Announcements

Job offersmore »




Specialsmore »

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »




Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sort by continent | Sort by sector


Plans to double okra sales to Europe
“We see okra being the next big thing,” said Paul Boris, President & Co-Owner for Agritrade Farms, a grower, shipper and importer headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida. “Okra has historically been a very ethnic-oriented food that we envision quickly going more mainstream. It has phenomenal health and.....


India cautious over grape export to China
Exports of early Indian grapes have started according to Nagesh Shetty from Deccan Produce."There have been some rains in the early region which have slowed things down a bit, but in general it is going well and we have already shipped a few containers of early grapes to Russia," explains Shetty."The export.....


Theo Kampschoer, Kampexport:
"December cauliflower available now"
Up until now, the French cauliflower market has gone reasonably well. "Prices did fluctuate a lot though, which complicates business," Theo Kampschoer of Kampexport relates from Brittany. "At the moment, supply is decreasing, and we are already harvesting cauliflower that's normally harvested at the end of.....


Season kicked off at European office of San Francisco Lo Garces
"Finally normal volumes of Chilean cherry "
Fruto del Campo in Maasdijk, the European sales agency of San Francisco Lo Garces from Chile, kicked off the Chilean cherry season three weeks ago. "After a difficult first week, the cherries are currently being taken up well in the market," Michael Kouwenberg says. "In addition to the day trade, we got a.....


Italy seeks additional opportunities for export in China
Fiera di Roma, a select group of Italian producers, was present for the first time at the recent China Fruit and Vegetables Fair (FVF) seeking opportunities in this important market. According to Armando Soldaini, “only kiwi is exported at the moment, so our intention is to develop a programme to obtain.....

Click here to receive this news directly in your inbox


Argentina: New early harvest red garlic variety
With a yield of nearly 20,000 kilos per hectare, the new red garlic variety developed by INTA specialists is characterised by being ready for harvest up to 40 days earlier and by its suitability for new cultivation areas, including Cuyo as well as the centre and north east of Argentina.Garlic production.....


Italy: New products presented at Interpoma 2014
The ninth edition of Interpoma was the perfect occasion to present new products for many companies.Apple to GoApple to Go presented a packaging technology to transform apples into a practical snack. The fruit is washed and dried and sold with a napkin in a thin biodegradable film. In addition to the napkin,.....


Nico Schaft, 888 Fruit Company:
"Good demand for Chinese chestnuts, ginger, Nashi pears and pomelos"
888 Fruit Company from Rungis, headed by Dutchman Nico Schaft, is in the middle of the Chinese importing season at the moment. The company is currently offering Chinese ginger, chestnuts, pomelos and nashi pears. "A lot of companies are complaining, but the import of the Chinese products has gone crazy,".....


Italy: Melinda apples now stored underground
The first underground warehouse for the storing of apples in a controlled atmosphere was shown to a delegation of journalists on 21st November 2014.Michele Odorizzi, chairman of Melinda, welcomed journalists.Everything started a few years ago, when Melinda talked to its partners about the need to invest in.....

Click here to receive this news directly in your inbox

Pear stocks in France high
Unlike apple stocks, pear stocks are a lot higher than in previous years. In an Agreste publication from the Minister of Agriculture it is stated that at the end of October 2014 pear stocks (20,000 tons) increased by 19% over a year and 27% compared to the 2009-2013 average. Prices of all varieties in.....



Latest photo reports

Interpom Primeurs 2014

Interpom Primeurs 2014

» view pictures

Interpoma 2014

Interpoma 2014

» view pictures

Huizhan Market

Huizhan Market

» view pictures

IFresh 2014

IFresh 2014

» view pictures

Israel Mehadrin 2014

Israel Mehadrin 2014

» view pictures

Sort by continent | Sort by sector

Special  —  Spain


Click here for more information about our specials


Europe


Mercato Ortofrutticolo di Lusia
Italy: Unstable market for Cappuccia lettuce
It was one of the products that was affectedthe mostby bad weather at the beginning of the year. Quantities collected during the first three months of the year were in line with 2013, but from April, i.e. when it is grown in open fields, there was a drastic drop in supply with significant quality problems,.....

