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‘For some fruit, it’s fly or die’

Australian fresh produce needs more airfreight capacity

Australian fresh food exporters of seafood and fruit/vegetables say they potentially are missing out on hundreds of millions of dollars in sales because air carriers are prioritising higher-margin beef and milk shipments. Many of the fruit and vegetable products have very limited shelf lives and are therefore.....

Russia: Seven storage units to be built in federal republic of Adygea

Seven refrigerated units storing fruits and vegetables will be built in Adygea in the next two years, the head of the republic's Agriculture Ministry, Yuri Petrov, said in an interview with TASS. According to preliminary estimates, investments will exceed 2.1 billion rubles (€28.4 mln)."We are changing the.....

Avocados still have to wait

Ecuador: Tomatoes ready for export to US

On Wednesday, July 4, 2018, the US opened its borders to receive tree tomatoes, as fresh fruit, from Ecuador. This generated high expectations with the producers of Tungurahua, the province with the largest amount of this crop.“If exporting means having better prices in the sale, combating pests and.....

Spain: Search for strategy to protect tomatoes from heatstroke

A serious problem that many horticultural crops in Valencia have been suffering for a long time is the negative impact of heatstroke, which usually causes widespread collapses in plantations. Tomatoes, peppers or watermelons that were developing very well during the spring and early in the summer start.....

Increase of Vietnamese exports to China in first half of 2018

Vietnam made 1.2 billion US dollars in revenue from the export of fruits and vegetables to China in the first half of this year; up 18.1 percent compared to the previous year, as announced by Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Commerce on Thursday.In the same period, China maintained its position as the.....

China: "Quality, small sized packaging to be new trend for fruits"

Nowadays, with the improvement of people's living standards, consumers' changing demand for fruit and vegetable products are not only visible in the quality of the products themselves, but also in improved and more attractive packaging. Packaging does not only ensure the health and safety of fruits and.....

Russian discounter:

"Pyaterochka" to include products from cooperatives in Bashkortostan

Russian retail network Pyaterochka will expand the range of agricultural products in its retail stores by engaging co-operative producers. This was reported by the Bashkortostan Ministry of Agriculture, that referred to a statement by the director of Pyaterochka, Sergei Dokuchaev, during a meeting with.....

Papua New Guinea

FPDA wants fewer fresh produce imports

Each year, in Papua New Guinea, more than K6 million (€1.59 mln) is being spent on imports of fresh produce. Fresh Produce Development Agency, bulb onion project manager Wayne Powae said during the launch of the bulb onion project that such funds must be retained to benefit the nation, and farmers in.....

Mart Valstar, Best Fresh Group

"Brexit is definitely going to change something"

VIDEO"We have been exporting to England for more than 80 years. It would be very strange if a kink in the cable were to appear now", says Mart Valstar in reaction to Brexit. He is from the Dutch greenhouse specialist company of the same name. Valstar sells in the region of EUR300 million's worth of produce per.....

UK weather: How the heatwave will impact British crops

The UK is getting ready to swelter during a four-week heatwave. As forecasters warn of weeks of little rain -following an already dry June- we take a look at the impact the conditions will have on British crops.The sweltering temperatures mean that demand for leafy vegetables has gone up, with more people.....

Between 11,000 and 15,000 hectares of kakis and citrus affected

Spain: One quarter of Valencia's kaki harvest damaged by hail and frosts

Valencian producers were surprised on Sunday afternoon by a heavy hailstorm and strong winds, which have caused severe damage to 11,000 hectares of citrus and kaki plantations in the region of La Ribera del Xúquer, with losses estimated at 47 million Euro."Hail has fallen in the main production area of Rojo.....

Enrique Pedros, Früchte Pedros:

Germany: 'Oversupply of Egyptian oranges’

While the typical summer fruits such as apricots, cherries and melons are currently having their peak season, citrus fruits are currently more in the background. Nonetheless, large quantities of oranges arrive weekly in the German wholesale trade, as well as in the warehouse of Früchte Pedros GmbH, based in.....

New opening of the Merkur market in Köflach

Multi-faceted freshness paradise for consumer shopping on over 1,800 m²

After extensive renovation work in the Mühlgasse 17 in 8580 Köflach, Austria, MERKUR reopened its doors there on June 28th. Their popular and visually appealing marketplace concept is used in this new market as well: the fresh-food areas, such as the meat area, are designed as extra inviting niches. Customers.....

