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Colombia to implement Almeria's agricultural model in ex-FARC territory

The peace agreement signed by the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has liberated 18 million hectares previously under guerrilla control.This opens a historic business opportunity for Almeria's agricultural auxiliary industry, which could be a basic transfer of.....

Food accounts for 12.5 percent of US household budget

With a 12.5-percent share, food ranked third behind housing (32.9 percent) and transportation (17 percent) in a typical American household’s 2015 expenditures. Breaking down food spending further, 7.2 percent of expenditures were spent at the grocery store and 5.4 percent at restaurants. Price changes for.....

Intermarché goes viral with romantic TV commercial

Seducing the check-out girl with fresh fruit and vegetables

French supermarket chain Intermarché has its latest commercial floating around on social media, also outside of France. The commercial is about a boy who falls in love with the check-out girl from the local Intermarché. To draw her attention, he changes his diet: instead of buying junk food, he starts.....

Agriculture Minister in Moldova dismissed after corruption charges

Moldovan President Igor Dodon dismissed Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Eduard Grama on March 20, citing suspected corruption."I expect more such initiatives in the near future. There are still very many corrupt officials in the government," Dodon wrote on his Facebook page.Moldova's Prime Minister.....

Saudi Arabia & China sign trade agreements worth billions of dollars

China and Saudi Arabia signed agreements potentially worth tens of billions of dollars on Thursday, Beijing said, as President Xi Jinping welcomed Saudi King Salman on a state visit.No specifics were given about the 14 memoranda of understanding that were signed at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, which.....

The Produce Mom ranks in Top 1% of all Pinterest pages

The Produce Mom now ranks in the top one percent of all Pinterest pages in terms of followers and engagement. On average, The Produce Mom profile has 200,000 daily viewers and gains 1,400 new followers per week. Additionally, content shared by The Produce Mom reaches over 4.2 million users per month.16.....

Plant breeders are asking the EU not to slow down the second green revolution

The National Association of Plant Breeders has stated that agriculture is entering a new green revolution linked to advances in genetics, and they have asked the EU not to retard this development and to ensure a "modern, competitive, and sustainable production."After participating at the meeting of the.....

UK government rejects calls for seasonal ag worker scheme

The government has rejected calls for a seasonal agricultural workers scheme (SAWS) so people from overseas can fill temporary job vacancies on UK farms.Immigration minister Robert Goodwill told MPs that reports of a UK farm labour shortage following last year’s vote to leave the EU were not supported by.....

Map of US states compared to other countries by GDP

This map from Reddit user Speech500 shows how much area of the US each European country takes up, according to its Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The map was created using IMF data and gives an interesting look at the GDP of each state or region in relation to certain European countries.The largest.....

Fed raises key U.S. interest rate

Citing a number of positive economic factors, the U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised its key U.S. interest rate.The ¼-point hike raises the target range for the federal funds rate to a range of ¾ to 1%, well above the Bank of Canada’s current benchmark rate of ½%.In its accompanying statement, the Fed.....

China: Wenzhou port intercepts pithecellobium dulce

X-yay inspection at Wenzhou port, recently discovered a package containing fresh fruit in the personal luggage of a passenger entering from Cambodia. Live insects were found to be infesting the fruit which was a variety of the pithecellobium dulce.Further checks revealed a lot of white live insects and even.....

Mexico: Michoacan sends over 105,000 tons of agricultural products to Europe and Asia

Francisco Huergo Maurin, the Secretary of Rural Development and Agricultural Food (SEDRUA) of the government of Michoacan, stated that Michoacan's agricultural potential is increasingly more visible in more than 45 countries around the world, thanks to the hard work that producers from Michoacan have.....

Map of US states compared to other countries by GDP

This map from Reddit user Speech500 shows how much area of the US each European country takes up, according to its Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The map was created using IMF data and gives an interesting look at the GDP of each state or region in relation to certain European countries.The largest areas are.....

Turkey refrains from economic sanctions against the Netherlands

Turkey will not impose economic sanctions against the Netherlands, according to the Minister of Economic Affairs during a press conference in Ankara. Earlier this week, the option of economic sanctions was kept in mind after the diplomatic relations between the two countries froze.“Let it be clear. Our.....

Saudi Arabia & China sign trade agreements worth billions of dollars

China and Saudi Arabia signed agreements potentially worth tens of billions of dollars on Thursday, Beijing said, as President Xi Jinping welcomed Saudi King Salman on a state visit.No specifics were given about the 14 memoranda of understanding that were signed at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, which.....

