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Friday, August 26, 2016

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OVERVIEW GLOBAL BLUEBERRY MARKET
While Northern Europe is gearing up for the end of the season, growers in South America are looking forward to the start of the harvest. In some European countries, the harvest has stopped earlier because of the warm weather. Also in the northwest of the United States the season has finished earlier than.....

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Unprecedented high prices for Valencias in Middle East
South African Valencias will finish earlier this season as volumes are lower than normal. The crop suffered damage in the northern production areas of the country due the hail and drought conditions. Late rains in the northern parts also resulted in unexpected size increases for grapefruit, navels and.....


Jacob Aktalan (MG Fruit): "Good demand for watermelons"
Gap between Spanish and Brazilian melon season
The tropical weather is causing a good demand for melons. "Our phone is red hot. Watermelons are very 'hot' at the moment, although the demand is mainly coming from the supermarkets and I think the trade on the open market is slightly disappointing," says Jacob Aktalan, responsible for the melon sales of MG.....

Garlic prices high as California growers find pricing
Light supplies of garlic coming from China have contributed to strong prices for Garlic in the United States. Pricing for product from California is being determined by growers right now, and those prices could be good depending on what packouts look like in the coming weeks.“Harvesting in California started.....


Increasing competition from Israel for Brazilian figs
Figs are a very delicate fruit, juicy and sweet with a very good source of fiber and potassium and a highly perishable product. In Brazil they are grow in different areas but mainly near São Paulo. On the Brazilian domestic market, they are hard to find outside the regions where they are produced, and the.....

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Smugglers fixed road
Russian fresh produce segment of lower quality after boycott
The quality of the fresh produce segment has decreased in Russia since the boycott on Turkey. A convoy of angry farmers is on its way to Moscow to draw attention to the corruption of local authorities. A band of smugglers have fixed a road and broadened it to expedite the transport of illegal products......


South African kiwi imports up 50%
Kiwifruit is not a traditional fruit in South Africa, yet consumers are beginning to get a taste for it. In recent years there has been extensive promotional activities in many of the retail and other outlets, introducing the nutritional values of this fruit and informing the South African consumer about.....


Spain: Smith pomegranate harvest kicks off with smaller calibres
The Spanish company Lyfruits, specialised in the production of pomegranates grown in Valencia, has started harvesting its earliest variety, the Smith. This pioneering company decided to diversify its production with different varieties to cover almost the entire pomegranate campaign, from August to late.....

Polish Potato Association seeks to remove export restrictions
Poland is the only country in the EU where the export of potatoes is restricted, which is why it continues to be the main focus of the entire Polish industry.Up until recently the Polish potato industry was not really united like other countries such as Germany and the Netherlands, where the sector will band.....

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Bigger hazelnut crop expected in Oregon
Good pollination last winter and a good crop set are some of the reasons why a bigger hazelnut crop is expected in Oregon this year. With harvesting still about a month away, growers are hoping Eastern Filbert Blight doesn't put too much of a damper on what's looking to be a good production this year.“Every.....


Kroger,Woolworths and Dollar General to slash prices | Free apples at Natural Grocers
Department store wants to compete with Aldi by selling fresh groceries
Customers Natural Grocers to receive free organic apples -Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage plans to be the “Organic Month Headquarters” for customers during September, which is nationally recognized as “Organic Harvest Month.” On Sept. 1, the first 400 customers at each Natural Grocers location will.....



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Weekly arrivals year-round organic pineapples from Ivory Coast
A Dutch organic trader began developing organic pineapple production in Ivory Coast, in partnership with a growers collective in the region. Last May they received the first organic pineapples and the quality is very good. In Bonoua, the leading pineapple growing area of Côte d'Ivoire, OTC supports the.....


Potato plantings by variety in Great Britain in 2016
AHDB Potatoes has now produced provisional estimates of planted areas by variety for Great Britain for 2016. These are shown below with comparisons to the five previous seasons – for the full breakdown of the top 50 varieties click here.The total planted area for GB, estimated at 116,000ha*, remains.....

"Supermarket promotions have boosted sales"
Spain: Galia, Cantaloupe and Yellow melons to finish 15 days earlier
The Galia, Cantaloupe and Yellow melon campaigns will finish two weeks earlier than usual this year because of the mild temperatures recorded this summer compared to previous campaigns. Both Murcia and Castile-La Mancha have seen a reduction in their volumes."This is the last week when the export programs.....

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Netherlands: Fruitfactor announces new location
Dutch importer Fruitfactor has announced that their office and warehouse address will change, effective 27 August. Their new postal address will be:Freshgard WarehousingKoopliedenweg 3d2991 LN BarendrechtThe NetherlandsThe new logistical address will be:Freshgard WarehousingKoopliedenweg 32991 LN.....


Slow Food launches Amatrice quake relief
The founder of the Slow Food movement on Thursday launched an earthquake relief campaign for the mountain village of Amatrice, which was flattened by an earthquake yesterday.The village in the Apennine mountains in the Lazio region in central Italy is also the birthplace of the.....

California oranges arrived from Cordoba
The Palacio de Portocarrero, where some Franciscans brought orange seeds from Palma del Río, Córdoba, on the second voyage of Christopher Columbus in order to plant them and prevent vitamin C deficits, has the key to the origin of California oranges.Thanks to its location, between the confluence of the.....


