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Friday, June 24, 2016

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Fruit and vegetable sector shocked by Brexit
This morning the Brexit proved to be a definitive exit. The majority of the British population chose to leave the EU in a referendum. The ‘Leave’ camp reached 51.9 per cent in the referendum in the end. More than 17.4 million people voted for a Brexit. The results lead to much unrest on the financial.....

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It is now time for strawberries in Europe. The summer fruits are again widely available, but the market is not doing as well in every country. The Netherlands and Belgium have problems and bad weather in Poland and France is slowing down the production. The British are fond of strawberries and are spending.....

Olafur Bjorn Bjornsson, Eimskip:
“Fruits and veggies unloaded first in Reykjavik”
"When I drive on Monday morning to work and I see the ship in the port, then I'm happy," says Brynjar Viggósson, senior manager at Eimskip. Eimskip’s ships periodically call at the port of Reykjavik. On Monday, the ship arrives from Rotterdam, carrying fruits and vegetables, among other products. The.....

Paul Mastronardi named Produce Person of the Year
SUNSET® is proud to announce that President and CEO Paul Mastronardi has been named as Produce Person of the Year at the United Fresh show in Chicago.Tying in with the theme of innovation, Mastronardi was selected for his outstanding contributions to the produce industry. Pamela Riemenschneider, who.....

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All-time peak in avocado prices
The Mexican avocado campaign is in a time of transition between the old and the new season, and prices are at an "all-time peak." "Right now, the avocado trade is rather slow, because we are waiting to receive authorization to start with the new harvest and the new exports to the US," affirms Celso Castillo,.....

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Positive market prospects
First arrival of new season navels in China
The first navel shipments of the season from Mildura Fruit Company have arrived into China after three weeks on the water. Marcus Scott Sales Manager at MFC said the market was looking very promising.Consistent with recent years, early season demand is strong although not enough fruit has arrived to really.....

August may see dip in lime volumes
With the exception of rains that hit Colima state in Mexico during May, the lime-growing season is normal and going well, according to Luis Gudino, CEO of SiCar Farms. “Our only concern is that, in the first two weeks of August, we may see a decrease in volume. The May rains were late, which means the blooms.....

South Africa: More apples going to Africa as oil price recover
At the start of the season there were big concerns about quality and size of the apples ready for harvesting in South Africa, but it has turned out be quite a reasonable season after all. "Overall it has been a busy season and it is going well," explains Roelf Pienaar, managing director of Tru-Cape Fruit.....

Apanatche Bark Silva, of Pommer Fresh Foods:
"We need to sell four containers of ginger per week"
A few months ago, FreshPlaza spoke with Apanatche Bark Silva, of Pommer Fresh Foods, a Brazilian exporter of ginger, who argued that the quality of their ginger was much higher than that of China, which would explain their higher prices. Now, Bark Silva gives us some comments and prospects for this year's.....

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Cesar Morocho, from Frutas Piuranas:
Peru: "Pre-campaign begins before seedless grape varieties promoted"
Even though Peru's grape campaign starts in late September, the pre-campaign and preparations are beginning in the following weeks. "Last year we had a somewhat difficult season, mainly because of the high temperatures we experienced. This year we are having better weather conditions, so we believe it will.....

Adding value to Senegalese mangoes
From May 30th to June 3rd, the government of Senegal in cooperation with US AID and Trade Africa organized the Regional Mango Alliance, an event for the mango sector of West Africa. Representatives of eight countries such as Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali and Senegal.....

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Apples and tomatoes top fruit and vegetable produced in EU 2015
In the European Union (EU), just over 2.3 million hectares were devoted to the production of fruit and berries and a further 2.1 million hectares to the production of vegetables. With 636 000 hectares (or 27.1% of the EU total) devoted to the production of fruit, Spain was the leading EU Member State in.....

N.America and Asia compensate for Russia
EU’s fresh lemon imports rose 5% last year
While EU lemon trade with Russia suffered an important decline due to the Russian ban, recently, EU-28 citrus exports to new strategic markets such as North America and Asia are increasing to compensate the loss of the Russian market.Lemon and lime imports into the EU – a net importer of lemons – reached.....

Auction Haspengouw expects between 2.5 and 3 million kilograms
Small number of Belgian cherries
Normally the cherry season would already have started, but only a small number is on the market. At Auction Haspengouw some crates were delivered last week, but the numbers are still few and far between. “We expect a proper start from the middle of next week,” says Etienne Leclère, commercial manager for.....

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BelOrta growers supply largest share
Belgium can't keep up with growing blueberry consumption
The popularity of blueberries is increasing but in Belgium the area is modest compared to the demand, around 50 hectares. BelOrta has the largest share, with an area of over 30 hectares. "Yet blueberry production is on the rise," says Miguel Demaeght of BelOrta. "This year there are more plantations coming.....

Paul Heger (Wipa): “Green asparagus becoming more popular as well”
“Today we close a good asparagus season”
Today is the feast day of Saint John, and traditionally, that is also the day we close the asparagus season. “Today we cut the final asparagus, and then we can let the plants rest again. The plants need that, but it is also good. With a season lasting three months, we manage to keep the asparagus exclusive.....

Portugal to produce kiwi berries a month earlier than the rest of Europe
Portugal will become another kiwi berry grower in Europe, with the possibility of starting the campaign about a month earlier than it was possible until now. So far, the harvest period of the kiwi berry in Europe started in late August or early September, while in Portugal it can be harvested from 20.....

