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Thursday, January 19, 2017

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King Winter has the sector under control:
Stolen courgettes, big losses and changes in the menus
The wintry weather has the European fruit and vegetable sector in a bind. The consequences of the snowfall in Spain and Italy are taking their toll on the sector. After previous reports about empty shelves in British supermarkets, the news regarding the weather's impact hasn't stopped. Examples include.....


High procurement costs
Indian grapes heading for Rotterdam
The export of Indian grapes started last November with the early Thompsons going mainly to the Russian market, exports to Europe are currently on the water with a few containers already reaching Rotterdam.Deccan Produce, exporter of grapes, pomegranates and mangoes has not sent any grapes to Europe this.....

China: Chilean cherry prices up 30%
"The Chilean cherry season begins in October and lasts about a month and the market price is up about 30% over the same period last year," said Mr DeChao Wang, manager of the QingDao Xiang DeFeng business Trading Co.Ltd.The arrival times for the imported cherries will vary according to the mode of transport -.....


Turkish exporters faced with low demand in Russian market
In the first weeks after the holiday season, demand for Turkish citrus on the Russian market has been low due to an oversupply in Russia. According to sales representative Natela Tanyol of Uçak Kardeşler (Turkey), “The Russian sector still has large amounts of citrus fruit in stock. Because of this,.....


“Export world for onions becoming smaller”
It is winter, and that is very obvious when looking at the trade of certain products. “Carrots especially usually show an increase in demand and prices when the weather gets colder. A recovery can be seen, and prices are several cents higher compared to a few weeks ago,” says Nicolas Vandenboogaerde......

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Formosa papaya, directly from Brazil
"The truth is that this has been a very pleasant surprise for us. We haven't been importing papayas for too long and we weren't expecting this welcome," said Antonio Montes, from Hermanos Montes. This company decided to open its doors and give the Formosa papaya an opportunity in the domestic market,.....


Push for flow-wrapped apples without cardboard trays
German packaging machinery supplier, Barsch, will be present this year to showcase their flow-wrapping machines for fruit and vegetables. The packaging can be used for all products and provides a versatile solution for their customers in Germany, the Benelux, Switzerland and Austria. Flow wrapping is a.....


Italy: Vegetables in the sitting room with Tomato+
A clever mini-greenhouse to grow over 30 types of vegetables at home throughout the year. This is what a company from Brescia has introduced with their new appliance (yes, that's what we'll call it) that enables to easy-to-grow vegetables with no chance of them being affected by weather or parasites.The.....


UK: Challenging litchi market picking up
The UK litchi market had been a bit more challenging than normal in the last few weeks, when the first exports of South African litchis arrived before Christmas, a bit earlier than normal. "Madagascan product which tends to be a bit cheaper, and doesn't eat quite as well as the South African product, put.....

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South African cherry planting expanding to the Cape
South Africa has a very short cherry season which is very difficult to predict, but coming just before Christmas, there is the opportunity for growers to earn good returns in these few short week."Cherries were disappointing in terms ofvolumes this season," explains Roelf Pienaar, Managing Director of.....


Good growth prospects for Moroccan avocados
In recent years, the cultivation of avocados has expanded in Morocco, reaching a production of about 12,000 tonnes per year. "At the moment, we are exporting about 20% of our national production," explains Hicham El Airaj, supply and export manager at the Arbor Group. This wouldn't be possible without the.....


Carrefour Q4 sales growth slows | Sales Seven & i continue to decline
Ahold Delhaize sales up | 'Woolworths to overtake Coles'
Aldi & Lidl mostpopular brands in UK - Aldi has once again come out top in YouGov's annual BrandIndex poll, with rival discounter Lidl snapping at its heels. The top five brands are: Aldi, Lidl, BBC iPlayer, John Lewis and Dyson. (esmmagazine.com) Ahold Delhaize sales up 2.8% in fourth.....



