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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Increase in EU acreage
Spain: Strawberry prices drop by up to 40%
A warm winter and an increase in Europe's cultivated strawberry acreage have led strawberries from various origins to overlap for the first time, causing prices for Spanish strawberries to plunge way before the end of the campaign.Average prices for Spanish strawberries have already dropped by around 40%.....


Good prospects for Egyptian red onion season
Pharaonic Bioherb is an Egyptian-based company founded in 2002 and devoted to the production and export of bulk dried organic herbs and spices produced, processed and packaged according to EEC Regulation 2092/91 & EN-45011 and is specialised in the production, selection, packing and export of fresh.....


Banabay breaks into tough New Zealand market
Ecuadorian banana brand BanaBay has broken into the tough New Zealand market by offering premium quality produce supported by a direct sourcing package to one of the country’s biggest retail chains, Countdown. BanaBay, which supplies the Woolworth owned chain’s 161 stores, started out on a trial basis.....


Mexico: "Global avocado demand surpasses supply"
Seventeen years have passed since the U.S. opened its borders to Mexican avocados and during this time it has achieved remarkable progress. The Mexican avocado production and industry have shown a level of maturity that has allowed it to overcome all of the quality, safety and residual challenges imposed by.....

UNIVEG and Ebrex Cruise Services (ECS) sign partnership agreement
UNIVEG and Ebrex Cruise Services signed an exclusive global partnership agreement to supply Fruit & Vegetables and Flowers & Plants to the cruise industry.Francis Kint, CEO UNIVEG Group, commented: “Both parties have recognized the increasing demand for high quality, safe fruit and vegetables in the.....

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Ned-Pak:
Working together with Pakistani distributors to adapt new export methods
Since the Netherlands began investing in Pakistan back in 2011, Mr. Azizur Rahman Shaik, Country Head of NED PAK operations in Pakistan, has been frustrated with the slow pace of Pakistani exporters in adapting new export methods, despite all of the new technologies made available to them from all corners of.....


Racemus
Italy: "Testa di Chicco" is the symbol of the 2014 grape campaign
Racemus, a company growing and selling table grapes, is ready for spring. Plants are blossoming and the first bunches of both seeded (Vittoria, Italia, Red Globe and Black Pearl) and seedless (Regal and Crimson) varieties are already visible."Testa di Chicco" (Grape Head), the company mascot is a simple.....


Port awaits word on whether Chiquita will stay
Chiquita Brands International must decide by May 15 whether to extend its lease for two years at the state Port at Gulfport.Port executive director Jonathan Daniels said that Chiquita is analyzing all aspects of its logistics from shipment points in Central America through distribution.Chiquita is one of.....


Organics Unlimited adds 370 acres for organic banana farming
Organics Unlimited has added 370 acres of certified organic banana production in Michoacan, Mexico to increase their supply of bananas. This new acreage will provide an additional six to seven loads of product per week in the summer and about four loads per week in the winter. This translates to a low in.....

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China: Xinjiang hit hard by blizzard causing 81 millions of yuan in damages
The Province of Xinjiang was hit by bad weather conditions affecting more than ten thousand residents at the beginning of April, damaging several hundreds of acres of crops and resulting in damages amounting to more than 78 million yuan. ($ 12.5 million USD)The Bureau of Civil Affairs in Hami City reported.....



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New market value for vegetables in Germany 2014
The 'AMI Markt Bilanz Gemuse 2014', the market value for vegetables in the German Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft, has been available since April 14th. Aftera slight decrease in recent years in the import of vegetables into Germany the quantity of imports stabilised in 2013 as per preliminary figures,.....


In specially patented paper pouch packaging
Poland: New sauerkraut concept 'Brassica' gaining popularity
The new sauerkraut concept 'Brassica' was introduced in 2013. Its creator, Grzegorz Raczkiewicz, explains that five years ago he came up with the idea of marketing additive-free, fresh sauerkraut. "Many others supply sauerkraut, but add various chemicals to it. We were looking for an alternative, and.....


Between 2009 and 2013
UK imports of Spanish fruit and vegetables on the rise
The value of the UK's purchases of fruit and vegetables from Spain has increased by 28.37% in the past five years, according to data from the Department of Customs and Special Taxes of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.Between 2009 and 2013, the value of the UK's vegetable purchases to.....

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Almeria
Spain: Almeria's maritime exports reached 40,352 tonnes in 2013
In 2013, the Plant Protection Service of the Border Inspection Post (BIP) located in the port of Almeria inspected a total of 7,305 batches of horticultural products, 40,352 tonnes of fruits and vegetables, before being shipped to third countries and the Canary Islands.Export volumes last year dropped by.....


