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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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Sheehan Genetics proceeding against Jacov P. Dulcich
Court decision on Great Green versus Green Emerald grape varieties
Two years ago Sheehan Genetics LLC., a US subsidiary company of the SNFL Group that is engaged in the breeding of table grapes, started proceedings against a company in California, Jakov P Dulcich and Sons, LLC. which is a large producer of table grapes, to protect Sheehan's table grape variety Great.....


Shanghai Supafresh Trading
China: Peruvian avocado supply ramp up summer sales
“This year’s volumes of imported avocados continue to pick up. At the moment, we have Mexican and Peruvian avocados on offer. Mexican avocados have recently become available: in the three months before there were only Peruvian avocados. Each year, volumes are increasing. Consumers get to know the product and.....


Early, medium sized fruit available as California pomegranate season starts
California's pomegranate growers are currently harvesting early varieties, though harvesting of larger fruit is still about a week away. This year's crop is expected to be smaller than last season's, which could result in larger sizes.“Volumes for early Granada pomegranates are light,” said Keith Wilson with.....


Osmar C. Benítez, Dominican Agribusiness Board:
"The Dominican Republic will recover its place and continue expanding"
The United States has removed some of its restrictions on the export of agricultural products from the Dominican Republic, which had been in force since 18 March, 2015, when the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States issued federal order DA-2015-14 to restrict the entry of 18.....


Marijn Kruidenier: “Specialization of import Egypt and South America”
Fruta Royal launched in Barendrecht
Marijn Kruidenier launched Fruta Royal in this summer. “I would like to distinguish myself with products from Egypt and Central America, where I work directly with the source,” says the importer. Fruta Royal is established in the heart of the Dutch fresh produce business in Barendrecht.Unloaded Greek .....

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Santiago Zapata, Special Fruit:
“Sugar snap peas have enormous potential in snack food segment”
Sales of sugar snap peas grow every year. “Especially Scandinavian countries are interested, just as the Benelux and France are showing increasing interest. The fat, green legumes have enormous potential in the snack food or Ready-to-Eat segment. Many people do not exactly know how to use sugar snap peas, so.....


Could Danish 'organic vikings' save American growers?
A crowdfunding campaign has started on Indiegogo.com to raise the money to bring American grower Matt Hockersmith to Denmark to create a documentary, called Organic Vikings, on his possible transition into organic farming. In an increasing difficult climate for America's growers, many believe that the.....


First shipments to Europe
Fear unripe pomelo shipments will erode early export market
The earliest 2016 pomelo crop has been harvested and is on its way to Europe. Estimations say that there are currently a couple of hundred of containers out at sea. Each year, new pomelos are harvested and exported earlier in August. Pomelo production in China keeps increasing, and price competition has.....

Dutch peppers and cucumbers
UK: Short supply caused prices to soar
The recent rain and hail in Holland has been well reported, but what has been the effect on the supply of vegetables to the UK? According to Wilf Whittle from Sharrocks Fresh Produce (GT Group), it has been a tough few weeks but the situation is starting to ease now."Dutch peppers and cucumbers were mostly.....

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China: Dalian nectarines now exported to Australia
Since May this year, Chinese nectarines have the permission to be exported to Australia. Mid June, Wanrong county in Shanxi was first to export 18.8 tons of nectarines to Australia. Today Dalian Tianli Agricultural Technology Development also got the permission to export nectarines to Australia. According to.....



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"A lot of headwind over the last eight years"
Norfresh declared bankrupt
On Tuesday, August 16, the court of 's-Gravenhage declared fruit and vegetable trading company Norfresh from Poeldijk bankrupt. "We were very close to an extrajudicial creditors proposal, but one of the creditors didn't want to wait for this and unfortunately pushed through bankruptcy," according to.....


UK: Cavolo Nero is back in season
Cavolo Nero is back on the market this week, George Beach from Mudwalls Farm said the crop is looking very good."We are just starting our first harvest of the Cavolo Nero and it will be available right through the winter until February/March. We have several acres here at Mudwalls Farm. It is very similar to.....


Danny Schrama, Schrama Champignons:
"Mushroom market good during the summer"
The market for mushrooms was good, for the summer months, says Danny Schrama of Schrama Champignons from Ulestraten. His mushrooms are mostly sold on local markets, varying from restaurants to greengrocers. “Most years, there is a drop in the sales during the summer, but fortunately, this was not the case.....

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Lower Saxony, Germany
Satisfactory end of the early potato season
The 2016 early potato season ended on the 10th of August. And according to the Lower Saxony Potato Producers Association the early potato harvest was satisfactory. At the end of February the seed potatoes could be planted without interruption, while in the large cultivation areas in Southern Germany the.....

