Miscellaneous

The cargo was coming from Bolivia
Argentina: 1,252 kilos of cocaine found hidden in oranges
More than 1,200 kilos of smuggled coca leaves were seized as they were being transported, hidden in a shipment of oranges, in a truck on Route 9, as it passed through Campana. Apart from the coca leaves, the truck also carried 20 tons of contraband goods, destined to clandestine workshops in the city of.....

One plant bears 8 kinds of tomatoes
In the past few days, the Xu Chang Morning Post's hotline QQ group's readers have passionately discussed how the so-called "Tomato King", Xie Dezhou, managed to breed so many new and odd varieties, and how he let a single tomato plant bear 8 kinds of tomatoes, all different in taste. Xie Dezhou is known to.....

Dominican Republic: Agreement to promote fruit and vegetable exports
The Center for Export and Investment of the Dominican Republic (CEI-RD) and the International organization, Executive Service Corps (IESC), agreed to join efforts to contribute to the growth and consolidation of SMEs with export potential, especially those related to the pineapple , cacao, avocado, oriental.....

Chile: Apples and grapes lead exports
Fruit exports in the 2015-2016 season (which went from August 2015 to September 2016) increased by almost 6%, as 2.485 million tons were shipped abroad."This is the sector's second consecutive increase in exports. We still haven't achieved the 2,654 million tons record achieved during the 2012-2013 season.....

22 Honduran avocado nurseries may certify their products
The 22 avocado nurseries operating in Honduras will have a certification process to ensure the quality of Hass avocado plants, improve competitiveness, and meet the domestic demand, which could reduce imports of this fruit.This process will be implemented under the Regional Program for Research and.....

Column Laurens Maartens, Dutch Payment and Exchange Company
The path to parity between euro and dollar is open
Just like last year, the euro has slowly been slipping compared to the dollar in recent weeks. A year ago, the currency world was captivated by the steps the ECB and the Federal Reserve would take. Traders thought Mario Draghi would ease the monetary policy in December 2015, while a start was made on a.....

Organization that shipped drugs to the UK hidden in oranges dismantled
A drug ring that transported hashish and marijuana hidden in trucks carrying oranges to the UK has been dismantled by the Guardia Civil in an operation carried out in the provinces of Malaga and Seville that has led to the arrest of eighteen people.A total of 2,450 kilos of hashish and 105 kilos of marijuana.....


Toon Velle, wholesaler’s Velle
“From late November we will also sell Christmas trees besides fresh produce”
Trade on the coast always declines significantly in winter, and approximately 15 years ago, fresh produce trader, Toon Velle, decided to offer something extra besides his fruit and vegetables. “Because it is usually calm after the summer, we also sell Christmas trees from late November. My employees and I.....

Mexico: Agricultural exports increase
The diversification of the agricultural food products portfolio (which includes agricultural and agro-industrial products) for the external market has had a marginal advance in the last decade, as the 12 products, or group of goods, with the greatest export value, only reduced their importance by 3.....


Ecuador sent its first shipment of non-traditional fruits to Russia
In May 2015, the Meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation Ecuador-Russia (CICEC) was held in Moscow between the Ecuadorian Agency for Agricultural Quality Assurance, Agrocalidad, and its Russian counterpart Rosselkhoznadzor, to strengthen exports of non-traditional.....

Entrepreneur first class
Bud Holland founder, Fritz Marschall passed away
It is with sadness that we announce that Mr Fritz Marschall passed away, after a brief illness, on 25 October. He was 82 years old. Fritz founded Bud Holland in 1969, and he was Chairman of the Board of Directors.Fritz will continue to live on in our memories with great respect. He will be remembered as a.....


Fruity themes in 2017 Spring-Summer Fashion Week
After saying farewell to the dreary winter season, the 2017, Spring-Summer Fashion Week collections were full of vigour and fresh, fruity themes. Source: http://www.sxxl.com

Peru is working to export 164 plant products
The National Plant Health Service (Senasa) is working to gain access to major world markets for 164 plant products, said the head of the service, Jorge Barrenechea.He said some of these products included hass avocado, Cherimoya, citrus fruits, grapes, passion fruit, vine plants, and cape.....

Blueberries are getting ready to enter China
Uruguay: First batch of mandarins to China arrive in optimal condition
"The first two containers of Uruguayan mandarins arrived in China in optimal condition," said the Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries (MGAP), Tabaré Aguerre.Aguerre said they were only awaiting an inspection before formalizing the protocol to market blueberries, corn, and barley. He also noted.....

