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United Fresh releases Q1 2017 FreshFacts® on Retail report

Berries, packaged salad and value-added items dominate sales growth

New product innovation and introductions helped the fruit and vegetable industry weather the challenges of fluctuating supply and prices, according to the United Fresh Produce Association’s Q1 2017 edition of the FreshFacts® on Retail report. This quarter’s report examines retail trends in produce for the past.....

East West Seed

"Philippines should increase share in $20B Asia-Pacific veg market"

The Asia-Pacific region has a $20-billion vegetables market, of which the Philippines only accounts for $240 million. The data from Euromonitor were highlighted at a recent forum organized by East West Seed Company, which is looking to make the Philippines a top exporter of vegetable seeds.According to Mary.....

Switzerland: Coop Number 1 in Sustainability Worldwide

In an evaluation of 148 international retailers, the rating agency oekom research has awarded Coop with the title of most sustainable retail trader worldwide.This is not the first time though. What makes this year special? Well, for the first time the chain was not just evaluated for their activities inland.....

Sudan minister denies rumors of Egyptian ag ban being lifted

The Sudanese government on Wednesday denied media reports that the decision to ban the Egyptian agricultural products has been reversed.The semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) has quoted the state minister of commerce Al-Sadiq Mohamed Ali as saying “the measures that have been taken to ban some Egyptian.....

Zimbabwe Ag Bank offers $10m in loans to boost horticulture

The Agricultural Development Bank of Zimbabwe (Agribank) says it is offering horticulture farmers working capital as well as loans to acquire assets amounting to $10 million to promote horticulture production.Zimbabwe produces several horticultural products including flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices,.....

US strawberries to require import permit

AU import restrictions on certain goods to change this month

Importers in Australia have been advised of the Biosecurity (Prohibited and Conditionally Non-Prohibited Goods) Determination 2016 (Goods Determination) which is currently under amendment. As a result, from 30 June 2017 certain commodities will have different import conditions. Once implemented, imported goods.....

Australia seeks lowered trade barriers with Indonesia

A new report examining the performance and potential of Australia’s trade relationship with Indonesia has recommended simplifying certification processes to help alleviate non-tariff barriers and boost agricultural trade.The inquiry was referred in November last year to the Joint Standing Committee on Trade.....

Fruit Attraction Smart Agro to showcase innovative tech for fruit & veg

Fruit Attraction 2017 will feature a new exhibition area this year called Smart Agro, designed to drive digital transformation and technological innovation in all the links in the agro-food chain; production, transformation, distribution and marketing, as well as the activities of R&D+i centres focused on.....

Queen Elizabeth II gives speech

New Agriculture Bill planned for release within two years

During her speech, the Queen revealed government plans to bring forward an Agriculture Bill in the next two years. The Bill will ensure a system is in place to support UK farmers and protect the natural environment as the UK leaves the Common Agricultural Policy, but amendments could be tabled which push for.....

British Summer Fruits

"Worst UK labour shortage since 2004"

UK summer fruit and salad growers are having difficulty recruiting pickers, with more than half saying they don't know if they will have enough migrant workers to harvest their crops, according to a new BBC survey of UK growers.British Summer Fruits, the body which represents soft fruit growers, says labour.....

Nebraska delegation to visit Canada to gauge NAFTA sentiments

A delegation from Nebraska will visit Canada in August amid recent talks of the President ripping up the trade agreement.The August trade mission to the No. 1 destination for Nebraskan exports aims to gauge the sentiment of Canadian leaders about potential changes to NAFTA, Governor Pete Ricketts said.....

US tri-state adults not eating enough fruit & veg

A recent study shows that most tri-state area residents aren’t getting enough fruits and veggies.The 2017 Community Health Status Survey (CHSS), funded by Interact for Health, found that only 23 percent of adults in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region eat the recommended daily amount of both.....

Fruit flies eradicated from LA county, US

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner’s office have eradicated a Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) infestation centered near the Panorama City area of Los Angeles County, ending a.....

Sweet potatoes intercepted during passenger inspection at Shandong

Recently, during a routine inspection of passengersarriving on aflight from Japan, inspectors at the Qingdao Airport found sweet potato seedlingsin the luggage that belonged to a Chinese passenger.A total of 25 bags of over 1,300 seedlings were intercepted as a result. This was so far the biggest unit of sweet.....

June 28-30, Weihai

First-ever Interpoma China Congress and Exhibition about to start

Interpoma China, the congress and exhibition for the cultivation, storage and marketing of apples, will cover 5,000 square metres at the Weihai International Exhibition Center (WIEC). A total of 70 companies are due to attend, 52% from China and 48% from foreign countries. The exhibitors come from Belgium,.....

