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New mini tomato Mademoiselle Cheri
Mademoiselle Cheri is a delicious, sweet and aromatic mini tomato, which makes special moments taste even better: a romantic dinner for two, a fun evening with friends, a birthday party, or just an evening at home in front of the telly!Sandra van der Veer, marketing officer for the growers' association Van.....

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Video: Benefits of retractable roof structure
In a new 2 minute video, Cravo helps growers and investors better understand why they are so passionate about combining nature protection and climate optimization to create better (and more consistent) production and financial results, even when the weather is inconsistent.Cravo develops retractable roof.....

Wilko van der Zwaard, WilkoFruit:
“High brix levels in first Moroccan clementines”
The first Moroccan clementines arrived at WilkoFruit yesterday. “We are satisfied with the first containers that have just been unloaded. The brix levels are between 12.6 and 13.1. We are very confident of a beautiful Moroccan season,” says Wilko van der Zwaard.“In general, sizes are slightly smaller than in.....

Imported bananas well received
Banana market still at a low ebb
"The banana market in the 2013-2014 period was unusually prosperous, driven forward by huge economic profits. In a short period of time, the Chinese banana cultivation surface increased with 30%. Moreover, many fruit farmers valued volume over quality and failed to invest in further processing and quality.....

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AU: Late, but positive stonefruit season ahead
The Swan Hill area of Victoria is usually one of the first to harvest stone fruit, although this season it will be a bit later than normal, due to the cold spring."We will start in about a week's time," explains Tony Siciliano from V.F. Siciliano & Sons, who have around 250 hectares in Swan Hill. "It's.....

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Good start for Israeli herb season
Tomorrow Israel expects the first rain to pour down. However, thus far, weather in Israel is absolutely perfect for agriculture. Sunny weather with temperatures of 25 to 28 degrees during the day and around 20 at night. Consequently, production of herbs is simply sky rocketing."Fresh herbs enjoyed an.....

Belgians reach deal on EU-Canada free trade agreement
Belgian politicians reached a deal on Thursday to break a deadlock over a planned EU-Canada, free trade agreement, that all 27 other EU governments support, but the French-speaking south of Belgium had rejected.Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, told reporters that the heads of Belgium's regions and.....

90+ percent value growth in past decade
More and more countries want to export mangos to the US
The mango industry has shown considerable growth in the past decade. Since 2005, the year in which the National Mango Board was established, volumes have increased by about 50 percent. “The value of the industry however, has gone up by 91-92 percent during that time frame,” says Manuel Michel with the.....

Jan Nowakowski, Genesis Fresh:
"Losing Russia may be good for business in Poland"
"I think that losing Russia has almost been good for business. It has forced us to become more active and more competitive, along with more service and quality driven. It has also forced us to enter more demanding markets and dive deep into the fresh fruit specifications in force on other continents......

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Introduction of Sweet Thing: a new mid-size TOV
Packaging is main differentiator in the tomato category
“We are introducing a new tomato product, a mid-size TOV,” says Len Krahn with SunSelect. “It’s a 100 gram TOV as opposed to a regular 150+ gram TOV. The difference between the two really is taste,” said Krahn. “It’s much sweeter and therefore, we named it Sweet Thing. We want people to understand that.....

Whole Foods teams up with Purple Carrot | 'Polish Carrefour to sell groceries online'
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Morrisons to work directly with local growers in trials - Morrisons is to champion local producers and farmers with trials to assess how much customers want to buy local produce, at a time when prices of imported goods are expected to rise, following the collapse in sterling. Morrisons conducted a.....

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Calm before the storm for German mushroom market
The German mushroom market has calmed down as it makes the transition from the wild mushroom season, back to standard mushrooms and exotic varieties such as Eringi (King Oyster), Shiitake, Shimegi and Pom Pom Blanc. Unlike most of Western Europe, Germany enjoys a very busy summer season, which should pick up.....

KIKU® Sports Academy launched at start of new season
The new sales season has already started, KIKU Northern Hemisphere expects a crop of around 25,000 tons in Europe and the USA.“Some areas are still harvesting,” explains Jürgen Braun, CEO of KIKU Apples. “Some like Washington State have been extremely early. Our US Partner CMI rocked at the recent PMA with.....

