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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

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Italy: Productive gap in lettuce production
"It is no one's fault and there is no speculation - the price trend of endive, chicory, sugarloaf and other lettuce is due to the demand/supply ratio. This year, supply was affected by the weather, which caused many phytosanitary problems," explains a technician as regards the current productive gap.Italian.....

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AU: Mango farmers look to US to avoid domestic glut
As the fruit starts to bud in north Queensland mango orchards, some farmers are setting their sights on new markets to avoid the perennial issue of oversupply.Flowering had been good following a cold snap in May, and farmers were hoping to match the strong prices of last year's crop of 1.5 million trays from.....

First California pomegranates expected by mid-September
“We are expecting our early-season pomegranate harvest to start around September 15th,” says David Anthony with Ruby Fresh. By mid-October harvest of the popular Wonderful variety will start. “It is important to offer an early variety for our customers in Canada who celebrate Thanksgiving Day on October 12,.....

NZ: Early stages of PSA detected
Kiwifruit growers are being warned not to be complacent about the vine disease Psa, which could be more active this growing season due to the cold winter.“Psa may be more significant this season than it has in the last couple of years,” says Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) operation manager Peter Mourits. “We.....


Italy: Expectations for the 2015/16 kiwi campaign
During a visit toTuttofrutta Quaranta, FreshPlaza discovered that the first kiwi orchards planted by the Quaranta family date back to 1972, meaning it was the first Piedmont company to grow this fruit.In addition to 5,000 tonnes a year of kiwis, the company also sells Italian and Spanish apricots between.....

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2015 early season apple opportunity “Best in History”
Washington State’s unprecedented early harvest is already driving strong supermarket sales according to industry experts. An early bloom and consistently high temperatures through the growing season pushed harvest dates forward in the state’s orchards by as much as three weeks.Early season sales reports from.....

Chiquita: 50% return rate with Minions mobile campaign
Chiquita Bananas’ recent campaign with Universal Pictures’ Minions film resulted in a 50 percent return rate to the image recognition-enabled content, as well as a 10 percent uptick in subscriptions to the brand’s mobile-optimized newsletter.The dual campaign, developed in conjunction with FunMobility,.....

Russia: Banana prices rise sharply due to growth of dollar
"For a long time, retailers have maintained the price of bananas, which did not correspond to the exchange rate, and traded without margins actually at a loss, as the product is a traffic generator,” provided the director general of the analytical agency ‘Infoline-Analysis’ Mikhail Burmistrov,.....


Macfrut Forum: preview focused on technology and retail
The 2015 edition of Macfrut (Rimini Fiera, 23-25 September), scheduled to begin in less than a month, is getting ready to offer visitors from all over the world a series of programmed events dedicated to the fruit and vegetable supply chain, starting on the day before the official opening of the trade.....

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Extending the shelf-life of fresh-cut apples up to 21 days
Apples are one of the most widely consumed fruits and are a good source of phytochemicals. Epidemiological studies have showed that the consumption of apples can reduce risk of some cancers, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and diabetes. One way to increase fresh fruit consumption is processing fruit into.....



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Reports from vegetable- and flower growers
Storms in Belgium hit Bruges particularly hard
Eastern and Western Flanders have incurred damage after the heavy rain in Belgium this weekend. The northern area of Western Flanders was the most hard hit; particularly the coastal region near Bruges, Veurne and Torhout. A variety of vegetable growers are established in this region; both outside- and.....

Aubergine growers lose 2,500 Euro per hectare
Aubergine producers in the province of Almeria have suffered a net loss of 2,500 Euro per hectare, according to estimations by Hortoinfo based on data from the Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Government of Andalusia and its Prices and Markets Observatory.The acreage devoted to.....

Extremadura to produce 10% fewer tomatoes in 2014
Extremadura's tomato production this year will be 10 percent lower than in the previous campaign, although compared to the average of recent seasons it will be a "normal" volume.The president of the Association of Cooperatives of Extremadura (Acopaex), Domingo Fernández, explained that between 85,000 and.....

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The need for a banana processing industry
Already for many years there are clear surpluses in the agricultural production of bananas and tomatoes. Every year there is too much production, while the number of clients drops. To maintain high prices, the banana sector carries out what they call a "pica," which entails the destruction of excess fruit.....