“CUCUMBAAAA”

A musical tribute to the cucumber

When reggae artists sing the praises of a green plant that does well in greenhouses, the chances are they're not talking about cucumbers – yet this time that is the case. British artist Macka B praises the cucumber in a video.Macka B is one of the most famous reggae artists in the world, and has built a.....

Fed raises key U.S. interest rate

Citing a number of positive economic factors, the U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised its key U.S. interest rate.The ¼-point hike raises the target range for the federal funds rate to a range of ¾ to 1%, well above the Bank of Canada’s current benchmark rate of ½%.In its accompanying statement, the Fed.....

US: SNAP increasingly serves the working poor

USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serves a large and diverse population of low-income households. In a typical month in fiscal 2015, SNAP provided average monthly benefits of $127 per person to 45.8 million people living in 22.5 million households.Increasingly, SNAP is serving a larger.....

Celebrate 'Love Your Produce Manager® Day' on April 2

April 2 is the 6th annual, national Love Your Produce Manager® Day - a day to show appreciation for supermarket produce managers. Frieda’s Specialty Produce invites industry participation in saluting the hardworking men and women in supermarket produce departments, both in stores and over social media with.....

English speakers by percentage of population

As this map shows English is a worldwide language and is the most widely learned second language in the world. It is an official language of the United Nations and also of the European Union along with many other organizations. It is also widely known as the business language and is the official language of.....

Promoting cultivation to increase exports

Honduras will import fewer potato and avocado seeds

The national government wants to promote the local production of potatoes and avocados to reduce imports, increase exports, and to improve the farmers' economy.To this end, the Minister of Economic Development, Arnaldo Castillo, and a group of business executives from the Taiwan Sugar Corporation company,.....

Spain: KEEPCOOL signs distribution agreement with Tecnidex

Tecnidex, the transnational company from Valencia, signed an agreement with Nuevas Tecnologias Agroalimentarias to distribute the KEEPCOOL solutions for the preservation of fruit and vegetables at the national and international level. With this union, Tecnidex expands its extensive portfolio of solutions to.....

Regarding the Hass avocado case

Costa Rica hires legal counsel for its defence against Mexico

Costa Rica has hired a consulting firm that will handle the defence in the WTO procedure regarding Hass avocado imports from Mexico.The country hired the Advisory Centre on World Trade Organization (WTO) Affairs, to represent them in the process opened by Mexico due to the phytosanitary measures that Costa.....

For the first time

Salted garlic from Lianyungang sold on Hong Kong Market

In the past few days, the first batch of salt-soaked garlic, weighing 17.5 tons and with a value of 40 000 USD, which was produced by the Dongyuan Food enterprise in Lianyungang city (Jiangsu province) has smoothly cleared the customs in Hong Kong. This is the first time salt-soaked vegetables from.....

Poland: Finance Minister believes Poland is not ready for the Euro

Poland's Minister of Economic Development, Mateusz Morawiecki, has stated that Poland is not ready to adopt the Euro but could be ready in 10-20 years when it could be as developed as other countries in the eurozone. Morawiecki said that Poland is not yet on a par with the economic or industrial standards of.....

English speakers by percentage of population

As this map shows English is a worldwide language and is the most widely learned second language in the world. It is an official language of the United Nations and also of the European Union along with many other organizations. It is also widely known as the business language and is the official language of.....

E-2001 Fertiliser

China: New organic fertiliser means higher production & less waste

Tomato greenhouse"The American organic fertiliser E-2001 is a new type of fertiliser for the 21st century. It is an organic micro-organic agent that is not poisonous or harmful. It contains several useful living organisms. The fertiliser is imported from the US, where it was first sold in 2003. Since then.....

Map of patent numbers by country

Chile: High temperatures cause a concentrated fruit harvest

The season's high temperatures advanced the production, generating quality and marketing issues. So far, nobody knows if this trend will become permanent, but people are proposing alternatives to prevent its impact.The temperatures have stressed the fruit plantations, as they are now going through their.....

Russia ignores Turkish request to lift more products from boycott

Last week, Russia lifted the boycott of a number of Turkish products, including cauliflower, broccoli and onions. However, for a number of products, such as tomatoes, apples, pears and cucumbers, the boycott remains in effect. On Monday, the Turkish government requested to also lift the sanctions on the.....

