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Friday, September 30, 2016

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OVERVIEW GLOBAL POMEGRANATE MARKET
The pomegranate market seems to be in good shape. The demand for the fruit is on the rise. Israel benefited from an empty European market, Spanish growers are investing in expanding their acreage and the Italian season recorded an earlier start. The Turkish domestic market still has room for growth, but.....


Fresh off the press: Fruit Attraction Special Edition
From 5th to 7th October 2016, Fruit Attraction will be held for the 7th time in Madrid. FreshPlaza will present its Fruit Attraction Special Edition at the show. The bilingual magazine, Spanish and English, will be distributed at the exhibition. You can also pick up your hard copy in our booth: Hall.....


First Australian nectarines to China in November
Earlier this year it was announced that the Chinese market would open for the import of Australian nectarines, the first shipments are expected to arrive in China in early November via airfreight."The first nectarines will go by air from South Australia," explains John Moore, CEO of Summerfruit Australia......


Meeting growing demand from Europe
Luscious Fresh launches Autumn sugar snap, snow pea exports
“Earlier this year we concluded a successful Spring export programme which lasted from the end April until June. To meet demand, we are now working on an Autumn supply programme. This will officially be the first year that we export to Europe in Autumn. Shipments will start in October and will be done by.....

Fyffes now available in North America
Turbana Corporation has officially become Fyffes North America. In 2005, Turbana became a member of the Fyffes family and has been able to benefit from the company’s experience and knowledge since then.Fyffes’ ambition to optimize the scale and quality of its offering in the US and Canadian markets, has.....

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Early end to South African citrus season
The citrus season in South Africa is nearing its end, and despite fears of drought, low volumes and very small sizes before the season started, it seems to have been a reasonably positive season.The Valencia estimate was increased by ½ million cartons, but the total crop will still be 20% short of the 2015.....


China: Increase in kiwifruit production, future sales uncertain
The Chinese kiwifruit season is now at the halfway stage and the harvest is practically finished. Zhouzhi in Shaanxi is often called the birthplace of kiwifruit in China. Data shows that 60% of kiwifruit production in China originates from Zhouzhi. Mr. Zhou from Xi'an Chuanyuan Agricultural Technology.....


Anne Kuperus, Kuperus Foods:
“Black garlic now available in organic variant”
Kuperus Foods from Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, has been supplying black garlic to the market for several years. The company supplies the black garlic in bulbs, peeled cloves and pulp. This type of garlic is unique in that it is odourless. This year, the company introduced the organic variant at the AGF.....


"Lemons have gone from a decline to growing unstoppably"
Spanish lemons overlap with big Argentinian and Turkish supply
The Spanish campaign came to a close with historically high prices this summer, due to a reduction of around 50% of the Verna harvest and a delay in the arrival of Argentina's production. The Spanish lemon campaign, on the other hand, kicked off with much larger volumes."Last week, we started marketing the.....

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Weather conditions lead to low availability of Virginia tomatoes
“We’re pretty late in the season, harvesting our tomatoes. It’s been a tough year for tomatoes because of the weather,” said Moir Beamer of the Virginia Produce Company. “All varieties, such as grape and round, were affected. We got too much rain early on, then the excessive heat caused our growing season to.....


Arie Barendregt: "Expensive, but you meet the right people"
De Jong Verpakking stall holder at Amsterdam Produce Show
De Jong Verpakking has been present at the London Produce Show at Grosvenor House in the JW Mariott Hotel, in the centre of London, for a number of years. Now that the organisation is also starting a fair in Amsterdam, commercial director Arie Barendregt was quick to register as a exhibitor. "But I have to.....


Woolworths considers $1bn fuel station sale | Marks & Spencer to supply airline
Japanese department store to deliver fresh produce
"Coles to get self-serve checkouts that recognise fruit" -Coles is understood to be introducing new technology to reduce its estimated annual $1.1bn theft debt by reducing stealing at self-serve checkouts. Retail sources have told news.com.au that Coles is looking at machine scanners that can more.....



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MPH 1000 and MPH 5000: new TopControl multi-head scales.
TopControl, a company specialised in the food and fruit sector, has widened its range of scales and weight systems by introducing two new products: MPH 1000andMPH 5000. Both of them optimise the packaging process by flexible quality control andfast levelling of goods. They were exhibited at Macfrut.In the.....


Only 38% of families buy asparagus
Asparagus is not promoted enough - they are not marketed well and are practically absent from the mass media - which is a pity, because Italy is a big producer and its produce is much appreciated in Europe."Italy consumes only 2.3 kg per capita a year, i.e. just 0.52% of vegetable purchases. Families spend.....


Germany: vegetable sales expected to increase
Last year, 4.36 million tons of fresh vegetables were sold in Germany, more or less the same than in 2010. However, as stated in the Confcooperative report, based on Euromonitor data, the trend has been fluctuating over the past five years. There was a steep growth at first, from the 4.36 million tons of.....