United Fresh awards grants to increase children's access to fruit & veg

Last week, at the United Fresh Convention in Chicago, the United Fresh Start Foundation announced the recipients of its inaugural Community Grants Program. The Foundation established the Community Grants Program to advance the organization’s mission to increase children’s access to fresh fruit and vegetables......

Increase in covered cultivation in desert areas

Egypt looking for high-quality starting material

Egypt is dedicating itself to covered cultivation in desert areas. This offers opportunities for suppliers of starting material. Important Dutch players already have a strong position in Egypt. The request to enter UPOV is an important step for Egypt to get high-quality starting materials at their.....

India and Iran's fruit & veg exports to Qatar increase amid sanctions

India and Iran's exports of fresh fruit and vegetables to Qatar have jumped as sanctions against Qatar continue. For India, fruit and vegetable exports have increased by 15 per cent in the past two weeks because of an increase in demand.The supply to Qatar has received a boost since early this month after.....

New Covent Garden Market

Market offering free entry to first time buyers

The New Covent Garden Market is allowing first time sellers to enter for free. Chairman of traders, Gary Marshall, is welcoming new fruit and vegetable buyers to the large fruit and veg wholesale market in London. It is open for trade customers from midnight to 06:00, and first time buyers can enter for free.....

New border crossing point built on Afghan-Turkmen border

The UNDP’s EU-BOMNAF Project recently completed construction of a new facility for passport control, registration, customs inspection, and vehicle search as part of an upgrade project of the Border Crossing Point (BCP) at Aqina, in Faryab Province, northwest Afghanistan, on the Afghanistan-Turkmenistan border,.....

Nigeria estimates costs of $9m to check the Armyworm invasion

Farmers in Northeastern Nigeria are growing uneasy as the invasion of the African Armyworm has spread to the area, with the Federal Government saying it needs US $9,467,847 to check the pest nationwide.The African Armyworm (Spodoptera exempta) also called nutgrass armyworm, is an African moth, capable of.....

Drought - dire situation in central and northern Italy

"Drought is currently a serious problem in central Italy. The data is very worrying from Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Umbria, Marche and Lazio. In addition, the situation is rather difficult in Piedmont and south Veneto," reports meteorologist Pierluigi Randi."Let's take Emilia Romagna, for example. The deficit.....

Ugandan producers head to Dubai seeking opportunity in Middle East market

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives has organized a trip to take 300 Ugandan producers to Dubai convention from August 24 to 26, 2017 which is a unique opportunity for linking them to the Middle East Market.The convention's aim is to create a sustainable platform to connect Ugandan. Exporters to.....

Abamex insecticide label expanded to include more specialty crops

With an updated label for Nufarm's insecticide Abamex, more specialty crops can benefit from the product’s control of pysllids, mites, leafminers and other pests. Abamex is a new low-volatility, water-based formulation of abamectin that is safer for applicators to handle.“Nufarm is dedicated to offering more.....

Spain: Rainfed and irrigated crops threatened by heat and drought

The agricultural organizations Asaja, COAG and UPA have expressed their concern about the current heat wave, which has come after months of drought.Besides the impact that the lack of rainfall has already had on rainfed arable crops (such as cereals), there are now fears about the possible effect on crops such.....

Perdue hosts Canadian and Mexican counterparts bracing for NAFTA talks

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue hosted his Canadian and Mexican counterparts for a trilateral meeting on agricultural trade and markets June 20 in Savannah.As renegotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement begin later this year, Agriculture Minister for Canada Lawrence MacAulay and the.....

90% growth of Turkish fruit and veg exports to Russia between January and May

In the first 5 months of 2017, from 1 January to 31 May, Turkey exported 1 thousand 469 tonnes of quinces to Russia, for which it received 1 million 94 thousand 811 dollars.Besides quinces, a total of 17 different fruits and vegetables were sold by Turkey to Russia in the same period, including lemons,.....

Russia: Over 600 tonnes of fruit, veg and rice returned by Novosibirsk

The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) prevented the entry of over 600 tonnes of fruit, berries, vegetables and rice to the Novosibirsk region, as reported by the press service of the entity. It is known that these batches had been shipped from Kazakhstan.....

Italy's fruit & veg consumption highest in 17 years

Fruit and vegetable consumption in Italy has reached a 17-year high, with a total of 1.3 million tonnes in the first two months of 2017, representing an increase of 4% year-on-year.Fruit consumption grew to 711,000 tonnes and vegetables to 590,000 tonnes, according to data from fresh produce organisation Apo.....

thyssenkrupp and Landgard Foundation

Children from Essen become enthusiastic amateur gardeners

Girls and boys visiting schools and day care centers around the German town of Essen can start getting excited about the fruit and vegetables they planted themselves. At the big school and day care planting day on June 13th, children planted numerous school patches right in front of thyssenkrupp's.....