Chutneys made from overripe fruits and vegetables

Germany: EDEKA and Wittekindshof are saving ripe fruits

Food waste is a social issue of increasing importance. EDEKA Minden-Hannover is also constantly working to making a contribution to reducing food waste. This includes the project "Love² - Save Ripe Fruit". It collects fruit and vegetables, no longer suitable for sale, but still too good to throw away, giving.....

Stone fruit bottlenecks in Austrian wholesale

'Quantities of Italian peaches halved’

At the Austrian wholesalers, stone fruits of all kinds currently dominate events. However, available quantities from neighboring Italy are very limited, which is why specialized trading companies are partly switching to Spanish products in order to serve their customers. For some varieties, prices are twice as.....

Regional growers and marketers complain

Turkey: Local cherries play a subordinate role in retail

Last year's cherry harvest was quite small due to the frosty nights in April. This year, however, it looks much better: in the extreme southwest of Baden-Württemberg, this year's harvest started about 10 days earlier than usual and the trees are still full. Nevertheless, regional trade is currently favoring.....

Fiji: Lowering import duty will affect farmers

Last week, Lautoka Residents and Ratepayers Association president, Narend Reddy, expressed his worries about the decrease in import duties for fresh fruits and vegetables. He fears it will affect local farmers. While welcoming some aspects of the 2018-2019 National Budget, he said, he was concerned about the.....

Iran and New Zealand to enhance agriculture relations

Last week, Houman Fathi, Chairman of the Iranian Agriculture Ministry’s Department for International Affairs, held a meeting with New Zealand's envoy Hamish MacMaster in Tehran, where they emphasized the importance of expanding bilateral relations, particularly in the agricultural sector. Fathi said Tehran was.....

Growth strategy for Scottish fruit, veg and potatoes

Top businesses and organisations in Scotland's fruit, vegetable and potato industry have come together for the first time to create an ambitious new growth strategy for their sector. At the Royal Highland Show, this new strategy was launched. 'Planting the Seeds of Growth' identifies key recommendations for.....

Securing local fresh food supply chain

UAE: More landowners to become farmers

The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) conducted a series of visits to farmers and landowners in the emirates to encourage the use of modern agricultural and harvesting techniques. The goal is to boost production and adapt the yield for commercial marketing.Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi,.....

Photo report United Fresh 2018

PHOTO REPORTOn June 26 and 27, the United Fresh Show was held at McCormick Place in Chicago. In addition to the trade show, many educational sessions as well as networking events were organized.The trade show seemed to be a bit smaller than previous years. “It did allow for more personal conversations and quality time.....

The history of Quick bottled juices

If kids do not eat fruit, we will try to make them drink fruit juices

"We believe that scientific research is always rewarding, and on this journey we have discovered that, when fruit is transformed into juice by using the High Pressure Processing (HPP) method, it does not undergo any variations in the content of bioactive compounds compared to products which are pasteurized at.....

Small drupes - sweet alternative for French and Spanish goods

‘Turkish sweet apricots in the range until the end of August’

All over the German Republic, drupes of all kinds are currently getting all the attention at Frischezentrum Frankfurt. Although the majority of these fruits currently comes out France, Spain and Italy, there are other regions of origin as well. Due to the limited quantities available in the countries of.....

BLE Marktbericht KW25/18

Italy dominates German grape market

Italy dominated the table grape market with its Black Magic and Victoria grapes. A European competitor has appeared in the shape of Spain, but only small amounts of its Ralli seedless were provided. The presence of the Egyptian Flame Seedless and Prime Seedless was more and more limited, while the Sugraone (of.....

Jan Engelen, Marketing Manager of Coöperatie Hoogstraten:

"Joint innovation in the tomato sector"

"We have so much to gain if we - the whole tomato sector - could focus jointly on innovation and targeted product marketing," said Jan Engelen, Product Marketer of Coöperatie Hoogstraten during his presentation at the recent European Tomato Forum in Düsseldorf. The well-known Belgian production and trading.....

New concept for buildings at wholesaler market in Sendling

There is a lot going on at wholesaler market Sendling! A long-term resident has worked out an alternative concept for the new building, in coordination with Munich's politicians and together with other marketers. The new building concept gives the wholesale marketers planning security and enables swift.....

Turkey: Tomato prices the latest to skyrocket

After the concerns over high prices of potatoes and onions in recent months, the latest worry among Turkish shoppers is the high price of tomatoes. Allegedly they are now on sale for as much as 8 lira ($1.74) a kilo.Turkish tomato growers have had trouble gaining access to Russian markets following a complete.....

Turkey's fruit exports double in 5 months

Turkish exports seem to be a success story so far this year. This follows the recent increase in produce quality, exporters searching for alternative markets, the reopening of the Russian market, Turkish Cargo's special flights and the foreign exchange's support for exports. According to countrywide figures.....