Five "old" vegetable varieties new in the Alnatura range
Since mid-august Alnatura offers five heirloom vegetables, organically and regionally cultivated, in its supermarkets. The taste and visual variety characterize these traditional varieties.Old-fashioned vegetables are old varieties and optimally adapted to the geographical, climatic and cultural.....

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Spain: 46,529 tons of bananas were available in April
In June 2016, Spain received 33,894 tons of bananas from the Canary Islands and 20,553 tons from Africa and Latin America, 7,918 of which were re-exported: hence, Spanish consumers had about 46,529 tons of bananas at their disposal that month. That's nearly 8,873 tons less than in the previous month, which.....

Spain: Eggplant harvest in Almargo could exceed 1.8 million kilos
Angel Castro, the manager of the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Aubergine from Almagro, said they expected to harvest more than 1.8 million kilos of eggplants from the Solanum melongenaspecies, of the Dealmagro variety this campaign. According to Castro, the production data obtained in the middle of.....


Disclosure of professional secrets
Spain: Lleida customs office manager and assistant fired
Edullesa fired their manager and his assistant on suspicion of the disclosure of professional secrecy.It appears that there was a leak of fruit sales invoices, including customer names, prices, type of merchandise, and addresses.This morning, the manager of Edullesa's Customs Station at Lleida SA and his.....

Likely shortage of pears in Hungary
The week marked the start of the Williams pear harvest in Hungary, and on average, the growers estimate an almost fifty percent drop in the production because of the impact of frost and ice damage, as reported by György Csizmadia, of the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organisation and.....

Western diet increases Alzheimer's risk
Globally, about 42 million people now have dementia, with Alzheimer's disease as the most common type of dementia. Rates of Alzheimer's disease are rising worldwide. The most important risk factors seem to be linked to diet, especially the consumption of meat, sweets, and high-fat dairy products that.....


Lower Saxony, Germany:
Acreage of onions increases
In the past year 2,325 hectares were used to cultivate onions in the German state of Lower Saxony. In 2012 the acreage used for onions was still below 2,000 hectares states the Landvolk-Pressedienst, the press service of the farmers’ association in Lower Saxony.Onion harvest 2016About a third of the onions.....

Moldova doubled the export of fruit and sharply reduced supply of vegetables
According to the director of the National Agency for the Protection of Food (ANSA), Mr George Gaber, in the current season Moldova has managed to increase its global exports of agricultural products.Fruit exports have doubled. At the beginning of August, these totalled 108 thousand tonnes, compared to 59.....

Retailers believe consumers will buy wonky vegetables
There has been a quiet revolution in the fruit and vegetable aisle. After years of physical perfection as demanded by the EU and the consumer alike, finally shoppers are willing to consider buying wonky fruit and veg.This development matters for the UK’s supermarkets, which have pledged to reduce food and.....


Oceania

Seeka reports $7.1 million net profit for June half year, up 92 per cent
Seeka Kiwifruit Industries today announced unaudited results for the six months ended June 30, 2016. Net profit after tax (NPAT) of $7.1m for the six months to June 30, 2016 was up 92 per cent on the $3.7 million reported in the previous corresponding period (PCP). Seeka also announced an increased dividend.....

Australia: Costa Group profits up 30%
The Australian Costa Group reports a profit of 49.3 million Australian dollar over the financial year 2016. Profits increased by almost 30 per cent. For the first time, turnover exceeded the magical threshold of one billion dollar. It is the first year the group is listed and reveals its annual figures. The.....

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Australian banana growers vote in favour of ballot
Australian banana growers have backed the proposed increase to their industry levy.The results of the national vote to increase the Plant Health Australia (PHA) levy have now been released by the independent ballot administrator. The administrator declared that 55 per cent of the national production area was.....


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Fruit and veg makes men smell good!
Rather than slathering on aftershave, men would do better to eat their veggies. An Australian study shows that men who eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, smell a lot better. Their body odor is described as floral and sweet.Proteins like meat, eggs and tofu also improve body odor. Men who eat a lot of.....


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Monatague look forward to first nectarines to China
You know summerfruit season in Australia is fast approaching when the export team at Montague begin to prepare for Aisa Fruit Logistica and their grower network begin sending beautiful photos of blossom in their orchards.“Montague have carefully selected a premium range of summer stonefruits to be marketed.....

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Asia Fruit Logistica Hall 3C stand T-17
Ecuador: "China has plenty of potential for Ecuadorian dragon fruit"
The production of exotic fruits, like dragon fruit and passion fruit, for their export to Asia continues to grow, mainly due to the preference that this continent's residents have for unconventional flavours. Ana Cecilia Andrade, of FLP, tells us about the current situation of Ecuadorian dragon fruit. "It is.....


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Kroger,Woolworths and Dollar General to slash prices | Free apples at Natural Grocers
Department store wants to compete with Aldi by selling fresh groceries
Customers Natural Grocers to receive free organic apples -Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage plans to be the “Organic Month Headquarters” for customers during September, which is nationally recognized as “Organic Harvest Month.” On Sept. 1, the first 400 customers at each Natural Grocers location will.....



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