Atanasio Naranjo:
Spain: "Great improvements are needed in logistics to export to China"
The Extremaduran company Tany Nature has started exporting stonefruit to China. The president of this company, Atanasio Naranjo, has praised the "well-managed process" to reach the Asian giant and claimed that great improvements are needed in logistics, given that the region of Extremadura "basically relies.....

Fruit Audit expands its services in Spain
FRUIT AUDIT, the information and quality verification company at destination for firms devoted to the production and marketing of fruits and vegetables, which operates namely in EU markets, and especially in Germany, has expanded its services to the Spanish market during the second half of 2016, with plans.....

Producers make almost 12 million Euro less
Spain: Worst cucumber campaign in ten years
The 2015/2016 season has been one of the worst in the last ten years for Spain's cucumber growers, with even lower prices than those obtained in the season of the E. coli bacteria crisis in Germany, but which caused a severe crisis all the same.This has been the conclusion reached after looking at the data.....

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Ronnie Moorman, Willem Dijk:
“More demand for luxury grapes, especially from specialist shops”
Demand for ‘luxury’ grapes is increasing. “Especially the better specialist shops are showing an interest in luxury grapes. They wish to distinguish themselves from the masses,” says Ronnie Moorman of Willem Dijk AGF. “We therefore started with grapes from the Giuliano family, under brands Giuliano and.....

Prices fruit cultivation land in Valencia region decreased by 12%
Between 2011 and 2015 prices of cultivation land in the Valencia region decreased by 12.2 per cent. This figure was 2.2 per cent for Spain in total. In 2015, the highest prices were asked for citrus orchards (47,000 euro per hectare), and for fruit areas that are irrigated, such as for kaki (46,500 euro per.....


Fruit harvest 2016
Loss expected due to frost damage in Austria
Apple harvest considerably lower than last yearStatistics Austria published the new estimates for the current Austrian fruit harvest. According to Statistics Austria massive losses can be expected in the harvest of stone and top fruit, mainly due to the late frost in spring. During the last weeks severe.....

1 bln reusable plastic containers annually
Retailers rapidly expand use of RPCs for fresh food
A milestone was reached recently with one billion annual reusable plastic container (RPC) shipments from producers to grocery retailers across Europe in a12-month period. “We are excited to share this momentous achievement with our customers, partners and employees across Europe and around the world,” said.....

Future cold targets and cool directions:
Cool Logistics Global goes to Bremen
Leading representatives of international refrigerated transport and shipping industry will be present at the 8th Cool Logistics Global Conference in Bremen from 27-28 September. Here they will discuss new targets and directions for the industry.“Globally, the share of reefers of the total container volume is.....


Oceania

Industry veteren leads change
New avocado model announced for NZ marketer
Freshmax NZ has announced a new collaborative avocado procurement and distribution model in the New Zealand market for the 2016/17 season and has employed an industry veteran to help lead the change.Avora™ represents a new approach to aggregating New Zealand’s fragmented avocado supply base and delivering.....

Replacing the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Representatives from Australia, Singapore, and other countries in the Far East and Pacific Rim were in Vietnam last week, negotiating a trade agreement that could potentially take the place of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement would exclude the U.S. and.....

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Fijian workers exploited in New Zealand
A man accused of trafficking more than a dozen people into the country, lured his victims with promises of good pay, exploited them for cheap labour and left them to return home penniless and ashamed, prosecutors say.Faroz Ali, 46, is standing trial at the High Court in Auckland facing 15 charges of people.....

New Zealand faces banana shortage
New Zealand may be in the midst of its latest food-related crisis, with a Countdown supermarket in Ponsonby telling customers there may be limited banana stocks for the next two weeks.This shortage comes after a boat carrying bananas broke down off the coast of Ecuador.Countdown spokesperson James Walker.....


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Dutch pepper sales expectations confirmed, pear export starts next month
The two week period for trial export of Dutch bell peppers ended at the end of July. Sales started thereafter. "In the last two to three weeks we have continuously had feedback from the customers. The degree of contact of the Chinese consumers with Dutch bell peppers is still limited. This is mainly.....


Retail


Africa’s biggest grocer beats estimates | Grocer adds old varieties of vegetables
'Amazon plans drive-up grocery store' | UK grocer offers Jackfruit
UK: Fastest market acceleration since MarchGrocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 14 August 2016, show the market growing at 0.3% as an upturn in the weather spurred consumers into increasing their spend. This is the fastest acceleration for the overall market since.....



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