Cauliflower prices double in Poland
Cauliflower prices have almost doubled in Poland over the past weekend.At present, sellers at Bronisze Wholesale Market, Warsaw, are ready to ship cauliflowers at 1.26-1.53 Euro/kg, depending on quality and shipment volume. Prices were not higher than 0.99 Euro/kg, in comparison to the previous week. Such a.....


Italy: Still scope for growth of apples
Despite the difficult situation created by the Russian ban, there are still opportunities to be seized, especially if providing services as well as products. Francesco Tagliani from Tagliani Vivai has in fact explained that "nowadays, you also have to work as a consultant, or you won't sell anything. There.....

Click here to receive this news directly in your inbox

Domenico Citterio
Italy: "Many factors against potatoes"
"The awful weather, the indirect effects of the Russian ban, the lower-quality of produce and the arrival on the market of industry potatoes from Belgium all contributed to a horrible potato season," explains Domenico Citterio."Temperatures have been too mild this autumn to stimulate consumption and we also.....

Italian clementines to compete with Spanish
The Calabre region has invested in clementine production, aiming to counteract Spanish production. Calabre produces half of all Italian clementines. The harvest is of high quality and hand picked. “It is a fruit with very fine skin, very fragile, if we don’t hand pick it gets damaged” explains Ionella.....


Label Rouge for Corsican clementines
20,000 tons of clementines will be harvested again this year, destined, for the most part,for export all over the continent. Whilst the sector is proud of their new label, the sustainability of the orchards is not guaranteed. Despite the success of the clementine sector, it has the same difficulties as other.....


Visit to Bakker Barendrecht, AH, Udea and Ekoplaza
Frunet Bio on Dutch field trip
Last week, a rather unique happening occurred, in Spanish terms.Frunet Bio visited two Dutch fresh produce customers with twenty organic farmers from Spain. "The initiative evolved last year, during the annual dinner with our growers. The transparency we want to have within Frunet, both toward customers and.....

Click here to receive this news directly in your inbox

Polish domestic pear demand falls
The demand for domestic pears has significantly gone down in Poland due to lower supply of produce and lesser quality.In view of Russia's ban on imports, Polish farmers decided not to risk and considerably reduced their storage volumes. In addition, they spent less for produce handling, which negatively.....


Vivai Mazzoni
Italy: "Ruble and oil worry post ban"
There is a colossal battle between Western countries and Russia and the food and agricultural sector was the most affected. Even those sectors that seemed to have escaped the consequences of the ban now risk being affected.It is the case of nursery gardeners, who have, so far, continued to work with Eastern.....

Large scam during middle of last season ends onion company
Oomen Agro bankrupt
On the 18th November Oomen Agro B.V. in Marknesse (Flevoland) was declared bankrupt by the court in central Holland. Oomon Agro B.V.'s main activities were sorting and packaging onions. The company was founded in 2000 and in recent years around 25,000 tonnes of onions were processed per year. Seven employees.....

Israel: Label not important to consumers
A study conducted in Israel has determined that most consumers purchasing fruit and vegetables do not perceive brands as an important factor and believe branded produce is more expensive. Half of the respondents claim brand labels on fruit do not ensure quality.65% of respondents had heard of fruit and.....


Digital solution for quality control
The fresh produce sector is constantly evolving, and new developments when it comes to digitalization don't go by unnoticed. Product quality and information exchange from quality controls (QC) reach ever higher levels in the fresh produce chain. Expertisebureau HDG | the fruit consultants responds to this.....


Israel: Super-Sol reaches grower deal
Against the background of public outrage over high prices charged by Israeli retail chains on fruits and vegetables, the supermarket chain Super-Sol has recently made a move to lower prices through a joint venture with growers near the Gaza Strip. The chain plans to purchase goods directly from growers,.....


Arnoud van Stralen, Nedalpac:
"Specialized chains have the future"
Day trade is not the sort of thing Nedalpac deals with. "We fulfil the customer's demand from the customer wishes," general manager Arnoud van Stralen sums up the activities of the fresh produce company from Venlo. So the client database doesn't contain hundreds of accounts. The German and Dutch retailers.....