Yeasts to control brown rot
Researchers from the University of Environmental and Biological Sciences of Wroclaw (Poland), and from the University of Catania, have tested, in vitro, the antagonistic effects of some yeasts (Debaryomyces hansenii KI2a, Debaryomyces hansenii MI1a andWickerhamomyces anomalus BS91) againstMonilinia.....

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Mariska de Zoete, Fruca Marketing:
"With 1,700 ha of iceberg lettuce, we're one of the top Spanish growers"
The new iceberg lettuce season started at Fruca Marketing from Murcia last week. "It rained again after months, so the first harvest was slightly delayed. I expect a smooth switch from the Dutch to the Spanish season. The pepper season has also started again," says Mariska de Zoete. The Dutchwoman left for.....

Biggest problem is high dry matter content
Belgian potato harvest slow but steady
“Regarding the Belgian potato harvest, it seems as if we can speak more and more of a blessing in disguise. The wet month of July and the dry summer made it was almost impossible to grub up the potatoes. Fortunately, enough rain fell in large parts of Belgium, allowing the grubbing machines and contract.....

Half of the fresh-cut fruit is in plastic punnets
According to the new analysis carried out by FreshPlaza andIRI, a leading company in market information, analysis, business intelligence solutions and consultancy, the value of fresh-cut fruit sales increased by 20% in 12 months. This analysis compared data referring to October 2015-September 2016 with.....

Lisan van Koppen, 4Fruit Company:
“Only now do we have enough supply to meet demand”
Anecoop’s Spanish kaki season started at 4Fruit Company with limited volumes last month, and only this week will there be enough supply to meet demand. “They started harvesting in September, but, due to rain, they had to stop almost immediately, and a number of large programmes have been delayed. Because of.....

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Turkish Sultaniye grapes double in price
Prices for the ‘Sultaniye’ Grape, the local variety grown in the Sarigol district of Manisa, Aegean Turkey, have doubled in late October.The area dedicated to the seedless Sultaniye Grape in the region is 9,000 ha according to Ali İhsan Ülgen, Chair of Sarigol Chamber of Agriculture. “We have yielded.....

GB potato crop in unusual price position
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) reports thatcurrency and supply dynamics are affecting the relative price of British processing potatoes compared to supplies from Belgium and the Netherlands.“Presently the ex-farm value of GB processing potatoes sits at EUR70–EUR80 per tonne lower.....

Buying veg it can grow itself
Serbia spends almost $100m annually on food imports
Serbia is paying tens of millions of dollars annually for fresh produce, like vegetables, to be imported, when the country could in fact produce these items itself. Last year Serbia imported beans for 12 million dollars, potatoes for 9, tomato for 16, and cucumbers for as much as 3.5 million dollars.“Our.....

Mushroom supplier displayed sodium alternative product at SIAL
A key trend at SIAL 2016, which was recently held in Paris, was the launch of new products positioned on a reduced sugar or salt platform; demand for these products is stimulating innovation on the supply side. Netherlands headquartered mushroom supplier, Scelta Mushrooms, was nominated for their Scelta.....

Spain: Wooden container manufacturer supporting exporters
Fedemco, which represents 95% of the wooden container production sector in Spain, and manufactures on average 600 million crates annually, confirms its total support for exporters in the search for new markets.“Our members can rest assured. We fulfil all the conditions to meet all the requirements demanded.....

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Schoeller Allibert attending ALL4PACK with 2016 bestsellers
Schoeller Allibert, a Reusable Transit Packaging (RTP) leader in Europe, will attend the ALL4PACK exhibition, in Paris, on November 14th-17th, 2016. Ludo Gielen, Chief Innovation Officer, explains why Schoeller Allibert is so attached to this fair in the following interview.You have been in RTP for decades......

Ireland: Pesticide residues found on two-thirds of fruit & veg samples
A report has revealed that two out of every three fruit and vegetable samples in Ireland, tested by the Department of Agriculture, contain pesticide residues and one in 40 exceeds maximum permissible limits.The proportion of samples with excessive pesticide limits doubled between 2012 and 2014, the report by.....

Brexit hits Italian food exports to UK
The UK's decision the leave the EU, dubbed Brexit, has adversely affected exports of all Italian products to the UK, with deliveries of agri-food products down by 9% during July 2016.Italian food and wine producers are likely to loose €280 million per year as a result of Brexit, according to initial.....

