Friday, April 17, 2015

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NZ Apple exports a changing landscape
New Zealand’s apple crops have been large enough and abundant enough to counter any impact from serious weather events, at least according to Hastings grower Apollo Apples. “There were certainly a few weather events, but people have had very big crops that have more than made up for it,” said Neil Prosser......

US (CA): Lighter lettuce supplies, market firms up
Warm weather this winter brought on lettuce crops earlier than usual and made for plentiful supplies earlier this year. But with a front-loaded season, supply gaps have popped up.“If you have a heavy spot at one point in the season it will bring a light spot later,” said Mark McBride of Coastline Produce......

Tokita develops 3 new innovative tomato varieties
Tokita Seed which specializes in the production of a variety of tomatoes has developed three new tomato hybrids. Two pink beef type (TY1103 and TY1102) and one mini plum on vine (TC3010), all three will be available in the niche market.The three new tomato hybrids were developed to improve resistance against.....

Primland expect good Chilean kiwi season
Primland® has been engaged in Chilean kiwi production since 1999, creating a subsidiary and investing in a production and marketing unit there (Curicé region).In 2015, the site was equipped with new cold chambers to accommodate its own industrial capacity: which is in line to the Groups focus of advancing.....


Fewer mangoes expected in coming weeks
"The mango market has been doing well for a while now. Since last year, the market has been rather stable with a few spikes," says Eryvan Pires of Fruitmarket. "Peru had a good season in terms of quality and price. Volumes were rather controlled, and the amount of mangoes shipped hasn't been excessive. At.....

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MA packaging extending storability by 2 - 4 weeks
Ser Pak is a Turkish company specialised in the development and sale of Prolong® Modified Atmosphere/Modified Humidity packaging, designed for an excellent control of the conditions inside the packaging, thus helping prolong the shelf life of fresh herbs.When fresh herbs are packed and stored or transported.....


Kenya: A promising avocado season for Kandia
Kandia is positive for their avocados this season, fruits were initially smaller at the start of the season but it is expected to grow in size as the season continues with the help of the rains. “We are positive this year and we hope to have better sales than last year,” Caroline Kaguora of Kandia said......


Big losses in table grapes
Chile: Floods affected 5,000 hectares of fruit in Copiapo
Representatives of ASOEX and of the Association of Producers and Exporters of the Agricultural Valley of Copiapó (APECO) discussed the situation of the fruit sector in the Region of Atacama, specifically of the Valley of Copiapó, during a meeting.In this regard, Ronald Bown said ASOEX was supporting the.....


Malta: 50% drop in Alfa potatoes this season
According to Paul Zammit, Manager of the Malta Potato Exports Cooperative Ltd (Malpo Coop), it has been a bad year for Malta’s early potato crop due to unfavourable weather conditions. "The yield was disastrous, a complete failure.” said Zammit. For the main crop, the Alfa, “It has been fine, but there.....

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2015 Agroalimentaria fair in Santo Domingo
In cooperation with CEI-RD investment (Dominican Republic Export and Investment Center), TPCALE is organizing a 'Passionate Travel' to the Dominican Republic from May 5th to May 10th. The 2015 'Agroalimentaria' fair is a 3-day event for entrepreneurs, buyers and importers from Europe, Latin American,.....


Chayenne Wiskerke: "High demand from Brazil to continue for a while"
Sudden price hike onion market
The onion market is seeing a lot of movement at the moment. Currently, batches are bought from the grower at between 15 to 20 cents on the long term, and the bale price is also moving along nicely. "Nobody had expected this," says Chayenne Wiskerke of Wiskerke Onions. She says the price increase is mainly.....


Morrisons again taking drastic measures | Tesco cuts prices in Malaysia
Major priority Walmart: Click & Collect
Walmart’s 4,500 stores are a “competitive advantage” in terms of quickly getting web purchases in the hands of customers, Greg Foran, Walmart’s new CEO says, internetretailer.com reports. As online and offline retail become more closely linked, with customers purchasing online and picking up in stores, or.....



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Red Lamuyo prices sky high
Spain: "Murcian producers gradually switching to bell peppers"
Almeria is closing its pepper campaign while Murcia is starting, with the first harvest just two weeks ago.This year, as in the past two seasons, it appears there will be smaller volumes of Lamuyo long peppers in Murcia, as growers continue to switch to short pepper varieties, primarily bell peppers, to.....

Ukraine: Polish apple re-exports to surpass expectations
The Ukrainian apple market has been developing under fully nonstandard scenario in the current market. Despite record high domestic production, Ukraine has imported rather significant volumes of apples. In that case, the supply must have grown in the internal market, which would have only lead to the price.....

