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Indian Ocean Dipole hits lowest values in 15 years
Bureau of Meteorologist (BOM) climatologists say the newly official negative Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) has developed into a much stronger pattern. The Bureau says the negative IOD event, consistent with wetter than average conditions in parts of Australia, is currently at its strongest weekly values in the.....

Apple marketer donates over 350,000 pounds of apples to local food banks
FirstFruits Marketing of Washington finished its sixth annual Take a Bite Out of Hunger™ program at select retailers with a collective donation of 350,000 pounds of apples to local food banks. This brings the total program donation to approximately 1,600,000 pounds over six seasons.FirstFruits created Take a.....

Avocado month promotion reaches millions
Consumer advertising, public relations and social media programs implemented by the California Avocado Commission (CAC) formed an integrated “California Avocado Month” promotion in June. CAC engaged a cadre of chefs, registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs), bloggers and other influencers to support the.....

Mexico: The agricultural food trade surplus with the US increased by 46%
The head of Sagarpa, Jose Calzada, stated that, from January to April this year, the surplus of the food trade balance of Mexico with the United States had increased by 46 percent when compared to the same period of 2015, with a favorable balance for the country of 3,818 million dollars.According to the.....

Making lamps out of mushrooms
Designer Danielle Trofe's MushLume lamps are a product of agriculture growth: a mixture of agricultural byproducts and mushroom mycelium, which result in lightweight, biodegradable lamp shades.The mushroom mycelium material was originally thought up by Ecovative, a biomaterials company that sells its.....

Chinese fruit exporter acquires 20 percent of T&G shares
Chinese fruit exporter Golden Wing Mau Agricultural Produce obtained 19.99 percent of T&G shares. The Chinese giant offered a premium of 18 percent. With this purchase, Golden Wing Mau is the second largest shareholder of the New Zealand company. The Chinese giant paid 2.95 dollar per share, and, by.....


Mysterious virus forces tennis champion to eat organic lettuce
Tennis player and former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli says she has a rare viral infection. According to the champion she is hypersensitive to electric appliances, including her phone, and her digestion can only digest organic lettuce. According to experts, there is no known virus causing similar.....

Antimicrobial properties and antioxidants to preserve food
Mexico: Biodegradable polymers from plantain
University of Papaloapan (UNPA) Tuxtepec campus, in coordination with the "Sustainable use of natural resources and generation of high value-added products" academic network, developed biodegradable films with antimicrobial properties and antioxidants that can be used to preserve foods from the plantain.....


Xavier Cardenas, of Agrosoft:
Ecuador: "Results in the blink of an eye, and in the language of the producer"
Doing business and increasing productivity without machines or computers? Unimaginable for any experienced exporter, but a very common reality for small and medium producers who are just entering and specializing in foreign trade, as it can be a very difficult process to manage. With 20 years of experience,.....


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English and Spanish-language Primeur at Fruit Attraction Madrid
From 5 until 7 October 2016 Fruit Attraction will be held once again in Madrid. Following last year's success, FreshPlaza's sister comapny, AGF Primeur presents a special Spanish and English-language edition with a selection of the best articles from 2015/16 in an edition of 2,000 copies at this fair. This.....


Impression of the market halls in Budapest
Last weekend I visited the rising European city of Budapest in Hungary, and made photos in several market halls. Budapest has a Central Market Hall, also called Large Market Hall. A smaller version of the market hall, called Lehel Market Hall, is hidden a little further in the city. The Large Market Hall is.....


Gardener picks Siamese cucumber
A gardener emailed the Peterborough Telegraph recently to show his rare cucumber which he had grown in his greenhouse. Unusually, the vegetable has two sets of seeds.He said: “I have grown a cucumber in my greenhouse that has two sets of seeds and so is effectively a Siamese cucumber. We have been eating it.....

China: Fruit import from Taiwan up by 30%
In the first half of this year, the import from Taiwan to Xiamen exceeded 30.000 ton, a value of 50 million USD. This is about 65% of the total export of fruit from Taiwan, and 73% of the fruit mainland China imports from Taiwan.For 8 years now, Xiamen is the biggest destination port for Taiwan fruit import......

Storms affected 20,000 hectares of crops in Extremadura
The agricultural organization, La Union Extremadura, has urgently requested de minimis aid so that the producers from Vegas del Guadiana can cope with the catastrophic damage caused by the storms last Wednesday that, according to their calculations, affected 20,000 hectares of tomato, corn, and stone.....

