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US: NAFTA needs improvements

The North American Free Trade Agreement has been good for the United States, but can use a bit of tweaking, tellssouthwestfarmpress.com. NAFTA improved trade and reduced tariffs and trade barriers; the original goals set for the trade pact. U.S. trade grew by 192 percent from 1994 (when the agreement was put.....

Switzerland:

Gebrüder Roelli AG taken over by Mundo AG

On November 1 2017, all activities from fruit and vegetable wholesaler Gebrüder Roelli AG will be transferred to Mundo AG in Rothenburg. The transition includes the acquisition of the entire trading business, concerning vegetables, salads and fruits as well as frozen, ready-to-eat and dairy products. The.....

Rewe ends its chain of organic stores Temma

After a some eight years, retailer Rewe has ended its attempt to roll out its own chain of pure organic stores on the German market under the Temma name. Seven out of nine existing branches are expected to be closed by the end of January, a Rewe spokesman announced last Wednesday.The two Temma markets in.....

India and Nigeria to enhance agricultural trade

The Association of Chambers of Commerce India and the Nigerian Association Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture have signed a memorandum of Understanding to boost agriculture and agro-related trade between the two countries.The agreement should also help boost Nigeria-Indian cooperation to.....

Armenia no longer likes Eurasian Economic Union

The draft statement on the withdrawal of Armenia from the EEU, proposed by the Elk opposition faction, was not reviewed, as a majority of Armenian parliamentarians voted against adding this issue to the agenda of a four-day parliament session.Adoption of this document would be enough to begin the process of.....

Kazakhstan’s agricultural potential presented in Poland

This year, Kazakhstan took part in the largest Polish international agricultural exhibition for the first time. More than 400 companies from 20 different countries also took part.Kazakh-tv reported that Kazakhstan presented its agricultural potential and the associated export opportunities at the agricultural.....

US agricultural exports hit $136 billion in 2016

Agrilife.org reports US agricultural exports totalled 135 billion dollars in 2016, and experts anticipate future growth. However, production yields, trade agreements and borrowing power have to keep working in lockstep.US agricultural imports were valued at 115 billion dollars in 2016. And both imports and.....

Aggressively Organic relief packages helping Puerto Rico regrow after Hurricane Maria

Nearly 3 months after after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, which left the U.S territory with minimal resources, limited communication, and most of the island without electricity, citizens still struggle to find their “new normal” in a place with so little.Although great efforts are underway to remedy.....

Saudis to invest more in Bangladesh

Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith is encouraging more Saudi Arabian investments in infrastructure, the energy sector and other fields in Bangladesh. He claims the government is providing all sorts of support for the investors.“Since 2015, there has been an investment friendly environment in the country......

Agricultural job centre Joe Produce launches newly improved website

The online job centre for produce, agriculture and related companies, Joe Produce has launched “Joe 2.0,” which is the culmination of work with thousands of produce companies and many more thousands of site-users over the past six years. The new site marks the first major revision in the company’s history.Of.....

China phasing out more and more pesticides

China plans to ban another 12 highly toxic pesticides within five years, State media reported recently. According to the South China Morning Post, this is part of a government program to improve the safety of its farm produce.This all comes amid an ongoing campaign to improve the environment and, in.....

Lack of soil moisture hits rabi production in India's Odisha district

The New India Express reports that the production of rabi crops is likely to be affected in the Odisha district as insufficient monsoon rainfall has failed to leave enough moisture in the soil. The district received 883.96 mm rainfall against the normal 1199.8 mm; some 26.32 percent less.The Agriculture.....

Dublin’s oldest fresh fruit and vegetable supplier celebrates 125th anniversary

Jackie Leonard and Sons Ltd was set up by Kate Leonard, who started trading from the Dublin Corporation fruit market on December 6th, 1892.She was one of the first traders to take a stand at the market on St Michan’s Street.Jack Leonard Snr, Dublin Corporation Fruit Market Christmas 1930.The stand sold fruit.....

Italy: Valente Pali anti-hail systems

The increasingly sudden and violent weather phenomena of the past few years must be taken into consideration when setting up a new orchard to avoid compromising it. Valente Pali has been analysing the situation for years."Wind, hail and snow cannot be underestimated or considered marginal. Often, structures.....

New warehouse - better service:

Germany: Bringmeister delivers to your home

Bringmeister keeps developing its online trade. In Olching near Munich, the delivery service has now put its new logistics center into operation. On an area of 6,000 square meters about 12,000 different items are stored, cooled to the latest standards and all the different requirements, which are hand-made and.....