Russian president to visit Turkey
On 1 December, Russian President Vladimir Putin will make an official visit to Turkey to meet with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It will be the fifth high-level meeting pursuing an improved strategic cooperation between both countries.According to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, the two.....

Germany: Wholesale prices for week 47


Italy: Testimonies on impact of Russian ban
One of the main issues everyone talked about at Interpoma 2014 was - what will become of the market without Russia? Is its closure really so hermetic? The answer seems to be split: Russia is "off limits" if you grow or sell apples and "not so much" if you work with others along the chain.Martijn Meeuwse."The.....

Cyber criminals using Defra website
Farmers have become a major target for cyber crooks looking to swipe bank accounts of fresh EU handouts, Financial Fraud Action UK has confirmed.At this time of year, bank accounts of many farmers will be full after receiving funds as part of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy. On 1 December, many will.....

Connected cultivation
Frug I Com (Fruit & vegetables), Floricode (Flowers & plants) and EDIBulb (Flower bulbs) are three standardisation organisations in the Dutch Horticultural sector working together in the GREENPORT DIGITAL community, which focuses on aspects such as E-Standardization, E-Information Integration,.....


Produce conference in Dublin underway
The ninth International Conference of Producer Organisations for fruit and vegetables takes place in Dublin on Tuesday and Wednesday.The conference is an opportunity for those involved in the sector to meet and talk about relevant political and economic developments.It will discuss a number of issues.....


Oceania


Researchers extract value from food waste
Each year, billions of dollars of fruit and vegetables are dumped, mostly as landfill.The produce is rejected because it doesn't meet market specifications, is not sold, or goes to waste in the fridge, and it translates to farmer crop losses of roughly 30 per cent.But Queensland researchers are finding ways.....


AU melon industry cancels annual meeting
The Australian Melon Association has cancelled its 2015 annual conference and field days amid concerns over the spread of the devastating Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV).The event was scheduled for March next year in Griffith, New South Wales, but will now be postponed until 2016.The Association's.....

Click here to receive this news directly in your inbox

Major AU almond company invests in new equipment
Select Harvests will invest $12.9 million in biomass energy generation and an almond dryer at its Robinvale facilities in north west Victoria.The company used its annual general meeting to make the announcements, as well as release its estimate of the 2015 crop.Select Harvests, which owns almond orchards in.....


Africa


Cameroon exports 206,391 tonnes of bananas
The Banana Association of Cameroon (Assobacam) has revealed that banana dessert producers in Cameroon already exported 206,391 tonnes from January to October 2014. The leader in domestic production with peaks reaching 120,000 tonnes per annum, Société des plantations du Haut Penja (PHP), a subsidiary of the.....


Egypt set for Russian market
Egypt is almost ready to start exporting more than 65 agricultural products to the Russian market to cover the deficit caused by the European ban.Dr Mohamed Refaat, head of the Central Administration of Agricultural Quarantine of Egypt's Ministry of Agriculture, announced that joint committees comprising of.....

Click here to receive this news directly in your inbox


Madagascar expects good lychee season
Lychee harvest began on the 17th November in Madagascar and producers hope to export 17,000 tons this season. According to Simon Rakotondrahova from the SCRIMAD, the lychees this year should be of a “very good quality thanks to climate conditions that were extremely favourable”. The main aim for producers is.....

Africa agriculture ambassador 2015 winner named
At 30 years old, Jean Kaahwa has been farming since he finished university – something most youths can’t imagine doing. A graduate of commerce with a major in marketing from Makerere University Business School, he has previously been ridiculed for taking on farming, an activity that is widely seen as.....


World

Dole subsidiary wins G.A.P. 2014 award
Dole Food Company’s Standard Fruit de Honduras was honoured by GLOBALG.A.P. for its work in four major areas related to farming practices. The G.A.P. 2014 Winner award was presented at an October 28 ceremony at the Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi. Roberto Salinas, the company’s Certification Manager, received a.....