Colombia: Blackberry and avocado residues for the pharmaceutical industry
Blackberry and avocado residues can be used to manufacture pharmaceutical and cosmetic products because of the vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals that can be found in their skins, seeds and husks.The residues can be used just as the industry uses organic waste (biomass) to obtain gas or kerosene.An.....

Philip van Geest (VGI): “Price fluctuations are of all time”
Pound under 1.3 dollar for first time since 1985
The rate of the British pound sterling is under pressure again. Almost two weeks after the Brexit referendum, the British currency dropped below 1.3 dollar this morning for the first time since 1985. Yet fresh produce exporter Philip van Geest of VGI is not worried about the consequences. “Import is now.....

Catalonia agreed on a common strategy for top and stone fruit
Representatives of the production sector and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (DARP), reached an agreement to establish and develop a joint strategy to improve the market situation for Catalonia's top and sweet fruit sector. The strategy proposed by the DARP, and agreed with all members of.....

American company wants to settle in Mexico
The Sweet Seasons LLC exporting company seeks to establish itself in the state of Quintana Roo, mainly in the central and southern area, stated Alvaro Diaz Andrade, representative of the company.According to Diaz Andrade, the company is currently in talks with local authorities and different producers in the.....

Alibaba is interested in Spanish food and beverages
According to the Spanish Federation of Food and Beverage Industries (IFLA), Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, has shown interest in Spain's food and drinks and it has contacts to explore the options to market these products.The heads of the IFLA met in Madrid with representatives of the Asian company to.....


Semi-finals coming up, what do traders think?
With only four countries left in the European Cup, we don't have long to find out who will be the winner of Euro 2016. Traders from these countries gave their opinion and this time not only on fruit and vegetables.Who will win?“We will win, if that’s the question,” stated Jérémie Tessier from Helfer France,.....


AU: Old fruit crate labels celebrated on post stamps
A fruit crate label used by an old West Australian company is being celebrated as a $1 Australian postage stamp. Paterson & Co began in 1905, it sold items ranging from fencing wire to rat poison before expanding into the fruit exporting industry.News site, abc.net.au reports that by the mid-1930s,.....

Nepal: Market traders pelt inspectors with veg
On Tuesday 5 July, a market inspection team led by Minister for Supplies, Ganesh Man Pun was pelted with vegetables by angry traders at Balkhu Agricultural and Vegetables Market in Kathmandu. The traders attacked the team because they say they should have been warned prior to their arrival.“A.....

Costa Rica: Exports rebound led by bananas and pineapples
The country's exports are starting to show signs of recovery. In a six month period, which ended May this year, the country exported $4.881 million dollars, virtually the same as the exports recorded in the same period of 2015: $4.879 million dollars.Thus, the country had no decrease in exports in these six.....


Phone out of juice? Charge it with fruit
Running out of battery on your phone and forgetting your charger is a very common problem. But now, if you have a piece of fruit with you and a USB cable, the problem is solved. This video teaches you how to charge a phone with fruit!What this man does it amazing! He just uses a USB cable and an apple for.....

'Posh' packed lunches on the rise
Health-conscious workers in the UK are turning their backs on supermarket meal deals and increasingly opting for celebrity-chef inspired on-the-go meals. The Telegraph has described it as a packed lunch revolution sweeping the country.Researchers at Kantar Worldpanel, a consumer analyst, found adult packed.....

Launch of new E-Cookbook
WP Rawl releases its second e-cookbook as a part of a four-installment series of downloadable e-cookbooks. The “Back to Fresh: Cookbook Part II” provides fresh, innovative and wholesome recipes to aid consumers in their journey to make their plate green in 2016.This volume in the e-cookbook series features.....

NZ: Kiwifruit industry pioneer passes away
The passing away of Walter Bayliss at the age of 90, represents the end of on era that laid the foundation for New Zealand's billion-dollar export crop.The little, hairy, brown fruit were still called Chinese gooseberries when Mr Bayliss and his two brothers Jim and Graham joined forces with Jim MacLoughlin.....

Ecuador could export bananas to Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland
Ecuador will negotiate with the EFTA in October
On Monday, the Minister of Foreign Trade (MCE), Juan Carlos Cassinelli, met with the Secretary General of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), Kristinn F. Árnason, to jointly announce that they would start negotiating a trade integration agreement in October.This agreement would allow Ecuador to enter.....

Joost Derks, Dutch Payment and Exchange Company:
Brexit offers opportunities to smart entrepreneurs
Currency markets are facing uncertain times due to the approaching Brexit. Entrepreneurs do not need to await the developments. They can personally take action to protect the profit margin and their position on the British market.The news that a small majority of the British population voted in favour of a.....