Late payments hit almost 90% of companies in Asia Pacific
Almost 90 per cent of companies in the Asia Pacific region had to deal with a non-payment in the last year. Especially companies in India, Singapore and China were hit by this. To protect their cashflow against payment risks, about four in ten companies in the region are planning to use credit management.....


Watermelon carvings are popular on Weibo
In the last few days, Qian Weicheng, a student at Qinghua university, has become famous on Weibo due to his artful carvings on the inside of a watermelon. The carvings drew the attention of netizens who manically shared the pictures with their friends. Netizens now call Chen 'Watermelon brother' or 'Divine.....

Joost Derks, Dutch Payment and Exchange Company:
“Trump could cause nervous US dollar exchange rate”
“An important lesson from the Brexit referendum is that entrepreneurs also have to bear in mind less likely scenarios. That lesson cannot be forgotten in the run-up to the American election,” says Joost Derks of the Dutch Payment and Exchange Company in the following column:At the Fruit Attraction in Madrid.....

Super typhoon hits the Philippines
On the night of Wednesday 19 October, super typhoon Haima, one of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit the Philippines, struck the northern province of Cagayan with winds almost on a par with catastrophic Haiyan, which was then the strongest storm to strike the disaster-prone south-east Asian archipelago.....

China: Online food stores hit a snag once again
For the past few years, the Chinese online market for fresh food has been growing rapidly and assets have accumulated one after another. All kinds of subsidies and sale promotions have also caused a fast increase in customer usage and customer loyalty. However, during the first half of this year, the.....

China looks for super foods in Peru
Su Hua, the central marketing manager of the North China Pharmaceutical, Qinhuangdao Company, travelled from Beijing to Lima to find suppliers of a product that has begun to be very popular in the Chinese market - maca, a herbaceous plant that grows in the Peruvian Andes and that has many energy properties.....


Iconic Brisbane Markets on the Monopoly board
Brisbane Markets has become one of the iconic landmarks to appear on the newly released, Brisbane edition Monopoly game, launched today at South Bank, Brisbane.Brisbane Markets Limited (BML) staff members were present, with representatives from 21 other iconic Brisbane landmark sites which the community had.....


Fake request from Asda UK
A fake request by British supermarket chain Asda is going around. This e-mail, that first describes what Asda is and how large its market share is in the UK, is sent by sales@asda-ltd.co.uk. It then mentions that Asda is looking for new suppliers of various fruits and vegetables and other products. Andrew.....


Hundreds of ginger plants bloom
According to Mr. Huang, from Yangxinyuan Farm in Xiyuan village, (Minhou county), over 200 hundred ginger plants bloomed on his farm on October 7th. "This was the first time in my life that I saw the ginger bloom. Even 70 to 80 year-old villagers haven't had the chance to see this amazing scene", said Mr......

Marcel Paul (QPI) and Johan Vrijland (JNV Produce):
"If the fall in the UK pound continues, there will be victims”
Last month, the British pound fell six per cent in value against the euro. Today, the euro is worth 0.9027 pound. According to commercial manager Marcel Paul of QPI and Johan Vrijland of JNV Produce, the consequences for the trade in fresh produce are limited in the short term, but the drop in currency.....

Meet and greet at Fresh Summit
The Produce Mom® hires first Facebook fan
The Produce Mom has hired the brand’s first Facebook fan to serve as Director of Content and Communications.Kristin Ahaus was The Produce Mom’s very first Facebook fan, a consumer follower of the brand's Facebook page since its 2012 inception. Today Ahaus is the first director-level hire for the brand, and.....


Edible flowers made with top quality fruits
By using ingredients from top quality fruits of global selection, designers combine other elements such as chocolate and nuts to make flower arrangement themes. This is more creative than regular flower bouquets yet much healthier than cakes. Source: www.qq.com


Chilean fruit exports to Europe recover their level
According to ASOEX's marketing director for Europe and Asia, Charif Christian Carvajal, Chilean fruit sales volumes in Europe have recovered.It is a very positive development, given last season's challenging context: local oversupplies, increased sales by other competitor exporting countries, and the.....


