Friday, April 29, 2016

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Increasing demand gives soft fruit market growing pains
OVERVIEW GLOBAL MARKET BERRIES
Berries are booming. In the search for superfoods and antioxidants, more and more consumers are finding their way to the soft fruit shelf. This has been revealed by research from the University of Palermo, for which 200 Germans were asked about their reasons for buying berries. This showed that their health.....

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Exceptional weather conditions make estimate impossible
Overall decrease EU stonefruit
Due to the rather exceptional situation in Europe, professionals have decided not yet to give harvest forecasts at the Medfel 2016 for all peach and nectarine growing regions this year or present an estimation on the normal date, as it is too uncertain. Only early regions such as Andalusia, Murcia,.....


Perpignan, France
Photo report Medfel 2016
The Medfel 2016 last week was held in Perpignan. Many international visitors were invited by the exhibitors through the organisers. At the show exhibitors presented their products and innovations, but the forecast of the European stonefruit season is also announced. Click here for the photo reportAt the.....

Zespri's precautionary hold on kiwis dropped
Zespri has full confidence that fruit currently on hold due to potentially-affected packaging poses no risk to consumer safety.The fruit was put on hold in early April, following concern that small deposits of grease on pocket packs could affect around 0.01% of the fruit on hold.Since then Zespri has sought.....


Óscar Villegas:
Chile: "Over 10,000 productive hectares of avocados lost"
While last week Chile registered a lot of unexpected rainfall for this time of the year, in previous years, droughts had taken a severe toll on the avocado producing areas, from Santiago to the north of the South American country. "The lack of water has had a big impact on the harvested volumes, mainly in.....

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Rob Cullum - Pacific Produce
EU: No change in sight for lime prices
The price of limes has nearly doubled in the last four weeks in the UK, going from £6 -£10 for a 4kg box. There are various reasons for this but the main one is increased cost of supply from Brazil and although it is low season for Mexico there have been lower shipments than usual.Rob Cullum who works for.....


Patrick Meikle - Golden Bay Fruit
First NZ cox arrive in Europe
The first of the new season apples are arriving from New Zealand into the UK and despite some hail the crop is said to be good in terms of quality and sizes."We are receiving our first Cox and Gala just now and we are very happy with the quality," explained Patrick Meikle commercial manager at Golden Bay.....


Fresca GmbH, John Symeonides
"Egyptian grape season expected to start 10 days earlier"
John Symeonides, Managing Director of Fresca GmbH in Dusseldorf/Germany is feeling optimistic about the early start of the Egyptian grape season this year. Fresca imports different varieties of fruit and vegetables from Egypt, China , Peru, Chile, Colombia amongst others.Fresca will introduce the “Melody.....


Sino-Dutch Horticultural Cooperation
Building a solid platform to become a global player
“Many Chinese companies that come to Europe do this by acquiring a local company or setting up a joint venture. Although our group is well established in China, we have taken a different approach and started from zero in the Netherlands,” explains Shaoqing Wang of the Shouguang Vegetable Industry Holding.....

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Export sales Peter Ng: "Water shortages and logistical are the biggest challenges"
Peri & Sons Farms market leader in white onions
Over 35 years ago Peri&Sons Farms started the cultivation of onions in the American State Nevada. Over the course of the years the onion company has grown into a large grower, packager and shipper of red, yellow, white and sweet onions, both organic and conventional. The company is even the market leader.....


Whole Foods reveals details of new chain | Asda ‘Wonky Veg’ boxes sell well
UK supermarket trading practices are improving | Sales surge at Amazon
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Dutch blackberry season kicks off
Berry Company Driscoll’s kicked the Dutch season off with blackberries. By taking their variety Driscoll’s® Victoria™ to the greenhouse and using an innovative growing technique, they are able to produce berries with an exceptional taste and outstanding fruit size.Driscoll’s growers Jan and Alfons.....


Photos of the adventure
Midland sponsored polar team back in UK
The Midland sponsored British expedition team is on its way back to the UK and has already begun to unveil extraordinary images of its treacherous 13 days on ice.And, since reaching the North Pole on Monday, following its dangerous 120 nautical mile trek, the three man Race Against Time team, headed up by.....

Canadian acquisition raises Fyffes forecast
The recent purchase of Canadian mushroom company Highline Produce has led to fruit distributor Fyffes raising its earning forecast.The company now expects its full-year earnings per share to come to 12.8-14.5 cents from 11.4-13.1 cents previously. That compares to EPS of 12.7 cents for last year.Fyffes,.....

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Steven Lauwers, Vegobel
“Edible flowers in pots more accessible to consumers”
Vegobel, known for the cultivation and sale of fresh herbs in pots, now offers something new. “We now also supply edible flowers,” Steven Lauwers of Vegobel says. Edible flowers are no longer an unknown product, but they are not supplied directly to consumers yet. “Because we supply the flowers in pots, they.....