Pear consumption down
Shortage of stonefruit in the market and low demand
The stonefruit market is in a state of impasse right now in terms of production volumes. With Murcia in the final stage of the campaign and Lleida starting slowly, there is very little fruit in stock."Until week 27, we do not expect a significant production, and there will still be fewer kilos available than.....

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Pieter de Keijzer, Eosta:
"Extremely high prices for organic lemons at start of Chilean season"
The supply of organic lemons is limited at the moment. Because of the citrus cancer presence, Argentina can no longer supply organic products. The South-African organic lemons were taken by the citrus black spot. “Fortunately, we have been working together with Chilean citrus growers for some years,.....

"Not much is given for chicory"
Due to the fact that there hasn't been a real winter the sales of chicory were disappointing this season. According to wholesaler Yves Lesage the price level is quite low at the moment. "It was slightly more expensive for a few weeks, but that's over now. Less than a Euro is given at the auction and that's.....

Hungary: Good prospects for peach and apricot season
Hungarian producers have good prospects for the peach campaign, since the late spring frost did not damage the crops, reports Saturday's issue of the Hungarian Times.The harvest of early apricot varieties has already started and peaches are expected to arrive in a few weeks. Ledő Ferenc, president of.....

Sales apples and pears under pressure due to Russian boycott
In the EU the production of apples was more than 12 billion kgs in 2015. This was the second-greatest EU-harvest ever. Nearly one third of the production came from Poland, followed by Italy and France. The Dutch apple harvest was almost 336 million kgs last year, about 3 percent of the total EU-harvest......

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Spain: "More broccoli is being planted than ever before"
Broccoli appears to have become fashionable and many growers are choosing to plant it, turning their backs even on cauliflowers. "More broccoli is being planted than ever before, but not because the price is better or because the campaigns have been really good, but because their cultivation is much easier,".....

Jacques Vandermeiren new CEO of Antwerp Port Authority
Jacques Vandermeiren (52) has been appointed CEO of Antwerp Port Authority as of 1 January 2017. He succeeds Eddy Bruyninckx who after 25 years at the head of the Port Authority is retiring on 31 December 2016. Until January 2015 Vandermeiren held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Elia, the listed.....

Portugal is EU's third largest tomato producer
Portugal is the European Union's third largest tomato producer, accounting for 8.0% of total production last year, after Italy and 36.3% and Spain with 27.4%, according to a report released by the EU's statistics office, Eurostat..Portugal is EU's third largest tomato producerTogether, the three countries.....

Maersk chairman says company could be split up
A. P. Moller-Maersk's chairman says that the Danish shipping and oil conglomerate could be split up into several companies, after it on Thursday appointed the head of its container business as new chief executive."The question is whether we should be a large group, or whether we should be a number of.....

Does climate change threaten European vegetable cultivation?
The current weather conditions are having an impact on the 2016 harvest. It's too wet and too cold. Farmers all over Europe are worried about the harvest. In Northern Europe many regions have been affected by heavy rains and floods. Important agricultural areas in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.....

Bulgaria: Separate sections requested for domestic produce at retailers
"Large retail chains need to have separate sections for Bulgarian fruits and vegetables, so that consumers can have a choice. So far, no large store chains have a special place for Bulgarian products," stated Camellia Parashkevova, of the Association of Mushroom Producers in Bulgaria.Over 80% of the mushroom.....


Scams catch out Tasmanians
Customer of a Hobart fruit transferred $200,000 to false bank accountCyber criminals are ramping up sophisticated attacks on Tasmania, leaving residents, charities and businesses hundreds of thousands of dollars out of pocket. The frequency of the internet scams has prompted Tasmania’s fraud squad to sound.....

NZ: Expanded Panama Canal an expected boon to exporters
Exporters think this week's opening of an expanded Panama Canal will help keep costs low and New Zealand produce competitive. The canal expansion will almost triple the capacity of ships using it.Sending goods overseas is already relatively cheap because a worldwide glut of shipping has depressed freight.....

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Merger to create Australia’s leading fruit and vegetable supplier
Fresh fruit and vegetable suppliers LaManna Group and Premier Fruits Group have announced a merger, beginning July.The group’s chief executive Anthony Di Pietro said the merger would create a “stronger, more sustainable company”, capable of significant future growth.“We will have a diverse production.....


New carrot handling facility at Poskitts set to be the UK's most advanced
As one of the UK's larger producers and processors of carrots, potatoes and combinable crops, M H Poskitt Ltd, better known as Poskitts, has chosen handling equipment manufacturer Tong Engineering to design a new carrot handling facility in-line with their business objectives of long-term growth, whilst.....

UK: Strawberry volumes up in line with demand
British strawberry season, started on 24th of May with 74,000 tonnes of the berry estimated to be produced this summer, an increase of 11 percent on last year and equal to the growing demand from consumers. The strawberry is synonymous with the British summertime and the most popular berry in terms of volume.....


Meijer expands grocery pick-up service | Mercadona to expand into Portugal
Leclerc & Rewe establish Eurelec | Morrisons apologises to suppliers
US: Meijer expands curbside grocery pick-up service -More Meijer Inc. shoppers can skip the long grocery store errand and busy checkout lines this summer. The Grand Rapids-based business is changing the way people shop by introducing Meijer Curbside to its Rochester Hills, Brighton, Fort Gratiot and.....

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