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Bram Werkman: Landjuweel:
“Chip industry’s advance a threat to table potato market”
Chips factories have experienced an unprecedented growth in recent months. “Everyone expected that the price for chips potatoes would decrease in the new year, but that appears not to be the case. The mood is quite positive,” says Bram Werkman from wholesaler Landjuweel. However, the potato wholesaler does.....


Sjan van Gorsel, Reijnpack:
“Good European demand for chicory”
Chicory sales are currently going very well. “It was still very calm in week 1, it seemed as if everyone was on holiday then. But apparently, everyone came home in week 2, and a rush started, sales have continued to go well since then,” says Sjan van Gorsel from chicory packer, Reijnpack, from Sint.....


Italy:Trial shipment to China delayed
Despite the hopes expressed by the Sicilian Phytosanitary Service and some exporters a few months ago, it seems that the first trial shipments to China will be delayed by at least another year.After the 2015 visit to Basilicata, Calabria and Sicily by experts of the Chinese Inspection and Quarantine Bureau.....

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BLV presents new HPS and LED solutions
German lighting manufacturer BLV, will be present at the IPM to promote their latest HPS lighting. Additionally, the company will also introduce a new, double-ended MH lamp. Suppliers, contractors and cultivators are invited to visit them in order to profit from their expertise regarding horticulture.....


Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety celebrates 15th anniversary
"Networks are the key to success"
The Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) celebrated its 15th anniversary last Thursday in Braunschweig with a colloquium. President Helmut Tschiersky made it clear in his speech to approximately 100 guests that food safety was no longer a local or national issue. Global flows of goods.....

AHDB UK seeks two new board members
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has announced that it is currently seeking applications for two positions on its Board. The new Board Members will have oversight of the strategic direction for the whole organisation, as well as one with the additional responsibility to be Chair of.....

Spain: Castellon speeds up orange harvest due to fear of frosts
Businesses and cooperatives are speeding up the orange harvest ahead of the possible frosts that may be imminent and which could spoil their fruit. This has been confirmed by the province's two main agrarian organizations, which have confimed that growers are "a little afraid of recording damage in the.....

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Scientists use onions to reduce cow methane emissions
Last year, in an experiment, scientists in Spain fed cows onion extract intentionally to reduce the methane from their natural gases. Methane gas, partly from cows, makes up around 11% of America's greenhouse gas emissions and is up to 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide, according to the.....

Decrease in French carrot production
Agreste reports that French carrot production in 2016 is below that recorded the previous year, due to bad weather conditions. Since September, harvest is lower than that recorded at the same time the year before. Annual production will decrease by 4% to 327,000 tons. The Ministry of Agriculture originally.....

French cauliflower prices stable due to low volumes
According to Agrestes report this week, French cauliflower production has decreased due to the bad weather conditions in June. It has plummeted by 36% compared to last year, to 208,120 tons. Planted acreage is stable over the year, reaching 16,790 hectares, but is a 7% decrease compared to the five year.....

French truffles reach €1,000/kilo this year
Since 2004, the first truffle market of the year takes place in Rouret, in the Alpes-Maritimes. Many truffle lovers were there last weekend to taste the Tuber Melanosporum and visit the “truffière”. Prices of the Tuber Melanosporum, otherwise known as the Black Truffle, can be record breaking depending on.....


France: Boyer expands and hope to become leaders in plum production
For three years now the Director General of Boyer (and the national prune PDO), Joël Boyer, his brother, the Commercial Director and his father, the Founder, have been thinking about expanding. He explains that “Plums have gained ground, more and more varieties are farmed and new producers are arriving on.....


Italy: Great marketing moments of 2016
Summing up a year of Italian fresh produce marketing in only 10 points is not easy, but it is useful to get a feel of the complex universe that is the Italian fresh produce sector.The opinions in this article are obviously filtered by personal and professional assessments, but they are also supported by.....


Italy: Purchases picking up in 2016
When analysing consumption and economic indicators in detail, we can see that, between January and November 2016, fresh produce sales increased with respect to the previous year (+2%). However, this growth does not compensate for the significant drop in purchases registered between 2000 and 2013, i.e. from.....