Gaza Strip temporarily stopping tomato exports to Israel
The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture has decided to temporarily stop the export of tomatoes from the Gaza Strip to Israel due to the high prices they have reached in the local Palestinian market.The Ministry told the agency Anatolia news that "as soon as market supply increases and prices stabilise,.....

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A solution to scalding on top fruit
The apples and pears that are preserved by being refrigerated may have alterations to their outer skin as it can turn brown due to the stress from low temperatures.The most common of these alterations is the fruit’s scalding, a superficial necrosis of the skin that affects the first five or six epidermal.....


UPA: "It's not worth harvesting at current prices"
Some chains selling French potatoes as Spanish
The agrarian organization UPA has denounced the serious crisis suffered by the potato sector in Spain, with "disastrous prices at origin and deceptions to the consumers at the point of sale," in reference to recent allegations of consumer deception by companies such as Carrefour, Dia, Alcampo, Lidl and.....

Spain is the EU's largest melon producer
Spain produces nearly half of the European Union's melons, according to data processed by Hortoinfo and obtained via Faostat, the statistical service of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). These figures are for 2013, the most recent year for which the said organization has data.....


Concerns about premature melon and watermelon harvests in Almeria
Given that the melon and watermelon campaign has already started, COAG Almeria has asked the province's Delegate of Agriculture, José Manuel Ortiz, to launch the campaign "No cortes en verde" ("Don't harvest unripe fruit") and to provide a telephone number for growers and consumers to denounce such.....

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Eurobanan opens new ripening rooms and packing facilities
The Eurobanan group, leader in the distribution of fruit and vegetables in Spain, has opened its new ripening rooms and packing facilities at its distribution centre in Alicante. The company has an annual turnover of 360 million Euro and 14 distribution centres across the Iberian Peninsula. The.....

Final rule on macadamia insurance provisions
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) has finalized the Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Macadamia Tree Crop Insurance Provisions and the Macadamia Nut Crop Insurance Provisions. The intended effect of this action is to provide policy changes and to better meet the needs of the producers. The.....

Fears that Defra may be abolished
The Conservatives have played down suggestions that Defra could be abolished if they form the next government.Some industry leaders fear pressure on public spending could see Defra disbanded as an incoming government reins in the purse strings after the 7 May general election.One idea is that food and.....

Spanish-French-Italian apple and garlic contact groups to meet next week
The Spanish-French-Italian apple and garlic contact groups will meet on Monday 20 April and Tuesday 21 April respectively in Perpignan, France, to discuss, among other things, the campaign situations for the three countries within the framework of the Spanish-French-Italian Joint Committee for Fruits and.....

Tesco vegetable supplier:
Farm worker fired for urinating in the field
A farm worker at a food supplier for supermarket Tesco has been sacked after being filmed urinating in a field.The worker is reported to have been photographed standing casually in the middle of the field of crops urinating on to the plants, despite a toilet apparently being only 18 metres away.The incident.....


EU share increase in fruit and vegetable import Balkans
The Balkans are important producers and traders of fresh fruit and vegetables, with a total import of around 1.2 million tonnes. They also export around 1.2 million tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables. The countries we’re taking a look at here, together produce nearly 4 million tonnes of fresh.....


Oceania

AU: Large salad producer turns over new leaf
One of Australia’s biggest salad producers is casting a significant vote of confidence in Tasmania’s agricultural sector, using a new irrigation scheme to convert a sheep- grazing farm for lettuce export.Houston’s Farm will today launch the farm near Hobart to increase production capacity by 30 per cent and.....

AU: Ideal growing season for papaya, pawpaw
It's been an ideal season for papaya and pawpaw.Papaya Australia president Gerard Kath said it had been a mild wet season, with no bad weather events.Papaya and pawpaw are available all year round with increased supply during spring peak and autumn flush.There are more than 100 growers in Australia, farming.....

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Australians going bananas for avocados
Australians eat more avocados per head then any other English speaking country and we’re eating more of them every year as this chart shows.Source: ABS, HAL, AAL, Avolution.Ahead of Australia was of course Mexico – the home of guacamole – which consumes 9 kilograms per person a year.At 3.4 kilos a year,.....

AU: Going nuts – big prices, prospects
Bumper nut crops are set to deliver record profits for growers thanks to high prices in store despite industry increasing production dramatically in recent years.Increased demand has been driven by consumers turning to nuts for health properties, coupled with emerging Asian demand. Old and new players are.....

AU: Keys to successful food export to Asia
The rise in the Asian middle class presents enormous opportunities to exporters globally.While makers of high-end lifestyle products may be the most obvious beneficiaries of the increasing affluence across Asia, opportunities for Australian food and beverage exporters are only just being realised.China alone.....