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Wim Bouden: “We want to spread our wings towards the Netherlands”
Kiem-X celebrates 10-year anniversary
On Friday 27 September 2006, ten years ago, Kiem-X sold its first sprout. “This occurred when we launched them at the REO-Auction,” says Wim Bouden of Kiem-X. “We only had a few types in our assortment then. Yet we notice four kinds are always the most popular ones: leek, alfalfa, beetroot and asparagus.....

UK: Man grows world's heaviest red cabbage
David Thomas, from Leedstown, Cornwall, has broken a 90-year-old record by growing the world's heaviest red cabbage at 23.2 kg. He presented the vegetable at this year's National Giant Vegetable Championships.Thomas said he was "very proud" of the "beach ball" sized cabbage.The previous record, set in 1925.....

75 pound giant Elbistan cabbages saved from disease
It is harvest time for the giant Elbistan cabbages in the country’s fourth largest plain in southern Turkey. The cabbages, which can exceed 75 pound, have suffered from a disease for the past 4 years reducing the planting area by a third. This year, growers, who are left with a 25 acres planting area, have.....


Extra EU apple trade
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Chinese companies keen to invest in Israel
450 Chinese investors recently attended the China-Israel Investment Summit. The conference is a follow-up to one in Beijing in January of this year, where sponsored by Infinity, a private equity fund backed by the China Development Bank and Clal Industries. At that conference, hundreds of Chinese investors.....

UK's potato sector full of promise
According to Produce Investments, a leading purveyor of spuds, the potato sector will prove a "bright light" in the UK's agriculture sector which is facing weak prices for the likes of grains and dairy.“The 2015 crop, which is the season that just finished, was not bad, as supply and demand were more aligned.....

Bosch packaging technology wins German Packaging Award 2016
The German Packaging Award 2016 has been presented to the prototype packaging equipment Bosch Sigpack VPF (Vertical Platform for Flat Pouches), the first freely scalable flat pouch machine. The packaging machine won over the jury with the innovative nature of the overall concept and its execution in.....


Fruit and veg importer Van der Lans celebrates 25 years
This month the entire team of Van der Lans International lit 25 candles on the cake. On Friday, 30 September, the company has been operating for exactly 25 years in the international Fresh Produce world.Van der Lans International is a family company, which was established September 30, 1991 by founder Jan.....

Ukrainian cucumber prices doubled
Ukrainian cucumber prices at wholesale markets in the country have been growing rapidly and are already at least twice as high as a year before, according to Fruit-Inform.The sharpest rise in prices is observed at Shuvar Wholesale Market, Lviv, where cucumbers are offered for UAH 12/kg (EUR 0.41/kg), which.....

Spain: Almeria seeks to reopen US market for its peppers
The government sub-delegate in Almeria, Andrés García Lorca, met with the Deputy General Director of Health Agreements and Border Control of the Ministry, Miguel Angel Martín, to discuss the agricultural season that is now starting and also to prepare for the export of tomatoes and peppers to the United.....

Apples could cut cancer risk
New research reports that eating apples everyday could cut the risk of up to five different types of cancer. Scientists found those eating at least one a day were much less likely to get lung, bowel, mouth, digestive tract or breast tumours than people who rarely or never eat the popular fruit, reports the.....


Agri Kiwi Expo 2016 - the future of the kiwi market
The fourth edition of Agri Kiwi Expo took place in Cisterna from 23rd to 25th September. It was organised by the Terra del Kiwi association and presided over by Vittorio Sambucci.Click here for the photo report.The event gathered over 60 exhibitors (manufacturers of technical, pruning or pollinating tools,.....

Prices at origin
Spain: Organic bell peppers 40% more expensive than conventional
The average price of organic bell peppers in the 2015/2016 campaign has been 40.48 percent more expensive than that reached by the conventional, according to data from the Prices and Markets Observatory of Andalusia, an institution under the Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of.....


Salvi celebrates 125th anniversary
On 24th September 2016,Salvi celebrated its 125th anniversary. The company was established by Luigi Salvi in Bergamo in 1891. At the time, it collected fruit from producers and took it to the local fresh produce market.The celebrations for the 125th anniversary and the 50 years in Ferrara.Two generations.....

Good campaign in Castile-Leon
Spain: Import of French potatoes will push prices down
The potato campaign is underway in most places of the Spanish region of Castile-Leon. This season, the planting was very staggered as a result of rains and therefore the harvest is also being staggered. Of the nearly 20,000 hectares planted, 60 to 70% have already been harvested since the start of the.....

Unexpected lack of demand for mandarins in Karaburun
For the first time in 35 years, mandarin growers in Karaburun, an important mandarin-growing region on the Aegean coast of Turkey, found no buyers for their produce.“We have produced approximately 6000 tons but have only managed to sell a sixth of it at 35-40 Turkish cent per kilo” said Bülent Gültekin,.....

Şanlıurfa farmers diversify to increase sales
Farmers in Küçükördek, a village in Şanlıurfa, south-eastern Turkey, are growing courgettes for the first time.“We have to diversify as traditional produce is no longer as profitable,” said Mahmut Yazar, a farmer who has started to plant courgettes in a 20 ha area.Yazar added that farmers expected.....