Canada

New crop program for diversification of agriculture on Prince Edward Island

A new program will soon encourage Island farmers to start planting more crops like apples, high bush blueberries and grapes. The perennial crop development program is being implemented through a new federal-provincial Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Agriculture Minister Robert Henderson said the province.....

Vietnam spends $600 million on fruit and vegetable imports

Vietnam spent over US$600 million on importing fruits and vegetables in the first five months of 2018, US$110 million more than the same period last year.Thailand and China were the biggest fruit and vegetable suppliers with a value of nearly 385 million, accounting for over 64% of the country’s total imports......

Supporting Canadian farmers

Loblaw to spend $150 million more each year

A produce program will help Canadian farmers grow exotic and traditionally imported fruits and vegetables here in Canada, year round.Loblaw Companies Limited has announced that by 2025 it will spend $150 million more each year with Canadian farmers buying local, fresh produce that otherwise would have been.....

Kenyan farmers struck as weather shifts from one extreme to another

Many Kenyan crop farmers are adding up their losses as the country's weather swings from one extreme to another. Most affected are potato and tomato farmers as the two crops are highly sensitive to weather changes, especially when grown in the open field. Many parts of the East African nation are currently.....

Ireland: New website for Galway companies to order fruit

TheFruitBrothers.ie is a new website, making sure Galway company employees have the option to eat better in their working lives. It delivers daily fruit box deliveries to offices, work spaces and businesses.TheFruitBrothers.ie launched in June under the direction of the Burke Brothers, who run Burkes Fruit.....

Fresh produce for both patients and the community

US: Boston Medical Center’s rooftop farm

Boston Medical Center is going green. The building has a rooftop farm, supplying fresh fruits and vegetables to patients and the community. This is the first rooftop farm associated with a hospital in New England.‘Farm’ manager Lindsay Allen: “BMC for a long time has had a mission that food is medicine. We.....

Expanding bilateral trade between EAEU and Vietnam

The Vietnam-Eurasian Economic Union Free Trade Agreement (VN-EAEU FTA) was signed more than one and a half years ago. It has led to a rapid growth in bilateral trade between Vietnam and the EAEU. The FTA has opened up a market of 183 million people to Vietnamese firms, with a combined GDP of US$2.2 trillion.In.....

Ecuador seeks better access to Chinese markets

On Wednesday, the Agriculture Minister of Ecuador said that better access to Chinese markets for its fruit products was one of the priorities in the cooperation between Quito and Beijing.Ruben Flores, who took part in the International Bamboo and Rattan Congress in Beijing, met with senior officials in the.....

A proposal by "Fellini Patrizio" for the mass distribution

Radishes in a tub, a practical and colouful snack

The company "Fellini Patrizio" is dedicated in the production of fresh, practical and appealing long shelf-life radishes served in 200-gram glasses. Emilie Fellini declares that the company has recorded a high demand for this product as it is well presented: radishes are sold in a transparent packaging which.....

The conclusion of a successul campaign for the purple carrot of Polignano

Carrots are one of the most common vegetables in the world. For decades, the farmers of San Vito in Polignano a Mare, in the province of Bari, have dedicated their lives to the sowing and harvesting of this root vegetable (which is very common in this area) with passion and sacrifice."We have been maintaining.....

Wholesaler Langförden-Oldenburg (ELO) constantly introducing new varieties

‘Our strategy is simple: differentiation’

For many years the Oldenburg area has been known for its strawberries and outdoor crops. Certainly there is a good reason that the local producer group ELO eG is one of the leading strawberry marketers in Germany, with an annual yield of approximately 12,000 tons. However, there are currently many developments.....

United Fresh kicks off

Yesterday, the United Fresh trade show kicked off at the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago. Five different expos and a total of 460 exhibitors meet together on one trade show floor. The different expos consist of:United FreshMKT ExpoUnited FreshTEC ExpoInternational Floriculture ExpoGlobal Cold.....

Russia looks at agri export contracts with Cameroon

Russia is in search of direct export contracts in Cameroon. Anatoly G. Bashkin, the Russian ambassador made this statement after his audience with the Cameroonian Minister of Agriculture, Henri Eyébé Ayissi, last week. “We deduced that we need to establish direct contracts as far as agriculture products’.....

“Frau Antje goes green" - over Dutch horticulture becoming sustainable

German advisors visit Westland

Advisors from the German Agricultural Ministry recently paid a visit to the Dutch province of Westland. They wanted to see the current state of Dutch horticulture for themselves. The working visit was entitled "Frau Antje macht auf Grün" ("Mrs Antje goes green"). The German delegation visited projects and.....