Selling apples with frost damage
Frost damage: REWE Group supports Lake Constance fruit growers
The supermarket chain, REWE Group, has been fighting food waste for years. Selling fruit and vegetables of outstanding quality, but with some exterior flaws, for instance of the peel, shows this dedication. The Jonagold apples that are sold this autumn in the 3,300 REWE stores and the 2,150 PENNY stores in.....

Hungary: Strategy to boost fruit and veg production
Hungary's annual fruit and vegetable production could increase by one million tonnes, following a strategy from the Ministry of Agriculture (FM). If achieved, this could lead to the creation of 100 thousand new jobs.With this new strategy, the Ministry of Agriculture aims for the domestic production to grow.....

Latvia: Proposal to reduce VAT on fresh produce
The Latvian Ministry of Finance, together with representatives of the agricultural sector, will form a working group to study the possible impact on the budget of a reduction in the value added tax (VAT) on fruits and vegetables. This was reported in a press statement by the Minister of Finance, Dana.....

Russia: X5 Retail Group to import 100% of its fruit & veg directly
The X5 Retail Group ("Pyaterochka", "Crossroads" and "Carousel"), primarily owned by Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman, aims to be able to import 100% of its fruits and vegetables, without intermediaries, by 2019. At the moment, the retailer directly buys from abroad about 20% of its fresh produce.In order.....

Morrisons to work directly with local growers in trials
Morrisons is to champion local producers and farmers with trials to assess how much customers want to buy local produce at a time when prices of imported goods are expected to rise following the collapse in sterling. ​The Bradford-based supermarket chain ​said that local sourcing and buying.....


Prices to be high until February
Aussies suffering a potato shortage
Australia is looking at a potato shortage due to floods cleaning out crops across the country and wet ground making it near impossible to plant more potatoes, meaning consumers will have to pay a small fortune for the starchy vegetable until at least February.It’s not good news coming into barbecue season,.....

Forming a world-leading & vertically integrated fresh produce company
AU: Nutrano Produce Group acquires Seven Fields & Abbotsleigh Citrus
Nutrano Produce Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Seven Fields and Abbotsleigh Group businesses. In a joint statement, Nutrano Managing Director, Tony Mahoney, advised that, all staff will be retained and the founding owners, Greg McMahon, Richard Byllaardt and Michael McMahon, will.....

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NZ dollar drops to week-low vs. Aussie
The New Zealand dollar fell to its lowest level in more than a week against the Australian dollar after inflation data across the Tasman printed stronger than the market had expected.The kiwi fell to 93.13 Australian cents as at 5pm in Wellington, and briefly tumbled as low as 92.88 cents after the data,.....

AU: No modelling was done to assess impact of backpacker tax
A Senate inquiry has revealed that the Federal Government never specifically investigated whether its backpacker tax proposal would hurt farmers and the tourism industry, or hasten the decline of working holiday makers entering Australia, reports officials admitted their department did.....

AU: Proposed change to horticulture code
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released its report into competition and fair trading in the country's horticulture and viticulture industries. According to, the report revealed late and non-payments by wholesalers, a culture of fear around raising complaints because.....

New Zealand posts trade deficit of NZ$1.436 bln
On Thursday 27 October, Statistics New Zealand reported that New Zealand posted a merchandise trade deficit of NZ$1.436 billion in September, - representing 41 percent of exports.That missed forecasts for a shortfall of NZ$1.123 billion, following the NZ$1.265 billion deficit in August.Exports came in at.....


‘Ultrabagger’ offers 9 bag styles from 1 machine
Giro Pack, Inc. continues to receive positive feedback regarding their highly versatile automatic bagger. The Giro ‘Ultrabagger’ is the industry’s most flexible automated bagging machine, offering 9 different bag styles with just 1 machine.Each of the 9 bags (pictured) are produced utilizing Giro’s soft.....


Whole Foods teams up with Purple Carrot | 'Polish Carrefour to sell groceries online'
Documents show Amazon wants to open 2000 US grocery stores
Morrisons to work directly with local growers in trials - Morrisons is to champion local producers and farmers with trials to assess how much customers want to buy local produce, at a time when prices of imported goods are expected to rise, following the collapse in sterling. Morrisons conducted a.....

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