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US: Mango imports behind pace set last year
Imports of mangos from Mexico this year trail behind the pace set by U.S. importers last season. Prices for the fruit have also been up from last season.For the week ending on July 19, shipments of mangos from Mexico to the U.S. totalled 3.1 million boxes, which brought the total for the season to 46.6.....


By Joel Pitarch
Spain: Visit to Mercavalencia wholesale market
Tuesday morning, after getting up really early, I visited Valencia's wholesale market, Mercavalencia, where I had the chance to see that Tuesdays are perhaps not the busiest of days.Click here to see the photo reportWith 84 stalls and a surface of 20,000 m2it is the largest market in the Region of.....


Eyes set on the Asian market
Peruvian Hass avocados in desperate search for new markets
We interviewed Arturo Medina Castro, head of ProHass (the Association of Hass Avocado Producers of Peru) to find out more about the current situation of the Peruvian avocado market.What is the productive potential of Peruvian avocados?Of the 15,000 hectares planted, only 11,000 hectares are currently.....

Earnings expected to increase for C.H. Robinson worldwide
Wall Street is high on C.H. Robinson Worldwide, expecting it to report earnings that are up 10% from a year ago when it reports its second-quarter earnings tomorrow, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. The consensus estimate is 77 cents per share, up from earnings of 70 cents per share a year ago.The consensus estimate.....

Staay Food Group expands with divisions in Spain and Poland
The Staay Food Group is opening two new divisions. The first new sales operation will be launched in Barcelona on 1 August 2014, under the name Savasun Fresh Group Ibérica S.L. This company will focus on selling imported and locally cultivated products to Spanish retailers and wholesalers. The company is.....

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7th fruit import distribution facility in China for Lantao
Lantao, headquartered in Shanghai, China, has opened its 7th Fresh Fruit Import Distribution facility in Qingdao, Shandong Province.Jim Provost of USA based I Love Produce, LLC, and John Wang, CEO of Lantao, were on-hand to help kick-off the celebration. Shandong is the #1 top farm export province in China,.....


AU: Plum job for first prune exports to California
A southern New South Wales prune grower is relieved his fruit can be exported to California after completing a successful trial shipment.Bruce Gowrie-Smith recently sent six container loads of prunes from Darlington-Point in the Riverina to US dried food giant Sunsweet in northern California.Two weeks ago,.....


José Bruñó: "Black seedless watermelon consumption has considerably increased in recent years"
Spain: Melon campaign with higher volumes and quality, but lower prices
Born as a family business in the 1970's, Bruñó initially focused on the production and marketing of vegetables and grapes, subsequently consolidating with citrus for the winter season and melon and watermelon for the summer."After several years working in the traditional melon market, we saw there was a.....


Chinese investor proposes tunnel for Crimea's Kerch Strait
Russian news website FederalPress reported on July 22 that a Chinese investor has proposed to build a tunnel for rail and road traffic under the Kerch Strait, according to the Crimean deputy prime minister, Yevgenia Bavykina.The strait separates the Kerch peninsula of Crimea from the Taman peninsula of.....

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PMA’s 33rd annual Foodservice Conference sets five new records
Attendees discussed how to innovate the plate to increase fresh produce consumption at foodserviceIt was a record-breaking year at Produce Marketing Association’s 33rd annual Foodservice Conference – including the unseasonably warm temperatures in Monterey that soared into the high 80’s. The event kicked off.....



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Kale used in nail polish
Health fanatics can now have kale in their food, as well as on their nails. A fashion from America, kale has recently appeared in France and is recognised for its energising, anti-toxin and low-caloric qualities. The cosmetic industry is using these qualities in Nails inc. nail polishes in their range of 6.....


UK: Radish research program
High rainfall can make radishes very much more likely to split both pre and post-harvest, a study at Harper Adams University, Shropshire, has found.PhD student Rachel Lockley said: "There hasn't been a lot of research into radishes, particularly the small red European varieties, yet there can be up to a 30.....

market message BLE week 29
Germany: domestic supply of apples increase
In week 29 the German wholesale market was mostly full of apples from oversees, reports BLE. The most prominent countries supplying these apples were New Zealand, Chile, South Africa and Argentina. Prices varied. In Frankfurt a 18 kilo box of Cripps Pink cost 17 Euro. The supply of the oldest European.....