Warm winter Eastern US could harm apple and berry crops

With less than two weeks until the official end of an unusually warm winter in Pennsylvania and South Carolina, fruit crops are in jeopardy. Unseasonably warm temperatures in December and January and the warmest February on record in the Pennsylvania have advanced fruit tree bud development by about two.....

Squeezing oranges in protest

Turkish sanctions against the Netherlands?

The sanctions announced by Turkish President Erdoğan against the Netherlands in response to the events of the past weekend, when The Netherlands denied entry to two Turkish Ministers who wanted to campaign on behalf of President Erdoğan, appear to be mostly political. It is expected that.....

Germany: Aldi Süd promotes vegetable academies

The Aldi Süd Group supports the spread of the vegetable farms "field school" - an educational program in which pupils learn more about food by growing their own vegetables.In the vegetable academy, children and young people learn not only where food comes from and how it is grown, but also how to grow the.....

Flooding of the Penonome river

Panama: Over $90,000 dollars in watermelon and onion losses

Producers of watermelons and onions in Rio Grande and Cerro Zuela in Penonome, said they had suffered losses of more than 90 thousand dollars after the Penonome river overflowed and flooded their crops.The watermelon category had the biggest losses in nearly 15 hectares for export, while some three hectares.....

Mexico: Parts of Michoacan and Jalisco free from avocado pests

The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) declared a municipality in Jalisco and three municipalities of Michoacan as free of various pests that affect avocado, giving producers the opportunity to market their products in more favorable conditions in the.....

NZ: Rain welcome, but no room for complacency

Four days of rain has come as a welcome relief for the region’s farmers and its waterways. Over 50mm of rain had already made a noticeable difference to the Selwyn River, with flows going from zero to over 100 litres per second at Coes Ford.“Farmers and irrigators can feel vindicated. As we had stated all.....

NZ: Local tomatoes under the Romagna brand

One of our readers, who works for a large company in the fruit sector, was recently in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand. He visited a local supermarket, part of the Woolworths chain, and noticed something really peculiar - a packet of tomatoes with the "Romagna" (registered) brand.The tomato packet with the.....

Squeezing oranges in protest

Turkish sanctions against the Netherlands?

The sanctions announced by Turkish President Erdoğan against the Netherlands in response to the events of the past weekend, when The Netherlands denied entry to two Turkish Ministers who wanted to campaign on behalf of President Erdoğan, appear to be mostly political. It is expected that economic.....

Peru: Mango and asparagus affected by weather conditions

Carlos Posada, the executive director of the Institute for Research and Development and Foreign trade (Idexcam) of the Chamber of commerce of Lima, said that the high temperatures, unusual rains, and mudslides were wreaking havoc on six agricultural products, especially mangoes, asparagus, quinoa, and.....

Chile: Fruit fly plague due to fruit smuggling from Bolivia

The increase in the smuggling of Bolivian agricultural products in northern Chile has led to a proliferation of the fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) and has raised a red flag for the country's health authorities, stated El Mercurio newspaper.According to the publication, the cities most affected by the fruit.....

Celebrate 'Love Your Produce Manager® Day' on April 2

April 2 is the 6th annual, national Love Your Produce Manager® Day - a day to show appreciation for supermarket produce managers. Frieda’s Specialty Produce invites industry participation in saluting the hardworking men and women in supermarket produce departments, both in stores and over social media with.....

The Produce Mom ranks in Top 1% of all Pinterest pages

The Produce Mom now ranks in the top one percent of all Pinterest pages in terms of followers and engagement. On average, The Produce Mom profile has 200,000 daily viewers and gains 1,400 new followers per week. Additionally, content shared by The Produce Mom reaches over 4.2 million users per month.16.....

Productivity compared to work hours by country

Since Sweden announced its plans to begin experimenting with a six hour work day a few years ago there has been widespread debate on whether more hours mean increased productivity. This chart helps with that question and shows each countries average hours worked, and the productivity per hour of work.....

China: Prices for garlic substantially lower

In Jinxiang county (Shandong province), China's garlic hub, falling prices for garlic in the fields is obvious. A recent survey shows that, since the beginning of 2017, the price for garlic has dropped on two occasions. The first time was due to the so-called 'holiday effect', when buyers suddenly are buying.....

New ways to track post-harvest temperature and humidity for veg

"To control the temperature and humidity level of harvested vegetables and their impact on quality and shelf time, our tracking equipment traces the storage and transportation process and promptly records the temperature and humidity level inside a container. At the present time, a standard temperature.....

