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Second negotiation of the EU-Mexico Global agreement to be held this fall
The second round of negotiations for the modernisation of the Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement (Global Agreement) between the EU and Mexico, which came into force on October 1, 2010, will be held in autumn this year in Mexico. From the economic point of view, the.....

Pear production decreases by 40%
Uruguay: Big drop in fruit production
According to the 2016 Fruit production survey, apple production during the 2015/2016 harvest was estimated at 37,675 tons, 32% lower than in the previous harvest and the lowest record achieved since 1994. The average production yield was 15.2 tons per hectare.The different agricultural and meteorological.....

Good Agricultural Practices
Chile: Asoex and AQSIQ sign mutual recognition agreement
The Chilean Minister of Agriculture, Carlos Furche, met with the Deputy Minister of AQSIQ (the SAG's counterpart agency in China) on the last work day of the Chile Week in Beijing. They discussed the details that will conclude the proceedings, allowing them access to the nectarine market and to develop.....

Bolivia: Hail destroys fruit and citrus crops
The mayor of Sapahaqui, Justino Calle, stated that last weekend's hailstorm had destroyed the October fruit and citrus harvest in a devastating five minutes. The damage hasn't yet been quantified but have authorities have begun a damage assessment in the hope of Governnment of La Paz assistance for the.....


NL: Dinner of Mars and moon vegetables well received
A lovely dinner from ‘Mars’. The first meal ever based on vegetables grown in Mars and moon simulant soils provided by NASA was prepared and heartily consumed on Tuesday the 30th of August. Students of Rijn IJssel Vakschool and Wageningen University prepared the meal and served it to guests at the hotel ‘De.....

Chilean fruit at the Great Wall of China
Guests at the "Chile in the Sky" event, which was organised as part of Chile Week, China 2016, were able to enjoy various Chilean national export products, such as rich and healthy fruits, wines, and other products on the Great Wall of China.The activity was led by former President Eduardo Frei, the.....

Fyffes performs well despite strong dollar
Despite a difficult currency market, Irish multinational Fyffes finished a good first half year, according to the recently published half-year figures. The group’s turnover (including joint-ventures) rose by 14.7 per cent to 739.3 million euro. The adjusted EBITDA was 11.3 per cent higher at 44 million euro......


China becomes 17th member of World Apple and Pear Association
Opening of 2016 International Fruit Conference
Today, the International Fruit Conference organised by the China Chamber of Commerce of Foodstuffs and Native Produce (CFNA) and the China Fruit Marketing Association (CFMA) was officially opened today in the ancient city of Xi'an.During the opening ceremony, the CFNA andtheWorld Apple and Pear Association.....

Don't click on the link
Fake Enzafruit emails in circulation!
There are fake Enzafruit Sint Truiden emails in circulation. A so called 'order list' is being sent with a photo of an Excel file and contact details for the company below. The email addresses look real and reliable, but we are hereby warning recipients that you should not click on the image! The company is.....


Diederick Konijnenburg, Oakfield Mushrooms:
"White mushroom market revives after stable summer"
The summer hasn't been that bad for the mushroom market. "Everyone has produced slightly less so demand and supply of white mushrooms were in good balance. Where in other years there were sometimes lower prices or you would have to turn to the industry, that hasn't been the case this year," says sales.....


Job van den Broek, Westland-Noord:
“Agency business for unmarketable produce unique in the Westland”
Many companies do not know what to do with batches of spotted cauliflower, overripe melons and tomatoes that have been on the shelves just a bit too long. Job van den Broek, however, made these batches his daily business with his company Westland-Noord, an independent part of the Best Fresh Group, in the.....

Nicaragua in privileged position to cultivate fruits
According to various sectors that participated in the First Challenges and Opportunities to Improve Fruit Production International Congress, Nicaragua has the potential and is in a privileged position to produce fruits because of its soil, climate, and its tradition producing different fruits, both native.....

Spain: This year's Tomatina has been the safest
Much has changed since Susi, a resident of Buñol, enjoyed her first Tomatina. It was in 1976 and she was just 9 years old. "There were not as many people then and the idea was to go dressed in white and end up with your shirt completely red," she recalls. The event, whose origin dates back to a tomato fight.....


“Overseas apples, pears and grapes are my favourite”
Daan van der Kooij in business for 50 years
Today, Daan van der Kooij celebrates a special anniversary. The importer has been working in the fresh produce sector for 50 years already. The 68-year-old does not yet want to hear about retiring. “But I have adjusted myself to a new work regime. I used to work 50 to 60 hours per week, but now I ‘only’ work.....

Chile: The fruit season will close with the best returns in 5 years
Even though fruit producers have stated that the 2015-2016 season would be a complex productive period, mainly because of last year's cold spring and the heavy rains there were in April, some crops had a good performance. This mitigated the results of the sector's two main exports: the slight drop that the.....