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Italy: "Apricots are the flagship product of our company,"
"Apricots are the flagship product of our company," explains Angelo Truglio, administrator of Albafrutta."We start selling the fruit from Basilicata and greenhouse varieties (Ninga Thyrintos and Mogador) at the end of April, then we go on with the Antonio Errani, Aurora, Orange Rubis, Bella Imola, Reale.....

José Antonio García, director of AILIMPO:
Spain: "This first detection proves that the Black Spot threat is real"
Last week, some alarms were raised after the alleged detection of a batch of South African citrus bound to Europe infected with Citrus Black Spot (CBS); a warning that was confirmed last Sunday, but was not reported until Monday morning, when Dutch authorities intercepted a shipment of lemons with clear.....


Good asparagus and strawberry harvest in Schleswig-Holstein
In the German state of Schleswig-Holstein 441 hectares of asparagus were grown this year, reports the German website Proplanta.de. From this area 353 hectares of asparagus were harvested. The area where asparagus is grown has increased by one quarter since 2007, according to the Bureau of Statistics for the.....


Italy: Ribera Coscia pears become increasingly popular
The harvesting of Coscia di Ribera early pears started in line with the varietal calendar atParlapiano Fruit.Paolo Parlapiano, sales and marketing manager of the company, said that "quantities are slightly lower so prices are somewhat higher than 2013."The produce will be sold until September. "The fruit is.....

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Cherry and artichoke prices increase in France whilst melons decrease
According to the Relaxnews price barometer, price per kilo of bigarreau cherries has started to increase again, up 15%, reaching a higher price than in 2013 at €5.48 compared to €4.94. Artichoke prices have also risen, up by 10% to €1.69 a piece.Charentais melons that are between 550-800g have a very low.....


Rapid growth In Europe's organic farming sector
In the last decade, both the number of organic farms and the area dedicated to organic farming have grown by 50 percent or more in the European Union. Organic area in the EU increased by about 500 000 hectares per year. As a result there are more than 186 000 organic farms across Europe, cultivating an area.....


Fruit company hopes to ‘create Malta’s Chiquita’
A fruit company based on the Mediterranean island of Malta has said it wants to establish a trusted reputation for its new banana brand, in a market that to date has largely been based on fierce price competition with a lack of consumer engagementFruitland Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Malta-based Famalco Group,.....


Italy: Start of the table grape campaign
"We mainly produce table grapes, which we cultivate on 45 hectares. This year, the fruit ripened 10-15 days late and the yields of red grapes were 15-20% lower. We have just started harvesting the Cardinal variety, which is mainly destined to the Adriatic area. As regards the Victoria variety, quantities.....


Government says:
UK: Don't waste your money on organic food
Cash-strapped families should not waste their money on organic food because they think it is healthier, according to the UK government.Shoppers should instead spend their money on whatever they can afford, even if it means eating tinned or frozen vegetables which are in no way ‘nutritionally inferior’.The.....

Researchers present strategy to fight famine
Researchers from Bonn University, along with colleagues from America, have published a world map with a strategy to fight famine, reports the German website Proplanta.de. This map describes the regional measures that are particularly useful for ensuring a sustainable food supply. At the moment, worldly food.....

The EU authorises Laminarin for use in Organic Protection
With the publication of the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 354/2013 on 9 April, the European Commission approved the use of the active substance Laminarin as a biocide. It is a polysaccharide extracted from the seaweed Laminaria digitata whose manipulation meets the rules set by the Organic.....


How to charge your phone with apples and potatoes
Intrigued Londoners looked on last week as a smartphone's battery was charged by a strange contraption made of 800 apples and potatoes connected with hundreds of nails and lengths of copper wire.The art installation was created outside the Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush, essentially just a.....

Next online chat September 19th
Report on the third meeting on Tacler Platform with Quafety Scientists
As anticipated in the last days (read here), the scientists of EU project Quafety have been available on the platform of Tacler July, on Friday from 2 to 3 pm (GMT +2), to discuss some topics that are being studied within the project.A brief report from the third meeting which occurred on 25 July.....


Farm Frites forced to delay construction of Russian factory
European sanctions against Russia following the Ukrainian airplane disaster have hit French fry manufacturer Farm Frites as well as it cannot get a loan approved for the construction of a new Russian factory."We are not looking for a new investor"The European Union has issued new economic sanctions against.....