Productivity compared to work hours by country

Since Sweden announced its plans to begin experimenting with a six hour work day a few years ago there has been widespread debate on whether more hours mean increased productivity. This chart helps with that question and shows each countries average hours worked, and the productivity per hour of work.....

Featuring International Women’s Day, March 8

The woman who put the big squeeze on the citrus industry

The citrus industry has called Florida home, dating back to the early 1500's, when Spanish explorers planted the first orange trees in St. Augustine, Florida. Unbeknownst to them at the time, the planting of those orange trees would become the birth of an industry that grosses billions of dollars every year.....

Organic produce brand sponsors NASCAR driver Blaine Perkins

For the second year in a row, Veg-Fresh Farms is supporting NASCAR K&N Pro Series West competition driver Blaine Perkins as a season sponsor.Perkins, the teenaged son of Ryan Perkins, director of sales at Bakersfield stalwart, Delano Farms, will be driving for his second year under the tutelage of.....

Peru: Blueberries and grapes drive surge in non-traditional exports

The Foreign Trade Society of Peru (ComexPeru), stated that non-traditional exports have begun to increase. In this category, blueberries had the highest rate of expansion in 2016.GrapesComexPeru highlighted that, by 2016, grapes were Peru's main non-traditional export product, and that the country had.....

Featuring International Women’s Day, March 8

The woman who put the big squeeze on the citrus industry

The citrus industry has called Florida home, dating back to the early 1500's, when Spanish explorers planted the first orange trees in St. Augustine, Florida. Unbeknownst to them at the time, the planting of those orange trees would become the birth of an industry that grosses billions of dollars every year.....

Organic produce brand sponsors NASCAR driver Blaine Perkins

For the second year in a row, Veg-Fresh Farms is supporting NASCAR K&N Pro Series West competition driver Blaine Perkins as a season sponsor.Perkins, the teenaged son of Ryan Perkins, director of sales at Bakersfield stalwart, Delano Farms, will be driving for his second year under the tutelage of.....

New data shows recession in Brazil worsened in late 2016

Brazil’s worst-ever recession intensified unexpectedly in the final quarter of 2016, data showed on Tuesday, frustrating hopes for signs of a recovery and stepping up pressure on President Michel Temer and the central bank to do more to promote growth.Brazil’s gross domestic product contracted by 3.6 percent.....

Peru: Fresh fruit exports increased by 13.6% in January

According to the Association of Agricultural Producers Unions from Peru (AGAP), Peruvian exports of fresh fruit grew by 13.6% in January 2017 and the US was one of the most dynamic markets.Grape exports increased by 28.2% in January this year, as exports to the US market almost doubled, they said.The United.....

Peru and India begin negotiating a bilateral FTA

The governments of Peru and India started negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries in New Delhi today, stated the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) of Peru.The first talks will continue until next Wednesday and aim to set the terms of reference for the.....

Joost Derks, Dutch Payment and Exchange Company:

Low pound culprit for export drop

Times are good for Dutch export companies — as long as they are not in business with customers in the UK. The fall of the British pound has put significant pressure on the export value to that country, according to Joost Derks of the Dutch Payment and Exchange Company.The Dutch export sector is doing well......

New data shows recession in Brazil worsened in late 2016

Brazil’s worst-ever recession intensified unexpectedly in the final quarter of 2016, data showed on Tuesday, frustrating hopes for signs of a recovery and stepping up pressure on President Michel Temer and the central bank to do more to promote growth.Brazil’s gross domestic product contracted by 3.6 percent.....

US import tax worries border-region growers

Last month White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer mentioned a 20 percent tariff, levied on Mexican goods, as a possible way Mexico could pay for the border wall which is estimated to cost around $20 billion. He later said this tariff was only one of many options to finance the wall.Jessie Gunn, a.....

8th strawberry convention in Changfeng

China: Convention produces nearly 10 billion RMB in investment deals

The eighth Chinese convention for strawberries and the thirteenth edition of the strawberry cultural festival, which is a promotional event organized to seek investment, took place on February 19th in Changfeng county in Hefei city (Anhui province). At the convention, the county will sign a total of 36.....

Washington fruit-grower shipper sponsors Olympic Skier

Virginia Wade, the newest and youngest member of Team Superfresh Growers, is counting down the final days to the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. Earlier this winter, Catherine Gipe-Stewart, Superfresh Growers Communications Manager, met with Virginia on the slopes of.....