NZ: Project to future-proof biosecurity system
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has launched a new project which will further strengthen and future-proof New Zealand’s biosecurity system.The project, Biosecurity 2025, will update and replace the founding document of New Zealand’s biosecurity system, the 2003 Biosecurity Strategy, with broad input.....

Growers head to Bundaberg for HIA roadshow
Queensland growers have a golden opportunity to learn about and guide the direction of future horticulture levy R&D investment, during a Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) information session in Bundaberg on Monday.The April 20 gathering is the latest being held as part of HIA’s Between the Rows.....

Aussie researcher:
"Lower prices get more fruit and veg"
Researchers from Deakin University's Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) have highlighted the importance of lower prices as a mechanism to promote the purchase and consumption of fruit and vegetables, after providing the first Australian evidence that cutting prices can be an.....

AU: Grower tops young veggie patch
Pukekohe grower Hamish Gates has beaten off tough competition from four finalists to be crowned New Zealand Young Vegetable Grower of the year.Gates had the home turf advantage in the Horticulture New Zealand competition at Pukekohe on April 16 where finalists competed in a series of practical and.....

AU: Pineapple "most Instagrammed" tourist attraction
The Big Pineapple has been named one of Australia's most "Instagrammed" tourist attractions.The Nambour attraction rated No.15 on a Top 20 list compiled by Love Home Swap, the world's largest home-swapping site.The Sydney Harbour Bridge came out on top with 342,969 hashtags.Bondi Beach (261,911), the Sydney.....


World

First British red peppers at Tesco, Sainsbury's
In a new report from ProduceView the UK retail prices of red peppers were recorded over a period of 15 weeks. These prices are monitored at eight supermarkets in the UK, namely: Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, Morrisons, M&S, Lidl, Aldi, and Co-op. This week, the first British red peppers are available.....


From guacamole to broccomole
There are so many possibilities with vegetables! Everyone knows that cauliflower can be used as rice and pizza crust. Carrots and zucchini work so well as a substitute for pasta that it's not even used as a substitute anymore. But using broccoli as a base for guacamole is something we have never heard of.The.....

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Unique McDonald's
The smallest, the prettiest, the darkest
The Big Mac Index has been around for 30 years already. The index is a way to compare country's currencies by using the price of a Big Mac. McDonald's hamburgers are the same around the world and are available around the world. Although the hamburgers are the same, the restaurants are quite diverse. What do.....


Colourful artwork made of fruit
Is it fruit or is it art? The people behind The Garden Salsatest the limits. The colourful pictures are so good you will drool. Good motivation for that nightly run or for a tasty snack inbetween meals.

Container shipping: another year of excess growth
Container shipping is expected to see another year of excess growth in relation to demand, as there has been no let-up in big ship deliveries and newbuilding ordering frenzy, according to Container Forecaster published by Drewry Maritime Research.Container carriers will find it hard to repeat the estimated.....


resealable top-seal and new shakers
New packaging for BerryFresh
Special Fruit's BerryFresh is available year-round in an ever increasing range. Sales are gradually increasing, partly thanks to the emerging trend of healthy food – both in meals and snacks. Soft fruit is no niche market anymore.Completely new packaging lineIn the context of these developments, Special.....


Pears down 6%
South Africa: Apple volumes up 25%
The South African topfruit season is underway and it is better that expected."So far so good," said Jacques du Preez from Hortgro. "The apple volume is up on last year, but online with 2013. Sizes at the beginning of the season were small but they are back to normal now."As you can see from the table total.....


Chocolate-flavoured exotic fruit
Black sapote is a well-known tropical fruit in the Americas whose popularity is gradually increasing in Spain. Its properties are being promoted via the Internet, although it is still very difficult to find it in Spanish markets.When ripe, Black sapote (Diospyros digyna) is a berry-shaped fruit that is green.....

Slight sales increase for Syngenta in Q1 2015
Integrated sales of $3.8 billion rose by one percent at constant exchange rates. Volumes were seven percent lower. Prices were eight percent higher, driven largely by increases in the CIS to offset the impact of currency depreciation; excluding the CIS and glyphosate, prices were up one percent.Europe,.....


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Morrisons again taking drastic measures | Tesco cuts prices in Malaysia
Major priority Walmart: Click & Collect
Walmart’s 4,500 stores are a “competitive advantage” in terms of quickly getting web purchases in the hands of customers, Greg Foran, Walmart’s new CEO says, internetretailer.com reports. As online and offline retail become more closely linked, with customers purchasing online and picking up in stores, or.....



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