Dutch greenhouse cherries: quality can take on competition of outdoor cultivation
For thirteen years now, Kwekerij de Lieshof has been cultivating Dutch greenhouse cherries. The season is now over, and due to strong competition from outdoor cultivation, it wasn't too good. Grower Christ Biemans still sees chances though. "In the coming years, we will switch to later varieties. Prices are.....

Greenhouse vegetable production to double in the Rostov region
In the Neklinovsky district of the Rostov region, Russia, a new greenhouse complex has started operating which will grow cucumbers, tomatoes and greens. Products are not only intended for the regional market, as they will be delivered to almost all regions in Russia.The complex consists of 10 greenhouses.....

La Reunion fruit and vegetables mainly consumed by local market
Fruit and vegetable farming in La Réunion is very much orientated towards their domestic market : fruit production covers almost 80% of demand and vegetables 70%.Export therefore represents a small part of the agricultural economy. Farmers grouped under co-operatives export about 1,800 tons of fruit out of.....

Moscow: Belarusian apples disguised as Polish, potatoes as Dutch
Belarusian apples available at Moscow supermarkets are disguised as Polish, potatoes "as Dutch," said Vladimir Grakun, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Supplies, announced at press conference in Minsk, Thursday."Whilst I was in Moscow, I went shopping and found our Belarusian apples in a.....


Oceania

CHEP, growth strong but slowing
The 14th AFGC CHEP Retail Index released today shows year-on-year growth in retail sales remains strong despite easing moderately in the June quarter.The Index shows year-on-year retail sales growth was 5.2 per cent in the June quarter down from 5.8 per cent in the March quarter, and year-on-year growth for.....

AU: Growers to vote on new fruit fly levy
Fruit growers are set to vote on a new levy for the Sunraysia region in Victoria.The Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area Industry Development Order has been drafted for citrus, stonefruit and table grape growers.The Department of Environment and Primary Industries says the plan is designed to prevent and.....

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Africa


Morocco produces 230,000 tons of grapes over 49,000 ha
35% of acreage for table grapes is in the Doukkala region. The sector offers 20,000 employment opportunities and over 10,000 in parallel activities. Grape production covers 49,000 ha with a production reaching 230,000 tons per year, of which 172,000 (75%) is table grapes and 58,000 (25%) is wine grapes......

Egypt to create open markets with fruit and vegetables at discount prices
The Egyptian Minister of Supply and Trade, Khaled Hanafi, has announced the creation of open markets all across the country specialised in the sale of fruit and vegetables at discount prices, where citizens will be able to purchase produce directly from growers, thereby reducing middleman and logistics.....

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Green Morocco Plan boosting social and economic development and food safety
After about seven years of its launch, the Green Morocco Plan has shown its effectiveness in improving the competitiveness of the country's agricultural sector, leading to an increase in the income of small growers and to the creation of a new system focused on social and economic development and on ensuring.....


Kenya: How this fruit business was turned around from the brink of collapse
In 2012 Kenyan entrepreneur Arvin Gurjar was contemplating closing down his business and going back to formal employment. Gurjar had debts of nearly Ksh. 3m (US$34,126) and a business that was fast going under. His company, Deluxe Fruits, imported small volumes of fruits and vegetables from South Africa and.....

Stable fruit and vegetable prices in Egypt
Vegetable prices in Egypt this week remained stable, with onions remaining in the range between 1.2 and 1.8 Egyptian pounds per kilo, potatoes reaching between 1.8 and 2.5 pounds per kilo, and tomatoes settling between 0.6 and 1.1 pounds per kilo.Courgettes remained between 2.5 and 3.5 pounds per kilo, rose.....


World

Dr. Peter VanderZaag appointed to International Advisory Committee of WPC
David Thompson, President and CEO of World Potato Congress Inc. announced today the appointment of Dr. Peter VanderZaag, President: SunRISE Potato Ltd, Alliston, Ontario, Canada, to the organization’s International Advisory Committee. President Thompson noted that Dr. VanderZaag brings extensive and valuable.....

Great benefits of dried figs boost demand in Ramadan
Dried figs are a favourite in all seasons, but demand for this tasty fruit increases during the month of Ramadan. Dried figs offer significant health benefits, making them an excellent option to obtain natural sugar and many healthy nutrients.Figs also naturally prevent constipation, as they are very rich in.....