Ukraine: Processing apples see large increase
Prices of apples for processing have been rapidly growing in Ukraine, according to Fruit-Inform: raw apples have become, on average, 25% more expensive over the past week.Currently, apples for processing are shipped at UAH 1-2/kg (USD 0.05-0.09/kg), while a week before prices were not higher than UAH 1.80/kg.....

Unió de Pagesos: "Measures to tackle price crisis insufficient"
Sweet fruit prices down 31% compared to 2013
The Unió de Pagesos (Producers' Association) considers the measures implemented by the European Commission to address the severe crisis suffered by sweet fruit producers as insufficient and calls for the urgent enforcement of all market measures suggested by the Common Market Organisation (CMO) for cases of.....

Italy: Donato Fanelli speaks up about table grape situation Apulia
Donato Fanelli, member of the Interbranch Table Grapes Organisation, has spoken with FreshPlaza before the next meeting with the Ministry on September 10, 2015.The meeting will concern a promotional campaign for table grapes similar to that made for peaches and nectarines, which involved retailers and.....

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Market information East
Potato prices East Germany CW 34
Mecklenburg-Western PomeraniaThe LEH has sufficient table potatoes from regional cultivation. The producer prices for all cooking types are between 19 and 22 EUR/dt. In part, cheap parties of the type Solist from Lower Saxony are turning up on the market. Due to the holiday, sales have been quiet. With.....


Ja! Natürlich starts organic regional offensive
Regional origin is one of the most important and long-lasting trends in food retail. However, many consumers are not aware that regional nature is an assurance of origin, NOT of quality. Therefore, those who emphasize high standards in food, and who would like to save the soil, climate and diversity of.....

'Fruit quest' to find UK's organic growers
Yogurt maker Yeo Valley has launched a nationwide “fruit quest” to find Britain’s organic fruit growers.Yeo Valley, based near the Mendip Hills, prefers to support other British family farms but has been forced to source many fruits from overseas."It's been an ongoing source of frustration that we haven't.....


VTA sampling:
Dutch potato crop yield below average
Every year in mid August the Dutch farmers association VTA estimates the potato yield based on a standard sampling protocol among its members. These yield measurements are always done at the same time and are now common practice since 2001. The sampling includes a representative group of farmers and covers a.....

Keitt variety increasingly more popular
Spain: Mango season with fewer large calibres expected
The Osteen mango season is starting in Spain, even though the first Tommy Atkins, which are mainly distributed in some Spanish and Portuguese wholesale markets given the insignificant volumes produced, already arrived in early August.According to Miguel Gutiérrez, president of the Spanish Tropical Fruits.....


Best of Four and Van Nature sign letter of intent to work together
Growers associations Best of Four and Van Nature are preparing an extensive agreement to work together. A letter of intent was signed on the 31st of August. The objective of the partnership is to create a stronger market position for the members of both associations.Developments in the sectorThe horticulture.....


More trucks on German streets
New study on gigaliner countermands eco-arguments of the Lkw-Lobby
While the advocates of overlong trucks argue that they cause less traffic on German streets, a study by renowned traffic scientists is proof to the contrary. According to calculations by Prof. Herbert Sontag (TH Wildau) and Prof. Gernot Liedtke (TU Berlin), by allowing mega trucks, more than 8 billion.....


Region of Murcia
The Guardia Civil stops illegal production of protected fruits
The Guardia Civil has found a clandestine farm planted with protected fruit varieties in the municipality of Jumilla. The second stage of the operation Royalty, devised to locate plantations of fruit varieties whose reproduction and multiplication is subject to the payment of royalties to the patent.....

Castile-Leon
Creation of quality brand for Alberche peaches under study
The Peach Fair returned with its fourth edition last Saturday in the municipality of Navaluenga; its main goal is the promotion of the product in the region. Also this year, as explained by mayor Armando Garcia Cuenca, the event has been organised under the name 'Peach, Tomato and Natural Products Fair',.....

Commercial baby foods too sweet to encourage vegetables
Commercial baby foods are probably too sweet to encourage children to eat their greens - despite containing large amounts of vegetables, according to scientists.A study of hundreds of brand-name products carried out at the University of Glasgow found fruit and sweet vegetables, like carrot, are mostly used.....