Time to harvest apples in Isparta
It is harvest season in Isparta, western Turkey, which produced a third of Turkey’s apples with a yield of 436,000 tons last year. Approximately 5,000 families contribute to the production, covering an area of 29,200 ha.In the opinion of Can Selçuk, president of the Chamber of Agriculture, Isparta apples are.....


Supplying ''sustainable bananas''?
Rainforest Alliance and discount supermarkets
2016 has seen many supermarkets expressing their renewed commitment to sustainability, especially in the context of bananas and to a lesser extent pineapples. Several chains including Lidl and Aldi are promising 100% certified bananas.The claim being made is that these bananas will be “sustainable bananas”......


Bayer Food Chain Partnership:
''Traceability is an important sales argument"
How can traceability be guaranteed along the entire value chain? This was one of the hottest topics at the German Fruit & Vegetable Congress (Deutscher Obst & Gemüse Kongress) in Düsseldorf, Germany. Bayer Food Chain Partnership showcased its initiative and took advantage of the opportunity to have.....

Melon growers fear their unsold produce will rot
Melon producers in Kutahya, western Turkey, report an increase in the harvest this year but they fear they will be left with large quantities of unsold melons.Producer Abdullah Kaya, says they had to reduce the price to 50 Turkish cent from 1 Turkish Lira to increase sales “consumers and producers were both.....


Germany:
Edeka undisputed market leader
There is a high concentration of supermarkets in Germany. Market leader is clearly Edeka, a cooperative of supermarkets, followed at a clear distance by rivals Rewe, the Schwarz Group (Lidl & Kaufland) and both Aldi groups.Photo: StatistaWith 460 stores, Kaiser’s Tengelmann is a small player in Germany......


Spain: Valencia to host 6th International Kaki Symposium
Valencia will host the Sixth International Kaki Symposium, which will bring together experts in the cultivation, post-harvest and marketing of kakis from around the world. The event, to be held from 16 to 20 October in the premises of the Fundación Universidad Empresa-ADEIT, will count on the presence of.....

Positive forecast for organic sector outlined at open day
An upbeat Soil Association/Rijk Zwaan Organic Open Day, at Huntstile Farm near Bridgwater in Somerset earlier this month, heard how the association aims to build on recent growth in the organic sector while also expanding its role in recruiting to the industry."We are seeing continued growth in organics.....


Photo report: 2016 British Tomato Conference
The´Great British Tomato´ took center stage again during the annual TGA Conference in Warwick this week. With speakers discussing topics like Brexit, the state of UK tomato retail, energy trends, plus a variety of research projects being presented, it was a not-to-miss event for the UK tomato grower.After a.....


Oceania

The importance of observing regulations in international markets
Siah Hwee Ang is the BNZ chair of business in Asia at Victoria University. In an opinion piece, he says that more often than not, we hear of businesses blaming difficulties in international markets on cross-cultural differences. Cross-cultural challenges will not go away, so we have to accept these.....

Benefits of foreign trade, investment
Australia needs ''to keep the door open''
Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison is warning that Australia would suffer if it turned against foreign investment, trade and immigration, in a speech also acknowledging the need to answer the “genuine anxiety” in the community about these issues.Addressing the Lowy Institute today, Friday 30 September, on.....

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''Macadamias one of the hottest investments in Australian ag''
More than 300 delegates are lining up to attend the Australian macadamia industry’s premier event, the biennial industry conference, scheduled for October 18-20 at Caloundra on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.Attending the event will be a mix of existing growers, new and potential growers and investors and a.....

AU: New biosecurity dogs ready to get to work
For around a year now, Sam and Mollie, Quarantine WA's new biosecurity detector dogs, have been training to find fresh fruit, vegetables, plant material, honey and seeds on passengers at the Perth Domestic Airport, reports abc.net.au.The newcomers will replace two retiring dogs, Oscar and.....

AU: Prolonged power outage for parts of the country
It could take at least a week before power is fully restored to all parts of South Australia following the unprecedented state-wide power blackout on Wednesday 28 September, which was brought on by a 'one in 50-year' weather event, electricity industry sources have warned.Much of the network around Adelaide.....


World


Onion packers and exporters considering Vlissingen concept
Zeeland onion sector removes 1.5 million kilometres of road use
On 21 September, the Holland Onion Association (HOA) summoned its members to consider container shipping onions through the port of Vlissingen. This meeting was organised under the direction of Zeeland Connect, in cooperation with the project’s partners: Zeeland Seaports, Kloosterboer and Topsector.....

Showcasing new freeze-dried mango at PMA Fresh Summit
Crunchies Natural Food Company
Crunchies Natural Food Company was the first consumer brand to focus on freeze-dried snacks and is the only U.S. consumer freeze-dry brand that’s vertically integrated farm to fork, embracing responsible sourcing practices.Crunchies will be highlighting its new and improved freeze-dried mango snacks at.....


Retail


Woolworths considers $1bn fuel station sale | Marks & Spencer to supply airline
Japanese department store to deliver fresh produce
"Coles to get self-serve checkouts that recognise fruit" -Coles is understood to be introducing new technology to reduce its estimated annual $1.1bn theft debt by reducing stealing at self-serve checkouts. Retail sources have told news.com.au that Coles is looking at machine scanners that can more.....



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