AFBF details NAFTA renegotiation priorities

The North American Free Trade Agreement has been overwhelmingly beneficial for U.S. farmers and ranchers—and their counterparts in Canada and Mexico—but there are several good reasons to update and reform NAFTA from agriculture’s perspective, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.Under NAFTA, U.S......

Column Frits van der Meulen, FCB

"Unfortunately we're faced with pepper blossom end rot"

In the past few weeks, the production of greenhouse products has been high. During the "summer period" in May, tomatoes were of excellent quality. Attractive, shiny and sturdy fruit that practically sold itself.Peppers were also of good quality. It is a pity that we have encountered blossom end rot in the past.....

New funding takes the fight to myrtle rust

Plant & Food Research and Scion have been successful in the latest round of MBIE’s Catalyst Strategic Fund with a project addressing the threat of myrtle rust to New Zealand. The project has three key aims: to establish the susceptibility of key species to myrtle rust, build scientific knowledge for.....

Dutch invest in shortening Indian import procedures

The Netherlands has developed into one of the main players for seeding materials in the Indian horticulture and fruit cultivation over the last few decades. The procedures for introducing new varieties are long. The Netherlands is in conversation with the Indian authorities to lower this threshold.India is.....

UAE Minister: "Qatar sanctions could last years"

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said on Monday that a list of demands still hadn't been submitted to Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain who together imposed stringent economic and travel measures two weeks ago, accusing the Qataris of supporting.....

Bangladesh exporters to get $136m in incentves this year

Bangladesh has released cash incentives amounting to Tk 11 billion to be disbursed among major exporters for the fiscal year (FY) 2016-17.The ministry of finance in the first week of this month advised the Chief Accounts Officer of the Finance Division to release the fund in favour of the central bank to start.....

Afghan President inaugurates air corridor with India enabling ag exports

President Ashraf Ghani has inaugurated the first Afghanistan-India air corridor, with the first flight carrying 60 tons of medicinal plants worth $11 million which will be followed by a second flight with 40 tons of dry fruit from the southern Kandahar province.The new route offers a direct path that bypasses.....

South Korean fruit prices rise to highest level in 4 years

The fruit price index in South Korea soared to the highest level in four years last month, government data showed Tuesday, caused by unseasonably high temperatures that affected output.The index of the prices of 15 major fruits, including apples, pears, grapes, strawberries and tangerines, surged to 118.15 in.....

Malaysia cancels decision to impose GST on fruit & veg imports

Malaysia's Royal Customs Department announced on Monday (Jun 19) that it will reverse a decision to impose the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on more than 60 food items.The decision was made after consulting the Finance Ministry on the matter. The 6 per cent GST, which was due to be enforced on Jul 1, covered.....

New trading partners needed to boost Africa's ag development

Africa needs to foster partners in the developed world to further boost its international trade and economic growth. This was the consensus at the recent maiden forum on “Belarus-Africa: New Frontiers’’ held in Belarus.The forum, organised by the African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the Belarusian.....

Bellavita Expo promotes Italian produce in Britain

"Gala Fruit di Catalano Giuseppe e figli" is attending London's "Bellavita Expo", an event entirely dedicated to Italian products. Around 140 businesses are taking part and guests are all representatives from distribution chains. The fair will open June 20th, 2017.Silvia Azzolina and Luigi Catalano"We made a.....

Tanzanian farmers urge government to allow GM crops

An online weekly newsletter, Crop Biotech Update, reported on June 6, 2017, that farmers in Mwanza Province, North Eastern Tanzania urged their government to hasten delivery of GM crops which they said would save them from crop failure.The maize, cassava, and cotton farmers whose crop has been severely.....

Fiji begins training to protect $24m fruit & veg industry

In a bid to protect Fiji's $24 million fruit and vegetable export industry, training is being held for farmers and exporters to improve the quality of the fresh produce exported to New Zealand.Organised and funded by the Australian and New Zealand-funded Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access.....

Port of LA extends SSA Pacific's lease handling Chilean fruit imports

The Port of Los Angeles has announced that it has approved a five-year lease extension for SSA Pacific, to continue operating the marine terminal that is the West Coast’s home to imported Chilean fruit. For more than 25 years, Chilean growers have relied on the dedicated terminal to deliver their fresh produce.....

European dockworkers plan two-hour strike on June 29th

There will be a two-hour strike taking place across European ports on June 29, 2017, with all dockworker activities ceasing from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The decision to hold a Europe-wide stoppage was set out in the General Resolution adopted by the European Zone Assembly of the International Dockworkers.....

American Heart Association promotes fruit & veg with new campaign

The American Heart Association is launching an initiative to support eating the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, according to a press release.Recent estimates show that in the U.S. only about 10% or fewer children and adults get the recommended daily dose of 4.5 cups of total fruits and.....