Vendors claim:

'Cartels in India make veg prices skyrocket'

Wholesale vegetable vendors have sharply pushed up prices of vegetables across the country. Tomatoes are a case in point. Due to the cartels, their price has tripled within a single week.Market watchers say there is neither shortage of supply nor any urgent reason for steep rise in the prices. Vegetable prices.....

‘A Better Choice’ program

New program to boost fruit and veg across Australia

The first national program designed to encourage consumers to shop for fresh produce at their local independent retailer has been launched this month, which will unite the fruit and vegetable industry and bring back consumer loyalty.The ‘A Better Choice’ program, a joint initiative by Fresh Markets Australia.....

Grocery market reaches two-year growth milestone

Britain’s grocery sector has now witnessed two years of continuous growth, according to the latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published today for the 12 weeks to 17 June 2018. Supermarket sales have risen for 25 consecutive periods and now stand at 2.1% compared with this time last.....

Albert Heijn responds

Dutch supermarkets score badly on Oxfam sustainability ranking

Oxfam Novib reports that the five largest supermarkets in the Netherlands, Albert Heijn, Jumbo, Lidl, Aldi and PLUS are maintain the economic exploitation of the people in developing countries who produce our food. All five supermarket chains received a failing grade on Oxfam Novib's international.....

Seasonal rainfall in India: Vegetable prices soaring in Mumbai

Heavy rains in vegetable growing areas have led to a steep rise in the price of most vegetables. The quality of vegetables has also dropped resulting in less availability of vegetables in the retail market. Almost every year, there is a scarcity of vegetables during this season as either the crops get damaged.....

Bangladesh: Vegetable exports need a boost

Bangladesh’ export earnings from vegetable fell 7.37 percent year-on-year to $71.23 million in the July-May period of the 2017-2018 fiscal. According to the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), in the first eleven months of the fiscal year, vegetable export totalled $71.23 million, which is nearly 12 percent of the.....

First lots at wholesalers approximately one week earlier than usual

'First plums from local orchards available'

The season of domestic fruits is currently picking up speed. While regional berries and sweet cherries hit the market in large quantities, the plums are also ready to go this week. Usually, the season starts in the last week of June at the earliest. Augsburg wholesaler Fruchthof Ehinger, however, has already.....

Organics exports from New Zealand on the rise

Exports of organic products from New Zealand are now worth $335 million annually; 42% more than three years ago. Domestic market sales also rose, to $254 million, bringing total sales to just on $600 million.Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (OANZ) last week unveiled the results of its three-yearly survey at a.....

Spain: Value and volume of horticultural exports grew in April

In April, the Spanish export of fresh fruits and vegetables grew by 4% in terms of volume and by 5% in terms of value compared to the same month of the previous year, totalling 1 million tonnes and 1,243 million Euro. These good figures follow the drops recorded in the first three months of the year, according.....

Super intensive cherry orchard.

Twelve years and 14 tons of production per hectare

VIDEODuring the Open Day organized by Salvi Vivai on the 7th of June 2018, a few statistics were presented regarding the production of cherries, as follows: the cost for production is of approximately 100 thousand euros per hectare over which a profit is made on the fifth year, the lifespan of a dedicated plant is.....

Swiss are increasingly buying abroad

The quantities purchased in Switzerland in 2017 increased by 7.8% (fruit) and 2.1% (vegetables) compared to 2014. Although foreign purchases have grown faster than domestic purchases, they still account for less than 5% of total household purchases of fruits, vegetables and juices. This shows in an analysis of.....

Eberhofer confirms the extraordinary quality and flavour of the produce

Val Martello: strawberries grown on the mountains with an enhanced flavour

In the heart of Val Venosta, there is a small valley where fruit is grown following a long and passionate tradition. In this area, thanks to a slower and more precious maturation, strawberries gradually acquire their unique and unmistakable flavor.Gerhard Eberhöfer (in the picture on the left), who is.....

744 greenhouse growers have 286 hectares between them

Swedish agriculture remains stable

Between 2014 and 2017, Swedish horticulture yields remained stable overall. There were, however, important developments with specific crops. At the same time, Swedish growers increasingly focus on the use of renewable energy. This is evident from the Swedish Agricultural Council's newest figures. Over three.....

Latest UK horticulture statistics

This horticulture annual statistics notice and accompanying dataset, formerly known as the British Horticulture statistics report, provides key statistics on the area, production, trade and valuation of the main fruit and vegetable crops grown in the United Kingdom.Click here for the report.Go to the gov.uk.....