’t very international. Many products are sold abroad, where the name couldn’t even be pronounced. Moreover, we want to.....

NZ: Calls for a food security plan to protect industry growth

Horticulture New Zealand is calling on the government to introduce a national Food Security Plan to prevent the stunting of the sector's long-term growth. The industry representative group says that only 5 per cent of land in New Zealand, or around 1.4 million hectares is suitable for horticulture, but it is.....

NVMA suspects millions were paid out in CAP subsidies fraud

An investigation into a possible CAP subsidies fraud carried out by the NVWA caused an uproar on Thursday. Four commercial buildings and a private home were searched and property and bank assets were seized.According to the NVWA, these searches were part of an on-going investigation into fraud in European.....

Tour de Fresh aims to place 50 more salad bars in schools

With two months left in their fundraising efforts, riders of this year’s Tour de Fresh cycling event, presented by The California Giant Foundation, are focused on raising at least $156,000 to privately fund 50 salad bars in schools across the country through the Salad Bars to Schools initiative.This year’s.....

Japan is a potential market for Chilean fruit

According data from ASOEX, Chile sent to the Japanese market about 30 thousand tons of fresh fruits during the 2015-2016 season. The main exports were lemons, table grapes, kiwis, and blueberries.Japan is the world's third largest economy, mainly linked to the service, technology, and innovation industries......

AU: Plant biosecurity gets a $21million injection

Australia is on track to adopt some of the most sophisticated plant pest surveillance technologies in the world after Horticulture Innovation Australia secured a Federal Government grant and co-investor funding to deliver a $21million plant biosecurity push.The $6.8million Rural R&D for Profit grant will.....

AU: Spreading the Slow Food message into North Queensland

If you have never heard of Slow Food, just think of fast food and it is the complete opposite, according to one Queensland member of the movement.Helen Hill is helping to establish the Townsville Slow Food Convivium (the term Convivium is derived from the word conviviality, meaning friendship). It is one of.....

With media support by JOM

Dole Europe launches new campaign

Dole Europe, part of the Dole Food Company, the world's largest producer and marketer of high-quality fruit and vegetables is launching a new campaign. With the theme "100% Natural Snacking" JOM Jäschke Operational Media is supporting the company with online banner advertising in Germany to strengthen the.....

AU: Farmers slowly turning to aerial technology to manage crop health

An Australian drone operation company says an increasing number of farmers are starting to become curious at how the new remote technology can help their operations. But the aerial photography and surveillance service provider, National Drones says it would not describe the usage as widely used, as yet."I’d.....

Dick Wolff Management: International debt collection

Dick Wolff Management (DWM) offers numerous services, based on years of experience, in cooperation with an international partner network. Mostly debt collection agencies and lawyers from all over the world send their international claims to DWM, which functions as the centre of a global network. It’s therefore.....