Georgia program to make fruit & veg more accessible to seniors

This summer, more seniors are able to get their daily five, thanks to a coordinated effort to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for those on a limited income.Georgia Fresh for Less, a program of the nonprofit Wholesome Wave Georgia, allows recipients of federal nutrition assistance to purchase.....

Arysta LifeScience prepares for direct sales in the Netherlands in 2018

Arysta LifeScience's line of crop protection technologies and BioSolutions have been available in The Netherlands for many years. To better serve the future needs of the Dutch market, the Company has decided to build a new marketing and sales organization.The new organization will be committed to providing.....

ECOWAS countries meet to tackle fruit fly problem

Agricultural experts from eight ECOWAS countries are meeting in Accra to develop an action plan to deal with flies that negatively impact on the production of fruits in the sub-region.The workshop, which is a follow up of the 2016/2017 action plan, is in recognition of the negative impact of fruit flies on the.....

Italy: Drought continues in many regions

The lack of rain (rainfall in spring was almost 50% below the reference period after a particularly dry winter) is worrying the agricultural sector in many Italian regions. In central Sardinia, water has been rationed and provisions have been taken to safeguard water supplies to the districts receiving water.....

Armenian prime minister orders hail damage estimation

Karen Karapetyan, Armenian prime minister, at today’s regular Cabinet session, instructed appropriate officials to gauge the damage the recent hail and thunderstorms have inflicted to the nine villages of the country’s Armavir province. In his words, showers and hail have struck hard at farms in the province......

Horticultural exports from third countries up 21%

Spain: Morocco, the largest non-EU fruit and veg supplier

Spanish imports of fresh fruit and vegetables from third countries grew by 21% in the first quarter of the year compared to the same period in 2016, totalling 436.5 million Euro and representing 62% of the total. Meanwhile, imports from the EU grew by 13%, totalling 267.2 million Euro, according to data from.....

Japan approves $2.8m in funding to develop agriculture in Ghana

A more than $2.8 million grant has been approved by the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) for the commercial cultivation of vegetables in four regions in Ghana.Under the grant name, Peri-urban Commercial Vegetables Value Chains for Poverty Reduction and Food Security, the money, which is to be disbursed.....

Photo report

United Fresh trade show stands for Innovation and Technology

PHOTO REPORTOn June 14 and 15, the United Fresh trade show was held at McCormick Place in Chicago. This year, the exhibition area had moved from the South Hall to the West Hall, a somewhat smaller setup with the number of exhibitors being close to 300. The exhibit hall was broken down into four sections; FreshMKT,.....

Version 2017 now available

FRESHfin - Business software for fruit and fresh produce wholesale

The standardized sector software FRESHfin supports the trade, sale and logistics of fruit, vegetable, potatoes, onions, fresh industrial products, freshness-convenience, dried fruits, agricultural products, nature and fresh products.FRESHfin was developed in 1999 by the Berlin-based company BBO Datentechnik,.....

Inspiring open day at Leamington demo house:

Rijk Zwaan showcases new yellow grape, TOV and cocktail varieties

Last week, Thursday June 8, Rijk Zwaan organized their annual guided tour through their Demonstration house in Leamington, Ontario. Growers, retailers and traders from Canada and the USA came to view, taste and assess the broad range of tomato varieties the Dutch breeding company has to offer. Also this year,.....

NZ organic businesses call on government to regulate their industry

Some of the country’s largest organic businesses have just hosted MP’s in Hawke’s Bay, calling on the Government to regulate the organic sector and provide a national standard to protect the word “organic”.The organisation that represents the New Zealand organic sector, Organics Aotearoa NZ (OANZ) hosted a.....

Qatar could see sharp rise in fruit & veg prices without government subsidies

On the morning of June 6, the UAE closed its seaports, as well as its airspace, to all Qatari vessels and aircraft, accusing Doha of supporting extremism.The same day, both DP World, Dubai’s port operator, and the Port of Fujairah, barred all ships flying Qatari flags from calling on the UAE’s ports.The ports’.....

New fabric could test fruit freshness at the farm

Researchers have confirmed that a coated piece of fabric developed at Florida International University can detect the freshness of oranges.Scientists at the university have found a quick and reliable way to test the freshness of fruit on supermarket shelves through the use of a coated fabric strip.The.....

Fred van Heyningen to replace Shawn Harries as Nature's Pride CEO

Founder and CEO of Nature’s Pride, Shawn Harris has decided to hand over her daily responsibilities from September 1st 2017 to Fred van Heyningen and Adriëlle Dankier. Shawn will continue to be involved in the company as member of the Management Board. Fred van Heyningen will be appointed to CEO of Nature’s.....