Berries now have a great ally against frosts
Although the Spanish low water use system Control Heladas® (Frost Control) already has a good track record in its use with blueberries, it has recently proved to be successful in overcoming frost conditions (between 4 and 6 degrees Celsius) in open ground strawberry and raspberry fields in Poland.Although it.....


"Storage capacity almost doubled, Asia growth market"
Ariza new building completed
Ariza's new building in Helmond has been completed. At the end of 2014 Ariza started with a large scale extension of the production location. "We needed more storage capacity, after taking the new location into use it has now almost doubled. We now have 7 extra storage tanks of 150 tonnes," says Fransje de.....

For Fall Creek
Oscar Verges named International Chief Operating Officer
Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc., a global blueberry breeding and nursery stock company, has named Oscar Verges as International Chief Operations Officer. In his new role at Fall Creek, Verges will be responsible for Fall Creek’s international subsidiaries including Europe, Mexico and Peru and will.....

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New Bouquet watermelon varieties
Anecoop expects to produce over 1.5 million kilos of papaya
Anecoop's cooperative partner, Coprohníjar, has presented the results of two new research projects developed by the UAL Anecoop Foundation, which demonstrate the benefits of papaya cultivation in greenhouses as a new alternative in the south east of the Iberian Peninsula.These studies confirm that.....

Severe frost damage Austrian fruit
The arrival of arctic air is leaving traces in Europe. From the Austrian district of Styria reports have come in about extensive damages to fruit crops. Possibly eighty per cent of fruit crops have suffered severe frost damage. Losses of 100 million Euro have already been discussed. The Czech Republic and.....

Iran to replace all Turkish food imports to Russia
On Thursday 28 April, Russia reported that it had received reassurances from Iran over the country's ability to replace Turkey in terms of food imports."Iran solemnly promises: we’ll replace the whole of Turkey in the deliveries of perishable goods to Russia," said Russia’s Federal Customs Service Chief.....

Spain: 51,747 tonnes of bananas available in February
In February 2016, the Canary Islands shipped 34,251 tonnes of bananas to mainland Spain, while imports from Africa and Latin America amounted to 20,765 tonnes and re-exports reached 3,269 tonnes, so Spanish consumers had access to about 51,747 tonnes of bananas. This is around 4,517 tonnes more than last.....


Portugal: Agro-Graça bet on white melon
Although Spain and Italy have already started their melon and watermelon campaigns, Agro-Graça continues to invest in seasonal melons in Portugal.Recognizing the quality of melons produced in certain geographical areas, Agro-Graça has already prepared the new white melon campaign, a typical Portuguese.....


Kees Schouten, Aardappelhandel Altena:
"Not that many Malta's, but supply is leaving quickly"
Aardappelhandel Altena from Wijk en Aalburg has had a supply of the early potatoes from Malta for over a month now. The drought has had big consequences for the harvest. "The supply isn't great, but the volume that is coming in is leaving quickly," says Kees Schouten."The Santé variety is almost gone and we.....


Oceania


AU: Honey Gold mango presence grows as consumers demand more
Exclusive Honey Gold mango grower, Piñata Farms, is counting the 2015-2016 season among its best since commercial production of the specialty fruit began in 2009.Managing director, Gavin Scurr, said this was despite seasonal factors including poor flowering and hail storms which affected the southern.....

A ''top priority''
AU reviews Vietnamese dragon fruit imports
Access for Vietnamese fresh dragon into the Australian market is a top priority, according to a press release published by the Australian Embassy in Vietnam on Wednesday 27 April.Earlier, the country completed its preliminary evaluation of pests and diseases associated with the fruit through cooperation.....

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SPC Ardmona
People power saved Victorian fruit company
Two years ago fruit company SPC Ardmona was in danger of closing, putting more than 2000 jobs at risk. Now SPC is back in business; though the new SPC Ardmona cannery at Shepparton looks much like the old one,$100 million has been invested in it.The Victorian Government invested $22 million, while parent.....


World

Northern Peru to send Hass avocados to China in May
A new destination for northern Peru's exports. In May, the producers of Hass in northerner Peru will ship a first container of Hass avocado to the Asian giant and become a supplier of this product to China, the companies engaged in the operation said.Tropical Farm SAC, an agricultural exporting company that.....


South African grape season draws to a close
UK biggest winner in exports
Hex River is the last region in South Africa still packing grapes and with an expected total of nearly 18.5 million, 4.5kg equivalent cartons, this will be the second biggest harvest since deregulation.As far as exports go, total exports so far are down by 2.28 million cartons on last year. This was as.....


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Whole Foods reveals details of new chain | Asda ‘Wonky Veg’ boxes sell well
UK supermarket trading practices are improving | Sales surge at Amazon
Casino sells Vietnamese unit for $1.1bnCasino Guichard-Perrachon SA agreed to sell Vietnam’s Big C grocery chain to Central Group at an enterprise value of €1bn ($1.1bn), extending an Asian divestment program aimed to reduce the French retailer’s debt. Casino will receive €920m in proceeds, the St......



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