In Easter
Turkish peppers with residues destroyed at Bulgarian border
Turkish producers once again exported peppers to the European Union that did not meet the EU's phytosanitary requirements. Last Thursday, Bulgaria blocked and destroyed a shipment of Turkish peppers for this reason.The pepper batch in question contained, according to analyses conducted on 17 April, 2.55.....

Reducing global food waste from farm to fork
Amcor will demonstrate how packaging is a partner in reducing global food waste – from the farm to the fork at Interpack 2014. The company will participate this year as a member of the Save Food organization, a non-profit initiative focused on addressing the issue of global food waste.According to a study.....


Wiskerke Onions and Maersk:
The importance of temperature controlled containers in onion export
Wiskerke onions is the world's largest exporter of onions for consumption. Since onions are a very temperature sensitive commodity, it is of the highest importance to Wiskerke to manage the supply chain with an attention to detail.Wiskerke exports about 3,000 40ft containers full of onions each year using.....

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Total production nearly 7%
Russian greenhouse vegetables increased in 2013
Russia’s greenhouse vegetable cultivation industry in 2013 is on the rise. The greenhouse vegetable production has increased by 6.7% in 2013 as compared with 2012. According to the Russian Federation National Bureau of Statistics, the total output growth rate is the highest in the region of Ural in 2013 with.....


Russia threatens Kiev with limits on agrarian trade
Dmitri Medvedev, the Russian Prime Minister, has threatened the Ukraine with "serious sanctions" in the agrarian trade if their neighbouring country were to leave the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) or sign an agreement of union with the EU. A limit on the bilateral trading regime would be.....

EU reinforces entry conditions on Israeli imports
On the 8th of April, the European Commission adopted a regulation to establish new standard import values and determine the entry price on certain fruit coming from third countries, notably Israel. This regulation which reinforces entry conditions of fruit and vegetables into the EU risks making export of.....

Two days left for FPC Fresh Award entries
There are still two days left to get your entries in for the FPC Fresh Awards – there are a host of categories and the deadline has been extended to 25 April. Enter online here to be part of the industry’s biggest night of the year on 5 June in London.FPC has worked with Google to conduct three separate.....


Oceania

Cherry growers still want greater access to Thai market
Thailand has reopened the door to Australian summer fruit, after a three-year ban, but there's only muted applause from cherry growers.They say there are still too many restrictions on how the fruit is handled, because it has to be in cold storage for 21 days to ensure Thailand is protected from Queensland.....

AU: Swapping mangoes for dragonfruit in Carnarvon
When it comes to growing mangoes, West Australian Eddie Smith says he's made every mistake in the book. His approach to giving anything a go, has led the grower to diversify this season with two new crops: passionfruit and dragonfruit.However, water security remains a real concern for all Carnarvon growers,.....


Africa


Good prospects for Egyptian red onion season
Pharaonic Bioherb is an Egyptian-based company founded in 2002 and devoted to the production and export of bulk dried organic herbs and spices produced, processed and packaged according to EEC Regulation 2092/91 & EN-45011 and is specialised in the production, selection, packing and export of fresh.....


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Banabay breaks into tough New Zealand market
Ecuadorian banana brand BanaBay has broken into the tough New Zealand market by offering premium quality produce supported by a direct sourcing package to one of the country’s biggest retail chains, Countdown. BanaBay, which supplies the Woolworth owned chain’s 161 stores, started out on a trial basis.....


Retail

Can Wal-Mart really make organic food cheap for everyone?
It could be another milestone in organic food's evolution from crunchy to commercial: Wal-Mart, the king of mass retailing, is promising to "drive down organic food prices" with a new line of organic food products. The new products will be at least 25 percent cheaper than organic food that's on Wal-Mart's.....

During first quarter of 2014
Carrefour's sales up by 15% in Latin America
The French chain Carrefour announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2014, during which sales increased by just 3.7%, reaching a total of 19,786 million Euro in revenue. This was mainly driven by the Latin American market, where sales increased by 15.2%.Excluding petrol sales, calendar effects.....

DIA roll out share incentive plan to employees
Spanish supermarket chain DIA has announced that it is to offer hundreds of staff the chance to buy into a longterm share incentive plan over the next two years. The board of directors at DIA hope to make 6.98 million shares, valued at €43.16 million, available to up to 250 managers.This plan, which was.....

Food Retail Sales Dip At Sligro
Dutch retailer and wholesaler Sligro Food Group has reported a fall in sales growth during the first quarter of the fiscal year as growing price competition looks to have taken its toll. Despite maintaining sales volumes, Sligro said that the value of food retail sales fell by a worrying 4.4% during the.....



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