Joost Derks, Dutch Payment and Exchange Company:
“Entrepreneurs: arm yourself against American currency turmoil in time”
The increasing likelihood of an American interest rate increase and the impending presidential election in the US are causing increased turmoil on currency markets. Entrepreneurs could spare themselves potential misery by covering foreign flows of money in time, says Joost Derks of the Dutch Payment and.....


San Antonio Wholesale Produce Market: it’s new, but already successful
“We officially opened on April 6 of this year and although all of our units have already been sold there are several owners looking to lease it to other companies, so there is space available,” says Luz Moreno, who is Leasing Representative for the San Antonio Wholesale Produce Market. “We’re very new to San.....

FAO
Maritime containers are vehicles for agricultural pests
Oil spills attract the public attention and generate concern, but biological discharges pose a greater threat in the long term and are not as publicised.An exotic fungus wiped out billions of American chestnuts in the early twentieth century, dramatically altering the landscape and ecosystem.But perhaps the.....

Chile: Authorities warn about the presence of a dangerous weed
Season after season, farmers in the region must deal with different and dangerous pests and diseases when producing quality vegetables and fruits. However, the presence of the Orobanche ramosa in the province of Limari is something new and unknown for producers of fresh cucumber in the area. During this.....

Peru reaffirms its commitment to double agricultural exports
The Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, Jose Manuel Hernandez, reaffirmed the commitment made by the government of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to double agricultural exports to 10 billion dollars by the year 2021.In a meeting with the directors of the Association of the Guild of Agricultural.....

Saint Lucia: Cocaine found in fruit shipment may damage whole ag sector
On Monday, August 22, 2016 a freight consignment of 93 boxes of plantain and breadfruit from Saint Lucia was searched by UK Border Force officers at Gatwick airport. They discovered 6.8kg of cocaine hidden in nine hollowed out breadfruit.Agriculturalist, Cuthbert Phillips believes the discovery of the drugs.....

Volkert Engelsman, manager Eosta:
“It is criminal what supermarkets are doing”
Eosta manager Volkert Engelsman has had enough. Supermarket chain Albert Heijn is behind the times, according to him, and sees transparency as ‘something life-threatening.’ The largest Dutch trader of organic fruit and vegetables is of the opinion that the liability principle has been lost. According to him,.....

Costa Rica: Inputs to alleviate the damage caused by the Turrialba volcano
In order to mitigate the effects caused by the ash emanating from the Turrialba volcano, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) and the National Emergency Commission (CNE) began the delivery of inputs worth nearly 52 million colones to support the agricultural sector in the East Central.....

Spain: Marijuana hidden in vegetables to the Netherlands
The Spanish National Police in Alicante have arrested four members of a group that allegedly brought marijuana grown in Spain in the Netherlands by hiding it in heavy trucks exporting vegetables. 263 kilos of buds of this drug have been seized in the operation.According to a statement from the provincial.....


Why do apples float?
Did you know that 25% of an apple's volume is air? That's why they float!


Source: Love English Apples

AU: Woman awarded $660,000 after fruit shop fall
Meng Khim Heang​, 36, was walking in a Sydney fruit shop when she slipped and fell heavily on the right side of her body. After the fall, the previously healthy mother of two was unable to work or carry out simple domestic chores. As a result of the fall, she suffered soft tissue damage to her neck,.....

Garlic prices high as California growers find pricing
Light supplies of garlic coming from China have contributed to strong prices for Garlic in the United States. Pricing for product from California is being determined by growers right now, and those prices could be good depending on what packouts look like in the coming weeks.“Harvesting in California started.....

Banana is one of the most exported food
Ecuador will open a commercial office in Iran
The Government of Ecuador stated it would open a trade office in Iran in order to promote the competitive advantages and attractiveness of Ecuador."We want smart investment that creates jobs, develops technology, added value products, and that promotes the linkage of all the production chain. Our efforts are.....


Disclosure of professional secrets
Spain: Lleida customs office manager and assistant fired
Edullesa fired their manager and his assistant on suspicion of the disclosure of professional secrecy.It appears that there was a leak of fruit sales invoices, including customer names, prices, type of merchandise, and addresses.This morning, the manager of Edullesa's Customs Station at Lleida SA and his.....

Peru and India to negotiate an FTA
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade, Edgar Vasquez, said the ministry's priority was to join efforts to sign an FTA with India."It is a necessary step. Minister Ferreyros has said that he wants to have the first technical meeting within the first 100 days," he said.The deputy minister was accompanied by the.....


Rob Baan:
“Where is the Ministry of Food?”
“Less meat, more vegetables, that would make the world healthier and more sustainable.” The mission for Rob Baan, vegetable innovator for Koppert Cress, is clear. “The entire food industry needs to start thinking differently.”The shining Molteni stove is waiting for chefs who regularly come and experiment.....