Düsseldorf wholesaler takes care of staff and customers

Germany: “I need feedback from critical young people”

Every day at midnight, in the warehouse of the Düsseldorf wholesaler Konrad Koester the bright lights are turned on. They shine until 6 o'clock, when the sun rises, so that the employees barely notice that they are working at night. The unique service provider strives for well-being, both for his staff and his.....

Driven by rapid growth of healthy snacking category

New on-the-go snacking line to be launched early 2018

Naturipe Farms are launching a new healthy snacking option for health conscious consumers who are looking for convenience in a busy schedule. The new line will be launched early in 2018 and complements their existing snack products. They feature a combination of different berry varieties along with grapes and.....

South African NAMC elects new CEO

The National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) has appointed Zama Xalisa as the new Chief Executive Officer on a 5-year contract. Prof PK Chauke, Council Chairperson, said the board took into cognisance the importance of business continuity and stability in its decision to appoint Mr. Xalisa. Zama.....

Russian food quality watchdog lifts export restrictions from three Belarusian companies

According to a belTA article, as of 4December, the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance of Russia (Rosselkhoznadzor) lifted temporary restrictions on shipments of fruits and vegetables from three Belarusian companies.The restrictions had been introduced on 10 November 2017. After.....

Pakistan: inflation has risen by 3.97% in November

The nation.com reported price increases for various items in the month of November. The inflation rate in this month registered 3.39 percent higher as compared to the same month last year.The average Pakistan inflation rate remained 3.59 percent higher during July-November 2017-18 compared to the same period.....

Egypt eyes investment in efficient and sustainable agriculture

According to finchannel.com, Egypt’s agricultural sector is facing a number of challenges, such as the impacts of climate change, scarcity of water and land, high levels of urbanisation and increasing demand for healthy and nutritious food.These issues were the focus of Promoting Sustainable Investment in.....

Wilmington port is positioning as Cold-Chain Hub

The port of Wilmington is well suited to serve North Carolina’s robust agriculture export industry, but until recently it lacked nearby cold storage infrastructure. Until just a few months ago.Now Wilmington has a new, 101,000 square foot refrigerated warehouse, opened within the port’s gates. Port of.....

US: Farm to School program boosts fruit & veggie intake

It’s one thing to offer students fruits and vegetables for school lunch; it’s another for them to actually eat them. Children who attend schools with Farm to School programs eat more fruits and vegetables, new University of Florida research shows.In 2010, Congress passed the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids.....

Vietnam agricultural exports hit $15.6B in first nine months of 2017

For several years Vietnam has been working towards achieving higher levels of food security. The country has adopted various measures to boost agricultural product exports, trying to fill the gaps in the global food market, Vietnamplus reports.Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported.....

Vertical Farming Market Research Report - Forecast to 2022

Market reports: solid research or wild guesses?

"The vertical farming market is estimated to be valued at USD 5.80 Billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 24.8% between 2016 and 2022." Sound familiar? It could be because you've read this phrase, or something very similar to it, in a press release or newspaper article recently, trying to get you to buy an.....

Cool Port Packing Rotterdam set to give laser labelling Europe-wide boost

Melons, ginger, apples and avocados featuring laser labelled brands and traceability codes could soon be appearing in supermarkets across Europe, following a new technological investment by Total Produce-supplier Cool Port Packing Rotterdam. The company, part of logistics giant Kloosterboer, works closely with.....

Spain: Drop in fresh fruit and veg consumption

The consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables in Spanish households in September has registered a new decline, falling by 1.4% compared to the same month of the previous year, totalling 686.1 million kilos. This was revealed by the latest data from the Panel of Food Consumption of the Ministry of Agriculture.....

Fresh produce in Shanghai supermarkets. See the photos!

PHOTO REPORTFresh produce sections are hard to find in Chinese supermarkets, or at least that's true in Shanghai, as it is not considered to be a very important purchase.Click here for the photos!Dirty carrots in poor shapeThe Italian delegation atMac Fruit Attraction China (22-24 November 2017) visited a few Shanghai.....

STK hosts GLOBALG.A.P. TOUR in Jerusalem

“In order for agriculture to become increasingly sustainable, bio-pesticides must continue to expand their role as an integral part of crop protection”, says Guy Elitzur, CEO of STK (Stockton). This is why STK, which develops and markets cutting-edge botanical-based solutions, hosted the 2017 GLOBALG.A.P TOUR.....