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GLOBALG.A.P. Introduces Joint Initiative for Global Food Security
The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform and the International Trade Centre (ITC) are initiating the ‘The Declaration of Abu Dhabi for Global Food Security through Good Agricultural Practices’.The Declaration is an invitation to key stakeholders in the global food system to join a new.....

Hutchison Port positive despite 12.4% fall in profit
Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPHT) yesterday reported second-quarter profit plunged 12.4 per cent from the corresponding period a year earlier, weighed down by rising staff costs and higher taxes, but it sounded an optimistic outlook for the months ahead.Profit attributable to unitholders for the three.....

Israel: “Beauty of vegetables” opens new logistics centre
"Beauty of Vegetables", one of the largest vegetable traders in Israel, has opened a new logistics centre in the Israeli coastal plain, near the Trans-Israel Highway. The centre will serve as a transit point for about 20,000 tonnes of fruits and vegetables worth 80 million Sheqel per year (around 17.3.....


New route for South American citrus, grapes and blueberries to the U.S.
Thanks to a new pilot programme in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which counts with the participation of the Georgia Port Authority (GPA), consumers in the South East of the United States will be able to enjoy South American citrus, blueberries and grapes in a much quicker way."The South American.....


Chile's CCNI and Hamburg Sud ink preliminary merger deal
Chile's Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica (CCNI) announced today it has signed a preliminary agreement with Hamburg Süd which will see the German company acquire the container liner activities of the Chilean company.The deal would include the related general agency functions and would be subject.....


Retail

Wal-Mart de Mexico's net profit doubles on sale of restaurants
Mexico's biggest retailer Wal-Mart de Mexico (WMMVY, WALMEX.MX) said Wednesday that its net profit doubled in the second quarter on a one-time gain from the sale of its restaurant business, while sales and operating profits rose.Walmex, as the unit of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is known, reported net profit of.....


Running on rubbish:
Supermarket comes off national grid to be powered by food waste alone
Industry partners Biffa and Sainsbury’s are today celebrating an innovative facility that will allow Sainsbury’s Cannock store to run on power generated solely from the supermarket’s own food waste.Using Biffa’s advanced anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities and a unique power link up, Sainsbury’s Cannock.....


Ahold USA buys local American supermarket
Retail giant Ahold has bought a local Rhode Island supermarket, Eastside Marketplace. It is geared toward the higher echelons of the market and specializes in biological and fresh products. It will keep its own name despite the purchase.Owner becomes consultantSeveral media outlets reported on the purchase.....


Mexican supermarket chain Soriana reports higher 2nd-qtr net
Soriana, Mexico's No. 2 supermarket chain, reported an 8 percent increase in its second-quarter profit on Friday as it trimmed sales costs and spent less money servicing its debt, but revenue dipped.Profit rose to 794 million pesos ($61 million) from 736 million pesos in the year-earlier period.Revenue fell.....


Tesco: Innovate Or Die, Says Humphris
British supermarket chain Tesco should put innovation – in the form of data – back at the centre of its business, a leading FMCG marketing expert has told ESM.Innovation used to be what Tesco did best, said Ian Humphris, joint managing director at Life, an advertising agency with FMCG clients such as Danone,.....

Morrisons in tie-up with Quidco to drive online sales
Morrisons has launched a new campaign with cashback rewards platform Quidco to encourage more shoppers to try out its online grocery service.Discount for first time shoppersThe tie-up will give shoppers who sign up with Quidco a discount of £5 to £10 on their first online shop with Morrisons. The move help.....

Russia's Magnit raises full-year guidance
Russia's biggest food retailer Magnit expects sales to grow 26-29 percent this year, its chief executive Sergei Galitsky said on Wednesday, revising his previous forecast which implied growth in a 22-24 percent range.Magnit also lifted its forecast for 2014 margin on the basis of earnings before interest,.....

Loblaw gains, but Supervalu struggles
Two of North America’s largest grocers reported contrasting results for their most recent quarters, although both benefited from a focus on fresh produce.Canadian market leader Loblaw reported a net loss of C$456m for the second quarter (compared to a profit of C$177m last year), but adjusting for one-off.....


Robinsons moves to tap healthy consumers
Maybe only the health conscious would notice that the entrance of every Robinsons Supermarket is littered with fresh fruits and vegetables instead of the usual groceries. This is not just a mere marketing campaign but an advocacy to promote healthy lifestyle among its loyal consumers.“We take pride in.....



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