Weather influences farm sales
The 54 farms sold in Northland over the past three months was nine more than changed hands over the same period last year.Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) records show 1765 farms were sold nationally in the year to July 2016, 2.7per cent more than were sold in the year to July 2015, with 27per.....


Fresh specialist ’t Vitamientje well-known in Limburg and surrounding area
“Presentation is key, people buy with their eyes”
In 1981, ’t Vitamientje started as a small shop in the heart of Hasselt, Belgium. Slowly but steadily the number of catering customers increased so much that supplying them from the shop in the centre became impossible. Nowadays, ’t Vitamientje has three branches in Hasselt, two of which are small shops in.....

Chile: 9 out of 10 farmers have suffered robberies in the last 3 years
Yesterday morning, Fedefruta participated in the opening session of the National Committee for Crime Prevention in the agricultural and livestock sector, which was requested by the SNA (through its President Patricio Crespo) and its associated guilds and executed by the Undersecretariat of Crime Prevention,.....

Sheehan Genetics proceeding against Jacov P. Dulcich
Court decision on Great Green versus Green Emerald grape varieties
Two years ago Sheehan Genetics LLC., a US subsidiary company of the SNFL Group that is engaged in the breeding of table grapes, started proceedings against a company in California, Jakov P Dulcich and Sons, LLC. which is a large producer of table grapes, to protect Sheehan's table grape variety Great.....

Luciën de Wit to build expertise in grape import in own name
Luciën de Wit is going to leave Sous Fresh this fall in order to further build on his expertise in the field of grape imports in his own name. Management of Sous Fresh notified customers and suppliers this morning. His decision is the result of a change in direction for Sous Fresh, making its primary focus.....

International shipper expands sales team with industry veteran
CarbAmericas, a premier importer of high quality fresh fruits and vegetables, announces further expansion of its sales team as it welcomes Troy Mesa into their in-house sales team. In addition to being an importer with dedicated growers, CarbAmericas is also an exporter and a processor.Mesa comes to.....

A Spanish company will export fruit juices and vegetables to China
Zumosol is getting ready to sell its Veggies, vegetable juices and vegetables that the company launched earlier this year, in the international markets. With this product, the company began a second life after Toksöz, a Turkish company, bought the juicer from the Calidad Pascual group in 2013.Juan Martinez,.....


Russia imported 1.5 million tonnes less during first half of 2016
Once again, Russian import of fresh fruits and vegetables decreased sharply during the first half of this year. During the first half of 2015, 20 per cent less was imported already, due to the import ban implemented in August 2014. This year it was another 16 per cent less. In total, due to the boycott of.....

Reconversion in Lambayeque
Peru: Avocado and organic bananas replace other crops
Betzabeth Marquez, the national head of the Agroideas program announced that the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MINAGRI) will invest a total of 34.9 million soles in the region of Lambayeque to replace 458 hectares of rice and other basic crops incorporated into the process of agricultural.....


Brazil: Exports of fruit and veg fell slightly in first half of 2016
The Netherlands remains by far largest export market for Brazil
After record exports in 2015, Brazilian export of fresh fruit and vegetables decreased slightly during the first half of this year. During all of 2015 Brazil exported nearly 790,000 tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables, 16 per cent more than in 2014. Looking at it from this angle, the 3 per cent decrease.....


Fire wreaks havoc east of Los Angeles
The Blue Cut wild fire that hit the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County on Tuesday has burned more than 25,000 acres and called for the evacuation of 82,000 people in the surrounding area. The fire has not directly affected the production of fresh produce in Southern California, though road closures may.....

In vitro potatoes
Mexican wins an international biotechnology competition
A Mexican won first place in the XI REDBIO 2016 international biotechnology meeting, which was held in Peru, with an in-vitromethod to cultivate vegetables.Monica de Jesus González, a graduate from the National Polytechnic Institute, Guanajuato campus, stood out in the most important biotechnology scientific.....


Ten years of Den Berk
“Switch to specialities was high point”
The name Den Berk Délice officially came into existence in October 2014, but the company name was already being used ten years ago. This year Den Berk, Lauwerysen/Krijnen, Luc Beirinckx and Benteltom celebrate working together since 2006. “We have been Den Berk for our customers and staff for ten years.....

Argentina: Fruit crops bloom, producers fear possible frosts
The arrival of the first warm days in the beginning of August sparked activity in the region's fruit mount as some plum tree varieties bloomed, a spectacle that can be appreciated by people travelling the rural roads in the area. According to estimates this species will fully bloom before the end of the.....


Ann Beyne, Tomabel:
"Our volume of organic mushrooms has grown rapidly"
Tomabel is the only Belgian growers union to offer organic mushrooms. In 2015 the mushroom producers decided, in discussion with REO Veiling, to fully switch to an organic assortment. The REO Veiling supported Tomabel with a small packaging department. The range contains white mushrooms, brown mushrooms,.....