Spain: Strawberry acreage expected to drop by 10% in 2015
With the completion of the planting stage for the 2014/2015 strawberry season, the total acreage for all red fruits in the province of Huelva amounts to 9,460 hectares, compared to the 9,500 hectares planted last season.The Association of Producers and Exporters of Strawberries from Huelva, Freshuelva, has.....

Click here to receive this news directly in your inbox


Ruble value drop affects Egyptian citrus exports
The political and economic situation in Russia and Ukraine has made it a tough season for Egypt's citrus exporters. With two of their main markets in positions that make it hard for consumers to buy fruit, Egyptian orange traders have had to curtail their exports. “Our two main markets in Eastern Europe.....


Retail

German organic supermarket Alnatura grows strongly
The German organic supermarket chain Alnatura is still growing strongly, show the company results from fiscal year 2013/14 presented by the company last Thursday. In fiscal year 2013/14 the turnover increased by 16 percent to 689 million Euro, reports the German newspaper 'Handelsblatt' on its website. This.....

Colruyt sees positive H1 growth
Belgium-based Colruyt has announced revenues rose 3.9% to €4.4 billion in the first half of its financial year. The performance came despite the retailer saying that ‘sales prices were under pressure because of price deflation, strong competition and the choice of the consumer for cheaper products’, which.....


Israel: Super-Sol reaches grower deal
Against the background of public outrage over high prices charged by Israeli retail chains on fruits and vegetables, the supermarket chain Super-Sol has recently made a move to lower prices through a joint venture with growers near the Gaza Strip. The chain plans to purchase goods directly from growers,.....

Walmart needs to show thanks to workers
Thanksgiving Day is a holiday where family and friends gather together and express gratitude for everything in their lives. But those who work at Walmart have little to be thankful for, at least when it comes to their employment.At a time when income inequality is increasingly rampant in this country,.....

$5.7 billion deal for South African retail company
Christo Wiese had been speaking to his friend Markus Jooste about combining their retailers for years. The billionaire owner of South African clothes retailer Pepkor Holdings Pty Ltd. agreed to sell to Steinhoff International Holdings Ltd. (SHF) in the country’s biggest takeover for more than a decade. The.....

The Klout 25
Sainsbury’s most socially influential brand
Sainsbury’s is the retailer with the most Klout, research from Lithium Technologies has found, with Marks and Spencer and Debenhams filling out the top three.The Klout 25: Retail Edition is based on the IMRG Top 50 Online Retailer Ranking List and corresponding Klout Scores, with the research finding that.....

Lidl's share in Northern Ireland rises 4.3%
The German supermarket has attracted 25,000 new customers in the province over the last year, and has seen its sales increase by 13%, according to the latest retail research firm Kantar Worldpanel. Lidl's success is to the detriment of the big supermarket chains, who have become locked in a bitter price war.....

Irish Dunnes Stores consolidates
Dunnes Stores (Bangor) consolidates the trading figures for all Dunnes Stores in Northern Ireland as well as a smaller number of outlets in England. The group describes its main business as the retailing of textiles, grocery and houseware goods.Annual turnover by this group of companies has been falling in.....

Aldi says no plans to enter NZ
Aldi says it has no "immediate plans" to enter the New Zealand market, after it announced the appointment of a chief executive for Australasia.The promotion of Tom Daunt as the Aldi Australasia chief executive led to suggestions the German discount retailer could be expanding to New Zealand. Aldi.....

Canada: Couche-Tard profit rises as sales slip
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. posted a slight decrease in sales in the second quarter while net earnings rose 24.6 per cent.The Laval, Que.-based convenience-store giant booked net profit of $286.4-million (U.S.) or 50 cents per share, up from $229.8-million or 40 cents in the year-earlier period. Sales were.....

AU Woolworths ready for tough questions
Slowing sales growth and the rise of competitor Aldi will have shareholders posing tough questions at Woolworths' annual general meeting in Brisbane on Thursday.Woolworths is still the biggest of the supermarket retailers, with 39 per cent of the market share. But Coles is not far behind with 33.5 per cent,.....



FreshPlaza Funny

Just face it, being a goalkeeper is a difficult job!


 


free daily newsletter - your banner here - contact