Up to 15% less Florida Grapefruit because of hurricane Matthew
“No ‘normal’ fresh produce seasons due to changeable climate”
It is not going to be a ‘normal’ year for fresh produce this summer,according to Cédric Geens of Jonckheere, and that can still be confirmed. The seasons of ‘autumnal products’ are also not going according to previous years. “They start earlier or later, or they have smaller volumes. Biggest cause was the.....

Argentina on alert due to severe storms and hail
The national weather service issued a weather warning as, in the short term, there could be storms with strong gusts of wind and occasional hail storms that could affect several provincial towns.In Cordoba, it could affect the towns of General Roca and Presidente Roque S. Peña.In Buenos Aires, it would.....

Chile: There is water, but refinancing is needed after the drought
After years of severe drought, the forecast for this season's availability of water for fruit growing in the Region of Coquimbo is optimistic.The director of Fedefruta and president of the Agricultural Society of the North (SAN), María Inés Figari, said that Chile's largest reservoir, La Paloma, which is.....


Campaigns beginning to pay off
Children eat 20% more fruit than 5 years ago
In the past five years, the Dutch have started eating fewer potatoes and less fat and oil, among other things. The consumption of non-alcoholic beverages and herbs and sauces has increased. The quantity of vegetable products remained fairly similar. Children have started eating 20 per cent more fruit.....

Fair on March 23 and 24, 2017
Agritrade helps Guatemalan producers
Agritrade is a platform created by AGEXPORT (the Guatemalan Exporters Association) to promote agricultural exports, which also organizes and gives its name to Central America's agricultural sector'slargest trade fair.The platform is divided into two main areas:• Market access: where the association aims to.....


Impact likely to be more severe in North Carolina
Hurricane Matthew: Florida produce seems to have dodged a bullet
Although no longer a hurricane, Matthew is still causing problems for the southeastern US. The eastern part of North Carolina will deal with devastating flooding for several days as rivers top their banks. Matthew attacked Florida’s coast on Friday morning and moved up north parallel to the coast of Georgia.....

120 year-old White Winter Pearmain tree yeilds 200 kilos
Ruikou village, in Menlou, Fushan district, is thought to be the original home of the White Winter Pearmain apple. On the back of a mountain near the village, there grows a 120 year-old Winter Pearmain apple tree. Over 5 meters high, it still yields big and sweet apples annually. According to a villager, Mr......

Costa Rica expects to finish negotiating an FTA with Korea
Exporters expect the negotiations of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Korea come to fruition.The last round of negotiations is scheduled for October 24 to 31 in Seoul, Korea. In this round, the parties will negotiate the clauses regarding direct transport, re-export certificates, and the principle of.....

Peru to increase its agricultural export supply to Colombia
Peru reached an important agreement with Colombia to increase its agricultural export supply to that market, after the meeting held between the Peruvian Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, Jose Hernandez, with his Colombian counterpart, Aurelio Iragorri, in Bogota.In the meeting they agreed to the entry.....


Shangqiu city holds hot pepper cultural festival
On the 7th of October, Zhecheng county (Shangqiu city) held an opening ceremony in a pepper production garden to celebrate the first edition of the hot pepper festival. Zhecheng county had already been named 'Chinese village of cherry peppers' by the Ministry of Agriculture once before. The county.....


Innovative Vegetable Orchestra in Austria
An orchestra in Austria uses intruments made entirely from fresh vegetables. They are carved just before the performance and, after the show, they are cooked into a vegetable soup which is then shared with the audience.The Vegetable Orchestra, which was established 18 years ago, has become a local tradition......


Map of GDP per capita across Europe
This map shows GDP per capita across Europe. Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Scandinavia are all doing well. However, Portugal and South East Europe are struggling. Click here to see an enlarged image at Simon Kuestenmacher's Twitter.

Tucuman: New airport cargo station to ship 110 tons of blueberries
Tucuman now has the second biggest airport cargo station in Argentina, after the Ezeiza airport. Opened on Friday, this new trading platform, which cost around $600 million, will allow a doubling of locally produced fresh fruit exports.The inauguration ceremony, at the Benjamin Matienzo International.....

Why do Ethiopians attack foreign companies?
Protests in Ethiopia because of dissatisfaction with government
On Sunday, the Ethiopian government proclaimed a state of emergency because of the continuing protests in the country. Several weeks ago, the first reports emerged about Dutch cultivation companies in Ethiopia that were being attacked by the protesting population. Just last week, a company was almost lost in.....