Italy: November at the Lusia fresh produce market

The weather was particularly mild in November, favouring ripening and hastening harvesting.Many businesses have actually finished harvesting the winter production, which used to happen around mid December. It's been years since the last time something like this occurred.This has led to an increase in the.....

China: "Ginger export price will be lower than in previous years"

"The new ginger export season has already started in the North East. The export from Pingdu, Shandong, and Anqui will start in the middle of December. This year's ginger production has increased somewhat from last year. It is estimated that the export price will not be as high as in previous years. Even though.....

Landgard strengthens international cooperative by expanding fruit and overseas business of northern regions

Effective December 1, 2017, Stefan Reincke strengthens Landgard in the international fruit segment. He starts as a member of the management team of the Godeland marketing company and will be responsible for the development and expansion of the internationalization of the cooperative, with member companies.....

Azienda Agricola Geraci - it's important not to depend on others

"After having produced them for years, I started commercialising fruit and vegetables as I didn't like how the system worked. But I don't want to generalise as there are a lot of operators who are indeed professional," says Giorgio Geraci.Giorgio Geraci in his warehouse in Mazzarino (CL)The company covers.....

Vietnamese fruit and veg exports increase Jan-Nov

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam has gained about 3.2 billion dollars (2.7 bln euros) from fruit and vegetable exports in the year to November, a 43.2% increase year on year.The four biggest Vietnamese fruits and vegetables importers were China, Japan, the US and South.....

Flamingo Horticulture to invest $2.4m into biological pesticide subsidiary in Kenya

Flamingo Horticulture Investments, a Sun Capital Europe portfolio organisation, announced that they will make a further investment of USD 2.4 Million in subsidiary business Dudutech, its biological pesticide manufacturer in Africa.Dudutech is a biotechnology business in operation since 2001 that plays a.....

UK: Lack of EU seasonal workers may affect veg prices in Christmas week

British farmers warn that the decline in the number of seasonal workers from Europe coming to work in the UK will also affect the British Christmas table.The decline in the pound's value after the vote for Brexit is causing seasonal workers to stop working in the UK and farms are unable to find workers for.....

Big increase of Greek kiwifruit exports to Italy

The export of table grapes continued with smaller volumes, mainly from the region of Kavala. Kiwifruit exports are also still underway with higher prices than in the previous years. To date, kiwi exports to Italy amount to 25,793 tonnes, compared to 8,221 last year. Exports of oranges, mandarins and lemons.....

Italy: Koltura, not a simple substrate

VIDEOSet up in 2015 by young graduates in agricultural studies, Itasmart has been investing in R&D for the creation of a line of innovative substrates capable of meeting the needs of various greenhouse crops.Giombattista Nicosia "Koltura, through which we commercialise coir substrates, was established the same.....

Andrew Maughan - FreshMax

"People talk about China like it is a holy grail for everyone's oversupply problems"

FreshMax has been part of SunWorld for 15 years with stone fruit in Australia. The company has been growing and marketing Black Diamond plums and Honeycot apricots as well as other peach and nectarine varieties from Sunworld for a number of years. "We have a great relationship with Sunworld, their breeding.....

Israeli Prime Minister keen on investing in Kenyan agriculture

The Prime Minister of Israel has said that Israel is ready to increase agricultural cooperation with Kenya. He voiced Israel's interest in investing in agricultural development in Africa and is looking to accomplish this goal by starting with Kenya. They plan to bring more advanced forms of irrigation and.....

Zimbabwe urged to seek new ways to foster growth in horticulture

Zimbabwe should invest further into finding ways to foster the growth of the horticulture sector if they want it to continue being the country's second largest foreign currency earner, says Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Ringson Chitsiko.He said.....

Philippines to renegotiate banana tariff to attain fair trade

The Philippines are renegotiating duties on fruits with Korea and Japan to correct the tariff structure and attain fair trade, as it is presently unbalanced.According to malaya.com, Ramon Lopez, the secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said in its bilateral meetings with these countries last.....

AU: Invasive stink bug found in western Sydney inside Italian cargo

Those living in the Glendenning area were warned to keep an eye out for a invasive pest that made its way into Australia through cargo from Italy, thewest.com.au reports. The invasive stink bug hails from east Asia and could "severely impact agriculture industries," the agriculture department says. It feeds on.....

Statistics reveals food poisoning in Vietnam has doubled

Food poisoning is a concern across Vietnam and has killed 22 people & 3147 have been hospitalised during this year, official government data shows.According to the General Statistics Office (GSO) the figure recorded has doubled since last year.A report compiled by a parliamentary group between 2011 and.....