Spain: Fruit and veg exports up 12% in value and 6% in volume
Spanish fresh fruit and vegetable exports totalled 6,738 million Euro and 6,971,473 tonnes in the first half of the year; a 11.88% growth in value and 6.22% in volume. Of note is the good performance of foreign sales in June, up to a total of 1,146 million Euro; an increase of 19.5% in value and 1,014,450.....


Norway: 46.3 kilos of food per person wasted due to bad packaging
On average, every Norwegian throws away 46.3 kilos of food per year; the use of incorrect or faulty packaging causes damage and shortens the products' shelf life, warn experts on food safety and packaging. However, some may get the impression that all packaging is environmentally unfriendly. This is.....

Poland: More fruit and veg in school canteens from 1 September
Poland's Health Minister signed a decree setting out the foods that can be sold in school canteens. The new rules, coming into force, today, 1 September 2015, prohibit the sale of junk food in schools. This means that companies have to adjust its supply to the new regulations.To allow or ban certain foods.....

The Russian market has no real substitute for Polish apples
"We are able to export apples to many regions of the world, to Western Europe or distant markets, but that fruit must be of premium quality. Nobody wants second class apples, and those are the most commonly produced in Poland. The Russian market was unique in that it demanded slightly lower quality apples,".....


Oceania

Proposed melon levy only months away from grower vote
Melon growers will be asked in the coming months to vote on a new levy package, aimed at improving biosecurity within the sector.The proposal follows outbreaks of the exotic Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus which devastated the Northern Territory's melon industry last year.The Australian Melon Industry.....


Epping market move working well for rhubarb trader
The first day of trade at the new Epping site for Melbourne Markets trader Frank Tropeano went ‘reasonably well’ for his rhubarb business, Baxter Valley Produce. “There are still a few things that have to be worked out, but overall the move didn’t make any difference, except we have to drive a lot further,”.....

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Vic produce 'plentiful' despite coldest winter in 26 yrs
There is so much being grown, and being imported from the northern states that Victoria’s coldest winter in 26 years has not seen a significant change to produce available to consumers, according to one trader. “Cold does affect produce, things that take six weeks to grow might take 8, but overall it hasn’t.....

Summerfruit Australia joins National Farmers’ Federation
Summerfruit Australia has become the latest organisation to join the National Farmers’ Federation ranks.The peak body for stonefruit producers revealed its membership today, with SA chief executive John Moore saying he believed it would provide new opportunities for the industry.SA represents the nation’s.....


World


Fingerprint shows origin of food
By examining the chemical and physical 'fingerprint' of a product, the characteristics of the product can be mapped out. With this information one can identify where the product comes from or what kind of production system it was produced in. Also, undesirable substances can be detected.This analytical.....

Asia Fruit Awards: winners unveiled
Australian marketing campaign 'Now! In Season', Chinese fresh produce group Golden Wing Mau and specialist fresh fruit retailer Pagoda were announced as the winners of the prestigious Asia Fruit Awards in a presentation ceremony at Asiafruit Congress-Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong today. The Asia Fruit.....

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Nergi®: first stand at Asia Fruit Logistica
In 2015, for the first time, Primland is presenting Nergi®, “The kiwi Berry that is the perfect snack”at the Asia Fruit Logisticatrade show.This step is further proof of its loyal and long-term relations with Asia and strengthens its position as an innovative French exporter.Primland: among top 100 French.....

Health promoting compounds in local onions from Italy and Ukraine
Onions (Allium cepa L.) are by far the most important among vegetable Alliums, ranking second after tomatoes for world cultivated areas, with a constantly increasing trend (FAO 2014). Onion growing popularity is related to the pungent and unique taste. Furthermore, it is well known that onions contain high.....


Retail


Aldi to open 80 stores in AU | Italian online food market +27%
Amazon tests farmers market produce delivery (<36hrs of harvest)
AU: ''Underpayment of workers is key to 7-Eleven business model"The 7-Eleven business model is built on virtual "slavery" and if workers were paid correctly many stores would collapse, a whistleblower claims."The business is very proud of itself and the achievements and the money it's made and.....



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