China & Serbia sign agriculture memorandum
China and Serbia sined a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Tuesday that covers cooperation in agriculture between the two countries.The MoU was signed in the Serbian capital Belgrade by visiting Chinese Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu and his Serbian counterpart Branislav Nedimovic.China and Serbia.....

Food exports to Germany exceed imports
In the period from January to October 2016, food products worth 66.1 billion euros were imported to Germany and food products worth 57.6 billion euros were exported.As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) at the "International Green Week" in Berlin January 20th-29th, imports rose by 0.3%.....

UK is the largest importer of EU fresh fruit and veg
The UK's fresh fruit and vegetable imports from the EU amounted to 6.1 million tonnes worth 7,172 million Euro in the period from January to September 2016, which makes it the largest importer within the EU horticultural market, according to the latest data, updated by the European Statistical Office,.....


Fruitimprese data on foreign trade during the first ten months of 2016
The data concerning the first ten months of 2016 confirm the trend - there was an increase of exported volumes (6%) and their value (4.4%) and a decrease of imported volumes (-5.3%) and their value (-3.4%).The balance is approximately €786 million, with a 51.8% increase with respect to 2015.Between January.....


Oceania


Bats & birds plaguing Australian orchard
Owners of a Glenbernie Orchard at Darkes Forest, Jo and Glenn Fahey, have been troubled by rising losses due to birds and bats. While some have told them this is due to urbanization and a loss of habitat for the animals, they believe it is caused by rising temperatures which are leaving them desperate for.....


"Australian Apricot season has been, crop-wise, disastrous,"
Excessive rain last year has lead to one of the worst seasons in memory for Apricot growers in South Australia's Riverland. The rain had damaged the crops, splitting their skin and darkening them which cut around $4 off the price per kilogram.The chair of the South Australian Dried Tree Fruits Association,.....

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Almondco named Australian exporter of the year
Riverland-based almond co-operative Almondco Australia was chosen again as the Australian Regional Exporter of the Year. This was the co-operatives second time in five years to win the award.The co-operative of 140 growers from SA, VIC and NSW was one of twelve national winners at the 54th Australian Export.....


GM medflies show promise in eradicating the pest in Australia
After going through trials, genetically modified Mediterranian fruit fies (Medfly), imported from the United Kingdom, are showing promise at eradicating the pest in Australia. The results could be good news as the Medfly causes millions of dollars in damage each year in the country.The Department of.....

New app helps Australian farmers with more efficient irrigation
A new app developed by Horticulture Innovation Australia, in cooperation with the Yield, offers farmers a cheap and easy way to save water and money when irrigating their crops.The app gives an estimate of the crop's water use and soil moisture using area-specific information from the Bureau of.....


World


India: Innovative products to be showcased in Berlin
At the upcoming Fruit Logistica fair, the Indian company Sam Agri, pioneers in the marketing of fresh pomegranate arils, will be showcasing its newest products and formats: the 60 gram and 80 gram cups of pomegranate arils, the pomegranate juice shots and the chocolate-coated arils. According to Priyatham V,.....


Hugo Castro, of Ginafruit:
"Ecuadorian bananas are still considered a delicacy in Asia"
10 cents moreThe Ministry of Agriculture of Ecuador (Magap), confirmed at the end of 2016 that the minimum price for the banana box in 2017 would increase from $6.16 to $6.26, which resulted in different reactions within the Ecuadorian banana industry. Exporters in the sector said that "the government did.....


Retail


Carrefour Q4 sales growth slows | Sales Seven & i continue to decline
Ahold Delhaize sales up | 'Woolworths to overtake Coles'
Aldi & Lidl mostpopular brands in UK - Aldi has once again come out top in YouGov's annual BrandIndex poll, with rival discounter Lidl snapping at its heels. The top five brands are: Aldi, Lidl, BBC iPlayer, John Lewis and Dyson. (esmmagazine.com) Ahold Delhaize sales up 2.8% in fourth.....



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