Mexico: New product to reduce post-harvest losses in lemon
Researchers at the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) developed a biological system that will help reduce post-harvest losses of lemon.The product made from yeast eliminates fungal diseases (fungal) when the fruit is in store, and extends the fruit's shelf life up to three weeks.The research, which was.....

Dominican Republic to export fruit and veg to US without restrictions
The Minister of Agriculture, Angel Estevez, stated that the US Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) had removed the restrictions on exports of fruit and vegetables from the province of Santo Domingo and from the National District.Angel Estevez said that, starting August 10, these two districts.....

They resume imports
Ecuador and Peru lifted the suspension of 10 agricultural products
Ecuador and Peru lifted the suspension of imports to 10 products, 5 of Peruvian origin (watermelon, citrus, peaches, grapes and corn kernels), and 5 from Ecuador: dry cane, beans, cocoa beans, papaya, and fresh flowers.The decision was made last Tuesday, after a bilateral videoconference between authorities.....


Italians create vegan leather from mushrooms
MuSkin is an animal-free, mushroom-based leather created by an Italian fabric manufacture. The 100-percent biodegradable textile, made by GradoZero Espace, is extracted from Chinese mushroom caps and undergoes a natural tanning process the company says is totally absent of chemicals.Everything from purses,.....

Chinese dragon threatens financial markets
China’s weak economic figures increasingly contrast with recovering growth in the US. The danger is increasing that this contrast will cause the drop of the Chinese renminbi to turn into a free fall.One year ago, China suddenly slackened the coupling of the yuan and the dollar considerably. In one week, the.....

Spain: Sentenced to pay 150,000 Euro for loss of tomato seeds
Murcia's Provincial Court has ratified the sentence that will force some seed breeders and their insurer to pay 150,000 Euro to two producers, as they are deemed responsible for the loss of some tomato seeds that had been given to them for germination.The Court reports that the two producers sued the company.....


Google launches Doodle Fruit Games in honour of Olympics
To mark the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio on August 5, Google launched the 2016 Doodle Fruit Games, a mobile game for Android and iOS.Google Doodle appears on most web browsers around the world to celebrate the Olympics in Rio and shows a video of Minion-like versions of Brazil’s main fruit.....


The eighth edition will be held from September 28 to the 30
Over 650 companies will participate in Expoalimentaria
Buyers from five continents will come to Peru to establish business contacts with more than 650 national and international companies that will exhibit their best export offer at the Expoalimentaria fair, which will be held from September 28 to the 30 at the Jockey Exhibition Centre, the Exporters Association.....


Rubber duck tomato surprises growers
When staff at the People and Gardens Nursery, which helps people with learning disabilities and mental health issues, went to pick their latest crop they were surprised by an unusual shaped tomato, which resembled a rubber duck.With its 'wings' outstretched and the traditional yellow colour it looks.....


Ethylene allows fruit to travel over the globe year-round
Generator provides safest and most effective way to generate ethylene
In today’s global world, ethylene is extremely valuable as it allows for the harvest and global shipping of unripe fruit. Once at destination markets, the fruit can be ripened to premium quality. “Thank to ethylene, there are certain fresh fruits that the world gets to enjoy throughout the year,” says Greg.....

Shenzhen fruit import at 10 billion RMB
According to the statistics of Shenzhen customs, the Shenzhen district under the free trade agreement imported products to the value of 19.2 billion RMB. That is an increase of 19% compared to the same period last year. The customs tariff benefit was 2.4 billion RMB, a 18% increase. Fresh durian, grapes,.....

AU: Uneaten airline food redistributed to the hungry
If a flight gets cancelled or changed, premium—and perishable—airline meals such asbaked salmon, mashed potatoes, and roasted vegetablesend up being chucked in an airport Dumpster. But now, OzHarvest, an Australia-based food rescue and redistribution organization, has begun collecting uneaten food from.....


California growers deal with heat
Parts of California closed out July with a string of days with temperatures above 100 degrees, and the first days in August have continued that trend. In the Central Valley, where temperatures have approached 110 degrees in some areas, growers are relying on practices developed over the years to deal with.....

China reduces tariffs on Russian fruits
The inspection and quarantine bureau of Heilongjiang published on 29 July that it was influenced by the devaluation of the ruble. Moreover, Russia promotes the development of the far east. So, at the biggest fruit and vegetable collecting and distribution center for Russia, located in the port of.....


Kenya: Man shocked by cheesy onion ring order
A man was shocked after ordering what sounded like a delicious deep fried dish of cheesy onion rings in a restaurant in Kenya. Sam Ferguson had moved to Kenya from his home in Worcestershire and decided to order the snack at the Hotel Boulevard restaurant.He looked forward to his order, thinking he was going.....